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    It's hard to believe that one weekend of SXSW is already behind us and while the Music program officially kicked off with a number of showcases around downtown Austin, the Interactive program closed tonight with a huge show at Stubb's, presented by Media Temple, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the iconic Def Jam record label.

    The line extended right around the block about an hour before doors opened and it was an odd mix of hip-hop heads and SXSWi enthusiasts. An open bar event, the liquor poured freely until 2am, with the entertainment represented not only some huge names, but some great up and coming MCs as well. Aloe Blacc made a special guest appearance with a set that kicked off the night - backed by a brilliant live band, that soulful voice filled the Stubb's grounds and had the crowd pumped early. Blacc went through a run of tunes from 2013's Lift Your Spirit record, which of course meant that the crowd got great renditions of "The Man" and "Wake Me Up", plus "Here Today", which was a standout. Wife and fellow muso Maya Jupiter jumped onstage to throw some rhymes down to wind up the set, which brought huge applause - we were definitely off to a good start.

    Rumours that Kanye West and Rick Ross were walking about spread quickly and had people sharply turning heads each time they thought they caught a glimpse. Up onstage, Vince Staples, August Alsina and YG played sets back to back which demonstrated how time could be used effectively during an event like this, given that they were only allotted about 10-15mins each to do their thing.

    Pusha T, who will be joining Yeezy in Australia this May has been on my list of artists to see for years now, so it's a surreal feeling to see him perform in his country instead of mine for the first time. The rapper a charismatic performer and had enough swag for all of us. Although only onstage for half an hour, maybe 45 minutes, he and his crew managed to smash through an epic set, visiting My Name is My Name, some new material and more. A true highlight of my time in Austin and we weren't even halfway through the lineup tonight.

    The arrival of Method Man and Redman was something else - the stage was now full up with artists and other Def Jam reps, phones out like the excited fans who were crowded around the stage for the legendary duo. Taking the midnight slot tonight, the duo riffed off each other seamlessly and made sure the crowd was with them every step of the way. I've seen Ghostface Killah before and am familiar with the Wu-Tang Clan's body of work, but Method Man as a performer was pretty close to topping the list of hip-hop shows I've seen live so far.

    2 Chainz - am I the only one who has to say it like 'Twoooochaiiiiiinssss' whenever I read the name? - headlined the anniversary celebration and, considering he'd recently pulled out of the Future Music Festival tour in Australia due to visa drama, I felt pretty lucky to catch some of his set tonight. There were snippets of his work with Drake and Pharrell dropped beforehand and it wasn't long before I was wondering if Drizzy was going to show his face (it seemed like everyone else was in the joint, after all..). The singles from B.O.A.T.S II: Me Time were given a great run, with "Feds Watching" a definite highlight. 2 Chainz ran back and forth but didn't miss a beat or show any signs of breathlessness - an awesome performer who made it quite obvious why he's one of the hottest names around.

    All up, I'd say SXSWi went out with a bang tonight - New York came through to Austin with Def Jam being in the house and it was a vibe everyone drank in honour of.

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    No matter how you're set to spend your Australia Day long weekend, we can guarantee there is a smorgasbord of live music taking place in your city. We've taken a look at the shows our AU contributors are going to be hitting up - perhaps we've got similar plans to you? Check out our picks for this weekend!

    ED KUEPPER - Sydney

    Ed Kuepper will be joined by the Sydney Chamber Orchestra as part of this exclusive performance to the Sydney Festival! The iconic Australian musician will be performing selections from his vast career and with this orchestra behind him, Kuepper will be bringing some great re-imaginations to life in a great setting that is the City Recital Hall.

    Where?: City Recital Hall Angel Place
    When? : Saturday, January 24th

    SHONEN KNIFE - Sydney

    Famed Japanese all-girl band Shonen Knife will be tearing through the Factory Theatre this weekend! Having released their 19th album Overdrive - that's right, 19th - these fierce ladies are touring all over the globe with this new collection of material.

