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Posted 29 Jul 2014 @ 2:38pm

Having begun as the Sydney Guitar School in 1968, founded by Dr Peter Calvo, AIM now offers the most diverse range of music diplomas, music degrees, and graduate music studies available anywhere in Australia. With a reputation as a leading independent education provider AIM also offer High School Certificate (HSC) studies and individual music lessons through its Open AIM courses. The...

Posted 29 Jul 2014 @ 2:36pm

 

Toxic Holocaust have had their Australian tour cancelled for the second time in a row. The tour was originally announced for early 2014 then cancelled due to illness, now the scheduled replacement tour has been pulled. It seems it’s the straw that has broken promoter Heathen Skulls’ back, as he took to social media to release a full, detailed account of what transpired and what the...

Posted 29 Jul 2014 @ 2:35pm

 

ADELAIDE INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL
Greetings from Adelaide, where I’ve been taking in the Adelaide International Guitar Festival with acts such as Guthrie Govan, Stochelo Rosenberg Trio (and if you’re a fan of shredding guitar work you have to check out Stochelo), Phil Manning and Chris Finnen, Debashish Bhattcharya, Pepe Romero, Maximo Pujol and many more. It’s been great...

Posted 29 Jul 2014 @ 2:33pm

 

Define your genre in five words or less:
White. People. Play. Guitars. Poorly.
 
Describe the worst gig you have ever played.
An old band of mine played a show in Wagga Wagga back in the early ‘00s. Upon arriving we found the PA company we'd hired had been told in no uncertain terms to fuck off by the venue owners. Fortunately a drunk man named Wayne wearing...

Posted 29 Jul 2014 @ 2:28pm

 

Brian Eno and collaborations seem to fit like hand in glove: whether the eclectic Robert Fripp or the obtuse Cluster or Ian Hassell, or the borderline-popular like David Byrne and John Cale. Take the latter two. It took decades for the Byrne and Eno artistic subplot to reappear, and whilst it is unlikely the Cale and Eno collaboration will return, the majesty of Wrong Way Up cannot be...

Posted 29 Jul 2014 @ 2:26pm

 

A Velvet Hour is the third studio album from Aussie rockers Mark Cashin and The Lil Hussys. It features all the characteristics of a good rock album: powerful melodies, catchy guitar hooks and strong vocals.
 
Opening track and first single For So Long has already gained international airplay, and it’s easy to see why – it packs a serious punch. Cashin’s vocal range is...

Posted 29 Jul 2014 @ 2:25pm

 

Under perpetual attack from oppressive forces of cultural hegemony unleashed by armies of banal global brands, the sharp cultural divide that once separated the southern states of the United States continues to erode.  But in Old Crow Medicine Show’s new album, Remedy, can be seen the ember of a world that refuses to be snuffed out.
 
There’s a rustic, folksy beauty about...

Posted 29 Jul 2014 @ 2:24pm

 

This is one of those times when you shouldn’t judge a band by their album cover. It’s a clear Clip Art job but thankfully The Baudelaires haven’t cut corners in regards to sound production and recording. With their debut this four-piece Melbourne band, named after the French poet Charles Baudelaire, offers a contemporary shoegaze sound that’s surprisingly addictive.
 
It...

Posted 29 Jul 2014 @ 2:23pm

Redeemer of Souls comes forty years after the release of their debut Rocka Rolla. It’s a cause for celebration in and of itself. Redeemer sees Priest’s first album land in the Billboard Top 10. Despite the loss of grandmaster shredder Glen Tipton, they're still heavy metal gods... when it suits them.
 
Swashbuckling opener Dragonaut drives dump truck riffs down our throats, Rob...

Posted 29 Jul 2014 @ 2:19pm

 

Queen is a big track. Electric organs uplift with slight menace, classic rock drums, a huge grunt to kick off the chorus. Mike Hardreas’s lyrical scope hones its sights on contemporary homophobia, hitting the mark with the bold, sardonic, empowered declaration “No family is safe / when I sashay.” Album Too Bright is out this September.

