Music

Ready steady gone

The passing of its figureheads underscores pop music’s waning influence on personal identity

The last days of disco: ‘Róisín Machine’

Róisín Murphy’s latest album is unusually mature pop driven by restlessness

Listening to Roberta Flack

‘First Take’, released 50 years ago, still echoes through the present

Audio tapestry

A tangle of red tape is robbing us of music podcasts in Australia

The trenches of Mount Druitt: OneFour

Australia’s most infamous hip-hop act is an all-Pasifika group born of Western Sydney’s violent postcode wars

The heat of a moment: Ziggy Ramo’s ‘Black Thoughts’

A debut hip-hop album that calls for a reckoning with Indigenous sovereignty and invites the listener to respond

Snap-back: Dua Lipa’s ‘Future Nostalgia’

The British singer’s serendipitous album delivers shining pop with a reigning attitude of fortitude

The ripple effect: Cable Ties’ ‘Far Enough’

A big year turned on its head for the Melbourne band

Grime boss: Stormzy

The rapper and MC’s second album ‘Heavy Is the Head’ is another triumphant step bringing black British culture forward

The future was foreclosed: Post-punk and Use No Hooks’ ‘The Job’

Energetic cross-genre experiments power a scant retrospective from members of Melbourne’s ‘little band’ scene

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