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VANS WARPED TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT Local acts Feed Her To The Sharks and Masketta Fall have both been added to the Melbourne leg of Vans Warped Tour. The festival already features an array of Australian and international acts including New Found Glory, as well as skateboarders and BMX riders.  Metalcore five-piece Feed Her To The Sharks will take to the stage in support of their new album Savage Seas, while Masketta Fall are fresh off their national support slots with Anberlin and The Maine. Vans Warped Tour will hit Melbourne’s Birrarung Marr on Saturday December 7. Tickets are available via Oztix.

WHITE SUMMER White Summer have released their new EP and announced a hometown show to celebrate. The Melbourne three-piece have released their What I’ve Been Waiting For EP, featuring single Head In The Sand which has received heavy rotation on triple j and community radio. White Summer will launch their new EP at Ding Dong Lounge on Saturday November 23. Tickets are available through the venue. Special guests are My Left Boot, The Ugly Kings and Dan Dinnen.

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SOUNDWAVE SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT Soundwave have dropped a gargantuan second lineup for their 2014 incarnation. Leading the charge is A Day To Remember and Mastodon, followed by HIM, Pennywise, Jimmy Eat World, Glassjaw, Panic! At The Disco, Eagles Of Death Metal, Mayday Parade, Sevendust, Crosses, Suicide Silence, The Porkers, Gojira, Black Veil Brides, Zebrahead, Satyricon, Dream On Dreamer, Mute Math, Desaparecidos, Stiff Little Fingers, Thy Art Is Murder, Graveyard, Dir En Grey, Deez Nuts, In Hearts Wake, Breathe Carolina, Defiler, I Call Fives, Hacktivist, The Devil You Know, Soil, Boss Hoss, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Nostalghia and Upon A Burning Body. Soundwave 2014 takes place on Friday February 28 at Flemingon Racecourse.

OKKERVIL RIVER Here for next year’s Perth Festival, Okkervil River have announced a Melbourne headline show. Heading back to Australia for the sixth time since 2005, Texan-bred, indie-folk rockers Okkervil River will be supporting their recently released album The Silver Gymnasium. The album, which harks back to their glory days of the 1980s, reached number seven on the Billboard 200 - a record for the band. They will play at the Corner Hotel on Saturday February 22. Tickets are available through Handsome Tours.

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UK producer Kelpe embarks on his first Australian tour this December, visiting on the heels of his highly lauded record Fourth: The Golden Eagle and its accompanying remix album. On Fourth: The Golden Eagle, Kelpe makes extensive use of analogue synths to marry fragments of hip hop, jazz and house into a deeply textured mix that’s as eclectic as it is warm. He plays Boney on Sunday December 8 with Cave, Woody and Dan Dare. Tickets on sale now from lifeisnoise.com, Oztix, Dash and the venue.

ERYKAH BADU Melbourne is about to get a little bit more soulful as Erykah Badu has announced a very special headline show on the heels of her Bluesfest appearance. Over the course of her illustrious 16-year career, the Queen of Soul has racked up countless awards and has lent her iconic voice to a number of high-profile collaborations. Joining her will be Melbourne nu-soul outfit, Haiatus Kaiyote. Catch Erykah Badu at the Palais Theatre on Tuesday April 15. Tickets are on sale now.

JULIA HOLTER Julia Holter will return to Australia next February, bringing Ducktails along as her special guest. Los Angeles composer Julia Holter will be gracing our shores on the back of her new album, Loud City Song. It is her third full length in three years, following 2011’s Tragedy and last year’s Ekstasis. Holter toured Australia as a three piece for Laneway Festival earlier this year, and will now be returning as a fivepiece – her vocals and keyboard now accompanied by cello, violin, sax and drums. Ducktails, aka Brookyln-based Matthew Mondanile, will be joining Holter for her dates in Sydney and Melbourne. He recently released Wish Hotel, a 12” EP to follow up this year’s album The Flower Lane. Julia Holter will be playing at the Northcote Social Club on Friday February 14.

BEN CAPLAN

Canadian Ben Caplan will be bringing his eclectic live show to Australia for a string of shows next January. After captivating Australian audiences earlier this year with performances in Sydney, Melbourne and at Bluesfest, Ben Caplan will be returning for a series of special shows, swapping between guitar, piano, banjo and melodica to create a captivating, energetic live show. Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers will play the Northcote Social Club on Friday January 3. BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 14

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THE TWOKS Art-pop duo The Twoks have revealed tour dates in support of their dark new single Sailor. Combining violin and drums for a unique brand of melodic dance music, the pair’s sound exists in a land between The Dirty Three and Goldfrapp. Check out the Twoks at The Espy on Friday November 22.

JOHN LEGEND THE KVB British buzz band The KVB will play a special one-off show complete with support from The Brian Jonestown Massacre DJs this December. London audio/visual duo The KVB’s sound is made of shoegaze guitars, minimal synth melodies, hypnotic drum machine beats, and reverb drenched vocals. They will perform material off of their forthcoming album Minus One, which is due for a December release. Catch The KVB with Brian Jonestown Massacre DJs, Day Ravies, and Cash for Gold on Thursday December 12 at Boney.

Since releasing his critically acclaimed debut album in 2004, Get Lifted, John Legend has gone on to win nine Grammy Awards and live up to his name. Heading to Australia as a special guest on Alicia Keys’ national tour this December, John Legend will perform an extended set at a headline show at The Forum on Monday December 16. Tickets go on sale at 9am, Monday November 18. My Live Nation members can be among the first to access tickets during the pre-sale beginning midday this Friday November 15. Sign up at livenation.com.au

MELBOURNE’S AIRPLAY

A contingent of Melbourne acts will perform at Tullamarine Airport this week. Stages will be located outside Virgin domestic arrivals, inside PJ O’Brien’s bar and at the departures ‘wailing wall’ in the International Terminal. The sets take place during the airport’s busiest time of the day, 6pm to 9pm. The whole idea of this, ahem, flight club, is to provide a taste of the styles that can be heard at festivals, conferences and awards held in Melbourne during the last two weeks of November. These include Melbourne Music Week, The Age Music Victoria Awards, the Australasian World Music Expo (AWME) and Face The Music. Thursday November 14: soul act Kylie Auldist & The Glenroy Allstars, and folk-country troubadour Fraser A Gorman. Friday November 15: a reggae-tinged team-up by guitarist Ross Hannaford and drummer Bart Willoughby, and the surf ’n’western mix of ‘the Balkan Elvis’ Mikelangelo. Saturday November 16: indie pop band Second Hand Heart and multi-instrumentalist Georgia Fields.

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FACE THE MUSIC Calling all musicians, managers, fans, bands, trainspotters and industry representatives, it’s time to Face  The Music  at Arts Centre Melbourne this Friday November 15  and  Saturday November 16.  Breakout artists Illy, Sharpie (Boris The Blade) and Mantra head up the final Face The Music speaker announcement alongside  Michael Parisi (MPM), Johann Ponniah (I OH YOU), Steve Cross (Remote Control), Natasha Gadd (Daybreak Films), Zac Abroms  (Viceroyalty) and Lindsay McDougall (triple j).  Meet the teams behind Unearthed, triple j, Spotify, Mushroom, Way Over There, Remote Control, APRA, Music Victoria, FBi, PBS and RRR. Whether it is free legal advice you’re after or taking advantage of the exclusive speed meetings, with over  140 speakers including international delegates and a unique program of discussions, interviews, debates and practical workshops,  the Face The Music 2013 program has something for everyone.  Tickets are on sale now and available from www.facethemusic.org.au

PUBLIC ENEMY

Public Enemy placed 44th in Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and have influenced culture across several generations. They are quite simply legends of their genre, and over 30 years later, are still killing it at the highest level. Don’t miss out when Chuck D and Flavor Flav bring the ruckus to the Corner Hotel on Tuesday March 4. Tickets through cornerhotel.com or from metropolistouring. com. Public Enemy also perform at Golden Plains on Saturday March 8.

PIERCE BROTHERS

Pierce Brothers have returned from a successful tour of the UK recently, sold their 10,000 copies of their EP Blind Boys Run, and are fast carving a reputation around the country as an incredible live act. The boys are excited to announced a run of dates in support of their new single Tallest Tee Pee In Town. These shows are not to be missed and will be their final headline dates for 2013. Pierce Brothers play Northcote Social Club on Sunday December 15. Tickets on sale now.

ALITHIA

Melbourne’s astral space rockers AlithiA have announced a string of shows in support of their recently released single. The five-piece will be touring through November and December to support the release of Thirteen Revelations, the first single from the band’s forthcoming debut album which is set for release next March. AlithiA, along with A Lonely Crowd and Full Code, will be taking over The Evelyn hotel on Saturday November 30. CHECK OUT ALL THE LATEST NEWS, REVIEWS AND FREE SHIT AT BEAT.COM.AU

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MIKHAEL PASKALEV

Oslo’s Mikhael Paskalev will be bringing his folkpop tunes to Australian stages for the first time next March. His Australian debut, the I Spy EP, is set for release this Friday November 15 and a debut fulllength is expected in the coming months. The EP’s title track, an ode to 1983’s Risky Business, comes complete with pantsless video and has over 1.6 million views on YouTube and Vimeo so far. Mikael Paskalev will be playing Howler in Melbourne on Friday March 7. Tickets go on sale Wednesday November 13 through Secret Sounds.

PORT FAIRY FOLK FESTIVAL

Australia’s longest running music festival, Port Fairy Folk Music Festival, have announced the first lineup for the 2014 festival. Preparing for its 38th edition, Port Fairy Folk Music Festival has hosted thousands of the world’s most prominent, beloved and intriguing folk performers, artists and their audiences over the Labour Day long weekend in March. The international section of the first lineup announcement include Madeleine Peyroux, Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Lúnasa and The Topp Twins. National acts on the lineup include Archie Roach, Ash Grunwald, Ben Salter, Bobby Alu, Chris Wilson’s Crown Of Thorns, Daniel Champagne and David Bridie & The Pills. With over 120 international and national acts and music spilling onto the streets from over 20 stages, tents, nooks and crannies there will be more announcements to come. Port Fairy Folk Music Festival will take place over the Labour Day long weekend from Friday March 7 - Sunday March 10 next year. The Mutton Bird ticket release is now open. Tickets, program details and the full lineup announcement are available on the festival’s website.

With just two weeks to go before the festival kicks off, QMF have dropped their final announcement. A selection of the festival’s 2013 performers will be getting together to perform a Midnight Oil tribute show. Chance Waters, King Of The North, Siskin River, Twin Beasts and other special guests will be playing renditions of their favourite Midnight Oil classics. Also announced to perform at the festival are DJs Andrew Young, Manchild and Ken Eaval as well as Dorothy The Dinosaur for kids of all ages. Queenscliff Music Festival is happening from Friday November 22 to Sunday November 24. The Oil tribute will be on the Saturday night, from 6pm-7pm. So if you want to get down for the set you can get a single-day Saturday Adult Ticket and an accompanied Youth Day Ticket (14-17yrs). All tickets are available at www.qmf.net.au

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Waxhead have just released their debut single and video clip and announced a set of tour dates to support it. The Byron Bay surf grunge outfit have just dropped their debut single Ball Buster, along with video clip directed by Ed Triglone. The four piece have announced a string of east coast tour dates to celebrate the release, starting this month. Waxhead will be taking over the Ding Dong Lounge on Thursday December 19. Tickets are available through the venue’s website.

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PERSONAL AND THE PIZZAS

Three greasy New Jersey goons, Personal & the Pizzas are self-professed rock’n’rollin’, beer-swilling delinquents. Audiences can expect a cheesy mess of a show, with Personal & The Pizzas’ common antics involving whipping chains, throwing guitars, and hurling boiled tomatoes at the audience. For three years now Personal and the Pizzas have been touring the world spreading their love of pizza and starting a cult following wherever they go. It’s time Australia experiences them in all their greasy glory! They play Barwon Club in Geelong on Thursday November 14 with Mesa Cosa, Polyester Records’ 30th Anniversary at The Residence as part of Melbourne Music Week on Saturday November 16, and The Tote on Saturday November 23 with Subsonics and Mesa Cosa.

AUSTRA Canadian electro-pop outfit Austra were one of the smash hits of the 2012 Laneway Festival, stunning fans and newcomers alike with their esoteric blend of soaring vocals and riveting art-punk musicality. At that point they only had their 2011 debut album Feel It Break to draw material from in the live realm, but earlier this year they dropped its acclaimed followup, Olympia, and Austra’s stocks have skyrocketed astronomically in line with the ensuing buzz. Come experience it for yourself when they return to Australia next February and play the Corner Hotel on Saturday February 15. Tickets on sale now through handsometours.com

60 SECONDS with JAPE SQUAD

Define your genre in five words or less: Psychedelic, blues, folk, rock. What can a punter expect from your live show? They can expect to be japed and transfixed into heaven with our infectious grooves, sweltering swagger and twin guitar madness. When’s the gig and with who? Our album launch is this Friday November 15 at Public Bar in North Melbourne with the Likedeelers and the Dipsticks. How long have you been gigging and writing? Jape Squad have been putting groove into rock ’n’ roll for ten years now. Do you have any record releases to date? What are they? Where can I get them? Our new EP called Short Changed and our new LP called Wanderlust are available on iTunes. What part of making music excites you the most? Seeing the audience connect with our music and also making records.

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Why should everyone come and see your band? The world should come and see Jape Squad to feel and see what our music can do to your head space and to see a band that loves to perform and make everyone get down and boogie. What makes you happiest about what you’re doing? The fact that I play in a collective that have been able to continue making music and enjoy each other’s company for over a decade. Where would you like to be in five years? Somewhere on a beach in Hawaii playing karaoke. Do you have a pre-gig ritual? If so, what is it? To drink beer and then drink some more. If you could go on tour with any musician or band, who would it be? The Brian Jonestown Massacre. JAPESQUAD will play the Public Bar on Friday November 15.

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Define your genre in five words or less: Dark melancholic dreamy pop. What part of making music excites you the most? If I had it my way I would be recording all the time. It’s the most creative and fulfilling part of making music for me. Hearing a song take shape and develop into its own thing is a really exciting concept. For me, experimenting with sounds, trying new things and collaborating other musicians in the studio is where I become better at what I do. It’s where I push myself and grow. When, and why did you start writing music? I started writing songs about six years ago. I had done some composition before that, but never anything vocal. With the fear of sounding like a cliche, the vocals probably started because of a broken heart plus I was listening to a lot of Hank Williams and Roy Orbison. It just made sense to start writing songs and lyrics at that time in my life. It wasn’t a decision I made, it just sort of happened and now it’s turned into my life. What’s the strangest place you’ve ever played a gig? We have toured Europe a bunch of times, and we always end up playing one or two strange shows. It usually happens on a Wednesday night in the middle of nowhere on the way from one city to another. Probably the strangest time was back in 2009 on my first tour. We literally played on the doorstep of a medieval castle in a tiny town in the middle of France. There were about 20 people there; I think the population of the entire town was only about 100. The bar we played at was so small that we had to set up outside it facing a huge castle wall. It was really cool, and really awful. Do you have any record releases to date? What are they? Where can I get them? Yeah we just released our new album through Spunk Records at the start of October. It’s called Golden and you can buy it at most record stores. I always suggest people get it from Polyester or another indie store, but it’s available at JB Hi-Fi and places like that as well. Or it you want a download go to iTunes. It’ll be available on vinyl next year. When’s the gig and with who? We’re launching our album on Friday November 22 at the John Curtin Bandroom. Our good friends Howl at the Moon will be main support. They’re such a great live band, I’m looking forward to seeing them again! And opening on the night is Kieran Ryan. He recently released a solo album after the split of his last band Kid Sam. The record is awesome. If you’re coming to the show come early to check these guys out. JIMMY TAIT will be featuring at this year's Mess+Noise Lunchbox Series at Melbourne Music Week on Tuesday November 19. Following that, they will be launching their new album at the John Curtin Bandroom on Friday November 22.


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DENI BLUES & ROOTS FESTIVAL FULL LINEUP ANNOUNCED After an award-winning first year and 2014 early bird ticket sales going through the roof, Deni Blues & Roots Festival have announced the second and final artist lineup for the festival over the Easter weekend of 2014. The second round of artists announced for the 2014 lineup are: Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Boz Scaggs, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, The Wailers, Soul Rebels, Neil Murray, Harry Hookey, Peter McWhirter, Jackson Firebird, Owen Campbell, Shaun Kirk, Joel Sulman, Michael Gorham and Frank Macias. They join John Mayer, Dr John & The Nite Trippers, The Doobie Brothers, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Gary Clark Jr, Russell Morris, Jasmine Rae and Cash Savage and the Last Drinks. It’s all happening at the Deni Ute Muster site (Conargo Road, Deniliquin) in NSW on Saturday April 19 and Sunday April 20. Tickets are on sale from denibluesfestival.com

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CHERRYFEST

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 Wilson’s Crown Of Thorns, Money For Rope, Legends Of Motorsport and more. We have some double passes to give away.

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Jesse Milton lives the perfect life. He has money. He surfs. He has hot dates. However, his life is disturbed by a series of suspicious murders involving his friends. When the coroner rules out foul play and the investigation is closed, Jesse decides to go after the killer himself. Foreshadow is a fast paced thriller that might just rip out your soul. It screens at Hoyts Melbourne Central from Wednesday November 13 Saturday November 16, and we have some tickets to give away.

Define your genre in five words or less: Polkadelic singer-songwriter of stories. What do you hate about the music industry? Meeting a lot of people who think they know everything about this industry but have obviously not really lived it. You see, there are so many people out there who think they have the answers about how you should do it. And sometimes they have good ideas, but sometimes you forget that if you really listen to yourself you can’t go (too) wrong. What’ve you got to sell CD-wise? I’m real excited about my just released EP Not Built To Last. We recorded it in Nashville, Tennessee with a great producer Skylar Wilson ( Justin Townes Earle, Caitlin Rose). I’ve also got my first ever live album called Live At The Wheaty which I’m selling unofficially on tour at the moment. 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? “Hey mate, I’m not sure why I just walked away from watching that fuckin’ awesome voice of Jordie Lane. What a shame that I can’t realise how I’m such an alcoholic and would rather ironically talk and drink all night after buying a ticket to watch the gig? Ah well, let’s get smashed!”

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Tell us about the last song you wrote. It’s called Dead Of Light. I foolishly looked up news and YouTube footage of horrific images after the Boston Bombings late one night and I was overcome with emotion and anger, and much confusion. What is it that leads people to commit such crimes? This song’s theme began with writing the opening line, “Was I born to love?” I started diggin’ deep into the ideas of Nature vs. Nurture, and what events must take place for someone to lose their ability to love, or never learn how to do it. The final line of the song, “We’re not built to last”, is where the title of the EP itself came from, and plays upon the ideas of mortality, but also our modern society with everchanging and breaking technological advances. When are you playing live/releasing your album/EP/single/etc? I have a massive tour at the moment playing all around Australia, with the new EP Not Built To Last out nationally. I have a hugely talented support act from Canada, Old Man Luedecke on the whole November tour, and then another Canadian Rose Cousins joining me in December. People can find more info at jordielane.com JORDIE LANE's brand new EP Not Built To Last is out now through Vitamin Records.

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INTERNATIONAL 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 PERSONAL AND THE PIZZAS The Residence November 16, The Tote November 23 LEONARD COHEN Rod Laver Arena November 20, Bimbadgen Winery November 23, Palais Theatre December 9 MIX MASTER MIKE The Espy November 21 BLACK FLAG Palace Theatre November 22 CHERRYFEST Cherry Bar November 24 THE SEEKERS Hamer Hall, November 28 TUMBLEWEED Central Club Richmond November 29 JUSTIN BIEBER Rod Laver Arena December 2, 3 PASSENGER Palais Theatre 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 KELPE Boney 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 THE KVB Boney 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 JOHN LEGEND The Forum December 16 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 BEN CAPLAN Northcote Social Club January 3 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 JULIA HOLTER Northcote Social Club February 14 AUSTRA Corner Hotel February 15 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AAMI Park February 15 EMINEM, KENDRICK LAMAR, J. COLE Etihad Stadium February 19 OKKERVIL RIVER Corner Hotel February 22 SOUNDWAVE Flemington Racecourse February 28 NEKO CASE Corner Hotel March 2 PUBLIC ENEMY Corner Hotel March 4 BRIAN MCKNIGHT Palais Theatre March 5 CHARLES BRADLEY Corner Hotel March 6 MIKHAEL PASKALEV Howler March 7 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 ERYKAH BADU Palais April 15 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

NATIONAL 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 THE STORY SO FAR The Toff In Town November 17, 24 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 WHITE SUMMER Ding Dong Lounge 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

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THE MURLOCS The Tote November 29 ALEX LLOYD The Kelvin Club November 29, Ferntree Gully Hotel November 30 THE JUNGLE GIANTS Prince Bandroom November 29, Wool Exchange November 30 KID MAC Ding Dong Lounge November 30 PARADISE FESTIVAL Lake Mountain, November 29 December 1 BELLE ROSCOE Bella Union December 5 THE GIN CLUB John Curtin Bandroom December 6 CATHERINE TRAICOS Spotted Mallard December 6, Pure Pop Records December 8 SASKWATCH Corner Hotel December 7 ROCKWIZ Palais Theatre, December 8 CORRINA STEEL The Post Office Hotel December 12, Pure Pop Records December 14, Flying Saucer Club December 15 PIERCE BROTHERS Northcote Social Club December 15 POND Corner Hotel December 19 WAXHEAD Ding Dong Lounge on Thursday December 19 SEABELLIES Northcote Social Club December 27 NYE ON THE HILL TBA December 30 - January 1 NYE AT THE ESPY The Espy December 31 KARNIVOOL January 8, 9 JAGWAR MA The Hi-Fi January 16 RIVERBOATS FESTIVAL Echuca February 14 - 16 JOSH PYKE Melbourne Zoo February 28 PETE MURRAY Forum Theatre March 15 HUNTERS AND COLLECTORS Palais Theatre April 11 RUMOURS ABBA, SANTA (L ATE DECEMBER) = NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

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PANTHA DU PRINCE By Dan Watt

Electronic music producer Pantha Du Prince, real name Hendrik Weber, is a consummate German. He is equally as interested in the future of music as he is in its past. In 2010 he released the critically acclaimed Black Noise, 70 minutes of deep, textured and tonal music that was essentially an ambient think piece that you could dance to. The genius of this release and its consuming sonic textures resulted in Weber becoming a highly sort after DJ, with him – that same year – playing the much lauded 3am set at Meredith. In January this year Weber released Elements Of Light, a five track 44 minute collaboration with a 50 tonne carillon in Oslo and six players from various Scandinavian orchestras. A carillon is an instrument that consists of cast iron bells that was popular from the 16th Century right up until the earlier 20th. Weber discusses the decision to take on such a huge instrument and task that for many seemed like a sonic evolution for Pantha Du Prince. “I don’t think it was a natural next step at all, I think it was more a side step; more like taking the emergency exit or something. Like taking the back door of what should naturally happen next for me,” the softly spoken German chatting to Beat via Skype ahead of his headline run of shows for Melbourne Music Week with The Bell Laboratory at The Melbourne Recital Centre. “While feeling very natural and very normal, at the same time it felt like I was totally stepping outside of the logic, you know stepping outside of my usual production because I had to embrace a new process.” Having not undertaken the lifetime of training to play the carillon, Weber had to – for the first time – work closely with other musicians. In the past he had worked with vocalists on his tracks like Panda Bear’s excellent contribution to the song Stick To My Side from Black Noise. While explaining his motivation for collaborating on Elements Of Light Weber also reveals that he is not someone to rest on his laurels. “I had to embrace the musicians, I had to embrace the idea of writing music that actually gets written and transferred into a notation system and so it can be reproduced by any musician. So there was this process that was completely new for me that I found in the beginning a little bit weird but also very challenging – I wanted a challenge, I wanted to do something that challenges me and that is also giving a certain new art form to people – a new way of thinking about music.” The Bell Laboratory was inspired by all of Europe’s BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 20

carillons that Weber has come across over the years but as he explains there was one city that was the catalyst for this project. “I would say I was inspired by many carillons to write the piece but the moment where it actually clicked that I needed to write something for carillon was in Oslo and this is also why all the musicians come from Oslo and why the whole project is part Norwegian and part German because it basically fell into place in Oslo.” The Scandinavian players that make up the laboratory are Lars Petter Hagen, Heming Valebjørg, Martin Horntveth, Erland Dahlen, Vegar Sandholt and Håkon

“I DON’T THINK IT WAS A NATURAL NEXT STEP AT ALL, I THINK IT WAS MORE A SIDE STEP; MORE LIKE TAKING THE EMERGENCY EXIT OR SOMETHING. Stene with pretty much all of these members making the trip to Australia for Melbourne Music Week, however, as Weber explains the carillon will not be coming with them, “The carillon that we used for recording was a 64 bell carillon from Copenhagen. It’s a huge instrument and it would take months to ship it to Australia – it’s three tonnes.” However, don’t despair - the innovative German explains how they will improvise, “We will have the gong player playing the melody on drums.” Most of the musicians who recorded on Elements Of Light are coming with Weber for The Melbourne Music Week performance. As mentioned by Weber, the recording process was undertaken in Denmark with predominantly Norwegian musicians. However, there was no need for translators due to the superior education standard of Europeans. As Weber talks about the language of choice in the studio, it puts us predominantly single language Australians to shame.

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“It was mostly in English. The Norwegians, like all Scandinavians, are fluently speaking in English and some of them even speak German.” Weber now tackles the second communication barrier and that is, how does a self taught producer communicate with classically trained musicians in a musical sense, “When I talk about it, it always seems a little weird but it is in fact very natural to do this. I am not as good in harmonic systems and I am not as good in detecting which note a piece is in but I can feel it if it is wrong or right. I go with my intuition.” To truly understand the technical side of Pantha Du Prince’s live performances it is important to understand the distinction between a Pantha Du Prince live show as opposed to a standard ‘live’ DJ set. Weber now treats us to a master class on how he makes his live performances a truly unique and mind expanding experience. “My live acts contain separated channels into normally a 24 channel mixing board or a 60 channel mixing board. I use outboard gear that consists of effects that include analogue delay, analogue reverb, and a processing machine. Also it includes the Kaoss Pad drum machine and then I have the files running in Abbleton on my computer but they are all basically cut up into loops, into separate parts and separated channels in Ableton so that I am free to improvise or reconnect everything to a preset state, so I can go very far away from the original track but every time go back to the track that you know from the album. So it’s a complex machine but once you know it it’s not so complex anymore. These days I am doubling with a technician that basically controls 14 channels that go into the main board.” With the Bell Laboratory, the process had to change because as with any piece of music that has more than one player it is written to a schedule. For the producer of Weber’s depth it comes as no surprise that he manages to find creativity from within the structure. “With The Bell Laboratory I have to follow a certain grid with the musicians but the interesting thing with The Bell Laboratory is that I can sample from the musicians and the musicians are also intuitively free and doing what they want to do even though they need to stick with this grid,” states Weber. It is reassuring to know that despite the technicality and skill that goes into Weber’s productions he still remains grounded in his field. A lesser man would be boasting a more human than human tenure after such accomplishments but Weber still believes he is just like the others. “I don’t struggle to relate to other DJs and producers – I mean there are certain artists I struggle to relate to but I am still completely committed to DJing – Elements Of Light is simply a DJ telling a narration.”

