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SHE REX AND LEPERS & CROOKS SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS Already mourning the end of the 2013/2014 summer festival season? Never fear - the lineup for the 14th incarnation of Splendour in the Grass is here to get you looking forward. The 2014 Splendour will feature Outkast (only Australian show), Childish Gambino, Hilltop Hoods, Sam Smith, Two Door Cinema Club (only Australian show), Lily Allen, Interpol (only Australian show), Foster The People, Angus & Julia Stone, City And Colour, London Grammar, Vance Joy, Darkside (only Australian show) , RÜFÜS, Ben Howard, Kelis, Metronomy, Hoodoo Gurus, Chvrches (only Australian show), Grouplove, The Jezabels, Tune-Yards, 360, Wild Beasts, Danny Brown (only Australian show), Illy, First Aid Kit, Violent Soho, Ásgeir, Spiderbait, The 1975, Ball Park Music, Art vs Science, Buraka Som Sistema (only Australian show), The Preatures, Parquet Courts (only Australian show), Sticky Fingers, Peking Duk, Sky Ferreira, Future Islands, Courtney Barnett, Phantogram, DZ Deathrays, Skaters, Gossling, Jungle, The Strypes, Hot Dub Time Machine, The Kite String Tangle, Ry-X, Mikhael Paskalev, Wave Racer, The Acid, Saskwatch, Kingswood, Circa Waves, Broods, Dustin Tebbutt, The Head and the Heart, DMA’S, Darren Middleton, Little May, Darlia, D.D Dumbo, Tkay Maidza, The Creases, The Wild Feathers, Chrome Sparks, Fractures, Mas Ysa and Nick Mulvey, plus DJs and producers Nina Las Vegas, Yacht Club DJs, Motez, Touch Sensitive, Indian Summer, Wordlife, L D R U & Yahtzel DJs, Cosmos Midnight, Sable, Kilter, Basenji, KLP, Fishing DJs, Paces and Charles Murdoch. Splendour In The Grass 2014 will take place over Friday July 25 - Sunday July 27 at the North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay. Tickets are on sale 9am sharp AEST on Friday May 2 through moshtix.com.au or phone 1300 GET TIX.

On the back of one new single, and one not so new, two of Sydney’s finest upcoming talents She Rex and Lepers & Crooks are combining forces this coming May to travel the east coast for joint headline tour. The all-girl attack that is She Rex have just released a new single and clip for the song The Heist. No strangers to the scene, She Rex have been inciting hype with their debut self-titled EP as well as gracing the stages with The Preatures, Stonefield, Children Collide,  Regular John, Dune Rats, Sticky Fingers, British India, Wolfmother and NZ’s Die! Die! Die!. On the flipside, slowly building a devout audience via a stack of live shows, comes the buzz of young up-andcomers  Lepers & Crooks. This five-piece anthemicstyle rock outfit have been blurring the lines of genre in Sydney’s indie music scene since March of 2012. Lepers & Crooks will be taking their show along the east coast off the back of their debut single Her Kiss. Catch She Rex and Lepers & Crooks when they play Ding Dong Lounge on Thursday May 15. Tickets are available through Oztix.

REMI Melbourne lyricist REMI will hit the road this coming June and July to celebrate the release of his forthcoming album  RAW X INFINITY. The eleven-stop tour covers all capital cities and a number of regional areas across the country, and will see REMI on stage with a full band. RAW X INFINITY is due for release Friday June 6 through REMI’s own DIY label House of Beige. Catch REMI at the Corner Hotel on Friday July 11. Tickets go on sale Monday April 28 through the venue.

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The Melbourne Folk Club’s new folk event hosted at the swanky Bella Union at Trades Hall in Carlton is a hit! After a sold-out launch show featuring Jordie Lane, Lindi Ortega and a cameo from comedian Denise Scott, the Melbourne Folk Club continues this week with Melody Pool, The Little Stevies and Davidson Brothers on April 30 at Bella Union. While members get discount tickets and free beer, Beat raises the bar and has a double pass to give away.

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SUN GOD REPLICA Every Friday in May, rock‘n’roll journeymen Sun God Replica will be riding around doling out tasty nuggets from their new record, The Devil and the Deep. Sun God Replica formed two years ago when Link McLennan (singer/songwriter/guitarist for the Bakelite Age) and Lochie Cavigan (drummer for the same) decided to take the best elements from ‘60s/‘70s heavy rock'n'roll and fuse them into a heavy garage psych band that would become SGR. Along with Tim Pickering on bass and engineer Loki Lockwood from Spooky Records, they sweated over a hot mixing desk like alchemists over a cauldron and produced The Devil and the Deep; a nugget of rockin’ ‘n riffin’ gold. Now the band are hitting up a multitude of venues throughout Melbourne. You can catch them at the Grace Darling on May 2, the Retreat Hotel on May 9, the Public Bar on May 16, Yah Yah’s on May 23 and at Old Bar on Friday May 30.

Hardcore heavyweights The Bronx will make their return to Australia this June. Having slayed Australian stages at the Big Day Out, Groovin’ The Moo and Meredith Music Festival in the past, this tour will see The Bronx bring their visceral, soul-shakin’ live show for a series of headline dates along the east coast, alongside crossing the Bass Strait for a very special performance at Dark Mofo. You can catch ‘em on Tuesday June 17 at 170 Russell.

THE RAP GUIDE TO EVOLUTION Following a five month sold-out season off-Broadway, New York-based Canadian-born rapper Baba Brinkman is preparing to shake up Melbourne with The Rap Guide to Evolution this June. Complete with a live DJ ( Jamie Simmonds) and epic audio-visual show, Brinkman performs his own clever originals as well as re-workings of popular rap singles to illustrate natural selection, sexual selection and evolutionary psychology. The performance was prompted by Professor of Microbial Genomics Dr Mark Pallen, author of The Rough Guide to Evolution, who had seen Brinkman’s internationally acclaimed Rap Canterbury Tales. Dr Pallen challenged the rapper to “do for Darwin what he had done for Chaucer." To ensure scientific and historical accuracy, Brinkman consulted Pallen throughout the creative process, making The Rap Guide to Evolution the first peer-reviewed hip hop show. Baba Brinkman will bring The Rap Guide to Evolution to The Arts Centre, Fairfax Studio on Friday May 6 and Saturday May 7.

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New South Wales' north coast is home to The Perch Creek Family Jugband; an energetic five-piece multi-instrumentalist and vocalists act, four of whom are siblings. The dynamic bunch have announced the arrival of their second studio album Jumping On the Highwire and are embarking on a national tour to celebrate. We have a double pass to give away to the Melbourne show at the Hi-Fi Bar Saturday May 10. Get on it. Head to beat.com.au/freeshit to win.

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ACCEPT German heavy metal legends ACCEPT have announced that they will be heading to Australia for the first time ever this November. With a career spanning more than three decades, three reunions and a 14th studio album due out this July, the tour has been a long time coming for the five-piece. In the last twelve months ACCEPT have played at some of the largest music festivals on the globe including Sweden Rock Festival, HellFest, Bloodstock Open Air, Masters Rock and Bang Your Head. ACCEPT will take over the Corner Hotel on Saturday November 15. Tickets go on sale Friday May 2 through Metropolis Touring. WATCH INTERVIEWS, CHATS & AWKWARD SILENCES... BEAT.COM.AU/TV

After eight magnificent beer-drenched years, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CherryRock Festival will be the last of its kind in ACDC Lane. Now, Brant Bjork rises from the Californian Desert to co-headline the Melbourne leg of CherryRock014, alongside the legendary Meat Puppets. Brant Bjork is revered for his impeccable stoner rock pedigree in KYUSS and Fu Manchu on drums. Brant Bjork has taken lead vocals and guitar via the Californian Desert to a new transcendental high on his seminal stoner albums Somera Sol, Punk Rock Guilt and Gods & Goddesses. The man is an icon and is as cool as a cactus in the midnight desert. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re yet to get your tickets to CherryRock, you better get in quick â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be the last CherryRock Festival as we know it.


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TEX PERKINS AND CHARLIE OWEN Two of Melbourne’s most cherished and respected musicians Tex Perkins and Charlie Owen will team up to perform for one night in Melbourne this May, with support from Adalita. Tex Perkins has played a key role in Australian music, with a career that has taken in everything from the ground-breaking experimental punktonica of Thug to the lilting, dark country of his recent material with The Dark Horses. In the early ‘90s Perkins joined forces with the legendary Don Walker, Cold Chisel’s pianist and master songwriter, and Charlie Owen, previously Australia’s best kept musical secret, for the unforgettable Tex, Don & Charlie. For this intimate show, the chemistry between Owen and Perkins will be on full display. Opening the night will be Adalita. Her back catalogue with former band Magic Dirt has been built on with recent solo albums, including Adalita which won the 2011 AIR award for Best Independent Album and was shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize, and All Day Venus nominated in the Best Female Artist category at last year’s ARIA Awards. Tex Perkins and Charlie Owen will be teaming up with support from Adalita at Yarraville Live on Saturday May 17. Tickets are available through the venue.

VANCOUVER SLEEP CLINIC Vancouver Sleep Clinic has announced he will embark on his first ever headline tour to support the release of his debut EP Winter this May. The tour will see Vancouver Sleep Clinic, aka Brisbanite Tim Bettinson, take in intimate venues in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. After cutting his teeth as an international support on soldout tours with the likes of London Grammar and Daughter, and receiving glowing reviews for his debut SXSW showcases, it is finally time for VSC to head out on his own headline tour. Special guests for the tour are Brisbane’s Wafia. Vancouver Sleep Clinic, with support from Wafia and Japanese Wallpaper, will play at Shebeen on Saturday May 31. Tickets are available through the venue.

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INTERNATIONAL 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 THE RAP GUIDE TO EVOLUTION The Arts Centre, Fairfax Studio May 6-7 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 MEAT PUPPETS Ding Dong Lounge May 27-28 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 THE WAIFS The Corner Hotel June 1 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 ACCEPT Corner Hotel November 15

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HIATUS KAIYOTE By Rhys McRae

Over the past twelve months, Melbourne’s own Hiatus Kaiyote have scorched the sky of the international music industry. The little band, renowned throughout Melbourne’s share houses, have hit the big time, making history with their recent Grammy nomination, winning a slew of breakthrough artist awards and being championed by the likes of Prince, Erykah Badu, Pharrell Williams and Questlove. Sitting in the kitchen of their Coburg studio nestled within inner suburban Melbourne, Hiatus Kaiyote are finishing a catch-up meeting with their management. Against one wall of the room is a small shelf adorned with various industry accolades: ‘Best Breakthrough Artist’ won at the Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards and their trophy from The Age/Music Victoria Awards for ‘Best Emerging Artist’. It’s not like they’ve been tucked away somewhere but something about their placement doesn’t really scream prime location. We’ve moved into the more comfortable lounge room and lead singer/guitarist Nai Palm is curled up into one corner of the couch, flicking through a review of their recent Melbourne show with Badu. Sure, Hiatus Kaiyote have received a multitude of awards, and their list of endorsements from global superstars seems endless. Yet despite the gravity of those names, it doesn’t seem to have had any huge impact on how the band operates. “The core of our success is artistic integrity,” Palm explains from her cushiony perch. “All the shiny industry shit that happens around it… it’s cool to be recognised in that kind of world because it’s a massive industry validation, but at the end of the day we don’t define ourselves by that. That’s not in our definition of success. “The Grammy situation was crazy,” she follows. “But then we had Pharrell [Williams] have a good solid chat with us on the red carpet, which is the shiniest fakest part of the music world. We had a genuine conversation with an artist that is really well established who said, ‘I really appreciate what you’re doing artistically.’ There’s always moments where you have something to ground yourself with.” It was the re-release of their track Nakamarra featuring rapper Q-Tip that earned them the Grammy nomination for Best RnB Performance. Their tour through America also saw them appear on an assortment of television shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Queen Latifah Show and The Arsenio Hall Show, which resulted in an exclusive, personal invitation from Prince to perform at his house. But your brain really starts to melt when you discover all this attention is off the back of their debut, self-produced album Tawk Tomahawk. Relentless international touring and working their guts out to promote themselves has been key to their success, but musically they seem to have tapped into a collective consciousness with one another beyond the sum of their individual parts. Keyboardist Simon Mavin has been knocking around the music industry for a while playing in a range of bands while working as a session musician, but admits the Hiatus Kaiyote experience has flipped his view on music. BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 20

“The connections you make with musicians on a band level…who knows what it fucking takes?” Mavin proposes. “It will take so many different combinations of musicians to get what will work. Musicianship, it’s also personality, it’s the way you jell. But this band totally changed my mind frame on how a band works. It’s not just about how you can play your instrument. It’s totally how you conceive music. “So many people lack that,” he continues. “Musicians lack that sort of mind frame about music. They forget that and get obsessed about mastering things and becoming a motherfucker. These kind of obsessions really come into music.” “It’s like if I get really good at soloing I can just solo over this which will automatically make it better, like a sticker of awesome, but it’s not really like that,” Palm adds.

