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Culture Club to reform with Pet Shop Boys, Jamiroquai and more for the Sydney Resolution New Years Eve Party.

Sydney Resolution Concert Series is thrilled to announce Sydney’s biggest New Year’s Eve party, which will be staged at Sydney’s Glebe Island overlooking the iconic Sydney Harbour on Saturday December 31st 2011. The inaugural Sydney Resolution Concert Series will feature international superstars including Jamiroquai, Culture Club and Pet Shop Boys, as well as Australia’s very own Guy Sebastian, Pseudo Echo and Lyndsey Ollard.

Dappled Cities announce Album Preview Headline Shows

It has been some time since Dappled Cities convened for a series of Australian dates, and in order to satisfy both a curious public and road-test their forthcoming album, Dappled Cities have announced two very special headline shows in Melbourne, November 17th at PHOENIX PUBLIC HOUSE and Sydney, December 2nd at THE STANDARD.

Kanye West, Soundgarden and Kasabian to headline the 2012 Big Day Out.

And now, a letter from Ken and Viv, followed by more information about the artists:

"Hello all and welcome to the Big Day Out.

Yikes … 20 years of Handcrafted Festivals, no one saw that happening in 1992.

A milestone rarely achieved by any festival will become reality for us when we stage our 20th year of BDO festivals.

Your first listen to the Canyon's debut album...

Australian duo Canyons recently announced their long-awaited debut album, Keep Your Dreams, set to be released in November on Modular - all around the world! Here's the first taste of the record: "Circadia / Under A Blue Sky", an epic track, which "unfurls itself expansively with seething synth lines, before giving in to the call of the wild and going full throttle into a haze of sandblasted saxophone, tribal drums, and jungle incantations."

Smirnoff partners with Pharrell Williams on exclusive Australian campaign.

The Smirnoff Co. is thrilled to announce an exclusive collaboration with global music and culture icon Pharrell Willliams, who features in a brand new TV and online advertising campaign created especially for Australia.

Album Stream: The Rapture - In The Grace Of Your Love

The Rapture's long awaited new LP In The Grace of Your Love hit Australia today. Stream below and enjoy!

Coldplay wrap up a stellar Splendour in the Grass for 2011.

Splendour In The Grass festival wrapped up at Woodfordia last night after three glorious sundrenched days of music, arts, discussion and sweet times shared with old and new friends.

Splendour took the music to the people for the 11th time, with the 30,000 strong crowd taking in over 90 of the hottest acts that Australia and the world has to offer.

The Wombats announce national October tour with Owl Eyes and Faker.

Following on from the enormous success of their chart-topping sophomore release ‘The Wombats Proudly Present… This Modern Glitch’, The Wombats are back down under for a run of dates that are sure to electrify audiences nationally!

Free New Music: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah return with "Maniac"

It's been a LONG time between drinks, but Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! are set to return with their third long player Hysterical in September. The second single has been released - "Maniac" and you can download it below.

Jimmy Barnes cancels shows in August due to illness.

Jimmy Barnes was taken ill around lunchtime today and visited doctors. Initial concerns that his problems may relate to his heart and may require hospitalisation thankfully proved unfounded. However, doctors have advised that he must have four weeks of total rest and recuperation.

Unfortunately this has necessitated cancellation and postponement of some solo engagements which he had planned between now and the end of August.

Free New Music: The Kooks New Single and Bill Ryder-Jones' Debut EP

They were just announced for Falls Festival and now we have the brand new single from UK band The Kooks, called "Junk Of The Heart". A new album will be out this year on September 9.

Stream the new This Will Destroy You album "Tunnel Blanket" in Full!

Instrumental Texan four-piece This Will Destroy You are bringing their album Tunnel Blanket to Australia! Tunnel Blanket will be in stores August 1, 2011 via Hobbledehoy/Poison City. But we've got the stream of the album for NOW to enjoy! It's a beautiful mix...

The Flaming Lips & Portishead lead the first Harvest: A Civilised Gathering!

Harvest follows a simple design: Take the line-up of your typical European multi day event, cut out the filler and the acts that everyone has seen once too many times and pack all the greatness into one incredible day for discerning music lovers.