Four concert tours Australia needs in 2019

Justin Vernon's cherished band heads the list.

We’re only a few weeks into the New Year, and it’s already shaping up to be a good one for live music.

Metal this week: UNIFY Gathering saw Harm's Way return in a big way

It was a blistering set from the American metal outfit.

Recently I made the trek down to South Gippsland for the annual UNIFY Gathering.

Albums will get longer, songs shorter: Beat's music industry predictions for 2019, part 1

We've gazed into the crystal ball to summon our predictions.


Hip Hop this week: Missy Elliott becomes first female rapper in Songwriters Hall of Fame

She joins the likes of Jay Z and Jermaine Dupri on the prestigious list.

With a brand new year of music and the odd rap beef and scandal undoubtedly in the mix for 2019, the hip hop world is already churning with achieve

Electronic this week: James Blake just announced a new album out of the blue

Cheeky stuff by the alluring producer. 

After a few weeks of rumours and a little bit of guerilla-style marketing, it’s now been confirmed that everyone’s favourite purveyor of

Leonardo's Pizza Palace has to be your first Italian food venture for 2019

The pizza is oh so cheesy; but oh so good.

Welcome Beat readers, to a brand new you, erm I mean year. How are your New Year’s resolutions panning out?

Some of the best punk-rock records created by women

From Sleater-Kinney to Screaming Females. 

Like many styles of music and industries, it’s an unfortunate reality that much of the content and channels of creation and promotion are created a

Remembering 2018, a radical year for the metal music genre

Festivals made a comeback in the genre and so did some crucial bands.

Ah, Christmas. The most metal time of year is upon us.

The music industry's winners and losers of 2018

It was a year of epic highs and lows.


Three 2018 hip hop releases that took the world by storm

A bit of Childish Gambino, Pusha T and The Carters for you.

2018 was a big year for hip hop.

Artists set to light up the Aussie music industry in 2019

Who's about to make a name for themselves?

As we approach the end of 2018, with so many big eruptions from bands and artists this past year, it’s time to look for

The Best Punk Rock Shows in 2018 (that I attended)

It was a magnificent year for punk music.

The punk rock scene in Melbourne in 2018 showed no signs of slowing down, with countless local and international shows on every week all around thi

Beat Eats’ Best Finds of 2018

Digesting the best food from 2018.

Seeing as everybody on the earth is wrapping things up for the year, I thought I might as well do the same and share my favourite food that I’ve di

Electronic this week: A new music sharing platform and gigs to hit up this weekend

Californian techno queen Avalon Emerson launched a new website service last weekend that’s so simple it’s genius (and k

Metal releases to keep an ear out for in 2019

We’ve certainly had a gigantic output of sick heavy metal records in 2018, but while the year is nearly over, 2019 is already looming st

The Best Punk Rock Albums of 2018

Since no one releases albums this late into the year (and anyone that does is dumb), I felt it was time to look back on some of my favou

Hip Hop this week: Lil Pump pulled from FOMO lineup

For 18-year-old rapper Lil Pump, the last month has been a hectic one, to say the least.

Industry this week: Radiomakers meet to discuss getting more Aussie music on the air

Are we hearing more Australian music on commercial radio?

At commercial radio’s conference Radio Alive in Melbourne in spring, delegates blinked at a strange sight – executives from the music in

Rita's Cafeteria offers the perfect happy hour treats

Nothing pairs together more romantically than summer nights and happy hours.

Hip hop this week: Kendrick and Cardi B lead Grammy nominations while Ice Cube is back

21 Savage has also jumped on the new Mortal Kombat trailer.

Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino lead 2019 Grammy nominations

Metal this week: end-of-year lists stimulate vociferous, wayward commentary

It needs to be asked: are end-of-year lists really all they're cracked up to be?

As the final month of 2018 engulfs us, we are now knee-deep in perhaps the worst time of year – the end of year list season.

Primavera Sound has surely smashed a record with its stunning gender-equal lineup

And more electronic news from overseas.

One of the biggest festivals in the business announced their 2019

What to eat and drink during the scorching summer months

All you'll crave is cold, light and fresh food and drink.

Last week’s bout of seriously hot days threw my appetite in a completely different direction.

The voice of independent labels is getting louder and louder

A new global report from the independent sector of 33 countries shows that the sector is growing faster than any other in the music industry.

Compiled from 2017 figures, the third WINTEL report from London-based Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) shows that the indie market share is 39.9

A tribute to Buzzcocks frontman Pete Shelley

Last week the music world learned of the sudden passing of Buzzcocks frontman and solo artist Pete Shelley

Metal this week: The story of Gaza's split and Cult Leader's arrival

Formed in 2004, Gaza was a band from Salt Lake City that made some absolutely insane records. 

With its caustic mix of grind, sludge and ‘mathy’ hardcore, Gaza's 2006 debut album I Don’t Care Where I Go When I Die ki

Where do DJs eat late at night?

Emerging producer Sophie McAlister takes her through her favourite food spots.

Out of all of Australia’s cities, Melbourne stays up the latest.

Paying homage to the beloved Reverence Hotel

The Rev arrived in the wake of Arthouse's decline and blew up from the get-go.

Footscray’s much-loved Reverence Hotel sadly announced this week that it has

New Soundtrack Australia policy takes inspiration from David Le’aupepe and Jimmy Barnes

More money is slated for music education, community centres

When Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten and Shadow Arts Minister Tony Burke unleashed their Soundtrack Australia music policy last Friday at Sydney’

Hip hop this week: Meek Mill makes some noise with his new album 'Championships'

It was one of the most anticipated releases of the year.

Possibly one of the most anticipated hip hop releases of 2018 has now arrived in the form of Meek Mill’s album Cham