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CLAVIANS In conjunction with Melbourne’s Leaps & Bounds Music Festival, new record label upstarts Dream Vessels will take over The Grace Darling Hotel on Saturday July 20 to present an eclectic local music showcase. Headlined by their first signing Clavians, who will be launching their film clip for track Body Grip off newly released EP Cosmic Hood, Clavians bring psych-punk back to its rawest form and prove to be not your average two-piece. Joined on the night by electronic mastermind Solaires, alt-country crooners Big Smoke and three-piece scuzzy grunge maestros Claws and Organs, doors will open at 9pm and DJ Nth Wheel will be spinning the finest local black wax to treat the ears of unsuspecting punters. $10 entry includes Clavians Cosmic Hood EP to help celebrate Dream Vessels first release.

CALEXICO Calexico will play two shows in Melbourne this September. Calexico’s unique brand of ‘desert noir’ is a fusion of various influences including Portugese fado, ‘50s jazz, gypsy, ‘60s surf and moody indie rock. Since 1996 it has earned them the right to inhabit and own their own special space in contemporary music. Calexico play the Athenaeum Theatre on Tuesday September 24 and the Corner Hotel Wednesday September 25.

FUN MACHINE Canberran sex-pop foursome Fun Machine return with their highly anticipated new single Naked Body. The track is a prime example of the buoyant and experimental sounds that have become the trademark of Fun Machine, and features driven poly-rhythms created by tap-dancing on a plank of wood and sampled Formula One cars. Catch them on Thursday August 22 at AFTR Dark and Saturday August 24 at the Grace Darling.

UNDERGROUNDLOVERS undergroundLOVERS will launch their latest single Haunted at the Northcote Social Club on Saturday August 31. Haunted will be released as part of a limited split 7” single with Chinese noise-pop duo Dear Eloise. Only 250 copies of the single will be available in Australia and limited copies of the 7” vinyl will be available to buy at the Northcote Social Club gig for punters who get in early. Don’t miss out!

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Melbournians are quickly becoming familiar with singer/songwriter/producer/all round cool guy Oscar Key Sung. The newest member of the Niche artist agency will be hitting the road in August to debut his new material before hitting the road with Ghostpoet in September. Key Sung makes up one half of Oscar+ Martin and is a seasoned performer playing festivals from Falls and Meredith to Sugar Mountain and supporting the likes of St. Vincent, Four Tet, Metronomy and Gotye. He spent most of last year in the studio working on his debut LP, set for release early next year, as well as managing a quick succession of EPs with his positive hip hop duo Brothers Hand Mirror. Key Sung will be playing at Melbourne’s Toff in town on Saturday August 3. Checkout the venue’s website for more information.

Melbourne’s own ten-piece instrumental funk and soul darlings, The Cactus Channel, have announced their sophomore album, Wooden Boy. The follow up to last year’s rave-reviewed debut Haptics, Wooden Boy could have been an alternate soundtrack to Ghost Dog - if Lalo Schifrin and the Meters were collaborating on the RZA’s score. Or maybe Wooden Boy was what happened when Lars Von Trier got invited to direct an episode of Soul Train. Draw your own conclusions when The Cactus Channel launch Wooden Boy at two Northcote Social Club shows on Thursday September 5 and Friday September 6; tickets are on sale now from The Corner box office. Wooden Boy by The Cactus Channel is set for release on Monday September 2 on HopeStreet Recordings via Fuse.

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What can a punter expect to see from your live show? A high energy cocktail with raw sounds kicked out hard by a two girl/two guy combo.     What have you got to sell CD wise? We have two EPs and a new single to sell at shows.   When’s the gig and with who? The next TMK show is on Saturday July 13 at Cherry Bar in AC/DC Lane. It’s a launch for our new single Don’t Give It Up. We have invited Australian punk icons La Femme to join us and local lads Kill Shott.   What makes you happiest about what you’re doing? Doing what we’ve always loved and imagined doing and rolling with a crew that really gets each other.   If your music was a chocolate bar, which one would it be and why? Kit Kat, because it divides into four equal parts, is always there and tastes great.   When are you doing your thing next? We launch the single at Cherry Bar this  Saturday night. After that we will be focusing on the album release due out on September 6 through MGM.   

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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? Probably Lou Reed, the guy is an absolute hero! A pat on the back from scruffy Lou would be amazing, he's influenced so much things I love about music from sexuality in rock'n'roll, fashion, song writing... his mark on music is legendary so I would definitely love to show him our chops. If you could assassinate one person or band from popular music, who would it and why? I would assassinate the shit out of Simon Cowell, the curator of those horrible reality music TV shows like American Idol and The Voice in America and England, what an absolute piece! And don't get me started on his smug-ness and attitude, I hate that guy. Which band would you most like to have a battle/ showdown with? Kingswood! They're like our arch nemeses, a good old fashion punch on with Kingswood out the front of The Espy or something would be great. We do

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love Kingswood but a showdown would be very entertaining. Do you have any record releases to date? What are they? Where can I get them? We have our debut EP Helluva out now. It's available worldwide through iTunes and other digital distributors such as Amazon etc. You can stream it on Spotify and Rdio too. We have a limited run of EPs available on tour and they'll be made available through Bigcartel soon via mail order. Describe the best gig you have ever played. Last week probably when we played the EP launch at The Workers Club. It was great fun! The place packed out and we played our arses off and everyone stormed the stage at the end, "nek minnit" wake up with a hangover in South Yarra. What have you got coming up? Well we’re paying The Toff tonight with Drunk Mums, our mates Bad News Toilet and The Good Morrows. It’s $10 and promises to be a sick night with such a sick lineup.


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EVEN Taking place as part of the impending Leaps & Bounds festival, Even will perform two special stripped-back acoustic performances at Yarra Hotel. The trio will be without Matthew Cotter for these shows (and these shows only). In an attempt to fill the void, Ashley & Wal will have some additional instrumentation along for the ride with friends guesting on keys, strings, backing vocals and the like. The night will also debut a special Even-Mountain Goat brew in the form of a Superman Punch porter - with a free sample provided for all ticketholders. Even perform at The Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford on Wednesday July 18 and Thursday July 19.

THE STIFFYS Since the release of their epic 13 minute debut EP last year and its breakthrough single Call & Response Song, eccentric two-piece The Stiffys have become darlings of the Australian rock scene. See them launch their latest single Champagne at the Grace Darling on Saturday August 31.

CASH SAVAGE AND THE LAST DRINKS Acclaimed jewel of dark country blues Cash Savage, and her band The Last Drinks, release their second LP The Hypnotiser on Friday July 26. This stunning recording balances the soulful confessions of Cash’s compelling tales with evocative strings, triumphant horns, a 45-voice choir and the band leader’s impassioned cries of love, loss and despair. It’ll be launched at the Curtin Bandroom on Saturday July 27.

BEATS FOR BLANKETS As winter approaches, local services of housing and shelter are nearing exhaustion and many asylum seekers awaiting processing are facing a season of homelessness or low condition housing with no furniture or bedding. The OOPW, Section 8 and Mountain Goat Brewery want to lend support to these people via a Household Goods program. This program is not Government funded and relies on community donations to offer help. Our event will raise funds to go specifically towards providing blankets and pillows for winter. A selection of Melbourne’s finest local DJs and artists have kindly offered their talented services for Beats For Blankets, there will also be a raffle for donated prizes, cutting edge visuals and drink specials on Mountain Goat beer. Catch Mike Callander, Matt Radovich, Sleep D, Simon TK and more at Section 8 on Saturday July 13.

VIOLENT SOHO Brisbane band Violent Soho will be releasing their third studio album Hungry Ghost through I OH YOU on the Friday September 6. Coupled with this exciting news comes the release of the first single to be taken from the LP in the form of a blistering track titled In The Aisle and finally the announcement of three intimate album preview shows on the East Coast of Australia this August. Catch them on Thursday August 15 at The Liberty Social.

ADALITA Acclaimed artist Adalita has announced a headline tour to preview new music from her upcoming second solo album, scheduled for release in the next few months. These will be the much-loved Melbourne artist’s first headline shows in almost two years. She has just released the first single from the album titled All Day Venus. It’s a cracker. Adalita plays The Tote Hotel on Friday August 2.

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So then, what’s the band name and what do you ‘do’ in the band? We’re called Better Than The Wizards and I ‘do’ most of the Candy Crush dominating in the band. When the need arises, I also play sax and sing. What do you reckon people will say you sound like? We’ve heard it all. We’ve copped Gotye, The Cat Empire, Custom Kings, Donovan Frankenreiter, even Hall and Oats and INXS! This new track, I reckon people will say sounds a bit like Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes or Saskwatch…I hope! What do you love about making music? The crowd, the stage, the connection, the five other guys I’m making music with. The same stuff everyone loves live music for, that feeling of something special in the moment. What do you hate about the music industry? The Melbourne music scene is pretty rad to be honest. All the bands we’ve played with have really made us feel like part of a community focused on doing something great. But I’d say undervaluing live music in relation to DJs, and (increasingly fewer) companies leeching off bands’ hard work at gigs. If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why? Sheeeet. I’ve got a pretty serious posthumous man crush on Miles Davis, so probably him. He was really open to fusing different styles and genres, and I reckon he’d get a kick out of one of our shows…if I got over the nerves to play. If you could assassinate one person or band from popular music, who would it and why? Do they have to die? That’s a bit rough haha! But if I could assassinate someone’s career it’d probably be Chris Brown’s. The fact that a violent, women hating arse-hat like that gets to keep making music really grinds my gears. What can a punter expect from your live show? Good times, packed dancefloors, sweat (the good kind), a bit of Fresh Prince, six handsome lads making good Melbourne music. What’ve you got to sell CD-wise? We’re just about to release our new single Coming Back Your Way, so that’ll be out around July 20. We’ve also got an EP on iTunes and at our shows, and we’re wrapping up our debut album near the end of the year. Soon you’ll be flooded in Better Than The Wizards. When’s the gig and with who? Saturday July 20, The John Curtin Hotel, with Soul Safari and The Sunday Chairs. It’s. Gonna. Go. Off.

Hit the Lights will hit Australian shores for the first time this September, headlining a national tour alongside Heroes for Hire and State Champs. The pop-punk band will travel from their home in Ohio to play songs from last year’s Invicta. The group’s third studio album combines the talent of four songwriters and the experience of two producers (Mike Sapone and Machine). Australia’s Heroes For Hire will be joining them, with a new lineup following a reshuffle which saw Duanne Hazel step up as vocalist. New York’s State Champs will be celebrating the release of their latest record Overslept. Hit the Lights will be playing at the Corner Hotel on Sunday September 8.

GOLD FIELDS & CLUBFEET Hot off the success of sold out album shows, Gold Fields and Clubfeet are coming together to for a double headline bill. Having just sold out The Corner, and already played major festivals, supported Crystal Castles, Metric, Pnau and Datarock, and taken intimate venues from Los Angeles to London by storm, the Gold Fields concert experience promises nothing short of an explosion of kinetic energy. Following a sold out album tour in February for their critically acclaimed sophomore album, Heirs & Graces, Clubfeet are well on their way to a full 2013 takeover. It all goes down at the the Prince Bandroom on Friday August 23.

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Davey Lane will be playing a special one off dinner and jukebox requests show in A Song For Everyone as part of the City Of Yarra’s Leaps and Bounds Festival. He’ll be paying tribute to some of his all time favourites including Nick Lowe, The Rolling Stones, The Replacements, Big Star, Teenage Fanclub and Todd Rundgren. He’ll be joined on stage by some special guests and will also be taking requests. Satisfying not only your musical appetite, a two course dinner is included in the ticket price. Guests are encouraged to dress to impress in their formal attire and complimentary champagne will be provided for the ladies. Davey Lane’s A Song For Everyone will take place at the Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford tonight.

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BIGSOUND The Brisbane-based festival of Australian music’s hottest newcomers today added another 80 odd names to its 2013 lineup. Following the first announcement  a few weeks back, this next wave includes the likes of Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Jonti, KINGSWOOD, Darren Middleton, Gossling, Blue King Brown’s Natalie Pa’apa’a, Yukon Blonde, Calling All Cars, The Trouble With Templeton, Chance Waters, Regular John and  a bunch more. BIGSOUND’s live program takes over Fortitude Valley over two nights and 12 stages from Wednesday September 11 – Thursday September 12. Stay tuned for more announcements in the coming weeks.

LINDSAY STIRLING YouTube sensation Lindsay Stirling will be heading Down Under and playing IRL this August. Stirling conquered the internet with her fusion of violin stylings and dubstep beats and the US and Euroipe with her remarkable live performances. With over two million subscribers to her YouTube channel and her videos, which have in excess of 300 million views, were entirely self composed, choreographed and directed. Her debut album comprises 12 original tracks opening with Crystalize which was the #8 most viewed video on YouTube last year. It has reached #1 on the iTunes and Amazon Electronic Albums charts in the US and Germany. Stirling will be bringing her distinctive style to the stage at the Corner Hotel on Tuesday August 27. Tickets are on sale Friday July 11.

BABY ANIMALS Hot off the success of their first studio album release in 20 years, This Is Not The End, and its Top 20 ARIA Album Chart debut, iconic Aussie rockers Baby Animals have announced a new national Australian tour for 2013. They’ll hit the Corner Hotel on Thursday October 31.

LOUD FEST Loud Fest is returning for its third year with arguably their biggest lineup yet. This year’s Melbourne lineup will be headlined by local five-piece Confession. They’ll be joined by Hand Of Mercy, Saviour, Feed Her To The Sharks, For All Eternity, Storm The Sky, Stories, The Sweet Apes and Elegist. It goes down on Saturday August 3 at Arrow On Swanston

DEAD LETTER CIRCUS Brisbane five-piece Dead Letter Circus have announced a national tour in support of their new album The Catalyst Fire due out this August. Their last album peaked at #2 on the Aria charts, achieved gold sales and spawned several hit singles. Their latest has seen them feverishly working in collaboration with long term producer Forrester Savell for the past nine months. The lead single Lodestar has been transmitting via triple j and is now available on iTunes. Join the Dead Letter Circus at The Hi-Fi on Saturday August 31 with special guests Closure in Moscow and Sleep Parade.

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NORTHLANE Having already sold out dates across the country, Northlane have announced a series of shows to celebrate the release of their latest album Springularity. The album has received critical acclaim after premiering at #3 on the ARIA charts in March. The groups latest tour will see them play up and down the east coast alongside Perth hardcore act Saviour, who recently played the East Coast Rampage with the likes of I Killed The Prom Queen and House Vs Hurricane. Northlane will be playing three Melbourne shows over three nights in September. Catch them at South Morang’s Commercial Hotel on Thursday September 12, The Ferntree Gully Hotel on Friday September 13 or the Coburg Town Hall on Sunday September 15.

BEYONCÉ Beyoncé will hit Australian shores this October. Dubbed The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, her 2013 visit promises to be filled with explosive special effects and an intricate, strobe-laden light show. Beyoncé will hit Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday October 22.

.THE MEANIES When the lovely folk from the City of Yarra’s Leaps & Bounds  Festival asked  The Meanies  if they’d like to take part in the festivities they of course said “Fuck yeah!” When the lovely folk asked “Where would you like to do the gig?”, The Meanies said, “The Tote, of course!” So here they are, almost 24 years to the day of the meanies first ever show which just happened to be at The Tote, and they’re right back where they started. This generation’s Tote lovin’ Meanies would have to be Batpiss so they’re playing too, along with Geelong punks The Kremlings and Jan Juc fuck ups The Dipsticks. It goes down this Friday July 12.

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JOSH PYKE BY KATIE DAVERN

The pressure to create a lasting legacy is one that often weighs down the shoulders of musicians – and it was certainly at the front of Josh Pyke’s mind while recording The Beginning And The End Of Everything. On first glance, the name of the new record seems eerily foreboding. “A few people have said, ‘Oh God, does this mean...is it the end? Is this your last album?’” Pyke chuckles. The name’s origin is a lot less dramatic in reality. “When I was making decisions about songs and writing songs – the production, the lyrics and everything – it kept on coming back to ideas about desire and leaving a legacy and how you want to present yourself,” he says. “That was always at the beginning and end of every decision I was making.” Since Pyke’s ARIA-award winning 2007 debut Memories And Dust, he’s crafted an enviable career as Australia’s foremost proponent of folk-pop. Besides releasing three more successful albums, he’s also been involved with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, pioneering the ‘Busking For Change’ initiative, and has even found the time to play in Basement Birds with Bob Evans, Eskimo Joe’s frontman Kavyen Temperley, and Steve Parkin. Yet the notion of legacy is still one Pyke tries to reconcile with on his latest record. Ironically, this fourth studio album was perhaps the most natural record to produce for Pyke. “I just felt like this album, more than any other album I’ve done, was really instinctive and really flowed from beginning to end. Creatively, I felt really... virile, for lack of a better word,” he laughs. The Beginning And The End Of Everything is a record where the creative process transpired quite quickly. “It just felt really creatively exciting the whole time, so it was something that I just wanted to pursue. If it hadn’t felt right I wouldn’t have done it,” says Pyke. Pyke just finished touring his previous album Only Sparrows in December and said a lot of the songs for this album were written on tour, simply because that’s when he is most musically focused. Endless tweaking and dabbling in Pyke’s new home studio gave way to demos and partial recordings, and the recording process came to a close in the Melbourne studios of John Castle, a producer who’s worked with the likes of The Bamboos, Washington and The Drones. In May, Josh Pyke gave his most dedicated followers the opportunity to pre-purchase The Beginning And The End Of Everything and gain access to a special ‘Fans First’ gig in each of the main capital cities. “I just thought of it, for the last album. [It’s] something special for the people that would have bought the record first anyway,” he explains, “but it’s more about acknowledging that they’re doing that rather than just expecting that they’re going to do it.” Pyke talks about being inspired and intimidated by Leonard Cohen and Paul Kelly, two highly revered and prolific artists still forging incredible creative careers. Beat Magazine Page 18

And Pyke’s new record is not without inklings of selfdoubt, especially so in Feet Of Clay, an affirming toetapper that recognises these feelings and overcomes them. “I basically had a full meltdown. My confidence had gone, I was thinking, ‘I don’t want to do this anymore, I just want to have a normal job’,” he says. “Then

“IT MAKES ME THE HAPPIEST AND SADDEST THAT I’VE EVER FELT TO DO MUSIC, AND YOU GET ADDICTED TO THOSE SORTS OF EXTREMES.” I was reflecting on what I was saying and I was like, ‘You’re being a dickhead, you’re being pathetic. You’ve got this beautiful life, you’re able to do this thing that you love for a job’,” Pyke said, telling himself, ‘You’re just being an idiot, this is constantly your weakness!’ Although his 2011 release Only Sparrows enjoyed a quieter reception, there’s no doubt that his collaboration with Katy Steele on Punch In The Heart stirred a few hearts. Pyke admitted that he found it hard to feel emotionally connected to a song that he was sharing with someone else through a group effort. The singersongwriter did venture to write more with other people this time around, working with Whitley and a few others but it was the collaborative process with Holly Throsby in All The Very Best Of Us that seemed most worthy for inclusion on the album. Pyke attributes the cohesion to the fact that Throsby, a childhood friend of his, was trying to place herself in his shoes throughout the whole process. “She was great, she pushed me melodically. Where I would usually fill gaps in, she was saying, ‘Just leave that gap’,” he says. “When it came to the recording, I feel like I kind of pushed her to sing a different way than she normally does so it felt like a really healthy collaboration,” he reflects. It seems like a gift for storytelling is a requisite for venturing into the ether of folk songwriting and Pyke is no

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exception. He says that he has always been an imaginative person and he clearly finds an outlet through his music. Pyke tells me about his mate’s speech at his own wedding where his friend spoke about Pyke’s vivid imagination and the imagination games they’d play all together as kids. “I don’t remember being the kind of leader of those things, but apparently I was,” he laughs. “I remember always writing stories and stuff and I see now in my older son, he’s just like me. He just loses himself in these imagination games for ages, and I was like, ‘Where does he get that from?’, and my wife was like, ‘That’s you, that’s exactly you!’” Of his own parents, Pyke says he was lucky that they steeped his musical upbringing in classics like XTC, Led Zeppelin, Jackson Brown, James Taylor, and (early) Billy Joel. But when Pyke hit adolescence, it was heavy metal. No exceptions. “Soundgarden was my favourite band as a teenager. They’re a heavy band but there are moments of quieter songs and I was really drawn to them,” Pyke says, offering some explanation for his incongruous adolescent listening choices. In terms of his own music, Pyke says he finds it hard to be objective about his progress and development. “Musically, I’m a much better player these days, he says. “I think I have a more refined idea of what I want to do with songs. I used to be really afraid of resolving something in a way that would be really pleasing to the ear and I would always try and find some other way to do it,” Pyke continues, “but now I just think, if something sounds right, it’s right y’know?” Pyke brings it back to instincts and what feels natural. “For me, music has always been about following my instincts and I just feel like my instincts are more honed and I trust them more now,” he says. “I still feel just as experimental but it’s experimenting with a weight of experience behind you as opposed to just kind of like floating around in the dark. It’s more about consciously looking for new things as opposed to things being new because you’ve never done them before.” Pyke says he’s looking forward to playing new songs on The Beginning And The End Of Everything tour which finishes up in early September. It’s very likely that this tour will spur a few more new songs as it has done in the past and so the question arises: will he ever take a break? Ignoring expectations and legacy pressures, Josh Pyke seems set to stick around. “Sometimes I think, I’d love to stop and have a break but the fact is, even if I did stop publicly, I know that I’d just be making music in my studio at home anyway,” he shyly admits. “It makes me the happiest and saddest that I’ve ever felt to do music, and you get addicted to those sorts of extremes.” “As long as I’m still feeling creatively fresh and inspired, then I can’t really see a point in stopping.”

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THIS WEEK: ON SCREEN Featuring one of the most star-studded (and talented) casts assembled in modern Spanish cinema, including the phenomenal Ricardo Darín, Javier Cámara, Leonor Watling, Luis Tosar, Eduardo Noriega, Candela Peña and Leonardo Sbaraglia, A Gun In Each Hand is a witty and scathing portrait of forty-something manhood, and its shifting role in contemporary Barcelona. Chance encounters between old friends, acquaintances, ex-spouses and potential lovers form an engrossing series of six intertwined tales of love, lost and found. Whether it’s Javier Camara’s character’s sorry efforts to win back his ex-wife, Eduardo Noriega’s misguided attempts to woo a co-worker, or Ricardo Darin’s confusion as to why his wife would be having an affair, each meeting starts off with men humbly attempting to secure what they want, and invariably winding up completely bewildered as the women in their lives mercilessly flip the situations around. A Gun In Each Hand is currently showing in selected cinemas, visit palacefilms.com.au for more details.

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ON STAGE The Butterfly Club will hit all the right nerves with its latest production, Booze City. Inspired by booze culture, Booze City delves into the violence, pleasures and consequences of alcohol in Australia. Booze City illustrates the tale of exalcoholic Tim Balcome who becomes Premier during a alcohol-fueled violent rampant in his city. Simultaneously, Balcome’s own son is off at schoolies, getting smashed, while his wife is being recruited by Reclaim the Streets. Absurd yet poignant, Booze City will be performed at The Butterfly Club from Thursday July 11 – Sunday July 21.

ON DISPLAY Ferdydurke, a venue/bar/gallery/ performance space, is hosting its 4x4 Projection Festival this month. Named after a novel that “explored the problems of immaturity and youth” (Ferdydurke by Witold Gombrowicz), 4x4 Projection Festival will capture the aesthetic and exuberance of youth with four weeks of video art, performance, film-making and photography. Feature artists during the festival include Arie Rain Glorie, installation and detail media artist Amanda Morgan, Keith Deverell, and Yandell Walton. 4x4 Projection Festival will operate every Thursday – Sunday at Ferdydurke until Sunday July 28.

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Once upon a time, your great-grandmother had a ‘glory box’. It was a great box filled with clothes, linen and items to use when they would marry someday. Finucane & Smith, the creators of The Burlesque Hour, have created as more titillating twist on the idiom with their latest production The Glory Box. Hosted at fortyfivedownstairs, The Glory Box is a collection of the best burlesque performances from around the world, including German expressionist fan dancing, exotic routines and duress-like Shinjuku striptease. Featured performers include Moira Finucane, Ursula Martinez, Jess Love and Parisian siren Holly Durant. These women will tease, seduce and entertain you in what has been heralded as one of the most subversive, titillating salon burlesque shows ever. The Glory Box will be performed at fortyfivedownstairs from until Sunday August 11, with an opening night taking place tonight.

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PROMPTER BY KRISSI WEISS

Sam Fox, founder of multidisciplinary performance company Hydra Poesis, director and as of recently, short fiction writer, is readying himself for the world premiere of Prompter. Working with journalist and writer Patrick Pittman as well as an international team of contributors, Prompter is a jarring examination of the modern nature of news, the blurred lines that exist between reporter and audience, and the latter’s ability to empathise. The idea was first conceived around the notion of the teleprompter, that blinking light of alleged knowledge without which eyes would be down and information would be slow to reach us. Yet as a technology, it’s rather archaic. “I got really interested in teleprompters because of how they combine new and old-world technologies to simulate authenticity and liveness and personal connection, while someone is just reading a script to camera,” explains Fox. “I made a few one-toone performances using teleprompters. But I really want to explore something more complex and long form and initiated the collaborations that have led to Prompter. In the [early] phase we worked with a broadcast producer with a background working in the field with foreign correspondents and we found out the core situation for Prompter - moments when a journalist finds themselves with a massive, horrifying scoop on their hands. And then we combined this situation with the problems of live, real-time reporting and using teleprompters on location. And then  we thought about the audience watching something like this from the bedrooms, and

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In 1991, a young Jeff Buckley rehearses for his public singing debut at a Brooklyn tribute show for his father, the late folk singer Tim Buckley. Struggling with the legacy of a man he barely knew, Jeff forms a friendship with an enigmatic young woman working at the show and begins to discover the powerful potential of his own musical voice. Greetings from Tim Buckley  is filled with stirring musical performances and the memorable

rather than being an alienated or desensitised audience, we thought about them reacting with extreme empathy and hypersensitivity. This epidemic of caring is explored and problematised in the work and unfolds in lots of modes of performative action.” Hydra Poesis has always been invested in social and political commentary, with Fox forming the company in an extremely divisive time in this country and polarised opinions have been ever-present ever since. “I founded Hydra Poesis in 2006 with two focuses - to create work through interdisciplinary collaboration and to explore critical politics in performance,” he says. “We started with polemical protest actions - against the Howard Government - and then moved into more open ended work for a long period. But recently our work is coming back to direct action. In April we launched a project called Dance Journalism and covered the National Refugee Rights Convergence at Yongah Hill Detention Centre in regional WA using a literal combination of live dance, journalism and editorial statements. We’ve

songs of a father and son who were each among the most beloved singer/songwriters of their respective generations. We have some double passes to a preview screening on Wednesday July 24 to giveaway.

ONLY GOD FORGIVES Nicholas Winding Refn directs this stylish east-meetswest thriller, set in the back alleys of Bangkok’s criminal underworld. Julian runs a Thai boxing club in Bangkok, as a front for his drug business. When Julian’s brother is killed, after savagely murdering a young prostitute, his mother the head of a vast criminal organisation, arrives

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also just made a series of video and sculpture based performance artworks exhibited in Sydney as part of SymbioticA’s Semipermeable  exhibition and ISEA. Prompter is the biggest project I’ve ever worked on. It’s taken about four and a half years to get to the stage. This included research and trials, assembling the team (which is quite massive), writing with my script collaborator Patrick Pittman, the design team featuring Tarryn Gill and sound artists Dave Miller and Kynan Tan, developing software throughout with our programmer Matthew Gingold, and collaborating with the 10 performance artists - online and in the studio.  We were mentored through the process by Dicky Eton, a UK-based producer and artist whose works with Duckie and Pacitti Company.” As the world has gotten smaller and regionally-specific issues have been more and more acknowledged as global concerns the relevance of news no longer ends at a nation’s borders. Fox and the team have also taken a global approach to the creation of this production. “Our network of colleagues overseas recommended people to us and then we began with discussions on Skype,” he says. “We were able to assemble an incredible team of performance artists including Marcela Fuentes who is an incredible Argentinean performer and theorist, Dickie Beau who has been making celebrated works of contemporary drag-fabulation in London, Allison Wyper from Los Angeles who is one of the most committed and rigorous performance artists I’ve ever met and does a lot of work with La Pocha Nostra. We’ve been working for almost three years as an online chorus and this exchange has fed all Hydra’s recent works. It would be impossible for Prompter to avoid undergoing a metamorphosis during such a long development time but being open-minded has been the key to success. “The form and nature of it has changed a huge amount. Although we didn’t really know what form it would take from the beginning. It began as sketches of many different things but was never conceived as a single fixed thing like a traditional play. I wouldn’t have been able to envisage or dream up what it’s become without going through the process,” he says. Viewing the presentation of news through a critical lens has always been at the heart of the piece though. “We are being critical of mainstream media allowing the speed of technology - and other pressures like finance - to impact the research and rigour of reporting,” he says. “But we also see the audience changing and the economics have changed, so the show is not really a [negative] criticism of media. The critical aspect applies to all of us really - what does it mean to watch an event from afar? How does our empathy or concern get used or co-opted through the combined power of media, government, corporations? And how should we be engaging with stories and acting on information? The international cast allows us to explore ideas of internationalism and cross-cultural solidarity but also the problems of re-colonial outcomes or interventions. We pose questions about local versus international priorities. The audience might not pull out all these things, and that’s fine, there’s a lot embedded within the narratives and action. You won’t leave without hanging questions though.” Prompter will be performed at the Arts House, Meat Market from Friday August 9 – Sunday August 18.

to collect the body. Crazy with rage and thirsty for vengeance she demands the head of the murderers from Julian; but first, Julian must confront Chang, a mysterious retired policeman - and figurehead of a divine justice. This sets in motion a range of events, that leads to a bloody path of rage, betrayal, ultimate confrontation and possibly even redemption. We have some double passes to giveaway. Head to beat.com.au/freeshit to win.


