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Track of the Day: Heaps “Softly” (2020)

January 28, 2020

“Softly” is the new single from Canadian band Heaps. Formerly known as The Kents, this is the group’s first single under their new direction, with a full length album to follow.  The forthcoming album, What Is Heaps, and the new single, were recorded at Union Sound in Toronto. The quartet enlisted Leon Taheny (Fucked Up, […]

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Live Review: Flying Lotus proves 3D is no gimmick at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre (24.01.20)

January 28, 2020

After a five year break between releases, during which he released a polarising feature film, Flying Lotus (real name Stephen Ellison) finally reacquainted himself to fans with the album Flamagra. Ever one to place visuals central to the musical experience, he has returned to Aussie shores with a new 3D live show. UK/Aussie Warp Records […]

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Live Review: Wafia + MAY-A + Banoffee – 170 Russel St, Melbourne

January 24, 2020

In 2017, Brisbane-based R&B singer-songwriter Wafia was starting to build her career, singing alongside acts like Vancouver Sleep Clinic and supporting acts like Daughter. Now, in 2020, she’s running her own show and practically selling out 170 Russel St on a Friday night. Modest yet engaging, Wafia truly captivated the audience with both her music […]

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Track of the Day: Sigmund “Given Up On Hope” (2020)

January 24, 2020

“Given Up On Hope” is the new single from Faroese singer-songwriter Sigmund. Recorded last year in an old knitting factory, the track is Sigmund’s first ‘new’ release since 2014. It’s a short, sweet injection of twangy bluesy rock; and I’m very much here for it. I stumbled across Sigmund and his music almost by accident. […]

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Track of the Day: Four Year Strong “Talking Myself In Circles” (2020)

January 23, 2020

It’s been five years since Massachusetts pop punkers Four Year Strong released their self-titled sixth album. Now they’ve kicked off 2020 with news about the much awaited seventh, titled Brain Pain and due for release on February 28th. “Talking Myself In Circles” is one of two glimpses we’ve had at the forthcoming release, alongside the […]

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Track of the Day: The Jungle Giants “Sending Me Ur Loving” (2020)

January 22, 2020

One of our favourite bands The Jungle Giants are back with a new single, “Sending Me Ur Loving”. It’s trademark Jungle Giants, with the jangly guitars, soaring vocals and a tune you want to shake your booty to. Sam Hales, the lead singer, says of the track “Sending Me Ur Loving has been with me […]

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Here’s where you can catch Flying Lotus in-store this week

January 22, 2020

Flying Lotus makes his long-awaited return to Australian shores this week, bringing his cosmic 3D live show to a series of East Coast dates this weekend. Whilst in the country the LA artist will be hosting a handful of exclusive and intimate in store appearances, taking place at Melbourne’s Northside Records and Sydney’s Network Connections. […]

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Bad Friday 2020 Is Expanding To A Bad Weekend With Two Days Of Music

January 21, 2020

Bad Friday Festival just got a whole lot more badass. The Sydney institution of a festival, Bad Friday (that ironically falls on Good Friday for all you angels out there) is expanding to corrupt you one day longer. That’s right, we’ve got a Bad Friday AND Saturday on our hands. The expansion of the festival […]

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Here’s where you can see the 14 Australian artists playing Folk Alliance International in New Orleans this week

January 21, 2020

On Wednesday, the Folk music scene is heading to New Orleans for the 32rd installment of the Folk Alliance International Conference, presented by Folk Alliance International, the world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry and community. Usually the February conference is held in Kansas City, but this year – following a year in Montreal […]

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Track of the Day: Brielle Ansems “More Than My Heart” (2020)

January 21, 2020

If you’re looking for a soulful slice of folk-pop, look no further! Canadian singer-songwriter Brielle Ansems has just dropped her latest single, “More Than My Heart“, and it’s absolutely stunning! Based on Prince Edward Island, Brielle has immersed herself in the community’s creative scene, crafting an emotive sound that blends pop, folk, and R&B influences. […]

