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Our six favourite discoveries Music Matters Live! 2015 in Singapore

Johnny Au and Larry Heath spent the last week covering the 10th annual music conference and festival Music Matters in Singapore, catching dozens of bands, a pile of talks and eating a whole heap of great food (of which no trip to the region would be complete without). Featuring over 70 bands from more than 12 countries, this event is very much positioned as an opportunity to discover new music from all over the world - and we certainly found a tonne of amazing new acts along the way. But here now, in no particular order, are the six acts that stood our for us the most....

Six Bands we Discovered at The Great Escape 2015 - and now you need to listen to them here...

With The Great Escape at an end, we're looking back at the weekend of incredible performances by sharing with you our favourite discoveries of the event! Now, some of these names we'd heard before, but all of them were bands we witnessed live for the first time. And boy were we impressed... here now, counting down in order, are our top six discoveries of The Great Escape 2015 in Brighton, England:

The ten artists you can't miss at The Great Escape

We're about 48 hours from everything kicking off at the annual music festival and conference held in Brighton, England, The Great Escape (TGE), which we're excited to be bringing you live and direct coverage from for the first time since 2012. Like similar events - SXSW, the recent Canadian Music Week or BigSound closer to home, there are too many bands to try and catch. In the case of TGE, we're talking hundreds. Over the past few weeks, we've been pouring through the list and trying to pick out the bands worth your time. Some we've seen before and can vouch for their excellence, and others we'll be planning to experience for the first time at the festival. And whether you're there or not, these are the artists you should listen to, artists you should see and experience for yourself (presented here in no particular order).

Editor's Picks: Our seven favourite performances and discoveries at Canadian Music Week (CMW) 2015.

At festivals like Canadian Music Week, bands from around the world try and impress fans and industry alike in sets around the city of Toronto that rarely last for more than 30 minutes. With hundreds of bands playing, no one journalist would be able to see everything on offer. But our man on the ground - Larry Heath - certainly tried - as he jumped from venue to venue over the 4 days he attended. Here now he counts down his seven favourite performances from the week (counting performances from May 6th to 9th). The end result is a mix of expected favourites and new discoveries. Hopefully you'll find something new, too...

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:

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:

Feature: Deutsch Duke's Top 5 Australian Collaborations

Born in the UK but having delved deep into the Aussie music scene as an artist and producer, Deutsch Duke (aka Dennis Dowlut) has previously collaborated with the likes of Elizabeth Rose, Gypsy and The Cat, Cassian, but has since struck out on his own, having just released his second single "Battleground" gives us his Top 5 Australian Collaborations. With a mix of old classics and newer tracks, this list's got some killer tunes...

The 2nd Annual AU Review SXSW Music Awards!

As we fly back to Australia from our sixth annual week of coverage at SXSW in Austin, Texas, we've spent some time reflecting on our experiences and now present to you the second annual AU review SXSW Music Awards - acknowledging the bands who made the biggest impressions on us at the event. These awards were voted on by our team at the event: Larry Heath, Sosefina Fuamoli, Jules LeFevre and Johnny Au! Read on:

Herny from Melbourne's Clowns names his Top 5 Australian Venues

Melbourne Rockers Clowns are heading off on tour from this Friday (February 20th) and release their brand new album Bad Blood via Poison City Records. In anticipation, Herny from the group took some time out to share with us his five favourite venues in Australia, some of which they'll be hitting up along their massive Australian tour!

Our 5 Favourite Performances at St Jerome's Laneway Festival

And after three weekends of festival mayhem around Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, the 2015 run of St Jerome's Laneway Festival dates have come to an end. And for each of us, we definitely had our favourite moments. We're sure you did as well! But here are five of ours...

Exclusive: Josh Lovelace from NEEDTOBREATHE presents his list of 5 Bands you need to see live

Ahead of their Australian tour next month, we caught up with Josh Lovelace from the band NEEDTOBREATHE, who let us in on the five bands (other than his own, of course) who he reckons we all need to see live...

Best of 2014 Countdown: Best 40 Australian Albums of the Year

Earlier this month we revealed our top 40 albums of 2014, which included 14 albums from Australia (including The Smith Street Band as our number one!). As we did last year, however, we want to make sure as many Australian albums are highlighted as possible! So, we've gone back to our list of votes from AU's fine contributors and put together a list of the top 40 Australian albums (LPs and EPs both eligible) of 2013!

the AU review's 15 most anticipated Australian records of 2015

After an incredible year of new Australian music in 2014, we have an incredible array of records in the pipeline for the new year. Some are from bands who we've been waiting to hear from again for years... some for the first time... others are continuously pumping out incredible music and we have no desire for them to stop! In no particular order, here are the fifteen Australian albums (some confirmed, some still to be...) that we can't wait for (or at the very least are hoping for...) in 2015:

Best of 2014 Countdown: Top 20 Hip Hop albums - Part 2: The Top Ten

The year may have started off slow for hip hop in 2014, but this year has ended up giving us some excellent projects ranging from stunning, experimental debuts to some of the best one-producer albums we have seen in years. Some albums may not have one stand-out single, but surpass the competition when taken as a whole, hence the differences seen in our top hip hop and R&B tracks of 2014.

Best of 2014 Countdown: Top 20 Hip Hop Albums - Part 1: 20-11

The year may have started off slow for hip hop in 2014, but this year has ended up giving us some excellent projects ranging from stunning, experimental debuts to some of the best one-producer albums we have seen in years. Some albums may not have one stand-out single, but surpass the competition when taken as a whole, hence the differences seen in our top hip hop and R&B tracks of 2014.