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TAO TE CHING - LAO TSE ($9.95) Lao Tse’s philosophy is simple: Accept what is in front of you without wanting the situation to be other than it is. Study the natural order of things and work with it rather than against it, for to try to change what is only sets up resistance. Nature provides everything without requiring payment or thanks. It does so without discrimination. So let us present the same face to everyone and treat them all as equals, however they may behave. If we watch carefully, we will see that work proceeds more quickly and easily if we stop “trying,” if we stop putting in so much extra effort, if we stop looking for results. In the clarity of a still and open mind, truth will be reflected.

LOVE SEX FEAR DEATH - TIMOTHY WYLLIE ($29.95) The Process Church of the Final Judgment was the apocalyptic shadow side of the flower-powered ‘60s and perhaps the most notorious cult of modern times. Hundreds of black-cloaked devotees, often wearing a satanic Goat of Mendes and a swastika-like mandala, swept the streets of London, New York, Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, and Toronto, selling magazines and books with titles like Fear and Humanity is the Devil. And within the group’s Chapters, members would participate in Midnight Meditations beneath photographs of the Christ-like leader. Celebrities like Marianne Faithful, James Coburn, and Mick Jagger participated in Process publications, and Funkadelic, in its Maggot Brain album, reprinted Process’ Fear Issue. Love, Sex, Fear, Death is the shocking, surprising, and secretive inside story of The Process Church, which was later transformed into Foundation Faith of the Millennium, and most recently as the Utah-based animal sanctuary, Best Friends.

MEGATHERION: THE MAGICKAL WORLD OF ALEISTER CROWLEY - FRANCIS KING ($22.95) Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) has been seen variously as a man of notorious sexual habits, a satanic occultist, and latterly an icon of the 1960s love generation. But Crowley was neither a mere sexual predator nor a vulgar black magician. He was the synthesizer of what he termed Magick, a complex system of occult philosophy and technique outlined in such classic texts as The Book Of The Law and Magick In Theory And Practice. Crowley’s vision combined clarity, intellectual power and a strange, sometimes frightening, beauty. In this cogent and intensely readable account of Crowley’s life and occult progress, Francis King examines each of the three main sources of Magick - thus throwing much new light on Crowley himself, and doing much to explain the continuing admiration for his writings which has been displayed by individuals as diverse as occultists, film directors from Kenneth Anger to Donald Cammell, and rock musicians such as Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page.

THE END OF FAITH - SAM HARRIS ($22.95) This important and timely book delivers a startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today’s world. Harris offers a vivid historical tour of mankind’s willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs are used to justify harmful behavior and sometimes-heinous crimes. He asserts that in the shadow of weapons of mass destruction, we can no longer tolerate views that pit one true god against another. Most controversially, he argues that we cannot afford moderate lip service to religion; an accommodation that only blinds us to the real perils of fundamentalism. While warning against the encroachment of organized religion into world politics, Harris also draws on new evidence from neuroscience and insights from philosophy to explore spirituality as a biological, brain-based need. He calls on us to invoke that need in taking a secular humanistic approach to solving the problems of this world.

RELIGION FOR ATHEISTS - ALAIN DE BOTTON ($22.95) What if religions are neither all true nor all nonsense? Alain de Botton’s bold and provocative book argues that we can benefit from the wisdom and power of religion - without having to believe in any of it. He suggests that rather than mocking religion, agnostics and atheists should instead steal from it - because the world’s religions are packed with good ideas on how we might live and arrange our societies. De Botton looks to religion for insights into how to build a sense of community, make relationships last, overcome feelings of envy and inadequacy, inspire travel, get more out of art, and reconnect with the natural world. For too long non-believers have faced a stark choice between swallowing lots of peculiar doctrines or doing away with a range of consoling and beautiful rituals and ideas. Religion for Atheists offers a far more interesting and truly helpful alternative.

AGAINST RELIGION - H.P LOVECRAFT ($22.95) Against Religion contains the major writings on religion, materialism, and spirituality by master horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. Including an introduction and notes by celebrated Lovecraft scholar S.T. Joshi and a foreword by noted atheist and writer Christopher Hitchens, this essential edition brings a new voice to the religious debate, and Lovecraft’s clairvoyant writing on the topic is as prescient today as it was during his lifetime. H.P. Lovecraft is the author of numerous weird tales, among them The Call of Cthulhu. His recent inclusion in the Library of America marks his unique contribution to the horror genre, and his continuing influence on writers in all genres today.

ANARCHY EVOLUTION - GREG GRAFFIN & STEVE OLSON ($22.95) Anarchy Evolution is a provocative look at the collision between religion and science, by an author with unique authority: UCLA lecturer in Paleontology, and founding member of Bad Religion, Greg Graffin. Alongside science writer Steve Olson (whose Mapping Human History was a National Book Award finalist) Graffin delivers a powerful discussion sure to strike a chord with readers of Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion or Christopher Hitchens’ God Is Not Great. In this passionate polemic, Greg Graffin argues that art and science have a deep connection. He describes his own coming-of-age as an artist and the formation of his naturalist worldview over the past three decades. Anarchy Evolution sheds new light on the longstanding debate on religion and the human condition. It is a book for anyone who has ever wondered if God really exists.

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The National Theatre Drama School will present Martin Crimp’s acclaimed play Attempts On Her Life this month. Performed by their graduating Advanced Diploma students, Attempts On Her Life is an unconventional play without a structure plot, rather, the play is constructed from 17 scenes that morph from heart-wrenching pathos to fast-paced dialogue and intense social commentary. Central to the play is Anne—is she a terrorist? Is she an artist expressing her suicidal thoughts through art? Unconventional, utterly confusing, but utterly compelling, Attempts On Her Life is currently being performed at The National Theatre until Saturday July 13.

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL The Melbourne International Film Festival have finally released their full program for 2013. Featuring over 300 films, 17 program strands, 176 premieres and over 50 guests. Opening the festival will be Pedro Almodóvar’s I’m So Excited, a contemporary satire on Spanish society and closing the festival will be the contrary Australian premiere of All is Lost, an almost dialogue-free film featuring Oscar nominated star Robert Redford. Marking the festival’s halfway point will be the world premiere of Tim Winton’s The Turning, a 17 chapter film that features a different director for each chapter. The Turning will be mark the directorial debut of actress Mia Waiskowska and David Wenham. As part of the speciality strands of the program, A League of Their Own: New Arabic Cinema will create a new perspective on Arabic Cinema. Included in the program strand will be Hany Abu-Assad’s Omar, a film detailing the Israel-Palestine conflict that won the Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize Winner. Independent Egyptian director Hala Lotfy will make her debut with Coming Forth by Day. If Arabic Cinema doesn’t tickle your fancies, maybe Italian cult horror films will. Shining Violence: Italian Giallo will satiate your need for ‘70s and ‘80s horror, including Flavio Mogherini’s  The Pyjama Girl Case  and Elio Petri’s Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear winner, A Quiet Place in the Country. Not satisfied with either? Accent on Asia will showcase Asia’s budding and acclaimed directors, and TeleScope: Visions from the EU will celebrate Europe filmmaking in style, including Dutch director Jaap van Heusden’s sophomore film The New World, a vignette of romance and redemption. After a successful run last year, This Sporting Life returns with The Trials of Muhammad Ali, a documentary about Australian sportsman Wayne Lynch Uncharted Waters, and Venus and Serena, a documentary highlighting the success of Williams sisters. On Sunday August 4, MIFF will host their 53rd MIFF Short Awards Ceremony; the ceremony will allow winners to submit their short films to the 2014 Academy Awards. That’s only a tiny niche of what MIFF has to offer this year. Melbourne International Film Festival will run from Thursday July 25 – Sunday August 11, a full program can be found at miff.com.au.

GREAT BRITISH FILM This August, in collaboration with Great Britain Arts 13, ACMI will host a specific season dedicated to British film. Entitled Great British Film, it will feature eight highlights, including two restored Hitchcock films. Opening the season will be Julien Temple’s London: The Modern Babylon, a montage of rebellion and riot footage recorded in London set to a soundtrack of punk music. It will highlight the brutality and glory of London through key socio-political movements, including the Edwardian suffragette movement. Another highlight will be the premiere of two recently restored Hitchcock films—Dial M for Murder and The Ring. In time for the spring holidays, The Fantastic Mr Dahl will entertain children with classic Dahl inspired films, including Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, BGF: The Big Friendly Giant and James and the Giant Peach. In collaboration with Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, ACMI will host a series of films themed on Fashion on Film; a program dedicated to icons of British fashion. Great British Film season will run from Thursday August 22 – Sunday November 10 at ACMI.

THEATRE WORKS FUNDRAISER Later this month Theatre Works will host a special fundraiser, a night of live music, art, theatre and food. Hosted at Theatre Works, it will feature a production of Psycho Beach Party, a teen horror production based off film of the same name, and the collaboration of The Rabble and Daniel Schlusser Ensemble to create two riveting plays that will premiere that night. Theatre Works is one of Australia’s predominant independent theatre companies. It’s focused providing a flexible, welcoming and well-maintained theatre space for emerging and established artists. It takes place on Saturday July 27 from 7pm – 12am at Theatre Works.

BLOODFLOWERS SEVENTH Gallery will host the second exhibition curated by Theodore Wohng this month. Entitled BLOODFLOWERS, the exhibition will delve into the intimacies of love. For the exhibition, Wohng commissioned the work of Heidi Holmes, Rohan Schwartz, photographer Sam George, Anastasia Klose, David Martin Harris, Charlie Sofo, Mia Salsjo, and installation artist Paul Yore. BLOODFLOWERS will use these artist’s visions to illustrate the complications of love through delicate photography, fine art and bold installations. BLOODFLOWERS is currently on exhibition at SEVENTH Gallery from Monday July 8 – Tuesday July 16. Admission is free.

JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL The Jewish International Film Festival will be celebrating their 24th anniversary this year and they’ve announced their first premiere films for 2013. Selected as Israel’s entry for Best Foreign Language Picture at the 2013 Academy Awards, Fill the Void will illustrate the story of an 18-year-old pressured to her deceased sister’s husband. Rock the Casbah, winner of the Art Cinema Award at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, will depict the story of a group of young Israeli soldiers who are assigned vigil over a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip during the peak of the intifada. Lastly, The Last of the Unjust, will be Claude Lanzmann’s newest, and harrowing, documentary about the last president of the Jewish Council in Czechoslovakia’s Theresienstadt ghetto; he was accused of fraternizing and collaborating with the Nazis during, and before, the Holocaust. The Jewish International Film Festival will be hosted at Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick, from Wednesday November 6 – Sunday November 24. A full program will be released closer to the festival dates.

SUBURBAN Suburban, the newest exhibition by Melbourneborn artist Ian Strange, will be exhibited at the Ian Potter Centre this month. Suburban is inspired by Strange’s journey across the cities of Ohio, Detroit, Alabama, New Jersey, New York and New Hampshire and his affinity for the Western ideals of a home. His images will depict houses of palatial standards and crumbling structures. Suburban will be on display the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, from Saturday July 27 – Sunday September 15. Admission is free.

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Friday on My Mind, an interview series dedicated to the film industry, will be presenting Clayton Jacobson this week. Jacobson is renowned for his successful independent feature Kenny, a film about a Melbourne plumber working for Splashdown, a corporate bathroom rental company. During interview with Film Victoria Director Sandra Sdraulig, Jacobson will discuss how such a small budgeted film created 8 million dollars within the Australia box office. The director/producer/ writer/actor will also discuss his other works, including Animal Kingdom and Mordy Koots, explaining his strategy for adeptly catering for his audiences. Friday on My Mind with Clayton Jacobson will be hosted at the ACMI on Friday July 12 at 5pm. Admission is free, though bookings are recommended.

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THE COMIC STRIP LOL COMEDY You may have seen Jeff Green on Spicks and Specks, Good News Week and on the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala, and you will definitely see Jeff Green is this week at LOL Comedy. This week’s wonderful adventure will be hosted by the excitingly eloquent Bart Freebairn, in possibly the tightest jeans this side of the equator, with support from David Smiedt. It happens tonight at the Portland Hotel in the city. Doors 7.30pm, show starts at 8pm sharp.

THE VARIETY COLLECTIVE Like watching Mad Men? Can’t get enough of The Gruen Transfer? Think the best thing on TV is the commercials? Then you won’t want to miss this week’s Variety Collective. Come and see a host of Australia’s best variety artists and advertising creatives work together to create an explosion of hilarious marketing-themed craziness. Don’t miss, the slick comedy stylings of Mark Trenwith, contortionists Another Point of View tying themselves into knots, musical comedy from  Jason English-Rees and the sweet vocal harmonies from Bobby And The Pins. Plus a line up of Melbourne’s best comedians and circus performers will be performing hilarious spoof ads written by three stars of the advertising world: Alicia Doyle, Carmen Cassar, and Emma Borland. It’s all held together by your host with the most Michael Connell. Tickets are just $10 at the door. Get in early for a seat, earlier for a meal. Show starts 8pm tonight at The Brunswick Green.

COMMEDIA DELL PARTE Commedia Dell Parte is still running every Thursday in St Kilda. This week Beau Stegmann hosts a great lineup of comics including Craig McLeod, Dave Warneke, Chris Dewberry, Russell Wigginton, Nick O’Connell and Alasdair Trembley Birchal. With each week packing out, you will need to get in early to grab a seat. 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. Commedia Dell Parte runs every Thursday from 8.30pm at the George Lane Bar, St Kilda.

FIVE BOROUGHS COMEDY Dave Callan headlines this Thursday. After a mega-sold out show last week, the beardy one from Rove Live and triple j should ensure another big one. Plus they’ve got David Shmedt, Michael Hing, John Conway, Ciaron Lyons and Laura Davis. It’s gonna be another big one this Thursday July 11 at 8.30pm, for only $12 at Five Boroughs (upstairs), 68 Hardware Lane in the city. COMEDY AT SPLEEN This Monday, it’s yet another cracking lineup down at your old mate Comedy at Spleen. They’ve got Dilruk Jayasinha hosting, plus Ronny Chieng, Josh Earl, Aaron Gocs, Greg Larsen, Trav Nash and heaps more. It’s on this Monday July 15, 41 Bourke St, in the city, at 8.30pm It may be free, but they appreciate a gold coin donation at the door.

BEAUTY ANARCHY DESIRE Heide Museum of Modern Art will host Stephen Benwell’s latest exhibition, Beauty Anarchy Desire: A Retrospective. Regarded as an embodiment of his work, the exhibition will feature some of his renowned works, including Owl form, lidded container (1982), Large Vase (2004), and his dimorphic piece Statue, Athlete (2011). Accompanying the exhibition will be Art Talk, an art discussion between curator/director Jason Smith and artist Stephen Benwell followed by a guided tour; Art By Twilight: Build by Hand, a pottery workshop presented by Benewll and Smith, and Morning Tea At Heide: Painterly Techniques of the Ceramicist, a guided tour of the exhibition with Benwell and Smith, who will discuss the technique and ‘fine art’ aspect of Benwell’s work. Beauty Anarchy Desire: A Retrospective will be on exhibition at Heide Museum of Modern Art from Thursday August 8 – Sunday November 10.

THE BEATLES IN AUSTRALIA The Arts Centre will host a remarkable exhibition next year, entitled The Beatles in Australia. Commemorating the 13 days that the UK quartet touched Australian soil in June 1964, the exhibition will be feature the sights and sounds of Beatlemania, including the arrivals, press conferences, interviews, radio coverage, photographs and even the suit worn by John Lennon at the time. During the exhibition, a Beatles jukebox will be available for use by attendees, quizzing people about the Beatles’ discography. The Beatles in Australia will be on exhibition at the Arts Centre next March.


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Nina Las Vegas is a radio host, DJ, producer and all round local legend. A testament to those who can achieve prodigious success with countless levels of drive, talent and determination, her ability to seemingly blur the musical spectrum across genres, her selfless community work – as well as her boundless love of generally good music - stands her in good stead as one of Australia’s finest role models and inspirations for young people. So it began, after undertaking a work experience gig at triple j, she quickly excelled and now presents the House Party slot, prime time, Saturday nights at 6pm. Continuing to proudly break rules, she professes to a love of spreading the musical message without being tied to specific genres or styles. But even coming from a background in urban music - hip hop being her great love – her output on any given day might be laced with dub, electro or even something more poppy or electronic. It’s funny how in the music business like life, one thing leads to another – and certainly for this girl, it has been a career (so far) tempered by meaningful triumphs. “I’d been working as a DJ for ages,” says Nina. “I’d started out doing different things like putting on parties and working behind the scenes and things; then the opportunity came up to present House Party and I put a demo together and have really just pushed on with it.” Somewhere in between, she also helped foster an important community project with DJ Andrew Levins and superstar Diplo titled Heaps Decent. “Basically we try and give something back to the community; we run music workshops and things like that. It’s a not for profit organisation so we work with marginalised communities, indigenous children and so on. It’s something I’ve wanted to do forever and it’s something that it very, very rewarding.”

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then at the same time I’m inspired by my surroundings and DJs who really push boundaries.” Likewise, expect some of that inspiration to make its way onto the second House Party compilation she is working on right now. “It’s going to reflect the next phase of my life,”

she says. Expect it to raise some eyebrows again – but also expect that punters will lap it up, just like they did edition one. No less, that first House Party compilation – a double CD - features some 35 tracks and covers multiple genres from dancehall, hip hop, dub and electro. Likewise, she admits sending out a massive wish list – much of which got cleared, which meant in turn that her dreams were answered; and justifiably so, because her musical diversity is her competitive advantage. “You can hear anything from Skrillex to Frank Ocean in one of my sets - and probably plenty in between,” she proclaims with pride. “There’s really this gap in the market place I think for music that doesn’t fit a mould.” And while it might be an acquired taste, her approach has won her the adoration of many a fan around the country and no doubt the world.” Yet despite all of this, the future for her shows plenty of promise. “I want to go into promoting and things,” she chimes. “But at the same time I don’t want to think too...” Indeed, playing club music – or even music that is more challenging or forward thinking–is her very raison d’être. “I want to play music that everyone can enjoy but I also want people to get on board when it’s a little different.”

Nina Las Vegas plays at Anyway at the Palace this Saturday July 13. She’ll also be playing at Steresonic and the sold-out Splendour In The Grass. facebook.com/ninalasvegas soundcloud.com/ninalasvegas

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Dubstep Australia and Riot are coming together to bring down Spain’s freshest acts to Melbourne. With tracks like Elekktroshokk and Kill Humans setting their fan base alight with excitement, Dubsidia are best known for their energetic sets and their long line of remixes. With imminent plans to collaborate with Moby and their production receiving support from the likes of Borgore and Skrillex, this may be the last chance fans get to see Dubsidia in such an intimate setting. It’s all happening at Tetris Studios on Saturday July 20.

pangaea Kevin McAuley began making music with a two-track mixer, a keyboard and a tape deck as a schoolboy. Discovering dubstep through the sounds of Mala in the backroom of a Leeds club in 2005, Kevin was inspired to start the city’s first dubstep night, Ruffage, and launched himself into the studio. He’s built a burgeoning reputation as a true pioneer behind the decks supported by the likes of Mary Anne Hobbs who described his recent mix for BBC Radio 1 as “texturally one of the most exquisite mixes of the year”. Pangaea’s sound however is difficult to tie down. While there are distinct house and techno influences his music is firmly rooted in the traditions of UK bass as are his DJ sets. It’s all happening at Brown Alley on Friday August 9.

that sound agency

That Sound Agency, conceived by Rueben Heenan and Daniel Lamanna, is a local talent agency mainly focusing on DJs and producers of the new phenomena that has spread all over the world, the Melbourne Sound. The aim of the agency is to shine light on young local talent and give them that break that they may not usually have had. With the agency launching in around two weeks the boys are incredibly excited to get their teeth stuck into it, and push to get their artists local, regional, interstate and eventually even international gigs. They said with the immense talent of the boys on their rosters, it won’t be hard. To check out what the boys are all about, and check out all the artists and their music, head to thatsound.com.au.

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Infamous hip hop party boy Mickey Avalon is returning to Australia in 2013. Avalon will be playing tracks from his brand new EP I Get Even along with all of his hits alongside a killer cast of local acts. It goes down at the Corner Hotel on Friday October 18.

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Sydney’s Alison Wonderland has just dropped her first original track, Get Ready featuring Blue Mountains duo, Fishing and to celebrate the momentous occasion she’s hopping on tour. Kicking off things with her set at Splendour In The Grass, Alison Wonderland is set to hit everywhere in Australia she can, from Bendigo, Wagga Wagga and every other city in between. Get Ready has been a long time coming ever since bursting onto the scene as a partystarting DJ. Classically trained with her roots in bass and cello, original production was naturally her next step after receiving praise for her DJing from the likes of Annie Mac. Having already performed DJ sets at the official Grammy’s After Party and the Brit Awards After Party, it is little wonder that Alison Wonderland has been staple on the local festival circuit. Make sure to head down to The Corner on Thursday September 19.

The electronic festival juggernaut has revealed a monstrous lineup for 2013. 2013 will see the festival expand into a two day event, with the promise that no act will play twice in the same city. After already revealing that electro wunderkind Zedd, trance icon Gareth Emery, bass trio Krewella and Hot Natured stalwart Jamie Jones would be on the bill, Stereosonic finally unleashed its full lineup. The 2013 Stereosonic lineup also includes David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Calvin Harris, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, Above & Beyond, Empire of the Sun, Afrojack, Boys Noize, Alesso, Dog Blood, Nero, Nicky Romero, The Bloody Beetroots, Labrinth, Bingo Players, Zedd, W&W, Tommy Trash, Shockone, Maceo Plex, Ferry Corsten, Andy C, Hot Natured, Solomun, Showtek, Robert Delong, Noisia & Foreign Beggars present I AM LEGION, Jamie Jones, TJR, Clockwork, Mat Zo, Cajmere, Stafford Brothers, Aly & Fila b2b, John O’Callaghan, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Flight Facilities, Claude VonStroke, Will Sparks, Doctor P, R.L Grime, UZ Lemaitre, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Infinity Ink, MaRLo, Destructo, Matrix & Futurebound, What So Not, Justin Martin, Tritonal, DJ Falcon, Lee Foss, Tommie Sunshine, Jochen Miller, Sunnery James & Ryan, Marciano, B U R N S, Heatbeat, Breach, Drummsound & Basslinesmith, Andrew Rayel, Hot Since 82, Djedjotronic, Solarstone, Late Nite Tuff Guy, Bryan Kearney, M4SONIC, Nick Thayer, Feenixpawl, Kaz James, Generik, Acid Jacks, Nina Las Vegas, Ember, Phetsta, Uberjack’d, Aaron Camz and Nick Galea. Stereosonic 2013 will take place over Saturday December 7 - Sunday December 8 at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds. Tickets go on sale on Thursday August 1 from Ticketmaster.

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steampunk dj omega Where’s the strangest place you’ve woken up? I’ve woken up in Rome on New Year’s day, obscenely early because of jet-lag. We walked the streets looking for breakfast and it was like a scene from a post apocalyptic movie - the streets deserted and full of post-party wreckage. It was a surreal experience! Describe yourself using the title of a song. Left of Centre - Susanne Vega The most awkward moment you’ve had as a DJ? The day I got out of hospital with my (now two-year-old) daughter, I got a panicked call from a friend whose DJ had cancelled at the last minute. I swooped in to the rescue, bringing my newborn daughter with me. At one stage during the evening I was working the decks and breastfeeding the baby in the sling at the same time. She slept through most of the gig and the party went off. All’s well that ends well! What would be the worst dance track in the world to be tortured with on repeat? Anything with screaming or hateful lyrics. What’s the most played record in your bag? A Slight Case of Overbombing - The Sisters of Mercy. Someone always, always asks for something on it. What question would you like to ask an omniscient, allknowing being before you die? So, how do I get around this whole ‘death; thing, then, eh? If you hadn’t made it as a DJ, what job would you choose to work in instead? I got told by a teacher long ago that the only job in which I would get paid to talk as much as I like to was in PR and Marketing and that has proved to be very true! When and where is your next gig? I’ll be working the main stage at A Night of Intrigue, a dark culture festival at RMH The Venue on Friday July 12. Can’t wait!


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seekae

Seekae will finally return to the stage next month. Since spending much of their time in the UK writing and recording their highly anticipated new album, the band are returning to their home soil to play at some unique Australian venues. Compelling them out of the studio and onto the stage, these shows will see Seekae performing songs both old and new. Seekae will play at the National Gallery of Victoria on Friday August 23.

kaytranada, ryan hemsworth

Espionage always have a knack of bringing down a hoard of acts, slapping them on the one bill and making a party out of it. Kaytranada’s production has led to recognition from the likes of Lunice and Daniel Glover as well as his ever growing fan base. The various genres, remixes and artists involved leave one not knowing what to love more, whether it be his essences of disco, his dirty trap overload or rave reminiscent production. Joining him will be Ryan Hemsworth, who stands as a completely unique character in a sea of imitators. With his inimitable blend of R&B and hip hop, Hemsworth has found his following on the internet, cultivating relationships online and became a go-to producer for MCs like Main Attrakionz, Shady Blaze, and Deniro Farrar. It’s all happening at Brown Alley on Saturday August 24.

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novel birthday rave

It’s been three years since Novel first began delighting us with the highest calibre of international and local artists and to thank their loyal supporters they are throwing their Annual Rave Ball. From hosting Omar-S, Julio Bashmore, Jimmy Edgar and Chris Liebing, countless day raves and night raves that became day raves, Novel has become a Melbourne institution. With promises of a secret international guest, the night is set to be a an exciting mixture of familiarity with a celebratory twist. Guaranteed to get all the classic local Novel support you’ve become warm and cosy with, it’ll be an intimate 500 person night. Get down to Brown Alley on Friday August 2.

function

One of techno’s true underground heroes, Function has been DJing and making music for over 15 years. After being seduced by techno by Jeff Mills in the early ‘90s, Function started producing music from the mid-90s onwards. In 2008 he moved to Berlin, working with Regis and Silent Servant, putting his focus into the acclaimed Sandwell District Imprint. Layered club tracks with soaring string-led atmospheric build ups and complex melodic pieces is Function’s signature style and unmissable one at that. Make sure to head down to Brown Alley on Friday August 9.

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Novel are set to bring down one of house and techno’s most sublimely humble and talented stars, &ME. &ME’s talent was recognised early on by heavyweights DJ Hell and DJ T who hired him as their co-producer immediately. Doing remixes of Roxy Music, Tiefschwarz and Antony Rother, DJing at clubs both nationally and internationally, &ME finally got his big break at the release of his solo work. F.I.R was his first release on Keinemusik became a club anthem instantly and it was only a taste of things to come. His incredible blend of house and techno has soared his star into international realms and it doesn’t stop there, with many projects in the works. &ME plays at Revolver Upstairs on Sunday August 4.

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The Ghost Rider project is the brainchild of Vlad Krivoshein, who hails from Israel, the world’s breeding ground for psychedelic trance. As a youngster, the entire dance movement - and all it stood for - impressed him. And with that, he has used the music to capture emotional soundscapes in a way that has won the hearts and minds of many a fan. “It just so happens that my parents sent me to music school when I was a child in my native Russia – that’s really how it all began,” he explains. “I was born there and then we moved to Israel about 22 years ago. I have been back there too. For example, last year I was in Moscow at a gig. While the trance scene there is not so big – it is just starting – there is definitely a very nice energy for sure.

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Michael Nero is a fair chunk of the brains behind a new event destined to make waves in Melbourne soon, called Intrigue. Being billed as ‘A Festival of Dark Culture’ the man wants to create an event that steers clear of the commercial mediocrity that pervades much of Melbourne’s albeit eclectic and cosmopolitan nightlife and culture. In his-own words, ‘this is something that has to be a game-changer.’ “I sat down and partnered with my close friend and DJ, Omega Howell and we researched a lot about the international festivals and things that go on,” he explains. “With that, we contemplated creating something in Australia that has to be a game-changer.”

Of course in Israel we have a lot of parties and clubs, but maybe less open air festivals.” Indeed, being inspired by different genres of dance music over the years – including artists like Armin Van Buuren and Tiësto - Krivoshein enjoyed taking the next step and moving into production and performing live. “I was experimenting with all different styles of music until I settled on psytrance and progressive trance,” he says. “But for me, for sure I wainted to push to make music that was basically club trance.” And that has been his raison d’être ever since. “I’ve just come back from a big June tour,” chimes Krivoshein. “It was really a crazy month; I was in Switzerland, Mexico, Germany, Italy and Brazil - and the rest.” Importantly too, this week marks a special moment in his life for another reason – the release of his debut album Complextro. “That’s right,” he professes proudly. “My first LP is coming out on Blue Tunes Records and is the result of almost two years of hard work!” Complextro, literally defined as a dynamic and complex musical arrangement, reflects the nature of the work he has undertaken and accordingly, he felt it apt to lift the term for his own use. And with it, he had created a masterstroke of dark if not grand and progressive, psytrance. No less, he describes his approach to his music as particularly unrefined and ad-hoc. “I don’t really have a particular approach,” he says. “I like to make music that I can see; I try to keep things new and creative – I like to do things at a maximum level.” Previously, he had released two EPs in 2012 on the highly regarded and prolific Danish label, Iboga Records. Further, he released The Ghost Rider EP and the Shock Therapy EP on Echoes Records, followed by Time Ghost as well as a number of compilations. With the studio being his greatest love, the man isn’t too fussed about not having any major pursuits outside of music. “Really, today I don’t have a lot of free time so my life is pretty much based in the studio or at gigs around the world.”