PANTHA DU PRINCE is performing with The Bell Laboratory as part of Melbourne Music Week at The Recital Centre on Monday November 18 at 6.30pm (sold-out) and 9.15pm (tickets available from moshtix.com).


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THIS WEEK: ON SCREEN Inspired by a senseless police shooting in Oakland in the first hours of 2009, and produced by Forest Whitaker, Fruitvale Station was the toast of Sundance - winning both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award. Prodigious first-time writer and director Ryan Coogler starkly observes pivotal moments in the tooshort life of a conflicted youth, while Michael B Jordan (The Wire) delivers a star-making turn as the ex-con and father, with The Help’s Octavia Spencer as his mother and Melonie Diaz his feisty girlfriend. Grant’s death was caught on cell phone video, the tragedy sparking nationwide commentary over race and violent protests about police brutality. Fruitvale Station reminds us that every martyr is also just a man. It’s currently showing at Cinema Nova.

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ON STAGE This week 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 is currently being performed at the Mechanics Institute until Saturday November 16.

THE SHADOW ELECTRIC By Lachlan Kanoniuk

ON DISPL AY This week Tinning Street Gallery will present the newest exhibition from visual artist Carla Fletchers entitled Grey. Grey will be the first solo exhibition from the Melbourne artist in two years, and is a contemplative and detailed compilation of illustrations of Australian fauna, including kangaroos. In the past, Fletcher has been a finalist for the 2010 Archibald Prize, the 2011 Black Swan Prize, the Portia Geach Memorial Award last year, and a finalist for the Sulman Prize this year. Grey will be on exhibition at Tinning Street Gallery from Thursday November 14 – Sunday November 24.

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Taking place in the picturesque surrounds of Abbotsford Convent, The Shadow Electric Open Air Cinema has established itself as a fixture on Melbourne’s summer calendar over the course of the past two years. Presenting an eclectic mix of Hollywood, Australian and cult films, the cinema’s seasonal program offers the chance to experience quality filmic works in a one-of-a-kind location. Speaking in the week ahead of the 2013 program’s opening night, The Shadow Electric programmer Jean Lizza takes a look at why outdoor cinema has enjoyed such a resurgence in the past few years. “Firstly, I think everyone wants to get that taste of summer. Especially in a place like Melbourne where our weather can be pretty questionable, so this is a great opportunity. But I think pop up cinema really allows films that haven’t been screened in ages, small documentaries, Australian films, all those that tend to get swallowed in general release to get another go. We give people the opportunity to see it in beautiful surrounds. It’s a phenomenon that’s happening all over Australia.” As for selecting which films to show at the convent, it isn’t a case of demographic box-ticking. “I wish it was as easy as making a formula. We do have directors we look at, we have things that are important for us to show in the program. But it comes down to the time of year and what people are going to be more open to. We’re starting six weeks earlier than we have previously. People are open to different types of films at that time

of year, their lives are full with what’s going on around Christmas – so you’re not going to show a hard-hitting documentary. You’re not going to show a hard-hitting film on the second of January, you’re going to show Machete Kills. That’s what people want to see at that time of year. I’m really about films that are grabbing people’s attention, or films that encapsulate what we’re about as a cinema. As soon as I saw Frances Ha I knew I wanted to open with that film. Something about the spirit of that film is what we’re about, and that’s a general release film that has just came out. There’s always such good content that comes out in terms of documentaries and Australian films, so we’re glad to be able to shine a spotlight on those films as well.” Though the program for this season is wonderfully disparate, there is a palpable sense of ‘cult’ running a thread through the selections – including a few $10 Monday cult sessions. “It’s a term fraught with

different interpretations. For instance, a film like The Big Lebowski is very much a cult film. But it’s a bigbudget, beautifully made film that did nothing at the box office, but found a new life afterwards. Now people have become obsessed with that film way after the film’s release. That’s one way you can look at cult. Then there is true cult, they are films that defy all sorts of things about filmmaking convention. They capture a certain spirit of filmmaking. There are two sort of interpretations I suppose, and what we wanted to do was give true cult films – babes in bikinis with machine guns, that kind of thing – a showing. Those films never get to be screened, so we have Zak Hepburn, who does a lot of cult programming around town, to do a program within our program to show those really crazy cult films.” No longer is outdoor cinema a fairly rough-edged affair in terms of technical presentation, with Shadow Electric embracing high-end projection and sound technology in a beautifully conducive environment. “I’ve worked in art house cinema, and I wouldn’t have come onboard with Shadow Electric if there wasn’t that quality with the projection,” Jean reasons. “It’s very much providing a high-end viewing experience. It’s a new digital projector, we have Funktion-One 5.1 speakers around the convent. It is a really beautiful viewing experience. There have been times when I’ve been irritated with outdoor cinema in the past, things like wind and chatter. But those are minimised in the way Shadow Electric is set up, it’s essentially a room without a roof in a way. In terms of actual projection, it’s a great viewing experience. The screen was imported from Los Angeles, and we have taken a lot of time to make that a priority in terms of viewing experience.” Complementing the Shadow Electric’s live music program, a number of music-themed documentaries and biopics have found their place on this year’s program. “We’re so lucky that we have things like MIFF where we are exposed to so many great music films. Over the last couple of seasons we’ve had great success with our music program within the program. We’ve shown things like Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, then the LCD Soundsystem film Shut Up And Play The Hits last year. We were always really open to showing music films. There are so many films that fit into that music category. There are the biopics like Behind The Candelabra which I chose because I thought it was a luscious, exciting and engaging story of Liberace’s relationship. Then we have things like Cosmic Psychos, and who doesn’t want to see a film about farmers who essentially influenced grunge music?” Jean says, referencing the excellent doco Blokes You Can Trust. Check out shadowelectric.com.au for the glorious entire program, tickets and more information. Frances Ha will open the season on Thursday November 21, which will continue until Friday January 24.

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It’s time to don your best superhero costume because Super Discount, the newest theatre production from Back to Back Theatre (Ganesh Versus the Third Reich), will be hitting up the Malthouse Theatre. Super Discount will delve into what it means to be a superhero. Do you need to have a square jaw and washboard abs? Or do you simply need to wear your undies on the outside? Sharp, witty and poignant, Super Discount will teach you how to unleash the caped crusader (or vigilante if you’re Batman) within you. Super Discount will be performed at the Malthouse Theatre from Wednesday November 13 – Sunday December 1.

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In the new Australian thriller Foreshadow, Jesse Milton’s life is pretty perfect until a series of murders involving his friends ruins everything. Determined to go after the killer himself once the police close their investigation, Jesse is shocked to learn of many more unexplained deaths caused by a centuries-old, soul-sucking demon. Enter Joanne ‘Jo’ Peterson, Jesse’s best friend. The thing is, you see, Jo wants to be more than just friends – ain’t a saucy demon flick without the romance, hey? We caught up with actor Andrea Addison who plays Jo to learn more. In Foreshadow, you play the character of Joanne ‘Jo’ Peterson. Tell us about her and what kind of creative processes you engaged to bring her to life onscreen. Jo is a tomboy surfer chick who isn’t

afraid to say exactly what she thinks, except for when it comes to her own feelings. She’s madly in love with her best friend Jesse and is becoming frustrated at being trapped in the friend zone. The creative process was fun. I spent time at the gym with Justin building our friendship and indulging my inner tomboy. On an emotional level, I built Jo on a mixture of imagination and past experiences. How do you think audiences will receive Foreshadow? It’s a real Aussie film and I think those who appreciate indie films will really like it! I also hope the audience gets scared when they watch it. The book we used in the film was a real demon exorcism book from the 1600s. It gave everyone the heebie-jeebies and we’re pretty sure it cursed the set. We had three car crashes, sprinklers

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going off during a night scene and a stolen laptop! It’s only fair that the audience experiences some of the angst we did. What are your career aspirations and do you have any exciting future projects lined up we should know about? I would love to do more film and I also really want to try my hand at presenting. Hopefully the future includes the release of feature film, Raven’s Cabin. It was my first lead role and I got to work with an amazing cast of rising Aussie actors so I’m really looking forward to sharing that with everyone. Andrea Addison stars in Foreshadow which will play at Hoyts in Melbourne Central from Wednesday November 13 - Saturday November 16. Visit foreshadowmovie.com for more details.


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THE HANGING OF JEAN LEE

MALTEASERS MOONLIGHT CINEMA

It’s time to get your picnic blanket and folding chairs ready because the Malteasers Moonlight Cinema is returning for their 2013 – 2014 program. Featuring a host of advance previews and features, the 2013 – 2014 program will include the newest musical animation from Disney, Frozen; a black-comedy starring Julia Roberts and revered actress Meryl Streep, August: Osage County; blockbuster Gravity, the highly anticipated next instalment of Suzanne Collins’ hit dystopian series, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; Captain Phillips with Britannia Award winner Tom Hanks, and The Wolf of Wall Street starring Leonardo DiCaprio. It will be hosted at the Royal Botanic Gardens from Thursday December 5 – Sunday March 30. Tickets and a full program can be found through moonlight.com.au.

Be prepared to delve into a little Australian history this December at Arts House with The Hanging of Jean Lee. Inspired by multi-award winning (Mary Gilmore Prize and Kenneth Slessor Award 2010) Melbourne poet Jordie Albiston’s biography of Jean Lee, the last Australian woman who was hanged at Pentridge Goal in 1951, The Hanging of Jean Lee will illustrate the tale of a woman who sentenced herself to death by defending her lover, Robert Clyaton, from manslaughter. Featuring the ARIA award winner Max Sharam as Jean Lee, Hugo Race as Robert Clayton, Australian rock icon Jeff Duff as William Kent, Underbelly’s Simon Maiden, and a seven-piece band, The Hanging of Jean Lee will tell one of Australia’s greatest stories through a jazz-infused, noir lens. The Hanging of Jean Lee will be performed at North Melbourne Town Hall from Saturday 7 – Sunday December 8. Tickets are available through artshouse.com.au.

Dave Thornton It’s a ripper of a lineup tonight at Public Bar Comedy headed up by the newly announced Fox FM breakfast host Dave Thornton. If you thought he was hilarious on Ten’s This Week Live you have not seen nothing until you see him in the flesh and catching him in an intimate room like The Public Bar is a rare treat. Joining Dave this Wednesday will be Queensland’s Damien Power, The Little Dum Dum Club’s Tommy Dassalo, ABC744’s George McEncroe and Nat Harris for what will be one hell of a good show for a mere $5. It all kicks off at 8.30pm sharp and we won’t keep you out late. 

CRAB L AB Straight from Brisbane, Damien Power headlines another huge lineup tonight, featuring David Quirk, Bart Freebairn, Kate McLennan and heaps more. Doors at 7.30pm for $5 and good pleasure.

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BEAUTIFUL ONE DAY

This November Arts House will present a theatrical documentary entitled Beautiful One Day, a story about community and moral justice. Inspired by a true story from Palm Island, Beautiful One Day will detail the events of what happens when an Indigenous Australian dies in police custody and the community are not satisfied with the State’s apathy. Beautiful One Day will feature residents from Palm Island, including Magdalena Blackley, Kylie Dommadgee, Harry Reuben and Rach Maza (The Sapphires) as they illustrate the racism and oppression that still affects Australia. Beautiful One Day will be performed at North Melbourne Town Hall from Tuesday November 26 – Sunday December 1. Other events include: a Post-Show Q&A session on Thursday November 28 and a Free Forum on Sunday December 1 at 4pm.Tickets and more information are available through artshouse.com.au.

FOREVER CHANGING

Off The Kerb Gallery will be presenting Lorena Monslaves’ newest exhibition, Forever Changing, later this month. Inspired by an eclectic blend of influences, including art deco and street culture, Forever Changing will explore the Monsalves’ Chilean background through a mixture of Southern American motifs and patterns, indigenous colours and balanced pattern. Forever Changing will be on exhibition at Off The Kerb Gallery from Thursday November 21 – Friday December 6. Admission is free.

FIXED ORDER

Be ready to explore the minute intricacies of the world with the Fixed Order exhibition at Off The Kerb Gallery this November. Fixed Order will see visual artists Louisa Wang and Stuart GillespieCook collaborate to create a cohesive collection of works that dissect nature through micro portraits and pinpoint the systems found within chaotic forms. Fixed Order will try to prove the idea “that the world is a series of infinite, yet simple mechanisms working against one another”. Fixed Order will be on exhibition at Off The Kerb Gallery from Thursday November 21 – Friday December 6. Admission is free. BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 24

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Dave Hughes? Yep, that’s right. The Project, Before the Game, Nova Breakfast. Only one of the biggest comedians in the country. Whatever. He’ll be at LOL Comedy at the Portland Hotel on Wednesday November 13 and the Provincial Hotel on Thursday November 14. At The Local in on Tuesday November 19 it’s Tommy Dean on one of his rare Melbourne jaunts. An American stand-up who occupies the top echelons of Australia’s headline comedy artists. As seen and heard on ABC Radio, Spicks and Specks, Gruen Transfer, Rove Live and Good News Week. Tickets from: lolcomedy.com.au or at the door.

FIVE BOROUGHS COMEDY Mick Molloy headlines Five Boroughs Comedy this Thursday. He’s all over Triple M and Channel 10’s Before The Game, and now you can see him live. Plus Adam Rozenbachs, David Quirk, Demi Lardner and Gerard McCulloch. It’s all happening at Five Boroughs Comedy, 68 Hardware Lane, this Thursday November 14 at 8.30pm, for only $12. Get in early for a good seat.

COMMEDIA DELL PARTE Jonathan Schuster hosts a cracking lineup at Commedia Dell Parte which features Laura Davis, Murphy McLachlan, Ben Stevenson, Bert Goldsmith, James Masters and Andy Balloch. 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.

COMEDY AT SPLEEN Mondays at Spleen are always a full house and a great night. This week looks like another cracker with Spleen legend Harley Breen hosting. Plus there’s Damien Power, Geraldine Hickey, Demi Lardner, Steele Saunders and heaps more. It’s this Monday November 18 at 41 Bourke St at 8.30pm. It may be free, but they appreciate a good gold coin donation at the door.


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on tour 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 TATANKA [ITA] Friday November 22, Chasers DJ KON [USA] Friday November 22, The Kelvin Club ART DEPARTMENT [CAN] Friday November 22, New Guernica 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 STANTON WARRIORS [UK], S.P.Y [UK], MC LOWQUI [UK] Friday December 27, Brown Alley LET THEM EAT CAKE: JAMES HOLDEN [UK], FLOATING POINTS [UK] + MORE Wednesday January 1, Werribee Mansion 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 HENRIK SCHWARZ [GER], DANNY DAZE [USA] Friday January 24, Brown Alley 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

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Speaking from Berkeley, California, Perfect Stranger is no stranger (pardon the pun) to success. From his re-assembled studio – and pet dog – he has recently made the leap of faith from Israel to the Bay Area. RK talks to him about life, times and music. So how did you end up in music? I started producing and writing electronic music pretty much very late – at the age of 27. I had been dealing with music in a non-pro way since I was a little kid, as my mum and grandma were both professional pianists so I could run - but I couldn’t hide from the piano and the chair! Back then when I was around five years of age I hated that damned chair and I hated playing Bach etudes and would do virtually anything not to be in the same room with the piano and my mum! Looking back at things, I must admit that it’s the backbone of my musical knowledge today, even though I am not a very good keyboard player to say the least due to my laziness and total dependence on computers while creating. When I was traveling overseas at the age of 22, I started jamming with the guitar and that was much fun – at that time of traveling I was already very active dancer at goa parties around the globe too. For my 27th birthday back in Israel, my closest friends got me a cheque to go and buy a synth for myself as they thought I should make trance music. They knew better than me apparently, as I did what they said and look what happened since! Tell us about the scene in Israel – obviously it is the centre of the psytrance universe? And what is happening on your DS label? In 2013, Israel’s party scene is definitely the busiest I have ever witnessed worldwide, especially given the fairly small population there. There are many outdoor events every weekend during the summer where you can choose which party you want to attend. In the winter, most of the action goes inside the clubs and again, the action is more or less daily during the weekdays and weekends, but take off Sundays. You will find anything to everything in Tel Aviv alone and sometimes you will have more than two or three options to choose from in a given day and from mega clubs to hell-holes dependent on your likes. The parties would in general feature a very enthusiastic, relatively young crowd, that parties very hard, know very well what they like but are still open minded enough to bear with what they don’t - and for the rest I guess everyone is invited to come over and check it out! The scene is booming no doubt. As for the label, we take things slowly, especially since the boss (me) was busy with other things more than being musically orientated in last few months. But nevertheless we have a steady line of releases and are going into our fourth year - and still deliver psychedelic, progressive mini maximal techno trance to your cortex! There are some very exciting new artists that we feature on a regular basis too like Diamandy and Gabi 2b; you’re all going to hear way more tunes from these two in the very near future. We also get visited

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themed environment, featuring unique customised stage layouts, cutting edge lighting displays and mind bending visuals. The lineup so far boasts Stanton Warriors, S.P.Y, Deekline, Dom & Roland, MC Lowqui, Marten Horger with a second announcement coming soon. It’s all happening on Friday December 27 at Brown Alley.

these days by a super talented duo from Canada – the FM Radio Gods – they graced us with a dual track EP of delicious psy techno. There is way more in the pipeline too, so just stay tuned! So tell us what has been happening in the studio? The last few months were probably the longest break I have taken from production since I started making music back in 1997. Luckily I was working hard before that, so I still have some diamonds in the rough to share, that folk would recognize only from the clips on Soundcloud. But here my vacation ends; the studio is ready to produce new Perfect Stranger tunes right now! As for expected releases, there will be a very slow and fat remix of Sleek’s (aka Liquid Soul) Something- to be released on November 12 on Flow Records. The remix to Sensient - Galaxians should be out any day now too on a big and lush compilation dedicated to remixes on Zenon Records. The remix I did for Grouch and Mr. Squatch is about to be released too on T.I.P world in early 2014 - and there is a remix of Ping Pong between Captain Hook and I on his remixes LP that should see the light this month or the next on Iboga Records. You’re obviously big on full-length albums – tell us about the albums you’ve done and how they have evolved? What are you working on to follow up from Leap of Faith LP? I will mention that I made about 4.5 full-length albums before the Perfect Stranger era as BLT. Going back that far in time would make this really long though, so lets start with 2006: that year I released the Learning = Change album - that was a sign to my move to Iboga Records, where I went down with the tempo’s. I must say that as much as I know there are people that like this album - and I got to travel the globe performing it as it has good moments - in general I didn’t have enough mastery of production in the genre at that time and for my ear it’s a pretty confused album. After that one we went for a really successful remix CD the year later that also featured three remixes that I did for other artists - and some of the most outstanding artists of the progressive scene remixed my own music. I think this CD is the one that brought the bar up and brought the attention to Perfect Stranger as an artist with a specific style that does something different. A year later in 2008 might have been the peak of my creation when Free Cloud was released and this “style” that I mentioned earlier - in that specific album was (in my opinion) - brought to perfection. Add to it that all the tracks in Free Cloud were written and produced by myself and the whole orchestration of this album was “Perfectly Strange” so I feel it would be really hard for me to beat this one! Four years later, after I understood I wouldn’t be able to beat this one eventually so I decided to beat the quality with quantity and release the Leap Of Faith triple CD. I was of course joking about the quality vs quantity issue, as I do think that it is a good album.

dj kon The second installment to their infamous and ever expanding parties, Strictly Vinyl bring the party again with DJ Kon Fucious. Known amongst his peers as the best disco DJ, a detailed crate digger, and an innovative producer with direct access to master tapes only a rare breed of producer’s are able to access, Kon remains one of the most respected producer’s responsible for the re-emergence of disco with his innovative re-edits of soul, funk and disco classics. It’s all happening at Kelvin Club on Friday November 22.

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

Darkbeat and New Guernica are coming together to present the next installment of The Breakfast Club with none other than Art Department for what is billed as an intimate and exclusive extended set. Art Department is the brainchild of Canadian techno/house legend Kenny Glasgow and Canada’s fastest rising star and No.19 label owner - Jonny White. They are regarded internationally as two of the most forward thinking, revolutionary underground producers to come out of North America. It’s happening on Friday November 22 at New Guernica.

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tribe Are you a fan of rhythmic drums, hypnotic dance and jungle spliced dance music? End 2013 on a high with Tribe. Brown Alley will be transformed into a massive three level jungle

beats recommends: melbourne music week Melbourne Music Week kicks off this week and there is a whole host of electronic talent to check out. Make sure you get down to catch Hieroglyphic Being, Justin Van Der Volgen on Saturday November 16 at The Residence, Shed on Sunday November 17 also at The Residence and then Pantha Du Prince on Monday November 18 on Melbourne Recital Centre. Killer.

henrik schwarz, danny daze, pan-pot Smalltown are set to present one of the biggest events of 2014, if I don’t say so myself with Henrik Schwarz, PanPot and Danny Daze all being billed on the same lineup. All three acts have released hits, entranced audiences on Boiler Room, released amazing music and set the bookmark in what is expected of electronic music. Make sure to head down to Brown Alley on Friday January 24.

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What is it about the techno and trance sounds that appeals to you? How have you seen those genres evolve over time? What appealed to me about the techno and trance fusion is the raw aggressive power that techno has - those grinding qualities, “dirty” sound that is “inaccurate” at times - and it’s combination with trance themes and composition. It’s something that really affected me personally while having fun on dance floors back in the day - and everywhere else I listened to it actually. If I had to comment on the evolution of this combination, I could say that in most cases, it went way too far for commercial and big breaks, with silence in the end to enhance the effect of the drop - and I am not sure that’s what turned me on back then or not, but there are still some really tasty sounds out there - it’s just much harder to find them. What are you playing in your sets at the moment? It is not unusual to mix these styles but also not so common – why did you do it? I try not to categorize my music by genres, but it’s music that appeals to me - so I am for very many years now trying to promote that mantra and I play what ever I like, as long as it mixed well. It’s so much more fun for the crowd too, to be hit by unexpected tracks from other genres out of the blue. Of course sometimes that doesn’t work but that’s what art and music are about! It doesn’t have to “work” all the time! What are you enjoying doing outside of music like in your spare time? I like hiking and spending time in nature; I also a freak for good restaurants and I like to cook myself from time to time. Something says to me that soon I will be giving some of my spare time to meditation, Qi Gong or yoga – I’m not sure which of those three but it feels like an inevitable thing that will happen! Finally, you’ve had some pretty memorable gigs in Australia over the years - is this going to be different? And what music are you bringing with you? I am expecting an awesome time at Earthcore. Also it looks that I am playing right after one of my all time favourites - Boris Brejcha. All the signs show there will be heaps of fun – I can’t wait! What music am I bringing with me? Perfectly Strange music but of course! Perfect Stranger plays at the Earthcore 20th Anniversary alongside Ace Ventura, Perfect Stranger and more, which takes place from Friday November 29 - Sunday December 1. He also plays at the after party on Friday December 6 at Brown Alley. facebook.com/perfectlystrange

behind the decks with: dj la pocock:

Where’s the strangest place you’ve woken up? On a packed tram in Kew at 10am on a Monday morning. Describe yourself using the title of a song. Cut the mullet – Wesley Willis. What was the weirdest thing you believed as a child? That what my friend was leading us to really was a blue tongue lizard. The most awkward moment you’ve had as a DJ? I dunno if I’ve had any standout awkward moments, one of my favourite requests was being asked to ‘do a wikki, do a wikki’. Also once had someone give me a bunch of flowers at the end of my set. I got moist in the eye. What would be the worst dance track in the world to be tortured with on repeat? I feel like there is a myriad of them and they’re played on commercial radio stations every minute, every hour of the day. What’s the most played record in your bag? Constantly changing, but at the moment I’d say Jus U – Suzanne Kraft. What question would you like to ask an omniscient, all-knowing being before you die? Got a ciggi bro? If you hadn’t made it as a DJ, what job would you choose to work in instead? Forest feeder. When and where is your next gig? Jung & Dumb Melbourne Music Week opening night after party on Friday November 15 at Boney. facebook.com/junganddumber

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is 20/20. “It’s like that for most people, they give up on something that they could have been great at. There’s a piano downstairs that I don’t play and I always consider it. I have great friends who are [like], ‘I’ll teach you, I’ll teach you.’ One day.” Scott spent years focused on poetry and acting instead, only using her voice when she landed a role that required it. By her mid-20s she was performing in a Broadway musical, and although she could have made a career of it, she realised that if she was going to be singing she’d rather be doing it on her own terms, with her own songs. “[Theatre is] a great job but it’s a little restricting. You have to be in the same light, in the same clothes, singing the same songs, acting with the same people every night – and I knew that I need to be more free than that, so I decided that I would go ahead and try to make a record.”

jill scott wo rd s / j o d y m a cg regor

When Jill Scott was growing up she had no idea she had a beautiful voice. It seems baffling that there was a time when the woman responsible for neo-soul classics like ‘A Long Walk’ or Cross My Mind (for which she won a Grammy, one of three she’s been awarded) didn’t realise she could sing, but there it is. Raised as a Jehovah’s Witness in North Philadelphia, she didn’t grow up with church choirs, or opera. She was influenced by listening to Marvin Gaye and The Manhattan Transfer and Ella Fitzgerald, but none of her friends had heard of them and she had no idea that kind of powerful soul voice was such a rare gift. “I thought, what if I sang somewhere and somebody says, ‘Ew, I don’t like it’ or ‘You suck!’? I would be devastated, so I kept it to myself. I didn’t want anyone to tarnish it or destroy it and I didn’t sing publicly until I felt confident enough about it.” The first time Scott felt that confidence was when she was a teenager, but she found the experience of performing so troubling that it almost put her off completely. “The very first time was when I was 14, it was something called Freshmen Day. They selected a few freshmen to perform, and I was selected and I sang Theme From Mahogany. And it was my very first standing ovation and it was wonderful, but I noticed that people changed after I sang; in a positive way, but I felt like I had hangers-on for some reason. I’m an only child, I didn’t like the way it felt, so I stopped singing at that point.”

Her musical career received a surprise boost right at its start when Questlove caught one of her spoken word poetry readings and was so impressed with her work that he invited her to co-write a song with The Roots. The result, You Got Me, featured Erykah Badu at the label’s insistence – but the band had liked Scott’s take so much that when they toured she joined them to perform it onstage. They returned the favour by appearing on her 2000 debut album, Who Is Jill Scott? Words And Sounds Vol. 1. As well as helping forge the Roots connection, Scott’s live poetry readings taught her performance skills that remain with her today: her shows have a reputation for feeling intimate even when she’s backed by a nine-piece band and playing a huge room. What she learned is how to look people in the eye and connect with them. “You look at people’s faces and see if the thought is connecting and, I don’t know… how does it feel? It feels like I’m on the right track. If I’m not moving the crowd in some way, shape or form then I’m not doing my job, so it feels like I’m on the right path. It’s like a pat on the back: ‘OK, keep going.’ Confirmation.” After eight years of albums and tours, Scott returned to acting after being offered a particularly special role, the lead in the HBO/BBC co-production of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, based on the books by Alexander McCall-Smith. That meant filming in Botswana – a revelation for Scott, who had never travelled to Africa before. “It was extraordinary, because every stereotype I’d read or heard about Africa was wrong. Everything was wrong, and it gave me a sense of home and it just broadened my horizons about other places. When you grow up in North Philadelphia, you never think that you’re going to – I mean, I figured one day I would get to New York and never imagined that I would be living in Africa and sleeping in tents and sleeping in people’s backyards in metal huts. I never imagined any of it, and it was literally the best experience I’ve ever had in this life thus far.”

