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How will the budget strengthen Victoria’s creative industries?

Martin Foley, Minister for Creative Industries, has a simple explanation as to why the state government allocated the creative and cultural sector, with new initiatives totalling $78.7 million over four years, in the state budget in May. 

“Victoria is the creative state and we’re keeping it that way – backing our creative institutions so they can continue to inspire Victorians, attra

How will the budget will strengthen Victoria’s creative industries?

Martin Foley, Minister for Creative Industries, has a simple explanation as to why the state government allocated the creative and cultural sector, with new initiatives totalling $78.7 million over four years, in the state budget in May. 

“Victoria is the creative state and we’re keeping it that way – backing our creative institutions so they can continue to inspire Victorians, attra

Electronic: Gucci X Frieze, X-Coast is coming to Lounge, and more

Couple of weird bits of news to kick off this week’s column: ironically on-trend Italian fashion brand Gucci have announced they are collaborating

Beat Eats: Soup is the only winter warmer you need

I’ve spent some serious time this week thinking about soup. I’m not sure if it’s because everyone’s sick at the moment and calling me for soup recipes, or because I’m spending plenty of time indoors, leaving optimal time for soup-simmering. Either way, soup is both on my mind and creeping onto menus everywhere. So, here are my top picks for the tastiest soup around town. 

For those that haven’t been impressed by a curry laksa soup in your lifetime, you’re clearly dining at the wrong restaurants.

Hip Hop: New music from Bigg, and Merc Swazey live

It comes as no surprise to hear Listen Out tickets have sold-out for the third year in a row. 

The dance event has become known for delivering outstanding lineups of international hip hop, this year boasting A$AP Rocky,

Metal: Top Ten Albums Challenge with Lochlan Watt

For the last month or so, my social media has been flooded by friends and associates doing this ‘Top Ten Albums Challenge’ – posting an album cover once a day for ten days, and usually talking about why that album helped shape them into becoming the individual they are today. I want to call mostof you out on your bullshit lists, but if I’m gonna do that, I guess it would only be fair to offer up my own first and get paid to write about it here instead of generating free content for Facebook.

As your recently-appointed Beat metal columnist, here’s my Retroactively and Meticulously Curated Top Ten Albums That I Do Actually Love, But Showc

Proto-Punk in five records

While it wasn’t until about 1976 that the guitar-driven music in the UK, USA and Australia was dubbed “punk”, the sound had clearly existed since the advent of rock‘n’roll. Retroactively dubbed “proto-punk” by the music press, this list compiles the crucial innovators of the sound. To paraphrase Jerry A of Poison Idea, “punk didn’t start with The Stooges or The Ramones, it started when Cain bashed Abel in the head with a rock or whatever the fuck shit.”

The Sonics - Here Are the Sonics (1965)

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

Need new music fast? Here’s some artists you should get on your radar ASAP.

Hip Hop: Fresh Violet is one of the most promising voices in Aus hip hop

Known for her high-energy performances, the quirky rapper has a refreshing take on the genre, unafraid to experiment with exciting new sounds.

Rising producer and rap queen Fresh Violet is one the most promising female voices in the Australian hip hop scene.

Black metal, Deafheaven and bands that sound similar

Deafheaven is an American band bound by praise and ire alike to the idea of pioneering certain metal subgenre/s – perhaps more significantly through popularising the sounds as opposed to inventing them – but whatever the case, their influence on the course of black metal cannot be understated. 

‘Post-black metal’, ‘blackgaze’, ‘whoopdie fuckin’ doo core’, whatever.

Electronic: gigs to catch this weekend

Mousse launches his debut ep, Bunker host French powerhouse I Hate Models, and Sadiva launch debut album.

There are way too many ripper parties on this weekend in Melbourne, too many to cover here, but here’s my picks.

Is YouTube Music doomed to fail?

This week, YouTube’s long-awaited streaming service YouTube Music launched in Australia – we were one of five countries to get it first, alongside the US, Mexico, South Korea and New Zealand. 

