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The National music review (Sydney Opera House)

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Live, Music, Reviews |

American band, The National, returned to the Sydney Opera House Forecourt last night (February 21) after playing there on their last visit to Australia in 2014. They’re here supporting their 2017 album, Sleep Well Beast, which won them a Grammy for Best Alternative Album in January. Time will tell whether Sleep Well Beast resonates as well with

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Monash Uni launches a program of music, theatre and dance, and it looks like a year-long festival

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Dance, Music, News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

Composer and former Adelaide Festival director, Paul Grabowsky, who is also the executive director of Monash Academy of Performing Arts in Melbourne, has announced the inaugural season of MLIVE – a program of Australian and international live music, theatre and dance curated “as a cultural response to Melbourne’s diverse and open-minded communities”. “We’ve assembled an incredible line-up

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A big noise is coming to a theatre near you (whether musicians like it or not)

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Music, News & Commentary, Stage |

This year, Monash University in Melbourne’s east will re-open its Alexander Theatre in a new complex to be known as the Ian Potter Performing Arts Centre. Its $45 million upgrade includes a new digital sound system created by the US acousticians, Meyer Sound. Below, Duncan Webb, writing for our American editorial partner The Clyde Fitch Report, says that

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Rare news: Australian politicians admit their love and respect of the arts

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Music, News & Commentary, Screen, Stage, Visual Arts |

The arts and the political world exist largely in isolation from one another in Australia. Artists and politicians don’t tend to meet regularly, or respond to one another’s work, or rely on each other’s perspective, or call on one another’s advice. Why is that? Yes, both are incredibly busy and incredibly determined. Both can get

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Win tickets to Green Day’s American Idiot musical in Melbourne

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The Australian production of Green Day’s American Idiot, the rock musical, is currently playing in Perth before heading to Melbourne from February 23. Developed by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong (lyrics) and Tony Award® winner Michael Mayer (Book and lyrics), American Idiot takes the musical in a new direction, capturing not just the sound of a generation, but also the

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AWO’s founder Alexander Briger on how many musicians it takes to wrangle a world-beating orchestra

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Live, Music, News & Commentary |

How many orchestra members does it take to change a light bulb? If anyone knows the answer to that question, it should be the conductor Alexander Briger AO. “The music – the artistic part — is easy.  It’s organising the dates to play that’s difficult,” says Briger, 48, juggling the phone from his French home

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Music from Cretans: George Xylouris and Jim White (via The Dirty Three, Fugazi and Nick Cave)

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Live, Music, News & Commentary, Recorded |

George Xylouris and Jim White (pictured above) are one of the most exciting musical collaborations right now. Their new album Mother is not for the fragile. The alternative rock and Cretan music meld is blood and bones, earth and sea, literature and poetry, war and love; it is Crete. One needs to understand the Cretans

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