    Where?: Factory Theatre
    When?: Saturday, January 24th

    THE COATHANGERS - Brisbane

    Female punk group The Coathangers are bringing their infectious and highly energetic live show to Trainspotters in Brisbane, straight outta the United States! A force to be reckoned with, the trio have headlined tours across North America and Europe, supporting the likes of The Black Lips and Trail of Dead. You know this is going to kick ass.

    Where?: Trainspotters
    When? : Saturday, January 24th

    KIM CHURCHILL - Sydney

    Kim Churchill has really broken out of the gates well this year - selling out this Sydney date of his Single/Spark tour and continuing to amass fans around the country with his amazing talent. The singer songwriter comes to the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney this weekend and if you've managed to cop yourself a ticket, you are definitely in for a show to be remembered.

    Where?: Oxford Art Factory
    When? : Saturday, January 24th
    Tickets?: SOLD OUT

    MEWITHOUTYOU - Adelaide

    The Philly rockers are touring Australia this month for the first time in years. Bringing Aussies Elliott the Bull on the road for all dates, mewithoutYou will be putting on quite the show, with Adelaide coming in at stop #2 on the tour. They play the Unibar supported by Sincerely, Grizzly and Stranger Things Have Happened this Saturday.

    Where?: Adelaide Unibar
    When? : Saturday, January 24th

    MOSMAN ALDER - Brisbane

    Mosman Alder will be performing in a stripped back set up at The Triffid on the weekend, curating an event at the new Brisbane venue! Saturday's shindig will also include sets by Nonsemble, Smoke, Soviet X-Ray Record Club and Big Bad Echo. Get down and support your local scene, Brisvegans!

    Where?: The Triffid
    When? : Saturday, January 24th
    Tickets? :

    NORMAN JAY - Sydney

    Who?: British DJ Norman Jay is always in high demand, based off his fun and seamless sets around the world in pretty much every venue you can think of. Now he comes to the picturesque Manly Wharf Hotel to help us celebrate Aussie Day eve.

    Where?: Manly Wharf Hotel, Manly
    When?: Sunday, January 25th; from 3pm
    Tickets?: Tickets are from $20 and available from


    Who?: New Zealand's Fat Freddy's Drop tour relentlessly, more so than most other live acts of the same caliber. Revered for their masterful blend of so many different styles, it's not hard to tell that this is a group of musicians with an impeccable and varied taste in music. Expect Surry Hills' treasured The Soda Factory to be full of diverse tunes this Aussie Day Eve.

    Where?: The Soda Factory
    When?: Sunday, January 25th; 7am to 3pm
    Tickets?: FREE entry. Arrive early to avoid disappointment.

    ARIEL PINK - Brisbane

    It's Australia Day Eve and The Brightside has you covered - presenting Ariel Pink alongside Dan Deacon and The Clean on one very special line up! Pink has been in the country for Sugar Mountain and his own headline shows, and if you've seen or heard about his live shows in the past, you'll know this is a performer who have to see to actually get the full experience.

    Where?: The Brightside
    When? : Sunday, January 25th

    AUGIE MARCH - Sydney

    One of the Australia's most loved bands, Augie March, will make their Sydney Opera House debut on Australia Day Eve. With their new album Haven's Dumb, as well as their slew of other music which has put them on the map as one of the finest Australian bands of the last decade or so, Augie March will be holding the crowd in the palm of their hands as part of the Music At The House program.

    Where?: Sydney Opera House
    When? : Sunday, January 25th

    TY DOLLA $IGN - Sydney

    US hip-hop artist Ty Dolla $ign plays the Enmore alongside YG on Australia Day! Both artists out on their first tour of Australia will be bringing a whole heap of that swag and live flow you can only expect from the US West Coast; both Ty and YG are experiencing great chart success in the States at the moment and it's a vibe Australians are starting to cotton on to. Don't miss out on the opportunity to see two of the exciting faces in hip-hop right now come through!

    Where?: Enmore Theatre
    When? : Monday, January 26th