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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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Festival Photos: Barunga 2019 edition

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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Exclusive Single Premiere: Archy Stranger “Home” (2019)

June 12, 2019

Melbourne producer and vocalist Archy Stranger drops his new single, his second for the year, tomorrow. Ahead of tomorrow’s official release date we’re stoked to bring you this exclusive first listen of his latest indie pop gem: “Home”. Some of you will already be familiar with the name Archy Stranger through his work as session […]

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Guest Playlist: Sydney-based artist BOLEYN shares the queer and LGBT+ artists dominating his playlists

June 12, 2019

Sydney-based queer-pop artist BOLEYN dropped his sophomore single, “Re: 21”, yesterday. Produced and mixed by Clockwork Odyssey at their studios in Kings Cross, the single sees BOLEYN challenging the generalisations that surround life in your twenties, with each of the verses dealing with a specific anxiety: alcohol, mental health, drugs, the hook-up culture and more. […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: Tully John & Liza-Jane “Embers” (2019)

June 11, 2019

Gold Coast duo Tully John & Liza-Jane are going to be dropping their latest slice of pop-folk tomorrow. Ahead of its official release the duo have kindly allowed us to bring you all this early pre-release taste of new single, “Embers”.  As I’m sure you’ll all agree, it’s a beauty. Delicately layered and with an […]

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Track by Track: Gold Coast rockers Radolescent take us through their debut album Prehab

June 2, 2019

Last week saw Gold Coast larrikins and punk rockers, Radolescent drop their debut album, Prehab. Recorded at Queensland’s Blind Boy Studios, with Mark Duckworth and Brad Hoskings on production duties, the album has the band reflecting on everything from drug culture to mental health issues on the Gold Coast.  It’s an album that explores, and […]

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Going to Bonnaroo? Here’s Five Things First Time Bonnarooers Must Know

May 28, 2019

So your tickets are purchased and you have practiced putting up your tent so you don’t look like an idiot? Great! You might think you are ready for Bonnaroo, but not so fast. The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is one of the greatest music festivals in the world and in a crowded field of American […]

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Guest Playlist: Sydney artist East Denistone’s favourite tracks of 2019 (so far)

May 22, 2019

Earlier this month Sydney singer-songwriter East Denistone dropped his new single “River”, his second for the year, and a fitting continuation of the indie sounds presented on its predecessor “Amongst Taller Trees”.  From its dramatic and evocative prelude through to its conclusion, “River” aptly displays the Sydney artist’s rich lyricism and commanding and strong vocal […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: Crystal Cities “Under the Cold Light of the Moon” (2019)

May 15, 2019

Two years on from the release of their critically acclaimed first EP, Who’s Gonna Save Us Now, Sydney dream rockers Crystal Cities are back with a new single, “Under the Cold Light of the Moon”, the lead single and title track off their forthcoming debut album. Today, we’re stoked to bring you an exclusive first […]

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Guest Playlist: The songs that influenced Oly Sherman’s new single “Bones”

May 15, 2019

Last week saw Sydney indie folk singer-songwriter Oly Sherman drop his captivating new single,  “Bones”. Produced by Sherman, alongside Daniel Natoli (Once Around Saturn, Georgia Eyes), the single is well positioned to capitalise on the recent resurgence of indie folk in Australia; a resurgence spearheaded by the likes of Ziggy Alberts, Matt Corby, Riley Pearce and others.  Bright […]

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The 10 Greatest Discoveries at The Great Escape 2019

May 13, 2019

The Great Escape has come and gone once again in Brighton, showcasing some of the world’s most exciting up-and-coming acts, alongside established stars who once were emerging acts at TGE themselves: Foals, Lewis Capaldi, surprise act Shame and even Australia’s own Confidence Man who attracted some of the biggest lines of the week. But ultimately it’s […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Eden Mulholland “How Am I Lonely” (2019)

May 9, 2019

Last week, New Zealand singer-songwriter, composer and collaborator Eden Mulholland dropped new single “How Am I Lonely”. Now, this week we’re pleased to bring you the exclusive premiere of the accompanying music video.  The video is comprised of live footage from the 2019 Auckland Fringe Festival show Movement of the Human, where Mulholland was involved […]

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Tour Diary: Singer-songwriter Jade Bird (UK) takes us behind the scenes of her recent US tour

May 8, 2019

Over the last couple of years, London-based singer-songwriter Jade Bird, has enjoyed something of a breakthrough. Within the last twelve months alone she has found herself on several end of year Best of round-ups, was selected for the BBC Sound of 2018 and won the 2018 Grulke Prize for developing non-US act at SXSW. She’s […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: The Flowers “Truly Madly Sleepy” (2019)

May 7, 2019

Ahead of its official release tomorrow, today we’re excited to bring an exclusive first look at “Truly Madly Sleepy”, the debut single from indie rockers The Flowers. With lyrics inspired by “a years worth of travelling around, suffering from chronic jet lag and unrequited affection”, the band have dropped a great slice of indie rock, that […]

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9 acts from 7 countries not to miss at The Great Escape 2019

May 7, 2019

Kicking off this Thursday in Brighton, England, this year’s Great Escape comes with an added bonus for fans of Australian music: Australia is the focus country for the 2019 festival, with some 30 Aussie artists hitting stages around the coastal city. But it’s not the only country with incredible music to show off. Here’s 9 […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: Hope D “Swim” (2019)

May 6, 2019

This morning we’re excited to bring you the exclusive premiere of “Swim”, the new single from Brisbane singer-songwriter Hope D. The single, which will appear on the songwriter’s forthcoming debut EP is an empowering anthem for the disenfranchised within our society. According to Hope D, the track “tells the brutally honest story of the internal […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Tobias Hengeveld “Separation Street” (2019)

May 5, 2019

Melbourne singer-songwriter Tobias Hengeveld today releases Naughts & Ones, his anticipated third solo album. Coinciding with this release, we’re stoked this morning to bring you an exclusive first look at the accompanying visuals for ‘Separation Street’, the third single lifted from the completed album.  Directed and cut by Mark Murray, and shot by Adrian Harrold […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Angus Dawson “Ngurra” [Acoustic] (2019)

May 2, 2019

Last month, WA producer and singer-songwriter Angus Dawson released “Ngurra”, a poignant and introspective single born out of his experiences working with Western Australia’s remote Indigenous communities. Today we’re excited to bring you an exclusive first look at an acoustic live performance clip Dawson has put together for the single – it’s utterly beautiful stuff! […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Wahoo Ghost “She Wolf” (2019)

April 30, 2019

Sydney based trio Wahoo Ghost have just released their album The Eighth Door, and we’re stoked to be hosting the exclusive premiere of the video for the gorgeously bluesy opener, “She Wolf”. Wahoo Ghost consists of Charli Rainford (vocals/guitar/percussion), Rob Crow (guitar, bass, piano, producer), and Jarvis Woolley (drums). The band draws on a huge […]

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