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Top 7 albums of all time, according to Soundwave 2015 artist, Area 7!

With a successful career spanning over two decades, Melbourne ska-punk band Area-7 look forward to another great year in 2015, kicking off with a run of shows as part of the Soundwave Festival. They've already enjoyed great receptions on main stages at national festivals in the past including the Big Day Out, Falls Festival and the VANS Warped Tour, but there is always something special about Soundwave! With 2015 marking the band's 21st year, Area-7 will be making it a big one. The musicians took a look at some of the music that's changed their lives and offered some thoughts on the most important LP's in their collections.

Ivan Ooze (Melbourne) shares his top 5 tracks right now ahead of huge Australian tour dates!


Photo: Doug Bennett

Melbourne rapper Ivan Ooze is set to kick off a huge Australian run of dates next week, supporting the likes of Ice Cube and Cypress Hill before hitting up Beyond the Valley on Phillip Island at the end of the year! Following the release o his debut EP, Ringwood Rich, earlier in the year, things have been sweet for Ivan, who has today also released his new single, "Trippin'". He shares with us his five fave tracks at the minute before the chaos kicks off!

Top 10 songs to play at a Monster Beach Party with Teen Sensations!

"The best band of 20 somethings pretending to be teenagers pretending to be The Beach Boys." is how Teen Sensations lead vocalist Jerry Sensation describes the band's recently debuted sound. Releasing Monster Beach Party aptly on Halloween, the four piece are now set to take their three-track 7" around to some venues in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne this month and in December! Jerry (Jeremy Neale) gives us 10 tracks that are must-plays at a Monster Beach Party. Line em up!

From the Festival to the Circus: Spending 48 hours with the Canon EOS 700D

I've been running the AU review for over 6 years now. During that time we've had over a hundred photographers come through our doors around the country - probably more... and though I've been behind plenty of video cameras, I've never dabbled much in photography myself. It can't be that hard can it? Well, the folks at Canon took me up on that very challenge and set me up with their entry level DSLR- the EOS 700D - to answer that question for myself.

the AU playlist: Drake - 13 songs that best represent the Future Music Festival headliner

Drizzy Drake; that endearing Canadian emcee who surpassed his criticism as 'flavour of the month' and has extended a profile far beyond any commercial rapper in the 21st century. Who knew an actor would crossover and go on to dominate hip hop? And it wasn't just hip hop either; the world over there are fans of Drake who openly admit a bias against rap. There's something in his tone, his topics, his rhymes, and his unique style that has propelled him into the upper echelon of the music industry. Despite being famously characterised as 'the emotional one', Drake has gone on to show a diversity in his music that more than justifies his success, whether his half sung, half rapped rhymes are flowing over Santigold, or going toe-to-toe with Jay-Z.

the AU playlist: The Pharcyde - 10 of the best tracks from the left-field hip hop legends

Back in 1992 when The Pharcyde debuted with the classic Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde they damn near changed the idea of what westcoast rap is and what it could be. Over 20 years later and the group are still in high demand, still creating mind blowing hip hop, and still rocking stages around the world. They are quite regular visitors to Australia, but The Pharcyde live is something you can't just experience once. Thanks to those fine folk at Astral People, this L.A group are headlining the annual OutsideIn festival as well as playing a small handful of sideshows. In anticipation, we thought it best to dig up some our of favourite tracks from the boundless act.

5 Things We Learnt at Face The Music in Melbourne

Over 850 music lovers flocked to The Arts Centre in Melbourne for the 7th annual Face The Music conference and the music industry event proved that it is just getting better and better with age, with some highly passionate, thought provoking discussions from influential figures and music fans alike.

Tour Diary: Matt Walters (Melbourne) at CMJ 2014 (Part Two)!

Melbourne's Matt Walters concludes his time in NYC for CMJ with a stop by the iconic MOMA, his North American radio debut and more! Check out the second part of his tour diary for the AU below.

Tour Diary: Matt Walters (Melbourne) at CMJ 2014 (Part One)!

Melbourne singer/songwriter Matt Walters recently enjoyed the spoils of New York City when he ventured out to the States for CMJ this year! He brings us some insights into how the trip treated him, no stranger to NYC, this time around in this, the first installment of his AU tour diary!

5 Shows not to miss at AWME this week!

The Australasian World Music Expo, affectionately known as AWME, is kicking off in Melbourne tonight, with various venues around the city set to host some of the world's (and Australia's) best blues, roots and world musicians over the next four days. The program is extensive and diverse, so if you're still trying to figure out what shows to check out, we've picked out our Top 5 as a starting point!

Tour Photo Diary: On the Road with Bin Juice (Sydney)

Photographer Charlie Hardy went on the road with Sydney band Bin Juice and brings back these photos from their experiences travelling up the East Coast from Brunswick to Byron Bay.

Tour Diary: Without Parachutes (Wollongong) at CMJ 2014 (Part Two)!

So, we’re finally back on Aussie soil and in full recovery mode from the most epic week of our lives. We had the best time in NYC for our US debut at CMJ and Sounds Australia’s Aussie BBQ. It was our first time playing overseas as a band, and we’re already frothing to get back. It was an incredible first trip. This is how it went down…

Tour Diary: Without Parachutes (Wollongong) at CMJ 2014 (Part One)!

So, we’re finally back on Aussie soil and in full recovery mode from the most epic week of our lives. We had the best time in NYC for our US debut at CMJ and Sounds Australia’s Aussie BBQ. It was our first time playing overseas as a band, and we’re already frothing to get back. It was an incredible first trip. This is how it went down…

Editor's Picks: The Five Best Performances of the 2014 WAM Festival in Perth


Pictured: Tired Lion

The WA music scene is without question among the finest in this country. I dare say it gives Melbourne a run for its money, winning out with its vast and eclectic nature. From experimental electronic to psychedelic rock, pop grooves and indie beats, there is something to be found for everyone here. It's what makes this list so difficult - no two bands were the same. But that said, there were a few favourites that stuck out from my weekend in Perth. Here are the WA bands you need to check out:

the AU playlist: DMX - 12 of the best from one of the best selling hip-hop artists of all time

Gruff-voiced Rap legend DMX will be making his second visit to Australia next month as he co-headlines a trio of arena shows with king of the south T.I. Known for recreating the energy of his biggest hits in his live shows, DMX still stands as one of the most anticipated figures in hip hop despite his relative lack of output over the past few years. Many hold his debut, It's Dark and Hell is Hot, as one of the greatest hip hop albums of the 90s, but there's much more to Dark Man X than just that '98 classic; here's 12 songs spanning his career that we hope to hear on the upcoming tour. Warning: explicit lyrics ahead.