You can catch Jill Scott at the Palais on Tuesday November 19.

She briefly tried to learn an instrument, but that didn’t take either. “I played violin as a kid but my instructor made me cut my nails and I hated that, which is so silly because now I could care less.” Hindsight

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dave seaman wo rd s / j o d y m a cg regor The legendary Dave Seaman has been in the DJ game for two decades since coming up in the UK during the acid house era of the early ’90s. He remains a vital force in house music, but these days he has a wife and three young boys to think about, so he needs to consider touring far more carefully. “I’m away most weekends, but I always take the last flight out and the first flight back wherever I’m going, be it South America or Asia,” he says. “I’ve done weekend trips to Australia, but with the cost of the airfare that’s a bit silly, so I like to try and spend at least two weeks there if I can to make the most of it. I don’t like being stuck in a hotel room all week – it gives me a chance to catch up on work, but I’d rather be with the family.” Right now for Seaman, life is about finding the balance between playing records and spending time with his boys as they grow up. His unusual schedule has its advantages. “Most dads are home on the weekend, but I’m at home during the week, which turns things on its head a little bit,” he says. “I can drop the boys off at school and pick them up, whereas most dads are lucky if they can see their kids before bed. You just find ways to make it work.” He and his wife have recently moved to Nottingham, where she has friends and family to keep the boys busy on weekends when he’s away. “Before the kids started school, we’d do a lot of travelling together – we’d do sevenweek world tours as a family, but that’s not so easy when you need to work within the parameters of school term times!” Needless to say, Seaman is not quite the party animal he was in his youth, but he still likes to head out and see other DJs – assuming he can make it onto the guest list. “I was at Amsterdam Dance Event recently,” he says. “I was playing for a couple of nights and I had some time off, and I really wanted to go to Maceo Plex but I couldn’t get in! I sent some emails around because I was curious to check [him] out, but it was late in the day, about eight o’clock – by which point I couldn’t get hold of anybody, and I didn’t realise just how crazy busy things would be over there.” It wasn’t too bad a loss, though – he went to see John Digweed instead. “I have his phone number because he’s a mate, so it was quite easy to get on his guest list,” Seaman laughs. “I won’t often go out when I’m on tour, though. Usually, hotel rooms and flights are a chance to catch up on emails and listen to new music.”

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Earlier this year, Seaman successfully released the first ever crowdfunded DJ mix compilation via a Kickstarter campaign. The main reason it came about, he says, was a desire to try something new. “I was thinking about doing another Renaissance album, but it felt like I was treading a lot of the same ground, and I wanted to do something new and different. Putting out a compilation yourself is a heck of an undertaking financially, so my agent suggested doing a Kickstarter – she’d seen it done with a few movies and local things, and I was hesitant because I didn’t know much about it and it felt like a bit of a last resort. Then I looked into it and realised that everyone from Radiohead on down has used the internet to cut out the middleman and make creative projects happen together with audiences, and it seemed like a revelation. It still felt like a risk, and I was worried that I’d end up with egg on my face, but it was a success.” The rewards offered to those who contributed to Seaman’s Kickstarter included private parties and DJ lessons. “It’s been great,” Seaman says of his one-on-one interactions with fans and supporters. “The thing is, the market for physical music like CDs is dying, but there are fans out there who want to buy experiences. That was the key thing – how else would people get to come and do a DJ lesson with me, or come out with me for a VIP night out, or have me at their house for a private party? It opens up a two-way thing with your fan base, where you’re both getting something good. “A lot of artists are starting to recognise that fans want something they can’t get in the shops, something they’ve never had before, and they can get that via this crowdfunding transaction,” he continues. “It’s also really great for the artists themselves, because it allows them to keep doing the things they love. In my case, that’s making [and] releasing compilations. It’s a win-win situation. I mean, the first week is pretty nerve wracking as you watch the total tick up slowly, but we got there easily in the end, so it was a great experience.” Catch Dave Seaman at New Guernica on Friday November 25. facebook.com/daveseamanofficial


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wednesday november 13 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 14 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 15 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 16 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 17 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 18 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 19 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.

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wednesday november 13

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

thursday november 14 PENNIES Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. $6.

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friday november 15

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 16

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 17

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 18 CAN I KICK IT? Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm.

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TUMBLEWEED By Patrick Emery A few years ago, the members of Tumbleweed were sitting backstage after playing a corporate promotional event. Despite still being thrilled with the success of the band’s reformation, Tumbleweed found itself at a crossroads. “After we’d got back together we were basically playing nostalgia sets, with the material up to Galactaphonic,” says Tumbleweed singer Richie Lewis. “We were sitting backstage after playing one of the Coopers After Dark series, and we thought ‘what are we doing?’ This wasn’t really what we were about. So decided that we’d get back into the studio and write some new songs.” Despite Tumbleweed’s original success – which included supporting Nirvana on their 1992 Australian tour, playing and recording overseas and a loyal local following – Lewis felt there was still a “sense of unfinished business” that the original Tumbleweed lineup needed to attend to. “I thought we’d always missed the mark a bit in the past,” Lewis says. “We were still writing songs when the band broke up, and we felt that the chemistry was still there between us.” The ‘classic’ Tumbleweed lineup – Lewis, guitarists Lenny Curley and Paul Hausmeister, bass player Jay Curley and drummer Steve O’Brien – had reformed in July 2009 for the Homebake festival. The success of that initial reformation – which had followed a number of years of estrangement – had led to a series

of national tours and a re-kindling of the band’s creative and fraternal spirit. That spirit had buckled over ten years previous, when – faced with frustrating commercial imperatives and an overbearing industry – Tumbleweed had gradually shed members and lost sight of its original artistic focus. Regaining that focus was critical to the recording sessions that led to the making of Tumbleweed’s new album, Sounds From the Other Side. “For us [making the album] was about fulfilling a creative need,” Lewis says. “I think after Galactaphonic, and the break-up of the original lineup, Tumbleweed had gone off on a particular direction that had strayed from where we’d been going originally. So for this album, we wanted to go back to that original path,” he says.

Tumbleweed’s fans, while loyal, could not be taken for granted. “I think we’re one of the few lucky ones to have loyal fans over the last 20 years,” Lewis says. “So for them I was conscious of making something as good as the past stuff. And with this album, I felt we were on the same wavelength of our fans. We didn’t over think things – we just took the same philosophy that we used to have.” Having been burnt by overzealous industry types back in the day – which included an ill-fated dalliance with the major labels in the late 1990s – Lewis says Tumbleweed was determined to maintain control over the creative process. “I think this is the first record that we’ve made that we’ve been 100% in control, including the financing,” Lewis says. “I’m not into the whole pledge thing, so it was a case of going into the studio when we could, and we had the money to record.” The reception to Sounds From the Other Side has justified Tumbleweed’s artistic, emotional and financial investment. Now notionally free from the shackles

of a pure nostalgia trip, Lewis says Tumbleweed is enjoying playing music more than ever before. “All I can say is that we’re enjoying it more now than in the past,” Lewis says. “Back in the day we lost control of our band – we were influenced by our label, booking agents and other people to try and make money, and we became a slave to that.” For Tumbleweed, playing music has once again become a subject of passion and pleasure, rather than expectation. “Now it’s an escape – we all have jobs, families, and lives outside of music,” Lewis says. “We do Tumbleweed for enjoyment, and we enjoy every time we play because it’s an escape. Because we’ve been around the block we’ve realised that the differences between us aren’t actually divisive, but the things that keep us together.”

“Wade and Brock’s main influence on the writing and recording process of Heavy Weight is that they might have bought a bit of musicality to it. I am a little bit more of an instinctual musician. I wrote a lot of the record with Wade the bass player, he’s an engineer and does a lot of producing as well, he can do things that I can’t and I can do things he can’t so it was very much a two fingers from the same hand scenario,” discloses Byrne on what the new cubs brought to the band. Aurally, Heavy Weight is Wolf & Cub’s most compelling release to date. Gone are the indulgent four-minute outros of a dripping tap and instead Heavy Weight is 11 tracks that pick and choose from the best moments of Wolf & Cub’s past. The album’s first single Salao captures fuzz and drive of 1970s rock acts such as Gary Glitter whereas the latest

single I Need More spouts the attitude of early ‘90s punk. “Salao is a Portugueuse or Spanish word, I am not too sure, and it comes from the Hemingway book The Old Man And The Sea. It is in the opening paragraph where it talks about how the man never had worse luck, he had ‘salao’ – it’s a fisherman’s term and it means having the worst kind of luck and it kind of resonated with Wolf & Cub’s past,” explains Byrne with a droll chuckle.

induce a meditative state. Cave have subtly opened up more space in their music with each consecutive release and Crain emphasises that the band are determined not to meander into rock cliché. “For us, there’s always a time and place for somebody to step out and lead something but when it comes down to the core of the group it’s everybody trying to play as simple and as open as we can, which most of the time for us is not always about a lead or somebody doing an obvious thing. It’s about building the tension and getting the audience locked in and immersed and seeing how far it goes.” Crain admits that a good deal of patience is required to satisfy their artistic agenda. “If it does variate and it builds tension, and it might speed up or slow down, that’s a hard thing to do and everybody’s got to stay focused, whereas it’d be easy if only half the band did

that and half of us were just noodling around doing a solo or something.” Next month Cave make their long awaited first trip to Australia and Crain explains that their live shows generally allow them to relax into the songs and conjure a sensually gripping sonic atmosphere. “After I know a part, after I know what to do and it’s all based off of sound and how it feels with my hands, it’s easy for me to get immersed in it. I feel like I do at every show, at some point in the show or multiple times. Something will lock us in and I think if it locks us in and it keeps interesting us, our goal is that it keeps interesting the audience as well.”

TUMBLEWEED will be playing the Central Club Hotel in Richmond on Friday November 29. Sounds From The Other Side is out now through Shock Records.

WOLF & CUB By Denver Maxx Can you imagine waking up one morning and your band have become the coolest kids on the block, from Melbourne to London you were viewed as the savours of psych-rock, achieving that illusive tenure of ‘doing something original’? Well that’s what happened to Joel Byrne and his bandmates from proto-psych band Wolf & Cub, who are originally from the sleepy South Australian town of Port Augusta. Nine years and three albums on, it is a wary and insightful Byrne that helms Wolf & Cub, the current incarnation that only includes two original members in Byrne on vocals/guitar and drummer percussionist Joel Carey. Byrne, now a Sydney resident, is doing this interview ahead of Wolf & Cub’s headline slot at warehouse party Fifth Floor that is held at a secret location. He begins the interview by acknowledging a few missteps in the heady days of their early success. “There were a couple of times when we were doing live recordings on XFM and the BBC where we were choosing really long tracks to play, like we did Vessels once on the radio. It was cool for us at the time to do a seven-minute track but in context to a radio show it doesn’t come across that well,” reflects an insightful Byrne on his band’s decisions back when Wolf & Cub were the toast of the indie scene in Australia, England and the USA.

The aforementioned Vessels was the tittle track from Wolf & Cub’s 2006 six debut album that was released on UK taste-making label 4AD. Then, in 2009, Wolf & Cub released the outwardly proggy and experimental Science & Sorcery. Unlike Vessels, this album received a relatively lukewarm reception with many a critic and fan alike unable to process the grossly intellectual psych rock of Wolf & Cub (especially with it juxtaposed beside contemporaries like the poppsychedelia of world killers MGMT). The period after the release of Science & Sorcery spelled much change for Wolf & Cub with it shedding three members – drummer Adam Edwards, bass player Tom Mayhew and multi-instrumentalist Marvin Hammond. In 2011, Wolf & Cub welcomed former The Scare members Wade Keighran and Brock Fitzgerald on bass and drums respectively and then, in September 2013, this incarnation of Wolf & Cub released the album Heavy Weight.

This Saturday November 23, WOLF & CUB are headlining Melbourne’s second Fifth Floor party, joined by Damn Terran, Hollow Everdaze, I, A Man and many more. Tickets are $18 and available from Oztix. Beat can exclusively reveal the party will be at Rubix Warehouse in Brunswick.

CAVE By Augustus Welby Over the course of four records, Chicago-based quartet Cave have proved capable of generating a vividly immersive listening experience with a seemingly very structured approach to instrumental rock. The band’s new record, Threace, again demonstrates their characteristic precision, however, guitarist/organist Cooper Crain explains that a number of songs on the album were developed in the studio out of a fragmentary, conceptual basis. “Most of the time it’s just like ‘We’ve got a bunch of songs, let’s go and record them.’ This time it was a little different in the sense that ‘We’ve got some songs and then a bunch of ideas, let’s go in and record the songs and then work on the ideas.’” Having been together for over seven years, communication between the band members has become fairly intuitive, allowing them to reasonably infer what each other is thinking or motioning towards. Crain explains that the group’s increased mutual understanding has given them confidence in the fruits of their more spontaneous explorations. “There was a few songs on this new record where more or less what you hear on the record is the first or second or third take of just us improvising something. [By] now we’ve learned it and we’ve played it and we’ve structured it a little more by editing, but I think that’s what we were trying to capture, just the pure sense of

us playing in a room… half of the new album is like that.” It can be difficult to put your faith in material that appears without any major effort, but Crain indicates a spur of the moment outburst can give rise to songs with just as much depth as those that are studiously laboured over. “There’s songs that we’ve toured on for six months and [they’re] still not done and we’ve made all these various endings or parts in the middle that we’ve taken in and out or deconstructed or re-arranged for months on end. Then there’s ones that where we’re like, ‘Everybody feels good right now in this room and the mics are up and it sounds cool, let’s play,’ and it’s almost equally as nice to hear. It all comes back to one point, being [if ] it feels natural.” Threace is characterised by a lack of clutter and the record’s well-measured arrangements frequently

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INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH

MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWS & GOSSIP

LIFELINES

With Christie Eliezer * Stuff for this column to be emailed to <celiezer@netspace.net.au> by Friday 5pm

15% RISE IN LISTENERS FOR COMMUNITY RADIO The latest Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA*) National Listener Survey shows that the 350+ community radio stations in Australia is drawing more listeners. An average of 29% of all radio listeners tune in each week. That’s 5,204,000 of 18,109,000 Australians aged 15 or older, and a rise of nearly 15% (from 4,446,000 community radio listeners) since 2012. Listening is strong across all segments, with mid-morning at 57% followed by breakfast (54), drive (51) afternoon (48), evening (31) and overnight (17). AM/FM are the favourite bands, but DAB+ devotees are coming on at 12.3%.

ROCK MUSICIANS NOMINATED FOR SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS Musicians who emerged with rock music backgrounds as Custard’s David McCormack, Lisa Gerrard of Dead Can Dance, Gotye producer Francois Tetaz, David Hirschfelder, Josh Abrahams, Ric Formosa, Michael Lira (who started in a Sydney punk band aged 14) and one time The Mess Hall co-leader Jed Kurzel are among those nominated for the 2013 Screen Music Awards. These are held on Monday December 9 at Sydney State Theatre. For a full list of nominees, see websites of APRA AMCOS or the Australian Guild of Screen Composers.

GASOMETER CLOSES, “IN LIMBO” Collingwood live music venue Gasometer shut down last Thursday, after failing to pay its booze bill to South Australian brewery McLaren Vale Beer Company. A hand written note on the door declared, “Unfortunately, Gaso is in limbo. Sorry for the inconvenience.” Weekend gigs, including a Premium Fantasy album launch, were cancelled. The pub on Smith Street opened in 1861. The leasehold was bought in 2010 by Paul and Egilberto Martin and one time East Brunswick Club manager Kody Abrams and turned into an indie music venue. In the meantime, the operator of Newcastle venue The Brewery is being wound up, with a receiver and liquidator assessing the financials and seeking expressions of interest from other venue owners.

PANDORA HIT BY ITUNES RADIO ARRIVAL iTunes Radio, which launched in the US on September 18, reached 11 million listeners in its first week and 20 million by the end of last month. It certainly hit Pandora’s status as biggest internet radio service. Pandora lost 1,8 million in October to 70.9 million. But its CEO Michael Herring said this was “in line with our expectations and showed the resilience of our business.” Herring preferred to stress on the 9% increase in listener hours during October to 1.47 billion. It took the share of US radio listening to 8.06% from 7.77% in September.

ARTS CENTRE CHIEF QUITS The Arts Centre is looking for a replacement after its CEO of four years, Judith Isherwood, made the decision to leave at the end of this month. The Centre has had a tough year, posting a loss of $7.2 million which led to axing of jobs and programs. The venue said it was Isherwood’s decision to leave. During her time, Isherwood supervised the $135.8 million revamp of Hamer Hall and presented major international events to build its brand as an artistic stop.

TRIPLE J’S NOMINATIONS FOR UNEARTHED ARTIST Nominees for triple j’s Unearthed Artist of the Year are Remi, Jack Onassis, Dustin Tebbutt, Wave Racer, Jeremy Neale, SAFIA and Tigertown. Winner announced at the J Awards in Sydney on Friday November 22.

THINGS WE HEAR

IS THE ALBUM DEAD?

• Nominated for the global live music Pollstar awards are Michael Chugg and Michael Coppel (International Promoter of the Year), Pink’s Melbourne-born manager Roger Davies (up against those who look after Kings Of Leon, Depeche Mode, Katy Perry and Dave Matthews) Bluesfest and Perth Arena. • During Beyonce’s stop in Sydney, some of her entourage spent two days filming a new video for her in the Hunter Valley. The crew were also filming in the sand dunes of Stockton, according to an Instagram posted by choreographer Anthony Burrell. La Beyonce herself couldn’t make it down due to a “scheduling conflict” and will be inserted into the video via green-screen technology. • Daniel Johns’ long awaited solo album is still juicing. Lorde’s co-writer and producer Joel Little let slip to Billboard that he had been writing with that Johns. Little said, “He’s working on his solo record. I’ve always been a fan of those guys, so it’s been really cool to do some stuff with him.” • Rihanna has made chart history after her single with Eminem, The Monster, went straight to No. 1 on the Official UK Singles Chart. The Barbadian babe joins Elvis Presley and The Beatles as one of just three acts to have scored a No. 1 single over seven consecutive years. • Motley Crue have hired Jackass movie series director Jeff Tremaine to helm the film adaptation of their 2001 biography, The Dirt: Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band. Tremaine admits he’s turned down a lot of scripts but has wanted to do The Dirt since the book came out. • Looks like Foo Fighters have ended their self-imposed hiatus so Dave Grohl could work on the Sound City film project. The Foos are announced to play to 55,000 people in Mexico City on December 13 with The National. • This year’s Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival will have a pop up bar with a stage where some acts can play, and where local brewers Bendigo Beer have brewed 700 litres of their own stuff for the punters.

Is the growing popularity of streaming putting the focus on singles and rendering the album extinct? That’s the question that the US music industry is debating. In the first week of November, US album sales dropped to an all-time low of 4.49 million. Katy Perry’s Prism sold 300,000 units that week – but that was more than the next eight acts on the US charts including Pearl Jam and Drake. How will artists respond to the possible end of the line for albums? Some like Radiohead and David Byrne are pulling out off digital services in support of the album format.

LIVE MUSIC TASKFORCE RELEASES ACTION PLAN The Live Music Task Force, chaired by jazz guitarist and live music activist John Wardle released an action plan of 57 recommendations to foster live music in Sydney. These included simplifying the approval process for small events, turning unused community spaces into rehearsal spaces for bands, putting musos in affordable housing schemes, being flexible about parking tickets during load-ins and load-outs, appointing a City Of Sydney live music and performance liaison officer to cut red tape for venues and run a mediation process, and protect areas with live music history. Leichhardt mayor Darcy Byrne, who’s trying to set up a live entertainment precinct, called the plan “ground breaking”.

SUBCARRIER SHOWCASES EMERGING SOUND ARTISTS Subcarrier showcases emerging sound artists and musicians specialising in the possibilities of sound for artistic purpose. There are sound and video installation works in quadraphonic and 5.1 surround as well as installations that explore sound and sculpture. The exhibiting artists are: Atticus Bastow, Jon Perring, Claudio Tocco, Courtney Blackney, Thom Sullivan, Ryan Lautenbacher, Dylan Barfield, Casey Hartnett, Nick Carson, Henry Madin, James Paul, Monty Ryan, Nathan Sawford and Dave Mathews. It opens at 5 pm on Wednesday November 13 at Level 10 rooftop, RMIT Design Hub (Building 100), 150 Victoria St, Carlton. In conjunction with the exhibition is the release of the Subcarrier compilation by the graduating sound students at http://subcarrier.bandcamp.com.

Recovered: Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell, diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma earlier this year, says he’s now in remission. Arrested: DMX (yet again!), this time for allegedly driving under suspension, having an uninsured vehicle and not having a licensed vehicle. In Court: a 44-year old Townsville man was fined $900 after dancing wildly in a club. He kept bumping into other dancers, and security threw him out. A scuffle began outside and cops were called. In Court: two Cairns brothers who were busted with a bag containing 496 ecstasy pills, told the judge that they were taking the tabs to share with friends at a music festival. They were sentenced to six months’ jail. Died: US blues rock guitarist Bobby Parker, 76. The riff to his 1961 track Watch Your Step “inspired” The Beatles’ I Feel Fine and Led Zeppelin’s Moby Dick and was covered by Spencer Davis Group, Dr Feelgood and Carlos Santana, who once said: “Bobby inspired me to play guitar – he’s one of the few remaining guitarists who can pierce your heart and soothe your soul.” Died: US pickup and guitar designer Bill Lawrence, 82. Born Willi Lorenz Stich in Germany, he built his first magnetic pickup in 1946. He worked with a number of companies including Fender, Gibson and Peavey. At Gibson he designed their S-1, L6-S (the modern reissue is the L6S), the Super Humbucker and the Ripper bass. He also ran his own company. His innovative Lawrence Audio electric piano became a favorite of artists ranging from Stevie Wonder to Miles Davis.

PBS LOOKING FOR CO-HOST/PRODUCER PBS 106.7FM is seeking an experienced broadcaster to undertake the role of co-host/co-producer for its weekday breakfast program in 2014. A volunteer position, with an honorarium, the role begins January 28. For a full position description or enquiries contact Owen McKern on 8415 1067 or programs@pbsfm.org.au. Applications close 6pm Monday November 25.

DOT DASH/REMOTE CONTROL SIGNS SUNBEAM SOUND MACHINE Dot Dash / Remote Control’s latest signing is Sunbeam Sound Machine, the moniker of 23 year old Melbourne musician Nick Sowersby. Beginning to write and record in his mid-teens, he sang and played guitar in bands over the past five years. He formed the five-piece Sunbeam Sound Machine this year (they play a Thursday residency this month at the Tote). A double EP is out November 29.

AIRPORT MUSIC Music Victoria partners with City of Melbourne’s AirPlay project to stage live music at Tulla airport 6 pm to 9 pm this Thursday to Saturday. It is to showcase the diversity of Melbourne music in the run-up to Melbourne Music Week, The Age Music Victoria Awards, the Australasian World Music Expo and Face The Music. Playing are Kylie Auldist & The Glenroy Allstars, Ross Hannaford & Bart Willoughby, Mikelangelo, Second Hand Heart, Fraser A Gorman and Georgia Fields. Full details at Industrial Strength Online at beat.com.au.

WARNER MUSIC’S SNEAKER AUCTION RAISES OVER $36K Warner Music Australia’s charity initiative In Their Shoes raised $36,144.37, getting their acts to custom design 80 pairs of sneakers. Those by Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Skrillex, The Black Keys, You Am I, Tegan and Sara and Birdy went for $1,000 each. For an exhibition of the sneakers, see youtu.be/5773sYrwIFk.

GAGA, MANAGER, SPLIT Lady Gaga and long time manager Troy Carter have split. He was there with her from the start, but of late their creative ideas went different ways, and she’s stopped taking advice from him. These included her insisting on singing the song Dope in front of a young audience at the YouTube Music Awards, and refusing a number of tracks as singles that Carter was certain were hits.

GLOBAL DANCE BRAND FACT ANNOUNCES SYDNEY FESTIVAL Global dance brand FACT, known for its groovy raves in Barcelona, New York, Ibiza and London (and Sydney, via its Mobilee New Year’s Eve parties) is launching its Weekender festival on Cockatoo Island. To be held Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 February, the lineup is released this week.

WANNA ROADIE FOR RÜFÜS AT BIG DAY OUT? Red Bull Roadie is a comp where you can tour through Australia on Big Day Out as roadie for Sydney dance trio RÜFÜS. To enter upload a video (15 seconds or less) to Instagram telling them why you should win. All entries must tag @redbullAU, @rufussounds and use #redbullroadie in the post. The Top 10 entrants advance to the ‘Red Bull Roadie Challenge’ at Red Bull HQ in Sydney to be tested on a series of fun challenges that one might face on tour... Deadline is December 9. Full details at redbull.com.au/roadie.

WANNA GET YOUR METAL VIDEO ON US TV? US metal, hardcore and heavy rock music television show InsaniTV is looking for videos from Australia. It’s part of a cross promotional campaign with Victorian-based DS Enterprises. The clips will be aired on American public access TV and their YouTube channel. Contact DS Enterprises at ds.e@live.com.au.

WANNA SUBMIT TO CLAN ANALOGUE COMPILATIONS? Clan Analogue is working on two compilations for release in 2014, submissions open until December. Analogue Redux looks at modern electronic music which uses all-analogue gear. Intone: Voice Abstractions looks at voice artists collaborating with musicians. Full details at clananalogue.org.

