January, 2015

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Big Day Off: who killed Australia’s most famous music festival?

, Jan 14, 2015

Why are young Australians shunning events like Big Day Out and instead flocking to multi-day music festivals out of the city? Crikey intern Mahalia Dobson explains.
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Stripping all pretension and saying Yes to prog

, Nov 20, 2014

Boom Crash Opera guitarist Peter Farnan decides to give prog another go.
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Razer: Taylor Swift’s new album exudes perky gasps of icy nothingness

, Nov 04, 2014

1989 is an ahistorical, destructive pastiche of a time Taylor Swift doesn't properly appreciate. Here's why ...
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They built this party on rock’n’roll

, Oct 30, 2014

Gotye's party may not get the numbers for the Victorian election, but they say this won't be the last we hear from them.
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In defence of U2 (yes, really)

, Oct 24, 2014

U2 is one of the last giant rock bands. No wonder they don't know how to be cool in the age of the super-niche.
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Rundle: in a parking lot, the beginning of grunge, the end of rock, and above all, Cobain

, Oct 10, 2014

Kurt Cobain's hometown of Aberdeen, Washington is trying to become grunge's Graceland, but the Cobain historical sites are across the river.
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In the name of cash: U2’s Apple virus

, Sep 16, 2014

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

, Sep 11, 2014

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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David Bowie is … at it again

, Aug 14, 2014

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.

Rewritten by machine on new technology: on the musical edge

, Aug 04, 2014

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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No place for artists in online copyright debate

, Aug 04, 2014

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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Art for silvertails? Opera called to account

, Aug 01, 2014

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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Jim Keays: a Master before his time

, Jun 16, 2014

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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Misogyny not to blame for Santa Barbara massacre

, May 27, 2014

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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Skal! The Eurovision drinking game

, May 09, 2014

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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The Sandpit: Casey Bennetto in song

, Mar 28, 2014

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

, Jan 29, 2014

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

, Jan 17, 2014

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.

The Ring looked more like cheap bling

, Nov 28, 2013

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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You don’t get Lou Reed

, Oct 29, 2013

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.