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EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS Southern Californian psych-rock group Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will be hitting our shores next year on the back of their self-titled LP. The group just released their second single from the record,  Life Is Hard. The track, in true the Magnetic Zeros fashion, is an ode to the problems of every day life and why we should embrace them. When reviewing the LP, our reviewer stated that “Despite its murky title, is a similar – and absolutely stunning – affirmation of love and positivity.” Catch Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at The Palace Theatre on Tuesday April 15.

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A singer, songwriter, dancer, model, actor and fashion arbiter, Solange Knowles is an artist with many strings to her bow.  With a new album on the horizon audiences can expect to hear some fresh tracks when Solange hits stages across Australian in January. Catch her at the Prince Bandroom on Tuesday January 7.

The Basics are set to play an intimate gig on a Melbourne tram. It‘s all happening on Wednesday October 9 after 5pm. What do you have to do to come along you ask? Let Tram Sessions know in 25 words or less why you think The Basics will rock on a tram. You must include the words  Leftovers  and  Ingredients. Check beat.com.au for how to enter.

If you ever wished to see Rhode Island rockers Daughters at least once in your life, you can tick that off your bucket list following their tour announcement for January next year. Established in the early 2000s, the noise band have created a prolific reputation in America and internationally for their blend of avant-garde and intelligent songs powered by frantic drumming and guitar. In 2009, prior to the release of their third LP, Daughters, the band disbanded. It‘s only recently that its members have regrouped, causing fans to flock towards them. Earlier this month, the band held a one-off reunion show on Rhode Island, however, had to schedule a second show due to popular demand. Daughters will play at the Evelyn Hotel on Friday January 17.

TOM ODELL The British singer-songwriter is set to bring his high energy performance to Melbourne and Sydney alongside his Falls appearances later this year. Odell’s debut album Long Way Down  has been universally adored, earning a number one position in both the UK and Scotland and sixty six in Australia’s own ARIA Albums Chart. Catch Tom Odell play The Corner Hotel on Saturday December 28, with support from Melody Pool.

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YOU AM I Fresh off the back of their Double Date tour, You Am I return to Melbourne to fulfill a tradition that has not been honoured in five years. After hiatus from the traditional Melbourne Cup Eve shows, You Am I will perform back to back shows on the Sunday and Monday in the follow up to one of Melbourne‘s most celebrated events. Two decades on from their first album release, You Am I have not only had one of the longest and most successful recording careers in Australia, but are also without doubt one of our most loved live bands. Catch them at the Prince on Sunday November 3 and Monday November 4.

JOHNNY MARR Johnny Marr, one of the most celebrated guitarists in the history of contemporary music, will hit Melbourne this January. Playing to Australian audiences for the first time as a solo act, Johnny Marr will perform songs from his debut album The Messenger along with some Smiths classics. It goes down at the Corner Hotel on Saturday January 4.

HUNTERS AND COLLECTORS Hunters and Collectors have announced a series of theatre shows alongside an appearance at the A Day On The Green national winery tour. Appropriately kicking off on the Australia Day long weekend in January and stretching across weekends until mid-April, the powerhouse Australian outfit is once again set to enthral and thrill not only devotees from the past, but also a whole new generation of music lovers. Hunters & Collectors will be joined at the majority of winery shows by You Am I, with Diesel taking the stage at the others. Something For Kate and British India, who both pay tribute to the Hunters on the Crucible album, will be special guests at all winery shows.  The Panics will be the supports for the theatre shows. Catch them at Day On The Green on Saturday March 22 at Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley and the Palais on Friday April 11.

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Whoop whoop! The Insane Clown Posse will be hitting Australia this December. Australian Juggalos will no doubt gather en masse for the one and only Insane Clown Posse on their first Australian tour in over a decade. Don’t miss the the lords of the Dark Carnival when they bring their psychotic live show and a shitload of Faygo to Melbourne. Catch ‘em on Friday December 6 at The Hi-Fi.

Bringing back home the sweet and sad folk songs that have won him international success, Jay Brannan’s tunes will enthrall audiences this November. Currently in the midst of writing & recording his next album of originals, the NYC based singer/songwriter is set to give fans the rare opportunity of hearing the unheard material at these limited engagements around the world. Catch him at The Toff In Town  on Thursday November 28.

TUMBLEWEED The Aussie rock stalwarts have released their first album in yonks, and are bringing it to the road for a huge national tour. Heralding a return to that quintessential Tumbleweed sound, the album marks the first time in 15 years the original band line up have recorded together. ARIA award winning producer Paul McKercher worked on their famous breakthrough LP Galactaphonic (1995) and legendary single  Daddy Long Legs, and has teamed up with them again to create another trademark Tumbleweed stomper with Sounds From The Other Side. Tumbleweed play the Central Club Hotel on Friday November 29.

THE WAR ON DRUGS The War On Drugs have revealed a Falls sideshow. The group have recently been bunkered down working on their eagerly-awaited third album, and there’s a good chance that some of this new material will be aired on their impending Australian visit. Catch ‘em at the Northcote Social Club on Saturday December 28.

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Two of the world’s freshest acts in hip hop, Wiz Khalifia and A$AP Rocky, will hit Melbourne early next year. The dynamic artists will be performing in what is expected to be one of the biggest doubleheader shows of the year. It goes down on Saturday January 4 at Festival Hall.

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THE ROOTS The Roots have locked in a Melbourne show to coincide with their appearance at Falls Festival. The upcoming tour sees the group taking a break from their celebrated residency as the house band for US talk show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.  Joining The Roots will be Sydney’s very own hip hop wunderkind Urthboy. Catch 'em at  Festival Hall  on Saturday December 28.

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SASKWATCH Legendary Melbourne soul outfit Saskwatch have returned with their brand new single Hands. Powered by the tremendous vocals of front woman Nkechi Anele and incorporating fast-paced drumming, handclaps, and an utterly ecstatic brass section, Hands is Saskwatch at their most playful and energetic. Catch â&#x20AC;&#x161;em at the Corner Hotel on Saturday December 7.

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Having honed his skills busking on the streets of Sydney and Melbourne, Alex Gibson proudly presented by JMC Academy is set to begin his national tour, celebrating the release of his first album This Is Life which debuted at Number 2 on the iTunes Singer Songwriter charts. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ll hit the The Yarra Hotel on Thursday August 31.

BRIGHTER LATER Having released their debut album The Wolves earlier this year to critical acclaim both here and overseas, Melbourne newcomers Brighter Later bring their sound to the Northcote Social Club for their final headline show for 2013. Catch them on Sunday October 13.


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AUSTRALASIAN WORLD MUSIC EXPO Featuring over 50 world-class artists, it isn‘t a surprise that the Australasian World Music Expo is one of the most anticipated events for roots enthusiasts. Descending from the Scottish Highlands will be Celtic-folk band Manran; The Public Opinion, The Shaolin Afronauts and Quarry Mountain Dead Rats will join them too. Other artists include: Cash Savage & The Last Drinks, Blackchords, Kooii, The Deans and Indigenous country music icon, Warren H Williams. These artists will be joining an already extensive bill, including Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Damien Dempsey, Hollie Smith, Barefoot Divas, The Twin Beats (formerly The Toot Toot Toots), and The Orbweavers. The Australasian World Music Expo will take place at the Arts Centre from Thursday November 16 - Sunday November 17.

HANNI EL KHATIB WORLD’S END PRESS It’s been a hectic year for Melbourne quartet World’s End Press. Having played alongside Cut Copy, Hot Chip and indie-gods Bloc Party, and scheduled to perform at Meredith Festival later this year; the tour will be celebrating the release of the indie-pop band’s debut self-titled album. World’s End Press will hit the Corner Hotel on Friday December 6.

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Powderfinger guitarist and songwriter Darren Middleton has announced an intimate three date tour to support his upcoming debut album  Translations. Due out Friday November 1, Middleton has put together an album of infectious classic alternative pop sounds that exist in a sphere somewhere between The Beatles and Elliott Smith. His launch tour will be his only 2013 dates.Catch Darren Middleton at The Toff on Saturday November 1. Tickets go on sale Friday September 27.

Sydney’s Ginger and the Ghost have announced their return to Melbourne to celebrate the launch of their new single The Mark Of Hearts. The partnership of Missy and Daniel, two mixed media visual artists who make up Ginger and the Ghost, was created through a desire to do something for themselves, on their own terms. Years of playing with other bands led them to the decision to indulge their personal creativity and Ginger and the Ghost was born. Catch Ginger and the Ghost at Boney in Melbourne on Thursday October 3.

Already announced to play Falls and Southbound Festivals, this January Californian singer-songwriter Hanni El Khatib returns with his brand of fiery garage soul. Joining him are very special guests, eclectic Austin TX 4-piece White Denim, who’ll be playing their first ever Australian shows celebrating the release of their new album, Corsicana Lemonade. Catch ‚em at the Northcote Social Club on Sunday January 5.

BRONSON Melbourne metal outfit Bronson have announced tour dates to support their debut teeth kicking album Blood Brothers. Combining ‚90s groove with hardcore aggression, Bronson will take their heavy sound to seven cities to promote the launch of their first LP since the band‘s formation in 2007. Bronson will appear at Brewtality Fest at the Tote Hotel on Saturday October 12. Blood Brothers is now available for purchase via iTunes.

Melbourne exploratory synth-pop adventurers Pikelet have announced launch dates for third album Calluses. The followup to 2010’s Australian Music Prizeshortlisted  Stem. Calluses  is a darker, denser beast than its predecessors. from the postapocalyptic eeriness of  Pressure Cooker, to the ‘60s Euro space-jazz of  Forward Motion, to the frenetic introspection of first single  Combo, the album is bold, ambitious and layered, a record that rewards repeated listens with subtle details and hypnotic depths. It’ll be launched on Saturday October 5 at the  John Curtin Bandroom. We have some double passes to give away.

MONEY FOR ROPE It’s been a busy time for iconic Melbourne rock’n’roll staple Money For Rope; an east coast tour, two sold out shows at Melbourne’s iconic Cherry Bar and a successful crowd funding campaign which will allow the boys to pack their bags and head to Europe to promote their latest release Nova Pilota. Last year’s BIGSOUND performance was witnessed by a Spanish promoter to catapult them into the overseas market. Before they set sail, come and farewell Money For Rope with a last hoorah at The Curtin band room Friday October 4. We have some double passes to giveaway. Head to beat.com.au/freeshit to win.

2 for 1 main meals available between noon 10pm monday and before 6pm other weekdays. Wednesday 2nd October

Simply Acoustic 7:00pm Band Room free

Thursday 3rd October

Bluegrass Gentry

Wednesday

Mrs Smiths Trivia

6:00pm Front bar Free

7pm

Tottie & the Wanderers 8:00pm band room $5

Friday 4th October

Ben Carr Trio 6:00pm Front Bar Free

Friday

Matt Glass

Songwriters in the Round

6pm

8:00pm Band Room $10

King Lucho Saturday 5th October

9pm

Wild Comforts 6:00pm

Acoustic Foxx 8:00pm Band Room $5

Sunday 6th October

Saturday

The Edinburgh Hustle

Jacinta Caruana

8pm

Kathy Hinch 3:00pm band room $12

Tin Man Trio 6:00pm front bar free

Monday 7th October

Austin Brady 6:30pm front bar Free

Sunday

Free Music in the Front Bar 5pm

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TOURING

WHO'S ON TOUR, WHERE AND WHEN

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INTERNATIONAL 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 DAVID LIEBE HART BAND Northcote Social Club October 11 MELBOURNE FESTIVAL Various Venues October 11 - 27 THE CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA Hamer Hall October 11 DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT The Palace October 13 COSMO JARVIS Northcote Social Club October 15 FLIGHT FACILITIES Foxtel Festival Hub October 18, 19 KATCHAFIRE The Hi-Fi October 19 EVERY TIME I DIE Corner Hotel October 20 THE POLYPHONIC SPREE Foxtel Festival Hub October 20 - 22 LORDE Corner Hotel October 21,22 BEYONCÉ Rod Laver Arena October 22, 23, 25, 26 FUCK BUTTONS Foxtel Festival Hub October 25 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 LIMPBIZKIT Festival Hall, October 27 YELLOWCARD Palace Theatre October 29 LIGHTNING BOLT Corner Hotel October 30 VERONICA FALLS Northcote Social Club October 31 THE SEEKERS Hamer Hall, November 7, 8, 28 AUSTRALASIAN WORLDWIDE MUSIC EXPO Various Venues November 14 – 17 EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS Palace Theatre November 15 FRANZ FERDINAND The Forum November 15

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB November 15 FACE THE MUSIC Various Venues, November 15, 16 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 CHERRYFEST Cherry Bar November 24 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 IRIS DEMENT Thornbury Theatre December 5 INSANE CLOWN POSSE December 6 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 STEEL PANTHER Sidney Myer Music Bowl 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 THE WAR ON DRUGS Northcote Social Club December 28 THE ROOTS Festival Hall December 28 TOM ODELL Corner Hotel December 28 FALLS FESTIVAL Lorne December 28 - January 1, Marion Bay December 29 - January 1, Byron Bay December 31 - January 3 JOHNNY MARR Corner Hotel January 4 WIZ KHALIFIA, A$AP ROCKY Festival Hall January 4 HANNI EL KHATIB January 5

SOLANGE Prince Bandroom January 7 PARAMORE Sidney Myer Music Bowl January 12 SO FRENCHY SO CHIC Werribee Park January 12 HALF MOON RUN Corner Hotel January 19 BIG DAY OUT Flemington Racecourse January 24 ST JEROME’S LANEWAY FESTIVAL Footscray Community Arts Centre February 1 THE NATIONAL Sidney Myer Music Bowl February 9 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AAMI Park February 15 SOUNDWAVE 2014 Flemington Racecourse February 28 FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL Flemington Racecourse March 9 BILLY BRAGG Palais Theatre March 13 BLUESFEST Byron Bay April 17 - 21 IRON AND WINE The Forum Theatre April 22

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NATIONAL TWELVE FOOT NINJA Corner Hotel October 4 THE GOOCH PALMS The Tote October 4 THE JUNGLE GIANTS The Hi-Fi October 4, 6 CHOPPED ROD & CUSTOM Newstead, 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, 17 LACHY DOLEY Bar 303 October 17 WHITLEY Caravan Music Club October 17, Howler October 18 SUN CITY The Espy October 18 BEC LAUGHTON The Paris Car October 18 MATT CORBY Festival Hall October 18 ESKIMO JOE Ferntree Gully Hotel October 18, Forum Theatre October 19 KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD Corner Hotel October 19 CALLING ALL CARS Ding Dong October 19 THE MODELS Ding Dong October 20, 21 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 HAVE/HOLD The Old Bar October 25 CREEPSHOW FESTIVAL The Espy October 26 TWIN BEASTS Northcote Social Club October 26 THE GRAND RAPIDS Yah Yah’s October 26 STONEFIELD Corner Hotel October 26 BRIANA COWLISHAW Bennetts Lane October 26 - 27 LENKA Workers Club October 26 LILLY ROUGE Cherry Bar October 27 PETE CORNELIUS Northcote Social Club October 30 BABY ANIMALS Corner Hotel October 31 THE SHADOW ELECTRIC BANDROOM The Shadow Electric November 1 - November 10 AURORA JANE The Evelyn October 31 BONJAH Ding Dong November 2 DAN SULTAN Thornbury Theatre November 2, 4 BOY & BEAR The Forum November 2 - 4 YOU AM I Prince Bandroom November 3, 4 VIOLENT SOHO Corner Hotel November 4 LOOSE CHANGE The Espy November 8

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FLIGHT FACILITIES Foxtel Festival Hub

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FUCK BUTTONS Foxtel Festival Hub

AUSTRALASIAN WORLDWIDE MUSIC EXPO Various Venues

A DAY ON THE GREEN Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley November 9 EVAN & THE BRAVE Rochester Castle November 9 JORDIE LANE Thornbury Theatre November 9, Caravan Club November 10 THE PERCH CREEK FAMILY JUGBAND Northcote Social Club November 16 ALEX & THE SHY LASHLIES The Toff November 20 GOSSLING Corner Hotel November 20 PATRICK JAMES Northcote Social Club November 22 QUEENSCLIFF MUSIC FESTIVAL Princess Park, Queenscliff November 22 - 24 ONE ELECTRIC DAY Werribee Park November 24 SAL KIMBER & THE ROLLIN’ WHEEL Northcote Social Club November 29 PARADISE FESTIVAL Lake Mountain, November 29 - December 1 SASKWATCH Corner Hotel December 7 ROCKWIZ Palais Theatre, December 8 POND Corner Hotel December 19 NYE ON THE HILL TBA December 30 - January 1 RIVERBOATS FESTIVAL Echuca February 14 - 16 HUNTERS AND COLLECTORS The Palais April 11 RUMOURS MODEST MOUSE = NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

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THE SHADOW ELECTRIC BANDROOM

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STONEFIELD By Krissi Weiss

It’s probably safe to say that the Australian music landscape has finally come to terms with the fact Stonefield are the real deal. It was hard at first as the four sisters from the regional Victorian town Darraweit Guim seemed unreal – unreal in the sense of too good to be true. Questions came thick and fast when they arrived on the scene as triple j Unearthed High winners, Iotah. Surely they can’t play as well as they do? Surely they can’t embody the spirit and heart of the ‘70s so freaking well when that time and place is so far from what they should know? Surely someone has built them from snow and is operating them from label headquarters like droid rock maestros? But it’s all true. Amy, Hannah, Sarah and Holly Findlay have proved themselves many times over as awesome musicians in the studio and a captivating live act on stage and despite all of that, the most impressive thing has got to be their warm, down-to-earth and stoic attitude. They could’ve given in and taken the easy road at any point, they could’ve allowed themselves to be shaped into some stylised and sexualized manufactured band, but they’ve stayed true to themselves and will forever reap the rewards that choice has afforded them. Hannah Findlay is with her sisters signing albums at label HQ. Their self-titled debut album is soon to be released (it’s easy to forget they only have two EPs to their name) and Findlay starts off by confirming what her sister Amy said last year would be the plan – the album was done completely their way. “I think we’re just really, really lucky that our whole team is just really supportive of what we want to do and they nurture the way that we want to do it,” Findlay explains. While the album is immediately recognizable as a Stonefield album, the band has definitely progressed. It’s more nuanced, they’ve evolved beyond being simply riff-based and their harmonic depth is almost transcendental. While they claim Creedance Clearwater Revival were a big influence during the writing of this album, influences nudge in from bands as diverse as Procol Harum and Pink Floyd. The key to this album is that you can tell none of that was planned. As the listener you can’t help but go searching for the familiar but the band are at all times just being Stonefield. “I think it all kind of happened quite naturally,” she says. “I think we were growing as writers and so we learned a lot of new skills and that means you’re not just copying other people’s ways. I think we also went a lot deeper with this album and we just put a lot more thought into what we did.” It’s easy to fall into traps as a musician – drummers repeat fills, guitarists fall back on tried and tested intervals and keys – and yet despite their apparent inexperience, Stonefield pushed through that all too common scenario. “To be honest, we never really put any thought into that sort of thing, it all just flows out naturally,” she says. So just a couple of bottles of vodka and they’re away? “Ha ha, no not quite,” she says with a giggle that finally gives away her youth. “But once we’ve finished a song or once we’ve finished jamming on something we all kind of know if it sounds too similar to something else we’ve done. I think with all of us in the room we’re able to pick apart each piece and that really helps.” BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 22

Siblings spend a lifetime fighting and making up and while bands like Oasis and Kings Of Leon have created an image that a family that plays together will, well, kill each other, Hannah Findlay suggests their kinship is the key to their development as musicians and harmony as a group. “I’m not sure what it would be like being in a band with people that weren’t your sisters, but for us it’s just so easy to say what you think and then you just all move on,” she says. “We say it and then that’s it. I feel like if it was a friend it might be a bit more awkward and create a lot more tension. As sisters we just get over it.” When former Band Of Skulls producer Ian Davenport was enlisted as producer for the album, Stonefield

“I’M NOT SURE WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE BEING IN A BAND WITH PEOPLE THAT WEREN’T YOUR SISTERS, BUT FOR US IT’S JUST SO EASY TO SAY WHAT YOU THINK AND THEN YOU JUST ALL MOVE ON,” were more than ready. Their year-long preparation meant for an efficient recording session. “Once we knew what songs we wanted to do – I think we had it down to about 20 – we tried to put as many finishing touches on them before we went into pre-production with our producer so once we were there it was just a case of doing last minute kinda tinkering,” she says. “Once we got in there it was just about getting the best performance. [The recording] wasn’t as full on as past experiences we’ve had; it was less hands on and more about just helping us to get the vibe of each song in each take and just adding subtle things. In past experiences it was like they were adding heaps of extra parts to everything but this time we wanted to make it really raw and to make it about the energy and vibe of the music.” There are definitely a lot more layers to the tracks on the new album but that came about through the writing process and not over-production. “I think it’s just our songwriting developing that means that as

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time goes on we just started naturally doing a lot more with each song and experimenting. We also had a lot more time so we were able to put ourselves in the shed and try so many more things,” she explains. Stonefield’s mix of innocent charm and don’t fuck with me strength is an admirable combination. The best part is that you get the impression they have no idea how impressive they are. “I just feel like we’ve always [had strength] as people,” she says. “Also our uncles were always into bands and they were always like ‘watch out, you can’t trust everybody’. There are a lot of good people but I think we’ve always kept ourselves aware of the reality and thankfully we haven’t had too many bad experiences at all. We’ve been really lucky.” There was a time when the girls couldn’t help but feel like they needed to prove themselves. After all, it’s pretty intimidating walking into a rural pub rock gig as four young ladies and knowing the sound guy (and probably half the pub) is thinking you’re a novelty act. Amy Findlay once said that they used to play the best sound checks possible just to show they were for real. “Oh there was definitely a lot of that,” she laughs. “Now I think we’re not only a lot more professional when we go in there; I also think we’re also just trying to play the absolute best set we can play. But no, I don’t think we feel we have to prove ourselves in sound check anymore. “I think that has all finally gone away because we’ve actually stuck around,” she continues. “We’re bringing out this album and we’ve toured a lot so I think people are realizing that we’re in this for good. I think as well once people had seen us live they realized we were actually playing the music and we weren’t just going into the studio and doing these tricks to pretend we can play.” Aside from their album tour, Stonefield have the inconceivably massive honour of playing with Fleetwood Mac and despite the band being cool, calm and collected, Hannah Findlay admits that even she can turn into a fan girl on the odd occasion. “We grew up listening to Fleetwood Mac and they’re our idols; I actually cannot believe that we’re playing with them,” she says. “I feel like in the end everybody is just human so I don’t really get nervous. Oh but with Foo Fighters, I unfortunately didn’t get to meet Dave Grohl, but I was like ‘Whoa, oh my God. What if I get to meet them?’ I was pretty excited.” Things have already been overwhelming for Stonefield after two massively successful EPs so the pressure of a debut album following that amount of hype would be enough to break a lot of artists. Not the sisters from Darraweit Guim though, curse their zen-like nature and coping abilities. “We really are pretty relaxed and excited,” she says. “We had a lot of time between the last EP and this album to do a lot of things and to think about everything we’ve done. All of that has sunken in so we’re ready to go out there and enjoy all of this.”

STONEFIELD’s self-titled debut album will be out through Wunderkind/Illusive on Friday October 11. The girls will play The Phoebe Festival this weekend which runs over two days, Friday October 4 and Saturday October 5. Following that, they’ll be hitting the road, stopping off at the Corner Hotel on Saturday October 26. They’ll also play at The Hill Winery, Geelong with Fleetwood Mac on Saturday November 30, and Meredith Music Festival on Friday December 13.


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THIS WEEK: ON SCREEN The Turning is a unique cinema event. 17 talented Australian directors from diverse artistic disciplines each create a chapter of the hauntingly beautiful novel by multi awardwinning author Tim Winton. The linking and overlapping stories explore the extraordinary turning points in ordinary people’s lives in a stunning portrait of a small coastal community. As characters face second thoughts and regret, relationships irretrievably alter, resolves are made or broken, and lives change direction forever. This watershed film reinterprets and re-imagines the work for the screen. It’s currently playing at Cinema Nova.

With Tyson Wray. Got thoughts, news, gossip, complaints or cat photos? Email tyson@beat.com.au or send by carrier pigeon before Friday 12pm.

ON STAGE Be prepared to contemplate your mortality this October at La Mama’s newest production Two Mortals. Devised and performed by Mike McEvoy and Rachael Dyson-McGregor, Two Mortals will raise the question: ‘How can we talk about death, and if we could, would it enrich our lives or not?’ It will dive into the anathema that is mortality through conversations made in churches, funeral parlours, palliative care wards, blogs, YouTube videos and even an old Michael Jackson interview. Two Mortals will also include input from Roslyn Oades (I’m Your Man) and director Geoff Pinifield (Theatre Beating). Considered a production of pure existentialism, Two Mortals will be performed at La Mama Theatre from Tuesday October 8 – Sunday October 13.

ON DISPL AY The City of Moreland returns with its annual public art show, MoreArt Public Art Show, this October. Inspired by the architecture and environment of the council region, MoreArt will feature koalas made from plastic bags, created by artists Aaron James McGarry; a recreation of The Great Pyramid of Khufu in Egypt by Phil Soliman, an interactive furniture installation, created by Bush Projects; and a series of humansized cocoons made from polystyrene cups by The Winged Collective. The art pieces will be displayed along the Upfield train line from Brunswick to Coburg and art enthusiasts are invited to attend three free guide bicycle tours throughout the exhibition — Welcome Spring Ride, Sound Ride and Story Ride. MoreArt Public Art Show will be exhibited along the Upfield line from Sunday October 6 – Sunday November 10. Information about the free guide bicycle tours, head to thesqueakywheel.com.au

PICK OF THE WEEK

It’s the final week of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, so you best get out there and see some shows. We’ve been uploading daily reviews to beat.com.au so jump online, see what we recommend and go out and support the amazing independent artists from this city and beyond.

