Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2015: this is how it feels

Music, News & Commentary, Recorded |

There’s the stats and then there’s the texture. Statistically this is how Triple J’s Hottest 100 compares with last year’s: many more dance grooves, less beards, less folky acoustic guitars, less rock, more electronica, slightly less Australian representation (the ABC claim 54% but I counted 52 Australian artists), and a slightly larger female presence (43

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David Bowie (1947 – 2016): where are we now?

Music, News & Commentary |

David Bowie, who died yesterday aged 69, took conventional notions of identity in pop and rock, already long-haired and drug-addled after the 1960s, and hyper-blasted them into orbit, creating an explosion of myriad shapes and possibilities. He was a cultural figure who gave many souls in the 1970s and beyond the permission to explore ‘other

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Father John Misty review (Forum Theatre, Melbourne)

Live, Music, Reviews |

Josh Tillman, in his alter-ego as Father John Misty, is the new millennium folk rock singer-songwriter. Sure, he sings about feelings ’n’ stuff, just like his bearded forefathers of the 1970s. But his show at the Forum in Melbourne last night was way bigger, more expressionistic and funnier than anything those old Laurel Canyon hippy

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Damon Albarn review (Palais Theatre, Melbourne)

Music |

Even at his Brit-Pop-perkiest Damon Albarn’s songwriting exhibited a downcast melancholy; a ‘dying fall’ as the bard — a Brit-Popper from way back — would ‘ave it. Albarn’s  new solo album, Everyday Robots, resides in this zone. At Melbourne’s Palais on Friday night, Albarn and his four-piece band, The Heavy Seas, gave these songs a

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Yes at Melbourne's Palais: Prog made me what I am

Music |

In the early ‘80s I was an archetypical post-punk. I played in a quirky three piece band (Serious Young Insects), I had a foppish fringe and wore black jeans and retro golfing shirts. I played at places like the Seaview Ballrom in St Kilda. I spurned anything rockist, bluesy, hippy —  1977 was ground zero.

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