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YO LA TENGO MELBOURNE ZOO TWILIGHTS The Melbourne Zoo Twilights will return in 2014 with a stellar lineup of local and international artists, with 14 shows taking place every Friday and Saturday over six weeks. The 2014 program features BABBA, Charles Bradley, Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk, Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes, Dan Kelly, Daryl Braithwaite, Dick Diver, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Hotel California: Eagles Tribute, James Reyne, Jessica Mauboy, Josh Pyke, Katie Noonan’s Songs That Made Me, Max Rudd, Ms Murphy, Neko Case, Oscar Key Sung, Perfect Tripod Australian Songs, Queens Of The Outback: Priscilla Tribute, Saskwatch, Something For Kate, The Orbweavers, Thelma Plum and Xavier Rudd. Tickets to all shows include full access to the Zoo. As with every Twilights season, all proceeds from the shows go towards the Zoo’s conservation programs. The 2014 program will take place from Friday January 24 to Saturday March 8. Visit their website for more information.

MUSIC FOR LOVERS, VILLAINS AND FOOLS Melbourne’s The Tiger and Me will take their theatrical-style folk pop and join prodigious Adelaide gypsy-jazz sensations Bearded Gypsy Band for a series of shows called Music for Lovers, Villains and Fools. Featuring a set from each band, the show delivers a nod and wink to the romantic nostalgia of the early 20th century, from a late-night smoky bar in Paris to a New York speakeasy, while remaining firmly rooted in the present day. Experience Music for Lovers, Villains and Fools at Bennetts Lane on Wednesday November 27 and Thursday November 28.

SISTER JANE In sad news, Sister Jane have pulled out of forthcoming single tour and have released the following statement: “Sister Jane are sorry to announce that the whole wide world has conspired against us so that in unhappy circumstances we will not be playing our upcoming shows in Sydney and Melbourne on the Lost Weekends mini tour. The tour will most assuredly be going ahead with Buried Feather and Psychlops Eyepatch at your service.” Their new single, Whole Wide World, is a track that is equal parts sonic sidestep and emotional evolution, and will feature on the forthcoming second record Frontier, due for release in 2014 via Broken Stone/Remote Control.

Yo La Tengo have locked in a Golden Plains sideshow. They will return to Australia this March for an encore performance of their two set opus, An Evening With Yo La Tengo, which they have performed around the world and most recently at Melbourne Festival. An Evening With Yo La Tengo highlights the New Jersey based trio’s huge musical range. Catch ‘em on Sunday March 9 at the Corner Hotel.

PETE MURRAY Ten years ago, Pete Murray released his definitive album, Feeler, in Australia. It marked the end of his promising sporting career and the dawn of a hugely successful music career. A decade later, on Friday November 15, Pete Murray will re-release this definitive album as a special ten-year anniversary edition, re-mastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. It also includes a bonus CD featuring the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra performing Feeler in full, mixed with original album masters. To commemorate the anniversary, Pete will be performing Feeler in its entirety along with all the favourites, with members of his original band The Stonemasons and a live string section. Pete Murray plays The Forum on Saturday March 15. Tickets available through Ticketmaster from Thursday November 7.

PANAMA FESTIVAL Add another one to the growing list of summer festivals. The lush forests of Northeast Tasmania will play host to a unique music and arts experience, Panama, this March. The intimate event will sell just 1,000 tickets and will host a select lineup of Australian and international talent. Charles Bradley, Husky, and Frowning Clouds make up the initial lineup. Panama will go down in Tasmania on Saturday March 8 – Sunday March 9. Ticketing information is available on the festival’s website.

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Define your genre in five words or less: alternative instrumental Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like? They have said my new CD Burke and Wills - The Expedition sounds like the dirty three and the bushwackers. What inspires or has influenced your music the most? Anything that pushes the boundaries. What makes you happiest about what you’re doing? When I nail my performance with anyone that I’m playing with and when i make a good record. What part of making music discourages you? When I have to stop making music to eat. What makes a good musician? Listening! How do you stop your pre-gig jitters? Right before I go on I listen to AC/DC real loud and play along to it, then take off the headphones and walk on stage. What can a punter expect from your live show? They will be on a musical journey as part of the Burke and Wills expedition for 55 minutes with visuals (paintings and sketches) from the expedtition - fortunately though, without the dire consequences. When’s the gig and with who? The gig is at the Caravan Club Saturday November 16 and the band for the night is Rory Boast, Ashley Davies, Monique DiMattina, Shane Reilly, Matt Walker with special guests Jack Howard and Michelle Lewit. Support is from the Raised by Eagles duo.





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KARNIVOOL Old friends, together again: Karnivool and Dead Letter Circus are teaming up for the Polymorphism Tour, coming your way early 2014. Perth’s Karnivool debuted at number one on the ARIA charts in July with their third album, Assymetry, proving - yet again - that Australia’s appetite for prog rock is going nowhere. Currently, they’re in the midst of a mammoth European tour. Their mates Dead Letter Circus, meanwhile, dropped The Catalyst Fire recently to great reviews. Catch ‘em at the Palace Theatre on Wednesday January 8 and Thursday January 9. Tickets via the Karnivool website.

NEKO CASE American singer/songwriter Neko Case will be making the most of her return to Australia next year with the announcement of her Golden Plains sideshows. Over four years ago, Neko Case released an album called Middle Cyclone, that debuted at #3 on US Billboard Top 200 and earned two Grammy Nominations; her new album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love, follows up this success with a record that embraces Neko’s melodic immediacy and her lyrical frankness, while paying tribute to the rock that influenced her. You can catch Neko Case at the Corner Hotel on Sunday March 2. Tickets are available through the Corner.

CATHERINE TRAICOS AND THE STARRY NIGHT There’s always been something special about Catherine Traicos. Since her first release in 2008, Catherine’s voice and songwriting have captivated and intrigued many of the people who have heard her albums and seen her live. Now, Catherine and her band The Starry Night have announced the release of their new album, The Earth, The Sea, The Moon, The Sky, out on November 29 through an Ocean Awaits Records. It’s the second album with The Starry Night, following on from 2011’s Gloriosa, and Catherine’s fifth release to date. To celebrate, Traicos and her band will play The Spotted Mallard on Friday December 6 and Pure Pop Records on Sunday December 8.

LEONARD COHEN The legendary Leonard Cohen, who will return to Australia this month, has announced a venue change. Cohen – along with his incredible nine-piece band featuring the likes of Sharon Robinson, the infamous Webb Sisters and musical director Roscoe Beck – will be embarking on a gigantic national tour that includes stop overs in both major cities and regional areas. Cohen will still hit Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday November 20 but will play Palais Theatre on Monday December 9 instead of Rod Laver Arena. He’ll also visit A Day On The Green on Saturday November 23 at Bimbadgen Winery, Hunter Valley. Tickets through Frontier.





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SAMPOLOGY Sampology and DJ Butcher will hit the road this November to celebrate the release of Dancehall Queen - The Remixes. The duo will treat audiences to a special combined set that will show off their mastery in scratching, special tricks and routines, live drumming, sampling, remixes and mashups. Catch Sampology and DJ Butcher at the Palace Theatre on Saturday November 16.



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ROCKWIZ DAVEY LANE After a successful debut tour of the east coast in September/October, the hard working cosmic-pop songsmith Davey Lane is heading back out on the road. In late November, Lane will play in a nowadays-rare solo configuration in support of Ian Ball of Gomez. 2014 is shaping up to be a big one for Lane as he bunkers down in coming months to prepare a full length album, so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss your last chance this year to catch Davey in solo and band formats. Davey Lane plays alongside Ian Ball of Gomez at Barwon Club in Geelong on Thursday November 21, Karova Lounge in Ballarat on Saturday November 23, and Northcote Social Club on Sunday November 24.



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THE PERCH CREEK FAMILY JUGBAND The Perch Creek Family Jugband is four siblings and one stray partner. Off the back of new single Big Things Calling, the first taste of their forthcoming new album, the innovative band have just announced a national tour. This is where YOU come in. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re playing Northcote Social Club on Saturday November 16, and we have two double passes to give away.

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Ohhhh shit yeah! CherryFest is upon us. Californian garage rock legends The Bellrays will headline the awesomeness at Cherry Bar and AC/DC Lane on Sunday November 24 in their only Victorian appearance as part of a lightning promo tour for their new album Black Lightning. CherryFest will feature 13 other acts across two stages, including The Powder Monkeys, Kadavar, Blues Pills, Chris Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crown Of Thorns, Money For Rope, Legends Of Motorsport and more. We have some double passes to give away.


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THE BON SCOTTS New-folk four-piece The Bon Scotts â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Â straight outta Melbourne â&#x20AC;&#x201C; are one of our favourite live bands going around this city. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re playing the Grace Darling this Saturday November 9 in support of their new single, the Weekend Bends. Joining them will be The Good China and Pepperjack, and possibly you, because we have a double pass including a t-shirt, pin and album to give away.

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Bearing the terrible clichĂŠd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like? Zoe: Etta James and Sarah Vaughn having a scrag fight. A bit of soul, a bit of jazz but plenty of mongrel and sass. Describe the worst gig you have ever played: Zoe: Singing on top of a speaker. Unsecure hair weft falls out on stage. Total Jerry Springer moment. Do you have a pre-gig ritual? If so, what is it? Zoe: It usually involves Jamieson and listening to some tunes in particular, funk queen Betty Davis (not the Betty Davis with the googly eyes) at the moment. What makes a good musician? Zoe: Someone who never becomes complacent in their work, but still maintains integrity.  What can a punter expect from your live show? Stella: A good time, a sexy feeling and drag queen inspired costumes.  And sweat. When, and why did you start writing music? Stella: I wrote my first song (with choreographed dance moves) when I was seven to profess my love for a boy in primary school. What makes a good musician? Stella: Courage, vulnerability, honesty, hard work â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the same things that make a good human! How do you stop your pre-gig jitters? Stella: I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t! I let them buzz around in me til I

go on stage and then I let them loose. If someone made a movie about your life, who would play you? Stella: Fran Drescher. What part of making music excites you the most? Stella: Performing. I love the freedom and joy of expressing myself onstage and connecting with the audience. Every night is different and you never know whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to happen. Every gig is a kind of adventure. What do you love about making music? Stella: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun! It also allows me to honour my emotional experiences and put them to bed. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very healing in that way. Do you have a pre-gig ritual? If so, what is it? Stella: I eat some carbs, drink some whiskey, have a cigarette. Then I apply my make-up which is like meditation for me. Lately Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve started doing a Madonna-style huddle/prayer with my band too, which helps a lot. Whenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your next gig? We are performing at Heel Burners at Bella Union on Saturday November 16 with Coral Lee, Sugar Fed Leopards and DJ Lady Blades heating up the floorboards. Brooklyn Queenz DJs will give you splinters â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;til the early hours! Dress up as your favourite Tarantino character! Drink specials and food truck outside.




MUSE AT VILLAGE CINEMAS MUSE ARE PLAYING AN INTIMATE GIG INSIDE CINEMA 10 AT VILLAGE CINEMAS! Just joking. But they kinda are. One of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest rock bands, Muse, will hit the big screen on Thursday November 7 at the Jam Factory as part of an exclusive screening across 20 cities around the globe. Muse - Live at Rome Olympic Stadium was filmed in July this year in front of a capacity audience of 60,000, and captures a momentous evening in the Italian capital, showcasing the most spectacular stage show of any Muse tour to date. The film is the first ever concert film to be shown in 4K Ultra High Definition. The Ultra High Definition format gives the cinema audience astonishing detail of the Stadio Olimpico with views from â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;spiderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cameras darting above the surging crowd and on stage close-ups that expose the musical mastery and showmanship of the trio. We have a double pass to give away.



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THE GIN CLUB CHARLES BRADLEY The Screaming Eagle of Soul, Charles Bradley, is set to enchant Australian audiences in celebration of his sophomore album Victim Of Love. Since being discovered by the founder of prestigious funk record label Daptone, the former James Brown impersonator has endured a phenomenal rise, with his debut 2011 record No Time For Dreaming garnering international critical acclaim. Flanked by His Extraordinaires, a stellar band comprising members of The Dap Kings, The Menahan St Band and Budos band among other rhythmic royals, soul’s new golden boy will hit at the Corner Hotel on Thursday March 6. My Live Nation members’ pre-sale begins 10am Thursday November 7, with general sale midday Friday November 8.

Four albums and countless gigs on from when they first joined forces, the collective creative powerhouse that is The Gin Club is celebrating its tenth anniversary. To mark the occasion, the band is re-releasing its self-titled debut album on vinyl and hitting the road this December for a string of tenth birthday shows around the country. The Gin Club’s live band now features seven permanent members – Adrian Stoyles, Ben Salter, Conor Macdonald, Scott Regan, Bridget Lewis, Dan Mansfield and Gus Agars – plus two semi-permanent members in Brad Pickersgill and Ola Karlsson. The Gin Club are currently recording their fifth album, due for release mid 2014. In the meantime, catch them at Bridget Hotel in Castlemaine on Thursday December 5 and at the John Curtin Hotel on Friday December 6.

TIMBERWOLF YOUTH LAGOON Idaho-raised Trevor Powers, AKA Youth Lagoon, has added a one-off Melbourne headline date to his Laneway schedule. Breaking out in 2010 with singles July and Cannons, Youth Lagoon delivered his debut album The Year Of Hibernation in 2011. He’s out of the big sleep now, though, and headed to Australia on the back of second LP Wondrous Bughouse. Catch him on Wednesday February 5 at the Prince Bandroom.

Twenty-two-year-old Adelaide folk artist Timberwolf has recently released his brand new single Grace and is gearing up to take Australia by storm on his national tour. Not shy of packing up the van to play wherever he can, Timberwolf has spent the best part of 2013 touring the country and working hard to establish his name, having created the musical alias less than a year ago. It’s finally starting to pay off, earning a solid loyal underground following. He's already having played alongside the likes of Jordie Lane, Tigertown, Tanya Batt and Jack Carty, as well as sold out shows of his own. Timberwolf will play Acoustic Shed on Saturday November 16, and The Evelyn on Sunday November 17.

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international THE SEEKERS Hamer Hall, November 7, 8, 28 AUSTRALASIAN WORLDWIDE MUSIC EXPO Various Venues November 14 – 17 FRANZ FERDINAND The Forum November 14 BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB Palace Theatre November 15 NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL, M.WARD, SUPERCHUNK The Forum November 15, 16 FACE THE MUSIC Various Venues, November 15, 16 MELBOURNE MUSIC WEEK Various Venues November 15 – 24 MIX MASTER MIKE The Espy November 21 LEONARD COHEN Rod Laver Arena November 20, Bimbadgen Winery November 23, Palais Theatre December 9 BLACK FLAG Palace Theatre November 22 CHERRYFEST Cherry Bar November 24 TUMBLEWEED Central Club Richmond November 29 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 CAVE Kelvin Club 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 METRIC The Forum December 9 DEERHUNTER The Hi-Fi December 11 MAC DEMARCO Corner Hotel December 11, Shadow Electric December 16 HOPSIN The Espy December 12 Peter Murphy Corner Hotel December 12 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 THE PLOT FESTIVAL Palace Theatre, Ding Dong Lounge

December 15 MELVINS The Hi-Fi December 17 HELMET The Hi-Fi December 18 WAKA FLOCKA FLAME Billboard 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 FUTURE OF THE LEFT Corner Hotel January 2 JOHNNY MARR Corner Hotel January 4 WIZ KHALIFIA, A$AP ROCKY Festival Hall January 4 HANNI EL KHATIB January 5 VAMPIRE WEEKEND Festival Hall January 6 SOLANGE Prince Bandroom January 7 MOUNTAIN MOCHA KILIMANJARO Corner Hotel January 9 LONDON GRAMMAR Prince Bandroom January 9, 10 PARAMORE Sidney Myer Music Bowl January 12 SO FRENCHY SO CHIC Werribee Park January 12 THE JULIE RUIN Corner Hotel January 15 MONA FOMA FESTIVAL TBA January 15-19 JOHN GRANT Corner Hotel January 18 HALF MOON RUN Corner Hotel January 19 BIG DAY OUT Flemington Racecourse January 24 MELBOURNE ZOO TWILIGHTS Melbourne Zoo January 24 - March 8 WE ARE SCIENTISTS Corner Hotel January 25 KING KRULE Corner Hotel January 28 Parquet Courts Corner Hotel January 29 CHVRCHES The Forum January 29 MOUNT KIMBIE Corner Hotel January 30 Cass McCombs Northcote Social Club January 30 SAVAGES The Hi-Fi January 30 ST JEROME'S LANEWAY FESTIVAL Footscray Community Arts Centre February 1 Kurt Vile & The Violators Corner Hotel, February 5, 6 Autre Ne Veut Northcote Social Club February 4 DRENGE The Tote February 5 Frightened Rabbit The Palace February 5 YOUTH LAGOON Prince Bandroom February 5 THE NATIONAL Sidney Myer Music Bowl February 9 DAUGHTER St Michael’s Uniting Church February 10

LYNYRD SKYNYRD The Plenary February 11 DOLLY PARTON Rod Laver Arena February 11 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AAMI Park February 15 EMINEM, KENDRICK LAMAR, J. COLE Etihad Stadium February 19 SOUNDWAVE Flemington Racecourse February 28 NEKO CASE Corner Hotel March 2 BRIAN MCKNIGHT Palais Theatre March 5 CHARLES BRADLEY Corner Hotel March 6 PANAMA FESTIVAL March 8, 9 FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL Flemington Racecourse March 9 YO LA TENGO Corner Hotel March 9 BILLY BRAGG Palais Theatre March 13 QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, NINE INCH NAILS Rod Laver Arena March 14, 15 Bill Medley Palais Theatre March 15 SEBADOH Corner Hotel March 21 ALLEN STONE Corner Hotel April 12 EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS Palace Theatre April 15 BLUESFEST Byron Bay April 17 – 21 JIMMIE VAUGHAN Corner Hotel April 17 KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND Palace Theatre April 18 IRON AND WINE The Forum Theatre April 22 STEVE EARLE Forum Theatre April 24 JAMES BLUNT The Plenary June 8








THE SHADOW ELECTRIC BANDROOM The Shadow Electric November 1 - November 10 THE STORY SO FAR The Toff In Town November 10, 17, 24 YOU AM I Prince Bandroom November 3, 4 VIOLENT SOHO Corner Hotel November 4 BLACK CAB Northcote Social Club November 4 KITE CLUB Boney November 7, The Gasometer Hotel November 9 LOOSE CHANGE The Espy November 8 JEREMY NEALE Northcote Social Club November 8 ALLDAY Hip Hop Straight Up November 9 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 Steve Kilbey Northcote Social Club November 10 MIA DYSON, LIZ STRINGER, JEN CLOHER Caravan Music Club November 14, Thornbury Theatre November 16 MACHINE TRANSLATIONS Northcote Social Club November 15 SAMPOLOGY Palace Theatre November 16 HEY GERONIMO Workers Club November 16 THE PERCH CREEK FAMILY JUGBAND Northcote Social Club November 16 TIMBERWOLF The Evelyn November 17 ALEX & THE SHY LASHLIES The Toff November 20 GOSSLING Corner Hotel November 20 PAUL GREENE & THE OTHER COLOURS Northcote Social Club November 21 PATRICK JAMES Northcote Social Club November 22 HOLY HOLY The Grace Darling November 22 QUEENSCLIFF MUSIC FESTIVAL Princess Park, Queenscliff November 22 – 24 ELIZABETH ROSE Workers Club November 23 ONE ELECTRIC DAY Werribee Park November 24 DAVEY LANE Northcote Social Club November 24. Shaun Kirk The Evelyn November 28 SAL KIMBER & THE ROLLIN' WHEEL Northcote Social Club November 29 BATTLESHIPS Northcote Social Club November 29 THE MURLOCS The Tote November 29 ALEX LLOYD The Kelvin Club November 29, Ferntree Gully

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STEEL PANTHER By Jesse Hayward

Ah, LA. ‘The’ centre of Western culture. Home of the B-grade movie, the toy poodle and the failed TV pilot. Whether you see it as a blight on the cultural landscape or a bastion of the creative elite, there is no denying the power of its output. The Sunset Strip has given birth to much music over the decades. Such luminaries as The Doors, The Byrds and Frank Zappa honed their craft in the many clubs that dominate this fabled street. However, all of that rich historical tapestry may be safely ignored, for this land of show and sell was the birthplace of the greatest form of music known to mankind – glam metal. Those in the UK might contest this claim, citing Whitesnake, Def Leppard or even Black Sabbath as the seeds from which glam grew, and they might even be right. But it was in LA that heavy metal was nurtured into the vivid flower that today still thrusts its gaudy finery up through the concrete of the strip. The flower bloomed in the ‘70s and was washed away in the great Grunge flood of 1992, but it did not die a total death. The flower of glam metal rose again in the form of Steel Panther. Steel Panther began as Metal Shop, playing regular gigs at The Viper Room on Sunset Boulevarde, a club boasting Johnny Depp as a founder and Tom Waits as a founding consultant. “We were playing The Viper Room every Monday night and we put out our own record,” says lead vocalist Michael Starr. The band’s self-produced debut album Hole Patrol was released in 2003 under the name Metal Shop. Later the band was known as Metal Skool and it was only in 2008 that Steel Panther was born. In 2005, Hole Patrol was reissued with a new track added: a cover of Ian Hunter’s song Cleveland Rocks (you may know this as The Drew Carey Show theme song). “That was our very first independent release. That album had Fat Girl on it and Stripper Girl, so when we got the record deal we recorded everything again, like in a real studio.” Forced to play only once a week in one of the most famous clubs in LA, times were tough. “We were always trying to get a deal but we needed to make money. So if we couldn’t afford a stripper, we’d do a gig and make some money.” Every struggling artist can empathise. Starr displays a fascination with the female form that the other band members clearly share. “Each one of us has a different taste. Lexi likes a really skinny, tall girl with long flowing hair. I’m down for a real trailer-style girl with big tits, or small tits. And Satchel, he’ll fuck anything. You would think that our drummer wouldn’t get hot groupies, but he really gets some unique hot chicks. Stix likes chicks that are tattooed-up, pierced, that kind of thing. We all think we get the hottest chicks.” And of Australian women? “I think they’re great and they’re easy to fuck.” Starr recalls his time in Australia with fondness for other reasons too. In 2012 the band played the Soundwave festival alongside big names like Slipknot and BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 20

Limp Bizkit. “I went surfing at Bondi, went to the zoo, then went to pretty much every strip club that we could get to,” says Starr. “That was one of the best experiences of my life; I’m not just saying that. Coming to

“WE WERE ALWAYS TRYING TO GET A DEAL BUT WE NEEDED TO MAKE MONEY. SO IF WE COULDN’T AFFORD A STRIPPER, WE’D DO A GIG AND MAKE SOME MONEY.” Australia for the first time and getting the response we got, it was fucking great, man. Travelling with a bunch of bands like that, going town to town setting up; it was like being in a carnival.” Soundwave 2012 also exposed the band to the man Starr calls the most evil man in metal, Marilyn Manson. “He actually beats his guitar player when he doesn’t play good.” But isn’t Steel Panther an evil metal band too? “No I would say we’re on the side of…” Michael pauses. “I’ve never been asked that question. I would say we’re on the cusp, we’re on both ends. We do some evil stuff, but we do it with love. I think our message is very positive. Yeah, we are righteously evil, bro.” Evil wafts off this band like steam rising from a fresh custard – if the custard was made of hairspray and cocaine. With such confronting lyrics as “I’ve got an extra dong for double penetration/just squeeze my balls to activate vibration”, does Steel Panther cop a lot of flak from moral commentators? “No, not one – not even Kanye West,” says Starr. “But I know why Kanye West never tries to get offside with us, ‘cause he’s a fucking pussy.” Just wait for the attention-seeking Deadmau5 to set his twitter sights on you. “I wish he would, I wish he had the keyboard courage, he doesn’t even have that. “Look, as far as we’re concerned, we’re a politically incorrect band that you can’t play in your work space or your office space. Anywhere else in the world – except Japan – you can play our shit anywhere. It’s on the ra-


dio, it’s on MTV, it’s everywhere. In the States they’re still freaked out by it. There’s a lot of people here that are real uptight. It’s like, just fucking relax, have a fucking beer and fucking party.” Steel Panther play music from a time of excess and exuberance, deftly capturing the vital elements of glam metal and concentrating them into a potent elixir-like spandex-clad alchemists. “Have a fucking beer and fucking party” may seem like a simple philosophy, but it’s one unheeded by many. As Bill Hicks famously said: “If it’s a choice between eternal Hell and good tunes, and eternal Heaven and New Kids on the fuckin’ Block… I’m gonna be surfin’ on the lake of fire, rockin’ out.” What is best in life? To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women. In this barbarian spirit Steel Panther lay waste to music with totally bitchin’ axes. Death To All But Metal, one of their original and best songs, calls for the deaths of Beyonce and Blink 182. But how best to destroy skater punks? “That’s pretty easy; they pretty much did it themselves with their last release. The only way they could save themselves is if the singer started singing like he grew up.” All jokes aside, Steel Panther have captured something from history and made it their own. In this age of musical reflection on the past, the question of authenticity is irrelevant. What matters is the show. With this in mind, the band are taking it further with their own video show. “Right now we’ve started a thing called Steel Panther TV. We have our own segments that we’ve come up with. It’s our brand of humour and how we approach our life. It’s really fun and you can check it out online for free.” This is the success of Steel Panther. They provide a reminder of what music used to be and could one day be again. It’s not just an act. I ask if Starr ever breaks character. “What did you ask? How much cocaine do we do?” Uh, no. “Oh yeah yeah. Look, when I walk into a supermarket, I still look like this. I’m the same guy onstage as I am offstage. The only difference is I don’t walk around in my spandex. We’ve always been guys that like to have fun onstage. Our music is a reflection of that. Once we started interjecting how we really are into our music, that’s when Steel Panther became what it is today. And we just never stopped, we just kept embellishing it because we really enjoy it. Offstage we joke around all the fucking time; that’s just the way we are. “We love anything that incorporates the lifestyle of partying, having a good time and rocking, so that can be any kind of metal.”

STEEL PANTHER are touring Australia with Buckcherry and Fozzy. The tour kicks stops off in Melbourne on Sunday December 8 at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. New album due 2014.



THIS WEEK: ON SCREEN This year the Greek Film Festival is returning to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Hosted at the Palace Como, the two week festival will open with Greek box office success, What If…; starring the Adonis of the small screen, Christoforos Papakaliatis, in a love story set during the economic crisis. Other highlights of the festival include veteran editor Yannis Sakaridis’ directing debut, Wild Duck — a guerrilla-style feature set during the 2009 Greek debt crisis; The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas, a debut feature by Elina Psykou which was played at Toronto International Film Festival and follows the story of a Greek TV anchorman played by Christos Stergioglou (Dogtooth); and Nicos Perakis’ Female Company, a movie which follows six sexually and emotionally deprived wives and how they take matters into their own hands. The Greek Film Festival will run from Thursday November 7 – Sunday November 24.

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ON STAGE Malia Walsh will return to La Mama this week with her newest production Arabella. Devised and created by Walsh, the production will combine puppetry, dance and circus to illustrate a tale full of old and new memories, and memories that are tethering on the edges of delusion. Arabella will also see Walsh collaborate with a cast of talented and diverse artists including, Rockie Stone (Circus Oz, Fright of Flight), Marianna Joslin (Vulcana, Quantum Clowning) and Dan Goronszy (The CollaborAgents, Polyglot). Arabella will be performed at La Mama from Wednesday November 6 – Sunday November 24.

ON DISPL AY The Designing 007 : Fifty Years of Bond Style  exhibition celebrates this world of innovation and action, style and sex appeal with an inside view of the world’s favourite secret agent. Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style  takes visitors on a multi-sensory journey, through a dozen themed rooms and environments from 1962’s Dr. No to 2012’s Skyfall. The objects are unforgettable: Roger Moore’s white tuxedo from Octopussy and the spacesuit from Moonraker; Scaramanga’s golden gun from  The Man With The Golden Gun, Jaws’ fearsome teeth which first appeared in The Spy Who Loved Me; gadgets from Q Branch including the attaché case given to Bond in  From Russia With Love; and the 1964 silver Aston Martin DB5 from Goldeneye which famously returned to the screen in  Skyfall. Designing 007 : Fifty Years of Bond Style  is currently on display until Sunday February 23 at the Melbourne Museum.