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Aussies Abroad: Jack River, Didirri and Alex The Astronaut are touring North America together

January 20, 2020

We at the AU are a huge fan of amazing bills of Australians going to tour overseas together, and your latest favourite threesome have just announced they’ll be playing some shows in the US and Canada together for the first time. Aussie acts Didirri, Alex The Astronaut and Jack River are all headed to SXSW […]

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The 40 Best Australian Songs of 2019

January 20, 2020

With the Hottest 100 voting closing today, we thought we’d take our annual look back on the best songs of 2019. And should you still have to vote, we wanted to give you some ideas on some great local music to consider including in your top ten. We’ve put the 40 songs together in a […]

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Melbourne Zoo Twilights kick off their 2020 Season this weekend with Confidence Man and Icehouse

January 20, 2020

Melbourne Zoo Twilights will be kicking off their amazing new season very soon. Whilst many shows have sold out, there are still tickets available for an eclectic range of performances to suit any musical tastebud. Get a group together because you’re all invited to spend summer nights watching favourite artists in the lush surrounds of […]

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Track of the Day: Samoaja “Their Sons and Daughters” (2020)

January 20, 2020

Formed in 2014, Samoaja are a four-piece ‘Landscape Pop’ band from Finland. Musically, the group blend Nordic soundscapes with a modern folk sensibility and haunting melodies. It all makes for a sound that is high on the atmospherics and ambience. Earlier this month, Samoaja kicked off 2020 with the release of their new single, “Their […]

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Local artists have a chance to win $2000 thanks to this new Aussie start up

January 17, 2020

The new Australian startup LOUDAR.COM launched its beta website last month, promising to change the way artists and fans get paid – and we’re excited to be one of the industry partners supporting the new platform. The site has been set up by Tom Chwieduk and Mac Mikosik, two Gold Coast musicians with tech skill […]

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Album Review: Glass Tides drop their first full length album, with the stellar In Between

January 17, 2020

Adelaide’s Glass Tides have been blending post-hardcore with soft rock hooks and heartfelt vocals since their inception in 2017. Garnering comparisons to the likes of Bring Me The Horizon, The Used, and Young Lions, the quintet have just dropped their first full length album, In Between. With press praise from triple j and a recent Track […]

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Live Review: Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes kick off Aussie tour at The Triffid in Brisbane (16.01.20)

January 17, 2020

Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes kicked off the Aussie leg of their tour last night, bringing the noise to Brisbane’s Triffid. Led by ferociously energetic frontman Carter, the British punks are known for their live show, a manic yet heartfelt affair, and one not to be missed. Newcastle’s Eat Your Heart Out opened proceedings, with […]

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Interview: Milky Chance (DEU) on TikTok, the German language and gardening.

January 17, 2020

German duo Milky Chance have spent their festive season touring Australia off the back of Falls Festival. Hailing from Kassel, Philipp Dausch and Clemens Rehbein are a long way from home, yet their fanbase here sees their shows sold-out and in high demand. The band recently released their third studio album Mind the Moon, featuring artists […]

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Album of the Week: Hayley Mary – The Piss, The Perfume (2020 EP)

January 17, 2020

It’s not uncommon for artists to try re-invent themselves. Whether it’s as solo artists or within the band they’re in, quite often it’s done to try and break the mould that they’ve become to be known for. Some do it well; others not so much. As for Hayley Mary, her debut EP is distinct and […]

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10 more Aussie acts have been added to the SXSW 2020 lineup in Austin

January 16, 2020

It’s that time of year when everything starts ramping up for the annual SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas – where from the 16th to the 22nd of March, hundreds of acts from around the world descend on the Texan capital, including dozens of Australian acts. Ten more were added this week! The ten new […]

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Iggy Pop, Brockhampton, King Gizzard, Sampa The Great and more line up for the 20th Anniversary of Primavera Sound in Barcelona

