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FRENTE Frente will celebrate the 21st anniversary of their hugely popular debut Marvin the Album with a long-awaited national tour this May. Released in late 1992, Marvin sold 1.2 million copies worldwide. On what will mark their first national headlinine tour since 1997, the duo will play their debut from beginning to end, followed by the US cuts and fan favourites. Frente will bring Marvin to The Playhouse on Thursday May 22 and Friday May 23. Tickets are available from The Arts Centre.

BAM BAM Melbourne rapper Bam Bam has announced a string of tour dates in support of his forthcoming EP, The Good Life, due out later this month. The EP will feature his airwave dominating single Bags Packed as well as its follow up, Feel Like I’m Alive. Bam Bam will get the Northcote Social Club bouncing on Saturday April 12. Tickets are available from the venue’s website.

KINGSWOOD Kingswood will hit the road to celebrate the release of their latest single Suckerpunch. The first single from their forthcoming debut album, Suckerpunch follows a string of hugely successful releases by the Melbourne four-piece, including the critically acclaimed Ohio. Kingswood will hit The Hi-Fi on Saturday May 24. Grab tickets from the venue’s website.

THIEF Sydney electronic pop artist Thief has unveiled the dates of his national Closer EP tour. On top of releasing his latest EP, Thief recently joined The Aston Shuffle on their national tour and will soon jet off to the US for SXSW. Thief will hit Shebeen with Nicole Millar on Saturday March 22.

BONJAH Bonjah have just announced that their third independent and most diverse album Beautiful Wild will be released via Inertia on April 18. Recorded in only 10 days in the band's adopted hometown of Melbourne with producer Jan Skubiszewski (Way Of The Eagle, J.B.T, Cat Empire), the album is a collection of 11 songs that see the band taking a new creative path. The final finishing touches were put on by mastering legend Steve Smart ( Jezabels, Empire Of The Sun) at Studios 301, Sydney. Their latest offering is a heavily hook-laden album that weaves its way from track to track, highlighting warm guitar tones and the rock 'n' roll swagger of lead singer Glenn Mossop’s unique and captivating vocals. Written across 18 months, the album borrows largely from the theme of the ever-elusive subject of love - the highs, the lows and everything in between. The album's title track features the backing vocals of much loved Australian vocalist Ella Hooper, who helps deliver the most intimate and heartfelt moment on the record. They launch their album at The Corner on Friday May 9. Tickets via Ticketscout.

THE MELBOURNE FOLK CLUB The Melbourne Folk Club, in conjunction with Heartstop Music, Beat Magazine and Mountain Goat Brewery, will be hosting a new weekly music event from this April. Held at the swanky Bella Union at Trades Hall in Carlton, the folk club with provide performances from some of the best local, national and international touring acts. First up on the program for April and May will be Davey Lane, Sweet Jean, Mick Thomas, Marlon Williams, Jordie Lane, Grand Salvo and Liz Stringer. Fans will also be able to join the Folk Club as a free member, with benefits that include a free Mountain Goat beer on entry, discounted tickets and presale privileges. The Folk Club will kick off at the Bella Union on Wednesday April 23 at 8pm. Tickets, including a full program, are available through The Melbourne Folk Club.

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Canberra-based post-hardcore quintet When Giants Sleep are set to release their latest EP Lucidity on March 26, complimented by film clip for lead single New Days, directed by Chris Elder. Armed with an arsenal of infectiously catchy melodies and cataclysmic breakdowns, Lucidity captures When Giants Sleep’s unique brand of roof-raising music. Since forming in late 2011, When Giants Sleep have maintained a blistering rate of momentum, sharing stages around the country with household names such as Northlane, Dream On Dreamer, Buried In Verona and Sienna Skies, as well as debuting their music video for single Reluctant Weather, Helpful Hand on BlankTV. As well as receiving radio play from stations across Australia, When Giants Sleep have enjoyed praise from audiences all over the country, capturing hearts and minds with their high energy live set. The lads from the ACT will be celebrating the release of their EP by bringing their renowned live show to Wrangler Studios on Saturday April 12 with Emecia. When Giants Sleep will debut their film clip for New Days on Monday March 17.

TINA ARENA Australian pop icon Tina Arena is set to return to our shores this August to embark on a national tour following the overwhelming success of her latest album, her first original English language release in 12 years, Reset. Tina Arena is a name that is synonymous with Australian music and pop culture. Her voice has resonated throughout generations from her early days on Young Talent Time, to her coming of age debut album Strong as Steel, through to her incredible international success with sophomore album, ten times platinum Don’t Ask and follow up multi-platinum In Deep, and then again with 2001’s Just Me. Tina’s career boasts an incredible playbook of anthemic hits that have penetrated the Australian musical landscape and earned her both critical and commercial acclaim at home and abroad. Hits like platinum-selling I Need Your Body, Chains, Heaven Help My Heart, Sorrento Moon, Burn, Now I Can Dance and Symphony Of Life have established Tina as Australia’s premier songstress, having recently been voted the greatest Australian female singer of all time by her Australian musical peers. Don’t miss your chance to see Tina Arena light up the room on the Reset Tour when tickets go on sale from 2.00pm local time, Thursday March 20 for her Wednesday September 17 Palais Theatre show. Tickets via Ticketmaster. The Reset album is available now through EMI Music Australia.

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RÜFÜS FAR AWAY STABLES Sydney alternative rock quintet Far Away Stables have just released their sophomore EP Atlantis, coupled with film clip to lead single What Are You Waiting For. The boys from Sydney are already enjoying the successes of their latest offering, as film clip for What Are You Waiting For has already gained over 11,000 views on YouTube since release, less than a month ago. Since forming in early 2012, Far Away Stables have received an incredibly warm reception from media outlets around the country, whilst developing an intensely loyal fan base through relentless touring, which has seen them grace stages across Australia with the likes of Paramore, The Offspring, Billy Talent, Northlane and The Rubens. Far Away Stables will be packing up the tour van for a run of East Coast tour dates to celebrate the release of Atlantis, which is available for download on Bandcamp. They play an 18+ show at POW Nightclub on Friday May 16. Tickets available at the door. They play an all ages show on Saturday May 17 at Wrangler Studios. Tickets available at the door.

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Christchurch three-piece T54 will be crossing the Tasman for the first time this March for their The Invisible Hand tour. Named after the most-produced tank in history, T54 certainly take no hostages with their sound-cutthroat alt-rock infused with '80s and '90s art-punk. This tour will see the band perform numbers from their debut LP In Brush Park, as well as tracks from their backlog of EPs. T54 will be playing three shows this March — The Old Car on Thursday March 20, Yah Yah’s on Friday March 21 and The Grace Darling Hotel on Saturday March 22. Tickets are available through each venue. In Brush Park is out now.

MELBOURNE NOW As part of Melbourne Now, a host of Melbourne’s artistic and musical cognoscenti are coming together for a conversation on the relationship between art and music entitled Ideas in Action: Forum - Sound and Vision. How do art and music support each other in Melbourne? Is Melbourne the Australian city most likely to support Melbourne artists and musicians? These questions and more will be discussed by a host of speakers, including painter and musician Caroline Kennedy–McCracken, music video artist Natasha Pincus who was responsible for Gotye’s Somebody I Used To Know video, Managing Director of Mushroom Marketing Carl Gardiner and more. The discussion will be moderated by Music Victoria’s CEO Patrick Donovan. It happens at the NGV as part of Melbourne Now on Thursday March 13 from 6pm - 7.30pm.

Indie dance trio, RÜFÜS have sold out their Brisbane, Melbourne, Geelong and Sydney shows on their Worlds Within Worlds national Australian tour, and a second show has been announced at The Palace for Wednesday May 14. The main supports following RÜFÜS on the road will be Hayden James and Kilter. “It’s pretty amazing the response from people for these shows,” beams the band’s drummer James Hunt. “And we’re really excited about the supports we’ve got for these gigs. Hayden James, Movement, Kilter, Crooked Colours... all really good people doing great things musically. It’s a good time to be making music in Australia.”  Tickets to their Worlds Within Worlds tour are available now via Ticketek.

GINGER AND THE GHOST Sydney duo Ginger and the Ghost have unveiled a string of dates in support of their forthcoming EP Call Up The Whales, due out digitally on Friday March 28. Since their 2012 inception, Ginger and the Ghost have released two EPs, with singles Where Wolf and One Type of Dark attracting international attention. This took the band on a hugely successful North American tour, including six SXSW shows and Canadian Music Week. Catch Ginger and the Ghost at Boney on Thursday March 27.

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LORDE Australia’s favourite artist/adopted daughter Lorde has just announced a run of huge dates around the country next month. Since emerging just 18 months ago, the 17 year old’s achievements have been numerous and significant, thanks to a string of instant-classic singles and a classy debut, Pure Heroine:  350 million+ Youtube views; record-breaking chart results around the world; a couple of Grammys and a Brit Award; and critical praise from everyone from Kanye to Bowie, to name but a few. In Australia, the stats also reflect her enormous popularity:  three spots in the top 15 of the Hottest 100 (including a #2 position for Royals); 6 x Platinum recognition for Royals/The Love Club EP and 2 x Platinum for Pure Heroine; over 16 million Spotify streams (making Royals the most streamed track in 2013); and an acclaimed spot on the 2014 Laneway Festival. Lorde’s brand new show - which includes a killer light show and a few surprises along the way - has been attracting amazing reviews since it kicked off in the US this week. She plays an all-ages Festival Hall show on Thursday April 24. Tickets via Ticketmaster.

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THE DELTA RIGGS Last week The Delta Riggs dropped Supersonic Casualties, the first cut from their forthcoming second album Dipz Zebazios. Inspired by journeys abroad and with their fancy hats tipped to the likes of J5, Outkast and other luminary beatmakers, Supersonic Casualties showcases a fresh approach to songwriting and with it, a mind-bending visual feast of a clip. Ignoring pleas for mercy from their tour van, The Delta Riggs will take their new sounds on the road up and down the east coast of Australia through two massive long weekends in April. In the meantime, The Delta Riggs look set to find a new legion of fans at their shows, having secured a massive sync opportunity for the AFL Season 2014 Promo Campaign, Everything’s Possible. Soundtracked by the tune Scratch Flower taken from their 2013 AMP award nominated album HEX.LOVER.KILLER, the promo features some of the league’s biggest stars and will run throughout the season. They play The John Curtin Hotel on Friday April 25 with Jakarta Criers in support. Tickets via johncurtinhotel.com.au.

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After a debut tour in 2012 playing Sugar Mountain Festival, MONA FOMA, and tearing across Australia playing some riotous sold out shows; Hunx and his Punx are cruizin’ and bruizin’ their way back into town. Hand-in-hand with lovers Shannon and the Clams they’ll make for the sweetest lovestruck line-up. Taking on Boogie Festival as well as playing co-headlined shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, this is a tour you don’t want to miss. Known for their trashy bubble-gum punk and unforgettable live shows, Hunx and his Punx have captured the attention of queers and squares alike. Their genre-crushing mix, echoing early '80s hard-core, '90s grrrl sounds and likened to the female version of The Misfits, is displayed at its fullest in Street Punk, released in 2013 via Hardly Art. Street Punk spits out the catchiest and most hateful punk songs heard in eons, so get bent! Oaklandites, Shannon and the Clams are forging a name for themselves around the world with a distinctive blend of '60s girl group sounds and the drippings of West Coast garage rock. It’s a mix of pop ballads, doo woppers, bomp stompers and punk rippers, country clippers and some psych-o trippers. Blazing through the touring scene with endless Burgerama’s, SXSW sideshows and Psych Fest freak-outs, Shannon and The Clams have squeezed in a short trip down under! Ya feelin’ lucky, punk? They play the Copacabana on Thursday April 17.

HAYDEN CALNIN Singer-songwriter Hayden Calnin is set to celebrate the release of his second EP Oh, Hunter with a special show in Melbourne this May. The Melbourne musician’s sophomore effort has been praised for its delicate lyrics and powerful instrumentals. Joining him will be Eliza Hull, who recently released her debut EP The Ghosts You Never Catch. Hayden Calnin will play the Northcote Social Club on Saturday May 3. Tickets are available from the venue’s website.

MISERY SIGNALS American metalcore band Misery Signals will unleash their latest album Absent Light on the Australian public when they head out on a national tour this May. With its metal precision and punk rock attitude, 2013’s Absent Light marked the band’s fifth full length release. Misery Signals will be joined by Sydney band Stories at The Espy on Saturday May 10. Tickets are available from Oztix.

LINDA ORTEGA Fresh from her nomination for ‘Best Roots & Traditional’ album at the 2014 JUNO Awards, Canadian Lindi Ortega will give Australian audiences a chance to see why she is regarded as one of the most exciting new acts in Country music, with headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney and appearances at Gumball, Boogie Festival and National Folk Festival to support the release of her acclaimed new album Tin Star. Produced by Grammy-nominated David Cobb (Shooter Jennings, Jason Isbell, George Jones), the new album sees Ortega touch on the classic country themes of loneliness, unrequited love, crumbling relationships and primal desire, all the while letting her contemporary twist on traditional country shine through.  Now Australia can see what all the fuss is about when Ortega plays an intimate solo show in Melbourne on April 22. Tin Star will be released physically on March 28 through Last Gang Records. She hits The Toff on Tuesday April 22 with Steve Smyth and Domini Forster as supports. Tickets via thetoffintown.com.

Illusive and Frontier Touring have just announced that Pete Rock and DJ Premier will be coming to Australia this May for ‘Collusion’, where they’ll be performing as a duo and in both collaborative and versus sets. DJ Premier, the Brooklyn DJ and producer is regarded as one of the most influential Hip Hop producers. Alongside Guru, he was half of the seminal duo Gang Starr. Premier’s productions appeared on many of the East Coast’s most important records: Nas’ Illmatic, the Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die, Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt, Jeru the Damaja’s The Sun Rises in the East, and Mos Def ’s Black on Both Sides. In 2006, Christina Aguilera recruited Premier to produce her album Back to Basics and has worked with Jay Z, Kanye West, KRS-One, Nas, Rakim, Mark Ronson, Maroon 5, M.O.P. Bun B, Mac Miller, Game, Royce da 5’9”,  Slick Rick, Game, Disclosure, Busta Rhymes, Joey Bada$$, Slaughterhouse, Common, D.I.T.C., D’Angelo, Jadakiss, and Snoop Dogg. Widely regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop producers of all time, Pete Rock first rose to prominence as part of the hugely influential duo Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth. From there, he has embarked on an unrivalled production and solo career spanning two decades, seeing him produce iconic records for Run DMC, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Ghostface Killah and Redman to name a few. He is credited as playing a major role in the merging of elements of jazz and funk into hip hop music, and has most recently been brought back into rap’s consciousness with his production on Jay-Z & Kanye West’s Watch The Throne album. They play 170 Russell on Friday May 2.

TIM ROGERS AND SHANE O’MARA Tim Rogers has announced he is heading off on a series of headline shows around the country this coming March and April accompanied by guitarist Shane O’Mara. The tour is in support of Rogers’ latest album Rogers Sings Rogerstein and takes in regional and outer-city areas in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales. As the frontman of You Am I, Rogers has released 10 studio albums, three of which debuted at number one, as well as a number of criticallyacclaimed solo albums and a number of collaborations with fellow musicians. In 2012, Rogers released his fifth solo album, second without a backing band, Rogers Sings Rogerstein. Tim Rogers will be performing songs from his five solo albums at Sooki Lounge on Thursday March 20.

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Oscar Key Sung will celebrate the release of his debut EP Holograms with a national tour this autumn. A pioneer of the alt-R&B genre, the former half of Oscar & Martin has garnered praise for his infectious dance floor hits, minimalist slow jams and sumptuous voice. Catch him at Howler on Saturday April 19. Tickets on sale from Moshtix.

FREE YOUR MIND BIFFY CLYRO After delivering a solid set at Soundwave 2014, Glasgow outfit Biffy Clyro have confirmed their much-hintedat September tour. Originating from Scotland, Biffy Clyro will be touring in promotion of Opposites (2013), an album that won the NME Award for Best Album last year, as well as spurring radio hits Black Chandelier, Biblical and Sounds Like Balloons. The tour will be an opportunity for fans to be treated to a full set from the inked Scotsmen, as they perform Biffy classics Mountains, Many Of Horror and Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies. Biffy Clyro will be performing at the Palais Theatre on Sunday September 7. Tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster from Thursday March 13 at 9am.

HELLIONS

Since their first show in June 2013, Hellions have wasted little time in establishing themselves as one of the country’s freshest sounding heavy acts. Drawing comparison to artists as diverse as Stray From The Path, Defeater, Rage Against The Machine and A Day To Remember, the Sydney-based collective made an instant splash with the release of their first single Infamita, which featured the vocal talents of Northlane’s Adrian Fitipaldes, while quickly racking up tour supports with Emmure, Deez Nuts and Attila. 2014 has already gotten off to a busy start, as the tireless group spent a month performing throughout Australia’s often-forgotten regional centres on the Skydancer tour, alongside label mates In Hearts Wake and Hand Of Mercy. They play an 18+ show at The Reverence on Friday May 9 from 8pm. They play an all ages gig at Wrangler from 1pm on Saturday May 10. Tickets for both shows on the door.

BRANT BJORK

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The Low Desert Punk Brant Bjork, has again put together a band of serious rock players — his most “ideal” unit yet. Featuring Dave Dinsmore on bass (Che, Bl’ast), Bubba Dupree on guitar (Void, Hater) and Tont Tornay on drums (Fatso Jetson, Chuck Dukowski). A new band with old school, heavy, classic punk and rock roots but also a band with a fresh attitude of fire and urgency. Nightmare Music is proud to bring this new band to Australia for the first time this May/June for their debut tour. Brant Bjork has been around the block and he’s ready and willing to go around again. This is the time and this is the band. This is the band that will no doubt move people to smoke pot and listen to The Stooges and Black Sabbath...Jimi and Jim. Brant Bjork plays Ding Dong for the first time on Thursday May 29. Tickets $50+bf via Oztix.

To celebrate the release of their second LP Black Rat, DZ Deathrays have announced they will be embarking on a national tour this May. Black Rat, which drops on Friday May 2, comes off the back of their 2012 debut album Bloodstreams, which won the band an ARIA Award for best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album. They toured the world constantly for two years in support of their debut, playing with acts like Foo Fighters, Crystal Castles, Ratatat, Sleigh Bells and festivals such as Reading & Leeds, The Great Escape, Laneway Festival, Splendour in the Grass and Big Day Out. Catch DZ Deathrays at the Corner Hotel on Friday May 16. Tickets go on sale Friday March 7.

Northlane have announced they will launch and headline the 2014 installment of their own curated mini-fest this coming May around Australia. Free Your Mind 2014 will include five touring acts on its non-stop Australian leg, including international and domestic artists. Northlane are well known for doing things differently to most bands, and the Free Your Mind concept continues that tradition. These dates will be the last on the band’s album cycle for their 2012 release Singularity, which took the five-piece around the world multiple times for nearly 200 shows. Free Your Mind is coming to The Hi-Fi on Saturday May 31 for an 18+ show and again on Sunday June 1 for an under 18 show. Tickets go on sale Thursday February 13 through Oztix.

DIE! DIE! DIE! New Zealand face-melters Die! Die! Die! will be returning to Melbourne this March in promotion of their current album Harmony. Recorded at Blackbox Studios in France and produced by Chris Townend (Portishead, Violent Femmes), Harmony was released in 2012 and showcased the fierce energy of the postpunk band, who are known for their sometimes reckless but menacing sound imbued with savant pop elements. Die! Die! Die! will perform at The Rochester Castle on Wednesday March 19. Tickets are available through Oztix.

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INTERNATIONAL 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 DIE! DIE! DIE! The Rochester Castle 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 HUNX AND HIS PUNX Copacabana 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 LINDA ORTEGA The Toff April 22 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 LORDE Festival Hall 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 MISERY SIGNALS The Espy May 10 JONNY CRAIG Corner Hotel May 17

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KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND By Tyson Wray Like many others of Generation Y, I was first introduced to the infectious horns, voluptuous licks and dulcet tones of KC and the Sunshine Band as the soundtrack to a montage of animated nudity. It was in 1995 with the family crowded around a dusty 52cm screen Magnavox: “I’m Troy McClure and I’ll leave you with what we all came here to see: hardcore nudity!” It’s this crude ending to the clip from The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular, featuring trimmed cuts from episodes with characters in various states of undress, which sears into my mind whenever the chorus of (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty peaks on a dance floor. This is of course quite possibly the most miniscule of blips on the radar that surveys the gargantuan achievements of KC and the Sunshine Band. Since first forming in 1973 in the heartland of Miami, the group have sold over 100 million records worldwide, been awarded multiple Grammys, battled through an eight-year hiatus and arguably most importantly helped shape the contemporary pop landscape through their delicate blend of funk, disco, soul and R&B. “Our records have had a tremendous amount of influence on music in the past 40 years, and even today’s music,” notes Harry “KC” Wayne Casey in a burly Southern accent. “I hear our riffs and stuff in so much music out there, even to this day. I’m listening to music these days and still thinking, ‘That sounds really close to one of mine’. We really were the group that was responsible for the whole dance revolution that took place.” Indeed their influence is undeniable. With a backcatalogue that hosts some of the most ubiquitous hits of the past four decades including That’s the Way (I Like It), I’m Your Boogie Man, Get Down Tonight, Give It Up and Please Don’t Go, there are few accomplishments left for the group to achieve in the contemporary music industry. “I try not to focus on what I haven’t done yet,” shares Casey humbly. “I mean at the moment I just want to have another record out there that everybody really loves, enjoys and embraces. I love what I’m doing, I love performing, I love writing music and I just keep doing what I’m doing. I love meeting the fans out there – that really satisfies me. I just do what I do, well, because I love doing it.” In recent times Casey has been fine-tuning his live performance on weekends around the States, but he BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 18

has his eyes firmly set on delivering a new record to the world. “I’ve been working very hard on a new album, that’s really taken up most of my time for the past two years and I think it’s going to be released later this year. It’s looking like it’ll be a double [album], but hey, it could be a triple!” he laughs. “There are 18 original songs and 17 songs from the ‘60s. I’ve been working with a remixer from the UK by the name of Bimbo Jones, he’s worked with Lady Gaga, Madonna,

“I HEAR OUR RIFFS AND STUFF IN SO MUCH MUSIC OUT THERE, EVEN TO THIS DAY. WE REALLY WERE THE GROUP THAT WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WHOLE DANCE REVOLUTION THAT TOOK PLACE.” Rihanna, Justin Bieber, you name it. I’ve collaborated with him on some songs, I’ve done some with the band. I’m really excited about it and I think it’s the best work that I’ve ever done. “I tried to select stuff that I felt outlined my life of the past 63 years;, it was hard to do, y’know? To pick through my emotions and my thoughts and what I do in my everyday life. My lyrics aren’t as simplistic as they once were on the original records. They’re a lot more mature. Well, there’s a lot more words in them than

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there used to be,” he laughs. “I was just trying out new things, trying different stuff, letting the emotions run through me. These emotions are completely different to what they were 40 years ago. “Some of it are things I’m feeling, some of it are things that I’ve dreamed of feeling, wanting and never quite had. I’ve never sounded better vocally. I’m really excited in the way that it all sounds as a whole: the music, the vocals, the songs, the lyrics. Everything has come together in a completely different way from how we recorded years ago. It’s exciting and it feels refreshing.” While Casey is no doubt reflecting on his past while writing and recording for his future, he details that he ensures to keep a keen ear on what’s dominating radio stations worldwide in the present. “I’m pretty much a top 40 guy, so whatever is in the charts is what I’m tuned into, whoever is the hot ticket at the moment is who I’m listening to. Happy by Pharrell Williams – I love that song. Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke and Say Something by A Great Big World, although I can’t really remember who’s in the top 10 this week,” he laughs. Returning to Australia next month for an appearance at Bluesfest alongside a series of headline theatre performances, Casey notes that eight years between visits Down Under is far too long for his liking. “I’ve always loved coming to Australia, I’ve found the people to be very warm, kind, charming and gracious. I love all of the cities – all of ‘em. They all have their own characters and identity, they’re just fun places to be in. Whenever somebody has asked me where my favourite place to go in the world is I’ve pretty much always just said Australia. So, there you have it! “The show is completely differently choreographed compared to when I was last in Australia,” he notes when looking towards the upcoming tour. “I do try to keep things relatively familiar for the audience, however, I try not to play obscure cuts from the albums. It’s a really high energy show. There are 15 of us onstage and everybody is a really important part of the show.” Setting his sights beyond the Australian tour, Casey notes that he hopes to keep his current modus operandi well into the future. “We tour all the time so that’s how I see myself spending the rest of the year, but I guess what happens with the record will really dictate that,” he explains. “If it’s a huge hit or we have a huge single then that’s going to change things completely for us. I don’t know those answers yet. Hopefully I’ll be able to continue to keep touring and keep good health – that’s what I love doing and that’s what I’m looking forward to.”

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THIS WEEK: ON SCREEN Life goes ad extremum in The Wolf of Wall Street, the true story of stockbroking rogue Jordan Belfort starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Sex, drugs, wealth and corruption run riot in the Belfort universe, written for the screen by Terence Winter (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire) and directed by Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, The Departed). Aided and abetted by Matthew McConaughey and Jonah Hill, DiCaprio is commanding in the role of Belfort, a man he spent much time with prior to shooting. It screens tonight, Wednesday March 12, at The Shadow Electric.

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ON STAGE Alternative beauty’s largest online community of pinup models, SuicideGirls, will bring their Blackheart Burlesque tour to Melbourne tonight. Made up of a troupe of the most talented SuicideGirls dancers, the Blackheart Burlesque features stripteases and performances that poke fun at the likes of Star Wars, Game of Thrones and Pulp Fiction. The Blackheart Burlesque Tour hits Billboard this evening, Wednesday March 12. Art & the Body

ON DISPL AY Tusk Gallery in South Yarra has reopened for the year with their first exhibition entitled Urban Amazons and Other Eclecticities. Inspired by the mythology of gender roles and the dichotomy of external and internal conflict it causes, Sydneyborn and based painter Tania Wursig will present a series of candid portraits of women, who embody the modern day Amazonian ideal, in Urban Amazons, while Sunshine Coast sculptor Veronica Cay will unlock the Pandora’s box of the caryatids, a symbolism of women everywhere who are the life support for those they love. Renowned textiles artist John Martono will return with trademark combination of paint and silk, capturing the exotic through geometric, abstract patterns and motifs. Pila Pansumrit’s latest abstract paintings to arrive from Bangkok will complement Martono’s work with their elusive metaphor and earthy colours. Urban Amazons and Other Eclecticities is currently open at Tusk Gallery.

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FESTIVAL OF LIVE ART By Avrille Bylok-Collard This year the Festival of Live Art, known affectionately as FOLA, will make its debut in Melbourne. Hosted over 16 spectacular days, the festival will include over 20 innovative and evocative works of theatre, art and performance, including the Australian debut of Edinburgh Fringe First winner Bryony Kimmings’ Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model.

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 700seat antique spiegeltent. Empire  will run from Tuesday March 11 to Sunday April 20 under the Spiegeltent on the Rooftop at Crown.

