Saturday 11 April – La Vida Doesa Video Launch @ Horse Bazaar

Rapper and vocalist Muma Doesa is releasing the clip for her track ‘La Vida Doesa’ – produced by Anthony ‘Stay Nice’ Martino (formerly of hip-hop outfit Allganiks), and this track will feature on upcoming album Ms Fortune.

Scheduled for release on Sunday 12 April, you will be granted a sneak peek of this video, which was filmed in New York and features Bronx-based graffiti artist Fever aka Lady-K Fever. After released, you will be able to view the clip ***HERE***

The launch will be held at Horse Bazaar and will of course feature a live performance by Muma Doesa and will be supported by Sensi, Bahdoesa, Bumaye and Cuznmatt.  Dress code is old-school hip-hop.

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Genre: Hip-hop, rnb, funk

Time: 9pm-late

Place: Horse Bazaar,  397 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD

Cost: $10 at the door

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Saturday 28 March: TuskTwo feat. Lady Banton, Kamo @ EfiftyFive

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Lady Banton and Kamo are down with more earthy kinds of electronica. They’ll be playing for your more earthy kinds of chilling pleasure at a bar known as EFiftyFive in the centre of your favourite city this Saturday.

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Genre: All kinds of reggae,dancehall and dub, dubstep, hip-hop

Time: 8pm-late

Place: Efiftyfive, Basement 55 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne CBD

Cost: Free the Kuta

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Saturday 28 March: Bunker presents Open Air No.6 @ Railway Hotel

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Free techno. Got your attention? Get amonst the sixth open-air installment running into its second year at the Railway Hotel. Breathe in and out at The Railway Hotel, breathe in a couple of beers while you’re at it. It’s also family-friendly there, bring the kids to play with the trains outside 😉

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Simon Slieker (Machine)
Steve Ward (Chameleon Records)
XXX (Trench/Sydney)
Jake Blood (Live)
Adrian Bell
Sarantis
Kempken
Dylan Riley

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Genre: Free Techno! The best kind!

Time: 3pm-“late”

Place: Railway Hotel Brunswick, 291 Albert Street, Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3056

Cost: Free!

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Saturday 31 May – Tekno Mulisha 7th Birthday Warehouse Party

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Yet another great party this weekend, presented by Tekno Mulisha for their seventh birthday celebrations. Oh and it’s a warehouse joint, time to go nuts.

Tekno Mulisha pride themselves on their underground DIY approach and punky ethics, and have worked with fellow crew Destroy Ordinary to bring the OG dance vibe that all techno crews wish they could emulate in warehouses all over Melbourne.

These two crews with have individual posse stages, and will also be joined by a third stage represented by dub PA System Unknown, who will have C:1, Rob Spinfx, Dj Undies and Tomo reppin dub, jungle, reggae and dancehall to compliment the heaving and pumping beats from the other two stages.

The main stage by Tekno Mulisha will be presented through their new Virus Sound System, and they’ll be having DJs Scott Alien, Harry Blotter, Neocortex, DVS, Syndrome (Live), DJ Moon, Speedloader andVixen to carry their sound.

DJs repping Destroy Ordinary are Lex, Calski D’Gillonano, Zero 1, Beckon, Ishikawa, Token andMandrax.

The location (10 minutes from CBD) will be announced in a day or two to those who have extended their RSVP on the Facebook event page, and entry is a ridiculously cheap $5, so money is no barrier for this one.

Starts 11pm. Venue TBA. $5.

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Written by Kristian Hatton.

Saturday 31 May – Phuture @ New Guernica

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If there’s one gig you should be going to this weekend, here it is. if there’s one group who could be said to have pioneered Chicago acid house, Phuture is it, and they are coming to New Guernica this Saturday.

DJ Pierre, Spanky and Herb J (the first two appearing on Saturday) started recording in 1985. Those rolling, squelchy sounds you know as the key bass emulation leader for so many old house songs were created by a Roland TB-303, which was Phuture’s tool of choice.

Through their focus on Chicago clubs in their prime, Phuture extended their sound to rave and acid house culture worldwide with hypnotic,funky and driving 10+ minute minute tracks like ‘Acid Tracks’ (1987) and ‘We Are Phuture’ (1988).

Here is a chance to catch some true legends of the house game, get with the program. A great bargain too at 25-30 bucks a ticket.

