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SARAH BLASKO Returning to Heavenly Sounds having launched the debut tour of churches and cathedrals in 2011 with her sideproject Seeker Lover Keeper, Sarah Blasko will open the Heavenly Sounds touring calendar for 2014. Taking place in January, Sarah Blasko’s Heavenly Sounds tour will see her deliver what will be her last performances celebrating her ARIA-nominated album I Awake. Blasko will perform at St. Michael’s Uniting Church on Wednesday January 22. Tickets available Monday November 25 via ticketek.

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HAMISH ANDERSON

Indie singer/songwriter Hamish Anderson has announced that he will hit the road for a tour in support of his haunting new single Winter. With an impressive live show that mixes blues, rock, and folk, Anderson's command of the stage shows no hint of his only 22-year-old age. Hamish Anderson will enchant Revolver Upstairs this Wednesday November 20.

DARREN HANLON

Darren Hanlon will be returning to Australia this December for his Christmas tour. After a busy year writing and recording his next album across various cities of the American South, indie-folk troubadour Darren Hanlon will return to Australia to play his customary Christmas shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, as well as Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland, this December. Now in its eighth year, Hanlon's Christmas shows will be solo, intimate affairs showcasing his back catalogue as well as songs from his forthcoming album- which is set for release next March. Darren Hanlon will be playing Northcote Social Club with The Orbweavers on Sunday December 22. Tickets are available through the venue's website.

JIMMY BARNES

The Yarra Valley's Grape Grazing Festival will make its return for its first year since 2009 with a strong classic Aussie rock presence. This year's lineup features Jimmy Barnes, The Baby Animals, Daryl Braithwaite, and Jon Stevens & the Dead Daisies. With 30 years of solo performances under his belt, Jimmy Barnes is no stranger to the A Day On The Green stage, having played it with both his band and Cold Chisel. A Day On The Green goes down on Saturday February 15 at the Yarra Valley's Rochford Wines. More information is available at adayonthegreen.com.au.

THE COUNT with THAT GOLD STREET SOUND Ten bands everyone should know about: Mayfield, Arthur Penn and the Funky Ten, Florelie Escano, Purple Tusks, The Seven Ups, Ultravibralux, Stella Angelico, Horns of Leroy, The Red Brigade and Thando. Nine food items that you need to make a kickarse dinner party: Cheese and bacon balls, kabana, cheese, Polish dill cucumbers, pork knuckle, duck fat, mustard, chocolate fondue fountain, Melody Pops. Eight possessions that define you: Gold jacket, hotpants, confetti canon, disco ball, keytar, Lara’s Tarago complete with moon roof, gold microphone, cowbell. Seven favourite movies/TV shows that go on your mix-tape: Arrested Development, Blues Brothers, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, The Simpsons, Wattstax, Flying High, The Princess Bride. Six bad habits you can’t escape: Buying gold novelty items, fear of missing out, staying up too late, watching Eurovision, tapping funky drumbeats on desks and upsetting the neighbours. Five people who inspire you: People who need no last name; Otis, Aretha, Al, Nile, Curtis. Four things that turn you on: Funk, soul, disco, Motown. Three goals for your music: Tour overseas, quit the day job, play Golden Plains. Two live gigs you’ll never forget and why: New Years Eve on the back of a truck with fireworks going off behind us would have to be

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These announcements just keep getting better and better! Joining the already unmissable 2014 lineup will be Buddy Guy, Jake Bugg, The James Cotton Blues Band, Booker T. Jones, Charlie Musselwhite, Eric Bibb, Beth Hart, North Mississippi Allstars, Devon Allman, Walter Trout, Candye Kane Band Feat. Laura Chavez and Saidah Baba Talibah plus many more to be announced. These additions will join the likes of Erykah Badu, John Mayer and John Butler trio amongst many other blues heavyweights. Bluesfest will be taking place next year from Thursday April 17 until Monday April 21.

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Singer/songwriter Kate Martin has announced a string of tour dates in support of her latest single Awaken. At just 22 years of age, Martin has already released two full-length LPs and will release her third in early 2014. The songstress' live shows are renowned for their ability to captivate a hushed room and have landed her supporting spots for everyone from Emma Louise to Josh Pyke. Kate Martin plays the Grace Darling on Saturday November 23 and Paradise Music Festival on Saturday November 30.

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Ellie Goulding just can't get enough of us. The sparkling British pop powerhouse is returning to Australia after her Future Music dates earlier this year, this time for a national run of headline dates. Last month, Goulding beat the likes of Jake Bugg and David Bowie to the title of Q magazine's Best Solo Artist – not that her Australian fans needed the reassurance. She'll hit Festival Hall on Saturday May 31. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

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KINGSWOOD AND CALLING ALL CARS

After laying down their long awaited debut LP in Nashville, Melbourne's Kingswood have announced their return in a big way, hitting the road for their Life's a Beach Tour with Calling All Cars. 2013 was a big year for the gritty indie rock band, with their critically acclaimed Change of Heart EP landing them on tours with heavyweights Grinspoon and Aerosmith. Calling All Cars shared similar success, with their latest single Werewolves sitting amongst October's most played tracks on triple j. Catch Kingswood and Calling All Cars at the Westernport Hotel in San Remo on Friday December 27; Tarwin Social Club on Saturday December 28; Barwon Heads Hotel on Sunday December 29; and the Torquay Hotel on Monday December 30.

PERIPHERY AND ANIMALS AS LEADERS

Periphery and Animals As Leaders will team up for an Australian tour early next year. Periphery have carved a reputation for themselves with their innovative take on metal, and after releasing their second studio album, Periphery II: This Time It's Personal, their stardom has only continued to rise. Animals As Leaders were in the country at the end of last year and are preparing to release the follow up to 2011's Weightless. Now both bands will be joining forces for a three-show Australian tour next year. Periphery and Animals As Leaders will be playing Billboard on Sunday February 2. Tickets go on sale Friday November 22 through Oztix.

MANGO GROOVE

South African groove-masters Mango Groove have announced their long awaited return to Australia for next year. Despite having a name that sounds like a Boost beverage, Mango Groove are one of South Africa's foremost lauded groups, combining pop and tradition African jive to create a sound that has sold millions of records. Not only will their return mark the 20th anniversary of the band, it will also mark the 20th anniversary of South African democracy and allow all South Africans, immigrants or not, to celebrate their country's greatest achievement to the drumbeat of home. Mango Groove will perform at the Forum Theatre on Sunday February 23. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

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Phoenix have locked in a headline show to coincide with their appearance on the 2014 Future Music Festival bill. Earlier this year saw the French outfit release their fifth studio album Bankrupt! They'll be joined by World's End Press. Catch 'em at Festival Hall on Thursday March 6. Tickets through Ticketmaster.Â

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Psychedelic dance adventurers Miami Horror will return to Australia for their first ever Melbourne headline show this February. After relocating to the City of Angels, the four-piece found inspiration for a new chapter of dreamy synths and matured song writing, evidenced by their new single Real Slow. Miami Horror will play The Plot on Sunday December 15 and will headline the Corner Hotel on Friday February 14.

The UK's Correspondents will bring their unique combination of vintage boogie woogie, swing, electro, and drum and bass to Melbourne for an exclusive Falls Festival sideshow this January. Boasting the reputation as one of the UK's best live acts, the Correspondents consists of DJ Chuckles and Mr. Bruce. Together, the duo revamp vintage sounds in a unorthodox mashup of hip-hop, jazz, electronica, '60s beat, and the Charleston. Catch the Correspondents at the Prince Bandroom on Friday January 3.

There aren’t many artists whose songs and emotive performances have infiltrated the hearts and minds of a generation of Australians in quite the same way as Neil Finn. Next March will see Finn return for a national tour in support of his new album Dizzy Heights. The tour will follow the release of Finn’s third solo album and will give the iconic artist the opportunity to showcase these new songs as part of his already extensive repertoire. Catch him at Hamer Hall on Wednesday March 12. Tickets through Live Nation.

Pokey LaFarge will hit Australian shores next March. Fresh from signing with Jack White's label, Third Man Records, and releasing his self-titled album, Pokey LaFarge has recieved much critical acclaim both at home in America and on the international stage. Pokey and his band bring a focus and energy to the American roots genre that positions his music at the crossroads of early jazz, country blues and western swing. Pokey LaFarge will be playing the Corner Hotel on Wednesday March 12. Tickets go on sale Thursday November 21 through Live Nation.

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DAVEY LANE Dream-pop extraordinaire Davey Lane has announced another Melbourne show for his Davey Lane Show tour this December. It will be the second tour from You Am I guitarist since September, furthering cementing him as one of Australia's hardest working musicians. Back in September, Lane released his highly lauded debut EP The Good Borne Of Bad Tymes, which spurred triple j hit You're The Cops I'm The Crime. This tour will be the last time Lane will hit the road this year before he bunkers down to create his debut LP for next year. As a special thank you to his fans, Lane is hosting an exclusive giveaway of his new EP Field Recording 2: Live In The Studio on his Facebook page. Davey Lane will be performing at Yah Yahs on Sunday December 1 and at the Worker's Club on Friday January 10.Â

BONJAH

Bonjah have announced they will play a free show in Melbourne next month. Bonjah have built a loyal following nationally as well as played a stack of sold out shows worldwide. Now off the back of their Blue Tone Black Heart national tour the band will be returning to The Espy with support from Sweets and Red X. Bonjah will be playing The Espy on Saturday December 14.


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INTERNATIONAL MELBOURNE MUSIC WEEK Various Venues November 20 – 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 ***THE CORRESPONDENTS Prince Bandroom 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 ***PERIPHERY, ANIMALS AS LEADERS Billboard February 2

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THE STORY SO FAR The Toff In Town November 24 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 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 ***DAVEY LANE Yah Yahs December 1, Worker's Club January 10 BELLE ROSCOE Bella Union December 5

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THE ROOTS By Jody Macgregor

It’s late in New Jersey and Tariq Trotter, AKA Black Thought from The Roots, has just come home from another night fronting the house band on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. But tonight he’s coming home to watch the news explaining his country doesn’t have a working government right now. House Republicans have responded to the impending delivery of Obamacare by shutting down the government, and while every single person on the internet seems to be making the same joke about turning it off and then back on again, someday The Roots are probably going to write a killer song about this. Right now it’s a bit too soon, and Trotter’s still trying to come to terms with something that seems more like the plot of an episode of The West Wing than reality. The Roots have dealt with reality and politics through their music from their earliest days, when Trotter met drummer Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts and formed a duo, The Square Roots. Their Philadelphia upbringing has always been an important part of their music, but never more than on the 2011 concept album Undun. That record was about the life of a character they called Redford Stephens, a man who could have been a poet in a different world but was driven instead into the life of a drug dealer. “The story of Redford we’d taken right out of a Philadelphia photograph,” says Trotter. “There is no Philadelphian who doesn’t know a Redford, if that makes any sense.” As well as telling its own gripping story, Undun told the story of hip hop as a whole. Riddled with musical and lyrical references to Snoop Dogg, the Wu-Tang Clan, Swizz Beatz and more, it was a densely packed document showing how far hip hop has come over the years. Although The Roots had recorded 11 albums before Undun, this was their contribution to the tradition. “Wherever you set the bar is where you set the bar, whether an artist realises it or not. That is what you have to live up to next,” Trotter says. “If you’re not able to, as an artist, make a serious positive contribution to an already amazing legacy, then you shouldn’t make a contribution to it. You should just let what has already taken place, like the history, speak for itself.” Trotter’s own history is currently in the process of being told in memoirs he’s working on with hip hop critic and author Jeff Chang. “He interviews me and family members, friends and people who played a role in my story. I write it and he writes it, we’re doing it together.” Chang is famous for his own contribution to hip hop’s legacy, the book Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History Of The Hip-Hop Generation, which is one of only a handful of books to tackle the early days of the genre. It’s what attracted Trotter to the idea of working with Chang in the first place. “I really enjoyed Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, and in the few brief meetings that he BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 22

and I had prior to doing this writing relationship, we just hit it off really well.” While Undun has become the definitive Roots album, there were plenty before it, like the classic Things Fall Apart – but what makes it stand out is its cohesiveness. That came about because of a change in how The Roots made a living. While famous for the live shows that showcase their abilities as a full band – still rare in hip hop – taking time off from touring gave them the opportunity to create their best work. When they landed the gig as the house band on Late Night it meant regular work that kept them near home. “It’s very time-consuming doing that show five days

“IF YOU’RE NOT ABLE TO, AS AN ARTIST, MAKE A SERIOUS POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION TO AN ALREADY AMAZING LEGACY, THEN YOU SHOULDN’T MAKE A CONTRIBUTION”. a week, you know, 40 to 44 weeks a year,” says Trotter. “It’s a bit of a commitment. We tour and we do shows during the other times.” Late Night also meant they were near the recording studio, and were constantly writing new music together. Having to come up with musical fills and segments for TV every day of the week taught them brevity – Undun may be densely layered, but it’s only about 40 minutes long. One of the recurring segments they perform on Late Night is a freestyle where Fallon picks someone out of the audience, asks for a few personal details, and then gets The Roots to perform an impromptu song about them. As if that isn’t intimidating enough, Fallon always adds some complication at the last possible

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moment: “And I want you to do it in the style of... 1950s doo-wop. Go!” The fact they manage to pull it off each week, and that they’re trusted to not screw it up, is a testament to their well-honed live instincts. “It’s like, ‘I’m not gonna make it that easy for you, that it’s just gonna be freestyle. We know that you guys can freestyle but I’m gonna throw you this curveball of musical genres to try and one-up you’. One of the other segments that’s become a tradition involves them performing with one of that week’s musical guests, but doing so on instruments found in primary school classrooms – kazoos, wood blocks, toy keyboards and xylophones – things like that. “It’s a challenge sometimes doing that particular bit because the toy instruments are usually out of tune, so to get the sound that you want to come from that toy you have to manipulate it in different ways. Apart from that, it’s not really hard to do. A simple, fun bit that has now become almost a tradition. You know we’ve done it quite a few times now.” That covers everything from a version of All I Want For Christmas Is You with Mariah Carey to Call Me Maybe with Carly Rae Jepsen – but the highlight was definitely their recent performance of the Sesame Street theme, complete with a cast of Muppets including Cookie Monster and Elmo. “Yeah, that was a dream come true!” says Trotter. “For a kid from the States who grew up in the ’70s and ’80s it was all about Sesame Street, so it was great to interact with those dudes. Fun times.” While Trotter has enjoyed the four years they’ve spent working in television, it’s come at a price. They had to cancel their 2009 appearance at Good Vibrations in Australia and have scaled back their touring considerably. “It’s cool to be home every day and to interact with so many amazing artists, people you collaborate with every day, but at the same time there’s something to be said about the creative energy that comes from travelling.” They’ll finally be remedying that this summer, heading to Australia for the Falls and Southbound festivals, as well as a couple of freshly announced sideshows in the week after Christmas. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a chance to see The Roots in Australia, so what should we expect? “Something old, something new, something that you can sing along with. Standard Roots procedure,” Trotter says. “There’s a lot of ground to cover so depending on who we’re playing for will determine what songs we play. We don’t get too deep into [it], it’s not that involved a process deciding what the setlist is. We just get up on stage and rock out.”

THE ROOTS play Falls Festival, which runs in Lorne from Saturday December 28 – Wednesday January 1, as well as Marion Bay and Byron Bay. They also play a sideshow at Festival Hall on Saturday December 28.


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THIS WEEK: ON SCREEN From an exciting range of the latest, most eagerly-awaited new films to a selection of five quintessential classics that have forged their place in film history; from high budget adaptations to gritty biopics, the British Film Festival presents a feast of films with all the qualities we associate with the Brits – superb acting, cracking wit, earnest humanity and quality craftsmanship. It will take place from Wednesday November 20 - Sunday December 1. Visit britishfilmfestival. com.au for more information.

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ON STAGE Before their relocation to Sydney later this year, theatre company The Hayloft Project will present their updated version of their murder mystery, Arden of Faversham, in Arden v Arden. Set during the mid-16th century, Arden of Faversham illustrates the tale of Thomas Arden who was murdered by his wife and her lover. In the adaption Arden v Arden, written and directed by the founding member and artistic director of The Hayloft Project Benedict Hardie (Yuri Wells, The Seizure, The Nurse), the play is essentially split in half; one half set during contemporary Australian times and the other in the classical period of the original text. Arden v Arden will be performed at the Northcote Town Hall from Wednesday November 20 – Sunday December 8.

ON DISPL AY Off The Kerb Gallery will be presenting Lorena Monslaves’ newest exhibition, Forever Changing, later this week. 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.

PICK OF THE WEEK The Shadow Electric open air cinema at the Abbottsford Convent will kick off their 2013/2014 program this week. After rave reviews at the 2013 Melbourne International Film Festival, Frances Ha  will open the season on Thursday November 21, which will continue until Sunday January 26. Some of the highlights of the season also include The Stone Roses: Made of Stone, Cosmic Psychos: Blokes You Can Trust, Pussy Riot:

AORTA By Liza Dezfouli Be still, my beating heart. Choreographer Stephanie Lake’s new work, Aorta, is a dancer’s response to the thought that each heartbeat moves us infinitesimally closer to our last. Lake’s not being morbid here. “I am just so fascinated with idea that our heartbeat is not only a measure of aliveness but is also the ticking down of a life – every heartbeat is one step closer to our inevitable death.” The choreographer is only the second to receive two commissions from Chunky Move, having delighted audiences a couple of years ago with Mix Tape. Aorta, her ‘most detailed’ work, is the final show in an exceptionally busy year for Lake. The work is her attempt at physicalising the ‘forces of growth and decay’ in the human body. “We all have an internal metronome,” she says. “Aorta is a choreography of our insides. The body contains so much movement and electricity; electromagnetic activities are elements of our bodies; I’m surprised it hasn’t been done already.”

THE STRAWBERRY SIREN Strawberry Siren could be the name of a cocktail. It isn’t: it’s the moniker of the winner of Miss Burlesque Australia 2013. The Strawberry Siren is about to hit the stage in the most polished burlesque show around given that the performers are all champions and title holders in their home states. “It’s a whole night of award-winning routines,” she says. The Miss

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Lake has handpicked three male dancers ( Josh Mu and Jameses Batchelor and Pham) for this work, for no other reason than that she wanted to work with one gender. Was she concerned this decision might be seen as supporting dated notions of the male body being the ‘default’ human body, as it has been in medical literature (just one area of many) for so long? “I’m absolutely keen to avoid that charge,” Lake replies. “It was a risky move. Working with one gender was a choice for me, it was just an experiment to see what resulted choreographically. But the question is ‘why

not’ (choose one gender to work with) in the same way you ask ‘why?’” Working with all female cast, she agrees, could have raised questions about women’s bodies always being associated with blood flow, and a move which could have led to charges of cliché. In any case, Lake has learnt to not anticipate audience responses to her work. “People will interpret it in their own ways, anyway. As a dancer/choreographer you can think you’re being completely obvious and then be interpreted differently, or you think you’re being subtle and that can be seen as obvious. I’ve given up on making any assumptions about what people will think. Dance is such a subjective form – there are no characters, no narrative, it’s just an experimental thing. I’ve tried to stay true to the idea, all in movement. We all inhabit bodies, it’s relatable for everyone. My question is ‘how am I going to make this piece distinct?’ I want to create a world that transports audiences; I want to take them on a ride.” Lake is collaborating with video/media artist Rhian Hinkley, and both the original score and sound and light design of the show is by Robin Fox. “We are so fortunate to have him,” Lake adds. “He’s hugely inspiring, his work’s a massive part of the piece.” The greatest challenge for Lake is in pulling the whole thing together. “We are at the tail end of the process and now we have to draw all the elements together, trying to find a bigger arc, some kind of logic without a script or a middle, beginning or end – it’s most satisfying when it does crystallise. The beginning stage is easy – I love that part of it.” Does Lake think her dancers are even more aware of their physical selves than usual as a result of putting together Aorta? “Maybe more so than with other pieces and that is true probably right through the performance. Making contemporary dance is a collaborative process and where they’re ‘at’ physically is a big influence. There’s a lot of room for interrogation of the body. These dancers, particularly, just have an extra level of sensitivity which is really exciting.” Aorta will be performed at the Chunky Move Studios from Friday November 22 - Saturday November 30.

Burlesque Australia Victory Tour brings a selection of grand finalist performers to Melbourne for a show hosted by a very funny purple puppet, Randy (Heath McIvor). “It’s an interesting combo,” says the Siren of having Randy compère the show. “He hasn’t done burlesque yet.” (It might be a challenge for a puppet to do burlesque but we wouldn’t put it past him). “We wanted a proper comic MC to break things up, get audiences reinvigorated.” The Victory Tour features Miss Burlesque Australia first runner-up Frankie Faux from Sydney, plus second runner-up Kelly Ann Doll, Bella De Jac from Queensland, Coppelia Jane from Brisbane, Danica Lee from Sydney, Ginger Leah Rye from the Gold Coast, Victorians Becky Lou and Miss Jane, and Lucy Sky Diamond from Tasmania. Why not more local girls? “They dance in Melbourne every weekend,” she replies. “I wanted to give people another reason to see the show and give state winners a chance to perform outside their

own states.” The Strawberry Siren will be performing in her home town of Albury as part of the tour. Will they make a big fuss of her? “Oh, sure,” she says with a laugh. “There’ll be a ticker tape parade!” The Siren’s background is in circus and she’s been performing for a long time, since the age of 11. Back then she was twirling around on long stalks as part of the Fruit Fly Circus which lead to her becoming an aerialist and contortionist. What made her move away from circus? “I’m flexible but I’m not willing to keep doing those things to my body. I grew up as a circus performer and had a great 15 years of that but I had a few injuries. I stumbled across burlesque by accident, through the pin-up scene, and fell in love with it.” “I call myself a retired aerialist/contortionist but I still do my circus stuff,” The Siren says. “It helped me win the grand title; I did an aerial routine. The Siren’s extensive circus training provides her with a point of difference in the saturated world of burlesque. “Burlesque has become a little too popular,” she says. “Audiences have faded. The movie helped to destroy things. I start my shows by saying ‘I hate to break it to you but there was no burlesque in Burlesque’!” The Siren is generous with her praise of Australian dancers. “We have an amazing burlesque industry here in Australia with amazing performers. They’re interesting performers,” she says of her peers. “They’re people I look up to.” The Strawberry Siren, whose act is famous for her emerging from a gigantic flower which opens and closes

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on stage, is moving to the UK after a recent world tour where she performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the New Orleans, Kansas City, Vancouver, London and Stockholm Burlesque Festivals. How was New Orleans? “It was amazing! It was such an honour to be part of such a great festival! I’m sharing my time over the next 12 months between Melbourne and London. I’ve been performing this for the last six years. I’m sure people are a bit sick of me – well, not sick of me but there’s got to be a point where a fresh audience gives you a new experience. I don’t want to get stale; I want to keep pushing.” The UK, she says will give her inspiration and new ideas to bring back to Melbourne. Where do ideas for routines come from? “A piece of music. A picture in a magazine, finding a piece of costume in an op shop or a vintage store. Impressions come from everywhere. It’s just piecing it all together. Every routine is different.” The biggest challenge for The Strawberry Siren is the logistics involved in putting the tour together – on her own. “It’s a lot of hard work. I can’t afford to pay anyone to help me.” In the meantime The Victory Tour has taken a toll on her personal life. So it’s a labour of love? “Oh, yes. I definitely do it for the love of it!” she says with a sigh. But the pay-off for her is feeling the raw excitement of the crowd when that massive flower opens up and she starts to slink out of it. “You can feel the excitement when they see me!” The Strawberry Siren will perform at Howler on Saturday November 23.


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BOB SAGET Bob Saget has announced that he will be touring Australia for the first time next May. You may remember Bob Saget as Danny Turner in ‘90s sitcom Full House or as the original host of America’s Funniest Home Videos. However, Saget also has more than 30 years of stand-up comedy behind him, and when he takes the stage all those years of family TV seem to be forgotten. Now Saget is bringing his act to Australia with a four-stop national tour of Bob Saget Live- The Dirty Daddy Tour. Bob Saget will be playing The Athenaeum Theatre on Friday May 16.

FIVE BOROUGHS COMEDY Lawrence Mooney headlines Five Boroughs Comedy this Thursday. You’ve seen him on ABC2’s Dirty Laundry Live, but it’s live on stage where he really dominates. Plus there’s Bart Freebairn, Khaled Khalafalla, Steele Saunders, Liam Ryan and more. It’s all happening this Thursday November 21 at 8.30pm, at Five Boroughs Comedy, 68 Hardware Lane (upstairs), city, all for only $12.

COMMEDIA DELL PARTE David Quirk hosts an amazing line up at Commedia Dell Parte which features Xavier Michelides, Ronny Chieng, Ash Williams, Stuart Daulman, Nick O’Connell and Jez Supreme. 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 from 8.30pm at the George Lane Bar, St Kilda.

ROOFTOP CINEMA

Rooftop Cinema have announced their program for the 2013/2014 season. Starting in December, Rooftop Cinema will be showing an array of films from recent releases to classic favourites, all summer long. They are kicking off the program on Thursday December 5 with Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and space-thriller Gravity on Saturday December 7. The first half of the season focuses on ‘90s cinema classics including  Pulp Fiction and Reality Bites and also features essentials such as Casablanca and Labyrinth. Rooftop Cinema’s season kicks off on Thursday December 5 at Curtin House. Tickets are available for December and January’s screenings. Pick them up through Rooftop Cinema’s website.

INLAND OCEAN

This month Melbourne-based artist Emma Morgan will present her newest exhibition, Inland Ocean, at Black Dot Gallery. Inland Ocean was inspired by Morgan’s seven months working for an Indigenous art company, Papunya Tula Artists, in the Northern Territory. She helped operate the company’s two art studios in Kintore, NT, and Kiwirrkurra, Western Australia. During her stay, Morgan was exposed to the vibrant and clashing fabrics that reflected the remote communities and culture; Inland Ocean is a series of paintings, drawings and prints that reflect Morgan’s experiences. Emma Morgan is NSW-born and New Zealand-raised artist who has worked at various galleries, including Seventh Gallery and the National Gallery of Victoria. Inland Ocean will be on exhibition at Black Dot Gallery from Thursday November 21 – Sunday December 1. Admission is free.

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SLOPES

This month, courtesy of the kindness of Neometro, a new non-for-profit gallery will open up in Fitzroy, entitled SLOPES. Curator-run, SLOPES will be a chance for local Australian artists to utilise a space that exhibits them alongside international artists; the first exhibition, The Knock-off Show will feature the artistry of Mitch Cairns, Jon Campbell, Lou Hubbard, Diena Georgetti, Kez Hughes, Masato Takasak, John Meade, Geoff Newton; and New Zealander Ella Sutherland and Italian Gabriele de Santis. Founded in 1985, Neometro has been a local pioneer in creating contemporary architecture throughout Melbourne, including medium-sized residential and mixed-used buildings. The Knock-off Show will be on exhibition at SLOPES, 9 Smith Street, Fitzroy, from Thursday November 28 and will run for approximately four weeks. SLOPES will be open from 12 – 5pm from Wednesday through to Saturday until December 2014. Admission is free.

MADE IN MELBOURNE FILM FESTIVAL

Be ready to see the best film-making talent from Melbourne at the return of Made in Melbourne Film Festival this December. Hosted over four days and dedicated to the best independent cinematography that Melbourne can offer, MIM will screen the awardwinning surreal horror noir from Jordan Prosser, Hungry Man, The Joe Manifesto, a candid tale about conformity, David Hawkins’ biggest short film Bound by Blue, and many more. Other highlights include the

High School Showcase, which will feature the best shorts created by year 12 students and under, including Catriona Warren’s Abracadabra!, which won the Award of Excellence as Indie Fest USA among many others. Made in Melbourne Film Festival will run from Tuesday December 3 – Friday December 6 at Revolt. Opening night, Tuesday December 3, will be held at the Capitol Theatre.

ITALIAN MASTERPIECES FROM SPAIN’S ROYAL COURT

Melbourne will have the pleasure to be the first city to exhibit the Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court, Museo del Prado collection at the National Gallery of Victoria next year. The exhibition will feature over 100 Renaissance masterpieces, including works by Raphael (Scra Familglia con san Giovannino o Madonna della Rosa) and Antonio Corregio (Noli me tangre; depicted above), consisting of over 70 paintings and 30 sublime drawings. Italian Masterpieces will provide insight into the taste of the Spanish Royal Court, who have been collecting Italian art-pieces since the early 16th century, and feature a diverse range of lectures and events that will provide insight into these Christian-inspired works. Italian Masterpieces will be part of the NGV’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series, which began in 2004 with The Impressionists. Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Courst, Mueso del Prado will be on exhibition at the NGV from Friday May 16 – Sunday August 31. Tickets, including more information, are available through ngv.vic.gov.au.

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LITTLE DUM DUM CLUB Tommy Dassalo and Karl Chandler make up The Little Dum Dum Club, one of Australia’s most popular comedy podcasts. And they’re having a live third birthday show this Sunday. It’ll be all you’d expect from two of the bigger dickheads around, plus super special guests. Be there for the celebrations on Sunday November 23 at 5pm, at Five Boroughs, 68 Hardware Lane in the city.

COMEDY AT SPLEEN Mondays at Spleen are always a full house and a great night. This week looks like another cracker with Danny McGinlay hosting. Plus there’s a surprise guest, Xavier Michelides, Asher Treleaven, Rhys Nicholson, Karl Chandler, Greg Larsen and heaps more. It’s this Monday November 25, 41 Bourke St, in the city, at 8.30pm. It may be free, but they appreciate a good gold coin donation at the door.


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FILTH By Cameron James

Bruce Robertson is the world’s worst police officer. He drinks on the job, he’s a drug addict, he blackmails his “friends”, he treats women and children like dirt; and he does it all with a laugh. Thankfully, he’s only the main character of upcoming film, Filth, adapted from Irvine Welsh’s (Trainspotting) novel of the same name by filmmaker and fellow Scotsman, Jon S. Baird. For a character so dark, who could possibly imagine the evil and twisted influences that lurk inside the mind of his director? “I’ve actually always loved musical theatre,” Baird says. And after seeing the film, somehow, that makes sense. The brutally human violence swells like violins. The actors practically sing four letter words in a rhythmic Scottish brogue. And every inch of the screen is packed with overwhelming colour; from bleak grey skies, to mountains of white cocaine, neon blues, and scarlet blood. Filth is a musical without the songs. “My uncle worked on the south coast of England as a joiner, and we’d visit a couple of times a year,” Baird says. “I saw My Fair Lady on those trips. Oliver, Phantom Of The Opera... I remember that euphoric feeling as I left the theatre each time.” And it seems that sense of euphoria has trickled into his filmmaking. Filth operates on a level of sensory overload. It’s somehow both grittily real and surrealist. It’s a crime procedural on the surface and a neon nightmare underneath. So, how deliberate was the heightened language of the musical to the film? “People had tried to adapt this book in a realist style before, but it never worked,” Baird refers to Irvine

Welsh’s novel, which has been labelled unfilmable countless times over. Apparently, it wasn’t. Baird admits that the theatre experiences from his childhood had “crept in” to the film even as early as the writing stage. “For it to work, it needed to be bigger in every way,” he continues. “The score, the costume design... Everything had to be dialled up to ten.” All of this heightened madness is anchored by what is quickly being proclaimed as the performance of James McAvoy’s career. And, rightfully so. McAvoy is primarily seen as the pretty face at the front of cute kids films such as The Chronicles Of Narnia. Yes, he’s the goat person, AKA Mr. Tumnus. (Feel like ruining your childhood? In this film we learn that Mr. Tumnus likes being choked during sexy times. I know, right?) And yet this film see’s McAvoy in psychotic meltdown mode as he drinks, snorts and punches his way through the Edinburgh crime world. He’s clearly relishing his chance to play the bad guy, so keeping him in check must have been quite a task for Baird. “James loved the script, but we knew we had to keep [his character]

empathetic,” he says. “And that’s where the comedy plays such a huge part in the film.” And it’s funny, in the blackest interpretation of the word. Police brutality, murder and drink spiking are all played with a (sometimes literal) wink to the audience. This type of so-black-it’s-smoking comedy has long been a fixture of cult films, but has seldom crossed over to a mainstream audience. “Yes, if you don’t laugh in the first five minutes of this film, then it’s going to be a tricky film for you,” Baird says of an opening that lays all of Bruce’s, let’s say, idiosyncrasies out in the open. “If you get that it’s not racist or homophobic, that it’s going to come back to haunt him, you’ll enjoy it. If you don’t get it, then you might struggle with this movie.” We’re no strangers to the cocktail of dark comedy and crime. In fact many of Australia’s most successful films and TV shows have mined this territory. It’s a genre that Baird says is common between us and the Scottish, sharing a darker sense of humour. Does this make Baird a dark character himself ? “I just thought it was

funny,” he laughs. And for a man with a background in BBC Comedy, and a love of theatre, this is entirely plausible. Both forms take on failure and misery as prime sources of entertainment. In fact, with the increasingly mainstream pull that US cable series such as Breaking Bad and Eastbound & Down have, it seems that now more than ever, the world is embracing the anti-hero. But why? “Because they’re more real. Because we’re flawed as a species,” Baird says. “If you like escapism, that’s fine. But there’s something more exciting about watching somebody who’s morally uncertain, and recognising parts of yourself in them.” Filth opens in cinemas on Thursday November 21.