“We’d done events together before,” he explains. “But this time we wanted to do something from left field, really different. So the event is called Intrigue – and with it, we’re inviting talent, we’re inviting fun and we’re giving people, regardless of who they are, the opportunity to do something fantastic.” As a festival of dark culture and the crew is looking at covering all bases from goth to punk, right through to industrial and fetish. “At the venue, we’ll give each area a dedicated space; there will also be a number of DJs performing as well as Omega Howell, and other sideshows of a varying nature.” Likewise, having been involved in the goth community in Melbourne for over ten years, Nero is well placed to be creating an event of this scale and nature. He admits too, that even though events like this have been held before, it has never been on the same epic scale as this. “We planned on doing the event at the Royal Melbourne Hotel.” he says. “There was a night on Friday there some time back that used to be packed out for years. For us, it’s not necessarily about trying to redo that, it’s about ensuring we can continue to celebrate the different art cultures that exist in Melbourne. Whether it’s gothic, punk, fetish or whatever - we thought we’d bring everyone together into to do an event that is going to be called the Flash Mob Festival! “The one thing with the dark community in Melbourne, if I can call it that, is that it attracts people with talent! Whether it’s people in costume or fire twirlers or those who can juggle or perform in the arts – we wanted to invite people into a space to allow them the freedom of expression. To be honest, we don’t know how it’s going to go so we hope those people can come and show us! The idea will be to provide patrons with a voting chip and ask people to hand their chips to their favorite performer – those with the most chips get

But that sells him a little short: to suggest he has no other pursuits would suggest that his musical pursuits aren’t all consuming, or perhaps not where he wants to be – they are. He goes on to describe two other musical projects he is involved in: “Other than Ghost Rider which is my production and stage name, I also do another musical project with a dear friend of mine, Ranji from Project Dapanji – that is called Class A. And then there is my other solo project called Magneto. I plan to do an EP with three or four solo tracks as Ghost Rider on Iboga Records – and then a number of EPs ready for the Class A project called Classic, Boarding Complete and Ready for Take Off. I have also done some remixes for artists like Ritmo and Symphonix as well.” Finally, the man is looking forward to getting back to Australia for the second time this year. “The last time I was in your amazing country was in February and I have to say it was awesome! So to be coming back a second time is fantastic because I have the opportunity to play the Complextro album as well as a lot of new stuff I will produce following the album. I really like to play my sets live so that I can really present my music the way it was created to be. I look forward to seeing you!”

Ghost Rider plays at the Earthcore 20th Anniversary alongside Ace Ventura, Captain Hook, Perfect Stranger and more, which takes place from Friday November 29 - Sunday December 1 at a yet to be disclosed location in country Victoria. facebook.com/ghost.rider.official soundcloud.com/ghostrider

to be invited back and featured at our next event.” Musically he adds too, that the setup will be very broad. “We will have a room dedicated to industrial and dubstep sounds, something that’s more modern and electronic and then something with more of an ‘80s or ‘90s theme. It’s really something we want to leave open to interpretation – but as long as the theme is dark, we’ll be happy. From there the current plan is to host the event bi-monthly but as well as that, we want to take it nationally in September, which will be really exciting. We’ve also got an international act booked which we’re hyped about – and we hope to bring in an international act once a month after that, so it will end up being a huge project.” So the reality is that no one knows exactly what’s going to happen on opening night. “That’s the best part,” he notes. “The night will feature a main stage when we’ll have the band Dandelion Wine; we’ll have a belly dancer as well – but in all, we expect to have five or six different areas with music that ranges from industrial and electronic, to goth and punk. We will also have some chill-out spaces and a market – it should be a lot of fun and spectacularly entertaining!”

A Night Of Intrigue takes place the RMH The Venue this Friday July 12. facebook.com/anightofintrigue

club guide Wednesday July 10

COQ ROQ - FEAT: AGENT 86 + DJS LADY NOIR + JOYBOT + KITI + MR THOM Lucky Coq, Windsor. 7:00pm. HOODRAPZ - FEAT: WEDNESDAY Workshop, Melbourne. 7:00pm. MO’ SOUL - FEAT: DJ VINCE PEACH Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. NEW GUERNICA WEDNESDAYS New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. THE DINNER SET Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:00pm.

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3181 THURSDAYS - FEAT: HANS DC + JAKE JUDD + NIKKI SARAFIAN + HEY SAM + JESSE YOUNG + JOHN DOE + SEAN RAULT Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 5:00pm. BANG N MASH Word Events Warehouse & Lounge, Melbourne. 8:00pm. BILLBOARD THURSDAYS - FEAT: MATT DEAN + MATTY GRANT + PHIL ROSS Billboard, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $10. CHI BEATS - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Chi Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. CQ SESSIONS - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Cq, Melbourne. 8:00pm. DO DROP IN - FEAT: DJ KITI + DJ LADY NOIR The Carlton Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. FREE RANGE FUNK - FEAT: AGENT 86 + LEWIS CANCUT + WHO Lucky Coq, Windsor. 6:00pm. GOOD EVENING - FEAT: DJ PEOPLE Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. GRAD PARTY THURSDAYS - FEAT: DJ ROWIE European Bier Cafe, Melbourne Cbd. 5:00pm. LE DISCO TECH Pretty Please, St Kilda. 8:00pm. LOVE STORY Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. MIDNIGHT EXPRESS - FEAT: DJS PREQUEL & EDD FISHER Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm. MOOD - FEAT: NUBODY Loop, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. RADIONICA Workshop, Melbourne. 7:00pm. RARE CANDY The Carlton Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. THE RITZ THURSDAYS - FEAT: CAUC-ASIAN DJ’S + JOSHUA GILILAND + KEN WALKER + LUCILLE CROFT + CARRICK DALTON & SAM COHEN + ED WILKS + MAX KRUSE + TIM LIGHT + ZACK ROSE Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 8:00pm. $20. TIGER FUNK LIVE - FEAT: DJ MOONSHINE Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. VARSITY Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm.

Friday July 12

ANYTIME Workshop, Melbourne. 8:30pm. BADABOOM FRIDAYS - FEAT: DJ ROWIE European Bier Cafe, Melbourne Cbd. 4:00pm. CANT SAY Platform One, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $10. CHI FRIDAYS Chi Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. CQ FRIDAYS Cq, Melbourne. 8:00pm. DEE VUKI The Wharf Hotel, Melbourne. 6:30pm. DISCOTHEQUE - FEAT: ELANA MUSTO + GREG SARA + SCOTT T

Match Bar & Grill, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. FEEL GOOD FRIDAYS - FEAT: BOBBY LOVE + CARGO + DJ REG-E + ESG + JAYSIN + PUPPET + RAJ K + SANKA + SHAGGZ The Motel, South Melbourne. 7:00pm. FUSION FRIDAY Fusion, Southbank. 10:00pm. I LOVE OLD SCHOOL - FEAT: SHAGGZ & PUPPET + DJ TEY + MERV MAC Red Bennies, South Yarra. 10:00pm. $10. KIDDFECTIOUS - FEAT: DJ ALEX KIDD + BANGERZ & MASHERZ + DJ YOJI + HELLRAISER + LCK + SCOTT ALERT + TRENT MCDERMOTT Billboard, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $45. LA DANSE MACABRE - FEAT: DJ TROPHY WIVES Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. LATIN QUARTER Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 8:00pm. MASHTAG - FEAT: MALPRACTICE / AGENT 86 / BENZO / MU-GEN / LEWIS CANCUT AND OLLIE Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. MEET YOUR MATES FRIDAYS Libation, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. PANORAMA - FEAT: DJS MATT RAD + MR GEORGE + PHATO A MANO Lucky Coq, Windsor. 8:00pm. POPROCKS - FEAT: DR PHIL SMITH Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. REVOLVER FRIDAYS - FEAT: DJ LEWIE DAY + DJ MIKE CALLANDER + DJ ALEX THOMAS + DJ KATIE DROVER + DJ WHO Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:00pm. SHUFFLE FRIDAY NIGHTS Bridie O’reilly’s Brunswick, Brunswick. 10:00pm. THE FOX FRIDAYS - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Fox Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm.

Saturday July 13

BILLBOARD SATURDAYS - FEAT: FRAZER ADNAM SCOTT MCMAHON + JAMIE VLAHOS + MR MAGOO + ZIGGY Billboard, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $15. BO PEEP’S FUN HOUSE - FEAT: BTWO + IMPACT + KITI + MOONSHINE + OOHEE + PAZ + SMILE ON + ZANNA First Floor, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. CLUB FICTION - FEAT: KITTY ROCK & THE BAD LADIES Red Bennies, South Yarra. 10:00pm. DJ YMCMR The Wharf Hotel, Melbourne. 8:30pm. FIRST FLOOR SATURDAYS - FEAT: BILLY HOYLE + DJS DUCHESZ + MZRIZK + WASABI First Floor, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. GLITCH THIS - FEAT: SATURDAY Workshop, Melbourne. 7:00pm. HOT STEP Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. LAB 22 Palace Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. MIXED DRINKS SATURDAYS Libation, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. MOTEL SATURDAYS The Motel, South Melbourne. 8:00pm. NEW GUERNICA SATURDAYS New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. POISON APPLE - FEAT: DJ MATT WATKINS Prince Bandroom, St Kilda. 7:00pm. SATURDAYS - FEAT: ACTION SAM + DJ ROWIE European Bier Cafe, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. SATURDAYS AT ONE TWENTY BAR - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS One Twenty Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. SOUND EMPIRE - FEAT: DJ TATE STRAUSS + DJ JOE SOFO + DJ MATTY + DJ MISS SARAH + DJ PHIL ROSS Fusion, Southbank. 9:30pm. $25.

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STAR SATURDAYS - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Star Bar, South Melbourne. 8:00pm. STRUT SATURDAYS PRESENTS - FEAT: TIMOMATIC + COLLECTIVE Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 8:00pm. $22. SUNDAY NIGHTS - FEAT: DJ DAMION DE SILVA + DJ JAY J + DJ KEN WALKER + DJ LIGHTING Co., Southbank. 8:30pm. SUPER GRANDE Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. TEMPERANCE SATURDAYS - FEAT: DJ MARCUS KNIGHT + DJ XANDER JAMES Temperance Hotel, South Yarra. 8:00pm. TEXTILE Lucky Coq, Windsor. 6:00pm. THE FOX SATURDAYS Fox Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. THE HOUSE DEFROST - FEAT: DJ ANDEE FROST Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm. THE LATE SHOW - FEAT: MAT CANT + RANSOM + TOO MUCH + BOOGS + CONGO TARDIS #1 + DANIELSAN + MR MOONSHINE Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:00pm.

Sunday July 14

EARLY BIRD - FEAT: AWESOME WALES + DYLAN B + GEZADIN + SLEEP D + TIMMY G Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 2:00am. MASHTAG - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. NEW GUERNICA SUNDAYS New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. REHAB RECOVERY - FEAT: ANGUS GREEN + FA + HYDRAULIX + KURK KOKANE + LASER FERRARI + LICKWEED + MONKEE + SNAREOPHOBE + WYLDCARD Rubix Warehouse, Brunswick. 12:00pm. REVOLVER SUNDAYS - FEAT: DJ BOOGS + DJ SPACEY SPACE + DJ RADIATOR + DJ SILVERSIX + DJ T-REK Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:30pm. SOUTH SIDE HUSTLE - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Lucky Coq, Windsor. 8:30pm. THE SUNDAE SHAKE - FEAT: AGENT 86 + TIGERFUNK Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 6:00pm. THE SUNDAY SET - FEAT: DJS ANDYBLACK + HAGGIS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 4:00pm.

Monday July 15

IBIMBO - FEAT: LADY NOIR & KITI Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 6:00pm. KOOL AID - FEAT: DJ MU-GEN Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. STIFF DRINK - FEAT: DJ MICHAEL KUCYK + DJ MICHAEL OZONE + DJ ROMAN WAFERS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. TWERKERS CLUB - FEAT: DJ FLETCH Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:00pm.

Tuesday July 16

COSMIC PIZZA Lucky Coq, Windsor. 8:00pm. CURIOUS TALES Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. DJ JAGUAR E55, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. IBIMBO - FEAT: LADY NOIR & KITI Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 6:00pm. NEVER CHEER BEFORE YOU KNOW WHO’S WINNING - FEAT: REPETER FONDA Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm.

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Wednesday July 10 COMPRESSION SESSION - FEAT: CASSAWARRIOR + DD + RICKA E55, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. SOUL ENSEMBLE Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm.

Thursday July 11 HAARLO + AINSLIE WILLS + ELIZA HULL Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 7:30pm. $12. PENNIES Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $6. RHYTHM-AL-ISM - FEAT: DJ DAMION DE SILVA + DJ K-DEE + DJ SIMON SEZ Eden, Melbourne. 10:00pm. $15.

Friday July 12 CREW LOVE - FEAT: DJ TONY SUNSHINE Sub Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $15. D.Y.E + DEFRON & RUDY V + NEWDUB CITY SOUND + THE FOURFRONT 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. FAKTORY - FEAT: DJ DAMION DE SILVA + DJ DURMY + DJ K DEE + DJ YATHS Khokolat Bar, Melbourne. 8:30pm. HUSTLE JUNGLE - FEAT: KT & CHUCK + SAMMY THE BULLET + THADDEOUS DOE

Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. LIKE FRIDAYS - FEAT: BROZ + DIR-X + DJS DINESH + NYD + SEF + SHAGGZ + SHAUN D La Di Da, Melbourne. 7:00pm. REMI (FREE SANGRIA TOUR) + JPS + N’FA + NAM + SENSIBLE J Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 9:00pm. $10. SWEET NOTHING FRIDAYS - FEAT: DJ MARCUS KNIGHT + DJ XANDER JAMES Temperance Hotel, South Yarra. 8:00pm.

Saturday July 13 DJ OAKLEY GRENELL Birmingham Hotel, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. LAUNDRY SATURDAYS - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. SATURDAY NIGHTS - FEAT: DJ DAMION DE SILVA + DJ JAY SIN + DJ K DEE Khokolat Bar, Melbourne. 8:30pm. THE DOJO Order Of Melbourne, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm.

Sunday July 14 OPEN DECKS Thornbury Local, Thornbury. 6:30pm.

Monday July 15 FREEDOM PASS - FEAT: PHIL ROSS + B-BOOGIE + CHRIS MAC + DOZZA

Co., Southbank. 9:30pm.

Tuesday July 16 CAN I KICK Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm.

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the d.y.e

Following the success of DJ Marshall’s Summer of Love party which welcomed in the warmer months, Melbourne’s Streetcredit Productions are back with their next installment: DJ Marshall’s Winter Wonderland, to be held at 303, Northcote on Friday July 12. Featuring some of Melbourne’s finest upcoming rhyming talent, expect the beers to be flowing as we welcome in the colder months showcasing The D.Y.E, The Fourfront, Newdub City Sound, Defron and Rudy V. Since pumping out a fat set at Push Over ‘13, headliners The D.Y.E, will be serving up some brand new winter warming tracks. The illustrious host, DJ Marshall has alluded to the fact that Santa Clause himself may even make an appearance. If the last D.Y.E show at 303 is anything to go by, Marshall will be up to his old tricks giving free drinks to the first 50 through the door in true Yuletide spirit. Merry Christmas in July and a happy financial new year!

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INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWS & GOSSIP

with Christie Eliezer * Stuff for this column to be emailed to <celiezer@netspace.net.au> by Friday 5pm PROTEST OVER PALACE PLANS Live music fans are rallying over plans by the new owner of the Palace Theatre in the city’s Bourke Street to demolish it to put up a 30-storey, $180 million hotel and apartment complex. A Facebook page Save The Palace Theatre went live on Saturday morning. Within 24 hours there were 16,500 likes, with some calling for a rally to be held. A petition is at thepetitionsite. com/381/189/786/save-the-palace-theatre/ urging Minister of Planning, Matthew Guy to step in. Organisers say that the building, operating since 1860 as a cinema and theatre, has importance as heritage value and as an 1,850-capacity rock landmark which hosted major acts as The Palace and The Metro. Businessman Xian Xu’s company Jinshan Investments bought the property last year after Jerry Pilarinos’ Kefi Nominees went into administration and put it up for sale for $20 million. Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah tweeted, “This will pretty much fuck Melbourne rock scene w[ith] no venue between Billboard’s 1,050 cap(acity) & Fest Hall 5,000 cap & heft(y) hire fee.” The only other similar CBD venue is the 1,500-capacity Forum Theatre.

DIY ARTS BUSINESS SEMINAR SERIES Darebin City Council runs its free DIY Arts Business Seminar Series with Music Victoria to help local creative with the business end. Darebin Mayor Tim Laurence, “Darebin is proud to foster its large community of makers. These seminars will help to demystify the sometimes confusing business side of making a living in the art world.” Although free, bookings essential. Go to darebin.vic.gov.au/events or call 8470 8593. Publicity 101 with publicist Michelle Buxton looks at how to generate hype and doing publicity yourself. Thursday July 18 from 6.30 pm at Northcote Town Hall. Meet The Band Bookers sees Music Victoria’s Bek Duke introducing bookers from rooms as Northcote Social Club, Thornbury Theatre and Wesley Anne. Thursday August 1, from 6.30 pm, at Thornbury Theatre. Unlock Your Social Media Super-powers with social media coach Rose Wintergreen on setting up a plan to expand your presence. Thursday August 8 from 6.30pm, Thornbury Theatre.

WANT TO BE ON ‘MUSIC STRATEGY FOR MELBOURNE’ COMMITTEE? Are you a member of the music industry who wants to get involved in the Music Strategy for Melbourne Advisory Committee? The Music Strategy provides support for the music industry through campaigns and events, and outlines how council and government can work with and support the industry. The Committee will provide expert advice on the review of the Music Strategy, which was initiated by City of Melbourne in December 2010, and implementing a new strategy for 2013-17. Chair of the Arts Portfolio, Councillor Rohan Leppert said, “If we’re going to continue to foster an environment and opportunities for the city’s music industry and creative soul to thrive and grow, we need to work with the key players involved.” More info, go to melbourne.vic.gov.au/music or call 9658 9658 by Monday July 15.

WANT YOUR MUSIC ON 3CR? Want to get your music played on community radio station 3CR? Send it to Music Coordinator Paul Elliott, formerly at Polyester Records & Books. Send CDs to Paul Elliott, Community Radio 3CR, PO Box 1277, Collingwood Vic 3066. He is contacted at musiccoordinator@3cr.org.au and 03 9419 8377.

DANCE MUSIC HITS SEVEN YEAR HIGH IN UK Dance music had its biggest market share in the UK since 2006, thanks to Rudimental, David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Calvin Harris and, of course, Daft Punk whose Get Lucky took just 69 days to sell 1 million copies there. Figures from trade association BPI say dance music were up 19.9% in the first six months of 2013, while dance music albums were up 33.7%. One in six of singles sold in the UK is EDM. It’s replaced R&B as third largest in the UK, with pop and rock leading. BPI chief Geoff Taylor reckons that EDM being

KINGSWOOD BY ALASDAIR DUNCAN

Kingswood have rock’n’roll in the blood. If you don’t believe me, just ask their grade six teacher – a very early lineup of the group played in a primary school cover band. Their crowning achievement was a heartfelt version of Aerosmith’s Don’t Want To Miss A Thing. How were they to know that, a few years down the line, they would actually be opening for Aerosmith at Rod Laver Arena? I ask singer Fergus Linacre if he or anyone else from the band admitted to their pre-teen crush, but he insists they played it cool. “Steven Tyler came into our room before the show and said, ‘Look at this motley crew, look at your hair!’” he tells me with

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picked up by hip hop and dubstep acts gives “2013’s dance music an edge which is really cutting through to fans.”

THINGS WE HEAR * Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines is certified four times platinum in Australia, for sales of 280,000. It spent its eighth week at #1 on the ARIA chart last week. * Big Day Out will return to New Zealand next January, signing a five year deal with Western Springs as its new venue. * Footage of The Badpiper, a flame-throwing bagpiper from Perth, rocking to AC/DC’s Thunderstruck has gone viral. It’s been seen half a million times in its first 40 days. * New UK sensation John Newman, the voice behind Rudimental smashes Feel The Love and Not Giving In (both which he co-wrote) is in Australia in August on a promo tour to plug his debut single and album. * Aussie country duo McAlister Kemp arrived in Nashville to record their third album at Rukkus Studios. On the first day, the place filled up with fire, and they grabbed their gear and scrammed. Turned out a keyboard speaker had overheated and burst into flames. But the fireys arrived, and recording continued three hours later. And the song they were recording when the fuss began? Night On Fire. * The Pixies have announced their first world tour in two years, and brought in Kim Shattuck (The Pandoras, Muff) to replace Kim Deal. * Richie Sambora might have rejoined Bon Jovi by the time they hit Australia in December, the guitarist reckons. * Footage has emerged of US rapper A$AP Rocky’s show at the Sydney Hordern Pavilion where he is moving through the crowd, and apparently slapping a female fan who looks like she’s nicked his hat and blows him kisses. He is seen shaking his finger in her direction in disapproval. * Bastille, on their first tour of Oz, sold out Sydney and Melbourne in a day. Their Pompeii has gone double platinum in Australia for sales of 140,000. * It will be a reunion of sorts when Adelaide’s Brillig hit Melbourne this weekend. The first show on Friday July 12 at the Yarra Hotel in Abbotsford sees them catch up with one of the three owners, Clanger, who used to run Adelaide’s Grace Emily Hotel which was a fave haunt for the band. * A Melbourne drummer’s late night dust-up with a taxi driver looks like it’s heading to court.

COSMIC PSYCHOS DOCO MAKES WORLD PREMIERE It’s been awhile coming, but Matt Weston’s documentary about the Cosmic Psychos, Blokes You Can Trust, makes its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival at 9pm on Friday July 26. Last year Weston raised money through Pozible: his target was $28,000 but $48,121 was pledged with a quarter by American fans. The band admit they’re a bit stunned that “three ugly blokes” could make a splash worldwide. Yet listen to comments from the likes of Eddie Vedder (“live they’re so powerful”), Butch Vig (“they had a huge influence on Seattle’s so-called grunge scene”), Mudhoney, L7 and The Melvins. The Psychos do dates behind the movie, and at The Hi-Fi on Friday August 9.

POP UP STATION FOR NAIDOC WEEK ABC Radio is working with indigenous radio stations to launch a pop-up station to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures during NAIDOC week. NAIDOC on ABC Extra will broadcast from 6am Monday July 6 to 6pm Friday July 12. It is hosted by Radio National and, in a first, will include shows from Koori Radio and the National Indigenous Radio Service.

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HEATWEAVE LAWSUIT DELAYED The lawsuit against D12 on behalf of Australian hip hop festival Heatwave – for not turning up for the 2012 event – has been delayed until September. US process servers can’t find the members to serve papers on, magistrate Kym Millard of the Adelaide Magistrates Court announced. That caused a snigger from the Aussie industry: D12’s Swifty McVay was touring here with Obie Trice last month. Heatwave’s liquidators are suing to get back a $35,000 advance payment, after D12 reportedly missed their flight and missed the shows.

AUSSIE DANCE PROMOTER TOTEM SOLD TO AMERICA’S SFX America’s EDM powerhouse SFX Entertainment last year announced it would spend $1 billion to buy between 30 to 40 EDM ventures and promoters from around the globe. One of these is One of these is Australian dance touring and promotions business Totem (aka Totem Onelove Group) whose Stereosonic festival last year drew 247,000 in five cities. SFX offered $75 million for Totem and reportedly already paid a deposit of $5 million.

IMPRINT MERCH LAUNCHES Imprint Merch is a new Australian one-stop site (imprintmerch. com.au) for all band merchandising. Clients include Whitechapel, Buried In Verona, Confession, Woe Is Me, Hand Of Mercy and For The Fallen Dreams.

CLOWNS JOIN POISON CITY Hardcore thrashers Clowns have signed to Poison City Records. The band, which formed three years ago in Melbourne, toured South East Asia last year and released a number of singles. Their debut album, which they just finished at Birdland Studios with producer Lindsay Gravina, is out in October. Aside from their own shows around town, they play the Poison City Weekender Fest at the John Curtin on Friday September 6.

NE OBLIVISCARIS TRACK ADDED TO CONSERVATORIUM STUDY Melbourne avant-garde metal band Ne Obliviscaris have their song And Plague Flowers The Kaleidoscope included in a curriculum at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music next semester. Its Chair of Composition, Prof. Matthew Hindson, a classical composer whose work is played by orchestras around the world, says he will present the song to students as “an exemplar in structure, mixing timbres, meters, modes, how to approach virtuosity, sound and noise, extended performance and techniques. The students will need to study two technical aspects of what Ne Obliviscaris have done in their music, and then use these techniques in their own classical music compositions.”

MORE O/S DATES FOR THE RED PAINTINGS The Red Paintings, who played theatre shows in the US with Mindless Self Indulgence, have been asked to join them for their extensive UK and Europe tour dates later this year. In the meantime, the Geelong-formed band, who’ve just finished two UK tours of late, one with The Pineapple Thief, have been asked to the Bizarre Stage at the world’s biggest punk and alternative event, Rebellion Festival. After finishing off their own Australian run, The Red Paintings have three days’ rest, before touring the US with …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead. Their You’re Not One Of Them peaked at #40 in the US FMQB radio chart and broken into the German college radio Top 100.

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Australasian collecting societies APRA and AMCOS signed with Universal Music Publishing to represent its licensing and digital rights in Asian territories (except Japan). APRA|AMCOS CEO Brett Cottle said, “Consumers in this part of the world want and need the widest possible access on safe, legal platforms to the world’s repertoire of music.”

A petition calling for a laneway to be named after Chrissy Amphlett was handed last week to Melbourne City Council by her widower Charlie Drayton and aunt Patricia ‘Little Pattie’ Thompson. It will be tabled on July 30 by the Council’s councillor for Arts and Culture Rohan Leppert. 5,000 signed the petition (they expected 1,500), including actor Noah Taylor, Baby Animals’ Suze DeMarchi, Michael Gudinski,

a laugh. “He was carrying on and telling stories about when he was our age and driving around in a flower truck.” The show was Kingswood’s biggest to date, even if playing to an arena crowd was an intimidating experience. “You have people rolling in all the way through your set, and oldies sitting up the back. You don’t know what to expect from something like that.” The boys did manage to ruffle some feathers at the show. “Someone actually emailed us after the gig saying that our language was inappropriate and that we were too rude,” Linacre says, “I don’t know exactly what we said, but he just said that we should all grow up.” He seems baffled that such prudish types would make it to an Aerosmith show. “I mean, Steven Tyler’s wanking the microphone off and chucking a water bottle in his crotch to pour it all over everyone,” says Linacre. “I don’t know what they would have made of that.” Kingswood are all set for a national tour, after which, they’ll be heading to Nashville to record their debut album. Before that, however, they have a short film to release. The film, made by the band themselves, is called Some Motherfucker’s Gotta Pay. It started out as a music video for their raucous track Ohio before blossoming into something much bigger

and grander. “The song’s been out for ages, but we just kept going and going on the video,” he says. “If we like an idea, we really don’t hold back!” The band dreamed up the idea for their Tarantino-esque film one delirious night as they were driving back from a show. “We were in our van on the way back from Sydney,” says Linacre. “Alex and I were up the front, and we started dreaming up a story about three or four gangs who are after a prize, which is called The Cheddar. By various circumstances, all these gangs end up at a bar, where there’s a big shoot-out. The bar scenes were actually shot at The Annandale.” The film features a variety of guest stars – Sticky Fingers are in it, as is Seth Sentry, and Mambo guy Reg Mombassa plays the baddie. “He was the original possessor of The Cheddar, and when he comes back and he’s not happy,” says Linacre. “He’s as scary as hell.” Where can we expect to see the film? Well, that’s a long story. “We figured it wouldn’t pass any of the classifications for Rage or Channel V,” Linacre says, “but Channel V are quite keen to pick it up based on the preview. They haven’t seen the whole thing yet, and I wonder what they’ll think when they do.” Needless to say, the film features a lot of blood and splatter. “My mum’s really excited to see it,” says Linacre,

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LIFELINES Injured: Nick Cave was badly bruised after he accidentally fell off the stage and into a pit at a show in Iceland. He continued to play, but was taken to hospital for a check-over. He was told he’d be okay in two weeks: the next day, Laughing Boy was doing a set at the Glastonbury Festival. Ill: Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba says he was rushed to hospital after reacting badly to electronic cigarettes that he purchased in Poland. Hospitalised: Lou Reed for severe hydration, weeks after his liver transplant. Recovering: Mondo Generator frontman and former Queens of the Stone Age and Kyuss member Nick Oliveri after being involved in a car crash. Married: a man proposed to his girlfriend during a Kansas City show by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros then insisted they get married right then and there before 2,000. Guitarist Christian Letts married them (they did it legally after) and the band played Sea Of Love for their first dance. Suing: legendary art designer Roger Dean (Yes, Asia) wants $50 million from movie director James Cameron saying that the Pandora world of the 2009 movie Avatar is heavily based on his artwork. In Court: Boston’s Tom Scholz must pay the Boston Herald’s court costs of $132,000 after he unsuccessfully sued it and two writers for defamation. It had suggested Scholz caused the 2007 suicide of Boston singer Brad Delp. The judge rejected the suit saying it was impossible to know what caused Delp’s death. In Court: Kerry Katona of Atomic Kitten was declared bankrupt for the second time in five years. The first was not paying off a £417,000 tax bill. Sued: rapper Rick Ross for failing to pay off $90,000 for three Rolex watches that he bought. Died: record producer Cameron Allan who co-founded Sydney’s Regular Records, died in California where he has been composing for TV and films. He produced albums by Flowers, Mental As Anything and The Sports. Died: NSW folk singer songwriter Gary Shearston, 74, after suffering a stroke while working in the garden of his Tenterfield home Ian ‘Molly’ Meldfrum, Reg Mombassa and The Gurus’ Rick Grossman. Amphlett was born in Geelong but baptised in the Collins Street Baptist Church and worked at nearby the Mr John and Merivale boutique spending her lunch breaks catching buskers on Collins St. Drayton is planning a star-studded tribute concert for her in October, with all proceeds going to multiple scleroris and breast cancer charities.

