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Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 12:28pm

“I’ve been thinking about this concept of the dark, and I think the dark has gotten off with a bad rap. 

 

“I think it’s become a very easy term to use to refer to anything bad these days,” says guitarist, singer/songwriter and performer Mikel Simic — commonly known by his creative mononym Mikelangelo. 
 
The context for Mikelangelo’s musings is the idea behind his...

Posted 16 Dec 2016 @ 12:58pm

Born out of whimsy and imagination, Rabbit Hole Festival is a creative arts, music and leisure festival located in Merton, a mere two hours from Melbourne. Nestled on a dairy farm in the foothills of the Strathbogie Ranges, the festival site boasts a scenic lookout perched atop a hill and a pristine fresh water creek.

Rabbit Hole intends to highlight all forms of Australiana,...

Posted 15 Dec 2016 @ 3:30pm

What do books, Bluesfest, breaking stuff, and bondage all have in common? They're all some of the top-notch Christmas gifts we've handpicked and put together in this year's gift guide. Forget the tropes of new socks and handwritten cards. Sure, it's the thought that counts – but who doesn't want to give and receive some downright cool shit that won't be re-gifted as a First Communion present...

Posted 15 Dec 2016 @ 1:59pm

In an industry that relies on the love of its audience, not much time is spared for the mental health of those both on stage and behind the scenes.

 

Sitting at my desk in my bedroom, still quite dark with the blinds slightly open on a dreary, overcast afternoon, I’m listening to one of my most prized records – Nirvana’s Nevermind. At the moment I’m midway through track five;...

Posted 15 Dec 2016 @ 11:24am

In the early 1980s Shayne Carter was sharing a flat in Dunedin with Graeme Downes. Downes, who as protagonist in New Zealand guitar band The Verlaines, would become a central influence in creating the so-called ‘Dunedin sound’, was at the beginning of an impressive academic career.  Carter, on the other hand, was working as a radio journalist.  When Carter’s band, the Doublehappys, was offered...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 12:37pm

Most hardcore techno-heads around the world would almost cringe when anyone says the word EDM, but it's hard to deny the market saturation of such a trend.

 

Every time you turn the radio on you'll hear a repetitive and overdone beat from the latest flavour of the month DJ that just got his hands on a pirated copy of FL Studio and is churning out beats at a massive quantity....

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 12:31pm

Benzo Baseline is a musician’s musician.

 

Though he’s best known these days for his dark, funky electro tunes – slabs of deep house perfectly suited for both the pumping dance floor and the quieter introspection available in your living room – he’s shown a fondness for toying with genre over the course of a career that has seen him tackle a range of musical types and instruments...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 12:27pm

There are performers out there who slave away at music degrees for years, taking to the classroom to learn the skills that carry them when they step up to the stage.

 

Then there are performers like Reuben Stone. After deciding music was what he wanted to do with his life at the tender age of 11, Stone didn’t turn to books, or adopt an academic approach to gigging: he turned to...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 12:22pm

“I’m not like a Benny or Bjorn songwriter."

 

“I can’t lock myself in a cabin and come out with a Waterloo,” says Even guitarist and songwriter Ash Naylor.  Naylor is musing on the still mysterious creative process of songwriting as he explains the state of play with Even’s new album, originally commenced in 2014. “Writing tunes is never a problem, finishing off lyrics is a...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 12:20pm

Some say that patience is a virtue.

 

Others say that determination and hard work will always get you where you want to be, regardless of age or experience. For Australian electronic veterans Hermitude, it’d be wrong to regard them as juxtapositions to any of those qualities. As time passed, the duo found themselves finally cracking the nut they’ve always wanted to crack – the...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 12:14pm

As has been famously (and often) said, war is hell.

 

While there’s little good that can come from such violence, the bravery and resistance of civilians caught up in conflict can be truly remarkable. It can also take many shapes. As Dubioza Kolektiv prepare to embark on their first Australian tour, the Bosnian band find themselves leading an unexpected charge of revitalised...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 12:12pm

“I always wanted a real job, but then I got one and I hated it,” laughs Pablo Alvarado, guitarist and singer with Melbourne garage band Mesa Cosa and the brains behind touring company Bone Soup. 

 

Before he decided to take the plunge into business with Bone Soup, Alvarado was answering phones for a telecommunications company, while trying to escape the insidious embrace of the...

Posted 9 Dec 2016 @ 3:35pm

Perhaps what best distinguishes A Weekend In The Gardens, the inaugural three day event from the brains behind the sensational A Day on the Green, from other outdoor music events, is its effortless way of combining brilliant musicians, and good food and drink, into an event where everyone can enjoy themselves.

 

“It’s really fascinating. We had Lionel Richie at A Day on The Green...

Posted 8 Dec 2016 @ 10:24am

Journey through the streets of Coburg North and you'll find yourself entrenched in the disremembered ruins of an otherwise prospering colossus. Look a little deeper and you'll find a burgeoning embryo within one of Melbourne’s industrial estates that's grown into something extraordinary.

 

Constructed in 1976, the Coburg Velodrome is home to the Coburg Cycling Club, but has not...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 1:47pm

 

Producer Gives Sound Music Industry Advice
Since graduating from SAE Melbourne with a Bachelor of Audio, Luke Cincotta has spent several years working his way up through the ranks of the Australian music industry, to ultimately land his current position as Music Producer/Engineer at the highly acclaimed Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne. 
 