“YOU HAVE TO GET THAT ESCAPE VELOCITY TO WANT TO GO TO OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD, BECAUSE YOU CAN ONLY REALLY GO BETWEEN MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, SYDNEY AND PERTH... YOU CAN JUST TOUR ALL YEAR IN EUROPE IF YOU WANTED TO.” For Hiatus Kaiyote, this approach of setting egos aside and coming together as one force doesn’t create a dumbing down of the songs. Instead they’ve created an idiosyncratic breed of soul with intelligently composed layers and complicated rhythm patterns which has allowed each member the room to flex their abilities. “It’s about finding people you can grow with as a collective and write together,” Palm enthuses. “We have enough faith in each other’s musicianship, and that counteracts your ego in the songwriting process, which is why it sounds like a band and not another fucking singer with a session band. “To really consolidate musically, you can complement each other as a whole and write arrangements so that each person is showcasing their art without lessening each other’s sound. It’s about working out a dynamic that showcases everybody at the same time, but through intelligence rather than showcasing yourself.” It’s impossible to realise the amount of depth in each of the band’s songs until Palm begins to explain her method of songwriting. She weaves in vastly disparate details of her life, merging them with abstract ideas to create connections not obviously apparent to most folk. “I like the juxtaposition of really random influences,” Palm enthuses. “Mobius came about because I wanted

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the chorus part to sound like it was being sampled in reverse but doing it live to depict an M. C. Escher art piece. I wanted to sonically create how I perceived it visually, but in a way that sounds like it’s been produced but it’s live. “There’s so many details of stuff that I’m very conscious of when I’m writing my parts. It’s more like how obscure you can reference. In jazz improvisation, there’s this thing called ‘quoting’ where people will quote the head or a bit of another song. I like to do that but in a really abstract way; how deep can you go with your referencing? “It’s so vast. It’s not defying genre but it’s taking so many little bits from culture, ancient and contemporary, and seeing how it’s associated with what you’re doing. It’s like finding the common denominator which might not seem that common, but when you break it down it really is. I really get off on that; showing people how things are similar even though it might not seem they are.” It’s quite peculiar that after all of these massive steps on a global scale, the Australian music industry is staying rather apathetic to the band. This country’s industry is only so big, and travelling outside of the continent has always been a common method for bands to garner success. “You have to get that escape velocity to want to go to other parts of the world, because you can only really go between Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth,” drummer Perrin Moss proposes. “You can just tour all year in Europe if you wanted to. You can’t really do that here, and it also depends on the style of music. We don’t really have that appeal to be able to do a crazy big regional tour because it’s not what people want to vibe on.” “There’s just not enough people to create that sort of scenario in this country but it’s kind of to be expected,” bassist Paul Bender theorises. “It’s really hard to be a really big band in Australia.” The idea of writing a song that echoes through the ages is one that must sit close to the top of most artists’ bucket list. The advent of the internet and overnight pop sensations has made that accomplishment a touch more difficult, but soul-stirring music is not something easily suppressed. “I know we all want to play timeless music; I know I do,” Moss relates. “I don’t quite know how to do that but it seems that everything that is timeless stands out in the genre. There’s always that one person like Frank Zappa, James Brown, J-Dilla. They all tried to push their own shit even though there’s all this other stuff happening around them but they cut through everything. They drew influences from everything around them at the time but then put it all together. “It’s just really cool and hopefully we’re part of the same kind of movement of musicians all around the world that are pushing for that.” The waves we first felt from the internet boom now seemed to have settled and it looks like we’re starting to discern the mainstay artists from the throwaways, and if Hiatus Kaiyote keep digging for those common denominators in music and the world, who knows what they will hit upon?

HIATUS KAIYOTE will be playing every Wednesday in May at Howler starting on May 7 before embarking on an international tour. Visit hiatuskaiyote.com for tickets and support details.


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THIS WEEK: ON SCREEN The Southern Hemisphere’s greatest annual celebration of Indian cinema, the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, will return this week for eleven days of Bollywood madness. IFFM will open with the Australian premiere of  Sholay 3D, a restoration of the 1975 spaghetti Western classic that is cherished by Indian cinema-lovers worldwide. Sholay 3D will be followed by a Q&A with Amitabh Bachchan (The Great Gatsby, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...), who stars in  Sholay 3D. Program highlights include  Bhaagh Milkha Bhaagh, a biopic about track and field sprinter Milkha Singh; Bollywood Romeo and Juliet adaption, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram Leela; Anumati, an evocative film about a husband’s attempt to save his dying wife; and Bollywood smash-hit, Dhoom 3. Indian Film Festival of Melbourne will run from Thursday May 1 – Sunday May 11 across Melbourne.

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ON STAGE The Australian premiere of Belleville, the newest work from playwright Amy Herzog (4000 Miles), will be arriving at Red Stitch Actors Theatre this week. Directed by screenwriter and director Denny Lawrence (Loyal Woman, The Bill), Belleville illustrates the story of Abby and Zack, two people living in the most bohemian neighbourhood around. Here they discover each other, and the sinister secrets that see the under at the surface of their seemingly harmless neighbours. Featuring the talent of Paul Ashcroft (The Kitchen Sink, Herding Cats) and Christina O’Neill (Straight, The Motherf**ker with the Hat), Belleville will have you on the edge of your seat. Belleville is currently playing at Red Stitch until Saturday May 31.

ON DISPL AY Off the Kerb will be presenting Betty Musgrove’s new exhibition,  Told By My Family,  this week. 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 have informed my personal history and identity.” Told By My Family opens at Off the Kerb on Friday May 2.

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On the evening of 16 October 1972, Wael Zuaiter, a Palestinian intellectual, was shot and killed by two Israeli Mossad agents in Rome. Earlier that night he had been with his Australian fiancée, painter Janet venn Brown. Wael Zuaiter: Unknown is both a political spy thriller and a love story as Janet’s great-nephew, Jesse Cox, traces the story of Wael and Janet from Italy to the Middle East and tries to uncover why he was killed. Presented and narrated live onstage, Wael Zuaiter: Unknown weaves together audio interviews, evocative sound design and music against a stunning backdrop of projected illustrations and animation in this dramatic collision of documentary, graphic novel and theatre forms. It’s currently playing at Theatre Works until Sunday May 11.

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NEXT WAVE FESTIVAL 2014 By Liza Dezfouli

“On a very personal level I want to have more fun.” So says Emily Sexton, Artistic Director of the Next Wave Festival, a biennial national and international celebration of performance art, visual art, sound art, dance, traditional theatre and a whole heap of other stuff. “My first Next Wave Festival was overwhelming so I’ve set out to enjoy this one. I’ve selfishly slowed the pace a little bit. It’s not always easy,” Sexton adds. “I’m always watching, looking, focused on other people. I wanted to have a good time.” Slowing the pace included holding the launch party early so the artists involved could celebrate without having the pressure of opening their own shows the next day. Sexton is finally enjoying the culmination of two years’ work with various visual artists and live art practitioners from here and around the world. “I’ve done lots of travelling. All corners of Australia and internationally. Mostly Europe, not so much Asia this year, but we still have a collaboration with Korea and the Philippines.” Where on earth (pun intended) does she start to find the projects? “You don’t ‘start’,” she answers. “It’s an ongoing process. This festival began well before the 2012 festival.” An example is the ongoing development of the Blak Wave element of the festival which in 2014 features a book covering contemporary indigenous arts practices, a series of talks, and several new works. “Blak Wave is a lot more embedded this year,” notes Sexton. “It’s representing ideas, original work – and some of it is still in development. It comes back to the definition of my job as artistic director: I see patterns, make connections, and join the dots. I watch and I listen.” One aspect of 2014’s Next Wave Festival highlights the strong connection between food and art. “It makes sense in Melbourne,” says Sexton. “We enjoy that larger culture of food experiences here. It’s the way contemporary art is expanding everywhere, combining the experience of art with food. It’s been prevalent for some time; artists in the ‘90s were exploring more socially-minded trends in festivals.” A welcome instance of this is the The Dokboki Box by Nathan Stoneham, Park Younghee and M’ck McKeague (Wednesday

April 30 – Sunday May 11 at Princes Walk, Federation Square) with classic Korean street food accompanying a pop-up musical performance by a bilingual, singing cook inside a food stall. Punters enjoy simmering dokboki (spicy snacks of rice cakes in chilli sauce) while being regaled with “a gorgeous story, based on The Good Samaritan.” The Dokboki Box

Is there more of a focus on the political this year? “I’m certainly always interested in the political,” answers Sexton. “The interplay between personal and politi-

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cal… It’s a big ambition for 2014’s festival. The world and top issues are things explored by artists, for example the Vietnamese refugee experience.” (Article 14.1, by artist Phuong Ngo at No Vacancy Gallery). How deliberate is the inclusion of more politically-minded artists this year? Has Sexton chosen work for its political content? “It’s definitely an indication of my interests,” she responds. “It reflects my curatorial eye. The works reflect the artists as public intellectuals – they look at what’s going on, they respond, they confuse, they challenge …With all the indigenous works there is a strong political focus.” Sexton says that challenges she faces this year are not specific to 2012. “The festival involves things I’ve built over a long period of time. It’s a two-year cycle. I want to show art to the world but it sits in the imagination for a long time. It’s a blessing but a challenge in other ways. When the festival opens it’s a relief to stop thinking about it and actually be in it.” Are there any acts in particular she’s looking forward to seeing? “We’ve had an amazing run-through,” she notes. “Just one example: there’s a great bit of theatre by Louris van de Geer that’s being performed at ACMI with people like Susie Dee and Genevieve Giuffre – Hello There, We’ve Been Waiting for You – it was inspired by a town in New Mexico that changed its name to Truth and Consequences.” Aware that ‘overwhelm’ can be a problem for punters in deciding what to experience, this year the festival makes available a Primo Pass, a specially-curated pass that provides a ‘safari tour of the art world’, participants can get together with other like-minded festival goers and experience a carefully curated full-day program. Next Wave has taken a ‘wholistic’ view this year, says Sexton. “It’s more hands on, more personal. You’ll have a group of 15, like a moving dinner party – it’s really enjoyable, with Tristam Meecham leading. It includes cafes and bars. We’re interested in finding ways that art can be social as well as exploratory and challenging, interactive and fluid. We like that in Melbourne.” To make choosing a performance, exhibition or event even easier, Next Wave 2014 includes a phone app to help you work out what to do and where to find it in relation to where you happen to be. “The app is so easy to use,” says Sexton. “You can stand on the corner at Fed Square and it will tell you what is close and free.” Next Wave Festival 2014 is currently running until Sunday May 11 at various venues. For more information, visit nextwave.org.au.


