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How Brisbane formed the striped sunlight sound of the Go-Betweens

Isolation and dreams: The Go-Betweens.

BERNARD ZUEL 12:15am The early sound and style of the Go-Betweens was forged in the depths of '70s Brisbane and dreams of New York, Paris and London.

St Jerome's Laneway Festival: St Vincent: 'Am I female? I forget'

Anne Erin

GEORGE PALATHINGAL 12:15am The rest of us might be impressed that this year's St Jerome's Laneway Festival features lots of strong women but Annie Clark doesn't even see herself in those terms.

Peter Bibby plays Laneway Festival in Melbourne

2007 festival.

ANNABEL ROSS 12:00am "She loves my soul but she hates my drinking, I wonder if she knows that my love for her is shrinking."

Swedish band Little Dragon go large at Sydney Opera House

Refined: Little Dragon: Erik Boden, Yukimi Nagano, Fredrik Wallin and Hakan Wirenstrand.

MICHAEL KOZIOL 11:45pm The Swedish electronic outfit make their fourth visit to Australia and a debut appearance at the Sydney Opera House.

Rhiannon Giddens, Aldous Harding and Kinematic reviewed

Rhiannon Giddens is one of the voices in Carolina Chocolate Drops.

BERNARD ZUEL 11:45pm Folk music: 'gobsmacking' moments while listening to the real thing.

St Kilda festival kicks off with live and local line-up of bands

Musical mayhem: 400,000 people are expected to descend on City of Port Phillip this week for 2015 St Kilda Festival.

MICHAEL DWYER 5:47pm The Church, Remi, Thundamentals and Public Opinion Afro Orchestra lead another 60-odd bands and DJs across nine stages for the 2015 St Kilda Festival.

Super Bowl shockers

Super Bowl half-time shows: the good, bad and the Phil Collins

Pompoms: Katy Perry will headline the 49th Super Bowl half-time show.

Finlay Boyle 8:15pm Listed as one of the world's most watched television events annually, with more than 110 million viewers expected on Monday in the US alone, the Super Bowl half-time show has become a phenomenon transcending NFL decider itself.

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Barefoot musician Xavier Rudd creates his own United Nations

Xavier Rudd and the United Nations features musicians from South Africa, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and various corners of Australia.

MICHAEL DWYER 3:44pm Xavier Rudd and the United Nations is a "dream concept" the barefoot Torquay didge player has been mulling for years, so the ease of its realisation came as a pleasant surprise.

Poet and singer Rod McKuen dies at 81

Rod McKuen (left) with Robert Wagner and Jill St John in New York in 1985.

2:53pm NEW YORK, Jan 29 AP - Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose music and verse recordings won him an Oscar nomination and made him one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81.

Melbourne singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett to release new album

Honest: Courtney Barnett

Martin Boulton 11:45am Melbourne singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett is following up a swag of awards with a new single and an album due out in March.

Katy Perry's Super Bowl half-time show plans: a 'rebuttal' to Taylor Swift?

Katy Perry.

Eric Kelsey 2:45pm Pop singer Katy Perry on Thursday teased a lion, sharks and at least some live singing during her Super Bowl halftime performance, the most-watched dozen minutes annually on U.S. television.

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Thriller Live review: Sean Christopher's Michael Jackson a show-stopping tribute to King of Pop

British performer Sean Christopher is so good as Michael Jackson in <i>Thriller Live</i> it's as if the King of Pop is on stage.

Chloe Smethurst 11:38am Moving easily between songs and even decades, Thriller Live is more like a concert than a musical.

Trademark control

Taylor Swift trademarks 1989 lyrics including 'this sick beat'

Taylor Swift.

9:26am Taylor Swift has filed to trademark a number of lyrics from her hit 1989 album, including phrases from the tracks Shake It Off and Blank Space.

Grizzly Bear's Daniel Rossen in the land of the beautiful but sad

Daniel Rossen has found himself surprisingly comfortable performing solo.

