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Feature: Five emerging artists from Brisbane you need to have in your life right now

There's nothing better than discovering a band before they break into the market. You get to see them earn their chops while you stand front and centre, learning every song and becoming one of their first fans. But sometimes it helps to have an idea about where to look! This week on the AU we'll be traversing the country and bringing you some of our favourite new discoveries in the local scene. We move onto Brisbane today, where these five artists, in no particular order, call home:

Just a Gent's top five tips to turning 18 in style...

Earlier today we revealed the tour dates for Just a Gent's upcoming Australian tour - which kicks off tomorrow - celebrating his 18th birthday. So we thought we'd reach out to the Newcastle producer and find out what his top 5 tips were for turning 18 in style...

Find out how you could win yourself a HP Spectre x360 and a $5,000 Flight Centre voucher!

Nowadays when it comes to digital notebooks - one of the most essential survival tools of the 21st century - we seem to all want slim, attractive convertibles. And who could blame us? This relatively recent evolution to the laptop satisfies the two criterion of function and flexibility, giving us a device which adapts to our needs quite quickly and makes creativity that much more convenient. The slick new HP Spectre x360 speaks to this desire for a seamless, flexible (literally) work station, and HP have channeled this platform for creativity through their latest campaign.

Listen to Nantes' favourite music in this exclusive playlist!

As their new EP Limbo hits shelves, two parts of Sydney group Nantes sat down with AU Radio to share with us some of their favourite music as part of our guest playlist series. Ahead of its premiere on the station later this week, we're excited to bring you their full playlist today - which includes four amazing tracks and one of their own. Listen to it in full here to find out who they chose:

Five of the best live surprises at Coachella 2015

Both weekends of Coachella are now in the bag for 2015, and while the rest of the world nurses their FOMO, those who were in the crowd are no doubt going through the laundry list of surprise guest appearances to try and pinpoint their favourite live moment at the festival. Thanks to Coachella - the global live stream of the festival - and, of course, social media, we got to witness some of these incredible, and genuinely unexpected, on-stage guest appearances. Here's five our our favourite:

Tour Diary: Avers (Virginia) take on SXSW, whiskey and oysters for breakfast, their sweatiest show yet and more

Rock band Avers from Richmond, Virginia take the AU review along for the ride as they head to Austin's iconic SXSW. From whiskey and oysters for breakfast to their Sweatiest show yet, this tour diary offers up insights and snaps from their action-packed trip. Click through to check it out...

Feature: Five emerging artists from Sydney you need to have in your life right now.


Pictured: Hannah Joy

There's nothing better than discovering a band before they break into the market. You get to see them earn their chops while you stand front and centre, learning every song and becoming one of their first fans. But sometimes it helps to have an idea about where to look! This week on the AU we'll be traversing the country and bringing you some of our favourite new discoveries in the local scene. After sending you to Melbourne yesterday, today we continue our series in Sydney with these five artists, in no particular order:

Tour Diary: Toddy from King Parrot hits the USA from California to Seattle and Salt Lake (March/April 2015 - Part Two)

San Diego, California is a beautiful place! A laid back kinda vibe, nice beaches and friendly folk. This was our first show in a string of dates through this beautiful state! Tonight’s venue is called The Casbah, so it was pretty cool to literally ‘rock the Casbah’ just one time in our musical careers, even if it’s not the actual Casbah! The venue was right opposite the San Diego airport, so we had quite the showing of landing planes right above our heads if we stepped out the front door.

Feature: Five emerging artists from Melbourne you need to have in your life right now

There's nothing better than discovering a band before they break into the market. You get to see them earn their chops while you stand front and centre, learning every song and becoming one of their first fans. But sometimes it helps to have an idea about where to look! This week on the AU we'll be traversing the country and bringing you some of our favourite new discoveries in the local scene. We kick things off in Melbourne this these five artists, in no particular order - some have been around for a little while, others are brand new additions to the scene:

Exclusive Stream and Track-by-Track of Brad Butcher's new LP "Jamestown" (2015)

After the success of the single 'Believer' in late 2014, APRA New Songwriter Finalist Brad Butcher has just released his sophomore record Jamestown and is hitting the road this week to celebrate. In celebration of the release, we're excited to bring you an exclusive full stream of the album as well as a track-by-track from the Alt Country singer. Listen to Jamestown here and then enjoy Brad's track-by-track right after!

Tour Diary: Toddy from King Parrot (Melbourne) hits the USA from New Orleans to SXSW and Scottsdale, Arizona (March/April 2015 - Part One)

To set the scene here, we’d just arrived on American soil at JFK airport, New York from Frankfurt, Germany after our first European tour as King Parrot. A couple of us have toured Europe before with other bands, but this was our first run as KP. We did a 10 show run across 7 countries with Weedeater. It was a great way to test the waters for us as well as get acquainted with our touring buddies in Weedeater before both bands set out for a month of dates across the USA. In this first pic, the lads are just lounging about in the airport lounge during our layover before flying down to New Orleans, Louisiana.

Video Feature: We go Record Store shopping at Waterloo Records in Texas with The Love Junkies (Perth)

In celebration of Record Store Day, which is happening around the world tomorrow, we bring you this special video of Perth band The Love Junkies at Waterloo Records in Austin, Texas, as they spend an afternoon record shopping after their crazy week at SXSW. While there they share with us some of their favourite music and probably spend a little too much money along the way... something everyone should do tomorrow!

Feature: Adam Stagg of The Stiffys (Melbourne) Shares His Top Ten Ways to Impress the Ladies

Eccentric two-piece The Stiffys have become favourites in the Australian rock scene since the release of their debut album last year, and haven't stopped touring since. They've supported the likes of Bam Margera, David Liebe Hart (Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job), The Beards, Snowdroppers, Gay Paris and the Big Day Out. In this special feature, Adam Stagg (drums) shares his top ten tips for impressing ladies... Read on for insightful (and hilarious) advice...

Tour Diary: Safia (Canberra) take on SXSW, LA Rooftop Bars, Pedi Cabs and more in March 2015

Canberra three-piece Safia continue to make waves and move to the forefront of Australia's next biggest musical exports with their blend of indie rock, delicate soul, and various styles of electronica. Having just finished up their trip to the USA, including shows at SXSW and in LA, the trio kept the AU review in the loop via tour diary. Click through to check out their snaps and insights from their time in the US... Photos by Damien Weatherley.

Celebrating World Record Store Day: the AU's 12 Hottest RSD Vinyl Releases for April 18th, 2015

This Saturday, April 18th, marks the world-wide celebration of World Record Store Day. The event, started six years ago as a means to celebrate the sale of vinyl music, last year boosted record sales to the highest they've been since the day's creation. This year, record stores the nation over are hosting celebratorial events, including live music, signings, appearances, giveaways and exclusive RSD releases. Below you can find a complete list of participating Australian venues.