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Briggs' Sheplife inspired by Shepparton's 'stagnant growth'

Briggs promo for album Sheplife

Erika Bacon Briggs' new album Sheplife is his most personal to date.

The Living End: The buzzes just keep coming

Living End recalls the early moments of success.

Kicking back in his Los Angeles pad, Chris Cheney recalls when, still a high school student, he first felt that buzz of success and other similar buzzes he and The Living End have had along the way.

On the road ... with Pat Metheny

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Guitarist Pat Metheny feels lucky to be able to be focused intensely on music for six hours a day on tour.

The Madden Brothers release new album Greetings from California

Vision: Greetings from California was created as an entirely new project for the brothers.

Erika Bacon The men from Good Charlotte have a new album out, Greetings From California.

Moving Pictures original lineup reunites to play Canberra

Sheer emotion: Aussie rock-band Moving Pictures are back on the road for a reunion tour.

CHRIS JOHNSON Long before Shannon Noll, the creators of What About Me had Australia captivated by the song in the early 1980s.

Woodlock seasoned by busking around Melbourne

Woodlock bring their unconventional show to Smiths.

Arne Sjostedt Their mother home-schooled brothers Eze and Zech Walters, two parts of trio Woodlock.

On The Road with The Owls

Safety first: The Owls would tell their grandchildren to be careful on the hover board.

The Owls will perform at the Transit Bar, Civic, on October 3 - we discover their pre-gig schedule.

The Tea Party rocking back with new album

The Tea Party: They say they're upbeat.

Arne Sjostedt The Tea Party's Jeff Martin says the band's first album in 10 years is "exactly what everyone wants".

Where did Allday come from?

Allday has quickly climbed the popularity ladder.

Erika Bacon Rapper Allday has built up a huge following in just two-and-a-half years.

On The Road with Superjesus

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Stuart Rudd from The Superjesus shares life on the road.

360: Utopia review

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Alasdair McDonald The album covers honesty in a way that only rappers with their heart stuck stickily to their sleeve can conjure.

Spoon - They Want My Soul

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Sean Palmer The band's new album has a fuller, beefier sound.

My tribute to Tumbleweed bass guitarist Jay Curley

Everyday  cool: Tumbleweed bassist Jay Curley, who passed away aged 42.

Dan Bigna Tumbleweed's bass guitarist Jay Curley was famous for a fuzzed-out bass that hit all the right spots.

Tuned In

The ultimate live gig experience

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Alasdair McDonald Seeing your all-time favourite band live is quite simply the epitome for die-hard fans, writes Alasdair McDonald.

Hot Chocolate to play in Canberra

Critically acclaimed: The band's lineup has changed over the years with main songwriter Tony Wilson departing and replacement singers filling in for original member Errol Brown who left in 1986 to embark on a solo career.

Alasdair Mcdonald Do you believe in miracles? Those sexy things, Hot Chocolate, are heading your way.

Time is right for new protest songs

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Kate Kingsmill The rumblings of war may reinvigorate the time-honoured protest song.

On The Road with Pacor & Jauncey

Power-packed: Jenn Pacor & Christine Jauncey are at The Front on September 28.

Thoughts from the highway with the rustic folk duo.

Trip to Nashville frees up Kingswood's music

Kingswood hit up ANU Bar on September 25.

Gus McCubbing Rollicking Melbourne four-piece, Kingswood, have just released their debut album Microscopic Wars.

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Farewell to Primal Scream's 'Throb' Young

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Peter Krbavac Robert Young was a key member of the shapeshifting Glaswegian band, Primal Scream.

INDIE ROCK

Griswolds' Beware the Dog climbs the charts

The Griswolds are trying to

Arne Sjostedt They may not be dropping out of helicopters on their way to their next gig, yet, but things have been going rather well for the GriswoldsZ.

On the road with Sandi Thom

Relaxed performer: Sandi Thom.

A moment of clarity set Sandi Thom on a musical path.

The Bennies are just getting started

Party time: The Bennies will perform at The Mapgies Club on Sunday.

Sean Palmer Melbourne band The Bennies have been described as making music which is "psychedelic reggae ska doom metal punk rock from hell".

Getting their house in order

Breathing room: Hands Like Houses are enjoying the opportunity to take some time out from their hectic touring schedule.

Peter Krbavac Canberran six-piece Hands Like Houses are back on home soil to begin work on a third album.

Diesel's Lit Up tour will feature old singles, both loved and forgotten

Diesel is dusting off some of his old singles for his Lit Up tour.

Arne Sjostedt The rock and blues legend will dig out some of the old singles for his solo tour.

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Kadavar, Blue Pills and Graveyard raising the bar in European rock

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Simon Tatz Recent years have seen the emergence of some half-decent European rock bands.

Hip-Hop

Swollen Members are to play ANU Bar

Canadian hip-hop group The Swollen Members will be performing at ANU Bar.

Sean Palmer This Canadian group from Vancouver have been releasing alternative hip-hop through 10 studio albums for nearly two decades.

