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Michael Dwyer is an arts and music writer

‘We are not hanging on a tree any more’: Andra Day defies the racism that killed her idol

‘We are not hanging on a tree any more’: Andra Day defies the racism that killed her idol

Playing Billie Holiday seemed like a terrible idea to the acclaimed R&B singer. But if it turns out to be the last thing she does, she’s fine with that.

  • by Michael Dwyer

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Jewels of radiant joy in a night where we stood together

Jewels of radiant joy in a night where we stood together

The flagship concert for the Festival of Jewish Arts and Music was a timely reminder of that great thing that humans do: stand together with voices raised.

  • by Michael Dwyer
The many voices that get in the way of the real Leonard Cohen
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The many voices that get in the way of the real Leonard Cohen

The first volume of a massive oral biography of the Canadian singer-songwriter is really nothing but excess baggage.

  • by Michael Dwyer
Michael Gudinski’s death leaves a hole in the heart of Australian music

Michael Gudinski’s death leaves a hole in the heart of Australian music

The question that hangs over the sadness of the legendary music promotor’s sudden departure is how it might turn without him.

  • by Michael Dwyer
‘A sentimental guy’... with a power shake that made Australia rock

‘A sentimental guy’... with a power shake that made Australia rock

That first handshake with Michael Gudinski never left me. I was about to interview Jimmy Barnes, but when the flesh got pressed in the record company boardroom, I learned who was in charge.

  • by Michael Dwyer
Is this really the end of Daft Punk?

Is this really the end of Daft Punk?

In this business of music, even the actual death of a key player is just a career pivot point.

  • by Michael Dwyer
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Tornado and COVID changed everything for Gillian Welch (in a good way)

Tornado and COVID changed everything for Gillian Welch (in a good way)

The famously perfectionist bluegrass queen is about to release two albums.

  • by Michael Dwyer
Brilliant, broke and wilfully annoying: the sad legacy of Frank Zappa

Brilliant, broke and wilfully annoying: the sad legacy of Frank Zappa

A new documentary explores the uneasy relationship between artistic genius and commerce.

  • by Michael Dwyer
Lime Cordiale at the Bowl: an unforced blend of dag and cool
★★★½

Lime Cordiale at the Bowl: an unforced blend of dag and cool

Under summer skies, nothing can harsh the vibe of Lime Cordiale’s slacker-romantic scene, in a rush of clean guitars and tight harmony.

  • by Michael Dwyer
An ‘embarrassing dirge’: Australian musicians on why we need a new anthem

An ‘embarrassing dirge’: Australian musicians on why we need a new anthem

“Tired and old” only begins to describe the shortcomings of Peter Dodds McCormick’s dreary, stiff-legged Anglo-Scottish march of 1878.

  • by Michael Dwyer
How did Olivia Rodrigo become Taylor Swift's baby overnight?

How did Olivia Rodrigo become Taylor Swift's baby overnight?

Her debut single, Drivers License, set a new Spotify one-day record with 15 million streams on Monday, then broke that record on Tuesday.

  • by Michael Dwyer