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BILLY BRAGG

After 36 years in music, that icon of English folk rock Billy Bragg is still a work in progress. With an acclaimed new album, a fresh outlook and renewed inspiration, Bragg returns to Australia for his first full band tour in five years an artist revitalised. And this time, it’s personal. Catch him on Thursday March 13 at the Palais Theatre.

BONJAH POND

Pond are set to take Hobo Rocket around the country. Created by Nick Allbrook, Jay Watson, Joseph Ryan, Jamie Terry and Cam Avery, the band’s MO with Hobo Rocket was to capture the intensity and rawness of a Pond live show. Catch Pond at the Corner Hotel on Thursday December 19.

Bonjah announce their return with the infectious new single Blue Tone Black Heart and an accompanying national tour. The acclaimed band have carved a reputation as a captivating must see live act, building a loyal following nationally and playing many sold out shows all over the world. A must see band this summer, catch them at Ding Dong on November 2, support from REMI. For tour dates, tickets and information head to bonjahmusic.com.

ALICIA KEYS

Alicia Keys will bring her Set The World On Fire tour to Australia this December. Alicia Keys has sold more than 1.7 million units in Australia and an excess of 30 million albums worldwide. She also holds the record as the first female R&B artist to have three consecutive #1 album debuts on the Billboard 200 album chart. She’ll be joined on the tour by John Legend. Alicia Keys will play at the Yarra Valley, Rochford Winery on Saturday December 7 and Rod Laver Arena on Sunday December 8. Tickets available through Live Nation.

HELMET

Helmet have locked in a Melbourne headline show. Helmet, fronted by Page Hamilton, have been playing their own brand of heavy music around since 1989, putting their offbeat time signatures and dense chords to tape and releasing seven studio albums and touring the world constantly. Catch ‘em at  The Hi-Fi  on Wednesday December 18.

CALLING ALL CARS

Calling All Cars are back. Calling All Cars have returned with a new single Werewolves, the first official single from the band’s currently untitled third record. They have also announced a seven-date tour. Catch Calling All Cars at Ding Dong Lounge on Saturday October 19.

DAN SULTAN

Following two sold-out shows in Melbourne earlier this year, Dan Sultan has added a second Melbourne show for his upcoming national tour for his Back To Basics solo show. The tour will give his fans the opportunity to hear his inspired collection of new material in its rawest form, played live in a stripped-back and intimate environment. Catch Sultan at the Thornbury Theatre on Saturday November 2 and Monday November 4.

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Lovers of hard rock and sludge rejoice. Celebrating their 30 year anniversary, experimental sludge godfathers Melvins will be hitting Meredith this year, and have also announced a Melbourne sideshow. Catch Melvins at The Hi-Fi on Tuesday December 17.

I OH YOU LAURA IMBRUGLIA

Following on from last year’s hugely popular You’re Lookin’ At Country show, Laura Imbruglia is back again to throw her annual Country Music Gender Bender Revue. In short, the premise of the night is this:  Men sing country songs made famous by women. Women sing country songs made famous by men. Performers and audience alike are encouraged to dress in their best country drag. All proceeds from the night will go to Do It In A Dress/One Girl, a charity which raises money to send girls in Sierra Leone to school. It goes down at The Spotted Mallard on Saturday October 5.

Melbourne-based label and tour company I Oh You turns four this year – and are celebrating by throwing one of their infamous dance parties which are held at unorthodox venues. This one is inside Flagstaff Train Station in the city as part of Melbourne Music Week on Saturday November 16. Performing are Yacht Club DJs, Gold Fields, Northeast Party House, City Calm Down, Neon Love (doing a one-off reunion show), SNKDKTL DJs, Indian Summer and Acolyte. Tickets for the party on Saturday November 16 at Flagstaff Train Station are available via moshtix.com.au.

Missy Higgins has been added to A Show For Casey. Casey Tutungi’s heartbreaking story has been heard and felt across the country. Fundraising efforts are still crucial to support the 28 year old in receiving the care required after his horrific football accident and resulting spinal injury. Casey and his partner, Bridget, are also preparing for the arrival of their first baby. Playing alongside her are You Am I Allstars, Something for Kate’s Paul Dempsey, Regurgitator, Lisa Mitchell, Magic Dirt’s Adalita, The Bamboos, Dan Sultan and Yacht Club DJs. It takes place on Sunday September 29 at Simonds Stadium.

AWME

Following last week’s epic announcement of global roots artists, the Australian World Music Expo have followed up with the second announcement of artists on this year’s bill. Joining the likes of Melbourne Ska Orchestra and The Orbweavers will be Barefoot Divas, a collaboration of Australia’s most acclaimed female indigenous singer/songwriters with their New Zealand and Papua New Guinea sisters; psychedelic western pop band The Twin Beasts (formerly The Toot Toot Toots), reggae outfit Sons of Zion, Jeff Lang, Richard Frankland & The Charcoal Club, alt-country leaders Sweet Jean, The Cactus Channel, Admiral Fallow, Mzaza, Loryzine, Nahuatl Sound System and Mark Vanilau. AWM will run from Thursday November 14 – Sunday November 17 at the Arts Centre. Tickets are available through awme.com.au.

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The Ape have announced their first east coast tour. Comprised of Raul Sanchez, Pat Bourke, Gus Agars and the mighty Tex Perkins, The Ape are set to release their self-titled debut album on Friday October 4. Catch’ em at Ding Dong on Friday October 11.

After blowing our hats off the other week with a stellar first announcement, The Falls Music & Arts Festival have just followed it up with a second. Joining the likes of Chet Faker, Grizzly Bear, MGMT and The Roots up in Lorne over New Years will be: indie songstress Emma Louise, Sydney hip hop duo Horrorshow, Brissy boys The Hungry Kids Of Hungary, guitar great Johnny Marr, Sydney ‘dreamwaver’ Oliver Tank, Melbourne indie-folksters The Paper Kites, triple j favourites The Rubens, hip hop funksters Thundamentals, Sydney screamers Violent Soho and, last but not least, Philidelphia four-piece The War On Drugs. The Falls Music & Arts Festival takes place in three locations this year: Lorne, Marion Bay and new addition Byron Bay.

THE GOOCH PALMS

This October, Newcastle duo The Gooch Palms will be embarking on a national tour in promotion of their debut album, NOVO’S. Inspired by the definition of ‘novo’ — a word used to describe the actions, attitudes, beliefs and dispositions of apathetic and lazy people — The Gooch Palms recently released the first single from their album, We Get By, a song spurred by the news footage of The Star Hotel riots of ‘79 in Newcastle, an era from which band members Leroy MacQueen and Kat Friend emerged. With a lo-fi sound that is richly infused with pop sensibility and rock, The Gooch Palms have been lauded as the next Savage Garden of Australia. The Gooch Palms will perform at The Tote on Friday October 4.

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The Paper Kites want their fans to become involved in their latest clip. The idea for the video clip involves photographing hundreds of unique looking faces, each person shot multiple times in a variety of facial poses, replicating various mouth shapes in accordance with the lyrics. Using the almighty power of stop motion animation - they will then cycle through 500+ people who, when edited together, will sing the song. Recent clips for The Paper Kites have reached over three million views each. To get involved or for more information, please send an email to oyw.studio@gmail.com with the subject â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paper Kitesâ&#x20AC;? with your availability, date and time (the shoot will take up to an hour of your time), a photo of you (attached photo or a link to Facebook) and your contact number. The shoot dates will take place between Tuesday September 10 - Sunday September 15.

Returning to Australia after selling outs shows in 2011, Ghostpoet is back to exhibit his innovative wordplay and electrifying live show.  Ghostpoetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career all started with Gilles Peterson taking a chance on him and within a year, that risk paid off. Ghostpoetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debut album Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam  marked him as one of the most distinct, uncategorisable voices to emerge in British music scene and it was rewarded with a surprise Mercury Prize nomination in 2011. Joining Ghostpoet will be Oscar Key Sung, who besides being a complete heartthrob is a refreshingly spacious producer delivering buoyant performances and a sumptuous voice that harkens back to a classic lineage of hearton-sleeve R&B front men. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all happening at  the Corner Hotel  on Saturday September 14. We have some double passes to give away.

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Kieran Ryan, songwriter and one half of now split indie rock duo Kid Sam, will celebrate the release of his debut solo album earlier this year with a show this weekend. Kieran writes honest songs of a simple structure, but with themes of significance: compositions of our place in the world and the passing of time with Morrisseyesque melancholia. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll hit The Workers Club on Saturday September 14 and we have a double pass to give away.

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Wisconsin outfit  Volcano Choir will be heading to Australia in November for Harvest. The trek Down Under comes in support of the release of the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest record, Repave, which was released last Friday August 30. Harvest 2013 also features the likes of Massive Attack, Franz Ferdinand, Goldfrapp and more. The Melbourne leg of Harvest 2013 takes place on Sunday November 10 at Werribee Park.

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On Sunday January 12 So Frenchy So Chic in the Park returns to the rolling green lawns of Werribee Mansion. Bring a picnic rug, pick up a gourmet hamper, stretch out with something sparkling or kick off your shoes for some barefoot dancing on the grass. Let’s meet the musical guests, especially selected for maximum joie de vivre. While Lou Doillon might be considered French pop royalty (daughter of Jane Birkin, half-sister of Charlotte Gainsbourg), the acclaim for her debut album, Places, has proven the former model is seriously talented in her own right. The recent Best Female Artist winner at the French Grammys writes and sings heartfelt folk-pop about love, regret and obsession. The duo of Lilly Wood & the Prick already have a huge fan base, with their playful and intelligent pop seeing their debut album go gold twice and win them the Best New Act award at the French Grammys. As instantly memorable and brilliant as their songs are, it’s their live presence that sets this pair apart, playing to over 600,000 fans at Olympia and the biggest French music festivals. By now, Féfé probably needs no introduction to Australian world music audiences – the soulful troubadour was the clear crowd favourite of So Frenchy So Chic in the Park in 2012 and WOMADelaide in 2011. Whether he’s playing it cool or dancing up a storm, Féfé always seduces audiences with his sheer talent, undeniable charisma and unstoppable energy. Last but by no means least, making a triumphant return to the Australian stage after its knockout 2010 WOMADelaide gig is Babylon Circus, the ten-piece ska and rock band from Lyon. Singing in French and English, and mixing some raucous punk and swing into their epic sound, this energetic and theatrical group never fails to get people up and dancing – sometimes even on the stage. Visit sofrenchysochic.com.au for more details.

Melbourne Music Week has dropped their first round announcement for the 2013 event, and goddamn is it something special. In celebrating Melbourne as a city of music, the program reveals that over 75 per cent of MMW artists are from Victoria. The Melbourne Recital Centre will host a one-off performance from the internationally acclaimed collaboration between Pantha du Prince and The Bell Laboratory. Pantha du Prince will bring a mesmerising symphony of electronics, percussion and bells.  Presented in association with the Goethe Institut, this remarkable show will also feature a support performance by German producer Oval, widely regarded as the godfather of glitch.  MMW’s opening night will feature local acts Montero and Boomgates supporting New Zealand’s The Bats and US indie rockers Sonny & the Sunsets. The much-loved Label Series will return with three shows in unique city locations. In a festival highlight, I Oh You will take over Flagstaff Train Station on Saturday November 16 with an all-local lineup featuring Yacht Club DJs, Gold Fields, Northeast Party House, City Calm Down, SNKDKTL and more. Following on from 2011’s KUBIK Melbourne, and 2012’s Where?House; 2013’s ‘The Residence’ offers a dynamic, purpose-built venue at Birrarung Marr. Created in collaboration with the People’s Market, The Residence will feature video mapping, light installations, market, food and entertainment offerings as well as an exciting music program each day and night of the festival. The Residence will be curated by 18 leading industry players, including Mistletone, Modular, The Operatives and Polyester Records (who are celebrating their 30th anniversary). Also featuring on the first announcement are Nosaj Thing, Jonwayne and a Modular presents evening with Canyons, Daniel Boyd, Roland Tings, Standish/Carlyon, Andras Fox, Shining Bird and Club Mod DJs. Melbourne Music Week 2013 will run from Friday November 15 - Sunday November 24 all around Melbourne. Visit their website for more information and tickets.

2 for 1 main meals available between noon - 10pm monday and before 6pm other weekdays. Wednesday 11th September

Simply Acoustic 7:00pm, Free, Band Room Thursday 12th September

Wild Comforts 6:00pm, Free, Front Bar

Maeflower 8:00pm, $7, band room

Wednesday

Mrs Smith’s Trivia 7pm

Friday 13th September

Ben Carr Trio 6:00pm, free, front bar

Christopher Coleman + Sophie Elliott + Marlon Williams

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Brooke Russell 6pm

8:00pm, $10 pre sale/$12 Door, band room Saturday 14th September

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All Day Fritz

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Pavement Serenaders 6:00pm, Free, front bar

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Sunday 15th September

The Edinburgh Hustle

Danny McDonald and D.Rogers

9pm Band Room

3:00pm, $5, Band Room

Rising Tide

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Buck Jnr 5pm

Tottie & the Wanderers 8:00pm, $5, band room Monday 16th September

Moments Notice

Crafty Anne & Friends 7pm $5 Band Room

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INTERNATIONAL PEACE Northcote Social Club September 15, 16 KVELERTAK Corner Hotel September 17 AMANDA PALMER & THE GRAND THEFT ORCHESTRA The Forum September 20 HUGO RACE FATALISTS The Workers Club September 20 CORY BRANNAN The Reverence Hotel September 20 LAMB OF GOD, MESHUGGAH Festival Hall September 22 UK SUBS The Bendigo September 26 FOALS Palace Theatre September 26, 27 SWERVEDRIVER Corner Hotel September 28 RIHANNA Rod Laver Arena September 30 STEVEN WILSON Billboard October 2 DISCLOSURE Prince Bandroom October 2 THE CULT Festival Hall October 5 ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES Corner Hotel October 5, 6 BRING ME THE HORIZON Festival Hall October 9 WOLF MAIL Northcote Social Club October 10 T.I., AKON Festival Hall October 10 MELBOURNE FESTIVAL Various Venues October 11 - 27 DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT The Palace October 13 COSMO JARVIS Northcote Social Club October 15 KATCHAFIRE The Hi-Fi October 19 EVERY TIME I DIE Corner Hotel October 20 LORDE Corner Hotel October 21,22 BEYONCÉ Rod Laver Arena October 22, 23, 25, 26 CHERRYFEST November 24 Cherry Bar BEHEMOTH The Espy October 25 FALL OUT BOY Festival Hall October 26 THE CRIBS Ding Dong Lounge October 26 ATP: RELEASE THE BATS Westgate Entertainment Centre October 26 YELLOWCARD Palace Theatre October 29 LIGHTNING BOLT Corner Hotel October 30 VERONICA FALLS Northcote Social Club October 31 HARVEST November 10 Werribee Park AUSTRALASIAN WORLDWIDE MUSIC EXPO Various Venues November 14 – 17

MELBOURNE MUSIC WEEK Various Venues November 15 - 24 LEONARD COHEN Rod Laver Arena November 20, Bimbadgen Winery November 23 BLACK FLAG Palace Theatre November 22 FLEETWOOD MAC Rod Laver Arena November 26, A Day On The Green November 30 JUSTIN BIEBER Rod Laver Arena December 2, 3 PASSENGER The Palais December 4 METZ Howler December 5 MUSE Laver Arena December 6, 7 BON JOVI Etihad Stadium December 7 VAN’S WARPED TOUR TBA December 7 ALICIA KEYS Rochford Winery December 7, Rod Laver Arena December 8 DEERHUNTER The Hi-Fi December 11 MAC DEMARCO Corner Hotel December 11 NILE RODGERS Billboard December 13 MEREDITH MUSIC FESTIVAL Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre December 13 - 15 TAYLOR SWIFT Etihad Stadium December 14 CITY AND COLOUR Sidney Myer Music Bowl December 14 MELVINS The Hi-Fi December 17 HELMET The Hi-Fi December 18 FALLS FESTIVAL Lorne December 28 - January 1, Marion Bay December 29 - January 1, Byron Bay December 31 - January 3 PARAMORE Sidney Myer Music Bowl January 12 SO FRENCHY SO CHIC Werribee Park January 12 BIG DAY OUT Flemington Racecourse January 24 THE NATIONAL Sidney Myer Music Bowl February 9 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AAMI Park February 15 SOUNDWAVE 2014 Flemington Racecourse February 28 BILLY BRAGG Palais Theatre March 13 BLUESFEST Byron Bay April 17 - 21

NATIONAL THE DRONES The Hi-Fi September 13, 14 THE PAPER KITES Northcote Social Club September

15, The Forum Theatre September 28 TUMBLEWEED The Espy September 21 JINJA SAFARI The Forum September 27 TWELVE FOOT NINJA Ferntree Gully Hotel August 30, Corner Hotel October 4 DEAD LETTER CIRCUS The Hi-Fi August 31 THE FAUVES Corner Hotel August 31 KING PARROT Royal Melbourne Hotel August 31 UNDERGROUNDLOVERS Northcote Social Club August 31 VANCE JOY Corner Hotel September 3 THE GROWL Northcote Social Club September 3 THE CACTUS CHANNEL Northcote Social Club September 5, 6 THE MERCY KILLS The Espy September 6 HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY The Corner Hotel September 6 BIG SCARY The Hi-Fi  September 6 CLOUD CONTROL The Forum September 6 STONEFIELD Ding Dong September 7 TONIGHT ALIVE The Hi-Fi September 11, Billboard September 13 BIGSOUND 2013 Various Venus Brisbane September 11–13 KIERAN RYAN Workers Club September 14 LANIE LANE The Toff In Town September 14 THE ORBWEAVERS Northcote Social Club September 15 DAREBIN MUSIC FEAST Various Venues September 18 - 29 PARKWAY DRIVE Palace Theatre September 21, 22 CALEXICO Athenaeum Theatre September 24, Corner Hotel September 25 THE JOHN STEEL SINGERS Northcote Social Club September 26 PAPA VS PRETTY Howler September 26 SEABELLIES Workers Club September 27 RÜFÜS Corner Hotel September 27 WAY OF THE EAGLE September 27 Ding Dong Lounge THE BASICS Northcote Social Club September 27, 28, Corner Hotel September 29 TIGERTOWN The Workers Club September 28, 29 THE PAPER KITES The Forum September 28 REGURGITATOR The Hi-Fi September 28 A SHOW FOR CASEY Simonds Statium September 29 XAVIER RUDD The Forum October 2, 3 THE HOLIDAYS Northcote Social Club October 3 THE GOOCH PALMS The Tote October 4 THE JUNGLE GIANTS The Hi-Fi October 4, 6 LOON LAKE Howler October 11 THE APE Ding Dong October 11 ELEVENTH HE REACHES LONDON The Evelyn October 12 DEEP SEA ARCADE Corner Hotel October 12 JAE LAFFER The Toff In Town October 12 ADALITA Corner Hotel October 13 OWL EYES Northcote Social Club October 16 LACHY DOLEY Bar 303 October 17 WHITLEY Caravan Music Club October 17, Howler October 18 MATT CORBY Festival Hall October 18 CALLING ALL CARS Ding Dong October 19 ESKIMO JOE Ferntree Gully Hotel October 18, Forum Theatre October 19

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OWL EYES Northcote Social Club.

SPRUNG FESTIVAL Kevin Bartlett Sporting And Recreation Complex October 19 THE TIMBERS The Espy October 22 THE AMITY AFFLICTION The Palace October 22, 23 PAUL DEMPSEY Corner Hotel October 23 EMMA LOUISE Ormond Hall October 25 CREEPSHOW The Espy October 26 PETE CORNELIUS Northcote Social Club October 30 BABY ANIMALS Corner Hotel October 31 DAN SULTAN Thornbury Theatre November 2, 4 BOY & BEAR The Forum  November 2, 3 VIOLENT SOHO Corner Hotel November 4 A DAY ON THE GREEN Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley November 9 JORDIE LANE Thornbury Theatre November 9, Caravan Club November 10 THE PERCH CREEK FAMILY JUGBAND Northcote Social Club November 16 QUEENSCLIFF MUSIC FESTIVAL Princess Park, Queenscliff November 22 - 24 ONE ELECTRIC DAY Werribee Park November 24 POND Corner Hotel December 19 NYE ON THE HILL TBA December 30 - January 1

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THE CAT EMPIRE By Zoë Radas

If it feels like you haven’t heard from The Cat Empire lately, it’s because they’re halfway through the most gigantic tour (80 cities) and are only just bending their steps towards us. They still love Melbourne – Harry Angus just went back to his high school to join a farewell concert for his old trumpet teacher, for God’s sake. Angus also spoke about where the Empire’s Latin mariachi styles fit in to the musical landscape these days, remaining present during a big show, the true source of the live sizzle and how it felt penning a beauty of an AFL club song. “It’s sort of a beg, borrow and steal philosophy,” Angus explains of the sounds he creates with fellow bandmembers Felix Riebl, Will Hull-Brown, Jamshid Khadiwhala, Ollie McGill and Ryan Monro. “We’re not serious Brazilian samba masters or Cuban masters or anything like that. Those traditions are pretty complicated. It’s kind of taking bits of a culture but not necessarily getting them right or doing them better than anyone else. We just take a little spice or flavour of it and everyone recognises it. It’s like Nandos – you know how Nandos only play Latin music? As a teenager I just assumed that Portugal was in South America somewhere. But, it’s not,” he says drily. Angus believes that the band once considered themselves purveyors of that nebulous genre ‘World Music’: “I think at one point we did, more than we do now,” he says. “I think that music from around the world, certainly for me ... that’s a lot of the music that I like to listen to. In a way, it’s like ‘World Music’ is just trying to create an industry for all the music of all the cultures of the world. Because music that is really strongly connected to a culture usually isn’t part of the music industry, as such. You always see Aboriginal music, Indigenous music in the World Music category at the ARIAs. It’s like,” and he whispers in pretend confusion, “well that’s not the world, that’s right here.” A recent show in Rio – which is documented in a photo diary online, featuring some of the best looking fans you’ve ever seen – proves The Cat Empire remain entirely capable of enticing hordes of people to dance; but Angus has definite opinions about where that verve comes from. “I always think about that: how much credit we get for the energy that everyone brought with them to the show,” he says. “I think a myth has kind of grown around the band – not as myth as in it’s not true, but just a story that people tell – that that’s what our live shows are like; that crowds go crazy and that you dance and spontaneous things happen. So people come to our shows with that expectation now. [The audience] create a lot of that vibe. It’s just them; they brought it with them and they take it home afterwards.” You might at first dismiss this as completely outrageous humility, but if you think back to a live performance you’ve seen or look at footage, the boys truly do not rely on antics to pump up their audience. “We go and pass out sweating on the couch backstage. It’s BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 16

not like we walk off stage and go out to a samba nightclub or anything,” he laughs. Angus furthers his point by describing how he experiences things on stage. “The best shows are always the shows where I feel like I can look out into the audience and I’m catching people’s eyes and having a genuine connection with people out there. And I feel like a crowd is totally a part of it.” Can you truly catch eyes when you’re up there? Angus makes a noise of frustration at not knowing exactly how to word his view. “I’m not shy as in, I’m not shy to be on stage. But at a party I’m not necessarily the person who’s keeping the whole room entertained either,” he says. “So sometimes I find it very intimidating on stage to meet people’s eyes, you

“[THE AUDIENCE] CREATE A LOT OF THAT VIBE. IT’S JUST THEM; THEY BROUGHT IT WITH THEM AND THEY TAKE IT HOME AFTERWARDS”

know, to do that thing: Hey, I’m going to rock the shit out of you. I’d rather just play with my eyes [closed] and concentrate on the music and what’s happening on stage. That’s what I mean though: when it feels so comfortable it’s not about me having to pump them up or get them excited; they’re just there.” When he speaks of returning to McKinnon High School to partake in a farewell concert for his trumpet teacher Ian Orr, Angus reflects on the way in which his schoolmates are making their way. “If you look at all the musicians who’ve come out of that school... in my year level it was the guys that went on to become Husky, and Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rack-

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ettes ... there was this whole group of us, we’re all still friends,” he says. “Musicians fucking slog it out and struggle to get things happening and [there are] so many disappointments sometimes, especially if you’re trying to do something original.” There’s a real spirit of camaraderie in the dude’s voice when he says, “It’s been really rewarding the last couple of years to see all these old friends from high school who’ve been trying for 15 years to get something happening, kind of getting there, you know? Because they always had the talent. But it just happened so quickly for me, because... I don’t know. Random factors. It was definitely a special time [when The Cat Empire formed], but everyone’s talented. There are so many musicians in Melbourne who do gigs for other musicians. And then they go back to their day job and don’t do another gig for three months because they lost a thousand dollars on their last show,” he laments. As for the more sporting side of Angus’ recent projects, the man has an interesting take on what it means to write a club song for our nation’s game. With other high profile Aussie artists also winning bids to create club chants – such as Eskimo Joe’s recent tune for the Fremantle Dockers – it’s a wonder how a particular musician might be attracted to the task. “I certainly didn’t feel like I was writing it ironically, but I can see how it’s kind of funny to do it that way in this day and age,” Angus says when I question whether the traditionally big brassy sound of club themes was something he embraced sincerely. “What I kind of thought about was that all these club songs were written mainly by the players; they weren’t written by, you know, Ryan Adams. Not some amazing lyricist who crossed words out and tried to get the perfect poetry,” he says. “It was a bunch of dudes who got together, wrote their team song, and probably didn’t get too precious about it. And I tried to do it with the same attitude. Just keep it simple.” You really can’t argue when you hear the spirit within Greater Western Sydney’s fresh new mantra: ‘Well there’s a big, big sound / from the west of the town / It’s the sound of the mighty giants.’ The Cat Empire’s Steal the Light tour was going to see support from Haitus Kaiyote, the Melbourne soul band brimming with original licks and a sasspot of a lead singer. However their recent elevation into big star territory meant the slot changed – Angus loves Kaiyote and wishes them well, but isn’t terribly upset about the replacement. “It’s good for me, because Tinpan Orange is my wife’s band so we’re happy that we can travel as a family again,” he says. “[Haitus Kaiyote] are on a wild ride at the moment and they just needed some time off. They’re both great bands.” Whether or not Angus’ little boy will accompany the forthcoming dates is yet to be discussed. “Might leave him with the grandparents, mix it up,” he says. “He’s seen the world already. He’s going to be one of those kids whose parents show him all these photos of all the places he went when he

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THIS WEEK: ON SCREEN Geoffrey Rush stars alongside Donald Sutherland, Jim Sturgess and newcomer Sylvie Hoeks in this mystery drama set in a high-society world of art deals and closed doors. Virgil Oldman (Rush) is an elegantly eccentric art auctioneer who lives alone surrounded by exquisite art. When he receives instructions to help a reclusive young woman sell her family’s antiques, his interest is piqued, not just due to the works at stake but because of the woman - who refuses to meet in person and will only communicate through walls and doors. Directed with a stylish flair by Cinema Paradiso filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore, The Best Offer  delivers a world of high art, intrigue and unconventional romance, and was a box-office smash upon release in Italy. It’s now showing at Cinema Nova.

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ON STAGE After a rave reception at the Burlesque Bar, Revolver will present the newest movement of burlesque, Bogan Burlesque, this September. Created by well-loved Melbourne entertainers Miss Nic and Nelli Scarlet, Bogan Burlesque will capture the classy tale of Shazza and Charmaine, two ‘besties’ from the outer suburbs of Frankston. They like VB and flannelette shirts, and after watching Burlesque (2010), they now love burlesque. So much so, that they decided to hit the road with their Chinashipped corsets and bedazzled uggboots. Bogan Burlesque will be performed at Revolver on Friday September 13 at 8pm.

ON DISPL AY Burrinja Gallery is currently hosting a survey exhibition of Ingiet carvings from Papua New Guinea called Secret Ingiets. Featuring over 90 rare stone carvings, Secret Ingiets will be the third largest Ingiet (also Iniet or Iniat) carving exhibition in the world. Donated for loan by wildlife photographer Neil McLeod and Harold Gallasch, the exhibition will explore the ‘black magic’ and mythology of the Tolai society in the Gazelle Peninsula in New Britian before and after WWI. It’s currently on exhibition until Sunday December 1, you can view Secret Ingiets at Burrinja Gallery, Upwey.

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Melbourne theatre company Cheeky Theatre Company has announced the release of their newest production, Come Blow Your Horn. First performed on Broadway in 1961, Come Blow Your Horn is a classic musical back-dropped with an expensive and slick Manhattan bachelor pad in the ‘60s. The play follows the story of bachelor Alan Baker and how he teaches his brother all the tricks of becoming a man, including how to ‘woo’ the ladies. Come Blow Your Horn is currently being performed at the Melbourne Town Hall until Saturday September 14.

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THE 2013 MELBOURNE FRINGE FESTIVAL By Avrille Bylok-Collard Last year, Melbourne Fringe Festival celebrated its 30th anniversary as the longestrunning multi-arts Festival in Victoria. Established in 1982 after the closing of the legendary Pram Factory in Carlton, the Melbourne Fringe Festival has transformed from a modest 120-artist program in 25 locations across Melbourne, into a full-grown festival featuring over 300 artists’ work stationed across Melbourne’s theatres, public gardens and spaces, galleries and laneways. “Every year we are just overwhelmed by the amount of artists that just want to be part of the festival,” enthuses Jayne Lovelock, the new CEO of Melbourne Fringe Festival; Lovelock succeeded last year’s CEO Neal Harvey who has directed the festival for the past three years and helped it celebrate its 30th anniversary. It’s her second year working for the festival and despite the vast amount of responsibility she has taken on, Lovelock is handling the position with enthusiasm and care. “What it means is that we get a whole range of people wanting to try out new things and their works, that perhaps other festivals don’t get, which is really exciting.” This revelation is unsurprising though. Melbourne Fringe Festival operates as an open-access festival, meaning that anyone who wishes to perform for the festival can do so. It’s because of this format that Melbourne Fringe Festival has established a prolific reputation in Melbourne’s arts sphere for presenting challenging and fascinating works that are reflective of the current trends in Melbourne’s arts community. “A big part of what we do at Melbourne Fringe Festival is [see] how artists are working. We’re finding more and more that the lines are really blurred between art forms. We’re lucky [though], because we really become barometers for what’s happening in the arts scene because of our open-access nature, which means we get an array of works that are happening [right] now and are really, really relevant,” explains Lovelock enthusiastically. An apt example of this is the recently commissioned Digital Gardens and Digital Creatures.

