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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.

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 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.

music August 4, 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 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 29, 2017

Composer and Oscar winner Hans Zimmer finds new audiences

Composer Hans Zimmer’s monumental soundscapes have won him an Oscar for The Lion King and powered Christopher Nolan’s films, but their rapturous reception at rock music festival Coachella took even him by surprise.

music April 1, 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.

music March 4, 2017

The Magnetic Fields’ ‘50 Song Memoir’

Composing a song for every year of Stephin Merritt’s life has resulted in The Magnetic Fields’ eclectic five-album tour de force, 50 Song Memoir.

music February 25, 2017

Malian singer Inna Modja on the activism in her music

As a model and fledgling pop star, Inna Modja kept her personal story to herself. But as her profile grew, so did her passion to speak out.

music January 28, 2017

Cherry Glazerr’s ‘Apocalipstick’

With a sharp and unpredictable songwriter, LA’s new wave pop trio Cherry Glazerr are walking in the footsteps of Blondie.