MONSTER FEST By Liza Dezfouli

“I don’t want to degrade it by saying it’s just about slash/horror films,” says Neil Foley, director of Melbourne’s Monster Fest film festival, about to screen at Cinema Nova for the third time. “It’s a festival of horror films and cult cinema, with a whole bunch of recent genre cinema. I don’t want to denigrate it as some trashy B-grade film festival.” B-grade it ain’t – this year’s Monster Fest is a collection of the best genre cinema from around the world according to Foley and includes a 40th anniversary screening of the horror-filmof-all-time, The Exorcist. Not only that, the film’s star Linda Blair is a special guest of the festival and will present a screening of the film that made her a worldwide name. Foley knows his genre films as his distribution company Monster Pictures, specialises in horror genre and cult cinema. Over 40 screening sessions will offer Melbourne the highest calibre movies he can find. “Monster Fest shows the best titles we’ve come across throughout the year,” explains Foley. “The opening film is the Aussie flick Murderdrome, a fantastic slasher film set in the world of roller derby. There’s a music element, it’s rock and roll, it’s up-tempo and hypercoloured with a good quota of gore.” Does Foley have any personal favourites? “The Stuart Simpson film, Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla is interesting, a dark and twisted comedy with pitch black humour,” he notes. “The Battery is set on the cusp of the zombie apocalypse, it’s a buddy comedy set in the backwaters of New England where the world has collapsed into zombie chaos. It’s independently spirited, sophisticated, wellconceived, well-written and well-performed.” Are there any trends Foley can identity in the world of independent film making? “Highlighting trends is sort of the spirit of the festival for us,” he answers. “There’s a move to making independent productions in genre, being separate from the Hollywood studio model of big blockbusters; there’s an underbelly, an undercurrent of independent film making in horror and cult cinema. You see a strong wave of sophisticated interesting films from all over the world. Fantastic films: genre, sci-fi, cult, all those kinds of films exploiting the various means of the medium. Genre films are often a financially successful way of making a film: they’re getting sold internationally and have become more popular in recent years. They’re becoming a general trend around the world.” Like any film festival, Monster Fest has got to offer genre aficionados something they can’t access for themselves on YouTube. “Monster Fest is jam-packed,” Foley notes. “It’s not only an opportunity to see really fantastic independent cinema.” There’s a mystery film screening and an all-night marathon of all six of the Nightmare on Elm Street movies. There’s a film by John Cassavetes’s daughter Xan called Kiss of the Damned, an erotic vampire tale. As well, this year also sees Monster Fest in partnership with Hobart’s ‘Stranger With

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My Face’ Film Festival presenting a sidebar program focusing on the role of women in horror. “We want the perspective of female film makers,” Foley adds. The extraordinary Canadian author of The House of Psychotic Women, Kier-La Janisse will present a series of lectures. One of Australia’s most important genre filmmakers, Jon Hewitt (Acolytes, X), will present the Open Channel Framed Session: Marketing, Funding & Monsterising The Future. A VHS swap meet is a new element of the programme. Some animated films feature in the short film programs. Along with these and amongst other programs there’s the Fantastic Asia Film Festival featuring four Japanese films. How does the local product stand up next to international efforts? “We have a spotlight on new Australian films – Terror Australis,” says Foley. “With the world premieres of eight new Australian genre films, including films by Daniel Armstrong, Stuart Simpson, Sam Barrett, and Richard Wolstencroft. They stand up well. There’s a wave of new independent Australian genre films at the moment. More film makers are looking at genre, there’s a viable market for it.” What catches Foley’s eye? “Interesting, innovative, creative films that work as stories, that have the x-factor in them. Good performances. Films that are well made, well put-together. The most interesting films are being made today. Films come from all sorts of quarters, often made with little resources. There’s a general democratising of film production with digital technology available. Quite good films are being made on fairly low budgets now.” “Getting the word out there is the biggest challenge,” Foley says, of presenting Monster Fest. “And making sure people know about it.” Finding the films offers its own challenges in terms of selecting what to screen. “So far we’ve been handpicking the films but in the future we will consider calling for submissions. We haven’t had to yet.“ Monster Fest will light up Cinema Nova from Thursday November 21 – Sunday December 1. Visit monsterpictures.com.au for more information.


GOSSLING By Alasdair Duncan

Helen Croome began her university career studying psychology, after deciding that it was time to put music aside after high school in favour of something more serious. A few months into the course, though, she realised she may have made a mistake. “I thought psychology seemed really cool at first, but part way through my first year I realised it was all statistics, and I hated it!” Croome let her impulses guide her back to her first love – she dropped psychology and switched to a Bachelor of Music, with a major in composition. While studying in this area, she developed an immediate affinity for arrangements and instrumentation, and hasn’t looked back since. You probably know Helen Croome a lot better as Gossling, the maker of sweet, melodic indie pop tracks like Heart Killer. The past few years have been busy for her, with three Gossling EPs, a good deal of national touring, a collaboration with 360 that sent her to the upper reaches of the ARIA charts, and another with Oh Mercy’s Alexander Gow that saw the two fly to Paris to shoot a music video. This month, things got bigger still, with the release of Gossling’s long-awaited debut album, Harvest Of Gold. The record represents the culmination of a lot of time and hard work. “I can’t believe it’s finally coming out after all this time,” she laughs. “I just [couldn’t] wait for people to hear it.”

Harvest Of Gold went through something of a difficult gestation period. Croome initially went to Tasmania with the aim of getting lonely and depressed and writing a lot of songs, but in the end only two of those things happened. “My family have a place in a little beach town called Bicheno on the North-East coast. I went there because I thought it would be good to get isolated, but I wasn’t very productive. I got just as lonely and depressed as I’d hoped, but the songs didn’t come. It wasn’t until I got back to Melbourne and was surrounded by friends and had the internet again that I started to get actual writing done.” If Croome was initially aiming for ‘lonely and depressed’ on this album, I ask where she actually ended up. “It’s a real mix,” she says. “There are a few tracks that are very obviously a continuation of my past EPs, but on the whole, Harvest Of Gold is a lot more pop than what I’ve done before.” Indeed, the album features more synths and electronic sounds than Gossling’s previous, more

folky recordings. “I’ve always wanted to do something like that, and I was lucky in that the material I was writing lent itself to that. I wouldn’t have gone down that road if the songs I’d been writing didn’t want to go in that way.” Harvest Of Gold sees Croome hooking up with an array of collaborators, not least the aforementioned Gow of Melbourne rockers Oh Mercy. “Alex and I met a couple of years ago on tour,” Croome says. “I was doing a solo support with him, and after that we stayed mates, and eventually did a song together for Mélodie Française, a

compilation of Australian artists doing French songs. We got to go to Paris for four days to make a video clip, which was pretty incredible. A while later, we got together again for a really long writing session – one song from which, Accolade, made it onto the album. That’s definitely one of my favourites.”

“I guess we communicated more because it was really important to keep on emailing each other and letting each other know what we were thinking. In the past, going back 18 years now, Ross and Paul lived together. I would go over to their flat and it was just getting stoned with a guitar and writing that way. But we all have our own lives now outside of the band, so it works well this way.” After a falling out with the brothers, Edwards departed Morcheeba in 2004, releasing two solo albums and a third one last year. The two Godfrey brothers made The Antidote and Dive Deep with a range of guest vocalists. She talks openly about that difficult time. “They didn’t beg me, they asked me to come back,” she laughs when I suggest that Morcheeba just wasn’t the same without her and the brothers had finely come to

their senses. “After they did The Antidote they asked if I would like to do a couple of songs on Dive Deep and I said no, and then they asked again via management if I would like to come back and I said no again. It took a lot of convincing and my husband... we had a lot of arguments over it and I really didn’t want to go back, but I’m glad that I did actually. I really am happy to be back and I’m having a lot of fun on stage with Ross and its all pretty cool and I think it shows with Head Up High that the relationship is pretty strong.”

with you. I really do know that I’m very lucky. Even if it doesn’t go any further, I’m really, really happy with everything that’s happened to us here. I enjoy it and I really appreciate it.” The same goes for Cotto. “That’s how we are,” states Hadida. “In the band we talk about it all the time. We’re very sensitive people and we have a lot of talks about all this. We have a lot of flaws as people but they would be the same if we were dog-walkers or babysitters or whatnot. I don’t think our personalities were altered by the fact that we have a band. The first album was very successive here in France already, so since we’ve been 20 we’ve been living this life. Who we are now was made up by this experience. The years you’re supposed to become who you are, we spent them having this band. All of that is very linked. We know what our place is, and we know where we stand.” Success as a musician was never something Hadida

expected. “First of all I’m not sure I was aware that this existed,” she says of the artist’s life. “To be totally honest with you I had no idea how it worked. I started having a band when I was 19. It was like a joke – I’d never been in a band, I couldn’t write music, I’d never played a guitar. Our friends thought it was pretty cool what we were doing. We made shows for our friends in shitty bars and things. I remember at one of our first shows I asked the sound guy what the speaker was doing, directed towards me, because I had no idea what a wedge was. That’s how bad it was. I never fantasised about it because I didn’t know about it. I fantasised about being special, and I know I didn’t want to do anything common, but I think everybody is like that.”

MORCHEEBA

GOSSLING plays the Corner Hotel on Wednesday November 20. Harvest Of Gold is out now through Dew Process/Universal Music.

By Rachel Davison

UK trip hop trio Morcheeba are now in their 18th year and are still kicking on, recently dropping their eighth album, Head Up High. On their latest offering, Skye Edwards and the Godfrey brothers, Ross and Paul, haven’t strayed too far from their pioneering sound blending hip hop, jazz and electronica, except this time, there’s an added dose of maturity and some inspiration from their teenage kids. “Paul has two teenage kids who are really into dubstep and he mentioned Skrillex – and it wasn’t like we were gonna go off and start doing dubstep, but we did take that onboard,” says vocalist Skye Edwards on the phone. “We kind of listened to what our children were listening to and took tiny little elements, which you can hear in songs like To The Grave and Make Believer – a bit of a new production style.” It’s early morning in Surrey, England – just gone 10:15 am to be exact – Edwards hasn’t had breakfast yet. She’s just gotten the kids off to school and she’s sewing a winter coat. It’s not very rock’n’roll, but it’s refreshingly homely and the antithesis of the glamour you see from Edwards on stage and in the video clip for latest single, Gimme Your Love. The making of this album and their previous 2010 record, Blood Like Lemonade has fit around their individual lives and families. With Paul living in France and Ross in Los Angeles, the process of writing and collaborating has been a mostly online affair and very different from their early days spent

smoking weed in the Godfrey’s London apartment. “Before we started writing anything new we had a few meetings and when me and Ross were on tour and over near where Paul lives (Paul doesn’t perform in the live shows) we would talk about tempos and the kind of album we wanted to write,” she explains. “We all agreed we wanted it to be more up tempo – Paul described it as ‘Morcheeba with a pulse’ and so he went away and got together with the drummer and recorded lots of different rhythms and beats and then edited those and sent us copies of 20 or 30 or so. “Then Ross would put the guitar and chords on them and I would write a melody for it and it would go back to Paul and he would write lyrics and then I would record a demo version. So there was a lot of emailing and passing the baton until we were happy with each song. Once we had about 15 or so tracks we went into the studio. Paul came over to London and Ross now lives in London (he moved back to the UK) so we hired a studio and probably over a period of three weeks recorded everything.

MORCHEEBA plays the Corner Hotel on Wednesday April 16, 2014 supported by Chali 2NA and The House Of Vibe. They also perform at Byron Bay Bluesfest, running from Thursday April 17 to Monday April 21, 2014. Head Up High is out now through [PIAS] Australia.

LILLY WOOD & THE PRICK By Josh Fergeus

“I think I never [would have come] to Australia if it wasn’t for this festival,” says Nili Hadida, the French-Israeli frontwoman of alt-pop duo Lilly Wood & The Prick. Nili and her collaborator, guitarist Benjamin Cotto, will be in Australia this January playing So Frenchy, So Chic garden party for Francophiles of all kinds at the Werribe Mansion “I don’t know what to think of it all, apart from the fact that we’re really happy to go to Australia because it’s so fucking far away!” Hadida exclaims. “It’s always fun. I don’t know what to expect at all. We’re just really, really happy to go out to Australia and show what we do to Australian people.” “I think Lou Doillon is going there too. We toured all the Summer festivals together and bumped into each other quite a few times. There is this thing – you always bump into somebody you know at a festival.” Doillon, a singer-songwriter and recent winner at the French Grammys, received acclaim for her debut similar to that of Hadida and Cotto, all three real up-and-comers on the French scene. Despite this, Hadida is sceptical of the band’s influence in other parts of the world. “I think if people know us in Australia it’s probably just five of them,” she states. “It’s a great opportunity, but I’m not crazy, I’m not expecting any kind of success. It’s a tough industry and you guys probably have great bands at home already. But at least we’re going to try, and it’s going to be fun. “In France we’re pretty big now. Our next gig in Paris is in a 7,000 people venue. We finished a tour of 30

gigs and now we’re doing another 30 again just in France. It’s going really well. We went to Germany for ten days last month and we played at clubs. There was nobody there. It was really cool, it was so good for us. There was nobody to put your gear up for you or plug in your amp. It reminds you about what it’s about to be in a band and make your own music. It’s nice to have a challenge sometimes. That’s what Australia is about.” For a band still relatively early on in their career, there’s a lot of hard work ahead. “I’m going back on tour tonight and I came back yesterday,” Hadida tells me. “I’m pretty tired, but it’s okay. If I hear anybody complaining about that lifestyle they can go fuck themselves, they can go do something else. So many kids dream of doing that, and if you have a chance and the amazing opportunity to be on tour and make a living from your music you should just say thank you. I hate it when people are on tour frowning or complaining...you’re not allowed to do that, it’s not okay. “I was never the cool kid. I never had friends when I was in school. I’ve never been the successful or the cool person, like seriously. I’ve never been in the light. So it is a shocker to me. I’m really being really honest

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A guide to eating out in Melbourne

CAPTAIN BAXTER

Southpaw BY FAT PRESTON

At the end of October two rather scholarly Beat employees sauntered along to Fitzroy’s bourgeois bar and eatery, the dulcetly sultry and subtle Southpaw. It was the debut of their monthly Sunday special TV Quiz and TV Dinner. What do you like about food? Personally, I like texture – that crunch or conversely the slide – of the dish as it hits the pallet. I also accept and savour a culinary challenge such as a pork dumpling served as a taco. St. Kilda Bathes Captain Baxter is the culinary king of fusion and with it situated overlooking St. Kilda beach it is the perfect place for summer drinks and nibbles, nibbles that can easily become a full blown meal. Executive chef Matt Dawson designed the menu to be abounding with strong tangible flavours and also be bite size pieces that can be easily popped into ones mouth as you take it the beautiful views and sip on a wine from the expertly designed wine list by sommelier Luke Campbell. The wine list focuses on Victoria’s coastal wineries to work with the restaurants nautical theme. A dish that really impressed Beat Eats was red cooked pork, steamed buns, hoisin and crunchy veg that essentially is Dawson’s cheeky spin on the omnipresent soft shell taco, coming with for soft shells tacos it is the perfect sharing dish at $20. Captain Baxter’s is located at 10-18 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda. Call (03) 8534 8999 or visit captainbaxter.com. au for more details.

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Long-time quizmaster of Melbourne alternative quiz scene George Hatzigeorgiou gave Beat Eats the down low on this night he hosts. “Do you like TV? Hang on, let’s start that again. Do you seriously like, love TV? Have you spent hours glued to the small screen absorbing obscure facts and random tidbits from your favourite TV shows wondering, ‘if only there was a way I could use all this amazing TV knowledge?’” he enthusiastically implores. “Once a month Southpaw on Gertrude St in Fitzroy is warming up the TV dinners and hosting the TV Dinner Series, a night of TV trivia and deliciously twisted takes on the traditional TV dinner. Your hosts Dave The Scot [Triple R] and myself will grill you on the best TV moments from the 60’s till today while you feast on sumptuous TV dinners.” The TV Dinners are nothing like the frozen quick fixes of a bygone era that were prepped as a 3-minute microwave fare but actually meats and vegetable prepared in a traditional Maori style Hangi! And if you win or place in the quiz you will get either a food voucher for your next meal there or a bunch of free booze. Unfortunately your trusted Beat Eats correspondent came second to the team pictured above but we had a hell of meal and were reminded of classic Australian comedy series Kingswood Country. This Sunday November 24 Southpaw is hosting its second TV Quiz and TV Dinner. Southpaw is located at 189 Gertrude St, Fitzroy and bookings are a must to secure your table for the Sunday TV Quiz and TV dinner so please call (03) 9004 2590 to book your table (teams of four and up are recommended).

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GLORIA SWANSTON’S KITCHEN BY FAT PRESTON

Earlier this year Lounge got its groove back. A stunning refurb, a new inspired music policy and most importantly the establishment of Gloria Swanston’s Kitchen that has lead to The Lounge becoming the choice hangout for hipster, clubber and rocker alike. From a culinary perspective the champion of Gloria Swanston’s Kitchen menu is the Kickass Burger. To give this tasty hero the space it needs to wow your tastebuds Gloria Swanston’s Kitchen has introduced a super Tuesday between 12pm and 3pm offer that has the burger most excellently priced at $8 with chips thrown on for good measure. However as venue manager, and all round awesome dude, Jure Kodre explains there is an opportunity to get a whole lot more if you have a smart phone...and who the fuck doesn’t? “Take a picture, upload it to Instagram or Facebook tagged with #kickassburger to win $150 bar tab.” He continues by explaining the origins of the Kickass Burger, “Basically when they changed the menu to capture an American style and with that in mind the chef Or Ben Ezra came up with it.” Ben Ezra is the former chef of The Bottom End and the mastermind behind its tasty diner style menu. After The Bottom End decided to can the kitchen Ezra was quickly snaffled up by Lounge to open Gloria Swanston’s Kitchen. Ezra fills us in on how the burger fills us up, “The pattie consists of a Porter house and rump cut, processed in-house to make sure it is 100% beef and another little secret of the burger is the fry-sauce with the recipe straight from the US.” Another reason why the burgers are so damn tasty is that Lounge uses the same sweet-ass buns as Huxtaburger - you know those rolls that would probably be classed as brioche in a bakery? Funnily enough, Ben Ezra explains his passion for burgers comes his home country of Israel, “Burgers a very popular over there with there being many serious burger joints that cook patties of all kind of cuts to order. I suppose that is why I am so passionate about the burgers I produce in my kitchen.” Other inspired treats on Gloria Swanston’s Kitchen’s menu are the perfect bar snacks in the pizza balls that were inspired on how some people would eat the topping clean off the chicken parma, without even touching the schnitzel, it was so tasty. The venue manager Kodre now talks about his favourite item on the revamped menu. “Something Above Mary is probably my favourite item in the menu for its creativity and implicit humour. It’s Bloody Mary with a slider on the top - predictably it’s a popular item at a Sunday lunch,” cheekily discloses Kodre. Get down to Gloria Swanston’s Kitchen at Lounge on 243 Swanston St in the city between to 12 and 3pm on Tuesdays to get the awesome $8 Kickassburger deal and take a snap anytime of the a Kickass Burger and upload it with the tag #kickassburger to go into the draw to win a $150 bar tab. Visit lounge.com.au for more information.

Il Gobbo Kitchen at Down To Earth Tattoo Parlour Getting tattoos is awesome and so is eating vegan! Now Beat Eats can announce that there is a once stop shop where you can get both. That’s right you can head to Essendon and enjoy Il Gobbo’s famous Spot Burger with a double vegan patty, double vegan bacon and double vegan cheese while also booking in or getting some killer ink. This is the first in many 100% plant-based Il Gobbo food chains popping up near you! Il Gobbo Kitchen is located at 305 Keilor Rd, Essendon. Phone them on (03) 9379 9540.

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WORLD’S END PRESS By Alasdair Duncan

Rhys Richards and John Parkinson of World’s End Press met in high school, and bonded over a shared love of music. Of course, Rhys never imagined when John gave him a burned copy of Massive Attack’s Blue Lines that they would one day be making music together in Massive Attack’s very own studio in Bristol. “We’d often skip class to go back to my house and make music,” Richards says of those early days. “The day we finished high school, we went right to my bedroom with some recording gear that we borrowed from John’s sister’s ex-boyfriend or someone like that, with the aim of recording an album in three weeks. That didn’t quite work out,” he continues, “but our main aim was always to play in a band together, and now here we are.” The eagerly anticipated, self-titled debut album from World’s End Press arrived earlier this month. It’s packed with the band’s signature glassy-eyed house bangers and indie dance excursions, and was produced by none other than legendary beat-maker Tim Goldsworthy. “Tim is somebody whose work we’d always really admired,” Richards explains. “We love everything from DFA – The Rapture’s Echoes, which he worked on, was a big influence on us, and we love his work with Massive Attack. We sent him a bag of stuff, which he liked, and then we had a meeting, and from there we very quickly ended up working together. We found ourselves working with Tim, and we were pinching

ourselves thinking about how we got there.” The recoding process began at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales, a residential studio with a great deal of history – everyone from Queen to Black Sabbath recorded there in the ‘70s, while in the ‘90s, The Stone Roses lived there for a period of some months while working on their second album. Rockfield is set in the Welsh countryside, and the isolation there forced World’s End Press to work. “The recording process was very isolated, and we didn’t really leave the studio until we were done with the record,” Richards says. “The town of Monmouth was about a two-mile walk, so we’d occasionally clop down for a beer on a Saturday night. We’d go out and have some drinks with the locals. There wasn’t a lot to do other than make music, though.” The studio itself proved inspiring on the music – as did Goldsworthy’s own legendary collection of gear. “We arrived at the farm a day before Tim,” Richards says, “and we were standing out in the courtyard when a big truck rolled up full of vintage synths and organs and all kinds of odds and ends. That was a big part of the sound of the record, using a lot of those instruments.”

The band arrived at the studio with their songs fully written, but Goldsworthy encouraged them to break the music down and reimagine it from scratch. “Tim wanted us to play together as a group, rather than each taking turns and recording our parts separately,” he explains. “The studio was designed with that approach in mind, and so we worked very hard to get it sounding perfect. The studio really did shape the album in that sense.” One of the album’s finest tracks is its closer, Out, a sprawling, psychedelic ten-minute track recorded spontaneously on the band’s last night in the studio. “We were working on Natural Curiosity”, Richards says, “and after we’d done a take, we left it rolling, and John and I were playing around on an organ and piano when we looked up and saw Tim waving at us through the window saying, ‘Don’t stop!’” Everyone began jumping in, taking up synths and drum machines, and they

made music together until 3.30 in the morning. “We just made a cacophonous noise as we drank tequila,” Richards continues. “Even Tim and his assistant were playing. It’s a very happy memory because it was a very impulsive thing – just a party on our last night in the studio. You can hear people having a good time.” Now back at home in Australia, World’s End Press are all set to embark on a national tour and a run of summer festivals. After that, they have their sights set on overseas. “Hopefully by the end of the summer, we’ll be going to the US or the UK,” he says. “We have so much momentum right now, we just want to keep that going.”

Jungle Giants ‘sound’ is. When it comes to recording we all just put in what we think a song needs. If there is a certain guitar line that we like it must work with the rhythm that Andy and Keelan have brought to the song. One thing I really get off on is really cool rhythmic stuff that forces your shoulders to move and give ya goosebumps,” explains the impassioned front man. However, even at his young age and relative inexperience Hales still has the insight to admit, “That’s not say that there isn’t a fine line between artistic expression and writing for the masses. Some people can get too focused on writing for other people to the point where it becomes a product.” In the time since Learn To Exist has been released The Jungle Giants have toured the country once and almost done the entire East Coast again. During this seven week period, the band have learnt a lot about touring and playing the songs off the album. Even their old tracks have found a new form. “We had this idea at first that we were going to play the album in its entirety and in the order of the songs on

the album. But we realised that was not going to work so what we settled on is that we are focusing on kinda rhythmic breaks to glue each song together.” Basically what the band has successfully achieved from the rave reviews this tour has received so far is a set that never loses energy, almost like a killer DJ set, except with live instruments and vocals. “From our early days when we would resort to inane banter in between songs; we have realised that there needs to be something to keep the crowd going. Now where we are at is that we have changed a few songs. One of my favourites, Home, has taken on a new identity live where it has become kind of bluesy in this ‘60s or ‘70s style and if we’re vibing we extend that section for a bit,” enthuses Hales about an aspect of The Jungle Giants’ awesome live show.

single Wavygravy, released back in April this year. Incredibly, it was the band’s first serious attempt at recording. Since then, they’ve returned to the studio to record an EP. Perhaps the success of both recordings speaks to the great rapport the band shared with engineer and producer Woody Annison (Children Collide, Hunting Grounds). “We work really well with him,” Brümmer explains. “He just understands our sound. He loves those ‘90s English guitar bands and so we do we.” Perhaps, as well, the assurance of Flyying Colours’ selftitled EP reflects their immense preparation for the recording. “We demoed all of our tracks both on tape and computer,” says Brümmer. “We never wanted to release something that wouldn’t be a total representation of what we want to sound like.” The band’s commitment to excellence is also carried through to their live show. Often, they collaborate

with Tom Russell of Astral Projections to create a visual backdrop to their performance. But, as Brümmer explains, “It’s not like we have a prerecorded thing or anything like that. It’s actually Tom creating the visuals live as we perform.” When asked if he’s aware of the psychedelic visuals while on stage, or if they affect his performance, Brümmer’s quick to answer. “I don’t see anything when I play at all. We played at Old Bar the other night and a scuffle broke out during Wavygravy, right in front of the stage, and no one in the band saw it,” he laughs. “It’s not a dissociative thing. I think it’s just,” he pauses, searching for the right words, “it’s just pretty busy work.”

WORLD’S END PRESS play the Corner Hotel on Friday December 6, and Meredith Music Festival from Friday December 13 – Sunday December 15 .

THE JUNGLE GIANTS By Denver Maxx

High school is fucking awesome. Anyone who didn’t enjoy it is a sociaphobe or Hitler. It is a time when the ways of world are learned through a modified reality – a private, if you will, universe. High school is not where Brisbane band The Jungle Giants were formed, but it was where Sam Hales (vocals/guitar), Cesira Aitken (lead guitar), Andrew Dooris (bass guitar/backing vocals) and Keelan Bijker (drums) discovered each other and made the connection to them, two years post-school. “My band with Cesira was called Central Hero, Andrew and Keelan were in a band called Phaic Tan,” explains Hales about his and bandmates’ high school bands. “That’s actually how they spelled their name and when they played they would put up a big black banner with ‘Phaic Tan’ emblazoned across,” he adds in hysterical laughter. “Actually, it’s not that funny considering they always seemed to beat Cesira in the battle of bands comps,” concedes the frontman. Hales now clearly sets out how the reconnection between the formerly competitive bands was made post high school. “We were playing around I guess; we were still jamming and stuff and before my back room was a studio, it was just a crappy little room and we would always just meet up there and jam. It was so organic in that from there we just started playing shows and did our first recording together at the end

of 2010,” says Hales in a matter-of-fact way. Since forming in late 2010, The Jungle Giants, off the back of two EPs and the recently released LP Learn To Exist, have become Australia’s undisputed indie darlings with this fan-driven demand and passion for their music leading to them visiting Melbourne next Friday November 29 for an encore show at the Prince Bandroom following their sold-out Hi-Fi show at the beginning of October. To sum up the overall theme and mode of Learn To Exist, youthful, upbeat and energising are three words that immediately spring to mind. Hales now contends with idea of writing music that people like while not letting it become generic and predictable – something anyone who has heard the album would not accuse it of being. “The thing is, we haven’t totally cemented what The

THE JUNGLE GIANTS are playing on Friday November 29 at the Prince Bandroom. They will also be playing Big Day Out on Friday January 24 at Flemington Racecourse .

FLYYING COLOURS By Wayne Marshall

Brodie J Brümmer’s late. It’s been almost an hour since the singer and guitarist of local psych/shoegaze quartet Flyying Colours was due to call for our interview. I figure it’s got something to do with the excesses of the rock‘n’roll lifestyle. After all, Brümmer and his bandmates are on tour in Brisbane – their first tour of the sunshine state – and our chat is scheduled for mid-morning, a very un-rock‘n’roll timeslot. But then, exactly an hour from when he was due to call, my phone rings. It’s Brümmer. Turns out he forgot to factor in the time difference between states. If it wasn’t for Queensland’s lack of daylight savings, he’d be on time to the second. And that’s kinda how it rolls with Flyying Colours. For a young band, they’re remarkably focused and assured – albeit in a hazy, psychedelic kinda way. “We’re a family, man, we’ve known each other for like a thousand years,” Brümmer says, explaining the origins of Flyying Colours, who formed back in 2011. “Sam and Josh are brothers. We went to high school together. And now we all live together.” As well as having known each other since they were kids, it’s the commitment to music that’s helped forge the band’s incredible camaraderie. Hailing from Wagga, Brümmer knew early on that if he wanted to pursue music seriously, he had to make a geographical shift. The question for him, though – being caught between two equally distant capital cities – was whether to trek north to Sydney, or south to Melbourne. BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 34

Fortuitously for Flyying Colours, the band chose Melbourne. With a sound heavily influenced by the English shoegaze bands of the early ‘90s (My Bloody Valentine, Ride etc.), they’ve been able to slot nicely into Melbourne’s burgeoning shoegaze scene. Not only has it offered Flyying Colours the opportunity to connect with an established crowd, but it’s also allowed them to participate in what, according to Brümmer, is a thriving community of like-minded artists. “I find with the psych scene or the shoegaze scene,” he muses, “everyone’s really happy just to see another band that’s doing the same kind of thing, because everyone loves it so much. It’s a passion thing. There’s no, for want of a better word, wank about it.” And is the shoegaze tag something that bothers him? “But that’s what we kind of sound like,” he answers, totally at ease. “I started listening to My Bloody Valentine when I turned 18 and that just completely shifted my outlook on music.” Certainly, there are echoes of MBV’s psychedelic dreamscapes in Flyying Colours’ excellent debut

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FLYYING COLOURS launch their debut EP on Saturday November 23 at the Evelyn Hotel. The Flyying Colours EP is out now.


