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CHRIS JOHNSON Folk legend Billy Bragg is on tour in March showcasing his new album Tooth & Nail.
Kate Kingsmill You might not realise it, because he presents a news show, but Charlie Pickering is in fact a comedian.
Altan's lead vocalist talks about growing up with music in her family.
Chris Johnson I have written in this column before about one of Canberra's ageing rockers, Val Starr.
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.
Reviewer: Kyle Mackey-Laws This debut self-titled album by US foursome Twin Forks is instant thigh-slapping material.
Reviewer: James Baldwin Englishman John Newman has struck gold with his latest release, Tribute.
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.
Arne Sjostedt Mental as Anything's Greedy Smith can't wait to play the National Museum for the first time.
with Tottie Goldsmith from the Chantoozies.
Simon Tatz Just how long should a band play for? And when is too long or too short.
Reviewer: Arne Sjostedt Any Old Love is a dusty artefact, based around a story set in Barcaldine in Central Queensland.
Reviewer: Kyle Mackey-Laws There's something truly magical about Gurrumul, and this live album emphasises his brilliance.
Kate Kingsmill In the early '80s, among the sounds of punk, new wave and disco, Living Colour stood out.
Kate Kingsmill Jinja Safari formed in a whirlwind in 2010, when Marcus Azon met Cameron Knight at a beach party.
By Kyle Mackey-Laws It seems nothing will stop Frenzal Rhomb from putting out records.
Kate Kingsmill I have a new favourite band, and, damn, it feels good.
Arne Sjostedt There are two sides to understanding this album.
Tegan Osborne This album defies classification. It swings from electronic, to trance to '80s-sounding synth ballads.
Tegan Osborne From the outset, this album promises vintage Butler.
The Necks' Chris Abrahams talks about playing the piano for the first time.
Peter Krbavac Roaming the streets of Perth, Ian Kenny feels like a stranger in his hometown.
Aaron Osborne talks about his early music heroes, which included Michael Jackson and Snoop Dog.
Peter Krbavac Summertime tends to bring with it a bit of a lull in the local music scene.
Reviewer: James Baldwin Tired of bands being formed by friends who are musically talented? Well you're in luck
Reviewer: Kyle Mackey-Laws Backing up from their debut album Prisoner was always going to be a tough task for The Jezabels.
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.
Anthony Carew With a hit record behind them, Warpaint are now relishing their new freedom.
GEORGINA CONNERY Timomatic will return home to Canberra playing to crowds at the National Multicultural Festival opening night in Civic.
We catch up with the band that's sending pop music into space.
Arne Sjostedt This release moves between good storytelling and self-analytical expression.
James Baldwin Calling All Cars' latest release is here to rock your socks off, in a very Australian way.
James Baldwin Australian hip-hop duo Jackie Onassis have followed their recent successes with new EP Juliette.
CHRIS JOHNSON I mentioned to someone this week that Billy Bragg was touring Australia and would be playing Canberra in March.
Simon Tatz This year's Big Day Out was almost the ultimate line-up for my wife and me.
We catch up with CC Hall and Gianni to find out what gets these guys going.
Kate Kingsmill Reece Mastin has the word ''Restless'' tattooed across his knuckles.
Reviewer: Arne Sjostedt A collaboration between American Pieta Brown and Australia's Lucie Thorne, I found this album enjoyable.
STEPHANIE ANDERSON Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings set high expectations for their sixth album.
Reviewer: Arne Sjostedt These guys play a familiar, yet tellingly original, breezy and honest brand of psychedelic rock'n'roll.
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.
James Baldwin 24 year old Jessica Mauboy has a very special place in the heart of Australian Music.
Kate Kingsmill I have a confession. I am obsessed with Kanye West. I hate his latest album, Yeezus, but I'm obsessed with it.
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".
Reviewer: James Baldwin The light through Katy Perry's Prism showers the music scene with hits.
Reviewer: Erika Bacon At 29, Avril Lavigne is the girl who is refusing to grow up.
Reviewer: Amelia Dale The Head and the Heart is the band for those who like their folk served with a dose of introspective lyrics.
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.
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
What are you listening to on the road?
Sean Palmer Wendy Matthews rings the passion of the '90s to her new album, The Welcome Fire.
Reviewer: James Baldwin The unique sound of Gossling is something to be marvelled at.
Reviewer: Arne Sjostedt Brutal and aggressive, local band I Exist have belted out a hummer of a third album.
Reviewer: Arne Sjostedt Truly soulful. This album provided one of the most treasured first-track moments I’ve had in recent times.
