Hello Asia! Interview: Masato Hayakawa of Coldrain (Nagoya) on Japanese Metal and Soundwave Festival 2015!

Coldrain, the first band announced for Soundwave Festival earlier in the month left a lot of punters saying "WHO?". But Masato Hayakawa of the Japanese rock group took the response in his stride, "it definitely exposed a lot more people to our music". Indeed, in this case at least, there's no such thing as bad publicity.

the AU interview: Luke Pritchard of The Kooks (Brighton) on changing things up for 'Listen', touring the US and more!

Set to release their fourth studio album next month, The Kooks haven't had the chance to dwell too much on the record and the nerves which can understandably surround it. Having been on the road for much of 2014 already, the British outfit have already been forming the record for live shows and have been giving crowds tastes of their new creative direction. Ahead of their Reading and Leeds performances this weekend, lead vocalist Luke Pritchard is relatively chilled about the past few months for The Kooks and Listen.

the AU interview: Agnes Obel (Denmark) on her upcoming Australian tour, playing in churches and more!

Danish singer and pianist Agnes Obel will be bringing her stunning Aventine record to Australia this November for three special gigs in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. The songstress will be taking some beautiful venues while she's in the country, but it's these gorgeous and - in some cases - left-of-centre settings that she's no stranger to, as she tells us over the phone.

the AU interview: Frank Iero (New Jersey) on forming Frnkiero andthe Cellabration & constantly chasing the high of making new music.

Upon the 2013 break up of My Chemical Romance fans of rhythm guitarist Frank Iero didn't have too long to wait before the news of new material from the New Jersey native began to peter through the social media/internet channels. Working tirelessly since 2012 on material which would ultimately result on his new album Stomachaches, Iero hadn't even planned on releasing these songs. As such creative journeys often play out though, what began as a way of battling crippling illness, grew into what is now Iero's new project, Frkniero andthe Cellabration.

the AU interview: Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon (Sweden) on Australia, collaborating with Outkast's Big Boi and more...

the AU review's Larry Heath sits down with Yukimi Nagano of Sweden's Little Dragon to talk about their return to Australia, playing Summersonic in Japan, their latest record Nabuma Rubberband, their latest epic music videos, collaborating with Big Boi and more...

Gettin' to know our 6th Birthday Bands: All Our Exes Live in Texas (Sydney)

Tonight, we celebrate the 6th birthday of our website with a free event in Sydney, with Service Bells and All Our Exes Live In Texas performing alongside DJ sets from Smiles Again (Mind Over Matter), Bhanglassi and more! We took a moment ahead of the party to get to know All Our Exes Live in Texas, by way of Katie Wighton:

the AU interview: Neridah Wyatt-Spratt talks us through "Dare, Danger, Destroy: a hunt onboard HMAS Vampire"

the AU review talks to Neridah Wyatt-Spratt, Programs Manager at Australian National Maritime Museum, about their National Science Week activities, including "Dare, Danger, Destroy: a hunt onboard HMAS Vampire", a unique after-hours event on the HMAS Vampire on Thursday 28 August from 6.00pm.

The AU Interview: Mighty Duke And The Lords (Melbourne) talk Suits, Calypso and the Lorne Festival of Performing Arts

The boys from the Mighty Duke and The Lords sure know how to wear a nice crisp, beautiful suit. Just try not to get them near a pasta sauce or it will mean many hours crying in front of a washing machine. But apart from being one of the most fashionable bands in Melbourne, the group can play a real good calypso tune. They answered a few questions for us via the power that is electronic mail.

the AU interview: Brandon Mamata of Weightless in Orbit (Brisbane) on this weekend's Progfest!

Weightless In Orbit have a unique approach to progressive rock, bringing together many genres into the one comprehensive sound for their band. We sat down with leadman Brandon Mamata to discuss progressive rock, the band's ambitious plans and their appearance at Progfest in Brisbane this weekend.

the AU interview: The Naked Magicians' Chris Wayne (Brisbane) on the importance of foreplay & the show's return to Adelaide!

Adelaide audiences last saw Chris Wayne and Mike Tyler get nude on stage back in March, when The Naked Magicians debuted their raunchy magic show at the 2014 Adelaide Fringe Festival. Since then, the Brisbane duo have been selling out venues across the country, drawing fans who want a little some'n some'n more with their usual magic fare. Over a weekend in September, Wayne and Tyler will be bringing their antics back through the City of Churches for two nights of less than holy fun, this time taking on Her Majesty's Theatre.

the AU interview: Max Bemis From Say Anything (USA) talks "Hebrews" and upcoming Australian tour

You've probably got a few preconceived notions about Max Bemis, lead singer of aggressively eclectic indie-pop-punk-electro band Say Anything, but he's very cool and a lot calmer than the frenetic energy of Say Anything would have you believe. Ruby Niemann spoke with frontman Max Bemis about Hebrews, fatherhood, and Australia in anticipation of the tour later this year.

the AU interview: John Murry (US) reflects on his relationship with Australia, the music industry and his second album!

Speaking with John Murry off the back of his acclaimed debut record The Graceless Age and the following Sydney Festival shows he was set to perform in the early part of 2014 stands out as one of the more interesting ones I've done in the however many years I've been interviewing artists. Incredibly open and honest from the onset, the Californian-via-Mississippi musician delved into some pretty dark and painful places as we spoke about the record and his relationship with it. Recently, I was able to have another chat with Murry, this time about his next album which is being recorded in Melbourne this month.

the AU interview: GXNXVS (Gold Coast) talks remixes, collaborations and his new single 'Easily'.

20-Year-old producer GXNXVS is building an array of atmospheric beats like in his musical arsenal. A look at his soundcloud page simply has fellow electronica lovers bop head to the beautiful wonkyness in his tunes. His first EP Lately set this Gold Coast producer on his way to deeper explore sounds, and it’s reflected with his latest single ‘Easily’.

the AU interview: Dewayne Everettsmith (Tasmania) talks "Surrender" and future plans...

the AU review sat down with Tasmanian Singer/Songwriter Dewayne Everettsmith before he performed in Sydney for his own shows and as the special guest of Gurrumul at the Sydney Opera House. We chat about talk about his album and single "Surrender", future music plans and more...

The AU Interview: Josh Bentley of The Paper Kites (Melbourne) talks international touring and playing the Dungog Festival.

The AU sat down with drummer Josh Bentley from The Paper Kites last week ahead of their upcoming headline appearance at the Dungog Festival in New South Wales alongside Tim Rogers, Husky, and Meg Mac. Coming off a number of international tours, a string of homeland shows and celebrating the first anniversary of their debut LP States, we talked about how they are continuing to build their sound and what we can expect from the group.