THE COMIC STRIP CRAB L AB Crab Lab is back again tonight with ten of Australia’s best stand-ups for just $5 including RAW Comedy winner Jonathan Schuster, Little Dum Dum podcast host Tommy Dassalo, Rob Hunter, Corey White plus a heap more. 16 Corrs Lane, Chinatown from 8.30pm.

PUBLIC BAR COMEDY The A1 comedy lineups are back at the Public Bar every Wednesday. Tonight Michael Williams busts out the video screen for the a very special (and trust us hilarious) set along with Melbourne favourites Michael Chamberlin, Simon Keck, Steele Saunders, Andy Matthews and Sonia Di Iorio. Miss Katie’s Crab Shack is open before the show in the front bar and is beyond delicious.  Come down tonight and join one of the most appreciative audiences in Australia as Melbourne’s finest comedians let loose in the intimate Public Bar back room for a mere $5.

FIVE BOROUGHS COMEDY Pete Helliar headlines Five Boroughs Comedy this Thursday. It’s sure to be a big night with the hilarious bloke from It’s A Date and The Project making a rare Five Boroughs appearance. Plus there’s another awesome support lineup including Harley Breen, Tegan Higginbotham, Tommy Dassalo and more. It’s all happening this Thursday May 1 at 8.30pm, at Five Boroughs Comedy, 68 Hardware Lane (upstairs), all for only $12.

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Mondays at Spleen are as packed as usual with Monday’s biggest night of comedy. This Monday, there’s heaps of acts including Ryan Coffey, Geraldine Hickey, Karl Chandler, Liam Ryan, Xander Allan, Matt Burton and more. It’s this Monday May 5, 41 Bourke St at 8.30pm. It may be free, but they appreciate a good gold coin donation at the door. 

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Metanoia Theatre’s Artistic Directorate will each direct one of Raimondo Cortese’s plays from Roulette: 12 Dialogues this May. Each short piece explores a chance meeting between two people, based on one of the Twelve Branches of Life from Chinese Cosmology. In these intimate encounters ordinary people cross a range of emotional terrains and reveal the intricacies of relationships.  Fortune  will be directed by Gorkem Acaroglu, Night directed by Greg Ulfan and Inconsolable  directed by Leslie Simpson. Fortune, Inconsolable & Night opens at Mechanics Institute, Brunswick on Tuesday May 13.

Psychic medium, author and lecturer John Edward is coming to Australia this November. One of the world’s foremost psychic medium and author of numerous critically acclaimed New York Times best sellers, Edward will return to Australian shores for the first time since 2011. He’ll be at Hamer Hall on Sunday November 9.

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Be prepared for dark, edgy, twisted and downright hilarious cabaret when the fifth annual Melbourne Cabaret Festival rolls around this June. 30 hand-picked shows offer a selection of something special – from sublime vocals to new original songs, ‘80s sing-alongs to deeply personal and revealing autobiographical shows. The festival has it all. The Opening Gala will be hosted by the fabulous Spanky and feature a diverse range of Festival acts, while the Closing Gala will present a star-studded sampling of acts as a fundraiser for the not-for-profit Melbourne Cabaret Festival. Festival highlights include Twists and Turns - the award-winning show by the Olympic diving gold medallist Matthew Mitcham’s which premiered in Perth in February, where it won the coveted Fringe World Festival’s Best Cabaret Award; Up Close and Reasonably Personal with one of Australia’s leading music theatre ladies, Amanda Harrison in an intimate and candid evening of song and conversation; and Melissa Langton’s A Singer Must Die where she plays a women on the verge of a nervous breakdown set to a soundtrack of Leonard Cohen, The Dresden Dolls, Burt Bacharach, Jacques Brel, Loudon Wainwright and Johnny Cash. The 2014 Melbourne Cabaret Festival runs from Thursday June 19 to Sunday July 6 at venues across Melbourne.

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Written and directed by Christy Hawkins (Blood, Love and Rhetoric Theatre) Elixir will be making its Australian debut in Melbourne this May. A comedy of sex, drugs and alchemy set in Renaissance Prague, Elixir tells the story of Dr John Dee and Edward Kelley, Europe’s greatest wizards, and their attempts to find the elixir of youth.  Based on real events, the play also features Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II, psychedelic mushrooms and the legendary Golem of Prague.  Elixir  premiered in Prague in 2013 and has since tickled audiences at the Camden Fringe in London. See Elixir at The Wesley Anne, Northcote from Friday May 9 until Sunday May 11. 

The Topp Twins, identical twin sisters Lynda and Jools Topp, are New Zealand national treasures who have performed around the world as an original comedy music duo for more than 25 years, and they are heading to Melbourne this May. The twins re-invent themselves on stage, changing character, musical style and gender with ease. Armed with guitar, mouth-harp and spoons, they deliver original songs and character comedy with their unique trademark style of spontaneity.  They started out as support act to Split Enz, Billy Bragg and Midnight Oil and then started writing their own theatre shows for the Student Arts Council, performing to university crowds, before headlining their own hugely successful tours in Australia, North America and Britain. The Topp Twins were inducted into the New Zealand Hall of Fame in 2008, awarded Best Country Music Duo at the National Country Music Awards 2011 and 2009 and won Best Country Album at the NZ Music Awards in 2005 and 2007. Catch The Topp Twins when they perform at the Arts Centre, Fairfax Studio from Thursday May 22 until Saturday May 24.

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DJ Lance Rock and  Yo Gabba Gabba!  will return to Melbourne this June. Yo Gabba Gabba!  is an awardwinning, live-action television series and live stage show whose unconventional formula has created a triple-stacked fan base, making it one of the most popular entertainment properties among preschoolers, parents and indie music lovers alike. Musical and celebrity guests such as Jack Black, Chromeo, Devo, Tony Hawk, The Killers, Biz Markie, Mates of State, MGMT, Mark Mothersbaugh, The Roots, The Shins, Sugarland, The Ting Tings, Weezer and Elijah Wood are just a few of the names that have appeared on the show. Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! has become a cult family favourite seen by almost 100,000 Australians since 2009, and this year DJ Lance Rock and the gang will return to perform in Melbourne. Catch them at the Palais Theatre on Saturday June 21.

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SIMON TAYLOR What is the meaning of life? To cover everything in maple syrup and love yourself for who you are. What’s the worst movie you’ve seen this year? Schindler’s List. Worst romantic comedy ever. What’s the best advice you’ve gotten from another comic? “Just go out there and drop some truth bombs.” - Justin Hamilton. What’s the deal with politics? Man, it’s all a big conspiracy where politicians are elected just to annoy me. I write jokes about them to try fight back and start a revolution. Step one: get my stand-up album. Step two: overthrow the government. You’ve just been made Prime Minister of Australia after a bizarre yet strangely believable series of events. What do you do first? Three words: Sir Karl Stefanovic. Where can we see you perform next? I’ll be doing spots around town but keep an eye out for me at Melbourne Fringe. Where can we follow/stalk/find out more about you? mrsimontaylor.com facebook.com/simontaylorcomedy twitter and instagram: @mrsimontaylor For a limited time you can also visit mrsimontaylor. bandcamp.com for a free download of Simon’s comedy album Funny. BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 23

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JIMMY TAIT By Augustus Welby City dwellers regularly fantasise about getting away from urban commotion to enjoy the countryside’s peace and quiet. Conversely, folks bred in rural regions will long for the multitudinous delights on offer in the big city. Sara Retallick, the brains and voice behind Melbourne’s Jimmy Tait, fits the latter description, having grown up in Katunga in northeast Victoria. “I pretty much moved to Melbourne as soon as I finished my last year 12 exam,” she explains. “I definitely knew from an early age that I wanted to move away from the country. I might go back someday but, for music and things like that, it’s definitely worth getting out.” City-living can be like a drug; once integrated into your system you simply can’t give it up. But, there’s also an initial sting. “It took me quite a few years to fully feel comfortable here,” Retallick reveals. “The [main] thing was just getting used to being around people all the time. The fast-paced life, I guess. I actually really struggled with it when I first moved here.” Thankfully, with her Jimmy Tait project, Retallick discovered how to fit in around Melbourne. It was without any huge expectations that she first applied herself to music, but it’s proved an increasingly redeeming pursuit. “I was fortunate enough to meet some really great people when I first moved here, which just encouraged me so much,” she says. “When I first moved from the

country I didn’t really see it as a possibility – living a normal life and also being a musician and playing shows and making albums. No-one did that where I’m from, so the idea was quite alien to me.” Even if Retallick’s country upbringing meant she wasn’t surrounded by musicians of the same calibre as those living in Melbourne, it by no means prevented her from exploring her creative potential. “I was… not so much forced into creativity, but ushered that way,” she says. “My mum always encouraged me to do things like draw and play guitar, just to occupy myself. There wasn’t a lot of social things to do apart from playing sport around that area. It definitely influenced my entry into a creative path.” Fast-forward to the present and Retallick’s sitting on top of two well-received LPs. After piquing interest with 2011’s self-titled effort, last year’s Golden spread her melancholic yet strangely warming songcraft all over the country. Although Jimmy Tait began as a solo project, in the last couple of years it’s essentially morphed into a band.

“I started writing songs and playing them on guitar and then I sort of accumulated members,” Retallick explains. “I generally have a fair bit of influence but I do like to leave it up to everyone to write their own parts. It’s actually a really easygoing band. We’ve never had any fights or anything like that, which has been pretty amazing.” Golden was met by rave reviews, gained national radio play and an Australian Music Prize nomination. Despite all these accolades, high profile acclaim isn’t Retallick’s major objective. “I started doing it for myself and it’s really awesome that people seem to really like it, but I would probably keep doing it in some capacity even if we weren’t getting that

positive feedback from people. It’s just satisfying that creative urge, more than anything. [I just need] to make things and at the moment music feels natural to make.” What’s more, it seems that the idyllic features of country life still play a crucial role in conjuring the creative spark. “I usually go there to write,” Retallick says. “I find it quite difficult to write in the city. I really value that quietness and the space. I definitely need to get out of my environment in order to write and usually away from people and distractions.”

the seed that was planted that brings the fruit of Love is my Religion.” There is a strong history of the Marley siblings musical collaboration and support, and this album is no exception, with back up vocals throughout provided by sisters Cedella and Sharon Marley. It’s been some time since they recorded together as a unit, and as Marley says it “added such a great vibe to the record, it was like the finishing touch.” The Marleys are a tight-knit family, and this musical teamwork has been going on between them since the inception of the Melody Makers – Marley, at the age of ten joined with Cedella, Sharon and Stephen Marley. Their first recording in 1979 was Children Playing In The Street, a song written by Bob especially for his children, and all royalties were donated to the United Nations during the International Year of the Child. Charity work that focuses on assisting children is a theme which has continued to run throughout Marley’s life. “I’m always involved with stuff like that, we have a charity where we support schools in Jamaica, educating kids. I believe children are the most important asset,

if that’s what you want to call it, that we have in this world today for a better future.” Given that Ziggy was named after the Jamaican slang term for a small spliff, it should come as no surprise that one of his numerous other non-musical projects is the promotion of roasted hemp seeds which he says are “extremely nutritious” through his Ziggy Marley Organics range, and he has produced a comic book, Marijuanaman. His commitment to offsetting the carbon footprint of his upcoming world tour by partnering with several environmental organisations is reflected in Marley’s opening track on this new album. Don’t Wanna Live on Mars certainly seems like a love song to the planet... or is it? “When I was writing these songs I kinda said to myself I don’t wanna tell people what the songs are about specifically, because I want it to mean whatever it means to you. Songs have their own life. It’s art, so you decide what it is.”

JIMMY TAIT play the Toff In Town on Saturday May 3 with support from Strangers From Now On.