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THE BEAST By Liza Dezfouli The things you do for art. Actor Sheridan Harbridge has had to indulge in a bit of recreational drug taking in preparation for her role in Eddie Perfect’s new show The Beast. Xanax to be precise. “She has a problem with prescription drug use,” Harbridge says of her character, Gen. “She’s a pill-popper, this one.” The Beast, about to premiere at the Melbourne Theatre Company as part of the Melbourne Festival, is a thoroughly nasty play about a group of well-meaning young people doing the proverbial ‘tree-change’ in order to live sustainably, which is all very fine until they have to slaughter their own dinner. Remember the South Park show about the ‘smug’ over hybrid car drivers in San Francisco? That sort of thing. Perfect spent some time living in the Yarra Valley where he came up with the idea for The Beast after enjoying a heartily carnivorous dinner with friends. Perfect maintains he’s not questioning anyone’s good motives with this satire, rather he’s taking an icepick to the selfcongratulatory attitude possessed by some people with low carbon footprints. “This work does not set out to mock the good intentions of globally aware people,” Perfect insists. “But rather to take a firm swipe at anyone that uses a cause as a banner to advertise their innate goodness.” Ok folks, it’s official – this is how you get roles in hilarious black-as-pitch comedies written by Eddie Perfect: know someone involved. Actor Hamish Michael was asked by director Ian Sinclair to come on board to play Simon in The Beast, “We’ve been friends for a long time,” Michael says. “He directed my girlfriend Kate (Mulvaney, also in the show as Marge) in The Seed at Belvoir and he sent us an email one day saying he’d like us to be involved.” Fellow actor Sheridan Harbridge was given the thumbs up for the role of neurotic Gen by friend and cast member

Virginia Gay who plays Sue. “My character’s definitely damaged goods,” Harbridge says, “Any minute she’s going to break. But she’s making the best face of it she possibly can; she’s surviving.” Michael says he’s enjoying inhabiting the part of arrogant Simon who he describes as ‘dripping with self-importance’. “Everyone knows guys like that. He’s a teflon-coated alpha male jerk. He doesn’t see how much of a jerk he is, he thinks he’s a great guy. I normally play nervous powerless roles,” he adds with a laugh. How do the female characters come across? “Everyone has their moments of ugliness,” Harbridge explains. “The

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women are trying to deal with damaged men when they’re quite damaged themselves. They do some pretty awful things for their men, I think! It’s a show about three men in extreme circumstances. They’ve survived a shipwreck.” Both actors say The Beast is ‘very funny.’ “Eddie’s thing is absurd comedy,” continues Harbridge. “The ink leaks out of everyone; there are some ugly bits.” The darkness of the piece clearly appeals to the two members. “Even when you’ve got unlikeable people doing unlikeable things, you still relish them,” Michael notes. “They’re hipstery kind of late 20s types who use buzzwords like ‘ethical’, ‘sustainable’, ‘authentic’ and who spend all this money to reduce their carbon footprint. We’re playing quite terrible people,” agrees Harbridge. “Leading the audience towards dark characters who are trying to do good things. They’re living horribly but eating ethically.” The Beast may well have a freshness of its own by opening night – when Beat spoke to Harbridge and Michael the text was still in a state of ‘fluidity’. How is that for the actors? “It’s terrifying,” they both say. “We’re feeling like we’re not rehearsing; we’re changing and developing it all the time,” Sheridan adds. This, it must be said, isn’t unusual with a new work. “When you’re staging a classic you can get in and start rehearsing from day one,” says Michael. “We’re having to step in and out of our characters, step outside the play in order to look at it objectively. I’ve got a lot of lines to learn; I drive a lot of things in the play. With most plays over the last couple of years I’ve had a crisis between weeks three and four which makes me want to give up acting altogether. It’s terrifying but you just cope.” The cast is working closely with Perfect and Sinclair to haul The Beast to its feet in time for its MTC season. “It’s a very new endeavour for him,” Michael says. “It’s his first instance of not writing for himself. It’s his first straight play, as in his first non-musical non-singing theatrical drama,” Harbridge adds. “We’ve asked him to put a song in it!”

The Beast will play at Southbank Theatre, The Sumner from Thursday October 3 - Wednesday November 9.


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AGITATOR

This October, Off the Kerb Gallery will host the latest exhibition by artist Craig Cole. Entitled Agitator, the exhibition will explore the urban environment. Cole’s works will employ the use of photography and composition to illustrate the connection between individual identity and environment, from telephone booths to graffiti adorned traffic signs. Cole’s previous exhibition, Expose Aggregate, explored similar themes through traditional Italian Renaissance frames that highlighted the golden importance of an urban reality. Agitator will open at Off the Kerb Gallery on Friday October 11 and run until Friday October 25.

Hot Night in the City rolls on like a big extra special rolly thing through the Melbourne Fringe at LOL Comedy at the Portland Hotel in the city on Wednesday October 2, Provincial Hotel Fitzroy on Thursday October 3. Finishing with a one-off extravaganza at the Hawthorn Hotel, Hawthorn on Saturday October 5. At The Local in Portland Melbourne on Tuesday October 8 it’s a return to nowhere near normal with a standout lineup that includes Dave O’Neil and Jimmy James Eaton. Tickets from: lolcomedy.com.au or at the door.

PUBLIC BAR COMEDY Tonight at Public Bar Comedy they’ve got Nick Cody, The Little Dum Dum Club’s Tommy Dassalo, Jason English, Laura Davis, Mike Nayna and it’s all hosted by Adam Rozenbachs. It all kicks off at 8.30pm sharp.

FIVE BOROUGHS COMEDY Lawrence Mooney

ANCHORAGE

Anchorage will be the newest collection of work from visual artist Vivian Cooper Smith, on exhibition at Edmund Pearce Gallery this October. Inspired by the social isolation of medieval monks, Anchorage will explore existentialism and identity through stark portraits, isolated details and the macro moments of life. Considered an introspective exhibition, Anchorage will question ‘what is the world without me and what am I without the world?’ Anchorage will be on exhibition at Edmund Pearce Gallery from Wednesday October 9 – Saturday November 2. Admission is free.

ANIMAL NATURE

This October, Off The Kerb Gallery in Collingwood will explore humanity’s interaction within the animal kingdom in Animal Nature. Featuring three visual artists — Brenton See, tirty60, and Kane Trubenbacher —Animal Nature will explore each artists’ personal experience with Australian wildlife through tattoo inspired motifs and controlled ink-based stencils. Animal Nature will be on exhibition at Off the Kerb Gallery from Friday October 11 – Friday October 25.

ALIENESQUE

Indulge your inner Major Tom fantasy as the Barbarella beauties send you on a night of spectacular galactic tassel twirling. Dress in your favorite Bowie, X-File or kitsch ‘60s alien monster and join them for some outer-space loving. With giveaways, lucky door prizes, best dressed and music to melt your mind and live tunes by Vultures Of Venus. Friday October 4 at The Evelyn Hotel.

ORGAN & … MIDI CONTROL

This October, the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ will go digital with a special one-night performance, Organ & … MIDI control. Composed and performed by Virtual Proximity, Organ & … MIDI control will combine digital looping, drum programming with the austere sound of 9,500 organ pipes. The performance will include interactive visuals, that will add depth and dimension, while RMIT’s Sculpture Sound and Spatial Practice students will showcase their work, including short innovative musical works using the grand organ. Organ & … MIDI control will be performed at the Melbourne Town Hall for free on Friday October 11 from 7.30pm. Performances by Virtual Proximity will happen between 8pm and 10pm.

Lawrence Mooney headlines Five Boroughs Comedy this Thursday. They’ve been selling out, and this week should be no different, since Tom will be joined by Nick Cody, Adam Rozenbachs, Ben Lomas, Rob Hunter and Cam Marshall. It’s all happening this Thursday October 3 at 8.30pm, for only $12 at Five Boroughs (upstairs), 68 Hardware Lane, CBD.

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VAMP AND BURN: NEW ORLEANS BURLESQUE By Liza Dezfoult

The world’s most academically credentialed burlesque dancer, Lola the Vamp, performed burlesque for the first time ever in front of an audition panel in San Francisco that included Dita von Teese. What was that like? “I’d been a life model but had never stripped on stage before,” she answers. “It was a split second decision to audition, riding on gut instinct. Call it ‘youthful idiocy’ possibly.” Lola must have some confidence to have auditioned when she’d never performed burlesque before. “It was an intense moment,” she admits. “I arrived at the audition nervous and terrified then suddenly I relaxed, found I was excited but not nervous.” That audition was back in 2002. “There was no YouTube back then. The first time I saw burlesque was at a major convention, Teasearama, and it was already a little world of its own, women dressing theatrically, their stage names; it was incredibly enchanting. I started before it was the big thing,” adds the performer, who graduated from the Jacques Le Coq performance school in Paris. “I didn’t want to be a straight actress anymore; I wanted more control. Oddly enough I’d already been developing a performance cabaret piece with a fan, which was inspired by burlesque.” Lola is performing in New Orleans Burlesque in the Wonderland Spiegeltent with other Australian dancers including Dolores Daiquiri (Melbourne), Davina Mercy (Brisbane), Vesper White (Melbourne), L’Amour (Melbourne), Tiffany Blue (Canberra), Lila Luxx (Brisbane), Sheena Miss Demeanour (Sydney), Miss Jane (Melbourne), Evie Red (Melbourne) and

Elena Gabrielle (Melbourne). Dancers don’t tend to perform interstate often as much as they did a few years ago, Lola notes, and she wants to address that. “I want to encourage a circuit kind of thing where we travel around,” she says. “It’s good to do that, better than sticking to our own cities. I’m gently shaking things up a bit,” New Orleans Burlesque is in a style of its own where audiences are encouraged to get up and dance. Going by the description of the band, the Desert Blues Cartel, who offer an experience compared to ‘stumbling drunkenly back into Weimar Berlin and a world of overt aural decadence steeped in the darkest of blues and gypsy music’, it will be damn near impossible to stay in your seat. The show is a new take on burlesque performance, with dancers improvising to live music– Desert Blues Cartel’s eccentric mix of dirty blues, gypsy, country, and jazz over-layed with pop sensibilities, rather than presenting choreographed work to recorded music as is usually the case. In a nice piece of synchronicity that first audition in

the States was for an old New Orleans show from the 1920s. Lola, who had been performing bellydance at corporate gigs, upped and took herself to the States, auditioned and life was never the same afterwards. What was Dita like? “She was incredibly gracious and ladylike,” answers Lola. “She was wearing a beautiful gray suit and managed to look unutterably erotic, with perfect hair and a top hat. I was her favourite auditionee for that particular session.” The legend’s first words to Lola were “Are you naughty?” Too delicious. The occasion marked the beginning of Lola’s unique career as a burlesque dancer. “I knew, walking back to my hotel that I was going to do burlesque. I had a strong feeling of ambition; it surprised me how much I wanted to do that.” Seven years after first seeing burlesque at Teasearama she went back as the headline act. Lola’s dedication to her performance art is so thorough that she’s completed a doctorate in it. A PhD in burlesque? Yes. “I’m the first person to have performed burlesque in a PhD,” she says. Her thesis is simply entitled A Burlesque, about her personal experience as a performer. “My degree is one with a creative component. I’m not writing about burlesque for everyone,” she continues. “It was enough to talk about my own story;

I’d fallen in love with it so much.” Lola has been careful to distance herself from the endless debates on whether burlesque is empowering or exploitative of women. “That goes nowhere,” she observes. “People have their own opinions. The process of objectification has existed in art forms for quite a long time. Burlesque can be controversial in feminist terms but I’ve addressed it as a creative artist. You can’t just take the aesthetics of an era and read politics into it. My engagement has been to remove the politics of the past from the aesthetics of the past. It’s performance driven, not politically driven by theory. I had to find the theory to accompany the art, not the other way round. It freed me up to create my work, to engage in my creative process. It felt more dangerous.” Lola notes that there is a backlash against burlesque at the moment, despite its popularity. “Traditional burlesque is so intimately tied with its own history. It’s always been a bit topsy turvy, with women dressing as men. It’s interpreted as safe and innocuous but it’s not that simple.” Vamp and Burn: New Orleans Burlesque will take place at the Wonderland Spigeltent on Friday October 4 and Saturday October 5.

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FAT PIG By Liza Dezfouli

“It’s going to be fabulous,” says Lulu McClatchy, of playing Helen in Neil LaBute’s play called Fat Pig, presented by Lab Kelpie. ‘Fat Pig’ is not how the Bogan Pride actor or the character she’s playing thinks of herself. The character of Helen and McClatchy herself are both at ease with their looks, it’s the outside world that has a problem with the love affair between ‘plus-sized’ Helen and spunk Tom (Lyall Brooks), in particular Tom’s friend Carter (Patrick Harvey) who makes his scorn for Tom’s choice nastily public. “It’s quite a confronting play,” McClatchy says. “And it’s really funny; it’s a roller coaster; you’re crying one minute and laughing the next, thinking ‘I shouldn’t be laughing!’ That’s also a credit to Patrick and how he plays Carter; he’s really funny. It’s set in the corporate world, where people have this idealistic thing about looks. The play and the character have got layers. It’s got really serious moments and it’s got really nice moments. The way it’s all written, he does the journey really well. You go with Tom on his journey.” That journey involves Tom, who usually goes for a ‘shallow materialistic type of girl, being caught between pressure from his buddies and his feelings for Helen, and slowly learning to be less conscious of what others think. “Tom’s inner demons are society’s,” notes McClatchy. “If you played the characters as onedimensional it would be horrible; you’ve got to make sure Neil LaBute’s plays are not noted for sensitive male characters or for undue political correctness. He once joked to a journalist that he called this play ‘Fat Pig’ because ‘Stupid Bitch’ was already taken. Is McClatchy affected by the hostility expressed towards a fat woman in the play’s dialogue? “It’s very blunt,” the actor says. “LaBute’s not pussyfooting around. I thought I’d be taking it more personally. It’s hard, when people are saying really horrible things but I’ve surprised myself ‘cos I don’t take it on board. There are people in the world like that but not everyone thinks like that. But we’re all playing characters, it’s not a reflection on me. Helen’s reactions, how she copes, are different to how I would cope. The ‘oh, I’m so fat and ugly’ is a really tired old view. Also it helps being quite comfortable with myself.” Fat Pig debuted on Broadway in 2004. At the time Neil LaBute told The New Yorker’s David Amsden that Fat Pig was a study in weakness, “a play about Tom’s journey. Helen is the most centered character onstage. I want to know if Tom can rise above himself, if he can reconcile his public and private selves. Can he be honest? Can he be truthful? It’s an examination of what it means to love, which is really a new place for me.” Playing the romantic lead is a nice change for McClatchy who usually finds herself in comedic roles. “I’ve done heaps of comedy and here I’m not the hilarious one; Pat gets all the one-liners.” What’s been the biggest hurdle for her in preparing for the role? ‘I guess it’s always a challenge trying to convince an audience that you’re in love with someone,” she answers. “But Lyall’s not hard to fall in love with – you throw yourself in! It’s not hard to see why Tom falls for Helen. She’s generous and caring and comfortable with herself. We’re making sure that people are not coming along and going ‘as if !’ It’s just chemistry. You don’t have a choice who you you’re attracted to, or why you’re attracted.” The play shows how much cruelty women as well as men inflict on each other as a result of internalising shallow values and of being overly concerned with image, with what others think than with how one feels. “Women are so hard on each other and on themselves,” notes the actor. “Tom’s ex, Jeannie (Cassandra McGrath), has her own issues.” McClatchy says she’s having a blast in rehearsals. “I’ve come into such a great group. Everyone’s so talented and the director’s really easy to talk to. We all like each other. The director (Daniel Frederikson), McClatchy says, is ‘amazing’. “He’s so great at getting the undertones with a really nice way of going in to it; there are a lot of stories in the characters’ heads and the lines are really upfront but there’s so much more to every little bit. I’ve done a lot of film and television and you usually only get one rehearsal; time’s short and you’ve got to get it filmed cos it’s so expensive. It’s so nice to sit and go through the script and read the lines over and over. I’m addicted to theatre now.” Is McClatchy planning on doing more stage work? “I’ll take whatever I can,” she enthuses.

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DAVEY LANE By Lachlan Kanoniuk Since joining venerable rockers You Am I as lead guitarist in 1999, Davey Lane has established himself as a well-known (and well-dressed) figure in the Australian music community. Lane also achieved success throughout the 2000s as frontman for The Pictures, thriving in the country’s fertile patch for alternative rock ‘n’ roll. With that band now in a dormancy of sorts, Lane has recorded The Good Borne of Bad Tymes, a five-track EP encompassing a diverse range of musical styles. Speaking while taking the dog out for a walk in the fickle Melbourne sunshine, Lane runs us through his modus operandi for his solo output. “With The Pictures, the band hasn’t really broken up, I just kind of thought for the time being that the band had run its course,” he states. “It stopped being fun, so I decided to wipe the slate clean for a little bit. With The Pictures we kind of painted ourselves into a corner in terms of what the band is stylistically and what the band is perceived to be. We kind of wrote – I hate using the term – retro kind of guitar pop, rock ‘n’ roll. I just thought that I’d been working in the past years on a range of stuff. Some of it is scrappy, Jay Reatard-y punk rock, some electronic stuff, and some straightup late-‘70s, Stiff Records-style rock ‘n’ roll. I liked the idea of there being an extra bit of freedom putting stuff out under my own name, because there was no expectation as to what a record with my name on it should sound like. I just holed myself up for a good couple of years recording, in between doing other things obvi-

ously. We’ve only just put the first EP out now, but there’s about three or four more just sitting in the can, waiting to be mastered and put out there.” Despite the bevy of tracks composed by Lane, the decision to initially unleash an EP’s worth of material is a move that he feels comfortable with. “I’ve got a ludicrously short attention span, so an EP sits well with me. That model of releasing a single, then an album, then another single, then you wait a year, and repeat – it’s pretty antiquated now, it’s redundant. There’s no right or wrong way to get your music out there. I made a full-length album; I did have that other music sitting there. But in terms of productivity and getting music out there, I could put an EP out every three months and get two albums’ worth out in the space of a year. That was part of the appeal for me.” Released to acclaim earlier on in 2013, the track You’re

PIKELET By Lachlan Kanoniuk Emerging as a solo project for Evelyn Ida Morris some years ago, Pikelet has since evolved into a formidable four-piece unit, earning a solid reputation on the back of the critically adored 2010 album Stem. Shortly after the release of new album Calluses, I speak with Evelyn in a modest performance space at the rear of a Fitzroy bar, illuminated by the blue hue of a projector’s standby mode. “Well I guess I started to feel limited by the loop setup,” she says on Pikelet’s transformation from solo outlet to consolidated band format. “I wanted to explore different song structure ideas, but I could never find a way to work that into a looper. But I still wanted to have lots of layers of sound and not strip it back too much. So I decided to get a band, then Shags [Chamberlain] and Matt [Cox] and Tarquin [Manek] were all people around me who I really admired, and luckily they all said yes.” Now when Evelyn performs solo, as she is set to do after our interview, she does so under her own name – fully distinguishing from the Pikelet banner. “What I’m doing tonight are piano pieces. Pikelet is the direc-

tion I went with layering sound, where this is stripping it back and trying very, very loose song structures and the ebb and flow with time. They’re not really structured in the way that I play them, there’s a lot of freedom. That I just do under my own name.” As for the genesis of Calluses, Evelyn reveals that the album has benefited from a relatively elongated gestation process. “It started not that long after Stems. It’s been a long project. Some of the songs were written in 2010. Combo was written then, or maybe even prior, when I was in New Zealand touring with Bachelorette. They’ve all developed over the years, then we played them live for about two years. It works well because you can try them out and see what works, what doesn’t,

The Cops, I’m The Crime was the first taste of material under the Davey Lane banner. In between the release of the single and the release of the EP, Lane toured extensively with You Am I as part of the reissue of their first three albums. Still, Lane managed to avoid any major disruption to his solo venture. “The You Am I thing came up earlier in the year. I probably would have put the EP out earlier. But that’s the thing, we work everything out well in advance so everything can coexist. Tim’s always got a lot of other projects on the go, so that helps me out too, getting my stuff out there, and getting out there to play it. I’m glad we waited till we had enough time to get it set up. I was umm-ing and ahh-ing about mixes up till a couple of months ago. So it is probably fortuitous it was held back a month or two.” Having just kicked off a national tour to celebrate the release of The Good Borne of Bad Tymes, Lane is heading into uncharted territories in terms of his setlist. “I have been recording a bunch of different stuff. I guess we’ll put the stuff that’s a little more challenging to the audience at the top. I want to cover the breadth of what I’ve been working on in the past couple of years. It’ll be

then in the recording studio you can refine them even more. Finally you have this totally different thing than what you started with.” In terms of lyrical content, Evelyn brandishes a disarming wryness that often doesn’t reveal itself on first listen. “The lyrics are very much a trial and error process, and when I’m writing them I don’t really know what the intention is. They reveal a lot to me later on when I look back. They really uncovered a lot of anxiety in my life, and a lot of anger about gender roles, feeling stifled. All kinds of negative areas of my psyche that I wouldn’t really look at in a way that isn’t a bit comical – just because it’s easier,” she states. “With this solo piano stuff I tend to look at those feelings, but without words. Pikelet tends to be this analytical process.” Throughout the course of Pikelet and extracurricular musical outlets, Evelyn has displayed proficiency in a multitude of instruments. “Definitely piano at the moment,” she says on her current favourite outlet. “But it changes all the time. I did have a long stint with drums, and I miss drumming at the moment. But there has been a project where the drumming I like has fitted, not since True Rad [True Radical Miracle] broke up. It was accordion for a while, but that thing caned my back so I had to do something else.” It’s in the capacity as a drummer that Evelyn joined visionary Japanese outfit Boredoms when they performed their Boardrum 10/10/10 in Melbourne for a truly phenomenal show. “It was really good. I had

all over the shop, really,” he assesses. “There’ll be a bit of psych-folk stuff, and maybe end out the set with good time rock ‘n’ roll.” As for future pursuits in the solo guise, Lane feels assured that he will have room to breathe in 2014. “With You Am I, we’ll be working on a record sometime next year. All that stuff is full steam ahead. But my solo project is my main creative outlet for songwriting. So it’s not really a side project, it’s a little more important to me than that. The plan for now is to keep putting EPs out for myself. With EPs, of course you’re flying a little more under the radar than you would putting a record out. But doing that, I can duck and weave between what You Am I has planned and make it work. The guys I have playing with me are fantastic. When other stuff comes up, it might be a welcome little break. We’ll make both things coexist.” DAVEY LANE’s debut EP, The Good Borne Of Bad Tymes, is available now through MGM. Catch him at The Tote this Saturday October 5.

mixed feelings about it at times. I really enjoyed it as an experience and I went into it thinking ‘I don’t really know what I’m doing’. I looked at the way [drummer] Matt Watson did the performance and he was kind of scientific about it and wrote down the charts, whereas I was wanting be ‘in the moment’. I kind of wish that I had been more officious. But I really fucking loved it,” she reminisces. “It was a life-changing experience; I don’t think I will ever do a gig like that again.” PIKELET perform at The John Curtin Hotel on Saturday October 5. Calluses is out now through Chapter Music.

BUSBY MAROU By Josh Fergeus “We toured so much last year,” Jeremy Marou tells, “We love it.” Marou is one half of Busby Marou, the Rockhampton duo who broke through with their self-titled album and hit single Biding My Time in 2011. “I think we needed a song off that first album to do well and get us out there,” reflects Marou. “It got a lot of mainstream airplay which was important for us to sell this album and tour it. When we first chose the song we thought it was perhaps a bit slow, a bit of a love ballad, but I guess now we look back and know its been great for us. It’s set us up to tour and sell tickets and without airplay and without people connecting to a particular song it’s hard to tour, it’s hard for bands to make money. That song for us is the one that put us on the map and it’s a favourite. Although we might get sick of playing it sometimes, it’s been good to us and people still love listening to it.” Their second album, Farewell Fitzroy, is in the bag and ready to be unleashed on Australian ears. The duo recorded the series of songs with Nashville producer Brad Jones, well known for his work with artists such as Missy Higgins and Justin Townes Earle. “It was different, it was very different,” says Marou. “Comparing it to the first album where we tracked everything individually and everything was tracked perfectly...this album we went into the studio and recorded it all live all in one room. We did say we wanted the sound we get at our live show on an album and that was one of the big reasons

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we chose Brad; he can record live very well. “The good thing about Brad is, it’s good having a muso as a producer. He changed the structure of a lot of songs, put in bridges and chord changes. He played a big part in that whereas in the first album that was up to Tom and I to do off our own back. I didn’t agree with all of the things he did and we changed a couple of the songs after when we got the masters back, but that’s just how it works. In terms of learning stuff and the whole Nashville experience, it was a lot of fun and we learned so much.”

Asked what reaction he expects Farewell Fitzroy will receive, Marou muses. “We’ve definitely got expectations. Tom and I want to keep doing music full-time. In order to do that, the album has to sell; it has to get a lot of airplay. We want a song that charts, we want the album to chart, to go gold at least. That has a lot to do with signing with Warner as well. The first album was just ours. Our family bought it. Our expectations for this album are a lot higher than the first one. We feel confident about it, all the feedback we’ve got so far has been very positive and if we can go out there and do a cracking tour and display what we’ve got then that will give it a bit of a boost as well. There’s definitely some big expectations that we have for the album and if we meet them we meet them and if we don’t we go and do another one.” Busby Marou recently played the Boomerange Festival and Caloundra Music Festival in their home state

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of Queensland. “To be honest it was the first time we played in about six months as a band,” says Marou. “We played a lot of new ones and it was like we rehearsed for a year – it felt good! Early days festivals were like ‘we’re on at 10.30 in the morning’ but in the last twelve months they’ve been much more fun. You’re always collaborating with other artists. You bump into other musicians you know and you pull them straight on stage to do a song. People love watching that sort of thing. We make sure we take the next day off so we really get amongst it, we really try and make the most of it.” BUSBY MAROU’s Farewell Fitzroy will be released on Friday October 4 via Footstomp Music and Warner Music Australia. They’ll be playing at the Corner Hotel on Saturday November 23.


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on tour HUNTER/GAME [ITA] Friday October 4, New Guernica ANDY MOOR [UK] Friday October 4, Brown Alley OLIVER $ [GER] Friday October 4, OneSixOne 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 DJ QUIK [USA], KURUPT [USA] Friday October 18, Billboard MICKEY AVALON [USA] Friday October 18, Corner Hotel LOWTEC [GER] Friday October 18, TBA TIAGO [POR] Friday October 18, Mercat Basement CROOKERS [ITA] Saturday October 19, RMH The Venue PORTER ROBINSON [USA] Sunday October 20, Billboard BOOKA SHADE [GER] Thursday October 24, Prince Bandroom BEN SIMS [UK] Friday October 25, Brown Alley DAVE CLARKE [UK] Friday November 1, Roxanne Parlour DROPLEX [HNG] Friday November 1, Brown Alley CHOPSTICK & JOHNJON [GER] Sunday November 3, Revolver Upstairs AME [GER], MATTHIAS TANZMANN [GER] Sunday November 3, Brown Alley EXTRAWELT [GER] Friday November 15, 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 DAVID AUGUST [GER], JOHN TEJADA [USA] Friday November 22, Brown Alley 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 LET THEM EAT CAKE: JAMES HOLDEN [UK], FLOATING POINTS [UK] + MORE Wednesday January 1, Werribee Mansion KYLE HALL [USA] Wednesday January 1, TBA 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 FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL: DEADMAU5 [UK], KNIFE PARTY [UK] + MORE Sunday March 9 and the Flemington Racecourse

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Ali Shirazinia is a name that is written in EDM folklore. Initially as a part of the supergroup Deep Dish with partner in crime Sharam Tayebi – but now as a bona fide solo superstar – the Dubfire name is associated with deep, meaningful production talent as well as a superb ability to read a crowd from behind the mixer.

a retrospective box set that covers off on our career together. We have many releases that didn’t see the light of day and to preserve the legacy that was Deep Dish – something that was important to both of us but to so many passionate people as well – and to do some shows and tracks - that would really mean a lot.”

