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Sheppard brings upbeat sound back to Australia


Kate Kingsmill Before jetting back to the States for a huge tour, Sheppard play their sweet harmonies on home turf.

Lepers & Crooks frontman tastes freedom

Lepers & Crooks: Giving the people a voice.

Alasdair Mcdonald 8:00pm Lepers & Crooks frontman Sam Baker recalls how he soon got over his stage fright.

Kim Churchill performs at The Abbey

Coming home: Kim Churchill is happy to be coming back to where he was born.

Kate Kingsmill The successful young musician is feeling nostalgic about Canberra, the town of his birth.

Connan Mockasin IV: the cosmonaut of inner space

Keen to return: Connan Mockasin IV are performing at Laneway Festival in Sydney

Arne Sjostedt A psychedelic pop musician from New Zealand has fans around the world of his unique, introverted music.

Shameem brings a worldly, unique voice

Alasdair Mcdonald Inspired by her upbringing and her life experiences, Perth soul singer Shameem is socially conscious, emotional and spiritual.

Q & A with Readable Graffiti

Readable Graffiti

Canberra act Readable Graffiti talk about life on the road - and the incriminating contents of their refrigerator.

Canberra gig tickets you need to buy

Laneway Festival, Sydney.

The low down on the season's must have events. Don't miss out.

C.W. Stoneking to perform in Canberra

C. W. Stoneking

Kate Kingsmill CW Stoneking is not interested in the music industry.

Paul Kelly to headline Australia Day

Paul Kelly has been announced as the headline act for the Australia Day celebrations.

What's Goss: US rapper Joey Bada$$ has lived up to his name, charged with assault after allegedly punching a security guard in the face.

Dune Rats join St Jerome's Laneway festival

Brisbane's Dune Rats put on one hell of a live show.

Brisbane's stoner surfers Dune Rats bring their unique brand of sunshine punk and psychedelic influences to Sydney for the St Jerome's Laneway Festival.

Fly - C. W. Stoneking competition

Win tickets to see C. W. Stoneking when he hits Canberra on February 22.

This week we have one double pass to see C. W. Stoneking at The Street Theatre on February 22. 

Highlights for next week

Michael David Rosenberg AKA Passenger.

What's happening around the city for the next week.

Paper Lions make Aust debut among Friends

Paper Lions.

Alasdair Mcdonald Paper Lions hail from the small Eastern Canadian town of Belfast, a place known for its art galleries, fertile farm land and its love of Celtic music.

Win a copy of Running Trax, Summer 2015

Body sculpting soundtrack: This week we have five copies of Ministry of Sound's <i>Running Trax, Summer 2015</i> to be won.

This week we have five copies of Ministry of Sound's Running Trax, Summer 2015 to give away.

Fly - Flybys

Citizen Kay: Performing songs from his new mini-album Demokracy.

What's Goss: Fly would like to congratulate Canberra local Citizen Kay who has been announced as a support act for Seth Sentry. 

Win one of five copies of new M0S compilation

Chill pill: We have five copies Ministry of Sound's brand new Chillout Sessions XVII up for grabs!

This week Fly has five copies of Ministry of Sound's brand new Chillout Sessions XVII to give away.

Tuned In: The Year Ahead

Mick Jagger at Allphones Arena in November.

If you're searching for first-rate live music early in the new year, the Street Theatre will do the job.

Amity Affliction's album comfortably familiar

Amity Affliction.

Kate Kingsmill Despite illness and the need for beauty sleep, Amity Affliction's Joel Birch managed to answer Fly's questions.

Fly: Flybys

Shake it up: American rock group Alabama Shakes are performing one show at Sydney's Enmore Theatre.

Alabama Shakes bring their swampy soulful rock to town, good news for Falls Festival attendees and a new release from She & Him.

Reissued music collections

Radio Birdman with Deniz Tek, seated, and (from left) Rob Younger Nick Rieth, Jim Dickson, Pip Hoyle and Dave Kettley

Dan Bigna 2014 best of lists are upon us and although it's important to acknowledge notable new music, also worthy of attention are those reissued collections which illuminate the many diverse strands.