It’s the first year these events have been introduced to the Melbourne Fringe Festival program and it sees a variety of filmmakers, animators and video artists collaborating to create two modern digital installations. Digital Creatures will see a selection of short films and animations projected onto the walls of the Little Creatures Dining Hall in Fitzroy, while Digital Gardens, which will be situated in Melbourne’s City Square and the City of Stonnington, will be an interactive pop-up playground that allows you to engage with performances you just saw on a digital medium. “More and more artists are approaching the idea of a digital space and that of a virtual presence through social media; not just as something about publicity and a voice, but really as a part of their practice,” observes the Creative Producer. “We’re seeing more and more artists that [participate in] those spaces really influence and impact the kind of work that they’re making. As a festival, we try to really tune in and actually respond to what artists are currently making and what they’re showing us they’re interested in. So, for us, it was a really natural movement moving into a digital space.” Despite Melbourne Fringe Festival’s hype during September and October each year, the festival operates all year round providing support in the lead up to the festival — “we take over 7,000 calls with questions ranging from ‘how do I find a venue?’ to ‘do I need a publicist?’ to ‘do you think my show sits in the category of performance or comedy?’”— and Artist Development Programs to emerging and established artists all year round. Selected artists are also offered the

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chance to present their work on Melbourne Fringe on Tour, which takes successful Melbourne Fringe shows and tours them around regional and metropolitan Victoria. Most notably, however, is Melbourne Fringe Festival’s Awards program. “Every year we have up to 80 – 100 judges seeing work throughout the festival, so it’s a large range of people that have a sophisticated insight into the arts scene [and] that have expertise in particular areas, in art and practice, and are really committed and engaged to seeing work and engaging with it critically,” says Lovelock, outlining how the Awards program works. “The awards program is something that we’ve developed over a long period of time and it’s really quite something valuable for artists; artists are really proud to be able to say they won a Melbourne Fringe Award” — and why not? Slutmonster and Friends, a comedy/musical about two brothers who get lost in an erotic forest and meet a hyper-sexualised hermaphroditic monster, received a Highly Commended in Comedy award at Melbourne Fringe Festival last year and went on to be nominated for a Golden Gibbo Award at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival, re-establishing the adeptness of the critics that Melbourne Fringe Festival hires. “It’s something that we take very seriously because the artists take their work very seriously, so it’s important that we approach it with the same kind of care and thoughtfulness that the artists do.” An impressive feat considering that Melbourne Fringe, on average, has over 300 events each year, therefore, it is no surprise that choosing events to attend is just as difficult for the festival CEO as it is for the public. “Ultimately what I say is: ‘Pick a show in a genre that you feel comfortable in, with a performer you know and go see it’,” advisers Jayne Lovelock. “’For every show that you feel comfortable with, pick something outside what you would normally choose. Go and see something that is in a genre you’re not familiar with or a performer you’ve never seen before. It really gets you in a space that challenges you and gets you to go and see new and different things.’”

The 2013 Melbourne Fringe Festival will take place over various locations across Melbourne from Wednesday September 18 – Sunday October 6. Head to melbournefringe.com.au for information and look out for the Beat guide to the festival in next week’s issue.

FREE $HIT WHY MIKE BROWN? Showing at Heide Museum Of Modern Art until Saturday October 12,  the Sometimes Chaotic World Of Mike Brown  offers  an intimate, behind-thescenes look at the prolific, boundary-breaking work of Mike Brown, from his early days with the collaborative artist group the Imitation Realists, known for their irreverent assemblage works, to the final years of his life. Taking place this Saturday, Why Mike Brown?  will offer an insightful tour of the exhibition plus tours of various galleries. Discover more about Mike Brown and his admirers on a tour of The Sometimes Chaotic World of Mike Brown with curator Sue Cramer and author Richard Haese. Then jump on our art bus and head to five other galleries participating in the Like Mike festival. Stops include Linden Centre For Contemporary Art, Utopian Slumps, Neon Parc, Sarah Scout and Charles Nodrum Gallery. To celebrate, we ‘re giving away two t-shirts that were designed by Mike Brown in 1995 for his Power To The People exhibition at the NGV and have been screen printed by artist and experimental musician Nathan Gray . Head to beat.com.au/freeshit to win.


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UPTOWN GIRL: THE CINEMA OF SHIRLEY CLARKE

Shirley Clarke is an Academy-Award-winning independent American Filmmaker, and this October ACMI will present a program dedicated to her oeuvre. Entitled Uptown Girl: The Cinema of Shirley Clarke, the program will showcase a variety of Clarke’s candid works, including the highly lauded explicit junkiemovie The Connection, Academy-Award-winning Robert Frost: A Lover’s Quarrel With the World and The Cool World, a stark semi-documentary of the harsh reality of Harlem ghetto life. In addition to Clarke’s oeuvre, ACMI have added other films to its Uptown Girl program, including Agnés Varda’s Lion Love, Andy Warhol’s Chelsea Girls and Academy-Awardwinning On the Bowery. Uptown Girl: The Cinema of Shirley Clarke will run at ACMI from Thursday October 24 – Tuesday November 5.

ROAM

This October Melbourne playwright Adam Cass (I Love you, Bro) will return with his newest production, Roam. Inspired by the internet-obsessed generation of today, Roam delves into the troublesome life of Johnny, an internet-obsessed man who is withdrawn from society. Johnny’s time is spent surfing the net, watching pornography and gaming to his heart’s content, however, when he meets an Eastern European girl through a chat room, his life quickly turns upsidedown. Roam will explore the volatile balance between IRL and internet-friends, exploring how the internet has changed the way we communicate with each other. Roam will be performed at Red Stitch Theatre from Friday October 11 – Saturday November 9.

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Eddie Perfect returns with his newest and exhilarating play, The Beast, at the Melbourne Theatre Company this October. Inspired by Perfect’s time living in the Yarra Valley, The Beast depicts the story of a group of close friends whom have embraced a naturalistic lifestyle and are faced with the dilemma of having to slaughter a young Angus cow for supper. Eddie Perfect is an award-winning playwright, known for his notable productions including Shane Warne: The Musical and award-winning Misanthropology. The Beast will shake up the Melbourne Theatre Company’s Southbank Theatre from Thursday October 3 – Saturday November 9.

JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN

This September director Peter King will take on Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece John Gabriel Borkman. Written by the prolific danish playwright in 1896, John Gabriel Borkman illustrates the tale of twin sisters who are feuding over a man, John Borkman, who incessantly paces the room; he is the husband of one sister and the former lover of the other. John Borkman, Mrs Borkman and her twin sister Ella Rentheim are joined together to argue about the future of young Erhart Borkman. Renowned architect and designer Peter Corrigan breathes life into this production with his refreshing sets, capturing why this play has influenced so many, including playwrights Arthur Miller and Oscar Wilde, and novelist James Joyce. John Gabriel Borkman will be performed at La Mama from Wednesday September 18 – Sunday September 29. Tickets are available through lamama.com.au.

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Commedia Dell Parte is still running every Thursday in St Kilda. This week Lauren Bok hosts a great lineup of comics featuring Neil Sinclair, Craig McLeod, Stuart Daulman, Nellie White, Aaron MacFadyen and John Dore. Commedia Dell Parte runs every Thursday from 8.30pm at the George Lane Bar, St Kilda.

COMEDY AT SPLEEN It’s another amazing lineup at Comedy at Spleen this Monday. There’s Asher Treleaven as host plus Luke McGregor, Elbowskin, Michael Chamberlin, Michael Williams, Steele Saunders, Jason English and much more. It’s on this Monday September 16, 41 Bourke St, in the city, at 8.30pm. It may be free, but they appreciate a good gold coin donation at the door.

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International sensation Big Draw will be coming to the Yarra Ranges this October. Centred around the theme of ‘Draw Tomorrow’ the festival will highlight the importance of drawing through festival events such as Drawing in the Dark with Katz Cowley at Healesville, Chalk the Skatepark in Lilydale and The Spirit of Fashion Illustration with Angie Rehe (Patsy Fox). Run by the Campaign for Drawing, an independent charity which emphasises drawing as a toll for creativity, communication and social cultural engagement, Big Draw is an international initiative that attracts over 200,000 participants worldwide. Big Draw will run across the Yarra Ranges from Tuesday October 1 – Thursday October 31 with exhibitions and workshops running at Yarra Ranges Regional Museum from Saturday September 21 - Sunday November 3.

To commemorate the last day of 55-56 Chapel Street’s exhibition, Fallow: Between Abandonment and Rebirth, ArtHouse and The Justin Art Foundation will host a special day to commemorate the 11-month-long exhibition before its demolition. Opened in November last year, Fallow is the joint work of installation artists Carmen Reid, Tunni Kraus and Robbie Rowland, who transformed a derelict house that squatters and graffiti artists had inhabited before architect Charles Justin purchased it last year. “The Fallow project explores the idea that like all living thinks, buildings to go through the cycle of creation,” the architect has said about the installation exhibition. “I was really interested in examining this particular time when a building is at the end of its life, abandoned, taken over by vandals and squatters, and awaiting either demolition or rebirth in the form of a new building. The project title Fallow acknowledges this process, whereby something that is exhausted and untended eventually becomes a site of regeneration.” You can view Fallow: Between Abandonment and Rebirth at 55-56 Chapel Street, St Kilda until Sunday September 15; drinks and entertainment will be provided on Sunday September 15 to celebrate the exhibition’s lifetime. Admission is free.

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Michael McIntyre is considered one of the top comedians in the UK at the moment, and for the first time ever, he is coming to Australia with his brand of impeccable wit. McIntyre is known for his honest and anecdotal comedy, coupled with a well-paced, sharp wit. Michael McIntyre will perform at Rod Laver Arena on Friday November 22. Tickets go on sale on Friday September 13 at 10am through Ticketek.

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THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET

The Australian Ballet have announced their 2014 season, a delicious mix of classical Russian ballet blended with contemporary masterpieces. For the first time ever, The Australian Ballet will perform the internationally acclaimed production, Chroma. Choreographed by Wayne McGregor in 2006, Chroma combines the music of Mozart, Tchaikovsky and The White Stripes. Chroma earned McGregor a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Dance Production, as well as the Critics Circle Award back in 2007. If classical ballet is more suited to your tastes, then the Imperial Suite (a two bill session of Ballet Imperial by George Balachine and Suite En Blanc by Serge Lifar), Manon or Russian classic The Nutcracker will be for you. Inspired by the tragic tale of love in Abbe Prevost’s classical novel, Manon is The Australian Ballet’s adaption of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece. Manon illustrates the story of a naïve woman corrupted by greed, passion and obsession; who journeys from Paris to Louisiana as a fugitive, but taints what love she possessed by her selfish actions. This is only a snippet of the full program which you can view at australianballet.com.au.

LOL Comedy at the Portland Hotel this Wednesday September 11 will be headlined by Peter Helliar. At The Provincial in Fitzroy on Thursday September 12 it’s a man with very well behaved hair – Dave Thorton. On Tuesday September 17 The Local in Port Melbourne kicks off Melbourne Fringe Festivities with Hot Night in the City – Comedy and Variety Showcase hosted by Xavier Toby with one of the first and still the best to perform stand up comedy in Australia – Rod Quantock. Tickets from lolcomedy.com.au or at the door.

HOUSOS One of the most controversial TV shows to emerge from the SBS studios, Housos is currently mid airing its second season - reaching new heights with record viewer counts of over half a million per week. The series is a cult hit in Australia, with Housos staged live as a part of the 2012 Sydney Comedy Festival, on the big screen in the high-grossing Housos vs The Authority and now the Housos juggernaut is crashing live straight into a bogan-tastic pokie den near you. Catch them at The Comic’s Lounge each night until Friday September 13.

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THE LAST DAYS OF JOE BLOW By Nick Taras If you’ve seen Slutty & Sluttier, Don’t Waste It Taste It, 10 Man Cum Slam, Own My Ass, Slutinas 4 or Praise The Load, then you’re probably familiar with the oeuvre of Joe Blow, aka Michael Tierney. I wasn’t, so I had to put in a few hours of “research”. The son of actor Edward Tierney, who was the brother of famed Hollywood actor Lawrence Tierney (Born To Kill, Reservoir Dogs, Elaine’s father in Seinfeld), Michael Tierney began his filmic career as an actor/director in the indie scene, with 2000’s Evicted. Six years later, he became a porn star. documentary on the porn industry itself, but instead found Tierney battling through a dark era of his life, trying to escape a career that had turned him off having sex with beautiful women and getting paid for it. “It’s a completely different animal to Hollywood and the mainstream world. It’s more exciting but there’s less rewards at the end. It’s kind of like drugs, and I hate to compare it to that – it’s fun, but it doesn’t leave you with much afterwards. I knew I wanted to get out of it and have a life that had a future, because I really didn’t see it as having much of a future. Porn doesn’t lead anywhere. You climb the top of the hill and there’s nowhere to go after that. Most careers lead into something else – that career does not lead into anything. There’s no health plan, there’s no pension, there’s no respect as you get older. It’s just a dead end. I kinda knew that going in but I didn’t realise it was gonna be so difficult getting out of it. It’s not so much getting out of it, but it’s rearranging your life so you’re not tempted to go back to it, because it’s easy money and stuff. “After Rich left, I rearranged things and saved some money and got everything in order. I worked a solid six months and went on a couple of trips…I finished up strong and sent out a press release, I had money saved, but the real hard part – and what the documentary portrayed – is about six months to a year after I’m out of the business and I start running out of money and it’s starting to get really uncomfortable to be interviewed because I’m

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The Last Days of Joe Blow screens at Revolt in Kensington on Friday September 13 as part of the Melbourne Underground Film Festival which is currently running until Saturday September 14. Head to muff.com.au for more information.

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you should have done it’.” While here for MUFF, Michael Tierney will also be involved in MUFF’s retrospective on his uncle Lawrence’s career. As his former manager, Michael built a close relationship with “Larry” and is currently working to build a website in honour of his legacy. “He’s a legendary bad boy gangster actor and people love to hear stories about him. It’s kind of funny to have the documentary playing at the same time as that but maybe something kind of makes sense about that, I don’t know. Growing up in somebody like Lawrence Tierney’s shadow is a little intimidating because you wanna be an actor and you can’t be who he was, because there’s only one Lawrence Tierney. Going into porn was kind of my, ‘Eff You’ to the whole being somebody’s nephew. I’m gonna be Joe Blow and start with a new name and let’s see how I do on my own without any training wheels in a completely foreign territory. It’s kind of like growing marijuana on a family farm. You think you’re rebelling against everything that you were raised to do and then one day you wake up and realise you’re still farming so it’s time to get your act together and try to go legit and kill those marijuana plants,” he laughs.

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“I knew it was a crazy thing to go into, I knew it was reckless, I knew it was somewhat dangerous – I think it’s more dangerous now than when I thought about going into it – but that’s kinda why I did it. I knew it was the wrong choice, socially…I felt that I could deal with the stigma.” Tierney is the subject of the documentary The Last Days of Joe Blow, directed by Richard Wolstencroft, to be screened at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival. The documentary follows Tierney’s attempt to escape the industry, and while it is rumoured to feature some fairly hardcore scenes, it is more revealing of the psychology of porn acting and Tierney’s struggle out of it. “I always felt like the documentary could be a good exit for me because that would bring me back into talking about the whole experience from an analytical standpoint, sharing what happened to me. I just felt so many people were curious about that world and everybody wants to play a porn star in a fictional movie, but nobody wants to go out and do it…I felt challenged by that. I want to play this role in real life and see what it’s like. When Rich offered me the documentary, I jumped at it because I knew it would help get me out of the business and I didn’t expect it to be as uncomfortable as it was. I wanted my life to be more together. I was really embarrassed by how low things had gotten; I was really struggling to survive.” Featuring interviews with Ron Jeremy, William Margold and more, Wolstencroft intended to focus the

really not happy with what’s going on in my life and I’m struggling to find myself. I had initial plans and they didn’t work out so quickly. “A lot of the girls move on to other kinds of sex work –  stripping, featured dancing, escort or they just get married. For a lot of guys it’s hard to leave. You lose a lot of contacts when you go in, so you’ve got nothing to go back to. If anybody’s married, they can’t hang out with a guy that’s doing [porn]. You might get an email once in a while, and really I had to disconnect myself from a good portion of my acquaintances. I always kept in touch with my main ten friends, but they weren’t providing jobs for me. They weren’t business associates, they were just friends.” Tierney mentions the top European models, and from my “research” I can attest that he worked with some beautiful women, but I wondered what was the weirdest thing – or person – he ever had to do on set. “There was a point where I realised if you didn’t know how to set your limits, they’d come up with all kinds of crazy stuff. I remember we used to go to this bar all the time, this friend of mine who transitioned from a performer to a director, was making tonnes of money. We’d go to this bar and blow $300 every night and one night he comes in there with this midget. He goes, ‘Yeah I flew her in from somewhere in Midwest and met her online and she wants to do a bunch of scenes. You’re gonna work with her next week’. And I just said, ‘Nah I didn’t get into this business to do all that work’. She was a nice girl, but she was very aggressive at the bar,” he laughs, “and part of me says, ‘Eh,

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PARIS UNDERGROUND By Liza Dezfouli The late and great playwright Nick Enright once gave magician actor and illusionist, the ‘relatively good-looking’ Richard Vegas some advice: ‘play for laughs. If you can get a laugh, go for it.’ “I was lucky enough to work with him at NIDA,” recalls Vegas. “It was a serious piece I was performing in. I told him ‘I just can’t do it!” Vegas is about to play for laughs at Red Bennies in his many-hued variety show, Paris Underground, where he will perform magic as well as hosting and directing the show. Paris Underground came about because the venue offered him the opportunity of an eight week season. “Usually you do a show and there’s all the work and build-up,” notes Vegas. “You do two or three performances and it’s all over. With the opportunity of an eight week run, we can make the show bigger, use more space and raise the bar in terms of quality and what we have to offer.” Vegas is thrilled with the calibre and breadth of the show he’s put together with life partner and co-performer, Julia Mendotti. “Normally I don’t get to do a long ensemble piece,” he says. “I don’t get to create that ensemble feel.” Vegas describes Paris Underground as something like a traditional European variety show with cabaret, circus, burlesque, song, dance and theatre, a tradition of performance more familiar to audiences in Paris and Berlin than here. “It’s a very popular form of entertainment in Europe. We’re not going down the road of doing just one genre. We created an umbrella for the night for different things. We were looking at how we can do something a bit off beat, a bit dark,” he adds. He hastens to add, however, that Paris Underground is ‘straight-up entertainment.’ “It’s not one of those ‘journeys’, not something you have to sign up for...there’s a little bit of an undercut of the Paris underground scene, obviously not of something you’d see at Moulin Rouge or Lido. We undermine the variety genre as well as upholding it, and also do it with a big sense of humour. It’s highly theatrical, but not that new a concept for people who’ve seen this sort of thing before.” Vegas reckons there’s a healthy dose of Aussie piss-

taking involved in the show. “That’s why we called it Paris Underground. The French take themselves seriously, they’re very proud of themselves so we have a dig at Parisian culture.” Vegas is full of enthusiasm for the talent he’s gathered together for Paris Underground. The show includes, along with Vegas taking the role of host MC maestro Monsieur Marvaux and doing his magician’s turn, hand-picked performers such as Madotti, one of Australia’s few female magicians and illusionists, stage and screen actor Nick Simpson-Deeks, another fellow NIDA graduate who Vegas calls a ‘triple talent’. “He has the most amazing voice,” he notes. “We have circus artiste and aerial ‘angel’ Hannah Trott, who’s still at NIDA, burlesque artist and international showgirl Zelia Rose, who has an amazing ability and presence on stage, the powerhouse singing of Aurora Kurth, and ‘tap king’ Eden Read, who’s a teacher and an amazing performer.” The weirder elements of the show come courtesy of Betty Blood and Pippy Scream, the kinky and twisted sisters of ‘neo-burlesque’. Having so many different performers involved supports the development of the show in terms of an external perspective, something Vegas is grateful for. “It’s good to have an ensemble of people whose judgement you can trust, an outside ‘eye’ to help with choreography, help form the sensibility of the piece. It’s hard to perform and direct. Even with Julia, we spend a lot of time on stage together. Having all those eyes, having other people, it’s like when you have a great director, they can highlight things you never would have discovered.”

Vegas went to NIDA to study conventional acting so how did he end up being a magician? “Julia got me into magic,” he explains. “She pushed me into it. She was performing herself and got me coming along to night clubs. I would sit there thinking, ‘if I’m here, I might as well get paid’.” Performing magic is infinitely more nerve-wracking than acting, Vegas says. “I have never been as nervous as when I was performing magic fo the first time. You think people can see what you’re doing. You need so much confidence. That’s why magicians need so much fake bravado. People are merciless, they’ll yell out ‘Don’t give up your day job.’ This is my day job!” Paris Underground shows at Red Bennies every Friday and Saturday night throughout September and October.

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DAREBIN MUSIC FEAST SPECIAL By Patrick Emery

Every year, Melbourne’s thriving music community comes together to celebrate music in all its forms at the Darebin Music Feast. This rich and diverse collection of musical events of all genres is built on the philosophy that music brings people together; it is a joyous means of engaging and uniting the community. The 2013 Darebin Music Feast runs from Wednesday September 18 – Sunday September 29 and presents over 150 events, in over 15 venues throughout Northcote, Preston, Thornbury, Reservoir and Fairfield, including loads of free and kid friendly events. Here are just a handful of the diverse acts you can catch at The Feast this year. For a full look at the lineup, head to musicfeast.com.au.

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Tuesday September 24 If you diffused indie-pop, jazz and blues in a teapot, you’d probably get something like The Darjeelings. All ages are welcome to attend this special, school holiday friendly event at Preston Library and enjoy The Darjeelings’ all girl blend of jazzy vocals, catchy piano riffs and killer four part harmonies. What are you most looking forward to about the Darebin Music Feast, and why? The opportunities it provides for people of all ages and of all tastes to go out and see some great live music whenever they feel like it! What have you liked about previous Darebin feasts? There’s always a friendly, family-orientated atmosphere at Darebin festivals that is great to be a part of.  Do you think there’s a danger that people can take the music scene for granted in Darebin, and elsewhere in Melbourne, especially given the difficulty for musicians to make a living from music and the pressure of rising rental and venue operation costs?  We are pretty spoilt for choice here in Melbourne but I think most people acknowledge how lucky we are to have such a diverse music scene that’s so easily accessible. I think most musicians have a fairly realistic perspective. It’s undeniably tough, which is something you learn almost immediately so I think it’s pretty difficult to take the scene for granted. Likewise, most fans and audiences are genuinely appreciative and supportive.

Friday September 27 One of the Feast’s big feature shows, Amor Sentimental Musica is a night of achingly beautiful songs about love and fate in the tradition of Portuguese fado, ‘whalingblues’, and Brazilian modinha. Paige’s own songs of heartbreak, love and loss will be re-interpreted with three-piece group Alma Mater, resulting in a modern take on these beautiful musical traditions. What are you most looking forward to about the Darebin Music Festival, and why? I think the Darebin Music Feast will be a great opportunity to  discover artists that I wouldn’t normally be exposed to. The program looks really diverse, so I’m looking forward to diving in and exploring some fresh aural sustenance!   What’s your favourite venue in Darebin, and why?  This is a tricky one - there’s so much to choose from! I’ve seen lots of great gigs at the Northcote Social Club, and I like having a pub meal and sundown ciders beforehand. Sundays at the Wesley Anne are always a treat (what a great beer garden too!), but my favourite is popping into Open Studios and catching some cool jazz or gypsy music. Do you think there’s a danger that people can take the music scene for granted in Darebin, and elsewhere in Melbourne, especially given the difficulty for musicians to make a living from music and the pressure of rising rental and venue operation costs?   Coming from Brisbane, I am astounded at the amount and quality of live music in Melbourne in general, and Darebin is definitely one of the strongest areas. The danger is for the public to get complacent about that. However, most gigs I go to are very well attended, and I feel like Melbournians really value music as an important part of the rich culture here.

Wednesday September 25 Rough and smooth, epic and sweet, The Twoks are Xani Kolac (electric violin/vocals) and Mark Leahy (drums). Together they make dark, electric dance music. What’s your favourite venue in Darebin, and why? Northcote Social Club. I think it’s so important to be supported as a musician. NSC gives musicians and bands every possible opportunity to succeed in sharing their music in a creative yet professional way. Do you think festivals such as this should be about showcasing local musicians, or focusing on the opportunities for all musicians to play in Darebin? I think that artists need to feel part of a community who value and support what they do. Darebin residents are so lucky to already be a part of such an established community. Unfortunately not all artists have the same chance to grow in their own communities with the same level of support. Community festivals should be about supporting local artists but also about sharing that support and welcoming artists who may have a future within the community. If you were programming the Darebin Music Feast, what would be the overall theme (if any), and who would you want to play? The theme of my Darebin Music Festival would be based around a move to celebrate and reconnect with live music - great live music. Sometimes I feel as though the art of live performance gets lost when the emphasis is being placed on recorded music - its production, its radio play potential and slick three and a half minute form. To play live involves forming an intimate connection with your audience. Bands on my list would definitely include The Tiger & Me, The Nymphs, Aluka ... the list goes on.

Friday September 27 Touch your scalp. Feel that little lump? Garage Rock Pop group Nun of the Tongue put that there. Obey the Dark Space Lord and join their ceremonial show at Bar 303 as part of the Darebin Music Feast along with other special guests. Do you think festivals such as this should be about showcasing local musicians, or focusing on the opportunities for all musicians to play in Darebin? There should be a balance of both. Definitely focus on local musicians, but don’t be exclusionary of ones that live in other suburbs. Not everyone can afford to live in Darebin.... and also people can regularly be a part of the communities there even if their actual houses are a bit further away. If you were programming the Darebin Music Fe, what would be the overall theme (if any), and who would you want to play? I’d have the overall theme as Brain-Eating Aliens, and I’d make all the venues look like alien laboratories so that you think it’s all just a dream when you’ve left. Your head would probably hurt the next day anyway, adding to the theme. I’d want Shit Sex to play, because they are rad. In recent years, the affordability belt has moved from Fitzroy through to Northcote and Thornbury, and is now through Preston and Reservoir.  Will musicians, and music venues, follow that affordability belt? I don’t really know what an affordability belt is. Is it something you wear that makes things cheaper? Or is it when musicians move away from suburbs because they’re too expensive? Because in that case yes, obviously.

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Friday September 20 Melbourne sextet The Tiger & Me weave a rare mixture of styles and sounds as three lead vocalists exchange and merge tunes from whispered ballads to fevered maelstrom, from charming pop to explosive, dirty rock. What are you most looking forward to about the Darebin Music Festival, and why? Hail to the King looks like a cracker. Can’t beat The King combined with Melbourne’s vocal Queens. That’s a lot of royalty…  What have you liked about previous Darebin festivals? I was a High Vibes fan from way back. It was always an excellent day out in the sun strolling in and out of venues watching a really diverse selection of local bands. The Legends of Motorsport blowing out the windows of the local hairdresser was always a favourite. If you were programming the Darebin Music Feast, what would be the overall theme (if any), and who would you want to play? Bands featuring the names of animals… The Beasts of Bourbon could headline nicely.

Sunday September 29 The Harlots are slick like pop, but ragged like garage; they sting like the new wave and burn like soul. Swelling dance floors and stage tents with their sultry brand of ego-rock since late 2010, Melbourne sextet the Harlots draw on the diverse musical inspirations of its members to produce an urbane, sinister sound that ranges from the literary to the crude, blending sophistication with sweat and saliva. What are you looking forward to about the Darebin Music feast and why? Put simply: Hail to the King. Like ships in the night, we missed seeing this at the Vanguard in Sydney. We’ve played with Mojo Juju a bunch of times around the traps and every time we see her we’re blown away. Juju singing Presley? No brainer. If you were programming the Darebin Music Feast, what would be the overall theme (if any), and who would you want to play? I hate themes, ever since I went to a pirate-themed house party in my school uniform. I don’t know why I did that. I think there was a loose link to a school for pirates? I’d get Twin Beast, Plague Doctor and the Pretty Littles to play.

Monday September 23 Join Kim Salmon for a special Darebin Music Feast produced event where he will share his iconic electric guitar skills with a small group of participants in the festival hub bar on Monday September 23 at 8pm. What does the Darebin area have that other areas don’t, in terms of support and opportunities for live music? Well…the Darebin area is pretty much hipster central these days so there is plenty of cutting edge indie music to be sourced as well as an appreciation of it. Do you think there’s a danger that people can take the music scene for granted in Darebin, and elsewhere in Melbourne, especially given the difficulty for musicians to make a living from music and the pressure of rising rental and venue operation costs? A big yes! As everybody knows I wrote that controversial piece in the Age a couple of years ago. I was scared I’d get criticized for it and I did although overwhelmingly I got support for what I said. What I said was that it was all very well for venues and industry people to pat themselves on the back for supporting the music industry, but that there was still very little expectation with anyone including the musicians that the heart of the industry ie the musicians, should get paid for their efforts. 

