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Music Features

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 3:35pm

Melbourne Music Week is back again and with it comes the lauded Live Music Safari. Featuring over 50 artists, Melbourne’s famed live music venues will open their doors for a night of free gigs and parties. We've picked out some of our favourites shows and venues, offering a handy guide that'll keep you satisfied with tasty food and even tastier tunes.

 

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Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 1:17pm

As one of many guitar stores around Melbourne, High Street Music differentiate themselves from the pack with their extensive Cole Clark range, their in-store customisation and music lessons and their true interest in customer service. We spoke to store manager Thom Jackson and owner Peter to find out a bit more about their Preston store.

 

What are the main brands and musical...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 12:36pm

Henry Saiz is up to something extraordinary.

 

The 34-year-old electronic sensation, DJ/producer has accumulated profound attention worldwide since circa 2013, with his radical creative philosophies and forward thinking approaches to his craft. His 2013 debut LP Reality Is for Those Who Are Not Strong Enough to Confront Their Dreams saw him ask his fans for their own recordings...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 12:34pm

It’s two years since Melbourne six-piece Ne Obliviscaris released their second LP, Citadel.

 

While listeners may be growing impatient waiting for album three, the progressive-extreme metal act have spent the ensuing period spreading their message across the globe. They’re currently wrapping up a seven-week European tour before a run of Australian headline shows in late November...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 12:33pm

As well as being a talented musician and producer, Malcura’s percussionist Simon Wood can hook you up with a pair of army fatigues.

 

“I’m sitting in the back of a camping store as we speak,” he says. “I’ve worked at Aussie Disposals in Melbourne for ten years. This is my bread and butter, this is what keeps the rent paid, but I wouldn’t keep making time to play music unless I...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 12:31pm

For synthpop artist Zola Jesus – aka Nika Roza Danilova, place is a potent force in her life.

 

“I dearly love Seattle,” Jesus says. “I moved out of Washington [State] just a few months ago, but I love and miss it very much. The atmosphere is always foggy and misty, but it's never too cold, and you can go to the mountains where there's volcanoes, desert and forest, or you can go...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 12:26pm

The Age Music Victoria Awards celebrates its 11th year in 2016.

 

It’s one of the largest publicly voted music awards in the country, with over 800 nominees on the long list whittled down to five in each category (including Best Band, Best Regional Act, Best Venue Over and Under 500 Capacity and Best Festival). Then there are industry expert nominees in categories like Best Album...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 12:24pm

Pegging shit at public figures as a way of expressing praise has a long and illustrious history that dates back all the way to Ancient Greece and Rome. After all, ol’ mate Draco, he of the Draconian laws, was so popular he suffocated to death after being smothered in thrown, assorted apparel during a coliseum appearance.

 

So when Gareth Liddiard of The Drones had a beer can...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 12:14pm

Ellinor Olovsdotter, the musician behind the Elliphant moniker, is having a pretty unbeatable day. Though she’s due to fly out to Australia in a few hours, heading our way to play her part in the much anticipated Melbourne Music Week, she’s not stressing about deadlines, or packing, or the enormity of the 24-hour plus flight she has to make from her home in Sweden. No. In fact, she’s getting a...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 10:47am

Melbourne Music Week is back for its seventh incarnation, brining nine full days of top notch and genre-leading artists, events and shows with it. Prepare yourself for some sleepless nights as Melbourne's venues, laneways and spaces are transformed into a city-wide musical playground, offering everything from underground techno to heavy hitting rock. We've trawled through the sprawling program...

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 1:05pm

 

Expanding its potential, Salt Studios is far from just an artist production and engineering specialist. A recent refurbishment and broadening of operations sees the East Brighton studio a jack-of-all-trades and a master of each one.
 
The studio’s capacity extends beyond artist and band recording and production –like many businesses of the digital ilk, it’s supplying to...

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 1:02pm

The Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre is well known for engaging the community, and welcomes the return of NaranaFest – a family friendly festival showcasing Indigenous culture, music and art happening in Geelong. Beat have put together a guide for those who want to see what it’s all about.

 

How to get there
 
Located on Torquay Road in Grovedale, there are a few...

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 12:08pm

The Patient’s Luke Baird is a man of few words. Perhaps that’s to be expected: after all, the band make deliberately stripped-back melodic hardcore, the kind of songs that do exactly what it says they will on the tin.

 

There’s no messing about on the band’s new album Unite As One – over the space of eight thumping tracks, the record builds up lyrical and audio confrontation,...

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 12:05pm

When Neil Barnes says that he's excited for his first time at Strawberry Fields, he's not kidding.

 

From the moment it's mentioned, one of the iconic legends behind influential electronic group Leftfield asks all kinds of questions. He wants to know what the festival looks like. He's wondering how the stages are set up. He's keen on the lineup. Strawberry Fields is going to...

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 12:03pm

It’s an understatement to suggest Superheist founding member DW Norton isn’t exactly having the greatest of days. “It’s been hell,” Norton says. “I’ve been stuck in traffic all day. I’m driving down to the Mornington Peninsula from Melbourne at the moment. I live down in the Peninsula … But, you know, traffic sucks.”

