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Mercury rising?

Sacha Baron Cohen to direct Freddie Mercury biopic rumour may be false

Freddie Mercury: a biopic has been in the works for seven years.

KARL QUINN 10:51am The on-again off-again pairing of Borat and Freddie Mercury may or may not be on again.


Las Vegas awards

Destiny's Child reunites on Las Vegas stage

Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland and Beyonce reunite during the 30th Annual Stellar Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada.

8:34am A reunited Destiny's Child took the stage at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards on Saturday as singer Erica Campbell took home six awards, including the night's top honor.

The art of The NOISE

The NOISE String Quartet: from left, Mirabai Peart (violin), Veronique Serret (violin), James Eccles (viola), Oliver Miller (cello). Note: This concert will feature Liisa Pallandi on violin instead of Mirabai Peart.

RON CERABONA 11:45pm The ANU School of Music's 2015 Ensemble in Residence is a string quartet with a difference.

How P-Funk's George Clinton survived a spaceship, acid and giant nappies

By George: The faces of George Clinton.

George Clinton hung out in a mock spaceship, wore a giant nappy, took a lot of acid and survived to tell the tale.

Beach Boy Brian Wilson returns with Zooey Deschanel and Kacey Musgraves, among others

Optimistic: Brian Wilson.

BERNARD ZUEL No Beach Boys for Brian Wilson on this album but he's not flying this thing alone - expect some unexpected guests.

Laura Marling and Matthew E White album, and Kim Gordon memoir, reviews

BERNARD ZUEL I wonder if Laura Marling or Matthew E. White have read Kim Gordon's new memoir, Girl in a Band. It seems to me that some of Gordon's aesthetic is part of their musical and non-musical lives.

Ukulele star Daniel Ho to perform at National Folk Festival in Canberra

Ukulele star Daniel Ho is performing at the National Folk Festival.

CHRIS JOHNSON Daniel Ho hopes to string along a new generation of ukelele fans at the National Folk Festival, writes Chris Johnson.


CSO: Tribute to Jean Sibelius with Symphony No. 5 in Canberra

Edward King.

Janet Wilson Cellist Edward King is a big drawcard for the Canberra Symphony Orchestra's first concert of 2015 that commemorates the 150th anniversary of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

Paul Mac and Mikelangelo albums reviewed

City of Dreams by Mikelangelo.

Paris Pompor, John Shand Reviews of Holiday From Me by Paul Mac and City of Dreams by Mikelangelo.

One Direction

Zayn Malik breaks silence on his One Direction departure

Zayn Malik

Zayn Malik, the now ex-One Direction heart-throb has broken his silence over why the left the world's biggest boy band.

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Master of invention Paul Kelly in Perth to show off stunning new sound

Paul Kelly returns to West Coast Blues 'N' Roots, six years after he last appeared at the Fremantle based festival

Jim Kellar In his latest project, The Merri Soul Sessions, he’s courted females to sing his words, with stunning results.

Shortlist album reviews: Felicity Fox, Dan Deacon, Seasick Steve, Josh Kyle and Sam Keevers and 8 Ball Aitken

Seasick Steve: <i>Sonic Soul Surfer</i>.

BERNARD ZUEL We take new releases from Felicity Fox, Dan Deacon, Seasick Steve, Josh Kyle and Sam Keevers and 8 Ball Aitken for a spin.

Sarah Blasko and Nick Wales write a 'not-song' for Sydney Dance Company

Singer/songwriter Sarah Blasko.

MICHAEL DWYER Sarah Blasko and Nick Wales' were pushed to make Pain Is A Number "more abstract" and yet suitable for dance.

Cruising to the beat with Peter Noone, the Searchers or the Troggs

Something good: Peter Noone is on board.

MICHAEL DWYER Classic '60s musicians are the latest hit on live music holiday cruises.

Melbourne Bach Choir's Easter joke passed in for traditional score

Rich Prakhoff will conduct the Melbourne Bach Orchestra.

