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HOT TALK

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TOURING

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BLISS N ESO

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WHAT’S ON, CHRIS TAYLOR, ANDREW HANSEN

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ART OF THE CITY, THE COMIC STRIP

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INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH

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DALLAS CRANE, BITTER SWEET KICKS

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DALL AS CRANE page 26

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WE ARE SCIENTISTS

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CHILD, THE MURLOCS

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KARNIVOOL

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THE DELTA RIGGS, THE USED

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CORE/CRUNCH!

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MUSIC NEWS

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ALBUM OF THE WEEK, SINGLES, CHARTS

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MS. LAURYN HILL

No surprises here; the legendary  Ms. Lauryn Hill’s first Melbourne show sold out pretty darn fast. Now though, the aforementioned superstar has announced a second show at Hamer Hall on Wednesday May 22. Hailed worldwide as one of music’s leading ladies, Ms. Lauryn Hill made history with her multiple Grammy wins (she was the first rap/hiphop artist to win ‘Album Of The Year’, and was also the first female solo artist to win five awards in one night), and was also a leading member of game changing group the Fugees. Tickets for Ms. Lauryn Hill’s second Melbourne show go on sale 9:00am  today, so slam that latte down and get yourself a ticket.

HUNX & HIS PUNX

After a riotous punk-fuelled night at the Copacabana last week, Hunx And His Punx have announced a second Melbourne show tonight at the John Curtin. Joining the party will be local favourites and Melbourne punk staples the UV Race. Fresh from a three-month hiatus, the UV Race will rip apart the Curtin with their loose live set and raucous antics. Meanwhile, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding will not only be playing their last Melbourne show before jetting over to the UK to tour, they will also take the cake for best band name ever. Well, in our eyes anyway. It all happens tonight.

EAGLE AND THE WORM

Having spent 2010 to 2012 pursuing a heavy touring schedule and generally kicking goals, Melbourne’s Eagle and the Worm took some time out to wash their clothes, detox/rehab, and get down to writing a big swag of songs for their forthcoming LP. They recently emerged with a bangin’ new single Automatic, along with a set of glorious new coats, brightly shining eyes, and a brand spankin’ limited run of 7” vinyl in hand. Now to celebrate the release of their brand new single Automatic, Eagle and the Worm are hitting the road. The Automatic 7inch tour will see the lads hit up the Shebeen Bandroom in Manchester Lane on Friday May 30. Get yourself along and judge for yourself just how glorious those new coats are.

ALLDAY

To celebrate the release of his new single Right Now, rising hiphop star Allday is embarking on a national tour, bringing along special guests Jackie Onassis and Mikey Hundred for the ride. Allday has been on fire this year; 2014 has seen him entice huge festival sing-alongs, stage invasions, shut down shows, stacks of radio rotation, two hours of autograph signing per gig, and some amazing fan tattoos. The finishing touches are being put on Allday’s debut album in Los Angeles as we speak, with the first single Right Now from the highly anticipated follow up to his Top 20 ARIA and #1 AIR charting EP at radio today. Allday will hit the road in May and June, with all ages, U18 and licensed shows right around the country. Catch him play two shows at Ding Dong Lounge on Saturday June 7.

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THE MURLOCS

Hailing from Victoria’s surf coast, the Murlocs describe themselves as “Five skinny kids with roots firmly placed in their own blown-out, distorted brand of soulful R&B” and are excited to announce the launch of their debut LP Loopholes. They are playing ANZAC Day (Friday April 25 if you’ve never been to school) at Howler and we’ve got a double pass to give away! Do not miss on out this ripper chance.

BONJAH

Hard working Melbourne boys Bonjah formed in 2006 from humble beginnings. They once played on the streets, living off a healthy diet of Weet-Bix and canned peaches, but are now proud to announce their brand new album Beautiful Wild out now. Having sold over 25,000 records independently in previous years, their new album Beautiful Wild is set to be nothing less than explosive and incredible. We have five copies of the album to give away.

ROLLING STONES

Rejoice! The Rolling Stones have confirmed the rescheduled dates and venues for their postponed Australian and New Zealand leg of their 14 On Fire tour. Ticket holders who are able to attend the rescheduled date need take no action; their existing ticket will remain valid and their location within the venue will remain unchanged. Fans unable to attend the new shows are asked to secure a refund from their original point of purchase prior to 5pm on Monday April 28. The Rolling Stones will now hit Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday November 5 and Hanging Rock, Macedon on Saturday November 8. Visit the Frontier Touring website for more information.

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To celebrate the release of their debut EP Waxed Myriad, Twin Haus have announced they will be heading off on a four-stop tour. The EP was recorded in a rural New South Wales vineyard cellar with ARIA award-winning producer Tim Carr early in January. You can catch Twin Haus when they take over the Tote on Friday May 30.

Legendary R&B group TLC will make their debut voyage to Australia this June. The five-time Grammy winners have sold 65 million records worldwide, making them the biggest selling American female group of all time, with a back catalogue that includes hits No Scrubs, Creep, Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg and Waterfalls. It will be their first tour on Australian shores, and although they are missing the late Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopez, promoters have promised that she will be involved in the whole show via a video montage on the big screen. TLC will hit the Palais Theatre on Wednesday June 11. Tickets through Ticketmaster.

Direct from Forbidden Fruit and Westport Music Festivals in Ireland, Dublin’s acclaimed trio Bell X1 are heading to Australia for the very first time, hitting up the Hi-Fi Bar on Thursday July 3. Forming from the ashes of Damien Rice-fronted band Juniper, Bell X1 united upon Damien Rice’s solo ventures. Paul Noonan became the chief songwriter of Bell X1 and the band went on to become known as “a brilliant co-mingling of electronic music and anthemic pop rock.” Their sixth album Chop Chop was released last year, and their recent live performances have been described by Hot Press as a “communal, uplifting experience” from a band “at the height of their songwriting powers.” Be sure to catch them at their only Melbourne show.

ZOUNDS

Truant Production’s presents all day festival Zounds to be held at the Tote on Sunday April 27. Seven hours of throbbing entertainment with a twelve band lineup? Rad. The headliner for the day is Melbourne’s newest supergroup, Van Walker’s Heartbrokers, in their second ever headline. Score a double pass plus a free CD and don’t miss out when Zounds goes down at the Tote on Sunday April 27. Head to beat.com.au/freeshit to win.

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JUST ANNOUNCED Sun 18 May

The Awesome Three Thu 3 Jul

Bell X1

THE BENNIES

Sat 18 Jul: 3rd Show!

Violent Soho THIS WEEK Wed 23 Apr

Sat 26 Apr

Morbid Angel

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Fri 2 May

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CHET FAKER

Following the release of his much-anticipated debut album Built In Glass, Chet Faker has unveiled the dates of a national tour. These shows will be Fakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first headline gigs in over two years, and will see him performing alongside a full band in multiple capital cities and regional venues. They will also be his only shows this winter, with extensive international touring to follow. You can catch Faker on Friday June 13 at the Forum. Tickets available through Ticketmaster.

STONNINGTON JAZZ 2014

From May 15â&#x20AC;&#x201C;25, the City of Stonnington will brim with the glorious sounds of Australian jazz.  Now in its ninth year, Stonnington Jazz has developed a reputation for combining the talents of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most loved jazz musicians. This is 100 percent Australian jazz by artists ranging from the emerging to the legendary. This year two truly inspiring jazz singers return home to open Stonnington Jazz; Chris McNulty, who has been based in New York since 1988, working alongside such notables as Mulgrew Miller, Jeff Watts, Gary Bartz and Paul Bollenback will open proceedings alongside Sarah McKenzie, who won the 2012 ARIA Award for her album Close Your Eyes. She was offered a scholarship to study at the Berklee School of Music in Boston and has performed at the Umbria Jazz festival in Italy. This year the Stonnington Jazz festival also celebrates two phenomenal music families. Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular jazz musician, James Morrison will perform with his sons William and Harry in the James Morrison Inheritance, and highly respected clarinet player Denis Ball pairs with son, trumpeter Eugene in the Dennis Ball - Eugene Ball Sextet. For devoted jazz fans, and music lovers who are curious to find out more about what jazz has to offer, there is so much to enjoy in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stonnington Jazz program. Check out www. stonningtonjazz.com.au for all the info.

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2. Sarah is guaranteed to burp after she sneezes. She believes this may be because she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sneeze in the conventional way, resulting in a burp.  3. Holly sometimes feels her tongue is too long for her mouth. To fix the problem she has to sit with her tongue hanging out like a dog for a while.

4. Hannah, Sarah and Holly were chess champions back in primary school. They played on the school team and travelled to play competitions against other schools. 5. We are actually not related at all. Amy was found first for her voice, but they needed a band to back her. We were put together by a record company after auditioning for the label.

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Melbourneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own cheeky masters of punk rock party times the Bennies are stoked to announce four super sweet, shit-hot June headline shows, supported by Sydneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s psychedelic comrades Fait Accompli. This epic combo will be taking over bars and stages across the east coast all over your Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Birthday Weekend. The Bennies stormed into 2014 with their epic Knights Forever tour, which was their biggest, wildest, loudest and most successful tour to date. Add to that their first ever tour of NZ, a coveted slot on the Soundwave line-up and an impending tour of China (the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second in twelve months), and it becomes glaringly obviously that the Bennies are on fire. You can catch them at Ding Dong Lounge on Friday June 6. Get in fast though, these tickets are sure to sell fast.

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DAVE GRANEY

To celebrate the release of his new solo album Fearful Wiggings, Dave Graney has announced he will be heading off on the In Concert tour kicking off this May. The 19-stop, almost three month long tour will see Graney playing shows in Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales, Canberra and Queensland. Joining Dave will be Clare Moore, who is all over the album and will be playing keys, percussion and singing. Stu Thomas will also be playing on baritone guitar, vocals and bass. Graney will be performing songs from Fearful Wiggings as well as songs stretching back to his and Clare Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first band, the Moodists and also weird scenes cooked up with the Coral Snakes and the mistLY. Dave Graneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s In Concert tour kicks off with an album release day party at the Workers Club with the Ocean Party on Friday May 2. You can also catch Graney at Baby Black Cafe, Bacchus Marsh on Saturday May 17, the Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine on Thursday June 12, Deans Martian Cafe, Lorne on Saturday July 12 and Toff In Town with The Glammarays on Saturday July 26. Tickets are available now.

TIM MCMILLAN BAND

Pioneers of the often unheard but never forgotten â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goblincoreâ&#x20AC;? scene, Tim McMillan Band have announced their 14 date May/June Australian tour. Band leader and renowned acoustic shredder Tim McMillan will be leaving his current home in the German forest for a rare tour with his Aussie band mates. Their last Melbourne headline show in January sold out, so make sure you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss out on the Goblincore live experience! You can bet your bottom dollar itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a memorable occasion. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll hit up Ding Dong Lounge on May 17 and tickets are available now.


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QUEENS BIRTHDAY AT HOWLER

This Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Birthday, UnPop, Noisey, RRR and Howler are taking a cue from the matriarch herself and celebrating the public holiday with a stellar all-day party that combines music and art to create the sweetest minifestival fit for the Queen herself. UnPop will officially launch and showcase a piece of Melbourneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creative culture in all its glory; utilising every inch of Howler with local art installations, music, record and market stalls, the finest food trucks and even an in-house hairdresser. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a sensory splendour, in the midst of the gloomy Melbourne winter. Heading the bill will be Canadian rockers White Lung with their incredibly infectious and cathartic trademark punk rock. Tagging along for the ride is American indie-rock supergroup Upset, featuring Ali Koehler, formerly of Best Coast and Vivian Girls, Jennifer Prince of La Sera and Patty Schemel, current drummer for Hole, and the subject of the critically acclaimed, and staggeringly honest 2011 documentary Hit So Hard, which chronicles her life and near-death in the early â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s music scene. Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favourite female rocker, Adalita will join the bill along with local heroes Deep Heat, Scotdrakula, DJ Blaberunner, Typical Girls, Tristan Harris and Fraser A. Gorman. To kick off the celebrations, Unpop are giving the first 75 people to purchase tickets a double pass to the screening of Hit So Hard held at Howler on Thursday May 8. The party will happen on Monday June 9 and tickets are on sale now.

60 SECONDS with THE HARLOTS LIARS

LA based three-piece Liars are heading back to Australia to perform live this June. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take to the stage in Melbourne on Thursday June 5 at the Corner Hotel. The creative outfit, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been pursuing the art of music and performance for over 15 years, have received critical acclaim for Mess, with The Quietus sharing, â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have an uncanny ability to switch from bizarre to beautiful, from lunatic chanting to moments of lustiness to a moment of vulnerability, without ever having to think about it too much, and always with a smirk of utter brilliance.â&#x20AC;? Fans will know to expect an intense and ecstatic performance, if the rapturous receptions from last years shows at New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sonar and Primavera are anything to go by. Tickets are on sale now.

Define your genre in five words or less: Fun, dark, thoughtful, hip-shaking blues-popsoul. Bearing the terrible clichĂŠd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like? Probably Nick Cave backed by Black Keys/Arctic Monkeys. We look more like Pierce Brosnan backed by various Fraggle Rock characters. What part of making music excites you the most? Creating songs that we like and then having other people like them too. Preferably enough to hop around playing leg-guitar. It happened once.

SISQO

Thong-enthusiast Sisqo will touch down in Melbourne this June alongside Dru Hill. In case all your R&B acts have rolled into one over the years, Dru Hill are the Baltimore foursome responsible for a string of R&B hits including Tell Me, 5 Steps and Never Make a Promise. When the group took a break, their lead singer Sisqo took on his own solo career with hits like Thong Song, Got To Get It and Incomplete. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll hit Trak Lounge Bar on Sunday June 1. Tickets through Ticketmaster.

So, someone is walking past as you guys are playing, they then go get a beer and tell their friend about you... what do they say?  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Butt that dart, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going inside now and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re

going straight to the bar to buy beers for the band.â&#x20AC;? What can a punter expect from your live show? To watch a bunch of well-dressed people dance around in a questionable manner onstage. It usually encourages the audience. Usually.  Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve you got to sell CD-wise? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re peddling a double EP called Coarse Tunes I & II and I think a few stray copies of our selftitled debut. When are you doing your thing next? Our last residency show at Cherry Bar is on ANZAC Day Eve, kicking off the everpleasing, body-twisting Thursday night Soul In The Basement. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be playing the upcoming CherryRock014 festy in AC/DC Lane on Sunday May 25 too, which weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re heaps pumped for.

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TOURING

WHO'S ON TOUR, WHERE AND WHEN

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INTERNATIONAL HUNX & HIS PUNX The John Curtin April 23 LINDI ORTEGA The Toff 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, 26 D.O.A The Evelyn April 24 SKID ROW, UGLY KID JOE Palace Theatre April 25 OZOMATLI Corner Hotel April 26 THE SONGBIRDS The Toff April 29 JOHN NEWMAN Palace Theatre April 29 THE NAKED AND FAMOUS 170 Russell April 30 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 INSECTS & STARS (HITCHCOCK/KILBEY) Arts Centre Playhouse May 3 SALMONELLA DUB SOUNDSYSTEM Rubix Funhouse May 3 ARCTIC MONKEYS Rod Laver Arena May 9 MISERY SIGNALS The Espy May 10 PHFAT Laundry Bar May 10  THE CASUALITIES Reverence Hotel May 15 JONNY CRAIG Corner Hotel May 17 POISON IDEA The Bendigo Hotel May 17 2CELLOS The Forum May 16 MS. LAURYN HILL Palais Theatre May 21 ST VINCENT Howler May 22 MS. LAURYN HILL Hamer Hall on Wednesday May 22 KONE EXPRESS Bella Union 23 May MIDLAKE Corner May 24 JANELLE MONÁE & KIMBRA The Plenary 26 May JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW Forum Theatre May 27 WE ARE SCIENTISTS Corner Hotel May 28 BRANT BJORK Ding Dong May 29

GARY NUMAN The Hi-Fi May 30 GABRIELLE APLIN The Toff In Town May 31 ELLIE GOULDING Festival Hall May 31 ROYAL BLOOD Corner Hotel 31 May SISQO Trak Lounge Bar June 1 FREE YOUR MIND FESTIVAL The Hi-Fi June 1 KEVIN MARK TRAIL Northcote Social Club June 1 LIARS The Corner Hotel June 5 WHITE LUNG The Tote June 7 JAMES BLUNT The Plenary June 8 TLC Palais Theatre June 11 SCHOOLBOY Q The Forum June 11 SLIM JIM PHANTOM Ding Dong Lounge June 12 CHET FAKER The Forum June 13 LA DISPUTE Corner Hotel June 12, 13, 14 BASTILLE Festival Hall June 15 BAND OF SKULLS The Hi-Fi June 17 THE VIBRATORS The Tote June 21 EARTH The Hi-Fi June 21 THE SUPERSUCKERS Ding Dong June 21 THE CRIMSON PROJEKCT The Hi-Fi June 26 LLOYD COLE Caravan Music Club June 26, Thornbury Theatre June 27 JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN Melbourne Recital Centre June 27 STORY OF THE YEAR 170 Russell June 29 BELL X1 Hi-Fi Bar July 3 ADOLESCENTS The Evelyn July 5 HIGH ON FIRE The Hi-Fi July 19 PELICAN The Hi-Fi July 25 ANDREW STRONG DOES THE COMMITMENTS Corner Hotel August 3 LADY GAGA Rod Laver Arena August 23 THE DANDY WARHOLS Corner Hotel August 26 BIFFY CLYRO Palais Theatre September 7 ROLLING STONES Rod Laver Arena November 5 ROLLING STONES Hanging Rock, Macedon November 8 KANYE WEST Rod Laver Arena September 9, 10 ROBBIE WILLIAMS Rod Laver Arena September 16 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE Etihad Stadium September 18 KATY PERRY Rod Laver Arena November 14, 15

NATIONAL

CALLING ALL CARS Corner Hotel April 24 THE HELLO MORNING The Toff In Town April 24 THE DELTA RIGGS The John Curtin Hotel April 25 THE MURLOCS Howler April 25 HELLO SATELLITES Kelvin Club April 26 CHANCE WATER Northcote Social Club April 26 HARMONY Howler April 26 DALLAS CRANE The Caravan Club April 26 KARNIVOOL Palace Theatre May 1 THE JEZEBELS Palais Theatre May 2 THUNDAMENTALS Corner Hotel May 2 STONEFIELD Prince Bandroom May 2 DAVE GRANEY The Workers Club May 2 DALLAS FRASCA Ding Dong Lounge May 3 JIMMY TAIT The Toff In Town May 3 GARETH LIDDIARD Workers Club May 4, 11, 18, 25 MAJOR TOM & THE ATOMS Cherry Bar May 7, 14, 21, 28 HIATUS KAIYOTE Howler May 7, 14, 21, 28 KING PARROT Corner Hotel May 8 QUEENS BIRTHDAY AT HOWLER Howler May 8 BONJAH Corner Hotel May 9 SABLE Can’t Say May 9 THE APE Cherry Bar May 9 CUT COPY 170 Russell May 9 ILUKA Grace Darling May 10 CLOSURE IN MOSCOW Evelyn Hotel May 10 THE PERCH CREEK FAMILY JUGBAND The Hi-Fi May 10 SCOTT RUSSO AND PHIL JAMIESON Ding Dong Lounge May 13 HITS & PITS The Hi-Fi May 14, 17 STONNINGTON JAZZ 2014 City of Stonnington May 15 – 25, RÜFÜS Palace Theatre May 15 DUSTIN TEBBUTT Northcote Social Club May 16 BLISS N ESO Flemington Racecourse May 16 ED KUEPPER The Substation May 16 DZ DEATHRAYS Corner Hotel May 16 DAVE GRANEY Baby Black Cafe, Bacchus Marsh May 17 DRUNK MUMS The Tote May 17 EMERGE FESTIVAL 2014 Various venues May 17 – June 22 TIM MCMILLAN BAND Ding Dong Lounge May 17 MUDLARK Bar 291 May 18 SUSY BLUE The Toff In Town May 18 FRENTE The Playhouse May 22, 23 MOVEMENT Shebeen May 22 ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI 170 Russell May 23 KIM CHURCHILL Northcote Social Club May 23 VANCE JOY The Forum May 23 DMA’S Shebeen May 23 FRENZAL RHOMB Corner Hotel May 23 KINGSWOOD The Hi-Fi May 24 THINGS OF STONE AND WOOD Northcote Social Club May 24, 25, 26 CHERRY ROCK Cherry Bar May 25 THE WAIFS 170 Russell May 27 DEAD LETTER CIRCUS Village Green May 29 BRITISH INDIA The John Curtin Hotel May 29 EMMA RUSSACK Boney May 30 TWIN HAUS The Tote May 30 EAGLE AND THE WORM Shebeen Bandroom May 30 TWIN HAUS The Tote May 30 ROBIN HITCHCOCK Northcote Social Club May 31 BAD//DREEMS Record Paradise May 31 TWIN BEASTS Corner Hotel June 6 THE BENNIES Ding Dong Lounge June 6 JOSH PYKE Montrose Town Centre June 6 ALLDAY Ding Dong Lounge June 7 JOSH PYKE Healesville June 7 WAGONS The Hi-Fi June 7

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DAVE GRANEY The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine June 12 C.W STONEKING St Michael’s Uniting Church June 13 HARD ONS Corner Hotel June 14 JOELISTICS Workers Club June 14 LEAPS AND BOUNDS 2014- Covers 40 traditional venues from the Corner Hotel to Longplay, Over the City of Yarra July 4, 20 SOMETHING FOR KATE The Forum July 18 GRAVEYARD TRAIN 170 Russell June 20 MORGAN EVANS Revolver June 20 NORTHEAST PARTY HOUSE Corner Hotel June 21 2014 RECLINK COMMUNITY CUP Elsternwick Park June 22 DARK MOFO 2014 June 12, 22 KEITH URBAN Rod Laver Arena June 25 MELANIE SAFKA Melbourne Recital Centre June 26 THE PAPER KITES Athenaeum Theatre June 27 LITTLE BASTARD Northcote Social Club July 4 VIOLENT SOHO The Hi-Fi July 5 SASKWATCH Corner Hotel July 5 BIG SCARY Ormond Hall July 11 DAVE GRANEY Deans Martian Cafe, Lorne July 12 DAN SULTAN The Forum July 17 THE BEARDS 170 Russell July 18 TIM FREEDMAN The Arts Centre July 18 DAVE GRANEY Toff In Town July 26. POISON CITY WEEKENDER 2014 Corner Hotel August 22 POISON CITY WEEKENDER 2014 The John Curtin and The Public Bar Hotel August 23 POISON CITY WEEKENDER 2014 The Reverence Hotel August 24 THE ASTON SHUFFLE Corner Hotel September 5 TINA ARENA Palais Theatre September 17

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BLISS N ESO By Augustus Welby

It’s not actually that long ago that Australian hip hop was a divisive, underground subgenre. Over the last decade it’s evolved from being a minority movement to a chart-dominating force and acts like Bliss N Eso now seem inextricably woven into the fabric of the local music scene. The Sydney trio’s latest record Circus In The Sky has just gone platinum and MC Bliss (aka Jonathan Notley) acknowledges their integral function in Australian hip hop’s mainstream invasion. “There’s a handful of groups that are really the pioneers of bringing the culture forward in the country,” he says. “First it was 1200 Techniques who had success on radio, then the Hoods were the first real big group. We were the second, equally as big group, and we led the way with them [and] a bunch of other acts. We’re very blessed and honoured to be a part of some of those pioneering artists.” Next month Notley and his compeers, MC Eso (Max MacKinnon) and DJ Izm (Tarik Ejjamai), bring their Circus Under the Stars tour to Melbourne. As well as being Bliss N Eso’s biggest tour yet, it’s another instance of the chart-topping group breaking new ground. Boasting a multimedia stage show, right now the threesome are taking over a stack of huge venues nationwide, coming to Flemington Racecourse on Friday May 16 (and stopping off in Ballarat and Bendigo on the way). What’s more, they’ve got Melbourne MC Seth Sentry and Sydney duo Horrorshow along for the ride. “It’s probably the strongest lineup we’ve ever had,” Notley says. “This tour is almost a mini-festival. They’re all outdoor shows, we’re creating that atmosphere. It’s licensed and all ages, so there’s no restrictions there. It’s exciting to us to do something on this scale and also to bring it to so many regional centres that are starved for any kind of live music, especially hip hop.” Not only is the luminous Circus In The Sky album artwork being amplified into an onstage visual feast, for the first time Bliss N Eso are backed by a live band that “brings an entirely new energy to the show, which is fantastic,” Notley says. “The DJ’s still the heart and soul in terms of the beats that everyone knows, it’s just we’re adding onto that. It’s more embellished and a little bit deeper. It’s nice to spice things up and it really brings another dimension to the performance.” Teaming up with a full live band – featuring guitars, drums, grand piano and backing vocals – might seem like a curious decision for a group that’s very comfortably used an old school MCs-and-DJ setup since forming near the turn of the 21st century. However, Notley explains they’ve been toying with the idea of live backing for years. “I think it was just a natural evolution; it was always inevitable. We actually had a gig back in the day with a band called True Live. It was just a one-off where the band actually played all our beats for us live and it was amazing. The energy onstage was phenomenal BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 18

and we were loving it. Ever since then we’ve always said, ‘Man, we’ve got to get a live band going!’” Thankfully, expanding the band’s personnel hasn’t forced the show schedule to be any shorter. As Notley mentioned, in addition to all the major cities, the Circus Under the Stars tour is visiting a large chunk of regional Australia. This move reflects Bliss N Eso’s ongoing efforts to spread Australian hip hop to many of the nation’s less frequented regions. “We’re bringing hip hop to some of these regional centres who have never had hip hop shows before, ever. We were the first group to do that. Even that is breeding more bedroom MCs, more artists that are coming up.” Speaking of MC-breeding, touring partners Seth Sentry and Horrorshow are two acts advantaged by

“IT’S AMAZING HOW OFTEN I HEAR AUSTRALIAN HIP HOP ARTISTS ON TRIPLE J. THE QUALITY OF THE MUSIC IS JUST GETTING SO MUCH BETTER THESE DAYS AND IT REALLY HAS EVOLVED SO MUCH FROM ITS HUMBLE BEGINNINGS.” the game-changing foundations laid by the likes of Hilltop Hoods and Bliss N Eso. Horrorshow’s third record King Amongst Many made it to this year’s Australian Music Prize shortlist, while Sentry’s This Was Tomorrow LP has just achieved gold sales accreditation. The decision to bring both of these estimable contemporaries on tour goes deeper than their impressive individual feats. “We’ve pretty much always toured with local acts,” says Notley. “The Australian community’s pretty tight – we’re mates with most of these guys. It was a no-brainer for us [to say], ‘Well, let’s get Seth and Horrorshow involved.’” While Bliss N Eso and their fellow hip hop pioneers certainly paved the way for the wave of Australian performers rising up in the last few years, that doesn’t

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mean a bunch of sound-alikes emerged. Indeed, by now the collective tag ‘Aussie hip hop’ is ill-equipped to account for the diversity of music being made. “When I’m driving around it’s amazing how often I hear Australian hip hop artists on triple j,” Notley says. “It freaks me out, there’s all these new artists coming out that I’ve never even heard of. The quality of the music is just getting so much better these days and it really has evolved so much from its humble beginnings. It’s really good to see and it’s inspiring.” Far from being superseded by the new crop of innovative acts, Bliss N Eso’s success continues to flourish. 2013’s Circus In The Sky, their fifth LP, echoed the impact of 2010’s Running On Air by going straight to number one (in fact Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories was the only higher-selling album in Australia last year). Despite the commercial triumphs, they aren’t resting on their laurels just yet. “Every time you put out a record,” Notley says, “you have to inject all your heart and soul into it, do the best you can. The main thing is you’re feeling it, that’s first and foremost. We don’t really go in with major expectations of, ‘We’ve got to sell this much,’ or, ‘We’ve got to hit this number of views on our videos,’ because that kind of thinking can sabotage the creative process. We just try to focus on the music and then if people like it, they like it.” Of course, giving complete attention to the artistic particulars is easier said than done, as success inevitably conjures a maelstrom of distractions. “I’m not going to lie – sometimes the external factors definitely play a part in our thinking,” Notley admits. “It’s almost impossible to totally cut it out because obviously you need to be aware of what’s going on in your career and make certain decisions based on what’s happening. But fundamentally the idea is to try to faze everything out and just focus on the music.” Notley’s working relationship with his bandmates stretches back to their late-‘90s high school years and the trio’s tightly woven bond clearly helps to fend off outside contamination. Likewise, having persevered through all of the dismissive scrutiny in the early days of Aussie hip hop allows Bliss N Eso to truly appreciate where they are now. “We’ve been together as a group for well over 15 years and we’ve built this platform where we’ve got the attention of people. Sometimes you get a little bit burnt out by the years and years of plugging away and you just need to remember how hard you’ve worked to get here. It’s inspiring to go, ‘Fuck man, I’m sitting in this position where people care what I say.’ I can put everything into it and actually bypass what it was when we started; how hard it was just to get people to hear your music. “I don’t want to get complacent and lazy now,” Notley adds, “because that’s when the next generation is going to come up and basically take over. You need to remember where you come from, appreciate the fact that you got to where you are, realise how special that is and then embrace that.” BLISS N ESO’s Circus Under the Stars Tour visits Flemington Racecouse on Friday May 16, with special guests Seth Sentry and Horrorshow. Check out blissneso.com for full regional dates.