MIX MASTER MIKE words / daniel prior

The world of music has come a long way in the past two decades and DJing has become a walk in the park since the ‘90s. DJs now need only press a button and a song plays with pre-programmed scratches, fade outs and the next song lined up. DJs have become so common that most of them stop putting ‘DJ’ in front of their name. But while most DJs rise and fade away, one who has stuck it out and stayed strong is Mix Master Mike. A legend in the DJ world, coming to prominence in 1992 after winning the DJ Battle for World Supremacy; Mike has taken what most see as a halfbaked idea and turned it into a lifelong career. Striking it big when he became the resident DJ for the Beastie Boys, Mike has continued spinning tunes through the age of compact discs, the rise of iTunes and mp3s, and shows no signs of stopping as the technological revolution brings us to the world of the Cloud. “Technologies have changed everything so much, especially in the last ten years,” he notes.” It has its good and bad sides, I mean, I miss record shopping, but it has allowed us simplicity and access, so it’s hard to say one way or the other.”

But with ease and simplicity also comes apathy. An entire generation of listeners, forgoing the rich history of music in exchange for the ‘what’s hot’ and ‘fresh from the press’. “I feel listeners are getting a bit lazy, not as a whole, but there are a lot of people who only take a passive role with music. Hopefully I’m wrong, but I see a lot of people just downloading music without much interest or reason. Things aren’t as wide open as they used to be. Growing up, music was about exploring. We were explorers. It was a challenge to find something worth listening to, to be the one who found it and shared it with everyone. “That’s the reason why I do what I do. I’m here for the education. I’m spinning all this music; bringing back the ‘70s with the ‘90s and new stuff; it’s an opus, a stew that mixes and ties all these sounds together so that people can experience it and learn from it and hopefully go out and explore. That’s education.” But even most teachers begin to lose interest in their teachings after a few years. Mike, however, has maintained his passion and drive for over 20 years. In that time, he has become a three time-consecutive winner of the DMC World Championships,

worked with musical greats such as Fela Kuti, is often credited with inventing the ‘tweak scratch’ technique, and still believes his best lies ahead. “My career is based on reinvention year after year and it gets tiring. There’s never an end to this music thing. It’s a heavy addiction for me. But I love finding new ways of bending and shaping music. I am always trying to create my own path, and sometimes it makes me wonder ‘Is what I’m doing a bit too crazy?’ But crazy is good. Starting something is never bad, even if it means that others copy it. I love sometimes when I’ll hear someone say, ‘I remember when Mike did this thing and everyone jumped on it. I mean, I discovered dubstep in 2007 and brought it out to the States and made my own concoction of it.’ And that’s what I love doing, I wanna find the new stuff or create the new stuff and tell everyone ‘Hey! Check this out!’ And hopefully I create something relevant, because that is the ultimate goal with music: it’s to make something relevant, that lasts.” But in a world full of DJs, clicking away on their Macbook Pros and trying their best to mix Michael Jackson with Frank Zappa,

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Mike still believes in what he does, and that the art of DJing is still as strong as it has always been. Even when every second person with a half decent music collection decides to try their hand at it, Mike believes that it only serves to make the art form strong. “Everyone can say they’re a DJ, and it doesn’t matter. But it’s the DJ with the right mindset and the right intent who connects with the audience and makes something special because of it. It only makes the art stronger. Technology has made it easier to be a DJ, but DJing isn’t about the technology and knob-twisting. There’s enough knob-twisting going on already in the music industry. If you’re going to be a DJ, just be honest and make sure you’re about the music.”

Catch Mix Master Mix on Thursday November 21 at The Espy. www.mixmastermike.com

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on tour 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 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 PSYCHEMAGIK [UK] Saturday December 7, New Guernica 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 MK [USA] Sunday February 9, Revolver Upstairs DJ SHADOW [UK] Thursday February 13, Prince Bandroom 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

jon hopkins wo rd s / la c h la n k a n o n i u k

After standing just off to the side in the shadows amongst some of the world’s biggest and most respected producer talents, Londonbased artist Jon Hopkins experienced a worldwide burst of exposure with the release this year of his breathtaking solo album Immunity. Speaking from “East London, under the gray skies of England,” Hopkins recounts the lead-up to Immunity’s facilitation of his rise to electronic stardom. “It’s been a really gradual gradient. Admittedly, it’s really picked up a lot this year,” he says. “In particular, in the UK a couple years ago, I got a lot of attention for an album I did with King Creosote. Not quite the same way as this – it was more of a chilled affair. [I wasn’t] really doing the big club shows like I’m doing now, but it was a good preparation. I’m reasonably equipped to deal with the amount of activity this year.” As for why Immunity provided such a significant breakthrough as opposed to his three previous albums, Hopkins is philosophical. “Personally, I’m older and more knowledgeable about what I’m good at and what I’m not good at. I think with this album, I gave it the best chance possible by clearing out an amount of time to work on it. In the past I was doing so many projects at the same time, so I was never able to focus on my own material for more than a few weeks at a time.

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The folks behind Paradise Music Festival have revealed more acts for their debut. Leading the charge are local ambient beatmakers Rat & Co. Melbourne collective Spacewalk and record label Zero Through Nine to program the Alia Arthouse Bar. Spacewalk will present Gingus, 2fuddha, Island Universe, Null, Flow and Polat on Friday, while on the Saturday Zero Through Nine will present Sleep D, Leaks, Wabz and ZTN DJs. Paradise takes place over three days from Friday November 29 to Sunday December 1.

Marcus Worgul, Marcel Dettmann, Cassy, DVS1, Mario Basanov, Detroit Swindle, Legowelt, Redshape, Will Saul, Rustie, Jacques Greene, Kito, Reija Lee, Marcel Vogel, Andrew Weatherall, Smallpeople, Skudge, Roman Flügel, Silicone Soul

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The end of 2013 will see Hopkins bring Australia his live show, an outlet that has come into its own around the release of the new record. “It’s funny. In the last six months of touring, I’ve realised more than anything how much I respond to the audience. If they’re having a good time and they’re into it and feeling it, they give all of that back and I’ll play better. Luckily, for the most part the crowds have been brilliant so far. But you get these shows with a bit less energy, then it feels less creative. Even if you’re evolving your tracks onstage, it’s still not

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new music. I needed to get out of the studio and have a break from writing new music, so it was a perfect change.” The live setting is one with a few contradictions to overcome for electronic-based artists, with fans craving both familiarity while simultaneously wanting something revelatory – something more than they can experience by streaming a Boiler Room set from the comfort of their home. It’s a challenge that Hopkins deftly navigates. “I like to focus on what I consider the highlights of the album, then I will deviate a little bit, maybe show the crowd something I am working on now, or something like a live-only track. It focuses very much on the rhythmic side of things; I’m not currently addressing the more downtempo side of the album because the shows are in clubs. It’s been getting more intense.”

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[On] the other albums you can hear my stylistic interests changing throughout, where it’s not really one coherent work. This one I did in nine months – in one go, pretty much – and the result is that you can hear one train of thought. It’s simple as that.” After working alongside Brian Eno, Coldplay and the aforementioned King Creosote, Hopkins still cherishes the prospect of working with other talent – including recent tracks with Purity Ring and Bat For Lashes. “It’s a lot easier, collaborating. I find it inspiring to have a vocalist there. If someone’s there in the studio, the song can take three or four days. But if I’m working solo it can take up to six weeks. The highs of writing a solo track are great, there’s a euphoria that comes with it. But you have to work hard for it. There are ups and downs, really.”

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 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.

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tatanka

Two of the biggest Melbourne brands go head to head in a huge night with Italy’s Tatanka. Valerio Mascellino, better known as Tatanka (the native American term for ‘bison’) is the Italian hardstyle veteran and the owner of the label Zanzalabs. With over 18 years experience in the dance community, it is easy to see why Tatanka is the biggest Italian hardstyle export at the moment. Joining the sought after international will be a long line of local support over two rooms including Dynasty v Hawman, Bangerz & Masherz, DJ eM v V the Kid, Soul-T, Karpe-DM v Tensai, John Hardy v Lupco, Chris X v Dapimp, Dave Knox v Uforia, Kemikal Konjestion v Psyren and DJ Practise. It’s all happening at Chasers on Friday November 22. Tickets are on sale now from Moshtix.

beats recommends: melbourne music week Melbourne Music Week is in full swing and after killing parties with Justin Van Der Volgen, Hieroglyphic Being and Shed to name a few, this week they’ve got Jacques Lu Cont taking over The Residence on Friday November 22, Jonwayne on Saturday November 23 and Awesome Tapes From Africa. Get down.

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Where’s the strangest place you’ve woken up? I woke up on a couch after a crazy house party in North Melbourne the other week, the glass front door slammed and broke. I proceeded to try and help and ended up cutting my hand. Describe yourself using the title of a song. Conscious of My Conscience What was the weirdest thing you believed as a child? That Shell petrol stations were evil, because my dad used to work for BP. The most awkward moment you’ve had as a DJ?  Drinking a crystal decanter full of Purple (Sizurp) on stage in Revolvers front room at 5am wearing an American flag shirt and playing trap. What would be the worst dance track in the world to be tortured with on repeat? Tiesto - Adagio For Strings. It’s sacrilege. What’s the most played record in your bag? Right now it’s a toss between Velvet Season and The Hearts Of Gold - Truth Machine For Lovers and Nadie la Fonde - Three Way Situation What question would you like to ask an omniscient, all-knowing being before you die?  Is it a burden/boring knowing everything? If you hadn’t made it as a DJ, what job would you choose to work in instead? I’d re invigorate my jazz trumpet career, produce instrumental music or radio. When and where is your next gig?  Section 8 and Ferdydurke Laneway party for Melbourne Music Week supporting Electric Wire Hustle with The Operatives Thursday November 21. facebook.com/eddfish3r soundcloud.com/edd-fisher


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wednesday november 20 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 21 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.

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.

friday november 22 RUBIX FRIDAYS: FEAT - GRIFF & KODIAK KID Rubix Warehouse, Brunswick 4pm BASE PRESENTS: GETTER Rubix Warehouse, Brunswick 4pm 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.

saturday november 23 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

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

thursday november 21 PENNIES Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. $6.

friday november 22

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

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sunday november 24 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 25 MIXTAPE MONDAYS Rubix Warehouse, Brunswick 4pm IBIMBO - FEAT: LADY NOIR & KITI Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 6:00pm. KOOL AID - FEAT: DJ MU-GEN Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. STIFF DRINK - FEAT: DJ MICHAEL KUCYK + DJ MICHAEL OZONE + DJ ROMAN WAFERS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. TWERKERS CLUB - FEAT: DJ FLETCH Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. tuesday november 26 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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rhythm-al-ism at eden

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urban club guide wednesday november 20

workshop

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.

+ 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 23

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.

electronic - urban - club life

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 25

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

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INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH

MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWS & GOSSIP

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

LIVE NATION BUYING U2 AND MADONNA MANAGEMENT Global tour promoter Live Nation is buying out U2 manager Paul McGuiness’ company Principle and Madonna’s management company Maverick (run by Guy Oseary) for US$30 million. The merged company will see McGuiness become chairman while Oseary will take over U2’s day to day stuff. McGuiness, who has guided U2’s career from the start, has dropped hints that at aged 54, he wants to give up some of the Irish superstar band’s day to day operations.

FACE THE MUSIC ANOTHER SELL-OUT Face The Music, held on Friday and Saturday, reached capacity again, and proved itself to be a major Melbourne event. [There were many highlights, including Michael Gudinski’s spray at the State Government for not supporting the music sector, and panels about the changing role of managers (they do so much that now record companies follow their lead), the future of music festivals (not enough headliners, it admitted, but Big Day Out’s Ken West declared “I don’t believe there’s a crisis (with festivals]”), the importance of getting a song onto an ad, film or TV (Melbourne’s Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes’ appearance in a Heineken jingle led to a US record deal) and a 2014 prediction where the panelists reckoned there’d be a surge in live music activity in Australia.] This year a newly created musicmakers workshop program saw huge demand for one-on-one meetings and master-class opportunities to find out the trade secrets of artists including Illy, Courtney Barnett, Oval, Mantra, Suzanne Espie and M-Phazes. See Industrial Strength Online at beat.com.au for full report.

HIGHWAY TO HELL #1 FOR CHRISTMAS? Odds on AC/DC’s Highway To Hell bagging the UK Christmas Number One slot have been slashed from 10/1 to 3/1. A Facebook campaign for people to buy the track attracted over 100,000 likes in four days. The idea is to stop the X Factor winner from getting the slot. In 2009, a campaign to get Rage Against The Machine’s 1993 single Killing In The Name to top spot saw Joe McElderry become the first X Factor contestant to lose a Christmas #1.

ARIA ANNOUNCES PERFORMERS FOR AWARDS ... Alicia Keys, Flume, Tame Impala, Birds of Tokyo, Vance Joy, Bliss N Eso, Jessica Mauboy, Samantha Jade, Sheppard, The Potbelleez, Stafford Bros and Alison Wonderland will perform at the ARIA Awards this year. The sell-out show on Sunday December 1 at the Star Event Centre in Sydney will be broadcast that night on Go!

…AND LAUNCHES CHARTS APP ARIA launched its own charts app on music streaming service Spotify. It features each week’s charts, such as albums and singles, as well as all of ARIA’s specialty charts (jazz, country, Australian), each with streaming links. It’s found on the Spotify App Finder in the left hand menu.

MELBOURNE PRIZE WINNERS ANNOUNCED The winners of the $100,000 Melbourne Prize for Music 2013 saw classical composer and conductor Brett

Dean get the $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Music. Jazz guitarist Stephen Magnusson, who recently won the Bell award for best contemporary jazz album for Magnet, took out the $30,000 Outstanding Musicians Award. He also received a $2,500 Qantas international travel credit. The $13,000 Development Award went to pianist, vocalist, saxophonist and composer Kate Kelsey-Sugg, to help develop her music career. It includes $7,000 cash and a $6,000 Yamaha Music Australia grant. KelseySugg also received the 2013 Residency with the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne.

THINGS WE HEAR • Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 went straight to #1 in the US, selling 792,000 copies in its first week. He’s also the first lead artist since The Beatles to chart four songs in the US Top 20 at the same time. • A Michigan university has reinstalled a swinging pendulum sculpture that was causing a stir on campus after students used it to mimic Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball video that showed the singer riding on a wrecking ball, naked. • Franz Ferdinand’s Melbourne and Sydney shows last week sold-out. • Jailed Pussy Riot singer Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who sent alarm bells ringing when she “disappeared” from prison, has been found after 26 days. Russian prison authorities claimed she was in a prison hospital in Western Siberia for tuberculosis although her husband says she doesn’t suffer from it. • Bendigo musician Luke Owens has won the national 2013 Pride of Australia Young Leader medal for his work with the homeless. The 21-year old set up Bendigo for Homeless Youth last year and raised $500,000 in nine months. • Robbie Williams claimed that he had to pay RCA £1.5 million (A$2.58 million) to release him from his Take That record contract. • Sydney venues update: TEDxSydney founder Remo Giuffre is eyeing a four storey Darlinghurst building to open a membership based city cafe, live events space, rooftop bar and seven days a week live video streaming hub of content coming out of the site’s daily talks, discussions and presentations, the Mumbrella site revealed. Meantime Darling Harbour live entertainment venues The Watershed Hotel and Cohibar are up for sale, as is the Palms nightclub. • Is global online retailer Amazon about to launch an online store in Australia? We’re told that thousands of products will no longer be sold through Australian distributors but directly to consumers, with up to 50% lower prices. Amazon’s already set up an office in Sydney and found a 6,000 sq. m warehouse. • Justin Timbertake pocketed $1.3 million for a solo acoustic set at the 10th wedding Anniversary party of Smartwater and Vitaminwater founder J. Darius Bikoff and wife Jill. There were burlesque dancers modelling on each table.

LORDE SIGNS $2.5M PUBLISHING DEAL

Lorde celebrated her 17th birthday by signing a A$2.5 million publishing deal with a small US music publisher. Songs Music Publishing. With Royals last week spending its 7th week at #1 in America, bidding for her publishing was heated. Among the suitors was Sony/ATV, who signed her co-writer Joel Little, but dropped out. Publishers seldom pay newcomers this kind of money. Lorde’s manager Tim Youngson said, “Even before signing her they were bringing her options for collaborations and introducing her to other songwriters. The decision wasn’t made on money.” Songs Music’s founder and CEO, Matt Pincus, son of private-equity mogul Lionel Pincus, said he began chasing Lorde in February. Lorde was recently cited by Time magazine as one of most influential teenagers in the world, alongside NZ golf champ Lydia Ko (16), Malala Yousafzai, 16, the Pakistani activist who was shot in the head for standing up for the education of girls under Taliban rule; Malia Obama, 15, one of US President’s daughters; and Justin Bieber.

MUSICOZ LEGENDS AND WINNERS Musicoz’s Australian Independent Music Awards saw Bliss N Eso, Native Ryme, Irwin Thomas, Tania Doko, Kate Monroe, The Three Waiters and Mel Jade lauded as Musicoz Legends. I Am Sam, London-born and Sydney-based were named Artist of the Year. Winners’ songs included those by The Meadow (acoustic), Battleships (alt), Mama Kin (blues roots), Jono Fernandez (producer DJ), Silver Cities (Christian/spiritual), Kate Cook (country), Rose Wintergreen (dance/ electronica), Oumi Kapila (instrumental), Colin Bullock (international), Claude Hay (live), Manjia Luo Manjia Music (jazz/classical), Gay Paris (metal/hardcore), Exit (pop, schoolies), July Days (rock), Blaq Carrie (urban), Leisure Bandits (video) and Gypsys Gift (world/folk).

VANCE JOY GOES TRIPLE PLATINUM Vance Joy’s Riptide has gone triple platinum (210,000 copies) and his God Loves You When You’re Dancing EP has just been certified gold (35,000). The EP is released this month in the UK while the singer-songwriter is in Seattle cutting tracks for his debut album with US producer Ryan Hadlock.

TRIPLE J ANNOUNCES VIDEO NOMINEES Nominees for triple j’s J Award for Australian Music Video of the Year are The Paper Kites’ Young (Darcy Prendergast), Clubfeet’s Everything You Wanted ( Josh Thomas), Bluejuice’s SOS (Christian J Heinrich and Nicholas Rabone), Vance Joy’s Riptide (Laura Gorun), Kingswood’s Ohio (Matt Campbell) and Thundamentals’ Smiles Don’t Lie (Adam Callen).

I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN SIGN WITH EPITAPH

PPCA, OZCO, DELIVER RECORDING GRANTS

The reunited I Killed The Prom Queen signed with hardcore label Epitaph. Guitarist Jona Weinhofen got to know how they operated while playing with Brit metalcore merchants Bring Me The Horizon, stating “I knew exactly what Epitaph was capable of and that it would be the perfect home for I Killed The Prom Queen.” The band’s third album, tracked at Studio Fredman in Sweden with Fredrik Nordstrom (Bring Me The Horizon, In Flames) is out next year.

The PPCA and the Australia Council Recording Artist Grant supports Australian artists in creating new recordings. The grant is primarily associated with recording, although promotion of the track(s) is also considered. Applicants must be registered with the PPCA under its Artist Direct Distribution Scheme. For more information and to apply go to australiacouncil. gov.au/grants/2013/PPCA-Recording-ArtistInitiative. Submissions close Monday December 9.

WAN TE D

LIFELINES LIFELINES Recovering: Beck revealed to an interview with Argentina’s Pagina/12 why it’s taken his next album six years to surface: “I had severe damage to my spine, but now it’s improving so I’m back in the music. It was a long, long recovery. Lately I concentrated on playing guitar. Do not think I can move again as before, although I can give a lot onstage.” Ill: former UFO bass player Pete Way, 62, is suffering from prostate cancer. Sued: Jay-Z by US label TufAmerica which claims that he illegally sampled the mid-’90s song Hook & Sling (sung by Eddie Bo and produced by Al Scramuzza) for the rapper’s 2009 hit Run This Town, which featured Rihanna and Kanye West. In the past the label has also sued John Legend, Christina Aguilera (for Ain’t No Other Man) and Kanye (twice!). Charged: ten people – including a man allegedly caught with 53 ecstasy tablets – with drug offences when police raided two boats on Sydney Harbour on which dance parties were to be held on Saturday afternoon. Forty-one ravers were searched, police said. Charged: British folk singer Roy Harper, 72, with sexually abusing a girl from the age of 12 between the years 1975 to 1977. Died: Byron Bay jazz musician/surfer Dave Ades, 52, after a two year battle with lung cancer. He had earlier nursed his wife Melissa as she died from the same disease, and musicians set up benefit concerts in Sydney, Melbourne and Bangalow so he could have expensive treatment in Germany. Ades was born in the UK, and moved with his family to Australia in 1969. In his early teens he found surfing and taught himself to play drums and flute. At 18, he found jazz pioneer Charlie Parker and, inspired by how someone “interpreted their life through their music”, had a life changing experience. He recorded and played with some of the best jazz players here and abroad, living in New York for a few years where he experienced first-hand the best players. In August he went to New York, knowing he was at the end of his life, and recorded his final album, A Life in a Day. At his memorial in Byron Bay, a Dixieland band played while surfers took his ashes to his beloved ocean. Died: Algerian-born, San Franciscobased global house DJ, producer and musician, Cheb I Sabbah, after a two year battle with stomach cancer. He was 66. Born Haim Serge El Baz, he moved to Paris and then to America, where in 1989 he changed his name Cheb I Sabbah (“young of the morning”). His albums mixed world music, poetry and theatre.

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THE AUSTRALIAN TATTOO AND BODY ART EXPO The Australian Tattoo and Body Art Expo will return to Melbourne for its third year of special guests, entertainment, and of course, tattoos, late this November. Featuring everything from burlesque performances to a kids’ corner, this year’s expo will welcome guests from around the world, including pin up model Sabina Kelley and tattoo artist Billy Decola. It takes place from Friday November 29 to Sunday December 1 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

BILLY DECOLA By Zoe Radas

Over the last few years, Billy DeCola has been trekking across the world like an absolute pilgrim. His two season stint on NY Ink broadcast his tattoo apprenticeship all over the place, and he’s now a coveted artist in his own right and visits conventions and parlours for residencies almost constantly. This year’s stint at the Melbourne Tattoo and Body Art Expo will be the Vancouver native’s fifth time in Australia in the last year. “I go to Perth a lot,” he says in his velvety accent. “It’s just cool. There’s a shop over there I work at. And I started some big pieces so any time I go out there I have people to work on.” And people do wait for DeCola to come back, even if it’s going to be bloody ages. “If I start a piece and somebody else finishes it, that’s disrespectful,” he says. “An artist would never do that, well, they shouldn’t do that. The other thing is if you get a piece started, why would you want someone else to finish it? Unless you’re unhappy with it.” The theme of respect is woven deeply through everything the tattooist has to say. When speaking about those young tattooists who shower DeCola with questions over social media, he tries to explain the difference between wanting to encourage and holding things guarded. “I try to draw a line – there’s a fine line between giving back to tattooing and just taking information that was given to me that’s kind of sacred, and passing it on to people,” he says, pausing to think. “You have to earn your apprenticeship,” he says firmly. “While I’ll give some a little bit of information, like what type of ink [I] use, I...never discuss technique.” That stuff is reserved for your apprentice, and DeCola asserts he may never choose to take one on. “Maybe my daughter, I’ll let my daughter be my apprentice,” he says warmly. “So by the time she’s 20 I’ll be ready to take an apprentice.” His ideas on why and when

an artist might endeavour to mentor someone else are solid. “I think it’s ridiculous when you see people that have been tattooing for five years and they have 12 apprentices. I want to do the opposite. I want to wait, and when I’m considered a master, then I’ll take an apprentice. If you look at Chris Carver, he is one of my idols; he’s been tattooing 20 years and he still hasn’t had an apprentice. I look at him and I say that’s the way it’s supposed to be. That’s the way you’re supposed to respect the industry.” DeCola has said in the past that although it was difficult going through his own apprenticeship in front of television cameras, he’s grateful that it gave him invaluable exposure early on in his career. The idea started for him when he was living in Japan, working in a totally unrelated industry. “I had no idea that I wanted to tattoo while I was living [there],” he laughs. “I lived there for about ten years and started off teaching English, and then I had my own company importing/exporting professional video equipment. At that time I started getting tattooed...but I never thought to myself ‘I’m going to be a tattoo artist.’” Then the economy crashed and DeCola lost everything he had, which is when Ami James asked if he’d like a job at his tattoo shop. “I got a job just sweeping the floor, being the floor guy. From there, that’s when I realised that tattooing was something I might want to try.”

DeCola speaks passionately when we talk about the rapid rate at which some young enthusiasts want to be covered up, getting a sleeve in a day. “I think it waters it down a lot,” DeCola offers. “Along with getting tattooed there’s a lot of responsibilities on both sides. And I think the responsibility of the person getting tattooed is to go out and seek an artist that’s going to give them the art they want.” The view that convoluted meaning has to be present in the art is something he shoots down, though: “It doesn’t always have to have meaning; a lot of my tattoos have no meaning whatsoever. I just thought it was a cool design, and got it done. But as far as choosing a quality artist, I think there’s no excuse...there’s a list of amazing artists in Australia, there’s talent all over the place.” From the other side, DeCola recognises the

responsibilities he himself has as the artist. “I was taught at least, you should never tattoo somebody [where] the tattoo’s going to have a negative effect on their life. You could be 18 years old, and yeah it’s legal to get tattooed, but that doesn’t mean that I’m going to put a big job-stopper on your neck. Every artist is different, but I think it’s important for these young guys coming up, and even some of the older guys... to use their better judgement, and make sure you’re looking out for people.”

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SABINA KELLEY By Tamara Vogl

‘Hardcore’ tattooing is a corporeal art form seldom practiced by many women, let alone those who model. Pin up icon Sabina Kelley, however, has defied traditional aesthetics of beauty that has seen the heavily tattooed glamour forge a long-spanning modelling career over the past 11 years. Once a small town ballerina, Kelley’s opportunity to model fell into her lap after she had been dancing professionally at the Moulin Rouge and the Jubilee in Paris and Las Vegas respectively. The showgirl was warned to steer clear from tattoos, which many believed would hinder her modelling career. Sabina’s longstanding obsession with tattoos, however, encouraged her to ignore the surrounding advice. A decade on, Kelley can boast work with some of photography’s finest including David La Chappelle and Bunny Yeager. Revered within the tattoo world, Sabina has marked her legacy through countless magazine covers, and most recently her work on television program Best Ink. Invited as a VIP guest for the Australian Tattoo and Body Art Expo, Beat speaks with Sabina about her love for ink, modelling and the huge rise in tattoo culture over the past decade. At the relatively late age of 20, Kelley got her first tattoo - a classic horseshoe on the nape of her neck. Her dancing career had always acted as a barrier for pursuing her infatuation with ink, on account of the industry’s disapproval of tattooing. It was after a sour trip in Paris, while dancing at the Moulin Rouge, that Kelley decided to go ahead with her first tattoo. The venue had disillusioned the young dancer, who decided to return home much earlier than anticipated. “Honestly I hated it,” she explains, “I was on a one year contract, but I came back after one month. We lived in the Red Light District. It was really sketchy and I saw a lot of bad things.” Kelley’s prolific tattoo work did not occur through episodes of poor judgement, nor feelings of addiction, rather, she had known for a long time that she always wanted to get two full sleeves. Unsure of why this was, she explains the look had always been appealing to her. “Growing up, I never did see many girls who were tattooed. One time I saw a really pretty girl on a cover of a tattoo magazine and I thought, ‘She can pull it off. She can still be pretty and not look hardcore.’” With a passion for ‘vintage’, Kelley’s love for old cars and classic ‘40s and ‘50s style saw her frequenting rockabilly conventions. It wasn’t too long until the BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 40

statuesque platinum blonde beauty was asked to shoot for a cover with Hot Rod Magazine. “It kinda snow balled from there,” Kelley explains, “I did it for fun as an extra hobby. It sort of fell in my lap and I ran with it. It turned from a hobby into my career.” The modelling world, however, can usually exert a strong authority over what is right and wrong for a woman’s body. Tattooing was certainly deemed as a clear fashion ‘don’t’. “I don’t like people telling me what I can and can’t do,” Kelley says. “Modelling was never something that I wanted to be or do. So when photographers were telling me you will never be a model if you get your other arm tattooed, I didn’t like that.” For a while her one sleeve was acceptable, given that she could hide it through various angles and poses; however it bothered Kelley that there were no heavily tattooed models. “I was breaking grounds and pushing the boundaries. I was unique and it benefited me in a way.” While she has worked with Vogue Italia (her tattoos covered in the shoot), Kelley notes a lack of representation of heavily tattooed women within the high fashion world. “I kinda trail brazed through the alternative scene,” Kelley explains. “But I would like to do more in the high fashion world…they [heavily

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tattooed women] are not accepted but men are.” Despite this, Kelley has still worked with some of the most highly regarded fashion photographers, namely David La Chappelle. She describes him as “incredible” having worked with him several times, where he has even shot her children. “I can’t even explain,” she laughs. “He is such an artist. I worked with him really well. I had heard from a lot of people he is difficult to work with. He loved the kids. Anything the kids wanted, the kids got. He was like a little kid himself.” The rise in tattoo culture over the past decade has “gotten huge” according to Kelley. “I don’t really understand why it’s getting so big now,” she explains, “I think it’s the ‘cool’ factor. Those people getting it to be ‘cool’ will regret it later. Tattoos should always mean something.” Kelley has expanded her career to umbrella businesswoman too. Her tattoo removal business, however, has caused a bit of a stir with some

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who believe it works in opposition to tattoo culture. “Most of the people who have hard timed me about it were 18 or 19-year-olds who were not heavily tattooed,” she says, “Most of the people I work with are actually heavily tattooed and are removing their tattoos to get more.” Not her first trip to Australia, Kelley explains her fan base here is huge. She has previously headlined at the Sydney Tattoo Expo’s but this will be her first trip to Melbourne. “Australia is probably one of my favourite places in the world,” she says, “I love it. I have a lot of friends and for some reason unknown to me it’s my biggest fan base.” Get inked with Sabina Kelly as she visits as part of The Australian Tattoo and Body Art Expo from Friday November 29 to Sunday December 1 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.


