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Posted 17 Apr 2017 @ 1:55pm

Battlehounds are an inimitable product of Adelaide's privileged music underground who'll be dashing across the country in support of their new release.

 

They've supported the likes of Bad//Dreems, The Peep Tempel and Dune Rats and now the three-piece indie rockers look to revel in their own fame unveiling Damn Demons to the world.

 

Think of uncompromising guitar...

Posted 17 Apr 2017 @ 1:15pm

RL Grime has forged a stellar career off the back of his inimitable producing talent so it is with much anticipation that he makes his journey Down Under.

 

In combination with a special slot at Splendour In The Grass, RL Grime will journey through Auckland, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney before raining down on Melbourne to conclude his tour.

 

Gracing something to behold...

Posted 17 Apr 2017 @ 12:51pm

The 2017 Stonnington Jazz Festival has further diversified their lineup, with four of Melbourne's pre-eminent jazz musicians set for special album launches.

 

First off the block will be Parvyn Singh (The Bombay Royale) and Hue Blanes as they unveil their debut LP I Choose You to the world. Intertwining their eclectic mix of musical and cultural lineages, the album presents a...

Posted 17 Apr 2017 @ 11:58am

Overcoming 11 of Australia's finest new comedians, Zack Dyer is officially the country's brightest young talent.

 

Zack Dyer, who's been running alongside David Rose and Izzy Ali as the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival's funniest triple combo, had everyone in stitches behind his candid, not least quirky life perspectives.
 
The occasion fronted by a packed...

Posted 17 Apr 2017 @ 11:06am

Because the yearning for rock in this city never subsides, Chasing Ghosts are jumping on a raucous 21-show run through Melbourne and its surrounds.

 

Following on from the release of their lauded 2016 album, I Am Jimmy Kyle, the six-piece have quickly solidified themselves as a fierce workhorse capable of infusing just as much energy into their live shows as their recordings....

Posted 17 Apr 2017 @ 10:06am

Recognising the most outstanding show at the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Barry Award is one of the most prestigious awards of its kind.

 

The Barry Award was launched in 1998 as the 'Stella Award' and was won by Miss Itchy. It was then renamed in 2000 to pay tribute to Melbourne International Comedy Festival founding patron Barry Humphries.
 
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Posted 13 Apr 2017 @ 5:19pm

Tapping into music from the '60s to the '90s, The Union Club will be turning the clock back with a lineup of legends.

 

Kicking off, the Mick Pealing Band uncovers the music of Pealing's past when he rose to acclaim alongside his band the Stars. Pealing also released two solo albums, Precarious and Grand Hotel, and will look to reinvigorate those LPs on opening night.
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Posted 13 Apr 2017 @ 1:59pm

Starring the likes of Nancye Haye and Sue Jones, Melbourne Theatre Company's latest work has arrived for its world premiere.

 

The Autumn Road Retirement Village in Caulfield has an ultra competitive bridge club but when Minnie Cohen loses her partner in an unfortunate swimming accident the best player in the village, Liraz Weinberg implores that she step up to the plate....

Posted 13 Apr 2017 @ 10:31am

Fresh from garnering many a raised boot at this year's Golden Plains, groove behemoth Billy Davis & The Good Lords have locked in a hotly anticipated single launch. 

 

The 11-piece musical collective will be taking to the stage in support of their upcoming new single, Ball & Chain.

 

Aside from sharing the stage with the likes of Anderson .Paak and...

Posted 13 Apr 2017 @ 10:14am

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is back and Beat Magazine is proud to present MICF Menu - your inside track to all the delectable treats of this year’s festival season. Hope you’ve left some room since last festival, because this year’s program serves up a veritable smorgasbord of shows. I’m Nick Mason and I’ll be previewing each day of the festival before it happens, from...

Posted 13 Apr 2017 @ 9:55am

Melbourne institution Rooftop Bar is set to shut its doors as it gears up for major renovations. 

 

A CBD mainstay for 12 years, the new renovations will be spearheaded by Techne Architecture - the brains behind updates at the Garden State Hotel and Fonda's rooftop bar. 
 
Post renovations, Rooftop Bar will feature a slick all-weather awning for those chilly Melbourne...

Posted 13 Apr 2017 @ 8:16am

Party legends LCD Soundsystem are heading back Down Under with a hotly anticipated Melbourne show. 

 

Their headline Melbourne show will mark LCD Soundsystem’s first visit since reuniting in 2016, with the promise of new music on the way for their upcoming Aussie jaunt. 

 

They'll be bringing with them a career-spanning set, loaded with hits ranging from Losing My...

Posted 12 Apr 2017 @ 5:40pm
James Norbert Ivanyi and his band of astonishing players will take their latest EP on the road, showcasing his brilliance to crowds everywhere.

 

DENALAVIS is the fourth instrumental EP from Ivanyi, following 2016’s critically acclaimed The Usurper’ which saw him reach new heights.
 
Ivanyi then went on to support international heavyweights on the back of its release,...

Posted 12 Apr 2017 @ 5:25pm

Fast-rising Aussie electronic and hip-hop duo Boo Seeka have completely sold out shows in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney recently while touring for their latest single Does This Last. What else is there to do but announce a mammoth regional tour, too?

 

Bringing the total to a whopping 26 dates over the next three months, Boo Seeka have also just come off the back of a 13-date...

Posted 12 Apr 2017 @ 5:22pm

One of the most successful musicals in the world is returning to Australian shores. 

 

Jersey Boys last ran in Australia during 2010, showing in Sydney for 15 months and resulting in its tenure as one of the longest running musicals in national history. 
 
The musical tells the story of seminal vocal group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, revered for its first-rate...

