28 July

Shadow Electric brings ‘Visions’, a musical and visual mash-up, to Estonian House

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The Shadow Electric crew is temporarily relocating its atmospheric Abbotsford Convent screen to the Estonian House in Brunswick West, which is really completing a bit of a circle given that the joint used to be a cinema.

The move’s only happening for three days, but from August 28-30, Shadow Electric will move out of the Convent and into the Brunswick hub to present ‘Visions’: a cinematic journey combining music and visual arts.

As you’d expect, the line-up is killer. Each band is collaborating with a visual artist to bring to life the essence of their music. Melbourne-based indie dream rockers Teeth & Tongue kick off proceedings (7pm. Fri Aug 28 ) followed by electro/hip-hop outfit Rat & Co ( 7pm. Sat Aug 29). There’s also Juice Rap News, the crew that cleverly rap the news live, who’ll be joined by mates Nazeem Hussain and Dan Ilic (1pm. Sun Aug 30), as well as the mock-rock-Bollywood extravaganza Bombay Royale to bring down the house (7pm.Read more

28 July

LISTEN gets Vic government on board in push against sexual harassment and assault in music venues and festivals

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Going to gigs is one of my chief joys in life – being touched up sans consent is not. Leaving the mosh pit at the Pogues because more than one dude thought it was ok to play tit cricket burned me up. I know I’m not alone in that experience: I can’t fathom why anyone would think it’s ok, but it happens all the time. I want to feel safe at a gig – that’s not too much to ask.

The LISTEN collective, a group of musos and industry professionals who are also passionate advocates for gender equity in Oz music, are taking active steps to deal with the situation. Importantly, they’ve just persuaded the Honourable Jane Garrett, Minister for Justice, to convene a task force to implement policy addressing sexual harassment and sexual assault at music venues and festivals.

Basically, sexual harassment is any type of unwanted or unwelcome sexual behaviour, which makes a person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated and it can range from the obvious, unsolicited grope to intrusive questions about your love life.… Read more

22 July

Say goodbye to open mic nights and move out of your folks’ garage, the Melbourne Music Bank competition’s on again

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It’s not that often that we find ourselves in the position of saying “yay banks”, but kudos to Bank of Melbourne for once again giving Melbourne musos the opportunity to kick-start their careers during the Melbourne Music Bank competition.

The comp gives solo artists and bands a chance to perform an original song in front of a panel of industry experts including singer/songwriter Ella Hooper (also the ambassador for the campaign), Damo Costin (Director of 123 Agency), and Beat Magazine‘s Music editor, Cara Williams. Four finalists will be chosen from a shortlist of 12 by the public to tread the boards at the Arts Centre’s State Theatre.

The prizes are sweet: the winner will receive a two-day recording stint at Melbourne’s famous Sing-Sing studios; a film-clip, album artwork and printed CD’s from Oh Yea Wow; mentoring from Artist Manager and founder of Wah Wah music, Chris Robinson; PR from On The Map (the crew responsible for Ron Pop and Boy and Bear’s publicity); an on air plug from Varrasso PR; gig bookings by 123 Agency and the chance to have the song featured on telly in a BoM ad.… Read more

15 July

David Bowie Is launched to media this morning, opens to public tomorrow

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It’s been too many sleeps since David Bowie Is came on our radar, but the wait’s over – ACMI launched the V&A curated exhibition this morning for the media (hereafter, we will refer to July 15 as Bowie Day) and it opens to the public tomorrow.

Proving again that gingers are rightly taking over the world, songstress and dyed-in-the-wool Bowie fan Geraldine Quinn put us in the mood, while giving us a glimpse of what we can expect during the Late Nights Program with her dramatic and powerful rendition of ‘Let’s Dance’. Suitably fabulous in a red and blue sequinned gown (slashed to the waist and with a sequinned horn on one shoulder) Quinn went full throttle on the chorus, making more than flowers tremble.

ACMI’s new CEO Katrina Sedgwick ran us through some of the exhibition’s stats – apparently, it’s broken attendance records worldwide (Australia’s the seventh stop on its global tour to date) and the pre-sales have exceeded any other ACMI exhibition to date, including Hollywood Costume.… Read more

15 July

Taylor Swift adds third Melbourne show to Australian tour (and we’re officially her favourite)

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Pop queen Taylor Swift has added a third Melbourne date to the Australian leg of her 1989 World Tour. The 25-year-old megastar will occupy AAMI Park for three straight nights in December (a new record at the 30,000-seat venue), bringing chart-ruining hits like ‘Bad Blood’, ‘Blank Space’ and ‘Shake It Off’ to Australian audiences for the first time.

The addition of a third Melbourne show proves, conclusively, that we are her favourite. That’s two more shows than Sydney and Brisbane get, one more than Adelaide and three more than Perth. Nyah nyah. Aussie warbler Vance Joy will open for Swift on all her Australian dates.

Now, real talk: Swift’s first two shows sold out in moments and the third will be no exception. Tickets go on sale 10am, Thursday July 23 after the usual pre-sales. Get online early. Have a backup credit card. A backup laptop. Hell, have a backup internet connection. You can’t take any chances when it comes to Tay-tay.… Read more