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Feature: Spencer White of Morning Harvey (Brisbane) & five Australian songs he wishes he'd written!

Brisbane's Morning Harvey are soon to be out on the road with their new EP love&loveand, hitting venues down the east coast through the month. Already being touted as one of the exciting new bands coming out of Brisbane's scene, blending some psych, post-punk and indie tones brilliantly, frontman Spencer White is also earning his fair share of acclaim as an entertaining vocalist and performer.

Feature: The 9 Best Songs of All Time by The Getaway Plan

In celebration of The Getaway Plan's new release coming Friday, Dark Horses (review of it can be found here), we take a look at our favourite songs by the band. With their strong alternative rock sound and emotive lyrics, The Getaway Plan have gone from strength to strength and we can only expect great things from them.

The Best of 2015 (So Far): Top 20 Hip Hop Tracks (Part One: 20-11)

The past six months have been good for hip hop, in terms of both mixtapes and studio albums. Kendrick and Lupe are head and heels above everyone else so far, thanks to two very distinctive, conceptual albums, but the quality of songs being released indicates that the two emcees may see a heap of competition by the time 2016 rolls around. From interesting production, to straight-up rhyme-fests, these are the singles we think have stood out as the best this year. No artist (unless featuring) appears more than twice, otherwise I might as well copy and paste the tracklist to Tetsuo & Youth. This is part one, 20-11.

Tour Diary: HOLY HOLY (Australia) take on The Great Escape, travelling, and more

While in England touring for The Great Escape festival, HOLY HOLY documented their experiences while on the road and share with us their tour diary. From driving through Europe and being regular tourists, to pre show exercises and visiting the great John Bonham's grave, follow the band through their travels overseas. Click through to see the full tour diary...

the AU playlist: 112 - Top 12 songs by the legendary R&B group

R&B fans rejoice because one of the 90's (and early 2000's) most endearing R&B groups are making a return to these parts for a tour, with all four members in tow. Slim, Mike, Q, and Daron will be down here when August rolls around, showcasing why they are such an important part of R&B's history and why their fans constantly beg for them to make a return to the studio. Throughout their career as a group, the Atlanta quartet have given us classic after classic, with 4/5 of their discography being met with acclaim from both fans and critics. To celebrate the forthcoming tour, we thought it'd be best to go digging through the R&B crates to bring you the top 12 tracks from 112, a mix of their most well-known hits and their more underrated songs. They were Biggie's favourite group for a reason.

Tour Diary: Mathas (WA) on the road with Funkoars (Part Three)!

The end of the Funkoars' national tour has taken some serious recovery. Wrapping up with a stomper show in their hometown of Adelaide, the entire Golden Era family rolled up to celebrate. Mathas, who has been giving us some insights into his experiences on the road with the hip-hop crew, presents us with his final tour diary installment - from reconnecting with the Big Village mob in Sydney, almost sleeping in Newcastle car park, to meeting everyone's hero Larry Emdur, the last leg of the Funkoars tour was a hectic trip for the WA MC.

Exclusive Playlist: Seth Sentry brings us some top tune recommendations!

Our Artist of the Month, a Mr Seth Sentry, has recently kicked off his massive 47-date tour of Australia, premiered a new video and amid all this action, has brought us some of his fave tunes. You may have heard Seth's picks on AU Radio through June, but before the month wraps and we unveil our feature artist for July, we wanted to share Seth's playlist with you today. From Chance the Rapper to Kasabian, there's definitely a few little somethings for you to get into.

Tour Diary: Twin Lakes (Newcastle) take on the Aussie BBQ, check out new bands in Singapore and eat some laksa... (Part Two)

Earlier this week, Twin Lakes shared the first part of their Music Matters Tour Diary with us. Now, we bring you Part Two, still at the heart of Music Matters. For their last three days in Singapore, the guys share their experiences with us, from city explorations and the Aussie BBQ, to discovering new music and meeting other Aussies. See the full tour diary below...

Tour Diary: Twin Lakes (Newcastle) take on Music Matters, technical difficulties and more

Newcastle's indie pop outfit, Twin Lakes, took the AU along for the ride while they were at Music Matters in Singapore recently. Join them as they show us their experiences through their first three days on tour, including epic flights, thong hunts, unfortunate technical difficulties,, and more. Click through for the full tour diary...

Dark Mofo 2015 Spotlight: Red Bull Music Academy Presents Eye: Circom

Those familiar with maverick artist Yamantaka Eye must have expected him to eventually show up in the early years of Hobart's increasingly popular winter festival Dark Mofo. So it wasn't surprising to see his latest, incredibly vast idea, Eye: Circom on the line-up, in association with those constant diggers of the experimental Red Bull Music Academy.

Dark Mofo 2015: Our favourite moments of Hobart's winter festival


Photo by John Goodridge

Hobart's dramatic Dark Mofo wrapped up 10 days of the eclectic and experimental yesterday with a mass nude swim in River Derwent. It was the third year of the festival, and by far the largest as more and more people from across Australia became aware of just how exciting and transformative the Museum of Old and New Art's celebration of the winter solstice has become.

Exclusive Track By Track Feature: Worry Dolls (UK) present their new EP "Burden"!

London indie folk duo Worry Dolls bring us their sophomore EP, Burden, a record that has already been winning a good round of support and acknowledgment off the back of it's June 8th UK release. The EP showcases the duo's brilliant harmonies, clever songwriting and licks of Americana and roots music all the while remaining incredibly British. The girls take us through the EP track by track - read on to find out more about their new baby and watch them perform each track; exclusively filmed at their recent London launch show.

Exclusive EP Stream and Track-By-Track: Burn Antares "Fur Coat and the Peace Boat" (2015)

Fur Coat and the Peace Boat is the newly released EP from Sydney five piece Burn Antares. The rockers have been schooled on the blues rock of The Rolling Stones and Jefferson Airplane, to the soul and funk of Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye, while the album was produced by Tony Buchen (The Preatures, Andy Bull, Tim Finn), and distributed through MGM. Today on the AU we're excited to exclusively present a full stream of the five track EP, accompanied by a track-by-track from the band. Listen to it here, and read on!

Is this the most elaborate album launch of all time? Introducing Camp Wildfire.

Next weekend, in the Kent Countryside of the UK, a special festival will be held dubbed Camp Wildfire for the first time. In one hand, it's a unique concept in itself: an adventure camp by day, a music festival by night, featuring a secret lineup of bands and DJs. But the three day event (held June 19th to the 21st) has been created to serve as an album launch for British ensemble Keston Cobblers Club, with their new record Wildfire being released earlier that week. It may just be one of the most elaborate album launches the world has ever seen.

the AU playlist: 10 songs we can't wait to hear at Red Bull Music Academy's Splendour in the Grass stage

The Red Bull Music Academy stage at Splendour in the Grass is always so very well curated, delivering a line-up spread over three days that is bursting with inventive, various styles. This year looks to be no exception, continuing the brand's commitment to delivering a world-class group of musicians across hip-hop, electronica, and experimental music from the powerful, soulful JMSN to dominate local emcee Hau. With such a wealth of great festival songs across the three days, we pick out 10 we especially can't wait for come Splendour in the Grass.