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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.

Album Review: Gang of Youths - The Positions (2015 LP)

Already topping the Australian charts since its release, Gang of Youths present a warmth and fiery-edge to the indie scene of music with their debut album, The Positions. Full of raw emotion, an atmosphere of storytelling is played out in each track, with intricate and striking lyrics that you don't need to relate to to understand. In the words of Dave Le'aupepe and his band, love is seen as perfect but through it all, there are imperfections that can lead to darkness and what this record translates to is finding hope in the constant battle of chaos we call our lives.

Photo Gallery: Andy Bull + Cub Sport + Lanks - The Gov, Adelaide (16.04.15)

Andy Bull began his national tour at The Gov in Adelaide. While the weather was wet and cold outside, inside was warm and cosy. Lanks and Cub Sport were great support acts. Our photographer John Goodridge was there to capture a few snaps.

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.

Watch Sydney hip hop crew One Day dominate Triple J 'Like a Version' with Scribe's "Not Many"

Seven-deep hip hop crew One Day are unstoppable as they lead up to their highly anticipated 'Many Hands' tour, a follow up to their successful 'Mainline' tour last year. All One Dayers - Joyride, Horrorshow, Spit Syndicate, and Jackie Onassis - appeared on triple j's Like a Version this morning to rip through an energetic, harmonic cover of Scribe's "Not Many".

Alpine announce national 'Foolish Tour' taking off through June and July!

Alpine is back, baby! The six piece who have been out of the spotlight for a bit working on the follow up to popular debut album A is for Alpine, have recently announced their sophomore album in Yuck, released a catchy as hell single in "Foolish" and now, friends, Alpine have unveiled some new tour dates for fans to get around! The album is out on June 12th, with the national tour dates kicking off on June 24th and continuing right through until July 11th. With the band having spent time touring abroad off the back of A is for Alpine's American release, we're looking forward to seeing the Melbourne act's new live show as no doubt, they'll be returning with some of that high energy goodness Australian fans will be expecting.

Album review: Say Lou Lou - Lucid Dreaming (2015 LP)

Everybody knows I have a thing for Scandinavian indie. Swedish indie exports are at an all-time high at the moment and leading the assault are quality acts like electro-pop duo Say Lou Lou. Despite spending well over 90% of their time in Stockholm, it’s also interesting to note that twin sisters Miranda and Elektra Kibley-Janssen are one-half Aussie. It’s only minimal I know, but in their latest effort Lucid Dreaming, there’s something inherently ‘Triple-J-esque’ about it all and on first listen I’d be proud as all hell to claim even 1% of it as Australian made.

the AU sessions at SXSW: Animal Years (Brooklyn) perform "Rapture" off their album "Sun Will Rise"

As part of our pop up sessions series at SXSW, Brooklyn's Animal Years popped by to play a version of their track "Rapture", taken from their latest album Sun Will Rise. Watch the performance in full now on the AU:

Photo Gallery: Thundamentals + Baro + I Am D - The Zoo, Brisbane (16.04.15)

Thundamentals, Baro and I Am D raised the roof at The Zoo in Brisbane last night, Julian Panetta went along to bring you these photos. Check them out here on the AU:

Exclusive Single Premiere: The Deloraines "Wasted" (2015)

We're excited to bring you the exclusive premiere of the single "Wasted" from Melbourne indie rockers The Deloraines, which seeps of the oh-so-cool vibes of bands like Arctic Monkey and Queens of the Stone Age. The track was recorded and mixed in the Master Bedroom by Brad Dadson and mastered by Rob Grant at Poons Head Studios in Perth. We're loving the track and you should too. Listen here:

VideAU Tech News Byte: Vevo now available on PlayStation

Mega music video hosting service Vevo (aka the people who's ads you turn off every time you watch a music video on YouTube) have launched their app on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in Australia.

Additional tickets on sale for BTS Melbourne and Sydney concert onsale 5pm today!

Due to unprecedented demand for K-Pop boy group BTS Australian tour tickets this morning, the promoter for the show has announced additional tickets to go on sale at 5pm AEST today (17th April).

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 17th April 2015

In This Issue: we look at the brand-new event planned for Vivid Ideas, the new charity auction set up by In Hearts Wake, and more details about the new Abbey Road Institute in Melbourne, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Stumbled Upon #039 - CRANKY Alice (Sydney)

In our 39th installment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet Sydney's CRANKY Alice, and chat about their latest release, ‘What’s It Like’, find out who and what inspired them, learn how they got started and get the word on what shows they've got coming up...

TEDxSydney unveils 2015 performer line-up

The annual celebration of ideas that is TEDxSydney has announced an eclectic and intriguing performer line-up showcasing the diversity, skill and multiculturalism of modern day Australia.