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Sydney Festival's Heartland sees a seedling grow into a mighty tree
★★★★½
Sydney Festival

Sydney Festival's Heartland sees a seedling grow into a mighty tree

William Barton and Veronique Serret together adds up to something quite special.

  • by Harriet Cunningham

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Paul Capsis and iOta blow the lid off in Rapture

Paul Capsis and iOta blow the lid off in Rapture

This concert was partially sacrificed on the altar of the forthcoming musical on which it was based.

  • by John Shand
Queer voices become siren song in The Rise and Fall of Saint George
★★★★
Sydney Festival

Queer voices become siren song in The Rise and Fall of Saint George

Paul Mac's electronic, operatic-tinged pop serves as an embrace.

  • by Cassie Tongue
Between hip-hop and a hard place, Illy bounces back re-energised

Between hip-hop and a hard place, Illy bounces back re-energised

A decade since his debut album, Illy gave himself space to take stock and refocus.

  • by Craig Mathieson
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
Vanilla Fudge 'You Keep Me Hangin' On'
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Vanilla Fudge 'You Keep Me Hangin' On'

Watch the music video to Vanilla Fudge's 1967 song 'You Keep Me Hangin' On'.

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Australian acts missing as ARIA charts reveal what we listened to in 2020

Australian acts missing as ARIA charts reveal what we listened to in 2020

The one thing we can be sure of is that British pop star, actor and fashion plate Harry Styles is surviving just fine.

  • by Bernard Zuel
Kylie Jenner stars in Cardi B music video
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Kylie Jenner stars in Cardi B music video

Kylie Jenner appears in Cardi B's 'WAP' music video.

Disruption! drums home the message of 2020's upheaval
★★★★
Sydney Festival

Disruption! drums home the message of 2020's upheaval

Composer Jeremy Rose's new suite shone a spotlight on the drama of the drums.

  • by John Shand
Finding beauty in a crack in time

Finding beauty in a crack in time

Composer Stu Hunter spent the dawn hours of each day during the pandemic's first months concentrating on the beautiful things in his life.

  • by John Shand
Point hammered home as SSO turns Vivaldi into a climate change call
★★★½
Sydney Festival

Point hammered home as SSO turns Vivaldi into a climate change call

Neither the score or the point is particularly subtle as the energy of Vivaldi's Four Seasons is transformed into anger and alarm.

  • by Peter McCallum