MUSIC SITES BUS TOUR The Leaps and Bounds festival celebrates the musical history of Yarra City with a guided bus tour which kick off this week. The guide is Bruce Milne (founder of AuGoGo and In-Fidelity Records, journalist, managed The Blackeyed Susans, former owner of The Tote). It will cover the sites of past clubs, video and movie shoots, shared musician households and Indigenous music spots. See leapsandboundsmusicfestival.com.

PINK BAND WORKSHOP, POP UP STORE Pink’s rhythm section Mark Schulman and Eva Gardner do a workshop at the Australian College of The Arts (Collarts) (55 Brady St, South Melbourne) on Friday July 12 from 2pm to 3.30 pm. It will be interactive with performance with audience. It is for Collarts students but with limited spaces for outside students studying music elsewhere. See collarts.edu.au. Meantime, the Pink pop-up store – the first in the world – has had such a consumer response that they have to go to pinkpopupstore. com.au and nominate a time they want to enter. Or else, it’s the long queue for you, baby! It’s at Thousand £ Bend (361 Little Lonsdale St) with merchandising not found at her shows, props and costumes from past tours, and exhibits which fans are encouraged to take photos alongside.

“but I’ve been preparing her for the possibility that she won’t like it.” She and the Rod Laver Arena couple may want to steer clear, but everyone else should prepare to have their minds blown. KINGSWOOD play The Corner Hotel on Wednesday July 17 with Bertie Blackman and Apes (on sale now) and Thursday July 18 with Bertie Blackman and Lurch & Chief (sold-out).


WHITLEY BY KRISSI WEISS

Lawrence Greenwood, aka Whitley, retired his moniker in public fashion in 2010. With 2007’s The Submarine and 2009’s Go Forth, Find Mammoth, Greenwood had become an indie-acoustic darling (read: puppet) on the Oz scene and frankly he was sick of it all. Lambasted for daring to want an attentive audience, derided for attacking the odd drunk bogan heckling him during his sets and the victim of music blog hatred; he was drawn and quartered in the comments sections of many a music website. He packed up and went to the UK, via the world, discovered that his love of music needn’t be dictated by the whims of the industry nor the demands of an unappreciative crowd and after a harrowing tale, has returned with perhaps his greatest album to date, Even The Stars Are A Mess. The tale is ludicrously long and frightfully true. After deciding he wanted back in while he was drunk in Mexico, failed recording sessions, a triple hit of Peruvian love via Giardia, Salmonella poisoning and altitude sickness and a host of other setbacks, the album came to life in Pisa, Italy with the help of friend and band member Colin Leadbetter. But what’s more monumental than the recording dramas is the fact Greenwood was able to find some sense of peace and return to the world of music. He mentions he really wanted to play with his friends again but there was also a change in outlook that enabled him to step back into the shoes of Whitley. “It was definitely motivated by the idea of playing music with my friends but

you’re right in assuming that there was a change of views that brought about an increased capacity to appreciate that,” says Greenwood. “I longed to play with my friends because I missed them but I also viewed what I did as less evil than I once did. I feel very much in control of what I do now.” That sense of control may have been what Greenwood was searching for all along. Towards the end of Whitley v.1 he appeared to be careening along on a runaway train. “Being on a runaway train is a great metaphor for how I felt at the end of it,” he says. “I was having to do things that I didn’t want to do. It’s obnoxious but I think you can define yourself as an artist or an entertainer and I can’t do both. I tried the

entertainer thing and I’m just too fucking moody for it. The artist thing works for me because then I can get away with being moody.” That moodiness or as some call it, “being human”, was the catalyst for media slurs and web-based vitriol. Greenwood has learned to laugh at it, and that may be his ticket to happiness. “I don’t get an overinflated sense of self with this stuff; I don’t think people talked about me that much and I don’t think they really give a fuck,” he laughs. “But I view myself, as the Bedroom Philosopher put it to me in a good way when he said that he thought I had consumed too much of my own art pollution. There is a real pollution that goes along with your art online that you find when you selfGoogle and do all that shit but I just don’t do that anymore. I did at one point but it was at a point when I was not feeling good and then it steamrolled into this crazy thing. I look back on it now and I find it funny;

I find bloggers funny. Actually, I find the people who leave comments even funnier. We got some of the best ones together the other day as a semi-therapy session and we read them out and we were pissing ourselves. People make massive leaps of logic about who am I as a person based on what tiny, filtered bits of information they’ve seen. Before I felt really disempowered by that and really frightened but it’s just so funny now.”

segment of culture we’re getting exposed to – how people respond to a show.” The candid attitude of the audiences they met was something that spoke to Browne’s own straightforward personality. “People in the States aren’t afraid to say what they feel and that appeals to me as a performer,” she says. “Meeting people after the show is really the thing that makes you feel like what you’re doing is worthwhile.” While home – as the cliché goes – is where the heart may be, Browne and the band are nowhere near reaching tour burnout. “You kinda get your tour legs and you just go. It makes me feel alive and I get a little anti-climactic afterwards. It has its pros and cons though…one of the best things to come of a project

that has nine people is that each person’s music is dynamically eclectic and has so many different influences. But the logistical stuff is hard; it’s not just about getting nine people around the world, it’s also hard enough just to get nine people a table at a restaurant to eat before the show!”

did pre-production there,” recalls Hannam. “So we basically did the songs live for him, in a live setting, and we recorded them and then he went back to us with things to change. For instance our latest single Halcyon – that was originally six minutes long when we first wrote it so he shortened it and made it into a single friendly song.” Having had this collection of songs with him for so long, the release of Halcyon Days will most certainly be a triumphant moment. “All of the songs on this record have been written for about five years,” says Hannam. “I wrote them when I was 16 so it’s really, really fucking exciting.” The next venture for Glass Towers will be a national album tour which will see them breaking new ground by taking in every major city around the country. The tour will of course include a stop in Melbourne and for the young Central Coast band it will be a chance to increase their standing in the music crazed city. “Music is really special in Melbourne obviously and so I think it takes people a while to really gel with a band and really understand them,” says Hannam.

“I think we’re just starting to finally, I hope, crack Melbourne. The last couple of shows we’ve played there have been really good.” The band rightly can’t wait to hit the road and Hannam promises that they are going to do their best to make this run of shows their most memorable to date. “We’re going to try and do something special for it because it’s our album. I don’t know what we’re going to do yet but we might try and do some crazy stage show thing; obviously not like dancers or anything, I mean like make it special,” he laughs. “And we’re playing our last show in Byron so that’s going to be really special because the album was written in Byron Bay so we thought it would be cool to play our last show there as well.”

WHITLEY will be at The Hi-Fi on Friday July 19 with Esther Holt and the sold-out Splendour In The Grass in Byron Bay between Friday July 26 and Sunday July 28. Even The Stars Are A Mess is out now through Dew Process/Universal.

CLAIRY BROWNE

& THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES BY KRISSI WEISS

“What we’re trying to do is play good music. I think in the past we’ve been mistaken for a cabaret act or something that’s more theatrical or somehow related to burlesque. It’s not a throwback thing jazzed-up with costumes, we put a lot into our music,” explains front woman Clairy Browne. Ain’t that the truth. If you somehow missed the soul of their debut album, Baby Caught The Bus, or even just the smashingly catchy energy of their lead single Love Letter don’t mistake Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes for some nostalgia or tribute band. Their music may hark back to the soul sister vibe of the ‘60s but their take on it is thoroughly modern. Browne and co. have recently released their debut album in the US – 20 months after the Australian release – and although they’ve been playing these tunes for a long time, Browne is in no way sick of them. “I’ve grown new appreciations for the songs,” she says. “I think the songs became a bit laboured after playing them live in Australia for so long and Australian audiences can be really tough – you’ve really gotta earn their interest – but when I went over to LA and listened to the album again, not just hearing it on stage, I discovered a new fondness for it. It’s also good because we’re looking at making the second album now

and I was listening to the first album thinking about how we could do things differently this time around and maybe try some things that we didn’t feel cool about the first time.” They’ve seen some amazing places as a touring band – taking on Europe with The Cat Empire in 2010 – but sets at SXSW and more pivotally House Of Blues and The Troubadour in the US (among many others) was like ticking off a dream list of iconic US venues for Browne. “It was like a surreal dream to play in the States; it was like a long, washed out acid trip,” she laughs. “You’re travelling to these wild and amazing places that you see in the movies but you’ve never dreamed you’d play at and the crowds are so unique. It’s just its own flavour and it’s different again to playing in Europe. The best thing about touring is that you’re not just playing but you’re getting to experience people’s culture. Because we just get in a bus and go from place to place playing music, that’s the

CLAIRY BROWNE AND THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES play The Caravan Music Club on Thursday July 18 (sold-out), The Corner Hotel on Friday July 19 (sold-out) and Splendour In The Grass on Friday July 26 (sold-out).

GLASS TOWERS BY JAMES NICOLI

Penned as a dedication to youth, indie rockers Glass Towers’ debut album Halcyon Days is a nostalgic look back at a specific time and place in their early lives. Having already released a couple of highly acclaimed EPs as well as receiving a good dose of national airplay and some impressive international support and festival slots, Halcyon Days is the next step in the bands natural progression. On the eve of the album’s release front man Ben Hannam looks back at where it all started. “I guess it kind of stems from when I was 16 and I got really deeply into Jack Kerouac and his kind of style of writing,” he recalls. “I would go to house parties and I’d come home and basically start writing every kind of detail; every character I’d meet, every event that would happen and so that’s what formed the basis of each song on the album. So I kinda wrote from experience; the whole album is basically just like my experience of when I was 17, 18 growing up.” As well as novelists such as Kerouac, Hannam also had some early exposure to a number of musical acts who would go on to have a lasting effect on him and the songs he would write for Halcyon Days. “When I was growing up I listened to a lot of my dad’s collection; stuff like Neil Diamond, Simon and Garfunkel, Roxy Music; those bands people kind of laugh at these days,” he says jokingly. “But I think that kind of instilled a sense of melody in me. I’ve always been really interested in writing really strong

melodies, not so much catchy ones but just like really kind of emotional melodies.” On first listen, Halcyon Days comes across as an album you would most likely attach to a band well into their career. The fact that the members of Glass Towers are all still in the early 20s only adds to the impressiveness of the record and its glistening, melodic indie pop. And when it came time to enter the studio, for a first album, the band had a very clear idea of how they wanted it to sound. “I wanted to make a really kind of layered, really deep record,” says Hannam. “Because I’ve always been interested in producers like Alan Moulder who’s my favourite mixer. Like really kind of lush records.” Enlisting the services of local producer Jean Paul Fung, the band bunkered down in the studio and with Fung’s guidance began to shape and refine the songs which would come to form the record. “We went up to his (Fung’s) farm on the Central Coast and we

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A guide to eating out in Melbourne

Bay City Burrito Attention Melbournians there is a new kid on the Mexican food block. Bay City Burrito is not just another restaurant taking advantage of Melbourne’s Mexican wave; it’s an eatery that represents the vibrant culture of San Francisco’s Mission District from the inside out. Like St. Kilda, the Mission District is a melting pot of colour and culture and like San Francisco’s Mission District, St. Kilda is the perfect first home for Bay City Burrito this side of the equator. Owner Gary Mink was born and bred in San Francisco, and like a true local, Mink always headed to family-owned taquerias in the Mission for his authentic burrito fix. When Mink moved to Melbourne, he enlisted the skills of design studio SouthSouthWest

and Melbourne designer Dermot Lenaghan to develop the Mission District Burrito concept for all to enjoy. Fully licensed, Bay City Burrito offers a selection of beer and signature margaritas to perfectly complement any meal in Bay City’s recycled wood and concretethemed dining room. Whether you’re looking for a snack or a meal, Bay City offers a diverse menu to suit everyone’s taste and dietary requirements (gluten free, vegetarian and vegan). The entire menu is available for dinein or take-away. Located at 4-7 Shakespeare Grove, St. Kilda, right beside Luna Park Bay City Burritos is open Sunday to Thursday: 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Friday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm.

Gloria Swanston’s Kitchen Last week iconic Melbourne nightspot Lounge launched Gloria Swanton’s Kitchen. The menu is undeniably comfort food that is warm, moist and tasty with one of the many highlights on the menu being the mac&cheese&bacon that are the perfect cure for a heavy hangover with their crisp outer-layer and juicy inner. With other delights like the Kick-Ass beef burger and Kentucky chicken bites it will come as no suprise kitchen’s namesake and visionary is

an American. Gina Lee Samson (a.k.a Gloria Swanston) is a former model, actress, and dancer but her real passion has, and always will be the food she shares with her friends. It’s time to get comfortable guys and head-down to Gloria Swanston’s Kitchen serving food at Lounge Monday to Friday between 12pm & 10pm and Saturday to Sunday between 2pm & 10pm Gloriaswanstons.com.au

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20ft. Monster The idea for pop-restaurant 20ft. Monster burst free over a game of frisbee. Johan van der Walle has sharpened his knives in professional kitchens such as Hellenic Republic, Chocolate Buddha, and Cibo (Auckland, NZ). Sam Maher has worn down his shoes running the floors of The Press Club, Rockpool, and Chez Bruce (London, UK). With a joint belief in fresh, punchy flavours and heartfelt service they have unleashed 20ft. Monster, a recurring pop-up restaurant that has sold out its last three efforts. Tonight it takes over Fitzroy cafe Min Lokal for two sittings (6.30pm and 8.30pm). $40 gets you three courses and a welcome drink. Bookings are essential and there are only a few places left at the 422 George st. Fitzroy location. For booking details and to keep up to date on future events, head to facebook. com/20ftMonster and hit ‘like’.

Fancy yourself a masterchef? Melbourne institutions Bimbo Deluxe and Lucky Coq are once again hosting Pimp My Pizza, a competition for pizza devotees to submit their favourite topping combinations for the chance to win up to $3000, split between themselves and their nominated charity. The winning pizza creation will also feature on the menu in both pizza bars for three months. Celebrity or mortal, all pizzas submitted will go up against each other in a public vote, and the top five will see their pizza featured on the Lucky Coq and Bimbo Deluxe menu for a month-long pimping period. Throughout this time, the person who pimps their pizza the best, and ultimately sells the most to the public, will win the prize money and a spot on the menu. Past winning pizzas include the Pollo E Pinoli with avocado, chicken, pine nuts, baby spinach, sundried tomatoes and Camembert and Fig Me Pumpkin with Napoli sauce, rocket, pumpkin, goats cheese, figs and pistachio. And for those of you needing inspiration by tasting Lucky Coq and Bimbo Deluxe’s existing pizzas, in July get $2 pizzas between 12pm – 2pm, Monday to Friday! You can register your creations on the Lucky Coq, facebook.com/LuckyCoq, and Bimbo Deluxe, facebook.com/BimboDeluxe, Facebook pages. Entries close on Sunday July 28. Lucky Coq 179 Chapel st, Windsor and Bimbo Deluxe, 376 Brunswick st Fitzroy.

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Los Barbudos From the Thank You, Come Again group that brought you Lily Blacks, Mr Wow’s Emporium, Double Happiness and New Gold Mountain, comes Cuban-culture bar Los Barbudos! Los Barbudos embraces the music, food and drink that defines the effervescent sundrenched culture of Cuba. In English the name translates to ‘The Bearded Ones’ and is a direct reference to the (bearded) men that liberated Cuba such as Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. The music played at the venue is Cuban ‘son’ which is a style of music similar to but far more subtle of than mariachi and the perfect soundtrack to a catch-up with friends. Imagine Los Barbudos as Melbourne’s own Buena Vista Social Club located at 96 Smith St. Fitzroy, 03 9416 0079.


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BY THOMAS BAILEY CSS are in the middle of their US tour and enjoying a day off when we catch up with Ana Rezende, one quarter of the São Paulo electro-pop quartet. They are somewhere in Ohio: in the car park of a restaurant that, according to her, “is not open for some reason.” She laughs, and it is not the first time she does so during the course of our conversation.

CSS – short for Cansei de Ser Sexy, a translation of a ridiculous quote from Beyoncé stating that she was “tired of being sexy” – is currently touring for their brand spanking new fourth album, the delightfully eccentric and energetic Planta. Written and recorded in – and indeed inspired by – the city of Los Angeles, this record was produced by TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek and features 11 gleaming songs about love, lust, sex, and “teenage tiger cats”. This being their first album recorded outside their native Brazil, I ask Rezende if perhaps the tone of the album was affected by their new surroundings. “I think so!” she admits. “But we are Brazilian, and we filter everything through our Brazilian brains! But LA is a great place to get inspired. A lot of people go there to record stuff, and work with art in general, so yeah – I think it definitely had an impact.” Also having an impact on their tone would be their usage of Sitek, who’s recently produced albums by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Foals, and Beady Eye. According to Rezende, the indie-rock guitarist and producer had been fortunate enough to watch CSS perform in London – and every piece of the puzzle fell into place from there. “Yeah, [Sitek] saw the show and he liked it!” she says happily. “And he mentioned to his manager that he’d like to work with us. And when we finally got to LA, we were looking for someone to do the record; it was obvious that we should go to him! Because we love TV On The Radio – and I really love a lot of records he’s produced – and we were like, ‘Let’s just go meet him and see if it clicks’, and we just became like super-good friends instantly, and it became a really good relationship and friendship. “We’d stay at his house!” she giggles. “And writing this record was like the easiest thing we’ve ever done, because it was just like holidays!” Being in LA also afforded the Brazilian foursome the opportunity to come into contact with another unconventional rock chick, Hannah Blilie of discopunk band The Gossip, who just happened by their studio whilst they were recording. Rezende recalls the experience fondly when asked about the nature of awesome collaborations. “She just came by while we were recording [our] song Dynamite, and it’s a very punk-rock song! And we were like, ‘Do you want to play on this?’ So that kind of thing is very cool! The best collaborations are the ones that happen completely by chance!” Planta’s first single Hangover was co-written by Rancid’s Tim Armstrong and is a perfect exemplification of the anything-goes sound that CSS have been harnessing for the last decade. Exhibiting traces of pop, punk, reggae, dub and even mariachi, the work of CSS are all over the musical map. Rezende chuckles when asked how a song of theirs is born. “The biggest thing, I think, is that we have a lot of freedom, and we never feel like we have to sit down and write,” she explains cheerfully. “We try to sit down to understand what we’re doing and how we are thinking, but we never think about, like, ‘Let’s do a record like this or like that’. It’s like, we just listen to an amazing reggaeton song, and we’re like, ‘Let’s do a reggaeton song!’ And then we try to do it, it doesn’t become a reggaeton song, it becomes whatever we do that we think is reggaeton! “A lot of songs [in which] we’re thinking of something actually comes out differently than what we’d originally thought!” she says with a flourish. “We’re not really trained musicians and we don’t conceptualise the band, what style we are or whatever; and also the music we’re making gives us the freedom to play or write anything we want!” CSS originally started out as something of a joke nearly a decade ago when these São Paulo art students thought it would be fun to wreak some musical havoc. Their 2006 self-titled debut, however, was anything but a joke, featuring the nowclassic singles Music Is My Hot Hot Sex, Meeting Paris Hilton, and Let’s Make Love And Listen To Death From Above. Even today, this record retains its vitality and charm. From there, their sound has matured (they have, after all, learned how to play their instruments) … but their songs are as carefree, chaotic, and endearingly humorous as ever. Rezende ponders for a moment when asked how she feels they’ve grown since their inception. “Oh, a lot!” she exclaims. “I think when we started we were like 20, 21-years-old; and now we’re all 30, 31! And I think [ten years] is a lot of time no matter what you’re doing. Also, it just becomes way easier to deal with whatever. Interaction becomes a really natural thing for us, so it’s like – it feels really nice, because it’s a ‘meant to be’ kind of thing!” And that, in a Brazilian nutshell, is what is so special about CSS. They truly do feel as if they’re “meant to be”, and the music world is all the richer for it.

CSS enter Australia’s hot hot sex when they take part in this year’s Harvest Festival at Werribee Park on Sunday November 10. Massive Attack, Goldfrapp, Franz Ferdinand, and Primus (among many more acts) will also feature. Tickets are on sale from Friday July 12 at Harvest Festival’s website.

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VILLAGERS BY JODY MACGREGOR

When Villagers came from Ireland to Australia to tour their debut album Behind The Jackal they did so as a duo, saving on airfares. But for this year’s Splendour appearance and sideshows playing songs from second album {Awayland}, we’ll get the full five-piece and frontman Conor O’Brien says it’ll be pretty different. “The albums are written with full band arrangements so for me I prefer getting to bring the band. It’s just more colourful versions of the songs. It’s more energetic as well for obvious reasons. Just generally sweatier, really.” That tour was O’Brien’s first time in Australia and he worried that this far from home nobody would know who they were. He needn’t have. “The shows in Sydney, I think that was a guaranteed audience because it was one of those daytime festivals,” he says, “and I think people came to see a lot of stuff. But the show in Melbourne was our own, my own headline show, and it was completely packed. Which is cool, you know? It’s nice to travel to the other side of the world and people come to see you. Good for the ego.” Ego is the last thing you’d associate with O’Brien, who is softly spoken and thoughtful. On {Awayland} he writes from an innocent viewpoint, as if he’s seeing the world for the first time. “I think there was an effort to see it from a newborn perspective,” he says. “Maintain that sense of curiosity and wonder that kids have; you start to lose [that] when you get to my age because I’m so old.” By “so old” he means he’s all of 30. “It’s like an early middle-age crisis album, that’s what it is,” he jokes. One of the few times that O’Brien breaks character and sounds his age is in the final song, Rhythm Composer, in which he gives advice on ignoring the bottomless pits that can consume your life and sings, “When you’re making up for what you lack, that old

black dog is on your back”. The ‘black dog’ is what sufferers call clinical depression, but although he uses the term O’Brien isn’t one of them. “I’ve never been diagnosed with depression, but I’ve never gone and seen anyone about depression. I’ve had pretty dark moments probably like most people, and I’ve had moments where I didn’t feel the need to do anything, or found it hard to get out of bed or leave my room or see anybody. I’ve also had quite panicattacky moments in terms of social relationships with other people and just general fucked up moods, but I think most people have gone through that. It’s just something you don’t really talk about. I think that influenced my words quite a lot and in fact I think it’s probably one of the main driving forces behind writing, because I think if I didn’t write I’d probably go crazy.” For someone who panics in social situations you’d think performing in front of a crowd would be hard, but according to O’Brien it’s quite the opposite. “When I’m on stage anything that’s happening, like if I’m feeling sick or something, if I have the flu or any sort of sickness or illness, the hour before you go on stage it starts to go away, and I feel really good. I feel really energised. I do the show and I’m totally on a high for an hour after, I still feel great, but then the

sickness just comes back, whatever you’re suffering from. It’s something quite deep-rooted, performance, for me. I feel like it’s in my blood, which is completely bizarre because I’m not the most gregarious person in real life. I have my moments, but when I get on stage and I have my songs that I’ve worked very hard on to sing, I think I have a reason to live.”

As well as joining the sold-out Splendour In The Grass lineup, VILLAGERS play The Corner Hotel on Tuesday July 30 with Courtney Barnett. {Awayland} is out now on Domino Records.

LITTLE GREEN CARS BY BENJAMIN COOPER

Adam O’Regan is in a strange place. He’s in his hometown of Dublin, among friends and family. But the sun is shining in the Irish capital, and he doesn’t quite know what to make of this unusual circumstance. “We’re on a two week break at the moment, and there’s Irish sun everywhere,” says the co-songwriter of band Little Green Cars. “This is the first little break we’ve had in a long time. After this we’re heading across to Paris and Berlin, before coming down to Australia, and then shifting back to Europe to play some shows in Belgium. We’ve just come back home from a six week tour of the States, and the place is unrecognisable. Dublin is shining today, so naturally we’re heading indoors to start recording,” he laughs. The band began life in 2005 under the name The Revolts, with O’Regan playing alongside bassist Donagh Seaver-O’Leary and pianist Utsav Lal. From the ashes of their former band, Little Green Cars was born in 2008, and released the Volume I and Volume II EPs the same year on their own Little Green Records label. O’Regan and Seaver-O’Leary share songwriting duties, and are joined by Stevie Appleby, Dylan Lynch and Faye O’Rourke. “Stevie and I have known each other for a long time,” says O’Regan. “We actually went to high school together, and it was one of those athletic high schools: We were not really athletic people, at all. In fact, I’d go so far as to describe us as the dorky misfits that played guitar. “One day, a while after school had finished, we decided to bring it all together. Stevie knew Faye, and I knew the others and we just made it happen. It seemed to work from the start, so we’ve kept at it,” O’Regan neatly summarises. The Irishman makes it sound his band’s formation sound simple, which neatly echoes the appeal of their work. This year’s Absolute Zero is their debut album proper – produced by Markus Dravs (Bjork, Arcade Fire) – and its shape and tone is at once familiar and fresh. Big singles like Harper Lee and The John Wayne recall some of the smoothness of popsters like Fleetwood Mac and Arcade Fire, while offering

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the Irish group’s own interpretation of the dynamic possibilities of alt-country and folk-rock. (In the latter song, the shift in time signature midway through the song exhibits a keening joy that a younger Win Butler probably once dreamed about, growing up among Mormons in Texas.) “It’s hard for us to know why our music sounds the way it does,” says O’Regan. “On the one hand, we all have eclectic tastes in music: Probably the only things we agree on are Nirvana and The Beatles. We definitely don’t consciously attempt to sound like anything, or sound like we do now.” “If anything I think [our sound] is the result of five years of constant writing and development, from all angles,” he continues. “We take any opportunity to write and record, and the recording opportunities are kind of few and far between at the moment as we’re on the road so much. We are still very, very considered in what we do. We do not rush anything, because we understand what our music can be. We feel that there’s a void in a lot of music, a void in a pop music, and it needs to be filled. I guess that’s what we’re aiming for.” The band feel ready for their antipodean jaunt, following a six week tour of America that meant many hours squashed together in the van. “We were all living on top of each other over there,” O’Regan laughs. “There was very little downtime, or alone time,

probably because the US is such a huge country, and it’s even bigger when you’re driving the whole time. But that was our choice; we wanted to experience America that way. “We went from Austin in Texas, across to the east coast, and then wound across the northern border. We finished up by going down the west coast, through California, which was pretty special,” he continues. “We were able to make use of the time, though; we were writing all the time along the way. We all keep sketchbooks and notepads, which maybe is our way of ensuring we’re always able to record any thoughts or flashes of creativity we might have. Then we can take those ideas, when we’ve got some time later, and really thrash them out to find what works and what doesn’t.”

The recent tour highlighted the variety of people who are attracted to the band’s music. “We really noticed the age demographics were quite spread out. The music seems to transcend generations. Maybe that has something to do with us saying we’re Irish, and then people are nicer to us,” O’Regan laughs.

LITTLE GREEN CARS play the sold-out Splendour In The Grass and also support Daughter at their sold-out show at The Corner on Tuesday July 23. Absolute Zero is out now via Liberator.

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LED ZEPPELIN

HOUSES OF THE HOLY TRIBUTE BY PETER HODGSON Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy is a landmark album. Well, okay, all of Led Zeppelin’s albums were landmarks. But in the context of Led Zeppelin albums it’s a landmark because it marks a real shift to more of a studio-based sound. They’d always had overdubs and layering on their albums, but it was often employed to simply thicken an arrangement. This time, both Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones had home studios, and this allowed them to further build upon the bed tracks for future classics like The Rain Song, Over The Hills and Far Away and No Quarter. The results were ethereal and complex: living, breathing entities manifested as pure sound. Just try to listen to No Quarter without getting the creeps, or The Song Remains The Same without feeling the California sunlight, the sweet Calcutta rain, the Honolulu starbright that the song name checks. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this classic album, some highly regarded musos including Ashley Naylor (Even), Danny Leo (King of the North), Stephen Hadley (Paul Kelly Band) and Bruce Haymes (Renee Geyer Band) are performing the album live in full at The Yarraville Club on Saturday the 13th of July. “It’s a lost inevitable: if you love rock‘n’roll music, the roads will point to Led Zeppelin at some point,” Naylor says. “Jimmy Page got lucky but at the same time, he had this talent that was just growing and growing. He started as a session guitarist, and ended up as the auteur of one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Most people do it the other way around: they start in an awesome band and end up being a session hack! But he got it right. Some of it was

chance but a lot of it was sheer determination and vision. And you need all of those things to succeed in the music industry. Particularly in the late’ 60s and early ‘70s, things were changing on the spot.” That’s particularly true of the particular musical world Led Zeppelin inhabited, where the album was such an important commodity. This was an era when radio stations would play entire sides of albums. “If anything, I compare albums to

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

BY TOM VALCANIS

Jeremy DePoyster is addicted. He’s addicted to thrashing in front of thousands and playing sets alongside his teen idols. He’ll get another hit after his 20+ hour plane ride serving as A Day To Remember’s trusty lieutenants during their upcoming Australian tour. If they don’t take too many risks with their bus, that is. Jeremy’s Tumblr is his online scrapbook filled by a living dream. One picture shows him jumping in front of thousands of cheering fans. Scroll down further and it’s beers in an exotic locale. Looking at a huddle of tweed-clad farmers pulling out their bogged tour bus? Priceless. “Our bus driver decided that it would be a good idea to follow the GPS down this dirt road,” Jeremy explains sheepishly. “If you’ve ever watched The Office US, it made me feel like the one where Michael and Dwight kinda just follow the GPS into a lake. Luckily these Hungarian farmers with their giant tractor helped us out. They didn’t speak any English, either!” Ohio’s The Devil Wears Prada isn’t fazed by an occasional hullaballoo. In 2005 and scarcely out of high school, their hardcore careers defied expectations – it took off. Massively. Breakdowns and screams drowned out every bit of guidance counsellor tut-tutting.

