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Steve Kilbey, at 60, on The Church, his heroin decade, the band wars and their 'best album yet'

Prolific: Steve Kilbey at his home in Bondi. Even during his addiction to smack, he retained his work ethic.

RICK FENELEY 11:45pm In-fighting, self-sabotage, heroin addiction and 34 years of dreamy, psychedelic pop with The Church. At 60, Steve Kilbey is launching a tell-all memoir and the band's "best album yet".

Male/female duos offer two dud hands and a pair of aces

The Ting Tings

BARRY DIVOLA 11:45pm The Ting Tings and Peaking Lights are double disappointments but The Dø realise the power of two.

Preatures break from relentless touring to linger in Austin

The Preatures: 
Thomas Champion, 
Isabella Manfredi,
Jack Moffitt, 
Luke Davison and 
Gideon Bensen.

BARRY DIVOLA 11:45pm Sydney’s band of the moment, the Preatures, feels right at home in Austin, Texas.

The annual Wangaratta jazz festival goes from strength to strength

Jazz lovers from around the country make their annual pilgrimage to the Wangaratta jazz festival.

NICK GALVIN 11:45pm Twenty-five years on from its modest, tentative, left-field beginnings, the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues is an institution - the pre-eminent event on the national jazz calendar.

Music reviews: New offerings from Steve Hunter, Karise Eden, Mariza and Arthur Russell

Imaginative: Steve Hunter is a renowned bassist and composer.

John Shand, Paris Pompor, Bernard Zuel 11:45pm From the Fado of Mariza to the pop of Karise Eden, there's plenty of choices or a master mix if you can't decide.

Steve Kilbey at 60: the memoir, the heroin decade, the 25th Church album

Steve Kilbey: His band the Church has released its 25th album.

RICK FENELEY 9:17pm At 60, Steve Kilbey is releasing a tell-all (to the best of his recollection) memoir, Something Quite Peculiar. He has also just released his 25th album with The Church, which he insists is their best yet. Speaking to Rick Feneley, Kilbey riffs on a career under the influence of Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, heroin and an incurable addiction to creating music.

Song Company performs two Canberra concerts, October 25-26

Janet Wilson 5:32pm Music: Janet Wilson

US trio bring surprising collaboration to the open air

Innovative: American string trio Time for Three consists of double bassist Ranaan Meyer and violinists Nick Kendall (front) and Zach de Pue.

MICHAEL DWYER 2:56pm American string trio Time For Three will play a warm-up gig outside Melbourne Town Hall on Wednesday.

Ministerial music for Gillard

Contemporary music: The Decibel New Music Ensemble which will perform After Julia.

MICHAEL DWYER 2:48pm After Julia, a program of works written by seven composers in response to Julia Gillard's time as prime minister, will receive its world premiere on November 8, writes Michael Dwyer.

Swans headline eclectic 2015 MONA FOMA

UK artists Architects of Air will bring Exxopolis.

ANNABEL ROSS 12:01pm New York post-punk rockers Swans, a gamelan pinball machine, a Chinese artist smashing 250 hammers and a participatory smartphone orchestra will headline Hobart's 2015 MONA FOMA.

Glam rocker

Alvin Stardust, 72, dies on eve of his comeback

Comeback planned: Alvin Stardust, who has died aged 72.

8:49pm Alvin Stardust, one of the best-loved artists of the glam rock era, died on Thursday after being diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer.

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Blurred Lines

Blurred Lines' hardcore lyric: It's what women want, says US rapper T.I.

American rapper T.I. (Clifford Harris) in a still from the clip for Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines.

Amid the controversy over Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines, little heat was directed at Atlanta rapper, T.I. (real name Clifford Harris) even though his verses were arguably the worst. T.I. who has a new album out today, remained defiant about the song when he was in Sydney.

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Triple J concert in the Domain to celebrate 40 years

The Presets.

LUCY CORMACK There has been Opera in the Domain, Symphony in the Domain and even Jazz in the Domain, but this January Sydney will play host to Triple J in the Domain.

Live performers

5SOS, Chet Faker, Sheppard to perform at ARIA Awards

5 Seconds of Summer

Those Five Seconds of Summer boys are going to be pretty busy next month, with performances planned at the American Music Awards and the ARIA Awards.

Doctor's orders

Kasey Chambers postpones tour to avoid vocal cord surgery

Kasey Chambers has postponed her tour due to illness.

Kasey Chambers is hoping to avoid surgery by taking doctors' orders to rest her vocal cords instead of touring in November.

