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X After a turbulent and influential career including a rotating lineup and multiple hiatuses, Sydney punk heroes X are finally calling it a day, with one last special performance at the Esplanade Hotel. Founding member Steve Lucas explained he wanted a ‘thank-you’ gig, a way to leave fans with a positive and lasting memory of the band with the Espy’s iconic Front Bar the perfect venue for such a performance, “It has been a long ride and though X music will always be a huge part of my life I believe it is time to let go”. Free of charge, it is a gift from X to all their fans. X play their final show on Friday July 20.

THE ONE MAN BAND BANG Canberra is home to heaps of round-a-bouts, sometimes the PM, and a lot of other boring strange things. It is also home to two particularly demented civil servant one-man-bands. One of these guys is Bacon Cakes, who makes an inferno of garage punk garbage with all limbs going haywire at once, while the one-man-problem, Bumface, plays the biggest snarebassdrum presumably in Australia and slidocountry-surf-punk-trash guitar as fast as the wind. These two jerks are running down the Hume to go head-to-head with Melbourne’s most muscleaneous one-man-bands; the brainteasing cartoon orchestra mad man BJ Morriszonkle and the farmyard ragtime science fiction plucker Made For Chickens By Robots. All four idiots will battle out broken beats and ear-bleeding brainwash for two shows only in a battle of the States bonanza. Head to Bar Open, Sunday July 29 or The Nash in Geelong on Saturday July 28.

FALLS FESTIVAL This year marks the 20th anniversary of Falls Music And Arts Festival at Lorne, and the tenth anniversary of the festival in Marion Bay. To celebrate, an all-star first lineup announcement has just been revealed. Leading the charge with the stellar first announcement are Beach House, Best Coast, Boy And Bear, Coolio, Sampology presents A Falls Anniversary Live AV Show, SBTRKT, The Flaming Lips and The Vaccines. There are set to be 80 acts announced, so stay tuned! Falls Music And Arts Festival takes place from Friday December 28 until Tuesday January 1 in Lorne, and from Saturday December 29 until Tuesday January 1 in Marion Bay, Tasmania.

AMITY AFFLICTION Due to an overwhelming response to the announcement of their biggest national headline tour to date in support of their upcoming album, Chasing Ghosts, the Amity Affliction boys have added a second Melbourne 18+ date thanks to their first show at The Palace on Friday October 5 selling out within mere hours. Great news for 18+ fans a little late on the uptake as they now get to see the band rip up the venue a day early on Thursday October 4. The album Chasing Ghosts isn’t out until September 7, but with support from The Ghost Inside, Architects and Buried In Verona joining the tour, there’s no reason not to snap up your tickets now or risk missing out. Get ‘em from Oztix or Ticketek.

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THE SMALLGOODS After 12 years together, Melbourne indie pop outfit The Smallgoods are bidding adieu, and are announcing one final show. What had evolved from high school jams, The Smallgoods have released three albums to great acclaim, opened for big-named international acts and signed record deals with esteemed indie labels Half A Cow and Lost And Lonesome. The Smallgoods will be saying their final ‘Smallgoodbye’ at the Toff in Town on Saturday August 11 with special guests Mid-State Orange. Tickets available from The Toff in Town website.

Melbourne’s favourite all girl trio Valentiine are teaming up with fellow Melbournian garage-punks, Bitter Sweet Kicks this Friday July 13 for a set at the Prince of Wales, and then next week at The Workers to launch their brand new single Chucky .The new track shows a more playful and pop-esque sound to the gruelling femme-rockers as they get set to head out on their first European tour across the UK, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany later this year. Check it out when Valentiine test the new single out on home town crowds at The Workers Club next Friday July 20, with Iowa and Sydney’s All My Alien Sex Friends along as support.

Q&A FRASER A. GORMAN a band that can hold great harmonies keeping the crowd very attentive and get people up and dancing too. What can a punter expect from your live show? A fun gig to attend. Some funny banter. Good harmonies and a bit of early rock’n’roll to dance too. What’ve you got to sell CD-wise? We have an EP that we are re-pressing right now. Other than that we have a split 7” that we did with Forever Son. How long have you been gigging and writing? I’ve been writing songs for a while, I used to front a garagepsych band for a few years so I’ve been playing gigs since I was about 16.

Define your genre in five words or less: Country/gospel/rock’n’roll. Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like? I guess we are a country band. But not in a strict sense, we dabble in early rock’n’roll and gospel. We are proud to be

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What inspires or has influenced your music the most? Mostly honest country/folk singer/songwriters. Gillian Welch, Justin Townes Earle, Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Bonnie “Prince” Billy. I admire people who write great songs, not just make great music. What do you think a band has to do these days to succeed? Probably sell out, get a shit haircut, and sing/play really god awful music (assuming that you mean “make money” by succeed).

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What makes you happiest about what you’re doing? I guess that people keep coming back to our shows. That’s a nice feeling. Describe the worst gig you have ever played. One time I played a show and everyone in the crowd was hugging. I thought it was because they were really enjoying the show but it was really just a wake in the same venue. Tell us about the last song you wrote. It’s called Little 22, its in open D, I wrote it on a national guitar. What’s your favourite song, and why? Young Americans by David Bowie. Classic sax. What makes a good musician? Being honest. Writing good songs. Putting on a good show and having a bloody crack. If you could go on tour with any musician or band, who would it be? Gillian Welch, she seems like a very nice person. When’s the gig? The Toff In Town, EP Launch, Saturday July 14.


NEW WAR Releasing their debut this Friday is Melbourne quartet New War, who have announced a show next month in celebration of their self titled LP, which has taken out our Album Of The Week title this week. Trying their darndest to avoid any possible pigeon-holes, New War is full of wiry nuances and shadowy carnal suggestions. It was recorded in Melbourne with Lindsay Gravina, who has worked with the likes of Magic Dirt, Adalita, Rowland S. Howard and HTRK. New War will be playing the Northcote Social Club on Saturday August 11, with tickets only available at the door.

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LIVE SOLUTION Australia’s live music scene is absolutely throbbing and is one of the biggest in the world as punters flock to the countless local gigs, festivals and national tours our venues have on offer throughout the country. Not to mention thanks to the amount of quality Australian artists hitting the stage right now, some of our most promising homegrown musos are speaking out in the name of Live Solution, a new endeavour to promote having a good time at gigs without going too hard on the booze. It’s about no longer being the drunk moron at gigs no-one likes and easing up on the pre-drinking to have an awesome time with your mates and an even better time the next day without the suffer of a hangover. Sydney’s Camera’s are touring this month in support of the message so visit the Live Solution Facebook page at facebook.com/livesolution to find out more details.

GRAVEYARD TRAIN The foot-stomping, horror country, beard-toting sixpiece, Graveyard Train are still riding high on the stellar success of their third full-length, Hollow, and are celebrating with a run of shows in their hometown of Melbourne. Straight into it after a spate of sell-out album launch shows across the country, the boys will be bringing their banjo, washboard and signature chain and hammer back to home turf kicking off at The Espy’s Gershwin Room on Saturday July 21, before heading to Wheelers Hill Hotel on Sunday July 22, with support at both shows from Howlin’ Steam Train. The madness won’t stop there as they play The Substation in Newport, Thursday August 9, Caravan Music Club in Oakleigh, Friday August 10 and finally Meeniyan Hall on Saturday August 11. All tickets available from the venues.

QUEENSCLIFF MUSIC FESTIVAL An intergenerational galaxy of local talent has been announced for this year’s Queenscliff Music Festival. This year’s lineup includes Missy Higgins, The Cat Empire, Gurrumul, You Am I, Something For Kate, Baby Animals, British India, Ian Moss, TZU, Owl Eyes, Diesel, Emma Louise, Shannon Noll, The Beards, Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes, Electric Empire, King Cannons, Pinky Beecroft & The White Russians, Chase The Sun, Ruby Boots, Kingswood, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, All The Colours, plus more to be announced! Queenscliff Music Festival takes place Friday November 23 until Sunday November 25. Tickets through qmf.net.au.

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Exotica; a genre spanning dress, film, literature and somehow music will all be rolled into one at Taboo, a tropi-cool festival hosted by The Luwow in Fitzroy. To clarify, ‘exotica’ can be defined as a form of tropicaljazz pioneered in the 1950s, and is the perfect music to complement a tiki bar. Head down on Friday July 20 for one night of suave music and island delights across two rooms, starring the unbridled tropical passions of the likes of Gypsy Wood, Ensemble Pacifica, Alex Burns’ Adventures In Paradise and Bluebottles, plus go-go dancers and DJs all night. Tickets are $15 or just $5 for members. Themed dress encouraged!

Electronic soul enigma Chet Faker is returning to Australia for a headline tour alongside his appearance at Splendour In The Grass. In what has already been a remarkable year for Faker on the back of his Thinking In Textures EP, 2012 has seen a sellout tour on Australian soil, a run of shows at SXSW and a performance at the Sydney Opera House for Vivid LIVE. Faker is also currently supporting The Temper Trap on their European tour. Chet Faker returns home to play the Revolt Artspace on Friday September 7. Tickets on sale Monday July 9 from the Revolt website.

BITCH PREFECT Bitch Prefect hit the road this August in support of their debut long player Big Time out now on Bedroom Suck Records. A pop group only three years old and three members strong, Bitch Prefect out of Adelaide have perfected the art of complainy lyrics and rhythmic guitars to create A+ grade dance tracks with a beat that’ll have you on the d-floor in no time. Don’t call it Melbourne lethargy, this is Adelaide desperation. Catch Bitch Prefect at The Liberty Social, Friday August 17. Tickets on the door.

OH MERCY Oh Mercy, one of Australia’s foremost beacons of pristine songwriting, are gearing up to rub in a bit of Deep Heat this August with their third full-length LP. To celebrate, the band are hitting the road for a massive national tour. After hitting the States to plug away in the studio and tour extensively, the band led by Alex Gow have returned to unleash the fruits upon the ears of their local fanbase. Deep Heat is set for release Friday August 24. Oh Mercy hit The Hi-Fi on Thursday October 25. Ticket through Moshtix.

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Everyone’s favourite Australian punk veterans 28 Days are back and putting on a ripper of a show in Melbourne come August. Having played a few special shows and rural dates across the country over the last few years, rumour has it that there may possibly be some new material and album in the works. Find out for sure when 28 Days hit up The Evelyn on Saturday August 4.

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FIVE STAR CROOKS Five Star Crooks return to Melbourne this week. Playing their own brand of Aussie pub rock, the lads have teamed up with legendary alternative band, Nurnberger, to put a show on at The Barley Corn Hotel this Friday July 13. Admission is $8 with Nurnberger starting at 9pm and Five Star Crooks from 10.30pm ‘til late.

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GOMEZ Australian favourites Gomez will be returning down under for a string of shows in celebration of their 15th birthday. To mark the occasion, the Southport quintet have opted to let fans pick the playlist. Fans are able to vote for songs from their massive back catalogue and those that receive the most votes will find their way onto the respective setlists of their Melbourne shows. To vote for your favourite track, head to their official website. Gomez hit The Corner Hotel on Sunday October 21 and Monday October 22. Tickets on sale now through The Corner Box Office.

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The annual institution that is the Wash Winter’s Willies Away With Whiskey festival looms again at The Tote, Sunday July 29. Now in its eighth year, WWWAWW serves to showcase and celebrate the music and merry-making made all throughout Melbourne and its hallowed halls, hosted by Clinkerfield & co. With a dozen acts set to perform at the event over three stages, plus The Tote’s infamous gold coin BBQ, what a wonderful way to wash your winter willies away. Tickets at the door and online for $20 at trybooking. com. Doors 3pm. More lineup info to come.

Japanese next wave prodigies renowned for their stage presence, are finally bringing their genuinely thrilling, committed and total knock-out live show to Melbourne in August. The Zoobombs, since forming in 1996 have risen to the very top of the underground Tokyo scene with over ten studio albums in the bag and a number of high profile live sets across the States that have earned them well deserved attention on a global scale. Joining Zoobombs at The Espy front bar for a free show will be Empra, The Deep End and Disgruntled Bruntle. It all goes down Saturday, August 18.

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Sarah Mary Chadwick is packing up solo and making her way down the East Coast in support of her debut long player Eating For Two. Having spent the last ten years performing and recording music that shifts through the bleary, late-night landscape of the post-grunge hangover, Chadwick is both a solo chanteuse and member of former group Batrider. In her debut solo full-length, Chadwick’s songwriting and compositions have a visceral intensity and purpose that make this her most significant work to date. Eating For Two is out August 24. See Sarah Mary Chadwick at work at the Grace Darling, Friday August 31. Tickets available from the door.

DAN KELLY & HIS DREAM BAND Dan Kelly and His Dream Band are putting on a special show as their first for the year at Ding Dong on Friday July 27. With only very occasional appearances over the last few years since the release of his third album, Dan Kelly’s Dream in 2010, Kelly is back from hiatus to bring his ARIA nominated, melodic rock opuses to life at the recently re-opened Ding Dong Lounge. Backed by his Dream Band, including members of Augie March and The Ground Components, this is a show that is not to be missed. Supports are still to be announced so head to Oztix for tickets. Doors 8pm.

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AINSLIE WILLS Following on from the success of Fighting Kind, Melbourne melodist, Ainslie Wills is set to release her latest single Stop Pulling The String on July 16. Lifted from her forthcoming album, You Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine due for release in September, Wills’ new material is audibly arresting from the first note to last. To herald the release of her new track, Ainslie will be taking punters on an aural odyssey throughout August and will play The Grace Darling in Collingwood on Friday August 24. Tickets available through Moshtix.

DAN KELLY & HIS DREAM BAND Dan Kelly and His Dream Band are putting on a special show as their first for the year at Ding Dong on Friday July 27. With only very occasional appearances over the last few years since the release of his third album, Dan Kelly’s Dream in 2010, Kelly is back from hiatus to bring his ARIA nominated, melodic rock opuses to life at the recently re-opened Ding Dong Lounge. Backed by his Dream Band, including members of Augie March and The Ground Components, this is a show that is not to be missed. Supports are still to be announced so head to Oztix for tickets. Doors 8pm.

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JACK CARTY If you’ve not yet had the pleasure of seeing Jack Carty live then here’s your chance to see what all the fuss is about! Following the release in late April 2012 of Jack Carty’s sophomore album, Break Your Own Heart and subsequent national tour, Jack will be back wowing audiences with a string of intimate dates in Melbourne throughout July. Jack will take up residence on Sunday nights in Melbourne at Bar Betty on Sunday July 15, 22 and 29. With his unique blend of indie, folk pop songs these shows are bound to warm you on a winter’s night.

Q&A PINA TUTERI What do you think a band has to do these days to succeed? Just play and love it, and whatever happens you are always doing what you love. What’s your favourite song, and why? To Look At You by INXS. Just listen to it. When, and why did you start writing music? I was about 13-14 and I wrote a song about feeling locked up, and I guess the more songs I wrote, the more I realized that this is my life, and I struggled to share it, and still am a mess before getting on stage till today, and I never want that to change. Define your genre in five words or less: Country pop rock.

Do you have a pre-gig ritual? If so, what is it? Yeah vomit baby… and scotch mmm.

What do you love about making music? Well it’s definitely a big rush, my favourite part is being able to share a story.

If you could go on tour with any musician or band, who would it be? Kenny Rogers

What can a punter expect from your live show? To share emotion, and a bit of rock to roll you round.

When’s the gig and with who? The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood is sharing with us on Saturday July 21. M.S.O and Bill Papa will join me and my special guest band, Di Watson, Tony Corsetti, and the amazing Julia Watt and David Bleus, who also recorded and produced Wonderyears… with me.

What’ve you got to sell CD-wise? This is my first recording in over 15 years, Wonderyears… will be available July 21.

SUN O))) + PELICAN Doom metal legends Sunn O))) will be returning to Australian shores this October, joined by the postmetal quartet Pelican. Formed in 1998 by Stephen O’Malley and founder of Southern Lord Greg Anderson, Sunn O))) are revered for their diverse fusion of drone, ambient and black metal - implenting complex compositional structures and aesthetics to create overwhelming sensory experiences. They’ll be joined by the instrumental Chicago outfit Pelican – renowned for their smokey and atmospheric soundscapes. Sunn O))) and Pelican hit The Hi-Fi on Friday October 26 with tickets through Moshtix and The Corner Hotel on Saturday October 27 with tickets through the Corner Box Office.

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One of the leading ladies of the striking 100% Silk imprint will be making her Melbourne debut next month. Born in Estonia in 1988, Minerva previously worked as a music and art critic whilst studying art history. Making the leap to performer and producer, 2011 saw the release of her stunning Cabaret Cixous, which saw her global profile raised cataclysmically. In her own words, “Maria Minerva is myself as my own little sister, born out of need to do whatever. Maria Minerva has not heard of HQ recording. Maria Minerva has not heard that postmodernism is passé. Maria Minerva wishes she was born in the ‘80s and born again in the ‘90s. They call it lo-fi, I call it 21st century folk music.” Maria Minerva plays The Toff In Town on Saturday September 1.

Melbourne’s Red Ink have been busy of late. Having just returned from their first UK tour, where they played to a rapturous audience at The Great Escape Festival, Red Ink are set to release their latest single Euphoria. Incorporating soaring, melodic guitars, intricate bass lines and rolling drums, Euphoria marks a shift from the cathartic, intense pop of their celebrated debut Catching A Killer, and embodies a sound which is now imbued with vulnerability and dream-soaked hope, infusing worldliness and depth to Red Ink’s sonic landscape. They launch the single and give punters and exclusive preview of their upcoming EP The Colour Age at Ding Dong Lounge on Friday August 17.

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INTERNATIONAL SIMONE FELICE The Corner Hotel July 11 FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS The Plenary July 14, Rod Laver Arena July 15 KINGFISHA The Thornbury Theatre July 13 THE TEA PARTY The Palais Theatre July 14, The HiFi July 15 MELISSA ETHERIDGE The Plenary July 15 JAY HOAD Northcote Social Club July 15 THE XX The Forum July 18 OF MONSTERS AND MEN The Corner Hotel July 20 BAND OF SKULLS The Corner Hotel July 22, 26 THE SHINS Festival Hall July 23 LANA DEL REY Palace Theatre July 23, 24 HOWLER, ZULU WINTER, FRIENDS The Corner Hotel July 24 THE AFGHAN WHIGS The Hi-Fi July 25 MICHAEL KIWANUKA & BEN HOWARD The Corner Hotel July 25 JACK WHITE Festival Hall July 25 HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE The Espy July 26 FUN. The Hi-Fi July 27 METRIC Billboard July 27 MUDHONEY The Corner Hotel July 27 FATHER JOHN MISTY The Corner Hotel July 28 SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS Belongil Fields Byron Bay July 27 – 29 YOUTH LAGOON The Corner Hotel July 29 DJANGO DJANGO, CAST OF CHEERS The Corner Hotel July 31 MIIKE SNOW The Palace July 31 ELECTRIC GUEST Northcote Social Club August 1 SMASHING PUMPKINS Hisense Arena August 2 MARK GARDENER The Corner Hotel August 5 TOUCAN Northcote Social Club August 10 JINJA SAFARI, OPOSSOM, WHITE ARROWS The Hi-Fi August 10, 11 BILLY TALENT Billboard August 12 KING SALAMI AND THE CUMBERLAND THREE The LuWow August 17 ZOOBOMBS The Espy August 18 OBITS Northcote Social Club August 24 SLASH Hisense Arena August 26 PENNYWISE The Palace August 26 PITBULL Rod Laver Arena August 27 THE ENGLISH BEAT The Corner Hotel August 30

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JOSE FELICIANO Palais Theatre August 31 THE BEACH BOYS Rod Laver Arena August 31 APOCALYPTICA The Hi-Fi September 1 MARIA MINERVA The Toff In Town on September 1 AMERICA Hamer Hall September 6 THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES Trak Lounge Bar September 7 PATRICK WOLF Forum Theatre September 11 EARTH The Toff In Town September 12, The Corner Hotel September 16 INGRID MICHAELSON The Corner Hotel September 13 JONATHAN WILSON The Corner Hotel September 14 HANSON The Palace September 14, 18 RUFUS WAINWRIGHT Hamer Hall September 15 FUTURE ISLANDS Northcote Social Club September 19 WHEATUS The Corner Hotel September 19 YELLOWCARD The Hi-Fi September 20, 21 NADA SURF The Corner Hotel September 21 MACY GRAY Hamer Hall September 23 LADY ANTEBELLUM September 25, 26 JAMES MORRISON Forum Theatre September 26 MARTIKA Trak Lounge September 28 RUSSIAN CIRCLES, EAGLE TWIN The Corner Hotel September 28 TIM & ERIC The Forum September 29, 30 KELLY CLARKSON Rod Laver Arena October 1 STEVE MALKMUS & THE JICKS The Corner Hotel October 3 CANNIBAL CORPSE Billboard October 5 PARKLIFE Sidney Myer Music Bowl October 6 STEEL PANTHER Festival Hall October 7 JOE BONAMASSA Palais Theatre October 11 MAROON 5 Rod Laver Arena October 12 EVERCLEAR The Hi-Fi October 13 TORTOISE The Corner Hotel October 13 GOMEZ The Corner Hotel October 21, 22 MUMFORD & SONS Rod Laver Arena October 25 SUNN O))) AND PELICAN The Hi-Fi October 26, The Corner Hotel October 27 WEDNESDAY 13 The Espy October 27 THE BLACK KEYS Sidney Myer Music Bowl October 31, November 1 THE CHERRY POPPIN’ DADDIES The Corner Hotel November 5 BEN HARPER The Plenary November 10 HARVEST FESTIVAL Werribee Mansion November 11 COLDPLAY Etihad Stadium November 13

LADYHAWKE Billboard July 17 RON POPE Chapel Off Chapel November 15 RADIOHEAD Rod Laver Arena November 16, 17 GEORGE MICHAEL Rod Laver Arena November 21 SIMPLE MINDS, DEVO Palais Theatre November 29, A Day On The Green - Rochford Wines December 1 RICK ASTLEY The Palace November 30, Chelsea Heights Hotel December 1

NATIONAL 1929INDIAN The Toff In Town July 11 THE PAPER KITES Northcote Social Club July 11, 12 THE RUBENS The Corner Hotel July 12 NORTHEAST PARTY HOUSE The Corner Hotel July 13 PLUTO JONZE The Workers Club July 13 VAN SHE The Hi-Fi July 13 CAMERAS Purple Sneakers July 13, The Workers Club July 14, Pure Pop July 15 BENJAMIN SKEPPER The Toff In Town July 15 BERTIE BLACKMAN The Corner Hotel July 17 LADYHAWKE Billboard July 17 SASKWATCH Ding Dong July 20 MIKELANGELO & THE TIN STAR The Regal Ballroom July 20 I, A MAN Ding Dong July 21 DON WALKER Northcote Social Club July 26, The Caravan Club July 27 DAN KELLY Ding Dong July 27 THE HELLO MORNING The Northcote Social Club August 3 TWERPS The Tote August 3, 4 CHILDREN COLLIDE The Corner Hotel August 10, 11 NEW WAR Northcote Social Club August 11 THE SMALLGOODS The Toff in Town August 11 THE JUNGLE GIANTS Northcote Social Club August 12

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KATE MILLER-HEIDKE The Corner Hotel August 14, 15, 16 SNAKADAKTAL The Corner Hotel August 17, 18 BLUEJUICE Monash University Gippsland August 16, Deakin University Melbourne August 17, 18 THE SMITH STREET BAND The Tote August 25 1927, THE REMBRANDTS The Palms At Crown August 24 HILLTOP HOODS Festival Hall August 25 HUNTING GROUNDS The Toff In Town August 25 LOON LAKE Northcote Social Club September 1 JULIA STONE The Forum September 7 CHET FAKER Revolt Artspace September 7 ILLY The Corner Hotel September 7, 8 ALPINE The Corner Hotel September 8 THE GANGSTER’S BALL Forum Theatre September 8 XAVIER RUDD The Palace September 13 THE MEDICS The Toff In Town September 15 KATCHAFIRE Ferntree Gully Hotel September 20, The Forum Theatre September 21 MIA DYSON The Corner Hotel September 22 THE AMITY AFFLICTION Palace Theatre October 4, 5 REGURGITATOR The Hi-Fi October 12 ROCKWIZ Festival Hall October 12, 13 OH MERCY The Hi-Fi October 25 QUEENSCLIFF MUSIC FESTIVAL Queenscliff November 23-25 GOTYE Sidney Myer Music Bowl December 8 THE LIVING END The Corner Hotel December 11 - 17

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BAND OF SKULLS BY ANNABEL MACLEAN

English alternative rockers Band Of Skulls took over airwaves globally in 2009 with their debut album release Baby Darling Doll Face Honey. Since releasing their sophomore record Sweet Sour earlier this year, Band Of Skulls have been on the road showcasing their new material to fans across America and Europe. “Fans are loving it,” bassist and vocalist Emma Richardson says softly down the line from Southampton, in a clipped English accent. In fact, one fan was “loving it” so much that he ended up getting tasered during the band’s set at Beachside Festival in San Diego during You’re Not Pretty But You’ve Got It Going On. “It is true,” Richardson confirms. “I think this guy had just taken way too many drugs. “I don’t know what happened but he was rocking out to the music a little bit too much. I don’t know exactly the reason that he got tasered, but all of a sudden we looked out in the crowd and there was this big kind of scuffle right near the stage and some dude was being pushed to the floor and tasered. It was quite scary, it was quite horrible actually.” But, luckily for Matthew Hayward (drums), Russell Marsden (guitar, vocals) and Richardson, there have been happier moments on tour recently. “We played Washington DC in America for the first time on this run and we got an email from this guy a few days before saying, ‘Are you going to be playing Fires because I’m going to propose to my girlfriend just after the song’. So we thought ‘Oh great, we’ll email him back and tell him where it’s going to be in the set’,” she says. “On that night, I think Russell shouted out, ‘Hey Joe, what did she say?’ and he’s like ‘she said yes!’ from the back of the crowd. First marriage proposal and acceptance at a Band Of Skulls gig.” The band have also taken mistakes and mishaps from their live gigs and turned them into positive elements. “We played a festival out in Tennessee called Bonnaroo and I think when we first went on stage, Matt was hitting the kit so hard that the amp started rattling with sounds of like lightning,” she says. “The reverb tubes in the amp were getting pounded. We watched the DVD recording of bits Beat Magazine Page 18

from the show and we were like ‘Wow that sounds great, we should just put it on the record’.” And that’s exactly what happened. Filled with gritty and grungy guitars, dirty, raw melodies and heavy

“ON THAT NIGHT, I THINK RUSSELL SHOUTED OUT, ‘HEY JOE, WHAT DID SHE SAY?’ AND HE’S LIKE ‘SHE SAID YES!’ FROM THE BACK OF THE CROWD. FIRST MARRIAGE PROPOSAL AND ACCEPTANCE AT A BAND OF SKULLS GIG.” build ups and choruses, Sweet Sour is a slice of the band’s sound from being on the road, their signature riffs and hard-hitting vocals and is designed for bigger stages and crowds – something the trio have been doing since playing a sold out London Forum in October 2010. “It’s daunting,” Richardson says, speaking of bigger shows. “Every time we play a large show it’s a big deal but there’s an adrenaline buzz,

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there’s nothing quite like it. It’s exciting.” Having met at university, it wasn’t until they decided to host a monthly club night together called Club Skull – which they ran for two years – that Band Of Skulls was formed. “It was basically an excuse to try out new songs every month and we ended up playing every month just to test out new material really and so it ended up being just an excuse to see all of our mates and bands that we liked and we’d get in friends and DJs and it was just a great party,” she says. Hosting the likes of Anna Calvi, The Moulettes, and The Jim Jones Revue, Richardson says her favourite muso who performed at Club Skull was solo blues crazy-man Bob Log III. “He wears like an all in one jumpsuit and a motorcycle helmet with a phone attached and he bounces ladies on his knees while playing really fast slide guitar,” she says. “He’s from America. He’s an amazing musician.” With Richardson being the artist behind the album artwork for Sweet Sour and the band installing the talents of Ian Davenport (producer of their debut record) once again for the record, the creation of the album was a collaborative effort. “It was just great to work with him again,” Richardson says of working with Davenport. “He knows how we want things done and how we want things to sound and he also takes risks and pushes us. Obviously we had a new set of songs and some new equipment and we were in a new studio so we had to keep one constant and we knew that as a team we work really well together. You’ve got to bare your soul a bit when you’re recording so he’s a good man to go to and ask advice or push you in a certain direction if you’re not sure. Also we can tell him things and say ‘We want this to go this way’.” Richardson says the band are looking forward to their shows in Melbourne before heading over north for Splendour In The Grass. “The live show – we’re combining both records and it’s quite a heavy set but there’s some beautiful moments in there so hopefully anyone who comes to see us will have a good night.”

BAND OF SKULLS play the sold-out Splendour In The Grass at Belongil Fields Byron Bay, but not before performing two sideshows at The Corner Hotel on Sunday July 22 and Thursday July 26 (sold-out). Sweet Sour is out through Liberation.


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THIS WEEK: ON SCREEN Once again we can experience the stage being brought to the screen thanks to Cinema Nova and it’s encore screenings of The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Wagner’s Der Ring Des Nibelungen. The Ring Of The Nibelung, according to English translation, is a series of four operas. Director Robert Lepage first premiered his production of The Ring cycle at the MET over the 2010 - 2011 season, however Cinema Nova is lucky enough to bring us a second helping of Wagner’s masterpieces. The next commencing session is part two - Die Walküre or The Valkyrie, with a cast of stellar opera performers including Deborah Voigt, Eva-Marie Westbroeck, Stephanie Blythe and Bryn Terfel. Screening starts on Saturday July 14. For ticketing and session information head to cinemanova.com.au.

ON STAGE First performed on February 14 1895 at the St. James’ Theatre in London, Oscar Wilde’s tale of social obligations gone awry, The Importance Of Being Earnest has become to be touted as “the perfect English comedy”. The Importance Of Being Earnest has been through many revivals and incarnations, from big Broadway productions, Hollywood interpretations and even a BBC radio play. However bringing the clumsy comedy a little closer to home is the Heidelberg Theatre Company, creating a performance to celebrate the pinnacle of Oscar Wilde’s tempestuous career. For more information head to htc.org.au.

ON DISPLAY Despite all my hard efforts in VCE Visual Communications, no amount of Photoshopping, Linoprinting and Copic marker-ing could make my final pieces the same calibre of what can be seen at the Melbourne Museum’s Top Arts exhibition. Presented by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority as part of the VCE Season Of Excellence, on display is the class of 2011’s final works and folios and showcasing exceptional emerging designers and artists. Top Arts is free with museum admission, and open daily from 10am till 5pm until Sunday July 15. For more information head to museumvictoria.com.au.

DIVING FOR PEARLS BY KATE MCCARTEN

Melbourne’s own Hit Productions is the next company to tackle Katherine Thomson’s acclaimed play Diving For Pearls. Written by Thomson two decades ago, the story of Den and his family is still as relevant today as it has ever been, and Hit Productions’ all-star cast are excited to put their spin on this iconic piece of Australian literature. The company will be performing across Australia for four months, starting off in Melbourne next week. As rehearsals got underway, cast-member Chris Bunworth took a minute to discuss the script, the cast, the company, and why it will be a magic combination. Set in rural Australia in the dark days of the ‘80s, Diving For Pearls focuses on the struggles and triumphs of the human character in response to change, industrialisation, globalisation, and where Australia fits into it all. Centred around working class couple Barbara and Den, their homecoming daughter Verge and their in-laws Ron and Marge, Thomson’s story shows us one family’s reactions to the drastically-changing world around them. Although dealing with personal hardships and, at times, strenuous subject matter, one of the successes of Thomson’s script is the ability to counter that tension with dollops of wry and distinctly Australian humour. Proving the script also has that rare timeless quality, Hit Productions is the latest in a long list of companies to bring the story to the stage almost two decades after it was written. “[Katherine] actually came to a read through we had, which was incredibly helpful. I mean, she’s written it way back then; I can’t imagine what that’s like as writer,” says Chris Bunworth, who will play Ron in the upcoming production. The enduring themes of Diving For Pearls are in fact something that initially drew Bunworth to the script when he first read it. “It’s that time in Australia where the ground was shifting. You know, we’d come through the Mendes period and we were starting to emerge. But the themes are kind of timeless you know? It’s about aspiration, in the sense that we all want a better life for ourselves, and these are some people who don’t believe that they’re going forward in life,” explains Bunworth. “I think the beauty of it is that we can all relate as Australians

to that time and place. Whether you were alive or whether it’s just part of the older generation’s story. There’s a lot in it that rings true; she wrote this play 20 years ago and we’re still having the same conversation.” In 1990, after gypsy-ing around the globe throughout his formative years, Australian Chris Bunworth paved his own way into acting by boldly co-founding The Telluride Repertory Theatre Company in Colorado. Twelve years later, after spending the better part of the past decade performing everything from Shakespeare to Nosferatu across the land of the free, Bunworth decided to come home. Ravaged with the acting bug, he has been performing across stage, screen and film ever since. Spending time on all the Aussie staples from Underbelly to Neighbours, Bunworth’s first love will always be the stage. “It’s like, the difference between recording and performing live if you were a musician. I make that analogy – it’s a very rough one, but that’s mine,” he says of comparing TV work to theatre. “There’s nothing more immediate than telling a story to real people in real time. At its basic level, that for me is what the theatre is and what its best can be.” Bunworth is unsure though how exactly he got involved in Hit’s newest production to begin with. “I think you’ll have to ask [the director] Denis about that, but as I understand it he saw my name somewhere and that rang a bell so they called me in one day to come in and read for the play. I loved the story straight away.” Having never read the script or seen the

play before, Bunworth was able to put his own perspective into his character Ron, something that can be challenging for actors tainted by preconceptions. Not only is he thrilled to be involved in a Hit Production after admiring their work for many years, with a cast including names like Kevin Harrington and Heather Bolton, Bunworth is in awe of the talent of the people he is working with. “The quality of artists working on this show are top notch. It’s wonderful. It’s wonderful!” he gushes. “And when I say wonderful I mean as an artist, you go to work and you just go, ‘Yeah!’ It’s all beautiful and all the elements come together; I just tell my part of that story.” We’ll see if Bunworth is as enthusiastic after being on the road for four months. After the premiere of Diving For Pearls hits The Clocktower Centre next week, Hit is taking the same cast on the road around Australia, lighting up stages from Port Macquarie to Perth. Although the tour has the potential to be exhausting, Bunworth, as usual, focuses on the positives. “This is a rare opportunity for acting in Australia; to be able to have a job that lasts this long.” And Bunworth is itching to get started on telling the story he feels will stir up a lot of emotion amongst its audiences. “I think for baby boomers especially it will have a certain nostalgia about it – I don’t know how many baby boomers read Beat, but they should.” Diving For Pearls plays at The Clocktower Centre on Friday July 13 and Saturday July 14.

BEAT’S PICK OF THE WEEK: In association with Montsalvat, the Nillumbik Shire Council presents one of the oldest community art shows in Victoria, The Nillumbik Prize, celebrating the art of the Nillumbik region, the north-eastern suburbs and rural communities outside of the urban sprawl. The winner of the 2012 Nillumbik Prize was announced on Thursday June 14 by judge Vincent Alessi, Artistic Director of La Trobe University Museum of Art, and is now on display along with all the other prize entries at Monsalvat, in Eltham until August 12. Even better, admission is free. Head to montsalvat.com.au for more information.

FREE SHIT CRISPIN GLOVER’S BIG SLIDE SHOW Some of you may recognise him as McFly, or possibly the ‘Creepy Thin Man’ from the Charlie’s Angles films, however thanks to the Melbourne Underground Film Festival, Mr. Glover is visiting Melbourne to present his Big Slide Show. Across the evenings of Friday July 13 and Saturday July 14, Glover will be performing the dramatic narratives of eight books, the illustrations of which will be projected behind him, for all to see. Held at the Palace Westgarth, we have a double pass to give away.

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Boy Girl Wall is the story of Thom and Alethea, two neighbours in a banal apartment block, both trying desperately to keep their lives from falling apart. With a cast of two dozen made up of socs puppets and the help of an overhead projector, Lucas Stibbard’s captivating performance with live music by Neridah Waters will inspire and delight in a tall tale of whimsy and architectural enlightenment. Thanks to the Clocktower Centre, we have a double pass to give away. Hit up beat.com.au/freeshit to win.

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MELBOURNE CABARET FESTIVAL BY MEGAN HANSON

After realising that they were $15,000 short on funding, you’d imagine the staff of the Melbourne Cabaret Festival to be content with just having the event go ahead. Instead, festival directors David Read and Neville Sice have worked tirelessly on expanding this year’s festival, both in length and geography. What was once a six-night festival based in South Melbourne has exploded to a ten-day extravaganza that takes place in venues all over the city, showcasing the finest cabaret acts our city has to offer. Despite its strong support and funding by its major sponsors, the massive shortfall in this year’s funding was more than a slight hiccup in the organising process. After considering many venues of fundraising, they created a partnership with crowd-funding website Pozible.com, which has become what Read describes as “a really amazing experience, but not just because of the money.” Not only did they end up raising a massive $18,000, they also gathered a tribe of supporters who were passionate about supporting the festival. “Literally hundreds of people were donating small amounts of money and shouting out to friends through social media,” Read says excitedly. “It created quite a buzz and excitement for the festival. I’d like to think we’ve carried those people with us as we enter into the festival.” As a result of the crowd-funding process, Read says that they found one of the biggest supporters of the MCF to be performance venues, “because they recognise how good a festival is for a city.” This support was one of the reasons the festival expanded across the city. Read is a former co-owner of the Butterfly Club, the south-side hub of the festival. It was sometime during the eight years he was managing the venue with Sice that the inspiration for the festival struck. “We kept getting amazing shows come through, but they were only performing to a very small audience,” Read explains. “It got us to thinking that we had found some amazing

talent, and we wanted to give them a bigger platform to be seen on. Usually they’d only get to perform to a handful of people, mostly just family and friends. It’s deserving talent to put on a much broader stage. “The vision we had for the festival was to provide a forum for those shows, and small independent performance spaces and venues don’t have a big budget to promote themselves. Festivals can do that.” Read is scouting for fresh talent yearround, and spends three to four nights per week at cabaret shows around Australia. While it’s definitely a perk of the job, he believes the best thing about organising the festival is being the first to find that “small gem of a show and being able to share it with a city”. The MCF prides itself on offering an exciting range of cabaret shows. Read insists that he programs first and foremost on the quality of each act, but also seeks for diversity within the cabaret genre. He tries to program jazz, comedy, and dark/edgy cabaret into the festival so there’s something for everybody. “The other thing we’re really proud of,” he says, “is that there’s lots of people on the program who have found success overseas but aren’t so well-known in their home town of Melbourne, so we’re trying to recognise the talents and achievements.” Performers such as Wendy Lee Taylor, star of The Paris Walk, has had a ten-year residency at one of Paris’ major cabaret venues and just recently returned to Melbourne.