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THIS WEEK: ON SCREEN The Crossing is a feature documentary following two young Australians, Clark  Carter and Chris Bray as they set off on the adventure of a lifetime. The pair attempted to drag their home-made kayaks more than one thousand kilometres across a remote island in the Arctic. Their story is equal parts rock’n’roll and youthful exuberance, resulting in disaster. The Crossing is an insight into the minds of two young adventurers biting off far more than they can chew. This story is an antidote to a world of instant gratification, showing that you can achieve anything – but sometimes there ain’t no easy way. It opens at Cinema Nova on Thursday April 24, with the opening night screening followed by a Q&A with adventurer Clark Carter and director Julian Harvey, hosted by actor and Director of Humour Australia, Troy Swindells-Grose. 

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

ON STAGE A charity performance of the award-winning play,  The Vagina Monologues, starring highflying Melbourne lawyers will take place this week. The cast includes  former Health Services Commissioner,  Beth Wilson,  former Equal Opportunity Commissioner,  Moira Rayner and  Member of Parliament (Seat of Melbourne),  Jennifer Kanis.  100% of ticket proceeds will go to charity - 90% to a program run by Centre Against Sexual Assault which goes into schools and works to prevent violence to women and 10% to the licensing body, Vday, and its campaign to raise awareness of the extent of violence to women. See The Vagina Monologues on Tuesday April 29 at RMIT’s Storey Hall.

ON DISPL AY Interesting fact: When a mother suffers organ damage during pregnancy, such as heart weakening, the foetus will send stem cells to the mother to promote healing. Maternus, the newest exhibition at foryfivedownstairs next month, will celebrate this and much more. Curated by Katie Young, the exhibition will delve into the iconography of motherhood through symbolic imagery and colour, as well as dramatically capturing the life-changing experience of parenthood through motifs of sacrifice and compromise. Participating artists include: Anika Lister, Bonnita Gillard, Debbie Robinson, Katie Young, Mina Young, Annie van Limbeek, Sara Gosling and Kirty Gorter. Maternus will open at fortyfivedownstairs on Tuesday April 29 and run until Saturday May 10. Admission is free.

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Marieke Hardy Australian literary phenomenon Women Of Letters are returning to their home town of Melbourne after a six week tour of the US, UK and Ireland – showcasing their talent in shows across the globe. Now co-curators Michaela McGuire and Marieke Hardy  are returning with a brand new lineup of spectacular women sharing stories. On Sunday April 27 at the Regal Ballroom, Northcote, Women of Letters will present together for the first time ever on stage: author Linda Jaivin, writer and deputy editor of The Lifted Brow Stephanie Van Schilt, singer-songwriter Jess McAvoy, presenter, reporter and commentator Deborah Clay, comedian and actor Tania Lacy and Evelyn Morris aka Pikelet. Don’t miss it.

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CHRIS TAYLOR AND ANDREW HANSEN By Tegan Jones

said to ourselves, ‘We’re not stand ups. We don’t want to do an overly political and topical show. Remember the old live shows of Rowan Atkinson? Let’s do a sketch show like that.’” In addition to this, there will be plenty of the musical talent that we’ve come to expect from the duo, particularly after their collaboration on  Dead Caesar. “I’ve always loved writing songs but have no musical ability to compose. So it’s lovely teaming up with someone like Andrew who does have that ability... and use him to achieve my ambitions,” says Taylor. One of the most impressive of these songs is the opening number, which is customized for each city

Some people know them as two of the Chaser boys, while others refer to them as “Those dickheads on ABC.” Regardless of how you label them, Andrew Hansen and Chris Taylor are taking their comedic genius to the stage with One Man Show. “It’s been wonderful fun so far. I think people have been enjoying the silliness of the show,” Hansen comments. “Chris and I haven’t done one quite like this before, so people are probably not sure what to expect, and then they get an hour’s worth of silly, old school British Review style sketches and songs delivered to them. Fortunately, they’ve seemed quite pleased!” Taylor has also been thrilled with the audience responses so far. ”We’re hugely relieved that people are actually laughing. I know that sounds simplistic, but we’ve being doing TV for so long; where everything is incredibly fake. You coach the audience to laugh and hold up applause signs. So we’ve come to take for granted that TV audiences will laugh, not because they’re enjoying the show, but because we’ve told them they have to. So to do a live show where none of that coaching goes on is terribly nerve wracking and scary. The first response we have every night, when we hear that first laugh, makes us relax and go ‘Okay, maybe the show is funny.’” Part of the reason that the two paired up was their shared sense of humour and not just because, as Taylor says “We were free and unemployed in a way the other guys weren’t.” Hansen comments that “[Chris] and I both have a real love of absurd and silly comedy and I think One Man Show is a chance for us to exercise that urge a little bit more than if we were with the other guys. They’re into more

high fibre entertainment which is packed with information that’s good for you.” Taylor adds, “Of all  the Chaser  team, Andrew and I are very much the comedy nerds who grew up on a rich diet of Blackadder, Monty Python and The Goodies. All of that very British comedy.”

“WE SAID TO OURSELVES, ‘WE’RE NOT STAND UPS. WE DON’T WANT TO DO AN OVERLY POLITICAL AND TOPICAL SHOW. REMEMBER THE OLD LIVE SHOWS OF ROWAN ATKINSON? LET’S DO A SKETCH SHOW LIKE THAT.’” Audiences can definitely look forward to old school British comedy influences, which largely helped to inspire the show. Taylor explains “We

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that they visit. The show is certain to be a mixed bag of comedy gold, and audiences will undoubtedly enjoy the energy between Hansen and Taylor, who have no qualms trash talking each other. Hansen says, “I would love to take the opportunity to slander Chris, but I’m a bit worried that he might take legal action against me. I best remain quiet about his nefarious lifestyle.” Taylor rebutted with, “Well all I’ll say about Andrew is that there’s a reason that Gwyneth Paltrow is now single.” Catch Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen perform One Man Show at the Athenaeum Theatre from Wednesday April 23 - Saturday April 26. Tickets through Ticketek.


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TELENY

CIRCUS OZ

Circus Oz has officially announced their 2014 Circus Oz ensemble members. The ensemble is made up of Ania Reynolds, April Dawson, Ben Hendry, Candy Bowers, Dale Woodbridge-Brown, Derek Llewellin, Kyle Raftery, Lilikoi Kaos, Matt Wilson, Nathan Kell, Olivia Porter and Spenser Inwood. These 12 multi-talented performers, acrobats and musicians are currently creating from scratch the brand spanking new show – But Wait…There’s More – premiering in Melbourne under the Circus Oz Big Top this June. The Circus Oz ensemble always bring extraordinary skills that are crucial parts of the Circus Oz mix and this time they go beyond acrobatics, aerials and unicycling to include group devising, slam poetry, electronic music, writing, steelwork and hip hop dance. But Wait…There’s More opens on Wednesday June 18 at the Circus Oz Big Top in Birrarung Marr.

Fly-on-the-Wall Theatre will present the world premiere of Teleny, based on the anonymous pornographic novel from the late 19th century rumoured to be written by Oscar Wilde and his close circle of friends. Adapted as a stage play by Barry Lowe,  Teleny  tells the story of Camille de Grieux, a rich young gentleman in 1920s Paris who falls in love with the handsome and mesmerising foreign pianist René Teleny. While Teleny performs on stage the two men discover they share a psychic link in the form of an erotic vision. In this newfound happiness Camille tries to forget that Teleny owes much of his success to the generosity of the women who desire him, but when Camille’s own mother seeks to pay the pianist’s debts in exchange for sexual favors, all three risk exposure that could lead to shame, ruin and imprisonment. Teleny opens on Thursday May 29 at Chapel Off Chapel.

HELIUM

Now in its third year, Malthouse Theatre’s Helium program is taking ever-longer strides in seeking out and curating a collection of the most exciting Australian independent performance work and their 2014 program is testament to this. The upcoming season is made up of five works that span cultures, divide performance genres and investigate social issues. From the cross-cultural explorations of SEETHrough, a performance about masculinity and race, to Intimacy’s exquisite exploration of dance and disability, through which issues including gender, health, and self-acceptance are brought to the fore. On the flipside, Applespiel’s hilarious multimedia discourse on the perils of becoming a real live rock band is a mockumentary-style homage to making art and (trying to make) music in Applespiel Make a Band and Take On the Recording Industry, and the Last Tuesday Society’s willingness to get up to their elbows in it and explore the ‘toilet wall’ of the internet in The YouTube Comment Orchestra. Helium 2014 concludes with META, a nightmare inspired by Franz Kafka’s classic story Metamorphosis, which reinterprets that tragic story of boy-made-bug in a way that only Samara Hersch and her creative crew the Second Cousin can. SEETHrough opens the program on Wednesday April 30, Intimacy opens on Wednesday August 13, Applespiel Make a Band and Take On the Recording Industry  kicks off on Wednesday September 3,  The YouTube Comment Orchestra begins on Wednesday September 17 and META opens on Wednesday October 22. All shows will take place at Malthouse Theatre.

TOLD BY MY FAMILY

Off the Kerb will be presenting Betty Musgrove’s new exhibition, Told By My Family, this May. Betty herself describes the exhibition: “Transmitting ancestral oral history with the aid of family photographs is a tradition in many cultures. Each family unit has its own unique history informed by secrets, in-jokes, nicknames and tales of outcast and eccentric relatives. The 3D paper construction works in  Told By My Family  explore how intergenerational storytelling and the family photographic archive has informed my personal history and identity.” Told By My Family opens at Off the Kerb on Friday May 2.

Wayne Brady will bring his trademark comedic wit to Melbourne this July. The Emmy awardwinning Brady is best known for his improv genius on  Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and has also appeared on The Dave Chappelle Show, 30 Rock, How I Met Your Mother, Dirt and Everybody Hates Chris. Catch him at The Palms at Crown from Wednesday July 16 - Saturday July 19. Tickets through Ticketek.

CRAB L AB The Melbourne International Comedy Festival may be over but they’re not done here at Crab Lab. Every Wednesday for just $5 you can see ten of Australia’s best. This week Barry Award nominee John Conway hosts another stacked lineup of seasoned pros and the best up-and-comers. 8.30pm start.

LOL COMEDY With the Melbourne International Comedy Festival finally run and done, LOL Comedy returns to the Portland Hotel this Wednesday April 23 with none other than Fiona O’Loughlin. As seen on Sunrise, Good News Week, Spicks and Specks, Dirty Laundry Live and Celebrity Apprentice. With support from Micah D Higbed, as seen looking good in a suit and talking about clever stuff, as heard wherever good words make sounds. Then on Tuesday April 29 at the Local in Port Melbourne it’s your MC, the loveable lump of comedy juggernaut that is Dilruk Jayasinha, with headliner George Smilovici best known for this comic monologue I’m Tuff which made the top ten in Australia and New Zealand back when there was no internet, television or food. Be there. Or don’t. All tickets $10. Meal and dinner packages also available. Tickets from lolcomedy.com. au.

COMMEDIA DELL PARTE

Commedia Dell Parte is hibernating over the colder months. To celebrate the end of the season they have Dilruk Jayasinha, Simon Keck, Arielle Conversi, Tegan Higginbotham, Travis Nash, Corey White, Liam Ryan, Daniel Connell and more. The room still runs on a ‘pay as you like’ basis, so come along and have a great laugh, then pay what you believe the show is worth on the way out. Commedia Dell Parte runs on Thursday at 8.30pm, George Lane Bar, St Kilda.

FIVE BOROUGHS COMEDY Five Boroughs Comedy is back this Thursday. Comedy is certainly not over when the festival finishes, as they have another huge lineup to settle your comedy withdrawals. It’s all happening this Thursday April 24 at 8.30pm, at Five Boroughs Comedy, 68 Hardware Lane (upstairs), all for only $12.

COMEDY AT SPLEEN Mondays at Spleen are as packed as usual with Monday’s biggest night of comedy. This week it’s Adam Richard (Spicks and Specks) hosting, plus an awesome lineup including Danny McGinlay, Jonathan Schuster and more. It’s this Monday April 28, 41 Bourke St, in the city, at 8.30pm. It may be free, but they appreciate a good gold coin donation at the door. 

UGLY MUGS

Malthouse Theatre and Griffin Theatre have announced they will be presenting Ugly Mugs this May and June. Ugly Mugs are the faces that modern life finds easier to ignore than confront; the violent clients of a culture concealed. Inspired by her work as a drug and safety officer working in St Kilda to support Melbourne’s sex workers, Peta Brady (The Slap, Neighbours) writes and stars in this discordant experience laced with dark humour and pitch-black wit. In this original production, Brady weaves a complex and uneasy drama about the disturbing realities of life on the streets. Reflecting current anxieties about violence against women and the toll this takes on society at large, Brady’s characters wade through the aftermath of violence, leaving us in no doubt about the dark truths that lurk around every corner in this piercing look at Melbourne’s ugly side. Ugly Mugs  opens at Beckett Theatre on Friday May 16.

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Showcasing thrilling pointe work, sumptuous tutus and The Australian Ballet’s glittering technique,  Imperial Suite pairs George Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial and Serge Lifar’s Suite en Blanc in one stylish double bill, opening this June. Ballet Imperial  and  Suite en Blanc, both created in the 1940s, take the ballerina into a new realm of athleticism and focus on technical brilliance.  Ballet Imperial  is George Balanchine’s loving tribute to Russia’s Mariinsky Theatre, with a side order of New York modernity. Dressed in elegant midnight-blue tutus, it’s set to Tchaikovsky’s wonderfully danceable music.  Suite en Blanc, meanwhile, is a quintessentially French experience: spirited, stylish, playful and romantic. Against Edouard Lalo’s evocative score, this blanc et noir ballet celebrates the high style and hauteur of mid-century Paris. Imperial Suite opens on Friday June 20 at The Arts Centre Melbourne for just nine performances.

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They’re rounding up a surprise lineup of comics still in town for a huge return for Public Bar Comedy tonight. Who knows who will be on this bill to cut loose after a month of Comedy Festival action? But it will be a hilarious night to remember as one of Melbourne’s favourite rooms returns. You’ll feel guilty only paying $5 for this one. Miss Katie’s Crab Shack is open before the show in the front bar and is beyond delicious. They kick off at 8.30pm sharp, tuck in. 

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HUXLEY [UK] Thursday April 24, Prince Bandroom MR. CARMACK [USA] Thursday April 24, Revolt Artspace NEW YORK TRANSITY AUTHORITY [UK] APRIL

Saturday April 26, Revolver Upstairs PRINS THOMAS [NOR] Saturday April 26, Abbotsford Convent DIXON [GER], THE MARTINEZ BROTHERS [USA] Saturday April 26, Brown Alley JOHN NEWMAN [UK] Tuesday April 29, Palace Theatre HOLY FUCK [CAN] Tuesday April 29, Wednesday April 30, Northcote Social

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Club ACTION BRONSON [USA] Thursday May 1, Corner Hotel SALMONELLA DUB SOUNDSYSTEM [NZ] Saturday May 3, Rubix Funhouse DIZZEE RASCAL [UK] Thursday May 8, Palace Theatre PHFAT [RSA] Saturday May 10, Laundry Bar KOLSCH [DEN] Friday May 16, Brown Alley ANDY STOTT [UK] Thursday May 22, Corner Hotel REBEKAH [UK] Friday May 23, Brown Alley

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THE CHAINSMOKERS [USA] Saturday May 31, Trak Lounge & Fashion Lounge SISQO [USA], DRU HILL [USA] Sunday June 1, Trak Lounge ARMIN VAN BUUREN [NED] Saturday June 7, Hisense Arena

When you cast a glance over the Martinez Brothers’ already impressive CV, it’s hard to believe brothers Christian and Steve both still clock in under the age of 25, having released their debut single whilst in their mid-teens. From their first release in 2006 with influential deep/tech-house label Objektivity, to becoming residents at Ibiza’s infamous Circo Loco in 2011 and last year working with iconic fashion label Givenchy, it’s been a steady and deserved rise from two of the hardest working people you’re likely to come across in the global dance music community. Their involvement can be traced way back to their own dad – “Yes our dad introduced us to house, he was an NYC club kid back in the day, going to Paradise Garage and all that, so he was very cool about sharing his love of music with us, it definitely was an influence. He also introduced us to [house legend] Timmy Regisford and [garage duo] MAW’s sets. Big influences early on in our career.” With such a strong pedigree, it’s no wonder the Martinez Brothers are now Ibiza mainstays, first getting involved at Circo Loco at

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DC10 in 2010, a globally-loved party responsible for bringing some of the world’s best-known DJs to the scene. The following year they became residents at the club night, an invaluable tool in furthering their career and skills in the DJ booth, especially given the night’s propensity for not telling artists what time they’ll be playing until they arrive. “Yeah Circo Loco has been an unbelievable experience. We live half of the year on the Island. Everything is chill there. We didn’t even party that much when we were out there. So the whole ambiguity around the set time fits in with the spirit of the island. Easy going. It’s one of our top places to play in the world (if not the top). We always dreamed about playing there and this will be our third season there. We’re truly blessed.” It’s all led up to a remarkably busy 18 months or so for the twosome, who when they’re not relaxing in Spain’s hedonistic paradise, are hanging out with globally adored musicians, producers and fashion houses. “In terms of highlights we would have to say that our collaboration with Givenchy has definitely been one of the highlights of our career so far. We produced the music for the first two spring collection catwalk shows in Paris and it was an experience working

with Riccardo Tisci. “It really pushed us in the studio, too, not only because we’re working on those tight fashion deadlines but we had to do something other than 4/4. It was a new way of working for us and we loved it.” Earlier this year also saw the launch of the brothers’ new project with producer Seth Troxler, through Tuskegee – a label focusing on producers who come from an ethnic background. “We launched our Tuskegee brand with a party at BPM Festival in January with Seth Troxler. So excited to be working with Seth. We have huge respect for him and his musical knowledge and we share a lot of the same cultural references. We have amazing chemistry when we play with him. We’ve also done it a few times at Space in Miami. Eight-plus hour sets. We could go forever vibing off of one another.” And then there are little things like hanging out with legendary guitarists. “Meeting Nile Rodgers and working with him in the studio [was incredible]. He pulled a Chic multi-track out for the session and we added new parts to that. He’s such a humble dude even though he’s a legend.” Not content with all of the above, Christian and Steve are also working hard on their own imprint, Cuttin Headz, which will give them a chance to bring some focus back to their native NYC. “The first release is going to come out early summer and it will be our EP. We’re definitely open to trying different styles. “The second release is by the artist Destination Void who are namely DJ Spider, Brendon Moeller and Phil Moffa. All three of these dudes are making stuff happen on the NYC production map. That release will be techno with us doing a house remix. We’re also planning to put out music by our boy Jesse Calosso who’s making some ill shit, as well as Filsonik”. It’s also a chance for the brothers to get back to their hip hop roots, something that’s always run thick in their blood. “So far as hip hop roots are concerned, yes we’ve been working on a bunch of music and we’re in fact working with Bodgea Bamz here in NYC who’s become quite popular. “We’ve been open to trying out new things this year. For example we did our first hip hop mixtape called Warhol*Basquiat, which came out a few months ago. We’d always wanted to do it and it took a while but we finally put it out there.”

Catch The Martinez Brothers alongside Dixon at the Circoloco day party at Brown Alley this Saturday April 26. facebook.com/themartinezbrothers

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Movement have announced a run of Australian dates to support the release of their upcoming self-titled EP, kicking off this May. Recently the soul-filled trio played to sold out crowds in Melbourne and Sydney supporting Darkside, where some new tracks were set free. The last year has seen the trio also play alongside Solange, Flight Facilities, Sydney Festival and MONA. The EP is set for release Friday May 2. Movement will play Shebeen on Thursday May 22.

SOULFEST: D’ANGELO, [USA], MAXWELL [USA], MOS

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Legendary R&B group TLC will make their debut voyage to Australia this June. The five-time Grammy winners have sold 65 million records worldwide, making them the biggest selling American female group of all time, with a back catalogue that includes hits No Scrubs, Creep, Ain’t Too Proud to Beg and Waterfalls. It will be their debut tour on Australian shores, and although they are missing the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez promoters have promised that she will be involved in the whole show via a video montage on the big screen. They’ll hit the Palais Theatre on Wednesday June 11.

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Following the release of his much-anticipated debut album, Built In Glass, Chet Faker has revealed a national tour. These will be Faker’s first headline dates in over two years, and will see him performing with a full band. They will be his only shows this winter, with extensive international touring to follow. Catch Faker on Friday June 13 at the Forum.

[UK] + MORE Thursday November 27 - Monday December 1, Pyalong, Victoria

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Thong-enthusiast Sisqo along with Dru Hill will touch down in Melbourne this June. Dru Hill are the Baltimore foursome responsible for a string of R&B hits including Tell Me, 5 Steps and Never Make a Promise. When the group took a break their lead singer Sisqo took on his own solo career with hits like Thong Song, Got To Get It and Incomplete. They’ll hit Trak Lounge Bar on Sunday June 1.

South African hip hop electronic artists PHFAT have announced they will be hitting our shores this May. South Africa’s biggest independent rap group are self-funding the 11-stop tour, playing clubs and venues across the east coast to promote their new single Lights Out featuring JungFreud. In the two years that PHFAT has been a full-time rap act they have played at just about every established alternative music festival in South Africa and scored opening slots for acts such as Public Enemy and The Used. PHFAT will be playing Laundry Bar on Saturday May 10.

The Chainsmokers have announced they will be heading to Australia and New Zealand for a nine stop tour, kicking off this May. Individually known as Alex Pall & Drew Taggart, the duo will be bringing their infectious live show down under off the back of their first major release #Selfie which has amassed more than 66 million YouTube views worldwide. Catch the Chainsmokers at one of two shows, when they take over Trak and Fashion Lounge on Saturday May 31.

To celebrate the release of his single Right Now, Allday has announced he will be embarking on a national tour this May. To ensure fans will be swept away by the cream of Australia’s hip hop new wave, Allday will be bringing special guests Jackie Onassis and Mikey Hundred along for the ride. Right Now is the first single from Allday’s debut album, the follow up to his Top 20 ARIA and #1 Air charting EP. Catch Allday with support from Jackie Onassis and Mikey Hundred at Ding Dong on Saturday June 7 for both a matinee u18 show and 18+ show.

Bean Bag Babylon is a Burning Man-style theme camp dedicated to spreading the Burning Man philosophy at various events and festivals around Australia. Headed up by Alan Lambert and Sam Gibbard, BBB has been running for over three years, and has gone from strength to strength. Made up of three connecting geodesic domes, BBB puts on free renegade parties at festivals with DJs, performers, and a donations bar. The opulence of the dome has to be seen to be believed, with Persian carpets, lush decor, and an amazing light show, capped off with a hand crafted sculpture above the bar made out of interconnected geometric shapes. Fresh from bringing their unique brand of decadence to the South Camping area at Rainbow Serpent Festival in January, BBB is raising funds at their latest party to take them to Australia’s own regional Burning Man event: Burn Seed (October in Matong, NSW). In a beautiful twist of irony, what these boys do (throw free parties at festivals) costs a lot of money. All proceeds on the night go towards funding future free festival events. Come join BBB at Rubix Funhouse on Friday April 25. The lineup features some of Melbourne’s best deep house DJs, and is not to be missed: Steve Manos, Daktari Smash Bang, Brad Daniels vs DJ Volta, Thankyou City and Aaron Stringer. Come dressed as something beginning with ‘b’. $20 on the door.

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As the bassist for Van She for over a decade and now the synthesizerloving electronic producer known as Touch Sensitive, Michael Di Francesco has forged a unique career path. Taking this interview as he attempts to complete a four year overdue tax return, Di Francesco is not your typical contemporary musician. Not feeling the pressure to release tracks as often as possible has helped him focus on doing it just for the love of music, which is perhaps one of the reasons for his longevity and versatility in the business. “I’d been doing electronic stuff at home and with Van She lead singer Nick Routledge for a while, that [music] wasn’t suited for the band,” he said. “I knew the guys at Future Classic and we were talking about doing some new jams, so Anna Lunoe and I were able to put out Real Talk.” A solo career was never a goal for Di Francesco, despite dabbling in electronic sounds for years and being well connected with guys like Future Classic, who put out Touch Sensitive’s best known tune Pizza Guy. “The fallout from Pizza Guy was a bit unexpected but it hasn’t changed my life – I’m still wearing the same shoes,” he said. “I used mostly computer and software-based sounds on that record, but I felt bad because I had all this beautiful old gear just sitting there. “I tend to use those software-based elements because when I walk into the studio, I instantly know that I prefer working at home as that’s where I’m most comfortable.”