Sunday September 22 Shaky Stills are a locally based six piece band who play straight up good times original music in the keys of alt-country and blues. What are you most looking forward to about the Darebin Music Feast, and why? Seeing Darebin light up with the colour of its local musicians and artists all coming together to celebrate the place, the people and how the community and Melbourne as a whole comes together to support music and the arts ..and yep playing to my home town. In recent years, the affordability belt has moved from Fitzroy through to Northcote and Thornbury, and is now through Preston and Reservoir.  Will musicians, and music venues, follow that affordability belt? Yes some musicians and artists will move on and the ones that can afford it will stay and the beauty of it all is that the other people that can afford and that choose to live in the area, well they moved there because they love music and the arts so you’d expect that they will continue to support the local venues because we all need paying punters! So this concept is creating more opportunity for artists and venues and a better Melbourne. Fitzroy’s venues are still going strong and the same can be said for any music capital of the world.

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on tour MARCOS CABRAL [USA] Friday September 13, Mercat Basement TERRY FRANCIS [UK] Friday September 13, OneSixOne ZOMBY [UK] Friday September 13, The Liberty Social GHOSTPOET [UK] Saturday September 14, Corner Hotel R.A THE RUGGED MAN [USA] Thursday September 19, The Espy HERNAN CATTANEO [ARG] Friday September 20, Prince Bandroom KENNY LARKIN [USA], STIMMING [GER] Friday September 20, Brown Alley SNAKEHIPS [UK] Friday September 20, The Liberty Social ERIC CLOUTIER [GER] Friday September 20, Mercat Basement DJ FRICTION [UK] Saturday September 21, Brown Alley RUDIMENTAL [UK] Saturday September 21, Festival Hall ROBERT HOOD [USA] Saturday September 21, The Liberty Social PETER VAN HOESEN [BEL] Friday September 27, New Guernica ANTHONY NAPLES [USA] Friday September 27, Boney LAUREL HALO [USA], OBJEKT [GER] Saturday September 28, The Liberty Social TALIB KWELI [USA], HOMEBOY SANDMAN [USA] Thursday October 3, The Hi-Fi HUNTER/GAME [ITA] Friday October 4, New Guernica JAY LUMEN [HNG] Friday October 4, Revolver Upstairs SANDER VAN DOORN [NED] Friday October 4, The Palace LISTEN OUT: DISCLOSURE [UK], TNGHT [UK], AZEALIA BANKS [USA] + MORE Saturday October 5, Observatory Precinct, Royal Botanic Gardens ROGERSEVENTYTWO [NED] Saturday October 5, Brown Alley FABOLOUS [USA], CHINGY [USA] Sunday October 6, Forum Theatre ADANA TWINS [GER] Sunday October 6, Revolver Upstairs SHIFTED & SIGHA [UK] Friday October 11, Mercat Basement MICKEY AVALON [USA] Friday October 18, Corner Hotel PORTER ROBINSON [USA] Sunday October 20, Billboard BOOKA SHADE [GER] Thursday October 24, Prince Bandroom BEN SIMS [UK] Friday October 25, Brown Alley CHOPSTICK & JOHNJON [GER] Sunday November 3, Revolver Upstairs AME [GER], MATTHIAS TANZMANN [GER] Sunday November 3, Brown Alley SALT N PEPA [USA] Saturday November 16, Palais Theatre FINNEBASSEN [NOR] Sunday November 17, Revolver Upstairs PANTHA DU PRINCE [GER] Monday November 18, Melbourne Recital Centre STRAWBERRY FIELDS: CARL CRAIG [USA], MOODYMANN [USA] Friday November 22 - Sunday November 24 , TBA NOSAJ THING [USA], JONWAYNE [USA] Saturday November 23, Melbourne Music Week Hub - Birrarung Marr EARTHCORE: ANGY KORE [ITA], PERFECT STRANGER [ISR] + MORE Friday November 29 - Sunday December 2, TBA STEREOSONIC: DAVID GUETTA [FRA], ARMIN VAN BUUREN [NED], CALVIN HARRIS [UK] + MORE Saturday December 7 - Sunday December 8, Royal Melbourne Showgrounds JON HOPKINS [UK] Thursday December 12, The Hi-Fi MEREDITH: TIM SWEENEY [USA], DERRICK MAY [USA] + MORE Friday December 13 - Sunday December 15, Meredith Supernatural Ampitheatre MIDLAND [UK] Sunday December 22, Revolver Upstairs KOLOMBO [BEL] Sunday January 19, Revolver Upstairs RAINBOW SERPENT: DONATO DOZZY [ITA], MICHAEL MAYER [GER] + MORE Friday January 24 - Monday January 27, Lexton BRUNO MARS [USA], MIGUEL [USA] Tuesday March 4 & Wednesday March 5, Rod Laver Arena

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Sydney’s indie dance/dream pop darlings, RÜFÜS, have had an illustrious introduction to life as professional musicians. Multiple sold-out tours in Australia have been augmented by some seriously neat gigs overseas including a number of big-ticket parties in New York City. When we speak, James Hunt of RÜFÜS is preparing for their hotly anticipated album launch. But what does it actually mean when the album Atlas drops? What does Hunt expect on D-Day? “There will be a pretty massive sense of relief,” he says. “We’ve been sitting on the mastered record for a few months now so once it’s out there we’ll be able to really let go of it. We’re really keen for people to get their hands on it. The response while it was the triple j feature album was really positive which makes us even more excited.” While it’s all fun and games to be the latest industry favourite, things can turn when critics attack, and although RÜFÜS make music for themselves, once you release something for other people it’s natural there’ll be criticism and celebration – often in unequal measures. “We’re all totally ready for that,” says Hunt. “The process of writing music is pretty personal for us and we write completely to our own tastes, so for other people to connect to it is a separate process entirely. We’re very open to critical reception. It comes with the territory I guess – mixed reactions are to be expected.” Their’s is a dreamy and exalting flavour of music; it drips of summer and afternoon breezes, and their sound on Atlas has a lot to do with the locale in which it was written. “We started writing on a farm in Berry, where we would wake up to sunshine every morning and we’d spend our lunch breaks playing tennis and listening to our favourite albums on full blast. I’d say that had a lot to do with the general feeling

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during this time was for it to transport you somewhere unique, strange or exotic. This in turn shaped the lyrical direction and the emotive content of the tracks.” Given that RÜFÜS’ music is so technically crafted, a little insight into their gear of choice seems

only appropriate. “We were playing around with a bunch of hard synths in the early stages - an SH-101, an Oberheim Xpander and a Minimoog,” Hunt says. “But we were borrowing these off friends so we only had them for a limited time. What was really useful for us was purchasing Native Instruments Komplete. There were some really accessible synths and samplers which made a huge difference to our writing process, and allowed us to bash ideas out really quickly without losing the initial spark. We probably found some of the more iconic sounds of the record playing around with these synths as well.” The thing most notable with RÜFÜS’ releases thus far is their ability to channel the organic and freeform energy of dance music into the confines of an accessible song structure. “I guess it comes down to the kind of influences that we draw upon when we write,” Hunt explains. “For Atlas we were referencing artists like Booka Shade, Claude Vonstroke, Mujuice and Trentemøller amongst many others. By the same token, we really try to keep a pop sensibility and awareness of structure, and we try to pick our moments of conciseness and when to indulge a little bit.”

RÜFÜS play at the Corner Hotel on Sunday September 22, Monday September 23, Tuesday September 24 and Friday September 27. Atlas is out now on Sweat It Out/Sony. facebook.com/rufussounds soundcloud.com/ rufussounds

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and vibe of the tracks from a very early stage. When we were evolving the demos throughout the recording process, we were constantly trying to take ourselves to other places and worlds within our studio. The whole vibe with the music we were making

kolombo

Summer Series has added Kolombo to its already impressive roster and he’ll be landing in Melbourne in January. Kolombo has mastered the art of modern production and over the years has weaved in and out with genres, playing with ideas through different monikers which has led to his most impressive discography. As Kolombo he has had many releases and remixes on labels such as Kompakt, 2DIY4, Warung, Noir Music, Turbo, Eskimo, Future Classic, Systematic and Boxer amongst others. Make sure to head down to Revolver on Sunday January 19.

fabolous, chingy and omarion

The Redline Music Tour has announced a huge lineup with Fabolous, Chingy and Omarion being squeezed into the one bill. Fabolous is one of those platinum-selling artists who has managed to stay relevant for well over a decade. This is his second trip to Australia and a chance to catch him up performing all his hits including Young’n (Holla Back), Into You and Breathe as well as possible tastes from his new album Loso’s Way 2, which is set to drop soon. Maybach Music signing and Grammy nominee, Omarion will be joining him. From being a heartthrob in B2K to recently signing to Rick Ross’s label, Omarion has gone on to release two successful mixtapes plus his latest EP Care Package. To round up the lineup is Chingy, the St. Louis born and bred rapper and actor. It’s all happening at the Forum Theatre on Sunday October 6.

oktoberfest

jon hopkins

Off the back of his Immunity LP, Hopkins has found himself confirmed as a solo producer of international standing and a respected artist in his own right. Before Immunity he was only but an elusive producer for the likes of Eno, Coldplay and David Holmes to name but a few. Since the release of Immunity Hopkins has also collaborated on tracks with Purity Ring & Bat For Lashes, as well as receiving the remix treatment on the album lead single Open Eye Signal from Nosaj Thing. Make sure to head down to The Hi-Fi on Thursday December 12.

Prost mate! Oktoberfest is returning to Lucky Coq. During Oktoberfest Lucky Coq we will be showcasing eight of the finest German beers on tap plus one Austrian Lager just to keep it interesting, including Schoffer Hoffer, Radeberger, Bitburger, Erdinger, Colonial, Konig, Hofbrau, Lowenbrau and Stiegl. They’ll be serving all these fine drops in their own branded glassware in a pure and authentic German style. They’re also throwing a couple of Sunday sessions upstairs with free German barbecues, bands and DJs. Lucky Coq will be celebrating Oktoberfest from Saturday September 21 until Sunday October 6

15 years of elefant traks

jay lumen

adana twins

Elefant Traks is set to celebrate its 15th birthday with a giant twoday celebration. With each act performing only once over the two days, a two-day pass is vital. You’ll get to see Hermitude, Horroshow, The Herd, Urthboy, Sietta, The Tongue, Jimbla, Joelistics, Astronomy Class, The Last Kinection, Ozi Batla, Sky’High and Jane Tyrell’s solo debut. It’s all happening at the Corner Hotel on Friday November 22 and at Northcote Social Club on Saturday November 23.

gorgon city

Gorgon City are polished, powerful and party-minded and have already caught the ears of tastemakers like Diplo, DJ T, Annie Mac and Mistajam. Inspired by the endless groove possibilities when house, garage and bass music go toe-totoe, Gorgon City’s distinctive sound is a logical development of the duo’s individual work as RackNRuin and Foamo. BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and Rinse FM have already given them righteous hype and their current single Real, featuring Yasmin has gained huge support making it one of 2013’s earliest scorchers. Make sure to head down to Revolver on Saturday September 21.

Hungarian Jay Lumen’s musical journey has seen him come a long way, from classical violin training at eight years old to now being one of the world’s leading driving forces behind the tech house and techno movements. Jay’s releases have found their way to respected international labels such as Ministry of Sound, Toolroom, 100% Pure, Tronic, Great Stuff and Drumcode. Head down to Revolver on Friday October 4. Tickets are on the door.

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Adana Twins return to Melbourne for yet another show at Revolver for Summer Series. Adana Twins continue to resonate in their hood at EGO in Hamburg, but also please the party crowd throughout Germany and Europe with their deep and animating sets. The duo consists of Take it Easy, the energizer and Freezo, the straight and fluffy guy. This crazy duo was brought together by the power of good Turkish food and their shared love of grooving house music. It’s all happening on Sunday October 6 at Revolver.


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Angelo Del Core is the softly spoken Italian techno superstar, rather happy to be talking down the line to Australia about his second tour in many years: “I am very happy to be talking to you again,” he chimes. “Since we spoke last year, a lot of exciting things have happened. I have done numerous tours around the world through Europe and South America and had the opportunity to play in some of the biggest techno festivals in the world, such as Mayday.” These are the sorts of gigs that only a few short years ago, he claims he couldn’t have dreamt of playing. But mentalities have changed – not just amongst punters and fans, but also with producers, who are now often thinking outside the square. “In Italy, the techno scene a few years ago was terrible, but techno clubs are rocking again like they were in the 1990s. The evidence of this is that I’m playing in my country much more often than in the past and the clubs are starting to promote techno again.” And pleasingly, this is a far departure from the way things were. “To be honest, it really was a little bit sad to see the scene the way it was over the last few years - the Italian scene was not great for techno. It was one of the best scenes some years ago, but people started moving in more commercial movements. But this phase luckily has changed and things are for the better now.” Musically, the man has been rather busy in the studio in recent times as well. Last year, he released the Koreload Volume 1 and Volume 2 compilations on his own imprint, Different Is Better. “I think these featured some of my favourite tracks produced over the years on other labels; a sort of an anthology to allow people to discover my old tracks again – to sort of let the new generation hear them. I also have an interesting EP coming up in the next couple of months, on some Italian labels. Some really great music is coming from Italian techno masters also – producers who I consider my mentors - Dandi and Ugo.” Otherwise, the man that delivered the Hypnotic and Wayfarer EPs in recent times won’t be drawn too much on what else he has planned. Other than to say that he has plenty in store – and that there isn’t too much more to give away. “Don’t worry, there are going to be many

surprises; this coming year will probably be my best year since the beginning, in terms of my productions,” he says. “I am producing some of the best techno I ever have; techno is the way I would define myself. In fact, I would say I cannot define myself in any other way.” That said, Angelo is inspired and motivated by many things. Musically, the renaissance being felt in techno right now can’t hurt – but he is also engaged by much of what surrounds him. “Everything I do comes to me by some form of instinct. I listen to all kinds of music; I love to take inspiration from every new area of music I listen to. That also helps me when I produce. I sit in front of my computer and basically, whatever happens - happens. There is usually something in my mind too, that guides me to do what I want to – it isn’t always completely easy but I know what I have to do.” His sets too, are diverse but he admits that he is feeling the darker, more sinister sounds of the genre at present. “My performances are based on the dark concept at the moment,” he describes. “I try to introduce that vibe during my sets as well as some older, more famous tracks. I find it funny how the ‘techno people’ and the ‘not so techno’ people like it – but the end result is that people are still loving techno, which in my opinion is a good thing.” So finally, Angelo is well pumped about coming back to Australia so soon after his recent trip a year or so ago. “It will really be amazing,” he says. “I think it will be great. I have a special feeling for Australia and the people there. I would love to come back two or three times a year if I could. I love it there and I love the vibe and people. Earthcore is also a very special step for me in my DJ career – it is a famous festival worldwide that people all over the world know about.”

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Angy Kore plays at the Earthcore 20th Anniversary alongside Ace Ventura, 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/angykoredj

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Back in the day, two producer/DJs Michael David and Tyler Blake couldn’t catch a break. They resorted to throwing parties outside a basement in Echo Park, Los Angeles, in what became a semiregular event know as Hush Hush. Lines extended around the corner. Blake was evicted. And Classixx was born. It might be said that the endurance of Classixx and their musical production comes down to their relationship. “We’d probably be making this music anyway even if people weren’t interested,” Michael says. “Our friendship is very much based on our musical sensibilities, so for people to enjoy the music we’re been making, is pretty cool.” Now the duo are one of the most respected acts in dance music, with their own hit tracks I’ll Get You, Dominoes and Hanging Gardens as well as epic remixes of Groove Armada, Yacht, Major Lazer and Phoenix. They are headed to Oz for the inaugural Listen Out IDM parties across the country this September and October. “I find that Australian audiences go crazy and are very expressive,” Michael says. The boys are excited to be a part of Listen Out, which organizers say was designed to fill a gap in the festival market for an intelligent, Australian dance music event. “We’re just really happy and feel lucky to be a part of it,” Michael says. “We’re definitely privileged to be a part of it.” It will be the Australian debut of their long awaited first album Hanging Gardens. “It’s been pretty positive,” Mike says of the reaction to the album. “We didn’t have very many expectations, so positive responses have been very flattering for us. I think that people who liked our previous work have been responding to us – that’s not been very surprising. But also we’ve picked up some new

fans that are more prone to listening to albums.” They’re stripping back their live performances, focusing on the fundamentals. “For the most part it’s just Tyler and I on stage,” he says. “We’re trying to pull back some of the peripheral elements, keep it sort of raw, we’re playing keyboard and guitars and sequencing. The main takeaway is that we’re trying to make the live experience an authentic one.” In terms of touring together, knowing each other since they were kids mean few lines have been left uncrossed. “We know each other very well, probably about as well as two friends can, it’s almost like touring with family,’ Mike says. “We kind of can be completely ourselves, sometimes selfish and sometimes concerned for the other person.” Michael and Tyler met in middle school, with the former heavily into Guns N’ Roses and New Age guitars while the latter was deep into West Coast Funk. They went their separate ways for a while, Tyler to the Berklee School of Music and Michael on the road as a keyboardist with a band. They always stayed in touch, sharing music online, before coming together again in Los Angeles, unleashing their unique, synth-disco sounds on their own tracks and those of others. Classixx will play at Listen Out on Saturday October 5 at Observatory Precinct, Royal Botanic Gardens. Hanging Gardens is out now through Future Classic. facebook.com/classixxofficial soundcloud.com/ classixx

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club guide wednesday september 11

COQ ROQ - FEAT: AGENT 86 + DJS LADY NOIR + JOYBOT + KITI + MR THOM Lucky Coq, Windsor. 7:00pm. COSMIC PIZZA - FEAT: NHJ Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm DADA LIFE Billboard, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. DUBSTEP GRIME DRUM & BASS - FEAT: DJ BADDUMS + DJ CARMEX Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. HALFWAYS Workshop, Melbourne. 8:00pm. HOODRAPZ - FEAT: WEDNESDAY Workshop, Melbourne. 7:00pm. LOST & FOUND - FEAT: DJ SPIDEY + DJ RUBY FROST Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:00pm. MO’ SOUL - FEAT: DJ VINCE PEACH & MISS GOLDIE Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. NEW GUERNICA WEDNESDAYS New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. SOUL ARMY Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. 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 Chi Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. DJ KRONIC + MS BUTT Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. DO DROP IN - FEAT: DJ KITI + DJ LADY NOIR The Carlton Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. DON’T THINK I’M ALIVE THURSDAYS The Vineyard, St Kilda. 7:00pm. 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. NEW GUERNICA THURSDAYS - FEAT: CONDUCTORS + JAMES KANE + NEGATIV MAGICK + NU BALANCE + POST PERCY New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. RADIONICA Workshop, Melbourne. 8:00pm. THE RITZ THURSDAYS - FEAT: NARI & MILANI + CARRICK DALTON & SAM COHEN + CAUC-ASIAN DJ’S + ED WILKS + JOSHUA GILILAND + KEN WALKER + LUCILLE CROFT + MAX KRUSE + TIM LIGHT + ZACK ROSE Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 8:00pm. $20. TIGER FUNK LIVE - FEAT: DJ MOONSHINE Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. TROCADERO Match Bar & Grill, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm.

MCMAHON + JAMIE VLAHOS + MR MAGOO + ZIGGY Billboard, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $15. CHI SATURDAYS Chi Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm CLUB FICTION - FEAT: KITTY ROCK & THE BAD LADIES Red Bennies, South Yarra. 2:00am. DJ PLAZMA Idgaff Bar & Venue, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. 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. NEO SACRILEGE - FEAT: DJ NERO Abode, St Kilda. 8:00pm. NEW GUERNICA SATURDAYS New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. ONESIXFIVE - FEAT: DJ COURTNEY MILLS + DJ HOOPS + DJ OLLIE HOLMES + DJ JOSH PAOLA + DJ WILL CUMMINGS Onesixone, Prahran. 3:00am. POISON APPLE Prince Bandroom, St Kilda. 8:00pm. SATURDAY CONFIDENTIAL Galley Room, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. SATURDAYS - FEAT: ACTION SAM + DJ ROWIE European Bier Cafe, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. SATURDAYS @ LEVEL 2 - FEAT: DJ BOOGS + DJ CHESTWIG + DJ LUKE MCD + DJ MIKE HUNT + DJ ROWIE + DJ SPECIAL K

Level 2 The Club, Northcote. 9:00pm. SATURDAYS AT ONE TWENTY BAR 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. SOUTH SIDE SHOW - FEAT: EDD FISHER + KNAVE KNIXX Red Bennies, South Yarra. 8:00pm. $15. STAR SATURDAYS Star Bar, South Melbourne. 8:00pm. STRUT SATURDAYS - FEAT: COLLECTIVE + ANDREAS + DANNY MERX + HENRIQUE + JASON SERINI + MARK PELLEGRINI + MC JUNIOR + NICK VAN WILDER 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. TEMPERANCE SATURDAYS - FEAT: DJ MARCUS KNIGHT + DJ XANDER JAMES Temperance Hotel, South Yarra. 8:00pm. TEXTILE - FEAT: DJS PACMAN + JEAN PAUL + MOONSHINE + TAH 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. TOO MUCH 4TH BIRTHDAY - FEAT: MOSCA + DAVID BASS + NAISE + SAME O + WOZ Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:00pm. WHAT’S DOING? - FEAT: DJ CITIZEN.COM Workshop, Melbourne. 8:00pm. WHY NOT? - FEAT: SATURDAY Pretty Please, St Kilda. 8:00pm.

sunday september 15

COSMIC TONIC Veludo Bar & Restaurant, St Kilda. 9:30pm. DANGER - FEAT: GEORGE HYSTERIC & ROHAN BELL-TOWERS The Carlton Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. GUILTY PLEASURES Pretty Please, St Kilda. 8:00pm. MOTEL SUNDAYS

The Motel, South Melbourne. 8:00pm. NO MORE-BANG-FOR-BUCK BURLESQUE SHOW! Red Bennies, South Yarra. 8:00pm. REVOLVER SUNDAYS - FEAT: DJ BOOGS + DJ SPACEY SPACE + DJ RADIATOR + DJ SILVERSIX + DJ T-REK Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:30pm. SOUTH SIDE HUSTLE - FEAT: ASKEW + BOOSHANK + DISCO HARRY + JUNJI + MISS BUTT + PAZ + PETER BAKER Lucky Coq, Windsor. 8:30pm. SUNDAE SHAKE - FEAT: AGENT 86 + PHATO-A-MANO + TIGERFUNK Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 4:00pm. SUNDAY SESSIONS - FEAT: DAN BOWDENA ND MAYFIELD + FOUNKSHUI Veludo Bar & Restaurant, St Kilda. 4:30pm. SURRENDER - FEAT: DJ SERGEANT SLICK + DJ ADAM TRACE + DJ ADRIAN CHESSARI + DJ CHRIS OSTROM + DJ SEF Fusion, Southbank. 8:00pm. THE SUNDAY SET - FEAT: DJS ANDYBLACK + HAGGIS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 4:00pm.

monday september 16

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 september 17

BIMBO TUESDAYS - FEAT: ADAM ASKEW Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. COSMIC PIZZA Lucky Coq, Windsor. 8:00pm. DJ JAGUAR E55, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. NEVER CHEER BEFORE YOU KNOW WHO’S WINNING - FEAT: REPETER FONDA Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm.

friday september 13

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. CRUCIAL SOCIAL ACADEMY - FEAT: DJ A13 + DJ JELLYFISHWORKSHOP, MELBOURNE. 8:00PM. discotheque - feat: elana musto + greg sara + scott t MATCH BAR & GRILL, MELBOURNE CBD. 7:00PM. FRIDAY NIGHT COMMERCIAL HOUSE DJS - FEAT: HIJACK + LIVNBEYNG + MAGIC HOUSE Veludo Bar & Restaurant, St Kilda. 8:30pm. I LOVE OLD SCHOOL - FEAT: SHAGGZ & PUPPET + DJ TEY + MERV MAC Red Bennies, South Yarra. 10:00pm. $10. JUICY - FEAT: CHAIRMAIN MEOW + COBURG MARKET + MR. FOX + TIGERFUNK + WHO Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. MEET YOUR MATES FRIDAYS Libation, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. MIDNIGHT MIDNIGHT New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. MR VEGAS Prince Bandroom, St Kilda. 8:00pm. PANORAMA - FEAT: DJS MATT RAD + MR GEORGE + PHATO A MANO + TOM MEAGHER Lucky Coq, Windsor. 8:00pm. POPROCKS - FEAT: DR PHIL SMITH Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. REMEMBER ME The Motel, South Melbourne. 8:00pm. RETRO SEXUAL One Twenty Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. REVOLVER FRIDAYS (ANTARCTICA REMIX LAUNCH) - FEAT: DJ LEWIE DAY + DJ MIKE CALLANDER + DJ ALEX THOMAS + DJ KATIE DROVER + DJ WHO Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:00pm. SATURDAY MORNING - FEAT: DJ SUNSHINE + DJ BUTTERS + DJ HEY SAM Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:00am. SHUFFLE FRIDAY NIGHTS Bridie O’reilly’s Brunswick, Brunswick. 10:00pm. SVELT + BISCOTTI + MANGELWURZEL 303, Northcote. 8:30pm. $10. THE FOX FRIDAYS Fox Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. UPTOWN GROOVE Order Of Melbourne, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. WEEKENDER! Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. SHUFFLE FRIDAY NIGHTS Bridie O’reilly’s Brunswick, Brunswick. 11:00pm. THE FOX FRIDAYS Fox Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. UPTOWN GROOVE Order Of Melbourne, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm.

saturday september 14

VENICE MUSIC - FEAT: DJ ALI E Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. BILLBOARD SATURDAYS - FEAT: FRAZER ADNAM SCOTT

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wednesday september 11 Compression Session - Feat: Cassawarrior + Dd + Ricka E55, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. Soul Ensemble Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm.

thursday september 12 Pennies Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. $6.

friday september 13 Chaise Fridays - Feat: Soulclap + DJ Claz + DJ Dirx + DJ Peril + DJ Sef Chaise Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 4:30pm. Crew Love - Feat: DJ Tony Sunshine Sub Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm. $15. DJ Thaddeus Doe The B.east, Brunswick East. 9:00pm. Faktory Khokolat Bar, Melbourne. 2:55pm. Faktory - Feat: DJ Damion De Silva + DJ Durmy + DJ K Dee + DJ Yaths Khokolat Bar, Melbourne. 9:30pm. Get Lit Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. Like Fridays - Feat: Broz + Dir-X + DJs Dinesh + Nyd + Sef + Shaggz + Shaun D La Di Da, Melbourne. 8:00pm. Rnb Superclub - Feat: Young Men Society Rnb Superclub, Southbank. 8:00pm. Studio Chasers, South Yarra. 8:00pm. $20. Sweet Nothing Fridays - Feat: DJ Marcus Knight + DJ Xander

James Temperance Hotel, South Yarra. 9:00pm.

saturday september 14 Chaise Lounge Saturdays - Feat: DJ Andy Pala + DJ Kah Lua Chaise Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. Cheap Sober + Maggot Mouf & Gutz + Pete Mc + Planz The Hi-fi, Melbourne. 8:00pm. $26. Laundry Saturdays Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. Saturday Nights - Feat: DJ Damion De Silva + Dj Jay Sin + DJ K Dee Khokolat Bar, Melbourne. 9:30pm. The Dojo Order Of Melbourne, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm. The High Society Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm.

monday september 16 Freedom Pass - Feat: Phil Ross + B-Boogie + Chris Mac + Dozza Co., Southbank. 10:30pm. Hip Hop Open Mic First Floor, Fitzroy. 8:00pm.

tuesday september 17 Can I Kick It? Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm.

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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

MORE FESTIVAL PROMOTERS HIT HARD TIMES A mixture of cautious consumer spending and interfestival bidding driving up artist fees has led to hard times for some festivals. Inversion Productions announced that the nine-year-old Pyramid Rock Festival will not go ahead this year. Inversion blamed “tough economic conditions in recent years” and that “options will be explored for the festival to return on a permanent basis in 2014.” Promoters were criticised for not having a back-up plan when expected wild storms hit the last event blowing out four headline acts and no New Year countdown. The inaugural Boomerang Festival, set up at Bluesfest’s site in Byron Bay for all Australians to celebrate indigenous culture, is down on numbers. Bluesfest and Boomerang promoter Peter Noble revealed that it needed to shift 3,500 tickets per day to break even. But a month out it has just done 800-1,000 per day. An angry Noble blamed metropolitan media, saying tickets sold where Boomerang got promotion. In Sydney it’s sold just 74, and 75 in Melbourne. “At one level apathy equals cultural apartheid...if people remain apathetic, what that means is we don’t care about our indigenous Australians,” he told Fairfax Media. “If we really cared about our Indigenous artists we would be spending the money. Reconciliation needs to happen in action.” Tone Deaf reported that the Supreme Court of Victoria put into liquidation three companies that were part of Future Entertainment, which presents the Future Music and Summadayze festivals. The move was due to a $22,215 debt but Fairfax Media which contacted creditors suggested debts were more than $500,000. Court documents showed that Future’s accountants met an administrator in Sydney last November over its financial situation. Winding up were Music Events Holdings Pty Ltd (formerly Future Entertainment Pty Ltd), Music Events Tours Pty Ltd (formerly Future Tours Pty Ltd) and Music Events Operations Pty Ltd (formerly Future Events Pty Ltd). The move comes weeks after Future’s promoters went into partnership with Mushroom Group to jointly present the Future Music festivals in Australia and Asia. Future Entertainment was set up in 1999 by Jason Ayoubi and Mark Condron (Mark James).

LAUNCHING PAD #1: COOKING VINYL AUSTRALIA Long running UK label Cooking Vinyl has opened its own office in Australia, headed by former Shock Records veterans Leigh Gruppetta and Stu Harvey. It is based in Melbourne. It will work with distributor, he newly launched Caroline Label Services, run by another former Shock executive Tim Janes. Full report on beat.com.au.

