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The history of Aussie punk told through ten iconic albums

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The laneway festival that's bringing rock to the suburbs

Poisonarts Laneway Festival will take place at Little Drop Of Poison, Eltham on Saturday October 28, with music from Child, The Cigarillos, and more and art from the likes of Stabsie and Swift&CtrlV.

Missy Higgins on returning to Melbourne with new electronic influences

Missy Higgins will perform at A Weekend in the Gardens taking place at the Royal Botanic Gardens on Sunday November 19, with Dustin Tebbutt, All Our Exes Live In Texas, and Harry Jakamarra.

Havana Meets Kingston on finding the balance between cultures and the universal language of music

Havana Meets Kingston will perform at The Corner Hotel on Sunday October 22. Part one of their self-titled album is due out Friday November 3.

Dutch pianist Joep Beving on connecting with music

Joep Beving will perform at Melbourne Recital Centre on Saturday October 14, as part of Melbourne Festival.

Creative music forum Process is here to explore the wonderful world of sound

Process will take place at The Channel, Arts Centre Melbourne on Saturday October 14, featuring Rainbow Chan, Ben Byrne, Chiara Kickdrum, and more.

Jim White explains how his appreciation for dance inspired his upcoming Melbourne Festival performance, ‘More Up A Tree’

More Up A Tree is taking place at The Substation from Thursday October 12 until Saturday October 14 as part of  Melbourne Festival. Tickets and more information can be found at festival.melbourne/2017.

Russell Morris on the album that got people listening again

Russell Morris will perform as part of Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend, taking place in Marysville – just a 90 minute drive from Melbourne – from Friday October 20 until Sunday October 22, also featuring Geoff Achison & The Soul Diggers, Lloyd Spiegel, and many more.

The Hunter Express on the highs and lows of his debut album

The Hunter Express will launch his singles ‘I Really Like Holding Your Hand’ and ‘Cool’ at Newmarket Studios, North Melbourne on Thursday October 19. He’ll be joined by Jess De Luca and visual artist Lauren O’Meara.

Traveller on the journey from dare band to ‘Western Movies’

Traveller plays Out On The Weekend at Seaworks in Williamstown on Saturday October 14 and Northcote Social Club with The Deslondes on Tuesday October 17. Western Movies is out Friday October 13.

Mana: Celebrating empowerment and resilience at Darebin Music Feast

Mana will take over Northcote Town Hall on Saturday October 21 with KAIIT, Kandere, P Unique and more, as part of Darebin Music Feast. DMF takes places throughout Darebin from Thursday October 12 until Sunday October 22. For more information, head to musicfeast.com.au/2017-program.

This is what Melbourne's best DJ crews battling it out for glory looks like

The Battle 8 Grand Final goes down at Belleville on Sunday October 15. Check out the Facebook event here. 

Mosé + The FMLY on getting back onstage and trying to fit in

Mosé + The FMLY will play the Hip Hop Exchange fundraiser at the Gasometer this Thursday October 5 with DEX, Zhane White and Sophy Grophy. A second EP is currently in the works.

Madi Leeds is putting the past behind her on her debut album

Madi Leeds will launch Spinning at the Workers Club on Tuesday October 10 with Damon Langley, Almost Otters and a host of special guests. 

Slum Sociable chat about their new album and living their dream

Slum Sociable will perform at Nocturnal at Melbourne Museum on Friday October 6, with Fortunes and Myles Mac DJ. Their debut album Slum Sociable is out on Friday October 13 via Liberation Music.

Hot Chip frontman Alexis Taylor on stripping things back for 'Piano'

Alexis Taylor will perform at Melbourne Recital Centre on Thursday October 12 and Saturday October 14, as part of Melbourne Festival. Tickets through festival.melbourne/2017.

The Magnetic Fields on bringing '50-Song Memoir to life

The Magnetic Fields will perform 50 Song Memoir at Hamer Hall on Saturday October 21 and Sunday October 22, as part of Melbourne Festival. Tickets through festival.melbourne/2017.

Yumi Zouma vocalist Christie Simpson on finding her own identity within their new album

Yumi Zouma will release Willowbank on Friday October 6 via Cascine.

Bunna Lawrie on celebrating 40 years of Coloured Stone

Bunna Lawrie will join Coloured Stone for The Red Dusty Road on Thursday October 12, as part of Darebin Music Feast. Bunna Lawrie's Best of Coloured Stone is out through CAAMA Music.

Lewis Coleman on how lunchtime jamming and an old tv led to The Cactus Channel

The Cactus Channel will perform as part of Kyneton Music Festival, taking place on Friday October 20 and Saturday October 21, with Cash Savage & The Last Drinks, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Dan Kelly Dream Band and more.

GL's Ella Thompson on collaborating, trends and why they don't need days off

GL will perform as part of NGV Friday Nights on Friday September 29.

Megan Washington on channelling the Babadook and finding inspiration in Orbison and Savage Garden

Megan Washington will be joined by The Impossible Orchestra at Melbourne Recital Centre on Friday November 10.

Prophets of Rage bassist Tim Commerford on the positives of getting pissed off

Prophets of Rage’s self-titled album is out now via Sony Music Australia.

Alexander Biggs on finding inspiration for his new EP

Alexander Biggs will launch Still You Sharpen Your Teeth at the Toff on Saturday October 7. The EP is out now via Sony Music Entertainment Australia.

We chat to Buoy ahead of Node 0: Lounge Beats

Buoy will perform as part of Node 0: Lounge Beats at Lionel’s Lounge, Grant Street Theatre on Saturday October 7, with Eilish Gilligan, Cool Explosions, and Honorarium Moonwalkers.

Illy on not selling out his fans, new music and touring

Illy will perform on day one of A Weekend In The Gardens, taking place at the Royal Botanic Gardens on Saturday November 18 with Thundamentals, Spit Syndicate, Birdz, and Jesswar.

Rin McArdle on bringing together an eclectic group of musicians for her Evelyn residency

Rin McArdle will perform at The Evelyn Hotel every Wednesday in October, kicking off on Wednesday October 4 with Eilish Gilligan and Nina McCann.

Old Crow Medicine Show on bringing their 'Blonde on Blonde' tour to Australia

Old Crow Medicine Show will perform two sets – Blonde On Blonde in full and a set of originals – at Forum Theatre on Sunday October 1, with special guest Valerie June.

Northlane frontman Marcus Bridge on joining the band and expression through music

Northlane will hit 170 Russell on Friday October 20, with Erra, Sworn In, and Thornhill. Mesmer is out now via UNFD.