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Alpine develop into intriguing sound-system


Yuck. Yes that's right. That's what Alpine think about it all. Well, actually, it's just a quirky album name, that fits hand in glove with the indie pop band's particular personality and style. 

Flybys: Megan Washington, Electro Circus and Holy Holy

Holy Holy have announced plans to tour their new album extensively.

Local: Two-time ARIA winner Megan Washington has extended her Tangents Tour to include a Canberra date. She will be performing at The Front in Lyneham on September 1. The tour will see Megan perform exclusivley intimate and stripped back sets for her fans for the very first time. 

Want to see Death Cab For Cutie?

We have a double pass to give away  for a concert by Death Cab For Cutie.

We have one double pass up for grabs to see Death Cab for Cutie

Josh Pyke's fifth album a tribute to creativity and integrity

Josh Pyke's fifth album is out at the end of July.

Sean Palmer Josh Pyke fans can rest assured he's put his heart and soul into But For All These Shrinking Hearts, his latest album, out on July 31.

On the road with Local Horror

Local Horror would like a barbecue supplied on every gig.

You'll find band Local Horror rehydrating and watching other bands play while they're on tour.

How Vika Bull fell in love with Etta James

Vika Bull as Etta James

A strong, soulful voice. A foundation in blues and gospel music. In many ways Vika Bull was the perfect choice to play Etta James in At Last: The Story of Etta James, which hits Canberra for the first time next week.

Darren Hart's on fire in Breakthrough beat

Harts plans to groove his own course with a signature sound.

Greg Chamberlain With a bow to the Purple One, Darren Hart has found his inner blues funk.

Bill Murray stars in Rock The Kasbah

Rock the Kasbah stars comic actor Bill Murray.

Watch:  Hollywood legend Bill Murray will return to his comedy roots in the new movie Rock The Kasbah set for release in October.

On the Road with the The Spindrift Saga

The Spindrift Saga have a gig with True Vibenation at The Mariners in Batemans Bay on June 27, followed by a gig at the Phoenix bar in Canberra on June 29.

On The Road with Chris McGRath from the Spindrift Saga

Seth Sentry's sensitive songs but no small talk

Seth Sentry is about to go on a regional tour.

Kate Kingsmill Seth Sentry has a problem with small talk. "There's a script that everyone loves following and I don't know the script. It's like a secret code and I'm not privy to it."

How serendipity brought together Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell

Emmylou Harris calls Rodney Crowell her 'soul brother'.

Arne Sjostedt A tape Emmy-Lou Harris should never have heard led to her musical collaboration with Rodney Crowell.

On The Road with Quang Dinh of the Naked Bodies

The Naked Bodies will perform at The Front on Sunday.

Band members? Quang Dinh, Will Lopez, Brendan West, Cameron Potts

My Friend the Chocolate Cake's mellow mood appeals

My Friend the Chocolate Cake are enjoying performing the tracks from their albums.

Arne Sjostedt The oddly named group may have been born as a side project, but audiences love their sound, especially their subtle songs.

We always wanted to be more production group than band: Gold Fields

Gold Fields

Arne Sjostedt Gold Fields are about to return to performing live after working on remixes and perfecting their sound.

Andy Bull finds satisfaction in song writing

Andy Bull is playing at Canberra's ANU Bar on June 12.

Kate Kingsmill Since the release of his second album, Andy Bull has been coming to terms with the nobility of song writing.

Mojo Juju gets personal on new album Seeing Red/Feeling Blue

Mojo Juju will be performing at Transit Bar on June 13.

Greg Chamberlain Mojo Juju stretches herself creatively and enlists the talents of a hip hop producer on her new release.

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.

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.

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

Canberra needs a standalone fringe festival

The Krewd Sisters: hosted the 2014 Fringe Festival.

Dan Bigna A fringe festival for Canberra would provide an excellent opportunity for a program of good-quality music reflecting the innovative and stimulating art at the periphery of mainstream entertainment.

Tuned In: Bio-pic may reveal why Brian Wilson not coming to Canberra with rest of Beach Boys

The Beach Boys are returning to Canberra - sans Brian Wilson.

Dan Bigna When the Beach Boys perform at the Royal Theatre, Canberra, in November, Brian Wilson star of bio-pic Love and Mercy, will not be with them.

Tuned In: Canberra musician Shoeb Ahmad fulfils Ornette Coleman's ambition

Shoeb Ahmad, the owner of Canberra-based label HellosQuare.

Dan Bigna HellosQuare label embraces creative freedom as the ultimate goal.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Fly Planner

Fly by night

Canberra Comedy Club launched at UniPub on June 26

Canberra Comedy Club launched at UniPub on June 26. The event was headlined by Adam Rozenbach. Hosted by Local Comedians Emo Parsonson with supports acts including Chris Ryan, Danny Bensley, Craig Harvey and David Graham.

Ballet Revolucion took Canberra Theatre by storm on June 24

Ballet Revolucion thrilled the audience with their sensual moves from ballet to street dance.

Mojo Juju performed at Transit Bar on July 13

Mojo Juju Juju thrilled fans with her unique blend of jump/blues/RnB/Soul and Rock'n'Roll

Andy Bull performed at ANU Bar on June 12

Andy Bull performed at ANU Bar on June 12 and was supported by Cub Sport

Ali McGregor performed at The Street on June 5

Ali McGregor wowed audiences with her operatic voice and her fusion of jazz and pop.

Art of Sleeping performed at Transit Bar on June 5

Art of Sleeping rocked a full house at Transit Bar on June 5. They were supported by Melbourne pop band Sunbeam Sound Machine. 

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.

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