Punk: albums that refined the genre

With 2018 marking the 40th anniversary of the release of Black Flag’s debut 7” EP Nervous Breakdown, I’d like to look back on the history of the hardcore punk sound and share some of what I believe are the highlight releases of the style. 

While punk rock had already existed in many forms before, it was the emergence of Black Flag that became the defining origin of what came to be har

Hip Hop: to sign or not to sign?

Scoring a record label deal isn't always the best thing for an artist. 

The hip hop world is buzzing with excitement after it was announced Internet boy band Brockhampton signed a deal with Sony’s RCA R

Metal: So music and comedy walk into a bar...

Two recent events have got me thinking about the link between music and comedy.

One is the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, which is pretty much inescapable every April.

Industry: How new radio quota monitoring is helping Aussie music

The increased amount of Australian music on commercial radio in the last few weeks has not been coincidental. 

The music industry, led by APRA AMCOS and with ARIA, last month made a deal with commercial radio to keep to its Code of Practice requirement of a

Beat Eats: Eating your way around a quintessential Melbourne day

Melbourne’s a funny place. You can really find anything if you look hard enough. 

In just one day, you could discover a new Italian restaurant, drink wine while you paint the extraordinary, and expand you

Beat's guide to the best long-lunching in Melbourne

Keep that long-weekend feeling alive with these Beat Eats tips.

Now that you’re glowing and rested after the long weekend — and even if you’re not, after too much indulging — let’s stay on that luxurious trip fo

Punk: how do we ensure Australia's independent music scene continues to thrive?

Download festival's Melbourne debut has got us thinking.

Attending the first Download festival last week, much like the years of Soundwave festivals and the like, I saw many fantastic, mostly internationa

Metal: the blues are back

In a big, big way.

I’ve been interviewing bands for a long time, particularly in the rock and metal genres, and lately I’ve noticed the return of a topic that’s been

Hip Hop: We need to talk about Kwame’s soulful sophomore EP and slick hip hop duo Safety Club

We've got a lot to talk about. And it's all hip hop related.

We need to talk about Kwame’s soulful sophomore EP Endless Conversations.

Electronic: D.Tiffany is in the country and Piknic Elektronik host their season finale

We've got your weekend sorted. Don't say we don't give you anything.

Hope you’ve managed to pull yourself together after whatever you did over the monstrous long weekend because we’ve got another bunch of incredible

Punk: YLVA, Pagan, War on Women, and the loss of 7Seconds

After 38 years, 7Seconds are calling it quits, while YLVA are touring nationally, Pagan is releasing and launching, and War On Women have announced a new LP.

In unfortunate news, hardcore and punkrock legends 7Seconds have announced they will be breaking up and performing no more shows a

Radar: The new artists you need to hear this week

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

My life seems to have become one big Bugs appreciation post, but when the trio are writing jams as big as their latest single ‘Glu

Metal: The dire financial straits of musicians everywhere

Can you imagine Motley Crue or Def Leppard holding down a 9-to-5 back in the day? But now, many musicians take work in music industries to keep food on the table and a roof over their head between tours.

It’s hard for musicians to make a living these days.

Industry: Protecting yourself from online ticket scams

“The need for ticket resale platforms is not going to go away and we will continue to provide a fully compliant platform to service that market safely and securely.”

Once again, the huge demand for Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars prices reminded us how fans, desperate to be part of th

Electronic: Inner Varnika blazes on while Om Unit, Konstantin Sibold, and Dusky light up Melbourne this Easter Weekend

Hooley dooley, four day weekend. Cheers Jesus, you’re a top bloke. And as expected, Melbourne is turning it up for the occasion.

Hooley dooley, four day weekend. Cheers Jesus, you’re a top bloke. And as expected, Melbourne is turning it up for the occasion.

Beat Eats: Toasta, Dos Diablos, and other staples of Inner Varnika

Top picks on where to eat between sets, before a shining return to the floor.

I’m certain by the time you’ve reached this point in the mag, you’re just a little bit excited for the luxuriously long weekend that’s approaching.

Punk: 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

Radar: The new artists you need to hear this week

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

I know I wasn’t the only one shuffling through #NewMusicFriday a couple of weeks ago, who stumbled upon the slinky, dreamy pop gem ‘Coolhand’.

Electronic: Sam Gelliatry live, Motor City Drum Ensemble kick on from Pitch, and more this week in Melbourne

I hope you’re recovered from the long weekend because there are some good times happening in Melbourne this week. 

This Thursday March 15, Scottish beat-prodigy Sam Gellaitry is hitting the Corner Hotel for his debut appearance in Melbourne.

Hip Hop: August Alsina, Mick Jenkins, and Smino are all set to take over Australian stages this year

Hip hop in Australia is booming and we’re blessed to have such a huge bill of international acts visiting our shores this year. 

R&B superstar August Alsina is set to woo crowds with his sensual songs and cheeky lyrics when he visits Australia for the ver

Industry: Why We Need The Australian Women’s Music Awards

Here’s the new buzzword getting traction in the post-Weinstein world, “damechanger”. The Australian music, screen and live sector have come up with their own initiatives to combat gender inequality.

The latest is the Australian Women’s Music Awards, unveiled in Brisbane last week and set to be staged in that city over two days in October as par

Punk: Mod Con in the studio with Gareth Liddiard, and more new music from High Tension

I feel it’s about time that we all came to realise that Melbourne has reached its critical mass of sloppy garage punk bands singing in local slang about proletarian issues of going to the pub and smoking darts. 

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with that style of music or lyrical content, but every copycat band caught up in this wave will be looked

Metal: Judas Priest lose guitarist and Nucleust recruit new drummer

There have been a lot of comings and goings in the world of metal these past few weeks, it’s a reminder that this genre we love is something that crosses generations. 

As some of our metal greats bow out in their 70s, we also see newer bands switching members or exploring new projects as they seek to broaden their

Electronic: Glamorama is hosting a huge party tonight

With International Women’s Day this Thursday, I had hoped to use this space to spotlight a large variety of women-focused events occurring around Melbourne, but I’ve gotta say, there’s not really heaps going on and that kinda sucks. 

Over the last few years Melbourne has definitely seen a rise in female and femme DJs, artists, promoters and party throwers and our scene - to me -

Industry: How the music industry is working to curb workplace harassment

The Australian live music sector is coming up with standards of behaviour when it comes to workplace discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and bullying. 

Live Performance Australia, the peak association of a sector which on last count generated $1.43 billion revenue and 18.78 million

Hip Hop: The strong women making waves and changing the game.

This week we are reminded to recognise the social, political and cultural achievements of women all across the globe. This extends to the world of hip hop as well, where women are still fighting to make their voices heard. 

In a musical genre where sexism still exists, it’s vital to support the strong females making waves and changing the game.

Punk: Hunx and his Punx are back, new Cosmic Psychos is on the way, and Turnover supports

Long-running beer punk mainstays Cosmic Psychos have announced the upcoming release of a new album, their first since 2015’s C

Metal: new album from Palace of the King, and you could drum for Nucleust

Palace of the King are among the greatest of a whole wave of guitar-heavy retro rock bands right now, Rival Sons

Industry: Music Victoria launch Live Music Professionals

Melbourne independent promoters, venue owners, venue managers and band bookers can get a free professional and business development program.