This event is being fronted by Funf Touring and The Selectors, and supporting acts are Sleep D, Cleverhands, Safari, Harold & Conor, 6am at the Garage and Jesse Young

Tickets

9pm-5am. New Guernica, 322 Little Collins Street, Melbourne CBD. $25/30.

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Written by Kristian Hatton.

Saturday 24 April – Hugo Gerani + Andras Fox + Oscar Key Sung @ Ferdydurke

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Here’s another lowkey Saturday night option in Melbourne.

Western Australia’s Hugo Gerani is set for a visit to our city. His beats are nested in atmospheric and downtempo housey soundscapes, evocative of sun-kissed Balearic beaches and ridiculously accessorised cocktails.

Gerani will be supported by the very excellent locals Andras Fox and Oscar Key Sung. If you know these guys, you’ll pretty much get the gist of the event and know that this night will be a quality one to be a part of.

Misha aka d0gb0y of Friendships will be down to round out the beats with some tasty visuals.

8pm-1am. Ferdydurke, Levels 1 and 2, 239 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD. Free!

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Written by Kristian Hatton.

Saturday 8 March – Shaolin Shakedown @ Happy Palace

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The main reason I wrote this one up was because of the promo on the Facebook page, it was hilarious.

“Forged from solid rock”, Buck Rogers seems to be lending a page from the Wu-Tang Clan’s mythos in that he is “a legend (-) born” in the “original gravel pit” in Auckland, and that his DJ skills were honed in a Shaolin school for DJing.

Other Melbourne/Wu-Tang DJs featured are Citizen.com and Lickweed. Wu-tang forever, protect ya neck, kid. Watch out, apparently people in Happy Palace are apparently “rowdy monks with all manner of weaponry at the ready”.

There’s also $7 spicy chicken ribs and $5 basic spirits available there all week from 7-9pm, as well as $20 jug n rubs (massage and jug of beer).

Starts 6pm. Happy Palace, 87 Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD. Free!

FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/589702391123088/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Written by Kristian Hatton.

Saturday 1 March – RIP Requiem @ Liberty Social

Requiem has been a night representing the best of new and vintage gothic, post-punk, wave and industrial styles for a while in Melbourne’s CBD. Tonight, another night representing authentic electronic styles sadly comes to an end.

This night will feature Forces, Silhouette D’Amour, Miseries Malice, Kate Fox, WARk, and SpYke!.

There’ll be the following drink specials; $5 gin and $2.50 pots before midnight, and $5 Requiem Shots and $10 Snakebite all night.

Getcha bat wings on and get Goth as fuck.

Starts 10pm. The Liberty Social, 279 Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD. $8/10 (half price entry before 11pm).

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Written by Kristian Hatton.

Saturday 1 March – 50-50 x Reload present Gully Sandwich @ e55

Gully Sandwich is a new monthly event at eFiftyFive which specialises in grime music, and also makes forays into UKHH, Bassline, Garage, House, UK Funky, Bashment and Dancehall. It’s being promoted by crews 50-50 and Reload.

To celebrate their event launch, they’re bringing in Sydney’s Juzlo, one of Australia’s biggest grime names. Supporting him are Arctic (Coyote Records/Liminal Sounds) with MC’s Fraksha/Scotty Hinds/Diem/Murky Depths & Dr Flea (Smash Bros/BTE)

8pm-1am. eFiftyFive, 55 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne CBD. Free!

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Written by Kristian Hatton.

Saturday 1 March – Hopskotch Records presents Anodyne Industries + Dabs + Dusty Fungus

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Note: This event has already begun, so if you’re interested, you might want to start heading down there right now! Time is of the essence.

Australian glitch/idm/drum and bass label Hopskotch Records have been nursing and honing this event for quite some time now.

They have brought over Anodyne Industries, a leader in a new wave of drum and bass that focuses on futuristic and advanced mid-range and bass frequencies that are slippery and psychedelic to the ear.

Anodyne Industries comes from what is known as The Bay Area for music in San Francisco, an area that has previously bred such ground-breaking artists as The Glitch Mob and Eprom. They are fast becoming recognised as pioneers and leaders of their field since beginning production a relatively short time ago in 2009.

The rest of the line-up is well-crafted, and reflects more of this new wave of drum and bass to hit our shores.

Other representatives include a rare treat in Italy’s Dabs, Brisbane’s Dusty Fungus – fast becoming a force internationally for his sound, and Melbourne’s own Safire – whose work with Dispatch Recordings has led him to recognition by some of the world’s elite drum and bass fans.