“It has been a pretty wild ride this year,” explains Shirazinia. “I’ve had a pretty punishing tour schedule in 2013 and started a bit of a new project which is the Dubfire live show; so getting that process hatched has been a big focus for me this year.” On its own, that should be enough to get fans of not only Deep Dish but also Dubfire excited – and mostly because you can bet it will feature the best of both worlds.

No less, with the time that has passed, the boys have come to understand – more than ever – that they most definitely had a unique musical vision and talent. “Looking back, there was a lot of in-fighting between us about who was doing what – but that was a typical part of a group who was passionate about what they were up to. We always questioned each other’s motives and skills, which in the end was a positive outcome for us. And when we get around

Indeed, Shirazinia confirms fans’ expectations: “it’s basically going to be a one hour show of the most recognised productions, edits and remixes I’ve done in my career. What I’ve done though, is taken those things and rearranged them for a live audience. With that, I’m also going to be working on a visual show to match the visual onslaught.” Logistically, the setup will include Ableton, live controllers, iPads, control modules as well as anything else that might take his fancy between now and then. “I’m really keeping my ear to the street to get a feel for what’s in the background,” he explains. “The idea was actually to launch the new show at the Future Music Festival, but based on what’s involved I’m wondering if I’ll be able to launch it by then. If I do get it up and running shortly afterwards, I promise to get back to Australia to do some gigs!” Inevitably too, our discussion turns to rebooting Deep Dish – not just for themselves – but also to deliver some love back to their long time fan base. “We have seen that ball gaining some traction,” he admits. “To start, we he have been talking about putting together

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After a killer debut this year Let Them Eat Cake is back with another killer lineup for 2014. The 2014 bill will feature Bicep, Cyril Hahn, Digital, DJ Koze, Dusky, EPROM, Estere, Floating Points, Hypnotech, James Holden, Julio Bashmore, Kode9, LTJ Bukem, Mark Pritchard, Soul Clap, TOKiMONSTA and Wolf + Lamb with more to be announced. It all goes down on Wednesday January 1 at Werribee Manstion.

tour rumours Will Saul, Rustie, Jacques Greene, Kito, Reija Lee, Marcel Vogel, Andrew Weatherall, Shed, Psychemagik, Smallpeople, Dave Clarke, Skudge, Roman Flügel, Silicone Soul

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Sound of Thought will be bringing down Workshop virtuoso Lowtec for his debut Australian tour. Co-founder of vinyl institution R.A.N.D. Muzik along with Out To Lunch and United States of Mars labels, Lowtec has had a hand in delivering a side to techno, the more left of field house over the last 15 years. Lowtec and label-partner, Even Tuell, built upon their experiences and further extracted distinctly alluring music from their tight yet musically open and sundry cohort, as they set about crafting one of the premier pioneering imprints, and Workshop was born. The venue is yet to be announced but it’s all happening on Friday October 18.

tiago

A favourite in the metaphorical Animals Dancing office, Tiago has been announced as the next act to play at what has become a Melbourne institution. Tiago has under his own name, aliases and through collaborations, including Sea Power & Change, TNT Subhead and Gala Drop has contributed important releases on the most renowned labels. DFA, ESP Institute, Rong and Italians Do It Better are no strangers to Tiago and with this rapport he has found himself starting up his own imprint this year with Interzona. Under the project-name TNT Subhead, Tiago’ released his first full length album Ecstasy & Release which was met with high praise. It’s all happening at The Mercat on Friday October 18.

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to doing things again, it will no-doubt facilitate the creativity and drive that we so enjoyed when we worked together.” Regardless, Shirazinia remains focused and committed to his current pursuits too – particularly with his SCI+TEC imprint, with a release schedule that’s pretty much full until early next year. “The label has really been an opportunity to seek out and nurture new and exciting artists,” chimes Shirazinia. “I’ve really gotten behind The Junkies, Carlo Lio and Shaded – these guys are doing great and exciting things; I learnt a long time ago that I can’t take on everyone, so with the label now I’m trying to zero in on the ones that have the drive we’re looking for.” Finally, Shirazinia shares some thoughts on getting back to Australia again for a series of dates with Future Music Festival in 2014. “Some of the best memories I’ve had were at Future Music Festivals – particularly with Sven Vath at the side shows in Melbourne and Sydney. We weren’t just hanging out together, but also with other artists generally and that’s what I love about those types of festivals. I wish that happened in the United States; travelling from city to city you’re always meeting with producers who are at the top of their game. All sorts of things always come of that too.”

Dubfire will play alongside Deadmau5, Phoenix, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and more at the 2014 Future Music Festival which goes down on Sunday March 9 at the Flemington Racecourse. facebook.com/dubfire


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Rob Tremlett aka Mantra barely had time to wash his socks after a massive tour with Seth Sentry when his own album launch tour began. Album number three (and the first away from the Obese label) Telling Scenes has arrived and in typical Mantra style it’s heartfelt, achingly honest and full of the collaborative style he’s so known for. “We’ve done our first shows for the album tour and we’re excited to be rocking the new tracks now,” Tremlett says. “It was awesome playing in WA because the album had only been out for a week and, ya know, every song that we played people knew all the words. That’s very encouraging for me because I don’t think my lyrics are particularly easy to learn so that means people must be giving it a pretty damn good listen.” Despite being a self-professed class clown, Mantra’s humble and almost self-deprecating view of himself as an artist is worlds away from the hip hop bravado stereotype. “I can never really believe that anyone at all wants to listen to my music so for me, it’s still amazing when that happens,” he says. “To think that people are actually waiting for the album is just amazing. We did a bunch of pre-order packages that were like a box set with vinyl and a lyric book and stuff and the response to that was great. A bunch of them sold out a week in advance before the album was even released; I couldn’t believe the love I was getting and I couldn’t believe that people wanted those physical things.” Tremlett has always enjoyed collaborative creation but what stands out with his forthcoming album is its musicality. It’s just plain better. “I started getting some vocal lessons mainly to strengthen my voice and take care of it on the road and nail my tunes each and every night,” he says. “That then lead to trying more out with singing and I got to learn some piano and it got to solidify some of the music theory I’d learned back in the days as well as giving me that really strong foundation to build on. It really affected my writing and my music in a cool way. The more I think about it now though; I probably did need to do it.” As with his previous releases, Tremlett has chosen to be painstakingly honest in his lyrics and subject matter on this album. “I think for the most part the things that I write about are the things I’m generally comfortable with people hearing and discussing,” he says. “If you’re

putting something in a song you’re basically putting it up for public discussion. If there’s something I’m totally not comfortable with I won’t put it on a record. Some of the biggest obstacles and emotional issues I’ve dealt with in my life I’ve come to terms with a lot more after writing songs about them,” he continues. “There have been a few massive heartbreaks and tragedies that have become easier to think about.” He’s continued that emotional purging but explains that the catalyst for each song can always come back and take him by emotional surprise. “You’ve poured your heart out but after rehearsing and performing a song night after night it makes it a bit strange,” he says. “I have a song I wrote, For You, about my friend who was murdered and I’d written the song a few years ago now and I’d recorded before and performed it – I decided to record it again in its final incarnation. I laid it down in the studio and then just this one time listening to it in the studio that was suddenly a trigger for me to have to leave the room for a minute and go and cry my eyes out in the bathroom. It’s like I hadn’t properly thought about what it was for so long – it had become just a song – so shit never really goes away but you do become desensitized. And there’s no better place to do that than in music.” WA audiences did get to enjoy Grey Ghost and Mantra share the stage for a few tracks but as the tour rolls on, the album’s collaborative nature is going to come to life even more. “We’ve only done two shows, they’ve both been in WA and unfortunately none of my collaborators were there,” he says. “I did have Grey Ghost at the show so we got to play a couple tracks together. I haven’t been able to bring to life the collabs that I did on the album just yet but I’m definitely looking forward to a bunch of those artists coming up on stage during the upcoming shows. I’m not saying who’s gonna be there specifically but there’s a lot to look forward to.”

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Mantra will hit The Evelyn on Friday October 11. Telling Scenes is out now through Ten To Two Records. facebook.com/mantrahiphop

miguel campbell words wo rds / tom kitson kits on One of the international artists on the bill for Listen Out is Miguel Campbell, a UK house producer who’d been toiling away at his craft for years, until getting the call up to appear on notable UK label, Hot Creations. With 2011 single Something Special, debut solo LP Back In Flight School and a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix all to his name in the last three years, things are finally moving for the UK house stalwart. As one half of the house duo MAM, Campbell has been running club nights in the UK since the ‘90s and honing his funk, disco and deep house-infused sound. “I would call my sound disco and deep house focused with a French influence,” he says down the line. “I discovered house music in the early ‘90s, and a lot of what l was listening to was full of emotion with pianos and different elements.” He says that sense of instrumentally conceived emotion is the key to his sound and the reason he’s in dance music to begin with. “When I’m producing and also listening to new music, I need some form of emotive content, and that’s really the most important thing for me right now,” he explains. “I don’t feel that a song always needs lyrics to give it emotion, for me the change in chord progressions and choice of notation can do that for you.” His early influences after a stint as a hip hop DJ include Daft Punk and some of the most important disco-house producers around – that’s at a time before MP3s and Soundcloud. “I was DJing hip hop music in the early ‘90s, and then realised I wanted to do the 4/4 dance thing,” he says. “A few years later

I became interested in how these tracks were being made, like was it a full orchestra with violins and everything or some guy on a computer? “Primarily Daft Punk were a massive influence on the sound we were trying to create, as well as artists like Alan Braxe, Fred Falke and Cassius who have really inspired the way we do things today,” he says. “Mixing up the different funk and disco elements is something of an art craft you know, finding the right sample and using it in the right context.” The phone call from Hot Creations that plucked Campbell from obscurity came after Miami’s Winter Music Conference in 2010, simply asking him to come on board. “I got the call when I was in Leeds for one of our Back To Basics nights” he says. “My friend Rich was in the US with Rob James and (label owner) Jamie Jones, and they’d just been listening to my music and asked me if I wanted to sign a few tracks to the Hot Creations label. It took about ten years to get where we are today, but I’m happy to say things are moving now.”

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Miguel Campbell will play at Listen Out on Saturday October 5 at Observatory Precinct, Royal Botanic Gardens. facebook.com/miguelcampbellofficial

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wednesday october 2

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thursday october 3

Compression Session - Feat: Cassawarrior + Dd + Ricka E55, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. Soul Ensemble Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. Pennies Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. $6.

friday october 4

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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.

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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.

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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 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. SOUL ARMY Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. THE DINNER SET Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:00pm.

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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. FREE RANGE FUNK - FEAT: AGENT 86 + LEWIS CANCUT + WHO LUCKY COQ, WINDSOR. 6:00PM. GOOD EVENING - FEAT: DJ PEOPLE Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. GRAD PARTY THURSDAYS - FEAT: DJ ROWIE European Bier Cafe, Melbourne Cbd. 5:00pm. LE DISCO TECH Pretty Please, St Kilda. 8:00pm. LOVE STORY Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. MIDNIGHT EXPRESS - FEAT: DJS PREQUEL & EDD FISHER Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm. MOOD - FEAT: NUBODY Loop, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. RADIONICA Workshop, Melbourne. 8:00pm.

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CANT SAY Platform One, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $10. CHI FRIDAYS Chi Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. CQ FRIDAYS Cq, Melbourne. 8:00pm. FLASH - VARIOUS DJS Boutique, Prahran. 10pm FRIDAY NIGHT COMMERCIAL HOUSE DJS FEAT: HIJACK + LIVNBEYNG + MAGIC HOUSE Veludo Bar & Restaurant, St Kilda. 8:30pm. HAPPY - VARIOUS DJS Boutique, Prahran. 10pm MEET YOUR MATES FRIDAYS Libation, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. MIDNIGHT MIDNIGHT New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm.

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monday october 7

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

tuesday october 8

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

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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. 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. THE FOX FRIDAYS Fox Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. UPTOWN GROOVE Order Of Melbourne, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm.

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BILLBOARD SATURDAYS - FEAT: FRAZER ADNAM SCOTT 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. HOT STEP Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. LAB 22 Palace Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. MIXED DRINKS SATURDAYS Libation, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. MOTEL SATURDAYS The Motel, South Melbourne. 8:00pm. NEW GUERNICA SATURDAYS New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. 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 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.

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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.

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COSMIC TONIC Veludo Bar & Restaurant, St Kilda. 9:30pm. 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 + PHATOA-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.

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monday october 7

IBIMBO - FEAT: LADY NOIR & KITI Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 6:00pm. KOOL AID - FEAT: DJ MU-GEN Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. TWERKERS CLUB - FEAT: DJ FLETCH Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:00pm.

tuesday october 8

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.sunday september 8 COSMIC TONIC Veludo Bar & Restaur

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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

RICH LISTS #1: DIDDY RICHEST HIP-HOPPER

FESTIVALS #1: BLUES TRAIN LAUNCHES MOTOR CITY

Diddy was named highest paid hip-hop artist by US business mag Forbes, after he grinded in US$50 million for the past 12 months with Bad Boy Records, vodka brand Ciroc, clothing line Sean Jean and deals for his forthcoming TV channel Revolt. Jay-Z was #2 with $43 million (he and Beyonce were highest earning celeb couple on Forbes’ couples list second year in a row raking in $95 million). Beats by Dre pushed Dr. Dre into third spot with $40 million (it becomes a music streaming service next year) while Nicki Minaj, at #4, is hip hop’s highest paid woman, with $29 million from records, tours, endorsement deals with the likes of Pepsi and judging American Idol. Others were Birdman ($21m), Kanye West ($20m), Lil Wayne ($16m), Wiz Khalifa ($14m), Ludacris ($12m) and Pitbull ($11m).

As part of its 20th celebrations next year, The Blues Train is launching its own music festival in Geelong. The Motor City Music Festival (March 7 to 9 long weekend) has 40 acts on five stages, a family day on the Sunday and a dedicated Blues Train stage “with your favourite acts past and present.” Geelong (aka Geetroit) was of course where the ute was invented in 1934.

MORE MELBOURNE SIGNINGS Melbourne hip hop label Onetwo – launched a month ago as a collaboration by hip hop artist Illy and Unified – signed Adelaide MC Allday as its second act. “Allday has a distinct sound, and unique style that sets him apart from his peers,” says Illy. More details in Industrial Strength Online on beat. com.au. The Delta Riggs assigned their publishing in Australia and New Zealand to Alberts, home of AC/DC. The deal includes their debut album Hex.Lover.Killer and their previous EPs The Delta Riggs, Talupo Mountain Music Vol. 1 and Vol 2. Aside from their single Rah Rah Radio getting picked up by triple j, the band has had its music used on ads (Rebel Sports) and on TV in Australia (Underbelly Squizzy) and America (Bones, Graceland, Awkward, Franklin and Bash, Switched at Birth and Necessary Roughness). The reborn Pure Pop label issued a new double A single Eleven Hours’/’While You Were Sleeping by its latest signing, Alex & The Shy Lashlies. Alex Lashlie turned up at Dave Stevens’ Pure Pop store back in 1985 and announced he was an aspiring musician. He was instantly given a gig at the Pure Pop Courtyard. He caused such a stir that he played there every Friday for the next 18 months. “We always thought we’d put out his music on the label if we could,” Dave Stevens told Industrial Strength. Alex & the Shy Lashlies kick off an 11-date East Coast tour this week in Sydney. It winds up on Wednesday November 20 in Melbourne at The Toff In Town.

CALLING MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHERS AIR (The Australian Independent Record Labels Association) again teams with Kane Hibberd to curate a photographic exhibition of Aussie indie acts (or those on Aussie indie labels) to feature at Revolt during the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards. If you have some killer shots you want to be part of it, submit your 5 best shots (lowres, 1920px longest side) to Hibberd (kane@theartofcapture. com) by Friday October 4. All photographers featured in the exhibition receive tickets to the awards and credited to the awards.

FESTIVALS #2: FALLS BYRON SELLS OUT After Falls Lorne sold out early, the inaugural Falls Byron Bay event also sold out on the weekend. Which means the only alternative is Falls Marion Bay, Tasmania, which traditionally has drawn 60% of its audience from the mainland. Falls Tasmania has brought back its Foster Band Initiative. Seven media organisations pick a Tassie act and promote that adopted act through October. The public wins the most worthy and votes them onto the bill. The Mercury adopted Lulu and the Paige-Turners, The Examiner (The Stayns), The Advocate (The Habits), Togatus (The Middle Names), Tasmaniantimes.com (Alan Gogoll), Warp (Sin and Tonics) and Aphra Magazine (Seth Henderson & The Beautiful Chain).

FESTIVALS #3: DIG APOLOGISES TO TEX, HOMEBAKE, OVER LEAK ABC’s Dig Radio apologised to Tex Perkins and Sydney’s Homebake over a leak, where his comments – about the fest’s new concept, move to the Opera House and that Beasts Of Bourbon were on – went to air before the official announcement. Perkins pre-taped a podcast on Dig which airs late October, after Homebake’s embargo. He told them all he said not to be used until then. “The producers from the ABC decided to release that information as a news grab without clearing it with myself or anyone from Homebake, they did this with full knowledge of the consequences of putting that information out early and full knowledge that the event was yet to make any kind of official announcement, and full knowledge that the information was gathered by them under the pretence of a specific air date.”

SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST DEADLINE Some great deals have come out for Aussie acts showcasing at South By Southwest (SxSW). The deadline is October 11 to apply online with an EPK through SonicBids (sonicbids. com). In 2013, a total of 2,325 acts performed at the festival (including over 600 non-USA acts from 55 different countries) on over 100 stages in downtown Austin. Of the 240 Australian bands which applied, 70 were invited to showcase but only 40 were able to make the trip due to budgeting, recording, touring or other commitments. The Australian artists have the resources of industry export promotion body Sounds Australia behind them which sets up additional shows in addition to the sole official showcase each band gets. These bands can play for 25,000+ industry attendees, including 3,000+ media reps.

THINGS WE HEAR * Forget about heavy metal guitar squawks. A study by the University of Queensland and the University of Sydney that the instrument most likely to send their players deaf is the French horn. * Will Soundwave’s third headliner be Iron Maiden? * Bono, supporter of Make Poverty History, was chased down a street by German anarchists wielding placards and shouting ‘Make Bono history!’. He said, “Even as I was running for my life, I thought (it) was a pretty good line.” * So what are Hunters & Collectors listening to while rehearsing for their upcoming shows? Apparently the new all-star tribute album Crucible. BTW, imagine the millions who saw Mark Seymour’s pro-refugees T-shirt on TV. * The Cat Empire’s drummer Will Hull Brown learned a good lesson: don’t eat a whole tandoori chicken before doing a frantic two-hour. The result, after the gig, was not pretty! * Imprisoned member of Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, is in hospital after going on a hunger strike to protest conditions in the jail. * Drake and Chris Brown have kissed and made up. After a bottle throwing brawl at a New York club last year, things were menacing between the two. But Def Jam music exec Abou Thiam – who’s also part of Brown’s management and brother of Akon – worked at getting them together. Drake and his crew went down to see Brown’s set at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. Afterwards, a source said, there was a lot of backstage back-slapping and drinking, and even plans to record together. * Metallica were forbidden by Chinese authorities to perform a couple of “lyrically dubious” songs including Master Of Puppets – but during his guitar solos, Kirk Hammet cheekily played their riffs during his solos! * Clairy Browne and The Bangin’ Rackettes’ Love Letter charted in the US after it was used in a Heineken ad, also received multiple nominations including ‘Best Use of Music’ at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and took first place in the International Songwriting Competition’s AAA category. Now it’s included in new Toni Collette film Lucky Them, while I’ll Be Fine is the theme to Josh Thomas’ new comedy Please Like Me. * A group of Ballarat residents and business leaders sent a submission to the State Government to turn the city’s derelict rail sheds into a creative industries “incubator” and a multi-purpose major event space called The Station. * This year’s Port Fairy Spring Music Festival (opens Oct 11) was given $64,300 by the State Government towards the event, which includes contemporary, classical and jazz music. * Five fund raising events for the Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival (Nov 7 to 10) raised more money than organisers expected, festival director Colin Thompson confirmed. The last fund raiser drew 300.

FAN OF THE WEEK Brit music fan Mike Shepherd is selling his prize memorabilia, unwashed urinals from Manchester’s legendary Hacienda club. He bought them in 2001 and converted them into a display cabinet for his collection of posters and records from that time, also up for sale as he attempts to fund the purchase of a new house. He refused to wash the urinals: “These are the urine stains of Manchester music history. That one on the left could by Morrissey’s, the one on the right could by (Factory Records) founder Anthony Wilson.”

LIFELINES Dating: The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes and singer Ariana Grande have made it official they’re kicking it. Hospitalised: (again): Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres, who had an emergency appendectomy in September, was rushed back after experiencing severe pain in his abdomen. He needed gall bladder surgery. In Court: Townsville mobile DJ Eddie McGrath, 46, was jailed for 18 months for supplying speed to a stripper. The father of seven claimed in Townsville District Court that he got her the stuff to impress her enough to get her into the cot. Alas, the girl had been busted during a raid and her phone seized, and cops were a-waiting when McGrath arrived at their meeting place. Died: rising Shepparton rapper Ridge Hilton, 17, died in a house fire after a party he held. The fire began in a bedroom after 4 am, and his house guests escaped assuming he had too. Hilton was born in Auckland, and earlier this year posted his song LSC Anthem, produced by Dj Mone, on YouTube.

CROWD FUNDING FOR ARTFUL DODGERS Jesse Hooper, ex-Killing Heidi and The Verses, runs the music program at Jesuit Social Services’ The Artful Dodgers Studios in Collingwood. It’s open for use for young musicians and artists who may be facing difficult circumstances or are not in full time work or study. The studio has launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise about $12,000 so that the musos can release a compilation album next month to launch at the Evelyn. The acts include Sudanese rappers Bangs (9 million YouTube views for his song Take U To Da Movies) and RIAK, hip hop duo The Flybz who were once child soldiers) and grunge pop band MisSsta. Go to pozible.com/ artfuldodgers. Rewards go from $20 (copy of album) and $30 (invite to launch) to $1,000 (Hooper and one of the acts played a 25 minute acoustic set at your house) and $2,000 (a studio session, with Hooper and ex-Living End drummer Travis Demsey playing on your track and Jesse helping to shape your song).

RADIO STARTS TO SWITCH OFF LIVE STREAMING After the High Court told radio last month it has to pay for all live streaming, the record companies’ collection agency the PPCA cackled it was ready to talk turkey about new rates. But rather than pay, radio has decided to cease all live streaming. The first was Sydney-based Grant Broadcasters which pulled the plug last Thursday. Rumours swept the industry that DMG and Southern Cross Austereo (or at least Triple M) would follow. The High Court case dismissed radio’s argument that streaming was an extension of broadcasting, which it already pays labels for.

CREEPSHOW HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL: ANNA SALEN VS HEAD FILLED ATTRACTION SHAUN (ANNA SALEN) QUESTIONS LEE (HEAD FILLED ATTRACTION)… A lot of readers will be familiar with the band in a previous form. What sparked the comeback and how would you describe the differences with this new lineup? My brother Corey and I had a desire to create new music together again and team up with long term compadre bass extrodinare Nackaz. This time round the music holds a different vibration and a more conscious message. You called for weird and wonderful things for a recent film shoot... We have to ask... What turned up?  A bearded dragon, venetian masks, antique furniture and ancient texts from the golden city of Kom Ombo. This will be the first creepshow for HFA... What can we expect?  Inter-dimensional messages from the  Pleiadian star system. How are you able to perform on stage with that sexy drummer of yours? If it were us, we wouldn’t be able to turn our backs!  Mine and Addzy’s bromance began when we met in our last project. He’s a beautiful man and one mighty drummer! I noticed when I looked into the mirror after the last time I saw you guys that my face had melted off. How did the use of the electronic elements come into the music? 

I grew up on artists like Technotronic and the king of pop, this is a big influence. I love intertwining guitars and Electronic instruments and tipping petrol all over it to create fire and heat which might explain the melted face. What element of Creepshow are you most looking forward to? The amazing array of Australian music, the costumes, the atmosphere. Saltar hype knows how to throw a good party!  Where will the ever approaching 2014 take HFA?  Creating new music, electronic sound manipulation, thought provoking lyrics, big live shows and hopefully some more melted faces.

LEE (HEAD FILLED ATTRACTION) HARASSES SHAUN (ANNA SALEN)… Is Anna Salen the name of a real person? she sounds pretty sexy. Very sexy for a lady who died a hundred years or so ago. It’s the name of the ship that our guitarist, Daiv’s grandparents came to the country on. I’ve seen your bass player do awesome stuff with a Snooker Ball and his Bass, is he also a badass snooker player? Although he does have the billiard table in his lounge room, I don’t think I’ve ever seen him use it more than a handful of

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times. He probably thinks snooker balls are made for the bass. Shaun, being a snake handler must be pretty cool. Have you ever been bitten or had any dangerous stuff happen? I’m inclined to say no but I’m currently nursing a few puncture marks from an overexcited owl that didn’t appreciate me cleaning him... Python bites are the boring part. Who would win in a battle of three Tiger Snakes VS Anna Salen? Snake safety requires us to retreat and go tell an adult. We never go near snakes unless trained to do so. Right kids? Anna Salen have delivered some awesome Creepshow performances the last few years. What can we expect from you guys this year and are you bringing back the Mario Bros?-Mario Bros will always return bigger and better than ever. Expect more props, more characters, more theme songs and

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more chocolate coins. Do Anna Salen have any plans to release new music soon? Its been a while... I’m hangin’ We have been toying around with the idea of starting a crowd funding campaign to help us reach our recording target. We want to get into the studio ASAP. Did your bass player really get rushed to hospital after your last show? What happened there? It’s true. He beat himself up in an epic fight club-esque battle where he hit himself in the face with his own bass. ANNA SALEN and HEAD FILLED ATTRACTION perform at the massive CREEPSHOW HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL at The Espy on Saturday October 26 alongside Sydonia, Engine, Gay Paris and heaps more. Full details at creepshowfestival.com.

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If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for a smorgasbord of German beer, and want to see authentic German band, The Heineken Brothers, then head no further than Melbourneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s centre in Federation Square. In many ways, Beer DeLuxe is the hidden gem in Fed Square. While many already know them for their famous burger bar on the top level, some are yet to discover their fantastic cafe, salon bar, dining space and beer garden â&#x20AC;&#x201C; up there with the very best in the CBD. The menu will comprise bratwurst and sauerkraut, and a selection of German brews from Weihenstephaner Heffeweisen to Franziskaner Dunkel. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always something happening at Beer DeLuxe Fed Square. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a major cultural or sporting event, or a special gathering in the Square itself, they often have something special on offer. Keep up with all their promotions and news via the Beer DeLuxe Facebook page.

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Beat raises its stein to celebrate Melbourneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oktoberfest and all things Bavarian. Oktoberfest, Germanyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 16 day celebration of beer, has taken place annually for the past 200 years, now holding the title of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest festival. People travel from all corners of the world to experience the festivities at the authentic bier halls in Munich, and taste the beers that can be bottled containing no less than 6% alcohol each. Woah - watch out, VB drinkers.