An impulsive and expansive record collector, he has a solid plan in place to ensure he can never lose songs on forgotten hard drives or USBs. “I always buy vinyl instead of MP3 singles, because otherwise I’ll just lose the track and forget I had it,” he says. “That means if I forget I bought the song, I can go record shopping through my own collection and be able to rediscover it later.” Coming through on his music are distinct disco and house influences inspired by the genre’s different incarnations from the ‘80s to the early ‘00s, particularly prominent on his latest work, Slowments. “I really like Change, Paul Johnson and Italo-Disco,” he says. “I’m also a fan of the late ‘90s and early ‘00s house, and jazz fusion as well.” As he turns his attention to performing alongside Cut Copy next month, he explains his method behind his aim of putting together a timeless and notable mix. “Making the mix for the Solé Fixtape series for example, I didn’t want to do only new or old songs because that dates it straight away,” he said. “If you can make it ambiguous as to when the mix was made, that’s the key.” Catch Touch Sensitive supporting Cut Copy at 170 Russell on Friday May 9. facebook.com/touchsensitivemusic

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Veterans of the New Zealand dub/dancehall scene for more than two decades, Salmonella Dub know how to get a dance floor moving. Which is what they’ll be doing when the Salmonella Dub Soundsystem crosses the Tasman later this month. Salmonella Dub’s unique brand of dub, reggae has been around for 20 years now; how has the group’s sound evolved during that time? Over the last 20 years there have been huge changes in technology and with that our live sound has merged into a mashup of genres from dub to dancehall, jungle and drum and bass. When we first started out we really wanted a sampler but couldn’t afford one. So I hotwired an old cassette deck with a guitar on/ off pedal to use as a sample. We rescued a box of Mutant Ninja Turtle tapes out of a record shop dumpster and used to steal samples from TV and Cheech & Chong videos, lining them up in real time onto tape to then trigger via foot on stage. Since then we have been through a huge bunch of Akai samplers and have moved onto triggering things in midi. However, I do miss that old school DIY crazy, gritty experimental low tech approach. The journey for the group from the mid ‘90s to now...do you look back often and wonder about the ifs and buts? Or are you content with what has been achieved? In hindsight I think we have achieved far more than we all expected. In the early days we were presented with opportunities and ran with them. Perhaps touring France for several years before tackling the UK wasn’t the smartest move, but those long trips with a van full of smelly fromage and pullet were character building. The New Zealand dub, drum and bass and reggae scene is one of the strongest in the world. You guys obviously played a big part in the development of the industry. Do you have a sense of pride with what has been achieved by the collective? When we started out we were very much alone in the live dub genre. We straddled rock gigs and trance parties. Our first trip to Australia was in support of the Cruel Sea. Ten years later we brought back to Australia Fat Freddy’s Drop, Kora, Concord Dawn, Shapeshifter, Cornerstone Roots and the Sunshine Soundsystem; this was one lineup for one tour. Yes I do feel some pride in that. To see what Fat Freddy’s are now achieving is very exciting. I had Dallas from Fat F’s in our studio over Christmas working with Redford (ex-Shapeshifter) on Dallas’ new solo album. These grassroots collaborations occurring take me back to all our beginnings, which is a real buzz. NZ music now: when you see acts like Lorde receiving the levels of attention, does that bring a smile to your face?

Huge smiles, and now ex-students of ours, the Broods, are working with Joel Little, Lorde’s producer, on their album and are out there currently touring the States. When you first started out, the music industry was a very different beast; the internet was in its infancy and tweeting was but an unborn idea. How has Salmonella Dub morphed to stay relevant with the changing landscape of media? When we started we were one of the first NZ bands to have a website. Cell phones didn’t exist. The record industry was having minimal success with local recording here in NZ. I think we were one of a few acts that did a P&D with a major label. At the time we were told by Virgin Records that they would distribute us as a favour to their label manager, but we were not allowed to use their office and we certainly were not to bring vinyl onto their premises. By the late ‘90s this all changed. We had multi-platinum selling albums. The ‘industry’ started a lolly scramble sign up of local acts. Then it all crashed and burnt with the advent of bulk buying stores like JB Hi-Fi, followed by iTunes and more recently sites like Spotify. If anything the changes will create a hard, sturdy beast. At the moment it seems like it’s anarchy out there. Nothing like a bit of chaos to shake things up though. As a result, we have gone full circle back to our earlier DIY old school, take-noprisoners business approach. You’re in the process of recording a new Salmonella Dub album. We’re told you’ll be spending time in Byron this Easter. What can you tell us? We have been chipping away at new material since the last Kaikoura Roots Festival. Currently we have 12 tracks ready for final parts and are heading to Byron for a late summer creative retreat. We are taking a statesman approach to this album. It’ll be our 25th CD title and eighth album proper and it is a luxury not to be rushing. You’ll also be touring the east coast of Australia. What can punters expect from this tour? This tour is a Salmonella Dub Soundsystem tour, not the full band. With the Soundsystem we represent with a three-part horn section, percussion, the Mighty Asterix on the mic and myself on the mix. The beauty for us with this is that we can represent our full catalogue with a little more flex, dance floor style in smaller venues.

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Catch Salmonella Dub Soundsystem on Saturday May 3 at Rubix Funhouse. facebook.com/SalmonellaDub

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club guide wednesday april 23

BLOW OUT - FEAT: GET BUSY + MAT CANT + SAMMY THE BULLET Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. FREE. COQ ROQ - FEAT: MR MOONSHINE + AGENT 86 + MR THOM + JOYBOT + BLABERUNNER Lucky Coq, Windsor. 8:30pm. FREE. CURIOUS TALES - FEAT: DJ WHO + TIGERFUNK + TOM SHOWTIME + FLAGRANT Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. FREE. JULIEN WILSON ELECTRIC QUARTET 303, Northcote. 8:30pm. FREE. MELLOW-DIAS THUMP FEAT: CAZEAUX O.S.L.O + GEEZY Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. FREE. THE DINNER SET - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. FREE.

thursday april 24

TRANS-MELBOURNE XPRSS - FEAT: OWEN HOWELLS Loop, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. FREE. 3181 THURSDAYS - FEAT: HANS DC + JOHN DOE + BUTTERS + GRANT CAMOV + JAMES STEETH VS SAM GUDGE Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:00pm. FREE. ANOTHER SERIOUS PARTY - FEAT: PWD + DYLAN B + GRANT CAMOV + HAROLD + RYAN WELLS + JEREMY GRAHAM Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. FREE. FREE RANGE FUNK - FEAT: EZRA + JAKE & NIKKI WHO + AGENT 86 + LEWIS CANCUT Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9:00pm. FREE. GOOD EVENING Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. FREE. HARDSTRAYLIA - FEAT: CLOCKWORK + DESTRUCTO + OLIVER & MOTEZ The Hifi, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $50.50. HUXLEY Prince Bandroom, St Kilda. 8:00pm. $28.60. LIVE N’ COOKIN SESSIONS - FEAT: GREEVES + MICHAEL HOOD The B.east, Brunswick East. 8:00pm. FREE. LOVE STORY Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. FREE. MIDNIGHT EXPRESS - FEAT: PREQUEL + EDD FISHER Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm. FREE. REMINISCE - FEAT: GOODWILL Seven Nightclub, South Melbourne. 8:00pm. $25.00. SPARE GROOVE - FEAT: LA POCOCK + SIMON BARRAL Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. FREE. THE REBIRTH OF COOL - FEAT: MR LOB Penny Black, Brunswick. 9:30pm. FREE. THE RITZ - FEAT: KEN WALKER + ANDO + JOSHUA GILLILAND + LUCILLE CROFT + HARRY ROWSTHORN + EDDY D + JAMES ROSS + JESSE PERKINS + MATT HANNA + ALEX YASKI + JACK HOWELL + TIM LIGHT + JARREN RYAN + TOM BEDFORD Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 8:00pm. $20.00. VARSITY - FEAT: KITI + FOOFARAW Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. FREE. XS DISCO Onesixone, Prahran. 9:00pm. $10.00.

friday april 25

#MASHTAG - FEAT: MALPRACTICE +

AGENT 86 + BENZO Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. FREE. CAN’T SAY - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Platform One, Melbourne. 8:00pm. FREE. DJ DAVE GREY Gem Bar, Collingwood. 8:00pm. FREE. EAT DRINK PLAY The Emerson, South Yarra. 9:00pm. $15.00. HARVEY SUTHERLAND & NORTH POLLARD Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. FREE. INNER CITY SAVANNA - FEAT: INNER VARNIKA DJS Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 3:00pm. $20.00. LA DANSE MACABRE Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. FREE. LUCK TRUCK FRIDAYS Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9:00pm. FREE. MR LOB Penny Black, Brunswick. 8:00pm. FREE. MUSIC AS LIFE - FEAT: JEF K + MR PITIFUL + MAX VEGAS + OLIBUSTA + FABOO New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. FREE. OVER DRIVE - FEAT: VIVID LOOP + OZZY + LEGOHEAD + TARUN + ALMA DANZA + TAIHEI Brown Alley, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $20.00. PANORAMA FRIDAYS - FEAT: MATT RAD + MR GEORGE + ASH-LEE + PHATO A MANO Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9:00pm. FREE. POPROCKS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. FREE. REVOLVER FRIDAYS - FEAT: MIKE CALLANDER + KATIE DROVER + SAFARI + ALEX THOMAS & WHO Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. FREE. THE BBB PARTY - FEAT: BEAN BAG BABYLON Rubix Warehouse, Brunswick. 8:00pm. FREE. THE DISCO Onesixone, Prahran. 9:00pm. $25.00.

saturday april 26

BON VOYAGE + MICRO JACKSON + KASEY TAYLOR + BASS BIN LADEN + ALEX ANDERSON Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 2:00pm. FREE. CIRCOLOCO - FEAT: DIXON + THE MARTINEZ BROTHERS Brown Alley, Melbourne Cbd. 3:00pm. $46.00. DJ OBLIVEUS Penny Black, Brunswick. 8:00pm. FREE. FAMILIAR STRANGERS The Emerson, South Yarra. 9:00pm. $15.00. FOX SATURDAYS - FEAT: DJ BLUESTAR Fox Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. FREE. GET UP SMASHES IT - FEAT: LIGHT FORCE + RAPID ACQUISITION + RECLASSIFIED Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. $8.00. HOT STEP - FEAT: ADAM ASKEW Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 6:00pm. FREE. NEW YORK TRANSIT AUTHORITY + RANSOM + MAT CANT + DAVID BASS + FLIP3K + PAZ + LEWIS CANCUT + ARKS + BOOSHANK + MONTY MCGAW & BOOGS Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. FREE. ONESIXONE SATURDAYS Onesixone, Prahran. 8:00pm. $15.00. RALPH GRANADILLA Gem Bar, Colling-

wood. 8:00pm. FREE. RAZZMATAZZ INDIE DISCOTHEQUE - FEAT: CAITY K + TED C Exford Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $5.00. RESPECT Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 9:00pm. $20.00. SUPER GRANDE - FEAT: HARVEY SUTHERLAND + MOONSHINE + PEACEPIPE Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. FREE. TEXTILE SATURDAYS Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9:00pm. FREE. THE HOUSE DEFROST - FEAT: ANDEE FROST Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm. FREE. UNSTABLE SOUNDS - FEAT: LEGOHEAD + INTERPULSE + DJ CHANGELING + AXRIN + EMERSON + NIKKI SIG + WORLDS KALEID Loop, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. FREE.

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sunday april 27

BOP ART Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 4:00pm. FREE. DJ RUB-A-DUB Penny Black, Brunswick. 8:00pm. FREE. DJ THALLUS Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 5:00pm. FREE. EYES WIDE SHUT + SAM HILTON + HAROLD Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. FREE. REVOLVER SUNDAYS - FEAT: BOOGS + SPACEY SPACE + RADIATOR & DANIEL WEBBER + REVILO-D & BRAIN FANTANA + SILVERSIX Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00am. FREE. SOUTH SIDE HUSTLE SUNDAYS - FEAT: ADAM ASKEW + PAUL BOOSHANK Lucky Coq, Windsor. 7:00pm. FREE. STARBAR SUNDAYS - FEAT: JASON SINGH + MORGAN + KEN WALKER + JONO EARLE Star Bar, South Melbourne. 9:00pm. $10.00. STRIPPED BACK SUNDAYS - FEAT: MITCH KURZ + MATTY D The Emerson, South Yarra. 12:00pm. $15.00.

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monday april 28

BORED GAMES Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. FREE. LIGHT SLEEPER - FEAT: LALIC + WAGTAIL + LIGHT SLEEPER 303, Northcote. 8:30pm. FREE. MONDAY STRUGGLE - FEAT: TIGER FUNK Lucky Coq, Windsor. 6:00pm. FREE. STIFF DRINK Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. FREE.

tuesday april 29

COSMIC PIZZA - FEAT: NHJ Lucky Coq, Windsor. 8:00pm. FREE. SEE YOU NEXT TUESDAY Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. FREE. TASTEMAKERS - FEAT: ABLE 8 + KAYHAT + OWEN HOWELLS Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. FREE. TINY SPOON CLUB - FEAT: LEGOHEAD + INTERPULSE + DJ CHANGELING + AXRIN + EMERSON + NIKKI SIG + WORLDS KALEID Loop, Melbourne Cbd. 6:30pm. FREE.

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urban club guide thursday april 24 ECHO DRAMA Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 9:00pm. FREE.

friday april 25 FAKTORY FRIDAYS - FEAT: DAMION DE SILVA + K DEE + DURMY Khokolat Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. FREE.

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FATTY PHEW + DJ BOGUES + BWIV DEECE + DIRTY SERB AKA ILLUMINATE + STRIKE WON Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. $15.00.

saturday april 26 KHOKOLAT KOATED SATURDAYS - FEAT: DAMION DE SILVA

+ K DEE + DURMY + TIMOS Khokolat Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. FREE.

sunday april 27 GOOD SORTS SUNDAYS - FEAT: AKMDE + FLETCH Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. FREE.

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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

PUSH FOR GROWS

‘DAVEY

LANE’

A push to name a laneway in Abbotsford Davey Lane after the guitarist and producer (best known for his involvement in You Am I) has intensified after Yarra Council initially knocked it back. The idea started with Greg Kleynjans and Mick Thomas who run the Yarra Hotel. Thomas told Industrial Strength that it began as a joke as the laneway behind the hotel never had a name, and delivery trucks find it a problem. “But the more we thought about it, it made sense. Davey lives, drinks and plays in the area. He is well known and respected and he’s busy because he plays with so many different people. An honour for Davey is also an honour for how vital and strong the local music scene is.” Council stated the naming can be to someone who is dead or indigenous. But the Yarra Hotel is determined to press on. Its Facebook page scored 20,000 likes and a petition is to be launched. Lane himself is bemused by all the fuss, quipping the honour should go to two more worthy Lanes: TV presenter Don Lane or Ronnie Lane of The Small Faces.

RDIO LAUNCHES INITIATIVE FOR NEW AUSSIE ACTS Digital music service Rdio has introduced its Rdio Recommends initiative in Australia to uncover new local acts. It is a monthly playlist picked by Rdio staff from various countries, featuring its favourite emerging artist releases from the past month. It already rolled out in the United States, Canada and the UK where it championed Disclosure, Bastille, Lorde and The 1975. Rdio Recommends in Australia will expose Aussie acts globally where Rdio is now available in 51 countries. “Rdio Recommends represents our commitment to supporting Australia’s up and coming artists,” said Colin Blake, Head of Territory Australia & New Zealand. “We are connecting local emerging talent with a new audience who are keen to have more variety in their music library.”

WHISTLE WHILE WE WORK A study conducted by Spotify found that 61% of people surveyed listen to music at work, and feel it made them happier and more productive. 20% said music alleviated job boredom, and 16% used music as a way to drown out “annoying” co-workers. Apparently, 34% listen to pop and Top 40, 29% prefer rock and 22% like indie. The artists most-listened to? Adele (16%), Arctic Monkeys (14%), Rihanna and Mumford & Sons (13%), and Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry (12%).

BLISS N ESO GO PLATINUM Bliss N Eso’s Circus In The Sky has gone platinum, their label Illusive said. It’s their second platinum album. It spawned hit singles including My Life, House of Dreams (the soundtrack to the AFL Finals), Can’t Get Rid of This Feeling (feat. Daniel Merriweather) and Act Your Age (feat. Bluejuice). The news comes during their massive tour, which kicked off at Bathurst Showground and drew 4,000 in Newcastle, and ends on May 31 in Tasmania.

TRANSMITTER LAUNCHES OPERATION OFFBEAT Ska, roots and reggae label Transmitter Music is launching a series of gigs called Operation Offbeat which showcases acts inspired by music from the Caribbean. The first is on Friday May 30 at Prince of Wales, with Melbourne Ska Orchestra, The Ska Vendors, Bustamento and The Ruling Motions. Each year it will have a specific mission. This year it’s to raise airfares to get Melbourne Ska Orchestra to Glastonbury Festival and Montreal Jazz Festival.

SHOWBIZ INTERNATIONAL CREDITORS REVEALED The biggest creditors of Showbiz International are Australian Tour Merchandising (owed $190,092.46), and merchandise and venue management Playbill at $139,362, reported the Sydney Morning Herald. The premium ticketing agency (seat packages and merchandising) for concerts and events went into voluntary administration on April 3 with debts of $2.2 million. Other creditors include Opera House, ANZ Stadium and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Administrators Brad Tonks and Peter Vouris from PKF Lawler are seeking a buyer for Showbiz.

alongside Illy, RÜFÜS, Dan Sultan, Violent Soho and The Jungle Giants. It will be broadcast on radio from 2pm and streamed from the triple j website.

THINGS WE HEAR • Outkast let slip on their website they’re playing Splendour In The Grass. • Which two entertainment lawyers working for the same firm are fighting over NOT having to represent a pain-in-the-arse singer? • Two Melbourne solo acts stormed the ARIA album chart this week. Chet Faker debuted at #1 with Built On Glass. Russell Morris’ Van Diemen’s Land came in at #4, his first Top 5 album since he began recording in 1967. • A British maths teacher was charged £2,600 (A$4,670) for a £8.99 ($16.15) Neil Diamond best of on impulse while on holiday in South Africa, not realizing she was incurring roaming charges from her mobile phone company. • Despite a petition signed by over 273,000 people, the White House decided not to deport Justin Bieber from America for his bad behavior. • The Kiss and Def Leppard tour of America will hire two military veterans to act as roadies. It is part of a US campaign to get jobs for 500,000 veterans. • The Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am wants to record music with actress Anne Hathaway, saying it would be “freaking dope” as she has a great voice. • Not everyone was pleased with The Stones’ rescheduled dates. Canberra missed out again, despite a push by the ACT Government for them to play to 20,000 in a tourist-attracting move. A disappointed ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr, a big Stones fan, said, “Tourism is a $1.8 billion industry in Canberra and major events continue to be a big driver for visitation.” • A new documentary doing the film festivals overseas is called Heavy Metal Parking Lot, following the mystery of a concert that Led Zeppelin played at a youth center in Wheaton, Maryland on January 20, 1969 to 50 teenagers. But Zeppelin associates and fan websites insist the show never happened. • The Kickstarter for Neil Young’s high-end audio device Pono brought in $6,225,354, making it the third-most-funded project in the Kickstarter’s history. • The launch of Cherry Bar supremos James Young and Pete Lewis’ EVIE bar in ACDC Lane saw the walls adorned with a picture of Stevie Wright who sang the three-part ‘70s song, and the full lyrics of Evie. Young told us there’d initially be no bands but background rock tunes and big sofas. • Michaela McGuire and Marieke Hardy have a new lineup of Women Of Letters for their April 27 show at Regal Ballroom in Northcote. It includes music performers Evelyn Morris aka Pikelet and Jess McAvoy with author Linda Jaivin, The Lifted Brow’s Stephanie Van Schilt, reporter Deborah Clay and comedian Tania Lacy. • A Sydney classical musician who came to Victoria to play a regional music festival decided to go for a quick walk through the Grampians. Alas, he became disorientated, and 23 emergency workers found him alive the next day. • A good result for the City of Greater Bendigo’s FReeZA youth events team Mic Up Productions. A show they promoted with British India and Calling All Cars and two local bands drew 1,000 punters – more than they dreamt of. • Ballarat radio host Paul “PT” Taylor’s wife Donna lost battle with cervical cancer at 38. She regularly posted on Facebook of her year-long battle.

AAM SEEKING NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The Australian Association of Managers seeks a Sydney-based Executive Director. You need two years’ experience in the industry. Deadline is Thursday April 24, more info email info@aam.org.au.

WZRDKID TO PLAY ONE NIGHT STAND

NEW SIGNINGS #1: BONJAH AT NATIVE TONGUE

Mildura hip hop duo WZRDKID won the triple j Unearthed competition from 90 entrants to play the May 17 One Night Stand concert in Mildura,

Melbourne-based New Zealand outfit Bonjah assigned its publishing to Native Tongue. The deal covers their last two albums as well as the new

Beautiful Wild (through Inertia) which was written over 18 months and recorded in ten days. They do an album launch on May 9 at the Corner Hotel, tour through Europe and return for a full album tour in August/September.

NEW SIGNINGS #2: DZ DEATHRAYS LAND INFECTIOUS DEAL

Brisbane thrashers DZ Deathrays signed with UK-based Infectious. They already have deals in Australian and NZ (through I Oh You) and Canada. Their second album Black Rat is out here May 2, in the UK and Europe mid-Aug.

NEW SIGNINGS #3: JEZZABELL DORAN LANDS DEAL Sydney singer songwriter Jezzabel Doran signed with Sony Music Entertainment Australia via the label Young & Vicious. Her debut single Blank Page is out on May 9. As a teenager she formed Anthony For Cleopatra with long time music collaborator Jesse Donovan. Two of their songs, Sleepless and Over You were sampled by close buddy Flume for his album. Numerous international remixes of Sleepless got her wide attention.

NEW SIGNINGS #4: JINJA SAFARI AT WONDERLICK Jinja Safari, past winners of triple j Unearthed, signed management to Gregg Donovan and Stuart MacQueen’s Wonderlick. They worked the festivals circuit (including England’s The Great Escape) and are working on new music.

MUSIC INSTRUMENTS CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF Australian musicians travelling through Europe have some good news: the European Parliament has voted to allow musicians to take small instruments into the cabin of airplanes. Various associations representing musicians, including UK’s Musicians’ Union and the International Federation of Musicians have been lobbying for this for ten years. More than 40,000 signed an online petition, and a boycott was organized of Ryanair for its policy.

DECIBELS RECORDS LOOKING TO SIGN Darebin City Council’s youth-led Decibels Records is looking to sign to emerging local acts aged 12-25 to work with throughout 2014. The acts get studio recording and mixing sessions at Arts Centre Melbourne, pre-production with industry pros, a music video, packaging and artwork design, marketing and promotional campaign and a launch event as part of the 2014 Darebin Music Feast. Applicants must live, work or study within Darebin. More info facebook. com/decibelsrecords. Applications close Monday April 28.

LIFELINES Married: Lorde’s keyboard player Jimmy MacDonald had a quickie ceremony with his girlfriend Emma McIntyre at a Las Vegas chapel hours after a Lorde show. Lorde was one of the bridesmaids. Born: son, Archer, for singer Guy Sebastian and fashion designer Jules. Ill: Malcolm Young is taking a break from AC/DC duties to concentrate on his health (either dementia or a stroke), but the band will continue, they said. Hospitalised: Lee Ryan of British boy band Blue, has entered rehab after he was pulled over for driving erratically in London and caught with cocaine. Injured: a fan at a UB40 concert in Cambridge, England said the bass was so loud that it caused her ears to bleed and others left because “It was vibrating through your whole body-it was actually altering heart rhythms.” In Court: Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav pleaded guilty to reduced charges in a Las Vegas domestic violence case in a move that will avoid a trial and possible jail time. The 55-year old rapper admitted that he wielded a kitchen knife during an October 2012 argument at home with his long time girlfriend’s 17-yearold son. He was sentenced to four more months of counselling. In Court: Paul Weller won £10,000 from England’s Daily Mail for publishing photos of his children. Died: US trumpeter, composer and producer Gil Askey died at his home in Frankston, at 89 from an aggressive lymphoma. He worked with Diana Ross, Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli and Miles Davis and was regarded as a pioneer of the Motown sound. Among those who rang him from America during his final days were Stevie Wonder and Motown founder Berry Gordy. Died: former Korn touring guitarist Shane Gibson, 35, from complications from a blood clotting disorder. He stepped in to Korn from 2007 to 2010 after Brian ‘Head’ Welch left and in 2008 stood in for Munky.

NEW COUNTRY AIRPLAY CHARTS Australia has its first official Country Music Airplay Chart courtesy of The Music Network. The weekly chart is played Thursdays on Ray Hadley’s Country Music Countdown. It is produced in consultation with the CMA, promoters Rob Potts and Michael Chugg, Country Music Channel, Southern Cross Austereo, Sony, Warner, Universal and ABC Music. Potts said the chart “will have huge impact on helping develop and create hit-driven stars in Aussie country music, something we have been struggling to do for a decade. For all the industry and fans to be hearing the most popular songs around the country at the same time will mean we have national radio hits again.”

HOLLOW EVERDAZE REPLACE DESTROYED GEAR It’s all-systems-go for Hollow Everdaze who in February had all their equipment destroyed when a freak fire raged through their rehearsal space. But a Pozible campaign reached its target. As a result, they’ve been able to release a new single Sugar, which was recorded in various homes and mixed by Rob Long. It’s their first single from their self-produced EP I Will Not Fear.

LIVE ALBUM CHOCOLATE CAKE

FROM

When My Friend the Chocolate Cake hit the road in May and June, fans can buy an exclusive live album Best Cake In Show! at the gigs. It was recorded over ten years with hidden gems and live interpretations. It is also at http://myfriendthechocolatecake.bandcamp. com/. The Melbourne shows are the Substation Newport (May 31) and the Caravan Club Oakleigh ( June 7).

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ACTS JOIN CAMPAIGN

BARRIER

REEF

Missy Higgins, The Cat Empire, Mark De CliveLowe, Hiatus Kaiyote and Fat Freddy’s Drop are among those who’re putting their weight behind the Fight for the (Great Barrier) Reef campaign by WWF-Australia and the Australian Marine Conservation Society. They’re contributing songs and tracks for a 20-track album to fund legal action to argue Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt failed in his obligation to protect the environment, by approving the dredging and expansion of the Abbot Point coal terminal.

