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Academy Award for Best Actor

Posted 2 May 2012 @ 9:49am


This week’s 'hijacked' Beat cover salutes Captain Luke Benge.


Our much loved eccentric typesetter who's been with us longer than we can remember. Sorry to the faint hearted of you out there in Melbourne but hey, whatever, we love a bit of cock at Beat.

Posted 23 Nov 2011 @ 8:38am

Ever since Julius Caesar copped it in the Senate way back in 44AD, the phrase the ides of March has carried with it sinister overtones of treachery and political skulduggery. It’s the perfect title for this cynical look at the power plays, strategies, backroom machinations and deals, and scandals that can make or break a politician. Ideals, dignity, integrity and vision meet political...

Posted 15 Nov 2011 @ 1:11pm

When Tom Waits was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Neil Young in March this year, he said in his speech: “They say I have no hits and that I'm difficult to work with... like it's a bad thing." He is, essentially, a grumpy old man – albeit a grumpy old man who has been releasing albums every few years since 1973 and who, although not commercially successful, has garnered a cult...

Posted 27 Oct 2011 @ 10:36am

Swiftly following the announcement of Ariel Pink's Golden Plains sideshow this morning, Roky Erickson has announced a Melbourne appearance to accompany his reign of the Supernatural Amphitheatre.


The godfather of psychedelia will be making his debut appeareance in Australia early...

Posted 3 Oct 2011 @ 10:51am

The going got tough for reggae and Caribbean music fans after the cancellation of Raggamuffin 2012. But fear not, with the announcement of a consolatory tour featuring the festival's headline acts.


Ali Campbell's UB40 will be heading around the country along with Billy Ocean for a massive...

Posted 30 Sep 2011 @ 9:28am

After sneakily announcing for us to expect the first instalments of the line up for Golden Plains Sixxx yesterday, Aunty Meredith has once again delivered in a phenomenal way. 


Bon Iver will be taking to the Supernatural Amphitheatre with an extended sunset set with his glorious...

Posted 27 Sep 2011 @ 4:11pm

Adding to their already extravagant line up, Shine On has released their second wave of acts set to unleash havoc on the Pyrenees Ranges.


Combining the undoubtedly epic first and second announcements, Shine On 2011 will play host to:


Shapeshifter, Big Gigantic, Wax...

Posted 23 Sep 2011 @ 9:06am


Lucie Thorne


Ten bands everyone should know about:

Jo Jo Smith, Jimmy Dowling, Big Low, Kim Dellavedova, Pieta Brown, The Necks, Claire Jenkins Avec Band, Michael Hurley, The Millers Tale, and Sal Kimber & The Rollin Wheel.


Nine things you need to make a kickarse dinner party:

Eight good friends and plenty of wine.


Posted 16 Sep 2011 @ 10:41am

It’s a shame Jeff Bridges didn’t join the late Townes Van Zandt on the soundtrack of his 1998 movie The Big Lebowski. We wouldn’t have had to wait for his Crazy Heart role to ignite a belated second solo album.


Now, aged 61, he enlists Oscar winning studio czar T Bone Burnett as producer and co-writer on Slow Boat, riding an equestrian metaphor.


Bridges sets...

Posted 5 Sep 2011 @ 10:25am

Melbourne's cinephiles assemble! for ACMI's Focus on Bertolucci: an all-encompassing 20 day run through the famed Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci's work.


Few directors have been able to boast such an impressive resume as his, having made films with on-screen legends Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Gerard Depardieu and John Malkovich. Fewer still have placed them in such...


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