With accolades from fans and mags alike, Jeremy and the band feel “super blessed.” Recently they’ve shared a stage with their extreme metal heroes, Slipknot and Slayer, on the 2012 Rockstar Mayhem Festival tour in the US. “It was super awesome,” Jeremy cheerfully reports. “We’re super fortunate to be able to do what we do every day and it’s outta control, you know. Not very many people in the world ever get to do it.” Accomplishing what many only fantasise about, TDWP don’t want to sit and bask in their success. They’ve cottoned on to some fundamental truths about their chosen craft. Satisfaction, in Jeremy’s view, is the sole province of paying fans. “You just don’t wanna think about it too much,” Jeremy figures. “Otherwise you just start to get in this comfortable zone where you’re like, ‘Yeah, I did make it!’ You’re really ripping off everybody that’s come out to see you.

films in that era, Naylor says. “Releasing an album was an even in the way releasing a film was an event. I say was, because these days releasing a film is not an event. There are horrible action films coming out every other week and the market is flooded with second-rate entertainment these days.” Gone is the significance, the weight attached to an album or a movie when there was nothing else around to compete with it for the consumer’s attention. “We’re bombarded with choices and technology, and technology is an amazing tool but it’s also killing the experience of music, in certain ways. Not in every way, but back then you had to go to the shop, buy the record, take it home and live with it for the rest of your life.” The band assembled to play Houses Of The Holy will approach the material with a view to being a synthesis of the live versions played by Led Zeppelin during that era, and the musical personalities of the musicians themselves. “We will be adding keyboards, because I think they’re a pivotal part of that record,” Naylor says. “We will be layering to a point, but on the other hand we will be presenting the songs as they might have been presented live – within my limits, I should say. The other musicians are amazing! But once you start scratching the surface of the parts of these records you realise how sophisticated it all is!” A big part of putting across this vibe is Danny Leo, whose drumming style lends itself particularly well to the playing of John Bonham. “Danny’s incredible, and part of the magic of nailing those songs is having someone who can play them faithfully. Danny’s using a Ludwig Vistalite kit. Stephen Hadley on bass is an amazing musician in his own right and he fits this band because he’s schooled in ‘70s rock but he has that pop and jazz background so he’s got that whose arsenal of feels and technique that someone like John Paul Jones had in spades. Bruce Haymes’ work speaks for itself – if you see how many people he’s worked with and the kind of calibre

“I guess the biggest concern for me and for the rest of us is giving the best show every single time. The older I get the more I realise how hard people work for their money. When they come out and they wanna spend it on you, you owe them quite a bit.” Jeremy accepts the realities of touring. He’s had to throw his fate the crowd’s whim. Now a little older, he’s knows fans aren’t merely servicing his unique lifestyle; he’s there for the fans. He no longer feels trivial complaints are worth fretting. “The longer we do it, the more I think about it as not just my show and not just our show,” he says. “Worrying about monitor mixes and, and just all that kind of BS that really doesn’t matter. In the scheme of things, we’re just thinking about the crowd what’s gonna be a good experience for them. We want to be playing songs that they’re gonna enjoy and we try to find that balance. “You still wanna be happy with what you do and everything. But now it’s more about the minute I go out there, I just want everybody in the crowd to have a good time. So it’s no big deal if something goes wrong with my stuff. I don’t care. There’s no point trying to get all angry, and be like, ‘Well it just doesn’t work,’ you know. Nobody wants to see us get mad over that kind of stuff. I don’t want to ruin that illusion.” Grasping their long held fantasies on the other hand hasn’t tempered them. Jeremy feels touring “is like a drug,” and he’s been hooked going on eight years. It’s all he’s known since reaching adulthood. He accepts the long hauls and the time away from family. Contrary to conventional wisdom, chugging beers and making kids screech for a living has wisened him. “We kinda grew up together just doing this. It’s kind of a ridiculous lifestyle to grow up in. But now that we are

of musician he is and the people he hangs around with… and the singers are Adam Cole from Bugdust, an amazing rock n’roll singer, as is Pat Carmody from My Dynamite, and we’re opening up the playing field by having female artists as well: Talei & Eliza Wolfgramm (The Wolfgramm Sisters) and Fiona Lee Maynard (The Holy Men) singing some songs as well. It won’t be a tribute act as such but it will be played with love and dedication.” LED ZEPPELIN HOUSES OF THE HOLY 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION is happening at The Yarraville Club on Saturday July 13. Dinner and show options are available, along with general admission.

grown up, a couple of us are married and one of us has a kid. You would think that touring would kind of make you rather not care about stuff like that. We talk all the time about how that even secures us even more because we do care so much about our home lives and everything. “When we’re leaving, it’s important to us to make sure that what we’re doing means something.” THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA performs with DREAM ON DREAMER and A DAY TO REMEMBER at Festival Hall on Sunday July 14.

FIDLAR

BY ALASDAIR DUNCAN

Fidlar’s songs are all about the fecklessness of youth – cutting school and staying home, drinking cheap beer, snorting up whatever substances are available, and just hanging out. The four Los Angeles youngsters find their subject matter pretty close to home, so their success has been something of a shock to the system. Over the past year, Fidlar have become a band in demand, and all the touring has uprooted them somewhat from their laid-back LA lifestyle. “It’s a big change of lifestyle, definitely,” singer Elvis Kuehn tells me. “You get thrown into it too – you’ve never toured before, and then it’s like, you’re going out for a month.” It’s taken some adjustment, but Fidlar are getting used to life on the road. “The only problem is that when you’re going nonstop, you just want to relax on your day off, you don’t want to write,” Kuehn says. “LA’s a great place, so when it’s your home, it’s hard to be away. We like it more every time we come back. It’s definitely hard.” The accepted wisdom on LA is that it’s so big and spread out, people form enclaves in order to survive. Everyone has their own little pocket of the suburbs, with their favourite taco place, their favourite seedy bar, the friend’s place where they play at drunken parties, and Kuehn tells me that this is definitely true of him and the rest of Fidlar. “You can feel separated from the madness if you find good places to hang out,” he says. “We’re based in Highland Park, which is on the east side of town, and it’s spread out enough that it doesn’t feel crazy or claustrophobic. That’s where our studio is, and where Zac and Brandon live together. My brother Max and I live together in Mid-City, which is more central, not east side but not west side either. There’s a lot to do. It’s nice to be by the water, but you can go into the city.” On the subject of younger brothers, I’m curious about the Beat Magazine Page 36

degree of sibling rivalry in Fidlar. Max Kuehn, the band’s drummer and Elvis’s younger sibling, has quite a devoted internet following, and is something of a ginger sex symbol. I ask Elvis if his brother’s raw redhead sex appeal drives a wedge between him and the rest of the band, but he assures me they’ve all learned to live with it. “I’ve been playing music with Max since we were 12 and 13,” he says. “We’d sometimes get in crazy screaming arguments, and we still fight, because we’re brothers, but there’s more respect now, it’s more professional. If he fucks something up in the show, I’m not going to give him shit now, whereas I would when we were younger.” Over the years, the two have learned to give eachother space. “When you spend a lot of time together, you want to make sure you respect each-other, and you don’t get used to being dicks to each-other. I’m glad that we can be

in a band together and not hate each-other. We can make it work.” Elvis met the rest of the band when he was interning at Kingsize Soundlabs, the Silver Lake recording studio that has hosted such bands as The Jesus And Mary Chain and Rilo Kiley. “Zac was interning there at the same time,” he says, “and we got to talking about music. He played me some of the songs he was working on, and we would jam in one of the studios when there wasn’t a session going on.” The two hit it off, and decided that the time was right to start a band where they could write their own songs rather than play other people’s. “We really hit it off,” he continues, “and so we started recording demos on nights when there wasn’t anything happening in the studios. We’d get drunk and jam. Zac’s roommate Brandon would come in to play bass with us, and he ended up in the band too. I’ve always played with Max, so he was a pretty obvious option for drums ...” The video for Fidlar’s song Max Can’t Surf features Max playing all of the other band members, and thrashing away at their various instruments. In one scene, the name Fidlar

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is clearly visible, tattooed above both his knees. Having your band’s name inked on your body is pretty serious business … however, Elvis tells me that the video isn’t all it appears. “Those tattoos aren’t actually real,” he says. “Zac has the band’s name tattooed on him, and because Max was playing him in the video, we figured we had to draw the same tattoos on Max for the sake of accuracy.” Since the video, though, Brandon and Max have both gotten Fidlar tattoos – Elvis remains the one hold-out. I ask if there’s a lot of pressure for him to get one, and he laughs. “No, there’s not really,” he says. “A lot of people ask about it, but it doesn’t bother me. I mean, first of all, I wouldn’t get a band tattoo … it’s lame when people get their favourite bands’ names tattooed on them, so I wouldn’t want to do it with my own band!” FIDLAR play the sold-out Splendour In The Grass at Byron Bay between Friday July 26 and Sunday July 28, as well as a sideshow at The Corner on Monday July 29. Their self-titled LP is out on Mom + Pop/Warner.


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Melbourne band Clowns have been announced as the latest band to join the Poison City Records roster. PCR will release their brand new album later this year in October. The guys are touring the country still as part of their winter tour. You can catch them at Public Bar on Friday July 26 or at The Reverence on Saturday July 27. Deez Nuts are kicking off their national tour in Melbourne this week and they’ve announced their supports just in time. Catch JJ and co with Trainwreck, Disasters and The Approach at The Workers Club on Friday July 12. Dead Letter Circus are celebrating their new album release by hitting the road shortly after their album The Catalyst Fire appears on shelves. Go see ‘em play at The Hi-Fi on Saturday August 31. Tickets are available now. Brisbane’s Army Of Champions are hitting the frog and toad in support of their new 10” Burning Alive. Go see ‘em at The Reverence on Saturday July 27.

CRUNCH!

Guttermouth have revealed an absolute avalanche of support acts to accompany them on their last even tour of Australia. Geelong’s show on Thursday August 15 will be opened by The Kremlings, Japan For, Mock Turkey and Misfits Stunt Crew. Ballarat’s show on Friday August 16 will feature Clowns, The Kremlings, Lizard Punch and Misfits Stunt Crew. Melbourne’s intimate little gathering a Evelyn will feature For Amusement Only, Take Your Own and Dixon Cider. Cartel will be supported by Sidelines, Hometown (last show) and The Spinset when they play The Hi-Fi this August. They’ve also added a new gig on Friday August 16 at Ferntree Gully Hotel with supports still to be announced. Deez Nuts are kicking off their national tour in Melbourne this week and they’ve announced their supports just in time. Catch JJ and co with Trainwreck, Disasters and The Approach at The Workers Club on Friday July 12.

Randy Blythe from Lamb Of God is probably going to have the most spectacular rock memoir ever. Screw Mötley Crüe, they can’t claim to have been unjustly imprisoned for the manslaughter of a fan can they? That’s a story! Random House Books will release Randy’s story next year. Meanwhile go see the band and help them make back some of those gnarly legal fees, at Festival Hall on Sunday September 22. While we’re on criminals penning memoirs, As I Lay Dying’s front man Tim Lambesis has started blogging while he’s on house arrest. He insists that someday he too will be able “to tell the story of all that has happened in detail to get the facts straight and representing the many sides to this fairly complex story”. Not really sure just how many bands maketh a festival these days, but The Virtue Agency reckon words they’ve amassed enough to create Loud Fest. Taking place at Arrow On Swanston on Saturday August 3, Loud Fest will feature Confession, Hand Of Mercy, Saviour, Feed Her To The Sharks, For All Eternity, Storm The Sky, Stories, The Sweep Apes and Elegist. It’ll be an all ages event and you can grab tickets now.

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SAVE THE PALACE

As you’ve probably heard by now, the Palace Theatre on Bourke St is under threat from developers who would rather make a bunch of money from apartments and a hotel than support the artistic and emotional nourishment of a city. There’s a petition online to voice your support of The Palace’s ongoing existence, which you can sign at http://bit.ly/12eG0Mn - and I urge you to do so, because the Palace fills a very important hole in the Melbourne musical landscape, as well as simply being a great place to see a gig, and the site of lots of great memories for all of us, right?

BABY ANIMALS OCTOBER

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After putting on a killer show to a packed HiFi recently, the Baby Animals will return to Melbourne in October as part of their national Feed The Birds tour. Their new album, This Is Not The End, debuted in the Top 20 ARIA Album Chart, and the tour will be filmed for the band’s first ever live DVD, Feed The Birds (Live). Presented by Social Family Records and The Harbour Agency, the Feed The Birds tour hits the Corner Hotel on Thursday October 31. Halloween! You can pre-order the DVD, or grab a limited release bundle that includes a ticket to the show and a signed copy of the DVD upon its release for Christmas, from thebabyanimals.com

SENSES FAIL BY ROD WHITFIELD

It has been well documented to the point of overkill that times are tough in the music industry. Gone are the days where the big artists sell tens of millions of units in relatively short time periods, and gone are the times when mid-range acts can carve out a decent living selling records and touring on the back of them. These times have been replaced by a long period of struggle and uncertainty in this tenuous industry, a period with no real end in sight. Despite this, New Jersey-based metalcore/post hardcore outfit Senses Fail have been together for over a decade now. During that time have released five albums and an early EP, as well as toured relentlessly. Rather taciturn lead vocalist Buddy Neilsen, speaking as few words as possible from Los Angeles, is quite proud of his band’s

Thursday July 11: Youth Of Today, Vigilante, Right Mind at The Reverence Antagonist AD, In Trenches, Declaration, Term Four, Jurassic Penguin at Next Enabler, Urns, A Million Dead Birds Laughing, Party Vibez, Diploid at The Bendigo Friday July 12: La Dispute, Pianos Become The Teeth, Stockades at Corner Hotel Postal, Tired Minds at Gasometer Hotel Jonny Craig, Built On Secrets, Drawing North, Pete Broadway, Glass Empire at Wrangler Studios Deez Nuts, Trainwreck, Disasters, The Approach at Workers Club The Given Things, The Charge, From The Ashes at Evelyn Hotel The Meanies, Batpiss, The Kremlings, The Dipsticks at The Tote Harlott, Hybrid Nightmares, Inebriator, Hollow World, Atomic Death Squad at The Reverence Postal, Tired Minds, Battletruk, Hailgun, Last Measure at The Gasometer Saturday July 13: La Dispute, Pianos Become The Teeth, Initials at Corner Hotel (U18) Postal, Tired Minds at Public Bar Steve Vai at Palais Theatre The Amenta, Ruins, Ouroboros, Whoretopsy, Dead River Runs Dry at Bendigo Hotel Lo!, High Tension, Jurassic Penguin at Reverence Hotel Jonny Craig, Built On Secrets, Assemble The Empire, Acrasia at Bang The Given Things, Sleep Parade, From The Ashes at Westernport Hotel Cotangent, The Androgyny, The Heroines, The Divine Fluxus at The Reverence Sunday July 14: La Dispute, Pianos Become The Teeth, Fear Like Us at Corner Hotel A Day To Remember, The Devil Wears Prada, Dream On Dreamer at Festival Hal Postal, Tired Minds, Jurassic Penguin, Cabin Fever, Flowers For Cops at Beach House, Geelong Goblin at Billboard The Venue Nathan Seeckts, Tim Hampshire at The Barwon Club, Geelong Jonny Craig, Built On Secrets, Drawing North, Aural Window, Oceans To Athena at Ferntree Gully Hotel Jamie Hay, Donnie Dureau, Grace Lawry at The Revence

GIG ALERT: ENABLER

Monolith, Ritual Music & Metalobsession.Net present Enabler at The Bendigo Hotel on Thursday July 11. The Milwaukee four-piece has pushed out eight furious releases of their own unique meshing of metal, punk, hardcore and grind influences in the last few years, all while touring across the US and Europe with such legendary acts as Rotten Sound, Black Breath, Martyrdöd, and Wormrot. Following on from 2012’s critically acclaimed All Hail The Void album for Southern Lord Records, Enabler has just released their scorching Shift of Redemption EP through Think Fast! Records, and will be heading down under for the first time this July to launch it. Joining them are Urns, A Million Dead Birds Laughing, Party Vibez and Diploid. achievements for the past ten-plus years, especially given these trying circumstances under which they have been operating during that time, and believes that they also have plenty more juice left in the tank (in fact this was the only subject I could get more than a few words out of the guy). “I’d say it’s been successful,” he states, “it’s been a good run, it’s hard for bands to stay around this long on top of that, and hopefully we can stay around another ten years. “Oh yeah,” he says with conviction, when asked if he feels he’s seen the industry get tougher over the last ten years, “people just don’t buy music anymore, so it affects everything. It sort of shortens the life of a band, so that’s why I feel pretty cool about making it as long as we have.” So much so that the band are heading all the way back out to Australia for their third time here soon. The tour takes in all of the mainland capitals this time, including Adelaide (which often gets bypassed), and pulls into Melbourne on August 11 when they play The Corner Hotel. Local supports for the night are soon to be announced. Buddy, in his rather understated manner, is very happy to be returning to tour Australia again. “I’m excited, I always love playing there,” he says. The band will apparently cover some major ground on this tour as far as their recorded history is concerned, and they promise a very interactive show between band and audience. “We’ll play a little bit of everything,” he says. “New stuff,

GIG ALERT: THE AMENTA

REVAMP RETURN

Dutch metallers Revamp will release their second album Wild Card on Friday August 23 via Nuclear Blast. Vocalist Floor Jansen offers you further information on the album’s cover artwork and the song writing process in the form of the third album trailer that can be watched at http://bit.ly/10D3GsI – meanwhile the opening track The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: On The Sideline will be released as a digital iTunes single on Friday July 19.

STEVE VAI THIS WEEKEND

Guitar god Steve Vai is back in town this week for his first full solo show here since 2004. Vai has been back here quite a few times since then, with G3, Zappa Plays Zappa and for a Thump Music masterclass, but this will be a long overdue chance to see the full Vaistravaganza. Steve’s band for the tour is Dave Weiner on guitar, Jeremy Colson on drums, Philip Bynoe on bass and Michael Arrom on keyboards. He’ll be at The Palais Theatre on Saturday July 13.

old stuff, in between stuff. We usually have a good time together on stage, we don’t have barriers or barricades, so people can come up onstage and cut up.” The last time the band were here was in 2010, and Buddy has a few memories of that tour. “Yeah, couple of things,” he says. “We stayed in Sydney for a week or so, it was fun.” Senses Fail’s latest album, Renacer, came out in late March, and the band have been touring heavily on it since. It was the first album of the band’s to be written and recorded without founding member and guitar player Garrett Jablocki, and this is reflected in the title. ‘Renacer’ is a Spanish word meaning ‘to be reborn’. It has also been seen as a new creative direction for the band, and Buddy has

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This music is for the true adventurer. It is extreme music. It is not industrial. It is not death metal. It is not black metal. It is The Amenta. Definitely not for the faint-hearted and not even for the majority of the metal hordes. This is specialized, headfucking, sonic battery. The Amenta hit the Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood on Saturday July 13 with an incredible list of special guests: Ruins, Ouroboros, Whoretopsy and Dead River Runs Dry.

INVITE FRANKENBOK INTO YOUR LIVING ROOM

Next month Frankenbok will release Home is Where the Stage Is, a live DVD of them plugging in, cranking it and getting down to business at The Prague Bar, Thornbury in 2011. It features 15 tracks that introduce the viewer to the intimate and hairy world of Frankenbok and give them a front row seat minus the sweat. I guess you can supply that yourself. Also, making its DVD debut is the world first appearance of Yeti’s beard-cam! See what it’s like looking at the crowd and your band mates from a beard’s perspective. Lovingly captured in living colour and head caving audio by Reggie Bowman, this live concert is proof that the Australian heavy scene is alive & kicking and in excellent health...despite what the radio or TV don’t want your kids to hear. Special features include all seven Frankenbok video clips from 2001 to present. A special DVD launch will be held at The Espy in Melbourne on Saturday August 17.

been very happy with the manner in which the album has been received so far, from fans, critics and in a live sense. “It’s been good. We weren’t sure what to expect, but it’s done well and I think people enjoyed it,” he says. As for the rest of the year, the band just have one more engagement after the Australian jaunt. “We just have another US tour, and that’s probably going to be it for the year.” Buddy is obviously a man who prefers to let the music do the talking. SENSES FAIL play The Corner Hotel on Sunday August 11. Renacer is out now through 3Wise Records. Beat Magazine Page 37


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OSCAR GALT Oscar Galt picked up the drumsticks as a 13-year-old kid, and there begun his lifelong obsession with music. The guitar followed shortly thereafter and he took to the streets, beaches, sidewalks and garages honing his craft. A songwriting course refined his skills which saw the eventual production of his debut album, Guilt Factory. Every Saturday in July Oscar Galt will take his grungey-blues to the Cornish Arms stage for a northside residency.

YOUTH OF TODAY New York City hardcore band of the ‘80s Youth Of Today are bringing their energy and emotion to Australia this month. One of the underground music scene’s most important groups, Youth Of Today disbanded in 1990, and in 2011 returned with their timeless message and heavy metal spirit. They play at The Reverence Hotel on Thursday July 11 with support from Vigilante and Right Mind. Tickets are $40 and doors are at 8pm.

THE STABS Much loved long lost local lads The Stabs are returning for a one-off show to promote the release of both of their albums on vinyl, soon to be released through Homeless Records. Having toured with the likes of Mudhoney and Lubricated Goat, as well as joining the bill for All Tomorrow’s Party with The Saints, The Bad Seeds and The Dirty Three, The Stabs made a name for themselves locally and internationally before quietly disappearing – until now. This one-off show is taking place on Saturday July 13 at the John Curtin Hotel. Get in quick.

THE WIKIMEN

PERICO

Throughout their daily toils and tribulations The Wikimen always find time to sting up the double bass and polish the vibraphone for a new sonic adventure in the realms of early 20th century pop jazz. The Wikimen will set up shop at The Spotted Mallard throughout the months of July, these free entry shows will occur every Sunday from 4pm. And to celebrate their return the Mallard kitchen is serving up a succulent Sunday roast with all the trimmings.

Melbourne band Perico will headline a special performance at The Empress Hotel on Friday July 19 to honour their friend Sally Isaac, who passed away four years ago and to whom this year’s Leaps and Bounds Festival is dedicated. Through her work at Yarra Council, Sally made an enormous contribution to public life, especially to the lives of those in the community who were more socially isolated and disadvantaged. Money collected on the door will be donated to the Sally Isaac Memorial Scholarship Fund, a fund established to help further the education of young women who make significant contributions to the Victorian community. Also performing on the night will be Mark Sinton and The Great Western. Doors open at 7pm, tickets $10.

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To celebrate the City of Yarra’s newest live music festival Leaps and Bounds, PBS 106.7FM will be broadcasting live from The Labour In Vain, one of Fitzroy’s most iconic watering holes and live music institutions, on Thursday July 11. The live broadcast features PBS’ longest running program, David Heard’s Acid Country in a very special two-hour episode showcasing some of Melbourne’s most treasured country acts playing live from the venue. Joining David on the show will be ramblin’, swingin’, toe-tappin’ bands The Idle Hoes, The Alan Ladds and Raised By Eagles live on air throughout the entire program. The broadcast kicks off at 3pm sharp and goes through until 5pm. Head down to the Labour In Vain and catch the show in person or tune into PBS 106.7FM to hear all of the action on your airwaves. Free entry.

PRESENTATION NIGHT Featuring Paul Kelly, Bob Murphy and hosted by Francis Leach, Presentation Night is a live talk show that takes football and music as starting points for a discussion about our great obsessions – love, life, how to win the flag and great albums. It’s about learning something new about our heroes, ourselves, and how kicking a ball and writing songs define us. It all happens live on stage at The Corner Hotel tonight. Doors 8pm, tickets are $43.

BETTER THAN THE WIZARDS Coming Back Your Way is the new single from Melbourne six piece Better Than The Wizards. With a hint of the old school, this song throws you back. Blues Brothers horn lines, gravelly vocals, all sexed up with a burnin’ Hammond organ solo. The guitar leads the front of the track while the drums drive it home. It’s short, a bangin’ pop tune that’ll have you coming back their way. Feel it wash over you when the band launch the single on Saturday July 20 at The John Curtin Hotel with Sunday Chairs and Soul Safari. Entry is $10.

THREE NIGHT TUESDAYS WITH TIARYN Mixing hip-gyrating neo-soul with unashamed and quirky pop, Tiaryn’s music is alluring and raw. Supporting Tiaryn at The Evelyn Hotel on Tuesday July 9 is Kingston Crowne and Chris Port’s ‘Mixer’. After her 2011 debut EP Keeper, Tiaryn was noted by critics for her remarkable voice and well-constructed songs. Tickets available now through Moshtix.

THE HOLY MODAL ROUNDERS: BOUND TO LOSE/JOEL SILBERSHER HOY Join HOY for Thursdays in July at The Spotted Mallard for a full band residency to warm the wintry nights. Hoy will be performing songs from their up-coming album Aquaslum with a six piece band. With different guests to open the night, HOY and friends will rock and folk out, spanning sounds that reference the likes of Mazzy Star, Fleetwood Mac, and Bonnie Prince Billy, amongst others. Beat Magazine Page 38

What began as a couple of music loving speed freaks, The Holy Modal Rounders have constantly evolved with a fluctuating cast of members, earning critical respect for their uncompromising dedication to American music. This film examples the love/hate relationship of found members Steve Weber and Peter Stampfel in this hilarious and heartbreaking tale. You can learn more of this story when it screens at Bar Open on Sunday July 14, followed by a live performance from Joel Silbersher. Doors from 7.30pm and free entry.

HARLOTT They’re an unrivalled and unstoppable force in the local metal scene, and they’ll be rocking The Reverence Hotel on Friday July 12 with a performance that is sure to infiltrate your ears on a warpath of fast and heavy music with a sinister sound. Joining them will be Hybrid Nightmares, Inebriator and new-comers Hollow World and Atomic Death Squad. Doors are at 7.30pm and it’s $12 entry.

SUGAR FED LEOPARDS They’re a six-piece girl band, influenced by The Ronettes, Screaming J Hawkins and ABBA, and Sugar Fed Leopards are going to bring a lot of heart, soul and disco to the stage of The Great Britain Hotel on Thursday July 11. Their original tunes are led by Sugar Breath, paired with a couple of back-up singer/dancers, a fat bass, sweet beats and a blossoming guitar. This marathon two setter kicks off at 8pm.

THE ANDROGYNY The Androgyny will promote their third single off their debut EP I’m Not Your Heroine, and its debut film clip, at The Reverence Hotel front bar on Saturday July 13. They will be joined by Contagent, The Heroines and The Divine Fluxus. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on the door from 7pm.

WET LIPS The ear gouging antics of garage three -piece Wet Lips are heading south to bring the noise to The Great Britain Hotel on Saturday July 13. Their catchy simplicity and gritty riffs make the three anti divas a breath of fresh air. Nun Of The Tongue will support with other special guests on the night. It all happens from 9pm and it’s free.

60 SECONDS WITH…

Define your genre in five words or less: Scrappy, catchy blues/rock. What do you love about making music? The ability to express thoughts that would be deemed “inappropriate” in standard conversations and the ability to change and alter both your own mood and the mood of others. What do you hate about the music industry? The fact that the visual aspect of music has become so prominent. There are too many people listening with their eyes, and not enough listening with their ears. What’ve you got to sell CD-wise? My album Guilt Factory is available on Bandcamp or at any of my shows. When’s the gig and with who? Every Saturday night in July at The Cornish Arms Hotel. What inspires or has influenced your music the most? Probably just people. Listening to what people have to say often gives me good song ideas.

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RAISED BY EAGLES After three independent releases and countless radio performances and live shows with his other projects, Melbourne songsmith Luke Sinclair (The Idle Hoes) has embarked on his first solo project, culminating in this debut release from Raised By Eagles. Enlisting some of Melbourne’s finest alt-country talent in Nick O’Mara (lead guitar), Luke Richardson (double bass) and Johnny Gibson (drums) – all well established musicians and songwriters in their own right sharing a common love for honest music, and a deep respect for good song writing – Raised By Eagles are fast establishing themselves at the forefront of Melbourne’s alternative country scene. Consistently charming audiences with their impressive blend of country, pop, folk and rock, this is an act that encapsulates the art of storytelling at its heartfelt finest. They play Saturday July 20 at Bella Union, Trades Hall.

THE KUJO KINGS The last show’s memories of ground shaking dancing from the tightly packed audience are bound to be reborn as The Kujo Kings take stage at Bar Open on Friday July 12. A special once only event for Leaps and Bounds Music Festival, the band are sure to ignite your dancing rhythm. Doors at 10om and entry is free.

THE REPROBETTES The Reprobettes are a five-piece, all-girl ‘60s garage rock band out of Melbourne. Formed in April of 2012, they have taken the garage scene by storm with their mix of smooth sexy vocals and wailing banshee screams. The Reprobettes play The LuWoW on Friday July 19.

