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Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 3:31pm

Netflix in the sky -  now that's a 2017 I can get behind. 

 

Quantas passengers will be treated to Netflix, Foxtel and Spotify this year when Quantas launches its new service. 

 

While the subscription is usually at a cost for us land-lubbers, it'll be free to use for passengers. This means you can binge-watch the new season of Stranger Things while crossing the...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 3:14pm

Lauded American pop artist Jim Dine has gifted hundreds of works to the National Gallery of Victoria, covering multiple decades of his work. 

 

The gift includes some of his most iconic print works featuring his signature motifs of hearts, bathrobes, tools, skulls and Pinocchio from the period of 1969-2013.
 
Emerging as a central figure of American art alongside Pop...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 12:46pm

Butterfingers are greasing up the tour van once more. 

 

After some time hibernating, Butterfingers are back with a fat injection of new tunes. Their new single Big Night Out is an upbeat summer anthem, guaranteed to crack a smile on even the grumpiest of facades. 

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 11:54am

Dwarves are heading back onto the stage for a heavy-hitting Melbourne show. 

 

Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, the Dwarves' chaotic shows and incendiary interviews drew the attention of both underground and mainstream press. Now, they're heading back onto the stage to teach a new generation how to worship Satan. 

 

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 9:51am

The full program for the 31st Melbourne International Comedy Festival has landed. 

 

Featuring 556 shows across 100 venues, the streets of Melbourne are set to erupt with laughter as a huge lineup of local and international comedians join forces for one of the most hotly anticipated events on Melbourne's cultural calendar. 
 
Australian comedians leading the charge...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 9:39am

An acclaimed selection of rock’n’roll royalty are set for the 11th annual CherryRock. 

 

Leading off the announcement is San Francisco punk outfit Dwarves, bringing their heavy-hitting sounds to Melbourne. 

 

 

Atlanta Southern rock group Nashville Pussy will also perform. With music commonly referred to as ‘sleaze rock’, their narratives are exactly...

Posted 14 Feb 2017 @ 8:09pm

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard will launch their forthcoming album into the world with three special hometown launch parties. 

 

Each show will see King Gizz rip through two sets - performing their new album in full for the first, and ripping through their long-reaching discography for the second. 
 
Capping it off, they'll be playing in a 360-degree format - so...

Posted 14 Feb 2017 @ 6:12pm

Legendary Australian film critic David Stratton is coming to Melbourne to discuss his life's journey. 

 

It comes in support of his upcoming documentary, David Stratton: A Cinematic Life. The film explores his first boyhood cinema experience in England, moving through his migration to Australia and into his illustrious film career. 

 

Stratton himself will be...

Posted 14 Feb 2017 @ 5:45pm

Filmmakers Jake Lloyd Jones and Thomas Hyland were blown away by China’s rich musical melting pot.

 

Relaxed cultural policies of the Chinese Communist Government have allowed for greater artistic exploration and a flurry of outstanding rock music talent has come to the fore. Chinese record label Maybe Mars have been at the heart of the transformation and now they’re bringing a...

Posted 14 Feb 2017 @ 4:43pm

Before Ryan Adams' new album officially drops, you can listen to it here. 

 

Lead by the singles Do You Still Love Me? and Doomsday, his new album Prisoner has been billed as one of his most honest efforts in years. 

 

The news comes in the wake of a recently announced...

Posted 14 Feb 2017 @ 3:38pm

Yep, this is an actual thing. Dust off your fedora, crack open a Mountain Dew and grow your neck beard out a few inches - this shit is unprecedented.

 

Melbourne is getting its first ever dedicated meme festival, celebrating the likes of Harambe, Salt Bae, Bad Luck Brian and every meme in between. 

 

The inaugural Meme Fest is inviting punters to come dressed as...

Posted 14 Feb 2017 @ 3:09pm

Tassie heroes Luca Brasi are hitting the road for their largest run of shows yet. 

 

After their last tour sold out in a heartbeat following their watershed album If This Is All We're Going To Be, their latest jaunt is expected to do the same. 

 

 

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Posted 14 Feb 2017 @ 12:48pm

Local photographer extraordinaire Zo Damage committed to photographing a band or more, every day for a year. That's 365 days of live music photography. Now, all this dedication will pay off in a stellar exhibition bolstered by some killer bands. 

 

"The project itself has been a massive journey into live music, culture and community," said Damage. "That I have manage to achieve...

Posted 14 Feb 2017 @ 12:00pm

After taking 2016 by storm, acclaimed Australian artist Julia Jacklin will return to home turf for her biggest headline show to date. 

 

In comes in the wake of her critically acclaimed debut record, Don't Let The Kids Win.

 

Recently, Jacklin delivered the video clip for one of the album's finest tracks, Coming Of Age. 

 

 

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Posted 14 Feb 2017 @ 10:32am

Two independent Australian record labels – Melbourne’s Milk! Records and Brisbane’s Bedroom Suck Records – have announced that today they are launching a collaborative vinyl subscription service. Pooling the talents of both rosters, which between them include Courtney Barnett, Cable Ties, Blank Realm and Jade Imagine, will be launching The Split Singles Club – six 7” singles delivered directly...

Posted 14 Feb 2017 @ 10:22am

The Smith Street Band have given the entire country a Valentine's gift, announcing the release of their fourth studio album. 