PICK OF THE WEEK Tennessean journalist and playwright Katori Hall has returned with her latest production, The Mountaintop. Inspired by the Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s last speech, I’ve been to the Mountaintop, before his assassination on April 4, 1968, The Mountaintop will be an imagined account of the events that took place before the death of the renowned civil rights leader and minister. It is an apt time for such a production to be performed at the Arts Centre, as 2013 marks 50 years since King delivered his legendary speech I have a dream from the steps of Washington DC’s Lincoln Memorial. Directed by Alkinos Tsilimidos (Silent Partner, Blind Company) and featuring Bert LaBonté (Animal Kingdom, Evil Never Dies) as Dr Martin Luther King Jr and Zahra Newman (The Cheery Orchard: After Chekhov, Rush) as Camae, the production will be a startling insight into what is one of history’s most momentous events. The Mountaintop is currently being performed at Fairfax Studio at The Arts Centre until Saturday December 14.


SPLENDID CHAPS: 50TH ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE TO DOCTOR WHO By Avrille Bylok-Collard Doctor Who is an integral part of British culture and this month the ACMI will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who with a Live in the Studio session with Splendid Chaps: a live Doctor Who podcast series created and hosted by comedian Ben McKenzie (Dungeon Crawl), writer John Richards (Outland, Boxcutters) and co-hose Petra Elliott (The Vagina Monologues, Othello). “So far I’ve managed to get dressed and drink some coffee. That’s all I’ve managed to do so far really,” laughs Richards. It’s a Monday afternoon and Richards has a bright and enthusiastic disposition despite it being early in the morning; he’s here to discuss the most important event for any Whovian: the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who, The Day of The Doctor starring Matt Smith (Womb, Party Animals), Jenna-Louise Coleman (Captain America: The First Avenger, Death Comes to Pemberley), John Hurt (Alien, V for Vendetta), David Tennant (Doctor Who, Casanova) and Billy Piper (Secret Diary of a Call Girl). In fact, it was this 50th anniversary episode that inspired the creation of Splendid Chaps. “It was Ben’s idea,” explains Richards. “It certainly came out of nowhere. I had known Ben for a while, but we still hadn’t worked on anything together. We used to go on what I called ‘nerd dates‘ — where you meet up to talk about Doctor Who and things.” Until one day, Ben turned around and said: “‘You do a lot

FREE $HIT THE AUSTRALIAN TATTOO AND BODY ART EXPO The Australian Tattoo and Body Art Expo will return to Melbourne for its third year of special guests, entertainment, and of course, tattoos, late this November. Featuring everything from burlesque performances to a kids’ corner, this year’s expo will welcome guests from around the world, including

of podcasting and I do a lot of events, let’s do a live podcast for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who because we’re both complete nerds. We weren’t sure there was an audience for it though.” But this little detail didn’t deterred the duo, who dove into the timey-wimey-ness of Doctor Who with absolute fervour. Splendid Chaps is a monthly live podcast that started in January this year and is dedicated to analysing and questioning the doctors within Doctor Who, there have been 11 doctors so far, and encouraging the discussion of popular motifs and themes within Doctor Who (i.e. race, gender, feminism, science, fictional tropes, etc) with a panel of guests and hosts Ben McKenzie and John Richards, and co-host Petra Elliott. For those who are ignorant of the phenomenon of Doctor Who: it’s the longest running family science-fiction show in history and it follows the adventures of the doctor, an alien from the planet Gallifrey, and his adventures through time and space with his (often) human companions. These adventures often see the doctor

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battle adversaries such as the Cybermen, a species of sociopathic metalloid humans who are bent on ‘upgrading’ humans, and the Daleks, salt-and-peppershaker-looking creatures from the planet Skaro who’s dogma is uncannily similar to that of the Nazis. The series has often been a platform for which budding UK actors to propel their career — David Tennant, Tom Baker and Karen Gillan — and screen writers such as Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat. “They’re kind of weird — ‘nerdy Tonight show’ is the phrase that we’ve used [to describe Splendid Chaps],” jokes Richards. “They’re quite intellectual discussions though. They’re also full of jokes and I wasn’t sure there was an audience that wanted that, but there has and it’s been really successful. It’s been great meeting all these people wanting to hear people make jokes while discussing religion and Doctor Who or the role of women in Doctor Who.” It’s a relatively known fact among Tumblr users, and geeks of the internet, that Whovians are very thoughtful people, often analysing and writing verbose essays discussing the storyline of Doctor Who and where the series will go in future. A recent favourite among the internet has been ‘The Impossible Girl’, Clara Oswald. “I thought most of the theories about what Clara was turned out to be more interesting than what she actually was,” divulges Richards. “My favourite theory was that the doctor was really bad at telling humans apart and [was] like: ‘There’s a hunch of people who look a bit similar.’ [Which is plausible, as] there’s so many people Doctor Who who look like other people in Doctor Who.” However, contrary to Richards’ wishes, the doctor was not face-blind, rather, his companion Clare Oswald, also affectionately known as Oswin, was trapped in the timeline of the doctor in a martyr-like sacrifice to save the doctor from his own fate: his death. This is a trope that has become more recently criticised within Doctor Who: the sexualization of the women in Doctor Who and the romantic relationships between the doctor and his companions. “Normally we have two halves [to Splendid Chaps] and the audience writes down the questions in the break,” says Richards, explaining how the show operates. “The funny thing about the last two shows, which were looking at Doctor Who and sex and Doctor Who and women, there’a were so many questions that they ended up shaping the second-half of the show. For the ACMI one, there no break in the middle. We’re going to try and ask questions beforehand on Twitter and Facebook and on our website, so people can send in their questions about the Matt Smith era, about the way the future is future is represented in Doctor Who and Doctor Who in general, and we’ll use some of that to help shape the discussion. We’re not even in the studio for this Live in the Studio, we’re in a cinema. We’re going to have a TARDIS [Time and Relative Dimensions in Space] and a Dalek — it’s going to be great!” You can catch Splendid Chaps: 50th Anniversary Tribute to Doctor Who at the ACMI on Thursday November 21. Tickets are available through ACMI and you can send your questions in for Splendid Chaps through

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LOL Comedy at the Portland Hotel on Wednesday November 6 and Provincial Hotel on Thursday November 7 has Luke Heggie alongside Laura Davis. At The Local on Tuesday November 12 - May they please present Dave Hughes? Well they don’t need your permission. He’s going to be there. Only the biggest comedian in the country. Whatever. Tickets from: or at the door.

CRAB L AB Absolutely killer night last week and tonight will be even better. Lawrence Mooney headlines a lineup that includes Nick Cody, Tommy Dassalo and Laura Davis. Doors at 7.30pm, $5 at 18 Corrs Ln, CBD.



Archipélago represents a collective of individuals. It is an Architecture Design Thesis Studio at the Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne, led by Tommy Joo. This exhibition showcases a collection of individual research, conceptual exercises and architectural works expressed beyond conventional representation. Archipélago will have an opening night on Friday November 8 at Dear Patti Gallery on Smith Street, Collingwood. The exhibition will be on display throughout the weekend until Monday November 11.


In collaborating with The Melbourne Ring Cycle, Opera Australia are presenting The Melbourne Ring Festival this November. Inspired by the work of German composer Richard Wagner, and meant to celebrate his birth just over 200 years ago, The Melbourne Ring Festival will see Opera Australia present a collection of Wagner’s work over a monthlong period. It will include the Arrival of the Valkyries, a free street parade featuring Valkyries on horseback and, a massive brass band playing Wagner’s famous composition, Mazda Opera in the Bowl, a free opera concert featuring Opera Australia soloists and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Marschner’s Der Vampyr, a concert version of the opera Wagner heard as an adolescent at Melbourne Recital Centre. The Melbourne Ring Festival will commemorate the 200 years since Wagner’s birth from Friday November 15 – Friday December 13. A full program can be found at


This month will see the Metonoia Theatre present The Dumb Waiter, an existential introduction to the world. Two men are waiting in a room for instructions, but the audience are asked to piece together these men’s lives — Who are they? What are they waiting for? More importantly: What are we all waiting for? Death? Life? The meaning to life? The Dumb Waiter is the a taste of what to expect from Metonoia Theatre, Melbourne’s newest producing and presenting company who are set to program the Mechanics Institute Brunswick from 2014. The Dumb Waiter will be performed at the Mechanics Institute from Wednesday November 6 – Saturday November 16, with no shows on Mondays.


As part of ACMI’s season Long Play, they will be screening Muscle Shoals, the debut feature from Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier. Muscle Shoals is a music documentary that illustrates the tale of Muscles Shoals, Alabama, a small town in the south of America. Muscles Shoals has had an impact on popular music for years, including influencing The Rolling Stones’ Wild Horse, Percy Sledge’s When a Man Loves a Woman and several tracks from Aretha Franklin’s breakthrough album I Never Loved a Man the Way I Loved You. ACMI’s Long Play season will run from Friday December 27 – Sunday January 19. Muscle Shoals will screen during this period at ACMI.


Indie stalwart Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha-Ha, Mutual Appreciation) returns with his latest film Computer Chess, which will be screened at ACMI this December as part as their Long Play season. Computer Chess is an homage to the ‘80s will its computer geeks, technology and grand ambitions. The film details the story about a group of brilliant but nerdy computer scientists who have arrived at a grim motel for their yearly computer chess convention. Engrossed in their match, the scientists are oblivious to the life-loving hippies at the motel who have taken interest in them. Computer Chess will be screened at ACMI from Friday December 27 – Sunday January 19.



ACMI will be premiering the new feature documentary/drama from award-winning director Warwick Thorton (Samson & Delilah), entitled The Darkside, this February. Produced by Kath Shelper (The Turning, Samson and Delilah) and featuring the faces of Bryan Brown (Australia, Gorillas in the Mist), Deborah Mailman (Offpsring, The Sapphires) and many more, The Darkside will delve into the supernatural with a collection of heart-breaking, humorous and bizarre ghost stories experienced by ordinary Australians. The Darkside will screen at ACMI from Saturday February 8 – Sunday February 16. More information can be found through ACMI.


Kate McLennan hosts a cracking lineup at Commedia Dell Parte this Thursday in St Kilda which features David Quirk, David Boyle, Nicholas Johnson, Dave Warneke, Lana Schwarcz and Taco. The room still runs on a ‘pay as you like’ basis, so come along and have a great laugh, then pay what you believe the show is worth on the way out. Commedia Dell Parte runs every Thursday at 8.30pm at the George Lane Bar, St Kilda.


A stage adaptation of Guus Kuijer’s classic The Book of Everything will come to Melbourne for the first time this holiday season. An enchanting family tale about facing fears and finding happiness, the production will be directed by David Armfield and will star Matthew Whittet. The Book of Everything  opens on Friday November 29 at 7pm at Southbank Theatre, Sumner.


In addition to their performances at Hamer Hall later this month, the Australian National Academy of Music will host a Flute and Timpani Master Classes with Emily Beynon and Nick Woud. Beynon, a principal flautist, and Woud, a principal timpanist, are members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. They’re known for their innovative approach to music and their years spent teaching their respective instruments to budding musicians. Born in the UK in 1989, Emily Beynon students at the Royal Academy of Music with William Bennett and Alain Marion in Paris before joining the RCO in 1995. She is also a member of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Nick Woud joined the RCO back in 2003 after being a member of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra for twenty-five years. Before that, he had been studying percussion from the age of eight at Zaandam Music School before becoming a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands. Flute and Timpani Master Classes with Emily Beynon and Nick Woud will be hosted at South Melbourne Town Hall on Wednesday November 27. Tickets cost $5 at the door. You can catch the Royal Concertgebrouw Orchestra at the Arts Centre from Tuesday November 26 – Wednesday November 27. Tickets are available through the


Writer: Neil LaBute. Director: Denis Moore. Performers: Michele Williams and Chris Connelly. What’s the show about? It is about a brother/sister relationship. The sister, Betty, has summoned her brother Bobby to help her move some things out of a cabin in the woods. However, Betty is harbouring some very dark secrets that Bobby eventually unravels. The play is very much a psychological thriller about family, the past, secrets and lies, and our capacity to delude ourselves. It is a bit like Freud meets Agatha Christie, in style. Did you expect to be producing an encore season after the 2012 premiere? Yes, because a lot of people wanted to see the show last year when it had already closed. Describe your show in five words? An intense psychological thriller. How are people going to leave the show feeling? Shocked/stunned/amazed. What is your favourite thing about theatre? The immediacy of it and the fact that you have to be on your toes as a performer because you can’t do a ‘re-take’. What dates and times can I see your show? Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8pm and also on Saturday at 4pm (two shows on Saturdays). And at which venue? The Theatre Husk, 161a Heidelberg Road, Northcote. And for what price? First week special (up until Saturday November 9 – all tickets $15), then $30 full, $26 concession and $16 full time student. Where can we go to read more about Winterfall Theatre?


CREEP By Augustus Welby Over the past few years, electronic duo CREEP have commanded intermittent intrigue with a series of singles characterised by ethereal vocals, glitchy beats and sinister atmospherics. CREEP is a partnership between established Brooklyn-based DJs Lauren Flax and Lauren Dillard and Flax explains the project was initiated as a means of escape from their existent musical exploits. “I was sick of the constrictions of dance music. I just felt like I was boxed in, so me, Lauren and Melissa Livaudis from Telepathe just came into it for fun and didn’t really have any goals in mind.” Although Livaudis stepped aside before anything comprehensive was achieved, an obvious spark emerged between Flax and Dillard, prompting them to continue. “I had written a couple of skeletons of songs and I showed them to Lauren and she was like, ‘Oh I like this,’” says Dillard. “We went back and forth then showed that song [2010 single Days] to our friends and people seemed to like it, so we were

like, ‘You know, maybe we’re onto something here.’” The unplanned project has now come a long way, gathering creative momentum while interest from peers and the public spreads. Released this week, the duo’s debut LP Echoes features an impressive assemblage of collaborators, including Lamb’s Lou Rhodes, The xx’s Romy Madly-Croft and the familiar whispering rap of Tricky. Echoes comes almost three years after the group’s first single and Dillard indicates that, while they didn’t have a determined vision to do an album, it became apparent an album’s worth of material was upon them.

GEORGIA FAIR By Alex Griffin Georgia Fair look a bit tired, and they’ve got every right to be. In the middle of a national tour just after they’ve released their second album, the moody folk duo are coming down from supporting The Panics frontman Jae Laffer at a packed house in Fremantle. Guitarist Ben Riley is trying to recover by ordering a fruit platter off the menu, while singer Jordan Wilson handles most of the talking. Interviewing them is like nudging your way into hanging out with two best friends; something that becomes quickly obvious in the way they banter about everything, from learning about WA pollie Troy Buswell’s chair-sniffing to the non-musical perks of moving to Melbourne (“cheap beer,” offers Wilson. “Cheap girls” is Riley’s answer). Jokes aside, Georgia Fair are becoming a bigger fish in the Australian pond, having supported increasingly bigger names to bigger crowds as they’ve progressed. Yet, even though they signed up to mega label Sony early on in their career, they haven’t felt pressure to make a zillion dollars overnight, as Wilson explains. “When we first started out, we thought signing to a label was

what you do, and after that you’re fine. But it’s been hard work. We’re doing what all young bands should do, working your way up from the bottom. We have pressure on ourselves to work bigger rooms as we go, but other than that, it’s just writing music.” Still, the last few years have been a steep learning curve. “We’ve learnt a lot about business,” explains Riley. “Our musical drive hasn’t changed, it’s constantly evolving naturally, but we’ve

MIDLAKE By Chris Havercroft Midlake are a much loved Denton, Texas, outfit who have put out an impressive display of experimental, yet accessible albums. This investigative nature was recently put to the test when long-time frontman Tim Smith left the band mid-way through recording an album. Guitarist Eric Pulido stood into the role left by the singer as Midlake forged on to make their fifth album, Antiphon. After Midlake had completed their touring schedule for 2010’s The Courage Of Others, they returned to the studio as they always had. In the process of trying to make a new album, vocalist Tim Smith became more disillusioned with band life and left Midlake. It was a move that could have led to the end of the much loved and ambitious band if not for the resolve of guitarist, Eric Pulido. “Well there was kind of a transition now that I look back with hindsight,” says Pulido of Smith’s departure. “It was no secret


that Tim wasn’t a big fan of touring and at times he was unsatisfied with some of the music that we were making. Even at that time he was pulling back and I was singing most of the melodies with him and standing in the middle of the stage and doing most of the talking. The big leap that it could have been wasn’t as drastic due to the transition I had. “When he decided to leave it was still a daunting task as there

“We don’t really set out to do things, necessarily. I don’t want to say [things] ‘just happen’, because that sounds lazy, but basically things happen organically and we like things to progress naturally and that’s what happened with the record,” she says. Australia’s Sia Furler also makes an appearance, adding a gutsy vocal to the album closing power-ballad Dim The Lights. Lauren Flax actually co-wrote Sia’s 2009 hit You’ve Changed and she explains that Sia was her first choice to handle the song’s emotional urgency. “When we wrote Dim The Lights  it was a particularly challenging time for me and it’s just a meaningful song and I couldn’t hear anybody on it [other] than Sia. I wrote [to] her and poured my heart out and told her exactly what the song was about and she was just like, ‘Honey I’ll do it, of course I’ll sing on it’. She moved to LA from New York so she did it in LA and sent us the parts.” Securing the inimitable vocal talents of UK trip hop pioneer Tricky for the track Call Her (which also features School of Seven Bells’ Alejandra de la Deheza) is a particular honour for the girls and Flax reveals it was essentially a case of serendipity that led to working with him. “I had talked about him in an article because everyone always asks, ‘Who are your dream collaborators?’ Apparently he

learnt a lot about people. We’re very much into taking control of our creative world after some of the experiences we’ve had.” Despite any outside challenges, at the heart of the band is the friendship between Wilson and Riley. “Every now and then you’ve got to come back to each other and be like, ‘Still want to do this?’” says Wilson. “It’s like every relationship. Sometimes we haven’t been able to play gigs, or we’ve been waiting around to put an album out, and that’s been testing. But we’re gonna fight the good fight.” When it comes to working through the difficult patches together, Georgia Fair have exactly the kind of solution that comes from knowing one another since high school. “We bonded over System of a Down! We can still listen to that shit and get off. Some nights we do a case between us and listen to them and Blink-182, Nirvana, all the stuff we listened to when we first started hanging out.” Fortunately, there isn’t that much of Toxicity in the way they write music. “We were influenced by punk CDs, but we didn’t write songs until we found our parents’ record collections,” Riley explains. “There weren’t many songwriters from our generation we were looking at; for us it was all Dylan, Young. Where it all came from.” It’s lazy to lump Georgia Fair in with new-folk borecore like Mumford & Sons who are happy using the names of Dylan and Drake in vain, because there’s a depth of dreaminess to Trapped

was still so much I didn’t know. We were used to doing things in a different way and it shook things up. As you know in life it can be a good thing to break out of the mould of something and test yourself and see how it goes.” The fact that Midlake have always been a band to push the boundaries and take a left turn with each new album turned out to be their saving grace. As the band’s sound continues to change as they grow and mature, Midlake were well placed to make a record without a member who had historically been the lead singer. “There was a type of naivety that came along because it was almost like starting over. We did literally start over on the songs and the record, so in that moment you try to define what it is that you are doing. Once Tim left we all got together within 24 hours and put the pieces back together. We did it in a way where we felt that we could all feel ownership over it. I think we got more out of everyone’s voice figuratively and literally and it made for a much more dynamic record in many ways.” Pulido states that although they talk about Smith’s leaving as it is relevant to the making of Antiphon, it has been over a year since the time he left and the band have come to terms with it. Midlake are now in the headspace to embrace what is ahead of them instead of looking back at what was.


noticed it and was down to work on something with us.” Tricky is a very busy individual, releasing his tenth record False Idols this year while continuing to collaborate widely and seemingly his high productivity rate is a result of a swift execution method. ”Tricky was like the fastest turnaround time as well actually, out of anybody, which is crazy because I wouldn’t expect that,” says Dillard. “We wrote the track in Berlin and sent it to him and he just threw down some vocals on it and sent it to us and we were like, ‘Oh man, perfect,’” adds Flax. “It was pretty cool. Definitely like a childhood dream come true.” CREEP’s debut record, Echoes, is out now through Inertia.

Flame that comes from a far less cynical place. “The more you play the music you want to play, the more people tend to put you in a box, which is fair enough, but you do what you do because you like doing it,” says Wilson. “It’s going to be way less authentic to try and do something else. Even though we’re open to experimenting, we’re not trying to invent new things musically; I try to invent imaginary worlds far, far away from here when I write songs. With an acoustic guitar you can do that anywhere you go, and there’s a certain resonance to that. I’m not thinking about the instrument when I’m playing it.”

GEORGIA FAIR play Howler on Friday November 29. Trapped Flame is out via Sony.

As such, while an antiphon is often defined as a responsory by a choir or congregation, or a call-and-response style of singing (from Gregorian chants to sea shanties) Pulido is more inclined to look at the word to mean the opposite voice. “In terms of call and response, this is our response to what happened with Tim,” he states. “Also, I feel it is about the plight of man where it is not about what happens to you in life, but how you respond to it, is how you are defined. I thought it was a nice word that tied up in a little bow to capture what this time as a band and friends is for us.”

Antiphon is out now through Bella Union/[PIAS] Australia.

justin van der volgen words / rk Playing a few parties in countries as far flung as Japan – half your luck – is the quintessential and at-times random life of a DJ and producer. “I’m just hanging out,” explains a pretty content Justin Van Der Volgen. “Actually, I’ve always been a fan of how draft beer is poured over here and thought they had such a crazy technique – so last night I made my way behind a bar to learn it,” he says laughing. “The bartender showed me the secrets and then politely asked me to go back to my seat. Tomorrow, I’m heading to China for the first time for a party in Shanghai, which is very exciting – and then I’m coming back to Australia.” Travels aside, Justin continues to call New York home and while spending most of his time based there, he remains impressed that the scene in the USA is as strong as ever: “There are tons of new venues opening up and lots of great music being made,” he claims. “I have no complaints about how my sound is accepted here either; but I do consider myself lucky that enough people are interested in what I do outside of home so that I get to travel and see the world.” He goes on to explain how music was always around when he was a kid in growing up in Sacramento, California. “My parents met while playing folk guitar in the late ‘60s. Then I started playing the guitar when I was 11 years old and wanted to be in a

band, but nobody I knew could play any instruments, so I had to teach a bunch of friends how to play various instruments to put together a band. Eventually through the scene, I met the people of Out Hud in the mid-’90s and spent my ‘20s touring with them – then we moved to New York pretty early on and being here influenced us in a big way.” Making a base for himself then in arguably the greatest city in the world, the Big Apple has created, molded and inspired Justin into the artist and producer that he is today. Thoroughly enjoying his time in the studio too, he explains that he is working on various bits and bobs while keeping himself busy. “Recently, Hell Yeah records from Italy released an edit I did of an Alexander Robotnick track. Marco, the owner of the label heard me play it in Italy and asked what it was - and later on licensed the song and put it out, so that was pretty cool. I also released two edits on the label My Rules Records earlier this year. I’m also hoping to finish a project soon with Eric Duncan, Johnny Sender from Konk, Pete Z and Aaron Bondaroff - and after the Australian tour, I’m heading to Berlin to get some TBD work done with Doug Lee.” Otherwise musically, he is enjoying the deviation away from the disco and house sounds for which he is well known – and highly regarded for, to something a little more experimental –

particularly when the occasion suits: “I’m definitely playing more of a combination,” he chimes. “It depends on the situation but I like to play across a selection of old and new music from different genres and at various tempos. It always depends on the audience to some extent – for example, more electro sounds do sometimes work better for larger settings.” But disco remains his great love and while he has seen the genre evolve over time, he remains committed to the cause. “It’s probably because I grew up hearing to it,” he suggests, when asked what it was and is about the sound that appealed to him so much. “I grew up watching dance shows like Solid Gold and Dance Fever; even hip hop in the early ‘80s, using replayed or sampled disco breaks - it was definitely everywhere. And with today’s technology, the ability to take small samples of old records and to add new instrumentation and drums to make something fresh means that people are constantly doing new things with disco. Hopefully that continues so the genre does keep evolving in that way.” So despite getting caught up in the whirlwind that can become the electronic dance music movement – unlike some of his compatriots, he does enjoy finding the time to do things that are slightly extra-curricular. “You have to find the time,” he agrees. “I

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really enjoy watching cooking shows, hanging out with my friends in Brooklyn and travelling with my girlfriend. This summer we did a two-week road trip all over Croatia on the way to the Garden Festival in TIsno and hope to do something similar again soon.” Finally – and I remind you that Justin has played a number of particularly memorable gigs in Australia in recent years – he expects things this time for his performance at Melbourne Music Week should be a little different. “This will be my first time playing a festival-related event,” he says. “It should be really cool - I’m also really excited about the new music I’ve brought including some of my own works in progress. I’m pretty psyched to play them for you guys.”

Justin Van Der Volgen plays alongside Hieroglyphic Being for the Animals Dancing party at Melbourne Music Week which will take place on Saturday November 16 at the Melbourne Music Week hub, The Residence, which will be located at Birrarung Marr.


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Idaho-raised Trevor Powers, AKA Youth Lagoon, has added a one-off Melbourne headline date to his Laneway schedule Breaking out in 2010 with singles July and Cannons, Youth Lagoon delivered his debut album The Year Of Hibernation in 2011. He’s out of the big sleep now, though, and headed to Australia on the back of second LP Wondrous Bughouse. Catch him on Wednesday February 5 at the Prince Bandroom.


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Baltimore house music staple DJ Spen will play a trio of DJ sets in Australia this month. Initially inspired by hip hop, Spen began producing mix-shows for regional radio stations. He later joined The Basement Boys and laid the foundations for a career that has seen him filling dancefloors since the early ‘90s. Spen also formed Jasper Street Company and currently enjoys success with the MuthaFunkaz. DJ Spen will take over New Guernica on Saturday November 23.

rainbow serpent urban gathering

Can’t wait until January? Get your filling of Rainbow Serpent a few months early at Rainbow Urban Gathering, featuring the heavy bass of ill.Gates in his only 2013 Melbourne show. Aside from tasty beats, the day will also give attendees a chance to score some discounted Rainbow 2014 tickets and win some sweet Rainbow merchandise. For those who just want to keep on moving, Northcote’s Level Two will host the official after party. Rainbow Urban Gathering goes down at Ceres Environment Park on Saturday November 9.

ill.Gates’ ILL.METHODOLOGY artistic development workshop is coming to Tetris Studios on Thursday November 7. It presents a comprehensive skill set of techniques acquired from his prolific 17 years of experience in electronic music production. This extraordinary workshop is targeted to increase your productivity and efficiency in writing finished compositions in Ableton Live and providing you with all the tools you would need to fast track your production, accelerate your workflow and achieve the success that will make music sustainable for you. You don’t have to book just be there by 7pm if you want in. There’ll be beats in the beer garden from 4pm and is $40 for males and $20 for females.

Sampology and DJ Butcher will hit the road this November to celebrate the release of Dancehall Queen-The Remixes. The duo will treat audiences to a special 2.5 combined set that will show off their mastery in scratching, special tricks and routines, live drumming, sampling, remixes and mashups. Catch Sampology and DJ Butcher at the Palace Theatre on Saturday November 16.

gold panda

UK wunderkind Gold Panda has announced sideshows in addition to his appearance at Golden Plains early next year. Known to some as Derwin Powers, Gold Panda recently released Half Of Where You Live, a follow-up to the producer’s critically-lauded Lucky Shiner. Gold Panda will perform at The Corner Hotel on Friday March 7.

