Past articles, reviews and pictures
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.
How singing too loudly and off-key helped strengthen Lior's resolve and sing really well.
Erika Bacon Canberra's exciting hip-hop battle, Main Event, is back after a successful debut in early 2013.
Kate Kingsmill Where do songs come from? There's a beautiful abstractedness to the way songwriters put words to the process.
TEGAN OSBORNE Self-classified as sex-pop, Canberra's Fun Machine make no secret of their influences.
TEGAN OSBORNE So Long, See You Tomorrow is the Club's fourth album - and it builds beautifully on 2011's effort.
Arne Sjostedt Life itself is the backdrop for legend Archie Roach.
Kate Kingsmill When Dayne Rathbone is around, there are quite a few awkward pauses. The comedian is a master of silence.
Kate Kingsmill Josh Pyke isn't quite sure why he seems obsessed with wolves.
with Simon from The Holidays
Peter Krbavac Last year, I mentioned a near-mythical ANU Bar show by the Beasts of Bourbon which deserves a column of its own.
Reviewer: Kyle Mackey-Laws There's a number of different sounds and genres going on in the debut album from All the Colours.
TEGAN OSBORNE As always, with O Vertigo! Miller-Heidke treads the fine line between the cutely quirky and the twee.
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".
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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.