ZIGGY MARLEY By Mumma Trees With this month marking the 35th anniversary of Bob Marley’s one and only Australian tour, it’s a sweet coincidence that Beat caught up with The King of Reggae’s eldest son, Ziggy Marley, ahead of the release this week of his new album, Fly Rasta. 2014 has already been a huge year for Ziggy Marley. His last album, Ziggy Marley In Concert, secured his sixth Grammy Award win, ahead of other reggae category nominations from Snoop Lion, Beres Hammond, Sizzla and Sly & Robbie and The Jam Masters. Typically, he is humble about the recent award. “It feels good and we appreciate it but I don’t think about it a lot,” Marley says. “It is only a small pool of the music, it is not everyone, so it’s only a few people who get nominated. There is so much more, and it’s all up to somebody’s own opinion, so I take it with a grain of salt, you know?” Having always pushed the boundaries beyond the traditional Jamaican reggae sound, his fifth studio LP, Fly Rasta, has many other genre influences. A truly eclectic mix of musicians have been enlisted: drummers include Motown’s legendary James Gadson (Martha Reeves) and Brian MacLeod (Sheryl Crowe); guitarists Takeshi Akimoto (Taj Mahal) and Ian ‘Breezy’ Coleman (Burning Spear); bassists Abraham Laboriel (Paul Simon), Pablo Stennett (Willie Nelson) and Dave Wilder (Norah Jones); and keyboardists Zac Rae (Lana Del Ray), Mike Hyde (Burning Spear) and Brian Lebarton (Beck). And they are just the tip of the iceberg.

“These are musicians I have known throughout my years. I have worked with some of them before on different projects. You know, when I am making a record I say, ‘Get me the best musicians out there,’ and I know some of them, so I ask specifically for Brian Macleod or Abraham Laboriel, these guys are just great musicians who bring something to the table very special, you know?” The legendary Jamaican reggae/rocksteady toaster U-Roy has also been enlisted and features on the title track. “U-Roy is someone I look up to. These are the fathers of our music, so you know I have the same love and honour as I have for my father. And I have always wanted to work with great legends like U-Roy.” Spirituality is a theme Marley has explored in his music in the past. His 2006 hit, Love is my Religion, held a very universal message, whereas Fly Rasta, is exclusively a celebration of Rastafari. This song refers to separation of oneself, as per the biblical vow of the Nazarite, which has been adopted into Rastafari. “When I first started my spiritual journey, it began with Rastafari. We are different from everyday people, we carry ourselves in a more disciplined way. It is where Love is my Religion started. I have to pay homage to

THE COUNT with MELODY POOL Ten bands everyone should know about: Dawes, Agnes Obel, Half Moon Run, Angel Olsen, The Milk Carton Kids, Lisa O’Neill, Benjalu, Beth Orton, Chelsea Wolfe, Liz Stringer. Eight possessions that define you: Cameo pendant that my Grandma gave me years ago (it was her great aunty’s), my beautiful Martin 00-15 guitar I bought in Austin for $850, antique upright piano I bought on eBay for $50 (I’m all about bargains), my compass ring which represents touring, stacks of journals I get halfway through before getting bored and moving onto the next journal, book of notes from my favourite people, tobacco and Patchouli Apothecary Candle, Joni Mitchell Blue vinyl. Seven favourite movies/TV shows that go on your mix-tape: Friends, Practical Magic, Jeux d’enfants, Criminal

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Minds, American Horror Story, Charmed, Primal Fear.

Three goals for your music: Connect, relate, never go against instinct.

Six bad habits you can’t escape: Cracking my joints, being a slave to my phone, not listening when someone is talking to me, zoning out, leg shaking, never quite grasping an easy solution and always taking the long way.

Two live gigs you’ll never forget and why: Paul Simon, April 2013 at Sydney Entertainment Centre. I went alone (which was awesome) and wept like a baby for most of it, Laura Marling, July 2013, St Stephens Uniting Church. I was front row and very startled by her. She was like a really petite goddess.

Five people who inspire you: Joni Mitchell, my talented artist friend Lisa Businovski, my friend Candice McLeod who inspires me to do things I’m afraid of, Grandma, Leonardo DiCaprio (I suspect he might actually be Jesus). Four things that turn you on: Mixture of mild cologne and cigarettes, black humour, risks, heightened sense of passion.

One day left before the apocalypse and you… Scream my feelings to everyone I care about. Fine dine. Jump off a cliff into the ocean. When’s the gig? The Melbourne Folk Club on Wednesday April 30. The Little Stevies and Davidson Brothers open the show with an “in the round” set and then I’ll finish up the night.

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The long wait for a new Thundamentals album will finally be over on Friday May 2, when the hip hop trio from the Blue Mountains will drop So We Can Remember. In addition to the new album, the trio is bringing their slick lyricism and funky beats to Melbourne. Despite a three-year hiatus with no projects released due to other commitments, the group has been able to remain in the spotlight and create a buzz amongst hip hop aficionados thanks to two singles released off the album. “In an ideal world, we would have liked to have the album out a little bit sooner,” MC Jeswon of Thundamentals says. “I think just other commitments have kind of spiced things up to a certain extent.” Jeswon believes that fans of the trio - known as Thundakats have reacted positively to the two singles released off the album and expects So We Can Remember to be a hit. “Despite the fact that we haven’t released a full project in three years, we’ve released a few songs that have actually brought more attention to what we’re doing than our previous two albums and EP,” Jeswon says. “We’ve kind of been lucky like that and I feel like anticipation for this album is at a really good level. I feel like we’ve got more people checking out our music than we ever have.” After seeing their lead single off the album, Smiles Don’t Lie, create a #5 position on iTunes Hip Hop Charts and earn a position at

#32 on triple j’s Hottest 100 countdown, the trio has now released Something I Said as their second single off the album. The song features fellow Blue Mountain musician Thom Crawford on the vocals. Crawford, a friend of Thundamentals, brought his vocal expertise to the song to help develop it how Thundamentals had imagined. “It’s a very organic kind of thing where Thom was just around and we were hanging out and we said ‘look, we wrote this chorus, written this melody, we’d love to have you have a crack at singing it’,” Jeswon says. “He just came in and nailed exactly what we wanted. It was exactly what we had imagined on the track. He came in, and within a few takes, he brought the vision of it to life.” The trio prides themselves in their ability to deliver lyrics that people can relate to as opposed to the “braggadocious” hip hop that is so common in today’s music culture. “[It’s] kind of a mix between sample-based and live instrumentation and just trying to bring a positive vibe and an honest vibe as well - I think that’s what we’re trying to do with our lyricism,” Jeswon says of the trio’s music. “We’re not really too much on the braggadocious tip, so it’s more just a bit of trying to represent ourselves and hopefully strike a chord in people going through similar situations.” Thundamentals stay true to their philosophy with So We Can Remember, representing a rollercoaster of emotions throughout the

album similar to emotions a listener may feel in life itself. “There’s highs and lows throughout the album. So there’s moments of celebration; there’s moments of happiness; there’s moments of frustration; there’s moments of contemplating ‘what am I doing? Is it all worth it?’,” Jeswon says. Jeswon believes the name of the album, So We Can Remember, can be a reminder for people that things will get better and to take a moment to recall why they’re doing something they don’t enjoy. “When you hit your low points, you’ve got to remember the reason why you’re here: to fund your actual passion,” Jeswon says. “We’re in this situation, but we’re trying to say ‘you know what, you’re working to something better so don’t let it get you down too much’.” While the trio experiences many of life’s difficulties just as most people do, Jeswon wants the album to deliver an uplifting message that will help motivate listeners and remind them that good things can come, especially if you work to better your life. “Overall, I think it’s a positive thing and we realize that life isn’t rosy 100 per cent of the time and this music can hopefully lift people up,” Jeswon says. “We understand what you’re going through because we are going through it as well and we are trying to make this music to remind ourselves that life is good and that each situation can get better, it’s just a matter of working through the

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bullshit and pushing to the other side.” The trio hopes that they can also help raise the crowd’s spirits when performing in person by delivering the crowd a party atmosphere while always putting all of their energy into a performance. Jeswon believes that the trio is a “dynamic” act and takes pride in their intensity on stage, making sure the fans get their money’s worth. “Personally, if I don’t get off stage dripping with my fucking sweat, then I feel like I’ve cheated the fans,” Jeswon says of his energy on stage. “I want people to see that their presence is important to me and that they invested their time and money to come check out what we do, so I’m going 110 per cent every performance so that they can feel like ‘fuck yeah, we are valued and we are important to these guys.’”

Thundamentals perform at Corner Hotel in Melbourne on Thursday May 1 and Friday May 2. Their new album, So We Can Remember, is out on Friday May 2 on Obese Records.

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on tour HOLY FUCK [CAN] Wednesday April 30, Northcote Social Club SALMONELLA DUB SOUNDSYSTEM [NZ] Saturday May 3, Rubix Funhouse PYRAMID [FRA] Friday May 9, Laundry Bar PHFAT [RSA] Saturday May 10, Laundry Bar DJ SOTOFETT [NOR] Friday May 16, Mercat Basement KOLSCH [DEN] Friday May 16, Brown Alley PHACE [GER] Friday May 16, Brown Alley ANDY STOTT [UK] Thursday May 22, Corner Hotel REBEKAH [UK] Friday May 23, Brown Alley THE CHAINSMOKERS [USA] Saturday May 31, Trak Lounge & Fashion Lounge SISQO [USA], DRU HILL [USA] Sunday June 1, Trak Lounge BOK BOK [UK], L-VIS 1990 [UK] Friday June 6, Brown Alley ARMIN VAN BUUREN [NED] Saturday June 7, Hisense Arena HOT CHIP [UK], MATTHEW DEAR [USA], HENRY SAIZ [ESP] + MORE Saturday June 7, Shed 4 EJECA [UK] Sunday June 8, Brown Alley TLC [USA] Wednesday June 11, Palais Theatre GIRL UNIT [UK] Saturday July 12, Revolver Upstairs SOULFEST: D’ANGELO, [USA], MAXWELL [USA], MOS DEF [USA] + MORE Sunday October 19, Yarra Park EARTHCORE: RAJA RAM [UK], JOHN ‘00’ FLEMING [UK] + MORE Thursday November 27 - Monday December 1, Pyalong, Victoria

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Australian hip hop often gets pegged as too American. Or too ‘Strayan. Adelaide rapper Tkay Maidza knows this. She’s just finished touring Australia with Nina Las Vegas Presents and is set to tour the nation again with Citizen Kay. In November, someone on Facebook sent Maidza a message saying: “You’re not American. So stop rapping with an American accent, rap with an African accent if that’s where you say you’re from lol.” Tkay Maidza brushes the comment off, “I wasn’t born in Australia so I don’t get why they’d expect me to rap like I’m from here.” “I think those kind of people need to find something else to do. Music is subjective. People don’t need to sound like they’re from somewhere. Finding your sound is a series of trial and error,” she says. “I may use some American terms, but not because I’m trying to, but because that’s my daily culture. It’s how I live and that’s how people around me are. It’s similar with Iggy Azalea; she’s adopted American culture so people shouldn’t be surprised that she doesn’t sound Australian.”

Maidza’s been rapping for three years, starting out in high school, where she’d muck around with mates and create YouTube videos. Writing remixes to Nicki Minaj and Kanye West beats, she realised the more she wrote the better her writing skills got. “I started writing originals by purchasing random beats online,” she says. “I didn’t like them but it was a start. I’d finished writing Handle My Ego but I wasn’t happy with it: that’s when I met Badcop (producer ofBrontosaurus). He remixed Handle My Ego to make it dubstep. That mix became the original and that’s where it really began.” The 18-year-old started the year touring with Nina Las Vegas Presents alongside Sable, Wave Racer and Touch Sensitive, to name a few, an experience she says was life-affirming. “Nina Las Vegas Presents was beyond anything I imagined. It was so much fun and the party – goers were so welcoming. It felt like that was where I belonged,” Maidza says. “They were the first gigs where people actually came to listen to the sound I’m going for, rather than being on a line up where there are three completely

different acts, which can be a weird gig sometimes. All these DJs who I’ve been listening and frantically studying for the past year were on the same lineup, and they dug what I was doing. It’s opens a lot of doors, so I’m lucky.” The 18-year-old’s dancehall jam, Brontosaurus, was released last year, the song commanding you move as Tkay’s raps “stomp your feet like a brontosaurus.” But Maidza says she uses music as a way to vent. “When I rap I like to be a brat. I usually complain about so many things. But I also like to write cutely about love-y dove-y stuff,” she says, adding: “not that it’s about anyone.”