EXTRAWELT [GER] Friday November 15, Brown Alley SALT N PEPA [USA] Saturday November 16, Palais Theatre HIEROGLYPHIC BEING [USA], JUSTIN VAN DER VOLGEN [USA] Saturday November 16, The Residence BIG SEAN [USA] Saturday November 16, Prince Bandroom FINNEBASSEN [NOR] Sunday November 17, Revolver Upstairs SHED [GER], ANDY STOTT [UK] Sunday November 17, The Residence PANTHA DU PRINCE [GER] Monday November 18, Melbourne Recital Centre MIX MASTER MIKE [USA] Thursday November 21, The Espy DAVID AUGUST [GER], JOHN TEJADA [USA] Friday November 22, Brown Alley JACQUES LU CONT [UK] Friday November 22, The Residence STRAWBERRY FIELDS: CARL CRAIG [USA], MOODYMANN [USA] Friday November 22 - Sunday November 24 , TBA NOSAJ THING [USA], JONWAYNE [USA] Saturday November 23, The Residence DJ SPEN [USA] Saturday November 23, New Guernica AWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICA [USA] Sunday November 24, The Residence EARTHCORE: ANGY KORE [ITA], PERFECT STRANGER [ISR] + MORE Friday November 29 - Sunday December 2, TBA FUNKINEVEN [USA] Saturday November 30, The Liberty Social 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 RØDHÅD [GER] Friday December 13, Mercat Basement MEREDITH: TIM SWEENEY [USA], DERRICK MAY [USA] + MORE Friday December 13 - Sunday December 15, Meredith Supernatural Ampitheatre DERRICK MAY [USA] Saturday December 14, Howler MIDLAND [UK] Sunday December 22, 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 DANNY TENAGLIA [USA], MORGAN PAGE [USA] Wednesday January 1, Shed 14 KOLOMBO [BEL] Sunday January 19, Revolver Upstairs RAINBOW SERPENT: DONATO DOZZY [ITA], MICHAEL MAYER [GER] + MORE Friday January 24 - Monday January 27, Lexton AVICII [SWE] Sunday January 26, Melbourne Showgrounds MOUNT KIMBIE [UK] Thursday January 30, Corner Hotel EMINEM [USA], KENDRICK LAMAR [USA] + MORE Wednesday February 19, Etihad Stadium XXYYXX [USA] Tuesday February 4, Corner Hotel. YOUTH LAGOON [USA] Wednesday February 5, Prince Bandroom EARL SWEATSHIRT [USA], DANNY BROWN [USA] Thursday February 6, The Palace BRUNO MARS [USA], MIGUEL [USA] Tuesday March 4 & Wednesday March 5, Rod Laver Arena GOLD PANDA [UK] Friday March 7, Corner Hotel GOOD LIFE: DEADMAU5 [UK], KNIFE PARTY [UK] + MORE Friday March 7, Flemington Racecourse MAITREYA: DICK TREVOR [UK], YAHEL [ISR] Friday March 7 - Monday March 10, Sealake GOLDEN PLAINS: PUBLIC ENEMY [USA], FLYING LOTUS [USA] + MORE Saturday March 8 - Monday March 10, Meredith Supernatural Ampitheatre FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL: DEADMAU5 [UK], KNIFE PARTY [UK] + MORE Sunday March 9, Flemington Racecourse

kid mac

Kid Mac will be taking his energetic show around the country later this month in support of his recently released album Head Noise. Following on from 2012 which saw Mac take out Music Oz Independent Music Awards’ Artist of the Year, and more recently returning from Canada where he toured with US rap artist Mickey Avalon, Head Noise has been a highly anticipated sophomore release. Catch Kid Mac as he takes over the Ding Dong on Saturday November 30.

hip hop straight up

The Salvos are holding a live music event called Hip Hop Straight Up on Saturday November 9 from 5pm - 9pm. It’s an alcohol, drug and smoke free event for under 25’s. Hip Hop Straight Up will be headlined by Allday and supported by Grey Ghost and Soliliquy. Allday is fresh from signing with Illy’s label OneTwo and dropping his latest mixtape Soon I’ll Be in Cali 2 to massive online buzz. It goes down at The Temple, 69 Bourke St, CBD.

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good life

This year Good Life will bring of international DJs and producers to Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse, including Deadmau5, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Rudimental, Australian superstars Knife Party and many more. Since its first appearance in 2010, Good Life has entertained music lovers between the ages of 13 and 17 years with its festival atmosphere, including over eight hours of music performed over multiple stages, free carnival rides, water-themed parks, market stalls, healthy food options and its zero tolerance towards alcohol and drugs. Good Life will be hosted at Flemington Racecourse on Friday March 7.

bag raiders

Bag Raiders will be taking over The Espy next month for a free DJ set. The Sydney based house duo have continuously proved to be one of our most sought after club acts since the release of their chart topping debut album back in 2010. They have spent the last three years touring the globe and are currently polishing their forthcoming second LP. Catch Bag Raiders at The Espy on Friday December 27.

tour rumours Henrik Schwarz, Juan Atkins, Marcus Worgul, Marcel Dettmann, Cassy, DJ Shadow, DVS1, Mario Basanov, MK, Detroit Swindle, Legowelt, Redshape Will Saul, Rustie, Jacques Greene, Kito, Reija Lee, Marcel Vogel, Andrew Weatherall, Psychemagik, Smallpeople, Skudge, Roman Flügel, Silicone Soul


Following his sold-out national tour this year, Florida’s XXYYXX is coming back to town in February for Laneway – and he’s just added a sideshow to go with it. The man otherwise known as Marcel Everett has been riding the crest of a YouTube wave for About You, and the good folk at Novel are bringing him back for an intimate performance while there’s still a chance to do it. Catch him on Tuesday February 4 at the Corner Hotel.


Swedish wunderkind Avicii will hit Australia this January on his True Tour. The man behind Seek Bromance, Fade Into Darkness,Wake Me Up, and of course LE7ELS, will treat fans to three hours of his fist-pumping sounds on the heels of the release of his latest album True. Catch Avicii at Melbourne Showgrounds on Sunday January 26.


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Artyom Stolyarov, otherwise known as Arty, is something of a dance music prodigy. The Russian DJ and producer came to the world’s attention at the age of 19 with the release of his Vanilla Sky EP. Now aged 24, he tours the world collaborating with huge names like Paul van Dyk and playing shows in Las Vegas and New York. Given that he makes his living as an electronic musician, Arty’s background is somewhat surprising: he spent many of his teenage years studying piano at a strict music school in Russia. “I did piano lessons for seven years growing up,” he explains. “Music school was tough – you needed to practise for six, seven, eight hours a day, and be incredibly focused – you didn’t get to hang out and do the fun stuff that kids in regular school got to do, necessarily.” He admits he hated the experience at the time, and gave up the piano after graduating, only realising its value as an instrument years later. “My studies gave me a background in harmonies and melodies – and they made me who I am right now.” Arty used this knowledge of melody and harmony to the fullest when making Vanilla Sky. The release mixed trance and house in youthful and exuberant style, and it met with great success. From there, things only got bigger – Armin van Buuren featured the next Arty single, Bliss, on A State Of Trance, and soon after, Above & Beyond signed him to their Anjunabeats label. It wasn’t long before Arty’s name was everywhere. Skip ahead a few years, and the youngster finds himself flying from continent to continent every week. For instance, on the day we talk, he’s spending some much-needed time in Russia with his girlfriend and family, before hitting Spain, Germany and the United States in the week to follow. “This year has been pretty mad with all the shows I’ve done,” he says. “It’s tough in some ways, because I’m really close to my family and I always want to be at home, even if it takes a long time to get here.” Arty will spend 14 hours in the air if it means spending a day at home. “I bring my iPad on the plane, and I have a lot of TV shows and books on there, so it’s not too bad,” he says. “It’s often one of the only chances I get to sleep.” Electronic music is big business right now, especially in America where Arty spends a lot of his time. Given the demands, however, it seems entirely possible that young DJs might burn out when faced with the demands of constant touring. I put this to him, but he seems philosophical about it. “In America, there are a crazy number of festivals in summer and club shows in the winter. There are a lot of really big clubs in Las Vegas, and they’re open from Monday

to Sunday. The market there is really huge, but there’s a lot of competition, so you need to do a pretty good job as a DJ there. It’s okay, though, if you’re doing what you love.” This new lifestyle has made him more adaptable as a producer. “In the beginning when I started to travel a lot, that was a really big problem because I was used to working at home. I had my big speakers, I had my computer and my whole set-up, and it was just a place that I knew. When you work in a hotel on your laptop it’s just not the same as working from home, but getting used to it is just a matter of time. I’m a lot more comfortable doing that these days.” One of Arty’s biggest breaks came last year, when he was featured on two tracks on van Dyk’s album Evolution. He appeared on The Sun After Heartbreak and The Ocean, which was nominated in the category of Best Trance Track at last year’s International Dance Music Awards. The story of how this collaboration came about, however, is a strange one. “I’ve always been a really big fan of Paul’s,” says Arty, “and a little while ago I was invited by his label to play alongside him at a big show in Berlin. I was really excited to meet him, and he told me all about his upcoming album.” Arty told van Dyke that he’d love to work with him as collaborator – as anybody would – and the trance superstar responded by asking him to send some ideas. “I sent through two or three and he picked a couple that he liked, some melodies, and then put them on the album. It was an unusual way to do it, because I didn’t work with him at all after sending him those initial ideas, but I guess that’s how he works.” Arty’s other recent big hit, the BT and Natia Ali collaboration Must Be The Love, was a different and more hands-on story. “BT came to me with an early version of the track, which had Nadia’s vocals but was otherwise totally different. He asked me to rework it, so I redid the whole arrangement around an a cappella line, then I sent that back to BT, who really liked it, so he worked on the mix some more and then put it out. I guess you’d say that’s a more traditional collaboration, where everyone involved does hands-on work on the track.”



Arty plays Future Music Festival with Deadmau5, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Phoenix, Hardwell, Rudimental, Eric Prydz, Kaskade, Porter Robinson and more at Flemington Racecourse on Sunday March 9.

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Toronto-born San Franciso-based producer Illiam B. Gates aka ill. Gates intentions are bass - and heavy bass at that. His sets are world renowned party starters with his mix of live production and the choice picks will get your arse moving. This Saturday November 9 Melbourne is incredibly lucky to be getting a live performance from ill.Gates at Brunswick’s Ceres Environment Park for the Rainbow Serpent Urban Gathering to launch next year’s festival. However, being such a dope individual he is also conducting his ILL.METHODOLOGY artistic development workshop at Tetris Studios on this Thursday where he will teach young DJs and producers how to make that next step. Preceding Gates’ official education of Melbourne he caught up with Beats to talk straight about what inspires his intoxicating mix of hip hop, dancehall and drum and bass. “Hip hop as a musical genre is in a lot of ways the last real genre of music. Hip hop is defined by sampling and therefore contains all other genres within it. Hip Hop as a culture contains the elements of DJing, MCing, graffiti and breakdancing. There have been many sub-genres within hip hop culture, but it’s all hip hop really: trap, crunk, hyphy, pop’n’lock, footwork, bone breaking, some point you have to ask: ‘how different are these things from the core idea of hip hop culture really?’” While hip hop is at the core of most ill.Gates sets, he uses two other main sonic glues to keep his sets together: dub and drum and bass. In discussing dub, Gates makes the point that is inseparable from its root: dancehall. “All electronic music – hip hop included – owes a massive debt to Jamaica. Without the innovations that started in Jamaica we simply would not have anything like the music we have today. It was there that early dub producers first had the idea that a producer could play a soundboard and effects as a part of the song. Before that producers were just technicians. “Jamaicans also invented rap, but it was called ‘toasting’ back then. Even Cool Herc - largely credited with creating hip hop was a Jamaican who grew up on sound system culture. Anyone who listens to music and doesn’t give Jamaica the respect it deserves is a fucking twit!” However, despite his passion for the origin of the music he produces, Gates admits that it was the early personal influence

of drum n bass luminary Goldie that sparked his passion for producing, “I grew up on that drum and bass. It was the first EDM genre to really worship the bass like they do in Jamaica. I also used to live with Marcus Visionary for a while back in Toronto, so we had guys like Nicky Blackmarket and Goldie around our place all the time. Huge influence for sure.” On the amazing Ill Gates Re: Mix: Tape Gates features South African proto-rap troupe Die Antwoord. It is fascinating to hear Gates’ take on DA as for many rap and hip hop purists they are a dirty crew. “I love DA and all their related projects. They really challenge ideas of what it is to live and create in the music scene. It’s incredible to see people treat their very being as an intentional work of art. Watching them develop over the years is amazing. I can’t wait to see what they turn into next,” states Gates. He continues on this thread, now talking about Die Antwoord’s homeland, “I went to South Africa to perform at Earthdance and produce a record at the Red Bull studios last year and it really was an amazing time. I would have to say that South Africa (like Jamaica) has a staggeringly disproportionate amount of talented humans, especially vocalists. I played in Cape Town and Johannesburg as well and really loved it. It was life changing.” Finally, and alluding the idea that his Urban Gathering show this Saturday will be something special, Gates talks about where in the world he likes to play the most. “I’d have to say I feel most comfortable on the West Coast of North America, the east coast of Australia and South Africa. People there just ‘get it’ when it comes to my music and I don’t have to dumb it down like I do in a lot of places I play. I also love that Aussies know how to party. Not everyone knows how to party. It’s a skill, takes years of practice,” smiles Gates. ill.Gates is playing Rainbow Serpent Urban Gathering on Saturday November 9 at Ceres Environment Park and will be conducting ILL.METHODOLOGY at Tetris Warehouse on Thursday November 7.

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wednesday november 6 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 DUBSTEP GRIME DRUM & BASS FEAT: DJ BADDUMS + DJ CARMEX Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. HALFWAYS Workshop, Melbourne. 8:00pm. HOODRAPZ - FEAT: WEDNESDAY Workshop, Melbourne. 7:00pm. LOST & FOUND - FEAT: DJ SPIDEY + DJ RUBY FROST Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:00pm. MO’ SOUL - FEAT: DJ VINCE PEACH & MISS GOLDIE Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. NEW GUERNICA WEDNESDAYS New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. SOUL ARMY Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. THE DINNER SET Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:00pm. thursday november 7 3181 THURSDAYS - FEAT: HANS DC + JAKE JUDD + NIKKI SARAFIAN + HEY SAM + JESSE YOUNG + JOHN DOE + SEAN RAULT Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 5:00pm. BANG N MASH Word Events Warehouse & Lounge, Melbourne. 8:00pm. BILLBOARD THURSDAYS - FEAT: MATT DEAN + MATTY GRANT + PHIL ROSS Billboard, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $10. CHI BEATS Chi Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. 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. THE RITZ THURSDAYS - FEAT: NARI & MILANI + CARRICK DALTON & SAM COHEN + CAUC-ASIAN DJ’S + ED WILKS + JOSHUA GILILAND + KEN WALKER + LUCILLE CROFT + MAX KRUSE + TIM LIGHT + ZACK ROSE

Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 8:00pm. $20. TIGER FUNK LIVE - FEAT: DJ MOONSHINE Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. TROCADERO Match Bar & Grill, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. friday november 8 ANYTIME Workshop, Melbourne. 8:30pm. BADABOOM FRIDAYS - FEAT: DJ ROWIE European Bier Cafe, Melbourne Cbd. 4:00pm. CANT SAY Platform One, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $10. CHI FRIDAYS Chi Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. CQ FRIDAYS Cq, Melbourne. 8:00pm. CRUCIAL SOCIAL ACADEMY FEAT: DJ A13 + DJ JELLYFISHWorkshop, Melbourne. 8:00pm. DISCOTHEQUE - FEAT: ELANA MUSTO + GREG SARA + SCOTT T Match Bar & Grill, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. 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 I LOVE OLD SCHOOL - FEAT: SHAGGZ & PUPPET + DJ TEY + MERV MAC Red Bennies, South Yarra. 10:00pm. $10. JUICY - FEAT: CHAIRMAIN MEOW + COBURG MARKET + MR. FOX + TIGERFUNK + WHO Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. MEET YOUR MATES FRIDAYS Libation, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. MIDNIGHT MIDNIGHT New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. MR VEGAS Prince Bandroom, St Kilda. 8:00pm. PANORAMA - FEAT: DJS MATT RAD + MR GEORGE + PHATO A MANO + TOM MEAGHER Lucky Coq, Windsor. 8:00pm. POPROCKS - FEAT: DR PHIL SMITH Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. REMEMBER ME The Motel, South Melbourne. 8:00pm. RETRO SEXUAL One Twenty Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. SATURDAY MORNING - FEAT: DJ SUNSHINE + DJ BUTTERS + DJ HEY SAM Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:00am. SHUFFLE FRIDAY NIGHTS Bridie O’reilly’s Brunswick, Brunswick. 10:00pm. SVELT + BISCOTTI + MANGELWURZEL 303, Northcote. 8:30pm. $10. THE FOX FRIDAYS Fox Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm.

UPTOWN GROOVE Order Of Melbourne, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. WEEKENDER! Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. SHUFFLE FRIDAY NIGHTS Bridie O’reilly’s Brunswick, Brunswick. 11:00pm. THE FOX FRIDAYS Fox Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. UPTOWN GROOVE Order Of Melbourne, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. saturday november 9 VENICE MUSIC - FEAT: DJ ALI E Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. 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. FIRST FLOOR SATURDAYS - FEAT: BILLY HOYLE + DJS DUCHESZ + MZRIZK + WASABI First Floor, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. GLITCH THIS - FEAT: SATURDAY Workshop, Melbourne. 7:00pm. HOT STEP Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. LAB 22 Palace Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. MIXED DRINKS SATURDAYS Libation, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. MOTEL SATURDAYS The Motel, South Melbourne. 8:00pm. NEO SACRILEGE - FEAT: DJ NERO Abode, St Kilda. 8:00pm. NEW GUERNICA SATURDAYS New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. ONESIXFIVE - FEAT: DJ COURTNEY MILLS + DJ HOOPS + DJ OLLIE HOLMES + DJ JOSH PAOLA + DJ WILL CUMMINGS Onesixone, Prahran. 3:00am. POISON APPLE Prince Bandroom, St Kilda. 8:00pm. SATURDAY CONFIDENTIAL Galley Room, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. SATURDAYS - FEAT: ACTION SAM + DJ ROWIE European Bier Cafe, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. SATURDAYS @ LEVEL 2 - FEAT: DJ BOOGS + DJ CHESTWIG + DJ LUKE MCD + DJ MIKE HUNT + DJ ROWIE + DJ SPECIAL K Level 2 The Club, Northcote. 9:00pm. SATURDAYS AT ONE TWENTY BAR One Twenty Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. SOUND EMPIRE - FEAT: DJ TATE STRAUSS + DJ JOE SOFO + DJ MATTY + DJ MISS SARAH + DJ PHIL ROSS Fusion, Southbank. 9:30pm. $25. SOUTH SIDE SHOW - FEAT: EDD FISHER + KNAVE KNIXX Red Bennies, South Yarra. 8:00pm. $15. STAR SATURDAYS Star Bar, South Melbourne. 8:00pm. STRUT SATURDAYS - FEAT: COLLECTIVE + ANDREAS + DANNY MERX + HENRIQUE + JASON SERINI + MARK PELLEGRINI + MC JUNIOR + NICK VAN WILDER

Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 8:00pm. $22. SUNDAY NIGHTS - FEAT: DJ DAMION DE SILVA + DJ JAY J + DJ KEN WALKER + DJ LIGHTING Co., Southbank. 8:30pm. TEMPERANCE SATURDAYS FEAT: DJ MARCUS KNIGHT + DJ XANDER JAMES Temperance Hotel, South Yarra. 8:00pm. TEXTILE - FEAT: DJS PACMAN + JEAN PAUL + MOONSHINE + TAH Lucky Coq, Windsor. 6:00pm. THE FOX SATURDAYS Fox Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. THE HOUSE DEFROST - FEAT: DJ ANDEE FROST Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm. WHAT’S DOING? - FEAT: DJ CITIZEN.COM Workshop, Melbourne. 8:00pm. sunday november 10 COSMIC TONIC Veludo Bar & Restaurant, St Kilda. 9:30pm. DANGER - FEAT: GEORGE HYSTERIC & ROHAN BELL-TOWERS The Carlton Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. MOTEL SUNDAYS The Motel, South Melbourne. 8:00pm. NO MORE-BANG-FOR-BUCK BURLESQUE SHOW! Red Bennies, South Yarra. 8:00pm. REVOLVER SUNDAYS - FEAT: DJ BOOGS + DJ SPACEY SPACE + DJ RADIATOR + DJ SILVERSIX + DJ T-REK Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:30pm. SOUTH SIDE HUSTLE - FEAT: ASKEW + BOOSHANK + DISCO HARRY + JUNJI + MISS BUTT + PAZ + PETER BAKER Lucky Coq, Windsor. 8:30pm. SUNDAE SHAKE - FEAT: AGENT 86 + PHATO-A-MANO + TIGERFUNK Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 4:00pm. SUNDAY SESSIONS - FEAT: DAN BOWDENA ND MAYFIELD + FOUNKSHUI Veludo Bar & Restaurant, St Kilda. 4:30pm. SURRENDER - FEAT: DJ SERGEANT SLICK + DJ ADAM TRACE + DJ ADRIAN CHESSARI + DJ CHRIS OSTROM + DJ SEF Fusion, Southbank. 8:00pm. THE SUNDAY SET - FEAT: DJS ANDYBLACK + HAGGIS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 4:00pm. monday november 11 IBIMBO - FEAT: LADY NOIR & KITI Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 6:00pm. KOOL AID - FEAT: DJ MU-GEN Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. STIFF DRINK - FEAT: DJ MICHAEL KUCYK + DJ MICHAEL OZONE + DJ ROMAN WAFERS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. TWERKERS CLUB - FEAT: DJ FLETCH Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:00pm.

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tuesday november 12 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.

urban club guide wednesday november 6

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

thursday november 7 PENNIES Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. $6.

friday november 8

CHAISE FRIDAYS - FEAT: SOULCLAP + DJ CLAZ + DJ DIRX + DJ PERIL + DJ SEF Chaise Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 4:30pm. CREW LOVE - FEAT: DJ TONY SUNSHINE Sub Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm. $15. DJ THADDEUS DOE The B.east, Brunswick East. 9:00pm. FAKTORY Khokolat Bar, Melbourne. 2:55pm. FAKTORY - FEAT: DJ DAMION DE SILVA


+ DJ DURMY + DJ K DEE + DJ YATHS Khokolat Bar, Melbourne. 9:30pm. GET LIT Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. LIKE FRIDAYS - FEAT: BROZ + DIR-X + DJS DINESH + NYD + SEF + SHAGGZ + SHAUN D La Di Da, Melbourne. 8:00pm. RNB SUPERCLUB - FEAT: YOUNG MEN SOCIETY Rnb Superclub, Southbank. 8:00pm. STUDIO Chasers, South Yarra. 8:00pm. $20. SWEET NOTHING FRIDAYS - FEAT: DJ MARCUS KNIGHT + DJ XANDER JAMES Temperance Hotel, South Yarra. 9:00pm.

saturday november 9

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.

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LAUNDRY SATURDAYS Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. SATURDAY NIGHTS - FEAT: DJ DAMION DE SILVA + DJ JAY SIN + DJ K DEE Khokolat Bar, Melbourne. 9:30pm. THE DOJO Order Of Melbourne, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm. THE HIGH SOCIETY Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm.

monday november 11

FREEDOM PASS - FEAT: PHIL ROSS + B-BOOGIE + CHRIS MAC + DOZZA Co., Southbank. 10:30pm. HIP HOP OPEN MIC First Floor, Fitzroy. 8:00pm.

tuesday november 12 CAN I KICK IT? Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm.




With Christie Eliezer * Stuff for this column to be emailed to <> by Friday 5pm



More speakers have been added to the 500-strong list of the 6th AWME (Australasian Worldwide Music Expo), from November 14 – 17. Many represent some of the best global festivals for world music acts. They include Warren Smith (Sierra Nevada World Music), Fred Lachaize (Reggae Sun Ska, France), Chris Frayer (Winnipeg Folk), Kate Little (Splendour In The Grass), Danni Colgan (Sydney Festival), Jamie McKew (Port Fairy Folk), Chris Wade (Beverly Folk, UK), Ol Johan Gaup (Riddu Riddu International Indigenous, Norway) and Marta Dobosz (Warsaw Cross Cultural). Representing venues are Christopher Rodrigo (The Esplanade, Singapore) and Janis Monture (Harbourfront Centre, Canada). Others include Millie Millgate (Sounds Australia), Aldo Lennard (Lennard Promotions), Basil Cook (ABC Music), Regan Lethbridge (123 Agency), Chryss Carr (AUM PR), NZ managers Cushla Aston and Lorraine Barry, writer Clinton Walker, Jessie Lloyd (Songlines Aborigina Music), Kirsty Rivers & Michael Hutchings (APRA), Ella Cpchrane (Mushroom Promotions), Sarah Guppy (Tone Deaf ), Mary Mihelakos (Aussie BBQ), and David Bridie, Roger Knox, Bunna Lawrie, Jeff Lang, Sime Nugent, Lou Bennett and Liza Maza.

The 9th Coopers AMP (Australian Music Prize) announced six more Longlisted artists – The Wolves by Brighter Later, I’m A Bird by Sam Buckingham, Sun, Cloud by Luke Howard, Calluses by Pikelet, King Amongst Many by Horrorshow and Calendar Days by Dick Diver. Applications closed last Friday.



Mushroom Group head honcho Michael Gudinski’s dream to stage concerts at Hanging Rock, with a spectacular backdrop similar to Colorado’s Red Rocks, is given a further five years. Macedon Range Shire’s councillors voted to have more concerts there (despite protests from some residents, who compiled a petition with 5,000 signatures) and for Mushroom Group to organise them. The new deal, which comes into effect on October 31, 2014, allows for up to four concerts a year with the crowd capped at 18,000 each. The council will also pay Mushroom more for its services. Gudinski, who owns a weekend retreat in the area, first signed a deal with the council in 2009 to deliver four shows. Mushroom Group staged shows by Bruce Springsteen (two shows generated $10 million to the local economy after drawing 31,000, with 5,000 from outside Victoria), Leonard Cohen and Rod Stewart (which injected $2.3 million into the local economy).

Sydney-based Select Music announced four new signings, three from Melbourne. The three are soulsters Saskwatch (who tour nationally in November behind their Hands single), singer-songwriter Hayden Calnin (named by triple j as one of the 20 “Next Crop” artists to watch), and hip hopper Bam Bam! whose debut single Bags Packed has been playlisted on triple j. The fourth signing is Brisbane’s Major Leagues who also just signed a management deal with Chugg Music.

MTV AUSTRALIA TO LAUNCH TWO NEW MUSIC CHANNELS MTV Australia is launching two new music channels, MTV Music and MTV Dance on Tuesday December 3. MTV Music is an Australian version of the UK channel, covering pop, rock, urban and alternative, video premieres, chart shows and countdowns. MTV Dance will feature electronic, hip hop and R&B. MTV Australia has moved most of its operations to London, and now part of a bloc with the UK, Ireland, Russia, Hungary, Israel and New Zealand under Kerry Taylor. MTV’s Australian GM Rebecca Batties is leaving.

FLUME, JAGWAR, RUFUS UP FOR TRIPLE J GONG triple j unveiled the first six nominations of its J Awards. They are: Flume’s Flume, Jagwar Ma’s Jagwar Ma, RUFUS’ Atlas, The Drones’ I See Seaweed, Big Scary’s Not Art and Cloud Control’s Dream Cave.

MARTIN MARTINI LAUNCHES POUND RECORDS Martin Martini (Martin Martini & the Bone Palace Orchestra) has launched a vinyl label called Pound Records. “A family run business, the concept of Pound Records emerged from a spontaneous recording made by friends at the Pound, a derelict estate filled with a unique exquisiteness, where clusters of musicians would congregate and collaborate.” The first release, out November 30, is Vienna 1913, Martini’s musical interpretation of that city when it was home to inspired artists and musicians, coffee houses, lavish balls and intellectual gatherings. The album comes with a 50-page book by illustrator Michael Camilleri.

A Sydney legal case determines all licensed venue and nightclubs have the right to choose who they let in. Last year journalist Richard Sleeman launched separate defamation and anti-discrimination proceedings against Palms on Oxford nightclub in Sydney. The 62-year old claimed he had not been allowed in on December 23, 2011 because (a) the doorman thought he was too old; and (b) loudly accused him of being drunk before others in the queue. In June, Palms won the defamation case. Last week it won the discrimination case too, after getting statements from older patrons. The Administrative Decisions Tribunal told Sleeman his claim he was excluded because of his age was more speculation than real evidence, and the doorman had enough reason to think he was drunk.


JAMES BLAKE WINS MERCURY PRIZE James Blake won the £20,000 Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2013 with his album Overgrown. At the event in London, radio DJ Lauren Laverne mistakenly introduced him as James Blunt. After Blake thanked his parents and band, she had to call him back as he walked off without his trophy. Blake won against 11, including David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys, Rudimental and Jake Bugg.

APRA MAKES $177.4M FOR MEMBERS Figures from APRA AMCOS reveal they paid 323,311 songwriters, composers and music publishers a total of $177.4 million this year – up 4.2% on 2012 – for the performance of over 822,000 unique musical works. There was a rise of 15.4% of the amount of APRA members (12,443) paid royalties for overseas performances, a 9.8% increase in licensing revenue and a 7% increase in live performance claims by Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander members.

GOSSLING ALBUM GETS VEVO LIFT Harvest Of Gold, the debut album from Melbourne-based Gossling, will get a huge boost from Vevo. Its emerging artist Lift series has hosted Tonight Alive in Australia and internationally, John Newman, Bastille, Oh Land, Karmin, Jessie J, Rita Ora, Tinie Tempah, One Direction and Labrinth. Over eight weeks, Vevo’s Australian audience of 2.2 million will enjoy video premieres, interviews, behind-thescenes footage and a show at The Kelvin on November 14.

MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR ROLE AT PBS PBS 106.7FM is looking for a team player with initiative, a strong eye for detail, solid admin abilities and excellent oral and written communication skills to join the station as its Membership Coordinator. You will have a strong interest in Melbourne’s diverse music scene, and an understanding of community radio. The primary focus will be to service PBS’ members, but also work more broadly within the Marketing and Events team. Applications by COB Wednesday November 13. For a position description email

THINGS WE HEAR * Havana Brown landed her third #1 on the US dance charts with single Flashing Lights. * INXS’s manager Chris Murphy, when officially announcing a global publishing deal with Universal Music, revealed that aside from the Never Tear Us Apart mini-series on Seven Network, a film, a doco and a musical are “on the way”. * America’s SFX Entertainment has acquired 100% of Australia’s Totem OneLove Group which promotes the Stereosonic festival. SFX now controls 52 dance music festivals around the world. * David Bowie is adamant he won’t tour behind his The Next Day album. But The Pixies have invited him to go on tour. "We can be his band,” Frank Black said of his hero. “That'd be cool. We can be his backing band. We go out and do our set, he comes out to do his set with us.” Black says he was gratified that when the Pixies were in retirement, Bowie did their Cactus for 2002’s Heathen. * Rihanna has covered up a traditional Maori-inspired tattoo she got while in New Zealand last month using the traditional (and painful) way with a mallet and chisel. After returning to America, she did an 11-hour session for a new tattoo that “incorporated” the Maori design which drew blood when she did it in Auckland. * One Direction celebrated the last of their Australian shows, in Melbourne, with an on-stage cream pie, food and water pistol fight with Sydney support act 5 Seconds Of Summer. 1D sold almost 300,000 tickets on their Oz/ NZ run. * The Catholic Student Organization of an Omaha university protested at a concert by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis because of their pro-gay marriage song Same Love. University authorities let the show go ahead.

BRITNEY MUSIC SCARES SOMALI PIRATES Naval authorities use Britney Spears’ Oops I Did It Again, Baby One More Time and Toxic to scare Somali pirates off when they approach supertankers along the east coast of Africa. Navy officer Rachel Owens explained, “Her songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most. These guys can't stand Western culture or music, making Britney's hits perfect." Steven Jones, of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry, added, "Pirates will go to any lengths to avoid or try to overcome the music. I'd imagine using Justin Bieber would be against the Geneva Convention."

PLEDGEMUSIC, MOSHCAM, ANNOUNCE ‘SHOOT MY GIG’ Crowd-sourcing PledgeMusic and Australian creator of original online music videos Moshcam have come up with an initiative called Shoot My Gig. Artists can fund the filming of one of their gigs. The end product will be marketed using their direct-to-fan platform as a DVD or download and via Moshcam’s global network sharing revenue with the artist who retains total copyright of their content.

LIFELINES Dating: 50 Cent’s new galpal is Tatted Up Holly – named on account of an assortment of body ink. He has just narrowly avoided jail after being accused of hitting an ex-girlfriend (model Daphne Narvaez, the mother of his second child) and destroying her furniture. Engaged: for her 28th birthday, rapper Future gave R&B singer Ciara a 15-carat, emerald-cut diamond ring with which he proposed after knocking on the door of her New York hotel room. Ill: after spending time in jail after his assault charge in Washington D.C., Chris Brown has entered rehab. Recovering: during Fiona Lee Maynard & Her Holy Men dates in regional Victoria, Maynard’s “diagnosed” BENT tailbone became aggravated. By the time she returned to Melbourne, she could hardly walk. A MRI scan revealed her coccyx was actually broken. She soldiered on through the big Halloween Short Music Film Launch at Flying Saucer Club and will now allow herself three weeks to heal before the next gig at The Retreat Hotel, Brunswick on Saturday Nov 23. Suing: US dance icon Teddy Riley takes action against Lady Gaga over her 2009 track Teeth which he produced. Riley claims he was also promised 25% of writing royalties but has received nothing. Sued: Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath by the band’s original bassist and drummer who claimed he cheated them out of their money, destroying their reputation on Twitter, and for his diva-like behavior. Suing: R&B legend Marvin Gaye’s children took action against Robin Thicke, Pharrell and T.I. over Blurred Lines copying Gaye's hit Got To Give It Up. Suing: Quincy Jones launched a US$10 million suit against Michael Jackson’s estate and Sony Music Entertainment, claiming they improperly re-edited songs to deprive him of royalties and production fees from their use in the film This Is It and a pair of Cirque du Soleil shows based on the King of Pop's songs. Jailed: a NSW woman, already in jail for fraud, was given a further three month sentence for selling bogus tickets to six Pink fans to a Sydney show.



Lou Reed knew his time in this life was coming to an end. After a liver transplant in April, he returned to hospital the week before. His doctor, Charles Miller, told him that years of drug abuse had caused irreparable damage to his system: "We all agreed that we did everything we could." Reed opted to return to his home where his wife Laurie Anderson said he passed on in the garden. His final Facebook post was a picture showing a poster of himself pasted to a door with the words "Papa loves Baby" scrawled beneath. The caption read: "The Door."

Ballarat’s latest live music venue The Main Bar on Main Road is open for business. Co-owner Glenn Stevens has been working on the formerly derelict 1850s building for six years, preserving the old ambience. He also owns the pizzeria and delicatessen on either side. Main Bar’s booker is Dani Fry who says that the room’s music format is eclectic but with a focus on jazz.


UNIFIED launched a new store called 24 Hundred ( with a focus on artist merchandise, music and lifestyle clothing brands. At launch-time there were 200 bands and brands, and 2,000 items for sale. The site, which replaces the former UNFD store, promises 24-72 hour ship times for all domestic orders.

Melbourne industrial rock-hop band Blindmunkee have been nominated for a gong in the rock category in the 2013 Musicoz Australian Independent Music Awards. These are held this Thursday at Sydney’s The Star where they will play alongside 30 acts before 2,000 guests. The awards will be televised later.



STORY SO FAR RETURNS Series 3 of Nat Camilleri’s The Story So Far interview/ live music series returned on the weekend to Toff In Town. Others the latest series are Lanie Lane (November 10), Adalita (November 17) and Paul Kelly (November 24). See


FACE THE MUSIC PRESENTS PAUL SLOAN By Rod Whitfield The Face the Music conference is upon us once again, a massive two day shindig in mid November when the bigwigs and powerbrokers of the Australian music biz descend upon The Arts Centre in Melbourne to discuss the past, present and future of this infuriating, frustrating and exhilarating industry of ours. One of the key speakers on the festival program this year is Paul Sloan, head of both Billions Australia and Supersonic Enterprises, two major players in bookings, promotions and artist management. Paul has been booked for two separate topic discussions during the conference: the future of music festivals in Australia, and what 2014 has in store for us. Overall, he appears to have a very healthy sense of cynicism and optimism about the industry as a whole, and in typically irreverent fashion, he was happy to tell us how he was feeling about these upcoming engagements at the conference. “Regretful,” he states is plain but tongue-in-cheek fashion. “I generally avoid schmooze fests and conferences so I must have had a momentary lapse of reason or an unguarded moment on the day I was asked. However, I do like to chat, I love Melbourne and it is good to give the Billions Australia jet a long-haul flight every now and then so it is not so bad.”

In a broad sense, he is speaking about the immediate future of music festivals and the industry overall, but he was happy to tell us about some of the more ‘nitty gritty’ subjects he is delving into during his chats. “I’m sure the death of inner-city multi-genre festivals and what that will do to the overall landscape will be central to discussions,” he explains. “But the usual suspects such as ticketing, new technologies, new media, shifts in marketing strategy, artist revenue could all get a run depending how boring the mediator is. “I am just hoping for a nice mix of hope and despair,” he adds. That combination of hope and despair comes across plainly in his very detailed response to questions regarding the much publicised changes, good and bad, that the industry has gone through in the last ten years


Ten bands everyone should know about: Bambu, Christian Scott, Lady Leshurr, Project nRt, Tierra, Super Rock and Roll Party, Birdz, Olmecha Supreme, Massive Hip Hop choir and Soweto Kinch. Nine food items that you need to make a kickarse dinner party: Tapatio Hot Sauce, fresh coriander, mango, raspberries, lime, ice, almond milk, honey. Not sure what you would make with these items. Eight possessions that define you: Trumpet, notepad/book, Mpc, Rhodes, Cubase 7, hoodie, speakers, Universal Audio 1176. Seven favourite movies/TV shows that go on your mix-tape: The Boondocks, Mo Betta Blues, Enter The Dragon, Higher Learning, The Black Panther (marvel series), Blade, Star Wars. Six bad habits you can’t escape:

Late nights, coffee, late night music, changing music on the fly, phone, side tracks, Five people who inspire you: Gary Foley, Dave Chappelle, Arundhati Roy, Clifford Brown, Frank Zappa. Four things that turn you on: Valve gear, bebop lines, recording to tape, Edward trumpet Gen 3x Bb Trumpet. Three goals for your music: Make the best music possible, communicate my ideas in an accessible way, have fun. Two live gigs you’ll never forget and why: Dirty Three at Meredith, the famous lightning gig. Last year’s album launch – most fun ever! One day left before the apocalypse and you… Punch Tony Abbott in the face and burn down McDonald’s. When’s the gig? This Friday November 8 at The Workers Club.

or so. “Technology has outpaced the capacity of government and the industry’s ability to control and exploit it correctly, so although that has created some great opportunities, it has made a great big mess in most areas of the music industry,” he suggests. “I think we have come through the period where it is not about content but more about the use and exploration of new gadgets and software. With mobility now fully integrated with these tools and such a large amounts of (mostly shit) information pounding us, I think the focus will shift back to quality filters and content. People only have so much time to troll through their options and will look for reliable filters and leaders to find good stuff. “Label A&R, festival bookers, radio, managers, media, etc seem to largely base decisions on hits/views/likes as ‘evidence’ of popularity rather than listening to music and seeing potential as a starting point. This favours new bands, younger bands, novelty bands and sexier bands and has sent us back to the time of the one hit wonder. Fortunately for the world there is always the odd band with the artistic and ethical muscle to cap-

tivate an audience outside or beyond the bullshit. We need ways to support the bands working towards those exciting moments,” he concludes. That predominant feeling of hope tinged with healthy cynicism (or is it cynicism tinged with hope?) comes across very clearly once again, when Paul is asked what value he feels events such as the Face the Music conference add to the industry as a whole. “I think amongst dozens of people explaining how awesome they are or telling cool rock’n’roll stories, that the best outcome is that they encourage new connections between people who may only previously have known each other as an email address.” PAUL SLOAN will be presenting at the FACE THE MUSIC conference happens on the Friday November 15 and Saturday November 16 at The Arts Centre. The two day event features presentations, discussions, networking, music-making workshops, and the hottest tips and tools for music industry professionals.


Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like? Edith Piaf meets The Andrews Sisters meets Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis...or something like that. What do you love about making music? The joy of music is something otherworldly, like a meditation where you are able to communicate beyond words and reach some kind of transcendence. To then share that joy with an audience is really a wonderful feeling. This particular journey is romantic, beautiful, silly, sexy, and a lot of fun! Singing harmonies has got to be one of our favourite things to do, so Abby and I both get a lot of pleasure from singing together in this band. What can a punter expect from your live show? A couple of broads being French imposters, singing gorgeous songs in divine harmony with an awesome, kickass band. 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? ‘Oh my god, there are two hot babes on stage singing in another language. I’ve got no idea what they are saying, but my GOD they sound great and suddenly I want to

dance and make love!’ What do you think a band has to do these days to succeed? I think you have to do it because you love it and be able to do everything! Artwork, website, social media, PR, tour booking, travel bookings, hair and makeup... and then, well, ya gotta know how to make some nice music in there somewhere, which seems to speak to people and gets a good response, otherwise it can be a lonely journey. Do you have any record releases to date? What are they? Where can I get them? We have a beautiful self-titled album we put out last year. We feel we are still getting it to the people, but in this last year we’ve played at Port Fairy Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Fringe and a string of sold out shows along the coast of NSW and VIC. We are thrilled to be playing Queenscliff this year as well as The Substation in Newport (Melb) on Friday November 22. BABY ET LULU are also playing this year’s Queenscliff Music Festival on Saturday November 23 and Sunday November 24.

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MAMA KIN By Joshua Lloke It’s been a busy day for Mama Kin, yet she’s managing to keep a level head. The demand for the Fremantle-based singer-songwriter’s time has increased dramatically, not only after the release of her stunning sophomore full-length, Magician’s Daughter, but also her recent ARIA Award nomination for Best Blues and Roots Album. “I was not expecting it in the least,” Kin says of the nomination, sounding genuinely taken aback. “I was absolutely honoured, humbled and totally thrilled.” Even with the increased exposure, Kin hasn’t let her success get to her head. She has, as she tells it, people to answer to. For the folk and blues-leaning Kin, the question of influences was an easy one to answer because they’re the people who had the biggest influence also moulding her personality: her family. Sure, nominees and winners of awards are always quick to thank their family during traditional acceptance speeches.

But for Kin, her family had such a vital role in the formation of her musical tastes and abilities that they remain an intrinsic part of her aesthetic as an artist. “My sisters and brothers, they were all full-fledged musicians by the time I was born,” she says. “I really tuned into what they were doing and looked to them for inspiration when I wanted to start expressing myself through music. That was very exciting, because my Dad was also a big country and Western fan, singing songs of love and loss. And my sister was into classical female singers. And my brothers were into these fantastic soul singers.”

THE BARONS OF TANG By Gary Westmore Seven years ago they were seven down-and-out musicians who decided, almost in jest, to play some music together. And although gypsy deathcore wasn’t exactly the ‘IN’ thing, they’ve managed to tour incessantly ever since, wowing crowds with their vivacious live shows, confounding and amazing most with their audacious blend of Balkan folk, jazz, polka, punk, rock and metal. Now after years on stage and on the road, The Barons of Tang have finally got an album down. Bassist Julian Que puts the long wait down to a crazy amount of touring. “Your schedule fills up to the point you have a whole year booked out and you realise, okay so we’re touring until next year and then we’ve got a month off then we start doing it again. If we don’t record an album then, then we’re not going to release an album for three years. It’s kind of scary looking that far ahead, so you just have to book it in and jump into it.” Into the Mouth of Hungry Giants is the result of them finally getting into the studio to put together an LP; 11 tracks that

swing between punk-rock, Eastern European folk, and a myriad of other influences. It can probably be tricky, then, explaining to people at parties what your band sounds like… “It is still kind of a tricky one,” says Cue. “It’s your child, you want to do it justice, and explain as humbly and without ego as you can. But it is very hard to describe, because we come at it from so many angles, we genre mash, that’s kind of our thing. If you catch me in the right mood I’ll talk your ear off about it, if you catch me at the wrong time I’ll probably stutter at you.”

OLD MAN LUEDECKE By Josh Fergeus “My influences played into it,” says Old Man Luedecke. “I’ve listened to a lot of ‘mountain music’, for want of a better word.” I’m speaking to Luedecke on the eve of his Australian tour, as he explains how he came to write his latest album, the bluegrass-inspired Tender Is The Night. “It underlines the influences of a lot of the songs I write in a way that hasn’t been done before.” “The thing is, I’ve really come out of a singer-songwriter scene,” Luedecke continues. “And I’ve gone and made a bluegrass-sounding record I guess. My typical scene has been more of a folk scene. There is a wonderful bluegrass scene in Canada – some great bluegrass in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick - I know some of the players, but I haven’t really been getting many gigs in that world yet. I don’t know that bluegrass people would listen to this and go ‘now this is a bluegrass record’.” Luedecke recorded Tender Is The Night live in Nashville over four days with producer and multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Brien. “I just wanted to work with Tim,” asserts Luedecke.

“Tim played on my last record which had pedal steel and a drum kit and that sort of thing. It was less focused; there were fewer bluegrass kind of songs. I thought to myself ‘while it is more palatable for some people to have electric guitars on the background on this, I would rather there not be’. I wanted to try a project that was more stripped down. Not quite half the songs have any form of percussion on them. Most of the songs are trio songs really – just me, Tim and a bass player. There’s no drum kit on any of it.” “The songs that make it onto the record are the ones that, no matter when in the process, pop up with some sort of inspiration. The songs that I end up keeping have blown past


When it came time to record Magician’s Daughter, Kin didn’t have to look far for a helping hand. “My older brother Michael is on the record,” she says in a very sheepish, Little Sister way. It would appear that by remaining closely tied to her family, she has established levels of accountability for her success and also the necessary encouragement needed from family to continue through what can often be a daunting industry. “It’s nice to be able to involve my brother after years of hiding my music away from my family,” she says pointedly. Now, with the ARIA Award nomination and continued touring in support of Magician’s Daughter, Kin finds herself entrenched in a competitive industry that would seem to test the ideals that were instilled in her while growing up a very socially-conscious household. Recognition from the music industry may be a sign of traditional success, but Kin isn’t getting carried away. She may have also been nominated for AIR and WAM Awards, yet this sort of recognition isn’t as vital to her as the connections she makes and maintains with her fans. “I don’t know how important (industry recognition) is to me, I think it’s more important to have people turn up to my shows, to be honest,” she says.

They are a hard band to explain, so listening and seeing is really the only solution, and they’ve been giving people plenty of opportunities to do exactly that; touring through America, Canada, Mexico, as well as Europe where they got to play in Hungary, a country whose folk music traditions have a significant bearing on The Barons of Tang’s music. “We were really interested in what they would make of our strange mash up version that’s very influenced by music from their culture, and it was great, everyone loved it.” Their time in Budapest capped off a three-month tour that spanned two separate continents, a surreal end to a hefty amount of gigging, but not a minute seems lost on Que. “I think you have these moments just before performing in any country that you’ve never performed in – it’s kind of like, ‘Wow, I managed to get here somehow, that’s awesome’. In my memory it feels like a blink of an eye, like a very small portion of time but when it was happening it felt like an eternity. But it’s cool to have those opportunities to travel with your music and get it over an ocean.” It’s certainly a long way from where they started; selfdescribed as “down and out” musos back in 2007, The Barons of Tang provided those in the group new direction in their musical lives. “It was definitely one of those life changing things,” Que ponders. “But we didn’t all get together saying,

the self-doubt of sameness or whatever that happens when you strum a G-chord on any kind of instrument and wonder if you can come up with something new. I usually sit down with some form of intent – I’d like to write a song about this or that – and those songs usually end up getting written, but they’re not always the ones that produce results.” And is Tender Is The Night producing the results Luedecke was hoping for? “It’s on a bigger label than my last few releases, so it’s gotten more attention,” he explains. “I’ve been able to get down into the US a little more with it and down there people really seem to enjoy it too. I haven’t really travelled in Canada with it this year; I’ll be doing that in February. It’s been fun; it’s a quality album, it doesn’t really have one big hit on it or anything. I’ve felt lucky that an album of substance has gotten traction in the world.” The process of breaking out of folk music somewhat has left Luedecke with a few new insights into the industry. “Folk singers are considered folk until they sell enough records, and then they move to pop,” he says. “Like Bob Dylan or something, though he probably still makes folk music, truly. I wasn’t really aware of that, I just made the record I felt I needed to make. I think if I should be really great at something it should be at being myself.”

“For me, that’s the real indicator for what I’m doing,” she continues. “I’d like to think I perform not for the industry but for the audience and for myself as well. It’s the connection that I can have with people in a room. The stuff from the industry and the recognition just feels like an extension of that.” MAMA KIN will be bringing her soulful folk music to the Australasian Worldwide Music Expo this month to play a show at The Hi-Fi on Thursday November 14.

‘This is the kind of band we’re going to tour the world with’ or anything like that. It has been a really big, if not the biggest factor in all our lives for the past seven years I guess.” Que doesn’t take it all too seriously though, finishing our conversation with a statement that every musician can agree with: “I’m just happy people listen to it”.

THE BARONS OF TANG launch Into The Mouths Of Hungry Giants at the Corner Hotel on Friday November 8.

OLD MAN LUEDECKE is touring nationally with Jordie Lane throughout November, appearing at the Thornbury Theatre on Saturday November 9, followed by the Caravan Music Club on Sunday November 10.


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BEACHES By Lachlan Kanoniuk

After a relatively quiet year in 2012, Melbourne guitar-fuelled powerhouse outfit Beaches returned to the spotlight this year with the album She Beats, a more than worthy follow-up to their breakthrough self-titled debut. Now the five-piece’s schedule is relatively chockers up until the end of the year, performing a number of shows including appearances at Melbourne Music Week and Meredith Music Festival. “We’ve been playing a few shows recently,” states guitarist-vocalist Ali McCann on the band’s current momentum. “Leading up to the album we weren’t playing a hell of a lot, just spending all that time mixing, mastering, that sort of thing. It’s been good to get back into it. We’ve played a few shows recently that have all been pretty fun. We’ve got a couple before the end of the year. It’s good; we all work, Al’s got twins, so it’s a real juggling act trying to rehearse and play shows. We don’t want to play too much. But it’s a good thing,” Ali states. With the recent well-received release of She Beats coming almost five years after the previous LP, it looks like fans won’t have to wait as long for album number three. “We’ve been working on some new stuff when we’ve been jamming for shows. We played with The Cult, so we were jamming the set, but then we’ve also been writing some new stuff. We’ll keep chugging along; we’re keen to record another album and not have as much of a break between She Beats and the next one. It’s always the case with the second album, where you spend way more time over-thinking it. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to make a record that we’re really happy with. So with the next one, we’re thinking we’ll just smash it out and not be so precious – just see what happens.” Throughout any given Beaches live performance, the audience is privy to more than a few magic moments, when everything clicks with the wall of guitar sound, galvanised huge psych-rock grooves. It’s a force that sometimes is outside of the band’s control. “It’s really weird playing onstage – it always depends on the sound. You can think it’s a bad show, but then after you get really good feedback. When you think you’ve nailed it, it can turn out that the sound wasn’t so good out the front. But it’s a good feeling when you know the songs have locked in. It’s the same with jamming – when someone has a guitar part or bassline and we just build a song around it. I love playing live, but I really love jamming and writing songs in the way we always have, just letting it evolve. When it locks into place, that’s the part I really love. It’s a really good feeling. But I am liking playing live more and more. We have played a few shows, so I’ve overcome the nerves. It’s much better when you’re relaxed and everything falls into place.” When it comes to authoring tracks, the process is very much a joint effort. “No one person calls the shots, it’s pretty collaborative. We’re open to trying ideas from whoever, whenever. I feel lucky to be in a band like that, where it is so collaborative most of the time.” In between albums, Beaches fulfilled a couple of extensive tours of the US. Now the band are aiming for more global action in 2014. “America’s awesome; there are so many places to play. We’ve got friends over there now. We’d like to go back, but we’ve been trying to plan at some time a UK/European tour, and Japan as well. They’re the two main places that we’re thinking about at the moment. Maybe Japan will be the sooner one – She Beats was released there a couple of months ago. Plus we played at the [Gasometer] recently with a really great Japanese band, Kikagaku Moyo. So we’ve been in contact with those guys and would like to play some shows with them. “ America’s a place I’d love to go back to. I spent a while living there when I was younger. There’s so much music over there, and people have been into us. I mean, we play shows where there have been a couple of hundred people, then we’ve played shows where there’s been ten punters – it depends on what night of the week you play. But it’s a great place to tour. With Europe, we’ve been contacted by people in Portugal and Spain and places like that, so it would be great to head over rather than keep writing back ‘we’ll be there soon!’. So to put it into place would be pretty wild.” This year’s Meredith Music Festival will see Beaches return to the Supernatural Amphitheatre since the fabled, rain-drenched 2008 incarnation. “Oh shit, yeah that was full on that year. We were really excited. I had tonsillitis and was jabbed with a needle so I couldn’t even speak because I was so medicated and the pain I was in. Then it was pissing down with rain the whole time. We stuck it out and it was heaps of fun. It was really early days for us; we hadn’t played a stage like that before. So it will be a lot easier this year. We’re playing on the Sunday; The UV Race are playing on the Sunday, so it will be heaps of fun with those guys. It’s such a great festival. “Then we’re also excited about playing Melbourne Music Week, playing with Terrible Truths and New War for the Polyester 30th birthday. It should be a fun show, and there’s so much good stuff going on that week.

BEACHES are playing Polyfest – 30 Years of Polyester Records as part of Melbourne Music Week on Saturday November 16 at The Residence. They’ll also be heading to the sold-out Meredith Music Festival, Friday December 13 - Sunday December 15, to play alongside Brian Jonestown Massacre, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Deerhunter, and more. BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 32


the BELLRAYS By Dan Watt

Cherry Bar is Melbourne’s shrine to rock’n’roll. Its commitment to ‘eleven’ on the amplifier goes well beyond the bar’s grungy aesthetic and the fact it is on AC/DC Lane – the entire essence of Cherry Bar is rock. So it is suitable that this CherryFest is headlined by a band that captures the essence of rock’n’roll: The BellRays. The quartet from Riverside, California pushes the genre from the inside out as it instils the blues origins of rock into every song they write and perform. A hallmark of The BellRays’ sound is lead singer Lisa Kekaula’s rich voice – think Tina Turner with the soul of Sharon Jones. “As far as Australian bands go: to me, there isn’t a rock band around that can’t have some connection to AC/DC just because they are a cornerstone to ‘heavy’. If you wanna be heavy with a guitar, you have to have listened, which means you are therefore influenced,” establishes Kekaula on the importance Australia’s most well-known rock export. The BellRays’ ability to marry the heaviness of rock with the uplifting emotion of soul is very unique – their only equal in the genre would be Detroit’s The Dirtbombs. Kekaula openly talks about the origins of her band’s sound. “It was an organic process that has taken a while to just evolve naturally. We never started a band thinking it would sound like The BellRays’ eventually sound. We didn’t stumble onto it either. We just practiced and wrote and got players and lost players and eventually we just turned into what we are. We grew up into The Bellrays that people know. That is one of the things that I am most proud of. We don’t have to act like we are anything but what we are because we are all natural. No posers here.” Any rock fan familiar with any one of The Bellrays’ fourteen albums will know that the band project a sense of entitlement and bravado through their music that would make Iggy Pop shake in his boots. For example, their song Stupid Fucking People from their most recent album, 2010’s Black Lightning, reconfirms the band’s tenure as one of the hardest rocking bands in the world – just listen to Kekaula discuss The Bellrays’ headline slot at CherryFest. “It feels like we fucking deserve it. We rock hard and it is a comfort to know someone like James (Young – owner of Cherry Bar) knew we should be playing CherryFest as soon as he heard us at the gig we played at the Corner Hotel last time we were there,” contends Kekaula. “We are no joke, the real deal. Nowadays there is so much pump to get publicity. Everyone wants to be seen and heard, so everyone has someone pitching them that says ‘this band is amazing’. We are so oversensitized as human beings now that you have to be touted as the second coming and spend a lot of money saying that to be heard, because people have little desire to learn or try anything new. I think a lot of that is on the music industry’s past track record. Lots of shit has been said to be great just to get people to buy it and people have lost the ability to understand that they need good music to feed the soul,” she concludes James Young was inspired to ask them to headline CherryFest after their performance earlier this year at the Corner Hotel, with him inviting the band back to Cherry Bar for some hard drinking post-gig. “After the gig at the Corner Hotel which ended late – especially if you add a morning flight the next day – we thought ‘oh we will drop by and have a few drinks’ –wrong. We were there and had tonnes of drinks because of wretched Wally Kempton [Even, The Meanies]. We had a fucking great time and then we played!” An embarrassed nervousness enters Kekaula’s voice as she moves on to describe the band’s impromptu performance at Cherry Bar. “We try not to play encores unless people really make some noise. That night we still had three songs we hadn’t played, so we decided that would be a good choice of songs to play. We were very drunk about the whole thing but still rockin’. After the third encore I said goodnight, and low and behold, I looked around and everybody in the place was three sheets to the wind and not listening to me say goodnight. They were just screaming like banshees,” retells Kekaula. So what does a band do after three encores with a full crowd still in front of them? “Bob [Vennum, guitar] said to me ‘hey we are on AC/DC Lane; let’s do Highway to Hell.’ I said ‘no’ because I like to say no and especially when I’ve been drinking, the word feels more at home. Somehow after about the fifth time saying no, I realised if I played that song I really wouldn’t have to be standing there anymore. Once we launched into the song it was truly all a blur that I had to relive through all the tweets, posts and re-tweets!” concludes a very happy frontwoman. Finally, Kekaula discloses what’s happening for The BellRays on the recording front, “We’re writing and recording songs now for the next record and hopefully that’ll get out next year. The lips thing took up a lot of time and energy so we’re kind of catching up. We recorded some stuff and then when we went back to it we decided it needed some work and new ideas came into the picture. So hopefully we’ll have a new one out soon.”

