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THE AU REVIEW (MUSIC)

Music Video of the Day: Walken "Even if it Kills Me" (2015)

Brisbane duo Walken have recently dropped the music video for their grunge-soaked tune "Even if it Kills Me" - a single that positions the band alongside the likes of fellow Queenslanders Violent Soho, The Smith Street Band and others in the crop of Aussies who have been flying the flag for music that is good to thrash, dance, drink and party to.

Tkay Maidza, Grenadiers, Timberwolf and more unveiled as SA Music Award nominees!

The nominees for the 2015 SA Music Awards have today been announced, with successful Adelaide export Tkay Maidza leading the charge, nominated for seven awards across 14 categories! Music SA this morning revealed the results of what has been a months-long judging process for a panel of local industry minds, reflective of the amount of talent South Australia has produced over the past 12 months. The awards ceremony will be held on November 11th, set to be opened by SA Premier Jay Weatherill and Lord Mayor Martin Haese at The Mercury Cinema.

Hot Chip, Dirty Three, Courtney Barnett & more announced for Sugar Mountain 2016!

Before the weekend, Le1f was the first name leaked/revealed for Melbourne's Sugar Mountain festival, quickly indicating that the organisers had another vibrant and eclectic line up in store. This morning, they've gone and announced the full line up of artists, musicians and individuals set to take part in the event next January at the VCA and Melbourne Arts Precinct!

Photo Gallery: Austin City Limits Day Two, Weekend Two - Zilker Park, Austin (10.10.15)

Geoffrey D'Unienville is in Austin for the second weekend of the annual Austin City Limits Music Festival and delivers us an incredible array of talent in this exclusive photo gallery. From some of the biggest names in the world - Deadmau5, Drake and A$AP Rocky - to the likes of Charlotte OC, Shakey Graves, Glass Animals, FIDLAR and TV on the Radio - the second day of the festival certainly delivered something for everyone. Check out the gallery here:

GRAPHIC Festival Review: Ólafur Arnalds - Sydney Opera House (10.10.15)


Photo Credit: Prudence Upton

One of the most anticipated musical events at the Sydney Opera House this weekend arrived as part of the House's GRAPHIC Festival, featuring acclaimed Icelandic pianist Ólafur Arnalds, accompanied by a 15 piece Orchestra and special graphics commissioned specifically for the event, produced by Máni M. Sigfússon.

Photo Gallery: Austin City Limits Day One, Weekend Two - Zilker Park, Austin (09.10.15)

We return to Austin for the second weekend of the annual Austin City Limits Festival. The first day brought us the likes of the Foo Fighters, Royal Blood, Billy Freakin' Idol, The Maccabees, Run The Jewels, Run The Jewels, Tame Impala and much, much more... Geoffrey D'Unienville flew over for the event and brings us all the action here:

Melbourne Music Week announces full 2015 program

Now in its sixth year, Melbourne Music Week has released its full 2015 program. From the 13th of November until the 20th, over 100 events will light up the city, including live music performances, workshops, panel discussions, exhibitions, film screenings and more.

the AU sessions: Danny Yau (Sydney) replaces Newtown with Newfarm in "Courtney's Moving To Newfarm (To Start A Band)"

Sydney artist Danny Yau performs an exclusive variation of his track "Courtney's Moving To Newtown (To Start A Band)", entitled "Courtney's Moving To Newfarm (To Start A Band)". It's the Queensland version - just in time for his show in Brisbane! It's happening on October 15th at The Junk Bar.

Courtney Barnett, Jess Ribeiro, Totally Mild and The Peep Tempel among the nominations for the Age Music Victoria Awards 2015

The largest publicly voted music awards in the country, The Age Music Victoria Awards, have announced the nominees for 2015, highlighting the best of contemporary, Victoria-based Australian music in the past 12 months and celebrating the enormous success of our very fine, very strong industry. As always, the awards will also shed light on the best venue and festival in Victoria over the past year.

the AU playlist: Mary J Blige - our top 12 songs from the Queen of R&B

The second annual Soulfest is almost here, hitting Sydney, Melbourne, and Auckland with another dream line up for discerning fans of soul, R&B, and hip hop. Last year was dominated by headliners D'Angelo and Maxwell but this year the pioneering women of contemporary R&B are set to steal the spotlight, with headliners Mary J Blige and Lauryn Hill sitting atop a hugely impressive, era-spanning roster. In the lead up, we'll be digging through the crates for our favourite tracks from some of these artists, and who better to start with than Mary J? Get across these 10 tracks to start off your weekend with some delicious soul food.

Music Video of the Day: Little May "Seven Hours" (2015)

As with every bit of music they're putting out, Little May's music video for single "Seven Hours" is as gorgeous and flecked with an ethereal quality as you'd expect. The girls, currently on tour through Europe, release the visuals along with the release of their long-awaited and much anticipated debut record For the Company today.

The Flaming Lips Announced for MOFO 2016!

American psychedelic rockers The Flaming Lips are the first artist to be revealed for the Mofo Festival 2016! They'll be taking to the outdoor stage at the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, Tasmania in January next year. Click through for more info!

Single of the Day: Twin Haus "I Used To Think" (2015)

A bit of a chilled out track for today, with Twin Haus providing our single of the day. Ambient and direct all at the same time, Twin Haus blur the lines between trippy and rocking in a seriously cool way that will probably have you playing this song on repeat while you chill out during an afternoon.

Tame Impala continue US domination, bring "The Less I Know The Better" to Colbert!

Overnight, Tame Impala brought the sounds of Currents to US TV, rolling out a killer performance of "The Less I Know The Better" on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Colbert, who is currently striding through his debut season of the Late Show gig with an impressive array of musical guests, added the Perth band to his roster - not a bad addition! For Tame Impala, their hit rate currently remains at an all time high, recently adding a swag of ARIA nominations and two 2015 wins already for Kevin Parker to their pile.

the AU interview: Reuben Styles from Peking Duk (ACT) talks about their 2 ARIA nominations, Matt McGorry and SAFIA

Fresh from the announcement that Peking Duk were down for two ARIA nominations - Best Dance Release and Song of the Year for "Take Me Over" - I sat down with Reuben Styles from the Canberra duo to talk about the nominations, the brilliant video for "Say My Name" featuring Matt McGorry (as well as the "Tour Diary" version), their work with Benny from SAFIA and the road ahead...