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“I’m also really excited to have The Fabulous Singlettes back in Melbourne,” says Read. “They’re another act who have had enormous success overseas by starting their own BBC specials. They get invited to perform in Berlin’s majors cabaret venue every year; it’s going to be an amazing show.” Read’s ‘hot ticket’ for the MCF is Best Of The Fest, which is exactly what the name suggests. In an attempt to make the festival financially accessible, the show gives people the chance to see a whole range of acts in one evening. For $20, you’ll see around seven acts in an hour-long set. “It’s a really good way to get a sample of those acts,” he says, “to see what you’re going to get, before you pay to see a full act.” The MCF is only in its third year, and is constantly adapting to meet demands. While they don’t plan on relying on crowdfunding to keep the festival afloat every year, they will continue to work with Pozible.com to fund the developmental process of six shows. This developmental process is generally funded by the performers themselves. “We’ll mentor those six shows as well,” Read says. “It’s an opportunity for the public to select what shows will be in the festival next year, so it’s exciting on a number of levels.” Read plans to keep expanding the MCF as well. “I can see a day in the future, with us taking this to a regional Victorian town. But that’s a number of years off though, we need to get full [financial] security before we start taking it to other towns.” The capacity for rapid change and growth is one of the many benefits, Read explains, that come with being a young festival that’s “flexible and fast on its feet.” The Melbourne Cabaret Festival runs from Thursday July 12 until Saturday July 21 at various venues across Melbourne. For more information please visit melbournecabaret.com


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MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL The Melbourne International Film Festival has just launched its 61st program, announcing P.J. Hogan’s Mental will close the festival on Saturday August 18. Mental reunites writer-director P.J. Hogan with his original leading lady Toni Collette for the first time since Muriel’s Wedding. Over 300 films make up the 61st Melbourne International Film Festival program, the largest and oldest film festival in Australia. While there are too many brilliant films to even list a ‘highlights’ section, this year’s special events include: MIFF 51st Short Awards, where this year the eligible short films are competing for a total cash prize pool of $42,000 and the winners are eligible to submit for nomination at the 2013 Academy Awards; The Sputnik Effect – a gallery installation that explores the relationship between society, psychosis and technology using 3D projections; and Planetarium Fulldome Showcase – the return of MIFF’s fulldome projection screenings at Melbourne Planetarium goes into space, underwater, and through the musical history of piano virtuoso Franz Liszt. Tickets for the full program go on sale on Friday July 13. Melbourne International Film Festival runs Thursday August 2 – Sunday August 19. For more information visit miff.com.au

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Chris Evans’ aptly titled Paintings is currently on display at The Library Artspace. Interested in the notion that all we see around us is the result of fundamental, subatomic processes, Evans’ works are inspired by and are imaginings of such ideas. Putting paint to canvas, all of his works are neither secondary representations of sketches nor pre-planned pictures. Rather, just the artist doing what he does best. Painting. Chris Evans’ Paintings will don the walls of Fitzroy’s Library Artspace until Saturday July 28.

SALVOS STORES VINTAGE POP-UP Australia’s largest charity recycler, Salvos Stores, has launched its ‘Original Trendsetter’ campaign and will be celebrating all things vintage with a one-off pop-up store to be set up at Flinders Street Station on Friday July 13 from 3-7pm. Having made a name for itself as Australia’s leading stockist for pre-loved goods, Salvos Stores has been helping the environment and importantly those in need by recycling and reselling donated items since 1883. Punters can find a large range of clothing, accessories and various other goods from across many different eras at Salvos Stores. The profits from all Salvos Stores go directly to The Salvation Army to assist in funding the various social programs and support they offer to those less fortunate. Every week, The Salvation Army provides 100,000 meals for the hungry and 2,000 beds for the homeless, so head down and buy something, or spend the whole day feeling guilty – your choice. For more information about Salvos Stores visit salvosstores.com.au

If there’s anything the Russians do well besides their welldocumented intake of vodka, it’s dancing ballet. They’re heading to Australia soon, bringing performances of two of the most cherished classical ballets of all time: Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty. Having made their mark worldwide in the States, China, Spain and everywhere in between, it’s our turn to be hypnotised and mesmerised by the Russian National Ballet Theatre’s beauty. The company will be in town from late October to early November. Catch them at Moonee Ponds Clocktower Centre, BHP Billiton Entertainment Centre, Shepparton Eastbank Centre and Bendigo’s Capital Theatre.

ALL THAT I WILL EVER BE Alan Ball’s got a long list of credentials, including creating HBO’s Emmy Award-winning True Blood, Six Feet Under, and Oscar winning American Beauty. All That I Will Ever Be, his foray into theatrics, will be presented by Fly-OnThe-Wall Theatre Company and tells the story of Omar, the complicated central figure that sells cell phones by day and sexual fantasies at night. Which is all well and good until Omar becomes drawn to one of his clients. A darkly funny tale of loneliness, sex, cultural and racial provocation and humanity’s eternal search for belonging. All That I Will Ever Be will show at Chapel Off Chapel from August 1 – 12.

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SMARTBAR RETURNS If you loved the last SmartBar, which I’m sure you did because it’s pretty much the only time where you can actually become smarter while drinking, then you’ll lose your mind at what they have lined up this winter. Discover Melbourne Museum’s Mind & Body exhibitions after dark with peculiar collection objects, talks by museum scientists and experts and fascinating experiments. Experts will be taking you through the complex world of the human brain as you explore the neurological side effects of syphilis and some interesting psych experiments. You can get up close to leeches and maggots and learn about their medical uses from the Live Exhibits team, explore the ways artists make sense of dreams, trauma, dementia and schizophrenia in the Cunningham Dax Art Collection, flex your artistic skills in the Life Drawing classes and explore the museum’s world-renowned Psychiatric Services Collection that includes an isolation cell, straitjackets and locked gloves. All accompanied by background music from a live DJ. Food and drinks will be available to purchase on the night. It’s on Thursday July 26 from 6pm – 10pm. Tickets via Melbourne Museum.

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MADEMOISELLE High Performance Company present Michael Dalley’s piece of “Gothic camp” music theatre Mademoiselle. According to director-writer-performer Dalley, Mademoiselle pays homage to Jean Genet’s The Maids with the process of ridicule for the sake of ridicule. In his own words, “This piece examines the resentment born of servitude and the meanness born of victimhood – at the end of the day it’s about power. We are all someone’s bitch!” Be Dalley’s bitch as his Mademoiselle heads to fortyfivedownstairs from August 1 – 19.

If you love a good popup book but are also fond of a romance novel, look no further than Notorious Deception. Gasworks’ Arts Park present an exploratory pop up exhibition sparked by the creative union between young artist Brooke Randall and professional visual art curator Tracy McIrvine. Emerging from a shared interest in romance movies, Notorious Deception offers a revised and candid perspective of the heightened sense of realism regularly explored within the typical romance novel narrative. The result? The alignment of two different women at different stages in their lives. Notorious Disruption will head to Gasworks’ ARB Gallery from July 24 – August 12.

MONSTROUS ACTS Writer/director Steven Dawson and Australia’s longest running queer theatre, Out Cast Theatre ensemble, have been busy performing at festivals and putting on shows, and this year present the dark and powerful Monstrous Acts. This production is a forceful homoerotic imagining on the last days of one of history’s most brutal serial killers and his search for redemption through the love of another doomed soul. Catch Monstrous Acts, along with last year’s Midsumma comedy hit Mr Braithwaite Has A New Boy at the Mechanic Institute Performing Arts Centre from July 10 – 21. For more information head to outcast.org.au.

BAYSIDE FILM FESTIVAL The 2012 Bayside Film Festival offers a reason to abandon your winter malaise. Get a good warming from the ninth annual festival with its dynamic, life-affirming selection of short films and documentaries from Australia and abroad. Held at Palace Brighton Bay Cinemas from July 25 - 28, it’s guaranteed to banish those blues. Head to baysidefilmfestival. com.au for tickets or to suss the full program details.

Justin Hamilton, comedy festival favourite, headlines Felix Bar Comedy this Wednesday night! Plus we’ve got an awesome lineup supporting him, including Nick Cody, Michael Williams, Emily O’Loughlin, Jason Chong, Linda Beatty and some special guests! Come down and check out the biggest night of comedy in St Kilda, every Wednesday night! It’s happening this Wednesday July 11 at 8.30pm for only $12, at Felix Bar, St Kilda.

CHECKPOINT CHARLIE COMEDY Cheap piss and piss-cheap entry at the city’s best above-ground underground comedy room. Tonight, room favourite, Joel Creasey, hosts a genital-tingling line-up featuring Bart Freebairn, Adam Zwar (Wilfred), Anne Edmonds, Ted Wilson, Beau Stegmann and a super surprise headliner! So come fill yourself with $6 drinks and put your continence to the ultimate test as Melbourne’s best comedians spit funnies into the business end of a loud stick. Check in 8pm tonight Wednesday July 11 at Eurotrash. $5 entry. Get down early for a seat.

SOFTBELLY COMEDY, THURSDAY It’s Softbelly Comedy’s 2nd birthday show this Thursday night! And to celebrate, we’ve got the legendary Glenn Robbins as host! Glenn will be bringing on some of our favourite special surprise big name guests! But get in early, we’ve been selling out, and this should be an extra-special night! It’s all happening at Softbelly, 367 Little Bourke Street in the city, this Thursday, July 12, 8.30pm, for only $12! Get in early for a good seat!

COMMEDIA DELL PARTE This Thursday Commedia Dell Parte brings another great line up to the newly renovated George Lane Bar. Making her MC debut is Sonia Di Iorio! Joining her will be, Simon Keck, Doug Gordon, Hayley Kate Brennan, Fergus Mc Carthy, Cam Marshall, Craig McLeod, Imaan Hadchiti, Jaymie Wilson and Asher Treleaven. The room runs on a ‘pay as you like’ basis, so come along and have a great laugh, then pay what you believe the show is worth on the way out. So if you enjoy the show chuck in a few sheckles and show your appreciation. Commedia Dell Parte runs every Thursday from 8.30pm at the George Lane Bar, St Kilda.

COMEDY AT SPLEEN Mondays at Spleen are always a full house and a great night! This week looks like another cracker with Karl Chandler (Little Dum Dum Club) hosting! Plus there’s Bart Freebairn, Jason Chong, Ryan Coffey, a very special guest, and heaps more! It’s this Monday July 16, 41 Bourke St, in the city, at 8.30pm. It may be free, but we appreciate a good gold coin donation at the door!

BLUE TILE COMEDY Every week at Blue Tile Lounge we have a stellar line up. Blue Tile Comedy boasts some of Melbourne’s finest comedians trying out their new material. It’s a fun night where the audience can get involved and witness the birth of some truly great jokes. With $10 jugs of beer and guaranteed laughs, it’s the perfect mid-week break. Catch some of Australia’s rising stars for only $5 at the Blue Tile Lounge, Fitzroy, every Tuesday from 8.30pm.

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SHIFTING GROUND BY KATE MCCARTEN

The nature of art is to explore the unexplored and the unexplorable; taking on curious subject matter and attempting to make that curiosity infectious. Melburnian media artist Zoe Scoglio is facing that challenge head on. Her upcoming performance project is all about geology – that’s right, minerals and fossils and rocks. Shifting Ground is Scoglio’s latest and greatest artistic culmination bringing together her talents as a live performer and videographer in order to shine literal and figurative light on one of the most ubiquitous and most unappreciated building blocks of humanity. Since studying media art at RMIT, Scoglio has gone on to create an exciting portfolio of work which cannot easily be categorised. Her resumÊ is bursting with works both independent and commissioned, featured both inside galleries and out on the streets in such events as the Gertrude Street Projection Festival. Working within an array of mediums from traditional art installations to glitzy, hi-tech video projections and physical performances, Scoglio has a vast repertoire

to draw from to tell her stories. Scoglio loves the idea of being able to bring attention to something so unassuming as rocks, and hopefully make people second guess their initial indierence to such undervalued objects. “A sense of curiosity is a big thing that I’m interested in [people getting from the performance],â€? she hopes. “Getting people to look at objects that we have in our everyday lives – things like rocks that we come across everyday – but looking at them in all

ANH DO: THE HAPPIEST REFUGEE BY NICK TARAS

Most two-year-olds have it pretty easy. They pretty much just eat, watch cartoons, kick me in the nuts when I come over to babysit, and then fall asleep. Not so for Anh Do. In 1980, he found himself cramped into a nine-metre long fishing boat with 47 other Vietnamese refugees sailing across the Indian Ocean in search of escape from the horror of their homeland. He was violently sick from dehydration. Water had run out days ago, and one person had already passed away. Thirty-years-later, and Do has become of Australia’s most loved and admired comedians. His inspiring autobiography – The Happiest Refugee – has received much acclaim from not only critics, but as it turns out, Russell Crowe. “I get this phone call and the voice says, ‘Hello Anh. It’s Russell Crowe’ and I dead-set think it’s my mate Johnno taking the mickey. Lucky I didn’t say, ‘Nick o Johnno!’ He really was a gladiator. He told me he started reading [my book] the night before and it kept him up til 3am and he really enjoyed it. And I had a couple of meetings with him and hung out and so he’s optioned the movie rights. It’s very exciting times,â€? Do explains. Before he adapts the book to the big screen, Do has developed a stage show that mixes his brilliant comedy with moving anecdotes as he weaves through the joys and sorrows of his life.

“Basically it all started a few years ago. I’m sitting around having a few beers with Dave Hughes after ďŹ lming an episode of Thank God You’re Here and I’m telling Hughesy a couple of real life stories and he goes, ‘Mate you’ve gotta do that onstage’. So I’ve been doing a little bit of it onstage and it turned into a book, and recently my stand-up has evolved into funny but also moving and emotional [material]. There’s a lot more storytelling and a lot more depth and meaning to it and audiences are really responding to it. “The beauty about this show is it’s not just me doing stand-up;

their varied possibilities, and with all the history that they have.â€? Taking place within the Meat Market’s very pertinent Studio B, this part-performance part-installation will become a space in which Scoglio will perform – “I wouldn’t call it dance, I’d call it movementâ€? – while her own video creations will be projected on to herself and the set around her. Both live processed and pre-recorded sounds will accompany the visual and in fact play a very integral part of the overall display. “I’ve been working closely with the sound designer Nigel Brown to make the sound,â€? says Scoglio. “I’ll be doing some vocalisation and I’ll be using rocks as instruments as well as surfaces to project on to.â€? Rocks may seem a dull subject matter for such a creative artist, but Scoglio insists, “I’ve always been fascinated [with rocks] and the more I learn, the more curious I become. I’m interested in the minerals you ďŹ nd in the rocks, and how in the human body those same minerals can be found. Looking at those similarities that we have to geological substances – there’s a lot there to keep me occupied just with geology alone. There’s an expectation that when it comes to an artist’s take on humans versus their natural world, it is going to be a cynical attack on humanity. But Scoglio insists that “it’s not as black and white as thatâ€? and refuses to take the typical humans-are-ruining-the-world approach. Scoglio explains, “I think it’s fascinating that we can take resources from the earth that have taken millennia to it’s gonna be video I’ve ďŹ lmed with my family doing stu, telling stories‌there’s old family photos. It’s half a theatre showâ€?. However, Do admits that reliving some of the darker moments of his life and drawing humour from his horrors may invoke a particularly bizarre feeling. “It will be strange. Most comedy comes from pain anyway. That’s how human beings [deal with pain]; it’s a coping mechanism. And you’ll probably ďŹ nd talking to a lot of comedians, there’s a lot of pain underneath all the laughter. I know personally, there’s something underneath all the jokes. “The funny thing is, hearing stories of escape and war and pirates, my family tell it with laughter and humour. It’s a family of larrikins that deal with very tough stu through laughter and humour, and I guess I have them to thank for where my comedy comes fromâ€?. Do emphasises that while the pains of his youth left an indelible impression on his personality, his moments of despair eventually enriched him as a human being. “If you look back on your life, often it’s the tough stu that’s made you better or stronger. And you say to yourself, ‘Actually maybe if it weren’t for that really dark period where I would’ve given anything to not feel that, I wouldn’t be as strong as I am. I wouldn’t be where I am’. “[Such as] my father leaving when I was 13. I was 13, my brother was 11, and we suddenly became ‘the man’ of the house. I started some businesses at the age of 13 selling tropical ďŹ sh at the markets and stu and basically I grew up very quickly. If it weren’t for all the tough stu from my childhood, I wouldn’t have a book. “I’ll always have a barometer, whenever I feel fear coming on, I’ll

form without considering what impact that might have. I’m interested [in] our sense of ownership of the land, and our shared responsibility to look after it, as well as distribute its resources.â€? And while Scoglio admits she is worried about where the natural world is heading, she says her viewpoint is more open to interpretation. “There’s one level that sort of questions those relationships, but it’s not taking sides. It’s deďŹ nitely ‘let’s have a conversation’ and look at it from a new angle, rather than posing one alternative or one viewpoint. It’s about dissecting that and ďŹ nding new ways of looking at that relationship.â€? Shifting Ground is on at the Arts House from Thursday July 19 – Sunday July 22.

always think to myself, ‘This is nowhere near as important and dangerous as being in charge of 40 lives in a nine metre ďŹ shing boat in the open ocean.' So I’ll always have that as a barometer to take away my fear.â€? With his father gone, Do’s mother played a vital role in ensuring he had a mindset that understood the irrelevancy of failure. “My mum used to say, ‘Anh, give yourself permission to fail’. And I’d go, ‘Why would I try fail?’ and she’d say, ‘No don’t try and fail, just give yourself permission to play a bigger game’. Like when I was on Dancing With The Stars, my goal was don’t get kicked out ďŹ rst week. That was my goal. Then my mum said, ‘Why don’t you just try win the whole thing?’ And I said, ‘Mum that’s ‘cause I can’t dance’. She said, ‘That’s alright, try win the whole thing’ so I got to the grand ďŹ nal and then I lost. I called up my mum and said. ‘Mum, I lost, I failed everyone’. She said, ‘No no you didn’t fail mate. You went ten times better than your original goal – don’t get kicked out ďŹ rst week. You got to week ten!’ I’m very lucky to have a mum who thinks like that, and [she also said],‘By the way, you lost because you can’t dance!’â€? Anh Do’s The Happiest Refugee visits the Arts Centre on Tuesday July 17 and Wednesday July 18.

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GRIEVOUS ANGEL: THE LEGEND OF GRAM PARSONS BY PATRICK EMERY

Gram Parsons’ life is a tabloid example of talent, excess, tragedy and missed opportunities. Born into a successful, if troubled musical family, at the age of 12 Parsons lost his father to suicide; five years later his alcoholic mother was also dead. Parsons became heir to his parents’ fortune, and dipped regularly into his trust fund account to finance his increasingly excessive lifestyle. As a temporary member of The Byrds, Parsons became the progenitor of the American country rock style, before ego battles with Roger McGuinn saw Parsons leave to form the Flying Burrito Brothers with fellow Byrd Chris Hillman. In the early ‘70s, Parsons had hooked up with Keith Richards, providing the stylistic influences that would influence the Stones’ seminal Exile on Main Street. By his mid-‘20s, Parsons was struggling under the weight of alcohol and drug abuse; his bloated body an overweight shadow of his original trademark good looks. Finally, in 1973 Parsons succumbed to his addictions, overdosing on morphine and tequila in the Joshua Tree Motel in the Mojave Desert (the final chapter of Parson’s infamous existence came when friend Phil Kaufmann stole Parsons’ body to afford it a cremation in the desert). Local musician Jordie Lane first came across Gram Parson in his teenage years, well before Lane realised the tragedy of Parsons’ life. “My best mate Josh, who I’d gone to primary and high school with, introduced me to Gram Parsons,” Lane says. “He always introduced me to something new each day. And one day he said, ‘I think you’re ready for this’ – I think it was Song For You. And I thought, ‘This guy’s got something so different’. There was something in his voice, a real fragile vulnerability.” It wasn’t until a few years later that Lane began to serious appreciate Parsons’ music, when Lane realised the influence that Parsons had on contemporary country musicians such as Ryan Adams. “You listen to it now, and you wouldn’t necessarily say it was that far-out, psychedelic, but it did have a really cool slant on it,” Lane says. “I did hear about his influence on The Rolling Stones, and that made me really interested in him. But it wasn’t until much later when I learnt more about his life.” By the time he headed over to The United States to record his second album, Sleeping Patterns, Lane was well aware of the Gram Parsons’ legend. Lane followed his interest in Parsons to its logical extreme, when he headed out into the California desert to the hotel where Parsons had spent his last hours. By chance, Lane was able to stay in the actual room where Parsons died, making use of various ad hoc instruments to record the album. While appearing on radio to promote Sleeping Patterns, a station employee noted Lane’s interest in Parsons, and conveyed it to a producer looking for an actor to take on the part of Parsons in the local production of Grievous Angel, the play written by Michael Bate on the life of Parsons. “It was weird, it was random – as Gram would say, it was a spiritual connection. It just all came together,” Lane laughs. “I was doing a radio interview on a station that actually closed down a couple of days later. I was talking to Steve Vizard, and I think it was the producer’s receptionist who thought I’d be the right guy for the show. And at the same time Michael Bate had been approached about doing the show in Australia, and he’d come across me on the internet and was literally sending an email to them when they were sending an email to him. So it felt good that they were actually wanting me to do it,” Lane says. Lane’s prior acting experience was limited to a show he did at the Comedy Festival in 2004 with his mother, Denise Scott, though Lane admits coming from a family steeped in the performing arts has helped. The show itself weaves aspects of Parsons’ life with his music. “There’s a lot of metaphors tied in with telling a dialogue story, and a dialogue story that helps to explain a song,” Lane says. “The premise is that it’s a show out at Joshua Tree the night before he dies. He tells his upbringing – and the play also deals with the alcohol and drugs in his life as well.” While researching his role, Lane has had the opportunity to meet a few people who knew Parsons, including Bate – who was the last person to interview Parsons before his death – Parson’s daughter Polly and the legendary groupie Pamela Des Barres. “She was very open talking about his mannerisms – in public, he was out to make an impact,” Lane says. “He was blending that country and rock’n’roll fashion sense as well. But Pamela said he was really gentle as well, a real Southern gentleman – probably especially with the ladies!” Lane laughs. “And with the interviews with Michael, you get a sense that Gram was slightly bitter that all these other people were gaining success, and he really hated record labels because they didn’t understand what he was trying to do. There’s definitely an element of not really getting there.” While the classic image of Parsons – slim, handsome and clad in his trademark Nudie Suit – was long gone by the time Parsons left this mortal coil, Lane says he’s sure Parsons would still be a creative force had he survived another 40 years. “I’m not sure what he’d be doing right now, but I’m sure it’d be out there,” Lane says. “It’d probably still have those country and psychedelic elements, and maybe a bit of electronica too.”

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SOPHIE KOH

BY ZOË RADAS

Sophie Koh has got that good side of inertia going; she’s just released her third album Oh My Garden completely off of her own bat amongst trips to LA, she has several shows coming up across our great country, and she’s finding the time to compose her grandmother’s memoirs. “She’s 97,” Koh says warmly. “Well, we don’t know how old she is, she could be a hundred. She was sold to my grandfather in Malaysia when she was 16. No one really knows her history, and she’s been sick lately. It’s amazing how you get things done when you’re really busy,” Koh says, stupefied. “I’ve been a machine the last few weeks.” The sincerely poppy record Koh has created includes synths stretched like boiled sweets, robotic blips, and mechanised ascending glisses alongside the more traditional piano and guitar sounds of her past albums. Winter Sunglasses in particular showcases some awesome production, but the songs still hold a lot of sparse beauty. Deciding when they’re done – as she doesn’t have a typical bass/drums/guitar checklist to tick off – requires a different approach during creation. “The way I record is normally with a producer, and I choose producers that play instruments as well,” she explains. “There’s a lot of conversation between me and the producer. In the end, he’s the most important person of the whole recording process.” The producer Koh worked with on Oh My Garden was one Brad Wood, and she made four trips to his studio in LA over 18 months to work with him. Through fellow Aussie Ben Lee, Koh cultivated her musical relationship with Wood, who has an intimidating CV. “I was so nervous going over on the plane,” Koh chatters sweetly. “I’ve never been to America number one, and I’d never been to Hollywood. The picture in your head is kind of daunting. [But] when I got there, [the studio] was just in his backyard, in

his shed. He had children, and he had pets, so I did a bit of babysitting,” she laughs. “Even though it was in Hollywood, we were still sipping cups of tea and walking the dog.” In this innocuous environment, Koh and Wood spent time in the state-of-the-art studio experimenting with gadgets and sound. “What I love about Brad is, he’s such a dad,” Koh says. “Even though he’s worked with Billy Corgan and Liz Phair, I went over at a time when the American music industry was a little bit slow and people were struggling to find work. He was so happy to work with an Australian artist and was branching out to do a bit more pop stuff too. We’re friends now and he’s kind of like a dad to me.” Koh’s single I Understand features a chord progression on the piano which is contemplative and quite beautiful, and yet it comes as a surprise that she is not, in fact, a guitarist. “I’m a classical piano player,” she says succinctly. “I’m shit at guitar! When I started out in music the easiest way was to bring my guitar along to open mics and shows and stuff. Because I’m so highly trained in piano, I kind of overcomplicate things when I write on piano. It always ends up sounding like Tori Amos; it doesn’t really translate to a pop song. One day I’ll write that album, probably the next one.”

“EVEN THOUGH IT WAS IN HOLLYWOOD, WE WERE STILL SIPPING CUPS OF TEA AND WALKING THE DOG”

While recording in LA, Wood and Lee spent an entire day with Koh hooking wires from the studio to the next-door-neighbour’s, which housed a grand piano. Unfortunately, a concert piano is incredibly hard to record. If you think about it, it’s designed to be placed at the head of a hall and for the sound to touch every corner of an audience – not exactly easy to control. In the end they had to can much of the stuff they recorded, and meld what was left with electronic keys. “I don’t know how Tori Amos does it,” Koh admits simply. Her interest in the instrument is palpable though, as we get into the nuts and bolts of Amos’s well-documented love of Bösendorfer pianos. It’s not just the music that gets Koh going: her video for first single Lo-Fi is a colourful, one-shot affair

featuring members of her dance class. Filmed in Piedimonte’s supermarket in North Fitzroy, Koh and her mates from the notoriously fun Body Electric adult dance studio boogie through the aisles. “It worked out really well,” says Koh. “Sometimes I go there now and I feel a bit weird, and people look at me funny.” Pretty sure they’re waiting for you to bust out some polka, Sophie.

to him, and saw how he could carry a show. Back when he started it was just him and a drum kit, moving around to a lot of sample pads, and that was definitely an inspiration. I thought, I need a drummer, because you need live drums, you need someone bashing the crap out of them...

tweaked when we play live. I kind of like that there’s a difference between the EP structures and arrangements and the live stuff, rather than just trotting out the songs as per the record. A big hit with the live show is the TVs that we have sprawled around the stage – we play visuals that are hooked into the music on these big retro ‘70s televisions. I think the way I write is quite dramatic and I try to take audiences to another world, rather than just rocking out. I want it to be a bit of a mind trip.

SOPHIE KOH launches her new album Oh My Garden at Northcote Social Club on Friday July 13. The record is out now through her own label Crying Ninja Records.

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Pluto Jonze is the psychedelic brainchild of Lachlan Nicholson, an earnest young guy from inner-city Sydney. After years of experimentation and self-instruction, last year he released the Pluto Jonze EP to critical acclaim, landing him triple j airplay for his first two singles Meet Me Under Neon and the catchy Plastic Bag In A Hurricane. With soaring orchestral reprises and sweetly surreal lyrics, this is an uplifting, genre-bending artist with buckets of potential. We caught up with Lachlan before he tours his latest single, See What The Sun Sees. You describe yourself as laptop-pop, which certainly has a ring to it... That kind of describes the beginning of my process – I do all the tracks myself, build up the layers in my bedroom on my laptop. These days it’s evolved into something much fuller, much more lush. Most of the songs have live drums on them, which used to be a luxury or addition, but now it’s often the backbone of the track. You’ve been playing some of these songs for ages, how long did it take to put together the EP? Yeah some of the songs like Stars To Your Feet, that’s about five-years-old, but I wouldn’t say I’ve been working on the EP for that long. I’ve made a lot of different stuff for plays, for films – I’ve got a whole treasure chest of songs and demos – the EP was just a matter of choosing songs that were of the same stylistic ilk, to give an introduction, an impression. When it comes time for the album, we’ve got ideas for a double album... Because you’ve already got the material. Yeah we’ve got heaps of material. It’s just that it’s so schizophrenic, I’m always trying to do something I’ve never done before, both in songwriting and production. It makes it a bitch to put it all together because it has to sound like it’s from same artist. It’s funny you say schizophrenic... when you’re sitting at your laptop do you ever actually talk to yourself? Like, ‘Alright Lachlan, alright Pluto - let’s jam!’

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Yeah it’s a collaborative effort! Nah, ever since I started making music it’s always been a bit of a loner situation. I guess I’ve built up a lot of experience out of necessity, having to do it by myself. You’re composing mostly on keys, did you have any classical training? I learnt piano, but not much. My dad saw the value in music even if I wasn’t doing exams, so he got this guy who basically taught me Beatles songs, cool tunes, and if there was a song that I liked he’d teach me the chords. So I guess that saved my career as a keyboardist. It’s still my favourite instrument, the most versatile. How about your laptop? Did you have any training in the tech side of things? No, not really. My dad has a background in production, so he’s always had a studio metres from my bedroom and I kind of picked it up. It’s almost like learning another instrument, learning to process sounds in another way to get textures that I like. You list The Beatles, Beck and Bowie as influences. Are there any Australian artists, or contemporary artists you’ve followed? Well, it’s going to seem like jumping on the bandwagon now, but I’ve really been a Gotye fan for a long time. I remember when I was developing my live show I looked

So where did your live band come from? Jono Linden [guitar] I knew from high school, and Joel our new drummer is a friend of friends. You know, the usual. During the live show I sort of jump around on a lot of different instruments and vocals, but they’re the engine room, they’re the guts of it. But you guys don’t jam to write songs. Not in the writing stage, no, but the songs often get

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Stereosonic: The Lineup Lands

REAL TALK I don’t know about you but my quality of life has definitely dipped since SBS decided to axe Letters and Numbers. On a similar note - do you remember that children’s game show from the ‘90s where if your team lost one of the kids would get covered in slime or milk or something similar? Yeah? What the fuck was with that. That shit gave me nightmares, man. Tyson Wray

The lovely folks behind Broken Beat Assault and the Operatives are doubling up again for another lineup that celebrates the best in leftfield beats. Southern Californian MC and Stone’s Throw signee Jonwayne, whose quirky take on production resulted in the spectacular Jonwayne Fucks Disney mixture, alongside Los Angeles beats freak and Brainfeeder favourite Mono/Poly, whose productions can be found anywhere from Warp Records compilations to mixes by tastemakers Flying Lotus and Mary Anne Hobbs, make up one half of the headline acts. On the flipside, a selection of drum and bass’ finest courtesy of Critical Sounds - founded by genre visionary Kasra ten years ago and since then blossoming into something truly spectacular. The label head himself alongside faithful stalwart Sabre are signed up - alongside a bevy of Melbourne’s favourites, including JPS, Safire, Nam, and heaps more. Roxanne Parlour, Friday August 10.

Jochen Miller, Rank 1, Leon Bolier: Trance Takeover

Trance fans are sure to keep warm this winter with the slew of all-night sessions in Melbourne’s clubs packing out the coming months’ touring list - and here comes what will undoubtedly be one of the biggest club tours this winter. A regular fixture at many of Holland’s cooler, underground venues, Jochen Miller’s authoritative approach to kicking out the jams is one that’s seen him expand his operations into international territory in recent years, culminating in being signed to David Lewis Productions DJ agency - home to fellow A-List spinners including Armin van Buuren, Markus Schulz and Gareth Emery. They’ll be adeptly supported by fellow trance fixtures Rank 1, who since being catapulted into stardom by debut release Airwave, have consistently found themselves topping charts and in demand for remixes by everyone from Freddie Mercury and Ferry Corsten, to Marcel Woods. Rounding off the lineup is DJ Magazine favourite and production genius Leon Bolier - huge. Catch them all at Room680 on Saturday August 25.

Home Brew: Fermenting

Don’t know who New Zealand hip hop crew Home Brew are? That’s weird. You should ask NZ Prime Minister John Key or the University Of Auckland about them - after causing a bunch of people with their knickers in a twist to lose their shit over a music video poking fun at idiots who drink-drive, the group’s propensity for irreverence and cheeky laughs is sure to appeal to Australian crowds. Having recently released their eponymous debut album to critical acclaim and finding it debuting at #1 on the New Zealand music charts, throwing a 48-hour party to celebrate in an old brother, then having their controversial pop up store shut down early, it’s high time we got in on the action, hey. Catch Home Brew at the Espy on Saturday August 10.

Maelstrom: Bass Face

The latest and greatest bass music wondered to emerge from the European music scene, Maelstrom’s short career thus far has set the stage for an international takeover. Drawing support from fellow electronica kingpins Laurent Garnier, Boys Noize, the Crookers, the Parisian’s latest EP Generation was a decidedly original and fun take on everything from house to techno and bass, and was quickly snapped up by Gessafelstein’s label Zone. He hits The Bottom End on Saturday July 28.

Falls Festival: Late Night Antics

Last year’s Falls Festival, held in the laid-back and idyllic surrounds of Lorne and bringing a lineup that featured names such as CSS, the Scratch Perverts, Crystal Castles, PNAU and more was certainly a worthy pilgrimage to make for any dance music aficionado. The 20th anniversary of the festival, set to take place over the weekend closing out 2012, is looking just as good, if not better, with the first part of the lineup being drip-fed to us this week. British Aaron Jerome’s post-dubstep project SBTRKT was a massive hit with the Laneway crew earlier this year, easily justifying his headline spot with his sophisticated and slick take on postdubstep, alongside turntable technician Sampology who’ll be bringing a very special Falls anniversary live AV show along with him, hip hop maestro Coolio, and loads more to come. Falls hits Lorne from December 28 - January 1.

J Period: Skipping Class

Cited as one of the world’s top DJs by the New York Times and a powerhouse producer and remixer, Brooklyn-based J Period is one of the music business’ most formidable figures with a diverse roster of achievements. A favoured remixer and producer for the likes of Grammy winners Kanye West, Mary J Blige, and John Legend and the Roots, he’s also toured with Lauryn HIll, Diddy, De La Soul, and established his acclaimed Best Of mixtape series, working with Nas, Big Daddy Kane, and other industry heavyweights. Not to mention scoring blockbuster film trailers for American Gangster and Street Kings as well as videogames including Tony Hawk: Motion, worldwide tours, and plenty more. Equal parts tastemaker, sound selector and viral marketing mastermind, J Period hits Laundry on Saturday July 21.

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Reminisce: Trance Anthems

Ah, speaking of trance - what an illustrious history there is behind the genre. Kicking off in the early ‘90s and still a thriving source of inspiration for many across the globe, it’s fair to say that the genre still holds a place in many a clubber’s heart. Feeling a little nostalgic already? Getting ready to dig through your crates of vinyl and CD collections or flick through your iPod to dig out some of those old but still golden tunes? The sold out Reminisce Classic House at Prince back in February was labelled one of the best club events of the year, and it’s now the trance community’s turn go back in time, back to a place where all that mattered was the music. Join the rest of Melbourne’s enthusiasts in picking out your favourite anthems of all time, and join some of Melbourne’s most iconic trance DJs, including Papa Smurf, DJ Kat and Scott Alert in counting down Melbourne’s top 50 trance tunes of all time as voted by you. Feel the love! Billboard, Friday August 10.

FREE SHIT Lil’ Louis

According to an interview he did with Fabric quite recently, Chicago house veteran Lil’ Louis brushes off haters with an unparalleled sense of grace. “I already thought I was a star, so subsequently, I got a lot of bottles thrown at me, and subsequently fired from every club I played,” he said. But it’s easy to understand why criticism would be so easy to brush off for a man of such legendary status. A musician since childhood, Lil’ Louis started DJing in middle school, where he earned his nickname playing in clubs, then started his own and started throwing the city’s biggest parties. As one of the only DJs and producers from the Chicago house scene with hits that crossed over into the mainstream - no less than three number one hits on Billboard charts, including the phenomenal and still much adored French Kiss. Lil’ Louis formed consistent working relationships with major labels that only ended once he got tired of it, alongside collaborations with everyone from Jay-Z to Louie Vega and Donna Summers - legendary. Lil’ Louis plays New Guernica on Friday July 20. We have a double pass to giveaway.

