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Posted 12 Apr 2017 @ 1:30pm

US post hardcore rockers The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus will soon be jet-setting to Australia to celebrate the ten year anniversary of their debut album, Don’t You Fake It.

 

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus vocalist Ronnie Winter says the band has received nothing but great responses about the tour. “That’s the good thing about when we made the album,” Winter says. “It was basically a...

Posted 12 Apr 2017 @ 1:28pm

It’s one of those urban myths that turns out to be true: UK’s pioneering acid, techno and house legend Carl Cox actually does live in Frankston, and what’s more, he loves it.

 

“I bought my house here in Frankston 12 years ago and I’m still here now,” he says. “Every time I come back it feels like new. I see my neighbours again and go to my local store up the road and they’re...

Posted 12 Apr 2017 @ 1:25pm

When Beat Magazine last sat down with Deez Nuts’ frontman and founder, JJ Peters, he was enjoying some much needed daddy-daughter time.

 

“I was in Dusseldorf with my kid – but at the moment, life is a little bit different than watching Peppa Pig with my daughter,” he says. “I’m in New York City right now and things have been going at a different pace for the last couple of years...

Posted 12 Apr 2017 @ 1:22pm

For some musicians, the press junket is torture; the very worst aspect of the album cycle.

 

All they want to do is play their music, talk to fans, have a good time and start writing their next record – but instead they have to endure journalists, those plonkers with their irritating, odd questions and not-so-subtle agendas.
 
Consider Theia the exception to that...

Posted 12 Apr 2017 @ 1:16pm

When you stop and consider everything that typically goes into a tour, it actually seems like a pretty tough gig. Imagine if, for your work, you had to ride around regional Australia with, say, Greg from marketing or Susan from accounts, living in each others’ pockets. It’d be miserable. The only way it’d work is if you got on with them famously.

 

Fortunately, RocKwiz host Julia...

Posted 12 Apr 2017 @ 12:32pm

The Smith Street Band’s emotionally charged lyrics, often expressing the grinding torture and blinding emptiness of living with mental illness, have become a signature element of their presence on the music scene. 

 

Frontman Wil Wagner’s experiences with depression and anxiety are consistently laid out for the audience in a heartbreakingly raw fashion, something he’s happy to do...

Posted 5 Apr 2017 @ 12:08pm

There's always beauty in the unknown. Whether it's exploring a city you've never been to, experimenting with things you've never tried, or wearing a black baseball cap on stage to hide your identity – it's anonymity that can force us to seek new experiences. 

 

Matthew Kopp, better known as Running Touch, has taken part in all of the above, and although not the enigma that he...

Posted 5 Apr 2017 @ 12:07pm

For those familiar with British television show The Only Way Is Essex, you’ll understand that the accent can be annoying as heck, grating on the ears like nails on a chalkboard.

 

But don’t let TOWIE give the entire county a bad rep, because people like Gemma Ray come along with voices so sweet and magical, trepidations about accents are quickly forgotten.
 
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Posted 5 Apr 2017 @ 12:04pm

If you’ve been around Australia’s metal scene for a while, you’ll almost certainly recognise the vocal chords of Adam Glynn. 

 

He’s previously contributed decibels to the likes of Frankenbok and Five Star Prison Cell, and he’s just released his debut solo album The Vogue of Ambition upon return from the traditional musician’s hiatus. 
 
“I focused those would-be...

Posted 5 Apr 2017 @ 12:03pm

Ever since Johnny Cash stepped into Folsom State Prison and recorded the best-selling live album of all time, music and penitentiaries have enjoyed a strange romanticism. While the maximum security Pentridge Prison in Coburg has been largely silent for 20 years now, you’ll now get the chance to come as close to those Folsom Prison Blues as you’ll likely want to get. The Pentridge Festival...

Posted 5 Apr 2017 @ 11:55am

David Novak, frontman of the increasingly sought-after Polish Club, isn’t one to mince words.

 

Though the Sydney duo have only just dropped their debut album Alright Already, they’re already long-accustomed to the struggles of life in the music industry – including the necessary evils of talking to the press – and know that the best way to get their music out there is to be as...

Posted 5 Apr 2017 @ 11:48am

Vancouver Sleep Clinic perform with a wisdom and profound sense of understanding that goes beyond their years – and that’s largely in part to the experience and efforts of the band’s driving force and founder, Tim Bettinson.

 

When Bettinson first began VSC as a solo artist, he wasn’t even out of school. At only 17 years old, the reception to his work floored the then teenager,...

Posted 5 Apr 2017 @ 11:46am

There aren’t many bands who have a cake created and named in their honour.  In fact, apart from Wollongong heavy metal band Totally Unicorn, none spring to mind. 

 

So it is with a mixture of pride and amusement that Totally Unicorn singer Drew Gardner concedes that the story of the Totally Unicorn beetroot cake in former MasterChef contestant Poh Ling Yeoh’s Same But Different...

Posted 5 Apr 2017 @ 11:44am

Turin Brakes will celebrate their Bluesfest debut this year, showcasing the band’s seventh studio album Lost Property.

 

One of the finest indie bands of the last decade, Turin Brakes are still going strong after 18 years and multiple world tours.
 
Ahead of coming to Australia for Bluesfest, Turin Brakes will be performing at the 100 Club in London. “Doing the...

Posted 31 Mar 2017 @ 10:46am

Groovin’ The Moo has unleashed a ripper lineup of international acts for 2017. Against Me! will be joined by Architects, Dillon Francis, Milky Chance, The Wombats and more. Adding to the flavour party is a long roster of Aussie stalwarts including The Smith Street Band, Methyl Ethel, Northeast Party House and PNAU to name a few.

