Beat Column, Wednesday April 1, 2015

With Jess Zanoni

A happy Easter to you all in advance. To those of you who are spending it at Bluesfest, you’ve got the best weekend ahead and we’re super jealous.

International students check out the free Walk This Way hip hop program. Over five weeks participants will be mentored by professional artists in the hip hop forms of MCing, DJing, Breakdance and Street Art. This will coincide with key speaking tours of some of Melbourne’s peak cultural institution, including the Arts Centre Melbourne, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA). To round things off, there will be a cultural dinner at various spots around Melbourne and a celebratory jam with all mentors and participants at DJ MzRizk‘s Block Party event. It’s for international students and local residents aged 18-30, free and will run during April/May. Applications are open NOW and close April 17, check out www.thepush.com.au

Melbourne International Comedy Festival kicked off on March 25 and runs to April 19. So now’s a good time to have a look at what shows you might like to catch. Highlights include Centrelink the Musical, Avenue Q, Noel Fielding, Stephen K Amos and Hari Kondabolu. Check out www.comedyfestival.com.au for all acts and tickets.

What’s new in music this week? 17 year old electronic dream-pop producer Japanese Wallpaper has just released a new track entitled Forces featuring Airling that premiered on triple J last week. Get on soundcloud to give it a listen. Tame Impala fans, if you love newly released eight minute single Let It Happen then did you know you can get a free download of it by going to letithappen.tameimpala.com  The things you know, hey.

A reminder that applications for the NIDA and Triple J Unearthed competition close this Sunday. It’s such a rare opportunity don’t miss out, get those entries in!

Also a reminder that FReeZA groups are already starting to plan their first FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Band heats. If you’d like your band to battle it out against other young musicians in your area, then find your local FReeZA crew and let them know of your interest. If you don’t know who your closest FReeZA committee is, you can jump on www.freeza.vic.gov.au and find out.

All Ages Gig Guide

Thursday 2 April

Bunny Time w/Local acoustic soloists, 60 Little Malop Street, Geelong, Free, www.corthouse.org.au, AA

Friday 3 April – Sunday 5 April

Boogie Festival, Bruzzy’s Farm, 210 Pyalong Road, Tallarook, $75-$209, www.boogie.net.au, AA

Saturday 4 April

Counting Crows w/ guests, Palais Theatre, Lower Esplanade, St Kilda, 7:30pm, $101.84, www.ticketmaster.com.au, AA