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“It’s powerful, visceral and will be a work that will get talked about a lot throughout the festival,” explains FOLA curator Joseph O’Farrell. He’s currently in New Zealand touring with The Suitcase Royale before his imminent return to Melbourne for FOLA this week. “This work explores role models, specifically through the experience of her niece” – who stars in Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model alongside Kimmings – “growing up in today’s world”; a world that appears superficial, contradictory and demoralising to most parents who are raising young girls and boys today. “I think the work is [going to be] really relevant to practitioners in Melbourne.” Joseph O’Farrell is an ex-Deakin University student, where he met his fellow Suitcase Royale members, Miles O’Neil and Glen Walton in 2004 (but not 2010-addition Tom Salisbury). They created their first work Felix Listens to the World not long after, which received the highest Melbourne Fringe Festival award at the time. Afterwards, they packed their suitcases to tour North America for three months, where they discovered a ‘terribly unhealthy’ affinity for bagels before they returned to Melbourne. They’ve been a visionary force of Melbourne theatre and comedy ever since. Therefore, it was hardly surprising that O’Farrell was selected as one of the FOLA curators. “Being offered the opportunity to be part of curating

FOLA was a huge privilege. Especially being able to do it at one of my favourite venues in the whole world!” gushes Joseph. “It is an ambitious festival; a trailblazer that I believe will offer something different to audiences. Sometimes it sounds a bit lame to say ‘this is the now’ but [FOLA] really is. This festival provides a snapshot of an emerging global art form [live art]. It’s young, it’s daring and it offers a different take on what performance can be.” It’s this maverick perspective on what constitutes a performance – which, according to the Online Oxford Dictionary, means “an act of presenting a play, concert, or other form of entertainment” – that has this writer befuddled. Isn’t performance, itself, live? Therefore, how does live art differentiate from performance? This was a question that had to be answered (and one that you readers are probably asking yourself too). “I find that everyone has a different answer,” muses O’Farrell. “My work with The Suitcase Royale paired me with the two kings of Live Art, Lone Twin. Through our collaboration I found out what live art was, and what live art means to me. To me, Live Art is a personable, shared experience. Whether in a room or in a community, it’s about stories and how they relate to the world around us, right here and right now. It’s a performance or artwork that captures a moment in time. Blink and it’s gone.” Despite this simplistic definition, O’Farrell’s words

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Sam Halmarack & The Miserablites have a deeper, philosophical meaning – that life, itself, is a form of live art. Life is an array of emotional performances, experienced only once; an essence that the Festival of Live Art has captured in its program through the addition of UK favourite Sam Halmarack & The Miserablites. “The Miserablites are one of the best bands I’ve seen in a long, long time,” enthuses the FOLA curator, who commissioned Sam Halmarack & The Miserablites for the festival. “I saw this show at Forest Fringe in Edinburgh. It was the last show I saw, on the last day of the festival and it was just one of those moments. [As a curator,] I wanted to bring over a show that reminds us that performance art can be fun. It can be a show that we can go to a little bit tipsy with our friends, have a laugh and be brought together with all the strangers in [one] room. Also,” adds O’Farrell excitedly, “this is a great date night show! Guys [and] girls, out of all the shows, this is the one you can totally pash in!” Other festival highlights include Live Art Dance Party, which Joseph curated alongside Arts House Associate Producer, Jackie Johnston, and Arts House Creative Producer, Angharad Wynne-Joones, the newest quirky cabaret from dissident diva Yana Alana and Tha Parana Tears Before Bedtime, Sarah Rodigari’s A Filibuster of Dreams, a production inspired by Wendy Davis’ filibuster at the Texas Senate last year, and FOLA club nights, which are curated by O’Farrell. “Everyone will be receiving a personal letter from me in the post telling you to attend [FOLA],” teases the curator. “So, just come or you’ll really be letting me down, but most importantly: you will be letting yourself down,” and if that’s not enough to sway you to attend FOLA, think of all the money O’Farrell spent on postage stamps. The Festival of Live Art will open this week across various venues on Friday March 14 and run until Sunday March 30. Tickets, more information and a full program are available through fola.com.au.


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DESIGNING DREAMS STUDIO

As part of the world premiere of DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition, ACMI’s Designing Dreams Studio will provide Australia’s up-and-coming animators with an unparalleled opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business. ACMI and DreamWorks Animation will select a small group of talented animators to go behind the screen in a once-in-a-lifetime hands-on journey of animation from sketch to screen. The experience includes meeting award-winning DreamWorks Animation creatives, taking to the red carpet at the DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition  world premiere and attending the DreamWorks Industry Masterclass on Friday April 11 in Melbourne. The all-day Industry Masterclass will provide a unique opportunity to gain insights from DreamWorks Animation’s Chief Creative Officer, Bill Damaschke, Production Designers Kendal Cronkhite (Madagascar) and Christophe Lautrette (The Croods, King Fu Panda), and Visual Effects Supervisor Doug Cooper (The Price of Egypt, Spirit: Stallion of Cimarron). Applications close Friday March 28.

STAR WARS

Looking for a way to celebrate International Star Wars Day? The  Melbourne Youth Orchestra will launch its 2014 program with a selection of Star Wars works spanning all six films, the soundtrack to the youth of more than two generations. Select your seat in Jedi or Sith sections of Elisabeth Murdoch Hall and prepare for a sci-fi adventure featuring full orchestra, the Tusken Raider Choir, Grand Choir of the Republic and Imperial Army Chorale, actors from the 501st and Rebel Legions plus sound effects and lighting. It goes down on On Sunday May 4 (may the fourth be with you!) at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

IDAHO

Metamorphis Theatre Company have announced their new production, IDAHO, will open in just over four weeks. The production, which is written by Kevin McGreal and performed by Jessi Lewis, looks to celebrity and its cult status as a story of two hustlers who embark on a journey of self discovery, debates about sexuality, identity and society as signposts to explore. It engages the film My Own Private Idaho, and its soundtrack, then translates and rewrites it, rendering alternative landscapes where we can project ourselves, identify and recognize our own subjectivity. IDAHO opens at Loop Bar on Sunday April 6.

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Gasworks Arts Park invites audiences to witness the evocative union of serene water and breathtaking choreography in Lisa Wilson’s stunning dance piece Lake. A captivating exploration of our fascination and fear of water, Lake takes audiences on a journey through their primal responses to sparkling reflections and murky depths, to utter wilderness and timeless myth. Lake is part of Gasworks Moving Parts season. Lake floods the Gasworks Theatre stage on Friday March 21 and Saturday March 22.

IDEAS OF ACTION

As part of Melbourne Now, a host of Melbourne’s artistic and musical cognoscenti are coming together for a conversation on the relationship between art and music entitled Ideas in Action: Forum - Sound and Vision. How do art and music support each other in Melbourne? Is Melbourne the Australian city most likely to support Melbourne artists and musicians? These questions and more will be discussed by a host of speakers, including painter and musician Caroline Kennedy–McCracken, music video artist Natasha Pincus who was  responsible for Gotye’s  Somebody I Used To Know  video, Managing Director of Mushroom Marketing Carl Gardiner and more. The discussion will be moderated by Music Victoria’s CEO Patrick Donovan. It happens at the NGV as part of Melbourne Now on Thursday March 13 from 6pm - 7.30pm.

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CARBON Festival’s already inimitable roster of guest speakers just got bigger with the addition of three new voices to the 2014 event. New York City photographer Janette Beckman, Perth musician Ta-Ku and LA artist Jeff Soto are all set to speak at Melbourne’s festival of style, culture, and creativity. CARBON Festival 2014 will go down from Saturday March 29 to Sunday March 30 at RMIT Storey Hall Auditorium.

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Award-winning actor, composer and comedian Eddie Perfect will give an exciting boost to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s concert series at the Melbourne Town Hall this year when he joins them as musical master of ceremonies for Melbourne Town Hall Proms. In 2014, Melbourne Town Hall Proms invites audiences to step inside a storybook world of classical music with works inspired by literary favourites and childhood memories. The first concert in the series, Beethoven and Dvořák, will be conducted by the MSO’s Associate Conductor Benjamin Northey who will be joined by Australian soloist and 2012 winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition, Jayson Gillham. Perfect will offer his unique brand of humour and insight while introducing pieces from the stage and guiding audiences through the music. The second concert in the series, Musical Tales from Childhood, will be conducted by Australian conductor, Nicholas Carter. This enchanting program will include Ravel’s impressionistic evocation of  Beauty and the Beast  and  Sleeping Beauty. Tribute to Dame Nellie Melba  will pay tribute to one of the most important early supporters of the MSO and legendary Australian singer, Dame Nellie Melba. Emma Matthews will perform showpieces made famous by Dame Nellie Melba, while under Australian conductor Brad Cohen, the MSO will perform beautiful orchestral music inspired by Shakespeare. For the final concert of this series, Arabian Night, conductor Benjamin Northey and pianist Andrea Lam present an exciting concerto celebrating music inspired by the Middle East. Watch Beethoven and Dvořák on Friday March 14, Musical Tales from Childhood on Friday May 23, Tribute to Dame Nellie Melba on Friday September 26 and Arabian Night on Friday December 5 at Melbourne Town Hall.

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JILL THOMPSON By Avrille Bylok-Collard

Two years ago one of my close friends gave me a copy of The Sandman: Endless Nights (2003), a New York Times Bestselling graphic novel written by Neil Gaiman and featuring the artwork of P. Craig Russell (Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Italian comic book artist Milo Manara (Breakthrough, Borgia), and many more. It began my fascination with graphic novels and comics. Therefore, it wasn’t long before I stumbled upon the artistry of Eisner Award winning comic book artist and storyteller Jill Thompson, and fell in love with her work. This April, Jill Thompson, the author of the Scary Godmother series (1997–2001) and acclaimed DC manga-style comic Death: At Death’s Door (2002–2003) will be coming to Melbourne as part of Pop Culture Expo Supanova. “When I was asked to work on Sandman, I was a fan of Sandman,” explains Thompson enthusiastically. It’s Tuesday afternoon and we’re on a connect-call between Melbourne and Chicago, where ‘#Chiberia’ and ‘#snowpocalypse’ have been trending for the past 24 hours on Twitter. “I’m not sure if you’re familiar with the books Game of Thrones, but I really know what it’s like to live beyond The Wall. When they said ‘winter is coming’, I know that it will last many years because it is actually like that [there]. Even Michigan has been freezing really far out, so [that] sometimes coyotes have been coming [down] from further North and running along the lakes and coming into the cities.” Despite the threat of wild coyotes appearing on her doorstep in the middle of the night, Thompson has an easygoing manner that enraptures you whenever she talks. It’s something that she has translated skilfully into her writings and art, garnering attention through her Scary Godmother books and earning awards for her artistic contributions to The Dark Horse Book of Hauntings (2003) and The Dark Horse Book of Witchcraft (2004) anthologies. However, it hasn’t always been so easy. Jill Thompson was born on November 20, 1966. Raised in Michigan, the Chicago-based writer and illustrator was destined to become an success within the comic book industry, not because of her affability, but because of her

determination and comic book knowledge instilled through years of experience. “I told my mom that when I grew up I was going to draw Snoopy,” relates the red-head playfully, “and my mother had to tell me: ‘Jill, the reason you get to see Snoopy is because somebody else draws him. So if you want to draw something like Snoopy, you’ll have to draw your own character.’ Then I proceeded to draw very Snoopy-like characters,” finishes Thompson with a laugh. “I moved from Snoopy to Archie comics, from Archie comics to Marvel comics like Spiderman—then it was X-Men, and then I feel in love with superheroes and X-Men. As I got older, I just kept finding

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different styles of comics that I like; but once I realised that I loved Archie comics, I decided that this was what I was gonna do when I grew up: I was gonna write and draw stories.” So Thompson completed high school and then enrolled at The American Academy of Art in Chicago, graduating with a degree in 1987 that majored in Illustration and Watercolour. Not long after, the redhead was hired by DC Comics to work on Wonder Woman, one of the earliest woman artists to do so at the time; which takes us back to Thompson’s Sandman story. “I had been working on Wonder Woman for DC Comics and then I had a change of editors. My new editor called me up to her room and one of the first things she said to me was: ‘Jill, did you know that Neil Gaiman has been calling you? Has been calling this office for the last four months? [He’s] trying to see if you’re available to work on Sandman’,” explains Thompson, detailing how she had flushed vermillion and had broken into a sweat. “I was like: ‘Oh my gosh! I can’t believe that!’ and she [said]: ‘Your other editors kept telling [him] you were under contract and that you couldn’t work on that, and he just kept waiting and calling back for you,” akin to the way that Gaiman snagged his current wife Amanda Palmer. “’You only have a couple months left on this contract and

I’m going to see if I [can] get it pushed over laterally and step[ped] into Sandman as part of this agreement, because I think that you would be much better suited to doing this from some of the things that you’ve shown me,’ and I said: ‘I would love to do that!’” This agreement scored Thompson not only the chance to work with a writer that she adored and admired, but also an opportunity to further establish herself within the comic book sphere. “I realised that [Sandman] was something big after the second issue I had done came out,” confesses the Scary Godmother writer. “I was walking through the San Diego Comic Convention, which is now called Comic Con, and as I walked by I heard people whisper to each other: ‘That’s Jill Thompson. She draws Sandman.’ It was pretty shocking to me [and] it was pretty flattering, and I was extremely glad of it, but I didn’t realise that Sandman was such a big deal then, [and] now it’s just this gigantic thing.” You can have your chance to stare at Jill Thompson and make her sign Sandman things at Pop Culture Expo Supanova from Saturday April 12 – Sunday April 13 at Melbourne Showgrounds.

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As an advertiser in Beat’s MICF lift-out your show’s info will appear in print, online and mobile. This year Beat will once again be hosting Mike Brown’s dedicated MICF podcast, MICF Daily, which was introduced to the Beat website last year and received entirely positive reviews.

LOL COMEDY

This Wednesday March 12 at the Portland Hotel and Thursday March 13 at the College Lawn and the Hawthorn Hotel, LOL have the Irish juggernaut of hair, beards, dance and killer jokes that is Dave Callan. As heard on triple j, seen on the telly and overheard in pubs with an adorable accent. Next Tuesday March 18 at the Local in Port Melbourne, LOL Comedy brings you Lawrence Mooney. You know, that guy that did the New Year’s Eve thing on the ABC? That was funny. Also Dirty Laundry Live on ABC2. That’s funny too. You know what else is funny? Lawrence Mooney. He’s very funny. With a special guest MC who’s one of the biggest names in Australian comedy. We promise. Truly one of the best comedians that Australia has ever produced. Can’t say his name though. Shhhhhh it’s a secret. Tickets from lolcomedy.com.au

COMEDY AT SPLEEN

Comedy at Spleen looks like being full as a boot for the millionth week in a row. They’ve got all sorts of great acts like Celia Pacquola, Luke McGregor, Harley Breen, Daniel Connell, Mick Neven, Stuart Daulman and heaps more. It’s this Monday March 17, 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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Tony Martin headlines Five Boroughs Comedy for the first time this Thursday, and they’re super-excited about it. You know him from Martin/Molloy, Get This and The Joy of Sets, and here’s a chance to see him do standup, up close and personal. Plus there’s an almighty lineup including Karl Chandler, Bart Freebairn, Xavier Michelides and some special guests. It’s all happening this Thursday March 13 at 8.30pm, at Five Boroughs Comedy, 68 Hardware Lane (upstairs), all for only $12.


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HOLY FUCK [CAN] Wednesday April 30, Northcote Social Club ACTION BRONSON [USA] Thursday May 1, Corner Hotel KANYE WEST [USA] Tuesday May 6, Rod Laver Arena DIZZEE RASCAL [UK] Thursday May 8, Palace Theatre ARMIN VAN BUUREN [NED]

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Long-time live performance-loving band, Tijuana Cartel, are planning big things in 2014 with singles, an EP and a live album all in the pipeline. The live aspect of Tijuana Cartel’s music is something that means a lot to Daniel Gonzalez, the group’s percussionist, and provides him with his drive to carry on in a career that’s spanned a decade. “We have such a loyal fan base and that, along with selling out shows, really keeps us excited,” he says. “Because we can still get people to our shows, we continue to work hard and explore a lot of different avenues in sound.” Never belonging to just one musical style, the band prefers to play music with the aim of getting feedback in a live setting and then packaging what comes out as simply, ‘Tijuana Cartel music’. “We’ve definitely got deep electronic roots in our music, but there’s also the world music element,” he explains. “Over the last 10 years I think we’ve experimented with different sounds and it’s developed into our own sound. “At our shows you’re really experiencing something that in this day

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Soon-to-be-released single, Endlessly is all set to be played on their upcoming tour and the clear point Gonzalez makes, is that the experience of a Tijuana show is the reason he keeps at it. “We’ve got about 20 songs that are single-worthy at the moment after locking ourselves away in the studio for months,” he explains. “We may have a few collaborations in the works for this year too, but we’ll keep that under wraps for now.”

Tijuana Cartel will be at the 25th Byron Bay Bluesfest which takes place from Thursday April 17 – Monday April 21. facebook.com/thetijuanacartel

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and age is completely original; it sounds like nothing else and that’s what we pride ourselves on.” Planning to release a three track EP soon, as well as a live album of one of their shows, the band comes up with new directions to take a song in while playing out live – an ideal way to get feedback on their new works. “We tried the normal process of writing, recording then releasing material but found that we were changing things a lot in our live shows,” he elaborates. “So we started playing our new music live first, and then developing it into a full release from there.” Inspired by fellow Australian acts like Midnight Juggernauts and World’s End Press, Gonzalez says the breakbeat scene has also influenced Tijuana Cartel and is reflected in their tunes. “Over the years we haven’t had an intention to specifically create music differently to everything else, but it just kind of happened that way. It’s always been completely in-house, with music to artwork to interviews and even ads coming through one of the band members,” he says.

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Los Angeles producer ETC! ETC! will provide an outlet for those itching to unleash their moombahton moves when he hits our shores this month. The member of Diplo’s Mad Decent team has secured regular airplay on BBC 1 and support from the likes of Dillon Francis, Congrock and Wolfgang Gartner. ETC! ETC! will hit La Di Da on Thursday March 20.

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Oscar Key Sung will celebrate the release of his debut EP Holograms with a national tour this autumn. A pioneer of the alt-R&B genre, the former half of Oscar & Martin has garnered praise for his infectious dance floor hits, minimalist slow jams and sumptuous voice. Catch him at Howler on Saturday April 19.

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Sydney electronic pop artist Thief has unveiled the dates of his national Closer EP tour. On top of releasing his latest EP, Thief recently joined The Aston Shuffle on their national tour and will soon jet off to the US for SXSW. Thief will hit Shebeen with Nicole Millar on Saturday March 22.

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Action Bronson has announced he will be playing a series of headline shows across the country this April and May. Returning to Australia following recent performances supporting Kendrick Lamar and Eminem, Action Bronson will head Down Under to the tune of rave reviews from his latest mixtape Blue Chips 2, released late last year. His first studio album is due out in the coming months. Catch Action Bronson at the Corner Hotel on Thursday May 1.

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Melbourne rapper Bam Bam has announced a string of tour dates in support of his forthcoming EP, The Good Life, due out later this month. The EP will feature his airwave dominating single Bags Packed as well as its follow up, Feel Like I’m Alive. Bam Bam will get the Northcote Social Club bouncing on Saturday April 12.

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Safiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Listen To Soul, Listen To Blues has been a triple j staple and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not surprising given the indie electro outfitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accessible sound bridges the gap between soulful emotion and synth-driven pop. It was a wild ride for C anberraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Safia in 2013, the guys winning triple j Unearthedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Groovinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Moo competition early in the year for their single, Stretched & Faded, which set the pace for the year to come. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winning that competition was by far one of the most memorable moments of last year,â&#x20AC;? says producer and vocalist Ben Woolner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was definitely a huge sense of achievement for us.â&#x20AC;? The achievements didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop there. The three-piece then released Listen To Soul, Listen To Blues in June and had no idea how popular it would become. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We knew it had something special when we wrote it, but we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect it to blow upâ&#x20AC;? says Woolner, and blow up it did. The track was a remix favourite, with the likes of Pigeon, Indian Summer and Akouo playing with its sound. It was ranked #7 on the 50 most played tracks on triple j in 2013, and Safia was listed in triple jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Next Crop: The Ones To Watch In 2014â&#x20AC;&#x2122;. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It feels incredibly surreal, we just started this project for a little fun, producing songs in our bedroom and never expected much to come from it.â&#x20AC;? Inspired by the â&#x20AC;&#x153;commercial dubstep movement, may it rest in peaceâ&#x20AC;? laughs Woolner, Safia made the uneasy switch from rock to electronic with Skrillex in particular a huge influence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the time those sounds were so foreignâ&#x20AC;Ś they really enticed us into doing the electronic thing.â&#x20AC;? Safia write the bones of their songs acoustically before playing with

production â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Woolner believing this initial organic process makes the recording process more creative. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rather than thinking about chords, structure and melody you can focus more on sounds and other interesting and weird elements,â&#x20AC;? this he says, makes their songs stand out. Of course, listening to Safia itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apparent that electronica isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t their only source of inspiration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a singer some big inspirations come from people like Nina Simone to Otis Redding and Louis Armstrong.â&#x20AC;? Combine this with their electronic sound and well, it has definitely played a part in their initial success to date. This year promises more touring and recording for the trio. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We plan to continue writing the music we love and hopefully people continue to love the music as much as we do. Our next single will have that Safia sound, production and vocal that people are familiar with, but at the same time it explores a whole new territory.â&#x20AC;?

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Safia play alongside Elizabeth Rose at the Northcote Social Club on Saturday March 15. Listen To Soul, Listen To Blues is out now. facebook.com/safiamusic

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the kite string tangle wo rd s / t roy m u t to n Danny Harley, aka The Kite String Tangle, spent Australia Day 2014 listening to his first official release reach the top 20 in one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest music polls. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re reading this, you probably gave triple jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hottest 100 a listen on Australia Day, but some were listening more than mostâ&#x20AC;Ś And when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Danny Harley and your single Given The Chance has a pretty good chance of polling well, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kinda fair enough. So how did the young producer from Brisbane spend his day, not knowing 100 per cent if his track would poll? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was fairly epic. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really know if I was gonna be in and if I was, where I was gonna be, but it was good funâ&#x20AC;Ś and very messy,â&#x20AC;? Harley adds, a sly grin trickling down the line. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a few offers for a few different things on Australia Day but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really happy with my choice just to do nothing really.â&#x20AC;? Harley, who also plays in live electro-rock outfit Pigeon, sounds grounded about the success heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s achieved since the release of Given The Chance, which was quickly picked up by our national youth broadcaster and run with by an exponentiallygrowing fanbase. And given his somewhat-rapid rise, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d think there would be a fair amount of added stress on the producer/ songwriter, who many have tipped as a force to be reckoned with in 2014. According to Harley, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Expectation management is tough I guess. But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve sort of come to terms with the fact that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not much I can do about it besides write what I wanna write, and hopefully itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what people have liked about what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve already written. So yeah, the method Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m working on right now is to just keep doing what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m

doing and hopefully it works!â&#x20AC;? While weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re yet to hear what he does next â&#x20AC;&#x201C; last year saw the release of a couple of remixes, and his first EP under The Kite String Tangle moniker is in the pipeline. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The EP is pretty much all written and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m working on finalising everything now, and finding the time to get into a studio and add the final touches. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re finalising label conversations now and then we can put a proper plan into place, and hopefully by the latest, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be the end of April/ May and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be out.â&#x20AC;? Unsurprisingly given his massive 2013, Harley has some big plans to get 2014 rolling, starting with his upcoming â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and almost sold out â&#x20AC;&#x201C; national tour (which he says will feature a Nikola Teslaesque light show) followed by the stuff dreams are made of. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This month Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m heading over to the US for South By Southwest and then hopefully doing a little run of shows while Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m over there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And then I did a guest vocal for an electronic act called Adventure Club and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m gonna be doing a live guest vocal for them at Ultra (Music) Fest and Coachella and then come back in time for Groovinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Moo and yeah, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty much all full throttle until about Mayâ&#x20AC;Ś it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really stop.â&#x20AC;?

The Kite String Tangle plays at Groovinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Moo which takes place on Saturday May 3 at the Prince of Wales Showgrounds, Bendigo. facebook.com/thekitestringtangle

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club guide wednesday mar 12

BLOW OUT - FEAT: GET BUSY + MAT CANT + SAMMY THE BULLET Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. COQ ROQ - FEAT: JOYBOT + MR.THOM Lucky Coq, Windsor. 8:30pm. THE DINNER SET - FEAT: CAZEAUX OSLO Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm.

thursday mar 13

3181 THURSDAYS - FEAT: JUMP TO THIS Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:00pm. BEER CAN - FEAT: KAIA WILLOW + MUGEN 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 + LEWIS CANCUT + TIGERFUNK Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9:00pm. GESAFFELSTEIN Prince Bandroom, St Kilda. 9:00pm. $45. GOOD EVENING - FEAT: PRINCIPAL BLACKMAN Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. LA DANSE MACABRE - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. 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. SPARE GROOVE + DANNY HOTEP + LA POCOCK + SALMON BARREL Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. 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 mar 14

BRENNAN HEART Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 9:00pm.

CAN’T SAY - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Platform One, Melbourne. 8:00pm. COKI + EPOCH + PERVERSE + TOMMY FLOWERS Brown Alley, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $23. DIRTY DISCO - FEAT: MICKA & DJ LADY 9:00pm. DIRTYDISCO - FEAT: MICKA + DJ LADY Shim Sham Club, Brunswick. 9:00pm. FRENCH KISS La Di Da, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. 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. GAPPY RANKS Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. $15. GET LIT - FEAT: D’FRO + HANS DC + TWERKSHOP MELBOURNE Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. GHETTO BOOGIE - FEAT: BENNY BADGE + MR SMITH + PLUG SEVEN Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. IO WAVE + ASSAD + MOVE YA FEET DJS + RAT & CO + SOLAIRES Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10. JUSTICE & KAOS + FITZY + RY Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. $10. LUCK TRUCK FRIDAYS DOWNSTAIRS - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9:00pm. MOKUMO - FEAT: CLEVERHANDS + DISRUTE + JULIAN CASTLES + SAM GUDGE + TOMSK Loop, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. PANORAMA FRIDAYS UPSTAIRS - FEAT: A MANO + JENS BEAMIN + MATT RAD Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9:00pm. PARTY X BULLSHIT - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. POPROCKS - FEAT: DR PHIL SMITH Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. 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. SILO - FEAT: MAREENA + CHUCK HAROLD + DAVID MUMMERY New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. SILO - FEAT: MAREENA New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $10. SWAMP FUNK - FEAT: DJ NUI MOON The B.east, Brunswick East. 7:00pm.

saturday mar 15

AUDIOPORN SATURDAYS - FEAT: CHINA + DR. ZOK + HOOPS + JAMES WARE + ROWIE Onesixone, Prahran. 8:00pm. $15. BASS MANIAC - FEAT: BANGERZ & MASHERZ + DA PIMP + DR. BREN + FRED P + HARDFORZE + HELLRAISER + HUSBAND + KEMIKAL KONJESTION + NATEE + NUBERICATED + PRACTICE VS DAVE KNOX + SOUL T VS DJ EM Brown Alley, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $35. CIRCULAR - FEAT: DAVE PHAM + SAM MCEWIN Loop, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. DJ MATT MEFETTRID The B.east, Brunswick East. 7:00pm. DJ VADIM + BEVIN CAMPBELL + DIZZ1 + TIGERMOTH Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. ELECTRIC DREAMS Co., Southbank. 8:00pm. $20. FISHING + ALBERT SALT Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 9:00pm. $12. FOX SATURDAYS - FEAT: DJ BLUESTAR Fox Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. JAMIE MACDOWELL & TOM THUM Howler, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $28. KAMPTROPOLIS - FEAT: DJ JAKE + DJ PETE + DJ STEVE Club London, St Kilda. 9:00pm. PINAPPLE - FEAT: CHIARA KICKDRUM + DJ KUYA + KATIE DROVER + MATT RADOVICH New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $10. RESPECT - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 8:00pm. SUPER GRANDE - FEAT: CC DISCO + NUBODY Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. TEXTILE SATURDAYS - FEAT: BENZO + CHIEF + CLANCEY + D’FRO + JEAN PAUL + MZ.RIZK Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9:00pm. THE HOUSE DE FROST FEAT: DJ ANDEE FROST 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 PINK PEARL DRAGON Wesley Anne, Northcote. 4:00pm. THREE KINGS Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. VAULT SATURDAYS - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Platform One, Melbourne. 8:00pm.

sunday mar 16

ANY HIDDEN SUNDAY FEAT: MYLES MAC + ANDY HART + FANTASTIC MAN Loop, Melbourne Cbd. 3:00pm. BE. @ CO. - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Co., Southbank. 10:00pm. HEAVY SLEEZE - FEAT: DJ TODD BEEBY The B.east, Brunswick East. 7:00pm. IN2DEEP - FEAT: STEVE WARD + BRAD EVERY + CAEL M & SAM GUDGE + DIVATRONIC + JACOB MALMO + MINIMULE + OLIVER JAMES + STEVIE George Lane Bar, St Kilda. 1:00pm. $16. LANEWAY PARTY - FEAT: AGENT86 + BABY BJORN + FRIENDSHIPS + KIRKIS + MISTY NIGHTS DJS + MOOPIE + NORTH POLLARD + OTOLOGIC + PROXYCONTIN + RAT&CO Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 3:00pm. OPEN DECKS Thornbury Local, Thornbury. 2:24am. OPEN DECKS Thornbury Local, Thornbury. 9:00pm. PANDORA SUMMER SESSIONS ON THE SAND - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS West Beach Bathers Pavilion, St Kilda. 5:30pm. $25. PLEASURE PLANET - FEAT: RYAN WELLS + HAROLD + MASON MADDY + PWD & E.KOH Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 2:00am. $10. REVOLVER SUNDAYS - FEAT: BOOGS + RADIATOR & EDDIE EXAMPLE + SPACEY SPACE + T-REK Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00am. STARBAR SUNDAYS - FEAT: JASON SINGH + JONO EARLE + KEN WALKER + MORGAN Star Bar, South Melbourne. 9:00pm. $10. SUN DAZED - FEAT: HEARTICAL HIFI + GRANT CAMOV + SLEEP D Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 4:00pm.

