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Sydney Symphony Orchestra hits heights of splendour

Vladimir Ashkenazy conducted the orchestra with taut tempo and judicious accent.

Peter McCallum 12:15am Beethoven Triumphant. Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Vladimir Ashkenazy. Garrick Ohlsson, Opera House Concert Hall, February 9.

Music review: Laneway Festival

The DMA┬┤s at The Laneway Festival.

ANNABEL ROSS 1:07pm Blessed as Laneway Festival usually is with a stellar lineup of indie artists, its configuration forces fans to make some tough decisions.

Born to be mild

Boy & Bear review: playing nice and playing safe

Boy & Bear: You can take them home to meet your mother.

GEORGE PALATHINGAL 12:19pm Being good natured and well liked has worked so far, but do they have enough drive to be more than that?


How Elton John left his old life behind and found a 'joyous place' (cost-cutting aside)

Elton John plays the Sydney Entertainment Centre in December.

Neil McCormick 12:09pm After half a century of hits and high living, Elton John has settled down. But he's nowhere close to retiring.

Why Spiderbait are doing what used to make them shudder for 25th anniversary

Spiderbait have announced a second show in Melbourne in February as part of their silver jubilee tour.

Bronwyn Thompson 12:15am Spiderbait have been chilling since their '90s hits, but they're touring to celebrate their success.

The Grammys inside lane

Grammy Awards 2016: will Courtney Barnett, Tame Impala and other Australians win?

In this Jan. 22, 2016 photo, Australian singer Courtney Barnett poses in Melbourne, Australia. Barnett is nominated for a Grammy Award for best new artist. (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill)

BERNARD ZUEL 12:15am Who should win? Who will win? Who or what is alternative? Inside dirt on the world's biggest music awards.


Kanye West hits back over Taylor Swift 'bitch' comment in 15-tweet rant

Kanye West.

LENNY ANN LOW Kanye West has tweeted eight reasons why he was right to call Taylor Swift a bitch.

Jezabels frontwoman triumphs over depression to release Synthia

Hayley Mary, centre, says Jezabels made <i>The Brink</i> as therapy.

Jenny Valentish  Self-doubt and controversy have dogged Jezabels frontwoman Hayley Mary, but she is hoping new album Synthia will usher in a new era.

Ravi Coltrane performs at Bird's Basement, Melbourne's newest jazz club

Ravi Coltrane will play six nights in Melbourne at the new Bird's Basement.

MICHAEL DWYER Property developer (and musician) Albert Dadon is creating a club to lure the world's best jazz talent.

Perth Festival: Tim Minchin tells George Pell to return home to face the music

Tim Minchin is proud of being Australian but said

ANDREW TAYLOR Tim Minchin has called on Cardinal George Pell to return from Rome to appear at the royal commission into institutional child abuse. He also expressed pride in being an Australian but said "we're arseholes as well".

Paul McCartney gets emojinal in 5 second songs for Skype

Paul McCartney composes

MICHAEL DWYER No stranger to cheesy variations on romantic expression, Paul McCartney has lent his compositional expertise to a series of "Mojis" launched by Skype on Valentine's Day.

Bingo! Tripod's numbers are up


MICHAEL DWYER Comedic harmony trio Tripod are planning a "scary as" 20th anniversary tour with a bingo selector as its centrepiece.

OK Go defy gravity in music video first

OK Go filmed their latest music clip in zero gravity.

Lorna Cooper The first music video ever to be shot in zero gravity has been made by alternative rockers OK Go and premiered on Facebook.

Jess Rebeiro, Australian Art Orchestra blur musical lines for Metropolis New Music Festival

Jess Ribeiro will play the Recital Centre foyer for Music in the City.

MICHAEL DWYER Music of the City is the theme of this year's Metropolis New Music Festival, the fifth collaboration between the Recital Centre and the MSO between May 9 and 21.

Kanye West's vile Taylor Swift dig on Famous from The Life of Pablo

Kanye West addressing the crowds at the album launch.

PETER VINCENT Music's most talented windbag, Kanye West, has debuted a song from his new album which took a vulgar aim at pop megastar Taylor Swift.

Five fresh albums

Shortlist album reviews: Suede, Simmons and Tsavios, Middleton, Inkswel and Lush

Suede return with their second post-reformation album.

A reformation continues, a solo career is extended, the blues gets a new voice and there are alleluias and odd sounds.


A burden lifted when shared

Sufjan Stevens finds peace by sharing the pain - his and ours

Sufjan Stevens says his live shows aren't about death, but renewal.

BERNARD ZUEL The American singer says performing emotional songs helps him through the pain of losing his mother.


