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Five performances you can't miss at Lollapalooza 2015 this Saturday August 1st - other than Metallica!

The sun may well and truly have set on Friday in Australia, but in a few hours, it'll be rising over the city of Chicago and thus heralding the first day of Lollapalooza 2015. Grant Park in Chi-town will be turned into a hive of music for three days and nights, with thousands upon thousands set to stream through the gates to witness the likes of Paul McCartney, Florence + The Machine and more perform. Recently we gave your our picks for five artists you can't miss on Friday's program, and now we cast our attention to Saturday, to be headlined by a little band named Metallica...

Exclusive Playlist: PVT (Sydney) Bring Us 10 Songs For Responsible Drinking

In the lead up to their slot at Small World Festival the lads from PVT have curated a list of their favourite songs for responsible drinking. In their words 'Music is one of the few things we would reject the idea of consuming in moderation. With that in mind, looks like we're playing a festival run by the maker of particularly good tasting local beer. We would prescribe a full glass of water and one of these tracks for every Young Henrys ale you consume at Small World Festival. Stay safe out there kids'. Wise words, mull these choice cuts over your sonic palette and maybe check out a few of PVT's own.

Five Performances you can't miss at Lollapalooza 2015 this Friday July 31st - other than Paul McCartney!

It's that time of year again as tens of thousands of people head to Chicago's Grant Park for the iconic Lollapalooza festival - a three day music festival that's considered one of the finest in the world. Headlining this year we have Paul McCartney, Metallica and recent Australian visitors Florence + The Machine. You may have heard of them. But the headliners aren't the only bands worth seeing at the event - over the next few days, we're going to bring you five bands you can't miss for every day of the event, starting with, naturally, Friday! Naturally, you have to see Paul McCartney... after all, Kanye discovered him. But here are five of the best of the rest:

Tour Diary: Foreign Architects (Perth) mini-documentary about Beerfest Asia in Singapore

Perth's Foreign Architects recently travelled to Singapore to perform at the annual Beerfest Asia Festival. Foreign Architects Matt Burke and Andrew Barnett takes us on a personal photo tour of their time in Singapore plus a mini documentary of some behind the scenes footage from the Lion City!

Tour Diary: The Beaches (Ontario) gives us the highlights from their ventures at T in the Park

Canadian girl alt-rock group, The Beaches, took the AU along as they blast their new wave of fem-rock across the Scottish plains of Glasgow at the T in the Park festival this July. From bumpy plane rides, to taking stage at the major annual music festival, these rocking teens shares with us their amazing adventures exploring the great cities of the country and performing in T at the Park. Check out the full tour diary below...

6 non-music things you should do at Splendour in the Grass this weekend

Splendour in the Grass may be primarily known for it's epic music line ups, but there's so much more to the mid-winter festival than just the sounds. Sure, rocking out to Blur, blissing with Florence & the Machine, and grooving to Mark Ronson are going to be highlights, but if you really want to make the most of this once-a-year event then you have to explore some of the non-music activities planned. From the long-running Splendour in the Craft to the exciting Splendour Arts program, these six things to do will make this year's Splendour experience that much more memorable and endearing for you. It's also the best way to make more festival buddies than you can count, stick out from the crowd, and expand your mind.

the AU playlist: 7 recently released songs by Splendour in the Grass 2015 acts!

During the past month or two quite a few of the earlier-in-the-day Splendour acts have released new material, as new as yesterday even. Here are 7 of those tracks that we think will really make an impact when they are - likely - given debut festival performances. If you're heading up to North Byron Parklands this weekend be sure to catch the following sets:

Music Industry Realities: The Challenges of "The Day Job" for the musicians you love

With a rising focus on "dole bludger creatives" and the threats of a tightened Centrelink by our terrible government... not to mention the arts council budget cull you've hopefully heard about (but don't get us started on that)... the AU review is publishing a series of features which highlight the realities of the music industry. In the first part of our new series, we look at how almost all of your favourite Australian artists have shitty (and some, not-so-shitty) day jobs they undertake to support their careers and help bring you the music you love.

Our ten favourite performances and discoveries from the 21st Annual RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa

Last week we flew to Ottawa, Canada, to cover the 21st annual RBC Bluesfest (you can view our coverage HERE), featuring some of the world's finest artists - alongside a selection of great Australians too! Along the way we had our highlights, in addition to our favourite discoveries! Here now are our five favourite from each category, placed in alphabetical order - though do note as we were only on site from the 12th to the 17th, this only captures a small selection of the massive 11 day event!

the AU playlist: Our 12 favourite Boyz II Men songs

It's very rare to hear a four-part harmony as powerful as that often heard coming from one of the many classics by Boyz II Men. Kings of the sentimental slow jam, remaining the most commercially successful R&B group of all time, this timeless collective will be heading to Australia once again come October, performing a series of shows promising 'The Hits'. Though the group is now a trio - Wanya, Shawn, and Nathan - after the deep-voiced Michael McCary had to leave in 2003 citing health problems, Boyz II Men are still one of the best live acts of their kind, having thrilled Australian fans the last time they toured here in 2012.