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CRYING SIRENS WITH GUESTS THE PATCHWORK GIRLS SIREN BLACK RASH OF SATAN Crying Sirens are a Melbourne 4-piece made up of Jesse Delaney (vocals/guitar), Adam Kurzel (vocals/guitar), Toshiharu Sakamoto (bass) and Greg Limberis (drums). All 4 have extensively recorded and toured in other Australian bands. Crying Sirens mix elements of progressive post-hardcore rock with shoegaze delay and atmosphere. Their ďŹ rst album is being mixed at the moment with release scheduled for mid year on a local label. They play the Brunny on Saturday March 8th with Sydney’s Patchwork Girls and also with Melbourne’s Siren Black and the Rash of Satan.

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GARY NUMAN Gary Numan has revealed a string of Australian tour dates. Numan released his 20th album, Splinter, late last year – and each time he puts out a new record, it seems to spark another dozen artists into action. David Bowie, Marilyn Manson, Trent Reznor and Prince all gush with praise about Numan’s influence on their careers. Catch Gary Numan at The Hi-Fi on Friday May 30.

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KATY PERRY Australia will get a taste of Katy Perry’s infamous cherry chapstick when she heads Down Under for her Prismatic tour this November. The pop star behind smash hits like I Kissed a Girl, California Girls and Last Friday Night will perform on a state-of-the art stage designed especially for the tour that will allow her to get closer to fans than ever before. Katy Perry hits Rod Laver Arena on Friday November 14 and Saturday November 15. Tickets go on sale at noon on Tuesday March 11 from Ticketek.

GIRLS TO THE MIC In an Australian first, the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia’s Digital Radio Project and Community Radio Network will be presenting a day of radio made by women to be enjoyed by everyone. Soundtrack your International Women’s Day with a digital pop-up radio station online at girlstothemic. org. Tune in on Saturday March 8 for Girls to the Mic to hear ideas, discussion, storytelling and music celebrating women within our communities, across Australia and around the world. Hit up facebook.com/ girlstothemic for more info.

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PBS ANNOUNCES TWILIGHT SOUNDS FESTIVAL PBS 106.7FM will be presenting a special live broadcast from Sills Bend in Warringal Parklands to celebrate Banyule City’s annual Twilight Sounds Festival. Hosts of PBS’ The Breakfast Spread, Cat and Crispi will oversee the festivities which includes The Royal Jellies, Shaun Kirk, The Bombay Royale and Clare Bowditch. It goes down on Saturday March 22 from 6pm - 10pm. Head down to Sills Bend to catch it in person or tune into PBS to hear it on the airwaves.

Legendary singer/songwriter Melanie Safka is making her long awaited return to Australian shores this June. The tour, which kicks off in Adelaide, will be the world premiere of her new People In The Front Row Tour conceived together by Melanie, her son Beau and Sydney producer David M. Hawkins. Melanie first shot to stardom with her unforgettable appearance at Woodstock Festival in 1969. The performance prompted the now-common phenomenon of signalling an artist for an encore by holding up some form of light (first it was a candle, which merged into lighters, then flashlights and now mobile phones). Her long list of achievements boasts a number of firsts including the first female performer to have three Top 40 hits concurrently with Brand New Key, The Nickel Song and Ring the Living Bell and the first commercial artist to perform on the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall stage. Melanie’s last Melbourne appearance saw two shows extended into twelve sold out concerts at the Dallas Brooks Hall in 1977. Melanie will play the Melbourne Recital Centre on Thursday June 26. Tickets go on sale Friday March 14 through the venue’s website. A donation from profits from the tour will be made to Animals Australia.

THE PERCH CREEK FAMILY JUGBAND

The Perch Creek Family Jugband announce the arrival of their second studio album Jumping On The Highwire, set for release on Wednesday March 19 through Vitamin Records. The band refer to the sound as “psychedelic jug band” – steam-powered roots music plugged into 3,000 volts of inner city creative energy and a fearless spirit that makes Jumping On The Highwire sparkle with individuality. To celebrate the upcoming release, the crew will embark on an extensive tour around the country, stopping by The Hi-Fi on Saturday May 10. Tickets from the venue.

CERES

Ceres announce national tour in celebration of their debut album, I Don’t Want To Be Anywhere But Here Ceres have announced they will be heading off on their first national tour, beginning this March.The four-piece will play the Melbourne leg of Soundwave Festival this week, as winners of triple j’s Unearthed Soundwave competition before heading off around the country. The twelve-stop tour, beginning in Hobart and finishing in WA, will see the band playing with friends including The Smith Street Band, Luca Brasi, Grim Fandango and Hobblededoy Records’ inaugural Brisbane ‘Hobble Day’ featuring stablemates Arrows, Jamie Hay and We Set Sail. I Don’t Want To Be Anywhere But Here is set for release Friday April 4. Catch Ceres on Friday March 21 at John Curtain Hotel with Luca Brasi, Postblue and Kissing Booth, Sunday March 23 at Karova Lounge, Ballarat with The Smith Street Band, The Menzingers and Grim Fandango and Friday March 28 at Reverence Hotel with Sincerely Grizzly, Have/Hold and The Wrecks.

HOT DUB TIME MACHINE

The Hot Dub Time Machine party phenomenon is returning for a national tour. The concept is simple: one song from each year in music, starting in the ‘50s and ending somewhere in musical mindfuck oblivion. You can bet by the time you hit the ‘90s, shit will get real. It goes down at the Northcote Social Club on Friday April 11.

MEGAN WASHINGTON

Megan Washington will play a very special intimate show this April in support of her new single Who Are You. Recorded in London’s RAK Studios and Peter Gabriel’s New World, Who Are You is the first piece of material that Washington has released in two years. Catch her at Howler on Saturday April 12.

MAU POWER

To celebrate the release of his new album, The Show Must Go On rapper Mau Power, the first MC to record and tour from the Torres Strait Islands, has announced a run of Australian shows. Mau Power is a lyrical storyteller from Thursday Island in the Torres Straits. He recorded his first song in Brisbane when he was 17 and was attending the University of Southern Queensland. Shortly after he was incarcerated and while in prison, the song was leaked throughout the Islands. Mau Power is now the owner of his own music company, a strong community leader and works with youth throughout the Straits and Australia, running workshops for people such as Desert Pea Media and Unicef. His live show consists of a five piece band two MC’s, a live soul singer, DJ and Traditional Torres Strait Dancer in full costume. Mau Power will play The Water To Water Festival at Briars Historic Park, Mt Martha on Saturday March 29.

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Define your genre in five words or less. ‘90s alternativerockpunkthefuture Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like? Elements of Helmet, Swervedriver, Rival Schools, early Foo Fighters, Pixies. Plus volume, rhythm and melody, and love, sweet love. What do you love about making music? It’s an addiction. You either do it or you don’t. What do you hate about the music industry? Music has been replaced by entertainment yet the majority of people still eat it up. What’ve you got to sell CD-wise? Selftitled EP and forthcoming album (mid year). When’s the gig and with who? This Saturday March 8 at Brunswick Hotel. Crying Sirens, Patchwork Girls, Siren Black and Rash of Satan. What do you think a band has to do these days to succeed? Know what their definition of success is. And know when they have it. Why should everyone come and see your band? People stop what they’re doing, watch and listen. Songs written from the heart that grab you by the throat.

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Resident mermaid and Sydney-charmer Iluka will be taking her newest single, 12th of July, on the road with her this May. It’s the indie pop singer’s first single since winning the First Break competition last year, which saw the young siren beat other finalists Burning Broolykn, Kelsie Rimmer, Ban Hazelwood, and Ginger & Drum to receive support and guidance from some of Australia’s best music professionals. Iluka has garnered the attention of Matt Corby, The Rubens, and Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes for her smokey vocals and eclectic songwriting. Iluka will be playing at The Grace Darling Hotel on Saturday May 10. Tickets are available through the Grace Darling.

Spanish rockers Los Coronas have locked in a Golden Plains sideshow. This will be the band’s second appearance in Australia since their debut at the 2012 Pyramid Rock. Back home, Los Coronas have forged a name for themselves for their fierce intensity and contagious rhythms imbued with a ‘60s Californian surf sound. Los Coronas will be performing at the Corner Hotel on Friday March 14. We have some double passes and a CD to give away.

CARL COX A musical ambassador since he was in short trousers, a professional DJ since his early teens, a veteran of acid house and a champion of techno – you name it, Carl Cox has been there and done it, never losing sight of his passions – playing music, breaking tunes and celebrating life. He’s playing a three hour set at Trak Live Lounge Bar this Friday March 7 and we have a double pass to give away.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

Justin Timberlake will finally return to Australia later this year. As part of The 20/20 Experience World Tour, his Australian stopover will mark the Grammy and Emmy award-winning artist’s first headline tour Down Under in six years. Catch him at Etihad Stadium on Thursday September 18. Tickets through Live Nation.

SEX ON TOAST

A nine man explosion of ‘80s pop music, yacht-rock, R&B, and synth-funk, Sex On Toast showcase undeniable musical finesse whilst never taking themselves too seriously. The band have released their new single, the smooth, falsettoladen slow jam Hold My Love from their long awaited selftitled nine-song debut album recently on RRR with Chris Gill on Get Down. The buzz is well and truly underway for their hometown album launch at Northcote Social Club on Friday March 28 and subsequent East Coast tour dates. Tickets are $12 on the door. Friday 28th March will see the release of Sex On Toast’s debut album, an opus of raw emotion, tumultuous sexuality and party jams, recorded at Sing Sing studios and mixed in stereo, for her pleasure.

BLUESFEST

Bluesfest Music Festival may be 80% sold out, but it isn’t stopping organisers from announcing more sharp and innovative additions to their bill. This time around Matt Corby, Saskwatch, Skunkhour, Dubmarine, Foy Vance, Kim Churchill, Watussi, Lime Cordiale, Tijuana Cartel and Tim Rogers will be joining Jack Johnson, Buddy Guy, Iron & Wine and Joss Stone for a weekend of blues, soul and jazz. Another exciting addition is Playing for Change, a musical initiative that raises money to build music and art schools around the world for children. Bluesfest will be held at Tyagarah Tree Farm, Byron Bay, from Thursday April 17 – Monday April 20. Get your tickets through Bluesfest before they sell out.

CUPIDFALLS

CUPIDFALLS are returning to Melbourne as part of their third Australian tour to launch their debut full length album Bay View and are bringing Perth mates I, Said The Sparrow along with them for the ride, as well as a powerful live set full of a slew of new material and a handful of old favourites from acclaimed EP Dancing In Distortion. CUPIDFALLS formed in late 2010 and Bay View marks the band’s first release in three years, showcasing their refined pop influenced post-hardcore sound, producing a captivating live performance which is not to be missed. It all goes down at POW Nightclub on Friday March 7 for 18+ and Lilydale Bridge Builders on Saturday March 9 for all ages.

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After last year’s sell-out series, the APIA Good Times Tour has rounded up four more music icons for this year’s edition. Legends Joe Camilleri, Richard Clapton, Russell Morris and Leo Slayer have been selected to tour around the country, performing hits like Girls on the Avenue, The Real Thing and You Make Me Feel Like Dancing. The musicians will treat fans to their own selections before coming together for what’s sure to be an unforgettable finale. The APIA Good Times Tour hits the Palais Theatre on Friday May 30. Tickets go on sale Monday March 3 at 9am from Ticketmaster.

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Hip hop titans Thundamentals have announced a massive run of tour dates to celebrate the release of their longawaited third album So We Can Remember, due out in May. The lead single from the forthcoming LP - Smiles Don’t Lie marked the crew’s first release since 2011’s Foreverlution. Second single Something I Said (ft. Thom Crawford) layers old school beats and triumphant horns over the honest lyrics for what’s sure to become a crowd favourite. Thundamentals will play the Corner Hotel on Friday May 2. Tickets are available from the venue’s website.

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Australian Queens Of The Stone Age fans are in for an extra treat with L.A band Sweethead, the creation of Queens Of The Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen and Serrina Sims announcing two shows in Australia while Queens Of The Stone Age are here touring with Nine Inch Nails. Sweethead will hit the stage straight after the Queens Of The Stone Age/ Nine Inch Nails arena shows in both Sydney and Melbourne. Members of QOTSA will also be Djing. Sweethead recently announced details of their new EP Reverse Exorcism!, which is the follow up to their debut 2009 self-titled album. Sweethead will play Ding Dong Lounge on Friday March 14.

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Former front-man of The Commotions, Lloyd Cole, will be touching Australian shores this June in promotion of his to-be-released album Standards. Inspired by Bob Dylan’s Tempest, Standards will see Cole release one of his best albums since his debut 30 years ago with The Commotions. Full of twists and valleys, and bristling with emotive guitar, Standards saw Lloyd gain contributions from Matthew Sweet, Fred Maher, Blair Cowan, Joan as Police Woman and Will Cole. Standards will be released through The Planet Company on Friday May 9. Lloyd Cole will perform old and new hits at the Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, on Thursday June 26, the Thornbury Theatre on Friday June 27, and the Flying Saucer Club on Sunday June 29. Tickets are available through each venue from Monday March 3.

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The Espy has announced the first bill of its Swarm 2014 lineup. Headlining the music extravaganza will be Jericco, a rocking band that has delivered us four glorious releases over the past four years, including Nice To See You EP and their debut LP - Beautiful in Danger. Joining these metallic men will be Dead In A Second, who will be releasing their mini-album The Double Treblio on Friday March 14 through Universal Music. Swarm 2014 will hit The Espy on Friday March 28. Tickets are on sale now through the The Espy.

4. MF Doom - Mm..Food  Doom has so much great music but Mm.. Food has always been my favourite. Ten years later I still listen to it and pick up on new lyrics I hadn’t understood before. There would be no Earl Sweatshirt without MF Doom, and I definitely owe a lot of my style to him too. 

Gary Numan Fri 30 May

Crimson ProjeKCt (UK) Thu 26 Jun

SWARM 2014

Shady. He was broke, desperate and rapping his arse off. These were my anthems of being 15 and lost. The album failed commercially and Eminem rarely mentions it when talking about his discography, but who cares what he thinks, it’s a great album. 

Hits & Pits Round 3 feat. Unwritten law + More Sat 17 May

Band of Skulls Tue 17 Jun

After playing together as part of Masketta Falls Parachute tour late last year, Adelaide’s All Year Round and Brisbane’s Set The Record are teaming up for a national co-headlining tour. Both bands have been individually making a name for themselves in their hometowns, having supported pop-punk giants including All Time Low, Hit The Lights, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and A Loss For Words. This time around the Settle Your Own Score tour will be the first headlining tour for both bands and will see them heading to Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide. All Year Round will be promoting their brandspanking new EP In Perspective with Set The Record bringing their late 2013 release Above The World along for the ride. Catch Set The Record and All Year Round at Wrangler Studios, Footscray on Saturday April 19, with supports to be announced soon.

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1. Wu-Tang Clan - Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) Every couple of years a collective comes out and people compare them to the Wu, but they never get close. 36 Chambers was the only album my rock friends and my hip hop friends could agree on listening to when we were drinking, they are pure badass-ness. 2. Outkast - Aquemini I could have just chosen five Outkast albums but I decided to only pick one. Andre 3000 is one of the best rappers to ever live and Big Boi (though forever in his shadow) is not far off. Aquemini was the first Outkast album I bought, but I love them all. There’s reports that a new album is in the works? Yes, please. 3. Eminem - Infinite This was Eminem before he had invented Slim

5.  Little Brother - GetBack Before you go all crazy, I know that GetBack isn’t even Little Brother’s best album. But it was the album that had the most effect on me. When I was working in a record store in Adelaide it was the only Little Brother album we stocked, so I l listened to it every day. These days Drake is one of my favourite artists, but how could I include Drake without the group that influenced him?  Catch ALLDAY at the Push Pop Up Stage at Moomba Festival, Speakers Corner, Birrarung Marr on Monday March 10 (Labour Day Holiday). Other guests include Remi, The Smith Street Band along with the FReeZA Push Start Band Comp Grand Final including  Alkali Fly, Baking Blind, Residual, Darcy Fox, Listerdale, The Rims, Bel Air, Worship The Fallen and Great John Himself. Tickets are free.

The buzz on Jimblah is getting louder with each month that passes since his acclaimed album Phoenix dropped. Considered by critics as one of the most important and powerful albums of 2013, it was recognised by being shortlisted for the prestigious Australian Music Prize. In celebration of the album and an incredibly stellar year, Jimblah will hit up Shebeen on Friday April 4 alongside Pataphysics and Yung Philly. Tickets are on sale now.

ALLDAY

Hip hop upstart Allday has been added to the Moomba Festival’s free Push Pop Up Stage. The 21-year-old rapper’s recent single Claude Monet has grown to be a crowd favourite, earning a spot in triple j’s heavy rotation lineup. Allday will join The Smith Street Band, Remi, and the FreeZA Push Start grand finalists at the Push Pop Up Stage. Catch Allday at Moomba Festival on Monday March 10. More information is available from the festival’s website.

MONEY FOR ROPE/THE BOWERS

Prominent members of the mutual appreciation society, Money For Rope and The Bowers have reignited an age old idea of doing a split EP where a new song from each band and a cover of each other is recorded and released (for Record Store Day). Earlier last year the two bands headed into Newmarket Studios in North Melbourne to smash out a few tunes and came away some killer new tracks such as Money For Rope’s soulful version of The Bowers’ Caught Your Smile whilst The Bowers totally reinvented Money For Rope’s Soup Bowl. Melbourne born/Brisbane-based artist Keith Burt has also done a wonderful piece of art especially for the cover. With the imaginative title of SPLIT, the fourtrack EP will be released on 12” vinyl only with a digital download code included with distribution from Inertia. To launch this mad dog, Money For Rope and The Bowers will play Howler on Easter Thursday April 17 along with guests The Owls. Doors at 8pm, $15 through OzTix.

ANDREW STRONG

After a hugely successful 2013 Australian tour, Andrew Strong will return to our shores for yet another The Commitments Tour. The tour sees the Irish singer perform all of The Commitments hits from the 1992 Alan Parker cult classic with backing from an eight piece band. Andrew Strong will bring The Commitments tour to the Corner Hotel on Sunday August 3. Tickets are available from the venue’s website.

LANEWAY/COLLARTS FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE MINI-DOCO

This will make you want to work at the next music festival. St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Collarts and Acclaim Creative provided nine students first hand experience of what it is actually like to work on the operations side of Melbourne’s Laneway Festival. Rubbing shoulders with the likes of Lorde, King Krule, Vance Joy and many more, the Collarts nine were busy assisting in the audio production and artist liaison/event management of the sold-out festival. Providing a fascinating insight into what it is like to work at a festival such as Laneway for the very first time, the students talk of nerves, their personal relationship to the festival and the fact that they are clearly having a blast doing what they love. For those of you who are interested in working in the music industry, this video takes you through what your career could be like. Check out collarts.edu.au and melbourne.lanewayfestival.com for more info.

STONEFIELD

Melbourne rock darlings Stonefield have will hit the road this autumn in support of their highly buzzed about new single Love You Deserve. With the release of their self-titled debut album in October, sold out east coast tour and Best Regional Act award at the inaugural The Age Music Victoria Awards, 2013 proved to be a banner year for the sister act. Catch Stonefield at the Prince Bandroom on Friday May 2. Tickets are available from Oztix.

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Wednesday 5th March

Simply Acoustic 7:00pm Wesley Anne Band Room, Free

Thursday 6th March

The johnny can’t dance Cajun Trio 6:00pm free in the front bar

Wed 5 Mar

Thursday 6th March

8pm

Mrs Smith’s Trivia

The Sixth Principle, Jasmn T 8:00pm Wesley Anne Band Room, $5

Friday 7 Mar

Friday 7th March

6pm

Hugh McGinlay

Trio Agogo 6:00pm

Sat 8 Mar

Friday 7th March

8pm

MRSPKR

Songwriters in the Sound 8:00pm Wesley Anne Band Room

Sun 9 Mar

Saturday 8th March

DJs in the Beergarden

Melbourne Uke Festival 2:00pm Wesley Anne Band Room, $10

Saturday 8th March

Tues 11 Mar 7.30pm

Beyond the Bathroom Choir

Wild Comforts 6:00pm Wesley Anne Band Room

Fri 14 Mar

Saturday 8th March

7pm

The Houndlings

The Stormy Mondays 8:00pm Wesley Anne Band Room, $5

Sunday 9th March

Melbourne Uke Festival 2:00pm Wesley Anne Band Room, $10

Sat 15 Mar 9.30pm

30/70, Karate Boogaloo + Mitch Power & the Soul Assassins

Sunday 9th March

Green’s diary angel ensemble 6:00pm Wesley Anne Band Room

Sunday 9th March

Melbourne Ukulele Festival 7:30pm Wesley Anne Band Room, $20/15

Monday 10th March

Wesley Anne Laugh’s 8:00pm

Tuesday 11th March

MELBOURNE MAGIC NIGHTS 5:00pm Wesley Anne Band Room, Free

Lunch specials $10 Burgers 12-4pm Monday - Thursday eat in or take away 2 For 1 Pub Meals Friday before 6pm $12 Jugs of Boag’s or Cider Monday - Friday before 6pm

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TOURING

WHO'S ON TOUR, WHERE AND WHEN

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INTERNATIONAL BRIAN MCKNIGHT Palais Theatre March 5 CHARLES BRADLEY Corner Hotel March 6 JON CLEARY AND THE ABSOLUTE MONSTER GENTLEMEN Northcote Social Club March 6 PHOENIX Festival Hall March 6 ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT Forum Theatre March 7 QUANTIC Boney March 7 MIKHAEL PASKALEV Howler March 7 MELBOURNE ZOO TWILIGHTS Melbourne Zoo March 7, 8 PORT FAIRY FOLK FESTIVAL Port Fairy March 7 – 10 FAT FREDDY’S DROP Melbourne Zoo Twilights March 8 THE GROWLERS The Tote March 8 PANAMA FESTIVAL March 8, 9 FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL Flemington Racecourse March 9 YO LA TENGO Corner Hotel March 9 POKEY LAFARGE Corner Hotel March 12 NEIL FINN Hamer Hall March 12 BILLY BRAGG Palais Theatre March 13 SWEETHEAD Ding Dong Lounge March 14. BRUNSWICK MUSIC FESTIVAL Various Venues March 13 - 24 QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, NINE INCH NAILS Rod Laver Arena March 14, 15 LOS CORONAS Corner Hotel March 14 DAMIEN DEMPSEY Prince Bandroom March 14 GLEN HANSARD Melbourne Recital Centre March 14 BILL MEDLEY Palais Theatre March 15 MARTHA DAVIS AND THE MOTELS Thornbury Theatre March 15, Flying Saucer Club March 16 LIONEL RICHIE AND JOHN FARNHAM Rod Laver Arena March 16 GANG OF FOUR Corner Hotel March 19 JURASSIC 5 Palace Theatre March 20 SEBADOH Corner Hotel March 21 CHICKS ON SPEED Howler March 21 TRUE NORTH FESTIVAL Various venues March 21-23 LISA MARIE-PRESLEY The Arts Centre, Playhouse March 25

BOBBY KEYS AND THE SUFFERING BASTARDS Thornbury Theatre March 27 THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS Hisense Arena March 28 THE ROLLING STONES Rod Laver Arena March 28, Hanging Rock March 30 ROYAL HUNT Northcote Social Club April 2 GLASS ANIMALS Ding Dong Lounge April 2 THE FRATELLIS Prince Bandroom April 4 JAPANESE MUSIC FESTIVAL The Espy April 3 KODALINE Prince Bandroom April 5 MONSTER MAGNET 170 Russell April 6 TYGA Palace Theatre April 11 ALLEN STONE Corner Hotel April 12 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Palace Theatre April 13 ERYKAH BADU Palais April 15 EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS Palace Theatre April 15 BETH HART Corner Hotel April 15 JASON ISBEL Northcote Social Club April 16, 17 BLUESFEST Byron Bay April 17 – 21 JIMMIE VAUGHAN Corner Hotel April 17 DEVENDRA BANHART Prince Bandroom April 17 INDIA.ARIE & JOSS STONE Palais Theatre April 17 MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD Prince Bandroom April 16 JAKE BUGG Palace Theatre April 16,17 THE ALMOST Brown Alley April 17 ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE IMPOSTERS Hamer Hall April 17 KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND Palace Theatre April 18 SETH LAKEMAN Thornbury Theatre April 19 TRIXIE WHITLEY Northcote Social Club April 20 THE NAKED AND FAMOUS 170 Russell April 30 IRON AND WINE Forum Theatre April 22 JEFF BECK Hamer Hall April 22 THE WAILERS 170 Russell April 23 GREGG ALLMAN, GOV’T MULE Forum Theatre April 23 STEVE EARLE Forum Theatre April 24 D.O.A The Evelyn April 24 SKID ROW, UGLY KID JOE Palace Theatre April 25 OZOMATLI Corner Hotel April 26 JOHN NEWMAN Palace Theatre April 29 HOLY FUCK Northcote Social Club April 30

RUSSIAN CIRCLES The Hi-Fi May 1 DISCLOSURE Forum Theatre May 1 D.R.I The Hi-Fi May 3 GROOVIN’ THE MOO Prince of Wales Showgrounds May 3 KANYE WEST Rod Laver Arena May 6, 7 DIZZEE RASCAL Palace Theatre May 8 ARCTIC MONKEYS Rod Laver Arena May 9 JONNY CRAIG Corner Hotel May 17 POISON IDEA The Bendigo Hotel May 17 WE ARE SCIENTISTS Corner Hotel May 28 GARY NUMAN The Hi-Fi ELLIE GOULDING Festival Hall May 31 JAMES BLUNT The Plenary June 8 LA DISPUTE Corner Hotel June 12, 13 BASTILLE Festival Hall June 15 BAND OF SKULLS The Hi-Fi June 17 THE CRIMSON PROJEKCT The Hi-Fi June 26 LLOYD COLE Caravan Music Club June 26, Thornbury Theatre June 27 ANDREW STRONG DOES THE COMMITMENTS Corner Hotel August 3. LADY GAGA Rod Laver Arena August 23 ROBBIE WILLIAMS Rod Laver Arena September 16 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE Etihad Stadium September 18 KATY PERRY Rod Laver Arena November 14, 15

NATIONAL YOUNG FRANCO Revolver March 6 LIAM GERNER The Spotted Mallard March 6, 13, 20, 27 ILLY The Hi-Fi March 7, 8 CUPIDFALLS POW Nightclub March 7, Lilydale Bridge Builders March 9 PANAMA FESTIVAL March 8, 9 BOOM CRASH OPERA The Espy March 9 ROCK IN THE VINES FESTIVAL Big Hill Vineyard March 9 JAMES REYNE The Espy March 10 VAUDEVILLE SMASH Melbourne Grand Prix March 13 THE STRAY SISTERS Corner Hotel March 13 NEIL FINN Hamer Hall March 12, 13 TALES IN SPACE Ding Dong Lounge March 14 PETE MURRAY Forum Theatre March 15 ELIZABETH ROSE Northcote Social Club March 15 GAY PARIS Cherry Bar March 15 THE HOLIDAYS Corner Hotel March 20 CERES John Curtin Hotel March 21, Karova Lounge Ballarat March 23, Reverence Hotel March 28. SUNNYBOYS Forum Theatre March 21, 22 MYRNIONG MUSIC FESTIVAL Myrniong Recreation Reserve, March 22 GREENTHIEF The Espy March 22 PBS TWILIGHT SOUNDS FESTIVAL Sills Bend March 22 UNDERGROUND LOVERS March 22 - 23 KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD Old Bar March 26, The Tote March 27, Boney March 28, The Toff March 29, Cherry Bar March 30 LIOR Corner Hotel March 28 SWARM 2014 Espy Hotel March 28 SEX ON TOAST Northcote Social Club March 28 SINCERLEY, GRIZZLY The Reverence Hotel March 28 ARCHIE ROACH The Briars Mount Martha March 29 MAU POWER The Briars Mount Martha March 29 THE HILLS ARE ALIVE FESTIVAL The Farm March 29 - 30 JOHN BUTLER TRIO Palais Theatre April 1 LOON LAKE Corner Hotel April 3 CAITLIN PARK The Toff In Town April 3

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JIMBLAH Shebeen April 4 ELLA HOOPER Northcote Social Club April 4 THE JUNGLE GIANTS Corner Hotel April 4 – 5 ART VS SCIENCE Corner Hotel April 10 HUNTERS AND COLLECTORS Palais Theatre April 11 HOT DUB TIME MACHINE Northcote Social Club April 11 MEGAN WASHINGTON Howler April 12. LITTLE EARTHQUAKE The Wesley Anne April 13 MONEY FOR ROPE/THE BOWERS Howler April 17 MORNING HARVEY Alia Arthouse April 18 SET THE RECORD Wrangler Studios April 19 CALLING ALL CARS Corner Hotel April 24 CHANCE WATER Northcote Social Club April 26 HARMONY Howler April 26 THE JEZEBELS Palais Theatre May 2 THUNDAMENTALS Corner Hotel May 2 STONEFIELD Prince Bandroom May 2 ILUKA Grace Darling May 10 THE PERCH CREEK FAMILY JUGBAND The Hi-Fi Saturday May 10 RÜFÜS Palace Theatre May 15 BLISS N ESO Flemington Racecourse May 16 ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI 170 Russell May 23 VANCE JOY The Forum May 23 CHERRY ROCK Cherry Bar May 25 YOUTH WEEK Ukranian Hall April 5 YACHT CLUB DJS Prince Bandroom April 18 KEITH URBAN Rod Laver Arena June 25 MELANIE SAFKA Melbourne Recital Centre Thursday June 26 THE PAPER KITES Athenaeum Theatre June 27 THE BEARDS 170 Russell July 18

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THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS By Phoebe Hurst

Ahead of a national Australian tour, Thirty Seconds To Mars guitarist Tomo Miličević opens up about $30 million lawsuits, sending singles into space and why rock’n’roll is a full-time job. Say what you like about Thirty Seconds To Mars; they’re no strangers to hard work. Last year alone harboured a critically-acclaimed album, globetrotting live shows, an award-winning documentary and countless meet and greets. Just a few months into 2014 and the band are already embarking on one of their most extensive world tours yet. But then Jared Leto, Shannon Leto and Tomo Miličević have never been ones to rest on their laurels (or rest at all, it seems). Starting out as a collaboration between Hollywood actor and one-time My So-Called Life heartthrob, recent Oscar winner Jared and his brother Shannon, Thirty Seconds To Mars’ self-titled debut was released in 2002. Miličević joined the band as lead guitarist a year later and the band went on to achieve platinum sales with second album A Beautiful Life, as well as a clutch of MTV Awards. Eleven years and two albums later, Thirty Seconds To Mars are showing no sign of slowing down. “It’s a non-stop process, whether it’s touring or making a new album, or just making videos or creating content; we all do a lot of different things,” Miličević says. “It’s a full-time job, there is no break. We may not be on tour, we may not be currently making an album but we’re always doing something.” The approach to making an album is always “different,” he says. “You definitely don’t have a formula, you just follow the creativity. You as a person, you change over time and the way that you interpret the world around you into your music changes as well. In that way the recording process changes, but we’re always just kind of following the song and not trying to put too many boundaries on the process.” Another boundary the band don’t like to place on the songwriting process is how the material will work live; though it does enter the discussions the band does have. “The shows certainly are part of the discussion as far as how to envision ‘will this work live?’ or ‘what might this feel like live?’, but we don’t really use that as a deciding factor. For us, the album is one thing and the studio and the process of creation should be limitless, and if you start thinking about the many limitations of a live show, you’ll probably end up with a less-thanstellar result. We treat the album as one thing and then we figure out how to present that album live, but certainly we talk about how that album may feel live.” BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 16

Bringing the Love, Lust, Faith And Dreams Tour to Australia next month, Miličević is looking forward to introducing the band’s latest material. “It’s one of our favourite places to come to, maybe you guys don’t realise because you live there but it is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, it’s totally unique. The fact that we get to play a show in front of people is even better.” The Australian leg of the tour comes after Thirty Seconds To Mars were forced to reschedule dates originally planned for August last year. As a band that enjoy a strong connection with their fans, it was a tough decision to make and Tomo expresses his gratitude for “everyone’s patience” during the postponement.