BERNARD ZUEL Like the Byrds' Gene Clark before him, the newly solo performer finds despair attractive.

Cold Chisel to perform one-off show in Canberra

Cold Chisel.

In one of Oz Rock's best kept secrets, the legendary Cold Chisel has announced details of an intimate, ''one-off'' show in Canberra.

Shortlist album reviews

Bjork: <i>Vulnicura</i>.

Shortlist album reviews, January 30. Marilyn Manson, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Bjork and more.

Shortlist album reviews: Marilyn Manson, the Doobie Brothers, Bloods, Matt Andersen

Marilyn Manson: <i>The Pale Emperor</i>

BERNARD ZUEL We review new releases from Marilyn Manson, The Doobie Brothers, Bloods and Matt Andersen.

FKA twigs

UK pop star FKA twigs helps herself

FKA twigs:

BERNARD ZUEL Tahliah Debrett Barnett, aka FKA twigs, aka the boldest and most exciting new artist in the UK, is having fun with my name.

Heritage

The Gaslight Anthem are happy at last to follow Springsteen

The Gaslight Anthem: (from left) Alex Levine, Alex Rosamilia, Brian Fallon and Benny Horowitz.

PETER VINCENT The Gaslight Anthem's frontman Brian Fallon is finally at peace with his band's Bruce Springsteen comparisons.

Sarah Blasko preparing for picnic-blankets-on-the-lawn crowds

Elements of melancholy: Singer Sarah Blasko.

Anthony Carew With shows coming up at Melbourne Zoo and supporting Paul Simon & Sting at Mt. Duneed Estate winery, Sarah Blasko is preparing herself for picnic-blankets-on-the-lawn crowds.

Sticky Carpet: The Victims return as Television Addicts

Clare Bowditch begins a Sunday afternoon residency at the Flying Saucer Club in Elsternwick this weekend.

Mary Mihelakos The Victims, Groovin the Moo, Johnny Marr reschedules his tour for July, CherryRock announces headliner Red Fang, the AMP shortlist and more.

Top 5 gigs

Top 5 gigs: This weekend you can catch Belle & Sebastian, Dorsal Fins, Steve Lucas and much more in Melbourne.

Lepers & Crooks frontman tastes freedom

Lepers & Crooks: Giving the people a voice.

Alasdair Mcdonald Lepers & Crooks frontman Sam Baker recalls how he soon got over his stage fright.

Throttle's hours spent learning craft pay off

Throttle.

Sean Palmer Throttle has gone from small beginnings to performing live for thousands.

Fly - ARIA charts

Taylor Swift

A look at the latest Aria charts.

Eagulls flying in for Laneway Festival

Eagulls will be performing at Laneway Festival.

Alasdair Mcdonald 'I always forget the name of my band until people remind me,' says Eagulls drummer Henry Ruddell from a flat he shares with three other members of the band in the northern English city of Leeds.

CJ Ramone back on stage and loving it

CJ Ramone is performing in Canberra.

Alasdair Mcdonald He gave up a chaotic punk rocker lifestyle to care for his son, but now he's back.

Highasakite and happy too

Highasakite are performing at St. Jerome's Laneway Festivals around Australia.

Alasdair Mcdonald 'My first memory is singing with my mother along to Mariah Carey's Hero on a toy microphone she bought me,' says Ingrid Helene Havik.

Grammy Awards announce odd couple performers

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett.

Mesfin Fekadu The Grammy Awards will feature a number of collaborative performances, including Lady Gaga with Tony Bennett and Adam Levine with Gwen Stefani.

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Beat the drum - Triple J festival

For Triple J's 40th birthday, fans descended on the Domain for the Beat The Drum party. Photography by Sahlan Hayes. Like these photos? Selected images available at www.fairfaxphotos.com Follow us at twitter.com/photosSMH

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?


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