The Stormtroopers In Stilettos will be bringing their dazzling Queen tribute show to the Northcote Social Club on Friday August 22. This local supergroup features Davey Lane, Nick Thayer, Stephen Hadley, Brett Wolfenden and Matty Vehl with special guest lead singers Vika and Linda Bull, Joel Silbersher, Georgia Fields and Laura Davidson. Beat caught up with guitar-slinger Nick Thayer to chat...
After four and a half years of running shows independently, and a year that has already seen the likes of Martha Wainwright, Gossling and Lauren Mayberry grace their stages, Women Of Letters has added two new faces to its behind-the-scenes team.
Co-curators Michaela McGuire and Marieke Hardy will welcome Lorelei Vashti (author of upcoming memoir Dress Memory and WoL alumni) and...
Melbourne's only regular record fair, Crate Digger Record Fair, and the Hello Sailor Vintage Fair have both found new homes and will be kicking things off this weekend.
Both fairs are moving from Yah Yah's on Smith Street to their new home at Brunswick Street's Bar Open. Regulars to the record fair can find many of the usual suspect stallholders, as well as some new crew coming...
Sleep have announced they will return to Australia for their first full tour this December.
After breaking up in 1998, and returning a mere 16 years later in 2009, Sleep are finally back with their first piece of new music, The Clarity. Originally the 2009 reformation was meant to be a one off, a proper send-off for the trio, but more festivals followed, then US and European...
Legendary singer-songwriter Rodriguez will return to Australia later this year.
A self-taught guitarist, his unique story was made into an Oscar Award winning documentary in 2012 called Searching for Sugar Man. Rodriguez first toured Australia in the late '70s, returning in 1981 when Midnight Oil joined him for some shows.
What do you think a band has to do these days to succeed?
Keep it real. Most people seeing your show don’t know how you’re playing your instrument or how you wrote the song, but they know when they’re being lied to! Practise what you preach.
Why should everyone come and see your band?
We got what you want and we love what you need.
Jeremy Neale, frontman of Velociraptor – a band with enough members they could probably give up music and successfully invade Lichtenstein – was recently a speaker at a music conference aimed at young people looking to get into the music business. What kind of lessons could the musicians of tomorrow learn from Velociraptor? What mistakes have they made others should avoid? “Probably everything...
Knapsack, a band of indie pop-rock punksters, hit their straps in the ’90s and then folded without fanfare. 15 years down the track, not only have folk remembered who they are, Knapsack’s popularity has grown.
On one of those glorious winter days that Melbourne pulls intermittently, notwithstanding the fact that he doesn’t look like the outdoor type, one of Knapsack’s...
After selling out five shows at the Corner Hotel, The Dandy Warhols have added one last hurrah to their upcoming visit.
The Dandy's are set to hit The Curtin next week for an after party with a DJ set from their percussionist, keys and bass player Zia Mccabe aka DJ Rescue, and will be supported by live performances from Ali E and Baptism of Uzi.
Damien Jurado has been forced to pull the plug on what would have been his debut voyage Down Under due to injury.
A statement from his management says, “Damien is heartbroken... touring Australia has been one of his biggest dreams but he cannot play the shows at this point in time. We hope to make it up to fans in the near future.”
Tijuana Cartel have announced a slew of tour dates in support of their latest album 24 Bit Guitar Orchestra.
The extensive national tour will see the trio serve up their unqiue brand of world music and club beats in small towns, capital cities and festivals. 24 Bit Guitar Orchestra is set to be released on Thursday September 2.
Can't make it to the Sup this year? Never fear - we've got you covered. Below is a list of each and every Melbourne sideshow that has been announced for Meredith thus far. Click on the band names for further details.
Ty Segall has locked in a headline show in Melbourne.
One of the most anticipated acts on the 2014 Meredith bill, the garage rock prodigy will release his extensive new double album Manipulator (all seventeen songs of it) on Spunk Records tomorrow, Friday August 22.
The north London-based duo have been turning heads since the release of their self-titled LP which dropped on DFA back in September last year, combining a meticulous blend of techno, minimal, acid and post-industrial qualities.
Before their appearance at the Sup, US indie rock legends The Lemonheads will play a Melbourne sideshow this December.
The Lemonheads first achieved popularity in 1992 with the release of their major label album It's A Shame About Ray. They haven't released any new material since 2006, but founding members Evan Dando and Ben Deily have recently been holed up in the studio...
After last week's announcement that Phosphorescent will be a part of Meredith 24, the southern rocker has locked in a Melbourne sideshow.
Phosphorescent is the project of singer-songwriter Matthew Houck, who has released six studio albums under the moniker. He first made an impression on Australian audiences at 2011's inaugural Harvest, winning over crowds with his brand of...
Melbourne indie-folk duo Luluc have announced a homecoming tour to launch their highly praised album, Passerby.
Released last July on Subpop, Passerby has received support from the likes of The National and Lucinda Williams. The 11-date tour will kick off in Castlemaine and make its away around Australia before it comes to a close in Hobart.
UK singer-songwriter Ryan Keen has announced that he will play a pair of intimate shows for later this month.
Keen released his debut full length Room For Light last December. The LP garnered praise for its rich lyrics and lush vocals. Since then, he has gone from playing tiny room acoustic circuits of the UK to headlining shows to over 1,000 people.
1. The First Record I Bought:
My dad helped me buy Michael Jackson’s Thriller. It’s completely battered but I still have it. I obsessed over the backing vocals so the second side is more worn than the first. I wrote Michael Jackson a song and sent it to him – just lyrics and some notes on the ‘mood’ of the song. I was seven.