Having worked with some of...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 1:45pm

Preston’s High Street Music have built their reputation on both selling a range of high quality products and through the strength of their knowledge about the instruments’ workings, both inside and out.

 

One of the things that really sets the store apart from their competitors is their custom shop. They’re able to take many of the electric guitars that come in and modify them,...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 12:39pm

The Dead Daisies are the very definition of an international band.

 

The group’s members are scattered across the globe, and though they’re often called an Australian-American rock outfit, the truth is a little more muddied. Past members have lived on almost every continent on Earth, and the band’s current lead singer John Corabi – of Mötley Crüe fame – has called a range of...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 12:36pm

Everything you read about Peaches seems enamoured of momentum.

 

The near-unquantifiable Canadian provocateur has been ‘moving forward’ and ‘pushing boundaries’ ever since her second release back in 2000, when Merril Nisker ditched the avant-garde folk-rock and became the Peaches we all know and love.
 
This is all well and good, but usually it’s the kind of empty...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 12:26pm

Look to the core of so much music, and a central theme consistently appears: love.

 

For Nothinge, finding the love of its life opened up a whole new way of creating. Though Nothinge cites a long, long list of musical influences, including Kate Bush, Severed Heads and David Bowie, first and foremost, it attributes their love as its primary form of inspiration. ...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 12:10pm

With festival season well under way we heard the genre-bending quartet, Lake Street Dive, couldn’t wait to hit the tour circuit again after their highly successful Australian debut at the Port Fairy Folk Festival last year.

 

Beat caught up with Mike “McDuck” Olson to get the skinny on what to expect when they return later this month.
 
The charismatic guitarist and...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 12:00pm

Street performing is an ominous exercise requiring a certain level of steel and self-assurance.

 

To pull it off, you have to be bold and resilient in the face of likely failure. Success can be few and far between and while some performers don’t enjoy longevity, internationally lauded, Melbourne-born street artist Dub FX continues to dispel all underdog theories.
 
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Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 11:49am

Every superhero has a day job.

 

Superman spends his working hours dressed down as Clark Kent, earning a tidy wage as a reporter, while Peter Parker has to busy himself taking snaps before he can assume his role as Spiderman. To that end, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the lead singer of Melbourne’s own The Ramshackle Army, Gaz Byrne, has something to keep him occupied when he’s...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 11:45am

It’s Melbourne that truly brought Vardos together.

 

The trio, originally hailing from Western Australia, Canberra and Tasmania, learned to play their brand of gypsy and tradition music from Roma musicians during their travels in Eastern Europe.
 
The band’s piano accordion player Sofia Chapman had a chat to Beat about all things accordion, how she started out and what...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 11:42am

It’s easy to assume Remi Kolawole and his producer/drummer Justin ‘Sensible J’Smith have known one another their entire lives.

 

The Melbourne-based duo are about to see out what has been a remarkably busy 2016 with a final national tour in support of the second album to bear the Remi name, Divas & Demons. The record has been one of the most rapturously received Australian...

Posted 1 Dec 2016 @ 10:56am

We love a market here at Beat, particularly come summer. And when you think about it, what's not to like? A great market combines some of the best aspects of Melbourne life – a hustling and bustling place where art, music, food and culture collide. A conglomeration of makers and admirers, showcasing handmade wares and goods of their own creation direct to the public is a sure-fire way to find...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 5:27pm

History is unforgiving. 

 

Someimes bands find themselves dropping politicized, socially-aware records that time reveals to be almost laughably sincere. Every once in a while, a work comes along like For Blood And Empire, Anti-Flag’s magnum opus and a savvy statement with a pertinence and staying power that means it feels as vital today as when it was first released.
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Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 4:44pm

The 2016 stint of Australia’s premier progressive music festival, Progfest, is marching into Melbourne next week with a lineup fit for a king. Now in its ninth year, Progfest prides itself on celebrating the kinds of artists who think for themselves and break trends in all kinds of genres - so you can rest assured that there’ll be something for everyone at this explosive and eclectic event....

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 2:00pm

Prog kids stick together. It’s been that way since the days of Yes and King Crimson and it continues today with fans of Spock’s Beard and Periphery.

 

Australia has a particularly strong progressive rock/metal scene, and Progfest is as important a day on the prog fans’ calendar as John Petrucci’s birthday (July 12) or the anniversary of ELP’s Tarkus (June 14).
 
What...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 12:41pm

Off the back of a well-received east coast run of headline shows, supporting Californian industrial metal gods Fear Factory, and making great progress on their new album, you would definitely say that 2016 has been a successful year for Melbourne band Circles. Having been hunkered down in the studio working on their second LP for the last few months, the band will return to the stage for...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 12:38pm

There's a lot of history to Chicago's genre-defiant Tortoise. On the verge of their 27th year as a band, the Midwestern multi-instrumentalists have traversed the world as softly spoken innovators, blending jazz, prog, electronica and post-rock into their versatile and impeccably detailed compositions.

 

Even with so much history to take in, the quintet aren't particularly...

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