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Fast five questions with Guy Sebastian ahead of Perth show

Could a whole album with Lupe Fiasco be on the cards for Guy Sebastian?

CANDICE BARNES 4:05pm It’s been a Beautiful Life for Guy Sebastian since his Australian Idol win 11 years ago, but now the singer-songwriter is about to take a break from the Madness of touring.

Tour news

Lenny Kravitz cancels tour dates across Australia, Asia and Bluesfest

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GEORGE PALATHINGAL 3:14pm American rock superstar Lenny Kravitz has cancelled all his coming tour dates in Asia and Australia, citing 'contractual scheduling conflicts'.

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Kanye West apologises to Beck over Grammy Awards 2015

Beck watches Kanye West, who pretended to take the stage after Beck won album of the year at the Grammys.

BERNARD ZUEL 12:42pm Kanye West says sorry to Beck on Twitter after his impertinent and widely mocked 'intervention' at the Grammy Awards.

Conor Oberst: darkness duelling with triumph

Marcus Teague 12:39pm Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst has the kind of back catalogue that rewards celebration

Australian String Quartet: still in a state of transition

Australian String Quartet's Stephen King and Sharon Draper.

Clive O'Connell 10:57am In its demanding Remember Tomorrow program, the Australian String Quartet enjoyed mixed success.

Rufus Wainwright on the eight songs that defined him

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BERNARD ZUEL 12:15am A retrospective tour finds the piano-playing songwriter in a reflective mood as he picks the key songs of his career

Album reviews: Jessica Pratt, Machine Macine, David Lee Kendall and Hammerhead

Machine Machine: <i>The Only Which Way You Might</i>.

BERNARD ZUEL 11:45pm We take new releases from Jessica Pratt, Machine Machine, David Lee Kendall and Hammerhead for a spin.

Nick Waterhouse adds contemporary notes to vintage sound

Contemporary vintage: Nick Waterhouse.

Andrew Drever 11:45pm Californian musician Nick Waterhouse's music has its roots in the 1950s, but insists he has something new to say to modern listeners.

Future Music Festival headliner Avicii stays grounded while flying high

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CRAIG MATHIESON 11:45pm Ask Tim Bergling, the Swedish DJ, electronic musician and dance producer who writes, records and tours as Avicii, what the largest crowd he's played to is, and he'll give you an honest answer: he has no idea.

British singer Charlotte Aitchison fights to run her career as she sees fit

Hard won: British singer Charlotte Aitchison is  succeeding on her own terms, having reached a point where she's beyond second-guessed.

Anthony Carew 11:45pm When Charlotte Aitchison set out writing her second album, Sucker, she was angry and decided to channel that anger into her music.

The Shortlist top gigs: February 28-March 5

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Bronwyn Thompson 11:45pm From hard-rock extravaganza Soundwave to the doof-doof appeal of Future Music Festival, we have the week in gigs covered.

The Crate: King Curtis, Live at Small's Paradise

Classic: King Curtis' <i>Live at Small's Paradise</i>.

CHRIS JOHNSTON 11:45pm King Curtis was a brilliant black Texan musician who died in 1971, at the age of only 37.

Sticky Carpet: SLAM Day remembered five years on

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Mary Mihelakos 11:45pm It is five years since SLAM (Save Live Australia's Music) Day, the largest cultural protest in Australia's history when 20,000 people marched to Parliament House in Melbourne to protect live music.

Top 5 gigs

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11:45pm Top 5 gigs: `80s legend the Sunnyboys and the Ears plus Glagow's Mogwai among the top live picks this week.

Parquet Courts retain their bounce with new album Content Nausea

Parquet Courts: 'I never really had that moment where I was like: 'woah, things are different now'. It was a very slow realisation.'

Anthony Carew 11:30pm "I've never met an Australian I didn't like," says Andrew Savage, guitarist/vocalist for the Brooklyn-based band.

Kasey Chambers to tour Bittersweet album soon

Kasey Chambers will be touring her Bittersweet album.