LIQUID SILVER TATTOO

“I want to get a tattoo of myself on my entire body, only taller” – Steven Wright, comedian “I’m gonna stop the boats. t.A.T.u. are my favourite Russian pop duo. SWAG” – Tony Abbott, politician From ancient tribes such as the Maoris in New Zealand to North American bikers in the ‘60s and ‘70s, tattoos have a powerful and prominent place throughout history. Culturally, particularly in the Western world, tattoos are quickly losing their traditional associations with deviancy – it is estimated that 25% of Australians under 30 are tattooed. Like its artistic cousin, graffiti, tattoos are now rarely affiliated with an element of criminality (except for places such as Japan, where tattoos are widely associated with the yakuza) and have now become appreciated for their brilliant artistry, symbolism and downright beauty. I, for one, like to symbolise how many punk ass gangstas I’ve popped by tattooing a teardrop underneath my eye for each fool that disses my rhymes. So far, that’s been zero, so technically I don’t have a tattoo but the point is tattoos are an open form of expression. The Australian Tattoo & Body Art Expo boasts over 40,000 visitors nationwide, highlighting just how thriving body ink culture has become. As society becomes more comfortable with tattoos entering the mainstream, more and more people will begin expressing themselves through their body art. After all, no canvas is more natural and alive than the human body. What happens during the tattoo consultation? During a consultation the prospective client will be listened to first and foremost about their tattoo design. Then we will give them some ideas that may work well with their design, like colors, shading effects, background, styles of writing, etc. We will photocopy similar images for them to look at and take home if they are unsure of what they want and we will also design a tattoo for them with the artist’s original touch added. All our artists like to put their artistic spin on the client’s design unless specified by the client not to. After both parties have agreed and are happy with the design we will give them an estimate of cost as well as time it will take and then proceed to book them in with a day and time that suits. The client is always explained what to expect pain wise and to let the artist know if they need a break at any stage during their tattoo. When the consultation is finished the client will be given a business card with all our info on it and a farewell until we meet again. Do you guys do piercings? Yes we do piercings. Our Stacey has been doing piercings for over seven years and loves all aspects of the piercing world and she is very knowledgeable in the industry. Do you sell gift certificates? We do sell Liquid Silver gift certificates all year through and they are a great gift idea leading up to Christmas time. Do you accept walk-ins? Yes we do plenty of walk-ins. If the artists aren’t busy and the design isn’t too complicated, the client can be done almost straight away. If there is a bit of preparation needed our clients are offered a can of soft drink or bottle of water (complimentary of course) and they can chill out on one of our comfy lounges or wing back chairs or jump on one of our two large computers or just watch T.V. If you could tattoo anyone in the world (living or dead), who would it be and what would you tattoo on them? I would tattoo Woody from Toy Story and put a real tattoo of his owner’s name, Andy, on the sole of his foot. If tattooing was made illegal tomorrow what would you do for a living? I would become a laborer and work for my mate who is a landscape gardener and get a bit of the good old outdoors running back through my veins. Tattooing for 23 years I do miss getting dirty. Have you noticed a shift in the trend of tattoo customers? Yes I have noticed a shift! The shift in my eyes happened a while ago when most tattoo studios started tattooing as many females as males. More 50-yearolds and up have also been coming through the doors of studios being recently divorced or separated and letting loose with a tattoo they may of wanted years ago and now are doing it. As clientele tattoo trends go, heavily tattooed clients are loving the thick, bold, simplistic look of the old sailor tattoos which have gone around in a big circle and are back in vogue with a lot of tattoo collectors. How many tattoos are there on the collective staff of the studio? Too many to count them all! Some have morphed into walking one-piece body suits. Come in and see for your selves and do a tattoo count of your own. Do you all argue over the music in the studio? Yes, yes and yes! We have 25 or 30 different playlists of eight to ten different tattooists that work from our beautiful studio on Hoddle St. We try and be fair but when someone is not looking and it’s a smooth, sneaky transition from one playlist to another (un-noticed by the playlist DJ), we give credit to the sneaky one and their music stays on! (For a while anyway.) We all love music at our studio and plenty of variety is heard every week. Have you won any awards? I have won several awards back in the day being that I’ve been tattooing for 23 years but now it’s all my talented artists that are pushing me to one side and taking gold! We have a great atmosphere at our studio and a vast variety of talent which my business partner and I are most proud! 58 Hoddle St, Abbotsford (03) 9417 6669

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THIRD EYE TATTOO

EAST BRUNSWICK TATTOO

What types of ID do you accept? Drivers license, learner permit, probationary license, passport, gun license, boat license. What happens during the tattoo consultation? We discuss the ideas that that client has put forward, what we think will work best and develop on ideas with the artist that best suits the work they are after. The consultation is a vital part of the process between the artist and client to build on concepts, ideas and create a great design. What happens during the tattoo consultation? We set aside enough time for customers to have a good chat with the artists. They talk about the reference images that the customer has brought in and what they are wanting to get/where/how big etc. Also work out what will and won’t work and suggest some ideas about making the idea as best as possible.

What happens if I don’t show up for my tattoo appointment? If we do not receive more than 48 hours the booking deposit is lost.

What happens if I don’t show up for my tattoo appointment? We keep your deposit, track you down and whip you.

How do you diplomatically counsel someone with a really ugly tattoo idea? We discuss why we think the idea would not work but work with the concept and design possibilities. If someone puts forth an ‘ugly’ tattoo idea, we develop on ideas and thoughts and guide the client to other options that would work well and stem from their first concepts.

What should I do before my appointment? Go to the bank, check your balance… Can I get drunk, high or otherwise intoxicated before my appointment? No. But we can. How do you diplomatically counsel someone with a really ugly tattoo idea? “Please sit down kind sir…ok your idea is pretty shit…how about we do this?”

Can I get drunk, high or otherwise intoxicated before my appointment? No.

Some people want tattoos in very intimate places. How do you go about it professionally? Treat all clients with respect and screen off the area that they are being tattooed in. We pride ourselves in being very accepting and understanding of people’s comforts when in for a booking. Do you sell gift certificates? Yes we do. $50, $100 and open amount. Valid for 12 months and available in store.

Some people want tattoos in very intimate places. How do you go about it professionally? People who get ‘intimate places’ tattooed generally don’t get very serious tattoos. So we all have a laugh (in the most professional way) together….professionally. Do you sell gift certificates? Sure do! Either come in and grab one from the shop or our online store thirdeyetattoostudio.com Do you accept walk-ins? Most definitely! Seven days a week. We love doing walk-ins! Would you say the studio has a particular style it adheres to? Artists have their own style. We have artist who specialise in portraiture/realism, traditional, Japanese, Neo Traditional etc. Who are the current resident artists on staff ? Crispy Lennox, Marshall, Charlie Gerardin, Bugsy, Oliver Christenson and Nick Rutherford. What three tattoos are you sick of being asked for? A feather with birds flying out of it, or any variation of; the ‘infinity’ symbol or any variation of; ANY inside of finger tattoo. No it won’t make you look like Rihanna. My mate tattoos from home. He’s really good though. Why shouldn’t I just get him to do my tattoo for real cheap? Yes! Please do! Then come back to us and ask us to fix it, and probably a good idea to go get a blood test. Anything else to add? thirdeyetattoostudio.com for all details 700 Nicholson St, Fitzroy North (03) 9486 1333

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Do you accept walk-ins? Absolutely! Depending on time availabilities it is best to contact us prior to coming in. What’s the story behind the shop’s name? East Brunswick Tattoos. We are on Lygon St and wanted more of a description to our name to avoid clients going to the Carlton end. Sometimes it works. How many artists are currently on staff ? We currently have six artists on board that cover a vast array of styles. From black and grey portraiture to bold and colour full oriental. If tattooing was made illegal tomorrow what would you do for a living? Bootlegging tattoos for the masses. Which three tattoos are you sick of being asked for? Infinity symbols, Edwardian script, anything that turns into birds. What is different about tattooing in Melbourne? The weather every 15 minutes. There is a great culture for the industry as a whole within Melbourne and boasts some great talent artists. Friendly competition and striving to stand aside and better ourselves. Can I touch your tattoos? Yes. But there is a handling fee. Anything else to add? We are open 11am – 7pm, Monday through Saturday and clients are always welcome to drop by anytime and discuss ideas, concepts or just check us out! 526 Lygon St, East Brunswick (03) 9386 1750

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GREEN LOTUS TATTOO

Who are the current resident artists on staff ? Hal Cheshire, Nicole Draeger, Kane Berry, Tashi Dukanovic, Jay Goodman, Godfrey Atlantis, Biee Sae Tang, and guest artists. If tattooing was made illegal tomorrow what would you do for a living? Continue to tattoo.  Have you named your irons? Machines are named after the builders who made them. How many tattoos are there on the collective staff of the studio? Impossible to answer. Have you noticed a shift in the trend of tattoo customers? Yes, it’s constantly changing and that’s what makes our craft so interesting.  Which three tattoos are you sick of being asked for? Never get sick of tattooing any design.  What happens if I don’t show up for my tattoo appointment? It’ll cost you $100. What do you think about tattoo regulation, and the laws that are currently being passed? We think it’s sad and ridiculous that the government have chosen to scapegoat the biker affiliates in this country – this definitely has a hidden agenda! Regardless of your view on the biker crews they have played an historical role in this craft and it should be respected. This legislation is not about regulation – it’s about identification. That the tattoo craft is being used to do this is absolute rubbish. The Act also requires permits for visiting artists as well as the registration of all studios except those artists performing “cosmetic tattooing” are exempt. Hello...it’s a joke! Do you create art outside of tattooing? Always, you can find our artwork for sale on our website.  Face/hand/neck tattoos? Not unless you’re rockin’ sleeves.

DOWN TO EARTH TATTOO

Anything else to add? Get tattooed, it makes you walk faster! 300 Sydney Rd, Brunswick (03) 9388 2855

Are you regulated or licensed in any way? Yes. The Health Department comes and inspects the shop twice a year. We are licensed under the skin penetration law. What happens during the tattoo consultation? During a consultation we try to get as much information as we can about the tattoo they want before we start drawing the tattoo. It also gives us a chance to get to know the customer a little bit to get a feel of what would suit the customer. What should I do before my appointment? You should always eat about an hour before your appointment and drink lots of water to stay hydrated. Do you guys do piercings? Yes, myself Rob Wog and Holly both specialise in piercing as well as tattooing. Do you sell gift certificates? Yes. Do you accept walk-ins? Yes we do. Myself, Rob Wog and Maisen love doing walk-ins. When I was a kid growing up, most tattoo shops were walk-in shops. I’ve always liked the challenge of tattooing on the spot. Would you say the studio has a particular style it adheres to? No, all artists at Down To Earth Tattoos specialise in different areas and forms of art in tattooing, so we can cater for everyone. Who are the current resident artists on staff ? Rob Wog (who likes various styles of tattooing), Holly (who specialises in realism such as portraits etc.), Lena ( who specialises in realism but enjoys most styles), Maisen and Jackson (both traditional style tattoo artists) and Craig (realism and portrait style tattooing). Do you create art outside of tattooing? Yes, four of the artists – Maisen, Craig, Rob Wog and Jackson – play in bands in the local Melbourne music scene. Anything else to add? Down To Earth Tattoos has been established for 18 years now. We are all friendly and accommodating. We are also vegan friendly. 305 Keilor Rd, Essendon (03) 9379 9540 CHECK OUT ALL THE LATEST NEWS, REVIEWS AND FREE SHIT AT BEAT.COM.AU

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Who are the current resident artists on staff ? Adam Keenan (Coach), Holly Saville, Rob Ting and Curran James (Dark Horse). Who are the current guest artists on staff ? Rowan Kennedy, Reece Saville (Lone Wolf ) and Alex Coles (Shadow Cobra) all work out of Sideshow when they are in the area. And yes, they are stupid nicknames. Do you accept walk-ins? We often have room for walk-ins but we don’t have a set day for them, It just ends up being luck of he draw Do you have an idiot tax? By that I mean if someone comes in with a bad attitude or a shitty idea do you charge them more? No, but they might not end up not getting tattooed. How do you diplomatically counsel someone with a really ugly tattoo idea? If you don’t listen, you will probably end up with a really ugly tattoo. If you could tattoo anyone in the world (living or dead), who would it be and what would you tattoo on them?  Hitler, forehead, “I Love Jews” Face/hand/neck tattoos? Go on? Have you named your irons? Sunbeam and Homemaker? If tattooing was made illegal tomorrow what would you do for a living? Crimes. Have you won any awards? Heavyweight Champions, i wouldn’t bother fact checking that if I were you. Whats the longest session someone has done in the studio? About 12 hours, we just couldn’t get the accordion player to stop. Side show tattoos 534 Mount Alexander Rd, Ascot vale. (03) 93261264

Purity Tattoo & Body Piercing “horror realism” and really detailed things. I try to keep tattooists in house that can do everything that comes through the front door, not just traditional. We enjoy tattooing in general, not just what styles we want to tattoo ourselves. Who are the current resident artists on staff ? Mik Dwyer, Darcy Neve, Arron Fordham. What’s the longest session someone has done in the studio? I tattooed a client that flew in from Indonesia for 9.5 hours straight. He flew in on the Friday night, Saturday all day, and was back at the airport early Sunday morning to fly home! It was pretty tough the next morning for both of us I think! What happens during the tattoo consultation? We talk about tattoo placement, actual style of design, if it will be colour or black and grey and also go over any reference pictures the client brings in with them. We sort out the deposit and try get as much information to get as close as we can to the client’s request. Can I get drunk, high or otherwise intoxicated before my appointment? NO and if you turn up drug induced, drunk or pilling off your face or on anything you won’t be tattooed and you will lose your deposit. Most people think for some reason you need to be fucked up to be tattooed due to the pain – the only thing it all does is amp up all the bad feelings and make it way worse. Do you guys do piercings? Yes, we do body piercing of all types, custom tattooing of all styles, artwork and scarification as well. We try to cover everything most people need. We also order custom body jewelry with overnight delivery and sell body jewelry in store, t-shirts, hats as well. How do you diplomatically counsel someone with a really ugly tattoo idea? We try to explain it won’t transfer well as an actual tattoo or if it’s really bad we will just tell them that it’s just a plain bad idea. Most young people especially are super vain so if you tell them it’s not “hot” they will drop the idea real quick! hahaha Do you sell gift certificates? Yes we do, valid for 12 months for either body-piercing, tattooing, scarification, body jewelry, shirts or hats. Do you accept walk-ins? Yes we do most days if there is a spare spot when one of the guys isn’t tattooing. I guess it’s just luck if you get in on any given day, we can usually fit someone else in sometimes between appointments. If you could tattoo anyone in the world (living or dead), who would it be and what would you tattoo on them? Horiyoshi 111 for sure and also Brandon Bond as they are two of my favourite tattooists. They have changed the face and profile of tattooing and have stayed the same the entire time and just let their work speak itself and not followed trends. Would you say the studio has a particular style it adheres to? We do all styles of work but my fave style is

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Have you noticed a shift in the trend of tattoo customers? We get a lot more “professionals” now and a lot more women as well now that tattoos aren’t viewed as just for men. What three tattoos are you sick of being asked for? Infinity symbols, birds coming out of a feather and finger mustaches. It doesn’t really bother me as I enjoy tattooing anything and I don’t like tattoo snobs. I’m happy just doing what I love everyday! What is different about tattooing in Melbourne? Melbourne is great for tattooing. People are open to original ideas, feel more comfortable getting larger pieces due to the relaxed work environment down here now due to the popularity of tattoos. The only downside are the egos down here. What do you think about tattoo regulation, and the laws that are currently being passed? I’m fine with them. I know most people are pissed about it, but if you’re a good reputable studio and above board I can’t see a problem with it at all. Invasion of privacy seems to be the biggest concern with most people but you give more information to get a home loan or open a simple bank account and most people do that everyday and don’t blink an eyelid. My mate tattoos from home. He’s real good though. Why shouldn’t I just get him to do my tattoo for real cheap? Because if he is any good as you say he would be in a studio tattooing. He would also know better if he were a good tattooist that it is very disrespectful to real tattooist that have sacrificed to get to where they are and taken the huge risk of opening a studio of their own! Plus he wouldn’t have a clue about hygiene or any safe tattooing practices to the level he should. Face/hand/neck tattoos? Only if you have a decent amount of coverage already, sleeves etc., hands, necks and face tattoos are still pretty much job stoppers in this day and age even though a lot of employers are a bit more relaxed about tattoos now due to the overwhelming popularity now. 734 High St, Thornbury (03) 9484 6569

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BLUES PILLS By Patrick Emery

Contemporary rock’n’roll is in something of a conundrum. On the one hand, there’s the artist’s perennial quest to evolve and explore new musical territories; on the other, the institutionalised desire to rely on the basic rock’n’roll formula of riffs, 4/4 beats and rebellious rhetoric. For stoner-rock-soul band Blues Pills, the attraction of ‘70s rock’n’roll is in its sincerity. “I think the biggest thing that I love about this kind of music is it feels very true and real,” says vocalist Erin Larsson. “It felt like music was lacking of that these days. I have always been into huge, strong and soulful voices and it actually doesn’t matter for me in what music I find them,” Larsson says. “But truth is, in today’s modern music they are hard to find and the sound is way to clean for me, which kind of makes me not interested in it, there is no truth in it, over trained and over effected and over produced.” The genesis of Blues Pills came in 2011, when Swedish-born Larsson was visiting California. “I met Zach [Anderson] and Cory [Berry] during a trip to California in the USA where they were living at the time,” Larsson says. “Since Zach and Cory are step brothers they’ve both been playing together for a long time and also in different local bands in Iowa.” Discovering that they shared “a love for blues and soul rock”, Larsson, Anderson and Berry put down some tracks in Anderson’s father’s garage, with the simple objective of “making some songs for fun”. “We uploaded these two tracks on YouTube,” Larsson says. “It got the attention of a few people, and soon we were offered a Spanish tour, and an EP on Crusher Records in Sweden.” Deciding they needed a second guitarist, Anderson and Berry remembered a crack young guitarist they’d met previously, a French teenager by the name of Dorian Sorriaux. “They’d been blown away by his talent,” Larsson recalls. “I remember them telling me over Skype that they met this wonder child from France and they actually said to each other that same night, ‘If we ever start our own band we have to get Dorian playing the guitar’.” An early incarnation of Blues Pills had played its first gig in Minnesota at a “BBQ joint”. “There was maybe

15 or 20 people there maximum,” Berry recalls. “Even though everyone was sitting down in the crowd and eating good BBQ, it was still one of my favorite Blues Pills shows to this day. I think it’s mostly because that was our very first show and that was also my first time ever performing a real concert on electric guitar. The best thing about that first show was definitely the food – there really wasn’t a bad thing about that show that I can recall.” Blues Pills’ music is heavily influenced by the classic rock sounds of the ‘70s, and the occasional contemporary heir: Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Who, Dead Weather and early Fleetwood Mac. “It’s very interesting to see such a revival of [‘70s rock],” Larsson says. “Although I think a lot of bands in this style just kind of copy a lot of other bands, so it’s a huge difference of copying and just using their inspirations to create something new. The really great ones managed to do it in their own way and make their own sound and music out of their inspirations. And that’s what really made them unique.” Given the band members’ shared musical interests, the members’ various different cultural backgrounds weren’t much of a major issue. “Other than very small differences I don’t think this has had a big influence on our music. Although we are from different countries, the thing that brought us together was that we loved the same kind of music,” Anderson says. “Of course, we do have some differences in the music we like, but I don’t think it’s any more than if the band members were all from the same country. The internet has made everything so much more connected, and you can find people who you have a lot in common with, all the way across the world. So in a way, I feel like we have more in common musically, than if we found band members in our hometown or even our own country.” Larsson’s rich vocals lend Blues Pills a soulful edge that sets the band apart from other pale rock’n’roll imita-

tors. “Having a female singer definitely makes it easier to add a softer touch to our music,” Anderson says. “Not only the fact that she is a woman, but Erin in particular has a very soulful voice, so that brings a lot of the blues/soul into our sound. The fact is that having a girl singer does make you stand out, simply because there is much more male singers in rock music, however at the end of the day, the quality of the singer is all that really matters.” Now based in Sweden, Blues Pills are performing their first live shows outside of the northern hemisphere, including a spot at this week’s Cherry Fest. “All our songs are based on feeling so I think we perform differently

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every night when it comes to tempos or extending jams and solos,” he says. “If I’m grooving on a certain night it’s OK to play around and jam. We all understand each other musically so we don’t get confused when one or the other is playing around. It makes it different andmore interesting for us, and our fans. In the end, that is what’s important for us.

BLUES PILLS play CherryFest at Cherry Bar on AC/DC Lane on Sunday November 24, as well as Northcote Social Club on Tuesday November 26 and Wednesday November 27 alongside Kadavar.

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A DAY TO REMEMBER By Augustus Welby

After a long legal tussle to attain sovereignty from former label Victory Records, A Day To Remember’s self-released fifth record, Common Courtesy, hits shelves next week. Vocalist from the metalcore/pop-punk meshing agents, Jeremy McKinnon, is evidently eager to move beyond the bureaucratic nonsense and return the focus to playing music. “We could not be happier. We’re just ready to go out and play these songs and see how the record’s really sitting with fans,” he says. A Day To Remember’s five album deal with the Chicago-based label Victory commenced with their second record, 2007’s For Those Who Have Heart. Despite not seeing out the contract, McKinnon divulges details about the inscrutable temperament of the label boss, which made it imperative for the band to repossess control. “This man invested in us and was the only person who supported us when nobody else gave a shit,” he concedes. “At the same time, the way he runs that business and the way he treats the people that are on the label, you can’t work with him. Our contract is so vague; he just uses it as a way of saying whatever he wants. He’s like, ‘You can’t do this because it’s in the contract,’ and we’ll be like, ‘That’s not what the contract says at all,’ and he’ll say, ‘Yes it does, tough shit,’ then send you something from his lawyer saying you’re breaching his contract.”

Taking matters to court is certainly never ideal but the band saw no alternative way to rescue their career. A Day To Remember are now completely responsible for handling release proceedings and rather than being daunted by the increased accountability, McKinnon is optimistic about moving forward on their own terms. “We get to make all the decisions instead of somebody else just doing what they want regardless of what we say. If anything it’s become easier because we just do what we think we should do, which is 99 per cent of the time the right move.” The band’s fortunes as an independent entity are looking favourable thus far and A Day To Remember will head back to Australia for the 2014 Soundwave Festival. McKinnon speaks with unabashed excitement about returning to their admitted home-away-fromhome for the fifth time. “We do these meet and greets and acoustic performances almost every show for people to come early and they’ll always ask us, ‘What’s your favourite

place to play in the world?’ and we always say, all five of us, ‘Australia.’ You have a beautiful country, the people really support us – on top of that all of you guys are fucking good looking and on top of that you guys actually think American accents are cool.” Soundwave Festival is often spoken about by the participating artists with great affection and a sense of prestige. Having played Soundwave twice before, McKinnon reveals why the band always jump at the opportunity to play the festival. “It’s like Warped Tour in the fact that I get to hang out with people in my own genre and meet people, but then it’s like every other big festival on the planet as well because you have these massive ‘80s and ‘90s rock icons playing this festival too. All of these people I grew up listening to and I used to get in trouble buying their records in high school, these people are headlining every goddamn time I come. Then they actually meet us and I get to hang out with these people like I’m one of them – that’s fucking amazing!”

Standing side-by-side the people who inspired you to diverge from the path to anonymity and chase your dreams in the first place is an unmatched thrill. McKinnon recounts one particularly unreal encounter that occurred during a previous Soundwave tour. “It was so weird; last tour we went on we were in a bus with Steel Panther and Alter Bridge [the band formed by three members of Creed] and one of the dudes from Steel Panther was showing the guys from Alter Bridge Creed Shreds [a series of video spoofs of Creed songs]. I got to be in the bus when the dudes from Creed saw Creed Shreds!” A Day To Remember indeed.

1995, but in 2000 the band reformed and have released two records of new music since then. The band’s most recent album, Chair In The Doorway, came out in 2009 and work has now commenced on a follow-up record. Reid reveals that two people who worked with the band in the early days will feature on the forthcoming album. “We’re working with a producer named Andre Betts. We have a track and Chuck D from Public Enemy is doing something on this track and it’s pretty cool.” Chuck D famously appears on the Vivid single Funny Vibe, and Betts aided with the production of the band’s 1993 record Stain. Re-kindling these relationships could imply the band are attempting to channel the creative spark that defined their heyday, however, Reid asserts he’s not too interested in re-enacting the past. “I wouldn’t try to write a song like Funny Vibe now. That conversation was a very autobiographical conversation from 25 years ago. Even though some of those things that we talked about have relevance today, what I’m really concerned about is, ‘What am I thinking and talking

about right now?’” Vivid’’s success catapulted Living Colour from underground hopefuls to Grammy Award winning rock stars, shifting the boundaries of alternative rock music in the process. Despite causing such a huge impact, Reid says it’s never been his intent to change the face of music, indicating that any such ambition will inevitably be illfated. “When people say, ‘What’s the next music going to be like?’ well the next music is going to be a bunch of craft and a bunch of happy accidents. People that set out to make the ‘new music’ never do. What happens is things you can’t imagine collide against things that you’re trying to do and suddenly something else happens, so that’s something I’m trying to stay open to.”

process, hang out and meet new friends. I think it’s just that we kept at it and to better ourselves at every step as well. We have been a bit slower than other bands, I guess.” Bird cuts in. “But that makes it all worthwhile. When you put that much effort into it and it does pay off, no matter how long it was, we really appreciate it. We feel really lucky to be able to do that.” Hand Of Mercy searched for open doors. When they found them, they endeavoured to stride through. When they seized more opportunities, more opened up. A lot more. “You have to take it as it comes,” Campiao advises. “We never sat down and planned, ‘this is how we’re going to do it.’ Every time we got asked to do something, we had to tackle it.” In their formative days when their path was uncertain, they felt they were heading everywhere but up. “There’s definitely been points where we said ‘do we want to keep doing this?’” Campiao confesses. “If we do, we’ll probably have to work even harder. People had to quit their jobs

and move their lives around. Some of us had to move back home. When more stuff started happening we had to tailor-make everything to that.” Earlier this year Bird nabbed a guest vocal spot with fellow hardcore act One Vital Word, furthering the band’s name. Did it feel strange entering the studio as a visitor? “Yeah, absolutely,” Bird affirms. “The few times I’ve done it...I want to do my best for this band. I get them to tell me what to do. It’s like taking your shoes off coming into someone else’s house. You respect what they’re doing and do what they ask. It’s different from being in your own band, that’s for sure.”

A DAY TO REMEMBER play Soundwave Festival alongside Green Day, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains and more at Flemington Racecourse on Friday February 28. Common Courtesy will be released on Friday November 29 through 3Wise.

LIVING COLOUR By Augustus Welby

New York’s funk-metal revolutionaries Living Colour have just completed a US tour celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their seminal debut album, Vivid. Revisiting the album 25 years down the track, the band’s guitarist and chief creative force Vernon Reid has been struck by the enduring social commentary contained in some of the songs. “The songs have a new kind of truth to them and there’s a new reality to them,” he says. “Like Open Letter (To a Landlord), I’m reminded of the fact that the world that created the band, all of those clubs are gone. CBGBs, The Cat Club, The Palladium – none of those clubs are around. All these songs, you know Cult Of Personality, right now there’s so much reality TV it’s like Andy Warhol was a prophet; Andy Warhol said everyone’s going to be famous for 15 minutes.” Rather than being too concerned about claiming sagacious ownership over the messages in his songs, Reid humbly discusses how beneficial it is to let songs exist separately from the circumstances of creation. “When I listen to Cult Of Personality I hear the sound of a band getting out of the way of a song. There’s so many ways to interrupt, to edit, to destroy an artistic thing, by being too controlling, by having not enough craft. Everything has to be in balance and then you have to get out of the way of the thing.”

The fortunes of Living Colour’s 1988 debut record were greatly boosted by support from none other than Mr Mick Jagger. Jagger co-produced the record and then took Living Colour on tour with The Rolling Stones, which undeniably helped push them into the limelight. Even with Jagger championing the band, Reid explains that it was thoroughly surprising when their music begun to pervade the mainstream. “It was very difficult for the band early on [so] it was very exciting, first of all, when the band started to gain a local following. Then for people like Mick Jagger to pay attention, even that wasn’t a guarantee the record was going to get on the radio. So eventually when we did that video [for lead single Cult of Personality] it was crazy that it started to happen, because so many people said it was not going to happen.” After three full-length releases Living Colour split up in

LIVING COLOUR play Soundwave Festival alongside Green Day, Avenged Sevenfold, A Day To Remember and more at Flemington Racecourse on Friday February 28.

HAND OF MERCY By Tom Valcanis Hand Of Mercy can’t be brought down. The young’un moshers are locked away in a Cape Cod, Massachusetts studio recording their second album. They’re counting down the minutes like waiting for the home time bell. When it finally rings? It’s Aussie Vans Warped Tour time

As we spoke, guitarist Campiao and vocalist Bird were a few days into recording. “We finished drums a few days ago and we’re half way through guitars now,” Campiao reports. Their minds and bodies are all on task. In their down time, they’re dreaming of what comes next. Soon, they’ll join the biggest festival tour of the band’s life. “We were absolutely stoked to be a part of this tour,” Bird chimes in. “It hasn’t been around in Australia for a while, and now it’s back.” Bird loses track and Campiao picks it up for him. “In America it’s such a staple summer fest. We always see the lineups and say, ‘Shit, I really wish we could go to it,’ or I’ve had friends on the tour who said it was great. Just to be a part of it? It’s so cool.” “It’s definitely something to tick off the list, individually and as a band.” Bird adds. Playing at the Warped Tour is part of Hand Of Mercy’s reason for being. Born in 2007, their career has rocketed past even their own expectations.

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“I never thought we weren’t going to go anywhere,” Campiao confesses, “but I never thought we’d play anywhere [bigger] than the Landsdowne, which is this shitty pub back in Sydney.” “It’s just surreal to be back in Cape Cod doing another record,” Bird continues. “Looking back to when we started, we thought, ‘Maybe one day’ but now that we’re doing it? We’re blessed to be doing that.” A divine hand from above probably had little to do with it. Hand Of Mercy played and toiled with humility. It’s not like they built Hand Of Mercy as a vehicle propelling them toward debauched Los Angeles-style fame and fortune. “Hard work has definitely taken us to where we are,” Campiao agrees. “A lot of bands come and go and they don’t necessarily ‘make it.’ I feel like people want to be in a band to get big and get famous. We did it just to enjoy the

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HAND OF MERCY will appear at the Vans Warped Tour on Saturday December 7 at Birrarung Marr alongside The Offspring, Reel Big Fish, The Used and many more.


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KETTLESPIDER AT THE BENDIGO

MATTERHORN RELEASE COVERS EP

Since forming in 2011, Kettlespider’s spirit of inventiveness has grown rapidly. 2012 saw the band independently release their debut album, Avadante, to critical acclaim and play to capacity crowds in some of Melbourne’s iconic venues. In 2013, two new singles (The Transcent and Inevitable) followed, bolstering the band’s reputation and taking their sound in exciting new directions. They’re headlining at The Bendigo Hotel on Friday November 22, performing a range of songs that will appear on their next album, Samsara. Joining them will be instrumental progressive jazzrock-metal-fusion masters Xenograft, the soulfulheavy musings of Orsome Welles and the pirate-shred party that is Citrus Jam. Tickets are $10 at the door.

EYEHATEGOD TO TOUR

Adelaide’s premier hard rock/metal tribute band Matterhorn have released For True Fans Of Rock/ Metal, a seven-track slab of hard-hitting covers of songs by Ozzy, Dio, Led Zep, Diamond Head/Metallica (guess which song), Deep Purple and Sabbath. Check it out and get acquainted with the awesome vocals of Amanda Ozolins before the band releases an album of original material next year.

The oppressively mighty Eyehategod formed in 1988. Y’know what that means? A 25-year legacy of crushing brutality. And to celebrate, they’re on a 25th Anniversary world tour which lands in Australia in January 2014 (yeah, yeah, 2014 would technically be 26 years, but dude, unless they formed in early January 1988, it’s still part of their 25th year. So don’t go getting all mathematical on me, alright?). With founding members Jimmy Bower (guitar) and Mike Williams (vocals), together with long-time serving members Brian Patton (guitars) and Gary Mader (bass), Eyehategod now welcome their newest member Aaron Hill (drums) to the family, after the recent passing of the late Joey LaCaze, who was in the band since their inception way back when. Ticket for all shows are $40 plus booking fee via oztix.com.au, or $50 on the door. On sale now. They’ll be at The Hi-Fi on Sunday January 19.

CHILDREN OF BODOM TO TOUR Children of Bodom return to Australia in 2014 for an exclusive East Coast tour on the back of their strongest release to date, Halo Of Blood. Fronted by the charismatic Alexi Laiho, CoB deliver live performances that are nothing short of breathtaking, and full of shreddy delights for my fellow guitar nerds, I might add. They’ll be supported nationally by Eye Of The Enemy and will be joined by Orpheus Omega for the Melbourne show, which is on Wednesday May 7 at Billboard. Early bird tickets are on sale now via metalmassacre.com.au, or from ticketing outlets on

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KILL TV AT THE VINEYARD Kill TV play what might well be their last show of the year at The Vineyard in St Kilda on Thursday November 21. The first ten people to say they’re there to see Kill TV will get a free CD. See the band at the end of their gig to claim your prize and keep an eye out for the release of their debut single Never Gonna Change in February 2014.