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SAN CISCO By Augustus Welby

San Cisco’s self-titled debut album came out just over a year ago and the rapturous response for the record launched the WA four-piece into a year of nonstop touring. In fact, frontman Jordi Davieson has had very little opportunity to step back and take a breath. “We’ve had a few weeks off here and there, where I took a chance to get away from everything and go very far North, camping,” he says. “That was really the only chance I got to have a real reflect on what’s been going on.” Davieson is speaking from his hometown of Fremantle where the band have finally returned to start work on album number two. “We have pretty much until March off, which is great. It’s to write the next record.” San Cisco explores a range of moods and branches within the pop-rock realm, taking in everything from powerballad crescendos to scuzzy mod-rock. Davieson indicates they’ll again look to employ this level of experimentation when constructing the new record. “I think the goal is to write good pop songs and whatever genre or form that comes in that’s just how it will be. We’re not really setting out to write one sort of music.” Writing music while entangled in the touring whirlwind can be a challenging venture and Davieson hasn’t been able to get much writing done this year. However, he has tried to stay receptive to any beckoning lyrical inspiration. “I think you really draw from everything that’s going on around you. Obviously music – [in] new music you can

see how people are tackling things. And old music – the way people put things lyrically. I think you really have to look at everything,” he says. The experience the band has gathered from living and traveling the world together this year will also inevitably influence the perspective represented in the new material. “When you’re living with the same five people for a whole year you learn a lot about yourself and them and just people in general. We’ve been seeing a lot of the world, been seeing a lot of different things that I never thought I’d see and I definitely hadn’t seen before the first album, so I think it’s going to be very different,” says Davieson. Spending extended periods living in close quarters with your onstage companions can indeed be a challenging arrangement. However, Davieson assures that they’re still enthusiastic in each other’s company. “At the beginning there were a few growing pains but now we do it really well. We know when to leave each other alone and what we like to do. We still hang out on the weekends when there’s no music or anything to be done, so it’s good.” Although San Cisco remain independent in Australia, US label Fat Possum handled the release of their record

overseas. Evidently, securing backing from the revered label has boosted their fortunes internationally, with the band just wrapping up a considerable headline tour of the States. Davieson says that American audiences really started to take notice of San Cisco after a support tour with The Vaccines early in the year. “We did that tour with The Vaccines and then went to Europe for a month and then came back to America to do the headline tour and the crowds that were coming along were like twice the size of anything we’d played to beforehand. It’s usually on the coast, New York and San Fran and LA – and Minneapolis, smack bang in the middle. Those crowds are pretty similar to what happens in Australia, so it’s pretty cool when we go there.” San Cisco have also taken off in the UK and Davieson admits the extent of their rising global following is a consistent surprise to the band. “The songs didn’t really take to radio so it’s just been a sort of organic progression, through playing the shows there. We had no idea we’d be doing anything in America or the UK but the record label seemed to think it was going to happen. It didn’t happen to the extent that they were predicting but it’s still great over there.” Next week’s Queenscliff Music Festival is San Cisco’s final live engagement for the year. QMF’s all-Aussie

lineup is bolstered by many young bands on the up, such as The Preatures, The Murlocs and Eagle & The Worm. Davieson is ecstatic about the strength of Australian music at present. “The Australian music scene is so good right now and I don’t know how or where it’s all coming from. The Preatures are just killing it and The Jungle Giants are doing their thing and we saw Last Dinosaurs on the weekend in Singapore. There’s just so much good music coming out of Australia and I think it’s really pushing each band to do better and better and it’s a really good thing.” Marvelling at the achievements of others can instigate a hugely productive form of creative competition. Davieson realises San Cisco aren’t the only quality band in Australia at present, which he believes could impact positively upon their next album. “I’m actually a bit competitive and it’s really good because you’re not trying to do better than what they’re doing. You’re just trying to put the most effort [in] and strive for excellence.

things without Vile either. The War on Drugs’ second, long gestating album Slave Ambient was a critic’s favourite; offering a Springsteen inspired, hypnotic and rambling journey that had the sonic effects of a dream combined with the locomotive drive of Granduciel’s songwriting. “That last record I was chasing a sound. I’d do fifty remixes of a song, or kept tracking a song because I didn’t even know what I was doing. I wasn’t sure what I was chasing, I was chasing an idea.” The approach on the upcoming album is a little different Granduciel claims; “this time I did a lot of chasing but I was chasing a song, I thought, ‘I have a song I’ve already recorded it, it sounds amazing, what is it I’m trying to bring out of it?’ I did a lot more searching within the song.” Though questions about a bands name are a little clichéd, I have to ask about it, mainly because hearing the name The War on Drugs makes you (or at least made me) think ‘that’s a band I want to listen to’,

maybe because it can be interpreted as either playful or political. “I heard the phrase ‘The War on Drugs’,” recalls Granduciel, “and I was like, that’s the fucking name of the band. You gotta wanna have your drugs in your rock ‘n’ roll band name. And then I kind of thought it could be anything, you know?” Plus, it has the potential to be shortened… “I’m trying to have it catch on where people are like “let’s go see the Drugs!” or “have you heard the new Drugs album?” Having a band that’s called The Drugs without that actually being your name would be the best ever,” he adds chuckling.

ence is, as Ponniah says, “targeted towards young people”, and as many of the artists on the I OH YOU roster are also of a younger demographic, he enjoys the opportunity. If anything, the Face The Music panel allows Ponniah to be a part of something that certainly could have helped him when he was younger. “When I was growing up, at least to my knowledge, there weren’t these sorts of things available where people could talk directly to people in the industry about what they’d want to do one day,” he says. “I think they’re great.” Yet in 2013, with music having turned into a commodity that is as temporary and as easily replaced as anything else, making a genuine connection with a song is easier said than done. Ponniah has simply decided to trust himself. “The only thing I look at is how I feel about the music. When you try and predict too much how the music will be perceived, that’s when you struggle. Earlier on, that’s what I was looking at a lot. But almost all the time, I figure if I like it, then there’s got to be an audience that will like it as well.”

As I OH YOU continues to grow, Ponniah is aiming to diversify the label’s lineup instead of being pigeonholed as the “Party rock” label, stating that “we don’t want to find our label in a position where we’re unable to sign an electronic act.” One step at a time, Ponniah is learning how to turn what was once a simple idea to pay off some bills into an opportunity to expose Australia’s diverse array of talented musicians. But he wants to make one thing clear: he’s still learning. “When you’re doing a panel, there’s a certain expectation that you’re going to have all the answers, because you’re on the panel, which isn’t necessarily true.”

SAN CISCO play the Queenscliff Music Festival which takes place on Friday November 22-Sunday November 24. San Cisco.

THE WAR ON DRUGS By Garry Westmore

Carrying the torch lit by guys like Springsteen and Tom Petty, The War on Drugs have brought an almost forgotten style of American blue collar rock ‘n’ roll into the twenty first century. From his bedroom in Philadelphia, front man and band leader Adam Granduciel talks at a million miles a minute as he catches me up with what’s been happening since the release of Slave Ambient, their well accomplished and critically lauded second album. “I just finished up a new record yesterday,” he states nonchalantly. Though one might presume the prospect of finishing a record and being on a plane to Australia a couple of months later to be a tiring thought, Granduciel is enthused. “I started making it (the record) last September and spent more than a year on it – and then it was like ‘do you want to go back to Falls (Festival)?’ and I thought fuck yeah!” It’s hard to tell if Granduciel is wired or just always this enthusiastic, he is extremely forthcoming and excitable about every line of inquiry, even when quizzed about the state of relations with former member and accomplished solo artist Kurt Vile. Though the split was amicable, and the two remain friends, some in the media still like to perpetuate the idea of a spiteful split or a dramatic departure

on Vile’s behalf. Granduciel admits it’s frustrating, especially because he finds the truth, that of two driven friends and songwriters going their own way to lead their own bands and fully realise their vision, far more interesting. “People are like ‘he left the band’, but it was never even like that. We bonded over his music when we met, and the first two years I was writing and recording a lot, but when we met we starting honing in on his music and I joined his band real early. Then he started playing on my recordings as a favor to me because I was playing on his stuff so much. His solo thing was really inspiring and he was a good guy to inspire you to do your thing; when people are like he ‘left the band’, it cheapens it.” It wasn’t as if Granduciel wasn’t capable of great

THE WAR ON DRUGS will be playing the Falls Festival in Marion Bay, Lorne and Byron Bay which will take place from Saturday December 28 til Friday January 3. They will also be playing a sideshow at Northcote Social Club on Saturday December 28. Slave Ambient is available now.

I OH YOU RECORDS By Joshua Kloke

It must have been one hell of a party. Johann Ponniah, founder of I OH YOU Records, one of Australia’s hippest and increasingly influential labels, began as a party thrown at Ponniah’s share house as a means to help pay overdue utility bills. After he continued to throw parties with some of the country’s up-and-coming DJs and bands, Ponniah launched I OH YOU and has helped establish bands such as DZ Deathrays and Bleeding Knees Club. And while I Oh You has become a model for upstart labels, Ponniah isn’t taking his success for granted. If anything, he’s continually surprised by it.

“This is probably going to sound like a cliché, but when we started the label there were no expectations, there was no long-term goal,” says the Sydney-based Ponniah. “We were just doing something that we’d always wanted to do, but we also had to just pay the bills. We had a bit of success and built on that but we still have an extremely long way to go.” Ponniah will share his experiences at a Music Listening Panel at Face The Music, where Ponniah and other industry panelists will give participants the opportunity to submit an unmarked CD with one song for consideration. Songs will be played at random in 45 second snippets before panelists give their feedback on possible radioplay, song styling and originality. The panel will look to analyse trends and determine why certain music connects with an audience,

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though Ponniah admits 45 seconds is an awfully short amount of time to make accurate determinations regarding a musician’s future. “You don’t want to tear apart someone’s dreams if you don’t like the song, but it’s also tough to wrap your head around a song when you only hear 45 seconds,” he says, stating that he’s probably going to be “helpful by being critical.” “You’re speaking to young people so you definitely want to address things,” he continues. “I’d never want to be too critical and destroy someone’s confidence. Even if someone doesn’t find success the first time, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t keep trying until you get it right.” Being a part of Face The Music isn’t an everyday occurrence for Ponniah. He admits that he doesn’t attend many of the country’s music conferences, but sees a difference with Face The Music. The confer-

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THE BATS By Patrick Emery

“That’s a very good question,” remarks Robert Scott, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter with New Zealand indie-pop band The Bats, when I ask him how he manages to retain the vitality of his songwriting, over 30 years after The Bats formed. “I guess whenever I write a new song, I’m trying to think outside the square a bit,” Scott says. “And while we work in a narrow format which comes from my singing and the chords I use, I hope it sounds different to what we’ve done before. I feel over the years I’ve been able to change it up a little bit, and have different ways to think about the songs, and just mix it up a bit. I’m still excited by the songwriting process, and challenged by it.” The Bats formed originally in Christchurch in 1982 in the aftermath of the initial break-up of The Clean (in which Scott continues to play bass in that band’s occasional shows and records). Remarkably, The Bats has retained the same lineup of Scott, bass player Paul Kean, guitarist Kaye Woodward and drummer Malcolm Grant for its entire 31-year existence. “The dynamic within the band hasn’t really changed,” Scott says. “We’ve pretty much always done things the same way – I’ll start off with the basic bones of the song, which is usually a chord pattern, which is what I write the melody and singing over. Then I’ll take that to the band, and they’ll work out what they want to do in terms of arrangements and parts. And it’s the same onstage – we still play the same way.” For its most recent record, Free the Monsters, The Bats did something they certainly hadn’t done previously – renting space in a decommissioned psychiatric asylum in the village of Seacliff in the Otago region, north of Dunedin. “The asylum was decommissioned in the 1940s or 1950s, and there’d also been a big fire there,” Scott says. “The kitchen there would have been a hundred metres, by fifty metres, and that was just for keeping the patients and staff fed. They basically took anyone with a mental illness from the Otago area, and there were hundreds of patients there at the height of the operation.” After guitarist Kaye Woodward had suggested the Seacliff Asylum as a recording venue – “it’s built like a big castle in this idyllic setting on the coastline, which is why we chose to record it there, because it’s away from the town and shops,” Scott explains – The Bats chose the stone stables annexed to the asylum complex to record the album. “In the late 1800s horse power was obviously pretty important, so there were huge stables, with big blocks of bluestone, a concrete floor and wooden beams,” Scott says. “So we set up for a week or ten days and blew through it.” Despite having been decommissioned as an asylum over 60 years ago, Seacliff Asylum retained some of its original eerie atmosphere. “Subconsciously, when you’re thinking about some of the songs, that atmosphere does creep in to some extent,” Scott says. “I’d pretty much already written the songs, so it wasn’t like the writing was affected by the place, but possibly the execution and playing. It was definitely quite spooky at night.” The spookiness of the make-shift studio provided fertile grounds for Scott and producer Dale Cotton to indulge in some late-night space jams which, while not included on Free the Monsters, may yet see the light of day. “After the others had gone to bed, Dale and I tended to stay up a few extra hours and make some very interesting noises,” Scott says. “The best reference was the ambient side of Krautrock, with a dash of Eno. I’ve got them on my laptop, and I listen to them now and then, and they sound pretty good. I’m sure there’ll be some huge box set that they’d warrant going on,” Scott remarks dryly. Outside of his work with The Bats and The Clean, and occasional solo project, Scott continues to teach music at a local primary school. “We write a lot of songs with kids in the classes – we sing about the frog lifecycle, or healthy eating, or whatever else it is that they’re studying,” Scott laughs. “In some ways, that keeps my songwriting fresh – you don’t disappear too far up yourself when you’re working with kids. You keep a good perspective on things.” Scott agrees with the adage that writing a song for children can often lead to a good pop song for any audience. “I find that writing a simple melody that the kids can sing, or a simple chord pattern on a cheap crappy guitar, if you can make that work, you’ve usually got a good melody,” Scott says. “I tend to get a lot of ideas while I’m plunking away on this cheap guitar at school, because the songwriting side of your brain is just hovering there, and waiting to be used.” This week The Bats return to Melbourne for the opening night of Melbourne Music Week, playing alongside Sonny & the Sunsets, Montero and Boomgates (with whom The Bats have just released a split 7”). “We played with Sonny & the Sunsets when they opened up for The Clean when we came over a few years ago,” Scott says. “I don’t know too much about Boomgates, but what I’ve heard online so far I’ve liked. It’s always fun coming over to Australia – the crowds are always really good, and loyal.” Catch THE BATS when they head over here this week to play the opening night of Melbourne Music Week on Friday November 15 at The Residence in Birrarung Marr. WATCH INTERVIEWS, CHATS & AWKWARD SILENCES..... WWW.BEAT.COM.AU/TV

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BURIED IN VERONA By Krissi Weiss Sydney-based post-hardcore/metal band are no strangers to change Luckily, their fans have seemed more than willing to ride out the ocean of flux. Buried In Verona have taken plenty of hits and bounced back each time with greater determination and, more importantly, even better music. Their last album, Notorious, cemented their place on the Australian hardcore scene and their ever-increasing success abroad looks enviable from the outside. However it’s the perpetually slippery industry ladder that may be what closes the book on this dream. They’ve got a new album in the works – Joey Sturgis (Emmure, Miss May I, The Devil Wears Prada) – and front man Brett Anderson is demanding the very best from the band, the album and the future. “We just got back from Detroit. We were recording with Joey Sturgis, and we’re waiting to hear the mixes to see how it all turned out. Hopefully it turned out awesomely,” Anderson says. “This album’s super important for us, it’s either gonna make or break us, so we’re being really careful with all of those choices. We’re all happy with how we’re going and the success we’ve had so far but it’s just… I dunno, it’s hard to word it. This album can put us on a level where we can tour

the world, we are touring the world now, but we’re just getting by, and I don’t think anyone can handle just getting by for another two years. There’s not another album after this in us unless there’s some sort of payoff; not even monetary just something more. We’ve put every last bit of ourselves into this record and we really want it to do well to keep going.” With the past two albums recorded at the band’s musical second home of Sweden, they decided to embrace a change in producer and studio. “We wanted to work with someone different and I think we’d become too comfortable in the studio in Sweden,” he says. “We’d become such good friends with those guys and we didn’t want to lose any part of the music by being too relaxed. We wanted this album to be new. We needed to make ourselves a bit edgier and push ourselves outside of our comfort zone.” The band began making changes from the moment they

KATAKLYSM By Rod Whitfield

“I think I would shoot myself in the head if I had to play the same songs over and over every tour!” Canadian death metal institution Kataklysm have been around for over twenty years, they’ve released 11 studio albums in that time, including their latest one Waiting For the End to Come. According to guitarist and founding member Jean-Francois ‘JF’ Dagenais, they like to mix things up, as far as their setlist is concerned, whilst playing what the fans want to hear. “We want to push the new album a lot, because we’re really proud of it,” he states, But at the same time, we will always be playing all the classics from every record. Eleven albums later it’s really hard to pick songs for a perfect setlist. We always play the songs people want to hear, but always like to bring in a few ‘oddballs’ every tour from older records, that people won’t expect us to play, so there’ll be a few surprises.”

And no doubt they’ll be doing exactly that on their upcoming Australian tour, which will be only their second Aussie jaunt in their career. A strange twist of fate, and the vagaries of applying for work visas in the US, saw the band wind up in Australia rather than in the US with Sepultura. They intend to make the most of it. “Australia has become the first part of the world tour,” he informs us, “we were supposed to be out on the road with

NILE By Augustus Welby

Karl Sanders, lead guitarist and frontman of American technical death metal band Nile, is at home in South Carolina on a break between the band’s global touring of At The Gates of Sethu. Rather than choosing to take it easy and give his body a rest, Sanders reports that he’s incurred an injury during rigorous martial training. “At the moment I have a groin injury and I have a bag of ice. I was training for a martial arts tournament and I guess I kicked somebody a little too hard.” Should it come as a surprise that the frontman from one of the world’s most intellectually grounded deployers of aural assault practices martial arts in his spare time? Well, perhaps not. Codified combat training and technically advanced death metal both provide a structured way to let out aggression and Sanders agrees that it’s far more useful to transfer one’s angry tendencies into something constructive. “If you’re going to do something violent, somebody’s going to

get hurt over it. You might as well make it count for something,” he says. For anyone intrigued, Sanders’ chosen form of martial arts is seung-ni jitsu. However this isn’t his first foray into combat training, having previously tried Taekwondo. Sanders is no slouch ‘either’ and has climbed his way up the grading ladder in both disciplines. “In Taekwondo I’m a black belt, in seung-ni jitsu I’m a brown belt.” Cultivating a startling technical ability is nothing new for Sanders, who has proven himself a virtuosic guitarist ever since Nile started releasing music in the mid-90s. He explains that he was drawn towards playing the band’s fearsome, brutal brand

10 YEARS By Augustus Welby

Hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee, 10 Years have hovered through various tenets of modern rock without getting tied to one particular sound. The latest addition to their catalogue is a live acoustic EP, displaying their stylistic curiosity. Vocalist Jesse Hasek gives details of the recording. “We took about a half-dozen songs, a little from each record, and instead of just doing the same-old-same-old with them, we put a little rehearsal time and production time into it.We have violin, cello, stand-up bass and piano, along with guitar and drums. So it’s a brand new take on old songs.” Since 2004, 10 Years have attracted a loyal following. Hasek believes their fanbase would, by now, be well-acquainted with the group’s wandering experimentation. “I think we’ve weeded out our fans and tested out their faithfulness because we’ve never made the same record twice. We felt we didn’t want to rip ourselves off or become a gimmick of

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ourselves, so we’ve always tested the boundaries of how heavy we were going to go or how light we were going to go.” The band’s first major label release, The Autumn Effect, attracted a great deal of attention, prompting comparisons to the likes of Incubus and Tool. Hasek admits feeling some pressure ahead of its follow-up. “Our sophomore record was called Division because we did have issues with what direction we felt we needed to go. We were torn in different directions because some thought that we should bend more towards the commercial side of things and others thought we should stick to our integrity.”

started demoing. “Our main idea was to have as many ideas as we could have as opposed to having all of these fully formed songs and to allow Joey to be a producer and produce the music not just add the sounds to com plete songs,” he says. “We didn’t dismiss something just because it was different or it wasn’t as heavy as other stuff we’ve done. If the writing was good it made it to the demo.” With this album - the first recording with new drummer, Conor Ward, after Shane O’Brien Left to join I Killed The Prom Queen - The Transition was apparently smooth. Musically though, Anderson is promising even greater changes than on Notorious and he’s confident that their audience will continue to enjoy the band’s musical growth. “I think for the most part the fans have handled it all really well,” he says. “I guess the saving grace has been that we were always planning on Notorious being different. We’d grown out of metalcore and I think the fans really came along with us for the change. We’ve still kept that heaviness but there’s more emotion in what we’re writing instead of each song just being the fastest blast beat we can write or the lowest scream I can do.” Anderson is focused on the completion of the new album and his genuine excitement to be playing this year’s Vans Warped Tour. “We’re hoping to release a single before Warped and if we do then we’ll be pretty excited to get to play some new stuff to be honest,” he says.“We really enjoy the bills that aren’t just four or five heavy bands. For the audi-

Sepultura in the United States right now, but they had to cancel because they couldn’t get their work visas, so the whole thing fell through. “The exciting thing for us is that we’re starting now in Australia as a headline band, so we’re coming in with a full set, a lot of new songs and a lot of old songs as well,” he says. We’re bringing full production, lights and sound and so on, so it should be good.” Whilst the band have released a raft of albums at very regular intervals, JF feels that Waiting For the End to Come contains some of the absolute best art they’ve ever created. And that vibe is also coming across in some of the early reactions that they are getting from fans and critics. “When all is said and done, I’m really proud of the album,” he enthuses, “the way songs came together, the recording sessions, went really well, and the mixing. Everyone gave 200% and I’m really proud of my guys on this one, “I’m really happy about the way our fans and the media are perceiving the album so far,” he continues, “we’re getting good comments left and right, the sales are going really well, so all in all I’m absolutely stoked about this

of music less by aggression and more by the high skill level required. “Death metal, extreme metal, if you want to do it right, is a challenge. To actually play this music and do it justice is quite technically challenging. As a guitar player I’d already played all the regular thrash metal and all that already and I could do that and I was looking for something beyond that to challenge myself.” Sanders acknowledges that it’s not enough to rest on the strength of the band’s learned prowess and he endeavours to write music that resonates with listeners. “We know that we’re capable of playing technically and to take that and harness it and do something artistic and creative with it, that’s more than just a collection of your technique [and] actually has some musical worth where someone might want to listen to it twice, that’s a real challenge too. Making music that someone wants to hear again, or someone can actually remember or have a favourite song, that’s tougher than playing a billion miles an hour,” he says. Nile’s technical precision is customarily coupled with lyrical references to Ancient Egyptian mysticism and the work of HP Lovecraft. Their music evades the mindless connotation associated with thrashy forms of metal. Sanders sums up the motiva-

Hasek hints that pushing bands onto a supposedly pre-determined avenue of success besmirches the music industry at large. The musicians got where they got by being themselves and being organic and natural, but when you start putting constraints and telling them to ‘Write a hit, write a hit,’ that’s ridiculous.” Hasek believes that following their artistic aims, rather than becoming commercial fodder, greatly benefited the band’s career. “We saw all these bands around us get way bigger than us and then fall way lower than us and that’s a really hard thing to recover from in this industry. The entertainment business is not forgiving, they’ll tear you apart, so we feel like we’ve had such longevity because our music has substance and our fanbase really believe in us. They’re covered in our tattoos and lyrics and that kind of stuff is a true testament to our fans’ loyalty to us.” Inspiring people to get tattoos and seeing fans sing along is an exhilarating sign of achievement for Hasek. He interprets the support as creative affirmation. “It reassures me as a lyricist and a vocalist to stick to what I

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ence it’s more of a journey for them. If you’re the heaviest band on a bill it’s a good thing because people are waiting for that moment all day. We do so much touring and when you’re at a gig where there’s just heavy band after heavy band, even when we have to watch it, it’s like ‘Fuck I’d be for even an acoustic band right now just to change things up.’ I’m pretty excited to be playing Warped not just for the gig but also ‘cause I get to check out the awesome bands outside of my genre and enjoy a great gig.” BURIED IN VERONA will be at Vans Warped Tour with The Offspring, Millencolin, Reel Big Fish, The Amity Affliction, The Used and many, many more on Saturday December 7, at Birrarung Marr.

new record.” “we feel very privileged just to be able to do this as a career, it’s an amazing feeling. We’re really happy to be able to do this, and to still feel relevant after twenty years is just amazing. KATAKLYSM destroy the Northcote Social Club on Friday December 6, with brutal support from Melbourne death metal masters Whoretopsy. Waiting For the End to Come is available now.

tion behind the band’s unique identity. “We have to have self-respect, we’re that kind of people. We have to be able to respect ourselves in the morning. As tough as it is to play a billion miles an hour, it’s not the end-all mission. I mean if you got a rocket ship that goes at warp-10, you’ve got to point it somewhere or you’re going nowhere and wasting rocket fuel.”

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do and really put time and energy into creating songs and not just slapping it together for something to sell to people. I want to care about it. When this is all said and done and we’re done playing music and we’re old and grey, [I want] to feel that we have done something bigger than us and inspired people.”

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SOUNDWAVE MENT 2! EEEEE!

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Whoa! Soundwave 2014 was already going to be fricking awesome but a new bunch of bands have been announced: A Day To Remember, Mastodon, HIM, Pennywise, Jimmy Eat World, Glassjaw, Panic! At The Disco, Eagles Of Death Metal, Mayday Parade, Sevendust, Crosses, Suicide Silence, The Porkers, Gojira, Black Veil Brides, Zebrahead, Satyricon, Dream On Dreamer, Mute Math, Desaparecidos, Stiff Little Fingers, Thy Art Is Murder, Graveyard, Dir En Grey, Deez Nuts, In Hearts Wake, Breathe Carolina, Defiler, I Call Fives, Hacktivist, The Devil You Know, Soil, Boss Hoss, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Nostalghia and Upon A Burning Body. They join previously-announced bands Green Day, Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Temple Pilots (with Chester Bennington), Alice In Chains, Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Placebo, AFI, Korn, Alterbridge, Trivium, Down, Devildriver, Newsted, Biffy Clyro, Rocket From The Crypt, Asking Alexandria, Clutch, Alkaline Trio, Baroness, Five Finger Death Punch, August Burns Red, Testament, Living Colour, Letlive, Motionless In White, GWAR, Black Dahlia Murder, Mushroomhead, Finch Pulled Apart By Horses, Nancy Vandal, Bowling For Soup, Trash Talk, Skindred, Volbeat, Amon Amarth, Terror, Whitechapel, Tesseract, The Story So Far, 10 Years, Ill Nino, Hardcore Superstar, Walking Papers, Coliseum, Your Demise, Heaven’s Basement and Real Friends. It’s on Friday February 28. See you there, eh?

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promotional campaign with the creators of the program, and any bands that are interested in getting air time for their film clips can contact DS Enterprises on ds.e@live.com.au

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open in 2014. The internet ground to a halt with “go down on you in the theatre” jokes.

and it includes Behemoth frontman Nergal’s own blood in the paint. Brutal.

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Taperjean Music and Metropolis Touring present 3 Inches of Blood, touring in April 2014. Known for their energy filled, high intensity performance and for feeding off the crowd like few can, the band deliver what AllMusic describe as “Iron Maiden-like galloping riffs and solos speeded up to thrash metal tempos, topped with Dungeons & Dragons-styled lyrics.” They’ll be at The Evelyn Hotel on Saturday April 12. Tickets are on sale from November 15 and are $55 plus booking fee, available from metropolistouring.com. VIP Meet & Greet Packages are $159 + bf.

DAVID BOWIE EXPANDS-- ‘THE NEXT DAY’

If you’re a mega David Bowie fan like me you’ll want to check out The Next Day Extra, a new edition of David Bowie’s crotchthrustingly great album which includes two bonus discs; a CD featuring five previously unheard tracks, one previously Japanonly bonus track, the three bonus tracks that came with the special edition of the album when it was released in March, and two remixes; and a DVD with the official videos for Where Are We Now? The Stars Are Out Tonight, The Next Day and Valentine’s Day. Oh and get thee to davidbowie.com to check out the creepy-ass new video for Love Is Lost.

METAL AT THE BENDIGO

This Saturday November 16, head on over to The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood to catch Thrall (’tis their CD launch), Bastardiser and Hordes of the Black Cross.