Panama headline Sounds in the Snow

Sounds in the Snow will rock Thredbo.

Threbo will be alive to Sounds in the Snow on Saturday.

On The Road with Derek Ryan

Derek Ryan describes his musical style as a mix of country/Irish Trad with a pop feel running through the veins.

As Derek Ryan takes to the road, Bruce Springsteen is the musical companion.

On The Road with Kristy Cox

In harmony: Kristy Cox describes her sound as bluegrass with an acoustic country twist.

Talking about playing on stage at the Golden Guitars and holding a business degree in business law and marketing.

Icehouse's extraordinary musical legacy

Thawing the ice: Iva Davies is working in his Sydney studio to help re-master the whole Icehouse back-catalogue.

Sean Palmer Iva Davies is working to help re-master the whole Icehouse back-catalogue.

Sticky Fingers chart with Land of Pleasure album

Zipped up:  Sticky Fingers, possibly the hardest working band in Australia.

Arne Sjostedt With their second album, Land of Pleasure, riding high in the charts, the Sydney group is on the rise writes Arne Sjostedt

On The Road with I Killed The Prom Queen

Metal murder: Guitarist Jona Weinhofen, centre,  from I Killed The Prom Queen.

Jona Weinhofen plays in a metalcore band, but he does have a soft side.

On The Road with Kasra

Kasra from Critical Sound is performing at Trinity Bar September 12.

Cobain moment still raw for Kasra.

On The Road with Context and Stateovmind

All Bran man: Tim Stevens AKA Stateovmind.

Context doesn't mind a bit of fresh spaghetti before heading on stage.

Miami Horror's Ben Plant lets go of his inner control freak

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Kate Kingsmill A lot of people are waiting for Miami Horror's second album, and Ben Plant is working day and night to get it done.

One Day Crew Mainline Tour comes to Canberra

Seize the day: The One Day Crew consists hip-hop acts of Jackie Onassis, Horrorshow, Spit Syndicate and Joyride.

Erika Bacon We caught up with Solo (Nick Bryant-Smith) from Horrorshow to talk about the new One Day Crew album.

Ari and Mia talk about being on the road

Chamber ensemble: Ari and Mia will perform at Smiths Alternative.

ON THE ROAD WITH: ARI AND MIA

Steve Clisby - Leave Me Dreaming

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Arne Sjosdet Beyond any hype, Steve Clisby can sing heart into a tune and let you know all about the personality behind it.

A petition to get The New Christs to Canberra

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Dan Bigna I have spent too much time privately complaining about how interstate and overseas bands drop Canberra from their touring schedules.

Future Islands - Singles

Fly album review - Future Islands: Singles

Sean Palmer Baltimore's Future Islands has released an intoxicating album.

The Chris Harland Blues Band - A Long Time Coming

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CHRIS JOHNSON Canberra outfit the Chris Harland Blues Band have released a very classy album that will make you want to keep your CD player button on repeat.

Courtney Love Canberra concert review

Guitar hero: Courtney Love has left an indelible lipstick-smeared mark on her generation.

CHRIS JOHNSON Courtney Love's setlist relived the glory days with Hole, while also dishing out some tasty new tunes writes Chris Johnson.

Breakdancers change their beat

Beat brokers: Red Bull Flying Bach will be performing at Canberra Theatre.

Arne Sjostedt They do it, and they do it well. Clashing together urban and classical art forms, the Flying Steps breakdance crew make the kind of magic.

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Venice Beach: Where the music was born

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Kate Kingsmill Venice Beach has a big musical history - from Jim Morrison and The Doors to the slightly less famous Jonathan Richman.

On The Road with Julia Henning

Music machine; Julia Henning with her band.

The singer is whiling away the hours on tour with a thoroughly eclectic mixtape.

Slow and steady for the Ellis Collective

No hurry: The Ellis Collective are happy taking their time.

Peter Krbavac The Ellis Collective's 2011 debut was some 15 years in the making and the band has maintained that unhurried approach.

Hard-Ons Peter Black strums a new tune

A man and his guitar: Peter Black says his music is as gentle as a summer's day.

Peter Krbavac The guitarist in punk band the Hard-Ons found a new musical palette, playing solo with an acoustic guitar.

The Griswolds - Be Impressive

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Arne Sjostedt The word indie pop gets thrown around reasonably frequently these days and sometimes perhaps a little liberally.

La Roux - Trouble in Paradise

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Sean Palmer Although flying solo, Elly Jackson has hung on to the La Roux band name.

Hilltop Hoods - Walking under the Stars

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Erika Bacon Hilltop Hoods latest album acts as a bridging album from their 2012 release Drinking From The Sun.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

PERPETUALLY PIGEONHOLED:  Pop star Tina Arena.

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

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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

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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

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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.

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Looking back on decades of Big Day Out

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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

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

Album Review: The Love Junkies - Flight Test

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

Album Review: Scott Spark - Muscle Memory

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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.

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When Love comes to town

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Joelistics - Blue Volume

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

Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

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

Mia Dyson - Idyllwild

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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

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

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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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