MELVINS & HELMET. WHOA. One of the greatest tours of the year is getting tantalisingly close now. The Melvins (celebrating their 30th year) and Helmet (celebrating being awesome, probably) join up for a December tour that sees them playing approximately ninety billion shows across the country. They’ll be at the Meredith Music Festival on Saturday December 14, and they’ll be playing plenty of shows together in places like Sydney, Adelaide,

Brisbane, Canberra, Newcastle and Byron Bay as well. But in Melbourne they’re taking a night each to lay waste to The Hi-Fi, with Melvins on Tuesday December 17 and Helmet on Wednesday December 18. “Has it really only been 30 years?” Melvins singer/ guitarist Buzz Osborne ponders. “Dang! Thanks to everyone who’s been there for us. It’s been an exciting trip and I probably should have listened and learned more. I apologize for anything I’ve ever done wrong and for anything I’m going to do wrong … Ha!”

PUNK, SKA, HARDCORE NEWS, REVIEWS & GOSSIP

By Emily Kelly: ek1984@gmail.com Last weekend was a particularly glorious one for Melbourne music. It was an absolute joy to witness a mixed bill at The Tote on Friday night, which combined Tassie rockers Captives with grunge-tinged A-Gender, the ever-entrancing Hoodlum Shouts and headliners High Tension. Sure High Tension are heavily hyped, but they ensured it was for good reason within about a minute of their set’s commencement. On Saturday I totally fell in love with Adelaide’s Hightime. Clearly it’s no secret that I am endlessly enamoured with female vocalists, but fuck it’s just really, really nice to see. The Bennies smashed their headlining set at Ding Dong, delightedly informing the crowd that they had sold-out a venue who’s capacity coincidentally was 420. Never before have I seen a frontman request everyone in the room turn to the person next to them and issue a high five, and for this request to be obeyed with such enthusiasm. The Ataris have pulled out of Hits and Pits Festival and their withdrawal has understandably caused a bit of a stir. No one likes to see a band bail on a festival at the eleventh hour, especially when the reason for the cancellation seems a little tenuous. The band’s booker issued a statement on their facebook page seemingly hesitant to provide any real answers but spelling out these ‘simple facts’. “Fact #1: It’s very known amongst Ataris fans that Kristopher Roe of The Ataris has an extreme fear of flying. Fact #2: On Sunday night, his original flight out of LAX had engine failure and needed to return to LA – everyone was safe. Fact #3: I have three members of The Ataris that are in Australia right now and we’re working to get them home. Fact #4: Kristopher did not get on another plane to Australia”. Apparently tour promoter Hits & Pits were very understanding, especially considering they had arranged a way for the band to travel show to show without getting on planes. I can feel heads being butted against walls from here. Prog pros Periphery are touring Australia again this summer, and this time it’s with special guests Animals

As Leaders! However, their return with Soundwave Festival will be incredibly brief – just three shows are scheduled for their Australian tour. The Melbourne gig will take place on Sunday February 2 at Billboard. After The Gasometer very sadly and suddenly closed its doors last week, the Poison City Anniversary show scheduled for December has had to be moved to the Curtin Bandroom. The Curtin will host Harmony, Infinite Void, Lincoln Le Fevre, Apart From This, Freak Wave and Postblue on Thursday December 19. Tickets are still available.

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Boysetsfire, Paper Arms, Outright at The Reverence Snuff, Off With Their Heads, Laura Palmer, Up and Atom at The Old Bar No Fun At All, Bad Astronaut, Clowns, Beaver at The Tote Parents at Wrangler Studios D At Sea, This Fiasco, Brighter At Night at Next FRIDAY NOVEMBER 22:

Hits and Pits 2.0 at The Palace Theatre Storm The Sky, Autumn In Alaska, Uncharted Waters and more at The Castle, Dandenong Parents at Public Bar House Vs Hurricane, Ocean Grove, Jack The Stripper, The Bright Alliance, Restless, Make Believe Me at TLC, Bayswater Closure IN Moscow, All The Colours, Going Swimming at Ding Dong Initials, Summerhill, The Dreamboats, Dimitri (Collapse) at Bar 303 SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23:

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WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 20

THE ANGKOR WATTS

An inferno of 1960s South East Asian exotica and a satellite of the incredible Cambodian Space Project, The Angkor Watts play The Retreat in a show not to be missed. Head down from 7.30pm for a free entry show on Wednesday November 20.

LEEZ LIDO

Melbourne indie rock three-piece, Leez Lido will lure you in with their jagged guitar hooks and bustling rhythm section. An infectious sound that captivates your senses, Leez Lido engulf you with a barrage of distorted noise. Come and get down with us tonight at The Bendigo. Along with local killers Gladstone and The Groves. Doors at 8pm, $7 entry.

ALEX & THE SHY L ASHLIES

Alex & The Shy Lashlies are the first artists to have their release by the reborn label Pure Pop and play the country in support of their stunning double-A side 7 inch vinyl Eleven Hours/While You Were Sleeping. A Pure Pop Records local favourite who played every single Friday for a total of 18 months, they hit The Toff on Wednesday November 20 in support of the release with the charming songstress Ali E and songwriter Dan Parsons. Tickets via thetoffintown.com.

CHAPTERFEST 21

That’s right, Chapter’s 21st birthday party for Melbourne Music Week is happening Wednesday November 20 and everyone’s getting pretty excited. The Residence, MMW’s purpose-built dome venue extravaganza is taking shape now, and looking amazing. The impressive line-up includes Dick Diver and Twerps, Geoffrey O’Connor and Bushwalking. Tickets are $20+bf and are available from melbourne.vic.gov.au/mmw.

SHERIFF

Sheriff continue their month long ‘November to Remember’  residency at Cherry Bar this Wednesday November 20. Joining them for the 3rd instalment will be none other than rising alt country stars Mightiest Of Guns! Head on down and join the mid week madness and see Sheriff warm up for their performance at this weekend’s Cherry Fest. Free entry and $4 Jäger.

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 others throats, if it didn’t mean losing it all - and then there’s Sarah Caroll and Marcel Borrack. Happily not 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.

BEN SALTER

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Ben Salter (The Gin Club, Giants Of Science, The Wilson Pickers) returns with his brand new single Tremulous. It’s the follow up to the atmospheric lead single Semi-Pro Gamer which was released earlier this year. Ben Salter will be playing Wednesday nights in November at The Spotted Mallard from 8.30pm. This week Ben is supported by Alison Ferrier. Free entry.

ROOTS OF MUSIC

Roots of Music is a weekly live music night Wednesdays at Revolver Bandroom, with a fresh selection of the finest emerging and established bands each week, Roots of Music Wednesdays is the best place to discover new local and national talent. Hamish Anderson has made a name for himself across the local scene for his impressive live show that encompasses a mix of blues, rock and folk with moments of loud, electric blues-soaked songs as well as delicate acoustic balladry. In May of this year Hamish released the EP at The Toff in Town to a full house. Lee Bradshaw and Martha Marlow are also on the bill for this free entry gig. Doors 8pm.

LOVE OVER GOLD

International duo Love Over Gold, comprised of Pieta Brown and Lucie Thorne have wrapped up a ‘golden’ debut US tour (12 shows in 16 days) and are on their way to Australia for a set of east coast shows this November. The critically acclaimed and award-winning duo play The Thornbury Theatre on Wednesday November 20. Check out love-over-gold.com for more information.

MO

Melbourne based singer Mo returns to the Paris Cat in the spirit of November’s Diva Month. With a unique blend of jazz and pop, this gig will showcase original music, new arrangements of contemporary pop tunes plus some good old jazz standards. Mo returns with her incredible band Sonja Horbelt, Ivan Rosa, Savannah Blount and  Australian jazz legend Bob Sedergreen. This ensemble is both dynamic in their energy and nuanced in their performance. Mo’s music will feature songs from iconic female vocalists (and Divas) from Ella Fitzgerald to Lorde and Kimbra, along with a number of her own original compositions. Mo’s deep and soulful lower register highlights her love for old jazz music where her dynamic and powerful chest voice propels her style of jazz to a new genre. Get down to the Paris Cat tonight at 8:30pm. Tickets are $20.

I KNOW THE CHIEF

Launching their catchy summer holiday single Stay Coloured at Ding Dong this Wednesday night are jungle disco locals I Know The Chief. Drawing influence from Two Door Cinema Club, Twinsy and Phoenix, IKTC are set to move the needle on Australian music culture, one toucan at a time. Recorded with the mastermind that is John Paul Fung (Silverchair, Art Vs Science, Last Dinosaurs) in Sydney, their track is a true representation of their youthful yet surprisingly experienced melodic output. Support comes from Hiding The Bears and Lewis Pidutti. Doors 8pm, tickets $18 on the door or $15 via Oztix.

wednesday 20th Nov BEN SALTER ‘TREMULOUS’ RESIDENCY + ALISON FERRIER FREE ENTRY, 8:30PM

GOSSLING

THURSDAY 21st Nov TUESDAY’S IN NOV DON RIGSBY (USA) LET’S GET ACCOMPANIED BY DAVIDSON BROTHERS TRIVICAL + THE COMPANY (QLD) $15 PRESALE / $20 DOOR

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FRIDAY 22nd Nov DOC WHITE + GUESTS 9PM, FREE ENTRY

saturday 23rd Nov STRETCH & THE TRUTH (2 X SETS) FREE ENTRY, 9PM $12 jugs of Brunswick Bitter 2PM-4PM

sUNDAY‘S IN NOVEMBER DAVIDSON BROTHERS (res) 4:30 SOUTHERN STYLE CUISINE COOKED W/ BOURBON

$12 jugs of Brunswick Bitter 2PM-4PM

coming soon.. 28/11 CROOKS & QUEENS, 29/11 GREG DODD & THE TAILDRAGGERS 30/11 SHACK SHAKERS ft. DJ KNAVE KNIXX, MEXACALLI MOTHERS & THE TARANTINOS

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Fresh from a jam packed showcase at BIGSOUND that left many waiting on the street in hope to catch a glimpse, Gossling reveals details of a celebratory East Coast Tour to mark the release of debut album Harvest Of Gold out now. Gossling’s BIGSOUND performance at Brisbane’s Black Bear Lodge was the first taste of what is in store from her forthcoming debut; effortlessly winning hearts of fans and industry alike. The Corner Hotel, Wednesday November 20 will see Gossling and a full band propelling their new album into the live realm.

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ANNA’S GO-GO ACADEMY

Shake it like a Polaroid picture at Anna’s Go-Go Academy every Thursday night at the Victoria Hotel. Anna’s go-go classes are great fun, an excellent cardio workout, and have been described as “inspiring”, “a retro hit parade…everything from Elvis’s Jailhouse Rock to AC/DC’s Jailbreak, and a “high energy dance party with the hostess with the mostest”. 6:30 pm and 8pm. $12 or $10 if you bring a friend.

THE GRAND RAPIDS

The Grand Rapids continue their November 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. Doors open at 9pm, kids.


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DON RIGSBY

US Bluegrass artist Don Rigsby from Isonville, Kentucky will visit Australia for the first time. One of the most powerful and respected tenor singers in bluegrass music around the world and a mighty mandolin player, Don is in Melbourne for one show only at The Spotted Mallard on Thursday November 21 with support from The Company. Doors at 8:30pm. Door charge.

HOLY MACKEREL

What do you get if you cross a dingo, a model, a Johnny and a hippo, and mix in a Gold Record winning bass player and an old school blues drummer? A rootsy-bluesy Thursday evening to remember that’s for sure! Continuing their Thursday month-long residency in November at Tago Mago are Kerryn Tolhurst, Steve Hoy, Ross Hannaford, Mitch Cairns and Scotty Martin. Come along to hear all the stuff played by the highly respected boys of roots blues and r’n’b who are back in town and painting it red hot. $10 tickets. 8.30pm start.

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THE SPASMS

The Spasms visit Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra as part of their first east coast tour this November in support of their debut album We Better Operate. Fluent in the language of garage punk psych, the Melbourne three-piece have been whipping up a storm at home and abroad since forming at the beginning of the year. Don’t miss out when they play Bar Open on Thursday November 21. Doors at 8pm, free entry. Special guests are Subsonics (US) and Brat Farrar.

THE WEEKEND PEOPLE

Continuing their November residency at the Great Britain Hotel this Thursday, The Weekend People’s country-tinged indie-rock swagger will be joined by spirited folk indie-pop of Indian Red. The Weekend People are showing off a swag of new songs and a newly expanded lineup. Entry is free and it all kicks off at 8pm.The Weekend People will unleash a few new tunes and show off a newly expanded lineup, adding more guitars and some keys into their back line.

MELBOURNE MUSIC WEEK AT THE PUBLIC BAR

One-man bedroom recording project Sunbeam Sound Machine becomes a five piece live band every Thursday night at The Tote this November, playing dreamy pop tunes from first EP One and their forthcoming second EP. Sharing the stage with Pond/ex-Tame Impala brilliance that is Nick Allbrook, Rabble Rouser, LEISURE, Jimmy Cain, The Baudelaires, Lioness Eye and wilds, this $10 smorgasbord of talent is a night not to be missed. Doors 8pm.  

Three of Melbourne’s heaviest acts come together for one night only on Thursday November 21 at The Public Bar for a show that is sure to knock the enamel off your teeth. Instrumental post-rock five piece Fourteen Nights at Sea, bombastic long-form guitar slingers Cocks Arquette and punk rock bone-chewers Bodies will sweat and bleed for your entertainment. This show will be recorded, with exclusive audio available to all attendees. 8.30pm, free entry.

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COBURG LAGER

Define your genre in five words or less: One-man blues and soul. What’ve you got to sell CD-wise? I’ve got four releases under my belt now, the first was recorded back in 2010 and the latest is my new EP Giving which is a five track album teaser featuring two songs from my upcoming album and three live songs. When’s the gig and with who? Thursday November 28 at the Evelyn Hotel. Joining will be Benny Walker as well as Chris Cavill and his new band The Prospectors! I’m pretty excited about this one. 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? “I just saw this band playing but I could only see one of them on stage ...”

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What do you think a band has to do these days to succeed? Work really fucking hard! Tour so much that you can’t remember where you were last week. Be grateful for every gig and fan you ever get. Where would you like to be in five years? Touring the world – constantly! How do you stop your pre-gig jitters? If I’m really pumped about a gig I tend to jump up and down or run on the spot a bit. I think it helps to get some of the adrenaline under control a little. If you could go on tour with any musician or band, who would it be? Tony Joe White. How do you balance making and playing music with your other commitments? Very badly.

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your ears, take you on a nostalgia trip, with cabaret rock band The Great Imposter. Indie/electro pop band Mercury White who’ve shared the stage with bands such as The Hoodoo Gurus, The Angels, The Getaway Plan, Red Ink, Amy Meredith and Evermore, are a perfect fitting to end the night on a good high. Thursday November 21 from 8pm, just $7 entry on the door.

Canadian folk artist Rose Cousins is in Australia for the first time ever to perform her new award winning album We Have Made A Spark. Her debut live show is at Caravan Music Club in Oakleigh on Thursday November 21, and also features performances by Australia’s Susannah Espie and New Zealand artist Mel Parsons. Jokes about a Canadian, an Australian and a New Zealander in a bar aside, this gig promises a night of the sweet, the soulful and the break your heart open and make you smile again kind of music by three of the hottest folk singers the world has to offer. Don’t miss this special show before Rose embarks on a festival circuit taking in Mullum Music Festival, the Small Halls festival tour with Jordie Lane, and Woodford Folk Festival. Rose will be back in Australia in March 2014 for the Port Fairy Folk Music Festival.

HITS AND PITS FESTIVAL SIDESHOW

Collateral Manage Co, Bombshellzine and Hysteria Magazine Present: Hits and Pits 2013 Festival at the Palace Theatre this November and the first sideshow announcement comes from Boysetfire. The legendary USA band bring their intense hardcore sounds to The Rev on Thursday November 21. Paper Arms and Outright bring support good times and added in the mix is Marco Desantis (Sugarcult, Bad Astronaut) and Jo Jughead ( Jughead’s Revenge) as guest DJs throughout the night. Tickets are sure to be gone really quick so make sure you get yours via Oztix and hitsandpitsfest.bigcartel.com.

MERCURY WHITE

Thursday night at The Reverence Hotel plays host to some of Melbourne’s most unique upcoming artists, from indie pop, to cabaret rock, to something you just can’t put your finger on. Acoustic duos Junior Under The Moon and Diamond Nights will set the mood with a few haunting and introspective tunes, then let

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DING DONG ALL AUSSIE LINEUP

As part of the Live Music Safari series of free shows for Melbourne Music Week, Ding Dong Lounge present an all-Australian musical evening, bringing you some of the very finest of Australian indie and quintessential favourites. Melbourne’s very own I, a Man hit the stage for a one-off show, reinterpreting a classic Aussie album from Perth’s seminal post-punk act The Triffids, they will play Born Sandy Devotional in its entirety, with Jo Syme (Big Scary) stepping in on guest vocals. Featuring the DIY All-stars and special guest DJs, you’re gonna wanna head down to Ding Dong on Thursday November 21 for this free entry gig. Doors at 8pm.

DIRT Y HARRIET AND THE HANGMEN

A little bit country and a little bit rock n roll, Melbourne’s own Dirty Harriet and the Hangmen  launch their debut EP on Saturday November 23 at the Brunswick Hotel. Dirty Harriet play music to get drunk to with a few sea shanties and power ballads thrown in for good measure. Think the Misfits meets Mariachi El Bronx. Joining them for this night of debauchery are  The Jacks,  Muscle Mary,  The Tarantinos  and  Australian Kingswood Factory. Entry is free and proceedings kick off at 8pm.

MAEFLOWER

Hello hello, as the weather is warming up, then cooling down, then warming up again, so is the Melbourne live music scene. Come and help kick off the start of the taste of warm weather we seem to be getting, some tunes in ya ears, and brews in ya gobs. Maeflower is an ethereal singer-songwriter and she is performing her first headline show at The Brunswick Hotel this Thursday November 21. Special guests include The Slims and Isobell Caldwell. It all kicks off at 8pm and entry is free. No excuse.

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ECHO DRAMA

Echo Drama are hitting up The Wick this Friday November 22 for a big night of dub, reggae, hip hop and everything in between. Two massive sets and free entry. Fronted by the dynamic vocal duo of Zimbabwean soul singer Thando Sikwila and rising MC Sinks, nine-piece Echo Drama push the boundaries of Jamaican and urban music from traditional roots to new school ragga flavours. 9pm at The Elsternwick Hotel

Harry James Angus mentored Ethiopian bassist Yoseph H. Bekele as part of Multicultural Arts Victoria’s (MAV) Visible Music Mentoring Program. Yoseph’s collaboration with Harry’s band Jackson Jackson is featured on MAV’s Visible 8 compilation album – along with a cacophony of Persian hip hop, soul from North-East Arnhem Land and Hazara beats. It will be officially launched at Loop on Wednesday November 27 with performances from a selection of the Visible artists and the screening of short films made throughout the program introducing the artists and their music. For more info visit multiculturalarts.com.au. HARRY ASKS YOSEPH What’s different about Ethiopian music? The scale and the time signatures are different. People use the music for spiritual purposes; expressing sadness and happiness. What’s the same about Ethiopian music? Sometimes you can hear some similar scales or similar time signatures. Not often though. How did you like writing your own lyrics for the first time? I used to write lyrics in Amharic but writing in English is different because it’s my second language. I was trying to express my feelings. The song is about being in the moment; it wasn’t easy to find the right words to get my meaning and feelings across. It was different but good and I would like to keep writing lyrics in English and Amharic, there is more I would like to say, to write about. Is it important to spend time in nature? For me, more than anything. Especially at this time, almost everyday I am spending time in the park, in nature. Finding myself and thinking about the world, life. I feel like when I spend my time in nature, I drop everything and my mind is resting. What are your hopes for the future? I wish that people would stop suffering in this world. We should all learn to live comfortably. Musically, I would like to pass on the messages of the people through my music. A lot of people don’t have the chance or place to express their voice.

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YOSEPH ASKS HARRY Is music important to this world? I don’t know. If we stop making beautiful things, the world will go on turning, I guess. But then what are we going to do? If you didn’t make music, what would you like to be? I often sit there and imagine myself writing a critically acclaimed novel. In this I am not alone, I know. There are all kinds of people out there who imagine they can write critically acclaimed novels, they just haven’t got around to it yet. Of course, it’s the getting around to it part and the discipline to finish it that creates the novelist, not some vague unrealised potential. In music, you only need to play for three minutes and you’ve got a song. Music, for me, is collaboration, spontaneity, creative sparks connecting in illogical or unexpected sequences, unfolding in real time. It all seems easier. What is the meaning of life? Eat, play and love. It’s a wonderful thing that someone chose ‘play’ as the verb to describe what a musician does with (or to) his instrument. I’m guessing it was a poet of some kind. In the midst of a hiatus, what would you do with your free time? Think of new ideas, get fit and healthy and spend time with my family in the sun. How does it feel to have your own family? It’s a wonderful thing. But it’s a lot harder to write songs with a two year old climbing all over your piano.

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JR REYNE

Get down to the Victoria Hotel this Friday for some gritty blues roots rock from LA-based founding member and frontman of Rushcutter, Jaime Robbie Reyne. It kicks off at 10pm and entry is free.

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Every once in a while, a time comes where a person feels that they have to spend a night drinking and listening to some nice relaxing tunes. Fortunately for those people who are thinking this, one of these nights is not too far away. Damon will be releasing his EP A Bright Outlook on Dark Situations, while Typical Dan will be releasing his EP An ode to the joy of urination at Whole Lotta Love Bar in Brunswick. James Lynch and Oliver Stenhouse shall also be performing on the night. 8pm, free entry.

JIMMY TAIT

To celebrate the release of their new album Golden, Jimmy Tait will play their last show for 2013 at the John Curtin Bandroom on Friday November 22. The Melbourne five-piece (none of whom are actually called Jimmy) offer dark melancholic pop songs. The band swerve through genres; angular guitar driven noise floats in to sparsity and space. With a distinctive take on Australian Gothic, Jimmy Tait move from dark melodic ballads to dreamy pop songs. They sound uniquely Australian, with European undertones that only Melbourne could inspire. Presale tix are $10.50 + bf. You might also be able to get tickets on the door if still available.


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HOLY HOLY

It has been an exceptionally exciting few months for Holy Holy, who have been amazed by the impact of their first single Impossible Like You, and the flattering reaction from their swathe of new fans. The band have spent the last few months touring Australia with the likes of Emma Louise, The Trouble with Templeton and Snakadaktal, following on from their first headlining tour which resulted in two sold-out shows in Sydney and full rooms in both Melbourne and Brisbane. They play the Grace Darling on Friday November 22. Doors at 9pm. $12+bf or $15 on the door. Support from Spender and Ben Wright Smith.

NIKHAIL

If you want to be part of a revolution (a rock ‘n’ roll revolution!), then the Reverence Hotel on Friday November 22 is the place to be! Melbourne’s biggest, hardest and dirtiest rockers will be claiming the stage - with swamp rocking blues act Twin Ages and the self proclaimed big bang rockers, Stone Desert opening the night. Then the revolutionary rockers themselves, headliners, Nikhail claim the stage, but it doesn’t stop there because no true rock night can finish without some ‘tear ya face’ off metal compliments of Fallen Ends. So if you love your rock, then this is the best ten bucks you’ll spend all week.

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THE HYBERNATORS

Get down to the Lyre Bird Lounge in Ripponlea this Friday November 22 for a free night  of rib shaking punk rock with The Hybernators and The Interceptors. The Hybernators  deliver a set  filled with cannibal ladies, vampire bats and  raids on Coburg flats along with the taste of cardboard footy. Get  down or get garrotted! Doors at 9pm.

CUB SPORT

With a whirlwind month of shows abroad, Cub Sport have kicked off the release of their Paradise EP overseas in style. Signing to US indie label Cosine, the single hit #19 most added in the CMJ Charts just as the band played the annual CMJ Music Marathon and locked in new stateside agent Larry Webman - partner in Paradigm Talent Agency and the booker for Coldplay, Santigold and Paul Kelly among others. They hit the Workers Club this Friday. Doors at 8.30pm, $12+bf or $15 on the door. Support comes from Voltaire Twins and Colourwheel.

RUBIX FRIDAYS

The Rubix family are thrilled to announce that they will be opening up the funhouse to the public every Friday night kicking off Friday November 15. From midday every Friday, adventure to the other side of the tracks for a night of madness in a magical place we call home. Beats will be brought to you by our renowned resident DJ’ s Kodiak Kid, Griff and Kurk Kokane (more TBA) with special guests and producer showcases each week. The venues major revamp now offers patrons a creatively infused three room space including a beer garden, chill room, dance floor with an indoor half pipe for the skaters. Drink specials $5 Carlton’s from 5pm – 8pm and $2 pots from 7pm-8pm. So end your week with the Rubix crew and vibe up for the weekend.

IMMIGRANT UNION

Cross-country vagabonds Immigrant Union return to the Melbourne stage with a brand new single, music video and a final show for 2013. Penned and sung by The Dandy Warhols Brent DeBoer, the track I Can’t Return is a progressive country tinged psych number with a sing-a-long outro and a hypnotic crescendo that will stay with you for days after the last listen. It’s going to be an epic night of colour, sounds and smoke machines and featuring songs off Immigrant Union’s yet to be released album Anyway. Immigrant Union are very pleased to announce that garagepop-rockers YIS have reformed for the night to play a “rarely seen these days” set. Also joining the line-up is the mesmerising bass-heavy psychedelic rock of Buried Feather. Three great bands for what will be a phenomenal night at Howler. Friday November 22. Tickets are $15+bf.

BABY ET LULU

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

Formed in 2009, Parents have become a mainstay of the Auckland hardcore punk community. Underpinned by a distinctive and frantic energy, their sound blends melody and discordance into an unpredictable, cathartic haze. Following a successful string of live performances that included support for Loma Prieta, Touché Amoré, Iron Lung, and Suicidal Tendencies, Parents focus their effort on their selftitled debut. Parents is a powerful and passionate work that embraces chaos and avoids restrain. Ignoring genre rules and conventions, Parents offers a distinct kind of hardcore punk that will appeal to fans of Converge, Envy, and Pg. 99. They play The Public Bar this Friday November 22 as part of a massive lineup with Michael Crafter, Jackals (SYD), Counterattack, Home Invaders and Laura Palmer. Doors 8pm, tickets $10.

FIFTH FLOOR

Fifth Floor is an underground movement of events. The conception of the name was drawn from the first location of The Factory. The fifth floor of East Street, Midtown Manhattan. Fifth Floor #1 was a huge success. The event sold out reaching a capacity crowd of 400+ and hundreds were turned away at the door before the headline act hit the stage. The next event Fifth Floor #2 is a send-off party. The collective are heading abroad to host Fifth Floor #3 in an arts warehouse in Berlin. Fifth Floor #2 is made up of 12 psych/garage bands, with Wolf & Cub headlining. Thom Russel of Astral Projection will be providing the live analogue psych projections and there will be two stages this time around. The main stage is set up for established acts with the side stage setup for up-and-coming local Melbourne bands. The second Fifth Floor event is on Friday November 22 – hit up contact@5thfloor.info for more information.

ELEFANT TRAKS

Elefant Traks was established in 1998 and is an independent record label based in Sydney, home to artists such as The Herd, Hermitude, Horrorshow, Ozi Batla, The Tongue, Unkle Ho, Sky ‘High, Sietta, Jimblah, Joelistics and more. This year they’re celebrating their 15th anniversary with a show at The Corner Hotel featuring some of Melbourne’s best hip hop acts. Special guests to be announced and it’s happening on Friday November 22, doors 8.30pm.

CL ARE BOWDITCH

Clare Bowditch is doing a sneaky little duo show at The Flying Saucer Club in Elsternwick on Friday 22 November. Hot on the heels of her ARIA nomination for last year’s album The Winter I Chose Happiness, the show will have a couple of stories, maybe a new song or two, and maybe her latest attempt at a Jose Gonzalez cover. It’s an incredibly rare chance to see Clare in an intimate venue so tickets will go fast.

DARK FAIR

Dark Fair have just released their debut single, Let Yourself Be Free. It’s been a busy year for the hairswishing rock duo, who recently supported Adalita and They Might Be Giants on their national tours and have just finished recording their new EP with co-producer Neil Thomason. Catch them live for their single launch at Yah Yah’s on Friday 22 November. Supported by AGender and Cranes Against Clouds.

WICKED CIT Y

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

When are you playing live/releasing your Album/EP/Single? My EP was out on October 18. I’m playing at The Espy on Monday November 25 and I’m also playing on Thursday November 28 at Ding Dong Lounge. What makes a good musician? Someone who doesn’t see it as work. Someone who genuinely loves it. Passion prevails. What’ve you got to sell CD wise? My EP! It’s on iTunes. Hard copies can be ordered via email at management@ lalarecords.net as well. Everything is on my facebook page through: www.facebook.com/reenayfanpage How long have you been gigging/ writing? I’ve been writing since I was seven when I started playing the piano. I’m pretty sure my first song I ever wrote was about my older sister stealing my Cream Caramel – it was devastating! I began performing everywhere possible, but formally gigging at 18. If you could go on a tour with any musician who would it be? I want to say Joni Mitchell but I don’t think she’s touring anymore. Otherwise, Bon Iver for sure. They bring me to tears. It’d be a dream come true to watch them every night on a tour. If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why? Amy Winehouse. I think she is one of the best writers in music history. She had the courage to be so very honest in her writing and I admire her so much for that. She’s unbelievably talented. A legend. How do you stop your pre-gig jitters? I can’t! I just embrace it. I’m nervous right up until I get on stage, then it’s all ok because I just close my eyes and I’m out of this world. I used to think it was a bad thing how nervous I got, but then an old musician came up to me at one of my gigs in London, I was shaking unbelievably and he said “If you’re not nervous then you’re not passionate. Nerves are a vital ingredient to a good performance.” I never resented my nerves again, but nerves are a hard thing to combat.

HEAVY JUDY

The Retreat brings you Heavy Judy every Friday until 3am with ace rock bands and DJs playing the best and this week the live music is bought to you by The Upskirts and The Middle Ages. Spawned out of the debris of such rock & roll naughties luminaries as The Specimens, The Cants and Royal Saloon, this new sludge-fuzz outfit The Middle Ages challenge their Zone 3 peers and often come off second best. Not without an onslaught of bone-crunching riffs though and good humour to boot. The Middle Ages hail from Frankston and will expect you to drink heavily. Dancing is secondary. The Upskirts return with a brand new single after an adventure to Europe where they played to sold-out rooms and blew up amps in London and The Great Escape in Brighton. They have previously dabbled in psychedelic textures and reverberated surf-rock guitar riffs, frenzied post-punk idiocy and garage pop

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Define your genre in five words or less: Roots, blues, north-coast surf rock. What do you love about making music? Where it takes me emotionally. I always get so lost when performing, jamming and writing. A great form of therapy that doesn’t involve anyone being tackled or hurt. Playing live we always go nuts so we get a handy dose of fitness which isn’t that bad considering musos like to sleep in and punish themselves on tour! What do you hate about the music industry? Reality TV shows. If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why? Hendrix, because it’s Hendrix! When’s the gig and with who? We are playing at The Workers Club on Sunday November 24. We have Tim’s Myth (frontman for Elmoth) and Munro Melano on the bill, both who I really dig. Heating up to be a night of fab larrikinesque songs with lots of smiles to be had. Do you have any record releases to date? What are they? Where can I get them? Sure do, we have three albums out and our most recent titled Birdy came out this year. Get them online via iTunes, marshallokell.com or JB Hi-Fi. Why should everyone come and see your band? Because it’s a bloody mission getting to Melbourne from Lennox Head/Byron Bay and I figure if we can spend 22 hours in the Van farting and talking shit then you could give us three hours of your time and check out the gig. Describe the best gig you have ever played. We played to a few thousand at one of our Byron Blues Festival gigs. Most of the crowd knew the words and sang their hearts out. Such a strong and beautiful energy exchange; gives me tingles just writing about it. How do you balance making and playing music with your other commitments? Music is full time. It’s the balance of 100% music that keeps me balanced. I lose it if I haven’t played a gig in over a week!

grooves and through recording their latest songs with Woody Annison (Hunting Grounds, Children Collide) they have pushed the sonic boundaries once again. They also announce an east coast tour after supporting the likes of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Worlds End Press, Mausi, The Rubens, Deep Sea Arcade, The Cairos and Wolf & Cub. DJ Xander plays until 3am.