At their country's core

Lucinda Williams, Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples at the heart of American song

Lucinda Williams draws her songs from the highways, truck stops and towns of the American South.

BERNARD ZUEL From blues to folk, from gospel to country, from the highway to the dirt roads. Three singers who have travelled to their country's core.


Pop, chanson and opera

CD reviews: J-day with The Jezabels, Jacques Brel and Jonas Kaufmann

The Jezabels have grown and now shine.

Three artists who may have begun in Germany, Australia and Belgium but now stake their claims in many countries.

Tuned in: Canberra's live music venues of past fondly remembered

What's happening in Canberra's music scene

Dan Bigna Surely there is room for more music venues in the capital.

Waxahatchee: Katie Crutchfield is going for broke

Waxahatchee, aka Katie Crutchfield.

Anthony Carew Waxahatchee says her musical career has not been a money spinner.

It's not nostalgia that fuels Leftfield

Leftfield's Neil Barnes.

Andrew Drever Each new album shocks fans, but that's the Leftfield way.

The Shortlist's album reviews: Savages, High Highs, No Zu, CFCF, and Inkswel

Savages, album cover

The Shortlist's album reviews of Savages, High Highs, No Zu, CFCF, and Inkswel

Canberra's 12-year-old beatboxer Renagzy gets YouTube breakthrough

Canberra beatboxer Satvik 'Renagzy' Sharma,12, will perform at Saturday's Multicultural Festival.

CLARE COLLEY Canberra's Satvik Sharma is making a name for himself in the beatboxing world after his video was showcased on one of its biggest online communities.

Jebediah: Memories and good vibrations

Jebediah celebrate their 20th anniversary this summer.

Anthony Carew Marking their second decade in music has Jebediah fondly recalling their earlier, wilder days.

Sticky Carpet: The annual St Kilda Festival set to rock the weekend


Mary Mihelakos And the latest on the Laneway Festival, Groovin the Moo line-up and more.

Top five gigs around Melbourne this week

1200 Techniques will appear at The Toff In Town on Saturday.

Catch 1200 Techniques, Money For Rope and local rockers The Peep Tempel.

Baby et Lulu - divine chanteuses

Baby et Lulu will share the stage with Jay Power and The Black Sorrows on the opening night of the Multicultural Festival.

Arne Sjostedt Baby et Lulu are two Aussie musicians who've brought their French ambitions to life.

What's Coldplay done to you?

In defence of Chris Martin and Coldplay at the Super Bowl 2016: It could be so much worse

Beyonce, Coldplay singer Chris Martin, and Bruno Mars perform at the NFL Super Bowl on Sunday.

BERNARD ZUEL Smacking the Englishmen who found themselves in Beyonce's shadow makes no sense.

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Wild Nothing pauses to look back

Jack Tatum is Wild Nothing.

MICHAEL DWYER Jack Tatum's heart lies in the "weird'' pop music of the '70s and '80s, as his second album as Wild Nothing shows.


20 gifts and experience for entertainment lovers

Dazzle hard-to-please loved ones this season with gifts that entertain and inspire - from new movies and must-see shows on screens big and small to live gigs and stage extravaganzas, concerts, art, dance and books.

Brandenburg Orchestra: A possum attack, a slice of pizza and the maestro

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra's guest director Riccardo Minasi is no stranger to the odd dangerous encounter when in Australia.


Sticky Carpet

Your weekly wrap of music news.

The Crate

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


Courtney Barnett at Twilight

Australian musician Courtney Barnett performs at "Twilight at Taronga" at Taronga Zoo in Sydney. Follow us on Twitter and check out our photography club Clique

Tamworth Country Music Cavalcade

Undaunted by rain, the Tamworth Country Music Cavalcade made it's way down Peel Street in Tamworth today attracting thousands of fans. The Tamworth Country Music Festival is a 10 day event showcasing over 700 artists and draws large crowds enjoying the annual Australia Day weekend, culminating in the Golden Guitar Awards which celebrates the best of Australian country music. Follow us on Twitter and check out our photography club Clique

The World remembers Bowie

Fans around the world have paid tribute to the late David Bowie by leaving flowers, candles, cards, and records at memorial sites worldwide.

Flaming Lips Sydney Festival Opening

The best pictures from the Flaming Lips playing at the Domain for the opening of the Sydney Festival on January 9th, 2016. Chosen by the Picture Editors at the Sydney Morning Herald. Follow us at


Even in their 42nd year, there remains no more powerful, iconic and entertaining live force in rock music than AC/DC. Photos by Edwina Pickles. Follow us at

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