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Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 11:13am

A musician’s rise to fame isn’t always underlined by songwriting distinction – artists can garner acclaim for their charisma and accuracy on the live stage before developing a musical skeleton.

 

When ‘50s and ‘60s inspired soul’n’roll revivalists Vintage Trouble surfaced in 2010, records were simply merch desk fillers. Electrified by the verve ofostentatious frontman Ty Taylor,...

Posted 21 Mar 2017 @ 3:02pm

Esteemed music festival Inner Varnika will return in its strongest form for what will prove to be a grand fourth year.

 

Situated in a unique location two hours from Melbourne, Inner Varnika provides an opportunity for three days over the Easter weekend to strip away the stress and social pressure of the city, nurturing a unique environment of compassion, catharsis and freedom of...

Posted 21 Mar 2017 @ 11:30am

Bluesfest 2017 is shaping up to be a festival like no other. While we all know the lineup is absolutely huge and featuring some massive names, let's take a closer look at some of Beat's favourite acts taking to the stage at this year's event.  

 

1. Vintage Trouble

 

The self-branded "Trouble Makers" blew away Bluesfest audiences with their blistering sets at the...

Posted 20 Mar 2017 @ 5:44pm

After a long exploration through the classical, progressive rock and jazz worlds, Roni Shewan has finally found herself in the trip-hop stylings of her solo project, Shiver Canyon.

 

The debut release almost timelines Shewan’s journey through the musical realms. Incorporating ambient and dream like electronic, pop and rock sounds, it’s the fluttering, carefree nature of Shiver...

Posted 17 Mar 2017 @ 2:54pm

Five years ago the Violent Femmes’ bassist and co-founder, Brian Ritchie, became an Australian citizen and he hasn’t looked back since.

 

He and his wife settled in Hobart in 2008 and he set about establishing himself in the local arts scene. As curator of MONA FOMA Festival he has a keen eye and a sound ear for what works – what people want and how to make it happen. “MONA FOMA...

Posted 17 Mar 2017 @ 12:26pm

Long Island pop-punk veterans Taking Back Sunday have always had somewhat of a revolving-door lineup, with only guitarist Eddie Reyes serving as the sole constant throughout their 18-year lifespan.

 

Hell, for a time there you could even buy official t-shirts from the band with “I USED TO BE IN TAKING BACK SUNDAY” written in big block letters across it. This added to the initial...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 1:56pm

So far, we've caught up with the likes of DiafrixSampa The Great, ...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 12:46pm

The ever talented Morgan Steinmeyer Håkansson formed the band known as Marduk.

 

 Their musical style was that of a straightforward death metal band, with an influenced take on black metal music. Having travelled around the globe and back again within a career spanning just shy of three decades, the band are super excited to bring their show to Australia.
 
It was a...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 12:44pm

Tracey Miller is one of those people whose passion for music permeates every aspect of her life, and the happiness it brings her is tangible.

 

Rather than give up playing guitar after a freak accident with a louvre blind that saw her lose use of her left hand, she learned to use her hand again, and developed her own playing style. Yearly trips to Hawaii have seen...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 12:41pm

We often get so swept up by others’ exploits and desires that our aspirations and interests in life can be overshadowed and sometimes forgotten.

 

A revelation at the beginning of this century poised to mantle Cameron Avery’s music foundation. Emerging from a jazz-infused upbringing, Avery was just beginning to grapple rock’n’roll when he met Kevin Parker. His next decision could...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 12:41pm

A truly authentic boutique music experience, By The Meadow is returning for its fourth year.

 

The now three-day, two-night festival is held just an hour and a half out of Melbourne in Bambra, nestled in Victoria’s Otway Hinterlands. With a focus on locally sourced talent, the picturesque setting will play host to a stellar lineup of up-and-coming Aussie acts as well as those...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 12:33pm

Trying to track both the recording and touring history of Bonnie Raitt is like trying to track the history of the British monarchy – it’s extensive, involved and incredibly successful.

 

The American blues singer has toured extensively for nearly ten months out of each year she’s been active, won ten Grammy Awards and released an arsenal of material. Last year’s Dig In Deep was...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 12:31pm

The exiled Roman poet Ovid once wrote, "Suppressed grief suffocates, it rages within the breast, and is forced to multiply its strength".

 

He was talking about what can happen if unchecked grief festers, takes root, spreads, and corrupts our thoughts. On Windhand’s third full-length album Grief’s Infernal Flower, they have used the idiom of doom metal to mediate on melancholia...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 12:29pm

Later this month, the Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC) will be hosting Australia’s third iteration of WOW: Women of the World Festival.

 

WOW is an international movement, birthed in London in 2011, and since spreading across five continents to celebrate women’s achievements and discuss the challenges remaining.
 
Closing WOW 2017’s program on Saturday March 25...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 12:27pm

It’s easy to see why so many people are hooked on Paul Croler’s (AKA Cakeboy’s) tasty breakbeats.