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DALLAS CRANE By Rod Whitfield

The name Dallas Crane has not been seen around as much recently as it was in the mid-to-late 2000s when it was kind of everywhere in Aussie rock circles. Between approximately 2004 and 2009, the band’s profile experienced a steady rise, releasing their third and fourth albums, touring relentlessly and garnering multiple ARIA Award nominations. There has been a good reason why the band have been under the radar since that heady period – they have been on a four to five year break from the scene, after many years of relentless hard work. Fans of the band and Aussie rock in general can rejoice now, however, as 2014 marks their return to the scene, in a recorded and live sense. Vocalist, guitarist and founding member Dave Larkin joined us recently to tell us all about their break and their comeback. “We were one of those bands that were just in fifth gear the whole time,” he begins. “We never really took a break at all. It just got to critical mass and we just decided that, for a number of reasons, [a break] is probably the best thing to do while we all worked on other things. We wanted to keep the idea of Dallas Crane interesting, rather than just going over the same thing all over again.” A new single has been released, entitled Get off the Dope, and even on first listen it sounds as though the band had barely been away at all, despite a four-to fiveyear layoff. The old magic is still very much there, and Larkin begrudgingly agrees, although it did not always feel that way within the band. “Haven’t been away? That’s good you say that!” he states enthusiastically. “When we first got back together, and

Pete (guitarist Pete Satchell) and I had been doing our own things for a few years, there was definitely a divide in between styles and the way we went about writing songs. It’s taken about 20 songs, between ourselves, to get to a point where it’s like, ‘This sounds like something that could be a Dallas Crane song,’ rather than solo acts being played by Dallas Crane.

“A LOT OF BANDS GO AND SPEND THOUSANDS OF BUCKS PRODUCING, AND PUTTING ALL THEIR LIVES ON HOLD FOR A RECORD, AND THEN IT GETS UP ON ITUNES AND PEOPLE ONLY GIVE A SHIT ABOUT TWO OR THREE SONGS.” “It’s starting to find its feet again, musically, because it doesn’t take long to lose that.” A new single out generally means a new recording is on

its way. Larkin confirms that this is indeed the case for Dallas Crane, although he is as yet unsure as to what form it will ultimately take, especially in the current musical climate where things appear to be slowly but surely moving away from the album format. “We’ve definitely got enough tracks for a new album,” he states, “but we’re kinda just liking putting out new songs every few months, because it’s a lot less effort. You can just keep it interesting for each other and the fans, and you can just focus on the one song. It doesn’t mean we’re not going to do an album, but we’re kind of in two minds whether we’re going to bother as well. “A lot of bands go and spend thousands of bucks producing, and putting all their lives on hold for a record, and then it gets up on iTunes and people only

give a shit about two or three songs.” The band are back on the live circuit again as of late April with dates in Melbourne and Sydney. Larkin is looking forward to getting back on the road again with Dallas Crane, although again somewhat tentatively. “I think so!” he laughs. “Personally I love touring more than anything…as far as our touring compared to the old days, 40 to 50 dates in a row, I reckon it’s going to be more subject to demand. We definitely won’t be out there pushing a barrow of shit up a hill!”

Davies adds, “There’s one aspect of it that reminds me of Smells Like Teen Spirit film clip in that there is a basketball ring hanging in the background and you look back and it’s like, ‘Huh?’” Although Bitter Sweet Kicks hark on the bands of yore, they are bolstered by likeminded young bands who are also gigging around Australia like Brisbane band Hits. Hits also share a similar international profile to Bitter Sweet Kicks with both bands being signed to French label Beast Records. The members of BSK are particularly excited about their upcoming east coast tour with Hits, kicking off this Friday at the Prince Bandroom. “Hits have been called the most important band to come out of Brisbane since the Saints, they love it up there,” enthuses McLeod. Taranto also waxes lyrical

about Hits with, “It’s amazing music and I hope that everyone can support them.” Now Charlie humorously closes out the topic with, “We really don’t care if people like them, they’re just fun to drink with,” he laughs.

DALLAS CRANE launch new single Disillusioned at Oakleigh’s Caravan Club on Friday April 25 and The Spotted Mallard on Saturday April 26.

BITTER SWEET KICKS By Dan Watt

“Can we not talk about St. Kilda?” says Jack Davies, the Tom Waits incarnate who fronts blues-rock act Bitter Sweet Kicks (BSK). Davies’ comment is met by a blank face from your correspondent and confused looks by band-mates Johnny Kicks (bass), Brendan Charlie (guitar/trumpet), Chris Taranto (guitar) and Harley McLeod (drums). The reason for the confounded looks is that the band has specifically asked for the interview to take place on the corner of Acland and Barley sts, St Kilda, at the public bench outside a bottle shop where these five bandmates often meet to share a beer. Beat Magazine and Beat TV have caught up with the lads to discuss their third long player Eat Your Young. For the band, all under 30, the album represents maturation in their sound – a tying together of a bunch of influences from swamp, no wave, blues, punk, stoner rock, and even elements of jazz, country and soul. “Country Goth,” the band members say in consensus apart from the Taranto who states, “country froth” as he holds a longneck up. For relatively young men, ‘The Kicks’, as they’re affectionately known by fans, exhibit a laconic and swashbuckling mentality. It’s charming, to say the least, and definitely in line with their bluessoaked rock’n’roll – since its inception in the slave chant of African-Americans, blues music has always possessed a sardonic outlook. This amiably bitter attitude is captured by McLeod,

the newest member of the band, when he is asked what it was like to become a member of Bitter Sweet Kicks. “I got offered a free plane ticket to Europe so I was like, ‘Okay’ and now I have been stuck gig after gig after gig...” With this pessimism in mind the rest of BSK are asked if they have anything nice to say about McLeod to which Kicks wryly replies, “He’ll never be Gerry [the previous drummer].” Laughter ensues. A song off Eat Your Young that captures this stark contrast between light and dark is Dropped. The song begins with sparse drums, a simple bassline and Davies’ voice with dulcet tinge accenting his husky blues tones. The song builds quickly from there to a soaring chorus reminiscent of Spencer P. Jones, the Cruel Sea and even the Birthday Party. An excited Charlie discusses making the film clip for this song, one of the band’s favourites. “A couple of weeks ago we got together in an old warehouse area and we set up and we got a lot of different camera angles and just played for a while and did a silly dance.”

This ANZAC Day, BITTER SWEET KICKS are launching Eat Your Young at the Prince Bandroom. It is a massive day of entertainment with HITS, CHRIS RUSSELL’S CHICKEN WALK, SHERIFF, VAN WALKER’S HEARTBROKERS, SUBMARINES, BLACK MOLLS, DRUNKEN POACHERS, SUZIE STAPLETON, BOBBY HARROW, and ROSS EVANS. Music kicks off at 2pm and tickets are $20+bf from princebandroom. oztix.com.au

60 SECONDS with JAJU CHOIR Define your genre in five words or less: Summer, herbal, feel-good, turtles, reggae.

party you can guarantee that Jaju will definitely be putting on a show to remember.

What do you love about making music? The enjoyment of performing our music live and creating a good chemistry with the audience. We always strive to make music that we know is going to get the feet moving and the booty shaking, but most importantly music that we love and personally believe in.

How long have you been gigging and writing? Just over a year ago we kicked off the Jaju experience. We hit the road early 2013 after whipping up our first three-track demo and drove up and down the south east coast spreading the word, playing shows in some interesting places but most importantly partying it up and enjoying the good times. Our latest recruit, Duncan, has brought a new spark to our live show which has improved our live performance tenfold.

a melody stuck in your head the next day. There is an interesting blend of genres that create the Jaju sound which keeps the crowd interested as it’s something they haven’t really heard before. But besides the music we love a party afterwards so it’s always a good time to come watch us play and hang out.

Why should everyone come and see your band? With our catchy and unique sound, we keep our crowd entertained and guarantee you’ll leave with

Do you have a pre-gig ritual? If so, what is it? I guess it varies from show to show but usually a joint or two will get us prepped up and in the right

When are you playing live/releasing your album/ EP/single/etc.? Thursday May 1 is going to be the release of our Say Something single launch party at the Curtin Hotel located in Carlton. With a great deal of production and organisation that has gone into this release

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state of mind to blow people’s socks off. When’s the gig and with who? Thursday May 1 at the John Curtin Hotel –  save the date! We’re so happy to have the support of our brothers from Centre & The South sharing the stage with us and also other incredible acts Echo Drama, Matt Katsis and the India Black. To be sitting on top of this list of bands playing with us is an achievement in itself and we’re pretty proud to be in this situation.


WE ARE SCIENTISTS

By Alexander Crowden

Originally slated to visit our shores in January, New York-based We Are Scientists are making their way to Australia in May, including a show at the Corner Hotel on Wednesday May 28. Speaking via phone with bassist Chris Cain right after a show in New York City, he explains why the decision was made to postpone the tour in order to finish the now-released album, TV en Français. “Ideally you want people to have heard some of the album, otherwise you feel bad playing more than one or two songs from it. In this case I think it’s better for Australian fans and for our shows in Australia for the tour to be in the position it’s in right now,” claims Chris confidently before then slightly backtracking when he considers very sincerely any inconvenience the rescheduling may have caused fans. “I say that notwithstanding whatever, probably, significant annoyance it was to have the show cancelled on you and then have to decide if you can go to that other date.” It’s abundantly clear that he actually does care and is not mentioning this because he feels he has to, and that the band actually investigated how easy it would be on punters to change the dates. “We were definitely assured it would be a total no-brainer for people,” offers Chris before I allay his fears and state that tickets for the January show at the Corner Hotel are still valid for the late May date. Even in the early minutes of my conversation with Chris, it was immediately apparent what a great sense of humour he has. This was made immediately obvious when he asked if I could hold on for a moment while he “plugged some headphones into his face” – an example of the left-of-centre humour that makes their live shows so celebrated. “We’re very easy to differentiate from an ordinary run of the mill show,” Chris exclaims proudly. “Every single We Are Scientists show that has ever been played has been different. We talk between songs, and everything we say is related to the audience and the show that is happening and the place where we are.” After such a long time between visits Down Under I prompt Chris as to what he’s looking forward to about returning. “We haven’t been to Australia in years, or more than three times, so it’s a place that we still have a lot to do and a lot to learn. We’re excited.” One reason being able to catch up with former touring buddies the Grates and swinging by their new café or similar business Chris has been told the two original members are now running. He cannot hype his love for the Brisbane locals enough, describing them as Alanis Morissette meets Nirvana. “I just fucking love the Grates, I mean it’s a three-piece which we identify with strongly, and it sounds very ‘90s to me, which is the only period of music I really care about.” Chris outlines that there are two great things about being a musician in his eyes, and other than travel, is being able to play music live for fans and creating that connection with people. “Recording music is one thing, you can read positive reviews, hear from your friends that they really liked it, and that’s nice. But playing a song onstage and watching people physically react to it in front of you is the ultimate way to transmit music.” I tell him I agree with him and he then considers being on the other side of the fence and ponders which is better. “I love being the person in the audience too, but having done both, it is some small bit more satisfying even to be the one playing while that exchange is happening.” Now that the album has been out for well over a month, whilst offering my congratulations on what I think is a really great record I feel obligated to enquire as to the meaning behind the name TV en Français. To my surprise it’s a much deeper, measured answer than I had expected. “That phrase [TV en Français] you see on the side of motels and painted on walls in Miami because apparently it’s a big vacation destination for French Canadians. So offering TV in French is a big selling point.” While that may not seem like a great reason to name an album something so obscure, Chris delves a little deeper into why the band went with the name. “We realised over time it had an interesting resonance over time with the lyrical content of the album.” ‘TV en Français’ was an interesting metaphor for a romantic relationship in the sense that when you watch TV in a foreign language it can be like the miscommunication that’s endemic to relationships, especially relationships that are petering out. In the sense that you understand a lot of what you are seeing on the TV screen but you’re missing 90 per cent of the words, and obviously subtleties and nuances and much of the meaning is being lost. “We felt that kind of recalled one of those experiences with your girlfriend or boyfriend when nothing’s getting across, that you might as well be [speaking] in a foreign language.” The band will be setting aside such serious topics when they bring their well-renowned humour and showmanship to Australian stages in late May. WE ARE SCIENTISTS play the Corner Hotel on Wednesday May 28 with supports from Flyying Colours + Cash for Gold. Their latest album TV en Français is available now. WATCH INTERVIEWS, CHATS & AWKWARD SILENCES..... WWW.BEAT.COM.AU/TV

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THE MURLOCS

By Patrick Emery

My interview with Ambrose Kenny-Smith, vocalist, harmonica player and songwriter with psychedelic blues band the Murlocs, gets off to an aborted start. Twice I go through the laborious process of keying in the details of the record company’s phone card and Smith’s mobile number; on the completion of the first attempt, I’m greeted by the halting voice of a teenager, who professes complete ignorance of the intended calling party. On the second erroneous attempt to call Kenny-Smith, the voice is tinged with paranoia, and I get the sense the guy is about to report my unsolicited calls to the relevant authorities. Thankfully, after eschewing the phone card details and dialling Kenny-Smith direct, I experience a moment of superficial joy when I finally get through to him. Later in the week I ponder the serendipity of the juxtaposition of the aforementioned emotions, viz. Paranoid Joy, the first single from the Murlocs’ new album, Loopholes. But in the moment of the interview, the association was neither present nor relevant. Like my phone call, Loopholes had its own messy gestation when some of Kenny-Smith’s early recordings were lost after a laptop belonging to King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s Stu MacKenzie was stolen from MacKenzie’s car in Carlton. “I can’t really remember when we started writing the songs originally,” Kenny-Smith says, “because we’d

been in and out of other projects, like King Gizzard (in which Kenny-Smith plays harmonica). We put out Rattle the Chain a while back, and we recorded some others and as time went on we got a bit obsessive and started stuffing around a bit more than we wanted to.” Just under a year ago those fledgling recordings went missing after MacKenzie’s car was burgled. “He’d only left it for a minute while he went to drop off a friend,” Kenny-Smith says. “We’d just started the vocals on the record, but at the time no-one had a hard drive, so it just went with all the other recordings, include Gizzard stuff.” From there it was a case of making up for lost time. The members of the Murlocs decided to use whatever opportunities they had to re-record the songs and finish off the album. “We’ve always been a bit of a scrappy band, never really taken things too seriously,” Kenny-Smith says. “I’ve always tried to hold the reins steady. It was a bit

of a struggle and frustrating at times. We’d have our own stuff, but at the end of the day it was only when we came together that we agreed on the songs. That’s probably why it took so long to finish the album because we were pretty picky with the arrangements.” While the band’s surreal lyrics are consistent with the band’s psychedelic musical atmosphere, Kenny-Smith doesn’t spend a lot of time pondering the interplay of text and melody. “I sort of have a weird thing about re-using the same words,” Kenny-Smith says. “Ideally I don’t get too repetitive, but at the same time I don’t want it to get too out of hand. I try and write what comes to mind at the time with some vague idea of what the song is about. But I don’t really think too much about the content – just see where the song takes me. It’s hard to explain!”

While Kenny-Smith isn’t sure where the lyrics are coming from – or going – he does concede that there is a surrealistic element consistent with the band’s psychedelic aesthetic. “For sure – I tend to think song lyrics should rhyme a lot in a hip hop sense,” Kenny-Smith says. “I like the thought of different and peculiar ways different words and meanings can work together.” The band’s psychedelic sound ensures the Murlocs don’t devolve into just another blues band. “From the beginning I always wanted to start a blues band that wasn’t too cheesy,” Kenny-Smith says. “If we can avoid just doing Bo Diddley covers or becoming some wedding band, that should be enough.”

from a pretty sincere place I think. Whether that was the intention to begin with or not, it’s hard to say. But it definitely comes from a very visceral angle. The blues is definitely the crux of everything. “You know, if I’m sitting there by myself I play the blues. And I love my stoner riffs so it’s like a fusion of that from the guitar side of things. It’s very much a collective. All three of us, we write together. It’s not a dictatorship or anything like that,” he laughs. 2014 is shaping up to be a pretty busy one for Child with the release of their debut album priority number one. “The record coming out and being available, that’s something we’re really looking forward to,” says Northway. “The record’s probably the biggest focus at this

stage, that’s the biggest thing to look forward to for us.” Yet Child will also be attacking the live circuit again, most notably with a performance at this year’s Cherry Fest which takes place across two stages in the famous AC/DC lane. Northway and co. are quite rightly honoured to be a part of the iconic Melbourne festival. “To be honest, I think [Cherry Fest] is going to be the highlight of our year so anything that happens after that needs to be, you know, I guess pretty exciting.” Indeed.

THE MURLOCS play Howler on Friday April 25. Loopholes is out now via Flightless.

CHILD

By James Nicoli

Stoner blues outfit Child have been gaining quite the reputation as a formidable live band thanks in large part to their acute attention to tone and volume. “We don’t go out to hurt people with volume,” guitarist and vocalist Mathias Northway assures me. “It’s more used as a tool. I’ve always seen volume as a tool. Anyone can go out and buy a massive amp and crank it up and blow it in your face. That’d be offensive.” Rather than simply getting the attention of punters with outrageous noise levels, Child have thought long and hard about their live sound and how to best translate their blues heavy, stoner riffs to the live setting. “Using volume to convey a physical feeling, especially with the bottom end, and the choice of say, drums and cymbals; that all adds to the dynamics,” offers Northway. “Tone is also very much a passion of ours.” Child’s debut self-titled album is set to be re-released in the coming months, after the band initially self released it online at the beginning of the year. After doing the rounds on the blogosphere and gaining some traction, it now seems the album is set for a release on vinyl format, which understandably has the band quite excited. “That was the intention from the beginning,” says Northway on the vinyl release. “We all have quite an affinity for records and we all collect. It’s one of the more enjoyable parts about recording music, that whole artistic package, and it���s just something for our own

personal satisfaction we want to have done. “We went all out with the artwork as well – getting Nick Keller, who is quite a talented Kiwi artist – to do us a gatefold oil painting. So the artwork was specifically designed with that (vinyl) in mind. So that’s the goal; when I’m holding that I’ll be like, ‘Yep, it’s done!’” It’s no secret that vinyl records have been making a huge comeback in recent years, gaining preference with both artists and music collectors alike. The value and worth of vinyl is certainly not lost on the members of Child. “That conversation happened, only half an hour ago around the kitchen table, we were talking about the fact that the record is a kind of legacy,” says Northway. “It’s documenting it in the most respectful manner to the art form.” As conversation turns to the music itself and what people can expect from the record, Northway is adamant that if anything, it’s a pretty straight up and honest account of Child as a musical outfit. “[The music] comes

CHILD play CherryRock on Sunday May 25 at AC/ DC Lane alongside Meat Puppets, Redcoats, Beastwars and many more.

FIVE THINGS with BABYLON BURNING Answered by Dan Spencer (vocals/guitar) 1. Growing Up Growing up, music was everywhere. Most of us all went to high school together and played music. Sam (bass) and I would often cop it in year 12 for spending more time on our guitars than studying, but it all worked out. I’ve always been drawn to the lyrics and meanings of songs since I was little. I can remember watching documentaries about Tupac when I was about ten and learning about the struggles of his community and how hip hop was (and still is) a voice for African-American political expression. Since then, music was a kind of political compass while I was growing up and got me involved in activism on climate change and other issues which comes out strongly in our music. 2. Inspirations I get inspiration from bands that combine great grooves with a great message. Artists like Blue King Brown, The Roots, Michael Franti and so many others have had a big influence on our sound and songwriting. Outside of music, stories of ordinary people standing up on issues like climate change provide a great inspiration. Our song Won’t Stand

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Down which is on our latest EP is a dedication to people like Tim DeChristopher, Jonothan Moylan and many others who are willing to face jail for taking nonviolent actions to stand up for our future by acting on climate change. 3. Your Band We’ve been playing together for the last four years. We’ve mainly focused on playing in Adelaide so far and have had the opportunity to play with great bands like Sticky Fingers and Melbourne Ska Orchestra but our goal for this year is to spend a lot more time playing interstate and reaching new people with our music. We’re a seven-piece reggae band which is always fun, but can make it difficult to organise (although our friends in the 30+ Melbourne Ska Orchestra probably wouldn’t have much time for us whinging about it!). We have a great time playing together and all of us bring different influences to the table, which makes song writing exciting and pushes us not to sound generic. 4. The Music You Make We’ve grown a lot in our sound over the last few years. Our music is rooted in reggae but we like to experiment with other genres like dub, hip hop,

Latin and funk music to create our own sound. Throughout our music is a message of social change that is a long tradition in reggae music and something that is really important to us. We’ve just released a new EP Silence Rains, which we are really happy with after lots of hard work in the studio experimenting to create the best sound we could. Playing live is my favourite part of doing music, people can expect a high energy show with highly danceable grooves, soaring horn solos, driving bass lines and intricate percussion – there’s always something happening onstage and we can’t wait to bring the show to Melbourne on Friday April 24!

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5. Music, Right Here, Right Now Melbourne is a new scene for us, but we have found there to be a great camaraderie between bands here and a thriving reggae/soul/Afrobeat scene with bands like San Salvador and Manny Fox who are joining us at the Curtin as well as others like Echo Drama and Kooyeh who’ve been great at helping us connect into the local scene. BABYLON BURNING play the John Curtin Hotel on ANZAC Day Eve this Thursday April 24. $10 at the door, $20 presale with EP at johncurtinhotel.com


KARNIVOOL By Jody Macgregor “I’ve seen quite a few crazy things,” says Mark Hosking, and he is not overselling the fact. The Karnivool guitarist has seen people lose their shit in a variety of ways at their shows, including “a lot of getting – not naked, but a lot of ripping of clothes. That’s always a hilarious one. You kind of think, ‘Hang on, man. How are you getting home? It’s really not that warm outside and I don’t know if you had a backup plan.’” Plenty of musicians like to watch the audience to gauge response, but for Hosking it’s about more than feedback. He just plain gets a kick out of it. “I’m a bit of a voyeur in that respect,” he admits. “I love those internet videos of people who hear for the first time, when they get the hearing aid put in their ear. I get so emotional watching those videos. It’s obviously not that level; it’s a different kind of thing when you watch a crowd. When you find a person in the crowd that’s just losing it, loving the moment, you almost want to stop playing and just watch them.” He’s humble about the cause of those moments, unwilling to take all the credit for triggering such emotional responses. “It’s not our music, it’s just the build-up of the night – the crowd makes it.” Obviously not everybody flies into an ecstatic frenzy at a Karnivool show, but Hosking is OK with other reactions too, especially since their music makes plenty of use of dissonance and is wilfully difficult in that prog way. “It’s rewarding for us just watching people trying to appreciate discordance sometimes; it’s just a fickle part of music. There’s a lot of it on Asymmetry and it can be really rewarding watching somebody get it, just go, ‘That sounds weird – oh, I see, I get why it’s weird.’ You can see it in people’s faces when it works. It can be tough to listen to but… oh, we’re Karnivool. We never promised to be easy.” The band’s third album, Asymmetry, is also full of jagged edges of another kind, having been recorded with the aim of sounding rawer than the first two – more explicitly the sound of just a band in a room.

“It’s quite a rough record from that respect, definitely not as polished as Sound Awake and Themata were, and intentionally so,” Hosking says. That may have thrown some listeners off, but as the band gears up for its next tour – its only Australian tour for the rest of the year, with a European trip to follow – Hosking is looking forward to another chance to get the new songs in front of people. “I think it’s a lot easier to grasp from a live arena. A lot of people come to a show and hear Asymmetry, hear some of the songs live and go, ‘Oh, OK. I can get where you guys are at a bit more.’ It’s a lot of fun to play live, and challenging in its own respect. It’s a lot different to any of the other stuff we’ve done in the past.” Having songs that sound so diverse apparently makes putting their setlists together a headache. Hosking says Karnivool are putting “a long time” into getting that right during their current rehearsal period, finding ways to transition between their songs as smoothly as possible. “A lot of bands would have that problem, but it’s probably more so for us because they are quite different. We are the band that said we’d never do the same album twice; you can definitely hear the differences between the albums. If you’re not careful it can definitely sound like you’re a cover band playing a small pub who’s had a bit too much to drink, jumping from Khe Sanh into Funkytown or something.” Hosking likes to keep an eye on what the competition is up to, so recently – like a lot of people who couldn’t afford to fly to California just for a music festival – he’s

been watching Coachella on the internet. Only he’s been taking notes while he does it. “Whenever you see something like that you go, ‘Damn, I should have thought of that!’ Not so much, ‘I’ll steal that,’ but you feel bad. ‘Oh man, why didn’t I think of that?’ It’s all about personalising.” There are also plenty of lessons to learn from watching other bands that aren’t at their best, maybe because their hearts aren’t in it anymore and they’re slogging through the hits because that’s what the fans want. “They’re not doing the show they want to do, it’s almost like they’re not putting in 100 per cent. We never want to be like that. It’s important for us, as with any band I guess, to do a show that still keeps you interested and excited and wanting to do it, but at the same time balancing that out with stuff that people want to hear.”

Karnivool will only get one chance to get it right this year, having blocked out the rest of 2014 for writing new songs once they get back from their European tour. Their Groovin’ The Moo performances and sideshows are all we’ll get to see of them for a little while, but Hosking likes the pressure that creates. “You can put a bit more effort into each bit. Knowing that this is our only Australian run means we can throw all our stuff at it and make it a real special show. That’s exciting.” KARNIVOOL play the Palace Theatre on Thursday May 1 with guests Born Lion at Chelsea Heights Hotel on Friday May 2. They tour as part of Groovin’ The Moo in Bendigo on Saturday May 3. Asymmetry out now through Cymatic/Sony.

FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW about ZOUNDS 1. Zounds?! What’s the big idea? Didn’t you know this weekend is Shakespeare’s 550th birthday? What better way to celebrate than with a totally non-literary rock festival at the Tote. Gadzooks! 2. Hope you have a good headline act... Of course. We have Van Walker’s Heartbrokers – Australia’s newest supergroup in their second only headline show. That’s Van, Cal, Jeff Lang, Ash Davies and Ezra Lee. And, boy, do these guys rock! Remember that Cream only played for two years, Blind Faith for one. Hell, the Million Dollar Quartet didn’t last more than an hour! So, don’t miss out. 3. What about those other eleven acts? Are they

any good? You betchya. We’ve handpicked this bill from the worlds of garage rock, alt-country, post-rock, folk and folk-punk. Too many acts to mention here, but we promise you’ll never be bored. In fact, you’ll be delighted. 4. I’m feeling greedy. Give me more. Our nutritionist advises that all this sweet, sweet music will deplete your mojo, so we are giving you a free BBQ protein hit halfway through the day. And we are also ready to sell you a limited edition CD, featuring eleven of the acts, many of them first release tunes. 5. Man, I’m psyched. When should I arrive? This Sunday April 27 at the Tote. Doors at 3pm, tunes at 4pm, food at 7pm. Home time at 11pm.