Catch Tkay Maidza at Shebeen on Friday May 16. facebook.com/tkaymaidzamusic

party profile: salmonella dub soundsystem When is it? Saturday May 3. Where is it? Rubix Funhouse – 36 Phoenix St, Brunswick. Who’s playing? Salmonella Dub Soundsystem, Stryka D (Hearticle HiFi), Liquid Funk. Orchestra ft Vida Sunshyne, Dub Princess, System Unkown with a Jonny Blaze light show. What sort of shit will they be playing? Dub, drum and bass, reggae. What’s the crowd going to be like? Friendly, lovers of happy music. Nil dickheads.

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What will we remember in the AM? The quality live music lineup from start to finish, the sweet sound system and awesome light show. What’s the wallet damage? $30 presale, $35 on the door. Give us one final reason why we should party here. It’s an underground warehouse venue like no other, the staff are friendly and it always feels like home.

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phace Phace is the alias used by Florian Harres, an electronic music producer and label owner from Hamburg, Germany. His sound can be described as atmospheric and powerful, imbued with deep cinematic flourishes, explosive energy, and human analog touch. He is known for his rhythmical experimentation, accompanied with deep twisted bass sounds, high contrasting ambience, and smooth flowing pad synthesisers. He has released music on Vision, Shogun Audio, Invisible, Virus Recordings, Lifted Music, Subtitles Music, Renegade Hardware, Neosignal, mau5trap and OWSLA (both with Phace’s new project, Neosignal), among others. Catch him at Brown Alley on Friday May 16.

Spawned in 2004 out of the small coastal town of Moss, Norway: Sex Tags Mania and its various offshoots and subdivisions have garnered a cult-like following in the international community for their distinct and unorthodox visual style, attitude and sounds. With brother Fett Burger, Sotofett operates the Sex Tags, Sex Tags Mania and Sex Tags Amfibia outputs along with the Wania label on his own. The labels’ warped anti-consumerism vision and penchant for the weird and interesting have kept the record buying public on their toes for the past decade with the scattered Sex Tags family discography spanning house, techno, disco, surf rock, dub, psychedelia, lo-fi experimentalism and instrumental hip hop amongst others. Production-wise, Sotofett has many collaborative efforts under his belt. Having recently worked with Gilb’R, Madteo and Fran Benitez amongst others, along with his buy-on-sight remixes, solo releases and Bhakti Crew projects. As a DJ, Sotofett navigates through the classics and leftfield, traversing house, disco, techno, jungle, early street techno trance and more. Catch him at the Mercat Basement on Friday May 16.

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bok bok & l-vis 1990 Bok Bok & L-VIS 1990, founders of one of the most influential record labels in dance music Night Slugs, are coming to Melbourne. The two young London based producers are undoubtedly at the forefront of electronic music, fusing together styles of house, grime, bass and techno to create a brand new hybrid sound. Night Slugs first came into existence in early 2008, when, inspired by a variety of experimental club music from around the globe, the duo linked up to start a club night dedicated to a new unique sound in South London. The emphasis was on innovation, breaking new producers, debuting fresh tracks, uncompromising bass weight, and above all a functionalist dancefloor-friendly vibe. This is one show that is not to be missed – catch them at Brown Alley on Friday June 6.

pyramid Kitsuné – the French label that has been a stalwart since 2002 - is returning for their infamous club nights around Australia in May. Pyramid will be making his first visit to Australian shores along with some very special guests. It goes down at Laundry Bar on Friday May 9, with more acts soon to be announced.

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fourcolours Fourcolours have finally unveiled their first round of acts. Fourcolours will transport you and your mates to another dimension, where the source of all reality is colour, a wondrous experience exploring all kinds of weird, wonderful and exotic, with your best friends by your side. Weaving together a spectacular tapestry of psychedelia, techno, art and performance in an novel experience unlike any other. The first round of artists include Waio, Suduaya with Irini Mikhailova, Be Svendsen, Lucca Tan, Mish’Chief, Thankyou City, Pakman, Chromatone, Shantaraam, Ben Abrahams, Alma Danza and Uranium Mind. It all goes down on Saturday October 11. Visit fourcolours.com.au for more details.


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BLOW OUT - FEAT: GET BUSY + MAT CANT + SAMMY THE BULLET Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $0.00. COQ ROQ - FEAT: MR MOONSHINE + AGENT 86 + MR THOM + JOYBOT + BLABERUNNER Lucky Coq, Windsor. 8:30pm. $0.00. CURIOUS TALES - FEAT: DJ WHO + TIGERFUNK + TOM SHOWTIME + FLAGRANT Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $0.00. DISCLOSURE Forum Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $72.95. GEAR SHIFT - FEAT: FRIENDSHIPS + CLAN ANALOGUE + OBJECT_STATE Loop, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. $0.00. THE DINNER SET - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. $0.00.

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3181 THURSDAYS - FEAT: HANS DC + JOHN DOE + BUTTERS + GRANT CAMOV + JAMES STEETH VS SAM GUDGE Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:00pm. $0.00. CLUB COCO - FEAT: CC DISCO + GIVAFIZZ + BACON BOOTY DISCO Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $0.00. DISCLOSURE Forum Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $72.95. FREE RANGE FUNK - FEAT: EZRA + JAKE & NIKKI WHO + AGENT 86 + LEWIS CANCUT Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9:00pm. $0.00. GOOD EVENING Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. $0.00. LOVE STORY Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $0.00. MIDNIGHT EXPRESS - FEAT: PREQUEL + EDD FISHER Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm. $0.00. SPARE GROOVE - FEAT: DANNY HOTEP + LA POCOCK & SALMON BARREL Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $0.00. THE REBIRTH OF COOL - FEAT: MR LOB Penny Black, Brunswick. 9:30pm. $0.00. 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. $0.00. XS DISCO Onesixone, Prahran. 9:00pm. $10.00.

friday may 2 #MASHTAG - FEAT: MALPRACTICE + AGENT 86 + BENZO Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $0.00. BRYCE LAWRENCE & PAUL JAGER Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $0.00. DISCLOSURE Forum Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $72.95. EAT DRINK PLAY The Emerson, South Yarra.

9:00pm. $15.00. GET LIT - FEAT: D’FRO + GET BUSY + NAM + TWERKSHOP MELBOURNE Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $0.00. GUTTERHYPE RECORDS LAUNCH Rubix Warehouse, Brunswick. 9:00pm. $0.00. LA DANSE MACABRE Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. $0.00. LUCK TRUCK FRIDAYS Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9:00pm. $0.00. MUSIC BOX Loop, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $0.00. PANORAMA FRIDAYS - FEAT: MATT RAD + MR GEORGE + ASH-LEE + PHATO A MANO Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9:00pm. $0.00. POPROCKS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $0.00. REVOLVER FRIDAYS - FEAT: MIKE CALLANDER + KATIE DROVER + SAFARI + ALEX THOMAS & WHO Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. $0.00. THE DISCO Onesixone, Prahran. 9:00pm. $25.00. THE OFFICIAL PRESETS AFTER PARTY FEAT: KIM + WORDLIFE + BENI New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 11:30pm. $0.00. THE PRESETS + WORDLIFE + BENI The Hifi, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $65.45. TOM SHOWTIME + B-TWO + D’FRO Penny Black, Brunswick. 7:00pm. $0.00.

saturday may 3 BIG RED BUS - FEAT: ANDY BASARABA + NIKKI SIG + ISH + JEWELZ + WAVEMOTION + JONNY BLAZE My Aeon, Brunswick. 10:00pm. $0.00. DOESN’T MATTER - FEAT: MUSKA + MORTISVILLE + SEKKT + J-SLYDE New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $15.00. FAMILIAR STRANGERS The Emerson, South Yarra. 9:00pm. $15.00. FOX SATURDAYS - FEAT: DJ BLUESTAR Fox Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $0.00. HOT STEP - FEAT: ADAM ASKEW Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 6:00pm. $0.00. LOCALS - FEAT: DANIEL FLIPOVIC + DJ MATIC + PAUL COOPER + SAM HILTON Loop, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $0.00. MR LOBB + OBLIVEUS + MATT RAD Penny Black, Brunswick. 7:00pm. $0.00. ONESIXONE SATURDAYS Onesixone, Prahran. 9:00pm. $15.00. PBS’ THE BLEND & HIPPOPOTAMUS REX CELEBRATE 10 YEARS ON AIR - FEAT: A13 + AFFIKS + ARCTIC + BADDUMS + BEVIN CAMPBELL + CARMEX + CHIARA KICKDRUM + DAIXIE + MEN IMITATING MACHINE + ROB SPINFX + SPOONBILL + TIGERMOTH + DEDLEE + DISCOURSE + GHOST + HEATA + MUST VOLKOFF + PLUTONIC LAB + RONAN + SHERIFF ROSCO + SLAP 618 + ZAC Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 3:00pm. $0.00. POUNCE Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East. 8:00pm. $0.00.

RESPECT Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 9:00pm. $20.00. SALMONELLA DUB Rubix Warehouse, Brunswick. 7:30pm. $0.00. SUPER GRANDE - FEAT: CC DISCO + JULIAN LOVE Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $0.00. TEXTILE SATURDAYS Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9:00pm. $0.00. THE DANGERFIELDS - FEAT: FALDUM + AMIN PAYNE + SHIKING + BADDUMS Horse Bazaar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10.00. THE HOUSE DEFROST - FEAT: ANDEE FROST Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm. $0.00. THE LATE SHOW - FEAT: RANSOM + DAVID SPACE + FLIP3K + ARKS + MS BUTT + PAZ + LEWIS CANCUT + MOONSHINE Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. $0.00. BAKER ST - FEAT: BRODIE + DJ BAN + BABY BJORN Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 2:00am. $10.00. BOP ART Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 4:00pm. $0.00. CALYPSO OF HOUSE Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 5:00pm. $0.00. EASY NOW - FEAT: AGENT 86 + TOM SHOWTIME + DJ MAARS Penny Black, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $0.00. REVOLVER SUNDAYS - FEAT: BOOGS + SPACEY SPACE + RADIATOR & DANIEL WEBBER + REVILO-D & BRAIN FANTANA + SILVERSIX Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00am. $0.00. SOUTH SIDE HUSTLE SUNDAYS - FEAT: ADAM ASKEW + PAUL BOOSHANK Lucky Coq, Windsor. 7:00pm. $0.00. 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. THE SUNDAY SET - FEAT: DJ ANDYBLACK & HAGGIS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 4:00pm. $0.00. BORED GAMES Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. $0.00. EYES WIDE SHUT + HAROLD Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $0.00. MONDAY STRUGGLE - FEAT: TIGER FUNK Lucky Coq, Windsor. 6:00pm. $0.00. STIFF DRINK Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $0.00.

tuesday may 6 COSMIC PIZZA - FEAT: NHJ Lucky Coq, Windsor. 8:00pm. $0.00. SEE YOU NEXT TUESDAY Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. $0.00.

THUNDAMENTALS Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:30pm. $25.00.

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DJ PREMIER + PETE ROCK 170 Russell, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. FAKTORY FRIDAYS - FEAT: DAMION DE SILVA + K DEE + DURMY Khokolat Bar, Melbourne Cbd.

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9:30pm. $0.00. STAY STRONG - FEAT: SPEECH THERAPY + DJ DIMANTE + SHADES + MADELEINE + FREEDS + EFFIK + EPPSILON + THE COAST GUARDS + RA-RA Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. THUNDAMENTALS Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:30pm. $25.00.