Other locals on this line-up also are formidable and well-recognised within Melbourne’s electronic scene too. These artists are Schwarr (Adapted Records), Lickweed (Twisted Audio), Muska vs Maxi Basshead, Sludge Junkies, Big Fucking Robots, Smilk, Ripple, and Rute.

But you know what? This is on RIGHT NOW, so if you like what you hear here, you best shut down your computer and straight on over to Brunswick. Quick, run, RUN!

Ends 1:30am. Rubix Warehouse, 36 Phoenix Street, Brunswick. $30.

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Written by Kristian Hatton.

Saturday 22 February – Catlips + Electric Sea Spider + Andras Fox @ Ferdydurke

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This Thing are bringing another awesome leftfield electronic music event to Ferdydurke this Saturday evening.

Expect the cutting edge of contemporary beats with the first visit of Western Australia’s amazing producer chick, Catlips, who presents an eclectic range of bubbly and complex off-beat sounds with wonky influence, which will definately feed those starving brain snakes.

Also performing are the avant-garde instrumental hip-hop-related forces of Electric Sea Spider, Andras Fox and Hyperborea.

This will be a perfect chilled event on Melbourne’s White Night, and a perfect cap-off for those of you coming back from The Lowdown Hoedown.

8pm-1am. Ferdydurke, levels 1 & 2, 239 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD. Free!

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Written by Kristian Hatton.

Saturday 15 February – Last Wobble Ever @ Night Owl

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The Wobble Out nights in the Night Owl nightclub basement are considered by many drum and bass fans in Melbourne to be a dynasty, and hopefully a legacy that will continue.

Wobble’s last night seems somewhat anti-climatic, considering they will still be having pretty much the same format and sound of artists that they’ve had for the past seven years.

But their formula has been tried and tested time and time again, and there are possibly tens of thousands of residents of Melbourne who have tasted the energy of a full jump-up session at Wobble, and can accede that they really knew how to throw a rave party.

Come and join the solid roster of drum and bass DJs Cubist, Raider, Zayler, Philosoraptor, Kymaera, Baddums, Monkee, and Pods1, as well as MCs Wasp and Harzee driving along the beat with some grimetime action.

Sound will be done by Increase Audio, and congratulations to Wobble for many excellent nights of original and sustained formula for the dancefloor.

9pm-7am. The Night Owl, 33 Elizabeth St entry via Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD. $20.

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Written by Kristian Hatton.

Saturday 15 February – Taka and Fumi’s Karaoke Party feat. South Rakkas Crew, Morganics and Monkey Marc @ Horse Bazaar

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Somehow, U-Wish and I have been stooged into doing Karaoke and are set to embarrass ourselves horrifically this Saturday.

Ordinarily, we might leave this one for other superstars, except this is to celebrate our friends and Horse Bazaar directors Taka and Fumi’s combined birthday and wedding anniversary. They will be celebrating two years of happy marriage to date.

Join a host of other Melbourne local singers, MCs, DJs and friends including Elf Tranzporter, Heptune, Quashani, Muma Doesa and Mzrizk (amongst others), as we set sail for many shared laughs and good times in this public celebration of love, birth and partnership.

Hold up, wait, there’s more.

Not only will Australian hip-hop elements star Morganics be rocking some tasty rare global beats and treats (and hosting the Karaoke), but also Combat Wombat and dancehall label Jahtari‘s Monkey Marc will be stepping up some beats.

Oh and by the way, Mad Decent’s South Rakkas Crew will be doing a DJ set. For free. Holy shitballs. Nuff said, let’s tune our vocal cords and get that lyrical blade trained, and also get ready to dance a good one.

8pm-1am. Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD. Free!

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Written by Kristian Hatton.

Saturday 7 December – Zed Bias @ Mercat

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UK garage is a funky genre often forgotten by a lot of dance music enthusiasts, but there are a lot of people in Melbourne that dig these sounds. One of the contemporary spearheads of the UKG movement is Zed Bias.

Zed Bias has 14 years experience as a producer and collaborator, and features on such prominent labels as Swamp 81, and his tunes inspire and are in the boxes of such UK bass luminaries as Toddla T, Loefah, Skream, Pearson Sound, Oneman, Julio Bashmore, Kode 9 and Martyn.

Supporting Zed Bias are DJs Arctic, Spook, Mexicali, Bino, Flip3k and David Bass.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/event/8647493887

[Starting time. Mercat, 456 Queen Street, Melbourne CBD. 

