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Lloyd Langford heads to Canberra

Lloyd Langford will be performing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow.

Arne Sjostedt Comedian Lloyd Langford wasn't properly dressed before his phone interview with Fly. That's because there was a fire alarm in his New Zealand hotel.

Win one of two double passes to see Andy Bull

Andy Bull

See Australia's rising master of pop at ANU Bar.

The Bad Plus are leading the way in jazz

The Bad Plus are playing at this year's Capital Jazz Project.

Arne Sjostedt Jazz band the Bad Plus are committed to avant-garde populism.

On the Road with Brothers Be

Brothers Be

Canberra four-piece Brother Be on inspirations and ice-cream.


Belconnen Multicultural Arts Festival

Belconnen Community is hosting its own Multicultural Arts Festival from 2-9pm on Saturday, May 30.

Tuned In: After Hollywood leaves

Blissful ignorance: After Hollywood is playing at The Phoenix, Civic on May 27.

Dan Bigna Local punk rock scene in the '80s set the stage for young bands today.

Opinion & Review

Hermitude review

Dark Night Sweet Light sounds like No. 1

Hermitude: Angus Stuart and Luke Dobber.

BERNARD ZUEL A fifth album could be the first No. 1 for the Australian Music Prize winners from the Blue Mountains.


CD reviews: Bernie McGann, Hiatus Kaiyote, Ron Sexsmith, Tim Rogers and the Bamboos

The Rules of Attraction.

BERNARD ZUEL Old jazz, new jazz soul, happy sad pop and a rock voice joins a funk band.

In Review: Jasmine Rae

Jasmine Rae

Erika Bacon "It's taken me seven years to get here," Jasmine Rae tells the crowded room, unable to conceal the excitement and joy in her voice.

The Shortlist

Nick Wales and Sarah Blasko's <i>Emergence</i>.

Shortlist album reviews, May 15: Faith No More, Crazy P, Holly Herndon, Brandon Flowers, Nick Wales and Sarah Blasko.

An eclectic mix

Wombats - Glitterbug

BERNARD ZUEL We take new releases from George FitzGerald, Nadia Reid, Raised By Eagles, the Wombats and Allison Moorer for a spin.

Jordan Chik discusses his latest works

A detail of  a work by Jordan Chik.

Dan Bigna The intertwining of music and illumination inform Jordan Chik's art.

Pretend You're Mine by Pearls


Andrew Drever One of the best local singles heard this year thus far has been Pearls' glam-rock stomp, Big Shot.

Commit No Nuisance meets Groovin the Moo

Commit No Nuisance Paste up on the GDE Bridge. Alyce Bell

Arne Sjostedt It's almost Groovin the Moo time, which is fantastic for anyone who plans to go.

Mumford & Sons go out on a limb

Mumford & Sons

Arne Sjostedt Introduction of drums, electric guitars and the exclusion of their trademark banjo risk losing fans.

Clever cousins: Blues queen Fiona Boyes and artist Jenny collaborate

 Fiona Boyes is playing at Braidwood.

CHRIS JOHNSON Fiona Boyes is returning to ACT, her old home to collaborate with her award-winning artist cousin, Jenny.

In Review: Noel Fielding, Canberra Theatre

An Evening with Noel Fielding

Erika Bacon A night with comedian Noel Fielding is one to remember.

Pretend You're Mine by Pearls

<i>Pretend You're Mine</i>, by Pearls.

Andrew Drever One of the best local singles heard this year thus far has been Pearls' glam-rock stomp, Big Shot.

Classical favourites get country-folk makeover

Marcus Holden's <i>Cicadas & Roses</i>.

John Shan This is the first album under Marcus Holden's own name despite a four-decade career.

Vestiges & Claws by Jose Gonzalez

<i>Vestiges & Claws</i>, by Jose Gonzalez.

Anthony Carew Whistling distantly over gentle acoustic strums, Vissel stands symbolic of José González.

Tuned In: Rockabilly Relaunch

Elvis got things started in 1954.

Dan Bigna There is no better way to revive a pub that came into being in 1857 than to introduce some high-octane, hip-shaking rockabilly to get it all happening. 

Bookshop closures cast pall over Canberra's alternative culture

Katarina Pearson (left) and Anne Hutton, owners of Electric Shadows Bookshop, which closed because of lack of support.

Dan Bigna The demise of outlets such as Electric Shadows and Smith's Alternative reflects the sad state of Canberra's non-mainstream arts.

CD review: Presence - Blow

Presence's <i>Blow</i>.

Geoff Page Most members of this well-known Melbourne jazz quintet have been playing together for a couple of decades.