Skeptical and Tallan With records of his making frequently found jammed in the crates of drum and bass luminaries such as dBridge, Alix Perez, Loxy and Doc Scott, it would be fair to say that Hertfordshire-based DJ and production powerhouse Skeptical is heading out-of-this-world. With a production career only just beginning to blossom, the list of releases to his name since dropping his first single in 2010 is nothing short of extraordinary. With labels such as Exit, Dispatch and Commercial Suicide, not to mention forthcoming releases on Metalheadz, Soul:r, and Samurai all wanting a piece of the 26 year old’s equal parts delicate and devastating tracks, we’re calling it - Skeptical is bound to be the next big thing in the scene. He’ll be joined by New Zealand’s Tallan. Notorious for pushing soundsystems to breaking point with his heavyweight stepper beats, the young producer has supported the likes of Foreign Beggars, Shockone, DC Breaks and is bound to bring the good times alongside Skeptical. They hit the Espy on Saturday July 14. We have a double pass to giveaway.

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Holy mother of God, it’s finally, finally here! After much excitement, a lively set of rumours abuzz across Australia around and a couple of accidental leaks, the Stereosonic 2012 lineup has finally dropped. Leading the charge is the very headline-worthy Dutch trance powerhouse Tiesto, with recent visitors Avicii and Calvin Harris both following closely and sure to tear up mainstages across the country again. Those of us who are looking forward to getting their bass-faces on won’t be disappointed, with everyone from Bassnectar and Flux Pavilion to Excision, Datsik and Caspa ready to tear things up. Trance fans won’t be disappointed, either - Laidback Luke, Markus Schulz, Aly & Fila, Orjan Nilsen and Dash Berlin are all tried-and-tested favourites with international audiences. More superstars abound, with Example, Diplo, Martin Solvieg, Infected Mushroom, Chuckie, Porter Robinson, Loco Dice, MSTRKRFT, Joris Voorn, Nina Kraviz, and plenty more all padding out the incredible lineup - get in there! Stereosonic descends on the Melbourne Showgrounds on Saturday December 1.

It’s good to keep on top of what’s going on in music these days - but at the same time, it’s just as important to pay your respects to the scene’s pioneers and thank them for their role in shaping the landscape of the industry today. Three of the biggest names in old-school rave, jungle and drum and bass are coming to Melbourne soon for one massive night in, and you’d best be ready to be schooled by some of the scene’s most longstanding stalwarts, children! Leicester’s DJ SS leads the charge - originally a breakdancer, it was through some of England’s biggest raves in the early ‘90s that SS made a name for himself as a pioneer in drum and bass, as a DJ, producer, and the co-founder and head of Formation Records, not to mention over a hundred releases to his name under a plethora of alias. Joined by fellow legend Kenny Ken, whose career spans over 20 years and old-school MC Skibadee, it’s a veritable throwback to the heydays of ‘90s rave - catch them at Brown Alley on Friday August 10.

Women’s health is an important issue that we as a society shouldn’t be afraid or embarrassed to talk about - which is why we’re all beyond pleased to hear that the Octagonecologyst will be landing in town again soon for an appointment of the utmost urgency. Okay, so the alias of Kool Keith might not have an M.D., or any clue about medical practise, and look, maybe heaps of his patients die during rounds, but he’s got skills nonetheless - able to treat chimpanzee acne and moosebumps, and relocate saliva glands. That’s useful. He’s also rather well-renowned for pushing boundaries in the world of underground hip-hop - his ‘96 debut album the result of a visionary collaboration with the Jimi Hendrix of turntables, DJ QBert, and the hitherto-unknown producer by the name of Dan the Automator. Blunted has spent considerable time persuading Kool Keith to bring undoubtedly the strangest persona in hip hop history back to life - and the results are a series of world-exclusive shows, with Dr. Octagonecologyst being performed in full as a live production only Kool Keith could envision. It goes down at The Espy on Saturday July 14. We have a double pass to giveaway. Hit up beat.com.au/freeshit to win.


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“I think the approach I took with this CD was I didn’t want it to be disposable, I want to put it on in ten years’ time and still say it sounds good. I don’t really want to follow the fashions or trends, so I think there is still a place for the mix CD if it’s done properly.”

BRUISIN’: BALANCING ACT Whether he knows it or not, Nic Fanciulli has become somewhat of a superstar DJ. We’re not talking TiestoOakenfold stadium-filler big, nor are we talking gimmicky Mickey Mouse mask or radical haircut big. Fanciulli belongs to a power league of big-hitting DJs who week-in-weekout pitch their brand of house and techno to clubs and festivals full of adoring fans – minus the “EDM” stigma.

Fanciulli may consider his Saved imprint to be slightly skewed toward house and tech house styles (or sophisticated tech house as described by one magazine earlier this year), but that hasn’t stopped a slew of techno sluggers releasing on the label including Dutch messr Steve Rachmad, Scott’s Gary Beck and Harvey Mckay and Swedish deuce Pär Grindvik and Staffan Lanzatti.

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Saved houses an extensive roster of 15-plus artists, but for Fanciulli, there are two in particular he considers dignitaries: Rolando and Mark Broom. “They are two of my heroes. It was really nice to do collaborations with them, especially with Rolando because he is one of my heroes from Detroit, so to work with him was just incredible and we ended up having a great relationship afterwards,” Fanciulli says. In 2010, UK techno statesman Mark Broom released Acid House on Saved, his first full length in 15 years. “When Mark Broom did the album for us that was probably one of the highlights of running the label,” Fanciulli says. “His sound was changing at the time and he had already signed a couple of singles that we were working on, so I said ‘look let’s do an album’ and he said ‘I’d love too’ – and he did and it was great,” he says. Fanciulli’s remix and collaborative efforts have been as far flung as Kylie Minogue, Everything But The Girl’s Tracy Thorn to experimental trip hoppers U.N.K.L.E. But what may come as a surprise to some, working with those outside of house and techno music can be as easy – or difficult – as working with those in it. “I think we are all in it together and music is pretty much universal, everyone is in it for the same reasons,” he says while adding, “Working with U.N.K.L.E was great, I’ve known James Lavelle for such a long time and doing the mix for them was great, the same goes with Kylie; not many people do mixes and get a response back saying they really liked it”. Fanciulli and Saved are in no way only inclined to work with pop stars, seasoned producers and established names. The most recent artist to join the labels ranks is the young and widely unknown Parisian talent Clio. “He is someone I discovered a few years ago,” says Fanciulli. “He only did his first live show about a year ago which was for me in Maidstone, my hometown. I’m really interested in people that come up with different sounds. I think he has a really unique sound, it’s still really dance floor, but it’s really organic and really natural,” he says. Saved is prolific in its output, averaging 16 releases a year all inclusive since 2005. However, as conveyor belt as this may seem, Fanciulli instils a strong emphasis on maintaining quality control throughout Saved’s busy release schedule. “The main rule of thumb with everything is: if I play it and I like it I sign it. If I don’t play it, I’ll never sign it,” he says. “We don’t sign any records up to six months in advance. I don’t want to sign anything because things change. We are very lucky to have a lot of great artists that give us great music.” Fanciulli considers Saved to be more of a guilty pleasure than a business, but now with his brother Mark an integral part of the label, Saved could well be considered a family enterprise. “I’m very lucky that I have a great team, I have my brother running the label with me, I’ve got great management that help me run day-to-day life and that lets me concentrate on making music, DJing and being with my family,” he says. If Nic Fanciulli is a superstar DJ, he doesn’t act like one. He and Mark take the time out to listen to as many demos as possible that make their way into Saved’s inbox, which in some cases has resulted in a signing or two. “My brother and I listen to pretty much everything now. That’s how we discovered people like Clio and &ME – they sent us demos. I think if these kids have the time of day to send you something you have got to at least listen to it.” Both Clio and &ME appear on episode 21 of the Balance mix series, curated and compiled by Nic Fanciulli. Previous Balance mixers include Will Saul, Deetron, Agoria and Nick Warren, amid a host of others. But how important is the mix CD today when DJs are arguably offering just as exciting and high quality podcasts for free? Can the

mix CD survive, even still, is the mix CD still relevant? Berghain and Otsgut Ton luminary Ben Klock is known for taking the exclusive and unreleased route when selecting tracks for his commissioned mixes, while others such as James Murphy and Pat Mahoney (parts one and two of LCD Soundsystem), opted for obscure B-sides and rarities for their FabricLive.36 mix. Fanciulli’s says Balance 21 is all about longevity. “I think the approach I took with this CD was I didn’t want it to be disposable, I want to put it on in ten years’ time and still say it sounds good. I don’t really want to follow the fashions or trends, so I think there is still a place for the mix CD if it’s done properly.” Rolando’s 2006 mix From There To Hear And Now for UK imprint NRK Sound Division, was an inspiration, levelsetter and lesson of how a mix CD should be done says Fanciulli, offering some insight into how Balance 21 came together. “CD one was a different process to CD two. With CD one I really wanted to create a real organic sound, like I said, you can listen to it again and again, and then again in ten years’ time.” Work on Balance 21 started as early as September last year. “I started with 400 records and then every month it went down and down, within the last two months of mixing the CD, I was looking for a lot of new stuff that I could fit in between,” he says. “To be fair, on the first CD, only 40 per cent of it was exclusive and the rest of it was maybe stuff that went under the radar, stuff that people had missed, which was quite nice,” he says. Fanciulli dedicated Balance 21‘s second disc entirely to Saved and says “With CD two, the process was different, it was all from my label, I tried to get everything exclusive for that CD; new edits, new mixes, new tracks”. As Fanciulli readies his Australia tour to promote Balance 21, it has received a smattering of positive reviews. But since becoming a father two years ago, Fanciulli is aware of the balance he needs to keep with touring and family life. “I try and keep touring to a maximum of ten days now, so even when I come to Australia this time, I’m only coming for four days,” he says. Fanciulli’s busy touring schedule could have him in as many countries, in as many days, so how does he cater for his many audiences? “There are obviously different situations, like playing at festivals where you play differently because you only have one hour. The majority of the time when I play clubs, I play my own sound, but I play different records, certain records that will work; I get very bored very quickly so music goes through me very quickly. I could play a set in America and a set in Australia and maybe 60 per cent of the records are different,” Fanciulli explains. With DJs enjoying turning up to gigs with their entire record collection stowed in the one box – a laptop – it makes it much easier for them to vary their sets. “I don’t play vinyl, I collect vinyl, but everything I play is through Traktor,” he says. “I’ve lost so many record boxes and stuff like that in the past, so for me to now turn up with all my music is amazing, but for some people vinyl is their life and they will never go to CDs or a computer,” he says. Richie Hawtin made the infamous quote “Vinyl is a pain in the ass” – surviving the verbal onslaught from vinyl purists that followed –and although Fanciulli may be a vinyl lover at heart, he shares Hawtin’s sentiments. “You can’t get away from digital, digital is the future isn’t it? There’s no way of going back now.” James Manning Nic Fanciulli [UK] plays New Guernica on Friday July 13. His Balance 021 mix is out now.


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WEDNESDAY11TH COQ ROQ Rocking Wednesdays at Lucky Coq are rotating DJs Lady Noir, Agent 86, Kiti, Mr Thom, Joybot and guests giving you nothing but the best new wave, punk, brit pop, bong rap and hair metal. Coq Roq takes place every Wednesday from 8pm with free pool downstairs from 9pm as well as drink specials. Roq out! Lucky Coq, 179 Chapel St, Windsor

SOUL ARMY With more flavour than a chocolate pizza, the Wednesday Soul Army throws down raw, uncut funk next to smooth soul grooves and rare blue jams. Bring that special lady because when the boys lay down the love it could be the difference between ‘we’re just friends’ to ‘let’s get it on’. PBS stalwarts Vince Peach and Miss Goldie accompany Prequel and Black Diamond Kicks weekly. Free. Bimbo Deluxe, 376 Brunswick St (Cnr Rose St), Fitzroy

WEDNESDAYS AT CO. Don’t have lectures tomorrow? Need a break from writing that last-minute assignment? Or simply just celebrating the end of hump day? Don’t miss Melbourne’s biggest mid-week party night – Wednesdays @ Co.! With free entry and discounted drinks for students all night long! Co., Crown Entertainment Complex, Lvl 3, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank

WEDNESDAYS AT LOUNGE Enter the middle of the week; for some it’s the beginning of the weekend, for others it’s a break from study, for those of us who are travelling, it probably has no real significance (unless you’re wanting to party with the hot European girls from the hostel...because any day is simply another day when you’re travelling). Your midweek stomping ground, featuring DJs Danny Silver, Manchild & Mu-Gen. Free entry. From 10pm. Lounge, 243 Swanston Street, Melbourne

WEDNESDAYS AT THE ORDER Deep, dark, minimal dubstep and drum and bass. The Order of Melbourne, 2/401 Swanston Street, Melbourne

THURSDAY12TH BIMBO THURSDAYS Tigerfunk brings with him his full band of travelling gypsies, hipsters and middle class executives, all of whom are prepared to deliver the most excitement you can have this side of the weekend. Bimbo Deluxe, 376 Brunswick St (Cnr Rose St), Fitzroy

DUBSTEP THURSDAYS It’s Dubstep, it’s Eurotrash, it’s new, it’s the vibe, it’s Thursdays, it’s weekly and it’s free. So get down to Eurotrash and get your wobble on. Eurotrash Bar, 18 Corrs Lane, Off Chinatown, Melbourne CBD

FREE RANGE FUNK Funk up your Thursday nights with Free Range Funk at the Windsor favourite Lucky Coq. Grab a couch early and enjoy one (or more) of their famous $4 pizzas from 7-11pm. Meanwhile DJs Who, Agent 86, Lewis CanCut and special guests tempt you into the night with their eclectic bag of treats. Setting the mood early is delightful jazz, deep soul, and funk. Later it’s fruity disco, choice house, and hipster dance drops. Free entry every Thursday. Lucky Coq, 179 Chapel St, Windsor

FUN HOUSE Celebrate Thursday night at Co. with club classics and dance floor anthems. Co., Crown Entertainment Complex, Lvl 3, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank

THURSDAYS AT LOUNGE The Black Pancake Club is where disc-jockeys bring in their treasured record collections to share with yaw’ll. Expect undiscovered nuggets, lost gems, far out there covers, moog inspired themes, and a host of other eclectic delicacies and toppings for your black pancakes! Taste makers on rotation include Shags, LA Pocock, Slim Charles, Andras Fox, Richie 1250, Simon Winkler, Danielson, Ms Butt and Mike Gurrieri. Free entry. From 10pm. Lounge, 243 Swanston Street, Melbourne

WONDERLUST Fate, karma, the yin and the yang, the balance between chaos and order or divine intervention? A new spiritual high has emerged from the cosmic energies of the universe and it’s called Wonderlust! As luck would have it you can come and experience the effects of this strange new phenomena every Thursday night at The Carlton! Carlton Club, 193 Bourke Street, Melbourne

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Last’s month’s entry into the esteemed Balance mix series came courtesy of Nic Fanciulli, and in traditional Fanciulli style - it was a work of genius, managing to perfectly tread the line between timeless and trendy. It’s a perfect entry point into the UK-based DJ’s history within the electronic music scene, extending over fifteen years and countless successful mixes and records. As head of longstanding imprint Saved Records, he’s been responsible for some of the finest sounds in international, underground house and techno - kickstarting the careers of many an upcoming artist as well as releasing enduring singles from other mainstays in the scene. As a producer, his back catalogue also extends to previous work with the likes of Underworld, UNKLE and our very own Kylie. New Guernica, 2/322 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

DJ CKass will take you on a musical journey to the retro sounds of the ‘70s and ‘80s, followed by Top 40. One Twenty Bar, 120 Johnston St, Fitzroy

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FRIDAY13TH BROOKES BROTHERS Since their first forays into the world of drum and bass in 2002, the Brookes Brothers, London-based bros Phil and Dan have catapulted into the forefront of the genre. Quickly picked up by DJ Fresh and Adam F’s genre-defining label Breakbeat Kaos after garnering attention from the wider community with their first few releases, the duo proceeded to establish themselves as an act to watch, gaining the support of DJs including Andy C, Zane Lowe and Pete Tong with their killer instinct for dancefloor-destroying productions, with an impressive resume that boasts collaborative efforts with Sub Focus and Culture Shock, a remix of J Majik & Wickaman’s ‘Crazy World’ that did what not many other drum and bass producers have ever managed to do and make it onto national daytime radio playlists alongside others for Fatboy Slim and Chase and Status, locking down a residency at Fabric and finally releasing their self-titled debut album in 2011 to much critical acclaim. It’s a level of success that not many other artists within the genre are able to achieve, especially in such a short amount of time - impressive work. Brown Alley, Cnr Lonsdale and King St, Melbourne

CQ FRIDAYS The weekend starts here! Get on down for after work drinks from 5pm with DJs Marcus Knight, Mark Pellegrini, Nick Van Wilder & DJ Anferny getting your weekend started right. 5pm til 3am. CQ, 113 Queen St, Melbourne

FIRST FLOOR FRIDAYS A journey of international music from all over the world; past, present and future rhythms incorporating afro, soul, funk, world and deep house elements! First Floor, 393 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

FREEDOM PASS Friday’s at Freedom with 2 premier clubs, 5 huge rooms, 10+ local and international DJs blending their unique sets across countless styles of tunes – vocal house, smooth R&B, electro and commercial top 40. Throw in a few sexy podium dancers, a worldclass lights show and drink specials, the Freedom Pass is your personal ticket to a night you won’t soon forget! Fusion, Crown Entertainment Complex, Lvl 3, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank

FRIDAYS AT LOUNGE “It might blow up but it won’t go pop” is the philosophy at Buhloone Mindstate and features Melbourne’s finest bands and DJs playing every Friday night, late. That’s just how we roll. We’re all about the late night boogie. Expect all things funk, hip-hop, soul, reggae, disco, boogie and house. Lounge, 243 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Start your weekend on a good note with Panorama Fridays at Lucky Coq. DJs Matt Rad, Mr George, Tom Meagher and Phato A Mano transform the upstairs area into one hell of a house party with Hip Hop, Funk, R&B, Disco and House. Meanwhile, downstairs gives you a secluded wind down atmosphere with cult films as background visuals and quality cocktails to sip on. Let the new coqtail list wash away a crappy week! Lucky Coq, 179 Chapel St, Windsor

RETRO SEXUAL FRIDAY DJ Grandmaster Vicious spins Fitzroy’s finest mix of ‘80s and ‘90s pop, rock, new wave, hip hop, disco classics and cheese to please plus dance floor anthems from then to now. One Twenty Bar, 120 Johnston St, Fitzroy

SATURDAY14TH EMPIRE Get ready for the mega sounds at Empire, Melbourne’s epic new Saturday club night with 5 places to party! Mega sounds from top acts Hed Kandi, Piero and Chris Luder plus resident DJs Tate Strauss, Miss Sarah, Nova, Johnny M, Matty G, Dean T, Joe Sofo, Marcus Knight, Dinesh, Chris Ostrom, B-Boogie and Sarah Roberts. Co., Crown Entertainment Complex, Lvl 3, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank

EDEN SATURDAYS Stunning new venue in the heart of the city – one BIG Party! We bring you the best Top 40 dance, house & R&B in a state of the art venue you have to see! Eden, 163 Russell St, CBD

EUROTRASH HOUSE PARTY Put your hands in the air with some of Melbourne’s best party DJs, including including Mu-Gen, Lace em’ Tight and more. Eurotrash Bar, 18 Corrs Lane, Off Chinatown, Melbourne CBD

EY:EM EY:EM at Lounge features residents Boogs & Who, who will host Melbourne’s top purveyors of club music, showcasing both local and international DJs playing the most upfront club music. With rotating DJs Dave Pham, Sleep D, Bryce Lawrence, Louis McCoy, Caine Sinclair, Glyn Hill & Toby Mackisack. Expect nothing but excellent house music all night long. And remember, clubbing happens in the EY:EM. $10 from 11pm. Lounge, 243 Swanston Street, Melbourne

FIRST FLOOR SATURDAYS It’s house, electro, dub, anthems, disco and funk with guest DJs Genetix, B-Two and Oohee rocking til the break of day. Doors open 10pm with $5 basics til midnight! First Floor, 393 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

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BROOKES BROTHERS Since their first forays into the world of drum and bass in 2002, the Brookes Brothers, London-based bros Phil and Dan have catapulted into the forefront of the genre. Quickly picked up by DJ Fresh and Adam F’s genre-defining label Breakbeat Kaos after garnering attention from the wider community with their first few releases, the duo proceeded to establish themselves as an act to watch, gaining the support of DJs including Andy C, Zane Lowe and Pete Tong with their killer instinct for dancefloor-destroying productions, with an impressive resume that boasts collaborative efforts with Sub Focus and Culture Shock, a remix of J Majik & Wickaman’s ‘Crazy World’ that did what not many other drum and bass producers have ever managed to do and make it onto national daytime radio playlists alongside others for Fatboy Slim and Chase and Status, locking down a residency at Fabric and finally releasing their self-titled debut album in 2011 to much critical acclaim. It’s a level of success that not many other artists within the genre are able to achieve, especially in such a short amount of time - impressive work. Brown Alley, Cnr Lonsdale and King St, Melbourne

In the grand tradition of past Saturday nights at the Prince of Wales, it will regain it’s rightful place on the pantheon of Australian dance music playing host to the best and most exciting EDM locally, nationally and internationally. Local residents include Generik, Oskar, Swick, Tranter, M.A.F.I.A., Streetparty DJs and Clip Art, and scheduled guests The Aston Shuffle, Tonite Only, The Swiss, Luke Million, Parachute Youth, Louis La Roche, Alvin Risk and more. In addition, Homecoming has prepared a veritable roster of exciting drinks and cocktails to fuel the fun, including Fresh coconut cocktails, Dr. Pepper, Electric Lemonade, Tecate, Thai-style Buckets and Bubble Cup cocktails. Prince Bandroom, 29 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda

HOT STEP Google Hot Step and you’ll get a bunch of Vietnamese game reviews and Balkanese dances on YouTube. But that’s nothing like what you can expect to find within the confines of Bimbo on a Saturday night. Developing thick and heavy but altogether groovy, enjoy an eclectic mix of fairy floss funk, doom disco and monk movement minimal every week. Free. Bimbo Deluxe, 376 Brunswick St (Cnr Rose St), Fitzroy

STAR SATURDAYS Star Saturdays - smashing it every Saturday! Phil Ross, Scotty Erdos, DJ Ontime, LC, Nick James, Dane Gains, Ryan Hamill, Deja, Phil Isa, Nixon, Azza M, Scotty Nix, DJ Ryza, C Dubb, Alex-J, G-Funk, Dylisco, Achos, Az, Shaggz and guests. Star Bar, 160 Clarendon St, South Melbourne

TEMPERANCE SATURDAYS DJ Marcus Knight & DJ Xander James drop sexy house, dance and drum and bass all night from 8pm. Free entry. Temperance Hotel, 426 Chapel St, South Yarra

TEXTILE Saturdays at Lucky Coq tick all the boxes so start your night early and stay til close! Famous $4 pizzas from 7-9pm (that’s dinner sorted) then from 9pm spread over two levels with DJs playing hip hop, funk, disco, house and electro. Rotating guests on both levels keep the tunes fresh. Free entry. Lucky Coq, 179 Chapel St, Windsor

WEEKEND The brain child of the creative kids at 360 Agency and Seven Nightclub. The Weekend is here to put a smile on your dial every Saturday night. We want you to join the family. Dancing from 10pm weekly. Seven, 52 Albert Rd, South Melbourne

SUNDAY15TH SOUTH SIDE HUSTLE The perfect Sunday soundtrack with DJs Askew, Peter Baker, Booshank, Paz, Miss Butt, Junji, Disco Harry and guests. They will be laying down disco, afro beat and deep house til 3am. For lovers of good music - South Side Hustle. Lucky Coq, 179 Chapel St, Windsor

STAR BAR SUNDAYS The original and still the best Sunday in Melbourne. Star Bar, 160 Clarendon St, South Melbourne

SUNDAE SHAKE Our Signature serve. Each and every Sunday we play host to a self professed vinyl junkie caught between the golden years and boogie wonderland. A mouthful? Perhaps. Phato Amano perfectly sets the mood for an audio-adventure that redefines the dance floor weekly. Our Sunday aficionados Agent 86 and Tigerfunk stir up a full cream shake to the flavour of your liking. Forget everything you thought you knew about losing yourself to the grooves. Bimbo Deluxe, 376 Brunswick St (Cnr Rose St), Fitzroy

MONDAY16TH IBIMBO Have you always wanted to be a DJ but been cruelly cursed with tone deafness and a general inability to version excursion? Well Bimbo Deluxe saves the day once again.. All you need is an iPhone and you’re set. Just download the free ‘remote’ application from the app store, log into the Bimbo DJ wireless network and you choose which song plays next. Bimbo Deluxe, 376 Brunswick St (Cnr Rose St), Fitzroy

TUESDAY17TH BIMBO TUESDAYS Bimbo Tuesday’s have long been the discerning DJs midweek breath of fresh air. An opportunity to indulge in, and to each parade their individual takes on music. A night where by the weird and wonderful is not frowned upon but rather celebrated. Resident selectors Matt Radovich, Andras Fox and Henry Who draw from a colorful array of sounds that warm your midweek blues. From 8pm, free. Bimbo Deluxe, 376 Brunswick St (Cnr Rose St), Fitzroy

COSMIC PIZZA NHJ and friends host every Tuesday night upstairs at Lucky Coq. Playing uneasy listening, freaked out bass jams, romantic comedy disco, tropi-jazz, soundtracks and shit you won’t hear on the other nights. Lucky Coq, 179 Chapel St, Windsor

SKREAM IN SKREAM: WE TRUST There was a time, not so long ago, when the term ‘dubstep’ referred to a style of music a tad more refined than the soundtrack to a Transformers sex party. Instead of high-pitched whining noises and over-the-top oscillations blasted in giant stadiums to huge crowds of sweating, muscle-bound brosteppers, it was dark, dingy music confined to dark, dingy rooms, where the air was thick with fog and the sweet stench of saliva from countless covert spliffs passed between pale hooded figures. It was in this shady realm that Skream (né Oliver Jones) first took to the turntables. Having become interested in music production “at about 13 or 14, after watching [a friend] making a tune on a PlayStation”, Jones began making hundreds of tracks in his bedroom, while working the now-legendary Big Apple Records in Croydon. Having a job in a record shop, he got used to listening to a lot of different style of music; he describes himself as having been influenced by techno, house, drum and bass and especially garage; the first record he ever bought was a Booker T vocal remix of Bizzi’s Party by UK garage producer Bizzi. Surprisingly enough, Jones also admits he’s a “huge disco fan”, although you’d be hard pressed hearing any influence in

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sub-heavy floor-destroyers like Rutten and Exothermic Reaction. When the “dark garage” Jones and his peers were producing began to emerge as a genre in its own right, when the first talk of this thing called ‘dubstep’ began to circulate BBC Radio 1 and the UK music press, the name Skream was right at the head of the charge. With his 2005 release Midnight Request Line already cemented as one of the early defining tracks of dubstep, Jones released his first album in 2006, the excellently-titled Skream!, and was met with near-universal acclaim from fans and critics alike. As dubstep exploded in popularity across the UK and abroad, Jones found himself a highly in-demand producer and remixer. He gained crossover appeal with some high-profile releases, such as his remix of La Roux’s In For The Kill. When some of his older fans reacted strongly to these commercial outings, Jones took to Twitter and defended himself against the backlash. To his credit, he has largely resisted the temptation to take the sugarsweet pop path; last year, he turned down an offer to produce UK starlet Cher Lloyd’s Dub on the Track, saying in a previous interview, “... the track is fucking awful. They asked me to do it ESSENTIALS

originally, they offered me so much money and I was like, ‘Fuck that, I’m not doing it...You’d have to pay me a lot more because I’d have to give up my career, that’d be it!’” Today, a good chunk of Jones’ time is taken up with Magnetic Man, his collaboration with fellow Croydon producers Benga and Artwork. The dubstep supergroup have an album currently in the works, the follow-up to their self-titled 2010 album which was massive crossover hit. On top of that, Jones has just finished work on Skreamizm 7, which is due for release within a month or so. Aside from that, he has a myriad of other commitments, including his show on BBC Radio 1. “Benga and I was approached to start a monthly show on Radio 1 a year or so ago,” reveals Jones, “which was called In New DJs We Trust, alongside DJ Chuckie, Heide, Toddla T, Andy George and Jaymo. We’d all rotate a weekly show, i.e. Toddla T one week,

Benga and I another, etc. The show went amazingly well and next thing we know we was being offered a full-time show every Friday night taking over from Judge Jules... it was crazy!” Crazy indeed. Just like things will get crazy when Skream hits Australia later this month, with dates in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane. He’ll be accompanied by his long-time partner in grime, MC Sgt. Pokes, as well as two other London dubstep/garage heads Joker and Plastician. So you’d best put on your bass face and ditch your drainpipe jeans for some lowriders, because you know it’s gonna get low. MG Skream [UK] plays Billboard The Venue alongside Plastician [UK] and Joker [UK] on Friday July 20.


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WEDNESDAY20TH COMPRESSION SESSION Reggae at E55 every Wednesday night. Resident selectors play stricly vinyl. Free entry. 8pm. E55, 55 Elizabeth St, Melbourne CBD

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available to graze on whilst trying our delicious cocktails from the classics to contemporary, beer on tap and a wide range of beers, wines and spirits. Every Friday evening DJ Jumps of The Cat Empire will take to the decks at the bar spinning his rare afro Latin funk vinyl collected from around the world from 6.30pm until late. Papa Goose Cocktail Bar, 91-93 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

SWEET NOTHING FRIDAYS DJ Marcus Knight and DJ Xander James spin hip hop, R&B and house tunes all night from 8pm. Free entry and early drink specials. Temperance Hotel, 426 Chapel St, South Yarra

RHYTHM-AL-ISM Start the weekend early with Fusion’s Resident DJs. Music for your funkin’ soul. Special guests every week! Fusion, Crown Entertainment Complex, Lvl 3, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank

FRIDAY22ND FAKTORY This is it. Faktory Fridays are open for business at Melbourne’s home of R&B, Khokolat Bar. Where else? Damion De Silva, Ken Walker, Durmy, K Dee, Simon Sez, Yaths and Jacqui Dusk spinning all night long. Khokolat Bar, Basement, 43 Hardware La, Melbourne

LIKE FRIDAYS Like Fridays at La Di Da serves up RnB and Electro House across two rooms giving you a fun filled end to your week. DJs Dinesh, Dir-X, Sef, NYD, Shaun D, Shaggz, Broz and more. 10pm-5am La Di Da, 577 Little Bourke St, Melbourne

LIGHT The buzz is Light at RedLove every Friday. Hitting out that R&B flavour of old, new and everything in between! RedLove Resident DJs Stel, Harvey Yeah, TMC and Ripz on the wheels of steel from 6.30pm. If you don’t know, now you know! Check it! Red Love, Level 1, 401 Swanston Street, Melbourne

THE LOOSE GOOSE The Loose Goose is focused on providing a wonderful array of cocktails and offers a great CBD location to lounge and relax in while overlooking busy Flinders Lane. A small plates menu is

THE NICE UP Tom Showtime presents The Nice Up. All flavours of hip hop, ghetto funk and reggae niceness provided. Sailor Jerry nice up the cocktails, Dos Blockos nice up the $5 beers. Fridays done proper. George Lane Bar, 1 George Lane, St Kilda

be landing in town again soon for an appointment of the utmost urgency. Okay, so the alias of Kool Keith might not have an M.D., or any clue about medical practise, and look, maybe heaps of his patients die during rounds, but he’s got skills nonetheless able to treat chimpanzee acne and moosebumps, and relocate saliva glands. That’s useful. He’s also rather well-renowned for pushing boundaries in the world of underground hip-hop - his ‘96 debut album the result of a visionary collaboration with the Jimi Hendrix of turntables, DJ QBert, and the hitherto-unknown producer by the name of Dan the Automator. Blunted has spent considerable time persuading Kool Keith to bring undoubtedly the strangest persona in hip hop history back to life - and the results are a series of world-exclusive shows, with Dr. Octagonecologyst being performed in full as a live production only Kool Keith could envision. Saturday July 14, The Espy, 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda

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All new experience, same great location with a fresh koat of Khokolat. Restless Entertainment reloads your favourite Saturday night party. Damion De Silva, K Dee, Jay Sin and weekly guests playing R&B & ol’ skool sounds strictly for the urban elite. Khokolat Bar, Basement, 43 Hardware La, Melbourne

After stunning Harvest Festival-goers late in 2011, Chi-town brothers Hypnotic Brass Ensemble have announced their welcome return to Australia. Born and raised in Chicago, the eight siblings which make up Hypnotic Brass Ensemble have gone on to captivate audiences worldwide with their impeccable blend of jazz, soul, funk and hip hop. Support on the night comes from our very own soul-proponents Saskwatch, plus Judge Pino & The Ruling Motions. Thursday July 26, The Espy, The Espy, 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda

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RedLove Saturdays is all about solid classics from the ‘80s, ‘90s and into the ‘00s! Dropping beats of retro pop, disco classics, old school funk, and certainly some of that old school r&b and house to kick! RedLove Resident DJs Phil, HB Bear and Da Gato bringing down the house every Saturday night. If you’re looking for quality service, music to rock, sumptuous drinks and just a cold hard good time; look no further! Red Love, Level 1, 401 Swanston Street, Melbourne

After cancelling his planned visit for this year’s Supafest, Rick Ross is set to make do with an Australian tour this September. Rickay Rozay has established himself as one of the biggest titans in modern rap, guesting with the likes of Kanye West and Diddy and building the Maybach Music Group empire in the process. The tour comes after the long-awaited release of God Forgives, I Don’t. Thursday September 6, Festival Hall, 300 Dudley Street, West Melbourne

SATURDAY23RD KHOKOLAT KOATED

DR. OCTAGON Women’s health is an important issue that we as a society shouldn’t be afraid or embarrassed to talk about - which is why we’re all beyond pleased to hear that the Octagonecologyst will

HOME BREW Don’t know who New Zealand hip hop crew Home Brew are? That’s weird. You should ask NZ Prime Minister John Key or

the University Of Auckland about them - after causing a bunch of people with their knickers in a twist to lose their shit over a music video poking fun at idiots who drink-drive, the group’s propensity for irreverence and cheeky laughs is sure to appeal to Australian crowds. Having recently released their eponymous debut album to critical acclaim and finding it debuting at #1 on the New Zealand music charts, throwing a 48-hour party to celebrate in an old brother, then having their controversial pop up store shut down early, it’s high time we got in on the action, hey. Saturday August 10, The Espy, The Espy, 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda

THE PHARCYDE Los Angeles hip hop outfit The Pharcyde have been kicking it together for two decades, now. Doesn’t feel like it, given their enduring reputation for cutting-edge, forward-thinking beats and rhymes. Go on, have a listen to Bizarre Ride II: The Pharcyde again, 20 years on - its sense of timelessness is a rare thing, with classics such as Oh Shit, Otha Fish, Ya’ Mama, and hit single, Passing Me By guaranteeing the record its rightful place in bestof collections by everyone from Pitchfork to the Source. It isn’t often a group with their cheeky self-deprecating and incisive humour come along - and set to make a return to Australia soon, we can guarantee this is one gig you definitely don’t want to pass you by. Thursday August 23, The Espy, The Espy, 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda

ILLY Laying relatively low since absolutely smashing it last year with his sophomore LP The Chase, Illy has announced his return to the stage in preparation for his third LP. As well as showcasing his massive hits, none moreso than the ubiquitous It Can Wait, the tour will be the first chance for fans to hear material from the upcoming album. The first taste of the new record comes in the form of Heard It All, a single which is already gaining traction on national radio. Friday September 7, The Corner Hotel, 57 Swan Street, Richmond

BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY Grammy Award winning hip hop legends Krayzie Bone and Wish Bone from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are returning to their “second home” Australia, having already sold out over 20 Australian performances in the past. Having reformed for a upcoming performance at Rock The Bells in August this year, the group have created their fair share of interest regarding the possibilities of a new album, and have been introduced to a new generation of hip hop fans thanks to the likes of Drake and Wiz Khalifa expressing their admiration. Thursday September 20, The Espy, The Espy, 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda

DR. OCTAGON KEEP MOVING: KING OF THE OCTAGON He is the man and myth behind albums like Spankmaster and the 1996 masterwork Dr. Octagonecologyst. He has penned such lyrics as “In my real world, orangutans dance for Thanksgiving with skeleton bones and skunk tails.” But when we spoke to Dr. Octagon (aka Kool Keith) he spoke in serious tones about his inspiration and where he wants to go in the next chapter of his career. Fresh from a recent trek to Europe, the veteran MC is gearing up to hit Australia to perform his aforementioned classic 1996 album in full. First order of business for Keith though was finding out how cold he could expect the weather to be and if he should pack his thermal underwear and a bubble goose jacket. With that out of the way he told us, in his trademark drawl, “I love Australia, it’s like a second home.” Taking a break from promoting his new album Love & Danger, which dropped last month, he’s clearly looking forward to the visit. “Always happy to go where I feel welcome and Australians are [the] coolest people I have met travelling.” The upcoming shows Down Under will mark the first time he’s ever performed the album live. Rather than a cash-in, he says the idea to perform the album was actually proposed to him on Twitter. “I loved the idea and my manager Tobias worked with Way-2-Fonky to put the whole thing together. It’s an exclusive too, never done this before in full and probably never will again.” The fact that many of his Aussie fans have expressed their admiration for the album probably helped too. Along with Dr. Octagonecologyst, the other album always

the topic of discussion is his 1988 opus Critical Breakdown with group Ultramagnetic MCs. “It really depends on who you meet and talk to. All sorts of folk enjoy different projects I’ve worked on but it’s all love.” The possibility of seeing Critical Breakdown performed in full is there if everything aligns. “If the fans want it to happen and the rest of the group can get together to make this happen then I’m down.” As with everything he does, Dr. Octagonecologyst was a result of Keith’s environment. Recorded in California, alongside Dan The Automator and DJ Q-Bert, he believes that such a conceptdriven album couldn’t have been made in his native New York. “There’s too much going on, you might see a fight in the street and it’ll change your whole vibe.” At the same time the intensity of New York has worked in his favour, as it did with his suitably graphic follow-up album Sex Style. “[inspiration] all comes from the same place, it comes from me but depending on the project it can be someone or something completely different.” Even with his reputation as hip hop’s concept album king, the rapper (real name Keith Thornton) is looking to head in a different direction. “My last two last albums I was in jail, I was in prison lyrically,” he says with conviction, pun intended. “I’m getting into a variety of new beats, doing my own production. I like to move forward and not focus on the same thing.” Never one to stick to formula over the course of his solo career, which kicked off with the Dr. Octagon project,

Keith has also recorded under the pseudonyms Dr. Dooom and Black Elvis. While his creativity has never been in question, he believes he had become somewhat pigeonholed with this musical schizophrenia. “I opened up Pandora’s box in the wrong way. I’ve met people that want me to write a whole song about a hat or a rapper that wants me to write about [baseball player] Derek Jeter for three verses.” He’s also looking to cut down on collaborations, saying, “everyone that works with me gets more recognition than me. I made them stars.” Concept albums do have a place however and he believes many of today’s rappers are following in his footsteps. “They’re making music that is conceptual and characterised. With movies today people wanna see concepts like Batman and The Avengers. It’s the same with music, you damn near gotta put a movie poster out for your album.” With no one to appease, Keith is excited about the idea of switching things up and doing it for himself. “I rapped for other people,

while still retaining the same impact. “It was just fun working with Sean and just a pleasure to work with someone who’s truly professional and just knows what he’s doing,“says Saunders. “He’s a musician himself so he just knows how to get the right sounds.” At Carey’s request, Whitehouse also redefined their sound, the result being an album full of funky bass lines, solid beats and hip hop flavours with Saunders’ spoken word vocal style up front. “The guys are so talented; like the musicians that are in the band they got it straight away,” he says of the band’s time in the studio. “Like we we’re able to just reinvent ourselves at the drop of a hat. We just turned, flipped the script and came up with this new sound that we’re really digging and audiences are digging it as well so it’s been good.” There’s no doubting that it’s Saunders’ lyrics and vocals that are the focal point of the album with the frontman tackling a number of issues that throughout the history of this country have continued to plague the Indigenous populations. “I guess a lot of these tracks, yeah they’re politically charged. They’re really sort of [a] social conscious,” he muses. “We’re trying to get people to feel or think what it might be like to be Aboriginal in this country. So I’m giving a perspective, its mine but it’s something I think a lot of Aboriginal people share.” Although Whitehouse clearly have some pretty strong views and opinions, according to Saunders the band is not looking to

ram it down people’s throats. Instead, their music is designed to spark awareness and to get the listener to think about the issues with this method also being used with the album’s cover art. “The cover of the album and the name of the album The Funky Intervention, if you look at the cover; it’s protest art,” says Saunders. “We’re making a parody on the whole Northern Territory intervention and the good thing about satire, like good satire and parody is you get people to laugh at something that’s fairly serious and then later on think about what they’re laughing at. “It’s like that’s what we’re trying to do with our music,” he continues. “Because if we get too sanctimonious and get up there and spit diatribes, like political stuff at people and bash them around the head people are just going to tune out, people don’t want that anymore. So we’re trying different angles, get people dancing and laughing and then later thinking.” Australia too has had a long tradition of protest songs yet Saunders believes that it has perhaps been in decline in recent

I rapped for mass appeal. I never wrote anything for myself.” For Keith, he sees it as perfect timing for a fresh start. “The industry is in a shitty state at the moment if you’re not willing to be proactive, for those who are it’s more open than ever.” With over 14 albums under his name, just counting solo projects, Keith is showing no signs of slowing down. “To be the best you have to be able to prove it consistently and undoubtedly. I have so much finished music though I could take a break, think for a while and still be able to put dope music out.” Ultimately it’s all about pushing forward and continuing to evolve and grow as an artist. “What keeps me motivated is seeing how others let their work ethic slip, you stop moving and evolving you die. If you want to be a shark you got to keep moving.” Words to live by. Andrew ‘Hazard’ Hickey Dr. Octagon [USA] performs at The Espy on Saturday July 14.

