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Busby Marou look for new challenges

On the road again: Tom Busby, left, and Jeremy Marou will  perform at ANU Bar on August 15.

Sean Palmer The cool, chilled-out vibe of Tom Busby is infectious.

The McClymonts take to the road

Harmony in their heads: The McClymonts are back on the road promoting the new album Here's To You & I.

Arne Sjostedt The sisters took some time out to sniff the roses after 2012, but now their back with a fourth album and a tour to die for.

360 and his 'blessed' life

360 is performing in Canberra with special guests Gossling, Miracle, Pez, Luna C and Hopsin.

Erika Bacon Matt Colwell, or 360, talks about his third album, Utopia, and living a "blessed" life.

True Vibenation tour their new album ON

True Vibenation will be performing at Transit Bar.

Erika Bacon The hip hop trio bring their esoteric show to Canberra for the first time.

Andy Bull releases Sea of Approval

Be seated: Andy Bull will be performing at Transit Bar.

Arne Sjostedt After two EPs and a long player, 2009's We're Too Young, Andy Bull delivers his latest album.

Tuned In

Tuned In: The Phoenix re-opens


Peter Krbavac A pub-shaped hole in the music scene has finally been filled.

On The Road with Luke Little from A Gentlemen's Agreement

A Gentlemen's Agreement will be performing at The Basement.

Luke Little from A Gentlemen's Agreement talks about singing Tribute at the top of his lungs.

Album review: Mainline by One Day Crew


Erika Bacon One Day Crew are four of Australia's most revered hip-hop acts combined.

Album review: Various: The Big Box of Link Wray and more Kings of Distortion


Dan Bigna This superb collection makes it clear that Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash weren't the only ones oozing teen rebellion.

Album review: Firekites - Closing Forever Sky


Arne Sjostedt Like swimming in an ocean of glowing light, the Firekites play something that you need to hear.

REM - Unplugged 1991 and 2001: The Sessions

REM Unplugged 1991 and 2001 – The Complete Sessions.

Sean Palmer The Georgia band's unplugged compositions reveal some pleasant alternatives to their studio compartments.

Good Vibrations - Sound Track

Good Vibrations sound track.

Dan Bigna This collection does everything a soundtrack should do.

The Doors - Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine

The Doors
Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine.

Dan Bigna This isn't the greatest Doors compilation by any means. For starters, it doesn't feature the proper versions of Break on Through and The End.

Good Vibrations shows punk alive and well


Dan Bigna When it comes to cold weather I’m a typical local whinger wondering when the misery will end and the sun will shine again.

Tuned In - the future of music


Alasdair Mcdonald Imagine a world where listening to music is no longer a passive experience, a world that allows you to interact with your favourite songs, add your favourite guitarist to songs on constant radio rotation or mix and manipulate your favourite music like a DJ would.

Tina Arena's knight's tale


Kate Kingsmill Tina Arena is the first Australian to receive a knighthood in France. But the pressure and scrutiny she experiences back home still gets claustrophobic at times.

From religious repression to fatherhood

Sliding steel: Tim Hulsman will be performing at Smiths Alternative.

Sean Palmer Tim Hulsman is speaking softly given his 2½-year-old old son is in the next room.As a father, he has a different perspective on life and this in turn impacts on his music.

On The Road - What The Yearlings listen to

The Yearlings.


Joel Ma the people person

Listen up:  Joel Ma says the online community has a short attention span.

Erika Bacon One thing becomes clear very quickly when talking to Joel Ma, and that is that for him, it is all about the human interaction.

Lessons in losing it all from Robin Thicke


Kate Kingsmill How do you blow a brilliant, international pop career to smithereens? Just ask Robin Thicke reports Kate Kingsmill.

Album review: Sheppard - Bombs Away

EXPLOSIVE STUFF: Sheppard's Bombs Away.

Arne Sjostedt Bombs Away is an innocent, rhythmic, light fuelled album that keeps you in its grasp.