VILLAGE MELBOURNE One of Melbourneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best kept secrets, Ormond Hall, is offering the closest thing to a bier hall in the heart of Munich this Oktoberfest. We caught up with Director Matt Hunt to find out whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in store for their inaugural two day Oktoberfest event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Given Ormond Hallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s old world charm, we thought the space would make the perfect place for the Village Melbourne Oktoberfest. We have a shipping container on its way from Germany filled with Oktoberfest brews and decorations, so Ormond Hall will definitely be transformed into an authentic Bavarian Bier Hall for the weekend.â&#x20AC;? Village Melbourne has many faces; incorporating Ormond Hall, The Brasserie (former Belgian Beer CafĂŠ), beer garden spaces, a former Victorian institute for the blind - all of which breathe a humbling Melburnian history. Hunt explains, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the concept for (the masthead title) Village Melbourne was to build on from the success of the Belgian Beer Cafe and take a slightly new direction into craft beer, while also expanding our food offering at the same time. Ormond Hall has been transformed into a fantastic live entertainment venue, which has just bought another great diversity to the Village Melbourne brand.â&#x20AC;? Heading into the warmer months, there will be no shortage of opportunities to experience Village Melbourne. Hunt gives us a heads up that we can expect plenty more festive events like this at Village Melbourne this summer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have some fantastic gigs coming up over the next few months. We are very excited about The Garden Kiosk, that has a new menu inspired by street food, and the Trailer Park food truck event will be back for one full week

in November.â&#x20AC;? To celebrate Oktoberfest, punters will be supplied with a stein upon entry, and Alpine Cocktail will be performing Oktoberfest tunes along with favourite hits. German beers will be on tap and gourmet bratwursts will be on offer from the Mutter Krause Food Truck. Hunt says â&#x20AC;&#x153;all of our staff are extremely excited about the event and keen to get into the spirit of Oktoberfest, decked out in Authentic Bavarian getup.â&#x20AC;? Get your dirndl and lederhosen ready. Saturday October 19, 6pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1am Sunday October 20, 1pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7pm

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Get out the lederhosen and dirndl, Oktoberfest returns to The Local Taphouse for the sixth time on Saturday October 12. The annual event will continue the tradition of showcasing 20 taps of Germany’s finest beers, alongside Aussie beers brewed in German styles. The event takes place from 12pm until 1am at the cost of a gold coin upon entry with 100% of proceeds donated to this year’s charity, Guide Dogs Victoria. There will be an Oompah band, slap dancing, lederhosen and all the delicious German food you can eat.

To best enjoy all the beers on offer, 60ml samples of the beers are available for taste testing. The Taphouse will shout you a paddle if you dress up in an authentic Oktoberfest costume and get into the spirit. The Local Taphouse’s biggest day of the year, the 2013 Oktoberfest SpecTAPular in St Kilda promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Get in early to avoid the queues. Saturday October 12, 12pm – 1am.

Get your tavern wench on, everyone, because Burlesque queen Poppy Cherry is bringing the Bavarian Oktoberfest to Melbourne. The original idea, which resulted in a couple of little fun shows, came out of a “dressing room conversation” says Cherry. From little things, big things grow. “We did a couple of little shows at the Burlesque Bar and thought, ‘why don’t we do a proper big show?’ One show became eight shows in a tour of various venues around greater Melbourne culminating in a rollicking night of beer swilling, thigh slapping, bosom jiggling, tongue-in-cheek entertainment” at the Fitzroy Town Hall on October 18. “We’re setting up our own Oktoberfest beer hall in a beautiful big room in the Town Hall. There will be a pop-up bar, German sausages, pretzels, roving beer maids plus the spectacular Oktoberfest Burlesque show”, says Cherry. Previewing in a smaller show at the Burlesque Bar, Oktoberfest Burlesque promises to be both uproarious and polished. Cherry explains “it’s really an event with atmosphere. There is comedy, singing, German food and beer, broken up into segments with energetic entertainment as well as burlesque performance. It’s good fun and very entertaining, different from the classical elegant type of burlesque. This is more bawdy and fun.” Cherry and her partner Dominic (who manages the tech side of things) handpicked performers they wanted for Oktoberfest Burlesque. “People who are consummate professionals yet with an energetic edge,” she says. The line-up includes ‘larger than life’ chanteuse and funny lady, Geraldine Quinn, and international circus performer, Anna Pocket

Rocket Lumb, who will be hula hooping and roller skating. Also involved are cabaret misfit Dirk Hoult hosting the show (“he’s full of energy”), burlesque comedienne Honey B Goode, flaming temptress Vesper White (who does intense things with fire, according to Poppy), reigning Miss Burlesque Victoria Becky Lou, and of course, ‘burlesque strumpet’ herself Cherry as Frida Bompalot. Cherry says her Frida is “a really different character, an overthe-top cheerleader type who leads the drinking songs. She does a shoe slapping dance, which traditionally is a male dance but she wants to have a go. I picked the craziest German sounding song I could find – a high intensity yodelling song!” She’s been doing burlesque as a solo performer for four years now. How did Poppy Cherry get into burlesque dancing to begin with? “I used to see a Sydney performer called Imogen Kelly. I became her sort of groupie. I thought ‘I want to be like her.’ She’s an incredibly talented woman. There have been two instances in row where I have performed with her. I come from more of a comedy and acting background not a dance background so I call myself a ‘burlesque performer’ rather than a ‘burlesque dancer’. Mine is a character based performance.” Cherry used to perform burlesque full time but found the pressure of having to make a living out of it was killing the enjoyment of it for her. “I got into this because I enjoyed it,” she explains. “Sometimes it’s something you want to prove, that you can make a living out of it but if I take the financial stress out of it, it’s now just about the quality of what I do and the enjoyment of it.” Other projects for her involve presenting themed film events with her partner based around Italian noir films of the 60s and 70s. No doubt she’ll find a way to include elements of burlesque in those, too. Pulling the whole Oktoberfest Burlesque show together is hard work says Cherry, but that’s the case with any show. Cherry, fresh from performing in and stage managing the 2013 Australian Burlesque Festival national tour says doing the marketing and promotion is hard. “But that’s a boring answer.” Along with producing she is also stage managing Oktoberfest Burlesque. “Dealing with my nerves leading up to an event is hard. The cast are all wonderful people to work with. It’s all looking really exciting. Everyone who comes along has an awesome time. It’s about more than just the show. The entertainment begins from the moment you walk in the door.” by Liza Dezfouli

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PARTY PROFILE Name of event: Oktoberfest Closing Party. When is it? Sunday October 6. Where is it? Lucky Coq. 179 Chapel Street, Windsor. Who’s playing? The Psyde Projects and South Side Hustle DJs. What sort of shit will they be playing? Hip hop (live band) – House DJs. What’s the crowd going to be like? Every single person imaginable plus your Mum. What will we remember in the AM? A whole lot of nothing. What’s the wallet damage? No inflation going

on here - normal prices. Give us one final reason why we should party here. There’s German beer, a free BBQ under the sun and a live hip hop band... Do you really need one?

Brawl In The Bierhaus After a sold out event on August 23, which saw pro-wrestling return to the Melbourne CBD for the first time in years, Wrestleclash returns with Brawl In The Bierhaus to embrace Oktoberfest. There will be beer, bratwurst, pretzels and some of Australia’s very best pro-wrestlers in action in the heart of the city. Wrestleclash is Melbourne’s premiere interactive sports and entertainment event. It’s pro-wrestling and comedy combined with an outrageous theme. This is the one show where absolutely anything can happen, and usually does. Go to

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Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like? Fun. What do you love about making music? The freedom of creativity. What do you hate about the music industry? False commercial crap, fools saying they’re hip hop when they’re not, they get it twisted and ride the name (hip hop) and generally people get confused with what it is. If you could assassinate one person or band from popular music, who would it and why? Kanye west, because he thinks he’s God and eats too many damn croissants. What can a punter expect from your live show? Dope beats, fly rhymes and a smashing party vibe. What’ve you got to sell CD-wise? Full length vinyl LP, a 7-inch single with Tom Showtime, EPs vol 1 & 2, and a couple of singles. When’s the gig and with who? Sunday October 6 at Lucky Coq, yo. 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? What’s up with the DJ’s hair?! How long have you been gigging and writing? Gigging 10, writing 13. Which band would you most like to have a battle/showdown with? Sugarhill Gang. What inspires or has influenced your music the most? The old school. What do you think a band has to do these days to succeed? Make a song for radio. Do you have any record releases to date? What are they? Where can I get them? Welcome To Boomtown, full length LP from groovepenguinrecords.com for $20. Shit is a steal. Why should everyone come and see your band? Because we offer something different to most hip hop acts; we’ll keep you dancing all night long. When are playing live or releasing an album? No dates as yet. It will most likely be after the release of our single Die Tryin, and we are releasing a dope film clip with it. What makes you happiest about what you’re doing? The fact that we’re still making music the way we want. Describe the best gig you have ever played. We supported Public Enemy at a sold out show. We smashed it, as always. If you could go on tour with any musician or band, who would it be? De La Soul. How do you balance making and playing music with your other commitments? No matter where we are or what we’re doing, we’ll always find time to do what we love.

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BRING ME THE HORIZON By Augustus Welby

Bring Me The Horizon’s chartbusting fourth LP, Sempiternal, sees the band comprehensively exploring the electronic inclination hinted at on their earlier records. Sempiternal is punctuated by the keyboard and programming work of the band’s newest member Jordan Fish. Although he doesn’t take sole credit for the increase in electronic sounds, Fish says he aimed to incorporate his personality into the group’s established sound. “On the last album there’s definitely bits of it, there’s strings, choral stuff, there’s electronics and there’s some synth parts. Really what I wanted to do was try to take the best elements of all that stuff and then put my own stamp on it. Everyone who does that kind of laptop or computer based work has their own sound. It worked well so we just went with it.” Joining a group who have spent so much time playing together could make for an uncertain creative scenario. Also, one might understandably feel trepidation about contributing ideas and making stylistic alterations to such a widely loved band, however Fish indicates that the extent of his creative participation developed rather naturally. “When I first started working with the band there was no plan whatsoever long-term, it was just ‘See what happens, try out some ideas.’ I guess it just built up gradually so I didn’t have that much time to think about the fact that kids might not like it, or whatever.” Rather than being intimidated by the legions of expectant fans, the biggest shock for Fish was actually the Southversus-North divide between himself and the rest of the group. “I’m different from the other guys in the band – I’m not from Sheffield, I’m from South England – they speak completely differently. At first it took a bit of getting used to the in-jokes and the dialect and all that kind of stuff,” he says. However, Fish explains that once he became immersed in the tight-knit community that surrounds the band he was able to get past this initial hurdle. “They’ve had the same crew for years and years. Obviously with Ollie [Sykes, vocals] and Drop Dead, his clothing line, there’s a lot of people who work there as well who are all friends. So I met all of those people and got to know all of them at the same time. It hasn’t really been difficult at all. I’ve got my friends from back home and my family and then I also have the people in Sheffield and when I go up there I can hang out with them, so it’s cool.” Having been a fully-fledged member of the band for over a year now, Fish perceives himself to be on equal footing with the other four members. “Everyone treats each other as equals so to be honest I don’t feel like this is a temporary thing or anything. In terms of decisions, everyone asks everyone’s opinion and everyone answers something. I’m enjoying it and the touring is really good fun, getting to see loads of amazing places.” Indeed, Bring Me The Horizon have spent the majority of 2013 on a massive world tour, stretching back to their high-billing on the Soundwave festival early in the year. In order to optimise the quality of their performances the band are relatively well behaved on tour. Speaking while traveling around the US for Warped Tour mid-year, Fish reveals details of their relaxed approach to tour-life. “We bought a massive TV in Walmart, so we have this entertainment centre that we set up outside at night then all the other bands on Warped come around and hang out and play FIFA and Call of Duty on the Xbox. So that’s one of the things we do to entertain ourselves on tour. It’s not really very wild, I’m afraid.” The band are back in Australia for a headline tour this month, which takes them to much larger venues than any of their previous visits. They’ll be joined by fellow metalcore elite, Of Mice and Men and Crossfaith, and Fish guarantees the shows will be of a spectacular stature. “We really went for it with the bills, like Crossfaith and Of Mice and Men, we felt like it was a really good three-band bill. That was the first thing we wanted to do. We’re bringing out a lighting guy, we’ll do a longer set, we’ll be putting a lot into production as well.” Bring Me The Horizon’s success has continued to rise with each release since their 2006 debut Count Your Blessings. Sempiternal is their second successive album to top the Australian charts and Fish is perceptibly elated about the record’s commercial impact. “We had an idea that we had a chance at it, because the band had already got a number one with their last album, so we were watching it as it unfolded. It was one of the proudest achievements of my life. I was so happy, it was amazing.” The strong support from Australian audiences will certainly not be taken for granted and Fish indicates the band intend to come to Australia as regularly as they can. “Because we’ve got such a good reaction in Australia, it’s one of the places we really want to focus on. If you’ve had a number one album you want to go and play to those people as much as possible.”

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COURTNEY BARNETT By Lachlan Kanoniuk Lunchtime, Grand Final day. It’s the calm before the storm, an eerie buzz builds around Melbourne. As the city settles in to their game day battle stations, one of its nascent musical treasures walks to a rehearsal space. Courtney Barnett is putting in overtime ahead of her maiden overseas voyage, capitalising on a well-earned flurry of global exposure, particularly for the ace and verbose track Avant Gardener. “I feel like I’ve gone nonstop, to be honest,” Courtney says of her workload in the past year or so. “I work at a pub, I work at home – it’s like I’m working 24/7. It’s not a bad thing, I’m not complaining – it’s fun. But running the record label (Milk! Records), doing all the artwork, working from home, plus doing all the boring stuff that goes along with being a musician. Sometimes there are days and weeks of not having much on in terms of shows or tours. Then there are times like today, when all of a sudden everything comes up and needs to be done by Monday. It’s a bit crazy.” The ascendency of Courtney Barnett is the result of that workload, a sense of commitment and responsibility. Whereas the lyrical content of her work often explores, in a wry fashion, personal shortcomings and the struggles of adulthood. “I’m definitely not an adult. I definitely feel like a little kid still trying to figure out how to grow up. I don’t know what it is, I’m turning 26 this year. I don’t know what point you start feeling like an adult. It’s all in your mind, anyway. It’s about having an idea about what you’re doing. I still feel a bit lost in what I’m all about, you know?” Courtney’s brilliant lyricisms flow like stream-of-consciousness, but the perceived effortlessness stems from a meticulous writing process. “I refine and refine, then refine again. Sometimes I write a lot, I overwrite, and a lot of it can be total rubbish. But a tiny percent of it can be ok, and it’s usually that tiny percent when I do something by accident, or something comes naturally.” Much like even the most seasoned stand-up comics, Courtney is still sometimes struck by the humour of her own work. “I do find recurring funniness, I sometimes find little laughs out of my own songs. That’s the reason those lines are in the songs, because I think it’s really funny, like a little stupid joke I have with myself. But apparently other people think they’re okay.” Prominently a blend of erudite Australiana folk and

rock ‘n’ roll, Courtney’s EPs I’ve Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris and the upcoming How To Carve A Carrot Into A Rose showcase a culmination of a broad range of influences. “I don’t listen to that much music to be honest. I’ve just been listening to classical music lately,” Courtney states. “I like to listen to music properly when I do. Now I just feel like I don’t have that much time to give it the proper attention. I guess the point I’m getting at is that I try and bring all of the elements of all the different music I like, and then I bring a different element from each into my own music. It’s a bit of everything.”

“I DEFINITELY FEEL LIKE A LITTLE KID STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GROW UP. I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS, I’M TURNING 26 THIS YEAR. I DON’T KNOW WHAT POINT YOU START FEELING LIKE AN ADULT. IT’S ALL IN YOUR MIND, ANYWAY. IT’S ABOUT HAVING AN IDEA ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE DOING. I STILL FEEL A BIT LOST IN WHAT I’M ALL ABOUT, YOU KNOW?”

The two EPs will be released as a combined package in overseas markets, forming a cohesive whole as an LP package. “Basically, I released an EP this year and I’m about to release a second one. But in the meantime, we joined up with this UK label and got some interest overseas. We decided it was easier to introduce it all as one, for people that haven’t heard the first EP. It’s kind of complicated, I know.” The newfound exposure overseas belies Courtney’s use of distinct Australianisms within her songs. But rather than isolate, the references seem to pique intrigue from listeners abroad. “When I started writing stuff, I wasn’t thinking about that side of it then. But when I did Avant Gardener I remember my manager saying, ‘Oh, I don’t know if anyone outside of Melbourne or Australia will get that’. But I’m not going to change

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my songwriting to accommodate for that. I don’t mean that in a rude way, it’s just how it is. I write like that because that’s where I’m from. I’m not going to write about something I don’t know about. But it’s actually pretty amazing, I get messages from people in America saying ‘What’s Weet-Bix?’ I find that really funny.”

COURTNEY BARNETT launches her second EP How To Carve A Carrot Into A Rose at The Shadow Electric band room on Friday November 8, followed by the sold-out Meredith Music Festival on Saturday December 14. She will also be supporting Billy Bragg for his national tour next year, playing The Palais Theatre on Thursday March 13.


THE POLYPHONIC SPREE By Denver Maxx For the past 13 years, American hippy-folk-psych troupe The Polyphonic Spree has been mesmerising audiences across the globe. Hot on the heels of this year’s fourth album for the group, Yes It’s True…, The Polyphonic Spree is returning to Melbourne for the second time this year, to play Melbourne Festival. “Australia is one of my favourite places ever to play because you have always gotten the Polyphonic Spree,” gushes The Spree’s frontman and founding member Tim DeLaughter. “Whenever I get a chance to come over there it’s kick-ass for me, the enthusiasm you guys give is kick ass.” Polyphonic Spree first came out to Australia in 2005, it was for Big Day Out and the feedback from fans and other bands on the lineup was that The Polyphonic Spree’s set was one of the most lifeaffirming experiences of their lives. These days when reading reviews of the band’s current tour, it doesn’t sound like things have changed for the band. So how does DeLaughter keep a band of between 12 and 20 members all having fun? “This thing could never seem like a job; it is too magical and too amazing to ever feel like a job. We’ve had people come and go in the group and it’s like I don’t know what it is. I don’t know if it’s the community of the band or the size of it but we always get great people.” Many observers have quipped that the band’s number of members, colourful kaftans and psychedelic aesthetic gives off a cult vibe. While not acknowledging this tongue-in-cheek quip, DeLaughter does admit that there is some kind of inadvertent brainwashing that occurs when one joins The Spree. “I see them change to the ways of The Polyphonic Spree, anyone who is really down is in this band - you kinda need to set your ego at the door because everyone in the band is really amazing. It’s always just worked, it has never been, people think ‘what a nightmare having so many people out there on stage’ but that’s the easiest part of the band, everyone getting along. “The hardest part is financing the band. If I could be in Australia three months out of the year, there is no

question that I would be; if I could afford it I would do it. If I were a five-piece band I’m sure I’d find a way,” admits DeLaughter.

“IT TAKES US WAY LONGER TO GET THROUGH CUSTOMS SO WE ALWAYS HAVE TO BE ON OUR TOES AND GET OUT OF SHOWS QUICK ‘CAUSE OF THE LOGISTICS OF GOING FROM PLACE TO PLACE. WE’RE FOUR BANDS IN ONE, DO THE MATHS; CHECKING GUITARS AND PEDAL BOARDS AND BEFORE YOU KNOW IT YOU SPENT FOUR HOURS GETTING OFF THE PLANE!” He now delves deeper into the logistics of touring The Polyphonic Spree, “It takes us way longer to get through customs so we always have to be on our toes and get out of shows quick ‘cause of the logistics of going from place to place. We’re four bands in one, do the maths; checking guitars and pedal boards and

before you know it you spent four hours getting off the plane!” contends DeLaughter wryly. Despite the difficulty of touring his band, DeLaughter wouldn’t do anything else. The Polyphonic Spree’s latest album Yes It’s True… sounds the most unique out of the band’s entire catalogue (The Beginning Stages of… The Polyphonic Spree 2002, Together We’re Heavy 2004, The Fragile Army 2007). The album effortlessly mixes genres and themes of both light and dark. DeLaughter explains that this album was recorded over five years and most of the songs were written without the intention of ever putting them on an album. “What’s interesting about this record is that there is a lot of firsts on this record which is great for me, because the band has been around for 13 years and this is our fourth studio album; it is the first time I have ever been writing songs without even thinking that they’d

go on an album,” establishes DeLaughter. “There was no pressure. We took some time off touring - I mean we were playing one-offs - we just really took some time away and jammed for a couple of years - I even did a project in that time called Pre-teen Genius with the old guitar player from Tripping Daisy and made a record with that. And then we got to a point where we just started jamming until 5am in the morning with a whole bunch of musicians and just having fun and airing it out. During that period I just started writing songs and stocking them away, not really going to write a body of work that you would normally do.”

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CALLING ALL CARS By Rod Whitfield When a band opts for a major shift in sound and style midstream, there is often a very vocal and conservative minority who speak up in often quite severe criticism of the change. Especially in this day and age of internet forums, Facebook and Youtube comments and all the rest of it. Melbourne act Calling All Cars have been around since 2005, and have released two albums of blazing guitar rock to this point. For the uninitiated, the band were chosen to support AC/DC across Australia back in 2010, so this may give a rough idea of what these guys sound like. It’s simple, but exuberant and catchy four on the floor rock. Late 2013 however, sees them releasing the first single from their third album, a song called Werewolves, and the very first thing you notice is a significant stylistic change from that type of sound. Singer and guitarist Haydn Ing, speaking from a rather wet and dank rehearsal space in inner Melbourne, is happy to explain to the band’s fans what the change is all about. “It’s still very much Calling All Cars, I guess we’re just expanding our palette,” he begins his explanation, “it’s definitely more groove based. The whole mantra of the record was that we want to make people move more. It’s definitely that, that would be a good way to describe it, it’s more groove orientated as opposed to thrashing guitars the whole time. “There’s plenty of guitars there, it’s a guitar record,” he qualifies, “but it’s just more of a groove vibe, across the whole thing.” Ing goes on to explain that the change in approach wasn’t planned or contrived, just the way it panned out, a ‘natural evolution’, to reluctantly use a tired old, but in this case appropriate cliché. Plus, it partly came as a result of changing listening patterns and tastes on the part of the members of the band.

“We’d written two really thrashy guitar based records,” he says, “fairly fast rock ‘n’ roll records, but by the time our second record came out, and we were really proud of those records, we weren’t really listening to that kind of music very much. I think that ultimately we just wanted to write a record that we wanted to hear. Not to say there’s not great records out there, but we just wanted this particular type of sound, and that’s what happened, what came out. “It was an organic process, it wasn’t that we sat down and said ‘we want to change drastically’, it’s just what we wrote.” More often than not, a new single generally means a new album is on the way, and in this case it’s no exception. And Ing tells us that most of the rest of the record follows this new direction to a certain extent as well.

“Yeah man, it’s basically done,” he reveals, “it’ll be early next year. We’ve got a new label, a new vibe, and everything’s kinda really exciting. It’s all coming together. It’s not quite as sonically different as what Werewolves is, but it’s definitely got an underlying theme of that…that was our whole thing, if I go to a gig I want to dance, you know? We want to make people move without them really knowing it. So the album has definitely got that theme running through it for sure.” And regarding the people who have heard the single, and even the full album, reactions have been slightly mixed, however most have fallen on the positive side, with just a few of those aforementioned vocal majority voicing their dissent. They are determined to take the negativity in their collective stride. “It’s been super positive, but then with a few viciously negative things!” Ing laughs, “but that’s what happens when you commit to putting out a song that’s quite different to any-

thing you’ve put out before. That was something we were totally prepared for, and the polarising thing, we’d take that any day over people just kind of going ‘over them, meh, whatever’, that kind of attitude. But ultimately, it’s been great, man! It’s been better than we may have expected.”

of those songs, Katie Sue, appears to follow in the fine tradition of garage pop tunes exploring the whims and ephemeral wonders of adolescent love. In reality, it’s an ode to a favourite culinary experience. “It’s actually a love song dedicated to a soup,” Szymkow explains. “When we worked together, we’d go out and have that for lunch. So it’s a love song for that meal – it’s not about a person, just a beautiful deep-fried chicken meal served with rice!” Szymkow laughs. This week Thee Gold Blooms are undertaking their first touring foray outside of Western Australia, playing four shows over four consecutive nights (a touring equation that’s entirely consistent with the approach taken by the 60s bands who influenced Thee Gold Blooms’ sound). While national radio and the Internet provide opportunities to be heard outside of Perth, touring is just as important. “The Internet is useful to get your music heard, but if you don’t tour, you’re just another MP3 on someone’s iPod,” Szymkow says.

Next year, Thee Gold Blooms hope to release a full album; in the meantime, the band is aching to put out some tracks in time for the warm summer months. “We want to have some songs out in time for summer, because that’s really the time that we want our music to be heard – it’s summer music,” Szymkow says.

CALLING ALL CARS will be playing at the inaugural fundraising event The Phoebe Festival this weekend, which aims to raise money to provide children in the Cardiac and Intensive Care wards with musical therapy at The Royal Children’s Hospital. The festival will take place on Friday October 4 and Saturday October 5 at Kilmore Trackside. After that, they’ll be hitting the road around the country in support of Werewolves and play Ding Dong Lounge Saturday October 19.

THEE GOLD BLOOMS By Patrick Emery What’s in a name? In the case of Perth band Thee Gold Blooms, quite a lot. The band took its name from a latent fascination with American actor Jeff Goldblum; in fact, early in the band’s career, the Jeff Goldblum aspect threatened to become an overriding thematic focus. “It started out as a bit of a joke,” explains guitarist and singer Dylan Szymkow. “At the beginning, the band was only going to write songs about Jeff Goldblum, but it was a bit silly,” he laughs. Thee Gold Blooms were conceived in early 2012 when three work mates decided to finally put their money where their music mouth was, and form a band. “Three of us were working together at the same place for ages, and we’d been talking about forming a band for a while, and then one day it just happened,” Szymkow says. “We just had a bunch of songs that we jammed on, and there were a couple that we thought ‘that sounds like a band’, and we realised we were onto a 60s trip, so we ran with it.” In addition to Jeff Goldblum – Szymkow even admits to an interest in Goldblum’s often-overlooked 1985 horrorcomedy Transylvania 6500, and a desire to see The Tall Guy (I’m looking forward to checking that out on DVD at some stage, Szymkow laughs) – Thee Gold Blums continued the tradition of garage bands such as Thee Minks, Thee Oh Sees and Thee Headcoats using the mediaeval version of the definition article in its name. “The very first band that did that was a band called Thee Midnighters,” Szymkow says. “There was a band that had the same name, and instead of doing the hard work and finding a new name, they just thought ‘oh, well, we’ll add another ‘e’ – it was a simple

solution to a funny problem.” Influenced by the sounds of 60s bands like The Beatles, The Kinks and Beach Boys, as well as contemporary garage bands such as The Painkillers, The Black Lips and Thee Oh Sees, Thee Gold Blooms played its first gig at the Norfolk Basement in Fremantle. “That gig was pretty good, and went off without a hitch, and we followed up with some gigs at Northbridge,” Szymkow says. “Even though we were a bit sloppy in those first few gigs, we got a great response from the outset.” While Perth residents will occasionally bemoan the death of live venues – the closure of the Hyde Park Hotel a few years ago generated considerable disquiet and concern for the longer-term future of Perth’s live music scene – Szymkow says it’s far from doom and gloom. “There’s a new venue that’s just opened up, and we played the launch there the other week,” he says. “There’s always an opportunity for a gig somewhere. And there’s always a lot of support from other bands – it’s a pretty tight-knit musical community in Perth.” So far, Thee Gold Blooms’ recorded output has been limited to a few songs recorded and posted on the Internet. One

THEE GOLD BLOOMS will grace Melbourne with four shows over four consecutive nights. First up is the Old Bar on Wednesday October 2, then it’s the Espy Basement on Thursday October 3, followed by the Grace Darling on Friday October 4. They finish up at The Retreat on Saturday October 5. Tickets available via the venue websites.