MICHAEL DWYER The Melbourne Bach Choir decided the title "Up, Up and Away" for this year's performance "might be a bit disrespectful."

Bluesfest's young side

Bluesfest 2015: Hunter Hayes and Paolo Nutini do justice to blues legends in the lineup

Paolo Nutini  plays Bluefest April 2-6.

PETER VINCENT Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini was 17 when he first wandered into the artist's off-stage hangout at Bluesfest and spotted his idol, Rodriguez.


Partying ways

Was Zayn Malik forced out of One Direction because of his partying?

Zayn Malik.

PETER VINCENT A claim has been made that One Direction's shock escapee Zayn Malik was effectively forced out of the world's biggest boy band over his excessive partying.

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Album reviews: Deena, the Gin Club, Sarah Humphreys, Zun Zun Egui and Steven Wilson

Deena: Black Cat

BERNARD ZUEL We take new releases from Deena, the Gin Club, Sarah Humphreys, Zun Zun Egui and Steven Wilson

The Prodigy's new album, The Day Is My Enemy, driven by creative frustration

Electronic pioneers: The Prodigy have been around for 25 years.

Jane Rocca The first single of their new album gives a taste of the electronic violence that ensues.

Take Me To Church takes Hozier into a very weird world

Reflective: Hozier aka Andrew Hozier-Byrne.

BERNARD ZUEL Having a hit with a gay rights song means you will get the deepest and the stupidest questions.

Shortlist album reviews, March 26

The Prodigy's <i>The Day is my Enemy</i>.

Shortlist album reviews, March 27: The Prodigy, Death Cab For Cutie, Gretchen Peters, Jeff The Brotherhood, Love Of Diagrams

How Alabama Shakes's Brittany Howard went from mailwoman to hot property

Alabama Shakes (from left) Heath Fogg, Zac Cockrell, Brittany Howard and Steve Johnson.

CRAIG MATHIESON The compelling frontwoman for American rock band Alabama Shakes, talks about touring and success and how the hell it happened to kids from a small town.

Los Chicos rises above image and brings Spanish rock'n'roll to Melbourne

First impressions: Spanish band Los Chicos is performing in Australia in April.

Patrick Emery After a gig in the English city of Norwich in 2009, a woman introducing herself as Led Zeppelin's former stylist offered Spanish rock'n'roll band Los Chicos some blunt advice.

Top gigs in Sydney March 27-April 2: Vance Joy, Jurassic 5, Hozier, Rod Stewart, Train

Before he takes off to support Taylor Swift on her US tour, Vance Joy is playing a sold out show at the Enmore Theatre on March 27.

Bronwyn Thompson From local pop phenomenon Vance Joy to the awesome Jurassic 5 and shiny new thing Hozier, we have the week in gigs covered.

Sticky Carpet: Success for Sia


Mary Mihelakos Sticky Carpet: APRA winners, Peninsula Picnic, Child album launch, Oh Mercy and more

The Crate: the Yardbirds, I Wish You Would (1964)

The Yardbirds' <i>I Wish You Would</i>.

CHRIS JOHNSTON The Crate: The Yardbirds, I Wish You Would (1964)

CD review: Presence - Blow

Presence's <i>Blow</i>.

Geoff Page Most members of this well-known Melbourne jazz quintet have been playing together for a couple of decades.

Music review: Sally Greenaway - Aubade & Nocturne

Sally Greenaway: Aubade & Nocturne

Arne Sjostedt A view into the many facets  of the Australian pianist and composer.

Tuned In: The hidden dangers of record shopping

Simon Tatz The songs remain the same - but sometimes finding them proves tough going.


The Crate

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

Sticky Carpet

Your weekly wrap of music news.


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.

Fans gets an earful at Soundwave 2015

With the mercury rising, heavy metal and hard rock fans tuned into Slash, Marilyn Manson, Judas Priest, and The Treatment among others while Getty Images photographer Paul Rovere found the first day's highlights between a rock and a hard place.

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.

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