Posted 19 Apr 2017 @ 12:28pm

With Michael Cusack


Friday sees the launch of another new night at New Guernica called Suite 909. Predictably with a name like that, it’s promising techno but with a guarantee to discover other influences that will spice up your experience. No word on DJs playing the launch yet.
Around at 24 Moons, Peter Van Hoesen is throwing down. Having just torn...

Posted 19 Apr 2017 @ 12:26pm

With Georgia Spanos


Through the twinkling windows that wrap the corner of Moore and Brunswick Streets lives an honest pub boasting 150 years of Melbourne history – The Labour In Vain. Born a confectioner and butcher for a life of 72 years, the corner hub now holds its ground as a laid-back wooden bar where time slows right down. Somewhere to take a seat, listen to live rock’n’...

Posted 12 Apr 2017 @ 1:09pm

With Joe Hansen


Ice T fronted punk/metal band Body Count have announced an Australian tour this June, their first time in the country in 22 years. Supporting their new album Bloodlust (which rips, by the way) the band continues to ride the wave of their comeback after the release of 2014’s stupidly good Manslaughter. Body Count will play Margaret Court Arena on Friday June 2....

Posted 12 Apr 2017 @ 12:41pm

With Peter Hodgson


Dutch death metallers God Dethroned will release their new album The World Ablaze, worldwide via Metal Blade Records on Friday May 5. To hear the first single, On the Wrong Side of the Wire, visit metalblade.com/goddethroned. The band says, "The World Ablaze is our final album in the WWI trilogy. We aimed to create an album that is very dynamic and diverse....

Posted 12 Apr 2017 @ 12:41pm

With Jimmy Hall


With the current craziness that is the world, it’s unsurprising to see a real shift in rappers’ lyricisms. Last year saw Smoke DZA release George Kush Da Button: Don’t Pass the Blunt to Trump, A Tribe Called Quest dropped The Donald and Lupe Fiasco had Made in the USA. Conscientious rap right now is experiencing a resurgence. When a culture is going through...

Posted 12 Apr 2017 @ 12:39pm

With Michael Cusack


It’s Easter and you know what that means: a whole bunch of serious sacrilegious party times. The much loved festival Inner Varnika kicks off on Good Friday and goes through ‘til Easter Sunday. It’s sold out, but if you’re lucky enough to have tickets you’re in for a treat with acts like D.Tiffany doing a live set, the legendary In Aeternam...

Posted 12 Apr 2017 @ 12:38pm

With Declan Burgess


It’s a long weekend this week which means you’ve got one extra day to go out and do some good things. On Good Friday, Off The Curb in Collingwood are opening a new dewy exhibit, Youth. Celebrating turning the big 1-0, the exhibition is a huge group show all about the formative and fun years before daunting adulthood, with a hamper of artists that explore the...

Posted 12 Apr 2017 @ 12:35pm

With Georgia Spanos


We all love staples. And when talking breakfast that's the beauty of it really. A good quality slice of toast with vegemite and butter is sometimes all you need to start a chirpy, wholesome day. But by adding a bit of jazz to an original can make your chirpy, wholesome day a special one too. That's what the talented crew at Mr Mister Cafe concur as their...

Posted 5 Apr 2017 @ 11:33am

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. The franchise firestorm ain't quite over yet, but one's hopes for solid April premieres should by now be realistically low.


This week's offerings include a new animated feature, an unwanted franchise-based remake (WHODA THOUGHT?), your childhood dreams coming true, international...

Posted 5 Apr 2017 @ 11:29am

With Joe Hansen


Melbourne’s iconic Straightjacket Nation have finally released their second full length album and it absolutely rips. Everything this band has done has been absolutely unrelenting and this new record is no different. Although it’s been nine years since their last full length Cheap Kicks, the band has lost nothing in their recent years of less activity. The band’...


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