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Music December 16, 2017
The 2017 Australian Music Prize
The chair of the Australian Music Prize judging panel presents his highlights of this year’s album longlist.
Music October 28, 2017
Electronic band Kllo draw listeners in to their downbeat soul with intricate melodies and meticulous sound design.
Music November 17, 2017
Mavis Staples’ ‘If All I Was Was Black’
Teaming once more with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples has produced a powerful new album. But, says the veteran performer, her heart aches as she rails still against the racial division she’s been fighting for decades.
Music October 13, 2017
St. Vincent’s ‘MASSEDUCTION’
Annie Clark’s latest St. Vincent album, MASSEDUCTION, is an instant classic, delivering an often dark and desolate vision rendered with a glistening pop sheen.
Life September 23, 2017
Bigsound Music Festival
A ‘sense of duty’ took the author to the Bigsound music festival, but it was the talent of up-and-coming artists that truly ignited his passion.
Music August 26, 2017
Randy Newman’s ‘Dark Matter’
Randy Newman’s career spans decades of sharp social observations wrapped in songs drawing on the modern American songbook. His latest album suggests comparisons from Elmore Leonard to Rashomon.
Music August 04, 2017
‘Jen Cloher’ review
That Jen Cloher’s inventive fourth album is self-titled reflects its personal themes, as she writes with candour about her relationship and her place in the world.
Music June 17, 2017
Big Thief’s ‘Capacity’
The lean sound of Big Thief’s second album Capacity is a stripped-back platform for songwriter Adrianne Lenker to build on the promise of their celebrated debut.
Culture May 27, 2017
Songwriter Jimmy Webb on his partnership with Glen Campbell
As his main muse, Glen Campbell, delivers a final album, songwriter Jimmy Webb looks back at his own career in which he delivered some of American popular music’s best-loved songs.
Music May 20, 2017
Coldcut and On-U Sound’s ‘Outside the Echo Chamber’
A collaboration between dance and dub legends Coldcut and On-U Sound delivers an impressively forward-thinking reggae album, with stellar contributions from Roots Manuva, Ce’Cile and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.
Music April 29, 2017
Sylvan Esso’s ‘What Now’
On What Now, North Carolinian electronic duo Sylvan Esso successfully meld voice and instruments in a way that dissolves the distinction.
Music April 01, 2017
Polish Club’s ‘Alright Already’
For all the bands who think they know rock’n’roll, Sydney duo Polish Club use their debut album to prove they actually do.