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Alanis Morissette has announced that she’s developing her album Jagged Little Pill into a Broadway musical to

KATAKLYSM TOUR! OPEN MIC AT THE ROSE HOTEL The mighty Behemoth have signed with EVP Recordings to release their new album The Satanist in 2014. The band will premiere the first of their new unholy incantations to their disciples to worship them digitally in Australia on December 4 in the form of the song Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel. The album was produced by Behemoth, Wojtek and Slawek Wieslawscy and Daniel Bergstrand in Hertz Studio, and was mixed by Matt Hyde (Slayer) and mastered by Ted Jensen (Metallica, AC/DC) at the legendary Sterling Sound. The cover art, which will also be revealed on December 4, is a painting by renowned Russian painter and occultist Denis Forkas,

After more than two decades as one of the spearheads of the extreme metal scene and Canada’s leading export concerning all things blasting and brutal, Montreal-based masters Kataklysm are far from slowing down. With their overwhelmingly positive reputation of being truly fan-friendly, keen, relentless, blastbeat-ish and so forth, they are entitled as the Northern Kings of Hyperblast, deservedly. And they’ll be at Northcote Social Club on Friday December 6! Tickets are available now from metropolistouring.com, and a VIP package is also available which includes a ticket, VIP entry, exclusive meet & greet, official laminate, limited edition A3 thick card stock tour poster and three items signed by the band for $159.

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By Emily Kelly: ek1984@gmail.com It’s pretty amusing how divisive a Christmas album can be. Not from former X Factor contestants or Susan Boyle, because we all understand their sole purpose within the industry is to pollute the minds of the general population and reduce their taste and cultural comprehension into lukewarm mush, like KFC potato and gravy left on a park bench for a week. But when otherwise reputable artists give into the Christmas spirit and reap the Christmas benefits of the almighty Christmas dollar, then people really start to get upset. Admittedly I was a little disheartened when Bad Religion revealed they would be releasing Christmas Songs. Of all the bands to sacrifice their solid punk rock reputation on the altar of fast cash, they seemed the least likely. Then again, I will be tracking down the album, and I WILL be playing it on Christmas Day as a welcome alternative to the usual tripe that gets rotation on the stereo simply because of its innate familiarity. Bad Religion are also donating profits to SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests . Isn’t it DEEPLY depressing that an entire NETWORK of people affected by PRIESTS exists?) That’s something nice to think about while you’re overeating yourself into oblivion. Local grindcore band Agents Of Abhorrence have announced a couple of headlining dates to launch their new album Relief. It’ll be their first release since 2008’s Earth. Water.Sun. You can see them with Internal Rot, Pregnancy (brutal combination of bands to be billed side by side) and White Walls. You can get the new album now. Closure In Moscow are back after a bit of a lengthy hiatus! The guys are once again making new music and expect to release their second album Pink Lemonade shortly. You can hear The Church Of The Technocrist online now. It’s real weird. But good weird. Seek it out. Brisbane’s Young Lions have generated a bit of heat lately (not to be confused with Born Lion, who have also attracted their fair share of attention). Young Lions will hit up a bunch of cities in support of their new release Burn, and you can see them at Wrangler Studios on January 17 or Ding Dong Lounge on January 18. Soundwave released its second round of bands last week and it’s safe to say that no one was expecting this volume of bands. A Day To Remember and Mastodon have lead an announcement that could very well appear on a festival of their own. HIM, Pennywise, Jimmy Eat World, Glassjaw, Panic At The Disco, Eagles Of Death Metal, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Less Than Jake, Mayday Parade, Sevendust, Crosses, Suicide Silence, The Porkers, Gojira, Black Veil Brides, Zebrahead and about TWENTY other local and international acts have

been added to Soundwave 2014’s already massive bill with rumours of a third announcement already starting to circle. If you were unsatisfied with saying goodbye to House Vs Hurricane with just one farewell show, you can pencil in a couple more farewell performances in Melbourne over the next month. See them chuck an all ages gig at TLC in Bayswater on November 22 or go to Bang on November 23.

CORE GIG GUIDE WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 13: Scott Kelly and the Road Home, Noah Landis, Greg Dale, Tom Lyngcoln at The Bendigo THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14: Franz Ferdinand at The Forum The Bennies at Karova Lounge, Ballarat In Trenches, Hallower, Cold Ground, Vicious Cycle at Next FRIDAY NOVEMBER 15: The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, The Sweet Apes, Red Beard at Corner Hotel Dance Gavin Dance, Built On Secrets, Aural Window at Evelyn Hotel High Tension, Hoodlum Shouts, A-Gender and Captives at The Tote Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at Billboard The Venue Girls Pissing On Girls Pissing, Orlando Furious, Cuntz, Ivy St at Old Bar Neutral Milk Hotel, Superchunk, M Ward at The Forum Jurassic Penguin, Ever Rest, Love Alone, Oedipus Rex at The Reverence SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16: Nile, The Faceless, A Million Dead Birds Laughing at The Corner Hotel The Bennies, Wet Pensioner, Apart From This, Hightime at Ding Dong Lounge Daylight, Endless Heights, Habourer, Apart From This, Free World at Phoenix Youth Center (AA arvo) Dance Gavin Dance, Daylight, Endless Heights, Harbourer, Belle Haven at Bang Neutral Milk Hotel, Superchunk, M Ward at The Forum Girls Pissing On Girls Pissing, Orland Furious, Elizabeth Pistol Club, Penguins at Grace Darling Basement SUNDAY NOVEMBER 17:

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WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 13

THE KITE STRING TANGLE

Following support tours with MS MR, Gold Panda, RUFUS, Owl Eyes and Movement, Danny Harley aka The Kite String Tangle is set to embark on his first headline tour of Australia. Following the success of his breakthrough single Given The Chance – which has been climbing the ARIA, iTunes and Hype Machine charts – audiences have their chance to witness Danny Harley showcase upcoming tracks from his soon to be released EP in intimate settings across the country. The Kite String Tangle plays Northcote Social Club on Wednesday November 13 and the Workers Club on Thursday November 14 with supports Super Magic Hats and Flamingo as well as The Ripe DJs.

TEENAGE MOTHERS

Back in town after a three month tour overseas, Teenage Mothers are playing a homecoming gig at Boney. 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.

SOFT GOLD

As history goes to show, there are many famous duos made up of lovers, warring husbands and wives and siblings who’d cut each other’s 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.

SECRET GOODTIMES CLUB

Secret Goodtimes Club is the new unique and totally free entertainment spectacular at Tago Mago. Every Wednesday a dozen budding and established performers brace the stage in a loose, no rules space. You may even be likely to recognise some performers from bigger bands strutting their solo stuff on stage! They are given room to play anything their heart’s desire. Come watch them try new things and brew future collaborations. It makes for great listening. There is also free pizza! Makes for a good fun filled Wednesday night out in Thornbury.

SPIDER GOAT CANYON

Ancient astronaut experts theorise that on the Mayan

desktop calendar date of Wednesday November 13, four bands will materialise at the specific coordinates of Bar Open in time to perform feats not seen in this galaxy in over nine hundred billion years. To their astonishment these bands are none other than the loud and legendary Spider Goat Canyon, the future-EDM-step-post-bluesopera stylings of Chico Flash, the mightily bearded rockers The Balls, and the hip new sass cats on the scene Pegbucket. In accordance with the sacred architects laws, this evening of midweek merriment will be free entry for the beloved disciples. Bar Open, tonight, doors at 8pm, free entry.

SCOTT KELLY

As a founding member of the Californian experimental metal band Neurosis, Scott Kelly has over the past 30 years forged a legendary legacy that has influenced countless progressive metal bands the world over. After touring Australia for the first time in February in 2012, as a respected solo artist, Scott returns this November with his backing band The Road Home, which features Noah Landis from Neurosis. Scott will be presented various material in acoustic form from a number of his numerous solo releases. Scott and his band will be playing The Bendigo on Wednesday November 13 with Tom Lyngcoln from Nation Blue.

GOT SKILLZ?

Got Skillz? is back for summer! Returning on a fortnightly basis, this night caters for all rappers and beatboxers looking to better their skill set and patrons looking for something different. This coming Got Skillz? they have Johnny Trash on hosting duties for the freestyle session/games and Spillage hosting the Beatbox open mic. This week they also have Grinny And Big T rocking out a set. Come down and support the dope hip hop Melbourne has to offer at Whole Lotta Love tonight from 8pm. Free entry.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14

RAIN FACTORY

This Thursday November 14, the legendary Rain Factory (who’ve just clocked up two decades’ worth of gigging) will grace The Reverence Hotel front bar stage with their classic, moving brand of rock that sits nicely amongst the sounds of Midnight Oil, U2 and R.E.M. Joining them will be rabble-rousing newcomers The Melbourne Emos, who’ve just launched their debut EP filled with scuzzy, fun-times garage rock. Treat your ears from 8pm for just $5.

THE GRAND RAPIDS

The Grand Rapids will mark the first residency on the stage at Alia Art House. Fit with projection installations of psychedelia, beer towers and late night DJs. 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 DJs. Doors open at 9pm.

AZADOOTA

With the familiarity of pop-rock, the spicy heat of Latin rhythms and the mysterious sounds of an ancient language, Azadoota rouse unsuspecting pub-goers to their feet and onto dance-floors across the world. The band perform a repertoire of catchy originals, which extends from percussive dance tunes to sexy love songs, to solid funk, roots-rock and a touch of reggae – always conveying an irrepressible sense of celebration. In short, Azadoota are here to bring the party. Get down to The Drunken Poet Thursday November 14 from 8pm, bring your dancing shoes.

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DAY RAVIES

Celebrating the release of their debut album Tussle, out now via Popfrenzy, Day Ravies play a bunch of east coast tours and hit the John Curtain Hotel this Thursday November 14 with their indie-dreap pop sounds. You may have heard a few tracks recently on Triple R and PBS as the LP has received a fair bit of airwaves lovin’. Joining them on the night are Pearls, Pageants and Velcro.

ALEX WATTS & THE FOREIGN TONGUE

November 14 is the 318th day of the year in the Gregorian calender, after which there will be only 47 days remaining until the end of the year. It is also the day on which King Charles VI was crowned king of France in 1380, the first reported blood transfusion was carried out in 1666, and Moby Dick was published in 1851. Such historical curiosities and more shall be explored when everyone's old mates Alex Watts & the Foreign Tongue take to The Public Bar on Thursday November 14. Also playing is the incredible Ali E and the invincible Seri Vida!

OPEN MIC COMPETITION AT BALACLAVA HOTEL

Celebrating one year of Open Mic at The Balaclava Hotel, the pub will be hosting its first competition. The heats are on Thursdays in November, with the final on December 5. First prize is a one-day recording session at Woodstock Studios, just a stone’s throw from the pub. Music store vouchers and gig opportunities for runner-ups. Find the event on Facebook and book yourself a spot, or just come in to check out the talent! Open mic runs every Thursday, registration at 7pm.

TERRORBYTE STRIPES

If you have never seen the Terrorbyte Stripes then now is your chance. A surgically precise music operation that highlights all things right with the last 100 years of music; a journey with so many twists it would make Derren Brown drill his cortex and swallow his tongue. No genre taboo, No Party uncranked, No bullsheet. See them at Bar Open this Thursday November 14, free entry.

WILLOW DARLING

Willow Darling have been playing around Melbourne for the past year, alongside artists such as Ali Barter, The Trouble with Templeton and Royston Vasie. Finally they are headlining their own show at Yah Yah's on Thursday November 14, the same venue that Willow Darling played their first show as a complete band. Joining them on the night will be Jake Whittaker and The Feel Goods, this is a show to see. Doors 7pm, free entry.

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Coming together for one night of ripping yarns, fantastic music and a really great time is virtuoso guitarist Chris Matthews with Glenn Musto and his effortless pop sensibility. Taking a pinch of folk, a sprinkling of country, generous proportions of good-time foot-

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stomping rock’n’roll and roots, Chris Mathews has become one of the country’s finest musical talents, one who after you’ve seen a performance, you never forget it. Chris will team up with Glenn Musto, who has recently performed for Danish royalty, alongside receiving radio play on triple j and Nova amongst his stellar 15 year career. They tour Victoria and South Australia and end their tour this Thursday November 14 at Elwood Lounge and play at Edinburgh Castle on Friday November 15. For more info head onto glennmusto.com and christmatthewsmusic.com.

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off some of their new sounds. Make sure you’re there on Thursday November 14 to hear their unique brand of alternative/folk-rock/gypsy sounding tunes, and perhaps to pick up one of their recently released debut EPs. Joining them on the night are friends Esc and Cabbages & Kings who will rock your jocks with their post-punk and roots sounds respectively.

TRANSVAAL DIAMOND SYNDICATE

The TDS Express is back on the road. After a 72-date Australian tour to fill up the first half of 2013, a tour EP release and multiple festival appearances, TDS are ever-keen to keep that mojo a flowin' with the announcement of a new three month tour of the east coast to round the year out. The jaunt will promote the first single, Estranged Blues, off the soon to be released, full-length debut album for the band. Joined by guests Frank Sultana and the Sinister Kids, Kashmere Club and The Alamo, Transvaal Diamond Syndicate play The Brunswick Hotel on Thursday November 16.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 15

HIGH TENSION

Melbourne's High Tension will tour the East Coast of Australia in support of new album Death Beat this

November. The four-piece, consisting of members of The Nation Blue and Young & Restless, will offer up a preview of their live show in their video for the ominous single Mountain Of Dead. High Tension launch their album at The Tote on Friday November 15.

THE CANING

"Like a bunch of really pissed-off guys stepping out of a time machine from 1972" is how The Caning's producer described them on hearing the mix playback of their asyet unreleased debut album. It's a niche they are prepared to inhabit alone if they have to. They play The Bendigo Hotel on Friday November 15 with great supports from The Alamo, Pilots Of The Future, and The National Express. You might not be ready for it, but your kids are gonna love it. Entry $10, doors from 8pm.

RUBIX FRIDAYS

The Rubix family have announced that they will be opening up the funhouse to the public every Friday night kicking off Friday November 15. From midday every Friday, adventure to the other side of the tracks for a night of madness. 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 venue’s 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.

JURASSIC PENGUIN

Fresh from shows with Rolo Tomassi and a national tour, Jurassic Penguin bring their punky hardcore sounds to The Reverence Hotel on Friday November 15. Providing breakdowns will be metalcore/hardcore five-piece Ever Rest, Love Alone will bring the ambient, melodic hardcore to the bill and the very entertaining Oedipus Rex will bring rad as tits, high energy hardcore punk. It's only $5, so come party.

MOTHERSLUG

Motherslug first hit the stage in 2012 at Cherry Bar and they soon gained a reputation for banging heads and choking the lungs of the those who witnessed the stoner doom five-piece. Motherslug released their début four track EP on 'doomsday', 21.12.12, to great reviews, and they head back into Beveridge Road Studios for more recording in December and shall be touring the east coast early in 2014 to promote their new release. Motherslug are playing The Prince Bandroom public bar with Olmeg and Borrachero this Friday November 15.

JAPE SQUAD

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was a manifesto that confronted the idea that music was supposed to be ordered and organised. It was a collective of Melbourne and Sydney music scenesters attempting to invite the mystical by embracing the improbable. Their first LP hit the stands in 2003. Ten years later, they’re back with Wanderlust, their fifth album. They play Public Bar on Friday November 15. Experience it.

MIDNIGHT WOOLF

From the depths of their workaholic/alcoholic fuelled slumber they rise, Midnight Woolf return to the stage to play two fast-paced, rock’n’roll crazed nights at the mighty Old Bar. This will be the fifth continuous year they fuel the madness at the oldie for Johnston St's annual Latino street party Spanish festival! The Woolf are ready to get you dancing, sweating and reeling in a fuzzed-out extra-long set of garage rock’n’roll, including tunes from their acclaimed album I'll Be A Dog plus a bunch of oldies and even some newies. Joining them for this marathon of stomp-beat music will be Going Swimming and Rayon Moon on Saturday November 16 and The Yard Apes and The Shebbab on Sunday November 17. All goes down at The Old Bar.

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After a lengthy absence from the spotlight Machine Translations are back with a mesmerising new fulllength album, The Bright Door. To celebrate the release by Spunk Records, J. Walker and his talented six-piece band will be touring around the country in November. The Machine Translations band features Karen Tua Walker's hypnotic backing vocals and samples, Jordan Ireland (the Middle East) on guitar as well as drummer Ralf Rehak and Boat People main men Robin Waters and James O'Brien on keys and bass. With no less than four singer/songwriters in the band sparks are sure to fly as Machine Translations play a host of new tracks from the album as well as songs from their extensive back catalogue. With support by Stolen Violin and Hello Satellites, Machine Translations play Northcote Social Club on Friday November 15. Tickets from the venue.

THE SUBSONICS

The Subsonics hail from Atlanta Georgia. They are touring Australia and Japan behind their new album In The Black Spot, released in October. This new album brings more of singer Clay Reed's petulant, masculinefeminine vocals and surreal lyricism, shaken up with his signature garrotted guitar, Buffi Aguero’s inventive, incessantly churning drumming, and Rob Delbueno's rolling basement bass. The Subsonics play Yah Yah’s on Friday November 15 with Bad Vision plus very special guests to be announced.Machine Translations play Northcote Social Club on Friday November 15. Tickets from the venue.

MMVF LAUNCH PARTY

The new Melbourne Music Video Festival celebrates

local talent within the music and film industry by focusing on music video content during a week of live music nights, pop up screen spaces, workshops and film screenings. Come down to the launch party to find out more information about what they have planned and how you can take part in a night of live music and video work. Featuring Magic Bones, The Scouts and Don’t Get Lost, it’s on at The Grace Darling on Friday November 15.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16

BLACK CAB

Black Cab will turn The Espy Gershwin Room into a beat orgy to celebrate their first St Kilda show in over three years. 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 with very special guest drummer Richard Andrew (Underground Lovers) back on sticks. 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 Saturday November 16.

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The Leaders Of The 3Worlds will make a rare appearance at the Tago Mago Bar, High Street, Thornbury this Saturday November 16. The threepiece comprising Tony [Bass], Pete [Drums], and Harry [Guitar] play an eclectic mix of rock, funk, punk and drunk, with a never say die attitude. A history of membership with Robert Trimbole’s Hat, Seedy, Champion Rubies, Tension Nuts and others means this is a performance not to be missed. Holed up in their country recording studio / lair for what seems like eons, The Leaders Of The 3Worlds have been lured by mine host Calvin to the Tago Mago, to drink his beer and make some noise. You should do the same.

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This Saturday November 16 at Alia Art House, get excited for Fifth Floor II. The lineup consists of Aminita, Pete Bibby and Whipped Cream Chargers. Such fine talent will kick your little booties off from 9.30pm. Donald’s House will then keep you dancing till 4am so get your smiles and tanks ready for some Fifth Floor action at Alia Arthouse.

TRUE VIBENATION

Sydney hip hop rising stars True Vibenation have 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 as part of their Dressed To Chill Tour at The Wesley Anne on Saturday November 16 with support L-Fresh the Lion.

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Ashley Davies is a consummate musician and composer with the capacity to bring uniquely Australian stories to life with breathtaking accuracy. His new project, Burke & Wills: The Expedition tells of the narrative written by Australia’s foremost Burke & Wills scholar Dave Phoenix. The music, combined with the narrative, makes Burke & Wills: The Expedition one of the most significant independent music releases of 2013. To celebrate, check out the live show at Caravan Music Club on Saturday November 16.

60 SECONDS with BLACKCHORDS

Define your sound in five words or less: Tones for change of atmosphere. What do you love about making music? Playing with so many talented people in this great musical city. I also love the songwriting process. You start with an original concept and as it passes through people’s interpretations and influences – it’s amazing how much that concept can change. And what makes you unhappiest about what you’re doing? Tinnitus. Do you have any record releases to date? What are they? Where can I get them? We just recently released our sophomore album A Thin Line through ABC so you can get them in all ABC shops as well as JB Hi-Fi and iTunes etc. It was an incredible process working with producer David Odlum (The Frames, Josh Ritter) and Mark Stanley, converting a gigantic shed in the Yarra Valley into a recording studio and in the process, converting many bare boned garage demos into fully crafted sonic landscapes. We nailed a sound we’d hoped to capture for quite a few years now. What do you hate about the music industry? Seeing the glorified but average entertainers marketed a certain way that deems them the great musicians and poets of our time. Shit! What's your favourite song, and why? And She Was by Talking Heads. It killed me in the ’80s and it kills me now. When’s the gig and with who? This Friday, November 15 at Ding Dong Lounge with Admiral Fallow and Manran (two bands out from Scotland to play as a part of AWME) as well as fellow local legends Cash Savage and the Last Drinks. If someone made a movie about your life, who would play you? A younger Steve Buscemi perhaps. What makes a good musician? Someone that can balance passion with wit!

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LESTER THE FIERCE & SHE REX

If you want one badass female led lineup that’s completely free, then head down to The Espy Front Bar on Saturday November 16 to catch Lester the Fiere and She Rex headlining what’s set to be a babefest. Back in the country after an American appearance and being picked up by indie NYC label, she is now back in the country to release her second self-titled EP with lead single Howl, already slaying the radiowaves. Fresh off the back of their P.O.W.E.R EP Sydney all-girl rock-hip hop force SHE REX join Lester the Fierce for a free gig with special guests.

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 17

CHRIS RAINIER

Within the spectacular interior of the Wonderland Spiegeltent, Chris Rainier – in conjunction with Melbourne Music Week 2013 – presents an evening celebrating the music of maverick American theorist, composer and instrument-builder Harry Partch and his remarkable life (1901-1974) in I Was A Bum Once Myself. Partch has influenced the likes of Tom Waits, Frank Zappa and Steve Reich, his legacy continues to resonate with both artists and audiences alike. Focusing on Partch’s rarely-heard works for voice and adopted guitar, these early 1940s-composed pieces were inspired by his years as a hobo, riding the rails during the depression. Chris Rainer performs Sunday November 17, tickets are $15 via Moshtix and the event is curated by Sophia Brous and Woody MacDonald.

THE LARGE NUMBER 12S MAJOR TOM & THE ATOMS

Be sure to head down to The Evelyn on Saturday November 16 as local toe-tappin’ rhythm and blues juggernaut Major Tom & The Atoms launch their album Heroes, Villains, Boom Boom Boom! The night is sure to be an explosion of their trademark live energy, lashings of erudite and profound lyrics, complimented by the comicbook colours of rock’n’roll. Support comes from Royal Jelly Dixieland Band. Tickets via Oztix.

HEEL-BURNERS

A night of non-stop dancin', whiskey-fuelled madness and birthday celebrations; a Heel-Burners lady killer lineup like no other. Stella Angelico, Zoe K, Coral Lee, Sugar Fed Leopards and DJ Lady Blades heat up the floorboards. Brooklyn Queenz DJs will give you splinters 'til the early hours. Dress up as your favourite Tarantino character! Drink specials, food truck and dance-offs all night. It’s at Bella Union on Saturday November 16.

MIA DYSON, LIZ STRINGER AND JEN CLOHER

Three of Australia’s most lauded singer-songwriters are coming together for the first time, to deliver a tour which harnesses a power greater than the sum of their critically acclaimed parts. The best collaborations are borne out of a fan-like admiration for one another’s songs, a passion that inspired Mia Dyson, Liz Stringer and Jen Cloher to work together for what is sure to be one of the indie roots highlights of 2013. People who book for dinner will have a meal served in the Velvet Room and will then have reserved seats in the Ballroom. All other seating will be arranged on the basis of first booked, first seated. It’s on at Thornbury Theatre on Saturday November 16.

THE TASTE OF INDIE COLLECTIVE: CHAMBERS

The Taste Of Indie Collective will be serving up a smashing lineup of indie rock acts at The Reverence front bar on Saturday November 16 from 8pm. Get the party started with a veteran of Australian folk rock 12 string guru Brett Franke he has played all over Victoria and always brings the crowd to their feet. Next up is Man City Sirens with their brand of British beat inspired original songs, followed by Storyhorse riding the wave of their successful tour of QLD and WA. The night is capped off with local indie rockers Chambers – the exciting and somewhat flamboyant guitar style of Jim Duong along with the rest of this four-piece band will just blow your socks right off.

THE STAFFORDS

As the saying goes, one good turn deserves another and when The Staffords first asked Melbourne’s (let’s face it, everybody’s) favourite boner rockers The Stiffys to join them last year for a show on November 16, little did they know that they’d be taking this groinwrecking double header to Cherry Bar exactly one year later to the day. Also joining them on the night will be Tooth & Tusk (formerly Brendan West and the Broken Bones).

With a band named after their 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. Sunday November 17, tickets are $15 via Moshtix and the event is curated by Sophia Brous and Woody MacDonald.

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MONDAY NOVEMBER 18

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 19

DEAR MONDAY: JACKSON KITE, AMARILLO, PEPPERJACK, MADDY LEMAN

SHOVELS

In this great music town, there is an endless flow of new talent arriving on the scene. On Mondays, The Retreat Hotel presents four acts that represent some of the most exciting new and emerging talent we've seen. This is no open mic – it’s a love letter to the heart of musicality that is Melbourne, and this love letter begins with Dear Monday. This Monday November 18 check out Jackson Kite, Amarillo, Pepperjack and Maddy Leman.

Shovels have been described as “a gross slurry or masculine drift of sewage that would probably eat away at your shoes if you dip your toes in it for too long.” With throbbing bass, discordant guitar, rolling, tribal kit bashing, and explosions of noise that sound like “dying cattle in a tarpit”, Shovels play a rare Melbourne show on Tuesday November 19 at The Old Bar with Michael Beach. With members based in both San Francisco and Melbourne, they don’t play often, so be sure to catch this rare performance.

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Lillis, Rattlin’ Bones Blackwood and Adam Hynes. Three rad acts, one magical Monday. They play The Espy’s lounge bar on Monday November 18 from 8.30pm. Free entry.

MIXTAPE MONDAYS

Calling all DJs, producers and live acts of all genres. The Rubix have announced the launch of their new weekly Monday night jam, Mixtape Mondays. The Rubix funhouse will be open for all to come and hang out whilst listening to the best local and international mixes they can get our hands on. If you want to score a gig at the Rubix Warehouse Venue, this is the best way to get them to hear what you’re up to: submit your mixtape links to mixtapemondays@ rubixvenue.com or the Rubix Brunswick Facebook page and if it’s the goods they’ll play it on their system in the front sun bar and add it to the RubixRadio playlist. The bar will open from midday every Monday with the indoor half pipe and happy hour going from 6–7pm with $2 pots!

The multi-award winning bluegrass showstoppers The Davidson Brothers have your Sundays covered this November has they continue their Sundays at The Spotted Mallard. They play their residency as a warmup to their Meredith shows, squeezing in a smokin’ hot arvo set from 4.30pm. If you’re yet to have a taste of their folk-bluegrass stylings, then be sure to bring your dancing shoes! Troy Cassar-Daley describes the duo as “the best young bluegrass pickers we have seen in a long while in Australia and a very exciting live act”.

Australian singer-songwriter Christopher Coleman captures an audience with his evocative folk narratives, crowd-silencing vocals, and a jovial rock’n’roll showman performance. Citing inspirations from Flanagan, Whitman, Kelly, Dylan, Cohen and more, Christopher’s tranquil vocal and warm acoustic sounds present his well-woven storybook of songs, charming audiences with sweet melodies, sing-a-longs and affable stories. 2013 has had Christopher touring from Tassie to the UK and in between around Australia. Catch him at The Retreat on Tuesday November 19.