Album review: Morrissey - Vauxhall and I (20th Anniversary Edition)

Morrissey: Vauxhall and I (20th Anniversary Edition).

Sean Palmer There’s a playful element to the album tinged of course with acerbic wit.

Album review: Cookin' on 3 Burners' Blind Bet

Cooking on 3 burners

Arne Sjostedt When this album cooks, it really cooks.

Crooked Colours make a name for themselves

On the rise: Crooked Colours will be performing at Transit Bar.

Arne Sjostedt Hailing from Western Australia, three-piece Crooked Colours are emerging fast in the indie-electro scene, winning fans and impressing listeners wherever they roam.

Jeff Lang lets the music go its own way

Rabbits on board: Jeff Lang will  perform at The Street Theatre in July.

Arne Sjostedt Blues/folk guitar legend Jeff Lang likes to do things a little differently.

On The Road ... with Dave Graney

Working class man: Dave Graney will perform at Smiths Alternative on July 4.

Dave Graney talks of his blue collar background, musical influences, heroes and current show.

Tuned In

Looking back on decades of Big Day Out


Peter Krbavac Any Australian music fan with a pulse and an internet connection would have found it hard to avoid the minor circus around the Big Day Out's recent cancellation.

Album Review: Plague Vendor - Free to Eat


Arne Sjostedt The hectic guitar riffs and screeching vocals had me paying attention.

Album Review: The Love Junkies - Flight Test


Arne Sjostedt The follow up to the band’s debut album is a mixed bag of tracks.

Album Review: Scott Spark - Muscle Memory


Arne Sjostedt This cleverly romantic collection of songs keeps you involved.

Hip-hopper Miracle counts his blessings

Rapper: Miracle will perform at Tongue & Groove on July 5.

Erika Bacon Samson Andah, better known by his stage name Miracle will hit Canberra soon, on tour to promote his latest single, Endless Summer, as well as his upcoming album Mainland.

Tuned In

When Love comes to town


Simon Tatz It's been 15 years since Hole headlined the Big Day Out. Now she's back on the road as a solo performer.

Yeo meets his most hardcore fan

Evolving sound: Yeo will perform at Transit Bar.

Kate Kingsmill Change and evolution are important aspect of Yeo's approach to music. “I think I’ve found one of my sounds,” he says.

On The Road ... with Neel Kolhatkar

High energy: Neel Kolhatkar is one of Australia’s fastest rising young comedians.

The Sydney comedian on counting his lucky stars he's not doing an economics degree right now.

Jack White - Lazaretto


James Baldwin For music lovers, saying the name Jack White will stir thoughts of blues, funk, rock, or even an alternative genius to Kanye.

Shonen Knife - Overdrive


Kate Kingsmill Kurt Cobain’s favourite band is back with a new album, and it's hilarious, and very, very cute.

Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles


Dan Bigna This compilation features a bunch of little known bands that picked up on darker vibes post-summer of love.

Kate the great

Making her own choices: Kate Miller-Heidke.

Kate Kingsmill Kate Miller-Heidke's latest record is first independent record since she broke free of her major label contract with Sony.

New Empire to perform in Canberra

New release: New Empire is to play at Transit Bar

Sean Palmer Sydney four-piece New Empire are touring the country on a string of dates to celebrate the release of their latest album.

On The Road with Alison Wonderland

Beatles baby: Alison Wonderland, who will be performing at Academy on Friday, started her musical education in the womb.

Alison Wonderland talks about her pre-gig preparation of standing in a corner and jumping around by herself to get energised.

Vocal style still succeeds in taking us higher


Alasdair Mcdonald The use of the falsetto in pop and rock helped launch some musicians to stardom, reports Alasdair Mcdonald.

Joelistics - Blue Volume


Erika Bacon Joelistics, otherwise known as Joel Ma is a founding member of Australian hip-hop group TZU.

Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence


James Baldwin Fans of Lana Del Ray will not be disappointed by her new album.

