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We Ask: Do you remember the first time you heard yourself or your band on triple j?

Ahead of tomorrow's Hottest 100 countdown, we ask The Preatures, Ball Park Music and Tkay Maidza to talk about the first time they heard themselves or their band on triple j. We also talk to KLP about the first time she hosted House Party... Filmed during the radio station's 40th anniversary celebrations in Sydney: Beat The Drum.

the AU interview: Sky Picnic (Brooklyn) talk about their new album "Her Dawn Wardrobe"

Last week we exclusively premiered the new album Her Dawn Wardrobe from Brooklyn psych-rockers Sky Picnic. Today we catch up with the band to talk about the record, their music, the origins of their band and much more. Read on:

Chet Faker talks about his Hottest 100 Chances for tomorrow.

Tomorrow is Australia Day, which means the winner of the Hottest 100 will be revealed - and finally we'll never have to hear about the whole Taylor Swift "controversy" again. Assuming she isn't eligible, there are two favourites looking to take out the top spot: Australia's Chet Faker and Peking Duk. Either could walk away with it - and wouldn't it be great to see an Australian win for a second year in a row.

the AU interview: Josef Salvat (Australia via London/Paris) talks about living overseas, writing in the bush and 2015 plans!

the AU review sits down with Josef Salvat to talk about his time in London, his upcoming move to Paris, his past EP, the future LP, other plans for 2015 and he discusses how he loves writing music in the bush of Australia...

Stumbled Upon #015 - Anthonie Tonnon (Auckland, New Zealand)

In our 15th instalment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet Auckland’s Anthonie Tonnon, and chat about his full length release, Successor out later this year.

the AU interview: Raf Rundell of The 2 Bears (UK) talks live show, Sugar Mountain, Bears in Space and more...

the AU review sat down with Raf Rundell of UK electronic duo The 2 Bears while he was in Sydney, Australia in January 2015 to discuss their latest record, a Bears in Space project, upcoming performance at the Australian festival Sugar Mountain, being a family man and much more! They're touring Australia right about now... dates are after the video below!

Beat The Drum artists reflect on their earliest triple j memories...

the AU review asks The Preatures, Ball Park Music and KLP to talk about their earliest memories of listening to triple j. Do they remember the first time the listened to the station? Filmed last week during the radio station's 40th anniversary celebrations in Sydney: Beat The Drum.

the AU interview: Circa Waves (Liverpool) on stalking The 1975, playing SXSW in 2015 and Arctic Monkeys.

In part two of our exclusive interview with English ‘garage pop’ band Circa Waves (filmed last week in Sydney), we delve further into the band’s extensive tour with The 1975 and the band reveals their possible ‘stalking’ tendencies. We anticipated their then upcoming Sydney show, including playing at a venue that has hosted the likes of Nirvana — no pressure there.

the AU interview: George Mitchell of Eagulls (UK) talks DIY bands & coming to Australia for the first time!

With the Laneway Festival just around the corner, we've been combing through the set times, determining how much of the day we're going to be spending dashing from stage to stage, trying to soak up as much great music as possible. An act we're particularly keen on seeing are Leeds rockers Eagulls. We first saw the band over at SXSW last year and during our chat with them then, they had told us how much they'd wanted to come over for a spell. Lucky for us, we weren't kept waiting long, with the band also set to play some headline dates in Melbourne and Sydney alongside their festival appearances. Vocalist George Mitchell caught up with me ahead of the tour.

Tkay Maidza, Ball Park Music, The Preatures and KLP talk about their triple j Beat The Drum performances

the AU review was backstage at triple j's Beat The Drum concert, held in the Domain in Sydney on Friday, January 16th. Celebrating the iconic youth broadcaster's 40th Birthday. While there, we spoke to The Preatures, KLP, Tkay Maidza and Ball Park Music about their performances at the event - who they were going to perform with, what their experiences were like (so far) and more...

the AU interview at the Falls Festival 2014: Joe & Dave of Glass Animals (UK) ahead of their NYE set in Lorne!


Photo: John Goodridge

Glass Animals certainly came and made their presence known with Australian crowds as they played all legs of the Falls Festival and Southbound, along with headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney this month. Ringing in the New Year in Australia, a country which has been showing consistent support for their amazing music for a while now, the band performed brilliantly across the tour, fans not wanting them to leave. On New Year's Eve, a few hours before they took to the stage, we briefly sat down with Joe and Dave to welcome them to Falls and to find out how things have been going since our last chat.

the AU interview: Circa Waves (Liverpool) talk about their record "Young Chasers" and playing shows with The Libertines.

Last week the AU review caught up with Liverpool indie rocker Circa Waves, who were in Sydney for the first time since they played Splendour last July. We discuss their new album, Young Chasers, which comes out March 27 in Australia. We talk about the tracks that caused Circa Waves the most grief in the album’s choosing process, which proves to be a touchy subject, and the band even promises listeners ‘a few surprises’ from the new release.

the AU interview: Hayden Calnin (Melbourne) on recording, the Peninsula Picnic & where 2015 is headed!

Melbourne's Hayden Calnin is just one of the many talented artists set to perform at the Peninsula Picnic out on the Mornington Peninsula this March - an event set to bring some amazing live music together with some glorious food and wine times in a beautiful setting. What better way to spend a day out, right? Calnin comes out from studio time to let us know how he's been going as we hurtle through January, what performing out at an event like this means for him and where we can expect him to be heading this year.

the AU interview Chris Faiumu aka DJ Fitchie from Fat Freddy's Drop (New Zealand)

In celebration of their latest EP release on iTunes and their upcoming Aus tour Chris Faiumu aka DJ Fitchie had a chat with me about all things Fat Freddy's Drop. We got onto a range of things like the philosophy of live music, the origin of band names and the generally good vibes and satisfaction of their upcoming fourth album!

the AU interview: The Lazys reflect on Canada and their album and look ahead to the Summer

Leon and Matty from The Lazys talk to Larry from the AU review at Festival of the Sun in Port Macquarie. We talk about what they've been up to since we last caught up in Canada during Canadian Music Week earlier in 2014.