the AU interview: Stephanie Ashworth of Something For Kate (Melbourne) talks 20 years of S4K and Twilight at Taronga

Something For Kate has been a bonded musical machine that never seems to make a step in the wrong direction. Whether it be moody melodic refrains within Official Fiction or the more gritty sounds of earlier albums like Elsewhere For Eight Minutes, the band have an ability to just keep on keeping on. After twenty years, the group are still performing and will do so at an upcoming Twilight at Taronga concert. Stephanie Ashworth from the group was kind enough to answer a few of our questions.

the AU interview: Corin Roddick of Purity Ring (Canada)

The thirst for new Purity Ring was only recently relieved with the abrupt and whimsically unexpected release of a number of tracks from their new album, Another Eternity. With the release of the rest of the LP looming, I had a chat to Corin, one (splendidly lovely) half of the duo on the perks of audiovisual, genre restrictions and their progression of sound.

Stumbled Upon #025 - Follow the Lion (Leeds, United Kingdom)

In our 25th installment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet five piece alternative rockers Follow the Lion, and chat about being playing on the BBC by Tom Robinson and get a sneak peak at their upcoming EP.

the AU interview: Rufus Wainwright (New York) on his Australian return & keeping perspective on performances and his career.

Rufus Wainwright is one of those performers who, if you're a fan or have merely heard of his music, evokes a certain feeling of awe. His artistic pedigree is iconic and the projects that he has involved himself in over the past few decades have spawned some truly memorable moments in contemporary music. Having cultivated a strong fan base in Australia, Wainwright is set to embark on a national tour next week, off the back of the release of Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright, his first tour here in almost three years.

the AU interview: Shovels & Rope (South Carolina) talk about their upcoming Australian tour with Shakey Graves

Shovels & Rope are the husband and wife duo, Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, who have combined forces from their solo careers blending their individual styles of folk, rock and roll and country rock to name a few.  After releasing their new record O’ be Joyful late in 2014 they will be bringing their unique style for a co-headline tour of Australia with Shakey Graves ahead of a very busy 2015. the AU review's Larry Heath had a chance to chat with them about their plans for the Aussie tour, their live musical style and life on the road.

the AU interview: Rodrigo Sanchez (Mexico) on the upcoming Rodrigo y Gabriela tour & collaborations!

It's not long before Rodrigo y Gabriela make their anticipated Australian return and yet, it doesn't feel like it's been long since we last saw them. With a renowned stage presence and live reputation that has long preceded them, both Rodrigo and Gabriela have continued to step up the ferocity and passion in their music with their 2014 release, 9 Dead Alive.

the AU interview: Hinds (Spain) talk about Australia, working towards their debut record and SXSW

Recently, Spanish band Hinds, FKA Deers sat down at the AU review HQ to chat about their upcoming tour in Australia and the highlights of traveling the world, (though they can’t pinpoint just one), “Every time we choose a highlight, the next week we have another one.” Embarking on their first tour outside of Europe, Hinds are hitting up Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, calling it “the biggest thing we’ve done.”

the AU interview: Willow Beats (Melbourne) talk Womadelaide, field recording and their latest EP

The duo of Willow Beats are mysterious musical makers. Unconventional recording techniques are creeping into their songwriting methods, which in turn are making some of their work the most unique dance music to come out of Australia for a while. Narayana from the duo chatted to The AU Review ahead of their shows at WOMADelaide next month.

the AU interview: Tech N9ne (Kansas City) talks Special Effects, Eminem, Rock festivals, and more

U.S rapper Tech N9ne has toured Australia and New Zealand countless times, and he's still selling out shows left, right, and centre. Right now, half the shows on his upcoming 10 date tour and completely sold out, with tickets snatched up by fans who know just what Tech brings to the table when he's let loose in a live environment. In fusing his undeniable, classic hip hop with rock n roll more and more, Tech promises to bring that energy he is renowned for and treat fans of new material off his upcoming album Special Effects.

the AU interview: Alex Sowinski from BADBADNOTGOOD (Toronto) talk Sour Soul, Wu-Tang, Jazz Fusion, and more

BADBADNOTGOOD have cemented themselves as a creative force to be reckoned over the past couple years with their powerful fusion of instrumental jazz and hip hop. Ahead of the release of Sour Soul, a new collaborative album with Ghostface Killah, the AU Review had a chance to chat with Alex (drums) about recording in an analog studio, the happy marriage between jazz and hip hop and why Wu-Tang is forever.

the AU interview: Ori Kaplan of Balkan Beat Box (Tel Aviv/Brooklyn) on live shows, fusing genres and more!

The 'Godfathers of Global Bass' are coming to Australia this March. Balkan Beat Box are bringing their music that has been acclaimed and praised the world over through for a run of headline dates, including a much-anticipated appearance at WOMADelaide, which is sure to electrify and impress. We get the low down on the band from Ori Kaplan, their live show and more ahead of the tour!

Getting to Know AU Sessions Performer Imogen Clark

Anticipating her performance at this month's AU session taking place next week, the AU review caught up with Imogen Clark, fresh of a celebrated run at the Adelaide Fringe. We talk about writing, musical influences, favourite Australian artists and her new handmade acoustic CDs. Further information about the performance below.

Stumbled Upon #023 - Lights of Berlin (Perth)

In our 23rd instalment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet Perth's Lights of Berlin , and chat about their current national tour and get a sneak peak at their latest track ‘Chosen Ones’.

the AU interview: Wayne "The Train" Hancock (Texas)

Wayne ‘The Train’ Hancock will return to Australia next March, just eight short months after his last successful visit. Wayne makes music fit for any road house. With his unmistakable voice, The Train's reckless honky-tonk can move the dead. If you see him live, you'll surely work up some sweat stains on that snazzy Rayon shirt you're wearing. We spoke to Wayne about his music, his time in Australia and much more:

Getting to Know AU Sessions Performer Taryn La Fauci

Anticipating her performance at this month's AU session taking place next week, the AU review caught up with alt-folk artist, Taryn La Fauci. We talk about writing, musical influences, favourite Australian artists and her debut EP, Unveil, which is set for release Friday, Feb 20th. Further information about the performance below.