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Album reviews: Chemical Brothers, Bilal, Wolf Alice, Vienna Musikverein Quartet

Wolf Alice, new great hope for British rock.

BERNARD ZUEL 12:00am New music from the worlds of electronica, classical, rock and neo-soul.

Album reviews: Bilal, Wolf Alice, Vienna Musikverein Quartet

Wolf Alice, new great hope for British rock.

BERNARD ZUEL 12:00am New music from the worlds of classical, rock and neo-soul.

Mark Ronson review: legendary producer proves it's hard to shine when you're in the shadows

Mark Ronson often felt distanced from the audience during this gig, at times playing from atop a distant parapet.

ANNABEL ROSS 2:37am Mark Ronson's CV reads like a who's who of music legends, but it's evident here that his talents lie in the studio, not on a stage.

New evidence should free 'Happy Birthday' from copyright: lawyers


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Generic pics of children?s birthday party for new Essential lift out 2nd of September 2006 Feature Eseential SMH pic by FIONA MORRIS


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PETER VINCENT 1:02am Lawyers for a filmmaker in New York said they had discovered "smoking-gun" evidence that the song Happy Birthday to You should no longer be subject to copyright restrictions.

'It's fantastic'

Spectre: Bond song speculation builds - will it be Ellie Goulding, Radiohead or Miley Cyrus?

Ellie Goulding

PETER VINCENT 7:21pm Speculation is reaching fever pitch over the identity of the singer chosen to perform the song for the next James Bond film, Spectre.

Song battle

Happy Birthday To You music copyright could be ruled invalid

Birthday cake

PETER VINCENT 6:15pm It's the world's most popular song, potentially played somewhere every second of the day. But you could be about to hear it a lot more often.


Soul pop revue

Mark Ronson review: Smart, hit-filled and fun but lacking something at its core

Mark Ronson

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

BERNARD ZUEL Local guest vocalists and the ghost of Amy Winehouse put on a big show that was missing one thing - the man himself, Mark Ronson.

Chicken dance!

Arrested Development all but confirmed for fifth series

Jeffrey Tambor

NICK GALVIN There's fresh hope for fans of the smash US sitcom Arrested Development after the boss of streaming service Netflix all but confirmed that the show would return for a fifth season.


Azealia Banks attacks 'violent and belligerent' Australians

Too far away ... Azealia Banks has attacked Australia's unruly fans and expressed her displeasure with our geography.

NICK GALVIN US rapper Azealia Banks, long noted for picking fights with just about everyone, has taken a broad swipe at "violent and belligerent" Australians and delivered a stinging rebuke to the entire nation for being "too far away".

Blur Melbourne review: After 18 years, fans made to wait a little longer for the hits

Damon Albarn

ANNABEL ROSS On a cold winter's night, Damon Albarn started by splashing the Rod Laver crowd with water. Soon his laddish antics began to make more sense.

Morrison and Washington make sweet music in jazz concert

Megan Washington and James Morrison pair up for the Queensland Music Festival.

Roxanne Jeynes Jazz master James Morrison said he played "musical Cupid" to set up one of the highlights of this year's Queensland Music Festival.


MC rapped?

Confusion as Tyler the Creator claims he's banned from Australia

Tyler the Creator

BERNARD ZUEL Has an activist group convinced the federal government to block the return of the controversial rapper?


More bad blood

Taylor Swift is terribly calculated and mean, says Grizzly Bear's Edward Droste

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Daniel Rossen, Christopher Bear, Chris Taylor

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Ebony Bowden The lead singer from Brooklyn indie band Grizzly Bear has taken down Taylor Swift on Twitter and admitted to being genuinely scared of the successful pop star after meeting her.

Ed Sheeran turns to acting for new US TV epic The Bastard Executioner

Loosening his grip on the guitar: Ed Sheeran moves to the small screen for <i>The Bastard Executioner</i>.

MICHAEL IDATO The singer-songwriter is adding the mantle of actor to his growing repertoire.

Albert Hammond jnr's third album heads into Strokes territory

Albert Hammond jnr: Momentary Masters.

Anthony Carew Albert Hammond jnr's new album, Momentary Masters, is full of taut, twitchy new-wave rockers.

Festival review

Splendour in the Grass review: in the trenches with Blur, Florence and Tame Impala

Azealia Banks.

BERNARD ZUEL We'll gave them what for and showed them what Australians can do when called on for the great battles of life.

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Rhyme and reason

Even rapper Chief Keef's hologram is banned from performing at Craze Fest

Chief Keef

JOE COSCARELLI A performance by Chicago rapper Chief Keef - or rather, his hologram - was shut down by the police Saturday night in Hammond, Indiana.


Coro offers stirring performance of Handel's Messiah at St Paul's in Manuka

Coro's performance of the 1742 version of

Review: Jennifer Gall Coro's rousing rendition of the 1742 version of Messiah does justice to Handel's magnificent oratorio.

