Australian music

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Troye Sivan cleans up at the Arias as artists get political with calls for ceasefire
Pop sensation wins best song and best solo star, while best album winner Genesis Owusu chants ‘ceasefire now’ in acceptance speech

Katie Cunningham

15, Nov, 2023 @10:01 AM

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The Kid Laroi: The First Time review – angsty debut has moments of thrilling intensity
This highly anticipated first album blends scorching lyrics and huge vocals with some jarringly by-numbers songs

Shaad D'Souza

09, Nov, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Tkay Maidza: Sweet Justice review – an intoxicating album from a chameleonic rapper
Eclectic, bold and ambitious, Maidza’s second album flirts with many genres and reveals something different with every listen

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen

02, Nov, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Party Dozen, Jamie Marina Lau and Troye: Australia’s best new music for November
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

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

02, Nov, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Mutiny in Heaven: The Birthday Party review – documentary is a warts-and-all sonic assault
Portrait of post-punk band’s debauched journey from Melbourne to London is a scuzzy time capsule filled with juicy revelations about Nick Cave and co

Luke Buckmaster

29, Oct, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Australian rap pioneers OneFour v the police: ‘They haven’t had to answer for anything’
A new Netflix documentary captures the western Sydney drill group’s ongoing conflict with law enforcement. At its premiere earlier this month, the same tensions emerged

Kish Lal

29, Oct, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Angie McMahon: Light, Dark, Light Again review – delicate album packs an emotional punch
A quiet determination pervades the Melbourne singer’s beautiful second album, filled with earnest incantations that soothe like a balm

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen

26, Oct, 2023 @2:00 PM

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The Birthday Party: the danger, drugs and rancour behind Nick Cave’s post-punk band
In his explosive new documentary Mutiny in Heaven, director Ian White explores the contradictions at the heart of the menacing Melbourne band destined for self-destruction

Andrew Stafford

25, Oct, 2023 @2:00 PM

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SXSW Sydney’s music program: did the Austin festival survive in a city averse to nightlife?
Between the stuffy industry showcases, branded activations and early curfews, the festival after dark could be surprisingly fun. If only more people could experience it

Jared Richards

23, Oct, 2023 @1:17 AM

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Silverchair’s Ben Gillies and Chris Joannou on rifts, Daniel Johns and finding closure: ‘We’re still in indefinite hibernation’
The two former bandmates reflect on their ‘brutally honest’ memoir, life after superstardom and why grievances about songwriting credits remain unresolved

Nathan Jolly

20, Oct, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Australia’s live music scene ‘decimated’, with 1,300 venues lost since pandemic
Apra Amcos boss calls for tax incentives to revive the sector, after report reveals number of venues for small to medium gigs shrank by a third over three years

Kelly Burke

20, Oct, 2023 @1:55 AM

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The Eighty-Six festival: why the Melbourne tram line that inspired Courtney Barnett is throwing a party
Local and international acts including Built to Spill, Bright Eyes and Warpaint will cram venues along the 86 route for a new festival that showcases the city’s long musical lineage

Brodie Lancaster

17, Oct, 2023 @2:00 PM

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