THE BELLRAYS are playing CherryFest along with Kadavar, Chris Wilson’s Crown of Thorns, the Legends of Motorsport, the Mercy Kills, The Deep End, Money for Rope, the Sweethearts, Dead River, Sheriff and Hoss on Sunday November 24. WATCH INTERVIEWS, CHATS & AWKWARD SILENCES..... WWW.BEAT.COM.AU/TV


NEW FOUND GLORY By Augustus Welby Punk rock fans country-wide are dusting off their wallet chains and strapping on the gym boots ahead of the ceremonious return of the Vans Warped Tour to Australia later this month. The Vans Warped Tour last thrashed around Australia in 2002 and one band from that year’s lineup will again be at the forefront of this year’s festivities. “The last time Warped tour was in Australia we came over. Mighty Mighty Bosstones were on it, MxPx and a couple of other bands,” remembers New Found Glory drummer Cyrus Bolooki. The American pop-punk quintet are listed towards the top of the 2013 lineup, but Bolooki reveals that they started playing Warped tour in the US when they were merely a bunch of pop-punk hopefuls. “The first Warped tour we ever played was in 1999 and we played one show at our local stop in South Florida,” he says. “We were the nobodies then and the next year we got a couple of shows and then it kept going from there, so we definitely came from being the nobody young band to one of the veterans.” Historically, the Vans Warped Tour hosts some big name drawcards as well as introducing crowds to the hottest young blood toiling in the faster genres. In recent years, the festival has broadened its reach beyond the punk-rock category and this year’s lineup ranges from The Offspring’s old school pop-punk and Parkway Drive’s world shattering metalcore to

Mallory Knox’s neo-alternative rock and the indie gogo of RDGLDGRN. Having participated in Warped tour for a number of years, Bolooki emphasises that such a wide-spanning showcase is one of the festival’s defining features. “No matter who you are, I think when you go to a Warped tour you can always count on finding at least one band that you may not have heard of. It’s such a big mixture of bands and styles that you’re guaranteed to find something you’ve never heard of.” New Found Glory have outlasted many of the bands who emerged in the turn-of-the-millennium’s poppunk boom and Bolooki indicates that cultivating a committed fanbase has allowed them to stay relevant for over a decade. “Luckily for us we definitely wrote good music, or at least catchy music. I think another thing is just the way that we relate to people. We don’t feel like we’re above anybody else – we’re the same [as the] kids that are out there in the crowd.” Even though New Found Glory have long surpassed

their status as stargazing pop-punk enthusiasts to be embraced as one of the genre’s most important groups, Bolooki stresses they haven’t lost sight of what drove them to make music in the first place. “You go back to years ago, we were the kids at Warped tour looking up to bands like Blink 182 and Millencolin, wanting to be on that stage. We know that it’s very fortunate for us to be here and we try to keep level heads. This is just a true story of kids who had a dream and worked hard to get out there and play music and see how far we could go with it,” he explains. Last month New Found Glory unveiled their very first live album, Kill It Live, which grabs tunes from the band’s seven studio albums, focusing mostly on 2002’s Sticks and Stones and the 2004 follow-up Catalyst.

These two albums were released during pop-punk’s mainstream proliferation and Bolooki understands fans are especially attached to the records. “We go back to Stick and Stones and Catalyst [because], besides the fact that sales-wise those were two of our biggest records, music-wise and song-wise that’s what people want to hear. People are going to crucify us if we don’t play My Friends Over You, All Down Hill From Here, Head-On Collision and Understatement.”

band’s attitude is probably their greatest skill: they’ve never been trapped up their own arses and as a result continue, almost 25 long years down the road, to deliver. The sound that they were looking for on this album came out of that state of mind. “Because I’d [gone] solo since our last record, I had a big focus on how we would put it all down,” he says. “In this group there are three individuals, three duos and one trio and that was what we wanted represented. This album is the story of our whole band and we came up with the idea of a self-titled album but we thought it was a bit dull and Frank was like, ‘No, this is like a retrospective coupled with a debut record’. We got to know Frank through Bertie Blackman who I met through the Nick Cave – Straight To You tour.

“I got to know a heap of guys through that. Bert was making her album with Frank at the time and through her I got to meet him and it turned out we already knew from way back in the day. He’s an old school Melbourne cat, and she said that she was really sad at the end when the recording was over and to everyone else it’s just beginning. I don’t usually feel like that with a record but I do with this one. There’s an element of sadness now we’ve stopped recording because it was such a pleasurable experience.”

“So far everyone’s been really positive about it,” he informs us. “It’s been called a real ‘nostalgic’ album quite a bit – people seem to be responding to the blend of elements a lot, so all the write-ups have been really nice.” So does this mean they’ve been feeling nostalgic, or at least listening to nostalgic music, leading up to and during the creation of the album? “Yeah, I always do!” he replies without hesitation, but with a touch of tongue-in-cheek irony. “It’s always the best – nostalgia’s my favourite thing, I don’t know why. Even all the loud music I listen to, like, one of my biggest influences is Broken Social Scene, who

are unfortunately no more, they have this knack of blending loud, beautiful melodic music that always sounds like pain and celebration at the same time. That’s something I’ve always strived for, to varying degrees of success. But yeah, it’s my favourite thing, you can listen to it when you’re feeling joyous and feeling miserable!”

NEW FOUND GLORY play the Vans Warped Tour at Birrarung Marr on Saturday December 7 alongside The Offspring, Parkway Drive and more.

SPIDERBAIT By Krissi Weiss

Spiderbait’s reworking of the Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter classic Black Betty may have catapulted the DIY trio into the OZ rock stratosphere in 2004, but they had long been superstars of the sweaty indie underground throughout most of the ‘90s. Sure, the ‘00s saw their music smash through on US TV and film scenes as well as the odd EA game, but it was the aftershocks of their seminal album, Ivy and The Big Apples, that remain even today. They’ve managed to transcend generations – recently supporting Pink on her final Melbourne show – and have cleverly packaged Kram’s guttural rock jabs neatly in between Janet English’s saccharine and schizophrenic pop gems in a way that has left rock dogs and pop teens unwittingly sharing a common bond: their love for Spiderbait. It’s easy to assume that with their collective years of experience this album is just another album for the band, but that experience is also a swinging pendulum correcting for imbalances. “We play two or three shows a year and then we’ll do a festival like Splendour that’s pretty big, and people go, ‘Wow, why are you doing this? Why haven’t you made a record?’ That’s the easy part for us. It’s easy for us to turn up and we know

enough and have played enough to be able to kick arse on stage and have a great time,” he says. “Creating an album is a different story. You have to be able to connect on a different level. You have to be able to connect in that creative space and that takes some time, even though we’re best friends. We’d all gone off and done a lot of things in our own lives – Janet’s got one kid, I’ve got two and Damien’s been doing his own thing – it’s easy to separate. “Gigs kinda kept us together in a way even though we were doing really well in publishing and have been fortunate with that, gigging has always been a great social event for us and it rekindles our belief in each other and the audience; our belief that people want to see us play.” In true Spiderbait style, it’s come together well. The

SPIDERBAIT’s self-titled album is out on Friday November 15 through Universal. They’ll be featuring at this year’s Queenscliff Music Festival on Saturday November 23.

SEABELLIES By Rod Whitfield

It’s been over three years since the debut album from Sydney/Newcastle-based art rock band Seabellies. By Limbo Lake came out in August 2010 to much fanfare and critical acclaim, but unbeknownst to fans and even the band itself, it would be a long time in between drinks before the follow-up arrived. The wait is now over, however, as they have just released their stunning sophomore effort Fever Belle, out now on Shock Records. Creating the album itself took time, and dreaded ‘personal issues’ also reared their ugly head during production, causing further delays. But they got there in the end, and singer and multi-instrumentalist Trent Grenell joined us recently to tell us all about it. “Yeah, really good,” he responds, when asked how he feels now the album is finally out there in the world. “It’s taken a long time in between albums, this one, so it’s really good to finally have it out. We started recording at the very start of last year, so it’s been a big process. “Part of that was my fault really,” he admits. “Halfway through tracking I kind of had a bit of heartbreak, and couldn’t continue. So I ran away overseas for a while, and by the time I felt better, the producer of the record Berkfinger (from Philadelphia Grand Jury) was living


in Berlin. So I went straight to Berlin to finish the record. So life very much got in the way!” he laughs. It was a case of ‘life imitates art’, and Trent was on the wrong end of it. But ultimately he feels that such real life experiences changed the record for the better. “The album was always going to be a two-sided coin about the joys of love and the despair of losing it,” he explains, “so when the actual loss stuff that I had previously imagined in these songs became true, it was really hard to finish the record at that time, in the middle of it. So I felt I needed to kind of re-group and come at it from a different angle at a later date. “I think it worked, I think some of the lyrics changed after that, and became a lot more real and considered, so yeah we’re very happy with it.” The album has only been out for a couple of weeks, but already the band have been receiving some very consistent and positive feedback from critics and fans alike.


The new album from SEABELLIES, Fever Belle, is out now through Shock Records. The tour comes to Melbourne on Friday December 27 at the Northcote Social Club. Supports to be announced.




By Emily Kelly:

With Peter Hodgson:

Very much enjoyed the Bodyjar album launch at the Corner Hotel last Saturday night. Not just because the Jar smashed it, playing a meaty, balanced collection of bangers from then and now; not just because they are still tight as hell and nail those harmonies every single time (finally a band that doesn’t back out of more complex vocals in a live context); but because the opening acts really held their own, too. And there was a definite sense that Bodyjar had handpicked Tasmania’s Luca Brasi and Melbourne boys The Sinking Teeth to showcase the full breadth of new talent available to a crowd that may have retreated from the local music scene a long time ago. Also ten points to the solo tradesman ( still in work boots) standing next to me (newly purchase Bodyjar jumper on backwards) who fist-pumped with such gay abandon that his Carlton Draught never actually made it to his sunburnt lips. If I were a shitter human I’d have shamelessly whipped out the phone and made you an internet star.


The lineup for Sike Your Mind has been announced! Cue heaps of righteous dickheads arguing about what constitutes ‘hardcore’ music. The event will run over an entire weekend with Footscray’s Reverence featuring Iron Mind, Endless Heights, Relentless, Durvival, In Trenches, Thorns, Deceiver, Apart From This, Mood Swing , Colossus, Imprisoned, Cruel Intentions, Born Free and Tigers on Saturday January 12. A venues has yet to be confirmed for Sunday’s lineup of Endless Heights, Relentless, Warbrain, Survival, Outsiders Code, Postblue, Frozen Over, Higher Power and Upperground. You can get tickets now.

Bombshells, Teen Kong,Alcatrash at The

The duo that played a part in running revived the Australian power rock realm this year, Karnivool and Dead Letter Circus, will team up for a massive tour this summer, featuring special guests Sleepmakeswaves. They’re going to pump out two shows at The Palace on Wednesday January 8 and Thursday January 9 for the Polymorphism Tour. Tickets are available now.

Paper Arms, Apart From This at Reverence Hotel

Two of the most heavily buzzed locals of the year Gay Paris and King Parrot will join forces for an East Coast run before the end of the year. The mother of all mixed bills will smash out a set at Northcote’s Social Club on Saturday December 14. That band room’s not gonna know what hit it. Curiously, Hits and Pits continue to announce sideshows to their mammoth minifestival, without the main event having sold-out. If you’re gunning to see Snuff or Off With Their Heads pump out full sets in a tiny venue, then boy, your Christmas has come early. These two will share the stage with Laura Palmer and Up and Atom on Thursday November 21 at The bloody Old Bar. That shit cray! But devastatingly, the gig will clash with the already sold-out sideshow for Boysetsfire at The Reverence. Pick your poison. I usually refrain from plugging releases of any kind in Core because the sheer volume of music being pumped out is utterly overwhelming and almost impossible to


Thursday November 7: Scott Kelly and the Road Home, Jarboe at Corner Hotel Dream On Dreamer, A Skylit Drive, No Bragging Rights, Hellions, Void Of Visions at The HiFi Melbourne Bronson, Scar The Surface, Bury The Truth at Next Friday November 8 : Dream On Dreamer, A Skylit Drive, No Bragging Rights, Hellions, Ocean Grove at Arrow On Swanston Cricles, Head Filled Attraction, Glass Empire, Conjurer at Evelyn Hotel Brunswick Hotel Kmart Warriors, Strawberry Fistcake, Hopes Abandoned, The Murderballs, The Savages, The Revengers at The Gasometer The Pro Tools, Rise Of The Rate, Road Ratz, Son Of Set at The Reverence Whitehorse, Hex on The Beach, Masses, Haltever at The Public Bar Saturday November 9: Vanity, Reactions at IDGAFF Bar Smoke Stack Rhino, The Ugly Kings, The Charge at Cherry Bar Glorified, Void Of Vision, Hollow World at Bang Sunday November 10: Eaten By Dogs, The Death Rattles at The Reverence Tuesday November 12: Useless ID, The Decline, Up and Atom, Declaration at The Workers Club

to cover in such a small corner of Beat. But I feel like you need to know that A Wilhelm Scream’s new album Partycrasher is mere moments from release and thus streaming on the interwebs now. It will be one of the best albums of the year. Pre-order vinyl from Poison City Records now (limited exclusive colour available)., and a physical edition of the EP containing all six tracks will be released in early 2014.


The Crimson ProjeKCt is a King Crimson offshoot featuring three current members of that historic, nay, iconic band. Adrian Belew and Tony Levin joined King Crimson in 1981, giving birth to the fourth incarnation of the band (alongside Robert Fripp and Bill Bruford). Pat Mastelotto joined in 1994, initiating the double-trio phase. They last played together as King Crimson in 2008. Belew, Levin and Mastelotto still have a large influence on popular culture due in part to their critically acclaimed work with some of the world’s most influential artists, such as Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, David Sylvian, Talking Heads, Paul Simon, John Lennon, and Nine Inch Nails. In 2009 Tony and Pat formed the trio Stick Men which also features Markus Reuter on touch guitar. And in 2006 Belew formed what was to become a long-term live project known as The Adrian Belew Power Trio. The lineup features Julie Slick on bass and drummer Tobias Ralph. And now they’re all coming together in The Crimson ProjeKCt. Belew explains: “What happens is this: Stick Men play a set of their music (which includes a Crimson track or two), then the Power Trio plays a set of my music (which also includes a Crimson track), then Tony and Pat and I play a Crimson song (as yet another trio), and then comes the big finale: both trios play more than an hours’ worth of Crimson music as a double trio! It’s a helluva show! Nearly three hours long! For me and Tony and Pat it’s a way to celebrate the King Crimson music we’ve been a part of since King Crimson is currently taking a break.” They’ll be at The Hi-Fi on Thursday January 9. Tickets are on sale now, and all tickets purchased in November come with four free MP3s. Premium ticket packages are also available. Tickets from


The mighty Firewind, featuring Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G, rocked the frig outta the Corner Hotel on Sunday November 3. It was great to see a packed house enjoying some shred-heavy Greek power metal, and hopefully it’ll pave the way for more tours in the future. .


Voros, one of Australia’s fastest growing metal outfits, have released the third and final instalment of their three part debut EP, The Sky Burial EPs. The EP features two new tracks, titled Disequilibrium and Archaic Persuasion and was recorded by Andy Kite at Against The Grain Studios and mixed and mastered by Darren Jenkins (Mortal Sin, Daysend, DepriVation) at Jenk Music Productions. It’s available for free at voros., and a physical edition of the EP


Prepare your senses for a monumental outburst with a dual headlining bill comprised of two of the world’s finest exponents of the genre of Symphonic Death Metal in Italy’s Fleshgod Apocalypse and Greece’s Septicflesh who are embarking onto Australian shores for a very long awaited and anticipated first tour in May. They’re at The HiFi on Friday May 16. Tickets are only $59 plus booking fee, available from Metropolis Touring. Strictly Limited VIP meet and greet packages available for each show.


Once again The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood offers up a brutal-in-the-good-way chunk of molten metal mayhem. On Saturday November 9, catch In Malice’s Wake and Desecrator, with supports Malakyte, Harlott, Party Vibez and Mason. it’s Malakyte and Harlott’s respective album launches, too. Oh and this Wednesday November 6 you can catch Japan’s Cyberne along with Umbilical Tentacle, Hate Sax and Daggers Mid Flight.


Guitarist Dario Lorina has just released his selftitled debut solo album on Shrapnel Records. Touring professionally since age sixteen, first with late Warrant singer Jani Lane and in more recent years with Lizzy Borden, Dario’s music harkens back to the glory days of high calibre shred guitar.


Feel like a road trip for a worthy cause? On the Saturday November 16, Underground Sounds will launch Neck Wreck Festival 2013, a charity event for Vision Australia. The festival will feature 21 of Australia’s biggest metal acts including Psycroptic, King Parrot, Kunvuk, Synthetic Breed, and many more. Set across two stages at the Transcontinental Hotel in Brisbane, the event will be filmed for the Underground Sounds television program. Vision Australia is one of the leading national providers of blindness and low vision services in Australia. Underground Sounds broadcasts on digital TV around Australia and New Zealand and showcases metal music from around the world. Tickets from Moshtix.


By Callum Fitzpatrick

It’s hard to have a conversation about Alice in Chains without mentioning Layne Staley, the powerhouse vocalist who was tragically lost to a drug overdose in 2002. The death inevitably rocked the foundations of the band and the music industry as a whole, and that’s why bass player Mike Inez says that the band still views its new era as a second chance. “I think our new stuff definitely stands up to the old stuff, but it’s always going to be different without Layne. He was such an identifiable part of everything,” Inez says. “I think Layne would’ve loved our new material. If he was still here, it probably would’ve sounded different, but you can’t think like that. We still think about him every single day, and we’re so gracious, humbled and blessed to know that we got a second chance at this. We take it very, very seriously.” Alice in Chains’ fifth studio album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, hit the shelves in May and gave us the trademark sludge and haunting harmonies we’ve come to know and love from the foursome, but Inez says that after being on the road for a few months, the new material is already becoming more fully-formed than cuts from the record. “I think our new songs come out heavier live – especially Hollow and Stone. There’s just something about that live energy that makes that happen. Being in the studio is like being trapped in a fish tank for a year. You barely get to see a window with any sunlight coming through. It’s a completely different experience

to when you’re playing in front of 88,000 people at Rock in Rio. “I’ve always been of the belief that all songs sound better live. When I’m at home, I’m usually listening to bootlegs. I remember hearing an interview with Joan Jett when I was a kid where she said that the whole process is backwards – you make a record and then you go on the road and spend the next two years playing those songs live. By the end of the tour, you’re finally playing the music in the way it should’ve been recorded in the first place. I’ve always thought there was a logic in what she said.” With such a legacy preceding Alice in Chains’ current chapter, it would be easy to fall into the trap of many other rock veterans by moulding their sound into one that is expected of them. Inez says that this is something the band was aware of at first, but it hasn’t influenced their songwriting process. “We used to overthink stuff like that, but now we just keep it simple. I always tell the rest of the band that at the end of the day, we’re just four fucking guys in a room making a racket. I’ve seen a lot of other bands

in the studio crippling themselves by trying to write songs for all the wrong reasons. But whether you’re in a high school band or you’re in Alice in Chains, you should just be true to yourselves. When I’m standing in a room next to William with the amp cranked up, looking up at Jerry and waiting for Shaun to count off the song, the result is just four guys with four different personalities jamming. It’s going to come out the way it should. We don’t listen to record label guys coming in and telling us what we should do, or how the record should sound. We just go in and jam. “Even on this last record, I was playing the same basses that I was playing on Jar of Flies. There were a couple of new amps here and there, but for the most part, we just operate the same way we always have, and we have faith that it will turn out ok.” Jar of Flies is almost an anomaly in Alice in Chains’ dark, heavy back catalogue – mostly acoustic in tone with more of a reliance on vocals and strings for melody than hefty riffage. Inez hints that the band’s next effort could head in a similar direction. “We could be due a Jar of Flies album actually. Another


acoustic record would be amazing. Jar of Flies was written, recorded, mixed and mastered in ten days. It was nice to do a record like that – it was very freespirited. So who knows, we could do that again. “But it’s hard to say – I always look at albums like the part of the pier that hits the water. They are just watermarks of where we were at when we went in the studio. In those months, that’s just what came out of the amps. I see music as a living, breathing thing. An album is just what was birthed at that particular point.”

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Seven Year Itch are back for their first gig in months. After the release of their debut self-titled EP, they’ve been spreading their infectious surf-pop tunes all across Melbourne. Tonight they’ll be making good of their homecoming at Bar Open. Seven Year Itch’s live shows are a sight to be seen, combining dance-friendly afrogrooves with relentlessly infectious energy, resulting in undeniably contagious vibes. With help from fellow Melburnians The Sand Dollars and Sportsmen, they’ll tear up Bar Open tonight from 8.30pm. Free entry.



As history goes to show, there are many famous duos made up of lovers, warring husbands and wives and siblings who’d cut each others throats, if it didn’t mean losing it all – and then there’s Sarah Caroll and Marcel Borrack. Happily married to one another, performing sweet, biting and wry tunes, featuring Marcel’s superb guitar playing and Sarah’s faultless rhythms, their kind of harmony singing leaves audiences breathless. They play every Wednesday in November at the Yarra Hotel from 8pm. Free entry.


Two-piece local rock-fuzz legends King of the North hit Cherry Bar from 6-7.30pm for a free entry and free Carlton keg for a Sound of the Underground listening party. Be sure to hang around as their local pals Sheriff kick off their Cherry Wednesdays residency and My Left Boot support from 9pm. It is set to be one massive heavy-rock riff party! Free entry and Cherry DJs til 3am.

The last few months have been crazy up at Sheriff HQ but the law never sleeps! After a whirlwind east coast tour and an EP released, Sheriff hit the infamous Cherry Bar stage for a Wednesday night residency of whiskey swigging, knee slapping and non-stop rock’n’roll shenanigans. And the best bit? You’re all invited! Kicking off their first week with My Left Boot, don’t miss out on one of Melbourne’s very finest!


Continuing the Wednesday weekly live music night at Revolver, Roots of Music present Kingston Crown, Casa Rosa and guests for the best $5 on a Wednesday you could spend. Five piece funk/soul act Kingston Crown possess that sweet sweet musical soul sound Melbourne has become infamous for and fresh off a UK tour Casa Rosa step in to support. Doors at 8pm. Tickets on the door.


ElectricUTOPIA New Zealand three-piece Urbantramper return to Australia this Wednesday night to The Toff to launch their new single Your Lung Meridian and their recent EP Tomorrow We Leave Here. With a 10-year presence, five albums and numerous EPs to their name, head down from 7.30pm to catch their ‘80s, ‘90s and Tomorrow sounds to create the soundtrack to the future you forgot. They’re joined by two of Melbourne’s most innovative musical acts Young Hysteria and D D Dumbo. Entry is $10+bf.


Indie favourites Women In Docs are back! After a hiatus of a few years, the indie folk-pop band are hitting the road for a string of tour dates this November ahead of their forthcoming album release in 2014. It’s been four years since the popular Queensland-based musicians did a tour of this magnitude. The Carousel Tour will take them to their favourite venues in metro centres and see them showcase material from their new album of the same name, due for release in February 2014. They play Thornbury Theatre on Thursday November 7.


Premium Fantasy are James Payne and Zoe Hunting. They play music in Melbourne but formed overseas in the freezing winter. Their EP, Active/Passive, was recorded over three weeks at Horiscopic Sound. Using techniques conventionally reserved for live non-electronic groups, a great deal of amplifiers, microphones, pre-amps and processors where arranged in a single room. The final product has a resemblance to a somewhat impoverished tangerine dream gig in an industrial complex in the northern suburbs. Experience their live show at The Gasometer on Thursday November 7.


After selling several million records, winning two Brit awards and a Mercury Music Prize, and even counting Oprah as a fan, British icon Heather Small heads on Down Under to perform some of her worldwide hits including Moving on Up, One Night in Heaven and Search for the Hero, for one night only at The GH Hotel on Thursday November 7. Tickets start from $55 +bf and VIP Meet and Greet packages start from $120+bf. Tickets available via Oztix.


Portland, Oregan’s Foghorn Stringband is the shining gold standard for American stringband music, with seven albums, thousands of shows, over a decade of touring under their belts, and two entirely new generations of old-time musicians following their lead. Through all this, they’ve never let the music grow cold; instead they’ve been steadily proving that American roots music is a never-ending well of inspiration. Catch the four-piece on their first Australian tour when they play The Northcote Social Club on Thursday November 7, supported by Oh Pep! Doors open 8pm, tickets are $25+bf.


Rising indie stars We The People have just released their single Sweetheart with accompanying video from their forthcoming EP The Truth About Fables, due out Friday November 8. They will be hitting the road in November in dedication with support from good friends Bad Pony. Their catchy riffs on top of energetic drums, soaring vocal harmonies and pinches of electronic make for an unmistakable sound that is earning plaudits from the masses. The tour kicks off in their hometown of Melbourne at The Workers Club on Thursday November 7. Tickets are available on the door from 7.30pm.


Local rock’n’roll legends Redcoats hit The Espy on Thursday November 7 bringing their signature guitar riffs and sexy sounds to the Front Bar, for a free entry gig not to be missed. Having played alongside heavyweight acts like Grinspoon, Papa VS Pretty, Calling All Cars and Karnivool, Redcoats bring Underhanded and Citizen along for the ride, for what is sure to be a Thursday night treat! Bands from 8.30pm and free entry.


The Weekend People are kicking off with the first show of their Great Britain residency this Thursday November 7. Joining them will be punk rock hip hop/ countrified blues troubadour JP Swallow. The Weekend People will unleash a few new tunes and showing off a newly expanded lineup, adding more guitars and some keys into their country-tinged, indie rock swagger. Entry is free, starts at 8pm.


Johnny Cass Band and Mr Black & Blues share the stage for a night of uncompromising in-your-face blues. In the Sydney corner is Johnny Cass. The pocket rocket of the blues explodes out of the corner with his fiery style of lead guitar playing, backed up by a voice that explodes into your ears and into your mind. In the Melbourne corner is Mr Black and Blues aka Michael Pollitt. Wielding a Gretsch White Falcon like Excalibur, in the fine tradition of the blues, he is the ultimate showman with raw talent. It goes down at The Tote on Thursday November 7. Doors at 9pm, tickets through Oztix.





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That’s right, A Basket Of Mammoths hits up Yah Yah’s for the second time with mates Riff Fist and Ivory Elephant. ABOM are a three-piece from Melbourne here to help you freak out to the sounds of psychedelic. Get down and dirty for some dirty hard-hitting punk rock, spacey psychedelic, grungetastic growls, and sludgey stoner rock. They play Yah Yah’s on Thursday November 7. Doors 8pm, $7 entry.


Seri Vida will return to the wonderful Thornbury Local on Friday November 8 for an intimate solo set of her original songs of life and lust. She will be supported by Pablo Naranjo, who will serenade the bar with his acoustic melodies. It will all kick off at 9.30pm. Entry is free and the food is delicious.


After taking a recent break from live performance to work on material, Faspeedelay are back and hitting The Prince of Wales on Friday November 8 to showcase their new material. They have a new t-shirt, designed and screen-printed by Alyssa McBain to sport and they play alongside The Ears on their first stop of a 5-show run. Doors at 9.30pm, free entry.


Following a run of supports with Thundamentals and Dialectrix, Sydney’s Loose Change launch their new album Listening Party in Melbourne, on  Friday November 8 at The Espy. Support from Fozzey & Van C and One Sixth. Kicks off at 9pm, free entry.


The Grand Rapids be playing their first residency on the stage at Alia Arthouse, fit with projection installations of psychedelia, beer towers and late night DJ’s. If you want to be captivated, kick up your heels and come up the concrete stairs on a thirsty Thursday. They’ll be there, hips square, supported by yet more lovely youths with instruments in hand. This week's ear meals will be served by Halt Ever, Little Desert and Psychedelic Coven DJ’s. Doors open at 9 kids.


Emerging as the crazy horse of the Brisbane reggae and ska scene, Die Rude play their trademark sounds which blend psychedelic dub and anarchic punk, and the band citing Iggy Pop and the Stooges and David Bowie as influences. They play the Retreat on Thursday November 7. Make sure you hang around as one of the hottest party bands El Moth provide the perfect soundtrack to make it the most memorable night.



If you’re looking to start the weekend a little earlier this Friday November 8, Australian Blues Royalty Chris Wilson plays two sets live and solo between 5.307.30pm. Playing tracks from his new album Flying Fish, a collection of favourites from Dylan, Monroe and Van Zandt, why not head down to Cherry Bar for this free entry treat from an Australian legend!


With an explosive start to 2013 winning over all four chairs on The Voice with his performance of Glen Hansard’s Falling Slowly, Nicholas Roy’s emotional performances were felt nationwide and now you can catch him this Friday November 8 at Revolver, showcasing his newly crafted material with special guests and good friends Dr Malone and Hunter Adams. Doors at 7.30pm and presale tickets are $12+bf via


Singer/songwriter Loren Kate lands in Melbourne this week to launch her new studio album Moving On, an album which came to fruition through a $16k successful Pozible crowd funding campaign. Recorded, produced, engineered and mixed by the Aria awardwinning producer Paul McKercher (Augie March, You Am I, Sarah Blasko) her album features contribution from a list of heavyweight Australian talent, many of whom will be joining Loren at various stages of her tour. You can catch her at the Thornbury Theatre this Friday November 8 in the Belvet Room with Broni and special guests. Tickets via Oztix.

