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Northern Soul tells the story of DJ culture in northern England. Two young boys race from their small country town to the big city to start rattling through crates, looking for rarities to help them become the best DJs on the scene. Celebrating the digital release of Northen Soul (out now on iTunes), the organizers are giving us, meaning you, five Audio Technica headphones valued at $59.99...

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Rocking a retro hippy aesthetic, indie four piece Peace exploded onto the music scene last year with debut album In Love. Now, with sophomore release Happy People dropping earlier this year, everything’s coming up Peacehouse. I think we got a spare ticket floating around the Beat office for one of their Ding Dong shows. 

 

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Starting off your music career as a James Brown impersonator sounds like an awful way to get into the biz. Somehow, Charles Bradley made it work. Overcoming his beginnings, Bradley’s been killing it since his debut LP Victim of Love dropped back in 2013. He just performed a great closing set at Coachella over the weekend too, check out the VOD. Anyway, we got five copies of Victim of Love to...

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Things are really heating up in the Bonjah camp. Their fiery new single Burn is a real scorcher that’s sure to ignite the audience’s passion. Fire puns aside, Bonjah have well and truly established themselves, playing festivals worldwide while releasing three acclaimed albums over the past decade. They’ll be playing this Friday April 24 at Howler and we have two double passes to hand out....

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Horrorshow, Spit Syndicate, Jackie Onassis and Joyride. Four of the biggest names in Aussie hip hop, and they’re all coming to Melbourne. Hip hop collective One Day are heading down for their Many Hands tour, playing a slew of shows in between their many Groovin the Moo appearances later this month. They perform locally on Friday May 1 at the Prince Bandroom, and we’re sending one lucky reader...

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Produced concurrently with their latest album, Foo Fighters’ HBO series Sonic Highways chronicles the band’s trials and tribulations across America, highlighting the diverse musical subcultures of the states they played in. Dave Grohl describes it as “a love letter to the history of American music.” Sonic Highways gets its physical and digital release on Thursday April 9, and guess who has...

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This year,  Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) will invade Darebin's True North Festival armed with FR!SK - a collection of theatre productions delivered by the VCA. There are four productions on offer, which run from Friday April 17 - Sunday April 19: I Still Call Australia Home, Notes From Zombieland, Godlike Status and The Adventures of Ophelia Sol. To catch all four shows, you'd be laying...

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Film score composer and experimental pop artist extraordinaire Lia Mice graces our shores this week for her Australasia tour, giving Melbourne audiences a chance to catch her at the Grace Darling Bandroom this Saturday April 18, with supports Low Tide and Secret Birds. Want a free double pass? Yeah, so do a lot of other people. 

 

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Drummer, guitarist, vocalist, all around music man Nicky Bomba’s Bustamento are touring Australia on the back of their hot release Intercontinental Journal 7, already making big waves in the blogosphere. Victorian audiences have two Bustamento shows to look forward to and Beat’s got a hold of two double passes to give out, one for their Williamstown RSL show on April 17, and one at the Caravan...

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Brisbane post-punk partiers DZ Deathrays are coming to Melbourne this month for Urban Spread, a stacked party going down on Friday April 17 at Chelsea Heights Hotel and Saturday April 18 at Village Green. Teen trio Lunatics on Pogosticks and local potheads The Bennies round out the lineup. We got five VIP passes for both shows, which include entry to the show and the pre party where you'll...

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Supanova, Australia's premier pop culture expo, is back for its 13th year showcasing sci-fi, fantasy, comic books, animé, manga, games and much more.

 

 

This April, you'll have the chance to meet Christopher Lloyd, Ryan Hurst, Dolph Lundgren, Danai Gurira and many more. You can check out the entire lineup on ...

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Robert David Mitchell's critically acclaimed supernatural chiller It Follows has been declared the scariest horror in a generation by critics and moviegoers alike. Stylish, creepy and dizzyingly intense, Mitchell's retro approach recalls the genre's most revered tales with the story of Jay (Maika Monroe), an everyday teen with a close group of friends. Following a date that goes all the way,...

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Lovable local Benny Walker has just released his third studio album Through The Forest, out now through Black Murphy Records. Winning the Victorian Indigenous Performing Arts Award for Best New Talent in 2012, Walker has been on a festival circuit bender recently, playing too many shows to list here. Now, he’s back in town and celebrating his album launch at Thornbury Theatre on Friday April...

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All ages fans, listen up. To celebrate National Youth Week in April, The Avenue Presents have just dropped a seriously colossal live music grenade for all ages crowds. Check this shit out. The mammoth all-star lineup will feature the likes of stoner-pals The Bennies, sleazy surf-rock freaks Guantanamo Baywatch (US), wild garage party-starters Mesa Cosa, those crazy rock'n'roll fiends...

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The Tea Party frontman Jeff Martin is playing shows around Australia with his Returning From The Ocean At The End tour, hitting what looks like every single venue in the country over the next three months. Melbourne audiences can look forward to his Tuesday April 7 show at Sooki Lounge, and his Thursday April 9 appearance at The Espy and the Workers Club on Wednesday April 15. We have three...