LAUNCHING PAD #2: 123 AGENCY 123 Agency, based in Melbourne has launched, lead by director and agent Damian Costin who was most recently at Premier Artists. Its 26 acts include Stonefield, Calling All Cars, Ella Hooper, Katalyst, The Seabellies, Kingswood, Dune, BONJAH, Michael Paynter, Ngaiire, Red Ink and Space Invadas. The team includes director Chris Robinson, GM Michael Wassertheil, agent Regan Lethbridge and digital marketing coordinator Madeleine O’Gorman. Full story at beat.com.au.

LAUNCHING PAD #3: REDRO RECORDS Dave “Red” Whip made his name as sound engineer, producer, DJ, manager of Woodstock Studios, currently house sound dude at Cherry Bar, and as singer and guitarist with The Stars, My Lil Tornado and Mofoco. Now living down the Mornington Peninsula where he’s built his own studio and launched Redro Records. Redro, he says, caters for those who need to make music regardless. “Creatively, I predict exciting times ahead for anyone willing to just make their art because it needs to be made.” Aside from re-releasing My Lil Tornado’s back catalogue it launches new single Good Times by Redro Redriguez & His Inner Demons at The Lyrebird on Saturday September 21.

LAUNCHING PAD #4: PULSE TELEVISION Geelong community radio 94.7 The Pulse has its own TV show. Pulse Television is a lifestyle/magazine program highlighting the greater Geelong region

and screens on Fridays from 8pm at Channel 31. It is developed, filmed and edited by media students training at The Pulse and presented by station volunteers.

THINGS WE HEAR * Drummer Nicky Bomba has left the John Butler Trio as one of his many side projects, the Melbourne Ska Orchestra, takes off in popularity. * The Arctic Monkeys told triple j they’ll be back here in 2014. * The Strokes’ guitarist Albert Hammond Jr admitted to the NME, “I used to shoot cocaine, heroin and ketamine 20 times a day” from the age of 26 to 29. * Robin Thicke soon learned not to grope a girl’s arse when a photo was being taken, especially as a mirror behind reflected it all. The picture, taken at a MTV awards after-party, went viral. The 20-year-old college student claimed to the media that Thicke followed her to a bathroom, turned off the lights and made out with her. Thicke’s wife, actress Paula Patton, sniffed that she was at the party with him and dismissed Lana Scolaro as an attention getter. * A new Justin Bieber song What She Wants posted on YouTube, which caused an outcry because he sings “I know how to treat her, she want me to be her nigga”, has proven to be a fake. It was sung by Khalil Underwood although it’s not sure who posted it on a look-alike Bieber YouTube site. * AJ Maddah, who runs the hard rock Soundwave and esoteric Harvest, snarled “no way!” at media speculation he’s doing a hip hop festival. Rumours started after it was revealed that Eminem was offered a Maddah festival but turned it down because he wanted to do his own tour (in February through Dainty). * Reece Mastin posted that he’s got a new tattoo of his grandfather on one arm to match the one of his grandma on the other. * Passion Pit had most of their gear destroyed when a storm blew in at 70mph during their headlining set at Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival. * Vevo reported a 250% streaming of Miley Cyrus videos following her ‘twerking’ performance at the MTV VMAs. Through July, Vevo had a record 80 million streams, making it the third-biggest online video platform behind YouTube and Facebook. In Australia Vevo went live with Apple TV, with initial numbers “above expectations” according to MCM Media chief Simon Joyce. * Melbourne blues band Southern Lightning is back to being a five-piece, now joined by bassist John Stax who formed England’s The Pretty Things. Stax played with SL singer Dave Hogan in the ‘90s in Blues Hangover. * Celine Dion has dumped Daniel Merriweather’s song Water And A Flame as the title track of her upcoming album. Merriweather slammed Dion on Facebook for apparently pretending she wrote the song, a claim which Dion’s management hit back as “grossly inaccurate but also very hurtful.” She’s opted to Love Me Back To Life, co-written by Sia, who’ll no doubt enjoy the million dollar earnings which the impulsive Merriweather forfeited. * After the death of Bill Putt, Mike Rudd will carry on playing gigs as Mike Rudd the solo singer/songwriter and under the Spectrum banner. He plays as Rudd on Wednesday September 25 at the Clifton Hill Hotel Acoustic Sessions 20th Anniversary Show and CD launch, and as Spectrum on Sunday September 29 at the St Andrews Hotel from 3pm. He thanks all who sent condolences. * Ballarat nightclub JD’s has been sold after co-owner Jason Yean admitted he lost the vibe and wanted to spend more time with his family. The new owners will revamp the place while keeping the name.

FINALISTS FOR MELBOURNE PRIZE The $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Music category is awarded to a Victorian musician, or group of musicians, who has made an outstanding contribution to Australian music and has enriched cultural and public life. The finalists are Brett Dean, Tony Gould, Mick Harvey, Shane Howard and Wilma Smith.

In the $30,000 Outstanding Musicians Award category for a Victorian musician, or group of musicians for recent work representing an outstanding creativity and skill, the finalists are Ros Bandt, Grigoryan Brothers, Stephen Magnusson, Gian Slater, Eugene Ughetti, Erkki Veltheim, Bart Willoughby, Ainslie Wills, Julien Wilson and Lisa Young. In the $13,000 Development Award category, presented to a musician or musicians, 30 years and under, who demonstrate outstanding musical talent with the potential to develop a career, the finalists are Michael Bakrnchev, Helen Croome, Jessica Jiang. Adam Katz and Kate Kelsey-Sugg. The recipient is each category will be announced at a public ceremony at Federation Square on Wednesday November 13. A free public exhibition is held at Federation Square Friday November 8 to Friday November 22 to showcase the finalists.

IRON MIND LEARN TO RESIST Melbourne hardcore band Iron Mind have signed with Resist Records. The band, who formed in 2006, are set to follow up their 2011 debut Hell Split Wide Open. They moved into a cabin in Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges with Melbourne producer Mike Deslandes (Blkout, Robotosaurus, Coerce, Lead Sketch Union, Confession) at the helm.

MALAYSIA BANS LAMB OF GOD Lamb of God have to bin their Saturday September 28 show in Kuala Lumpur – which sold 1,500 tickets – after Malaysia refused a permit in case they infringed its religious sensitivities and cultural values. One Government department claimed they mixed metal music with saying from Muslim holy book The Qu’an. Lamb Of God continue their shows this month in Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. Last year Malaysia banned Erykah Badu as a photo of her body art was deemed offensive to Muslims.

BIG NAMES FOR EMC The second Electronic Music Conference (EMC) in December in Sydney has announced its first round of speakers. They include Tommie Sunshine, Ferry Corsten, Tommy Trash, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Krewella, Stafford Brothers, M4SONIC, Destructo, Grant Smillie, MaRLo and Nina Las Vegas. From the music industry are Richard Slatter (GM, Twitter Music), Gary Richards (HARD Events, LA), Matthew Adell (CEO Beatport), Kerri Mason (inthemix USA & Billboard), Richie McNeill, (MD, Stereosonic), Adam Zammit (CEO Big Day Out), Jon Hanlon (Sony/Konkrete) and Dan Rosen (CEO, ARIA). The theme is an emphasis on Asia as an EDM market and Australia’s role in its growth.

MATTY WOO, GABBY FIRE OFF PISTOL

MELI,

Matty Woo and Gabby Meli launched Pistol Artist Services as a boutique company for artists, managers and agents. It offers support in areas as administrative, projects and tour management, merchandise and marketing. Woo started out as roadie for The Beautiful Girls and then began tour managing acts like Angus & Julia Stone, The Fumes, The Cat Empire and The Goons of Doom before setting up Matty Wu Management with Dune Rats, Kid Mac and Ash Grunwald. Pistol will manage them and administer for Mia Dyson. Meli working in admin roles at a record label, management company and booking agent. See more at pistolartistservices.com.

BONJAH SIGNS EURO DEALS After getting good response during their first European visit last year, in particular Germany and England, Bonjah will return next year. They’ve struck a partnership with Live Nation to look after bookings and Plug n Play to look after radio. They’re set to tour Australia behind new single Blue Tone Black Heart. Full details at beat.com.au.

BLUES FANS RAISE $5,500 Blues musician Greg Dodd organised a fund raiser for the Father Bob Maguire Foundation, which helps, supports and houses the homeless in Victoria. Joining him at the Royal Standard in West Melbourne were Mr Black & Blues, Chris Wilson, Blues Mountain, Dreamboogie, Kelly Auty, Paulie Bignell and The Taildraggers, amongst others. They raised $5,500 along with 500 homeless packs containing warm clothing and cans of food.

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LIFELINES Expecting: No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani and Bush’s Gavin Rossdale, their third. Expecting: Sydney singer songwriter Luke Hannigan (ex-Lo Tel) and actress Pia Miranda, their second child. They have a daughter Lily, 3. Engaged: N’Sync’s Lance Bass popped the question to boypal Michael Turchin. Married: former Bachelor Girl singer Tania Doko in her home base of Stockholm, and her Swedish beau Daniel. He proposed to her on her birthday during a boating trip in Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands in May. Married: U2’s Adam Clayton and long time partner Mariana Telxeira De Car Carvalho in a registry office in Dublin. Marrying: former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum and singer/dancer Adriane ‘Ace’ Harper in Palm Springs, California on Saturday October 12. They both play together in the band Diamond Baby. Injured: Andy Samuels, best friend of One Direction’s Liam Payne, ended with 20% burns on his face and hands after a patio heater exploded on the balcony of Payne’s apartment. 30 people fled the building. Samuels’ family hailed Payne a hero after he dragged him out of the fire. In Hospital: Angels/Skyhooks guitarist Bob Spencer had surgery this Monday for “my unwanted passenger, Eric the Tumour.” In Court: Kings Cross nightclub operator Adam Freeman faces a maximum sentence of life in jail after he pleaded guilty to the manufacture of 19.2 kilograms of ecstasy, worth an estimated $3 million. In Court: Melbourne rapper Mr Morgz (Corinthian Morgan), 28, of West Heidelberg pleaded guilty in the Koori County Court to trading a stolen car, an armed carjacking and robbery in Preston, and an attempted armed robbery at a post office in Coburg North. Morgan told the court he was consuming ice heavily for about six months before the crimes and did not remember committing them, and had not been sleeping or eating at the time. Mr. Morgz will be sentenced on Tuesday September 17. Died: Queensland record producer and blues musician Tony Byrne, suddenly at his unit in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast. Byrne began at Pyramid Studios, Electric Ladies and mostly recently Alan Pease’s Heliport Studios in Buderim on the Sunshine Coast. Byrne was also a singer and songwriter with his band The Mercury’s.

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Port Fairy Folk Music Festival 2014 had a strong start with subscriber tickets selling out in 24 hours. In fact more sold in the first day this year than for the same period over the last three years in total. Aside from the 30,000 fans that descend on the sleepy Celtic heritage fishing village each March, 30,000 mutton birds also arrive to call Port Fairy their home for a time each year.

NATIONAL MUSIC THERAPY CONFERENCE FOR MELBOURNE The Australian Music Therapy Association holds a national conference in Melbourne on Saturday September 14 and Sunday September 15 at the Novotel on Collins in the city. Founded in 1975, it now has 480 registered music therapists working on aged care, special education, early childhood, community, palliative care, paediatrics; brain injury and rehabilitation, oncology and with autism.

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CALECIXO By Krissi Weiss

Americana/TexMex/folk luminaries Calexico are swaggering their way around the globe yet again. Nearing their 20 year anniversary, Calexico are a blisteringly confident band whose passion for the music they create hasn’t once dwindled in their times together. As front man Joey Burns explains, being each other’s biggest fans has made their career so much easier.

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“We’ve been playing together for such a long time that we really enjoy watching each other have a great time on stage,” Burns says. “We love playing with each other and playing with the crowd in equal measures.” The confidence seems to come from a place of contentment. While Calexico have always pushed the boundaries of orchestration and instrumentation, there have been times when experimentation has come at a cost. When you’re a thinking man’s band, ensuring the audience is never isolated is paramount and the cure for any prospective inaccessibility is finding the right sound. “After years of trying to find that optimal sound – similar to what you try to do in the studio as well – when you try to find that sound in the live space, you get to feel that energy that transcends everything around you and you get to finally enjoy it completely.” It’s truly a sign of contentment when a band is enjoying each other as much as the crowd is enjoying the gig. So often artists can’t even stand to listen to their own music let alone allow themselves to have true, uninhibited fun on stage. They rattle off clichéd lines to the crowd, they tell the story that has gotten a laugh for the past 30 shows and they do anything and everything but have fun. Performing, playing a role or creating a character for the live environment is vital for some artists but the music of Calexico has always lent itself to vulnerability and open-palmed honesty. It’s the key to their success so far and its growth is a testament to their passion. “Last year we were playing in Paris and it was one of those super-hot and sweaty clubs and we were like ‘Alright let’s just try and do our best’ and once I got over that threshold of ‘This is going to be so uncomfortable’ it felt so good to be in that environment,” he says. “We were all together, all sweating, all feeling the same thing. I was seeing people up in the balconies fanning themselves and it made me feel like that is what it must’ve been 100 years ago when people played music. It opened me up and I was suddenly improvising a lot which the band told me they really enjoyed. Those are the moments where you lose yourself and those are the moments that make it all so special.”

“WE TRAVEL BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF OURSELVES TO DO THAT AND IT’S CHALLENGING. IT EVOKES CHANGE AND IT EVOKES EMOTION AND IT CHALLENGES THE SPIRITUAL MAKE UP OF WHO WE ARE – THE REALLY GOOD AND THE REALLY BAD”

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Burns continues discussing the notion of artistic authenticity and his own moment of realization. “There was a writer here is Tucson, Arizona who in his time had met Henry Miller and John Steinbeck at UCLA when they were doing research for their writing,” he says. “At the time I met him my grandfather had passed away and he was this older influence and he said to me ‘You can’t fake it’ – in this 80-year-old voice. It’s so true because every time you try it leaves everyone feeling cold. I think that is the spirit of what makes up our band.” Last year’s release, Algiers, was famously recorded in New Orleans – the first Calexico album in many years not recorded at their WaveLab Studio in Tucson. “I don’t care if that’s total lo fidelity or all of the best technology it has to have soul; whatever it takes to get the best possible story is all that matters,” he says. “We travel both inside and outside of ourselves to do that and it’s challenging. It evokes change and it evokes emotion and it challenges the spiritual make up of who we are – the really good and the really bad – so while I try not to let too many filters in but we are very open to whatever it takes to get that sound.” Part of what it takes is substituting ego for servitude – so many bands fail to realize that it doesn’t matter how well you play your instrument or how many notes you can squeeze into a syncopated rhythm, if it doesn’t serve the song no one will care. “It’s incredible how much restraint these six or seven band members can show when we play live and when that’s needed,” he says. “They might be playing just one or two things and just waiting until that moment when things build and that’s what makes our sound so special … It’s something I saw a lot playing in jazz groups in high school and classical groups in college; it was fun to be restrained and to serve the song as well as be able to listen to what is being created. The rising and falling of energy is what brings so much joy to people on both sides of a gig.”

CALEXICO will play the Anthenaeum Theatre on Tuesday September 24, followed by the Corner Hotel on Wednesday September 25.

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THE DRONES

By Lachlan Kanoniuk

Guitarist Dan Luscombe is sniffling down the line on a particularly frigid Melbourne morning (“It’s fucking horrible”). Up until earlier this year, Luscombe was the ‘new guy’ in The Drones, having joined Gaz Liddiard, Fiona Kitschin and Mike Noga back in 2007. Now the distinction goes to organist Steve Hesketh, who after making a few live appearances with the band over the years, became a consolidated member with the release of I See Seaweed at the beginning of 2013. “It took seven, nearly eight years,” Luscombe laughs. “I know how Ronnie Wood felt. He had to wait thirty or something years before that guy that nobody can remember joined the band to replace Bill Wyman. Stevie’s been a huge contributor musically and personality-wise to the band. He’s hilarious. We used to live together, Stevie and I, in our mid-20s. I remember he once gaffer-taped a telephone to my head when I was talking to my mum. And I think he pulled my pants down. That’s the kind of guy Stevie is. It’s good to have him in the band, and I’m looking forward to getting my revenge now I’ve remembered it.” After briefly emerging from what could be classified a hiatus in 2011 to celebrate the launch of DVD compilation A Thousand Mistakes, The Drones are back this year with a reinvigorated focus – having released a long-awaited new album, curated the return of ATP to Australia, toured fairly extensively and fulfilled a slot on the Splendour On The Grass bill. However, the pace of their return is far more measured than previous touring cycles. “It feels more relaxed than it’s ever felt for us. It feels like we’ve got through a very difficult adolescence or something, now we can relax and be adults. When I joined the band it was pretty much immediately on the road for four or five years, and we didn’t really stop a lot during that time. The fact that we didn’t literally murder each other is kind of a miracle. With that behind us, knowing we can come through something like that, it just solidified our relationship as people. It also made us very instinctive live players. We would be doing over 100 shows a year. When you go through something like that, the muscle memory doesn’t leave you. You also develop a keen sense of what everybody’s doing up there, or more importantly, about to do. I think it’s helped us become a good live band. That opportunity to go out and play that amount of shows in Australia isn’t easy, unless you want to disappear into regional touring for the rest of your life, or head overseas and keep busy over there,” he reasons. “Most bands in Australia at a certain level find that they run out of cities to play pretty fast. We were fortunate that the four of us didn’t really have any ties here. Gaz and Fi obviously had each other, Mike and I were single, none of us had mortgages. We looked at the situation and decided to uproot. We didn’t really live anywhere for a while, I crashed at my brother’s when I was in Melbourne. It was a very itinerate life for a few years. The benefits of doing that mean you should become a good band, but the downside is that you don’t have much of a life for a while. That’s why we took a really long break between this album and the last. It became obvious to everyone in the band that we needed to step away for a while and get some semblance of a normal life – to put your name on a bond for a change. With all that behind us, then having a good time making this record, it was nice knowing the break served us well. It was also nice knowing that the worst of our behaviour was behind us. We’re not as volatile characters as we used to be, we don’t snap or argue with each other anymore. Just a bit more chilled out.”

“IT BECAME OBVIOUS TO EVERYONE IN THE BAND THAT WE NEEDED TO STEP AWAY FOR A WHILE AND GET SOME SEMBLANCE OF A NORMAL LIFE – TO PUT YOUR NAME ON A BOND FOR A CHANGE.” With that renewed focus, Luscombe can’t envision a need for The Drones to take another elongated break anytime soon. “The thing that’s going to stop us these days is people losing interest, because we’re not going to lose interest any time soon. We’re really enjoying the music that we’re making now. There always will be that brutal aspect, I think it’s going to get a lot weirder, I reckon. We’ll start making another record once this tour is done. I don’t know how it’s going to sound, but we didn’t know how the last one was going to sound. It could be acoustic ballads, or it could be something like Merzbow,” he says, referencing the abrasive Japanese experimentalist. “The other fun thing about this band is that every record is kind of different to the last. There are common threads, but I like the unpredictability of it all.”

THE DRONES perform at The Hi-Fi on Friday September 13 and Saturday September 14. They also appear on this year’s Harvest festival lineup, taking place at Werribee Park on Sunday November 10. WATCH INTERVIEWS, CHATS & AWKWARD SILENCES..... WWW.BEAT.COM.AU/TV

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THE CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA By Edward Sharp-Paul It’s all in the name. The Cinematic Orchestra have carved out a distinctive niche in their fifteen years, pulling together a mixture of jazz, hip hop and electronica. Where other acts flirt with evocative, widescreen sounds, The Cinematic Orchestra take the idea a step further, creating imaginary film scores, and occasionally soundtracking the real thing as well. Ahead of an appearance at the Melbourne Festival, composer/bandleader/ mastermind Jason Swinscoe discussed artistic evolution, unusual gig opportunities, and the creative potential of limitations. Though known for their ability to conjure limitless soundscapes, Swinscoe’s early experiments were very much shaped by his limitations. “It wasn’t really conceptualised in the beginning,” says Swinscoe, speaking from his new home on Paris’ Left Bank (“I’ve spent the last seven years in the US – it felt like a natural time to come back to Europe”, he explains). “It was just a love of art and music, and trying to fuse the two together. I collected a lot of old records – jazz, experimental, classical, a lot of film scores – and I had [in the late ‘90s] an old Mac computer, an Akai sampler and some turntables. So my tools were very limited, but I think that’s the best way to go, because it makes you experiment, makes you think harder about what you can create with a small palette.” So The Cinematic Orchestra wasn’t conceived as part of a master plan, but Swinscoe certainly knew what he wasn’t

interested in doing. Of the music that eventually made up debut album Motion, a score for an imaginary thriller, Swinscoe says that he was “trying to create a narrative through the composition. I never wanted to write threeminute pop songs for the radio. I wanted something longer and more emotive, something that could develop over time. In the course of discussing Swinscoe’s craft, it becomes clear that he possesses an enduring curiosity, which goes some way to explaining the varied projects that the group have taken on throughout their career. “We’ve played some amazing shows”, he says, “ancient European amphitheatres, film festivals…one of our first shows was playing at the Director’s Guild Awards, where Stanley Kubrick was receiving a lifetime achievement award. They kitted us out to look like a boy band, all matching, and we just played our music in the corner. It was bizarre, but rewarding.”

“Then there’s the live scores that we’ve done for films – we played Man With A Movie Camera for thousands of people, the Barbican [the band curated a series of film scores for silent films at London’s Barbican Centre in 2011]. I think the name and the style of music has gotten us invited to some very special places. We’ve played rock festivals, like Fuji Rock, and that can be hard – getting onstage after a hard, pumping rock band in front of ten thousand people. We still enjoy the challenge, but maybe that environment isn’t the most conducive to what we do.” Such a will to explore new terrain extends to their everchanging sound. “Motion was sample-based, and Every Day was more based on the sound of a live band. Then from Every Day to Ma Fleur was a dislocation, from dance music to songwriting with less beats, more of a new folk music. The one I’m working on now is more electronic, with programmed beats and a very different palette of sounds – synths, organs and effects” That palette of sounds lends itself wonderfully to television, and many of The Cinematic Orchestra’s fans were first exposed to the band through the soundtracks of shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Packed To The Rafters. Such commercial

entanglements can present creative and ethical challenges, but Swinscoe has a fool-proof strategy. “We get a lot of requests for TV, advertising and film, and if it’s not cool, we turn them down,” Swinscoe explains, “but Grey’s Anatomy is a good show with a good rep. We synced a song to Breaking Bad recently, and I love that show – it offers an insight into the dark side of America. I’ve no problem syncing with shows like that – it exposes us to a new audience that we never could have reached. “The Cinematic Orchestra’s Melbourne Festival appearance will be something special, not only for concert-goers, but for the band themselves. It’s going to be a refreshed band – new bass player, new pianist – and there will be a full orchestra, which really opens the music out. Other orchestral things we’ve written have been for a string quartet, but we’ll be playing with a 24-piece string section, then woodwind and brass – it’s very sumptuous and grand, but there will be a lot of improvisation, and left turns, and sudden turns. It’ll be an exciting show.”

these days he likes to spend much more time honing his sound than he did on his first album. The result is a clean album with a consistent production ethos, where everything has its perfect place in the mix. “In the beginning it would be a case of writing enough music for a record. This time around, I wrote more than was on the record. I was very much in the mind - I want to make tracks for this particular project. I’m always trying to get down ideas, on my recorder on my phone, just experimenting.” While record labels may request the staple club banger, and success has subdued the integrity of many an artist, Ghostpoet conjures no illusions regarding his relationship to the industry.

“I don’t feel pressure because I wouldn’t make music if I was told what I should make. I make what I want to make, however I want to make it, and that’s the only way I can do it. The Mercury prize helped me to create awareness in certain areas, and I’m forever grateful for that, but nothing’s changed.” “I don’t have aspirations to be rich, or try to live in a particular way. I just try to live like everyone else. I do music full time and that’s my dream I guess. I don’t know. What is success?”

The freewheeling quality introduced on Shake It Till You Break It is further emphasised on the album and Swoboda reveals that fittingly things did get a bit crazy in the studio at times. “In Bloodhound, a sick bluesy number, one of the amps caught on fire. In the room mic you can actually hear Taiter, our guitarist, just screaming ‘Let it burn! Let it burn!’ It encapsulated the vibe of this big bluesy nasty number and how raw it was.” Evidently, the band aren’t afraid of the record’s man-made nature coming into view, but Swoboda explains the services of technology were called upon when the situation beckoned for it. “You know, if the tempos not right in something, we reverted to playing with a click and not doing the live take. So there is a bit of perfectionism. Finding that balance is key and I think we’ve done a really good job of it.” The record’s first single, Confusion, is a bustling demonstration of the band’s growing strengths. Lyrically, Confusion depicts the narrator’s quest to ‘kill the man in the crimson gown’ and Swoboda explains that the album title came from recognising the frequent character allusions within Hartney’s lyrics. “When we were looking at this collection of songs I just

said, ‘You assembled this cast of characters, this reads like a comic book, we’ve got to play on that.’ It’s the strength of the album. Every track on there just gives you such a strong visual.” Confusion illuminates Hartney’s eccentric personality and Swoboda reports that the frontman’s presence becomes especially arresting on stage. “When he’s singing them live he turns into the Bloodhound, he turns into Jack The Ripper, he turns into Sherlock Holmes and that’s the beauty of having him as the focal point. It allows him to step into each of these characters.” Major Tom and The Atoms are a unique entity in contemporary Australian rock music and Swoboda indicates they’re itching to present Heroes, Villains, Boom Boom Boom! to the wider public. “It’s a bit schizophrenic, it’s a bit like a comic book and we’re going to run with it and hopefully the audience will connect with that when we play them live.”

THE CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA will be playing at the Hamer Hall on Friday October 11.

GHOSTPOET By Daniel Foskey Nominated for a Mercury prize for his first record in 2011, Ghostpoet, also known as Obaro Ejimiwe, has returned to rotation with the release of his second album, Some Say I So I Say Light. Just don’t ask him whether he views Roots Manuva as an influence. “I don’t really recognize that and he’s not an influence. I don’t really think in terms of influences. Every person I’ve been compared to has made a career for themselves; I just want to do the same really. Lyrically and musically I try to do my own thing, I listen to all types of music. It sinks into the membrane subconsciously. I’m trying to live life and everything that comes my way is an influence; that’s more of an influence than music.” Using this everyday influence as a focus, from takeaway meals to unopened mail, the new album is rooted in Ghostpoet’s emotionally absorbing production and vocals. Underpinned by sparse beats and trip-hop inspired sounds, it would be nice to succinctly categorize the album’s direction, but Ejimiwe embraces the sonic ambiguity. “I don’t think it’s hip hop, I don’t think its spoken word, it’s sound. I listen to so many different styles of music, I don’t care about genres. Genres don’t mean anything

to me. The moment I decide I’m a part of a genre, I then limit my creativity, I can only create something in a particular box and a particular zone. That’s boring.” Capturing the creativity is often half the struggle, and Ejimiwe has been using his success to help fuel his ever widening array of instrumentation. Talking about his music making process he reveals, “It’s evolving every day. I have a lot of equipment now… I have drum kits, synths, an acoustic piano. I sit and make things, try to capture some type of emotion. I have to keep saying it - I’m a massive fan of music first and foremost. All different types of stuff.” “When I sit down to make music I try to avoid presets, I try to make something, whatever comes to mind I just do. Lyrically I try to tailor make a delivery or lyrics to the sounds I’m trying to make… It’s not difficult, or hard, it’s just me doing what’s comfortable to do.” This approach adds an organic undertone to the layers of Ghostpoet’s work, and he makes it clear that

The opportunity is yours to decipher the enigma that is GHOSTPOET and his live band at the Corner Hotel on Saturday September 14.

MAJOR TOM & THE ATOMS By Augustus Welby Heroes, Villains, Boom Boom Boom!, the debut album from Melbourne rock’n’roll troupe Major Tom and The Atoms is set to land in late October and the band will hit the road around Australia in November. Drummer Adam Swoboda reveals that the band have taken complete control over recording and releasing the album. “We’ve actually produced, recorded and mixed it all ourselves. From the bottom up it’s a completely independent release. As hard and taxing as it is to stay independent, we’re getting there.” After stepping down as keyboardist and occasional lead vocalist for dapper pop-rockers, Little Red, Tom Hartney assembled the six-piece band in late 2011. The Atoms might appear to simply be Hartney’s subservient accomplices, but Swoboda makes it clear they’re a tight-knit multi-faceted unit. “The band being called Major Tom and the Atoms, everyone sees Tom as the bandleader, the champion out front, but internally this is a real band. Everyone’s bringing ideas to the table, everyone’s co-writing. It’s not his dictatorship by any means.” Hitherto the band have just one release to their name, 2012’s Shake It Till You Break It EP. The five song homage to classic rhythm and blues was constructed when the band were still finding their feet, but Swoboda indicates the collective’s significant consolidation over the last year impacted the construction of the forthcoming full-length. “Once we started writing for this album it was completely everyone pitching in equal amounts. It became a real band effort. Everyone does expect it’s going to be Tom’s show but it really is a band writing effort, a band producing effort.” BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 32

Taking charge of everything associated with recording, releasing and promoting a record is a hefty task and Swoboda admits their determined independence delayed the release date somewhat. “The recording was done so long ago - we can’t even remember going in and tracking this thing, it seems like so long ago. You know, you take on the artwork yourself and you take on publicity and all of that and we’re just looking forward to the launches.” Having six band members would lighten the load imposed by upholding an independent ethos, however Swoboda admits that their extended personnel can sometimes act as a hindrance. “It’s a bit of a challenge, six guys in the band. Look, we can’t even organise a breakfast together let alone get everything smoothly rolling for the release!” Thankfully each member has been able to take responsibility for multiple tasks and a chief example of this is the band’s recording procedure. “Simon Tait our guitarist is a brilliant audio engineer, [so] he’s taken that on. We’ve all co-produced the album but he’s recorded and engineered it and done a really fantastic job.” says Swoboda.

