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HELEN RAZER | MUSIC |

In the name of cash: U2′s Apple virus

Saint Bono has descended from on high to deliver us the fruits of his labours (without asking). But it was the slightly larger iPhone that got the groupies.

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HELEN RAZER | MUSIC | 10 UNLOCK?

Razer’s Class Warfare: Apple a cruel industrialist in Hillsong Jesus clothing

The emotional incontinence of idiot tech journalists as they fetishise graven images (read: iPhones and Apple Watches) glorifies a god (read: cult leader) that is not as benevolent as it seems.

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MUSIC |

David Bowie is … at it again

The construction of the David Bowie narrative continues with David Bowie is, a new exhibition celebrating 50 years of one of the era’s most influential artists, writes Peter Farnan.

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MUSIC |

Rewritten by machine on new technology: on the musical edge

At a recent music conference, composer, performer and teacher Peter Farman found himself entranced by abstract sounds that challenge how we understand, shape and interpret what we hear.

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MUSIC |

No place for artists in online copyright debate

John Ferris from Ministry of Sound Australia disagrees with the suggestion that filesharing will stop if content makers “just make stuff available”.

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RAY GILL | MUSIC |

Art for silvertails? Opera called to account

A review of four government-funded opera companies around Australia should revitalise this adventurous and resilient art form and find new ways to engage more artists and audiences.

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MUSIC |

Jim Keays: a Master before his time

The death of Masters Apprentices frontman Jim Keays signalled the end of an era for fans of early Aussie rock, writes Peter Farnan.

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HELEN RAZER | MUSIC |

Misogyny not to blame for Santa Barbara massacre

We love the narrative that blames a current cultural ill (loose morals, video games, a controversial book, misogyny) for random acts of inexplicable horror. But this narrative is completely wrong.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | MUSIC |

Skal! The Eurovision drinking game

Fantastisk, Eurovision is finally here! Denmark is hosting this year’s comp, which has all the key changes, wind machines and ethnic dress you could wish for. So print out our Crikey Eurovision Drinking Game 2014 and skol.

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MUSIC |

The Sandpit: Casey Bennetto in song

What does it take to be a Modern Man? Singer-songwriter-funny-bugger Casey Bennetto enters the Crikey Sandpit to lay down a tune on the week in politics …

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GUY RUNDLE | MUSIC |

Vale Pete Seeger, who had a song to sing all over this land

The death of the iconic American singer/activist at the age of 94 recalls a century of struggle, both long gone and still living, says Crikey’s writer-at-large.

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HELEN RAZER | MUSIC |

Razer’s defence of Triple J: it’s all in the mix, and the kids like it

The arguments against ABC youth station Triple J — from people too old and too white to be making them — are back in print. A former JJJ presenter mounts a more knowledgeable defence.

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MUSIC |

The Ring looked more like cheap bling

Tacky stage design of the Ring disappointed audiences and would have benefited from a single artist’s vision, writes critic and historian Ian Britain.

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GUY RUNDLE | MUSIC |

You don’t get Lou Reed

Lou Reed was an outsider, and those who listen to the Velvet Underground on their Bose sound systems on their quarter-acre blocks will never understand.

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Crikey Blogs | MUSIC |

Music review: Cinematic Orchestra, Hamer Hall, Melbourne

The Cinematic Orchestra played for one magical night during the Melbourne Festival, with every member brought something dazzling to the stage of Hamer Hall.

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MUSIC |

Why the blokey music industry is out of tune

Is the music industry sexist? There’s plenty of women in the business, but they’re not being represented, writes former music critic and MusicNSW executive officer Kirsty Brown.

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MUSIC |

A discordant sound travels from Wagga to world stages

Mat Schulz found a place where experimental music was brought into the fold in the Polish city of Krakow. Sanjay Fernandes catches up with him in Germany.

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MUSIC |

Radio’s ‘bullshit’ quotas are holding back Aussie music: exec

Annual music industry talk-fest Big-Sound is wrapping up, and the talk was of local content requirements for commercial radio, plus what the Abbott government will (or won’t) do to help the domestic music industry.

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Crikey Blogs | MUSIC |

Paul Kelly on Dr. Yunupingu: ‘thank you, brother, long may you dance’

On the weekend musician Paul Kelly gave a touching four and a half minute tribute to late Yothu Yindi frontman Dr. Yunupingu. The Northern Myth publishes the transcript.

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Crikey Blogs | MUSIC |

DVD review: Soul of America — music and stories to feel good

Despite technical imperfection, the rags to riches story of soul artist Charles Bradley is an inspiring a portrait of a man who clearly loves life and humanity, writes James Rose.

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MARGOT SAVILLE | MUSIC |

Feeling around in the dark, Walsh finds more shocking art

Hobart’s Dark Mofo arts festival, which runs till the Winter Solstice (June 23), is a celebration of the dark through large-scale public art, food and music, as well as “light and noise”.

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Crikey Blogs | MUSIC |

Garrett and Snowdon pay tribute to late Yothu Yindi singer

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CATHY ALEXANDER | MUSIC |

Live music face-off: Lee Rhiannon v Peter Garrett

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and frontbencher Peter Garrett vied for dominance in an upstairs downstairs feud over live music on Friday night. So who won?

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Crikey Blogs | MUSIC |

Vale Yothu Yindi singer M. Yunupingu

M. Yunupingu, former lead singer of Yothu Yindi, has passed away in his Northern Territory home. Bob Gosford pays tribute to a vibrant and influential Australian.

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MARGOT SAVILLE | MUSIC |

Pollies, in shirtsleeves, hold forth with Sydney lit clique

Opposition communications minister Malcolm Turnbull and shadow treasurer Joe Hockey were in fine form at the Sydney Writers’ Festival — and might even have gone off script.

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