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Guest Playlist: Michael Dunstan reveals the music that inspired new single “Smoulder or Ignite”

February 14, 2020

Two weeks ahead of his debut album release, Michael Dunstan has dropped his latest single, “Smoulder or Ignite“. As well as being our final glimpse of the upcoming In The Grand Scheme, it’s also a cracking folk tune. In support of the album’s launch, the Wheatbelt folk singer has also revealed details of a huge […]

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What You Need To Know About Your 2020 Eurovision Australian Contender Montaigne

February 12, 2020

Last weekend on the Gold Coast, Australia voted for its Eurovision 2020 Contender. In its second year running, the Gold Coast hosted Eurovision 2020: Australia Decides live on SBS. The results ended up being neck and neck between Montaigne and Casey Donovan – but in the end, no one could stop Montaigne with her song […]

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Ed Wells at Home: A few of my favourite things (About London)

February 7, 2020

London based, Sydney raised singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Ed Wells has long been a friend of the AU, and today Ed is releasing his debut EP, Home, produced by Luke Gerber. Musically, the EP is a vibrant mix of modern soul and R&B, a collection of songs of which Ed has reflected on different aspects of modern life. […]

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Folk Alliance International 2020: “It’s a war of attrition, but everyone seems to make it.”

February 6, 2020

There are music festivals (think Laneway). There are conferences with a showcase festival that runs alongside it (think BIGSOUND). And then there are events that are in a class of their own. There’s SXSW in Austin, Texas – an event that is at such a large magnitude, there’s no way to describe it but to […]

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Dave Matthews Band: Why every Australian needs to see these Bluesfest headliners live

February 6, 2020

Whenever a Dave Matthews Band tour is announced in Australia – which has only been four times now in the band’s illustrious 29 year career – it’s often met with moments of confusion. A “Wait… Who?” response is vocalised, especially when the tour coincides with a headline spot on a festival like Bluesfest (which they’ll […]

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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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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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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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Contributor’s Poll: The AU Review’s favourite gigs of 2019

December 30, 2019

In no particular order, we asked our contributors to share their favourite gigs of 2019. Here’s what they had to say about the gigs that stood out for them in 2019: BRUCE BAKER Iggy Pop at Bluesfest (Easter Long Weekend) I’d seen him at the BDO in 2011 and was disappointed. His performance at Bluesfest […]

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The 40 Best Albums of 2019

December 18, 2019

It’s time for the AU review’s annual list of the best albums from Australia and the rest of the world for 2019. Across this list, we take you through a wide range of genres, with music that represents the exciting, vibrant time of music right now. It’s fair to say that there are some notable […]

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Guest Post: Bootleg Rascal take us through their top regional venues

December 10, 2019

Sydney’s Bootleg Rascal are bringing the party to regional Australia! The Booty Camp: Summer Vacay Tour will hit metro and regional venues from January next year, featuring 17 emerging artists and their very own sideshow alley, packed with crowd participation games. “Touring in more remote areas has always been something close to our hearts,” says guitarist Jimmy Young. “We […]

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What it’s like seeing a concert in Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre

December 4, 2019

Honestly, is there any live music experience as prized in the U.S as seeing a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre for the first time? Sure, there’s South by Southwest, Austin City Limits, Billy Bob’s, the jazz of New Orleans, and the blues of Memphis, but none quite compare to the myth and majesty of this […]

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Here are your ARIAs 2019 Winners and all the red carpet action

November 29, 2019

The best of the best in Australian music flocked to Sydney’s The Star to celebrate the industry’s greatest achievements for 2019. Sweeping the awards gala was Tones and I, who took home four of her eight nominations. An incredible feat for someone who was, under a year ago, busking on the streets and living out of her […]

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Photo Gallery: 2019 ARIA Awards Winners Wall – The Star, Sydney (27.11.19)

November 28, 2019

The 2019 ARIA Awards concluded with the winners and special guests making their way to the media suite for one last Q&A session before getting a photo with their very own ARIA.

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Why David Byrne’s American Utopia is unlike anything Broadway has ever seen

November 20, 2019

I’ve always loved the theatricality of music; that indescribable feeling it can provided when presented with a bit of bombastic flair. But I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a production bring so much life to its soundtrack, as David Byrne has achieved  with his American Utopia show – which is currently enjoying a 16 […]

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Get your Spilt Milk Set times and maps here!

November 13, 2019

The countdown to Spilt Milk is on with the festival due to hit up Canberra’s Commonwealth Park next weekend and Ballarat the week after. With a massive line-up including headliner US pop sensation Khalid, Chvrches, Ocean Alley, Lime Cordiale and so so many more, it’s time to start meticulously planning your day to pack in […]

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The best live music venues in Washington D.C.

