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Photos and Wrap Up from the AU sessions #005 featuring Ed Wells + Lincoln - The Hive Bar, Erskineville (30.06.15)

Last night, The AU Sessions returned to The Hive Bar in Erskineville for our fifth instalment, featuring local artists Lincoln and Ed Wells. Both talented artists graced us with the accompaniment of a keyboard - while Ed also had a backing guitarist to round out his amazing sound. We may be a bit bias, but we think it was the best AU Sessions yet!

Exclusive Acoustic Session: Frank Turner (UK) performs the beautiful "The Angel Islington" off his upcoming new record!

the AU review presents an exclusive AU session with UK artist Frank Turner, filmed while he was in Australia earlier this year for Bluesfest. The video captures Frank playing a solo and acoustic version of his brand new song "The Angel Islington", taken from his just announced new record, Positive Songs For Negative People, which will be released August 7th via Xtra Mile Recordings / Universal Music Australia.

The Filth returns to Sydney after five years with free weekly events in Bondi and Erskineville

After a five year hiatus, the weekly live music night The Filth has returned to Sydney and it's about to enter its second week after a successful launch with Asta, Grand Pavilion and Filthy DJs. The event is set to be held every Thursday at the The Imperial Hotel Erskineville and Friday at The Beach Rd Hotel in Bondi and this week will see B Wise and Citizen Kay bust open their round two events.

the AU playlist: 10 songs we cannot wait to hear at OutsideIn 2015

For fans of hip hop and soul, today's first line up announcement for OutsideIn has been some big news. First, we've got neo-soul luminary Bilal heading down with his 8-piece band in tow, and then we've got two southern rap heavyweights from two very different eras, both obsessed with Cadillacs: Devin the Dude from the 90's, and Big K.R.I.T from the now. In addition to this, we've got nice list of acts that span various styles in electronica, techno, and house, most of which have a very loyal fanbase to place Sydney's most innovative boutique festival once again at the front of the pack of music events happening later this year. While half the line-up is still yet to be announced (20 acts coming, to be exact), we thought we'd look at the current list of names and bring you 10 songs we cannot wait to hear live at Manning House on Satuday 26th September.

Music Video of the Day: Ayla "Waiting" (2015)

One of the many talented individuals flourishing under the wing of Mucho Bravado, 19 year old Sunshine Coast songstress Ayla recently released a new music video for her tantalising single "Waiting". The tune has been gaining some solid momentum on community radio as well as triple j and has been a song that was fast stuck in our heads when we first heard it.

Best of 2015 (So Far): Our top 20 hip hop tracks of mid-2015 (Part Two)

The past six months have been good for hip hop, in terms of both mixtapes and studio albums. Kendrick and Lupe are head and heels above everyone else so far, thanks to two very distinctive, conceptual albums, but the quality of songs being released indicates that the two emcees may see a heap of competition by the time 2016 rolls around. From interesting production, to straight-up rhyme-fests, these are the singles we think have stood out as the best this year. No artist (unless featuring) appears more than twice, otherwise I might as well copy and paste the tracklist to Tetsuo & Youth. This is part two, 10-1

Album News Weekly: 1st July 2015

In This Issue: This week features a strong range of releases to bring some rock and pop into this officially wintry season. From Britain to the US to our own backyard enjoy this weeks array of EPs and albums!

Feature: Spencer White of Morning Harvey (Brisbane) & five Australian songs he wishes he'd written!

Brisbane's Morning Harvey are soon to be out on the road with their new EP love&loveand, hitting venues down the east coast through the month. Already being touted as one of the exciting new bands coming out of Brisbane's scene, blending some psych, post-punk and indie tones brilliantly, frontman Spencer White is also earning his fair share of acclaim as an entertaining vocalist and performer.

Feature: Best Songs of All Time by The Getaway Plan

In celebration of The Getaway Plan's new release coming Friday, Dark Horses (review of it can be found here), we take a look at our favourite songs by the band. With their strong alternative rock sound and emotive lyrics, The Getaway Plan have gone from strength to strength and we can only expect great things from them.

Kendrick Lamar releases powerful music video for "Alright"

Following his stirring BET Awards performances, Kendrick Lamar has finally released the long anticipated music video for single "Alright", taking the form a a 7-minute short film by Colin Tilley.

Single of the Day: RÜFÜS "You Were Right" (2015)

"Musically, we really resonate… We just all agreed instantly that it was a good move, to find a bit of inspiration." When we spoke with James from RÜFÜS last year, the concept of relocating to Berlin to work on album #2 was very much cemented in the minds of the Sydney band. Returning home early this year to wrap up work on their highly anticipated Atlas follow up, RÜFÜS have finally given fans a taste of what they've been toiling away on over in Germany in "You Were Right".

OutsideIn announces first line-up for 2015

Following the 'save the date' announcement from OutsideIn, the innovative music festival has today revealed their first-round line up, continuing it's eclectic aesthetic and dedication to carefully curated line ups.

Album Review: The Babe Rainbow - Self-Titled (2015 EP)

They’re all the good things. They’re pizza. They’re a cosmic swirl in your ears that’s going to radiate down your fingertips and shoot lasers out of your fingernails making space and time a bright place. Or at least, that’s what these guys would probably tell you they are – they’re The Babe Rainbow. The official self-titled EP has been released and they’re celebrating these four tunes with another killer tour starting in Brisbane and working its way down to Melbourne.

US Rolling Stone names Courtney Barnett's "Pedestrian At Best" 2015's 'Song of the Year'!

The rise of Courtney Barnett to internationally recognised and acclaimed songwriter and performer over the past few years has truly fascinating to watch. While we've known of her talents on the local front for some time now, being able to watch her completely entrance and hook international audiences in in recent times had us (and no doubt any other Australian in the crowd) feel pangs of pride. Over the last few days, publications have been rolling out their 2015 Best Of (so far) lists - stay tuned for the AU's - and according to Rolling Stone in the US, Barnett's "Pedestrian At Best" tune taken from her debut album Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, has taken the #1 position as the best song of 2015.

Photo Gallery: The Milk Carton Kids + Timothy James Bowen - Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne (30.06.15)

The Milk Carton Kids, on their three city whistle-stop tour of Australia, played in Melbourne last night at the gorgeous surrounds of the Athenaeum Theatre. Wollongong based singer-songwriter Timothy James Bowen filled the support slot.