“WE’RE ALL THERE UNITED BY THIS COMMON THING IN THE SONG, IT DOESN’T MATTER IF WE SPEAK ENGLISH OR THEY SPEAK ARABIC, WE’RE ALL THERE DOING THE SAME THING.” “Audiences are different but you start to notice similarities between people. Even with different languages and completely different cultures, you start to see a lot of similarities, which is interesting. We’re all there united by this common thing in the song, it doesn’t matter if we speak English or they speak Arabic, we’re all there doing the same thing.” Miličević is familiar with crossing cultural boundaries through music. Born to Bosnian Croat parents in Sarajevo, he emigrated to the United States as a child and began writing his own music at 17. “[Being able to unite people with music] is probably one of the most incredible things, it’s absolutely an honour and mindblowing every time.” The Oz tour follows the band’s fourth studio album, Love, Lust, Faith And Dreams, released in May last year. A concept album with hints of electronica, it peaked at #4 in the ARIA charts, thanks in part to the unique promotion technique which saw its first single

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(appropriately named Up In The Air) blasted into space. “We just wanted to do something different and have fun with the kick-off of our new album. Jared had this idea that maybe there was some kind of launch going on and we could do an event with NASA. It turned out that they did have a launch; sometimes you just gotta ask, I guess! They seemed to be quite happy about it and they definitely had fun with it – it was a once-ina-lifetime thing.” The recording process behind Love, Lust, Faith And Dreams was a far cry from Thirty Seconds To Mars’ 2008 album, This Is War. Made in the middle of a legal battle with Virgin, who were attempting to sue the band for breach of contract, the album was borne out of a tumultuous period in the band’s history. “The environment surrounding the process for Love, Lust, Faith And Dreams was completely different; filled with joy and positivity and a limitless search for creativity. That’s how it should be and I think you can hear it. In some ways, this album is even darker than This Is War as far as the songwriting content goes but the process was definitely much lighter and I really love this album.” It doesn’t take a clinical psychologist to figure out that recording an album without the pressure of a $30 million lawsuit makes for a much happier working environment, but while the legal complications undoubtedly took their toll on the band, they also proved to be the inspiration behind Leto’s directorial debut, Artefact. The documentary film follows Thirty Seconds To Mars’ legal battle and shines a light on the less savoury side of the music industry. It won the People’s Choice Documentary Award when it premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. “It took five years to finish,” Miličević says. “I lived it and I’m part of it, but the documentary as a piece of work, it’s Jared’s baby. It was heavy and really dark and surrounded by a lot of uncertainty and confusion. We literally could have lost everything that we had worked for and there would have been nothing we could do about it so it was definitely scary. The documentary is really great, it’s an interesting look at the behind-thescenes workings of the music business. Putting out an album has very little to do with creativity and a lot to do with bureaucratic bullshit.” Happily for Miličević and his bandmates, the case was settled with a California Appeals Court ruling that no service contract in the state is valid after a period of seven years and Love, Lust, Faith And Dreams stands as a testament to the band’s strength. “The way it connects with people live is unbelievable; people in Australia will see that at the shows. There’s definitely a fire going around with our concerts in the past year and I know that the new album has a lot to do with it.”

THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS play Hisense Arena on Friday March 28.


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THIS WEEK: ON SCREEN Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre) and Girls actor Adam Driver star in Australian biopic Tracks, which opened in cinemas this week. Inspired by the true story of Robyn Davidson and her solo trek from Alice Springs to the western coastline of Australia with four camels and her dog, Tracks is directed by John Curran (The Painted Veil) and will capture the uneasy friendship that formed between New Yorker and National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan and Davidson, in exchange for the much needed trip funding. Full of majestic cinematography and breathtaking wilderness, Tracks will show that the impossible is attainable. Tracks is currently open across all mainstream cinemas.

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

ON STAGE Still haven’t seen the Melbourne Theatre Company’s production of Private Lives? You have until this Saturday to book tickets, as the show closes this week. Written by Noël Coward, Private Lives details the story of two couples honeymooning in France—Elyot and Sybil, and Amanda and Victor—and the romance that blossoms between ex-husband and wife Amanda and Elyot. Directed by Sam Strong, and starring Lucy Durack and Leon Ford as the exsweethearts, Private Lives has been commended for its chemistry and humour. Private Lives will close at the MTC on Saturday March 8.

ON DISPL AY Off The Kerb Gallery in Collingwood recently opened its newest selection of exhibitions— Hoarder by Mitch Walder, Unbridled by Amz Kelso and The Great Leader Series by Ying Huang—which symbolically explores contemporary culture. Kelso’s Unbridled delicately blends the mythology of unicorns and women in modern society with the Japanese pop-culture influences to critically engage with our definition of ‘feminine’ and ‘womanhood’. Hoarder, by Walder delves into the intellectual hoarder through chaotic illustrations and block colours that symbolise thought and imagination, while Huang’s The Great Leader Series satirises politics and art through thoughtful photographic composition, interrogating state power, gay rights and equality in our world. Hoarder, Unbridled, The Great Leader Series is currently on exhibition at Off The Kerb until Thursday March 13.

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In commemoration of International Women’s Day this Saturday, La Mama Theatre is presenting two works, La Medea and Lo Stupro, from Italian writer/performer France Rame (1929–2013). Starring Margherita Peluso, La Medea is a solo reworking of the classic Greek Myth, which explores liberation, exploitation and vengeance through Euripides’ story of love, betrayal and revenge. Lo Stupro (I don’t move, I don’t scream… my voice is gone) is an autobiographical monologue of Rame’s rape experience; something that will break hearts every night. La Medea, presented with Lo Stupro, is currently being performed at La Mama Theatre until Sunday March 9.

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RISE OF THE ECO-WARRIORS By Tegan Jones 15 passionate and adventurous young people leave their ordinary lives behind to spend 100 days in the jungles of Borneo. Their mission: to rescue the rainforests and endangered orangutans from destruction. Rise of the Eco-Warriors is the latest project of documentary filmmaker Cathy Henkel. It’s a follow-up to her 2008 IF-award winning film, The Burning Season, which dealt with saving rainforests through the carbon trading mechanism. The venture originated from online polls completed by school children who, when asked what they would do to save the world, overwhelmingly responded with ‘stop deforestation’.

FILM REVIEW: WOLF CREEK 2

By Travis Johnson ½ It’s taken almost a decade since his first appearance, but we’re now seeing a concerted effort from co-writer/director to elevate outback serial killer Mick Taylor ( John Jarratt) from chilling once-off menace to genuine, Freddy/Jason-level horror icon. 2014 sees not only the release of Wolf Creek 2, but also a couple of prequel novels that flesh out the backstory of the affably evil ocker assassin. Judging by the former, though, there may not be too much more to tell. Wolf Creek 2  is essentially  Wolf Creek Again. Once more a trio of hapless backpackers are menaced by Taylor and once again constitutions are tested by an impressive amount of bodily mutilation and torture. This time around, the victims du jour are a pair of German backpackers (Shannon Ashlyn

Subsequently, the poll creators, Microsoft Partners in Learning, contacted Henkel and asked her for ideas that students could engage with. The result was DeforestACTION, a campaign that would involve travelling to Borneo to implement deforestation solutions and allow children to monitor the action from their classrooms. An international call for the volunteers was placed, and the result was the 15 amazing human beings who would become the arse-

and Phillipe Klaus)  and a remarkably unlucky English tourist(Ryan Corr) who becomes the object of a gruelling cat and mouse game with Taylor that takes up most of the film’s running time. Anyone who saw the first film has a fair idea of the tenor of the terror here, so claims of shock and outrage at the violence and sadism on display are misguided; simply put, you know what you’re in for from the get-go. Indeed, the key problem with Wolf Creek 2 is that it’s all a bit too familiar. This time around Taylor is a lot more garrulous, with Jarratt really playing up the character’s ockerism, and McLean clearly has a bigger budget to play with, but the film’s overall shape and intent are identical to the first outing. We don’t get any real insight into Taylor’s background and motives and, a few more corpses littering the desert aside, nothing has changed between the end of Creek 1 and the end of Creek 2. Still, McLean is an assured director who both knows how to build tension and isn’t too proud to go for an effective

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kicking Eco-Warriors. Despite possessing an abundance of knowledge on the palm oil trade in Borneo, the filmmaker admits that none of it prepared her, or the Eco-Warriors, for the reality of what was waiting for them. “We all went into a kind of shock faze when we saw just how rampant it is, and how much disregard there is for the law, because most of what’s happening is illegal.” The film also depicts how the local population is profoundly affected by the illegal deforestation. As the Eco-Warriors discovered, the bulldozers were invading the outskirts of the small villages of the Dayak people who rely on the forest for their food, medicine, and the sugar palm that powers their generators. Henkel explains that the villagers begged the team to help them, to speak on their behalf, and to tell the world. Help them they did, as the Eco-Warriors forfeited their creature comforts for a bed consisting of floor and a mosquito net, treacherous roads, and sinking longboats. “One of our boys nearly drowned in a surging river after a big flood”, recounts the director before also describing how everyone, except for herself, became sick during their time there. But despite the team’s rollercoaster ride of emotions and physical hardships, they never gave up their fight for the rainforest. One of the biggest achievements of the Eco-Warriors was building a rescue centre for orangutans who were victims of deforestation. Jojo, the most prominent in the film, is a baby orangutan that captured the hearts and minds of the team. This rescue initiative was lead by Dr. Willie Smits, who is responsible for aiding hundreds of orangutans himself. He chose the site because there was no rescue centre in the region and the orangutans were living in horrendous conditions. Despite working with limited resources and beyond their levels of skill and expertise, the eco-warriors managed to build and set up the centre. Henkel has reported that fifteen new orangutans now call it home and are doing well There’s no doubt that Rise of the Eco-Warriors is a confronting documentary film, but in a positive way. The film is about educating people and motivating them to do something. Henkel has said that she hopes that audiences will exit the cinema asking what they can do to help. This message in particular rings loud and clear, “Every action counts. Every individual does matter.” Henkel has also stated that this won’t be her last venture into the rainforest. “I don’t think I’m done with this topic. I don’t want to stop until there’s a better system in place.” Rise of the Eco-Warriors opens on Thursday March 13. There will also be a Q&A session with producer/director Cathy Henkel at Palace Como Cinema on Friday March 21.

jump scare now and again. He also knows and acknowledges his genre history; there’s a narrative bait and switch that’s straight out of Hitchcock, plus an extended sequence where Taylor pursues his victim in a truck that can’t help but bring Spielberg’s Duel to mind. That sequence is also the best example of the film’s jetblack streak of gallows humour, as Jarratt’s iconic killer ploughs his truck through a large group of another iconic Australian animal, the kangaroo. It’s McLean’s glee at subverting Australian archetypes that really saves both this film and its predecessor – after all, what is Mick Taylor but a human-hunting Crocodile Dundee? However, if we’re going to get more of this character, any further instalments need to do more than just tread water. While enjoyable enough on its own base and brutal terms,  Wolf Creek 2 feels like a placeholder.  Wolf Creek 3, if it ever comes into existence, needs to give us something new. Wolf Creek 2 is in cinemas now.


January – July 2014

Arts House

Festival of Live Art Arts House North Melbourne Town Hall, Meat Market and Warehouse Thu 20 – Sun 23 March

Arts House will erupt into a giant four-day live art experience, animating every space with over 25 projects including one-on-one encounters, durational works, music performances, club nights, a sleepover and general good times! Most events are FREE, with some ticketed performances. Drop by anytime, catch a show, grab a drink and experience FOLA!

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WE ARE STARDUST

Belinda Wiltshire has announced her first solo exhibition in over three years, We Are Stardust, will open this March. Using only layers of cyan, magenta, yellow and black to create portraits and still lifes in oil, Wiltshire is paying homage to the elements that forge us all (and our potted plants). We Are Stardust open at Tinning Street, Brunswick on Thursday March 13.

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EMPIRE

Due to popular demand, Spiegelworld has revealed that it’s exhilarating new show Empire will extend its 2014 Melbourne season by three weeks. Smashing the boundaries of circus, cabaret, vaudeville and burlesque, Empire has proven to be a top draw, selling out last year’s season and forcing organisers to extend its 2014 run. The show takes place in Spiegelworld’s 700-seat antique spiegeltent. Empire will run from Tuesday March 11 to Sunday April 20 under the Spiegeltent on the Rooftop at Crown. More information and bookings are available from Ticketek.

A JOURNEY THROUGH JAZZ

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will pay tribute to jazz greats when it performs  A Journey Through Jazz: From Louis Armstrong to Herbie Hancock. The first instalment in the orchestra’s 2014 Pops Series, the show will feature Australian instrumentalist James Morrison on an astounding 10 instruments as he plays with the MSO to showcase music from the 1920s to the 1970s and everything in between. A Journey Through Jazz will be performed on Saturday March 8 and Sunday March 9.

WHO YOU ARE

La Mama are presenting a new Nick Backstrom play,  Who You Are, opening next month. The play is based on the incredible true story of the Tichborne claimant and explores identity, family, the fragility of memory, and a time when Australia was a land of transformation. It is written by Nick Backstrom, directed by Douglas Montgomery and performed by Nick Backstrom, Liza Dennis, Antony Okill, Chris Palframan and Felicity Steel. Who You Are opens at La Mama Theatre on Wednesday March 19.

The National Gallery of Victoria has announced that they will be exhibiting the finest collection of Italian Masterpieces ever to come to Australia this May. This Melbourne exclusive exhibition has been drawn from one of the world’s most celebrated collections, Museo del Prado in Madrid, and will showcase over 100 works comprising 70 paintings and more than 30 drawings – the largest number of Italian works the Museo del Prado has ever loaned to one exhibition.  It features some of the most outstanding works from masters such as Raphael, Titian and Tiepolo and represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in Australia to see some of the most extraordinary Italian works produced during the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court exhibition opens at the National Gallery of Victoria on Friday May 16.

POLYGLOT THEATRE CALL OUT

Polyglot Theatre is calling out to kids to respond to weekly questions on the topic of theatre, in the lead up to World Day of Theatre for Children on Thursday March 20. Beginning this week kids and parents can get online together (on Polygot’s Facebook, Youtube, Twitter or polyglot.org.au) and respond to weekly questions posed by Polyglot, to celebrate the perspectives of children in the world of theatre. Responses from children can be to take a picture, make a video, draw or audio record answers to each weekly question. Contributions will be collected and put together into a summary video, to be presented at the ASSITEJ (Association Internationale du Theatre de l’Enfance et la Jeunesse) World Conference in May. The final two questions will be released on Thursday March 6 and Thursday March 13.

GOLD BLOOD

WAR GOD: NIGHT OF THE WITCH – GRAHAM HANCOCK ($24.95) This is the epic story of the clash of two empires, two armies and two gods of war. Five hundred desperate adventurers are about to pit themselves against the most brutal armies of the ancient Americas, armies hundreds of thousands strong. Dark powers that work behind the scenes of history show their hand as the prophecy of the return of Quetzalcoatl is fulfilled with the arrival of Cortes. The Aztec ruler Moctezuma fights to maintain the demands of the war god Huitzilopochtli for human sacrifice. The Spanish Inquisition is planning an even greater blood-letting. Yet, in the midst of the brutal and bloody battles, deep friendship and love survive through the massacres.

CABINET OF CURIOSITIES – GUILLERMO DEL TORO ($64.95) Over the last two decades, writer-director Guillermo del Toro has mapped out a territory in the popular imagination that is uniquely his own, astonishing audiences with Cronos, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, and a host of other films and creative endeavours. Now, for the first time, del Toro reveals the inspirations behind his signature artistic motifs, sharing the contents of his personal notebooks, collections, and other obsessions. The result is a startling, intimate glimpse into the life and mind of one of the world’s most creative visionaries. Complete with running commentary, interview text, and annotations that contextualize the ample visual material, this deluxe compendium is every bit as inspired as del Toro is himself. Contains a foreword by James Cameron, an afterword by Tom Cruise, and contributions from other luminaries, including Neil Gaiman and John Landis, among others.

THE CANNABIS COOKBOOK – TIM PILCHER ($9.95) This innovative cookbook brings a remarkable design to the joy of cooking and baking with cannabis. Featuring stimulating recipes and lush colour photography, it approaches cannabis as yet another fine ingredient to be studied and savoured, like a great wine, premium cigar, gourmet chocolate, or single malt scotch. The Cannabis Cookbook divulges all you need to know to culinarily enjoy the herb that’s used by over 25 million Americans. It includes the history of cannabis in cooking, biochemical properties and effects, the best vineyards, and over 35 step-by-step recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, baked goods, and other essentials. The recipes and treats presented in this book are so delicious that nothing will get wasted. Well, almost nothing. * Includes bonus section on hemp skincare products.

SKULL ART PRINTS: 20 REMOVABLE POSTERS – VARIOUS ($26.95) 20 removable posters by trend-setting artists, and fitting into the standard 11 x 14 inch frame. The 20 works featured on the posters are by: French, Patrick Thomas, Carissa Rose, Drew Millward, Dan Stirling, James Joyce, Dominick Rapone, Boo Davies/Quiltsryche, Noah Scalin, Noma Bar, Paul Alexander Thornton, Pure Evil, Rich Fairhead, Zeke Clough, Zoe Dorelli, Craig Robson, Megamunden, Sarah King, Sergei Sviatchenko and Andres Guerrero.

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CHAPEL OF GORE AND PSYCHOSIS – JACK HUNTER ($32.95) The Grand Guignol Theatre in Paris, founded by Oscar Metenier in 1897, soon became world-renowned for staging wild and bizarre spectacles of madness, mutilation, horror and death. The theatre’s dark prince was Andr de Lorde, whose gore-drenched psychodramas of medical and surgical horror included A Crime In The Madhouse, The Horrible Experiment, and The System Of Dr. Goudron and Pr. Plume. CHAPEL OF GORE & PSYCHOSIS charts the entire history of the Grand Guignol, from its inception to its closure in 1962. It references and describes dozens of stage productions, and also contains a whole section on films which were either based on, or inspired by, the Grand Guignol and its works. The book is illustrated throughout with over 70 photographs and illustrations, and includes a stunning 16-page full colour section that features vintage poster art by the artist Adrien Barr, amongst others.

Backwoods Gallery are set to host Gold Blood, the third and final gathering of the Magic Weirdos, an international group of acclaimed artists, illustrators and cartoonists opening this March. Curated by Melbourne’s Sean Morris, the Magic Weirdos represent an eclectic collection of world builders, divided by their unique styles and visions but united by the honesty and humanity found in their work. The 25 artists include figures such as Ghostpatrol, kozyndan, Brendan Monroe and James Jirat Patradoon and represent some of the world’s best young illustrators and cartoonists. Magic Weirdos will be opening at Backwoods Gallery on Friday March 7.

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SUPANOVA

Pop Culture Expo Supanova have unveiled more guests to their already extensive bill. Joining Lucy Lawless (Xena: The Warrior Princess, Spartacus) and Tom Lenk (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel) for the east coast tour will be The Walking Dead star Michael ‘Merle Dixon’ Rooker, who portrays Yondu in upcoming Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy, Emmanuelle ‘Dr Helen Bryce’ Vaugier (Smallville, Human Target, Lost Girl), who will be replacing Lost Girl co-star Rachael Skarsten, Joss Whedon simpatico Ron ‘Shepherd Book’ Glass (Firefly, Serenity, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and two The Hobbit dwarves called Mark ‘Dori’ Hadlow and William ‘Bifur’ Kircher. Among other news, Gethin Anthony (Game of Thrones) has postponed his expo appearance due to being cast in a season of Tennessee Williams’ short plays in London. Supanova Pop Culture Expo will run from Saturday April 12 – Sunday April 13 at Melbourne Showgrounds.

PATYEGARANG

Celebrating its 25th  anniversary in 2014, Australia’s multi-award winning dance theatre company Bangarra Dance Theatre will tell the story of  Patyegarang  in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth and Brisbane beginning this June. This powerful and historically important new work acquaints us with Patyegarang, a young Aboriginal woman of intense and enduring courage, and an inspiration today for the respect of Aboriginal knowledge and language.  As the colonial fleet arrived on Eora country in the late 18th century, Patyegarang befriended Lieutenant William Dawes, gifting him her language in an extraordinary display of trust and friendship, which now inspires our imaginations about ‘first contact’. This deeply moving production is told through the acclaimed creativity of Stephen Page’s choreography and David Page’s soundscape, in a powerful and meaningful dance theatre experience. Patyegarang  opens at The Arts Centre on Thursday August 28.

HELMUT NEWTON: THE STERN YEARS – HELMUT NEWTON ($59.95) A master of eroticism’s dark potential, Helmut Newton redefined fashion photography in the 1950s and 60s—and perhaps even modern sexuality. Newton’s influence has grown to be monumental in scope and impact. Photographing for magazines like Playboy and Vogue, Newton was provocative, to say the least, in his portrayals of stylized erotic scenes, often featuring sado-maschostic undertones. This new monograph of Newton’s work showcases the landmark photographs that were a product of a close collaboration between Newton and stern magazine. Spanning 27 years and featuring photographs that have never before been reproduced in book format, this book reflects Newton’s diverse talent and exuberant spirit.

WILD AT HEART – MISS VAN ($44.95) In its own contemporary way, the art of Miss Van traces the taste of a metaphorical dance with female nudes reminiscent those painted by the likes of Klimt, Frida Kahlo and Lempicka. Moods and modern costumes are given a place of honour as soft bodies entwine and the fierce, burning character of a wild animal alter ego rears its head. Always fleeing from the dictates of Street Art despite being its appointed luminary, Miss Van continues to bring us her unique and unbridled vision, shaping the iconography of the modern femme fatale. In her own inimitable style, she is once again both the romantic tamer and sassy ballerina of the surreal circus that is the art of our times.

GRAPHIC THRILLS: AMERICAN XXX MOVIE POSTERS 1970-1985 – ROBIN BOUGIE ($39.95) With catchy titles like Carnal Olympics, Ultra Flesh, Insatiable, Deep Throat, and Dominatrix Without Mercy, the 1970s and early ‘80s were the golden era of the American hardcore sex film. Picking up where the low-budget stag loops and softcore sexploitation pictures left off, this legendary cycle of adult filmmaking was distinguished by both the overall quality of the movies themselves and also the advertising that promoted them. Real movies made by directors with a vision, performed by passionate actors, backed up with genuine plots, drama, and imagination that hit peaks the industry hasn’t seen before or since. This was the age of porno chic. This first volume of Graphic Thrills proudly assembles 140 of these debauched and innuendo-packed one-sheets between its covers, with glorious unabashed sexuality dripping from every page.

CIRCUS OZ

Circus Oz has moved to a new home on part of the former Collingwood TAFE site and are inviting the public to take a look. Two years in construction, the new building which was purpose-built for Circus Oz by the Victorian Government, features two rehearsal spaces that allows the Circus Oz artistic team to create and develop new shows under performance-like conditions and also enables Circus Oz to expand their public and community classes, programs and activities. The house warming event includes free tours of the building, free juggling, hula or circus skill workshops and the rare opportunity to see the Circus Oz ensemble rehearse and develop their skills. Later this year, Circus Oz are scheduled to set up their spectacular 100-year old Melba Spiegeltent at the Collingwood site, which will run as a live venue space for emerging and cutting edge artists and support the development of contemporary circus, including showcasing Circus Oz’s initiatives and programs. Catch the Circus Oz ensemble at work in their new home at 50 Perry Street, Collingwood on Saturday March 29 between 11am and 4pm. 

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COMEDY AT SPLEEN

Mondays at Spleen are more packed than ever (and that’s pretty damned packed). This Monday, they’ve got all sorts of special guests, plus Steele Saunders, Jennifer Wong, Toby Halligan, James Masters and heaps more. It’s this Monday March 10, 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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FUNNY TONNE

Comedy’s ultimate endurance test is back in 2014. Just who will make their name as the next Mo Farah of the Melbourne Comedy Festival and take home the Funny Tonne title? Each year, the Comedy Festival challenges three comedy crazies to push themselves to their laughter limits in a race to see the most shows in the Festival as humanly possible and win the Funny Tonne competition. Applicants must demonstrate sheer determination, enthusiasm and a load of laughter in their lungs before being selected to compete. With a special comedy passport in hand, the chosen festival fanatics will get to work on a gruelling schedule that will defy human logic, using their own tactics, weapons and skills to survive. Each competitor will review every show they see to be posted on the festival’s website daily throughout. 2013 saw Beat’s very own Nick Taras become the poster boy for ‘comedy nut’ after seeing a record-breaking 147 shows across 26 days.To enter, comedy-lovers can go to comedyfestival.com. au. Once selected, Funny-Tonne participants are set free to seek their comedy fate. The winner will be announced during the 17th Annual Comedy Festival Awards on Saturday 19 April.

LOL COMEDY

This Wednesday March 5 at the Portland Hotel and Thursday March 6 at the College Lawn, LOL have the majestical musical comedy mayhem of Elbowskin. They love beer, and funny and songs. It’s in a pub. Perfect fit, right? No gig at the Hawthorn this week, but on Tuesday March 11 at the Local in Port Melbourne LOL brings you Dave Callan. You may’ve heard him on triple j. Or seen him on the telly. He’s got a beard and dances a fair bit. It’s ace.

FIVE BOROUGHS COMEDY

Josh Earl (the new host of Spicks and Specks) headlines Five Boroughs Comedy for the first time this Thursday. If you’re a fan of the ABC quiz show, here’s your first chance to see him since the show has returned. Plus there’s an almighty lineup including Harley Breen, John Conway, Greg Larsen and some special guests. It’s all happening this Thursday March 6 at 8.30pm, at Five Boroughs Comedy, 68 Hardware Lane (upstairs), city, all for only $12.

MIKE EPPS

Veteran stand up comedian Mike Epps will be heading to Australia for the first time this May. Epps has steadily climbed his way up the stand up comedy ranks since 1995. After appearing on the US Def Comedy Jam tour and HBO’s TV’s Def Comedy Jam, Epps gained national recognition and subsequently caught the attention of Ice Cube in 2000 at the LA Comedy Store. Since that time he has starred in over 30 feature films and won a NAACP Image Award for his role in the Sony Pictures film, Jumping the Broom. Mike Epps will take over The Athenaeum Theatre on Thursday May 22.

CRAB LAB

Barry award nominee John Conway MCs another huge night of comedy tonight at Crab Lab. The lineup includes RAW winner Jonathan Schuster, Corey White all the way from Brisbane and a massive special guest that you’ll recognise if you’ve ever enjoyed a television show. Doors at 7.30 for an 8.30 start. Just $5.

Jeff Dunham will bring the funny to Melbourne when his Disorderly Conduct show hits our shores this May. Largely considered the most popular comedian in America, Dunham’s television specials have been the highest rated programming in Comedy Central history, his DVD sales have soared to seven million units and his videos have received a half a billion views on YouTube. The comedian’s stitch-inducing Disorderly Conduct show calls on his entourage of signature characters, including Walter, Bubba J and more to challenge and chastise his every word. Jeff Dunham will play Rod Laver Arena on Friday May 16.

PUBLIC BAR COMEDY

The A1 lineups keep coming tonight at the Public Bar with another loaded show headed up by Celia Pacquola. Celia always kills it in the intimate Public Bar backroom and when you add in Michael Chamberlin, Geraldine Hickey, Greg Larson, Hammertime and maybe a special guest, it will be a show you’ll feel guilty only paying $5 for. Miss Katie’s Crab Shack is open before the show in the front bar and is beyond delicious. Tuck in. Come down and join one of the most appreciative audiences in Australia as Melbourne’s finest comedians let loose in the intimate Public Bar back room.

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METRONOMY By Alasdair Duncan

The ever-eccentric Metronomy looked to the past for their new record – all the way back to the ‘60s. Love Letters was made at London’s legendary Toe Rag Studios, an analogue recording facility decked out with vintage gear from the period. Main man Joe Mount says he wanted to put Metronomy in a completely different context, to see how he’d get on making a record without any modern frills or recording techniques. “Toe Rag has the kind of gear that would have been top of the range back in the ‘60s,” Mount explains. “It’s like working in the best possible studio from that era, the kind of place where The Beach Boys or The Beatles might have made records. Because it’s so wilfully stuck in the past, it has a very different atmosphere from the kinds of studios I’m used to working in.” While based in Metronomy’s usual minimalist style, Love Letters has a warm and welcoming sound, which is partly the result of recording in an old-fashioned setting. “There are a lot of very striking bits of gear at Toe Rag,” Mount says. “One of the most interesting is a mixing desk they have, which was apparently built for Abbey Road, and it doesn’t look like any mixing desk you’ve ever seen before. It looks more like a Russian tank or something. It doesn’t have any of the conventions of a modern bit of gear – it doesn’t even have a volume knob that goes from zero to ten.” Contemporary recording studios, Mount says, can feel a bit like modern offices. Toe Rag, by contrast, has the feeling of a mad scientist’s laboratory, which naturally made the band feel more free to experiment. Metronomy’s last record, the greatly acclaimed The

English Riviera, told a story of love gone wrong in an English coastal town. I ask Mount if Love Letters has a similar concept behind it, but he tells me that he is determined not to think of this record in that way. “The last one was a bit of a concept record, but after it came out, I found myself talking about that so much that the whole concept just started falling apart around me!” he says with a laugh. “This time around, I just wrote a lot of songs and whittled them down to the best ones. I mean, when you’re writing music, intentionally or not, there are going to be certain themes and ideas in your head. These songs were written in-between a lot of touring, so I was missing a lot of people and things. That may be the thread that connects them, but this definitely is not a concept album.” Speaking of touring, Metronomy have an awful lot of tour dates coming up in support of Love Letters, more than the band have ever played before. It’s a simultaneously exciting and daunting prospect. “In the early days, I’d live for the moment when we had enough dates that we could write them down and they’d look like the back of a t-shirt,” Mount says.

