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Past articles, reviews and pictures

Feeling like a classic

Pete Murray

Kate Kingsmill Ten years ago, Pete Murray said he wanted to write a classic album. The kind of album that stands the test of time, such as Neil Young's Harvest or Nick Drake's Pink Moon.

On the road ... with Lior


How singing too loudly and off-key helped strengthen Lior's resolve and sing really well.

MCs prepare for battle

Manaz Ill Rian Kavanagh

Erika Bacon Canberra's exciting hip-hop battle, Main Event, is back after a successful debut in early 2013.

Tuned In

Songs from unknown place


Kate Kingsmill Where do songs come from? There's a beautiful abstractedness to the way songwriters put words to the process.

Fun Machine's "Bodies On"


TEGAN OSBORNE Self-classified as sex-pop, Canberra's Fun Machine make no secret of their influences.

Bombay Bicycle Club's "So Long, See You Tomorrow"


TEGAN OSBORNE So Long, See You Tomorrow is the Club's fourth album - and it builds beautifully on 2011's effort.

Project of the heart

The Age, Life and Style. Archie Roach, soon to be performing at the Art centre.Pic Simon Schluter 10 October 2012.

Arne Sjostedt Life itself is the backdrop for legend Archie Roach.

A life to laugh about

Comedian Dayne Rathbone, brother of Clyde, is performing in Canberra next week. Suppliued pic. For Private Capital


Kate Kingsmill When Dayne Rathbone is around, there are quite a few awkward pauses. The comedian is a master of silence.

The boy who tried wolf

Josh Pyke. (Pic supplied by Mushroom 
Group, 2013)

Kate Kingsmill Josh Pyke isn't quite sure why he seems obsessed with wolves.

On the road ...

The Holidays

with Simon from The Holidays

Tuned In

Stage dives live in memory


Peter Krbavac Last year, I mentioned a near-mythical ANU Bar show by the Beasts of Bourbon which deserves a column of its own.

All The Colours "All The Colours"


Reviewer: Kyle Mackey-Laws There's a number of different sounds and genres going on in the debut album from All the Colours.

Kate Miller-Heidke "O Vertigo!"


TEGAN OSBORNE As always, with O Vertigo! Miller-Heidke treads the fine line between the cutely quirky and the twee.

Paying tribute

Billy Bragg

CHRIS JOHNSON Folk legend Billy Bragg is on tour in March showcasing his new album Tooth & Nail.

Funny side of the news

Charlie Pickering

Kate Kingsmill You might not realise it, because he presents a news show, but Charlie Pickering is in fact a comedian.

On the road ... with Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh


Altan's lead vocalist talks about growing up with music in her family.

Tuned In

Tribute to days of paisley and bell-bottoms


Chris Johnson I have written in this column before about one of Canberra's ageing rockers, Val Starr.

The Holidays "Real Feel"


Reviewer: Kyle Mackey-Laws At first listen, I wasn't really sold on the sounds The Holidays were making on their new album, Real Feel.

Twin Forks "Twin Forks"


Reviewer: Kyle Mackey-Laws This debut self-titled album by US foursome Twin Forks is instant thigh-slapping material.

John Newman "Tribute"


Reviewer: James Baldwin Englishman John Newman has struck gold with his latest release, Tribute.

Shuffling Pictures

20.10.2012 - Aston Shuffle @ Academy
Kelly McInnes Photography
0433 644 820

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Kate Kingsmill Canberra house duo The Aston Shuffle have just finished putting together their new album, Photographs, which they freely admit was strongly aided and abetted by spiced rum.

Maturing like anything


Arne Sjostedt Mental as Anything's Greedy Smith can't wait to play the National Museum for the first time.

On the road ...


with Tottie Goldsmith from the Chantoozies.

Tuned In

Give us a break - and often


Simon Tatz Just how long should a band play for? And when is too long or too short.

Halfway's "Any Old Love"


Reviewer: Arne Sjostedt Any Old Love is a dusty artefact, based around a story set in Barcaldine in Central Queensland.

Gurrumul's "His Life and Music"


Reviewer: Kyle Mackey-Laws There's something truly magical about Gurrumul, and this live album emphasises his brilliance.

Legacy in colour

Living Colour

Kate Kingsmill In the early '80s, among the sounds of punk, new wave and disco, Living Colour stood out.

Wild times for Safari

Jinja Safari

Kate Kingsmill Jinja Safari formed in a whirlwind in 2010, when Marcus Azon met Cameron Knight at a beach party.