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

friday march 14 BUMP - FEAT: DJ GEROGE BIG SAAD Chaise Lounge, Melbourne

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

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monday mar 17

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.

tuesday mar 18

COSMIC PIZZA - FEAT: PETER BAKER Lucky Coq, Windsor. 8:00pm. TASTEMAKERS - FEAT: ROLEO + ABLE 8 + ARCTIC + U-WISH Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm.

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

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INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH

MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWS & GOSSIP

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

PINK RE-SIGNS RECORD DEAL Pink signed a multi-album worldwide deal with her overseas label RCA Records (Sony Music in Australia). She has sold 15.9 million albums in the US alone. “We work really well together and they care in a way that artists don’t get to see very often anymore,” Pink said, while RCA CEO Peter Edge called her a “one-of-akind artist”. Pink’s Australian tour last year generated US$77 million as part of a world tour in which she played 142 shows in 13 countries.

THINGS WE HEAR * Sydney’s 5 Seconds of Summer sold out a 10-date US tour in five minutes. * Luke Steele of Empire of the Sun told a paper that the mood of each show is determined by “a word I wait for from God about what the show is about.”

MELBOURNE FOLK CLUB LAUNCHES WEEKLY EVENTS The Melbourne Folk Club will launch a weekly concert series in April with top singer-songwriters including Jordie Lane, Grand Salvo, Liz Stringer, Davey Lane, Sweet Jean, Mick Thomas, and Melbourne-based New Zealander Marlon Williams. It runs every Wednesday from April 23 to May 28. See themelbournefolkclub. com for program and tickets. The first part of each show is a round of players alternating songs. The series is presented by Heartstop Music, Beat Magazine and Mountain Goat Brewery.

SPOTIFY LAUNCHES ‘EMERGE’ IN AUSTRALIA Spotify’s two-year-old Emerge program is introduced in Australia and NZ to find and promote new local acts. Based on its data from streaming and sharing, Spotify has deemed ten local “next big things”. They are The Aston Shuffle, MT, Gang of Youths, Gossling, Max & Bianca, Miracle, Chance Waters and The Acid, and NZ’s Tom Lark and Smashproof. The ten are whittled down to a winner (announced April 27) based on listens, likes and shares. The winning prize package includes a Spotify recording session, a promo pack and $5,000 worth of technology from computer electronics HP. Emerge found Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Alt-J.

TRIBUTE CONCERT FOR LAURIE RICHARDS A massive tribute concert is planned for Laurence J. Richards, who operated some of Melbourne’s best known venues in the ‘70s and ‘80s. These included Seaview Ballroom, Tiger Lounge and Jump Club. Richards was found dead in his unit last week. Among those planning the concert are fellow promoters and managers Ian Lovell, Mark Sydow, Joe Gaulteri, Michael Roberts, Adrian Anderson and Peter BainHogg. Bob Starkie of Skyhooks fame is putting a house band together. Scores of musicians were asked to be involved as a thank-you to Richards’ contribution to the city’s music. “Laurie was the most creative and innovative promoter in this city,” Lovell said. “He was ahead of everybody. He’d book so many bands before anyone else did.” See Industrial Strength Online at beat. com.au for full obit.

BORIS THE BLADE LAND DEAL Melbourne heavy rockers Boris The Blade have landed a record deal with Faction/Sony and will release their debut album The Human Hive on May 19.

A&R CHANGES AT PARLOPHONE AUSTRALIA Parlophone Label Group Australia announced James Roberts as Head of A&R – Parlophone, effective March 24. He was Senior A&R Manager at RCA UK in London. Among his signings were Newton Faulkner and Australia’s Lisa Mitchell. Former Head of Artist Relations Loretta Bogard is now Head of Creative Liaison and A&R Manager. Mark Wilson remains based in Melbourne, as A&R for Parlophone and Atlantic. He recently signed The Kite String Tangle, Jones Jnr and Oscar Key Sung.

MORE VENUES FOR SALE More Sydney venues are changing hands. The three Lizotte clubs are for sale after the owners decided on a sea change, The Bat & Ball in Redfern and live pub theatre the Old Fitzroy in Woolloomooloo are on the market while the new owners of Newcastle’s Queens Wharf Brewery installed Ben Dawson as licensee. In Brisbane, The Plough Inn Tavern is also looking for a new owner.

* Dew Process’ latest international signing is Liverpool’s Circa Waves. * A new season of RocKwiz will launch on Monday March 24 with a special episode saluting Australian songwriters Harry Vanda and George Young. * The story that a former room mate of Nirvana founder Kurt Cobain is selling off his items (including skis, phone and video game) is a hoax. * UK music magazine The Fly has been closed after 15 years. * Former Mars Volta’s Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante have formed a band Kimono Kult. * Bruce Springsteen’s fans at his stadium show in Auckland apparently drank two nights’ worth of wine in one night when the caterer ran out! In the meantime, Lorde admits she got teary when The Boss performed Royals in Auckland as part of his policy of playing a cover associated with each city. * Usually the music press announces tours. But in Tina Arena’s case, it was the Australian Financial Review after it poked through ASIC database and found she’s registered a new company Tina Arena Reset Tour 2014 Pty Ltd. She’s promoting it herself rather than pay promoters and pay them a cut. * The NSW Government is closing a loophole where patrons in CBD venues can order four drinks each before the 3 am shut off. Lawyers are also concerned that current laws allow police to press assault charges (two to five years’ jail). because someone “looks” intoxicated. Meantime, a new law to base licensing fees on how “risk” based the venue is, won’t start until next year. * In America, Metallica’s Black Album is near 16 million sales while AC/DC’s Back In Black from 1980 took a 49% rise in sales, to reach 7.1 million. * The broadcasting authority ticked off 2REM Albury for playing I’m A Wanker last August at an inappropriate time of the day. The station was reprimanded for the way it handled a complaint from a listener: it filed it without responding.

WROKDOWN GOES NATIONAL Melbourne community TV network C31 has been airing Wrokdown, which focuses on Australian baby boomer acts and music executives, since early 2008. The show is now going national on Foxtel’s Aurora channel, which will air the interviews from series 1 – 8 in early April. C31 will broadcast the latest episodes, hosted by Wendy Stapleton and produced by Anita Monk.

400,000 VIEWER VOTES FOR CMC MUSIC AWARDS 400,000 viewers voted over eight weeks for the country music CMC Music Awards, reported Country Music Channel (CMC). These are held on Friday March 14 at Hope Estate Winery in the Hunter Valley, which will also launch the CMC Rocks the Hunter festival. Adam Brand and Morgan Evans lead the nominations with three apiece, followed by O’Shea, Jasmine Rae, Lee Kernaghan and Amber Lawrence with two each. Up for CMC Oz Artist Of The Year are Brand, O’Shea, Lawrence, Evans and McAlister Kemp. A 30min special on the awards premieres on CMC, Monday March 31 at 8pm.

MTV AUSTRALIA EXPANDS TO ONLINE TICKETING MTV Australia is expanding its brand by moving into

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online ticketing for events and concerts. The website MTVTIX.com.au offers wait-lists, secure preferred seating and premium packages of merch, hotels, car transfers and MTV-hosted after-parties and backstage experiences. MTV’s Sydney staff will market and promote the site, while digital services company Pinpoint will operate it.

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The Perisher Peak Festival (formerly the Perisher Snowy Mountains of Music) is held on the first weekend of the snow season at Perisher Valley. It will feature 100 concerts June 6-9. It is looking for volunteers who want to help out in between hitting the snowfields and hanging with the bands. Those who put in 12 hours will get a discount on accommodation, merch and free entry to events. See the festival’s website for full details.

HONOUR FOR VICTORIAN JAZZ ARCHIVE Since 1996 The Victorian Jazz Archive has been collecting, preserving and exhibiting the history of jazz in Australia from the 1920s. The Victorian Government has acknowledged its important work. Minister for the Arts Heidi Victoria announced that the museum, which houses one of the largest collections of jazz history and research material in Australia, has been appointed to Public Record Office Victoria’s Places of Deposit network. The network is made up of 150 community facilities that store and preserve public records of local significance (www.prov.vic.gov.au/communityprograms). Visiting the Archive, the Minister signed a new lease that will secure the Museum at its current Wantirna premises for the next 21 years.

GOTYE, AMANDA PALMER, IN OUTER SPACE Gotye and New York’s Amanda Palmer will be immortalised in outer space through cultural organisation Aphids’ Forever Now project. Forever Now sends one-minute sound or audio-visual format to outer space to represent “the best of humanity” in the 21st century. Gotye and Palmer are in the list of artists which includes Australian body architect Lucy McRae, French composer Pierre Henry, Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustaffson, Mexican artist Ivan Puig, Australian art collective Soda Jerk, New York producer James Ferraro, Toronto new media artist Jeremy Bailey, Japanese designer and artist Sputniko! and Shanghai-based digital artist Kim Laughton. The project is curated by Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes, MOMA FOMA), Aphids’ Artistic Director, Willoh S. Weiland, Jeff Khan (co-director, Performance Space) and Thea Baumann (Aphids’ Artistic Associate).

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LIFELINES Injured: Mistee Royal, 27, of Newcastle hip hop Royal Dance Force ended up with a fractured nose after being bashed by two women after a long-running dispute. Two women in their 20s will appear in court on March 17. Injured: guitarist Elliot Goard of Brisbane band Fox & Fowl took a beating on the forehead by a cardboard drum kit courtesy of an over exuberant drummer while shooting a video on a giant jumping castle for their track The Pilot. The band, which formed in Canberra while studying, launched a Pozible campaign for their April-due EP which raised $1,600 in the first 24 hours. In Court: AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was acquitted by a New Zealand court of charges he was lying when he renewed his helicopter pilot’s application without declaring he’d been convicted in 2010 of possessing cannabis. Rudd explained that charge, after drugs were found on his boat, had been overturned on appeal a year later when he convinced a judge he couldn’t tour with the band as a conviction wouldn’t allow him into US, Canada and Japan. In Court: Jeffrey Hubbard, the Atlanta man who caused the death of Usher’s 11-year-old stepson Glover when he lost control of his jet ski, was jailed for 4 years. In Court: Rickey Charles Goodrich, the former chief financial officer at Pearl Jam’s management company was sentenced to 14 months in prison for stealing $380,000 from the band over a four year period. In Court: a stalker who claimed he was married to Taylor Swift and sent her 735 disturbing tweets in a year, has been ordered to stay 100 yards away from her and three members of her family. In Court: one time Steely Dan singer David Palmer is suing mainmen Donald Fagan and Walter Becker, for unpaid royalties for his work on their 1972 debut album Can’t Buy A Thrill.

Indigenous charity Yiriman Project. It was through a stage named after the late Dean Turner, guitarist and co-founder of Magic Dirt. Laneway organisers donated 50 cents for every ticket purchased nationally and offered a $2 donation option to ticket buyers to support the charity. The $40,000 goes into programs to help Aboriginal youth in the Kimberley region who face high suicide rates, issues with self-harm, substance abuse and a loss of cultural identity

FESTIVALS #4: SPLENDOUR MEMBERS CLUB Anyone who attended Byron Bay’s Splendour In The Grass five times or more qualifies for the Splendour Members Club. You are guaranteed pre-sale tickets, and up to four of them. See their website for how to apply, deadline is Friday March 14.

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Promoter AJ Maddah confirmed that Big Day Out and Soundwave will not return to WA. He says it’s a mixture of government hurdles, slow ticket sales (although BDO got 40,000 and Soundwave 20,000) and high logistical costs (twice as much for electrics, three times to set up a stage as it did in Sydney and Melbourne). Maddah reckons the era of outdoor concerts is over in WA.

Beat’s sister publication The Brag is among the latest to join the Sydney Late Night Culture Alliance. It was formed in response to legislation to lock out city venues at 1.30 am, and cease serving alcohol at 3 am. The initial members were MusicNSW, FBi Radio, SLAM, Oxford Art Factory, Goodgod Small Club, TheMusic. com.au, The Music Network and inthemix. Also joining in are alphabetically, Astral People, Australian Freelance Musicians Alliance, Australian Independent Musicians Association, Blackwire Records, Blunt Magazine, Frankie's Pizza, Fuzzy, Kings Cross Hotel, Mad Racket, Modular People, Niche Productions, Pennydrop, Polaroids of Androids, Popfrenzy Records, Positive Feedback Publicity, RIP Society Records, Select Music, Shrug, Siberia Records, Spark & Opus, Spice Cellar, The AU Review, The Basement, The Cliff Dive, The Lyceum, The Square and World Bar. Their petition has over 13,000 signatures. Sign at communityrun.org/petitions/ fight-barry-o-farrell-s-cbd-legislation.

FESTIVALS #2: SCORCHER MORE ARTIST-FRIENDLY This year’s Scorcher (March 29 to April 18) is giving original acts more of an opportunity. It has removed the cost to bands for the tickets, backlines, engineers, online profile and festival infrastructure. Online tickets are also now buyone-get-one-free to help bands with their marketing.

FESTIVALS #3: LANEWAY RAISES $40K FOR CHARITY This year’s Laneway Festival tour raised $40,000 for

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BLOODS By Blake Gallagher They say you can judge a band by how much they collectively savour a good, greasy slice of pizza. They do say that, right? Probably. They should, at any length. If they did, they’d find Sydney punks and cheese ’n’ pepperoni pie devotees Bloods of immaculate character. It also helps that the trio’s debut EP, last year’s Golden Fang, is an impossibly infectious burst of short, sweet, bratty garagepop filled with girl group harmonies, influenced by the likes of Sleater-Kinney and The Stooges, and practically purpose-crafted for screaming into a hairbrush microphone. “We’d released a few singles, but the EP felt like we were actually putting out a body of work we were happy with,” says vocalist/guitarist MC, who ranks releasing Golden Fang as last year’s highlight for the band, along with getting signed to Shock Records, sharing stages with the likes of Dum Dum Girls and JEFF The Brotherhood and touring throughout the country in support of the EP. “Playing to crowds instead of three people, that was nice.” Initially hiring out a house in the secluded Hunter Valley, time constraints forced the majority of the EP to be recorded in one day at a warehouse in Marrickville. “We were an independent band at the time and we didn’t have any money, so we had to do it as quickly as we could. We put down four tracks in one day which, really, is pretty nuts, when you think about it. It was kind of hilarious – we hadn’t really accounted for the

fact that Marrickville is a high air traffic zone. As soon as we went to record vocals, when you need some kind of silence, was exactly when the really heavy flight traffic would start. We had to time vocal takes between airplanes flying past.” That sense of urgency comes through strongly in both the energy and immediacy found throughout Golden Fang, as the band negotiate bubblegum pop aesthetics with exuberant, garage-punk effervescence. Not ones to rest on their laurels – and dying to make 2014 as productive as possible after taking some time off – Bloods are currently preparing to head back into the studio to record what will likely be the band’s debut album. “We’re really excited about it, we’ve been wanting to put an album out for ages. We’re going to be playing a few shows between now and the recording where we try out new mate-

rial, hopefully by April we’ll have enough songs that we think will make a cohesive album. We’re hoping it’ll show some progression from Golden Fang and still have the same vibe people seem to be digging.” Regardless of how the band progress, MC is adamant a few things will remain vital to the Bloods formula. Chief among these is the do-it-yourself attitude she says is the essence of the band. From designing the bulk of their posters and merch themselves, editing their music videos, and drawing on a small group of friends for assistance with things like photography and shooting clips, having creative control is “a big part” of who Bloods are. “We determine what gets put out, and that’s something that’s not going to change, I think we’re one of those bands where all of our output has to feel right to us – we’re not really comfortable with people making decisions for us in that creative

sense. We’re lucky that Shock was so great in that regard, they just kind of said, ‘Do what you like, give it to us and we’ll release it’. We’re putting out who we are, and that’s really important to us.” Another aspect MC says is likely to stick around is the trio’s unanimous affinity for a certain oven-baked Italian dish. “We’re pretty obsessed,” she laughs. “When we get dinner there’s never any question, and it’s always pepperoni, mushroom and olives. That’s just our jam.”

ously. However, she concedes that what becomes of her songs after they’re released is out of her control. “I’ve got to just do the best I can and then once I’m done it’s not really mine anymore, it’s the public’s. Then I just sort of move on and start working on something else. If I thought about how much stuff was out there I might lose my mind. And I don’t want to do that, I don’t want to lose my mind.” The fact that Wasser doesn’t exercise precious ownership over her songs means she’s also willing to utilise audience reactions to help make sense of new songs. “For this record I played a monthly solo show to work out new material. Those are massively informative because the song can really sound one way in my apartment alone and sound very different in front of actual breathing human beings.” This public evaluation method hasn’t pushed her to conform to a safe or obviously accessible format. In fact, The Classic features the longest compositions in Wasser’s catalogue. For example, the record’s fourth track Good Together is a darkened seven minute journey through emotions and textures that culminates in a guitar-screeching jam. “In the past, when the lyrical content was done, shortly after I

would fade it out,” Wasser says. “This time I was like, ‘I would want to hear that myself, the band keep playing, so why am I not giving my listeners credit enough to want to hear that stuff?’ It did feel like a chance I was taking; to allow the songs to really go, travel and not stop for a while. People have given me really good feedback about that, so I feel glad that I took that chance.” Speaking of taking chances, naming an album The Classic is a rather bold move. The term alludes to high-brow ideals, time-acknowledged quality and an artist’s crowning achievement. So how should it be interpreted in regards to Wasser’s new record? “I just think that [it’s] funny. I know that some people do – probably some people don’t, but that’s OK. There’s a song on the record called The Classic and it’s about an ultimate lover. I say, ‘You’re the archetype, you’re the classic,’ it’s very bombastic and grandiose and kind of over the top. And I feel like there’s elements of that on this record.”

way. I love that imagery and the lonely saxophone sound. Is it lonely, or is it just me? That’s probably why I’m a band girl rather than a solo girl. I love how the harmonies and sounds of different things layer to make an atmosphere as opposed to just having a song.” Recalling her last visit to Australia in 1988, Davis says, “Our last Australian tour was a crazy-ass tour. I should really pull out that itinerary because we played everywhere from Darwin to Tasmania. We played places that most Australians haven’t been to. I think we were there for 50 days and we played constantly; the drummer ended up in hospital in the end. It was non-stop and we went to every nook and cranny, but it was hilarious. “Everything I do is hilarious. It’s a funny job and you can’t get around that. I always say to people that you should watch Spinal Tap and then realise that everything in there is true. But it was a long and fun tour, although we were a very different

band then – more jazzy. This tour is going to recall the first album more and be true to the record.” While there will be an element of nostalgia in the upcoming shows, it’s not something Davis is happy to depend upon. “Me and the boys spent some time in the studio before it flooded,” she says. “We just wrote three new tracks which are really wonderful. These guys are such great players. I’ve always got songs lying around so there’s always stuff to be used. Once we get in the same place it comes together pretty quickly. We’re preparing for Australia more than we are for the album right now, but there will be new songs coming out soon.”

BLOODS play Liberty Social on Sunday April 20 alongside Bored Nothing, Scotdrakula and Sunbeam Sound Machine. They also play Boogie Festival in Tallarook, which is taking pace from Friday April 18-Sunday April 20. Golden Fang is out now via Shock.

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“I’ve been on the ride before, it never stops at all,” sung Joan Wasser on her 2006 debut LP Real Life. The ride continues eight years later with the release of her fourth album, The Classic, and without making a drastic stylistic departure, Wasser has updated her sonic template – just as she’s done for each Joan As Police Woman record. Gleefully grabbing from Motown and ‘70s soul music, it’s the New York-based songwriter’s most buoyant set of songs thus far. “That’s just something that has been a constant in my life; if something’s done, move on to the next thing,” she says. “There’s always stuff to do, more music to be created, more people to collaborate with. Once it’s done, ‘Bye – see you later.’ I think certain ex-boyfriends of mine are rather horrified at that.” First single Holy City perfectly exemplifies the record’s more extroverted nature. It’s an uplifting Motown number that lyrically celebrates an exquisite romance and gains additional firepower from comedian/musician Reggie Watts’ scat-singing outro. Watts features again on the doo-wop title-track, while elsewhere The Classic showcases instrumental improvisation and horns-a-plenty. Wasser has no trouble introducing new facets of her personality on each release, but it’s not a closely controlled progression. “I’d love to say that I had a grand plan, but guess what? That wouldn’t be true,” she explains. “I just keep going and I write. Clearly certain influences or feelings are revealed on each record, because of the place I’m in – that’s for sure – but I don’t plot it out. I do it and then I survey the scene after I do it and try to make sense of it. Or not even make sense of

it – just do it.” There are some sustaining characteristics that unite all four Joan As Police Woman records: her celestial vocal style, lyrics that jump from sassy to sincere and an authentic invocation of soul music. Yet, Wasser isn’t inclined to rehash a formula that previously served her well. “When I made [Real Life] I was very obsessed with remaking I’m Still in Love With You by Al Green. I wanted the songs to be very concise and simple and clean. That record sounds quite polished [and] I really like that sound, but I did it already.” So if Real Life was an attempt to remake an Al Green record, what was Wasser’s guiding example when crafting The Classic? “When I’m in a period of writing for a record, I don’t listen to any music,” she reveals. “I listen to music when I’m travelling or when I’m in a car but I don’t listen to all that much music when I’m home. I love silence. People are like, ‘OK, weirdo,’ but that is the truth. Soul music and Motown, that’s the music that’s been near and dear to my heart, so I think that just came out naturally on some of these songs.” Despite not being a massive listener, Wasser is perpetually writing music and clearly she takes songwriting quite seri-

JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN’s The Classic is out now via [PIAS] Australia.

MARTHA DAVIS AND THE MOTELS By Paul McBride New Wave legend Martha Davis is in a surprisingly positive mood considering the catastrophe that’s just occurred. “I’ve just realised that my basement has completely flooded,” she says. “It’s pretty much a nightmare; I’ve just moved my studio down there and all these rugs and things are ruined. It’s not even raining; we had a lot of snow in the last week and I’m pretty sure I’ll be drying out rugs until the day we fly to Australia. But everything works out in the end, doesn’t it?” The 63-year-old singer has reason to be upbeat, as the new lineup of a band that formed in California in 1975 looks to bring back The Motels’ sound of old on an upcoming Australian tour. “I’ll be coming with my ‘new’ band, which has really been my band for ten years – longer than the original Motels were together,” she says. “These boys are amazing: they’re younger, very cute and way-ass talented. I’m also bringing along Mr. Martin Jourard, who was the original sax and keyboard player for The Motels. He and the guys love each other and we have so much fun, and it’s such a joy to have the saxophone back. We’ll be playing a lot of the old favourites and a couple of new ones; we’ve gone back into the catalogue and dusted off a couple of songs we haven’t done in a while, so we’re going to bring Australia some very lus-

cious sets.” Martha and The Motels scored an Australian number four hit with Total Control in 1980 before going through multiple lineup changes, but Davis is clear about what she wants for the band from now on. “People really missed the saxophone when it wasn’t there,” she says. “Clint [Walsh], my guitar player, has been doing solos and he’s absolutely stunning, but there’s something about when that saxophone kicks in that really makes people go wild. Then there’s Marty’s antics onstage – he’s always been a crazy guy and his keyboard stuff is wonderful. Sometimes I think it’s more a Marty show than a Martha show! The saxophone is so evocative and has a really precise emotion – for me it sums up a wet street or alleyway and is so noir-ish in a

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ORPHANED LAND By David James Young

Every metalhead can most likely remember the exact moment they discovered their one true genre love. Kobi Farhi counts himself no different – although the circumstances in which he discovered what would eventually become his greatest passion are significantly different to his Western peers, having grown up in Jaffa, a port city in the north west of Israel. “In the newspaper, there was this article where folks were concerned that people were killing themselves because of this ‘mystic’ music,” he explains. “I remember that I was thrilled by the idea, the definition of music being ‘mystic’. In the article, they had the album cover of [Iron Maiden’s] Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son. I immediately went to the record store and I bought the cassette tape. It was a life-changing moment for me – the lyrics, the cover, the sound, the power that was in the music. I was changing my skin in that very moment – heavy metal became a religion to me.” It was this teenage obsession that brought Farhi to start his first band, Resurrection, in 1991. A year later, the name was changed to Orphaned Land – and the rest, as they say, is history. Orphaned Land have become one of the most notable acts to ever emerge from the Middle East, with their distinct brand of “oriental metal” serving as an influence to countless acts, both native and from the other side of the globe. Their sound was not always this distinctive, however. Farhi admits the band’s initial approach was to simply mimic their heroes like Iron Maiden. “When we first started, we thought to make very traditional metal music,” he says. “We realised quickly that we will contribute nothing if we just imitate American or European bands. We have a great advantage, coming from a different place with different stories, a different climate. We should combine motifs from this place into metal music – we will make the metal scene bigger, we will make it wider. We will take people on a journey through the Middle East. I’m sure it’s the same thing in Australia, too – you can take bits and pieces from other cultures, but music is all about bringing something from your own environment.” In their 20-plus years as a band, Orphaned Land have performed shows and festivals in 39 countries. Farhi enthusiastically notes that the Australian tour, due to

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begin in a matter of weeks, will mark the 40th country that the band visits. The extent to which Orphaned Land’s fan base spreads is something that is not lost on them – and certainly not something that anyone in the band would dare take for granted. “I don’t care if we go somewhere and play to 50 people or to 500 people,” says Farhi. “The fact that people – people anywhere – would leave their homes just to

“IT WAS A LIFE-CHANGING MOMENT FOR ME – THE LYRICS, THE COVER, THE SOUND, THE POWER THAT WAS IN THE MUSIC. I WAS CHANGING MY SKIN IN THAT VERY MOMENT – HEAVY METAL BECAME A RELIGION TO ME.” see Orphaned Land… that’s something that gets me every time. The most amazing part is the fact that, despite the fact that we are Israelis, we have dozens of Arab fans in places like Syria and Lebanon and Egypt. Even Iran. “I’m sure you’re aware of the Arab-Israeli conflict,” he continues, providing some context to what their support means. “Each side of the conflict is raised and educated to hate one another. There are Arabs

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living in countries that are nowhere near what you and I would call a democracy. Metalheads are targeted, they are hunted down. If you have long hair and black t-shirts, you could get tortured for even that. So, the fact that these people would be a fan of and support an Israeli band – it’s simply an outstanding thing to do. We have been all over the news in Israel for being the most popular Israelis among Arabs. When I think back to when I first started listening to heavy metal, there was so much stigma surrounding it – that listening to it meant you were a Satanist, a cat slaughterer, things like that. And here we are – a metal band is succeeding more at creating peace in the Middle East than any politician.” The band is eagerly anticipating its maiden voyage to our shores, which will see Orphaned Land performing a lightning-quick run of east coast dates in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. They are looking forward to experiencing what Australian metalheads have to offer them. “Coming from Israel, a place of conflict and

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disagreement, it will be interesting to come to a place where one of the most-used phrases is ‘no worries’,” says Farhi with a laugh. “A land of positive people expressing themselves, going to concerts and having fun, just living their lives. That is something that I would love to see and I would love to learn from. I would also like for Australian audiences to give us a chance – we are bringing something very different from a very interesting region. We are bringing the story of Utopia from a very disharmonic area. This is going to be a very interesting meeting, and I look forward to it. I want to try traditional dishes, meet Australian music fans, hear Australian music, meet Australian musicians. I have not anticipated a visit to a country this much in a very long time.”

