6 November

Experimental electro pops up at the Arts Centre’s Hexadome

Posted by in Arts, Music, News

Hexasonic

Promising a feast for the senses, the Arts Centre forecourt will be transformed for two nights this month into a pop-up performance space and bar – the Hexadome.

Artists from Ableton Live User Group – a community of professional and emerging music producers – will take turns during both nights. They’ll each fill 20 to 30 minute slots before the next muso takes to the stage, bringing the audience on a new adventure through live looping, real-time FX processing and live remixing of original and improvised electronica.

From folk and pop to the far reaches of ambient and upbeat electronica, you’ll encounter some unusual and (hopefully) harmonius sounds. Craft will be the centre of attention – the artists will perform surrounded by their audience, who can watch how they work their magic. Cameras around the room will project their performances onto LCD televisions set up around the space.

On the first night (Thu Nov 20), psy-folk musician Joe Oppenheimer will kick things off, followed by Chairman Loud, Philipp Lange, then dub club artist BenAtWork and experimental post-wave producer Super Magic Hats.… Read more

27 October

New music venue Railway Hotel Brunswick opens

Posted by in Music, News

unnamed

Melbourne’s live music scene is going to get a new major player – the once-defunct Railway Hotel in Brunswick has been refurbished and rebooted. The old-style boozer has a 200-capacity room, making it a touch smaller than the Gasometer and Tote, with a beer garden, mezzanine and lounge/bistro.

“Brunswick has become emblematic of what’s great about Melbourne,” says Railway Hotel’s head of marketing, Alistair Kennedy. “We have been inundated with requests to play the room and for locals to get involved in every aspect of the business.”

The venue is front-loaded with industry talent, not only former Future Entertainment Group director Alistair Kennedy, but also band manager and Thornbury Theatre booking manager Neil Wedd; booker Paul Allen (aka DJ Gringo) and publicist Erin Jameson. They plan to run a Wednesday to Sunday gig schedule, ensuring plenty of exposure for a divergent range of talent.

Says Paul Allen, “We’re wanting to attract local bands as diverse as East Brunswick All Girls Choir, Sun God Replica and Fraser A Gorman, along with labels such as AARHT, Poison City, RIP Society to name a few.… Read more

22 October

Cut Copy celebrates Melbourne’s dance culture with new Oceans Apart compilation

Cut Copy blog

What do you love most about Melbourne’s diverse club scene? Losing yourself to deep house at Brown Alley? Throwing shapes at a sweaty techno rave at New Guernica? Discovering your new favourite ’80s-revival electro duo at Boney? Debating the Melbourne Bounce movement?

Next month, Melbourne’s electro-pop titans Cut Copy will release Oceans Apart: a compilation of new music from 19 of our city’s most innovative dance artists, mixed into a continuous, 80-minute club set by the four-piece themselves.

The idea came to ‘Lights and Music’ frontman Dan Whitford in a local club. “We’ve always found deep inspiration in the music of our home city,” he says. “The dance scene in Melbourne has gotten so interesting over the past few years – someone should really document this!”

The result is a blissful, very danceable snapshot of Melbourne’s club culture. Somehow, the record feel cohesive, even while roaming from electro-pop to tribal funk and out into the far reaches of ambient house.… Read more

15 October

Spandau Ballet on the screen, on the stage and in your face

Posted by in Movies, Music, News

press shoot

New wave icons Spandau Ballet remain a hallmark for Australian music tastes in the early ’80s, despite being resolutely Pommy. You can rarely rummage through the music collection of an erstwhile new romantic fan without finding at least a single from Spandau’s chart-topping 1983 album, True. Their penchant for blurring the lines between music and fashion is a huge part of their ongoing legacy.

For the first time, Spandau Ballet’s story and influence have been mapped on the silver screen in Soul Boys of the Western World. The expansive documentary looks at the human element of the group of friends who grew to become art icons, and their place within London’s then-thriving pop circuit. And for one night only, the band members themselves will be attending the screening on November 5, providing fans with a Q&A session and a 20-minute performance of some of their hits.

The film is the first time a movie has been dedicated to the band’s legacy and is an incredible rare opportunity to ask the members directly all the unanswered questions you might still have immediately after viewing the doco. With new material from the band in the pipeline, the short live performance is a rare opportunity to hear the band before the inevitable album tour commences next year.… Read more

29 September

Let Them Eat Cake line-up: tickets on sale this week

Alexander Nut

Back for round three, Let Them Eat Cake is quickly becoming the right way to kick off a new year. Held on the pristine lawns of the Werribee Mansion, this festival fuses together a garden-party vibe with an electronic sound.

And a garden party must have food. In fact, there’s a food rave arena where you’ll be served everything from providores, street food and boutique cuisine. We presume there’s cake too.

A garden party must have music: check. Werribee Mansion will be surrounded by five stages, each filled with a line-up of electronic maestros.

First release tickets $145, on sale 9am Thursday, October 2.

Line-up:
Alexander Nut (UK – pictured), Axel Boman (Sweden), Ben Pearce (UK), Bob Moses (Canada), Carl Craig (USA), Cashmere Cat (Norway), DJ Sneak (USA), DJ Vadim (Russia), Dov1 (USA), Fatima (UK) and Goldie (UK).… Read more