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PLACEBO By Krissi Weiss

When the founding members of Placebo – Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal – first introduced us to their indie/glam sound and boundary-pushing image things were a little uneasy. It was 1994 after all, the world was trying to forget the ‘80s ever happened (that decadent decade seemingly now adored) and there were still people who weren’t 100 per cent sure if Freddie Mercury was gay. Sure, Kurt Cobain could pull off mascara, but his dribbled down a chiseled jaw and manly stubble. Placebo were something new altogether, and even lovers of original greats like Pure Morning and Every You Every Me struggled with the band. Time healed the early wounds of confrontation as Placebo began to be the soundtrack for a generation – sometimes more in hindsight than at the time – yet when they moved forward and beyond their 1998 breakthrough album Without You I’m Nothing, their audience once again seemed uneasy to move with them. Now they’ve arrived with album number seven, Loud Like Love, and they’re approaching their 20 year anniversary – Christ. The most refreshing part of all of this is that Loud Like Love is a return to Placebo at their best. They stumbled on 2006’s Meds and downright collapsed on 2009’s Battle For The Sun, but just like the ‘80s, all that is behind them and this album might even give Without You I’m Nothing a run for its money. Producer Adam Noble helped the band refine their sound for this latest album and for a group that has been (sometimes unfairly) labeled as egotistic and difficult, they embraced the guidance of Noble. “I think it’s paramount for a producer to not be intimidated by the band, otherwise it’s a non-starter,” Olsdal says. “The challenge for a producer is

to kind of coax a band out of their comfort zone and get something out of them that they wouldn’t by themselves, but in doing so not trying to break their identity and Adam did that very well. There were days where things would get a little bit heated but so be it, we had to get it right.” Olsdal’s open and relaxed manner dispels any ideas of the “difficult band”. He’s nice, really nice, but he does admit that age has a lot to do with it. Age hasn’t just influenced their public personas but also their work ethic. “You’re not the same person when you’re approaching your 40s as you were when you were in your 20s – there is a lot of growing up – even though in some ways it seems you’re allowed to be a perpetual teenager when you’re in a band,” he says. “We’re better at time management now, we don’t spend nine

months in the studio like we used to. We used to do 50 or 60 takes to get one song down and squeeze the life out of it. We’ve found our way of recording now that’s more freeflowing and more productive.” When Placebo were coming through the ranks of Brit rock, the media were the gatekeepers to a musicians’ true personality – if you were having a bad day when you got interviewed you were labeled as an arsehole for a decade. Social media seems to be the antidote to misrepresentation but Olsdal suggests otherwise. “I think you’re still misrepresented these days,” he says. “People seem to take things out of context all the time on social media. Personally I’m not very active on it, when I tried it caused me a lot of anxiety.” Why the anxiety? “I was faced with so many friend requests from people that, well, there was a reason I hadn’t stayed in touch with them,” he says. “It’s like this emotional blackmail – you must be my friend or else you’re evil. I have a hard enough time as it is staying in touch with my true friends that I can call up and be vulnerable and call for help, with social media I just couldn’t keep up. I’ve realized over the years I truly value my privacy, I feel like in this band I’ve overexposed myself by being too open in the media and for my well-being I need to protect myself.” Social media and the negative feedback loop of social commentary was the inspiration for the video accompanying

their single Too Many Friends. Directed by Saman Keshavarz - and with a voiceover ingeniously supplied by modernity critic extraordinaire, Bret Easton Ellis - the video moves beyond being a simple film-clip and into a truly bizarre and intriguing short, short film. It is completely Placebo and absolutely suited to a song whose opening line is “My computer thinks I’m gay, I threw that piece of junk away.” “[Getting Bret Easton Ellis] was suggested by the director,” he says. “The video deals with a lot of issues to do with social media and social commentary and Bret is very prominent in that. He was perfect as the narrator of sorts for this video and it really works.” At almost 20 years it seems obvious but essential to ask will Placebo keep on going? “It’s what we do, I’ve been doing this since I was 19 and sure there are plenty of times it’s tough and it’s lonely but I don’t know anything else I could do,” he says. “I don’t think there’s anything else that could give me this much fulfillment. Show time is the best and most rewarding time in all of this and is the reward for everything we do and everything we deal with.”

Okereke’s time; a few years ago he got to write an ‘Indie Sex Doctor’ column for The Guardian. He now talks about his time as a sex guru, “I like telling people what to do in sticky situations – I’m a real busy body. I’d totally love to do it again.” When listening to Okereke’s creative output, whether it be via Bloc Party or Kele, one gets the impression that he is very much a creature of zeitgeist, continually ingesting his environment and then spitting back as an intelligent yet stark interpretation of ‘life’ via the microphone. A song that offers another string to his many bows is Release Me from Kele’s The Hunter EP (2011). This track fuses post-dubstep with the Manchester calypso of Happy Mondays, and casts Okereke vocally in an indiscernible realm of emotional ambiguity that challenges the listener to ask, ‘Is he happy, is he sad, is he angry, is he in love?’ Okereke’s most recent studio output has been with Bloc Party, and it was the The Nextwave Sessions that came out in August with many a pundit stating that his foray into electronic production has resulted it a new direction for the band.

Okereke talks about this release and discusses its relevance to the Marvel Comic series that influenced one of the songs. “The Nextwave Sessions was just an image I had whilst we were recording. The only track with any Marvel affiliation is the ‘X-Cutioner’s Song’ which was a crossover storyline that ran in early ’90s.” Finally Okereke discusses what goes into one of his much praised DJ sets. “You have a basic outline, but that always goes out the window when you start to play. A good performance is a two-way thing; you feed off the energy you are given and then you funnel it back into the crowd.” He goes onto explain that the motivation that goes into each of his sets is quite selfish, “I get a kick out of keeping myself interested. That’s the only thing I really care about.”

‘oh, that’s a really old track that I have on the harddrive’ so he pulled out the hard-drive and I had a listen to it. We decided that it was actually a really good song and we should use that on the album, and then we were trying to think of an album title so we decided to use that song,” says Ely. While the song smacks of modern electro’s punchiness and syncopation, its roots lie in the ‘80s with one particular maestro of that era. “Quan has an obsession with Prince, so as you would know from Song Formerly Known As he tries to emulate Prince a lot. Dirty Pop Fantasy was another example of that.” Sticking with the mode that half the album was written by Yeomans and the other Ely, it seems only logical to discuss an Ely’s contribution: The song Bongzilla is a riot, from its whimsical name to its proto-psych soundtrack and lyrics “I hear the colours , I see the sound”, the song screams ‘DOPE’. “Sometimes when you get stoned you feel like you are just floating. That song just kinda reminds me of that feeling. The Rastafarians say ‘if you smoke weed it removes all of the conditioning that has been placed on you throughout your life from school and your parents,

so I guess the idea with that song is that you’re this lone figure moving through the world without any conditioning or without any connection to structures,” states Ely before adding, “but I don’t really do it [get stoned] much anymore.” As established by this article, Dirty Pop Fantasies is an album of many moods and many phases and while it will be a huge challenge to reproduce it live, Ely and Yeomans are going to give it a go on their upcoming tour by seeking to play at least half of the album live – that’s nine and a half songs. “We’re touring Australia in late September and October and then hoping to take in most of Asia in December. We have a band called Wampire from America supporting us. As far as the tour set goes, we’ll play quite a few off the new album – I really love Sine Wave and Can’t Stop but I think Bongzilla will be a lot of fun live as well!”

Love Like Loud is out through Caroline/Universal on September 13. PLACEBO will also be a part of the massive Soundwave Festival next year, which will be taking place at Flemington Racecourse on Friday February 28.

KELE

By Jody Macgregor & Denver Maxx

For a while there, it started to seem like Bloc Party had stopped being a band and become some sort of complicated delivery system for Kele Okereke’s impermanent creativity, a machine that provided the soundtrack for his words and ideas. A very talented machine for sure, but it wasn’t really what the legions of fans of their debut album, Silent Alarm, had signed up for. However, although it was experimental and drifted away from postpunk into surprisingly heavy territory a couple of times, the 2012 album Four definitely sounded like the work of the same band that made Silent Alarm. The recent Nextwave Sessions EP helped confirm that, with songs like Ratchet clearly the product of a bunch of guys having fun playing together again, but it also still paid tribute to Okereke’s forayinto dance music, Kele. It seemed like the side projects most of the group enjoyed during Bloc Party’s hiatus gave them a renewed purpose. Bass player Gordon Moakes formed post-hardcore outfit Young Legionnaire, guitarist Russel Lissack signed up for a tour as part of Ash’s live band and put out an album with Pin Me Down, and Okereke had his solo album, The Boxer, and then its follow-up EP, The Hunter. He also became a DJ, which is what brings him back to Australia this time – he’ll be doing a DJ set at the Prince Bandroom. Okereke’s described these sideline activities as being like affairs, but he means it in a good

way – they make him appreciate what he’s got waiting for him back home. It hasn’t been that long since Okereke was in Australia with Bloc Party; it was for Future Music Festival in 2013 that took in all of Australia’s major cities. He now recounts a humorous anecdote from the tour – well, humorous for everyone except Bloc Party drummer, Matt Tong. “I remember our drummer got mistaken for PSY at a nightclub in Adelaide and he got really offended.” However, it is not just being a touring artist that consumes

KELE is playing a DJ set at the Prince Bandroom this Friday September 13 with Bad News Toilet and Sons Et Al. Tickets available from Oztix.

REGURGITATOR By Denver Maxx

What is punk? Is it a specific style of music that can only sound a certain way or is it a credo, an outlook, a way of life that tends towards ‘otherness’ and ‘anti-hegemony’? Well, iconic Australian band Regurgitator have fallen into the latter category ever since they announced their existence back in 1996 with their debut album tu-plang – means ‘jukebox’ in Thai. Now, on the eve of the release of their eighth studio album, Dirty Pop Fantasy, the band’s bass player and vocalist Ben Ely caught up with Beat Magazine to talk about defying genres to Rastafarian philosophy. Ely is Regurgitator’s bass player and co-vocalist, who founded the band along with the other co-vocalist and guitarist Quan Yeomans in the early ‘90s during Brisbane’s ‘Manchester days’, when it was a hotbed of creativity and excitement with the main proponents Screamfeeder and Powderfinger. Eight albums in and still pushing stylistic boundaries, the obvious question for Regurgitator is ‘how do Ely and Yeomans keep motivated?’ “Well, I guess I kinda like that we feel as though we are kinda doing whatever we want and we like the creative process. One of the reasons that we have been around as long as we have is that we do have that freedom to do whatever we want to and not have to conform to what a band is ‘supposed’ to be. I just feel like ‘why should you just stick to one style or genre?’” BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 34

he explains. “When we went in to doing this record, we decided we would jump around a lot stylistically and make the tracks identifiable as those different genres,” admits an excited and honest Ely. The album’s title track, Dirty Pop Fantasy, is a dark and driving electro song. With the 19 song album split evenly into Ely written songs and Yeomans written tracks, it will come as no surprise to fans of the band that this song belongs to team Yeomans. “That song came in at the eleventh hour! Up until then we were going to do a double album and it was going to be called Album Album, and then we started thinking about it and decided to do one really strong album. “Quan was singing Dirty Pop Fantasy in the apartment in Hong Kong one day and I said ‘that’s a really good track’ and he answered

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By Emily Kelly: ek1984@Gmail.com Poison City Weekender 2013 highlights: The John Curtin being grossly underrated as a live venue in Melbourne. How everyone realised Cheap Girls were amazing about an hour before Weekender started. Clowns’ cocksure stage antics and smashing party anthems. Hoodlum Shouts and that feeling in my gut every time they play Guns, Germs, Steel. Red wine, how good is it? The Nation Blue and how no one has managed to create a gutsy fuzz quite like them. Every time Tom from Nation Blue swings his guitar around his throat and I’m convinced he’s about to decapitate a band mate. Cory Branan being a stupid goddamn dream boat. Someone convincing me that Jägerbombs are still a ‘thing’ at about 10am. Lucy Wilson having best voice ever. Luca Brasi playing to the wildest crowd ever and how that’s really saying something because #tassie. The Smith Street Band packing out a Corner Hotel and how we all just felt a little bit sad and proud and drunk. The Corner’s front bar DJ playing heaps of Limp Bizkit. Jen Buxton’s fucking lyrics. The way every band thanked Poison City’s Andy Hayden about eight times and how I’m genuinely unsure how he remains so modest and lovely. The Bennies and the way they win over about a 100 more people every time they play live. Jules from The Bennies just because. Lincoln LeFevre’s new song and how it laments the cute girls being dumb and how despite finding the sentiment deeply offensive I don’t care because wow. Lincoln LeFevre’s best live set ever. Blueline Medic.

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FOMO is a disease that strikes us all from time to time. Never worse than when Florida’s The Fest takes place. That’s why dudes in Melbourne are putting on Not Fest! At The Reverence on Friday November 1 - Sunday November 3. Go see bands like Super Best Friends, Up and Atom, Foxtrot, The Shadows League and more and drown your FOMO sorrows.

Wednesday September 11: Tonight Alive, Hands Like Houses, D At Sea, This Fiasco at The Hi-Fi Thursday September 12: Sures, Go Violets at The Workers Club My Echo, Arcane Saints, Captives, The human Electric at The Bendigo Northlane, Saviour, Cardinals, Good Will Hunting at Commercial Hotel, South Morang Fourteen Nights At Sea, Bodies, The Coves at Barwon Club Cabin Fever, Flowers For Cops, Organ Donor, Scab Eater at The Reverence Friday September 13: Tonight Alive, Hands Like Houses, D At Sea, Lets Not Pretend at Billboard Claim The Throne, Naberus, Hadal Maw at The Evelyn The Snowdroppers, Gay Paris at The John Curtin Band Northlane, Saviour, Bury The Fallen, Driven To The Verge at Ferntree Gully Hotel Captain Cleanoff, The Kill, Join The Amish, Split Teeth, Acid Vein at The Bendigo Saturday September 14: Invasion Fest, The Plot In You, Storm The Sky, Fit For a King at Bang! The Gun Runners, Kissing Booth, Life Of My Own, Tigers at The Reverence. The Workinghorse Irons, Max Goes To Hollywood, The Murder Rats, Teen Kong at The Reverence Sunday September 15: Northlane, Saviour, Acrasia, Hideaway at Coburg Town Hall Murder Rats, The Superguns, Motherslug, The Vendettas, Selenium at The Bendigo

Calling All Cars are back with a new album, new single and new tour. The much loved trio will chuck a lap of the country in support of new track Werewolves and they’ll be at The Ding Dong Lounge in Melbourne on Saturday October 19 with Super Best Friends and The Sinking Teeth.

This week in rad local signings: Resist Records have taken Iron Mind under their wing and will release the band’s second album in the coming months and Poison City Records have teamed up with Nation Blue singer Tom Lyngcoln to release his new ensemble Harmony’s new album next year.

Japan’s Palm will team up with Gold Coast outfit A Secret Death to nail a massive run of dates across the country.Things are going to get wild when they arrive in Footscray on Friday September 27 to play at The Reverevce.

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KILL TV AT GODDESS #7

Did you catch Kill TV’s debut gig the other week? If not, they’re playing Goddess #7 on Saturday September 14 at The Flying Saucer Lounge in Elsternwick. Doors open at 7:30pm and the lineup also includes The Night Sky, Thrasher Jynx, Jessabella (burlesque), Fiona Lee Maynard & Her Holy Men, Suzie Stapleton Duo and Noir.

MAXX12 GO WILD Check out Maxx12’s video for Wild Years (a song produced by the late great Ronnie Montrose). In the words of the band: “Hello Rock n Rollers. Do U remember your Wild Years? Now here is a tune that will put You into a reflective spirit of your energized foot-loose and fancy free yester-years.”

NEW SATYRICON

This week black metal masters Satyricon release their new self-titled album via Roadrunner. I had a chat with main-man Satyr about it and he has this to say: “It’s analogue production with an awful lot of emphasis on getting an authentic, organic sound with a great dynamic range where the performance of the musician comes across in terms of actually breathing life into the song through the lows coming down really low and quiet, and the really explosive epic parts really coming across as powerful and huge. And to me it just means to play this record repeatedly on a good stereo without colouring the sound with your own EQ. Just leave everything in neutral so you can actually hear what the record sounds like the way that it was made. I also think that due to the fact that it has so many tiny little details here and there – whether it’s the mellotron or the harmonium or the piano or the acoustic guitars or the theremin, all these little instruments that have their small features here and there that are introduced in a subtle way – to me it’s more that than where you find yourself physically. It’s how you listen to it.”

NEW TRIVIUM VIDEO Trivium releases Vengeance Falls on Friday October 11, and this week they’ve released the official video for the song Strife. The album was produced by David Draiman of Disturbed, and guitarist/vocalist Matt Heafy says “Vengeance Falls is the culmination of everything we’ve gone through; the representation of struggle endured from

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within and experienced from the world. Every failure and every success has led us to this moment. Vengeance Falls is this moment in time” remember your Wild Years? Now here is a tune that will put You into a reflective spirit of your energized foot-loose and fancy free yester-years.”

ROTTING CHRIST HEADLINE HEAVYFEST

Rotting Christ will headline HEAVY Magazine’s 2nd anniversary show HEAVYFEST in Sydney and Melbourne, with the addition of a headlining show in Brisbane. Touring nationally with Rotting Christ are Sydney’s extreme music terrorists The Amenta and Melbourne’s blackened horde Terra Australis. With an illustrious career spanning over 25 years and hailed as one of the most forward thinking bands in extreme music, Greek metal legends Rotting Christ will anoint our shores for their first ever headlining tour of Australia in January. Renowned for their unparalleled, intense and supreme live show and for having a wealth of classic back catalogue material to perform, the opportunity to witness Rotting Christ in the flesh is not missed by any metal fan. They’re at The Hi-Fi on Saturday January 18.

CAPTAIN CLEANOFF/THE KILL SPLIT “7 LAUNCH Got some frickin’ stuff coming up at The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood this Saturday September 14, which is an alarmingly consistent habit for The Bendigo if you ask me. Kicking off at 8pm is a monster lineup of Captain Cleanoff and The Kill launching their split 7” together, Join The Amish, Split Teeth and Acid Vain.

GUS G’S FIREWIND ANNOUNCES FIRST EVER OZ TOUR Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G - known by many as the guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and by his tenures in Dream Evil, Nightrage and as a touring player with Arch Enemy - is bringing his legendary power metal band Firewind to Australia for the first time ever this October and November, presented by Metropolis Touring and Tombowler. The Apotheosis Across Australia 2013 tour rolls into Melbourne on Sunday November 3 at the Corner Hotel. Tickets are only $59 plus booking fee and are available from metropolistouring.com.

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WEDNESDAY SEP 11 HEADS OF CHARM

Heads of charm is the new band for David Gagliardi, Sam Whiting and Sam Reid. Their debut EP, titled If I Was Still General Manager of the World You Guys Would Be Fucked! was quick to be featured on triple j's Unearthed radio with their alternative grunge sounds and now you can catch them playing every Wednesday upstairs at the Tote. They kick off their residency this week with Them Bruins and Udays Tiger. Doors at 7.30pm and entry is $8.

VIVA MEXICO

Bar Open celebrates Mexican Independence Day with Viva Mexico, featuring an all-Mexican lineup on Wednesday September 11. Los Mas Altos and Nahuatl Jaguar lead the celebration of dance, music and drink, all Mexican style. Nahuatl Jaguar push the boundaries with his electronic Aztek and electro-cumbia music, followed by the Mexican rock sounds and fast-paced rhythm of Los Mas Altos. Moustaches and sombreros optional but highly advised. Doors 8pm. Free entry.

NIGEL WEARNE

Nigel Wearne is a country, folk singer-songwriter whose music has an intimate and poignant narrative. Equipped with personally handcrafted guitars, his music melds finger-style guitar, country twang, honky tonk and honest storytelling. Watch these stories come alive at The Standard Hotel when Nigel Wearne performs on Wednesday September 11 from 8.30pm.

A MAN CALLED SON

With origins in Brisbane’s artistic mix of a tropical heat and DIY attitude, A Man Called Son offer their latest Midnight Associates at Some Velvet Morning in Clifton Hill on Wednesday September 11. Be sure to catch their bright melodies and lyrics often masking the seamy side of Australian life, this Wednesday night. Support comes from the sweet and easy listening sounds of Meeko.

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MISS EILEEN & KING LEAR

Miss Eileen and King Lear are gearing up to play two very Special Wednesday nights at the gorgeous Spotted Mallard on Sydney Rd. They will be donning some of their best outfits, packing the VW Caravelle with their toy piano, drumkit, pacific commander, double bass, tambourine, smoke machine and wind generating device (Maybe their dreaming about the last two...) A whole bunch of Melbourne's grooviest musicians and heading over to the rare and reclusive, Often Neglected Spotted Mallard, Brunswick, to show everyone what their new outfit is all about. Check it out this Wednesday September 11 from 8.30pm. Free entry.

EAST BRUNSWICK ALL GIRLS CHOIR

Sometimes it's folk, others just plain abrasive, it can sound like the old dainty blues and even “quite pretty”. East Brunswick All Girls Choir have been dormant, hiding, waiting, shedding in the dark. In this time they have also spent their energies recording a debut due for release in the near future. Having stored up the shred juices they will be hitting The Tote each Wednesday of September for a Spring Break Residency spectacular. Come feast on the fruit of their collective loins.

MURDENA

Murdena erupted from the Bellarine Peninsula to create an eclectic, punchy, lyrics-driven songfest. This unique group combines toe-tapping country dance hall fun with urban blues and folk-rock, taking audiences from the hay bales of the Victoria’s wild-west to the leather retro-chic lounges north of the Yarra. Murdena has already seen great success winning the Foot in the Door competition at Queenscliff Music festival 2012, as well as winning the Tamworth Music Festivals Battle of the Bands Competition 2013. Murdena may take influences from Justin Townes Earle and Shovels and Rope, Mason Jennings and Dawes, but their individuality shines through. Check them out at The Retreat Hotel this Wednesday September 11 from 7.30pm.

FIONA CLAIRE

Having just announced her latest folk-pop-cabaret one-woman show ‘What if ?, singer/songwriter Fiona Claire hits The Butterfly Club this week from Wednesday September 11 til Sunday September 15. Her show is described as enthralling, relatable and “insufferably twee” which she exploits with relish! Featuring songs and stories of ill-fated celebrity duets, resilience in the face of fearsome reviewers and making the right life choices, you can catch the adventure all this week from 6pm. For booking, performance times and tickets, visit thebutterflyclub.com for more.

JACKSON FIREBIRD

Catch Jackson Firebird's sweat fueled rock'n'roll every Wednesday in September at Cherry Bar. Featuring a different support each week. Doors 6pm, bands from 9pm, free entry, Cherry DJ until 3am.

THURSDAY SEP 12 ANNA’S GO-GO ACADEMY

Shake it like a Polaroid picture at Anna's Go-Go Academy every Thursday night at Victoria Hotel. Anna's go-go classes are great fun, an excellent cardio workout, and have been described as "inspiring", "a retro hit parade… everything from Elvis's Jailhouse Rock to AC/DC's Jailbreak", and a "high energy dance party with the hostess with the mostest". Charleston, Watusi, Mashed Potato, Madison, Hustle, Thriller! Anna brings you the most popular, most awesome and sometimes most ridiculous dance crazes of history for fun and fitness. It kicks off at 6.30pm. Entry is $12 or $10 if you bring a friend.

MOOSEJAW RIFLE CLUB

Local quartet Moosejaw Rifle Club, bring their curious brand of country/folk/bluegrass to the Great Britain. Roll up for tales of ramblers, rainmakers and rounders adorned with lots of harmonies and great tunes plucked with plenty of twang. The band is working hard on their upcoming second album. Thursday September 12 from 8pm-10pm. Free entry.

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VOCAL LOTION

The Taste Of Indie Collective serves it up again at Tago Mago on Thursday September 12 with a superb line up of origional music artists. Opening up the show at 8pm will be the very smooth vocals and wily song writing of Acoustic Foxx. Following on we have Gondola Kid up and coming, new kids on the canals so to speak, with their up tempo Indie Rock these boys are starting to make a dent in the local scene. The night will be capped off by the fantastic Vocal Lotion this six piece ensemble recently transplanted from Sydney will excite with their unique style of a smooth yet complex blend of catchy surf rock melodies, immaculate vocal harmonies, grinding rock and gritty blues You better get in and catch all of these acts for free now, as that price will not hold for these artists for long.

LONDON BUREAU

Fresh off their successful EP launch are Brisbane rockers London Bureau, bringing their bluesy garage rock, razor sharp grooves and killer harmonies for the first time ever to Melbourne at Ding Dong Lounge Thursday September 12. Support on the night comes from fresh-faced and skilled Altitude, the pop-rock darlings with a dynamite live show Avantair and the eclectic and dynamic indie rockers Jack Runaway. If you want to kick off your weekend partying a day early, then this is the night to do so! $5 entry and doors 8pm.

BEACHES

The Psychedelic Coven ladies have put together the ultimate night of psychedelic bliss and acid rock heaven. Headlining the evening everyone’s favorite super psych mega- babes, Beaches! Face it – you can never get enough Beaches in your life and that new album is smokin’. Support for the evening comes by way of Japans, Kiagaku Moyo. Ascending from the mind melting Tokyo Psych scene and Brisbane's, Dreamtime. This will be a bloody great night. Miss it and cry. Be there early to enjoy the full extent of your mental expansion. It all goes down on Thursday September 12 at the Gasometer Hotel from 8pm. Tickets are $16+bf.


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THE ANTOINETTES

Roses are red, violets are blue, The Antoinettes are rocking September, and so are you. After having a little break from gigging to prepare for their recording, The Antoinettes are back in town and will be doing a few shows during the month of September. Here’s the first installment, Thursday September 12 at Yah Yah’s with Marilyn Rose and The Thorns and The Dirty Roses. Live music from 9pm. Free entry.

BUFFALO

Buffalo formed in Sydney in 1971 and to this day are considered as Australia’s forerunners of doom metal and stoner rock. Original co-founder Dave Tice (The Count Bishops/The Headhunters) has brought together an all star lineup of players to revisit the classic songs from the Buffalo catalogue, featuring drums by Paul Wheeler (Ice House/Choir Boys/Kevin Borich), thunder god of bass Harry Brus (Australian Crawl/ Renee Geyer/ Borich X Borich) and indie metal man Peter Ross (Age Of Menace) wielding the guitar, will revisit classic songs from the Buffalo catalogue at this show. The Corner Hotel, Thursday September 12. Doors at 7.30pm and tickets are $33.

O LITTLEBLOOD

O Littleblood, dark-psych two-piece, debut their live performance with a residency at the Totes ‘Slow Club’ every Thursday in September. Combining a love of gloomy lyrics, heavy drone noise and minimalistic structures, the band formed when Adam Bennett (Since The River) and Samantha Arthur (These Patterns) created a side project to explore influences such as My Disco, Swans, David Lynch & Blood Brothers. Their songs are dark, loud and layered with swelling looped guitars, heavy repetitive beats and floating lyrics. Joined by Miles Brown, Dead ( 7” Launch), Hex On The Beach, Psalm Beach, Premium Fantasy and more, expect heavy strobes & intense onslaughts of sound. Entry $6 and doors at 8pm.

THE DIRTY PROTEST

If you’ve ever struggled to appropriately express your dissatisfaction at the level of service you’ve received during a motel stay, Thursday September 12 sees your new favourite rock’n’roll band The Dirty Protest kicking goals at The Reverence Hotel. Joined by the incomparable Translucents and A Suburban Crusade, the chocolate mousse is going to get everywhere. Free entry. Doors 8pm.

FRIDAY SEP 13 CLAIM THE THRONE

Ruthlessly tearing the boundaries of folk metal in the heaviest of ways, Australian warriors Claim The Throne return with their third full-length album, Forged In Flame, to be released through Prime Cuts Music on September 11. The 14-track, 70min epic album sees Claim The Throne take a darker and heavier approach whilst maintaining all the melody and catchiness the band are renowned for. Formed in 2005, they have built a reputation for massive live performances and received high acclaim for 2010’s Triumph and Beyond, extensively touring Australia, NZ & UK. They hit the Evelyn Hotel on Friday September 13 with support from Naberus, Party Vibez, Hadal Maw and Mason. Doors open 7.30pm, tickets are $12+BF.

RAISE IT UP

Legendary Melbourne DJs are coming together to support Melbourne’s own David Nyoul Vincent, Peace Palette’s work in South Sudan. This musical fundraiser will bring together six DJs for a marathon night of the finest house, funky soul and classic grooves. Join us to help raise funds for the Nhomlau (Freedom) Children’s Centre and raise awareness of the issues. $15 entry and some awesome silent auction items to bid for, donated by local traders. The night begins at 9pm, featuring DJs such as, Chris NG, Jimmy James, Gio Garcia, Caseaux O.S.L.O and Eddie Mac and Cam Run. Get down to Studio 64 on Friday September 13 and support this wonderful cause.

ARTE KANELA – FLAMENCO EXTRAVAGANZA

Widely acclaimed as one of the most exciting forces in the Australian flamenco music scene, Arte Kanela performs this Friday September 13 and Saturday September 14 at Kanela Flamenco Tapas Bar on Johnston St. Having spent the past 20 years collaborating with an impressive array of local and international guests, from Kate Cebrano, and the Cat Empire, you do not want to miss out on their contemporary sound, look and feel of their productions, packed with extraordinary virtuosity and emotionally charged execution.

