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Tour Diary: Angus Dawson (Perth) takes on Music Matters, Exploring Singapore and more

Hailing from Perth, indie-electronic sensation Angus Dawson recently found himself abroad for Singapore's Music Matters festival. From conferences and gigs, to hangovers and exploring the city, Angus takes the AU review along for the ride with this tour diary. Click through for all his insights and photos of his international adventure...

Hermitude - the AU's Feature Artist for May - name their five favourite hip hop artists!

If you've not yet had a chance to get around Hermitude's new album Dark Night Sweet Light, this is the album you need to access on whatever music platform you've got near today. The recent ARIA #1 record has seen the duo rake in deserved kudos and as our feature artists of this month, we couldn't be happier that the wider Australian public has taken to El Gusto and Luke Dubs' brilliant knack for producing memorable new music in the way they have.

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

Mathas' tour with The Funkoars continues around the country and in this second part of his tour diary series for the AU, the Perth rapper brings us all the action from their time in Canberra and Melbourne! Things get sweaty, Vita-Brits are smashed and fire alarms are activated. Read on to see how things have been going down...

Tour Diary: BAD//DREEMS (Adelaide) take on The Great Escape, Getting to Know the Locals, and more

Adelaide-based rock band, BAD//DREEMS share an exclusive tour diary with the AU review on their exciting international adventure at The Great Escape. Taking us along for the ride from Leeds to Derbyshire and from Birmingham to London, the band give us the lowdown on their life on the road. Click through for their full tour diary...

Listen to Seekae, Victoria Kim, and Charles Murdoch remix the natural and unnatural sounds of Sydney Opera House

Inspired by Matthew Herbert's fascination with 'found sounds', the musical talents of Seekae, Victoria Kim, and Charles Murdoch were called upon to sample and remix both natural and unnatural sounds found in and around the iconic Sydney Opera House.

We get a taste of the VIVID 'Musify+Gamify' exhibition (On now at the Seymour Centre until June 6th)


Photo: Organisers Lian Loke and Ollie Bown

Recommended for music and gamer fans, as part of VIVID Festival, Musify + Gamify will contain interactive platforms in which audience members will be able to further explore the sonification of interactive music games as well as see showcases of different experimental musicians/bands. All of these will be held at The University of Sydney's Seymour Centre.

Tour Diary: Betty & Oswald (Sydney) take on Canadian Music Week, Songhubs, Comfort Zones and more

In the past, we've described Sydney's Betty & Oswald as "having their own brand of music– a swirling blend of jazz, cabaret, folk and something a little more slippery"... This year, the duo are back and bigger than ever, having just recently taken on Canadian Music Week. Now, they bring their international adventures home with them in the form of one awesome and insightful tour diary for the AU review. Click through for all the behind-the-scenes action and happy snaps...

Tour Diary: Dru Chen (Melbourne) gives us the highlights of his Music Matters experience and more!

Soul-Funk-Pop singer/songwriter Dru Chen has had an interesting upbringing. Having spent half his life in Melbourne and half in Singapore, it made sense for him to perform at Music Matters where he had previously performed as a guitarist for Brisbane singer Bec Laughton. Here, Dru takes us on a trip around his second home, sunny Singapore, from killer eats to radio to rehearsal to the stage!

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....

the AU playlist: 12 more songs we cannot wait to hear at Soulfest 2015

Today's second announcement for Soulfest 2015 was a big one. Headlined by Lauryn Hill and Miguel the list of acts joining the already announced artists once again positions Soulfest as a dream come true for hip hop, soul, and R&B fans around Australia. Come October, we're going to be witnessing two of the strongest female presences in music history lead a diverse and great line-up that spans from the 70s all the way to now.

Tour Diary: Demi Louise (Melbourne) continues her CMW journey with Sound Gallery and Aussie BBQ experiences! (Part Three)

From hanging out with SXSW pals Far Away Stables and wrapping up her shows at Canadian Music Week with Sounds Australia's Sound Gallery and Aussie BBQ, Demi Louise shares in her final part of her tour diary how much of fun time she had exploring the beauty of Canadian culture by going to a Blue-Jays Game as well as appreciating the amazingly nice people that she met who made her feel at home...

Tour Diary: Demi Louise (Melbourne) on co-writing "Crazy If We Don't" and Songhub experiences (Part Two)

The AU review brings you Part Two of Demi Louise's tour diary as part of her experience at Canadian Music Week. From co-writing a song called "Crazy If We Don't" to her rewarding experience exploring the Songhub with SOCAN curator, Gavin Brown who has made millions in sales through his work with bands such as Three Days Grace and Billy Talent, we see Louise learn more about the Canadian music industry as her CMW ventures progress. Read on for her second take Canadian adventures here.

10 Must See Shows of the VIVID Sydney Festival!

VIVID Sydney kicks off for another year this Friday and the line up is freakin' amazing, if we're honest. Such a melting pot of musicians, visual artists, performers and other creative brains in one of the most buzzing cities in Australia - it's going to be a great two weeks of shows for people to be checking out. Some of the artists we're excited to see do their thing are involved in all different aspects of the music industry; from the intrigue of goddess Grace Jones, to the heartbreaking lyrics of Sufjan Stevens - we're spoiled for choice!

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:

Tour Diary: Josef Salvat (Sydney) takes on The Great Escape, gigs, pigeons and more

Josef Salvat took the AU review along on his recent tour for The Great Escape. Salvat brings us quirky photos of his trip including his visit to Brighton, chill days at the beach, seeing live bands like Slaves and stumbling upon a pigeon that oddly enough, gives him a new perspective on life. Click through to see his tour diary in full...