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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.
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 WITH MR YEARLING FROM THE YEARLINGS
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.
Kate Kingsmill How do you blow a brilliant, international pop career to smithereens? Just ask Robin Thicke reports Kate Kingsmill.
Arne Sjostedt Bombs Away is an innocent, rhythmic, light fuelled album that keeps you in its grasp.
Sean Palmer There’s a playful element to the album tinged of course with acerbic wit.
Arne Sjostedt When this album cooks, it really cooks.
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.
Arne Sjostedt Blues/folk guitar legend Jeff Lang likes to do things a little differently.
Dave Graney talks of his blue collar background, musical influences, heroes and current show.
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.
Arne Sjostedt The hectic guitar riffs and screeching vocals had me paying attention.
Arne Sjostedt The follow up to the band’s debut album is a mixed bag of tracks.
Arne Sjostedt This cleverly romantic collection of songs keeps you involved.
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.
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.
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.
The Sydney comedian on counting his lucky stars he's not doing an economics degree right now.
James Baldwin For music lovers, saying the name Jack White will stir thoughts of blues, funk, rock, or even an alternative genius to Kanye.
Kate Kingsmill Kurt Cobain’s favourite band is back with a new album, and it's hilarious, and very, very cute.
Dan Bigna This compilation features a bunch of little known bands that picked up on darker vibes post-summer of love.
Kate Kingsmill Kate Miller-Heidke's latest record is first independent record since she broke free of her major label contract with Sony.
Sean Palmer Sydney four-piece New Empire are touring the country on a string of dates to celebrate the release of their latest album.
Alison Wonderland talks about her pre-gig preparation of standing in a corner and jumping around by herself to get energised.
Alasdair Mcdonald The use of the falsetto in pop and rock helped launch some musicians to stardom, reports Alasdair Mcdonald.
Erika Bacon Joelistics, otherwise known as Joel Ma is a founding member of Australian hip-hop group TZU.
James Baldwin Fans of Lana Del Ray will not be disappointed by her new album.
Arne Sjostedt This album is a triumph – a triumph of form, a triumph of content and a triumph of delivery.
Erika Bacon Melbourne-based rapper Remi Kolawole is so relaxed, down-to-earth and chilled out that you immediately feel at ease.
Sean Palmer "I'm not Jessica Mauboy for God's sake" laughs Tim Campbell, reflecting on how his debut album.
On the Road with Jules from Mustered Courage
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.
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.
Erika Bacon Ministry have done what Ministry do best and created another great house party compilation album.
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.
Sean Palmer Coldplay's sixth album is a reflective piece embodying Coldplay's sonic themes: Disappointment. Sadness. Renewal. Hope.
Dan Bigna It is commonplace these days for big name touring acts to sell out concerts within minutes.
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.
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''.
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.
Tommy Vetterli and Ron Broder are rather fond of silence, though there is also a shared passion for Black Sabbath.
Kate Kingsmill A proposal to demolish the Palace is before Melbourne City Council.
Alasdair McDonald Rat & Co's second album, Binary, combines mellow beats with dream-like vocals.
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.
James Baldwin The Black Keys' latest album offers hugely addictive riffs and melodies, while providing some great lyrics to sing along to.
Sean Palmer 2014 has been good to RÜFÜS. And the way things are shaping up, 2015 and beyond looks pretty good too.
Kate Kingsmill The Beards concept - write songs about the glories of beards - has had more stamina than anyone expected.
Erika Bacon Australian hip-hop group The Herd have caught attention with their politically controversial lyrics.
One half of The Audrey's talks about falling asleep to Frank Sinatra and chatting to fans.
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.
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.
Erika Bacon Remi is progressive. There is no album out there quite like Raw X Infinity.
Sean Palmer Hailing from Seattle, the band were at the forefront of grunge music.
Arne Sjostedt Meet the Brisbane duo making waves on the Queensland indie pop scene with their fun, light-hearted harmonies.
Dan Bigna I sometimes regret the decision some years ago to ditch my vinyl collection and focus on CDs.
Erika Bacon Talking to Mike Zietsman, aka Smooth Mike, comes an hour before he boards a flight to Australia.
Josh from Northlane likes nothing more than a good sleep after performing.
