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Shortlist album reviews

<i>What's Your 20?</i>: Wilco

CRAIG MATHIESON 11:45pm A round-up of the year's best compilation albums, reviewed by Craig Mathieson.

Empire of the Sun to perform Ice On the Dune at the Falls Festival

Empire of the Sun: Saviours of their own strange and clearly expanding universe.

MICHAEL DWYER 11:45pm Empire of the Sun are bringing their world-conquering Ice On the Dune spectacle to the Falls Festival.

Black Lips: Son of a preacher man embraces the devil's music

Selling their souls for rock 'n roll: Black Lips return to Australia for their fourth show.

Anthony Carew 11:45pm The bassist/ vocalist for Black Lips may have been born to be a preacher but these days rock 'n' roll music is his only salvation.

Jessica Pratt's obsession with music transforms into a career

Jessica Pratt says she has been a music nerd all her life and took to writing songs as a teenager.

Anthony Carew 11:45pm The most striking thing on Jessica Pratt's records —the 2012 self-titled debut that took her out 

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Mary Mihelakos 11:45pm Sticky Carpet - St Kilda Festival.

Live gigs in Canberra this week, December 19

Will Sparks will perform at Academy Night Club.

8:00pm Canberra girl Simone Thompson is garnering notoriety for her short film Warrior.

On The Road with Jessie Ryan-Allen

Jessie Ryan-Allan will be supporting Myriad Ways at Smiths Alternative on December 19.

8:00pm On the Road with Jessie Ryan-Allen, who will be supporting Myriad Ways at Smiths Alternative on December 19.

Win tickets to Exodus

Joel Edgerton stars as Ramses in Ridley Scott's <i>Exodus: Gods and Kings</i>.

8:00pm Three double passes to the new movie, Exodus, are the prizes in this week's competition. 

Fly - Socials: Scrambled - Three years of La De Da

Bec Gee and Amber Hause.

Arne Sjostedt 8:00pm Food, music, art and plenty of punters: La De Da opens its doors.


Songs from the heart: We recommend you listen to lots of Julia Henning over Christmas to get ready for her January show.

8:00pm The Deniliquin Ute Muster announces its first artists, Pokey LaFarge returns Down Under and Julia Henning performs live in concert.

Fly - Charts

Up: Bruno Mars is at No.1.

8:00pm Top of the charts this week.

Wilco - What's Your 20

Wilco - What's Your 20.

CRAIG MATHIESON 8:00pm Song for song the best American band of the last 20 years, the rise of Wilco and the ambitions of frontman Jeff Tweedy are traversed by 38 songs which move from alt-country and Beatlesque pop to electronic melancholy and Krautrock repetition.

Spandau Ballet - The Story: The Very Best of Spandau Ballet

Spandau Ballet - The Story: The Very Best of Spandau Ballet.

CRAIG MATHIESON 8:00pm The Story: The Very Best of Spandau Ballet features 19 tracks from the reformed and seemingly revitalised British new wave band turned soul boys who made their mark with Chant No. 1 and the ubiquitous True.

Hot mess

Triple J's Hottest 100 'row': Lorde, Steve Aoki, Skrillex, Rick Astley and Paul Kelly clash over song

Royalty: Lorde rejects Triple J in a scene from the station's clip, 'Can these 40 musicians write the ultimate Hottest 100 song?'

PETER VINCENT 5:57pm Triple J has promoted its annual Hottest 100 voting period with a comic sketch painting some of Australia's - and other countries' - best contemporary musicians as being hopelessly unable to agree on writing a theme song together.

Foo Fighters delay Perth concert... by a day

Foo Fighters will now play Perth on Sunday 8 March.

CANDICE BARNES 6:45pm American rockers Foo Fighters have rescheduled their upcoming performance in Perth, with tour promoters announcing the band will play one day later than initially planned.

Back in black

AC/DC sell out London's Wembley Stadium in less than an hour

Angus Young

8:45pm This year was turning out to be AC/DC's highway to hell but they're ending up back in black. The veteran hard rockers have reportedly sold out London's Wembley Stadium - capacity 72,500 - in less than one hour.

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Third announcement

Soundwave 2015 surprise: Smashing Pumpkins join line-up

Billy Corgan will bring Smashing Pumpkins to Soundwave 2015.

PETER VINCENT Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah has pulled off a surprise by naming one of the biggest names in 90s indie rock, Smashing Pumpkins, to join his touring heavy rock and punk festival.