WHITEHOUSE THINKING: MUSIC Music has always been a vehicle for social and political change. Throughout history, protest songs have been used as a way to rally the masses, educate and most importantly, to make people think. In line with this tradition, Newcastle’s hip hop crew Whitehouse have used protest music to address the social issues confronting Australia in the 21st century with a focus on our Aboriginal communities. “I guess I’ve always been into conscious music,” says Grant Saunders aka Sonic Nomad when reflecting on what first drew him to protest music. “I mean I grew up on Bob Marley and the first sort of hip hop track that turned me on was The Message. I was only a teenager back then and it sort of inspired me big time to start writing stuff that affects our people. I think hip hop, when it started, in essence, was really giving voice to the voiceless and empowering those who are constantly disempowered by the system.” Being an Aboriginal Australian immediately gives Saunders credibility when it comes to speaking out about the injustices and divide that has continually surrounded his people. The release of Whitehouse’s debut album A Funky Intervention earlier this year was not only a chance to get their music out to the masses but also a way to spread their message. Bunkering down in the studio with ex-Thirsty Merc guitarist Sean Carey saw Saunders’ normally aggressive vocal delivery be toned down

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times giving way to more accessible forms of music. Yet with a number of new bands, particularly sprouting up from the hip hop community, he believes that there is certainly enough room in the current Australian musical landscape for both types of music. “[Protest music] hasn’t been in this country, not since Midnight Oil, since we’ve really had some proper protest music and it’s always had a place,” he muses. “People have through various art forms, not just music, [such as] art to parody and to challenge social regimes, political regimes. Ever since people who started becoming democratic and political there was always artists that were outspoken and gave an alternative viewpoint and put it in a way that was digestible for audiences.” James Nicoli Whitehouse [AUS] hit Laundry Bar on Friday July 13. A Funky Intervention is out now.

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WHERE TO NEXT?

HiFi 125 Swanston St, Melb, 1300 843 4434

The Retreat Hotel 280 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, 9380 4090

Highlander 11a Highlander Lane, Melb, 9620 2227

Revolt Elizabeth St, Kensington, 03 9376 2115

Hoo Haa 105 Chapel St, Windsor, 9529 6900

Revolver Upstairs 229 Chapel St, Prahran, 9521 5985

Horse Bazaar 397 Little Lonsdale St, Melb, 9670 2329

Rochester Castle Hotel 202 Johnston St, Fitzroy, 9415 7555

Iddy Biddy 47 Blessington St, St Kilda, 9534 4484

Rooftop Cider Bar, Cnr Swanston & Flinders St, Melbourne, 9650 3884

Jett Black 177 Greville St, Prahran

Room 680 Level 1, 680 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn, 9818 0680

John Curtin Hotel 29 Lygon St, Melb, 9663 6350

Roxanne Parlour Lvl 3, 2 Coverlid Pl, Melb

Khokolat Bar 43 Hardware Lane, Melbourne, 039642 1142

Royal Derby 446 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9417 2321

La Di Da 577 Lt Bourke St, Melb, 9670 7680

Roal Melbourne Hotel 629 Bourke St, 9629 2400

Labour In Vain 197A Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9417 5955

Ruby’s Lounge 1648 Burwood Hwy, Belgrave, 9754 7445

Lomond Hotel 225 Nicholson St, East Brunswick

Saint Hotel 54 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, 9593 8333

Longroom 162 Collins St, Melbourne, 9663 9226

Sandbelt Live Cnr South & Bignell Rd, Moorabbin, 9555 6899

Loop 23 Meyers Pl, Melb, 9654 0500

Scarlett Lounge 174 Burnley St, Richmond, 9428 0230

Lounge 243 Swanston St, Melb, 9663 2916

Seven Nightclub 52 Albert Rd, South Melb, 9690 7877

The Lounge Pit 386-388 Brunswick St, Fitzroy 9415 6142

Spensers Live 419 Spencer St, West Melb, 03 9329 8821

29th Apartment 29 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, 9078 8922

Corner Hotel 57 Swan St, Richmond, 9427 9198

Love Machine Cnr Lt Chapel & Malvern Rd, Prahran, 9533 8837

Spot 133 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, 9388 0222

303 303 High Street, Northcote

Cornish Arms 163 Sydney Rd, Brunswick

Lucky Coq 179 Chapel St, Windsor, 9525 1288

Standard Hotel 293 Fitzroy St, Fitzroy, 9419 4793

Abode 374 St.Kilda Rd, St.Kilda

CQ 113 Queen St, Melb, 8601 2738

The LuWOW 62-70 Johnston St, Fitzroy, 9417 5447

Star Bar 160 Clarendon St, South Melb, 9810 0054

Albert Park Hotel Cnr Montague & Dundas Pl, Albert Park, 9690 5459

Croft Institute 21 Croft Alley, Melb, 9671 4399

Mercat Cross Lvl 1, 456 Queen St, Melb, 9348 9998

Station 59 59 Church St, Richmond, 9427 8797

Alia Lvl 1, 83-87 Smith St, Fitzroy, 9486 0999

Cruzao Arepa Bar 365 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9417 7871

Mink 2 Acland St, St Kilda, 9536 1199

Stolberg Beer Café 197 Plenty Rd, Preston, 9495 1444

Alumbra Shed 9, Central Pier, 161 Harbour Espl, Docklands, 8623 9666

Cushion 99 Fitzroy St, St.Kilda, 9534 7575

Miss Libertine 34 Franklin St, Melb, 9663 6855

Sub Lounge & Restaurant 168 Elizabeth St Melb, 0411 800 198

Back Bar 67 Green St, Windsor, 9529 7899

Damask 1/347 Burnswick St, Fitzroy, 9417 4578

Misty 3-5 Hosier Ln, Melb, 9663 9202

Sugar Bar (Hotel Urban) 35 Fitztroy St, St Kilda, 8530 8888

Bar Open 317 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9415 9601

The Drunken Poet 65 Peel Street, West Melbourne, 9348 9797

Mockingbird Bar 129 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, 9534 0000

Temperance Hotel 426 Chapel St, South Yarra, 9827 7401

Baroq House 9-13 Drewery Ln, Melb, 8080 5680

Der Raum 438 Church St, Richmond, 9428 0055

Musicland 1359A Sydney Rd, Fawkner, 9359 0006

Thornbury Theatre 859 High St, Thornbury, 9484 9813

Bendigo Hotel 125 Johnston St, Collingwood 9417 3415

Ding Dong Lounge Lvl 1, 18 Market Ln, Melb, 9662 1020

Neverland 32-48 Johnson St, South Melb, 9646 5544

Tiki Lounge 327 Swan St, Richmond, 9428 4336

Bennetts Jazz Club 25 Bennetts Ln, Melb, 9663 2856

Dizzy’s Jazz Club 381 Burnley St, Richmond, 9428 1233

New Guernica Lvl 2, Hub Arcade, 318-322 Lt Collins St, Melb, 9650 4464

Toff In Town Lvl 2, 252 Swanston St, Melb, 9639 8770

Bertha Brown 562 Flinders Street, 9629 1207

Double Happiness 21 Liverpool St, Melb, 9650 4488

Night Cat 141 Johnston St, Fitzroy, 9417 0090

Tony Starr’s Kitten Club 267 Lt Collins St, Melb, 9650 2448

Big Mouth 168 Acland St, St.Kilda, 9534 4611

E:55 55 Elizabeth St, Melb, 9620 3899

Night Cat 279 Flinders Ln, Melb, 9654 0444

The Tote Hotel 67 Johnson St, Collingwood, 9419 5320

Billboard 170 Russell St, Melb, 9639 4000

East Brunswick Club 280 Lygon St, East Brunswick, 9388 2777

Noise Bar 291 Albert St, Brunswick, 9380 1493

Town Hall Hotel 33 Errol St, North Melbourne, 9328 1983

Bimbo Deluxe 376 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9419 8600

Edinburgh Castle 681 Sydney Rd, Brunswick

Northcote Social Club 301 High St, Northcote, 9489 3917

Trak Lounge 445 Toorak Rd, Toorak, 9826 9000

Birmingham Hotel Cnr Smith & Johnston St, Fitzroy

Electric Ladyland Lvl 1, 265 Chapel St, Prahran, 9521 5757

Old Bar 74 Johnston St, Fitzroy, 9417 4155

Tramp 20 King St, Melb

Black Cat 252 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9419 6230

Elwood Lounge 49-51 Glenhuntly Rd, Elwood, 9525 6788

One Twenty Bar 120 Johnston St, Fitzroy

Transport Hotel Federation Square, Melb, 9654 8808

Blue Bar 330 Chapel St, Prahran, 9529 6499

Empress 714 Nicholson St, Nth Fitzroy, 9489 8605

Onesixone 161 High St, Prahran, 9533 8433

Trunk 275 Exhibition St, Melbourne, 9663 7994

Blue Tile Lounge 95 Smith St, Fitzroy

Espy 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda, 9534 0211

Order Of Melbourne level 2, 401 Swanston St, Melb, 9663 6707

Tyranny Of Distance 147 Union St, Windsor, 9525 1005

Boutique 134 Greville St, Prahran, 9525 2322

Eurotrash 18 Corrs Ln, Melb, 9654 4411

Palace Hotel 893 Burke Rd, Camberwell

Two of Hearts 149 Commercial Road, Prahran

Brown Alley King Street, Melb,9670 8599

Eve 334 City Rd, Southbank, 9696 7388

Palace Theatre 20-30 Bourke St, Melb, 9650 0180

Union Hotel Brunswick 109 Union St, Brunswick, 9388 2235

Brunswick Hotel 140 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, 9387 6637

Evelyn 351 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9419 5500

Palais 111 Main Rd, Hepburn Springs, 5348 4849

Veludo 175 Acland St, St Kilda, 9534 4456

Builders Arms 211 Gertrude St, Fitzroy

Ferntree Gully Hotel 1130 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully, 9758 6544

Palais Theatre Lower Esplanade, St Kilda, 9525 3240

Victoria Hotel 380 Victoria St, Brunswick, 9388 0830

Cabinet Bar 11 Rainbow Alley, Melbourne, 9654 0915

Festival Hall 300 Dudley St, West Melbourne, 9329 9699

Papa Goose 91 Flinders Ln, Melbourne, 9663 2800

Wah Wah Lounge Lvl 1, 185 Lonsdale St, Melb

Caravan Music Club 95 Drummond St, Oakleigh

First Floor 393 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9419 6380

Penny Black 420 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, 9380 8667

Wesley Anne 250 High St, Northcote, 9482 1333

Caseys Nightclub 660A Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn, 9810 0030

Forum Theatre 154 Flinders St, Melb, 9299 9800

Pier Live Hotel 508 Nepean Hwy, Frankston, 9783 9800

Westernport Hotel 161 Marine Pde, San Remo, 5678 5205

Caz Reitops Dirty Secrets 80 Smith St, Collingwood, 9415 8876

The Fox Hotel 351 Wellington Street, Collingwood, 9416 4957

Pony 68-70 Lt Collins St, Melb, 9662 1026

Willow Bar 222 High Street, Northcote, 9481 1222

CBD Club 12-14 McKillop St, Melb, 9670 3638

Fusion Lvl 3, Crown Complex, Southbank, 9292 5750

Portland Hotel Cnr Lt Collins & Russell St, Melb, 9810 0064

Windsor Castle 89 Albert St, Windsor, 9525 0239

Chaise Lounge Basement, 105 Queen St, Melb, 9670 6120

The Gallery Room 1/510 Flinders St, Melbourne, 9629 1350

The Prague Hotel, 911 High St, Northcote, 9495 0000

Workers Club 51 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9415 8889

Chandelier Room 91 Cochranes Rd, Moorabbin, 9532 2288

Gem Bar & Dining 289 Wellingston St, Collingwood, 9419 5170

Pretty Please 61c Fitzroy St, St Kilda, 9534 4484

Workshop Lvl 1, 413 Elizabeth St, Melb, 9326 4365

Chelsea Heights Hotel Cnr Springvale & Wells Rd,

George Basement, 127 Fitzroy St, 9534 8822

Prince Bandroom 29 Fitztory St, St Kilda, 9536 1168

Yah Yah’s 99 Smith St, Fitzroy, 9419 4920

Chelsea Heights, 9773 4453

Gertrude’s Brown Couch 30 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, 9417 6420

Prince Of Wales 29 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, 9536 1168

The Vine 59 Wellington St, Collingwood, 9417 2434

Cherry Bar AC/DC Ln, Melb, 9639 8122

Grace Darling Hotel 114 Smith St, Collingwood, 9416 0055

Public Bar 238 Victoria St, North Melb, 9329 6522

Chi Lounge 195 Lt Bourke St, Melbourne, 9662 2688

Grandview Hotel Cnr Heidelberg Rd & Station St, Fairfield, 9489 8061

Purple Emerald Lounge Bar 349 High St, Northcote, 9482 7007

Co. Lvl 3, Crown Complex, 9292 5750

Great Britain Hotel 447 Church St, Richmond, 9429 5066

Railway Hotel 280 Ferrars St, South Melb, 9690 5092

Colonial Hotel (Brown Alley) Cnr King & Lonsdale St, Melb, 9670 8599

Grind N Groove 274 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville

Red Bennies 371 Chapel St, South Yarra, 9826 2689

Commercial Club Hotel 344 Nicholson St, Fitzroy, 9419 1522

Grumpy’s Green 125 Smith St, Collingwood, 9416 1944

RedLove Lvl 1, 401 Swanston St, Melb, 9639 3722

Cookie Lvl 1, 252 Swanston St, Melb, 9663 7660

Gypsy Bar 334 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9419 0548

Retreat Hotel 226 Nicholson St, Abbotsford, 9417 2693

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VENUE DIRECTORY


JAY HOAD BY KRISSI WEISS

Jay Hoad is one of those daunting multi-instrumentalists that seem to have every limb flailing to create rhythm and melody on stage while his breath contorts between the roles of instrument in its own right and facilitator of even more melodic layers. He is the type of roots musician that makes you wonder why he even needs a band and while the image of the multi-instrumentalist may conjure a picture of Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins, pioneers like Hoad (and the likes of Xavier Rudd) have shown that one man really can do a hell of a lot at once with the result full of every inch of their soul. With Hoad enjoying the life of ‘no fixed address’, splitting his time between Australia, America, Fiji and pretty much the rest of the world, there are simple logistics to consider when touring. “You know what, most of the time I figure stuff it and I pay the fees to take all of my instruments with me,” Hoad says. “The excess luggage people just love me when they see me coming. When I’m in Fiji or the Caribbean I have a few tricks there to save on space and when in America and Australia where I have my roots, I have all of my instruments there.” When a musician is jumping between cigar-box guitar and didgeridoo (among many other things) it is easy to assume that there must be an instrument that they return to repeat-

edly to write their songs but with Hoad creation and execution are both approached with an open mind. “I completely alternate; there is no consistency to my songwriting,” he says. “I don’t intentionally pick an instrument and write on that. I’ll be drawn to an instrument based on a riff or a melody or even words that are spoken to me by someone whichever instrument that is changes constantly.” Our identities are shaped by so many factors – what we do, where we’re from, where we live now and so much more – and despite not necessarily being a nationalistic individual; our place of birth is an innate part of who we are. Hoad really is a citizen of the world and in asking him where he identifies with as being is home, finding out who issued his passport

seems like a good start. “I’m an Australian citizen,” he says. “I was born in Fiji and lived there until I was about five-years-old and both my parents are Australian. I have a lot of ties in Fiji and spend a lot of time over there these days and when I’m there I’m completely claimed as a Fijian; it’s a very special feeling. The Fijian people are quite different to the Australian people in a lot of ways. The last four or five years that I have been touring there a lot, all of my Fijian friends and extended family are like, ‘You’re Fijian bro, don’t you ever forget it’. “I feel such strong ties even to America now even though I don’t have any historical, like birth, associations. I feel that the more you go to the same places you make these special friends and connections and the place becomes like a family.

Thankfully this has all been through music for me. When I’m in America I feel like I’m at home. When I’m in Australia I feel like I’m at home and the same when I’m in Fiji. It’s a big part of me and my inspiration for music and my identity is that sort of home is where the heart is concept.”

between the age of 17 and 20. For me the album is a selection of stories and moments from me growing up. You know friendship and love and kind of that feeling of being at the start of a journey. I was finishing college when I wrote it, and not really knowing where I was going to go so for me that’s the kind of fibre of the album.” And it doesn’t take William Shakespeare to figure out that the album’s title is a variation on the classic allegory ‘Calm before the storm’ and so explains Francis Leftwich. “A lot people ask me what the title specifically means and for me it is that last moment of calm, when you’re in a place you know, before you set off into the next stage of your journey. Specifically the song Butterfly Culture captures the essence of that anxiety for the future – the not knowing.” However, don’t think Francis Leftwich is some sort of nervous wreck who is afraid of the unkown. While being aware of the risks of going it alone, he is certainly not afraid to jump out of the frying pan and into the fire. This

is evidenced by the 21-year-old’s first tour to Australia. “I’m coming with two acoustic guitars and I think I am travelling by myself. I’m going to play my songs the way I wrote them which is me and an acoustic guitar.” If you are planning on going to see Benjamin Francis Leftwich at The Northcote Social Club next Tuesday make sure he feels comfortable because he might play something special: “It depends on the night, I don’t put any covers in my set list but if I am feeling a specific vibe at a gig then sometimes I will include a cover, I do an Arcade Fire song sometimes, Rebellion (Lies) and sometimes a Springstein song. I only cover songs I really, really love so if I am feeling passionate in the right zone then sometimes I will play it.”

JAY HOAD will be at the Odyssey Tavern And Brewery in Geelong, Thursday July 12; The Palais, Hepburn Springs, Friday July 13; Rainbow Room, Saturday July 14 (in acoustic mode) and The Northcote Social Club, Sunday July 15 from 2pm. Stories From The Soul is out now through Walkaboutfish Records.

BENJAMIN FRANCIS LEFTWICH BY DAN WATT

Twenty-one-year-old British troubadour Benjamin Francis Leftwich has just completed his first tour of the United States. For the tour, this rising British star was joined by an Australian band, The Jezebels, who after winning over their homeland are now, like Francis Leftwich, trying to make it overseas. “It was possibly the best two months of my life. The shows were great and I love The Jezebels all to bits equally and I am such a fan of their music I cannot speak highly enough of them,” explains the softly toned Francis Leftwich. “We started on the East Coast of the states, went up and did a couple of weeks in Canada and a top the cross of America until we finished on the West Coast. The shows were like anywhere between 100 and 600 capacity venue.” The young musician from York now let’s on that his positive take on Australian music is slightly biased. “My perception of Australian music is that I love it. I don’t know if you know but I am actually half Australian – my mum was born in Sydney and I have Australian citizenship, I have visited a couple of times. One of my favourite bands is Augie March, I love Pete Murray and I thought a couple of the Faker songs were good in a fun way. Augie March’s song Dogsday is one I particularly love.” Late last year Benjamin Francis Leftwich released his

debut album Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm to much critical acclaim with him being compared with Mumford And Sons as well as the stark confessional song writing style of Nick Drake and like Drake, Francis Leftwich was born with the urge to make music. “To be honest I have never had that specific moment where I’ve been like, ‘[Being an entertainer] is what I want to do’. I love what I do and am really proud of it and the reason I get up in front of people is that I am proud of my songs and want to share them with people,” he states plainly before adding, “I’ve never had that stars in the eyes moment to be honest.” Francis Leftwich’s Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm was written just before and during his completion of his education and as he explains, this was a time in his life that offered much fodder for song subject matter. “It’s my first album so I guess like anyone you have your whole life to write your first album. I wrote the album

CZARINA

BY KRISSI WEISS

Czarina tackles music and poetry in conjunction with children’s writing and lullabies endeavouring to maintain a life filled with creativity. While simple economics means that there are occasional red lights halting her artistic momentum, the desire to create and perform is so strong in Czarina that the daunting saturation of the pop music industry is in no way dampening her spirit. Launching her new film clip for her second single Boomerang, off the album My Soul, Czarina is bringing old-school pop and easy listening to the rooms of The Apartment. While she prepares herself for her upcoming show, Czarina takes advantage of the unique surrounds of The Apartment for a promotional photo shoot. “I like to portray really classy, lady-like kinds of things,” Czarina says with a somewhat selfconscious giggle. “The venue that I am having the gig at and also this photo shoot has pictures of Audrey Hepburn and I really like that whole classic style. I even had a friend who is a stage designer help out with everything I am doing on the night.” Balancing the seemingly opposite pursuits of fashioning songs for a pop-based audience versus toddlers, Czarina explains that music is still the driving force behind her desire to create. “Music is more my passion; I have always been writing songs,” she says. “But I have two children and my eldest

was in prep last year and I was doing reading with him and realised that I should do something for that age group. So I wrote a children’s book. I have always written poetry and poetry to me can either be put into a song or they can just stay as poetry. Everything else kind of follows the music.” Later this year Czarina hopes to release her children’s album and has added a charitable element to the project via an alignment with The Starlight Foundation. “I’m releasing that children’s album this year,” she explains. “It will hopefully come out in September or October and $5 from the sale of each CD will go to The Starlight Foundation. The thing that I did with it was that I tried to make it easy listening for the parents as well. Being a parent myself there are so many songs out there for kids that do your head in a bit so I tried

to make them more pop-style songs and the only thing that makes them different is the lyric. Some of the tracks are also just poetry in there along with lullabies.” For her upcoming performance Czarina has enhanced her show with more musical and visual complexity. “I used to always perform with just dancers but what I am doing this time is performing with a full band so there are no backing tracks or anything like that,” she says. “I just thought I’d bring in two female dancers to add to the visuals of the night and we’ll just be incorporating some nice movements. Some of my songs are really easy listening while others are really poppy so they’ll just be adding subtle movements to each song. “I’m promoting the new music video for the second single off the album, Boomerang and I am also promoting the album, My Soul, which was released in March. It is also just a chance to showcase my songs as a songwriter and a performer.” Czarina explains that while she had been working full-time she has decided to dedicate her time entirely to her work as an artist. Mentioning supportive parents, Czarina also explains the frustration that is felt by a lot of artists particularly in the genre of pop music. It seems that while indie kids banging out their post-punk tunes in a garage might be annoyed at the difficulty they have garnering a greater audience, pop musicians suffer even more. Pop is a harsh mistress that seems to have an all or nothing gauge of success. Although it is a time-honoured cliché, Czarina insists that her music is for love not money. “It’s just so hard to get into and my mentality is just that I do because I love doing it,” she says. “If I don’t have the money then I stop for a moment until I have

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BENJAMIN FRANCIS LEFTWICH plays The Northcote Social Club on Tuesday July 17. Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm is out now on Sony.

a little more money to do it again. Music is so personal and not everyone will enjoy what I do but I will have people that do enjoy what I do and I think because of those online viral songs that take off, I think some people are just really, really lucky. I know that I work really hard and I will never, ever say that amounts to nothing. I feel that everything I do is an amazing achievement and although we all want to be known by a lot of people, I am happy just doing it at all.” CZARINA, with full band, dancers and special guests, will be at The Apartment, Little Bourke Street, Saturday July 14. My Soul is out now.

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with Christie Eliezer * Stuff for this column to be emailed to <celiezer@netspace.net.au> by Friday 5pm LIVE MUSIC ROUNDTABLE SET FOR THURSDAY… The first Live Music Roundtable has been (finally) convened by the State Government for Thursday July 12. It will include venues and music industry representatives from Music Victoria and SLAM (Save Live Music Australia) as well as liquor licensing, Victoria Police and government to discuss and hopefully resolve relevant issues. Patrick Donovan, CEO of Music Victoria, said his association had spent six months preparing a policy position paper, “and we look forward to making recommendations to remove barriers to live music.” The Greens’ spokesperson for the Arts, Sue Pennicuik, said recently that issues included “a full review of mandatory restrictions imposed on live music venues in 2009/10; temporary exceptions for one-off events; a help desk to assist licensees; (and) the development of live music precincts.”

…WHILE ST.KILDA ADDRESSES LIVE ISSUES The City of Port Phillip is setting up a Live Music Working Group to better work through live music issues. The St Kilda Live Music Community (SKLMC) group – which includes venue owners, musicians, music industry reps, music fans and residents – will play an integral role in it. It’s putting together a document listing the top issues. SKLMC founder Michelle Harrington told this column, “Our role will be to represent the issues that our impacting our local culture and all year round local industry through the public meetings and online forums everyone who has a concern (and a love for) our local live music culture.” More input is invited from others, see stkildalivemusiccommunity.com.au. A priority for the SKLMC is loading bay parking permits for venues so bands are not fined as they load in and out. “This is a Music Victoria initiative that has been put in place in other councils, and we hope we can do this in St Kilda as well.” SKLMC recently had a one-hour meeting with Mayor Rachel Powning and Cr Serge Thomann, to discuss strategies and fears, and came away with positive views. The open forum was informal and affable, with topics touched including noise complaints (especially single nuisance ones), actions of the compliance enforcement, recent problems at the Prince, Pure Pop and Great Providor, how developments are allowed to be built in entertainment areas without appropriate soundproofing, the problem that future residents might have less “noise tolerance” and changes to the local planning scheme to protect music culture (for future generations). One important question came early in the discussion: how can music lovers get involved with their council and what processes are available to raise individuals concerns and show support for live music in the face of the complainers. The mayor outlined that anyone can come and ask questions during the public question time at councils weekly meetings. People can also contact their local councillors whose details are available on portphillip.vic.gov.au.

CONRAD BROWNE NAMED JOY GM The board of JOY 94.9 unanimously appointed acting general manager Conrad Browne to the permanent role as general manager. Board president Breed Lewis said, “His performance over the last seven months has been outstanding. Conrad

undertook the role as acting general manager in a time of change and uncertainty, and has carried out the role like a true professional. It is with great confidence that we look to the future with Conrad at the operational helm”.

MUSIC NETWORK RUNS ‘ALTERNATE’ POWER LIST

The Music Network ran its own alternate Top 50 power list to rival SPA’s list. TMN’s list had a credible idea of what “power” means – to have the influence and contacts to actively change policies and create opportunities where none existed. So the absence of the likes of APRA’s Brett Cottle and arts minister Simon Crean from the SPA Top 50 and relatively low listing of ARIA/Sony chief Denis Handlin indicated a poor knowledge of how the music industry runs.

THINGS WE HEAR * Will The Eagles play the AFL Grand Final? * The whisper that Stone Roses will be here for Future Music Festival have grown louder with rival promoters Ken West and AJ Maddah making it public that Future Music Festival has them. Its promoter Future Entertainment posted a video of the Roses’ triumphant return to Manchester on its website, adding to speculation. * Enterprising fans: A girl who dressed just like one of One Direction’s girlfriends and talked her way into the backstage area. Meantime, Vienna authorities are considering filing charges against a man suspected of breaking into the graves of 19th century Austrian waltz king Johann Strauss Jr. and German Romantic composer Johannes Brahms and taking their teeth. Both are buried in Vienna. * Soundwave 2013 rumours: Linkin Park to headline, according to Triple M’s Nui Te Koha. Promoter AJ Maddah tweeted that he is flying to America “in a few weeks” to catch a Blink 182 show so he can “beg in person.” * The Cat Stevens/Yusef Islam musical Moonshadow is closing four weeks ahead of schedule in Melbourne, and won’t be going interstate. * By the time you read this, New Dew Process imprint Create/ Control would have announced it has added 12-piece Brisbane collective Velociraptor to its roster. * Slash and Odd Future’s Tyler The Creator are among those who applauded Frank Ocean’s admission last week that his first lover was a man. * A vote in the European Parliament overwhelmingly defeated the international Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Losing its support for ACTA was a bitter flow for copyright owners, but Euro legislators were uneasy it could allow internet users to be spied on by private companies and be disconnected at whim. Australia was among those who signed the ACTA. * The company behind the All Tomorrow’s Parties is in liquidation, while founder Barry Hogan has set up a new company.

GOTYE’S BIGGEST SELLING SINGLE IN THE US, UK Half-year sales figures show that the definitely undead Gotye’s monster Somebody That I Used To Know is biggest selling single in the US and UK so far in 2012, selling 5.59 million and 1 million respectively. It is one of two tracks to sell over

Q&A DARTS

Define your genre in five words or less: Indie/grunge/punk/garage. Do you have a pre-gig ritual? We drive to shows in the same car and blast Toto with the windows rolled down and sing without shame What’s the worst gig you’ve ever played? We got cut off after three songs, Angus got three parking fines and the only person watching attacked our drummer during a song. What do you most enjoy about making music? It’s supa doopa fun and we get to play with each other.

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If you could go on tour with one other band, who would it be? Yuck – our new favourite band, and Angus and Jake both have a crush on the bass player. Name an interview question you’d like to be asked and answer it. What effect would the addition of Bruce Willis have on the sound of Darts? The answer is, positively. When are you next playing live? We’re releasing our debut album, Habitual Slack at The Mercat on Saturday July 14, come hang.

five million this year, the other being fun.’s We Are Young. It is tipped to become the first song to sell 6 million downloads in a year. It is currently the 15th best-selling digital song of all time. Adele’s 21 is best selling album, moving 3.69 million in America and 4. 36 million in her homeland. UK album sales fell down by almost 7 million in the first half of 2012, according to figures by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). 43.6 million albums were sold in this period, a fall of 6.9 million from the first half of 2011 when 50.5 million albums were sold. Digital sales were up by 17.3% but not enough to bridge the gap. Altogether, 93.6 million singles were bought in the first half of 2012, up from 88 million during the same period last year. Digital accounted for 100% of sales of the top 10 singles of 2012 so far. Digital makes up 34.7% of album sales.

SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS OPEN APRA and the AGSC are calling for submissions for the 2012 Screen Music Awards. Go to apra-amcos.com.au, deadline Monday August 6.

GURRUMUL GOES PLATINUM

Gurrumul’s Rrakala is certified platinum for sales of 70,000. His performance at the globally televised Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in London (100 million worldwide) and recent screening of his episode of ABC-TV’s Australian Story nudged it over the mark. His debut album in 2008 was three times platinum (210,000).

DAVID GUETTA RE-SIGNS WITH EMI French electronic artist, DJ and producer David Guetta, has re-signed with EMI Music. He has sold eight million albums and 30 million singles since he signed up to the French division of EMI in 2001. Guetta said, “EMI is home to me. They believed in my music a decade ago when EDM was just an underground scene and took it to another level. I am very happy to extend my deal with the best team on the planet.” Guetta has over 33 million Facebook fans, five million followers on Twitter, and almost 1.5 billion online video views. Titanium is the longestcharting dance hit since Thriller.

LIFELINES Expecting: Kings Of Leon drummer Nathan Followill and wife Jessie, their first. Divorced: Puddle Of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin was so happy to finally end his four year marriage ... he signed the divorce docs with two smiley faces! Jailed: for seven years, U2 bassist Adam Clayton’s former housekeeper Carol Hawkins who embezzled more than €2.8 million from him. Hospitalised: Slipknot guitarist Jim Root escaped death when he was disgnosed that his appendix burst two weeks before. Hospitalised: Pennywise singer Zoli Teglas collapsed onstage and needed back surgery. Hospitalised: Children of Bodom singer Alexi Laiho after suffering extreme stomach pain before a show in Oslo, Norway. Injured: Kelly Clarkson ended with a hairline fracture in a leg after tripping over a mic stand while walking backstage across the stage after a show in Milwaukee. In Court: Rick Ross did not father a secret child in Florida three years ago, a court-ordered DNA test after a woman demanded paternity payment from him. In Court: Glebe Coroners Court could not determine if former Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs drummer Col Baigent – one of a few suspects – had anything to with the death of the family nanny in Coolah, in northern NSW in 1991. In Court: Usher’s stalker, who turned up outside his house and claiming to be the singer’s wife, has been sent to a psych ward for mental evaluation.

VENUES #1: CHERRY BAR AND THE GAGA FACTOR

QMusic is looking for an Executive Programmer for the 2013 Big Sound conference and showcase in Brisbane, replacing Graham Ashton. More info bigsound.org.au, deadline is Thursday July 26. Appointment made in September.

Cherry Bar co-owner James Young wondered if the joint was “super credible or super stupid” over the Lady Gaga refusal. Gaga and her entourage frequented Cherry during their stay, but when it came to holding an after-party, Young said no, we’ve already booked Jackson Firebird as part of a Wednesday residency and suggested the Northcote Social Club. As a result, the NSC got publicity around Australia. But Cherry Bar’s stance got it coverage in USA Today, The Hollywood Reporter and England’s The Sun and The Guardian. A hung-over Gaga turned up at her Perth hotel, spent just a minute with 300 fans outside and swished past a welcome that took the hotel a week to organize. Meantime, this Sunday’s Cherry Blues sees Chris Wilson doing a solo set and then jamming with Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk.

SHOCK GETS HEAVY WITH RAZOR & TIE

VENUES #2: TRIVIA MOVES TO THE B.EAST

Shock’s relationship with New York’s Razor & Tie solidified with a new arrangement. Shock will promote, market and release R&T’s heavy music priorities in Australia & New Zealand. The first under the deal are P.O.D. and For Today, then All That Remains and The Sword. Shock GM of Music, Leigh Gruppetta said, “With the direction (R&T) are taking and their brilliant new A&R team in place, we feel there is a great deal of synergy between the two companies.”

