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Albums: The Phosphenes ‘Finally, a Friendly Shore’

Phosphene is the visual sensation produced by applying pressure to the eyeball beneath closed lids. Open your eyes and you
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Music: The War on Drugs at The Forum
I am not a music critic, just a big fan thrilled to have the chance to see this band live. And it was even better than I had hoped.
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MIJF: The Celebration of Ella and Louis
Melbourne’s Hamer Hall became home to jazz royalty last night in the special event of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, 'A Celebration of Ella and Louis'.
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NGV Fridays: Van Gogh & Gareth Liddiard
Having no real knowledge of Van Gogh beyond his iconic Irises and The Starry Night pieces I was almost disappointed not seeing them.
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Music: The Sunday League | Quivers | Nathan Seeckts
My second post-work beer is a mistake that makes me late. I get into the back room of Brunswick’s Retreat Hotel halfway through Nathan Seeckts’ set.
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Punk: 1976-1980
Alright, it’s 1976, and punk is here. With bands Black Flag, The Damned, Buzzcocks, Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Clash being formed and hitting the public eye and ear with full force.
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Great Lyricists: Stephen Malkmus
My first exposure to the work of Stephen Malkmus came in 1994, arriving on the back of a shabby romantic entanglement I was just entering into.
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The Music of AR Rahman & MSO
In this Asia TOPA exclusive, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra was slated to perform the The Music of AR Rahman, with the superstar himself taking to the stage as special guest.
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Great Lyricists: Billy Bragg
In Leon Gast’s outstanding boxing and cultural documentary, When We Were Kings, Norman Mailer spoke about a critical moment in the fight between Mohammed Ali and George Foreman in Zaire when, after a rain of blows, Ali watched Foreman, like an American Adam, stagger to the canvas.
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Punk rock 1970-75: urban and urbane
By the time 1971 rolled around, proto-punk degeneracy had begun to gain traction in the underground scene.
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Kate Miller-Heidke & the MSO
January 28th saw Kate Miller-Heidke playing at the Plenary alongside the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
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Music: Icelandic colour- top 5 Bjork moments
Along the spectrum of audio, visual and tactile splendour that is Bjork, Rasheeda Wilson recounts her top 5 favourite moments.
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Proto Punk Progenitors: 1965-1970
The punk movement is remembered loathsomely in some quarters for its iconic angry barks from youths in revolt, draped in rattling chains and safety pins, which ironically became something of a uniform in the ’70s.
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5 of the best: songs about dancing
“Dance like there’s nobody watching”, said William W. Purkey. “Dance is the hidden language of the soul”, said Martha Graham. “It’s your sister’s wedding and you’re embarrassing the whole family dancing like that”, said my mum.
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The Adventures of a Meredith Music Festival Tenderfoot
My journey to Meredith Music Festival (MMF) began at 3am on a crispy August morning outside Greville Records in Prahran, as I sat on a milk crate that I pinched from a nearby cafe for six hours.
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Gizzfest at the Coburg Velodrome
In 2015, Melbourne based seven-piece band King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard produced their first instalment of Gizzfest, a small, day-long festival comprised of various acts and groups.
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Music: Soundgarden: Badmotorfinger’s 25th anniversary
When Soundgarden released their third album Badmotorfinger in 1991, the Soviet union was on its last gasp, the first Gulf War had begun, apartheid was being repealed in South Africa, Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested for eating humans and publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell was found floating in the Atlantic Ocean.

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