Remember the huge crowds that stormed the State Library for the Save Live Australian Music (SLAM) rally in 2010? You probably recall that the protest was one of the deciding factors in saving Collingwood’s live venue the Tote, but what you might not know is that it had a much longer-lasting impact on Melbourne’s live music scene. The SLAM rally was the catalyst for the formation of Music Victoria: the first state-funded industry body. It wasn’t long after this that the City of Melbourne devised its first three-year music strategy.
It’s now been four years since the City of Melbourne first put an ear to sticky band room ground. This afternoon, they invited media, venue staff, musicians and other industry professionals to the Toff in Town to unveil their new plan of attack. This time, the 2014-17 strategy was created by a Music Advisory Committee, which includes music professionals from all sides of the industry, including Adrian Basso of PBS Radio, Patrick Donovan of Music Victoria, Ian James from Mushroom Music Publishing, DJ Jerry Poon of the Operatives music collective, and Lucie Ribush from the Toff, Cookie and Boney.… Read more
Holy nostalgia, Batman! Has Gotham’s brooding vigilante really been taking down baddies for 75 years?
As the anniversary approaches, the pop culture fiends at Prahran’s ArtBoy Gallery would hardly miss an opportunity to put on a Batman retrospect. Marc Huntington, co-owner and curator of the exhibition, feels that it’s the superhero’s humanity that renders him such a timeless character: “Fans respect Batman because he isn’t from another planet with superpowers nor a genetically mutated human. Batman is a man, an extremely rich man, protecting Gotham and its citizens against villains all the while wrestling with his own demons. Oh, and gadgets. You gotta love Batman’s gadgets!”
The exhibition, titled Riddle Me This? will feature artworks from over 40 professional Australian and international artists (rest assured there’s no creepy Deviant Art fan drawings here) who’ve all represented the caped crusader in different ways. Some hark back to the high camp perfection of Adam West’s ’60s Batman, while other might take inspiration from Tim Burton’s 1989 film, which brought us Jack Nicholson as the Joker and that indomitable Prince soundtrack.… Read more
ACMI’s big 2015 Winter Masterpieces exhibition remains a secret right up until the media are led into a dark cinema above Federation Square. Excited whispers begin to circulate – we’ve been told that the exhibition will focus on an extraordinary, influential artist and pop culture icon.
MP Louise Asher, Minister for Innovation, Tourism and Major Events steps up to make the announcement. Some of the whispers were right – it could only be David Bowie. “This will be an unprecedented insight into the life, music and art of one of the world’s great performers,” she says. ACMI’s five-month loan will be the only showing of the exhibition in Australasia.
The glittering lightning-flash photograph from the British pop icon’s 1973 Aladdin Sane cover fills the screen, and the first notes of ‘Let’s Dance’ start to play. We’re plunged into a quick-fire montage of Bowie’s many personas: the androgynous, alien Ziggy Stardust; the stylish, monochrome Thin White Duke; the spiky-haired goblin king of the 1986 film Labyrinth.… Read more
We love Melbourne… do you love Melbourne? Because if you love Melbourne and happen to be one of those talented people who plays and instrument, or sings, or both, then there is a sweet opportunity for you to put yourself and your music in the spotlight.
The Bank of Melbourne has launched a new enterprise, the Melbourne Music Bank, and is offering a great local artist the chance to become the next big deal. All you have to do is write a song about Melbourne and enter it into their competition. And what’s not to write about? Crowded House wrote a song about our climate, Paul Kelly wrote a song while looking at the MCG, and if you want to get a bit more pedestrian and less “oh, the magnificent structures,” Frente! wrote a song about a share house in Collingwood.
If you win, you’ll get two days to record the song at Sing Sing studios, a music video produced by Wilk (Dan Sultan, Gotye, Sarah Blasko, Flume), 500 copies of your CD, marketing advice and your song featured on a Bank of Melbourne ad.… Read more
They’re not closing. Anything but. The guys behind Brunswick Street’s Hammer and Tong café have simply decided to step out of their home and share their culinary gifts with the rest of Melbourne. Equality now! The Hammer and Tong food truck is now roaming the city from dawn till well after dusk, setting up everywhere they can, from Southbank’s Testing Grounds to Yarraville Gardens to Thornbury. They’re also catering to our late night cravings with the Hammer and Tong “Night Rider” truck popping up at bars like Moondog Brewery and the Raccoon Club some nights after 10pm.
We’re quietly impressed that these guys are serving some of their restaurant dishes out of a truck; the staple menu includes sweet and sour pork, lobster rolls on brioche, and their amazing signature softshell crab burger (pictured). On top of these, they’ll be mixing it up each week, rotating out new and different dishes for brekky, lunch and dinner.… Read more