Q & A with ARCHER The musical exploits of Australian regional roamer and perpetuator of traditional blues music, Archer, of a distinctly down-home variety. The young crooner set himself down amidst a flurry of shoppers with a guitar in hand and a hat upturned, belting out tunes that have an infallible ability to communicate shared states of subjectivity. He’s also spent much time developing songs while toiling as manual labourer, drawing allusions to the redemption music offered to people suffering in chain-gangs. Archer plays at Cherry Bar this weekend and prior to the show we asked him a few things about being a 21st century bluesman. What is it about the busking scenario that really appeals to you? “It’s good for a bit of coin and its good playing out and about with no speakers and different people than going to gigs.” What attracts you to traditional blues tunes? Is there an honesty in it that really speaks to you?

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“All that old music is from the heart - no bullshit.” Do you look to channel the spirit of the early blues players when you play, as well as add your own personality to the highly-revered form? “I don’t know if I’m playing blues or country or folk music or blah blah blah music.... Songs come out of nothing and it’s like they choose you. You can feel the whole history of the universe when you sing a song or hammer a nail if you’re tuned in.” What essentially motivates you to play music? Are you seeking to be an entertainer, spread a message, make some human connections or satisfy your own artistic urges? “It feels good to play music and you get free booze and stuff. I’d be playing anyways but playing to people in places – I suppose everyone’s got something they’re trying to push, whether it’s flyspray or a bit of understanding for all things great and small.” You’ve worked in manual labouring jobs; does singing through the day help you endure tough working conditions? Are you able to write music while lifting

heavy objects etc? “I’ve always sung whether lying on the ground or shooting through the sky. I was planting trees recently for a money hungry forestry mob and I started writing this song, ‘Well I ain’t gonna work for no man, no sir, I ain’t gonna work for no man/ Well hell I might starve but at least I’m in charge/ No I ain’t gonna work for no man. Full stop.’” What can we expect at the upcoming Cherry Bar

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shows? Are you performing solo? What material will you be showcasing? “I’ll be playing old and new songs with me buddy Slippery Sid James on the slide guitar.” BY AUGUSTUS WELBY ARCHER plays Cherry Bar on Friday October 4 and Friday October 25.


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STRATOVARIUS By Josh Fergeus Fans of Finnish power metal veterans Stratovarius have had a long wait. The band, formed in 1984 as Black Water, has never toured Australia. Now, in 2013, they are about to tour for the first time, even though all the original members have long gone. I spoke to bassist Lauri Porra ahead of their tour. “We were really trying to come sooner,” insists Porra. “But it’s pretty expensive to get there all the way from Finland. The biggest problem with Australia is that it’s very far. If you have a band of five persons and a crew of another five...it’s a lot of money. For some reason it didn’t work before now, but I hope we can do it more often.” When a band with a cult following like Stratovarius tours a country for the first time, it’s all a bit of a gamble. Some bands are greeted with a rapturous reception, while others end up playing to a couple of half-empty pubs. Regardless, Porra is positive. “I’ve never been to Australia so I’m really, really looking forward to it,” he says. “For sure if it was up to me I’d be touring a whole month and just going around there. I don’t think we will be playing concerts that are that big, but let’s see. “I wish we had more time. I’m really interested in travelling and seeing sights. I always try and make the best of it. I don’t mind if I don’t sleep while I’m there for those few days in Australia. The nature of course is something that I would really like to see and the food. Everybody tells me that Australia is great fun. I’ll try and make the best of it and see as much as possible and enjoy a new, exotic location.”

Asked if the band will be checking out the local scene, Porra seems eager. “I know a little bit about the scene, I know that there is a scene. I only know of AC/DC and Airbourne, but you know I’ve been talking to some Australian people when I meet them, they tell me about other bands. I’m looking forward to it.” Like many metal musicians, especially in Europe, Porra entered the musical world through classical training, studying for ten years before turning his hand to something heavier. “I’ve noticed that a lot of players of metal...their parents play classical music. A lot of people in the scene seem to come from classical, there are a lot of similarities. There is a strong melody, a certain amount of technique is needed to be able to do it. There’s a strong correlation between classical music and metal music.” Power metal certainly has strong classical overtones. “I don’t

do it consciously, whatever comes out comes out,” explains Porra. “I don’t try to bring classical into Stratovarius. The natural way music comes...you don’t have to decide what you’re going to put there. You shouldn’t think too much about what you’re doing. Study as much as possible and then write from the heart.” The band’s fifteenth studio album, Nemesis, was released earlier this year, and has performed well across Europe in particular. “The current style of Stratovarius....I think we’re looking at the future and thinking what kind of music we’re doing next,” says Porra. “I don’t like to dwell a lot on the old.” The album was produced by the band’s guitarist Matias Kupiainen, who was born the year before the original line-up got together to begin making eardrums across Finland bleed. “He’s produced the last two albums,” explains Porra. “Even

though the band works democratically he sort of has the steering wheel. I think we will continue like that. “It seems like most of the stuff we write now, it has this strong direction. I always write to see if something fits in the soup, so to say. Playing in Stratovarius, it’s definitely an honour. I joined in 2005 and it’s a big band. The possibility to play for a great audience, to play good music, when you play in a band like this you have to take care and respect the history of the band. It’s a combination of the old and the new.”

STRATOVARIUS play Billboard on Wednesday October 23. Tickets from metalmassacre.com.au.

ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES By Edward Sharp-Paul For a band that started as a pretext for drinking and partying, all-star cover band Me First And The Gimme Gimmes sure have generated a lot of gratitude and longevity. Speaking from his ‘mancave’ in San Francisco, NOFX guitarist, skate-punk legend and sometime Gimme Gimme Eric Melvin (“Only my father, my wife and my sister call me Eric”) sought to explain the method behind the madness. Though punk rock is generally considered a young man’s game, Melvin finds ways to balance touring life with home life. “Well, playing music is my first love. I mean, I love my wife dearly,” he clarifies, diplomatically, “But I loved music first. It’s constantly in conflict with my family life, but I find ways to make it work. I don’t drink and party as much. I still enjoy my beer, my shots, my wine – but not as much, because it makes it harder to be present if I’m calling home. Besides, between tours I can take my son to pre-school. It’s all these mums, and then there’s me,” he adds with a smirk, “So there are perks.” As well as the covers and the matching Hawaiian shirts, The Gimme Gimmes are known as a good time band, to the extent that a fully functioning bar forms a prominent part of

their stage set-up. They still have a good time, but things are a little less blurry. Melvin agrees. “Yeah, it’s not like the early days, when we were hammered, playing like shit, laughing it off and not even remembering it,” he says. “I figured, ‘I like playing music, and if I can’t even remember it, I’m probably not doing a very good job.’ What I love about playing music is expressing myself, but when you’ve had a bit too much, you end up fighting with your instrument – and it’s not a fight that you win.” Of course, fighting with instruments hasn’t always been a metaphorical matter for Melvin – he famously wore a blow to the head from NOFX bandmate Fat Mike’s bass at a gig in Israel. “I didn’t even feel it”, Melvin says of the incident. “I only remember a flash of light. My grandfather came

over from the Ukraine. He was a farmer, and I think I have a strong-boned genealogy – maybe we broke logs over our heads before we had axes. It was only a Danelectro bass, though: I don’t know if you can kill someone with a blow to the forehead, and I don’t really want to find out.” The Gimme Gimmes aren’t so much a band as a loose collective, a social club centred around some of the key bands of the Fat Wreck scene. The five founding members – Spike Slawson (Swingin’ Utters), Joey Cape, Dave Raun (both Lagwagon), Fat Mike (NOFX) and Chris Shiflett (No Use For A Name) – are responsible for the recorded output, but the touring incarnation of the band is ever-evolving. “Well, the band can’t tour without Spike,” he explains. “After that, the other founding members figure out if they can tour. If Chris can’t tour, his brother Scott fills in. If Mike can’t tour, I play bass. They’re trying to do a European tour next year, but my wife and I are expecting our second child, so they might invite some European musicians this time. Basically,

it’s a revolving door of people we know and like.” When your stock in trade involves covering some of the hokiest songs ever written, it’s easy to imagine your head dropping at the thought of certain items in the setlist. Melvin, though, reveals himself to be surprisingly appreciative of cheese-pop. Of the current set, “I like Nobody Does It Better,” he says. “It’s such a beautiful song, and so fun to play. I love Isn’t She Lovely as well, and Linda Linda, off the Japanese EP, I really like that one, too. We’ll be doing a divas album next, so I’m looking forward to some Christina Aguilera.”

exhibition, and that’s what it is”) and participating in a recent documentary entitled Kick Out the Jam. Ahn’s second band Nunchukka Superfly played at the September premiere of the doco, which features a series of people in the biz talking about their experiences about the Sydney punk, hardcore and metal scene. “It was fantastic,” he enthuses. “The filmmaker had absolutely no agenda about where the film was going to go, so she just let people talk randomly. So the views that are expressed are conflicting and varied from person to person, it was fascinating. [It’s for] anyone who has empathy with anyone who’s involved in the underground music scene, with underground bands and small, sweaty pubs and a doit-yourself ethic.” On the subject of making new music and the way that Hard-Ons have financed themselves, Ahn explains about the incredible funding opportunities which are available to

musicians in Europe, but which don’t necessarily produce the hardiest bands. “What does that tell you?” he asks. “Maybe the fact that things are tough makes bands really knuckle down, and it separates the hard working people from the people who, after a year, are like ‘Oh, I’m not a rockstar yet? I’ll give up.’ It does make the Australian bands really tough. I mean look at Hard-Ons. We work really hard and we had a lot of things against us, and we’ve been to Europe 16 times.” Onward and upward, boys.

ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES play the Corner Hotel on Saturday October 5 (sold-out) and Sunday October 6. Their latest EP, Sing In Japanese! is a collection of Japanese pop classics, and is available through Fat Wreck Chords.

HARD-ONS BY Zoë Radas After more than 30 years in the Australian independent music scene, punk stalwarts Hard-Ons are still bringing it home and finding new fans with their re-issued classics. The support which followed the well-publicised injuries of guitarist Peter “Blackie” Black last year proved just how swollen the three-piece’s popularity has become. Bassist Ray Ahn spoke about what’s ahead. “Hiring a booker is the anaesthesia that dulls the pain of having to deal with that kind of stuff,” says Ahn. He’s talking about how the band came to be playing at this year’s Chopped Rod and Custom festival, which is in its sixth year and gaining fresh devotees every round. “Really, if you’re a musician, you should be thinking about one thing: your music. You should be concentrating on writing a song or learning to play your instrument better.” Having said that, Ahn is something of a petrol head and is frothing to see the displays. “I’m actually quite a big car enthusiast. I used to have a bunch of really nice cars and motorcycles, in my time. It’s going to be a mouth-watering experience for me.” The band are often asked about their thoughts on the evolution of the music industry because they’ve seen so many changes during their career. Ahn reveals his personal thoughts on attending festivals, which differ slightly from his opinions on playing them. “I’m 48, and a 48 year old man does not stand in the hot sun with 50, 60 thousand other BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 44

people with their shirts off,” he laughs. “I am not for one minute prejudiced against big festivals, because when I was young and full of pep I would go to those things.” Instead of spending their time as punters at fests, The HardOns have been diligently putting together some amazing collections of their early material for release. So far we’ve had Smell My Finger, encompassing the years 1984-1987, and Dickcheese, which covers 1987-1988. “The next one is coming out in November; we’ve got three re-issues to come,” Ahn explains. “So that’s, let’s have a look, that’s 480 minutes of music still to be reissued. Sorry I couldn’t work that out, I had to use a calculator on my desktop. I’m Asian, and Asians are very bad at maths.” Ahn also has his fingers in the visual arts and filmmaking pies, with an exhibition of his poster work on display at a Mexican restaurant in Newtown (“It’s not one of those Mexican restaurants that you take your family to, it’s actually quite funky; it’s the perfect place to have a pretentious

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HARD-ONS play the Chopped Rod and Custom festival in Newstead, which is held from Friday October 4 - Sunday October 6. They will also play a show at The Espy in St Kilda this Saturday October 5.


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CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TOUR SOME OF THE FOLLOWING BANDS KTHX:

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Propagandhi, Iron Chic, Direct Hit, Masked Intruder, Nothington, Devon Kay & The Solutions, Drug Church, Kid Dynamite, Someone Still Loves Your Boris Yeltsin, The Night Marchers, The Dopamines and/or Modern Baseball. It takes a small army of enthused cheerleader types with strobe lights, a tow-truck and the promise of delicious food to drag me from my couch (or, more recently, Grand Theft Auto) and to a show these days and boy would stuffing these bands’ sounds in my face be a fucking treat!

THURSDAY OCTOBER 3: Leez Lido, I Am Mine, The Dark Ales, The Ugly Kings at The Reverence Archagathus, Violent Gorge, Internal Rot, Doubled Over at The Gasometer Hug Therapist, Hopes Abandoned, Second Hand Squad, Tim Hampshire at ThePublic Bar Iron Mind, Reincarnation, Imprisoned, Life Of My Own at Next

The Bouncing Souls will steal Hot Water Music’s drummer George REbelo for stix duties for the foreseeabke future. Rebelo played his first show as official drummer over the weekend in the band’s home town of New Jersey. HWM/BS Tour Take Two 2014? Andrew WK is publishing a book titled The Party Bible and has said of his new project “This book is the culmination of my entire life. This is a powerful and dangerous feeling, but it is definitely meant to happen”. The Bible is due out next year. Someone is making a documentary about Fat Wreck Chords in the ‘90s. A teaser was released recently for A Fat Wreck, in which many of punk’s most significant players discuss the label’s influence on an entire genre. Paper Arms have just returned from a stint of touring in Europe alongside Boysetsfire and Strike Anywhere and now they’ve organised some homecoming shows as they continue to plug new album The Smoke Will Clear. See them play with Apart From This at The Rev in Melbourne on Saturday November 9. The invasion of the American pop punkers continues as Californian group Forever Came Calling announce an Aussie tour with Perth’s Monuments. See them at Band on Saturday November 23 or Footscray’s Wrangler Studios on Sunday November 24. Tickets are available from Friday. If you’re checking Me First and The Gimme Gimmes out this weekend, you might be a little excited to know that NOFX’s Eric Melvin will be chucking a DJ set over at Bang after the Saturday Corner Hotel show.

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FRIDAY OCTOBER 4: Twelve Foot Ninja, Caligula’s Horse, Toehider at Corner Hotel Empra, Blackbird, Andrew Swift and the Rattlesnake Choir at Newmarket Hotel Aitches, Summer Blood, Secondhand Squad at The Reverence Falconio, Velvets at The Retreat Constant Mongrel, Rat Columns, Leather Towel at The Gasometer Gay Paris, My Echo, Udays Tiger at The Public Bar Statues at Wrangler Studios SATURDAY OCTOBER 5: Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, The Bennies at The Corner 50 Lions, Warbrain, Survival, Outsiders Code, Reincarnation at The Reverence The Fuck Fucks, Waco Social Club, Drifter at The Reverence Kremlings, Bad Vision, Going Swimming, Messed Up at The Tote A Million Dead Birds Laughing, The Schoenberg Automation, Aeon of Horus at The Bendigo OCeano, Feed Her To The Sharks, Aversions Crowd, Ire at Bang SUNDAY OCTOBER 6: Me First And The Gimme GImmes, The Bennies, Burgworth at The Corner

NEW URUK-HAI OUT NOW

Austrian musician Alex Wieser (and boss of the label W.A.R Productions) has just released And All The Magic & Might He Brought, the new album by his ambient black metal band Uruk-Hai. Melbourne’s own Joe Matera plays guitar on four tracks, and there are many other musicians too including Tony Dolan (Venom). There’s a great medley on YouTube which gives you a taste of what to expect. Go check it out.

NEW HEAVEN THE AXE VIDEO

Heaven The Axe have just released the video for Good Things Come To Those Who Hate and it’s a kickass aggressive chunk of metal featuring guests Matt Young (King Parrot), Dan McDougall (Frankenbok) and Richie Poate. Stix from Steel Panther was talking up this awesome band pretty heavily when he was in Australia last week. I hope they land a support slot for Steel Panther and Buckcherry’s December tour.

METAL AT THE BENDIGO

If you love your metal, you probably should stake out your own permanent spot at the bar, Lemmy-style, at The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood. This Friday October 4 they’re featuring Malichor, Black Jesus, Mar Mortis and Terra Australis, then on Saturday October 5 it’s The Shoenberg Automaton, A Million Dead Birds Laughing, Aeon Of Horus.

DREAM THEATER SCORE NEW CHART HIGH

Congratulations to Dream Theater, whose new self-titled album debuted at #15 on the Aria Charts this week, their highest ever Australian chart position, outselling Metallica’s Through The Never live soundtrack album. If you haven’t got the album yet, I highly recommend the Special Edition, which includes a 5.1 surround sound mix that really adds a whole new dimension - literally and musically - to the material.

NEW PERIPHERY PICKUPS

Here’s one for my fellow guitar nerds: DiMarzio is releasing a new signature pickup set for Periphery guitarist Jake Bowen, and they’ve just posted a killer video to YouTube of Jake jamming with his uncle, Dream Theater’s John Petrucci. This comes just days after Periphery founder Misha Mansoor announced his own signature Juggernaut pickup set with Bare Knuckle Pickups. Hopefully the third prong of Periphery’s guitar trident, Mark Holcomb, isn’t far behind!

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DEAD CITY RUINS SCORE SKID ROW/UGLY KID JOE TOUR Dead City Ruins have just landed a support slot on tour with Skid Row and Ugly Kid Joe through UK, Europe and Scandinavia and they’ll be launching a Pozible crowdfunding campaign to help get over there. In the meantime you can catch their ‘Warm Up For Europe’ farewell show this Saturday October 5 at the Espy supporting Hard-Ons.

NEW MEGADETH DVD OUT NOW Last year Megadeth celebrated the 20th anniversary of their landmark CountdownTo Extinction album by playing it in full on select dates. And now they’ve released Countdown To Extinction: Live, which chronicles one such date with killer sound quality. It’s probably the nicest looking and sounding Megadeth live concert film to date, and it’s great to hear such rarely-played classics as Architecture Of Aggression and Psychotron performed live. Catch Megadeth at Soundwave 2014.

THE RETURN OF GWAR Antarctic rock gods GWAR have returned to the realms of man and reclaim their vice-like grip on the throat of hard-rock humanity after spending the last year-and-a-half working on their follow-up to 2011’s critically acclaimed Bloody Pit of Horror. The new recording, Battle Maximus, is GWAR’s first full-length studio effort since the loss of their longtime guitar player, Flattus Maximus, and is out now via Metal Blade/Rocket Distribution. “This album is both a tribute to Flattus and a telling of the next chapter in the story of GWAR,” said warty front-thing Oderus Urungus. “The combo of the brand new album and show should satisfy even the most hardcore Flattus devotee with the fact that GWAR’s slay-skills are as supreme as ever, and the band stands poised to embark on our most earth-shattering world tour yet. We have mourned, we have honored, and now it’s time to fucking DEVASTATE in the name of Flattus and the supreme entity that is GWAR.”

KILL TV HEADLINER

Kill TV play their first headline show at IDGAFF on Saturday October 5 at 11pm with support from Liquor Snatch, The Pension and Only Aliens. $5 entry. It’s an eclectic night of music with something for everyone so do yourselves a favour and head on down.

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WEDNESDAY OCT 2 KEYIM BA

With a rhythm section born in West Africa, this brilliant eight piece band has an intoxicating upbeat sound, bringing the influences of reggae, funk and rap to West African grooves. They play Northcote Social Club on Wednesday October 2 alongside Lamine Sonko. Tickets are $15 and only available at the door.

THEE GOLD BLOOMS

Playing sleazy garage rock and stompinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; surf romps with lots of jangly guitars, fuzz tones, group vocals and a keg load of hooks - Perthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Thee Gold Blooms are headed to Melbourne for the very first time this October. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the kind of band youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d want at your high-school prom, if you were graduating in California in 1962. In Melbourne for just four shows, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be joining Middle-Eastern garage rockers The Shabbab and surf kings The Big Face and The Boogie Woogie Boogie Board Boys at the Old Bar on Wednesday October 2. Doors open 8.30pm, $8 entry.

THE LOVE BOMBS

Wednesdays in October catch Cherry Barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own The Love Bombs. Featuring DJ Mermaid and Cherry allstars Hamish, Pippa and Derek. This week , Wednesday October 2 support comes from Rocket Queen and Uptown Ace. Doors open 6pm, bands from 8.30pm till 11.30pm. Free entry all night. DJ until 3am.

BIG DEAD

Big Dead are a Brisbane based group of musicians who play music influenced by the rock and jazz idioms. On their return to Melbourne they will be launching their latest recorded effort. This latest release, Eudaemonia, runs a path through jazz and rock experimentalism. Joining them on the night will be Melbourne locals Amanita and Kalacoma, and their dear friends from their hometown Motion Picture Acress. Pretty smoking sorta night, for a Wednesday. Doors at 8pm, free entry.

The Bendigo Hotel will be hosting Melbourneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best young bands on this Wednesday October 2. As part of the music course at Box Hill Institute, you can catch Veludo, The Tried and New Travellers for only $5. So if you are keen on music, or maybe just wanna have a beer or two, come down to The Bendigo Hotel and have a great night!

PASSERINE

Roots of Music presents: Passerine every Wednesday in October at The Revolver Bandroom. Part dub, part disco, part trip hop and a whole lot of under the skin addictiveness, Passerine have been wowing crowds in Melbourne and Sydney with their dynamic, live show. Their debut single, Ready to Begin, has been sparking the interest of taste-making blogs and recieving widespread radio support around the country. Passerine will be bringing their full, seven piece live show to Revolver every Wednesday night in October, along with some very special guests. Doors 8pm, entry is free and students receive 20% off food at Colonel Tan's.

A MAN CALLED SON

With origins in Brisbaneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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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Shadowqueen aim to continue their dominance before this Thursday night at The Bendigo Hotel, before they head off for their European tour. Joining them for the night of hard-rock cool is Forever, Pretty Villain and One Kingdom.

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LEEZ LIDO

Melbourne indie rock three-piece, Leez Lido will lure you in with its jagged guitar hooks and bustling rhythm section. An infectious sound that captivates your senses, Leez will leave you wanting more. Accompanied by I Am Mine, The Dark Ales and The Ugly Kings, this Reverence gig is not to be missed. A night of rock induced movement and hard-hitting performances that will not disappoint. Drop in to The Reverence Hotel on Thursday, 3 October at 8.30pm.

PALMS

To celebrate the release of their debut album Step Brothers, Palms are heading out to play a handful of shows in October, dropping by the Grace Darling in Melbourne on Thursday October 3. This show promises to be a party full of Palms unfettered excitement at their album finally being out in the world. Support comes from Scotdrakula and Working Girls. Doors at 8.30pm. Tickets are $10.

RAY AHN

This Thursday night at rock-n-roll bar Whole Lotta love welcomes Ray Ahm of the Hard Ons in a onenight-only performance of his rarely seen comedy routine. In what is set to be a night of hilarious tales from on the road with one of Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s infamous punk bands (The Hard Ons), be sure to head down this Thursday October 3. Free entry and the laughs kick off at 7.30pm.

With influences such as Xavier Rudd, Ben Harper, David Gray, Joe Purdy, and a swag of other local and international musicians, the live set flows between various thought provoking folk stories, to high energy foot stomping roots and delicate slide blues. A live solo gig incorporates various guitars (6 & 12 string, resonators, cigar box) ukelele, yidakis, cajon and percussion, loop station and effect pedals. Creating a musical interpretation of emotions from peaceful sounscapes through to simplistic and minimal to layered energetic waves... with lyrical content focussing on the issues in this world such as environmental awareness, social and political impact, through to the everyday tails of life, loss and love. Catch Craig at Richmondâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Great Britain Hotel on Thursday the 3rd of October with support Mary Webb hitting the stage at 8pm. Free entry.

GEORGIA FAIR

Georgia Fair is Jordan Wilson, vocals and acoustic guitar, and Ben Riley, guitars and harmony vocals; they are Sydney born and raised and are now based in Melbourne. Their new album Trapped Flame will be released in October. Catch them at The Retreat Hotel on Thursday October 3 with Meg Mac. Doors open 8.30pm.

EL PERRO PRODUCTIONS AND WICK PRESENT: G.R.I.D.

In partnership with The Wick, El Perro Productions bring you the second series of G.R.I.D. this October. With an aim for revitalising original live music south of the river, G.R.I.D. will be showcasing Melbourneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own upcoming Grass Roots Indie artists and providing them with a platform to perform infront of key music industry tastemakers. First heat sees local acts Biddy, Sarah Grimstone and Sarah Rezek taking the stage. Head on down for a night to discover some local new music and talent.

THE HOLIDAYS

Following the release of new single, Voices Drifting, The Holidays have announced the first of their shows of 2013 with friends, Major Leagues, to support. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be hitting up Northcote Social Club on Thursday October 3. Tickets are $14+bf or $17 at the door if still available.

TWELVE FOOT NINJA

Twelve Foot Ninja will be playing their hometown show on their national Shiruken tour this Friday October 4 at The Corner Hotel. This will your last chance the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ninjaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s critically acclaimed live show before they leave for Europe and the USA. Support comes from Caligulaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Horse and Toehider. Tickets are $23+bf.

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Pierce Brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s have returned from a tour of the UK and have announced a residency at Ding Dong Lounge for Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in October. The guys have made a name for themselves playing on the city streets selling over 10,000 EPs, selling out their launch at The Evelyn and supporting the likes of Bonjah, Ash Grunwald and The Bamboos. Catch them this Thursday at Ding Dong. Support this week comes from local sensation Jack Stirling. Tickets are $10 on the door. Get there early, as this will sell out!

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GABRIEL ANTONIO

Famed hip hop and pop artist Gabriel Antonio, is one of the hottest emerging artists of 2013 with his outstanding popular catchy tunes to worldwide shows, Gabriel is definitely on his way to your local airwaves. With two successful albums under his belt, GA continues his journey to dominate the music industry worldwide and make his way into being one of the most successful independent artists of our time. Catch him at The Espy this Thursday October 3 with DJ Kayz, DJ Tempaz, Shorty Mic and Icon Surafel. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets $43+bf and are available from Oztix outlets.