 

He earned his well-deserved reputation as a determined all-live act in the clubs of Brighton during the late ‘90s. “It was challenging in the early days - if you wanted to play live, you had to lug all the hardware on stage,” he says. “I had samplers and effects units and keyboards...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 12:21pm

Though James Mercer, frontman of indie rock darling The Shins technically began work on the band's new album, Heartworms, about two years ago, he confesses his songwriting is far from a linear process.

 

Mercer’s writing is a labour of love, and some songs on the record have been in the works for close to ten years.
 
“I’ve always done that, there’s always these ideas...

Posted 10 Mar 2017 @ 10:10pm

Originally formed in Dublin in the year 1991, Abaddon Incarnate are finally returning to Australia after a decade spent abroad.

 

 
Originally formed in Dublin in the year 1991, Abaddon Incarnate are finally returning to Australia after a decade spent abroad. Known for playing old school death metal mashed together with grindcore, the band has released eight studio albums...

Posted 10 Mar 2017 @ 7:58pm

Alfredo Rodriguez is a piano virtuoso from Cuba who seamlessly marries his homeland flavours with his classical training and the influences of the people and places he’s visited across the globe.

 

This month Rodriguez will head to our fine land for the first time. His mission: to sample our culture and music, while blessing us all with his musical gift.
 
Championed...

Posted 10 Mar 2017 @ 7:57pm

There are many reasons for a band hiatus – illness, exterior interests or in-band discordance are a few. In many cases, its galvanising and eventual musicality can be decidedly rebellious but equally lucrative.

 

In the wake of their 2010 LP Transference, Texas alternative rockers Spoon indulged in well-earned respite – band members fulfilled other curiosities but ultimately...

Posted 10 Mar 2017 @ 7:57pm

Newly formed ensemble Bokanté is the latest venture of Grammy Award-winning Michael League, bandleader of Snarky Puppy.

 

Reigning from four different continents around the globe, the eight-piece come together to create a truly diverse group. Bokanté’s sound is rich in groove, blues, melody and soul. Translating to ‘exchange’ in Creole, the band will serve up a very special...

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 11:10am

Crowded House is Neil Finn’s new band. With Paul Hester and Nick Seymour, Firm has leap-frogged local acts by obtaining a direct signing with American label Capital Records. The single, Mean to Me is already charting and, with an excellent album due for a simultaneous worldwide release, the prospects for Crowded House look bright.

 

In this interview, Neil Finn exposes his...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 3:05pm

Lead vocalist Fergus Lincare takes us behind the scenes from some of the weirder moments while recording Kingswood's second album After Hours, Close To Dawn at Nashville's Sound Emporium Studio.

 

Hotel
It’s 9.50am. The hotel room phone rings. “Shotgun not,” I hear mumbled from beneath the doona of the adjacent double bed. No one moves, the ringing stops. I’m almost able to...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 3:04pm

It goes without saying that being a woman should be celebrated every day of the year. However, in celebration of International Women's Day, we sent six inspiring women a single question to answer: What does being a woman today mean to you?

 

Banoffee, musician

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Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 2:50pm

So far, we've caught up with the likes of DiafrixSampa The Great, ...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 2:48pm

So often in life, the places we’ve been and the people we’ve known shape who we become.

 

It’s the hardships and adversity we face that trigger a creative reaction, and Dori Freeman’s response to her past, her heritage and her heartbreaks is to channel them through music. She’s dazzled country music lovers with her self-titled debut album, a sweetly honest and genuine work that...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 2:37pm

If one were to initiate a roundtable discussion on the subject of 2016 and examine what the year had to offer, the majority would likely agree that it was a fairly grim time, particularly within music.

 

Yet for Melbourne quintet Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, 2016 marked a significant turning point in the band’s career. The release of their EP Talk Tight saw the little...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 2:37pm

Port Fairy Folk Festival is back and boy, is it looking to be a great event.

 

To say that program director Caroline Moore is excited would be a gross understatement – Moore is positively elated. “[PFFF] has this incredible reputation and quality,” says Moore. “It’s my first year [as director] so it’s nerve wracking - you want to ensure the integrity, the vibe that’s been built...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 2:13pm

There's something particularly exciting about this weekend. Of course, Golden Plains, but also the fact that come Monday your alarm will not be going off for work. Finally, it's the Labour Day Long Weekend and there's lots to keep you busy within Melbourne and it's surrounds. 

 

Ballarat Antique Fair
A small...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 1:20pm

As a representative body that aims to foster and develop important initiatives within the music community, the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) is a vital organisation for the many creatives of our nation.

 

2017 heralds the second year of their Love Live Music 60-Second Film Competition, with ARIA-nominated film director and musician Sunny Leunig taking the helm as its...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 1:10pm

Rohan Stevenson is a talented guitarist, most recently known for heading progressive instrumental act, I Built The Sky.

 

After releasing his latest record The Sky Is Not The Limit, Rohan is heading out for a five-day nationwide tour. After returning from the States where he led a master class that he live streamed, he now has his sights firmly set on giving his records the...

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