MELBOURNE FRESH SHOWCASES HITS TENTH YEAR

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Rock & Pop Culture Trivia takes over Tuesday nights at the new B.East in East Brunswick from Tuesday July 17. Co-hosts Jess McGuire and George H looked for a new northern site after the East Brunswick Club Hotel closed suddenly. (They’re on at the Corner on Wednesdays). B.East is at 80 Lygon St.

Annie Clark, aka St Vincent, was voted ‘2012’s Sexiest Woman in Indie Rock’ in a poll by online dating service Nerve. Cat Power was second, then Santi White (Santigold), Alexis Krauss (Sleigh Bells), Caroline Polachek (Chairlift), Bethany Cosentino (Best Coast), Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes), Haim, Megan James (Purity Ring) and Malin Dahlström (Niki & The Dove).

In the first week of July, Melbourne Fresh showcased 64 unsigned bands and attracted over 2,500 people to venues over four nights including The Corner Hotel and Revolver Upstairs. In its tenth year of showcasing unsigned artists, Melbourne Fresh gave away cash prizes and CDs. Director, Ben Brazil who gave the likes of Gotye his first shows when Wally was in high school, maintains his support for emerging artists having provided them with performance opportunities and consultation for over 15 years. All unsigned acts can get involved with the showcases through melbournefresh@optusnet.com.au

SMALLMAN RETURNS WITH BATTLE

NEW CEO FOR ETIHAD STADIUM

ST. VINCENT THE SEXIEST INDIE WOMAN

After a hiatus, Darren Smallman makes a return to the scene with new record label Battle (battle-music.com). First signing, UK band Empty Pools, are getting UK airplay for a double-A single Absentees and Safety School released here in September. Smallman, who played in Toad, The Sound Platform and Warped, set up record label Low Transit Industries with Karl Inderberg and Simon Baird which released 100 tracks and toured acts from Australia, New Zealand and the US. Smallman is contacted at hello@battlemusic.com.

CONTRARY’S LABEL SIGNS FRANCOLIN The Paris Martine-run Contrary agency’s Management label signed two-year-old Melbourne pop-quintet Francolin as its first act. Already creating waves with their Suddenly Painlessly single and its Marisa Lai and David Mahlerdirected animation video, Francolin recorded their debut album Won’t Let You Down with producer Nick Huggins (Mick Turner, Oscar+Martin, Whitley, The Harpoons, Otouto, Kid Sam, Seagull). It is launched at the Northcote Social Club on Saturday July 14.

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Paul Sergeant takes over as CEO of Etihad Stadium in October. He is currently GM of Allphones Arena in Sydney.

PAIGE TO MANAGE STEREO 974 John Paige takes over as station manager of Melbourne’s Stereo 974. Paige’s 15-year media experience includes radio, television and voice-over.

ARTERY SETS UP IN OZ UNDER LEOST California’s The Artery Foundation – which manages skullcrunching acts as All Shall Perish, The Amity Affliction (US only), Asking Alexandria, Dance Gavin Dance, Whitechapel and Unearth – is opening up in Australia. It appointed Sydneybased Matt Leost (Premier and Fetch) as its first Australian manager and representative. Leost will bring his current roster including Buried In Verona, Make Them Suffer, Built On Secrets, Saviour and The Storm Picturesque to Artery. He will also manage US band For All Those Sleeping in Australia. Leost will assist in negotiating touring contracts and logistics for Artery artists within Australia and nurture the signing of Oz talent to the Artery roster. He is contacted at matt@ thearteryfoundation.com.


THE LAURELS BY CASSANDRA KIELY

As listeners of music, we all try to simplify the sounds we hear, labelling them into a genre that is palatable for us to understand. We like to put bands in a convenient little box for us to consume, often only telling part of the story. The Laurels’ first EP Mesozoic was released last year to much acclaim, drawing comparisons to the heavy guitar of ‘70s psychedelia and the dreamy, reverbdrenched sounds of shoegaze. With their debut long player Plains out on Friday July 13, The Laurels seem to have broadened the scope, developing their sound beyond expectations, to produce quite simply, a damn fine record. With the album days away from release, singer/guitarist Luke O’Farrell discusses the transition from EP to LP, genre restrictions and surprisingly, the influence of hip hop on The Laurel’s new sound. “I’d been listening to a lot of hip hop. Dilla, Madlib and Kool Keith… it made me want to buy a sampler,” says Luke, who experimented with loops of guitar feedback on the album. “The Beatles were another huge influence,” Luke muses. “We were really inspired by the way they worked in the studio”. Indeed, Plains is “intended as a homage to bands who made the recording studio their own” and sees The Laurels strip back the wall of sound guitars of their live set, focusing more on quality lyrics and song structure. Moving away from the shackles of genre-defining tags, The Laurels have come into their own on their debut, as evident on the album’s first cut Changing The Timeline. Recording in rural NSW, first in Big Hill and later Wollombi, The Laurels had little company beside themselves, a pair of alpacas and their producer Liam Judson (Belles Will Ring, Cloud Control). Having worked with the band on the Mesozoic EP, Judson helped them to realise their transition from guitar-dominated songwriting to a more refined approach. Emphasising the dualism of their live performances and that of their prior recordings, inroads were made to make these seemingly incongruous worlds manifest in a new, crystalline way. “We wanted to do this for a long time,” says Luke. [When playing live] it was sometimes a bit of a battle, who could turn

their guitar up the loudest”. Dismantling songs bit by bit, The Laurels went through an exhausting process of modification for their recordings, somehow making sense of it all and ending up with a sophisticated body of work. Using vintage microphones and a pre-amp all the way from Abbey Road, the Beatles’ influence can be heard in the new found pop lyricism of their compositions. “The landscape was really inspiring,” says Luke of the farmhouse in which they recorded. Set in a lush valley adjacent to a narrow creek, their studio time was limited to daylight hours after a noise complaint from an angry neighbour. This was not the only hurdle the band faced, almost losing the master tapes in a flood on the property. The creek surrounding the makeshift studio had started to rise and producer turned superhero, Liam Judson had to think quickly in order to rescue the tapes from a watery death. Barefoot and dressed only in his underpants, Judson managed to bring the tapes to safety. “He’s a lot of fun to be around, a great person to record with,” Luke says, reflecting on the incident. Noise complaints and floods aside, the band managed to create an album that journeys through genre, the dual vocals/guitars of O’Farrell and Piers Cornelius, heavy bass of Conor Hannan and Kate Wilson’s steadfast drumming ever present through-

out the ten tracks. Opening song Tidal Wave begins amid a wash of fuzzy guitar, submerging the listener in an aquiline sprawl of sound. First single, Changing The Timeline is a dramatic journey through hazardous territory; the driving drum beat giving respite only at the songs conclusion. Traversing The Universe treads through softer terrain, evoking a psych-pop sensibility, the song lending itself well to those vintage microphones. Similarly, The City Is Coming Down belongs in another era and it is here that The Beatles influence is most present. The chantlike vocals of Glacier linger in a dream-like trance, whilst Manic Saturday is a golden pop hit of ‘60s revivalism and drawn out vocals. If Mesozoic can be viewed as the bridge between the last EP and this debut, it is a gleaming relic of their song-writing prowess. One Step Forward (Two Steps Back) picks up the pace, the vocal melody a beguiling nod

to post-garage rock n roll. Sway Me Down Gently reminds me of Spacemen 3’s Let Me Down Gently in title alone, the creeping guitar line heavier and more spiteful. Album closer A Rival drones along with another vocal chant to dramatic effect. As a long player, Plains navigates itself over many layers of existence, stylistically crossing over genres and influences to create a new resonance for the band. In “a search for meaning in an abstract, indefinite space” The Laurels have managed to create style distinctly of their own and an album of great significance.

design. Thursday nights throughout the exhibition, the gallery will open late for sessions of game play and sweet, sweet music, and on Thursday August 30, Pikelet will do her thing, alongside Brisbane electro pop chanteuse Seja. “I am so stoked to be playing alongside her,” Morris says. “Her music is great and she’s such a wonderful person to hang out and chat with. I am looking forward to it a great deal.” As a bonus, Pikelet tells me that the set list for this show will be made up exclusively of material from her upcoming album – curious parties, then, have no reason not to head along. Given the setting of the Game Masters exhibition, a hands-on celebration of button-mashing and levelling up, I ask Morris if she is much of a gamer herself, and if she’ll maybe be sneaking away to spend some quality time with the interactive exhibits. “Well, I have an older and younger

brother, and they have always been completely obsessed with gaming,” she laughs. “I would occasionally show interest in the various gaming consoles that they churned through over the years, but when it came to actually competing it was obvious that the hours and hours they’d spent practicing and perfecting their skills dwarfed my mashing of the keys substantially. I would give up after a while and go play piano instead. I have never turned down a game of Tetris, though. I slay at Tetris.”

Plains is out on Friday July 13 through Rice Is Nice. THE LAURELS support Band Of Skulls at The Corner Hotel on Sunday July 22 and Thursday July 26.

PIKELET

BY ALASDAIR DUNCAN

Pikelet began as a solo project for Evelyn Morris, who recorded her signature sweet – and everso-slightly surreal – indie pop music at home. Realising that she wanted to explore the sound more fully, however, Morris began taking on other players to help her out in the live show, and it wasn’t long before Pikelet had expanded into a four-piece. “The slower pace was admittedly frustrating at first, but I have realised that it allows the songs to grow in a natural way that I probably wouldn’t investigate if I were on my own,” Morris tells me, when I ask what it was like allowing these new people into her musical world. “We have developed an understanding of each other over the last five years, and it seems to be working well at the moment.” As we speak, the band are in the process of recording the third full-length Pikelet album – it’s taken a while, but Morris is very happy with how things are going. “I have been getting a little more adventurous with lyrics, and the whole band has been getting a lot more dark and upbeat,” she says. “We decided that we might call the style of this material industrial folk, although basically it’s just weird pop music still.” The band spent the first week of July polishing up the mixes with producer John Lee, who has also worked with the likes of Lost Animal and Mountains In The Sky. “We have all found the experience enjoyable and inspiring,” Morris continues, “although it will be a while longer until we actually release it, I’d say.” Over the last couple of years, Pikelet has played shows alongside some pretty damn cool people, not least of all Jens Lekman, and Morris says that these support slots have inspired her musical growth just as much as taking on extra band members. “Doing supports for bigger acts has been a great eye-opener for me,” she says. “I have played alongside a lot of my musical idols, which I never expected would happen! It’s great to realise that the things you thought were magical or mysterious about an artist you admire are

more based in hard work and deep thinking. Or sometimes even accidents! It makes it more imaginable that you could produce work that you are proud of in the same way that you admire those people.” The coming weeks will see Pikelet strutting her stuff in a number of unique venues, the first of these being a session at The Story So Far, hosted by Sunny Leunig and 3RRR’s Jacinta Parsons. Every Sunday until the end of July, Nat Camalleri (the daughter of Joe Camilleri, and partner of Pete Luscombe) is inviting a pair of Aussie musicians to the Trades Hall in Carlton to talk about their sources of inspiration, and perform a couple of songs. Sunday July 15 will see Pikelet and Dan Kelly sitting down for one such session. “It’s great that there are events that encourage conversation about art and music,” Morris tells me. “It’s an enjoyable topic of discussion. I hope I can find some stories to tell that are interesting – all the bands I’ve been involved with and grown up around over the years have somehow shaped and inspired the way I approach music. I reckon it’ll be an entertaining spectacle nonetheless!” The second of these events is a one off show at ACMI, as part of their Game Masters celebration of video game

Q&A MARTY SMILEY After a three month campaign, a nationwide search and a tidal wave of ‘vote-for-me/my friend’ status updates flooding Facebook, Channel [V] has found its new presenter in Melbourne-bred 21-year-old Marty Smiley, who beat 6,000 other hopefuls for his dream job as a new presenter alongside Billy Russell, Danny Clayton and Carissa Walford. He gives us the lowdown on his new gig. Tell us a bit about the life you’re leaving behind. SNAPSHOT: I don’t have to catch the Belgrave line into uni or work anymore! Mum isn’t gonna have to be buy me stationary, undies or lunch box snacks anymore! I won’t have to ride my non-fixie hard rubbish bicycle to the station anymore! No more strictly op-shop clothing. No more listening to music through crappy airplane head phones! What did you do when you found out you’d won? Screamed heaps. Hugged anyone and everyone around me. Drank a lot. Posted a giddy status on Facebook. And Instagram. And Twitter. Ate a chicken salad on Oxford St

(Sydney) at 1am. (Not in chronological order)

going to be interviewing Rove McManus. I was heaps anxious about it! I knew I only had three minutes with him and I was worried I’d spend all of it fanboying him. In the end I pulled together, fanboyed him for the first minute, then remembered to interview him.

What do you look forward to most about the job? Festivals. I can’t wait to be amongst an atmosphere I can run amok in as well as present (which is apparently my job now)! I always wanted to be the dude that messed up presenters interviews at festivals. Now I’m going to get to interview those people. I will not be protecting their reputations...

And the best bit? The overwhelming feeling of knowing that your whole life changed in a second. The announcement has completely shaken up my world! The best bit is that it’s now my job and I don’t have to conform to anyone or change my personality for TV because I got chosen because of who I am. I’m really humbled by that and can’t wait to get into it.

Were you and Bridget Hustwaite best buddies or fierce competitors? I’d like to think we’re good mates. We got to know each other pretty damn well in the competition purely because we spent a lot of time together feeling hell nervous about what our next challenge was – red carpet interviews, live television, presenting an award at the ASTRA Awards, and so on.

Celebrity you’d really love to (and now hopefully will) meet? I wanna meet Drake. I don’t even really wanna interview him. I just wanna hang out with him for the day. Have him blow some cash on me.

What was the most challenging part of the audition process? Being told a few hours before the ASTRA Awards that I was

PIKELET and Dan Kelly appear at The Story So Far at the Trades Hall, Lygon Street, on Sunday July 15. You can also catch Pikelet, alongside Seja, at ACMI’s Late Bit on Thursday August 30.

Do curls actually get the girls? I wish it was true... Marty Smiley comes to a telly near you soon.

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The Beat Magazine Market Guide In the dark depths of winter, the fireplace need not be the only source of joy. Melbourne’s vibrant markets offer a wondrous place to scout your next favourite piece of clothing, jewellery, or pretty much anything you can imagine. Have you ever felt that anxious feeling of approaching a market without cash? It’s bloody daunting. What if I find something I love? And that’s the very essence of markets isn’t it – what will I find? People often visit shopping centres with a specific item in mind; markets offer you a place of discovery – a search for something personal and different. Also, if a nerd asks where you bought something from, if you reply “from a market” they can’t copy you and therefore make that thing less cool. So this winter, don’t just sit around in your boring home. Visit a market – it worked out well for Aladdin. We’re glad you found our market special, and hope that the discovering has only just begun…

Atmosphere Shopping at CERES Market is more than just buying fruit and veggies – it’s slowing down, chatting to your friends and fellow shoppers, learning a bit more about your produce, where it came from, who grew it and sometimes what to do with it! With a family friendly atmosphere, craft stalls and live music the market is the heart of the CERES food community.

Highlights Eggs collected still warm from our Isa Brown chooks and honey from our very own urban bees. Plus live music every Wednesday and Saturday from local up and coming artists. Get out of the city by staying in it! Take a stroll around our 10 acre urban farm on the banks of the Merri Creek in Brunswick East.

With a focus on what’s local and in season, CERES Market specialises in affordable, fresh organic produce. Sourced mostly from our own market gardens and local growers our veggies have travelled metres – not miles! Our shop stocks a range of bulk dry goods and green cleaning items. We encourage a sustainable shopping experience so BYO jars and containers!

Organic and free range meats and poultry, fresh fruit and vegies, milk straight from the farm, handmade cheese, honey, nuts, olive oils and much more. Fairfield Farmers Market is accredited by the Victorian Farmers Market Association so you can be sure all produce is direct from its grower or maker. We’re all trying to get back to eating by the seasons and supporting Victorian farmers and what better way to spend a Saturday than picking up some great local produce to get you and your closest through the weekend.

Atmosphere A relaxed and friendly vibe, grab a coffee or a fresh organic juice and go for a wander… you’ll no doubt pick up some fresh local goodies. No need to rummage, just peruse, taste and enjoy what the Victorian farming community has to offer.

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We source our fruits and vegetables as locally as possible (many of our leafy greens coming from our own market garden just over the fence!) and they’re picked as close to market day as possible, meaning our produce is often hours old, not days old. It’s fresher, tastier and more nutritious. When: Wednesday and Saturday, 9am - 2pm. Where: CERES Community Environment Park, Cnr Roberts and Stewart St, Brunswick East More info: ceres.org.au/marketandshop

Hot chai, BBQ brekkie and freshly baked pastries. Plan your next dinner party while you’re there.

Crowd Foodies and families out for a tasty morning’s shopping, even well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome. Held at the Fairfield Primary School, you can guarantee a friendly, local vibe.

When: Third Saturday of each month. The next market is on Saturday July 21 and Saturday August 18, 9am-1pm. Where: Fairfield Primary School, Wingrove St, Fairfield More info: find an accredited farmers’ market near you every week at mfm.com.au

Speciality Victorian shopaholics get excited, because the premier women’s recycled fashion markets, Take 2 Markets, are coming to a venue near you. Got great gear you no longer wear or looking to buy some on-trend fashion without busting your budget? Choose from 40+ stalls, in an environment where you don’t have to rake through trash to find treasure.

Atmosphere Warm (it’s always held indoors), friendly, fun and fashionable. When and where: One Community Church, 184 Surrey Rd Blackburn, on Saturday September 1; Geelong West Town Hall, 153 Pakington St Geelong West, on Sunday July 29 and Sunday October 7, and at Northcote Town Hall, 189 High St Northcote, on Sunday August 26 and Sunday October 21. More info: the markets run from 10am to 3pm and entry is just $3. Like their Facebook page to check out photos of past events: facebook.com/take2markets. Head to take2markets.com.au for more info.

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Speciality The cutest little market in Melbourne, the Yarraville Market is full of delicious and gorgeous handmade products along with face painting for the kids and live entertainment for everyone.

Atmosphere Held in the old world charm of the Masonic Hall and embellished with fairy lights, this market is full to the brim with super friendly stall holders and market-goers. A smile and a cheeky grin is a necessity for this one.

Highlights Gorgeous scented Candles, sticker books and illustrations for the kids along with hand-made clothing, soaps, hair accessories, jewellery and so much more… get in there and take a look. Everything at the market is hand-made, so you’ll be guaranteed a one of a kind piece.

Crowd From families with young children to design students. When: The second Saturday of every month, 10am – 5pm. Where: Masonic Hall, corner of Wills and Canterbury St, Yarraville. More: yarravillemarkets.blogspot.com

Speciality Boasting work by some of the best artists in Victoria, from paintings to jewellery, furniture and other oneof-a-kind gifts , you’ll no doubt leave with a little market treasure.

Atmosphere Strolling along with coffee in hand, checking out the abundance of unique products that the market has to offer…what better way to recover from the night before, or to prepare for the week ahead. Stop in at one of the many cafes along the St Kilda Esplanade for a bite to eat and wander through the market as the day slips by. Bliss!

Highlights The fresh ocean air and seagulls set the scene. An array of Victoria’s best artworks keeps you busy as you peruse Melbourne’s ‘open-air gallery by the sea’. Have your portrait drawn by one of the talented stall holders or pick up a quirky hat and  scarf ensemble. Take your time strolling along before grabbing an ice cream cone and contemplating an impromptu trip to Luna Park. Make a day of it, why not!

Crowd Everyone and anyone. From quirky young folk to charming couples and camera wielding tourists. You really can’t help yourself but take a bit of a stroll and the chatty stall holders will no doubt keep you entertained with their open and friendly personalities. When: Every Sunday of the year from 10am-5pm Where: Upper Esplanade, St Kilda. Catch Tram 16 or 96 from Melbourne’s CBD.  More info: esplandemarket.com

Speciality Vintage bric-a-brac, independent designers, jewellery and clothing along with a bit of rock’n’roll thrown in the mix. Think car boot sale with a Chapel Street shop-a-holic vibe.

Atmosphere Indoors and toasty warm, the shag pile carpet feature hangings may be a bit much at first, but somehow along with the stencil art and retro/daggy odds and sods the place is mysteriously endearing! The quirky vintage vibe is spot on for picking up a few individual pieces on a Wednesday night.

Highlights make sure you don’t go home without a new little something from the independent Melbourne designers, or a homely knick knack to pimp up your pad a bit. Oh and don’t forget to stick around for the live music and have a few beverages!

Crowd A late night mixed bag of young and old there to enjoy a bit of Revolver rock’n’roll by the bar while checking out the quirky vintage odds and sods. Maybe swap the kiddies for the crew for this one…no face painting booths or candy floss here.

When: The second Wednesday of every month, launch Wednesday 8th August. Where: Revolver Upstairs, 229 Chapel Street, Prahran More info: Contact Holly at market@revolverupstairs.com.au and like facebook.com/revolverupstairs for updates.

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Speciality This new night market event will be a sensory cornucopia featuring some of Melbourne’s best independent performers, designers, artists, chefs, winemakers and foodies.

Atmosphere If you’ve been to the Queen Vic night markets before, you understand how lively the environment is. With so much to do, there’s a conflict between wanting to visit every stall yet needing to stop and taste all the amazing food.

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The Southside Handmade & Vintage Market turns one this month! The brain child of local accessories designers Anne Freeman and Fin MacDonald, this slick and sophisticated market held monthly at St Kilda’s beautiful art-deco RSL Club on Acland Street had rather more humble beginnings. Anne reminisces, “Our first market was in the tiny function room of a St Kilda hotel, we didn’t even charge stall hire then as we were just starting out and had lots to learn.” The market now boasts some 30+ stalls including quality vintage apparel, up-coming designers, stylish home-wares, tasty treats and more. Upcoming dates: Saturday July 28, Saturday August 25, Saturday September 22, Saturday October 27, Saturday November 24, Saturday December 8 and Saturday December 22.

Choosing between the diverse food options will be one of the toughest struggles of your life! Food selections will include Eastern European traditional foods like borsht and pierogi (dumplings), Nepalese lamb shank stews and goat curries, South American casseroles, Sicilian fisherman stews and Italian BBQ spatchcock. There’ll also be dozens of rare wines available for tasting via Winemakers Without Borders including Bellwether Vermentino, Oliver’s Taranga Small Batch Fiano and Ducks in a Row Nero D’Avola as well as a steaming array of hot drinks to complement the rolling lineup of performance artists and live music that will change each week. When: Wednesdays in August, starting Wednesday August 8, 5.30pm – 10pm. Where: The iconic Queen Victoria Market More info: Check out luna1878.com.au

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Speciality A hundred years ago, ‘M Shed’ at Queen Victoria Market was known as the place to buy string beans. Soon, it will be a destination to seek out new artwork, fashion, homewares and furniture from some of Melbourne’s up and coming artisans and craftspeople.

Atmosphere With Graffiti artists ‘AWOL CREW’ and ‘ADNATE’ recently completing a giant mural at the entrance to M Shed to set the tone for its new look, String Bean Alley will boast an exciting, progressive vibe with a series of shipping containers transformed into artist workshops and stalls, establishing a new retail precinct within Queen Victoria Market’s famous merchandise sheds.

Highlights Featuring all Melbourne locals, String Bean Alley stall holders will include fashion designers creating ethical clothing and accessories by hand, craftspeople making beautiful bespoke wooden furniture and lighting, accessory designers working with 100% recyclable and unwanted materials such as plastic bottles and vinyl records to lotions, potions, soaps, balms and candles made from soy based products with workshops and demonstrations too. Padre Coffee will also join String Bean Alley, roasting coffee and creating their own blends. When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in August. Where: Queen Victoria Market More info: Click onto qvm.com.au

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Specialty Style After Dark is South Melbourne’s night market. Located along the street in the heritage magnificence of the South Melbourne Market with its wide verandahs, Style After Dark provides an outlet for a vibrant local community of clothing designers and makers. Stalls display locally-designed, locally-made and collectible clothing, accessories, jewellery, headwear and an eclectic mix of artisan stalls.

Atmosphere Independent local fashion, hawker-style food, wine bars and restaurants, live music and great entertainment. The South Melbourne Night Market ‘Style after Dark’ brings this all together. The location is superb and well-supported by existing restaurants and wine bars in Cecil Street. This unique dining destination is like all an all year round hawkers’ market, with the restaurants and bars attached. Stroll the market’s wide verandahs and discover a vibrant community of local designers and artists. Find that new frock, feast on authentic street food, so get your groove on, soak up the atmosphere, peruse the stalls and fall in love with Style After Dark.

Crowd This is an all ages event catering to Melbourne’s fashionisters, foodies and music lovers. When: Thursday evenings from October 4 – December, 20 5.30pm – 9.30pm. Where: South Melbourne Market, Under the Verandah Coventry and Cecil Sts, South Melbourne. More info: Style After Dark is now taking applications for stall holders for the Spring season. Check out styleafterdark.com.au

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CAKE BY LACHLAN KANONIUK

Over the course of close to two decades, splendidly droll genre-defiers Cake have steadfastly remained one of the most idiosyncratic outfits on the global musical landscape. Producing some of the most iconic songs of the 1990s and early 2000s – including tracks such as The Distance, Short Skirt/Long Jacket and many more – Cake have organically established themselves within the modern pop canon. Not ones to rely on reliving former glories, the band have continued to release quality work while hitting some of the globe’s biggest festivals, including their upcoming appearance at Harvest. Before Cake return to Australia, frontman John McCrea – the owner of that inimitable, at times monotonous, vocal style – philosophises on the band’s resilience in the face of the fickle nature of contemporary culture. “I could say that when we first started out there were no really young people, and there were no really old people,” McCrea recalls. “When we first started out, our audience were college kids only. Our first song that was played on the radio was on college radio. That explains that. Then as the years progressed we started to see people in their mid-20s, and some in their early 30s. Then we had a song on alternative radio, I guess. That changed things quite a bit, things started to get really weird – starting to see these 15-year-olds in the audience. Now obviously we’ve been around for a long time, some of the people that listen to music as they get older – which is not many, actually. Some people just stop listening to music. But we see those people in the crowd as well. Then we had some success with this last album [Showroom Of Compassion] – which we released by ourselves – which was very surprising. We weren’t expecting success. Now there’s another round of young people that are aware of us. And that’s good, too.” Even at the band’s commercial peak, Cake’s idiosyncrasies set them far apart from their peers. As McCrea explains, it’s a notion that still permeates even now. “I can’t speak for the whole band, but I definitely felt like an outsider. That’s certainly how we’ve managed to survive. We’ve never been the next big thing, or there’s never been an explosive sense of success. It’s always been very gradual. I’ve had moments that I can identify looking back when I’ve been legitimately surprised that someone knows what I do or who I am, what I look like. That’s not the case with every band that I meet – it’s more of an explosive, celebratory cultural awakening. For us, it’s just been really gradual. Which in some ways is really great, and in other ways really not,” he ponders. “You have to be grateful for the cards you’ve been dealt. I can say that all the bands that were high up on the bills when we were opening festivals. We entered the whole experience very humbly, the three years later we’d do the same festivals and there would be a whole new set of ‘really important’ bands above us on the bill. Then I guess the same thing would repeat every three years. All of the bands we started off alongside, with very few exceptions, have really sustained their existence I guess. There’s sort of a consume and discard aesthetic with culture. I don’t think people think of it as discarding human beings, but it is actually discarding human beings. Everything is symbolic, discarding iconography, discarding a sense of celebration that they once had in their life and no longer feel. It’s actually people, so it’s always been a little eerie to me.”

“FOR US, MUSICALLY, IT WAS ABOUT ‘THIS IS MUSIC WE LIKE, THIS IS THE WAY IT SOUNDS, AND IF OTHER PEOPLE LIKE IT AT SUPERMARKETS, THAT WOULD BE OK WITH US.” Despite an ostensible tag of ‘alternative’ throughout the ‘90s, Cake’s back catalogue has embedded itself well within the mainstream psyche – with their tracks proving conducive for environments such as instore supermarket radio. “Intellectually I can certainly wrap my head around why it happens and how it happens,” McCrea rationalises. “We play music that is not intentionally made to exclude certain sectors of the population. So it’s understandable that people can listen to our music at a supermarket without too much pain. We didn’t set out like a lot of alternative bands to scientifically create music to make parents angry or make someone reject it. That’s more of a tribal than musical inclination, it’s more about tribal affiliation than notes. For us, musically, it was about ‘This is music we like, this is the way it sounds, and if other people like it at supermarkets, that would be ok with us.’ Because we’re trying to be honest about what we like and why we like things. I like a lot of music that’s been popular in the last 100 years like Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Hank Williams. These people were purveyors of popular music at the time. I like those song structures, I like those lyrics, I like those melodies. Sometimes they are more clever that lyrics that may have more subcultural authenticity. Maybe Cole Porter can run circles around Lou Reed, in some ways.” CAKE play Harvest Festival taking place at Werribee Park on Sunday November 11 alongside Liars, Beck, Grizzly Bear and heaps more. Beat Magazine Page 48

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CAMERAS BY ZOË RADAS

Moody four-piece Cameras have had their fingers in an entire bain-marie of different pies, ever since their inception in 2008. From the auspicious start of winning a triple j competition which paired emerging bands with graduating NIDA directors, through re-filming the clip for single June with a Danish auteur, to roping in fellow Sydneysider Isabella Manfredi to act in said clip, to interest from MTV Iggy, to writing and performing the score for an entire NIDA production; cross-pollination within the arts is central to the way they do things. Even the wolf head in their Defeatist clip was made by a practising puppeteer (you may know her other works from such culinary advertisements as the Dolmio television spots). Bassist, guitarist and vocalist Fraser Harvey spoke about these and other tidbits, as he and his bandmates gear up to tour and promote their excellent debut album In Your Room. Harvey shares vocal duties with keyboardist Eleanor Dunlop. Keys on single June roll deep and beautiful, played on a grand piano in the recording. But when touring, Harvey laughs about the technicalities of shunting Dunlop’s instrument. “When we’re live it’s one of those fucking ridiculous things that you have to lug around; it’s a massive keyboard,” he says. “When we first started playing I was like, ‘Can’t you just get a little keyboard thing?’ Of course she couldn’t really lift it. Everyone else gets left lugging it around. My skinny whiteboy strength,” he explains irreverently. The clip is a tale, and like that of Defeatist was directed by Jens Hertzum. Hertzum came up with the concept: “He was listening to the song, [and] it’s got that guitar sound which is a bit shaky. I believe they call it ‘delay’ in the industry,” he smiles. “And he got thinking about that. He liked it, and [said] it almost sounds like a weapon, in itself, that weird sound; it would be cool to use that sound as a weapon but against the band. He’s using [the General] as someone who’s conducting experiments using the sound on us.” In a bunker with dust particles hanging thick in the air, a man in military-looking garb sits at a desk with a stopwatch in one hand and a pencil in the other, consulting various meters and needles that flick back and forth, with a cigarette burning beside him. He makes strange markings on official-looking papers (created by drummer Ben Mason: “he made up his own script and language, and created all the documents”) and towards the build-up and conclusion of the track we see the startlingly diabolical effects of the test. It’s all the more jolting because the listener is lulled by the pace of the music and the raw wash of guitars.

“WE DON’T WRITE A BLOG; WE KIND OF JUST COME TOGETHER TO PLAY MUSIC. TO ME THAT’S MORE INTERESTING IN A BAND.” The fourth and newest member of Cameras is Mike Morgan. Morgan has been instrumental in the super atmospheric sound the band produce. “He has been playing with us for about two years,” says Harvey, “but Mike co-produced and recorded everything we’ve done in that time. He and I work quite well in a production sense; we do all that together. It made sense that he would join the band.” Another friendcum-contributor (although not a member) to Cameras’ portfolio is Isabella Manfredi of The Preachers. Acting the heroine to the wolf-headed protagonist in the Defeatist clip, Manfredi plays a romantic, free spirit who wants to break out from the social structure she’s entrapped in. “We’ve played with them a bunch of times,” says Harvey of The Preachers, “and they’re awesome, and Issy was up for it! She did an awesome job and she looks amazing in [the clip].” Reminiscent of the Smashing Pumpkins’ gorgeous Stand Inside Your Love, the video is well worth a YouTube look. Cameras’ shows have a reputation for matching their epic sound in live ambiance. “Our shows are good, they’re a bit weird,” ponders Harvey. “Well, they can get weird. When we play it is quite intense, and quite loud, and quite big. Because no one really knows who we are it catches some people unaware.” The idea of ‘not knowing’ about a band, and the ambiguity and excitement that can create, is something Harvey has opinions on. “We don’t really write a lot, ourselves,” he says. “We don’t write a blog; we kind of just come together to play music. To me that’s more interesting in a band. I guess growing up with bands pre-internet we didn’t get all that shit, do you know what I mean? You’d find a bit of music you liked, and there was something about that band that attracted you to them and made you want to find out more. That’s just how I grew up listening to bands and getting into bands. When you start really getting into music, at about 12 or 13, you stay up watching Rage and you catch this video and go ‘Oh my God that’s fantastic, I’ll go into a record shop and see what they’ve got in stock.’ [It’s not how] it’s done today.” Cameras wrap both secrecy and beauty in their huge sound, and will undoubtedly win devoted fans during their upcoming trio of Melbourne shows. CAMERAS perform at Can’t Say, Platform One on Friday July 13, The Workers Club on Saturday July 14 and Pure Pop Records on Sunday July 15. In Your Room is out now through Speak N Spell/Inertia.

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PUNK, SKA, HARDCORE NEWS, REVIEWS AND GOSSIP BY EMILY KELLY: EK1984@GMAIL.COM

Doom metal bros SUNN O))) have announced another Aussie tour for this October. They’ll be bringing labelmates Pelican with them when they hit The HiDESCENDENTS Fi on Saturday October 27. Tickets are available now. DUUUNNNDUUNNN. There are reports on the interwebs that former Cro-Mags bassist Harley Flanagan has gone on a bit of a violent rampage at CBDB Fest in New York City and allegedly stabbed current bassist Mike Couls. Apparently security descended on Flanagan who promptly got the piss beaten out of him and arrested.

Former Alexisonfire guitarist and current Gallows frontman Wade McNeil has confirmed via Twitter that Alexisonfire will do one final tour to allow them to properly farewell their fans before splitting for good. No details yet as to whether the tour will reach Australia but with the band often being quoted as saying Australia is their second home, I think we can start getting excited. Long-running US kiddie pizza restaurant Chuck E Cheese are rebranding their mascot to be a ‘hip, electric guitar playing rock star’, and have hired Jaret Reddick – singer of Bowling For Soup – to play the new version of the mouse.

In addition to the two sold out Casadeldisco birthday shows at The Tote, Blueline Medic have added yet another additional gig on the Thursday night preceding. Catch Blueline Medic, These Hands, The Union Pacific at The Reverence on Thursday July 19 (that’s next week!). Tickets at the door only for a measly $12. YIEW!

Frenzal Rhomb have announced some very, very excellent supports for their upcoming Aussie tour. Melbourne cops I Exist and The Hard Targets when the band plays The Hi-Fi on Friday August 3 and Frankston’s Pier Live show will feature The Sh*t C*nts and Bombs Are Falling.

Local band Hopeless have revealed that Mark Bawden from Break Even will join the band on vocal duties following the departure of singer Brett Sutton. The band confirmed that they’re in the middle of recording vocals for a new album.

As expected, The Amity Affliction and their accompanying crew of excellent supports are selling out shows all over Australia. Melbourne’s overage show at The Palace has sold out prompting promoter Destroy All Lines to schedule another one at The Palace for Thursday October 4.

CRUNCH! Baroness – Yellow & Green The mighty Baroness release Yellow & Green next week. After the brilliant Red and Blue albums, Yellow & Green is a double-disc set which finds the band reigning in the metal slightly but replacing it with even more colour, variety, melody and texture. The general feeling out there is that this album is going to be utterly huge for the band. It’s one of those “draw the curtains, turn on the lava lamp and settle in for an adventure” type of albums that just has that aura of importance, y’know? Gig Alert: I Am Duckeye I Am Duckeye are putting on a charity event at the Prague, 911 High St, Thornbury on Friday July 13, to raise money and awareness for marine life. The band will raffle off Ducknugget, their trusty little Pee Wee 50 motorbike. You know you want it. Other bands include The Balls, Deadly Are The Naked and Dirty Chapters. Doors at 8pm.

Triple J’s Short Fast Loud program ran their annual midyear report last week, collecting listeners votes and counting down the top 20 albums from 2012 thus far. The Ghost Inside’s Get What You Give stole first place, followed by Enter Shikari, Architects, Pennywise and The Menzingers. Pretty great list considering 4/5 of said bands are touring in coming months. Go buy tix! Lamb Of God are enduring quite the shit storm at the moment following their singer’s arrest for manslaughter. At time of print the band were about to cough up $200,000 in bail which was challenged by the prosecution at last minute and in turn, denied. Manager Larry Mazer still maintains Randy’s innocence saying, “This case is so full of holes”. The band went on to release an official statement saying, “Randy is our brother and we assure you we’re all staying very positive for him, working endlessly behind the scenes to provide any and all assistance possible. We know that justice will prevail and we will continue to do our part to support our friend”.

CORE GIG GUIDE WEDNESDAY JULY 11: The Approach, Of Stolen Monuments, Treason, Disasters at Bendigo Hotel The Bride, Wish For Wings, TRainwreck, IN Elegance, Gold at National Hotel THURSDAY JULY 12: Hack, Sidetracked Fiasco, Take Your Own, Street Fangs at The Bendigo Hotel

METAL, HEAVY ROCK, CLASSIC ROCK LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL GOOD SHIT WITH PETER HODGSON: CRUNCHCOLUMN@GMAIL.COM Zakk Wylde: Father Of Sabbath The mighty Zakk Wylde and his wife Barbaranne welcomed their fourth child on July 4. “Me and my Immortal Beloved, Barbaranne, are blessed to have our fourth little Berzerker, Sabbath Page Wielandt Wylde,” Zakk says. “He is named after all things beyond Fonzarelli approved: Black Sabbath, Jimmy Page, and my father, Jerome Wielandt, who was a World War II Veteran.” Congratulations Zakk and Barbaranne, and welcome, Sabbath! Army Of Champions Album Out Now Brisbane’s Army Of Champions has just released their album Animal Versus Man. It was recorded by B2 at Opus Den Studios in Brisbane and the band describes it as a soundtrack of experiences in the form of full bore rockers, mid-paced sing-a-longs and quiet slow dancers. They’ll be playing the show on the road in September, playing at The Gasometer Hotel at 484 Smith St on Saturday September 8, Collingwood with Union Pacific.