Posted 29 Jul 2014 @ 2:18pm

 

Verbose young-adult cliché is still cliché. Maybe it’s a worse strain of lyrical cliché when it comes to electronic music. There’s little to distinguish the vocal delivery between Dreamers and juggernaut tuuuunes from the likes of Swedish House Mafia. Instrumentally, the trappy snare rolls and chorus bombast don’t feel like a smarter interpretation of EDM, just a shittier...

Posted 29 Jul 2014 @ 2:17pm

 

Airhorn galore and subliminal background adulation make for a jam that’s custom-crafted for the festival stage, the overloaded instrumentation is always playful and never messy. Adelaide-based Tkay Maidza isn’t really a hip-hop MC, rather a party MC – and a damn capable one at that. Rapid-fire flow bookends the vocally spacious chorus. Impossible to resist getting down to this.

Posted 29 Jul 2014 @ 2:16pm

 

Think ol’ mate Tyson covered this while I was AWOL a few weeks back, but as they say: if it’s nice, review it twice! And this is really nice. Plus there’s an extended mix out in the world so that’s as good a reason as any to take another look. The first single from Caribou’s upcoming Our Love is deceptively simple in its deft construction: the titular, yearning vocal sample is...

Posted 29 Jul 2014 @ 2:15pm

 

Earlier in the year Nicki jumped on a remix of PTAF’s Boss Ass Bitch, showing her finger is well and truly on the pulse when it comes to hook-laden, low-key viral anthems. Here she flips Rae Sremmurd’s No Flex Zone, effortlessly shifting flow dynamics rather than simply echoing the duo’s meter on the original cut. “Thought you knewwww better / Do your fuckin’ research.” Nicki goes...

Posted 29 Jul 2014 @ 2:06pm

 

Packing out a large venue like 170 Russell is no mean feat for any band but when your entire back catalogue consists of songs only about the hair growing out of your cheeks it’s damn unthinkable. Well, the unthinkable happened last Friday night when The Beards played the Melbourne leg of their tour launching their fourth record The Beard Album. It was a sweaty dungeon of big bushy...

Posted 29 Jul 2014 @ 2:03pm

 

Much has been made about the Lorde (aka Ella Yelich-O’Connor) saga since her quick rise to fame starting almost exactly one year ago. At first, the hype was mostly centred on the young New Zealander’s age and how a teenager was burning up the charts, even though that shit’s been happening since time immemorial. Age may be the talking point, but at the end of the day it’s indicative of...

Posted 29 Jul 2014 @ 2:02pm

 

Dempsey walks on stage to rapturous applause, grinning from ear to ear. It’s Something For Kate’s first of three hometown shows at The Forum in Melbourne for their 20th anniversary tour and lead-man Dempsey’s face says it all.
 
If the band are excited, so is the crowd. A crowd full of, as Dempsey words it, “the keenest of the keen.” This particular show sold out in the...

Posted 29 Jul 2014 @ 1:31pm

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have locked in a run of headline shows on home soil.

 

They've just returned from their debut USA/Canadian tour where they performed at Austin Psych Fest, Canadian Music Week and held down a month-long residency at Baby’s Alright in Brooklyn.
 
While on the tour King Gizzard spent a month in the mountains recording their soon-to-be...

Posted 29 Jul 2014 @ 1:12pm

Canadian purveyors of rock The Tea Party will return to Australia for a national tour this October. 

 

The Ocean At The End Tour marks The Tea Party’s 14th Australian visit and coincides with the release of the beast, that is, The Ocean At The End – the trio’s first studio album in ten years. Throughout The Tea Party’s 2012 sellout Australian Reformation Tour, after eight years...

Posted 29 Jul 2014 @ 12:33pm

It’s a great concept for a one-of-a-kind show. Gotye, Tex Perkins and Nicky Bomba are going to jump on stage, play their own tunes, bash out some covers, put a spin on each other’s songs, all for one hell of a good cause. “You can come and see a gig, have a beer, win a trip to India and see a unique, one-off act while you’re helping conservation,” laughs Sean Willmore, director of the Thin...