MELLOW-DIAS THUMP - FEAT: CAZEAUX O.S.L.O + GEEZY Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm.

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THE BIRDS OF SATAN

By Paul McBride

Taylor Hawkins might spend most of his time being drummer for one of the biggest rock bands on the planet, but when the Foo Fighters take a rest, he doesn’t sit still. The affable 42-year-old’s new side project is classic rock-influenced trio The Birds of Satan, whose self-titled debut album is unashamed in its straight-up approach to rock music. “Wiley [Hodgden, bass/vocals] and Mick [Murphy, guitar] are a couple of buddies of mine,” Hawkins explains. “We play in a cover band called Chevy Metal; we play ‘70s and ‘80s rock from when we were kids. I just happened to be jamming with those guys and we always sound good together, and when it came to the time when I wanted to make a record, it felt good and I thought those guys could help me make the record really quickly. We did it and it was great. It sounds like we don’t give a fuck, but sometimes that sounds good, you know what I mean? “We did all the music in four days, and then we did the vocals over a two-day period. At the time when I was making this record, I was listening to a lot of people’s first records – records made by bands who didn’t have a lot of time. I mean, listen to the first Black Sabbath record; that was recorded in two days. The first Led Zeppelin record was made in maybe a week or

something. Van Halen’s first. All of those records were made in one day to a week. I like producing records, the layering process and everything, but that’s a whole other sort of trip, you know? There’s something about just getting in there and doing something quick that has a different energy. I like those type of records.” No classic rock album is complete without a moment of rock grandeur or extended virtuosity, and here it comes in the form of nine-minute opener The Ballad of the Birds of Satan. “That took us half a day,” Hawkins says. “We wrote it and recorded it in half a day, and we did another song that day as well, so it happened fairly quickly. We all threw three or four ideas at each other, stuck it all together and it came out like that, which is totally bananas. We set out to make it that way; I wanted to have a track that goes a million places, has weird time signatures and is sort of a schizophrenic kind of song.

It was absolutely what I had in mind. I didn’t know how it was going to turn out, but I knew I wanted to do something like that.” Despite the desire for a rawer sound and the tight time-frame involved, the well-connected California native was able to call on some outside help to finish the album off. “Dave [Grohl] helped me finish writing a bunch of the songs,” he says. “He was a big part of the first song; the first riff was a guitar riff he had, which we put stuff together with. He was a big part of a song called Wait ‘Til Tomorrow and another called Raspberries. Those were the three he played on, if I’m not mistaken. Pat [Smear] came in at the very end on Too Far Gone To

See and played some guitar and things. This is the first record Wiley has ever even played on, so he’s hanging on by the skin of his teeth, but I like that energy. “Mick is much more of a hard rock guitar player than anyone in my other band The Coattail Riders, so it’s just a different feel. They could have made this record, and I probably would have liked it just as much, but it probably would have been very different. Either way, it was going to be made raw, and it would have been a lot cleaner with those guys. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, you know what I mean?” THE BIRDS OF SATAN’S self-titled debut album is out now.

ANDREW SWIFT AND THE RATTLESNAKE CHOIR By Meg Crawford I have a very pleasant yarn with Andrew Swift. We cover a lot of ground, but the recurrent topics are writing and restlessness. The band released their first EP, Up With The Anchor, last year. There’s a lot in the pipeline though for Swift, in particular getting his head around writing again. He finds it a slow process and sadly for him, one fuelled by misery. Following a recent break-up, he’s at it once more. The fact that it’s slow going isn’t helped by the fact that he doesn’t write songs down as he’s going. “If it’s not good enough to stay in my head, it’s not good enough to stay in a song,” he says. Material is coming though and he’s aiming for an album this time, rather than an EP. His songs are largely autobiographical. Although he might add something, there’s a kernel of his own experience in them and he finds himself divulging some pretty personal information. For example, in Restless Hearts, he describes himself and his dad as sharing the same spirit of restlessness. Thankfully, there wasn’t any family fall-out from the song. He played it to his dad before release, emphasising that he “wasn’t having a go,” and his dad copped it as “pretty accurate” and “fair enough.” He has the same theory about tattoos as the songs he writes – while you’ve got them forever, they represent only a particular time and place in your life. Taking Restless Hearts again as an example there is a line, “I don’t see myself as an older man with a lover.” For Swift,

this is a reminder of where he was at that point in his life. Previously, he has felt that feelings of “restlessness and being unsettled held [him] back in relationships.” While his dad was older, single and happily so, at the time he wrote the song, Swift was ruminating on the possibility that life may pan out the same way for him. “Who knows what the future may bring… Anyway, I will have these stories and I can share them with the people around me.” The band’s music is difficult to categorise. It’s been both a blessing and a bane. “[It gives me the freedom to] just write whatever comes out. Sometimes it’s a bit more pop-rocky, sometimes a bit more alt-country.” The downside is knowing where to put it, particularly in the eyes of some industry folk. “They love it, but don’t know what to do with it.” This is not going to change anytime soon. Swift finds song writing therapeutic and lyrics are carefully structured. “I am picky about the way I place my lyrics so they feel a little more true to me,” he describes. In terms of upcoming events, the band are playing a residency during May every Sunday at the Reverence Hotel, Footscray. Although officially having now quit

the band, their recently wedded bass player Matt Davenport will be joining them for their acoustic sets during the month. Swift is looking forward to the residency. Amongst other things, there is joy in the knowledge that the band will be joined by a number of musical luminaries (e.g. Andrew Kitchen of Antiskeptic). These were guys Swift followed around in his youth and who he still has fond, albeit embarrassing memories of “fan-boy, geeky moments.” Since working with Sparta’s Jim Ward, managing these

“fan-boy geeky moments” is something which Swift has become more adept. Given that I’m interviewing one of my musical idols shortly, I’m keen to know how. “No matter how excited you are, play it cool. Listen. Keep the professionalism.” And, having learned this the hard way, don’t “pull out quotes from boot-leg CDs.” Sound advice. ANDREW SWIFT AND THE RATTLESNAKE CHOIR play a Sunday residency at The Reverence Hotel throughout May.

ON THE RECORD with FOUR HOURS SLEEP Answered by Bill McDonald 1. The First Record I Bought: Johnny Winter And Live. I liked the fast guitar and rough voice. I liked 12-bar blues back then.

4. The Last Thing I Recorded: A version of the disco song We Are Beautiful by Fern Kinney. It’s a great song and it was number 1 for one week in 1980.

2. The Last Record I Bought: Adalita - All Day Venus. I wanted to listen to it properly on my big speakers to appreciate the recording quality and songs. I wasn’t disappointed.

5. The Record That Changed My Life: I was driving along one day and I heard Hotwire My Heart by Sonic Youth. I think it is on the album Sister. I was not particularly young at the time but it revealed how I could combine several ideas I was interested in within one song. Suddenly it was really obvious.

3. The First Thing I Recorded: The first thing I properly recorded was my friend telling his fishing stories and me putting music to them.

FOUR HOURS SLEEP (plus guests)  launch their brand new self-titled album on Wednesday May 7 at the Toff In Town with special guest Freya Josephine Hollick.

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LLOYD COLE By Peter Hodgson From his time as frontman for The Commotions and their stadium tour of 1986, through to his Small Ensemble tour of 2011 and the many solo tours he has performed in between, Lloyd Cole is no stranger to Australian stages, bringing his uncannily beautiful and personal songwriting to audiences in various formats. This year he returns for a man-and-guitar tour that will take in material from across his career, including acoustic interpretations of material from his predominantly band-driven 2013 album Standards. There seems to be a bit of a trend lately for bands to play longer, more expansive Australian tours than usual. We’re seeing less of the ‘Sydney and Melbourne only’ shows and more ‘staying for a month and hitting regional areas’ shows. Cole’s tour will take in 15 shows between June 18 and July 12, including four Victorian appearances.

WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A PUBLIC CONVERSATION ABOUT THE STATE OF MEDIA AND MUSIC TODAY, AND I’M GOING TO HAVE TO ADMIT THAT MY WEBSITE IS FIVE YEARS OUT OF DATE AND THAT I HAVEN’T HAD TIME TO UPDATE IT BECAUSE I’VE BEEN ON TOUR. “But I’m still not getting up to the far north,” Cole says. “I asked them to book me into places I haven’t been to before, getting up to the jungle. But I’m looking forward to seeing places I haven’t been. I haven’t been to Newcastle before. Typically I’m going to get to Newcastle on a day that there isn’t time to play golf, even though I know one of the best places to play golf in Australia is in Newcastle. But I’m

getting to a few extra places. It takes so long and it takes so much energy to get there that I might as well stay for a bit of extra time.” Aah, golf. It’s surprising, in a way, that so many musicians seem to have an appreciation for the noble sport. Alice Cooper even called his autobiography Golf Monster. Cole puts this down to the Zen-like nature of the sport. “When I’m playing golf I’m thinking about getting the ball in the hole, I’m thinking of beating the person I’m playing with,” he says. “I’m not thinking of the songs I’m writing. I’m not thinking about my finances, I’m not thinking about my family. And it works.” In addition to the concerts, Cole will appear ‘In Conversation’ for shows at the University Of Adelaide and MONA in Hobart. It’s a first for Australian audiences. “I’m going to Australia as a visiting fellow at the Hawke Institute in Adelaide, which is part of the University of South Australia,” Cole says. “They basically wanted me to come over and take part in presentation talk/seminars. Anthony Elliott is going to be onstage with me asking questions. We’re going to have a public conversation about the state of media and music today, and I’m going to have to admit that my website is five years out of date and that I haven’t had time to update it because I’ve been on tour. We can talk about the quandary of trying to be an independent artist competing in the market that the internet now is. “Social media for someone like me is a catch-22,” Cole continues, “because if I hire somebody like you to do it, people know it’s not me. Pretty much straight

away they would know it’s not me. You’d never know to put that I ate Eccles cakes for breakfast this morning but I did and I hadn’t had them for several years so it was a fun thing to put on my Facebook. And people know it’s me, so they do follow me. Y’know, I followed The Clash for about a month until I realised I was just getting fanzine reports, and I don’t understand why anybody would do it, but people do it. “But the quandary is that I need to keep doing it, and

I need to be the one who does it, but maybe not all of it. Things like putting up the tour dates, anybody could do that. I’m working towards a situation where I keep it personal but I don’t have to put in all the hours to make it work as it needs to work.” LLOYD COLE plays Oakleigh’s Caravan Music Club on Thursday June 26, Thornbury Theatre on Friday June 27, Theatre Royal in Castlemaine on Saturday June 28 and the Flying Saucer Club in

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CHRIS RUSSELL’S CHICKEN WALK