“That’s in a real contrast to now, when I almost can’t bring myself to look at them all, because I know we’re going on tour for a long time. The thing is, it’s always great. The daunting part is leaving all our significant others behind and going on the road, but the actual experience of going away and playing is great. People are coming to our gigs, and it might be the one thing they do that week, so you start to feel like you’re playing a part in their lives, and you want to make it as

enjoyable as possible.” The one question remaining is whether or not Metronomy will make it back to Australia in this next round of dates. “Oh, we definitely will,” Mount assures me. “I don’t think it’s been announced yet, but I know when we’re coming, so don’t worry, we’ll be there soon.”

He puts it down to failing and making mistakes. “I hate a lot of electronic music. Most of the time it’s because people are using the same technology in the exact same way as everyone else. The ease of creation has made people lazy and you lose the reality in your music, and then it doesn’t sound like anything worth hearing. I like to hear the imperfections and mistakes in music. It shows that it’s real and I can associate with that. I’ve made mistakes with my music, but it means that there is something to improve about it. I suppose

the lesson is to find something organic in your music, something that makes it alive and imperfect, like we all are.”

METRONOMY’s Love Letters is set for release this Friday March 7 via Because Music.

GOLD PANDA By Daniel Prior

When Derwin Schlecker (aka Gold Panda) first started making waves with a volley of single releases, it sent him on a worldwide journey. After the release of his 2010 album Lucky Shiner, Derwin was on top of the world. But success brings its own pitfalls. “I was terrified of doing a second album. I got over it by working out whether it would sound the same as Lucky Shiner. It sounds slightly different, I mean, it wasn’t a huge shift, but they are distinct from one another. I spent less time on arrangement [with Half of Where You Live], there was a lot more spontaneity, like I would do at a live gig. I listened to it the first time a few days ago and there were like seven out of ten tracks I listened to without cringing or thinking I could have done that better. The next album I’m aiming for ten out of ten.” When Half of Where You Live was released to the world in 2013, Derwin had been travelling extensively, and the worldview he gained from this experience took a firm hold on both Derwin and the music of Gold Panda. “I think the biggest thing I learnt was the difference between reality and how things are reported. The best example comes from when I was touring in São Paulo. People were all saying, ‘Ohh, I’ve heard São Paulo is dangerous. Be careful, you’ve really gotta watch out when you’re there!’ But I walked around the city in between gigs and it was fine. People were laughing, having a good time and I never felt like I was in any danger. What I have seen is that the world is good and,

against what the news will say, people are friendly and not the evil monsters they’re made out to be. I wanted to capture that in the album. Exploration is the only real way to find out about a place.” To be in the incredibly privileged position of travelling the world and playing music to thousands of people isn’t something that is lost on Derwin, and his success is something he speaks of with modesty. “I’ve managed to sustain a career by putting Soundclouds together, and for some reason people seem to like it. I don’t know how long that can last. People are encouraging, which is a nice thing, but I feel guilty about what I’m doing sometimes. I make music for myself and then I put it out there to see if people also like it. But then I’ll do a show, meet some people who’ll tell me that they get a lot of enjoyment from what I’m doing, and that makes me feel really good. “I do want Gold Panda to evolve and grow, though. I want to release music in new ways and explore what Gold Panda can be. I’m happy to do something new, and for people not to get it, and then do the opposite right after. I want to be selfish, and I feel that I’ve found the perfect way to do it.” But Derwin doesn’t just put his success down to luck.

GOLD PANDA play the Corner Hotel on Friday March 7. They also play alongside Charles Bradley, Cut Copy, Neko Case and more at Golden Plains, which runs at the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre from Saturday March 8 to  Monday March 10.

FIVE FUN FACTS with LOS CORONAS 1. They didn’t get it. The early years were the tricky years – in Spain there was a big tradition of instrumental music during the mid sixties, but because of the British pop invasion, it disappeared a short time later. Los Coronas came out in 1991, there weren´t other instrumental bands in Spain and just a few in Europe, so Spanish people weren’t ready – it was too soon for them. For the first 300 Los Coronas shows people would yell out ‘where the fuck is the singer?!” Thanks to Pulp Fiction’s premiere, things turned out better the following years.

singer from the Spanish band Depedro, and Eilen Jewell, the country-folk vocalist from Idaho, USA. Los Coronas have called this experience ‘el extraño viaje’, which means ‘the weird travel’.

2. Enter vocals here. We bit the bullet, probably because we were traumatized by all the bottles getting thrown at us onstage. We recorded and performed two covers in Spanish with two different singers, one male and one female: Jairo Zavala, the

4. Show me the money, fools. In 2009 Little Steven tried to sign the band to his label Wicked Cool basically with two kinds of arguments: the mildly strong and the extremely strong arguments. Actually, he was always talking about only

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3. You gotta check this out, we love it! Last year Los Coronas recorded a cover of Astor Piazzolla’s hit Libertango with the great latin jazz pianist Michel Camilo during a Spanish live TV broadcasting. There’s really magic in Camilo’s fingers, only for that reason is it worth seeing the program. Check it out!

one thing: money. After several months of long negotiation, Los Coronas probably made the wrong decision: “So long Tony, no deal, that’s what we’re talking about.”

second time Down Under and during our first visit, we took a surf but didn’t manage to stay on the board for more than ten seconds, so this time we’re taking surf lessons.

5. Faking it. Nope, we’re not a flamenco band, but a surf music instrumental band, except that the closest shore is a four hour drive from our hometown. We’re actually fake surfers! This is our

LOS CORONAS play the Caravan Music Club on Wednesday March 12, as well as Golden Plains this Sunday March 9.

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Carl Cox is arguably one of the most respected DJs in the world. He’s been DJing for 36 years and is fully booked for the European summer that sees him take in sets at Ibiza as well as Europe’s most famous outdoor dance festival, Belgium’s Tomorrowland – where he has his own stage named Carl Cox and Friends. Before he jets off for the European Summer, Cox is playing an exclusive club gig at Trak Live Lounge Bar this Friday March 7. And why is Melbourne so lucky to get this world class DJ for an intimate club show? Because Cox lives in Frankston on Oliver’s Hill during the European winter (our summer) and each year for the past five years he has performed a Melbourne club show before he heads back to Europe. “The last time I played Trak was two years ago and I loved it. I love the venue and I love the crowd because they get what I am trying to do. I play music you can’t get on Beatport and it’s very hard to track down – it’s purely what I have collected over the last few months so I can play brand new hot shit records that you won’t hear unless you go to Ibiza. I love to see a crowd rock out to music they haven’t heard before!” states Cox, openly talking-up the show. He discloses that this three hour set won’t be for the faint hearted. “Secondly I am on holidays here and this is the only club show I am doing before I go into full on work mode so my energy levels are very strong. So

watch out you guys because you’re going to get plastered to the wall!” exclaims Cox, addressing his future audience directly. At this show Cox revealed he will also be debuting the production fruits of a recording session he did with Nile Rogers in Langwarrin when Rogers was here for Meredith Music Festival – but more about this later. The beauty of Carl Cox is that while peddling audio entertainment he takes his work very seriously, refusing to ever stop challenging audiences by taking the educative roll of a DJ very seriously. Cox now takes on the very difficult question, ‘What does he think as allowed him to remain relevant in the ever changing sonic aesthetic of EDM?’ “It’s really difficult to answer this question because I am an individual person that has made it through the ranks by just loving music. However, unfortunately EDM is now understood as a form of music that can bring 50,000 people together by a DJ playing music on a laptop that is already pre-recorded, that’s what’s going on. You got a 17-19 year old kid who has downloaded the 20-30 most popular tracks from Beatport, put it together on Ableton or Serato, he pushes play and has then got his hands up in the air in time with popular music. Therefore everyone in front of him thinks that he is amazing, therefore it’s understood as a form of

entertainment,” vents Cox. He now relates this point back to his longevity in the scene. “If I did that, myself right now, I would get no respect because there is no art-form to what is happening via that process. It has happened because technology has allowed it to happen. But where I came from and where I started I had to create an art-form of what a DJ is about: an entertainer first, someone who has a passion for what they are doing and they love what they’re doing based on that they are sharing something that they love,” concludes Cox on the art-form of DJing. As mentioned in the introduction, in December this year Cox worked with soul and disco maestro Nile Rogers when he was here for Meredith. “I had the opportunity to have pop and dance royalty in Langwarren in a small studio in a back garden of a guy called Steve Ward’s home/studio. I had Nile Rogers sitting there playing his guitar in front of me and I am just like ‘that’s what I am talking about!’. He plays with pure passion - a belief in what he is doing. For me to able to sit there with someone whose records I used to buy and all of a sudden 30 years later he’s sitting on a couch in Langwarrin doing the exactly same thing, those riffs that formed some of the seminal dance tracks.” “People forget about where it all came from - the idea of what it’s actually all about is getting so lost that we forget the organic-

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ness of the dance sound actually came from people who could actually create magic with an instrument. He just sat there and was playing on the guitar he had written all those incredible hits on just throwing together what felt right. Everyone in the room was just sitting there with their mouth dropped just thinking all we’re seeing is raw talent, nothing more, the guys just has it. He wasn’t even looking at the fret board - it was ridiculous.” Cox now reveals that at the Trak show he will be playing one of the tracks that was written that day with Rogers. “You will definitely hear the one that we did with a techno track with his solo – it was difficult to lay down over a beat because he is so musical but it’s very cool and if I drop it at the right time – probably at the end of the night got such a beautiful soul and energy that it will blow people’s minds. The song isn’t available anywhere yet and title wise we just call it Solo Heaven.”

Carl Cox is playing a three hour set at Trak Live Lounge Bar this Friday March 7.

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When is it? Sunday March 9. Where is it? Chasers Nightclub. Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playing? Michelle Owen, Fantastic Man (Mic Newman), Mishâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Chief and Rustar. What sort of shit will they be playing? Deep house, tech house, techno. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the crowd going to be like? The guys are gonna be up to their nuts in guts and the girls knickers will melt. What will we remember in the AM? How to hail a cab whilst still dancing. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the wallet damage? $15 online at Resident Advisor or $20 at the door. Give us one final reason why we should party here. If sounds ranging from deep warm and wobbling basslines with smooth organic synths to driving and quirky tech tickles your ear buds, then Press Play!

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Bursting onto the scene barely 10 years ago, it feels as if heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a stalwart for a lot longer. His driving style â&#x20AC;&#x201C; progressive and funky, is partly explained by his take on the Dutch sound popularised by local hometown heroes Tiesto and Hardwell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;About 10 years ago there was a really popular techno movement in Amsterdam, the bigger clubs were evolving and a lot of smaller clubs came about. As a result of that, a lot of other genres grew and gained popularity,â&#x20AC;? he explains. Proudly, he also accepts that a lot of quality artists and production is coming from the Netherlands. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It should be exciting, because it is a great time for music right now. I have a different sound to say DJ Chuckie or Hardwell or Afrojack. We are all Dutch but defining us together is difficult â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more about being an individual.â&#x20AC;? The Dutchman is celebrating his forthcoming gig to Australia and the associated party that will go with it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is my first time down there,â&#x20AC;? he chimes. No less, it will be a good opportunity for him to get away from the cold of the northern winter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The gigs will be great. I have a few edits Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m working on and things like that. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to it.â&#x20AC;?

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Dannic aka Daan Romers, the Dutch DJ and producing maestro from Breda in the Netherlands (hometown of Tiesto and Funkerman among others) won attention early on with his cheeky edits and remixes. Dannicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bootlegs of Axwell Vs Julie McKnight How Soon Is Glory and Tim Mason & Laidback Luke Vs. Adele The Moment Is Rolling In Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Air, made people take notice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started in music about 10 years ago as a DJ in my hometown of Breda,â&#x20AC;? Romers begins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The bar I worked at played all genres from the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s; I did weddings and things. Things really started when I moved into house music. Around that time, there was a new club opening in the city and DJs were playing what I called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;real music!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I was asked to play there and started doing edits and tracks, producing music, that sort of thing.â&#x20AC;? Musically, his prodigious output has earned him the respect of fans and compatriots alike, but even by his own admission, he still has a way to go. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am focusing on tracks and while I want to do one eventually, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m definitely not thinking about an album right nowâ&#x20AC;Ś Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been working pretty extensively in the studio and am finishing a few demos with artists I met recently at ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event).â&#x20AC;? To that end, look out for a collaboration with Merc as well as something on Nicky Romeroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s imprint. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I met these guys at ADE as well and we ended up really hitting it off; a lot of us came up with some cool ideas and some good remixes and productions will come of it. There are a few others Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m working on as well and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just looking around for some good vocalists.â&#x20AC;?

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DIZZEE RASCAL [UK] ARMIN VAN BUUREN [NED] Saturday June 7, Hisense Arena EARTHCORE: RAJA RAM [UK], JOHN â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;00â&#x20AC;&#x2122; FLEMING Thursday November 27 - Monday December 1, Pyalong, Victoria

tour rumours Lexx, Legowelt, Total Eclipse, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Joe Claussell

earthcore

After celebrating a huge 20th anniversary last year, Earthcore have announced another stellar launch party as they prepare to press â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;game onâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event. The event, taking place on Easter Sunday, is lead by Perfect Stranger and Space Tribe and will feature the likes of Digital Sun, Dean Benson, Trent McDermott, Twisted Molecule, Scott Alien, Jean Paul, Kurk Kokane, Christian Schumann, Golden Rae, Lucca Tan, Mishâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Chief, Danny Dobs and Muska across three stages of trance, techno and IDM. What better way to celebrate the day a huge rabbit sneaks into your house and leave Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all happening on happening on Sunday April 20 at the RMH The Venue.

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hot dub time machine

The Hot Dub Time Machine party phenomenon is returning for a national tour. The concept is simple: one song from each year in music, starting in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;50s and ending somewhere in musical mindfuck oblivion. You can bet by the time you hit the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s, shit will get real. It goes down at the Northcote Social Club on Friday April 11.

Move D is bringing his deep house and ambient sounds to Australia for a string of club shows in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney this month. By the age of 12, David Moufang had taken up drums and a few years later the guitar, taking lessons from two separate jazz guitar teachers. He played guitar in a band called Rivers & Trains well into the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s. Occasionally he even plied his trade as a DJ, spinning electro, funk and jazz. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until 1989 that he discovered techno when a friend of his, D-Man, invited him to a club he was running in the industrial suburb of Mannheim. He released his first record, Earth To Infinity, in 1992 and since has released a host of collaborative and solo work. Catch Move D at Revolver on Sunday March 16.

yacht club djs

Yacht Club DJs will be taking on the east coast this April with their Oddity Number Five tour. A favourite on the dance floor, Yacht Club are known for blending classic pop and rock into mesmerizing tunes that having you grooving all night long. Their newest mixtape, Odditiy Number 5 (which will be available as a free download next month), will add to their catalogue of hits â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kleptomania, Demons of Gymnastics, Find Me A Macchiato Prontoâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; with fearless numbers infused with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s blues, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s pop, death metal, and everything in between. Yacht Club DJs will take the stage at the Prince Bandroom on Friday April 18.

boiler room tv

Boiler Room TV will be returning to Melbourne this week. Hosted over two days, Boiler Room TV is the largest underground dance music show on the planet; and for its sophomore year, Boiler Room will be bringing Chet Faker, Oscar Key Sung & Andras Fox, Fantastic Man, Animals Dancing Andee Frost, Recloose, Touch Sensitive, Otologic, and Sleep D to our dance floors. Boiler Room TV will be in Melbourne from Thursday March 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Friday March 7. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an invite-only event, so check out boilerroom.tv/australia for more information, including RSVP.

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recondite

Recondite will finally make his way to our shores for a pair of tour dates this March. Only a few years after first experimenting with drum machines and hardware synths in a small studio next to a forest in Bavaria, the techno producer has pumped out two full-lengths, including last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s masterful Hinterland. Recondite will play Brown Alley on Friday March 21.


behind the decks with: michelle owen

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Where’s the strangest place you’ve woken up? Berlin. Describe yourself using the title of a song. Highway Of Endless Dreams by M83. What was the weirdest thing you believed as a child? That when I talked to the stars at night they could hear me, well they could! The most awkward moment you’ve had as a DJ? Someone thought I was Deniz Kurtel, praising me for the set I didn’t play until I had to correct them. More awkward for them really. What would be the worst dance track in the world to be tortured with on repeat? Dubstep. What’s the most played record in your bag? Bill Withers Who Is He (Henrik Schwarz edit). What question would you like to ask an omniscient, allknowing being before you die? Are human beings a joke put on this earth to entertain alien existence? If you hadn’t made it as a DJ, what job would you choose to work in instead? I would of invented Google! When and where is your next gig? Press Play at Chasers on Sunday March 9. facebook.com/michelleowenmusic soundcloud.com/michelle-owen

Although Harry Rodrigues posted Harlem Shake to his Baauer Soundcloud page in April 2012, the single didn’t start to take off until a homemade dance video set to its music surfaced online early in 2013. But boy, it sure escalated quickly from there. Unless you were living under a 3G-blocking rock last year, there’s very little chance you avoided the Harlem Shake internet meme. As well as inspiring several thousand video interpretations (and subsequently dominating Facebook and Twitter news feeds), the song eventually reached number one in both Australia and the US. “It was early on [in my career], so it was a little scary,” admits Rodrigues. “[It was] a little overwhelming because it was happening on such a big scale.” Achieving this level of attention right at the start of one’s career can often result in getting classed a flash in the plan and being swiftly forgotten about once the trend runs its course. However, mainstream success has never been the young New York producer’s chief ambition. “Having a track that is the number one on Billboard and [getting] that much exposure, I’ve learned that that wasn’t for me,” Rodrigues explains. “That’s not what I wanted to aspire to as a producer. I was much happier trying to create new, weird shit that would be different and fresh.” Indeed, Harlem Shake is by no means ordinary chart fodder. The song is probably most widely remembered for its build-up into a bass-heavy dance drop, which is why it was utilised by so many dancing webcam users. Listening back, though, ‘Harlem Shake’ is a bold genre conflation, fusing elements of hip hop, Euro dance and a range of found sounds – a combination that can’t have been chart-motivated. “When I made that tune I was just having fun and fooling around, doing whatever,” says Rodrigues. “If that worked out for me one

time, it’ll work out always.” Even though joining the pop elite wasn’t Rodrigues’ ambition, there are some definite positives to a song of this persuasion invading the charts. In particular, the wide circulation of a track like ‘Harlem Shake’ can introduce listeners everywhere to the innovative underground that lies beneath contemporary electronic music. “The bigger something gets in the mainstream, the stronger the underground version of that will be,” Rodrigues says. “You can’t have cool, forward-thinking shit without the mainstream shit. So, the stronger it gets in the charts – all this EDM stuff – that means the stronger the underground, cool, forward-thinking shit will become.” It’s been 12 months since the Harlem Shake sensation took flight, and in that time a string of impressive Baauer tracks have showed up online, including collaborations with RL Grime and hip hop superproducer Just Blaze, as well as remixes for The Prodigy and No Doubt. In line with the Soundcloud origins of Harlem Shake, the site remains a favoured method of distribution for Rodrigues. “I do love putting out singles,” he says, “not even singles, just putting out tracks; staying flush with the way the internet works. When I made ‘Higher’ with Just Blaze, we put that on SoundCloud the night we made it. I really think that is the best way to release music now. I know that as a fan that’s how I like to discover music, so it’s definitely the way I like to release it as an artist.” Rodrigues turns 25 this year, which means that even though he’s well and truly entrenched in internet culture, his formative listening years predate online services. Yet his eclectic production references betray a studious knowledge of electronic music. “I originally grew up in the UK so that kind of shit was always on BBC Radio; just always around me growing up in England. Then I moved to the States and started to dig a little deeper and

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discover more. But it definitely just came from hearing it on the radio in England.” Considering Baauer received such a resounding welcome into the pop music realm last year, how can 2014 possibly compete? Well, work on his debut full-length record is underway, but Rodrigues isn’t too bothered about reviving the commercial highs of ‘Harlem Shake’. “I’ve taken some time off touring the past couple of months to get in the studio and I am working towards a big body of music. No matter what, I told myself to always have fun making music. Always at least have fun doing it and everything will sort itself out.” In the meantime, his non-stop travel itinerary finally brings him back to Australia next month for Future Music Festival. The crowd involvement during Harlem Shake will definitely be something worth witnessing. And the spectacle won’t end there. “There’s new tracks [in the live show], and [I’m] combining tracks that people already know and love in different and interesting ways and just trying to create a fun atmosphere. Lately I’ve been bringing around a couple of lighting and visuals guys to every show. So now, as well as the music, there’s a big visual package to go along with it.”

Catch Baauer at Future Music Festival which goes down on Sunday March 9 at the Flemington Racecourse. He also plays at Good Life under 18s music festival on Friday March 7 at the Flemington Racecourse. facebook.com/baauer

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club guide wednesday march 5

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BLOW OUT - FEAT: GET BUSY + MAT CANT + SAMMY THE BULLET Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. COQ ROQ - FEAT: AGENT 86 + BLABERUNNER Lucky Coq, Windsor. 8:30pm. CURIOUS TALES - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 5:55pm. RYAN HEMSWORTH + CHIEFS & DEER + TOMDERSON + WAVE RACER Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:00pm. $30.

thursday march 6

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3121 THURSDAYS - FEAT: HANS DC + SAM GUDGE Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:00pm. BEER CAN - FEAT: JACK SHIT + STRANGE YONDER Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. CQ SESSIONS - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Cq, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. DINNER SESSIONS - FEAT: SHUTTERSOUND Thornbury Local, Thornbury. 9:00pm. FREE RANGE FUNK - FEAT: DJ WHO + JAKE JUDD + TIGERFUNK Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9:00pm. GOOD EVENING - FEAT: PRINCIPAL BLACKMAN Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. HEATHER PEACE Gh Hotel, St Kilda. 7:00pm. $35. LOVE STORY - FEAT: INDIAN SUMMER DJS + MEGAWUOTI + MICKEY P + SLEEVES + SUPREMES + TRANTER Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 11:30pm. MIDNIGHT EXPRESS - FEAT: EDD FISHER + PREQUEL Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm. SHAKE SOME ACTION FEAT: POLYAVALANCHE + SAMARITAN + STREETPARTY Onesixone, Prahran. 8:00pm. $8. THE RITZ - FEAT: ALEX YASKI + ANDO + EDDY D + HARRY ROWSTHORN + JACK HOWELL + JAMES ROSS + JARREN RYAN + JESSE PERKINS + JOSHUA GILLILAND + KEN WALKER + LUCILLE CROFT + MATT HANNA + TIM LIGHT + TOM BEDFORD Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 8:00pm. TIGER FUNK LIVE - FEAT: DJ MOONSHINE Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 9:00pm.

friday march 7

#MASHTAG - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 6:00pm. ALL GOOD IN THE HOOD Efiftyfive, Melbourne Cbd.

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7:00pm. CAN’T SAY - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Platform One, Melbourne. 8:00pm. CARL COX Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 8:00pm. $55. DJ GUS KENNY Victoria Hotel, Brunswick. 10:00pm. FRENCH KISS La Di Da, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. FRENCH KISS FRIDAYS FEAT: VARIOUS DJS La Di Da, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. FREQUENCY - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Fusion, Southbank. 10:00pm. $10. FRIDAYS @ ONESIXONE FEAT: JEN TUTTY + KATIE DROVER + LEWIE DAY PREQUEL + LUKE MCD + MIC NEWMAN + MITCH KURZ Onesixone, Prahran. 9:00pm. FUNHOUSE FRIDAYS - FEAT: DJ TITUS 12 Rubix Warehouse, Brunswick. 8:00pm. LA DANSE MACABRE - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. LUCK TRUCK FRIDAYS DOWNSTAIRS - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9:00pm. PANORAMA FRIDAYS UPSTAIRS - FEAT: A MANO + MATT RAD + MR.GEORGE Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9:00pm. PARTY X BULLSHIT - FEAT: JUZZY B + KAY-Z Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. $5. POPROCKS - FEAT: DR PHIL SMITH Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. QUANTIC Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $25. REVOLVER FRIDAYS - FEAT: KEVIN GRIFFITHS Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. RNB SUPERCLUB - FEAT: DEF ROK + KEN WALKER + KEVIN WATTS + KRIS KOLZAN + LEE DAVIES + MARC THYSSEN + PUPPET + SHAGGZ + TROY T Co., Southbank. 8:00pm. $20. UNOFFICIAL LAUNDRY MEMBERSHIP & FRIENDSHIP PARTY - FEAT: DEER + GET BUSY + ROBIHUSSLIN Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $5.

saturday march 8

AUDIOPORN SATURDAYS - FEAT: CHINA + DR. ZOK + HOOPS + JAMES WARE + ROWIE Onesixone, Prahran. 8:00pm. $15. BIG DANCING - FEAT: GET BUSY + LARRIE + MAFIA Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. DISTRICT - FEAT: MAX VEGAS + MR PITFULL New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. ELECTRIC DREAMS Co., Southbank. 8:00pm. $20.

30 DEEP - FEAT: ROYALTY NOISE + CANDY BORQUAE + ELF TRANZPORTER + MORGANICS + THE HIGH SOCIETY + VIDA SUNSHINE Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 4:00pm. 90’S LATE NIGHT - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 11:30pm. A SERIOUS PARTY - FEAT: SHEDBUG + ADRIAN BELL + DISRUTE + PWD + SAM HILTON + TOBI MACKISACK Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $10. BE. @ CO. - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Co., Southbank. 10:00pm. BOP ART - FEAT: VARIOUS

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be. at co.

monday march 10

MIXTAPE MONDAYS - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Rubix Warehouse, Brunswick. 8:00pm. MONDAY BLUES - FEAT: DJ PETER E Thornbury Local, Thornbury. 8:00pm. MONDAY STRUGGLE - FEAT: TIGER FUNK Lucky Coq, Windsor. 6:00pm. STIFF DRINK - FEAT: DJ MICHAEL OZONE + DJ ROMAN WAFERS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm.

tuesday march 11

COSMIC PIZZA - FEAT: JULIEN LOVE Lucky Coq, Windsor. 8:00pm. TASTEMAKERS FEAT: TOKEN + ABLE 8 + LOTUS Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm.

urban club guide MELLOW DIAS THUMP - FEAT: CAZEAUX O.S.L.O + GEEZY Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. WHOLE LOTTA RHYMES - FEAT: DJ DAILY Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East. 8:00pm.

thursday march 6 HOUSE OF HIP HOP LAUNCH Rubix Warehouse, Brunswick. 8:00pm. SWISH THURSDAYS Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. $5.

friday march 7 BUMP - FEAT: DJ GEROGE BIG SAAD Chaise Lounge, Melbourne

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sunday march 9

DJS Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 4:00pm. COCOON STAGE AFTER PARTY - FEAT: DUBFIRE + GUY GERBER LIVE + LUCIANO + MAYA JANE COLES + SVEN VATH Prince Bandroom, St Kilda. 3:30pm. $56. ERIC PRYDZ Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 8:30pm. JAMES FERRARO Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $25. LABOUR DAY EVE Khokolat Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. LABOUR DAY WEEKEND - FEAT: DERRICK CARTER DOES DISCO New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. OPEN DECKS Thornbury Local, Thornbury. 2:24am. OPEN DECKS Thornbury Local, Thornbury. 9:00pm. REPLAY - FEAT: FANTASTIC MAN + MICHELLE OWEN + MISH CHIEF + RUSTAR Chasers, South Yarra. 8:00pm. REVOLVER UPSTAIRS LABOUR DAY EVE - FEAT: BOOGS + DOAKES + HANS DC + KATIE DROVER + SILVERSIX + SUNSHINE + T-REK Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. STARBAR SUNDAYS - FEAT: JASON SINGH + JONO EARLE + KEN WALKER + MORGAN Star Bar, South Melbourne. 9:00pm. $10. THE SUNDAY SET - FEAT: DJ ANDY BLACK & HAGGIS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 4:00pm. TOUGH TITTIES - FEAT: DJ KITI + CHIARA KICKDRUM + VIVA L’AMOUR Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 2:00am. $10. WORK IT OUT - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Lucky Coq, Windsor. 7:00pm.

faktory

wednesday march 5

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FAT FREDDY’S DROP AFTER PARTY - FEAT: RECLOOSE + CHOPPER REEDS + FRANK BOOKER + JIMMY CAUTION + JULIEN LOVE + KANO172 + PROXYCONTIN Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $10. FOX SATURDAYS - FEAT: DJ BLUESTAR Fox Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. GROOVALICIOUS - FEAT: TEVIN CAMPBELL La Di Da, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $30. MOVEMENT - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Loop, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. STRUT SATURDAYS - FEAT: ANDREAS + DANNY MERX + HENRIQUE + JASON SERINI + MARK PELLEGRINI Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 8:00pm. SUPER GRANDE - FEAT: BEN JAMMIN’ + MR MOONSHINE Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. TEXTILE SATURDAYS - FEAT: CHIEF + D’FRO + DJ FLAGRANT + GRAYSKULL + KODIAK KID + SAM MCEWIN Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9:00pm. THE HOUSE DE FROST - FEAT: DJ HARVEY Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $45. THE LATE SHOW - FEAT: ARKS + LEWIS CANCUT + MAT CANT + MS BUTT + NICK THAYER + PAZ + RANSOM + SPINFX + WHO & BOOGS Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. THE REVERSE POLARITIES + CLASS A + JULEZ + L-FRESH THE LION Rubix Warehouse, Brunswick. 8:00pm. THERAPY - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Fusion, Southbank. 10:00pm. $20. THERAPY - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Fusion, Southbank. 10:00pm. $20. VAULT SATURDAYS - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Platform One, Melbourne. 8:00pm.

Cbd. 9:00pm. FAKTORY FRIDAYS - FEAT: DAMION DE SILVA + K DEE Khokolat Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. RNB SUPERCLUB Co., Southbank. 9:30pm. $30. RUBIX FUNHOUSE FRIDAYS FEAT: XANDEPIC + BASS CARTEL DJS + RUBIX RESIDENT DJS Rubix Warehouse, Brunswick. 5:00pm.

saturday march 8 DJ REVOLUTION Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. KHOKOLAT KOATED SATURDAYS - FEAT: DAMION DE SILVA + K DEE Khokolat Bar, Melbourne

electronic - urban - club life

Cbd. 9:30pm. POPPIN’ BOTTLES - FEAT: DJ FAUX REAL Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. RHYTHM NATION - FEAT: DJ ANDY PALA + DJ GEORGE BIG SAAD + DJ KAHLUE Chaise Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm.

sunday march 9 BE. SUNDAYS - FEAT: DAMION DE SILVA + JAY J + KEN WALKER Co., Southbank. 10:00pm. $15. EVERLAST Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 9:30pm. $44.


INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH

MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWS & GOSSIP

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

BOSS MAKES $26.7 MILLION FROM FOUR AUSSIE SHOWS Bruce Springsteen’s first four shows in Australia grossed $26.7 million, making them the biggest grossing dates in the world last year. Arena shows in Perth, Adelaide and Sydney and two outdoor stadium dates in Melbourne’s AAMI Park shifted 62,950 tickets. The count does not include the Brisbane Entertainment Centre show where he had the 12,000-strong crowd up on its feet from the first song when he brought on eight violinists from Brisbane’s Cooper & Koo ensemble for a version of the Bee Gees’ Stayin’ Alive done to mark the fact he was playing Queensland, and for New York City Serenade. (They did an afternoon’s rehearsals, and declared, “He treated us like family.”) Later Eddie Vedder came on for Highway To Hell during which the four E-Streeter guitarists (with Bruce) revelled in recreating Angus’ guitar break. At the tour’s winery show at Hope Estate, Bruce acknowledged the circumstances by kicking off with Electric Flag’s Wine, Wine, Wine with lyrics localised for the Hunter Valley, and later danced through the crowd asking fans to hand pass on handwritten song requests. Bruce finished his Aussie shows declaring he’d be back soon. Frontier Touring’s Michael Gudinski told this column a return wouldn’t be on the cards for at least two years. Meantime, Bruce’s The Essential has been certified double platinum.

REMOTE CONTROL, FLIGHTLESS, EXTEND DEAL Remote Control Records and the Flightless label have extended their deal. Flightless was set up and run by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizards’ drummer Eric Moore to release the band’s early EPs and albums, and also issued releases by Melbourne bands The Murlocs, Love Migrate and Sagamore. The Remote Control deal kicked in for Gizzard’s third album Float Along – Fill Your Lungs last year. The two have signed Victorian surf coast (Rainbow Bay) “technicolor dream band" The Babe Rainbow for the digital release of their double A-side single Love Forever/Evolution 1964.

CROWDFUNDING SITE PANDA CROWD LAUNCHES A new crowdfunding site aimed solely at musicians, Panda Crowd, has launched. Pandacrowd.com, which had a soft arrival in December, was set up by musician Brad Lyons who moved to Melbourne a year ago after a stint playing in Brisbane bands Ripple Effect and Joseph’s Fables. Lyons tells us that his research found that musicians increasingly needed fan-funding for, touring and merchandising. It takes 4.5% of monies collected for the project (which he points out is lower than similar sites, with the artist retaining 100% ownership). “Down the track we’d like to be able to set backers with bands for projects, and get into local events.”

NEW BOOKER FOR VICTORIA HOTEL The Victoria Hotel (380 Victoria St, Brunswick) has a new booker, Adam Donovan, whom regular readers of the column would know is guitarist with Augie March. His contact is bands@vichotelbrunswick.com.au

NEW TEAM FOR PARLOPHONE, WARNER BROS Mark Poston, Managing Director of Parlophone and Warner Bros. Records Australia, unveiled his new team. Head of Marketing & Brand Development is Simon Cahill (of OneLove and Sound Campaign and as Sony’s RED label head signed Calvin Harris, Augie March, TV Rock, Old Man River, Modest Mouse, Editors, Eagles of Death Metal and Matisyahu), Marketing Managers are Zoe Bartlett (ABC Music, Warner Music, Universal Publishing), Di Vidovic (Atlantic) and Laura Byrne (Warner) while LindaJane Vanhear is Marketing Coordinator. Leah Harris is Executive Assistant to Managing Director of Parlophone and Warner Bros. & Managing Director, Atlantic Records; Adrian Fitz-Alan (EMI, Sony) joins in a consulting advisory role.

THINGS WE HEAR • In his self-titled autobiography, INXS manager Chris Murphy reveals that he and Michael Hutchence locked horns over the singer dating Kylie Minogue, because it wasn’t good for his image. He also pointed out how a Minogue promo tour through Europe seemed to land in the same cities as INXS’s. This week, on the ARIA chart with Very Best Of and The Swing still at #1 and #2, while Need You Tonight goes gold. The TV series will now be broadcast abroad, Murphy is moving ahead with his long time dream of an INXS musical on Broadway, and there are whispers of a return to touring. • Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears says he has recorded enough songs with Kylie Minogue over the years to release an entire collaboration LP although there are no plans to. Meantime, there was a thunderous stampede to the Beresford Hotel after she tweeted she was appearing there. At 10pm she appeared onstage before a rapturous crowd, wearing a bright red number, and sang Into The Blue. One enthusiastic fan got his prayers answered when she got him up for a selfie, and wished the crowd a happy Mardi Gras. “You know I was first part of the Mardi Gras in ‘94, which was a huge moment for me. And you’ve supported me through thick and thin.” • Soundwave will not return to WA again, promoter AJ Maddah confirmed. • Green Day’s three-hour Soundwave set included covers of AC/DC, Rick Springfield and Men At Work toe-tappers. • In an interview with the Herald Sun, Sally Seltmann revealed that husband Darren Seltmann is no longer a member of The Avalanches. • More Aussies are confirmed for the UK’s The Great Escape (May 8 to 10): Stonefield, Tigertown, The John Steel Singers and The Trouble With Templeton join the previously announced Courtney Barnett, Major Leagues, Ginger & The Ghost, Hermitude and Dune Rats. • Radio owner John Singleton wasn’t holding back after merger talks between his Macquarie Radio and Fairfax Radio fell through. He called Fairfax’s chairman Roger Corbett “a precocious pretentious prick” and CEO Greg Hywood “a third rater”. Talks are, umm, not expected to resume. • The 2Cellos’ classical version of AC/DC’s Thunderstruck hit 4.3 million views a week after the duo posted it online, Sony Music said. • Licensees from over a dozen Ballarat licensed venues met at Ballarat Town Hall to reconfirm their commitment to the Ballarat Liquor Accord. As the Accord spreads out from outside the Ballarat CBD after it was set up in April 2010, the Western Hotel, Red Lion Hotel, Miners Tavern and Freight Bar have also signed up. • The Castlemaine State Festival will move into the Castlemaine goods shed as its new headquarters midyear. A number of local artists have also expressed interest in setting up their offices there.

LIBERATION SETTLES WITH US PROFESSOR Liberation Records settles a copyright battle with Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig. In 2010, Lessig used snippets of Phoenix’s Lisztomania in a lecture that was posted online. An automated system flagged Liberation content had been used, and Lessig was asked to take it down. A fierce copyright freedom activist, the Prof. took legal action in the US District Court in Massachusetts, asserting his right to use the video under US and Australian fair use law. The case was settled amicably last week, with Liberation paying his court costs and promising to change its YouTube takedown request policy to allow fair use.

KISS FM SETTLES WITH SYDNEY’S KIIS Melbourne dance station Kiss FM has settled with Sydney’s rebranded KIIS, a station run by the Australian Radio Network. Details of agreement were not divulged. Kiss sent a cease-and-desist letter last year after ARN changed its name from Mix. The letter by station manager Timmy Byrne told ARN that they were infringing on the long time station’s trademark. But after a pow-wow, the two parties released a joint statement: “ARN’s new station KIIS 1065 will mutually coexist with Kiss FM in Australia and the matter is now resolved.”

IVY LEAGUE SIGNS STEVE SMYTH Ivy League Records’ latest signing is one-time NSW South Coast singer-songwriter Steve Smyth. They’ve released his new single Shake It recorded in Hollywood with Joey Waronker on drums (Atoms For Peace, Thom Yorke, Beck) and Gus Seyffert on bass (The Black Keys, Norah Jones).

CALLEA, CAMPBELL DO MONDAYS ON JOY Singer Anthony Callea and actor and singer Tim Campbell will host the Monday Breakfast Show on JOY 94.9 for the whole of March. The two are long time supporters of the station.

BARBOUR EXITS SWINBURNE UNI Jim Barbour has left Swinburne University of Technology (and the industry) after 25 years. He plans to continue work on his PhD and travel the world with his wife. He taught the Commercial Radio Course until the uni closed the course down in late 2012. Before that, Barbour worked in production at Adelaide commercial radio station SAFM and was engineer on Men at Work’s Business As Usual and Mondo Rock’s Nuovo Mondo.

NICK CHARLES NAMED MATON ARTIST FOR PT.FAIRY FEST The sold out Port Fairy Folk Music Festival (March 7 to 10) announced guitarist Nick Charles as Maton Guitars’ Artist of the Year. This is the 19th year Maton sponsored the festival. Patrick Evans, Head Luthier at Maton said, “He truly is a gifted guitarist and singer and a musician’s musician. Listening to Nick play you realise what an amazing tone he produces and how at home he is on his instrument and within his music. He has seemingly limitless technique at this disposal but only ever uses it in service to the song, never to show off his prowess.” Charles gets a new ECW80C Heritage axe.

PANAMA SIGN TWO US DEALS Sydney electronic pop trio Panama have finalised two US deals. The band, signed to Future Classic in Australia, inked with 300 Entertainment, the company set up by former Warner Music Group head Lyor Cohen. The Always EP – which got triple j and BBC 1 airplay, topped the Hype Machine charts and scored 1.3 million Soundcloud plays – is out this week in the US and Canada with bonus track Strange Feeling. The trio, who play South By Southwest in Texas, also signed with major booking agency Billions, working with founder David Viecelli (Arcade Fire, Spiritualized) and Josh Lindgren to develop their presence in the U.S. market with more touring.

KLP GOES #1 IN JAPAN Sydney-based singer/songwriter/producer/DJ KLP (Kristy Lee Peters) has debuted at #1 on the Japanese electronic charts with her collaboration with Japanese producer Banvox. KLP co-wrote the double A-side Love Strong/Watch Me Dance and features on the latter. KLP, who is signed to Universal Music Publishing, showcases at South By Southwest this month.

DMG RADIO CHANGES NAME Major radio broadcaster DMG Radio Australia (Nova, Smooth) has changed its name to Nova Entertainment. Chairman Lachlan Murdoch explained the move came “as we continue to broaden our entertainment offering outside of our core radio business.” DMG was set up with UK’s Daily Mail Group. In November 2009, Murdoch’s Illyria bought 50%, and in September 2012 purchased the 50% from the UK firm. DMG has expanded to live events (Red Room), TV (Smooth channel on Foxtel) and branded radio (Coles Radio).

SHAZAM OVERHAULS SITE Shazam has overhauled its site to ensure users spend more time on it. Aside from a new look, it introduced a news feed, lyric and video searches, bios and recommendations for users to preview, share and buy songs. In the US it will offer detailed information about TV programs from 160 channels. It will role out globally in the coming weeks. Shazam recently went to bed with Warner Music Group to launch its own record label and sign up any upcoming acts.

LIFELINES Born: son for Gwen Stefani (No Doubt) and Gavin Rossdale (Bush), their third boy. Engaged: Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee and LA-based singer /dancer Sofia Toufa (stage name: SomeOtherFemaleInterest) after five years together. Split: Robin Thicke, 36, and actress Paula Patton, 38, although he’s trying for a reconciliation. They met as teenagers and have a son Julian, 3. In Court: As I Lay Dying singer Timothy Lambesis admitted in a San Diego courtroom to soliciting the murder of his wife. He enlisted a hitman who turned out to be a sheriff deputy. Arrested: Natalie Hynde, 31, daughter of The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde and Kinks’ Ray Davies, for supergluing herself to a fellow protestor in an anti-fracking demonstration in Sussex, England. Jailed: William H. Klein, 47, for eight months for calling in a phony bomb threat to a Pennsylvania arena before a One Direction concert. Died: Tasmanian singer-songwriter Nick Balcombe, after a stroke. He recently did his first national tour and in 2012 lived in Holland to play festivals. Died: an Adelaide woman, 63, hit by a car outside the A Day On The Green concert at McLaren Vale headlined by Hunters & Collectors. Died: Melbourne improvisational jazz composer and bass violinist David Tolley, 77. In 2005 he gave up the bass due to Parkinson’s disease and focused on art and computer generated sounding although he returned to music performance in recent years. Died: flamenco guitar virtuoso Paco de Lucia, 66, of a heart attack in Mexico. Died: Franny Beecher, 92, lead guitarist of Bill Haley and The Comets, whose Rock Around the Clock “officially” kicked off rock’n’roll in 1955.

BILL PARTON TRIO EXTENDS DEAL WITH FILM MAKER Adelaide piano pop rock band the Bill Parton Trio have signed a deal with South Australian filmmaker Tim Pine to collaborate on two more music videos. He worked on videos for earlier singles Going Away and Falling For You Again (both accumulated 95,000 YouTube views and nominated for the 2013 MusicOz Awards) as well as their new single Closer Now.

SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA DOCO PREVIEW Sydney is one of six cities in the world chosen to premiere Swedish House Mafia’s doco of their final tour Leave The World Behind, due later this year. The other cities were New York, Los Angeles, Rigoletto Sweden, London and Amsterdam. Sydney’s is on Friday March 14 at Hoyts Entertainment Quarter, see leavetheworldbehind.com.

CONSUMER WATCHDOG SLAMS ‘THREE STRIKES’ PLAN The Australian Consumers Association’s Choice magazine lambasted the Australian Government’s plans to introduce a ‘three strikes’ policy for those who illegally download music, films, TV shows and games. It has started a petition against it, Billboard reported. Choice CEO Alan Kirkland admits online piracy is a problem but warns, “These measures would push up the price of internet access without any impact on piracy. Nobody supports internet piracy but punishing consumers is not the answer. The best way to stop piracy is to make it easier for Australians to pay for content like movies and television series at internationally competitive prices.”

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BIEBER’S ‘BABY’ HITS 1 BILLION VEVO VIEWS Justin Bieber’s 2010 breakout single Baby has reached 1 billion views on VEVO. He is the youngest artist to achieve this milestone, which also makes Baby the streaming platform’s most-watched clip ever. It is the only video to be certified 10x across VEVO, a similar feat as a gold or platinum certification.

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THE NAKED AND FAMOUS By Nathan Hewitt

Nearly six years into their tenure, New Zealand electro-rockers The Naked And Famous have seen a neatly divided troupe of post-punk revivalists and casual festivalgoers unite beneath their brand. With a two-album catalogue, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Thom Powers is now concerned with dropping fresh content quickly. His hint of a follow-up to In Rolling Waves, though, comes aside the promise of a sound more alternative than the hard-pop stalwart fans have come to know. For all his forward-thinking, Thom seems just as able to relish the present. The Naked And Famous have just finished up their Big Day Out sets and he says the experience allowed them, among other benefits, the opportunity to be adoring allaccess punters. “I loved seeing Deftones,” Thom says. “They were my high school band. Me and Alisa got to go onstage and to sing Passenger with them. It was amazing.” He recalls supporting his mates, too: “Grouplove were just amazing, and they’re great friends of ours, so it turned out to be a real social tour.” Big Day Out looks to have given Thom some respite post-album release, despite his suggestions the affair went by smoothly. “It felt like a soft release, a very soft release, which worked cool,” he says. “We got our label to push the album out before the real marketing kicked in, because we felt that we’d been sitting around for too long.” The quintet had at the time designated touring as their main priority – which Thom insists is still the case – and so weren’t keen to chase the kind of lengthy sales campaign favoured by major labels. “We weren’t about putting out a massive, super successful pop record as a follow-up,” he says. “It was about developing our sound.” It can be said then that while Thom and TNAF are the prolific sort, they’re definitely not impatient. “I’m still enjoying where we’re at,” he says. The release of In Rolling Waves hasn’t broken vast commercial ground but he reckons their focus is set firm and near. “We haven’t jumped up in venue size, but maybe for the next record we’ll be more ambitious in trying to reach a broader audience.” The subject of Thom’s ambition is surely alternative rock, and he believes the band is already in a kind of transitional phase to that sound. Hits Hearts Like Ours and I Kill Giants are organic successors to synth-heavy party favourites like Young Blood and Punching In A Dream but he asserts a subtle shift is present. “I think we achieved similar success to Young Blood with these newer tracks. They’re a different kind of pop song -–they helped to establish us as a more alternative band.” Such a quest for alt-rock legitimacy – much like any musical venture needing to alter fan perception amicably – requires a songwriting skill Thom feels he has most of the time. “Some days I feel not so confident as a songwriter,” he concedes, “and some days I do. I think I’ll struggle with it my entire life.” He’s working at his craft, though: “I think I’ve always suffered from an inferiority complex [laughs], but writing songs for me is a part of overcoming that.” Thom is quick however to quell any implications he struggled, or is struggling now, with an older Passive Me, Aggressive You: “Everything we’ve released we’ve been satisfied with. And I’ve definitely moved on from stuff I wrote when I was younger.” He doesn’t see the sense in being negative. “I feel like it’s more important to accept and acknowledge where you came from. I hate when an artist says they hate their earlier material. It almost seems like an insult to their fans. You should never undermine yourself.” “Relentless touring” must come before any new material and Australian punters are happily awaited by Thom and the band. “I can’t wait to get to Australia and actually do a full set,” he laughs. “I love doing festivals, but we’d love with BOB SEDERGREEN, PETER GAUDION, to do much more than that.” The Naked and Famous have limited experience, it seems, with playing to a crowd totally ASH GAUDION, JAMES CLARK their own: “There’s something really intimate and cathartic and ANDREW SWANN about being able to play to your fans. You feel as though you’re in your element, with your own identity.” Thom wants a long life for The Naked and Famous but thankfully not at the expense of creative prosperity. “I feel like I’ve become more realistic about the future now,” he says. “I look to the short-term.” He adds he doesn’t know how tracks like Young Blood will age, nor how they’ll be preserved, but hopes for the best. “Something about singing Young Blood at 40 seems a bit weird. I hope we can still do the track in a cool way then, and people won’t care that we’re old.” “In 2015 we’ll have been a band for ten years, and that’s totally fucked, it’s crazy,” Thom says. “I still feel like the stupid 19-year-old guy who didn’t want to get a real job [laughs].” He believes he is content to remain with Alisa as a creative Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 March force long-term but, should an end come, his love for music will keep him around. “I think of myself one day doing Cecil Street, South Melbourne Market something like Max Richter, who does a lot of composition work. You know – too old to be in an alternative rock band, young enough to restart as a different musician.” Whether looking forward to 2015 – when fans will ideally see a more mature version of The Naked and Famous surface – or to 2025, Thom believes their music is not for a singular time and place. Watch their space.

Port Phillip

Mussel Festival 2014

presents

Jazz

direct from Bourbon Street to South Melbourne Featuring on two stages:

MARGIE-LOU DYER QUARTET GIL ASKEY & FRIENDS SHUFFLE CLUB

ELVIS ON CECIL

BLUES EXPRESS

WILBUR WILDE’S BLOWOUT

PAUL WILLIAMSON HAMMOND COMBO 12 noon – 11pm

Free entry • Buckets of mussels from $5 • For more information visit southmelbournemarket.com.au BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 28

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THE NAKED AND FAMOUS play 170 Russell on Wednesday April 30.


SUNNYBOYS By Patrick Emery

In late 1984, having previously decided to draw the curtain on a brief but eventful tenure in the Australian music scene, Sunnyboys set out on a farewell tour of Australia. While the band’s singer and precociously talented Jeremy Oxley had already exhibited some of the erratic behaviour that would eventually be diagnosed as schizophrenia, it was the fact that playing music together was no longer fun that was the catalyst for the band’s decision to break-up. “The tour we did in late 1984 was the ‘pay the bills tour’,” says guitarist Richard Burgman. “We wanted to walk away clear, so we made sure we could pay off all of our debts, to people involved with the band, credit cards, everything.” While Jeremy Oxley would briefly revive the Sunnyboys moniker in the late ‘80s and ‘90s without the involvement of any of the other original members of the band – Burgman, drummer ‘Big’ Bill Bilson and Oxley’s brother and bass player Peter – the 1984 farewell tour was to be the last sighting of Sunnyboys for almost 30 years (the Oxley brothers, Bilson and Tim Oxley would play a few songs in 1998 at Mushroom Records’ 25th Anniversary concert). The Sunnyboy documentary describes Jeremy Oxley’s battle with schizophrenia, and his gradual return to the stage alongside his former band mates. “This time around it’s about picking up the best parts of what we had, and running with that,” Burgman says. An appearance at the Sydney leg of the 2012 Dig It Up! festival heralded Sunnyboys’ return to live performance; subsequent festival and headline shows across the country in late 2012 confirmed Sunnyboys’ re-appearance was no fluke. Burgman, who moved to Canada with his Canadian-born wife over 20 years ago (“no-one here has any idea who the Sunnyboys are,” Burgman laughs), confesses to being “pleasantly surprised” at the reaction Sunnyboys have generated since returning to the fray. “We did a have a sense that the reaction would be good because we left a good legacy,” Burgman says on the phone from Wagga Wagga, where’s he currently holidaying. “But that said, we’ve been very pleasantly surprised at the crowds who’ve come along to see us, and how much everyone’s enjoyed the shows.”

“BACK THEN THERE WAS A LOT OF PRESSURE – THE INDUSTRY WAS DANGLING A LOT OF CARROTS WHILE ALSO GETTING THE STICK OUT AS WELL. THERE’D BE THIS CONSTANT PRESSURE TO MAKE RECORDS AND TOUR. NOW WE HAVE THE CARROT, AND THE STICK.” The last time around Sunnyboys were the victim of industry expectation: the band’s first album spawned the classic hits Alone With You and Happy Man, and the band – particularly Jeremy Oxley – was under strong industry pressure to produce more hit songs, and to maintain a heavy touring schedule. This time around, Burgman says, Sunnyboys are in control. “We know exactly what it is that we’re doing this time around,” Burgman says. “Back then there was a lot of pressure – the industry was dangling a lot of carrots while also getting the stick out as well. There’d be this constant pressure to make records and tour. Now we have the carrot, and the stick.” The “carrot”, Burgman offers, is the simple pleasure of getting to play. “We want playing to be fun,” he says. “It’s great to be back onstage, and to have the opportunity to be onstage. And we can play the songs that we want to.” With Jeremy Oxley’s wife – and practising nurse – accompanying the band on tour, Oxley is managing the band’s live schedule without any dramas. “Jeremy’s fairly well protected from most of the noise that’s been generated with the band’s return,” Burgman says. “But he has been talking to people, and he’s been involved with some of the activities for the documentary, so he’s handling it really well.” Sunnyboys have recently released a compilation of tracks taken from the band’s three studio albums, as well as some choice outtakes, rarities and demos from the band’s early days. The compilation includes alternate versions of two tracks from Sunnyboys’ second album, the Lobby Loyde-produced Individuals. Having originally been disappointed with the album when it was released, Burgman says the band is happy to finally show the world how the album should have sounded. “Those two songs [No Love Around and You Need A Friend] are pre-mixes, and they sound so much better.” While there are still other rarities and outtakes to release if the occasion requires, Burgman says it’s unlikely that Sunnyboys will record any new material. “The band was around from 1981 to 1984, and that’s what people want to hear,” Burgman says. “We’ve all moved on musically, so there are no plans at the moment to record any new songs. But never say never, I suppose!” Vic ic res eside esid eside s nts nt onnly. ly FFull ly. ull ulll T&C’s T&C T& &C’ att naameth &C’s amethatpoi amet atpo t o nt.co tpo nt co com

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JOHN NEWMAN By Dan Watt

There is so much to like about British singer/producer John Newman. Firstly, what we do know is that Newman’s voice is like no other – powerful yet vulnerable and emotional with his music uplifting, compelling and the perfect marriage of classic grooves and future pop. However, in a 15-minute interview Beat Magazine found out that there is so much more to the 23-yearold lad from the small English town of Settle, Yorkshire. Newman reveals the strategy behind his transformation from ‘the voice on those Rudimental songs’ to be known in his own right; the highly personal story behind Rudimental’s Not Giving In; that he was a child DJ/producer and finally, that he will be letting fans inside his head at his performance at the Palace Theatre on Tuesday April 29. The name John Newman first entered the global music scene’s vocabulary when British production crew Rudimental released the song Feel The Love in 2012 that went to #1 in the UK singles chart and #3 here in Australia. Newman’s collaborations with Rudimental also included their other top 20 UK single in Not Giving In. However, Rudimental’s success came at the cost of Newman’s identity as a solo artist. “We have worked very, very hard at building up my identity because I was a bit of a faceless character at first. There was a little bit of an identity crisis with us all because no one really knew who it was making this music that everyone was listening to. For Rudimental’s team around them, their management and their label, it was really important that I wasn’t sitting in their interviews so people quite quickly worked out who they were. So to my management and team it was very clear that we needed to be doing a lot of in-person interviews to get my face out there,” explains Newman. Despite Newman’s and Rudimental’s teams pushing to separate the identities of the two acts, the reality is that Newman and the London production quartet shared a much more organic relationship. “For Not Giving In me and Piers (Agget of Rudimental) wrote it in Piers’ bedroom when I was living at his house,” Newman explains. “It is about a really close friend of ours that was going through a

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really tough time and we wanted to write a song about him and that was Not Giving In. I fully wrote the lyrics to Not Giving In.” At this point it is important to make the distinction that Newman is not just an extremely talented vocalist; it’s not like he’s just a voice that Rudimental laid over the top of their exquisite heavy bass rooted production. Newman is a DJ and a producer in his right. Growing up in the Yorkshire town of Settle (population 2,421) Newman got into DJing at the age of nine and was sampling his own vocals, guitar and piano over the top of established dance tracks by the time he was 13.

“TO USE MUSICIANS IS THE WAY FORWARD, MAN, AND OBVIOUSLY THAT DOESN’T CATER FOR SYNTHS” “I had a little setup in my mum’s house and I was sampling my own stuff. How I became a producer was that when I spoke about how I used to DJ, play house records, all the young lads in the town were doing the same thing – it was the new thing to do. So the way that I wanted to be different to everybody else is by making interludes and remixes of tracks and intros and that’s how I began producing. I would spend many man hours in front of a computer screen tweaking and integrating my own recordings.” Newman now establishes that despite knowing how

to execute all the tricks of production, if it’s not a well constructed song, it’s not a good song. “I think nowadays people cover up too many things with what they can buy from a music shop and forget that there is a really important thing in making music that songs have to be well crafted. You have to be able to perform a song on a piano and still sound good. It can be fun to add in all these cool effects and synths but the thing is, when you start adding so much electronic stuff you lose the charm of what music can be. That is: the charm of the swing of a musician or how the musician sits back off the beat. To use musicians is the way forward, man, and obviously that doesn’t cater for synths,” says a passionate Newman. However, with this anti-fad mentality Newman is now asked to explain the dubstep-like breakdown during Love Me Again. “Yeah man, the middle eight of Love Me Again was on the half time dubstep thing because that is what I felt like at the time, I will do anything

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if it feels right at the time,” admits Newman softly laughing. Anyone who has seen the film clip for Love Me Again or saw Newman’s performance on Australian TV show The Voice – he was a guest at the series’ Grand Final – will know that Newman’s stage performance is impassioned and theatrical. This bodes well for fans planning on seeing Newman at his show next month. “Live shows are so, so important to me, I don’t understand how people can’t put their all into every gig. The thing about the live show is that my stage set is related to the album artwork design that I was involved in. The lighting is really important so I keep a close eye on that. You walk into the gig and it is basically the inside of my head.” JOHN NEWMAN is performing at the Palace Theatre on Tuesday April 29. Tribute is out now on Island/Universal.


BOBBY KEYS By Patrick Emery

The history of rock’n’roll is laced with colourful characters, titillating tales and sordid events; in fact, without gratuitous consumption of narcotic substances, erratic disciplinary habits and egotistical battles, rock’n’roll would arguably be little more than a pretentious musical shell. And where would rock’n’roll be without the wild presence of Bobby Keys? Keys was born in Lubbock, Texas on December 18, 1943. Serendipitously, this was the same day upon which Keys’ trans-Atlantic partner in excess, Keith Richards, came into the world. Keys happened upon the saxophone almost by accident while at primary school. Looking to join the school band, Keys found the only vacant instrument to be the saxophone and his musical journey began. A few years later, and Keys went on tour with Buddy Holly and the Crickets, having secured the signature of his grandfather to allow the underage Keys to go on the road. While Keys met the Rolling Stones during that band’s 1965 American tour, it took another five years before Keys – by that time an increasingly in-demand session player – and his saxophone became a seminal ingredient in the Stones’ Mick Taylor-era musical aesthetic. Keys’ dulcet sax tones could be found on records by The Who, John Lennon, Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Bonnie and Delaney; some have suggested it was Keys’ presence that ensured Exile

on Main Street’s place in the list of legendary rock records. And then there are the notorious stories: in his charming, if somewhat disturbingly honest memoir Life, Keith Richards recounts Keys’ sacking from the Stones touring band in 1973 after Keys missed a show after being discovered with a young French lady in a bath of Dom Perignon champagne. Or the freebase cocaine sessions with Ron Wood and Richard Pryor in the early ‘80s, one of which saw Pryor set himself on fire. Or the days in Nellcôte shooting smack with Richards, or boozing the night away with Harry Nilsson. Scratch the surface of just about any great ‘70s rock’n’roll moment and you’ll find Bobby Keys loitering around with his Southern smile and Texan drawl. But I’ve been warned that Keys isn’t interested in talking about his days of infamy, or his history as sax sideman to the stars. He’s about to come to Australia as both a member of the Rolling Stones’ touring band, and also as leader of the ‘good time rock’n’roll band’ Bobby Keys and the Suffering Bastards. “I’m glad you asked about that band, because that’s why I’m

coming to Australia,” Keys says, after I’ve asked him a few questions about his early musical history, and his saxophone style (“I listened to a lot more guitar players than saxophone players so my approach to playing saxophone was more based on the guitar”; “When I was playing with other musicians I didn’t really try and adapt my style – I’d just stick the sax in my mouth and blow, and they seemed to like what I did”). The Suffering Bastards came about when Keys, frustrated at not having a band to play with in his adopted hometown of Nashville, formed his own band. “I just got sick of not having a band to play with,” Keys says. The Suffering Bastards comprises members of the Georgia Satellites, the Allman Brothers and Lyrnrd Skynrd; the band’s setlist includes tracks drawn from Keys’ extensive catalogue, including Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Joe Cocker and George Harrison. “It’s a natural sort of thing when we get onstage,” Keys says.

“I love to play, and the band loves to play. I’m the musical suggestor of the band, but not I’m not the leader of the band.” Keys concedes that in hindsight, he might have lived his life in a slightly different – albeit not necessarily ordered – fashion. But at age 70, he’s still focusing on the future, and not languishing in the past. “Playing saxophone in a band is just about the only thing I can do these days. But if I knew then what I know now, I’d have done things different – different teams, different ball games,” Keys says, with a lusty Texan laugh.

is coming out – to see what the new direction of sounds are going to be like or what people are liking today.” Of course, Dunbar isn’t monitoring pop trends with hopes of finding something to emulate and thus cash-in on. Sly & Robbie are preeminent innovators, keeping their artistic foundations firmly in place while re-arranging the decorations. “Listen to old stuff and new stuff and try to write,” says Sly of his daily routine. “I listen a lot to music. I listen everyday trying to find what is out there, try to pick up on what I could merge with reggae, what I could do another way.” Making records that people still want to hear four decades into a career is no mean feat and Dunbar clearly still possesses an honest hunger for discovering new sounds. But that’s not his leading motivation.

“The main drive is the people,” he says, “to see people happy and dancing to music. I don’t like to see people sad and I know music has made a lot of people happy. So for me I go in every time and try to accomplish something I can play to someone and they say, ‘I love it! I love it! It sounds great.’ Then after that I move onto the next thing, to see if I can do it again. I keep on trying to do it over and over again.”