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161-year-old Philharmonic faces closure after council grant snub

Under threat: Andrew Wailes with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir which is facing a funding crisis.

CAROLYN WEBB The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic choir and orchestra, one of Australia's oldest arts institutions, could close after the City of Melbourne cut off its annual funding.

Shortlist album reviews: October 24-30

Bored Nothing: <em>Some Songs</em>.

BERNARD ZUEL We take new releases from Reverend Jemima, Jamie T, Imogen Heap and Bored Nothing for a spin.

5 Seconds of Summer looking for more than 15 minutes of fame

Michael Clifford from 5SOS.

BERNARD ZUEL You can take this as an opening for some mockery or a sign of hope. You can declare yourself horrified at the travesty or you can be sanguine and say who are we to decide what anyone is allowed to like?

Bluejuice's misfits and smart alecs say goodbye

Bluejuice

BERNARD ZUEL Bluejuice's Jake Stone may be splitting up his band with Stavros Yiannoukas after 13 years, three albums, hundreds of shows and a granny pash video, but, "We get to die like heroes."

Hilltop Hoods's view from the top not all it seems

Hands up: The Hilltop Hoods, (from left) Daniel Smith, Barry Francis and Matt Lambert, have quietly grown their international following.

CRAIG MATHIESON It takes a great deal for a band to achieve four consecutive No1 albums: a decade of hard work, a large and loyal following, and consistent creativity.

Top gigs: October 24-30

Elbow (L-R): Peter Turner, Richard Jupp, Guy 
Garvey, Mark Potter, Craig Potter


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Bronwyn Thompson From the big sounds of Elbow to the floor shaking of Hot Dub Time Machine, we have your week in music covered.

Softer Lanie Lane gets moody with new album Night Shade

Lanie Lane

CRAIG MATHIESON Lanie Lane lives on a hilltop outside Kyneton in central Victoria, in a 1970s house kept warm through the biting winter by a wood fire.

Tim Wheatley performs at The Front in Lyneham

To entertain: Tim Wheatley will perform at The Front on Saturday.

On The Road with Tim Wheatley

The Church keeps the faithful happy with new album Further/Deeper

Musically complex: The Church's latest album is Further/Deeper.

Sean Palmer They've been around since 1980 but alt-rockers The Church still crank out quality albums. Further/Deeper will be their 25th and will keep the faithful happy.

Goat's new album Commune is a revelation

Demands attention: Goat's new album Commune.

Simon Tatz This album just might be a modern masterpiece.

Review: The Preatures new album Blue Planet Eyes

The Preatures:

Sean Palmer The Preatures' intelligent pop is delivered with suave energy.

Review: Syro by Aphex Twin

Aphex Twin:

Sean Palmer Aphex Twin has created a mind-blowing soundtrack for the modern age.

Classical music

Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Meet the Music review: Hakan Hardenberger and Brett Dean superheroes at the Opera House

Soloist: Hakan Hardenberger had swagger with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Peter McCallum Trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger proved no accidental hero performing Brett Dean's compositions in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's Meet the Music.

Free concert

Dan Sultan, British India among acts to play free concert at Margaret Court Arena

Lanie Lane.

ANNABEL ROSS Some of Melbourne's finest musicians are performing at a free event on Cup Eve - and raising money for a good cause.

'It was very surreal'

Sheppard found performing Geronimo on Ellen Degeneres' show 'very surreal'

Meeting Ellen:

LUCY CORMACK It was waiting offstage before a concert in Melbourne that Brisbane band Sheppard began noodling the riff of their hit song Geronimo.

Columns

The Crate

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

Sticky Carpet

Your weekly wrap of music news.

Photos

Carlton in the '70s

In the 1970s, Carlton – the counterculture capital of Melbourne – was the place to be.

Miley Cyrus performs in Sydney

Miley Cyrus performed several songs for her fans who gathered at the Sydney Opera House this morning.

Miley Cyrus in Melbourne

The child TV star turned enfant terrible takes to Rod Laver Arena with her whole circus of crassness and 'bangerz'.

Justin Timberlake impresses at Perth Arena

The performer soared above the crowd, with smooth moves and vocals.

iHeartRadio Music Festival, Las Vegas, 2014

The 2014 festival was held in Las Vegas on September 20 and starred Iggy Azalea, Lorde, 5 Seconds of Summer, Train, Ed Sheeran, 50 Cent, among others.


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