ORPHANED LAND play The Espy on Saturday March 22. They’ll also visit Deakin University for an acoustic show on Friday March 21. All Is One out now through Century Media.

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BECK By Bob Gordon

It’s been a while between drinks for Beck. His last album, 2008’s Modern Guilt, was followed by a sheet music-only release, Song Reader, in 2012, making it six years between physical releases for the Los Angeles troubadour. His new album, Morning Phase, is released this week but for the last month it has been universally praised, attracting five-star reviews from the likes of Mojo, Q and Rolling Stone. “It’s really encouraging,” says Beck of the warm welcome his new LP has received. “Believe me, I appreciate it. Otherwise you’re just making records for yourself. You wouldn’t have to release anything, you could just sit at home and make music and listen to it yourself. That’s not what you want. “I want to work on something and have what you were trying to do understood in some way. There’s plenty of times when I’ve tried to do something and it missed the mark; where you don’t really hit what you’re trying to do. When it does work out, believe me, it’s very good indeed.” In this instance the genre-defying singer/songwriter isn’t actually referring to unreleased misfires, but light of day stuff. “Sometimes with a record like Midnight Vultures (1998), maybe it’s not the correct thing to do,” he explains. “Or it comes out at the wrong time and it’s not really where people were at and it’s not quite understood. So with this record I just kept working on it, ‘til it was complete. So you could hear it and go, ‘Okay I get this’.” A broad, universal nature was installed into the songs written for Song Reader, encouraging a wide variety of people to play the songs themselves at home. The project, however, didn’t itself influence Morning Phase. “No,” says Beck. “Some of the songs were written before I finished that book. It’s a different kind of project because when I was writing the songs for the book I was thinking about everyone from a 12-year-old girl to a 75-year-old man. Somebody in Hong Kong and somebody in Sweden; the kind of songs that anybody could pick up and play. These were quite different in terms of resonating a kind of feeling; you’re trying to manifest a certain mood into the songs. This was very specific to my ways and what works with my voice.” With the five-star reviews has come the usual labelling.

Mojo magazine described Morning Phase as ‘Beck’s ‘70s album’. He’s unmoved. “I think it’s all in the way you couch something. It’s maybe an older record by default because when you remove all the modern tropes and production techniques from any record right now it’s going to sound older. I removed things not out of a sense of nostalgia, but as an attempt to simplify. As far as the songs sounding ‘70s, the alternative is for it to sound like a modern, middleof-the-road singer/songwriter record. “I feel that earlier time had a vitality and a ruggedness. It was a kind of personal songwriting that I was trying to reach, but I very much wanted the album to have a modern sensibility in the way the recording sounds.

“THERE’S PLENTY OF TIMES WHEN I’VE TRIED TO DO SOMETHING AND IT MISSED THE MARK; WHERE YOU DON’T REALLY HIT WHAT YOU’RE TRYING TO DO. WHEN IT DOES WORK OUT, BELIEVE ME, IT’S VERY GOOD INDEED” I think that’s an easy thing to say; that anything with acoustic guitars and pianos is ‘70s, it’s like saying anything written with a pen is pre-typewriter (laughs). There’s no record exactly like this from the ‘70s, and if you played it next to a record from the ‘70s it doesn’t sound like one. “I’ve actually done that; I’ll take my songs and play them next to a James Taylor or John Martin song… it doesn’t sound anything like it. On purpose! I could have easily made it sound like an old record. Taken out all

the low end, it would have been a lot less hi-fi and airy sounding.” As it goes, some of the songs date back four or five years, with Beck revisiting them like old friends. “Well the song, Wave, was recorded in 2009. My dad was working on a bunch of orchestral things and then I tried to give it to Charlotte Gainsbourg. You know, it’s been sitting around for years. “Something like Country Down I recorded in Nashville, then I re-recorded it in Los Angeles. Say Goodbye, I think I’d written that song years ago and I found the lyrics but I couldn’t remember the music. I went in the studio and just kind of improvised with the session musicians we had and it just kind of came out in one take. “Others were much more laboured. I spent a lot of time writing and rewriting and editing to try and find what the song was.” How closely do your completed songs come to the original sound or notion you have in your head when writing, or is that not important in the grander scheme of things? “I think in my head it’s always a bit more raw. A little tougher sounding, more ragged. As I work on it, it becomes a little sweeter, or something. I don’t know…

Sea Change (2002) was meant to sound a lot more ragged and rough and loose. And it ended up being more of a piece of work. More crafted. Which I’m glad of, in the end. I like that.” With another album set for potential release this year, Beck refuses to play too much of a tug-of-war with his own music. He’s happy to be guided by it. “You only have so much control,” he notes. “I’m just trying to, most of the time, keep it away from being something that’s just typical or middle-of-the-road. You can always walk in to a place and hear a record playing that sounds like 100 other records out there. I’m always looking for that quality that sets it off a little bit. A combination of something that sounds old and something from the future and something that just has an otherness to it. “I think that’s why I keep making records. It’s why any of us are still doing it, because we’re still trying to get it right.”

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CHRISTOPHER COLEMAN COLLECTIVE

By Garry Westmore

There’s a common word thrown around when music press write about a Christopher Coleman Collective show: ‘captivating’. It’s no surprise as main man Christopher Coleman’s kind of folk shows off an incredible singing range and a songwriting sensibility that swings between the observational and the personal, all with a subtle Australian accent – or, as Coleman laughingly puts it, a “North Hobart bogan drawl.” The Tasmanian native looking to branch even further out from the Apple Isle, particularly now his first album is done. “It was a long process,” Coleman admits of the recording. “It took two years to be remotely satisfied.” A hard process was made even harder as he was still writing material that he had to ignore to keep his music chronological, the songwriter was more embarrassed about the constant promises the album would be out soon more than anything. “I’ve been talking about it at shows for so long now. Actually thinking, ‘In a couple of months it’ll be done!’” Though he admits to not quite being refreshed just yet, he feels that, come touring-time, completion of the album will feel “heaven-sent”. Heaven-sent would suggest some celestial interference but ultimately it’s the result of hard work. Coleman has been playing in bands in Tasmania and Melbourne since he was 17; Australia’s musical capital was a daunting prospect at first. “Certainly the first trip with the

first band, playing these dingy bars in Collingwood – well it was such a different vibe to a small town, Hobart pub!” he admits, adding he’s far more comfortable now. When I ask him what he feels is so captivating about his performances, as many a reviewer has dubbed them, Coleman is as humble as the proverbial pie. Missing my cue to talk himself up, he instead laughs it off. “I wouldn’t consider them captivating! I wouldn’t watch it!” (We implore you to ignore that comment.) So why the Collective? They’re his songs, why not go solo? “I guess for one, it’s lonely (solo). I like collaborating as well, it’s an ever changing lineup so a personality comes in and polishes the turd in a different glitter,” he jokes. His music is no turd though. Coleman grew up inspired by the great storytelling songwriters like Paul Kelly, as well as guys like Paul Dempsey providing solace that one can sing with their natural accent. That accent is

most present on the single Dandelion Flowers, and the aforementioned storytelling aspect of his writing never more present than on the magnificent Man in the New Sydney Hotel, a part-fact, part-fiction track Coleman wrote almost as a stream of consciousness poem. “Generally the ones that stick are the ones that let the pen do the work,” he says of the tracks he’s most proud of. Another standout would have to be Go Home, a sweetly rising track that features The Choir of High Hopes Hobart. Coleman speaks glowingly about that group and having them on board: “It was beautiful, it was such a great process. It was an overdub that just came in very late, we thought that the album was done then I saw them in concert, and it was a moving performance. I was struck with all these ideas thinking, ‘Could there be collaboration?’ And they were up for it, 30 people or so from all different walks of life, people who’ve lived on the street or have an intellectual disability or just

people who sing to make themselves feel better. A great human collaboration, no ego on anyone’s part.” His appreciation of no ego is perhaps important because he himself doesn’t seem to possess one, though this makes him no less ambitious as he’s already thinking about albums two and three before he’s even toured the current one. “It’ll be interesting to see how long it takes to get the next couple of albums out, then maybe I’ll be on par with where I’m actually at creatively now!”

of record I wanted to make I just didn’t have any idea of who I wanted to work with for it. It just happened that Jace was touring out here and I was playing guitar for the girl who was supporting him. He heard my music and just said, ‘If you come to Nashville, I’d like to produce your record’. He had the resources and I was like that’s what I’ve got – I’ve got this guy who’s willing to help me and it’s there for the taking I guess.” Growing up in a musical family – her father is the country musician Alby Pool – the younger Pool has had no dearth of positive musical influences. But there are always the occasional negative interactions. “I can think of one thing that happened to me once. There was an

older artist and I quite liked her music. We were doing a festival together and doing an interview together early in the morning. My throat was croaky and I just asked, ‘Do you have any tips for how to get clear the croak from your throat in the morning?’ and she just said, ‘Your throat should be clear already’ and I was just like, ‘I’m not talking to you again.’”

theory that early British settlers wanted to create a little slice of Britain wherever they landed. “They really tried to make it look English. You know we did a whole album and a show in Sydney Harbour called Cockatoo Prison, it was all based on that whole convict thing. I studied all these folk songs. Quite often they didn’t do very much, nicked a purse or something, and that was it, they were shipped off to Australia. It was pretty extreme.” A prolific group, The Tiger Lillies these days tend to rely on a broad range of subject matter for inspiration. “After you’ve written a few hundred songs, you’ve sort of covered the internal stuff,” says Jacques. “I’m always looking for inspiration from different things, and history is interesting. We do a lot of project-based stuff these days – we did an album based on Hamlet, one on

the Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Wordsworth, and we’ve done lots of different projects.” Their latest show, Lulu: A Murder Ballad – also produced as an album released earlier this year, was based on Frank Wedekind’s classic plays Earth Spirit and Pandora’s Box, both written around the turn of the 20th century. The chief protagonist, Lulu, is described as the “primal form of woman”; seducing and murdering her way to a violent death at the hands of the infamous Jack the Ripper. The show incorporated 20 of Jacques’ songs, woven into a single, haunting ballad. The British trio’s latest visit to Melbourne shouldn’t be missed by anyone who likes their music dark, twisted, and strangely beautiful.

CHRISTOPHER COLEMAN COLLECTIVE play Baby Black Espresso Bar in Bacchus Marsh on Saturday March 15, Babushka Bar in Ballarat on Wednesday March 19, The Music Man Megastore in Bendigo on Thursday March 20 and Shebeen on Friday March 21.

MELODY POOL

By Josh Fergeus

Her debut album The Hurting Scene has been hailed as “one of the most accomplished debuts by an Australian singer-songwriter for many years”, she’s been crowned Best Songwriter at Tamworth’s Telstra Road To Discovery, and Melody Pool is pretty excited. I chatted to the rising country star shortly before she made the trek to south-west Victoria to play the Port Fairy Folk Festival. “I’m playing four shows there,” she tells me. “Never been there before. I’ve kind of learned to just do what I do. If they like me, they like me, and if they don’t, they don’t. I’m pretty excited though, I think it’ll be fine.” Having successfully crowd-funded The Hurting Scene in 2013, it’s shaping up as a busy year for Pool. “I actually had quite a bit of time off at the start of this year, but it’s just starting up now. It’s starting up very quickly. It’s very full on, but that’s exactly what I wanted. Over the last year it’s kind of gotten [crazy] – I’m not famous or anything, but I didn’t expect when I released that record that I’d be selling tickets this year. It’s pretty cool!” We chat about her experience of crowd-funding, which has been overwhelmingly positive. “I think it really gives more of a strength of the relationship between fan and artist I suppose,” Pool explains. “It’s really good

for fans to feel like they’re involved and that their artists appreciate it. If you don’t have fans, you’re not going to have a career in music. It’s really just strengthening that. I know it did for me. It also gives artists more of a concept of where they’re at, I suppose. That’s what it did for me. I had no idea – there were people I didn’t even know who contributed to my record and I had no idea that would happen. “When I sent all the records out I made sure I put a note in every one of them so they knew I wasn’t just going, ‘Here’s your record, see you later’ – it was super appreciated.” She’s even kept in personal contact with most of the funders who started out as strangers. “Most of the people are on my Facebook now, so I try and communicate with them as much as possible there.” Pool hit another streak of well-deserved luck when Jace Everett, the moody songwriter of True Blood fame, offered to produce the album which became The Hurting Scene. “It was an absolute fluke for me. I knew the kind

MELODY POOL is playing a residency at The Spotted Mallard on Sundays in March. She’s also playing the Yarra Hotel on Wednesday March 26 and a number of dates and venues around regional Victoria throughout the month. Details from melodypool.com.au

THE TIGER LILLIES

By Josh Fergeus

“I’m actually sitting on the land where the prison was which kept the convicts before they were shipped off to Australia,” says Martyn Jacques, singer-songwriter of the cult British trio The Tiger Lillies. “Where I’m talking to you now, my flat, was the actual house they were kept in before they were deported. Our trip has got to be better than that!” The trio, which Jacques describes as heavily influenced by the style of Bertolt Brecht’s Threepenny Opera, are playing a series of shows around the country, including an appearance at the Brunswick Town Hall as part of the Brunswick Music Festival. “We’re playing in Adelaide, Hobart, and Canberra as well,” Jacques confirms. “We’ve been doing this for 25 years now...the Tiger Lillies have been going for 25 years. It’s changed a lot and people have changed. The original bass player, drummer and I – it’s no longer the same. When you’re younger you’re more excited, aren’t you? It’s a bit like dogs. You see a young dog and they’re quite excited, aren’t they? And as a dog grows older it becomes a bit less excited by, well, everything really. “The analogy with the dog is quite good I think. I still enjoy it all very much, and I actually really like Australia. I’ve really enjoyed coming there – every time I BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 32

come to Australia I like it more. The first time I went there, which was quite a long time ago now, I think we went to the Adelaide Festival when Robin Archer was doing it. That was the first time we went over. She’s a great singer.” And no wonder they got on, as Archer had previously appeared in a production of Threepenny Opera playing Jenny, the turncoat prostitute originally portrayed by the Austrian actress Lotte Lenya of From Russia With Love fame. “She was very nice and it was very exciting to go over,” recounts Jacques. “But I didn’t like it that much that first time. I don’t know how many times we’ve been to Australia, it must be around six times now, but I like it more and more. The thing in coming to Australia is the journey – it’s a long way, isn’t it? I find it a really fascinating place. All the buildings are really strange, the statues of Queen Victoria and so on.” It’s Jacques’

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THE TIGER LILLIES play the Brunswick Music Festival on Saturday March 15.


ELBOW By Keats Mulligan

Elbow are icons of their genre. They’re recognised globally for their contribution to modern alternative rock, but especially in the UK where their often sombre tones make a steady and perfect soundtrack to the bleakness of Northern England. So as I sit here listening to their upcoming release The Take Off And Landing Of Everything and awaiting a call from keyboardist Craig Potter, I’m starting to worry that I’m a little out of my depth. Their music is certainly bold, bolder than I remember. I feel like there are thousands of people around the world that would love the chance to chat with this guy about music and this is an opportunity that’s entirely wasted on me. Perhaps I’m not about to ask the right questions and Craig is going to pick me for the fraud that I am. I’m used to moving in different circles and truthfully I’m not sure how to approach a conversation of this nature, with a member of a band like Elbow. When the phone finally does ring he tells me that I’ve caught him right after doing the dishes or packing the children’s lunches or some other similarly mundane domestic duty. I feel a little more comfortable talking to someone else who doesn’t know how to properly tie a bin bag than an icon of British music, but Craig Potter seems like he ticks both boxes.

The Take Off And Landing Of Everything is Elbow’s sixth studio release in the band’s 20-year career and also marks a shift in the band’s approach to songwriting. “We have tried to split the group dynamic up a little bit, we had one member take a day off on a different day each week, which meant that different groups work together that may not have done so. We specifically wanted to mix it up in that way,” Potter tells me from his home in North Manchester. “We’ve also been working a lot more from home, there’s a song on the album that I wrote almost all of the music to and the same goes for Pete on another song and Mark on another song which is something we wouldn’t ordinarily do.” To me, The Take Off And Landing Of Everything seems to be such an appropriate album for Elbow to release at this point in time, not because of the nature of the contemporary

musical landscape, but for them, as a band and as people. It’s rather sparse and mature in its sound. Potter explains that it’s at least in part to do with growing older. “It definitely changes the older you get with respect to lyrical content and subject matter. A lot of it’s linked to approaching 40. This age is sort of about looking forward and looking back at the same time. Though as they age and consequently the subject matter of their music changes, Potter says that Elbow aren’t concerned with making changes to try and appeal to a new contemporary by adopting fashionable sounds or styles. “I think if you worry too much about being relevant then you tend to go down some wrong roads. It’s got to be sincere and it’s got to be all about the sound. We don’t think that if

we’re hearing a lot of a particular sound then we should go for that. I think it’s a risky way to work.” The Take Off And Landing Of Everything is unmistakably Elbow. It’s epic at points but at others quite hollow and loose. The arrangement of sounds is almost orchestral in certain instances on the record and it’s all fronted by lyrics full of substance and full of worry, as you’d come to expect from Elbow. I wouldn’t describe this record as sounding overly down or depressing, but it’s so close that you feel it could turn that way at any moment. Few bands can mimic real life so well sonically.

a mixture of R&B/hip hop and reggae overtones.” The term ‘soul music’ generally refers to a particular stylistic quality, which traces back to African-American gospel music. However, it could be argued that all emotionally stirring music is soul-inspired music, as opposed to ‘head-music’. “We share emotions, humans, we share our feelings with each other and that’s the beauty of soul music,” Stone says. “I can go onstage and I might sing a song that’s desperate and people will feel it. The beauty in singing a sad song is that it helps everybody that feels that way feel like they’re not alone. That’s what soul music does for me personally. It doesn’t put me into a sad space, it puts me into this space where I’m like, ‘Well thank God I’m not the only one that feels like that.’” Given Joss Stone’s considerable success and massive fanbase, there’s expectations on her to meet a certain standard with everything she releases. Being held up to public critique might prompt one to adhere to a structured writing method but Stone doesn’t attempt to calculate the path to creative success. “Because I haven’t been musically trained at all I don’t really know what’s right or what’s wrong or what the normal chord progression would be for a soul

record or a blues record. So all I have is my gut. The way that I decide whether it’s worthy of being put out there to the masses is whether it feels good.” This certainly sounds like a nice approach to songwriting, but it does seem somewhat simplified. Relying solely on what feels good would most likely narrow the creative options. Yet, it fits with Stone’s relaxed view on the basic music-making impulse. “The reason why I like [music] so much is because it’s not stressful and it doesn’t matter what you do. As long as it sounds nice and evokes an emotion I feel like you’ve achieved the goal of making good music. There are really no rules to it; you don’t need to be particularly ambitious, you just need to feel good about it. That’s the beauty in it, it’s a freedom of thought and spirit and vibe. It’s quite a beautiful thing.”

results and Glass Animals’ debut album is all but finished and just waiting on management approval for a release date. He’s also quick to assert that musically, the album will be quite a step up from the previous releases in that it is far more adventurous. “Actually it’s a lot bigger and a lot wilder,” says Bayley empatically. “I think when we were making those couple of tracks, those first singles, we were all a little bit conscious, like we hadn’t made music before, like, ‘What is my mum going to think?’ It was a little bit tame. We threw those shackles away for this album and we got stuck in and I think it’s cool; it’s really raw sounding.” In the meantime Glass Animals are venturing down to Australia on the back of the positive response to the

Psylla single to play a run of fairly intimate shows, the kind that may not happen again considering their recent rise. Bayley is clearly excited at the prospect of bringing the band to uncharted territories, and the fact that this is a band made up of childhood friends makes it all the more exciting. “Everyone is super honest with each other which I think is really important when making music,” says Bayley on the group’s working dynamic. “I mean it’s pretty cool waking up every day and jamming with your three closest friends.” Indeed it is.

ELBOW’S The Take Off And Landing Of Everything is out now through Universal Music Australia.

JOSS STONE By Augustus Welby

Joss Stone first grabbed people’s attention in 2003 for displaying a startling amount of lung power while re-interpreting songs by the likes of The White Stripes and The Isley Brothers. She’s now released six hit albums – shifting in excess of 14 million copies worldwide – scooped up a stack of BRITs and Grammys and collaborated with the likes of Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, John Legend and David A. Stewart (Eurhythmics). After such a mammoth first decade in the music biz, the 26 yearold British soul singer probably wants some downtime in 2014. But there’s a very ambitious run of gigs to get through first. “On the 28th of this month I’m going to Morocco and then from that point on every gig is going to be part of the World Tour,” says Stone. “It depends what list you look at, but the list that’s recognised by the UN is 196 countries [in the world]. That’s what we’re going to go by. I’m doing all of them.” It takes more than a high profile to venture into places such as North Korea and Syria, where military conflict and government hostility is rife. Stone’s world tour is an incredibly gutsy undertaking, but there’s a simple reason for scheduling dates in the globe’s less-frequented regions. “I feel like there should not be any barriers,” she says. “There are no barriers when it comes to music. Music is a completely universal language.” Stone is one of the most successful British musicians of the 2000s and already a well-seasoned traveller. However, this tour goes to places not included in any musician’s regular gig itinerary, thus it will be a rare opportunity for the locals to witness Western pop music firsthand. What’s more, Stone’s tour plans aren’t designed purely to increase

her global following. “It also will be a charitable effort,” she says. “I want to visit a different charity in each country and see what I can do to help personally and, those that listen to me, see what I can encourage them to do to help. There’s so many shitty things that go on in this world, there’s no one thing that matters more than another. It’s impossible for one human to do it all but to encourage millions of people to do a lot is not impossible. I feel like I’ve been given certain tools in this life and I should use them.” Indeed, Stone has been taking advantage of her natural vocal talent since a very young age. On her 2003 debut Soul Sessions (released when she was 16) the singer demonstrated an indepth understanding of vintage soul and R&B, which has been further explored with each successive release. Stone’s last album of original music was 2011’s LP1 and a new set is currently being completed. “Hopefully we’ll have the album being mixed in April,” she says, “while I’m away on my first leg of the world tour. Then I’ll come home and I’ll work on it some more and then it will be done. It’s soul music – everything is if you feel it – but it’s

JOSS STONE plays Bluesfest which will be held at Tyagarah Tree Farm, Byron Bay, from Thursday April 17 – Monday April 21. She’ll also visit The Palais on Thursday April 17, co-headlining with India Arie.

GLASS ANIMALS By James Nicoli

Glass Animals have well and truly made an impression on Australian audiences despite the fact that they are still yet to release a full-length record. The Oxfordshire-based band’s latest single, Psylla, has found its way onto national airwaves with the group’s modern take on psychedelic pop seemingly striking a chord with locals in this country. “Yeah [we are] really surprised”, reflects frontman David Bayley on the love Psylla has been receiving across Australia. “I mean, when we make songs we don’t really make them thinking about who’s going to be listening to them. And we definitely didn’t expect people thousands of miles away to listen. We just made something we thought was interesting and could capture where our heads were at that time. It’s kind of nuts.” The B-side to Psylla, Woozy has also made a fair bit of a splash, in that it features an appearance by up and coming Chicago rapper Jean Deaux. “I’ve always been really into hip hop and all that; just the general feel and rhythm of it,” explains Bayley. “I had a couple of ideas lying around that I thought might work and so I sent that to her and I actually went down to New York for a couple of days and we made that whole track in a day.”

Key to Glass Animal’s rapid rise has been the partnership with Paul Epworth, the much sought after producer who’s worked with the likes of Bruno Mars, Florence and the Machine and Adele. Epworth signed the young four-piece to his newly-created Wolf Tone Records label and has clearly had a big impact on the band. “Working with him (Epworth) has been pretty inspiring,” admits Bayley. “He made all those records that brought us together as a band. He made that Bloc Party record and that first Maximo Park record and a lot of records that were the soundtrack to our teen years. “He showed up at one of our shows. His name was on the guest list and we went, ‘No it’s not the real Paul Epworth’. But yeah it was. We went and got a bit drunk together and he told us about this label he was starting up and then the next thing we we’re in the studio.” Bayley assures me that the studio time yielded positive

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THE WAILERS By Augustus Welby

Although Bob Marley passed away from a melanoma in 1981, the lengthy list of peace anthems he released with The Wailers are still full of life. Following the iconic Jamaican singer’s death, Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett (The Wailers bassist from 1969 onwards) took charge of the bereaved band and re-commenced touring Marley’s tunes all around the world. It’s now 33 years since the reggae messiah departed and, although the lineup has undergone much reshuffling over the years, Barrett remains an invigorated bandleader. “We love it all the time, man. We love this music, we love playing it,” Barrett says, speaking in a relaxed Jamaican drawl. “The reggae music is an international language; voice of the people.” It’s no surprise that audiences continue to flock to hear uplifting Bob Marley and The Wailers classics such as Redemption Song and Is This Love played live, but how does the band maintain the music’s original spirit and vitality? Well, Barrett and his accomplished associates don’t have to strain too hard to match the messages in Marley’s songs with issues in contemporary society. “We get inspiration by the time we are living in, experiences, what is going on across the globe. These lyrics, they’re our realities and we love to tell it like it is – uncut, without commercials,” Barrett says. “This message is for all ages. It’s for past, present and the future. The Almighty inspired us to give these words and play this type of music, which is the reggae.” It’s well-known that Bob Marley was a devout follower and advocate of the Rastafari way of life. The Rastafari movement, an Ethiopian-inspired offshoot of Christianity, is closely tied to the development of reggae music and the ideology features prevalently in Marley’s lyrics. Barrett too has a spiritual predilection, which has motivated him throughout his longstanding position in The Wailers. “All of our songs are redemption songs. Exodus: ‘Movement of Jah people.’ We will be forever loving Jah,” he says, borrowing a Marley lyric. “This music is coming from the throne of King David and King Solomon and it’s coming also from the Psalms. And we are the archangels chosen from the heavens to come down to Earth and perform these miracles.” Whether or not you’re prepared to agree with Barrett’s weighty assertion, the enriching quality of Marley’s music is hard to deny. However, Barrett’s time leading

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The Wailers hasn’t entirely been characterised by peace, love and understanding. The bassist has received no royalties since Marley’s death and consequently he’s been in a legal dispute with the Marley family for a number of years. His legal demands haven’t yet been met. “Bob’s family, the Marleys, they have everything in their custody, but I am the producer and the arranger for the albums,” he says. “Universal [Records], they’re a good company. The family, I have to wait around for

“WE GET INSPIRATION BY THE TIME WE ARE LIVING IN, EXPERIENCES, WHAT IS GOING ON ACROSS THE GLOBE. THESE LYRICS, THEY’RE OUR REALITIES AND WE LOVE TO TELL IT LIKE IT IS – UNCUT, WITHOUT COMMERCIALS” them to do the proper things.” No matter how complicated the legal situation is, Barrett can’t be dissuaded from performing the songs. The Wailers come to Australia to celebrate 30 years since the release of the best-of compilation Legend (one of the highest selling albums of all time). To mark the milestone, they’ll be playing the album from start to finish at their Australian shows. “What we always say [is] that some is leaves and some is branches but I and I is the root. Keep the music in

the authentic style and way,” Barrett explains. “To all you fans in Australia, Family Man and the Wailers is coming your way. We want you all to come out at the shows – come out early and stay late.” The band are no strangers to our shores, having toured with Marley way back in 1979 and returning several times since. Projecting the eternal message of Marley’s tunes is one reason for coming here, but there’s a few other things luring Barrett Down Under. “[Coming to Australia] is a treat every time. Last time in Australia I remember going up into the rainforest in Queensland where I eat some sweet potato which I don’t have to cook. A special kind of sweet potato, in Queensland in that rainforest, it was very fruitful. We spent most of the time in Sydney at the beach front.” The Wailers perform at Bluesfest’s 25th anniversary event as well as a string of headline shows around the country with fellow Jamaican musical luminaries Sly & Robbie. Jamaica has given birth to some very liberated music, but the Caribbean nation still has its fair share of social unrest and violent crime. The Wailers remains a politically active force, currently driving the World

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Food Program’s ‘I Went Hungry’ campaign, which essentially takes money intended to stock musicians’ excessive backstage riders and put it towards feeding those in dire need. In addition to their philanthropic efforts, Barrett believes something vitally important is presented on stage every night. “It’s good to let them all know that this music is so special. Coming from our little island, Jamaica, and spread globally. It’s not like any other – it’s Jah music. Reggae music is the art of the people, the universal language that is loved globally. If you have reggae feeling in you, you have to move your feet. ‘One good thing about music,’” sings Barrett, ‘when it hits, you feel no pain.’ So why worry? Be happy.” THE WAILERS play the 25th Annual Byron Bay Bluesfest running from Thursday April 17 – Monday April 21 as well as the Deni Blues and Roots Festival in Deniliquin, NSW on Saturday April 19 and Sunday April 20. They also play the Corner Hotel on Monday April 21 and 170 Russell on Wednesday April 23.


