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Posted 1 Jul 2014 @ 2:53pm

Maaaaaan, Tuesday July 1 already? That means we're officially at the halfway point of 2014. It also means that it's time to start procrastinating and putting off doing your tax return. What better way than to reflect on the year that was? We've trawled through our archives to find out what stories were the biggest to Melbourne in the first six months of the year.

 

10. Janelle...

Posted 21 Jan 2014 @ 12:40pm

Melbourne's favourite source of music and gig information is now an app. 

 

We've kept it simple. Gigs, gigs and more gigs. With an easy-to-use calendar (just drag the tab down) comprehensively listing every gig happening in Melbourne by genre (including trivia nights and comedy) you'll never again be left twiddling your thumbs wondering what's on tonight.  

 

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Posted 6 Aug 2013 @ 1:10am

★★★☆ 

 

With Ben Whishaw as a drawcard, Beat is a melancholic and amusing short about a man who dances to the beat of his own drum, literally.
 
Whishaw skilfully conveys the fragility and loneliness of the young man whose erratic dancing to music only he can hear is as threatening to himself as he appears to be to others. Documenting a day wandering the streets of...

Posted 27 Feb 2013 @ 11:29am

Beats is the new weekly clubbing bible for Melburnians. Set to launch on Wednesday March 6, Beats will cover all aspects of the electronic, urban and clubbing lifestyle and will be found in every copy of Beat Magazine plus 2,000 stand alone copies.

 

Featuring interviews with the biggest DJs, producers and MCs on the planet, plus Australian superstars, up-and-coming locals and...

Posted 29 Feb 2012 @ 9:18am

 

Bless is proper lo-fi noise, with a driving rhythm and clattering drum beat. Brisbane three-piece Matyr Privates have channeled The Jesus And Mary Chain into their own homespun brand of stealth alt-rock, complete with drawling, belligerent vocals and a swollen guitar sound. Nice.

 

Posted 17 Feb 2012 @ 9:36am

 

Jonathan Meiburg has never made any secret for his fascination for ornithology. Judging by the title of Shearwater’s latest record, Animal Life, it would appear Meiburg has expanded his interest into the broader animal kingdom; certainly, the album’s charged title track suggests Meiburg has cast his eye into wider metaphorical territory to find meaning. 

 

On Breaking...

Posted 15 Feb 2012 @ 12:00pm

Local songwriter Ali E (Damn Terran) has released a pacey but atmospheric new single from her forthcoming debut solo album. The guitars buzz and hum in a slightly breathless rhythm and Ali’s voice, drenched in reverb, expands to fill the gaps. A slapping 4/4 drum beat kicks after a few moments which is actually a little distracting, propelling the song forward at an uncomfortable pace that...

Posted 18 Jan 2012 @ 12:15pm

 

Turbowolf's eponymous debut is the sort of first effort most bands dream of. Contemporary artists mixing elements of '60s/'70s stoner and rock is not a new idea. However, Turbowolf have created a unique sound thanks to a good dose of punk aggression and mostly thanks to their erratic yet catchy songwriting.

 

 

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Posted 9 Nov 2011 @ 9:56am

In St. Vincent's latest release Strange Mercy, the views of her past two albums have crystallised into a coherent world view - a world of pop sensibilities with sinister and strange undertones. St. Vincent aka Annie Clark has previously served as a backing vocalist for the the cultish Polyphonic Spree and religious grand folk prodigy Sufjan Stevens. This album gives nods to both the synth-...

Posted 18 Aug 2011 @ 9:28am

My ambiguous feelings towards Wooden Shjips continue with West, a one note psych rock grinder in which the monotonous drum beat is supposed to be artful, creating pressure-cooker atmospherics in juxtaposition to the warped snippets of guitar and a ghostly vocal melody. You know, texture and whatnot. Steamy, boring texture.

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