We all know the benefits of a varied diet, so to keep...

Posted 31 Mar 2017 @ 10:08am

Desert Divas Volume II is collection showcasing the emerging talents of a new generation of female Indigenous musicians.

 

The album is the culmination of an ambitious recording and education program, which enabled the women to develop their songwriting skills while learning about all aspects of the music industry.
 
The collection features original songs from Shana...

Posted 29 Mar 2017 @ 7:01pm

After speaking with some of Australia's finest musicians, sports stars and creatives for the groundbreaking Voice For Change program, we sit down with spiritied hip hop king Urthboy to chat inspiration, the next genration of creators, and how positivity is key to success. 

 

Why do you think a program such as Voice for Change that aims to inspire youth and create positivity is...

Posted 29 Mar 2017 @ 3:51pm

Melbourne is lucky enough to have one of the most abundant and diverse music scenes the world has to offer. Music venues sprawl from the city to the suburbs, and musicians flock from every corner of the country to become a part of our dynamic and supportive environment. Behind the scenes, Music Victoria has acted as the roots from which this has grown and flourished. 

 

A non-...

Posted 29 Mar 2017 @ 1:51pm

They say you shouldn’t try to run before you know how to walk, but in the case of I Prevail, that’s just silly.

 

I Prevail hit the ground running in a marathon of success and recognition, one which they are winning at an exponential rate. Currently wrapping up the North American stretch of their Lifelines tour, I Prevail have already proven themselves to be relentless, talented...

Posted 29 Mar 2017 @ 1:47pm

It seems as if West Virginia has been sitting on music gold – sticky gold, mind you.

 

From the swamps of the US state, several great groups have emerged into the light of day, establishing themselves as powerhouses of doom metal and shaking up the scene with a rattling rage. Cough are one of these groups, with a heavy sound bound to make eyeballs melt.
 
Supporting...

Posted 29 Mar 2017 @ 1:41pm

Bullhorn are a nine-piece band that features seven hard-hitting horn players, a bossing drummer and a frontman who is intoxicating with his rhythmic wordplay and charismatic stage presence.

 

After having an incredibly busy summer performing at Queenscliff Music Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and Mullum Festival, just to name a few, it’s time for Bullhorn to perform at Blenheim...

Posted 29 Mar 2017 @ 1:38pm

Despite his talent, and the sheer volume of praise and support he’s received in his young life, Ben Wright-Smith is softly spoken and completely devoid of ego.

 

 He stammers as he reflects upon himself and his achievements, the completion and release of his debut album The Great Divorce not greatly affecting how he sees himself on the music scene.
 
“It’s funny with...

Posted 24 Mar 2017 @ 9:47pm

Singer/songwriter Liz Stringer has always been the busiest of bees, and thus far 2017 is no different.

 

Straight off the back of a solid ten months of touring her album All The Bridges in the US and Canada, Stringer is hunched over her computer, busily preparing some last minute details for her run of Australian shows next month, all to be a little different from her northern...

Posted 24 Mar 2017 @ 2:37pm

“What’s happening at the moment, and it’s an awesome movement that needed to happen, is more and more women are taking control of their careers and opportunities, by learning to produce, by running events, by climbing that ladder to be the person that then books and mentors others. That’s how we level a playing field, by doing it.”

 

You may know Jane Elizabeth Hanley as Kids at...

Posted 24 Mar 2017 @ 1:56pm

He may have over two decades of experience under his belt, but it’s been nearly four years since Bob Evans, the alter ego and solo project of Jebediah frontman Kevin Mitchell, has taken to the stage in all his solo glory.

 

Having toured alongside good friend Josh Pyke in late 2016, Evans is well and truly warmed up for an extensive three-month tour across Australia, and ready to...

Posted 24 Mar 2017 @ 9:32am

Following a swell of curious buzz prompted by a mysterious YouTube video, a new single, and an oddly cryptic Facebook chat bot, Northlane has revealed their huge announcement to be the surprise arrival of new album Mesmer.

 

“It was meant to get people excited, but without really knowing what they’re excited for,” says frontman Marcus Bridge, of the unorthodox release. “We like a...

Posted 23 Mar 2017 @ 12:33pm

With our Voice For Change coverage so far, we've talked with some of the most prominent names in the Australian music and sports world. Now, we sit down with the next generation of creators who are using their passions as a force of positivity. Let's meet Krown & Malesh P. 

 

Why do you think a program such as Voice for Change that aims to inspire youth and create positivity...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 12:57pm

 

By every right, Alter Bridge should’ve been viewed as a major contender in the realm of big-swinging post-grunge from the second they kicked off in earnest toward the middle of the 2000s.
 
There was just one minor thing holding them back in a lot of people's eyes – save for vocalist Myles Kennedy, every member of the band was previously a member of much-maligned Christian...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 11:28am

The trio of Lea, Rosa and Petra Rumwaropen are three sisters who have come together to form The Black Sistaz.

 

They’re three West Papuan singers with a powerful message – stand strong for a free West Papua. The now Australian-based family has endured many hardships through their lineage, which The Black Sistaz communicate through their music as one of a journey of living a life...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 11:23am

Being one of the most prominent players in the electronic music scene and touring the world as one half of renowned duo Orbital, Phil Hartnoll has helped produce some of the most iconic moments in electronic music history.

 

Furthermore, he has firmly established himself as one of the most electric solo DJs through his extensive touring that spans over a decade.
 
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