Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:51pm

With Jimmy Hall


Lupe Fiasco recently dropped his newest album Drogas Light. Time has not made him any less politically themed in his verses. You might sometimes miss the message because of the mainstream Chicago beats he raps over, but Lupe has always been about solid writing over pop sounds.
This is one of his stronger albums, his word bending is on point and his...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:49pm

With Michael Cusack


Hooley dooley it’s another excellent week for music in our fabulous town. On Friday February 24 Heads With Tales present Cale Sexton, Rat & Co, Hotrod and Millu at the Gasometer. Sexton’s sexy sultry house will sooth even the most savage of hearts with that dreamy signature Juno string and bass sound. His 2016 EP Eastlink, released through...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:48pm

With Declan Burgess


After all the fierce bands that competed and rose through the heats of this year’s FReeZA Push Start Comp, Bendigo boys Trash Lily soared above and charred The Push stage at St Kilda Festival with their crisp alternative punk. The lucky and exceptionally talented youths have fought hard and heavy for months and won themselves the big ol’ grand prize...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 12:20pm

With Peter Hodgson


Melbourne’s Desecrator have signed with Dinner For Wolves for the release of their debut studio album, To The Gallows. The album will be released locally in March, with worldwide release details to come. Dinner For Wolves have quietly been building a roster of high calibre Australian bands including Superheist and The Screaming Jets.
The Darkness...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 12:19pm

With Michael Cusack


This Saturday sees London techno heavyweight Dax J bringing his brand of dystopian heaving techno to the Gasometer for the next installment of Bunker’s open air series. Dax grew up listening to the UK sounds of jungle, drum n bass and garage. Being heavily influenced by drum n bass heroes like Goldie and Bad Company, his love for the underground meant he...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 12:18pm

With Joe Hansen


Punk-rockers Against Me have announced a national tour this May. In addition to appearances at Groovin the Moo, which will be held in Bendigo this year, the band will play Max Watt’s on Friday May 5 with national support from local favourites Camp Cope. Tickets are on sale now. Against Me continues to tour in support of 2016’s Shape Shift With Me.

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 12:16pm

With Jimmy Hall


This year the women’s Carlton AFL team stepped on the field and let us Collingwood fans know regardless of what gender is playing we will still be disappointed. To ease my poor broken Collingwood-loving heart I thought I’d look into another male dominated industry with bad-arse females doing their thing. While Melbourne may be the birth place of football, the U....

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 2:25pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week, we have one major Chinese American co-production, one China vs America production, one Vietnamese release and one American film set in Japan. Asia is the future (and the past).


Two special mentions this week - firstly, Hidden Figures officially opens this week (jumped the...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 12:00pm

With Declan Burgess


On Saturday February 18, the whole Melbourne city CBD will transform into a grand slumberless paradise for the 2017 edition of White Night. White Night is like one of those summer nights where you can’t fall asleep, but instead of drenching you in sweat and mosquito bites you’re rinsed in surreal light and installation exhibitions, and instead of that warm...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 11:59am

With Georgia Spanos


If you’re yet to be told of the amazing Asia Topa (Asia-Pacific, Triennial of Performing Arts), I am most pleased to be the one to share. With what collaborates, connects and most importantly celebrates Australia's loyal relationship with contemporary Asia, we witness Melbourne light-up, jump and leap into a month-long celebration of performing and visual...


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