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the AU crew present the Best of 2009: Part One - Top 5 Albums

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The wonderful AU crew have joined forces to choose the best 5 albums of the 2009! Plus, selected contributors give you their personal choice for album of the year. It may surprise!

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Simon Clark's 7 TRACKS FROM 7 DAYS - December 2009

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This eclectic and varied list of tracks is singles, records, random online discoveries which have taken up a considerable amount of my listening time over the last seven days. I can only hope that all you people out there like them as much as I do. Enjoy! And come back next month for more.

Monday – Lewis Takes Action – Final Fantasy

A tale of two vastly different gigs in two vastly different countries.

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Melbourne contributor Rob Pechar recently travelled overseas, and brings us two reviews from his adventures - the first, No Age in New York City, and the second, Franz Ferdinand in London. Indeed, this is a tale of two vastly different gigs in two vastly different countries. We hope you enjoy it!

Summer Festival Spotlight: Week Two - LANEWAY FESTIVAL (NATIONAL)


In this week's Festival Spotlight, we turn our attention to the increasingly popular Laneway Festival.

Summer Festival Spotlight: Week One - DAY'S LIKE THIS! (SYDNEY)


Welcome to our new weekly series, placing a spotlight on the
upcoming Summer Festivals gearing up to take over Australia! For our
first week, contributor Chris Singh takes a look back at the 2009 Day's Like This!
Festival - one of the few alternative festivals designed for people who
love good music, minimal crowds and an amazing atmosphere.

Sydney Festival Launches with a Delightful Bag of Treats!

If there is one musical event which has come to encapsulate Summer in Australia, there's no argument that it's the Big Day Out
- the 2010 edition of which has now sold out around the country,
despite a lineup born out of a recycling bin. But in Sydney, there is a
parallel force for our Summer, full of original and often awe-inspiring energy, coming to signify the season for many: Sydney Festival. "This is Our City in Summer," indeed.

A Look Back at the History of KIA SOUL'S LIVE AT THE CHAPEL


It's a rare thing in this day and age to see a live music-oriented
series survive on Australian Television. Even programs on MTV and
Channel [V] don't seem to stick around for too long. There is one
popular exception to this rule, however. Kia Soul's Live at the Chapel
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SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS - Belongil Fields, Byron Bay - TWITTER FEED


Why wait for the full review? In an AU review FIRST, from Friday night
to Sunday night, Larry & Chris uploaded live tweets - both text and
pics - from Australia's signature winter festival.

Check out the archived embedded feed here:

A Sydneysider's Take on Melbourne's Big Day Out 2009


Having attended the Sydney Big Day Out for the past 5 years, it would
be fair to say that being sick of the crowd that attends this event is
an understatement. So, loving Melbourne, I decided to make the trip
down south for this year's epic BDO event - and boy, did it pay off. I
guess I better just say it now: Melbourne Big Day Out shits ALL over
the Sydney event.