Loud and unstoppable

Advertiser: supplied photo of band Frenzal Rhomb who are playing in wollongong on october 12

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By Kyle Mackey-Laws It seems nothing will stop Frenzal Rhomb from putting out records.

Tuned In

Latest favourite band strikes the perfect note


Kate Kingsmill I have a new favourite band, and, damn, it feels good.

Jacob Butler's "Reason"


Arne Sjostedt There are two sides to understanding this album.

East India Youth's "Total Strife Forever"


Tegan Osborne This album defies classification. It swings from electronic, to trance to '80s-sounding synth ballads.

John Butler Trio's "Flesh and Blood"


Tegan Osborne From the outset, this album promises vintage Butler.

On the road with The Necks

The Necks
Camille Walsh Photography

The Necks' Chris Abrahams talks about playing the piano for the first time.

Tuned In

Karnivool: Banging Brilliance

Karnivool: L-R are Mark Hosking - guitar; Drew Goddard - guitar; Ian Kenny - vocals; Steve Judd - drums; Jon Stockman - bass

Peter Krbavac Roaming the streets of Perth, Ian Kenny feels like a stranger in his hometown.

On the road with I Exist

I Exist

Aaron Osborne talks about his early music heroes, which included Michael Jackson and Snoop Dog.

Music scene spiced up


Peter Krbavac Summertime tends to bring with it a bit of a lull in the local music scene.

Haim "Days Are Gone"


Reviewer: James Baldwin Tired of bands being formed by friends who are musically talented? Well you're in luck

The Jezabels "The Brink"


Reviewer: Kyle Mackey-Laws Backing up from their debut album Prisoner was always going to be a tough task for The Jezabels.

Flying high

Birds of Tokyo (L-R): Glenn Sarangapany, Ian 
Berney, Ian Kenny, Adam Spark, Adam Weston

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Sean Palmer Hearing Birds of Tokyo mix their moody fourth album March Fires in Los Angeles, some of the Beach Boys would come knocking on their studio door with suggestions for harmonies.

Warpaint: True colours shine


Anthony Carew With a hit record behind them, Warpaint are now relishing their new freedom.

Timomatic back again

Timomatic will headline the National Multicultural Festival in February.

GEORGINA CONNERY Timomatic will return home to Canberra playing to crowds at the National Multicultural Festival opening night in Civic.

On the road ... with Wallflower


We catch up with the band that's sending pop music into space.

Liam Gerner's "Land of No Roads" album review


Arne Sjostedt This release moves between good storytelling and self-analytical expression.

Calling All Cars "Raise The People" album review


James Baldwin Calling All Cars' latest release is here to rock your socks off, in a very Australian way.

Jackie Onassis "Juliette" album review


James Baldwin Australian hip-hop duo Jackie Onassis have followed their recent successes with new EP Juliette.

Tuned In

Lest we forget the great debt we owe folk


CHRIS JOHNSON I mentioned to someone this week that Billy Bragg was touring Australia and would be playing Canberra in March.

Tuned In

Dream line-up for our best-ever Big Day Out


Simon Tatz This year's Big Day Out was almost the ultimate line-up for my wife and me.

On the road with The Bridge Between

The Bridge Between

We catch up with CC Hall and Gianni to find out what gets these guys going.

Mastin's on the move

Reece Mastin

Kate Kingsmill Reece Mastin has the word ''Restless'' tattooed across his knuckles.

Love Over Gold "Fall To Rise" album review


Reviewer: Arne Sjostedt A collaboration between American Pieta Brown and Australia's Lucie Thorne, I found this album enjoyable.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings "Give the People What They Want" album review


STEPHANIE ANDERSON Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings set high expectations for their sixth album.

The Growlers "Gilded Pleasures" album review


Reviewer: Arne Sjostedt These guys play a familiar, yet tellingly original, breezy and honest brand of psychedelic rock'n'roll.

Totally awesome

Axis of Awesome

Cris Kennedy If there's one thing I love it's movies. Ask for one thing I love more than that and it would have to be movies outdoors in deckchairs with beers and wine.

On the road ... with Jessica Mauboy

Jessica Mauboy.

James Baldwin 24 year old Jessica Mauboy has a very special place in the heart of Australian Music.

Tuned In

Somebody get this piss-take out of my head


Kate Kingsmill I have a confession. I am obsessed with Kanye West. I hate his latest album, Yeezus, but I'm obsessed with it.


Dance like a Duk

The Canberra Times, Fly. 25 September 2013. Peking Duk. Band. Supplied.