Kate Kingsmill 11:00pm Kasey Chambers' Bittersweet tour was delayed a couple of months late last year - now she's back.

What's at the top of the charts this week

Ellie Goulding.

11:00pm This week's chart toppers.

Canberra's live music scene highlights

The Village People perform at the Canberra Theatre on March 12.

11:00pm The best of the coming week in Canberra's live music scene.

Tuned In - blues to feature at National Folk Festival

Jan Preston.

CHRIS JOHNSON 11:00pm The National Folk Festival it will not be on the fringes but the centre of attention.

Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

<i>Panda Bear meets the Grim Reaper</i>.

CRAIG MATHIESON 11:00pm Panda Bear's latest offering features shape-shifting rhythms and oscillating textures.

LP review: Belle & Sebastian Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance echoes Eurovision songs

Belle & Sebastian's <i>Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance</i>.

Anthony Carew 11:00pm Stuart Murdoch's hope Belle & Sebastian's ninth LP would sound like an era-spanning Eurovision sampler is realised.

Review: Man it Feels Like Space Again by Pond

Man it feels like space again.

Martin Boulton 11:00pm Pond have delved deeply over seven years into psychedelic sounds from another time.

Fly - flybys

The Enlighten festival starts today.

10:30pm In case you somehow missed it, the Enlighten Festival kicks off today.

Nominations list

Chet Faker, Courtney Barnett watch Sia Furler, Sheppard vie for APRA award

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BERNARD ZUEL Having three or even two songs on the shortlist for the APRA Awards' song of the year has not helped either Chet Faker and Courtney Barnett make it to the nominations list for the prestigious award.

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Whoops

Brit Awards 2015: Madonna falls off stage during Living For Love performance

Madonna falls off the stage at the Brit Awards in London.

MICHAEL IDATO Madonna has suffered an embarrassing fall at the Brit Awards.

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Brit Awards 2015: Kanye West lords it over Nandos, while Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift win big

Kanye at Nandos.

PETER VINCENT He's at it again. Kanye West may not have stormed the stage at the Brit Awards, but the rapper again managed to divert attention onto himself ahead of Britain's version of the Grammy Awards.

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Chris Brown denied entry into Canada

Denied entry: Chris Brown.

MICHAEL IDATO The American singer Chris Brown has been denied entry into Canada, forcing the cancellation of planned shows in Montreal and Toronto.

Neil Diamond adds Perth date to Australian tour

Neil Diamond will play Perth on 14 November.

CANDICE BARNES It won't be on a Hot August Night, but Neil Diamond will be heading to Perth in November to play a concert in the Swan Valley.

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The Village People's prayers answered as new cowboy rides into town

The Village People (from left) Eric Anzalone, Ray Simpson, Jim Newman, Felipe Rose, Alex Briley and Bill Whitefield.

MICHAEL DWYER Looking good and moving well in the right gear is crucial. Singing is also considered when auditioning for the Village People, writes Michael Dwyer.

Being bedside

Bobby Brown's tour of Australia postponed after Bobbi Kristina Brown hospitalised

Entertainer Bobby Brown, right, stands outside of Emory Hospital in Atlanta where his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown is being treated,

BERNARD ZUEL R&B singer Bobby Brown has postponed his tour of Australia til May as he focuses on the life-threatening medical condition of his daughter.

Columns

The Crate

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

Sticky Carpet

Your weekly wrap of music news.

Photos

Foo Fighters live at ANZ Stadium 2015

Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Co blazed through a more than two-hour set for tens of thousands of fans in Sydney.

Brit Awards 2015 photos

Madonna falls from the stage, Kanye West arrives with flamethrowers and Take Swift performs Blank Space at the 2015 Brit Awards in London.

Chrissy Amphlett in pictures

Australian rock icon Chrissie Amphlett of the Divinyls remembered in pictures.

Paul Simon and Sting in concert

Paul Simon and Sting performing together on stage at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

Indigenous drag queen joins Jessica Mauboy at Mardi Gras

Destiny Haz Arrived will play the Mardi Gras afterparty with pop singer Jessica Mauboy.


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