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Feature: 5 reasons to get involved in Intune Alice this weekend!

This weekend the heart of Australia will come alive, when over 20 artists and bands take over Alice Springs for the annual Intune Music Conference. The event brings together music industry figures, musician and music lovers, for three days of intensive masterclasses, workshops, networking, panels and showcases. We've picked out five great events from the program that you can't afford to miss!

Our Five Discoveries at T in the Park 2014.

Earlier in the week we took you to T in the Park, an annual festival in Scotland - the biggest in the region. Over the three days we saw dozens of bands, and among them performances from the biggest and brightest stars around the world. But then there were the bands we hadn't heard of who left their mark - and thanks to the T Break and BBC Introducing tents, we saw quite a lot of them. Here now are our top five discovered artists at the festival:

5 Dance Acts To See At Splendour In The Grass!

Splendour In The Grass is happening next weekend and to hype you up, we've rounded up five EDM acts that you should scuttle off to and see while you're there. There's some neo-soul in the shape of Sam Smith, some New York house with Phantogram, and Australian newbies Touch Sensitive and Wave Racer.

Our top 10 hip-hop albums of 2014...so far.

July marks a fairly lukewarm six months for hip-hop, outside of the bottom 10 albums. While there has been a lot of average projects and lazy comebacks to sift through, we have managed to emerge with a top 10 we think accurately captures the best in hip-hop of 2014..so far. Albums released after July 1st 2014 have not been included.

Splendour Sideshow Spotlight: Childish Gambino (Georgia)

Flitting between writing, acting and hip-hop has been the name of Donald Glover's game since self-releasing his record in 2008, when he was still enjoying a successful writing tenure on NBC's 30 Rock. Balancing a burgeoning career with Glassnote Records and another popularity boost with his work on the recently revived Community. Fast forward to 2014 and Childish Gambino has become more than a side project. With a live show drawing in thousands, Gambino has fused clever lyrics with infectious beats that appeals to both the hip-hop lovers as well as the hipsters. A cocky confidence exists throughout the 30 year old's music, as he raps on 2011's "Bonfire": "'Man, why does every black actor gotta rap some?' I don't know, all I know is I'm the best one."

the AU playlist: 6 new songs by Splendour In The Grass 2014 acts

It's almost here! The hotly anticipated Splendour In The Grass, where a great range of contemporary acts will vie for the coveted "best set ever" status while the rest of Australia try and live the event through a mixture of radio and social media. Many acts, such as co-headliners Interpol, have their fair share of classics to choose from, but will also be showcasing new material; some of which we have had to wait years for. Here are six relatively new songs to wrap your head around before the massive weekend, chuck these on your playlists and commit the lyrics to memory.

Our 14 Favourite Records of 2014...So Far.... Part Two: 6 - 1

In the second part of our countdown of our favourite albums of 2014 so far, AU contributors ranked the following albums as some of the best pieces of music produced by both international and Australian artists as of this point in the year. Some may be surprising, others may not, either way, if you've not yet checked out the following, perhaps now is the time to do so!

Our 14 Favourite Records of 2014...So Far.... Part One: 14 - 7

It's that time of the year where everyone takes a look through their new record collections and if you're like us, you're wondering just how it's possible so much good music has been released in 2014 already! We asked our contributors to give us their favourite albums of 2014 as of this halfway point and as the results show, there's definitely some musical gold in the ranks. Take a look at the first installment of the AU's 'Top 14 of 2014' below!

From around the world to Quebec: My discoveries of the 35th Annual Festival International de Jazz de Montreal.

Now in its 35th year, the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal - or the Montreal Jazz Festival to us non-Francophones - is one of the world's best known music events, sitting alongside New Orleans and Montreux as the most respected of the Jazz world. Today brings to an end their 2014 calendar, which saw over 800 performances during the 11 day event at some 20 venues.

Splendour Sideshow Spotlight: Lily Allen (London)

Lily Allen has always been a performer who hasn't shied away from giving as much as she gets from her crowds. The Londoner who has been irking critics as much as she's been impressing them since breaking out in 2006, made a return to music this year, four years after announcing she was officially going on hiatus. Some may have thought being a businesswoman and mother wasn't enough to keep Allen's creative cogs turning but for others, 2014 was the perfect time for 'Sheezus' to rise again.

The Music That Made Us: Olympic Ayres (Sydney)

The duo of Olympic Ayres had their track "Control" out for just under a month now. It's a chilled jam of groove that will make a part of their forthcoming Leisureplex EP, to be released mid-September. For our 'Music That Made Us' series, Nathan from the duo gave us his picks on what motivated all this dope funkiness for this upcoming release.

Feature: Remembering Krautrock - Reflecting on the Groups who started Electronic Music (Part Two)

If you know where to look, electronic music has roots in surprising places. You could say that the influences of much of today's popular music can be traced back to post-war Germany when musicians began to experiment with sound and create music electronically. This generation had grown up since the war and found their country still dealing with its consequences.

Feature: 10 Unmissable Shows at the 2014 Darwin Festival!

The 2014 Darwin Festival brings possibly one of its strongest programs yet this year, being Artistic Director Edwina Lunn's final year at the helm. Celebrating not only the amazing culture of Darwin's artistic community, but that of Australia's performing artists, theatre community, music industry and more, the Darwin Festival this year proves again that there is something for everyone. We've picked out ten great shows you can't miss if you're going to be perusing the program trying to work out your own schedule for the August 7-24 event or if you'll be pondering whether or not to make the trip north for some warmth and good times this year.

"Dear Darwin..." - the AU wraps on the Original Recipe Music Festival & the 2014 NT Song of the Year.


Paul Brandis & Serina Pech

"Dear Darwin. It's been a decent while since our last meeting, but with the past five days and nights being filled with the organised chaos that is your local music industry, I think it's safe to say I want to be back for more..."

Feature: Remembering Krautrock - Reflecting on the Groups who started Electronic Music (Part One)

If you know where to look, electronic music has roots in surprising places. You could say that the influences of much of today's popular music can be traced back to post-war Germany when musicians began to experiment with sound and create music electronically. This generation had grown up since the war and found their country still dealing with its consequences.