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ANGELA MEYER | MUSIC |

Where is David Bowie now? Surprise new Berlin single reviewed

David Bowie’s re-emergence is sneaky, surprising and very exciting, as the artist has been very quiet since his worldwide tour a decade ago. Angela Meyer reviews his new album The Next Day.

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2012 Crikeys: the best in film, books, TV, theatre, music

What was the best film of 2012? The best TV show? The book you have to read, the video game you have to play, the album you have to download, the theatre you should have seen? Crikey picks the best.

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GUY RUNDLE | MUSIC |

Savile scandal probes history of dangerously free love

As the inquiries into the Jimmy Savile scandal widen, the present is cannibalising the past, to general distress. The question is: how many other people will be drawn in?

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Gotye, ignoring ‘Bono effect’, between rangers and hunters

Wally De Backer — AKA musician Gotye — provides star power to an NGO that supports wildlife rangers around the world. He speaks to Crikey on the ethics of celebrities getting involved in charities.

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Crikey Blogs | MUSIC |

W H Chong’s favourite podcasts of 2012

Weekly sex advice, fortnightly language discussions, fashion tips and yacking about movies. W H Chong writes on his favourite podcasts of 2012.

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BEN ELTHAM | MUSIC |

Govt kills the (community) radio stars, stations fear

Community radio — which plays more Australian music than commercial rivals — relies on a government-funded project to put tracks to air. But will that money be there in 2013?

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Exiled punk rockers are just the beginning in Putin’s Russia

Terrible conditions inside Russian prison colonies and a bust-up with lawyers. Russian-born freelance journalist Sasha Petrova discovers that things aren’t looking so good for punk band Pussy Riot.

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Crikey Blogs | MUSIC |

Art, pop and politics: Ai Wei Wei does Gangnam Style

Ai Wei Wei is a great example of an artist being able to repurpose anything to his uses. Gangnam Style’s jangly unsettling quality suits perfectly Wei’s requirements, writes W H Chong.

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Solid Rock: white man’s song, white man’s gig

Julia Winterflood attended the celebration for an iconic song about Aboriginal dispossession at Uluru — and found a sea of white people taking photos with their iPhones.

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Crikey Blogs | MUSIC |

A drawing a day: the fevered beauty of Patrick White’s debut novel

Patrick White’s sensational first novel Happy Valley is back in print, and W H Chong marks the occasion by drawing the acclaimed author — before the craggy face and glowering aura of Nobelhood.

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BEN ELTHAM | MUSIC |

Two-speed performing arts sector drags down attendance

New data released by the Australia Council confirms stagnating audiences for the nation’s largest performing arts organisations. But companies say it’s not as bad as it looks.

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MUSIC |

Rock of ages, except us teenagers who can’t hear the music

Liquor licensing laws lock out minors from their favourite music gigs. Josh Thorburn, a 16-year-old music fan in Melbourne, reckons the industry is losing a generation of fans like him.

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BEN ELTHAM | MUSIC |

Performing arts audiences stagnating: Crikey analysis

A major new analysis of public source attendance data for Australian performing arts companies published today by Crikey reveals stagnating audiences across the sector.

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BEN ELTHAM | MUSIC |

The day the music died (in store) goes to retail woes

Musicians and music lovers may have a fondness for their bricks-and-mortar stores, but the demise of Allans Billy Hyde shows music is not immune from the changes sweeping retail.

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A tropical musical feast in Townsville

On the Great Barrier Reef’s most beautiful island, a feast of world-class music. It sounds like a fantasy, but the Australian Festival of Chamber Music has never been conventional, writes Alison Cotes.

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Russia’s feminist punk ‘hooligans’ charting their own path

Courtney Love might not like P-ssy Riot, but the Russian “militant, feminist, street rock” act — three of whom face jail in Moscow — fights a worthy cause. Andrew Newman writes from Berlin.

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ANDREW CROOK | MUSIC |

Music site deaf to mental health concerns in Jack White controversy

Australian music site Tone Deaf has been forced to spike a story mocking a fragile Jack White fan as the millionaire singer’s promoters went to ground over the onstage rant that sparked the furore.

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Crikey Blogs | MUSIC |

At the bus stop, W H Chong decodes The Voice

Encountering a backlit bus stop advertisement for Channel 9’s smash hit The Voice, Culture Mulcher and Voice aficionado W H Chong applies his designer scalpel to the show’s poster and album art.

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BEN ELTHAM | MUSIC |

Bum notes in Australian music education

The troubles of the Australian National University’s music school are merely a symptom of a wider funding problem across the creative arts, write Ben Eltham and Luke Jaaniste.

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Crikey Blogs | MUSIC |

The Miles Franklin Countdown: Tony Birch’s Blood

Tony Birch’s Miles Franklin contender Blood is a dark, brutal and troubling story with the underlying quality of a classical children’s fairytale. It’s an Australian novel that isn’t suffused with “Australian-ness,” writes Bethanie Blanchard.

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Crikey Blogs | MUSIC |

A look at the language of Eurovision

Aside from the smoke machines, flame throwers, knickers and beards, Eurovision offered plenty to be engaged by — including choice of language and the linguistic quality each performance, writes Lauren Gawne.

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