Simon Tatz Led Zeppelin: a British rock band that formed about 45 years ago and still hugely influential.
Erika Bacon So We Can Remember is the third instalment from the Blue Mountains trio.
Arne Sjostedt This solid debut throws you into the world of growing up - drinking, socialising, making mistakes.
Alasdair McDonald When Perfect Pussy left this year's SXSW festival they had become one of the year's most talked about acts.
Erika Bacon Ghana-born Canberra local Citizen Kay, also known as Kojo Ansah, has just kicked off his first national headline tour Manage.
Arne Sjostedt Let's put it into perspective a moment. Back in 2011, The Paper Kites were already doing well.
Sean Palmer Canberra indie-electro band Safia have been having a hell of a time.
The folk-blues-rock singer talks about doing some of the most enjoyable homework ever.
Alasdair Mcdonald With online streaming slowly taking over from the home stereo system, collecting vinyl appears as popular as ever.
Sean Palmer It’s encouraging to hear Elbow's glorious new album venturing down the melodic paths which makes them so wonderful.
Arne Sjostedt Punk can sometimes sound more like pop music than its proponents might like to admit.
Arne Sjostedt Sohn is his own man and creates synthscapes that give him space to play to another strength.
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.
Arne Sjostedt Chatting to Dragon's Todd Hunter is like cracking a cold one then sitting back together to enjoy a sunset.
The Australian comedian on listening to the Wiggles and eating Weet-Bix before gigs.
Arne Sjostedt His album If The Cap Fits from 1978 is said to be among the most influential of its kind ever recorded.
Arne Sjostedt One day Jimeoin woke up and realised he was good at telling jokes and he hasn't stopped since.
On the road with Jamie Hutchings from Infinity Broke.
Arne Sjostedt The Backsliders are the real deal in the blues, with chunky opener Dark Side of Newtown a testament to that.
Arne Sjostedt I get an email every day that showcases expert artisan designers doing immaculate work in the kitschy studios.
Alasdair McDonald This is the band's first album without bassist and back-up vocalist Kim Deal, which does leave it lacking.
Kate Kingsmill "You have to destroy in order to create," opined Malcolm McLaren, punk impresario and known favourer of the manifesto.
Arne Sjostedt Disclosure are two genius brothers from a musical family, born to ascend the great heights of electronic dance music majesty.
On the road with Michael Pogson from Drawing North.
Sean Palmer Calling All Cars say they have surprised themselves and opened new doors with their new album Raise the People.
Alasdair McDonald Six seconds of Gregory Cylvester Coleman's 1969 mid-song drum solo became the most sampled piece of music in history.
Arne Sjostedt Violent Soho's new album Hungry Ghosts came out of a period of frustration for the band.
Peter Krbavac Look, it's a long time to plan ahead, but open up your diaries and bear with me.
Arne Sjostedt Pseudo Echo are out to make a bold statement of intent. This album is out to impress. And to that end, it meets its goal.
Reviewer: Arne Sjostedt From Norway, Paskalev had mega success with his first single, I Spy, which went platinum before he'd released an album.
Sean Palmer Chet Faker's debut album is a gentle, classy creature, wallowing in remorse but reaching for something of emotional value.
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Darren Percival at the Southern Cross Club.
Canberra watches Matchbox Twenty perform at the AIS.
The McClymonts perform at the Vikings, Erindale.
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony perform at Zierholz at the University of Canberra
Lanie Lane performs at the Street Theatre on September 15.
Indie folkster Julia Stone performs at The Abbey on September 12.
Roots musician Xavier Rudd performs at The Playhouse in Canberra, on September 10.
Sydney singer-songwriter Tim Hart played The Front on September 5.
Hilltop Hoods @ UCU, August 16
Jinja Safari @ ANU Bar, August 15
King O'Malleys, August 4
Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens @ Transit Bar, July 28
Honky Tonks, July 28
Frenzal Rhomb @ The Basement, July 21
Ladyhawke @ ANU Bar, July 20
Social photos from Honky Tonks in Garema Place, Friday July 6
Socials photos from The Arachnids gig at Transit Bar, July 5
Punters dance up a story at Academy in the city, June 29.