ANGRY ANDERSON AND JAMES SOUTHWELL He’s an Australian rock icon and political activist, and now you can catch Angry Anderson play at The Bendigo Hotel with blues sensation James Southwell (who has shared the stage with Rose Tattoo, The Choirboys, The Screaming Jets, Diesel and Glen Shorrock) on the afternoon of Sunday July 14.They will be supported by a raspy, gritty set from Joe Conroy, followed by threepiece Melbourne stoner rock band Stone Revival. It’s $15 on the door and kicks off at 5pm.

OSCAR GALT

Describe the best gig you have ever played. Probably my album launch. A lot of people came down and the crowd interaction was fantastic. Describe the worst gig you have ever played. I played at a bar once where it was just the sound guy there and that was it. While it was technically the worst, it was still a bit of fun. What makes a good musician? I think what makes a good musician is how they feel and deliver the song. You can have the most deep lyrics in the world, but the listeners can definitely tell when you are forcing it. As a performer, what steps do you take to make sure you and your band-members get to and from shows without being under the influence? We either make sure there is a designated driver in the group, or take a cab. OSCAR GALT plays The Cornish Arms Hotel every Saturday night in July as part of the Roadsmarts Initiative.


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TULLY ON TULLY The progressive folk pop five-piece Tully On Tully join the Leaps and Bounds Music Festival line-up. The haunting vocals of Natalie Foster have seen the troupe play at Push Over Festival, tour Asia, and play Manila’s Wanderland festival, along with the likes of The Temper Trap. This showcase of smooth vintage harmonies will take place on Sunday July 14 with Susy Blue and Catch Release. It’s only $5 on the door!

DANNY WALSH

STOMPY AND THE HEAT

Danny Walsh leaps and bounds from The Danny Walsh Banned who have recently released their debut album, Rolling On. It’s music for your inner fugitive; the blues harp from the platform as you jump a freight train out of town, or the country fiddle in the distance while tramming through the suburbs without your myki touched on. Rocking from side to side and always rolling on, Danny Walsh demands to be listened to. Catch him playing Some Velvet Morning as part of the Leaps And Bounds Festival this Friday July 12.

Scott Wilson rocks with Stompy And The Heat; his new outstanding band featuring Pete (The Heat) Marin on drums (Dan Sultan) and Bow Campbell on vocals. Stompy And The Heat is a rock’n’roll band far removed from the musical fairyfloss of today or from preachy and earnest lectures. Off the back of their sold-out Cherry Bar launch and on the eve of being announced to play Queenscliff Music Festival, Stompy And The Heat will return to the headline on Friday July 12 at The Curtin Hotel. Expect stories of aliens, zombies, motorcycles, the devil, Mongolian warriors and much more.

HOWLIN’ STEAM TRAIN From what began in 2009 in a lounge room in St Kilda, Howlin’ Steam Train have forged a reputation for a rollicking live show which they’ll be bringing to Yah Yah’s as part of the inaugural Leaps and Bounds Music Festival. As the name implies, Howlin’ Steam Train are ragged, relentless, and freakin’ fun. They’re a nice n’ boozy cocktail of rock, soul, boogie and a bunch of other sensual delights you can’t quite pick. It’s a free gig taking place this Saturday July 13 with Max Savage & The False Idols and Rattlin’ Bones Blackwood supporting.

MELODY POOL In January this year, 21-year-old chanteuse Melody Pool was crowned Songwriting Winner of the esteemed development program and competition Telstra Road To Discovery. Her highly anticipated debut record The Hurting Scene is a stellar collection of 12 original songs that embody depth and grandeur, transcending her tender 21 years. With the ability to weave her heartfelt lyrics together with her whimsical voice reinforces her name is something she has in spades. She will play at The Grace Darling Hotel on Friday July 12. Tickets are $10+bf and doors are at 9pm.

LA BASTARD It’s La Bastard’s last Melbourne show for two months, so be sure to check out their live antics of dancing on tabletops and bars, to a whole lot of crowd surfing. They will be joined by Alysia Manceau (The Velocettes) for a frenetic show of energetic surf rock and sultry vocals. It’s free too. Thursday July 11 at The Retreat.

PAUL KIDNEY EXPERIENCE

THE REPROBETTES

After Brissie/Lismore, PKE will play their first show in Melbourne for a few months at Yah Yah’s on Thursday July 11 as part of the Leaps and Bounds Music Festival with very special guests The Electric Guitars’ second gig and Slocombe’s Pussy (who will feature guests, like Tom Baker). $5 entry and music kicks off at 9pm.

The Reprobettes are all-girl-garage-growlers, and they’re on the loose and out to get every thrill they can; beg, buy or steal. They are divine, but deadly. With beehives that don’t behave, come and get a little mischievous at The LuWOW on Friday July 19. This ‘70s revival of kook and punk is sure to be a winner.

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PONY FACE ASULYM SEEKER FUNDRAISER On Saturday July 13, Leaps and Bounds Festival and The Evelyn Hotel present Pony Face, The Twoks and Human Face. With all proceeds are being donated to The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. It gives us all something to feel good about in these times of woe. Pony Face have had a spectacular six months releasing their third album Hypnotised to critical acclaim, touring nationally, playing festivals as well being handpicked to open for Lee Ronaldos (Sonic Youth) Australian tour. Dear friends The Twoks will be joining them having just released their record Sailing Away – The Instrumentals. As well as Human Face, the best bit of the Red Eyes and Brighter Later’s new band. It will not be a political night, just a casual middle finger lifted to the government. Doors are 9pm and its $10 entry.

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MY PIRANHA Another act appearing as part of Leaps and Bounds Music Festival at Bar Open is fast-paced grunge rock'n'roll band My Piranha, who have been likened to The Vines, The Hives and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club with their latest double A-side release. They’ll be joined by soulful bluesman Glen Bailey, and psychedelic garage band favourites A Gazillion Angry Mexicans. It kicks off on Thursday July 11 from 9pm, and it’s free.

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FUZZ IN THE 5TH DIMENSION The Grand Rapids and sweeping shoe-gazers Tender Bones get set for Fuzz In The 5th Dimension. It’s happening this Saturday July 13 at The Penny Black from 9pm. As always, it’s free.

DRUNK MUMS Drunk Mums have a lot in common with Australian greats; they share the home state of Queensland with The Saints, but also, the ability to dominate a stage with vigour, brash and melodic song structures. Joining them at The Toff In Town tonight is Ballarat’s Bad News Toilet, APES and The Good Morrows. This lineup is set to give the regal walls of The Toff a little shake up. It’s only $10 on the doors, and doors open from 8.30pm.

Best Male Vocalist at the 1996 ARIA Awards, Dave Graney and drummer Clare Moore (his wife and creative partner) have fronted numerous bands, including The Moodists, The White Buffaloes and Coral Snakes, just to name a few. He will be supported by neo-psychedelia band Morning After Girls, who after temporarily relocating to New York City in 2008, returned to Australia last year to complete their third album. They will play at The Prince Public Bar on Friday July 12 and it’s free. Support is from The Morning After Girls.

Fronted by a relative of Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) Melbourne rockers Arcane Saints constantly tour the globe in their mission to reignite rock’n’roll. Multi-Grammy Award winning producer Toby Wright (Metallica, Kiss, Korn, Alice in Chains) was impressed by the band after hearing them on the radio and invited them to his hometown of Nashville, USA to record their debut album Turning The Tide. A chance late night meeting in a Nashville bar also lead to Peter Keys, pianist from the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd making a guest appearance on the album. The album launch is on Saturday August 3 at The Espy Front Bar with supports Destroy She Said, Voodoo Cain and The Caning.

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French Follies is presented by legendary French DJ duo Monsieur Pompidou et Monsieur Claxon. French Music off original vinyl will be played all night and live music is supplied by the wildest most fun two bands on the Australian Francophonic scene; the girl beat of Les Mini Jupes paying tribute to Chantal and Sheila et Sylvie and the psychedelic rock and soul of Antoinne Polnaref Et Ses Sauvages recreating the sounds of Nino Ferrer, Antoinne, Johnny Hallyday and Eddie Mitchel. Enjoy Cabaret from the gogo godessses Can Can A Gogo, and of course the storming of the Bastille will be re-enacted with a mighty croissant battle. It’s at the LuWOW this Saturday July 13. 8pm ‘til 2am and it’s $10 after 9pm.

With its name drawn from the first location of The Factory; the fifth floor of East Street, Midtown, Manhattan, three major creative movements Inpress, Mess and Noise and Whothehell are on board to present their launch event. At a secret warehouse location on Saturday August 3, Fifth Floor will showcase a collaboration of music and visual art that will set the tone for their future endeavours. This collective of creatives based in Brunswick are alongside fellow movements such as I Oh You, Bonny and Clyde, Hand Games and Cries Wolf. With garage/psych bands such as The Murlocs, Flyying Colours, The Octopus Ride, Dan Trolley and Premium Fantasy providing live music, and psych visual projections from Astral Projection, 12 Sandwiches, Zonkvision and Rarakin Collektive, this is an event for the senses. This stunning idea was developed in collaboration with Unknown Pleasures Factory. an underground arts movement based in Berlin who travel abroad and host events, recently including Melbourne. Don’t let the word ‘warehouse’ fool you too much, Fifth Floor are all about quality over quantity. To find out the location of the party and secure one (or more) of only 150 pre-sale tickets, head over to Oztix. Tickets are $18 and on sale now.

BEE Up and coming local indie artist Bee is launching her self-titled EP in the Gershwin Room on Friday July 26. Taking influence from blues and jazz artists, Bee has an empowering and enchanting stage presence with a unique and captivating sound that blends essences of jazz, folk, and blues to create a powerful and captivating acoustic sound, demonstrating an original and powerful take on music. Bee has also collaborated with various Australian hip hop artists, including Kwasi and Gzutek, which further demonstrate her music diversity and broad abilities. Catch Bee plus guests Bnash, Mantic Notion, Tash Sultana, Ross Evans, Rob & Andy. Tickets $12+bf available via espy.com.au and all Oztix outlets.

SWEET JEAN Sweet Jean, who have built a reputation for their evocative songwriting, razor-sharp harmonies, and stirring live performances celebrate the release of their debut LP Dear Departure this Saturday July 13 at the Northcote Social Club. Supports come from the very excellent Marlon Williams and The Blue Bottles.

IT IS NOT THE SINGER BUT THE SONG The afternoon/evening show features a bunch of handpicked Australian pop/rock and jangle bands showcasing their own song and a pair of classic Australian pop songs. Peter Carr & Mezz Coleman (aka The Family Tree) will start off the day at 2pm and are followed by Tim Reid, Danny McDonald, Michael Meeking, Nick Batterham,The Wellingtons (duo), The Jonesez and headliners The Solicitors. The day will also feature a big Popboomerang records sale in the beer garden and guest DJs. It’s all happening at The Yarra Hotel in Abbotsford on Saturday July 13. Entry is $10.

For a month of Saturdays in July, there will be a weekly gathering at The Tote emceed by TTTDC. This three-piece feed off riffs and gravy. They will bend their will to electrify your mood and put a kink in your swagger. Their partners in grime this Saturday July 13 is none other than Batpiss. Free entry, 4pm.

THE SPITFIRES Formed in 2009 by singer/guitarist Sean Regan and bassist Paul Bovenkerk (who would be joined by a Spinal Tap-esque rotation of drummers), The Spitfires were in the game right from the beginning; releasing two EPs and touring the UK and Japan all within their first couple of years of existence. They plays The Retreat Hotel this Friday July 12 with Heavy Judy and Children Overboard. Beat Magazine Page 40

KALACOMA This five-piece experimental rock band from Melbourne will play Bar Open on Saturday July 13 to fill the room with their vintage, avant-garde tones from their debut EP Spiral Eyes. The show is part of Leaps and Bounds Music Festival, and they will play will good pals Howard/ Doors at 10pm and it’s free.

BROTHERS HAND MIRROR This July, Brothers Hand Mirror are bringing their notoriously wild live exploits to Cobra Bar, upstairs at The Tote every Thursday evening. Nothing under the moons glow will make you want to dance more than the anticipation of the duo’s forthcoming EP Picture Tape. The EP is personally selected by Paul “PBDY” Young (who works on alongside Flying Lotus on his label Brainfeeder) to hold the honour of being the first release on his up-and-coming record label TAR on the final Thursday of the residency. Catch them this Thursday July 18 at The Tote. Doors 8pm. Door charge applies.

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ENABLER Milwaukee four-piece Enabler are heading out our way to unleash their meshing of metal, punk, hardcore and grind influences. They have toured with Rotten Sound, Black Breath, Martyrdod and Womrot. Following on from their 2012 critically acclaimed All Hail The Void album, the band have just released their Shift of Redemption EP. In celebration, Enabler will play at The Bendigo Hotel on Thursday July 11. Joining them will be Urns, A Million Dead Birds Laughing, Party Vibez and Diploid. Tickets are $15 and doors open at 8pm.

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THE AMENTA This is music for the true adventurer, not for the fainthearted, not even for the majority of the metal hordes. The Amenta are a specialised sonic battery, and they play at The Bendigo Hotel on Saturday July 13, with Ruins, Ouroboros, Whoretopsy and Dead River Runs Dry.

KATE MARTIN & NEDA LO! After an epic 25-date European tour with Cult of Luna and The Ocean, Lo! are back home. They will tour Australia on the back of their stunning new release Monstrorum Historia with Melbourne’s High Tension (Young & Restless, The Nation Blue) and Jurassic Penguin. Both bands are accustomed to devastating audiences night after night. Get ready to have your faces melted at The Reverence Hotel on Saturday July 13. It’s $15 on the door from 8pm.

GREEN’S DAIRY ANGEL ENSEMBLE Green’s Dairy Angel Ensemble performs original compositions with a torchy diva, a smooth crooner, blazing country fiddle, south-of-the-border guitar, bluegrassy mandolin, swinging double bass and sweet five-part harmonies. This country, jazz and Celtic infusion hit The Great Britain Hotel on Sunday July 14 from 8.30pm and it’s free.

PROJECT H From Wellington, New Zealand, Rohan Hill’s moniker Project H is set to tinge the atmosphere with some experimental, subtle pop at Bar Open tonight. The solo performer has recently released the EP Journey To The Sleepy Town, and has toured frequently in NZ. Poppolice will join the lineup with a seamless blend of pop, noise and funk, alongside Vowel Movement and The Paper Boat. Doors are at 8pm and entry is free.

8FOOT FELIX Head along to farewell 8Foot Felix this Friday July 13, days before their departure to tour the UK. The brass has been polished and the rigging re-jigged by busy months of gigging. Elated gratitude is oozing from the band following the storming success of our Pozible campaign. It’s time to celebrate in full style in the glorious setting of The Spotted Mallard ballroom. Support from The Redbrigade. 9pm, free entry.

Townsville singer Kate Martin has been travelling across the country playing, writing and recording music. She has taken to the stage with renowned artists such as Josh Pyke, The Waits, The Middle East and Emma Louise. Neda’s recent EP Daylight Disguise is a lyrical based wonder about life and what we ponder. The pair will be supported by Tom Kline when they play at The Grace Darling Hotel on Saturday July 13. Tickets are $10+bf and doors are at 9pm.

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Straight from a residency at The Tote, Holy Moses Heartache are a bunch of drinking buddies that decided to write songs. They describe their music as awesome (others would most likely say it’s folk). On a Saturday night they love to crank things up a bit, and kick up them hoe down heels. Join them at The Prince Public Bar on Saturday July 13 with support from Victor Kennedy, You Yangs and Los Dominados. It’s free.

Fraser A Gorman & Big Harvest release their new single and video Dark Eyes and celebrate with an intimate solo residency, playing Wednesdays in July at The Spotted Mallard in Brunswick. Tonight Fraser will be joined by Bob Harrow from Immigrant Union. Free entry with music from 8.30pm.

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Dizzy Wright and Jarren Benton will play at The Prince Bandroom on Saturday July 27, supported by DJ Koppa. There is an under 18 show from 1pm, with 18+ between 6 – 10pm. These are the hottest independent rappers for 2013! Tickets are $40 +BF.

PRONTO Featuring members of Bad Aches and Chook Race, Pronto deliver that vintage ‘77 era punk sound with power-pop nous. Someone once said that Pronto remind them more of a gang than a band, but a street gang never sounded this sweet, like bubblegum in a leather wrapper. PRONTO play wimpy music for tough kids. See it for yourself every Wednesday  this July at The Tote. Supports from Batpiss, Ross De Chene Hurricanes, Bits of Shit, Cuntz and more. $6, 8pm.

Irish singer songwriter Mick Flannery brings his highly successful tour to Australia and The Spotted Mallard this Saturday July 13 with support from Mick McHugh and Gallie. Visit spottedmallard.com for info on how to purchase tickets.

QUANTIZED MUSIC With a rich history spanning releases in house and techno, the Quantized crew are comprised of DJs, Tolis Q and Lex. They press only the finest music gems that fall into their hands, proving their ability to successfully promote and produce quality artists, despite the hard times facing the music industry and Greece. Keep your eyes and ears open for upcoming collaborations, releases and projects.

PHEASANT PLUCKERS And as the years roll on…and on, all five Pheasant Pluckers are the happiest they’ve ever been with 20 years and five albums under their belt, this fantastic Melbourne band continues to entertain audiences of all ages with that altcountry bluegrass sound. They play tight, fast, mellow and everywhere in between. They play a free show at The Retreat Hotel this Saturday July 13 from 8pm, and Heymus is in the front bar earlier on between 5pm and 7pm.

NIGEL WEARNE & THE CAST IRON PROMISES After a successful national tour late last year, Nigel Wearne continues to celebrate the release of his second single and title track from his latest album Black Crow. Recorded by Adelaide’s Mick Wordley (Jeff Lang, Chris Whitley, Jordie Lane), the 12-song collection showcases Nigel’s diversity, and has received impressive reviews across the board, most notably a 4 star review in Rolling Stone Magazine. He performs a rare show with his band The Cast Iron Promises at The Retreat Hotel on Sunday July 14. Head along for a night of good ole’ country twang, honky-tonk and honest storytelling. Music kicks off at 7pm with fellow Melbourne songwriter, Bill Jackson.

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NEW ESTATE After their critically acclaimed fourth album Recovery on Chapter Music, Melbourne’s scruff-pop wonders New Estate are celebrating ten years with a residency at The Grace Darling. It all begins on Sunday July 7 with The Zonks and Hot Palms, with special guests in upcoming weeks including Guy Blackman, Sarah Mary Chadwick and The Ocean Party. Doors are at 7pm and there is an $8 entry fee

D’ARRIETTA 60 SECONDS WITH… STEWART FROM MY LEONARD COHEN Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like? The guys I sound like most would probably be Tom Waits and Joe Cocker, a voice that has developed from being on this planet for quite a while. What do you love about making music? I have been in music since I was a kid of six. The first piece of music I wrote was when I was 14, a classical piece. It wasn’t until I was 28 that I decided to make it career. Music has been always been my driving force in life, both in the composition and in the playing. I suppose I am more of a troubadour than a studio musician, enjoying entertaining people and they getting off on it. I used to live in studios in the ‘80s when everything had to be played on a record. What inspires or has influenced your music the most? My influences stem from varied artists, from Richards/ Jagger, Randy Newman, Tom Waits, Lennon/McCartney to Jacques Brel and Paolo Conti. Describe the best gig you have ever played. The best gig I ever did was in a shitty bar in Brooklyn, Hank’s Bar, with the band I set up in the states America’s Least Wanted. The place was packed and the band played magnificently. The worst gig I ever did was in a band Big Storm where after opening for INXS at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, we played in a piano bar in Cairns where there was didlysquat people and one guy who continually was asking for a Neil Young song. It was a hell of a let down from performing in front of 12,000 people. What makes a good musician? First of all , ability to play, they must have the chops. Never have a sense of entitlement. You got to work hard and keep up dreaming the dream and to do this , you have to reinvent yourself. The music industry is where dreams are woven and you must be prepared for disappointment. Today I see a lot of people who want to be famous but are not prepared to put in the hard work. Music is such a wonderful career , it fulfills the need to create and gives you a sense of worth in a world where materialism has

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taken the mainstage. When are you playing live/releasing your album/EP/ single/etc? The gig I am doing at present is My Leonard Cohen which I am playing at Chapel Off Chapel and is collection of Leonard Cohen with a bit of a back story. I have just finished my own album which is titled My Magnificent Narcotic, recorded here in Melbourne at Pughouse Studios with Philip Rex, Hamish Stuart, Ross Hanaford. A very fulfilling exercise , the result of which I am very happy with. The piano which is my instrument is the engine room of this album. These are the last songs I have written and I suppose heartbreak is always a motivating factor in writing. You want to share your experience with others and this is best done in writing. MY LEONARD COHEN performed by Stewart D’Arrietta and his nine-piece band happens at Chapel Off Chapel until Sunday July 14. For ticketing and times head to chapeloffchapel.com.au. Beat Magazine Page 41


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In the ‘70s, Richmond champion Royce Hart listed his best 18 contemporary players in the Victorian Football League. Defying convention and humility, Hart named himself at centre-half forward. Hart’s self-indulgence earned him the ire of the fans of opposing clubs, and the criticism of football commentators; to Richmond supporters, it was an obvious choice. It’s hard to see Ashley Naylor, Wally Kempton and Matt Cotter listing Even, the band the trio formed 18 years ago, in their own list of favourite pop bands – and, in some ways, that’s partly why Even is one of the great Australian pop bands. Even is the dog-eared book you always come back to when you want a good read, the perfectly worn-in jeans that will fit you like a two-fingered denim glove forever and a day, the TV sitcom that finds the perfect balance between pathos and reassurance, the movie auteur whose cinematic exploits challenge and comfort you in equal measures, the culinary experience that will send you home with a stomach full of nutritional goodness. And it’s all here on First XVIII, the compilation released to coincide with Even’s 18th birthday celebrations. Chosen by a cast of Even fans and long-time supporters, First XVIII is a narrative of pop excellence. Four of the tracks – Don’t Wait, Stop And Go Man, Little Red Taxi and Peaches And Cream – are taken from the band’s first album, Less Is More. Each in its way is a classic – why someone hasn’t appropriated Little Red Taxi for an American television advertisement is anyone’s guess, while Stop And Go is the soundtrack for the confusion of youth we’ve all endured. Black Umbrella, from 1998’s Come Again, is a stretch out on the couch on a lazy Sunday afternoon, with ne’er a care in the world beyond the two metre journey to the stereo to put on another timeless record; I Have Nothing, from the One Side Not EP glistens like a precious pop jewel, and then some. Rock’n’Roll Save My Life and Life Gets In the Way, both from A Different High, explore different aspects of the same issue: on the former, rock’n’roll is the antidote to a life that could be lost to beige banality; on the latter,

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2. Rule of Thirds RULE OF THIRDS 3. Steppin’ Off PEAK TWINS 4. First Offense SID RUMPO 5. Hated G.G. ALLIN 6. Issue 362 MAXIMUM ROCK N ROLL 7. Fenris Kindir ARCKANUM 8. Hybrid Theory LINKIN PARK 9. Until The Light Takes Us DOCUMENTARY 10. Blood Becomes Fire BEASTWARS it’s the reality of growing up that makes the excitement of rock’n’roll even more important. There’s a bonus disc, too, if you’re lucky enough to come across one of the 500 limited edition double-disc versions of the compilations. You can hang your pop hat all over Karmic Flop and feel good for ever and a day, 4.18 makes a lost evening seem like the best thing you’ve ever done and She Told Me So is myopic romanticism in the suburban fields of Melbourne. Weather King has a riff that any selfrespecting paisley underground band would wield a knife to commandeer; In Another Time is the best of the Beatles, writ large, in full bloom and wrapped up and packaged with tender psychedelic loving care. It’s a been a very solid 18 years on the rock’n’roll field for Even. Here’s hoping the boys’ fitness holds up, and we get another 18 years of classic pop experience. PATRICK EMERY Best Track: Rock’n’Roll Save My Life If You Like This, You’ll Like: Great pop music In A Word: Pop

The stripped back chorus of “If I stay here/Trouble will find me” (from which album title Trouble Will Find Me is taken) is a welcome eye in the cyclonic storm of percussion and walls of noise. One of the weaker cuts from a pretty great album.

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Alice (Lucky Numbers/PIAS) Pandering to what is probably his strongest geographical market, Darwin Deez namechecks a bunch of our capital cities in a loveletter to someone he presumably rooted on one of his many Australian tours. It’s indulgent, overly whimsical, Postal Service-biting trash. Hope the free VIP pass to this year’s Splendour was worth it, Alice.

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Sluts Who Stole Our Palm Tree (Independent) I tried to review this but the song title is SO DAMN EDGY that it sliced my fingers off and I couldn’t hit the play button, let alone bash out a few words on the ol’ Olympia. Apologies. But I’m guessing it’s just bottom of the barrel derivative surfpunk trash.

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All Day Venus (Liberation) The first taste of Adalita’s second solo full-length, All Day Venus, marks a jack-knifing change of direction from the sparse guitar work on the very excellent self-titled LP. This track is also all kinds of excellent, beating us down with relentless, hammering riffs. Adalita’s voice swirl majestically over the renewed employment of heavy drum action, forming a glorious and gritty whole.

Sea Of Love (Remote Control) Scaling things up from the concert hall to the stadium, Sea Of Love kind of undermines the intimacy of Matt Berninger’s grizzled baritone for a payoff that’s not quite worth the trade.

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Woah, my 16-year-old self just travelled forward through time to declare The Last Of Us as Game Of The Year based solely on the Parliament and AC/DC homages found in the abandoned record store.

So Hard For You (Indpendent) I could be wrong, but I got the sense that Wally De Backer was a bit miffed that The Basics didn’t quite lift off after the success of Like Drawing Blood. Now the Melbourne threepiece make a fully-fledged return after Wally’s global Gotye superstardom with a more relaxed air about them, seemingly resigned to a dearth of j-play. Wally’s vocal chops lift the loose blues stomper So Hard For You above the lower-tomid-pub echelon, but only just. Still, it’s undeniably good fun.

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Ratchet (Frenchkiss/PIAS) It’s probably supposed to be tongue in cheek, but Kele’s eventual pre-drop cry of “Get ratchet!” is dorky and dumb beyond reproach, as is the earlier tough-guy quip of “Tell your bitch to get off my shit”. Garish, trending in 2012 rap lyricisms aside, Ratchet refines Bloc Party’s self-realised evolution of guitar-dance with gradual pitch-shifting, pulsing loops and tidy bass work.

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I Sat By The Ocean (Remote Control) Closing with the emphatic full-stop turn of phrase “We’re crashing ships in the night,” I Sat By The Ocean is near enough to top-shelf QOTSA. Providing measured doses of their best attributes – restrained one-inch punch riffs, lashings of Homme’s falsetto and some flashpoint-reaching guitar solos – the …Like Clockwork highlight rides high on a wave of pure rock swagger. Astute readers might notice that the previous sentence contains the word “wave”, making the connection with the word “ocean” in the song title. It’s shit like this that earns me the big bucks, you see.

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Cookie Thumper (PIAS) Die Antwoord’s hyper-transgressive schtick grew old long ago, but they still manage to display some great dance-pop sensibilities every now and then. Cookie Thumper, however, is a fairly nothing track, employing a sparse dubstep-pace BPM that doesn’t yield the almighty drop. Elements of all manners of electronic subgenres creep in underneath what is essentially a Yolandi solo outing, with no counterpoint to the bratty, high-pitched rap cadence that defines the song.

SINGLE OF THE WEEK JANELLE MONAE

Dance Apocalyptic (Bad Boy/Atlantic) A blissfully poppy follow-up to the all-obliterating Erykah Badu team-up Q.U.E.E.N, Janelle Monae elevates her first album’s battle cry to Dance Or Die into biblical proportions on Dance Apocalyptic. Its greatest triumph is just how damn effortless it feels, imbued with timeless, trenddefying class. Janelle is so next level that it’s ridiculous, and the fact that she isn’t regarded as one of the biggest superstars on the planet right now is one of the great injustices in the music world. Hopefully that will change with new LP The Electric Lady, out this September.

