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Lepers & Crooks frontman tastes freedom

Lepers & Crooks: Giving the people a voice.

Alasdair Mcdonald 8:00pm Lepers & Crooks frontman Sam Baker recalls how he soon got over his stage fright.

Live gigs in Canberra this week

Lepers and Crooks.

8:00pm Hard working performers forward to entertaining city supporters.

Fly competition

Eddie Izzard Force Majeure

8:03pm This week we have one double pass for the hillarious Eddie Izzard. 

Petty grievances

Howard Stern insults 'fat' and 'ugly' Sam Smith

Not your usual pop idol? ... Sam Smith performs at the American Music Awards in November 2014.

MICHAEL KOZIOL 12:05pm Shock jock Howard Stern has raised eyebrows with his description of English singer-songwriter Sam Smith as "fat" and "an ugly motherf---er".

Tour news

Groovin the Moo releases stellar line-up

A$AP Ferg joins stellar line up at Groovin the Moo.

10:48am A$AP Ferg, Charli XCX, You Me At Six and Peaches join a host of local artists on the Groovin the Moo line-up.

Electronica by numbers

Caribou finds the right equation for emotion in electronica

Maths and music: Dan Snaith, AKA Caribou, sees the parallels.

BERNARD ZUEL Canadian Dan Snaith is a university academic-level mathematician, not just the electronic artist formerly known as Manitoba but for a decade now the more appropriately Canadian, Caribou.

Bali Nine vigil

Bali Nine: Megan Washington, Steve Kilbey, David Wenham headline mercy concert

Roller door: Megan Washington has a habit of brushing bad memories aside.

PETER VINCENT Some of Australia's finest musicians, performers and artists have moved quickly to organise a 'mercy concert' and candlelight vigil on Thursday evening in Sydney for convicted Bali Nine ringleaders Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.

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Whitehaven coal mine

Golden Guitar winner Luke O'Shea arrested over Whitehaven coal mine protest

Luke O'Shea and his father Rick protest the Maules Creek mine near Narrabri.

MICHAEL KOZIOL Days after winning big at the County Music Association awards in Tamworth, singer-songwriter Luke O'Shea has been arrested while demonstrating against the Whitehaven coal mine at Maules Creek.


Blink 182's Tom DeLonge 'quits', but he says it ain't so

Blink-182 singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge denies quitting the band.

Did Tom DeLonge quit Blink 182 or didn't he? Say it ain't so.

21 out of 100

Triple J Hottest 100: It's a man's world

Pop singer Sia was one of two solo female artists in the top 20, with her hit <i>Chandelier</i>.

MICHAEL KOZIOL In 'the world's biggest musical democracy', it seems women have an equal vote but not equal representation.

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Girl, 15, indecently assaulted at YG, Ty Dolla Sign concert at Enmore Theatre

police at enmore theatre

MEGAN LEVY A teenage girl was indecently assaulted at an Australia Day concert  featuring US rappers YG and Ty Dolla Sign at the Enmore Theatre, police say.

American Idol winner Phillip Phillips tries to escape 'oppressive' contract

<i>American Idol</i> winner Phillip Phillips in concert in Chicago.

MICHAEL LALLO Claiming he has been forced to work for nothing – and that he didn't even know the name of his last album until it was announced – American Idol winner Phillip Phillips is trying to escape his contract.

Demis Roussos, larger-than-life Greek singer, dies at 68

Demis Roussos at Crown Casino in Melbourne in 1998.

Greek singer Demis Roussos, best known for his hit operatic pop ballads in the 1970s and 1980s, died in Athens at the weekend aged 68.

SoundOut sonic arts event is flourishing in Canberra

The Frode Gjerstad Trio.

Daniel Sanderson For one weekend this summer the normally sedate chambers of the Drill Hall Gallery at the Australian National University will resound with some of the most intriguing musical experiments likely to be heard in Canberra this year.

Chet Faker's Talk Is Cheap wins Triple J Hottest 100

Pics of 2014 ARIA Performers. Photos supplied. Photo shows Chet Faker.