November 7, 2019

They may have just been crowned champions of Major League Baseball, but the city of Washington D.C. has plenty to celebrate year round, given they’re one of America’s finest hubs for live music – boasting some of the country’s best live music venues, in a thriving scene. It may not at all be what you’d […]

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Portland, Oregon: The musical heartbeat of America’s West Coast

October 31, 2019

When one thinks of the music industry in the US, there are three cities that immediately comes to mind: LA, New York and Nashville. The vast majority of music companies are based there, and on face value a lot of the creativity is happening there, too. Historically that’s not wrong – but in 2019, it […]

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Tour Diary: Bobby Alu on the road with Xavier Rudd in North America as Flow releases

October 30, 2019

Gold Coast legend Bobby Alu recently returned from a massive 17 date tour of North America, supporting fellow Aussie Xavier Rudd. Taking in dates throughout the USA and Canada, it came just before the release of Alu’s brand new record Flow – and an Australian tour which he kicked off this past weekend. Now back […]

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Exclusive: Sydney’s Crocodylus walk us through their fan focussed new EP Enjoy

October 24, 2019

Late last month raucous Sydney trio Crocodylus dropped their latest EP: Enjoy. Featuring singles “Ghosts” and “Adrenaline”, the seven track EP gives fans everything they’ve come to expect from the band: tempo changes upon tempo changes, grungy riffs and plenty of swagger.  Currently out on the road touring on the back of the EP’s release, […]

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Interview: James Graham of The Twilight Sad (SCO) opens up on new album It Won/t Be Like This All The Time

October 24, 2019

It’s a Monday morning in Glasgow, Scotland and James Graham is professing the positives of new fatherhood. “I love it,” he drawls in his thick Scottish accent, “I have an excuse now when I don’t want to go out. I can sit in the house and watch films and have a drink in the house […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Munro Melano “Cannonballs” (2019)

October 23, 2019

Last week Melbourne singer-songwriter Munro Melano dropped his new single, “Cannonballs”. The track is the second single to be lifted from his forthcoming self-titled debut album, due on November 7th. A week on from the release of the single, we’re stoked to bring you the exclusive premiere of the accompanying music video.  Produced by long time […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Broadwing “Wasp” (2019)

October 15, 2019

Darwin songwriter and producer Ben Allen a.k.a Broadwing released his new single “Wasp” on Friday. The single is his first official release since 2015 and the first taste of his new album Lumen, which is all set for release on November 15th. Today we’re excited to bring you the exclusive premiere of the single’s accompanying […]

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The best live music venues in Seattle

October 14, 2019

Insular, rainy and oft ignored for bigger cities like New York and L.A, Seattle’s music scene in the 90’s benefitted greatly from its relative obscurity. While no one was paying attention, the city birthed some of the greatest artists and bands that have ever lived, sprouting an everlasting impact that would change music and pop […]

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Making Gravy is back again and the recipe is just as strong in 2019

October 2, 2019

As we head into the final quarter of 2019, people are quickly turning their attention to what they’ll be doing in the weeks leading up to the Christmas and New Years period. Days will be longer, diets will go out the window and a lot of people will spend the period catching some killer live […]

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Six discoveries from Reeperbahn 2019 you need to listen to right now

October 2, 2019

The 14th annual Reeperbahn festival hit the streets of Hamburg, Germany last month, bringing with it hundreds of performances, conference panels, award shows and streets filled with food, live music and an incredible atmosphere. The event is positioned, unsurprisingly, around the streets of Reeperbahn, the city’s red light and entertainment district, which is famed for […]

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Singapore at BIGSOUND: Get to know .gif, Caracal and Lincoln Lim

September 2, 2019

Throw post-hardcore into the same show as indie-folk and dark electronica, and you might have a very confused crowd. That is, unless you’re at a showcase event like BIGSOUND, where the Australian music industry completely gives themselves over to a few days of discovery, sifting through live music both homegrown and international. That kind of […]

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Queensland is mecca for music festivals this year

August 30, 2019

If all the promised festivals hitting Gold Coast and Brisbane go down without a hitch this year, we could see Queensland become the new premier spot for live music in Australia. Seeing as Gladys B (I don’t know how to spell it; not worth Googling) is running festivals out of NSW so kids can keep […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Resin Moon “Bullet” (2019)

August 26, 2019

Following on from the release of his debut LP Oscillations back in April, Central Australia producer and multi-instrumentalist Resin Moon returns with a brand new music video for album opener “Bullet”, which we are excited to be premiering today. Fittingly, given we’ve just celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the Moon landings, the clip features a […]

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11 Years, 11 Moments: Watch Lime Cordiale, Deep Sea Arcade & More pay tribute to The Beatles for our 4th Birthday

August 22, 2019

Over the coming months, as we celebrate our 11 years online, we’ll be looking back at 11 of our most memorable moments of running this website. We already took you back to a very intimate performance from Ed Sheeran in 2011. Today we move to August 2012, when we celebrated our 4th birthday. While we’d […]

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