culture

Listening to Roberta Flack

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

Soul music: Kev Carmody

The life of a great Australian songwriter

The shifting interior: Chris Smith’s ‘Second Hand Smoke’

The home-recording Melbourne guitarist’s first album in more than a decade is free-ranging yet ruminative

Hello, Nasty: Janet Jackson’s sound of rebellion

A new analysis of ‘The Velvet Rope’ shows the controversial artist in transition

Teen sensation

In the midst of a pandemic, people are reverting to the music they loved – and found solace in – as teenagers

The ripple effect: Cable Ties’ ‘Far Enough’

A big year turned on its head for the Melbourne band

Quiet life

The acoustic ecologists documenting our quieted world

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

The king in exile: Gordon Koang

The music of the South Sudanese star and former refugee offers solace and a plea for unity

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