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Music Features

The best venues worth roadtripping for and the gigs to go see there

Know of any live music venues worth the hop, skip and jump? Let us know.

Top Picks: The best of Live N Local 2017

Live N Local takes place around the City of Port Phillip from Saturday August 19 until Saturday August 26.

Grizzly Bear's Daniel Rossen on their most collaborative work yet

Grizzly  Bear will release Painted Ruins on Friday August 18 via RCA Records and Sony Music Entertainment Australia. 

Guitar Station with Henry Dalkin

Check out Guitar Station at 481 Malvern Rd, South Yarra or go to guitarstation.com.au.

Rival Fire on the journey to their debut album

Rival Fire’s debut album War is out now via Sony Music. Catch them at Sea Shepherd Melbourne's Stand Fast Festival on Saturday September 23 and supporting The Butterfly Effect at The Croxton on Saturday March 10, 2018.  

Oren Ambarchi of Nazoranai is bringing his most powerful collaborators to Melbourne.

Nazoranai will perform as part of Supersense 2017 at Arts Centre Melbourne on Sunday August 20. Supersense runs at Arts Centre Melbourne from Friday August 18 until Sunday August 20.

7 reasons why you cant miss The xx this summer

The xx hit Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Saturday January 13. Tickets via Frontier Touring. 

Brooke Taylor on getting out of The Waiting Place and finding gold

Brooke Taylor will launch her EP II at Ding Dong Lounge on Thursday August 17, with support from Benny Williams and Kerryn Fields. She’ll also perform at Basement Bar Bendigo on Saturday August 19.

Tami Neilson on moving from Canada to New Zealand and creating a legacy

Tami Neilson will perform at Ding Dong Lounge on Saturday August 19. Don’t Be Afraid is out now.

Gang of Youths frontman Dave Le’aupepe on honesty, tragedy and making something real

Gang of Youths will release Go Farther In Lightness On Friday August 18 via Mosy Recordings/Verge via Sony Music. They’ll play Festival Hall on Wednesday September 6 with support from Gordi and Fountaineer.

New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert on celebrating 20 Years of pop punk

New Found Glory will play three shows at the Corner Hotel on Monday August 14, Tuesday August 15, and Wednesday August 16.

Starset founder Dustin Bates on the sc-fi world he's created

Starset will perform at Max Watt's on Saturday August 12.

A Decade Of Dickhead: Ten years of Joel, Liam & Singa running The Old Bar

The Old Bar will celebrate with A Decade Of Dickhead, running from Monday August 14 - Sunday August 20. Secret lineups will be announced daily through The Old Bar and Beat.

Pharoahe Monch on pushing himself even after two decades on the scene

Pharoahe Monch will perform at 170 Russell on Monday September 18. 

James Norbert Ivanyi on mastering the guitar and his new solo EP

James Norbert Ivanyi will play The Workers Club on Saturday August 19, with Dyssidia, Logic Defies Logic and The Omnific. Denalavis is out now.

Roads of the Future

The AAPA’s Roads of the Future, Embracing The Next Generation will take place at the Exhibition Centre on Sunday August 13.

Emilee South on telling classic stories through rock'n'roll

Emilee South will perform as part of Southside Twang and Soul, with La Bastard and Sid O’Neil at Starward Distillery, Port Melbourne on Saturday August 19 as part of Live N Local. Live N Local runs from Saturday August 19 – Saturday August 26 in various venues across the City of Port Phillip.

Kimbra on improvisation ahead of her performance at Supersense

Kimbra will perform as part of Supersense at Arts Centre Melbourne on Saturday August 19. Supersense runs at Arts Centre Melbourne from Friday August 18 until Sunday August 20.

Warbirds on falling in love at first riff

Warbirds will play Cherry Bar on Saturday August 19, Whole Lotta Love on Friday August 25, Cherry Bar on Tuesday August 29 and Brunswick Hotel on Saturday September 2.

The Best Albums still to come in 2017

What albums did we leave out? Let us know. Illustration by Cassie Stevens.

The Babe Rainbow on Byron Bay and being a ‘hippie’

The Babe Rainbow will perform at The Curtin on Thursday August 3 and Friday August 4.

Levi's Music Prize is giving local artists a leg up

The Levi’s Music Prize is open to artists that have featured on the BIGSOUND Festival lineup in the last five years, including 2017. For more information on how the apply head to Bigsound’s website.

La Bastard on the balance between artistic evolution and maintaining an audience

La Bastard will launch Trouble at The Gasometer Hotel on Saturday August 5 with The Sugarcanes, Baby Blue and Spiral Perm. The album is out now.

We chat to Josh Pyke before he breaks up with himself

Josh Pyke will say farewell at The Corner Hotel on Thursday August 3 and Friday August 4 (sold out), The Wool Exchange Geelong on Saturday August 5, Sooki Lounge on Friday December 8, and Karova Lounge on Saturday December 9. Support will come from Kyle Lionhart.

Mesa Cosa on holding it together, and Jeffrey the snake

Mesa Cosa will launch their new single Church of the Snake at The Tote on Friday August 4.

Aaron Creigh on his debut EP, All we Leave are Memories

Aaron Creigh’s debut solo EP All we Leave are Memories is out now. He will perform at OnTop Bar, Ormond on Friday September 15 and Friday September 29. Stay up to date on his facebook page.

We chat to Busby Marou about The Sound Of Indigenous Australia

Busby Marou is part of The Sound of Indigenous Australia: Now & Before compilation which is out now via Festival Records/Warner Music Australia.

Minus the Bear on the journey to their new album

Minus the Bear will play at Max Watt’s on Sunday August 6. VOIDS is out now via Suicide Squeeze Records.

Fountaineer are telling Bendigo’s story behind a gracious indie rock sound

Fountaineer’s debut album Greater City, Greater Love is out Friday August 4 via 1825 Records. The band will support Gang Of Youths on their national tour including a show at Festival Hall on Wednesday September 6.

Beat's Picks: The best music documentaries of MIFF

The Melbourne International Film Festival takes over the city from Thursday August 3 until Sunday August 20.