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the AU interview: Benjamin Plant of Miami Horror (Melbourne) on the upcoming record and eighties love!

It's been a while between releases for Miami Horror. Fans of the band will say it's been an age, looking back on the 2010 hit Illumination with fond memories of a summer well spent, wondering where the time went. But with a new full length short on the horizon and the new single "Wild Motion (Set It Free)" already pegged to be yet another summer favourite, Jesse Lewis chatted to Benjamin Plant about where the time went, eighties love and the upcoming Australian tour.

the AU interview: Tim John of The Vines (Sydney) on 'Wicked Nature', being part of the new band line up and what lay ahead!

Fans of The Vines were excited to find a new album in the works after a decent few years out of the spotlight. Wicked Nature, dedicated to the fans who have stuck with Craig Nicholls through what can only be described as tumultuous times, is out now and naturally, we're looking forward to seeing the new line up consisting of Nicholls, Lachy West and Tim John (both members of The Griswolds) bring the new material - as well as the classics - to life on stage. Tim takes some time out to give the AU the lowdown on his and Lachy's background, Wicked Nature and the future of The Vines.

the AU interview: The Used (USA) on tour with Taking Back Sunday and their new album "Imaginary Enemy"

the AU review chat to two parts of The Used about their Australian tour with Taking Back Sunday, their latest album Imaginary Enemy, barber shop quartets and much more.

Gettin' to know the 6th Birthday Bands: Leisure Suite (Melbourne)

Tomorrow night, the AU review is partnering with Ruby Tuesday at The Workers Club in Melbourne to throw a massive 6th Birthday Party! We're getting to know all the bands playing the night, and today we get to know Leisure Suite.

the AU interview: Vance Joy (Melbourne) on bringing "Riptide" to America and introducing Australians to 'Dream Your Life Away'.


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At the time of our interview, I realise James Keogh aka Vance Joy and I are both struggling. We're both incredibly jet-lagged, having been at the mercy of a pretty hectic time in the US. Of course, the Melbourne singer has been doing the performing and promo rounds Stateside longer than I was over there, though we can both agree that Lollapalooza, while a beautiful festival, had the ability to break you as well.

the AU interview: Ian Hill of Judas Priest (UK) talks Soundwave, The Simpsons, Ray Brown and latest album "Redeemer of Souls".

Judas Priest have been kings of the Heavy Metal scene for around forty years and are one of the headlining acts at next year’s Soundwave Festival. Our reporter John Goodridge spoke to founding member Ian Hill about the tour and their latest album, Redeemer of Souls.

the AU interview: Zac Taylor of Titanium (NZ) lets us know about the group's single and future plans

With their two-year anniversary a matter of days away, the ridiculously successful NZ boy band Titanium are hard at work, focused on putting out material which satisfies their very loyal fanbase and continues to grow their global reputation. The band, a part of the SOL REPUBLIC Saviours of Sound, are prepping their latest single "Take Us Back" to coincide with their anniversary on Friday September 5th, so we thought it best to catch up with Zac Taylor from the six-piece, to talk about their past, present, and future.

the AU interview: Steve Smyth (Sydney) on his new record "Exits" and recording in LA.

the AU review sits down with acclaimed Sydney based singer/songwriter Steve Smyth to talk about his sophomore record "Exits" - which is released on September 5th through Ivy League Records - his time in LA recording it and much, much more...

Gettin' to know our 6th Birthday Bands: Kathryn Rollins (Perth)

Next up in our Getting To Know You series, we turn our attention to our Brisbane 6th Birthday Party, which takes over the Black Bear Lodge two weeks from today (Friday September 12th). First up, we get to know the amazing West Australian artist Kathryn Rollins who'll bring her unique sound to the night:

In The Studio with... Katalyst (Sydney) reflecting on the Quakers track "War Drums" with Guilty Simpson.

In parts two and three of our In The Studio... video interview series with Sydney's Katalyst, we delve deeper into his career, festivals, his past and future - plus, Katalyst reflects on the Quakers track "War Drums" with Guilty Simpson.

the AU interview: Timmy Trumpet and MC Savage talk "Freaks"

the AU review sits down with Australian DJ and Producer Timmy Trumpet and New Zealand MC Savage to talk about their #1 hit "Freaks". We also look ahead to their travels together, their adventures apart and get a taste of what's coming next...

the AU interview: Drawcard (Sunshine Coast): Paul and Andy on their new single "Kids" and the next EP.

the AU review interviews Paul and Andy from Sunshine Coast rockers Drawcard. We talk about their new single "Kids", their next record, their "Kids" East Coast tour and much more...

the AU interview: Adam Lazzara & John Nolan of Taking Back Sunday (New York) on "Happiness Is" & touring with The Used!

the AU review sat down with Adam Lazzara and John Nolan from Taking Back Sunday while they were in Australia, on a co-headline tour with The Used. We talk about the tour - and one of their main Australian support acts, Corpus - plus reflect on their past experiences in Australia, being Dads and their latest album, Happiness Is.

Gettin' to know the 6th Birthday Bands: Fortunes (Melbourne)

We get to know the bands playing our 6th Birthday Party in Melbourne next Tuesday night... next up are Fortunes, who'll be bringing their unique electronic sound to the Workers Club.

the AU interview: Blag the Ripper of The Dwarves (San Francisco) on keeping rock and roll alive and their Australian tour!

Long standing and well loved punk outfit The Dwarves are returning to Australia after spending, frankly, too long away this October! Bringing with them a stack of new material, a killer live show as well as all the favourites from what has become an extensive career, Australian fans in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane are in for an excellent time. the AU chats with Blag the Ripper ahead of it all to see what they've been up to in between making records and being on the road, how they're keeping the standards of rock and roll on the live front high, and more.