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20 years since: Dave Grohl's The Foo Fighters

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While rock-band drummers rarely cast the kind of starlight burned out by front men or guitarists, Dave Grohl’s name was certainly well known enough as an important leg of Nirvana’s musical tripod. When that band collapsed after the 1994 suicide of singer and lead writer Kurt Cobain, Grohl’s celebrity looked challenged. But, there was actually

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20 years since: ALANIS MORISSETTE'S JAGGED LITTLE PILL

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Singer-songwriters can be contradictory things. The very positives they can bring — quirkiness, originality, an intimate angle — can also be their downfall. They can personalise and piss-off in equal measure. Getting the balance right is essential. When Canadian Alanis Morissette was signed to Madonna’s now defunct Maverick label and released Jagged Little Pill in 1995, the

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30 years since: Tom Waits' 'Rain Dogs'

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Cities produce the best grimy people stories. That’s a pretty out there claim I guess, but it seems that urban environments maketh modern humanity in a way that rural settings and bucolic themes don’t quite manage. Tom Waits would no doubt agree as his highly lucrative career across five decades has been largely based on

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On footy songs and never walking alone

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Sometime this Friday evening, Brisbane’s CBD will be roused with the old Rodgers and Hammerstein classic from the hit post-war musical Carousel, You’ll Never Walk Alone. It’s not showing at QPAC and it isn’t one of those quirky Brisbane cultural events (The World Festival of You’ll Never Walk Alone Singers…). It will be sung unlike

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