THE LOVE BOMBS

The Love Bombs will be taking the stage this Friday for the Magic Bones much anticipated Fire Song Single Launch at The Grace Darling Hotel. This will be the first of a stack of great gigs to sink your teeth into, including the Chinatown Angels Gypsy Blood…Live at Cherry Album Launch at Ding Dong on the 28th of September.  So come down this Friday September 13 to kick off the party. Doors open at 9pm and entry is $10.

MAJOR TOM & ATOMS

Tonedeaf.com.au presents Major Tom & Atoms Confusion Single Launch with special guests at Cherry Bar this Friday September 13. Check out the new project from Tom Hartney (Little Red). Doors open 5pm, Door charge $13 from 8pm to 11.30pm then $10 for DJ Lucy A till 5am.

JP KLIPSPRINGER

JP Klipspringer is the new recording project of Melbourne songwriter and front man of The Zanes, Jack Poulson. This fresh take on chilled-out electro pop takes influence from artists as varied as Elliott Smith and Primal Scream and has drawn comparisons to The xx and Wild Nothing. Produced by Simon Lam and mastered by Anrei Ermin (Chet Faker, Brightly), Klipspringer’s lush and arresting tunes will grab a hold of you from first listen. Poulson plays solo acoustic sets of Zanes and Klipspringer Tunes at The Brunswick Hotel Friday September 13.

RED ROCKETS OF BORNEO

Propelling punchy heat seeking guitar- driven rock missiles in rapid-fire succession, Red Rockets of Borneo bring dirty swirling snippets of psychobilly and party grunge to new heights. Like a short –sharp shock to the system, Red Rockets of Borneo presents an aural explosion of manic punk rock accompanied with seductively smooth vocals, which twist to helium squealing fever pitch when necessary. With songs that sound like “…a skidding car careering towards an open gorge and realising at the last minute the brakes don’t work” (thedwarf.com.au), Red Rockets of Borneo play the soundtrack to your teenage joyride. Red Rockets of Borneo self -titled CD was quick to achieve critical praise and medium to high rotation on PBS FM and Triple-R FM, as well as a spot on Triple-R’s Soundscape (Top 10 Listing). Catch them at the Retreat Hotel this Friday September 13 presented by Heavy Judy. Support from The Ivory Elephant. Music from 10pm. Heavy Judy! Hard! Fast! Loud!

THE MELTDOWN

The Meltdown is the newest eight-piece jazz, soul, rhythm & blues group to grace Melbourne’s live music scene. Taking off from what Ray Charles began, the Meltdown brings a fresh and exciting edge to the funk and beat that made him a legend. Simon Burke’s blues infused vocals are complimented by some of Melbourne’s best musicians. With a three-piece horn section and sassy backing vocalists, not to mention the seriously happening rhythm section - it’s going to be an awesome night of great music and it’s being recorded by RMIT sound students for the Jazz Coomons Red Door Series. Get down to Bennetts Lane this Friday September 13. Doors open at 8:30pm. Tickets are available via the venue website.

THE LIVING EYES

The Workers Club is hosting the Launch of The Living Eyes 7” launch on Friday September 13. With their unique blend of 1960s garage/psych largely influenced by bands like The Music Machine, 13th Floor Elevators and The Rolling Stones, you’ll be kicking yourself if you miss it. Live music from 11pm.

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THE SPIN

The Spin are a rock band from Melbourne who pride themselves on making music with groove, soul, and above all a little bit ‘o love. Taking influence from the BritPop movement their style is a great mix of fun, upbeat tunes, peppered with dark, moody rock ‘n’ roll grooviness, all injected with a warm and fuzzy dose of soul power. So if you’re into that sort of thing, give the Spin a spin, when they hit the stage at Ding Dong Lounge on Friday September 13 with support from The Corsairs and Aircrafte. Doors open 8pm, entry is $10.

PIGEON

Unstoppable intelligent-electro-pop deviants, Pigeon flock to Melbourne next week to launch their newest single, Curtain Call. Having toured with the likes of Van She, played Splendour In The Grass and Parklife and been given high fives from the discerning folk at NME, Pigeon show no sign of slowing down. Catch them at Can't Say on Friday September 13 from 10.30pm.

WEEKENDER AT DING DONG

It’s nothing but good luck down at Ding Dong this Friday September 13 as classic albums Pulp and Supergrass feature. Tracks from Pulp’s Different Class and His and Hers feature, along with self-titled Supergrass from Supergrass. The Spin play live from 8pm and all the very best from Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, The Cure, Foals, The Clash, Blondie and all the very best of present and past indie play all night. $10 at the door.

GROUSE PARTY

Monthly party Grouse hits the Bendigo Hotel turning an ominous date into a prosperous one, for the getlucky season of spring. Special guest crooner Geoffrey O’Connor of Crayon Fields and Sly Hats, plays his own solo project. DJ Dirty South (USA) returns to provide the Southern beats and slow jams. Resident DJ Ann Ominous serves the late set. Get there early for 2-for-1 sparkling in the first hour. $10 on the door and doors at 10pm

LUNARS

The exciting release of Lunars’ new EP Happenings, is underpinned by menacing guitars, dark surf melodies, and sprinkles of off-kilter keys and vibraphones. You can catch Lunars on Friday September 13 at the Grace Darling basement for their EP launch party. Support comes from fellow noisemakers Actor Slash Model and Dane Certificate. Doors 9.30pm, $8.

SATURDAY SEP 14 BLACK NIGHT CRASH

Celebrating seven years of indie rock, Black Night Crash are putting on a massive birthday party! Be sure to head down to the Rochester Castle this Saturday September 14 as APES, The Love Junkies, Elegant Shiva and British India DJs take the stage! What began as a venture fuelled by a love of good music and good times, Black Night Crash has continued to provide Melbourne with a night of new releases and future dance-floor classics from indie, Britpop, shoegaze and garage rock’n’roll all in one place. Prepare yourselves for a night only to be remembered through photographic evidence, as this one is set to be a huge night. Entry $5. Doors at 9pm.

BITCH PREFECT

This spring, Adelaide-via-Melbourne slackers Bitch Prefect will release their first single since 2012’s debut LP, Big Time. Aptly titled Adelaide, the track explores events from their past hometown, and what it was like to leave that city for bigger and better things. Adelaide is the first single from Bitch Prefect’s forthcoming LP, Bird Nerds, and will be available both digitally and as a 7” single with B-side Better Next Time from September 6. They will launch their new single at the John Curtin Hotel on Saturday September 14. Supports on the night come from Constant Mongrel and Justin K Fuller. Check out the venue website for more information.

SEXY HEAVY

Yah Yah’s hosts the launch of Sexy Heavy’s latest video Battlesushi in the lead up to the release of their first record. It’s grooving and sludgy cut from the album made and directed by the production talents of Vesper White. Joining Sexy Heavy on the bill are Dazook and Transistor. Free entry from 9pm on Saturday September 14.

ANNA SMYRK AND THE APPETITES

Anna Smyrk and the Appetites are pleased to present their latest musical offering unto you. Apocalypse the first single to be lifted from their forthcoming debut album of the same name. Apocalypse was written on a ukulele while I was staying at a beautiful beach on the Mornington Peninsula- hardly the setting for a song about the fiery end of human civilisation. The single was produced by Craig Pilkington (ARIA award winner for his work with Gurrumul) and recorded at Audrey Studios in Melbourne, a process aided by a kilo of hummus and infinite cups of peppermint tea. Apocalypse puts storytelling at its centre as it follows the protaganist's reaction to a huge, destructive event that no one else seems to notice. Join Anna and the band as they launch the single at The Grace Darling Hotel on Saturday September 14.

100 ACRE WOODS

Lurching from the murky depth of some backwater bayou swamp are Midnight Scavengers and 100 Acre Woods, joining forces to perform this Saturday September 14 at The Great Britain. Prepare to hear angry, weird and unsettling tunes fused with a heavy dosage of guitar rock. Doors 9pm and it’s all free entry.

BARBARION

Hot off the heels of their Ram The World European Tour, Barbarion are in the form of their lives. If you are yet to witness the mighty live performance of Barbarion, it is then time, to put down your cup of tea and scone and head to The Tote this Saturday night. You can be assured of a night of beer drinking, fist pumping and a head banging party. Tickets for this Saturday September 14 show via oztix.com.au. Supports from Electrik Dynamite and Horizons Edge.

MICHAEL PLATER AND THE EXIT KEYS

Local proponents of art-noir Americana Michael Plater and the Exit Keys will be bringing their act to the Edinburgh Castle on Saturday September 14. They will be playing alongside Australian post-punk legends the Ron Rude Renaissance and folk newcomers Gram Friday. The night kicks off at 8.30pm.

CITIZEN

Citizen are a head-bangin', heavy-rockin' three-piece from the south of the swamp, forged by years of playing across Melbourne’s iconic rock venues. Their sound is a combination of chunky stoner grooves, monster riffs, progressive trips and hooky melodies that can be heard on their just finished album, Enemies. They’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with some of Melbourne’s best alternative bands, and will be doing so again on Saturday September 14 when they tear apart Tago Mago in Thornbury with The Dyson Wyatt Polyamorous Tryst and The Unholy Racket. Doors are at 8pm and entry is free.

STONE CLOCKS

The eclectic rock 'n' roll Melbourne based band Stone Clocks are bringing their stoner rock and post grunge grooves mixed with an energetic stage performance to Revolver Bandroom on Saturday September 14. Supporting them will be hard rock band Forever along with Roast Goat Spit and Melbourne locals Sideways. Doors at 8pm. Tickets $12 from the band’s website or $15 on the door.

PEACE

Tickets are selling fast for Peace playing this Saturday September 14 at the Northcote Social Club. For a limited time only, ticket purchasers receive an official Peace tour poster signed by the band and you can also go in the running to win a huge Peace prize pack, including a chance to meet the band! Visit the Corner website for more details on how to enter. Support comes from Millions and Atolls. Tix are $45 at the door.

KIERAN RYAN

Kieran Ryan, songwriter and one half of the now split indie rock group Kid Sam, has recorded his first solo album under his own name. The album has a much wider and more expansive sound than that of the much acclaimed Kid Sam release back in 2009, it shows Kieran’s versatility as a singer-songwriter and features the help of fellow Melbourne musicians; the result is a lush world of lyricism in a vast and inviting sonic landscape. Kieran Ryan is playing at The Workers Club, Saturday September 14, tickets are $12.

ID SATURDAYS

id Saturdays launches Saturday September 14 at the revamped Barley Corn Hotel, hosting live music, dance, Haute Couture fashion shows each night. Coupled with the theme of the unconscious mind the Freudian mannequins, Klimt inspired art works and a giant tellow submarine. Running fortnightly until Saturday November 30 then weekly theresafter. id Saturdays, let the abomination begin.

THE LOW-FI COWBOYS

Dead Letter Records is pleased to present The LowFi Cowboys and The Antoinettes at the Yarra Hotel in Abbotsford on Saturday September 14. The LowFi Cowboys released their debut 12 track album Atmosphere in early 2013 picking up excellent reviews and airplay on radio stations across Australia. The CD was also Feature Release of the Week on 2BOB Radio in NSW and 3D Radio in SA. The gig at the Yarra Hotel will be the only Melbourne show for The LowFi Cowboys for 2013. Entry is free and the band will take to the stage at 8.45pm.

MY LEFT BOOT

My Left Boot formed in response to the atrocities against committed milk crates every day. Since then the band has taken their brand of psychedelically infused fuzz rock to grand new heights musically. Catch them at Cherry Bar this Saturday September 14. Support from The Battle Axe Holwers and Child. Doors open 5pm. Door charge $13 from 8pm to 11pm then $10 for DJ Mermaid till 5am.

THE WHIRLING FURPHIES

Australia’s pre-eminent 1990s folk rock band, The Whirling Furphies have re-emerged a decade and a half later as a surprise contender for the title of Australia’s pre-eminent 2010’s folk rock band. The Furphies stormed into the Australian folk scene in the early 90s with their totally original pop-inspired songs wrapped in a multi-coloured coat of outstanding musicianship. The Whirling Furphies play at The Spotted Mallard Saturday September 14 of September with support from Alexander Francis. Doors open 8.30pm. Entry is $15.

MIDNIGHT SCAVENGERS

Lurching from the murky depth of some backwater bayou swamp Midnight Scavengers and 100 Acre Woods join forces to perform at The Great Britain on Saturday September 14. Prepare to hear angry, weird, unsettling tunes fused with a heavy dosage of guitar rock. Music from 9pm and it’s free entry which means more pesos for pints.

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SUNDAY SEP 15 THE RECHORDS

Roots and '30s-'60s western swing three piece The Rechords return to the Gem for a short Sunday residency in September. Having gained a stack of new fans over the last few years playing almost every Sunday between early 2010 til early 2012, they return to their second home to dazzle crowds with their old faves and bust out some new tunes. Be sure to catch their energy and all the buzz that folks have come to expect from the trio. Playing every Sunday 7.30pm9.30pm at The Gem Bar.

ROUGE FONCE

Melbourne's own death cabaret rockers Rouge Fonce will release their new single The Carousel at The Evelyn Hotel on Sunday September 15. Once described as "The Dresden Dolls meets Hole", this is a live show not to be missed. Rouge Fonce have been known for bringing provocative vocals, haunting melodies, and macabre storytelling rock to the burlesque revival scene since 2009. The night will feature performances from the beautiful and deadly siren Sarah Eida and powerful dark grunge act Dear Stalker. Burlesque performer Kerryx, known as the «Damsel of Debauchery», will also make a special appearance, performing her own vision of excess and style of Burlesque-Noir. Doors open 1.30pm. $10 entry.

MARK MOLDRE

During the month of September Mark Moldre will head South with his band in tow to give Melbourne a taste of his new album, An Ear To The Earth. So far it has gained four star reviews, Best CD Of The Week in the Sydney Morning Herald whilst receiving airplay on triple j, ABC, 3RRR and Community Radio across Australia. Catch Mark at the Workers Club on Sunday September 15. Doors open 7.30pm. $10 entry.

FORTUNATE SUNDAYS

Brought to you by Rooftop Bar, Watt’s On Presents and Budweiser, you will not want to miss out on Fortunate Sundays. Long time mates and indie-music aficionados Dan Watt (Watt’s on/Poncho) and JonLee Farrell (Dancing Heals) bring you the grit and sexuality of rock into the green lawns of Rooftop Bar. This is the place to be on Sundays. Free entry.

THE ORBWEAVERS

Returning this winter with a new single, Ceiling Rose, The Orbweavers play a matinee show at the Northcote Social Club this Sunday September 15 in celebration of their release. Launching their track which delves into secrets and dreams, waking in the night and drifting between states of consciousness, they launch their single after their appearance at this year’s BIGSOUND Music Conference in Brisbane. Support comes from Shiver Like Timber. Tickets are $15 at the door and doors at 1.30pm.

DANNY MCDONALD

Local indie pop singer-songwriters Danny McDonald and D.Rogers team up for a once-off Sunday arvo show this Sunday September 15 at the Wesley Anne. As one of the more enduring singer-songwriters to emerge from the earl 90s indie-pop scene, Danny McDonald will be showcasing new tunes from his new solo record. D.Rogers makes his return to the Wesley Anne, playing his first solo show in eight years. He’ll also be playing songs from his soon-to-be-released double album An Undefined Number/Kicking the Traces. Music kicks off at 3pm and entry is $5.

THE MARIONETTES

Even though the weekend will be drawing to a close, you’ll want to sneak in a few more bevs down at Bar Open as The Marionettes stop by to cap off your weekend! Their melodic indie sounds, vocal harmonies and chorus hooks are what you need as the weekend wraps up. With an eccentric frontwoman. quirky live performance and led by the deliciously charismatic Fionn O’Sullivan, they have your perfect Sunday vibes covered. Doors 7.30pm. Free entry.

TRACY MCNEIL

To celebrate the release of Wildcats the first single off her brand new album Nobody Ever Leaves, Tracy McNeil and her band will be playing every Sunday in September from 4:30pm at The Spotted Mallard. Free entry.

SYN CITY

This Sunday September 15 at The Espy in St Kilda Check out Syn City in the Basement, featuring Fortay At Large, Hed Ubd, Nter, Skeaz Lauren, Hyjak, Sesk, Top Dawg. $20 entry at the door.


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PAULIE J AND THE EBC ALLSTARS

Emerging from the Oz charts in the ‘80s and ‘90s as the lead singer/guitarist of Cattletruck and Gas, the EBC Allstars are delighted to have Paulie J this week fronting at the Greyhound Hotel. Having toured the country and overseas supporting acts such as Violent Femmes, Los Lobos and the Hoodoo Gurus, expect a Jimmie Vaughan meets Withers vibe from the British and US blues catalogue. Get down early this Sunday September 15. Doors at 4pm.

ASHLEY NAYLOR

Ashley Naylor is one of Australia's most loved guitarists, singers and songwriters. Described by leading Australian music journalist Jeff Jenkins as a 'human jukebox', Ashley Naylor was also named by Jenkins as his Australian Artist of the Year for 2010. Ironically, this was a year in which neither Naylor nor his main musical vehicle, rock band Even, released any new material. Many of the plaudits for Ashley Naylor's musical exploits stem from his reputation as an exceptional live musician. Naylor's musical career commenced in 1987 at the age of seventeen, when he played guitar for indie rock band The Swarm. In 1994 he formed Even with Matthew Cotter, whom he had played with in The Swarm, and bass player Wally Kempton of The Meanies. Catch him as he plays the Thronbury Theatre on Sunday September 15. Doors open 1.30pm. $20 entry.

MELBOURNE FRESH INDUSTRY SHOWCASES

After ten years Melbourne Fresh at Revolver Upstairs is the longest running Industry Showcase in Australia. Having showcased thousands of artists over this time, the legendary Tuesday night has been a local Industry Hot Spot for unsigned musicians and industry Professionals. Running as a competition Melbourne Fresh gives away thousands of dollars in prizes at each Grand Final with EP recordings, cash prizes, CD Pressings, iTunes releases, Management Consultation and much more. Doors 7pm. Tickets $15 on the door.

BRIGHTSIDE LIVE MUSIC SHOWCASE

The Brightside Live Music Showcase takes place in the Lounge Bar of The Espy in St Kilda this Tuesday September 17, featuring Marco, Jordy & Jason, Kate McLachlan, Jaree Royce Price, Pocketwatch Knight From 7pm. Free entry.

THEM SWOOPS

Coming off an impressive sold-out launch show promoting their debut EP, Glimmers. Them Swoops will settle into The Northcote Social Club for a Tuesday night residency for the month of September (and one October show) with special guests Singing For Humans. Doors at 7.30pm, $10 at the door.

LOOKING FORWARD FUCHSIA

Cult UK acid folk act Fuchsia have reformed to perform a handful of shows in Melbourne and Geelong to celebrate their new album, Fuchsia II : From Psychedelia To A Distant Place. Described as ‘A masterpiece of Art Rock and Folk Rock stylings’ they play The Empress Hotel on Friday September 20, Saturday September 21 at Edinborough Castle and wrap up the weekend at Armageddon Cakes in Geelong on Sunday September 22.

MUSIC FEAST SONGWRITER AWARDS FINAL

Each year more than 100 local songwriters enter this great competition to win what has now become one of the most highly regarded song writing awards in Australia. Past winners include the amazing Jordie Lane, Sal Kimber, Ben Mason, E’Wah Lady and Falloe. Our esteemed judges, Jen Cloher, Peter Farnan, Tristan Goodall (The Audreys) will select ten finalists to perform at the Songwriters’ Award Grand Final concert. The event will be hosted by writer, musician & broadcaster Ben Birchall and feature a special guest performances from the 2012 Darebin Music Feast Songwriters’ Award winner, Richard Jeffery and 2007 winner, Sal Kimber. This year’s winner will receive $2000 cash thanks to APRA, studio time at Head Gap Studios, mastering at Indie Masters, duplication services thanks to Implant Media, $200 Guitar World Voucher, Face the Music Conference Tickets and a Beat Ad!! Check it out from 3pm on Sunday September 29 at Studio 1 in the Northcote Town Hall. It is an all ages event and entry is free.

RORY ELLIS

The voice rumbles and rolls across the room like a road train, with the power to transfix and blow its audience from their feet. Rory Ellis is a singular talent, having spent over a decade sharing vivid stories of suburban streets, love, loss and the detritus of Melbourne’s seedier pubs with willing crowds the world over. Ellis’s brand of ‘urban folk’ was forged living in a boxing gym, honed in aforementioned seedy pubs, and polished with numerous festival appearances both here and the UK. Come and feel the rumble this Sunday September 15 at the Drunken Poet from 4pm.

ESSENDON RECORD AND CD FAIR

Melbourne’s record collectors and interstate stall holders will present a genuine 70,000 Records, 10,000 CD’s and music memorabilia from the past till present at the Essendon Record and CD Fair on Sunday September 15 at Ukrainian House, 3 Russell St, Essendon (opposite Essendon Station) between 9.30am and 5pm. This is Melbourne’s largest totally music related fair and the last one for the year. The stall holders are an intriguing mix of dedicated collectors. People attend in search of rarities, bargains, favourites from their past, unusual and more recent items. Ample free parking at the Essendon station car park, and public transport to the front door every 30 minutes. Canteen facilities are available all day.

MONDAY SEP 16 THE BAUDELAIRES

The Baudelaires will be taking to one of their favourite live music venues, The Evelyn Hotel, for a Monday night residency in September. They have crafted their sound from influences of '60s psyche bands such as The 13th Floor Elevators and The Velvet Underground, blending them with more modern tones of overdriven shoe-gaze guitars, a slap of country rhythm and the mysticism of soft tenor blues vocals. So come on down for Monday nights with The Baudelaires in September for $10 jugs and a $3 night of live music. This Monday September 16 sees support from Foreign/National and Neil Wilkinson (of Redcoats).

TUESDAY SEP 17 SMITH STREET SOUL TRAIN

The Grace Darling hosts Melbourne’s newest soul night – Smith Street Soul Train – with a 12 piece live band featuring stellar players who have performed with the likes of The Commodores (ahem, that’s Lionel Ritchie’s band!), James Morrison, Little Red, Harry Angus (Cat Empire), Hugh Jackman, Thelma Houston, Bon Jovi, The Good China, Gossling, and Kylie Minogue. These monster musicians come together every Tuesday night from September 10 to bring you the tunes that will help you get your boogie on down. With funky soul DJs and drink specials thrown in, Smith Street Soul Train is the new destination for your weekly serving of sweet soul music. Doors 8pm, $8 entry. $5 Tecate beer, $5 house wine.

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WAY OF THE EAGLE

The Way Of The Eagle Australian tour has been announced, which will see the band play at Ding Dong Lounge Friday September 27 for their Melbourne show. As one of the busiest players in the industry, Jan Skubisewski isn’t one to slow down – after all, the way of the eagle is forward and up. Expect some very special guest vocal performers on the night. Doors at 8pm, tickets $20 on the door.

WOLFPACK

Back with their second CD, Melbourne thrashpunk juggernauts Wolfpack are touring all around the country to celebrate. Having just raised $10,000 in 18 months for charity all the proceeds go to the Save A Dog Scheme and every CD sold goes to this great organisation. They will be playing Cherry Bar on Saturday October 12. Get down to the NSC and party for a great cause. Tickets are $47 and doors are at 7pm.

REGURGITATOR

Those perverse pop creatures of cut and post interplay take a dive into the shallow end of reality, splatter the glass ceiling, hacking the fragmented fashion flash in a shimmer of sugar pop hysteria and the slice & dice channel flicker of our pop culture wonderland. Regurgitator are back with their eighth LP Dirty Pop Fantasy. They hit the Hi-Fi on Saturday September 28. Doors open 8pm and tickets are available from the venue website.

THE GRAND RAPIDS

Paisley troubadours and connoisseurs of the finest hallucinogenic psych-rock, The Grand Rapids, are excited to announce the release of their debut album Great Shakes this October. Channeling influences from the likes of The Doors to The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Great Shakes is an album drenched in 60s fuzzed-out reverb lead by brooding melodies and primitive drum lines. To celebrate the release of Great Shakes, The Grand Rapids will be taking their kaleidoscopic live show on the road this October for a run of east coast tour dates. The Grand Rapids play Yah Yahs in Melbourne on Saturday October 26.

RÜFÜS

In a short 18 months, RÜFÜS have been busy. Multiple sold-out tours in Australia, remixes and originals for Kitsune and Plant. Playing sold-out parties in New York City, in front of band members from LCD Soundsystem. High-rotation singles, main stage festival appearances as far away as Moscow and many hours locked in their home studio/dungeon writing their debut album, that was released Friday August 9. RÜFÜS is performing at The Corner Hotel, and with two sold-out shows already, make sure you don’t miss out on their third show due to popular demand on Tuesday September 24. Tickets $20+bf.

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CREEPSHOW HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL

Start preparing your Halloween costume as Melbourne’s biggest Halloween party is just around the corner! The Espy will be transforming into a haunted mansion to host Creepshow Halloween Festical on Saturday October 26. In its fourth year, Creepshow will feature DJs, burlesque dancers and bands all in full costume. Playing on the night is Sydonia (video launch) Engine, Gay Paris, Chaos Divine, The Killgirls, Anna Salen VS Mario Broas, Death Audio, Ten Thousand, Head Filled Attraction, Marlow, Shadowgame, LeSuits, Red Remedy, The Pass Outs, Sentia, Transience, Ire and more to be announced. Prizes for best dressed on the night. Visit creepshowfestival.com for more information.

NICK BATTERHAM

Closing Time At Yah Yah’s is the new album by Melbourne singer-songwriter Nick Batterham, following on from his critically acclaimed 2012 debut album Second Lovers. The name Nick Batterham should be instantly recognisable to lover of indie-pop and rock through his work in such bands as The Earthmen, Blindside and Cordazine. Closing Time At Yah Yah’s is an understated masterpiece. Calamitous self-analysis expressed with tenderness and hope. Nick and full band will be launching their new album with a special matinee show on Sunday October 6 at The Workers Club. Joining him as supports will be local acts Jimmy Hawk and Tim Guy. $10 entry and doors at 1.30pm.

Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like? An indie rock night, located in a dive bar (Rochester Castle) where hits are played alongside the best in new releases and future dance-floor classics of the rock variety – whether it be indie, Brit pop, shoegaze or garage rock’n’roll. What can a punter expect from your live show? Each and every Saturday night you’ll find the best blend of indie rock, Brit pop and shoe gaze classics, located on a dance floor, painted by spilt beer and cider pints.   No remixes of the tracks either, we like to keep them original, just as the artist had intended. When’s the gig and with who? Our 7th birthday is this Saturday September 14 with APES, Love Junkies, Elegant Shiva and British India DJs. So, someone is walking past as you guys are playing, they then go get a beer and tell their friend about you... what do they say?

The Rapture - House of Jealous Lovers still stands up as one of the great tracks of this millennium. How long have you been gigging and writing? Seven years now.  Barely remember last week. What inspires or has influenced your music the most? Angular guitars, killer drum sequences and a good sing-along chorus. Why should everyone come and see your band? We’re the unpretentious night, playing the best sound track to any Saturday night (provided you’re into independent/alternative guitar based sounds) and, since January, we’re now supporting the local music scene in our very own small and sweaty band room.   Where would you like to be in five years? On a yacht. What advice would you give to bands that are new on the Melbourne music scene? Less pouting, more shouting.

60 SECONDS with THE BAUDELAIRES

Define your genre in five words or less: Psych Shoegaze Blues Fuzz Jangle. What do you hate about the music industry? That they don’t give musicians free lollypops. If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why? I’d probably show someone like Blind Willie McTell, though I don’t think he would be impressed. But it would be good fun to hang out with the guy, drinking moonshine together on his porch, havin’ a yarn. How long have you been gigging and writing? We really started as a four-piece last summer after Ben and I came back from overseas. Before that we were a three-piece for half a year, but Ben and I have been writing together since we were about 17. What do you think a band has to do these days to succeed? I have no idea, probably some depraved and degrading things. But I guess creating decent

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music is a good start. When’s the gig and with who? We will be playing at The Evelyn every Monday night in September with great supports from Willow Darling, Michael Galloway, Spiral Arm, Jumpin’ Jack William, Foreign/ National, Neil Wilkinson, Papa Maul, Aimee Volkofsky, Lands and Calypso. It’s going to be heaps of fun. We’re really excited. $3 entry and $10 jugs. Do you have any record releases to date? What are they? Where can I get them? We recently just released our first single Broke Down Blues/Samariterstrasse that you’ll be able to get for free at our Evelyn gigs or download for free on our Bandcamp. However, the hard copies are all hand stamped and hand painted in different colours if you’re a sucker for materialism. When are you doing your thing next? We’ll be doing a live-to-air set on 3CR on Friday September 13 with Matt Gleeson on the Burning Vinyl show. That’ll be between 2-4pm.


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THE BAUDELAIRES

The Baudelaires will be taking to one of their favourite live music venues for a Monday night residency in September. They have crafted their sound from influences of ‘60s psyche bands such as The 13th Floor Elevators and The Velvet Underground, blending them with more modern tones of overdriven shoe-gaze guitars, a slap of country rhythm and the mysticism of soft tenor blues vocals. So come on down to The Evelyn Hotel for Monday nights with The Baudelaires in September for $10 jugs and a $3 night of live music!

CRATE DIGGER RECORD FAIR

Andy Fantapants brings his vinyl pushing tune peddlers to the majestic Northcote Town Hall - Main Hall on Sunday September 22. Come and buy records, then hit the hub bar for Open Decks, play your new records and bask in your friends jealousy. It kicks off at midday and is an all ages event. Free entry.