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SMITH WESTERNS Soft Will (Pod/Inertia)

“It’s easier to think you’re dumb, like you were before,” reflects Smith Westerns vocalist Cullen Omori over the gently building introduction to their third album, Soft Will. And then the band erupt into anthemic “Whoa yeah”s over chiming guitars and 3AM Spiritual assures us that, while this band may be older and wiser, they still have an earnest, youthful spring their step. This Chicago trio evolved from garage to glam on their last two albums and now push forward to a more poppy and relaxed sound with a high-quality finish. Their third album encapsulates the best of Britpop, but also what came well before it (namely, The Beatles). And yet, despite its obvious influences, Smith Westerns once again come off sounding vital and refreshing. Opener 3AM Spiritual is an obvious highlight, but it’s trumped by the shimmering closing track, Varsity. Idol snatches the prize for the most show-stopping chorus, while the Air-like XXIII rolls on from the fleeting Glossed to great effect. After the radiant Fool Proof, there’s a slump into lesser work until Varsity, but this observation is more about the strength of the bulk of the material than anything else. Soft Will ticks all the boxes for an exhilarating summer album (that we can make do with for winter) and it also shows a more Best Track: Varsity subtle, sadder side to the band. Going soft suits them. If You Like These, You’ll Like This: The Masterplan OASIS, Coming Up SUEDE CHRIS GIRDLER In A Word: Sunny

Despite the ominous title of Josh Pyke’s fourth album, the award-winning singersongwriter and his musical output are showing no signs of stopping. And if you had his imaginative prowess and musical talent, why would you? Leeward Side is reminiscent of Pyke’s older music with just the right amount of catchiness and chorus sing-along-ability to be expected from a single by one of Australia’s favourite folk musicians. This track especially flaunts Pyke’s skill in the harmonious unearthing of simple melodies and lyrics. Thankfully, harmonicas don’t err on the side of cliché and actually prick up your ears to honest lyrics: “Cause I wanna be someone, worthy of your conversation”. This musical yearning for acceptance also comes through in Feet Of Clay, another upbeat tune where Pyke articulates and then promptly stamps out any inklings of self-doubt. The revealing use of idioms continue in All the Very Best Of Us which sees a delicate collaboration with fellow Balmain local Holly Throsby. It follows on from the soothing collab with Katy Steele on Punch In The Heart from 2011’s Only Sparrows. Throsby’s delicately measured vocals are equal parts enchanting and calming, making All The Very Best Of Us one of the more moving tracks on the album. The Beginning And The End Of Everything feels like the soundtrack to a warm, whirring dream sequence as consistently layered harmonies project Pyke’s innermost thoughts no more so in the title track. Although Josh Pyke’s vocals are normally grounded, White Lines Dancing is allowed to waft slightly above ground. The lofty melody is introduced by syncopated percussion and immediately conjures up images of sea breezes and willowing white curtains. Put simply, The Beginning And The End Of Everything captures Pyke’s signature gift for charming story telling. Heightened choruses and beautiful instrumentation will take your ears on a whirlwind tour of the illuminating Best Track: The Beginning And The End Of Everything If You Like These, You’ll Like This: BASEMENT BIRDS worlds created in every song. In A Word: Charming

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Reissues of: Sound As Ever; Hi Fi Way; Hourly, Daily (Sony Music)

Westwinds (Fat Wreck Chords)

Vocalist Paul McKenzie traps a ghost in his throat. His hollow rasp chafes into tunefulness, all the while mired in regret. Opening with The Tempest, a shanty that creaks and rolls upon an icy sea. Bagpipes whistle beneath men suffering on the high seas. Such conviction in the performance inspires cries for help on their behalf. Gimmick aside, Celtic punk does as Celtic punk wants. The Message and My Luck is So Bad spins drinking hall yarns, cracking with headbanging punk rock and rolling highlands of folky sorrow drowning: “My luck is so bad/it can only get better than worse,” McKenzie declares. The Bluenose takes the sea shanty and kicks it into the modern era (You hear the word “submarine.” Heresy!). Bagpipes whinny about to be sure but guitar leads keep them in check. With a flick of a distortion switch one way of the other, it would sail straight for folk metal’s choppy drink. Libertine corker I Do What I Want locks arms with rollicking good-natured punk and energetic Celtic melody. Easing into acappella covering ye olde pirate legend Barrett’s Privateers, the boys faithfully ice over your soul as tradition demands it. Thrills of boyhood adventure charges though the disc. Its freewheeling spirit is tempered by a trickle of regret through its veins. As pipes at the end of the disc fade away, Westwinds feels like a huge night out. Awesome in retrospect, sure. With heads pounding and shards of light piercing the Best Track: The Tempest morning, it takes a lot of coffee and convincing to do it If You Like These, You’ll Like This: FLOGGING all again, again, and again. MOLLY, THE POGUES, ALESTORM In A Word: Salty TOM VALCANIS

ROYSTON VASIE

Every reissue of a classic album has two very different audiences: the longtime fans and the curious newcomers. For many of us ‘90s kids around Australia, the reissue of Sound As Ever (1993), Hi Fi Way (1995) and Hourly, Daily (1996) will be the first time that albums that meant everything to us are given the official ‘classic reissue’ treatment. Kids, it will happen to you one day too. Fans will need no assurance that these albums hold up as timeless, and little has been brought to the front through remastering. Newcomers who only know the hits may be surprised at the R&B groove found under Sound As Ever’s dirty guitars (Adam’s Ribs, Coprolalia), the emergence of Tim Rogers’ cocky/awkward juxtaposition on Hi Fi Way (Pizza Guy, How Much Is Enough), and the sublime jangle and suburban bittersweetness that inhabits Hourly, Daily (Soldiers, If We Can’t Get It Together). If there are faults to the original albums, perhaps each could have been shortened by one or two songs, but only the most contrary will quibble over the necessity of an Off The Field here or a Heavy Comfort there. Where the reissues really surprise is in the bonus material – not just a couple of songs tacked on the end, but an extra 65 tracks across the three albums. There’s little truly unheard material – the unreleased Posies-ish track Up Against It and an early demo of Tuesday. However, only the most avid collectors would be across the deep well of gold that comprises b-sides, 7” singles, original bonus discs, live recordings and covers of forebearers like Big Star, New York Dolls, The Who and The Easybeats. As a fan, having these Best Track: Who Takes Who Home? (closing track to cast-offs finally assembled is an absolute treasure. Hourly, Daily – it still incorporates the three minutes Newcomers, you’re being handed a box of everything of silence and the secret skiffle track Forget It Sister) we scrapped together over our youth, so ensure you’re If You Like These, You’ll Like This: SLOAN, EVEN, not overwhelmed and listen to the albums first. THE LEMONHEADS, WILCO In A Word: Mandatory SIMON TOPPER

Tenah Marah (Milk Records) Notwithstanding the slight lexicological variation in its name, it’d be tempting to assume that Royston Vasie was a local band for local people, just like the disconcerting characters from the rural English village of Royston Vasey in The League Of Gentlemen. But while Royston Vasie might be a local band, their debut record, Tenah Marah, is music that vastly transcends the occasionally insular confines of the band’s hometown of Melbourne. You Want It Now sits on a Jonestown riff that you could build a dirty rock’n’roll home on, and live in forever; hang around, and Inside paints the walls with licks of colour, movement and irrefutable quality. The subject matter of That’s My Girl might have been around since Adam took to his guitar after Eve left him for that snake in the garden, yet this is a track that’s as fresh as Tacoma in ‘65, San Francisco in ‘67 or LA in ‘81. All The Little People lurches into the light in a haze of psychedelic experience: there’s something confronting in its darkness and thematic exploration; there’s something brilliant in its subtle intensity. Easier drops back a gear into acoustic mode, and the mood relents; Come On drags you into a world of wonder, and by golly fuck, isn’t that a riff you just want to squeeze close to your heart and never let go? Get Back Yesterday is the suburban train ride into a reality where The Long Ryders reign supreme; Take Me Over hangs around the London clubs of 1984, taking carefully aimed pot shots at the insipid pop of the dominant music classes. Love Riots is Roxy Music for the contemporary psychedelic generation, Can’t Wait is the closest thing to a linear rock track on the album (and even then it bends into unexpected shapes) and as for Don’t Waste Your Time, if even there was an antithetical assessment of an album, it’s this. This isn’t Best Track: That’s My Girl just local music for local people: it’s a great album, for all If You Like These, You’ll Like This: THE LOVETONES, ages and all people. BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE, EVEN, THE STEMS In A Word: Sparkling PATRICK EMERY

SURFER BLOOD

Pythons (Kanine Records/Warner) Florida’s Surfer Blood impressed with their debut, Surfer Blood. Despite their influences being obvious (Pixies, Pavement), they managed to carve out their own sound and had the strong tunes to back them up. On Pythons, vocalist John Paul Pitts indulges in some hoarse background yelps in the style of Frank Black, which does little to banish Pixies comparisons. Though that’s the least of the worries on this frustrating follow-up album. This time around, Surfer Blood opt for shorter songs that follow similar paths, and with this comes less memorable melodies and lyrics with a bitter taste. The clear highlights (Demon Days, Weird Shapes) have already been released as singles, while a more muscular heft to the guitar carries much of the unremarkable work that follows them. Later on in the album, it’s a relief when a little variation comes into effect on the slower, calmer Needles And Pins and the Gene-meets-grunge oddity of closer Prom Song. Ultimately, you pine for something like the heady, hopeful Swim or the tropical punch of Take It Easy, but a song on par with the Astro Coast batch fails to surface. Pitts’ lyrics range from fractured and erratic to defeated and self-hating. Allegations of domestic battery (a case that has since been dropped) aren’t the kind of thing that helps with promoting a new album and must have Best Track: Demon Days If You Like These, You’ll Like This: Pinkerton muddied the waters of the record’s creation, but - on a WEEZER, Trompe Le Monde THE PIXIES, Portamento purely professional level - this follow-up just isn’t quite up to scratch. THE DRUMS In A Word: Disappointing

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P!NK + THE KIN Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. 7:30pm. $80. CASSIUS CLAY + FRANCESCA GONZALES + GEE SEAS + SPORTSMEN Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. CHARLIE LANE + DASH + THE KEYTAR KIDS Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $8. COLLAGE - FEAT: HEYMUS + CALLING MAYDAY + CURTIS WHY + SONS OF THUNDER Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. DRUNK MUMS + APES + BAD NEWS TOILET Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $10. FRASER A GORMAN + BOB HARROW Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8:30pm. KITE CLUB + RED SPENCER Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $5. LACE & WHISKEY + STYX & STONZ + THE PIRATES Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $5. MALLEE SONGS + LITTLE KILLING + MUDLARK Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $5. PROJECT H + POPOLICE + THE PAPER BOAT + VOWEL MOVEMENT Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. PRONTO + JACKALS Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. ROOTS OF MUSIC - FEAT: THE ASH BALL PROJECT + DANIEL JENKIN + WALKER Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:00pm. SI + ALLY OOP & THE HOOPSTER + TREV Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $5. SIMPLY ACOUSTIC Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. THE DEEP END + UPTOWN ACE + WORKING HORSE IRONS Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. THE SMITTEN + COME BACK JULIE + PETER CARR Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm.

P!NK + THE KIN Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. 7:30pm. $80. ACID COUNTRY LIVE BROADCAST - FEAT: THE IDLE HOES + RAISED BY EAGLES + THE ALAN LADDS Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 3:00pm. AFTER DARK - FEAT: WE THE PEOPLE + DENVER MAXX John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. ANIMAUX + CASSIUS CLAY + THE GOLD STREET SOUND Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $8. AROUND THE FUR Espy, St Kilda. 8:00pm. BLACK GYPSIES + BLEEDING ROSE + MIMI VELEVSKA Espy, St Kilda. 8:30pm. BROTHERS HAND MIRROR Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. EBONY HARE & JACK DONNE Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $10. ENABLER + A MILLION DEAD BIRDS LAUGHING + DIPLOID + PARTY VIBEZ + URNS Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $15. FIONA LEE MAYNARD & HER HOLY MEN Tago Mago, Thornbury. 8:30pm. HOTEL WRECKING CITY TRADERS + CITIES OF DESTINY + OHMS + THE JACKS The Public Bar, Melbourne. 8:00pm. $7. HOY + OLYMPIA Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 9:00pm. JAKUBI + DYLAN JOEL + JUNOR Espy, St Kilda. 8:00pm. KYLIE AULDIST & THE GLENROY ALL STARS + DJ PIERRE BARONI + DJ VINCE PEACH Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10. LA FEMME Musicland, Fawkner. 7:30pm. $10. MY PIRANHA + A GAZILLION ANGRY MEXICANS + GLEN BAILEY Bar Open, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. NEXT - FEAT: ANTAGONIST + DECLARATION + IN TRENCHES + JURASSIC PENGUIN + TERM FOURM Colonial Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. OVERDRIVE - FEAT: SHIPS PIANO + DJS JAKE & NIKKI + STATIONARY SIGNS Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. RICH DAVIES & THE DEVIL’S UNION + AMBITIOUS MEN + DJ STEPH HUGES + DRUNKEN POACHERS + ETTA CURRY SUPRESSION RING + JEMMA & HER WISE + YOUNG Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $8. SKYSCRAPER STAN & THE COMMISSION FLATS + ELEGANT SHIVA + THE STRANGE + THE VELVETS Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $5. SNAKE EYED ROLLERS + MISS LIZZY & THE NIGHT OWLS The B.east, Brunswick East. 9:00pm. SUPER UNSIGNED MUSIC FESTIVAL - FEAT: DICE + THE AOEDE PROJECT + HEMERA + I’LL BE AN INDIAN + JOSH CASHMAN + NIKHAIL + TAYLOR SHERIDAN + THE SAND DOLLARS Corner Hotel, Richmond. 6:30pm. $15. TEMPLE OF TUNES + FIVE ACRE FIELD + JASON AYRES Penny Black, Brunswick. 8:00pm. THE DELTA RIGGS + FIVE MILE TOWN Workers Club, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. $10. THE GREAT IMPOSTER + GABRIEL LYNCH Gertrudes Brown Couch, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $8. THE PAUL KIDNEY EXPERIENCE + SLOCOMBE’S PUSSY + THE ELECTRIC GUITARS Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. THE SEAFORD MONSTER + ELLIOT + SHIT HOT Idgaff Bar & Venue, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. THE WEEKEND PEOPLE + HEYMUS + TEN GALLON HEAD Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm. TO THE AIRSHIP + BREAKING TRADITION + DISASTERS + LOVE ALONE Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. TOM DICKINS & THE PUNINTENTIONALS + BRENDAN WELCH Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. $12. YEO + EAVES + THE TOWNHOUSES Gasometer Hotel,

JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC BRONWYN HICKS + FREYA BENNETT Gertrudes Brown Couch, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $8. DIZZY’S BIG BAND Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. $14. HAMMOND JAZZ CLUB + MR ANDREW SWANN Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 9:00pm. L.A.A (CROSSING AHEAD) Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $30. MO’ SOUL - FEAT: KINGSTON CROWN + DJ VINCE PEACH Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $8. SWING NIGHT First Floor, Fitzroy. 6:30pm. TOM FRYER BAND + ADRIAN SHERRIFF TRIO 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. VIVE LA DIFFERENCE Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 7:30pm. ZOE RYAN Open Studio, Northcote. 8:00pm.

ACOUSTIC, COUNTRY, BLUES & FOLK CLIVE LIEBMANN The Public Bar, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $6. JAMES KENYON Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. OLYMPIA Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 8:30pm. OPEN MIC Grind N Groove, Healesville. 6:30pm. OPEN MIC Ontop In Ormond, Ormond. 7:30pm. OPEN MIC Tago Mago, Thornbury. 7:30pm. OPEN MIC & JAM NIGHT Musicland, Fawkner. 7:00pm. PRESENTATION NIGHT - FEAT: PAUL KELLY + BOB MURPHY + FRANCIS LEACH Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:00pm. $40. RHYS JONES Idgaff Bar & Venue, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. THE DAVIDSON BROTHERS Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. WINE WHISKEY WOMEN - FEAT: CELIA CHURCH + TINKER GIRLS Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:00pm.

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Bob Murphy

PRESENTATION NIGHT A brand new event combining Melbourne’s two great loves – music and footy – has been revealed, with a couple of certified legends joining forces to talk about their respective crafts and extracurricular passions. Australian singer-songwriter royalty, and coach of the Community Cup’s Rockdogs, Paul Kelly will be joined onstage by modern day champion Scragger, and erstwhile Bruce Springsteen fan, Bob Murphy for an extensive yarn. Host for the evening will be music and footy aficionado Francis Leach. Presentation Night with Paul Kelly and Bob Murphy takes place at The Corner tonight, Wednesday July 10. Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10. YOUTH OF TODAY + RIGHT MIND + VIGILANTE Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $40. ZOOPHYTE + ROLLING PERPETUAL GROOVE SHOW + THE KARMENS + VELA Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:00pm. $15.

JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC AARON CHOULAI ENSEMBLE Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. ADRIAN WHITEHEAD Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 7:00pm. AGUA CON SOL Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. ALORA Thornbury Local, Thornbury. 8:30pm. ALWAN Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 9:00pm. FIRESTONE & HONEY Red Bennies, South Yarra. 7:00pm. JACK PANTAZIS GROUP Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $15. MAE COLLARD TRIO Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. $14. MARY MARY + URBAN PAUSE Billboard, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. MOMENTS NOTICE Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. THE OVEREASYS Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 6:30pm. THE TAL COHEN QUARTET Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15. TROMBA - FEAT: DEL BARIO + QUARTER STREET ORCHESTRA Jewell Of Brunswick, Brunswick. 8:00pm.

ACOUSTIC, COUNTRY, BLUES & FOLK ADAM EATON + ADAM LAWLER Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:00pm. BLOW The Horn African Music Lounge, Collingwood. 8:00pm. HEY GRINGO HAMMOND AU GO GO 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10. IMOGEN BROUG + MAEFLOWER Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $12. LA BASTARD + ALYSIA MANCEAU Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 8:30pm. LOST HEART SIRENS + NEIL WILKINSON Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 8:30pm. $10. MIKE NOGA Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 8:30pm. NICE BOY TOM Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 8:30pm. NICK LOVELL & DASH Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. OPEN MIC Acoustic Cafe, Collingwood. 6:30pm. OPEN MIC Balaclava Hotel, Balaclava. 7:00pm. SALT LAKE CITY Sporting Club Hotel, Brunswick.

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FRIDAY JUL 12 INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS 8 FOOT FELIX + THE REDBRIGADE Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 9:00pm. A STRANGE DAY + BAD FAMILY + SEE SAW + THE STEVENS Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10. BROKEN SWEETHEARTS + BERLIN POSTMARK + TRAVIS ADDISON Barleycorn Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $5. CALLING MAYDAY + EARL SPACEMAN + HONEYBONE + THE DEAD ELECTED Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. CRUNTBURGERS + ADMIRAL AKBAR’S DISHONOURABLE DISCHARGE + FOLEY + LIZARD PUNCH Gertrudes Brown Couch, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. DAVE GRANEY + MORNING AFTER GIRLS Prince Public Bar, St Kilda. 8:00pm. DEEZ NUTS + DISASTERS + THE APPROACH + TRAINWRECK Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $22. ELECTRIK DYNAMITE + DE LA CRUZ + SHADOWS OF HYENAS + THE FALLEN ANGELS Espy, St Kilda. 8:30pm. $15. EMBERVILLE + DOUBLE LINED MINORITY + HOLLOWS + LITTLE LEAGUE + TRANSIT GLORIA Bridge Builders, 5:30pm. $15. ESKIMO JOE Ormond Hall, Melbourne. 8:00pm. EXHILE ON JOHNSTON STREET - FEAT: THE MEANIES + BATPISS + THE DIPSTICKS + THE KREMLINGS Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. FRIDAY NIGHTS AT MONET’S GARDEN - FEAT: ROBERT FORSTER National Gallery Of Victoria, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $28. HARLOTT + ATOMIC DEATH SQUAD + HOLLOW WORLD + HYBRID NIGHTMARES + INEBRIATOR Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $12. HUMAN GROOMING + BONE + DRIBBLE Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $6. I AM DUCKEYE + BABERAHAM LINCOLN + DAVE HOANG + I AM DUB I + THE VOCAL LOTION + TILLERMAN PETE Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 7:00pm.


JACKALS + GENTLEMEN + MAP ENDS + METH LEOPARD Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10. JAX PETERS Idgaff Bar & Venue, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. JUKE BOX RACKET The Luwow, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. LA DISPUTE + PIANOS BECOME THE TEETH + STOCKADES Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:30pm. $35. LOS TONES + HANK HAINT Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. MARILYN ROSE & THE THORNS + NOIR + THE ANTOINETTES + THE FALLING STANDARDS Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. MELODY POOL Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $10. MIDNIGHT ALIBI + JAJU CHOIR + SPY KITE + XLCR DRIVE Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10. MY SECRET CIRCUS + EMPRA + HESTON DROP + VIRTUE Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. PLUDO The Hi-fi, Melbourne. 8:00pm. $16. POSTAL + BATTLETRUCK + HAILGUN + LAST MEASURE + TIRED MINDS Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10. RED EAGLE + THE FIRE ALIVE Penny Black, Brunswick. 9:30pm. SPITFIRES + CHILDREN OVERBOARD + DJ JEFF LEOPARD + DJ XANDER Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 10:00pm. STOMPY & THE HEAT + THE IVORY ELEPHANT John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. SUPERFUN HAPPY SLIDE + DOUBLED OVER + PREGNANCY + THE KILL The Public Bar, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $6. THE KUJO KINGS Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. THE SPIN + DJ MAX CRAWDADDY Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $13. THREE KINGS Tago Mago, Thornbury. 9:00pm. $5. UNDERGREY SKIES + CARDINALS + DISTRICTST + ENEMY OF MINE Idgaff Bar & Venue, Abbotsford. 4:00pm. VICE GRIP PUSSIES + KILL SHOTT + MALADAPTOR + WEREWOLVES Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $8. WIRED - FEAT: JIMMY CUPPLES Musicland, Fawkner. 8:30pm. $10.

JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC BASTILLE DAY - FEAT: MELBOURNE SHUFFLE CLUB Red Bennies, South Yarra. 7:00pm. $35. DEAN’S MARTINI & SHAKERS Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 7:30pm. MACLAINE & SIDNEY QUARTET Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. $20. MARGIE LOU’S PIANO HOUR + ALYCE PLATT Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 9:00pm. NICHAUD FITZGIBBON QUARTET Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $20. STEVE GRANT QUINTET Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. TANGO RUBINO Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. THE MAIN GUY & THE OTHER GUY Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. $13. THE MELTDOWN Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $27. THE WIKIMEN + LUKE MINNESS Open Studio, Northcote. 6:30pm.

ACOUSTIC, COUNTRY, BLUES & FOLK BRILLIG + SEAMUS ANTHONY Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 8:30pm. DANNY WALSH BANNED Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. EUGENE HAMILTON VS HETTY KATE + EUGENE HAMILTON + HETTY KATE The Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 8:00pm. $20. GABRIEL LYNCH + SARLIN Thornbury Local, Thornbury. 10:00pm. JIMI HOCKING’S BLUES MACHINE - FEAT: JJIMI HOCKING’S BLUES MACHINE Wheelers Hill Hotel, Wheelers Hill. 9:00pm. KING LUCHO + LIAM GERNER Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 9:00pm. PHEASANT PLUCKERS The B.east, Brunswick East. 9:00pm. SPENCER P JONES Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 5:30pm. SWEET JEAN (DEAR DEPARTURE TOUR) + MARLON WILLIAMS Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. $20. THE BLUEBOTTLES Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 9:30pm. THE BOYS Sporting Club Hotel, Brunswick. 7:00pm. THE CON ARTISTS + GRANDSONS OF THE PIONEERS Pascoe Vale Rsl, Pascoe Vale. 8:00pm. $8. THE NUDGELS Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:30pm. THE SPOILS + JULITHA RYAN Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 8:30pm. $10. THE TRANSATLANTICS + SHAOLIN AFRONAUTS + THE SEVEN UPS Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $10. TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION - FEAT: DAN BOURKE Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 6:00pm.

SATURDAY JUL 13 INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS P!NK + THE KIN Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. 7:30pm. $80. A TRIBUTE TO BON - FEAT: MASSIVE + AC/DSHE + DEAD CITY RUINS + DJ PONY + PHIL PARA + THE BLACK ACES Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. BANG - FEAT: JONNY CRAIG + ACRASIA + ASSEMBLE THE EMPIRE + BUILT ON SECRETS Royal Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. BRAD MARTIN PROJECT Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 4:00pm. BRICKS ARE HEAVY + A GENDER + DJ BLABERUNNER.

THE MEANIES A DAY TO REMEMBER After tearing Soundwave apart in 2012, Floridian pop mosh crew A Day To Remember are finally returning to Australia. Armed with their brand new album, Common Courtesy, along with shithot new single  Violence (Enough is Enough), A Day To Remember are pop infused metalcore at its finest. Joined by a brilliant support team in The Devil Wears Prada and Dream On Dreamer, if you miss out on this, you will feel shit. A Day To Remember play at Festival Hall this Sunday July 14. + SIGOURNEY BEAVER Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $10. BROOKE RUSSELL & THE MEAN REDS Sporting Club Hotel, Brunswick. 6:00pm. CHICKS UP FRONT - FEAT: MELISSA JAMES BAND + SEX ST + SHIRLEY DAVIS + THE GODFATHERS Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. CLOSURE IN MOSCOW Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. $15. COTANGENT + THE ANDROGYNY + THE DIVINE FLUXUS + THE HEROINES Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $10. DARK ARTS #2 - FEAT: JUSTIN FULLER + A SCRATCH ENSEMBLE + DOWNCAST + GREATEST HITS DJS + GURNER Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $8. DIAMONDS OF NEPTUNE + JORDAN WALKER + LAMB BOULEVARD & THE UMBRELLA + SPUNK MACHINE Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:00pm. $10. FEELINGS 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. FISTMESS IN JULY - FEAT: STRAWBERRY FIST CAKE + ACKBARS DISHONOURABLE DISCHARGE + FISTY CUFFS + LIZARD PUNCH + LORD JUSTIN & HIS ONE MAN BAND + THE CRUNTBURGERS ADMIRAL + THUNDABOX Barleycorn Hotel, Collingwood. 6:00pm. $5. GOLD FIELDS + PHEBE STARR + WILLOW BEATS Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:30pm. $20. HANK’S JALOPY DEMONS Bella Union Bar (trades Hall), Carlton South. 9:00pm. $15. HOLY MOSES HEARTACHE + LOS DOMINADOS + VICTOR KENNEDY YOU YANGS Prince Public Bar, St Kilda. 8:00pm. HOWLIN’ STEAM TRAIN + MAX SAVAGE & THE FALSE IDOLS + RATTLIN’ BONES BLACKWOOD Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. JURASSIC PENGUIN + BATEMAN + DISASTERS + POSTAL + TIRED MINDS The Public Bar, Melbourne. 8:00pm. $10. KALACOMA - FEAT: KALACOMA: + HOWARD Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. KATE MARTIN & NEDA Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $10. LA DISPUTE (U18) + INITIALS + PIANOS BECOME THE TEETH Corner Hotel, Richmond. 12:30pm. $35. LAURA IMBRUGLIA (ALBUM LAUNCH) + MELODIE NELSON Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. LIME CORDIAL (SINGLE LAUNCH) + LURCH & CHIEF + THE RED LIGHTS Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $15. LO! + HIGH TENSION + JURASSIC PENGUIN Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 7:00pm. $15. LOS TONES (7 INCH LAUNCH) + HANK HAINT + MESA COSA Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $8. MICK FLANNERY + GALLIE + MICK MCHUGH Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $60. MONTHLY METAL MADNESS - FEAT: STRONGER THAN ALL + WRITTEN IN RUINS Musicland, Fawkner. 7:00pm. $15. PD-DUO + BOB CRAIN + EARVIN CABALQUINTO + NIGHT AT THE OPERA + TRAVIS ADDISON Edward’s Place, Reservoir. 8:00pm. PONY FACE + HUMAN FACE + THE TWOKS Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. $10. SANS VOX - FEAT: MUSHROOM GIANT + MENISCUS + MONTRESOR + THE BLACK GALAXY EXPERIENCE + THE NEST ITSELF Espy, St Kilda. 8:00pm. $12. SCRIMSHAW FOUR + CHRIS ISSAC + ELLIPSIS + GABRIELLA HADDAD Gertrudes Brown Couch, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $5. SEEDY JEEZUS + BATPISS + KALEIDOSCOPE + SHERIFF Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. SEVEN HEARTS + BIRAHNY LAWRENCE + MONOTREME + NICE BOY TOM Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm. SPLEEN + ROCK MONSTER + TROD Idgaff Bar & Venue, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. STEVE VAI Palais Theatre, St Kilda. 7:00pm. STRAIGHT 8’S + ROCK’A’DEES Lucky 13 Garage, Moorabbin. 8:00pm. $15. SWEET JEAN + MARLON WILLIAMS + THE BLUEBOTTLES Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $14. THE AMENTA + OUROBOROS + RIVER RUNS DRY + RUINS + WHORETOPSY Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $20.

When the lovely folk from the City of Yarra’s Leaps & Bounds Festival asked The Meanies if they’d like to take part in the festivities they of course said “Fuck yeah!” When the lovely folk asked “Where would you like to do the gig?”, The Meanies said, “The Tote, of course!” So here they are, almost 24 years to the day of  the meanies  first ever show which just happened to be at The Tote, and they’re right back where they started. This generation’s Tote lovin’ Meanies would have to be Batpiss so they’re playing too, along with Geelong punks The Kremlings and Jan Juc fuck ups The Dipsticks. It goes down this Friday July 12. THE BASH ARTISTS + MISSION BROWN + SAVIDAS Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. THE BIN NIGHT ROMEOS + ELEPHANT HIDE Tago Mago, Thornbury. 8:00pm. THE GRAND RAPIDS + TENDER BONES Penny Black, Brunswick. 9:30pm. THE MERCY KILLS + KILLSHOT + LA FEMME Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $13. THE POPE’S ASSASSINS + THE D-GRADES + THE STERLINGS + TWINKLE DIGITZ Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 3:00pm. THE STABS + MAD NANNA + WITCH HATS John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. TONE DEAF END OF EXAMS PARTY - FEAT: THE GRISWOLDS + YOUNG MAVERICK Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $13. TTTDC + BATPISS Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 4:00pm.

JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC CANNONBALL Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $25. CLASSICAL PIANO Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 2:00pm. FLAP! + CORAL LEE & THE SILVER SCREAM + THE PERCH CREEK FAMILY JUGBAND The Hi-fi, Melbourne. 8:00pm. $22. GOYIM + ELVIS IN THE HOUSE Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 3:30pm. LEANDA SMITH’S CLASSICAL STRING QUINTET Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $20. MARY MASS & THE ROGER CLARK QUARTET Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 9:00pm. $20. PROJETO INESPERADO Wesley Anne, Northcote. 5:30pm. SHIRAZZ Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. STEVE MAGNUSSON DUO Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. STEVE MAGNUSSON HAMMOND QUARTET Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. THE JULIE O’HARA QUINTET Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $20. YOU & THE COLONIES Wesley Anne, Northcote. 3:00pm.