Gig Alert: Voodoo Lounge Metal Night Guruland Studios’ Voodoo Lounge in Oakleigh South is hosting a metal night on Friday the 13th (spoooooky) featuring Black Sabbath tribute Hand of Doom (ex Ion Drive), Blackened and Poison Blood. Free hot dogs, and you can win grog on Death Wheel. Entry is $12, 17 Carinish Rd. Gig Alert: The Empire Album Launch The Empire will launch their five-track debut EP Secrets at Deviate, 12 McKillop St, Melbourne, on Saturday August 4. Special guests are Arcadia and Bury The Fallen. Catch the band while you can because they’ve got their sights set on the US in the near future Gig Alert: Ulcerate New Zealand extreme metallers Ulcerate will play a few Australian dates in September, including a show at The Bendigo on Friday September 28. It’ll be their last round of shows this year before they begin work on their third fulllength album and Relapse Records debut.

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The Bride, Wish For Wings, Trainwreck, Like Royalty at Karova Lounge, Ballarat Summerset Avenue, City of Sirens at Next Heroes For Hire, Luca Brasi, Carry Me Home, Madison, Way With Words at TLC Bayswater FRIDAY JULY 13: Kettlespider, Rainbird, Husk at The Bendigo Say Anything, The Getaway Plan, Masketta Fall at Billboard The Venue The Bride, Wish For Wings, Trainwreck, Delawarewolves, Divisions, Surrender at Phoenix Youth Center Heroes For Hire, Luca Brasi, Carry Me Home, Apart From This, Tigers at The Evelyn Rainshadow, Ketabasis, Internal Harvest, Blackwater at The Tote The Tearaways, Not OK, The Bennies, Being Amazing at The Pony SATURDAY JULY 14: The Gun Runners, Daybreak, Party Vibez, Kill The Matador at The Reverence In A Memory, Left For Wolves, I See The End, A Sleepless Winter at The Bendigo Terror, Iron Mind, Warbrain, Ill Vision at Corner Hotel Heroes For Hire, Luca Brasi, Carry Me Home, Strickland, Summerset Avenue at Thornbury Theatre Wish For Wings, Trainwreck, Belle Haven, Empire at Bang, River Of Snakes, Angry Mules, Damn The Torpedos, The Interceptor at The Tote SUNDAY JULY 15: Terror, Iron Mind at Thornbury Theatre Sweet Teens, The Anoushka, Dark Cages at The Bendigo Tom & Shifty, Tom Denton, Foxtrot at The Reverence

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Contribute To Cosmic Psychos Docco For 30 years, the Cosmic Psychos have blazed a trail of empty beer cans and busted eardrums around the globe with their quintessential Australian drawl and pounding punk rock songs. The Cosmic Psychos documentary Blokes You Can Trust by Syndicate Films follows the enigmatic and entertaining Ross Knight – farmer, father, weightlifter, front man and the bloke who rides the bulldozer. Production is 70 per cent complete, and fans are being urged to dig through their archives for live footage, video interviews and photos from all eras of the band’s career. A fundraising drive has been established via online crowd-funding platform Pozible (pozible.com/cosmicpsychos) for anyone wishing to contribute to the film’s production costs. Premiere screenings of Blokes You Can Trust are expected to be scheduled for early 2013.


SONS OF THE SUN BY PATRICK EMERY

Before Matt Sonic scaled the heights of his High Times, there was a young, excitable rock’n’roller earning his crust as a surf instructor on Victoria’s surf coast. In late 2005, a chance air drumming session with fellow surf instructor Johnny Rollins in the white-capped waves off the southern Victorian coast led to a discussion on mutual and divergent musical tastes; Sonic and Rollins found a space to jam, and the two-piece surf garage band Sons Of The Sun was born. A smattering of well-received local, regional and interstate gigs, and a Dean Turner-produced EP later, and Sons Of The Sun slipped below the horizon. “It’s not like we really ever broke up,” Sonic says. “We just moved on.” With a few local bands under his belt, Sonic had already immersed himself in the rock’n’roll performance culture; Rollins also had the music bug, but without Sonic’s practical experience on stage. “The catalyst for the band was actually when we had this random air-drumming moment in the surf,” Sonic recalls. “We got to talking about music straight away and I reckon that night we were jamming together.” While Rollins’ musical interests tended toward what Sonic describes as “heavy emo, Blink-182, that sort of stuff”, Sons Of The Sun was very much a surf-coast band in style and substance. “A lot of the energy came from Johnny’s style of drumming, which followed his musical interests, whereas I was into totally different music,” Sonic says. Despite the existence of a vast catalogue of classic surf tunes to cover, Sons Of The Sun was avowedly an original band – “as original as you can be in a rock’n’roll band,” Sonic laughs. “We were only playing originals – we never played a cover. We used to call our jam sessions ‘expression sessions’. Neither of us would have input into what each other was doing.” Sons Of The Sun got its first break at Geelong’s Barwon Club one Thursday evening in early

2006. “I’ve still got the poster,” Sonic laughs. We managed to get a gig on the back of someone else’s show.” Sonic remembers the set being one full of “rocketing nerves”, with Rollins particularly nervous at the prospect of playing on stage for the first time. “Johnny was completely frightful!” Sonic laughs. “I’d played in bands before so I knew about being on stage, but Johnny was really nervous.” Despite the nerves, the set went down a treat, with Sons Of The Sun quickly gathering a foothold in the fertile surf coast rock’n’roll territory. The booker at the Barwon Club also booked a venue in Bendigo, which led to Sons Of The Sun playing regularly in the gold country. “We used to go back to Bendigo almost every couple of weeks,” Sonic says. “With country areas, if you put in there, they love to have you back, because they don’t get a lot of bands coming into town.” On one evening Sons Of The Sun was playing alongside fellow Melbourne band Killer Birds and the legendary Cosmic Psychos on a particularly eventful weekend. “That was the last gig that Robbie Watts played with the Psychos before he passed away,” Sonic says. Sons Of The Sun eventually came to the attention

of Magic Dirt drummer Adam Robertson, who spoke glowingly of the band to Magic Dirt’s late bass player Dean Turner. “Magic Dirt asked us to play with them in Ballarat one night, and that’s how I got to know Dean,” Sonic says. “We ended up getting along really well and he said he wanted to produce our record.” Turner took Sons Of The Sun into the studio and produced the band’s only recorded output, a foursong EP. Not long after, and Rollins, faced with the harsh reality of financial security, headed off interstate to seek employment in the mining sector. Sonic had been asked to fill in for Turner in Magic Dirt, and Sons Of The Sun faded into memory. By the time Rollins returned, Sonic had formed a new band, Matt Sonic And The High Times and Rollins moved on to other

musical pursuits. With the High Times in temporary hiatus while Sonic pursues a few other projects, as well as writing material for the band’s next record, a chance phone call from Rollins led to the decision to organise a couple of Sons Of The Sun reunion gigs, in Geelong and in Melbourne. “I got a call from Johnny one day, suggesting we have a jam,” Sonic says. “We’re advertising it as a once-off, but the truth is that we never really stopped.”

warmly. “He’s the cool uncle that teaches you shit that your parents don’t want you to know. In a good way; not dodgy or anything. Not Uncle Touchy.” He busts out laughing, then adds “We look up to him and the music he’s made. It’s been the biggest honour to be able to tour with him and play shows with him.” When I ask where the boys manage to rehearse their massive sound, Davies won’t be specific. “We rehearse in an old bank vault in one of St Kilda’s seedy alleyways; one that still has prostitutes. No one can hear us scream in there. You have to pull the giant door closed. The door used to jam shut which

is kind of scary because you can’t get reception in there. So you’d need three dudes kicking on it at the same time to get it to open. There’d be this moment of panic, ‘Argh I’m going to be in here for the rest of my life,’” he shrieks. “We’d definitely eat Johnny first.”

SONS OF THE SUN play their Melbourne reunion show at Cherry Bar on Sunday July 15 with My Left Boot and King Of The North.

BITTER SWEET KICKS BY ZOË RADAS

Jack Davies, singer and lyricist for dirty rock outfit Bitter Sweet Kicks, is struggling with his hands-free. Amongst the scraping noises he says, “Have you heard of Seddon? I’m helping a mate pick up some gear. I’m a nice fella.” ‘Nice’ isn’t exactly how the band comes across; ‘hell-bent’ or ‘possessed by rock demons’ seem more apt descriptions. The Melbourne-bred five-piece have recently signed with Beast Records and are about to launch their mini-album (seven tracks), Linea De Fuego, which they believe will cement them as more than a great live band. “It means ‘line of fire’ in Spanish,” Davies says. “We looked [the phrase] up, told some Spanish friends to make sure we got it right with wording and shit. And we were like ‘Oh yeah, and it’s a film.’” In The Line Of Fire is a 1993 thriller starring Clint Eastwood. “Then I get home. I’ve got this outdoor laundry and there’s a big poster of that film just sitting there that I’ve never fucking noticed. I’m obviously not as observant as I thought I was.” The album draws from a “four or five year period” of music that Bitter Sweet Kicks have created. “We trimmed a lot of fat, a lot of old stuff,” Davies explains, “and just kind of picked the best of what we had. There are a few old ones on this new album that we thought we’d dig up because we thought they deserved a bit of recognition.” Bitter Sweet Kicks are often linked with St Kilda, and Davies acknowledges they spent a lot of time there when they were starting out, but laments it’s reached its “death rattle.” Thankfully there’s still places like Pure Pop Records and Lyrebird Lounge, both of which the band have managed not to be

banned from. “Naw, we can’t be banned from there,” Davies cackles, regarding Lyrebird. “Campbell, the owner, is forever in our debt. I think we played some of the first live electric shows there. We started with a residency, and on the first show we completely fucking trashed everything, and we’re like ‘Shit. We’re definitely banned.’ But Campbell came up to us after and was like ‘Oh my God. I’m so happy, can you come back next week and do that again?’ The residency really built and a lot of people started showing up there. I’d like to think we helped him get it off the ground. It’s untouched,” he continues. “You can go there and feel welcome and see really good music and be arseholes, which is really rare these days.” He does admit the band have gleaned a few things since the time of being banned from venues such as The Espy. “We fucked up and completely learned from that lesson. When we play, we kind of just get all the craziness out on stage and then either behave or get the fuck out of there after the show,” he laughs. The band have a close relationship with the legendary Spencer P Jones: “We adore Spence,” Davies says

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legendary bands like Orange Goblin, Colour Haze, Sleep, Truck Fighters Church Of Misery, Yob and about a billion other kick arse doom, sludge and stoner bands. and Grondo moved to Pakenham. 4. What is in the pipeline for you blokes in the next few months? Gigs, gigs and more gigs. With planned recording action in there too. Like our facebook page to keep updated or head to rifffist.com 5. How much does it cost to feed your bass player each week, he is huge. It’s actually very cheap as he lives off nothing but riffs and we have fuck loads of those. Riff Fist asks Moth...

Moth asks Riff Fist... 1. How did the name Riff Fist come about? We like riffs and we like fisting people.... 2. What band do you guys think gives you the most inspiration for your tunes?

Seventies heavy rock bands like Sabbath, Grand Funk, Rush, Leafhound etc... as well as your stoner rock staples like Kyuss, Clutch, Sleep and Fu Manchu. 3. You guys have been quiet for a few months what have you been up to? Coz and Casey went overseas to research the way of the Riff at Roadburn and Desertfest. Got to see some

1. How would you describe the type of music you play? It’s kind of an unintentional blend of metal, stoner rock and blues but crew hear all types of different styles in it. We aren’t really sure what it is, but we refer to it as stoner hate rock.

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BITTER SWEET KICKS launch Linea De Fuego at The Prince Bandroom in St Kilda, on Friday July 13, supported by King Of The North, Valentiine, and Merri Creek Pickers.

2. Where did the name Moth come from? Our guitarist came up with it blind drunk at The Tote one night. 3. What can the average punter expect from a Moth gig? To be aurally violated with brutal tunes, demonic vocals and still being somewhat entertained. 4. Where can I score one of those sweet Moth hoodies? Sweet they are... you can pick one up from any of our shows, along with other merch or go to our web page mothmetal.com, everything is in the merch store there. 5. What’s coming up for Moth for the second half of 2012? We are playing Newcastle on July 20 and the Slaughterfest in Sydney on July 21. We have shows in Warrnambool and Melbourne in August, Canberra in September and The Bastardfest Brissy in October. You can get all the details on facebook.com/mothmetal. MOTH and RIFF FEST play Cherry Bar on Saturday July 14.

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The legendary Don Walker (Cold Chisel, Tex, Don & Charlie, Catfish) will be heading out on the road again to tour the country performing some old and new songs with his band The Suave Fucks. Tales and songs, some old, some new. He hits the Northcote Social Club on Thursday July 26 and The Caravan Club in Oakleigh on Friday July 27. Tickets on sale now from the venue and Oztix.

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READABLE GRAFFITI From the tranquil surrounds of suburban Canberra come Readable Graffiti, a three piece indie-electro band promising an energetic and theatrical live show at The Workers Club to launch their new EP. Entitled Male Mood Swings, this sophomore effort boasts lead single Feathers which was recently spun by influential dance music taste-makers The Aston Shuffle on their weekly triple J show. The fun happens on Friday July 13 (supporting Pluto Jonze), plus you can catch a headline show at Noise Bar in Brunswick on Saturday August 11.

NORTHEAST PARTY HOUSE Melbourne party rascals Northeast Party House will launch their stellar new single Pascal Cavalier across the east coast this month, kicking off at The Corner Hotel in Melbourne next Friday 13 July. Following on from their debut self titled EP, which delivered the tracks Embezzler and Empires, brand new single Pascal Cavalier is another big indicator that this band on the rise with a knack for penning undeniably catchy dance tracks.

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Gruntbucket play their first show back at their stomping ground Yah Yah’s since the release of Songs From An Empty Room, an album still pounding the airways and flipping vinyl all over the country. Michael Madden, Dave Watkins and Tim McCormack are Gruntbucket, they have one foot in the garage and the other in outer space, creating heavy slacker psych-blues. This is a free entry show with special guests Vultures Of Venus and a new band who take their name from a Dylan song, Cold Irons Bound. Music starts at 9pm and entry is free.

Walkaboutfish Records have announced that Fijian-born didgeridoo and stringed instrument virtuoso, Jay Hoad, is bringing his unique show to Victoria in July, performing one major gig at the Northcote Social Club on Sunday July 15. Jay has spent the last six years touring around the globe, following the sun and his inspiration for music throughout the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, Fiji, Canada and North America, keeping up a relentless touring schedule while passionately learning about third world culture and every style of music he can sink his teeth into. During the show you will see Hoad wield a number of instruments including didgeridoo, weiddenborn lap steel, dulcimer, dulsitar, cigar box guitar, wine box bass, harmonica, ocarina, djembe, percussion, loops and voice. Doors open at 2pm and tickets are available from jayhoad.com.

SPENCER P. JONES Spencer P. Jones – not only someone with a string of solo albums under his belt but over the past 20 years or so Spencer has been a constant in the Australian music scene, more widely known as a founding member of The Beasts Of Bourbon. He has also worked as guitarist sideman to Paul Kelly, Lydia Lunch, Jeffrey Lee Pierce’s Gun Club, The Saints’ Chris Bailey, not to mention his own solo-project bands, Spencer P. Jones & The Escape Committee, Cow Penalty and Spencer P. Jones & The Last Gasp. In his solo sets you can expect to hear some tunes from Spencer’s amazing backlog. Come along to Yah Yah’s on Sunday July 15 to witness the talent, wit, charm, songs and the incredible guitar playing of Spencer P. Jones. Two sets won’t be enough – and it is free entry!

GEORGIA FAIR Following on from touring with Lisa Mitchell, Georgia Fair announce the release of their latest single, Blind. Taken from the band’s debut album, All Through Winter, the track, which features Band Of Horses’ Tyler Ramsay on piano, is a favourite of both the band and audiences alike. They are now set to play a very special show to celebrate the launch of the new single Blind on Thursday July 12 at The Toff. Don’t miss your chance to catch what will surely be a fantastic show by an Australian band who are definitely on the rise. Special guests include Dirt Farmer and Emma Russak. You can get your ticket from Moshtix for $12+bf or $15 on the door. Doors at 7.30pm.

THE REVERENCE Kicking off the second weekend of shows at The Reverence Hotel in Footscray, The Gun Runners, Day Break, Party Vibez and Kill The Matadoor rip up the front bar stage Saturday July 14. Sunday arvo catch Tom & Shifty, Tom Denton and others from 3pm.

3CR RADIO This is a fundraiser gig for 3CR Radio with funds going to support the leftover Radiothon shortfall to be reached by the 3CR Wednesday and Friday breakfast programs to keep quality independent current affairs on the air. With bands, Dark Cages, The Anoushka and Sweet Teens joining in, it’s going to be a rad day. The Bendigo Hotel, Sunday July 15. 4pm, $10.

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KHS BLUES BAND Every Friday in July the Balaclava Hotel will host the KHS Blues Band.  Three sets of psychedelic grooves, jumpin’ rhythms and plenty of good vibrations in the lounge bar. Tunes from 8pm with a special guest support each week.

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THE ARACHNIDS The Arachnids are set to launch their debut EP The Vulture at Revolver Upstairs on July 14. A four-piece rock band from Brisbane that wears their heart on their hips, The Arachnids are more interested in having fun than being cool, with their energy harking back to the irreverence that Brisbane bands Regurgitator/Custard brought to the fore in the ‘90s. The debut EP The Vulture is the first volley in a statement of intent to shake the music community out of their style over substance malaise. While unlikely to end up darlings of the self-interested indie blogosphere, The Arachnids plan on providing you with a backdrop of the best nights that you can’t really remember.

FRASER A. GORMAN In his music, Fraser embraces an old world style that incorporates everything from ‘20s chain gang and gospel hymns to Doo-Wop country hip-shakers. He is influenced by early dustbowl singers like Lightin’ Hopkins , Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie as well as modern troubadours such as Justin Townes Earle, Frank Fairfield and Josh T. Pearson. Since releasing his debut 7” record Lonesome Mothers Son Blues in November 2011, Fraser has performed at Queenscliff Music Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and Boogie Music Festival as well as support the likes of great international acts like Joe Pug (USA), A.A Bondy (USA), Jason Isbell (USA), Those Darlins (USA) and great national acts like The Cruel Sea, Dan Sultan, Clairey Browne, The Rechords and Little John. Fraser will be performing with full band and guests Murlocs and Courtney Barnett at The Toff in town on Saturday July 14.

Melbourne’s infamous shock rockers, The Deadthings have reformed to headline KoR Fest 2, a fundraiser for Bowel Cancer Australia in memory of close friend Catwitch singer Kieran O’Reilly who passed away from the disease last year, with other friends The Eternal, Decimatus & Overproof Groove this stellar lineup is set to rock The Espy Gershwin room with all proceeds being donated to this great cause. Friday July 20 from 8pm, tickets are $15 on the door.

PRIDE AND SQUALOR On Thursday July 12, the Gasometer will play host to four of Melbourne’s newest bands – Pride and Squalor, Maricopa Wells, Sweet Teens and Foxtrot. A diverse but coherent lineup running the gamut from gravely punk rock to alt country/punk (is that a thing?) to catchy as hell Clashesque rock’n’roll and back again. Leave the circle jerk that Melbourne’s punk scene is becoming and for once and check out some fresh faces before they homogenise too! Thursday July 12, The Gasometer, $4.

CARUS THOMPSON After more than a decade of touring, recording and performing, Carus Thompson is a veteran on the Australian live music, singer-songwriter landscape. Carus will be performing at The Retreat Hotel every Thursday in July as part of his tour for his latest release, Acoustic At The Norfolk Volume II. Thompson is relishing settling back into his beloved, adopted home town of Melbourne, and it finally gives him a chance to play in venues like The Retreat. 9pm start and best of all, it’s free.

THE JAIL BIRD JOKERS Attention punks, scoundrels and blues hearts; The Jail Bird Jokers will release their debut album The Creep In Surburbia on Friday July 13 at the Esplanade Hotel. Joining the Jokers will be friends The Quarters, The Elliotts and Sunday Chairs. Tickets are $10 on door.

RIVER OF SNAKES River Of Snakes return to Melbourne’s seminal home of all things rock‘n’roll, The Tote, for a last minute gig this week. They’ll be blasting their scuzz-noise-punk-rock with support from Angry Mules, Damn The Torpedoes and The Interceptors. River Of Snakes have been busy as hell lately playing anywhere and everywhere, up and down the east coast and have a new 7” (Rebel Girl/ Drink) coming out August 3 on Thornbury Records. Catch them at the Tote on Saturday July 14. 9pm, $10.

DEAR PLASTIC Trip-over-hop/art-rock/awesome-cool Melbourne outfit Dear Plastic are teaming up with One Man Band Monster BJ Morrizonkle and lovely long lost friend Orisha for this killer gig at Bar Open. Expect to have your life changed by our weird grooves, pretty melodies, and general chaos. Oh, and about as many gadgets as it takes to impregnate the whole world! This lineup promises more melancholy than Radiohead, nine-times the lung-capacity of Bjork, and not quite as much funk as George Clinton but it is completely free. Head down to Bar Open on Thursday July 13, doors open at 9pm.

PAPA CHANGO Off the back of their sold out launch for The Matador and PBSFM album of the week, everyone’s favourite AfroFunkers Papa Chango play a Saturday night residency in July at Bar Open. Known for their heavy afro grooves and hypnotic, ethio-jazz inspired melodies, Papa Chango will be bringing plenty of bump and grind to your Saturday night. The nine-piece afro-funk collective storm back onto the scene to present a solid month of serious dancefloor demolition. Partnering up with very special guests, fellow afro-funk merchants The Afrobiotics and cumbia-reggae juggernaught Madre Monte. All other shows will be two sets from the Papa. Papa Chango lay it on you every Saturday in July. Always funky and always free! Doors open at 10pm.

BETTER THAN THE WIZARDS Blending pop, funk, rock, and jazz is a sound Better Than The Wizards are becoming known for. Forming in Melbourne, this six-piece band take their influences from a wide range of genres to create a diverse, fun, energetic and powerful live performance. Over the past several years the band has played at and headlined many of Melbourne’s most iconic live music venues, won the Queenscliff Music Festival Foot In The Door Competition, played at the Little Buckley Festival, and supported artists such as Evermore, Sparkadia, The Cassette Kids, Bonjah, San Fran Disco, Sol Nation and Animaux just to name a few. They Are playing this Thursday July 12 at The Curtin.

Make sure you’re down at the one and only Evelyn Hotel on all five Mondays (yes, five) in July to dance away those winter blues with Animaux. With a month’s worth of shows boasting lineups featuring some of the hottest young talent in the country, let alone Melbourne, you’d be crazy to miss a single week! 8.30pm.

LEFT FOR WOLVES LLOYD SPIEGEL Australian blues legend Lloyd Spiegel is celebrating 21 years on the road this year. A veteran in his early 30s, Lloyd is one of the most influential blues artists and most respected guitarists in the country, recently being named in Australian guitar magazine’s list of the 50 greatest Australian guitarists of all time. Following up on the success of his award winning Tangled Brew release and tour, Spiegel has created a new all new show with drummer Tim Burnham. The duo are touring the new tunes prior to recording a CD, expected to be released in September. Lloyd plays Ruby’s Lounge on Friday July 13 and The Chandelier Room in Moorabbin on Saturday July 14 with support from Alister Turrill.

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You like good music, right? Come along. It’s Left For Wolves’ first Melbourne city gig this year and your only change to catch them before they hide away until their EP is released. Catch A Sleepless Winter with their new singer, along with I See The End, who are taking a break from the studio to mosh your face off. And don’t miss In A Memory, touching you the way you want to be touched. It all happens at the grand ol’ Bendigo Hotel, Saturday July 14.

DANCING HEALS Buzzing from off-the-charts reviews for their debut album, Dancing Heals will launch the self-funded LP titled Into The Night this Friday July 13 at Cherry Bar, with guests Planet Love Sound and The Corsairs, making it a night not to be missed


ACOUSTIC COMPETITION Acoustic Comp is a place in the eastern suburbs for original musos to score some great prizes and spread their musical goodness. There’s over $5,000 worth of goodies to win, with Maton and Mackie on board as a major sponsor. The nights are streamed live with guest judges and interactive voting. Head to facebook.com/acousticcomp for more details as spots are limited and filling up. Competition begins Thursday July 12 and goes for 12 weeks, every Thursday night at Bazoo Bar in Croydon.

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ESTHER HOLT MIDNIGHT WOOLF I’ll Be A Dog is the brand new album by Melbourne’s wildest garage band Midnight Woolf, packed with 14 of the craziest, fuzziest and furriest tracks this winter. With hand-drawn artwork by Lluis Fuzzhound and out on Off The Hip Records, the album is bound to set the cats a-running and the dogs a-chasing. Vinyl will be out once they return from their European trip in September, so round up the chickens and tie down the hen-house, the Woolf are back on the prowl. Launching at The Old Bar on Saturday July 21 with the infectious madness of Mesa Cosa and the filthy Murder Rats. Entry is $10 and bands start at 9pm

Melbourne based folk-pop chanteuse Esther Holt writes songs which are melodic, catchy and honest. In preparation of her debut EP release, Esther Holt and her band will be taking over Wednesdays in July at The Evelyn Hotel with a sling of great supports. Tune in for an awesome winters night out at the Evelyn on Wednesday July 11.

HIATUS KAIYOTE Hiatus Kaiyote are at the tipping point – catch one of their three shows before the rest of the world catches on. Receiving worldwide attention from the release of their debut EP Tawk Tomahawk, they are holding out in Melbourne for several months playing three shows at The Evelyn Hotel with some of the best unheard bands, local and interstate. The Evelyn Hotel, Thursday July 12.

THE BEAST RECORDS FESTIVAL SHOWCASE French label, Beast Records, has been dedicated to releasing rock and roll bands from across the globe since 2003 with a special focus on Australian acts including Beasts Of Bourbon, Cosmic Psychos, Kill Devil Hills, Digger & the Pussycats, The Spoils, Gentle Ben & His Sensitive Side and more. Some of Beast Records’ favourite Australian acts come together over two nights, at The Retreat Hotel for Beast Records Festival Showcase. Featuring rare live appearances from Six Foot Hick and The Holy Soul plus The Spoils’ first show for 2012. Presale tickets available – it descends on the Retreat Hotel on Friday July 20 and Saturday July 21.

THE APPROACH Head to the Bendigo for an upcoming local Melbourne hardcore act showcase. Headlined by Melbourne DIY punk/ hardcore band The Approach who have recently released their debut EP Iron God, they’ll be joined by Of Stolen Moments, Treason’s first show, and Disasters. Have some hump day beers and enjoy some local Melbourne hardcore at the Bendigo Hotel, tonight.

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THE UGLY KINGS First Floor continues its live music resurgence with a night of dirty country rock’n’roll with The Ugly Kings (who are really not ugly at all – in fact they are quite good looking) but their sound is “ugly” and raw, amalgamating influences from Cream, Hendrix, White Stripes and RATM. Also on the bill are young garage rockers Mouthplug. You’ve probably been there late at night. You may have tripped up the stairs. Now head back and watch some of the most exciting and energetic local live outfits tear up First Floor on Saturday July 14. Doors open at 8pm.

BITS OF SHIT, BATPISS, BAD VISION With two months off from the live scene Bits Of Shit are raring and ready to unleash some of their abrasive skuzz punk back onto unsuspecting ears. With a long player in the bag, the boys are gearing up for the launch but playing a free show at the Yah Yah’s on Saturday July 14 with fellow deviants Batpiss and Bad Vision. Batpiss have been wreaking havoc and marking their territory all over Melbourne town with their punk sludge abomination. Go get in the firing line as they continue to teach the plebs a lesson in noise evolution. Bad Vision will be opening the night with some lo-fi/upbeat garage proto-punk. They’ll be getting in your ear with some pop-trashtic songs about photocopying and public transport. Entry is free.

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Chapter Music is excited to announce a new addition to its world-renowned stable of Australian pop auteurs. Standish/Carlyon is the new duo project for Conrad Standish and Tom Carlyon, both formerly of suave rocknoir outfit Devastations. Returning to Melbourne after a number of years based in London, the duo unveil their futurist dub pop with a Tuesday residency at The Toff In Town in July. Special guests include Fabulous Diamonds and DJ People. Tickets are $8 on the door, with a 7.30pm kick off.

Having recently finished touring with Gossling on her Intentional Living tour, Hayden Calnin will be getting straight back into it with a residency at The Toff every Monday in July. At only 22-years-old, singer/songwriter/producer Hayden Calnin has begun to build a following for himself after garnering the attention of triple j and its listeners with comparisons to international acts such as Bon Iver and James Blake. His debut track Summer showcases mesmerising a cappella vocals partnered with looping and layering techniques. Support is from Manor, doors open at 7.30pm and tickets are only 7 bucks.

CAMERAS Beat are proud to present the upcoming tour by molten-hot indie four-piece Cameras. Forming in 2008, Cameras have since gone on to take the world by storm. Last year saw the outfit support revered stalwarts Roxy Music on their Australian tour. Cameras went on to shine at festivals such as Vivid LIVE, Big Day Out, CMJ and heaps more. Living up to the buzz, the band dropped their debut LP In Your Room to international critical acclaim, and will hit the east coast this July to celebrate the album’s launch. Cameras perform at Can’t Say, Platform One on Friday July 13, The Workers Club on Saturday July 14 and Pure Pop Records on Sunday July 15.

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Define your genre in five words or less: BALLS DEEP!!! How long have you been gigging and writing? Six years. Funnily enough, the same amount of time it takes our manager to find the clitoris. What do you think a band has to do these days to succeed? Nice lipstick and heavy ammunition. What’s the strangest place you’ve ever played a gig, or made a recording? Our debut album The Creep In Suburbia was recorded in a country town Church... God did the backing vocals. Jesus was on tambourine. What do you love about making music? The money we get! What do you hate about the music industry? The lack of money we get! So, someone is walking past as you guys are playing, they then go get a beer and tell their friend about you... what do they say? “Those are the ugliest girls I’ve ever seen!”

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Shaky Stills are playing on Friday July 20 at the Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. They’re back together at last, playing their brand of alt country and dirty blues tunes with eclectic jams to boot. Shake on down and walk right in – it’s free for all to enjoy the warm surrounds of one of Melbourne’s great traditional pubs with good food and original music from 9pm. See you there.

Two Jacks & A Jill are Zoee Marston (Poison Oak, The Jacknives) and George Hyde (Jack On Fire, Poison Oak). They can both play guitar and sing and will play your favourite song at every gig. This dynamic, dynamo duo support Ryan Nico & The Overlanders on Thursday July 12 at The Old Bar.

MONIQUE SESTO Monique Sesto, aka ‘Mo’, is an original music and performance maker. She is the lead singer of The Coconut Rebellion (triple j unearthed artist) and has decided to pursue solo artistic projects. This is her first solo EP combining jazz, pop and alternative sounds. She is influenced by many artists and genres, but found her true passion in jazz. She has performed with many jazz musicians in Melbourne, including Bob Sedergreen (who features on her EP), Bridgette Allen, Gil Askey, Mal Sedergreen and others. Mo fostered her creativity in an experimental theatre course, developing an interest in performance art and challenging form, which she has carried into her music. Her performance will be in August at the Paris Cat with Bob Sedergreen and his band (date TBC, visit the Paris Cat website).

SHAMEEM Soulful songstress Shameem, dubbed Australia’s answer to Alicia Keys and often compared to British chanteuse Sade, will be performing in Melbourne in July as part of her first national tour. This young Perth artist has been turning heads in the music industry following the recent release of her debut self-titled album. Her latest credits include performing support sets for Ronan Keating and Belinda Carlisle before audiences in the thousands, and being invited to Toronto to perform at NXNE Festival 2012. Catch her at Bar 303 on Sunday July 29. 9pm, $10.

MONSTERS, MIXTAPES AND MAYHEM

SAM COOPER BAND Every Tuesday night in July at The Tote front bar Sam Cooper Band are playing with a cracker bunch of musicians. The band consists of members of Sleep Decade, Facetime, Fraser A. Gorman band, The Murlocs, and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. It’s free and every week will feature a brilliant support act. 8pm kick off.

Introducing new drawings from an Australian, a Canadian and a Canadian living in Australia just to balance the whole thing out. Imported to Melbourne from Vancouver, Canada, Shelley Forget brings the angst of the Mixtape to you. Her drawings are fraught with a lifelong obsession for the obsolete cassette tape. She is joined by fellow Canadian Jake Pruim, whose characters inhabit the innocent world of Saturday morning cartoons and superheroes with a dose of reality. And finally home grown Ben Stephens. His intensely detailed drawings bring to mind a dark Freudian undercurrent. Monsters and monstrosities. Obsessions and angst. Join in for a night of scribbles and music on Tuesday July 17 at 7pm at The Old Bar.

RHYS CRIMMIN AND THE TOMS Rhys Crimmin and The Toms are a product of Terangborn Rhys Crimmin, and his travelling one man band multi-instrumentalist show. He has been amazing crowds around Australia every night with his unique style that he likes to call Aussie roots reggae and dirty foot-stomping blues. Adding to this wall of sound are The Toms, which includes a fiddle, upright bass and drums. An infectious live show, with so much energy and craftsmanship on stage, it is hard to know where to look. The Evelyn Hotel, Sunday July 15, 1pm.

THE NO REAL NEED Melbourne power-pop headcases The No Real Need launch their new cassette, Nonlocal Motives, this month in a limited edition of 50. Sporting an alternative cover to the CD (which is already out through Off The Hip, for those who prefer their audio fresh and clean), it is the band’s second full-length album. It’s an odd blend of lo-fi rock, buttery Eno-style production and GBVdamaged harmonies. Alongside The Stevens, catch them launch Nonlocal Motives at the Great Britain Hotel on Saturday July 14. 9PM, free entry.

Q&A CHRIS RUSSELL

What the hell is Chrississippi Blues? Chrississippi Blues is not about hacking out crap versions of Dust My Broom and Mustang Sally. It’s basically it’s North Mississippi Hill Country Blues (think Burnside, Kimbrough, Belfour) crossed with what ever the hell we feel like. Because Dean is such an incredible drummer, he plays the songs differently each time. Also we play blues as the living, vital, contemporary music it is rather than playing it as some weird time capsule come to life. Marrying authenticity and respect for what has come before us with own flavour and singing about our lives. I don’t sing about choppin’ cotton ‘cos i haven’t done it.    Where the hell did you get the name Chicken Walk? Honestly, have you seen me walk? I have a strange jerky gait that defies modern science. Also, my wife, Miz Mojohand, was in a band and she suggested Chicken Walk as a name for them but they went with another name so, scavenger that I am, I picked up on her good idea and ran with it. Also, it’s the name of a Hasil Adkins song and an African/American dance. How the hell did you get Dean Muller to join you on drums? Rohypnol and blackmail. Who the hell tells the worse Dad Jokes – you or Dean? Dean may be the world champion of dad jokes and is actually a father so he beats me hands down. So, two cannibals were eating a clown. One turns to the other and says, “Does this taste funny to you?’ How the hell is Cherry Blues Sundays going for you? Cherry Blues Sunday’s are an excellent way to come down off your Saturday night. They’re heaps of fun and are probably the best thing I’ve done since I killed my parole officer. Beat Magazine Page 54

How the hell is Max Crawdaddy’s DJing? How is Max DJing?..... With a hang over usually. I love the rare gems he plucks outta no-where. Every week I pick his brain ‘cause he’s always playing cool stuff I’ve never heard before.

MIKELANGELO AND THE TIN STAR Mikelangelo is heading off to the UK with the Famous Spiegeltent and there will be a huge farewell show at The Regal Ballroom featuring The Tin Star, St Clare, and the ReChords. The Tin Star will be joined by theremin genius Miles Brown (The Night Terrors) and trumpet maestro Jack Howard (Hunters & Collectors), with more guests to be announced. This will be the last Mikelangelo and The Tin Star show before the group head back into the studio to record their next album. Be sure to head to the Regal Ballroom to help give them the giant send off they deserve, Friday July 20.

CHRIS RUSSELL’S CHICKEN WALK plays Cherry Blues every Sunday from 2pm to 6pm at Cherry Bar AC/ DC Lane Melbourne. Two live sets from 3pm with DJ Max Crawdaddy and Ryan’s famous Cherry Chilli Con Carne. Free entry.

SONGWRITERS COLLECTIVE The Songwriters Collective is a group of exceptionally talented singer songwriters who bring audience and artist together through the celebration of music. Each performer is unique in style, with a magnetic stage presence that captivates and inspires their audiences, creating a special ambience that Songwriters Collective shows are renowned for. Featuring Jess Hieser, with Melody Moon, Ben Crellin, Damien Van de Geer and Jimmy Staffed. The Evelyn Hotel, Saturday July 14. 2pm, free entry.

FREESTATE After spending the better part of the past two years recording and touring the US, Freestate are digitally releasing their first single/video Chase The Sun from their sophomore album Unify at one of Melbourne’s prime live venues, with support from good friends Tread (acoustic) and up-and-coming Skindeep Secret. It’s sure to be an aural orgy! Saturday July 14, The Evelyn Hotel. 9pm.