January 16, 2020

The Primavera Sound lineup has dropped for 2020, and as usual the Barcelona festival is an absolute blockbuster. The event, which is celebrating its 20th year this year, is bringing together 211 artists of 35 nationalities, in a lineup that celebrates the best artists of this year, and the past twenty years or more, that […]

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Rising stars Hayden Calnin and Riley Pearce to play free all ages show in Sydney this Friday

January 14, 2020

The Aussie Folk Collective is hitting Sydney this Friday night, with two rising stars of the Australian scene taking part in the first Courtyard Sessions event of 2020. The free event has been running for the better part of the last decade now, seeing the Seymour Centre’s courtyard transformed into a live music venue on […]

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Queen will headline Celeste Barber-hosted “Fire Fight Australia” benefit concert

January 13, 2020

Taking place at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on Sunday 16th February, “Fire Fight Australia” is yet another massive concert aimed at raising necessary funds to help the country recover from the ongoing bushfires. Announced today, the first batch of artists helping make this a monumental event include Queen, K.d Lang, Alice Cooper and Olivia Newton-John. The […]

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Mac DeMarco will host a Bushfire Relief BBQ picnic in Melbourne this weekend

January 10, 2020

Mac DeMarco, down under for a national tour kicking off today, will be hosting a Bushfire Relief BBQ this weekend in Abbotsford. Titled “Grill for Good”, the Canadian artist will be inviting a boatload of talented friends for an all-day, all-ages made up of an old school sausage sizzle with live music, chefs, DJs and […]

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Sydney Festival Live Review: Regurgitator’s Pogogo show is as manic as their regular gigs, except they’re swapping swearing for sugary highs

January 10, 2020

If you’ve seen Regurgitator perform live you know that their shows are high energy ones. They’re also partial to a great costume and some interesting visuals. Their children’s show, Pogogo has all these same ingredients. The big change however, was that the content of the songs was less G-spot and more G-rated. The trio performed […]

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Interview: YUNGBLUD (UK) on uniting fans, romantic gestures and a special Australian release.

January 9, 2020

Dom Harrison, or YUNGBLUD, is a raucous 22-year-old from Doncaster who exudes restless passion – he literally cannot sit still when talking about his fans or his music. Speaking to Dom, it’s instantly striking that he genuinely just wants to connect. He has no time for stats or materialistic achievements: building a community is paramount […]

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Live Review: Sir Elton John pledges $1m to Australian bushfire relief fund at joyous Sydney concert

January 8, 2020

An emotional Sir Elton John addressed a packed out Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney last night, expressing his admiration for the firefighters battling Australia’s current bushfire crisis and pledging $1 million dollars to the relief fund. It was but one of many moments of sincere and heartfelt speeches from the legendary artist during his first […]

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Lizzo makes history at Bonnaroo 2020 while a few Aussies get set to head to Tennessee

January 8, 2020

Bonnaroo’s 2020 lineup brought big surprises and a really big moment in the history of the festival. Lizzo will be the first female headliner in its 18-year history. This marks a major moment for the Tennessee festival, and Lizzo isn’t the only lady leading quite the feminine movement at the top of the lineup; Miley […]

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Here are all the Bushfire Appeal concerts happening in Australia

January 8, 2020

While Australia continues to deal with the alarming bushfire crisis across the country, and the world begins to take notice (and, for some, action), the local music industry is coming together to raise necessary funds to help. We’ve rounded up all the bushfire appeal concerts we could so you can try attend as much as […]

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Live Review: Jon Hopkins’ sophisticated rave at the Sydney Opera House

January 7, 2020

Much like 2018’s widely acclaimed Singularity, a Jon Hopkins live show is defined by the tense relationship between order and chaos. Not chaos in the random sense, but a tightly controlled and wildly frenetic disruption to fundamental sonic throughlines, steered by the gifted musician to transcend the typical IDM experience. If anyone had their doubts […]

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