Kasey Chambers relaxes, Kevin Brady expands, Cat's Eyes get cinematic, Wild Beasts get more direct and Darren Cross is electronic-ish.
Since joining Fairfax in 1992, Bernard has been an editor and written on education, roads and local politics. These days, he specialises in music and is the senior music writer and reviewer.
The heart isn't being ripped apart anymore and the quietly potent companion piece to the just released Endless paints a scene of lives and emotions rebuilding. No wonder these are the most talked about albums right now.
Like his light grey ensemble, Maxwell's songs seem close-fitting and tucked in: familiar with the formula and seamless in execution.
Sometimes throwing everything you have at a show only makes for a louder crash when it fails.
It's not the long awaited album Boys Don't Cry but it's a fascinating musical and visual return from an enigmatic talent.
Mellow pop and stripped back blues folk bookend a Sydney songwriter, a Brooklyn band and Bulgarian/American jazz.
Scriptures provide lessons for the new album from Deborah Conway, but there's also history to learn from in the album that made her a star 25 years ago.
Tall men, classic covers, an R&B song among the Midnight Oil favourites and powerful new songs, this solo show had it all.
Angry at the stupidity of American culture's twin pillars of guns and celebrity, California punks unleash.
Barack Obama has released his annual summer playlist and it's cool, varied and smart, and includes one Courtney Barnett.