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DEATH AUDIO RELEASES KILLSWITCH ENGAGE COVER Death Audio have released a stripped back acoustic cover of Killswitch Engage’s My Last Serenade as a thank-you and a public show of appreciation for KSE. According to the band, “This song was recorded by Death Audio, mixed by Death Audio and even mastered in Death Audio’s car with no money. This video was filmed with a Sony Action Cam with no budget. This video was edited in between loading into a gig, eating a $20 steak dinner and playing a show.” Download the song from deathaudio.com

GUTHRIE GOVAN CLINIC GETS VENUE

The previously-mentioned Guthrie Govan (The Aristocrats, Asia, Steven Wilson) guitar masterclass presented by Thump Music has now found a venue: catch Guthrie on Sunday July 27 at Gas Works Theatre at 11.30am.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE TOUR Speaking of Killswitch Engage, they’re playing The Palace on Sunday April 13 with the mighty Kill Devil Hill (featuring ex-Pantera bassist Rex Brown and former Black Sabbath/Dio drummer Vinnie Appice). Tickets are on sale now via Oztix and Ticketek.

BRANT BJORK TOUR Brant Bjork of Kyuss, Kyuss Lives, Vista Chino and more has again put together a band of serious rock players. Billed as Brant Bjork Live & In Concert: Low Desert Punks, this unit features Dave Dinsmore on bass (Che, Bl’ast), Bubba Dupree on guitar (Void, Hater) and Tont Tornay on drums (Fatso Jetson, Chuck Dukowski). A new band with old school, heavy, classic punk and rock roots but also a band with a fresh attitude of fire and urgency. Nightmare Music is bringing this new band to Australia for the first time this May and June for their debut tour. They’ll be at Ding Dong Lounge on Thursday May 29. Tickets are $50 plus booking fee from Oztix.

SUN GOD REPLICA ALBUM LAUNCH The new Sun God Replica album The Devil And The Deep is out now on CD, vinyl and digital via Spooky Records, and the band will celebrate with a show at The Tote in Collingwood on Saturday March 22 with Damn Terran and Seedy Jeezus. The band is also supporting Cosmic Psychos on three dates: Thursday April 24 at Westernport Hotel, San Remo; Saturday April 26 at Karova Lounge, Ballarat, and Sunday April 27 at Theatre Royal, Castlemaine (afternoon show).

GLORYHAMMER INVADES AUSTRALIA Prepare your battle armour and sword because for their very first time, Gloryhammer (UK) will be questing and touring the land Down Under in April/May 2014! This is the new project formed by Christopher Bowes, the mastermind behind pirate-metal sensation Alestorm, with a desire to explore the more symphonic and epic side of metal. The band’s debut concept album Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife, released in March 2013, tells a story based in an alternate-history medieval Scotland, where magic and dark sorcery reign supreme. Joining them on this epic quest is Australia’s party pirates Lagerstein. Sailing, looting, drinking and plundering is what these scallywags do best, all mixed into a must see stage show loaded with brass and accordions, rocking drums and drunken chants. They’re at The Espy on Friday April 18 and The Barwon Club Hotel in Geelong on Monday April 21. Tickets from Oztix.

Melodic hardcore band Only Crime have signed with one of the most respected punk labels of late, Rise Records. Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of them yet, as Rise will be releasing their debut album and you’ll definitely have heard of their members. Russ Rankin (Good Riddance), Aaron Dalbec (Bane/ex-Converge), Bill Stevenson (Black Flag/The Descendents), Dan Kelly (ex- Tegan and Sara) and Matt Hoffman (Modern Life Is War) will release Pursuance on May 13. Minneapolis’ Slow Death boast members from The Ergs, Dillinger Four and The Soviettes and they’re touring Australia for the very first time next month. Melbourne’s Laura Palmer will join them for the ride and you can catch the two of ‘em at Public Bar on Saturday April 26. Bar 303 in Northcote will host a second show (a Jesse Swan Thorson solo show) on April 27.

BLOODSHED AT THE BENDIGO On Friday March 14, getteth thee to The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood for Bloodshed At The Bendigo, featuring In Malice’s Wake, Harlott, Maniaxe and Mason. Entry is $12, doors open at 8pm and it’s 18+ because I heard somebody’s going to drink a beer there.

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While the Lost Prophets singer continues to appeal his conviction for unspeakable horrors, the case against him continues to build. His ex-girlfriend has also been charged with four counts of possession of child pornography. Just when you thought things couldn’t get anymore despicable. Just when Emmure couldn’t get more infuriating, the band have named one of the tracks on their new album Bring a Gun To School. Super cool, you guys. Their old guitarist was not impressed with the track and was reportedly threatening to sue the band if they released it. “I’m a little let down that the band would even let that piece of garbage call a song Bring A Gun To School…But they just see dollar signs, and you kids keep buying it”, he posted. “At least now I’ll have no regrets when I slam them with lawsuits from now until the end of time”.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 12: Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque at Billboard THURSDAY MARCH 13: Prepared Like A Bride, Vices, Rivalries at Next Billy Bragg at The Palais Ever Rest, The City at Night, Oh Wanderer, Awaiting Departure, To Light Atlantis at The Bendigo FRIDAY MARCH 14: Queens Of The Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, Brody Dalle at Rod Laver Arena Sweethead at Ding Dong Gay Paris at Barwon Club, Geelong Prepared Like A Bride, Vices, Rivalries at Wyndham YRC Sienna Skies, Ocean Grove, Auroran Skyfall at Bada Bing, Frankston In Malices Wake, Harlott, Maniaxe, Mason at The Bendigo Foxtrot, Rise Of The Rat, Daybreak at Bar 303 SATURDAY MARCH 15: The Smith Street Band, The Menzingers, Grim Fandango, Freak Wave at Corner Hotel Queens Of The Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, Brody Dalle at Rod Laver Gay Paris at Cherry Bar Sienna Skies, Arcadian, For What Its Worth at Bang My Echo, Jonesez, Atlantis Awaits at Espy Front Bar Headless Death, Removalist, Hailgun, Graves, Counterattack!, Term Four at The Bendigo SUNDAY MARCH 16: The Smith Street Band, The Menzingers, Grim Fandango, Regrets at Corner Hotel Iced Earth, Elm Street at Billboard The Venue MONDAY MARCH 17: Prepared Like A Bride, Vices, Rivalries at Masonic Hall.

ROYAL HUNT TOUR Royal Hunt will tour Australia for the very first time in their history. Royal Hunt are one of the most acclaimed acts of the melodic metal movement of all time, having sold more than one million albums worldwide. Royal Hunt also features ‘royalty’ in terms of band member personnel with D.C. Cooper (Silent Force, Amaran’s Plight), Andre Andersen (Cornerstone, Evil Masquerade, Prime Time, John West) and Allan Sorensen (Cornerstone, Prime Time) leading the front line. They’ll be performing tracks off their recent release A Life To Die For as well as a comprehensive selection of Royal Hunt tracks across their discography. They’ll be supported on both shows by progressive melodic metal masters Vanishing Point. They’ll be at the Northcote Social Club on Wednesday April 2 with tickets available from metalmassacre.com.au. Strictly limited VIP meet and greet fan pack passes are also available (including Australian-only exclusive items) from Metal Massacre Online.

ANATHEMA TOUR. FINALLY. Anathema’s Australian fans have been waiting patiently for almost 25 years and the innumerable calls and requests have finally borne fruit – Anathema are making their long awaited first visit to our shores in August! Anathema have been at the forefront of the UK rock/metal movement for many years. Influential pioneers of melodic heavy music, the band’s forward thinking, intellectual musicianship has earned them accolades such as Classic Rock’s 2010 and 2012 Prog Album of the Year; and whilst their sound and musical vision has continually evolved Anathema have always remained true to their original goal of creating meaningful, passionate and honest music. Likened to acts such as Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree and King Crimson, Anathema present an aural and visual experience that stimulates all six senses from start to finish. And you can catch them at the Corner Hotel on Saturday August 23. Tickets are $69 plus booking fee from metropolistouring.com, and strictly limited VIP meet and greet packages are also available.

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SING ME THE SONGS THAT SAY I LOVE YOU: A CONCERT FOR KATE MCGARRIGLE

As part of the Brunswick Music Festival, Speakeasy Cinema presents a special screening of Sing Me Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle. A Documentary Feature Film directed by Lian Lunson and starring Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Emmylou Harris, Anna McGarrigle, Norah Jones, Jane McGarrigle and more. Kate McGarrigle, a prolific songwriter, the musical partner of her sister Anna McGarrigle and mother to Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright, died tragically in January 2010. Her untimely death shattered not only her family and friends but also legions of fans worldwide. In May 2011, family and friends gathered together at the Town Hall Theatre in New York City to pay tribute to the late, great singer songwriter. The film will be preceded by a live performance by special guests featuring Bec Rigby from The Harpoons, Dale Packard from New Gods and their parents. Together, they will be performing a collection of folk songs including select covers of Wainwright and McGarrigle numbers.

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The Don Fernando boys will be bringing every ounce of heavy weight stoner ‘riffage’ when they continue their March residency at Cherry. Having just opened for Clutch on their Soundwave tour they are now ready to share their uber-tight and punchy live shows with their local audiences once again. This week they are joined on stage by The Loveless. Doors 6pm, free entry, live music from 9pm to 11pm. DJ Mermaid till 3am. Boom!

I, A MAN

Making their return to the stage for the first time in 2014, I, A Man recently launched the second single In Time at an outdoor show at The Luscombe Street Community Gardens. The forthcoming debut LP Gravity Wins Again, is penned for release on April 11, via the band's own label We Swimmers. The new recordings see the band further expand on their signature hypnotic and expansive indie rock with a sound that must be heard in its purest form; on vinyl. As a completely independent release the band have launched a crowd funding campaign with Pledge Music for their very first vinyl release, offering B-sides, one off t-shirt designs, an acoustic breakfast show performance and other limited opportunities with pledging open until early April. Visit pledgemusic.com for more. Eager to bring the album to life, the Melbourne four-piece has announced an autumn residency at the newly renovated Boney. Every Wednesday evening in March I, a Man will be joined by the likes of Lowlakes, Sleep Decade, Texture Like Sun, Sunbeam Sound Machine & Sean Pollard (Split Seconds) to perform new tracks from Gravity Wins Again for the first time. Every Wednesday in March at Boney from 8pm. $5 on the door.

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 multi-instrumentalist Cat Canteri (The Stillsons) will be putting her new electric band through its paces at The Retreat front bar every Wednesday in March. Canteri has been busy putting the finishing touches to her debut solo album, which has been produced by ARIA award winning Craig Pilkington (Archie Roach, Gurrumul, Killjoys) and will be released later in the year. Head down to The Retreat from 7.30pm to get in on all the action.

THE TASTE OF INDIE COLLECTIVE

Taking up residency upstairs at the Slow Club in The Tote Hotel on Wednesday nights in March is The Taste of Indie Collective. This Wednesday March 12 features Acoustic Foxx and Gondola Kid. Every week The Taste of Indie Collective will feature two acts and 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.

NEW BIRDS

New Birds are a group of three gentlemen whose backgrounds span both hemispheres and dozens of semi-realised and unrealised bands over the years. With a wealth of influences including British indie, '70s art rock, post punk and electronica, New Birds launch their EP at this, their long, long awaited debut

Blair Dunlop’s achingly beautiful Blight & Blossom may be one of the most memorable and melodic debut albums of recent years, but what has really marked him out from his peers is his ability to craft deceptively simple songs that connect with everyone who claps ears on them on a deeply emotional level that belies his 21 years. He’ll be supported by Irish songstress Lisa O’Neill at The Spotted Mallard as a part of Brunswick Music Festival this Wednesday March 12.

ECLECTIC NIGHT AT THE BENDIGO

Eclectic Night, something for everyone at The Bendigo tonight w/Dojo Collection, Shadows At Bay and Police And Thieves Founded by Lee Cheney. Shadows At Bay bring you a fresh post-grunge / alternative-rock sound that will keep you pumped for hours. Happy Hour is from 4pm til 7:30pm. $5.50 pints & $6.50 Basic Spirits. The kitchen’s also open, serving the best short order menu in Melbz!

THURSDAY MAR 13 SEATTLE FIX

Seattle Fix plays at Bar Open. The four-piece band offer an upbeat and dreamy sound and have just finished their first demo. Seattle Fix have enjoyed a good reception with the release of their new track Disguise which is currently working its way up the triple j Unearthed charts. Seattle Fix will be hitting the stage with Aircrafte and The Rollercanes. Alternative rock act Aircrafte have worked with the producer of Snakadaktal and Northeast Party House, creating a haunting alternative rock sound. They released their debut single in 2013. The Rollercanes, formerly known as The Hotels, offer up some garage rock to splice things up. The three-piece have played extensively around Melbourne, taking their influence from bands like the Strokes and Kings of Leon. Doors at 8pm, free entry.

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1. Algiers by Calexico – this is a record I listen to often. It is a perfect combination of Arizona Americana and Tex-Mex style with a hint of the experimental. Some of the recording and mixing decisions come across very dark-sounding, which nicely adds to the overall feel of the album. I’ve seen this album performed live and it translates brilliantly. 2. Pneumonia by Whiskeytown – this is an excellent sounding record that often gets a spin on my turntable. It is a quality produced and almost popcountry series of tunes being the band’s last ever release before they split. From the slick and tight sounding Don’t Wanna Know Why to the smooth and lost emotion in Sit and Listen To The Rain, this record easily delivers the goods. 3. Tennessee Pusher by Old Crow Medicine Show – this record is such a great modern-sounding yet old

timely country experience. Motel In Memphis and the tongue and cheek Methamphetamine are stand out tunes. 4. One Foot In The Ether by The Band Of Heathens – an excellent Americana feast by a very enjoyable, talented and technical country group. This record has a real mood and concept behind it that is clearly tipping a cowboy hat to Hunter S. Thompson enthusiasts. 5. Valleyheart by Justin Rutledge – this is the fifth studio album from Toronto born Rutledge and a really sonically-slick record. As a solo performer he has presented a pleasing combination of traditional country instrumentation and even dipped his toe into undiscovered territory on this record. LOW RENT play the Central Club in Richmond on Saturday March 15.

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The wonderful Sally Dastey will be bringing her sublime voice to the Yarra Hotel Abbotsford this Thursday March 13 for a special show with her trusty side-kick on the accordion, Squeezebox Wally. Having been largely absent from the local scene the past couple of years this will be a welcome return and a great chance to hear them run through some old faves on the beautiful Yarra stage. Free entry, kitchen is open, 9pm kick-off.

MIDNIGHT CALLER

Midnight Caller are a noisy three-piece rock band with heavy tunes. Their new album Particle Dreams is out now on vinyl. Nervous play pop music with gusto. They move between sweet sun-kissed '60s inspired love serenades and unrelenting brick-to-the face shout fests. They pride themselves on delivering the goods with maximum efficiency in a timely fashion. D-Grades play an amalgam of punk and country. Paul writes the songs and the band play them loudly and quickly. Show starts at 8pm at Bar Open and entry is free.

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Head Of Charm are making themselves known as new heavy weights of the Melbourne garage/punk/ hard rock scene playing with old stand bys like Batpiss and Sun God Replica. They’ll be continuing their hot streak this Thursday March 13 at Public Bar with

The Alaska String Band brings the best of American roots, swing, jazz, pop, original, folk and bluegrass favorites. Winners of the Fame Awards - Bluegrass Band of the Year, this captivating five-member family band hail from Alaska’s capital city of Juneau, equipped with an impressive collection of acoustic stringed instruments including guitars, violin-fiddles, mandolins, dulcimer, banjo, bass and percussion. Find The Alaska String Band at The Mechanics Institute Performing Arts Centre as a part of Brunswick Music Festival this Thursday March 13. Doors open at 7:30pm.

ANIMAUX

To kick off their 2014, Animaux (pronounced an-eemo) is extremely proud to announce 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 every Thurdsay for yet another month’s worth of killer shows, featuring some of Australia’s finest talent week in and week out.

GESAFFELSTEIN

No stranger to in-your-face music, the Parisian native co-produced Kanye West’s massive love-it-or-hateit 2013 album Yeezus, working on the tracks Black  Skinhead and Send It Up. His new video Pursuit was censored by Youtube,  racking up an impressive one million views in less than two months. Fans and critics alike have praised his impressive debut Aleph. He’ll be playing at the Prince Bandroom Thursday March 13. Tickets are available through the venue's website.

TRASH PALACE

Giving you far more bang for your buck than a $2 hooker is the aural assault coming your way as Trash Palace, The Feel Goods and Sub Rosa join forces to end weekday monotony (hopefully for good) this Thursday March 13 at The Reverence Hotel. Combining original music with soaring melodies and chunky riffs, Trash Palace have forged a blood oath and promised that between slaying dragons and saving infants from house fires (totally true), they would make female-fronted alt-rock/grunge stuff a thing, and that that thing would be good. Kicks off at 8pm, entry is $8 on the door.

proudly supported by Yurbuds Earphones and Grafete Studios. The weekly live music offering from the Revolver Bandroom which will feature three of Melbourne and Australia’s top up-and-coming and established acts hitting the stage with resident DJ Miss Flip keeping you occupied between sets! This week we have the brand spanking new crew the Earls of Lisbon to treat all your ears, keeping themselves open to interpretation rather than pigeon-holing themselves in one single genre. Slotting into the support slots on the night are Indie kids Garden Party and opening the night with a stripped back set we have Stonefox. Doors at 8.30pm and just $5 on the night.

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On Thursday March 13 The Braves return to Yah Yah’s for a free show along with The Robes. The Braves hail from the foot hills of Melbourne, born and raised on rhythm 'n’ green and rock n’ tumble, fine young fiends with firing fenders and beating battle drums that strike with sonic prowess and an outlaw intent confined by no genre and aligned with no crowd! The Robes are one of the musical projects for members of local band Wooly Beef who will be in support. Doors at 7pm, with free entry ya’ll.

JUNGAL

Jungal serve up a feast of live music through an energetic, rocking performance. The Jungal sisterhood are renowned for giving audiences their all, delivering punchy melodies, powerful grooves and some genuine girl power. The group have established themselves as favourites on the Canadian festival circuit with four successful tours under their belt and have returned to Australia to release their latest album Leave My Head. They’ll be playing The Retreat this Thursday March 13. Doors open at 9pm.

PLUGGED IN THURSDAYS AT REVOLVER

In 2014 we are looking at re-inventing the Bandroom at Revolver. As part of this we welcome the addition of Revolver Drums Presents Plugged In Thursdays

Peter Dickybird are excruciatingly proud to announce probably the best lineup ever put together at the Brunswick Hotel on Thursday March 13th. Firstly, the rollicking folk rockers of  Store Bought Cool  are making a rare appearance to the delight of their fans. Then Vision Street  are bringing out the Retrospect Specs with their classic, Americanablues-based rock. Then, The Naysayers will remind you why rock and roll was so fun in the 60’s with a high energy set of garage rock nuggets. Then, Peter Dickybird will bring it home with a dose of sweet girly harmonies and indie pop to bring out your inner go-go dancer. Also, if you’ve made it through the Summer with all your hair, the Naysayers will give you reason to lose it for a good cause. We’re proud to announce that this gig will be part of the World’s Greatest Shave. It all kicks off at 8pm and it’s free.

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Deke Dickerson is one of America’s musical treasures. As an entertainer and musician, he has toured the world and established himself as one of the foremost purveyors of roots music, headlining festivals from Las Vegas to Finland. His repertoire takes in rockabilly, bluegrass, western swing, memphis soul, doo-wop and rhythm & blues, all with a touch of grit.  Reverend Horton Heat wasn’t wrong when he said: “Deke Dickerson is the best rockabilly guitarist in the world!” He’s jetting into Oz this week for four gigs, kickin’ off with his only Melbourne gig this Thursday March 13 at The Caravan Music Club with support from The Buffalo Club, a string-bustin’ Melbourne four-piece serving up unsung treasures circa ’57 to ’62 and their own killer tunes that slot right in among them.

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This Friday March 14 at the Yarra, catch Soft Gold (Sarah Carroll and Marcel Borrack) with good buddy Suzannah Espie and the fabulous Terry McCarthy Special. Sarah and Marcel will be celebrating the release of their wonderful debut album with a night of non-stop musical delights. Keeping the tunes going afterwards will be none other than RRR FM’s Tony Biggs (aka DJ Biggsy). Tickets are $15 and you can purchase them through trybooking.com. Show starts at 9pm.

GET LIT

The Spasms play garage-punk-psych and are the brainchild of Atkinson (The Kits), Pete Hansford and John Davis. With a true DIY mindset, their debut album We Better Operate was released as a free download to all, and it has since gained extensive airplay across Europe and the US, with reviews championing the band as successors to The Cramps, The Gories and The Gun Club. Doors at 9pm, free entry.

LAMARAMA & TANKT

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GEORGIA FIELDS’ TOP FIVE CELESTIAL SONGS

Do you: a) Ever wonder why the number of spots on a leopard can only be calculated via the square root of an albino carrot? b) Often find yourself in cavernous broom closets whilst trying not to mix your fondues with fon-don’ts? c) Tend to ponder the finer points of a gaggle of witches hats during the early hours of the apocalypse? If you answered yes, no or on occasion to any of the above, then you should most definitely attend this once-in-a-lifetime show. Lamarama are particularly excited to play alongside Melbourne’s new freak out gypsy outfit Tankt. They sound like a right old hoot. Best bring the dancing shoes and clothes that can be easily expunged. Doors at 10pm, entry is free.

THE VELVETS

The Velvets hit up Cherry Bar this Frday March 14 in support of their Old souls and heartless dolls album and Grey Street single. Tix $13 on the door from 8pm till 11pm then $10 till 5am with Cherry DJ Lucy Arundel.

Georgia Fields is currently working on her sophomore album Astral Debris. The title refers to the aftermath of a cosmic explosion, but also the star matter that each of us are made of. Georgia is previewing new songs from the forthcoming record with a sixpiece band at The Toff In Town, this Sunday March 16. Ahead of the show, she talks to Beat about her favourite celestial songs. 1. Blue Spotted Tail – Fleet Foxes This homage to Carl Sagan’s infamous Pale Blue Dot sermon is Fleet Foxes’ finest hour. Front-man Robin Pecknold sings about the futility of our existence with his fragile Kermit voice, and it makes me want to abscond from modern reality and live by a mountain stream surviving on bush shrubs and dandelions. 2. Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft (The Recognised Anthem of World Contact Day) – The Carpenters Originally written by Canadian psychedelic outfit Klaatu (who take their name from the dashing humanoid alien in The Day The Earth Stood Still), The Carpenters had a hit with this song in 1977. It is the official anthem of World Contact Day, an initiative founded in 1953 by an organisation called The International Flying Saucer Bureau, who petitioned their members to collectively send a telepathic message to visitors from outer space. Far out. 3. The Circle Married the Line – Feist When you’re Feist, you get to build an ad hoc recording studio in Big Sur, California. Then you rent a nearby cottage and take morning hikes along the cliffs, penning exquisitely beautiful yet stunningly simple poetry about the horizon, which you then release on one of the best albums of the decade, Metals. 4. After The Goldrush – Neil Young A dream set over three eras, Young predicts humanity will rape Mother Nature, destroy the Earth, and the Chosen Ones will board silver spaceships to seed ‘a new home in the Sun’. With our current political regime working overtime to ruin the planet, it’s not an impossible futuristic prophesy. 5. I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon — Sesame Street Unfortunately we are no closer to having a Moon Lodge for Ernie than we were when he debuted this plaintive bedtime song in 1978. However, US-based mad-scientists LiftPort ran a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012 to fund development of their ‘Space Elevator’, which will hypothetically use carbon nanotubes to project cargo (and humans) up into space. Ernie, start packing your suitcase.

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DAMIEN DEMPSEY

Damien Dempsey has announced he will return to Australia in March to undertake a national tour and festival appearances to celebrate the launch of his upcoming album It’s All Good - The Best of Damien Dempsey, a celebration of his career to date, which encompasses six Top 10 studio albums over 15 years. He’ll be playing at Prince Band Room on Friday March 14.

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CHRIS WILSON

Undoubtedly one of Australia’s finest vocalists, Chris Wilson, is making his way to the Flying Saucer Club on Friday March 14 at 8pm, joined on stage by his band for an intimate show. An essential part of blues and rock music since kicking his career off with the Sole Twisters over 20 years ago, the only way has been up for Chris. Stints with Harum Scarum and Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls highlighted him as one of the country’s most instrumental vocalists, harmonica players and songwriters, which then led to Chris instigating and fronting the superb Crown of Thorns. Don’t miss this performance, branded with a unique sensuality that, coupled with his voice, make Chris a standout artist and master of his craft.