Sour note

John Williamson on Reclaim Australia's use of True Blue: 'How about a rally for love'

Speaking out ... John Williamson has condemned the use of True Blue by Reclaim Australia.

NICK GALVIN Middle-Australia icon John Williamson has taken aim at Reclaim Australia, asking the far-right group not to play his hit song True Blue at their rallies.

Sir Andrew Davis to lead Melbourne Symphony Orchestra until 2019

Sir Andrew Davis has extended his tenure with the MSO.

MICHAEL DWYER The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has confirmed the maestro will extend his original four-year tenure to lead the orchestra until 2019,

Chance meeting with Ethan Hawke introduced the world to little-known pianist Seymour Bernstein

Seymour Bernstein, a former concert pianist, is the subject of a documentary directed by Ethan Hawke.

Michael Cooper Seymour Bernstein, a piano teacher who retired from the stage almost 40 years ago, is enjoying his new role as an unexpected movie star.

Briggs and Philly victorious at National Indigenous Music Awards in Darwin

Briggs receives the awards for Best Album (Sheplife) and Best Video (Bad Apples) from Jack Thompson at the National Indigenous Music Awards in Darwin.

MICHAEL DWYER Mildura rapper Philly has won Best New Talent and Shepparton's Briggs has taken Best Album for Sheplife and Best Film Clip for Bad Apples at the National Indigenous Music Awards in Darwin.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion bring Freedom Tower of funk to Australia

 Jon Spencer

DEBBIE CUTHBERTSON "Australia's always been kind," says the namesake of power rock/blues/funk/soul trio the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion which have released Freedom Tower and are heading to Australia in August.

Report from Splendour

Splendour in the Grass 2015: Day two comes over all Lord Of The Flies

Azealia Banks, whose attitude far outweighs her recorded output, left fans wanting after her performance at Splendour in the Grass on Saturday.

BERNARD ZUEL The inside dirt on what was happening in the muddy fields halfway through Byron Bay's winter music festival.

CD review: Mercury Living Presence Volume 3


RON CERABONA Mercury Collector's Edition Volume 3 is well worth exploring.


Splendour in the Grass: Plenty of mud, but San Cisco party on

San Cisco's Jordi Davieson performs at Splendour in the Grass.

BERNARD ZUEL The sun stayed away, but then so did the rain until mid evening, on day one of Splendour in the Grass.

Splendour in the Grass: so much more than the music

Rock'n'roll children: Priya, aged five, gets her face painted at Little Splendour.

BERNARD ZUEL Some strange things are happening at music festivals. And we don't mean drugs, as there are far fewer in evidence at Splendour In The Grass in Byron Bay this weekend than you find at a regular big city nightclub on a Friday night.  

Jordie Lane, Husky Gawenda, Marlon Williams and Fergus Linacre star in Beatles tribute show

Husky Gawenda, Jordie Lane, Marlon Williams and Fergus Linacre

Liza Power Marlon Williams. Jordie Lane, Husky Gawenda and Fergus Linacre are equal parts chuffed and daunted to be bringing Rubber Soul and Revolver to life.

High notes

James Morrison takes Megan Washington back to her jazz roots

Megan Washington is soon to tour with James Morrison and Marian Petrescu.

NICK GALVIN A jazz trumpeter, a pop star and a piano virtuoso are teaming up for a performance that breaks musical boundaries.

Style and soul

Meet Lianne La Havas: princess of precise pop

Lianne La Havas: 'I used to like [comparisons] but not now'.

PETER VINCENT Good pop is as much about happiness as it is about heartbreak, says Lianne La Havas. But mostly it's about that elusive extra 10 per cent.


The Crate

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

Sticky Carpet

Your weekly wrap of music news.


Splendour In The Grass

Splendour In The Grass is upon us yet again, with revellers from across Australia and abroad descending on Byron Bay to join the festivities over the weekend. The iconic arts and music festival kicked off on Friday at North Byron Parklands in northern New South Wales and is expected to host more than 30,000 people over the three-day event.

Rolling Stones Exhibitionism

A selection of images from the upcoming Rolling Stones 'Exhibitionism' event at Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea, London.

There's a bear in there

British artist Stanley Donwood, aka Dan Rickwood, has built a large-scale installation called The Panic Office, a retrospective of his work with a soundscape by Radiohead's lead singer Thom Yorke. It includes much of Donwood's artwork for the band that has never been shown in public before. The Panic Office runs until June 6 at Carriageworks, Eveleigh.

Eurovision 2015

See a gallery of wire images of the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.

Jasmine Rae performed at the Canberra Casino on May 15

Melbourne country singer Jasmine Rae performed at the Canberra Casino on May 15

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