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Album of the Week: Laura Marling delivers comfort and hope with Song For Our Daughter (2020 LP)

April 14, 2020

In such strange times, there are certain things in life that are bound to bring some kind of familiarity to what, at times, feels completely foreign. One of these things is Laura Marling, her songwriting, and the re-assuring nature of her stories. Returning with her seventh studio album, Song For Our Daughter is Laura Marling […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: M. Hofmann “Not There Yet” (2020)

April 2, 2020

There are elements of M. Hofmann’s story that will be familiar to many music fans. He picked up a guitar in his early teens. He plied his trade in various band’s over the years, moving up and down the East Coast, having left his childhood home in Tasmania. Songwriting became a habit, and then he […]

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Supporting your local indie record stores just got easier

April 2, 2020

Indie record stores across Australia, like so many retailers, are doing it tough at the moment due to the COVID-19 crisis. The postponement of Record Store Day, often those stores biggest trading day of the year, until later in the year will only have added to the pressures. Independent record stores, along with our live […]

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Chemicals: Brisbane’s The Rockefeller Frequency take us through their debut track by track

March 23, 2020

Brisbane rockers The Rockefeller Frequency released their debut album, Chemicals, earlier in the month.  The album’s creation was a DIY journey from start to finish. It’s been a few years in the making too, with the band taking some time off before reemerging in 2018. Recording took place in the band’s Basement Studios in Brisbane, […]

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It’s been weeks, and I’m still thinking about Jay Som’s live show

March 20, 2020

“What’s that song playing outside?” asks Jay Som, aka Melina Duterte. The crowd at her debut Brisbane show was confused: is she referring to the grunge cover band bleeding through the windows, or the bass of the karaoke night thumping through the floorboards of The Foundry? “We should play one of those songs, too,” she […]

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How The New Colossus Festival became New York City’s final party before the lights went out

March 18, 2020

I write this sitting in self-isolation in Toronto, Canada – as countries around the world are closing borders, scrambling to “flatten the curve” as the reality of the spread of Coronavirus sinks in. I, like too many, had been rather blasé about the whole thing – I mean I was sanitizing surfaces, washing my hands […]

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20 Artists To Watch in 2020 from Australia and Around the World

March 3, 2020

It’s hard to believe we’re already two months into the New Year, but already we’re discovering so much amazing new music and artists who are set to explode in the year ahead. Here’s just 20 artists you need to be looking out for in 2020… presented in alphabetical order. Badflower Badflower, a band formed in […]

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8 Ben Folds classics we want to hear on The Symphonic Tour

February 27, 2020

Throughout the many incarnations of his career, Ben Folds has continuously proven to be a class musician. From his Ben Folds Five era, to his solo records and collaborative releases furthermore, the North Carolina native is a songwriter and artist that his peers have for time after time wanted to always work with. Not afraid […]

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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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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: 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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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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