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Music Features

Posted 17 Feb 2017 @ 10:44am

In order to stick out from the house music pack, selectors must exhibit an elite refinement. Edd Fisher, Simon TK and Andy Hart, who together form Wax’o Paradiso, belong to the aforementioned rare air. Ahead of their third(ish) birthday this Sunday at Shimmerlands, Simon TK caught up with Beat to give us the inside scoop.

 

Why did you decide to DJ under one name, as opposed to...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 4:06pm

Last week, we caught up with the likes of Ecca Vandal, Urthboy, Diafrix, Sampa The Great and more to give you the lowdown on Voice For Change - a brand new community-focused project that champions creativity as a force to combat some of the issues affecting local youth today,...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 1:29pm

In recent years, PVT have been relatively quiet: apart from the ten-year anniversary shows, and the long-overdue vinyl release of their 2005 debut, Make Me Love You, the three members of the electronic post-rock band, have been busy with their various projects.

 

The tyranny of distance dictates that when the band does find themselves all in one place, it’s time to get to work....

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 1:27pm

Jan Haußels is an accidental musician. The drummer for acclaimed Austrian rock band Mother’s Cake never planned to make a living wage from music, and he stumbled into his current life almost entirely by accident.

 

He’s not someone who spent his childhood singing into a hairbrush in the mirror, and as a result views his life with a particular kind of humbled surprise. “I was...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 1:26pm

Initially, Perth indie outfit Methyl Ethel was meant to be no more than an amorphous vessel for surreal, dream pop, but as the band’s tunes took on a life of their own, punters clamoured to see them played live.

 

Jake Webb, Methyl Ethel’s mastermind, realised that he needed a band to be the arms and limbs of the songs onstage and recruited Chris Wright (drums) and Thom Stewart (...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 1:23pm

It’s strange to think that 15 years ago, Parkway Drive, I Killed The Prom Queen and Carpathian were slowly setting the standard for what would soon be popular metalcore in Australia.

 

Jimmy Kyle was in the thick of it all – touring next to those titans of yore while performing in Sulo and Bellevue. Kyle’s current endeavours reel him in from the screams of metalcore and into a...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 1:21pm

Boy & Bear are a force to be reckoned with; their 2011 debut Moonfire has won a whopping five ARIA awards and has also successfully landed three songs in triple j’s Hottest 100, and they’ve skyrocketed since, with their 2013 Harlequin Dream and 2015 Limit Of Love also hitting #1 on the ARIA charts.

 

 They’ve toured internationally and have recently finished a big Australia...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 1:19pm

Sleater-Kinney’s return from a nine year hiatus two years ago was and continues to be a textbook example of a band returning stronger than ever.

 

Coming straight off the bat with the release of a new record, 2015’s critically acclaimed No Cities to Love, the band has toured relentlessly since, honing and sharpening their live performance and band chemistry. The band’s recently...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 12:43pm

Corinne Bailey Rae has wowed international audiences for over a decade with hit after hit garnering her fans, Grammys (nominations and wins) and countless accolades. Until now, Bailey Rae has only been accessible to her Australian fans via the various waves that drift around the atmosphere magically making sounds emerge from radios, and pictures appear on TVs.

 

Finally, Bailey...

Posted 10 Feb 2017 @ 3:18pm

Acclaimed Aussie duo Holy Holy are getting ready to launch their new album into the world, which is already promising to be one of 2017's standout releases. 

 

Judging from already released singles Darwinism and Elevator, the forthcoming album Paint will see the band dive into new sonic territory that was already laid out on their last acclaimed record, When The Storms Would Come...

Posted 9 Feb 2017 @ 4:04pm

Helmed by independent music legends Mushroom Group and supported by the Victorian Government arrives Voice for Change – a brand new community-focused project that champions creativity as a force to combat some of the issues affecting local youth today, inspiring the next generation to follow their dreams and ambitions. How will they be doing that?  By assembling some of the finest names in the...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 3:27pm

There’s no guaranteed path to becoming a successful musician. There’s plenty that can go wrong along the way, but that doesn’t stop some folk from holding onto the dream regardless of where it leads.

 

For Bec Sandridge, that path has seen her meander all over the world and has led to a significant transformation of her music along the way. The secret is to find your audience...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 2:55pm

Sunnyboys offer so much thirst-quenching tetrahedron shaped freshness.

 

You may say the same for the ‘80s post-punk pop band of the same name. They dished out fresh hits to the thirsty masses and have done so sporadically over the last 35 years. Now the guys are snipping off the corner and allowing us access to their cool sweetness once more.
 
This February, the...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 1:02pm

A studio recording whets a palate glazed by expertise or feigning – the live stage embodying music at its core is where a band’s true offering lies.

 

Creating an alluring live set can be difficult and limitations often revolve around stringency of instrumentation or composition. Nevertheless, musical dexterity is commonly met with esteem and embellishing a live production with...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 1:00pm

The dream of becoming a chart-topping, wildly successful musician comes with its own little asterisk, a gentle reminder that as big as you might get, you’re always going to have to deal with the nitty-gritty.

