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Posted 19 Mar 2017 @ 10:00am

There are many reasons why people turn to comedy. A broken home, a failed life of crime. Premature taxidermy explosion.


Perhaps they stared into the abyss and the abyss giggled coquettishly. Perhaps it’s as Eric Idle suggests in The Road To Mars, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will make me go in a corner and cry by myself for hours,” and it’s a way of healing...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 1:10pm

40 years ago, the Waratah Festival underwent something of a rebirth.


It was a far cry from Sydney Festival as we know it today – a three-week spectacle of hundreds of artists across hundreds of performances, from a variety of disciplines and nationalities – but the ethos has always been celebration and discovery; not just of Sydney and its relationship to the world, but...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 4:39pm

In September this year, Billy Bragg received the Spirit Of Americana/Free Speech In Music Award at the Americana Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee.


It’s undoubtedly a big honour for anyone, and particularly so for a British musician. But Bragg’s suitability for the award couldn’t be denied. He’s perhaps best known for his contemporary protest songs, while his admiration of...

Posted 13 Aug 2016 @ 10:00am

Ben Folds’ latest record, So There, was made in conjunction with New York-based chamber ensemble yMusic, who co-arranged the songs and contributed much of the album’s instrumentation.


The classically oriented sextet has previously worked with Dirty Projectors and José González, as well as recording compositions by the likes of Nico Muhly and Sufjan Stevens. Prior to teaming up...

Posted 11 May 2016 @ 9:00am

Who says David Bowie is dead?


It certainly doesn’t feel like he is. Spend any time talking to one of the musician’s many devoted fans and it’s almost like the man has simply taken a long overdue vacation. He’s distant, rather than gone, and there’s the palpable sense that he might still be able to surprise us – as though a new album might drop any day.



Posted 23 Apr 2016 @ 10:00am

It’s a fitting time to be chatting with Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, female lead of Icelandic juggernauts Of Monsters And Men.


We have recently farewelled the triple j Hottest 100 for another year, but back in 2012 the band was just pipped for the number one position by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Even so, ‘Little Talks’ cemented Of Monsters And Men’s presence not just in...

Posted 29 Jan 2016 @ 12:00pm

José González has put out three albums under his own name in the past 12 years.


Four years separated his breakthrough debut, 2003’s Veneer, and its follow-up, 2007’s In Our Nature. A further seven-and-a-half years separated the latter with last February’s Vestiges & Claws. Of course, the gaps were filled in González’s own way – heavy touring, two albums with Junip (the band...

Posted 11 Nov 2015 @ 9:00am

Six albums into his career, Kurt Vile has never been the sort of guy to attempt dramatic reinvention with each new release. While the Philadelphian songwriter is one of this decade’s most consistent performers, in Vile’s world things change merely by degrees. 


For instance, compare his latest album B’lieve I’m Goin Down… to its predecessor, Wakin On A Pretty Daze. There’s...

Posted 1 Oct 2015 @ 11:58am

English electronic musician Four Tet will make his Sydney Opera House debut in 2016, bringing with him an exclusive live 3D light experience and a must-see live performance.


With the lights and space of the Concert Hall at the Opera House at his disposal, Kieren Hebden AKA Four Tet will no doubt leave his Sydney audience in awe. The genre-hopping producer has built his chops on...

Posted 6 May 2015 @ 9:00am

The operator tells us she is sorry to interrupt the conversation, but we’re out of time. That may be so, but I doubt her sincerity; her voice is far too friendly for remorse. Tunde Adebimpe isn’t having a bar of it either, and so the interview with the TV On The Radio frontman wheels on for another 30 minutes, spanning his not-quite-prodigious childhood, the heroes that still inspire him,...


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