culture

Female fandom and Jessica Leski’s ‘I Used to be Normal’

They’ve been dismissed and patronised, but Beatlemaniacs, Directioners and other fangirls are very self-aware about their boy band ‘affliction’

A bigger, shinier cage: Julia Holter’s ‘Aviary’

A classically schooled composer seeks shelter from the cacophony of modern life

The Monthly music wrap: November 2018

A festive EP from Tyler, the Creator; new releases from Anderson .Paak, Mariah Carey and cupcakKe; and David Byrne live

The Monthly music wrap: October 2018

Charli XCX explores pop’s frontiers, new releases from Kim Petras and Robyn, and soundtracks to ‘A Star Is Born’ and ‘Suspiria’

Dark Mofo: an easy cell

Incarceration is a recurring theme at Mona’s 2018 winter arts festival

The Cure’s permanent twilight

Robert Smith and co. are celebrating 40 years of the band. Why do they still inspire such love?

Curing Clarksdale’s blues

A music-loving Melbourne economist is revitalising a Mississippi town

The Monthly music wrap: April 2018

Gurrumul’s ‘Djarimirri’ makes history

Young Fathers’ ‘Cocoa Sugar’

The Scottish group’s third album proves they don’t sound like anyone else

Primitive Motion’s ‘House in the Wave’ and Totally Mild’s ‘Her’

Two Australian groups use vocals to swoon-worthy effect

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