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Interview: Abbey Road Studio’s Mirek Stiles and Karim Fanous explain Spacial Audio and the power of AI

April 26, 2019

Last month, I sat down with Mirek Stiles, the head of Audio Products at Abbey Road, and Karim Fanous, Innovation Manager at Abbey Road Red, to learn more about the way the iconic British studio is embracing and helping develop the next generation of technologies, from spacial audio – which aims or the audio experience better […]

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Tour Diary: The Pinheads take us behind the scenes of their SXSW adventure

April 18, 2019

We might only be in April, but Illawara rockers The Pinheads have already had a busy year. Freshly returned to Australia from a scorching run of shows in Austin for SXSW, the band have dropped new single “Feel It Now” – another hint at what to expect from their forthcoming sophomore album, Is This Real, […]

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Interview: Georgia Mooney talks about her “Supergroup” shows in Sydney with Tim Rogers and more

April 13, 2019

Over the last two Sundays, a songwriter night has been running at Giant Dwarf Theatre in Sydney under the helm of Georgia Mooney of All Our Exes Live in Texas. With two more shows left to go, we caught up with Georgia to learn more about the show, find out how it’s gone so far and […]

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Interview: Sevendust on returning to Australia, Justin Timberlake and celebrating 25 years together

April 8, 2019

It’s now 25 years since iconic alternative metal titans Sevendust formed in Atlanta, Georgia, and they’re going stronger than ever. Following the release of their highly successful twelfth studio album “All I See Is War” last year, the band has gone full throttle in what feels like the dawning of a new era for the […]

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Chur Burger’s Warren Turnbull Shares His Top 5 Sydney Burger Joints

April 4, 2019

Going down every Thursday in April, Panhead’s Chief Beer Engineer, Mike Neilsen will be sharing some of Panhead’s weird and wonderful brews, not to mention a custom beer inspired by the home of The Workshop, Oxford Street. Alongside free shows curated by Volumes, featuring The Pinheads, Buzz Kull Sophiegrophy & Godtet, plus a beautifully-beery custom […]

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Five reasons to be excited about Olympia’s new music video “Shoot to Forget”

February 20, 2019

Fresh from announcing three major international label and agency deals, Melbourne alt-pop artist Olympia is set to drop her brand new music video “Shoot To Forget” tomorrow, and we at the AU have your exclusive first look at the clip. Get your first taste of it here: If that taste doesn’t get you excited, here’s […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Bearfoot “Luminate” (2019)

February 15, 2019

Ahead of the offical release next week we are pleased today to be premiering the new film clip for “Luminate”, the recent single from Sunny Coast’s resident roots band Bearfoot.  Released in November, “Luminate” is dedicated to the time the band spent at the eponymous music festival in New Zealand back in early 2017, and […]

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Blu-Ray Review: A Star is Born takes us on stage and into the jam sessions for its home release

February 15, 2019

Lady Gaga is not the first singer to embark on the transition from music to film (J. Lo, I’m looking at you), and I doubt she will be the last. However, never before have I seen a musician take this leap with such skill, such talent and such raw emotion reminiscent of a seasoned actor. […]

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Win a double pass to Ultra Australia in Sydney or Melbourne featuring Marshmello, The Chainsmokers and more

February 13, 2019

The iconic dance festival Ultra is making its official debut on our shores later this month, following the “Road to Ultra” event in Melbourne in 2018. This year, the event dubbed Ultra Australia will be hitting Melbourne and Sydney on February 23rd and 24th, respectively. The event will feature the likes of Adam Beyer, Marshmello, […]

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Exclusive EP Premiere: Alanna Eileen – Artifice (2019 EP)

February 11, 2019

We’re pleased today to be premiering, Artifice, the new EP from New Zealand-via-Australia singer-songwriter Alanna Eileen.  The recording of Artifice saw Alanna heading across to the United States last October, for a ten day recording stint at Montrose Recording in Virginia, with production coming from Sparklehorse’s Alan Weatherhead. The EP’s eight tracks were written between July […]

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Free music is happening in Sydney on Fridays through February and March

February 5, 2019

The Courtyard Sessions will be returning to Sydney’s Seymour Centre this week, kicking off 8 nights of free music under the setting sun, in the Seymour’s leafy courtyard. Courtyard Sessions’ free gigs at dusk have become a staple in the city’s live music scene since launching in 2012, known for the diversity and energy of programming – […]

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An insider’s guide to Kyoto’s best secret hangouts, with Japanese band Zahatorte

January 31, 2019

Kyoto band Zahatorte are a genre-defying trio who blend old-world European cafe sounds with the undeniably Japanese penchant for perfectionism. They’ll be coming to Australia next month for the first time, and before we show them our own country, we asked them to share with us their nine favourite secret hangouts in their hometown. So […]

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The 40 Best Tracks of 2018 from Australia and around the world

January 29, 2019

With Ocean Alley taking out the Hottest 100 over the long weekend, we’re excited to (finally) bring you the AU review’s own favourite tracks of 2018, with an eclectic mix of songs from Australia and around the world that we loved over the calendar year. 40. Tropical Fuck Storm – You Let My Tyres Down […]

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Track of the Day: Tara Simmons “North” (2019)

January 29, 2019

“North” is the new single from Brisbane Indie-pop artist Tara Simmons, who sadly passed away earlier this month following a battle with cancer. We at the AU have known and been covering Tara for the better part of the last decade, and couldn’t be more devastated by her passing. Tara has left us some music to enjoy […]

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Kim Churchill to curate intimate “in the round” show in Sydney next week

January 9, 2019

The month In The Round Sessions return to Sydney’s Leadbelly (42 King St, Newtown) for its next edition on Tuesday 15th January, with Kim Churchill hosting and curating the evening, for an intimate appearance from the globally touring star. The show will be one of his only appearances in Sydney ahead of the release of his next album, and […]

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5th Annual AU Awards Nominees Announced ft. Angie McMahon, Didirri and more

December 19, 2018

The AU Awards are back for the fifth consecutive year, celebrating the best Australian artists of 2018. All categories take into consideration both albums and live performance, and there’s no argument that everyone on this list has had a massive year. We’ll be announcing the winners this Friday! And the nominees are… SOLO ARTIST OF […]

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The 16 Best Books of 2018

December 19, 2018

We’ve come to that point of the year where things begin to wind down for the year, and where those of us in the business of reviewing and writing about art, music, books and films stop and begin to agonise over our “Top 10” or “Best of” lists.  2018 has been another great year in […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Tasman Keith “Mission Famous” (2018)

November 20, 2018

At the end of last month Tasman Keith dropped his debut EP Mission Famous, proving himself in the process to be one of the most exciting new voices in the Australian hip-hop scene. Now, a month later, we’re excited to be premiering the music video for the EP’s title track, ahead of its official release […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Sugar Jacket “How Many Times” (2018)

November 19, 2018

Melbourne artist Sugar Jacket recently dropped his debut single “How Many Times”, and today we’re excited to exclusively premiere its new music video ahead of its official release tomorrow. The track is filled with something described as “sparkly psychedelic dream pop” (and we feel that’s pretty apt), and the video that’s resulted is equally as […]

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The Songs That Made Me “Need You”: Feather Touch’s Guest Playlist

November 1, 2018

Feather Touch has been making waves of late with his breakout single “The River” (featuring Aeora) and now “Need You”, a pulsating club banger laced with a good dose of future-pop. For this week’s featured guest playlist on the AU, the Sydney-based tropicalyso-disco producer takes us on a journey through his electric tastes that have led […]

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