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the AU Interview: Shane Parsons of DZ Deathrays (Brisbane) chats about Small World Festival

It’s been a busy year for DZ Deathrays since the release of their ARIA award winning album, Black Rat. John Goodridge chats to guitarist and singer Shane Parsons about what they’ve been up to and their upcoming involvement in Sydney’s Small World Festival.

the AU introduces The Beaches (Toronto): The band talk T in the Park, recording their new EP and all things Australia...

the AU review's Larry Heath sat down in cafe in Ottawa, Canada, with Jordan, Kylie and Leandra from The Beaches, the night before they were set to hit the stage at the iconic Ottawa Bluesfest. In their first in depth Australian interview, they talk about touring with Brody Dalle, writing and recording their next EP, improving as songwriters, playing T in the Park, Muriel's Wedding, sing a bit of 5 Seconds of Summer, we find out if they are "Directioners", if they know anything about the Australian band Beaches and much more...

the AU interview: JPNSGRLS (Vancouver) talk aggressive crowdsurfing, new material and tours over lunch in the UK

Photo by Larry Heath

the AU review's Larry Heath caught up with 'lead drummer' Graham Serl and 'singer' Charlie Kerr from Vancouver Garage Pop wonders JPNSGRLS (pronounced: "Japanese Girls") during The Great Escape earlier this year to chat dreams coming true, sweat dripping from the ceiling, new material and hidden venues. Catching crowd surfers and other big... big things are on the horizon and they're waiting, arms open... read on!

Stumbled Upon #070 - Black Whales (Seattle, USA)

In our 70th instalment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet Black Whales from Seattle, and chat about the simplicity of 1960’s Californian rock ‘n’ roll, finding their label via Twitter and get a sneak peak at their latest record, Through The Prism, Gently.

the AU interview: Jimmy Williams of Steve Lane and the Autocrats (Australia) talks Canada, other projects and musical discoveries

the AU review sat down with Jimmy Williams from Steve Lane and the Autocrats earlier in the year while in Canada, talking about Canadian adventure, plans for recording and balancing five or six different projects at once. Booking last minute shows, networking and enjoying touring are but a day in the life for Jimmy.

Getting to Know AU Sessions Performer Elwood Myre

Sydney's Elwood Myre, along with his musical partner Hunter Beasly, have emerged with soft and folky music that Australians would love to unwind to. With a warm and airy sound, Elwood Myre creates unique, expressive and raw tunes that has gained massive praise from Australian Radio and online music reviewers. Released in February 2015, their self-titled debut album delivers serene harmonies and relaxing tones which has left a lasting impression on the Australian music scene. We interviewed these Elwood about their intimate live shows, music influences, upcoming plans and more, ahead of their performance at the upcoming AU sessions. Read on for the full interview.

the AU interview: The Sidekicks (USA) talk Australian tour and Runners In The Nerved World

Ahead of their September tour alongside Australian favourites The Smith Street Band, we catch up with Ohio’s The Sidekicks to find out a little bit more about their new record Runners in the Nerved World, working with Phil Ek and what they have planned for when they hit Australia next month.

Stumbled Upon #069 - James Franklin (Melbourne)

In our 69th instalment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet James Franklin from Melbourne, and chat about his inspirations from Stevie Wonder to Sting and get a sneak peak at a track his debut EP, The Laundry Room Mixtape.

the AU interview: Sam from The Paper Kites (Melbourne) on working with Phil Ek, night owl antics and making it overseas!

Ahead of the release of their highly anticipated twelvefour album, out this August, Antigone caught up with Sam Rasmussen of Melbourne band The Paper Kites to find out more about the making of the record and what the group has been up to during their time off the road. Working with the awesome Phil Ek on the album, Rasmussen details their experiences in studio and the concept of overseas success.

the AU interview at Edmonton Folk Music Festival: John Smith (UK) on his artistic freedom and plans for new material

Independent artist John Smith had a chat with the AU's Editor-in-Chief, Larry at the uniquely Canadian Edmonton Folk Music Festival. Reflecting on his time so far and discussing plans to record new songs, click through to hear what Smith had to say...

the AU interview at Edmonton Folk Music Festival: Kevin Jones and Andrew Davie of Bear's Den (UK) talk touring and collaborating live

British alternative-folk band Bear's Den sat down with the AU's Editor-in-Chief, Larry at Edmonton Folk Music Festival. This is the second time the band has performed at the festival, having graced the stages last year as well. With a busy year in the works, click through to hear about their tour and plans for a new album...

the AU interview at Edmonton Folk Music Festival: The Once (Canada) talk festivals and touring through small towns

Folk trio The Once had a chat with the AU's Editor-in-Chief, Larry at Edmonton Folk Music Festival in their homeland, Canada. Geraldine, Phil and Andrew share their thoughts on what to record next, the strong collaborative vibe from the festival and how they're eager to come back to Australia. Click through to read (and watch) more...

the AU interview at Edmonton Folk Music Festival: Jenn Grant (Canada) on her upcoming Australian tour and EP release

Pop-folk singer Jenn Grant caught up with Larry at this year's Edmonton Folk Music Festival. An enthusiastic and welcomed performer to any folk stage, see what Jenn Grant had to say on songwriting and an upcoming tour to Australia! It's been nearly a year since Grant's last record was released, resulting in a successful stream of tours all over the world. Already familiar with the Australian stage from her time at Woodford Festival, Grant announced her upcoming shows at Melbourne Festival and will be doing shows for three weeks. On her time here, Grant says "the people are amazing in Australia and it's a beautiful country, the food is also quite good. There seems to be a unique spirit to that place in general, we had amazing shows".

the AU introduces Atarah Valentine (New York): discussing New York Music scene and his influences

In his first ever Australian interview, Atarah chats to the AU before his Lollapalooza debut to discuss the New York music scene, and who influences him as an artist... “It’s not what it used to be,” Atarah admits, talking of his experiences as an artist in New York. “At one point, New York had such a strong music culture, I think we’ve kind of lost our way a little bit but hopefully that’s going to turn around.” Things are turning around indeed for the emerging rock artist, having just recently announced a residency at Pianos nightclub in New York. “Rock music is dying big time in New York… [it] used to be New York’s strong suit.” Through this residency, Atarah hopes to connect with other artists within his community.

the AU interview at Lollapalooza: Angus & Julia Stone (Sydney) on touring with Fleetwood Mac & more!

For Angus and Julia Stone, this has been a big touring year, with the band starting 2015 performing at Laneway Festival in Singapore. When we sat down with them at Lollapalooza, they discussed their future plans and defining moments. “We play a folk festival in Edmonton in Canada, and then we head to British Columbia for a show called Squamish… then we go to Outside Lands in San Francisco,” Julia says. The duo is also scheduled to tour with Fleetwood Mac later in the year. “A few small shows… it’s very exciting,” Julia adds. “What a year.”