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Nine things we learnt from our first ever Calgary Stampede

Last week, the AU headed to Calgary in Alberta, Canada for the Calgary Stampede. Now in its 103rd year - though with origins dating back to the 1800s - the event is steeped in tradition and an icon of the Canadian Summer. It's the sort of festival you have to attend to fully comprehend, and, naturally, we learnt a lot about the event by doing just that. So here now are the nine things we learnt from our first Stampede experience...

10 lesser-known Australian acts you should definitely check out at Splendour in the Grass

In just over a week North Byron Parklands will once again come to life with Splendour in the Grass, kicking off three full days of Australia's highly anticipated mid-year music festival headlined by the likes of Blur and Florence & The Machine. As always, big name Aussies acts are looking to - and will - steal the show numerous times across the weekend, from legends The Church, the triumphant returns of The Grates and Paul Mac, the dominance of Peking Duk and Flight Facilities, and the uber successful Tame Impala.

the AU playlist: Our 12 favourite Ginuwine songs...that aren't "Pony"

I recently read somewhere that Ginuwine is considered a one-hit wonder in some circles, with only "Pony" really carrying across to a younger generation through pop culture references based on the song's ultra-sexed-up content and unique, Timbaland-defining production. That's wrong, really wrong. Though "Pony" is his most well known song, it is far from the only one Ginuwine has watched tear up the charts; it's a string of hits which saw him become one of the top selling solo R&B performers of the 90's, and to a lesser extent early 2000's. With a big range and a sharp ear for production, Ginuwine has delivered some great R&B hits over the years. With him set to tour Australia for the first time later this year, we look at 12 of our favourites which we hope to hear when he performs a series of club shows down here.

Seven acts you shouldn't miss at the 2015 RBC Ottawa Bluesfest from July 12th until the 19th.


Photo Credit: Mark Horton

Over the next 10 days, the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest (which kicked off on July 8th) is taking over Canada's capital city, with an incredible - and vast - array of artists from around the world. The event kicked off yesterday - but as we don't arrive at the event until July 12th, we wanted to bring you our picks of the festival from July 12th until the event ends on the 19th! Read on...

Exclusive Playlist: Tuka gives us four of his favourite tunes on 'L.D.T.E' release day!

Today marks the release of Tuka's third solo album, Life Death Time Eternal and already, the response has been extremely dope. As our Artist of the Month for July, the rapper has recently taken over AU Radio, today has announced a national tour for the album and he's brought us a little slice of what music influences him and hell, some tunes he's digging hard at the moment. Check his playlist out!

We talk to Mark Monahan - executive and artistic director of the RBC Bluesfest - about the 2015 Ottawa Bluesfest!


Photo Credit: Mark Horton

We're coming to you today from Canada where we're just days away from heading to Ottawa for their annual Bluesfest. The event officially kicked off yesterday and runs until July 19th (and you thought the Australian Bluefest was massive!). Ahead of the event, we caught up with Mark Monahan, executive and artistic director of the RBC Bluesfest, who shares his festival picks, gives us some insight into the event, and talks about the event's relationship with Byron Bay's own...

Exclusive Track By Track Feature: A look at MT Warning's "Petrified Heart" EP!

This Friday sees the talented MT Warning release his much talked about EP, Petrified Heart. Released through Create/Control, the record was made by Mikey Bee at home in his garage studio and represents quite a personal collection of material. Described as a confession and an apology, the songwriter bares all through some beautiful pieces of lyricism and arresting arrangements.

The AU's 15 Best Australian Singles of 2015 (So Far)

It's been a fantastic year of music so far all around the world, and now we're excited to count down for you the 15 tracks our contributors have voted as the best of the year from Australia. To be eligible, the track needed to have an official single or video release between 1 January and 30 June, 2015. Enjoy the list below and then listen to them all in our playlist!

The AU's 15 Best International Singles of 2015 (So Far...)

It's been a fantastic year of music so far all around the world, and now we're excited to count down for you the 15 tracks our contributors have voted as the best of the year from outside of Australia. To be eligible, the track needed to have an official single or video release between 1 January and 30 June, 2015. Enjoy the list below and then listen to them all in our playlist!

the AU playlist: Our 12 favourite RZA productions

Today (New York time) marks the 46th birthday of one of the most diverse, complex producers in hip hop history: Wu-Tang's legendary RZA. The influential, multi-talented artist helped shape the sounds of east coast hip hop throughout the 90's, and most importantly, continues to stay consistent with his work, never really straying from the style he perfected decades ago. Where other classic producers have let contemporary trends dilute their style, RZA has maintained a certain authenticity with his sound and it's led him to remain one of the most respected and anticipated beat makers in music.