WESLEY ANNE 10th ANNIVERSARY

Over the past decade, Wesley Anne has become an institution in Melbourne’s music landscape, with many great bands and performers beginning their careers in the former house of assembly. So we thought, why not raise a glass and celebrate a decade of music with the help of some very talented friends, both new and old. With live music over three stages, featuring Sal Kimber and the Rollin’ Wheel, The Bedroom Philosopher, Alexis Nicole and the Missing Pieces, Oh Pep! The Bon Scotts, Catch Release, Broni, Yeo, Georgia Fields, Brooke Russell, Cabbages & Kings, James Kenyon, Dj’s Raffles, Prizes and more. It all takes place at Wesley Anne in Northcote on Saturday September 22 from 12pm. Free entry.

Q & A with FIONA CLAIRE

My genre in 5 words or less:  Folk-pop-cabaret. How long have you been gigging and writing? My earliest memories are of singing my made up songs on the swing in the back yard, I still have songs on tape I wrote as a teenager.  I realised it was serious after I had kids.  Since then I have been gigging regularly, about 10 years now. What inspires or has influenced your music the most? As a kid, I constantly had headphones on listening to my parents’ records of classic 70’s songwriters like James Taylor, Carly Simon, Carol King.  My family was musical, playing jazz and bringing out their instruments at parties.  I think I soaked up the structure of songs this way. I am inspired by that perfect synergy of words and music that affect you physically, so suddenly you feel the emotion of that moment with the songwriter.  It’s about communication for me.  Right now I am listening to a lot of Josh Pyke and Clare Bowditch, two fine authentic Australian songwriters who communicate honestly and intelligently.

What makes you happiest about what you’re doing? I love it when I perform a song and someone comes and tells me that it moved them.  I know how it feels when a song affects me, so to be able to pass that on means a lot. I also love that I get to capture my ideas and experiences in little parcels of music that have a life of their own. And what makes you unhappiest about what you’re doing? Sometimes I struggle with the emotional effort of living an authentic creative life - but I couldn’t be any other way without a lobotomy!  Oh and I hate having to sell myself and keep up with publicity - can’t wait til I can pay someone to do that for me!!  Or perhaps someone could offer to do it for free?  Anyone? Anyone? When’s the gig and with who? It’s a five night season of my show “What If ?...” from September 11-15.  It’s a one hour show of songs and stories.  I play piano and I have two seasoned performers with me, Dean Lombard on guitar/bass and Bernard de la Coeur on guitar/ukelele, to create a folk-pop musical treat.

THE D-FILES

A collection of renowned Melbourne rock’n’roll bands have come together to release a compilation album entitled The D-files. Among the artists are Damn Terran, The Pretty Littles, La Bastard, The Battery Kids, Shoot the Sun, The Harlots, Seri Vida, Yard Apes, Digger and the Pussycat, Euphoriacs, Hounds Hounds Hounds, San Gras and Midnight Woolf! The compilation, which is a free download from bandcamp, will be celebrated with a massive warehouse party at Rubix in Brunswick on Saturday October 5. Doors open 6.30pm.

BOWLINES

Bowlines are Ernie Gruner, Heather Stewart, Jenny Thomas, a string trio playing violins, violas & hardanger (Norwegian fiddle). They play original, contemporary, cross-genre music from three eclectic string players. Music with depth, intelligence and warmth, created from classical, jazz and world sources. Catch them as they play a Concert for Darebin Music Feast at the Northcote Uniting Church on Saturday September 21 from 4pm. Tickets are $15 on the door.

LES THOMAS

Local troubadour and activist Les Thomas is pleased to announce his Survivor’s Tale album launch at Thornbury Theatre at 7:30pm on Friday September 20 with Justin Bernasconi and Cat Canteri (The Stillsons)! Les, already well known for his activism through music fundraisers like These Machines Cut Razor Wire, in support of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, and as the founder of Unpaved, a Melbourne music website dedicated to supporting great original music, is excited to release his first long player. The focus of the album is on strong lyrics that hold up as poetry, complemented by a world class lineup of supporting musicians. Tickets options for the night include $15 standing room only, $20 seated show and $55 dinner and show - plus booking fee.

60 SECONDS with MISS EILEEN AND KING LEAR

Describe your genre in 5 words or less: Indie folk pop. What can a punter expect from your live show? Your average Punter, let’s call him Joe, can come along to a Miss Eileen and King Lear show and expect to see a whole bunch of brand new original songs, a mini toy piano with a cartoon painted on it, heaps of harmonies, vintage dresses, stylin’ shoes (that’s Lear’s forte), and perhaps a touch of brother/sister rivalry.  We hope you dig it! When’s the gig and with who? We’ve got two special shows coming up at The Spotted Mallard in Brunswick with our killer band and support from Sam Cooper on Wednesday September 11 and Nigel Wearne on Wednesday September 18. It all kicks off at 8pm. Did I mention they’re free? You’ve got no excuse. How long have you been gigging and writing? We’ve been happily gigging for over ten years now with our crazy old family jugband. We aren’t, however, oldies. We just started when we were a meagre but mighty eight years of age. I

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was anyway. Miss Eileen and King Lear is our brand new side project of original material, indie folk rock vibes and a whole new killer band. It’s damn exciting. Describe the best gig you have ever played. As Miss Eileen and King Lear, we’ve only ever played one gig. No, it wasn’t a beautiful wedding in the rollicking hills with sunsets and rainbows, nor was it a hipster music festival with flower garlands, mosh pits and beards everywhere. It was, in fact, at Telstra’s head office. Was it the best gig ever? Just ask the folks at Telstra. If you could go on tour with any musician or band, who would it be? If I could go on tour with any band, it would be The Band. Not only are they all supermega-babe town spunks, but we’ve grown up on their music and it sure would be a kick-ass tour if we were rolling around the countryside in something of an Almost Famous bus, taking Polaroid pictures, listening to Levon singing “Up on Cripple Creek in the backseat…” Boy oh boy, if only we were born an odd 40 years ago.

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Blue (Club Mod) Noted purveyors of audio-visual spectacles, Naysayer & Gilsun channel a vintage edu-tainment aesthetic in the clip for 12-inch cut Blue. The track itself showcases a warm pastiche of nostalgic electronic tones over a fairly standard house beat. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tight package, but the minimalism fails to compel, instead nestling within the realm of incidental rather than memorable. Catch them at their NGTV show if you can, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the environ which they shine the most.

SIMONE AND GIRLFUNKLE

Secret (Indpendent) Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that their name is overly insufferable (it is), Simone And Girlfunkle just try to feed every indie-folk touchstone foie gras-style into three and a half minutes. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a rich tapestry sewn by the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seven members, but the slow-fast, loud-quiet dynamics whip in and out at an ADHD-friendly frequency, leaving little thread for the listener to latch onto. The lush coda is a satisfying closer, perhaps due to the absence of the jaunty vocal melodies that come before.

THE AVALANCHES

Stalking To A Stranger (Planets Collide Remix) (Liberation) In 2013, the notion of legacy is as big of a commodity as anything else in the music industry. Here we have two disparate, but both very potent legacies, combining for Crucible â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a half tribute compilation, half greatest hits for Hunters & Collectors. The bassline of the original Talking To A Stranger is chopped into a stonking disco beat, with Mark Seymourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s howl sifted in amongst the mix. Worthy of The Avalanchesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; legacy? Not really. Worthy of Hunters & Collectorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; legacy? Pretty far from it. But kudos to Mushroom for putting a profound effort into re-contextualising the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standing in Australian rock history in a fairly savvy way. If only INXS were privy to such treatment.

HIGH HIGHS

A Real Hero (Fine Time/Sony) So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s come to this: Australian electro bands are just giving up, cutting the pretense, and going straight to covering the Drive soundtrack? So pointless it numbs the brain.

WE ALL WANT TO

Streets Of Your Town (+1) So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s come to this: Australian guitar bands are just giving up, cutting the pretense, and going straight to covering The Go-Betweens? So pointless it numbs the brain.

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One day some bright economic spark will work out a way of incorporating the value of Australian rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;roll in the national accounts; and once thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a short accounting step to recognising the export value of Australian artists, especially in light of the popular attention paid to everyone from The Drones to James McCann each time they set foot in continental Europe. Walk into a Spanish rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;roll venue, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a reasonable bet theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll know the name Johnny Casino, and the potency of his rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;roll attack â&#x20AC;&#x201C; more so, in fact, than would be the case in Johnnyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home town of Sydney. It was in Spain last year that Johnny hooked up with a bunch of Spanish friends for a week of gigs, as well as arranging for some studio time in Australia six months later. The result of that entrepreneurial spirit is Johnny Casino, Live at the Hanging Tree. Recorded live at Hanging Tree Recording Studios in Sydney, the record largely comprises material from Johnnyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s excellent catalogue of rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;roll. Take Me Down to the River pounds like a motherfucker; Brother Grahame Says is even more the riff-perfect good time rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;roll pop tune. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bruising edge to Nothing Left to Hide that leaves you bearing the honourable scars of an encounter with the dirty side of rock; Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Be Who You Want Me to Be evolves into the quintessential marriage of Chuck Berry and the Celibate RiďŹ&#x201A;es. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a couple of quieter moments â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a truncated version of Jimmy Webbâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Galvaston, and the reďŹ&#x201A;ective This Christmas Time â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but for the most part, Johnny and his band are ďŹ ring

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GO VIOLETS

Wanted (Create/Control) A softly sweet dose of garage pop, Wanted doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t overreach with its sunshiny verses and dreamy solo. The chorus burns along with a furrowed percussive intent. Nothing profound, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pleasant and serviceable bout of guitar pop.

SLEIGH BELLS

Bitter Rivals (Mom + Pop) The guitarist of Sleigh Bells has displayed the musicality of a motorised dildo on their previous album, and nothing has changed on the first taste of their upcoming third LP. Bitter Rivals is everything wrong with Sleigh Bells â&#x20AC;&#x201C; insipid cheerleader lyrics, impotent bombast on the beats. PLAY A SOLO DUDE, PROVE ME WRONG.

HARMONY

Cut Myself Clean (Poison City) Providing a taste of their upcoming second full-length LP, Melbourne collective Harmony stick to their guns on Cut Myself Clean, honing the dichotomy between their doeswhat-it-says-on-the-tin harmonic choral beauty and the outright cacophony of noise â&#x20AC;&#x201C; though the bestial bursts are subdued somewhat this time around. Obviously a motivated choice, the track was home recorded. And it shows. The no-frills home recording does nothing to imbue character. Sounds like a single mic in the middle of the room filtered through a potato. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not wishing for FM-radio polish here, just enough spitshine to give each tonal aspect its due resonance.

ARCADE FIRE

Reflektor (Merge) Invoking the strains of wistful nostalgia and technological dystopia present on previous album Neon Bible, Arcade Fire build a deep groove replete with smoky horns and a big Boney M-style chorus. Producer James Murphy lives out his Eno fantasies with a cameo from olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mate Bowie himself, crafting a bongo-led dance jam in the process. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not too far a stylistic leap, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a welcome divergence from the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s established work. A promising first taste of the upcoming third LP.

SINGLE OF THE WEEK

SUMMER FLAKE

Just Fine (Rice Is Nice) Smouldering like a suburban-set version of Chris Isaakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wicked Game from the outset, Just Fine eventually gives way to a barrage of menacing chorus riff. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a certain emotional detachment in Stephanie Craseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resigned vocal delivery, complementing the doominducing guitar breakdowns for an uncanny triumph in a desolate landscape.

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BELLE AND SEBASTIAN

REGURGITATOR

The Third Eye Centre (Rough Trade/Remote Control)

Dirty Pop Fantasy (Valve Records) About fifteen years ago, satirical news source The Onion warned we may be running out of past to recycle. With artists like Lana Del Rey and Mumford and Sons in the mainstream, The Onion was right. What’s offered is oh-so-serious rehash, seemingly forgoing fun when exalting kitsch. Regurgitator didn’t forget. This record is Ben Ely and Quan Yeomans’ wild laboratory of pop music that almost was, unconstrained by coked-up label execs or A&R fluffers. What if Kraftwerk and Billy Idol made cyber love on a chaise lounge? The result is Made to Break. Ever wanted to combine Weezery indie and sensual britpop to sell out the Manchester Hacienda? Go for your life on Mountains. If Def Leppard suffered a psychotic break and locked themselves in a room to cry like The Replacements, you’d feel Home Alone Stonedomhe. Bongzilla packs freewheeling stoner jams and piledriving riffs into four minutes or less. Can’t Stop fulfils dreams of prancing in an All-American boy band, all fat R&B-tinged electro hooks and shoehorned in hip-hop breakdown. A squirrely F--king Up fuzzes up foot-stomping garage rock, reimagining the early 2000s revival of tousled-hair cool. They run the distortion at Marshall stack strength, before flicking it off to hold you close and whisper. Dirty Pop Fantasy soaks up forty years of pop from Austin to Zurich, wringing out familiar tunes strained of cliché. They’re winking at you going “Your kiss like a Caramel Twix, sweeter than a Kinder Surprise”. The ‘Gurge’s Dirty Pop Fantasy isn’t simply Best Track: Can’t Stop a label – it’s their bony fists banging like a gavel, demanding If You Like These, You’ll Like This: Popular music from the last your ear. The nature of their fantasy is irrepressible! four decades In A Word: Playful

TOM VALCANIS

The Third Eye Centre acts as a companion piece and follow-up to 2005’s two-disc Push Barman To Open Old Wounds, which collected Belle & Sebastian’s Jeepster Record EPs from 1997 to 2001. This latest compilation captures the 2003 to 2010 period, covering non-album recordings from their time on the Rough Trade label. It’s a tightly packed 19-track single disc, so a handful of rare tracks from this era don’t quite make the cut, though the biggest loss is the edited-out spontaneous burst of laughter by the Sudanese chorus at the tail-end of The Avalanches’ inspired remix of I’m A Cuckoo. 2003’s Dear Catastrophe Waitress signaled a change of sound for the band, with their fey, inward-looking bookishness making way for a more confident, extroverted streak. This second phase of the band is represented well on The Third Eye Centre, which switches the track-listing to random and covers B-sides, bonus tracks and remixes. Two of their best compositions, Your Cover’s Blown and I Didn’t See It Coming, get the full dance-floor treatment, breathing new life into lyrics like “The DJ’s picking up speed” and “Make me dance, I want to surrender.” B-sides of singles from The Life Pursuit and bonus tracks from their so-so last album Belle & Sebastian Write About Love make up some of the other highlights. This happier, more playful version of the band don’t offer the same consistency that they once had, and this particular collection is dragged down by a few too many expendable Stevie Best Track: I’m A Cuckoo (Avalanches Remix) Jackson compositions, but it’s a fun, lightweight addition to If You Like These, You’ll Like This: Daughter Of Cloud OF this classic band’s expansive catalogue. MONTREAL, God Help The Girl GOD HELP THE GIRL In A Word: Pick-and-mix CHRIS GIRDLER

MARK LANEGAN

KATE NASH

Imitations (Heavenly Recordings/PIAS)

Girl Talk (Independent) Kate Nash may have started with an album full of diss tracks about ex-boyfriends in the guise of optimistic pop song. However, since 2007 Miss Nash’s songs have evolved in both substance and style. Girl Talk certainly contains many of the same bratty sentiments from her Made of Bricks days, though is far more concentrated and aggressive. Nash is unashamedly loud about being a feminist and it is clear that Girl Talk is an album with an incredibly restricted demographic. As a female listener in their early twenties, it feels as though these songs are written for me – the songs telling tales of her own early-twenties experience indisputably trying to rousing a response in her listeners; to get them to (figuratively) join her ‘Girl Gang’ (the name of her all-female touring band.) And in all honesty, I am desperate to be right there with her; standing at her side as she nonchalantly drawls ‘I don’t have time to die’ over a very Cramps-reminiscent bass line in Death Proof. Feeling exactly what it is like to rid yourself of unhealthy friendships such as the ones she describes in Fri-end? and have definitely felt the anger and frustration of All Talk, her pretty voice spitting out a brash ‘Fuck You’ with plenty of vitriol. At 15 tracks, it is a lengthy listen, however each song had something within it that made it memorable; an uncompromising lyric or abrasive guitar riff that gives the album a reinvigorating boost. Made of Bricks was a brilliant collection of anecdotal pop songs, but Kate Nash has definitely grown up into a strong, brave and fiercely intelligent young woman and Girl Talk has a clear Best Track: All Talk, Rap for Rejection, Death Proof agenda and I do think it will positively inspire those it sets If You Like These, You’ll Like This: VIVIAN GIRLS, THE out to. BANGLES In A Word: Unwavering ALEXANDRA DUGUID

Mark Lanegan and Tex Perkins are unacknowledged soulmates. It’s easy seeing them clinking hi-balls full of whiskey in a backwater bar someplace. They’re both sought-after hard rockin’ blues men, forever winding through bands they’ve started. What’ll ultimately draw them together is their mutual love of covers. Lanegan and his ole acoustic tackle an eclectic range of genres and eras, from newcomer Chelsea Wolfe to recently departed crooner superstar Andy Williams. He loves Andy Williams. Three of his lesser-known cuts feature on this record, the standout being Solitaire. It’s a rendition withered of any Williams’ original schmaltz. He chews up Frank Sinatra’s Pretty Colors, peals of guitar dangling over Lanegan’s cracked voice, limitless with melancholy. Frank’s daughter Nancy features, too. Faithful to the Spaghetti Western feel of the original, You Only Live Twice twists with unsettling David Lynchian moods. John Cale’s I’m Not The Loving Kind is more tribute than cover, preserved in all its powder blue bellbottomed glory. Lanegan lends careworn pipes to Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds’ Brompton Oratory, and surprisingly Hall & Oates’ She’s Gone. Such is Lanegan’s vulnerability in his voice and hands as he plays, it feels she’s taken your soul with her. A variation on Mack the Knife upends the original’s bop and brightness, dragging it down to its Brechtian murder ballad origins. When “those in darkness drop from sight” Lanegan intones, you know they’re never coming back. Best Track: Mack the Knife If You Like These, You’ll Like This: Duke Garwood, Soulsavers, Lanegan might have intended a cover album, but really, he’s released a record all his own. the bits of Queens Of The Stone Age he’s on In A Word: Lonesome TOM VALCANIS

SUMMER CAMP

ARCANE SAINTS

Summer Camp (Moshi Moshi Records)

Turning the Tide (Firestarter)

London-based indie-pop duo Summer Camp have produced a sublime second album, one that marks a step away from the conceptual nature of its predecessor. It’s a light, memorable listen, the band’s pop sensibilities filtering freely through sprightly and exciting compositions. Summer Camp is playtime for these young popsmiths - and, in their gleeful amalgamation of 60s girl-group and 80s synthpop trends, they never cease to satisfy. Funky gem Fresh brims with disco-tinged nostalgia, making for an infectious first single. Its follow-up, cutesy sing-song inclusion Crazy, proves catchy in its own right. Unusually, it’s the second-half of Summer Camp that shines brightest. Everything Has Changed emerges a key highlight, Elizabeth Sankey’s silver-tongued anxiety laid atop a delectable groove. Phone Call, a bittersweet confessional, exudes an unprecedented cool. Pink Summer seals the deal on an intensely likeable and immediate pop record, its heavenly harmonies contributing to a stunning finale. Summer Camp owes its charm to its accessibility. Its meditations upon love and loss are easy to latch onto. On this occasion, Sankey and Warmsley have thrown heart into the mix. Whereas Welcome To Condale entertained pure fiction, this self-titled release is decidedly less guarded, born from honesty and personal experience. Summer Camp never feels weighed down by melodrama or an excess of sentiment, either. Again, it’s the duo’s indie-pop aesthetic, peppy and polished to perfection that culminates Best track: Fresh in expert balance. Track this one down: Summer Camp may If You Like These, You’ll Like This: TWENTY ONE, yet rank among the finest indie-pop records of the year. MYSTERY JETS, KING CON, ALEX WINSTON In A Word: Exciting NICK MASON

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These Melbourne guys are in a very good position, stylistically. They have a sound that can appeal strongly to fans of two of the major streams of hard rock that are big across Australia at the moment. They are straight ahead enough to appeal to fans of simple, four on the floor rock‘n’roll, and have just enough interesting, different stuff going on to attract the attention of people who like the more alternative, progressive side of things. Whether they set out to achieve this is highly doubtful, of course. Most rock acts simply write what they write and take things from there. And what these guys have come up with is a good, strong and varied collection of excellent rock tunes, delivered with passion and restrained exuberance. That variation comes from tracks such as the slightly slowed down Forever Now, and opener Jealousy, whose string-laden but subtly powerful intro sets things up beautifully, before the track rocks the fuck out in urgent and grooving fashion. There’s more sweet strings, acoustic guitars and piano in the beautiful I’ll be Around, providing even more welcome, mid album light and shade. From here, as you would expect, the tempo lifts once more as the album sprints for the finish line, before the doubled barrelled finish of the appropriately titled Wrecking Ball, and Stay Outta My Way, a ballsy closer if ever there was one. These guys are onto a real winner. They rock hard, but with a little intelligence and thought given to it as well. It’s not too cerebral, and not too straightforward and dull. Turning the Tide is a Best Track: Jealousy highly satisfying rock album – and it’s Aussie. Check it out If You Like These, You’ll Like This: PEARL JAM, RED HOT now. CHILLI PEPPERS, BELLUSIRA In A Word: Powerful ROD WHITFIELD

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WEDNESDAY SEP 11 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/COVERS COLLAGE Espy, St Kilda. 8:30pm. JACKSON FIREBIRD + NATIONAL EVENING EXPRESS Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. MO’ SOUL - FEAT: JEN KNIGHT AND THE CAVALIERS + JUDE PEARL & DJ VINCE PEACH Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. RETURN TO YOUTH + ELEPHANT EYES + FARROW Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. ROOTS OF MUSIC - FEAT: THE HIGH SUBURBAN Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:00pm. SECRET GOOD TIMES CLUB Tago Mago, Thornbury. 7:30pm. SEX ON TOAST Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $10. SLOW CLUB - FEAT: HEADS OF CHARM + BODIES + OHMS Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. THE CURSE OF THE VOODOO MAN - FEAT: DEAN WHITBY + WOD Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $7. THE PREATURES + CHELA + HOLLOW EVERDAZE Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 7:30pm. $15. TONIGHT ALIVE (U18) + D AT SEA + HANDS LIKE HOUSES + THIS FIASCO The Hi-fi, Melbourne. 8:00pm. $30. TULALAH + INDOOR PLANTS + THE INFANTS Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. VIVA MEXICO + LOS MAS ALTOS + NAHUATL JAGUAR Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:00pm.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK A MAN CALLED SON + MEEKO Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. CARAVAN CAMPFIRE SESSIONS - FEAT: MARLON WILLIAMS + KERRYN FIELDS + SUZANNAH ESPIE Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 7:00pm. $15. HOTEL ON MAYFAIR + DUENDE + DUOUX John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. JENNIFER KINGWELL Jewell Of Brunswick, Brunswick. 8:00pm. MISS EILEEN & KING LEAR + SAM COOPER Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8:30pm. MURDENA Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:20pm. NIGEL WEARNE Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. OPEN MIC Ontop In Ormond, Ormond. 7:30pm.

OPEN MIC & JAM NIGHT Musicland, Fawkner. 7:00pm. SIMPLY ACOUSTIC Wesley Anne, Northcote. 7:00pm. TELSTRA ROAD TO DISCOVERY Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. TUXEDO PIG + SPOOK THE BANSHEE + TROD Gertrudes Brown Couch, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. VENICE MUSIC + MALLEE SONGS Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm. WINE WHISKEY WOMEN - FEAT: KIRSTY COX + RACHEL CLARK Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:00pm.

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JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/WORLD MUSIC DIZZY’S BIG BAND Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. $14. FIONA CLAIRE (WHAT IF) Butterfly Club, Melbourne Cbd. 6:00pm. HAMMOND JAZZ CLUB + MR ANDREW SWANN Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 9:00pm. PAUL GRABOWSKY & THE PAUL WILLIAMSON QUARTET Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15. PROJECT BROCZEWSKI + JACOB MALTHOUSE + RED LANTERN COLONY + SAM COX Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $7. SLEEPING BAG Open Studio, Northcote. 8:00pm. THE BEN PANUCCI TRIO Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $15. TIM PLEDGER’S SANDWICH JESUS + BEN CARR + THE TOM FRYER BAND 303, Northcote. 7:30pm. VIVE LA DIFFERENCE Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 7:30pm.

THURSDAY SEP 12 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/COVERS A CHEEKY GRIN + COLOURWAVES + DANGEROUS JOHN + SOOKY LA LA John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. BEACHES + DREAMTIME + KIKAGAKU MOYO Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. BUFFALO + COCKFIGHT SHOOTOUT + KING OF THE NORTH + THE CANTS Corner Hotel, Richmond. 7:30pm. $30. BUSY KINGDOM + REIKA + THE ROLLERCANES + THE SOLICITORS Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. CABIN FEVER + FFC + ORGAN DONOR + SCAB EATER Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $5.

THE DRONES The Drones finished their I See Seaweed national album tour earlier this year by obliterating the iconic Sydney Opera House with a blistering set of new songs peppered with long time favourites, then jumped on a plane to play Primavera Festivals in Spain and Portugal. 2013 has seen the band undertake their largest and most successful headline tour and release their most successful record to date. This week they return to the stage for a second national tour to the delight of fans who missed out on tickets to the previous sold out shows. Joining them will be Harmony. Catch ‘em at The HiFi on Friday September 13 and Saturday September 14.

DURK + APEX BAND + CULZEAN + WILD VIOLET Musicland, Fawkner. 8:00pm. ESC + HIDEOUS TOWNS + THE OCTOPUS RIDE Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. JACK CARTY (THE PREDICTABLE CRISIS TOUR) + DAN PARSONS + MALI MALI Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. $20. JANTINA & THE JAGUARS + CHEV RISE + THE MELANOMADS Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. $8. JULY DAYS (EP LAUNCH) + BELL WEATHER DEPARTMENT + CANOS + THE PEEKS Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. KYLIE AULDIST & THE GLENROY ALLSTARS + PIERRE BARONI + VINCE PEACH Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10. LIZANNE RICHARDS Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 8:00pm. LONDON BUREAU + ALTITUDE + AVANTAIR + JACK RUNWAY Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $5. MY ECHO + ARCANE SAINTS + CAPTIVES + THE HUMAN ELECTRIC Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10. NEXT - FEAT: THE PLAYBOOK + INFAMOUS 506 + SIDELINES + THE JUST-US LEAGUE Colonial Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $15. NORTHLANE Commercial Hotel, South Morang. 8:00pm. PRESSURE DROP + TES & TOM Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 8:30pm. REVEREND DAVE & THE SHADY LADIES + PATRICK WILSON + RATTLIN’ BONE BLACKWOOD The Public Bar, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $6. SLOW CLUB - FEAT: O LITTLEBLOOD + LEISURE Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. SURES + GO VIOLETS + WARMTH CRASHES IN Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $15. TASTE OF INDIE COLLECTIVE - FEAT: ACOUSTIC FOXX + GONDOLA KID + VOCAL LOTION Tago Mago, Thornbury. 8:30pm. THE ANTOINETTES + MARILYN ROSE & THE THORNS + THESE DIRTY ROSES Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. THE CAT EMPIRE Forum Theatre, Melbourne. 8:00pm. THE DEEP END + ABLAZE + DEAD CITY RUIND + KILLSHOT Espy, St Kilda. 8:00pm. THE DIRTY PROTEST + A SUBURBAN CRUSADE + THE TRANSLUCENTS Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. THE INFANTS + BELOVED ELK + FOXSMITH Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $8. THE PREATURES + CHELA + HOLLOW EVERDAZE Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 7:30pm. $15. THE SPHERES + HUMANS + KALACOMA + R ELECTRIC Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $10. TOTALLY MILD (CASSETTE LAUNCH) Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $6.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK ARTY DEL RIO + ALONE WITH TIGER + PAPA G & THE STARCATS Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm. BABA YAGA ORKESTAR Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8:30pm. BLOW The Horn African Music Lounge, Collingwood. 8:00pm. LANARA Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 8:30pm. LAURA NICHOLS + MAEFLOWER Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. $7. MARLON WILLIAMS Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. MATT GLASS + DASH Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:00pm. MELBOURNE FRESH INDUSTRY SHOWCASE Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. $15. MOOSE JAW RIFLE CLUB Great Britain Hotel, Richmond. 8:00pm. OPEN MIC Acoustic Cafe, Collingwood. 6:30pm. OPEN MIC Balaclava Hotel, Balaclava. 6:00pm. OPEN MIC Station 59, Richmond. 7:00pm. OPEN MIC Waterside Hotel, Melbourne. 8:00pm. THE GLORIOUS Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. THE MOONLIGHT FLATTERS Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 8:30pm. $10.

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DAMIEN BRUNTUN & THE SOUL CUPCAKES Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. $14. FIONA CLAIRE (WHAT IF) Butterfly Club, Melbourne Cbd. 6:00pm. GIOVANNI PERIN Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $20. LIGHTLY TOASTED QUINTET Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. REBECCA MENDOZA & THE JOHN MONTESANTE QUINTET The Commune, East Melbourne. 6:00pm. THE JOE CHINDAMO TRIO Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15. THE KINGPIN HAMMOND COMBO 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10. THE OVEREASYS Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 6:30pm. WHITE TREE SWING BAND Red Bennies, South Yarra. 7:00pm. WILD COMFORTS Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm.

