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The BRAG #710

music

Allday’s Speeding is an assured second album, bolstered by star collaborations

In a recent interview, Adelaide born and bred Allday revealed his desire to work only with people he admires, and to never make music based on album sales or Spotify plays. After one listen to his second LP, Speeding, it’s immediately clear he’s achieved both wishes. Recorded in LA, while...

Sam Sparro shares his fondest memories of George Michael ahead of an all-star SSO tribute

From the days of “Choose Life” shirts and major hairdos to his turn-of-the-century comeback and all the way up to his majestic orchestral performances, there was no pop star quite like George Michael. For singer-songwriter Sam Sparro – best known for his 2008 smash pop hit ‘Black And Gold’ –...

The death of Prince, one year later: what fan culture means in 2017

They all remember where they were when they heard the news.

Why Ásgeir turned away from the spotlight to deliver his refreshing second album, Afterglow

The Icelandic artist has found peace after being thrust onto the international stage in 2014.

Tim Rogers’ An Actor Repairs is a concept record about the end of a career (but not his own)

Tim Rogers’ new solo album, An Actor Repairs, follows the story of an elderly actor as they’re coming to terms with retirement – and perhaps doubles as a self-reflection on Rogers’ own career. An Actor Repairs is a fitting title, both musically and conceptually. The record is divided up into...

NSW Parliament to hold Sydney live music roundtable this week

The closure of Newtown Social Club on the weekend — once one of Sydney’s most viable live music venues — is emblematic of the crushing impact draconian lockout laws have had on the local live music culture over the past few years. This Wednesday, members of the NSW Parliament aim to...

St. Paul and The Broken Bones backed up from Bluesfest with a fun Sydney show

About a year ago, I was at the Metro Theatre watching All Our Exes Live In Texas support Nathaniel Rateliff. A week prior, in that same room I had witnessed St. Paul and The Broken Bones seduce an audience with more bombastic charm than a month of Billy Grahams, and...

Booker T. Jones’ Sydney tribute to Stax was an era-spanning journey through soul

Entering the Metro Theatre for this Bluesfest sideshow, Jones was smiling and sincere; a grandfatherly presence in a sharp suit.

Sydney’s Ruby Fields gets BBC radio love after blowing up on triple j

18-year-old Sydney artist Ruby Fields just received her first spin on UK radio, with BBC Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart playing her track ‘I Want’ on his show last night. The song caused a stir earlier this month when it was downloaded over a thousand times within a few hours...

Ed Sheeran back on top of the charts, but Kendrick Lamar isn’t far behind

Last week’s charts were the first time in 13 weeks that Ed Sheeran was not on top with his single ‘Shape Of You’, having been dethroned by One Direction’s Harry Styles and his track ‘Sign Of The Times’. Plenty of music fans were overjoyed, happy to see the end of...