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Define your genre in five words or less: Music on the hallucinogenic side of pop. Bearing the terrible clichĂŠd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like? My Bloody Valentine, Swans and Stone Roses trapped in an elevator listening to Sade. What do you hate about the music industry? That for the most part it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really seem to be about music. What can a punter expect from your live show? Earth shattering drums, soaring vocals, vocoders, samples, dissonant shoegazey guitars, undulating bass and hallucinogenic visuals. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve you got to sell CD-wise? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re (re)launching our album on cassette. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also got CDs and a 7 inch single. You can get them from us at gigs or bandcamp. Whenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the gig and with who? This Friday October 4 at Yah Yahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s with Pretty City and Psalm Beach. Do you have any record releases to date? What are they? Where can I get them? An album and a 7 inch both available from bandcamp. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a new EP on the way as well. Do you have a pre-gig ritual? If so, what is it? Sound check, down a few pints, smash a few guitars then round the block for a few drive by shootings.


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FRIDAY OCT 4 KING GEORGE

Launching their eagerly awaited single and video and heading over to Canada for Indie Week in mid October, King George are bringing their highly emotive and energetic live show to Revolver on the Friday October 4. Supporting will be Revolver favourite Karly Jewell as well as locals Only Aliens and Sunny Hawkings. Doors at 7pm. Tickets $12 from the bands or can be purchased on the door for $15.

ALIENESQUE

Shimmy Showdown and Plan 9 produvtions present: ALIEN-ESQUE, a true space odessy at The Evelyn this Friday October 4. Indulge in all your BarbarellaBowie-60s alien fantasies as the Vultures of Venus provide the tunes and the cosmic beauties tassle twirl and send you on a night out of this world. Giveaways and lucky door prizes for Best Dressed too! Tickets via Oztix.

WEEKENDER AT DING DONG

You can head the very best of the indie Top of the Pops as weekender at Ding Dong turns the dancefloor into an imaginary bouncy castle this Saturday night! Hear the likes of Blondie, Outkast, Tow Door Cinema Club, Phoenix, Hot Chip, Ladytron, Vampire Weekend, Pulp, Kaiser Chiefs and many more. Live music kicks off at 8pm from Damn Terran, who are launching their album, weekender begins at 11.30pm. $10 on the door.

COCHLEAR KILL

Composing music on the hallucinogenic side of pop, is Cochlear Kill. Taking many years worth of stockpiled dissonant guitar-effected shoegaze songs, layered with vocoders, loops, noise and found sounds, finally to the masses, they launch their cassette at Yah Yah’s with fellow cassette-enthusiasts Pretty City and Psalm Beach. Time to dust off your cassette players and take a ride on the hallucigenic pop-side Friday night from 9pm. Doors at 7pm. Late night boogie jams with Richie 1250.

TITTY TWISTER

Inspired by Robert Rodriguez’s ‘90s cult classic ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ comes your dose of all out debauchery in the form of the most outlandish honky-tonk to ever hit Melbourne – the Titty Twister. The Red Bennies team raise the stakes with MC James Grim (The Brothers Grim) presenting eight shows over four consecutive weekends filled with striptease, live music and full throttle demonic Mexicana. Highlights include: GO GO dancers, Rolla Waitresses, Mechanical Bull Ride Comps, Chainsaw Juggler, Snake Dance, Mesa Cosa as resident band and performances by Skopalova, Sparkarella, Ell Bellam Nancy Dancer and so so much more. For bookings and more info visit tittytwister. roller.net.au. Opening night is Friday September 20 (Cnr Gertrude and Smith St, Collingwood).

JORDAN MILLAR

Introducing the three Borrowed Minds tour, which sees three of Australia‘s most intriguing musicians – Jordan Millar, Morgan Joanel and Dave Di Marco – join their diverse musical stylings for a national tour of Australia over nine dates in September and October. Each city and venue will be a different vibe as the co-headliners switch the lineup each night and take you through a lyrical evening of jams, loops, strums and tunes with each show being uniquely special. Join these three musical minds as they jam together, tell stories and invite you into an intimate experience not to be missed. Thursday night at the Grace Darling. Doors open 9pm. $10 entry.

OLIVERS ARMY

Olivers Army is the musical conjuring of Barossa Valley born singer songwriter Ryan Oliver. He started writing contemporary folk songs whilst travelling North America as a teenager and upon returning to his hometown of Adelaide, he formed a band with his twin brother in 2010. Since then the band have gone from strength to strength, releasing a self titled EP in 2010 and their second, alternative-country influenced EP ‘II’ in 2012. Oliver Army launch their latest single this Friday at The Spotted Mallard. Free entry.

BLACK JESUS

Brimstone Bookings is proud as hell to present Sinking Darkness II: Embracing the Serpent. Featuring the best of Melbourne’s heavy/extreme metal scene, this night promises to be one of mayhem. Black Jesus are a super band of scrap metal, increasingly muscularity played by amputated members of society with brain damage of the finest quality. Joining them are Mar Mortuum (Formerly Agave Maize) and Malichort. The band focuses on mythology and the occult and is largely inspired by the works of HP Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos. Opening are Terra Australis, one of the finest examples of Australian black metal around, bringing their unique style of Aussie terror. Friday night at The Bendigo.

COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS

Cookin’ On 3 Burners are Jake Mason, Ivan Khatchoyan and Lance Ferguson, a three-piece powerhouse who serve up the rawest in deep funk, jazz, boogaloo and soul. Led by a wailing Hammond organ, they are distinctly different to many other funk acts, yet you’ll be no stranger to the grooves and pounding drums. Cookin’ On 3 Burners have taken their home brew of soulful Hammond get down everywhere from jazz festivals to after hours bars and clubs. Their top-notch reputation led to them supporting Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings in Sydney, jamming live with Breakestra and becoming THE in demand band South of the equator. See them return to Bar Open this Friday night, where they’ll be joined by the golden voice of Bamboos frontwoman Kylie Auldist. They play Bar Open on Friday October 4.

ARBORI

Having previously shared the stages with the likes of Matt Corby, Stu Larsen, the Falls and Patrick James, Arbori bring his folk storytelling and jazz-inspired melodies to Some Velvet Morning on Friday October 4. Don’t miss out on lead man, Steven Barnard’s songwriting, choreography and dance experience. Support comes from James Teague.

SECONDHAND SQUAD

Adelaide’s punksters Secondhand Squad are bringing their punkrawk to the mighty Reverence Hotel this Friday October 4. Helping them bring the fun is punk popsters Aitches, the amazing, raucous Summer Blood and punk-rock troubadour Tim Hampshire. $8 on the door. Good times ahoy!

GAY PARIS

Gay Paris take on the Public Bar this Friday night with help from Udays Tiger and My Echo. Smashing Crabs at Miss Katie‘s Crabshack and then partying until 7am. Amazing sexy times to be had by all. Doors open 8.30pm. $10 entry.

SATURDAY OCT 5 MAYFIELD

Mayfield are back and ready to smash the stage after recording their debut EP this Saturday night. Let your hair down as they play two sexy and ultra funky sets at Yah Yah's, providing all the good-times you’ll need for a Saturday night. Warming up the stage from 9pm is pop duo Bec & Sebastian, who fun fact: were in Ricky Martin’s group on The Voice. Late night tunes are spun by Andy Young. Doors at 7pm, music from 9pm. Free entry.

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A showcase of three of Australia’s most prominent forward-thinking metal acts; the Spatial Interaction Tour 2013 sees Canberra’s progressive outfit Aeon of Horus, Brisbane’s abstract extremists ‘The Schoenberg Automaton’ and Melbourne’s experimental death/ grind metal masters A Million Dead Birds Laughing join forces in an all out assault on the Australia’s major city centres. The tour promises to showcase the growing diversity rising from within the Australian metal scene. Opening this rad show at The Bendigo on Saturday night is local shredders The Ophidian Ascension.

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BROOKLYN’S FINEST

Brooklyn’s Finest will be finally returning to action on Saturday October 5 to launch their latest single, Rebound Boy. The charming vocalist of this groovy funk-soul-pop-disco outfit, Brooklyn, can’t wait to hit the stage with her sophisticated Rebound Boy, Mr. Zachary J, and a brand new lineup of Melbourne’s Finest. Bar Open will be your place to be and 10pm will be your estimated time of arrival. It’s free entry, which means you will have spare dosh to buy the new single hot off the press. Joining in on the party, is the fabulously filthy funk-bomb entourage that is Spunk Machine!

id SATURDAYS

id Saturdays launched mid-September 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, playing fortnightly until Saturday November 30 then weekly theresafter. id Saturdays, let the abomination begin.

THE FUCK FUCKS

Fred Negro’s legendary The Fuck Fucks will take over The Reverence Hotel’s front bar next Saturday October 5, travelling into rock’n’roll territory with their most incendiary, unapologetic punk rock tunes. Joined by the roaring rock of WACO Social Club and Drifter. Good beer drinkin’ times ahead. We’ll see you there from 9.00pm. $10.

LURCH & CHIEF

Following an outstanding response to the release of their latest single, We Are The Same, powerhouse Melbourne sextet Lurch & Chief will be launching their new EP Wiped Out at the Ding Dong Lounge on Saturday October 5. The release takes its place as Lurch & Chief ’s most assured work to date, blending a potent concoction of 60s garage, 90s drone and psychadelic jams, recurrently spiked with killer-hooks and effortleslly tied together by the duelling lead boy/ girl vocals of Hayden Somerville and Lili Hall. After recently scoring shows alongside bands such as Hungry Kids of Hungary, Deep Sea Arcade and Bluejuice as well as spots on Harvest and Push Over Festival lineups, Lurch & Chief are securing their reputation as one of Melbourne’s must-see live bands. Support on Saturday comes from Contrast and Warmth Crashes In. Doors at 8pm and entry is $10.

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.

QUINTESSENTIAL DOLL

Brisbane based singer/songwriter Quintessential Doll is headed for Melbourne for their debut Melbourne show. Since independently releasing their quirky brand of piano/ synth pop tunes on their debut EP Songs of a Wallflower, they’ve garnered a dedicated following through their live shows. Catch Quintessential Doll and her band at The Empress Hotel on Saturday October 5, with supports from locals Porcelain Pill and Elephant Eyes.

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. Headlining this years festivities is Melbourne’s beloved Whitley (Lawrence Greenwood), fresh from a tour in support of his critically lauded third album Even The Stars Are A Mess. Lawrence will be performing a set of songs by his favourite female country chanteuses and will be inviting various female guests up to sing songs by men of country. Likewise, Laura and her band will be taking a break from promoting her excellent third album What A Treat, to perform country man tunes and inviting male guests up to sing their hearts out as if they were Tammy or Dolly or Loretta. Excellent new collective Sagamore will open proceedings, playing selections from Ryan Adams’ classic Heartbreaker album. It’s all happening at the Spotted Mallard in Brunswick on Saturday October 5 BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 48

STEVE LANE & THE AUTOCRATS

Steve Lane & The Autocrats introduced themselves with aplomb in 2011 with their debut album The Romance Of Communication. First time around, The Autocrats featured Augie March rhythm section David Williams and Edmondo Amendola and legendary Dots gunslinger Jimmy Williams on the lead guitar and the much loved Steve Lane. The Romance Of Communication found itself shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize as well as scoring the coveted Album Of The Week on ABC DIG Music. Album number two Birds Taking Flight is a much more personal affair with Steve and co-lyricist (and author) John Holton looking inward for inspiration more so than describing what’s around them. Catch the guys at The Post Office Hotel on Saturday October 5.

TIJUANA CARTEL

With a new attitude having a positive effect on their musical direction, Tijuana Cartel bring their new party flavours to the Evelyn this Saturday night. Carving an incredibly successful independent musical career for themselves, converting crowds into devoted fans and their recent single gaining over 40k YouTube plays in a matter of days, head down to see what all the fuss is about Saturday October 5.

THE MIDNIGHT MULES

WA’s The Midnight Mules lead single Hey! showcases their collaborative efforts and journey towards a contemporary sound whilst still retaining their roots and influences derived from current gems like Last Dinosaurs, rock stalwarts The Strokes and even forgotten Perth indie faves The Fergusons. It’s going to get wild with more insane antics than any Mules show ever. Catch them play at Richmond’s Great Britain Hotel on Saturday October 5 joined by Greeves up first with Tooth and Tusk finishing off the night. Free, 9pm.

AIMEE FRANCIS

Aimee Francis heads to Melbourne next week playing The Espy on Saturday October 5 in support of her new single Losers Game. Twenty-three year old Francis hails from Sydney’s inner west and has already established an impressive musical resume having toured the world with the likes of Pat Benatar and Steel Panther and warmed the walls of iconic venues including The Viper Room and The Whisky a Go Go with her rebellious rock anthems. She returns to Australia with a new tune in tow in the form of Loser’s Game – a rock lullaby about lost love.

50 LIONS

Returning from a short hiatus earlier this year, 50 Lions have been far from shy when it comes to putting their name back on the map within the hardcore scene, with the release of their 7 inch Pray for Nothing on Resist Records and aggressive sets at shows around the country. Now they’re going out of 2013 with a bang for their last Australian show of the year. 50 Lions smash the stage alongside friends and label-mates Warbrain, Survival, Outsiders Code and Reincarnation at the Reverence Hotel, Footscray on Saturday October 5. Doors at 7.30pm.

JMAC AND THE PUSSY POSSE

Stand Up Comedian, MC, Singer, Presenter, Actor, Writer, Speaker, Positivity Junkie, Sexual, Hungry lady Justine Jmac Mclnerney and The Pussy Posse dancers are launching Disco Fanny at Boutique nightclub on Saturday October 5 from 9pm. It’s comedy, it’s dance. It’s to do with the sweat in ya pants.

THE KREMLINGS

Shows are always better in small spaces. More chance of bumping into an attractive member of the opposite sex, more chance someone might spill their beer and it might land in your mouth, more chance of confined chaos. The Slow Club, (upstairs at the Tote) will be your intimate sweat box in which to get loud and loose in on Saturday October 5. Put on your tightest jeans and dancing boots and get down to witness Nun of the Tongue – with a name bringing nuns and tongues together they must be good, Going Swimming and their infamous trash/punk/surf abomination, bratty garage punkers Bad Vision and the sludgey noise punk (and possibly shirtless) sounds of The Kremlings. Beer will be spilt, noise will be made and the seeds of Sunday hangovers will be sewn. Doors at 8pm and entry is $8.

THE OL' FAITHFULS

Back at Tago Mago this Saturday night, mesmeric electric folksters The Ol‘ Faithfuls are eager to hit you up with new songs, and their finely vintaged old tunes. Masters of brevity, the Guy Parkman Band, provide a rare support, with pop craftsman Jams R. Butt opening. Entry is free.

SUNDAY OCT 6 HARMANIAX

The Harmaniax are a bunch of Worldly muso’s based in Melbourne Australia. The music mixes Zydeco, Cajun, Blues and Country. All this combined with five fine voices to round off the package, sweet harmonies, superb playing, and beautiful songs. High energy, lots of fun, you’ll want to dance. Every Sunday from 4:30pm and come sample our Cajun Kitchen specialties.

ARDEEM

Melbourne electronic-pop Ardeem, is getting prepared to launch his second album I’m a Professional on Sunday October 6 at The Workers Club. From humble beginnings as a tubby little country boy playing his computer, into a real live muso, Ardeems unique, one-man-show involving a peculiar humour, singing, keyboard, loops, pedals and Nintendo (yes – you read right) is a show not to be missed. Doors at 7.30pm

GREG FARQUHAR AND THE EBC ALLSTARS

Raw blues chaneller Uncle Roy (some know him as Greg Farquhar) is bringing his ‘50s RnB meets late ‘60s-’70s psychedelia to the Greyhound Hotel this Sunday night with the EBC Allstars and you can expect some wild results! With his beloved 68 Strat in hand, Uncle Roy, Greg will play, sing and shred in the name of Jimi, Tbone, Trower and Gilmore. Head on down this Sunday October 6 from 4pm. Free entry.

ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES

Since their last visit in 2010, the all-star punk rock supergroup cover band has released their ‘Sing in Japanese’ EP, which does exactly what it says on the box. If you don’t speak Japanese, that’s cool. It’s also their first tour since the official release of ‘Go Down Under’. The full line-up for this tour will feature Spike Slawson on vocals, Dave Raun on drums, and Joey Cape, Eric Melvin, and Scott Shiflett all on guitar. Their first show at The Corner Hotel is sold out, but tickets are still available for a second Corner show on Sunday October 6. Tickets are $40 and selling fast.

JAN PRESTON

Boogie queen Jan Preston returns to Victoria with a run of shows in October and November to promote her new show and album My Life As A Piano. Created especially for the album, the new show is chock full of humour and charm. Containing autobiographic stories, quirky piano facts and interwoven with never before seen images, the show is a contemporary take on the honky tonk piano tradition, all presented by the renowned knockout boogie pianist and singer and her band. Catch Jan and band on Sunday October 6 at Montsalvat Gallery, Eltham. Doors open 4pm. Tickets are $35.

60 SECONDS with HAILMARY

DELSINKI RECORDS

Melbourne based singer songwriter Delsinki Records (aka Craig Johnston) is pleased to launch the second single Burnt Out By The Light, from his debut EP on Sunday October 6 at Toff In Town. He will be joined in a rare Melbourne appearance by Sydney troubadour Karl Broadie, who is launching his long awaited new album and by pirate shred specialist Citrus Jam. Burnt Out By The Light was written in memory of Johnston’s former band mate and harmonica player Sonny Lewis who passed late last year. Doors open 7pm. Entry is $10.

60 SECONDS with THE HARLOTS

Define your genre in five words or less: Art-Swamp Electric Boogaloo. When’s the gig and with who? Saturday October 5 at Cherry Bar with the Pretty Littles and Them 9’s. How long have you been gigging and writing? Since we realised that going outside in the daytime was a bad idea. If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why? Probably Sir Keith, because that guy would be way too strung out to object. We’d be all: “Quit holding out on me, Keef.” What inspires or has influenced your music the most? We’re afraid of bears. If you listen to the lyrics, it becomes pretty obvious that most of the songs are about bears and how much bears ruin our lives. How do you balance making and playing music with your other commitments? Submarine - it’s all egos and big nights until you’re on a submarine. If we can’t pull this thing together, we’re stuck down here! I don’t want to die in this tin cigar. Do you have any record releases to date? What are they? Where can I get them? We have three EPs and tees and all sorts of neat stuff that you can buy at theharlots. bandcamp.com and then listen to in your ears. If you play the t-shirt on your turntable you’ll hear La Marseillaise performed on renaissance woodwind instruments, for real.

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Define your genre in five words or less: Ballsy, catchy, riff-based rock. What do you hate about the music industry? There are heaps of Australian bands that are far more talented and more deserving of success than what is currently getting shoved down our throat on reality TV and commercial radio. Bring back the rock! What can a punter expect from your live show? Plenty of riffs, heaps of sweat, rock’n tunes, maybe a Russian’s drumstick in the head and some hearing loss. Do you have any record releases to date? What are they? Where can I get them? Our debut album Choice Path Consequence Solution was released earlier this year, recorded in the USA with legendary producer Jeff Tomei, who also did our second EP A Million Miles & Days. Our debut EP, Lottery of Life, which we picked up a WA Music Award for “Rock Song of the Year” was released in 2008. The last remaining physical copies of the Album you can get from our shows or hailmary.bandcamp.com or digitally, all available on iTunes. When are you doing your thing next? Stoked to be invited to make the trek from Perth back to our second home of Melbourne for the fourth time this year for two killer gigs. Friday October 11 is for the first ever “dcTunes” showcase at the Espy Front Bar along with good buddies King Of The North, My Left Boot and My Dynamite and DJ’s Diamond Deb and Dan Attard. Then Saturday October 12 at the Tote for Heavy Music Mag’s “Brewtality 2013”, a Celebration of Australia’s finest metal, rock and beer. 30 Bands, two venues, three stages. Describe the best gig you have ever played. Maybe not the best musically, but most fun and amazing door opening opportunity to build profile outside of WA was the 2012 “Rock n Load” festival at The Espy. We jumped on a plane from a gig in Perth straight to the gig in Melbourne, our first Melbourne show, no sleep, and to have a packed and pumping Espy Front Bar rock’n out to our tracks was surreal. It was the start of our continuing love affair with the Melbourne scene and the reason we keep returning. Where would you like to be in five years? Touring on a constant basis, and not having to have day jobs – now that would be Sweet!


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SiB

Fresh from recording their whiskey infused debut album just weeks ago at Soundpark Studios in Northcote, SiB are kicking off this October at The Old Bar with their Sunday night residency. This Sunday October 6 the fuzz rock quartet with be joined by old soul rock ‘n’ roll group Leon Thomas Band and psychedelic occult rockers Little Desert. Be sure to get down for the filthiest rock vibes you’ll see all weekend. $8 entry, doors at 8pm.

GRAND WAZOO

Grand Wazoo is Australia’s legendary 13 piece Soul Music Orchestra, with an unsurpassed record for presenting the finest, most entertaining and authentic soul music experience in Australia since 1981. It is also a quality reading backing outfit of ten musicians and three singers, who can perform any style or genre, in the vein of the Funk Brothers. The Band’s ‘live’ Media appearances over the years have included many TV spots on GMA (Good Morning Australia), Hey Hey It’s Saturday, Midday Show, Denise, Don Lane Show,The Footy Show and several live radio shows. Catch them this Sunday at the Thornbury Theatre. Doors at 6.30pm. Tickets are $20 on the door.

NICK BATTERHAM

Closing Time At Yah Yah’s is the new album by Melbourne singer-songwriter Nick Batterham, following on from his critically acclaimed 2010 debut album Second Lovers. The name Nick Batterham should be instantly recognisable to lovers of indiepop and rock through his work in such bands as The Earthmen, Blindside and Cordrazine. 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 Closing Time At Yah Yah’s with a special matinee show on Sunday October 6 at The Workers Club. Joining him in support will be Jimmy Hawk and another soon to be announced act. $10 entry and doors at 1.30pm

HYPNOTIC HYPOTHESIS

Hedonic Hyphotesis: An Experimento is an experimental music journey between Melbourne bands The Electric I, Bachu Rose and Mayfair Kytes, weaving to a jungle of grooves, multi-cultural beats and passionate insanity. Bar Open will be the space in which the audience will witness the coalition of The Electirc I’s power with Bachu Rose’s trip-hop beats and Matt Kelly from Mayfair Kytes unique voice, finally displaying the result of the Hedonic hypotzesis.

ASTA

After selling out her first show, nineteen-year-old Tasmanian sensation Asta, who sashayed onto the scene in 2012 when she took out triple j’s Unearthed High competition, will headline a second Northcote Social Club show as part of her first East Coast headline tour. She’ll be joined by special guests Hayden Calnin and Second Hand Heart. Tickets are $15.

MONDAY OCT 7 UNPAVED SONGWRITER SESSIONS

With a strong and growing reputation for deepening the appreciation of songcraft in Melbourne, Unpaved Songwriter Sessions host six original artists every week, sharing songs in a similar fashion to what they do at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. To date the weekly event has attracted some of the best names in Australian songwriting including Charles Jenkins, Liz Stringer, Van Walker, Courtney Barnett, Tracy McNeil, Lachlan Bryan, Bill Jackson, Sal Kimber and many more. So make your way to The Old Bar next Monday to see why these nights have become so popular with genuine music lovers. Get there early to guarantee a seat. Mondays at The Old Bar, $5 entry at 8pm.

TUESDAY SEP 17 BROOKE RUSSELL & THE MEAN REDS

Brooke Russell sings songs about boys, booze, redemption and love. With her band The Mean Reds, she’s been swooning and serenading in dark bars all over town, and the band recently released their debut album, Poor Virginia. Drawing influence from swing, alt country and trad jazz, the band are also inspired by the songs of Ryan Adams, Joe Henry, Gillian Welch, Tom Waits and Neko Case. Brooke will play a special show at The Retreat on Tuesday October 8 with Grant Taylor on guitar and Ben Franz on bass. Doors open 7.30pm.

LOW FLY INCLINE

Low Fly Incline are a local band from Melbourne. They formed in 2012 and travelled to the desert in California to record an album’s worth of material engineered by Scott Reeder (former bass player for Kyuss) at his home studio. Reeder also contributed bass guitar and talkbox to several songs. Low Fly Incline consist of Tarek Smallman (T-Rek) on vocals/guitar/bass, and Mitch McGregor (Children Collide/No Zu) on drums. Catch them at Cherry Bar every Tuesday in October.

JESS LOCKE

Come down to The Reverence this Sunday October 6th for a free afternoon show! Following a monthlong residency with her new live band at Northcote’s Bar 303, Jess Locke continues a string of shows with a solo set at the Rev. The show will be in keeping with the mood of Locke’s most recent release of homerecordings (simply named 2013) as she appears in her most natural, stripped back state. Also playing will be Pete Hansford with a rare appearance and the lovely Grace Lawry. Kicking off from 3pm.

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.

LOOKING FORWARD THE SHADOW ELECTRIC

As a prelude to its third annual cinema program, The Shadow Electric is once again cranking up the bandroom for 14 sweet live gigs over ten days and nights this November. The Shadow Electric bandroom is located in the oldest building at The Abbotsford Convent, offering a truly unique, intimate and surreal setting for live music. Boasting the high quality aesthetic Melbourne‘s come to expect from The Shadow Electric crew, the room manages to retain the charm of its Berlin communist-era warehouse stylings, making it an unforgettable party spot. This year‘s series features a raft of awesome acts from across Australia including Pluto Jonze, Little Scout, Palms, Australia’s newcomer super group The Ape (featuring Tex Perkins, Pat Bourke, Raul Sanchez and Gus Agars), local legends Courtney Barnett, Bored Nothing, The Spoils, The Bombay Royale for a special Hope Street Recording Showcase and Ben Salter, with more to be announced in the coming weeks. The Shadow Electric Bandroom will run daily from Friday November 1 to Sunday November 10, head to the website for tickets and more information. Stay tuned to Beat for more announcements.