LOOKING AHEAD

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Californian garage rock legends The Bellrays will headline CherryFest013 on Sunday November 24 in their one and only Victorian appearance as part of a lightning promo tour for their new album Black Lightning. CherryFest will feature 14 acts across two stages in AC/DC Lane and Cherry Bar from 12noon till 9.30pm. Also on the bill of confirmed acts include the reunion of local blues crusaders Chris Wilson’s Crown Of Thorns, who haven’t played together for the best part of 20 years. Joining them will be the first ever Australian show from Germany’s stoner rock icons of beards and guitars, the incredible Kadavar, and plenty more. CherryFest 2013 is on Sunday November 24 at Cherry Bar and AC/DC Lane.

ISAAC D HEER & THE RIVER TRACKS

With influences ranging from lyrical prose, dreamy soundscapes and the city scum, Isaac has supported some well-known Australian and international acts including The Temper Trap, Luke Steele, Josh Pyke, FINK (UK) and Jamie Hutchings (Bluebottle Kiss). Currently, live band The River Tracks consists of David Gatica, Sol de Heer, Joel Lipson and Daniel Brates who all bring their creative ideas to make the layered and expanding recorded material come to life. Check ‘em out at The Retreat on Sunday November 17.

GUNN MUSIC ESPY ARTIST SHOWDOWN

Featuring Bianca Sarlo, As Crows Fly, Black Saloon Cowboys, Loose Change, The Black Hand Initiative, The Pacifics, Mellow Rage, Falling Leaves, Dear Thieves, Find The Remedy, Exile and Forever The Optimist, this Sunday November 17 will be epic at The Espy. Doors open at 1pm, $15 entry at the door. There’s Scorcher Fest on in the basement, too, so cancel whatever you’re planning to do and head to The Espy.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

In the words of Sonic Youth, “Sunday comes alone again, a perfect day for a quiet friend, and you, you will set it free”. Sunday School is a new event happening at Public Bar on Sunday’s through summer. The afternoon is based around good bands, hanging out and getting some time to wind down in the Sun, outside under the umbrellas in Public Bar’s beer garden. Each Sunday consists of a fresh lineup of local and interstate bands or solo acts, and will run from 12pm onwards. The day is laid back, cruisey and full of quality entertainment.

THE VAGRANTS

The Vagrants return to Whole Lotta Love to say farewell to family, friends and fans before leaving Australia with an acoustic performance (with a few guests getting up to join in). Come down and wish them the best on their next venture! It’s happening at Whole Lotta Love on Sunday November 17.

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AUSTRALASIAN WORLDWIDE MUSIC EXPO This year’s Australasian Worldwide Music Expo (AWME) will take place in Melbourne from Thursday November 14 to Sunday November 17. Celebrating its sixth year in 2013, AWME has cemented itself as the Southern hemisphere’s premier roots music industry showcase, conference and trade event. By day, AWME is a trade fair which attracts some of the world’s most prominent and influential festival bookers, talent agents, record labels, arts organisations and media for workshops, panel discussions and industry networking. AWME pioneers new connections between music artists and industry representatives from Australia and overseas by bringing these groups together and encouraging information sharing, skills exchange, mutual co-operation and the formation of new networks and alliances. By night, AWME transforms a variety of Melbourne venues into a showcase platform in which delegates and music fans rub shoulders and sample some of the most exciting roots music the planet has to offer. The benefits for showcasing bands are potentially enormous; as a result of performing at AWME, many artists have scored enviable performance slots at prestigious European, North American and Asian festivals as well as touring and recording opportunities. Showcase concerts are scheduled for Thursday November 14 until Sunday November 17, and conference sessions will take place on Friday November 15 and Saturday November 16. Here are the musical delights AWME is bringing to you this year:

THURSDAY NOV 14 BAREFOOT DIVAS

Some of Australia’s most acclaimed female Indigenous singer/songwriters join together with their sisters from New Zealand and Papua New Guinea in a powerful symbolic collaboration. The Barefoot Divas’ performance is a combination of spoken word poetry, storytelling and song. Featuring Emma Donovan, Ursula Yovich, Whirimako Black, Maisey Rika, Merenia and Ngaiire, this will be taking place at the Arts Centre on Thursday November 14 from 6.30pm8pm. Tickets $35, head to artcentremelbourne.com.au for bookings.

MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA, KOOII, STAN & THE EARTH FORCE, LORYZINE, DJ JESSE I, JEFF LANG, STEPHEN PIGRAM DJ DEREK M

FRIDAY NOV 15

Jeff Lang has earned worldwide acclaim as a virtuosic guitarist, a dynamic songwriter and a startlingly unique live performer. Jeff Lang crafts songs as novella - rich with depth and vision, yet with an open breath for individual interpretation. Stephen Pigram joins Lang at the Arts Centre on Friday November 15 from 7pm-10pm. Tickets $30, head to artscentremelbourne.com.au.

Assembled from some of Australia’s preeminent names in ska and reggae and fronted by inimitable frontman Nicky Bomba (Bomba, Bustamento, John Butler Trio), the soaring popularity of the band is seeing the Melbourne Ska Orchestra fast becoming a fixture on Australia’s musical landscape. Kooii, Stan & The Earth Force (Vanuatu), Loryzine (Reunion Island) Jesse I, and Derek M provide support. If you feel like dancing, then head along to The HiFi on Saturday November 16 from 7.30pm. Tickets $30+bf from thehifi.com.au.

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CASH SAVAGE AND THE LAST DRINKS, BLACKCHORDS, CAMBODIAN SPACE ADMIRAL FALLOW, MÀNRAN THE THE ORBWEAVERS, SWEET Acclaimed jewel of dark country blues Cash Savage PROJECT, KALÀSCIMA, MZAZA, And The Last Drinks’ stunning second LP The NAHUATL SOUND SYSTEM JEAN, MAYA KAMATY

The Orbweavers’ music draws on a love of history, natural sciences, museums and archives. Dark and dulcet melodies, deft chiming guitar, violin and mournful trumpet meld to hypnotic effect, recalling reverberant ghosts of places past. Sweet Jean and Reunion Island's Maya Kamaty will support. Catch these three acts as they come together at The Toff In Town on Thursday November 14 from 7.30pm. Tickets $15, head to thetoffintown.com.

Hypnotiser released in August has garnered strong airplay on triple j, Radio National and ABC Radio. However the true Cash Savage experience takes place on the stage. The Blackchords, Admiral Fallow (Scotland) and Mànran (Scotland) join Cash Savage and her band at Ding Dong on Friday November 15, 7.30pm. Tickets $15+bf. More info at dingdonglounge.com.au.

SONS OF ZION, SOLA ROSA, COLOURED STONE, WARREN HOLLIE SMITH, MARK VANIH. WILLIAMS, THE DEANS LAU, WHIRI TU AKA

Formed in 1977 by Bunna Lawrie, lead singer and songwriter, Coloured Stone’s music blends rock, ska and reggae. Coloured Stone have received numerous accolades for their contribution to Australian and Indigenous music, including four ARIA Awards, the NIMA Awards Hall of Fame and the Don Banks Award. Their latest album Dance to the Sun will be launched at AWME this year, with support from one of Australia’s favourite singer/songwriters, Warren H. Williams, and The Deans. Head to Ding Dong on Thursday November 14, from 7.30pm. Tickets $15+bf, head to dingdonglounge.com.au. Damian Dempsey

With their fusion of reggae, rock, dub and roots, Sons Of Zion are a talented six-piece band, comprising of young Rangitahi from various locations in New Zealand. Sons Of Zion are committed to making music that you can’t help but skank to. Fellow Kiwis Sola Rosa, Hollie Smith, Mark Vanilau and Whiri Tu Aka will also be taking over The HiFi on Friday November 15 from 7.30pm. Tickets $32+bf, head to thehifi.com.au.

IMPOSSIBLE ODDS, KAMATY, DJ MZRIZK

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Indigenous hip hop crew Impossible Odds, widely known for their singles Laugh It Off and Hey People, have made a steady rise on the Indigenous and Australian hip hop scenes over the past four years. Impossible Odds has performed alongside Archie Roach, Kev Carmody and Public Enemy and have accumulated 11 music award nominations over the past four years including two Deadly Awards, four Queensland Music Awards, two National Indigenous Music Awards and three Indigenous Hip Hop/R&B BUMP Awards. Support from Maya Kamaty and DJ MzRizk. Head down to the Lounge on Friday November 15 from 9pm, free entry.

SATURDAY NOV 16 DAMIEN DEMPSEY, RICHARD QUARRY MOUNTAIN DEAD RATS, PAPA CHANGO, SARITAH, FRANKLAND & THE CHARCOAL CLUB, MAMA KIN YIRRMAL, TJUPURRU, MÀNRAN, Damien Dempsey is one of the great Irish singers of ADMIRAL FALLOW his generation. Dempsey’s gigs have seen him wow audiences across the globe. Early 2013 saw him take his show across Australia, playing a series of sell-out shows all over the country as well as a packed-out appearance at Bluesfest. Richard Frankland & The Charcoal Club join Mama Kin as supports. You can catch these three acts on Thursday November 14 from 7.30pm at The HiFi. Tickets $36+bf, head to thehifi.com.au.

SLIP ON STEREO, MARCUS COROWA, DJ EMMA PEEL

Funky and fresh Brisbane-based four-piece band, Slip On Stereo has been considered the ‘band to see’ since breaking onto the scene in early 2012. Self-described as ‘Summer sounds’, their style is a unique blend of pop, funk, R&B, reggae and anything else they feel inspired to throw in the mix. These boys don’t look like easing up any time soon with the recent release of their first three-track EP titled When Life Gives You Lemons. Sydney-based singer/songwriter Marcus Corowa and DJ Emma Peel will also be playing on the night. They’ll all be at the Lounge on Thursday November 14 from 10pm. Free entry. BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 40

Quarry Mountain Dead Rats describe their music as ‘obnoxious bluegrass with a rock‘n’roll spirit’. The five-piece from Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula play a gritty and exciting blend of banjo-totin‘, mandolin pluckin’, guitar twangin’, throat scrapin’ tunes, which are as down-to-earth and as real as they are expertly executed. Catch them, as well as Papa Chango, Saritah, Yirrmal, Tjupurru, Mànran and Admiral Fallow at the APRA Outdoor Stage, Arts Centre Curve Bar on Saturday November 16 from 12pm-6pm. It’s free.

NGAIIRE, TWIN BEASTS, GRIZZLY JIM LAWRIE

Ngaiire has an eclectic sonic identity that is uniquely hers, with great attention to vocal detail and layering. With her lyrical intelligence as well as her love for musical aesthetics, her debut album is a commanding entry into the music world. Melbourne doom-country shimmy-shakers Twin Beasts and local lad Grizzly Jim Lawrie round out the lineup. Head to The Toff In Town to catch these stellar live acts on Saturday November 16 from 7.30pm. Tickets $15+bf from thetoffintown.com.

Comprised of Cambodian and Australian artists, The Cambodian Space Project is a troupe bonded not only by the diversity of its members’ backgrounds but also by an artistic vision to bridge cultures while exploring new musical frontiers. Check them out along with Kalàscima (Italy), Mzaza and the Nahuatl Sound System at the Lounge from 9pm on Saturday November 16, and it’s free.

SUNDAY NOV 17 THE PUTBACKS WITH EMMA DONOVAN, LIME CORDIALE, KNOX, TJUPURRU, DAVE ARDEN AND JUSTIN BRADY

The Putbacks have established themselves as one of Australia’s premier instrumental funk units, playing authentic sounding, raw and uncut soul with real sounds and real attitude, while Emma Donovan is a powerful, soulful and original vocalist. Support from Lime Cordiale, Knox (Fiji), Tjupurru, Dave Arden and Justin Brady. Catch them at the Lounge on Sunday November 17 from 2pm-7pm. Free entry.

The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra

THE PUBLIC OPINION AFRO ORCHESTRA, THE CACTUS CHANNEL, DEREB THE AMBASSADOR, THE SHAOLIN AFRONAUTS, DJ CHRIS GILL, DJ MISS GOLDIE

Inspired by the infectious afro-beat music of Nigeria and its neighbours, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra delivers a homespun version of contemporary African funk. This mammoth ensemble comprises seventeen musicians hand-picked from Melbourne’s music scene. The Cactus Channel, Dereb The Ambassador (Australia/Ethiopia), The Shaolin Afronauts and DJs Chris Gill and Miss Goldie provide support. Get on down to The HiFi on Sunday November 17 from 7.30pm. Tickets $28+bf from thehifi.com.au.

AWME CLOSING PARTY – SCATTER SCATTER TROPICAL DISCOTHEQUE

Scatter Scatter Tropical Discotheque takes you back to 1970s Lagos and the birth of afrobeat, shaking it ’til dawn at Fela Kuti’s ‘Afrika Shrine’ nightclub. It’s all about this hypnotic music and dance movement that combines West African highlife and traditional rhythms with funk, jazz and a powerful political message. Scatter Scatter Tropical Discotheque brings you the finest afro-crate-digging DJs Manchild and Charlie Bucket, playing afro, island and Colombian sounds to close AWME. The AWME closing party will be going down from 10pm til late on Sunday November 17 at the Lounge, and it’s free.7.30pm and entry is $8.

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Define your genre in five words or less: Sleazy, rowdy, dusty, dry and party. Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like? Recently, a bar fly in a country pub shouted that we sound worse than his grandmother. He was quite old himself, so I suspect that his grandmother would have passed on. I’m not sure what a dead grandmother sounds like, but taking him at his word, we sound worse. How much, worse I do not know.  Describe the best gig you have ever played. Playing at Meredith Music Festival last year was a real buzz. It was pretty overwhelming at first, playing to a crowd of that size, but the vibe was great and we had a blast. It was a very special weekend, getting to meet and watch so many bands that we admire.  Tell us about the last song you wrote. We wrote the majority of our new songs in the recording studio with our producer Burke Reid. Then we rewrote them, again and again and again. It was great to work with someone who really pushed us. Burke made us explore a lot of different options for each song, and I think this upcoming album will be our strongest yet.  Where would you like to be in five years? I’d like to still be playing music, and having fun while doing it. I’d like to have toured the US and Europe and have released a couple of more records by then.  Do you have a pre-gig ritual? If so, what is it? Not really, I usually just watch the other bands on the line up, then just prior to starting I usually realise that I haven’t written a set list. So my pre gig ritual is probably scrambling around trying to find a pen and paper.  Name an interview question you wish someone would ask you, and answer it. Q: Dan, you are handsome and intelligent. We here at Beat Magazine give all of your past and future projects five stars, you are head and shoulders above all of your contemporaries. You are more talented than every living and dead artist combined. Dan what is your secret?  A: Wow, thanks Beat Magazine. I’m not sure about all that. I’m just a regular, modest guy, you know?  If your music was a chocolate bar, which one would it be, and why? A Chomp; endorsed by crocodiles. TWIN BEASTS will be playing at The Toff In Town as a part of AWME on Saturday November 16, followed by Queenscliff Music Festival on Saturday November 23.


MELBOURNE MUSIC WEEK Gotye

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Melbourne Music Week is one awesomely huuuuge mother. So huge in fact that it now goes for nine days. YOLO RIGHT? From Friday November 15 to Sunday November 24, the city will officially celebrate our thriving live music culture. Here are some of our favourites:

Joseph Abboud

1. Opening Night at The Residence

Kick off the festivities at the 2013 festival hub, The Residence, for a night of fun and frivolity hosted by local promoters Mistletone. Enjoy performances by The Bats (NZ), Sonny and the Sunsets (US), and local bands Boomgates and Montero to celebrate Melbourne’s indie music scene. Friday November 15 at 7.30pm, Lower Terrace, Birrarung Marr,.Presale $35, on the door $40

2. The People’s Garden

Custom-designed for MMW by the People’s Market, the People’s Garden will surround The Residence offering a botanical wonderland of food, retail and lunchtime music. Enjoy the unrivalled festival food offerings from Miss Chu and a schedule of rotating chefs with exclusive menus from Melbourne’s best restaurants - think B’Stilla’s Jason Jones and Rumi’s Joseph Abboud. The People’s Garden will also host night markets on Wednesday November 20 with 15 retail vendors and, best of all, entry is free. Friday November 15 to Sunday November 24, The Residence, Lower Terrace, Birrarung Marr, free

3. Pantha du Prince vs Federation Bells

See MMW 2013 headline act Pantha du Prince (GER) take on Melbourne’s iconic Federation Bells outside The Residence in a remarkable world-first. This free performance will see the German-techno minimalist along with Melbourne art-rockers Glasfrosch bring the bells to life. Saturday November 16 from 7pm-8pm, Middle Terrace, Birrarung Marr, free

4. Cinemix program with Breton (UK) and Naysayer & Gilsun

See iconic films re-imagined as Breton (UK) performs the Australian premiere of Surrounded Live and Melbourne’s favourite audio-visual slice’n’dice duo Naysayer & Gilsun present an exclusive rendition of their famed NGTV project. Breton: Thursday November 21 at 7.30pm, ACMI, $25 Naysayer & Gilsun: Friday November 22 at 7.30pm, ACMI, $25

5. I Oh You 4th Birthday Party at Flagstaff Station

Experience the boys from I Oh You take over Flagstaff Station to celebrate their fourth birthday for a night of dance party fun with all-local Yacht Club DJs, Gold Fields, Northeast Party House, City Calm Down, SNKDKTL DJs and more. Saturday, November 16 at 8pm, Flagstaff Station, $35

Prudence Rees-Lee

6. Live Music Safari

Journey through the jungle that is Melbourne’s music scene as 13 of the city’s most iconic live music venues open their doors to more than 40 local artists, from Namine DJs at The Toff in Town to the UV Race at The Lounge and many, many more. Thursday November 21 from 5pm, various locations, free

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7. Red Bull Music Academy Tram Jam

Don’t miss this one-time-only, free event as commuters are booted off three trams that will be transformed into a moving music festival. Departing from The Espy, Howler and the Corner Hotel, each tram will play a different genre – hip hop, jazz and indie – leading to the Residence for the official MMW closing party. Sunday November 24 from 1pm-4pm, departing from The Espy, Howler and the Corner Hotel, free

8. Gotye and his Collaborators

ACMI and MMW will present special event, Gotye and his Collaborators, that will see the multi awardwinning artist delve into the creative process behind his unique and viral music videos. Monday November 18 from 5pm-6:30pm, ACMI, $16

9. Morning Ritual Program

Kick start the day with a dose of sweet tunes at a range of iconic Melbourne cafes with pop up performances from the likes of Prudence Rees-Lee, Black Cab, Footy, Angel Eyes and more. Monday November 18 to Friday November 22 at 9am, various locations, free

10. Club Kids

Kids and adults alike can break it down as Club Kids brings the ‘90s New York party scene to The Residence for an afternoon of fluoro lights, dance floor revelry, space poppin’ music and more. Saturday November 23 from 1pm-4pm, The Residence, Lower Terrace, Birrarung Marr, Adults $15, Kids $10

Define your genre in five words or less: Deep ritualistic groove. What do you love about making music? Making music and making friends! What do you hate about the music industry? Genres, critics and people in it for the money. What’s the strangest place you’ve ever played a gig, or made a recording? In a cupboard in Manhattan, with a jazz trumpeter and Prince Language. If your music was a chocolate bar, which one would it be, and why? I’d want it to be a classic that everyone loved such as a Snickers, but I’d say we’re more like some weird marshmallow biscuity one that hit the shelves of the petrol stations hard, and is now in supermarket obscurity somewhere :)

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How do you balance making and playing music with your other commitments? It’s a hard one sometimes. You’ve got to try and remain somewhat normal, and have something interesting to contribute that’s non-music related when you’re eating dinner with someone! Describe the worst gig you have ever played. Maybe Golden Plains 2012. Our sampler was freaking out and playing everything out of time, and it was hard to look like a good band that night which was a real bummer, as the vibe of the night was excellent. CANYONS will collaborate with Daniel Boyd at Modular's 100 Milion Nights at Melbourne Music Week on Tursday November 21 at The Residence.

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ALBUM OF THE WEEK ROLLER ONE

SINGLES

OFF THE HIP 1. Ready! Get! Go! LP DOT WIGGIN BAND

Beautiful Fountain (Torn and Frayed) Is there a soundtrack to the soul? The mere location and identity of the soul is itself a subject of perennial pop-scientific and specious philosophical musing; to the extent that an objective concept exists, it’s considered an ethereal construct, well beyond the analytical constructs of post-enlightenment discourse. Yet, like pornography and art, the soul is there when you know it. And the soul is everywhere on Roller One’s new album, Beautiful Fountain. Take, for instance, the opening track, All the Windows in this Town Are Closed: using Roller One’s bare-bones acoustic folk-country-psych musical aesthetic, Fergus McAlpin casts his eye across a deserted country town and imagines what lies behind closed doors and beyond the dead end streets; the town becomes the metaphor for his inner emotions, and what lies within. I Saw Her There is heartfelt: an image of beauty, a moment of happiness, a sense of wonder; in a world of cheap social media commentary, this is as real as it gets. Sea of Mundane tempers the good with the bad; behind the facade lies the harshness of reality. It’s sparse and almost brutal: drugs, despair and tragedy. The dark atmosphere rolls in quietly like an encroaching storm; the bleakness never breaks, yet by the end there’s a sense of resignation that the dye has been set. Shadow loiters in the corner, watching and waiting; the occasional shard of slide guitar floats across the room, like memories of a happier time. Fix Myself a Drink is the obvious response: “turn the lights down/and put on a record”, and pour yourself a drink to drown away the sorrow. On Hank, the ghost of Hank Williams – or maybe any old Hank who’s got something to contribute – swans into town, the song’s stripped country-folk feel providing ample space for reflection. My Friend Complication is as you’d expect it to be: it’s a labyrinth of mixed emotions, a maze of cerebral confusion. The subtle orchestration is haunting, and dangerously so. On August Breeze the mood clears; it’s Don Walker

TOP TENS:

2. Smashed On A Knee LP POWDER MONKEYS 3. Desperation LP OBLIVIANS 4. Affliction LP BARE MUTANTS 5. S/T LP PAMPERS 6. Ooey Gooey LP/CD DIRTBOMBS 7. DNA LP ULTRA BIDE 8. S/T LP AUSMUTANTES sitting in a country pub staring through the bottom of a pot of draught, realising that within sadness lies the key to salvation. Swing Those Keys evokes a literary aesthetic: Gram Parsons stumbling into the plot of Wake In Fright and trying to make a fist of a difficult situation. Falling Tower is architectural metaphor writ large: towers of character are toppling, and the scene isn’t quite as impressive as you might have thought. The tempo skips up, and hope shines; violin enters the fray, and melancholy burns bright. Finally, there’s Someone Like You, and love is in the air, in all its fascinating glory. We ride out across an ocean of hope, fiscally challenged and romantically excited. Roller One is a band that explores and touches the soul of human existence. You can’t make this shit up: it comes from the human soul, wherever, and whatever that is. PATRICK EMERY

9. Shakedown LP CHRIS RUSSELL’S CHICKEN WALK 10. S/T LP PUBLIC EXECUTION

COLLECTOR’S CORNER MISSING LINK 1. Down On The Farm CD/LP COSMIC PSYCHOS 2. How To Carve A Carrot Into A Rose CDEP COURTNEY BARNETT 3. From The Ashes CD/LP EARTHLESS 4. Smashed On A Knee LP POWDER

BEST TRACK: Sea of Mundane IF YOU LIKE THIS, YOU’LL LIKE THESE: FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS, GRAM PARSONS, HANK WILLIAMS IN A WORD: Beautiful

MONKEYS 5. Go The Hack CD/LP COSMIC PSYCHOS 6. Tres Cabrones CD MELVINS 7. Chemistry Of Consciousness CD/LP TOXIC

BY LACHLAN

HOLOCAUST 8. Pain Is Beauty CD/LP CHELSEA WOLFE 9. Memorial CD/LP RUSSIAN CIRCLES

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10. The World Is Fucked CD/LP PRIMITIVE If watching the same episode of The Eric Andre Show six times in one weekend is wrong, then I don’t wanna be right. #BirdUp.

HAYDEN CALNIN

Coward (Create/Control) Sounding like a watered-down version of Bon Iver’s Perth (or hell, any track from that album), Hayden Calnin falls short in reaching for the stars with this indie-folk soundscape. I mean, it sounds great, but it’s all a bit bogged down in a soggy, well-worn path carved a few years prior. That aggrieving indie-folk vocal inflection doesn’t really help, either.

IMMIGRANT UNION

I Can’t Return (Independent) Adding a dash of J Mascis-style fragile vocals to a jangly Southern romp, local collective Immigrant Union keep it coming with their brand of proficient rock‘n’roll with a hearty serving of trebly guitar action. It ticks all the boxes, but lacks a certain sense of danger in the dynamic, like the solos don’t really have room to breathe or something. Still heaps listenable but.

SEBASTIEN GRAINGER

Going With You (Cooking Vinyl) I have fond memories of Death From Above 1979, cruising along with mates while honking the horn in syncopation with the riff from Black History Month. I managed to catch them at their 2011 Parklife appearance, strolling to front of stage with ease due to other festival-goers being drawn to whatever sick dubbers was going on elsewhere. That reunion has yet to produce any new studio work, so here we have vocalist Sebastien Grainger going full electro-pop for the first taste of his new album Yours To Discover. It’s fairly paint by numbers, but if it dropped in 2009 this would be the shit. But yeah, EDM love song platitudes are shouted over some fairly uninspired production, but a decent amount of pop smarts do shine through.

SHINING BIRD

Keep Warm (Spunk) A simple and sweet little folk ditty, Keep Warm sees Shining Bird ride a gentle crest of a plodding bassline with a measured baritone and a helping of brisk melody. The track never overreaches, crafting a pleasant little forest-meets-the-sea jaunt with ease. BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 42

SECOND HAND HEART

Spending My Time (Independent) An eerie tension underpins Spending My Time, completely nailing in terms of pacing in the lead-up to the eventual pay-off. The creeping electric guitar is very Jonny Greenwood, cultivating a commanding swell of alternative-informed rock.

SUNBEAM SOUND MACHINE

CALCULATORS

RECORD PARADISE 1. Amusements LP AUSMUTEANTS 2. Float Along - Fill Your Lungs LP KING

Cosmic Love Affair (Remote Control) Belying a kinda shit band/project name, Sunbeam Sound Machine is the solo project from Melbourne kid Nick Sowersby – I guess following the Kevin Parker/Tame Impala mode of production/live performance? Cosmic Love Affair is a meditation on swathes of guitar tone lushness, conjuring an incredibly comforting sense of calm in the process. It reminds me a little bit of Chad VanGaalen, and that’s a very good thing.

GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD

CHILDISH GAMBINO

7. Paranoise EP PSYCHLOPS EYEPATCH

3005 (Glassnote/Liberator) I’m such a goddamn professional that I can divorce my disdain for Community and can judge Donald Glover’s musical project on its own merit. But yeah, it sucks just as much as Community. 3005 is a barely passable approximation of the past few years of mainstream rap. His flow doesn’t really hit the mark for the most part, dropping witless witticisms such as “got a stripper like Gaza” amongst Kanye’s trademark “hey” sample, then a hook that sounds like a Drizzy impersonator singing Busted’s Year 3000 at karaoke.

