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Kate Neal's new show, John Farnham will not retire

Lionel Richie John Farnham

Lionel Richie John Farnham??

MICHAEL DWYER 12:15am Kate Neal turns to Morse code, John Farnham plugs away and the Goldner String Quartet hits 20.

world war music

Australia Ensemble review: Ravel and Elgar capture powerful impact of war

Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe at his Sydney home.

Peter McCallum 3:16pm Australia Ensemble. University of New South Wales. April 18

Boys to men

Blackstreet review: new jack swing quartet happy to stay well in the past

Generic DJing shot.

GEORGE PALATHINGAL 2:35pm No one is getting jiggy with the smooth sounds of the '80s.

Sons of Sun review: Songs reveal the Sam Phillips drama for Elvis, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis

Matthew Charleston as Sam Phillips in Sons of Sun.

John Shand 12:44pm Behind the studio doors of Memphis' Sun studios there was more than just singing.

David Duchovny tells why he is releasing an album

Actor David Duchovny has just released an album.

Brian Mansfield David Duchovny released his first novel in February. He's got a new television series set to air in Australia this year,  and Fox is reviving his '90s hit The X Files for a six-episode run. About the only thing Duchovny doesn't have in the works is an album.

Short CD reviews: White Shadows, Alabama Shakes, Sensaround

BERNARD ZUEL Electro pop and improvisation from Australia, soul rock from the USA

Brisbane DJ Jordan Burns signs record deal with Sony

Brisbane DJ/producer Jordan Burns has just signed a record deal with Sony Music.

Tobi Loftus Brisbane DJ Jordan Burns marks 21st birthday by signing record deal.


The magic that happens when Pnau and the Vines meet in a crowded studio

Craig Nicholls of White Shadows.

BERNARD ZUEL Over the top in the studio, serene pop on record. A collaboration between two Australian bands doesn't skirt excess, it revels in it.

Sad songs say so much for Sufjan Stevens, the Unthanks and Villagers

Conor O'Brien of Villagers.

BERNARD ZUEL New albums from Ireland, England and the USA tap into a well of sadness and beauty.

Canberra International Music Festival 2015: Einstein, Beethoven star in cosmic score

Albert Einstein:

Tristan Kane Merging the universal appeal of both Einstein and Beethoven into this year's festival is an expansive formula.

Goldner String Quartet celebrates 20th anniversary with concert at Melbourne Recital Centre

The Goldner String Quartet.

MICHAEL DWYER This time it's personal for the Goldner String Quartet. The esteemed ensemble of Dene Olding, Dimity Hall, Irina Morozova and Julian Smiles will celebrate 20 years together with a Musica Viva program selected for its resonance with all four players.

Kate Neal's new work Semaphore weaves Morse code and music

On the beat: Composer Kate Neal.

MICHAEL DWYER Her father tapping on a kitchen table sowed the seeds for Kate Neal's new theatre work.

Blame game

Natalia Kills and Willy Moon are liars: X Factor judge Stan Walker

X Factor NZ judge Stan Walker eyeballs  Natalia Kills.

PETER VINCENT Stan Walker, who co-judged with Natalia Kills and Willy Moon, has suggested the pair lied in their explanation of events.

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Iggy Azalea, Katy Perry hijacked black culture: Hunger Games' Amandla Stenberg

Amandla Stenberg as Rue in <i>The Hunger Games</i>.

PETER VINCENT Sixteen-year-old Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg, whose Tumblr video outlining her views of the appropriation of black culture has gone viral, is now tackling media outlets for mixing up her message.


Not so innocent

Britney Spears lets the F-bomb fly at hecklers

Britney's usually bubbly persona took a sharp-tongued turn on Wednesday.

She always claimed she was not that innocent, and now pop queen Britney Spears has let the F-bomb fly during a live show.

American Oxygen

Rihanna relents on Tidal exclusive, puts American Oxygen on YouTube


PETER VINCENT It has taken nine days for Rihanna to relent to fan power and backtrack on her decision to release her new clip, American Oxygen, exclusively to Tidal.

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Shortlist album and DVD reviews: And the Kids, the Cope Street Parade, Ryley Walker, Foo Fighters

Dave Grohl's <i>Sonic Highways</i>, featuring the Foo Fighters.