Women of soul and pop are ready to rock again! Catch Mahalia Barnes & The Soul Mates with special guest Prinnie Stevens, and support from DJ Georgia Sinclair, this Friday July 13 at Trak Live Lounge Bar in Toorak. Mahalia Barnes blew us away with her powerhouse vocals on Channel 9’s The Voice and in one of the most watched episodes, she went up against her close friend, Prinnie Stevens. Tickets are $24.95 and doors open at 8.30pm.

SONS OF THE SUN Sons of the Sun were a surf coast two-piece, which launched Matt Sonic into the loving arms of Magic Dirt and beyond. Sonic has decided to lineup a couple of reunion shows with his old band mate Johnny Rollins, playing tracks from their self-titled EP which was produced by Dean Turner several years ago. Scheduled for Saturday July 14 at The National Hotel in Geelong and Sunday July 15 at Cherry Bar, this will be an awesome nostalgic trip pushing new ground of the guys’ cult sound.

Q&A MONIQUE SESTO When are you playing live/releasing your album/ EP/single/etc? My live show will be in August at the Paris Cat, Melbourne (underground jazz club), checkout the Paris Cat website for the date. You can get my EP now, email musicofmo@hotmail.com and we will get one to you, they’re $7. Or you can get some of the songs on the triple j unearthed website: artist under Mo Sesto.

When in hell is your album coming out? Around August/September, and we’ve already started work on the second one!

What the hell should we expect from you every Sunday at Cherry? Cherry feels different in the daytime. It’s a nice relaxed arvo of blues in a great place. Max spinnin’ discs, Dean beating the drums like they stole somethin’ from him, Ryan getting us all drunk. Debt collectors visiting me mid set genial goodtimes. 

Heroes For Hire kicked off 2012 with a bang, touring nationally on the Soundwave Festival (alongside Slipknot, A Day To Remember, The Used, You Me At Six and many more) and playing to their biggest crowds to date. The Just Shoe It tour will see Heroes For Hire embark on their most extensive headline run to date, with support coming from two of Australia’s most promising young punk acts Luca Brasi, Carry Me Home, Apart From This and Tigers. The Evelyn Hotel, Friday July 13.

MAHALIA BARNES & THE SOUL MATES

Is Ryan’s Chilli Con Carne hot as hell? Ryan’s chilli is as hot as he is. Both make my mouth water.

Where the hell did you record it? At Backrabanyule Hall. The town’s at least an hour north of Bendigo and has a total of about seven people living in it. Built in 1909 it still has the original flag in there. Also there’s a killer portrait of the queen in the ‘70s wearing an awesome crinoline pantsuit and let me tell you, the queen was 100% woman back then. We spent two days there and recorded it live. Dean engineered it and produced it so there was no rest for him.

HEROES FOR HIRE

Name of artist: Mo. Define your genre in five words or less: Jazz/alternative/pop. If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why? Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie or Ella Fitzgerald. I’d give anything to travel back in time and just see them play live! They paved the way for really creative improvisation and colourful new music, in my opinion anyway. They are truly inspirational! Which band would you most like to have a battle/ showdown with? Kimbra and her live band are incredible! She’d be awesome to have a battle with because she would push you to do crazy things! She’d whip out her awesome loop pedal skills though...so I’d have to top that with something awesome...like an electric trumpet or a scatting chimpanzee...it’s still in the works.

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Describe the best gig you have ever played. In the band The Coconut Rebellion we played at The Hop at Collingwood Children’s Farm. We started our set at midnight and we were surrounded by farm animals and drunk fans. We threw in a cover With a Little Help from My Friends, the Joe Cocker version, and the place went off! The crowd was chanting our songs, dancing like maniacs, drinking like rock stars and had the biggest smiles on their faces. The best crowd! When you can take people on a journey like that...it’s the best feeling! Do you have a pre-gig ritual? If so, what is it? I drink my special singer’s drink, which is garlic, lemon, ginger and honey in hot water, it tastes disgusting but does wonders to the voice! People always complain about my breath afterwards... Anything else to add? If you want to hear about any of my gigs coming up or new songs you can visit my facebook page facebook.com/thepageofmo


ALISON FERRIER London born singer-songwriter Alison Ferrier will be performing from 4pm every Sunday in July in The Retreat Hotel front bar. She began her musical career in Melbourne playing acoustic guitar and fiddle with country duo The Wayward Fancies and then four-piece band The Hallrunners. She has recently released her debut solo album. Full of dreamily melodic waltzes, heartsick ballads and haunted blues, Sugar Baby is evocative of the timeless, romantic music of years gone by. She is joined by Tim Murphy on double bass and Matt Green on electric guitar and dobro. Also, it’s free.

VINOD PRASANNA & JAYA DAGBAR

SARA RETALLICK It was either the ancient Greeks or perhaps Confucious who once said “cold winter nights need only the sweet sounds of a guitar and woman’s voice… oh, and perhaps an autoharp too”. This pretty much sums up every Tuesday in July as Jimmy Tait frontwoman Sara Retallick plays an intimate solo residency at The Retreat. Over these five Tuesdays she will be joined by a number of wonderful local singer/songwriters, including members of The Gin Club, Hoy and Howl at the Moon. Ah, the simple things in life. The Retreat Hotel, Tuesday July 10.

Soor Ananta is the first CD release for masters of Indian classical music, Vinod Prasanna and Jaya Dagbar. This CD launch showcases their amazing improvisation, soulful melodies and dynamic rhythms. Born into musical families, Vinod and Jay continue traditions of music that go back hundreds of years. This CD release presents beautiful original compositions that capture feelings of the moon and the night from one of the most ancient music systems in the world. They launch the album at Kindred Studios Frontspace (212a Whitehall St Yarraville) on Sunday July 15. Doors from 7pm.

1929INDIAN

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MONEY FOR ROPE Fresh from tearing the eastern seaboard a new one (in the nicest possible way) alongside Damn Terran and Kingswood on This Epic Tour, Melbourne sextet Money For Rope return home to launch their new single Misery Lane on Saturday July 28 at Ding Dong Lounge. Misery Lane is the second track to roll out from the band’s forthcoming self-titled debut LP and hints at the illicit goodness lying within – a three-minute package of sex and danger. The stage at the newly reopened Ding Dong Lounge is set to quiver and  heave under the weight of sheer awesomeness on offer for the launch. Joining Money For Rope in the danger zone are The Treatment (SYD), Drunk Mums and The Fifth Friend. Tickets are $12+bf from Oztix or available from all good record stores.

THE FINAL CUT Mornington Peninsula band The Final Cut, have been working endlessly on their much anticipated self titled EP. Launching Saturday September 22 at The Hi-Fi with local support from Mercury White, The Communists, and Scalar Fields to wind up an exceptional bill of live music. Previous works express bluesy bass lines and spiralling guitar riffs, mixed with skittering drums and increasingly strident vocals, they bring together a joyful blend of old school rock and bubbling dance. Their style of indie/pop/rock makes for a fantastic live show full of infectious melodies and lively beats.

RELAX WITH MAX

Joshua Seymour and Geroge Hyde have been gigging around the traps as a duo a wee while now. Well, hold the phone, there’s someone new in the fold...none other than Ben Blakeney (of Jack On Fire fame). Ben joins them, banjo in hand and now the circle is complete. Get ready for a hodown at The Vic Hotel on Sunday July 15 from 5pm. Free.

1929indian are playing a show at The Toff tonight, following the release of their EP The Dreaming. The Dreaming was recorded and produced by Dave Hammer (The Jezebels, The Rubens). Lead single Women In Cages, released in early 2012, received rotation across national community radio as well as seeing the track chart at #3 in the national AirIT Charts. It was this song that deservingly won them a spot as Artist Spotlight on Triple J Unearthed. With 2012 already seeing the quintet playing Groovin the Moo Maitland alongside City and Colour, Digitalism and Mutemath, 1929indian have proved themselves as an outfit worthy of attention. Support is from Poco La Pax, tickets are 10 bucks, and doors open at 8pm.

SUN GOD REPLICA

BENJAMIN SKEPPER

BLUEGRASS NIGHT

After a sell out show at 920 year old Konno Shrine Tokyo, internationally acclaimed Benjamin Skepper returns to Melbourne to present a live and interactive sound exhibition marking the release of his self-produced third solo album Inimitable. In a new collaboration with surround sound designer Nao Anzai, the artists will transform The Toff in Town into a site-specific Surround Sound Installation. This is your chance to experience the unique and expansive universe of Benjamin Skepper. Sunday July 15 at The Toff, 4pm. Tickets $30+bf from Moshtix or $35 on the door.

That’s right folks! Every Monday night in every month bring yer banjo, mandolin, washboard, fiddle, flatmate and join in the oldtime bluegrass jam session at The Old Bar. Or just come down and watch as the Oldie get’s transformed to a scene from an Appalachian mountainside. First up watch a band play on stage that will inspire you to get up for the jam in the second half of the night. 8.30pm start and it’s always free. Cheap jugs of beer all night too.

JOSHUA SEYMOUR & GEORGE HYDE & BEN BLAKENEY

Sun God Replica is Link Meanie’s other band, and takes up where the Bakelite Age left off. Their debut album Primitive Clockwork is ‘70s inspired garage bliss, think Blue Cheer, King Crimson and Black Sabbath brushed with some unavoidable punk rock. Also playing on the night are the Chev Rise quintet, one of Melbourne’s most exciting new bands who sound kind of like “a Kinks and Stones house party with You Am I stealing your last can of Melbourne and Oasis smashing the front door down...” This gig is free entry, so head along have some beers and soak in the great live sounds of Sun God Replica and Chev Rise at Yah Yah’s on Thursday July 12.

FRANCOLIN Recognised locally for their unashamedly pop sound, sparked with witticisms and thoughtful observation, Francolin have been dancing up a small storm around Melbourne. Their debut full-length Won’t Let You Down was recorded beside a wall of hay by acclaimed producer Nick Huggins (Mick Turner, Oscar+Martin, Whitley, The Harpoons, Otouto, Kid Sam, Seagull). It consists of the very best songs from the group’s first two years together and includes the single Suddenly Painlessly and a new take on Hospital Song. The album launch, at Northcote Social Club on Saturday July 14, will be an upbeat affair with support from Aleks And The Ramps and ScotDrakula. Francolin’s set on the night will feature a horn-section and neat musical guest appearances for a big band sound. Tickets are available from Corner Hotel Box Office or via the Northcote Social Club website.

VULTURES OF VENUS You know ‘em, you love ‘em, you can’t live without ‘em! Yes, that’s right ladies and gentlemen, Vultures Of Venus are bringing their psychedelic electronic onslaught to Pony at 2am the night of Friday July 13. Just at the tipping point between getting drunk and getting laid, you can boogie with the guy or gal you’ve been eyeing off all night and take them home, guaranteed. The recipe is simple. Vultures Of Venus play some of the most gratuitously lascivious music known to humanity, and when the room is pumping … well you can figure the rest out for yourself. See you there and don’t forget your beer goggles.

Australia’s live dub pioneers, Agency Dub Collective, launch their new EP Inch Nor Mile at Bar Open on Friday July 13. What began as a simple two-track promotional single for their forthcoming album has mutated into a fivetrack EP, featuring a collection of mixes by Lotek, remixes by c0mp0s1te and extended dub mixes. Joining them for their EP launch is Lotek, the man with the skills and the rudeness to rule dancefloors from the UK to Melbourne with his classic blend of dancehall, reggae and hiphop styles. Enjoy a huge free entry night of cutting-edge live dub, reggae and hip hop at Bar Open and grab yourself a copy of the Limited Inch Nor Mile EP, featuring mixes which will not appear on the full-length album Beggars Belief (out November 24).

Relax With Max are a Melbourne institution and are bringing their unique blend of funk and Afro-beat back to the Espy. Playing to capacity houses on the north side of town, this 12-piece band, led by entertaining frontman Max Vella, know how to get a groove on. The best players from some of the most popular bands in town are part of this powerful outfit. The four piece horns and thumping rhythm section with African percussion makes for an ‘Old School’ funky good time! They will join Espy favourites The Dale Ryder Band and Bad Boys Batucada in the front bar every Sunday in July.

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Barb Waters And The Mothers of Pearl will play Sundays in July at the Retreat Hotel. Deftly supported by a host of great Melbourne bands, Barb and the Mothers will play tunes from Barb’s several albums, including those inspired by her country beginnings, to reveal the heart of one of Australia’s finest singersongwriter. This week support comes from Hired Guns at The Retreat Hotel on Sunday July 15. 7pm, free.

THE SIDETRACKED FIASCO The Sidetracked Fiasco are a Sydney based band known for their original and infectious blend of funk, punk, hip hop, reggae, ska, progressive and straight up heavy rock. Employing a strong emphasis on solid song writing, musical dexterity and energetic live performances, The Sidetracked Fiasco is guaranteed to get the party started with their groove laden funkcore stylings. The Bendigo Hotel, Thursday July 12.

DISTANT WRECK This show is to promote some of Melbourne’s finest up and coming hardcore bands such as headliners Distant Wreck, and new to Melbourne scene, Thorns. These two promising bands bring a raw and powerful sound to hardcore not seen since the ‘80s. Also supporting these two great acts are Right Mind and Disasters. The Evelyn Hotel, Sunday July 15, 8:30pm.

HUGO & THE TREATS Hugo & The Treats and Ghost Orkid play Bar Open four Sundays in a row. Hugo is a dedicated esoteric Rap exile from the UK and with The Treats, they are a feature in the North Side hip hop scene, known for their theatrical, comedic and spiritually uplifting shows. Ghost Orkid boast a lineup of members from Ether, El Moth, Matt Kelly, Simon Wright Band (and more!) who share a wealth of experience collectively, and have honed a style at once experimental and highly accessible. They’re on the rise. Come check them at Bar Open for four Sundays in a row, starting Sunday July 14 – with more guests to be announced. Every show is free too.

Q&A GREY GHOST Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like? Punk and new wave with hip-hops ‘n what-nots. Well, that’s what I say. What do you love about making music? I love telling stories and creating worlds and colours with sound. I love to take people on a trip whether it’s live or through their headphones. I find that writing rap music takes me on tangents I never would have thought to explore.

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YOUR COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL GUIDE

Tell us about the last song you wrote. The last song I wrote was just a big arse verse over a beat that I’m going to film and put up online. It’s about the feelings of darkness and trying to explain some of this shit I’ve been through as a younger cat. I like to write about those issues ‘cause it reminds me of where I’m at and where I’ve been and I believe it helps others who have been through that shit as well. So, someone is walking past as you guys are playing, they then go get a beer and tell their friend about you... what do they say? So I saw Grey Ghost last night, It’s kinda like Smashing Pumpkins if that bald guy had dreads and sung less about angelic internal struggles and rapped more about space and shit.

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How do you stop your pre-gig jitters? I don’t really get pre-gig jitters, I think I’ve just done too many shows to be bothered going through that every time. I’m confident about what I do so I’m usually pretty chill before a show. I have a whiskey and do vocal warm ups and like to stretch and jump around a bit. Nothing out of the ordinary. Oh but I always be-head a goat before a show. What inspires or has influenced your music the most? Mainly my incredibly talented friends and the amazing things they create. Sadness inspires me to write too, personal sadness and the sadness of the world. I love the idea that you can turn a messed up experience around and make art out of it. That makes sense to me. 7. When are you doing your thing next? My next thing is a gig in a few hours out in Traralgon, then my residency at Workers Club every Wednesday in July, then a bunch of other shows and support tours then… the mofoukin’ debut album..! 8. How do you balance making and playing music with your other commitments? My whole life is about friends, family and creativity. So the first two things aren’t an issue with commitment ‘cause I always make time for the people I love. The other facet; creativity has many parts to it but they all feed off each other. Making music, creating graphic art and video clips and writing. It’s all the same shit really, just different mediums. Anything else to add? Yeah, get my free mixtape at greyghost.com.au.

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NEW WAR

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Go Quietly (Independent)

Go Quietly was co-written by Scott Bromily of John Steel Singers and mixed by Lars Stalfors of The Mars Volta, released ahead of Little Scoutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as-yetunrecorded second album. The arrangement makes the song, the coquettish vocal melody swinging around the drum beat, a sparse and jungle-rumbling in the verse, then a pounding smash of tom and cymbals in the chorus. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to like.

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FRASER A. GORMAN

OH MERCY

Fraser A Gormanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lovely homespun single has a classic roots aesthetic, with a bluesy harmonica and rickety vocal harmonies signalling a passion for American mountain folk and bluegrass. Very cute.

Oh Mercy embrace the funk, swinging low, loose and bass-heavy on Drums. The melody rolls and pitches, playing out one way on the lead guitar, another way on the piano, the layers distinct but subtly intertwined. When the brass kicks in, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s squat and grimy; a big dirty sound to oďŹ&#x20AC;set Alex Gowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prince-emulating falsetto. Nice work.

Hold You (Independent)

FIRST AID KIT Blue (Liberator)

Drums (EMI)

RICKI-LEE Crazy (EMI)

Big congratulations to Ricki-Lee for her transformative weight loss. Her new butt just wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quit. I know this because the ďŹ lm clip for Crazy features a singular and confronting focus on Ricki-Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arse. Here it is! Here it is! Here is my excellent new bum. Look at it! Did you stop looking? Here it is again! Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it AMAZING? I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember what the song sounds like but Ricki-Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s butt is destined for very big things.

Bow Down (Salt X. Records) Always impressive, Xavier Ruddâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new single has a gothic gospel ďŹ&#x201A;avour. The verses are winding and sparse, and the chorus pounds mightily; a tribal rhythm carried by clapping hands and a subterranean kick drum. He sings here about bowing down to the god of the land and the sun, and the song breaks down to the sound of actual tribal chants that may be Aboriginal or North American Indian. Whatever it is, it sounds amazing.

DAPPLED CITIES

Born At The Right Time (HUB: The Label/Inertia) Dappled Cities let ďŹ&#x201A;y with the ďŹ rst single from the forthcoming album, Lake Air. Born At The Right Time is a joyful, pumping sing-a-long indie rock song with a disco rhythm and sailing backing harmonies. Super conďŹ dent.

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The Darkness are still plugging away I see, even in this confusing era in which Rock Of Ages has embraced and forever degraded the awesome awfulness of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s hair rock. Everybody Have A Good Time could be a chapter of that cheeseball musical, so closely does it mimic the broad melodies, chugging guitars and ďŹ st-pumping rhythm of Foreigner, Def Leppard et al. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a compliment.

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This Melbourne quartet have a sophomore album due out in spring which, judging by the single, will be a cruising inner city take on adult contemporary. In their press release, the band compares Vacant Sea to the sound of Neil Finn, which is both generous and reasonably accurate â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the song is mild-mannered and melody-driven pop rock of a non-threatening beige tenor. Singer-songwriter Luke Thomas sounds like Damon Albarn every now and again, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about as exciting as it gets.

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Fineshrine (4AD/Remote Control) Up and coming synth pop superstars Purity Ring have a debut album due out this month and this sparkling single to usher it forth. Warped, arrested beats give this technicolour track a bit of Four Tet ďŹ&#x201A;avour â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Four Tet with an epic festival-headliner feel. Singer Megan James hops lightly through the song with a winsome, slightly girlish voice, lifting the whole mix sky high.

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ALBUMS

NEIL YOUNG AND CRAZY HORSE Americana (Warner)

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PATTI SMITH Banga (CBS/Sony)

There have been three broad periods in Patti Smith’s artistic career: the early years as a poet and occasional actor on the fringes of the New York arts scene; the CBGBs era, when Smith coupled her razor-sharp poetry with the abrasive sounds of the New York punk scene; and the successful ‘comeback’ years, when Smith reemerged as a public performer following the death of husband Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith. Throughout each period, Smith has remained an artist of considerable critical repute – anyone who saw her last bank of Australian shows can testify to the continuing intensity of her live appearances – in fact, there is scant evidence to suggest Smith is either softening or tiring her anointed role as punk poetress. Smith’s latest record, Banga, locates Smith back in her original street poet days. Banga is something of an odyssey for both Smith, and her long-standing guitarist Lenny Kaye: Amerigo explores the complex cultural history of the United States, while April Fool is replete with the child-like excitement of Just Kids, Smith’s recent memoir of her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe. On Fuji-san Smith contemplates the dramatic events of the Tohoku earthquake in Japan, with a soundtrack that could have been plucked from a Bruce Springsteen session; the intensity of the title track throws back to the angry-punk tenor of Horses. Maria captures Smith at her most romantic; Mosaic is deep and meaningful, the poet transposing her insightful social commentary into pop musical form; Tarkovsky (The Second Stop Is Jupiter) is Rimbaud incarnate, replete with vivid imagery while Lenny Kaye offers up shards of Velvet Underground noise as accompaniment. And just before the concluding cover of Neil Young’s After The Gold Rush – featuring Smith’s children Jesse and Jackson – there’s the ten-minute epic of Constantine’s Dream. In the hands of others, it’d be indulgent; in Best Track: Constantine’s Dream Patti Smith’s careful grasp, it’s a journey of spiritual If You Like These, You’ll Like This: TELEVISION illumination. Age shall not weary Patti Smith, and for and Sam Shepherd’s plays that we must all be eternally grateful. In A Word: Poetry PATRICK EMERY

WILLIE NELSON

Heroes (Legacy Records/Sony) Willie Nelson has released or collaborated on over 100 studio albums which have sold over 40 million copies in the USA alone. His 66th solo effort Heroes, makes it painfully clear just how good he really is. The downside of Nelson’s prolific career is that at first glance Heroes seems a little formulaic. There are the slower country numbers like A Horse Called Music and No Place To Fly and the faster-paced tracks like Roll Me Up about – you guessed it – getting stoned, man. He covers the American South in My Window Faces South and perhaps leaves a few fans a little perplexed with a cover of Coldplay’s The Scientist. Formulaic as it may be, Nelson executes it with style and precision. Son of Willie, Lukas Nelson appears on many of the album’s songs, though his voice is a little higher and thinner than that of his famous father’s. However his presence along with long time collaborator Kris Kristofferson helps to cement the impression that Willie Nelson is doing exactly what he wants to be doing – playing music surrounded by family and friends and having one hell of a time! Not every track is a winner but taken as a whole, Heroes is a thoroughly enjoyable album. The mournful A Horse Called Magic (featuring fellow country superstar Merle Haggard), upbeat Roll Me Up (featuring Snoop Best Track: The Scientist If You Like These, You’ll Like This: MERLE HAGGARD, Dogg), and the excellent cover of The Scientist are among the best cuts, alongside the lead single Hero. THE HIGHWAYMEN In A Word: Soulful JOSH FERGEUS

That some of the finest exponents of Americana have been Canadian is something of a cultural curiosity – The Band, Neil Young and even The Guess Who (well, not really Americana, but American Woman presumably is intended to have some American cultural relevance). Having redefined the American cultural tradition in the early ‘70s with After The Gold Rush and Harvest, Neil Young’s latest record with Crazy Horse, Americana, cuts to the chase, with an album of covers of classic Americana folk tracks. On one level, it’s a bit on the cheesy side – the mere notion of the crusty Mr Young singing the classic folk-protest anthem Your Land Is Our Land (joined by Young’s long time sparring partner, Stephen Stills, no less), or even Get A Job (forever associated in my mind with Dick Clark and American Bandstand) is enough to make you wonder if Neil’s finally fallen off the precipice of credibility. Yet in Young’s hands, just about anything is safe. The opening to Oh Susannah is as dirty and confronting as the underbelly of the American dream, the song’s original folk origins soon left behind in a trail of murder-infested blues. On Clementine Neil and his crew play with meaning, allegory and mythology; Tom Dula becomes a garage singalong for the true believers, replete with moonshine and southern tobacco. The executioner’s tale of Gallows Pole appears in the distant guise of Ray Charles’ Hit the Road Jack, Travel On – another prototypical American tale that purports to excuse flight from responsibility – is a good ol’ boys night out and High Flyin’ Bird is Crazy Horse in all its grinding garage glory, and gee golly fuck it’s good. And who else can pull off a rendition of God Save The Queen – the real track, that is – and get away with it? Come November this year Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are going to be trading sharp rhetorical barbs, each designed to designate the speaker as the true prophet of America’s Best Track: High Flyin’ Bird future. They’d both do well to speak to Neil Young. He If You Like These, You’ll Like This: THE BAND, PAUL understands America better than any American. ROBESON, JOHNNY CASH In A Word: Americana PATRICK EMERY

GOSSIP

A Joyful Noise (Columbia Records) Gossip (formerly The Gossip) are yet to produce a hit that truly comes close to matching the electricity of the single Standing In The Way Of Control. Their fifth release, A Joyful Noise produces no competitors; instead seeing the band continue their descent down the slippery slope into mainstream pop territory. A Joyful Noise isn’t a pop crime however – in fact it’s quite accessible for any fan of the ‘80s in the way that it pays homage to Madonna, Kim Wilde and Pat Benatar but the defiant electro dance-punk sound that Gossip burst onto the scene with has now been cast aside. Instead a landscape of repetitive beats and pulsating synths dominated by Ditto’s sweet and saccharine voice greets us. The once screaming banshee, now reimagined as a pop diva. Melody Emergency sees rock guitar meet slow electro groove. It’s probably the most raw track on the album and yet it’s slicker and cleaner production wise than anything they’ve done before. Perfect World is a solid slab of ‘80s pop, inspiring images of dancing by yourself and unleashing your inner womanly power – flash dance style. Get A Job is a more current day dance number aimed at those who have been putting the party before the practical. It’s like your mum decided the best method to get you gainfully employed was to hire Gossip to write a catchy dance track to convince you. Move In The Right Direction hammers home the ‘self empowerment/gonna pull myself together’ theme with the aid of thumping beats; while Casualties Of War spares a thought for all those in love; dropping back on the dance beats and featuring some beautifully clean guitar work, and vocal melodies that recall Kim Wildes’ Cambodia. A Joyful Noise is littered with the sounds that defined ‘80s pop but the effects are used sparingly in individual tracks and placed precisely on the album preventing it from becoming an overbearing mess. Gossip have lost anything that was subversive, challenging, or anti-authority about their music, but that doesn’t mean they’re making bad music. If you’re happy to indulge them in their ‘80s pop obsession, A Best Track: Casualties Of War Joyful Noise could just find a place in your collection as If You Like These, You’ll Like This: MADONNA, KIM a lounge room dancefloor party-starter. WILDE, PAT BENATAR In A Word: Diverging KRYSTAL MAYNARD

FUTURE ISLANDS

On The Water (Thrill Jockey)

BUSHWALKING

First Time (Army Of Bad Luck) Bushwalking are a jangly guitar band with a band name lifted from the Australian vernacular containing members who are more well-known for appearing in other bands and their record is produced by Mikey Young/Jack Farley. Despite adhering to the definitive local garage-rock archetype, Bushwalking offer something beyond the bleary dole-core that defines our modern musical landscape. Opening track guitar/piano (it’s tonally difficult to distinguish) barroom ballad Doona is a minimalist, affecting movement. The repetitive one-two of chiming chords restrains itself until escalating into a deft crescendo. No two songs on First Time really sound the same. There are gnarly guitar licks, there are subdued guitar riffs, there are abrasive, stuttering guitar chords. Alluding to, but not aligning with, the sum of their parts (Songs, Fabulous Diamonds, Kes Band), the album achieves that elusive mix of eclectic and cohesive. The ballads are consistently brilliant, showcasing delicate beauty with an uneasy undercurrent – an uneasiness generated by subtle drone or a gentle knife-twist of a jarring chord. Visual Jam Donut is as tasty as it sounds, an unhinged instrumental jam that manages to scale a series of perpetual heights. It’s over all to brief, but never outstays its welcome. Best Track: Visual Jam Donut If You Like These, You’ll Like This: Fabulous Diamonds First Time is full of very good songs with very good song names. FABULOUS DIAMONDS, Fifteen SUPER WILD HORSES In A Word: Splendid

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The raspy, pantomime growl of Future Islands vocalist Samuel Herring can be a make or break situation for some, but the gentler approach taken with their most recent collection of songs is likely to open the floodgates to a new legion of fans. The raging fire that ran through 2010’s wounded In Evening Air has been fanned, with the calm, billowing songs on On The Water getting their spark from unabashed romanticism. There are still hints of a difficult, possibly devastating break-up surfacing in the lyrics, but Herring is more at peace and reflective. ‘To forget a love, is to regret’ he sighs on the album’s first single Before The Bridge, while Balance’s mantra is a clear-headed ‘It just takes time.’ The most touching moment is a duet with Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner, The Great Fire, with its lyric ‘If you let me be there again/I’ll be still, won’t say a word.’ Thankfully, this pulling back to a more restrained vocal delivery and slower tempo hasn’t dampened the energy and inventiveness of the band. Instead, the sense of space and more varied dynamics help to make the mix of ballads and faster synthpop songs work to greater effect. The best example of this is the way Close To None floats on faint keys for a full three minutes before plunging us into one of the album’s most anthemic moments. The Baltimore trio are coming to our shores in September and the Australian tour version of the new album comes with a couple of songs from the Undressed EP. These bonus songs strip down songs from their back catalogue, but they lose their edge in the process. As a contrast, On The Water Best Track: Beyond The Bridge slows things down and smoothes out their rugged If You Like These, You’ll Like This: New Chain SMALL edges but also adds a few extra layers to the band’s sound. The end result packs quite a punch. BLACK, Smother WILD BEASTS In A Word: Balanced CHRIS GIRDLER

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GIG GUIDE

Lanie Lane

THE PAPER KITES + AINSLIE WILLS + PATRICK JAMES Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 7:30pm.

WEDNESDAY 11 JUL

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK

ROCK/POP 1929INDIAN (THE DREAMING LAUNCH) + POCO LA PAX Toï¬&#x20AC; In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10. CLAUDY KNIGHT Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:00pm. $7. DOUBLEBLACK + THEE ARGYLES Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. ESTHER HOLT + HOUNDSTEETH + SLEEP DECADE Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. GREY GHOST + ALL DAY + KRYPTIC Workers Club, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. JACKSON FIREBIRD Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. MOON REPUBLIC Veludo Bar & Restaurant, St Kilda. 9:00pm. PLYMOUTH REVERENDS + LORDS OF NORTHCOTE + THE SPOTS Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. RILEY & DONNA + BLUE AS A DAY + THE WEATHERMEN Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm. SEA OF TRANQUILITY FUNDRAISER - FEAT: V//A\S + EYE + MK ULTRA + THE KUMIKO SEX BAND Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10. SIMONE FELICE - FEAT: SIMON FELICE + FRASER A GORMAN + JOSH RITTER Corner Hotel, Richmond. 7:30pm. $42. THE APPROACH + DISASTERS + OF STOLEN MOMENTS + TREASON Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $8.

DRU & THE INTENTIONS + TARA SPECKMAN Horse Bazaar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. LETTERBOX MUSIC Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. MIKELANGELO Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. OPEN MIC Dancing Dog, Footscray. 7:00pm. OPEN MIC Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 7:00pm. OPEN MIC Thornbury Local, Thornbury. 8:00pm. OPEN MIC Great Britain Hotel, Richmond. 9:00pm. OPEN MIC Musicland, Fawkner. 7:30pm. OPEN MIC & JAM NIGHT Grind N Groove, Healesville. 8:00pm. THE DROOLING MOUTHS OF MEMPHIS Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. WAYWARD BREED Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 8:30pm. WINE WHISKEY WOMEN - FEAT: LAURA HILL & THE TUESDAY BANDITS + LAZY RAINE Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:00pm.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/WORLD MUSIC BOPSTRETCH Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. DIZZYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BIG BAND Dizzyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. $14. HETTY KATE + BEN CARR TRIO 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. INFINTIE APE Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15. THE KEN SCHRODER QUARTET Paris Cat Jazz

HEART OF ST KILDA You know who loves causes and good music by the seaside? Bloody legends, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s who. If that sounds like you, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re probably already headed to St Kilda tonight for the Heart Of St Kilda concert â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an amazing gig for an amazing cause. Featuring the likes of Even, Lanie Lane, Nick Barker and Tim Rogers, plus comedians Fiona Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Lughlin, Ian Bland and Greg Champion, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a night fullâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;a listens and laughs, with all proceeds heading straight to Scared Heart Mission. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at The Palais Theatre in St Kilda tonight.

Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $15.

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FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be no avoiding business time when Flight Of The Conchords make a crash landing in Melbourne across two gigs this week. Funny-man duo Bret and Jemaine are travelling over vast land and sea (um, from New Zealand) to bring their swag of hilarious ditties to dedicated followers of the now cult group. Their first show has already sold out, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still time to grab tickets to their set at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday July 15.

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RYAN NICO & THE OVERLANDERS + LONESOME + TWO JACKS & A JILL Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $8. SUN GOD REPLICA + CHEV RISE Yah Yahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. TEHACHAPI + FLETCHER + MILDLIFE The Regal Ballroom, Northcote. 8:30pm. $5. THE PAPER KITES + AINSLIE WILLS + PATRICK JAMES Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 7:30pm. $18. THE RUBENS + DANCO + THEM SWOOPS Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:00pm. $15.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK ACOUSTIC GUITAR TRIAGE Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. ADRIEN SIB + HOUNDS HOUNDS HOUNDS + JAMES ELLIS Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $8. CARUS THOMPSON + LEENA Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. CHRIS RUSSELL + DAN MUSIL Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:00pm. DAN WATERS Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. DAVY SIMONY DUO + CATCH RELEASE Great Britain Hotel, Richmond. 8:00pm. GEOFF ACHISON & THE SOULDIGGERS + JOHN LUKE SHELLEY Musicland, Fawkner. 8:30pm. $15. LAURA HILL Wesley Anne, Northcote. 7:00pm. MARCO JAMES Bar Betty, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. OPEN MIC Acoustic Cafe, Collingwood. 6:30pm. OPEN MIC Arcadia Hotel, South Yarra. 7:00pm. OPEN MIC NIGHT Lyrebird Lounge, Ripponlea. 8:30pm. SKYSCRAPER STAN The B East, Brunswick East. 8:00pm. TRACY MCNEIL BAND + BELL ST DELAYS Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 8:30pm. TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSIONS - FEAT: DAN BOURKE Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:00pm.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/WORLD MUSIC CRAIG SIMON COLLECTIVE Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15. ERAN JAMES + LAURA K CLARKE Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $10. JOHN MONTESANTE QUINTET + FEM BELLING The Commune, East Melbourne. 6:00pm. LIVE UNDERGROUND JAZZ - FEAT: VARIOUS ARTISTS - SEE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS Bluestone Downstairs, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. MARY MASS & THE ROGER CLARK QUARTET Dizzyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. $14. MOSE & THE FMLY + NEON GEORGIE + THE HIGH SOCIETY Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:00pm. $12. SAM COPE & THE TRAINED PROFESSIONALS 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10. SASKWATCH Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10. TEMPUS Tago Mago, Thornbury. 9:00pm. THE LANCE FERGUSSON QUINTET Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. WAX LYRICAL Veludo Bar & Restaurant, St Kilda.


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ROCK/POP 2AM LATE SHOW - FEAT: VULTURES OF VENUS Pony, Melbourne. 2:00am. AGILITY + THE KILNIKS Penny Black, Brunswick. 9:30pm. BITTER SWEET KICKS (EP LAUNCH) + KING OF THE NORTH + MERRI CREEK PICKERS + VALENTINE Prince Bandroom, St Kilda. 8:00pm. $10. BUDD + GOLDEN SHOWER + WICKED CITY Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. $10. CONFIDER Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:30pm. DAVE EVANS & THE AUSSIE BADASSES Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully. 8:00pm. DAVE GRANEY & THE MISTLY Basement Discs, Melbourne Cbd. 12:45pm. ELEPHANT EYES + BLACK LACED EYES Victoria Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. FABELS + GLASFROSCH + THE VORSTAND CIRCUS Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $7. GOSSLING + LAURA IMBRUGLIA Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $17. GRUNTBUCKET + COLD IRONS BOUND + VULTURES OF VENUS Yah Yahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. HAND OF DOOM + BLACKENED + POISON BLOOD Guruland Studios, Oakleigh South. 9:00pm. HARLOTS + DJ KEZBOT + MESA COSA + STRANGERS FROM NOW ON Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10. HEROES FOR HIRE (JUST SHOE IT TOUR) + APART FROM THIS + CARRY ME HOME + LUCA BRASI + TIGERS Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. $15. HONEY SMACK + LONG HOLIDAY + RENEGADE ROBOT COPS + STREET FANGS Espy, St Kilda. 8:00pm. JAMES REYNE Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. $30. KATEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PARTY - FEAT: LEEZ LIDO + ASLEEP AT LAST 8:30pm. KETTLESPIDER + HUSK + RAINBIRD Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10. KINGFISHA (ALBUM LAUNCH) + KING CHARLIEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SCHOOL OF DUB + LOTEK DUB SET + RANKING YONI Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury. 8:00pm. $12. LA DANSE MACABRE Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. LOWTIDE + DEMON PARADE + THE MORNING

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FRANCOLIN Francolin are the first signing to the Contrary Maganement Label. Yâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;all would know Contrary for being responsible for those fleeting but glorious few months of the Phoenix Public House. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still hoping that this venue closing was all an elaborate pun about how the â&#x20AC;&#x153;phoenix risesâ&#x20AC;? when it re-opens...right? .....Right? Meantime, Francolin have been dancing up a storm around Melbourne with grinning locomotives of songs. Their debut album Wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Let You Down is being launched at The Northcote Social Club on Saturday July 14 with help from Aleks And The Ramps and ScotDrakula. Fun. NIGHT + THEM BRUINS + WINTER MOON Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. MANATARMS + BLACK FUEL + THE ANTOINETTES + THE DUKES OF DELICIOUSNESS + VINTAGE CINEMA Musicland, Fawkner. 8:30pm. $5. MUSHROOM GIANT + ADRIFT FOR DAYS + ROUSSEMOFF + SPIDER GOAT CANYON John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. MY PIRANAH + APES + GLEN BAILS Gertrudes Brown Couch, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. $5. NORTHCOTE THEATRE 100TH ANNIVERSARY - FEAT: MIRUSIA LOUWERSE The Regal Ballroom, Northcote. 8:00pm. NORTHEAST PARTY HOUSE (SINGLE LAUNCH) + CITY CALM DOWN + DIAMOND + I OH YOU DJS Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:30pm. $15. PLONK - FEAT: JOEY LUCKBULB + CLINKIFY +

KASHIA4SRSLY + MILK EVERY JOKE + UNICORN ON THE COB Gertrudes Brown Couch, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. PLUTO JONZE (SINGLE LAUNCH) + READABLE GRAFFITI: EP LAUNCH + THE TOWNHOUSES Workers Club, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. ROYSTON VASIE + THIEVES Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 9:30pm. SAY ANYTHING (SAY ANARCHY TOUR) + THE GETAWAY PLAN Billboard, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. $55. SCARAMOUCHE + SEEDY JEEZUS + THE ART OF LATER + THE UNDERHANDED Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. THE BRIDE (PRESIDENT RD TOUR (ALL AGES)) + TRAINWRECK + WISH FOR WINGS Phoenix Youth Centre, Footscray. 6:30pm. $15.