On the surface, YouTube Music looks like it has the goods to take on Spotify and Apple Music.

What's on in electronic this week

From Georgia to Melbourne, it's a big weekend

Imagine having riot police raid and shut down every single night club in the city on one night.

How the concert experience keeps changing

The concert experience has gone through a drastic transformation, and there are indicators that more changes are on their way.

The concert experience has gone through a drastic transformation, and there are indicators that more changes are on their way. The first is where y

Making space for the next metal generation

Parkway Drive, 'dad crowds', and nu-metal.

I was thinking about basing this week’s column on the new Parkway Drive record, the #1 ARIA-charting Reverence.

Melbourne's best burgers

Have you ever heard of a Uruguayan sandwich?

Okay Beat readers, I’m tackling quite a large question this week and I’m pretty pleased to be writing about it.

Meet your new favourite hip hop artists

Nardean, KG and Anything Rhythm Sunday

The boundaries between spoken word and rap have been blurred by a new generation of poets.

The top five punk drummers of all time

Celebrating the game changers of punk. 

In addition to the many crossover styles and external influences constantly emerging in punk rock, some of the most renowned drummers ever come fro

The Push brings us the best All Ages shows this weekend

Kiwi-born, Melbourne based musician Sarah Mary Chadwick is dropping her fourth solo record Sugar Still Melts in The Rain this Friday May 1

Electronic; welcome Skylab Radio, Club D'erange host a live band, and more

Add these to your weekend calendar.

Last week we saw the surprise launch of an exciting new venture from Melbourne DJs Simon TK and Chico G called Sk

Industry: How Spotify’s public listing will help Melbourne musicians and songwriters

New York is 16,677 kilometres and a 20 hour flight away from Melbourne. But Spotify’s successful IPO on the New York Stock Exchange – where it was valued at $29 billion – will have a flow-through effect on Melbourne musicians and songwriters.

Last week the Swedish streaming service reported its first quarterly earnings since it went public.

Discover something new in Aussie hip hop

Update your current playlist with these fresh Aussie artists.

Hip hop fans should watch out for fierce newcomer Tazzy. Fuelled by ambition and attitude, the sassy R&B queen from Sydney is

Top five punk rock bassists of all time

Much like the original rock‘n’roll the genre evolved and drew from, the role of bass guitar in punk rock is a key component of both rhythm and melody. 

While punk rock bassists have typically stuck to traditional background roles in bands, a select few have stood out far beyond the rest in

Beat Eats; try something new on Brunswick Street

When waltzing down Brunswick Street on a sunny afternoon, a new thought came to my mind. 

As I spend almost every evening around the area, appreciation for the familiar becomes increasingly harder to grasp.

Meet our new metal columnist, Lochlan Watt

Helming your weekly guide to everything loud. 

Horns up and infernal hails from the Adamantium Wolf, for I have once again risen from the ashes of publications past to scribe information from a

Button Mashers: What's new this month in gaming

Welcome to Button Mashers, our monthly look at what's happening in the world of gaming. 

It's a good month for a beer - coupled with Mario Kart, Doom, and the biggest fighting game tournament in Australia, of course.

Best of punk in 2018 so far

2018 is shaping up to be a standout year for punk rock

With many new bands bringing out debut records plus older bands returning at the top of their game, garage-punk has seen a l

The best electronic music of 2018 so far

From Albrecht la’Brooy to Confidence Man, 2018 has been good to us.

Albrecht la’Brooy - Tidal River

Best of metal in 2018 so far

It’s been a really interesting year in metal so far, with some really key releases across various subgenres. If you haven’t checked them out yet, here are some of my favourites.

Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society - Grimmest Hits

Best of hip hop in 2018 so far

With 2018 almost at the halfway mark, it’s the perfect time to reflect on some of the most memorable hip hop albums released this year. Honourable mentions go to Migos’ Culture II and Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy.

J.Cole - KOD