Mia Dyson - Idyllwild


Arne Sjostedt This album is a triumph – a triumph of form, a triumph of content and a triumph of delivery.

Honorary Canberran Remi is just chillin

Remi will be performing at Trinity Bar on June 27.

Erika Bacon Melbourne-based rapper Remi Kolawole is so relaxed, down-to-earth and chilled out that you immediately feel at ease.

Campbell happy to ride his unexpected success

Tim Campbell is taking his own retro hits show around Australia.

Sean Palmer "I'm not Jessica Mauboy for God's sake" laughs Tim Campbell, reflecting on how his debut album.

On The Road with Julian Abrahams

Mustered Courage: Bluegrass band, with variations.

On the Road with Jules from Mustered Courage 

Taylor Henderson and that loving smile

Taylor Henderson will be performing in Canberra on June 20.

Alasdair Mcdonald It’s been a nerve wracking yet fulfilling year for Taylor Henderson. Since finishing runner up in last year’s X Factor, he’s released a double platinum single.

Saskwatch's popularity soars with Nose Dive

Saskwatch will be performing in Canberra.The album has a big full sound you would expect from a large range of talented musicians.

Sean Palmer Starting as buskers outside Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, nine-piece band Saskwatch has taken their soul-and-R&B-influenced music to a wider demographic.

Ministry of Sound - Hip-Hop Volume III


Erika Bacon Ministry have done what Ministry do best and created another great house party compilation album.

Howler - World of Joy


Arne Sjostedt The slacker punk vibe of this album makes it easy to like, while the experiments in genres such as surf rock add to the release.

Coldplay - Ghost Stories


Sean Palmer Coldplay's sixth album is a reflective piece embodying Coldplay's sonic themes: Disappointment. Sadness. Renewal. Hope.

Tuned In

Canberra sheds complacency over tickets


Dan Bigna It is commonplace these days for big name touring acts to sell out concerts within minutes.

The Cairos playing in Canberra

The Cairos.

Arne Sjostedt It is Long Player time for former Triple J Unearthed winners The Cairos. Called Dream of Reason, the title is taken from a painting lead singer Alistar Richardson loves, says drummer Jacob Trotter.

The Wagons roll into The Abbey in Canberra

Circle the date: The Wagons will perform at The Abbey on June 12

Sean Palmer On a break from a tour promoting their new album, Henry Wagons declares Acid Rain and Sugar Cane to ''the best thing we have ever put out''.

Loose Change to play at Transit Bar

Loose Change: Hip-hop oriented but with jazz and blues influences.

Erika Bacon Sydney trio Loose Change are creating hip hop with a difference. Rapaport (Joel Rapaport), Ellesquire (Luke Simmons) and P.Major (Peter Farrar) who together form the group are about to kick of their national tour to promote their newly released album Listening Party.

Musical moments with Tommy Vetterli

Swiss rock: Coroner are coming to Canberra.

Tommy Vetterli and Ron Broder are rather fond of silence, though there is also a shared passion for Black Sabbath.

Proposal to demolish Palace


Kate Kingsmill A proposal to demolish the Palace is before Melbourne City Council.

Rat & Co - Binary


Alasdair McDonald Rat & Co's second album, Binary, combines mellow beats with dream-like vocals.

Cher Lloyd - Sorry I'm Late


Erika Bacon Cher Lloyd is a guilty pleasure. Her first album Sticks & Stones (2011), had some great songs on it. Her second album however, falls flat.

The Black Keys - Turn Blue


James Baldwin The Black Keys' latest album offers hugely addictive riffs and melodies, while providing some great lyrics to sing along to.

Indie dance

Rufus playing worlds


Sean Palmer 2014 has been good to RÜFÜS. And the way things are shaping up, 2015 and beyond looks pretty good too.

Folk rock

Bristling with emotion

The beards

Kate Kingsmill The Beards concept - write songs about the glories of beards - has had more stamina than anyone expected.