BERNARD ZUEL We take new releases from Dave Grohl's Sonic Highways series, And The Kids, Cope Street Parade and Ryley Walker for a spin.

Britpoppers Peace on why guitar music will never die

They were all yellow: (Clockwise from left) Peace's Sam Koisser, Dom Boyce, Doug Castle and Harry Koisser.

GEORGE PALATHINGAL Indie rockers Peace throw down the gauntlet with their refreshed take on Britpop.

Album reviews: The Very Best, Toro Y Moi, Robin Trower, Sarah Mary Chadwick and Dallas Frasca

Toro Y Moi's <i>What For</i>?

New music from the Very Best, Toro Y Moi, Robin Trower, Sarah Mary Chadwick and Dallas Frasca.

Mini Mansions explore darker corridors

Mini Mansions: '60s influences.

Patrick Emery The themes of Mini Mansions' new pop album, The Great Pretenders, are not always as cheerful as the music sounds.

Joy to the world as Kylie Minogue tweets praises

Electronic producer Joy (aka Olivia McCarthy) has received high praise from Kylie Minogue for her cover of Minogue's <i>Can't Get You Out of My Head</i>.

CRAIG MATHIESON Teenage Brisbane vocalist and producer Olivia McCarthy has a high school story to beat most.

Twerps no slackers

Twerps have wound up a US tour and are in Australia before heading to Europe.

CRAIG MATHIESON Julia McFarlane, co-vocalist and guitarist with leading Melbourne independent guitar band The Twerps, has a theory about size and why it's overrated in popular music.

Top gigs in Sydney April 17-23: Guantanamo Baywatch, The Beards, Demi Lovato, John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John and Oh Mercy

Hairy fellows the Beards play the Metro Theatre on Friday night.

Bronwyn Thompson From the hirsute Beards to old favourites John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John, we have your week in gigs covered.

Augie March, Delta Riggs, DM3, Killjoys, Cash Savage live in Melbourne

Not to miss: The Delta Riggs play the Corner Hotel, Richmond, on Thursday April 23.

After a five-year wait, it's time to do the Augie March again.

Tkay Maidza moving in pop's forward lane

The fast lane: Tkay Maizda.

CRAIG MATHIESON When Tkay Maidza, the fast rising 19-year-old electronic pop dynamo from Adelaide, was still studying architecture at university, the design aesthetic in her work tended to win out over engineering specifics.

Sticky Carpet: Dan Warner's new band and where to go on Record Store Day


Mary Mihelakos Sticky Carpet: Record Store Day, Gizzfest, this year's Splendour in the Grass line-up and more.

The Crate: C & C Music Factory, Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)

C & C Music Factory's <i>Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)</i>.

CHRIS JOHNSTON This extraordinary pop song jumped the shark by being used in every film and TV show known to humankind.

Album review: Vestiges & Claws by Jose Gonzalez

<i>Vestiges & Claws</i>, by Jose Gonzalez.

Anthony Carew Whistling distantly over gentle acoustic strums, Vissel stands symbolic of José González.

Cicadas & Roses album review: Marcus Holden gives classical favourites a country-folk makeover

Marcus Holden's <i>Cicadas & Roses</i>.

John Shan This is the first album under Marcus Holden's own name despite a four-decade career.

Highlights in the live music scene next week

Jonny Telafone.

Jonny Telafone is a Canberra-expat working in a genre that could be described as post-apocalyptic R'n'B.


The Crate

Chris Johnston digs into his music collection for a record a week.

Sticky Carpet

Your weekly wrap of music news.


Madonna kisses Drake memes

Drake's dispassionate face after Madonna kissed him during a 2015 Coachella performance has spawned dozens of memes across the internet.

Coachella 2015

Australian acts AC/DC, Chet Faker, Vance Joy were among the big names performing at California's Coachella music festival at the weekend.

Byron Bay Blues Fest 2015

Over four wet days, the world's best blues and rock bands took to the stage for the 2015 Byron Bay Bluesfest.

Foo Fighters live at ANZ Stadium 2015

Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Co blazed through a more than two-hour set for tens of thousands of fans in Sydney.

Brit Awards 2015 photos

Madonna falls from the stage, Kanye West arrives with flamethrowers and Take Swift performs Blank Space at the 2015 Brit Awards in London.

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