Charged with socially conscious lyrics, Bradley howls on the opening track, “This world’s goin’ up in flames/And nobody’s goin’ to take the blame,” like someone who’s witnessing it first-hand. “The first album is me in the darkness and I’d been in the darkness for a long time,” he says. “If you’re a blues singer or a soul singer, you’re goin’ to feel it. You got to feel what you sing. I break down onstage and just try to find a way to sing the note. That’s what I do. I give it the way I feel it.” The following year a documentary on Bradley’s life, the critically acclaimed Soul Of America, was released. To this day, he says he has yet to sit through the entire film. “I can’t watch it because when you’re livin’ it, you’re feelin’ it but you’re not seeing it, if you know what I mean,” he says. “It’s just too hard.” Bradley says he feels much the same about the song Heartaches And Pains, which tells the story of his brother Joseph’s death. “It’s like every word has a picture behind it,” he says. “That’s tough too, y’know.”   Thankfully there is joy in the singer’s latest release, Victim Of Love, and the artist can’t wait to share his passionate songs of

yearning with Australian audiences next month. “I ain’t got nothin’ but love for Australia. The food, the seafood, oh my God,” he says wistfully. “I don’t drink beer but there’s this beer you got there that tastes like almonds.” Bradley says his socially conscious soul music connects with people because it is genuine. “I just hope people see the long road I had to go and see what it took to get where I am,” he says. “When you go on that stage and you open your heart, people can see you for who you really are. I just hope that the world will see honesty and what coming from the heart really means.”

BOBBY KEYS & THE SUFFERING BASTARDS play Thornbury Theatre on Thursday March 27. He’ll also feature alongside the Rolling Stones at Rod Laver Arena on Friday March 28, followed by Hanging Rock on Sunday March 30.

SLY & ROBBIE By Augustus Welby

Popularly known as the Riddim Twins, drummer Sly Dunbar and bass player Robbie Shakespeare have been making grooves together since they were both instated in producer Bunny Lee’s house band, The Aggrovators, in the early ‘70s. Music history suggests that by now Sly & Robbie’s playing would sound dated or predictable. Contrary to this, the Jamaican duo’s unique strengths continue to garner wide esteem. “Keep the groove,” says Dunbar. “Once you find a groove you just lock it. It’s not about showboating who’s a better musician or who’s a better player. It isn’t competitive – it has to sound good together. There’s not anyone in charge, we just work together and once it’s right – that’s it.” Sly & Robbie will perform at this year’s Bluesfest alongside British singer Bitty Mclean (and backing group the Taxi Gang). They teamed up with Mclean in 2006 and have since released two full-length albums, 2009’s Movin’ On and last year’s The Taxi Sessions. Sly & Robbie expect a high standard from their collaborators and Dunbar speaks fondly of the relationship with Mclean. “With an artist like Bitty it’s so easy because he’s an engineer and he plays keyboards and everything like that. So we sit down and we discuss exactly where we think it should go and we just take it there.” The two Bitty Mclean records feature a soulful, mature reggae sound while also embracing slick contemporary production

values. This progressive quality represents Sly & Robbie’s determination to continuously update their stylistic distinctions. “We try to tweak it sometimes and add different sounds just to make it sound fresh to the listener all the time,” Dunbar says. “Every so often we try to change the sound. Not directly change it, but we add things to it [or] take away things so one could feel it moving or growing into another direction.” Sly & Robbie first achieved major recognition for the aggressive ‘rocker’ style of reggae they pioneered with The Revolutionaries in the mid-‘70s. They soon went on to play with fellow Jamaicans Black Uhuru and Peter Tosh, before producing and recording with the likes of Grace Jones, Bob Dylan, Serge Gainsbourg and No Doubt. Sly & Robbie’s eclectic career output also includes remixes of songs by Britney Spears and Madonna and Dunbar explains the importance of keeping an eye on what’s dominating the charts. “Globally I try to keep up-to-date and listen. I listen to American top 40 radio, I listen to Lorde – everything that

SLY & ROBBIE play alongside Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Matt Corby and heaps more at the 25th annual Byron Bay Bluesfest running from Thursday April 17 – Monday April 21. They’ll also tear up 170 Russell with The Wailers and more on Wednesday April 23.

CHARLES BRADLEY By Sam Davis

Charles Bradley went from sleeping on subway trains to selling out music venues across the world. It just took him almost five decades to get there. However, soulful crooning is never out of style. Even as Charles Bradley groans about a poor paint job in the hallway of his Brooklyn apartment, his beautiful baritone has a timeless quality to it. But today Bradley is in no mood for crooning. “I’m a little angry right now,” he bellows raspily. The hallway is “pinkish” and Bradley asked for eggshell white. “They got paint on my floor,” he fumes. “I tell you what, I’m gonna go to Home Depot and get this done tonight. One thing my mama always told me is if you want it done right, get it done yourself.” Bradley’s mother, Inez Welch, passed away a week-anda-half ago, aged 90. The singer, so famous for laying his emotions bare onstage, is sharing his pain on a phone line to a reporter thousands of kilometres away. “I always loved my mom,” he says quietly. “She was a strongheaded woman. Right now, it’s like there’s an empty space and nobody’s there to take it.” The relationship between mother and son wasn’t always easy, he says. Bradley lived with his grandmother in Florida before moving in with his mother when he was seven. But the family lived in relative squalor in New York and Bradley says he slept in a dirty basement. One time, he recalls his mother being bitten by a rat and contracting rabies. She was paralysed for six months. “I don’t know how to really put it into words for you, but it was a dark time.” At 14 he ran away from home, sleeping in subway cars and alleyways before joining Job Corps — a vocational program started by President Lyndon Johnson in the ‘30s.

Bradley became a chef but he could always sing. He scraped by, travelling across the United States and occasionally performing. In 1977, he settled in California working odd jobs for almost 20 years. It wasn’t until 1994 that he finally reconciled with his mother, hashing out their differences in a dank hotel where he was living at the time. “It was the kind of place you pay six hours at a time so you can imagine what it was like,” he says. “She hung with me in a lot of places and in the end everything came good.” Two years later Bradley’s mother invited him to live with her back in New York. He took up a gig performing at the Tar Heel Lounge in Brooklyn as a James Brown impersonator known as ‘Black Velvet’. The vocal hiccups, the James Brown grunts, yelps and howls, had all been well honed by this stage and some of his mother’s advice ensured his costumes were in step with the music. “One thing that she taught me was when you love what you’re doing, make a good appearance,” he says. His flamboyance and passion came across and other artists reached out to Bradley. In 2002, Daptone Records started releasing some of his original music on vinyl. Finally, in 2011 he released his debut album, No Time For Dreaming. Bradley was 62-years old at the time.

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CHARLES BRADLEY plays the Zoo Twilights at the Melbourne Zoo on Friday March 7. He will then play alongside Cut Copy, Public Enemy, Gold Panda and more at Golden Plains, which runs at the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre from Saturday March 8 –  Monday March 10. He’ll also play a sold-out show at the Corner Hotel on Thursday March 6. BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 31


BREABACH By Augustus Welby As the name implies, ‘folk music’ speaks to the people. It addresses shared concerns and offers insight into foundational aspects of individual and community identity. Cultural diversity and ongoing lifestyle fluctuation means there’s no definitive version, but any successful folk music can relate to a particular time and place while maintaining a timeless (and egoless) perspective. Ùrlar, the new record from Glasgow-based quintet Breabach, exhibits this compound of the local and the enduring. Ahead of the album’s Australian release, fiddle player Megan Henderson explains that the band members returned to their assorted hometowns to source ideas for the record. “The word ‘Ùrlar’ literally translates as ‘ground’ or ‘foundation’,” she says. “Our basis of what we set out for, we were all going to go back to our roots to collect some material, or write some new material, but [to] have a bit of inspiration from folk back home.” Perhaps Breabach’s most distinctive feature is a jaunty use of bagpipes, but Ùrlar isn’t stylistically limited. The record is split between instrumentals and songs featuring vocals from one of the band’s three singers (Henderson, bagpipe/bouzouki player Callum MacCrimmon and guitarist Ewan Robertson). There’s vocal harmonies sung in Scottish Gaelic, traditional country leanings and even some foreboding medieval sounds. “It’s quite varied,” says Henderson, “and it’s good

because it’s got a little bit of all of us in it. There’s a lot of our own material in it this time, music that we’ve all written.” In recent years ‘folk’ has become a marketing buzzword, reaching a point where basically anyone handling an acoustic guitar can be tagged a folk singer. Sure, folk artists do primarily play acoustic instruments, but ‘folk’ and ‘acoustic’ are by no means synonymous. Anyhow, despite Breabach’s endeavour to authentically correspond with folk traditions, Henderson isn’t dismissive of the mainstream folkies. “I think it’s great that, whatever these bands are doing, that they’re doing their thing. It might not be the most traditional representation of folk music. There’s so much folk music that you can’t really pinpoint what is or what isn’t folk music. Just that people even know the word, that’s pretty cool.” Breabach’s submersion in the history of Scottish music has earned them accolades such as Folk Band of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2012 and support from BBC Radio 2. However, their

rising profile hasn’t prompted a commercial sound makeover. “I think we’re all too laidback to be bothered about anything like that,” says Henderson. “We’re just doing our thing and we’ll make a record to showcase what we’re doing. It’s more like a wee archive for ourselves, to look back on what we did.” Regardless of these modest ambitions, Breabach has been charming audiences around the world for almost a decade now. The group were in Australia just a few months ago and they’ll be back again this week for a range of festival appearances. The quintet’s live show is a highly interactive affair that invites the audience to contribute to the overall experience. “If you want to just sit back and enjoy the music that’s great but if you want to join in on a chorus or two of a song and learn a bit of a Scots song or a bit of Gaelic, a bit of pipe imitation, you can feel free,” says

Henderson. “We like to see a good response and have a good rapport with our audience. We don’t really want to go in and just be playing to a brick wall. We want to see that you’re interacting and that the music is getting across to people.” Indeed, Breabach’s music is a true representation of their country’s folk traditions but, more importantly, it communicates with the folks of today. “We’re all very respectful of traditional music,” says Henderson, “and we all know where we’re from and know our roots and our traditional music. But the music progresses.”

Finally, Goksin goes into more depth about the passion that drove the idea for this festival and that is the music! “I selected the bands from who had playing at Claypots for the last six years. In a way they are my friends and my team so they have come on board lovingly and they want to see this festival grow as a jazz and seafood street festival for the city of Melbourne.” He now goes into some depth on the acts Gil Askey & Friends, Shuffle Club, Margie Lou and The Paul Williamson Hammond Combo. “Gil Askey is turning 88 years old. He is an American fellow who has worked with Motown Records, he has arranged for Ray Charles and other big names. He has a high profile in the trumpet world. He will come and play the trumpet and sing What A Wonderful World and

coming from an 88-year-old master of his instrument it is really meaningful. “Margie Lou is playing with a quartet and she very much has a very New Orleans sound,” he says. “The Paul Williamson Hammond Combo has had a residency at The Rainbow Hotel for 20 years – so you get that really warm ‘70s Hammond sound – it is a lot of fun to dance to!” And then with chuckle Goksin reveals that there will also be an Elvis impersonator, “he’s not really jazz but he’s from that area!”

BREABACH play Port Fairy Folk Music Festival from Friday March 7 –  Monday March 10. They also hit up the Brunswick Music Festival at Brunswick Town Hall on Tuesday March 11 and Caravan Music Club on Friday March 28.

PORT PHILLIP MUSSEL FESTIVAL By Dan Watt New Orleans is a highly romanticised city depicted as the home of smoky and sensual jazz but also raging street parties and to die for seafood. There is nothing quite like it, particularly here in Melbourne. Well, the team that established and operates Claypots (St Kilda) and Claypots Evening Star (South Melbourne) is changing that by throwing this city’s first mussel and jazz festival that is taking place at South Melbourne Market. “These days jazz music doesn’t really work that well in a club, it does work outdoor on the streets because it is people’s music. So we are getting Melbourne’s jazz scene out of the clubs and putting it on the street where it belongs!” enthuses festival organiser and owner of Claypots, Renan Goksin. “The idea for the jazz festival grew up on us; it started with Port Phillip Mussel Festival to celebrate the mussel and the idea for jazz seemed easy and natural. We chose a wonderful local product like mussels that we will be selling in buckets for $4 and it will go really well with the jazz music,” explains Goksin. The Port Phillip Mussel Festival is taking place this Saturday March 8 and Sunday March 9 with entertainment and mussels available from 12 noon until 11pm. There will be two stages, one out the front of Claypots Morning Star and the other stage further down York St that will be closed for the festival.

“The corner of Cecil and York Streets will be the headquarters where we will have one stage set up there and I will be using mussels from the bay – this stage will be called Mount Martha stage and the Port Arlington stage – to represent the local areas that the mussels are from. We will close the street and there will be some roaming musicians and improv-like theatre happening as well. We have a parade of body builders as a cheeky play on the theme of mussels to muscles. We are looking for very fun, convivial family entertainment. Non-stop entertainment,” say Goksin. Speaking of the mussels, there will be many buckets on offer as the other eateries at South Melbourne Market take part in the festivities. “I am doing a lemon grass ginger marinade on the mussels, and because other eateries at South Melbourne Market have come on board as well, each of us will be doing different flavours. I would also like to do mussel chowder!”

PORT PHILLIP MUSSEL FESTIVAL 2014 is happening from 12pm to 11pm on Saturday March 8 and Sunday March 9. Visit South Melbourne Market for more info or call Claypots Evening Star on (03) 9645 5779.

MICHELANGELO RUSSO versus HUGO RACE Michelangelo asks Hugo: How long have we been playing together? We both moved to Melbourne about the same time, (well, I came back for a while and you moved here indefinitely) exactly 20 years ago. You had that studio in Fitzroy and we jammed some afternoons in the paint fumes and began elaborating songs that became the True Spirit album, Valley of Light. What kind of music is it that we do? It’s a mix of songwriting and electronics and it started in True Spirit but without Brett and Bryan on drums and bass we can venture into very abstract places and basically cook acid soup with the synths and loops, everything is in it, like minestrone on steroids.  Is it a new thing? Maybe it’s a strange hybrid that adds up to something futuristic that we couldn’t know about if we didn’t try it. Each duo gig seems to explore deeper

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into what’s possible and even better, the impossible Will there be more of these gigs? Melbourne and the east coast need more wild electric sounds like nothing heard before on your street very soon and we can do that, so why not? Hugo asks Michelangelo: What is your favourite instrument? The one I don’t have. How did you start playing music and why? When I was 12 I bought my first harmonica and my first easel. Those two things have ever since been twinkled together in an inseparable kind of way. I think that’s when things got a bit confused in my head and now I can’t play music as a “real” musician does, but rather “paint” music with instruments. In the same way sound is very important in my paintings … my latest exhibition was called Silence.

Do you prefer music or painting? Either, both, always…together! The more the better!

Who is your favourite Italian music act? Sacri Cuori – naturalmente.

What is your favourite meal? At the moment I love to cook and eat Involtini di Pesce Spada (Sword Fish Involtini) Sicilian recipe.

Catch MICHELANGELO RUSSO and HUGO RACE at the B.East Thursday March 5.

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With Emily Kelly: ek1984@gmail.com Well we can all check off Soundwave from our 2014 calendar. Time to draw a bath and submerge our aching eardrums in warm, suddy water for a while and enjoy that surreal peace that only a dense, velvety blanket of H2O can provide. Though I didn’t see as many bands at Soundwave as I’d have liked, I did catch a fraction of Green Day’s set. I spent the entire 20 minutes pondering what it must be like to live as an eternal manchild, to reach superstardom in your formative years (you know the ones wherein you reckon it’s heaps funny to call your new album ‘Dookie’ and sing about beating off ), and spend eternity thereafter reliving, reviving, re-enacting what was only meant to be a fleeting moment in your youth. This is not meant to serve as an indictment on the band or album at all. Dookie is still one of the best punk albums of all time. But when Billie Joe Armstrong makes his audience of 50,000 pause to sing Happy Birthday to his 19-year-old son, you can’t help but reflect on how old he actually is and how he might feel about still singing a song he penned haphazardly 22 years ago (was quietly chuffed when 2,000 Light Years Away was included in the setlist, but then, at three hours long, what wasn’t going to be included?). One of the most promising new bands to arise from Melbourne in recent months, Ceres, have announced the release date for their new album I Don’t Want To Be Anywhere But Here via Hobbledehoy Records on Friday April 4. They’ll also tour in support of the release, hitting the John Curtin Hotel on Friday March 21, Karova Lounge in Ballarat on Sunday March 23 and Reverence Hotel on Friday March 28. Break The Ice has announced its spectacular lineup for the weekend 10 and 11 May 2014. Ringworm will headline the weekend at Lilydale Showground, with an international headliner TBC and appearances from Mindsnare, Foundation, Twitch No Tongues, Disgrace, Iron Mind, I Exist, Endless Heights, Warbrain, Shackles, Blkout, Outright, Starvation, Legions, Colossus, Mood Swing, Manhunt, Downside and Born Free. Tickets are available now via Oztix. As usual it will be an all ages, drug and alcohol free event. If you’re feelin’ bummed about the cancellation of Push Over, go drown your sorrows in the almighty lineup that Jacknife and Poison City have put together for ‘Push ON’ fest. Go see The Smith Street Band, The Bennies, Luca Brasi, Max

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CORE GIG GUIDE THURSDAY MARCH 6: Death Audio, Head Filled Attraction, Transience at Next FRIDAY MARCH 7: Boris The Blade, Electrik Dynamite, Crowned Kings, Atlantic, No Vacancy at The Evelyn SixFtHick, Bad Vision, Space Junk at The Old Bar SATURDAY MARCH 8: Wil Wagner, Max Stern, Pinch Hitter at The Reverence Hotel Down to Nothing, Piece By Piece, Relentless, Warbrain, Starvation, Frozen Over, Mood Swing, Colossus, Machine Genova, Proclaim at Phoenix Youth Center Stories at Bang We Disappear, As A Rival, The Controllers, James Avent at Revolver Golden Plains Festival Doom, Cripple Bastards, Jig Al at the Corner Hotel Stories, To Light Atlantis, Surrender The Throne at Bang Bodies, River Of Snakes at The Tote Speed Demons, Death Valley, Road Ratz, Australian Kingswood Factory, Chaingun at The Bendigo Hotel SUNDAY MARCH 9: Max Stern, Pinch Hitter at The Old Bar Down To Nothing, Piece By Piece at The Reverence Hotel Stories at Wrangler Studios Golden Plains Jiig Al, Filth, Pissbolt, Buirst and more at The Bendigo MONDAY MARCH 10: The Smith Street Band, The Bennies, Luca Brasi, Max Goes To Hollywood, Max Stern, Rockenspiele at Phoenix Youth Centre Goes To Hollywood, Max Stern and Rockenspiele at the Phoenix Youth Centre in Footscray for a measly $20 on Monday 10 March.

SOUNDWAVE 2014: WHOA

Soundwave week is now but a drunken blissful hazy memory. I caught a few Sidewaves during the week (all coincidentally at The Palace): Baroness/Gojira/Mastodon, Mushroomhead/Rob Zombie/Korn, and Walking Papers/ Down/Alice In Chains. It’s hard to pick a favourite because they all kicked arse in their own way, but the sheer entertainment value of Rob Zombie’s set seemed to push Korn up to a new level. And it was great to see Duff McKagan and members of Living Colour join Down onstage for an epic jam (concluded by Phil Anselmo singing “And she’s buuuuying a stair-fucking-way to… heaven.” And Soundwave itself was of course amazing as always. My personal highlight was probably the mighty Gwar for all sorts of reasons, some of them musical and some of them purely related to the over-the-top blood-and-gutsness of it all. What where your favourites?

NEW MARTY FRIEDMAN ALBUM: AWESOME

I’ve just got me an advance copy of former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman’s new solo album, Inferno, and it’s freaking amazing. It’s his first solo album of original material in four years and his first recording in more than a decade that will be released worldwide simultaneously (in the last week of May). It includes guest appearances by several artists influenced by Marty including Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom), Danko Jones, flamenco/metal acoustic duo Rodrigo y Gabriela and Revocation’s David Davidson. The album also includes Marty’s first songwriting collaboration with Jason Becker since the pair played together in Cacophony. And that’s not the only Cacophony link: Marty’s playing throughout the album is at a level of shredsmanship not heard from him since his Cacophony days, and that’s really saying something.

CONQUERING DYSTOPIA ALBUM OUT MARCH 10

Conquering Dystopia, the new band featuring guitarists Keith Merrow and Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore), bass player Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse) and drummer Alex Rüdinger (The Faceless) will release their 12-track selftitled debut album on Monday March 10.

OBSCENE EXTREME FESTIVAL

The Obscene Extreme festival is at The Reverence Hotel and The Corner Hotel, from Friday March 7 – Sunday March 9. Since its birth in 1999, over 500 bands have played Obscene Extreme Festival from almost every corner of the world, bringing with them a horde of diehard extreme music fans from across Europe and beyond to its home base in the Czech Republic. The list of bands is huge, and the sheer number of spiky logos is staggering to behold.

AND! BUT! ALSO! OBSCENE EXTREME AFTER PARTY

The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood has a huge event on Sunday March 9 kicking off at 4pm: the Obscene Extreme after-party featuring Jig Al[Czech], Filth, Pissbolt, Burst, Asbestosisis, Terror Strike, Blight Worms, Atomic Death Squad and Vile Specimen.

DANNY THRASH JOINS MOTHERSLUG

Motherslug are now 20% sexier after having recruited new guitarist Danny Thrash, who is mostly known for his breakneck drumming in Queensland old school punk band Vicious, being bassist for local rockers 180 Proof and combing his beard. A multi-instrumentalist, he now finds himself playing guitar in a style that is heavily influenced by Sabbath-esque early ‘70s metal as well as the recent wave of retro/stoner/doom bands. Catch Motherslug at The Bendigo Hotel on March 22 with The High Drifters (EP launch), Borrachero and Turqminus. First 50 punters through the door get a free digital copy of Motherslug’s self-titled EP.

WES HAUCH LEAVES THE FACELESS

Speaking of The Faceless alumni, guitarist Wes Hauch has just stepped aside from the band to join reactivated deathcore project Glass Casket, featuring Between the Buried and Me drummer Blake Richardson and guitarist Dustie Waring. There were rumours that The Faceless bassist Evan Brewer was leaving the band but they’ve confirmed that he’s staying on, and they’re plowing ahead with an album of new material, shelving plans for a covers album at this time.

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WEDNESDAY MARCH 5 ALTAN

Over 25 years of playing together, Altan have established themselves as one of the most important live acts to play traditional Irish music in Ireland and on the world stage. They have played their music in some of the most prestigious venues in the world: The Sydney Opera House, The Hollywood Bowl, The Royal Albert Hall, The Alte Opera Frankfurt, The Greek Theatre Los Angeles and many, many more. They have played music and recorded with The Chieftains, Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, and Ricky Skaggs to name but a few. The band have gained gold and platinum status in Ireland with their record sales and have won numerous awards in the music business as one of the most popular bands playing traditional folk and world music. You can catch them at the Brunswick Town Hall this Wednesday March 5 and Thursday March 6 as a part of the Brunswick Music Festival. Support from Jenny M. Thomas & the System. Tickets $55, doors 8pm.

MOUSTACHE ANT

The Moustache Ant lads are marching to the Bendigo Hotel on Wedesnday March 5 to give you a big dose of mid-week madness. Joining them on the line up will be Clint Flick, The Nuremberg Code and Socially Handicapped. If that’s not enough to cream the jeans, entry is only $8, doors open at 8pm.

CAT CANTERI’S ELECTRIC BAND

Stepping out from behind the drum kit to the front of stage with a guitar in her hands, singer-songwriter, and multiinstrumentalist Cat Canteri (The Stillsons) will be putting her new electric band through it’s paces in the front bar, every Wednesday in March. Canteri has been busy putting the finishing touches on her debut solo album, which has been produced by ARIA award-winning Craig Pilkington (Archie Roach, Gurrumul, Killjoys), and will be releasing the album later in the year. Head down to The Retreat from 7.30pm to get in on all the action.

MATT HARRISON AND ANDRE McMILLAN The freshest offering to the Revolver Bandroom and Colonel Tan’s is the new ‘The Acoustic Sessions’ dining experience, where you can pull up a seat at a table in the front room (or a couch if you prefer) and enjoy some relaxed tunes from an array of Melbourne and Australia’s finest acoustic artists week in, week out. All whilst enjoying the large number of choices from the Colonel Tan’s Thai Restaurant menu. For the month of March Revolver is having a Peninsula invasion with the crew from 100% Entertainment providing audiences with a variety of singer-songwriters varying across genres from blues to folk to pop. Head down and see the very best in what the Mornington Peninsula has to offer. Doors at 6.30pm, acts start 7pm.

THE TASTE OF INDIE COLLECTIVE Taking up residency upstairs at the Slow Club at The Tote Hotel on Wednesday nights in March is The Taste of Indie Collective. This week featuring solo singer/songwriter/guitarist Will Corner and the fantastic indie rock trio Lazybones with brilliant guitarist Rhys Jones. Both will be doing two sets of original material on the night so there will be a great opportunity to get a taste of these artists. Every week The Taste of Indie Collective will feature two acts. Stay tuned to their Facebook page, facebook.com/TheTasteOfIndieCollective for some very special guests who will be appearing along the way. It’s Indie Wednesday at The Tote Slow Club for the whole month of March so march on down and hear some of the best original music made in Melbourne.

THE BRUNSWICK HOTEL’S OPEN MIC Hosted by Brodie, whether you play a comedian, poet, musician or dancer, you are welcome here at the Brunny Every Wednesday for The Brunny’s Open Mic Night. Register from 7pm onwards. The Timeslot Raffle  is drawn out at 7:30pm. Get in early to ensure you get a spot! $10 Jugs of Boags Draught all night, for those needing liquid courage...

DON FERNANDO

The boys will be bringing every ounce of heavyweight stoner ‘riffage’ they have to Cherry, having just opened for Clutch on their Soundwave tour! Late 2013 saw the boys pushing their ‘high octane stoner tunes’ to a new audience, playing numerous festival and club shows around South America. And now they have returned to home soil to record a new album, and share their uber tight, and punchy live shows with their Australian audiences once again. Don Fernando play a Wednesdays in March residency at the legendary Cherry Bar with supports this week Seedy Jeezus and Child. Doors 6pm, Free entry with live music from 9pm to 11pm. DJ Mermaid plays till 3am.

THURSDAY MARCH 6 ANTONIO SERRANO

World-renowned Spanish harmonica genius Antonio Serrano presents his brand new one man show. The show effortlessly criss-crosses between the genres of classical, jazz, blues, pop, world and flamenco. Antonio plays an eclectic repertoire of his own unique arrangements of melodies from film themes to folk melodies, Bach to Bacharach, as well as his own original compositions. As each song is accompanied by its own story, the maestro invites you into his life for one unforgettable night in a personal and intimate setting. Catch him at the Mechanics Institute Performing Arts Centre this Thursday March 6 from 7.30pm. Tickets $32.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY AT THE BENDIGO Women rule. So does rock ‘n’ roll. In honour of International Women’s Day, a rad line-up of (mostly) ladies takes to the stage to celebrate lady-ness. Long Holiday’s ‘90s grunge will have you regretting not wearing a flannie,The Reprobettes’ all-girl delinquent troupe promise ‘60s garage rock with style, Ewe Ewe are sure to crank up the fun with their jangly jams, and The Dreamboats’ date-pop will make you want to pay for their dinner. Thursday March 6 at the Bendigo.

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Our guitarist does not own a guitar amp or any pedals. Basically at every gig he pretends that something’s wrong with his gear so that he can borrow a half decent piece of equipment, rather than use the shitty solid state Marshall he’s been lent. None of the band members live in the same suburb in Melbourne. I guess we are band of misfits including interstate wieners, coastal hippies, country bumpkins, Brunswick hipsters, suburban babes and of course, Italian/Sri Lankans. On an Australian tour we were chased by a van full of drunken angry customers in the middle of nowhere, Wolf Creek style. After a slight altercation caused by their stupidity, the van sped through oncoming traffic to catch us and proceeded to tailgate us for a minimum of 30 minutes After the third night of excessive partying in Sydney, we all assessed it was time to call it a night…but accidentally left Lili in the city, 20 minutes away from our accommodation. Carting around six members can get a bit crazy at times, we probably should have a roll call system. In Canberrra our bassist drank Phil Jamieson’s (for those who don’t know or care, Grinspoon’s lead singer) rider and ate his meat platter. Going hungry is a pretty standard feature of being in a band that tours a lot, so lesson learned. Don’t leave meat platters or Coronas lying around if you don’t want them eaten.

ANIMAL HOSPITAL 

This Thursday night at Bar Open is shaping to be a cracker! The Aesthetics are a gripping car-crash of wilful stupidity into the shiny 21st smartypants musical universe, a wideeyed kindergarten of playground punk rock. Their recent LP Ugly Ambition is already two or three lineups ago, always Matt Middleton (Crude) on vocals, guitar, sax, and in recent years Edie Stevens on bass. This is the debut gig with their new drummer James (ex Total Control). Joining them are Ghost Gums who are Ian Wadley (Bird Blobs) Samaan Fieck (Where Were You At Lunch) on guitars and Kishore Ryan (Kid Sam) on drums; they string out a slow-motion replay of every song ever written, like a garbage compactor shows you how to make automobiles. Their live LP cassette Vertical Slum is now on Vacant Valley.  Headliner Animal Hospital is a one man orchestra of sounds built up from scratch, taking a guitar and various things to tap, knock, twiddle, and scratch. All this from 8pm.

LOUISE ADAMS BAND

Powerfully feminine vocals; husky, smoky and smooth, combined with original blues, rock, folk, country and soulinspired guitar rhythms and lyrics. Compared to amazing vocalists Grace Slick, Florence Welch and Patti Smith; compliments Louise modestly brushes aside, but nevertheless hold some truth. Louise is wowing audiences throughout SA, Victoria, NSW and as far as Colombia, UK and New York! Recently at Adelaide Fringe, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Bendigo Blues Roots Festival, and Frances Folk Gathering. Has supported Mia Dyson, Jeff Lang, Luke Legs and more! Playing with full band - stomping double bass, drums, and lead guitar licks; don’t miss the anticipated launch of Louise’s debut self-titled EP this Thursday at The Retreat. Support from The Naysayers and Melody.

SUZANNE KINSELLA

With a poetic grit reminiscent of PJ Harvey, singersongwriter and bass player, Suzanne Kinsella, is a true gem within the world of modern pop. Wielding a freight train of sophisticated writing, luscious musical arrangements and consistent live performances, Suzanne is redefining the musical landscape for Australian female musicians daring to tread a little further south of ‘indie’ borders. Suzanne has worked with a plethora of artists including, Gotye, Deborah Conway, Dallas Frasca, Jess McAvoy, Liz Stringer, Woohoo Revue and Sabrina and the Red Vans. Supported by the brooding and velvety tones of singer-songwriter Brooke Russell and Country Folk and Blues warriors, Queen and Convict. She plays The Old Bar on Thursday night at 8.30pm for only $8

IAIN ARCHIBALD BAND

The Iain Archibald Band is a fresh, exciting and entertaining country-rock local four piece fronted by singer, song-writer and lead guitarist Iain Archibald, who has been penning and playing his unique blend of country lyrics and rock grooves since 2009. Iain’s style has been likened to artists such as Keith Urban, Zac Brown, Bryan Adams and The Eagles. The band released its debut 7-track EP Dirty in August 2013 to positive acclaim and received air play in both Australia and the USA. Iain and his band have played such iconic venues as The Forum Theatre, Federation Square and The Gershwin Room. They will be playing alongside the legendary Kevin Borich Express at Fawkner’s Musicland on Thursday March 6. Doors at 7.30pm and entry is $20.