PETER VINCENT Bearded electro-soul atist Chet Faker took out the coveted no.1 spot in a contentious Hottest 100.


When it comes to trolling Triple J's Hottest 100, the winner is mockery

Can you hear the mockery from the trolls?

BERNARD ZUEL If there could be further twists in a story that overstayed its welcome within a few hours of its creation, the almost literally last minute announcement by Triple J that Taylor Swift's Shake It Off was not eligible for the Hottest 100 gave it a good try to find them.

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Complete countdown

Triple J Hottest 100: the full list

Chet Faker, who had four entries in the Hottest 100, topped the countdown with <i>Talk Is Cheap</i>.

Here is the complete list of songs in Triple J's Hottest 100 countdown of 2014.

Hottest 100

Triple J Hottest 100: Taylor Swift disqualified from countdown

Triple J, Taylor Swift

PETER VINCENT Can you hear that? It's the sound of a squillion Taylor Swift fans mobiling to express their outrage that their heroine will not feature in the Australia Day Hottest 100 

Music review: Transcendent tribute to John Coltrane classic 'A Love Supreme'

Sydney saxophonist Dale Barlow.

Reviewed by Jessica Nicholas A jazz album half a century old is still inspiring musicians today.

Triple J Hottest 100 top 10: Brisbane Times staff can't agree

Who do these punks think they are? The Smith Street Band.

Staff Reporters A celebration of diversity or a polarity of tastes?


Mark Ronson's Uptown Special shines with retro glow

Making old new again: In-demand producer Mark Ronson.

PETER VINCENT This A-list producer rallies his troops to create a pop-funk fantastic good time.


Kanye West, Paul McCartney and Rihanna unveil new song Four Five Seconds

Paul McCartney, Rihanna and Kanye West.

Now that Kanye West's fans have all familiarised themselves with this Englishman called Paul McCartney, the rapper has unveiled another track he recorded with the former Beatle.

Laneway Festival settles into Singapore with female figureheads FKA Twigs, Courtney Barnett and St Vincent

Dark minimalism: FKA Twigs' Laneway Singapore set left some in tears.

Marcus Teague Five years into its Singapore experiment, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival now appears a truly local fixture.

Laneway festival celebrates 10 years

Danny Rogers (left) and Jerome Borazio, creators of St Jerome's Laneway Festival.

ANNABEL ROSS Before Jerome Borazio launched his determinedly no-frills St Jerome's bar on Caledonian Lane back in 2004, the dingy alleyway around the corner from Myer had seen more rats than humans.


Did Triple J help or hurt its Hottest 100 with Taylor Swift silence?

Triple J, Taylor Swift

PETER VINCENT It's painful to still be discussing Taylor Swift and the Hottest 100 again, after 10 long days of gossip from fans, bloggers, journalists, mischief-makers, earnest purists and miffed musicians. But the most important voice was the one we didn't hear: that of the Triple J itself, writes Peter Vincent.

Tamworth Country Music Festival: Luke O'Shea leads Golden Guitar winners

Doyenne: Kasey Chambers was awarded Album of the Year for Bittersweet and Single of the Year for its title track.

MICHAEL KOZIOL Singer-songwriter Luke O'Shea was the big winner at the 43rd Country Music Awards, picking up three gongs including Male Artist of the Year.

Benjamin Booker's blues are worth dreaming about

 Rapid rise: Benjamin Booker says it all fell into place.

BERNARD ZUEL With a sound that is part Strokes and part old blues, this New Orleans guitarist is already being talked about as the great rock hope.

Fat Freddy's Drop return to Sydney Opera House

Welcome return: Fat Freddy's Drop play a sold-out Opera House on Australia Day.

Matt Shea The seven-headed soul monster from New Zealand will roar at the Opera House this Australia Day.

Music reviews: Pond, Charli XCX and more

Charli XCX: Superior idiosyncratic pop.

Bernard Zuel, Craig Mathieson and John Shand index here no byline


The Crate

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

Sticky Carpet

Your weekly wrap of music news.


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 Follow us at

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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