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THE AU REVIEW (MUSIC)

Melbourne duo Pierce Brothers announce new EP "Into The Dirt" and reveal national tour dates

Jack and Pat Pierce, more commonly known as the Pierce Brothers have just announced their newest EP titled Into The Dirt will be released this September 25th. The pop-folk duo will tour Australia following the EP's aniticpated release all through September, October and November

the AU interview: Darren Cordeux (Melbourne) on the end of Kisschasy & remaining creative in the music industry

For Darren Cordeux and his Kisschasy brothers, the next few months will be bittersweet. Having been together since the early 2000s, the Melbourne rock band have decided to tour the country one last time before officially calling it a day. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut record United Paper People, Kisschasy will be performing the album in full (plus some other cuts) at venues around the country for fans who have remained fierce in their fandom, regardless of time in between drinks and releases.

the AU interview: Thirteen Seventy (Brisbane) talk about their new album "Bitter Dream" and album launch show!

We caught up with Brisbane's noise-rock trio Thirteen Seventy, who talked us through the recording process behind their latest album, Bitter Dream, the big-name international and Australian bands who influenced their sound and look ahead to their concert in Brisbane on Friday.

Music Video of the Day: Destrends "Skin" (2015)

Melbourne post-punk three piece Destrends have just dropped their new single “Skin”. At only two and a half minutes, it doesn’t feel nearly long enough, but there’s more energy and intensity in this performance than a lot of bands can muster up in an entire album. Their video is unique, but unlike a lot of bands, Destrends don’t need to rely on their look to impress; their music is capturing from beat one. Check out “Skin” here:

Oisima, Horror My Friend, Timberwolf and more named recipients of the 2015 Stigwood Fellowship.

A number of talented South Australian individuals, both musicians and industry members, have today been announced as recipients of the 2015 Stigwood Fellowship. Run through the SA State Government, Arts SA and the Music Development Office, the second annual fellowships have been awarded to six rising local music acts and three promising and established industry members.

the AU Interview: Shane Parsons of DZ Deathrays (Brisbane) chats about Small World Festival

It’s been a busy year for DZ Deathrays since the release of their ARIA award winning album, Black Rat. John Goodridge chats to guitarist and singer Shane Parsons about what they’ve been up to and their upcoming involvement in Sydney’s Small World Festival.

Melbourne's Ainslie Wills Announces "Oh The Gold" EP Tour

Ainslie Wills, who has just revealed her latest single, ‘Constellations’, has announced a short run of tour dates along the east coast of Australia in support of her forthcoming EP, Oh The Gold. To celebrate this release, Ainslie Wills, along with a five-piece band will be performing tracks from her new EP, as well as previous releases. Wills has become known for her brand of retro-infused progressive pop and her upcoming shows promise to be some of the year’s most incredible performances. Click through for further details.

Exclusive Single Premiere: Tali Sing "Breathe In" (2015)

Melbourne artist Tali Sing has introduced us to an exciting and pulsating collection of material readied for release in the form of new EP Motions of Heartache, with new single "Breathe In". Self-produced, the tune draws influences of both R&B and electro-infused beats, Tali Sing's latest has done well in positioning the artist as not only and interesting talent, but one we're looking forward to seeing build upon some solid work in the future.

the AU introduces The Beaches (Toronto): The band talk T in the Park, recording their new EP and all things Australia...

the AU review's Larry Heath sat down in cafe in Ottawa, Canada, with Jordan, Kylie and Leandra from The Beaches, the night before they were set to hit the stage at the iconic Ottawa Bluesfest. In their first in depth Australian interview, they talk about touring with Brody Dalle, writing and recording their next EP, improving as songwriters, playing T in the Park, Muriel's Wedding, sing a bit of 5 Seconds of Summer, we find out if they are "Directioners", if they know anything about the Australian band Beaches and much more...

Music Video of the Day: Fox & Fowl “Spark" (2015)

Brisbane’s Fox & Fowl create incredibly tight indie pop music. Their track “Sparks”, produced by Steve Schram who’s worked with the likes of San Cisco and Paul Kelly has a bittersweet tone, with immaculate vocals and warping guitar parts. You can check out the music video for it here:

Photo Gallery: Reclink Community Cup ft. The Beards - Coopers Stadium, Adelaide (16.08.15)

Reclink Australia is a non profit organisation whose mission is to provide and promote sport and art programs for people experiencing disadvantage. For the past 21 years in Melbourne, a friendly football game between musicians and journalists has raised over $1,000,000. This year Adelaide joins the fun. Check out these photos by John Goodridge of the event, including the pre-party at the Grace Emily Hotel and the award night at the Wheatsheaf.

Illy, Thundamentals, Jebediah and more to feature at 2015's Festival of the Sun festival this December!

Festival of the Sun celebrates its 11th year this year, taking over the Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park in Port Macquarie on December 11th & 12th. Leading the artist announcement today are some of the country's favourites, Illy, Thundamentals and Jebediah, while the crew behind FOTSUN have also announced the inaugural Wabi Sabi night to proceedings this year.

Album Review: Miguel - Wildheart (2015 LP)

Miguel has been setting the bar high with his music. For someone that has a striking ability to apply himself, Wildheart is a sophisticated work of art. Since 2012's Kaleidoscope Dream, his experimentation with rock music has glued together his songs quite nicely, and the music on this record is no exception. The transition from his slick and contemporary elements of R&B beats has taken Miguel out of his comfort zone and it works. Wildheart is a refreshing look to why it's important to channel creative energies when making new material.

Exclusive Single Premiere: Leo Rose "Love?" (2015)

Today we're excited to bring you the exclusive premiere from alt-pop singer, songwriter and dancer Leo Rose. The track is the artist's third single, entitled "LOVE?", the end of a trilogy of songs "about self-actualisation and self discovery". The excitingly original track starts out trap-like, before returning to his roots a little over halfway through, combining raw vocals and piano to make for a compelling and arresting track.

EMC announces first list of speakers, including DJ Carl Cox and Martin Novosel & conference theme!

The 2015 Electronic Music Conference (EMC) has announced its theme for this year - 'Connectivity' - as well as its first round of speakers! The event will be taking place at the Ivy Complex in Sydney this December 1st and 2nd, the leading event of its kind held in the Asia-Pacific. Set to appear as a keynote speaker is DJ Carl Cox, while the legendary Gilles Peterson will be making an Australian exclusive appearance as well.