 

Although bumper-to-bumper gridlock mightn’t be ideal, at...

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 12:02pm

The music industry has changed a lot in the last 28 years- sometimes for the better, other times not so much. Through every twist and turn Tom Larkin has managed to endure it all.

 

As both the founding member of New Zealand rock band Shihad and trans-Tasman artist development group Signal Agency, he understands what it takes to have a successful long-term career as an artist....

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 11:58am

Melbourne band Gold Class are in a league of their own. Their debut album It's You blazed the trail back in September 2015, and now the boys have got a scorching new single.

 

Kids On Fire sees Gold Class exploding with an even bigger sound, serving as a taste tester for their forthcoming second LP. Ahead of their departure for a jaunt around Europe, Beat caught up with vocalist...

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 11:55am

Splitting her time between Australia and Jamaica, since relocating to the home of reggae in mid-2014, the energetic and engaging Nattali Rize of Blue King Brown has found a splendid balance between touring and creating, and just two of her many proclaimed homes. 

 

“My whole spirit and energy is drawn to music. Jamaica is the home of one of my favourite kinds of music, such...

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 11:51am

From busking on the streets of Melbourne to a sold-out international tour, Tash Sultana’s homegrown success is a powerhouse built on nothing but pure talent and a love for what she does; holding a crowd at the very tips of her insanely talented guitar playing fingers.

 

The musical range of this singer/songwriter and storyteller knows no bounds. Her performance, a mix of...

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 11:42am

None are quite so conscious on momentum and innovation as Tom Ellard. The Sydney-born spearhead of the hugely influential Severed Heads – champions of cassette culture, first band to release a self-made CD-Rom, first online music download in Australia – is still relentlessly moving forward. But in a contemporary culture that struggles to let go of the past, looking forward is easier said than...

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 11:35am

Graeme Pogson, one half of dance duo GL, has been riding pretty high in general recently. Following the release of his band’s celebrated new record Touch, he’s been truly enjoying himself, soaking up a fair share of good press, playing shows across the country and hanging out with his mates.

 

Not even the touring element of the album release, the part of the process that usually...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 4:08pm

Need somewhere to spend your Halloween weekend? Don't have a costume yet? Beat's got you covered.

 

LuWOW
Before the curtain comes down on Melbourne's favourite tropical tiki lounge bar, The LuWOW is gearing up for one extra spooktacular Halloween. On Friday October 28, a huge celebration of Quentin Tarantino's 1996...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 2:11pm

 The 2016 Brewers Feast is stocking some great craft beer and food. What can we expect?
Supporting the local industry was important for us in year one so we're making Brewers Feast 2016 a showcase of some of the best Victorian craft beers. What's exciting in the festival is rare beers, like 7 Cent's Belly Button beer or Cavalier Brewing their Hefeweizen for the first time in over four...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 1:10pm

The Pretty Littles’ have stuck together since the end of high school, making a name for themselves through their rollicking, uninhibited live shows and feel good, heart warming rock releases. 

 

With a recent video release for single Sleeping In Water, in which guitaristSimon Boyd is drowned by his bandmates, frontman Jack Parsons talks about the experience of shooting a video...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 1:08pm

As demand grew in the Australian rock climate at the turn of the century, so too did the supply.

 

For all of the hyped acts that thrived within the boom of new bands arriving around the late ‘90s and early 2000s, a dozen more perished publicly or quietly imploded. Some, such as Melbourne's Rocket Science, were caught somewhere in the middle. Their jaunty, angular take on indie...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 1:05pm

While there might not ever be a good time to break your ankle, doing so a few short months ahead of a massive festival you’re tasked with organising must surely rank as a particularly bad one.

 

That’s the quandary one of the directors of Australian Music Week, Geoff Trio, has recently found himself in, and the reason why the industry veteran is able to find time to be...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 1:02pm

There isn’t a band in Melbourne nearly half as joyful or surprising as Dorsal Fins kicking around at the moment.

 

While the nine-piece juggernaut have only been in existence for a little over two years, they’ve quickly become one of the most sought after live acts in the country, bringing their combination of collaboration and fun to the stage in a way that’s nothing short of...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 12:59pm

Music artist Mark Kottrel created Eldafyre from the combination of his tenor recorder called ‘Alder’, and his friend’s fire element.

 

His friends have always been a stable source of support for the development of his music career, and now Kottrel has added the finishing touches to his first official album Raw, and is currently in Melbourne to create the film clip for one of the...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 12:58pm

In a world of inflated complexity, music festivals are becoming more and more multidimensional in contrast to yesteryear.

 

The unmatched talent adorning festival lineups remains, but the fusion of fine art, cultural endeavours, technologically warping displays and avant-garde food and beverage options has significantly diversified the idea of what a music festival is. Melbourne’...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 12:56pm

It’s physiologically impossible to be sad while listening to someone play the ukulele.

 

The instrument is so light, so gracious, so goddamn likeable, that even the odd strum has the power to lift the spirits and swell the heart. Indeed, so beloved are ukes that a music festival dedicated to the four-stringed wonders seems less like a dalliance and more like an essential tribute...

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