THE SWEETHEARTS

Cherry’s infamous Thursday Soul in the Basement welcomes back The Sweethearts at 10pm which also marks the first Thursday of their last Thursday of the Month Residency. Be sure to head down and see the monstrous 27-piece all-girl all-teen soul act from Motor City Geetroit live in action! DJs Vince Peach and Pierre Baroni late, $10 from 8pm till 5am.

ANIMAUX

To kick off their 2014, Animaux (pronounced an-ee-mo) have just announced another one of their famous residencies at Melbourne’s Evelyn Hotel. Animaux had a massive 2013, being handpicked to open for the Cat Empire on four occasions, playing three month-long headline residencies at the Evelyn Hotel to an unprecedentedly packed band room every week, blowing audiences away at St Kilda Festival and appearing at Inca Roads Music Festival, as well as the inaugural Paradise and NYE On The Hill festivals. Now the ‘Maux think it’s time to come back to their favourite venue for yet another month’s worth of killer shows, featuring some of Australia’s finest talent week in and week out.

TWIN AGES

Twin Ages putting on another shindig at the Brunny with a great back line with The Groves a must see, Big Head Ella a Melbourne favourite and Stone Desert with their Big Bang Sound! $3 schooners, $5 basics, the only place for great live music and getting half cut on a Thursday night. 8pm and free entry, you can’t go wrong!

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FRIDAY MARCH 7 MIKELANGELO AND THE BIGMOUTH CHOIR Award winning singer and performer extraordinaire Mikelangelo steps into the hallowed ground of Brunswick Uniting Church to perform his favourite hymns and gospel songs. Unplugged and acapella, with neither microphone nor band, Mikelangelo will unfurl his remarkable bass baritone, making full use of the beautiful acoustics of the church. He will interpret gospel classics made famous by Paul Robeson, Sam Cooke and Elvis Presley, as well singing a collection of his own compositions, some of which will have their international premiere at this show. Also on the bill is Bigmouth Choir, who will fill the church with harmony and will join Mikelangelo for a magnificent finale. Catch him at Brunswick Uniting Church from 8pm on Friday March 7 as a part of the Brunswick Music Festival. Tickets $25.

MAMA KIN

ARIA nominee, Mama Kin is part raconteur and all-out entertainer. Created at the junction where strength meets vulnerability, Mama Kin’s music oozes soulfulness. Unafraid to mine the depths of the human condition, Mama Kin taps raw emotions, fears and insecurities, pushing the boundaries of self- expression. Her critically acclaimed sophomore album The Magician’s Daughter followed on from the warcry that was her debut Beat and Holler, firmly solidifying Mama Kin’s reputation as a purveyor of foot-stomping bass lines and ballads of open-hearted tenderness. Winner of the WAM Award for Folk Act of the Year and shortlisted for the Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition, Mama Kin has shared stages nationally and internationally with the likes of The Cat Empire, Ani di Franco, Gurrumul, The Waifs and John Butler Trio. As mischievous as she is charming, Mama Kin is renowned for her stirring live shows, where storytelling, intimacy and community reign. She’ll be playing the Brunswick Town Hall on Friday March 7 as a part of the Brunswick Music Festival. Tickets $28.

On  Friday March 7  at Northcote Social Club,  Mustered Courage  will break down another wall of genre scepticism when they perform two contrasting sets of original material, back to back. The first set will feature standard bluegrass instrumentation: acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin and double bass. This will be followed by an unconventional electric set fuelled by telecasters, drums, electric bass, lap steel guitar, and keyboards. The band will perform under the pseudonym  Crusty  Mustard  during the electric set and will rock a selection of Mustered Courage material like  a southern rock, honky-tonk, bluegrass cyborg: think if  Bill Monroe, Lynard Skynard, and Spinal Tap had a love child and it started performing Mustered Courage songs.

THE STIFFYS

Melbourne rock and roll two-piece The Stiffys will play for free at The Public Bar on Friday night  to celebrate the release of their new single Boogie Boarding. The success of their national Champagne single tour late last year earned them the support slot for “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! “ star David Liebe Hart’s Australian tour, followed by mini tours to Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide. In their off-time the band began filming and selling exercise videotapes on eBay and ran an uninvited fundraiser for Fitzroy’s The Old Bar. DJ Nick Pratt joins them on the bill. Free entry, doors 8.30pm.

JOHN CITIZEN

John Citizen are a band making pop music straight out of lower-middle-class Melbourne. Forming quietly in early 2013, the lads from John Citizen subsequently spent the next year or so writing their debut EP which they will be launching on Friday March 7 at The Workers Club. Featuring members past and present of Sex on Toast, Powerfuck and The Call Up, John Citizen are finally ready to unleash an allout assault of hook-driven anthems, Brian Wilson-inspired harmony and generally pretty decent songwriting onto the (probably somewhat suspecting) masses of Melbourne and beyond. John Citizen are a band for the everyman, the everywoman, and the everyday.

THE KEYTAR KIDS

What do you get when you put a rock supergroup on stage with just 49 mini-keys, six tone banks and a pitch-bend wheel? You get three kooky haired youngsters who call themselves The Keytar Kids. Join the boys for a AA-battery-powered show that will take you on a funky journey into the world of the ‘keytar’ - the love-child of the guitar and keyboard. The boys from The Keytar Kids will strap on their axes to launch their debut EP Snappy. Fresh. New. at Bar Open this Friday night. The opening act will be the wonderful Jude Perl. Doors 10pm, free entry.

DAVID BRIDIE

David Bridie hits the road again across February and March with performances that mix up the old and new – songs from his 2013 release, Wake, as well as some gems from his extensive back catalogue in film and music. To mark the tour Bridie has released a new music video for single Shortest Day of The Year which was shot in L.A. by director Catriona McKenzie of Satellite Boy. The LA-based editor Sara Mineo of Game of Thrones fame lent her magic touch in the editing suite, and the clip stars Haskell Vaughn Anderson III, side kick to Jean-Claude Van Damme in his 1989 film Kickboxer. With a veritable who’s who of the film world getting involved in the music videos for Wake it seems Julianne Moore will not be the only new high profile fan to jump on the Bridie bandwagon. This is the third clip in a series of filmic music videos produced for Wake, which included the award-winning video for Delegate (winner of the Nevada International Film Festival award for best music video and nominated Guild Award). The Clip for Shortest Day of The Year ponders the last day of a life, the day you die, the sweet in the bitter, memories from the gamut of a life’s experience. Catch Bridie at the Port Fairy Music Festival from Friday March 7 – Tuesday March 11 and at the Brunswick Music Festival on Friday March 14.

MACHINA GENOVA

Five piece hardcore metal band Machina Genova hailing from Canberra, are in Melbourne this week on their East Coast tour and are playing at Playground with Human Ruins, Fever Teeth, Removalist, Outposts. Doors at 8pm and tix are $10. Sweet!

MIKHAEL PASKALEV

With his sparkling folk-pop and indie soul croon, Mikhael Paskalev is the best thing to come out of Oslo since fjörds – and now he’s coming to Australia. The charismatic singer/ songwriter will be making his very first visit to our shores in March 2014. A hit in Norway upon its release and a triple j fave in Oz, I Spy has been viewed over 1.6 million times on YouTube and Vimeo so far – not to mention lauded by sites like Hype Machine and The Huffington Post. Paskalev is set to bring his super catchy, pop with a twist to Australia this March. He’ll be stopping off at Howler on Friday March 7. Tickets available through the venue.

DJ MURO

One of Japan’s most prolific and well respected hip hop artists, a producer, a DJ, a designer and record store owner, DJ Muro hits the Espy this Friday night! Well known for digging for old records in order to (re)create new ones, he has been active since the late 80s when he formed a group with that other Japanese icon, DJ Krush. His King Of Diggin’ mix tape series are the stuff of legends. Originally on tape and later on CD, the mixtapes collected rare funk, jazz and other styles as sampled in hip hop productions. This was all back in the days before entire label discographies could be downloaded at 1 mb/s via the web. The compilations were characterized by impeccable mixing, great selections and a true b-boy aesthetic. DJ Muro is the undisputed king of Diggin’ in Japan but respected globally. Check out this true digger of obscure breaks and samples, rare funk, jazz and some other serious Afro funk nuggets when he tours Australia for the first time this March playing sets exclusively on 7” vinyl. Free entry. Special guests TBA.

CHILD

Heavy Judy presents  Child. Three piece Stoner Blues local outfit who have been spraying their fuzz across the countryside since late 2012. Some say there were born from Jackals, others say they are the result of the Institution. The truth is they are a bunch of long haired scallywags who have a fetish for perforated eardrums. They play the Retreat Hotel on Friday March 7 with support from White Summer and DJ Shaky Memorial til 3am. 

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Toe-tapping cowboy tunes? Sea shanties? Dark folk ballads? Adelaide’s Brillig are storytellers from another time artfully blending all this and more. Featuring vocal harmonies and a fine array of instruments, their eclectic combination of styles has seen them referenced with Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen, The Decemberists and The Pogues (to name a few). Equally at home in Germany’s State Theatre Leipzig, the folk circuits of Australia and New Zealand or the clubs of Berlin and Prague. Catch Brillig as they bring their distinct sound to The Yarra Hotel Abbotsford this Friday March 7. Free entry, music 9pm followed by DJ Convict till late.

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Hark! The weekend of March 7 – 9 2014 marks the fifth annual Melbourne Ukulele Festival. From Friday 7pm to Sunday midnight there’s great fun, loads of activity and non-stop ukulele - free and ticketed concerts, markets, merchandise, and workshops for everyone from beginners to experienced players. Book early to avoid disappointment to see over 80 performers, local and international, at venues dotted around Ruckers Hill. Venues include the Northcote Town Hall, Wesley Anne, Bar 303, Open Studio and Shellac Gallery.

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So then, what’s the band name and what do you ‘do’ in the band? My name is Darcy Fox and I am a soloist singer/songwriter. I play guitar, sing and use a loop pedal. What do you reckon people will say you sound like? In the past I have been likened to a female Ed Sheeran (world’s biggest compliment!) What do you love about making music? The way that I am able to work out my own feelings and share my stories through my songs and that indescribable feeling I get when I get to perform on stage. What do you hate about the music industry? I hate that it can be so hard for independent artists to get recognition and exposure. If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why? I wouldn’t have to travel in time because lucky for me they’re still alive but I would love to show Ed Sheeran my stuff (I’m a huge fan). He is one of the most phenomenal performers I have ever seen and since his live show I have been striving to improve myself so that one day I might be able to put on a show so entertaining! He is also an incredible songwriter. If you could assassinate one person or band from popular music, who would it and why? Robin Thicke! Blurred Lines really should not exist. What can a punter expect from your live show? Original acoustic songs with a lot of looping and some fast paced lyrics. What’ve you got to sell CD-wise? I’ve got an album that I released in 2012 that’s made up of 13 original songs. When’s the gig and with who? It’s on Monday March 10 with the other regional finalists Alkali Fly (Croydon), Baking Blind (Dingley), Residual (Geelong), Listerdale (Wodonga), The Rims (Alphington), Bel Air (Ballarat), Worship The Fallen (Mildura) and Great John Himself (Airport West). With headlining acts Remi, Allday and The Smith Street Band. Anything else to add? You don’t wanna miss this gig, all of bands are amazing and I have a feeling it’s going to be an awesome day.

OBSCENE EXTREME

Since the birth of Obscene Extreme back in 1999 exactly 643 bands will have played the Obscene Extreme festival. These bands have come from almost every corner of the globe and have attracted hordes of diehard extreme music fans from all over Europe and well beyond its home base in the Czech Republic. What brings the fans to Obscene Extreme is more than the wide selection of underground grindcore, crust, punk, death, thrash, hardcore and almost every underground style in between, but also the incredible atmosphere, the DIY ethic and the true spirit of community. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or who you are, everyone is the same when you’re in the pit! Headlining the event this year at the Reverence Hotel on Friday March 7 is Cripple Bastards from Italy and Jig-Ai from the Czech Republic. Doors 5pm and entry is $36.

LIFE PATH

This show is a Life Path gig dedicated to Matty Wheeldon who suddenly passed away on  February 14 . Matty loved his music and the bands playing on the night including Boris the Blade, Electrik Dynamite, Crowned Kings, Atlantic and his favourite cover band No Vacancy all of whom were good friends of Matt.  They were bands he ALWAYS went to see. They play The Evelyn on March 7.

SATURDAY MARCH 8 THE GROWLERS

Californian, tinkling porch crooners, The Growlers will be hitting the East Coast of Australia, along with fellow Californians, Tomorrows Tulips. It’s always summer for both of these budding groups, The Growlers’ upbeat melodies and dynamic instrumentals infuse a certain sense of youthful charm, hell-bent on making your body move. Meanwhile, Tomorrows Tulips focus on the dreamy psychedelic side of the spectrum. Tomorrows Tulips’ laid-back, surf tunes are hanging with good vibes and clouded with ‘60s and ‘70s influences, stemming from lead man and pro surfer, Alex Knost’s submergence in the surfing subculture. Having started Tomorrows Tulips with his girlfriend back in 2009, they’ve released two albums, an EP and a bunch of singles. They’ve toured Europe and America extensively with The Growlers, racking up a cult following of kids and creeps along the way and soon, we’ll be lucky enough to catch them side by side on this upcoming Australian tour. Laced with a psychedelic circus of surf, sex, hobo trance and boom boom twang, The Growlers and Tomorrows Tulips will make for one hell of a high and you can see them on Saturday March 8 at The Tote Hotel.

DJ YODA

After taking over the Espy back in January, DJ Yoda returns with his tongue-in-cheek mixing style that prompted Q Magazine to declare him “one of the ten DJs to see before you die,” whilst Hip Hop Connection voted him “one of the top three DJs in the world.” From hip-hop beginnings, DJ Yoda has evolved in the past ten years, using his turntable skills and diverse influences, as varied as funk, b-more, Kuduro, reggae, drum‘n’bass and even big band swing and country and western, to make unashamed party music. He can be found cutting the Indiana Jones theme with wooferworrying dubstep or The Muppet Theme with MIA. His shows are peppered with film, TV and YouTube samples and visuals that lift his sets to new and stratospheric heights. Don’t miss out this Friday March 8 at The Espy.

SPEED DEMONS

Speed Demons is a balls-out, hard rockin’ three piece that sounds like Lemmy fronting Rose Tattoo (with a little bit of Lobby thrown in for good measure). Many of the songs are about Smeer’s car and there’s a healthy dose of humour in tracks like Mr. Potato Head’s Mid-Life Crisis and Terracotta Jesus. Joining 'em this Saturday night at The Bendigo are Death Valley from Sydney, road ratz, Australian Kingswood Factory and Chaingun for a night of hi octane rockabilly and rock 'n' roll radness. Doors open at 8pm. Entry is $10.

FINGERBONE

The past few years have seen a huge resurgence in the sounds of Appalachia. Bluegrass is back, and in a big way. Fingerbone Bill are purveyors of this Appalachian sound, but not in the way of the Mumford method. This lot play with the heart and vitality that defines the greats of the genre. It’s country, bluegrass, hokum and old time, and it’s damn good fun. Catch Fingerbone Bill this Saturday night at the Drunken Poet from 9pm.

Set for their album launch with Bugdust and My Left Boot, Dead City Ruins are ready to hit the infamous Cherry Bar stage this Saturday night. Doors 5pm, $13 door for bands from 8pm, then $10 from 11pm for DJ Mary M till 5am. Dead City Ruins play their new album track for track! Recently opening for Skid Row and Ugly Kid Joe in America, you don’t wanna miss out on this cracker of a night!

WOMEN OF ROCK MINI FESTIVAL AND LIVE BROADCAST Women of Rock features live music from Bahdoesa, Illana Atkinson, Ninetynine, Dead River, Darts, The Villenettes, She’s The Band, Empat Lima plus DJ Kira Puru & DJ Long Dong. Held on IWD, Women of Rock celebrates Melbourne’s proud tradition of rockin’ female musicians. The festival will also be broadcast live on 3CR 855AM, digital and streaming. So head along and be a part of Women of Rock - everyone is welcome! The Public Bar 7pm til midnight 3CR Community Radio, digital and online. Visit 3cr.org.au for more.

OL’ TIMEY MUSIC JAM

Craig Westward (ex Headbelly Buzzard among other bands) brings his weekly ol’ timey music jam session to The Victoria Hotel. BYO instrument or just hang out and enjoy the music. Every Saturday 5pm.

THE VOLCANIKS

The Volcaniks declare The Yarra Hotel an LSD free zone this Saturday March 8. (LSD = Lead Singer Disease). Expect some foot stomping classic sounds unencumbered by the self-obsessed wailings of a heartbroken singer/songwriter or a breast-beating politico. This is surf music for people who don’t surf - but still know their rock n’ roll from The Ventures to Dick Dale, The Chantays to the Nightriders. All hail the gods of reverb and twang! Yarra Hotel Abbotsford, this Saturday night from 9pm followed by DJ Biggsy of RRR fame. Free entry.

BOOM CRASH OPERA

Aussie rock icons Boom Crash Opera are making their way to the Northcote Social Club over  Labour Day Weekend. Formed in 1985, Boom Crash Opera exploded on the scene with their debut single Great Wall, which showed they were a pop band who played with a rock attitude. This track along with the follow up single, Hands Up In The Air, became anthems for a whole generation of Aussie youth. Catch the seminal Aussie five-piece on Saturday March 8. Tickets available through the venue. Doors open at 8.30pm.

ALEX AND THE SHY LASHLIES Dear friend - herein lies a formal invite for you to attend a rather luminous event or two taking place at The Old Bar. Hosted by brooding popsters Alex and The Shy Lashlies and supported by a plethora of Melbourne royalty this will surely bend your stem to the sun, really tickle your pickle. It will be happening every Saturday afternoon in March from 3pm sharp! On these dates you shall be entertained by Kim Volkman & The Whisky Priests (ex. X) on March 8, Modesty on March 15, Little Desert on March 22, and Laura Imbruglia with full band on March 29. It’s free every Saturday arvo from 3pm.

DANDELION WINE

Since their successful crowdfunded tour of Europe last year, Dandelion Wine have  been laying low on the gig front. Can’t top the feeling of standing on a European festival main stage playing to a massive crowd of Germans in medieval dress, one could theorise? They have, in fact, been writing material for album number five. Lifting their heads from the depths of said songwriting, Dandelion Wine sneak into Brunswick to road test a couple of newies at the Retreat Hotel at a civilised afternoon time slot of 5pm on Saturday March 8. Joining them, direct from their sell-out Gallery sessions at Adelaide Fringe, will be labelmates Brillig. Both bands being known for their diverse and plentiful array of unusual instruments, everyone hopes there’s room in the front bar to squish the bell cittern, accordion, Appalachian dulcimer, viola, flute, banjo, auto harp, sansula and guitars all on the stage plus people! Head on to The Reatreat from 5pm.

CARUS THOMPSON

It’s now 11 years ago that folk rocker  Carus Thompson  recorded his career-defining double live record Acoustic At The Norfolk. At the time he was virtually unknown outside his home state of WA and the album’s release, coupled with the explosion of the Australian roots scene, got him radio play and launched him onto the national touring circuit. He hit the road big time with supports for fellow West Oz mates  John Butler  and  The Waifs, as well as  Dave Matthews,  Jack Johnson,  Xavier Rudd,  Pete Murray, Missy Higgins and appeared at all the major festivals a few times over, cementing his place as one of this country’s most respected and loved acoustic folk artists, and earning a well-deserved reputation as a powerful live performer. It’s amazing that it all started with this one live acoustic record that he didn’t even rehearse for. To this day it’s still his most popular release, adored by his loyal and growing fan base. At this very special show Carus will play  Acoustic At The Norfolk  from start to finish in the intimate setting of The Shebeen, revisiting for a night the songs and magic that made the album and him such a success. Tickets from the Corner Box Office and shebeenbandroom.com.au.

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CRYING SIRENS

Crying  Sirens  are a Melbourne four-piece made up of Jesse Delaney (vocals/guitar), Adam Kurzel (vocals/guitar), Toshiharu Sakamoto (bass) and Greg Limberis (drums). All band mates have extensively recorded and toured in other Australian bands. Crying Sirens mix elements of progressive post-hardcore rock with shoegaze delay and atmosphere. Their first album is being mixed at the moment with release scheduled for mid year on a local label. They play the Brunny on  Saturday March 8  with Sydney’s Patchwork Girls and also with Melbourne’s Siren Black and the Rash of Satan.

SUNDAY MARCH 9 THE LACHLAN BRUCE BAND

Power Trio, The Lachlan Bruce Band be rocking the Labor Day long weekend jam packed with big riffs, solos and everything you can think of that makes blues/rock great! Lachlan has returned from his debut European tour to deliver Melbourne audiences one of its own true virtuoso guitarists! Beth Brown & The Holy Rollers, a gospel blues outfit will be supporting and road-testing their latest single Unseen to be released with rock legend Shane O’Mara, producer of Paul Kelly, Tim Rogers and The Audreys. With vocal tones of silk and honey, Beth’s greatest asset is her ability to entrance an audience with her earthy, grounded and honest delivery. Joe Conroy frontman of Joe Conroy and The Phantom 309 will be sliding into solo form, uncovering your greatest musical fantasy with his abounding imaginative lyrics and natural melodic flare for what promises to be a memorable evening of original tunes! Check it out at Bar Open from 10pm. Free entry.

SVEN VATH

In what has become something of a tradition, Cocoon’s head honcho Sven Vath is set to once again unleash his universally recognised brand of techno at the official Future Music Festival Cocoon Stage After Party on Sunday 9 March (Labour Day weekend). The massive throwdown will take place over two levels at Prince Band Room and Public Bar. Tickets available through the venue’s website. Doors at 10pm.

DOWN TO NOTHING

Seven years after their first visit to Australia, 2014 will finally see America’s Down To Nothing return to our shores in support of their monster new album Life On The James released on the legendary Revelation Records. Australian audiences finally have the chance to join in on the fun once more as Down To Nothing hit the country for a limited run of shows this March. Joining them are hardcore super group Piece By Piece. Featuring members of Terror, Internal Affairs, Carry On and more, Piece By Piece are an irreverent blend of all their previous bands while bringing something new to the table entirely. They play the Reverence Hotel on Sunday March 9 with 50 Lions and Born Free. Doors 7pm, entry $25.

DARREN HANLON

Darren Hanlon, Australia’s ever-travelling folk minstrel, will return to Australia this March after an all-stops adventure of the American southern states. The album, which Hanlon wrote on trains and buses and in basements throughout, ended up being recorded in five different studios with an extensive cast of musicians, consisting of some worldrenowned history-making players (Spooner Oldham, David Hood, Howard Grimes) and random people he just met on the street. “I just wanted this project to feel completely organic and loose. I let fate lead me to whatever happened, I didn’t plan anything,” explains Hanlon. What resulted is a suite of 12 new songs that highlights a new focus and energy in Hanlon’s writing. On the verge of this collection of songs being released as what will be his sixth album proper, Hanlon is presenting five shows throughout Victoria, New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory in intimate spaces to preview the album before its slated release in May. He’ll be playing in Melbourne at Queens College in Brunswick on Sunday March 9. Free entry.

LOS CORONAS

With just two weeks to go until our favourite Spaniards touch down in Australia we are psyched to announce the incredible mix of support bands & DJs who’ll be adding particularly healthy doses of surf, rock 'n' roll and boogie into each Los Coronas headline show along the way. Los Coronas are a hard band to share a stage with because they are so damn good but as always the Aussie acts are willing to take on a challenge and will all be giving it their best shot; Los Tones, Mesa Cosa, Atom Bombs, Day Of The Dead, Huge Magnet, Martin Cilia (The Atlantics), Dirty York, Surfasaurus, plus DJ Bruce Milne, DJ Rusty Hopkinson (You Am I), and DJ Holly Doll (RTRFM). Los Coronas will be at Golden Plains Festival on Sunday, March 9.

CHERRY BAR SPECIAL EVENT

This Labour Day Public Holiday Eve Cherry Bar have a very special event in place for your long weekend! They’re screening Murderdrome, the world’s first Roller Derby Slasher Film starring B on the Rocks as the She Demon Killer on blades. Joining them on the night The Mercy Kills and Dark Shadows (Sydney) hit the stage to provide the music. Tix $20 from cherrybar.com.au and on the door if available. Doors 7pm. Film screens 8pm sharp. DJ Mermaid until 3am. For more info visit monsterpictures.com.au

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GEORGIA MAQ

Local footscray singer songwriter Georgia Maq has decided to spend her Sundays in March eating vegan pizza and playing songs with a bunch of friends for you at the Reverence Hotel. All the shows are free and begin at 3pm.

LISA MILLER

Since the release of her debut album in 1996, Lisa Miller has received consistent and unanimous praise from reviewers across the board, and earned a place as one of our very finest musical artists. Miller was a final-five nominee for the Best Female Artist ARIA Award in 1999 for her second album As Far As A Life Goes, in 2003 for Car Tape and again in 2004 for Version Originale. Lisa Miller has what every singer strives for – a voice of her own. Catch her this Sunday from 4pm at the Drunken Poet.

PRIMITIVE CALCULATORS

It’s time to celebrate the achievement of workers, this Sunday March 9 at The Public Bar on the eve of Labour Day. The Public Bar and Coopers present an evening of fine dining, heavy drinking and experimental music featuring Melbourne’s eclectic and hard hitting electronic punk outfit Primitive Calculators. With support from Prolife, Mad Nanna, Vacuum, Worng and DJ Miles Brown, the afternoon will start early and run through to the evening. Free entry and cheap booze.

ANDREW NOLTE & HIS ORCHESTRA Performing since 2009, Andrew Nolte, his saxophone and his novelty dance orchestra have performed jazz festivals, jazz clubs, and live music venues to an astonishing amount of appreciation. The band, consisting of eight highly trained musicians, features a cavalcade of roaring brass, wailing saxophones and a banjo, sousaphone, trap kit rhythm section that cannot be beat for authentic vintage style and taste. Playing intricate original orchestrations from the Gatsby era, the band boasts an extensive repertoire to evoke any mood of the 1920s desired by any dancer, vintage lover, cocktail addict etc. Whether you are an afficianado or new to this crazy music, you will certainly find a new love for this oftenneglected period of popular music. Andrew Nolte and His Orchestra, of radio fame, will be performing their first show at the wonderfully suited The Spotted Mallard this Sunday from 4.30pm. Performing for your dancing, dining, drinking and listening pleasure, showcasing the music of wireless, stage and silver screen of the 1920s, the band not only wears vintage, plays vintage instruments and orchestrations, but also SOUNDS vintage. Be prepared to be transported back in time with this band. A not-to-be-missed Sunday afternoon's entertainment, worthy of The Great Gatsby. Free entry.

MONDAY MARCH 10 THE HARPOONS

On March 10 at the Toff in Town, The Harpoons are encouraging thrilling new explorations into the shapes a human body can conjure on the dance floor. Keeping it simple and well-performed is the ethic with The Harpoons, as it is allowed to be when you have such percussive, happy-go-lucky guitar warbling, accompanied by a voice that is actually made of pure daylight. Brothers, Hand Mirror, are also in the ranks with their sickeningly dank tape loops engineered by Oscar Key Sung being ridden with irresponsible glee by the shrill voiced, glitter endorsed HTMLflowers. Expect a new free issue of HTMLflowers’ comic series - Bright Threadz. Beware you don’t sweat them to shreds in your back pocket on the d-floor - it has happened before. Major Napier’s constant undulating synth arrangements maternally catered to by Johnny Ross’ sleek, climbing voice will be bringing the night into ceremony with sterling harmony. Organically humming and pummelling, his beats create an atmosphere of euphoria made honourable by the remembrance of past regrets and love lost.

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

OSAKA MONAURAIL

They dress immaculately in the sharpest of suits, they move in total unison while the horn section spins and twirls, all the while building up a driving funk energy; they are Osaka Monaurail. They’ve toured for the worlds biggest festivals and played the tightest clubs for the last 20 years and they’re back at the Espy on Sunday March 10 with The Putbacks (feat Emma Donovan), Chris Gill and Manchild.

TUESDAY MARCH 11 THE DO YO THANGS

Boasting an elegant line in sweet soul The Do Yo Thangs are a seven-piece outfit that feature lush vocal harmonies, nasty beats and straight up killah tunes. Founded by drummer and song writer, Hugh Rabinovici, once described as a Jewish Stevie Wonder from the eastern suburbs, The Do Yo Thangs evolved in the seedy share houses of Melbourne and have been gracing the stage over the past 12 months. Join them for their second night of residency at the Evelyn Hotel with Tiaryn.

THE STRAY SISTERS

There are just a few weeks to go until The Stray Sisters kick off their first national tour and it’s clear that fans of Donna Simpson and Vikki Thorn are keen to see what this new project will offer. So keen are the fans that some venues around the country have put up the sold out signs. We’re pleased to announce that the Thursday March 13 show at The Corner is full to the brim. Due to overwhelming demand, a second show has been added on Tuesday March 11, for which tickets are on sale now from The Corner’s website. Don’t miss Donna and Vikki, getting back to basics, not as “The Waifs without Josh” but as The Stray Sisters, rediscovering their love for singing and performing together.

BREABACH

Breabach deliver a thrilling and unique brand of contemporary folk music, which has earned the group international recognition on the world and roots music scene as one of the UK’s most dynamic and influential bands; an ascent that continues with the release of their fourth album, Ùrlar, out in Australia on March 7. The haunting strains of twin bagpipes have become a defining signature of Breabach – a chiming herald of Scottish folk being embraced by a new generation. They are often described as the new faces of Scottish Traditional music. Their career has already seen them voted ‘Best Group’ at the recent Scots Trad Music Awards and nominated for BBC Radio 2 Folk and German Folk Awards. They play two Port Fairy sideshows in Melbourne, March 11 at Brunswick Music Festival and Friday 28 March at the Caravan Music Club.

LOOKING FORWARD

THE STU THOMAS PARADOX PRESENTS THE SONGS OF LEE HAZLEWOOD The Flying Saucer Club presents a tribute to Lee Hazlewood – one of the most influential men in the history of music. For one night only on Saturday March 22, Stu Thomas tips his hat to this great man alongside an all-star cast of musical talents. Lee Hazlewood was a maverick in the best sense of the word, living by his own rules during a long, fruitful and travelled career. He was writer of mega-hits for artists such as Nancy Sinatra and Duane Eddy, an inventive producer and a unique performer. He fathered the Countrypolitan genre with impeccable productions that ranged from cowboy minimalism to overblown brassy pop. Many people around the world are familiar with Lee’s songs, even if they don’t realise it. Responsible for tunes like These Boots Are Made For Walkin, Lady Bird, Sugar Town, Summer Wine and Some Velvet Morning. His impact on modern music and generations of musicians is immeasurable, and Stu is no exception – Lee has been a remarkable inspiration for him. Along with Clare Moore (Moodists, Coral Snakes), Phil Collings (Surrealists) and Eduardo Miller (Love Brothers), give thanks to this man as the Stu Thomas Paradox present The Songs of Lee Hazlewood in two big sets of magnificent music. Doors 8pm, tickets and more info via flyingsacuerclub.com.au.

