Australian music

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Mo’Ju: Oro, Plata, Mata review – ambitious neo-soul takes on capitalism and catastrophe
The Filipino Wiradjuri rapper’s tightly written fourth album shows an artist entering the prime of their career

Andrew Stafford

24, Mar, 2023 @11:00 PM

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Symphonies reach parity: how female Australian composers made themselves heard
The country’s two most esteemed orchestras achieve 50% female representation for new compositions as years of lobbying, quotas and mentorship pay off

Kelly Burke

16, Mar, 2023 @2:00 PM

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The rise and rise of Ruel: ‘Fame gives you the worst main character syndrome’
Described by Elton John as an ‘astonishing’ talent, Ruel earned his first platinum record at the age of 16. Now 20, he’s one of the biggest artists in Australian pop

Katie Cunningham

03, Mar, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Tia Gostelow, RVG and Daine: Australia’s best new music for March
Each month our critics pick 20 new songs for 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

Andrew Stafford, Shaad D'Souza, Michael Sun, Isabella Trimboli and Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen

03, Mar, 2023 @2:00 PM

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‘I can be part of the conversation’: singer-songwriter Jen Cloher on embracing their Māori heritage
With haka chants and ancient proverbs, the Australian musician connected deeply with Māori culture for their new album – another personal reckoning after understanding their gender identity

Andrew Stafford

02, Mar, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Bluesfest removes Sticky Fingers from lineup after boycotts and backlash
Director says narrative around Sydney band is ‘difficult to accept’ but festival can no longer support them

Kelly Burke

02, Mar, 2023 @6:58 AM

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King Stingray ‘unbelievably stoked’ to win $30,000 Australian Music prize for debut album
Yolŋu surf rockers claim prestigious prize previously awarded to the likes of Genesis Owusu, the Avalanches and Courtney Barnett

Sian Cain

01, Mar, 2023 @8:20 AM

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Paul Kelly: ‘I never heard back from Shane Warne – maybe he didn’t like the reference to his mother’
The prolific songwriter and huge sports fan has a new compilation packed with songs about famous figures – including Warne, Adam Goodes and Eddie Betts

Andrew Stafford

23, Feb, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Sampa the Great pulls out of Bluesfest, joining King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
Musicians protest inclusion of Sticky Fingers, whose singer Dylan Frost has been dogged by controversy since allegations about his behaviour arose in 2016

Kelly Burke

23, Feb, 2023 @12:19 AM

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‘In it for the ride’: who are Voyager, the synth-metal band representing Australia at Eurovision?
Lead singer Daniel Estrin reveals how a group of Perth students obsessed with melodic metal have made it to a Eurovision semi-final to be watched by millions

Rafqa Touma

22, Feb, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Perth band Voyager to represent Australia at Eurovision 2023 with synth-metal anthem Promise
Persistence pays off for WA quintet, who have had their sights set on song contest since 2015

Rafqa Touma

22, Feb, 2023 @12:02 AM

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Jack Colwell: Some Things Last a Long Time by Daniel Johnston is the most perfect song of all time
Since soundtracking his first heartbreak, the Sydney singer has kept the emotionally fragile song by the cult US songwriter close to his chest on his quest for true love

Jack Colwell

19, Feb, 2023 @2:00 PM

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