DAVID BRIDIE YAMMA

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FRANK

David Bridie and Frank Yamma are two unique Australian voices, both recognised as leading artists in the Australian musical landscape. The Brunswick Music Festival is proud to present a rare opportunity to see these two master musicians come together in concert. David Bridie remains one of the most distinctive voices and composers in Australian music, not only to the ear but to the heart. His soulful lyrics offer unique insights and ask the hard questions of the human condition. With conviction, passion and integrity, his songs document Australia, its geography, people and culture. Frank Yamma is the voice out of the Central Australian desert striking a chord in hearts all over the world. Regarded as one of Australia’s most important Indigenous songwriters, Frank’s rich voice and exceptional guitar skills combined with brutally honest tales of alcohol abuse, cultural degradation and stories of his country are spine tingling. Individually and together these two remarkable musicians will take to the Brunswick Town Hall stage with their tales of Australian life from two very different viewpoints. Friday March 14.

Modesty are playing the 2am set Friday March 14 at The Public Bar in North Melbourne. They think this could be the perfect time slot to realise their dream: to get their sexy audience naked and dancing like there’s no tomorrow. Partial and FULL nudity both encouraged and adored. This will be a set for the fearless and the free. Free Entry. 2am Friday night at The Public Bar.

BABAGANOUJ

Babaganouj are a band of four people. Charles used to play in Yves Klein Blue. Jack drummed for Inland Sea. Harriet and Ruby are both still members of Go Violets. They play almost-kitsch power pop in the vein of Australian classics like The Melniks and Smudge, with inspiration from Creation Records and Flying Nun classics you’ve probably heard a few times before. Joining Babaganouj for this show are locals Spazzys (headline) & Velcro. Playing The Public Bar this Friday March 14 from 8.30pm. Entry is $10

POISON FISH

Poison Fish are not unfamiliar with the stage of The Brunswick Hotel. This band has destroyed themselves, their instruments and whatever they had left of their dignity at this venue all in the name of rock 'n' roll. Now hitting the stage as the headliner at The Brunswick Hotel for the first time in ages they are out to make this one another night to be remembered. With them is Brat Farrar and Tang and Tequila Mockingbyrd. Doors at 8pm. Free Entry.

JUSTICE & KAOS

After another 30 week stint of free weekly music, Justice & Kaos are capping off The Home IndVasian 2 series with the Home IndVasian 2 Wrap Party. Performing HI2 music for the first time live as well as select favorites from the original Home IndVasian Series, this is not one to miss.This Friday March 14 at The Evelyn.

BLOODSHED AT THE BENDIGO

Come bear witness to a true spectacle of destructive and violent heavy metal! Bloodshed at The Bendigo is a celebration of the die-hard attitude forever present in the Melbourne metal community. Featuring In Malice’s Wake, Harlott, Maniaxe and Mason. This line-up is blood in the water for thrash fans everywhere. From beginning to end, this event is an exhibit of home-grown, worldclass thrash metal. Get in early, stay late and experience the chaos of these four unmissable sets.

SASSIN FRAS

Gold Coast grunge/pop outfit Sassin Fras have just released their brand new single Madeline, after a huge weekend sharing the stage with Dune Rats to celebrate Australia Day at the Coolangatta Hotel. Upholding a burning desire to bring grunge back to the people, Sassin Fras have established their raw, dirty grunge sound with Madeline, employing soaring pop melodies and musical delivery that possesses cataclysmic energy. They play Playground on Friday March 14 alongside Going Swimming, Darts and Vacant Smiles as well as hitting up The Penny Black on Saturday March 15.

THE FIXATORS

Sydney-based indie rock outfit The Fixators have just released their brand new EP Colourblind, and are setting their sights on the east coast for a run of tour dates. Lead single Colourblind displays The Fixators’ unique blend of indie, alternative and stadium rock, which is perfectly sculpted and delivered by the young quartet. Catch them at The Penny Black on Friday March 14 and Playground on Saturday March 15.

BRODY DALLE

The news that Brody Dalle was working on new music caused a flurry of excitement last year and even more so when she revealed she had signed to Caroline and was planning to release an album in 2014. Just before the holidays, Brody put a London date on sale and in less than hour it was completely sold out so news that she is touring has been greatly anticipated. Brody has had a long, wild career in music. “It’s the only job I’ve ever had and I love it.” In her native Australia, her first band, Sourpuss, got her signed at 15; she later moved to LA and formed The Distillers, becoming pack leader of a band of hardcore reprobates, and spending her 20s touring the world. After that, she released a killer album rife with hooks under Spinnerette and now she returns in fighting form under her own name with her own solo project. Brody Dalle will play at the Rod Laver Arena on Friday March 14 and Saturday March 15.

THE JACKS

Evil Twin are back in Melbourne after smashing the pants off the Adelaide Fringe Festival and on Friday March 14 will be joined on the Yah Yah’s stage by rockers The Jacks and the one man blues show known as Rattlin’ Bones Blackwood. What makes this show even better is it is free! Free I tells you! Doors at 7pm with late tunes by Shaky Memorial.

TALES IN SPACE

Tales In Space, the duo behind the infectious 2013 award-winning hit Shades, are back and ready to unleash their new electro-pop single All Messed Up. The single embodies the band’s unique, catchy style of powerful, pop-driven melodies and dancefloor-ready beats – an approach that has led the group to achieve both national and international recognition. Tales In Space will be swinging by Melbourne as a part of a national tour on Friday March 14 at the Ding Dong Lounge. Tickets available through oztix.com.au.

BRIGHTER LATER

Melbourne alternative outfit Brighter Later will be playing their first show for 2014 in the Great Hall at the National Gallery of Victoria on Friday March 14 as part of Melbourne Now. They’ll be playing as the full

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THE ROYAL JELLIES

A consummate eight-piece Melbourne band delivers a sound that is brash, brassy and infectious; neovintage, modern-dapper songs textured with horns, Hammond, banjo and stride piano. Hot on the heels of recording and touring witWh Clare Bowditch on her 2012 release, the Jellies now present a beautifully crafted album all their own – a polished gem of pop hooks and earworm melodies. Performing at The Spotted Mallard this Friday March 14 as part of The Brunswick Music Festival, get your tickets from the venue and festival websites.

SATURDAY MAR 15

JAMIE MACDOWELL & TOM THUM

One is good with his fingers, the other is good with his mouth. International beat-boxing sensation Tom Thum comes to Melbourne with longstanding Tom Tom Crew comrade and lyrical genius Jamie MacDowell, direct from a sold-out Edinburgh Fringe season and European Tour. Jamie’s brand of heartfelt songwriting and melodic finger-work combines with Tom’s heavy hitting world-class beatboxing and musicianship in an hour long Voltron of sound and stupid banter. You an see them perform as a part of Brunswick Music Week this Saturday March 15 at Howler.

COLOSSUS

On the Saturday March 15, The Peacock is hosting Melbourne’s first world class pinball open at the hotel. This event is internationally endorsed and with the help of the International Flipper & Pinball Association (IFPA) will be run with the same style as big European and American tournaments. We are expecting players to come from interstate and the best players in Melbourne will be attending. It will be a marathon style event with good players having to compete all day to win the cash prize of up to $700. Reg is from 9.30am and comp will start around 10 30am. $30 per entry.

Colossus are set to destroy the Reverence Hotel on this Saturday March 15 in support of their new 7” Cleansed in Blood/Reborn in Sin. A pre-release to their upcoming LP Unholy, Cleansed in Blood/Reborn in Sin sees Colossus charting new waters, revisiting familiar ground and revering the roots of their blackened sound. Joining Colossus for a mixed bill of extremity are hardcore heavyweights Outsiders Code, old school grind outfit Internal Rot and new hard-hitters Born Free. $10, show starts at 8pm.

GAY PARIS

This Saturday March 15 come witness the amazingly good lineup of Gay Paris, Sheriff & Batpiss all at the one and only Cherry Bar. This is sure to be a night of dirty, sludgy-booze fuelled rock 'n' roll mayhem! Tix only $15 pre-sale and are available from www.cherrybar.com.au or on door if available. But why would you chance it?

With an LP on the way to be released in early 2014 on vinyl and CD the Plymouth Reverends are looking to fill the gap in the Victorian Blues/Rock market that’s been sitting pretty for some time now. Head to The Retreat Saturday March 15 to see them give it a red hot Aussie go. Doors open at 8pm.

EL MOTH

Born from Melbourne’s underground party scene six piece Reggae Roots Rock collective El Moth  have released their  debut EP Life’s A Ride.    Catch them supporting Melbourne Ska Orchestra at The Hi Fi Melbourne on Saturday March 15  and see why they are known as one of the hottest party bands in town.

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PANDORUM

Pandorum is returning to the Evelyn Hotel with a killer line up. With their album getting closer to being released, Pandorum are back to showcase a bunch on new songs that will be on the forthcoming album. Supports include the always entertaining Shadows of Hyenas and the first full band line up for powerhouse solo artist Al Gammie.

Sydney-siders Fishing have been smashing clubs and venues all over Australia and the world with their original pieces and some rad remixes. After kicking off the New Year alongside acts such as Art VS Science at NYE on the Harbour in Sydney the guys are back on the road, and will be stopping off at Revolver to lay down a DJ set for their Melbourne fans. Joining them on the line up for the night will be triple J and Revolver Bandroom favourite Albert Salt, who is pumping out a track a month minimum and every one is a dance floor filler! This show will be a warm up to an April EP launch so stay tuned. We will also have another local act who are aiming to make some big noise in 2014 who will be announced shortly. Doors 9pm. Pre-sale $8 and $12 at the door.

SUNDAY MAR 16 THE HORNETS

This show will be unique. It will feature some of the country’s finest blues and roots musicians on stage and playing together with Craig Horne and Jeff Burstin as part of the respected Melbourne band The Hornets. The quintet will be playing songs from their upcoming 6th CD as well as selections from the Hornets' extensive back catalogue, this will be an event not to be missed. The Hornets are made up of some of the most respected musicians in the country, some would argue rock 'n' roll royalty. Doors open 7.30 on Sunday March 16. Free entry.

SECTION 8

Section 8 is celebrating its 8th Birthday with 8 days of celebrations and top-notch entertainment, culminating in a classic Section 8 Laneway Party for the ages on

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BODIES

Bodies are playing every Saturday arvo at The Tote in March. For free. Who really wants to spend hard earned cash on these idiots anyway? Much better things to spend your money on include: A dead goldfish, a second hand rock, some moss, an empty Bruce Willis DVD cover, half a shoelace, a busted pen, a photocopy of a picture I found on the internet of a small giraffe, more moss. They’ll be playing one new song each week as well. They just gotta learn five songs between now and then though. So come on down with your pockets filled of trinkets and see three sweaty, hairy blokes yell at you for an hour. They hit up The Tote this Saturday March 15 with very special guests added guests ???. 4pm, free.

ELIZABETH ROSE PLYMOUTH REVERENDS

After recently snagging a position in triple j’s Hottest 100 with previous single We Are The Same, Melbourne based sextet Lurch & Chief are back, and proving they’re no one hit wonder. The band is now following up the popular first single from their EP Wiped Out with an equally impressive track in Mother/Father. Lyrically, the track teeters on the darker side for Lurch & Chief, but this doesn’t affect the fact that these cats know how to create a massive sound which they show when exploiting their signature call and response vocal line between Hayden Somerville and Lili Hall with a fierce guitar riff gliding between the singers’ juxtaposing voices. To celebrate the new track, Lurch & Chief will be launching Mother/Father at The Liberty Social in the CBD on Saturday March 15. Tickets via OzTix and at the door, if not sold out.

The Taste Of Indie Collective are rolling in to Bar 291 for a massive serving of Indie Rock on Saturday 15 March in the Public Bar. Great food and drink and some of the best original music in town, what more can you ask for? Featuring alt-country rock outfit One

Stellar Green are making their maiden voyage into Melbourne ports on Saturday March 15th at The Esplanade Hotel. Their song Refuge makes big inroads into setting the scene for them - it’s a BIG, banging track with a soaring vocal and a flat-to-the-floor attitude. They are hitting the Espy Basement bar with a host of friends and it all kicks off at 8pm

Sudamerican Rockers featuring Oscar Jimenez of Watussi, team up with members of Madre Monte, The Electric I and more after the success of the amazing Day of the Death Party in Sydney and the Johnston St Fiesta show at Bar Open in November. Sudamerican Rockers take over Melbourne to share the energetic songs of some of the best artists from South America, such as Manu Chao, Aterciopelados, Fabulosos Cadillacs plus a few of their own originals. Come down this Saturday night and party South American style. Show starts at 10pm and in case you were wondering, entry is definitely free!

LURCH & CHIEF

THE TASTE OF INDIE COLLECTIVE

STELLAR GREEN

SUDAMERICAN ROCKERS & OSCAR JIMENEZ (WATUSSI)

FISHING

SINGLES

Bad kids from Melbourne suburbs, the Singles are hitting up Yah Yah’s on the Saturday March 15 for the Melbourne leg of their tour for new track Morgan Freeman’s Birthday. Joining them on the night will be some other sick Melbourne bands Cider Tree Kids and the Rollercanes. If you haven’t heard the single which was recorded with Malcolm Besley (Millions, Hunting Grounds, Snakadaktal), then check it out! The Singles’ sweat and fun levels are at an all time high at the moment so catch them jumping around now! 7pm, $10 entry.

PEACOCK PINBALL OPEN

And The Same followed up by the awesome new indie folk rock band Ashbury Medicine Show. They will be peddling their cure-all musical elixir of hard-hitting songs and with the brilliant Jane McGann on sax, flute and piccolo, they are setting the pace for a new age of folk rock in Melbourne. The night cap will be legally justified when The Solicitors take the stage, this fourpiece indie pop rock group not only dress to impress but they will blow your socks right off with their music and you will be hit with a long term sentence of getting back to see them whenever and wherever they are playing. Free Entry.

Elizabeth Rose EP, the second EP from Rose, is out now via Inertia Access. The five track release boasts huge singles The Good Life and latest offering Sensibility. In support of the EP’s recent release, the run of national dates will kick off Saturday March 1 in Sydney and wrapping up Saturday April 12, taking in East and West Coast cities and regional centres. Canberra’s SAFIA and Sydney duo Fishing will join her on selected dates. SAFIA have also had a massive 2013, Number #76 in the triple j Hottest 100 and nominated for a triple j Unearthed Award. Their incredible debut single Listen To Soul, Listen To Blues reached the Top 100 on the electronic singles charts and reached over 100k hits on Soundcloud. These two will be touring Australia and rolling through Northcote Social Club on Saturday March 15.

Fact #1: For the first ten years of her life vocalist Channthy moved around the conflict zones of Cambodia in a T53 tank with her army tank driver father, their only possession was a small transistor radio. She now tries to turn her experiences into positive and powerful stories, whether it is as a human rights advocate and a Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women’s UNiTE, the campaign to end violence against women, or as a songwriter. Fact #2: Cambodian Space Project has recently recorded its third album with Motown legend Dennis Coffey (numerous Motown hits, Blaxploitation soundtracks, Black Belt Jones, Bruce Lee theme, discovered Sixto Rodriguez). Whisky Cambodia is the first album of its kind, conceived in Cambodia, born in Detroit. Fact #3: Nick Cave is a fan: “They’re a great band, the singer is amazing, really beautiful, the guitars really jump out at you, very affecting, great stuff.”

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He watched Cambodian Space Project live at Ubud Readers and Writers Festival 2012, Bali. Fact #4: The band’s Cambodian drummer Bong Sak is a farmer whose day job involves castrating livestock. He specialises in water buffaloes. Fact #5: Cambodian Space Project are street party regulars, they’ve played more than 16 countries around the world and love the street party vibe as they’re a great way to bring everyone in the community together for a good ol’ street level hootenanny! They once played an elephant’s 50th birthday party in Cambodia. Sambo the elephant seemed much happier with a street party vibe than an indoors event. CAMBODIAN SPACE PROJECT play Federation Square on Sunday March 23. They also hit up Bluesfest, running in Byron Bay from Thursday April 17 – Monday April 21.


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For all the latest news check out beat.com.au Sunday March 16. It’s been a long journey from humble beginnings as a temporary pop-up bar in a carpark to the venue’s now permanent standing as an iconic part of Melbourne’s bar and music scenes. The festival will feature a massively expanded capacity in order to celebrate in style, alongside Melbourne’s finest live acts and DJs, improvised performance spaces, AV interaction, surprise entertainers and a very special International guest! The Public Opinion Afro Soundsystem, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Bradley Zero ,Dizz1, Florelie Escano and city’s best Bboys will be turning the birthday week into a celebration of the diverse range of cultures, musics and communities that have supported us over the years.

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. This Sunday March 16 she will be joined by Ziggy Britten, Frankie Andrew and Michael Porter. Show starts at 3pm and yes, it’ll be free.

DAN BRODIE

It’s been awhile between drinks, but Dan Brodie is back at last and he’s ready to launch his newest album Deep Deep Love  on Sunday March 16 at a special matinee show at the Northcote Social Club. Last year around this time, Dan had just put his latest critically acclaimed album Deep Deep Love out to reviewers and radio stations and scheduled his launch when he was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma after an initial misdiagnosis of Whooping Cough.  Dan had to take a long break from gigging and songwriting to undergo heavy chemo and radiation treatments, and now he’s ready to take care of this unfinished business and bring Deep Deep Love to a live audience. Tickets are $15 + bf via nortcotesocialclub. com. Doors at 1.30pm. 

POOL HALL BLUES

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SUMSUM

Sumsum is a theatrical, vibrant and colourful indie gypsy - groove band founded by Tai Nickritin, Jeremy Marr’e, Zeav Yaniv and Shlomi Mor. Their super high and passionate energy is infectious and representative of a new angle in Gypsy folk music, which has earned them a well-deserved place in the hearts of audiences worldwide. The music is a deep mix of Gypsy, East Mediterranean, original and folk music inspired from the beautiful cultural and nature mixture of Israel. They’ll take to the stage at Brusnwick Town Hall on Sunday March 16 for the Brunswick Music Festival.

throats of anyone against them, soon it will be impossible to ignore Death By Six. Don’t miss this. Doors open 10pm, bands start 10.30pm. Entry $15.

16 to continue the celebration of their debut album release. The band’s distinctive sound has seen them play several sold out Melbourne shows. With appearances at St.Kilda Music Festival and Riverboats Music Festival alongside some of Australia’s best musical acts, Better Than The Wizards are making waves with their fun and energetic live shows.

MELODY POOL

Melody Pool is a young artist with an old soul. Her debut album, The Hurting Scene, sends the listener timetravelling to coffee houses in the late ’60s, with songs reminiscent of early Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne. Melody Pool will be performing a three-week residency at The Spotted Mallard starting this Sunday March 16 from 7.30pm. Free entry.

MONDAY MAR 17 MC ALPINES FUSILERS

This Monday March 17 MC Alpines Fusliers combines traditional folk instruments of fiddle, accordion and banjo with a punk rhythm to produce passionate music that is committed to continuing the burning social relevance of folk music. It promises to be a St Patricks Day to remember, at The Penny Black, Brunswick.

UNPAVED SESSIONS

SONGWRITER

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.

TUESDAY MAR 18

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.

DEATH BY SIX

Death By Six are set to play DV8 Nightclub on Saturday March 22 with supports Sexxx & The Creppter Children. Death By Six pride themselves on bringing an incredibly intense show, full of huge choruses, blistering solos and crushing breakdowns, the band stop at nothing to give everyone in the room exactly what they came to see. With their next release being carefully crafted to cut the

Featuring award-winning Boogie Blues harp maestro Ian Collard (Collard, Greens and Gravy) plus Reservoir revelry blues man Danny Walsh (Danny Walsh Banned) and local folk-blues multi-instrumentalist Ryan Sterling, Pool Hall Blues is on as part of True North Festival. Come shoot some pool, sip a whiskey and soak up the sounds of the finest blues from the deep north of Melbourne. It goes down at Edwardes Place Pool Hall in Reservoir on Saturday March 22.

LANKS

Lanks will be launching his debut single, Rises and Falls at Boney on Thursday March 20. Lanks is the enigmatic solo electronic project of Melbourne musician, Will Cuming. He plays freely with traditional folk storytelling in the modern framework of electronic music; taking parts from Radiohead’s intricate grooves, Bon Iver’s vocal layering and Jamie XX’s famed dead space. Supports come from Tanya Batt and Eagle and the Worm (duo). 8:30pm. $10 on the door.

D.O.A

D.O.A; Canada’s pioneers  of punk hardcore and recent inductees into the Canadian Independent Music Hall of Fame  are bidding farewell to the world after a 30-plus year career with a tour encompassing Europe, North America, the UK and our very own sunburnt soil. The last chance to catch the highly influential punk group live will be this coming April in all mainland capital cities on the east coast as the band hang up their collective hat on what has been an outstanding contribution to punk, hardcore and the broader musical landscape.  Catch 'em for the last time on Thursday April 24 at the Evelyn with supports Clowns, No Idea and Dixon Cider. Tickets on sale now and available from www.thedrunkpromoter.com.

THE NIGHT PARTY

Lo-fi garage soul brothers Rick Sands and Buck Lexton are The Night Party and they are about to launch their brand spankin’ debut album Get To You in their hometown Melbourne at The Workers Club on Friday March 21 with support from Gator Queen, Richie 1250 & The Brides Of Christ, plus DJs Eddy and Ken Eavel (3PBS FM) spinning discs. Entry is $8, doors at 8.30pm.

60 SECONDS with THE FIXATORS

MY IDIOCY IS BIGGER THAN YOUR IDIOCY GEORGIA FIELDS

Following the recent success of her sold-out performance with a string section from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Georgia Fields returns to The Toff In Town on Sunday March 16, this time, with her six-piece band. Backed by an ensemble hand-picked from Melbourne’s musical elite, Fields will preview brand new material, departing the orchestral-folk domain of her debut with a newfound swagger – part low-fi bounce, part dream-pop swoon. Georgia Fields’ postcard-perfect pop combines the astral with the ordinary, reinforcing her reputation as one of Melbourne’s most admired artists. Tickets are $10 presale via Moshtix, or $15 on the door. Doors open at 7.30pm.

ROLLER ONE

Roller One return to the Old Bar every Sunday in March, with amazing line-ups! Roller One have settled back into Melbourne after their year touring Europe. With over 80 shows in 8 countries Roller One return to The Old Bar Fitzroy. They will be performing songs from their 2013 release Beautiful Fountain with a mix of the album’s musicians joining them on stage every week. The Duo are constantly looking for new ways to interpret the song-writing of Fergus McAlpin which continue the traditions of country and folk with what has become a distinctive sound of music from Melbourne. At times delicate, dreamy and whispering contrasted with heavy rhythms and deep bass notes. The sound is intentionally stripped back, raw and naked. They play Mountain Goat Beersoaked Sundays. Doors 8.30pm and entry is $8.

BETTER THAN THE WIZARDS

After a packed out album launch at The Hi-Fi, sixpiece Melbourne sensation, Better Than The Wizards, are taking to the Evelyn Hotel on Sunday March

My Idiocy Is Bigger Than Your Idiocy is an exhibition by Joel Morrison and Kevala Buttonshaw. A whole bunch of mountaineers, island hoppers, horses and who knows what else? All made of paper. All demonstrating an ability to highlight the deep idiocy of the two that have spent the past month cutting and pasting well into the dark of the night. Come see the fruit of their deadline-inspired frenzy. Plus O Littleblood, Jackson Briggs and Marika Bee playing downstairs. Tuesday night at The Old Bar, 8pm, $6, plus cheap The Kraken Rum AUS all night.

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 this Tuesday March 18 at the Evelyn Hotel with Swooping Duck.

LOOKING FORWARD MARCH MAJOR BRUCE SESSIONS: MADONNA – LIKE A PRAYER

Maverick music theatre makers the Present Tense Ensemble re-imagine five legendary albums as part of The Major Bruce Sessions: Volume 1,  a monthly residency at  Ruby’s Music Room. Wednesday March 19 features Madonna’s chart topping record Like A Prayer with Anna Boulic (Chants Des Catacombes) and Mark Leahy (The Twoks). Doors at 6:30pm.

Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like? People have been giving us mixed opinions, but they usually say we sound like Coldplay, U2, Foals and Bloc Party. What do you love about making music? Everything that’s is involved with it. Creating new sounds, new chord progressions. It’s all exciting! How long have you been gigging and writing? We’ve been gigging and writing for nearly two years now and we’ve now just started our first east coast tour. Do you have any record releases to date? What are they? Where can I get them? Yes we have two EPs: Wide Awake and our latest release Colourblind. You can get them off iTunes and Band Camp. Tell us about the last song you wrote. The last song we wrote was actually written at one of our last rehearsals for this tour. We we’re jamming out Bombay Bicycle Club’s How Can You

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Swallow So Much Sleep, and the creative juices we’re just flowing! The song still isn’t finished but I’m sure it’ll be on our sets in the near future. If your music was a chocolate bar, which one would it be, and why? Probably a Kit-Kat Chunky. Jam packed gooey goodness with a smooth texture but still has that wafery crunch about it. If you could go on tour with any musician or band, who would it be? My personal favourite would probably be Foals. I feel like our music would be a good warm up for them. Get the crowd nice and gee’d up for a bonkers show! What can a punter expect from your live show? A loud, huge, high energy set with four loony alt indie rockers trying to play their songs properly and not falling over feet. THE FIXATORS play The Penny Black on Friday March 14 and Playground on Saturday March 15.

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finally faded from view after protagonist Baterzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s untimely death in 2002 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a pre-existing (serious) health condition compromised by an unhealthy lifestyle finally caught up with him. The Bedridden reformed briefly a few years later and then moved away again. Listen to Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a compilation of unreleased recordings over the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sporadic 16-year existence â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll hear not only some truly memorable songs, but the spirit of one of Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most fascinating underground musical acts. PATRICK EMERY

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BEST TRACK: Targetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Air Conditioner IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;LL LIKE THIS: AUNTY RAELENE, THE GO-SET IN A WORD: Folk

TAME IMPALA & KENDRICK LAMAR

Backwards (Interscope) Kiwi rapper Tommy Ill sampled Tame Impalaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feels Like We Only Go Backwards to great effect on mid2013 mixtape Fearless Bueller, now hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s K-Dot taking hold of K-Parkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track for the Divergent soundtrack (I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know and will never know what Divergent is). Some major reworking strips the Tame Impala track to its core, adding masterful string arrangements in the process. Kendrick goes in hard. Ridiculously hard. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a shitty teen soundtrack dude, chill out! But I suppose we should be thankful the hunger is still real even after the success of good kid, m.A.A.d. city.

MAC DEMARCO

Brother (Spunk) Wading in an endearing bluesy wash of liquid guitars, Maccy DeMarcBro conjures up an enticing strain of calm that you find on The Beatlesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sun King (my favourite Beatles track, for the record). The only evidence of Macâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s puerile bravado is a hushed â&#x20AC;&#x153;shitâ&#x20AC;? preceding the musical magic, before proceeding to flex formidable songwriting muscle. Dreamy.

MERCHANDISE

Begging For Your Life (4AD/Remote Control) Midway through Begging For Your Life you find yourself begging for the payoff; the droll back-alley malaise presented as an enticing sway, threatening to blow open with searing tones hanging overheard and disconcerting horns flickering in and out. The payoff never comes, but it stands as worthwhile nonetheless.

SUMMER FLAKE

Forever Here And Now (Rice Is Nice) Blending a vintage R&B throwback to Smokey Robinson & The Miracles with an eerie vocal take that would befit a Lynch protagonist, Summer Flake, aka Adelaide luminary Stephanie Crase, dishes bursts of noise in delicate measure on Forever Here And Now â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an understated powerhouse.

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THE SMITH STREET BAND

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Fuck With Our Dreams (Poison City) Resonating with the heartstrings like a Strayan Jeff Magnum, Wil Wagner belts his way through the compact little opus Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Fuck With Our Dreams, projecting resolute introspection in the quest for the rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;roll dream. The Smith Street Band believe in something, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something to believe in.

SEX ON TOAST

Hold My Love (Independent) Melbourne outfit Sex On Toast set sail on a softrock waterbed, emanating a sincerity that belies their goofy moniker. The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s slow jam is pumped out with straight-faced slap bass, deep and meaningful falsetto, plus a vocoder solo thrown in for good measure. Fondue-riffic.

