Music Features

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.

We chat to Tired Lion vocalist Sophie Hopes about the journey to ‘Dumb Days’

Tired Lion will take over The Corner Hotel on Saturday September 23. Their debut album Dumb Days is out now via Dew Process/UMA.

Justin Townes Earle on what he’d do if his notebooks ever got stolen

Justin Townes Earle will perform at Melbourne Recital Centre on Monday October 16. He’ll also headline Out On The Weekend, taking place at Seaworks, Williamstown on Saturday October 14.

The Skylark Room is proving it isn’t just another live music venue

Find The Skylark Room at 351 Glenfern Road, Upwey. Find their upcoming gigs at theskylarkroom.com.

The Marysville Jazz & Blues Weekend is here to bring you yarra valley’s best food, wine and music

The Marysville Jazz & Blues Weekend runs from Friday October 20 to Sunday October 22. Tickets, accommodation and more information can be found at marysvillejazzandblues.com.

We chat to Front End Loader ahead of Fuzz Fest

Front End Loader will headline Fuzz Fest, taking over Cherry Bar on Friday September 22 and Saturday September 23, with Fuck The Fitzroy Doom Scene, Peeping Tom, Fluff, Don Fernando and more.

We chat to Shonen Knife founder Naoko Yamano about the importance of women in rock

Shonen Knife will perform at NGV Friday Nights this Friday September 22 before taking over Karova Lounge on Saturday September 23 and Corner Hotel on Sunday October 1.

We get the scoop on Drunken Poet ahead of their 11th birthday celebration

Drunken Poet will celebrate its 11th birthday on Sunday September 24 with Van Walker, Moreland City Soul Review, Miss Whiskey and more.

Death From Above on outrage, freedom, and being dubbed an electro band

Death From Above’s latest album Outrage! Is Now is out now.

The Killers on abandoned taste, leaving a mark and the AFL Grand Final

Wonderful Wonderful is out Friday September 22 through Island Records/Universal Music Group., you can read our review here. The Killers perform at the AFL Grand Final on Saturday September 30, with a free show taking place after the game at the MCG. They’ll return to Australia in 2018, taking over Hisense Arena on Friday May 4.

George Clinton on the power of funk music and his love of Kendrick Lamar

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic will perform at The Palais Theatre on Wednesday September 27.

Exclusive Interview: Foo Fighters on their undying vigour to perform, 23 years young

Foo Fighters will take over Etihad Stadium on Tuesday January 30 with Weezer and Clowns. Concrete and Gold is out now via Roswell Records/RCA Records through Sony Music Entertainment Australia.

Beat's Record Label of the Month: It Records

Keep an eye for releases from Mollusc and Vacuum through It Records over the next few months as well as a new album from Primitive Calculators next year. To check out It's releases and what the label's up to, check out their Bandcamp and Facebook.

The best artists we saw at Bigsound 2017

130 artists. 17 venues. Four nights. More than 300 gigs. We're clearly still recovering.

Melbourne Audio Trade Show

Melbourne Audio Trade Show 2017 will be held at SAE on Saturday September 23 from 11am - 4pm. Entry is free. Register via Eventbrite and find out more on the event’s Facebook page. 

Poison City Weekender Fest: celebrating the independent and DIY music community

Poison City Weekender Fest ‘17 will take place from Friday September 15 until Sunday September 17 across The Corner, The Tote, The Evelyn, Reverence Hotel and Old Bar.

Cub Sport singer/songwriter Tim Nelson on using music to give young people a voice

Cub Sport will release their second album BATS on Friday September 22.

Bernard Fanning on memory, and why you can stop speculating about a Powderfinger reunion

Bernard Fanning and his band The Black Fins play at The Croxton on Thursday October 26 and Friday October 27 with support from Oh Pep!. They’ll perform as part of Queenscliff Music Festival, taking place from Friday November 24 until Sunday November 26. Brutal Dawn is out now.

Playing for Change: Follow the Music

Follow the Music goes down at venues throughout Fitzroy on Sunday September 24. More details at playingforchangeday.org/event/follow-the-music

Paul Kelly keeps making the gravy, thankfully

Paul Kelly will perform on day one of A Weekend In The Gardens, taking place at the Royal Botanic Gardens on Friday November 17 with Steve Earle and Middle Kids.