Herd of individuals not easy

The Herd

Erika Bacon Australian hip-hop group The Herd have caught attention with their politically controversial lyrics.

On the road ... with Taasha Coates

The Audreys

One half of The Audrey's talks about falling asleep to Frank Sinatra and chatting to fans.

David Kilgour releases End Times Undone


Peter Krbavac In a just world, the announcement of a new David Kilgour album would spark the kind of fervour which would greet the Second Coming.

Glass Animals - Zaba


Kate Kingsmill The first signing to Paul Epworth's Wolf Tone label are an Oxford four-piece dealing in psychedelic indie pop. Theirs is a stunningly intricate, atmospheric, sometimes expansive sound borne of digital and analogue experimentalism.

Remi - Raw X Infinity


Erika Bacon Remi is progressive. There is no album out there quite like Raw X Infinity.

Soundgarden - Superunknown


Sean Palmer Hailing from Seattle, the band were at the forefront of grunge music.

Stereosonic sound


Arne Sjostedt Meet the Brisbane duo making waves on the Queensland indie pop scene with their fun, light-hearted harmonies.

Staying in the groove

Record Store Day

Dan Bigna I sometimes regret the decision some years ago to ditch my vinyl collection and focus on CDs.

Lights turn on for PHFat

P.H Fat

Erika Bacon Talking to Mike Zietsman, aka Smooth Mike, comes an hour before he boards a flight to Australia.

On the road ... with Northlane


Josh from Northlane likes nothing more than a good sleep after performing.

Tuned In

Led Zeppelin's albums keep on coming


Simon Tatz Led Zeppelin: a British rock band that formed about 45 years ago and still hugely influential.

Thundamentals - So We Can Remember


Erika Bacon So We Can Remember is the third instalment from the Blue Mountains trio.

The Middle Names - I Need Space


Arne Sjostedt This solid debut throws you into the world of growing up - drinking, socialising, making mistakes.

Perfect Pussy - Say Yes To Love


Alasdair McDonald When Perfect Pussy left this year's SXSW festival they had become one of the year's most talked about acts.


Model Citizen Kay

Citizen Kay

Erika Bacon Ghana-born Canberra local Citizen Kay, also known as Kojo Ansah, has just kicked off his first national headline tour Manage.

Soaring to new heights

the paper kites

Arne Sjostedt Let's put it into perspective a moment. Back in 2011, The Paper Kites were already doing well.

Hybrid sound hits the spot


Sean Palmer Canberra indie-electro band Safia have been having a hell of a time.

On the road ... with Kim Churchill

Kim Churchill

The folk-blues-rock singer talks about doing some of the most enjoyable homework ever.

Tuned in

Ah, the sweet thrill of the hunt for vinyl


Alasdair Mcdonald With online streaming slowly taking over from the home stereo system, collecting vinyl appears as popular as ever.

Elbow - The Take off and Landing of Everything


Sean Palmer It’s encouraging to hear Elbow's glorious new album venturing down the melodic paths which makes them so wonderful.

Hunters - Hunters


Arne Sjostedt Punk can sometimes sound more like pop music than its proponents might like to admit.

Sohn - Tremors


Arne Sjostedt Sohn is his own man and creates synthscapes that give him space to play to another strength.

Bearing up

boy and bear

Arne Sjostedt Although they don't mind winning ARIA awards (five in 2011), right now it is all about the touring for Boy and Bear.

Dragon's tale of 40 years


Arne Sjostedt Chatting to Dragon's Todd Hunter is like cracking a cold one then sitting back together to enjoy a sunset.

On the road ... with Alex Williamson

Alex Williamson

The Australian comedian on listening to the Wiggles and eating Weet-Bix before gigs.

Irish Fiddle

Kevin Burke: Crossing boundaries

Kevin Burke.

Arne Sjostedt His album If The Cap Fits from 1978 is said to be among the most influential of its kind ever recorded.


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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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