Posted 29 Jul 2014 @ 12:30pm

Some things go hand-in-hand, like 4am and kebabs, or watching late night Rage and waking up covered in beer. Even though hip hop was born out of the concrete jungles of American cities, the genre has somehow formed an indisputable relationship with snowboarding culture. It’s a connection based on the freedom of expression that both pursuits allow, and can be proven by the tracklist of any...

Posted 29 Jul 2014 @ 12:27pm

First of all, let’s settle a recurring misnomer concerning I Am Giant’s nativity. The band’s commonly referred to as a Kiwi hard rock act. Yet, while founding members Shelton Woolright (drums) and Paul Matthews (bass) have their roots in the New Zealand rock scene, the ‘NZ’ tag isn’t technically apt.

 

“We actually formed in London,” Woolright says. “The Kiwis really stick their...

Posted 29 Jul 2014 @ 12:13pm

Kate Miller-Heidke – a classically trained pop luminary who can break your heart with a melody as quickly as she can have you crying with laughter during a quirky, cabaret-esque song. She has toured the country countless times, and circuited the globe just a few as well. Her latest album, O Vertigo!, is nothing short of a triumph for Miller-Heidke, and it is in its flawless execution that you...

Posted 29 Jul 2014 @ 12:00pm

While genre-crossing, Sydney-based songwriter Andy Bull first garnered attention with a handful of collaborative singles (Dog with Lisa Mitchell one of his earlier successes), the chameleonic artist has spent the best part of his decade-long career working alone. Although there’s been EPs and a number of successful singles since his 2009 debut album, We’re Too Young, it seems like a lifetime...

Posted 29 Jul 2014 @ 11:59am

“You get to go back in time and experience one of the greatest musicians of our time,” says associate producer Denis Shkuratov. He enthusiastically chats about the show A Tribute to Elvis: Rapid City ’77, which lovingly recreates one of Elvis’s last live performances. According to Shkuratov, “It was the last televised Elvis concert ever and it’s an Elvis that people really haven’t seen…the...

Posted 28 Jul 2014 @ 8:01pm

Melbourne Festival have unveiled a gargantuan program for their 2014 incarnation which features nearly 100 events, 15 world premieres, 21 Australian premieres, six specially commissioned works, artists from 23 different countries and shows in more than 30 venues.

 

“This year’s Melbourne Festival covers an enormous range,” says Festival Director, Josephine Ridge. “There are shows...

Posted 28 Jul 2014 @ 5:01pm

Kraut rock (made with Australian cabbage), psych–slop newcomers schlager music share their top five albums with Beat.

 

5. The Black Angels – Passover
Very dark and ominous sloshing through the muddy fields of deep psychedelic tones, a field littered with mushrooms and sugar cubes. Throw all those other wanky clichés in there too if you like “reverb drenched” etc. This...

Posted 28 Jul 2014 @ 4:58pm

In the lead up to their massive show at Shebeen on Friday July 25, Brodie from Melbourne's Flyying Colours let Beat in on the five albums that shaped him as a musician.

 

Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation
This album taught me to play guitar. It changed the way I listen to music and opened my ears to a whole new musical trip.
 
Nirvana – Nevermind
Pretty...

Posted 28 Jul 2014 @ 4:57pm

Melbourne rock band River of Snakes are launching their debut album Black Noise this Friday at The Old Bar. Exclusively for Beat, Elissa Rose and Raul Sanchez from the band took us through three influential albums for River Of Snakes.

 

Wipers – Box Set. Raul: “Well this is more like three albums plus out-takes. I listened to this continually while we were writing and making our...

Posted 28 Jul 2014 @ 3:45pm

Bank of Melbourne have announced Melbourne Music Bank - a community driven initiative asking local musicians to submit an original song inspired by Melbourne to go in the running to win a major prize pack.

 

 

The initiative is offering aspiring artists a chance to break into the music industry, with a career-making prize on offer including two days of recording at...

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