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Smooth operators

Surgeons should play Fix You, Stayin' Alive, avoid Another One Bites The Dust

Chris Martin

NICK GALVIN The Bee Gees’ Stayin’ Alive and Fix You by Coldplay are on the recommended playlist for doctors in the operating theatre.

Siege tribute

Former Australian Idol's song for peace after Sydney siege

PETER VINCENT Former Australian Idol winner Wes Carr says he is humbled at the response to the raw, emotional song he wrote quickly after the tragic Sydney siege.

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Class of 2015

Green Day, Lou Reed, Joan Jett among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees 2015

Lou Reed and Joan Jett are to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Jerry Shriver Soulmen, bluesmen, poets, punks and feisty rockers are among the 30th class of inductees announced Tuesday by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Mark Chapman

John Lennon's killer wants Yoko Ono's forgiveness

Yoko Ono at the MCA, Sydney.

John Lennon's killer Mark Chapman wants The Beatles legend's widow Yoko Ono to forgive him for murdering the star.

Christmas clanger

Christmas clanger: Lily Allen upsets Christians with 'tactless' nativity performance

Lily Allen's nativity scene.

PETER VINCENT English pop singer Lily Allen has upset Christian groups by including a nativity scene in a concert performance.

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Homecoming hitch

Iggy Azalea unlikely to tour Australia until late 2015

Iggy Azalea might actually make it Down Under later in 2015.

Iggy Azalea might not make it to her home country on her first headline tour. But she should play at home later next year.


Gypsy curse

Beyonce sued over Grammy-nominated Drunk In Love

Hungarian folk singer Mitsou claims her vocals were stolen by Beyonce and husband Jay Z for <i>Drunk in Love</i>.

Beyonce is facing legal action from a Hungarian folk singer over allegations her vocals were illegally sampled on the superstar's Grammy-nominated Drunk In Love hit.

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Critic's choice, James Bay

James Bay looks to follow in the steps of Adele, Florence and Sam Smith

Life has suddenly got very busy for Brit Awards Critics' Choice winner James Bay.

BERNARD ZUEL A Brit Award has put James Bay up there with some big names who are past winners.

Fado concert evokes a Lisbon dockside bar in Sydney's inner west

Fado in Australia: Ricardo da Silva, Manuel Iria, Leonor Pedro and Antonio Goncalves.

John Shand Fado In Australia evoked Lisbon's dockside bars.

Music review: Jagwar Ma the standout in near-perfect Meredith Music Festival

Afternoon groove: Phosphorescent on stage at the 24th Meredith Music Festival.

TOM ARUP The Meredith Music Festival organiser's long-standing pursuit of an appearance by Jagwar Ma paid off on Friday night, with the Australian indie-dance outfit delivering a festival-topping performance.

Damon Albarn review: Damon Albarn charms with restless creativity

Damon Albarn.

MICHAEL DWYER Damon Albarn wasn't his old self. It might have been jet lag. "It dulls my carnality; my bacchanalian spirit," he told us with mock dejection. In their place was something much more lovable.

Recital Centre set to brood Lynch-style

David Lynch arrives for the annual David Lynch Foundation benefit celebration in New York

MICHAEL DWYER A collection of Melbourne musicians will pay tribute to David Lynch next year.


The Crate

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

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Scrambled; Three years of La De Da

Scrambled; Three years of La De Da

Violent Soho performed at ANU Bar on December 3

Violent Soho performed at ANU Bar on December 3

Kurt Cobain's last session

In 1993, an 'out of it' Kurt Cobain was captured by photographer Jesse Frohman, creating enduring portraits of the troubled Nirvana frontman.

ARIA Awards 2014 red carpet

Who nailed it and who failed it at the Australian music industry's night of nights?

ARIA Awards 2014: winners and performers

All the action from the ARIAs, featuring 5 Seconds of Summer, One Direction, Katy Perry, Chet Faker and more.

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    A Whole Lotta ... Jerry Lee Lewis

    Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

    A Whole Lotta ... Jerry Lee Lewis

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    The Party Ain't Over

    Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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    Downtown Church

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    Exile on Main St

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    Boys & Girls

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    My Journey

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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    Indie City

    Indie City

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    High Hopes

    Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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    The Marshall Mathers LP 2

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    Lightning Bolt

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    Magna Carta ... Holy Grail

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    The Next Day

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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