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The Dead Salesmen have teamed up with local label Heart of the Rat Records to release their magnum opus, 1998’s, Amen, on a limited edition deluxe vinyl. Celebrating with a Friday March 27 gig at the Evelyn Hotel, they’ll be joined by label mates Mark with the Sea who’ll be playing tracks from their most recent release , with vinyl copies for that also available for purchase on the night. Our...

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Byron Bay Bluesfest is kicking off Thursday, and with most of the ticket options sold out, we got you covered for the best sideshows. Beat’s got a hold of double passes for G. Love & Special Sauce, Chris Robinson Brotherhood and The Beat gigs going down this weekend, and we’re giving them all away.

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Head to Australia’s classiest bush doof Rabbits Eat Lettuce on us! We give you a free double pass, you somehow get yourself to Queensland. Easy. Rabbits Eat Lettuce runs from Friday April 3 to Monday April 6 in Woodfordia, QLD. If four days of EDM sounds like your thing, tell us how classy you can be at a camping festival.

 

 

 

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All aboard! Melbourne’s favourite vegan hotspot Mantra Lounge are hitting the waters this Sunday with their Vegan Cruise 2015, promising the city’s best vegan foods garnished with the spectacular sights and sounds of the Yarra. In addition to the delicious vegan cuisine there’ll be a selection of speakers and entertainment, including a Q and A session with President of Vegetarian Victoria,...

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Ani DiFranco, who really shouldn’t need an introduction, is one hell of an achiever. She’s a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and poet and widely considered a feminist icon. She was one of the first independent musicians to create her own label, Righteous Babe, which has given her a tremendous amount of artistic freedom. She’s highly out-spoken on issues such as abortion rights and...

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Whether you know them from that one riff every man, woman and dog would recognise or from the infamous sex stories involving a groupie and a mud shark, Led Zeppelin are undoubtedly one of the biggest names in rock’n’roll history. Australia's longest-running Led Zeppelin tribute show Whole Lotta Love will bring some of their most-loved classics to the stage with guest vocalists Jack Jones from...

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It’s been 45 years since the release of Black Sabbath’s self-titled debut album and it’s still blaring out of speakers everywhere. If you didn’t get your metal fix from Soundwave or you wanna live the original tribute show all over again, because it was that fucking good, then you needa be at the Black Sabbath Tribute encore show. You can party on into the night and into what is sure to be a...

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One of the Australia's rising stars of comedy takes a break from TV and film in the UK to perform at home for a short time only. The Iceberg - it has nothing to do with Leonardo Di Caprio. And it ain't about lettuce. It's about perspective - what we see, what we think we know, and what is actually going on. You know what's underneath the tip of the iceberg? The rest of the iceberg. In 2012,...

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What’s the best way to spend the very last day of summer? How about lounging around the sunny MorningtonPeninsula at Between the Bays festival? Joining you will be James Reyne and Hunters and Collectors frontman Mark Seymour. Also on the bill are Custard, Wagons, Sweet Jean, Combo La Revelcion and Indigenous Hip Hop Projects. There’ll be food, drinks, activities and rides and all proceeds from...

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Pop-punk duo This Wild Life will be hitting up Ding Dong Lounge on Thursday February 26 for one of the wildest Sidewaves imaginable. Wanna score yourself a free double pass?  Wild times are guaranteed. Tell us about your own wild side for your chance to win.

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The Transitions Film Festival is a visionary festival dedicated to showcasing inspirational documentaries about the social and technological innovations, revolutionary ideas and trail-blazing change makers that are leading the way to a better world. Covering topics such as social and technological innovation, renewable energy, community empowerment, eco-architecture, collaborative consumption...

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A tale of love, loneliness and family ties, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is set in the fictitious locale of Bad City, a stunningly crafted black-and-white world riddled with random events and flawed people. The film premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival and has been dubbed the first Iranian vampire western.
 
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night will screen at The Shadow...

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The Operatives and Brown Bear Entertainment have joined forces to bring Canadian producer and DJ Lunice to town this Valentine's Day.
 
One half of club anthem duo TNGHT, Lunice is known for his original take on bass-heavy trap. He'll be joined by the funky sounds of London's Redinho and JPS. 
 
Catch 'em at Howler on Saturday February 14. To win a double pass, tell us...

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How fucked up could you get at Fucked Up if at Fucked Up you could get fucked up? Canada’s most fucked up hardcore punk band, Fucked Up, are getting fucked up at Ding Dong Lounge on the most fucked up day of the week, Monday. If you wanna get fucked up and see Fucked Up live at Ding Dong Lounge Sidewave on Monday February 23, get the fuck over to, tell us about a time you fucked up. 
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There’s Lou Reed; the Godfather of punk, Don Corleone; the Godfather, and God; the father of Jesus but coolest of them all is Roy Ayers; the Godfather of Neo-soul.   Among the best-known, most-loved and highly-respected jazz/R&B artists on the world stage today, Roy Ayers is better than Ayers Rock and he could be rockin’ your world at Bennetts Lane this weekend. We’ve got a bunch of double...

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