By Augustus Welby

Despite the growing acclaim for Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk over the last couple of years, the bluesy duo’s titular leader still holds down a full-time manufacturing job. Yep, amidst issuing two back-to-back LPs and a subsequent onslaught of touring, Russell’s been fronting up for work every day. However, he’s got a pretty good grasp on time management. “I do most of my songwriting the minute that I get up,” he explains. “As soon as I get up I’ll walk to the kitchen, flick the kettle on, have a piss and I’m writing before the kettle’s boiled. Both halves of the brain are still operating, the conscious mind isn’t yet as dominant as what it will be, say, an hour after I’ve woken up.” Fiddling around with songs first thing in the morning might’ve come about by necessity, but Russell’s discovered that some of the most forceful ideas pour out in these stolen moments. “When I used to play regularly at Pure Pop in St. Kilda, there were two residencies I had there where I was writing songs every week in the courtyard especially to perform that night. Before show time I’d be going, ‘Shit, shit, shit! What rhymes with silver? Oh, nothing.’ That was really good because sometimes a self-imposed deadline, as opposed to an external one, can help the brain sort itself out.” The imprint of this method is manifest in Chicken Walk’s tunes. The self-branded ‘Chrississippian blues’ showcased on 2012’s self-titled debut and last year’s Shakedown possess both vulnerability and a primal bark. The survival instinct underpinning Russell’s songs reflects his aesthetic tastes as well. “I like things that are a natural consequence of life or are involved in life,” he says, “as opposed to something apart from life. I liked it when Picasso went primal and started using a leg of a chair, the horn of a bull and lots of plaster and threw some paint at it and that was a sculpture. Sometimes I do listen to stuff that’s wonderfully executed and bespoke almost, but at the end of the day a chair is something that you put your arse on.” Listening to Chicken Walk’s records, Russell’s aversion to contrived orchestration seems deeply ingrained. It’s actually difficult to imagine him playing in any other manner, but this bare bones ethos wasn’t always in effect. “I used to be terrible,” he admits. “When I was lateteens and into my twenties if the singer drew breath in the middle of a line I’d jump right in there with a quick spurt of guitar licks.” He soon saw the error of these garrulous ways. “Listen to early Miles Davis, to his first few albums, then listen to classic-era Miles Davis and he’s playing a lot less. The style that became his signature was a lot more natural. Even though it was very cool and considered, there was so much space in there.” Of course, an un-decorative creative approach can produce clumsy results if it’s not deftly implemented. Russell’s evidently well-versed in music history and manages to channel distinct blues motifs with great aplomb. Yet, he doesn’t make direct reference to his favourite artists during the writing process. “Trying to find my voice in relative silence is easier than competing with Keith Richards,” he laughs. “Really, what I’m trying to do is add my little one per cent on top of the blues music that’s come before. I’m deeply in love with that music. It’s almost like breathing air – it’s natural. I consider it my highest creative pursuit to add that one per cent to the top, to find something that is absolutely me.” Russell’s endeavour to communicate his unique take on blues music isn’t conducted under the pretense of making unheralded advents to the form. “Every artist – even though the canvas is blank – their head’s still full of everything they’ve seen and everything they’ve experienced and tasted and smelt and lived. Even if you’re inventing the newest house in the world, you’re still going to put a roof on it.” Indeed, each individual carries a stock of experiences and perceptions, which means there’s always something to creatively draw upon even if the output’s originality varies. Judging by Russell’s workflow in recent years, writer’s block isn’t an issue for him. Even so, an inspired connection with the muse can’t be guaranteed. “It’s a funny thing, writing. Sometimes you try to look for a formula or the telematics coffee cup, like, ‘Oh, this is the coffee cup that I drink out of when I’m writing because it always brings me good luck.’ Then you hit a wall. Any method’s fallible because we change and we don’t even know we change.” One thing that definitely isn’t changing is Chicken Walk’s regular live presence. In the last couple of years the pair’ have become a festival favourite and their next appearance is at CherryRock’s final installment. Russell might still be toiling away in the factory by day, but it’s not going to inhibit his commitment to rock’n’roll. “Writing and playing is the way I process the world. That’s the diary anyway. Any day I get to play music in front of an audience is a fucking great day and any day I get to play music at home is a really good day. So I can’t see a reason to stop.” CHRIS RUSSELL’S CHICKEN WALK play CherryRock014 in ACDC Lane on Sunday May 25. WATCH INTERVIEWS, CHATS & AWKWARD SILENCES..... WWW.BEAT.COM.AU/TV

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SHAUN KIRK

By Peter Hodgson

Shaun Kirk has come a long way since his debut album in 2010, rapidly rising to the forefront of Australia’s modern blues movement. His first record scored Best Debut Album at the 2010 VIC/TAS Blues Music Awards, while his second, Thank You for Giving Me the Blues, shot to #1 on the Australian Blues/Roots Airplay Charts. New crowd-funded album Steer the Wheel is a marked departure for Kirk, bringing in some pretty damn bigname collaborators from the Australian music industry to add a new dimension to the material and to present the best album possible to existing and prospective fans, all with the aim of using his music to help as many people as he can through the support of charity. The album debuted at #1 on the Australian iTunes Blues chart, and is currently in an arm-wrestle with Russell Morris’s Sharkmouth. “The whole idea behind this album was not just to put out another album and hopefully propel myself to the next level, but it was very much personally about going in a direction that I’ve been interested in since I began playing music, and that was to use my music to raise

money for charity,” Kirk explains. “So I pretty much had this vision that this album would do that, and I wanted to do it – I mean I’m not earning bazillions of dollars or anything, I’m still just an underground musician – but I thought that if I could get some kind of assistance that would take some of the financial pressure off myself which meant that I could donate a higher percentage of the album profits to this little charity that I’ve hooked up with called Orphfund.” Orphund is a volunteer-based organisation working within remote communities in some of the world’s poorest countries, with projects aimed to reach out to vulnerable children who have been abandoned or orphaned and help provide them with shelter, education, care and support.

The agenda of helping others is stated quite clearly on the album’s first track, Give to the Needy, “Exactly. That’s pretty much what brought it all about. That was probably one of the first tracks that I started writing, because I’ve been writing this album for two years. I remember when I finished that track I went, ‘Yep, this has to be the album where I take that step.’ And like you said, it’s pretty clear in that song.” This is Kirk’s first album to be driven by artistic collaboration rather than being more of a solo endeavour. ARIA award-winning rhythm section Grant Cummerford (bass guitar) and Danny McKenna (drums) join in, along with some of Kirk’s heroes, such as Mia Dyson and Jeff Lang. “I didn’t want this album to be all about me,” he says. “If I was going to get crowd-funding involved and I wanted the whole vibe of the album to be especially creative it was going to require that ‘working together’ kind of vibe. So I gave it everything and ignored budget – almost! – and went over budget but I think it was well worth it, with the calibre of players on this record. “We’ve got keys, we’ve got Hammond organ, we’ve got drums and bass, which I’ve never recorded before! It’s previously just been solo stuff with maybe a little something here and there. There are back-up singers and percussionists and all kinds of stuff on the record, so I definitely tried to create that ‘working together’

kind of idea. As for Grant and Danny, it was such a cool experience. I’ve never played with a band before until they came into the studio and started jamming with me. And it made me realise as a solo artist just how bad my timing was! I was so used to creating the timing by myself with my feet that when you get into the studio with ridiculously talented musicians like that, it puts things into perspective!” SHAUN KIRK launches Steer the Wheel at the Northcote Social Club on Thursday May 8.

60 SECONDS with OLD MAN LUEDECKE Define your genre in five words or less: Banjo songster. Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like? I usually don’t hear what they compare me to. But maybe the sweetness of John Denver on The Muppet Show mixed with Leonard Cohen.    Describe the best gig you have ever played. I played a surprisingly large gig at the Ottawa Folk Festival that killed last year. It felt good to have my songs go over in an intimate way with many thousands of people. I think I had just enough fans that made the much huger number of strangers get it.  I usually prefer playing much smaller places. The best gigs are when you can love them more than they love you. 

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Tell us about the last song you wrote. The last song I wrote is called The Briar And The Rose, it’s pretty rad I suppose, but the melody is good and it’s sentimental in a pushing satisfying way. It’s a bit Townes Van Zandt. Where would you like to be in five years? Turning up here and there for my fix of performance and then retreating to my farm in rural Nova Scotia to raise a family band gently. I’d like to have produced my own record by then and really nailed how to get the live energy onto recordings.    Do you have a pre-gig ritual? If so, what is it? Not really, but I like to have clean hands, and I wonder aloud if I can do the show until show time. I also pick away at little melodies on the banjo that sound

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like there’s an infinite universe of songs I haven’t yet written. I’d be great to write more songs backstage with all the nervous energy there.  Name an interview question you wish someone would ask you, and answer it. Q: Did you really think you could get away with it?  A: Yes, but in the humblest possible way.  If your music was a chocolate bar, which one would it be, and why? I’d like to say something everyone likes, most likely though a nearly virtuous high end dark chocolate with something dumb but not too dumb in it, like sea salt. Delicious.  OLD MAN LUEDECKE plays Flying Saucer Club on Sunday May 4.


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By Emily Kelly: ek1984@gmail.com NOFX have announced that they’ll play their best album Punk In Drublic in full for their fans in Belgium at this weekend’s Groezrock festival. It’s the 20th anniversary of this classic punk rock piece, which has of course in turn sparked rumours that the band will visit Australia once more to do the same.

Meat Puppets announced two headline shows at Ding Dong Lounge in addition to their appearance at CherryRock. The first show, on Tuesday May 27, will feature more than 30 pieces of art by bassist Cris Kirkwood, along with a meet-and-greet and a short acoustic set. Tickets at the door only. The next day Meat Puppets will play a full show at the same stage. Tickets from Oztix.

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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY TOUR US punk/metal pioneers, Corrosion of Conformity (bassist/vocalist Mike Dean, drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin and guitarist Woody Weatherman) exploded onto the US heavy scene way back in the early ‘80s. The trio made their mark with an unrelenting live show and signature crushing riffs. In 1985 they released what would become one of the most important heavy crossover records of all time... ANIMOSITY. This unparalleled megalith of an album is hailed by both critics and fans as the ultimate rock/punk/metal mash up. After nearly 30 years of musical trailblazing, you would think a rest would be on the agenda. Instead of resting on their laurels, Corrosion of Conformity hunkered down and cooked up a brand new batch of fireballs for your stereo. Their newest full-length effort (titled IX) is set for release this June, just ahead of their ambitious 2014 Australian/NZ tour. They’ll be at 170 Russell on Sunday July 20. Advance tickets are $60 on sale Friday May 2 or $70 at the door. For more info visit redlinemusic.com.au, facebook.com/redinetouring coc.com, weedmetal.com or lookandbehold.net

ROCK N LOAD Rock N Load Festival returns to the Espy in St Kilda on Saturday June 21. Bands include Tumbleweed, King of the North, Bugdust, Born Lion (NSW), Sun God Replica, Don Fernando, My Echo, Adaen (Russia), The Charge, Smoke Stack Rhino, Ten Thousand, Captives, Hailmary (WA) and heaps more! Tickets $21+bf or $25 at the door, on sale now from Oztix, The Espy, Greville Records, Polyester (City & Fitzroy), Fist2Face, The Nash (Geelong) and Karova Lounge (Ballarat).

ACCEPT TO TOUR Classic heavy metal was shaped essentially by three highly influential bands: Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Accept. Two of these legendary acts have graced our shores several times but now finally Australia gets to witness the might of the “Teutonic Terror” themselves for the very first time. That’s right, Accept are touring Australia in November. All tickets – including VIP meet and greet packages – will go on sale 9am Friday May 2. They’ll be at the Corner Hotel on Saturday November 15.

Speaking of CherryRock, Brant Bjork has just been announced to co-headline the event on Sunday May 25 in ACDC Lane. Bjork rises from the Californian desert to co-headline CherryRock014 beside the legendary Meat Puppets. Also added to the final lineup are High Tension and The Powerline Sneakers. And because of the 108 Flinders Street residential development and new Peruvian restaurant at the base of ACDC Lane, this must be the final CherryRock Festival as we know it. Also on the bill are King of the North, Redcoats, Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk, Beastwars (NZ), Drunk Mums, Child, Bitter Sweet Kicks, Don Fernando and The Harlots. Sunday May 25, 12pm–9.30pm, two stages, no clashes. Tickets are $74 from cherrybar.com.au

WEDNESDAY APRIL 30: Empra, Bonez at Cherry Bar

Propagandhi’s Melbourne show on Friday May 30 has officially sold out so you just have one more chance to get your hands on tickets to their Thursday May 29 show at the Corner Hotel. Of course, you could also head into Geelong for your fix. That’d be pretty excellent way to spend a Saturday.