THE COUNT with JENNIFER KINGWELL Ten musicians everyone should know about: Jacques Brel, Adam Rudegeair, Nai Palm, Chelsea Wilson, Camille O’Sullivan, Antony Hegarty, Janelle Monáe, Klaus Nomi, Kathleen Hanna, Meow Meow. Nine food items that you need to make a kickarse dinner party: Wine, hummus, olives, strawberries, awesome quality bread, more wine, chilli jam, chocolate avocado mousse, dessert wine. Eight possessions that define you: My Korg SV-1, phone, computer, black vegan leather boots, bike, glasses, Dark Crystal t-shirt, sequinned hotpants. Seven favourite movies/TV shows that go on your mixtape: Hedwig & The Angry Inch, Cabaret, Labyrinth, The Wire, 30 Rock, Princess Mononoke, Bored To Death. Six bad habits you can’t escape: Biting my nails, staying up too late, sleeping in, talking myself out of going for a run, talking myself into drinking wine instead, generally being a stress head.

Five people who inspire you: Patti Smith, Anne Summers, Kathleen Hanna, Naomi Klein, Beyoncé. Four things that turn you on: Gender equality, smooth dance moves, talent and a sexy laugh. Three goals for your music? Tour the world with my hot band of babes, compose a ballet, basically become Laurie Anderson. Two live gigs you’ll never forget and why? Patti Smith at Hamer Hall in 2008. She totally high-fived me. And Janelle Monáe at Vivid Festival in 2012, for getting a crowd at the Sydney Opera House up and dancing in their seats within two songs. One day left before the apocalypse and you.... Hmm. Tell my friends and family I love them and probably head to the beach with a bottle of whiskey and a ukulele. Definitely don’t go for a run. JENNIFER KINGWELL launches her debut EP The Lotus Eaters at the Wesley Anne on Thursday May 15. This is a PBS Presents event.

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THE DELTA RIGGS

By Augustus Welby

These days it’s not uncommon to hear rock bands cite a hip hop influence. Sometimes it just means they’ve listened to stacks of Wu-Tang and bought baggier jeans, but occasionally a band manages to successfully integrate specific hip hop qualities into their own material.    “We kind of got obsessed with this idea of making a fully-fledged hip hop record – like a rock’n’roll band’s version of a hip hop record,” says the Delta Riggs’ frontman Elliott Hammond. The record in question is the band’s recently completed second LP  Dipz Zebazios and if the first single Supersonic Casualties is anything to go by they’ve come good on this ambition. The Brisbane/Sydney/Melbourne four-piece has never shied away from voluptuous grooves or soulful melodies, but Supersonic Casualties places those traits smack-bang in the centre.   “The stuff we were listening to, like Jurassic 5 and early N.E.R.D., we were like, ‘Man, these vocals are just pumped, they’re so loud in the mix.’ So we were just like, ‘Fuck it, if that’s the record we’re trying to do we should do what these guys did and beef it up a bit.’” Hammond also names Fugees, De La Soul and Beastie Boys as key touchstones for Dipz Zebazios. The Delta Riggs produced the record themselves and in order to

authentically reference these artists they were required to expand their production abilities. “I met Dave [Atkins] from the Resin Dogs through my time with Wolfmother,” Hammond says. “He’s got a studio with a whole library of vinyl – just walls and walls of vinyl. We went there for a weekend and we just started pulling out records and listening to different vinyls and making samples.    “We were using these old techniques we learned from Dave, because he’s a proper wizard. He’s cut from that cloth, whereas we are fundamentally a rock’n’roll band. A lot of stuff on the new record is sampled but it’s actually been recorded by us and put onto a seven-inch vinyl and then sampled.’” The Delta Riggs’ debut record Hex.Lover.Killer focused on groggy British Invasion R&B, which attracted nationwide interest, made the Australian Music Prize long list and last month its track Scratch Flower soundtracked the AFL season-launch commercial. Still, even

with these accolades, Hammond and co. weren’t apprehensive about jumping into new territory on album number two. “After we finished the first record we immediately just had all these ideas for what we wanted to do with the second one. We didn’t want to wait another eight months until the album cycle wore itself out. We definitely were like, ‘If we’re going to go back in the studio we can’t just be bringing out another version of  Hex. Lover.Killer.’” Even though the band committed to the stylistic shift without delay, visiting hip hop’s birthplace last October enabled them to push the embrace beyond the abstract.    “We were probably halfway through [the album] when we got to New York,” Hammond explains. “When we got there it really hit home that this was a space where [hip hop] was actually originating from. The streets are

fucking gritty; it’s got a real punk rock vibe to it. I tie in hip hop and punk rock to be pretty close, as far as coming from the bottom and having that community message and speaking your mind. New York definitely inspired us to step that up a little bit.    “Hip hop has changed so much to [become] what we now know as hip hop,” he adds. “In its foundations, it wasn’t about talking about how much money you have or how many cars are in your garage. It was about helping each other out and being positive and solving problems. We were like, ‘What happened to that ethos?’ We were trying to capture what we thought was a little bit of a forgotten past of where hip hop came from.”

It’s nice that way.” While he admits that “‘pop’ is a tricky word,” especially in the context of hardcore music, there is definitely an element of pop in the Used’s most anthemic and catchy singalongs. McCracken says he likes the way these straightforward structures allow him to communicate his ideals – he really does believe revolution is just around the corner – even when it’s what he calls an “almost cringingly simple message to absorb.” For someone who can tend towards the dogmatic, he’s very open with regards to how people can best enjoy his band’s music. “I like people to listen to music any

way that they can,” he says. “Get a hold of it, stream it, download it for free, steal it from a rich person, give it to a poor person, enjoy the message, absorb the lyrics, read them over and over and over, read my essays – or not. Just enjoy the drumming, or the bass. Jeph [Howard] went crazy on this record; the bass is simply fantastical, funkadelic rock. Amazing. And Quinn just continuously blows my mind. His skill on the guitar is so unique, he plays unlike anyone else.”

THE DELTA RIGGS play the John Curtin Hotel on Friday April 25.

THE USED

By Jody Macgregor

Bert McCracken of the Used is now officially an Australian resident. He’s just received his papers on the same day I talk to him and he’s excited enough to demonstrate just how Australian he is. “Aussie Aussie Aussie, oi oi oi, ‘Straya, mate!” Although he lives in Sydney, right now he’s in Milwaukee as his band is one-third of the way through a run of sold-out dates on a co-headlining tour with Taking Back Sunday. Today he gets a day off from touring to do press and catch up on some light reading. “I’m reading Hannah Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism,” he says. “It’s quite interesting I guess, if you are interested in that kind of thing.” McCracken’s also been diving into the heady work of Italian writer Umberto Eco. “His essay book, Inventing the Enemy, really inspired a lot of the lyrics and the content for this record,” he says. That record is Imaginary Enemy, the Used’s newlyreleased sixth album. The politics are central to songs like A Song to Stifle Imperial Progression (A Work In Progress), which also happens to be one of the heaviest songs they’ve ever recorded. “That one came really quick,” McCracken says. “I wanted maybe a soapbox to stand on a little bit.” All of the songs on the album came quickly this time around, as the band tried a new approach to writing and recording. Working in reverse of the full-band

approach they normally take, guitarist Quinn Allman laid down some basic skeletons of the tracks and then McCracken wrote lyrics and melodies to suit them, before finally bringing the rest of the band in to record using as few takes as possible. “Quinn had sketched out hours of just rough ideas,” McCracken says. “I had a massive amount of melodies. When I’m sitting around at home I’ll hum a melody and record it on my phone, so it was cool to be able to work the songs backwards. Start with the melody and a lyrical idea first and see what we had to play with.” In a way, he was getting closer to the music he loved as a kid. “I grew up listening to Michael Jackson and a lot of what you would consider pop music back then. I really come from a place of being a huge fan of melody, so to be able to control that from the other side is really cool. Also, just taking that approach frees you up to experiment and play around with different transitions.

Imaginary Enemy is out now through UNFD

60 SECONDS with PEPPERJACK Define your genre in five words or less: Aussie indie folk. How long have you been gigging and writing? The four of us met around this time last year, so that’s about how long we’ve been gigging. I (Lauren) have been writing songs solo for a long time. Now the songs are written specifically for the band to play, so they’ve taken on a new sound. What do you think a band has to do these days to succeed? It’s really important to respect each other as musicians and as people. First and foremost, a band has to work as a team. Besides that, a musician’s role has really changed. You need to be enthusiastic as hell and out there promoting your band – and that enthusiasm needs to be present in everything you do, from radio interviews to cutting out stickers. Describe the best gig you have ever played. Not sure if it was our best gig, but it was definitely a great moment. At Edinburgh Castle a while back,

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we were soundchecking over the background music. We all started jamming along to Lowrider, with Hilary playing the riff on violin. When the sound guy turned the song down and we kept playing, he looked pretty confused. What advice would you give to bands that are new on the Melbourne music scene? Show up. Show up to everything. Show up to gigs for international bands and show up to gigs for local bands. Show up to parties, festivals, backyard sessions, workshops, street parties and buskers’ meetings. Meet people, find out what they love, help them, collaborate and share. Be part of the whole give-and-take. If you could go on tour with any musician or band, who would it be? Honestly, we’re already playing gigs with the people we want to tour with. We’d love to play a festival like Port Fairy or Woodford, but going on tour with the Bon Scotts or Captain Apples makes us just as happy.

How do you balance making and playing music with your other commitments? This couldn’t be more relevant to us! It’s sounds clichéd but communication is really important. You have to be willing to make time for music. We all make time on weekends to talk about ideas and

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make plans of attack, kind of like superheroes. When’s the gig and with who? Our single launch is at the Wesley Anne on Saturday April 26 with the Bon Scotts and Kate Bart.


CORE

PUNK, SKA, HARDCORE NEWS, REVIEWS & GOSSIP

By Emily Kelly: ek1984@gmail.com A most excellent argument broke out over dinner during Easter during which a friend described a live performance he had seen as, “slightly disappointing as the band [he] paid to see were unable to replicate the sounds of their album live.” At pivotal moments someone had hit play on the sound desk and an electronic element – unique to their sound at this song – had joined the otherwise excellent live sounds being performed onstage. He was mostly forgiving of the band for this, having recognised that it was unlikely they could construct the epic wall of sound in a live context, but the rest of us were mostly infuriated on his behalf. Just how much leeway do we grant bands in this situation? I’ve grown shirty at bands for refusing to attempt two-part vocal harmonies onstage, so I could hardly imagine this conundrum. Then someone tried to convince me that one of the more beloved hardcore bands in Australia use prerecorded vocals tracks for many songs, with which their backing vocalist occasionally sings along. So do we sacrifice the depth of an album for a more authentic performance, or man the fuck up and stop and tolerate artificiality when we’re at the gig? I think I’ll pretend I didn’t notice, push those buds further into my ears and order another beer at the bar. Live music, I guess, isn’t about perfection, but about the passion. You may have heard that The Bronx were added to this winter’s excellent Dark Mofo lineup down in Tassie. Before any of you start planning your trips down south, you can rest assured that one of the

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greatest live rock bands in the world are stopping in Melbourne before they leave. The Bronx will play 170 Russell with High Tension on Tuesday June 17. You’d be mental to miss it.

The Bennies must get real itchy when they’re not on tour. A day before they set off on their second tour to China in 12 months they announced they’d scheduled another brush with the east coast for the Queen’s Birthday BONG Weekend. See them with Sydney’s Fait Accompli at Ballarat’s Karova Lounge on Thursday June 5 and Ding Dong Lounge on Friday June 6.

Club on Friday May 30 then Rock N Load Festival at the Espy on Saturday June 21.

If you missed out on tickets to see Violent Soho and The Smith Street Band this June, you weren’t the only one. Those bastards went quicker than anyone could have anticipated. Luckily they’ve announced a couple more for us, though instead of the Smith Streeters our patience has been rewarded with Luca Brasi. Friday July 18 at The Hi-Fi. For fuck’s, don’t miss this one.

Melbourne four-piece My Echo are hitting the road this May in support of their new single and upcoming EP. The EP-recorded live to tape will be out on Friday May 2 and the dudes will smash out a set at Groovin’ The Moo in Bendigo before playing Northcote Social METAL, HEAVY ROCK. CLASSIC ROCK LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL GOOD SHIT

With Peter Hodgson: crunchcolumn@gmail.com it to The Stairway To Heaven. If you use the title ‘The’ in it, it usually alters it completely. Look, if we’ve gotta give ‘em ten percent of the publishing, fine!”

New Poison City band Freak Wave have announced details about their debut and album launch tour. The debut full-length will be out the same day as their Melbourne album launch, on Friday June 6. Pre-orders are available from the Poison City webstore now.

MORBID ANGEL THIS WEEK

WHAT ARE BABY ANIMALS COOKING UP?

Check out the Baby Animals Facebook page (facebook.com/babyanimalsmusic) for a video snippet of a new and very sombre-sounding track.

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CORE GIG GUIDE THURSDAY APRIL 24: The Slow Death, Laura Palmer, Japan For at The Barwon Club DOA, Clowns, Glenn and the Peanut Butter Men, Dixon Cider at The Evelyn Hotel The Hard Aches, Lionizer at The Reverence Hotel Buried In Verona, Fit For A King, Feed Her To The Sharks, Ocean Grove at Plastic Cosmic Psychos, Sun God Replica at Westernport Hotel Dukes Of Deliciousness, Drifter, Uptown Ace, The Hidden Venture at The Bendigo FRIDAY APRIL 25: Buried In Verona, Fit For A King, Feed Her To The Sharks, Ocean Grove at Arrow on Swanston Disturd, Insidious Process, Rort, Havitatjat, Soma Coma, Extinct Exist Cosmic Psychos, Clowns, Mesa Cosa at Barwon Club, Geelong Dallas Crane, Nick Marker and the Heartache State at The Caravan Club SATURDAY APRIL 26 : The Slow Death, Laura Palmer, Tigers, Foxtrot, Battletaco at The Public Bar Harmony, Deaf, Tyrannamen, Laura Imbruglia, BJ MOrriszonkle at Howler The Acacia Strain, Aversions Crown, Graves, Exposures at Bang Dallas Crane, Cash Savage and the Last Drinks at The Spotted Mallard Storm The Sky, Beneath The Rising Tide, For Our Hero, Forever Ends Here, A Sleepless Melody, Way With Words, Autumn In Alaska at TLC Bayswater Cosmic Psychos, Sun God Replica at Karova Lounge Glass Empire, Caragula’s Horse, A Lonely Crowd, High Side Driver at The Bendigo SUNDAY APRIL 27: Jesse Swan Thorson, Kissing Booth, Craig Coburn, Mara Threat at Bar 303 The Acacia Strain, Aversions Crown, Graves, Free World, Left For Wolves at Arrow On Swanston Cosmic Psychos, Sun God Replica, She’s a Goer at Theatre Royal

If you’re reading this on Wednesday April 23, you still have a few hours to grab a ticket for Morbid Angel performing the Covenant album in its entirety at The Hi-Fi with Belligerent Intent. Covenant was the first death metal album released on a major label, 21 years ago. So where does vocalist/bassist David Vincent see the album’s legacy? “We always did what we wanted to do and we weren’t looking at what other people were doing to set a course for what we were going to do. We always looked inward for inspiration. I’m thankful for that. Probably at the time we were all very determined and we were confident in what we were doing but I don’t know that we knew that it would do what it ended up doing. But again, I’m thankful for it.”

Celebrating more than a decade of Black Majesty, the band will play a special run of hometown Melbourne shows live at Musicland every Thursday in May, starting on Thursday May 1. Black Majesty will hit the stage at about 9.30pm. In other news, Black Majesty are currently putting the final touches on their sixth studio album expected for release later in the year. More info at blackmajesty.com

TWO FROM BURIED IN VERONA

Buried In Verona are supporting their new album Faceless with a ten-date national tour which kicked off last week and will make their way to Melbourne for two shows, at Plastic on Thursday April 24 (18+) and at Arrow on Swanston on Friday April 25 (all ages). Joining Buried In Verona for the shows will be US buzzed new-comers Fit For A King, Melbourne’s Feed Her to the Sharks and Ocean Grove.

ZAKK WYLDE SCORES HIGHEST EVER OZ CHART DEBUT

Congratulations to Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society for scoring their highest ever official Australian ARIA chart debut (coming in at #31) and highest ever first week sales for Catacombs of the Black Vatican. I asked Zakk what kind of headspace he was in for the recording of the album. “We just went in with the mindset of, ‘We’re just gonna steal everything from all our favourite bands.’ Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, The Allman Brothers, Bob Seger, Creedence, Elton John, The Stones. We just put a grocery list together and said we’d steal each one of ‘em. It’ll be a good formula because we know at least they were successful. I mean, you steal to the point of, instead of stealing Stairway To Heaven we just changed

SKID ROW, UGLY KID JOE & DEAD CITY RUINS THIS WEEK

Ugly Kid Joe and Skid Row are touring in late April with the awesome Dead City Ruins, who are also serving as support for the European tour. They’ll be at the Palace Theatre on Friday April 25. Tickets from Oztix or Ticketek. “The whole band has been big fans of both bands since we were all teenagers,” Dead City Ruins vocalist Jake Wiffen says. “And to tour with those guys in Europe was just unbelievable. They’re such cool guys, no rock-star attitudes or anything. They really helped us out.” It’ll be one of the last shows ever at the Palace, which will close a few weeks later. Dead City Ruins’ new album – recorded with US engineer James Lugo (Iron Maiden, Bruce Springsteen, Dokken) – is out now. Recorded at Melbourne’s Pony Music, it’s a road-ready, energetic slab of rock that doesn’t take itself too seriously and is never afraid to rock. “I’ve been inspired by a lot of early punk bands, Jake says. “And you can’t just run ProTools and clean everything up and still have that human element there. To me there’s no heart and soul in that. I’d rather listen to someone’s vocals with a few pitches going out and a few bum notes on the guitar, but really feel like you’re in a sweaty bar with that band watching them live than to hear something that’s totally perfect. Music is about heart and soul and I believe everyone can tell when something’s real and when something’s digitised.” CHECK OUT ALL THE LATEST NEWS, REVIEWS AND FREE SHIT AT BEAT.COM.AU

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WEDNESDAY APR 23

PETE REID

Ranging in styles from alternative folk, blues and rock to country and operatic cabaret, Reid will be presenting songs from across his repertoire, spanning from ramshackle 2008 album Songs of the Hollow Bone Moon to recent project Songs From the Edge of the World, as well as a surprise or two. This Wednesday April 23 at Some Velvet Morning. Doors open at 8pm.

THURSDAY APR 24

LILITH LANE

Originally from Melbourne, singer/songwriter/ musician Lilith Lane released her debut self-titled solo album in 2008 where she was nominated for Best Female artist in the Age EG awards, appeared on SBS televisionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s RocKwiz with Tim Finn, appeared as a guest songwriter at Melbourne Writers' Festival and received airplay on Radio National, triple j, Triple R and PBS.    Her second album Gold Diamond was released in 2010.  She has played and recorded both internationally and in Australia on vocals, guitar, piano and keys with various artists including Black Pony Express, the Ukeladies, Four Hours Sleep, Horsestories, Angie Hart, the Devastations, Cam Butler and many more. This  Wednesday  April 23 at the Old Bar from 8:30pm. Entry is $6.

JUDE PERL

Fast establishing herself as one of Melbourneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most unique performers, Jude Perl has announced a show at the Northcote Social Club on Wednesday April 23. A highly accomplished vocalist, Jude was selected as one of the ten finalists at the National Jazz Awards in 2012, held at the Wangarratta Jazz Festival. Jude has also built a reputation for herself as a must-see performer, headlining packed shows at venues such as the Northcote Social Club, the Evelyn, the Espy, and most recently performing at the 2014 St Kilda Festival on the Live & Local stage. Aside from Judeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mouthwatering vocal execution and refreshingly thoughtprovoking pop songs, she exudes positive energy on stage both when she performs solo, or with her funk and groove-driven band. Jude is currently preparing to record her debut album in Los Angeles later this year. Visit judeperl.com for more.

LAKYN HEPERI

Melbourne-based singer/songwriter Lakyn Heperi will hit up Revolver to play a collection of acoustic songs. Drawing his influences from Bob Dylan, Wu-Tang Clan and Frank Sinatra along with modern masters like Bon Iver, Heperi is an inexhaustible songwriter and devoted guitar player. With his roots steadily bound to the skating community in Melbourne and Auckland (where he was born and raised), Heperi first delved into the world of music after a broken ankle kept him off his board for eight months. Sharing covers of wellknown tracks by Frank Ocean, Carly Rae Jepsen and Ed Sheeran on his YouTube page, Heperi now has over 50,000 subscribers and over 4 million views to date. Doors at 6.30pm.

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BJ MORRISZONKLE

Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weird shit everywhere in Melbourne. Like that massive broken ferris wheel that everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too shit scared to go on, or the guy who makes campfires on trams with the foam out of the seats. There are also a ton of weird bands who eschew pop hooks and anthemic choruses in favour of tilt-a-whirl noise and clatter. Leading the charge is one-man band  BJ Morriszonkle  with his cartoon music, sometimes depressed cowboy pop songs, and junk  that sounds like b-grade sci-fi movie music from the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;50s and clown metal. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all over the top and exists completely in its own screwed up universe.  Joining him for the first ever at Weird Vibes on Thursday April 24 at the Retreat in Brunswick is Shack of Bells and Map Ends, with a crackpot DJ set from Dave Hinnrichs (RRRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Heathers on Fire).  Kicks off at  9pm  and runs till 3am because the next day is a public holiday. Entry is free.

D.O.A, Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pioneers of punk hardcore and recent inductees into the Canadian Independent Music Hall of Fame are bidding farewell to the world after a 30plus 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  as the band  hang up their collective hat on what has been an outstanding contribution to punk, hardcore and the broader musical landscape. Catch them 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 thedrunkpromoter.com.

MA PETITE

Ma Petite is Melbourne-based musician Indiana Aventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s solo project. Ma Petiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songs are brought to life with charmingly honest songwriting, delivering little whimsical stories of dreamscapes and aspirations. Ma Petite is soon releasing her debut album The Road That Led Me to Fall and will be launched at Northcote Social Club on Thursday April 24 (Anzac Day holiday eve) with Young Werther and reunion of much-loved Melbourne folk/rock band Lamplight. Doors 8pm, $15 entry.

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Define your genre in five words or less: Whiskey-infused, tropical pop-blues.

people, and working with some genuine creative legends.

When are you releasing your EP? My debut, Aloha, Au Revoir is set for release on Friday April 25, at the Northcote Uniting Church. A full-band show, with special guests; Dan Parsons and Eva McGowan. Needless to say, I'm pretty excited about this!

What's the strangest place you've ever played a gig? Hard Rock CafĂŠ - Waikiki. It was a pretty surreal experience. The gigantic room was already entirely full when I arrived for soundcheck - so, it was all done with headphones, and earpieces. And, man, they did a good job of it!

What inspires or has influenced your music the most? An endless summertime! I've spent  the  last three years following the sun and living between Melbourne, France and Hawaii. There's a lot of space to dream and create by the ocean, in the sunshine. And, there can be a lot of down-time when you're away, and alone. It's wonderful.

Tell us about the last song you wrote. It's called You're A Fool, and I finished it just before heading into the studio for Aloha, Au Revoir.  It's a slow country tune,  full  of heartache & small-town lovers' guilt. On the EP, it's a duet with Marlon Williams.

What part of making music excites you the most? Sharing it with everyone. Playing shows, meeting

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THE RAMSHACKLE ARMY

The Ramshackle Army, the Workinghorse Irons, Royal Cut Throat Co. and Sarge and the Nuked are ready to put on an evening of great rock’n’roll at Yah Yahs on ANZAC Day Eve, Thursday April 24. What a way to get ready for a long weekend! Ramshackle Army are a celt punk band from Melbourne who have been on tour since the six-piece started in 2010, which includes touring the world. The Workinghorse Irons have been carving themselves out quite a niche in the Australian rock’n’roll scene with their unique brand of psychobilly rock'n'roll.   With thumping double bass and catchy hooks these boys drive it home with an energetic live show and leave your eardrums moist from eargasms.  The boys recently headed to Byron to record at one of Australia’s best recording spots ‘Studios 301’ and are back to play one of their favourite venues, Yah Yahs before it gets handed over to Cherry Bar in May, so this definitely won’t be the last time Workinghorse Irons play at 99 Smith Street. Music kicks off at 9pm.

CALLING ALL CARS

Melbourne-based rockers Calling All Cars  will rock the shit out of the Corner Hotel on Thursday April 24, before embarking on a huge 23-date national tour. The three-piece have recently released the video for their  latest single Standing In the Ocean  which is currently one of the  top five most played on the j’s. They hit the Corner Hotel on Thursday April 24. Tickets via Corner Box office.

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ANIMAUX

To kick off what’s set to become a stellar 2014, Animaux has announced another massive residency at the Evelyn Hotel. Animaux had a huge 2013; they were handpicked to open for the Cat Empire on four occasions, they played three month-long headline residencies at the Evelyn Hotel to an unprecedentedly packed band room each week, and just generally blew audiences away. Now the ‘Maux think it’s time to come back to their favourite venue for yet another month’s worth of killer shows. Continuing the party for the second month in a row, Animaux have invited Coach Bombay and Lachie Duthie to join them. See them at the Evelyn every Thursday through April.

Book of Love is the latest single taken from Fraser A. Gorman’s forthcoming debut album. As with previous releases, Book of Love builds around Gorman’s wry charm and offbeat storytelling. The song paints a droll and ironic picture of love in transition, where bold statements of commitment are followed quickly by tongue-in-cheek asides. Fraser will be launching Book of Love on April 24 at the Worker’s Club with supports from Mojo Juju and  Palm Springs. Tickets available through Oztix.

The Hard Aches are finally heading off on a (semi) national tour to celebrate the launch of their debut EP Organs & Airports. Coming along for part of the ride will be Perth duo Lionizer, who are also set to release their debut EP Come Home just before these shows kick off. The big Melbourne show kicks off at the Reverence Hotel on Thursday April 24, with the Flying So HighO’s and the Shadow League. A tops mix of folk and punk across the board. $8 on the door from 8pm.

ROSIE BURGESS

Living primarily in airports and touring vans, Rosie Burgess has been crisscrossing the world for the last three years, leaving behind her a trail of lost sunglasses, broken flip-flops and adoring audiences. Sliding from folk to blues to gypsy-roots and back, Rosie crosses more genres than state borders, whipping up a frenzy in which a crowd has no choice but to submit. Catch Rosie at the Drunken Poet on Thursday April 24 at 9pm and let the good times roll.

NIGHT TERRORS

Melbourne horror synth heavyweights the Night Terrors return to launch their brand new album Spiral Vortex on ANZAC Eve, Thursday April 24 at Howler.  Featuring the haunting theremin melodies of Miles Brown, plus an orgy of vintage electronics, Spiral Vortex sees the band build upon their post-prog roots to explore a broader universe of warped psychedelia, thunderous dreamscapes and dark cosmic dance. Since the release of their previous album Back To Zero, The Night Terrors have toured the world, playing with the likes of Goblin, Hawkwind, Lou Reed & Laurie Anderson, Black Mountain, Melt-Banana and SerenaManeesh. Tickets available through the venue.