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In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby reacts angrily to narrator Nick Carrowayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suggestion that the past cannot be recreated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recreate the past?â&#x20AC;? Gatsby replies incredulously. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why of course you can!â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a proposition that has plagued many a band thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reformed years after its initial success. The Stooges could never achieve the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original juvenile delinquent punk attitude on the flaccid The Weirdness; conversely, The Stems picked up where they left off 20 years previous with Heads Up. In the early 1990s, Tumbleweed rode the Zeitgeist of slacker rock cool: long hair, flannelette shirts and thundering stoner riffs. Twenty-odd years later, Tumbleweed are back, but can it ever be the same? Well, yes and no. Songs From the Other Side is a Tumbleweed record: witness the rumbling dirt-track riff that whips opening track Mandlebrot into shape, or the Sabbath-spiced musings of Sweet Little Runaway. The sevenminute Mountain is everything youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d hope from a Tumbleweed song: a swaggering sense of cool, Richie Lewisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monotonous pizza-and-Play Station stoner drawl, Lenny Curley and Paul Heismeister trading licks like a couple of excited kids exchanging Kiss cards in 1978 (or maybe thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just the Love Gun riff that kicks in half way through the track). Yet thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something different on the album, a sense of maturity and aplomb that just wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have been present all those years ago. You hear/sense it on Night Owl, with its attendant simple garage riff and Lewisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s atonal B-grade horror movie lyrics; or maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the bite-sized meat and potato licks of Dirty Little Secret. And surely the Tumbleweed of yore could not have written the Heroes-via-Someloves heavy rock Drop in the Ocean? Wildfire is part MC5 shop-rat attitude, part suburban weekend warrior fun times; Hillbilly Headbanger is just a good fucking garage-psych track packed full of rollicking riffage. And once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re locked into the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;weed groove, it just gets

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Jacqueline (Chapter Music) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your nipples pointed to the stars.â&#x20AC;? Geoffrey Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor is an endearing lothario on the nostalgic banger Jacqueline. His croon deftly draws you in before launching from make-out point up into the stars. This song will make you dance, preferably with your sweetheart (current, or potential).

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Lovers In The Parking Lot (Saint/Columbia) At its core, Lovers In The Parking Lot is classic R&B balladry. That chorus, and Solangeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tasteful vocal gymnastics, are pretty darn incredible. These elements are garnished with some production elements that are very much of the moment, possibly to the trackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s detriment, with some slightly questionable trap snare rolls creeping into the mix. Solangeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talent, however, is unquestionable, now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a matter of achieving a semblance of proliferation for her and producer Dev Hyneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highly promising ideas.

THE ANCIENTS

Hey Now (Chapter Music) A lackadaisical dream of guitar pop, The Ancients deliver commanding guitar blows with a softly sweet chorus with a deft melodic ear on Hey Now. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a delightful earworm, an enticing lead-up to the release of the full-length Night Bus. Frontman Jonathon Michell manages to dazzle with a tidy display of guitar chops. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d hate to get clichĂŠd with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;soundtrack to summerâ&#x20AC;? quip, but the track does make you long for the sunshine.

OHMS

Great Riff Your Majesty (Independent) A no-nonsense burst of scrappy garage goodness, Great Riff Your Majesty barely holds it together through its shout-along chorus and infectious two-note solo lick. Overall itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an unpretentious, boogie-worthy little ditty.

PERTH

Drank And Kites Tomorrow (Hidden Shoal) Starting off as soaring electronica fanfare, Drank And Kites Tomorrow eventually swells into something approaching, but not quite breaking into, drum and bass territory. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a weird track, but the payoff isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite as interesting as the trackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initial promise. The organic tones call to mind a different era, however, sounding at times like a chopped up Emerson Lake & Palmer (which is a good thing).

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Wait For Me (Sony) The brothers Followill reach their MOR aspirations with a delay-soaked (just DARING us to use U2 as a reference point) southern ballad. Licks are coated with effects to sound like a sitar for some reason. Despite a

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Hands (Northside) Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got to the stage where Saskwatch are pretty much unstoppable. Deservedly so. Hands again marks a stylistic evolution, sliding in some pounding indie rock elements underneath the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trademark flurry of brass. Lead singer Nkechi Anele again proves to be a powerhouse on the mic, relaying the loved-up chorus with impossible ease.

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The Wire (Universal) Everything about The Wire is processed to perfection. The hooks are aplenty â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the captivatingly crisp clapalong beat, the little â&#x20AC;&#x153;heyâ&#x20AC;? echoing at the beginning of the chorus, the intrinsic vocal melodies. It sounds like it could be blasting on Gold FM today. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s corny as hell, yet somehow resonates as one of the coolest tracks of the year.

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Song For Bill Of The Trains (Independent) A blend of proggy verses and sparse bridges, Song For Bill Of The Trains pulls off a grand sense of scale with some fairly savvy stop-start dynamics. Their influences are worn on their sleeves, but they do them justice in indulging in variations to achieve something thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s undeniably their own.

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Dead (Chapter Music) Steeped in Suicide-style synth-punk repetition and dread, Dead is a heady and plain scary precursor to Primitive Calculatorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; upcoming full-length The World Is Fucked. The chorus is an all-out belter, hammering home the songâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title with resounding impact. And for all you EDM kids, there is a pretty sick drop on offer here. Check it out.

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THE TEALEAVES

NEKO CASE

No More Can You Be Here (Independent)

The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You (Anti-)

According to prevailing historical discourse, the Enlightenment threw cold water on the smouldering fire of religious dogma and pagan superstition. Buoyed by scientific analysis and rational thought, western society convinced itself that such traditions as reading chicken entrails should only be the subject of derision. In the field of the arts, appreciation is ultimately subjective, and arguably no more robust than observing patterns of tealeaves. In saying that, what does The Tealeaves’ new album have to offer the world? Plenty, it must be said. A Poison Tree glistens with the impressive beauty of Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac; Like A Storm is haunting, quiet and enthralling. You can sit back and bask in the glory of Run Together and think of a place when folk and Californian rock came together and made mad passionate love together; Earth Was Never Ours has a message to tell, one that’s sadly still unknown to the dominant culture. From there, there’s the Greenwich Village coffee house folk of Wake Me When It’s Over, all earnest rhetoric and turtle-necked sweaters; Anybody Out There could be a Pete Seeger plea for political awareness, if only somebody would listen. On Away From You, the melodies are uplifting, even if the mood is ambivalent – is it hope, or is it despair? The album ends with Warm Wood, Cold Heart – again, there’s a lingering sense of melancholy, as if the problems of the world are on the cusp of repair, or perennial injury. And in that delicate balance exists the objective attraction of BEST TRACK: A Poison Tree IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: FLEETWOOD The Tealeaves. MAC, CAT STEVENS, SIMON AND GARFUNKLE IN A WORD: Elegant. PATRICK EMERY

The point at which Neko Case twisted her country sound into something stranger and more magical, notably 2002’s Blacklisted and 2006’s Fox Confessor Brings The Blood, marks her peak. Like 2009’s Middle Cyclone, her latest album is less surprising musically, but the lyrics mark this as her most personal album yet. Finally, she’s allowing us to see the real Neko. The album’s first half is swamped in confused gender and parental issues. In Wild Creatures, she chooses to be a king because there are ‘no mother’s hands to quiet me’ and the following Night Still Comes asks ‘Is it ‘cause I’m a girl?’ When she’s called a lady on I’m From Nowhere, she’s ‘surprised, ‘cause I’m still not too sure that’s what I wanna be.’ Most overt of all is the punchy, uptempo Man, where Case retorts ‘You didn’t know what a man was, until I showed you’ to a muscular guitar riff from M. Ward. The real eye-opener here is the acapella centre-piece, Nearly Midnight, Honolulu, where Case recounts an angry parent lashing out at their child at an airport. It’s a forceful gesture, though it soon becomes an easy song to avoid, breaking the flow of an otherwise well track-listed album. The Worse Things Get... is an album brimming with guests, from Jim James and A. C. Newman to members of Calexico, Mudhoney and Los Lobos. They stay well in the background, however, with Case once again BEST TRACK: Night Still Comes making the stage her own with that stunning voice and continuing IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: Warp And Weft willingness to test the boundaries of alternative country music. LAURA VEIRS, Shut Down The Streets A.C. NEWMAN IN A WORD: Hard-Case CHRIS GIRDLER

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JACUZZI BOYS

Run Fast (Dischord / TJR)

Jacuzzi Boys (Hardly Art Records) It’s hard as a fan of a band to take an album out of context and judge it as a stand alone release, rather than an ongoing sonic evolution. A band will always be judged based on it’s beginnings until those beginnings are so far in the past that no one can remember back that far. The self-titled third LP from Miami based three-piece Jacuzzi Boys is so far removed from their debut album No Seasons that it’s unlikely they will retain many of their original fans. This glossier sound however, (which first became clear on their sophomore release Glazin’) does still envelope the neatly packaged pop songs that have always been at the core of the bands’ sound. Unfortunately the saccharine nature of the album’s first two tracks Be My Prism and Black Gloves offer little in the way to convince listeners that Jacuzzi Boys’ choice of direction is a good one. It’s not until the pulsating bass of Double Vision rears its head to legitimately argue that this slick course is worth sticking to, setting the scene nicely for a heavy make out session in the corner of some dark club. Guillotine harks back to the Jacuzzi Boys of old, its scratchy guitar a welcome change to the clean warm tones that characterize the majority of the album. Hotline has an understated cool to it, once again propelled by a dominating bass line; it nails the danceable sleaze beats that The Kills delivered on Midnight Boom. With the exception of upbeat garage pop number Domino Moon the remainder of Jacuzzi Boys contains an abundance of slow dreamy psych/rock/ pop numbers that cause the album to sporadically drag and while this style of pop is finding popularity with the masses it’s likely to alienate the band’s original garage fans. For those open to the collection of yet more notches to the band’s genre belt, the third album from the trio may just please, but it lacks the razor’s edge that kept their sophomore effort, Glazin’ on the dirty side of the fence. Jacuzzi Boys now have their BEST TRACK: Hotline feet firmly planted in pop territory. IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: THE MOONHEARTS, WASHED OUT, WAAVES IN A WORD: Divisive KRYSTAL MAYNARD

I stood next to Kathleen Hanna at a bar in Canberra once. Torn between a desire to tell how hearing Bikini Kill’s Pussy Whipped had changed my life, and a concern that relaying this objective fact would invoke Hanna’s provocative observation that men only liked female musicians whom they wanted to fuck, I remained stupidly silent, acting out the role of star-struck dork to Hanna’s charismatic punk rock chic. Run Fast sees Hanna reviving the Julie Ruin moniker she adopted immediately after the break-up of Bikini Kill, and indulging the brazen, abrasive punk rock style that characterised her original tenure in the punk scene. And it’s just as good as ever. Oh Come On takes the basic simplicity of Steppenwolf ’s Born to Be Wild and slaps it down with X-Ray Spex garage punk attitude, as Hanna rants and raves her disdain for the imperfections of the society in which she must exist. Ha Ha Ha blends Devo-esque electronic punk with Go Gos LA punk; Just My Kind is the intense love song only Hanna could write. Party City is sharp, snappy and sassy as all fuck, Cookie Road is 60s girl pop with a dirtbag-and-synth overlay and Right Home is PiL between into submission by Girls in the Garage. You can throw Kids in New York on the turntable and you’re in the East Village in 1968, having the party of your life; get in your car, and drive west, and you’re basking in the warm glow of adolescent bubblegum pop in Goodnight Goodbye. South Coast Plaza is a trip down memory lane, with a mixture of nostalgia, regret and disjointed beach-punk; Girls Like Us celebrates grrlpunk against a 80s electro-synth pop soundtrack. Jump across a lane, and Stop Stop is all street-smart punk Ramones attitude, before Run Fast takes you back to Hanna’s Le Tigre-like post-electronica world replete with some well-chosen polemical observations. BEST TRACK: Cookie Road Whatever the underlying Freudian reasons, Kathleen Hanna is a IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: BIKINI KILL legend. Without her, punk rock is surely much the poorer. (der!), SLEATER KINNEY, THE GO-GOS and X-RAY SPEX PATRICK EMERY IN A WORD: Punk

THE GRAPES

PIXIES

Western Sun (El Reno-Pandora Mink Records)

EP-1 (Independent)

Naylor and Rich’s innate and extremely natural ability to weave rich melody that engages and enraptures even the most unsuspecting listener ensures that such spellbinding performances stick in the mind. Rich has traversed many interesting musical pathways including joyfully glamorous garage-fuelled hard rock (Girl Monstar) and admirably authentic stripped-back country (The Rich Family), while Naylor’s axe-wielding dexterity and encyclopaedic knowledge of rock has seen him kick out the jams in Even as well as acting as a trusted musical collaborator with luminaries such as Stephen Cummings and Paul Kelly. Together as The Grapes, Naylor and Rich have created some truly beautiful music that nods to the past whilst sounding crisp and fresh. Their debut album back in 1999 was so deliciously hook-laden that it was tempting to play it non-stop. It comes as no surprise then that Western Sun is jam-packed with melody and ripe for replaying. The mood seems warm and the vibe summery as The Grapes embrace the type of powerpop that Badfinger would have been proud of (Step Inside), sweet indie pop that conjures fond memories of the much-missed Ice Cream Hands (Lily Darling) and moving psych-tinged country (In The Night Pasture). One of the many highlights of this fine album is Ride On Lonely which seems to channel Nancy Sinatra’s best work with that celebrated moustache-sporting tripper Lee Hazlewood. Rich’s vocals are perfectly suited to the haunting dessert-sun guitar that burns throughout the song and it is easy to imagine this dramatic track playing as the credits roll on some widescreen cinematic masterpiece. BEST TRACK: Ride On Lonely IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: Dear Departure GRAHAM BLACKLEY SWEET JEAN IN A WORD: Class!

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W COURTNEY BARNETT (SOLO) + GRIZZLY JIM LAWRIE SAT 5TH

PIKELET ‘CALLUSES’ RECORD LAUNCH

KITCHEN HOURS

Everyone knows what Pixies frontman Black Francis would sound like if he were being murdered. It could be argued that his apocalyptic howl almost solely defined the early Pixies sound. So much so that after ten seconds of its absence upon listening to opening track Andro Queen, I’m scratching my head and wondering what the hump I’m listening to. There are no references of incest or mutilated eyeballs. This isn’t how Pixies releases are supposed to start. Gone are the autistic freak-outs like Bone Machine and Debaser only to be replaced by some achingly gorgeous melodies and downright romantic lyrics to boot; “Loving in our bed of flowers, Breathing in the smell of her musk.” Ok, this is the weird Pixies we fell in love with, but they are weird in a different way now and I don’t know which is more terrifying. Things shift gear to a heavier sound on second track Another Toe. A rockier song in the vein of criminally forgotten 90’s band Guided by Voices that obscurely references black sand and Edward Thatch; presumably the one who was better known as Blackbeard the Pirate. Huh? Yeah what? This is Pixies babe! Who the hell knows what Francis is singing about? That’s comforting. The main thing is, it’s really great music and Francis is so convincing, I would seriously consider putting ‘my toe in the ocean’ if the closest beach weren’t St Kilda. Drummer Dave Lovering is still as brilliantly solid as ever and sadly our favourite Breeder has left the band so the almost comically simplistic bass lines of Kim Deal are sorely missed here. Then there is Joey Santiago; a man who strangles the neck of his guitar as if he is performing a risqué act of sexual asphyxiation. You’ll know it when you hear it, which brings me to closing track What Goes Boom. We’re in “Trompe Le Monde” territory and excitement ensues. We are moving down well trodden roads BEST TRACK: What Goes Boom here and not in a bad way. If EP-1 is any indication of the future IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: GUIDED BY then bring on EP-2. The future is looking bright for Pixies. VOICE, Trompe Le Monde PIXIES IN A WORD: Gigantic JAMES BARLOW

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WEDNESDAY OCT 2 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/PUNK/COVERS COLD HIKER + KNITTING FOR GRAN Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. $5. COLLAGE Espy, St Kilda. 8:30pm. GRANDSTANDS + GRAND PRISMATIC + GREAT OUTDOORS + PENCIL Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. JAM NIGHT Musicland, Fawkner. 7:00pm. KALACOMA + AMINATA + BIG DEAD + MOTION PICTURE ACTRESS Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. ONE DIRECTION + 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. 8:00pm. ROOT OF MUSIC - FEAT: PASSERINE + DEAR PLASTIC Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:00pm. SECRET GOODTIMES CLUB Tago Mago, Thornbury. 7:00pm. STEVE WILSON Billboard, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. THE LOVE BOMBS + CHERRY DJ + ROCKET QUEEN + UPTOWN ACE Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. THE NIGHT OF RISING ROCK - FEAT: VELUDO + NEW TRAVELLESR + THE TRIED Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $5. THE QUARTERS + MIYAZAKI + THE PENSION John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. THEE GOLD BLOOMS + BIG FACE & THE BOOGIE WOOGIE BOARD BOYS + THE SHABBAB Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $8. WOODY PITNEY + GRIZZLY JIM LAWRIE + TRENT WILLIAMS Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. XAVIER RUDD + DONAVON FRANKENREITER + NAHKO & MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE Forum Theatre, Melbourne. 8:00pm.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK GEORGIA FIELDS Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. LIAM GERNER Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. MADELINE LEMAN + DEREK HARRISON Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. MOTOWN WEDNESDAYS - FEAT: TONY KOPA & PAUL SHIRLEY Dogs Bar, St Kilda. 9:00pm. OPEN MIC Ontop In Ormond, Ormond. 7:30pm. SIMPLY ACOUSTIC Wesley Anne, Northcote. 7:00pm. WINE WHISKEY WOMEN - FEAT: JEMMA NICOLE + BROOKE RUSSELL Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:00pm.

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JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/WORLD MUSIC B FOR CHICKEN 303, Northcote. 8:30pm. $5. DARRIN ARCHER SEXTET Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15. DIZZY’S BIG BAND Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. $14. HAMMOND JAZZ CLUB + MR ANDREW SWANN Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 9:00pm. JANELLE HOPMAN Open Studio, Northcote. 8:00pm. KEYIM BA (ALBUM LAUNCH) + LAMINE SONKO Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 7:30pm. $15. MO’ SOUL - FEAT: PAPA G & THE STAR CATS + FULTON STREET Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. STATES OF PLAY Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $20. VIVE LA DIFFERENCE Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 7:30pm.

THURSDAY OCT 3 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/PUNK/COVERS STEVE LANE & THE AUTOCRATS + KING’S REPUBLIC Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 8:30pm. $10. 8 BIT LOVE + GOING SWIMMING + THE MIGHTY BOYS + TOMB HANX DJS Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $5. ARCHAGATHUS + DIE PIDGEON DIE + INTERNAL ROT + PNEUMATIC SLAUGHTER Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $12. BENI SMITH + DALE WINTERS + TEALE JAKUBENKO + THE LIVE WIRES Espy, St Kilda. 8:30pm. GINGER & THE GHOST + ALTA + LUCIANBLOMKAMP Boney, Melbourne. 8:00pm. HEY FRANKIE (I SEE YOU LAUNCH) + JUDE PERL + THE BON SCOTTS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $8. HOLLIAVA + THE PK TEAM + THIRD EARTH Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. HUG THERAPIST + HOPES ABANDONED + SECOND HAND SQUAD + TIM HAMPSHIRE The Public Bar, Melbourne. 8:00pm. $8. KARAOKE.. WITH A TOUCH OF CABARET - FEAT: RETRO GIRLS Musicland, Fawkner. 8:00pm. $5. LEEZ LIDO + I AM MINE + THE DARK ALES + THE UGLY KINGS Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $8. MARIAH JAYNE & ALEX LATHAM + ELEPHANT EYES + MATT KELLY + PURPLE TUSKS Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. MELBOURNE FRESH INDUSTRY SHOWCASES Revolver

THE CULT UK icons The Cult will hit Melbourne this weekend. Born out of the ashes of the UK post-punk scene, The Cult are one of the most influential bands of the late 20th century. In 1987, The Cult released Electric, an album of stylistic change that aimed the band straight at the heart of the rock market. Their 2013 Australian tour will see them perform this now legendary album in full. The Cult will hit Festival Hall on Saturday October 5.

Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. $15. NEXT - FEAT: IRON MIND + IMPRISONED + LIFE OF MY OWN + REINCARNATION Colonial Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. ONE DIRECTION + 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. 8:00pm. ORIGINAL MUSIC NETWORKING NIGHT Musicland, Fawkner. 8:30pm. $10. PALMS + SCOTDRAKULA + WORKING GIRLS Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. $10. POTENTIAL UNLIMITED (CD LAUNCH) + 4 LETTER LIES + LIONESS EYE + SPEAKEASY Kindred Street Front Space, Yarraville. 6:30pm. RIDERS OF SIN Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $7. SHADOWQUEEN + FOREVER + ONE KINGDOM + PRETTY VILLAIN Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $8. SOMA COMA + BEARDED IRIS + CROSS BROTHERS + DICK THREATS + SCHOOL GIRL REPORT Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $8. STELLA ANGELICO + RICHIE 1250 & THE BRIDES OF CHRIST + THE REPROBETTES Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. SUPER UNSIGNED MUSIC FESTIVAL - FEAT: JASON LIVES + LITTLE MISS REMEMBERING + SWITCH + BREAKING TRADITION + INSIGNIA + LOW SPEED BUS CHASE + MIFF + WISHFUL Corner Hotel, Richmond. 6:30pm. $15. SUZANNAH ESPIE & IAN COLLARD Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 8:00pm. THE HOLIDAYS + CONTRAST + MAJOR LEAGUES Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 7:30pm. $14. THE PIERCE BROTHERS + JACK STIRLING Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. THE PRIMARY + ALI E + O LITTLEBLOOD + PIONEERS OF GOOD SCIENCE Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. $5. THE PURPLE DENTISTS + SAOIRSE Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 6:30pm. $12. THEE GOLD BLOOMS + THE DEAD HEIR + THE NAYSAYERS Espy, St Kilda. 8:00pm. TIM WOODS + CAT JUMP ROAD + THE UNHOLY RACKET Tago Mago, Thornbury. 8:00pm. TOTTIE & THE WANDERERS Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. $5. UP UP AWAY + BENNY & THE DUKES John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK BAMBINI + LEBELLE + TOM KLEIN Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm. BLOW The Horn African Music Lounge, Collingwood. 8:00pm. BLUEGRASS GENTRY Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. BONANZA + BENJI + ELEVATOR TALK + TYPICAL DAN Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. CRAIG ATKINS + MARY WEBB Great Britain Hotel, Richmond. 8:00pm. GEORGIA FAIR + MEG MAC Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 8:30pm. GRID SHOWCASE - FEAT: BIDDY + SARAH GRIMSTONE + SARAH REZEK Elsternwick Hotel, Elwood. 8:00pm. JAMES FAHY Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. MELISSA MAIN BAND Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 8:30pm. OPEN MIC Station 59, Richmond. 7:00pm. OPEN MIC Acoustic Cafe, Collingwood. 6:30pm. OPEN MIC Balaclava Hotel, Balaclava. 6:00pm. OPEN MIC Penny Black, Brunswick. 8:00pm. THE JAMES MULLER TRIO Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. VAN WALKER Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. WAZ E JAMES Dogs Bar, St Kilda. 9:00pm.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/WORLD MUSIC ALWAN Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 9:00pm. BOWERS BROWNE ZERNA Open Studio, Northcote. 8:00pm. BUDDY LOVE & THE STRAY CATS Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. JOHN MONTESANTE QUINTET + SAMANTHA MORLEY The Commune, East Melbourne. 6:00pm. THE JACK PANTAZIS GROUP Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $15. THE JEX SAARELAHT TRIO Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15. THE OVEREASYS Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 6:30pm. THE SWEETHEARTS + DJ VINCE PEACH + MICHAEL YOUNG Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10. TIM NEAL TRIO 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10.

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AITCHES + SECONDHAND SQUAD + SUMMER BLOOD + TIM HAMPSHIRE Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $8. ALIENESQUE - FEAT: VULTURES OF VENUS Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. ASTA + HAYDEN CALNIN + SECOND HAND HEART Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $15. BONVOYAGE PARTY - FEAT: MONEY FOR ROPE + COURTNEY BARNETT + GRIZZLY JIM LAWRIE John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. CHOPPED ROD & CUSTOM - FEAT: GAY PARIS + GRAVEYARD TRAIN + HARD-ONS + PAT CAPOCCI + ARCHER & THE LONG DADDIES + BRETT ANDREW + CHERRYWOOD + CHRIS RUSSELL’S CHICKEN WALK + DEATH VALLEY + JADE IDOL + LA BASTARD + LEVITATING CHURCHES + LOS TONES + MESA COSA + MIGHTIEST OF GUNS + NAVAJA NEGRA + SHERIFF + SPIRIT VALLEY + THE WALK ON BY + TWIN BEASTS Newstead Racecourse, 8:00pm. COCHLEAR KILL + PRETTY CITY + PSALM BEACH Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. CONSTANT MONGREL + LEATHER TOWEL + RAT COLUMNS Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10. COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS + KYLIE AULDIST Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. DAMN TERRAN + DRUNK MUMS + MANGELWURZEL Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. EINSTEINS TOYBOYS + ROADHOUSE Musicland, Fawkner. 7:30pm. $10. EVEN STEVEN JUKEBOX Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $20. GAY PARIS + DJ KIRA PURU + MY ECHO + UDAYS TIGER The Public Bar, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $8. JAMES REYNE & THE CHANTOOZIES + THE WORD Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 8:00pm. JORDAN MILLAR + DAVE DI MARCO + MORGAN JOANEL Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $10. KING GEORGE + KARLY JEWELL + ONLY ALIENS + SUNNY HAWKINS Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. $12. MACHINA GENOVA + SICK MACHINE + WATCHTOWER + YACHTBURNER Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $5. MANNY FOX + KIERAN RYAN + THE WIKIMEN Workers Club, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. $10. NIGHT OF METAL - FEAT: INVOLUNTARY CONVULSION + APEX + CHRIST KIDDO + RAVENOUS Musicland, Fawkner. 7:00pm. $10. NORMIE ROWE & THE ORIGINAL PLAYBOYS The Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 8:00pm. $28. OLIVERS ARMY + AARON THOMAS + VELMA GROOVE Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $12. ORSOME WELLES + ALITHIA + THE NEST ITSELF + TRANSCIENCE Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. OX + DJ BROADBENT + GHETTO GHETTO + RAYON MOON + WORKING GIRLS Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10. SINKING DARKNESS II - FEAT: BLACK JESUS + MALICHOR & TERRA AUSTRALIS + MAR MORTUM Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10. SOILWORK Billboard, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $59. STEPHEN CUMMINGS Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 9:30pm. TASTE OF INDIE COLLECTIVE - FEAT: BOB CRAIN + GONDOLA KID + JANANA BEAT + LAZYBONES Tago Mago, Thornbury. 8:00pm. THE BORNSTEIN ULTIMATUM (THE DERELICT BEAUTY TOUR) Onefourteen Bar And Lounge, Mentone. 9:30pm. THE DEAD HEIR + SUGAR GHOULS Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $5. THE JUNGLE GIANTS + NORTHEAST PARTY HOUSE + THE CREASES The Hi-fi, Melbourne. 8:00pm. THE VELVETS + DJ DR LUDQIG + FALCONIO Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 10:00pm. TWELVE FOOT NINJA + CALIGULA’S HORSE + TOEHIDER Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:30pm. $20. TWIN BEASTS Barwon Club Hotel, Geelong. 8:00pm.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK ALAN JACKSON + MORGAN EVANS + SARA EVAN Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. 8:00pm. ARBORI + JAMES TEAGUE Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. BEN CARR TRIO Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. BLUE EYES CRY Penny Black, Brunswick. 9:30pm. CELTIC DRIFT Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:30pm. FATS WAH WAH Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:30pm. JEREMY DOOLAN + BRONI + FAMOUS WILL + LACHLAN DUTHIE Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm. KING LUCHO + MATT GLASS Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 6:00pm. MAGNUSSON/OEHLERS/VANDERWAL TRIO Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. NEIL MURRAY & JIM MOGINIE Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh.