ARCTIC MONKEYS

Arabella (EMI) Olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mate Alex Turner can proselytise the invincible virtues of rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;roll from the hallowed podium of the Brit Awards all he wants, and I take solace in the fact he might be on the piss-take, but inviting the comparison with War Pigs on Arabella doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make a solid case for the current state of rawk affairs. The track is pretty solid, but is that enough these days? Probably, I guess. Turner is a cunning lyricist, flicking across the mic like a switchblade. But donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t kid yourself mate, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not breaking through any glass ceilings here.

SINGLE OF THE WEEK

CONTRAST

Pipe Dreams (Independent) Equal parts stargazing and shoegaze, Pipe Dreams is ensconced euphoria from rising Melbourne collective Contrast, threading oscillation underneath wall-of-noise majesty. A krautrock-y drive conflicts with vocalist Jack Crookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nonchalant drone, swirling together in potent alchemy. Would go down a treat in the live setting methinks. Taken from the very tidy self-titled EP, out Friday April 4.

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PBS TOP 10 1. The Invisible River SIETTA 2. @ Peace @PEACE AND THE PLUTONIAN NOISE SYMPHONY 3. Chillection FILTHY CHILDREN 4. Spanish Harlem PUTBACKS ft. NAI PALM 5. The Mango Balloon Volume 3 JULIAN CURWIN 6. Strange Frequencies CHAP ONE 7. Cold Desire ERNEST ELLIS 8. Courting IVY ST 9. The Remix EP TINPAN ORANGE 10. In My Soul ROBERT CRAY

BEATâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TOP TEN SONGS TO SHAKE YOUR BOOTY TO 1. Get Low LIL JON 2. Shake That EMINEM 3. Azz Everywhere BIG FREEDIA 5. You Can Do It ICE CUBE 6. Baby Got Back SIR MIX A LOT 7. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Your Fantasy LUDACRIS 8. Get Busy SEAN PAUL 9. The Thong Song SISQO 10. My Heart Will Go On CELINE DION

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NEW MUSIC IN REVIEW THIS WEEK

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CULL

TAKING BACK SUNDAY

Ba Noi (Independent/Bandcamp) While some artists try to blend the lo-fi sound of a home studio with their music, Cull embrace the lo-fi and feed off it on their debut EP Ba Noi. Kicking off with World Inside Your Head, the band sticks you on a broken down merry-go-round while they play the hallucinogenic version of It’s A Small World. A woozy and addictive track, it’s the kind of song that annoys most people but still sticks in your head. Opening with simple guitar picking and vocals so distorted they feel like they’re travelling through time, The Sacred Burial Urn follows on like a nice lie-down after too much spinning. Animate melds sharp, chirping electric keyboards with the rolling growl of guitars and flying reverb, making the song rise and crash like an LSD trip, before finally tapering out to the closer Keep My State. This one smashes you with a wall of distortion, backward notes, and an endless crashing beat before smoothing out to let the vocals mend your wounds. With an EP that feels like a haunted theme park for guitar pedals and home studios, Cull have crafted a wonderful sound that takes you further in four songs than you thought possible. A great first release. BEST TRACK: Animate IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: DANIEL PRIOR DEERHUNTER IN A WORD: Lo-Fi

Happiness Is (Hopeless/UNFD) Taking Back Sunday’s new full-length studio album, Happiness Is, represents something of a comeback for the post-hardcore heavyweights. It is their first independent release in over a decade, and the third album featuring the original lineup. But fans expecting a return to the classic TBS angst may be disappointed. The single Flicker, Fade is the kind of guitar-heavy anthem you would expect from a TBS album. Adam Lazzara’s gritty vocals are layered over plenty of powerful riffs and thrashing snares. The most interesting track is arguably Nothing At All, a heavily layered, sombre number that has strong post-rock influences. But the clear standout is Better Homes And Gardens, a deeply personal departure from the band’s recent work. The movement from Lazzara’s quiet confidences about the breakdown of his marriage to the noisy chorus feels the most like the angst-ridden rock that put TBS on the map. But even this song feels slightly too engineered. The album, as a whole, is best described as solid. Maybe it is the nostalgia talking, but it is hard not to feel a twinge of disappointment at how very neat it is. Taking Back Sunday have matured musically, but may have lost some of their emotional power in the process. BEST TRACK: Better Homes and Gardens EMILY MELLER IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: BRAND NEW, DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL IN A WORD: Solid

KATE MILLER-HEIDKE

FOSTER THE PEOPLE

O Vertigo! (Independent)

Supermodel (Columbia/Sony)

Foster The People’s sophomore album, Supermodel, arrives almost three years after its predecessor, Torches. For their latest effort, Marcus Foster has cited influences from West African music to David Bowie and The Clash. Coming Of Age is the lead single, and one thing that stands out is the new focus on guitar. Exuberant riffs are layered on top of the LA trio’s signature upbeat tempo, bringing a fresh twist to their familiar and well-loved indie pop style. Nevermind is a gorgeous tune that features wistful acoustics, seeing the band step out from the pop logic of their previous album. The Truth is an MGMT-esque track with heavy-handed key progressions and drifting falsettos. Closing the album is Fire Escape, a stripped-down acoustic tune with gorgeous harmonies and lyrics delivered with a raw vulnerability. It really is a beautiful track, and something quite unexpected. Considering bands which experiment with their sound are often greeted with the prospect of isolating existing fans, Supermodel represents an artful continuation of Foster The People’s exquisite production value and indie dance-pop. The album is a strong follow-up to the band’s debut, BEST TRACK: Nevermind and their commitment to exploring different soundIF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: MGMT, scapes has certainly paid off. PASSION PIT IN A WORD: Adventurous SHARON YE

It’s difficult to classify Kate Miller-Heidke’s music into one particular genre. With a vocal range that would be the envy of many singers, Miller-Heidke’s voice can effortlessly shift from angelic classical tones on one part of a track to upbeat pop vocals on another, as is the case on her fourth solo and first independent album, O Vertigo! Opening track Offer It Up is a lively start which gives a good indication of what to expect on the rest of the album. Title track O Vertigo! is an energetic pop tune with unusual tones that resemble yodelling. Three of the best songs on this album feature Miller-Heidke collaborating with guest artists: Megan Washington on Ghost, a duet inspired by a Nina Simone track The Other Woman, UK star Passenger on heartfelt ballad Share Your Air which is reminiscent of Miller–Heidke’s hit single The Last Day on Earth, and hip hop sensation Drapht on the thrilling and funky Drama, the standout which is destined to become a hit. O Vertigo! delivers everything we have come to expect BEST TRACK: Drama (featuring Drapht) from a Kate Miller-Heidke album: impressive IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: vocals, unique style and a willingness to push the FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE, KATIE musical boundaries to create a fun and quirky album. NOONAN, SARAH BLASKO IN A WORD: Enjoyable ALI BIRNIE

TWIN FORKS

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Voyage (MGM

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Twin Forks (Dine Alone Records/Cooking Vinyl Australia)

Unless you’re well into psychedelic rock, the style can be pretty tough going. The melodies can seem quite discordant, and the whole thing can come across as being a little too trippy; music that you have to overindulge in certain recreational pharmaceuticals to enjoy. In Greenthief ’s case, if you have the patience and open mindedness to listen a little more deeply, you will realise that there is more going on here than just self-indulgent druggy music, and that the rewards are ultimately great. One of the things that assists to this end is that the songs are concise and to the point. Relative to other psychedelic rock acts anyway, whose songs regularly wind out to long, tripped-out instrumental jams. These guys wear their psychedelic influences quite heavily on their sleeve, and fans of this type of music will find much to love here, but they keep it tight at the same time. The other cool element that Voyage has going for it is the fact that the songs rock as well, the grooves are fat and the guitars are loud. So this album can be enjoyed on multiple levels, you can indulge in said narcotic substances and chill out to it, or, down a few brews, turn it up and rock the fuck out. And one can only imagine that the Greenthief live experience would only go further in the latter direction. This is a fine debut effort from this Melbourne BEST TRACK: Gypsy trio, and yet more independent local sounds that IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: you are well advised to avail yourself of. EARTHLESS, PINK FLOYD, THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX IN A WORD: Spacey

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Twin Forks is Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional fame’s latest side project – a four-piece full of uplifting folk tales with a country twist. Carrabba’s exceptional ability to write catchy songs with soaring vocals is still ever-present, however, youthful angst is replaced with a touch of revelry. What is still the same is Carrabba’s penchant for writing love songs, never more present than on Kiss Me Darling, a track that also features sometimes fellow vocalist Suzie Zeldin. Storytelling is big here, something that Carrabba’s always been good at, however some of the songs here aren’t as personal and are instead tales of yesteryear and Americana. Scraping Up The Pieces and Danger are perfect examples of this third-person style of narration. The Twin Forks LP is not ground-breaking in any way. However, what it does do is serve as a gateway to folk rock. If someone wanted to get into the genre but didn’t know how, then this album, particularly for Dashboard Confessional fans, would be the perfect one to use to get them there. While it can certainly be used a stepping stone, even if you have no intention of listening to folk songs with more than a hint of storytelling and yarns of days gone by, this album is downright enjoyable in its own right. Most of all this album proves that Carrabba is an BEST TRACK: Can’t Be Broken exceptional songwriter no matter which style or IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: In The Shade genre he chooses to channel. of Poison Trees, DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL, The Crane Wife, THE DECEMBERISTS ALEXANDER CROWDEN IN A WORD: Enchanting

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WEDNESDAY MAR 12 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS

SEATTLE FIX + AIRCRAFTE + THE ROLLERCANES Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. BLAIR DUNLOP Basement Discs, Melbourne Cbd. 12:45pm. BLAIR DUNLOP + LISA O’NEIL Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8:00pm. COLLAGE - FEAT: JORDAN WALKER + JEHAN + SINCE WE KISSED + THE WIZARD FRANCHISE Espy, St Kilda. 8:00pm. CREPES + JIMMY HAWK + LALIC Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 9:30pm. DON FERNANDO + THE LOVELESS Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. I A MAN + SLEEP DECADE Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $5. JAMES KENYON + AL MACINNES Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. LOS CORONAS + STELLA ANGELICO Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. $35. OPEN SWIMMER + HELLO SATELLITES + THE HOMEWRECKERS Old Bar, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. $7. SHADOWS AT BAY + DOJO COLLECTION + POLICE & THIEVES Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. SHADOWS AT BAY - FEAT: DOJO COLLECTION + POLICE & THIEVES Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. SING ME THE SONGS THAT SAY I LOVE YOU (A CONCERT FOR KATE MCGARRIGLE) Howler, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $18. SLOW CLUB - FEAT: ACOUSTIC FOXX & GONDOLA KID Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $5. SUICIDE GIRLS (BLACKHEART BURLESQUE TOUR) 170 Russell, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $59. VERDAINE + NEW BIRDS John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/ WORLD MUSIC

ANTON DELECCA QUARTET Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $15. ARTHUR PENN & THE FUNKY TEN + CROOKS & QUEENS + THANDO Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $5. BOPSTRETCH Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. DIZZY’S BIG BAND - FEAT: DIZZY’S BIG BAND + PETER HEARNE Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. $14.

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE/NINE INCH NAILS HAMMOND JAZZ CLUB + MR ANDREW SWANN Claypots, St Kilda. 10:00pm. HEYMUS Open Studio, Northcote. 9:30pm. JULIEN WILSON ELECTRIC QUARTET 303, Northcote. 9:00pm. $10. LO-RES + BOHJASS 303, Northcote. 9:00pm. MO’SOUL - FEAT: AMY WINEHOUSE TRIBUTE BAND + ZOE K Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. THE JOE CHINDAMO TRIO Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $15. VIVE LA DIFFERENCE Claypots Evening Star, South Melbourne. 8:30pm.

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ANNA CORDELL + JENNY BIDDLE Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 9:00pm. BEN SALTER Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 9:00pm. CAT CANTERI’S ELECTRIC BAND + LITTLE WISE Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. FUNNY FOLK - FEAT: THE KRANSKY SISTERS & MIC CONWAY’S NATIONAL JUNK BAND + THE WIKIMEN Brunswick Town Hall, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $40. GRETCHEN WILSON Forum Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $79. JUSTIN BERNASCONI & PETE FIDLER Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. LOVE OVER GOLD Mechanics Institute Performing Arts Centre, Brunswick. 7:00pm. $27. OPEN MIC & JAM NIGHT Musicland, Fawkner. 8:00pm. PETE MURRAY The Capital, Bendigo. 8:00pm. $54. POKEY LAFARGE + MUSTERED COURAGE Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:30pm. $35. THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS - FEAT: DANIEL JENKINS + TONI WATSON Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:30pm.

THURSDAY MAR 13 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS

ANIMAUX + PARADISE + WOODY PITNEY Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $8. ANIMAUX + PARADISE + WOODY PITNEY Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $8. EVER REST + AWAITING DEPARTURE + OH WANDERER + THE

Queens of the Stone Age. Nine Inch Nails. Melbourne. Rod Laver Arena. Annoyingly short sentences. Lazy writing. QOTSA and NIN have performed more than 30 shows together and teamed up for many recordings over the years. We’re extremely lucky they’re playing here together, for two shows. This will be one of the biggest double headline bills of the year. Legends. Music. Rod Laver Arena. Friday March 14. Saturday March 15. Tickets. Ticketek. Wow. Such amaze.

CITY AT NIGHT + TO LIGHT ATLANTIS Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $12. EVEREST - FEAT: THE CITY AT NIGHT + TO LIGHT ATLANTIS OH WANDERER Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $10. HANGGAI + VULGARGRAD Brunswick Town Hall, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $40. HEADS OF CHARM + LOOBS + SHAKING HELL Public Bar, North Melbourne. 8:30pm. $8. IGNITION Musicland, Fawkner. 9:00pm. LIVE N’ COOKIN SESSIONS - FEAT: PRONTO + DJ MAGGOT The B.east, Brunswick East. 8:00pm. MANTRA FIVE + MAGIC AMERICA + THE ATTICS Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 9:30pm. NEBRASKATAK + BELOVED ELK + LANKS + LUNAIRE 303, Northcote. 8:30pm. $5. NEXT - FEAT: PREPARED LIKE A BRIDE + HOLLOW WORLD + RIVALRIES + THE EVERCOLD + VICES Colonial Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. PETER DICKYBIRD + STORE BOUGHT COOL + THE NAYSAYERS + VISION ST Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. REPAIRS + RITES WILD Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 10:00pm. RICK WEBSTER + LITTLE ONE Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. SAILORS & SWINE DUO + ACTS REVELATIONS + DAN TROLLEY Old Bar, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. $8. SEX ST + EUPHORIA + HAPPY GO BLUES + THE BLACK ALLEYS John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. SPACE ECHO + MONSTERIA + NUMBER 1 JONES + ROAD RAGERS Espy, St Kilda. 9:30pm. THE BRAVES + THE ROBES Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. THE CITRADELS + LUNA GHOST + SPIRIT VALLEY + THE GRAND RAPIDS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. $10. THE SIGN + EDINA CLARK + GABRIEL ATKINSON Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East. 9:00pm. THE WINTER SUNS + SARAH STONE + WOODLOCK MUSIC Workers Club, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. $5. TRASH PALACE + SUB ROSA + THE FEEL GOODS Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 9:00pm. $8. YOU BEAUTY + MIGHTY BOYS + YOU YANGS Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $8.

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ALWAN Claypots, St Kilda. 10:00pm. DUENDE Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 8:00pm. JESS YOUNG Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $20. KIM KEELART HAMMOND TRIO Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. KYLIE AULDIST & THE GLENROY ALLSTARS + DJ PIERRE BARONI + DJ VINCE PEACH Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $10. MAY JOHNSTON & THE JOHN MONTESANTE QUINTET The Commune, East Melbourne. 6:00pm. MICHELLE NICOLLE BAND Brunswick Green, Brunswick. 8:30pm. PLAN B WITH DAVID FARRELL Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. $14. REFRACTION Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $15. REWIND (THE ARETHA FRANKLIN SONGBOOK) - FEAT: CHRISTINE ANU Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. $37. THE ALASKA STRING BAND Mechanics Institute Performing Arts Centre, Brunswick. 7:30pm. $32. THE OVEREASYS Claypots Evening Star, South Melbourne. 7:30pm. TRIO LE FLEUR Open Studio, Northcote. 9:30pm.

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ALASTAIR BURNS + KELLY DAY Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 9:00pm. BENNY WALKER Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 9:00pm. BILLY BRAGG (TOOTH & NAIL TOUR) Palais Theatre, St Kilda. 8:30pm. $85. DAVE MCDONALD Bar Nancy, Northcote. 7:30pm. DEKE DICKERSON + THE BUFFALO CLUB Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. $27. JOE CONROY + MIKE WATERS + RACHEL CLARKE Highlander, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. LIAM GERNER Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. LORRAINE + MAEFLOWERS + STEVIE & THE SLEEPERS Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $5. MIDNIGHT CALLER + D-GRADES + FRAUDBAND + NERVOUS Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. OLIVERS ARMY Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:30pm. PLUGGED IN THURSDAYS - FEAT: EARLS OF LIBSON + GARDEN PARTY + STONEFOX Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:30pm. $5. RORY MCLEOD + STARY HENS Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8:00pm. SALLY DASTEY & SQUEEZEBOX WALLY Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 9:00pm. STEFAN GROSSMAN Wesley Anne, Northcote. 9:00pm. $30. THE STRAY SISTERS + RUBY BOOTS Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:30pm. $45. TIM GUY Wesley Anne, Northcote. 7:00pm. TOM RICHARDSON + JUSTIN CARTER Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 9:00pm. $12. YOUNGER DRYAS + FAYE BLAIS + JUNGAL Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm.

FRIDAY MAR 14 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS

19TH CENTURY STRONGMEN + LOUIS SPOILS Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. AWAITING DEPARTURE + DEATHFLIGHT + I CONFESS + LAMB BOULEVARD + SONS OF JERICHO Reverence Hotel, Footscray.

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8:30pm. $8. BLACK DIAMOND Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. $15. BLOODSHED AT THE BENDIGO - FEAT: IN MALICE’S WAKE + HARLOTT + MANIAXE + MASON Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $12. CISCO CEASAR Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 9:00pm. CYCLO TIMIK! + GYRAF Dancing Dog, Footscray. 8:00pm. DARYL BRAITHWAITE + IMOGEN BROUGH Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. $30. DEAD & CUNTZ + HALT EVER + MUTTON Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $10. DRAYFUS’ EPIPHANY + DRIFTER + INEDIA + WOLFPACK Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 10:00pm. DRIVEN’ ROCK/METAL NIGHT - FEAT: HEMERA + AVENUES END + ONE DAY MAYBE + REJUVENATE + SPOOK THE BANSHEE Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. $15. EINSTEIN TOYBOYS Musicland, Fawkner. 8:50pm. $10. ELECTRIC SEA SPIDER + BLOSSOMS + DIAXIE + MARTIN KING + MGKRP Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $5. FOXTROT + DAYBREAK + RISE OF THE RAT + THE FURROWS 303, Northcote. 9:00pm. $5. HEYMUS Wesley Anne, Northcote. 9:00pm. $10. IN MALICE’S WAKE + HARLOTT + MANIAXE + MASON Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $12. INTOXICA + EMPAT LIMA + ESCAR GO GO The Luwow, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. $10. JOSHUA JAMES Shebeen, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $20. LAMARAMA + TANKT Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. LANDS + DJ FEE FEE + HOUSE OF LAURENCE + MANTA 5 + THE LAUGHING LEAVES Old Bar, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. $10. PALMS & GOOCH PALMS + GOOCH PALMS + PALM + PRONTO + THE LIVING EYES Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 9:30pm. $10. POISON FISH + BRAT FARRAR + TANG + TEQUILA MOCKINGBYRD Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 10:00pm. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE + NINE INCH NAILS Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. 7:00pm. SASSIN FRAS + DARTS + GOING SWIMMING + VACANT SMILES Playground, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. SPASMS + DJ OLD JOHNNY TWO DECKS + RAYON MOON Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 10:00pm. SWEETHEAD + MEMBERS OF QOTSA DJS Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 11:30pm. $17. THE JACKS + EVIL TWIN + RATTLIN’ BONES BLACKWOOD Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. THE PIERCE BROTHERS + GENA ROSE BRUCE + TALES IN SPACE Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $12. THE SPAZZYS + BABAGANOUJ + DJ MISS SHELL MA BELLE + VELCRO Public Bar, North Melbourne. 8:30pm. $8. THE TIMBERS + LOUISE ADAMS & PJ MICHAEL Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 8:30pm. $10. THE VELVETS + DJ LUCY ARUNDEL Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $13. UP UP AWAY + ECHO DRAMA + THE GROVES John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/ WORLD MUSIC

ALL DAY FRITZ + ALEX LANDRAGIN Open Studio, Northcote. 7:00pm. DEAN’S MARTINI & SHAKERS Claypots Evening Star, South Melbourne. 8:30pm. FOURPLAY STRING QUARTET Mechanics Institute Performing Arts Centre, Brunswick. 7:30pm. $25. LA VOCE DELLA LUNA Brunswick Uniting Church, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $22. LOS CORONAS + DIRTY YORK + DJ BRUCE MILNE + MESA COSA Corner Hotel, Richmond. 9:30pm. $35. MARGIE LOU’S PIANO HOUR + ALYCE PLATT Claypots, St Kilda. 10:00pm. PAUL VAN ROSS LATIN JAZZ PROJECT Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $20. REWIND (THE ARETHA FRANKLIN SONGBOOK) - FEAT: CHRISTINE ANU Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. $37. REWIND (THE ARETHA FRANKLIN SONGBOOK) - FEAT: CHRISTINE ANU Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 10:30pm. $37. RICK WEBSTER PROJECT + ALLIRA WILSON Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $15. THE BOYS Wesley Anne, Northcote. 7:00pm. THE CRAIG SCHNEIDER TRIO Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 9:00pm. $20. THE STEVE GRANT QUINTET Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 9:00pm.

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DAMIEN DEMPSEY Prince Bandroom, St Kilda. 8:00pm. $51. DAVID BRIDIE & FRANK YAMMA Brunswick Town Hall, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $40. GIGS FOR TOTS Mechanics Institute Performing Arts Centre, Brunswick. 10:00am. $5. LUCY & THE DIAMONDS Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 10:30pm. MARTHA DAVIS & THE MOTELS Chelsea Heights Hotel, Chelsea Heights. 8:00pm. $56. PETE MURRAY Wool Exchange, Geelong. 8:00pm. $45. ROD PAINE & FULLTIME LOVERS Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 10:30pm. SARAH CARROLL & MARCEL BORRACK + SUZANNAH ESPIE + THE TERRY MCCARTHY SPECIAL Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 9:00pm. SPENCER P JONES Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 6:30pm. STOPPING ALL STATIONS - FEAT: JEFFREY’S CABBAGE + LITTLE MISS REMEMBERING + PIXY + SCORCHING WINTER + THE BLUE HOTEL Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:30pm. $15. TASH SULTANA + DAN BOURKE Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 7:00pm. TED DEMSEY + AND LARS DEMPSEY + KARIS HAWKINS Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East. 9:00pm. TED DEMSEY + AND LARS DEMPSEY + KARIS HAWKINS Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East. 9:00pm.

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THE BASIN FESTIVAL The Basin Festival Sites, The Basin. 12:00pm. THE CHRIS WILSON BAND Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 8:00pm. $18. THE CON ARTISTS + THE GRANDSONS OF THE PIONEERS Pascoe Vale Rsl, Pascoe Vale. 9:00pm. $8. THE FIXATORS Penny Black, Brunswick. 9:00pm. THE HOUNDLINGS + DJ STEELY ANN Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 8:00pm. THE MERCURIALS Famous Blue Raincoat, Kingsville South. 8:30pm. THE ROYAL JELLIES + ALUKA Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8:00pm.

SATURDAY MAR 15 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS

30/70 + KARATE BOOGALOO + MITCH POWER & THE SOUL ASSASINS Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 10:30pm. ANDY WHITE & SEBASTIKAT Wesley Anne, Northcote. 9:00pm. $10. BANG - FEAT: SIENNA SKIES + ARCADIAN + FOR WHAT ITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S WORTH Royal Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. BODIES + WHITE WASH Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 5:00pm. COLOSSVS + BORN FREE + INTERNAL ROT + OUTSIDERS CODE Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 9:00pm. $10. CRIMSON FIRE + BRITISH STEEL + JUDAS PRIEST TRIBUTE BAND + KISS THE VYPER Musicland, Fawkner. 9:00pm. $15. DIRT RIVER RADIO Union Hotel, Brunswick. 6:00pm. DISCO PUPPETS + BIG VOLCANO + SEAN PETERS & THE MOTHER FUCKING BOOGALOO ALL STARS + SHUT UP JACKSON Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 10:00pm. DYLAN JOEL + BIG WORDS Shebeen, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $12. ELIZABETH ROSE + FISHING + SAFIA Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 9:30pm. $15. FIVE MILE TOWN Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $10. GAY PARIS + BATPISS + DJ MERMAID + SHERIFF Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $10. HARRY HOWARD & THE NDE + DJ RACHEL BAXTER + STEVE MILLER BAND + THE PINK TILES Old Bar, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. $12. HEADLESS DEATH + COUNTERATTACK! + GRAVES + HAILGUN + REMOVALIST + TERM FOUR Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $10. HEADLESS DEATH - FEAT: REMOVALIST + HAILGUN + GRAVES[NZ] + COUNTER ATTACK + TERM FOUR Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. $10. JASPORA + BONGO DAVE + GOGO GODDESSES + JUMPIN JOSH The Luwow, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. $5. MIKE TRAMP + PALACE OF THE KING Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $32. MODESTY Public Bar, North Melbourne. 2:00am. $8. MY DYNAMITE + GRASSHOLE + KILL SHOTT + THE VELVETS Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10. MY ECHO + ATLANTIS AWAITS THE HELLHOUNDS + JONESEZ + PHIL PARA Espy, St Kilda. 7:00pm. NIKO NIKO + SLURCOMBES PUSSY + THE ELECTRIC GUITARS Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 9:30pm. $6. PANDORUM + AL GAMMIE + LEE GREEN + SHADOWS OF HYENAS Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $15. PETER CHAPMAN Famous Blue Raincoat, Kingsville South. 8:30pm. $10. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE + NINE INCH NAILS Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. 7:00pm. RABID ZULU + HEROINS + SMOKE â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;N MIRRORS Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East. 8:00pm.

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For all the latest gigs check out beat.com.au REUBS & DIONS BIRTHDAY BASH - FEAT: FOSSET & BADGER + THE NO 1 JONES Town Hall Hotel (north Melbourne), North Melbourne. 9:30pm. SASSIN FRASS + DJ OBLIVEUS + FEED MY FRANKENSTEIN + LIZARD PUNCH Penny Black, Brunswick. 10:00pm. SINGLES + CIDER TREE KIDS + THE ROLLERCANES Yah Yahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. SMASH THE DISCO - FEAT: BASTARD SQUAD + CABIN FEVER + CON-TROLL + DJ LEOPARD HEAD + K-MART WARRIORS. CRACKWHORE + KODIAK THROAT + THE BOOTS + WOT ROT Public Bar, North Melbourne. 8:30pm. $10. STELLAR GREEN + ONE KINGDOM + THE MIDDLE FINGER + THE SPITTING SWALLOW Espy, St Kilda. 10:00pm. SUDAMERICAN ROCKERS + OSCAR JIMENEZ Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. TALL SHORES & OLD FAITHFULLS + CAM LOPEZ + DJ FLAVA COFFIN Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 9:00pm. TASTE OF INDIE COLLECTIVE - FEAT: THE SOLICITORS + ASHBURY MEDICINE SHOW + ONE & THE SAME Bar 291, Brunswick.

