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The National music review (Sydney Opera House)

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


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

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)

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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Musicians tackle the challenges of making art in ‘narcissitic’ Sydney

Live, Music, News & Commentary, Recorded |

In the past two weeks Daily Review has published transcripts from a conversation among musicians at the Peggy Glanville-Hicks House in Sydney on October 13. (Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here). The invitees represented the area of new, exploratory, and improvised musics – from concerts and productions that are government and privately funded to performance series and festivals that

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