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the AU sessions: Patrick James Performs Single "California Song" Live and Acoustic for the AU review

the AU review presents an exclusive AU session with Sydney-based musician Patrick James. Our video captures Patrick discussing the song, "First and foremost it's a song about allowing yourself to have fun with life..." before playing a solo and acoustic version of his single "California Song". Click through to hear the Springsteen inspired track...

Single of the Day: Fractures “Reactor" (2015)

Fractures has the ability to somehow make minimalistic sound really big. His new single “Reactor” is led with expertly produced beats sitting under an array of intricate synth and guitar parts. His beautiful falsetto with layered harmonies brings this track even more to life. “Reactor” is the first taste of his debut album which is due early next year, and follows up his 2014 8-track EP. Listen to the new one right here...

Album Review: Nate Ruess - Grand Romantic (2015 LP)

Has anyone checked whether Nate Ruess was a theatre kid? Every project he's involved with has been getting steadily more bombastic and theatrical since The Format. His solo album, Grand Romantic, is theatrical verging on ridiculous, but it's also weirdly charming. That might sum up everything Ruess does, actually.

the AU interview at Canadian Music Week: Ash Grunwald (Melbourne) talks about Toronto, touring and more

We chat with Melbourne blues musician, Ash Grunwald, at the Canadian Music Week Aussie BBQ. As his first time playing in Toronto, his experience has been positive, and he notes that "touring is often education". Click through to watch the first part of the interview, where he talks about performing at Canadian Music Week, touring, and more...

Chet Faker performing second Sydney show at the Sydney Opera House as part of 'Built on Live Tour'!

Chet Faker will be taking to some of the biggest Australian venues he's performed at yet when the 'Built on Live' tour brings him to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in October and November. His Sydney show will see Faker perform in the Sydney Opera House Forecourt and today, a second show at the harbourside venue has been announced!

Megan Washington adds extra shows in WA, ACT, NSW and Victoria for August and September tour!

Megan Washington's dance card's gotten that little bit fuller today, with the announcement of an extra handful of shows for her national 'Tangents Tour' that's already having the musician on the road through August and September. Washington's already set up to play Splendour in July and has recently scored a great support slot performing with Elton John in the Hunter Valley this December, so there's going to be plenty of chances for you to catching Miss Megan around the country throughout the second half of 2015 for sure.

Music Video of the Day: Elizabeth Rose "Division" (2015)

Divine Sydney singer-songwriter Elizabeth Rose has released the visuals for "Division", a song she wrote and produced to show her support for marriage equality as the Australian government twiddles their thumbs over the issue.

the AU interview: Patrick James (Sydney) talks on his new record, "Bugs" and upcoming Sydney show

It's been a busy year for Sydney singer/songwriter, Patrick James and the AU review's Larry Heath took the time to speak with him ahead of his headline show this weekend. After a strenuous yet creative venture in the recording studio, he mentions that the new record is pretty much polished, only needing to work on some tracks that need improvement, "It's going, its going [referring to recording new album]. I've been recording for the last eight months ever since I finished touring last year and we've been starting on it," He continues, "Most of it is already kind of locked away and finished but there's a couple of songs that need a bit of extra work to them."

Red Bull Music Academy Announces The Return Of The Splendour in the Grass Thursday Pre-Party

Red Bull Music Academy has announced their Pre-Party lineup for Splendour In The Grass 2015 on Thursday 23 July North Byron Parklands, and yes there will be bangers. Splendour In The Grass is an Aussie institution in the festival scene and the returning Pre-Party is the perfect way for early punters to get pumped for the 3 day pilgrimage. What's more, following his Australian tour cancellation, Jay Electronica has been replaced by American Hip Hop artist Knxwledge who's supported by a fine selection of local talent, to bring fire to the parklands.

Stumbled Upon #059 - Verge Collection (Perth)

In our 59th installment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet Perth's Verge Collection, and chat about their latest album Feel Bad Songs.

Album Review: Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness - Self-Titled (2014 LP)

Andrew McMahon is 32, and so far he's been involved in three different long-running musical projects; beaten cancer; and is responsible for at least one song that, if you owned a hair straightener and a pair of black skinny jeans at any time between 2001-2008, featured heavily on all your mix-tapes. He's best known for Something Corporate, pop-punk/emo wunderkinds of the early 2000s, but his second project Jack's Mannequin, a more pop-focused, piano-driven mostly-solo project, had a really good first album with Everything In Transit and a pretty strong following.

Exclusive Playlist: Seth Sentry brings us some top tune recommendations!

Our Artist of the Month, a Mr Seth Sentry, has recently kicked off his massive 47-date tour of Australia, premiered a new video and amid all this action, has brought us some of his fave tunes. You may have heard Seth's picks on AU Radio through June, but before the month wraps and we unveil our feature artist for July, we wanted to share Seth's playlist with you today. From Chance the Rapper to Kasabian, there's definitely a few little somethings for you to get into.

Single of the Day: Beck “Dreams” (2015)

It’s been 21 years since Beck’s first album, and somehow he just keeps getting better. After last years release of the Grammy winning Morning Phase, a beautiful album fitting of the "sad-Beck" category, he’s returned with the new single “Dreams”, and this one goes straight in the "party-Beck" category. It’s the first release off his upcoming tenth studio album, which currently untitled and doesn’t have a set release date yet. Listen to “Dreams” below...

Album News Weekly: 24th June 2015

In This Issue: This week we have some powerful releases lined up from the raw vocals of Gin Wigmore to the return of the Refused after a 17 year wait, while also featuring the local likes of Born Lion and Kaurna Cronin.

the AU interview at The Great Escape: PINS (Manchester) talk about recording "Wild Nights" at Rancho De La Luna


Photo taken by Larry Heath

During their run at The Great Escape, PINS' band members, Faith Holgate, Lois McDonald and Kyoko Swan had a sit down chat with the AU review's Larry Heath. The English rock band were enthusiastic about the shows that they were doing in Brighton. Front woman, Faith Holgate, mentions that they played a couple of unofficial shows back in 2012 for The Great Escape and reminisces about her experience, "It was one of our first shows. We played one of the unofficial stages at the Queen's Hotel. It was really good though - it was unofficial but it was crowded, it was great and it was our first time in Brighton."