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Posted 25 Jul 2014 @ 3:54pm

The Harpoons have dropped another single from their forthcoming debut album, Falling For You. The track is called Can We Work This Out, and to celebrate the band have announced a couple of Melbourne shows next month.

 

The band will play two Melbourne launch shows next month, with supports to be announced. The four-pieces are still to announce a release date for their debut album...

Posted 24 Jul 2014 @ 8:16pm

In the same week that Cherry Bar in ACDC Lane in the City launched a PledgeMusic campaign to raise money for sound proofing, Tago Mago on High St in Thornbury has announced a benefit concert on Saturday August 2 to help pay for sound proofing following noise complaints.

 

It starts at 12 pm and tickets are $20 at the door. Acts on the bill so far are Spencer P Jones & Escape...

Posted 24 Jul 2014 @ 7:38pm

 

Define your genre in five words or less:
Raw blues/country.
 
Tell us about the last song you wrote.
We write a new song every time we get together, and forget most of them. I think the last one was about all the wrong things you can do at a party, with some Elvis-inspired vocals. More fun than anything.
 
Do you have a pre-gig ritual? If so, what is...

Posted 24 Jul 2014 @ 7:34pm

Once upon a time, it was her milkshake that brought all the boys to the yard. Fast-forward 15 years and Kelis is offering a bit more than flavoured milk. She juggles life as a mum, a TV presenter, a businesswoman and can now even add the title of chef to her list after graduating from Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in 2010. Her new album, aptly named Food,is a clear homage to her love of...

Posted 24 Jul 2014 @ 7:27pm

Dan Sultan leads the nominations for this year’s National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) with five mentions

 

The acclaim comes as the Melbourne singer/songwriter enjoys a successful year, with his third album Blackbird getting rave reviews and half of his current 22-date national tour with Stonefield sold out. Sultan is up for Artist of the Year against Sheila Morris, Jessica...

Posted 24 Jul 2014 @ 5:03pm

St. Kilda's Pure Pop Records will close their doors next month.

 

The news comes via an extensive post on their website, which details that they are leaving their premises of 221 Barkly St and will endeavor to find a new location. Before closing next month everything on the store will be on sale, not...

Posted 24 Jul 2014 @ 4:37pm

Believe it or not, Melbourne rock’n’rollers Bugdust have been around for nearly 20 years. In most cases, after this many years, the band members will have either gone completely off the rails, fallen out with each other or exchanged the guitars for stuffy shirts and a short back-and-sides. Heck, most marriages don’t even last that long.

 

So what’s Bugdust’s secret? Well, rather...

Posted 24 Jul 2014 @ 4:13pm

Get yo' c-walk on! Ice Cube is coming.

 

 

One of the biggest names in the hip hop game, from his time with N.W.A, his solo career and his ventures into film and television, Cube has done it all.

Posted 24 Jul 2014 @ 3:32pm

Detroit native MC Guilty Simpson and Australian DJ/Producer Katalyst are teaming up for one night at Laundry Bar next month.

 

Both signed to Stones Throw Records, Guilty Simpson and Katalyst have combined forces to create their latest album, set for release next year. As well as some of Guilty's classic tracks, the pair will be previewing songs off their yet to be released...

Posted 24 Jul 2014 @ 2:28pm

Triple R's 2014 Radiothon kicks off next month, and they have announced that this year's theme is 'Local and Vocal – Subscribe And Be Heard.'

 

The station will be getting back to basics and celebrating the core values that Triple R was founded on in 1976 and everything that makes the station unique. These values are reflected in Triple R's local focus and independence, allowing...

Posted 24 Jul 2014 @ 2:26pm

Melbourne singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Owen Rabbit is set to release his debut single Police Car next month, and to celebrate he will be heading off on his first national tour.

 

Owen combines his voice with a variety of analogue, digital and acoustic instrumentation to create his unique blend of electronica, performed live with a loop pedal. His first national tour...

Posted 24 Jul 2014 @ 1:00pm

The Bellamy Brothers have announced they will be heading to Australia this October, to celebrate their upcoming 40-year anniversary.

 

Howard and David, the guys you can blame for country music's "best" pick up line "if I said you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?", will be playing seven shows in Australia as part of their global tour.
 
Apart from...

Posted 24 Jul 2014 @ 12:57pm

After joining forces earlier this year for two sold out shows in Melbourne and Sydney, Scott Russo and Phil Jamieson have announced they will be teaming up again for a national tour this December.

 

The Unwritten Law and Grinspoon vocalists will play seven acoustic shows this time around, kicking off in Adelaide before heading around the country and finishing things up in...

Posted 24 Jul 2014 @ 12:33pm

Cari Cari have announced a show in Melbourne as part of their first ever Australian tour, which kicked off at the beginning of this month.

 

The Austrian multi-instrumentalists have already played shows in Darwin and Cairns, including opening the ON-EDGE Festival, and will continue their run of regional and city shows into August. The duo are touring off the back of their...

Posted 24 Jul 2014 @ 9:47am

Elbow will return to Australian shores this October.

 

Following the release of their sixth studio album The Take Off and Landing of Everything, which reached the top spot in both the UK and Ireland charts and #12 on the Australian ARIA chart, the English outfit have just completed a UK arena tour and are currently playing select festival dates, including last month’s Glastonbury...

Posted 23 Jul 2014 @ 4:50pm

 

Define your genre in five words or less: Acid country, Americana, landscapey.
 
Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like? Cowboy Junkies meets Daniel Lanois bumps into Lightnin’ Hopkins in a dark alley with Jerry Garcia looking on.
 
If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes...

Posted 23 Jul 2014 @ 11:19am

Rock'n'roll is noise pollution, according to current laws. For 14 years, Cherry Bar in AC/DC Lane has not had one noise complaint. But that is probably about to change with a 12-storey 189-apartment residential development at Flinders Street set to open next month. Its north facing balconies directly look over the Cherry.

 

James Young, co-owner and booker of the venue says that...

Posted 23 Jul 2014 @ 10:50am

The first act for Victoria's newest music festival has been confirmed.

 

 

After rumours were circulating that Sydney stalwarts The Preatures would be performing at the festival, today the band's vocalist Isabella Manfredi confirmed their appearance. "We can’t wait to play Beyond The Valley," she told Beat. "It’s New Years Eve, on an island, with Victorians. What...

Posted 23 Jul 2014 @ 9:01am

From the release of their self-titled debut album in 2011, Southern California’s Joyce Manor have perfected their style of conveying everything they need to in the shortest burst possible. Coming out of what felt like nowhere, yet relatable and universal to everywhere, the markedly original quartet felt like everybody’s best-kept secret.
 
Three years later, Joyce Manor have...

Posted 23 Jul 2014 @ 9:01am

Courtney Barnett has always been a funny songwriter, her breakthrough EPs peppered with highly quotable turns of phrase. Pickles from the Jar, a chalk ‘n’ cheese love ditty lifted from Milk! Records’ ten-inch compilation, is pretty much wall to wall hilarity, bunkered by a softly sweet chorus. The finger-snappin’ boogie matches the affable charm of the subject matter. I can’t really picture...

Posted 23 Jul 2014 @ 9:01am

Few bands have stood so clearly in defiance of the conventions of heavy metal the way Oakland veterans Neurosis have. Across nearly three decades, the band have gone above and beyond both what the genre is able to sound like and what it presents itself as. Unlike many, Neurosis have dipped as frequently into the avant-garde as they have into scorched-earth intensity. Of course, much has...

Posted 23 Jul 2014 @ 9:01am

Philadelphia rock titans The War On Drugs have announced they will be playing a sideshow in line with their appearance at Meredith Music Festival this December. 

 

Having recently slayed it on The Late Show With David Letterman (see below), earlier this year the Philadelphian outfit released their latest studio album Lost In The Dream,...

Posted 22 Jul 2014 @ 10:32pm

Live music advocacy group Save Live Australia’s Music (SLAM) has lost patience with Victoria’s Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy.

 

In a statement headlined “Where are the live music reforms you promised?”, SLAM stated, “The music community has lost faith with the Minister for Planning’s inaction on implementing the Agent of Change principle in the planning system to help...

Posted 22 Jul 2014 @ 1:26pm

The music and arts extravaganza Sugar Mountain will return to Melbourne early next year.

 

Following the announcement in December 2013 that the festival had teamed up with Mushroom Group, things on the Sugar Mountain front had been rather quiet - until now. The festival have today announced that after taking a break in 2014, they'll once again return to the fold in 2015.
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Posted 22 Jul 2014 @ 9:00am

There is orderliness within the universe of Rise Against. Going into the release of their seventh studio album, The Black Market, the band have achieved the unprecedented feat of having the same line-up for three consecutive albums. Despite the band's ages ranging within the late-thirties, early-forties spectrum, there appears to be a new lease on life for the band as they prepare to return...

Posted 22 Jul 2014 @ 9:00am

The history of UK rock music features a succession of outspoken personalities. Key provocateurs from past decades include foul-mouthed punk Johnny Rotten, belligerent vegetarian Morrissey and baffled egotist Liam Gallagher. In recent years it’s been serial fuck-up Pete Doherty, cartoonish saviours Kasabian and eloquent heir to the throne Alex Turner perpetuating the lineage of outspoken rock’n...

Posted 22 Jul 2014 @ 12:28am

London Grammar have become the second high calibre act to cancel their Splendour In The Grass plans at the eleventh hour.

 

The news comes via Facebook, where the band issued the following statement:
 
"It’s with great sadness that we must announce the cancellation of our trip to Australia & Splendour in the Grass this week due to illness. This is an incredibly sad...

Posted 21 Jul 2014 @ 7:13pm

The Australasian Worldwide Music Expo are currently accepting proposals from industry associates who would like to suggest and potentially present relevant topics and speakers for consideration in the 2014 Conference Program. 

 

Duration of the panel should be 45 minutes to one hour, should have a maximum of four panelists, and must be music and culture related. 

Posted 21 Jul 2014 @ 6:21pm

Are you yet to become acquainted with Amelia Shaw? She’s one classy lady who’s certainly worth introducing yourself to. Since her grand entrance into Sydney Rd, Brunswick in 2012, many men, and women, have been fortunate enough to spend some intimate time with her.

 

And according to all who’ve gotten to know her, the constant claims that her favourite position's on top are...

Posted 21 Jul 2014 @ 6:16pm

History?  
Guardians of various unique spaces around Melbourne, mostly looked after warehouses and run down old venues, and the last bar they ran was the semi-illegal pop up space called ‘Godzilla Bar’ in 2012.  Late last year they decided to do something reasonably stupid and revive Melbourne’s biggest shithole venue at 16 - 18 Grey Street, known over the years as Sunset Strip, Trafik...

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