STRAIGHT ARROWS

Straight Arrows have finished their long-awaited second  LP entitled Rising, due for release this June with old mates, Rice Is Nice Records. Warming up for this imminent album release, the band will be playing two special holiday headline shows this April. On Thursday April 25 (ANZAC Day eve) you can practice ya toss at  Shebeen  in CBD  Melbourne. Rounding out the night will be bright young flames Ausmuteants while Yo Grito DJs will have the dancefloor covered till the wee hours of the morning. Tickets are $10 available through the venue or $15 on the door. Doors open at 8pm. 

ASH GRUNWALD

Hot off the stomping, hairy heels of  Ash Grunwald’s  Gargantuan album release and tour with Scott and Andy from the Living End, Ash is returning to the pavement as the lone troubadour to pound his way up and down the coast. Renowned for the most incredibly thumping live shows to come out of single human being, Ash is super excited about being back on the stomp box and reaffirming his decade-long reputation as being the loudest one-man-band around. Find him at the Espy Gershwin Room on Thursday April 24. Tickets through Oztix.

DAMIAN HOWARD

The time has come - Australian country icon Damian Howard will release his album Once in a While at the Thornbury Theatre on Thursday April 24, ANZAC Day Eve. Whether performing as lead singer with festival favorites the Ploughboys or solo, Howard has carved a reputation as one of Australia’s great country singer/songwriters. Recently Damian has been forging his solo career through Europe, the USA and Australia, playing the Skagen Music Festival and the Americana Music Conference and Festival in Nashville as part of the Sounds Australia delegation. Doors open at 8pm and tickets are available through the venue.  

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Expatriate Kiwi Seth Rees performs a rare show at Whole Lotta Love this Thursday April 24 from 8pm. The atmospheric instrumental guitarist is about to depart our shores for North America to complete the final touches on his much anticipated long-player with Uncanny Valley Records. Also playing on the night is his former despot JP Swallow with his acoustic folkdub, and the amazing Alek Hurdy-Gurdy with his ambient electro-trance. Doors open at 8pm.

WEDNESDAY

THE JACKS

FROM 10PM

APR 23rd

Get thee to Yah Yah’s on Friday April 25, grab a drink or ten and receive yourself some kick-arse rock’n’roll sounds delivered direct to your earholes...courtesy of the Jacks, the Furrows, Brockway Lights and Shock Waves. Be prepared to party hard. It’s free entry for the poor folk who love to rock.

BLOW OUT Get Busy, Mat Cant & Sammy the Bullet

THURSDAY

$10 from 11pm

FROm 9PM

APR 24TH

ANOTHER SERIOUS PARTY PWD, Dylan B, Grant Camov, Harold, Ryan Wells, Jeremy Graham

FRIDAY APR 25th

$20 ENTRY

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Five bands - $12, ANZAC Day Eve. It’s a public holiday the next day so you can get a sleep in and still get up and show your thanks for those who served you drinks. The Dukes of Deliciousness sound like a broken vinyl fight between Turbonegro and Clutch armed only with copies of KISS Alive and Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers in the middle of a strip club owned by the members of Fu Manchu. Joining them is a stellar local rocking bill. Drifter, Uptown Ace, the Hidden Venture and the Superguns will all join the party tomorrow night at the Bendigo.

FROM 10PM

Harvey Sutherland (DJ set), Moonshine, Peacepipe

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Eyes Wide Shut Sam Hilton & Harold

t u e s d ay apr 29th

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ta s t e m a k e r s Able 8, Kayhat, Owen Howells

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SATURDAY APR 26

CIGGIE WITCH

THE DUKES OF DELICIOUSNESS

$10 from 12am

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WHITAKER TRIO

Existing over the years in many forms and with many names, independent Melbourne band Whitaker has for the best part of a decade been relentlessly creating, releasing and touring new music. At its core, the dedicated talents of Ryan Meeking, Brett Scapin and Simon Rabl - musicians raised by Melbourne’s vibrant music scene - form Whitaker. The boys will hop onto the Revolver stage as part of a relaxed night featuring some of Melbourne’s finest indie/folk artists for an ANZAC Day celebration to remember. Doors at 8.30pm and tickets will be $10 at the door.

SOUL FIST

The LuWow opens its Forbidden Temple on ANZAC Eve for a night of Karate choppin’, high kicking, bruisin’ soul and furious funk. Soul Fist is the night with Karate Boogaloo playing some great instro soul and Jumpin Josh providing raw 7” vinyl power to keep you moving and grooving. The best part? It’s free entry all night. Doors open at 8pm while the Island Village (front bar) opens at 5pm for Tikila with tequila specials and great Vietnamese Tiki Food on offer. Thursday April 24.

SUPER GRANDE

apr 27th

DISTURD

Disturd is crushing punk metal à la Anti Sect, Sacrilege and SDS. Orignally from the sleepy village of Tsuyama, Okayama prefecture (the first punk band from there too), front man Age Chan moved to Kobe and rebooted the band with a new lineup comprised of members of Effigy and Axewield. Their live shows are crushing, energetic and must not be missed. Also on this amazing lineup is Sweden’s crushing D-Beat legends Insidious Process, locals Rort, Havittajat, Soma Coma and Extinct Exist. This  Friday  night at the Bendigo.

BABYLON BURNING

EMILEE SOUTH

After several years of an endless summer and some extraordinary tropical adventures, Emilee South is set to release her debut EP Aloha, Au Revoir. Set to play her first show with a full band on Friday April 25 at Northcote Uniting Church, special guests Eva McGowan and Dan Parsons support each with a set of heavenly tunes. Doors at 7.30pm, entry $10.

ACTS REVEL ATIONS

Acts Revelations, the creative vision of Mickey Gino Zocchi and featuring such luminaries as Ollie Browne of Art of Fighting and Roman Tucker of Rocket Science fame, launch With Blessings Unwelcome, the lead single from their soon-to-be-released debut album at the Workers Club on Friday April 25. The live performance is further enhanced by the sensory provocations and projections of renowned visual artist Keith Deverell. Stellar supports on the night are provided by the haunting tales of Matt Bailey & band, the lunatic genius of BJ Morriszonkle, the dark swamp Australiana of Sailors & Swine and tunes all night by DJ Applejack. Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets are available through the venue.

Adelaide seven-piece reggae band Babylon Burning have launched a new video clip for their single Sound Advice in the lead up to their Melbourne EP launch at the Curtin on ANZAC Day eve. The video, which was shot in late March, features lead singer and guitarist Dan Spencer being chased by masked suited thugs (the rest of the band) trying to stop him delivering a letter. Sound Advice is the first single off the band’s new EP Silence Rains which they crowd funded last year, releasing it in February. Babylon Burning will be joined at The Curtin on Thursday April 24 by local acts San Salvador and Manny Fox. Entry is $19 and doors open at 7.30pm.

FRIDAY APR 25 METAL ASYLUM #2

Celebrate ANZAC day long weekend with metal. Metal Asylum #2: Metal for the ANZACS will be held at Footscray’s Reverence Hotel and will feature the talents of Zyphoyd, Remzelk, Anient, Mason and headliners Bronson. It’s more than just a gig; it’s more than just a chosen social demographic. Metal Asylum #2 will be the most important day of the year for the Melbourne metal scene to show its true face. True supporters of this broad and beautiful land's heavy music will be there. Are you going to be one of them? Friday April 25. Entry is $15 and doors open at 6.30pm.

TELEGRAPH TOWER

Sydney duo Telegraph Tower are coming down to play a show at the Wesley Anne on Friday April 25. Wrapping up promotion of their EP Concubine, they’ll be joined by local act New Archer. Get there.

Local slacker pop  group  Ciggie Witch  will play a special pre-natal single launch before their debut album Rock and Roll Juice  births in early May. Blogs have been busy championing the no-obligations jangle guitar sound and upfront natural lyrics of this  side project of  the Ocean Party, Snowy Nasdaq, Mining Boom and  Velcro. Joining them will be guitar-pop giants Smile who released the inspired LP Life Choices late last year to great  acclaim. Mix in the Galaxy Folk, whose deliciously catchy track Honey Garden took out Beat TV’s Song Of The Year for 2013 and deserves your immediate attention.  Melbourne Cans  keep a tongue-in-your-ear approach to their original and very dreamy hits and feature living members of big names Witch Hats, Pageants, Pets With Pets. At the John Curtin Band Room. Saturday April 26. Doors open at 8.30pm and entry is $7.

KOOYEH

Returning from a massive tour, with three huge festival shows and a Julian Marley support, Kooyeh return home to Melbourne for one last show before hitting the studio to record their next 14-track album. Joining on the bill is King Charlie’s School of Dub (former members of the Red Eyes) who will most certainly be bringing a new meaning to the word dub, a solo set from Tim Smith (El Moth), and a dub set from Kooyeh’s drummer Producer Jolly, doing dubs of local artists' tunes, and old Jamaican rhythms. The Evelyn Hotel, Saturday April 26.

THE DELTA RIGGS

Renowned for pumping out high-energy jams and ferocious live shows, Melbourne genre-benders,the Delta Riggs have eased off the gas from their usual breakneck pace, dropping Supersonic Casualties, the deliciously groovy first cut from their forthcoming album Dipz Zebazios. Inspired by journeys abroad and with their fancy hats tipped to the likes of J5, Outkast and other luminary beat-makers, 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. Joining the party are Sydney’s hook-laden Jenny Broke the Window, Brisbane rockers Jakarta Criers and fuzzed-out Melbourne dream-wavers White Caves. At The John Curtin Bandroom on Friday April 25. Tickets available through the venue or on the door if available.

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HELLO SATELLITES

Melbourne-based Hello Satellites are soon releasing their second album 84000. Hello Satellites  create both subtle and exciting music. Following recent gigs with Machine Translations and Sweet Jean,  Hello Satellites will be playing a full band show on Saturday April 26 at the Kelvin Club to celebrate the launch of 84000 with support from Paddy Mann.


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VIRTUE

The mighty Virtue return to the Reverence Hotel with support from Destroy She Said, Idle Fret and Sudden State. This is going to be one very big, loud evening of rock. Entry is $10 and doors open at 7pm.

ANTARCTICA

Saturday night after a six-month hiatus, Antarctica return to the Old Bar for a night of hyper-cathartic synth-punk-pop goodness. Antarctica, described by someone’s mother as, “Dreadful. Just dreadful...” will be joined on the night by the ever-amazing Them Bruins – Melbourne’s answer to any question regarding late-20-somethings version of  teen angst. Think At the Drive-In sans guitar wankery. The Steins, young country kids made good are also going to be there. The Steins play the kind of music you wish you were playing at that age. Also, Galax, one man and various instruments. This is what happens when you let a drummer away from the drum kit. This may not sound like a good thing. But it is. It’s really good. It’s a classic Saturday night Old Bar party. It will also be followed by another six-month hiatus, so you’d do well to make it to this one. You’d do very well indeed. Saturday April 26, Doors at 8.30pm and entry is $10.

TANYA BATT

Melbourne based songstress Tanya Batt has just released her latest single Fools and is preparing to captivate audiences along the east coast. Employing a hauntingly beautiful voice and an extremely powerful delivery, Tanya Batt coveys a unique sense of earnestness in her brand of soulful music, which is captured flawlessly in her latest release. Since her beginnings, Tanya Batt has developed a powerful presence in a small window of time, playing many sold out shows. Tanya Batt will be touring her intimate live show with a limited run of dates to celebrate including a show at the Workers Club on Saturday April 26.

A SLOW DEATH

Hailing from Minneapolis, A Slow Death are a notorious punk rock super group of sorts, boasting alumni from such bands as the Ergs, Dillinger Four and the Soviettes. Fronted by the inimitable Jesse Swan Thorson, the band has carved out a name for themselves in the US underground with hard touring, hard partying and high quality punk rock records. The Slow Death are heading to Australia for the first time this April straight off the back of a US tour with Off With Their Heads, with who they share a similar sound. Sing along with punk rock that is equal parts pissed off and piss taking. Come out and experience the Slow Death in this whiskey-soaked party of epic proportions. Catch them at Public Bar on Saturday April 26 with Laura Palmer, Tigers, Foxtrot, and Battle Taco. Entry is $10 and doors open at 8.30pm.

THE DARKENED SEAS

Dysfunctional yet creative, cohesive yet untamed, Sydney’s the Darkened Seas are producing a tour de force of the old school rock'n'roll sound. After spending the last summer writing and demoing new material, the band are taking these songs on the road for one last time before their release. These four musicians are fast becoming renowned for their balls–to-the-wall frenzied live show after supporting the likes of the Snowdroppers, Papa Pilko & the Bin Rats and Kira Puru & the Bruise. Support comes in the form of locals the Strange and Newcastle hotheads the Theaves. It all goes down at the Reverence and is $5 on the door.

PETER AND JIMMY CUPPLES

The Cupples boys have two entirely different voices, but share a great love for the soul classics; Jimmy with his powerful versions of Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding songs, and Peter with his smooth interpretations of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. Peter is noted for fronting the ‘70s soul band Stylus - the only allwhite band to ever record for Motown. Out of the four albums recorded with them, Motown released two internationally. Jimmy, a legend in the Melbourne rock scene, has been developing his craft for several decades. Don’t miss Peter Cupples, Jimmy Cupples and their accompanying band as they perform at the Flying Saucer Club for one night only on April 26.

DONNY DISCO

Donny Disco and CC Disco team up for another mega session of fantastic dance sounds from the golden era of disco. You will be humpin’ and bumpin’ all night to nonstop heavy grooves, disco classics and amazing crate diggers from around the globe. Join in the fun with the ‘Shake Your Butt’ competition or ‘Disco Musical Statues’. Get energised with a fluro ‘Disco Juice’ cocktail and dance the night away in the company of the Disco Dollys. Saturday April 26 at the LuWoW.

VIBESQUAD AND SPOONBILL

Vibesquad and wonkadelic groove specialist Spoonbill are coming together for a huge double headline bill. Vibesquad is the multi-personality brainchild manifestation of Aaron Holstein. Aaron’s music defies typical genre labels and covers tempos from slow and hard low-riding krunkadelics to mid-tempo barnstormers. The night will feature special guests Damn Moroda, Monkey Marc, Mal Webb & Kodiak Kid with live visuals from Dropbear and Brian Itch. Saturday April 26. Tickets for their Howler show are $35 + bf via Ticketscout.

THE STILLSONS

2014 has been a quiet year for the Stillsons, but band members have been busy. Both songwriters Justin Bernasconi and Cat Canteri are releasing solo albums, while Ben Franz has been on tour with the Stray Sisters. The band’s recent release Never Go Your Way was voted Country Album Of 2013 in Rhythms Magazine Readers' Poll, and 4/5 stars review in the highly regarded national UK publication R2 magazine. You catch them play in the back bar of The Retreat Hotel on Sunday April 27, 8.30pm, with solo support from recent Tamworth Golden Guitar Award winner Lachlan Bryan. There is no cover charge.

INITIALS

Seek refuge from the cold in the cozy confines of the Reverence Hotel this Sunday. Playing acoustic for the first time are Pete and Jim from Initials. The nostalgia drenched sing-a-longs of Nathan Seeckts and the awesome ‘90s influenced indie rock from Have/Hold main man Luke Shields. And with the best Mexicaninspired menu in Melbourne and beers on tap this is your Sunday sorted! Oh, and it’s free entry y’all.

BARE GRILLZ

Bare Grillz, Newcastle’s leading exponent of swirling sweaty punk mess, will be making their way along the bottom half of the east coast throughout April, hitting up the Grace Darling on Saturday April 26. After a yearlong travel hiatus, followed by a shorter ‘post-New Zealand broken arm’ hiatus, Bare Grillz are finally ready to show Melbourne the product so far.The tour is in support of their debut LP Friends, recorded by TV Colours’ Bobby Kill and Danger Beach’s L.A. Thomas and out through Y202 Records and Dream Damage.

MIKE ERLINGTON

A MAN CALLED STU

A Man Called Stu, aka Stu Arkoff, former front man of cult-icons Zombie Ghost Train, returns to the live music world with a new band. It’s a welcome return for the darkly charismatic singer and his new ‘swampytonk’ sound: surf-swamp meets classic '50s country and honky-tonk. Stu’s influential style has seen his music featured in movies, documentaries and TV shows including the hit American southern vampire series True Blood. See him perform at the Tote Hotel on Saturday April 26.

ANDRE WARHURST & THE RARE BYRDS

Andre Warhurst and the Rare Byrds play Yah Yah’s on Saturday  April 26.The group has been together for a year but collectively have been in many great bands including Silver Night Drive, Spoonful, Rocket Science and many, many more.Smashing you between the eyes with a selection of all new and original material (heard for the first time at this gig) and classic ballsy rock‘n’roll covers (from artists such as Eddie Cochran, Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie), the Rare Byrds are set to be a revitalising new addition to the Melbourne rock scene. Don't miss this opportunity to rock out with them.

On Saturday April 26, Mike Erlington swings into town with a dynamic show of exceptionally wellcrafted blues with a contemporary edge. Having toured many years in Australia and the United States headlining sold out shows, Mike now makes his way to Mr Boogie Man Bar to show Melbourne what he’s got. Booking is essential so contact Mr Boogie Man Bar to reserve your place.

SUNDAY APR 27 BART

Following the release of their debut album Albania in 2012, with the single Albania Part 2 making it to the semi-finals of the International Songwriting Competition alongside the likes of Matt Corby and Oh Mercy, Melbourne alt-pop-rock band Bart will be releasing their new EP The Worst Thing I’ve Ever Done. With a lineup featuring the indie-garage grace of Altitude, a blues-rock battering from Bec Goring and the seductive electricity of Kakariko, tonight is looking good. You should come. It could end up being the best thing you’ve ever done.

LLOYD SPIEGEL & GEOFF ACHISON

This Sunday the Drunken Poet is rapt to welcome two of this town's finest blues players to come together and create some sort of blues guitar weather front. Geoff Achison and Lloyd Spiegel are both highly decorated players and writers alike. It’s next level playing, and it’s damn good fun. Music starts at 4pm, Sunday April 27.

MIDNIGHT WOOLF

Midnight Woolf have got a solid month of killer shows for you to get your dance-drink-fuzz-drenched-reverbsoaked fix. They will be playing every Sunday in April at the fabulous Old Bar. Each Sunday night will feature a new and fantastic line-up of the best garage/surf/punk our amazing little town can dish up. This Sunday April 27 marks the last of the shows with Digger and the Pussycats and Bad Vision. Entry is $8 and doors open at 8.30pm.

RESIDUAL

Geelong’s new favourite sons Residual are very proud to announce the release of their single Numbered from their forthcoming debut EP. Following on from the success of winning the Barwon regional heat of the FReeZA Push Start Competition to earn themselves a spot at the Grand Final at the Push Pop-Up Stage at Moomba. The band are set to celebrate the release of the new single by playing the Toff In Town on Saturday April 27 with I Know The Chief, the Winter Suns and Jordan Riddle. Tickets available through the venue and doors open at 7.30pm.

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MONDAY APR 28

FOUR HOURS SLEEP

Four Hours Sleep are not a band to rush things. The group’s new self-titled record has arrived eight years after the epic 2006 release Love Specifics which itself landed ten years after the iconic (out of print) debut album More Of Her. Drawing on the same core group of musicians (Bill McDonald, Angie Hart, Stephen Cummings, Peter Luscombe & Dan Luscombe) plus a few new surprising guests, the music of Four Hours Sleep has grown in depth and sophistication, yet maintains the deceptive simplicity and emotional directness of the traditional rock trio.  Four Hours Sleep launch their brand new album  Wednesday May 7  at the Toff In Town with special guest Freya Josephine Hollick  - Tickets $12.

I DO LIKE MONDAYS

The Old Bar presents I Do Like Mondays. Working with local unheard bands, each Monday brings a different taste of all things electronic, lo-fi, experimental and punk. With guest DJs each week, $15 Coopers jugs all night and some sweet old school cartoons on the big screen from 6-8, your Monday ‘shoot the whole day down’ mentality is out the door. 8pm $6.

JAZZ PARTY

Jazz Party is a fluid event, swirling in and around multiple Melbourne venues. In April, Jazz Party disrupts the Curtin front bar. No stage, an upright piano, basic band structure, staggering musicians, unexpected guests, vocalists and horns. Jazz Party typifies a really early rock'n'roll attitude to jazz. Jazz Party has a basic structure, but who’s a part of it and how it happens on the night is very autonomous. If Ghostface is playing around the corner on one of the nights, I really want to see him rapping over Robert Glasper playing piano. We’ll see.

THE DARJEELINGS

Monday nights at the Evelyn are filled with infectious piano riffs and four-part harmonies as the Darjeelings grace the stage every Monday in April. The girls are ready to bring their personal brand of jazz-and-bluesinfused indie-pop to the stage, joined by some carefully chosen guests that will be sure to have you on your feet. After launching their debut EP to a sold-out crowd in 2012, the band are getting ready to record again this year, and can’t wait to show you their new songs in style. Get ready to dress up, drink and dance with The Darjeelings.

TUESDAY APR 29 WORM CROWN

It’s a night of cheap rum and power trios at the Old Bar on Tuesday night. First up will be the debut performance of Cosmic Kahuna, a totally bodacious fuzzed out punk rock'n'roll outfit. Bangin’ beats, blaring vocals and blistering riffs. Then it’s Tsugnarly, who play like they’re surfing 10,000ft waves. Combining old school surf and new school rock and roll with a punk vigor. They produce a rumbling undertow that’ll make your bones shiver, shake and stomp. To complete the evening will be Worm Crown. You’ll be royally blindsided by their straight up yet well-crafted high-energy noise rock. This Tuesday April 29. Doors open at 8pm and entry is $6.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK

Robyn Hitchcock is touring solo throughout Australia and he is running with two entirely separate projects. The founder of art-rock group the Soft Boys will be touring his classic 1984 record I often Dream of Trains in it’s entirety, as well as celebrating folk legend Bob Dylan’s birthday with a handful of tribute shows. You can catch him performing I often Dream of Trains at the Northcote Social Club on Saturday May 31 and celebrating the music of Bob Dylan on Friday May 23 at the Flying Saucer Club.

JAJU CHOIR

DD Dumbo

AINSLIE WILLS

Using her voice as her sword, Ainslie Wills cuts through musical terrain with an emotionally charged kind of brutality that is devastatingly honest - she is vulnerable yet powerful. 2013 saw the independent release of Ainslie’s debut album You Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine to critical acclaim. Catch her at the Retreat Hotel Tuesday April 29.

RUBY TUESDAY

The last instalment of Ruby Tuesday for April sees local favourites Skyways are Highways take the stage, supporting by stalwarts Dayrigs and the Sand Dollars. Presented by SYN Media, The AU Review and Semplesize, and at only $5 entry, Ruby Tuesday continues to be one of the finer mid-week live music destinations in Melbourne. All the action kicks off from 8pm.

Fuck the Fitzroy Doom Scene hits the Melbourne gig scene with full force after the raging success of their initial shows at Melbournian music institutions, the Tote and the Public Bar. With gigs now lined up from here on in, FTFDS are sure to be a fixture on the gig circuit for some time. They are currently working on their album; recording full analogue, with no digital in mind. Fuck The Fitzroy Doom Scene are performing May 23 at Cherry Bar. Visit venue sites for ticketing info.

Beechworth Music Festival is celebrating Melbourne rock with style in an abandoned asylum. Seems fitting. A huge lineup of local favourites has been put together including the Bennies, Batpiss, Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk, Sun God Replica and DD Dumbo. Tickets are available now through beechworthmusicfestival.com.

Bluegrass, honkytonk and Western swing hits Melbourne’s newest Western suburbs venue, the Bar of Bengal, on Sunday May 4, with the Rechords & Nigel Wearne. This exciting new venue is setting up for a string of Sunday afternoon live gigs programmed especially for audiences in Melbourne’s burgeoning inner-West. Based at the creative hub that is Kindred Studios, 212a Whitehall Street, Yarraville, the Bar of Bengal offers punters a local alternative for excellent local music, cheap drinks and bar snacks.

JUNE

DAVE GRANEY

Dave Graney has been described as a “cryptic rock voyager." In other truth he is a storyteller, songwriter and singer with few peers in the Australian music scene. Everything Was Legendary With Robert is the first single from Dave’s new art pop solo album, Fearful Wiggings out May 2 on Cockaigne. Featuring wild pop dynamics, the voice right out front like a ‘60s country star should be, and massed, reverbed harmonies, Everything Was Legendary With Robert is a little folky, a little jazz in the chordings, a lot countrypolitan in the vocal register and level in the mix. With drama, of course, and grooves. “A best of from the future,” as described by the man himself. Catch Dave at the Workers Club on Friday May 2.

CASEY DONOVAN

BEECHWORTH MUSIC FESTIVAL

Robyn Hitchcock and Steve Kilbey were both born in England, a year and twenty-five miles apart. Both were influenced by the sixties icons (Beatles/Dylan/ The Archies) and took great inspiration from the British psychedelic movement. Robyn and Steve have never met… until now. Steve Kilbey moved to Australia at the age of three and 15 years later formed the best band in the world (The Church), leaving his eponymous competitors sitting in the shadows. Robyn Hitchcock stayed in London and formed the Soft Boys, embarking upon a career of musical eccentricity. Between them they have released over a hundred albums. Both have suffered major disappointments in their lives - Steve Kilbey wanted to swallow showbiz itself and Robyn Hitchcock was really only interested in time travel. Upon discovering these things were impossible they gave up on the world and turned inwards to the only realities that made any sense ... art and music. These two legends of modern music will be touring the country and stopping over in Melbourne on Saturday May 3 at the Melbourne Arts Centre Playhouse.

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FUCK THE FITZROY DOOM SCENE

At long last the boys from Jaju Choir are releasing an EP. Supporting them on this night or nights are three of the most legendary roots/reggae bands to come out of Melbourne in the last ten years; Centre & the South, Matt Katsis & India Black and Echo Drama. Also showing support on the night will be our Fin Free Melbourne Familia, to whom we are extremely grateful, and of coarse all that come along will be the first to get their hands on the new EP. Entry is $8 and doors open at 8pm.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK AND STEVE KILBEY

It’s been almost ten years since Casey Donovan was crowned the 2004 Australian Idol. To celebrate this momentous achievement, Casey is thrilled to announce her You Believed: 10 Year Anniversary Tour for 2014. The anniversary tour will bring audiences together to celebrate the remarkable journey of one of Australia’s most outstanding Aboriginal performers. She’ll be performing at Bennett’s Lane on both Saturday May 24 and Sunday May 25. Tickets available through the venue.