Posted 12 Apr 2017 @ 2:03pm

Lauded singer/songwriter Thomas Oliver has returned with a stunning live video for his watershed single, Losin. 

 

Taken from his forthcoming album, Floating In The Darkness, out April 28, Oliver’s latest single is an ode to lost love – a soul-filled melancholy number that touches on the loneliness of heartbreak, whilst simultaneously creating a sense of warmth and security....

Posted 12 Apr 2017 @ 1:21pm

Seven-piece rock act The Pinheads are back in the saddle with a new record and a tour to boot. 

 

Well on the way to becoming seasoned road hogs, the Pinheads have toured and shared the stage with King Gizzard, Fat White Family, Tumbleweed, Tomorrow’s Tulips, Hockey Dad, Drunk Mums and Skegss.

 

Following on from their last EP I Wanna Be A Girl, their next...

Posted 12 Apr 2017 @ 1:13pm

Lucca Franco has lifted the lid off her latest gem. 

 

Drawing inspiration from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin, Lucca Franco's Sinking Feeling establishes herself as a powerhouse vocalist. 

 

It comes in the lead-up to the release of her self-titled album, due out later this year. 

 

Sinking Feeling was produced by Lee...

Posted 12 Apr 2017 @ 12:20pm

Selected by legendary Australian film critic David Stratton, the curated selection of Kurosawa films will screen with specially imported 35mm prints. 

 

This retrospective consists of ten of the finest films made by Kurosawa, from Rashomon (1950) to Ran (1985), showcasing the auteur's masterful take on capturing action. 

 

Hugely influential, Kurosawa went on to...

Posted 12 Apr 2017 @ 11:35am

Fresh from joining forces for a joint tour along the east coast of Canada, Roaring Girl Records label-mates Liz Stringer and Tim Moxam are reuniting for a run of shows on home turf. 

 

Roaring Girl Records is a boutique Toronto-based label, dedicated to supporting the finest independent artists from around the world.

 

Australia's own Liz Stringer joined the fold...

Posted 12 Apr 2017 @ 10:27am

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have unveiled their tenth studio album. 

 

Murder of the Universe is a full-throttle musical assault surrounding the downfall of man and the death of the planet. The album is made up of 21 tracks divided into three separate chapters.

 

"We’re living in dystopian times that are pretty scary and it’s hard not to reflect that in...

Posted 11 Apr 2017 @ 4:24pm

Best tour name of 2017? Well, probably, yeah. 

 

The latest Dune Rats tour will see the boys hit up regional areas across the country. It comes in the wake of their latest video for Braindead, which sees the fellas performing in a giant field of dank kush. 

 

Posted 11 Apr 2017 @ 2:50pm

Ever wondered how your doggo’s ability to fetch sticks’n’things from the water would fare in a competitive environment?

 

Well look no further as the ultimate test of a canine’s speed, agility, swimming talent and competitive desire comes to Melbourne welcoming dogs of all breeds over six months old.
 
The event will be divided into three parts with Big Air, Extreme...

Posted 11 Apr 2017 @ 2:47pm

Melbourne's own funk dynamos are hitting the road in support of their new EP. 

 

After two years in the making and an abundance of new studio and live material, Pierce Brothers have decided to release The Records Were Ours as the first in a trilogy of EPs. Take Me Out is the first single from The Records Were Ours EP, released May 19 and available to pre-order April 21. 

Posted 11 Apr 2017 @ 2:25pm

Just in time for the return of season three, a Rick and Morty themed party is set to take Melbourne by storm. 

 

In a night filled with interstellar adventures, there'll be Rick and Morty facemasks all over the place, along with the cult show streaming up on the walls all night long. 

 

Capping it off comes a free photobooth, $5 Rick Juice, cheap Espresso...

Posted 11 Apr 2017 @ 1:55pm

Helmed by Ransacked Clothing, Ransacked pulls together the fields of fashion, art, ink and music. 

 

It's all happening at the Vic Bar in conjunction with an art show from Oneillmind. 
 
"A large part of my process is to look through as much tattoo flash as possible (new and old) to try and refine those ideas, taking them in a new direction," says the artist. "I do...

Posted 11 Apr 2017 @ 1:43pm

Melbourne's favourite delinquents Mesa Cosa are back in the saddle once again. 

 

Back with a bang in the wake of their last single Stone Bone, Matate was mixed by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard's Stu McKenzie and recorded by Nao Anzai of No Zu. Their latest cut sits in the middle of gang chant anthems and Chicano noise rock.  

 

Along with the track comes a...

Posted 11 Apr 2017 @ 1:25pm

Hooley fuckin' dooley, how's this for a lineup? 

 

All-female movement Electric Lady is pulling together a certified collection of badass women, featuring some leading names on the Australian music scene. 

 

The ridiculously solid lineup features Ali Barter, Alex Lahey, Gretta Ray, Bec Sandridge, Rackett, Jack The River, and Body Type. 

 

Along with...

Posted 11 Apr 2017 @ 10:07am

Brunswick’s hipster spinoff of Anaconda has arrived in the form of North Walls.

 

All of the rock climbing walls are grid-bolted allowing for universal lead climbing so you can use a harness and not worry about falling and dying.
 
There's no excessive training processes either, get your lead assessment done straight away by a climbing expert and then climb like you’...

Posted 10 Apr 2017 @ 5:30pm

Swell is set to curate a unique blend of live music, art and design for the third iteration of the annual festival.

 

Swell 3.0 is an experiment in creativity, presenting a festival that eschews the features one would normally associate with a festival. Previous incarnations of the festival took place in a hotel and the basement of an abandoned hospital, and Swell 3.0 will...

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