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The Melbourne International Film Festival have unveiled a gargantuan program for their 2014 incarnation. This year MIFF will include well over 300 films from around the globe, including 17 program strands, 28 world premieres, 168 Australian premieres, 19 talking pictures events, 24 international guests and more than 71 local guests.
 
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A Tribute to Elvis: Rapid City ’77 is not only back for its one and only, final spectacular Melbourne Concert, but also to farewell and give its own “Thank you very much” to the iconic landmark venue, The Dallas Brooks Centre before its demolition.Tony Franks has once again gathered the fantastic 12-piece Moreland City Orchestra, eight back- up singers, his very own magic eight-piece band and...

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If you were to hear anything of Brazil in recent weeks it was probably centred on their recent soul-crushing defeat by Germany in the 2014 World Cup. Here at Beat, we like to turn moments like these into positive ones.  So were giving you the chance to win a copy of the latest album from Brazilian soul-crushing metal giants Sepultura. The 2013 release of their thirteenth studio album The...

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Since the release of Lazaretto, Jack White has set the US record for the biggest one-week vinyl sales in forever, selling 40,000 copies. Down under in Aus we have celebrated the album in a style of our own with Gelato Messina awarding Jack White his very own limited-edition ice-cream flavour ‘Jack’N White’, which is a quirky mix of caramelised white chocolate, caramelised pecans and caramel...

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Winter was coming and now it’s here and basically it’s fucking freezing, especially if you live in a cheap rental without heating. Come warm up at Darebin Community Sports Stadium for the fourth round of the Victorian Roller Derby. With everybody rollin’ around a golden tinged floor in singlets and shorts, you’ll leave the worries of winter and your freezing hell hole at the door. Prove that...

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After selling out the inaugural event in June, Society of Tastemakers & Elegant People (STEP) are giving you the chance to win one of five free double passes by asking 'The Critic' panel a question leading up to the Wednesday July 16 event. If your question is good enough not only will you win but your question will be answered and published in Beat. 'The Critic' panel will feature Jake...

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Soul Safari are one of the most bangin’ bands going around Melbourne Town. They’ve been making waves across Australia and leaving audiences hooked by their passionate and energetic performances. Their sweet blend of neo-soul, funk, RnB and hip hop tells a story and really just makes you wanna groove. With five music degrees between them it is no coincidence they create songs with addictive...

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Following on from their successful national album tour in March, The Holidays have announced an east coast run of new show dates. The dates coincide with the release of Tongue Talk – the third single from the band’s popular sophomore LP, Real Feel. Real Feel has received solid radio support and media attention since its release in late Feb. It was triple j’s feature album upon release, with...

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German EDM pioneer SOHN is hitting up Australia for the very first time next week, performing an intimate gig at Ding Dong Lounge on Wednesday June 25, where he'll be showcasing tracks of his triumphant release Tremors. Wanna head along? Beat's got ya covered. We've got two double passes to giveaway. Just do tell uswhat gives you tremors. 

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Unwritten Law's Scott Russo and Grinspoon's Phil Jamieson smashed the shit out of Ding Dong Lounge last week when they performed an exclusive acoustic sideshow together off the back of Hits and Pits festival. We've got a super rare and fucking awesome poster from the gig in our hot little hands, ready to give away to one lucky punter. Only 50 of these bad boys were ever made, and the poster is...

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there was man called Russall S. Beattie, who thought that the Star Wars franchise needed some stripping back. Literally. So begun the Star Wars Burlesque company, who will take back The Palais this June with The Empire Strips Back. Star Wars Burlesque debuted in 2011. Since then, it escalated quickly from a small stage show to performances that catered...

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Sydney hip hop trio Loose Change are back in the van in support of super smooth new single Yes Or No, just months after an extensive album tour for Listening Party, which included several dates with old pals Thundamentals. Yes Or No is a sweet turn from the cruisey dudes – MCs Rapaport and Ellesquire backed as ever by the super-smooth deckman P.Major – who shone a light on beautifully laid-...

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Hold on to your hats, people of Australia: the Peabody indie-post-punk-rock machine is celebrating its 20th birthday. Throughout these 20 years the band has had some help from some kind, kindred and obviously misguided spirits, but has generally made its own way up the shit stream of the music industry using a fork for a paddle, smiling and waving at those in the private bungalows by the side...

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Local legends The Bennies have announced yet another tour of their favourite Australian cities as part of their mega Queen’s Birthday ‘Bong’ Weekend Tour. Fresh from a spot on Melbourne Soundwave, their first ever tour of NZ and a tour of China, The Bennies are bringing their own brand of punk/ska/psychedelic/doom/metal/punk rock to Melbourne’s Ding Dong Lounge on Friday June 6, and we’re...

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On Thursday May 29,SoundKILDA will screen and award the best music videos of local and international musicians by some of country’s most talented filmmakers as part of the St Kilda Film Festival. Known as Australia’s only dedicated music video competition, collaborations include Director Natasha Pincus with The Paper Kites, Director Emma Freeman with CocoRosie, Director Summer DeRoche with...

