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THE AU REVIEW (MUSIC)

And the 11th band to be announced for Soundwave 2016 is...

Making their first ever trip to Australia for Soundwave 2016 will be the "super group" who prefer to be labelled an "experience", Metal Allegiance. The group are the 11th to be announced as part of Soundwave's drip feed reveal, and features Troy Sanders of Mastodon, Mark Osegueda of Death Angel, Alex Sklonick of Testament, Mike Portnoy of The Winery Dogs, Phil Demmell of Machine Head and Mark Menghi.

Six things the countdown clock on The 1975's official website could mean...

If you've paid a visit to the official 1975 website lately, you'll notice there is a countdown clock, set to reveal... something... in about 15 hours from the time of printing. Though it's likely a new single, video, album or tour announcement, we thought we'd have a bit of fun with some other things the boys in the 1975 could be up to... here's what we came up with:

the AU Weekend Gig Guide: October 9th - October 11th.

With the Graphic Festival bringing some brilliant artists and minds to the Sydney Opera House, all eyes are going to be on how some visual and musical partnerships go down with Harbour City crowds. Elsewhere down the coast, some exciting Aussie bands both emerging and established will be doing their thing this weekend - check out who we're going to be catching!

Violent Soho drop huge new tune and announce three east coast tour dates for October!

Sending out a little message to fans to be paying attention to triple j at approximately 4:20pm this afternoon, Mansfield's favourite sons Violent Soho went on and delivered a huge new song in "Like Soda" along with news of a short east coast tour in coming weeks. "Like Soda" is the band's first piece of new material in some time, having been working away on the follow up record to the immensely popular Hungry Ghost. This little nugget is just what the doctor ordered on a Thursday afternoon.

The Nominees for the 2015 Screen Music Awards have been Announced!

Acknowledging excellence and innovation in the field of screen composition, the Annual Screen Music Awards have nominated a collection of composers. The Awards, staged jointly by APRA AMCOS and the AGSC, celebrate achievements in music composition for documentaries, short films, children’s television, advertising, film and television soundtrack albums, as well as feature films.

Music Video of the Day: Slum Sociable “All Night” (2015)

Slum Sociable have been having a great year; they’ve released two killer singles, been one of the most talked about bands at BIGSOUND, and are set for a showcase at CMJ in New York, beginning next week. And on top of all this, their debut EP and video for single “All Night” just got released. The video, which definitely does not take itself too seriously, is beautifully filmed, which you can check out here...

the AU interview: Hau (Sydney) on 'The No End Theory', House of Beige & a momentum shift in Australian hip-hop!


Photo: Rush Photography

Hau Latukefu demonstrated a strong return to the game with the release of his debut solo album, The No End Theory. Really, he hasn't gone anywhere, though this record has been a long time in the making for fans waiting for the Koolism legend to drop a full batch of new material. Most Australian fans have spent each Thursday evening with Hau as he hosts Triple J's Hip-Hop Show but with the release of 2014's Football, Feasts & Funerals mixtape, the MC got us excited for what was still to come from one of the country's best.

Album Review: Ryan Adams - 1989 (2015 LP)

There are many things in life that most people would deem to be unnecessary. Examples of these include public transport that doesn’t work, hot cross buns that look like choc-chip but are actually sultana, and now Ryan Adams’ cover album of Taylor Swift’s 1989. To set the precedent for this review, I personally consider a cover to be ‘good’ when it adds to the original or changes it in a way that’s interesting and sparks thoughts of how other songs would sound in that style.

Chet Faker to headline Ray Ban x Boiler Room event

Australia's hottest export Chet Faker is set to headline the Ray Ban x Boiler Room event in Melbourne on November 10. Faker, along with his beard, will be performing a live DJ set, as well as hand picking the other performers for the event. Click through for details...

Lime Cordiale announce ‘Road To Paradise’ Australian tour


Sydney’s Lime Cordiale are about to take their summer jams on the road, announcing an extensive list of gigs in support of their new EP Road to Paradise. The tour will cover thirteen dates across Australia, including appearances at Soundscape Music Festival and Lost Paradise Festival in New South Wales.

The Superjesus announce support acts for Australian tour!

Australian rock legends The Superjesus have announced the supporting acts for their four stop 'Setting Sun' tour of Australia this November. The opening acts for the tour will be Van Cooper and Calling Mayday in Sydney, Blonde on Blonde and Trails in Brisbane, Cicadastone and She's The Driver in Melbourne, and Angels of Gung-Ho in Adelaide.

Single of the Day: City Calm Down “Son” (2015)

City Calm Down have a sound that sets them apart from the rest. Their new song “Son” blend their signature sound of lush ambience into a standard rock lineup, jumping from indie rock sounds to electronica flawlessly. This new track comes alongside the their national tour, hitting Adelaide tomorrow night. Check out the new track here, and find the tour dates below.

Album Review: Art vs Science - Off the Edge of the Earth and Into Forever, Forever (2015 LP)

Art vs Science are back. And before you go jumping down my throat with the 'they didn't go anywhere!'s, the truth is that they did. Regardless of how well received their 2014 EP was, you cannot deny that the Sydney trio at one point trod a tightrope hovering over either falling into a party jam void or striking out into material perhaps too experimental for the fans ready to take off their tops with each French command.

Fairgrounds Announce Additional Talent to Lineup including Meg Mac, Ben Abraham, Methyl Ethel and more

The inaugural Fairgrounds Festival have just announced additional talent to their existing lineup. With the likes of Meg Mac, Methyl Ethyl, Le Pie, Ben Abraham and Shining Bird set to join an array of other artists, Fairgrounds Festival is certainly setting the bar high. Click through for all the details.

Music Video of the Day: Nakatomi "The Knife" (2015)

Adelaide electro-pop duo Nakatomi have released a new single in "The Knife", a great introduction to lovers of synths, beats and throwbacks to some glorious neon-drenched 80s flair. The film clip, directed by Aaron Schuppan, shares this distinctly 80's vibe, embracing a sci-fi/Blade Runner type quality to the narrative. No schtick, all quality - click through to check it out!