Australian music

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Gang of Youths, Courtney Barnett and Barkaa: Australia’s best new music for December
Each month we add 20 new songs to our Spotify playlist. Read about 10 of our favourites here – and subscribe on Spotify, which updates with the full list at the start of each month

Nathan Jolly

05, Dec, 2021 @4:30 PM

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‘Unapologetically truthful and unapologetically Blak’: Australia bows down to Barkaa
After overcoming personal tragedy, the rapper has clawed her way back – with a politically potent debut EP dedicated to First Nations women

Janine Israel

28, Nov, 2021 @4:30 PM

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From Bert at the Logies to Kylie at the Arias: how well do you know Australian awards ceremony moments?
Test your knowledge of the most delightfully infamous moments from Australian awards ceremonies in our quick quiz

Clem Bastow

26, Nov, 2021 @7:00 PM

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Daniel Johns and the fame trap: get famous enough to buy back the freedom you once had | Brigid Delaney
The anxiety that results from extreme fame can become a prison, but it can be escaped

Brigid Delaney

25, Nov, 2021 @4:30 PM

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The time has come: Midnight Oil announces final tour early next year
Peter Garrett, Rob Hirst and company will use their Resist final Australian tour to call for urgent climate action

Kelly Burke

25, Nov, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Arias 2021: Genesis Owusu, the Kid Laroi and Budjerah dominate Australia’s biggest music awards
Australia’s most popular music awards night was a celebration of diverse artists – but relegated to a mostly pre-recorded stream for the second year in a row

Kelly Burke

24, Nov, 2021 @9:39 AM

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Warumpi Band’s trail-blazing legacy: ‘We just wanted to give our music to everybody’
The Indigenous rock pioneers began as a spirited covers band in outback Northern Territory. The release of their earliest known recording takes surviving members back to their desert roots

Andrew Stafford

19, Nov, 2021 @7:00 PM

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From Sticky Gecko to Sleepytime: how well do you know Bluey?
Biscuits! How well do you know the world of Australia’s most beloved cartoon? Test your Bluey knowledge in our quick quiz – for real life!

Andrew P Street

19, Nov, 2021 @7:00 PM

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Coalition rejects bid to Covid-proof Australia’s live performance sector
Morrison government recommends against bill that would provide insurance guarantee to guard against cancellations

Kelly Burke

19, Nov, 2021 @6:02 AM

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‘We’re ready for anything’: Sydney festival 2022 unveils full program
Festivalgoers can choose indoor, outdoor or stay-at-home events, as mass concerts, bold installations and world-premiere theatre set to take over city in January

Kelly Burke

16, Nov, 2021 @7:00 PM

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The Kid Laroi named artist of the year at 2021 National Indigenous Music awards
JK-47 claims award for debut album, Budjerah crowned best new talent and Miiesha wins song of the year for Damaged

Janine Israel

14, Nov, 2021 @8:05 AM

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Flowerkid: ‘I was so little and all I could think was that I was a sinner. I was going to hell’
The Australian artist’s debut EP grapples with toxic masculinity and shame. Recorded while he transitioned, listening back feels like time-travel

Brodie Lancaster

10, Nov, 2021 @4:30 PM

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