ACOUSTIC, COUNTRY, BLUES & FOLK BAKERSFIELD GLEE CLUB Union Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. BEN SMITH & THE NOISE DIARY CHAPTER Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. BOHEMIAN NIGHTS Northcote Town Hall, Northcote. 10:00am. COLLARD GREENS & GRAVY Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. DAVY SIMONY + GRETTA ZILLER + JESS PALMER Chandelier Room, Moorabbin. 8:00am. $10. FIONA BOYES ELECTRIC TRIO Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:30pm. FRENCH FOLLIES The Luwow, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. HEYMUS Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. MATT GLASS Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 6:00pm. MOOSEJAW RIFLE CLUB Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 9:00pm. PHIL PARA Elsternwick Hotel, Elwood. 9:00pm. SUNSHINE HARVESTER + MATTHEW ERIKSON + THE STEPH BRETT BAND Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 8:00pm. THE BREADMAKERS Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 9:30pm. THE CARAVAN LOUNGE PARTY - FEAT: ROHAN HAMMIT + TRACEY MILLER & THE LOUNGE LIZARDS Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. THE CHRIS WILSON BAND + SARAH CARROLL & HER PSYCHEDELIC WILDMEN The Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 8:00pm. $25. THE PHEASANT PLUCKERS + DJ ANTO MANTOOTH Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. THE POWERHOUSE BLUES BAND Union Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. THOMAS DYLAN + BRYCE BRONSTEIN + MEEKO Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10. VANESSA CRAVEN + FAT CHANCE Bridge Hotel, Castle-

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ACCESS ALL AGES Wednesday July 10th, 2013 With Claire Barley

WATT’S ON PRESENTS: A FIRE IN THE MASTER’S HOUSE IS SET THE STABS Much loved long lost local lads The Stabs are returning for a one-off show to promote the release of both of their albums on vinyl, soon to be released through Homeless Records. Having toured with the likes of Mudhoney and Lubricated Goat, as well as joining the bill for All Tomorrow’s Party with The Saints, The Bad Seeds and The Dirty Three, The Stabs made a name for themselves locally and internationally before quietly disappearing – until now. This one-off show is taking place this Saturday July 13 at the John Curtin Hotel. maine. 8:30pm. $15. WET LIPS + NUN OF THE TONGUE Great Britain Hotel, Richmond. 9:00pm.

SUNDAY JUL 14 INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS P!NK + THE KIN Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. 7:30pm. $80. A DAY TO REMEMBER + DREAM ON DREAMER + OF MICE & MEN Festival Hall, West Melbourne. 8:00pm. $72. BENNY WALKER (FAREWELL SHOW) + DAMON SMITH & THE QUALITY LIGHTWEIGHTS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $15. CAITY FOWLER + SOPHIA + TOM DICKINS Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 2:00pm. $10. CAMP CAMP REVOLUTION (FAREWELL SHOW) + MIMI VELEVSKA Workers Club, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. $5. CLINT BODGE + DALE WINTERS + TEN THOUSAND Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $15. DIRTY RATS + BETTERTHANONE + FORMOSA + LACE & WHISKEY Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. GOBLIN Billboard, Melbourne Cbd. 7:06pm. JAMIE HAY + DONNIE DUREAU + GRACE LAWRY Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 3:00pm. JONNY CRAIG Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully. 8:30pm. LA DISPUTE + FEAR LIKE US + PIANOS BECOME THE TEETH Corner Hotel, Richmond. 7:30pm. $35. NEW ESTATE + DUSKEN LIGHTS + GUY BLACKMAN Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. $8. NIGEL WEARNE & THE CAST IRON PROMISES + BILL JACKSON Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. SWIMMING & NAOMI KEYTE + NAOMI KEYTE + SWIMMING + BANOFFEE Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 1:30pm. $8. THE MIGRATIONS Fox Hotel, Collingwood. 4:00pm. THE NEVER EVER (THE HOODIE WEATHER TOUR) + A SLEEPLESS MELODY + NINE SONS OF DAN + WAY WITH WORDS + WITH CONFIDENCE Wrangler Studios, Footscray . 8:00pm. THE WIKIMEN Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 4:00pm. TRAVELLER & FORTUNE + COLOURWHEEL + OLIVER’S ARMY Workers Club, Fitzroy. 1:30pm. $8. VULTURES OF VENUS (SINGLE LAUNCH) + SKYSCRAPER STAN & THE COMMISION FLATS + TEQUILA MOCKINGBYRD + THE HEROINES Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 7:00pm.

JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC ACLAND COURT MUSIC Acland Court, 12:00pm. BLACK JESUS EXPERIENCE The Horn African Music Lounge, Collingwood. 6:00pm. EAMON & DUDI PROJECT + CURIOUS FINGERS Open Studio, Northcote. 6:00pm. ELVIS IN THE HOUSE + DUO SEVERINI Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 1:00pm. JADE LEONARD + STEVE SEDERGREEN Baker Street Studio, Burwood. 4:30pm. $40. THE CASSETTES Thornbury Local, Thornbury. 5:00pm. THE DALE RYDER BAND + BAD BOYS BATUCADA + MS BUTT Espy, St Kilda. 5:30pm. THE DAVE REX QUARTET Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15.

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JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC

ALL AGES TIMETABLE

Funny, offbeat and penis-free since Wednesday June 5, Watt’s On has established its now legendary place in the Melbourne music scene. Watt’s On will be presenting a killer lineup set to tear through The Toff In Town like Dan Watt tears through social etiquette and basic politeness. With a band name very likely to be found in Dan Watt’s recent search history, Drunk Mums are for many the best thing that has happened to Australian rock’n’roll in a long time. The band share the ability to combine brash yet melodic song structure that entreats the audience to boogie. Playing alongside Drunk Mums will be Bad News Toilet and APES. The Toff In Town tonight, Wednesday July 10.

ACOUSTIC, COUNTRY, BLUES & FOLK

ACOUSTIC, COUNTRY, BLUES & FOLK

ANGRY ANDERSON & JAMES SOUTHWELL + STONE REVIVAL Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 5:00pm. $15. BACKWOOD CREATURES Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. BRILLIG + THE LITTLE SISTERS Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 4:00pm. COLLEGE FALL Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 3:00pm. GREENS DAIRY ANGEL ENSEMBLE Great Britain Hotel, Richmond. 8:30pm. HORNS OF LEROY The B.east, Brunswick East. 9:00pm. IVORY JUNCTION The Wharf Hotel, Melbourne. 1:00pm. JAM SUNDAYS Musicland, Fawkner. 5:00pm. JANET ROSS FAHEY Sandbelt Club Hotel, Moorabbin. 3:00pm. JESS LOCKE 303, Northcote. 3:00pm. KING LUCHO Sporting Club Hotel, Brunswick. 6:00pm. LARGE NO 12S Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. LESLIE AVRILS’ BASTILLE BAND + MARTY KELLY & THE WEEKENDERS Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 5:30pm. LINDSAY FIELD + GLYN MASON + SAM SEE Royal Oak Hotel, Fitzroy North. 4:00pm. LITTLE SECRETS Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 7:30pm. NICE BOY TOM Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. PHIL PARA Bay Hotel, Mornington. 3:00pm. SOUTHERN LIGHTING Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 2:00pm. $5. STEPHEN CUMMINGS Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 4:30pm. THE CARTRIDGE FAMILY Union Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. THE GOSPEL BELLES The Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 3:15pm. $25. THE MARGIE LOU TRIO + GIL ASKEY Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 3:30pm. THE MICK PEALING DUO Oscars Of Essendon, Essendon. 8:00pm. THE MOHAWK LODGE Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 8:30pm. THE NUDGEL Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 4:00pm. THE ROYAL JELLY DIXIELAND BAND Penny Black, Brunswick. 6:00pm. THE TAYLOR PROJECT + TINKER MOUSTACHA Tago Mago, Thornbury. 5:00pm. THE TIN MEN TRIO Wesley Anne, Northcote. 4:00pm. TULLY ON TULLY + CATCH RELEASE + SUSY BLUE Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. $5.

ACOUSTIC SESSION - FEAT: DUB DEMENTIA + GEORGIA MAQ + XEN HAVALES Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. BLUEGRASS JAM NIGHT Sporting Club Hotel, Brunswick. 7:00pm. CHERRY JAM Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 6:30pm. PORT PHILLIP GILGAMESH READINGS Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 7:30pm. SONGWRITER SESSIONS - FEAT: BILL MORRIS + DAVID COSMA Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $5. THE BOYS Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. THE PIERCE BROTHERS + ADAM HYNES + RATTLIN’ BONES BLACKWOOD Espy, St Kilda. 8:30pm. WHITAKER + GABRIEL LYNCH + NICK BASITRAS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. $10.

MONDAY JUL 15 INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS MONDAY NIGHT MASS - FEAT: HOME TRAVEL + ASSAD + J AMIR Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 6:00pm. THREE’S A CROWD - FEAT: PIONEERS OF GOOD SCIENCE + CLAVIANS + TOYOTA WAR Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm.

JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC LEBOWSKIS - FEAT: CALLUM G’FROERER TRIO + FELIX WATSON QUINTET 303, Northcote. 9:00pm. $8. ROSS HANNAFORD’S LONG WEEKEND Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 8:30pm. THE ALLAN BROWNE TRIO Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15.

TUESDAY JUL 16 INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS

ATM15 The Playroom, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. HI-FI LOUNGE LIZARDS Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 9:00pm. NEWBOP SEXTET + COMTE + MACAULAY + REARDON Gertrudes Brown Couch, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $10. OZARK Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. $14. PETER BAYLOR’S ULTRAFOX Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 7:30pm. SWEET ADE Open Studio, Northcote. 8:00pm. THE FRAN SWINN TRIO Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15.

ACOUSTIC, COUNTRY, BLUES & FOLK CLEO HOWMAN Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. COLLAGE Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. DAN LETHERBRIDGE Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. HOWLIN’ WIND Malthouse Theatre, Southbank. 8:00pm. $40. MELBOURNE FRESH INDUSTRY SHOWCASE Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. $15. OPEN MIC Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. THE BRUNSWICK HOTEL DISCOVERY NIGHT - FEAT: SOUTHBOUND SNAKE CHARMERS + DOUBLE SHOT BLUES BAND + SAMMY OWEN BLUES BAND Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm.

Friday 12 July FIRED UP! Hip hop and breaking dance tournament, Springvale Town Hall, 397 Springvale road, Springvale, 7pm, $10, 97932155, AA. FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands- Heat 2 w/ Ocean Grove, Narre Warren Community Learning Centre, 1 Malcolm Crt, Narre Warren, 6.15pm, presale $10, door $12, 9705 5200, AA. Oxygen Youth Facility Launch w/ live entertainment, Oxygen Youth Facility, 4-8 Gaffney st, Coburg North, 5.30pm, free, 93896832, AA.

FREE VENUE HIRE - Fully stocked bar - Huge capacity, whole venue or partial. Call Jesse 0411 803 579

BATTLE OF THE BANDS. Registration now, starts Wednesday the 28th Dec and every Wednesday after for 8 week. First prize: recording time in a studio. Call Jesse 0411 803 579

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Wednesday 10 July FReeZA Push Start Battle of The Bands, Dakers Centre, cnr Smith and Watt Streets, Leongatha, 3pm, price TBC, 5662 5150, AA. Urban Art Workshops, Torquay Chrisitan Fellowship Youth Centre, 25 Grossmans Rd, Torquay, 1pm, free, facebook.com/surfcoastyouth, AA. Thursday 11 July Solid Sound w/ Polo Club, DJ showcases and HipHop performances, Fitzroy Town Hall, Napier st Fitzroy, 6pm, $5, 9426 1455, AA

BANDS/ACTS WANTED for Espy Shows. Shoot an email through to mark@gunnmusic.com.au for more details.

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P!NK + THE KIN Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. 7:30pm. $80. ALIBARTER (TRIP LAUNCH) + HARMONY BYRNE + LESTER THE FIERCE Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. $7. ROGER KNOX + TOBY MARTIN Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:00pm. $20. SAM FAZIO BIRTHDAY INVITATIONAL BENEFIT - FEAT: YIS + BATPISS + CONGRATULATIONS EVERYBODY + KIDS OF ZOO + PLEASURE BOYS + RAYON MOON + SPINNING ROOMS Old Bar, Fitzroy. 6:00pm. $10. THE PATRON SAINTS Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. THREE TIGHT TUESDAYS WITH TIARYN - FEAT: GOSSAMER PRIDE + THANDO + THE DO YO THANGS Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $5.

We’re currently in the I-should-do-the-homework-I’vebeen-neglecting-but-I-probably-won’t phase of the school holidays. Procrastination can really be honed to a fine art form. Some people go to extraordinary lengths to avoid doing homework. I even cleaned my room on many occasions last year during exam period, a task which is often more scary than studying. Resign yourself to the fact you’re not going to do any homework tomorrow and come on down to Fitzroy Town Hall for this year’s final Push FReeZA Summit. The day will include an artist workshop with D at Sea, publicity and marketing with Frances Haysey from Small Talk PR, music career pathways and course info, hands on workshops for guitar and PA set up, and networking opportunities. By networking opportunities I mean you can come meet my fabulousness, not to mention that lunch will be provided. If you decide to come down, make sure you contact us on 9380 1277 or head to thepush.com.au to register first. Or else we’ll refuse you entry and have security ruff you up.* The excitement continues with the launching of a brand new youth facility in Moreland. Oxygen Youth Facility is located on Gaffney street and will open it’s doors for the first time on Friday. To celebrate, the lovely people at Moreland Youth Services have organised bands, DJs, food and other entertainment, giving attendees the chance to check the place out. Full details are listed below. Looking forward to seeing some all ages gigs at this swanky new place in the near future! Written a song recently? Entries are still open for this year’s second round of Push Songs, a song writing mentoring program run here at The Push. Successful applicants will get to participate in 3 mentoring sessions to workshop their very own tunes. Mentors include Charles Jenkins, Jen Cloher, Ashley Naylor (Even), Sarah Carroll (Git, The Junes) and Producer/ Mixer/Engineer Jimi Maroudas (Kimbra/The Living End/Eskimo Joe). The program is a great opportunity to get face to face, practical advice from industry professionals. Not to mention the fact that program coordinator Charles Jenkins has about 20 years experience in the world of music and is a great guy. To register, head to thepush.com.au or email Charles at pushsongs@thepush.com.au. Applications close July 19. Maybe after you’ve jumped on your computer and applied you can start that holiday homework. Or maybe not. *Not really.

FLAUNT IT. Internationally acclaimed producer of profeminist erotica looking for confident, adult women to smash the stereotypes and earn good money ($400 and up). Don’t overlook this til you’ve found out more about it. Jessica 9495 6555 or www.feck.com. WE WANT EVERYONE Promoters, Bands, DJs - Revitalised bar, The Barley Corn, has reopened its doors 7 days a week and we want YOU. Call Jesse 0411 803 579

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Saturday 13 July Hoodie Weather w/ The Never Ever, Nine Sons of Dan, A Sleepless Melody, Way With Words and With Confidence, Wrangler Studios, 8C Whitely Parade, West Footscray, 2pm, $20.40, oztix.com. au, AA. Sunday 14 July A Day to Remember w/ Dream On Dreamer and Of Mice and Men, Festival Hall, 300 Dudley St, West Melbourne, time TBC, $71.70, AA. Westall Refugee Celebration w/ FLYBZ and Inspirie, Westall Primary School, 17 Fairbank Rd, Clayton South, 4:30pm, free, 1300 369 436, AA. Tuesday 16 July Acoustic Open Mic night, Musicland, 1359 Sydney Rd, Fawkner, 7pm, free, musiclandonline.com.au, AA.


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or sing. Most musicians also need to be able to run a business - the business of themselves. So along with the musicianship and the performance skills come a range of skills in time and personal management, financial management and law, marketing, promotions and publicity. These are core skills no less important than being able to play well if they are to be successful.

Firstly, where is your campus located? Collarts is located at 55 Brady Street South Melbourne, right on the edge of Melbourne’s creative industries and entertainment precinct.

Finally, Collarts students will benefit from meeting a range of music industry professions during their course. This exposes them to the true depth and breadth of the industry and helps them begin to form a range of industry contacts.

Why should prospective students around the country consider studying at Collarts? We’re located in Melbourne which is fast becoming the heart of the Australian entertainment and music industry, where the opportunities for exposure are boundless. Collarts prides itself on producing industry ready graduates, young musicians, producers and managers who have the skills, experience and confidence to join the music or entertainment industries and create a career. Our students learn through a practical approach that combines the use of state-of-the-art equipment and access to teachers and trainers who have themselves maintained their industry connections. At Collarts it’s really important for us to encourage students to creatively express themselves and create the ideal learning environment to help them pursue what they love. What skills can students hope to acquire from the Contemporary Music Performance degree? There are four things that a Collarts student can expect to gain from their studies. Firstly, Collarts trains its students to be musicians and musical. A Collarts student should be able to perform in any style or genre when asked. While all students have their favourite style or genre, the secret to establishing a career in the industry is being competent, flexible and willing to work when work is offered. The second aspect, is their skills as a vocalist or instrumentalist. Our students are confident performers on their instrument. Some will also develop skills in songwriting, composition and music production. The third aspect is less obvious but as important as being able to play. A careers as a musician is far more complicated than just being able to play an instrument

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What kind of positions or roles will graduates be qualified to work in? Many students use their studies as a foundation to the career they dream of as performers, songwriters and producers. Developing these aspects of an individuals career will take some time following graduation. In the meantime our graduates will be working with a variety of bands or as a soloist. Some graduates will join organisations in the industry working in production or management , while others will look to develop a teaching practice or continue on with further musical studies. How is the music performance course structured? The Contemporary Music Performance degree is a two year course. It combines academic studies with solo and ensemble performance activities. Fundamentally it is a practical hands on course, where students have the ability to select from a range of electives that can provide either increasing specialisation or added industry awareness. Who are the teachers for this course and are there any guest lecturers involved? The Collarts team is led by Dr Raf Marcellino, an awarded composer and musician. The program leaders include Dr Paul Doornbusch and Gene Shill, who are noted specialists in their respective fields and are internationally renown. Supporting these three College leaders are a range of specialist trainers in a variety of instruments and vocal training, songwriting, composition and music production including Mark Amato, Jonathan Zion, Duncan Kinnell amongst notable others. Any specific projects or productions students will have the opportunity to participate in throughout the duration of the course? Students will be involved in a series of live performance

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showcases, the creation of video clips and other activities that bring together performance, production and management. Studio gear and facilities available for learning and production? The heart of the Collarts production facility lies in its DigiDesign Icon equipped studios. Abelton, ProTools and Logic DAW’s are used. The sound labs are Mac equipped and the production and back line are from leading manufacturers including Fender, Yamaha, Kawai, Soundcraft, Mackie, Ampeg, Roland, Shure, Sennheiser and Neumann. Points of difference between other music performance course providers and Collarts? The Collarts Industry Placement unit commences during the second year of the degree program is especially valuable to students. During this unit students get to spend real time working in the industry alongside professionals or being mentored by leading players and performers. Preparing industry ready graduates requires students to spend some meaningful time working in and not just on the industry. Payment options: Collarts is a FEE Help approved institution meaning that some or all of your fees can be deferred until your course is complete. Open day: August 24th, 10am to 3pm.

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LIVE DICK DIVER Friday July 5, The Corner Hotel “If it’s not Twerps it’s not for me,” a friend of mine is fond of saying before putting the self-titled debut album on to repeat play. Friday night proved this statement true and Twerps went very close to overshadowing the headliner, who had ignored the age old rule of only booking mediocre support acts to ensure they look good. They delivered a beautiful set of muddy, muddled jangle pop. I fear they will never be famous but they will always be quality, the upside is if they never make it big they will continue playing The Corner. The crowd, all high-fringes and beards, were certainly grateful, welcoming the new material that the band tried out. Quality stuff. Loose but not lazy, Dick Diver’s brand of guitar-pop is a summer road trip, arm hanging out the window as you head to the beach. They are all in 100 other bands but when Rupert Edwards, Alistair McKay, Steph Hughes and Al Montfort get together they are more than the sum of their parts. Dick Diver are just getting better and better, Calender Days is an even stronger album than their first, New Start Again, and they play it brilliantly live. The scruffy, shambolic vibe of their playing, almost casual,

with alternating vocal duties, induces a dreamy, hypnotic relaxedness and their set barrelled by in the blink on an eye. Head Back was a standout, Al Montfort has toned-down his frontman act from Golden Plains, letting their songs rather than his swagger be the centre of attention, and his bodgie, blowie sax solos are a highlight. Anyone that sings about Wobbies World and Gumbaya Park is okay with me, they have only just released their second record and I can’t wait for a third. If it’s not the Twerps and Dick Diver it’s not for me. JACK FRANKLIN

Photos by Charles Newbury LOVED: The lineup. HATED: Nout. DRANK: Tins of Guinness.

DEAFWISH Friday July 5, The Public Bar The Public Bar was relatively full for a five band bill with an 8pm start and openers Cuntz were able to play to more than just the bar staff. The four-piece deal in noisy dirge-filled punk that moves from a slow and evil lurch to an aggressive assault in a split second. Think Pissed Jeans meets Flipper meets Jesus Lizard. Bloody Hammer were next up on the lineup. These guys walk a path that is well worn but not without bringing their own flare and gusto to the table. Singer Yeap’s intensity drives the whole machine and he’s an impressive front man to watch. It’s reliable '80s street punk but Tristan Clark’s lead guitar work adds some nice texture into the mix. There’s a sense of urgency to Chicago three-piece Daylight Robbery’s songs, characterised not only by the relentless rhythms but also by Christine Wolf’s vocals, which have a persevering intensity and frantic quality to them. The male/female vocal interplay between Christine and guitarist David Wolf contrasts nicely, discordant at times then coming together in perfect synchronization. While Daylight Robbery’s sound is steeped predominantly in late '70s punk, there are post punk leanings in the riffs and David Wolf’s guitar work finds an excellent balance between intricately angular and solid punk riffage. Taking the feel of the night in a different direction altogether, White Walls got up to do their thing. Quickly erecting a wall of sound, White Walls are consummate professionals who deliver lush post grunge/shoegaze goodness with razor sharp

precision. There’s little fan fare, little crowd interaction, just heavy, all engulfing riffs that you have to let yourself become lost in, as there is the tendency for the whole set to morph into one long song – which could be wearisome for some. Deafwish play rarely but when they do, it is always spectacular – tonight is no different. The individual band members are all equally explosive on stage and there is a reckless and wild energy that makes Deafwish a force to be reckoned with. The spiky guitar work and collective vocal power on display make tonight’s set raw and unhinged, feedback wails, bodies flail and Deafwish remind Melbourne just how a good rock show should be delivered. KRYSTAL MAYNARD

LOVED: That two guys decided to slam dance to the opening band. HATED: Nothing of note. DRANK: Liquids.

BALL PARK MUSIC Friday July 5, The Forum It was a smorgasbord of fresh Australian talent at The Forum. The venue was packed out with fans keen to celebrate the life so far of headliners Ball Park Music, and were also treated with support from up-and-coming acts Eagle And The Worm, and Jeremy Neale. A fantastic show of support for these first bands, the room was almost full from the start and the crowd was dancing along to Neale’s hits A Love Affair to Keep You There and In Stranger Times as well as the Eagle’s Give Me Time, all favourites from the radio play they’ve been receiving of late via triple j’s Unearthed. Then it was onto ABBA – sorry, Ball Park Music. With the help of Abba. An entire song from Abba. At first, a little confusing but soon obvious to the tour’s Thank Ewes theme that Thank You For The Music would open their set. First song to welcome fans back to the BPM catalogue with that killer riff from Bad Taste Blues Pt. 2. Frontman Sam Cromack’s vocals were crisp and clean, to the point and on key. A fine example of musicianship. Straight into song number two and it was another favourite, Surrender off 2012’s Museum album. A laidback, wistful track, it swept the audience back into the balmy nights of summer. It was either that or dance just a little harder on this slightly cool evening. And dance the next song promoted – dedicated specially to a fan called Cam, the track saw BPM get fresh and funky before dropping the Mmmbop bomb – yes, the Hanson one. An unusual choice, if you weren’t at all familiar with the funloving tomfoolery of BPM. The hits kept coming with All I Want Is You, older track Happy Healthy Citizen Of The Developed Beat Magazine Page 50

World Blues, a vulnerable and striking solo piano rendition of Coming Down, sing-a-long favourite Sad Rude Future Dude, feel-good crowd favourite It’s Nice To Be Alive and Fence Sitter. There were a couple of newies thrown in for good measure – Teenager Pie or Don’t You Know That This Is Love and This Is All You Get (name TBC) and The Next Life Already – and it felt like they could have played forever to this crowd. Behind Cromack, the rest of the band proved their worth with some awesome solos and stellar backing vocals from bassist Jennifer Boyce. The crowd felt the love and gave it right back – a suitable state of affairs of the “Thank Ewes” tour. JEN WILSON

LOVED: Hit after hit after hit. HATED: Remembering the words to Mmmbop. DRANK: Wine.

YOU AM I Sunday July 7, The Forum Tim Rogers completes his final windmill, thanks the audience one more time and takes a bow with his collected band members. His voice is coarse, touchingly faint like there’s very little left in the tank, but full of love for the crowd that he has cheekily goaded all night long. The house lights soon come up while the crowd – confident for at least a few seconds that You Am I will return for another encore – shuffle out onto Flinders Street with beaming eyes and new classic memories. Some true diehards are mentally crossing off lists of ‘things to do before death’, others are lapping up the merchandise. There are the staple t-shirts of new and reprinted designs, along with lush repackaging of the band’s first three albums, those being a tie-in to the current tour where they play two of those early albums in their entirety. And elsewhere, a limited edition beer – Brew Am I – can be found at boutique bottle shops and pubs. Someone in YAI’s camp has just read up on branding synergy, it would seem. It may have taken them over two decades, but the business of You Am I is booming. But we’ve gotten way ahead of ourselves, let’s rewind to the start of the show. The only of four Melbourne gigs not to sell out, Sunday’s crowd is afforded a sliver more breathing room – or what Rogers would consider to prime real estate dancing space – and the mood is noticeably low key. Perhaps it’s down to the end of the weekend, or the biting rain outside, or the possibility that more than a few in the audience have already seen the band three times this week, but the opening chords of Hourly Daily (both the song and the album) are met with just above the minimum of enthusiasm. Rogers’ voice sounds strained and cold – he’s had a big week, after all – but the cello and keys pick up the slack. Or maybe the crowd hold back because they’re saving their freak-out for the one-two punch of Good Mornin’ and Mr Milk, which bloom amidst the twin guitars and Rusty’s rolling tom drums. It doesn’t take much longer for the band to lock in – rounded out by the stolid Andy Kent on bass, doing his reliable-as-ever John Entwistle impersonation – and only slightly more time to present their claim as one of the best live band of the ‘90s. Lord, even the lo-fi projections look like they were stole from an episode of Recovery, making the nostalgia trip complete. Rogers is aware of the album’s criticisms over its length, forming one of many self-deprecating banter moments that pepper the night. And yeah,

you could probably lose a few tracks and no one would cry foul. But if this isn’t your favourite You Am I album, there are still enough favourite tracks to keep the momentum going. To say the album still sounds fresh would be a tough pill, because at its 1996 release it already sounded like a respectful, suburban Australian approximation of The Who, The Kinks and The Rolling Stones (both in their pure pop and more conceptual configurations). But tonight the performances still pack plenty of punch, the tales remain relevant and the choruses are made from a titanium alloy. In contrast to the more Baroque leanings of Hourly Daily (with additional keyboards, cello, saxophone and trumpet), Hi Fi Way is stripped back for a punchier sound, and at times Lane retreats to leave the stage to the long-lasting trio of Rogers, Hopkinson and Kent. I’ll admit that I’ve listened to Hourly Daily more, but Hi Fi Way has the big rock moves, the raucous swagger and the economy to make it a more obvious choice to close the night. That lift in energy comes in handy to counterbalance Rogers’ increasingly confusing banter. At around the two hour mark of the evening, his lascivious comments of sexual prowess shift from charming to grating, but you can forgive a lot after a dual guitar solo or the chorus of Purple Sneakers. Two whole albums played with a short intermission would be accepted by most as good value, but they return once more for a smattering of deep cuts and the regular tour favourite cover of Young Man Blues, allowing for one final prayer at the altar of Pete Townshend. The band’s last album, 2010’s self-titled release, received some of the most consistently positive reviews of their career. You Am I is now in the rare and enviable position of being nostalgia-bathed elder statesmen while also producing quality new material. Ignoring the trough of a few mid-2000 releases, don’t bet against them doing a similar set in 20 years to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their first album. They’ll be like the Stones, but hirsute enough to conceal their leathery faces. MITCH ALEXANDER LOVED: The memories. Oh guys, the memories. HATED: Nothing. Can we write that? DRANK: Not Brew Am I, for some reason.

BEN OTTEWELL Saturday June 29, The Workers Club The coolest singer from Gomez (he’s the one with the gravelly, wood-choppers voice of the alt-indie band’s hits Rosalita and See The World and such) graced the Workers’ stage at the end of last month to play some of the little beauties from his debut solo record, Shapes & Shadows. There wasn’t much fanfare when he appeared, despite my “woo!”, and it turned out we’d have a little bit to wait as he was tuning and so on. He seemed rather particular, going on hand gestures and how the mics were set up. I suppose you would be if you were going to play all by yourself up there. Once Ottewell actually began and that ol’ familiar voice churned itself out of the man’s pasty throat, everyone went sort of starry-eyed and swayed along with the relaxed, repetitive rhythms and sliding melodic hooks. Blackbird and Shapes and Shadows proved excellent vessels for the soar of Ottewell’s pipes, and there were some real Chris Isaak moments amongst Step Right Back, with the guy’s eyebrows flicker-

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raised when the notes got super emotional. But ultimately I was a tad bored after the novelty of seeing this man up so close wore off; his talents are totally manifest (particularly in his guitar playing, which boasts a subtle dynamism in the choices between muted chords and accented notes), but the songs were just a little too acoustic lullaby-driven for this Gomez fan. ZOË RADAS

LOVED: When he sings high. It’s a weird paradox, like Dwayne Johnson eating a soft-serve. HATED: There was a lot of smart guy cologne choking the air, for some reason. DRANK: Some beers.


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