Music review: Sally Greenaway - Aubade & Nocturne

Sally Greenaway: Aubade & Nocturne

Arne Sjostedt A view into the many facets  of the Australian pianist and composer.

Etienne De Crecy is in the club

Etienne De Crecy: Super Discount 3

Andrew Drever De Crecy serves up funky disco-house jams.

Encores have become too predictable


Arne Sjostedt I've long been interested in the now predictable, polite routine of the encore. The moment where a band leaves the stage, crying out good night to the audience, knowing full well they will be back shortly.

Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear


Anthony Carew Father John Misty: I LOVE YOU HONEYBEAR (Sub Pop/Inertia) 4 stars

Bob Dylan - Shadows in the Night


MICHAEL DWYER Bob Dylan SHADOWS IN THE NIGHT (Columbia) Three and half stars

Ibeyi - Ibeyi


Anthony Carew Ibeyi IBEYI (XL/Remote Control) ★★★½ 

Tuned In

Reviving the punk past in Canberra


Dan Bigna Sets by living, breathing member of The Ramones and support band The Hard-Ons revisit Canberra's punk past.

Review: Man it Feels Like Space Again by Pond

Man it feels like space again.

Martin Boulton Pond have delved deeply over seven years into psychedelic sounds from another time.

LP review: Belle & Sebastian Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance echoes Eurovision songs

Belle & Sebastian's <i>Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance</i>.

Anthony Carew Stuart Murdoch's hope Belle & Sebastian's ninth LP would sound like an era-spanning Eurovision sampler is realised.

Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

<i>Panda Bear meets the Grim Reaper</i>.

CRAIG MATHIESON Panda Bear's latest offering features shape-shifting rhythms and oscillating textures.

In Review: C.W. Stoneking in electric form

C. W. Stoneking electrified a full house.

CHRIS JOHNSON Australia's king of jungle blues and cool hokum rhythms C.W. Stoneking delighted a full house at Canberra's Street Theatre.

In Review: Smith Street Band

The Smith Street Band are hitting to road to promote their third full-length album Throw Me in the River.

Conor Flannery Expect to hear more from Melbourne's punk poets The Smith Street Band for years to come.

Jessica Pratt's On Your Own Love Again reviewed

Jessica Pratt: Unguarded and unpretentious.

Anthony Carew Singer-songwriter Jessica Pratt's odd warble will stir romantic hearts with a new album preserving the spartan intimacy of her first outing.

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis album The Third reviewed

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis take a ramble through their usual styles on THE THIRD.

Andrew Drever The third album from Kitty, Daisy & Lewis is a more polished affair featuring lush strings.

Bjork album Vulnicura reviewed

Bjork - VULNICURA: Sombre, shattered and occasionally magical.

MICHAEL DWYER Bjork charts a doomed relationship cycle in a nakedly personal pitch.

Q & A with Virginia Fizz

Alison McGregor as Virginia Fizz.

She's a burlesque dancer by accident and an actress by design. She's Virginia Fizz.

Review: Chet Faker' passion and soul make for an explosive evening at Canberra's Royal Theatre

Real deal: Chet Faker performs to a sold-out crowd at the ANU Bar.

Arne Sjostedt Hot act: Chet Faker's February 11 show at the Royal Theatre, Canberra, reviewed by Arne Sjostedt.

The Necks: Improvising trio create elation

Tony Buck, Lloyd Swanton and Chris Abrahams are The Necks.

Dan Bigna The Necks create a hypnotic wash of sound.

Album review: Run The Jewels 2

Run The Jewels

CRAIG MATHIESON Run The Jewels was one of the best-reviewed albums to come out in America last year.

Album review: Mark Ronson channels funk

Canny: Mark Ronson, Uptown Special.

Andrew Drever Featured artists on the British DJ-producer's new LP include Stevie Wonder, Andrew Wyatt and Bruno Mars.

Album review: Welcome creative discipline

Industrial sheen: Marilyn Manson, The Pale Emperor.

CRAIG MATHIESON If you stopped paying attention to Manson's shock tactics years ago, here is where you might at least give him a cursory listen.

Improv captures the essence of live music


Dan Bigna There are some good live music venues around town but each year I find myself wondering whether a Canberra date will be included whenever a tour is announced.

Local band profile: The Monotremes

Local band profile: The Monotremes.

The Monotremes' sound is classically inspired, multi-genre with cartoon tendencies, frontman Adam Cook says.

Tuned In - Best albums from 2014


Arne Sjostedt It's time to take a breather from of the end-of-year rush to appreciate some top musical moments.

