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10 platters that matter

GEORGE PALATHINGAL For music fans, a good record shop is the best place to start any journey. It's where you'll find the B-sides, the box sets and everything in between. Here is Sydney's top 10 picks for Record Store Day on Saturday.

Brave new world

The Jezabels

BERNARD ZUEL After the success of their first album, the Jezabels have learnt to stop analysing and just do it.

Two hearts beat as one

Sly and Robbie

Andrew Drever For 'riddim twins' Sly and Robbie, it's musical respect that shapes their world.

Songwriter Rodney Crowell releases new album Tarpaper Sky

Rodney Crowell

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BERNARD ZUEL Don't worry, you aren't the only one seeing the name of Rodney Crowell's new album, Tarpaper Sky, and wondering what a tarpaper sky looks like.

Synergy Percussion will take on Iannis Xenakis' Pleiades

Members of the percussion group Synergy Mark Robinson, Joshua Hill, William Jackson, Timothy Constable and Ian Cleworth.
7th April 2014.
Photo: Steven Siewert

NICK GALVIN A percussion group has met its match with a difficult piece.

Record Store Day: Hallelujah, vinyl is alive

Needle sharp: Simon Karis, of Polyester Records in Fitzroy, is gearing up for the third Saturday of April.

CRAIG MATHIESON Record Store Day is here to prove there is no 'bitter sleep' for the still-beloved LP.

Sticky carpet

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STICKY CARPET Dirty rock'n'roll lovers are in for a treat next week when HITS and Bittersweet Kicks team up.

Psychedelic to the core

Head music: Hitchcock (left) and Kilbey.

Patrick Emery Two like-minded musicians are taking the stage together for the first time.

Still riding the riddim

Robbie Shakespeare, left, and 'sly' Dunbar have worked together for four decades.

Andrew Drever This double act have found acclaim collaborating with an extraordinary list of artists.

Shortlist weekly album reviews

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Four Hours Sleep, Emily Smith, Holidays On Ice, The Black Sorrows, Pixies and more.

We salute you: AC/DC's top tracks over the years

AC/DC: Angus Young.

12:36pm To celebrate the band's endurance in tough times, music writers Martin Boulton and Peter Vincent each pick their five favourite AC/DC songs and talk about why they love them.

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Royal meeting

Royal meeting: Lorde touches base with Royals muse

Lorde performs at 2014 Coachella.

SARAH THOMAS 11:16am Forget Wills and Kate, a more important regal connection was made this week as Lorde finally crossed paths with the inspiration for her monster hit Royals.

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Wine-ning

Put a cork in it! UB40 accused of deafening sounds

Ali Campbell of UB40

BERNARD ZUEL 11:43am What a bad week for lovers of red, red wine. If it wasn't enough that a bottle of the stuff ended the career of Barry O'Farrell, now a band which sang about it, UB40, has been accused of causing pain, discomfort and grief.

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Chris Tamwoy taking positive vibes to Bluesfest

Musician Chris Tamwoy.

NATALIE BOCHENSKI 1:45am A Brisbane teenager set to make his Bluesfest debut this week has refused to let online racial abuse affect his positivity.

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Jordi Savall: A city is united in music

Jordi Savall.

John Shand He may be the busiest musician alive, releasing about five new albums a year, and last year performing 145 concerts.

Brisbane royal visit mars Record Store Day

Title Brisbane co-manager Jamie Mumford says she will lose a lot of business due to the royal visit's impact on the annual Record Store Day.

CAMERON ATFIELD Monarchists may hope this weekend’s royal visit will break records, but one thing is certain – it will break record lovers’ hearts.

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For the record

AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson denies band is breaking up, set to record in May

AC/DC's Brian Johnson

PETER VINCENT AC/DC confirms founding member has a "debilitating illness" and is stepping aside - but the band has vowed to play on.

Darren Middleton finds purpose after Powderfinger

Guitarist and former Powderfinger member Darren Middleton.