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If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why? I would travel back in time to 1981 and introduce Randy Rhoads to Guitar Hero, just to see how quickly he masters the expert difficulty. I imagine it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take him too long! If you could assassinate one person or band from popular music, who would it and why? Although I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t advocate assassinating anybody, in an alternate universe the recipient of my angst would be Simon Fuller who created American Idol and is indirectly responsible for global spinoffs and numerous other â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;talentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; shows clogging up free to air network time and distracting people from discovering musicians who actually write their own songs. Other than him, Justin Bieber and Britney Spears are always easy targets. Bono? Hmmmâ&#x20AC;ŚI could go on with this oneâ&#x20AC;Ś What can a punter expect from a night at the Madhouse? A crowd of devoted metalheads. A dark yet sophisticated ambience. Special guest DJs. Giveaways and exclusive promos. Circle pits. Affordable drinks. Long hair. Short hair. Leather. Studs. Babes. Iron Maidenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (and now our) mascot Eddie making surprise appearances and often serving up free finger food! But most importantly, over five hours of diverse but uncompromising heavy metal. What can a punter not expect from a night at the Madhouse? Nu-metal. THE MADHOUSE takes place every Friday at Decca Bar, 95 Queen St, from 10pm â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;til late. Like them on Facebook at facebook.com/madhousemelbourne to get discount entry.

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Dan Kelly

THE STORY SO FAR What part are we up to? Did I miss anything good? The Story So Far is an entertaining live chat show presented by Triple R personalities Sunny Leunig and Jacinta Parsons that delves deep into the minds of some of the country’s finest musicians. Engaging, enlightening and audibly delicious, this live interview series also features performances from the guests each week of the songs that have helped shaped their careers. This Sunday July 15 will see the mysterious Dan Kelly and the always-amazing Pikelet getting their brains picked on stage from 3pm at The Bella Union. Tickets still available from the venue. THE DANCING HEALS (INTO THE NIGHT LAUNCH) + PLANET LOVE SOUND + THE CORSAIRS Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $13. THE DEEP END + DESTROY SHE SAID + MY DYNAMITE + RISE ELECTRIC Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:00pm. $10. THE SINKING TEETH + 23 ANGLES OF ATTACK + ALKAN SEYBEK & THE LESSERMEN Cornish Arms, Brunswick. 8:00pm. THE STEVENS + MILK TEDDY JAMS + MONNONE ALONE Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:30pm. THE TEARAWAYS + BEING AMAZING + NOT OK + THE BENNIES Pony, Melbourne. 9:00pm. VAN SHE + RUFUS The Hi-fi, Melbourne. 8:00pm. $24. VICTOR PENDER Cape Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm.

AGENCY DUB COLLECTIVE (EP LAUNCH) + LOTEK Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. DJ UNCLE G Bebida, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. FEM BELLING & THE ROGER CLARK QUARTET Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 9:00pm. $20. HETTY KATE & THE IRWELL STREET STRING BAND Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $25. JAY HOAD Palais, Hepburn Springs. 8:30pm. $15. MAHALIA BARNES & THE SOUL MATES + DJ GEORGIA SINCLAIR + PRINNIE STEVENS Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 8:30pm. $25. ROGER MANNINS QUARTET Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $20. THE PHIL NOY QUARTET Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm.

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YURODIVYE Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm.

19TH CENTURY STRONGMEN Thornbury Local, Thornbury. 10:00pm. BETH KING & THE HEMINGWAY COLLECTIVE + MOTION PICTURES + SHELLEY SEGAL 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. GRASS TAYLOR Bar Betty, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. JIMI HOCKING Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs. 9:00pm. KHS BLUES BAND + CHRIS OAKES Balaclava Hotel, Balaclava. 8:30pm. LLOYD SPIEGEL + ALISTER TURRILL Ruby’s Lounge, Belgrave. 8:00pm. $12. RAISED BY EAGLES Gem Bar, Collingwood. 8:00pm. SOPHIE KOH + BUCKLEY WARD + JUAN ALBAN Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $18. VANGUARDS Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:30pm.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/WORLD MUSIC

THE TEA PARTY

SATURDAY 14 JUL

ROCK/POP 2AM LATE SHOW - FEAT: HALFMAST + THE MORNING NIGHT Pony, Melbourne. 2:00am. 80 ACES (EP LAUNCH) + RED EAGLE + ZUZU ANGEL Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. ABBIE CARDWELL & HER LEADING MEN Red Bennies, South Yarra. 7:00pm. $35. ADDICTION - FEAT: QUARTER DRIVE + HIDING WITH BEARS + RORY DWYER + STATE OF SILENCE Ruby’s Lounge, Belgrave. 8:00pm. $10. BANG - FEAT: WISH FOR WINGS + BELLE HAVEN + EMPIRE + TRAINWRECK Bar Open, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. $20. BITS OF SHIT + BAD VISION + BATPISS Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. CAMERAS + HOWL AT THE MOON + I TOLD YOU I WAS ILL Workers Club, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. CHICO FLASH + COCU VELU + FRITZWICKY:

The Tea Party met up over some beers and after a rousing rendition of Take That’s Want You Back, they are finally back together for good.* To the delight of their many, many Melbourne fans, they are playing two shows this weekend, one at the Palais Theatre on Saturday July 14 and another at The Hi-Fi on Sunday July 15. *Hey, this story isn’t actually true. Beat Magazine Page 60

CAMERAS Get your Camera’s ready, because, um, picture perfect Cameras are hitting the road and zooming (get it, zoom-ing) into Melbourne in support of their debut LP In Your Room. The epic indie quartet have been getting a bit of buzz internationally with their new release and awesome lead single The Defeatist, and now they’ll be playing at Can’t Say this Friday July 13, The Workers Club, Saturday July 14 and Pure Pop Records this Sunday, July 15 EP LAUNCH + KETTLESPIDER Pony, Melbourne. 8:30pm. CLAMPDOWN Rochester Castle Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. DEAD RIVER DEEPS + THE WARDENS Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 10:00pm. DIVINA PROVIDENCIA + MANA Victoria Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. FAT GOLD CHAIN + ARTIST PROOF + THIEVES Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10. FRANCOLIN (ALBUM LAUNCH) + ALEKS & THE RAMPS + SCOTDRAKULA Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $12. FREESTATE (CHASE THE SUN VIDEO & SINGLE LAUNCH) + SKINDEEP SECRET + TREAD Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. $15. GUN RUNNERS + DAY BREAK + KILL THE MATADOR + PARTY VIBEZ Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. HEROES FOR HIRE (JUST SHOE IT TOUR) + CARRY ME HOME + LUCA BRASI Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury. 1:00pm. $15. HUSK + MOTH + RIFF FITS Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $13. IN A MEMORY + A SLEEPLESS WINTER + I SEE THE END + LEFT FOR WOLVES Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10. LEFT FOR WOLVES + A SLEEPLESS WINTER + I SEE THE END + IN A MEMORY Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. $10. LORDS OF NORTHCOTE Tago Mago, Thornbury. 9:00pm. MOUTHPLUG + THE UGLY KINGS First Floor, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $10. PAPA MAUL Penny Black, Brunswick. 9:30pm. RIVER OF SNAKES + ANGRY MULES + DAMN THE TORPEDOS + THE INTERCEPTORS Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. $10. ROYSTON VASIE + MARY OF THE MOON Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10.

SILVERCITY HIGHWAY + MATT BAILEY + THE STEINS + TTTDC Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10. TERROR + ILL VISION + IRON MIND + WARBRAIN Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:30pm. $32. THE MESSENGERS + MUTATIONS + THE MORNING NIGHT Cornish Arms, Brunswick. 8:00pm. THE MODERN AGE + ELLIOT THE BULL + THE ARACHNIDS: EP LAUNCH + VINTAGE CINEMA Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:30pm. $10. THE OCEAN PARTY + FULL UGLY + GREAT OUTDOORS Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 5:00pm. THE PLAGUE BLACK + BLOODLINE + BURY THE FALLEN + HOUSE OF THUMBS The Prague, Thornbury. 7:30pm. $12. THE TEA PARTY Palais Theatre, St Kilda. 8:00pm. THE UPSKIRTS + THE PSYCHO DAISIES Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. THE XO EXES + LEEZ LIDO + SOCIETY OF BEGGARS John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. $10. THEE WYLDE OSCARS Town Hall Hotel, North Melbourne. 10:00pm. VICTOR PENDER Cape Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. YOUNG OYSTERS + JOE FORRESTER Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 4:00pm. $5.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK ASH H KING Grind N Groove, Healesville. 8:00pm. $5. BAKERSFIELD GLEE CLUB Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. BASTILLE DAY Gem Bar, Collingwood. 8:00pm. BRODERICK SMITH & SHANNON BOURNE Union Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. CANDICE MONIQUE + ALIA GABRES + KATE GREALY 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. CHAD MASON Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 4:00pm. CZARINA The Apartment, Melbourne Cbd. 6:00pm. $25. DANDELION WINE Victoria Hotel, Brunswick. 3:00pm.

PLUTO JONZE Laptop legend Pluto Jonze made a song. It’s a space calypso nursery rhyme that wraps you up in its warm embrace. It’s pure, perfect pop music. It will help you this winter. It’s called See What The Sun Sees. Pluto wants you and him to do this together at The Workers Club this Friday July 13. Don’t let him down.

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FRASER A GORMAN (EP LAUNCH) + COURTNEY BARNETT + THE MURLOCS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10. JACKET OFF Veludo Bar & Restaurant, St Kilda. 9:00pm. JAMES MCCANN Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 9:00pm. JAY HOAD Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. LIBBY STUBBS St Andrews Hotel, St Andrews. 1:00pm. MONIQUE BRUMBY BAND Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:30pm. MOONEE VALLEY DRIFTERS Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. NORTHCOTE TOWN HALL WINTER ARTISANS’ MARKETS - FEAT: CORAL LEE AND THE SILVER SCREAM Northcote Town Hall, Northcote. 12:00pm. NORTHCOTE TOWN HALL’S WINTER ARTISANS’ MARKETS - FEAT: THE EMMA WALL BAND Northcote Town Hall, Northcote. 12:00pm. OSCAR KEMPE + MALACHI DOYLE Bar Betty, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. SATURDAY ACOUSTIC REVUE - FEAT: LLOYD SPIEGEL + ALISTER TURRIL Chandelier Room, Moorabbin. 8:00pm. $10. SHERRY RICH & THE NEW FOLK HEROES (ALBUM LAUNCH) + DAN BRODIE Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. $20. THE NO REAL NEED + THE STEVENS Great Britain Hotel, Richmond. 9:00pm. THE PATRON SAINTS Grumpy’s Green, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. THE SHIVERING TIMBERS Union Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. TWISTED WILLY St Andrews Hotel, St Andrews. 9:00pm.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/WORLD MUSIC ALLAN BROWNE’S BOURBON STREET Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $25. ANDREW NOLTE & HIS ORCHESTRA Fitzroy Pinnacle, Fitzroy North. 4:00pm. CLASSICAL REVOLUTION Open Studio, Northcote. 4:30pm. HEATHER STEWART SINGS BILLIE HOLIDAY Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $25. JAREK (ALBUM LAUNCH) Palais, Hepburn Springs. 8:00pm. $25. JESS HEISER + BEN CRELLIN + DAMIEN VAN DE GEER + JIMMY STAFFED + MELODY MOON Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 2:00pm.

MACLAINE & SIDNEY QUARTET Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 9:00pm. $20. NORTHCOTE TOWN HALL’S WINTER ARTISANS’ MARKETS - FEAT: REFLEJOS Northcote Town Hall, Northcote. 12:00pm. PAPA CHANGO Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. THE ROYAL JELLY DIXIELAND BAND Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. THE SAM KEEVERS QUARTET Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm.

Q&A KETTLESPIDER

TINSLEY WATERHOUSE BAND Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm.

SUNDAY 15 JUL

ROCK/POP 3CR BREAKFAST - FEAT: SWEET TEENS + DARK CAGES + THE ANOUSHKA Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 5:00pm. $10. ANNUAL TOTE FOOTY FUNDRAISER - FEAT: CENTRE HALF HAIRY BACKS + SURFING RABBIS + DJ MANCHILD + FALCONIO + GARETH RIVERS + THE SOLOMONS Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. ASTRID & THE ASTEROIDS + DRU & THE INTENTIONS 303, Northcote. 7:30pm. $5. DISTANT WRECK + DELAWAREWOLVES + DISASTERS + RIGHT MIND Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10. EDDIE JAMES & THE PROWL + THE BLUEBOTTLES + THE TOWELHEADS Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $6. FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. 8:00pm. JAY HOAD Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 2:00pm. $18. LOS NEUTRINOS Tago Mago, Thornbury. 5:00pm. MELISSA ETHERIDGE Plenary Hall, South Wharf. 8:00pm. SASCHA ALESSANDRA 303, Northcote. 3:30pm. SHORT ORDER CHEFS Penny Black, Brunswick. 5:00pm. SONS OF SUN + KING OF THE NORTH + MY LEFT BOOT Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. SPENCER P JONES Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. SQUAREHEAD + CANARY + JASMINE ROSE Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. TERROR (ALL AGES) + IRON MIND Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury. 2:00pm. $32. THE MORNING NIGHT 1000 Pound Bend, Melbourne Cbd. 2:00pm.

Define your genre in five words or less: Seventies-inspired heavy prog rock. How long have you been gigging and writing? We’ve been playing together for five years. We started getting serious about writing at the beginning of 2011, and we’ve been playing shows for the last six months. What’s the strangest place you’ve ever played a gig?  When we were in year 12, we once found ourselves playing Motley Crue’s Dr. Feelgood to a crowd of 250 young kids from a primary school in Hay, NSW. They were jumping around and all giving us devil horns – it was freakin’ awesome! When are you doing your next thing?   Friday July 13 at the Bendigo Hotel (ooh spooky). It’s going to be a riot. We might even have time to play the whole album.

Tell us about the your album Avadante. It’s our debut album. It’s pretty epic and very fun to perform, relying on a union of catchy melodies and groovy rhythms if i do say so myself. The songs portray the journey of a man who passes into the dream state of a coma, and finds himself in a strange place we call Avadante. We spent much of 2011 writing Avadante, along with many other tracks which will mutate into future releases. What makes you happiest about what you are doing?  Our music is slowly spreading across the globe. The other week we got a request for our music from Japan. That felt good. Of course, there’s the artistic self-expression thing too. But writing and performing music with your closest mates takes the cake.. And if we ever get angry at one another, there’s nothing that a beer or a box of noodles can’t fix. KETTLESPIDER play at The Bendigo Hotel on Friday July 13 with Rainbird and Husk.

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LADYHAWKE PLUTO JONZE Laptop legend Pluto Jonze made a song. It’s a space calypso nursery rhyme that wraps you up in its warm embrace. It’s pure, perfect pop music. It will help you this winter. It’s called See What The Sun Sees. Pluto wants you and him to do this together at The Workers Club this Friday July 13. Don’t let him down. THE MORNING NIGHT + CAMERAS + THE TWOKS Pure Pop Courtyard, St Kilda. 5:00pm. THE REFUNDS Workers Club, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. THE TEA PARTY The Hi-fi, Melbourne. 7:30pm. $75. TOM & SHIFTY + TOM DENTON Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 3:00pm.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK ANDY BAYLOR & THE BANKSIAS BAND + MARTY KELLY & AUBURY MAHER Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 5:30pm. BAKERSFIELD GLEE CLUB Union Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. BARB WATERS & THE MOTHERS OF PEARL + ALISON FERRIER + HIRED GUNS Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 4:00pm. BLACKCHORDS Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. CHICKEN HOUSE St Andrews Hotel, St Andrews. 3:00pm. CHRIS RUSSELL’S CHICKEN WALK + DEAN MULLER Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 2:00pm. DAN DINNEN + ALEX BURNS TRIO Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 4:00pm. FRUITJAR Town Hall Hotel, North Melbourne. 6:00pm. GEOFF ACHISON Bay Hotel, Mornington. 3:00pm. GEORGE HYDE + JOSH SEYMOUR Victoria Hotel, Brunswick. 6:00pm. JACK CARTY Bar Betty, Fitzroy. 6:00pm. LEGENDS ENCOURAGEMENT JAM - FEAT: CHRIS WILSON Musicland, Fawkner. 2:00pm. RHYS CRIMMIN & THE TOMS (ALBUM & SINGLE LAUNCH) + JEN KNIGHT & THE CAVALIERS + KHRISTIAN MIZZI Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 1:00pm. $15. ROSS HANNAFORD & THE CRITTERS Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 3:00pm. $15. SARAH CARROL & HER PSYCHEDELIC WILDMEN Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 4:00pm. SIME NUGENT + STEVIE HESKETH Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. SINGER SONGWRITER SESSIONS - FEAT: BROOKE TAYLOR + DAVID KNIGHT Chandelier Room, Moorabbin. 4:00pm. WARREN EARL & THE ATOMIC ROCKERS Gem Bar, Collingwood. 8:00pm. WAYLAN JOES Thornbury Local, Thornbury. 4:00pm.

Half woman, half bird, Ladyhawke is our favourite superhero. Her special skill is crowd hypnosis and involuntary hip shimmies whenever anyone gets within 500m of her and her guitar. She can also belt out an ‘80s-inspired electro pop banger on a frequency only heard by Real Cool Dudes. Great power. Great responsibility. She’s been harnessing all of her energy to save Melbourne from the dreary confines of winter at Billboard The Venus this Tuesday July 17.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/WORLD MUSIC BENJAMIN SKEPPER (INIMITABLE LAUNCH) Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 4:00pm. $30. DJ MAX BAY Bebida, Fitzroy. 4:00pm. HUGO & THE TREATS + GHOST ORKID Bar Open, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. MOU TRIO Open Studio, Northcote. 4:30pm. THE ANDY SUGG GROUP Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. THE DAIMON BRUNTON QUINTET Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15.

MONDAY 16 JUL ROCK/POP ANIMAUX + DUFRAYNE + WISHFUL + YEO Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $8. CHERRY JAM Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 6:30pm. HAYDEN CALNIN + MANOR Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $7. KING OF THE NORTH + THE BLISTER TRANSISTOR Espy, St Kilda. 8:00pm. MONDAY NIGHT MASS - FEAT: GREAT EARTHQUAKE + LITTLE KILLING + TINY SPIDERS Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 6:00pm.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK BLOOD RED BIRD Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 8:00pm. BLUEGRASS NIGHT - FEAT: UNCLE BILL Old Bar, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. NAT MCDERMOTT Veludo Bar & Restaurant, St Kilda. 8:30pm. SECRET MONDAY ACOUSTIC SHOW Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. THE MONDAY DRFIT Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/WORLD MUSIC THE ALLAN BROWNE TRIO Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15.

TUESDAY 17 JUL ROCK/POP 8 BIT LOVE + THE UNIVERSAL Workers Club, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. BENJAMIN FRANCIS LEFTWICH + THE TROUBLE WITH TEMPLETON Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:00pm. $20. BERTIE BLACKMAN + MANOR Corner Hotel, Richmond. 7:30pm. $35. LADYHAWKE Billboard, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. PATRON SAINTS Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. STANDISH & CARLYON + DJ ROMAN WAFERS + ZANZIBAR CHANEL Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $8. THE HERBS + MR.95 Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:00pm. $15.

There have been loads of tours announced within the last few weeks, and many include plenty of regional and all ages shows. Auckland’s Antagonist A.D. will cross the ditch in August for their Nothing From No One tour, which is their third release and first under Mediaskare Records where they’ve recently signed. Cali metalcore outfit and labelmates Lionheart will be joining them, as well as our homegrown Shinto Katana. You can catch the trio at the Phoenix Youth Centre on August 12 or at Musicman Megastore on August 14. Returning to Australia just over a year since they last visited will be Massachusetts band Defeater, joined by Philadelphia’s ever evolving Blacklisted. They’ll be hitting aussie shores during September and will shower Melbourne’s all ages music scene with love on September 28 at TLC Bayswater. Get tickets for either of these tours through oztix.com.au. In other news there’s one more Push FReeZA Summit left on our bill, this time in Abbotsford next Thursday. Another great opportunity to take advantage of is the Queenscliff Music Festival Scholarship, which is aimed at muso’s located in the regions of Geelong, Barwon South West and the Bellarine Peninsula. There’s a sweet $10,000 to be had, so make sure you check out www.qmf.net. au before it closes on July 30. And not to put a damper on what’s left of your holidays but there’s been two cancellations this week: Heroes for Hire’s Karova Lounge show tonight and Blackout Underage tomorrow. Head to wherever you purchased tickets from to get a refund.

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BUNYIP MOON + DANE CERTIFICATE + PRONOUN Old Bar, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. JEB CARDWELL Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. LOIC Veludo Bar & Restaurant, St Kilda. 8:30pm. OPEN MIC Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 7:30pm. SARA RETALLICK + JUSTIN CUSACK Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 8:30pm. SATURDAY ACOUSTIC REVUE - FEAT: STEWART KOHINGA + JAMIE MACDOWELL & TOM THUM Chandelier Room, Moorabbin. 8:00pm. $10.

Heroes For Hire w/ Luca Brasi and Carry Me Home, TLC Bayswater, 265 Canterbury Road, Bayswater, $18.40, oztix.com.au or 1300 762 545, AA Push FReeZA Summit 2012 - Abbotsford w/ workshops by House Vs Hurricane, Mantra, Remedy Music and Unified, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, 11am – 3:30pm, Free, The Push on (03) 9380 1277 or thepush.com.au, AA Christmas in July w/ Glorified, Summerset Avenue, Stick To The Shallows, Hometown, and Let’s Not Pretend, Templestowe Memorial Hall, Cnr Parker and Anderson Street, Templestowe, 3pm – 6:15pm, $10, fusion_freeza@hotmail.com, AA

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MARK LOCKETT TRIO (CD LAUNCH) Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15. PRINCES HILL SECONDARY Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. $14. THE SIMON WRIGHT BAND + DJ BIG KAHUNA BURGER + ZEVON Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. YANA ALANA & THE PARANAS - FEAT: MIKELANGELO + MS CONSTANTINA BUSH + ANNI DAVEY + FIONA SCOTT NORMAN + NATHAN LITTLE + SHIRLEY B Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury. 7:00pm. $25.

Young Talent Time, The Palms at Crown Casino, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank, Melbourne, 2pm - 4pm, 6pm - 8pm, $65, ticketek.com.au or 132 849, AA Casey Battle of the Bands Heat Two, Narre Community Learning Centre, 1 Malcolm Crt, Narre Warren, 6pm – 11pm, $8, Chris Cogger on 97055200, AA The Bride w/ Wish For Wings, Trainwreck, Delawarewolves, Divisions, and Surrender, Phoenix Youth Centre, 72 Buckley Street, Footscray, 6:30pm, $15.30, oztix.com.au or 1300 762 545, AA

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MUSICIANS WANTED ACOUSTIC ACTS WANTED for Bar Betty in Smith Street, Fitzroy. Paid Gig. Please phone Sandra or Michelle on 9417 3937. Bar Betty - 129 Smith Street, Fitzroy. BANDS & PROMOTERS WANTED. Any style for Collingwood venue. First gigs welcome, live CD recording available. Contact Jane after 12pm on 0425 796 828. BANDS WANTED. Iddy Biddy Bar St Kilda is looking for funk bands/groups, from solo artists to 3 piece bands. Beat Magazine Page 62

Friday to Tuesday nights available. Contact Keith on 9525 3320 or email iddy@iddybiddy.com.au BANDS WANTED for artist showcase in the Espy Gershwin Room. A great step towards bigger shows. Contact mark@ gunnmusic.com.au EXPERIENCED AND PROFESSIONAL FEMALE KEYBOARD PLAYER with singing harmony abilities needed for alt country/rock band about to release second record. Established band with booking agent support. Must have own gear, transport and available to rehearse fortnightly. Call Gra on 0408 055 890. SEEKING FUNK/SWING/JAZZ BANDS. We want to hear from bands looking for regular gigs at Smith streets newest venue. Shoot through an email with demo and pics to: drink@the86.com.au

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EMPLOYMENT FLAUNT IT. Internationally acclaimed producer of profeminist erotica looking for confident, adult women to smash the stereotypes and earn good money ($500 and up). Don’t overlook this til you’ve found out more about it. Rebecca 9495 6555 or www.feck.com. NEW DJ/SOUND N LIGHT BUSINESS SEEKS PARTNER. Must be driven to succeed and have relevant contacts. Text if interested: 0411 024 794.  

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Sunday July 15 Young Talent Time, The Palms at Crown Casino, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank, Melbourne, 11:30am - 1:10pm, 3:30pm, $65, ticketek.com.au or 132 849, AA Terror w/ Iron Mind, Thornbury Theatre, 859 High Street, Thornbury, 2pm, $36.75, oztix.com.au or 1300 762 545, U18 Flight Of The Conchords, Rod Laver Arena, Olympic Boulevard (Formerly Swan Street), Melbourne, 7pm, $50 - 84.90, ticketek.com.au or 132 849, AA


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LIVE CEREMONY The Bendigo Hotel, Saturday June 30 Ceremony’s latest album Zoo has been released to mixed reviews. Stepping out of the box is always a risky move but one that often pays off and if people haven’t been sold on the album and its huge variety of influences, then the songs played live won them over. Seeing as Ceremony blend hardcore, punk, post-punk and more, it was only fitting that tonight’s lineup contained a mix of genres. Sex Tape were a last minute addition but one that was immensely complementary. Those retorting about them ‘not being a hardcore band’ need to get off their narrow minded pedestals, or maybe just stay there and keep their mouths shut. Sex Tape killed it, and no doubt they don’t give a rat’s what you think of them anyway. Mixing it up between trashy fast numbers and slower more noise punk sounds with an evil edge, Sex Tape draw an obvious influence from the likes of Pissed Jeans but don’t come close to being derivative. Occupying a space with far more defined boundaries, Rort opened up the pit playing tight and fast metallic hardcore. The low-end frequencies were crushing, as were the slam dancers whipping themselves into a fury. Note to self – do not buy a top shelf spirit at a hardcore show. By the time Extortion started the room was bursting at the seams, the edge dwellers pinned firmly to the walls. Extortion pull no punches, brutally fast and aggressive, they were in fine form tonight, executing their power violence attack with a razor sharp intensity. The crowd got antsy as Ceremony took their time to hit the stage and the Bendigo was starting to resemble the sweaty

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THE MERCURY THEATRE

So then, what’s the band name and what do you ‘do’ in the band? The band is called Mercury Theatre, named after Orson Welles’ radio broadcasts that began back in the ‘30s. I mainly play lead guitar in the band, but sometimes I might just make a lot of noise. There’s always moments where you can just go crazy with your instrument, and other times when I feel the song requires a little bit of ‘space’, I might not play anything at all; sometimes less is best. What do you think people will say you sound like? When it comes to comparisons we’ve heard them all. From Muse, Karnivool, The Cure, right through to Neil Young! It’s hard to define your own music without sounding too pretentious, but put a gun to my head and I’ll say alternative rock. Interesting chords, melodic hooks, sometimes a little ambient, other times heavily riff orientated, and often just squealing feedback. Have a listen and judge for yourself. What do you love about making music? Writing new material can be a really daunting experience. Trying to vocalise the sound in your head and demonstrate what you’re trying to get out can be tricky, but it’s always a lot of fun. The other major aspect is performing live, which is hands down the most fun you can have without fireworks and a donkey. There’s something magical about two minute sound checks, breaking guitar strings, blowing valves, and 2am load outs – I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. What do you hate about the music industry? I haven’t had much experience with the music scene anywhere other than Melbourne, but from playing countless gigs, releasing our EP, and constantly trying to promote ourselves, it’s hard to define where a lot of the problems lay. I’ve always felt the hardest thing is to prove yourself within a 30 minute set. So many venues aren’t willing to give gigs to bands because they haven’t heard of them before, or they don’t have enough fans on Facebook. The music scene isn’t the worst, but it could be a lot better. If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why? This is a tricky one, there’s so many answers! I would have to say Rowland S. Howard. Easily one of Australia’s greatest musicians. He wasn’t finished with his musical ambitions when he died, it’s obvious he had so much more to do. I would hold his opinion very high. What can a punter expect from your live show? The experience of four talented musicians who love doing what they do. A great night out with some guaranteed entertainment, and probably a beer or two after the show. Don’t hesitate to have a chat with us after the show. When are you playing live next and with who? Saturday July 14 at the Noise Bar. We will be supported by friends William Blaxland, Cal Thoms’ & Yoshitoro. All having shared the stage with us before, but never together. With Cal Thoms’ youthful charm, Yoshitoro’s smooth tunes, Blaxland’s complexity and The Mercury Theatre’s dynamic you are surely in for a treat. $10 Entry. Doors 8:30pm

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sardine box that is public transportation during peak hour. Finally the Californian quartet made it to the stage, opening with Repeating The Circle from Zoo, with its definite nod to Joy Divison. Immediately it was clear that the songs from the latest album, while deviating in style and genre, would not be any less potent in delivery. Tonight’s set was welldevised, featuring songs from all four albums. Fans ate up Open Hand and I’m Sick and Pressures On would surely be the cause of some heinous bruises, come Monday morning. The set flowed seamelssly, the slower more post-punk influenced songs like Doldrums pierced and sawed slowly where their counter parts frantically stabbed. The variety in sounds is a welcome change in the hardcore genre and Ceremony are defiantly setting their own course, one that embraces the entire spectrum of hardcore, punk and beyond – from Flipper to Black Flag to Fugazi. The marrying of such genres is a brave decision on the band’s part but tonight’s show proved that Ceremony, armed with the ferocity of their live show, aim to take their fans with them in whatever musical direction they choose to take. KRYSTAL MAYNARD LOVED: Ceremony’s guitarist licking his fretboard at the end of the set. HATED: Losing half of all my drinks. DRANK: Pints and Patron.

NED COLLETTE & WIREWALKER    Northcote Social Club, Saturday June 23 On a wintry night typical of the European city he has occupied for two years, Melbourne’s prodigal son returned for a rare show at The Northcote Social Club to propel new album 2 into the world. Mary Orcher was a challenging opener – a fascinating and confronting acquaintance of Collette from Berlin who added beautifully to the general awkwardness of arriving at a venue early. Any preconceived notions of what a gig should be like were discarded as her bizarre performance and unique fashion sense were unleashed on the band room, leaving only space for side-eyes and nervous giggles. Intriguing. With Collette and Wirewalker’s album having received favourable reviews in the lead up to this show, it’s no surprise that the dimly-lit hometown hub of the NSC was at capacity, buzzing with a gentle chatter that expanded and contracted but never completely let up as the evening progressed. With the layers and depth present in 2, the main point of interest was how this would retain its clarity in a live setting. With writing and recording duties taking place between sister cities Melbourne and Berlin, the European environment certainly shows its mark. Like Berlin itself, 2 is a juxtaposition of traditional and avant-garde, part flamenco, part electro, overlayed with Collette’s finest and at times least accessible asset – his skeletal, stern voice. Tonight, donned in a linen white suit, Ned Collette and his fondly-caressed Spanish guitar provided the backbone to the pulse of Wirewalker’s percussion – a frenzy of drums, drum machines, bass guitar and synth which kept the whole thing animated. Starting with IL Futuro Fantastico, the talented band reeled off most tracks from 2, rarely straying from the album’s playing order. The first few tracks unfolded in an almost unconscious way, with each competing sound seeming to drag you one way before a tribal beat or guitar lick would intercept and pull you elsewhere. Despite the chaotic composition of many of the songs, their stage presence was calm and almost technical, remarkably focused and always colouring between the lines. It was the songs sans drums that shone, allowing the carefully-crafted tracks to rest delicately in the air, with the beautiful vocal harmonising of Biddy Connor and Laura Jean adding to the heady mix of down-tempo tracks like How To Change A City and The Hedonist. This cold winter night suited the uneasy, brooding harmonies that Collette weaved his way through in a practiced manner. The soaring chorus of Long You Lie best connected with the audience, sounding every inch the Australian classic of yesteryear. A tidal wave of an encore, and the first time Collette connected with an electric guitar, was enthusiastic yet not entirely enveloping.  I’m not sure if it was a slight lack of engagement or a general Saturday night vibe and late start time, but the entire evening was underscored by the crowd’s chatter, which dulled the sonic landscape a little. This gig was a pleasure to behold, but without the staying power to reminisce. That said, Melbourne and Berlin seem to share a particular common cultural thread. Collette’s sound straddles the two more so than any other artist. I can’t wait to see what comes next. TARYN STENVEI

LOVED: The glaring talent. HATED: That Collette bagged out Celine Dion, despite wearing her 1999 Academy Award suit backwards. DRANK: Big ol’ beers.

KIRIN J CALLINAN The Tote, Thursday June 28 It was a novelty for some, seeing Melbourne’s most venerable rock establishment being comprehensively absorbed by strobe, fog and deep house. My Disco side project Kangaroo Skull played against many of the ingrained conventions of a Melbourne gig, and it was refreshing to be able to have the option of kicking on into the early AM (even if it was a weeknight). Before Kangy Skull smoked out the joint, Kirin J Callinan made an all-too-rare Melbourne appearance, this time replete with band. There was a prolonged wait for the man himself to take the stage. When he did, he mugged to the crowd like a deranged Benny Hill if he was a skinny Eastern-European mercenary. Revelling onstage with percussive shadow boxing, Kirin presented a hyper-gleeful disposition which conflicted with his harrowing subject matter. The haunting beauty of Thighs compounds the heartbreakingly twisted narrative of a sexual predator, “Your dad won’t know...”. In ballad mode, Kirin’s guitar textures sound like Link Wray’s iconic Rumble chords were dipped and deep-fried in every drug of the past half-century. As Kirin was hitting his stride, it all became a bit too much for the PA, which decided to pack it in for the night. While it wasn’t a terminal halt, the multiple stop-starts dampened the flow tremendously. But staying true to his camo cargo pants, Kirin soldiered on with endearingly

uneasy banter. W II W, the first taste from Callinan’s debut LP, was complemented by an overbearing strobe, drawing a tooliteral reference to the track’s stunning film clip. The dynamic with the supplementary band members had its benefits and detriments: the formidable soundscape was fleshed out to great effect, but relinquishing some control to the three gimps (as Kirin introduced them) meant some false starts were endured with the laying down of beats. The whole affair was grandiose and ambitious. While it didn’t quite hit the mark consistently, the promise was definitely there. LACHLAN KANONIUK

LOVED: The most enticing merch stand I’ve seen in recent memory. Kirin J Callinan teatowels – stylish and practical. HATED: Power failures. DRANK: Some heaps tasty coffee liqueur at 99 Problems beforehand.

GOATWHORE The Corner Hotel, Saturday July 7 The last time New Orleans stalwarts Goatwhore were in Australia was two years ago when they supported Behemoth alongside Job For A Cowboy. Now, the extreme metal veterans are back and playing a string of blistering headline shows with Tasmania’s Ruins and Singapore legends Impiety in support. Their Melbourne show took place at The Corner Hotel in Richmond to a rowdy crowd of denim and leather clad miscreants eagre for some severe aural punishment. Ruins played an intense set of bleak black metal full of swirling, razor sharp open chords, tooth shattering blast beats and desolate roaring vocals courtesy of Alex Pope. Unfortunately the set was marred by the fact that the guitars kept cutting out, leaving Pope and co looking visibly deflated, and a long break midway through the set to try and (unsuccessfully) repair the faults sucked all the momentum out of their performance. If there is one thing Impiety have in bucket loads, it’s momentum. From start to finish their set was absolutely relentless. The three-piece put on a stunning display of vicious black metal played at phenomenally fast breakneck pace, performed with inhuman amounts of energy and sheer stage presence. Their set-list spanned their 20-odd year career and was played with such force that they came close to blowing the headliners right off the stage. Theirs is the sound of pure evil, played at a terrifying velocity, and it’s bloody good fun! Impiety were certainly a hard act to follow, but

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Goatwhore made easy work of it, storming out right from the off and playing with the brute force and confidence that only veterans of their stature are capable of. Their brand of hot-blooded, blackened death metal ensured the pits were swirling, heads were banging and the sweat was pouring from start to finish. It was a master class in brutality; true meat and potatoes metal where thuggish rage and boisterous energy make up for the lack of technicality and melody. The four-piece, who feature members of Crowbar and Soilent Green in their ranks, are touring to promote their new record Blood For The Master, of which they played a decent chunk, with When Steel and Bone Meet being a clear standout track. It was, however, the old classics such as Alchemy of The Black Sun Cult and closer Apocalyptic Havoc that really got the crowd in a frenzy. All in all it was a satisfyingly extreme display of brutality on all fronts, and one that proved that the underground is still going strong. ADAM ROBERTSHAW

LOVED: The intensity displayed by all the bands on the bill HATED: The technical problems during Ruins’ set DRANK: Carlton Draught and Jagermeister


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Beat Magazine Weds 11 July 2012