RECLINK COMMUNITY CUP

It’s back. The annual take-no-prisoners traditional clash between Triple R 102.7FM / PBS 106.7FM Megahertz and the Rockdogs will be fought out at Elsternwick Park on Sunday 22nd June. This year’s catch-phrase of ‘Such A Perfect Day’ is based on the legendary song by much loved icon Lou Reed, who sadly passed away last year. The theme also pays homage to the fact that the event is much loved by sports loving, fun loving and music loving patrons alike and has been proudly grass roots from its very inception, annually promoting an all inclusive fun day out..... nay a ‘perfect day’. The footy match between the community broadcasters and the Melbourne rock fraternity remains the centre-piece of the day, but the entire day promises to be huge. Preparations are well underway to make this family friendly fun day

FRESH AT REVOLVER

After eleven years Fresh at Revolver Upstairs is the longest-running industry showcase in Australia. Having showcased thousands of artists over this time, the legendary night has been a local industry hot spot for unsigned musicians and industry professionals. Doors open at 7pm and entry is $15. Contact the venue for more information.

LOOKING FORWARD MAY AMAYA LAUCIRICIA

Friday April 18 will see the release of Amaya Laucirica’s new full length album, Sway. Over the course of two EPs, three albums (including her latest) and countless live shows, Amaya Laucirica has established a unique presence in the Australian musical landscape. To celebrate the release of Sway Amaya and her band will head out on an east coast May/June tour beginning in Geelong and finishing up in Brisbane. She’ll be stopping over in Melbourne on Saturday May 24 to play the John Curtin Band Room. BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 36

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ALL GAMES HELD AT AG GILLON OVAL, BRUNSWICK WEST.

ROUND 2 - APRIL 27. FIRST GAME STARTS AT 1PM. THE GOUGERS VS THE PAIN (LABOUR IN VAIN) OLD BAR UNICORNS VS BAR OPEN BATS THE NORTH MELBOURNE TOWN HALL EASYBEATS VS TOTE FC BYE: LOMOND BARRACUDAS, ROCHESTER LIONS

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For all the latest news check out beat.com.au out, one for all Melburnians to embrace, and to carry on a tradition that has now been occurring for the past two decades. From what started out as a humble Australian football (AFL) match amongst the music fraternity, it is today an event which last year saw over $100,000 raised and well over 10,000 attend. Today the Reclink Community Cup is very much part of the Melbourne music and sporting event calendar and in 2014 is proudly supported by Australia Post. Last year for the second year running the match ended in a draw in the final minutes, with both teams finishing on 28 points. Who will take the honour of winning the 2014 Reclink Community Cup? Or controversially, will it be another draw? The event will raise funds for Reclink Australia, who use sport and the arts to enhance the lives of people experiencing disadvantage and targets some of the community’s most vulnerable and isolated people - those experiencing mental illness, disability, homelessness, substance abuse, addiction, and social and economic hardship. With a network of over 370 member agencies around the country, Reclink Australia encourages participation in physical activity in a population group under-represented in mainstream sport, recreational programs and associations. In the past 12 months Reclink Australia provided more than 110,000 individual opportunities to participate in over 12,000 sport and arts activities around the country. Food and beverages will be available on the day, and there will be kids activities. Entry is $10 for adults, and $5 for kids under 16. Stay tuned for more upcoming details. Sunday 22nd June, gates open 12 noon.

EP holds true to its words; pulling at the heartstrings with every multi-layered track. It’s the inclusion of powerfully stirring, and emotionally performed tracks like Motionless that make the four track Heartstrings EP a captivating listen from start to finish. Whether it’s the enchanting lyrics, mesmerising harmonies or contemporary take on the alt-pop genre, you're sure to love this show.

NORTHEAST PARTY HOUSE

THE PHONCURVES

Following on from the success of their debut single Heartstrings and new single Lover, Brisbane twopiece The Phoncurves are proud to announce their new Heartstrings EP, due for release on May 2. The harmonising duo will celebrate with a national headline tour of Australia, hitting up Boney on June 6 with Jim Lawrie. Both instrumentally unique and soulful singles are happily whirling around the country on triple j and community radio, receiving outstanding praise. This success, along with their recent support slot with Caitlin Park and their position as triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, is further heightening the anticipation for the forthcoming EP. Written, produced and engineered by the ladies themselves, the

60 SECONDS with LILITH LANE

Define your genre in five words or less: Garage, psychedelic, spaghetti, soul, blues. What do you love about making music? I love the songwriting process, working with different musicians and performing live.

They are the best of times. They are the worst of times. We all love a party, but they don’t always go the way we’d like them to. Northeast Party House knows this well, as do many of the characters inhabiting their hotly anticipated debut album, Any Given Weekend, out May 16 through Stop Start. Since forming in Melbourne Australia in 2010 (and being ‘Unearthed’ by triple j that same year for their song Dusk), Northeast Party House have built a cult following thanks to their electrifying live shows, and songs combining the heady exhilaration of dance music with pop hooks and rock backbone. These five young guys – most still in their early 20s – have brought the party to stages ranging from the Falls and St Kilda festivals to national support slots for acts such as Jungle Giants, Midnight Juggernauts and Ball Park Music. Catch them on the Melbourne leg of their tour at the Corner Hotel on Saturday June 21.

JULY BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – BORN IN THE USA

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 July 23 features arena rock legend The Boss Bruce Springsteen’s hallmark release Born In The USA with Laura Burzacott (Chants Des Catacombes/ Margaret Fulton: Queen of the Dessert) and Jack Howard (Hunters & Collectors). Doors at 6.30pm.

DAN SULTAN

Dan Sultan will hit the road for a mammoth national tour from June. The Blackbird tour will see Sultan touring for close to two months, visiting every state in the country including capital cities and smaller, regional towns.  Sultan will be backed by a full band at all shows, with gig-goers in capital cities treated to a little extra glitz from a big-band set-up. Sultan’s new album is the culmination of many months of writing and recording, and sees powerhouse riffs met by crackling gospel interludes, old-school rock'n'roll jams, pure country tones, bare and aching ballads, harmonies, horns, banjos – even an Arabic scale or two.  Blackbird is the simple journey of a man singing about love, desire and identity – an Australian musician coming into his own. Catch him at the Melbourne launch of Blackbird on Thursday July 17 at The Forum.

AUGUST CAROL KING - TAPESTRY

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 July 27 features folk hero Carol King’s seminal record Tapestry with the best recent graduates of the Ballarat Arts Academy. Doors at 6.30pm.

second solo album Gold Diamond before heading overseas. I’m glad to be back in Melbourne playing shows after a few years away.

What can a punter expect from your live show? A dynamic, organic experience. My Australian band the Many Wives are hotting up to tour France with me again mid-year so we are playing Wednesdays in April at the Old Bar before we head off. I’ve been performing without playing guitar or piano with this lineup which has freed me up onstage. The new album is all guitarbased so it has a different energy to my previous records. You can dance to this one.

What inspires or has influenced your music the most? I spent a year in Spain where I was meant to be studying but really just ended up hanging out in bars watching bands. I worked in the Pilbara desert for a while which was a huge influence on the texture of this record and the simplistic themes. I then travelled to the US and Europe again, toured the record in France as Beast Records fell in love with the album and eventually made my way back home. Hence the title Pilgrim. My travels have very much informed this album.

Do you have any record releases to date? What are they? Where can I get them? I have just released my third solo album Pilgrim that I recorded in Spain, mixed in Texas and wrote mostly whilst living in the Western Australian desert. CD stock has arrived from my French label and is now available at all good independent music stores.

When are you doing your thing next? I have a couple of film clips that I shot on my travels that I’ll release over the coming months. The first clip I Could Get Used to This was the only one I made in Melbourne. It features some dance moves thrown together by Gabi Barton of the Town Bikes and was filmed and edited by Ago Soldati. Check out lilithlane.com for more.

How long have you been gigging and writing? I spent a number of years playing in bands in my hometown of Melbourne and released my

Catch LILITH LANE and her band the Many Wives at the Old Bar on Wednesdays throughout April.

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It is undeniable that in hardcore music there has been a shift towards rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;roll that has resulted in the genre receiving an â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;amp upâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; - pardon the pun. Plague Vendor are the latest hard-edge band to release an album, that while unrelenting, offers a few hooks to let those of us without shaved heads or black tear tattoos to access their music. The listener is not left waiting too long until the first hook plants itself firmly in your aural processor. At 1:19 on opening song Black Sap Scripture a squalling guitar riff gives way to the vocals of Brandon Blaine subtly entoning, â&#x20AC;&#x153;ba ba bam ba bam bam bam ba bam / amputated my limbs and gave me eight eye / bam bam ba ba bamâ&#x20AC;? before the previous guitar line drops with twice the ferocity. This is enthralling stuff. Like fellow Californians Fidlar, Plague Vendor play music worthy to sit beside DC punk legends Black Flag and Fugazi, but unlike their aforementioned compatriots, Plague Vendor donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t embrace the bratty youthfulness of California punk that Fidlar do, instead remaining desperately raucous. The volcanic attitude of the song Hexed Lust captures the explosive sexual power of punk rock with the sonic elements of this song in line with Refused, At the Drive In and even the same posture as Iggy Popâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wanna Be Your Dog. According to their bio on Epitaphâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website - thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on arguably the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most respected rock label - the name was inspired by a Mexican folk tale that band-mates Blaine, Michael Perez (bass), Luke Perine (drums), and Jay Rogers (guitar) had read with this tale inspiring the themes of some of the songs on the album. Song My Tongue Is So Treacherous appears to draw upon a mariachi tonality, especially as the intro spins off as something from a Tarantino movie. While seeming a little too easy to make a comparison, At the Drive In

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2. Loopholes THE MURLOCS 3. Rain ADULTS 4. In Our Hearts BRIANNA CARPENTER 5. Oceans of Champagne HOY 6. Hey Mr Grey BOB MOULD 7. Statue G SIDE 8. Stone By Stone IKEBE SHAKEDOWN 9. No Excuse JACQUES GREENE 10. Burn Up The Road LIAM FINN

is called for. The energy and urgency in Plague Vendorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sound is most tangible in track five, Numbers. This 55-second freak-out builds, peaks, then falls - a fast-tracked trip but meaningful all the same. As alluded to in the previous comment, economy on time is a key feature of Free To Eat with the entire ten-track album coming in at a brief 17 minutes and 40 seconds - but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all Plague Vendor needed to get me hooked (truth be told they had me after 90 seconds).

HEARTLAND RECORDS TOP TEN 1. West Of Memphis LP NICK CAVE & W ELLIS 2. An Ideal For Living 12â&#x20AC;? JOY DIVISION 3. Learn To Obey 7â&#x20AC;? OFF 4. Clear Lake Forest 10â&#x20AC;? BLACK ANGELS

BY DENVER MAXX BEST TRACK: Black Sap Scripture IF YOU LIKE THIS, YOUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;LL LIKE THESE: Relationship Of Command AT THE DRIVE IN, The Shape Of Punk To Come REFUSED, Fidlar FIDLAR, Remember When THE ORWELLS IN A WORD: Enthralling

5. In These Arms Of Love 10â&#x20AC;? CUT COPY 6. Live At The Royal Albert Hall LP FOALS 7. 7 Skies H3 LP THE FLAMING LIPS 8. American Beauty 12â&#x20AC;? BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN 9. Supersonic 12â&#x20AC;? OASIS 10. Split Single 7â&#x20AC;? PANTERA/POISON IDEA

SINGLES

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1. Tin Star LINDI ORTEGA 2. Badlove TWIN BEASTS

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LANA DEL R EY

West Coast (Universal) A world away from the bombast of crossover hit Summertime Sadness, the first taste of Lanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ultraviolence sets a brooding atmosphere with its creeping Dan Auerbach production. Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really picture it as a commercial radio hit, the hooks are too understated, but I guess some shitty dance producer will remix a 4/4 house beat underneath and prove me wrong. As it stands, a promising turn away from Born To Dieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hollywood glitz â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an exaggerated analogue could be the disparate halves of Mulholland Drive, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see.

SHOCKING PINKS FEAT. GEMMA SYME

St. Louis (Stars & Letters) No matter how many times you listen to St Louis, it always triggers that emotive gulp at the back of your throat, that elusive breathlessness that so many songwriters wish to achieve. Shocking Pinks, the solo outlet for Kiwi Nick Harte, is joined by compatriot Gemma Syme for a confronting and comforting, intimate acoustic ballad, with slight pauses before syllables twigging the listener like a puppet.

THE HARPOONS

Unforgettable (Two Bright Lakes/Remote Control) Calling to mind How To Dress Wellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poppier moments, The Harpoons lay down some emotive R&B before sideswiping with a ridiculously killer beat. Hope overrides heartbreak as vocalist Bec Rigby digs a rich well beyond platitude, making every syllable count. LP Falling For You out this July.

COLLARBONES

Burnout (Independent) Restraining from fully realising the rave impulses that bubble below the surface, Collarbones concoct lush spaciousness with ambient, almost cicada-like production touches, Marcus Whaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heavyweight pop vocals rising to the fore. Keeping with the duoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mixtape-before-album regiment, Burnout is lifted from pre-album collection Atlantis 2014.

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3. Sway AMAYA LAUCIRICA

COURTNEY BARNETT

Anonymous Club (Milk/Remote Control) Cultivating the eerie starkness of the Australian landscape, Courtney Barnett brandishes her distinctive vocal chops and disarming knack for frank lyricisms on Anonymous Club, the tranquil closer on EP How To Carve A Carrot Into A Rose. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Courtney at her least rock-y, but most spectacular. Fingers crossed we receive her debut album proper sometime in 2014.

FISHING FEAT. MARCUS WHALE

Chi Glow (Create/Control) Kinda like a chillwave wash over Malcolm MacLarenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Buffalo Gal, Sydney duo Fishing craft a lush retro throwback featuring pitched down vocals from Marcus Whale (Collarbones/Scissor Lock/Black Vanilla). The stumbling flow on the rap verse needs a fully unhinged, Danny Brown style, delivery to stick, but it just isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sound awful by any means, but for all the forward-thinking local electronic acts ascending â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not just in Sydney anymore â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this feels a little behind the eight ball.

4. Live In Amsterdam BETH HART & JOE BONAMASSA 5. Unlearned SCOTT MATTHEW 6. Feeling Nice Vol. 2 VARIOUS ARTISTS 7. Seven Drummers EAST BRUNSWICK ALL GIRLS CHOIR 8. Hunters HUNTERS 9. Introducing Theo Carbo THEO CARBO 10. The Nihilist LIAM FINN

BEATâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TOP TEN SONGS ABOUT PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 1. Public Holiday Pervert INTERPOL 2. Public Holiday Displays Of Affection MORCHEEBA 3. Mannequin Republic Holiday AT THE

SINGLE OF THE WEEK

GUY & MARCUS BLACKMAN EXPERIMENTATION PROJECT

Pantry Shelf (Hidiotic) UV Race frontman Marcus Rechsteiner runs us through a stream of consciousness recount of share house malaise towards the end of Pantry Shelf, his internal monologue at war as he tries to rationalise the ethics of racking his housematesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; food and the unwillingness to walk down to the shops. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice and laid back, a little bit like a stripped back UV Race cut with its solid acoustic riffs and Marcusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s melodic couplets, Guy Blackmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jaunty electric keys expanding the tonal palette. Taken from the six-track cassette release Country Pantry.

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DRIVE-IN 4. Bring The Noise PUBLIC HOLIDAY ENEMY 5. Lonely Day Off SYSTEM OF A DOWN 6. A Hard Day Off â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Night THE BEATLES 7. Our Bovine Public Holiday THE CRIBS 8. Public Holiday Animal #9 ALICE COOPER 9. Every Day Off Is Exactly The Same NINE INCH NAILS 10. First Day Off Of My Life BRIGHT EYES


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THE NIGHT TERRORS

OZOMATLI

Spiral Vortex (Homeless Records)

Place In The Sun (Vanguard Records)

I knew someone who suffered from night terrors. “So it’s just like a really bad nightmare?” we’d ask innocently. “A little bit, but different,” he’d say. “You wake up screaming, but you can’t remember what it was that was freaking you out, so it seems like it’s more than just a dream.” Like so many neurological oddities, medical science still has some way to go before it truly understands the cause and manifestation of night terrors. Similarly, it’s almost as difficult to understand where the Night Terrors are heading. The band’s music has been described as ‘synth prog’ – itself a term that’d potentially induce a disturbing musical nightmare – but that’s not the whole story. Miles Brown is the Night Terrors’ notional leader and, if you’re prepared to wear the pretension of the concept, the auteur. His command of the theremin is freakish – compared to Brown, Jon Spencer is a kindergarten student playing on a toy xylophone. The synth melodies are somewhere between celestial and pan-galactic. It’s 1985 meets 2001, Harold Faltermeyer on a cryptographic bender with Carl Sagan, Krautrock on a New Age journey into a higher level of cerebral understanding. There’s a moment in Space Sickness when all prog synth hell breaks loose, and nothing will ever be the same; if you can hold on for the ride, Monster takes you from Hammer’s House of Horror to English new wave in a matter of short sonic splashes. Celeste is ominous; when the spaceship takes off we’re in another dimension and we might never return. Galaxia is the intense trip into the most ethereal corners of 1979; it’s simultaneously enlightening and disconcerting, even if you can’t work out the ultimate meaning of it all. The Devil Played Backwards starts out as the mutant lovechild of Flashdance – is that what the title really means – and then it’s the synth-dance pop track for the ages. The album concludes with the dark and haunting Force Field and you���re left to ponder just what you’ve heard, seen and experienced. But to obsess with BEST TRACK: Space Sickness the destination is to lose sight of the experience. And it’s in IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: Can, Neu!, that experience that exists the wonder of the Night Terrors. Cybotron IN A WORD: Celestial PATRICK EMERY

DAN WILSON

Love Without Fear (Ballroom Music) American singer-songwriter Dan Wilson is back with his second solo album, Love Without Fear. Best known as the lead singer of rock band Semisonic and for co-writing a multitude of hits, including Adele’s Someone Like You, Wilson has created an album full of radio friendly pop songs, exploring a wide range of emotions including love, sadness and hope. Wilson’s smooth vocals, acoustic guitar work and impressive songwriting prowess are all on show throughout Love Without Fear. Three of the best tracks on this album feature guest artists providing harmonious backing vocals: Natalie Maines from the Dixie Chicks on the opener and title track Love Without Fear, Missy Higgins on Even the Stars Are Sleeping and Sara Bareilles on heartfelt ballad Disappearing, the standout track which combines vocals, guitar and piano beautifully. A Song Can Be About Anything and Your Brighter Days are other favourites, with catchy melodies. It’s been seven years between albums for Dan Wilson, and Love Without Fear has proven to be just as enjoyable as his BEST TRACK: Disappearing first album Free Life. The acoustic nature of Love Without IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: GARY Fear ensures that it’s an easy listen. JULES IN A WORD: Smooth ALI BIRNIE

Ozomatli are basically the West Coast version of the Roots. The talented seven-piece from Los Angeles have been playing together for more than 20 years and as their seventh studio album, Place In The Sun is still a hell of a lot of fun. The opening title track, Place In The Sun, is catchy but the chorus is a little too generic to stay with you. The band explained that this song is about the joy of searching for and ultimately finding your one true calling in life – which they’ve done with their music. As with most of Ozomatli’s back-catalogue of hits, the better tracks on this album feature guest vocalists. Dave Stewart from Eurythmics features on Brighter, which is a breezy summer single, and Paleta features the infectious vocals of Mexican band Voces del Rancho. Ready To Go sounds like a soccer anthem, which will appeal to fans of the sport but not everyone. Similarly, Prendida is a fast-paced Latin rock track that features some out-of-place synth keys. Burn It Down goes back to their roots, while Tus Ojos takes the tempo down a notch for a slower, salsa-inspired melody. Only Love reintroduces the horn section but remains a lot slower than we’re used to from them. Echale Grito is almost Spanish rap, which is a welcome inclusion in the already broad scope of genres. Time BEST TRACK: Paleta To Go wraps the album up in a neat little package, finishing IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: CAT with a soulful serenade. EMPIRE, SASKWATCH, THE ROOTS IN A WORD: Festive CHRIS BRIGHT

TINARIWEN

Emmaar (Anti/Wedge) Tinariwen are a combo of musicians from Mali; all the songs are titled and sung in their native tongue. So unless one is conversant with the language, it is of no real value to refer to the lyrics with respect to an English-speaking audience. However, if you are prepared to be enchanted by some truly dusty nomadic sounds that reveal a passion for Hendrix and American blues, this is for you. A prolific band with a fluid line-up, Tinariwen strongly assert their identity. And true to their nomadic heritage, the songs themselves exude stoic torment at times but always hint that you can walk on and walk through, forever forwards, even through a burning desert full of mirages and into the unknown. It is the knowing of nothingness that drives them forward. Heck, their name means ‘empty places’ for starters. And they know their subject matter intimately, having had to flee their homeland due to political and social unrest. Most songs sound like campfire singalongs with massed voices. Maybe it’s the strength of the harmonies that make this record an example of what can be achieved by rapidly layering melodies to ascend into some sort of transcendence, despite the listener having no idea what the songs are about. The presentation has a freshness that even at full-throttle, Tinariwen maintain a composure that comes from knowing each other’s craft and working off one another. Ponderous instrumentation and lyrics which are BEST TRACK: Emajer most probably full of astounding insight suggest that unlike IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: RY the peculiar and arid landscape from which they hail, they COODER, DANIEL LANOIS, JIMMY do not lack substance with their boutique sounds.  HENDRIX, BAMBINO IN A WORD: Educational BRONIUS ZUMERIS

FOSTER THE PEOPLE

VANCOUVER SLEEP CLINIC

Supermodel (Columbia Records)

Winter- EP (Vancouver Sleep Clinic)

Supermodel is the follow up to the 2011 smash hit breakthrough album Torches from Foster the People. When you have a hit as big as Pumped Up Kicks from that record, it really puts the pressure on to deliver a better than good sophomore release. Foster the People have taken their time to carefully craft their second album, one that has safely ensured they haven’t succumbed to ‘second album syndrome’. They’ve gone to pains to not replicate their debut album and there’s no Pumped Up Kicks to be found. However, there are a lot of quality songs and a fair few potential hits. Lead single Coming of Age is instantly familiar, likeable, and complete with a chorus that sweeps you up into a feel-good frenzy. While it’s not likely to be used on every ad for the next two years, it is a markedly better song than Pumped Up Kicks. When listening to the entire album, it’s evident how much the band has grown. Their songwriting is far more advanced and the band has taken risks and breaks away from the indie pop blueprint and experimented more. The vocals are less shouty and a lot smoother with Mark Foster’s vocal ability more on show. The brilliantly titled Pseudologia Fantastica is another gem, with soaring vocals throughout the chorus and electro-pop influences throughout. Best Friend is the closest song to their old material, sounding a little like a more polished version of Call It What You Want. BEST TRACK: Coming of Age It’s been three years since Torches, and these Californians IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: GYPSY & have delivered a sensational follow up. THE CAT, GOLD FIELDS, THE HOLIDAYS IN A WORD: Uplifting ALEXANDER CROWDEN

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WEDNESDAY APR 23 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS AURANIX + THE LACHLAN BRUCE BAND + TANKT + LISTERDALE Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. BREED + DEMIAN + 30/70 Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $8.00. BRONWYN ROSE + HEY FRANKIE + ANNA PADDICK & THE SPEKULATORS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $8.00. EMPRA + VELUDO + WE DISAPPEAR Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 6:00pm. GREGG ALLMAN + GOV’T MULE + THE DEVON ALLMAN BAND Forum Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 6:00pm. $99.95. JUDE PERL + LAUREN GLEZER + RALEIGH WILLIAMS Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 7:30pm. $7.00. LILITH LANE & HER MANY WIVES + PHIL GIONFRIDDO + STRAY THREAD Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $6.00. MILKSHAKE + MONNONE ALONE + HAIRCUT Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $5.00. MOJO PIN + HALF BREED HEROES + COSMIC RAIN Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. MORBID ANGEL The Hi-fi, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $60.50. PETE REID + NICK LUPTON Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. SAGAMORE + BOB HARROW + MERRI CREEK PICKERS Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $6.00. STONEFOX + ARCHER & LIGHT + SANS Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. $8.00. THE UPSKIRTS + CASH FOR GOLD Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $13.00.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/ WORLD MUSIC

MINGUS THINGUS Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $15.00. ALTIJA Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm.

ARLENE FLETCHER TRIO Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $15.00. BOPSTRETCH Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. DIZZY’S BIG BAND WITH PETER HEARNE Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. $14.00. OWEN CAMPBELL (REMEMBER TO BREATHE LAUNCH) Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $15.00. SAIDAH BABA TALIBAH Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $12.25. THE WAILERS + SLY & ROBBIE + THE TAXI GANG + BITTY MCLEAN 170 Russell, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $88.00.

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AMARILLO Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. BELL ST DELAYS + LIZ STRINGER Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. CLONE OF WINE WHISKEY WOMEN - FEAT: RUBY BOOTS + JEMMA NICOLE Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:00pm. JORDIE LANE Bella Union Bar, Carlton. 8:00pm. $23.00. LARRY GRAHAM & GRAHAM CENTRAL STATION FEAT: LARRY GRAHAM & GRAHAM CETNRAL STATION Corner Hotel, Richmond. 7:30pm. $60.00. OPEN MIC Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. OPEN MIC/JAM Musicland, Fawkner. 7:00pm. SIMPLY ACOUSTIC Wesley Anne, Northcote. 7:00pm. THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS - FEAT: LAKYN HEPERI + OLLY FRIEND + JAKE NICHOLLS Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm.

THURSDAY APR 24 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS BABYLON BURNING + SAN SALVADOR + MANNY FOX John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. BITTERSWEET KICKS Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 8:30pm. $10.00.

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LORDE Can you imagine if Lorde got a job working for the City of Melbourne? “And we’ll never be Robert Doyles, Doyles, it don’t run in our blood.” Oh struth imagine that. “I’m Lord Doyle!”…“No I’m Lorde Royal!’ What a catastrophe. Anyway, Our Lorde is like 17 or some shit and she’s successful so good on her. I’m 23 but my kill-death ratio on Call of Duty is 2:1 soooooo. Lorde plays Festival Hall on Thursday April 24 and Saturday April 26.

