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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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Six Australian music festivals you can’t miss this summer

August 19, 2019

This summer is looking like a scorcher with some extra-hot line-ups being released ahead of the festival season. Earlier this month, Lost Paradise dropped their bill filled to the brim with some incredible Australian talent including Rüfüs Du Sol, Hilltop Hoods, Mallrat and The Chats, joining a huge list of festivals, both new and established, […]

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A Falls Festival veteran gives his pro tips to a first timer for 2019/2020

August 14, 2019

Falls Festival dropped an incredible line-up for their 2019/2020 New Years celebration last week, which started a discussion between two writers here at the AU review.  I’m Tait, I’m 22-years-old and have never been to Falls Festival, but this year is looking to be my first. I used to be a Brisbanite so my New […]

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Lollapalooza Best of Day Four: #AriPalooza takes over as Ariana Grande wins over Chiacgo

August 6, 2019

Throughout all four days of Lollapalooza, you could tell what the most anticipated show of the weekend was. No, it wasn’t Tenacious D’s or even Shaquille O’Neil’s DJ set… It was the Queen of Lollapalooza 2019, Ariana Grande. It is a very big deal to me that Grande was the Sunday night headliner. There are […]

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11 Years, 11 Moments: That time Ed Sheeran played an apartment in Sydney and covered 50 Cent

July 30, 2019

This August, we’re celebrating the 11th birthday of the website. As of now, we’re not throwing any parties this year – though we are going to be doing two things. The first one is that we’re finally moving our new site out of beta at the “launch.theaureview.com” domain and moving everything – and almost all […]

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Album of the Week: Angie McMahon’s Salt (2019 LP) is the sound of an artist demanding to be listened to and heard

July 26, 2019

When I first saw Angie McMahon about this time in 2017, you sensed there was something special about this unassuming artist standing behind her guitar and microphone. In support of The Jezabels at Sydney’s Lansdowne Hotel, Angie was fresh off the back of being crowned that year’s winner of the Josh Pyke Partnership for up […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: 3SIDEZ “Something About Mary” (2019)

July 18, 2019

Today we have the exclusive video premiere of an exciting hip hop artist from Adelaide, 3SIDEZ, illustrating his latest single “Something About Mary”. Adventurous and soulful, he blends various genres into his hip hop, delivering an ecelectic and certainly very infectious style. “Something About Mary” has a really lovely upbeat groove running through it, with […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Polymer “Believers” 2019

July 15, 2019

We’ve got an Exclusive Video Premiere to start the week off from Sydney rockers Polymer. The single is taken from their forthcoming debut LP Zealots Box.  The hard-hitting trio was formed in 2018 and features members of Samsara and Age of Menace.  The band is comprised of Anthony Semrani on vocals and guitar, Constantine Kotsiras […]

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Five things we’re most looking forward to at Lollapooloza 2019

July 10, 2019

The history of Lollapalooza is one of the richest of all of the North American festivals. Beginning as a traveling festival in 1991 featuring Nine Inch Nails, Ice-T, and of course Jane’s Addiction and manifesting to what it is now an annual festival in Chicago as well as other off branches all over the world. […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Jordan Merrick “Low Country” (2019)

July 4, 2019

Jordan Merrick brings his bush-ballad groove, with a touch of Americana and Blues to this lovely track about desire and the reluctance to act upon it. We are fortunate to have the Exclusive first look at “Low Country”. Jordan hails from Brisbane, and prior to releasing his solo material, has released albums with his band Fugitive & […]

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Seven essential Splendour in the Grass sideshows you can still get tickets for

July 2, 2019

The sold-out Splendour in the Grass is just weeks away now, once again bringing in a line-up of local and international acts entirely worthy of the festival’s legacy. From headliners James Blake and Chance the Rapper to must see mid-cards like a returning Friendly Fires and UK emcee Little Simz, there’s going to be a […]

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Melbourne band Sunnyside and five other acts to see at Fuji Rock 2019

June 25, 2019

You know Sunnyside, right? The Melbourne six-piece that bring all kinds of funk and jazz wherever they go, slithering through the pits of sweaty nightclubs and steamy jazz clubs with misshaped textures and hypnotic time signatures. Yeah, those are the guys. And they’re about to make their exciting debut in Japan, heading on over to […]

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Photo Gallery: Barunga Festival (The Music) – NT (07-09.06.19)

June 17, 2019

This years edition of the Barunga Festival had as always a very strong lineup of First Nations musicians and close friends. As with the last couple of years Justine Clarke has worked with the local kids for their moment of fame on the main stage. This year with the aid of Serina Pech, they produced a […]

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Bonnaroo Day One & Two: Gambino shines while emerging acts take center stage

June 16, 2019

Something was very different about Bonnaroo 2019 as opposed to other years. Visible clouds were following festival goers around the concert grounds and campsites. These mists, usually are expected to be smoke billowing from people partaking in certain festival extracurriculars, but no, that was not the case this year. With temperatures dropping just shy of […]

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