Pataphysics has built a solid reputation off the back of his energetic and diverse live shows that combine trumpet, bass, keys, MPC, guitar, drums, turntable, percussion, tabla, dolke, panpipes, melodica, spoons, freestyle and beatboxing. He is a revolutionary poet and subversive theorist, with insightful rhymes, in both the English and Sri Lankan language. In support of his new EP IED, he will be playing the Workers Club on Friday November 8. Doors at 8:30pm, $10 entry. Special guests included.


Courtney lives in Melbourne, plays guitar and writes songs. She likes to think her music defies genre but it’s really just an amalgamation of all the music she digs mashed into one. Courtney has her own label, called Milk! Records. Courtney Barnett will be joined by special guests, the always incredible Teeth and Tongue, when she plays The Shadow Electric on Friday November 8.







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Melbourne blues rockers Smoke Stack Rhino will launch their debut EP at the Cherry Bar on Saturday November 9. Entitled Riverside, the five-track release showcases the group’s unique sound that takes influence from Soundgarden, Led Zeppelin, The Black Keys and Howlin’ Wolf. The launch represents the culmination of six months of hard work for the band. Featuring two vocalists, blues harp, resonator, baritone guitar, hammond, five-string slap bass and groovy beats, the band will guarantee one hell of a ‘Wang Dang Doodle’. With support from The Ugly Kings and The Charge, $13 entry, doors at 8pm.

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After three months spent writing and recording a demo tape in an upstairs bedroom, Hambone was ready to kick in the doors, waving the 44s onto the Melbourne rock scene with five other maniacs that soon became known as the Prospectors. The band boasts a wild yet melodic backdrop that allows Hambone’s husky voice to deliver his lyrically driven music to an entranced audience. On Saturday November 9, Hambone & The Prospectors will be joined by fellow rock band The Ivory Elephant for a free show at The Great Britain in Richmond. Check it out from 9pm, free entry.



Let me tell you about Bad Vision’s debut LP: there’s 14 songs to shake, rattle and roll your brain inside your numbskull, singing along in a catatonic monotone, dancing histrionics to the beat of no one’s drum. It’s like everything you think you’ve heard before, but nothing you’ve heard since. It’s not from here, it’s not from now, but an echo heard in a future time, smoking the last traces of yesterday on the horizon of tomorrow. They’re not going for your head. They’re not going for your heart. They’re going straight for the fucking guts. Bad Vision’s debut LP is released on Friday November 8 on 12” vinyl through Every Night Is A Saturday Night Records and ADAGIO830 Records with a launch at Old Bar. Support from Digger and the Pussy Cats, Kids Of Zoo and Richie 1250 and the Brides of Christ. Entry is $10 and doors at 8pm.

The man behind The Guttterville Splendour Six beginning it all for Aussie legends The Drones and The Kill Devil Hills, is Maurice Flavel’s Intensive Care who are supporting the Kill Devil Hills at the John Curtin on Saturday November 9 and at The Tote on Sunday November 10 with Wintermoon & the Old Faithfulls. Flavel brings with him some of his old bandmates with a six-piece band including Rui Pereira (ex guitar player for The Drones’ first five LPs and the Gutterville), Peter Gordon on guitar, Jason Barfoot on drums, and backing singers to play his dark twisted and sometimes slow intense rock music.


Indie dream weavers Tully on Tully hit 303’s grungyart stage playing all the tracks from their recently released debut EP Weightless. Joining the Melbourne darlings are Hobart’s Christopher Coleman Collective, with their warm acoustic sounds. Get your tickets now to Tully on Tully’s delicate indie-pop experience for their Friday November 8 show $10 pre sale or $12 at the door.

The Taste Of Indie Collective will be serving up a smashing line-up of indie folk-rock acts at Bar Oussou on Friday November 8 from 8pm, opening with the 12 string guru Brett Franke and his contemporary Australian folk-rock. Next up, it’s the fantastic song writing and guitar wizardry of Lazybones. A great night of music is capped off by the high intensity new age surfer rock songs and fine vocals of The Moops, as original as they come. All presented by The Taste Of Indie Collective bringing you the best of Melbourne’s original indie music – live and made in Melbourne.



Returning to the country with his new album Tender is the Night, Old Man Luedecke, the two-time Juno award winner tours the country with Jordie Lane and plays a string of shows in Melbourne throughout November. Saturday November 9 at the Thornbury Theatre and an arvo show at the Caravan Club on Sunday November 10. Hit up for more info and for info on his shows in Castlemaine and Geelong.

Shepparton-formed Inedia have just released their first single Esipram from their latest release Life Sucks, Then You Die and are embarking on their first Australian tour in support for their album. Recorded in early 2012 with Raul Sanchez (Magic Dirt, River of Snakes, The Ape) their recent supports include playing alongside Children Collide and Violent Soho and their latest single Esipram even has a film-clip which can be viewed in 3D. Curious? Well they hit the Public Bar on Saturday November 9 and well, you really can catch them in 3D.



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Two By Four, featuring The Cannanes, Emma Russack & Mia Schoen and Ex Rabbits Wedding Paul Watling from Dusken Lights, takes two performers from each band and allows them four songs and two sets only. An opportunity for the audience to experience quite a diverse mix of musical styles (for only four songs), the show is fast paced and cyclical – each duo plays four songs and then immediately makes room for the next band’s four songs and so on for two sets. Rad idea. It’s on at The Spotted Mallard on Saturday November 9.


Starting off as a project born and raised in a series of home studios, fusing their love of digital and organic sounds, electronic music producers DEJA launch their EP, at the Workers Club this Saturday night November 9. They tour the country for their debut Make Light EP which invites listeners to enter the portal and travel through worlds within worlds that shift from lush psychedelia to frenetic dance and crystalline pop. Head on down and experience their synths crunch and tones melt into echoing loops that are saturated in soundscapes. Support comes from I Know Leopard and Cosmo Black. For more info head to




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Melbourne Progressive Post-Glam five-piece Ten Thousand are fresh from supporting Aerosmith and Van Halen to bring you a free show at The Espy this Saturday November 9. Having recently recorded down at Birdland studios with the legendary Lindsay Gravina (The Living End, Jet, Shihad, Eskimo Jow), Ten Thousand are taking their explosive show to the Front bar armed with a string of new singles, fusing their love for razor sharp rock’n’roll riffs and thunderous fuzzed out rhythm section and soaring melodic vocals. They bring Temple, Secret Tsunami, Blind Munkee and Phil Para (for an early set) for a Saturday night not to be missed. The action kicks off at 6pm and it’s all free.

Ten bands everyone should know about: Bamboo, Lio, Sean Nicholas Savage, Tashan, Craft Spells, Linda di Franco, Phyllis Hyman, Roberto Cacciapaglia, The Blue Nile and Montero. Nine food items that you need to make a kick arse dinner party: Champagne for all on entry, bottles of chardonnay, bottles of red, vodka and mixers, kale chips, quinoa, celery sticks, a selection of cheeses and whisky for after. Eight possessions that define you: My white Stratocaster pictured on the Off By Heart LP cover, my Musicman Stingray bass, my rosewood Jazzmaster guitar, my Bamboo 7” single Shanghai produced by Serge Gainsbourg, my black boots that have been re-built so many times, my selection of leather jackets, my Gemma Smith Boulder sculpture, the iPhone. Seven favourite movies/TV shows that go on your mix-tape: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, 30 Rock, Seinfeld, QI, ABC World News and music documentaries – all of them. Six bad habits you can’t escape: Champagne, chardonnay, pino gris, sav blanc, celebrity gossip websites and smoking. Five people who inspire you: Ugo Rondinone, Urs Fischer, Florian Maier-


Aichen, Pierre Perrone, Pierre Huyghe. Four things that turn you on: Chardonnay, smoking, Yves Saint Laurent, Rick Owens. Three goals for your music: Keep ‘em under four minutes, a middle 8 – no one does this any more, Lana Del Ray to cover Don’t Do That To Yourself. Two live gigs you’ll never forget and why: 1. Suede, The Forum, Melbourne, 1999 It was my birthday, it was my favourite band and they didn’t disappoint except for the fact they didn’t play Pantomime Horse. 2. The house band at ‘Travellers Rest’ Restaurant, Bahamas, 2010. Right on the beach in the Bahamas, the house band of men in their fifties playing ‘80s ballads as the sun sets and your left drinking cocktails. I met them afterwards and they told me a story of the Bee Gees arriving by yacht and popping up for a drink. One day left before the apocalypse and you… Will need to check emails. When’s the gig? Darren Sylvester Off By Heart album launch at Kelvin Club this Friday November 8 with Montero and Fatti Frances. He'll also be playing Chapterfest 21 during Melbourne Music Week at The Residence on Wednesday November 20.



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Celebrating the release of his recently released EP Not Built To Last, Jordie Lane is one of Australia’s most acclaimed troubadours. He’ll hit the Thornbury Theatre with his full band on Saturday November 9. Returning to our shores after relocating to LA to focus on co-writing and recording plus multiple North American shows and appearances at festivals, Jordie Lane brings special guest Old Man Luedecke along in what is sure to be a great Saturday night. Tickets via


Ten years after first banging out tunes around Perth in 2003, The Kill Devil Hills are set to release their first live album, Past and Future Ghosts, recorded on a balmy March night earlier this year at an old gothic ex-asylum/now-arts centre in Fremantle, WA. About to step into the studio to record a new album, The Kill Devil Hills will be doing a breakneck run of five cities in early November to launch Past and Future Ghosts. The live album will be available on CD at shows, and digitally via Bandcamp. They play The John Curtin Hotel on Saturday November 9.


Fresh from touring the country in support of their critically acclaimed EP Wiped Out, local six-piece Lurch & Chief will be taking their unique blend sounds to The Rochester Castle on Saturday November 9. Seamlessly fusing elements of '60s psych and '90s drone with subtle pop sensibilities, Lurch & Chief present an energetic and frenzied live show that has recently allowed them to share the stage with acts like Deep Sea Arcade, Gold Fields, Hungry Kids Of Hungary and Bluejuice. Support on the night comes from Evan & The Brave. Doors at 9pm.


Sydney five piece Sister Jane’s brand new single Whole Wide World was released digitally on Tuesday October 15. The band will play in Melbourne and Sydney this November to launch the single. Whole Wide World is lifted off their forthcoming second album Frontier which is set for release early 2014 via Broken Stone Records / Remote Control. Catch Sister Jane at The Old Bar on Saturday November 9 with Buried Feather.


Acoustic pop songstress Gosti returns to the Wesley Anne in November to launch her third single Charlie from her album The Travel Tree. Gosti will be performing an unplugged set with cello, French horn, hand percussion and acoustic guitars. Gosti’s wind-swept lyrics tell tales of nostalgia and fragility, accompanied by a menagerie of acoustics, planting her snug and tight in Melbourne’s indie-folk scene. Don’t miss out on this ethereal stripped-back performance at the Wesley Anne on Saturday November 9. Doors 8pm, $15.

Bringing the sounds of the South to the Drunken Poet from 9pm, Moosejaw Rifle Club deliver the stylings of Old Crow Medicine Show, Justin Townes Earle and their ilk for your listening pleasure. Be sure to head down for some tunes laden in harmonies, and sounds that make you want to whoop and a holler. It’s chicken soup for the damn soul, this Saturday November 9 eve from 9pm.


Big Village Records have just welcomed production duo Suburban Dark to their roster, making them the first act to be officially signed to the label outside its founding members, since the label kicked off three years ago. Having developed their sound by creating a niche in Sydney’s electronic scene, they bring their self-described ‘fight beats’ to The Laundry on Saturday November 9 as part of their Mindreader tour. Heading on a quick pre-Christmas visit for their fans, they bring special guest Jeswon along, plus supports Big Words, Lore and Junor. Doors from 8pm. Free entry.


Hitting The Brunswick Hotel in celebration of their debut single Cough Syrup, Cinema 6 play their broadinfluenced sounds, citing ‘60s rock, ‘70s punk and ‘90s grunge as references. The first track from their Reel Love / Magic Reel album comes from a work that’s emotional and a visceral experience, underwritten by a sense of narrative and charming lyrical structure. They bring along pals Squarehead and Trash Fairys to make it a night to remember. Head on down this Saturday November 9 from 9pm.


2013 marks 40 years since the Stones sizzled at Kooyong Tennis Centre, during two performances on one day on their infamous Exile On Main Street World Tour in 1973. Due to public demand of the Corner hosting two sell-out celebration shows earlier in the year - the extraordinary Monkey Men featuring Tim Rogers on lead vocals - they’re putting together a special encore performance at The Yarraville Club on Saturday November 9. With a stellar cast performing a track-for-track live tribute including Ash Naylor (Even), Davey Lane (You Am I) & Stephen Hadley (Tex Perkins) on guitars, Matthew Cotter (Even) on drums, Bruce Haymes (Renee Geyer) on keys, Eugene Ball (Dan Sultan) & Ben Marsland on horns and Eliza & Talei Wolfgramm on backing vocals. The idea is the brainchild of Brian Wise, host of RRR’s ‘Off The Record’, and ‘Son of Crawdaddy’s’ Max Crawdaddy and Cherry Bar owner and Yarraville Club booker James Young. They're all self-confessed Rolling Stones’ tragics, and will MC the night. Tickets via with tickets starting at $30. Doors 8pm for a 9.30-11pm show.



Palms are Al Grigg (singer, guitarist) and Tom Wallace (drummer, girlish backing vocals), who were previously in Red Riders. Brendan Walsh is on bass and Dion ‘Danger’ Ford is on riffs and hot licks. Their latest track is This Last Year and was recorded and mixed by their buddy Owen Penglis in his kitchen in exchange for a nice Japanese meal at a newish place in Darlington. They sat on the floor. They don’t recommend the fermented beans. Palms will be joined by local lad Bored Nothing when they play The Shadow Electric on Saturday November 9 from 7pm.


Having just released the Tie That Binds EP, The Hello Morning have had a very busy 18 months of touring, including supporting the likes of Dan Sultan, Busby Marou and King Cannons, plus a standout performance at Brisbane’s Bigsound conference. The band were also a finalist in the 2012 Australian Music Prize and released a debut EP to college radio in the United States. Joined by Dan Parsons, The Hellow Morning perform at The Shadow Electric on Saturday November 9 from 12pm.


Energetic young alt-rock group Little Miss Remembering are riding high after a win at the Melbourne Fresh Battle of the Bands and a feature spot at the prestigious Corner Hotel. Now they have prepared a talented lineup and a high-octane set for the Brunswick Hotel. Playing alongside them are hard rockers Lace And Whiskey and the silky, soulful Jess Porter. Hit up The Brunswick Hotel on Sunday November 10 at 8pm. Free.


This talented singer-songwriter channels the voice of a bygone era and places it in a thoroughly modern context. Mixing a dash of ‘50s rock’n’roll with a pinch of blues and rockabilly on her 2011 debut album To The Horses, Lanie Lane serves up a heady dish of tunes about love, heartbreak and a cowboy. After romancing festival crowds across the country, cutting tracks with Jack White, selling out her first two national headline tours and completing a national regional Australian tour, Lanie’s career could so far be described as “going pretty well”. You can catch this lovely lass at the second edition of The Story So Far this Sunday November 10 at The Toff In Town. Tickets $30 from


Get ready for some of the best darn bluegrass/ol’ timey music you’ve heard in a dog’s age. The Davidson Brothers have a reputation as one of Australia’s finest bluegrass acts – multi-instrumentalists on banjo, fiddle, mandolin and great entertainers with an enormous respect for the traditions of the genre. In celebration of all things Southern, The Spotted Mallard kitchen have risen to the occasion and will be dousing their famed duck specials (as well as other assorted menu items) with a hearty dose of Tennessee ruckus juice. Get Southern every Sunday in November at The Spotted Mallard, with two sets from The Davidson Brothers starting at 4.30pm. Free entry.


Working harmonies like nobody’s business, The Nymphs are a vocal quartet combining the sounds of ‘40s jazz, ‘50s swing and early ‘60s pop, alongside a healthy dose of vintage glamour to bring you a cross of The Andrew Sisters drinking single malt with Mae West. Their voices are the only instruments they need, and they bring you the sonic honey at the Drunken Poet this Sunday night from 4pm.


The Wilderness Society, in collaboration with the Central Highlands Action Group, presents Forest Fundraiser featuring local bands Magic Bones, Winternationale And Art & Craft, creating a melting pot of garage, indie rock, new wave punk and folk music. Covering the northwest fringes of Victoria’s Central Highlands, Toolangi State Forest represents the last refuge of the Fairy Leadbeater’s Possum. The faunal emblem of Victoria, these tiny possums nest in the giant Mountain Ash trees. However, they are finding themselves homeless and on the brink of extinction due to logging and the commercial exploitation of Victorian forests. These are the last remaining pockets of unburnt forest in the Central Highlands after the Black Saturday fires. Yet, despite this, they are still relentlessly felled on a daily basis, instantly destroying complex ecosystems created over thousands of years. Come along to Bar Open on Sunday November 10 for a drink, listen to awesome live music and play your part in protection of Victoria’s native forests.


After a successful EP launch at The Empress, Al Carr will be playing a couple of stripped back acoustic gigs to further support the release. He’ll be playing at The Old Bar on Monday November 11 from 8pm. This will be one of the last gigs for Al in 2013 before he heads back into the studio in December to begin tracking for a 2014 album release.


Releasing their first studio EP later this year, The National Evening Express formed in 2011. The fourpiece original rock band have been drawing on various influences from The Stones, Black Crowes, Jon Spencer, The Cramps and The Police. This Tuesday November 12, they’ll join Pilots of the Future and Ravenous to play The Brunswick Hotel’s Discovery Night. Come check out some up-and-coming local talent.


Prepare your eyeballs and your ear holes as this may very well be the most ridiculous Tuesday night you may ever have at The Old Bar. Imagine all of your favourite Melbourne bands, drawn by Sarah Thompson, in MS PAINT form, featuring (to name a few): Adalita, Batpiss, Bodies, Cash Savage, Damn Terran, Mojo Juju, King Parrot, Clairy Browne and The Bangin’ Rackettes and many more. All work will be framed and available for purchase. Entry is free and Bodies, Batpiss and Nation Blue kick off the party from 7pm.


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The Rubix family are thrilled to announce that they will be opening up the funhouse to the public every Friday night kicking off Friday November 15. From midday every Friday, venture to the other side of the tracks for a night of madness in a magical place. Beats will be brought to you by renowned resident DJs Kodiak Kid, Griff and Kurk Kokane (more TBA) with special guests and producer showcases each week. First up they’ll be showcasing Adapted Records glitch hop producer Angus Green. The venues major revamp now offers patrons a creatively infused three room space including a beer garden, chill room, dance floor with an indoor half pipe for the skaters. End your week with the Rubix crew and vibe up for the weekend.


Existing over the years in many forms and with many names,  independent Melbourne  band Whitaker has, for the best part of a decade,  been relentlessly creating, releasing  and touring new music. At its core, Whitaker is Ryan Meeking, Brett Scapin and  Simon Rabl. Their Wichita EP is set for independent release on November 22nd and Whitaker take over Revolver on Friday November 29th.


Northern College Of The Arts in conjunction with Maton Guitars and a mix of talented Australian independent guitar builders will be hosting this year’s Makers and Players Guitar Expo on Saturday November 16 at Deakin Edge, Federation Square - an event that will showcase a range of local builders and their guitars including the likes of Andy Allan, Jack Spira, Benedict Stewart, Ian Noyce, David Worthy, Jeff Crisp, Shane Briggs, Daniel Kenny, Darren and Ryan Bolitho. It will also be an opportunity for aspiring builders and six string aficionados to learn more about the craft and the NCAT Instrument Making & Repair course that is taking this emerging industry by storm. There will also be some killer live music with guest appearances from Louis Johnson, Rebecca Barnard, Nicky Bomba and Lisa Miller to name a few. One lucky punter will also take home a brand a new Maton EM-325 Acoustic, just for attending. For tickets and more information visit or phone 9478 1333.



When a band is named after it's members' favourite pizza, you know you’re gonna have a great time. The Large Number 12s hit The Yarra Hotel in Abbotsford for a month-long Sunday residency playing their classic country-rock tunes, full of lovely melodies, catchy choruses and guitarist Charlie Owen’s impressive playing. With a BBQ in the Yarra’s beer garden from 3pm and live music from 4pm, there’s no reason to not be at this free entry Sunday arvo delight!


Nineteen-year-old freestyle hip hop artist and multiinstrumentalist Gio has just released the title single from his soon-to-be-released album Real. After creating buzz with his 2012 mixtape Evergreen, Gio has gone on to share the stage with the likes of M-Phazes, Stretchy, Codix, and N’fa Jones to name a few. To celebrate the release of single Real, Gio is launching his single upstairs at Revolver on Saturday November 16.

BURKE & WILLS: THE EXPEDITION Written, arranged and produced by Ashley Davies

Define your genre in five words or less: Dirty glam, post punk rock.

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What can a punter expect from your live show? High energy, two-girl two-boy, distortionfuelled mayhem.

Describe the best gig you have ever played There have been so many awesome shows, it’s hard to choose. Killing Joke and the Deathstars tours are definite stand outs.

When’s the next gig and with who? CherryFest – Sunday November 24 at 12.30pm. Do you have any record releases to date? What are they? Where can I get them? Yes! Two EPs, New Rule and Say You Do. We also have our brand new debut album Happy To Kill You available at JB Hi-Fi, iTunes and in the TMK store on our Facebook page.

When are you doing your thing next? After playing CherryFest on Sunday November 24, we are doing a post Christmas show on Saturday December 28 with Witchgrinder, again at Cherry Bar. We are also thrilled to announce that we are supporting Misfits on Friday January 17 at the Corner Hotel. A European tour is also confirmed for 2014.

What makes you happiest about what you’re doing? When all of your hard work pays off and you get

Media release August 2013 This project is not Davies first foray into interpreting stories of historical significance. In 2001 Davies launched his CD and live road show of Ned Kelly, produced with noted historian Ian Jones. The project told the story of the legendary Australian outlaw and bushranger, and the album won the 2001 Best Australian Debut CD in Rhythms Magazine Readers poll. Ned Kelly was critically acclaimed across the nation.

“What an epic airing of this brave Australian tragedy! Ash Davies’ dynamic instrumentals truly do justice to the peaks and troughs of Burke and Wills’ journey. It was a pleasure to be a part of the whole shebang in giving voice to the narratives.” Henry Wagons

Burke & Wills: The Expedition the perfect saga for Davies’ to create another outstanding project featuring an album and live shows.

Davies says of writing Burke & Wills: The Expedition “I think a lot of people see Burke and Wills’ expedition as a failure – I don’t see it that way. After reading about the expedition I was astonished at what they accomplished and totally inspired by what they did… The ideas came Ashley Davies is a consummate musician and composer and I started to write a musical journey of the Burke and with the capacity to bring uniquely Australian stories to Wills expedition.” As listeners we should thank Davies life with breathtaking accuracy. His new project Burke & as the music takes you on an aural journey where your Wills: The Expedition is an extraordinary piece of work. minds eye can truly retrace the steps, joyous and anguished, and distinctly Australian Musically it reinforces Davies as one of the country’s great talents… but it is more than that. His commitment To work on this project Davies gathered together some to bring one of Australia’ most epic tales of triumph and of Australia’s finest musicians to work with him includultimate defeat to the fore via his music is exciting and ing Matt Walker, Reg Mombassa, Shane O’Mara, James commendable. The creative license is with the music Lee, Rick Plant, Craig Pilkington, Anita Quayle, Abbie only. The narrative written by Australia’s foremost Burke Cardwell, Howard Cairns, Andrew Ogburn, Eugene Ball, & Wills scholar Dave Phoenix, President of the Burke and Monique DiMattina, Michelle Lewit and Glenn Romanis. Wills Society upholds the highest historic integrity. The music combined with the narrative makes Burke & Wills: Davies also secured the artistic talent of Reg Mombassa The Expedition one of the most significant independent for the front cover, which complements perfectly the hismusic releases of 2013. toric images in the accompanying booklet. BURKE & WILLS: THE EXPEDITION in stores now through FUSE Group Australia


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Define your genre in five words or less: Landscape rock with pop psychedelia. What do you love about making music? The endless possibilities and tributaries that transpire when you surround yourself with creative people. Do you have a pre-gig ritual? If so, what is it? At the moment it’s watching Concert For George – the 2002 memorial to George Harrison. It’s both inspiring and meditative. What inspires or has influenced your music the most? I was an obsessive Silverchair fan growing up but because my dad was also a musician, he introduced me to other great Australian music like The Church, The Go Betweens and The Stems at an early age. Lately I’ve been listening


to a lot of Scott Walker, David Bowie, Gun Club and Television. But our sound has definitely developed through our work with producer, Ricky Maymi (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) on both our first album Otis and our new album. He stretched us to flesh out our acoustics into something more haunting and dramatic. If your music was a chocolate bar, which one would it be, and why? Fruit and Nut – dark but sweet. How long have you been gigging and writing? I was only 16 when I wrote most of the songs on Decide What You Want (our debut EP). When are you playing live? We are touring the release of our second album, amberola, supporting Steve Kilbey (The Church) at Northcote Social Club on Sunday November 10.



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Back in town after a three month tour overseas, Teenage Mothers play a homecoming gig at Boney in November. Early last year, Teenage Mothers were kicked off the M83 Australian Tour for giving nitrous oxide to the audience. NME has described one of their live songs as ‘excruciating’ and perhaps after their gig at Boney on Wednesday November 13, you may be hearing what other trouble they got up to in the following week's edition of Beat. They’re joined by Hollow Everdaze’s new side project The Melbourne Emos and DJ sets from The UV Race and Frowning Clouds. Doors at 9pm.


The Waratah Hotel in Hobart have put the call out across almighty Bass Straight to musicians looking to jam in the Apple Isle. All musos and buskers are being encouraged to apply and perform at the venue and the world famous Salamanca Market which attracts 10,000+ visitors every Saturday. The Waratah Hotel is offering accommodation, transfers, marketing, production dinner and breakfast and a small fee. They're ideally looking for solo and duo acts. But the team behind this great venture may also consider larger arrangements should the music fit! The idea is to attract more musos to visit Tasmania and add a new mix to an already thriving and emerging music scene. Email for more information and to learn how to get involved.

Fifth Floor is an underground movement of events. The conception of the name was drawn from the first location of The Factory, the fifth floor of East Street, Midtown Manhattan. Fifth Floor #1 was a huge success. The event sold out, reaching a capacity crowd of 400+ and hundreds were turned away at the door before the headline act hit the stage. The next event, Fifth Floor #2, is a send-off party. The collective are heading abroad to host Fifth Floor #3 in an arts warehouse in Berlin. Fifth Floor #2 is made up of 12 psych/garage bands, with Wolf & Cub headlining. Thom Russel of Astral Projection will be providing the live analogue psych projections and there will be two stages this time around. The main stage is setup for established acts with the side stage setup for upand-coming local Melbourne bands. The second Fifth Floor event is on Friday November 23 – hit up for more information.


Considered as one of the greatest guitarists in the world and truly a unique guitar player, Ross Hannahford & The Critters hit our doorstep in Elsternwick on Saturday November 23 featuring his superb band. It’s looking to be a great night of funk-reggae grooves, animated showmanship and out-of-this-world soulful and melodious guitar playing. Special guests TBA. Tickets start from $20. Doors at 8pm.


With their captivating debut single Twisted becoming the most played track on triple j for the first part of 2013, gaining local and international attention, Fractures perform live for the first time at The Workers Club on Thursday November 28. After a near fatal fall which left multi-instrumentalist singer and producer Mark Zito confined to a neck-brace bolted to his skull for three months, (ironically) Fractures are set to play tunes from their forthcoming 2014 EP. Tickets now available via



If you are dreaming of a taste of Paris in your own backyard, then head down to The Substation on Friday November 22 as Baby et Lulu (Abby Dobson and Lara Goodridge) play a classic selection of celebrated romantic songs from tunes about strolling along the Champs Elysees to jazz standards to tracks made famous by cultural icons Edith Piaf, Brigitte Bardot to Francoise Hardy. The Baby et Lulu experience is joyous and celebratory, romantic and rollicking – full of passionate French music, rich harmonies and a stunning band of fine pioneers. It’s a rendez-vous you don’t want to miss. More info via


Heading to Australia for the first time this November, Neck Deep play two shows in Melbourne after recently announcing their debut full length album Wishful Thinking is set for release via Hopeless Records/Unified on January 14, 2014. You can catch them playing new material from their debut album on Thursday November 28 at Next playing an +18 gig or on Friday November 29 at Wrangler Studios playing an All Ages event. Their album is now available for pre-order at


Sydney hip hop rising stars True Vibenation hit the road on their Dressed To Chill Tour and hit local hangout The Wesley Anne on Saturday November 16. They’ve had their nose to the grindstone all of 2013 and show no sign of slowing down. The trio took to the road after recording their Standby Sessions, to perform at what was their most successful tour yet, releasing the project via concreting USBs loaded with their music into walls across the country. With a growing fan base and tight live show, their hard work has set them on a path for a very bright future, catch them in Melbourne with support L-Fresh the Lion.