 

Titled More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me, their new record will be released on April 7 through their own label, Pool House Records.

 

They've celebrated the announce in the form of their new single, Birthdays.

  

Posted 13 Feb 2017 @ 11:09pm

The free exhibition will showcase a series of artists’ films, photographs and installations from Southeast Asia’s pioneering performance artists.

 

It’s one of the driving forces in contemporary art across Southeast Asia and its cultural resonance means that performance art is one of the region's most popular creative endeavours.
 
Political Acts: Pioneers of...

Posted 13 Feb 2017 @ 4:34pm

The power metal extraordinaires will roar into the city in support of their forthcoming album.

 

Reaching Into Infinity is their third studio release with Marc Hudson at the helm. It’s set to be typically aggressive, confronting and sure to be captivating live.

 

Having not graced our land since Soundwave’s last incarnation in 2015 where they also supported Judas...

Posted 13 Feb 2017 @ 3:31pm

Twenty-four features, five online series and two high-end television projects will receive development funding while two producers and a director will benefit from supported talent placements.

 

Screen Australia Senior Development Manager Nerida Moore said of the announcement, “This round of development funding reflects the vibrancy of the story landscape in Australia with ...

Posted 13 Feb 2017 @ 3:29pm

Don't worry, you're not getting shipped across the Tasman. 

 

It’s beer drunk where you never knew you wanted to drink it with an imaginative twist – a visual concoction of projections and avant-garde graffiti surround a watering hole offering what’s best in craft beer, cocktails, boutique wines and great food.
 
It’s titled Whitehart because that’s where it is – at...

Posted 13 Feb 2017 @ 3:02pm

The exciting live venue has locked in some movie greats to close out its fantastic inaugural venture.

 

Alongside Ridley Scott’s masterpiece and the 2016 theatrical groundbreaker comes Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and The Rocky Horror Picture Show for a final stretch of epic proportions.
 
La La Land has just equalled history with 14 Oscar nominations, need I say more...

Posted 13 Feb 2017 @ 1:13pm

The Amity Affliction are heading Down Under for a mammoth 2017 tour. 

 

They'll be heading our way off the back of their #1 ARIA-charting album, This Could Be Heartbreak - the band's third consecutive release to top the Australian charts. 

 

Posted 13 Feb 2017 @ 12:52pm

One of the most hotly anticipated moments of the 2017 Grammys was Daft Punk's dramatic return to the stage alongside The Weeknd. Watch the action yourself before the internet overlords take these down. We've embedded a few of them for good measure. 

 

Explota ⭐ The Weeknd & Daft Punk....

Posted 13 Feb 2017 @ 12:35pm

The Grammy-nominated comedian is returning Down Under with his hilarious live show.

 

He’s the funnyman who’s done it all – when he’s not on stage, he’s behind the camera, wielding the ball pen or producing. Amongst all of that he's had five children and has etched his name in Madison Square Garden history - becoming one of only ten comics to sell out the venue.

 

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Posted 13 Feb 2017 @ 12:06pm

Rocket Science are set to take over Ding Dong for their first show of the year. 

 

Since 2015, the band have reemerged from the grave to play rare handpicked events that suit them all individually. The show at Ding Dong Lounge is no exception and will see the band play both old material plus new songs for their upcoming fifth album. 

Posted 13 Feb 2017 @ 11:00am

For the first time ever, BlenheimFest will run for two days in 2017.

 

BlenheimFest is a volunteer run, not-for-profit festival held every year on Good Friday.
 
This year, they'll be featuring Tijuana Cartel, Sahara Beck, Deep Street Soul, DJ Driller, Bustamento, The Coconut Kids, Weezil, Juno and more. 
 
Located on a working farm, the unique and...

Posted 13 Feb 2017 @ 10:37am

Internationally lauded street artist Nychos is bringing a dose of Freud to Melbourne - in the form of a three-metre installation. 

 

Melbourne is the second city in the world to secure Vienna Therapy, with the free public installation first displayed in New York in June 2016.  
 
The work presents a modern portrait of seminal psychologist Sigmund Freud's inner mind,...

Posted 13 Feb 2017 @ 9:47am

After being pulled from streaming services in 2015 bar an exclusive deal with Tidal, Prince's music has returned to the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play and more. 

 

"Prince recorded his most influential and popular music during his time with Warner Bros. and we are deeply aware of our responsibility to safeguard and nurture his incredible legacy," said Warner Bros. CEO...

Posted 10 Feb 2017 @ 3:36pm

Melbourne artist SK Simeon has released the clip for his brand new track, a collaboration with pop mavericks Cookie Cutters. 

 

The clip for Free was filmed in one take in SK's home country of Uganda, captured on the vibrant streets of Kampala. 

 

Somehow, he managed to find time between sold out shows across the country to make the clip - pulling together some of...

Posted 10 Feb 2017 @ 2:46pm

Japan's Fuji Rock lineup is here, which means one thing for us Down Under - some good old fashioned Splendour In The Grass lineup speculation. 

 

More often than not, acts booked for Fuji Rock appear on the Splendour lineup. Although this year Splendour will be going down one week earlier than Fuji, what's the point of breaking with tradition now? 
 
This year's Fuji...

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