How the Australian music industry is fighting for radio quotas

Drake, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Celine Dion, Arcade Fire…these names were bandied about last week at the Senate committee inquir

The best spots to barbecue

When a cold night calls for a hearty feed, look no further than these barbecue spots.

Vegetarians look away, this week we’re talking barbecue meats.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf is Cremorne's hidden cafe gem

The Boy Who Cried Wolf is a carpark-cafe, tucked snugly down Cremorne’s tiny Newton Street. 

It’s where dozens of the suburbs working folk reside five days a week, in the offices that surround the space.

The adventures of Mortiis

I like to imagine that back in 1992, when Harvard Ellefson was fired from his post as bassist of the not-yet seminal Norwegian black metal outfit Emperor “for having a bad attitude”, the exit went down something like this:

“I think we should dress as goblins/trolls/elves on stage!” – Ellefson.
“Absolutely not, bro,” – rest of Emperor.

What does the future hold for music videos?

Mood-based visuals, augmented reality, shooting in portrait -- where are music videos headed?

The good thing about the global music industry’s return from the edge of the financial cliff is that huge budgets are being green-lighted for music

This week in electronic

An old gem in Carlton gets a new life, Wax Nomads take over The Sub Club, and Karli White launches her new EP.

While Melbourne’s nightlife forges ahead, despite the freeze on post-1am liquor licenses being in play for ten years now, the closing of venues lik

This week in electronic: Sydney's got a new festival, and Tim Sweeney to make his yearly Melbourne trip

What’s this? Sydney’s got a festival with an experimental arts edge to it? 

Yup – what exactly experimental sound and visual arts festival Soft Centre is doing in Sydney I’m not sure, but it’s back for its second year this

Hip hop: get to know Imbi The Girl. new tunes from The Internet, and twenty years of Lauryn Hill

Get to know Imbi The Girl.

The Internet have finally reunited for their fourth record, Hive Mind.

The top iconic punk rock record labels

Who's your number one?

Since its inception, the independent, DIY spirit of punk rock often took its form in the record companies set up to the un-releasable and uncommerc

An in-depth look at Anaal Nathrakh's new song

After 15 years of writing about what is ultimately a small part of the overall music-world, one starts to run out of 500-word ideas. You can end up sickened by your own repetition, and there’s nothing worse than faking it. 

Deadline well passed, I have to think plainly, and come up with a couple of questions for myself: what heavy music happening got me excited in the

Taking a stand against harassment in the creative industries

In the last 18 months, the Australian creative industries have been rising to the task of making their workplaces safe from harassment and bullying, and ensuring that the consequences of contravening their codes – current and new ones – would be dire.

In the last 12 months, the creative sector has worked with great energy to deal with the issue, however, problems still remain.

Electronic: all the best of this week

Franz Ferdinand, Melé, and -- as always -- more Butter Sessions.

In a remarkable show of good taste, Glasgow indie-pop darlings Franz Ferdinand have enlisted techn

Hip Hop:Get to know Kaylah Truth, Kendrick trivia, and spotlight on Krown

Kaylah Truth, Kendrick Lamar, and Krown.

The theme of this year’s NAIDOC Week was “Because of her, we can”, which aimed to celebrate the role women play, and continue to play, in the commu

Metal: What is deathcore?

Attila, Bring Me The Horizon, and The Red Chord - what is their sound?

Attila is the best/worst band in the world – but mostly the best.

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

Need new music fast? Check out the Lorde-esque Maeve, London's Nilüfer Yanya and Swedish singer Becky and the Birds.

It’s been a minute or two, but we’re back with a pretty powerful trio to treat your ears. Need new music fast?

Beat Eats: Melbourne's best small plates

There are rare occasions when my stomach sings for something on the lighter side, and when it does I opt for the same flavour force, just in smaller portions – ‘small plates’ if you will.

If you’re anything like me, then meal time means a big plate of something juicy and flavoursome.

Industry: grooving out vinyl’s future

70 years on and the discs are still with us, capturing a warmer sound than any other format.

The vinyl format just celebrated its 70th anniversary, with the first long player released in the US in 1948.

Electronic: what's up this week

Plastic Dreams, Xe54, Chiara Kickdrum, and mass tragedy.

The roughly-monthly club night Plastic Dreams has been chugging away on the fringes of the Melbourne club scene for two years now, p

Metal's best releases of 2018...so far

This is a very necessary and flexible list.

With the year halfway gone, it’s my sincere obligation as a music journalist to present to you a list of my top releases for 2018.

The top five debut albums in punk rock history

The five debuts that slapped harder than expected.

Radio Birdman - Radios Appear (1977)

The Vic Government are funding the future of our state's pop culture

Funding looks to the past, present and future to celebrate Melbourne's pop culture.

The Victorian state government has put its hand in its collective pocket to support new music and arts projects.

All Ages: CHANGES is in town, The Chats are taking a 'Smoko' at New Slang, and Belle Haven hit the road

See what Melbourne has to offer for punters of all ages.

The time has come. CHANGES is finally here.

The future of Melbourne’s creative direction

We already know Melbourne is the music capital of the world in terms of venues per capita. 

We’re also one of the UNESCO cities of literature.

Electronic this week: Wata Igarashi is in town, Hugs&Kisses launch free DJ school, and boogie at Albert Park Golf Course

This Saturday July 7, Cool Room is back and teaming up with the underground immersive events team ONO to bring you psychedelic techno wizard

When metal meets Magic: The Gathering

My life has been enriched by a new obsession – trading card game Magic: The Gathering. In many ways it feels like when I dove headfirst into heavy metal – the deeper I get, the more I understand the lore, the more diversity I discover, the more playing formats and styles I become familiar with, and the more obsessed I become with what I feel is best summarised as ‘an infinite game of chess contained within very cool pictures’. 

Similarly, my mind was blown the first time someone drew a Disentomb card to return a target creature card from their graveyard to their hand.

The worst albums by great punk bands

Even great bands make mistakes.

Bad Religion - No Substance

Where to take good company for a bite to eat

It’s human nature to want to connect with others -- and what better time to cosy up than in the winter? Here are the perfect places to get comfy and lost in conversation.

Farouk's Olive in High Street, Thornbury, is a secret I’ve been keeping

The new series of shows changing the game for all-ages gigs

Why have all ages gigs been declining for 15 years? New Slang is a series of monthly all-ages events with Arts Centre Melbourne.

Why have all ages gigs been declining for 15 years – even after Victoria in 2014 streamlined the processes for venues and promoters to hold such gi

The best punk rock albums of 2018 so far

The underground scenes remain as strong as ever, with both classic and innovative sounds coming from everywhere.

We’re already halfway through 2018 and it’s been yet another year of solid punk rock releases locally and abroad.