NATALIE BOCHENSKI When legendary Brisbane band Powderfinger disbanded in 2010, guitarist and songwriter Darren Middleton had no idea of the crisis of confidence that lay ahead.

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AC/DC

AC/DC's Malcolm Young so sick unable to perform live: Mark Gable

Malcom Young of the rock group AC/DC.

AC/DC's Malcolm Young is seriously ill and will never perform live again, a former label mate says.

Patrons to be blown away by Four Winds line-up, concert hall

Winds

Harriet Cunningham Food, wine and arts festivals seem to spring up around regional Australia like mushrooms after a rainy evening. A flurry of volunteers, a flood of visitors, a long weekend and then it's over for another year, leaving memories and a field full of muddy tyre tracks.

AC/DC to split over sick band member, according to rumours

AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson and guitarist Angus Young.

Peter Vincent, Martin Boulton Australia's biggest band of any genre, AC/DC, is believed to be close to pulling the plug with unconfirmed reports that a key member is too ill to continue.

Fade to black

AC/DC: Migrant kids who made the long climb to the top of rock'n'roll

AC/DC

BERNARD ZUEL AC/DC are as good an example of the changing face of Australia in the second half of the 20th century as any restaurant, coffee bar or car dealer's yard.

Into the Woods

Meryl Streep working on rap skills for new movie

Meryl Streep.

Meryl Streep's "second career" as a rapper "beckons", according to co-star James Corden.

Tour news

Rolling Stones announce extra Australian tour dates

Extra tour dates ...  (L-R) Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones will perform two more Australian shows.

Martin Boulton The Rolling Stones will play two additional shows, one in Perth and one in the Hunter Valley, when the rescheduled 14 On Fire tour arrives in Australia in late October.

Photography

Chrissy Amphlett, still touching fans

The late Chrissy Amphlett, still touching fans.

Joel Meares An exhibition of rock photographs is drawing attention to breast cancer awareness.

Longlist

Who deserves APRA song of the year?

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PETER VINCENT Songs by Vance Joy, Flume, Gurrumul Yunupingu, Nick Cave and Sarah Blasko are among those to make the longlist for 2014 song of the year, as voted by members of Australia's music rights and royalties organisation.

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Apra 2014 song of the year longlist

Apra 2014 song of the year longlist in alphabetical order.

AC/DC to split: report

Malcom Young of the rock group AC/DC.

Caroline Zielinski and Bernard Zuel AC/DC may be announcing their retirement as soon as Tuesday, according to media reports. The famous rock band, which formed in 1973, is one of the most popular and highest-grossing bands of all time.

Frankston's Motown star Gil Askey dies at home

Gil Askey

BHAKTHI PUVANENTHIRAN He worked with Diana Ross, Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli and Miles Davis but trumpeter, composer and producer Gil Askey was better known to the people of Frankston as the elderly gentleman who gave his time to young musicians and could ''talk the leg off a table''.

Wrap

Seven highlights from Coachella 2014

Beyonce at the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.

PETER VINCENT Coachella has grown into one of the world's best-known music festivals, famous for some iconic comeback performances.

Columns

The Crate

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

Sticky Carpet

Your weekly wrap of music news.

Photos

AC/DC over the years

AC/DC may have played its last gig.

Coachella 2014

A surprise appearance from Beyonce during sister Solange's set was one of the many highlights at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which featured performances by Outkast, Pharrell Williams, Lorde, Muse and Empire of the Sun.

Dust and Grooves

Images from 'Dust and Grooves' of collectors with some of their treasures. 'Dust and Grooves' (Fuse Group, $80) is out on Record Store Day, April 19.

5 Seconds from school band to chart tops

Sydney boy band 5 Seconds Of Summer have come a long way since entertaining a few hundred students and their families at their school's Senior Soiree st Norwest Christian College.

Kurt Cobain death scene photos

The Seattle Police department release more images captured from the scene of Kurt Cobain's death.

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