Sean Palmer Free Your Mind is a psychedelic dance experiment, almost a marrying of ’70s psychedelica with the dance-style of the early ’90s.
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.
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
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".
Working in record stores for many years, Christmas was a time when some customers would come in and ask questions such as ''what do you recommend I get my son for Christmas; he's 16?''.
Arne Sjostedt After a laid back astro-funk opener to Don’t Get Heavy, satisfying Canadian outfit Fur Trade dive into their clever, amorphous creation with their creative belts loosened.
Amelia Dale The opening instrumental Tonight has an amazing, upbeat electronic party vibe, and their hit single Cherry Lips is basically the definition of a perfectly written pop song.
Arne Sjostedt This album has the kind of sound you want to feel, hear, become close to. It’s all over when you want to find true love, and do.
Patrick Carmody Long gone are the sweaty, smoke-filled nights in dingy clubs well off the beaten track. DJs now reign supreme in lush ‘‘superclubs’’ and packed-out sporting arenas.
Chris Johnson When it comes to music, Canberra and the ACT region have a vibrant scene.
James Baldwin If you love Robbie Williams and you love that glorious big band sound, fused with his trademark pop flares, then you will simply love this record.
Arne Sjostedt The music, Crawley's vocal, are A-grade but the substance of the songs doesn't hold up its end of the bargain.
Sean Palmer The beauty of this CD/DVD is how it lets you enjoy these musical stalwarts jamming together.
Crooked Fiddle Band’s Gordon Wallace and Joe Gould tell us about life on tour.
Michael Dwyer Dale Watson is such a seasoned road hog that he has literally written the book on motel room sharing: Road Warriors' Guide to Room Etiquette.
Arne Sjostedt Welcome to the Vans Warped Festival 2013, returning to Australia after a long rest. When it's on, it's on. And this festival is certain to blow the minds of all those who attend.
Blues traveller and former Canberran Owen Campbell tells us about life on tour.
Canadian singer Andy Brown tells us what life is like on the road as he supports Damien Leith on his national tour
By Arne Sjostedt Their 2013 debut Signals was nominated for a Kerrang! Award for Best British Newcomer. On the bill for this year's Vans Warped Tour, Mallory Knox may not have won the prize but definitely have retained the glory.
Erika Bacon Ever wondered what it felt like to be in the audience in the final battle in 8 Mile, that nervous energy as you wait anxiously for the next round to begin? Well wonder no more.
Josephine Huynh With 12 tracks spanning harmonic jangle and soft-focus psychedelia, Tussle presents this Sydney quartet as a group on the rise with an evident knack for pop experimentation.
Arne Sjostedt Beck creates the kind of sweetness you could use instead of a teaspoon of honey. She’s dreamy, passionate and delightful.
Sean Palmer Arcade Fire have experimented beyond the straight-up drama of their first three albums, to deliver a double-album that is their best yet.
Sean Palmer Stonefield have had a massive year, releasing their self-titled debut album, riding the momentum of soaring radio and video favourite Put Your Curse On Me and enjoying a string of sold-out shows across August.
Chris Johnson I recently played a gig where it was blindingly obvious no one was listening. It comes with the territory and you can usually take comfort knowing that regardless of the attention, at least you're getting paid.
Pieta Brown and Lucy Thorn tell us what life is like on the road.
Kate Kingsmill Jordie Lane can't stop touring. "I'm kind of addicted to being on the road," he says from the back of a cab on the way to another city from another airport somewhere.
Arne Sjostedt You cannot deny Roy Harper’s capacity to conjure druid folk from the very elementary aspects of human folly.
Arne Sjostedt This album is a miracle. Like Eartha Kitt in a contemporary context, blowing your mind with its lyrical and luscious sonic capability, Tina Harrod’s voice cuts through your day.
Arne Sjostedt Regurgitator have lost none of their capacity to write and record great songs. Indeed, they have improved with age, become more poignant, less critical and more insane.
Australian music legend Brian Cadd tells us about life on the road.
Simon Tatz Women do it tough in the male-dominated world of rock, which is bizarre given that, unlike in some sports, where power and physiology do make a difference, women are every bit the equal of men when it comes to making and playing music.
Arne Sjostedt Almost three years since they last performed at Soundwave, Swedish punk pop outfit Millencolin are getting back on Australian stages as a part of the Vans Warped Tour.
Sean Palmer Mechanical Bull is looser, more raw and more gospel, even more soulful than recent efforts.
Amelia Dale This debut from Scottish synthpop band Chvrches is the kind of fresh, youthful, original album that will restore your faith in the future of music and leave you wanting more.
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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.