How the Federal Government can help the music industry grow

There were hundreds of ideas discussed at a recent parliamentary meeting.

At a parliamentary committee meeting set up by Federal Minister of Communications and the Arts, Mitch Fifield, on how to help the

Metal this week: Philip H. Anselmo and The Illegals take on Pantera's classic hits

Philip H. Anselmo’s bands covering Pantera tracks is nothing new.

The often contentious and inflammatory vocalist has covered his former and certainly eternally legendary band in many of his lesser known acts over

Electronic this week: A huge techno party is coming and Honey Dijon makes her return

Alongside a fine event from the crew at Sex Tags Mania.

A team of promoters responsible for the likes of Inner Varnika, Strawberry Fields, Common Ground and Lucid have come together to launch a new mid-s

Beat's Guide to the best punk rock songs about food

While the relationship between food and punk rock music may not be celebrated and recognised to any large degree, the human element of dealing with the feelings of hunger and pleasure often shine through.

With punk rock largely sticking to basic primal feelings and emotions, it’s no surprise that good food is a hot commodity, particularly amongst ban

Button Mashers: This month in the world of gaming

Let's take a plunge into the month that was - also, the uncanny valley. It's a very deep dive.

Before we plunge into the real issues of the world - such as why

A dedication to Pellegrini’s Sisto Malaspina

Mourning the loss of the Italian pioneer.

This week I’m dedicating my column to Sisto Malaspina, after the heart-wrenching news of his death last Friday.

This week in metal: tragedy hits Limp Bizkit and Bad Omens cause a social media riot

Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst and Wes Borland got caught up in the Californian fires.

The last week or so has been a wild news week for sure – but even all the usual American political shenanigans aside, American heavy metal has been

How Aussie punters could soon be tapping into concerts via virtual reality

Technology is really starting to take a grip.

Just as the Australian live industry urges patrons to get off their fat sofas and head out to gigs, along comes news that will tempt folks to upgra

Why Hard-Ons are still Australia’s most unrelenting punk rock band

The Sydney natives just don't stop... ever.

Nostalgia is a funny thing.

Melbourne Music Week is a treasure trove for electronic fans

With performances from Jeff Mills, Gilles Peterson, DJ Seinfeld and Leon Vynehall. And that's just the beginning.

Melbourne Music Week launches on Friday, and there’s a pretty solid list of names on the electronic music tip taking part this year.

It's time we tucked into Melbourne's delectable yet select Mexican cuisine

From El Sabor by El Cielo to Dos Diablos to the best salsa this city has to offer.

Celebrating over a Mexican feast is one of the most festive celebrations of all.

Dropping a single on Halloween, Slipknot reaffirm their infectious spontaneity

Returning with the track, 'All Out Life'.

Last week Slipknot surprised the world on Halloween with their first new music since 2014’s landmark .5: The Grey Chapter

New Australian study explores the appeal of death metal

From a research titled Who Enjoys Listening To Violent Music And Why?.

“Eyes bulging from their sockets, with every swing of my mallet, I smash your fucking head in, until brains seep in through the cracks.”  That’s fr

Electronic this week: 6am At The Garage are throwing a huge final Hugs&Kisses bash

As Sydney electro king Jensen Interceptor drops in for a Melbourne show.

This Friday November 9 debaucherous DJ duo 6am At The Garage are returning to Hugs&Kisses for their final farewell of the venu

Wrapping up a heavy metal holiday

Tales from the Make Them Suffer tour bus.

If you’re just joining us and haven’t read last week’s column - this is the third and final instalment of my heavy metal holiday that’s taken me al

Electronic: Pitch Music & Arts, Harvey Sutherland and Resident Advisor

Arguably the biggest house, techno and everything-in-between festival on the Australian calendar, Pitch Festival, released the lineup for their 2019 instalment last week and it’s a doozy. 

Highlights include German techno pioneer Sven Väth, affectionately known as Papa Sven or the Grandaddy of techno.

Bluebonnet Barbecue brings Southern American flavour to Brunswick East

Bluebonnet Barbecue has landed permanent residency amongst the thriving strip of stores that make Brunswick East its own. 

Bluebonnet is absolutely owning its presence with a blast of flavours, a refreshing new space, and a lengthy cocktail list to catch any mood you ma

What made Victoria the best performing state for live performances?

Victoria has overtaken NSW for the first time in the live performance stakes in both revenue and attendance, according to Live Performance Australia (LPA)’s 2017
Ticket Attendance and Revenue Report released last week. 

LPA chief executive Evelyn Richardson says, “For the first time, Victoria takes the mantle of having the largest industry share for ticket sales re

Need new music fast? Here's three new artists to get on your radar

Need new music fast? Check out the hauntingly beautiful Kailee Morgue, dreamy indie-rockers Erthlings, and the fabulous Jaguar Jonze

Phoenix-born, LA-based singer-songwriter Kailee Morgue has been a (not so) secret favourite of mine since she dropped her haunting

Australian songwriters are now making more from digital sources than broadcast

According to the latest financial postings from APRA AMCOS.

The latest financial postings by rights management and royalties collectors APRA AMCOS (for the 2017/18 financial year) set a new record.

What a US music holiday has taught me about the American metal scene

A report from our writer, via correspondence.

If you’re just jumping in and haven’t read last week’s column, I’ll bring you up to speed - I’m in the USA, living a (mostly) heavy metal adventure

Electronic: SoundCloud, Sleep D and Hugs&Kisses

Sadly, it's time to say goodbye to cherished late-night haunt, Hugs&Kisses.

Some big news on the tech side of things this week, with SoundCloud announcing they’ve partnered with all the major digital DJ software companies w

The new Italian cookbook celebrating an incredible family story

When the Tomatoes Are Ready is a recipe book meets novel. 

Behind every dish there’s a story; a town, family, garden, and journey of how it all came about.  So wouldn’t you like to know who’s sha

Should support bands be paid more?

It's a question that needs to be asked.


Metal this week: the tragedy that's rocked former heavy band ISIS

Remembering late vocalist of Caleb Scofield.

When American post-metal pioneers ISIS disbanded in 2010, in an odd way it just felt right.

Hip Hop this week: the Age Music Victoria Awards reveal huge slate of nominees

The likes of Baker Boy, Sampa The Great and Kaiit have been recognised.

The list of nominees for The Age Music Victoria Awards has been announced, and hip hop artists have secured nominations for some o

Electronic this week: Moby drops a memoir as a new Flying Lotus album looms

Plus, a huge dance party going down at Lounge.

One of the original innovators of the early 2000s Los Angeles beat scene, Flying Lotus, has let slip that his new album is current

Pirate sites and YouTube still major issues for musicians’ income

Astounding figures from the International Federation of Phonographic Industries' new study.

The newly released Music Consumer Insight Report by the London-based International Federation of Phonographic Industries (IFPI) – which re

Punk this week: remembering one of the most iconic Melbourne punk gigs of all time

CJ Ramones, Mach Pelican, The Meanies and Cosmic Kahuna all in one room.

On Sunday February 15, 2015, one of the greatest punk shows in Melbourne took place in Collingwood.

Beat Eats: Melbourne’s newest American-Italian food baby

So let’s chat about Capitano, Melbourne’s newest American-Italian food baby doing exceptionally well. 

Most would agree, Italian food is the most orthodox of cuisines.