3. Ooga Boogas LP OOGA BOOGAS 4. Reflektor LP ARCADE FIRE 5. I Hate Music LP SUPERCHUNK 6. How To Carve A Carrot Into A Rose EP COURTNEY BARNETT 

8. Light Up Gold LP PARQUET COURTS 9. Solid Mates LP CUNTZ 10. Threace LP CAVE  

SYN SWEET 16 1. Tonight PHEBE STARR 2. Go Slow BLACK CAB 3. Squealing With The Mice LOVE MIGRATE

SINGLE OF THE WEEK

DZ DEATHRAYS

Northern Lights (I Oh You) I always said that DZ Deathrays’ last album could be improved ten-fold if it was a purely instrumental affair, but I guess the throatshredding, bong-ripping, party-trashing business just wasn’t to my taste. New cut Northern Lights is a world away from the duo’s previous hedonistic rampage, with a restrained, contemplative air replete with a few instances of down-tempo Japandroids-style “woaaah-oh” bombast. It’s a more than promising salvo of things to come.

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4. Oh My Love SAGAMORE 5. All Time High THE HOLIDAYS 6. Coward HAYDEN CALNIN 7. White Collar Love ANIMAUX 8. Early AM REQUIEM 9. You’re Not Good Enough BLOOD ORANGE FEAT. SAMANTHA URBANI 10. Mermaid SWEARIN’


ALBUMS

NEW MUSIC IN REVIEW THIS WEEK

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WILLIS EARL BEALE

Nobody Knows (Hot Charity/XL Recordings) Willis Earl Beale is an enigma. A drifter, a former US marine, a songwriter, an artist, a man living an existentialist existence that makes Jean-Paul Satre seem like an image-obsessed, economically-driven fashionista in comparison. Illustrated with Beale’s cartoon imagery, Nobody Knows is a picture of sonic and artistic subtlety. On Wavering Lines, Beale is the modern-day preacher, crooning on his dislocated place in the world; on Coming Through, Beale is onstage on Solid Gold, channelling Marvin Gaye in his most positive light. Everything Unwinds is the inevitable in life put into perfect acapella-soul form; Burning Bridges is dark, but real: it’s the essence of Bobby Womack’s dangerous life, wrapped up in the best white soul Foreigner could never create. Disintegrating is a variation on a theme: a piano in the background, the deserted music hall that’s seen a thousand moments of happiness, and the same number of lives lost to pleasures of ill-repute. At the end of the album Beale lays his cards on the table: I am nothing, and nothing is everything, Beale intones. BEST TRACK: Wavering Lines So who is Willis Earl Beale? Nobody knows. But IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: MARVIN he’s worth searching out. GAYE, BOBBY WOMACK IN A WORD: Enigmatic PATRICK EMERY

FOY VANCE

MOTÖRHEAD

Aftershock (ADA/Warner) Motörhead now have 21 studio albums. Drummer Mikkey Dee said of Aftershock, their 21st: “It ... really does define everything this band stands for.” An accurate description. What does this album do? It does Motörhead and it does it damned well. I’m not a die-hard Motörhead fan, but to me they’re a vital part of musical history. Who can forget their classic appearance on The Young Ones playing Ace Of Spades? Who doesn’t love the story of Lemmy being fired from Hawkwind? Motörhead aren’t messing with the formula at all; there’s nothing new here. It’s still raw, still rough, still dirty. It is samey though. There is not a song on this album that does not sound like a previous Motörhead song. If you like Motörhead, you will like this album. If you don’t like Motörhead, you will not like this album. If you’ve never heard Motörhead and you like heavy blues rock, then you may as well check out this BEST TRACK: Heartbreaker album first, before diving into their immense back IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: Every other catalogue. MOTÖRHEAD album. No-one has a voice like Lemmy. IN A WORD: Dirty JESSE HAYWARD

BEAR’S DEN

Joy Of Nothing (Glassnote)

Without/Within (Communion/Dew Process)

Is there a neurological condition that describes the association between a song and a year? Sometimes it’s inevitable – Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit will forever be 1991, The Who’s My Generation is 1965, The Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams is 1984 and The Sex Pistols’ God Save the Queen is so obviously 1977 it barely merits comment. When I hear Closed Hands, Full of Friends, from Foy Vance’s album Joy of Nothing, it’s 1979 all over again. The pounding pop-rock beat could be the soundtrack from the emergence of FM radio in Australia and the vocals are packed with that emphatic pop star angst that was all over Saturday afternoon pop shows back then. And that, strangely enough, isn’t necessarily a bad thing. On the title track, emotional pleading gets in the way of a half-decent song; At Least My Heart Was Open is so heavy it almost suffocates the melody. You and I channels James Taylor without the junk; Feel for Me is more 1985 than 1979, with all the saccharine-sweet sincerity that oozed out of that year. Janey is the pleading of a bloke struggling to make sense of love in a post-adolescent world. Paper Prince does male singer-songwriter angst behind a thin blues veneer. It Was Good is almost too nice, which is a charge that could be equally made at the touching, tender and almost BEST TRACK: Closed Hands, Full of Friends gospel-esque Guiding Light (featuring Ed Sheeran). IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: BRUCE Beauty can be a wonderful thing, but it can be too SPRINGSTEEN, JAMES TAYLOR and JACKSON heavy to handle. BROWNE IN A WORD: Emphatic PATRICK EMERY

THE JOHN STEEL SINGERS

Everything’s A Thread (Dew Process/Universal) Most bands will push the vocals forward as the main ‘catchy part’ of a song. Not these guys. Yes, the vocal hooks are important, but just as integral are the jagged guitar lines, the driving bass lines, and the blessed-out rhythm section. Everything’s a hook on Everything’s A Thread. This record pushes their weirdo rock further out there than 2010’s Tangalooma, but somehow holds it together in a much tighter way than the previous effort. The scuzzy sounds cuddle up against the blips and choral melodies, and don’t let go until the final track fades out. Why does the dissonance work? What is the thread? It’s pretty obvious: good tunes. These guys are great songwriters. Every part is necessary, every second vital. The songs would sound good as stripped-back pieces, but the layered chaos elevates it. This can be seen nowhere better than the future stoner classic MJ’s On Fire Again. The thread is literal as well, weaving its way through the album from atmospheric opener The Needle, through the title track and lead single, and into the album’s triumphant pop moment, Common Thread. Not to suggest that this is a concept album by any means, but the vague thematics imply a maturity for the John Steel Singers. A universal awareness. An existential understanding. Or something. Maybe not. It’s still a fun album, but it feels less tongue-in-cheek than their last record. There’s no ‘irony’. No selfBEST TRACK: MJ’s On Fire Again aware genre riffing. Just good music. IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: FLAMING LIPS, ANIMAL COLLECTIVE IN A WORD: Psychadelicious CAMERON JAMES

Andrew Davie, Kev Jones and Joey Haynes – three London lads – make thoughtfully crafted music filled with rich harmonies and melancholic lyricism that, if you’re not careful, will tug on your heartstrings. Refined under the wings of UK label Communion, Bear’s Den have polished their own folk finesse to produce their debut EP. Consisting of six tracks, it’s a compelling 26-minute collection of hushed brush drums, shimmering fingerpicking and a pillowy falsetto that at times wanders close to Mumford & Sons-like territory. Psychedelic instrumentals open Sahara Pt. I, with subtle harmonies set adrift into the air. The single willingly melts into a caressing reverb of acoustic strumming, slipping into Sahara Pt. II. Don’t Let The Sun Steal You Away is a stripped-down effort with a slow-building crescendo. The track is driven by intricate work on the banjo before meandering guitar riffs intertwine over the top of a sturdy bass drum. The vocals’ delicate tenacity recount the nostalgic pain of a dwindling love. Without/Within is a tranquil acoustic album that manages to imbue classic folk sensibilities. Although sometimes the tunes can be underwhelming, as a BEST TRACK: Don’t Let The Sun Steal You Away whole the EP makes for an exciting and promising IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: FLEET debut. FOXES, SUFJAN STEVENS, JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW KIERA THANOS IN A WORD: Melting

THE STEVENS

A History Of Hygiene (Chapter Music) The debut album from local lads The Stevens is a big pile of snappy songs that collapse into each together, making you feel like you’re stumbling from obstacle to obstacle in a messy room full of hidden treasures. Written over two different lineups, mixing bedroom recordings with studio productions and criss-crossing between two lead vocalists/songwriters, A History Of Hygiene has the feel of an anthology. A highlight of a recent New Centre of the Universe compilation, Elpho Beach is a good example of this collection’s mass of breezy but troubled tunes. With lyrics like “Your daughter’s on her cellphone/Your grandma’s eating ice-cream cones”, it nostalgically recalls an Antipodean Summer holiday, despite its Americanisms and anachronisms. Other highlights include the slacker romance of The Long Vacation, the nervous social phobias of Scared Of Other Men, and the compact, GBV-like pop of Travelator and True Tales Of Half Time. The shortness of the songs and the way they interrupt each other means that as soon as you latch onto one song’s melody, the rug gets pulled from beneath your feet. Thankfully, the track that replaces it is always an equally good tune, so it’s best just to sit back and let it all wash over you. A History Of Hygiene could be filed under ‘jangle dolewave scratchy slacker pop’, but ‘great music’ BEST TRACK: Skeleton vs Silicon would be a more fitting category. IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: Bee Thousand GUIDED BY VOICES, Vehicle THE CLEAN, New Start Again DICK DIVER CHRIS GIRDLER IN A WORD: Summery

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GIG GUIDE

WHAT'S ON AROUND MELBOURNE THIS WEEK

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WEDNESDAY NOV 13 JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/WORLD MUSIC

BARNEY MCALL’S NON COMPLIANCE TRIO Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $20. DIZZY’S BIG BAND Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. $14. =LO-RES + FRAN SWINN 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. MAYFIELD + BROOKLYN’S FINEST + DJ VINCE PEACH Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. MIETTA Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $20.

INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/PUNK/COVERS

CHARGING STALLIONS PRESENT - FEAT: JAIL’S NOT FUN Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $8. COLLAGE - FEAT: HUMANS AS ANIMALS + KITE MACHINE + SCARAMOUCHE + SEB MONT & THEE Espy, St Kilda. 8:30pm. FOXES + CANT SAY DJS + COSMO’S MIDNIGHT Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. HUMANS AS ANIMALS + CITRUS JAM + JANANA BEAT John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. OUR MAN IN BERLIN + SLOW DANCER + STAX OSSET Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. $8. ROOT OF MUSIC - FEAT: LACHLAN BRYAN + CHELSEA MORGAN + ROD FRITZ Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:00pm. SCOTT KELLY & THE ROAD HOME + GREG DALE + NOAH LANDIS Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. SECRET GOODTIMES CLUB Tago Mago, Thornbury. 7:00pm. SHERIFF + TRANSVAAL DIAMOND SYNDICATE Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. TEENAGE MOTHERS + RICK MORANIS OVERDRIVE + THE MELBOURNE EMOS + YACHT CLUB DJS Boney, Melbourne. 8:00pm. $7. THE KITE STRING + FLAMINGO + SUPER MAGIC HATS + THE RIPE DJS Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:00pm. $20.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK

BEN SALTER + LAURE IMBRUGLIA Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 7:30pm. FLASH COMPANY Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm.

OPEN MIC Ontop In Ormond, Ormond. 7:30pm. SIMPLY ACOUSTIC Wesley Anne, Northcote. 7:00pm. SOFT GOLD Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 7:00pm. SOME VELVET BELLES Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 7:00pm. STEEL BIRDS Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. WINE WHISKEY WOMEN - FEAT: ALI E + ALYSIA MANCEAU Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:00

THURSDAY NOV 14 JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/WORLD MUSIC

2013 WAAPA MUSIC THEATRE GRADUATES Red Bennies, South Yarra. 8:00pm. $20. BARNEY MCALL Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $20. COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10. DYSON & STRINGER & CLOHER Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. $35. KYLIE AULDIST & THE GLENROY ALL-STARS + DJS VINCE PEACH + PIERRE BARONI Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10. LYN GILLETT & THE ADAM RUDEGEAIR TRIO Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $20. NO SQUARE Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15. THE BAREFOOT DIVAS Playhouse (arts Centre), Melbourne. 5:30pm. THE ORBWEAVERS + MAYA KAMATY + SWEET JEAN Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $15.

INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/PUNK/COVERS

ACTS REVELATIONS + OARS + PALOMINO Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $8. COLOURED STONE + THE DEANS + WARREN H WILLIAMS Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $18. DAY RAVIES + PAGEANTS + PEARLS + VELCRO John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. FRANZ FERDINAND Forum Theatre, Melbourne. 8:00pm. HOLY MACKEREL + KERRYN TOLHURST + MARK FERRIE + SCOTTY MARTIN + SPENCER P JONES + STEVE HOY Tago Mago, Thornbury. 8:30pm. HOWARD + CABBAGES & KINGS + ESC Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. $5.

ASHLEY DAVIES THE EXPEDITION BURKE & WILLS

ALBUM LAUNCH FEATURING:

Matt Walker, Monique DiMattina, Shane Reilly Rory Boast & Ashley Davies WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

RAISED BY EAGLES duo LUKE SINCLAIR & NICK O’MARA

SATURDAY 16 NOVEMBER THE CARAVAN MUSIC CLUB BOOKINGS: ashleydaviesmusicanddrums.com or caravanmusic.com.au The album ‘The Expedition: Burke & Wills’ out now through Strangelove/Fuse

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MELBOURNE FRESH INDUSTRY SHOWCASES Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. $15. MINIBIKES Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 8:00pm. NEXT - FEAT: IN TRENCHES + COLD GROUND + HALLOWER + VICIOUS CYCLE Colonial Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. ONEREPUBLIC + EMMA BIRDSALL Palace Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. RAIN FACTORY + THE MELBOURNE EMOS Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $5. SLIP ON STEREO + DJ EMMA PEEL + MARCUS COROWA Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. TERRORBYTE STRIPES Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. THE GRAND RAPIDS + FIRE BEHAVING AS AIR + HOLLOW EVERDAZE DJS + LUNA GHOST Alia Arthouse, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. THE KITE STRING TANGLE + FLAMINGO + SUPER MAGIC HATS + THE RIPE DJ’S Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. THE WEEKEND PEOPLE + HEYMUS Great Britain Hotel, Richmond. 8:00pm. WILLOW DARLING + JAKE WHITTAKER + THE FEEL GOODS Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 7:00pm.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK

AZADOOTA Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:00pm. BLOW The Horn African Music Lounge, Collingwood. 8:00pm. BRETT & RUSTY Whole Lotta Love, East Brunswick . 7:00pm. BRUNSWICK OLD-TIMEY STRING ORCHESTRA Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 8:30pm. CHARLES JENKINS Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. DAMIEN DEMPSEY + MAMA KIN + RICHARD FRANKLAND & THE CHARCOAL CLUB The Hi-fi, Melbourne. 7:30pm. DANNY STAIN Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. FARROW + MERCIANS + RETURN TO YOUTH Espy, St Kilda. 8:30pm. $7. MAX SAVAGE & THE FALSE IDOLS + THE BROADSIDE PUSH Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 7:30pm. MONIQUE BIRDS Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. NMIT RECITALS Wesley Anne, Northcote. 7:30pm. ORDINARY + LISA SPYKERS + SHAUN TENNI Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 7:30pm. ROLLER ONE (ALBUM LAUNCH) + VAN WALKER Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10. STRAYTHREAD Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 7:00pm. TRANSVAAL DIAMOND SYNDICATE + FRANK SULTANA AND THE SINISTER KIDS + KASHMERE CLUB + THE ALAMO Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm.

FRIDAY NOV 15 JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/WORLD MUSIC

CANNONBALL Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $25. KELLY JOE PHELPS Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. $40. THE IMPRINTS + LUKE COLLINS EXPERIENCE Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. THE MELTDOWN Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $28. THE PACIFIC BELLES Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $15.

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A GAZILLION ANGRY MEXICANS + GO VAN GO + LIEUTENANT JAM + THE VELVETS Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. AGNOSKERE + ROBOT MUGABE + TEXAS JEDI + THE UNDERHANDED Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. ANDRE WARHURST & THE RARE BYRDS Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 9:30pm. ASSEMBLE THE EMPIRE + OH PACIFIC + THE HUMAN ELECTRIC John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:30pm. BASTION + HUNTLY + PAPA G & THE STARCATS Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:00pm. $5. BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB Palace Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. CASH SAVAGE + ADMIRAL FALLOW + BLACKCHORDS + MANRAN Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $18. CUNTZ + DJ LINK MEANIE + GIRLS PISSING ON GIRLS PISSING + IVY ST + ORLANDO FURIOUS Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10. DANCE GAVIN DANCE + AURAL WINDOW + BUILT ON SECRETS + DAY DREAMER Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $40. DEATH BY METAL Whole Lotta Love, East Brunswick . 7:00pm. DONKEY ON THE EDGE Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully. 9:00pm. HIGH TENSION Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. ISLAND NIGHT - FEAT: PRESSURE DROP + GOGO GODDESSES + JUMPIN JOSH + MOHAIR SLIM The Luwow, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $5. JACKIE ONASSIS + DYLAN JOEL + FREEDS + SOLILOQUY Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $20. JAPESQUAD + LIKEDEELERS + THE DIPSTICKS The Public Bar, North Melbourne. 7:30pm. $10. JEFF LANG + STEPHEN PIGRAM Playhouse (arts Centre), Melbourne. 6:00pm. $30. JUGULAR CUTS + GOING SWIMMING DJ SET + KOREAN BBQ + PRONOUN + TIPRATS Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm. JURASSIC PENGIUN + EVER REST + LOVE ALONE + OEDIPUS REX Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:30pm. $5. MACHINE TRANSLATIONS + STOLEN VIOLIN Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $20.

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MELBOURNE MUSIC VIDEO FESTIVAL LAUNCH PARTY - FEAT: MAGIC BONES + THE SCOUTS & DON’T GET LOST Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $10. MY SECRET CIRCUS + CHINA VAGINA + RIOT IN TOYTOWN + VIRTUE Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL + M WARD + SUPERCHUNK Forum Theatre, Melbourne. 8:00pm. OPENING NIGHT OF MELBOURNE MUSIC WEEK - FEAT: THE BATS + BOOMGATES + MONTERO + SONNY & THE SUNSETS The Residence, Melbourne. 6:30pm. RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS + COOPER STREET + OCEANS TO ATHENA + RED BEARD + THE SWEET APES Corner Hotel, Richmond. 7:30pm. $35. SONS OF ZION + HOLLIE SMITH + MARK VANILAU + SOLA ROSA + WHIRI TU AKA The Hi-fi, Melbourne. 7:30pm. $38. TABERAH + DJ MAX CRAWDADDY + ELEKTRIK DYNAMITE + ELM STREET Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $13. THE CANING + PILOTS OF THE FUTURE + THE ALAMO + THE NATIONAL EVENING EXPRESS Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. $10. THE REDCOATS + CHILD + DJ SHAKY MEMORIAL Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 10:00pm. THE SUBSONICS + BAD VISION Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. THE SUMMERVILLES + THE MELANOMADS & SECRETS OF THE VENUS HORSES Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $8.

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CHRIS MATTHEWS & GLENN MUSTO Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 8:00pm. CHRIS WILSON Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 5:30pm. CLIO RENNER + DJ LAZY SUSAN Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 7:00pm. CYGNET FOLK FESTIVAL LAUNCH Wesley Anne, Northcote. 7:30pm. ECHO DRAMA Penny Black, Brunswick. 9:30pm. FACE THE MUSIC - FEAT: BRUCE MILNE + CASH SAVAGE + DAN ROSEN + JESS BESTON + JOHN WATSON + KIM CARTER + MARKUS POPP + NIC WARNOCK + PETER KARPIN + SOPHIE MILES + TIM MORRISON Hamer Hall, The Arts Centre, Melbourne. 11:00am. FLYING ENGINE TRIO Wesley Anne, Northcote. 5:00pm. FOLK FLASHBACK - FEAT: RAINEE 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $8. MICK MCHUGH Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:30pm. MIKE BRADY The Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 8:00pm. $38. NORTHTONES Tago Mago, Thornbury. 8:30pm. PETER BAYLOR & THE ROADHOUSE ROMEOS Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. PUGSLEY BUZZARD + FRANK SULTANA & THE SINISTER KIDS Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 7:30pm. RON S PENO & THE SUPERSTITIONS Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 6:00pm. SHAMBELLES Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:30pm. THE DAN DANS Victoria Hotel, Brunswick. 10:00pm. TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION - FEAT: DAN BOURKE Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 6:00pm.

SATURDAY NOV 16 JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/WORLD MUSIC

CANNONBALL Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $25. CARAVAN MUSIC CLUB COMMUNITY MARKET FEAT: LISA MILLER DUO & TRACEY MILLER TRIO Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 5:30pm. HETTY KATE BAND Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $25. QUARRY MOUNTAIN DEAD RATS + ADMIRAL FALLOW + MANRAN + PAPA CHANGO + SARITAH + TJUPURRU + YIRRMAL Curve Bar (arts Centre), Melbourne. 11:00am.

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For all the latest gigs check out beat.com.au Collingwood. 9:00pm. $6. AMANITA + DONALDS HOUSE + PETE BIBBY + WHIPPED CREAM CHARGERS Alia Arthouse, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. BLACK CAB + ORANGE POWER + TRANSKEI Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. BONE Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 4:00pm. CHAMBERS + MAN CITY SIRENS + STORYHORSE + TEMPLE OF TUNES Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:30pm. $10. DYSON STRINGER CLOHER + OH PEP Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury. 8:30pm. GIRLS PISSING ON GIRLS PISSING + ELIZABETH PISTOL CLUB + ORLANDO FURIOUS + PENGUINS Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $5. GREEN’S DAIRY ANGEL ENSEMBLE + JOHN FLANAGAN & THE BEGIN AGAINS + PAPER ST SOAP COMPANY + SHADOWFEET + THE WILLIE WAGTAILS The Public Bar, North Melbourne. 6:00pm. $10. HIEROGLYPHIC BEING + ANIMALS DANCING DJS + JUSTIN VAN DER VOLGEN + SLEEP D The Residence, Melbourne. 7:00pm. I OH YOU’S 4TH BIRTHDAY - FEAT: YACHT CLUB DJS + ACOLYTE + CITY CALM DOWN + GOLD FIELDS + NEON LOVE + NORTHEAST PARTY HOUSE + SNKDKTL DJS. INDIAN SUMMER Flagstaff Station, 7:00pm. JOHNSON ST SPANISH FIESTA - FEAT: MIDNIGHT WOOLF + DJ LINK MEANIE + GOING SWIMMING + RAYON MOON Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. KIDS FROM THE MILL + HELVETICA + STONEFOX + THE BEAR & I Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. KILLSHOT + RAVENOUS Whole Lotta Love, East Brunswick . 4:00pm. LUCY & THE DIAMONDS Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 9:30pm. MAJOR TOM & THE ATOMS Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. MANGO RETREAT + J M S HARRISON + PETER CALVERT Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 3:00pm. MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA + KOOII + LORYZINE + STAN & THE EARTH FORCE The Hi-fi, Melbourne. 8:00pm. NGAIIRE + GRIZZLY HIM LAWRIE + TWIN BEASTS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $15. NILE & THE FACELESS + NILE + THE FACELESS +

PANTHA DU PRINCE VS FEDERATION BELLS + GLASFROSCH Birrarung Marr, 6:00pm. POLYFEST - FEAT: CHRIS COHEN + BEACHES + NEW WAR + PERSONAL & THE PIZZAS + TERRIBLE TRUTHS The Residence, Melbourne. 11:00am. ROUGE FONCé + KERRYX + SERI VIDA + THE ANTOINETTES + ZETTE Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm. SALT N PEPA + DJ DEF ROK + MERV MAC Palais Theatre, St Kilda. 7:30pm. SAMPOLOGY Palace Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. SOOKY LA LA + BLACK SALOON COWBOYS + THE SUNDAY REEDSM HIDEOUS TOWN Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. SPENCER P. JONES & THE ESCAPE COMMITTEE + LEGENDS OF THE 3 WORLDS Tago Mago, Thornbury. 8:30pm. SUDMERICAN ROCKERS Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. SYDONIA + FOREVER THE OPTIMIST + GUARDS OF MAY + SELF IS A SEED John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:30pm. TERRY MCCARTHY SPECIAL Union Club Hotel, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. THE BENNIES + APART FROM THIS + HIGHTIME + WET PENSIONER Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $15. THE CAMBODIAN SPACE PROJECT + KALASCIMA + MZAZA + NAHUATL SOUND SYSTEM Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. THE DARLING DOWNS The Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 8:00pm. $20. THE FINISHING SCHOOL Thornbury Local, Thornbury. 10:00pm. THE SHAMBELLES Union Club Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. THE SPASMS + COLUMBIA + LEISURE + REIKA Wrangler Studios, Footscray . 7:00pm. THE STAFFORDS + DJ MARY M + THE STIFFYS + TOOTH & TUSK Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $13. THRALL + BASTARDIZER + HORDES OF THE BLACK CROSS + VOIDCHRIST Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. $10. THREE QUARTER BEAST + DEAR STALKER + LEPERS AND CROOKS + MONSTER JEANS Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. WILD@HEART PRESENTS - FEAT: HOTEL ECHO & HEIDI EVERETT + BIPOLAR BAERS + RUDELY

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JAMES MCCANN’S OTHER BAND Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. FACE THE MUSIC - FEAT: BRUCE MILNE + CASH SAVAGE + DAN ROSEN + JESS BESTON + JOHN WATSON + KIM CARTER + MARKUS POPP + NIC WARNOCK + PETER KARPIN + SOPHIE MILES + TIM MORRISON Hamer Hall, The Arts Centre, Melbourne. 11:00am. GO VAN GO Barleycorn Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10. IAN MOSS Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully. 8:30pm. KELLY JOE PHELPS + DANIEL CHAMPAGNE Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 5:30pm. L-FRESH THE LION + CRYSTAL MERCY + TRUE VIBENATION Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. LESTER THE FIERCE + JACK STIRLING + PHIL PARA + SHE REX Espy, St Kilda. 6:00pm. MANDY CONNELL & STRAY HENS Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:30pm. MCALPINES FUSILIERS + THE AUSTRALIAN KINGSWOOD FACTORY Victoria Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. PERCH CREEK FAMILY JUGBAND + BOB HARROW + MERRI CREEK PICKERS Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $15. RAYON MOON + SUBSONICS Great Britain Hotel, Richmond. 9:00pm. RON S PENO & THE SUPERSTITIONS Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 4:00pm. SPEAK NO EVIL Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. SPIRAL DANCE + DAMN THE BARD 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $30. STELLA ANGELICO + CORAL LEE & THE SILVER SCREAM + SUGAR FED LEOPARDS + ZOE K & THE SHADOW KATZ Bella Union Bar (trades Hall), Carlton South. 7:00pm. $12. TAKE ME AS I AM - FEAT: RAINEE LYLESON Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $20. THE DRUNKEN POACHERS + THE TIMBERS Penny Black, Brunswick. 9:30pm. THE LUCILLES Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 9:00pm. TINSLEY WATERHOUSE Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm.

SUNDAY NOV 17 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/PUNK/COVERS

AARGHT RECORDS - FEAT: TYVEK + AUSMUTEANTS + EASTLINK + EXHAUSTION + NUN + OOGA BOOGAS Melbourne University Underground Car Park, Carlton. 3:00pm.

