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    Dua Lipa – Qudos Bank Arena

    A recount of British pop star Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia concert could really just be synonyms for ‘feelgood’ strung together with the names of songs so uniformly earwormy ...

    November 8, 2022

    Floors of Heaven underwater concert (Woolloomooloo Bay)

    The line between novel and novelty could have been easily crossed last night at Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool at Woolloomooloo Bay. Floors Of Heaven: Submersive Study is a ...

    February 19, 2022

    William Crighton (The Great Club)

    It would be mad to pretend that the good times of country-rock artist William Crighton’s show on Friday were exclusively about him. The warm and fuzzy buzz was ...

    March 21, 2021

    The Presets (The Factory)

    His voice awash with elation and relief, Julian Hamilton of The Presets speaks straight to the arse of every seated one of us when he says: “I thought ...

    November 22, 2020

    Ocean Alley (Qudos Bank Arena)

    Even before arriving on a filthily hot day to Sydney’s Olympic Park, the adjectives about Saturday night’s big gig have been beefed up into superlatives. Great Southern Nights is the ...

    November 19, 2020

    Hockey Dad (drive in, Bulli)

    If drive-in concerts could make enough of a buck for concert promoters to pursue them (they can’t), Wollongong band the Pinheads’ appeal on Friday to “give us a ...

    October 10, 2020

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    The ‘Yolŋu surf rock’ of Yothu Yindi’s next generation

    The music of Yothu Yindi, says King Stingray guitarist Roy Kellaway, is in his blood. He and the brand new band’s singer, Yirrnga Yunupiŋu, grew up together as wawas (brothers) in the north-east Arnhem Land town of Yirrkala, population circa 800, on Yothu Yindi’s homelands – Yolŋu country. Roy is the son of Yothu Yindi’s bass player, Stuart Kellaway, and Yirrnga is the ...

    February 17, 2022
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    A gentle hidden gem: a visitor’s guide to the NSW far south coast

    About six hours drive from Sydney and seven from Melbourne, on Thaua Country in Yuin nation, are the small towns of Pambula and Merimbula. This is not your stereotypical Australian coast of bold, gold beaches and “aparthotels” with salt-smeared glass balconies. The far south coast of New South Wales has a gentle, hidden gem feel. Ringed by national parks and nature reserves, ...

    January 8, 2022
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    ‘An inscrutable and open-ended riddle’: the life and art of Jeffrey Smart

    One reason Jeffrey Smart paintings have gone up in price is because that’s what happens when there’s a big show, such as the one at the National Gallery of Australia celebrating 100 years since the late artist’s birth. Another reason is love. Specifically, how the love for Smart’s paintings stays unrequited because it’s never wholly fulfilled. “I’ve really noticed with this show that private ...

    December 11, 2021