 

Just ask Ella Hooper, a musician whose significant highs have also come with their own fair share of boring, irritatingly necessary associated tasks.
 
“I’ve...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:49pm

With a career that started due to fulfilling their neighborhood’s demand for a brass band to lead marches at community events – sadly, mainly funerals – New Orleans act Hot 8 Brass Band have become their city’s most prolific global export.

 

That is, besides Creole and Cajun cuisine with restaurants serving this style of food popping up in practically every city around the world...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:45pm

Everywhere you look these days in the broad, ever-growing landscape of music, there are collaborations.

 

One musician who has completely bucked this trend is Melbourne based singer/songwriter/producer/uber talent, Harts, real name Darren Hart, who unapologetically prefers the solitude of his spare bedroom and his own musicality to a recording studio.
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Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:41pm

With a name like Matt Savage, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the lead singer of Melbourne post-punk rising stars Destrends has had his fair share of wild gigs.

 

The provocateur and bandleader has an electrifying presence live, constantly pushing his band’s hooky melodies into wilder and wilder territory – and yes, every now and then, things start to buckle a little under that...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:35pm

A lot has changed in the years since four school friends that had kicked around in pop punk bands after class decided to make a go of something new back in 2006.

 

Then again, a lot has also stayed the same – The Menzingers still hold the exact same lineup they did when they started out; and their dedication to making heartfelt, honest and endearing melodic punk by ways of...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:33pm

If you’ve been to a Brian El Dorado show you’ll know that the good people of Fitzroy’s live music hotspot, The Night Cat, are preparing to host one hell of a party.

 

Together with his hand-picked band of musical marvels known as The Tuesday People, El Dorado promises a night of epic solos, killer grooves and good times aplenty.
 
“I’ll be playing with my seven-piece...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:31pm

Where most have succumbed to the pressures of life as a collective, Neurosis continue to offer forward-thinking and boundless music.

 

“Our progression has always been one of forward-thinking,” says Von Till. “As far as developing new music goes, we’ve never once looked backwards. We’re always trying to open ourselves up to the creative force that’s so much bigger than us and...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:29pm

Sydney alt pop four-piece Tigertown have just completed a whirlwind tour of the country in support of US rockers and buddies, Panic! at the Disco.

 

Since the release of their second EP Papernotes late last year, guitarist Chris Collins and his songwriting partner (and wife) Charlie have devoted any downtime to penning Tigertown’s story. “It’s been a dream for us to release an...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 11:56am

Gretta Ray has the world at her feet right now. But don't think for a second she's going to let that faze her. Instead, the young Melbourne songwriter is taking it all in her stride. Following a watershed year in 2016, Ray's career took off after winning triple j's Unearthed High, as well as taking out the prestigious $50,000 Vanda & Young songwriting competition. It all culminated with...

Posted 7 Feb 2017 @ 2:53pm

Jan Haußels is an accidental musician. The drummer for acclaimed Austrian rock band Mother’s Cake never planned to make a living wage from music, and he stumbled into his current life almost entirely by accident. He’s not someone who spent his childhood singing into a hairbrush in the mirror, and as a result views his life now with a particular kind of humbled surprise.

 

“I was...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 1:13pm

From their roots in Russell Street out to the Footscray store, Davis Music Centre have been an enormous part of the community for over 100 years.

 

Unfortunately, a combination of there being no apparent heir to the throne and the advent of online shopping has meant that the store will be closing down in the near future.
 
“Davis Music started in 1901, and Mr Davis...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 12:19pm

Some 11 years ago, george took to the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House and said goodbye.

 

The Brisbane-based outfit had been making music for almost a decade, providing the soundtrack for the romance and heartbreak of thousands of adolescents around the country in the process, and reshaping Australian pop for years to come.
 
Yet it was never designed to be a...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 12:04pm

When I first met Luke Dubber (AKA Luke Dubs), one half of the hip hop duo Hermitude, he told me he and his buddy Angus Stuart (better known as Elgusto) were just a couple of music nerds.

 

Years later and the award-winning pair have travelled all over the globe performing to thousands of fans and appearing at some of the world’s most prestigious music festivals, including SXSW,...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 12:02pm

Kyle Lionhart has the surprising distinguishment of having a sizable following with only a single EP under his belt.

 

His story of success speaks volumes about his methods – grassroots efforts to promote himself through streaming services, busking and live performances built on connection and emotion.
 
“I think the biggest thing for me was firstly Spotify where I’d...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 12:00pm

For its fourth year, Wyndham City is bringing a mammoth lineup of free live music to its residents in the form of the Friday LIVE Series.

 

The three consecutive Fridays will see Werribee’s Station Place light up with a passionate and diverse music scene, each with a unique theme.
 
The first Friday of the series will see Aussie new wave act Pseudo Echo take to the...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 11:59am

Murder, madness and mayhem – three essential elements for an unforgettable night of opera.

 

Set within the grounds of Prahran’s exquisite Victoria Gardens, the City of Stonnington’s three-part concert series, The Classics, kicks off again this Saturday with the best of bel canto.
 
Literally translated, ‘bel canto’ means beautiful song or singing, and defines Italian...

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