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For all the latest gigs check out beat.com.au 8:00pm. $28. PUGGSLEY BUZZARD + DJ MATT FREDERICK The Luwow, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10. TEXAS FLOOD The Bell Tavern, Belgrave. 9:00pm. THE WILD COMFORTS Cornish Arms, Brunswick. 8:00pm. THE WILLIE WAGTAILS + CHEEKY GOOSE Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. TIM WOODS Thornbury Local, Thornbury. 10:00pm. TRADITIONAL IRISH SESSION - FEAT: DAN BOURKE Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 6:00pm. VIRTUE TBC Elsternwick Hotel, Elwood. 8:00pm.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/WORLD MUSIC ABC SYMPHONY AUSTRALIA YOUNG PERFORMERS AWARDS Iwaki Auditorium, Southbank. 1:00pm. ABC SYMPHONY AUSTRALIA YOUNG PERFORMERS AWARDS Iwaki Auditorium, Southbank. 7:00pm. ARCHER + SLIPPERY SID JAMES Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 5:30pm. CANNONBALL Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $25. DEANâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S MARTINI & SHAKERS Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 7:30pm. GENTLEMENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HOURS Dogs Bar, St Kilda. 9:00pm. GOOCH PALMS + THE LIVING EYES Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. GOODLOVE Jewell Of Brunswick, Brunswick. 9:00pm. $10. JUDE PEARL BAND + ALONE WITH TIGER + PAPA G 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $8. MARGIE LOUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PIANO HOUR + ALYCE PLATT Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 9:00pm. TAKADIMI Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $15. THE NEXXUS PROJECT The Famous Blue Raincoat, South Kingsville. 8:30pm. YVETTE JOHANSSON & JOE RUBERTO TRIO Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $25.

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50 LIONS + OUTSIDERS CODE + REINCARNATION + SURVIVAL + WARBRAIN Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 7:30pm. $15. A ROCK LEGENDS REVUE Altona Theatre, Altona. 8:00pm. ACID MONKEYS + HOPEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ABANDONED + MUSCLE MARY + OLD TIME GLORY Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm.

AMDBL + AEON OF HORUS + THE SCHOENBERG AUTOMATON Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. ASTA Phoenix Youth Centre, Footscray. 8:00pm. BANG - FEAT: OCEANO + AVERSIONS CROWN + FEED HER TO THE SHARKS + IRE Royal Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. BELE BELE AFRICA 303, Northcote. 4:00pm. $5. BORN LION + DJ KEZBOT + SHIPS PIANO + SUPER BEST FRIENDS Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10. BROOKLYNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S FINEST Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. CHOPPED ROD & CUSTOM - FEAT: GAY PARIS + GRAVEYARD TRAIN + HARD-ONS + PAT CAPOCCI + ARCHER & THE LONG DADDIES + BRETT ANDREW + CHERRYWOOD + CHRIS RUSSELLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CHICKEN WALK + DEATH VALLEY + JADE IDOL + LA BASTARD + LEVITATING CHURCHES + LOS TONES + MESA COSA + MIGHTIEST OF GUNS + NAVAJA NEGRA + SHERIFF + SPIRIT VALLEY + THE WALK ON BY + TWIN BEASTS Newstead Racecourse, 8:00pm. CLOWNS + DEAD CITY RUINS + HARD-ONS + WICKED CITY Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. DAVEY LANE Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. DOOMSDAY FESTIVAL MELBOURNE - FEAT: CHURCH OF MISERY + AGONHYMN + FATTURA DELLA MORTE + SOTIS + SUMMONUS + WHITEHORSE The Hi-ďŹ , Melbourne. 5:00pm. DV8 - FEAT: MERCIES END + INCURSIONS + REJUVENATE Cbd Club, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $15. EARVIN CABALQUINTO + CHRIS SZKUP + DANIEL BALL + DIAMOND NIGHTS + WATERLINE TWO Edwardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place, Reservoir. 8:00pm. HYDROMEDUSA + DRIBBLE + GENTLEMEN + METER MEN Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10. JAMES R BUTT + THE GUY PARKMAN BAND + THE OLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; FAITHFULS Tago Mago, Thornbury. 8:30pm. JOHN ELLIOTT + ANGEL EYES + GLASS BRICKS Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $15. KAISHA + YELEMA + ZIAH ZIAM 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10. LURCH & CHIEF + CONTRAST + WARMTH CRASHES IN Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:40pm. MAYFIELD + BEC & SEBASTIAN Yah Yahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. ME FIRST & THE GIMME GIMMES + BURGWORTH + THE BENNIES Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:30pm. $40. NORMIE ROWE & THE ORIGINAL PLAYBOYS Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. $28. PIKELET (CALLUSES LAUNCH) + KANE IKIN + THE ANCIENTS John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. RAYON MOON + DJ SHAKY MEMORIAL + THEE GOLD BLOOMS Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm.

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After years of experience as sideman to some of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most legendary acts, Davey Lane is forging his own path and going solo with his debut EP The Good Borne Of Bad Tymes. The five track EP pushes his cosmic pop stylings one step further, and takes a large step away from the guitar-based retro pop of his previous group The Pictures. He hits The Tote on Saturday October 5.

The Phoebe Festival is a weekend of great live music and fundraising on Friday October 4 and Saturday October 5 at Kilmore Trackside and will feature well known acts including Tim Rogers, Cola Wars and Calling All Cars. All proceeds from The Phoebe Festival will go to establish a new music and expanded play therapy program for children undergoing treatment for serious heart related illnesses at The Royal Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital in Melbourne.

ROSS WILSON & THE RWQ The Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 8:00pm. $33. RUSTBUCKET Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully. 8:00pm. SLOW CLUB - FEAT: KREMLINGS + BAD VISION + GOING SWIMMING + MESSED UP Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $8. SNAKE EYED ROLLERS Penny Black, Brunswick. 9:30pm. STARS OF ADDICTION + AIMEE FRANCIS + MIDNIGHT DRIVER + PETA EVANS-TAYLOR BAND Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. STEVE LANE & THE AUTOCRATS Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 9:30pm. THE CULT Festival Hall, West Melbourne. 8:00pm. $87. THE D-FILES WAREHOUSE PARTY - FEAT: YARD APES + EUPHORIACS + LA BASTARD + SERI VIDA + SHOOT THE SUN + THE BATTERY KIDS Rubix Warehouse, Brunswick. 7:00pm. THE FAUVES + EVEN Yarraville Club, Yarraville. 7:00pm. THE FUCK FUCKS + DRIFTER + WACO SOCIAL CLUB Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 9:00pm. $10. THE HARLOTS + DJ MERMAID + THE PRETTY LITTLES + THEM 9S Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $13. THE SOLICITORS + SANS + THE NAYSAYERS Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $5. THE STERLINGS + ACTOR/MODEL + FRAUDBAND Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm. TIJUANA CARTEL Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. TOOTH & TUSK + GREEVES + THE MIDNIGHT MULES Great Britain Hotel, Richmond. 9:00pm. UPON THE NIGHTMARE TIDE + HYBRID NIGHTMARES + INTERNAL NIGHTMARE + KNIGHTMARE + MYRIDIAN + OBSIDIETH + STORMTIDE Espy, St Kilda. 7:00pm. $15. VAARALINEN + EXTINCT EXIST + HAVITTAJAT + KROMOSOM The Public Bar, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15.

WIRED - FEAT: JIMMY CUPPLES + BAD CO + CHISEL + CREAM + DOORS + HENDRIX + KRAVITZ + PURPLE + ZEPPLIN + ZZ TOP Musicland, Fawkner. 8:30pm. $10. YOUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;RE LOOKING AT COUNTRY - FEAT: WHITLEY + LAURA IMBRUGLIA BAND + SAGAMORE Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $12.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK AARON CHOULAI QUINTET Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. ACOUSTIC FOXX Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. $5. ANJA & ZLATNA & PERCUSSIVE FOLKSICHORD + SUMIYOSHI Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. GOOD MORNING BLUES BAND Elsternwick Hotel, Elwood. 8:00pm. JEMMA NICOLE Thornbury Local, Thornbury. 9:30pm. JO MEARES & THE HONEYRIDERS Union Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. JOHN PATRICK & THE KEEPERS Cornish Arms, Brunswick. 8:00pm. MATT STOREY Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. MICK DALEY Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 9:00pm. PATAPHYSICS + PROJECT NRT + SKOMES + THE DAWIN PROJECT Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $7. PETER HOLMESâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; RAMSHAKLE BAND Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:30pm. PORCELAIN PILL + ELEPHANT EYES + QUINTESSENTIAL DOLL Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm. SECRET SHAKEDOWN - FEAT: SECRET ACT Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. SPOONFUL Union Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. THE EDINBURGH HUSTLE Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick.

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WHAT'S ON AROUND MELBOURNE THIS WEEK

For all the latest gigs check out beat.com.au 8:00pm. TINSLEY WATERHOUSE BAND Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. WILD COMFORTS Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/WORLD MUSIC ABC SYMPHONY AUSTRALIA YOUNG PERFORMERS AWARDS Iwaki Auditorium, Southbank. 7:00pm. ABC SYMPHONY AUSTRALIA YOUNG PERFORMERS AWARDS Iwaki Auditorium, Southbank. 1:00pm. CISCO CEASAR Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. CLASSICAL PIANO Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 2:00pm. GIAN SLATER & BEN VANDERWAL Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. GOYIM + ELVIS IN THE HOUSE Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 3:30pm. IAKI VALLEJO Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $20. JAN PRESTON The Potato Shed, 4:00pm. JOHNNY LONGSHOT Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. MUSIC IN THE MALL - FEAT: THE KUTCHA EDWARDS BAND + AJAK KWAI + THE MELBOURNE UKULELE KOLLECTIVE + THE WOOHOO REVIEW The Bell Street Mall, 10:00am. SWING TRAIN + MICHELLE NICOLLE Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $25. TANYA GEORGE TRIO Dogs Bar, St Kilda. 9:00pm.

SUNDAY OCT 6 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/PUNK/COVERS

80’S ON THE EDGE Sloaney Pony, Port Melbourne. 8:30pm. A ROCK LEGENDS REVUE Altona Theatre, Altona. 7:00pm. ARDEEM Workers Club, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. $15. ASTA + HAYDEN CALNIN + SECOND HAND HEART Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:00pm. $15. BIG VOLCANO + SEAN PETERS + THE MOTHERFUCKING BOOGALOO ALLSTARS John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. CHURCH OF MISERY + DEL DIABLO + HYDROMEDUSA + LOS HOMBRES + OLMEG + THE RUINER + WICKED CITY Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 4:00pm. CROOKS & QUEENS + THE RED BRIGADE Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. DAVE MILNE & THE EXIT PLAN + JO MEARES Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. DEL SINKI RECORDS + CITRUS JAM + KARL BROADIE Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. $10.

ELWOOD BLUES CLUB - FEAT: UNCLE ROY & THE EBC ALLSTARS Gh Hotel, St Kilda. 4:30pm. HARMANIAX Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 3:30pm. $12. HEDONIC HYPHOTESIS (AN EXPERIMENTO) + BACHU ROSE + MAYFAIR KYTES + THE ELECTRIC I Bar Open, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. MARICOPA WELLS + THE SECONDHAND SQUAD + THE SHADOW LEAGUE + TIM HAMPSHIRE Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. $5. ME FIRST & THE GIMME GIMMES + BURGWORTH + THE BENNIES Corner Hotel, Richmond. 6:30pm. $40. MICHELLE MEEHAN + EMLYN JOHNSON Tago Mago, Thornbury. 5:30pm. NICK BATTERHAM + JIMMY HAWK + TIM GUY Workers Club, Fitzroy. 4:00pm. $10. SEAGULL + FOOTY + GRAND SALVO Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 1:30pm. $10. SIME NUGENT Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 4:30pm. SURVIVAL + BORN FREE + FROZEN OVER + VICIOUS CYCLE Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 1:00pm. $10. TERRIBLE LIZARD + 23 AOA + EMPRESS CHILD Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. THE JUNGLE GIANTS (U18) + NORTHEAST PARTY HOUSE + THE CREASES The Hi-fi, Melbourne. 12:00pm. THE MIDNIGHT MULES + CHERRY DJ + FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS + O TEE TEE + THE ELLIOTTS Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. VIKA & LINDA The Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 3:00pm. $33.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK ALEX BURNS + REBECCA BARNARD Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 4:00pm. CLIP CLOP CLUB Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 3:00pm. $15. CORAL LEE & THE SILVER SCREAM Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. DAREBIN SONGWRITERS GUILD 303, Northcote. 3:00pm. EARTHWORKER BENEFIT - FEAT: ANNA SMYRK & THE APPETITES + GLITTER RATS + HEAPS TUFF Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. $10. JACINTA CARUANA + KATHY HINCH Wesley Anne, Northcote. 3:00pm. $12. JAM SUNDAYS Musicland, Fawkner. 5:00pm. JESS LOCKE + GRACE LAWRY + PETE HANSFORD Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 3:00pm. JULES BOULT & THE REDEEMERS Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 4:00pm. MADDISON WILSON Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 5:00pm. MOUNTAIN GOAT BEERSOAKED SUNDAYS - FEAT: SIB +

DJ KIRA PURU + LEON THOMAS + LITTLE DESERT Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $8. OPA 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $5. PETER GAUDION’S BLUES EXPRESS Dogs Bar, St Kilda. 8:00pm. RED RIVERS Gem Bar, Collingwood. 7:30pm. RHIANNON THOMAS + KIM HUMPHREYS + TOBY GRAHAM Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm. SUNDAY SESSIONS - FEAT: JACK JACK JACK + THE BLACK HARRY’S AND CHANEL SWITCHER Veludo Bar & Restaurant, St Kilda. 7:30pm. THE BONA FIDE TRAVELERS Royal Oak Hotel, Fitzroy North. 3:00pm. THE CARTRIDGE FAMILY Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. THE LUCILLES Union Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. THE MARGIE LOU TRIO + GIL ASKEY Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 3:30pm. THE ORIGINAL SNAKESKINS Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. THE TESKEY BROTHERS Penny Black, Brunswick. 4:00pm. TIN MAN TRIO Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. TWO DOORS DOWN Thornbury Local, Thornbury. 5:00pm. WAZ E JAMES BAND + MARTY KELLY & THE WEEKENDERS Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 5:30pm.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/WORLD MUSIC BLACK JESUS EXPERIENCE The Horn African Music Lounge, Collingwood. 6:00pm. CHRIS RUSSELL’S CHICKEN WALK + DJ MAX CRAWDADDY Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 6:30pm. COSTA HAGI + FINDING ISLA Open Studio, Northcote. 8:00pm. ELVIS IN THE HOUSE + DUO SEVERINI Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 1:00pm. GRAND WAZOO Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury. 7:00pm. JAN PRESTON Montsalvat Arts Centre, Eltham. 3:00pm. $30. LOGIC Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15. MS BUTT + BAD BOYS BATUCADA + DALE RYDER BAND Espy, St Kilda. 5:30pm. RUBY’S JAZZ JAM Ruby’s Music Room, 5:00pm. VINCS & WAKELING The Famous Blue Raincoat, South Kingsville. 2:00pm.

MONDAY OCT 7 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/PUNK/COVERS

A ROCK LEGENDS REVUE Altona Theatre, Altona. 7:00pm. ARTHUR PENN & THE FUNKY TEN + THE RED BRIGADE Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. CHERRY JAM Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 5:00pm. MONDAY NIGHT MASS - FEAT: WHITEHORSE + MASSES + SPLIT TEETH + VAARALLINEN Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 6:00pm. STELLA ANGELICO + SEX ON TOAST REVUE Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $8.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK AUSTIN BRADY Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:30pm. DINEO & BOURNESTEIN PRESENT - FEAT: JT THE KING OF GROOVE Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 7:30pm. PORT PHILLIP GILGAMESH READINGS Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 7:30pm. SOUNDS OF ST.KILDA Dogs Bar, St Kilda. 8:00pm. UNPAVED SONGWRITER SESSIONS - FEAT: GALLIE + MARK SPENCE + MELISSA MAIN + ROWAN ROEBIG Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $5.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/WORLD MUSIC ALLAN BROWNE WITH BENNY LACKNER & MARTY HOLOUBEK Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15. NIRAN DASIKA QUARTET + LAURA NICHOLS 303, Northcote. 9:00pm. $8.

TUESDAY OCT 8 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/PUNK/COVERS A ROCK LEGENDS REVUE Altona Theatre, Altona. 7:00pm. LOW FLY INCLINE + MONSTER JEANS Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. THE BRUNSWICK HOTEL DISCOVERY NIGHT - FEAT: TRIUMPH OVER LOGIC + MAURICE RODRIGUEZ + TRASH PALACE Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm.

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ACCESS ALL AGES Wednesday October 2 By Claire Barley

In my younger years, my dream was to become the first female AFL umpire. I noticed the only females on the field were goal umpires and I wanted to be a trailblazer. That was until I realised I had zero understanding of footy rules and was about as fit as Homer Simpson. Whilst my fitness has improved since then, my dream career has changed drastically. If your career dreams involve managing a band, organising a festival or producing an album, applications are now open for the 2014 FReeZA Mentoring Program. The program is open to people aged 18-25 who are taking steps towards a career in the music industry. As a FReeZA mentee, you’ll be matched with a mentor who has already established a career in the music bizz. Past mentors have included the likes of Stu Harvey from triple j, Susan Forrester from Big Day Out and Luke Logemann from UNFD. Participants will get to develop their knowledge and skills through one on one sessions with their mentor, as well as intensive master classes from other leading industry figures. They’ll also have a hand in staging the 2014 Push Over fest. The program is split into five categories: event management, marketing and publicity, technical production, music business and performance. To apply, hit up thepush.com.au, or if you’d like more details, email Melinda Krause at mel@thepush.com.au. Is there anything quite like a young music prodigy to make you feel inadequate? 16 year old NZ songstress Lorde dropped debut album Pure Heroine last week to rave reviews. Featured on triple j, the release features fan favourites Tennis Courts and Royals. In addition to being super talented for her age, Lorde has also been the only female artist to top the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in the past 17 years. What an absolute gun. Speaking of young guns, 19 year old Asta will be gracing the stage at Phoenix Youth Centre this Saturday. She was last year’s winner in the Triple J Unearthed competition, her track My Heart is on Fire making it to number 50 in the 2012 Hottest 100. To make matters more exciting, she has been included on this year’s Falls Festival lineup. Looks like you don’t have to be the first female umpire to be a trailblazer for women. The wait is finally over- The FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands Regional Finals kick off this week! The first event will be held in Warrnambool this Friday, with the remaining eight battles to be held throughout the next couple of months. The full list of shows is up on The Push website (thepush.com.au) along with a list of competing bands. Get down and support your mates as they compete for a spot at next year’s Push Over festival. Finally, on a sadder note, organisers of hip-hop festival Sprung announced last week that the Melbourne event has been cancelled. The festival was forced to pull the plug after Victorian police and local council withdrew support. All tickets can be refunded from the point of purchase.

All Ages Timetable WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 2 Open Mic/Jam Night, Musicland, 1359A Sydney Rd, Fawkner, 7pm, free, musiclandonline.com.au, AA.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/WORLD MUSIC

SATURDAY OCTOBER 5 Asta w/ Ali Barter, Phoenix Youth Centre, 72 Buckley St, Footscray, 2pm, $16.40, oztix.com.au, U18. The Cult w/ Redcoats and Beaches, Festival hall, 300 Dudley St, West Melbourne, set times TBA, $87.10, ticketmaster.com.au, AA. Ricky Martin w/ Timomatic, Rod Laver Arena, Batman Ave, Melbourne, 6.30pm, $99-$159, ticketek.com. au, AA.

HI-FI LOUNGE LIZARDS Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 9:00pm. JUNE - JU TENUCCI Dogs Bar, St Kilda. 8:00pm. MAL WEBB 303, Northcote. 7:30pm. MIKE’S RETRO FIVE Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. PAPER PLANE Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15. PETER BAYLOR’S ULTRAFOX Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 7:30pm.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 6 The Jungle Giants w/ Northeast Party House and The Creases, The Hi-Fi,125 Swanston St, Melbourne, 12pm, $32.80 , thehifi.com.au, U18. Oceano w/ Aversions Crown and Feed Her to the Sharks, 72 Buckley St, Footscray, 2pm, $25.50, destroyalllines.oztix.com.au, AA.

BROOKE RUSSELL & THE MEAN REDS Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. KARL S WILLIAMS + ALEXIS NICOLE + ANDREW SWIFT Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $5. MISCHIEVOUS THOM + BEC GORRING Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $6. OPEN MIC Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm.

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For more reviews go to beat.com.au/reviews LAUREL HALO, OBJEKT Boney, Saturday September 28

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Boney tonight was a far cry from the Pony of old (or at least my memories of such, which by definition, are severely hindered), trading the raucous free-for-all of a scrappy 2am rock ‘n’ roll set for an exquisite presentation of overseas production talent. It was a good fit, compounding the resounding transformative success of Boney’s rise from Pony’s ashes. Following on from the disappointing, and somewhat predictable, cancellation of Zomby’s headline show a few week’s prior, tonight provided solace for those looking for another share of OutsideIn sideshow action. Brooklyn producer Laurel Halo, who was set to appear at this year’s Sugar Mountain until unforeseen circumstances arose, and Berlin producer-DJ Objekt topped the bill, with local duo Standish/Carlyon providing a curious, yet complementary support. Conducting a live set, navigating a desk of samples and triggers, Laurel Halo constructed a captivating set of attimes off-kilter grooves. It was at times disorienting, in a good way, with brooding pulses acting as tractor beams. It was an instrumental affair, choosing not to implement the vocals found on last year’s excellent Quarantine. There were long build-ups and worthy pay-offs, at times conjuring up something magical. Opening up proceedings, Standish/Carlyon were in immaculate form as they performed material from their bassheavy, percussion-sparse debut of this year Deleted Scenes. Objekt capped off the night with a showing of stripped back techno. LOVED: Mirror ball vibes during Standish/Carlyon My mind was screaming to dance to the clanking beats, but my body HATED: Some pungent aromas – weary after many a cross-town journey during Grand Final day – seemed to creep into the vicinity at gave in to the temptation of bed (via the servo for a late night snack). times DRANK: All day and night BY LACHLAN KANONIUK

THE PAPER KITES The Forum, Saturday September 28 It’s no easy feat filling out a performance in Melbourne the night of the AFL Grand Final but emerging indie folk outfit The Paper Kites managed to do exactly that. The other night was their tenth and final national show performing to a hometown audience largely made up of young festival types with feathers in their fedoras and wreaths of flowers adorning their heads. For such a young band, there’s a solid set list where older numbers are interspersed with newer tracks off their debut album, States. Leading the performance was the album opener Malleable Beings. From the time the first chorus hit its clear, The Paper Kites is the sum of its parts as the quintet performed the track with beautifully complex layering. With the deliverance of such an incredibly polished debut album there’s always some anticipation as to how the tracks are to translate live. Certain dreaminess is expected from a folk performance but the other night’s errs on the side of wishy-washy. One of the album’s major highlights, Young, had frontman Sam Bentley’s characteristic rolling finger-style guitar and repeated chorus lyrics that usually drive the momentum of the track. Defying any temporal laws, through the headphones there’s an energy to it that feels as if the song is more circular than linear, as if it’s spinning around itself. However, this performance just feels as if The Paper Kites are going through the motions. This performance rounded out the tour of an incredibly talented band that, with a little time, will come to produce some standout perforLOVED: The Forum HATED: Not much mances. They just haven’t found their groove yet. DRANK: Heaps ISABELLA UBALDI

60 SECONDS with MANNY FOX TIGERTOWN Workers Club, Saturday September 28 Tucked away at the dodgy end of Brunswick Street is one of the best small venues to see a live band in Melbourne. The Worker’s club is just big enough to not seem like your mum’s basement but still small enough to be intimate. A perfect place for an up and coming band like Tigertown to get up close and personal with their ever growing audience on their current tour. Local Melbourne band Tully On Tully kicked things off just after the doors opened and it became apparent very quickly that these guys (and girl) are just about too good to be opening up for anyone.  Criminally under represented at first by the still entering crowd, they impressed the hell out of the small but growing number of punters.  With chiming guitars and a super talented female singer, their sound is reminiscent of the Jezebels’ first few EPs. (Before they ‘jumped the shark’ with that debut album) Their set of dreamy indie pop tunes was an awesome way to start the gig and they are definitely a band to watch around town. Next up were Brisbane band MTNS.  That’s “Mountains” for the uninitiated and also how a dyslexic person might abbreviate Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Kind of.  Like the Karate chopping amphibians they also kick ass.  While only being a three piece, MTNS make quite a racket.  Their use of vocoders and electronic drums are melded very effectively with guitars to create quite a hypnotic and at times lysergic sound reminiscent of bands like Polica. As the room finally filled out, Tigertown took to the stage and launched into Wandering Eyes from their new EP of the same name. It seemed like we were being given a glimpse of what it would have been like to see Fleetwood Mac in their ‘70s prime.  In fact, Wandering Eyes could be the best track Fleetwood Mac never wrote.  What a great opener.  Morning Has Finally Come from last year’s EP Before The Morning with its galloping beat and sublime vocal harmonies is a real showcase of the band’s talents. The latest single What You Came Here For with its big syncopated drums and glistening synthesisers is ripe for national airplay and an obvious hit with the crowd.  It marks somewhat of a new direction for the band and falls somewhere between ‘80s mega hit makers Toto and the aforementioned Fleetwood Mac, which on paper might seem a little ridiculous but in reality is pretty awesome. The highlight of the set came from the haunting and mesmerising new song My Ghost during which the band swapped guitars for violins and seemingly hypnotised the crowd. I can’t recall seeing a more solid lineup of bands who perfectly complimented one another’s sound so cohesively. Tigertown are an immensely talented band and are worthy of your attention.  Check them out! JAMES BARLOW

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LOVED: Four part vocal harmonies HATED: Loud talking during quiet songs DRANK: Coopers Pale Ale

Define your genre in five words or less: Pop-dance-R&B-experiments. What can a punter expect from your live show? Drums filled with locomotion and heat, steadfast bass, shimmering guitar, wailing horns and doo wop backing vocals calling out catchy refrains that will get a punter shaking. When are you releasing your album? Our debut album launch is on Friday October 4 at The Workers Club with The Wikimen and Kieran Ryan. Doors 8.30pm, $10 entry. You can download the free Do It Quick single at mannyfox.com.au. What inspires or has influenced your music the most? Nick Huggins produced our album and his magic ears and fine touch have had a big influence on our sound. Influential acts include The Budos Band, Dirty Projectors, The Sonics and Janelle Monae. Tell us about the last song you wrote. Swimming Pool. We sing this one with Eva

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Popov (Hello Satellites). It’s about two lovers who have clambered over the wall of a Fitzroy pool one summer’s night. While floating and splashing about they imagine that they are in the middle of the ocean. It’s got a catchy call and response chorus, a free for all trumpet Vs sax build up and it gets your feet tapping and your arms flailing. What’s your favourite song, and why? Three current favourites: Name In Lights Jen Cloher Incredible song, it’s quite a journey this one. The rhythmic change up about three minutes in is an absolute classic. Listen to it. Border Line King Krule I can’t listen to the intro without winding the windows down and feeling rather happy. Lucille Little Richard Tom Waits sums it up best: “The steam and chug of Lucille alone pointed a finger that showed the way. The equipment wasn’t meant to be treated this way. The needle is still in the red.”


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