Thredbo Blues Festival: sunshine, brews and blues

Rising talent: Shaun Kirk thrilled audiences in Bernti's Bar.

Erika Bacon The Thredbo Blues Festival is a weekend of bliss.

Tate Sheridan: Offering No 2 from jazz pianist

Tate Sheridan by Tate Sheridan

Geoff Page This eponymous jazz CD is the second from this young Canberra artist in as many months.

The Very Best of Spandau Ballet

Spandau Ballet - The Story: The Very Best of Spandau Ballet.

CRAIG MATHIESON The Story: The Very Best of Spandau Ballet features 19 tracks from the reformed and seemingly revitalised British new wave band turned soul boys.

Wilco - What's Your 20

Wilco - What's Your 20.

CRAIG MATHIESON The best American band of the last 20 years, the rise of Wilco and the ambitions of frontman Jeff Tweedy are traversed by 38 songs which move from alt-country and Beatlesque pop to electronic melancholy and Krautrock repetition.

Echo of torch song from Jane Tyrell

Ella Hooper's eclectic In Tongues.

A selection of album reviews, including Bryan Ferry, Ella Hooper and Dan Warner.

R&B duo Collarbones release third EP


Anthony Carew Sydney duo Collarbones' third EP continues to push musical boundaries.

Golden Home less than the sum of its parts


Jeff Glorfeld The Hired Guns latest offering is less like a complete album and more like a compilation.

Veronicas album the first in seven years


CRAIG MATHIESON With a hit ballad in You Ruin Me to mark their chart comeback, pop twins Jessica and Lisa Origliasso continue their eclectic ways.

Tuned In - La De Da

Images from La De Da's first Birthday.

Arne Sjostedt La De Da will host a myriad of creative types at a celebration of its third birthday on December 5.

Review: Pink Floyd's The Endless River


CRAIG MATHIESON Pink Floyd's Endless River album is an essentially serene and stately tribute to keyboardist Rick Wright, who died in 2008.

Tuned In

Amber Lawrence in store appearance


Dan Bigna Amber Lawrence's new album is aligned with successful crossover artists she admires such as LeAnn Rimes and Taylor Swift who have both embraced the sweetness and light of pop music.

Album review: Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways takes a familiar road


CRAIG MATHIESON A perfectly decent album, but a weirder map would have helped.

Album review: TV on the Radio - Seeds is relaxed and almost fun


Anthony Carew The epic indie-rockers celebrate love.

Album review: Neil Young - Storytone is almost a classic


Simon Tatz When it works, it's as good as anything Young has released. But there are patchy numbers.

Chance to get up close and intimate with Sparrow Folk


Arne Sjostedt National Folk Festival's Ultimate Tent Concert offers an experience not easily forgotten.

Black Vinyl Heart a world-class act from Liam McKahey and the Bodies


CHRIS JOHNSON Canberra is home to some incredible bands and sitting right at the top of that list is the world-class Liam McKahey and the Bodies.

Tuned In with Peter Krbavac: Chaotic Assassins 88 recall Canberra's DIY show days


Peter Krbavac Last Friday night, local two-piece Assassins 88 piled into the corner of a sharehouse living room for the first time in years.

Album review: Lanie Lane - Night Shade is a true gem

Soaring: Lanie Lane's Night Shade represents a change in style from her 2011 debut.

Samuel J. Fell An album of intense poise and power.

Album review: Thurston Moore - The Best Day plays it close to the chest

Sea breezes: Thurston Moore's The Best Day features glam-rock references but few personal clues.

Patrick Emery Thurston Moore's post-Sonic Youth journey might be different, but the original signposts remain.

Album review: Johnny Marr - Playland is hooky, glammed up, guitar pop

Elusive: Johnny Marr's Playland features gorgeous guitar but less memorable vocals.

Andrew Watt The album won't add a lot to his legacy but it will provide a few acceptable set-filling songs.

Tuned In with Dan Bigna at Braddon's Chop Shop


Dan Bigna The newly opened Chop Shop has a busy creative vibe that puts Dan Bigna in mind of another favourite haunt.

Fly Planner

Live gigs in Canberra

Who's playing where in the ACT this week.

Fly by night

The Funkoars performed at Transit Bar on May 13

Hip-hoppers the Funkoars performed to a full house on Wednesday. The guys were supported by local hip-hop group Semantix

Ross Noble at the Canberra, April 22

Ross Noble was well received at the Canberra Theatre on April 22.

Noel Fielding at Canberra Theatre, April 20

Noel Fielding invited fans into his psychedelic world at the Canberra Theatre on April 20.

