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Desert Trip Festival confirmed: The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan & more to appear

Recently, when there were reports of a 'mega festival' featuring some of rock and roll's most beloved names (think: The Stones, Paul McCartneyThe Who...) swirling, it seemed to good to be true. Well, doubters, think again: the Desert Trip Festival has been officially announced and it's coming out of the gates blazing with some MASSIVE names.

Win a double pass to Carmada's secret Sydney gig!

A one-off event is to be held in a secret Sydney location, hosted by Boost Mobile on Thursday 29 October.

The Best of ACL 2015 Weekend 2: Those who rock and those destined for big things...

Whilst the standout act for this weekend appeared to be Mother Nature and her thirst for dehydration and sweat, Austin City Limits in Texas still brought a collection of the worlds Music Powerhouses together to get bodies jumping this weekend. Today, Geoffrey D'Unienville takes us through this experiences and delivers his six highlights of the weekend - the acts destined for big things, and the ones who rocked it...

Music Video of the Day: Elk Road ft. Governors - "Not To Worry" (2015)

The beautiful thing about today’s Video of the Day is that it captures something we’ve all felt before: a need to escape when everything’s a bit too much. This clip accompanies “Not To Worry” by Elk Road featuring Governors, and if ever the visual aspect of a music video have complemented the audio to perfection, it’s in this one.

the AU interview: Jonathan Clay & Zach Chance of Jamestown Revival (USA) on Utah & their upcoming Australian shows!

With the band soon to arrive in the country for their first ever tour, we caught up with Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance of Jamestown Revival to find out a little bit more about the friends, their new record Utah, and what they might have in store for audiences as they make their way to Australia to play the Out On the Weekend Festival in Sydney and Melbourne, plus a few headline shows of their own.

Exclusive Playlist: KLP's Top 10 Love Song Dedications

Spring has sprung - love is in the air and KLP has put together the perfect dreamy love song dedication list to get your summer flings into full swing, exclusively for the AU review! Her playlist comes in advance of her performance as part of the Sea 'n Beats music festival (epic cruise ship party, is more accurate) happening next March. Listen to her tunes here:

Exclusive Music Video Premiere: The Bloom "She Said" (2015)

Currently based out of London, West Australian musician Luke Kordly who performs under the name of The Bloom has had a fantastic 2015 so far. Fans embraced the release of The Bloom's debut single and EP How It Starts and through live shows in London, Luke's been able to connect even more with his fan base. Today, we're proud to premiere the music video for the track "She Said". Click through to watch the clip in full!

Live Review: Dead Letter Circus + 10 Years + Guards of May - The Forum, Melbourne (10.10.15)

On the back of their ARIA top 10 album Aesthesis, Queenslanders Dead Letter Circus hit Melbourne’s Forum Theatre with 10 Years and Guards of May in tow to deliver three hours of straight up alt-rock goodness.

Single of the Day: LANU ft. Megan Washington - "Dragon Sun" (2015)

Lance Ferguson has taken some time out from generating some serious soul/funk heat with The Bamboos to take a dip into the sun-drenched Pacific with his latest single under his Lanu moniker, "Dragon Sun". Teaming up with Megan Washington once more, Ferguson's new single conjures the romanticised images of the South Seas and the rhythmic ebbs and flows of the waves lapping against some idyllic and golden beaches.

The AU Interview: Cheap Fakes (Brisbane) Chat Live Performances and Their New Album

Having just released their new album, Modern Vintage, Brisbane’s Cheap Fakes are about to embark on a national tour. We caught up with them before it kicked off to discuss their experiences producing the new record, and how best to capture the energy of a live performance. Check out the interview below!

The AU Interview: Banoffee (Melbourne) Talks New EP And Production Experiences

Following the release of her new EP, Do I Make You Nervous?, we caught up with Melbourne’s Banoffee to discuss the EP, and her production experiences in the US. For the singer and producer, the record represents where she was as a musician at the time, and how she’s developed since. “When you release a record, you’ve been working on it for so long that by the time it comes out, it’s where you were, not really where you’re at,” she explains. “But it’s definitely had an impact on where I am now.” The EP was a chance for her to explore different types of music and genres that she hadn’t previously worked in. “I had a lot of fun with it,” she says. “I took a lot of risks.”

the AU interview: MC Bad Genius & Dan W Sweat (Sydney) on the return of The Philly Jays!

This month, the Philadelphia Grand Jury officially made their return, releasing their sophomore album, Summer of Doom. An album that almost wasn't even made but spurred on following the overwhelmingly positive response to their small run of shows around Australia in 2014, the record arguably has the trio at their refreshed best. It would seem that time away does help heal. Ahead of the album's release, MC Bad Genius and Dan W Sweat dropped by AU HQ in Sydney to chat about getting back together, working out of Berkfinger's studio in Berlin and their upcoming national tour.

Kendrick Lamar announced for Byron Bay Bluesfest 2016; sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne

The last time Australia saw Kendrick Lamar, the irrepressible Compton emcee was playing stadiums across the country in support of Eminem at Rapture Festival. This time, the To Pimp a Butterfly genius will be headlining arenas on a two-show (so far) tour in addition to a headline slot at Byron Bay Bluesfest 2016.

Live Review: The Queen Extravaganza Show - The Star Event Centre, Sydney (07.10.15)

Attempting to fill the shoes of anyone in Queen is a difficult, and almost impossible task. Though for the official cover band, where members are chosen by Brian May and Roger Taylor, The Queen Extravaganza is injected with an aura of legitimacy in their quest to continue the Queen experience. How did they go when they played The Star Event Centre last week? Lachlan brings us this review.