June, 2017

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Hobart: It’s DARK, it’s MOFO

, Jun 16, 2017

It's winter in Tasmania and the harvest is performance art garnished with Goth.
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Dylan’s Nobel: Pointless and Stupid:

, Oct 18, 2016

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The Nobel Prize Committee is out of its depth.
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Purple Reign

, Apr 22, 2016

(Never) growing up with Prince.
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The Voice Grand Final, INXS and Why-y-y-y

, Aug 28, 2015

And the winning contestant is . . . plus, how to show respect to INXS' sublime "Never Tear Us Apart".
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Poe Ballantine, recording angel of the American underbelly

, Jul 28, 2015

Poe Ballantine is a great blues writer: he can make you laugh while his heart is breaking.
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The Voice: best of the Blinds

, Jul 10, 2015

"Catfight", tragedy, youthful beauty, scat power. As they say with a wink, Who would you turn for?
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A Beach Boy and the Mystery of Art

, Jun 30, 2015

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The excellent 'Love and Mercy', not only offers the story of Beach Boy Brian Wilson, it wonders about the mystery of art, and why we need, and do, it.
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The Joy of House Concerts

, Jan 23, 2015

Sick of sticky carpet? Experience the joy of a house concert. The wonderful instrumentalists, The String Contingent, will be playing houses here and there over the next few weeks. Or find a house concert near you.
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Music: Top Songs of 2013

, Dec 09, 2013

Our music man Josh Durham picks the best songs of the year and tells us why.
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Wagner Wrap: Götterdämmerung, gotta boomerang?

, Nov 28, 2013

Now that Melbourne's Ring has been levelled after the climactic immolation, Ian Britain inspects the ashes and entrails. State Theatre until 6 December.
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Chilly outside, searing inside (Die Walküre)

, Nov 22, 2013

Turbans, velvet and leather, and that's just the audience. But as Brünhilde and Co attain searing intensity, costumes can go to blazes. By Ian Britain.
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Wagner in Melbourne: tall-poppy-lopping

, Nov 20, 2013

Ian Britain attends "Das Rheingold" and notes the triumph of the demotic -- the audience is t-shirts over stuffed shirts and the lady sings in a beige tweed suit.
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It’s Velvet, Underground

, Oct 28, 2013

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Why Lou Reed mattered.
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Election 2013: Hits & Missives (a soundtrack)

, Sep 02, 2013

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An election mix tape curated by JOSH DURHAM. There's something for everyone. Rockin' in the free world, yeah!

Treaty

, Jun 03, 2013

Dance again to Yothu Yindi's "Treaty." Treaty Yeh!
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They Might Be Giants (but they are definitely geniuses)

, Apr 24, 2013

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TMBG, the brainiest, and oldest, pop group out of Lincoln, Massachusetts return to Australia. Playing Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide ... and Bendigo.
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The Music of Sound (Matthew Herbert’s revolution)

, Apr 10, 2013

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"There’s a fundamental revolution in music in that it’s now a documentary when for four million years it was impressionism." Matthew Herbert at the Melbourne Recital Centre, 8, 12, 13 April. Plus, the "Age" review reviewed.
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Necks to God

, Feb 01, 2013

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Loved it: The Necks at The Corner, Richmond. Part of a national tour.
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That’s Mr Genius to you

, Jan 31, 2013

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Liked it: Perfume Genius at the Northcote Social Club. (Performs across Australia in the St Jerome's Laneway Festival.)
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Music 2012: favourites

, Dec 17, 2012

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How good is "Video Games"? The best. How good is Ai Weiwei as a dancer? How gay is pop in 2012?