ELIZABAND

Launching their Troubled Trees EP on 10 inch vinyl this Friday night at The Tote is out-sider art act Elizaband. In Elizaband, Rory Cooke is joined by Alex Jarvis (2nd Guitar), Andy Papp (Bass) and fellow Gaslight Radio allumni Cameron Teys on drums and are getting ready to put on a dazzling show on Friday November 22. Joining them on the night is Faspeedelay, Likedeelers and a special set of songs from Matt Gleeson (The Stabs). Doors 8pm. BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 51


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FRIDA THE HARLOTS

This Saturday November 23, The Harlots are hitting the swankiest venue in town, The Kelvin Club, for one final show for 2013. Supports from Neighbourhood Youth, Mansion, Alaska and D.A. Calf (The Book of Ships).

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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? “There’s four guys on stage in allpaisley suits and a small female creature made of flowers and glitter making some kind of wailing noise … I think you should see this. Take lots of beer.” What inspires or has influenced your music the most? Early morning drives to the airport, drinking too much Golden Oak cask wine and wearing Santa hats in October, the kebabs you can get on Sydney Road, flowers, Frida Kahlo, The Babysitter’s Club books and crayons. When’s the gig and with who? We have a residency at the Evelyn Hotel on Wednesdays in November. Our friends Mandek Penha, The Do Yo Thangs, The Darjeelings, Velma Grove and lots more will be joining us. Come and have fun! Describe the best gig you have ever played. I guess it was probably in Singapore at the Baybeats Festival earlier this year. Our outdoor set happened to coincide with their National Day rehearsals, and at one point we had four fighter jets flying over our heads and totally drowning out our music right in the middle of a song. Weirdest, best gig we ever played. If your music was a chocolate bar, which one would it be, and why? Not really a chocolate bar but it’d probably be a packet of double-coated Tim Tams. Delicious, nostalgic, and just a little bit fancy.

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FLYYING COLOURS

Something exciting is happening in Melbourne at the moment. The sounds of early '90s shoe-gaze is finding a resurgence in a host of bands who were barely babies the first time around. Flyying Colours represent the best of what shoe-gaze can be – an energetically mesmerising live show wrapped up with beautiful boy/girl harmonies and pounding rhythms, poking through a reverbdrenched soundscape. From the powerful crescendos of Bugs to the melodic garage-pop of Feathers, the Flyying Colours EP has clear hints of early '90s shoe-gaze and grunge, which fans of Swervedriver, Ride and MBV will instantly connect with, but perhaps it's their incessant up-tempo beats and rollicking live show that sets them years apart from what generally comes to mind when you think of shoe-gaze. They'll be playing the Evelyn on Saturday November 23.

EVIL TWIN

Evil Twin may sound a lot like The Black Keys and The White Stripes, but they have definitely created their own unique blend of rock, funk and blues which will leave your toes tapping and your head banging well into the night. After a massive 2013, Evil Twin return to their home turf The Great Britain Hotel on Saturday November 23 with their debut album Kill the Funk in tow. This will be the last gig from the duo in Melbourne this year so be sure to catch a glimpse of their two piece garage rock awesomeness. Along for the ride are country/blues crooners Taylor & Brown. This gig will surely set your soul free. Free entry from 9pm. BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 52

Melbourne-based beauty, The Strawberry Siren, has taken out the coveted title of Miss Burlesque Australia 2013. To celebrate her victory, she will be taking her winning performance around the nation. Including a giant flower prop, in a routine that needs to be seen to be believed. She will also be joined by the following National Burlesque title holders: Frankie Faux (NSW), Lucy Sky Diamond (TAS), Danica Lee (Syd) and special guest host Randy. It’s going down at Howler on Saturday November 23.

KATE MARTIN

Kate Martin is a musician overflowing with fierce determination. Originally hailing from Townsville, she now calls Melbourne her home. Since her migration, she has become invigorated to a new level, perhaps inspired by the arctic winds of the south. Kate regularly flits around the country, playing shows and recording; like her nomadic lifestyle, Kate’s music is constantly moving and changing. Awaken is the new single from Kate Martin, the first taste of the latest evolution of Kate’s unique musical style from her new album due out in early 2014. To celebrate this release, Kate will be heading out on an east coast tour in November. She plays The Grace Darling this Saturday November 23 with support from Texture Like Sun and Eliza Hull. Doors at 9pm, $10 tix.

MISS COLOMBIA

This event by El Tarro will launch new band Miss Colombia, a heart-bumping show with vintage incarnations mixing music, theatre and a tad of 60s and 70s film clips, tempered by the nostalgia of distance. Miss Colombia trashes Colombian labels such as drugs, salsa and soccer flanking a ready-made performance combining traditional Colombian rhythms with beats, Spanish pop, hip-hop, funk and opera. Miss Colombia will be supported by Madre Monte cumbia reggae; Sydney based Chirimeros traditional colombian band, The Jills, Jose Nieto and Pablo Naranjo and DJs Saca La Mois from Cumbia Cosmonauts and El Patron. It’s all happening at Shebeen on Saturday November 23 from 7pm until late. Free entry.

BIG BAND THEORY

Big West Festival launches Big Band Theory where music take over the West. Bring your sweet selves to worship at the feet of some of the West’s greatest musicians at the mighty Reverence Hotel. Headline act Brothers bring their super cool improvisatory jazz-fusion sound to Big West for the first time. Add the ice cold tunes of punksters from Hoppers Crossing The Spinset, for the real authentic taste of the West. The Winters (sexiest band since Elvis) rock out, Jarek hits the wall of sound with sonic scores to shake your bones and Royalty Noise and Thomcords bring the posi-sounds. $12 for the Big Bang, a bloody bargain! Party kicks off at 6.30pm.

SEX ON TOAST

The saga continues as Sex On Toast make a long awaited return to the upstairs party paradise that is the Bar Open band room. Drummer Gary T was not content to celebrate leaving the country for his quest to the United States to master the triple paradiddle/single arm push-up with just one show and wanted to pound his SPDS just one more time... Joining Sex On Toast for the gig is his guitar playing protégé Darvy T of The Cactus Channel, who’s unnerving moustache and unbelievable groove will leave any self-respecting fan of the funk completely gobsmacked. They’ll be filling their sets with classic slices of funk circa 1984, new jack swing, latin synth-bass grooves, and wild threads. Oh and it's free. What a steal, huh? Doors at 10pm.

ELIZABETH ROSE

Sydney electronica babe Elizabeth Rose heads down to the Workers Club on Saturday November 23 fresh off the back of her New York CMJ Showcases. Tickets are $15 and supports to be announced. This could be your last chance to catch her in an intimate setting as the future is looking very bright for this rising star.

Head down to the Revolver Bandroom on Saturday November 23 as West Australian Hip hop favourite DJ Charlie Bucket and Australian Mc Pioneer Nfa Jones put on a double launch of their singles Dynamite and Life’s a Game. Combining the deep crates and turntablist precision of Charlie Bucket on the decks and the ferocious Rhymes and stage presence of Nfa Jones on the mic, this is a show not to be missed. Joining the duo on the night will be Melbourne MC Remi featuring Sensible J on the ones and twos and local funk legend DJ Manchild, this is definitely one for the heads and party kids alike.

ROSS HANNAFORD & THE CRITTERS

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

PERSONAL & THE PIZZAS

Serving it up in Australia for the first time on Saturday November 23, Personal and The Pizzas bring their rock ’n’ roll songs about girls, partying and delinquency to The Tote. These three greasy goons from New Jersey are best described as “The Ramones and The Stooges recording an album in a pizza shop next door to CBGBs” and even provide pizza, courtesy of the band at their shows (when they can afford it). Spreading their love of pizza and starting a cult following wherever they go, it’s time for Australia to experience them in all their greasy glory! The Subsonics with Mesa Cosa support. Doors 9pm. Door charge.

STEPHEN CUMMINGS

Stephen Cummings has decided to have some fun with a style of music dear to his heart. The result is a feast of great songs, inspired singing and blistering guitars. Two drummers thump. It all goes down at The Caravan Club on Saturday November 23. Get a free Firecracker CD with your ticket. This is Stephen’s only electric show for 2013. Coheadlining the show are the esteemed Firecrackers, featuring Peter Luscombe, Shane O’Mara, Bill MacDonald and a second drummer, Jen Sholaxis. Don’t get left out, you will need to book for this night of atmospheric, melodic, free-floating, rocking music. Doors open at 8pm, tickets are $32+bf reserved seating or $25+bf general admission.

NATT DUNN

After recently selling out her EP launch, showcasing her stuff at BIGSOUND last month and wowing the crowd, Natt Dunn hits the Corner on Saturday November 23 supporting Busby Marou on his Farewell Fitzroy Tour. Playing songs from her rock’n’soul A Fools Fate EP, which was co-produced and co-written by TZU’s Pip Norman, be sure to catch this young-veteran of the music industry when she hits Melbourne-town.

MARTHA MARLOW

Sydney singer/songwriter Martha Marlow grew up in a musical household and was performing at many of this city’s leading venues and festivals before finishing her HSC. Still only in her 19th year, Martha is making her mark on the scene having recently supported Matt Corby, Bluejuice, Jinja Safari and US folk-pop duo The Pierces. Martha’s pure voice and unique open tunings are trademarks of her sound and her carefully crafted songwriting shows an undeniable wisdom beyond her years. With songs that simultaneously portray both innocence and experience, Martha Marlow is a refreshing and unique artist who is quickly establishing her place in the scene. Martha is about to release her debut EP which was produced by Stu Hunter (Passenger, Katalyst, Julia Stone, Sia and More) and mastered by Grammy award winner Helik Hadar (Joni Mitchell, Tracey Chapman) at The Retreat from 5pm on Saturday November 23.

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 24

COOPERS PRESENTS: 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 line up of local and interstate bands or solo acts, and will run from 12pm onwards. The day is laid back, cruisy and full of quality entertainment. Cheap tinnies and jugs, African beats and good vibes. Summer’z coming - your extracurricular activity begins this Sunday November 24. Doors from 4pm, $6.

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SEA SHEPHERD FUNDRAISER

Head on over to the Pirates Tavern in Williamstown for a scenic arvo fundraiser for the hard-working Sea Shepherd Conservation Society this Sunday November 24. With bands Audemia, Jay Stevens (Between the Wars), Dogsday and Dave Wright & The Midnight Electric on the bill set to donate their time to bring you some awesome performances, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society aim to raise much-needed funds to help send vessels down to the southern oceans to help protect whales from being illegally killed by the Japanese whaling fleet. So far over 4500 whales have been saved, and with your support they can save even more this year. All donations and funds raised will go directly to this great cause. Tickets available via moshtix.

CHERRYFEST013

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. This will be your first opportunity to hear some of the new material from The BellRays at their Cherry headline show. This is definitely the show NOT to be missed.

EATEN BY DOGS

Work getting you down? Lost all your money at the casino? Is your woman or man knocking boots with another woman or man? Life getting so difficult that jumping off a reasonably high bridge and swimming with actual sharks seems better than maintaining your existence with the actual scum you know? If this sounds like you then come see Eaten by Dogs at the Reverence Hotel every Sunday in November. The greatest alternative country music that should and can be the soundtrack to your impending death and/or next summer road trip. Nothing but hits. Plus delectable friends Ribbons Patterns and Skyscraper Stan, tunes from 3pm.

KOOYEH

With their latest single and the clip for Haven’t Found a Lady kicking goals in the music world, Kooyeh are set to cap off their Soul Cleansing tour with a show at The Central Club in Richmond on Sunday November 24. With their mix of hard hitting Reggae, Soul, Hip-Hop, Roots, Pop and Motown grooves, the up and coming nine piece Melbourne band have barely taken a breath since their debut album was released. Head down to the show as part of the Soul Roots Sunday sessions.

VRDL GRAND FINAL

It's been an incredible year for Victorian Roller Derby League, but all good things must come to an end. So here it is, this weekend is the VRDL Grand Final. Because we know you lovers out there like tunes with your thrash and smash, we've enlisted a killer band to provide the half time entertainment. It's like a festival, but inside and with controlled drinking rules. Melbourne's Lords of sludge 'n' roll, Sexy/Heavy, are just as the name suggests. They are grunty and groovy with plenty of sass to make y'all shake in your skates or your shoes. Catch the match at Darebin Community Sports Stadium on Sunday November 24. The Dead Ringer Rosies vs Toxic Avengers at 3.45pm. The Rock Mobsters vs Dolls Of Hazard at 5.45pm. Cash only.

FIELD MARSHALS YUM YUM CULT

Local band and volunteer Field Marshals Yum Yum Cult would like to invite you to a room. Your grade three teacher will be there, and while they patiently explain the movements of the solar system you will cough slightly and the sound will hang in the air like so many salt crystals. YYC are playing a show to celebrate the release of their debut 7'', which they will be giving away but if you are not comfortable with tangible objects you can listen to them both on Bandcamp. The songs are called Families and Waves and they are both about the realisation that some forces are endless and unstoppable and that there can be calm in knowing this. This event will occur at Shebeen bar on Sunday November 24 at 6.30pm. YYC are bringing some of their friends as well. You can expect to see electronic psychics Premium Fantasy, beat craftsman Yes/No/Maybe, and time wizard Andras Fox. Dregos Kure Kobre will also be generating visuals in addition to the kind you regularly experience while actively sensing your environment.


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MONDAY NOVEMBER 25

THE BRUNNY BIRTHDAY BASH

They lost an Ash but gained a Mo, poor old AT had to go. Caruana joined the crew, great comedians kept coming too. All of a sudden they've turned one – the Brunny is the house of fun. Head down to the Brunswick Hotel this Monday November 25 for Let's Get Funny At The Brunny Birthday Bash. Kicks off at 8pm, with loads of comedians and laughs.

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 26

KADAVAR

Hailing from Berlin, Germany, Kadavar are a super charged psyched out power trio that look and sound like the real deal, and from a distance, very much live and breathe the rock’n’roll dream. Their sudden rise to underground fame stems from a combination of infectious riff-driven ‘70s hard rock and doom-like undertones reminiscent of bands like Black Sabbath and Pentagram, with a spacey psychedelic edge likened to that of early Hawkwind and Can. Having just released their second album Abra Kadavar, this being their first for heavy metal label Nuclear Blast, Kadavar have been blowing minds, selling out shows, and picking up rave reviews everywhere they go. Finally touring Australia, they play Northcote Social Club on Tuesday November 26 and Wednesday November 27.

LOOKING FORWARD

PLUM GREEN

Born in a London squat, Plum Green is the daughter of a Jazz singing Parisian showgirl and a saxophone playing Jewish intellectual. Now based in Melbourne, the young singer-songwriter stitches together acoustic folk and grunge which brings to mind the styles of Kurt Cobain, Tori Amos and PJ Harvey. Don’t miss the enchanting Miss Plum when she launches her debut album Rushes at Grumpy’s Green on Friday November 29. It’s free entry and support comes from Jennifer Kingwell (The Jane Austen Argument), The Naysayers and Zoe Fox. Don’t miss!

BRICKS

No plans on Thursday November 28? You should be at the Reverence Hotel! Whether you like your punk rock heavy or poppy, we’ve gots all your needs covered. Kicking the night off are Foley!, followed by The Fckups, then hailin’ all the way from Ballarat are excellent The Savages. Finally, finishing the night off in true punk style - Bricks. $5 entry, and everything kicks off around 8pm.

ATTENTION ALL MUSOS AND BUSKERS

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

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JAMES TEAGUE

Singer/songwriter James Teague is set to perform an intimate and acoustic showcase of his past and present work Thursday November 28 at Smith St creative space Sidecar. Drawing inspiration from the complexities of his own soul, James weaves poetry and music in a truly unique fashion, evoking raw emotions in a state of pure catharsis. Commencing at 8pm and at a capacity of 30, you best book your tickets via trybooking.com/DUIO at $5 before they run out!

GEORGIA FAIR

Ready to launch their Trapped Flame album on Friday November 29 at Howler is Sydney’s Georgia Fair. With live performances evident of the special telepathic chemistry that bounces between Jordan Wilson and Ben Riley described as “mesmorising…an exercise in sparse perfection and restraint”, they hit the stage with special guest Meg Mac in a show not to be missed. Tickets $15 + bf via Ticketscout, be sure to head down to Howler.

DUNCAN REDMONDS FREE SHOW

Duncan Redmonds is the rather talented drummer/guitarist/vocalist from UK bands such as Snuff and Guns n Wankers. He is also in a swag of others such as the infamous Toy Dolls. As he has been making some great acoustic sounds of late (as many have heard from his collaboration with Lagwagon’s Joey Cape) he has decided to drop by and share some again. He will be belting an acoustic set and then will be joined on stage by his band of ‘Billy no Mates’ - which features members of Common Thread, Steadfast and Mutiny that he has coerced into learning some Guns n Wankers and Billy No Mates tunes. Opening will be Regrets (featuring Atom ex ADITF) and melodic powerhouse Foxtrot. Thurs Nov 28, Bar Open Fitzroy. Doors 8.30pm.

Can you tell us a little about The Artful Dodgers Program? The Artful Dodgers Studios in Melbourne is a unique program offering song writing, recording and live performance development for young people aged 15-27. This Thursday November 21 we are launching our 2013 compilation album at The Evelyn! The night will feature a mix of emerging talent playing hip hop, pop, rock, acoustic and country. Over the years many high profile musicians such as Rebecca Barnard, Paul Kelly, Travis Demsey, Andrew McSweeney Nat Allison, Paul Stewart, Dave Arden, Charles Jenkins, Pete Satchell, Wasabi, Romy Hoffman, Abby Dobson, John Favaro, Thomas Butt, MC Jules, Andy Scott, Elf Tranzporter, Pataphysics, Dave Pace, Colin Badger, Clare Bowditch and Jesse Sullivan have worked in the space sharing their music and knowledge with aspiring performers and writers. How did you become a part of the program? I have run song writing workshops for schools and businesses throughout my band days, so having the opportunity to do music development at The Artful Dodgers Studios where people could return to was super exciting. I started at Artful Dodgers two years ago and love the atmosphere, people and vibe. What do you love most about mentoring? The creative collaborations – I have cowritten songs around the world with heaps of established artists and writers but working with new talent here at the studios is inspirational and motivating. The real authentic stories that people tell are so powerful, like FLYBZ who are two young guys from Burundi who were child soldiers.

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What do you focus on specifically in your mentoring? We cover a good mix of song writing, arranging, recording and performing. I really believe in developing the song writing with everyone I collaborate with to help them walk out of the studio with something great they can play to friends, family or use to get gigs. What is the main message you aim to instil in your students? Just to enjoy themselves through creative expression and believe they can make something moving. Some people are just beginning to experiment with their music and others have already written songs and performed. What has been the most memorable personal experience within the program so far? Well there have been some great public exposure moments in over the past couple of years: performing live on ABC radio national for new singer-songwriters Casey Teale and Keagan Clothier; having Paul Kelly down to the studio to record with FLYBZ; seeing guys get these chances to share their music is so exciting for me to see. Are you working on any of your own music at the moment? If so, please share. Yes, while my sister Ella is releasing her solo work and now a part of the new Spicks and Specks, I have started writing and performing with an amazing vocalist, Keagan Clothier, around town. It’s a soulful acoustic sound so stay tuned next year for his debut single, which is sounding amazing. I feel like people are going to freak when they hear him sing … think Stevie Wonder meets Marvin Gaye meets the Dap Kings.

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ALBUM OF THE WEEK DANNY BROWN Old (Fool’s Gold Records) In the current hip hop musical climate of blinged-out rappers and wannabes, steps in a timeless new original by the name of Danny Brown. His triumphant 19-track third release Old, is full of fresh hip hop, trill and grime cementing him firmly as a new classic, and one which sees him as a nu-skool force to be reckoned with. Divided into ‘Side A’ and ‘Side B’, it really showcases two different sides to the rapper. Side A is the slower tracks side, more a freak hybrid of Ol’Dirty Bastard and OutKast, delving into addiction, tackling his demons, dealing, drugs, and escapism, underscored with grime, electronica and sprinkler high-hats and classic ‘old school’ beats. Highlights include Old, The Return featuring Freddie Gibbs, and the psychedelic acid-trip rap-rock numbers Wonderbread and Gremlins. Side A really builds and sets the listener on the path ready to go to that point where they crave a heavier and more intense sound and when Side B hits, it really does deliver. Side B is the festival and club-ready anthems side which undoubtedly will provoke you to completely lose your shit to. The intro and outro of Side B (Dope Song) reminds me of that GuitarHero South Park episode where they ‘chase the dragon’, and sets us up on the real intense shift in musical direction to come. Side B is nothing but hard-hitting (for lack of a better word) heavy trappy trill bangers. From to break-out hit Dip to Smokin & Drinkin, Handstand and Break it (Go), featuring his trademark ‘Sao’ being shouted

TOP TENS: OFF THE HIP 1. History Of Hygiene LP THE STEVENS 2. S/T LP TWERPS 3. Black Monk Time 2xLP THE MONKS 4. Date With Elvis LP THE CRAMPS 5. Smashed On A Knee LP POWDER MONKEYS 6. Calender Days LP DICK DIVER 7. Is This Real? LP WIPERS 8. Desperation LP OBLIVIANS 9. S/T LP MUDHONEY 10. Raw Power LP THE STOOGES

HEARTLAND TOP 10 out, the Side B does not give up. It is rare for an album in 2013 to be played from start to finish, without skipping any songs but this chaotic and relentless showcase of psychedelic acid-trip rockrap really does provide the goods from start to finish.

1. Antiphon CD/LP MIDLAKE

MIMI VELEVSKA

WAREHAM

2. Chemistry Of Consciousness CD/LP TOXIC HOLOCAUST 3. Nobody CD/LP WILLIS EARL BEAL 4. Emancipated Hearts CD/LP DEAN 5. Aftershock CD/LP MOTORHEAD 6. Forever Becoming CD/LP PELICAN 7. Memorial CD/LP RUSSIAN CIRCLES

BEST TRACK: Smokin & Drinkin IF YOU LIKE THIS, YOU’LL LIKE THESE: A$AP ROCKY, SCHOOLBOY Q, BLACK MILK IN A WORD: Classic

8. The Days Of Wine & Roses LP THE DREAM SYNDICATE 9. F**k You Up & Get Live LP Pic Disc + CD DWARVES 10. Die Hards LP THE CASUALTIES

SINGLES

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COLLECTORS CORNER/ MISSING LINK TOP 10 1. Tres Cabrones CD MELVINS 2. From The Ages CD/LP EARTHLESS

For all the latest singles check out beat.com.au “That said, fist-pumping bangerz and ur boi Flume huge beats TUUUUNE, but irredeemable shit-cunts Bad//Dreems are not!!!” – Singles By LachlanBot via what-would-i-say. SUPER WILD HORSES Ono In A Space Bubble (Remote Control) One of the stronger cuts from Super Wild Horses’ Crosswords LP of earlier this year, Ono In A Space Bubble drives it home with pounding toms and gnarly guitar tone, capped off with reverby shrieks that most likely take their inspiration from the titular scenario. More of an exercise in style rather than substance, the track is an enjoyable burst of minimalist garage goodness. Lends itself to multiple repeat listens ay. CLOSURE IN MOSCOW The Church Of The Technochrist (Independent) Judging by the title I was hoping for some so-badit’s-good unholy embracement of EDM-rock fusion. Instead, it’s a fairly tasteful prog-disco blend. Well, as tasteful as a prog-disco blend can get, I suppose. Like Nile Rodgers jamming with Mars Volta or something. Who knows, it might be enough to rectify the stalled momentum caused by their raising of AJ Maddah’s ire in 2010. CITY CALM DOWN Speak To No End (I OH YOU) The new cut from City Calm Down, taken from a double A-side due later this year, unfolds like a retro-indebted nod to stadium-sized late‘80s synth rock titans, something like Queen’s The Works era. The opening three or so minutes could easily pass as a self-contained, tidy slice of danceable indie rock, held back slightly by a bit of a plonking chorus. But then the commanding, measured near-baritone cracks slightly as the track elevates into a DFA-inspired jam. Deceptively ambitious, and ultimately successful.

3. Reign In Blood LP SLAYER

FLUME FEAT. ISABELLA MANFREDI The Greatest View (Future Classic) Okay I was fully bracing myself for this to be a Silverchair cover, which would have been hilarious, let’s face it. Instead it’s a fairly inoffensive team-up from boy wonder Flume and The Preatures’ Isabella Manfredi, who delivers a smoky complement to Harley Streten’s hazy beats. There are moments in the production that sound like what would happen if Arca remixed Eve’s Let Me Blow Ya Mind. Ya boy Flume still isn’t exactly ahead of the pack, but he’s still maintaining a prolific workrate – double dipping, rather than victory lapping, last year’s breakthrough LP with a hearty deluxe repackaging (this track included in an iTunes exclusive bundle). DAN SULTAN Under Your Skin (Liberation) The reigning superhunk of Australian rock returns with a commanding and catchy rock stomper, creeping with tense aplomb like Mark Seymour in Talking To A Stranger (not just saying that because that Avalanches remix was in YouTube’s related clips). Under Your Skin is decent despite its brevity, making the most of every second with resounding volatility. But it’s still not as dangerous as it could be – killer vocal take aside, the elements of the track come together like a weak Danger Mouse-produced Black Keys cut. Still, it’s a promising sign that the year 2014 could well be a big one for Sultan, primed to parlay already-garnered acclaim into whatever constitutes as a rock crossover success these days.

4. Still CD WEEKEND NACHOS 5. History Of Hygiene LP THE STEVENS 6. Obsideo CD PESTILLENCE 7. Smashed On A Knee LP POWDER MONKEYS 8. Live At Third Man LP MELVINS 9. Imitations CD/LP MARK LANEGAN 10. Europe 2013 Tour CD CAPTAIN CLEANOFF

SYN SWEET 10 1. Don’t Tell The Driver MICK TURNER 2. Cupid Deluxe BLOOD ORANGE 3. You Never Know OLIVER TANK FT. HAYDEN CALNIN 4. Sour Grapes CAULFIELD 5. Young Bloods ILLY 6. Remurdered MOGWAI 7. Get Away CIRCA WAVES 8. I’m Aquarius METRONOMY 9. Running To The Sea ROYKSOPP 10. Messed up Kids JAKE BUGG

BEAT’S TOP TEN SONGS ABOUT ROOTS 1. A Day In The Life Of A Tree THE BEACH BOYS 2. Witness (1 Hope) ROOTS MANUVA

JON LEMMON

Wonder (Independent) Kiwi-based posi-vibes proselytiser Jon Lemmon teams up with compatriot Race Banyon on production for Wonder, a bliss-inducing journey through nostalgic house glory. Lemmon’s dreamy whispers compound the lush, inviting beats, invoking both a sense of communal rave euphoria and insular calm. Spoiler alert: there are two drops, both of them are amazing.

