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the AU interview: Lior (Melbourne) talks Kidgeeridge Music Festival, current tour, inspiration and more

After having burst onto the Australian music scene in 2005 with his debut album Autumn Flow, Lior has gone on to perform at the likes of the Edinburgh Festival, and has in complete contrast won The Screen Writer Song of the Year Award in 2012 for his song "Lullaby" commissioned by the ABC for the much-loved children's TV show
Giggle and Hoot. We caught up with Lior to talk about the upcoming Kidgeeridge Music Festival, his current tour, inspirations and more. Click through for the full interview...

Getting to Know AU sessions performer Brendan Maclean

Before his performance at this month's AU session taking place April 28, the AU review caught up with Brendan Maclean - the solo singer-songwriter and vocalist for international queer music movement: Stereogamous. We chat to the man himself about first instruments, influences, plans for the year ahead and more. Further information about the performance below...

the AU interview: Lucette (Canada) talks single 'Able May', SXSW experience and future plans

the AU review spoke to Canadian country folk singer, Lucette, while she was at SXSW in Austin. She had been performing at SXSW to showcase her first album Black Is The Colour, which was released in August last year. Lucette speaks about her song ‘Able May’, and how it was inspired by the story of a murderer, Bobby Reid. Lucette states that “the idea behind it was to come up with a character that kind of pushed Bobby into becoming a murderer”.

the AU interview at SXSW: Carey Mercer of Frog Eyes (British Columbia) talks about his next record.

the AU review sat down with Carey Mercer of Frog Eyes after they played us one of their new songs in SXSW. The new song comes ahead of their next album, released August 18th, which Frog Eyes played a lot of while at SXSW. Of the anticipated response to the new songs, Mercer says "it doesn't really matter, they are what they are. It's too late if they don't go down well."

the AU interview at SXSW: Animal Years (Brooklyn) talk recording a new record and sleeping in tents

the AU review sat down with two members of roots Americana band Animal Years, who were at SXSW to play eight showcases over the course of the festival - and doing so with some peculiar accommodation arrangements. "We've been here since Wednesday and we're actually camping in tents the whole."

the AU interview at SXSW: Hiatus Kaiyote (AUS) talks Star Wars, Tours and SXSW Success (part two)

We continue out interview with Hiatus Kaiyote, talking about the release date of their upcoming album Choose Your Weapon – May 4th. Despite the date’s significance in pop culture by referring to ‘may the force,’ the band insists it was unintentionally placed there, exclaiming: “Nai has never seen Star Wars!” They all briefly discuss what Star Wars characters they would be, before moving on to touring news.

the AU interview at SXSW: Tamsin Wilson of Wilsen (UK) talks UK-US differences, and the new challenges of her upcoming album

the AU review caught up with English-born, New York based Tamsin Wilson, front woman of the ethereal dream-pop band Wilsen while she was in Austin for SXSW. Wilson was working on wrapping up and releasing the follow-up full length to 2014's Magnolia EP. She described the upcoming album as "a mix of acoustic and electric", and mentioned that she'd taken a more active role in the production side of recording the album as well, saying that "it's been fun to try arranging songs whilst writing as well".

the AU interview at SXSW: Rangleklods talk new album 'Straightjacket' and single, "Lost You" at SXSW!

the AU review sat down with Danish electronic duo Rangleklods while they were in Austin for SXSW. The duo had just come off of four SXSW showcases and were there in advance of their upcoming second album Straightjacket, due out May 18th in Europe.

We chat to Elle King, The Ting Tings and Ivy Levan at SXSW 2015

While at SXSW last month, we hit the red carpet of Perez Hilton's annual One Night in Austin party, and caught up with a bunch of the amazing talent who were playing the event. In the first batch of videos from the day, Jules LeFevre caught up with Elle King (pictured), The Ting Tings and Ivy Levan. Watch the interviews below and see The Ting Tings reveal a potential visit to our shores!

the AU interview at SXSW: The Wet Secrets (Edmonton, Alberta)

We continue on with our SXSW interview series with Canadian group The Wet Secrets - surely the best dressed band at the festival. Filmed just after their set at the Canadian Blast BBQ, we chat about their set, their music and much more.

the AU interview: Ruby Boots (Perth) talks about her brand new album "Solitude" (out Friday) and touring with Tony Joe White!

Eclectic and acclaimed, Ruby Boots surely needs little introduction. After popping by to perform her latest single "Wrap Me in a Fever" (watch that HERE), the Perth songstress sat down to talk about her brand new album Solitude and touring with Tony Joe White, Shakey Graves and Shovels & Rope!

the AU interview: Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz (USA) talks about their new album "Foil Deer", out Friday.

Speedy Ortiz recently came out of SXSW as one of the sure winners of the festival. Playing one of the biggest sets of their career and having a surprise visitor/bandmate in comedian Hannibal Buress, the band have truly the best environment to see the release of their sophomore album Foil Deer. So, in the lead up to the album, we sat down with guitarist/vocalist and all around nice person Sadie Dupuis about the joys of the band and how Foil Deer came into being.

Stumbled Upon #040 - Slumberhaze (Sydney)

In our 40th installment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet Sydney's Slumberhaze, and chat about their latest track ‘Nothing But You’.

the AU interview: Fredrik Akesson of Opeth (Sweden) talks about new album "Pure Communion" and upcoming tour

Opeth have been around for a long long time, yet they continue to release groundbreaking albums that push musical boundaries, while maintaining a massive fan base. They have released eleven albums, if you include their most recent addition Pure Communion, and they will be touching down next month to share it with us. Opeth's guitarist Fredrik dropped a line from his home in Stockholm to discuss what is what like to record in the inspiring Rochfield Studios in Wales, his journey with the band and what we can expect from the upcoming tour.

the AU interview: Morgan Bain (Perth) talks being on tour, soul music and John Butler.

Morgan Bain has pure soul coursing through his veins. Having just released his incredible new single "Why Don't You Stay" and kicked off its supporting national tour, Bain's organic blues tones and down to earth groove are ready to take Australia by storm.