Music Features

How Melbourne venues are dealing with shitty crowd etiquette at gigs

In this series, we’ll explore how venues, artists and individuals are tackling this issue, and what we can all do to help make a lasting behavioural change.

Melbourne's hottest new band U-Bahn are so weirdly eccentric it's addictive

U-Bahn’s self-titled debut album is out now. They’ll be launching it at The Curtin on Saturday March 30. Tickets via the venue website.

How Cosmic Psychos have continued to play unabashed, unpretentious punk rock for decades

Cosmic Psychos come to the Estonian House as part of Brunswick Music Festival on Thursday March 7. Head to the festival website for tickets.

Julia Jacklin would like some space, thank you

Julia Jacklin's new album, Crushing, is out now. Jacklin will launch the LP at The Forum on Thursday March 14. Head to the venue website for tickets. 

Bec Sandridge's sure-fire solution to keeping the creative juices flowing

Bec Sandridge performs at the Brunswick Mechanics Institute for Brunswick Music Festival on International Women’s Day (Friday March 8). Head to the BMF website for tickets.

Beat’s Guide to Melbourne’s new cultural extravaganza Day by the Bay

Day by the Bay second instalment at Point Cook goes down on Saturday March 23. Head to the festival website for more information.

A chat with Brunswick Music Festival music programmer Emily Ulman

Brunswick Music Festival kicks off on Sunday March 3 with the Sydney Rd Street Party, and runs until Sunday March 17. Check out the festival website for the full program. 

We chat to Foals about the unprecedented challenge of writing and releasing two albums in a year

Foals’ new album, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1, will be released to the world on Friday March 8 through Warner Bros Records.

The Go-Betweens reflect on the influence of '16 Lovers Lane'

The Go-Betweens’ seminal sixth album 16 Lovers Lane will be showcased as part of Bendigo Autumn Music festival on Sunday April 28. Head to the festival website for more info on the lineup and for tickets.

Obsidian Monolith get us to take a long, hard look at ourselves

Obsidian Monolith come to The Bendigo Hotel on Saturday March 2. Head to the venue website for tickets. Their new album, Manifest, will be released in 2019.

Maarja Nuut & Ruum get ready for a stellar WOMADelaide set

Maarja Nuut & Ruum will be performing at Howler on Thursday March 7 as well as WOMADelaide which takes over Adelaide’s Botanic Park from Friday March 8 until Monday March 11. Head to the respective venue and festival websites for ticket information.

Cracking the creative songwriting shell of Snail Mail

Snail Mail comes to Estonian House as part of Brunswick Music Festival on Friday March 8. She will play two shows, one at 6pm (sold out) and one at 9:30pm. Head to Handsome Tours for ticket details.

Blues champion Ash Grunwald pays homage to Melbourne's vibrant music scene

Ash Grunwald performs at Mordi Fest alongside the likes of Mia Dyson, Bec Sandridge, 19-Twenty and Vaudeville Smash. It all goes down on Saturday March 2 and Sunday March 3. Head to the City of Kingston website for more information.

Despite their growing fame, Joyce Manor stay close to their punk origins

Joyce Manor come to The Corner Hotel on Tuesday March 5. Grab your tickets via Handsome Tours.

Foxing gear up to see off the Reverence Hotel

Foxing perform at The Reverence Hotel on Wednesday February 27. They’ll also be playing Wollongong’s Farmer & The Owl on Saturday March 2. Head to respective venue and festival websites for lineup and ticket information.  

For rapper Genesis Owusu, the personal is political

Genesis Owusu performs at Brunswick Mechanics Institute as part of Brunswick Music Festival on Thursday March 7. Grab your tickets via the festival website.

Jasper’s is a paradise for lovers of cocktails and jazz

Jasper’s is located at 14 Goldie Place, CBD. Head to their Facebook page for more information on upcoming events.

Eight albums in, Hilltop Hoods are entering their most collaborative chapter yet

Hilltop Hoods’ new album The Great Expanse is out Friday February 22. The trio will support Eminem on Sunday February 24 at the MCG. Grab your tickets via Ticketek.

Matt Doll on the trials and tribulations of going solo

Matt Doll will be performing at Chapel Off Chapel for Chapel Summer Sessions on Saturday February 23. Night Flight comes out Friday February 22.

Beirut's Zach Condon hasn't found his home yet

Beirut’s new album, Gallipoli, is out now via 4AD/Remote Control.

Vintage Trouble's latest record steers the soul group in a new musical direction

Vintage Trouble will play Bluesfest which comes to Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm from Thursday April 18 to Monday April 22. They’re also performing at The Corner on Thursday April 25. Grab your tickets via respective festival and venue websites.

Perth-based rockers The Kill Devil Hills on having a flexible music career

The Kill Devil Hills will launch Pink Fit at Riverboats Music Festival in Echuca on Friday February 15 and The Tote on Saturday February 16. Grab your tickets via respective festival and venue websites.

The origin story of acclaimed rock musical 'Barbara and the Camp Dogs'

Barbara and the Camp Dogs plays at the Malthouse Theatre’s Merlyn stage now until Sunday March 3 (bar Mondays). Tickets and more information are available via the venue website. 

The Beasts reflect on the legacy of their late band members

Catch The Beasts with special guests Dallas Crane on Friday February 22 at the Prince Bandroom and Saturday February 23 at The Croxton Bandroom. Tickets available via Oztix.

Jess & Matt are on track to becoming the next legendary duo

Jess & Matt play their Chapel Summer Sessions show at Chapel Off Chapel on Friday February 22. Tickets and more information available via the venue website.