3. Deeper Underground JAMIROQUAI 4. You Can Beat An Egg But You Can’t Beat A Root! THE DAN WATT JAILBIRDS 5. Holdin’ On FLUME 6. Going Back To My Roots ODYSSEY 7. A Forest THE CURE 8. Sassafras Roots GREEN DAY 9. Mandrake Root DEEP PURPLE 10. Tutti Rootti LITTLE RICHARD

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NYPC

NYPC (Cooking Vinyl) NYPC used to be known as the New Young Pony Club. Then the moniker became too cumbersome for the sleek duo who shed some members along the way and orbited toward ’80s electro sounds produced by bands even whose mothers have ceased to care. Anyone up for some OMD or DAF? Sure As The Sun echoes The Tom Tom Club, especially the chorus. And there are familiar snippets throughout. So by trying create a sound that is ‘righter now’ it invariably ends up sounding like yesterday. Nevertheless, there are points that boast both subtlety and velocity. Hear Now l’m Your Gun and Play Hard and a comfortable immersion point can be found. They hit on a groove that is adventurous and accessible. The record consumer should give the NYPC a go on this evidence alone. Beneath the crackle of electro beats there also lurk moments of introspection. Overtime is icy in the Nico mould but develops into the grand elements of Annie Lennox, like a Teutonic amazon giving it some carousel pastiche. Play Hard is a real new wave blender, starting with some Joy Division and Cure riffs and serving up a Goldfrapp curveball with twitching synth pop energy. They have a sharp edge to the doe eyed and poignant and whilst Everything Is may not be exactly that, it hints at the chastened mood of a NYC loft party. BEST TRACK: Play Hard Like New Order fronted by Siouxie, NYPC bring a lot of IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: THE yesterday to today for tomorrow. KNIFE, THE TOM TOM CLUB, GOLDFRAPP BRONIUS ZUMERIS IN A WORD: Pounding

VII (Vagrant/Shock) On VII, Eric Earley corresponds with many tenets of American songwriting, kicking off with the barnyard romp Feel The Chill, followed by the soulful Shine On (complete with female gospel backing vocals) and the straight country number Ever Loved Once. These songs are decent genre examples, but the familiar tropes aren’t craftily reapplied to illustrate an innovative new perspective. However, VII begins to get interesting on rambling folk number Valley Of Death, when the armed and drunk narrator looks out “across the valley of the shadow below” and thus commences a sequence of genre transgression. Oregon Geography is a murky take on Odelay-era Beck that has Earley reporting/rapping about rural peculiarities over a maligned banjo loop and the sound of falling rain. Next up, Neck Tatts, Cadillacs is a paranoid neo-funk number with a female vocalist taking over for the rousing chorus. Later comes Drive On Up, a return to the more conventional tact employed early in the record (this time an adept homage to The Band’s roots rock) but, by virtue of being surrounding by the bold genre explorations, it resonates with much greater force. VII could be construed as a conceptual journey; what BEST TRACK: Heart Attack begins as a down-home affair starts to take unpredictable IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: Tomorrow turns as the protagonist wanders beyond the comfort zone. Morning EELS, Deliverance YOU AM I, Wilco WILCO Ultimately it has mixed results, but it’s a fascinating attempt IN A WORD: Hopscotch and a worthy addition to Blitzen Trapper’s catalogue. AUGUSTUS WELBY

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LOS LOBOS

Disconnected In New York City (Savoy/Universal Music Australia) Los Lobos are marking their 40th anniversary as a band with the release of this live record, Disconnected In New York City, which is about as low-key as a ruby anniversary gets. That doesn’t mean it’s bad, just unnecessary. The setlist spans a number of years, but it’s not definitive or celebratory (like a 40th anniversary should be). In particular, there are no inclusions from Los Lobos’ best album, Kiko, which is a huge disappointment. It’s an acoustic live album, which has its own pros and cons; the guitars and especially the horn section sound fantastic, while deficiencies in David Hidalgo’s and Cesar Rosas’ vocals are more exposed than they would be in the normal electric setup. This means the upbeat songs, relying more on horns than vocals – such as the excellent Chuco’s Cumbia – are the ones that work best in the set. Disconnected thus goes against the grain of most acoustic albums, which favour a slower, more meditative pace to cast songs in a different light (and thus make them worthwhile). So with all the upbeat songs doing the heavy lifting, and no defining ‘moment’ for the concert to cling to, it ends up being a pleasant if forgettable collection of acoustic Latin pop-rock. And in an age when every phone has the ability to record high quality audio and a quick YouTube search for a particular song comes up with thousands of results, I’m not sure there’s a need for live albums like this anyway. Los Lobos now has four of them (two acoustic), which seems more than a little superfluous. BEST TRACK: Chucos Cumbia Los Lobos are a great band, but for their 40th anniversary IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: SANTANA, BECK, GRACELAND they deserved better than Disconnected In New York City. IN A WORD: Siesta-Of-A-Fiesta LEONARDO SILVESTRINI

HARRY HOWARD AND THE NDE

Pretty (Spooky Records)

If there is something that remains of the mythical Melbourne Mafia, this is it. Harry Howard, he being the brother of the late Roland, Edwina Preston, and the pillars of spouse rock – Dave Graney and Clare Moore – raise the roof of the garage again. As the NDE, the Near Death Experience - connotes, this is no One Direction saccharine pop. Of course you have to get past the garish hot pink cover first, as striking as it is. Working on a fairly limited theme, Pretty is a coherent record, honed and polished by gallows humour. Harry Howard has a nice way with his lyrics. He keeps them minimal and streamlined, like a surgeon working without anaesthetic. One slip and it could be fatal. Thankfully the scalpel is handled with mastery and there is nearly a break in the lacework. Dave and Clare revisit their Moodist past as the amps are flicked to rock mode. If you are taken by an opening salvo titled Wanted To Live you will like the rest of this work. Howard gives the hint that he has messed with the Devil and lived to tell the tale. Full of the dirty entrails of love gone wrong mixed with the certain heroism found in the “ragged man and tattered girl”, hear Let Them Live. Deliciously unbalanced and a raunchy grind of degenerate rock that could only be derived from experience. It helps that Howard has an unmistakable voice. Singular, like his brother, and not the type that would be favoured by technical vocal experts. But it suits the looks, the sound and packs a crunch. Oddly, Surround Me reminds of Temptation Inside Your BEST TRACK: Let Them Live Heart. And like The Velvet Underground, the NDE may not IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: THE FALL, be much loved but will be dearly admired by the devoted CRIME & THE CITY SOLUTION, JON SPENCER, few for their laconic abrasiveness. And more power for that. SPENCER P. JONES IN A WORD: Ferocious

San Fermin (Downtown Records) Get this for a publicist’s wet dream: a young and talented composer, after graduating the prestigious Yale University, retreats to the Canadian Rockies to escape the noise of urban life. There, in solitude, he composes in its entirety a sprawling chamber-pop concept album, naming it after the Spanish town that hosts the running of the bulls; only, the composer isn’t a singer, so he recruits three friends to sing the different ‘characters’ on the album. To top things off, said composer has the word Ludwig in his name. It’s a hell of a story. But it’s true. The composer in question is 24-year-old Brooklynite Ellis Ludwig-Leone. And the resultant band and album is San Fermin. San Fermin is an audacious, no-holds-barred effort, the kind of album that leaves you drained come the end. Over the course of 17 songs, Ludwig-Leone and his cast of singers (Allen Tate, Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe) embark on an operatic journey that touches just about every colour on the emotional spectrum. There’s the sombre slow-build of opener Renaissance!,.the heady feel-good pop of lead single Sonsick (elevated by the tandem vocals of Laessig and Wolfe), the lunatic wailing of jazzy saxophones on the freakish The Count. Scattered amongst it all are a series of eerie instrumental segues (Lament for V.G, At Sea, In The Morning). All up, the high theatrics and schizophrenic temperament of San Fermin brings to mind Sufjan Stevens’ similarly epic Illinois set. Only, Stevens’ classic album is far more affecting. There’s just something about San Fermin that doesn’t transcend the sum of its many parts. Sure, it’s excellent in patches, but for all its hullaballoo it never quite lands the emotional blow it wants to deliver. Perhaps Ludwig-Leone got a little too clever with the endless weaving of voices. Or perhaps, more specifically, it’s the voice of Allen Tate. His deadpan baritone is so reminiscent of The National’s Matt Berninger that it becomes a distraction. And look, as much as I loved That said, San Fermin still offers plenty to keep the BEST TRACK: Sonsick adventurous mind occupied. IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: ILLINOIS SUFJAN STEVENS, BOXER THE NATIONAL, THE WAYNE MARSHALL HAZARDS OF LOVE THE DECEMBERISTS IN A WORD: Operatic

GESAFFELSTEIN

Aleph (Bromance)

The eagerly awaited debut album Aleph from dark techno French producer Gesaffelstein does not disappoint. From the minimalist album art and the dark overcast opener Out of Line, you know from the get-go that the album is going to be an intense and eerie experience into the distinct world of Gesaffelstein. Pursuit, Hate or Glory, Trans and Obsession share that thumping industrial-tech electro sound, the forward motion and the hits on the 2s and the 4s, reminiscent of Nine Inch Nails’ Closer. The album is contrasted with slow minimalist ‘80s electronica soundscapes on Piece of Future, Wall and Aleph, which could have easily fit onto the Drive movie soundtrack. Gesaffelstein admittedly doesn’t count himself a fan of hip hop, but his track Hellifornia is certainly a sinister ode to ‘90s West Coast rap and you can’t help but visualise a pimp in an OTT car bouncing to the track. With a cross-selection of genre odes from EBM, hip hop and old school rave, Aleph is a stunning debut, one which firmly cements his position as a producer set for a long and successful career as this initial taste of Gesaffelstein leaves BEST TRACK: Pursuit you wanting more. IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: DJEDJOTRONIC, NINE INCH NAILS Closer IN A WORD: Hypnotic MIMI VELEVSKA

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WEDNESDAY NOV 20 INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS ALEX & THE SHY LASHLIES + ALIE + DAN PARSONS TOFF IN TOWN, MELBOURNE CBD. 8:00PM. $10. ANGEL EYES SWITCHBOARD CAFE, 8:00AM. BRIGHT FIGHT - FEAT: BRITE FLIGHT + BIBBY + CLUE TO KALO + MATSU + QUA WORKERS CLUB, FITZROY. 7:30PM. $8. CHAPTERFEST 21 - FEAT: TWERPS + BUSHWALKING + DARREN SYLVESTER + DICK DIVER + GEOFFREY O’CONNOR + THE ANCIENTS + THE STEVENS THE RESIDENCE, MELBOURNE. 6:00PM. COLLAGE - FEAT: SCARAMOUCHE + 4 LETTER LIES + HUMANS AS ANIMALS + SONS OF THUNDER ESPY, ST KILDA. 8:30PM. C’MON EVERYBONEY - FEAT: HARPOONS + OPEN SWIMMER + PASCAL BARBARE + TEETH BONEY, MELBOURNE. 7:00PM. GOSSLING + LITTLE SCOUT + WHITAKER CORNER HOTEL, RICHMOND. 7:30PM. $15. I KNOW THE CHIEF (SINGLE LAUNCH) + HIDING THE BEARS + LEWIS PIDUTTI DING DONG LOUNGE, MELBOURNE CBD. 8:15PM. $12. KETTLESPIDER + CITRUS JAM + ORSOME WELLS + XENOGRAFT BENDIGO HOTEL, COLLINGWOOD. 10:00PM. $10. KINESTHESIS + BIG VOLCANO + THE FLAWLESS BOIZ BAR OPEN, FITZROY. 8:33PM. LEEZ LIDO + GLADSTONE + THE GROVES BENDIGO HOTEL, COLLINGWOOD. 8:00PM. $7. LEONARD COHEN ROD LAVER ARENA, MELBOURNE. 7:00PM. MESS & NOISE LUNCHBOX - FEAT: ROSS MCLENNAN THE RESIDENCE, MELBOURNE. 12:00PM. SECRET GOODTIMES CLUB TAGO MAGO, THORNBURY. 7:00PM. SHERIFF + DJ RED + MIGHTIEST OF GUNS CHERRY BAR, MELBOURNE CBD. 9:00PM. THE 2013 AGE MUSIC VICTORIA AWARDS BILLBOARD, MELBOURNE CBD. 7:00PM. THE ANGKOR WATTS RETREAT HOTEL, BRUNSWICK. 7:30PM.

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THE PRESETS + INDIAN SUMMER PRINCE BANDROOM, ST KILDA. 7:00PM. WHIPPED CREAM CHARGERS + AUTOPORTRAITS + CLAUDE OLD BAR, FITZROY. 8:30PM. $8. WILDFIRES + RAD NAVAJO JOHN CURTIN HOTEL, CARLTON. 8:00PM.

JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC ANDREW HAGGER (MOON UNDER WATER LAUNCH) BENNETTS LANE JAZZ CLUB, MELBOURNE. 8:00PM. $20. DIZZY’S BIG BAND DIZZY’S JAZZ CLUB, RICHMOND. 8:00PM. $14. LO-RES + BOHJASS UPAS MILITIA 303, NORTHCOTE. 8:00PM. THE ADRIAN SHERRIFF TRIO OPEN STUDIO, NORTHCOTE. 8:30PM.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK

BB & THE HOLY ROLLERS + LEAH SENIOR + TOM FITZGERALD GRACE DARLING HOTEL, COLLINGWOOD. 8:00PM. $10. BEN SALTER + ALISON FERRIER SPOTTED MALLARD, BRUNSWICK. 7:30PM. JUSTIN BERNASCONI + PETE FIDLER STANDARD HOTEL, FITZROY. 8:30PM. LOVE OVER GOLD (FALL TO RISE LAUNCH) + MATT WALKER THORNBURY THEATRE, THORNBURY. 7:30PM. $20. ROOTS OF MUSIC - FEAT: HAMISH ANDERSON + LEE BRADSHAW + MARTHA MARLOW REVOLVER UPSTAIRS, PRAHRAN. 8:00PM. SIMPLY ACOUSTIC WESLEY ANNE, NORTHCOTE. 7:00PM. SOFT GOLD YARRA HOTEL, ABBOTSFORD. 7:00PM. THE PEEP TEMPEL + BAD FAMILY HEARTLAND RECORDS, 11:30AM. WINE WHISKEY WOMEN - FEAT: ALISON CHRISTOPHER + CELIA CHURCH DRUNKEN POET, WEST MELBOURNE. 8:00PM.

THURSDAY NOV 21 INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS

100 MILLION NIGHTS - FEAT: CANYONS + ROLAND

CHERRYFEST Californian garage rock legends The BellRays will headline CherryFest on Sunday November 24 as a 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 until 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.

TINGS STANDISH/CARLYON ANDRAS FOX SHINING BIRD CLUB MOD DJS CANYONS & DANIEL BOYD THE RESIDENCE, MELBOURNE. 6:00PM. $40. BOMBAY ROYALE + KIRKIS + MESA COSA JOHN CURTIN HOTEL, CARLTON. 8:00PM. BOYSETSFIRE + DJ JOE JUGHEAD + DJ MARKO DESANTIS + OUTRIGHT + PAPER ARMS REVERENCE HOTEL, FOOTSCRAY. 7:30PM. BRETT & RUSTY WHOLE LOTTA LOVE, EAST BRUNSWICK . 7:00PM. CAPTAIN APPLES + PEPPERJACK + STEPH BRETT EMPRESS HOTEL, NORTH FITZROY. 8:00PM. CITIZEN SEX + GENTLEMEN + GLASS BRICKS + INFINITE VOID + LITTLE DESERT + SPITE HOUSE NORTH MELBOURNE TOWN HALL, NORTH MELBOURNE. 6:00PM. COKE & SYMPATHY (A ROCK & ROLL CABARET) RED BENNIES, SOUTH YARRA. 8:00PM. $25. DON RIGSBY & THE DAVIDSON BROTHERS + THE COMPANY SPOTTED MALLARD, BRUNSWICK. 7:30PM. $15. DUVATEEN + JACK JACK JACK YAH YAH’S, FITZROY. 6:00PM. FOOTY CAPTAINS OF INDUSTRY, 8:00AM. HOLY MACKEREL TAGO MAGO, THORNBURY. 8:30PM. IAN BALL (UNFOLD YOURSELF TOUR) BARWON CLUB HOTEL, GEELONG. 7:00PM. JOHNNY TELAFONE + ASPS + FORCES + FOUR DOOR + NUN + PRIMITIVE CALCULATORS + REPAIRS + SKY NEEDLE + WHITE HEX THE LIBERTY SOCIAL, MELBOURNE. 5:00PM. MADE IN JAPAN (ALBUM LAUNCH) + NEIGHBOURHOOD YOUTH + THE RED LIGHTS GRACE DARLING HOTEL, COLLINGWOOD. 8:30PM. $14. MELBOURNE FRESH REVOLVER UPSTAIRS, PRAHRAN. 7:00PM. $15. MELBOURNE MUSIC WEEK PRESENTS - FEAT: FOURTEEN NIGHTS AT SEA + BODIES + COCKS ARQUETTE THE PUBLIC BAR, NORTH MELBOURNE. 7:30PM. MELBOURNE MUSIC WEEK SAFARI - FEAT: WILLOW BEATS + NAMINE + TOMDERSON TOFF IN TOWN, MELBOURNE CBD. 7:00PM. MERCURY WHITE + DIAMOND NIGHTS + JUNIOR UNDER THE MOON + THE GREAT IMPOSTOR REVERENCE HOTEL, FOOTSCRAY. 8:00PM. $7. MESS & NOISE LUNCHBOX - FEAT: WINTERCOATS THE RESIDENCE, MELBOURNE. 12:00PM. MINIBIKES POST OFFICE HOTEL, COBURG. 8:00PM. MMW LIVE MUSIC SAFARI - FEAT: I A MAN + DIY ALLSTARS DING DONG LOUNGE, MELBOURNE CBD. 9:00PM. NEXT - FEAT: TILIAN PEARSON + BRIGHTER AT NIGHT + THIS FIASCO COLONIAL HOTEL, MELBOURNE CBD. 9:00PM. NO FUN AT ALL + BEAVER + CLOWNS TOTE HOTEL, COLLINGWOOD. 8:00PM. RAUL MIDON + JORDAN RAKEI CORNER HOTEL, RICHMOND. 6:30PM. $35. SIMON MELI + PAUL GREENE & THE OTHER COLOURS + ROSIE BURGESS NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, NORTHCOTE. 7:30PM. $13. SLOW CLUB - FEAT: SUNBEAM SOUND MACHINE + JIMMY CAIN + LEISURE + LIONESS EYE + NICK ALLBROOK + THE BAUDELAIRES TOTE HOTEL, COLLINGWOOD. 8:00PM. $10. SNUFF + LAURA PALMER + OFF WITH THEIR HEADS + UP & ATOM OLD BAR, FITZROY. 8:00PM. $36. SUBSONICS + BRAT FARRAR + THE SPASMS BAR OPEN, FITZROY. 8:30PM. THE SLIMS + ISOBELL CALDWELL + MAEFLOWER + MOLLY PINNUCK FT. ANDREW WORTHINGTON BRUNSWICK HOTEL, BRUNSWICK. 8:00PM. UV RACE + DJ NICK JONES + DJ GRACE K + HEIROPHANTS + THE BONNIWELLS + THE CLITS LOUNGE, MELBOURNE CBD. 8:00PM. ZANZIBAR CHANEL + DAYCARE DJS + HOME TRAVEL + MICHAEL OZONE + SALMON BARREL + TOTAL CONTROL DJS BONEY, MELBOURNE. 6:00PM. ZEPTEPI + STOMP DOG RETREAT HOTEL, BRUNSWICK. 8:30PM.

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JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC CREATIVE VOCAL SERIES - FEAT: KATE KELSEY-SUGG + LISA SALVO + MIRRIAM CRELLIN BENNETTS LANE JAZZ CLUB, MELBOURNE. 8:30PM. NMIT RECITALS 303, NORTHCOTE. 7:00PM. SOUL CUPCAKE WESLEY ANNE, NORTHCOTE. 8:00PM. $10. SOUL ISLAND OPEN STUDIO, NORTHCOTE. 8:00PM. SOUL SAFARI - FEAT: KYLIE AULDIST & THE GLENROY ALL STARS + ANDREA MARR & THE FUNKY HITMEN + DJS VINCE PEACH + PIERRE BARONI + THE SWEETHEARTS CHERRY BAR, MELBOURNE CBD. 7:00PM. $10. THE OVEREASYS CLAYPOTS EVENING STAR, MELBOURNE. 6:30PM. TIM WILLIS & THE END BENNETTS LANE JAZZ CLUB, MELBOURNE. 8:30PM.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK BLOW THE HORN AFRICAN MUSIC LOUNGE, COLLINGWOOD. 8:00PM. CHRALES JENKINS LABOUR IN VAIN, FITZROY. 8:30PM. CHRIS SHERMERCHRIS SHERMER DRUNKEN POET, WEST MELBOURNE. 8:00PM. DAVY SIMONY DRUNKEN POET, WEST MELBOURNE. 9:00PM. FOUR DOOR RECORD COLLECTORS CORNER, 11:30AM. LOT 56 LOMOND HOTEL, BRUNSWICK EAST. 8:30PM. REFRATION - FEAT: REFRACTION WESLEY ANNE, NORTHCOTE. 6:00PM. SUMMON THE BIRDS YARRA HOTEL, ABBOTSFORD. 8:00PM. SUZZANNAH ESPIE + MEL PERSONS + ROSE COUSINS REVOLVER UPSTAIRS, PRAHRAN. 8:30PM. $20. THE WEEKEND PEOPLE + INDIAN RED GREAT BRITAIN HOTEL, RICHMOND. 8:00PM.

FRIDAY NOV 22 JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC

OFF THE CHART - FEAT: THE RAAH PROJECT + BRETT KELLY’S THE IMPOSSIBLE ORCHESTRA + KYLIE AULDIST HAWTHORN ARTS CENTRE, 7:15PM. $55. THE FURBELOWS BENNETTS LANE JAZZ CLUB, MELBOURNE. 8:30PM. $25. THE MONDLARKS HAMMOND TRIO WESLEY ANNE, NORTHCOTE. 6:00PM. TIARYN + SPUNK MACHINE BAR OPEN, FITZROY. 10:00PM. VARDOS TRIO + RECEITA DE CHORO OPEN STUDIO, NORTHCOTE. 6:00PM.

INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS CLOSURE IN MOSCOW (SINGLE LAUNCH) + ALL THE COLOURS + GOING SWIMMING DING DONG LOUNGE, MELBOURNE CBD. 8:30PM. $20. DAMAON PERILLA + TYPICAL DAN & JAMES LYNCH WHOLE LOTTA LOVE, EAST BRUNSWICK . 7:00PM. DOC WHITE SPOTTED MALLARD, BRUNSWICK. 7:30PM. $15. ECHO DRAMA ELSTERNWICK HOTEL, ELWOOD. 9:00PM. ELIZABAND + FASPEEDPLAY + LIKEDEELERS + MATT GLEESON TOTE HOTEL, COLLINGWOOD. 8:00PM. FALLEN ENDS + NIKHAIL + STONE DESERT + TWIN AGES REVERENCE HOTEL, FOOTSCRAY. 8:30PM. $10. FLOATING WORLD + HULA HOPE + T:DYT:WNS BELLA UNION BAR (TRADES HALL), CARLTON SOUTH. 7:30PM. $15. HITS & PITS FESTIVAL - FEAT: BLACK FLAG + BAD ASTRONAUT + BOYSETSFIRE + GOOD FOR YOU + JUGHEADS REVENGE! + NO FUN AT ALL + OFF WITH THEIR HEADS + SNUFF + THE ATARIS PALACE THEATRE, MELBOURNE CBD. 7:00PM. HOLY HOLY + BEN WRIGHT SMITH + SPENDER GRACE DARLING HOTEL, COLLINGWOOD. 9:00PM. $15. IMMIGRANT UNION + BURIED FEATHER + YIS HOWLER, BRUNSWICK. 8:00PM. $15. JIMMY BARNES + MAHALIA BARNES TRAK LOUNGE BAR, TOORAK. 8:30PM. JIMMY TAIT (GOLDEN LAUNCH) + HOWL AT THE MOON


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For all the latest gigs check out beat.com.au + KIERAN RYAN JOHN CURTIN HOTEL, CARLTON. 8:00PM. KON + AUX ONE + MFP WAX MUSEUM, 11:30AM. MESS & NOISE LUNCHBOX - FEAT: EARLY WOMAN THE RESIDENCE, MELBOURNE. 12:00PM. MIDNIGHT CALLER + CRUDE + MAP ENDS EMPRESS HOTEL, NORTH FITZROY. 8:00PM. PAPA PILKO & THE BINRATS + DJ LINK MEANIE + MAX SAVAGE & THE FALSE IDOLS + RATTLIN’ BONES BLACKWOOD OLD BAR, FITZROY. 8:30PM. $10. PARENTS + COUNTERATTACK + HOME INVADERS + JACKALS + LAURA PALMER + MICHAEL CRAFTER THE PUBLIC BAR, NORTH MELBOURNE. 7:00PM. $10. POISON FISH (EP LAUNCH) + DJ MAX CRAWDADDY + SEEDY JEEZUS + THREE QUARTER BEAST CHERRY BAR, MELBOURNE CBD. 8:00PM. $13. QUEENSCLIFF MUSIC FESTIVAL QUEENSCLIFF MUSIC FESTIVAL SITE, QUEENSCLIFF. 11:00AM. ROCK N’ ROAR - FEAT: THE CANING + JIMY NORRSTROM + TRIUMPH OVER LOGIC ESPY, ST KILDA. 8:00PM. $10. SHOVELS + GREY GARDENS + TRADE GRACE DARLING HOTEL, COLLINGWOOD. 9:00PM. $5. STATIC ARCADIA - FEAT: THE SUMMERVILLES + LOOSE TOOTH + NUN OF THE TONGUE ROCHESTER CASTLE HOTEL, FITZROY. 8:00PM. SUMMERHILL + INITIALS + MORE 303, NORTHCOTE. 8:30PM. $10. THE DARK FAIR + A GENDER + CRANES AGAINST CLOUDS YAH YAH’S, FITZROY. 6:00PM. THE HURRICANES + JESS RIBERO YARRA HOTEL, ABBOTSFORD. 8:00PM. THE MIDDLE AGES + DJ XANDER + THE UPSKIRTS RETREAT HOTEL, BRUNSWICK. 10:00PM. THE ROYAL ARTILLERY + 23 AOA + ELEGANT SHIVA + THE VELVETS BRUNSWICK HOTEL, BRUNSWICK. 9:00PM. THE SHIVERING TIMBERS (ALBUM LAUNCH) + TESS MCKENNA THORNBURY THEATRE, THORNBURY. 8:00PM. THE TARANTINOS PENNY BLACK, BRUNSWICK. 9:30PM. THE TWOKS + BAD NEWS TOILET + KASHMERE CLUB + SPLIT SECONDS + SUSY BLUE ESPY, ST KILDA. 9:00PM. THUNDABOX (TURNING TEN TOUR) + DIXON CIDER + INEDIA TAGO MAGO, THORNBURY. 8:00PM. WICKED CITY + DEAD + LEGENDS OF MOTORSPORT TOTE HOTEL, COLLINGWOOD. 9:00PM.

CITY OF COOL + MARVILLE + THE INSTINCTS + THE LOVELESS TAGO MAGO, THORNBURY. 8:00PM. CLUB KIDS - FEAT: OSCAR KEY SUNG + NO LIGHTS NO LYCRA + TWO BRIGHT LAKES DJS THE RESIDENCE, MELBOURNE. 12:00PM. $15. DARREN MIDDLETON + JULY DAVIS + TOM KLINE TOFF IN TOWN, MELBOURNE CBD. 7:30PM. $25. DIRTY HARRIET & THE HANGMEN (EP LAUNCH) + AUSTRALIAN KINGSWOOD FACTORY + MUSCLE MARY + THE JACKS + THE TARANTINOS BRUNSWICK HOTEL, BRUNSWICK. 8:00PM. DISCO CRAZY - FEAT: DONNY DISCO + DAN THE MAN + GORDO GAMSBY STRONGMAN + SOPHIE XANADU ROLLER QUEEN THE LUWOW, FITZROY. 8:00PM. $10. DOLLAR BAR + BEN SALTER + DOM MILLER + TREVOR LUDLOW EMPRESS HOTEL, NORTH FITZROY. 8:00PM. DV8 - FEAT: STORMTIDE + EVER REST + IN DREAMS LIKE THESE CBD CLUB, MELBOURNE CBD. 8:00PM. ELIZABETH ROSE + DD DUMBO + SAFIA WORKERS CLUB, FITZROY. 8:30PM. $15. FATTI FRANCES SIGNAL, NORTHBANK. 7:00PM. FLYYING COLOURS (EP LAUNCH) EVELYN HOTEL, FITZROY. 8:00PM. $12. HUNDREDTH + LOVE ALONE + OUR SOLACE + PROCLAIM + SIERRA & VICES EVELYN HOTEL, FITZROY. 7:00PM. $30. LEVITATING CHURCHES + GOING SWIMMING GRACE DARLING HOTEL, COLLINGWOOD. 9:00PM. $8. LISA & THE BELLRAYS + LA BASTARD + PHIL PARA + SPOONFUL + STELLA ANGELICO ESPY, ST KILDA. 6:00PM. LITTLE MURDERS + THE INTERCEPTORS BRIDGE HOTEL, CASTLEMAINE. 7:30PM. $10. LOST & LONESOME 15 - FEAT: BART & FRIENDS + CAPTAIN COACH + FOOTY + GREAT EARTHQUAKE + LAST LEAVES + MID-STATE ORANGE + MILK TEDDY + MONNONE ALONE + THE ICYPOLES + THE SUBLETS + THE ZEBRAS + TIM GUY + TIM RICHMOND + WIND CHEATERS ARTS HOUSE (MEAT MARKET), NORTH MELBOURNE. 12:00PM. $22. MISERABLE LITTLE BASTARDS UNION CLUB HOTEL, FITZROY. 9:00PM. MOONSORROW + CATACOMBS + PERSEVERANCE THE HI-FI, MELBOURNE. 7:30PM. $65. OLD GRAY MULE + DJ KEZBOT + MR BLACK & BLUES + RATTLIN’ BONES BLACKWOOD OLD BAR, FITZROY.

8:30PM. $10. PARENTS (ALBUM LAUNCH) + DIPLOID + FEVER TEETH + JACKALS + JACKSON VOORHAAR + MICHAEL CRAFTER 303, NORTHCOTE. 8:00PM. $10. PERSONAL & THE PIZZAS + MESA COSA + THE SUBSONICS TOTE HOTEL, COLLINGWOOD. 9:00PM. POP’N ROLL WHOLE LOTTA LOVE, EAST BRUNSWICK . 7:00PM. QUEENSCLIFF MUSIC FESTIVALQUEENSCLIFF MUSIC FESTIVAL SITE, QUEENSCLIFF. 11:00AM. SLUGGER & THE STONE + PEPPERJACK + THE ROLLING PERPETUAL GROOVE SHOW REVERENCE HOTEL, FOOTSCRAY. 9:00PM. $5. STEPHEN CUMMINGS & THE FIRECRACKERS CARAVAN MUSIC CLUB, OAKLEIGH. 8:40PM. $28. TEST GIG 2 - FEAT: TEST ARTIST 2 WERRIBEE PARK MANSION, WERRIBEE. 8:00PM. THAT GOLD STREET SOUND + BABY LIPS & THE SILHOUETTES + MAYFIELD JOHN CURTIN HOTEL, CARLTON. 8:00PM. THE MODEL SCHOOL + BITTERSWEET HEARTS + BRENDAN WELCH + DJ LEOPARD HEAD + LUKE BRENNAN & THE STICKY VALENTINES THE PUBLIC BAR, NORTH MELBOURNE. 7:30PM. $10. THE PLAYBOOK + PERFECT FIT BENDIGO HOTEL, COLLINGWOOD. 8:00PM. $5. THE ROYAL ARTILLERY + DEADWEIGHT EXPRESS + OHMS GRACE DARLING HOTEL, COLLINGWOOD. 9:00PM. $8. THE STRAWBERRY SIREN + DIANCA LEE + FRANKIE FAUX + LUCY SKY DIAMOND + RANDY HOWLER, BRUNSWICK. 7:00PM. THOMAS HUGH + SHANNON BOURNE YARRA HOTEL, ABBOTSFORD. 7:00PM. WHITE SUMMER (EP LAUNCH) + DAN DINNEN + MY LEFT BOOT + THE UGLY KINGS DING DONG LOUNGE, MELBOURNE CBD. 8:15PM. $10.

JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC CLASSICAL PIANO CLAYPOTS EVENING STAR, MELBOURNE. 2:00PM. EL TARRO - FEAT: MISS COLOMBIA + MADRE MONTE SHEBEEN, MELBOURNE. 7:00PM. FEM BELLING QUINTET PARIS CAT JAZZ CLUB, MELBOURNE CBD. 9:30PM. $25. GOYIM + ELVIS IN THE HOUSE CLAYPOTS TAVERN & FAIR, ST KILDA. 3:30PM. JAMIE OEHLERS QUARTET UPTOWN JAZZ CAFE, FITZROY. 8:00PM. KAI JAZZ NORTH MELBOURNE METROPOLITAN HOTEL, 7:00PM. LOUISA RANKIN QUARTET BENNETTS LANE JAZZ CLUB,

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK BLACK CAB LITTLE KING CAFE, 8:00PM. CHRIS WILSON CHERRY BAR, MELBOURNE CBD. 5:30PM. CITYBOUND + ALECYE + AMISTAT + BAYLOU + JESSICA JADE + LIVI ROBINS + SIMMONDS + WE THOU GHOSTS REVOLVER UPSTAIRS, PRAHRAN. 7:00PM. $15. CLARE BOWDITCH + MARTHA MARLOW THE FLYING SAUCER CLUB, ELSTERNWICK. 7:00PM. DOM ITALIANO DRUNKEN POET, WEST MELBOURNE. 8:30PM. JACK ON FIRE POST OFFICE HOTEL, COBURG. 9:30PM. KELLY AUTY BAND LOMOND HOTEL, BRUNSWICK EAST. 9:30PM. MR BLACK & BLUES BASEMENT DISCS, MELBOURNE CBD. 12:45PM. PATRICK JAMES + ARIELA JACOBS + THE STARRY FIELD NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, NORTHCOTE. 8:30PM. $15. PAUL GREENE & THE OTHER COLOURS + ROSIE BURGESS BAHA TACOS & TAPAS BAR, RYE. 8:30PM. $10. PLASTIC SPACEMEN + BULLETS IN BERLIN + MIGHTY SUN WESLEY ANNE, NORTHCOTE. 8:00PM. $6. THE TIGER & ME + THE NYMPHS CARAVAN MUSIC CLUB, OAKLEIGH. 8:40PM. $20. TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION - FEAT: DAN BOURKE DRUNKEN POET, WEST MELBOURNE. 6:00PM .