FRIDAY SEP 13 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/COVERS AC/DSHE + PELVIS + ROMEOS + STONEAGE + THE RELATIVES Espy, St Kilda. 8:00pm. $12. BOBBY VALENTINE & THE PEARLY SHELLS (ELVIS) The Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 8:00pm. $20. CAMBODIAN SPACE PROJECT + LES MINIJUPES + RICHIE 1250 & THE BRIDES OF CHRIST Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. CAN’T SAY - FEAT: PIGEON + AIRWOLF Vault 8, Melbourne. 8:00pm. CLAIM THE THRONE + HADAL MAW + MASON + NABERUS + PARTY VIBEZ Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $12. EINSTEINS TOYBOY + CASSETTE Musicland, Fawkner. 7:30pm. $10. GARAGE A GOGO ZOMBIE NIGHT - FEAT: LOS TONES + DJ BARBARA BLAZE + WRONG TURN The Luwow, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $5. HALCYON DRIVE + THE PEEKS + THE ZANES + WHEN WE WERE SMALL Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. HOWLIN’ STEAM TRAIN + EL MOTH + LEBELLE + ZOOPHYTE Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. LUNARS + ACTOR SLASH MODEL + DANE CERTIFICATE Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $8. MAGIC BONES (SINGLE LAUNCH) + THE DARK FAIR + THE LOVE BOMBS Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $10. MAJOR TOM & THE ATOMS (SINGLE LAUNCH) Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:41pm. $13. MCALPINE’S FUSILIERS + THE AUSTRALIAN KINGSWOOD FACTORY Victoria Hotel, Brunswick. 10:00pm. MESA COSA + SUMMER BLOOD + THE KREMLINGS + UDAYS TIGER Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $15. NORTHLANE + BURY THE FALLEN + DRIVEN TO THE VERGE Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully. 8:00pm. OUCH MY FACE + DJ COCKTOPUS + THEM NIGHTS Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10. RED ROCKETS OF BORNEO + DJ XANDER + THE IVORY ELEPHANT Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 10:00pm. SAINT JUDE Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 9:30pm. TAGO’S MIXED GRILL Tago Mago, Thornbury. 8:30pm. THE CAT EMPIRE Forum Theatre, Melbourne. 8:00pm. THE DRONES + HARMONY The Hi-fi, Melbourne. 8:00pm. $41. THE ELECTRIQUE BIRDS + ROCKET QUEEN Penny Black, Brunswick. 9:30pm. THE LEGENDS OF GOFPOS + NATURAL BULL LOGIC + NEIL WISE Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 7:00pm. THE LIVING EYES + ANTI FADE & FRIENDS DJS + BITS OF SHIT + HIEROPHANTS + PRONTO Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $10. THE NAYSAYERS (EP LAUNCH) + GOING SWIMMING Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $5. THE POLY’S The Vineyard, St Kilda. 11:00pm. THE PREATURES + CHELA + HOLLOW EVERDAZE Northcote


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For all the latest gigs check out beat.com.au Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $15. THE SNOWDROPPERS + CAPTIVE + GAY PARIS John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. THE SPIN + AIRCRAFTE + THE CORSAIRS Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10. THE WHORLS + LOCAL GROUP + NO 1 JONES The Public Bar, Melbourne. 8:30pm. TONIGHT ALIVE + HANDS LIKE HOUSE Billboard, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. TOY BOATS + JESS LOCKE + LIAM DALY + LUKE THOMAS 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $5. TUXEDO PIG + TROD & SPLEEN Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:30pm. $10. WATTS ON Prince Public Bar, St Kilda. 8:00pm.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK ALEX & THE SLY LASHLIES Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. BENNY WALKER & JAMES BRADY Elsternwick Hotel, Elwood. 8:00pm. BROOKE RUSSELL Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 6:00pm. CANDICE MCLEOD Elwood Lounge, Elwood. 8:00pm. CHRIS WILSON Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 5:30pm. CHRISTOFER COLEMAN - FEAT: CHRISOFER COLEMAN + SOPHIE ELLIOTT Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. $12. CISCO CAESAR + ADRIAN WHITEHEAD The B.east, Brunswick East. 10:00pm. CROOKS & QUEENS + ALYSON INCORPORATED Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8:30pm. DAVE GRANEY Cornish Arms, Brunswick. 8:00pm. KING LUCHO Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 9:00pm. MICHAEL EDWARDS Pascoe Vale Rsl, Pascoe Vale. 8:00pm. $8. MR JIMMY + FLASH COMPANY Bella Union Bar (trades Hall), Carlton South. 9:00pm. $20. PHEASANT PLUCKERS Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:30pm. SPERMAIDS Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 8:30pm. $10. TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSIONS - FEAT: DAN BOURKE Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 6:00pm. WINNEBAGO LOUNGE - FEAT: THE JVG GUITAR METHOD + BRIAN NANKERVIS Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. $20.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/WORLD MUSIC ALISTAIR SPENCE COLLECTIVE Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. BOHEMIAN NIGHTS Budapest Bar & Restaurant, Elsternwick. 6:30pm. CHEAP FRILLS Farouk’s Olive, 8:30pm. CONNIE LANSBERG QUARTET The Regent Club, 8:00pm. DANY MAIA Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $20. DEAN’S MARTINI & SHAKERS Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 7:30pm. ERNIE GRUNER & JO ABBOTT Budapest Bar & Restaurant, Elsternwick. 6:30pm. FEM BELLING & THE JOE RUBERTO TRIO Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 9:00pm. $20. FIONA CLAIRE (WHAT IF) Butterfly Club, Melbourne Cbd. 6:00pm. FITZROY FUNK COLLECTIVE Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. GOODLOVE Jewell Of Brunswick, Brunswick. 9:00pm. $10. JANELLE HOPMAN Open Studio, Northcote. 5:30pm. MARGIE LOU’S PIANO HOUR + ALYCE PLATT Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 9:00pm. SOUL TRAIN FUNK PARTY - FEAT: DJ EDDY + FUNKY FUNK BAND Open Studio, Northcote. 8:00pm. THE MELTDOWN Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $27.

SATURDAY SEP 14 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/COVERS BACKWARD CREATURES Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. BANG - FEAT: THE PLOT IN YOU + FIT FOR A KING + STORM THE SKY Royal Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. BARBARION (METALMAN TOUR) Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. BITCH PREFECT + CONSTANT MONGRUEL + JUSTIN K FULLER + TWERPS DJS John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. BLACK NIGHT CRASH - FEAT: APES + BRITISH INDIA DJS + ELEGANT SHIVA + LOVE JUNKIES Rochester Castle Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. CAPTAIN CLEANOFF + ACID VAIN + JOIN THE AMISH + SPLIT TEETH + THE KILL/ Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $12. CATJUMPROAD + KILL YA DARLINS Penny Black, Brunswick. 9:30pm. CITIZEN + THE DYSON WYATT POLYAMOROUS TRYST + THE UNHOLY RACKET Tago Mago, Thornbury. 8:30pm. GODDESS - FEAT: SUZIE STAPLETON DUO + FIONA LEE MAYNARD & THE HOLY MEN + JESSABELLA BURLESQUE + KILL TV + THE NIGHT SKY + THRASHER JYNX The Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 8:00pm. $20. GUITAR PARTY 2013! - FEAT: GWORLD + SLOCOMBE’S PUSSY + THE BITS Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. ID SATURDAYS - FEAT: COTANGENT + 23AOA + HARRISON STORM Barleycorn Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. $10. JUDGE PINO & THE RULING MOTIONS Bar Open, Fitzroy.

10:00pm. KIERAN RYAN + FRASER A GORMAN & BIG HARVEST + LOVE MIGRATE Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $12. KING OF THE NORTH + ARTS MARTIAL + DESTROY SHE SAID + VIRTUE Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. KISS THE VYPER + FALLIN ANGELS Musicland, Fawkner. 8:00pm. $15. LANIE LANE Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. LITTLE LEAGUE + AFTER THE CURFEW + EIGHT DAYS OF AUTUMN + EMBERVILLE + THESE CITY LIGHTS + WE BUILT THESE RUINS Musicland, Fawkner. 3:30pm. $15. MIGHTIEST OF GUNS + DJ JUKE JOINT + LIMITS + LOS TONES + THE DEATH RATTLES Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10. MISS INK AUSTRALIA + THE BABES Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. $25. MOUNTFIELD PLAINS + ASTRO TURF + UNDERGROUND Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. $12. MY LEFT BOOT + DJ MERMAID + THE BATTLE AXE HOWLERS Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $13. PEACE + ATOLLS + MILLIONS Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $37. PLUDO + DANIELA CORSO + MIDRIFF EXPLOSION + ONIX Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $12. RED RED KROVVY + LEATHER TOWEL + THE KREMLINGS: EP LAUNCH Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $8. SANTA TARANTA Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 9:30pm. SEXY HEAVY + DAZOOK + TRANSISTOR Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. STONE CLOCKS (SINGLE LAUNCH) + FOREVER + ROAST GOAT SPIT + SIDEWAYS Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:00pm. $12. STRAYLOVE + ZUZU ANGEK Gertrudes Brown Couch, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. TEENAGE LIBIDO + THE IMPOSSIBLE NO GOODS Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 4:00pm. TEST GIG 2 - FEAT: TEST ARTIST 2 Werribee Park Mansion, Werribee. 8:00pm. THE DRONES + HARMONY The Hi-fi, Melbourne. 8:00pm. $41. THE GANGSTER’S BALL 2013 Forum Theatre, Melbourne. 8:00pm. $80. THE GUN RUNNERS + KISSING BOOTH + LIFE OF MY OWN + TIGERS Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:30pm. $8. THE LOW-FI COWBOYS + THE ANTOINETTES Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. THE SHOCK OF THE NEW + DJ KITTI + DJ SIMONA KAPITOLINA Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 10:00pm. $5. THE STETSON FAMILY Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. THE WORKINGHORSE IRONS + MAX GOES TO HOLLYWOOD + TEEN KONG + THE MURDER RATS Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $10. TV COLOURS (ALBUM LAUNCH) + A STRANGE DAY + DEEP HEAT + SEE SAW Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10. TWSS Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully. 8:00pm. WAKEFIELD MINIFEST Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 4:00pm. WINTERMOON Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/WORLD MUSIC ANDREA KELLER QUARTET Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. CATE SHAW & THE ROGER CLARK QUARTET Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 9:00pm. $20. CLASSICAL PIANO Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 2:00pm. FIONA CLAIRE (WHAT IF) Butterfly Club, Melbourne Cbd. 6:00pm. GO BANANAS TROPICAL PARTY - FEAT: JASPORA + MADDIE MADUSA The Luwow, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $10. GOYIM + ELVIS IN THE HOUSE Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 3:30pm. HEATHER STEWART Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $25. RISING TIDE + ZEKE TRIO Open Studio, Northcote. 6:00pm. SEXTETO ZONA SUL Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $20. THE FUNK IS DOWNSTAIRS - FEAT: THE ELLIOTS + RADICUS FINCH + THE WHITE KEYS Prince Public Bar, St Kilda. 8:00pm. THE JOHN HOFFMAN SEXTET Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $25.

SUNDAY SEP 15 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/COVERS 80’S ON THE EDGE Sloaney Pony, Port Melbourne. 8:30pm. A MAN CALLED SON + MEZZ COLEMAN + PETE CARR Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 3:00pm. ASHLEY NAYLOR’S HIGH HORSE + ROSS MCLENNAN + STUART JONES Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury. 1:30pm. $20. FOR THE FALLEN DREAMS + FIT FOR A KING + STORM THE SKY + THE PLOT IN YOU Corner Hotel, Richmond. 7:30pm. $33. HELEN SHANAHAN + MEG MAC + TIARYN & BETH BROWN Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 6:30pm. $10. JVG GUITAR METHOD Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. LANDS + CAHILL F KELLY + CALYPSO BROWN + HARMONY BURNS + THE PIPER OF PAN Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 7:00pm. MAJOR DUDES + BAKERSFIELD GLEE CLUB Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. MARK MOLDRE + ISAAC DE HEER + JAMIE HUTCHINGS Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $10.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK ALL DAY FRITZ Wesley Anne, Northcote. 3:00pm. ANNA SMYRK & THE APPETITES + DASH + PEAR & THE AWKWARD ORCHESTRA Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $8. ART PARTY MELBOURNE 2 - FEAT: ZIKORA & JOEL MCKERROW + LOU MILLAR + MAMABOHEIM + ORIGAMI? ORIGAMYOU! + SON OF SUN Brunswick Social Centre, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $15. BACKSLIDERS Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. $22. BEN ROGER’S INSTUMENTAL ASYLUM Victoria Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. CHRIS WILSON Union Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. DAMES Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 8:30pm. $10. HOMESICK RAYS Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 9:00pm. KOOYEH Jewell Of Brunswick, Brunswick. 8:00pm. LISA MILLER TRIO + ASH DAVIES + SHANE O’MARA Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. MARK MOLDRE Pure Pop Courtyard, St Kilda. 4:00pm. MIDNIGHT SCAVENGERS + 100 ACRE WOODS Great Britain Hotel, Richmond. 9:00pm. MOONEE VALLEY DRIFTERS Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:30pm. NICE BOY TOM (SINGLE LAUNCH) + DJ FANTA PANTS + THE SHIVERING TIMBERS Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. PAVEMENT SERENADERS Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. PHIL PARA BAND Elsternwick Hotel, Elwood. 8:00pm. SEAN KIRKWOOD & THE RADIOSHOW 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. SIMONE & GIRLFUNKLE Pure Pop Courtyard, St Kilda. 5:00pm. SOUNDWORKS MUSIC STUDIO Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 3:00pm. THE DARLING DOWNS Cornish Arms, Brunswick. 8:00pm. THE DAVIDSON BROTHERS Union Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. THE EDINBURGH HUSTLE Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 9:00pm. THE KITE MACHINE + MIKE HAYNES TRIO + SARAH CARNEGIE Chandelier Room, Moorabbin. 8:00am. $20. THE MOONEE VALLEY DRIFTERS Victoria Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. WHIRLING FURPHIES + ALEXANDER FRANCIS Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8:30pm. $15. CHECK OUT ALL THE LATEST NEWS, REVIEWS AND FREE SHIT AT BEAT.COM.AU

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For all the latest gigs check out beat.com.au MOUNTAIN GOAT BEERSOAKED SUNDAYS - FEAT: LOVE MIGRATE + DJ MONTY HEARTHROB + HEARTNETT + MALLEE SONGS + SAGAMORE Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $8. NORTHLANE Coburg Town Hall, Coburg. 8:00pm. PEACE + ATOLLS + MILLIONS Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 7:30pm. $37. ROGUE FONCE + DEAR STALKER + KERRYX + THE GARDEN OF EIDA Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 1:30pm. $10. RUN RABBIT RUN + PEPPERJACK + VELVET ARCHERS John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. SOUND N VISION EXHIBITION - FEAT: APOLLO APPLES + JOE OPPENHEIMER Tago Mago, Thornbury. 5:30pm. THE DETONATORS Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully. 8:00pm. THE MARIONETTES Bar Open, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. THE MURDER RATS + LUCYS CROWN + MOTHERSLUG + SELENIUM + THE SUPERGUNS + THE VENDETTAS Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 3:00pm. THE ORBWEAVERS + SHIVER LIKE TIMBER Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 1:30pm. $12. THE PAPER KITES (U18) The Hi-fi, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $26. THE RECHORDS Gem Bar, Collingwood. 7:30pm. THE RECHORDS Gem Bar, Collingwood. 7:30pm. THE STARRY FIELD + ARCH DUKES + EMMA RUSSACK Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. $10. WILLOW + SIMONE & GIRLFUNKLE Workers Club, Fitzroy. 3:00pm. $6.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK THE BELLWETHER BAND Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 4:00pm. $10. ANDY BAYLORS’ CAJUN COMBO + KEN MAHER & TONY HARGREAVES Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 5:30pm. CANDICE MCLEOD + LANI MOTIEKAITIS + TASH SULTANA Penny Black, Brunswick. 5:00pm. CHERRY ARVO BLUES - FEAT: SHANNON BOURNE BAND + DJ MAX CRAWDADDY Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 3:00pm. $5. CHRIS WILSON Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 4:00pm. CRAFTY ANNE + BUCK JNR Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 5:00pm. JAM SUNDAYS Musicland, Fawkner. 5:00pm. JIMI HOCKING Mentone Hotel, Mentone. 3:00pm. LARGE NUMBER 12S Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. LINDSAY FIELD + GLYN MASON + SAM SEE Royal Oak Hotel, Fitzroy North. 4:00pm.

LUKE BRENNAN & THE STICKY VALENTINES + CHRISTIAN BIZZARRI Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm. MA PETITE Dan O’connell Hotel, Carlton. 4:00pm. RORY ELLIS Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 4:00pm. SUNDAY SESSIONS - FEAT: JACK JACK JACK + THE BLACK HARRY’S AND CHANEL SWITCHER Veludo Bar & Restaurant, St Kilda. 7:30pm. SUZANNE KINSELLA + MEGAN BERNARD Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 6:30pm. THE DRUNKEN POACHERS + CAPTAIN RUIN + RATTLIN’ BONES BLACKWOOD + WAYNE MARSHALL The Public Bar, Melbourne. 3:00pm. $5. THE MARGIE LOU TRIO + GIL ASKEY Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 3:30pm. THE ORBWEAVERS Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:00pm. $12. THE SIDESHOW BRIDES Union Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. TRACY MCNEIL & BAND Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 4:30pm. $15. WAYWARD BREED Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 4:30pm.

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ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK DINEO & BOURNESTEIN PRESENT - FEAT: JT THE KING OF GROOVE Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 8:30pm. LILLIS + ADAM HYNES + RATTLIN’ BONES BLACKWOOD Espy, St Kilda. 8:30pm. PORT PHILLIP GILGAMESH READINGS Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 7:30pm.

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TUESDAY SEP 17 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/COVERS BRIGHTSIDE LIVE MUSIC SHOWCASE - FEAT: MARCO + JAREE ROYCE PRICE + JORDY & JASON + KATE MCLACHLAN + POCKETWATCH NIGHT Espy, St Kilda. 7:00pm. I AM DUCKEYE + DANA ROSKVIST + GUY JOHNSTON Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. KILL SHOTT Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. KVELERTAK Corner Hotel, Richmond. 7:00pm. $45. PLAYING THE PALAIS - FEAT: MURRUMBEENA PRIMARY SCHOOL CONCERT Palais Theatre, St Kilda. 6:30pm. SISTERS FOR SISTERS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 6:30pm. $15. THE BRUNSWICK HOTEL DISCOVERY NIGHT - FEAT: ALCHEMY Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. THEM SWOOPS + SINGING FOR HUMANS Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 7:30pm. $10.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK CHARLES JENKINS & MATTY VEHL + DONNIE DUREAU Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. FORTE JAM Prince Public Bar, St Kilda. 7:00pm. OPEN MIC Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. THE FRY BROTHERS Newport Rsl, 7:30pm.

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POISON CITY WEEKENDER John Curtin Hotel, Corner Hotel, Reverence Hotel, Friday September 6, Saturday September 7, Sunday September 8 For a select portion of Melbourne’s music scene, Poison City Weekender is the ultimate bro-fest, where those who used to frequent The Arthouse (and now its younger sister, The Reverence) congregate to slap each other on the back for flying the ‘true’ flag of punk high over the rest of our heads. It’s a music scene that, if you’re in it – it feels like the whole world. Once you leave it – you realise there’s a much, much, bigger world out there. There’s no doubt that Andy Hayden (Poison City Records founder) has done wonders for this particular ilk of music. He’s a devoted music fan and an extremely hardworking gentleman who’s given rise to bands like The Smith Street Band who would have otherwise had little hope of reaching commercial ears. Needless to say, in all the positivity and hugs floating around, I was troubled by a harrowing truth: not a single person seemed to notice, care or mention, that in a three-day line-up of over twenty booked bands (over sixty individuals), only five were women. In a scene that prides itself on punk ideals: progressiveness… equality… voting Green (more on that later) - that’s not, well, ideal. That said, it was the female-driven Deep Heat whose performance on Friday at The Curtin was easily the best of the evening. Their Stooges-styled chugging guitars and fringe-over-face headbangs made a rather impassive band room feel like a mate’s garage. The usual antics from Tom Lyngcoln of Poison City royals The Nation Blue ensued (he pitches his guitar into the ceiling almost every show. Guy must have a lot of money to burn) and the always effortless Hoodlum Shouts blitzed their way through a searing harmonica-laden set, fulfilling a musical diversity quota on this bill. At Saturday’s show at The Corner I felt the oldest I’ve ever felt amongst a crowd of what appeared to be exclusively teenage Triple J listeners wearing five panel hats. Standouts by far - and by all accounts - were Sydney posi-punks, Milhouse, playing their final show. Though they experienced a myriad of complications on-stage by the sound of things, the crowd were utterly spazzing out and singing along to every word; sending them off by parading bass player Dave Drayton over their heads in the most awkward crowd surf I think I’ve ever witnessed. Crowd boogie boarding. Not quite surfing, but almost. By the time Tassie’s Luca Brasi took to the main stage the room was almost too packed for the stragglers who were smoking upstairs to get back in. Luca Brasi never disappoints, powering through a set full of favourites playing to a crowd who already worship them because that’s what this scene has told them to do. Before The Smith Street Band launched into their first blistering riff, I bet the person standing next to me a negligible amount of money that we’d be graced with a soapbox speech from front-man Wil Wagner concerning the recent election result. He did not disappoint. Only two songs in and he whipped up his crowd of eighteen year-old Triple J fans (who probably voted for The Coalition) into a lefty frenzy with some clichéd rant about Abbott. It’s hard to say much on this band beyond the fact that if this is what the kids are into, then it could be a hell of a lot worse. Sunday afternoon at The Reverence saw more of the aforementioned bro-festing. The entire venue was closed off to the public, so the insularity of it all was palpable. I almost didn’t care about the music because they’d opened up the outside kitchen and were serving breakfast burrito and bloody mary combos - which I was able to chug whilst enjoying the pleasantly demure banjo twiddling of Sydney’s Pinch Hitter and Newcastle’s Jen Buxton, playing on a make-shift, sun-drenched stage in the beer garden. Infinite Void and Apart From This held down the 90s grunge component of the line-up – these are bands that garner a bit of attention from those outside the immediate Poison City sphere and they’re welcome additions to this line-up. The much talked-about reunion of Like…Alaska was deserved of the hype and will be talked about for a while to come. They were flawless. A punter made some prolific comment that I wish I could remember about each of them going off to pursue other musical things and thus coming back more capable than ever. It was on-point, and in that sardine-packed back room during that set, watching from side-stage alongside punk royalty Fear Like Us, it felt like home. Tasmanian-soon-to-be-Melburnian Lincoln Le Fevre never fails to nail his brand of cleverly-crafted and countrified storytelling live, though I think this may have been the first time he’s ever enjoyed a ‘Linc-oln! Linc-oln!’ crowd chant. And that’s what Poison City fans are particularly good at: making musicians feel like demi-Gods. It’s how The Bennies’ frontman, Anty Horgan, must have felt when he managed to crowd surf standing upright mid-set: like a reggae Jesus walking on water (or, a sea of supportive hands). The Bennies are without a doubt the ultimate party band, and crowd favourite, My Bike, ended in stage invasion and what I imagine were a lot of reeeeeally hiiiigh high fives. Finally, headliners Blueline Medic were there to remind every thirty-something year old in the audience that they still belong: a fittingly mature end to a manic weekend of shenanigans and solid tunes (even LOVED: Milhouse if they were mostly sung through the curtain of a beard). HATED: Punters with exploding egos Now, everyone: you may exit the bubble, and rejoin the outside world. and the overall sausage fest DRANK: Everything JESS SHULMAN

THE COMMITMENTS Corner Hotel, Wednesday September 4 It was a night of Ben Sherman’s, spine-tingling sing-alongs, cookie-monster growling and couple shuffling. Andrew Strong was back in Melbourne for a performance not short of what his name suggests; and though his vocals were as strong as the crowd’s feelings of love, there were some unfortunate moments of feedback, over-thetop reverb and a less than impressive female accompaniment; brought on only by the lack in numbers. But that didn’t stop the party. Perhaps Max Savage should have sent his unified female vocalists to the rescue, though they may have been a little exhausted from the high-energy performance that opened the night. As the crowd poured in, Max Savage and his band opened with an un-expected bang: obviously aspiring to contribute to the inevitable energy bomb. Savage and band banged out song after song of country-soul written with an audience in mind. The obvious band favourite Home became the favourite of most and the subtleties in Savage’s stripped back vocals were much welcomed when they did appear. As always, The Harlots were a crowd pleaser; quality musicians presenting a studiously groomed front with musky and raw undertones. They didn’t hold back in contributing to the over-all theme of the night; rivers, amen’s and catchy choruses; ever the bosses of Melbourne pop/country. And keyboardist Kate has to be the most hypnotizing sidekick in town. But it was Andrew Strong’s famous voice that stole the night. From the moment he belted out Midnight Hour all the way through favourites such as The Dark End of The Street and of course Mustang Sally, I was sent back to a time of turquoise spandex and leg lifts; some serious nostalgia was kicking in throughout the Corner Hotel. And though he still hasn’t learned to open his eyes since the film, Strong has learned to perform some serious lead; proving song after song why LOVED: A guttural sing-along he is among the highest paid cover artists worldwide. HATED: People filming with iPads DRANK: Melbourne Bitter FRANNY B

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JAE LAFFER NGV, Friday September 6 Unfortunately this was the last of the NGV’s Friday Nights at Monet’s Garden. If not, I’d encourage everyone to head along. People sat around a pond of floating ceramic bowls and chatted over champagne and wine, while being treated to some of Australia’s finest music talent. Surrounded by a bright purple aura, Jae Laffer created the perfect ambience for his surroundings – with an intimate acoustic set, filled with beautifully crafted instrumentals and well-written lyrics. Former frontman of The Panics, Laffer’s tortured voice paints a picture for his music – reminiscent of Paul Kelly or R.E.M’s Michael Stipe. And considering it was the first time he’d played with the supporting band, a natural dynamic was evident. The set consisted mostly of new material from his upcoming album, When The Iron Glows Red. The title track itself was a highlight, with deep acoustic strum. Other new tracks worth mentioning are Always So Close, which fans of The Panics will enjoy, It’s In All Of Us, featuring a stronger piano backing and Don’t Make Me Wait. He also threw in a couple of favourites from his old band, including Sleep Like A Curse and Get Us Home. Unfortunately for Laffer, the acoustics in the room didn’t do his sound much justice. With this type of intimate gig, there’s nothing better than a clear and crisp acoustic sound, but it was sometimes hard to hear and some of his lyrics were muffled by the sound. Still, it was an impressive set. Let’s just hope the gallery do more of LOVED: It’s In All Of Us this in the summer. HATED: The acoustics DRANK: Just a couple of beers CHRIS BRIGHT

CLOUD CONTROL The Forum, Friday September 6 It comes as no surprise that Cloud Control drew a packed-out crowd to The Forum – with Gang of Youths and Palms in tow, this gig was hot Australian music property. Satisfying the neverending appetite of this country’s indie rock lovers, Cloud Control have taken their time returning to our hearts (and the stage). Nonetheless, the re-entry has been as applauded as it has been anticipated. Their new release Dream Cave (only the second, would you believe), has won praise as triple j’s Album Of The Week and sparked a seemingly endless run of tour dates that stretch from Melbourne to Madrid. Tough though it can be to find a label, to call Cloud Control an indie rock band is a bit of a cop-out. Their opening, Scream Rave, channeled their more psychedelic side as frontman Alister Wright almost moped onto the stage in a jacket he stole from an Eskimo, offset by deeply vibrant colours creeping along the back wall. Then it was jacket off and back to business, with Dojo Rising, which was the first taste of Dream Cave. A familiar start for those who own the new album. Happy Birthday, which co-vocalist/keyboardist Heidi Lenffer dedicated to “a cute guy I met in London”, turned the band down a distinctly be-bop ‘60s street, yet another string to their bow. In Just For Now, Lenffer gave a sexy vocal in her tight black catsuit, the sea of swaying bodies in the crowd nodding their heads in approval. The cover of Kid Cudi’s Pursuit of Happiness was probably not the highlight of the evening – when they’re so good at writing songs for themselves, they should really stick to that – however Gold Canary and set closer Nothing in the Water We Can’t Fight certainly pepped the crowd up. Up and up they went as Wright sang, “Mother ganga, take me higher”. Dream Cave and Buffalo Country rounded out the encore, a healthy mix of new and old, and reflective of where this band is at right now. A solid performance from a band that is not LOVED: Old or new – all great songs! giving away all its secrets just yet. HATED: The cover   DRANK: Red wine JEN WILSON

LINDSEY STIRLING Corner Hotel, Tuesday August 27 From hip hop violinist appearing on America’s Got Talent to YouTube sensation, Lindsey Stirling reappeared in her former place back on the stage. Forming the line that extends almost 200 metres around the block are an audience from diverse backgrounds and ages. Young and old, fans are made up of dreadlocks over metal band tees, slacks with matching pinstripe waistcoats and that green-haired gamer chick with the Zelda Triforce inked on her back. For the first hour or so, the crowd stands around lamely, enduring guest DJ Kuya’s house beats that you’d normally hear at the start of a night before a room has filled up. Once he departs, smoke rises to take his place. Out of the mist, Lindsey Stirling flutters onto the stage with Anti Gravity, embracing the same grace and determination that we all know from her videos. The energy from the drummer contrasts with her poise, but she soon matches his passion throughout her performance. With a ballet of swift pirouettes and a flurry of strokes from her bow that dances along the neck of her violin, the crowd is rewarded with a complete performance of music and choreography. Shadows sports the same dancing from her video clip that accumulated over 27 million views. Other worthy mentions include my personal favourite: Electric Daisy Violin, a Michael Jackson Medley as a tribute to the late King of Pop, Elements and a cover of Flo Rida’s Good Feeling that kicked the energy in the crowd up a few notches. Lindsey’s inner-nerd comes alive with her memorable Zelda Medley (minus the pointed ears) and a huge smile shines across her face with her Skyrim cover. When she departs the stage, everybody is screaming for more. She then returns with the Australian flag draped over her shoulders. The air is subsequently lit up with mobile phones and LOVED: The aircon on full blast. Damn, lighters as she plays a cover of the beautiful My Immortal and finishes off it got hot in there! with the Dubstep hit that went viral and brought her fame, Crystallized. HATED: Drunk and stumbling A whirlwind of dance, lighting and pure emotion that will resonate in 40-somethings that forgot wine stayed the memories of her fans, Lindsey Stirling’s show was a pure masterpiece. in the glass and not on others’ tees. DANIEL ERCZMANN

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