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Photo Gallery: Jack Carty + Jordan Millar - The Newsagency, Sydney (28.03.15)

Jack Carty and Jordan Millar sold out two shows at The Newsagency on Saturday night. They were ‘by request’ shows with the set list pulled from a hat during the gig. Bruce Baker was there to capture the magic of the night.

Single Stream: Bad//Dreems "Cuffed & Collared" (2015)

Adelaide rockers Bad/Dreems have been busy tinkering away in the studio with the legendary Mark Opitz (AC/DC, Cold Chisel, The Angels, INXS) and have come out swinging what is perhaps their best song to date. "Cuffed & Collard" is taken from the band's forthcoming debut LP and smashes rough and rugged garage rock on top of heartfelt vocals and a nice sense for melody.

the AU interview at SXSW: Aaron Bruno of AWOLNATION (Los Angeles) talks touring, surfing, the new record "Run" and more!

the AU review sat down with Los Angeles based group AWOLNATION's frontman Aaron Bruno while at SXSW earlier this month. We talk about the madness of SXSW, "it's kind of like how life on the road is in general... I think people come together at South by and experience a little bit of what it's like for us touring folk on a day to day basis..."

Watch M Phazes and Thief join Penelope Austin to cover the Kasey Chambers and Bernard Fanning track "Bittersweet"

Last Tuesday saw the annual tradition of the APRA Music Awards hit Sydney, a celebration of the Australian music which has made the biggest impact at home and around the globe over the past 12 months. Thanks to a special between Moshcam and APRA, the "Song of the Year" live performances were recorded and streamed, seeing the tracks covered by some of the nation's most talented musicians. The fourth video in this series sees M Phazes and Thief join Penelope Austin to cover the Kasey Chambers and Bernard Fanning track "Bittersweet":

Album Review: Tobias Jesso Jr - Goon (2015 LP)

Our most-loved songs are often from a heartbroken man. And while Goon has an undoubtedly autobiographic touch to it, Tobias Jesso Jr at least takes on the persona of any sad lover pining helplessly for what once was. Sure a whole album dedicated to heartbreak has its melodrama, but Jesso Jr brought his real-life experience to song writing and the marriage of straight-talk lyrics and a vintage orchestral touch has somewhat of a soundtrack quality.

Single Stream: Ruby Boots "Wrap Me in a Fever" (2015)

Ruby Boots is busy prepping her forthcoming debut album Solitude and has given fans the second single, "Wrap Me in a Fever". The track wraps itself snugly around her tender vocals, lifting it with a bright instrumental and a nice, catchy melody. Listen to the soulful track below:

the AU interview at SXSW: P.S. (Paul Saulnier) of PS I Love You (Kingston, Canada) on Australian bands, the live show, leaving your home and old musicians.

the AU review sits down with Paul Saulnier of Canadian outfit PS I Love You at SXSW to talk about the festival, their latest music with For Those Who Stay, working with Paper Bag Records in Toronto, potential trips to Australia, his favourite Australian bands, evolving the live show "we've gotten better at it, I think... we don't even have to practice anymore", seeing old musicians like Neil Young live, plus he gives us an idea of what's coming next and more...

Stumbled Upon #034 - Edgarville (United Kingdom)

In the 34th installment of ‘Stumbled Upon’, we meet the UK's Edgarville and chat about keeping things simple, their upcoming 3 month tour around the UK and get to know a little more about the band. Read on:

the AU interview: Greg Sanders from Emperors (Perth) talks honesty before egos, their second (and final) album and the end of the band.

With the release of their second album Chupacabra signalling the end of the band, we chatted to Greg Sanders from Emperors about his time with the band, thoughts on the industry and what new projects there may be coming up...

Exclusive Single Premiere: Quintessential Doll "Thunder Gods" (featuring Clio Em) (2015)

Self-described as "darkly whimsical folktronica", Quintessential Doll are an up-and-coming Brisbane outfit fronted by Steph Linsdell, who is today premiering her new track "Thunder Gods", featuring the incredible vocals of Clio Em, on the AU. The genre-bending track, jumping between the words of Opera, Electronica, Indie Pop and, indeed, "folktronica", is a stand out of the material released by the artist to date and to make your own decision on how you'll define her sound, listen to it here:

Watch Jimmy Barnes and Diesel perform a cover of Sia's "Chandelier" at the 2015 APRA Awards

Last Tuesday saw the annual tradition of the APRA Music Awards hit Sydney, a celebration of the Australian music which has made the biggest impact at home and around the globe over the past 12 months. Thanks to a special between Moshcam and APRA, the "Song of the Year" live performances were recorded and streamed, seeing the tracks covered by some of the nation's most talented musicians. Next up, we have one of the more surprising tracks of the night - Jimmy Barnes and Diesel joining forces to perform a cover of the track that won the award, Sia's "Chandelier".

Album Review: The Mountain Goats - Beat The Champ (2015 LP)

Have you ever teared up over an album about professional wrestling by a bunch of dads? Well, you're about to. The Mountain Goats are back with Beat The Champ, an album that's ostensibly about professional wrestling and is actually about life, growing up and watching children being born and all the messy, gritty stuff that happens when your heart beats.

Photo Gallery: Kingswood + Tired Lion - Capitol, Perth (27.03.15)

Kingswood performing at Club Capitol

The next stop for Kingswood's Microscopic Wars II tour was Capitol in Perth where they put on an awesome show. Supporting them were Perth's very own Tired Lion. Stuart Sevastos was there and brings us these photos from the night:

Live Review: Badhaus Thursdays at Rocket Bar, Adelaide ft. Electric Exiles + Cosmo Thundercat and more (26.03.15)

I can’t stress enough how great Rocket Bar is. Being open on a Wednesday night for Punk Ass Kids, Friday night for Cats and Saturday and Sunday, why the heck not throw a party on a Thursday night, right?! So that’s exactly what the dudes from Badhaus did! With entry only being 5 smackers and $5 drink specials all night long, your Friday mornings are starting to look hazier by the second... I know mine did!

Album Review: Laura Marling - Short Movie (2015 LP)

After a little time away from music-making, Laura Marling is back with her fifth studio album, Short Movie. Songs written in Los Angeles, but recorded in London, this album seems Marling’s most personal to date. There’s less weaving of intricate tales and personas, and a lot more, well, straight up Marling. On Short Movie, Marling - who’s been famously private about her personal life since she burst onto the music scene in 2006 - has, in her own way, bared her soul, and it’s one of the many things that makes this record a downright winner.