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the AU interview: Falls (NSW) Talk About Their New Album ‘Omaha’ And Upcoming US Tour

The year has been a long and fruitful one for Australian duo Simon Rudston-Brown and Melinda Kirwin, better known as Falls. The pair have just released their debut album, Omaha, and we caught up with them recently at the Hollywood Hotel, a venue quite familiar to the pair, to discuss the year so far, as well as their future plans. Falls began their career playing small, free shows at the iconic venue, and Melinda laughs as she recalls the memories. “When we were actually driving up towards the Hollywood to set up the first night, it felt like the craziest déjà vu I’ve ever had in my life...” she says. “It just felt like we were home.” Click through for the full interview!

the AU interview: Dan Mac (Sydney) on Art vs Science's new LP, a near band break up & growth as songwriters

This Friday will see Art vs Science release their long-awaited sophomore record, Off the Edge of the Earth and Into Forever, Forever. The time between album releases and the title itself may hint towards some kind of grandiose return from the Sydney trio, but it's an achievement this record even came to be. Creative clashes, a non-unified approach to songwriting and musical direction would hamper the band in the years following 2011's release of their ARIA Award winning debut, The Experiment, almost breaking the group up completely.

the AU interview: Derek Sanders of Mayday Parade (USA) talks new album and band's ten year anniversary!

Just in time for their ten year anniversary, Mayday Parade are set to release their fifth album Black Lines. The rockers from Tallahassee, Florida have continuously showcased their talent song after song, show after show, while fans all around the world fell in love with them. Frontman Derek Sanders shares his thoughts on the new album, their ten year anniversary and upcoming shows.

the AU interview: Sam Faul of Fifth Dawn (Western Sydney) talks about the importance of All Ages gigs, their formation and more

Ahead of their show this weekend in Sydney with Hands of Houses, we caught up with Sam Faul, the lead singer of emerging Western Sydney hard-rock/alternative metal band Fifth Dawn. We find out how she got started in music, how the band formed, get her advice for other up-and-coming artists, talk about the importance of all age gigs in Sydney and more! Read on:

the AU interview: William Cashion of Future Islands (US) on a rising profile & an Australian return!

Future Islands has fast turned into one of the world's hottest touring bands over the past year and Australia has not been exempt to the Baltimore-based band's effervescence and vibrant charm. Quickly making their impact on crowds off the back of successful appearances at Splendour in the Grass and then the Laneway Festival, where they also rolled out some indomitable headline sets on the east coast, Future Islands became more than a way to get your rocks off at a live music show - what they offered was akin to a cathartic live experience people would soon flock to at each opportunity.

the AU interview: Monica Strut from Vanity Riots (Sydney) talks about the band's origins and their upcoming show with Hands Like Houses!

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Ahead of their show this weekend in Sydney with Hands of Houses, we caught up with Monica Strut, the lead singer of emerging Sydney band Vanity Riots. We find out how she got started in music, how the band formed, get her advice for other up-and-coming artists, talk about the importance of all age gigs in Sydney and more! Read on:

Stumbled Upon #083 - David Aurora (Gold Coast)

In our 83rd instalment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet the Gold Coast’s David Aurora, and chat about his writing process, avoiding genre stereotypes and listen to his latest track ‘Crawl’.

the AU interview: The Riptide Movement (Ireland) on "Getting Through" and their upcoming Aussie tour

Breaking into the music scene in 2014, Ireland's upcoming four piece rock 'n' rollers The Riptide Movement are on their way for an Australian tour. Mal Tuohy (vocals and guitar), Jay Dalton (guitar), Gerry McGarry (bass & harmonica) and Gar Byrne (drums & piano) are sure to spread the movement with #1 Gold album Getting Through. We had a few questions for the band ahead of their 10 city line-up and thankfully lead vocals and guitarist Mal Tuohy had a lot to say about gigs, albums and busking!

the AU interview at BIGSOUND: City Calm Down (Melbourne) talk their new album, song selection and more!

Jack and Jeremy from City Calm Down caught up with the AU's editor-in-chief Larry at BIGSOUND recently. The alternative pop group have immediate plans for touring through October in advance of the release of their new album In A Restless House.

the AU interview: Nikki Monninger of Silversun Pickups (Los Angeles) talks about their new album "Better Nature"

Just before the release of their much anticipated new album Better Nature, I caught up with Nikki Monninger of LA based outfit Silversun Pickups to talk about working on the album with Jacknife, performing acoustically, plans to return to Australia and how this may be the quickest album they've ever recorded... Read on!

the AU interview at BIGSOUND 2015: Yukon Blonde (Vancouver) on the new record, touring and the wonders of cheese

We caught up with Canadian Indie rock band Yukon Blonde at the BIGSOUND conference in Brisbane. Having recently released their new record On Blonde, the quartet discuss their touring plans and how the album is being received internationally. Click through to read more...

the AU interview: Coda Conduct (Sydney) on how they write their raps, touring, Childish Gambino and more!

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Hip-hop duo Erica and Sally from Coda Conduct are two Canberra born girls taking the local hip-hop scene by storm. With a released EP Butter Side Up, touring plans and supporting actor-turned-rap god Childish Gambino, read what the pair have to say on their career as musicians so far. Click through to read more…

the AU interview: Charlie Wilson (Tulsa) talks Soulfest, becoming a New York Times Best Seller, and film aspirations

Charlie Wilson, now known to many as "Uncle Charlie", is not just one of the most respected and long-standing figures in soul, R&B, and funk, he is also an incredibly inspiring individual who has experienced more than you'd expect from that calm, collected voice. As of this year, the gifted musician has become a New York Times Best Seller for the first published work he has ever written: his long-awaited, warts-and-all memoir which details the dramatic highs and lows of his career to date; including his struggle with addiction and homelessness. Far from just a very affecting comeback story, Wilson's current state is a tight string of Grammy nods, show-stealing guest spots, and both commercially and critically successful albums, constantly introducing him to new generations of fans whether it be through the likes of Kanye West or his excellent solo work. He is living proof that age doesn't matter in music as long as you have the strength and determination to see things through and constantly reinvent yourself, while staying true to what made you famous in the first place...

Getting to know AU Sessions performer Paul Mason (Sydney)

Tomorrow night, the 8th AU Sessions will be taking over the Hive Bar in Erksineville, with performances from Kay Proudlove and Paul Mason. We caught up with the latter artist to learn a bit more about him ahead of the free showcase! Read on:

Stumbled Upon #082 - Tim Muddiman and The Strange (UK)

In our 82nd instalment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet the UK’s Tim Muddiman and The Strange and chat about touring with Gary Numan and Pop Will Eat Itself, recording with friends, and his upcoming release ‘Your Drugs’.