MICHAEL DWYER 12:15am Kate Neal turns to Morse code, John Farnham plugs away and the Goldner String Quartet hits 20.
world war music
Peter McCallum 3:16pm Australia Ensemble. University of New South Wales. April 18
Boys to men
GEORGE PALATHINGAL 2:35pm No one is getting jiggy with the smooth sounds of the '80s.
John Shand 12:44pm Behind the studio doors of Memphis' Sun studios there was more than just singing.
Brian Mansfield David Duchovny released his first novel in February. He's got a new television series set to air in Australia this year, and Fox is reviving his '90s hit The X Files for a six-episode run. About the only thing Duchovny doesn't have in the works is an album.
BERNARD ZUEL Electro pop and improvisation from Australia, soul rock from the USA
Tobi Loftus Brisbane DJ Jordan Burns marks 21st birthday by signing record deal.
BERNARD ZUEL Over the top in the studio, serene pop on record. A collaboration between two Australian bands doesn't skirt excess, it revels in it.
BERNARD ZUEL New albums from Ireland, England and the USA tap into a well of sadness and beauty.
Tristan Kane Merging the universal appeal of both Einstein and Beethoven into this year's festival is an expansive formula.
MICHAEL DWYER This time it's personal for the Goldner String Quartet. The esteemed ensemble of Dene Olding, Dimity Hall, Irina Morozova and Julian Smiles will celebrate 20 years together with a Musica Viva program selected for its resonance with all four players.
MICHAEL DWYER Her father tapping on a kitchen table sowed the seeds for Kate Neal's new theatre work.
PETER VINCENT Stan Walker, who co-judged with Natalia Kills and Willy Moon, has suggested the pair lied in their explanation of events.
PETER VINCENT Sixteen-year-old Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg, whose Tumblr video outlining her views of the appropriation of black culture has gone viral, is now tackling media outlets for mixing up her message.
Not so innocent
She always claimed she was not that innocent, and now pop queen Britney Spears has let the F-bomb fly during a live show.
PETER VINCENT It has taken nine days for Rihanna to relent to fan power and backtrack on her decision to release her new clip, American Oxygen, exclusively to Tidal.
BERNARD ZUEL We take new releases from Dave Grohl's Sonic Highways series, And The Kids, Cope Street Parade and Ryley Walker for a spin.
GEORGE PALATHINGAL Indie rockers Peace throw down the gauntlet with their refreshed take on Britpop.
New music from the Very Best, Toro Y Moi, Robin Trower, Sarah Mary Chadwick and Dallas Frasca.
Patrick Emery The themes of Mini Mansions' new pop album, The Great Pretenders, are not always as cheerful as the music sounds.
CRAIG MATHIESON Teenage Brisbane vocalist and producer Olivia McCarthy has a high school story to beat most.
CRAIG MATHIESON Julia McFarlane, co-vocalist and guitarist with leading Melbourne independent guitar band The Twerps, has a theory about size and why it's overrated in popular music.
Top gigs in Sydney April 17-23: Guantanamo Baywatch, The Beards, Demi Lovato, John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John and Oh Mercy
Bronwyn Thompson From the hirsute Beards to old favourites John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John, we have your week in gigs covered.
After a five-year wait, it's time to do the Augie March again.
CRAIG MATHIESON When Tkay Maidza, the fast rising 19-year-old electronic pop dynamo from Adelaide, was still studying architecture at university, the design aesthetic in her work tended to win out over engineering specifics.
Mary Mihelakos Sticky Carpet: Record Store Day, Gizzfest, this year's Splendour in the Grass line-up and more.
CHRIS JOHNSTON This extraordinary pop song jumped the shark by being used in every film and TV show known to humankind.
Anthony Carew Whistling distantly over gentle acoustic strums, Vissel stands symbolic of José González.
John Shan This is the first album under Marcus Holden's own name despite a four-decade career.
Jonny Telafone is a Canberra-expat working in a genre that could be described as post-apocalyptic R'n'B.
Chris Johnston digs into his music collection for a record a week.
Your weekly wrap of music news.
Drake's dispassionate face after Madonna kissed him during a 2015 Coachella performance has spawned dozens of memes across the internet.
Australian acts AC/DC, Chet Faker, Vance Joy were among the big names performing at California's Coachella music festival at the weekend.
Over four wet days, the world's best blues and rock bands took to the stage for the 2015 Byron Bay Bluesfest.
Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Co blazed through a more than two-hour set for tens of thousands of fans in Sydney.
Madonna falls from the stage, Kanye West arrives with flamethrowers and Take Swift performs Blank Space at the 2015 Brit Awards in London.