Fresh from working with ex-Death In Vegas member Tim Holmes, Black Cab will play their first St Kilda show in years, showcasing their beats heavy set. Special guests will be Transkei, the new project of Richard Andrew (Underground Lovers, Registered Nurse) and a host of great Melbourne musicians including Martin Sleeman (Morning After Girls), Lewis Boyes (Adalita), Brett Poliness (Hugo Race) and Alex Jarvis (Automatic, Alex Jarvis Band). Kicking off the night, Andrew and James from Black Cab will perform an encore performance of Suicide’s legendary first album in its entirety.  Andrew and James performed this at a sold-out show at Pure Pop records last summer to great acclaim. Head down to the Espy’s infamous Gershwin room on Saturday November 16.


Launching their third full length release with a night of eclectic punk rock, Wicked City hit The Tote in celebration of their latest offering Worsted Yarn. The Tote is playing host to a killer Friday night of riff merchants, kicking off the party with the fast-paced prog rock of Athol, followed by the rich metal mayhem of DEAD, alongside the Legends of Motorsport, all in the name of celebrating Wicket City’s latest release. LP’s and shirts available on the night. Tix $10 on the door, and doors at 8.30pm.


The Espy welcomes Lisa and The BellRays for a bluespunk soaked, free entry, front bar show. Blues is the teacher, punk is the preacher - The BellRays are both. It’s all about emotion and energy, experience and raw talent, spirit and intellect with The BellRays and exciting things happen when all these things collide. Look out as the band grace the Espy stage on Saturday November 23.


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Fever Belle (Shock Records) Seabellies have always been unashamedly romantic, but they ain’t soft. Fever Belle dirties up their pretty sound in a way that feels genuinely dangerous and beautiful. Put on the album, and hug-dance someone till it ends. Seabellies write songs that make you want to alternatively dance with and hug someone. Maybe at the same time. Maybe their frontman, Trent Grenell, who sounds here like he’s torn between heartbroken nostalgia and the joy of starting over.   The band have been crafting a sound over the past three releases that is undoubtedly theirs – yearning vocals, swirling synthesisers, staccato strings, dancefloor grooves. They arrived almost fully formed with their debut EP Wave Your Fingers To Make The Winters, yet their latest offering doesn’t rely on old tricks.  Fever Belle  pushes the blend of electronica and indie rock into an expansive new sonic territory for the Newcastle five-piece. And it is exciting.  This is a band that isn’t afraid of risk. In that regard, the pairing with producers Berkfinger (Philadelphia Grand Jury) and Tim Whitten (The Go-Betweens) makes for a stirringly bizarre blend of textures that come together like jigsaw pieces. Oh, and it helps that the songwriting is in top form.   Thematically, the record seems to be about falling apart and picking up the pieces (I’m sure there’s another jigsaw reference to be made here...), and this feeling grows throughout the album. It all starts


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off warm and relaxed, with title track ‘Fever Belle’ and single ‘It’s Alright’ lulling us into security. By the time the stomp of ‘Berlin Horses’ hits, we are thrown into a more urgent second half that holds all the way to bubbling, spacey jam of ‘Dark Echoes’. CAMERON JAMES BEST TRACK: Paper Tiger IF YOU LIKE THIS, YOU’LL LIKE THESE: BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE, NEW ORDER, GUIDED BY VOICES IN A WORD: Hug-Dance





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“Those Bitstrips sure are popular, huh? Well guess what, I don’t like ‘em. Not one bit.” Exclusive excerpt from my upcoming stand-up special, free of charge to Beat readers. You’re welcome.


Neptune Estate (XL/Remote Control) A showcase of his aural dexterity, King Krule indulges in his dubby, hip hop inclinations on the restrained Neptune Estate. A dreary sleepwalk soundtracked by inebriated horns, the track sees Archy Marshall spilling his heart in what is in essence a softly sweet love song. It’s impassioned songwriting informed by a myriad of styles and genre, set to be a hallmark of Marshall’s generation of talent.


TKO (Sony) The pervading meh-ness of JT’s The 20/20 Experience is compounded on the full-length companion 2 Of 2, as exemplified on the overlong and undercooked TKO. Timbaland’s pedestrian production doesn’t really hit the mark until the final minute-long coda, but it’s by no means worth enduring the preceding six minutes. The boxing metaphor shit is weak as hell, “You knocked me out / With a TKO.” Groan.

4. Trinnie CD / LP BAILTER SPACE 5. Real Thing LP FAITH NO MORE 6. Abra Kadavar CD/LP KADAVAR


Let Yourself Be Free (Independent) Melbourne-based guitar-drums duo Dark Fair flesh out their sonic palette on Let Yourself Be Free with guest bass-work from Adalita, a tidy bit of stuntcasting that invites favourable comparisons. The repetitive stop-start guitar punches on the verse switch-up into cacophony then back again with a flick of a switch. Lyrically, it’s riddled with cliché, but it doesn’t detriment the rock simplicity to any great effect.


Perth Girls (MGM) The obnoxiously basic production on Perth Girls sounds like someone dicked around on GarageBand for half a second, with Abbe May embracing an aesthetic closer to torch singer than rock star. It’s pop music with a dearth of melody. It’s uneasy, but not due to a strive for the psychosexual. It’s uneasy just because it doesn’t sound any good.


Promises (Ivy-League) There are a select few simple ideas present on Promises, but Cloud Control manage to get a decent amount of mileage out of each, pushing themselves just out from their comfort zone while roughing up the edges of their pop smarts. A helping of grit is sprinkled over the adept chorus, before easing into some tricky vocal interplay. The guitar solo is just the ticket, too.


Swing Left (Create/Control) Opening with equal parts Will Sheff and Patrick Wolf, Jeremy Neale projects uninhibited vocal talent in a verse that eventually blows open with spooky Spaghetti Western theatrics. That tinge of horror country underpins a general indie rock acumen, all coming together in a tidy little package.


8. Obsideo CD PESTILLENCE 9. Every Day I get Closer To The Light From Which I Came CD JESU 10. Your Life Your Call JUNIP 

RECORD PARADISE TOP 10 1 Desperate LP DIVINYLS 2 Give UP(deluxe)LP POSTAL SERVICE 3 Scene From A Marriage 7” TOTAL CONTROL 4 Hanni El Khatib 7” HANNI EL KHATIB 5 Vol-7. 7” THE WORLD’S LOUSY WITH IDEAS 6 Vanishing Point LP MUDHONEY 7 Work It Out 7” TWERPS 8 Crosswords LP SUPER WILD HORSES 9 Love Will Tear Us Apart 7”JOY DIVISION 10 The Stevens EP THE STEVENS


Love Is To Die (Rough Trade/Remote Control) Returning from a blinding burst of exposure for their 2010 album The Fool, Warpaint keep things in check on the tightly woven Love Is To Die – the first taste of their upcoming self-titled full-length. The guitar swells into a dreamy wash, lapping over the vibrant rhythm section. The drop into the chorus comes unexpectedly, lifting into a wonderfully disconcerting key. It’s refreshing to hear the result of a retreat into the intricacies of studio production, rather than aim for pre-packaged festival fare.

7. Wahles & Leeches CD/LP RED FANG

SYN SWEET 16 1. Free Your Mind CUT COPY 2. Lost Kitten METRIC 3. Girl YEO 4. Let yourself be Free DARK FAIR 5. Marcus RAUDIE MCLEOD 6. Frequen Flyer HOME TRAVEL

SINGLE OF THE WEEK HIGH TENSION Collingwood (Cooking Vinyl) Many bands have attempted to capture the essence of Melbourne, often asphyxiating on sentimentality in the process. It’s not the case for rising unit High Tension, not fucking about in their recount of a stock-standard night out in the titular suburb – pissing in tinnies, highfiving “every cunt on Smith Street”, fare-evading on the 86. Their last few tracks were ace, and Collingwood steps things up yet again. High Tension arrived fully-realised, now they’re just getting better and better. On its own, the track is a killer. But couple with the photorealistic computer-animated video (I think Andy Serkus did the motion-cap for Peter Daicos?), you’ve got yourself one of the most on-point instances of contemporary Australiana. A toxic cocktail of satire and genuine affection.


7. Broadway !!! 8. Falling Star SAMUEL 9. Writing On The Wall BEAR’S DEN 10. 3005 CHILDISH GAMBINO

BEAT’S TOP TEN SONGS ABOUT CHERRIES 1. Cherry Lips GARBAGE 2. Cherry Cola EAGLES OF DEATH METAL 3. Cherry Red ZZ TOP 4. The Search For Cherry Red THE KILLS 5. Cherry Bomb THE RUNAWAYS 6. CHERRY CHERRY Neil Diamond 7. Cherry Beat LEON RUSSELL 8. Cherry Oh Baby UB40 9. Anything by WILD CHERRY 10. Cherry Lips LOON LAKE



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I’m Not Right (Poison City Records)

Shulamith (Pod/Inertia)

Clowns have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and they’re all out of bubblegum. The Melbourne punks have just released their full length debut, I’m Not Right, through Poison City Records. The band’s debut is dripping with intensity, the cover art by Ben Brown gives you a good idea of what to expect; it depicts a man, strung out with a demon on his shoulder amidst the back drop of a red sky and a harsh city. This tone is prevalent throughout the album as the four-piece blast their way through 12 tracks of hardcore and punk in just under 30 minutes. Songs like Repeat After Me and Grave Junkie show influences of grunge while tracks like Boxcutter, Sheep In Black and Rat are brutally hardcore. The bands vocalist Stevie adds just the right amount of snarl and ferociousness to his performance, while his lyrics touch on themes of drug addiction, being an outsider and disillusionment with everyday life . I’m Not Right is short, sharp and savage. BEST TRACK: Grave Junkie IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: OFF!, THE CHARLIE ODELL BRONX, BLACK FLAG IN A WORD: Punk


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Interiors (True Panther/Remote Control)

Fanfare (Bella Union)

A truly great release, a definite contender for Album of the Year, and a sound that overwhelms the listener with the adulation of fanfare. Normally any reviews are restrained and reserved, but with Jonathan Wilson’s second album Fanfare, it’s difficult to maintain such composure; the album is such an enjoyable listen that it’s impossible not to fall for it. From the loving organ and piano notes to the insistent strings of the guitar and beat of the drums and Jonathan’s own comforting and warm lyrics and vocals, there is not a single sour note to be found. The album opener (and title track) immediately sets the tone and scale of the album, unfolding like the curtains being pulled back at the opera; Dear Friend feels like riding a merry-go-round on LSD (in a good way); Love To Love provides such a feelgood atmosphere it’s almost impossible to wipe the smile from your face or stop your foot tapping when listening. Each song on the album is an immensely enjoyable listen, from beginning to end; there isn’t a single song that doesn’t enthrall. Fanfare’s scope and grandeur is never overdone; every time the album begins to get too big for its own boots it immediately holds back and turns from an epic sound into a ’60s strut that wouldn’t feel out of place on a Rolling Stones or Bob Dylan record. The album is just that good. Jonathan Wilson’s second record is one of immaculate beauty and brilliant creativity, and an excellent follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut album Gentle Spirit. BEST TRACK: Illumination A must listen. IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: CROSBY IN A WORD: Big DANIEL PRIOR

It has been said that writing about music is like dancing about architecture. If you’re on the fence about music journalism, I’d suggest you to cast your eyes elsewhere while I write about music about architecture that you can dance too. Blame Glasser. Her shift to New York City was the inspiration for her new album’s exploratory tension between exterior and interiors, its wide-open spaces juxtaposed with claustrophobic grid-like patterns. This analytical viewpoint is given an off-kilter spin, which you can pick up from the titles and track-listing alone; the meticulous Window triptych fails to follow the chronological order of its parts, while New Year is the only song title that doesn’t reflect form or space in some way. Within these formal trappings, the lyrics uncover dark secrets, dreamlike states and glassy-eyed moments of romance. The music itself isn’t as strange as you might expect, with Glasser and co-producer Van Rivers (Fever Ray, Blonde Redhead) concocting a more polished, pop sound than the more fragmented debut effort, Ring. If anything, Interiors is more hemmed-in than spaced-out. Its subtle, shifting music gives off a sense of unease without disorienting, while Glasser’s accessible, intimate vocal consistently provides the entry point into a lush world of comfort, but never dullness. BEST TRACK: Shape IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: Vespertine BJORK, Fever Ray FEVER RAY IN A WORD: Grand-design



Future Of The Left

How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident

Minneapolis’ Poliça are back for a second round of sexual politics and they still mean business. The anger and bitterness of last year’s Give You The Ghost has spilled over into full-blown violence on follow-up album, Shulamith. Its cover art is a Psycho-like bloodbath, while an unnerving promo clip for lead single Tiff gives new meaning to the term ‘selfharm’. Even though she’s mostly taking things out on herself to get through the pain, Channy Leaneagh staunchly reclaims her power on a feisty second album with a title that namechecks Canadian radical feminist Shulamith Firestone. But the motives aren’t always clear from the lyrics which, despite less Autotune being applied to the vocals this time around, are mostly indecipherable. Thankfully, this isn’t the sort of music where you’re required to sing along joyfully in unison. The way Leaneagh’s voice weaves its way through the heavy percussion and buzzing synths to form a sultry, simmering mass is what really defines this band and makes them stand out BEST TRACK: Matty from the crowd. It’s a fluid and consistent collection that IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: Portishead consolidates a fearless, distinctive sound, though it lacks PORTISHEAD, La Roux LA ROUX, In Rainbows the spark of their less predictable debut. RADIOHEAD IN A WORD: Bloodlust CHRIS GIRDLER

For anyone wondering whether any quality punk will arrive this year, wonder no more; Future Of The Left have the entire genre covered.  From hardcore to Dischord-style post-punk, Dead Kennedys shout-alongs and Fall-esque rants, over the course of these 14 songs FOTL cover the gamut of punk, all filled with moments that’ll make your jaw hit the floor.  The experimental production and instrumentation of past FOTL albums seem to have been simply tests for this album. There’s nothing on How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident that doesn’t work; the production is perfect, changing from dirty to clean and hi-fi to lo-fi to suit whatever the individual song needs. The same goes for the arrangements, whether sparse or cluttered.  Andy ‘Falco’ Falkous’ notoriously scathing lyrics are on full display here, with the type of perspective and flow that only true talents can deliver. My current choice line: “Her cock is so hard / Her aim is true / I hear that when she comes / She comes enough for two”.   As for the actual music, there are way too many highlights to mention all of them. The last 20 seconds of Future Child Embarrassment Matrix will rip your face off. French Lessons will shock you with how pretty FOTL can sound in comparison to the rest of the album. And How To Spot A Record Company is the best song Falco has ever written (and I’m including all of Mclusky Do Dallas). On top of all this, there’s a hidden element that helps make How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident an instant classic: never has music so angry at its core been so fun to listen to. BEST TRACK: How To Spot A Record Company LEONARDO SILVESTRINI IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: MCLUSKY, DEAD KENNEDYS, THE JESUS LIZARD IN A WORD: Fury

Oblivion (Independent)

This relatively new Brisbane act have created a very solid heavy music release here. This album certainly ticks all the boxes, as far as the checklist for modern metal is concerned. What strikes you initially is the quality of the production. It is very strong, clear and powerful without being too overwrought or overly slick. It strikes a very nice balance between the two, and the guitars are in your face, the drums are punchy and the vocals are just sitting above it all, just as they should. The performances are strong, without setting the world on fire. But that’s totally cool, not everyone can be Gene Hoglan, Mikael Aferfeldt or Dimebag Darrell. Then of course, is the make or break factor. The songs. These guys construct a solid tune, with strong dynamics and light and shade. They avoid the trappings of many modern metal acts, of trying to be too ‘relentless’ in their brutality. These guys know when to play brutally, and when to hold back, and it makes for more interesting, more varied listening. They also know the value of a good, strong melody, how this can lift a heavy song above a mere collection of heavy riffs, grooves and screams or guttural growls. Ultimately, a lot of bands do these things, and a lot of bands – even just in Australia – are doing the groove based melodic metal/ core thing. Bound For Ruin need to find something a little extra, something that makes them distinctively them. Whether it’s something percussive, a different vocal technique or excursions into another style of music, they would do well to find something along those lines. If they find that element, they BEST TRACK: Reflections could be well on their way to national and international IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: LAMB OF recognition. GOD, KILSWITCH ENGAGE, SOILWORK IN A WORD: Solid ROD WHITFIELD





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WEDNESDAY nov 6 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/PUNK/COVERS brite fight + lucy roleff + sui zhen Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. collage - feat: scaramouche + junior bowles band + rob draper band + robot child Espy, St Kilda. 8:30pm. cyberne + . daggers + hate sax + mid flight + umbilicle tentacle Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $15. enda kenny & band + celine yap Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 5:30pm. jay penefore + aiden bentley music + unique new york John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. king puppy & the carnivore + georgia spain + the teskey brothers Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $7. roots of music - feat: kingston crown + casa rosa Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:00pm. $20. seven year itch + sportsmen + the sand dollars Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. sheriff + my left boot Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. soft gold Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 7:00pm. urbantramper + dd dumbo + young hysteria Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $10.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/WORLD MUSIC brooklyn’s finest + mayfield Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. 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. lo-res + chris young/jim maguire duo + edelplastik 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. nerissa campbell Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $20. the daniel gassin trio Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15. vive la difference Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 7:30pm.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK dave wright & the midnight electric Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. lucas michalidis & simon fox Open Studio,

Northcote. 8:00pm. mick daley Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. open mic Ontop In Ormond, Ormond. 7:30pm. open mic & jam night Musicland, Fawkner. 7:00pm. rebecca barnard & billy miller’s singalong + billy miller + rebecca barnard Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 7:00pm. $15. simply acoustic Wesley Anne, Northcote. 7:00pm. wine whiskey women - feat: little wise + megan bernard Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:00pm.

THURSDAY nov 7 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/PUNK/COVERS a basket of mammoths + riff fist + the ivory elephant Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. andre - feat: andré + the shards + totally mild The Public Bar, North Melbourne. 7:30pm. $5. andrea marr & the funky hitmen + dj pierre baroni + dj vince peach Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10. charles jenkins Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. cochlear kill + a man called son + chambers + glaciers Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. cyberne + dead Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 7:30pm. $10. dream on dreamer + a skylit drive + hellions + no bragging rights + void of visions The Hi-fi, Melbourne. 8:00pm. el moth + die ruth Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 8:30pm. electric cultures vi - feat: raymond scotwalker + australian flies + glass bricks + leisure + tarcar Old Bar, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $5. falling leaves Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. guitar special event - feat: ravenous + slingshot Musicland, Fawkner. 8:00pm. janana beat + humans as animals 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. keryn tolhurst + holy mackerel + ross hannaford Tago Mago, Thornbury. 8:00pm. kite club + fox & fowl + high tails Boney, Melbourne. 7:30pm. luna ghost + cowgirl caviar + the dead heir + the melbourne emos Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. melbourne fresh industry showcases Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. $15. muse on the big screen Jam Factory, 7:00pm. next - feat: bronson + bury the truth + scar

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A DAY ON THE GREEN: BERNARD FANNING With a number one debut for his new album Departures, Fanning is once again at the forefront of Australian music. Fanning is set to bring his acclaimed Tea & Sympathy and Departures albums to the stage on a warm Summer’s night against the back-drop of the beautiful vineyard in the Yarra Valley. Special guests also include Sarah Blasko, showcasing material from her critically acclaimed fourth album I Awake, and the charming Bob Evans hot off the heels of his latest release Famous Stranger. It all takes place at Rochford Wines in the Yarra Valley on Saturday November 9.

the surface Colonial Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. nuremberg code + besar bosoh + chasing lana + elodie adams + ravenous Barleycorn Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. orlando furious + chinese handcuffs + niko niko + touching the bees Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $6. overdrive - feat: jake judd Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. pluto jones + tin lion The Shadow Electric Bandroom, Melbourne. 6:00pm. premium fantasy + d. d. dumbo + o littleblood djs + pink health + snowy nasdaq + yes/no/maybe Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10. redcoats + citizen + underhanded Espy, St Kilda. 8:30pm. summon the birds Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. superguns + hybernators + the jacks John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. suzannah espie & ian collard Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 8:00pm. syre & fresko + melissa ramsay + residual + the bonsack machine Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 7:00pm. the grand rapids + halt ever + little desert + psychedelic coven djs Alia Arthouse, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. the mcqueens (laughter launch) + albert salt + paradise Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $15. the purple dentists + duck musique Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 5:30pm. $12. the seekers Hamer Hall, The Arts Centre, Melbourne. 7:00pm. the slims + cassius clay + pockets Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $5. we the people + bad pony + halcyon drive Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. women in docs (carousel launch) + dan parsons Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury. 8:00pm.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/WORLD MUSIC albare (the road ahead launch) Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:00pm. alwan Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 9:00pm. frock Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. johnny long shot Open Studio, Northcote. 8:00pm. merle st jazz band Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. $14. refraction Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. the date brothers Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $20. the overeasys Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 6:30pm.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK blow The Horn African Music Lounge, Collingwood. 8:00pm. foghorn stirngband - feat: foghorn stringband + oh pep! Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:00pm. $25. get folked with daniel clements - feat: michael hood + alison thom + my imaginary heart Rochester Castle Hotel, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. jordie lane Beavs Bar, Geelong. 9:50am. mandy connell & stray hens Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 8:30pm. open mic Acoustic Cafe, Collingwood. 6:30pm. open mic Balaclava Hotel, Balaclava. 6:00pm. open mic Balaclava Hotel, Balaclava. 7:00pm. scott kelly & the road home + jarboe Corner Hotel, Richmond. 6:30pm. $35. the johnny cass band + mr black & blues Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. the pierce brothers + jack stirling Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. the weekend people + jp swallow Great Britain Hotel, Richmond. 8:00pm. wire bird + velvet archers & haiku Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10.

FRIDAY NOV 8 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/PUNK/COVERS a night of intrigue - feat: cirque du sade Brown Alley, Melbourne. 8:00pm. $25. australian bon jovi show + american idiot + foovana Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. bad vision + digger & the pussycats + dj


cocktopus + kids of zoo + richie 1250 & the brides of christ Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10. batpiss + dj jeff leppard + grindhouse Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 10:00pm. circles (infinitas tour) + conjurer + glass empire + head filled attraction Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $18. courtney barnett The Shadow Electric Bandroom, Melbourne. 6:00pm. die rude + centre & the south + up up away Barleycorn Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. dream on dreamer Arrow On Swanston, 7:00pm. einsteins toyboys + cerberus Musicland, Fawkner. 7:30pm. $10. evil elvis + the detonators The Luwow, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. fallopian tunes - feat: yolke + andras fox + big yawn + circular keys + dan lewis + document swell + horse mcgyver + rites wild Boney, Melbourne. 7:30pm. gravel samwidge + ratsak & counter group + sewers Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. ikarii + ben whiting + dj lucy arundel + my echo + we disappear Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $13. jungleland! - feat: bombshells + alcatrash + teen kong Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. loose change + fozzey & van c + one sixth Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. lucha libre in australia - feat: sin frontera band + sonidero esperanza The Hi-fi, Melbourne. 7:30pm. nicholas roy + dr malone + hunter adams Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:30pm. $12. other places + andras fox + chris rainier + exotic forest + ollie olsen + worng Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $12. pataphysics + birdz + dj sadge Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10. pretty littles + darts + them 9’s Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 7:30pm. $8. psychlops eyepatch + the citradels + the grand rapids Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. rory ellis & the devils right hand + fruit jar Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 7:30pm. space tribe - feat: terrafractyl + ozzy + raptor Brown Alley, Melbourne. 7:00pm. sugar ghouls + dj oritone + the dead heir + the in the out Alia Arthouse, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. the baudelaires + willow darling The B.east, Brunswick East. 9:00pm. the pro tools + rise of the rat + road ratz + son of set Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $10. the red lights + capital control Penny Black, Brunswick. 9:30pm. the seekers Hamer Hall, The Arts Centre, Melbourne. 7:00pm. the seven ups + azadoota Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. the songs of james bond - feat: maria mercedes + kiyomi vella + spectre orchestra + susie ahern & ben mingay Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne. 7:00pm. the stillsons + bill jackson + pete fidler + the bastard children Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $12. the stray hens Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. total giovanni + i/o + two bright lakes djs Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm. tully on tully + anthonie tonnon + christopher coleman collective 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $12. whitehorse + dj kezbot + haltever + hex on the beach + masses The Public Bar, North Melbourne. 7:30pm. $10.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/WORLD MUSIC alma mater Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $15. dean’s martini & shakers Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 7:30pm. julia o’hara & the joe ruberto trio Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. mambo tormenta + jane macarthur Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. margie lou’s piano hour + alyce platt Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 9:00pm. steven grant quintet Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. the furbelows Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $20. the rita satch band Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm.



For all the latest gigs check out trio agogo Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK andy phillips & the cadillac walk 12 Bar Blues, 7:00pm. a blues shakedown - feat: johnny cass band + mr black & blues The Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 8:00pm. $25. all the king’s men - feat: darren jack + grant cummerford + ray beadle + rosscoe clark Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. $30. cardwell Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 9:30pm. catfish voodoo Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:30pm. chris wilson Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. dan sultan The Wool Exchange Entertainment Complex, Geelong. 7:00pm. daryl roberts & hey gringo Mordialloc Sporting Club, Mordialloc. 8:00pm. kim salmon & the surrealists Tago Mago, Thornbury. 8:00pm. king lucho + anna smyrk & the appetites Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 8:00pm. loren kate (moving on launch) Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury. 8:00pm. matt walker & the lost ragas Basement Discs, Melbourne Cbd. 12:45pm. moonlight flatters Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10. roadhouse romeos Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:30pm. the barons of tang + the barons of tang + the crooked fiddle band + bj morriszonkle + quarry mountain dead rats Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:00pm. $20. the hornets duo Famous Blue Raincoat, South Kingsville. 7:30pm. the john steel singers Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. traditional irish music session - feat: dan bourke Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 6:00pm.

SATURDAY NOV 9 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/PUNK/COVERS 20th man fund fundraiser - feat: armoured earth + slipperknot + wolfpack Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:30pm. $12. a day on the green - feat: bernard fanning + bob evans + sarah blasko Rochford Wines, Coldstream. 11:00am. arty del rio Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. bang - feat: glorified + hollow world + void of vision Royal Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. baptism of uzi + popolice Boney, Melbourne. 7:30pm. $10. better than the wizards + kingston crown + the weary Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $12. bloom iii - feat: touch sensitive + architecture in helsinki + client liaison Brown Alley, Melbourne. 7:00pm. $25. bone Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 4:00pm. buried feather + ali e + dj link meanie + flyying colours + psychlops eyepatch Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $12. cherrywood The Public Bar, North Melbourne. 1:30pm. cinema 6 + adam hickman + squarehead + trash fairies Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. deja + cosmo black + i know leopard Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10. dominique + jo kathleen marie + kyaarn + vultures of venus Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm. dv8 - feat: jon vendetta Cbd Club, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. el moth + die rude Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. evan & the brave Rochester Castle Hotel, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. hambone & the prospectors + the ivory elephant Great Britain Hotel, Richmond. 9:00pm. harry coulson’s rain dogs Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. harry howard & the nde + the infants Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. id. saturdays - feat: the black alleys + commercial + derelict haute coutre fashion + leah senior Barleycorn Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. in malices wake + desecrator + harlott + malakyte + mason + party vibez Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. $15. inedia + lucid sun + summer blood The Public Bar, North Melbourne. 7:30pm. $10. jeremy neale + major leagues + them bruins Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $12. jericco (beautiful in danger tour) + far away stables + riot in toytown + the soulenikoes Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $14. kill devil hills + maurice flavel & his intensive care + suzie stapleton John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. kings & queens - feat: the braves + alaskan thunder + arakeye + diamond fist + hemera + rapid succession + super monkey zero Espy, St Kilda. 7:00pm. $15. kite club + fox & fowl + high-tails Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10. local group + house + sagamore donalds + sleep decade Alia Arthouse, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. old ettiquettes + ben william + the tattered sails Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 3:00pm.

palms & bored nothing The Shadow Electric Bandroom, Melbourne. 6:00pm. paper arms + apart from this + ceres + laura palmer Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $10. recall Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully. 8:00pm. slacquer + kat antionette & the renaissance lovers Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 6:00pm. smoke stack rhino + the charge + the ugly kings Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:01pm. ten thousand + blind munkee + phil para + secret tsunami + temple Espy, St Kilda. 6:00pm. test gig 2 - feat: test artist 2 Werribee Park Mansion, Werribee. 8:00pm. the bon scotts + pepperjack + the good china Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $10. the cardinals + armour us + fight the avalanche + hideaway + kingdom in crisis + the lost league Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. the chantoozies + leticia maher The Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 8:00pm. $35. the f100s Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. the screaming jets + the snowdroppers Corner Hotel, Richmond. 7:30pm. $41. the songs of james bond - feat: maria mercedes + kiyomi vella + spectre orchestra + susie ahern & ben mingay Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne. 7:00pm. the vendettas + taylor & brown + the feel goods Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. the volcaniks + dj shaky memorial Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. tinpan orange + she said zed Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:30pm. $22. tropicool - feat: jaspora The Luwow, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. two by four - feat: the cannanes + anchor & the butterfly Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 7:30pm. $10. urban tramper + aunt nancy + dan trolley + winterplan Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. $10. yeo + coach bombay Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/WORLD MUSIC charmaine jones & michael bevan Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $20. classical piano Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 2:00pm. diana jowsey & the roger clark quartet Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 9:00pm. gosti Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. $15. goyim + elvis in the house Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 3:30pm. jneiro jarel + billy hoyle + caseaux oslo + dj jackson miles + mfp Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:00pm. oliver mtukudzi & the black spirits Forum Theatre, Melbourne. 8:00pm. queen of salsa night - feat: son del a calle + jazzatomika Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. scott tinkler trio Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. singbitz end of year concert - feat: singblitz Musicland, Fawkner. 6:00pm. the bourbon street band Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. the michelle nicolle quartet Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $25.