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Melbourne’s own Annie & Bern have just released their debut album Here Comes The Love and to celebrate, they are excitedly hitting the road to bring their upbeat, romantic vintage-pop to a town near you. Relatively new to the scene, they deliver a vintage sound in vintage attire. If you love the greats of the British ‘60s scene such as Lulu, Sandie Shaw, The Beatles, Gerry & The...

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Rumour is Melburnian four-piece Kingswood DESTROYED Groovin’ The Moo in Bendigo the other week. These maddogs have toured with Grinspoon and Aerosmith, so they’re probably better than your band. They play The Hi-Fi on Saturday May 24 as part of the Funk In The Trunk tour, alongside The Bennies and Them Bruins. We have some double passes to give away. So just how much better than your band are...

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Kimbra says she’s from New Zealand but like, c’mon, she’s successful so time for us to claim her. She is only the third Grammy Award winner from New Zealand (I’m not sure the other two – Wiki doesn’t say) for her role in one of the biggest songs ever, Somebody That I Used To Know. Janelle Monáe is a singer whose name requires more effort to type than usual because you have to find that ‘a’...

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Come and sheik it up baby (sorry) when The New Sheiks take over the Malvern Town Hall on Sunday May 18 at 1pm. It’ll be an afternoon filled with upbeat vintage and original jazz in the classic style. Also featuring on the day will be The Melbourne Rhythm Project – a collaboration between the Sheiks and a group of tapping, Lindy Hop dancers led by choreographer Ramona Staffield. We have a...

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New South Wale’s north coast is home to The Perch Creek Family Jugband; an energetic five piece multi-instrumentalist and vocalists act, four of whom are siblings. The dynamic bunch have announced the arrival of their second studio album Jumping On the Highwire and are embarking on a national tour to celebrate. We have a double pass to give away to the Melbourne show at the Hi Fi bar Saturday...

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Without doubt one of the best band names in the world, local lads Drunk Mums are a garage rock band that also boast the “best hair the in the business" (– Ed.). Those who have seen them live will tell ya their tambourine player is one of the craziest mofos to ever grace a stage. If you miss them, you suck. They’re playing The Tote on Saturday May 17 and we have a coupla double passes to give...

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The Melbourne Folk Club’s new folk event hosted at the swanky Bella Union at Trades Hall in Carlton is a hit! After a sold out launch show featuring Jordie Lane, Lindi Ortega and a cameo from comedian Denise Scott, The Melbourne Folk Club continues this week with Melody Pool, The Little Stevies and Davidson Brothers on April 30 at Bella Union. While members get discount tickets and free beer,...

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Hard working Melbourne boys Bonjah formed in 2006 from humble beginnings. They once played on the streets, living off a healthy diet of Weet-Bix and canned peaches, but are now proud to announce their brand new album Beautiful Wild out now. Having sold over 25,000 records independently in previous years, their new album Beautiful Wild is set to be nothing less than explosive and incredible. We...

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‘The Used are, unfortunately, way past their use-by date’ said no reviewer ever! lol! The band’s latest album, Imaginary Enemy, is out on Friday April 4 and it already has been receiving some glowing reviews. Imaginary Enemy is rumoured to be armed with Bert McCracken's signature razor sharp vocals and his usual poignant lyrics. Last here for the Vans Warped Tour, we have some copies to give...

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Truant Production’s presents all day festival Zounds to be held at The Tote on Sunday April 27. Seven hours of throbbing entertainment with a 12 band lineup? Rad. The headliner for the day is Melbourne’s newest supergroup, Van Walker’s Heartbrokers, in their second ever headline. Score a double pass plus a free CD and don’t miss out when Zounds goes down at The Tote on Sunday April 27. Who are...

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Hailing from Victoria’s surf coast, The Murlocs describe themselves as “Five skinny kids with roots firmly placed in their own blown-out, distorted brand of soulful R&B” are excited to announce the launch of their debut LP Loopholes. They are playing Anzac Day at Howler and we’ve got a double pass to give away! Do not miss on out this ripper chance. Just leave a comment below telling us...

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Melbourne’s lovers of folk music will be treated to a new weekly music event starting this April hosted at The Melbourne Folk Club. Held at the swanky Bella Union at Trades Hall in Carlton, the folk club will provide a rally of entertainment from some of the best local, national and international touring acts. The Melbourne Folk Club will kick off at the Bella Union on Wednesday April 23 at...

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Carrie, based on Stephen King's best selling novel, is one of the most well-known horror stories of all time and is single-handedly responsible for making high school dances a thing of terror. Carrie White, a shy girl shunned by her schoolmates and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, unleashes telekinetic terror on her town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.   
 
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Oscar Key Sung has exploded onto the dance/pop music scene with his own unique brand of beat-making. The 23-year-old Melbourne singer, songwriter and producer just released his first EP, Holograms, and he is currently on a national tour. A festival regular, Oscar Key Sung has also played to thousands at Falls Festival, Meredith, SugarMountain and Melbourne Music Week. He's playing Howler on...

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Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling film Twenty Feet From  Stardom, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and...

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