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5. Too Late For Love BABAGANOUJ 6. Personality Disorder ROSS DE CHENE HURRICANES 7. U.ki.U.ki*Midnight BABYMETAL 8. At Night ILLUM SPHERE 9. Top Notch MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA 10. Sleeping With A Friend NEON TREES

1. Earth Rocker CD/2LP CLUTCH 2. Blast Tyrant 2CD/2LP CLUTCH 3. Robot Hive/Exodus CD CLUTCH 4. Pigtown Blues 7â&#x20AC;? pic. disc CLUTCH

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6. Reign In Blood LP SLAYER

BY LACHLAN

7. Crosses CD CROSSES 8. Terrestials CD SUNN0)))/ULVER 9. Capricorn Zodiac Sessions CD/2LP ORCHID 10. Intercourse & Lust LP ABIGAIL

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THE BABE RAINBOW

Evolution 1964 (Flightless/Remote Control) Sticking the landing on a time-warp back to the titular era, nascent outfit The Babe Rainbow emanate a potent and detached out-of-body, out-of-mind cool. On-point psychedelic sensibilities dusted with some pretty darn tasty hooks, dirtying up the knees on its bellbottoms begging for repeat listens. Happy to oblige.

BEYONCE

Partition (Columbia/Sony) The song alone has me biting my fist and banging my shoe on the table like an animal but the video just about got me passinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; out here. God-tier shit from Queen Bey. Bow the fuck down.

BOY GEORGE

King Of Everything (Cometmarket) Best response to Kendrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Control verse yet. (Disclaimer: didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t actually listen.)

DEAN BLUNT

Mersh (Rough Trade) Mysterious, ephemeral and excellent production duo Hype Williams disbanded midway through last year, with Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland continuing to command intrigue under their respective banners henceforth. Mersh from Blunt is a heady little creeper, soundtracking the damage crawl to the finish line with dawn in sight. Taken from the upcoming full-length Black Metal, due out sometime, 2014.

year with a laid-back grind, an alternate universe scenario where Diplo produced Drop It Like Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hot. I See You (XL/Remote Control) I wanna say that The Horrors are stylistic chameleons, but I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really remember what they used to sound like. Digginâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the psychedelic wash of I See You, the deft primordial electronic elements needling a subtle thread until the eventual lift-off.

EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROES

Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Get High (Create Control) Not a Dr Dre cover, which is DEFINITELY for the best. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Get High is insufferable clap-happy trash anyway, and holy shit, six minutes? Could have cut out the middleman, and five minutes thirty, and mailed it to some bullshit marketing company for sync action or, better yet, posted it direct to the toilet. Excuse me while I give Dreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2001 a couple of spins to cleanse the palate.

FEAT.

Newborn (Dot Dash/Remote Control) Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great song hiding amongst the not-quitethere puzzle pieces of Newborn, the opening couplet spar between Jess Cornelius and Laura Jean more irritating than compelling, the hook choosing to invoke hugeness rather than actually, yâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;know, sound huge? Eventually a space clears, the two vocalists lock together harmoniously for a coda that could have found a home on any of Bowieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Berlin trilogy. The promise is there, as are a few choice magic moments, but it still falls disappointingly short.

MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA

Top Notch (Loma Vista) My Morning Jacket lite. My Morning Windcheater? My Morning Coffee-Stained Bonds Singlet? I dunno. A rude reminder that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re past due for a MMJ album.

LE1F

Boom (Terrible/Remote Control) Hitting a sweet spot between the sensual R&B of the Tree House mixtape and previous EDM-informed party bangers, Boom paves the way for Le1f â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crossover

1. Have Fun With God BILL CALLAHAN 2. Basement Spaceman BASEMENT

THE HORRORS

TEETH & TONGUE LAURA JEAN

RECORD PARADISE TOP 10 SPACEMAN 3. Morning Phase BECK 4. Tuxedomoon TUXEDOMOON 5. Grassed In BLANK REALM 6. Whereabouts THE FROWNING CLOUDS 7. Any Port In A Storm SCOTT AND CHARLENEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S WEDDING 8. She Beats BEACHES 9. Racism UV RACE 10. Wise Up Ghost ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE ROOTS

HEARTLAND RECORDS TOP 10 1. AHJ 10â&#x20AC;? EP ALBERT HAMMOND JR 2. Have Fun With God LP BILL CALLAHAN 3. Sun 2LP CAT POWER 4. Las Vegas Story 2LP THE GUN CLUB 5. Upstairs At United LP HENRY WAGONS 6. Electrics 7â&#x20AC;? MILES BROWN 7. 6 Feet Beneath The Moon 2LP KING KRULE 8. Has God Seen My Shadow BOX MARK LANEGAN 9. Fuzz Freakout LP/CD THE PINK FAIRIES 10. Silence Yourself LP SAVAGES

BEATâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TOP TEN SONGS ABOUT PLANETS 1. Rocket To Uranus VENGABOYS 2. Venus In Furs THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

SINGLE OF THE WEEK

ELA STILES

Kumbh Mela (Bedroom Suck) Songs and Bushwalking vocalist Ela Stiles previews her upcoming self-titled solo LP with the hymnal Kumbh Mela â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an arresting layered a cappella of tasteful vocal ballet, both immediate and lush. Album out May 5.

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3. Life On Mars DAVID BOWIE 4. Mercury CLUTCH 5. Planet Queen T. REX 6. Valleys Of Neptune JIMI HENDRIX 7. 16-Minute Jam With Jibberish Title THE MARS VOLTA 8. That Super Bowl Song BRUNO MARS 9. I Feel The Earth Move CAROLE KING 10. Saturn STEVIE WONDER


ALBUMS

NEW MUSIC IN REVIEW THIS WEEK

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

SCHOOLBOY Q

High Hopes (Columbia Records/Sony Music)

Oxymoron (Top Dawg Entertainment/Interscope Records)

For all of the (deserved) adulation directed toward Bruce Springsteen in the wake of his recent phenomenal live shows, there was a time not that long ago when Bruce’s stock was in decline. Having inexplicably sacked the E Street Band, Bruce released some albums that were quickly relegated to the bargain bin. A lesser artist must have bunkered down in the basement of resentment and frustration; Bruce, to his eternal credit, pulled himself up by his boot straps and revived his brand in the only way he knows – by playing rock’n’roll. High Hopes is Springsteen’s latest record, though isn’t necessarily a new record in the purest sense of the term. The title track is almost 20 years old, while other tracks were conceived (and some cases, recorded) from the late ‘90s to the early part of this century. But the beauty of Springsteen’s lyrics is that while they might deal with a moment in time – such as his observations of the Vietnam Memorial in The Wall or romance in any American town in Frankie Fell in Love – the songs transcend temporal space. Few songwriters can reach the heart of the American psyche free from jingoistic pretension: on American Skin (41 Shots) Springsteen is there again, exploring the contradictions of the world’s most pervasive culture and celebrating its sociological subtleties, while This Is Your Sword overlays the metaphor of armour with a Celtic-gospel sensibility to portray the emotional spirit. There is the occasional moment when it doesn’t all hang together: Harry’s Place sounds like it could have been discarded from a failed ‘80s record, and the lyrics read more like a shopping list of tabloid images than Bruce’s usual insightful social commentary. But later on you get the haunting The Ghost of Tom Joad and all is forgiven. Despite the regular inferences of deification, Bruce Springsteen isn’t perfect – but he’s pretty damn good, and he seems to be getting better every day. BEST TRACK: The Ghost of Tom Joad IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: BRUCE PATRICK EMERY SPRINGSTEEN, obviously IN A WORD: Bruce

ELBOW

The Take Off And Landing Of Everything (Fiction/Universal) Anyone displeased with the sunny disposition of Build A Rocket Boys! should be very satisfied with Elbow’s follow-up. Singer Guy Garvey apparently broke up with his longtime girlfriend while it was being made, but you don’t need to know that to note the present sense of loss throughout the album. There’s a lot to admire – the production is perfect, for a start. The harmonies of Real Life (Angel) and its repeated ‘angel’ lyric, coupled with a backing string section, are incredibly moving. My Sad Captains is classic Elbow, a sea shanty elegy to fallen comrades that seems to describe life as “a perfect waste of time”. What’s missing from this album, though, is Elbow’s past catharsis. There’s no emotional release here like on Station Approach or New Born. On this album, melody is king. Apart from the debauched brass and woodwinds on Fly Boy Blue/ Lunette (the clear album highlight), the focus is always on Garvey’s voice, and it’s stuck on sadman mode. Elbow fans will find a lot to love in this album, but a newcomer’s enjoyment relies on them loving Garvey’s voice. Otherwise the melancholia will get to them quickly. BEST TRACK: Fly Boy Blue/Lunette IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: DOVES Lost LEONARDO SILVESTRINI Souls, SPIRITUALISED Let It Come Down IN A WORD: Sullen

Oxymoron is the newest album to come from TDE’s quest to dominate the rap game in 2014. While also being a play on oxycontin, Q said the title comes from having to do bad to do good, namely selling crack/whatever to look after his daughter. Drugs and his daughter largely permeate the subject matter of Oxymoron with the theme being as prevalent as bucket hats in Q’s wardrobe. He unfolds the story of his faded formative years on songs like Hoover Street which tells of his grandma hiding cheques from a junkie uncle who made him piss in cups; his mother would later whoop his ass for “Them was the good days” he says. But this isn’t one of those ‘came from the struggle” joints that were played out even by the time Jay Z came through, this is more a celebration of wildin’ out with a few cautionary tales in the liner notes. On Prescription Drugs he’s elated because he “Just stopped selling crack today,” but he follows it up with “O-X-Y-[I’m]Moron” because he’s replaced it with prescription drugs like oxycontin that he struggles with more. This is one of a lot of tracks on the album where while he confronts the negativity of drugs, he does it with the charisma of someone not worried about their effects. Oxymoron is Schoolboy Q saying he fucks with drugs a lot and likes it, but it makes him sad sometimes. He’s also detailing a ghetto heritage and a desperate way of living that he’s too busy getting rich being a debonair gangster to give a shit about right now.  BEST TRACK: Break The Bank IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: Old DANNY EDGAR IVAN BROWN, AB-SOUL IN A WORD: Money

THE NYMPHS

It’s Been A Long Time Awaiting (Independent) Fans of The Nymphs rejoice: after almost a decade of pitch-perfect a capella harmonies, the band have finally released an album. Summoning the sounds of bygone eras, the debut LP features everything you’d expect from the local favourites: stunning voices, stamps, and handclaps, without the aid of instrumentation. A large part of The Nymphs’ charm resides not only in their melodic expertise, but in their ability to craft evocative compositions. Tracing ‘40s jazz, ‘50s swing and early ‘60s pop, each song drops the listener in a particular space. Weary processional Hope I Feel Better Soon conjures images of prisoners chipping away at stone, chanting the song’s deeply intoxicating refrain. A second highlight emerges in the poignant Grave Shift, a delicate hymn with a haunting quality. The Nymphs demonstrate with their versatility through the likes of the toe-tapping single Shake and the boppy Lookin’ For Love. For every dark indulgence, there’s light relief in store, with a quirky delight or two (Doctor, Why Oh Why) thrown in for good measure. It’s Been A Long Time Awaiting is warm and immersive, owed in part to the effortless authenticity of The Nymphs’ endeavours. Each of their original songs showcase a certain reverence for past classics and standards. This city has been blessed with its share of vocal pop groups of late, but BEST TRACK: Grave Shift The Nymphs – now more than ever with the release of IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: Space this immensely satisfying album – might just triumph ALUKA, Betcha Bottom Dollar THE PUPPINI as Melbourne’s finest. SISTERS IN A WORD: Diverse NICK MASON

BETH HART

Bang Bang Boom Boom (Mascot Records)

BETTER THAN THE WIZARDS

Better Than The Wizards (Independent)

In the market for some basic upbeat pop music with elements of soul? The self-titled debut album from Better Than The Wizards is here to satisfy that need. From opener She Said to final track Play With Fire, you get that 100 per cent generic upbeat pop sound with those exotic elements of soul. Now, there’s nothing wrong with upbeat music that’s enjoyable to listen to, no matter whose name is on the cover. The thing is, you’ve heard it all before. And yes, this album does have a bit more fire to it than you may be used to, with that pop-in-your-step bassline or the horn sections blasting a false impression of originality into your head. But you’re not hearing anything new. Even the opening lyrics of Up All Night tell you as much: “This story has been told a thousand times before / But I’m just making sure you heard it right”. And that’s what this album is. It’s a drink with a little umbrella in it and you’re led to believe you’re drinking BEST TRACK: Up All Night something exotic. But take the umbrella out and you’ll IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: realise you’ve just got tequila and orange juice. That said, LITTLE RED what’s wrong with tequila and orange juice? IN A WORD: Familiar DANIEL PRIOR

THIS WEEK WED 5TH

WEEK AFTER WED 12TH

SONIC MOON W HOLLOW HOUNDS + SARAH JEAN

VERDAINE W NEW BIRDS + GUESTS

THURS 6TH

SEX ST W THE BLACK ALLEYS, EUPHORIA + HAPPY GO BLUES

INVISIBLE DEARS W DEAR PLASTIC + BJ MORRISZONKLE FRI 7TH

CONTRAST ‘SINGLE LAUNCH’ W ATOLLS + SAGAMORE SUN 9TH

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KITCHEN HOURS

American blues singer-songwriter Beth Hart is back with her eighth album, Bang Bang Boom Boom, following on from her critically acclaimed release Don’t Explain in 2011. An uplifting album about love, Bang Bang Boom Boom promises plenty and doesn’t disappoint. Hart’s powerful and distinctive vocals are on show, combining blues with elements of rock, soul, jazz and gospel. Although opening track Baddest Blues is a slow start, the album only gets better from here. Title track Bang Bang Boom Boom is a favourite, catchy and upbeat. Other favourites are heartfelt ballads With You Everyday and Everything Must Change, the groovy beat of The Ugliest House on the Block and the standout Thru the Window Of My Mind, Hart’s best vocal. Bang Bang Boom Boom also features a bonus track which is a great addition to the album, Hart performing I’d Rather Go Blind live with Jeff Beck at the Kennedy Centre Honours in 2012, in a fitting tribute to blues superstar Buddy Guy. Beth Hart’s star should continue to rise as a result of Bang Bang Boom Boom. With a great mix of upbeat blues tracks and ballads, this album is an easy listen which leaves us eagerly anticipating her future releases. BEST TRACK:Thru The Window of My Mind IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: ANA ALI BIRNIE POPOVIC, JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR IN A WORD: Blues

THURS 13TH FRI 14TH

UP UP AWAY EP LAUNCH W ECHO DRAMA + THE GROVES SAT 15TH

THE BEEGLES W SHINY JOE RYAN AND THE COSMIC MICROWAVE BACKGROUND, ROXY LAVISH AND THE SUICIDE CULT + LOCAL GROUP SUN 16TH

MON 10TH

RECKLESS JUNE W MY BAND, MAMA’S EXILES + ONLY ALIENS

TUES 11/3

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GIG GUIDE

WHAT'S ON AROUND MELBOURNE THIS WEEK

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WEDNESDAY MARCH 5 JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/ WORLD MUSIC

THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS - FEAT: MATT HARRISON + ANDRE MCMILLAN Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. THE SHARDS + SISSYSOCKS + THE TOWNHOUSES Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. WILL CORNER + LAZYBONES Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK

ASH ISH’S TRIO Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne CBD. 8:00pm. $15. BOPSTRETCH Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. BRIAN MCKNIGHT (MORE THAN WORDS TOUR) Palais Theatre, St Kilda. 7:30pm. $83. DIZZY’S BIG BAND Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. HAMMOND JAZZ CLUB + MR ANDREW SWANN Claypots, St Kilda. 10:00pm. JULIEN WILSON QUARTET 303, Northcote. 9:30pm. $5. LO-RES + BOHJASS 303, Northcote. 9:00pm. MO’SOUL - FEAT: SMITH STREET SOUL TRAIN Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne CBD. 8:00pm. NATHAN SLATER Open Studio, Northcote. 9:30pm. THE TIGER & ME + ANDREW NOTLE & HIS ORCHESTRA Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 9:00pm. $18. THE TIM WILSON QUARTET Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne CBD. 2:00pm. $15. VIVE LA DIFFERENCE Claypots Evening Star, South Melbourne. 8:30pm.

INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS

ANOTHER DAY IN THE LIFE (GEORGE KRISTY TRIBUTE CONCERT) Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. CREPES + SAMBROSE + THE LAUGHING LEAVES Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. DON FERNANDO + CHILD + SEEDY JEEZUS Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. I, A MAN + LOWLAKES Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $5. MOUSTACHE ANT + CLINT FLICK + SOCIALLY HANDICAPPED + THE NUREMBERG CODE Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $7. MY PIRANHA + DEAD LETTER BLUES + SUBMARINES Old Bar, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. $7. MY PRIVATE DINOSAUR + LITTLE DREAMER Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $7. SONIC MOON + HOLLOW HOUNDS + SARAH JEAN John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm.

ALTAN + JENNY M. THOMAS & THE SYSTEM Brunswick Town Hall, Brunswick. 8:00pm. BEN SALTER Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 9:00pm. CAT CANTERI’S ELECTRIC BAND + DAZ GREY & BRETT HARRIS Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 8:30pm. COLLAGE - FEAT: JORDAN WALKER + ROBOT CHILD + SOULA + THE WIZARD FRANCHISE Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. FLASH COMPANY Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. GIFT OF REFUGE BENEFIT GIG - FEAT: KIM BEALES + THE TEALEAVES + THE TRIED Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $10. GRETTA ZILLER + MELISSA RAMSAY Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 9:00pm. HEXHAM VOX Kent St Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. LISA O’NEILL Basement Discs, Melbourne Cbd. 12:45pm. LUNASA Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury. 8:00pm. $59. OPEN MIC & JAM NIGHT Musicland, Fawkner. 8:00pm. PAUL VAN ROSS TRIO Ruby’s Music Room, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. REBECCA BARNARD & BILLY MEYERS SING-A-LONG Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 7:00pm. $15. SAM GREEN & THE TIME MACHINE Butterfly Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $28. SIMPLY ACOUSTIC Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. THEO COVE + CLAIRE BIRCHALL Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm.

THURSDAY MARCH 6 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS AESTHETICS + ANIMAL HOSPITAL + GHOST GUMS Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. ANIMAUX + MARCH OF THE REAL FLY + THE DARJEELINGS Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $8. DRIFTER + DESTREND + THE STEINS Public Bar, North Melbourne.

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JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/ WORLD MUSIC

ALWAN Claypots, St Kilda. 10:00pm. COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS 303, Northcote. 9:00pm. $10. COUSIN ALICE Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $20. ENGINEERED SOUND + STUART LOWE Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. $14. JON CLEARY & THE ABSOLUTE MONSTER GENTLEMEN Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 9:00pm. $40. KAIN BORLASE TRIO La Niche Cafe, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. MICHELLE NICOLLE BAND Brunswick Green, Brunswick. 8:30pm. THE JOHN MONTESANTE QUINTET + TAMARA KULDIN The Commune, East Melbourne. 6:00pm. THE JOHNNY CAN’T DANCE CAJUN TRIO Wesley Anne, Northcote. 7:00pm. THE LAGERPHONES Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. THE NECKS Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $40. THE OVEREASYS Claypots Evening Star, South Melbourne. 7:30pm. THE SIXTH PRINCIPLE + JASMN T Wesley Anne, Northcote. 9:00pm. $5. THE SWEETHEARTS + DJ PIERRE BARONI + DJ VINCE PEACH Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK

ANTONIO SERRANO Mechanics Institute Performing Arts Centre, Brunswick. 7:30pm. BLOWN CONES + JEMMA & SEAN Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. CHARLES BRADLEY & HIS EXTRAORDINAIRES Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:30pm. $55. DUENDE Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 8:00pm. FLYING EMUS + PETER DENAHY Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. $32. GENA ROSE BRUCE + JEMMA NICOLE + JORDAN WALKER Shebeen, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $12. KATE MULQUEEN Bar Nancy, Northcote. 7:30pm. LIAM GERNER Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. LIVE N COOKIN - FEAT: HUGO RACE + MICHELANGELO RUSSO The B.east, Brunswick East. 8:00pm. LOUIS MCMANUS MEMORIAL CONCERT - FEAT: THE PURPLE DENTISTS + DAN BOURKE & ANTHONY O’NEIL + SAOIRSE Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8:00pm. MICK TUNER + CAROLINE NO Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 9:00pm. RUTH LINDSEY + ALISON FERRIER + BETH BARKER + SAM WALSH + STELLA ANGELICO Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. SAM GREEN & THE TIME MACHINE Butterfly Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $28. SEDDON FESTIVAL AFTERPARTY - FEAT: ROSS HANNAFORD + THE SWEETS + UNSEALED ROAD Kindred Studios, Yarraville. 7:30pm. $7. SING OUT SISTER - FEAT: ALANNA&ALICIA EGAN + KAVISHA MAZZELLA + SARAH BUSUTILL & JEN HAWLEY Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:30pm. STAND BY YOUR DAN - FEAT: DAN WATERS + DAN FLYNN + DAN LETHERBRIDGE + DAN PARSONS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $13. THE NUKES + ROSE TURTLE URTLER Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 8:30pm. $10.

FRIDAY MARCH 7 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS

BARONS OF TANG

with an A-List of National and International Acts

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8:30pm. $7. EASTLINK + DIRE EARS + ORANGE Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $8. INVISIBLE DEARS + BJ MORRISZONKLE + DEAR PLASTIC John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. KINGS & QUEENS - FEAT: DEATH BY SIX + ACOLYTE + BLINDFOLD + CRASH & BURN + ENTROPY + STATIC REVENUE + TRIGGER Espy, St Kilda. 8:00pm. $5. LONG HOLIDAY + EWE EWE + THE DREAMBOATS + THE REPROBETTES Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $6. LOUISE ADAMS BAND + MELODY POOL + THE NAYSAYERS Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 10:00pm. MANTRA FIVE + MEGA OGRE + ROLLOWAYS Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. MICROWAVE JENNY Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. NEXT - FEAT: DEATH AUDIO + HEAD FILLED ATTRACTION + TRANSIENCE Colonial Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. PHOENIX + WORLD’S END PRESS Festival Hall, West Melbourne. 8:00pm. $93. PLUGGED IN THURSDAYS - FEAT: DYLAN JOEL + SOLILOQUY + YOUNG FRANCO Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:30pm. $10. SECRETS OF THE VENUS HORSES + SHIT SEX + THE CREEPING BAM + THE MELANOMADS Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 9:00pm. $5. SUZANNE KINSELLA + BROOKE RUSSELL + QUEEN & CONVICT Old Bar, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. $8. THE BABE RAINBOW + SUPERHOLIC FROZEN PONIES + THE LIVING EYES Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. THE GREAT KEVIN BORICH EXPRESS + THE IAIN ARCHIBALD BAND Musicland, Fawkner. 8:30pm. THE KREMLINGS + SAMM BEULKE + THE BLOWOUTS + TSUGNARLY Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $5. THREE QUARTER BEAST + ANIMAL HANDS + COTANGENT Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $5. TO THE AIRSHIP! + CORDELL + DISASTERS + MAMMOTH GRAVEYARD Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $5. TWIN AGES + BIG HEAD ELLA + STONE DESERT + THE GROVES Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm.

TRACEY BUNN

NITE MOOVES Double Deuce Bar, Sunshine North. 9:00pm. $5. ADMIRAL ACKBAR’S DISHONOURABLE DISCHARGE + ALL WE NEED + CITYWIDE WILDCATS + WHERE’S GROVER? 303, Northcote. 9:00pm. $5. BENEFIT SHOW FOR MATTY WHEELDON - FEAT: BORIS THE BLADE + ATLANTIC + CROWNED KINGS + ELECTRIK DYNAMITE + NO VACANCY Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $20. BOVEDA + HALCYON DRIVE + HONEY BADGERS + REIKA Espy, St Kilda. 10:00pm. BUSY KINGDOM + KING PUPPY & THE CARNIVORE + THIRD EARTH Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $8. CHARM + CLAWS & ORGANS + SUMMERHILL + THE LOVELESS Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. CHILD + DJ SHAKY MEMORIAL + WHITE SUMMER Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 11:00pm. CONTRAST + ATOLLS + SAGAMORE John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. CRIPPLE BASTARDS + BURST + DIPLOID + DISINTEGRATOR + DOUBLED OVER + FESTERING DRIPPAGE + HEADLESS DEATH + JIG-AI + PREGNANCY + RORT + SEWERCIDE + WRETCH Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 6:30pm. $36. DKARATE BOOGALOO + DJ JUMPS + DJ MURO + MAYFIELD Espy, St Kilda. 10:00pm. DOG WHISTLE POLITICS + CASH THE MADMAN + FRETBUZZ + MF JONES Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. EIGHTY 88S - FEAT: GOGO GODDESSES + TEMPLE OF LOVE

GIG OF THE WEEK!

PHOENIX Our recent cover stars Phoenix will play a headline show this week 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.

The Luwow, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. $5. EINSTEINS TOYBOYS + ALL ABOUT STEVE Musicland, Fawkner. 8:30pm. $10. GOLD PANDA + OSCAR KEY SUNG Corner Hotel, Richmond. 9:30pm. $37. HAMISH ANDERSON FAREWELL SHOW + JESSICA JADE Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:30pm. $10. ILLY + JACKIE ONASSIS + REMI The Hi-fi, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $36. JOHN CITIZEN (EP LAUNCH) + BIG CREATURE + FLUORESCENT ORGANS + FRIDA Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. $7. LAMARAMA Penny Black, Brunswick. 10:30pm. MACHINA GENOVA + FEVER TEETH + HUMAN RUINS + OUTPOSTS + REMOVALIST Playground, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $10. MASTER BETA + CHRIST KIDDO + HEXREIGN + MURDERBALLS + SEXGRIMES Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. MIKHAEL PASKALEV + LITTLE MAY Howler, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $34. NIKHAIL + STONE DESERT + THE PUSH + TWIN AGES Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. SIX FT HICK + BAD VISION + DJ JACKSHIT + SPACEJUNK Old Bar, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. $10. THE BABE RAINBOW + SUPERHOLIC FROZEN PONIES + THE LIVING EYES Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $10. THE KEYTAR KIDS + JUDE PERL Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. THE STIFFYS + DJ NICK PRATT + MIGHTIEST OF GUNS Public Bar, North Melbourne. 8:30pm. THE VENDETTAS + AUSTRALIAN KINGSWOOD FACTORY + DJ MAX CRAWDADDY + DRIFTER Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $13. TUKO 2 Famous Blue Raincoat, Kingsville South. 8:30pm.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/ WORLD MUSIC

ADAM RUDEGEAIR QUINTET Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $15. DEAN’S MARTINI & SHAKERS Claypots Evening Star, South Melbourne. 8:30pm. JAM THE FUNK Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 8:00pm. $18. JULIE O’HARA & ULTRAFOX Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $25. MARGIE LOU’S PIANO HOUR + ALYCE PLATT Claypots, St Kilda. 10:00pm. ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT + ROY AYERS AND LONNIE LISTON SMITH Forum Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $83. SILVERBEAT Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 9:00pm. $20. THE JOE O’CONNOR TRIO Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. THE MELTDOWN Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $25. TRIO AGOGO Wesley Anne, Northcote. 7:00pm. WORLD MUSIC FEAST - FEAT: SHAKA BAKA + MEXICAN MUSIC MAN Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 9:00pm.

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BITTER SWEET HEARTS + THE MATTY GREEN BAND Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 9:00pm. CHALOUCHE Open Studio, Northcote. 9:30pm. DAVY SIMONY Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. DEAN PRITCHARD Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 9:30pm. FLYING ENGINE STRINGBAND Railway Hotel, South Melbourne. 9:30pm. HUGH MCGINLAY Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 7:00pm. LISA MILLER BAND Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 10:30pm. MAMA KIN + ALL OUR EXES LIVE IN TEXAS Brunswick Town Hall, Brunswick. 8:00pm. MELBOURNE UKULELE FESTIVAL 2014 - Northcote Town Hall, Northcote. 12:00pm. MELBOURNE ZOO TWILIGHTS - FEAT: CHARLES BRADLEY + SASKWATCH Melbourne Zoo, Parkville. 5:30pm. MICK THOMAS & THE ROVING COMMISSION + MARK SNARSKI + SKYSCRAPER STAN & THE COMMISSION FLATS Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. $32. MIKELANGELO & THE BIG MOUTH CHOIR Brunswick Uniting Church, Brunswick. 8:00pm. MOOMBA FESTIVAL - FEAT: TIME OF MY LIFE BAND + COLOMBIA SOUNDS LIKE THIS + SCOTT DARLOW + STRANGE TENANTS + SUNDAY CHAIRS + SWEET JEAN + THE MOONEE VALLEY DRIFTERS Birrarung Marr, Melbourne. 12:00pm. MOTOR CITY MUSIC FESTIVAL - Geelong Showgrounds, Geelong. 12:00pm. $37. MUSTERED COURAGE + CRUSTY MUSTARD CIRCUS + LACHLAN BRYAN Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $15. PORT FAIRY FOLK FESTIVAL - FEAT: ARCHIE ROACH + ASH GRUNWALD + BLAIR DUNLOP + JON CLEARY & THE ABSOLUTE MONSTER GENTLEMEN + MADELEINE PEYROUX + ALASKA STRING BAND + ALTAN + ANTONIO SERRANO + BEN SALTER + BOBBY ALU + CHRIS WILSON’S CROWN OF THORNS + DANIEL CHAMPAGNE + DAVID BRIDIE & THE PILLS + POKEY LA FARGE + ROSE COUSINS + MORE Port Fairy Folk Festival Site, Port Fairy. 12:00pm. $275. REFLEJOS Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 10:30pm. ROUGH CUT COUNTRY BAND Pascoe Vale Rsl, Pascoe Vale. 9:00pm. $8. SAM GREEN & THE TIME MACHINE Butterfly Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $28. SHANTY TOWN Union Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. SONGWRITERS IN THE SOUND Wesley Anne, Northcote. 9:00pm. SPENCER P JONES Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 6:30pm.