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ANDY BAYLOR Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 4:30pm. CHRIS PANOUSAKIS (TIMBERWOLF) Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 1:30pm. $15. COOPERS PRESENTS SUNDAY SCHOOL - FEAT: CITIZEN SEX + PSALM BEACH + TOBY JAMES JOY + WOD The Public Bar, North Melbourne. 2:30pm. $6. GUNN MUSIC ESPY ARTIST SHOWDOWN - FEAT: AS CROWS FLY + BIANCA SARLO + BLACK SALOON COWBOYS + LOOSE CHANGE + DEAR THIEVES + EXILE + FALLING LEAVES + FIND THE REMEDY + FOREVER THE OPTIMIST + MELLOW RAGE + THE BLACK HAND INITIATIVE + THE PACIFICS Espy, St Kilda. 1:00pm. $15. ILDIKO Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 7:30pm. $10. KAURNA CRONIN + BEN WHITING & AL PARKINSON Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. $15. KIM SALMON Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 2:30pm. LUCID PLANET + SPLEEN + VALLEY Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10. MATT WALKER & THE LOST RAGAS + ROSS MCLENNAN Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 1:30pm. $10. PLYMOUTH REVERENDS John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:30pm. SCORCHER FEST - FEAT: FALSE KINGDOM + MOKOAN + SATTWA + SLIGHTLY LEFT OF CENTRE + ASIAN ENVY + CULZENE + EMPRA + INCOLOUR + JEMMA NICOLE + NOIR + ROCK ‘A’ DEES + ROHIN KNIGHT FUNKMEISTER + SCARRED HEARTS + STOMPNOTES + THE CONTROLLERS Espy, St Kilda. 12:00pm. $30. SHANNON BOURNE Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. STRING SESSIONS + GEORGIA FIELDS + PAPER HOUSE + SECOND HAND HEART Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $15. SUNDAY SESSION - FEAT: THE SOULENIKOES + BREAK THE WALL & SECOND CHANCE EXIT + BRIGHTER AT NIGHT + I RAN ELEVENTH Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 12:00pm. $10. THE DRUNKEN POACHERS Bar Open, Fitzroy. 6:00pm. THE PUBLIC OPINION AFRO ORCHESTRA + DEREB THE AMBASSADOR + DJ CHRIS GILL + THE CACTUS CHANNEL + THE SHAOLIN AFRONAUTS The Hi-fi, Melbourne. 8:00pm. $34. THE ROLLING PERPETUAL GROOVE SHOW + PLYMOUTH REVERENDS Tago Mago, Thornbury. 4:30pm. THE STORY SO FAR - FEAT: ADALITA Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 2:30pm. $30. THE VAGRANTS Whole Lotta Love, East Brunswick . 4:00pm.

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ADAM SIMMONS VS BRIAN O’DWYER + KERRIE FARNSWORTH Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 3:07pm. ANNA PADDICK & THE SPECULATORS Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 4:00pm. BRENT PARLANE BAND + MARTY KELLY & THE WEEKENDERS Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 5:30pm. CHERRY ARVO BLUES - FEAT: MR BLACK & BLUES + DJ MAX CRAWDADDY Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 3:00pm. $5. DAVIDSON BROTHERS Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 3:30pm. EATEN BY DOGS + HUGO + MARIGOLD Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 3:00pm. ISACC D HEER & THE RIVER TRACKS + THE KILLDEERS Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. JAM SUNDAYS Musicland, Fawkner. 5:00pm. LES THOMAS + ROSIE BURGESS Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 4:00pm. LINDSAY FIELD + GLYN MASON + SAM SEE Royal Oak Hotel, Fitzroy North. 3:00pm. LUKE BRENNAN + DJ FRASER A GORMAN Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 3:00pm. MELANCHOLIA FESTIVAL - FEAT: YELKA + ANN POORE + BROOKE RUSSELL + CAVANAGH & ARGUS + DAN PARSONS + EMILEE SOUTH + JANE JERVISREAD + JULIAN ABRAHAMS + MA PETITE + MAJOR CHORD + MELANIE JOOSTEN + OH PEP! + RACHEL SAMUEL 303, Northcote. 3:00pm. OPA 303, Northcote. 8:30pm. $5. PETER BAYLOR & HIS ROADHOUSE RODEOS Gem Bar, Collingwood. 8:00pm. RED & THE WOLF Victoria Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. RON S PENO & THE SUPERSTITIONS Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 4:00pm. ROYAL JELLY DIXIELAND BAND + BABY LIPS & THE SILHOUETTES Penny Black, Brunswick. 5:00pm. SCOTT BOYD + CAM NACSON + THE BLACK HARRYS Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10. SHANAKEE - FEAT: SHANAKIEE Bay Hotel, Mornington. 3:00pm. STRAWBERRY SUNDAE - FEAT: JUST ADD MOONSHINE The Fruits Of Life, 9:00am. THE BAKERSFIELD GLEE CLUB Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. THE LARGE NUMBER 12S Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 3:00pm. THE MARGIE LOU TRIO + GIL ASKEY Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 3:30pm. THE PHEASANT PLUCKERS Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 4:00pm. THE TIMBERS Open Studio, Northcote. 8:00pm. TRIGG NEYLAND RUCKMAN Open Studio, Northcote. 5:00pm.

MONDAY NOV 18 JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/WORLD MUSIC

ALLAN BROWNE + JEX SAARELAHT TRIO + SHANNON BARNETT Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15. LEBOWSKIS - FEAT: ISSO + LUKE & THE NOMADS 303, Northcote. 9:00pm. $8. RECITAL MARKO Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 7:00pm. $14. SIR ZELMAN COWEN MUSIC SCHOOL Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 6:30pm. $10.

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BISCOTTI + DJ KATI CUBBY + MANDEK PENHA + TOXIC LIPSTICK Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $5. CHERRY JAM - FEAT: LINC & LISE + MAX FOTHERINGHAM + NATHAN WILLIAM PHILLIPS + SHANE MCLEOD + TERRY SPILLAGE + TIMMY KNOWLES AKA MY MATE JAMES Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 6:00pm. DEAR MONDAY - FEAT: JACKSON KITE + AMARILLO + MADDY LEMAN + PEPPERJACK Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. MESS & NOISE LUNCHBOX - FEAT: BANOFFEE The Residence, Melbourne. 12:00pm. MONDAY NIGHT MASS - FEAT: GIRLS PISSING ON GIRS PISSING + DEAD + EXOTIC DOG + MATCH FIXER Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 6:00pm. NOISEY MOUNTAIN II - FEAT: MIKAL CRONIN + BLANK REALM + HOME TRAVEL + THE UV RACE The Residence, Melbourne. 6:00pm. PANTHA DU PRINCE & THE BELL LABORATORY + BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 46

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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 drink@the86.com.au with bio, pics and sound demo. BANDS/ACTS WANTED for Espy Shows. Shoot an email through to mark@gunnmusic.com.au 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 FEMALE SINGER WANTED for all girl rock band. Working through agencies. We require a singer with a pro attitude and presence. Playing covers & originals. Influences: Blondie, Veronicas, Bangles, Pat Benetar, Divinyls. Call Ian: 0412 936 816 METAL IN YOUR BLOOD? Tetanus Shot are looking for an enthusiastic keytar player. Must have high iron levels. Contact rusty at tetanus@nomail.com SERVICES BASS GUITARIST AVAILABLE. Mid 30’s pro bass guitarist looking for new project. Have been gigging/recording and touring in AU & OS for 10 plus years, only use vintage gear. Bands I’m liking atm; Parquet Courts, Thee Oh Sees, Can, Neu!, Cave, Pond, My Disco, Television, Magazine, Movie Star Junkies. Based in Yarraville, PH/TXT 0439 441 587 FREE VENUE HIRE - Fully stocked bar - Huge capacity, whole venue or partial. Call Jesse 0411 803 579 EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCED BAND MANAGER WANTED for a hard working rock band based in Melbourne CBD. We play originals and covers, gig regularly and tour both nationally and internationally. Serious opportunity, if you’re experienced contact Ben: 0433 325 082 FLAUNT IT. Internationally acclaimed producer of profeminist erotica looking for confident, adult women to smash the stereotypes and earn good money ($400 and up). Don’t overlook this til you’ve found out more about it. Jessica 9495 6555 or www.feck.com. WE WANT EVERYONE Promoters, Bands, DJs Revitalised bar, The Barley Corn, has reopened its doors 7 days a week and we want YOU. Call Jesse 0411 803 579 TUITION MUSIC LESSONS. Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano and Vocals. Great Teachers, great Vibes. Visit  www.katzmusic.com. au or call 9530 0984 or 0425 788 252 for more info.  OVAL Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 5:30pm.

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ANGE BOXALL Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:30pm. GRAND SALVO & KARL SMITH Polyester Records, Melbourne. 11:30am. LILLIS + ADAM HYNES + RATTLIN’ BONES BLACKWOOD Espy, St Kilda. 8:30pm. PRUDENCE REES-LEE Little King Cafe, 8:00am. UNPAVED SONGWRITER SESSIONS Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $5.

TUESDAY NOV 19 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/PUNK/COVERS

BETWEEN THE BURIED & ME + NE OBLIVISCARIS + THE CONTORTIONIST Corner Hotel, Richmond. 6:30pm. $54. HETTY KATE + THE IRWELL STREET BAND Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. $5. HOLLOW EVERDAZE + ONDAS ALPHA + SAGAMORE + SLEEP DECADE Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10. JILL SCOTT Palais Theatre, St Kilda. 7:00pm. MASSIVE Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. MESS & NOISE LUNCHBOX - FEAT: BANOFFEE The Residence, Melbourne. 12:00pm. MIKAL CRONIN Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. SINGHALA MUSIC - FEAT: KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD + BAPTISM OF UZI + COURTNEY BARNETT + DAN KELLY’S DREAM BAND + FRASER A GORMAN + HARMONY + ROBIN FOX + THE FROWNING CLOUDS + THE MURLOCS The Residence, Melbourne. 6:00pm. THE BRUNSWICK HOTEL DISCOVERY NIGHT - FEAT: RED X Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 12:00am. TOTAL GIOVANNI Cup Of Truth, 8:00am. TYVEK + ENCOUNTER GROUP + LEATHER TOWEL

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After months of anticipation, the Face The Music summit is finally here, taking place over this weekend. There are over 44 different panels, presentations, discussions, workshops and networking sessions geared towards helping young people. Over 140 experienced musicians and business leaders will be sharing their knowledge. You’ll hear info about getting airplay on Triple J Unearthed, how to tour without a budget and much more. If your interest is in areas other than performance, there will be sessions on getting a career in the music industry in music publicity, band management, bookings, touring and everything else. Online tickets are available until Nov 15 at www. facethemusic.org.au and at the door. For FReeZA group bookings, contact Mel on (03) 9380 1277. FReeZA teams have been serving up some pretty awesome gigs of late, and this weekend is no exception! Melbourne band For our Hero are playing a sweet acoustic gig with dreamboat D at Sea. Organised by Spectrum Entertainment, the gig will feature other young local acts, taking place in Narre Warren on Friday night. It will no doubt be a relaxing change of scene for For Our Hero, who are currently touring their fourth studio release Young Wolves. Full details are below. The excitement continues on Sunday with Let’s Not Pretend, Woodlock, Amistat and Kid Sydney playing at Heidelberg’s Malahang Festival. The website says there will also be free activities and face painting ‘for children’, but really, who’s too old for face painting? If Sunday is simply too far away or you’ve never heard of any of the bands, check out Woodlock’s YouTube account. They recently uploaded a cover of Ben Howard’s Depth over Distance with their pals Amistat. Full event details at www.banyule.vic.gov.au. In true AJ Maddah style, details of Soundwave’s second line-up were leaked early. New Jersey band I Call Fives’s appearance was confirmed via twitter, with Maddah, the event organiser, dropping hints to a fan. Before the official announcement dropping Thursday 7, rumours were already circulating about Suicide Silence, Zebrahead and The Devil You Know. The Bennies, who will be playing at Soundwave in Melbourne, were incredibly eager, announcing their appearance before the first line-up was even released. Have you checked out Phoenix Youth Centre? Located in Footscray, the centre has played host to some great all ages gigs this year, including Born of Osiris and The Smith Street Band. This weekend will see them host two gigs on back to back days. Things kick off Saturday with Daylight and Endless Heights. Sunday sees Dance Gavin Dance, Built On Secrets, This Fiasco, Belle Haven and Acrasia take to the Phoenix stage. Tickets can be purchased via the links below.

ALL AGES TIMETABLE

WEDNESDAY 13 NOVEMBER Open Mic/Jam Night, Musicland, 1359A Sydney Rd, Fawkner, 7pm, free, www.musiclandonline.com.au, AA. Thursday 14 November Olly Murs w/ Bonnie Anderson, The Plenary, 2 Clarendon St, Southbank, 7.30pm, $75, www.ticketek.com.au, AA Friday 15 November Spectrum Entertainment Unplugged w/ For Our Hero acoustic set, D at Sea, Brooke Colvin, Angel, Chris G and Millie Tizzard, Narre Warren Community Learning Centre, 1 Malcolm Crt, Narre Warren, 7pm, $10 with pass, $12 without, insideinfo.casey.vic.gov.au/freeza, AA. FRIDAY 15 NOVEMBER- SATURDAY 16 NOVEMBER Face The Music Conference, The Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, 10am, $70 two day concession, $40 one day concession, www.facethemusic.org.au, AA. SATURDAY 16 NOVEMBER Salt N Pepa w/ DJ def RoK and Merv Mac, The Palais, Lower Esplanade, St Kilda, 7.30pm, $89-$109, www.ticketmaster.com.au, AA. Daylight w/ Endless Heights, Phoenix Youth Centre, 72 Buckley St, Footscray, 2pm, $23.50, www.oztix.com.au, AA. SUNDAY 17 NOVEMBER Malahang Festival - Youth Stage w/ Lets Not Pretend, Woodlock, Amistat and Kid Sidney, Malahang Reserve, Corner of Orial Rd and Southern Rd, Heidelberg West, 10am, free, www.facebook.com/ studiofevent, AA BackStage: All Ages Gig, Musicland, 1359A Sydney Rd, Fawkner, 7.30pm, $10, www.musiclandonline.com.au, AA Dance Gavin Dance w/ Built On Secrets, This Fiasco, Belle Haven and Acrasia, Phoenix Youth Centre, 72 Buckley St, Footscray, $40, www.oztix.com.au, AA.

Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $15.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/WORLD MUSIC

BIG BAND FREQUENCY Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. $14. HI-FI LOUNGE LIZARDS Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 9:00pm. ISSHO Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15. MONASH RECITAL NIGHT Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. $10. NMIT RECITALS 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. PETER BAYLOR’S ULTRAFOX Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 7:30pm. VCA RECITALS - FEAT: AARON GLEESON + CURTIS REARDON + PATRICK STOCKWELL Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 7:00pm. $12.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK

BRIGHTSIDE LIVE MUSIC SHOWCASE - FEAT: MARCO + CHACHI + KATE MCLACHLAN + SIMON LEVICK Espy, St Kilda. 7:30pm. CHRISTOPHER COLEMAN Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. DAVEY LANE Basement Discs, Melbourne Cbd. 12:45pm. FLUID LEARNING Wesley Anne, Northcote. 7:00pm. MARLON WILLIAMS & BAND Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 7:00pm. MICHAEL BEACH Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:13pm. $8. OPEN MIC Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm.


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VENUE PROFILE

ALIA ARTHOUSE

History of the building? Alia was open for 8 years as a curved little lesbian bar and then shut down momentarily to await Bonny & Clyde. How long have you been operating as Alia Art House? Its been three stressful, beautiful and intoxicated weeks. What do you feel is your major attraction? A 4am license, great bands, 3 litre towers of James Squire, a great cocktail list, and a cosy environment for all. What was your favorite show in recent memory and why? The Grand Rapids show last Thursday blew our socks off ! Inclusive of yummy visuals and all. It kicked off our first residency and is still on for three more Thursdays. Could you nominate a bartender of the month? Dylan Jacobs for sure. He puts up with all my nonsense and pours a killer Whiskey Sour. How many nights of live music and entertainment are running at your venue Thursday, Friday, Saturday baby! Ways to get there? The trusty 86, a Fitzroy bike (and basket), or take a lovely walk through the Carlton Gardens down Gertrude st and come right on up our beckoning stairs. Available for functions? Definitely! Monday-Wednesday till 1am. And Sundays still hold a 4am license. It’s a great space for

any type of private or public function. We can roll up our blinds for city views and you can park your bottom in massive booths. Crowd? We want to get a mixed bag coming down to Alia Arthouse. Thrown in are the music lovers and band geeks, a few arty locals along with some well dressed suits and lovers of booths. Opening hours? Thursday 8:30pm - 4:00am Friday 7:00pm - 4:00am Saturday 8:30pm - 4:00am Cover Charge? Depends. Some nights are free entry. Others will be $5 after 10pm. Food specials ? Definitely a $3.50 New York hot dog from our lovely lass and lad at Karavan downstairs. (or a $4.50 tofu dog for all you vegos out there) Known for? So far our beer towers, our ‘Spiced Mojito’ and our thriving live music.

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request only. Cost of rooms and special deals: $60 for a one off session, $50 for weekly consecutive bookings, $40 Christmas special from Thursday the 14th through to January the 3rd 2014. Parking and loading available? Plenty of car parking and we also have a loading dock available for ease of transporting your gear. Extras: We can also provide T-Shirt Printing, Vehicle/Drum Skin Decals, Band Stickers and Banners which are all available in-house.

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For more reviews go to beat.com.au/reviews COURTNEY BARNETT The Shadow Electric, Friday November 8

The John Steel Singers Ding Dong Lounge, Friday November 8, 2013 I like the sound that is coming from the general direction of Melbourne’s Neighbourhood Youth. It’s morose and melancholic, yet melodic and slightly anthemic. That’s not to say these qualities are mutually exclusive: if you get the pounding drum rhythms right - as Neighbourhood Youth do - you can almost dance to the band’s misery. However, the sound is really only coming from their general direction – not directly from the stage and its residents - sloshing around the room in waves of warbling bass and echo-drenched vocals. The wall of sound complemented the tracks at the best of times, but in other moments, you couldn’t make heads or tails of a track. In one song with a slightly more intricate shifting bass line, it almost sounded like the band were playing in two different keys. This is fine if you’re playing a jazz bar, but Ding Dong is not a jazz bar. Fact. After a very quick turnover, in which there is barely enough time to be accosted in the smoking area by Brisbane migrants scabbing cigarettes, Go Violets are pushing out boisterous rock & roll and having a lot of fun in the process. Their syrupy-sweet vocal melodies come thick and fast, with taut guitar lines bringing a few more people to Ding Dong’s pit. It’s straightforward jangle pop with a few rough edges and everything the band’s four females do – from the banter to instrument switchovers to multi-part harmonies – is pulled off like it’s the most natural thing in the world. Having grown up in Brisbane, you can become inexplicably territorial about the bands that come out of there. There’s no point being proud of a band from Melbourne or Sydney, because every band comes from Melbourne or Sydney. But a Brisbane band that gets national coverage is a rare beast – or, at least, that’s how it feels. You can move states but still feel a sense of duty to support your local band, even though they’re not yours anymore. This might explain why most of the crowd seem to be ex-Brisbane dwellers and the conversations with strangers and minor acquaintances, each huddled over my cigarette packet, revolve around how shit bar X is now or why suburb Y is the place to go. This is a gig, not an ethnographic study, yeah? The John Steel Singers’ early singles were a national youth radio station wet-dream, with blasts of ‘60s pop with lashings of Zombies-tinged harmonies and enough hooks to power a tiny town powered on choruses. Songs in TV ads, supports for internationals, festival favourites…these five guys could have pumped out happy sing-alongs ad infinitum and I would have lapped it up. But this, right here onstage: the five minute throbbing drum-and-bass groove holding everything together, while guitar freak outs explode around them? Yeah, this I can do, as well. Reductively, I will say that the John Steek Singers have steered in the direction of krautrock, but it’s more a change in percentages than a rapid departure. The fun pop is still there, and the setlist still has a place for the fairy floss joy of Strawberry Wine, but the tripped out jams only hinted at on Rainbow Kraut are fully formed tonight. They’re good at it, too - so good, you can get lost. Bob your head for a few bars, and before you know it bassist Scott Bromiley and drummer Ross Chandler have been locked into a solid groove for the last five minutes. All of a sudden, their gig a month LOVED: Getting deep into JSS’ luscious back with Baptism Of Uzi makes a lot more sense. JSS are a bold band jammed-out grooves. inching away from proven success to something much more niche HATED: Self-induced dumpling coma and esoteric - and I’m ready for the journey. DRANK: Judging by Saturday morning, apparently everything. MITCH ALEXANDER

THE CRIBS Ding Dong Lounge, Saturday October 26 Arriving thirty minutes late by stage diving into a sold-out crowd is one way to open a show. You would think from the cacophony in Ding Dong Lounge that these men were hometown heroes, not a British cult indie band playing on only their third tour of Australia. This was the 10th anniversary tour for The Cribs, a band once hailed by NME as “your favourite band’s favourite band”, and having just picked up the ‘Spirit of Independence’ award from the Q Awards and the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’ award from the NME Awards, the Jarman brothers were obviously intent on leaving their mark on Melbourne. This is somewhat of a lap of honour for the boys who never had a number 1 single, never topped a Glastonbury bill or took a headline away from a Gallagher brother; perennial underdogs in a scene filled with larger personalities and larger anthems. But that doesn’t mean they don’t know how to shred a 300 person capacity crowd to shreds. Opening with Chi-Town, Ryan’s masculine swagger took full focus as he sneered into the microphone. He is a talented guitarist and his sound is more bruising American indie than the lighter, more feminine Britpop. This is more Pavement than The Wombats and with a healthy splatter of punk thrown in; The Cribs become a formidable live beast. Following the opener with the Alex Kapranos produced single, I’m A Realist, the first four rows begun moshing, with a heavily weighted British ex-pat crowd screaming every lyric with gusto. We Share The Same Skies and Come On, Be A No-One, the latter from their latest album In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull were politely well received, but it was their older material that the crowd was there to see. What was obvious was the professionalism of the performance, a band that plays the O2 arena in Newcastle does not usually play rock‘n’roll clubs in Australia, a rare intimacy with the band that would be impossible in their native England. Ryan and Gary revelled in the unique atmosphere, with Ryan taking his guitar into the crowd and soloing on his back whilst crowd-surfing during Cheat On Me. Highlight of the set was their collaboration with Lee Ranaldo, founding member of Sonic Youth who gave his spokenword manifesto via a video-screen during Be Safe; a throbbing punk song that erupts with both Gary and Ryan Jarman screaming over Lee at the climax. The band immediately followed this with their most accessible, poppy, reach for the charts single of their career, Hey Scenesters! A song that is both ironically mocking the hipster music scene of London and glorifying it. Men’s Needs and City Of Bugs close the set, with frenetic energy and the most sincere of goodbyes from a band that seemed to genuinely enjoy playing a show at Melbourne’s answer to The Cavern Club.

It was a wet and crappy night in Melbourne. A few glorious days of sunshine had given way to grey skies, rain and wind. Down at the Abbotsford Convent, the combination of meteorological conditions and 19th century architecture suggested the scene from a gothic novel, a world away from the colourful decadence and financial irresponsibility of the Spring Racing Carnival. The Abbotsford Convent once provided a refuge for fallen women, wayward girls and other pejorative gender constructs of yore. Courtney Barnett is anything but wayward – with a catalogue of pop songs that’d bring a tear to Roger McGuinn’s eye and a grumpy nod of acknowledgement from Bob Dylan, and a professional nous decades beyond her years – Barnett’ musical career is following a steep upward trajectory. Fresh from a trip to the United States, Barnett was at The Shadow Electric complex at the Abbotsford Convent to launch her new EP. The room was narrow, and difficult to navigate – once ensconced in the crowd there was little room to move – but the acoustics are sympathetic. Barnett plunges straight into her bag of classic riffs. Everything sounds familiar, but different; at one point, there’s a cheeky segue into David Bowie’s Jean Jeanie, and for a moment we wonder if Barnett’s going to trace the riff back through The Yardbirds, and its Bo Diddley origins. There’s an even distant hint of The Sweet – glam rock, folk, garage psych: it’s all there, like you’re being taken for a journey through the highlights of rock’n’roll evolution over the ages. The ubiquitous Dan Luscombe is on guitar, dropping seamlessly into place. On bass, Bones is a picture of youthful excitement, his bass lines providing the melodic foundation to Barnett’s classic-before-their-time tunes. Barnett breaks free from the narrow construct of the female singer-songwriter, writhing and contorting with the rock’n’roll spirit of the evening. After Avante Gardner, there’s a short break and the house music suggests an end to the evening’s proceedings. Barnett re-appears on her lonesome, and re-ignites the set with an acoustic track; the rest of the band returns to LOVED: History Eraser, and the never-ending the stage for the final song, and the crowd bids her a fond selection of classic riffs. farewell. HATED: Battling the climatic elements on my bike. DRANK: Brunswick Bitter PATRICK EMERY

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You have a brand new album out; tell Beat readers a bit about its direction. The new record is a kind of slow-burn, hypnotic folk / dissonance experience. It’s full of detuned guitars and broken pianos and rain and shadows. Someone said there was evil mathematics involved but I never was aware of that. You’re launching it at the NSC next week, how are you feeling about that? I’m feeling a little tender around the edges and kinda stretched in good ways. It’s been that kind of a year. It’s been a long time between albums so I get to be all nervous and hopeful again. I hope I get the words right. I’m always excited about playing with the people in my band. It’s been a six year break in between albums for you, why so long? There’s a bunch of reasons but fundamentally, that’s how long it took to get this set of songs together that made sense as a collection of music and said the things I wanted it to say. I’ve got another two albums of material recorded but it’s all over the freaking shop so I had to be patient and wait it out till the right things came up. I make music pretty much every day of my life, but a lot of it is not for me. Some of it is producing or mixing for others, some of it is for film and TV. Some of it is just experiments that don’t work out.  What else did you get up to during that break? I surfed a lot, had a second child, had cancer, made some beautiful albums with some amazing singer/songwriters, fixed up an old house, watched a friend die, lived out the back of Byron Bay for a few winters, played soccer for Korumburra, made some music for some TV shows, built a studio, played in Paul Kelly’s band and worked on my South Gippsland bogan / indie muso persona. 

Define your genre in five words or less: Heavy stoner sludge rock. What’ve you got to sell CD-wise? We have our self-titled EP available digitally at motherslug.bandcamp.com. You can get a physical CD from Thornbury Records to hold in your grubby hands and practice weird, dark voodoo magic over. When are you doing your thing next? We are heading back into Beveridge Road Studios in December to record a couple of tracks which we will be releasing and promoting with an East Coast tour in February next year. Describe the worst gig you have ever played. It was actually very recent and started with one of us dropping a crucial guitar pedal through a hole in the floor, never to be seen again. Somewhere in the middle there was too much alcohol and by the end there was nothing but smoke, regret and shattered dreams. What do you think a band has to do these days to succeed? Grow a beard, wear coloured jeans and ride a fixed gear bike. One member must only play an acoustic instrument and at least two members should be wearing fedoras and supermarket reading glasses. Songs must contain a catchy chorus, throw in a few ‘nah, nah, nah’s’ or ‘way-o’s’ and you should find yourself on the summer festival circuit, at least until an identical band comes along to take your place. What makes you happiest about what you’re doing? That drunk guy at the front of the stage who has no idea where he is and keeps banging his head on the stage while he’s flailing about. Those enthusiastic, garbled, drunken shouts we get from him in between songs always spur us on and make the therapy worthwhile. When’s the gig and with who? This Friday November 15 at the Prince Of Wales with Borrachero and Olmeg.

MACHINE TRANSLATIONS launch The Bright Door at the Northcote Social Club on Friday November 15.

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