By Amelia Dale Reuben Styles and Adam Hyde, the musicians behind Peking Duk, describe their latest hit track Mufasa, as "a very rave sort of tune".

Katy Perry "Prism" album review


Reviewer: James Baldwin The light through Katy Perry's Prism showers the music scene with hits.

Avril Lavigne "Avril Lavigne" album review


Reviewer: Erika Bacon At 29, Avril Lavigne is the girl who is refusing to grow up.

The Head and the Heart "Let's Be Still" album review


Reviewer: Amelia Dale The Head and the Heart is the band for those who like their folk served with a dose of introspective lyrics.

Canberra bands to watch in 2014

The Aston Shuffle, NH7 Weekender

Sean Palmer So, it is the start of a new year and if it is going to be anything like 2013 it will be a bumper year of new music and exciting entertainment prospects.



Pez's persistence pays


Kate Kingsmill It has been a long time since he left you without a dope rhyme to step to but, after a hiatus of a few years, Melbourne MC Pez is back.

Jazz and Soul

On the road ... with Nina Ferro

Singer Nina Ferro.

What are you listening to on the road?


Eternal Flame

Wendy Matthews.

Sean Palmer Wendy Matthews rings the passion of the '90s to her new album, The Welcome Fire.

Gossling "Harvest Of Gold" album review


Reviewer: James Baldwin The unique sound of Gossling is something to be marvelled at.

I Exist "From Darkness" album review


Reviewer: Arne Sjostedt Brutal and aggressive, local band I Exist have belted out a hummer of a third album.

Lizanne Richards "Lizanne Richards" album review


Reviewer: Arne Sjostedt Truly soulful. This album provided one of the most treasured first-track moments I’ve had in recent times.

Cut Copy "Free Your Mind" album review


Sean Palmer Free Your Mind is a psychedelic dance experiment, almost a marrying of ’70s psychedelica with the dance-style of the early ’90s.


Nat Dunn "A Fool's Fate" album review


Arne Sjostedt More used to singing on other people’s releases, Nat Dunn’s debut EP is a soulful adventure for traditional enthusiasts of good, well-made music, sung by a woman with chops.


The Bamboos "Fever In The Road" album review


Stephanie Anderson There are enough hand-clapping, hip-jutting tunes to keep most listeners pleased, and the Melbourne band capture the energy of their live shows


Kilbey keen to impress at home

Steve Kilbey.

Peter Krbavac Steve Kilbey is returning to Canberra with something to prove. The one-time local lad and founding member of The Church remembers his last show at Smith's Alternative, where he lost his voice and was beset by a troublesome guitar, as "on the one hand, disastrous".


On the road with Mick Moriarty

Mick Moriarty.

Former Gadflys frontman Mick Moriarty is on a solo tour.



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Darren Percival at the Southern Cross Club, December 2

Darren Percival at the Southern Cross Club.

Canberra watches Matchbox Twenty perform at the AIS

Canberra watches Matchbox Twenty perform at the AIS.

The McClymonts @ Vikings, Erindale on September 22

The McClymonts perform at the Vikings, Erindale.

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony @ Zierholz UC on September 21

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony perform at Zierholz at the University of Canberra

Lanie Lane at the Street Theatre, September 15

Lanie Lane performs at the Street Theatre on September 15.

Julia Stone at The Abbey, September 12

Indie folkster Julia Stone performs at The Abbey on September 12.

Xavier Rudd at The Playhouse, September 10

Roots musician Xavier Rudd performs at The Playhouse in Canberra, on September 10.

Tim Hart at The Front, September 5

Sydney singer-songwriter Tim Hart played The Front on September 5.

Hilltop Hoods @ UCU, August 16

Hilltop Hoods @ UCU, August 16

Jinja Safari @ ANU Bar, August 15

Jinja Safari @ ANU Bar, August 15

King O'Malleys, August 4

King O'Malleys, August 4

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens @ Transit Bar, July 28

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens @ Transit Bar, July 28

Honky Tonks, July 28

Honky Tonks, July 28

Frenzal Rhomb @ The Basement, July 21

Frenzal Rhomb @ The Basement, July 21

Ladyhawke @ ANU Bar, July 20

Ladyhawke @ ANU Bar, July 20

Honky Tonks, July 6

Social photos from Honky Tonks in Garema Place, Friday July 6

The Arachnids at Transit Bar, July 5

Socials photos from The Arachnids gig at Transit Bar, July 5

Academy June 29

Punters dance up a story at Academy in the city, June 29.

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