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SATURDAY MARCH 8 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS AFTER THE CURFEW + ELEPHANT EGO + PORTRAITS OF AUGUST + SINGLE FOR SUMMER + UNDER VIENNA SKIES Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. $15. BANG - FEAT: STORIES + SURRENDER THE THRONE + TO LIGHT ATLANTIS Royal Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. BENEFOOT 2 FOR THERESE - FEAT: BATPISS + AD SKINNER + DJ RACH + LINK MEANIEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S AMAZING JUKEBOX + SPERMAIDS Old Bar, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. $10. BODIES + RIVER OF SNAKES Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 4:00pm. BOOM CRASH OPERA Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 9:30pm. $20. CRYING SIRENS + RASH OF SATAN + SIREN BLACK + THE PATCHWORK GIRLS Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. CYCLO TIMIK Open Studio, Northcote. 9:30pm. DALLAS FRASCA + AIMEE FRANCIS + VIRTUE Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $17. DAUGHTERS OF DOOM AFTER PARTY Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $6. DEAD CITY RUINS + BUGDUST + MY LEFT BOOT Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $13. ILLY + JACKIE ONASSIS + REMI The Hi-ďŹ , Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $36. INTERNATIONAL WOMENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DAY - FEAT: BAHDOESA + DARTS + DEAD RIVER + DJ KIRA PURU & LONGDONG + ILANNA ATKINSON + NINETY NINE + SHEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S THE BAND + THE VILLENETTES Public Bar, North Melbourne. 7:00pm. INTO THE MYSTIC (THE MUSIC OF VAN MORRISON) Ormond Hall, Ormond. 8:00pm. $22. KEVIN BORICH EXPRESS Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:30pm. $30. KINGSTON CROWN + THANDO Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. KLUB M.U.F 303, Northcote. 12:30am. MELBOURNE ZOO TWILIGHTS - FEAT: FAT FREDDYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DROP + OSCAR KEY SUNG Melbourne Zoo, Parkville. 5:30pm. MOSE & THE FMLY + DJ LOTUS + DJ YODA + PHIL PARA + THE HELLHOUNDS Espy, St Kilda. 7:00pm. NEVER TEAR US APART - FEAT: THE AUSTRALIAN INXS SHOW + SHED ZEPPELIN + THE DOORS ABSOLUTELY LIVE SHOW Espy, St Kilda. 10:00pm. $20. OBSCENE EXTREME - FEAT: DOOM + CRIPPLE BASTARDS + JIG AL + KROMOSOM THE KILL + NOWYOUREFUCKED Corner Hotel, Richmond. 4:00pm. $36. PORK CHOP PARTY + BRILLIG + DANDELION WINE + DJ FANTA PANTS Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 6:00pm. RATTLINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; BONES BLACKWOOD Public Bar, North Melbourne. 2:00am. REDSPENCER + DEAR LEADER + LEVONS CROWN + SUPERHOLIC FROZEN PONIES Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $8. SKA VENDORS + DJ BARBARA BLAZE + PAT POWELL The Luwow, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. $5. SPEED DEMONS + AUSTRALIAN KINGSWOOD FACTORY + CHAINGUN + DEATH VALLEY + ROAD RATZ Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $10.

THE DUKES OF DELICIOUSNESS + DESTRENDS + UNDERHANDED Yah Yahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. THE GROWLERS + GRAND RAPIDS + TOMORROWâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TULIPS Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. THE WORST + FOOT SOLDIER + NMA + RAZORCUT Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 9:00pm. $5. WE DISAPPEAR Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:30pm. $15. WIL WAGNER + MAX STERN + PINCH HITTER Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 9:30pm. $10.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/ WORLD MUSIC

ALINTA & THE JAZZ EMPERORS Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $25. CLASSICAL PIANO Claypots Evening Star, South Melbourne. 3:00pm. EMMA GILMARTIN QUARTET Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. GOYIM + ELVIS IN THE HOUSE Claypots, St Kilda. 4:30pm. INNER SPACE OPERA - FEAT: BRITE WHITE LIGHT + KYO MU KAN + RABBIT MANTIS + RYO & MISAKO + THE RED ROOM 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10. KELLY AUTYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S WILD WOMEN Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 8:00pm. $25. KELSEY JAMES & THE KAMIKAZE BEES Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $25. LUKE SWEETING TRIO Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $15. THE WOOHOO REVUE + QUARTERHOUSE & THE BEAN PROJECT Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 8:00pm. $15. YVETTE JOHANSSON & THE JOE RUBERTO TRIO Dizzyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jazz Club, Richmond. 9:00pm. $20.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK

ALEX & THE SHY LASHLIES + KIM VOLKMANN & THE SHY LASHLIES Old Bar, Fitzroy. 4:00pm. ANDREW SWIFT + DAVY SIMONY + JOSHUA BATTEN Chandelier Room, Moorabbin. 9:00am. $20. CARUS THOMPSON + LUCY FISHER Shebeen, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $20. CHRIS PICKERING + DAN PARSONS Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. COLD HEART Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 10:30pm. FAST TRACK GRAND FINAL (JUNIOR DIVISION) Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury. 12:30pm. $25. FINGERBONE BILL Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 10:00pm. KLUB M.U.F 303, Northcote. 3:00pm. LEIGH SLOGGETT DUO Famous Blue Raincoat, Kingsville South. 8:30pm. LONE TYGER Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. MCALPINEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S FUSILIERS Victoria Hotel, Brunswick. 10:00pm. MELBOURNE UKE FESTIVAL - FEAT: BIRTH + DAVID MEGARITTY + MONTGOMERY BROTHERS + SOMEONE ELSEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S WEDDING BAND + SOPHISTICATED HULAS + UKULELE CAR-

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Jazz-fusion sensation Robert Glasper Experiment will hit Melbourne this week with very special guests Roy Ayers and Lonnie Liston Smith. 2013 Grammy award winners, Robert Glasper Experiment are without doubt one of the greatest jazz fusion bands to emerge from the US in the last 20 years and are well on their way to becoming the hottest jazz artists in the world. Catch them at The Forum on Friday March 7.

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tinnie cracking time! Golden Plains is finally here. The eighth incarnation of Golden Plains, which will feature performances from hip hop royalty Public Enemy, indie darlings Yo La Tengo plus a host of international, national and local talent. Golden Plains 2014 takes place over Saturday March 8 - Monday March 10 at the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well and truly sold out.

NIVAL Wesley Anne, Northcote. 3:00pm. $10. MELBOURNE UKULELE FESTIVAL 2014 - Northcote Town Hall, Northcote. 12:00pm. MOOMBA FESTIVAL - FEAT: TIME OF MY LIFE BAND + COLOMBIA SOUNDS LIKE THIS + SCOTT DARLOW + STRANGE TENANTS + SUNDAY CHAIRS + SWEET JEAN + THE MOONEE VALLEY DRIFTERS Birrarung Marr, Melbourne. 12:00pm. MOTOR CITY MUSIC FESTIVAL - FEAT: ALISTER TURRILL + BLUE EYES CRY + BROOKLYN BLUE + CHOCOLATE STARFISH + CHRIS RUSSELLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CHICKEN WALK + CLAUDE HAY + CROWN OF THORNS + GEORGE KAMIKAWA & NORIKO TADANO + JIMI HOCKINGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BLUES MACHINE + JOHN MCNAMARA + LLOYD SPIEGEL + NICK BARKER & THE HEARTACHE STATE + PALACE OF THE KING + RAW BRIT + SPOONFUL + TEX MILLER + WAYNE JURY + ANDREA MARR BAND + APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION + BLUES MOUNTAIN + DIE HARD DOLLS + GEOFF ACHISON + KISSTROYER AND MORE Geelong Showgrounds, Geelong. 12:00pm. $37. MRSPKR Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 8:00pm. PHEASANT PLUCKERS Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 6:00pm. PORT FAIRY FOLK FESTIVAL - FEAT: ARCHIE ROACH + ASH GRUNWALD + BLAIR DUNLOP + JON CLEARY & THE ABSOLUTE MONSTER GENTLEMEN + MADELEINE PEYROUX +

ALASKA STRING BAND + ALTAN + ANTONIO SERRANO + BEN SALTER + BOBBY ALU + CHRIS WILSONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CROWN OF THORNS + DANIEL CHAMPAGNE + DAVID BRIDIE & THE PILLS + MORE Port Fairy Folk Festival Site, Port Fairy. 12:00pm. $275. SAM GREEN & THE TIME MACHINE ButterďŹ&#x201A;y Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $28. SOUTHERN COOKINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Brunswick Town Hall, Brunswick. 4:00pm. SWEET FELICIA & THE HONEYTONES Union Hotel, Brunswick. 10:00pm. TESS MCKENNA & THE SHAPIROS Union Hotel, Brunswick. 6:00pm. THE RECHORDS Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 10:30pm. THE STORMY MONDAYS Wesley Anne, Northcote. 9:00pm. $5. WILD COMFORTS Wesley Anne, Northcote. 7:00pm.

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For all the latest gigs check out beat.com.au BOOM CRASH OPERA + DALE RYDER BAND + DJ ROC LANDERS + GARY EASTWOOD EXPRESS + SOUL SAFARI Espy, St Kilda. 10:00pm. BUCK JR + DEMI LOUISE Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. CLOSURE IN MOSCOW + A LONELY CROWD + DERRIS KHARLAN + SECRET TSUNAMI Espy, St Kilda. 10:00pm. DOWN TO NOTHING + 50 LIONS + BORN FREE + PIECE BY PIECE Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $25. EMPAT LIMA Public Bar, North Melbourne. 2:00am. FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL - FEAT: DEADMAU5 + ERIC PRYDZ + KNIFE PARTY + MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS + PHARREL WILLIAMS + PHOENIX + MORE Flemington Racecourse, Flemington. 12:00pm. $167. GEORGIA MAQ + ELI CASH + TOM DENTON + TROUBLED MEDIUM Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 4:00pm. HUGO RACE & THE TRUE SPIRIT + MIDNIGHT SCAVENGERS Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. JIG AI + ASBESTOSISIS + ATOMIC DEATH SQUAD + BLIGHT WORMS + BURST + FILTH + PISSBOLT + TERROR STRIKE + VILE SPECIMEN Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 4:30pm. $20. LABOUR DAY EVE - FEAT: PRIMITIVE CALCULATORS + DJ MILES BROWN + MAD NANNA + PROLIFE + VACUUM + WORNG Public Bar, North Melbourne. 3:00pm. LABOUR DAY EVE - FEAT: ROLLER ONE + DJ MARIE EVE + EMMA STUART + LILITH LANE Old Bar, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. $8. MAX STERN + GEORGIA MAQ + LUCY WILSON + PINCH HITTER Old Bar, Fitzroy. 3:00pm. MY ECHO + THE CONTROLLERS Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10. PLASTIC - FEAT: THE GETAWAY PLAN + A SLEEPLESS MELODY + BRIGHTER AT NIGHT + LET’S NOT PRETEND Royal Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. PLASTIC - FEAT: COLD GROUND + DEEZ NUTS + EARHT CALLER + RELENTLESS + MAKE THEM SUFFER + SAVIOUR + SIERRA Colonial Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. PUB ROCK + THE WELLINGTONS Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 10:00pm. ROCK IN THE VINES - FEAT: JACKSON FIREBIRD + KING OF THE NORTH + LACHYDOLEY GROUP + THE SKA VENDORS + AIMEE FRANCIS + JOHN LINGARD + MEZ WHITTLE + MY LEFT BOOT + RABID ZULU + RYAN GAY + TALISA JOBE + THE BRODIE GLEN SHOW + THE ELECTRIC SUNKINGS The Rifle Brigade Hotel, Bendigo. 12:00pm. $20.

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FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL This week the Future Music Festival juggernaut will take over Melbourne. Headlining proceedings will be the likes of  Deadmau5, Phoenix, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pharrell Williams and Knife Party alongside Hardwell, Eric Prydz, Kaskade, Paul van Dyk, Baauer, Markus Schulz and a whole lot more. Future Music Festival goes down on Sunday March 9 at the Flemington Racecourse. CAMERON + BENHUR HELWEND + THE RENEGADES + TOMOKI SATO + URBAN UKES Wesley Anne, Northcote. 3:00pm. $10. MELBOURNE UKULELE FESTIVAL - FEAT: GODFREY UKE & HIS ORCHESTRA + ROSE TURTLE ERTLER AND FRIENDS + SEVEN SEVENS + THE TOY BOX FEATURING AZO BELL + UKULELE RUSS Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:30pm. $20. MELODY POOL Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 7:30pm. MICK DALEY Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 4:00pm. $10. MOOMBA FESTIVAL - FEAT: TIME OF MY LIFE BAND + COLOMBIA SOUNDS LIKE THIS + SCOTT DARLOW + STRANGE TENANTS + SUNDAY CHAIRS + SWEET JEAN + THE MOONEE VALLEY DRIFTERS Birrarung Marr, Melbourne. 12:00pm. PORT FAIRY FOLK FESTIVAL - FEAT: ARCHIE ROACH + ASH GRUNWALD + BLAIR DUNLOP + JON CLEARY & THE ABSOLUTE MONSTER GENTLEMEN + MADELEINE PEYROUX + ALASKA STRING BAND + ALTAN + ANTONIO SERRANO + BEN SALTER + BOBBY ALU + CHRIS WILSON’S CROWN OF THORNS + DANIEL CHAMPAGNE + DAVID BRIDIE & THE PILLS + MORE Port Fairy Folk Festival Site, Port Fairy. 12:00pm. $275. ROD PAINE & THE FULLTIME LOVERS Clare Castle Hotel, Port Melbourne. 3:00pm. SAM GREEN & THE TIME MACHINE Butterfly Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $28. SIME NUGENT BAND Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 6:00pm. SOUTHERN LIGHTNING Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $5. SUZIE DICKINSON & THE HUMMINGBIRDS + AL WRIGHT & TONY HARGREAVES + KEN MAHER Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 6:30pm. THE LOWRIDERS Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. THE MARGIE LOU TRIO + GIL ASKEY Claypots, St Kilda. 4:30pm. THE MELBOURNE RHYTHM PROJECT + LEIGH BARKER + THE NEW SHIEKS Brunswick Town Hall, Brunswick. 6:00pm. THE STETSON FAMILY Union Hotel, Brunswick. 6:00pm.

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TUESDAY MARCH 11 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS BEN WRIGHT SMITH + GENA ROSE BRUCE + THE KITE MACHINE Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. $10. VELCRO + ADELAIDE CROWS + COOL SOUNDS + ZONE OUT Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $10.

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Melbourne’s annual Moomba Festival kicks off this week! Now in it’s 60th year, the festival features a stack of great arts and cultural events. Starting Friday, the festival will include fireworks, the notorious Birdman Rally (where contestants attempt to fly across the river by leaping off a four-metre platform with wings attached to their costumes…as you do), culminating in the Moomba Parade on Monday. As part of the festivities, The Push are curating a Pop-Up Stage, showcasing some of Victoria’s best young bands in the FReeZA Push Start Grand Final. Competing bands are Alkali Fly, Baking Blind, Residual, Darcy Fox, Listerdale, The Rims, Bel Air, Worship The Fallen and Great John Himself. Entry to the stage will be free, making it even easier for you to get along and support some fabulous young talent. Also performing are super special guests The Smith Street Band, Remi and Allday. After scoring a spot in the most recent Hottest 100, Remi delighted fans at St Kilda Festival, as did Allday, whose set had to be cut short after crazed fans stormed the stage. Get along to enjoy some great live music and to take advantage of all Moomba has to offer. Are you an unsigned artist, band or singer looking for a leg up? You could score a cash prize of up to $10,000 and one-on-one mentoring sessions thanks to the Unsigned Only Music Competition. Open to acts who aren’t signed to a major record label (independent labels are allowed), the competition is judged by industry professionals, aiming to unearth and promote fresh new talent. Mentoring sessions include record company presidents, A&R reps and more, allowing participants to gain valuable feedback and networking opportunities. Entries close March 13, so head to unsignedonly.com for full entry details. The crafty kids at Moreland FReeZA have organised a sweet BMX competition/outdoor cinema/live music event for this Friday. Not only will the event feature some crazy good local talent from Beloved Elk, Solstice and uber babes Tully On Tully, there will also be a film screening of Scott Pilgrim VS the World, as well as BMX comps, food and DJs. Everything you’ve always wanted and more, just like a tub of Neapolitan ice cream, or a burger with the lot. Full details of this event can be found below.

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PLACEBO Palais Theatre, Thursday February 27 Like a fine wine, some bands get better with age and like a cheap tin, others go flat and expire. As I entered the Palais Theatre to see goth icons Placebo, amidst a sea of jet black hair and finer nails part of me thought for a moment that they might have fallen into the latter category. They’ve certainly moved into a more mature space, as has their audience. Playing a one and a half hour set at a seated show at the Palais theatre to a respectful and mostly sober crowd of adoring fans is a far cry from strumming out a couple in a back alley dive to a handful of heroin-chic goths too cooked to know their ass from their elbow. It’s certainly a different Placebo in a different time. I was particularly taken with the epicness of the show. I didn’t remember them producing such a large and loud sound and I certainly wasn’t anticipating it. Classics like Meds and Every You, Every Me take on a whole new identity when their brought into that atmosphere and played in that nature with so much aggression and ferocity. Though the songs were still unmistakably Placebo, due mostly of course to Brian Molkos familiar whine, they just seemed grander, purpose built for large scale performances in arenas and festival main-stages. Though I didn’t expect it, it didn’t upset me and it certainly resonated with the crowd. It was that aggression coupled with the industrial electronic drum tracks that laid under the entire set that showed me that Placebo aren’t a band that remained stagnant, they’ve adapted to their surroundings and have toyed with their sound to appeal to their audience. Their newer material wasn’t really my cup of tea. I’m not one for epic neo-goth industrial pop rock, I find it to be a little too obvious, but I was happy to endure what I perceived to be lulls in the show for the peaks which were a grand enough pay off. Though they haven’t really been in my thoughts of late, that doesn’t mean they haven’t been producing material that appeals to those they target. Placebo, for all their goth androgynous quirks and gimmicks are one of the most influential acts of the last couple of decades.I LOVED: The Classics. can’t deny Placebo their place in rock ‘n’ roll history - they’ve earned it. HATED: The fact I couldn’t take my beer to my seat. KEATS MULLIGAN DRANK: Nothing while I was at my seat.

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Prince Bandroom, Thursday February 27

In 1989 my club cricket team ventured to Gepps Cross in the outer northern suburbs of Adelaide to play Gepps Cross. Early in the match, our young, brash fast bowler offered some choice commentary to one of the opposition’s opening batsman. At the end of the over the batsman removed his helmet to reveal a head heavy with facial hair and a couple of earrings. His tattoos – in those days, a graphic symbol of experience and potential aggression, rather than a mere fashion statement – suggested our bowler’s rhetoric was ill-timed and intemperate. Within a few overs the bearded batsman was flailing us to all parts of the barren outfield, and our fate was sealed. The memory of that game drifted back as Clutch came onstage at the Prince Bandroom. Neil Fallon has no obvious tattoos, but in every other respect he’s the tough bloke you know you shouldn’t mess with. Fallon parades around the stage like a blues-rock evangelist, his incendiary stage presence lighting a fire of excitement in the already excited crowd. There’s a tethered mania in his eyes, like a man who knows more than he reveals. Fallon gesticulates to affirm each rhetorical flourish. There’s nothing pretentious or contrived here. On guitar Tim Sult is a model of efficiency. There are no stadium rock histrionics, Jimmy Page antics or indulgent guitar hero moves, yet the riffs keep coming with the relentless precision of a bludgeoning cover drive. Jean-Paul Gastner is a machine, and a brutal machine at that: he’s swinging like a motherfucker, both musically and literally when the band breaks from stoner rock groove into rock’n’roll whitewater. Bass player Dan Maines barely moves for the entire evening, and his grip on the rhythm section refuses to be broken. Clutch is an album band, and tonight’s set is weighed heavily toward material from the band’s most recent album, Earth Rocker, though the band dips occasionally into its extensive catalogue; tracks such as Regulator, Spacegrass and Electric Worry send the crowd into apoplexy. The set ends temporarily, and the band members return to the stage for a two, or maybe three-song encore. Fallon takes a photo of the crowd LOVED: The manifest absence of for posterity and the night is over. You can’t fault Clutch – this is a rock’n’roll pretension. band like few others. HATED: That is was a school night. DRANK: Beer in plastic cups. PATRICK EMERY

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For more reviews go to beat.com.au/reviews AFI/††† (CROSSES) Prince Bandroom, Wednesday February 26 ††† (Crosses), the new project for Deftones frontman Chino Moreno, saw him trading in the metal sound he has owned for more than two decades for synthesisers, atmospheric electronica and a much softer rock approach. The set was delivered with the finesse and energy of seasoned musicians, while the set was peppered with interesting moments made up of hip hop beats and house dance sections, for the most part it felt too long. Not often do you witness a support band playing an hour long set, but tonight the audience were treated to almost the entire Crosses discography, and soon song after song began to bleed into each other. The groovy melodies of Telepathy midway in started to wake the crowd but future efforts from the band fell short. Crosses played a classy set with an interesting sound but tonight they were getting little in return. It was a very different scene as soon as AFI stepped onto the stage. Opening with The Leaving Song Pt. II and Girl’s Not Grey – a double-header from 2003’s Sing The Sorrows, whipped the room into an immediate frenzy, proving that the sold out crowd were long time devotees. The small venue seemed as if it would burst at the seams, and by third song I Hope You Suffer, vocalist Davey Havok was already utilising the no-barrier crowd access. Love Like Winter from 2006’s Decemberunderground proved to be a mid-set favourite before The Leaving Song brought things down for a slower sing-along. AFI closed the main part of their set with their most commercial hit Miss Murder before returning to the stage with a cover of The Cure’s Just Like Heaven and throwing back to evidently their most popular era with Dancing Through Sunday and Silver And Cold. While AFI may not be playing in arenas as big as they did eight years LOVED: Feeling like I was a 14-year-old ago, they still put on a thrilling live show, full of memorable moments with too much eyeliner again. and packed with an eternal enthusiasm and spark. It was clear from HATED: Work the next day. the state of the crowd leaving the venue that it is still a joy to watch DRANK: Water and cider – drinks of AFI put on a show with a flair that only AFI still can.  champions. GLORIA BRANCATISANO

FLYING LOTUS The Forum, Friday February 28 Hawk-eyed clock-watching finally pays off: 9PM on Friday night finally ticks over. I sign out of work and make the mad dash from the sales floor to what is undoubtedly going to be a heaving dance floor at The Forum. I arrive a few minutes into Om Unit laying down breakneck 170BPM. Anyone who tells you drum and bass is dead is absolutely full of shit: Om Unit keeps a steady, relentless momentum up that has the crowd of Melbourne’s resident cool kids and weird units moving. It’s all whip-crack snares and basslines that rattle in your chest deftly mixed with the light touch of a master at work – the kind of pared-back and unfathomably deep footwork and jungle sounds Om Unit has been fronting of late with the likes of labels like Exit and Civil. Clearly, something is working, even despite the bizarre sampling of Lorde’s Royals at one point: it’s not even ten and a circle of people skanking hard has already formed. I am impressed. Om Unit rounds out his set with a smile and a wave, letting Melbourne’s own Silent Jay provide the soundtrack to the interlude between the two main acts. A rising star within Melbourne’s beats scene, Silent Jay’s productions provide a welcome I haven’t seen Steven Ellison aka Flying Lotus in action since he played the Summadayze circuit a few years back – an impressive set albeit in what couldn’t possibly be a more inappropriate context (harsh summer sunshine and the peak of the day’s heat). Since then Ellison has soared to even greater heights: Brainfeeder is home to one of the most enviable rosters of talent in electronica, Ellison’s third album Until the Quiet Comes was a remarkable artistic achievement lauded by both the underground and mainstream. And his newly-refreshed stage show, Jesus. Layer 3 is an impressive multidisciplinary achievement: three screens showing off strange, abstract visuals that flash forth and change as quickly as the direction of FlyLo’s strange and compelling musical world. One might suspect that it would all become a little too overwhelming at times, but one of Ellison’s many talents is knowing how to balance it all out - the flashes of hyper colour, hallucinatory visuals playing back and forth off each other are a visual delight that pairs perfectly with the wonky, bass-heavy experiments that FlyLo drops throughout the course of his set. Taking the heaving, packedout crowd through a journey that encompasses all four of his albums, there’s something there for everybody – and when Ellison finally closes out the stage complete with two bras nicked from God knows where and the promise he’ll be back soon enough, I’m LOVED: FlyLo’s dazzling visuals. walking on jelly legs tired from the furious dancing and full of euphoria. HATED: Tall people, as a 5”0 girl. DRANK: Sparkling white. MIKI MCLAY

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SOUNDWAVE 2014 Flemington Racecourse, Friday February 28 Despite the tumultuous lead-up to Soundwave 2014 – tour cancellations from Desaparecidos, Megadeth and Stone Temple Pilots, and timetable clashes – the atmosphere at Flemington Racecourse was sparked with excitement when this reviewer arrived with her best friend in tow; crowds had pooled around stages in anticipation for the first act, while others had simply started their day by lounging on the grass, preserving their energy for later that night. This year Soundwave was spread out over seven main stages, catering for the 90+ bands that AJ Maddah organised, which meant that there was going to be clashes (hence, I apologise in advance if I missed your favourite band). Our day started at Stage 1, where Scottish band Biffy Clyro opened with an impressive set — they were energetic, charismatic and damn good live, performing tracks from their oeuvre with ecstatic fervour and enthusiasm. A quick wander off to Stage 3 and we caught the last few songs of pop-punk heartthrobs, Mayday Parade, who performed Three Cheers For Five Years, Oh Well, Oh Well, and Jersey with as much charm as Chad Michael Murray (and he has a lot). Following act, The Story So Far, were mediocre in comparison. Severely underwhelmed, we ventured over to Stage 5, where its gargantuan tent introduced us to the wonder of Alkaline Trio. Brash, honest and bass-driven, the trio performed This Could Be Love, Radio and I’m Only Here to Disappoint, enrapturing the crowd, who fist-pumped away blissfully. Up next was MUTEMATH, who convinced my best friend to finally listen to them with their impressive renditions of Prytania and Blood Pressure. However, before we could finish watching their set, we rushed over to Stage 3 to ensure we had good spots for Californian quartet, AFI. We were early; hence, Our Last Night earned some new fans with their charismatic post-hardcore sound and Trevor Wentworth’s controlled timbre, or as my friend put it, “his beautiful face.” AFI were everything I imagined them to be and more. They were humble and polite while churning out numbers like Silver and Cold, Dancing Through Sunday, and I Hope You Suffer, reminding us why they’ve been in this business for over 20 years now. Next up on Stage 3 was Panic! At The Disco. Their appalling performance was enough to sway us to believe that this was why guitarist/vocalist Ryan Ross and bassist/guitarist Jon Walker decided to leave back in 2009. In fact, their performance was so bad that my best friend and I created a review scale based on it. On Stage 1, Placebo enchanted us with their innovative and somewhat drawn out performance, before A Day To Remember rocked up on Stage 2 and made their guitars cry. It was disappointing for a band who are so enamouring on record. The rest of the day followed similarly; Green Day’s set was a highlight, ridden with reminders that this was “our night” while the trio performed over 30 songs, including Known Your Enemy, Basket Case, Minority and American Idiot. Green Day deserve a fucking medal for their set. Overall, Soundwave 2014 was a day of sunburns LOVED: The people. enveloped in an atmosphere of elation and hardcore dedication. HATED: Panic! At The Disco. DRANK: Slushies and water. AVRILLE BYLOK-COLLARD

EAGLES OF DEATH METAL, ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT, MUTEMATH The Hi-Fi, Monday February 24 If you indulged the MUTEMATH frontman crowdsurfing on his custom made air mattress complete with lights, caressed his keytar or just enjoyed the schizophrenic, genre defying spectacle, good for you. Ain’t no one want to deny anyone a good time. Not many humans in rock‘n’roll today have the needling dry wit, effortless charm and velvety smooth demeanor of Rocket From the Crypt’s lead singer John ‘Speedo’ Reis. Any frontman that convinces the crowd to loosen up by massaging the shoulders of the person in front of them is worth his salt. RFTC’s set blistered, filled with all the classics the crowd were hungry for, Born In 69’, On A Rope, I Was Made For You, I Know, plus more. The band were clearly stoked to be in ‘Austria’, playing the ‘Shockwave’ festival as Reis cheekily put it. Rocket From The Crypt burnt just as bright as anyone could have hoped for, old hands that give the young bucks a run for their money and do it all with impeccable style. If anyone was to attempt to rival John Reis, Jesse ‘the devil’ Hughes is certainly qualified. Hughes paced the stage with a manic energy, determined to put on show, and put on a show he and The Eagles of Death Metal did. All the hits from the first two albums rolled out, causing the crowd to shake in a collective frenzy. Jesse was feeling the love, suggesting that we all do hot cocoa and hugs after the show. Hot Cocoa, a stripper friend of his naturally. Level issues plagued the second half of the set but weren’t successful in derailing it. Punters were treated to an intimate version of Midnight Creeper, Taking Care of Business and I’m Your Torpedo by a solo Hughes. The band then returned to explode into a few more tracks before leaving the crowd with LOVED: John Reis’s incessant cheeky their primal instincts activated, ready to give themselves over to the spirits banter. of the night. HATED: Post gig high, no sleep untill 2am. DRANK: Not much, Monday yo! KRYSTAL MAYNARD

A DAY D AY TO REMEM DA REMEMBER/THE GHOST INSIDE/I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN Forum, The Foru F Fo o rruu m, m Thursday February 27 I Killed The Prom Prroom mQ Que Qu Queen u en wer were given the job of opening the night. Playing through their newer material, set highlights came in the he fo he fform rm of classics Your Shirt Would Look Better With A Columbian Neck-tie and set closer Saying rm Goodbye which got a small sm section of the crowd moving. Punters weren’t promising prom to save any energy when The Ghost Inside stepped onto the stage, quickly getting the mosh pit movin moving. Engine 45 and Unspoken proved to be great openers, The Ghost Inside’s energetic performance only spurring the crowd to give them more. The set was full of small surprises, from vocalist Jonathan Vigil’s positivity speech before Thirty Three to guest vocals from letlive.’s Jason Butler in Faith Or Forgiveness, each welcomed by a ruckus rucku of applause from the crowd and a lot more pit involvement. The band were clearly thriving off the energy being thrown th at them, the smile not leaving Vigil’s face from the beginning of Engine 45 til the end of set closer Dark Horse. From the opening chords of All I Want to the closing screams of The Downfall Of Us All, A Day To Remember delivered. The set wasn’t without its signature gimmicks. Right Back At It Again saw bouncy balls being let into the pit, All Signs Point To Lauderdale brought toilet paper, City Of Ocala had free t-shirts and It’s opened with vocalist Jeremy McKinnon running across the pit in a hamster ball and begging Complicatedd ope the crowd “not to let him die”. There was no doubting A Day To Remember brought one hell of a rock show. W Wit h a set lean With leaning to the heavier side of their discography they ripped through I’m Made Of Wax Larry startin ing ng the ng the first of many pit circles and used The Document Speaks For Itself as the backdrop for a wall of death. IIns In nssid n ide de aal de cha the biggest surprise of the night came when the band stripped things back for two acoustic tracks. Inside alll the chaos, Sta arrt rti ti ting ng with You Had Me At Hello before continuing to crowd singalong Starting favou urrite u ttee If It Means M favourite A Lot To You leaving only McKinnon and guitarist LOVED: Watching people get fooled by n Skaff Skkaff on tthe stage. S Kevin The Forum’s “outdoor” roof. HATED: Nada. RIA R IA A BR AN GLORIA BRANCATISANO DRANK: Good ol’ H2O.

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