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Not all ’90s rock has aged equally, but nostalgia abounds at Spring Loaded

Not all ’90s rock has aged equally, but nostalgia abounds at Spring Loaded

This many cargo shorts, flannelette shirts and Doc Martens boots probably haven’t been assembled in the same spot since a mid-’90s Homebake festival.

  • by James Jennings

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In vivid colour, hushed quiet, Porter soars in Mahler’s heavenly view

In vivid colour, hushed quiet, Porter soars in Mahler’s heavenly view

Schubert’s gentle lyricism bookended Saturday’s concerts with four songs from the soprano and the SSO in the afternoon and the ACO in the evening.

  • by Peter McCallum
Newcomer could be a younger Tim Minchin
★★★★
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Newcomer could be a younger Tim Minchin

Not Today is billed as a song-cycle, but could just as easily be called a cabaret or one-woman show.

  • by Harriet Cunningham
Ball Park Music, Sycco hit high note at Queensland Music Awards

Ball Park Music, Sycco hit high note at Queensland Music Awards

Ball Park Music’s self-titled album has won album of the year and Sycco won song of the year for Dribble at the Queensland Music Awards.

  • by Tony Moore
Nightmares and obsession threaded through concerto
★★★★
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Nightmares and obsession threaded through concerto

Alfred Schnittke’s work for piano and strings is full of bold and striking ideas.

  • by Peter McCallum
Kilbey resurrects the Church in a gig that recaptures the magic
★★★★
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Kilbey resurrects the Church in a gig that recaptures the magic

Almost With You, Unguarded Moment, even Under the Milky Way ... with a new line-up and renewed energy, the Church played its greatest hits with gusto and joy.

  • by Michael Dwyer
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‘A moment of surprised delight’: When it all comes together
★★★★½
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‘A moment of surprised delight’: When it all comes together

Hope wins out over gloom at the conclusion of Sibelius’ brilliant second symphony.

  • by Peter McCallum
Welsh choir, brass band or bossa nova? Take your pick
★★★★
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Welsh choir, brass band or bossa nova? Take your pick

Antelodic’s Robbie Melville writes music that’s as intimate as a fireside chat.

  • by John Shand
Two mates having a blast: The Avalanches deliver a sample of heaven
★★★★★
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Two mates having a blast: The Avalanches deliver a sample of heaven

Even the chairs started dancing as The Avalanches’ bass throbbed through the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

  • by Mikey Cahill
Haiku Hands review: a ‘now’ band with a future

Haiku Hands review: a ‘now’ band with a future

The unabashed showmanship of this collective challenged male-skewed ideas of what alternative pop should be.

  • by Michael Bailey
King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard go big
★★★★
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King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard go big

The Melbourne prog rockers delight in defying expectations.

  • by Michael Bailey