SATURDAY NOV 23 INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS

23AOA + CHEV RISE + OSCAR GALT + THE HONEYBADGERS YAH YAH’S, FITZROY. 6:00PM. A HIGHER GROUND 3 BARLEYCORN HOTEL, COLLINGWOOD. 3:00PM. $10. AMONG THE LIVING + DAMAGE INC + STRONGER THAN ALL ESPY, ST KILDA. 8:00PM. $15. ARCANE SAINTS + DEAR STALKER + DJ BOBBY-LOU HALLACOPTER + VERONA LIGHTS CHERRY BAR, MELBOURNE CBD. 8:00PM. $13. BANG - FEAT: HOUSE VS HURRICANE + EMERSON + MAKE BELIEVE ME + ONLY I ROYAL MELBOURNE HOTEL, MELBOURNE CBD. 9:00PM. BIG BAND THEORY - FEAT: JAREK + BROTHERS + ROYALTY NOISE + THE SPINSET + THE WINTERS + THOMCORDS REVERENCE HOTEL, FOOTSCRAY. 6:30PM. $12. BLACK NIGHT CRASH - FEAT: ELEGANT SHIVA + A GAZILLION ANGRY MEXICANS ROCHESTER CASTLE HOTEL, FITZROY. 8:00PM. $5. BONE TOTE HOTEL, COLLINGWOOD. 4:00PM. BUSBY MAROU + HARRY HOOKEY + NAT DUNN CORNER HOTEL, RICHMOND. 8:30PM. $25. CHECK OUT ALL THE LATEST NEWS, REVIEWS AND FREE SHIT AT BEAT.COM.AU

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For all the latest gigs check out beat.com.au MELBOURNE. 8:30PM. $25. REBECCA & THE ROMANTICS PARIS CAT JAZZ CLUB, MELBOURNE CBD. 7:30PM. $20. REBECCA MENDOZA & THE JOHN MONTESANTE QUINTET DIZZY’S JAZZ CLUB, RICHMOND. 9:00PM. $20. ROSS HANNAFORD & THE CRITTERS + SLIM WHITTLE THE FLYING SAUCER CLUB, ELSTERNWICK. 8:00PM. $25. SANTA TARANTA POST OFFICE HOTEL, COBURG. 9:30PM. SEX ON TOAST BAR OPEN, FITZROY. 10:00PM. SOUL RESURRECITON - FEAT: ANDY LUTZ MUSICLAND, FAWKNER. 7:30PM. $10.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK BEN LUGUDA ELSTERNWICK HOTEL, ELWOOD. 8:00PM. BRONI WESLEY ANNE, NORTHCOTE. 6:36PM. DAVID BRAMBLE + FELICITY CRIPPS WESLEY ANNE, NORTHCOTE. 3:00PM. $7. DAVIDSON BROTHERS SPOTTED MALLARD, BRUNSWICK. 3:30PM. $15. EVIL TWIN + TAYLOR & BROWN GREAT BRITAIN HOTEL, RICHMOND. 9:00PM. FIONA LEE MAYNARD & HER HOLY MEN + DJ DR LUDWIG + WACO SOCIAL CLUB RETREAT HOTEL, BRUNSWICK. 5:00PM. FLORALIE ESCANO PENNY BLACK, BRUNSWICK. 9:30PM. GHOST TOWNS OF THE MIDWEST + HOWL & CROW + MORNINGFENCE EMPRESS HOTEL, NORTH FITZROY. 3:00PM. GREEN’S DAIRY ANGEL ENSEMBLE + MELISSA MAIN TRIO + RENAE BRENNEN CHANDELIER ROOM, MOORABBIN. 8:00AM. $20. IN SITU GALLERY ONE THREE, MELBOURNE. 2:00PM. KATE MARTIN (SINGLE TOUR) + ELIZA HULL + TEXTURE LIKE SUN GRACE DARLING HOTEL, COLLINGWOOD. 9:00PM. $10. MARSHALL OKELL & THE PRIDE + SPUNK MACHINE BAHA TACOS & TAPAS BAR, RYE. 9:00PM. $12. MARTHA MARLOW RETREAT HOTEL, BRUNSWICK. 5:00PM. SHLIJVOVITZ ORCHESTRA OPEN STUDIO, NORTHCOTE. 6:30PM. SLIM DIME & THE PRAIRIE KINGS DRUNKEN POET, WEST MELBOURNE. 9:00PM.

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 ** SERVICES 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 pro-feminist 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.  ** BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 58

THE JACKSON 4 LOMOND HOTEL, BRUNSWICK EAST. 9:30PM. THE MUSIC GENERATION FEDERATION SQUARE, MELBOURNE. 10:30AM. THE SIDESHOW BRIDES UNION CLUB HOTEL, FITZROY. 5:00PM. THOMAS HUGH YARRA HOTEL, ABBOTSFORD. 8:00PM. THREE KINGS LABOUR IN VAIN, FITZROY. 5:00PM. TIM HAMPSHIRE & DAN ROW + CRAIG COBURN + FOLEY + FOXTROT + HUG THERAPIST + JEROME KNAPPETT + MARICOPA WELLS BRUNSWICK HOTEL, BRUNSWICK. 1:00PM.

SUNDAY NOV 24 INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS

80’S ON THE EDGE SLOANEY PONY, PORT MELBOURNE. 8:30PM. BRITTLE SUN (ALBUM LAUNCH) + DAVID JETSON + REUBEN J T DUFFY & MELLA DEE HARMONY + THE MOTH BODY + VINNIE MACDONALD 303, NORTHCOTE. 3:00PM. $7. CAMBODIAN SPACE PROJECT JOHN CURTIN HOTEL, CARLTON. 8:00PM. CHERRYFEST 2013CHERRY BAR, MELBOURNE CBD. 11:00AM. $64. COMMUNION MELBOURNE - FEAT: CASTLECOMER + COMINIC YOUDAN + MARTHA MARLOW + THOMAS CALDER TOFF IN TOWN, MELBOURNE CBD. 7:00PM. $18. DAMEN SAMUEL (SINGLE LAUNCH) + AION KARDIA + HARP & ALLY EVELYN HOTEL, FITZROY. 1:30PM. $12. DISCOLYPSO THE RESIDENCE, MELBOURNE. 11:00AM. GUNN MUSIC ESPY ARTIST SHOWDOWN - FEAT: AIMEE + ATTACK AT GREENWOOD + DEVOID OF ALL + ELODIE ADAMS + ISAAC WRIGHT + ONE KINGDOM + ROAD TRAIN + SUNSLAVE + THE DREADS + THE FIRING LINE + THE STUMPY CHUMPS ESPY, ST KILDA. 1:00PM. $15. HELLO SATELLITES (SINGLE LAUNCH) + AMY ALEX + KARL SMITH WORKERS CLUB, FITZROY. 7:30PM. $15. IAN BALL + DAVEY LANE NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, NORTHCOTE. 7:30PM. $31. MOUNTAIN GOAT BEERSOAKED SUNDAYS - FEAT: ZOE K & THE SHADOW KATZ + DJ LINK MEANIE + EATEN BY DOGS + MS PAINT CLOSING PARTY + PETE REID OLD BAR, FITZROY. 8:30PM. $8. ONE ELECTRIC DAY - FEAT: JIMMY BARNES + BOOM CRASH OPERA + JAMES REYNE + ROSS WILSON + THE ANGELS + THE BLACK SORROWS WERRIBEE PARK MANSION, WERRIBEE. 11:00AM. SUNDAY SCHOOL - FEAT: SCRAPS + BIG YAWN + EVELYN IDA MORRIS + PREMIUM FANTASY + REGIONAL CURSE THE PUBLIC BAR, NORTH MELBOURNE. 1:00PM. $6. THE BLACK DOVE FRONT + CHICO FLASH & THE CURLY WORM + SNOTJEK + THE BLACK GALAXY EXPERIENCE BRUNSWICK HOTEL, BRUNSWICK. 8:00PM. THE FISH JOHN WEST REJECT + THE PACIFICS NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, NORTHCOTE. 1:30PM. $10. THE SPOILS POST OFFICE HOTEL, COBURG. 4:30PM. VERA NIGHTS (BAND LAUNCH) + BELLE NOBLE + BRENT HAYHURST + KID WOLF EVELYN HOTEL, FITZROY. 8:00PM. $10.

JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC ALTIJA + NESSA QUINTET OPEN STUDIO, NORTHCOTE. 5:00PM. BEATEN BODIES + HANK AZARIA + UP UP AWAY BAR OPEN, FITZROY. 6:00PM. BLACK JESUS EXPERIENCE THE HORN AFRICAN MUSIC LOUNGE, COLLINGWOOD. 6:00PM. DALE RYDER BAND + BAD BOYS BATUCADA + MS BUTT ESPY, ST KILDA. 5:30PM. ELVIS IN THE HOUSE + DUO SEVERINI CLAYPOTS EVENING STAR, MELBOURNE. 1:00PM. THE TOM BARTON QUARTET BENNETTS LANE JAZZ CLUB, MELBOURNE. 8:30PM. $15. VINCS & WAKLEING FAMOUS BLUE RAINCOAT, SOUTH KINGSVILLE. 2:00PM.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK ADAM SIMMONS VS BRIAN O’DWYER + DAVE BROWN + FLUTES EMPRESS HOTEL, NORTH FITZROY. 3:00PM. ALEX BURNS + LITTLE SISTERS DRUNKEN POET, WEST MELBOURNE. 4:00PM. BAKERSFIELD GLEE CLUB ROYAL OAK HOTEL, FITZROY NORTH. 3:00PM. CHRIS RUSSELL’S CHICKEN WALK + OLD GRAY MULE CARAVAN MUSIC CLUB, OAKLEIGH. 7:00PM. $20. CHRIS WILSON UNION CLUB HOTEL, FITZROY. 5:00PM. EATEN BY DOGS + RIBBONS PATTERNS + SKYSCRAPER STAN REVERENCE HOTEL, FOOTSCRAY. 4:00PM. ESTEE BIG BAND PENNY BLACK, BRUNSWICK. 5:00PM. GATOR QUEEN STANDARD HOTEL, FITZROY. 7:30PM. HETTY KATE & IRWELL STREET STRING BAND + KEN MAHER & TONY HARGREAVES LOMOND HOTEL, BRUNSWICK EAST. 5:30PM. JAM SUNDAYS MUSICLAND, FAWKNER. 5:00PM. JED APPLETON + AMISTAT + JAMES MACKEY GRACE DARLING HOTEL, COLLINGWOOD. 6:30PM. $8. JIMI HOCKING BAY HOTEL, MORNINGTON. 3:00PM.

JOHN BUTLER TRIO + DOM MILLER CORNER HOTEL, RICHMOND. 7:30PM. $58. JUSTIN BERNASCONI + PETE FIDLER RETREAT HOTEL, BRUNSWICK. 2:30PM. KEIRAN OF ZYPHOID WHOLE LOTTA LOVE, EAST BRUNSWICK . 7:00PM. MARSHALL OKELL & THE PRIDE + MUNRO MELANO + TIMS MYTH WORKERS CLUB, FITZROY. 1:30PM. $15. MATT HENRY WESLEY ANNE, NORTHCOTE. 3:00PM. MIX GRILL TAGO MAGO, THORNBURY. 4:00PM. NICE BOY TOM + MOONEE VALLEY DRIFTERS + SMALL TOWN ROMANCE + THE DRUNKEN POACHERS RETREAT HOTEL, BRUNSWICK. 5:00PM. PETER BAYLOR & HIS ROADHOUSE RODEOS GEM BAR, COLLINGWOOD. 8:00PM. RHIANNON THOMAS DAN O’CONNELL HOTEL, CARLTON. 5:00PM. SOLID JULIE LABOUR IN VAIN, FITZROY. 5:00PM. THE BROUHAHA, ALISON AVRON AND JENNY BIDDLE + ALISON AVRON AND JENNY BIDDLE + THE BROUHAHA WESLEY ANNE, NORTHCOTE. 7:00PM. $15. THE JOHNNY CAN’T DANCE CAJUN TRIO WESLEY ANNE, NORTHCOTE. 6:00PM. THE LARGE NUMBER 12S YARRA HOTEL, ABBOTSFORD. 3:00PM. THE MARGIE LOU TRIO + GIL ASKEY CLAYPOTS TAVERN & FAIR, ST KILDA. 3:30PM. THE SPOOKY MEN’S CHORALE THORNBURY THEATRE, THORNBURY. 7:00PM. THE STORY SO FAR - FEAT: PAUL KELLY TOFF IN TOWN, MELBOURNE CBD. 2:30PM. $35.

MONDAY NOV 25 INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS

BISCOTTI + DJ RICHIE 1250 + FIGUREHEAD + SUGAR FED LEOPARDS EVELYN HOTEL, FITZROY. 8:00PM. $5. CHERRY JAM CHERRY BAR, MELBOURNE CBD. 6:30PM. MONDAY NIGHT MASS - FEAT: SCOTDRAKULA + RAYON MOON + THEM NIGHTS NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, NORTHCOTE. 6:00PM. UNPAVED SONGWRITER SESSIONS OLD BAR, FITZROY. 8:30PM. $5.

JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC

BROWN KELLER & MURPHY TRIO BENNETTS LANE JAZZ CLUB, MELBOURNE. 8:30PM. $15. DARYL MCKENZIE JAZZ ORCHESTRA + JOSH KYLE THE APARTMENT, MELBOURNE CBD. 7:00PM. $10. LEBOWSKIS - FEAT: AARON SPIERS + ALLIRA WILSON GROUP 303, NORTHCOTE. 9:00PM. $8.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK

DEAR MONDAY - FEAT: AARON THOMAS + JASON FREDDI + LAUREN GLEZER + REILLY FITZALAN RETREAT HOTEL, BRUNSWICK. 7:00PM. HARRY HOOKEY DAN O’CONNELL HOTEL, CARLTON. 5:00PM. LILLIS + ADAM HYNES + RATTLIN’ BONES BLACKWOOD ESPY, ST KILDA. 8:30PM. MOMENTS NOTICE WESLEY ANNE, NORTHCOTE. 6:30PM. PORT PHILLIP GILGAMESH READINGS CLAYPOTS EVENING STAR, MELBOURNE. 7:30PM.

TUESDAY NOV 26 JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC ATOMIC CLOCK - FEAT: ATOMICK CLOCK BENNETTS LANE JAZZ CLUB, MELBOURNE. 8:00PM. $15. HETTY KATE & THE IRWELL STREET BAND OPEN STUDIO, NORTHCOTE. 8:30PM. HI-FI LOUNGE LIZARDS CLAYPOTS TAVERN & FAIR, ST KILDA. 9:00PM. PETER BAYLOR’S ULTRAFOX CLAYPOTS EVENING STAR, MELBOURNE. 7:30PM. SAM KEEVERS TRIO BENNETTS LANE JAZZ CLUB, MELBOURNE. 8:30PM. $15. THE AL KENNEDY COLLECTIVE DIZZY’S JAZZ CLUB, RICHMOND. 8:00PM. $14.

INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS

BRIGHTSIDE LIVE MUSIC SHOWCASE - FEAT: TELL AMAROSA + ALL WE NEED + CATCHER KITE + THE JUSTUS LEAGUE ESPY, ST KILDA. 7:30PM. HOLLOW EVERDAZE + SAMBROSE + THE TSARS + WARMTH COMES IN TOFF IN TOWN, MELBOURNE CBD. 8:00PM. $10. KADAVAR & BLUE PILLS + BLUE PILLS + KADAVAR + RIVER OF SNAKES + SUN GOD REPLICA NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, NORTHCOTE. 7:30PM. $30. MASSIVE CHERRY BAR, MELBOURNE CBD. 6:00PM. MUSIC OF THE POLICE + ANDY MCGARVIE + DEAR ALE 303, NORTHCOTE. 7:00PM. $5. SECRET ACT - FEAT: UNKNOWN ARTIST OLD BAR, FITZROY. 8:00PM. THE BRUNSWICK HOTEL DISCOVERY NIGHT - FEAT: THE VELVET LIPS BRUNSWICK HOTEL, BRUNSWICK. 12:00AM. WILSON + CREATIVE REBELLION YOUTH + DJ ULI + MR PONZU + THE FANDROIDS BONEY, MELBOURNE. 7:30PM.

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ACCESS ALL AGES Wednesday November 20, 2013 With Claire Barley

Lily Allen fans rejoice! The British singer has just dropped single Hard Out Here, her first release since 2009’s It’s Not Me, It’s You. Hit up her YouTube account to have a listen and to watch the film clip, which features some hilarious mockery of modern pop film clips. Lily, we have missed you. If your thang is less brit-pop, more American metalcore, it has recently been announced that Blessthefall will be headlining an Australian tour next January. Comprising of 11 dates, their tour will include an all-ages show at Melbourne’s Arrow On Swanston. Support will be provided by Moths To Flames and The Color Morale. Past Blessthefall gigs have had to be shut down due to crazed fans breaking into sold-out shows. If these reports are anything to judge by, this is bound to be a crazy one, so if you’re a fan of death pits and the like, tickets are available at oztix.com. The gig isn’t until next January, which gives you plenty of time to brush up on your hardcore moshing skills. The good folks from Muso Network and Night Light FReeZA have teamed up to host Better Late Than Never this Friday. The gig will feature five huge acts, including Storm The Sky, Autumn In Alaska and Uncharted Waters. If you happen to live out Dandenong way, Muso Network is currently in the process of organising their Australia Day Festival for next year. If you’re free Thursdays every fortnight from 6.30pm-8pm, they are always on the lookout for new members, so hit up their facebook page and get in touch with them. Also taking place this weekend is the first Melbourne show for South Carolina five-piece Hundredth. The band have just released their EP Revolt, which is, if we are to believe the press, “the most potent music the South Carolina quintet have put their name to”. Support slots will be filled by Sydney’s Vices, who released album Between My Mind And The World back in April, and South Australia’s Sierra, who dropped their self-titled EP back in February. Tickets are available at oztix.com.au, full details are included below. A final heads up for anyone who didn’t get the memo – Forever Came Calling’s show at Wrangler Studios this weekend will no longer be going ahead. The Californian four-piece had to cancel their whole tour due to “unforeseen circumstances”.

ALL AGES TIMETABLE

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 20 Open mic/jam night, Musicland, 1359A Sydney Rd, Fawkner, 7pm, free, musiclandonline.com.au, AA. Friday November 22 Better Late Than Never w/ Storm The Sky, Autumn In Alaska, Uncharted Waters, To The Gallows and Attack At Greenwood, The Castle, Hemmings Park, Princes Hwy, Dandenong, 7pm, $12, $10 with promotional material, facebook.com/cgdnightlightsounds, AA. Wyndham City Council Youth Fest w/ FReeZA bands, free rides/amusements, free food, skate competition and cultural performances, Mossfield Reserve and Skate Park, Heaths Road, Hoppers Crossing, 4pm, youth.wyndham.vic.gov.au, AA. SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23 Hundredth w/ Vices and Sierra, Phoenix Youth Centre, 72 Buckley St, Footscray, 2pm, $28.90, oztix.com.au, SUNDAY NOVEMBER 24 BackStage: All Ages Gig, Musicland, 1359A Sydney Rd, Fawkner, 7.30pm, $10, musiclandonline.com.au, AA TUESDAY NOVEMBER 26 X Factor Live Tour w/ Dami Im, Jai Waetford, Jiordan Tolli, Taylor Henderson and Third D3gree, Palais Theatre, Lower Esplanade, St Kilda, 7pm, $79, ticketmaster.com.au, AA. X FACTOR LIVE TOUR - FEAT: DAMI IM + JAI WAETFORD + JIORDAN TOLLI + TAYLOR HENDERSON + THIRD D3GREE PALAIS THEATRE, ST KILDA. 6:30PM.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK

BAYLOU RETREAT HOTEL, BRUNSWICK. 7:30PM. MARLON WILLIAMS & THE ABBOTSFORD 3 YARRA HOTEL, ABBOTSFORD. 7:00PM. OPEN MIC WESLEY ANNE, NORTHCOTE. 6:00PM. SHE THE WOLF + JOSH FORNER SPOTTED MALLARD, BRUNSWICK. 7:30PM. $15.


FINISHES

DEC 21

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THE LOCAL

A PLACE TO CALL HOME

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VENUE PROFILE

TAGO MAGO

History? Two music fans opened Tago Mago as a live music and food venue to cater to Thornbury’s everincreasing arts and music scene as it never really had a place of its own. Darebin is fast becoming a mecca for live music  and for artists of all kinds  and needed a venue to cater for the diversity of people in the area How long? Two and a half years.   Major attraction? Live music, performance art, art exhibitions, original 45s jukebox, film nights, amiable relaxed staff, craft beers, secret GoodTimes Club on Wednesday nights, spinning great vinyl from our friends next door (Music Jungle), Friday arvo happy hour,Tuesday and Wednesday cheap drinks night, relaxed crowd, cathederal ceilings  and our Tuesday night pool comp.  What was your favorite show in the last six months and why? A toss-up between Kim Salmon & The Surrealists, Seedy Jeezus and Spencer P. Jones & the Escape Committee.   Could you nominate a bartender of the month? Without doubt it would have to be Big Surfer Pete. How many nights of live music and entertainment? Six nights. Ways to get there? Tram 86 stop 40, Thornbury train station, Moreland Rd and Seperation St buses, walk, hitchike, catch a lift or cycle.   Available for functions? Yes available for functions, art exhibitions and more.  

Crowd? Music and art lovers from 18-100 years of age. Opening hours? Looking at opening Mondays in Summer from 5pm, currently  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 4pm, Saturday and Sunday from 3pm and staying open until late on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.   Cover Charge? Normally free or around $5.   Food specials? Kitchen opening soon with a new chef and lots of specials.    

PHONE: (03) 9484 1470 EMAIL: tagomagobookings@gmail.com ADDRESS: 744 High St, Thornbury

BACKSTAGE

THE PLACE FOR MUSICIANS

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EDUCATION PROFILE (AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF MUSIC) Having begun as the Sydney Guitar School in 1968, founded by Dr Peter Calvo, AIM now offers the most diverse range of music diplomas, music degrees, and graduate music studies available anywhere in Australia. With a reputation as a leading independent education provider AIM also offer High Senior Secondary (HSC) studies and individual music lessons through its Open AIM courses. The Composition and Music course is one that provides a creative environment for composers, songwriters, electronic musicians and music producers to gain their own unique blend of technical, musical and professional skills, as a pathway to create original music in tomorrow’s music industry. We catch up with AIM and learn more about this very progressive course and their new methods of teaching. Firstly, where are your campuses located? We are currently based in Sydney and are setting up a brand new campus in Melbourne. What kind of positions or roles will graduates be qualified to work in? Graduates will have the necessary skills to be a professional songwriter, composer, electronic performer or producer, recording producer, and engineer for their own creative projects and for other artists. A creative career in Film and Screen is an example of a pathway students can take, which includes composing, sound design, foley artist, mixing engineer, and programming sounds to film. Graduates can also explore Electronic Music, in a performance or production based environment. Graduates are equipped with skills to excel in the Electronic Music Industry. How is the course structured? The course is a two year full time course, split into four main parts, Major study, Academic studies, Ensemble and Associated study. In a student led environment, Major study provides the creative output as students engage and interact with the content, through creative portfolios, critical listening and analysis, use of BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 60

integrated digital environments, studio and recording projects, mixing and mastering. Academic studies provides a solid foundation of musical concepts and ideas. Ensemble is an collaborative and professional environment, where students actively contribute to a group project, based on the students style, sound or interests. The Associated study component consists of electives, where students choose subjects focusing on specific content, such as Copyright and Management electives, instrumental studies and performance studies. Who are the teachers for this course and are there any guest lecturers involved? The Composition and Music Production Course provides an array of experienced and prolific teaching staff. Some faces you see walking our halls include Electronic artists Eric Chapus (aka Endorphin), Music Producer Daniel Denholm (Washington), Orchestrators and Arrangers Anton Koch and Miroslav Bukovsky, Engineers and Producers Greg Simmons and Luke Gordon, Composer/Producers Ken Francis, Clive Harrison and Drew Crawford, and Film Composers and Performers Caitlin Yeo, Amanda Brown and Phillip Johnston.

Any specific projects or productions students will have the opportunity to participate in throughout the duration of the course? Composition and Music Production students are constantly working on creative projects as part of their study. From the conceptual ideas of the project, to a finished product as recording, or a live performance. Students can also participate in collaborative projects outside of their study, such as our collaboration with The Sydney Film School, students can undertake the composer, producer, sound designer, and mixing engineering roles of a high quality film production. Composition and Music Production students also have the opportunity to design, organise and run their own live showcase, where CMP students have the opportunity to perform their material live. The CMP department also supports internships with professionals, most recently a number of CMP students are contributing to Luke Gordon’s and Mark Havryliv’s Music Production Software ‘Score Addiction’. Facilities available for AIM students? Students have access to a state of the art recording studio, music production suites, concert halls, electronic music hubs, on campus library with a great online resources, cafes, common areas, ensemble spaces, rehearsal rooms and also access to portable production gear.

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Studio gear and mentoring available for learning and production? The production facilities, are an interconnected hub of recording studios and music production suites. The recording studios offer the best in analogue and digital recording, with a diverse collection of recording spaces. The music production suites are the most recent addition to the production facilities. They are creative spaces for students to compose, write, record, produce, mix, and master. With all the necessary tools to explore such mediums as film, electronic music, songwriting, programming, synthesis, and instrumental music. Payment options: FEEHELP is available. Intake Periods: Trimester 1 – January Trimester 2 – May Trimester 3 – September

PHONE: 1300 301 983 WEBSITE: www.aim.edu.au E-MAIL: enquiries@aim.edu.au


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FOXES The Toff in Town, Wednesday November 13 Sydney duo Cosmo’s Midnight opened the night with a groove-inducing set of chilled out electronica. Over the course of their half-hour set, the pair treated the steadily growing crowd to a dreamy array of originals and remixes. With only her 2012 Warrior EP to her name, I was a bit skeptical about the depth of the material that Foxes would have to perform, but, the Brit proved me wrong, treating the Toff to both material off of her EP and her forthcoming debut album, Glorious, for a substantial 45 minute set. Onstage, Allen was vivacious, as she raced back and forth, flipped her luscious locks more times than I can count, and shimmied her crop-top bearing hips. Her command of the stage appeared much to the delight of the wide-eyed fan boys admiring the singer from their front row positions. Seriously, at points, Foxes was just one note away from someone dropping to a knee for a proposal. Allen’s voice was unfaltering throughout and reminiscent of a much less brooding Lana Del Rey mixed with a hint of Zooey Deschanel. Since a large portion of the singer-songwriter’s set is yet to be released, sing-alongs proved to be few and far between for the adoring crowd, but singles Echo and Youth gave the audience golden opportunities to bounce along with the animated Allen. After powering through her collaboration with Rudimental, Right Here, Foxes gave a humble goodbye wave and flitted backstage. Of course, the night wouldn’t have been complete without Clarity, so much to no one’s surprise, the glamorous Allen hopped back onstage and launched into the monster hit. The Zedd collaboration has been given the remix treatment by nearly every subgenre of electronic dance music and has been played just a few times over too many, but Foxes managed to breathe fresh life into the song, growing the track from a rich acoustic version to an all-out dance party. With her infectious stage presence, enchanting voice, LOVED: The groovy vibe the disco ball gave off and knack for pulling in a diverse fanbase, Foxes has got clearly HATED: Lack of British banter got all of the tools to move beyond being the voice of Clarity and DRANK: Pear Cider into a role as an indie-pop darling. LAUREN GILL

PALMS & BORED NOTHING The Shadow Electric, Saturday November 9 BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB The Palace, Friday November 8 Walking out of this gig I overheard someone say, “Rock’n’roll is definitely alive and well.” It’s true, good music is far from dead and the crowd at Black Rebel Motorcycle Club can definitely vouch for this. The Californian rockers opened with Hate The Taste and Let The Day Begin, both from their latest album Specter at the Feast, which came out earlier this year. The biggest crowd reaction came with Beat The Devil’s Tattoo, which was still being hummed by patrons as we walked home. The harmonica intro for Ain’t No Easy Way Out lifted the mood, as did the electric-driven outro. Both Berlin and Stop received a big clap and the excitement continued with Conscience Killer. Dickheads started getting rough in the mosh pit but Peter Hayes was quick to intervene, telling them to, “Chill the fuck out! Everyone is just chillin’ out and listening to the music...” They then broke out into their hardest tune for the night, with Spread LOVED: Beat The Devil’s Tattoo Your Love closing out the set. For encore, we were treated to a couple HATED: Most of the new stuff of favourites from Howl, with Complicated Situation and Shuffle Your DRANK:Melbourne Cans Feet rounding out the perfect set list. A special thanks also goes out to Kate Jackson, who I promised I’d mention here. CHRIS BRIGHT

I wonder if Bored Nothing, being a solo bedroom recording project, was a choice of said bedroom’s inhabitant Fergus Miller, or that of other potential bandmates? Don’t get me wrong, he’s produced a blissful chunk of slacker college rock for fans a bit fuzzed out and the grim projections of Elliot Smith, but I’m getting a vibe that he might be hard to get along with. Somewhere between the sideward glances at the flub notes of ringer bandmates and the expletive-drenched ramblings in between songs, there’s a sense that he does not play well with others. It’s a short set with a lot of goodness packed in and Miller calls it a day with a cover of Weezer’s Undone – The Sweater Song. You can have your painful genius shtick for now, if this is the end result. Having said that, Palms have put out one of the standout albums of 2013, and there’s no unnecessary drama in their workhorse-like set: they turn up, plug in and kick out the jams. Well, first there’s the acoustic sweetness of In The Morning – as perfect for opening their set as it is in kicking off their album – but hot blasts of raucous chords are not far behind. Al Grigg’s nasal snarl is the perfect fit for rambunctious tunes, scoring drunken 20-something dalliances, while Tom Wallace keeps the drumming lean and purposeful like the lanky creature he is. Radio rotation helps Love and This Last Year get the biggest crowd responses LOVED: Ping pong table ping pong table of the night, although it’s the catchy immediacy of the other tracks ping pong table ping pong table…. that ensures a 60 minute set without a dull moment. Yeah sure, it HATED: Nothing. Is that OK? sounds quite a bit like the throwback lo-fi garage pop of Girls, but DRANK: Brunswick Bitter they broke up ages ago. Someone has to fill the void, right? MITCHELL ALEXANDER

THE HELLO MORNING The Shadow Electric, Saturday November 9 The Shadow Electric is hidden in the grounds of the Abbotsford convent and is a perfect venue to spend a lazy afternoon watching a great band like The Hello Morning. It’s also a nice way to end the year for the band who released their excellent latest EP Tie That Binds and toured all over Australia.  Opening with the booming Poolside Lover from 2012’s self titled debut album, the band sounded huge.  It’s probably hard not to with six people in the band, that’s a lot of sonic territory being covered but they do it well.  Following on was Stone Cold Lover which really solidified how great the band are; it’s almost criminal that they haven’t received more widespread acclaim. Tie That Binds is a great LOVED: The combination of sunshine, beer showcase of where the band are currently at musically.  It’s the classic and great music. slide guitar driven rock in the style of 70’s Tom Petty that makes you HATED: Nothing. feel like you are cruising down a highway.  DRANK: Brunswick Bitter. There’s something special about the combination of slide guitar, hammond organ and booming drums that make a band like The Hello Morning the perfect accompaniment to a sunny afternoon and a cold beer.  JAMES BARLOW

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LUKE LEGS AND THE MIDNIGHT SPECIALS The Workers Club, Sunday November 10 For those who have not seen Luke Legs, when he plays live, he somehow makes it seem like he is singing directly to you and that he actually wrote the song for you. His lyrics are honest and relatable and he connects with each member of his audience as he tells them the story. The Midnight Specials shook off the acoustic vibe, opening with the anthemic King Of The Runaway; with ‘verbed out guitars and mallets. The band demonstrated their proficiency with a string of tight performances, notably the new single $20 Counter Meal, a tribute to Australia, and Monkey On A Wire, featuring some absurdly tight three-part harmonies. Legs’ solo tracks, Bird Of Mourning and Rows Of Pines had the room again falling dead silent as we hung off every LOVED: Being sung to. word, before the band came back for two more tracks, the Wide Open HATED: Not Much. Road and the show stopper, Met My Lover On A Dirty Ride, that had DRANK: Millers. everyone singing along. Another killer show from one of Melbourne’s best singer/songwriters. TOM PITTS

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