COURTNEY BARNETT Courtney Barnett is set to hit The Shadow Electric Bandroom this weekend. Courtney lives in Melbourne, plays guitar and writes songs. She likes to think her music defies genre but it’s really just an amalgamation of all the music she digs mashed into one. She will be joined by special guests, the always incredible Teeth and Tongue. It all goes down this Friday November 8. Oh, but it’s sold out.



sea Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 1:30pm. $12. jvg guitar method Union Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. little miss remembering + jess porter + lace & whiskey Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. magic bones + art & craft + winternationale Bar Open, Fitzroy. 5:30pm. moonee valley drifters Royal Oak Hotel, Fitzroy North. 3:00pm. mountain goat beersoaked sundays - feat: zoe k & the shadow katz + dj kezbot + jemma & her young ambitious men + the nymphs Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $8. peta evans taylor Barleycorn Hotel, Collingwood. 5:00pm. shadowqueen + dear stalker + sub rosa Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 5:00pm. sons of thunder + cryptic abyss + gorefield Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. steve kilbey + the morning night Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:00pm. $32. the black dove front + chico flash + fritzwicky John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. the story so far - feat: lanie lane Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 2:30pm. $30. thesaurus rex + bob crain + waterline Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm. venice music + new archer Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/WORLD MUSIC anton delecca quartet Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:00pm. $30. azadoota + jadida Open Studio, Northcote. 5:00pm.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK azadoota Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:30pm. ben rogers’ instrumental asylum Victoria Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. charley pride + bevan gardiner Palais Theatre, St Kilda. 8:00pm. collard greens & gravy Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 9:30pm. jakksen fish Tago Mago, Thornbury. 8:00pm. jordie lane + marlon williams + old man ludecke Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury. 7:30pm. mick daley’s corporate raiders Union Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. moosejaw rifle club Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 9:00pm. nick lyons + drew roller + erik parker + peter bouman 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. saturday night fish fry Gem Bar, Collingwood. 8:00pm. slim dime + leena + sarah eida + shane reilly Chandelier Room, Moorabbin. 8:00am. $20. the dingalings Penny Black, Brunswick. 9:30pm. the f100s Gasolina, South Wharf Promenade . 8:00pm. the stetson family Union Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. three kings Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 5:00pm.

SUNDAY NOV 10 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/PUNK/COVERS 80’s on the edge Sloaney Pony, Port Melbourne. 8:30pm. big creature + cold hiker + dr doctor Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. $10. coopers presents sunday school - feat: mining boom + beat disease + nth wheel + sewers The Public Bar, North Melbourne. 1:00pm. $6. davidson brothers Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 3:30pm. greg champion & the useful members of society Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 4:00pm. hideous towns + breve + loobs Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. $3. juan alban & los pelicans + mark with the

























For all the latest gigs check out black jesus experience The Horn African Music Lounge, Collingwood. 6:00pm. dale ryder band + bad boys batucada + ms butt Espy, St Kilda. 5:30pm. elvis in the house + duo severini Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 1:00pm. helen catanchin Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. js bach & his great teacher - feat: australian chamber choir Our Lady Of Mt Carmel, 2:00pm. moments notice Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. soul safari Bay Hotel, Mornington. 3:00pm. the nick haywood quartet Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. vincs & wakeling Famous Blue Raincoat, South Kingsville. 2:00pm.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK backwood creatures Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. blown cones Tago Mago, Thornbury. 8:00pm. collard greens & gravy Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 4:00pm. eaten by dogs + andrew swift + the death rattles Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 4:00pm. gallie Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. jam sundays Musicland, Fawkner. 5:00pm. john patrick & the keepers Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 4:30pm. jordie lane + marlon williams & old man luedecke Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 3:00pm. kim salmon Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 2:30pm. leah senior Dan O’connell Hotel, Carlton. 5:00pm. luke legs & the midnight specials Workers Club, Fitzroy. 1:30pm. $13. peter baylor & his roadhouse rodeos Gem Bar, Collingwood. 8:00pm. rebecca barnard + the pheasant pluckers Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. southern lightning + dj max crawdaddy Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 3:00pm. superdarling + ken maher & tony hargreaves Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 5:30pm. the bloomin’ heathers + the nymphs Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 4:00pm. the large number 12s Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 3:00pm. the margie lou trio + gil askey Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 3:30pm. the sideshow brides Penny Black, Brunswick. 5:00pm. the tattered sails Victoria Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm.

ACCESS ALL AGES Wednesday November 6 With Claire Barley


lillis + adam hynes + rattlin’ bones blackwood Espy, St Kilda. 8:30pm. monday night mass - feat: circular keys + free choice duo + smile Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 6:00pm. unpaved presents songwriter sessions feat: iris + al carr + jemma nicole + prairie nischler Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $5.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/WORLD MUSIC blind spot + peter evans 303, Northcote. 9:00pm. $8. monash university final recitals Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 6:30pm. $5. soul theatre - feat: daryl braithwaite + russell morris + tania doko + andrea marr & the funky hitmen Ormond Hall, Melbourne. 6:00pm. the allan browne quintet retrospective Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK ange boxall Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:30pm. cherry jam Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 6:30pm. dear monday - feat: ben whiting + brooke russell + kerryn fields + marlon williams Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:00pm. melbourne songwriter competition Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. $12. port phillip gilgamesh readings Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 7:30pm.

TUESDAY NOV 12 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/PUNK/COVERS bodies + batpiss + nation blue Old Bar, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. brightside live music showcase - feat: sarah stone + alex josephine + madeleine jane + sophia lysbeth brown Espy, St Kilda. 7:30pm. hollow everdaze + contrast + duox +


Jeremy Neale’s long awaited debut EP In Stranger Times  has finally been released and to celebrate he is heading back on tour. In the last 12 months Neale has toured in support of The Preatures, Gung-Ho, Ball Park Music and Surfer Blood as well as completing his own headline tours for singles A Love Affair To Keep You There and In Stranger Times. Make sure to head down to Northcote Social Club on Saturday November 8. lowtide Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10. massive Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. the brunswick hotel discovery night - feat: the national evening express + pilots of the future + ravenous Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. the members Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:00pm. $45. the members + the bennies + the go set Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:00pm. $39. useless id + declaration + the decline + up & atom Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $20.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/WORLD MUSIC hetty kate & the irwell street band Open Studio, Northcote. 8:00pm. hi-fi lounge lizards Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 9:00pm. jack earle big band Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. $14. monash recital night Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. $10. monash university final recitals Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 6:30pm. peter baylor’s ultrafox Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 7:30pm. smith street soul train Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $8. soul theatre - feat: daryl braithwaite + russell morris + tania doko + andrea marr & the funky hitmen Ormond Hall, Melbourne. 6:00pm. tinkler-magnusson-veltheim trio Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK marlon williams band Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 3:00pm. nigel wearne Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. open mic Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm.

This weekend sees Melbourne’s own Dream On, Dreamer play at Arrow On Swanston, which, funnily enough, is on Swanston Street in Carlton. The fivepiece are touring their sophomore album, Loveless, which was released earlier this year. According to the band, they’ve gone DIY, with guitarist Callan Orr producing and mixing the tracks, and singer Marcel Gadacz creating the artwork and imagery. Pretty impressive considering most people’s idea of doing it themselves is assembling an Ikea table. Joining them are Californian pals A Skylit Drive and No Bragging Rights, as well as Sydney’s Hellions. If you were lucky enough to score presale tickets, be at the venue by 4.45pm for a meet and greet with the guys. Full details are included in the gig guide below. If you’re a fan of Eurovision, or if you have a thing for musical siblings, you will be excited to learn that Irish twins Jedward (John and Edward Grimes) are heading our way. Known for their matching bleach-blonde hair and, ahem, eccentric onstage costumes and choreographed dance moves, the pair are performing at the Palais Theatre on Saturday November 30. If you’ve never heard of the duo, it’s definitely worth YouTube-ing some of their Eurovision performances. Cute or incredibly annoying? Either way, their show is bound to be spectacular and include several outfit changes. Head to for tickets. Nestled in the heart of Brunswick is Tetris Studios, a creative studio and event space. Currently in the works for 2014 is Expression Sessions, connecting young people with creative industry professionals in areas from music, street art, and multi media to skateboarding and hip hop. If you’re into DJing, the Tetris Studios crew are also running free DJ workshops at the Oxygen Youth Centre in Moreland. DJ professionals will be on hand to give some hands on, practical advice. If you’re interested, head to or call the studio on 9380 9776. Finally, after a long saga involving many show cancellations, T.I’s Festival Hall show scheduled for this weekend has been called off. After Akon pulled out of joint shows the pair were set to play together, T.I has now pulled out of his solo replacement shows. Promoters say they weren’t given a reason for the plug being pulled. If you had a ticket, head to festivalhall. for refund details.

All Ages Timetable Wednesday November 6 Open Mic/Jam Night, Musicland, 1359A Sydney Rd, Fawkner, 7pm, free,, AA. Thursday November 7 Mainstage Guitar Special Event w/ Slingshot, Ravenous and more, Musicland, 8.30pm, free,, AA.

MUSICIANS WANTED SOLO MUSICIANS, DUO’S, BANDS WANTED to play at Acoustics Anonymous Thursday Nights at The 86. Starting with open mic from 7pm and live band sets from 9pm. Open Mic - just rock up from 6pm,  gig spots email with bio, pics and sound demo. BANDS/ACTS WANTED for Espy Shows. Shoot an email through to for more details. BATTLE OF THE BANDS. Registration now, starts Wednesday the 28th Dec and every Wednesday after for 8 week. First prize: recording time in a studio. Call Jesse 0411 803 579 SERVICES FREE VENUE HIRE - Fully stocked bar - Huge capacity, whole venue or partial. Call Jesse 0411 803 579 EMPLOYMENT FLAUNT IT. Internationally acclaimed producer of profeminist erotica looking for confident, adult women to smash the stereotypes and earn good money ($400 and up). Don’t overlook this til you’ve found out more about it. Jessica 9495 6555 or WE WANT EVERYONE Promoters, Bands, DJs Revitalised bar, The Barley Corn, has reopened its doors 7 days a week and we want YOU. Call Jesse 0411 803 579 TUITION MUSIC LESSONS. Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano and Vocals. Great Teachers, great Vibes. Visit or call 9530 0984 or 0425 788 252 for more info. 



Friday November 8 FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands Eastern Metro Final w/ A Sleepless Melody, Miyazaki, Witness to Treason, Scalar Fields, Intoxicated memories, The Anticks, Alkalai Fly, Doncaster Secondary college, 123 Church Rd, Doncaster, 6.30pm, $10, facebook. com/manningham.freeza, AA. Dream on, Dreamer w/ Hellions, A Skylit Drive and No Bragging Rights, Arrow on Swanston, 488 Swanston St, Carlton, 6pm, $34.70,, U18. Saturday November 9 A Day on the Green w/ Bernard Fanning, Whitley, Bob Evans, Sarah Blasko and The Cruel Sea, Rochford Wines, 878-880 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream, 3.30pm, $94.90-$179,, AA. BackStage: All Ages Gig, Musicland, 1359A Sydney Rd, Fawkner, 7.30pm, $10,, AA. Sunday November 10 Cypher Culture Hip Hop Workshop and Freestyle Jam Series 3 w/ Bgirl Minae, Bboy Nasa, Dj Kit, Mz Killa Cat and Bbreaks Dance Crew, The Crom, 138 Collingwood Street, Collingwood, 1pm , free,, AA.





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Address? 36 Phoenix St Brunswick, 3056

Could you nominate a bartender of the month? Mikey – he goes hard and the chicks love him.

History? The creative funhouse was founded in 2009 by hip hop artist Jamima Jonez. The 500 sqm warehouse has been slowly transformed over the years from an abandoned industrial space to one of the first licenced warehouse venues in Melbourne. Originally named Tetris Studios it has been a home to countless artists’ creativity, a networking hub, a platform where many have launched their careers and a party fortress catering to all musicloving, art-obsessed like minded souls.

How many nights of live music and entertainment are running at your venue? At the moment just Fridays and Saturdays but going into December we will be operating 4 nights a week with the opening of the beer garden. During the week we operate mainly as the studios with rehearsals, music production and recording.

How long have you been operating as Rubix Warehouse? Since January 2013. What do you feel is your major attraction? The venue’s aesthetics truly express the vibe of the space. Being a little rough around the edges, colourful walls clad with street art and an indoor half pipe gives patrons a unique experience with a homely charm. The venue’s interior emphasises the owner’s passion for street culture, which is strongly endorsed within the Rubix crew. Being located in an industrial area makes the venue an adventure to find and disguises it as another world that will instantly bring out your inner child, making you feel like you are living all your childish dreams. What was your favorite show in the last six months and why? It’s a gift to work in a space that allows us to work with so many different crews but i think i had the most fun at the Cooinda Warehouse Party that they threw as a promo for their festival coming up at the end of the year.

Ways to get there? I.E buses trams, cabs etc be as creative as you want! Train to Brunswick station then head towards the Safeway on the bike path and look for Pacman. Follow him across the tracks and all the way to the door of the venue. From Sydney Road, on foot, go down Phoenix St, Albert St or Dawson St and Pacman will show you the way. If you’re travelling in a car take Dawson St off Sydney Rd, turn onto Fallon St and then into Phoenix St. Pacman will be waiting at the door.

Fifth Floor presents Wolf & Cub – Saturday November 23.

Available for functions? We have 3 unique rooms that are available for hire with the option of a private bar in each room, sound system and theme. The venue comes with exceptional bar staff and friendly security guards if required. You can hire 1 room, 2 rooms or the whole venue. All function types welcome.

Crowd? Every event comes with its own unique crowd. We have always had a passion for edm and hip hop but love good bands just as much. Our regulars are all sorts of colourful music lovers and every unsuspecting individual that walks through our doors always walks out impressed.

Upcoming events (limit to three): Rubix Fridays – launching Friday November 15. Mix Tape Monday’s (send us your mix tapes if you want them played in the beer garden) – launching Monday 11 November.

Opening hours? Mondays – 4pm – 1am Fridays – 12pm – 1pm Saturdays – 12pm – 1pm Cover Charge?



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Location: Beginning in the city at the Melbourne Multicultural Hub (across the road from Vic Markets). Workshops will be mobile to different areas around Melbourne and Victoria. Established: I’ve been teaching guitar since 1989. When did you start playing guitar and what inspired you to teach: I started playing guitar in 1980 at Bernies Music School in Niddrie. It’s important to keep musical knowledge alive and pass it on. As well, I just love teaching people music. It’s a dream for a lot of people and a really positive thing to do.

Point of difference between other Guitar Schools? We really want students to choose their own musical path while encouraging them to get together and perform and express their musical inspiration. It’s early days and I’m sure people will come on board and help us open up the potential and opportunities that exist in the music scene. I’d love to see students getting involved in recording and playing live. Payment options: It’s flexible so people can pay up front or pay on the day. Extras: If you want to discover your instrument and how it works so that you can get the most out of your playing, then come and join us at a workshop.

Any formal qualifications? I attended the QLD Conservatorium of Music and did the Associate Diploma of Jazz. I studied under Barry Morton, a jazz guitarist who himself was taught by the great Joe Pass. The tradition gets passed down. Guitar teaching method you specialise in: The method I teach isn’t restricted to any one type of style. Once students learn the fundamentals, they can apply it to any style of music including rock, jazz, blues, Latin, classical, metal, etc. Main methods for teaching? I base lessons on the twelve keys. From the keys we learn all of the scales and chords we need to make the music. It’s good to get people playing as soon as possible and let the fun begin. As things progress we build on music knowledge and do arpeggios, extended and altered chords and improvising.


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OLAFUR ARNALDS Foxtel MelbourneSaturday Festival Hub, Saturday October 12 Hey Apple, if you’re on the hunt for your next promotional spokesperson, you could do a lot worse than Ólafur Arnalds. Sitting at a grand piano with a coffee table to his right, the diminutive Icelandic musician has enough iProducts within reach that the stage could double as a Genius Bar.  Okay, there’s really just an iPad, a Mac Air and an iPhone out of view, but Arnalds’ manipulation of each device to make music warrants a mention, as he fuses the very new with the very old in a short set that leaves the crowd gasping for more. There is piano, and from his touring buddies there comes violin and cello, and the haunting ballads these instruments make together are as elegant as they are simple – sustained single notes from the strings, simple repeating passages on the piano and the occasional surprise key change or pause for effect. Then Arnalds augments the sound with thundering electronic boots, or looped samples – recording the crowd singing a C note and replaying it as the foundation of the opening song was a nice trick, immediately drawing the audience into the performance – and we are presented with something that is at once familiar and challenging. Arnalds’ music has appeared in Looper, UK TV series Broadchurch and the upcoming sequel to The Hunger Games, and in the darkness you can close your eyes and construct your own perfect scene of sweeping sadness or serene beauty. He hunches over the piano like Peanuts’ Schroeder, plinking a handful of choice notes while the world goes on around him, and even with the music careening towards you there is a feeling of space. Perhaps to chop up the heavy emotion, between songs, Arnalds is a joker, quipping about writer’s block in Los Angeles and how The Hunger Games stole from Japanese film Battle Royale. So you know, the real heavy stuff. It’s too soon when the final hanging note fades and the iPad – he calls it Mr Jobs – is put away, but luckily the temporary world Arnalds has created stays between your ears a little longer.  LOVED: People getting into the music despite the sit down arrangements. Like, really getting into it. MITCH ALEXANDER Heavy head bobbing and hands floating in the air into it.  HATED: Hate is a strong word, but an 11pm set from Hiatus Kayote obliterated any chance of an encore.  DRANK: Boatrocker Alpha Queen

SOUL SAFARI The Espy, Saturday November 2

ALL TOMORROWS PARTIES RELEASE THE BATS Palais Theatre and Prince Bandroom Saturday October 26 Times are tough, we’re pissy and entitled, and our most reliable form of escape – the music festival – is starting to betray us. That’s the mentality, mostly rooted in some semblance of reality. ATP promised us Jesus Lizard, Forest Swords and Balam Acab. They didn’t arrive, for reasons that are beyond the festival’s control (there’s no concrete reason to believe this isn’t the case). We had a venue switch-up and a caste system in the guise of coloured wristbands, dictating our vantage point at The Palais, the main stage in the sprawling, indiscernible festival grounds. It seemed like the lustre of ceremony, that feeling of Event with a capital E, would be lost somewhere between the stroll (or shuttle bus) between the two venues. But it could be found in line for the rickety Luna Park rollercoaster (which bruised my knees and nearly broke my damn back) as punters claimed their free ride, and around the various St Kilda haunts in between sets. As blue-wristband royalty, gaining optimal seats for The Palais acts wasn’t a problem. The only time the two-venue setup proved a problem for me was at the end of the day, when I couldn’t muster the energy to bounce from The Palais to the Prince for Sleep and return for The Breeders, so I waited in my chair for Kim Deal and company to grace the stage. Playing The Last Splash in full, the era-faithful lineup took delight in recreating the record as faithfully as possible – “We even brought the big windchimes we used on the record”. After warming up with a Guided By Voices cover, The Breeders were in top form, running through the tracklist with ease and a foremost feel-good charm. Also performing full-album duties were New York luminaries Television, playing 1977 debut Marquee Moon. It’s an undeniable classic, but a top-heavy one at that. As such, the tracklist was mixed up for the live setting. There were times where things hit a lull in the album’s weaker songs, but the title track acted as one hell of a set closer – particularly that incredible moment where everything comes together in glorious syncopation. Replacing Richard Lloyd, guitarist Jimmy Rip was worthy in taking on most of the lead guitar duties. Most of his and Tom Verlaine’s solos were recreated verbatim, with jammy deviations most notable during Marquee Moon. They opened as the album does with See No Evil, with the PA mix slowly playing catch-up at the beginning, but getting there eventually. Venus was a highlight, the sneering back and forth of “Did ya feel low?” “Nah,” a special sight to behold. Playing almost entirely new material, guitar pop darlings Twerps were a finely tuned machine, looking every bit in their element on the main Palais stage. Frontman Marty Frawley copped a few daggers after cheekily blasting through a few bars of The Hives’  Hate To Say I Told You So  after wrapping up their set for some reason. The slickness of their new material did nothing to diminish their ragged charm, with freshly debuted tracks primed to impress when they presumably are showcased in album form next year. The Prince Bandroom was a more confined surrounds during the day, particularly during  Lightning Bolt’s napalm stint – this time on the stage. Drummer Brian Chippendale is half Lucha libre, half gimp, all sound in his trademark microphone mask and drums pairing. He made a few apologies about jet lag and foldback issues, but it didn’t show one bit in his ferocious percussive attack. Total Control members Al Montfort and singer Dan Stewart quickly backed up their performance with UV Race, with the six-piece putting on a corker of a set from the beginning. Rather than channel the Suicide-punk synths of their recorded material, the tri-guitar assault aims for something more hardcore. And it works, with the tightly wound collective attacking like a guerrilla artillery unit. Second track in, Retiree, was a relentless feral animal. It says something for the contextual malleability of Fuck Buttons’ material to see some members of the crowd drifting off to sleep while others raved like maniacs above their seats. Expanding the scope of their sideshow the night prior, the duo made full use of the Palais’ screen and soundsystem. It felt like one big fuck-off THX sound test, Surf Solar acting like a 2001-style stargate jump for the senses. Opening the Palais at the start of the day,  The UV Race  were a tad exposed to being with, exchanging looks across the oversized stage as they tried to find each other during the singalong choruses. They’re a punk band. Perhaps the finest punk band to ever exist in Melbourne. So the ornate and massive theatre wasn’t their natural habitat, but they eventually found their groove. Opening with a a string of Racism’s best moments, Marcus acted as bandleader with a serial killer moustache and a glow-in-the-dark skeleton onesie. While the energy of tracks such as I’m A Pig became a little dissipated in the cavernous venue while early birds trickled in, the magic moment came during Homo duet ballad Lost My Way. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen on a stage, time freezing in a slow motion Hitchcock zoom as the haze of smoke machine crept in like a swathe, the raindrop lighting effects on the rear wall fired up for the first time in the day. Marcus’s serenading croon was masterful, the interplay with co-vocalist Georgia swirling together LOVED: Punching the air like a goddamn sporting to conjure something truly magnificent. champion for the drop in Olympians during Fuck While punters didn’t exactly get what they want, we got Buttons. what we needed for the most part. And shit, that’s a damn HATED: Nobody commented on my “sexy music sight better than getting nothing at all. journalist” Halloween costume. DRANK: A top-notch Bloody Mary at The Vineyard just before Twerps. LACHLAN KANONIUK BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 50

Saturday night at the Espy’s Gershwin room was soul night. Kicking off the evening was LABJACD, a monstrous outfit with at least nine people up onstage. A real rootsy neo-soul band with hip hop, Latin and reggae influences, LABJACD were fucking insane. The stage was packed with a vocal horn section, three drum kits including some funky tumblers and a sweet sounding woodblock, killer basslines and an electric guitar with haywire strings that looked like they’d been victims of a powerful curling iron. It was a great set.I was Josie in Never Been Kissed, the awkward chick bopping along with the choreographed girls in front. Instrumental fusion three-piece Cookin’ On 3 Burners were up next. They were pretty good, a little repetitive but technically outstanding. Funk queen Kylie Auldist joined them onstage for a sing-along. Amazing as usual, the soul mama growled her way through the set, psyching her audience up for the equally powerful vocals of Soul Safari’s Lisa Faithfull. After Cookin’ On 3 Burners finished, there was a tangible shift in the energy of the crowd. We had been standing on our feet since 8.30pm and we were getting restless. It was nearly 12.30am and Soul Safari were still yet to play. Luckily, just before I was about to succumb to my first granny yawn, Soul Safari appeared onstage. After 15 or so minutes of sound check, Faithfull was received onstage by a giddy applause. A real softie under her colourful ink sleeves, Faithfull was more than appreciative of her crowd, thanking everyone for their attendance and support. The neo-soul heavyweights showcased their funky repertoire with acute professionalism and vigour. Pitch perfect and controlled, Soul Safari could easily handle their own against fellow funk acts like Saskwatch or The Bamboos. They played mostly dance tracks, but when transitioning into slower jams like their new anticipated single The Weather, Soul Safari easily validated their versatility. The shift was effortless and Faithfull fluidly transformed from a playful puppy into a sincere storyteller. They played a great set and did more than solidify their position in the Melbourne soul scene, however like Saskwatch and The Bamboos, they are a tad generic in that they don’t really challenge their genre, in the way that a neo-soul band like Hiatus Kaiyote do. Although incredibly catchy, many of Safari’s tracks do have similar riffs and horn compositions, a trend that can lose a song’s autonomy. But what the hell, they sounded great and they were the front and centre of a ripper lineup. Faithfull you were right – that was indeed the best collection of bands for a launch I’ve seen in a long time. On ya! DINA AMIN

LOVED: The drunken bogan Vs. Security fight HATED: The drunken bogan Vs. security fight DRANK: Strongbow

FLIGHT FACILITIES Foxtel Melbourne Festival, Saturday October 19 When they unleashed their tremendous decades series of mixes for a triple j Mix Up Exclusives residency last October, the Flight Facilities boys kicked up quite a frenzy. It was a simple, but brilliant concept – four mixes, four hours, and four decades of music spanning from 1972 to 2012. Although the idea was a straightforward one, its implementation certainly wasn’t. The duo was intent on keeping the mixes as chronological as possible, so the first three mixes required them to cross reference 30 years of music charts with Wikipedia release dates, to ensure everything was in order. They took their pick of the crop and dropped in a few of their own edits to keep things current, along with a few from the likes of Tim Fuchs and Rocco Raimundo. Then, to take things even further, Hugo and Jimmy stitched everything together with sound bites from notable corresponding historical events. The result was a genuine musical journey – one that was funky, nostalgic, and even somewhat educational. So when Flight Facilities announced they would be putting on live two live versions of the mixes, it came as no surprise that they were both complete sellouts. By the time the lads landed on stage for Friday’s 1972-1992 leg of the voyage, illuminated by the amber glow of a giant ‘FF’, The Foxtel Festival Hub was hot, sweaty and primed for a boogie. Word about prizes for the best fancy dress outfit had inevitably gotten round, and there were plenty of bad afros and flares in sight. Flight Facilities were aptly suited in aircraft attire and were clearly having a ball right from take off. And you couldn’t blame them; they dished out hit after hit – Hall and Oates’ I Can’t Go For That was an early highlight and era-defining essentials such as Stevie Wonder’s Superstition and Paul Simon’s You Can Call Me Al are always going to go down well. It soon became clear that although the theme of the mix was akin to that of the original incarnation, the DJs had taken a different approach to complement the live medium – gone were the news sound bites, and the chronology of tunes was also discarded. The song selection was also tackled differently – where the first mix incorporated a few slightly obscure numbers, the live set instead played into the hands of a party-hungry crowd. Nobody was complaining. If the mission statement was to get every single punter boogying, it triumphed – nobody stopped moving until the final silky smooth note of Lionel Richie’s All Night Long. CALLUM FITZPATRICK


LOVED: The bulletproof song selection HATED: Nothing, but I would loved to hear Mindless Boggie’s edit of I Can’t Stand The Rain. DRANK: Lots

Beat Magazine #1396  

Wednesday November 6

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