Havana Brown set to rock Summernats

Ambitious: Havana Brown will rock Summernats.

Kate Kingsmill DJ and singer Havana Brown's real name is Angelique Meunier, but "you can call me whatever you're comfortable with," she laughs.

2Cellos play exciting string takes on rock hits


Kate Kingsmill A version of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal by Croation cellists Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic is a YouTube sensation.

On The Road with Jessie Ryan-Allen

Jessie Ryan-Allan will be supporting Myriad Ways at Smiths Alternative on December 19.

Jessie Ryan-Allen will be supporting Myriad Ways at Smiths Alternative on December 19.

Local band profile: PJ Michael

PJ Michael.

Canberra musician PJ Michael talks to Fly about his influences and country blues sound.

Flybys: December 18

Songs from the heart: We recommend you listen to lots of Julia Henning over Christmas to get ready for her January show.

The Deniliquin Ute Muster announces its first artists, Pokey LaFarge returns Down Under and Julia Henning performs live in concert.

Stephanie Jones on being a top-class musician

Stephanie Jones just loves playing.

Arne Sjostedt Winner of the 2014 National Fine Music Network Young Virtuoso Award, Stephanie Jones says being a top-class classical musician is something that takes all her effort to achieve.  

Munro Melano's Blue Veins takes creative risks

Exciting listen: Munro Melano's musical confidence and experience shine through on his latest album, Blue Veins.

Arne Sjostedt Melbourne-based Munro Melano's second EP is a kind of dedication to Michael Jackson.

Dallas Frasca tackles media with full-frontal video

Dallas Frasca.

Sean Palmer Melbourne three-piece rockers Dallas Frasca have stirred up talk about the media's promotion of stereotypical body types.

Joan Armatrading review: Pure entertainment from veteran performer

Joan Armatrading

CHRIS JOHNSON An adoring crowd sang Joan Armatrading Happy Birthday to You when she came on stage.

Review: Violent Soho deliver a killer performance at ANU

Commanding: There as a strength in what Violent Soho created live and an absolute confidence in its delivery.

Arne Sjostedt The band served up an energetic set and a gigantic sound for the ANU audience.

Safia home to chill out and write more music

Their own way: Harry Sayers (left)  Ben Woolner (centre) and Michael Bell from Safia have developed their own style.

Dan Bigna After experimenting with what works best for them, Safia have come up with the way to blend acoustics with electronic embellishments.

No time is usually the right time


Sometimes it's great to arrive early to a show and catch the support bands. But how do you work out the best time to turn up if you aren't keen on kicking it while you wait for the band you've gone out to see?

Jep and Dep launch debut album

Duo debut: Jep and Dep are partners in life and on stage.

Kate Kingsmill Jessica Carter and Darren Cross have more in common than just a musical connection.

On The Road with Jackie Marshall

Jackie Marshall

On the Road with  Jackie Marshall, aka The Peppercorn Queen et The Fat Lambs

Catch the Veronicas at Woden

Don't miss: The Veronicas are coming to Canberra.

Summer is shaping up to be busy on the music scene, with big-name acts coming to Canberra.

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.

Opinion & Review

Thredbo Blues Festival Review: sunshine, tasty treats, 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.

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.

Goat's new album Commune is a revelation

Demands attention: Goat's new album Commune.

Simon Tatz This album just might be a modern masterpiece.

Review: Syro by Aphex Twin

Aphex Twin:

Sean Palmer Aphex Twin has created a mind-blowing soundtrack for the modern age.

Review: The Preatures new album Blue Planet Eyes

The Preatures:

Sean Palmer The Preatures' intelligent pop is delivered with suave energy.

Album Review: Andras & Oscar - Cafe Romantica


Anthony Carew Andras and Oscar have released an evocative new album.

Fly Planner

Fly by night

Passenger performed at the Canberra Theatre

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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