AU ABROAD

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THE AU REVIEW (MUSIC)

Album Review: Parkway Drive - IRE (2015 LP)

If there's anything to go by with today's metalcore scene, it's safe to say that some bands have reached a plateau in regards to creativity and sound. After listening to Parkway Drive's IRE, this record is truly a cathartic approach to what has been firing them up lately. From politics to the cruel things happening around the world, IRE is a solid album that addresses feelings of anger, revealing an aggressive side to the band with a different sound influence in mind.

the AU interview: Falls (NSW) Talk About Their New Album ‘Omaha’ And Upcoming US Tour

The year has been a long and fruitful one for Australian duo Simon Rudston-Brown and Melinda Kirwin, better known as Falls. The pair have just released their debut album, Omaha, and we caught up with them recently at the Hollywood Hotel, a venue quite familiar to the pair, to discuss the year so far, as well as their future plans. Falls began their career playing small, free shows at the iconic venue, and Melinda laughs as she recalls the memories. “When we were actually driving up towards the Hollywood to set up the first night, it felt like the craziest déjà vu I’ve ever had in my life...” she says. “It just felt like we were home.” Click through for the full interview!

Single of the Day: KLP Feat. Remi "Recover" (2015)

Sydney's KLP (AKA Kristy Lee Peters) has teamed up with unstoppable Melbourne rapper Remi for her new track "Recover", a sure-shot hit for Australia's festival season with its breathlessly energetic vibe. Full of Kristy's layered vocals and Remi's witty lyricism, the hyperactive song is yet another strong offering from the multi-talented Triple J House Party host.

the AU interview: Dan Mac (Sydney) on Art vs Science's new LP, a near band break up & growth as songwriters

This Friday will see Art vs Science release their long-awaited sophomore record, Off the Edge of the Earth and Into Forever, Forever. The time between album releases and the title itself may hint towards some kind of grandiose return from the Sydney trio, but it's an achievement this record even came to be. Creative clashes, a non-unified approach to songwriting and musical direction would hamper the band in the years following 2011's release of their ARIA Award winning debut, The Experiment, almost breaking the group up completely.

Nominees for the 2015 AIR Award for Best Independent Label announced!

We're two weeks out from the 2015 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards and with the performers and first round nominees already announced, the good folk at AIR have today announced the latest nominees to the pool of great talent already up for awards. The nominees for Best Independent Music Label have been rolled out this morning, including Elefant Traks, Milk! Records, Liberation Music, Future Classic and Ivy League Records. The category, introduced in 2012, saw I OH YOU win at last year's ceremony, held at North Melbourne's Meat Market venue in October.

Album Review: CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye (2015 LP)

Scottish electronic trio CHVRCHES received quite a bit of attention from their 2013 debut record The Bones of What You Believe; a highly sporadic record that caught on with ravenous hooks of electronic beats and indie elements, becoming a gamechanger for the alternative scene. With the trio's sophomore release Every Open Eye, CHVRCHES have created a perfect follow-up: something that flows effortlessly, and is consistently full of wonderful goodness...

Run the Jewels hit hard with menacing new track "Rubble Kings Theme (Dynamite)"

As if we needed further proof that no one is on their level right now, Run the Jewels, that masterful team of Killer Mike and El-P, have helped Adult Swim end their 2015 singles program with a bang, releasing new track "Rubble Kings Theme (Dynamite)". With a hard, gritty bassline, the track features in the upcoming documentary Rubble Kings, about 1970 gangs in the Bronx. And if you're providing a soundtrack to the Bronx crime scene, then you best be coming hard.

Festival Review: Listen Out - Centennial Park, Sydney (03.10.15)

Trimming the fat of a large scale dance festival, Fuzzy's Listen Out has gotten the boutique angle exactly right for the past few years. The music starts around 2pm - when most would rock up to a festival anyway - and rolls out some of the best international and local party-starters across three stages. It's simple and quite perfect, leaving the success of the day purely in the hands of the acts performing, most of whom did an excellent job at keeping the energy up right until a show-stopping set from headliner Childish Gambino, and a show-stealing set from ODESZA.

Festival Review: Listen Out - RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane (04.10.15)

Listen Out has come back doing the rounds, the lineup having some fan favourites as well as the Red Bull Music Academy stage coming back to bring young talent. This year the festival was simplified to two stages; this idea of festivals becoming smaller and more manageable continues to prove popular amongst music fans. It seems making it easier and thus cheaper encourages fans to come along. Gone are the days of big extravagant festivals with five or six different stages. In this case, Listen Out offered two stages, Atari and the 909 stage; Atari was outdoors under the huge big top tent while 909 remained indoors providing some awesome pyrotechnics.

Festival Photo Gallery: Listen Out- Centennial Park, Sydney (03.10.15)

The Listen Out Festival 2015 returned to Centennial Park featuring Childish Gambino, Joey Badass, Alison Wonderland, SBTRKT, Odesza and many more. Belinda Dipalo was there to bring you these photos.

Single of the Day: L D R U (feat. Paige IV) "Keeping Score" (2015)

Trap is the flavour of the day with L D R U’s “Keeping Score” featuring Paige IV. The interplay between Paige IV’s vocals and the piano chordal progressions are the true heroes of this track, building up brilliantly to the instrumental breaks that drop with awesome contrast.

Fat Joe announces debut Australian headline tour

Straight out of the bronx, hip hop veteran Fat Joe looks to be returning to Australia for the first time since he performed as part of Supafest in 2011. Though rather than coming out here for a festival, this time Joey Crack will perform three headline shows across Adelaide, Sydney, and Melbourne.

Music Video of the Day: Moon "Sidewinder" (2015)

Today’s video of the day is an absolute blinder of a track from Sydney prog-rock three piece MOON. This four-and-a-half minute instrumental is a phenomenal recording in its own right, yet when it’s combined with this fascinating video it somehow becomes even better. Also, their drummer is 12 years old. Their debut album The Orbitor is due for release in early 2016 and if this is anything to go by I’ll certainly be picking it up.

Photo Gallery: TANNED CHRIST + Brazen Bull + Blind Girls - Fat Louies, Brisbane (03.10.15)

TANNED CHRIST launched their new album Antipodean Sickness with the help of Brazen Bull and Blind Girls. Andrew Wade was there and brings us these photos: