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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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Crikey Blogs | MUSIC |

Eurovision: a veritable feast for lovers of language

In addition to the wacky tunes and party time atmosphere, Eurovision is a great chance for linguistic nerds to observe flamboyant lesser-known European languages, writes Lauren Gawne.

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Crikey Blogs | MUSIC |

Concert review: They Might Be Giants (and they were)

They Might Be Giants would be pop kings except for one factor: their brains are too big. Needless to say, their concert in Melbourne rocked, writes W H Chong.

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MUSIC |

Front row or death row: Chrissy Amphlett was the first and the best

Chrissy Amphlett blasted the door open for women who didn’t want to be demure. Her legacy in Australian rock will live on long after her death from cancer yesterday, writes journalist (and fan) Andrew Stafford.

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ANDREW CROOK | MUSIC |

Songs that celebrate the Iron Lady’s death

The Iron Lady found herself in the lyrics of many UK songs over the years, from Morrissey to raps about the 1981 anti-unemployment riot. Crikey chronicles the best of them.

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Crikey Blogs | MUSIC |

Nick Cave and the bird seeds: reflecting on use of birds in Cave’s writing

Use of birds in Nick Cave’s writing runs the full spectrum, from pestilent purveyors of gloom to bright-winged messengers of love. Bob Gosford ponders Cave’s lyrical aviary.

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BEN ELTHAM | MUSIC |

Digital killed the community radio stars? Conroy’s fight with DJs

Community radio broadcasters around Australia say government funding to make the digital transition will come up short. Musicians are worried about the consequences.

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ANDREW CROOK | MUSIC |

Epileptic fit as ‘performance art’? Sour taste to Callinan set

Is an epileptic fit performance art? And was the whole incident at a weekend Melbourne music festival, the talk of social media today, an elaborate set-up? Crikey attempts to find out.

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Crikey Blogs | MUSIC |

Vale Terry Napilil Pascoe: a lifetime of rock and roll

Terry Napilil Pascoe, bass player for Sunrize Band and a member of the Indigenous Music Hall of Fame, has passed away. Bob Gosford pays tribute.

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BEN ELTHAM | MUSIC |

Big Day gets out, and smaller is probably better

With the Big Day Out on the hunt for a new site, the economic impact of big festivals has never been more important. But are tourist dollars really the best way to measure the impact of cultural events?

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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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MUSIC |

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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MUSIC |

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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MUSIC |

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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MUSIC |

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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