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Written by Kristian Hatton.

Saturday 7 December – Citrus Jam + Entropy @ Horse Bazaar

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Normally we’re not in the habit of mentioning bands, but one of our favourite bar guys at Horse Bazaar – Kieran Moran – is playing with his progressive roots metal band Entropy, along with Citrus Jam.

8-11pm. Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD. Free!

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Written by Kristian Hatton.

Saturday 7 December – Spectrasoul @ Brown Alley

Spectrasoul have come from the UK to share their brand of drum and bass with Melbourne. This brand of powerful, groovy and melody-driven sound is also popularised by fellow label members of Shogun Audio.

Other drum and bass DJs supporting them are Broken Beat Assault crew members Patch, Safire, Finna and J Chau.

Tickets: brokenbeatassault.com/bbaspectrasoul2013

Starts 10pm. Brown Alley, 585 Lonsdale StreetMelbourne CBD. $20/28.

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Written by Kristian Hatton.

Saturday 7 December – Mike Gurrieri and Friends @ Ferdydurke

Mike Gurrieri is a Thursday morning KISSFM radio announcer, DJ and label organiser for Equinox Recordings, and also hosts these events so he can perpetrate his idea of quality music. There is indeed quality music here.

Silentjay from The Operatives will be playing a live set here, and also watch out for MFP’s live set. MFP has been playing in all the right places and has really nails a braindance sound related to such luminaries as Daisuke Tanabe. Also playing in support as DJs are Kirkis and Mike Gurrieri.

7pm-1am. Ferdydurke, Levels 1 & 2, 239 Lonsdale StreetMelbourne CBD. Free!

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Written by Kristian Hatton.

Saturday 30 November – New Dub City @ Bar Open

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New Dub City will be launching their new album Tap Tap this Saturday at Brunswick Street’s live music venue Bar Open.

This band – fronted by MC Ali – combine dub, hip-hop, Caribbean sensibilities and reggae into a live 4-piece band format that is irresistible and a great way to turn up your Saturday night.

If that’s not enough, they’re supported by an an all-star cast of Melbourne dub’s finest, including Sk Simeon, MCs Mr Monk and Precise, Sista Itations, Monkey Marc, and UK/Melbourne hip-hop’s Lotek and AJ.

Did I mention something about freeness? Well yeah, that too.

8pm-1am. Bar Open, 317 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. Free!

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Written by Kristian Hatton.

Saturday 30 November – Roger C + El Patron @ Ferdydurke

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Here’s some dope shit. This guy Roger C is into mixing 45s of proper soul-funk gear like the Daptones and Brooklyn Funk Essentials. He’s opened as a DJ for a lot of these cats, and will be playing some treats for you this Saturday at Tattersall Lane’s #1 cocktail bar, Ferdydurke.

Come check him out this Saturday, with El Patron playing in support.

7pm-1am. Ferdydurke, 239 Lonsdale StreetMelbourne CBD. Free!

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Written by Kristian Hatton.

Saturday 30 November – Transmission @ Shirley Burke Theatre (Parkdale)

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Sometimes we spend so much time focusing on what’s going on in the CBD or what’s going on at the latest doof festival that we disregard what’s going on in outer suburbs or in regional towns. Events in places like this deserve a bit of press because they’re probably the bravest of all, in trying to spread arts and culture in virtual vacuums for gaining attendance.

But it’s not as if there isn’t the crowd to support these events, there just isn’t the public knowledge or press available. So allow us to step in for this one.

There’s a little suburb in the south of Melbourne in between Sandringham and Mordialloc, called Parkdale. There’s a theatre there where a group of artists inspired by Warhol will take you for an audio-visual feast, their shout.

Trio Virtual Proximity (James Annesley, Tristan Courtney, Robert Jarvis) join forces with musical interactive installation dynamos and tech whizzes Brad Hammond and Chris Vik from Ethno Tekh, and are complimented by Jean Poole and hip-hop lovers Mixer (Chris Port, James Gilligan) for this event.

Their aim is simple, to blow your mind to the possibilities of sound, light, colour and technology in creative ways. You won’t get this at the Melbourne Arts Centre or in hipster-saturated Brunswick Street, you’ll get it here in a little suburb on the fringes of town.

Starts 7:30pm. Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Rd, Parkdale. Free!

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Written by Kristian Hatton.