Ross Noble performed at Canberra Theatre on April 22

Comedian Ross Noble performed to a soul-out crowd at Canberra Theatre on April 22

Noel Fielding at The Canberra Theatre, April 20

Noel Fielding invited fans into his psychedelic world on April 20 at the Canberra Theatre

Tubular Bells at The Street Theatre on April 10.

Tubular Bells at The Street Theatre on April 10.

Scenes from Byron Bay Bluesfest 2015

Scenes from Byron Bay Bluesfest 2015

National Folk Festival was held at EPIC over the Easter break

National Folk Festival was held at EPIC over the Easter break

Darren Hanlon performed at The Front

Darren Hanlon performed at The Front on March 27. He was supported by Burnt Saussages.

Snowy Mountains Country Music Festival

Snowy Mountains Country Music Festival was held at Thredbo on March 21.

Cold Chisel performed at the Royal Theatre on February 26

Cold Chisel performed to a sold-out crowd at the Royal Theatre on February 26

Shameem performed at The Basement on February 20

Soul singer Shameem performed at The Basement on February 20

Folk Festival Launch at the National Library of Australia

The National Folk Festival was officially launched by ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr at the National Library of Australia.

Chet Faker at The Royal Theatre

Chet Faker performed to a sold-out at The Royal Theatre, February 11.

Eddie Izzard performed at Llewellyn Hall

Comedian Eddie Izzard performed to a full-house on February 7 at Llewellyn Hall.

Passenger in Canberra

Passenger performed a sold out crowd at Canberra Theatre on January 24

Thredbo Blues Festival, January 16-18.

Thredbo Blues Festival brought together some of Australia's finest blues artists performed over the weekend, held in the clear and crisp mountain air of Thredbo Alpine Village.

Scrambled; Three years of La De Da

Scrambled; Three years of La De Da

Violent Soho performed at ANU Bar on December 3

Violent Soho performed at ANU Bar on December 3

Little May Perform at The Front on November 22

Sydney indie folk trio Little May performed for fans in an intimate setting at The Front in Lyneham.

IMB Sunset Cinema Launch

The IMB Sunset Cinema was Launched on November 14. Guests enjoyed a performance by local band Slow Turismo and watched the flick What We Do in the Shadows.

Hilltop Hoods performed at the AIS on October 30.

Hilltop Hoods performed at the AIS on October 30. They were supported by DJ Morgs and the Thundamentals.

Ink Flow Tattoo Art and Slick Beats on October 24

The Chop Shop in Braddon was host to the event Ink Flow Tattoo Art and Slick Beats.

The Church performed at ANU Bar on October 24

The Church performed at ANU Bar on October 24

Bluejuice performed at ANU Bar on October 18

Bluejuice performed at ANU Bar on October 18

Griswolds perform at Zierholz @ UC on September 27

Griswolds perform at Zierholz @ UC on September 27

Angus and Julia Stone performed at Llewellyn Hall on September 13.

Angus and Julia Stone performed at Llewellyn Hall on September 13.

Andy Bull performed at Transit Bar, September 11

Andy Bull performed at Transit Bar, September 11

Tina Arena at Llewellyn Hall

Tina Arena performed at Llewellyn Hall on September 6.

360 performed at the UC Refectory. September 3.

360 performed at University of Canberra's Refectory on September 3.

Kate Miller-Heidke at The Canberra Theatre

Kate Miller-Heidke was supported by UK singer Ryan Keen.

Coolio at Transit Bar

Coolio, supported by Canberra locals Jimmy Pike and Suarvess.

Joelistics Album Launch

Joelistics launched his album Blue Volume at Transit Bar on July 19

Semantix EP Launch

Semantix launched their EP Cold Plains at Transit Bar, July 4.

Rufus at ANU Bar

Rufus performed at ANU Bar, June 19

Jason Derulo, May 29

Jason Derulo performing at the Royal Theatre.

Justice Crew at AIS, April 23

Scenes from the Justice Crew concert at the AIS on April 23.

The Billy Bragg concert

Scenes from the Billy Bragg concert at the Canberra Theatre

Birds of Tokyo

Birds of Tokyo performed at UC Refectory on February 13.

Ashley Feraude at The Loft

Ashley Feraude at The Loft. 9th March 2014.

Timomatic at the Multicultural Festival

Timomatic thrilled the crowd at the opening ceremony.

Cat Power

Cat Power plays at the Canberra Street Theatre.

Jessica Mauboy, January 18

Crowds gather to see Jessica Mauboy performing at AIS Arena.

Unknown Landscapes Tour

Unknown Landscapes Tour at Smiths Alternative Bookshop.

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