8:00pm. THE BEEGLES + LOCAL GROUP + ROXY LAVISH & THE SUICIDE CULT + SHINY JOE RYAN & THE COSMIC MICROWAVE BACKGROUND John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. THE FIXATORS + MATHLETE + THE LOVELIES Playground, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. THE FROWNING CLOUDS + CONTRAST + DJ ROY + VELCRO Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10. THE SMITH STREET BAND + FREAK WAVE + GRIM FANDANGO + MEZINGERS Corner Hotel, Richmond. 9:30pm. $25. WHITE WALLS + BAD FAMILY + BEAT DISEASE + BUNYIP MOON Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 10:00pm.

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ALLIRA & RICK WEBSTER Open Studio, Northcote. 6:30pm. CLASSICAL PIANO Claypots Evening Star, South Melbourne. 3:00pm. GOYIM + ELVIS IN THE HOUSE Claypots, St Kilda. 4:30pm.

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GLEN HANSARD Oscar-winning Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard is returning to Australia to play his first shows since touring with his band The Frames in early 2013. Hansard is quite simply a legend, having won an Oscar for Best Original Song in the film Once as well as even voicing an Irish busker in The Simpsons. With special guest Lisa Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill, Glen Hansard plays the Melbourne Recital Centre on Friday March 14 as well as a regional gig in South Gippsland at Meeniyan Town Hall on Saturday March 15.

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For all the latest gigs check out beat.com.au HULLABALOO - FEAT: LISA MILLER + LORETTA MILLER + ROSS WILSON + TRACEY MILLER + WILBUR WILDE Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. $30. JADIDA Kindred Studios, Yarraville. 8:30pm. $10. JAJU CHOIR + RECKLESS JUNE + THE MORAL PANICS 303, Northcote. 10:00pm. $5. MARGIE LOU DYER & THE BOURBON STREET BAND Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $25. MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA + DJ KILMARNOCK + EL MOTH The Hi-fi, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $46. REBECCA MENDOZA & THE ROGER CLARK QUARTET Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 9:00pm. $20. SEXTETO ZONA SUL Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $20. THE HETTY KATE BAND Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $25. THE JAMES SHERLOCK TRIO Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 9:00pm.

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ALEX & THE SHY LASHLIES + MODESTY Old Bar, Fitzroy. 4:00pm. COLD HEART Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 10:00pm. FINGERBONE BILL + SWAMPLANDS Victoria Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. FIRE & RAIN (THE MUSIC OF JAMES TAYLOR) Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 8:00pm. $23. JAMES MCCANN’S OTHER BAND + DJ KEN EIVEL Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 9:00pm. MARTHA DAVIS & THE MOTELS Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury. 8:00pm. $50. MEASURED IN MOONS + APRIL MAZE + COEN DIXON + DANIELA LUCCHETTI + MICHAEL WAUGH + ROB MOSS Montsalvat, Eltham. 7:30pm. $25. MICK DALEY Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 4:00pm. $10. MICK DALEY & THE CORPORATE RAIDERS Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 6:00pm. MILES & SIMONE Brunswick Uniting Church, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $25. PETE MURRAY Forum Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $58. PETE MURRAY Forum Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. PLYMOUTH REVERENDS + DJ XANDER + THE F100S Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. REUBEN STONE Penny Black, Brunswick. 5:00pm. SOUTHBOUND SNAKE CHARMERS + EVANJEWEL + HEMY & MARSHALL Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 6:00pm. SPOONFUL Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 10:30pm. THE BASIN FESTIVAL The Basin Festival Sites, The Basin. 12:00pm. THE BONA FIDE TRAVELLERS Dan O’connell Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm.

THE HOUNDLINGS Union Hotel, Brunswick. 10:00pm. THE KITE MACHINE + HEYMUS + KURTIS GENTLE Chandelier Room, Moorabbin. 9:00pm. $20. THE TIGER LILLIES Brunswick Town Hall, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $42. WAZ E JAMES BAND Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 10:30pm.

SUNDAY MAR 16 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS

80’S ON THE EDGE Sloaney Pony, Port Melbourne. 9:30pm. ALONE WITH TIGER + CENTRE & THE SOUTH + YOUNGER DRYAS Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. BETTER THAN THE WIZARDS + DAVE ADAMS THREESOME + KINGSTON CROWN + THE WEARY Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $8. BLACK FUEL + 4TRESS + LITTE HOUSE Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East. 7:00pm. BOOM CRASH OPERA + DALE RYDER BAND + DJ ROC LANDERS + GARY EASTWOOD EXPRESS + SOUL SAFARI Espy, St Kilda. 6:30pm. BUCK JR + DEMI LOUISE Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. COOPERS PRESENT SUNDAY SCHOOL - FEAT: RAYON MOON + B. DEEP + ORANGE + TANGRAMS Public Bar, North Melbourne. 4:00pm. GEORGIA MAQ + FRANKIE ANDREW + MICHAEL PORTER + ZIGGY BRITTEN Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 4:00pm. GUNN MUSIC SHOWCASE. Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. ICED EARTH 170 Russell, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $59. JAM NIGHT Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 7:00pm. JED APPLETON + AMISTAT + YOUNGER DRYAS Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. $10. LIONEL RICHIE & JOHN FARNHAM Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. 9:00pm. LIVE IT UP PRESENTS - FEAT: THE TUROVERS + THE BLACK HARRYS + WILD VIOLET Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East. 4:00pm. LUKE & LOZ Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 3:00pm. MR BLACK & BLUES + THE BLOOMIN’ HEATHERS Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 5:00pm. PHILEMON Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. RECKLESS JUNE + MAMA’S EXILES + MY BAND + ONLY ALIENS John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. THE GOOD MORROWS + BABAGANOUJ + SKYWAYS ARE HIGHWAYS Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm.

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ACRONYM ORCHESTRA + JAMES MUSTAPHA Cross Street, East Brunswick. 8:00pm. $10. ELVIS IN THE HOUSE + DUO SEVERINI Claypots Evening Star, South Melbourne. 2:00pm. FIRE & RAIN - FEAT: DAN CONWAY Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $25. LIVING ROOM + TELOS TEACUP Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury. 7:30pm. $15. MORELAND CITY SOUL REVIEW Union Hotel, Brunswick. 6:00pm. STANDING TALL Open Studio, Northcote. 6:00pm. SWING & JAZZ NIGHTS - FEAT: PATRICK THIELE Open Studio, Northcote. 9:00pm. TRIODEGRADABLE Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $18. VINCS & WAKELING Famous Blue Raincoat, Kingsville South. 3:00pm. $10.

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ANDREW NOLTE ORCHESTRA Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 4:30pm. ANIMAL JOHNSTON + CAL WALKER + JEB CARDWELL + TIM CROSSEY Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 6:00pm. BEN CARR TRIO Wesley Anne, Northcote. 7:00pm. CICLO TIMIK + GOLGOTHA MOTEL + GYRAF Bar Open, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. DAN BRODIE + ALYSIA MANCEAU Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 2:30pm. $15. DAREBIN SONGWRITERS GUILD 303, Northcote. 4:30pm. DUNCAN PHILLIPS & THE LONG STAND Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. GEORGIA FIELDS + PALACE OF THE KING Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $10. GREG GOGG & THE TRAIL BLAZERS Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. IAN VANDY Tram Stop Bar, Moonee Ponds. 4:00pm. JAM SUNDAYS Musicland, Fawkner. 6:00pm. KELLY AUTY BAND + MARTY KELLY & THE WEEKENDERS Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 6:30pm. KING LUCHO + MR SPKR Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 1:00pm. LOT 56 Clare Castle Hotel, Port Melbourne. 3:00pm. MARTHA DAVIS & THE MOTELS + SPLURGE ACOUSTIC Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 8:30pm. $50. MELODY POOL Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 7:30pm. MOUNTAIN GOAT BEERSOAKED SUNDAYS - FEAT: ROLLER ONE + DJ NICK PRATT + EAST BRUSWICK ALL GIRLS CHOIR + OTHER PLACES Old Bar, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. $8. OPA 303, Northcote. 9:30pm. $5. RED & THE WOLF Victoria Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. SUMSUM + THE TEK TEK ENSEMBLE Brunswick Uniting Church, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $32. SUNDAY SESSIONS Lucky Coq, Windsor. 4:00pm. TEK TEK ENSEMBLE Penny Black, Brunswick. 4:00pm. THE BLACKEYED SUSANS Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 5:30pm. THE HORNETS + VICTORIANA GAYE Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. THE LARGE NUMBER 12S + DJ STICKMAN Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 4:00pm. THE MARGIE LOU TRIO + GIL ASKEY Claypots, St Kilda. 4:30pm. THE PARDONERS + GLY MASON + SAM SEE Royal Oak Hotel, Fitzroy North. 4:00pm. TIM WOODZ + ISOBEL CALDWELL Wesley Anne, Northcote. 9:00pm.

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CHERRY JAM Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. JONNY CRAIG + KYLE LUCAS + THIS WILD LIFE Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:30pm. $33. LIONEL RICHIE & JOHN FARNHAM Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. 9:00pm. MONDAY NIGHT MASS - FEAT: THE HARPOONS + MONNONE ALONE + THE ICYPOLES + TOTALLY MILD Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:00pm. ST PAT’S PARTY IN THE PARK - FEAT: CLAYMORE + STRATING SISTERS + THE CELTIC FOLK Dan O’connell Hotel, Carlton. 2:00pm. UNPAVED PRESENTS SONGWRITER SESSIONS Old Bar, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. $6.

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BETH & THE BRAVE + FLOYD THURSBY + JED APPLETON + LONI THOMPSON Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:00pm. GALLIE + THE BEGUINNESS Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 6:30pm. MC ALPINES FUSILERS Penny Black, Brunswick. 9:30pm. OLD MAN GROAN Penny Black, Brunswick. 7:00pm. PORT PHILLIP GILGAMESH READINGS Claypots Evening Star, South Melbourne. 8:30pm. ST PATRICKS DAY - FEAT: MARTY & CO + REBELS WITHOUT A CLUE Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 8:00pm. ST PATRICKS DAY SHOW Victoria Hotel, Brunswick. 6:00pm.

TUESDAY MAR 18 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS

DANIEL WATERS & TRISTAN GOODAL Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. KRAKEN PRESENTS CHEAP RUM NIGHT - FEAT: JACKSON REID BRIGGS + MAZ + O LITTLEBLOOD Old Bar, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. $6. THE BRUNSWICK HOTEL DISCOVERY NIGHT - FEAT: SKOLL & HATI + POSEIDON + THE MURDERBALLS Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm.

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AL KENNEDY COLLECTIVE Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 9:00pm. $20. HI-FI LOUNGE LIZARDS Claypots, St Kilda. 10:00pm. MELBOURNE IMPROVISERS COLLECTIVE Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 9:00pm.

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Within every cloud, there is a silver lining. This is an antiquated expression, however it is ubiquitous and universal. If you can’t afford or can’t make it to an annual music festival, you may find luck in attending the side shows. Okay yes, an extreme example of clouds and silver linings and I guess more equated with the phrase “break even,” however for those of you who have mourned an inaccessible festival and then heard that your favourite headline act will be doing their own sideshow, I’m sure you can understand my choice of idiom. Having missed out on seeing Fat Freddy last year when they played at the Forum in support of Blackbird and this year at Golden Plains, I was determined to get my hands on some Zoo Twilight passes. The Melbourne Zoo was packed with adults, children, teenagers and infants. It made sense that Fat Freddy close out the Twilight series for 2014. Sonically, their music encompasses dub, neo-soul, jazz, funk, roots and techno, yet in spirit they are a reggae band. Singing of unity, collectiveness and collaboration, Fat Freddy were the most appropriate ambassadors for the Zoo Twilight cause, uniting the entire audience in a collaborative fight against animal extinction. The vibe of the place was great. Young girls were perched on top of their father’s shoulders while their mothers handed them soda and snacks from picnic bags. Some were just chilling out on the grass on their rugs, while others performed what appeared to be premeditated choreographed moves. Fat Freddy were unbelievable, even better in a live setting. The audio at the Zoo was flawless, the kind of quality that sounds good even through a shitty phone video recording. Dallas Tamaira – “Joe Dukie” – stood on the far right of the stage, a modest choice from the band’s frontman. A nice decision, as it enabled the horn section to stretch their wings between centre stage and the left hand side. The enthusiastic trombone player – Joe Lindsay – was a real treat. He danced and danced and danced for the entire two-hour set, mind you he wasn’t the fittest looking guy either. How he managed to exude that much energy and still be able to blow away on the trombone for two hours eludes me. The most informal out of all of them, he still managed to match their professionalism with his precision and range. The percussion was pre-recorded, controlled and manipulated by the beats man “DJ Fitchie.” The keyboardist – “Dobie Blaze” effortlessly switched between keys and synth and MC Slave – Freddy’s guest rapper – spat those rhymes from Russia with a real smooth Jamaican drawl, often freestyling effortlessly throughout the remainder of the set. The entire horn section were brilliant, their patience and skill enabling those extended gradual build-ups, climaxes and voluminous solo compositions that we know so well on hypnotic dub tracks like Blackbird and Shiverman. I missed out on attending Golden Plains, but I got to see sideshows by Flying Lotus and Fat Freddy’s Drop, the very two headliners that I was most excited by on the festival bill. Fat Freddy blew me away, their two-hour set highlighted by the fact that LOVED: The charismatic Joe Lindsay. the funds were going towards the prevention of animal extinction. A HATED: Nothing, whatsoever. Even wonderful cause and a magical venue, I will definitely be attending the the packed train ride home was Zoo Twilight series again next year. worth it.

It seemed like only two years ago, seeing Mastodon and Gojira perform a sidewave in Melbourne. Time is a flat circle, I guess (I just came up with that quote by myself okay). Here we are again, this time at The Palace instead of Billboard, with Baroness taking the place of Kvelertak. Anyway I missed Baroness tonight so who cares! #notmyfault #coolstorybro French beasts Gojira have released a full-length since their last visit, the in-form L’Enfant Sauvage. They opened their set tonight in the same way as that album, with Explosia, double-kick firing throughout the venue. We heard an anecdote about surfing an alligator from frontman Joe Duplantier, until the crowd coerced a correction to crocodile. The band stomped around stage like more agile iterations of their namesake during Flying Whales. Mastodon haven’t released an album since their last visit (live albums don’t LOVED: I don’t think I saw a single count, orright?). The set list was heavy on The Hunter, both good and bad. The thrashier moments were awe-inspiring, the folkier side a tad yawn-inspiring. smartphone in the air throughout? I’m not that sanctimonious about it, but “That dude’s head is going to fucking explode.” This is what I thought when still cool! guitarist Brent Hinds belted out the screams of Blasteroid. It was a meaty HATED: Missing Baroness, and set list, with honed, faithful precision to the tracks. But something was consequentially, writing about missing missing, a certain strain of spectacle. Or maybe it was that pervading sense Baroness. of diminishing return. DRANK: Nope. LACHLAN KANONIUK

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The Hi-Fi, Friday March 7

Being from New Zealand, seeing Illy perform in his hometown at Hi-Fi was the closest I’ve come to feeling culture shock in Australia. I can only describe it as what it must be like when you’re from L.A. but go to Chicago to see Common perform: I knew Illy had a bit of shine but I was dismayed to see so many people go ape for him. It was a little confusing really.  (Because Lil-B is based-god, Eminem is rap god, and Kanye is Yeezus, I give you the tale of Illy, from here on known as Rap Zeus - The Arbitrarily Named) One night, for his Cinematic tour, Rap Zeus was to perform in Olympus’ ballroom A.K.A. The Hi-Fi. From his vantage point of cloud and Pinkbatts he sat and watched the pre-Rap Zeus entertainment. He pondered why everyone uses Drake and Kanye to prep a crowd but decided he wouldn’t have it any other way. As his DemiGods milked the human’s pituitary glands a holy LOL was emitted when the one who called himself Jackie Onassis – but looked like Samwise Gamgee – claimed to be the rap-game Delta Goodrem.  Warm-up acts like the inimitable Remi and a crowd-pleasing Jackie Onassis peaked energy before Illy came on to a neon-soaked On and On. The crowd was no stranger to triple j and heaved to the chorus. Illy has gone on record saying, “even some bad pop has charm to it,” and his penchant for the genre was echoed by the crowd singing Young Bloods and Save Me back to him.  After floating on stage to a barrage of fluorescent lightning, Rap Zeus charmed the mass of tank-tops and Fox Motor Sport t-shirts with his bangers. “So they like what they liketh… what they knoweth?” he thought to himself. Illy proceeded to triumphantly dedicate songs to people who tell you you can’t do things, before launching into his Like A Version cover which was a song he did because he was told to (same thing right?).  Rap Zeus pelted out a hydra-headed cover song, feeding them lyrics from bards such as silverchair, Paul Kelly, and Powderfinger and watched them lap up the familiar ballads.  Like any good rapper, Illy is down with trawling social media (which was apparent by his shout-out to an expectant mother who commented one of his feeds that she would be there). After the Cam Bluff produced Coming Down, he shared a heartfelt IRL moment with the crowd when he tearily sang about his mother in Am Yours.  From the deity’s tears Rap Zeus was spurned to inverse his underling’s mood rings from black to pink with Owl Eyes. Then in the unfathomable depths of what is a god’s self-awareness, Rap Zeus performed Heard It All, acutely explaining how even the one and only LOVED: The girl wearing Ugg-Boots Rap Zeus sometimes struggles to be unique. Lastly, Rap Zeus paid homage with GTAV stickers on the sides. to thankful Olympians with One For The City before he took his law And Heard It All Before. degree, ability to speak four languages, and galvanised adulation from the HATED: The awkward dance-spins. ballroom to be flexed in another kingdom.  DRANK: Melbourne Bitters in doubles. EDGAR IVAN BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 48

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Festival Hall, Thursday March 6

A Phoenix show in 2014 has been lovingly crafted and intricately designed to overwhelm the senses in the most caressing je ne sais quoi kind of way. Opening with the 1-2-3 wallop of otherwise encore level songs EntertainmentLasso-Lisztomania feels like a statement of intent: tonight we want to make you feel bon, les gars. There was a dazzling stadium LED light show that also flicked across stock footage of 1960s cars zipping around the Arc De Triomphe. There was speaker-shredding bass during Chloroform and instrumental medley Sunskrupt that shook the soul and threatened to do funny things to your lower intestines. And of course there was Thomas Mars entering the crowd at any given moment to rile up the kids, get his hair tussled and at one point, his belt undone. Like their skinny jeans and tailored shirts may suggest, they have trimmed all excess fat from the set and made medleys of older songs like Too Young and Girlfriend. Even new songs got reduced to their purest essence, with Trying To Be Cool segueing into the outro of Drakkoir Noir. It means you still get to hear your favourite song; you just might not hear anything beyond the first chorus. It’s one big hands-in-the-air party during Consolation Prizes and 1901 to close the main set, and then Thomas and Christian return after the break for a campfire singalong version of Countdown (For The Sick Sun). Introduced as one of the first songs they wrote, If I Ever Feel Better morphed into part of Funky SquareLOVED: The double-cheeked Eurodance and then Thomas put his extension cord and security team to the kiss Thomas gave Deck to welcome test and took a stroll through the back of the venue and up the balcony him back on stage during the encore. to individually thank everyone for coming. Ce qu’un gars. HATED: The over familiar pat-downs NICK HILTON

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For more reviews go to beat.com.au/reviews NEKO CASE & DICK DIVER

Melbourne Zoo, Saturday March 1

Wait, so let me see if I’ve got this straight: you’re going to let me run around the Melbourne Zoo after it’s closed to regular visitors – that is, screaming and dribbly children and slow walkers – and see whatever animals haven’t snuck off for a nap and a feed. And THEN you’ll let me lay out a picnic blanket, park my keister and devour snacks while musicians perform, presumably for my entertainment? You had me at ‘a lack of hyperactive infants’. Grass close to the front of the stage is prime real estate as the sun goes down, but the moderately-sized stage and open park area (not so much a natural amphitheatre as it is a slightly sloped hill) means there aren’t too many bad spots to take in the snappy and to-the-point set from Melbourne’s Dick Diver. Plus, the further you are away from the stage, the closer you are to the bar... so we all learn to make important decisions. Dick Diver’s laconic outer city tales match the energy of the crowd, listening attentively and applauding at the appropriately allocated times. My only complaint is that, even with banter, the set clocked in at a little under 30 minutes, not leaving much time to leave a lasting impression. It’s all rather civilised, really. There may be some poop and food being thrown around, but only from monkeys in far-off enclosure. Things only approach slightly bawdier levels when Neko Case leads her band on stage, particularly her wise cracking backup singer. Not every quip was picked up by the microphones – and who doesn’t love half-hearing jokes made between performers, right? – but was there something about coconut bras? Again, Case’s more countrified leanings are set at the right energy level for the crowd, and her backing band are polished but never really cut loose. Favouring tracks from her latest album, Case knows she’s competing for the audience’s attention up against quince jam and artisan sourdough, so the transitions are quick and the songs are on the more upbeat end of her spectrum. Not the kinetic bluster LOVED: A yawning snow leopard. of the New Pornographers, but still enough barnstormers to keep the Pretty darn great. many young families (and golly, the stroller exodus was epic) engaged, HATED: Territorial picnickers or at least awake. Which is good, because did you know that giraffes staking out enough space for a sheep are allergic to ballads? paddock. DRANK: Mountain Goat Steam Ale. MITCH ALEXANDER

MIKHAEL PASKALEV

Howler, Friday March 7

It’s all too often that you go to see a band you’re particularly fond of and, while the musical details are wellexecuted, they’ve either got no grasp on banter, can’t get comfortable on stage, or fail to acknowledge we’re all sharing a room together. Refreshingly, tonight’s show from Bulgarian-born Norwegian-raised songwriter Mikhael Paskalev was, more than anything, very likeable. Paskalev and his four band members were all smiling faces who offered consistently amusing on-stage chit-chat and assumed the occasional silly stance. On top of that, Paskalev’s songs are charmingly eccentric (though, more charming than eccentric) and the setlist showcased a diverse collection of influences. Paskalev first got people talking online with the film clip to his 2012 debut single I Spy, which pays homage to the Tom Cruise dancing-in-his-underwear scene in Risky Business. The feelgood clip proved an appropriate appetiser for the celebratory nature of tonight’s show. Meanwhile, Paskalev’s music wanders well beyond the nu-folk leanings of I Spy. In fact, songs like Jive Babe and What’s Life Without Losers have more in common with the crop of a-million-ideas-a-minute bands that surfaced in the UK about five years ago (Mystery Jets, The Futureheads, Bombay Bicycle Club et al) than with the likes of Vance Joy or fellow Norwegians Kings of Convenience. Paskalev isn’t just rehashing that particular indie movement, but he does proudly borrow ideas from throughout pop history. As the setlist unfurled we heard soul-inspired vocals and doo wop familiarity mixed with Beatles-like chord shifts and a Paul Simon-inspired adventurousness. Every now and then there was a dash of ‘50s rock’n’roll flair and Paskalev also showed he can captivate with a sincerely delivered folk number. An ecstatic sense of discovery ran through the whole performance and the crowd reaction was one of overwhelming adoration. Paskalev LOVED: Howler, generally. might not be a ground-breaking songwriter but that didn’t stop HATED: Tom Cruise (for the last tonight’s show from being as fun as dancing in your underwear when decade). no one’s watching. DRANK: Anchor Steam Ale.

iLIVE FESTIVAL Brunswick Hotel, Saturday March 1 It was loud, it was sweet, it was rude, it was sultry, it was original and it was indie. Sixteen local acts giving it their all from 4pm to midnight: The Brunny has long had bands both inside the venue and outside in the beer garden, but maybe never so many burning up both stages at once. For the punter it was the eternal festival dilemma of which acts to catch. Would it be Ashbury Medicine Show’s ‘60s-tinged sounds, the grungy roots of Lazybones, the plaintive harmonies of Waterline, the rock/pop of MY Band, the garage punk of Kill TV or the pulsating Garden of Eida or maybe one of the other ten bands on offer? For me, the most impressive thing was the cheery professionalism coupled with hard-edged dedication this diverse set of bands showed throughout the day and night. iLive eased into gear mid-afternoon with a modest scattering of punters, but the numbers continued to rise into the early evening until both inside bar and beer garden were full. Some punters were clearly there to see their favourite acts while others were wondering what on earth they’d stumbled on – and were probably disoriented by the unexpected musical smorgasbord laid out before them. This was the first outing of the iLive Festival and which is the offspring of the Taste of Indie Collective, a group of local acts who LOVED: The way the Taste of Indie have gotten together for mutual support in getting and promoting musos were hanging together and gigs. If the idea of iLive was to showcase local talent then it did supporting each other (instead of that in spades, and the variety of music on offer made it great hanging shit on each other!) entertainment, as witnessed by the wide demographic who came HATED: Having to decide whether to down to dig the music and stayed. Taste of Indie hasn’t said what head for the steamy inside stage or keep its plans are for the future but on this showing I’d be confident that chilling in the beer garden. iLive will be back again, and I know I’ll be there! DRANK: Coronas with lemon – fantastico! AF KING

TEQUILA MOCKINGBYRD versus TWO HEADED DOG Tequila Mockingbyrd

AUGUSTUS WELBY TEQUILA MOCKINGBYRD ASKS TWO HEADED DOG: Why did you call your band Two Headed Dog? We were shown a song by Roky Erickson called Two Headed Dog by our mate Adam Cole at Valley Music in Lilydale and we really dug the song. The name really rolled off the tongue so we ran with it. Two-Headed Dog originally formed as a brother two-piece and later added a third member on organ. Did that change the dynamic and musicality of the band? Well, we were always aware of the lack of bass and a lack of sound that you would hear from a full band that a two-piece finds harder to produce. We looked at bringing multiple amps which people do, but then we also looked at the two-piece bands doing the same and so decided we wanted an organ player to complete the sound instead. Organ is great because it can play the lower grooves and yet still be a lead instrument. So you were formed out of Death Valley Mustangs - does that old band still influence the new music? Well, not so much influence as it’s us, you know. That’s how we write and imagine music, so it’s in the same vein obviously. That said, we all swapped instruments and forced ourselves into trying to do things differently. Drummer that sings, guitarist who’s a bass player and an organ player who is actually a guitarist/singer, so we really have to put more effort into playing, but it also gives us a fresh, loose and creative view because we aren’t stuck in the ‘typical’ style of playing. If you could open for any band, past or present, who would it be and why? Cream are one of our favorite bands and it’s that era of music we listen to. Lots of jams, solos and grooves. It would be magic to see them in their prime!

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TWO HEADED DOG ASKS TEQUILA MOCKINGBYRD: How did the band come into existence? We all met at a cover band audition a couple of years back and hit it off instantly. Stelly (guitar/vox) and Jess (bass) decided the cover thing wasn’t for them but ended up hooking up to write some original stuff. A few months later they decided it was time to amp things up a bit and managed to track down Josie (drums) via the marvels of facebook. The rest is history (in the making). What bands or people are your main influences? We actually have quite different musical tastes but somehow find this sweet spot of common ground somewhere in the middle to mash out. Stelly’s influences are many and diverse, from Led Zep to Amy Winehouse; Jess is all about the classic Gods AC/DC, Slash, etc; meanwhile, our drummer Josie is still stuck in 1999 listening to Blink 182! Who’s the brains behind Ship Rock’d? All of us! Last year we thought it would be fun to have a load of bands play on a boat, so we did it and it was rad so we thought,heck why not do it again - gonna sink the thing this time! Stoked to have Dead City Ruins, Sudden State, City Sharps and of course Two Headed Dog joining us for the ride. In your experience who are your main crowd/ supporters? Our crowd is pretty diverse - we span a range of genres from rock to punk, verging on blues at times so our crowd reflects that. It’s all about the energy though – that’s a pretty universal language, so if you get that right you can usually win over anyone with a semi-open mind. All aboard the second annual Ship Rock’d musical extravaganza, featuring five bands over four hours, on Saturday March 29. The cruise sets sail at 1.30pm from the Docklands. For more info and tickets, head to shiprockd.com.


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