A.B. Original are the first Indigenous act to win the Australian Music Prize, yet their talent remains vilified by those who need to listen the most

Last night at The Toff in Town in Melbourne, A.B. Original were crowned the winners of the 12th Australian Music Prize. Along with the $30,000 cash prize, their win with their debut album Reclaim Australia marked a significant moment in the Prize’s history: for the first time, the accolade had been taken by an Indigenous group. Briggs and Trials (Yorta…

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When ‘internal issues’ become public: Sticky Fingers and the issue of accountability

As we’ve seen this week, Sticky Fingers announced an ‘indefinite hiatus’ to follow their summer festival commitments, due to ‘internal issues’ within the band. Since that initial announcement, frontman Dylan Frost issued a statement addressing his battles with addiction and mental health issues. Undoubtedly, the ‘official’ comments were spurred on following singer Thelma Plum’s take to Facebook, detailing…

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Goin’ Down in the DM’s (…and everywhere else): How social media has taken fan obsession too far

Back in August, Melbourne photographer and stylist Michelle Pitiris became the target of online vitriol from The 1975‘s fan base, stemming from a simple request for photography credit. Having toured with the UK band on two of their Australian tours, Pitiris, or as known on Instagram as @sheisaphrodite, became a well known name for her official photos for the…

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Opinion: Ticketmaster condones and legitimises ticket scalping – so why does the industry still use their service?

Yesterday, Crowded House tickets went on sale for two very special shows at the Sydney Opera House Forecourt, celebrating the 20th anniversary of their “Farewell” concerts at the same venue – and of course they sold out almost immediately. While organisers were quick to announce a third show (that will go on sale tomorrow at…

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