BOUNTY HUNTER + SETH REES (NZ) + ALEX HURDY-GURDY Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East. 8:00pm. CALLING ALL CARS (ALBUM LAUNCH) + THE SINKING TEETH + THE LOVE JUNKIES Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:30pm. $20.00. CHERRYWOOD - FEAT: JACK ON FIRE + GORSHA + PORK CHOP PARTY + CHERRYWOOD Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $12.00. COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS + KYLIE AULDIST Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. COSMIC PSYCHOS Westernport Hotel, San Remo. 8:00pm. $20.00. D.O.A + CLOWNS + NO IDEA + DIXON CIDER Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $30.00. DIRT RIVER RADIO + MASSIVE + STARS OF ADDICTION + THE HELLHOUNDS + PHIL PARA Espy, St Kilda. 6:00pm. FRASER A. GORMAN (SINGLE LAUNCH) + MOJO JUJU + PALM STRINGS + DJ WOODY MCDONALDS Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10.00. KING OF THE NORTH + MY LEFT BOOT + THE DEAD LOVE + LEOPARD SLUGG Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. LORDE Festival Hall, West Melbourne. 8:00pm. PEARL (THE ULTIMATE JANIS JOPLIN SHOW) Musicland, Fawkner. 8:00pm. $10.00. PLASTIC - FEAT: BODYJAR + ENDLESS HEIGHTS + RAISE THE STAKES + ONE DAY MAYBE + MASKETTA FALL + WHO INVITED THE WOLF + ACRASIA Colonial Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. PLASTIC - FEAT: BURIED IN VERONA + FIT FOR A KING + FEED HER TO THE SHARKS + OCEAN GROVE Royal Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. RUBY BOOTS + BEN SALTER + THE SIDESHOW BRIDES Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. THE BALLS + I AM DUCKEYE + AUSTRALIAN KINGSWOOD FACTORY + HAIL BATKNIFE Public Bar, North Melbourne. 8:30pm. $8.00. THE CHANTOOZIES Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 8:00pm. $30.00. THE DUKES OF DELICIOUSNESS + DRIFTER + UPTOWN ACE + THE HIDDEN VENTURE + THE SUPERGUNS Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. THE HARD ACHES + THE FLYING SO HIGH-O’S + LIONIZER + THE SHADOW LEAGUE Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $8.00. THE HELLO MORNING + MILLAR JUKES & THE BANDITS + GRIZZLY JIM LAURIE + DJ ROY WILKINSON Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $12.00. THE HONDAS + THE STRANGE + THE POPE’S ASSASSIN Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. $7.00. THE MURLOCS + TEETH & TONGUE + THE FROWNING CLOUDS Howler, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $12.00. THE RAMSHACKLE ARMY + THE WORKINGHORSE IRONS + ROYAL CUT THROAT CO + SARGE & THE NUKED Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. THURSDAYS AT THE BRUNNY Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. TOBIAS HENGEVELD + THE GRAND MAGOOZI Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. VAN WALKER Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 8:00pm.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/ WORLD MUSIC

GIANNI MARINUCCI NONET Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $20.00. CREATIVE VOCAL SERIES - FEAT: ANEA DURATOVIC &ELANA STONE Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $18.00. JOE RUBERTO TRIO Rising Sun Hotel, South Mel-

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BEYOND THE BATHROOM CHOIR WORKSHOP Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 7:30pm. DAMIAN HOWARD (ALBUM LAUNCH) Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury. 8:00pm. $18.40. JOHN MONTESANTE QUINTET The Commune, East Melbourne. 6:00pm. KICKIN THE B AT 303 - FEAT: SPECTRUM 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10.00. LAMPLIGHT + MA PETITE: ALBUM LAUNCH + YOUNG WERTHER Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $12.00. OWEN CAMPBELL Beav’s Bar, Geelong. 8:00pm. $15.00. ROSIE BURGESS Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:00pm. SOPHIE OFFICER + MEL WILKINSON + SEAN KIRKWOOD Highlander, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES + KASEY CHAMBERS Forum Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. $95.95. THE BOYS Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. THE JUNES COUNTRY CON QUESO Bella Union Bar, Carlton. 8:00pm. $15.00. THE KNIGHTS OF DJAMELOT Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. VULGARGRAD + ROWAN BLACKMORE + THE ZAPOROZHETS Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 9:00pm. $15.00. WEIRD VIBES - FEAT: MAP ENDS + SHACK OF BELLS + BJ MORRISZONKLE + DJ DAVE THE SCOT Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. YOUNIS CLARE + NOT THE WOLF + JEMMA NICOLE Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10.00.

FRIDAY APR 25 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS 80S ON THE EDGE Sugar Lounge, 9:30pm. ACTS REVELATIONS + MATT BAILEY & BAND + BJ MORRISZONLE + SAILORS & SWINE Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $10.00. ANZAC NIGHT ROCK FEST - FEAT: KILL SHOTT + LOVE CREAM + LADY CRIMSON Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East. 8:00pm. BITTER SWEET KICKS + HITS + CHRIS RUSSELL’S CHICKEN WALK + SHERIFF + VAN WALKER’S HEARTBROKERS + DRUNKEN POACHERS + SPENCER P JONES + BOBBY HARROW + BLACK MOLLS Prince Bandroom, St Kilda. 2:00pm. $23.50. BRONSON + MASON + ANIENT + REMZELK + ZYPHOYD Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 7:00pm. $15.00. CLIENT LIAISON Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $15.00. CRAZY ROCK - FEAT: FIREBIRD TRIO + GOGO GODDESSES + DJ LIL’ EL The Luwow, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. DISTURD + INSIDIOUS PROCESS + RORT + HAVITTAJAT + SOME COMA + EXTINCT EXIST Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm.


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For all the latest gigs check out beat.com.au EINSTEIN TOYBOYS + MICKS MIX Musicland, Fawkner. 8:00pm. NORMIE ROWE AM + GALLIE Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 3:30pm. $2.00. PRESSURE DROP + JOHNNY LONGSHOT Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. REMI Open Studio, Northcote. 6:00pm. RREVOLVER + TANYA CAVANAGH + TWO BY 2 Mr Boogie Man Bar, Abbotsford. 7:00pm. $15.00. RUSTBUCKET Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully. 9:00pm. $5.00. SHADOWS OF HYENAS + TEN THOUSAND + DJ TRAFFIC JAM Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. SUN GOD REPLICA Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 9:30pm. THE ADELAIDE CROWS + PLEBS Victoria Hotel (brunswick), Brunswick. 9:00pm. THE DELTA RIGGS + WHITE CAVES John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. THE JACKS + THE FURROWS + BROCKWAY LIGHTS + THE SHOCKWAVES Yah Yahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. THE KUJO KINGS Union Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. THE MORRISONS (HARD HOARSE LAUNCH) + THE RAMSHACKLE ARMY + GOLDEN GATE JUMPERS Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 8:30pm. $10.00. THOMMOFEST - FEAT: HIGH TENSION + BATPISS + OUCH MY FACE + BABY MACHINE + FOAMY E + DJ LONG DONG Old Bar, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $12.00. TIN LION Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. UGLY KID JOE + SKID ROW Palace Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $73.60. VERA NIGHTS + STRAY LOVE + SYTHESTATIC Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $13.00. WHITAKER TRIO Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:30pm. $10.00.

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CANNONBALL Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $25.00. TOTTIE AND THE WANDERERS Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $15.00. 30/70 + SANDWICH JESUS + EDEL PLASTIK + TOM

FRYER BAND + BAT COUNTRY + DESIGNER VAGINA + SCHOLL 303, Northcote. 3:00pm. KATIE NOONAN Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 6:00pm. $35.00. PUGSLEY BUZZARD Open Studio, Northcote. 11:00pm. SAM KEEVERS QUINTET Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. THE ANDRIA DURATOVIC BAND Dizzyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. TIN MAN TRIO Wesley Anne, Northcote. 5:30pm.

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BAKERSFIELD GLEE CLUB + DJ ROBERTS Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 8:30pm. BOOKER T JONES + VALERIE JUNE Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:30pm. $66.00. DALLAS CRANE + NICK BARKER & THE HEARTACHE STATE Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. $23.00. DIESEL Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 8:30pm. $39.95. JUKE BOX RACKET Penny Black, Brunswick. 9:30pm. JUNK MNEMONIC - FEAT: DUAA SVIM & PARE OHM + THE STRANGE + THE POPEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ASSASSIN Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $5.00. KEEP ON DANCINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; + THE VACANT SMILES + GRAND PRISMATIC + ANDRE Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. $10.00. OLIVER PATERSON + DJ FERGUS Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 6:00pm. SONGS OF LOVE & WAR - FEAT: EMMA DEAN & FRANCESCA DE VALENCE + THE MERCURIALS Burrinja Cafe, Upwey. 8:00pm. $15.00. SPENCER P JONES Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 5:30pm. TELEGRAPH TOWER + NEW ARCHER + MELISSA RAMSAY Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. $8.00. THE HORNETS DUO Famous Blue Raincoat, Kingsville South. 8:30pm. TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION - FEAT: DAN BOURKE Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 6:00pm. TURK TRESIZE BAND + BAMBAY SCARLET + BEN SMITH Elsternwick Hotel, Elwood. 8:00pm.

OZOMATLI Fresh from Bluesfest, seven-piece Latin/hip hop/ rock/etc. band Ozomatli, from Los Angeles where the helicopters got cameras, are coming to Melbourne, where the helicopters have also got cameras. Hey do you like Wikipedia-based trivia? Check this shit out: â&#x20AC;&#x153;In 1999 Ozomatli appeared in the Drew Barrymore movie Never Been Kissed. They are the band playing in the reggae club when she ingests â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ganja cakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;Śthey play Cumbia De Los Muertos followed by Cut Chemist Suite where Barrymoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character dances wildly in front of the entire club.â&#x20AC;? Barrymoreover, they also received a Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Come get Barrymore or less crazy at the Corner Hotel on Saturday April 26.

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SATURDAY APR 26 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS A SLOW DEATH + LAURA PALMER + FOXTROT + TIGERS + DJ BITCHY Public Bar, North Melbourne. 8:30pm. $10.00. ALEXANDER FRANCIS Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. ANDRE WARHURST & THE RARE BYRD Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. ANTARCTICA + THEM BRUINS + THE STEINS + GALAX + DJ JUKEJOINT Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10.00. ASH GRUNWALD Westernport Hotel, San Remo. 8:00pm. $25.00. BANG - FEAT: THE ACACIA STRAIN + AVERSIONS CROWN + GRAVES + EXPOSURES Royal Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. BARE GRILLZ + SCHOOL GIRL REPORT + BONE + ORLANDO FURIOUS Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. BOB HARROW + ALEX HAMILTON + EMILY ULMAN Old Bar, Fitzroy. 3:00pm. CIGGIE WITCH + GALAXY FOLK + MELBOURNE CANS John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. HARMONY (ALBUM LAUNCH) + DEAF WISH + TYRANNAMEN + LAURA IMBRUGLIA + MORRISZONKLE Howler, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $12.00. HELLO SATELLITES + PADDY MANN Kelvin Club, Melbourne Cbd. 3:00pm. $15.00. HTRK + NEW WAR + REGIONAL CURSE + DJ CONRAD STANDISH The Hi-fi, Melbourne Cbd. 1:00pm. $25.50. JASON DERULO Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. 7:30pm. $99.90. JURASSIC PENGUIN + REGRESSER + OLD LOVE + YACHTBURNER + THE WORLD AT A GLANCE 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. LORDE Festival Hall, West Melbourne. 8:00pm. $75.00. MIDNIGHT ALIBI + BLACK FUEL + RJDZB Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East. 8:00pm. MIKE ELRINGTON & ROD MCLEOD + THE ALLAN SISTERS Mr Boogie Man Bar, Abbotsford. 5:30pm. $15.00. MOJO JUJU Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 8:30pm. $10.00. NEW DUB CITY + SK SIMEON + LOTEK + PAULY FLATLACE Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. OH PEP! + ELANA STONE Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $12.00. PAULIE BIGNELL & THE THORNBURY TWO + COLD HEART + DJ SHAKY MEMORIAL Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. PETER CUPPLES BAND + JIMMY CUPPLES Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 8:00pm. $23.00. RAW BRIT Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. $23.00. SIETTA (ALBUM LAUNCH) Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $10.00. SONGS OF LOVE & WAR - FEAT: EMMA DEAN & FRANCESCA DE VALENCE Butterfly Club, Melbourne Cbd. 10:30pm. $23.00.

TANYA BATT (SINGLE LAUNCH) + HIDING WITH BEARS + TOM KLINE Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $15.00. THE BROKEN NEEDLES + THE STEPHEN BOWTELL BAND Victoria Hotel (brunswick), Brunswick. 9:00pm. THE DARKENED SEAS + THE STRANGE + THE THEAVES Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $5.00. THE GRAND RAPIDS + PARADING + SUMMER BLOKES Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 8:00pm. $10.00. THE KREMLINGS + FERMUNTED + BAD VISION + THE LIVING EYES Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $5.00. THE PHANTOM HITMEN Union Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. THE SPINDRIFT SAGA - FEAT: THE SPENDTHRIFT SAGA + BETTER THAN THE WIZARDS + JEN KNIGHT & THE CAVALIERS + DAVID KNIGHT Playground, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $10.00. VIRTUE + DESTROY SHE SAID + IDLE FRET + SUDDEN STATE Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $10.00.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/ WORLD MUSIC

ANEA DURATOVIC QUINTET Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $20.00. DISCO INFERNO - FEAT: DONNY DISCO & CC DISCO The Luwow, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. $5.00. IAN CHAPLIN & STEVE MAGNUSSON Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. KOOYEH + SCHOOL OF DUB Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. $15.00. OZOMATLI + CHALI 2NA Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:30pm. $66.00. REBECCA MENDOZA & THE ROGER CLARK QUARTET Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. SOUL RESURRECTION Musicland, Fawkner. 9:00pm. $15.00. SWING TRAIN FEATURING GIANNI MARINUCCI Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $25.00. TANKT Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. THE PUSH Penny Black, Brunswick. 9:30pm. THE WIKIMEN Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. VINCE JONES Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $30.00.

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DALLAS CRANE (SINGLE LAUNCH) + CASH SAVAGE & THE LAST DRINKS Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 9:00pm. $25.00. DUNCAN GRAHAM & HIS CO ACCUSED Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. JEFF LANG Montrose Town Centre, Montrose. 8:00pm. $22.00. PEPPERJACK + THE BON SCOTTS + FLIG Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. $10.00. RAISED BY EAGLES Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 9:30pm. SHIVERING TIMBERS Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. SORE EYE SHAMBLE Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 9:00pm. THE HOUNDLINGS Union Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. THE LONG STAND + DJ ROBERTS Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 8:30pm. THE T-BONES Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 9:00pm. THE WIZARD FRANCHISE + ELECTRIC WAR BABIES + SPIDEY Elsternwick Hotel, Elwood. 8:00pm. TOMMY CASTLES Famous Blue Raincoat, Kingsville South. 8:30pm. $10.00.

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ANGUS MCLEAN + TEENAGE LIBIDO Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $5.00. ANNE OF THE WOLVES Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. BART (EP LAUNCH) + ALTITUDE + BEC GORING + KAKARIKO Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $5.00. BENNY WALKER Westernport Hotel, San Remo. 5:30pm. BETTY & OSWALD + OLIVER’S ARMY + WHITAKER + LEAH SENIOR Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 6:00pm. $8.00. BIKINI ROCK - FEAT: ELECTRIC MARY + VELUDO + DALE WINTERS BAND + DIRT RIVER RADIO Gh Hotel, St Kilda. 2:00pm. CLIENT LIAISON Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $15.00. DESTRENDS Public Bar, North Melbourne. 2:00am. INITIALS + NATHAN SEECKTS + LUKE SHIELDS Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 3:00pm. $5.00. JAMES GILLIGAN Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 6:00pm. JESSE SWAN THORSON + MARA THREAT + DJ KNUCKLES 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. MOUNTAIN GOAT BEERSOAKED SUNDAYS -

DALLAS CRANE Dallas Crane play rock, none of this wanky ‘oh it’s progressive psychedelic industrial adjective minimalist adjective fucken more adjectives rock’, just straight up rock, and they’re masters at it. These legends are back after an on-and-off break, so show your support when they launch new single Get Off the Dope at Oakleigh’s Caravan Club on Friday April 25 and The Spotted Mallard on Saturday April 26.

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ASHLEY DE NEEF QUARTET 303, Northcote. 3:30pm. ESTEE BIG BAND Penny Black, Brunswick. 5:00pm. JONATHAN CRAYFORD TRIO (CD LAUNCH) Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $20.00. NAHKO & MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury. 7:30pm. $39.80. THE LET YOUR HAIR DOWN GIRLS John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 5:00pm. TRIO AGOGO Wesley Anne, Northcote. 5:00pm. VINCS & WAKELING Famous Blue Raincoat, Kingsville South. 3:00pm.

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BROOKE RUSSEL & THE MEAN REDS Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 4:00pm. DAVID GRIMSON + JOE GUITON + JAY WARS Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. $6.00. JAMES KENYON BAND Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. JULES BOULT & THE REDEEMERS Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 4:00pm. LLOYD SPIEGEL - FEAT: THE T-BONES Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 4:00pm. LUAU COWBOYS Victoria Hotel (brunswick), Brunswick. 4:00pm. MR BLACK & BLUES TRIO Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. SIMON PERSON Open Studio, Northcote. 5:00pm. SPENCER P JONES Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 4:00pm. SUNDAY JAMS - FEAT: VARIOUS ARTISTS Musicland, Fawkner. 7:30pm. THE SHAMBELLS Royal Oak Hotel, Fitzroy North. 4:30pm. THE TEK TEK ENSEMBLE Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 4:30pm.

MONDAY APR 28 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS BAD NEWS TOILET + SINGLES Workers Club, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. $5.00.

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CHERRY JAM Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 6:00pm. DEAR MONDAY - FEAT: J M S HARRISON + GEORGIA GINNIVAN + BRENDAN FORWARD + GILLIGAN SMILES Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:00pm. I DO LIKE MONDAYS - FEAT: THE VAINGLORIES + HYPERBLOOD + THE LONELY DRONE + HALOGEN LAKE Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $6.00. KING CHARLIE’S SCHOOL OF DUB Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 9:00pm. MKTO + TAYLOR HENDERSON Palais Theatre, St Kilda. 7:00pm. $79.90. MONDAY NIGHT MASS - FEAT: KING TEARS MORTUARY + AUSMUTEANTS + BARE GRILLZ + POPOLICE Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 6:00pm.

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ALLAN BROWNE QUINTET Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $15.00. JAZZ PARTY John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm.

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PAUL WILLIAMSON’S HAMMOND COMBO Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm.

TUESDAY APR 29 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS AINSLIE WILLS + SPENDER Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. FRESH INDUSTRY SHOWCASES Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. $15.00. PIANO KARAOKE Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. RUBY TUESDAY - FEAT: SKYWAYS ARE HIGHWAYS + DAYRIGS + THE SAND DOLLAR + SINGLES Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $5.00. SEXY/HEAVY Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. THE SONGBIRDS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. $10.00. TSUGNARLY + WORM CROWN + COSMIC KAHUNA Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $6.00.

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CLEVERHORSE Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $18.00. JAZZ IN THE ATTIC - FEAT: OLA & THE JAZZ CATS Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. JOHN NEWMAN + SASKWATCH Palace Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $59.60. MELBOURNE IMPROVISERS COLLECTIVE Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. MELBOURNE IMPROVISERS COLLECTIVE Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. MELODY MOON + TYTO + JESSICA ISGRO Open Studio, Northcote. 8:00pm. THE MET BIG BAND Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm.

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CRAFTY ANNE Wesley Anne, Northcote. 7:00pm. DANIEL J TOWNSEND + HELOISE + MATT GLASS 303, Northcote. 7:00pm. $10.00. SHELLEY SHORT + THE ABBOTSFORD THREE Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. THE ZEBRAS + WATERFORD + LAST LEAVES Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 9:00pm.


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For more reviews go to beat.com.au/reviews ERYKAH BADU & HIATUS KAIYOTE The Palais, Tuesday April 15 Acknowledging Badu as one of her musical inspirations back at a Northcote Social Club gig last year, Nai Palm was giddy when recalling the moment she found out that the queen of soul was digging her beats with Hiatus Kaiyote. Who would have thought that less than a year later, she and her band would be joining Badu on an Australian tour. The quirky, polyrhythmic Melbourne band are an acquired taste; drunk on off beats and complicated compositions. Their music isn’t for everyone, but those that love them – myself included – can’t get enough of them. They played a tight set, showcasing some new material. A band more suited to a less formal venue, their cover of Dilla’s So Far Go was so dope that it was a real bitch being confined to the limited standing space. A killer set regardless; be sure to see them heat up the floor at their Howler residency next month. Now, Badu. Dressed in a get-up that only she could pull off, the queen was wearing an ensemble of clothes that looked like they’d been picked off the floor of an op-shop. A headscarf, a Pharrell-esque hat, a flanny shirt with only the top button done up, those street pants that sag at the butt and then loosen up around the thighs and another mismatched thing around her waist. Like I said, nobody else could have pulled that off. She sounded great and performed well, despite it being nearly two decades since her Baduizm debut. She proved her range, switching effortlessly between vocals and rhymes. She also opened the beat in many of her tracks by slapping a vacant drum pad, quite well too. Ignoring the Palais’ conservative aesthetic, she soon had everyone dancing. Unlike her early sets where she would come out with her turban, incense and spirituality, this gig felt more ghetto. There were a lot of songs that she didn’t sing that I wished she had, and she dragged on a few choruses longer than was necessary. She also didn’t do an encore, which left her performance a bit abrupt. She had a habit of doing these exaggerated poses that came off as a little affected, due to the sheer number of times they were done. Her band was great, but nobody really took notice of them. It would have been cool if she’d added a horn player to the section, just to give the guys a bit of fair play. She was eternally grateful of her audience and her setting and she often voiced it throughout the set. She improvised well when it came to spitting rhymes and she made us laugh a lot with her impromptu wordplay about loose headscarves. Ultimately, LOVED: Hiatus doing J Dilla. HATED: That all the Badu she delivered a thrilling set, however self-indulgent it may have been. merchandise had sold out before I could get my hands on some. DINA AMIN DRANK: Cider.

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CLOWNS & MESA COSA W/ BAD VISION & WEEDY GONZALEZ The Old Bar, Friday April 18 In celebrating Easter on Good Friday we remember the sacrifice made to save the souls of all men and women… or fuck all that and let’s go to a punk rock show. Ditching the usual passive/aggressive mess of family get togethers, the Old Bar entertained a capacity crowd for the first show of the Mesa Cosa/Clowns Crucial Dudes tour. Mesa Cosa are Mexican-fused garage punk, whose show pummels along at a freaky momentum as the band members pogo around the stage into each other and the crowd. A moment of real crowd involvement saw a guitar carried from the front of the stage to the back with everyone in between having a crack at soloing on the unplugged axe. By the end of the set, the stage had been invaded; people were trying to shove tambourines down each other’s throats and an average of one in nine people had been kicked in the face. Clowns play short, fast, loud and unabashed punk music without trying to mix in anything from outside the genre. As the band took to the stage, people started streaming in from all corners and erupted into a fist flinging pile of sweaty jerks two songs into the set. Vocalist Stevie led the brutality, one-upping everyone in the crowd and pushing them to keep up with him. Bombarding the audience with his body, he climbed as high as he could to the roof of the Old Bar and, after shoving his mic into his gob, catapulted himself downwards. That sort of body-on-the-line, don’t-hold-back showmanship is sadly becoming a lost art at a lot of rock shows today, with most lead men opting for the brooding potential-ofLOVED: Bands that are all out of fucks menace look. Clowns and Mesa Cosa both remind us that there are to give still bands willing to damn near kill themselves in the name of their HATED: How smug that Jesus guy looks music. in all his photos DRANK: H2woahhh RHYS MCRAE

YACHT CLUB DJS Prince Bandroom, Friday April 18 To say Yacht Club DJs know how to rock a guilty pleasure is an understatement. The born and bred Ballarat duo Guy Chappell and Gaz Harrison may as well own the term. Before they’d started their Oddity Number Five tour, Gaz, the hairier face of the two, told Beat that guilty pleasures are a “bunch of bullshit. If you like it as a guilty pleasure then you genuinely like that music.” On Friday night they put the theory to the test and I for one am on board. Shit yeah, I love Mya’s Case of The Ex and I’m not ashamed of that at all. The Prince Bandroom was already vibing when we arrived thanks to an energetic set by support act Remi. The Melbourne MC knows how to get a crowd started with sweet beats and pop culture references that are a little more on the subtle side. But things really kicked off when the self-described “super rad DJs” opened their set with the Wolf of Wall Street chest beat. We may as well have been in a crowd of thousands in the wee hours of a festival. Imagine a mix of every song you never realised you wanted to hear, from the Grease theme to Toto’s Africa. Mix that with originals from their newly released EP No.1 and that’s a bloody good gig. A girl in front of me was twerking so hard at one stage that she actually injured herself. Whoever you are, I sincerely hope you are OK. Apparently it’s a thing at their gigs - Gaz ended up with a bung ankle after their antics in Byron which he strategically gaffa taped back into place. I’m sure we are too young for these kind of injuries. But I’m also pretty sure that down the track when we’re old as fuck and we LOVED: Grinding with the stranger pull out a Yacht Club mix tape, we’ll all be nursing aching bones ‘cause next to me. we’ll be up all night doing the same thing. HATED: Grinding with the stranger next to me. JESSICA HAMILTON DRANK: Gin.

HUNX AND HIS PUNX & SHANNON AND THE CL AMS Copacabana International, Thursday April 17 The Copacabana International might sound like an odd venue selection, but it was just one of the several gloriously unusual aspects of tonight’s rock’n’roll hedonism. Newcastle’s the Gooch Palms are one of the country’s finest niche-owning garage rock acts right now. The vocalssharing male/female pair are perfectly matched. Dressed in skimpy leather print (guitarist Leroy in G-string and midriff, percussionist Kat wearing slightly more conservative covering), they fed each other’s deliciously irreverent banter and cheeky nods to their beloved hometown. For a minimal two-piece they don’t struggle to hold your attention either. With a frivolous concoction of garage grit, forlorn doo-wop, pub rock nostalgia and even a Cheap Trick cover, the Gooch Palms mischievously frisked into everyone’s heart. The first of the two Bay Area headliners, Shannon and the Clams presented a very studied doo-wop/surf-pop homage. h Shannon is an unbelievably talented bass player, crawling around the four strings with tentacle reach. This is additionally add d iti impressive given that it’s paired with her effortless soul-tinged vocal bellow. Not to be outdone, her guitarist guitaris is a technically endowed Dick Dale descendent. The sound and performance was strong but after just a couple of songs the exclusive ‘50s/’60s tribute started to become indistinct. It was all pleasantly bop-worthy, but, like a carefully fashioned quiff, it was a bit hard to penetrate. Never Ne mind though, because penetration came as soon as the unfettered queer feast that is Hunx and His Punx hopped h onstage. The band focused heavily on last year’s Street Punx LP, which is decidedly more ‘punk’ than previous LP Too Young to Be in Love. The record’s sonic filth was given extra bite in the live setting. Shannon doubles as bassist here and her fretwork continued to stun, while a couple of locally-sourced backing vocalists gave it all a merry bounce. Between songs, bandleader Seth Bogart made plenty of leering requests to “see some dicks.” He was unfazed to then jump straight into spitfire garage-punk outbursts, such as Everyone’s a Pussy and Don’t Call Me Fabulous. Pulling things back for Lover’s Lane revealed that, even though Bogart sings in an adolescent whine, the songs well and truly exceed gimmickry. Hunx and His Punx use the past as a reliable staple, but with Bogart’s LOVED: The crowd’s dress-up efforts diva-like self-importance it gets a twist of its own. Live, the band HATED: Security confiscating the giant conducts a celebration, both of music and the surrounding peculiarities. inflatable penises DRANK: Veebs AUGUSTUS WELBY PA BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 46

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