THURSDAY MAY 1: Russian Circles at the Hi-Fi Bar Karnivool, Born Lion at Palace Theatre Steve Cohen & The Motherfuckers, Ohms, Muscle Beach at the Old Bar Chasing Alice, The Skies Above, Now You Die at the Reverence Kimmi Smiles, Ten Thousand, In Orbit at Next

Splendour in the Grass has announced another killer lineup for this July with Outkast, Two Door Cinema Club, Interpol, Chvrches, Danny Brown, and Parquet Courts flying all the way here for just the one performance in Byron. DZ Deathrays, Violent Soho, Spiderbait and Kingswood are also confirmed for the event.

FRIDAY MAY 2: I Am The Riot, Late Nights, Nathan Seeckts, Gladstone at Ding Dong Seattle Fix, When We Were Small, Aircrafte at the Reverence

Bodyjar are celebrating their 20th anniversary this August by hitting the road with friends, Samiam, Blueline Medic and Clowns. The gig at the Corner Hotel on Saturday August 9 will probably sell out so get ye to cornerhotel.com post haste on Friday May 2.

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Melbourne’s Twelve Foot Ninja took home the Best New Talent award at the Revolver Golden God Awards last week. America’s only hard rock/heavy metal awards show bestowed the award to them over Deafheaven, Scar The Martyr, Crosses, Heaven’s Basement and Issues. Not too shabby. A second Melbourne D.R.I show has been added at the Bendigo Hotel on Sunday May 4 with Cut Sick, Join the Amish and Spew & Guts. Tickets are only going to be available at the door. Tickets are still available to The Hi-Fi show if you’d prefer to tear shit up on a Saturday night. Black Flag have officially announced that Tyler Smith is their new bassist, following the departure of Dave Klein. He’ll join the band on their massive US tour throughout May and June, curiously titled the Victimology tour. Meanwhile the lawsuit between Black Flag and FLAG has been settled with little result. The details are confidential but Black Flag’s attorney (never thought I’d utter those words in

SATURDAY MAY 3: Groovin’ the Moo at Bendigo DRI, Sewercide, Outright, Party Vibes, Wolfpack at the Hi-fi Sydonia, HELM, Red Bee, Dive Into Ruin, Hail Batknife at the Espy Jamie Hay, Liam White, Cameron Tyson at the Old Bar Glorified, Beneath The Waters, Jack The Giant Killer, To The Gallows at Bang SUNDAY MAY 4: Gareth Liddaird, Teeth and Tongue at Workers Club DRI, Cut Sick, Join The Amish, Spew and Guts at the Bendigo succession) says “‘Flag’ gets to be Flag, and Black Flag as it is presently known continues to be ‘Black Flag’.” An all-ages gig by the name of Tape Deck Fest has announced that it will host UK outfit Neck Deep with Trophy Eyes, Anchors and Outines. Apparently other internationals will join the bill in weeks to come. It’s all going down at OLP, Ringwood on Sunday September 7.

NINE SONS OF DAN TOUR Nine Sons of Dan have come along way since their days as a university band project. With their third EP Used Up primed for a May 9 release and a national launch tour taking in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland from May 22, the six-track compilation introduces an edgier and slightly darker approach to the band. “This EP was a chance for us to showcase the songs that we always wanted to have on our records,” says singer Jay Bainbridge. “We took a lot of risks, we didn’t want to be safe and at the end of the day music is art and I think this EP will also allow us to meet some new people and the true NSOD fans to grow with us.” They’ll be at POW, Werribee on Friday June 6 (tickets at the door), and Wrangler Studios (all ages, tickets from Oztix) on June 7. Special guests Far Away Stables.

ORDER OF CHAOS Order of Chaos are a three-piece veteran metal group from Melbourne, featuring former members of King Parrot, Damaged, Blood Duster and Earth. The track Dead on Arrival is the first taste of the trio’s upcoming album, and you can hear it on Soundcloud now. The album Deadweight Undertow is a mixture of the band’s roots in death metal with their mid-era metallic hardcore smarts and new-found punk undertones. Recorded live in two days at Jam Hut studio with guitar and vocal overdubs later on, the album was mixed and mastered by Jason P.C at his Goatsound Studio in Melbourne. Deadweight Undertow will see the light of day in mid-2014. Stay tuned for more info.

ANNIE & BERN RELEASE DEBUT Melbourne duo Annie & Bern are launching their album Here Comes the Love at the Bridge Hotel Castlemaine on Sunday May 11, Glenlyon General Store on Friday May 16, Cosmopolitan Hotel Trentham on Sunday May 18, Rundell & Rundell Kyneton on Friday May 23, and Grace Darling Hotel Collingwood on Saturday May 24. They’re heavily influenced by the greats of the British ‘60s scene of Lulu, Sandie Shaw, The Beatles, Gerry & The Pacemakers and The Kinks, delivered with their own special modern bent. CHECK OUT ALL THE LATEST NEWS, REVIEWS AND FREE SHIT AT BEAT.COM.AU

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WEDNESDAY APR 30

SHADY LANE

Buried deep within the walls of the Evelyn Hotel is Shady Lane; a cool place away from the sun, jampacked with cheap brews, indie rock and cheap entry every Wednesday. On April 30 alt/art rockers Duende, indie poppers Frida, and alt electronic project Dire will grace the stage.

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Clan Analogue’s Gear Shift monthly electronic music jam session continues its epic journey at Loop on Wednesday April 30. Anyone can come and join the on-the-fly sonic mayhem, regardless of whether you play a laptop, smartphone, or piece of hardware, a seasoned performer or complete novice. Following the jam session, Melbourne’s audio-visual art project Friendships will be making a rare performance, starting at 9pm. Having won triple j’s Listen Out competition and contributed to Tim Shiel’s new Duet Duets album, Friendships are on the rise. Check out their unique audio and video performance in an intimate setting at Loop. It all starts at 7pm.

NICK KINGSWELL AND ALEX GIBSON

Independent musicians Nick Kingswell and Alex Gibson share a common path - not only are they the same age; both have an unshakable desire and ambition to share their original music with the world. Having met in 2013 as contestants on The Voice, both artists successfully reached the live finals. They caught the eyes of all four coaches and captured fans’ hearts across the country, receiving high praise for their distinctive vocal tones and original approaches to music. Nick and Alex have now joined forces, co-headlining their own independent four-city national tour, with dates in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney this April and May. You can find them at Revolver Upstairs on Thursday May 1. Doors open at  8.30pm and tickets are $10.

MELBOURNE FOLK CLUB LILITH LANE

Join Melbourne’s own Lilith Lane in the final instalment of an April residency at the Old Bar. This woman is not one to miss; she was nominated for Best Female artist in the Age EG awards, appeared on SBS television’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 off the back of her debut self-titled solo album in 2008. Import stock of Lilith’s new album Pilgrim is now available at all good independent music stores. Witness Lilith’s set this Wednesday April 30 at the Old Bar from 8:30pm. Entry is $6.

After a sold-out launch show featuring Jordie Lane, Lindi Ortega and a cameo from comedian Denise Scott, the Melbourne Folk Club continues this week with Melody Pool, The Little Stevies and Davidson Brothers on April 30 at Bella Union. Members get discount tickets and free beer, sign up at www. themelbournefolkclub.com.

RED DOOR

Exploding out of Geelong, Red Door is a filthy grunge rock band guaranteed to make you feel dirty. They’ll be hitting up the Bendigo Hotel on Wednesday April 30 alongside a slew of stellar acts, including Bound By Hound, Nikhail and The Stackshots.

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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FRI 9TH MAY HARRY HOWARD & NDE + SPINNING ROOMS +REPAIRS TUES 10TH MAY COMBO PACIFICA 4-PIECE MUSICAL TRAVELOGUE OF THE PACIFIC RIM & BEYOND

PETER BAYLOR & ULTRAFOX SWING DANCIN’ TIME! 2 X SETS FROM 9:30PM

SATURDAY 3rd MAY FLAP! TOGA PARTY + THE WIKIMEN

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SUNDAY 4th MAY THE SEVEN UPS

8-PIECE AFRO/FUNK BLENDING 70’S NIGERIAN AFROBEAT WITH DEEPEST STREET FUNK! MATINEE RESIDENCY (2 X SETS) FREE ENTRY, SHOWTIME 4:30PM

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Having released a prodigious debut album many moons ago and another on the horizon, Canary are back to play a melange of new and old material. Join Canary and their special guests  Human Woman,  an exciting new addition to the lo-fi two-piece band scene, together with the arresting lyricism of one Noah Earp. Thursday May 1 at the Retreat Hotel. Entry is free and doors open at 8.30pm.

CHASING ALICE

Chasing Alice are a three piece pop/alt rock unit who’ve kept themselves hidden in Melbourne’s outer suburbs until now. They blend energetic rock styles with inspiring, heartfelt lyrics, creating moving, immersive music. Tight as hell, these boys are out to impress. Joined by excellent and equally rockin’ locals The Skies Above and Now You Die, it’s just $5 on the door this Thursday May 1 at the Reverence Hotel. Doors open at 8pm.

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JAJU CHOIR

At long last the boys from Jaju Choir are releasing an EP. Supporting them at the John Curtin 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, and of course, all that come along will be the first to get their hands on the new EP. Thursday May 1 at the John Curtin Bandroom. Entry is $8 and doors open at 8pm.

ANCHOR & THE BUTTERFLY

Nothing to Win Nothing to Lose is the debut album from alt/folk/country duo Anchor & the Butterfly. Taking almost three years to complete, singer/songwriter Bridget Robertson and guitarist Lance Hillier recorded and produced their debut release at their home in central Victoria. Anchor & the Butterfly will play at the Yarra Hotel in Abbotsford on Thursday May 1 with Sal Kimber and The Rollin’ Wheel. Tickets are available through trybooking.com and doors open at 7.30pm.

BLACK MAYDAY

Mayday, also known as the first of May, is back. To celebrate mayday this year Black Mayday will be releasing two singles in one night, The Creature and Right Into View from their upcoming EP. These singles will be given out free at the door. Supporting them are Sudden State, Requiem and Cyanide. Entry is $5 and doors open at 8pm.

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The Purple Dentists return to the Spotted Mallard for another star-studded evening. Anthony O’Neill will be missing this month and will be replaced by the great Justin Brady, an electrifying harmonica, fiddle and mandolin player who will team up with Dan Bourke, George Butrumlis and Steve Groves for a night of musical surprises and supreme playing. $12 entry and doors open at 6pm.

SPUNK MACHINE

Spunk Machine are putting together a little shindig to farewell their guitarist Daniel Howard as he runs off to Europe. Spunk Machine are a filthy five-piece funk bomb who love to get you feeling tingly in strange places. They formed in 2012 out of Box Hill Institute’s Bachelor of Music Degree. They are now regularly spreading their old school nasty funk vibes mixed with a little new school smooth soul flayva all over the streets of Melbourne. See them at the Evelyn on Thursday May 1. Entry is $7 and doors open at 8pm.

FRIDAY MAY 2 BRENDAN GALLAGHER

He’s produced records for Jimmy Little, Doc Neeson (Angels), Emma Donovan and Jeremy Oxley (Sunnyboys); played on recordings for David Bowie and Kylie Minogue, and is the author of international best seller The Open Tuning Chord Book For Guitar, but on Friday May 2, Karma County frontman Brendan Gallagher will be on his lonesome playing a set of songs from his latest solo album Wine Island at Yarra Hotel. He’s on at 8.30pm before Adelaide’s Pollydevlins. You can also catch him on Saturday May 3 where he’ll be accompanying Dave Mason (The Reels) on guitar at Melbourne Arts Centre Playhouse along with Robyn Hitchcock & Steve Kilbey on their Insects & Stars tour 2014.


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ULTRAFOX

VAN WALKER

Ultrafox presents the finest in Le Jazz Hot. French gypsy jazz in the infectious style of Django Reinhardt and The Hot Club of France. Elegant swing, tender jazz ballads, gypsy waltzes and hot rhythm are just a few of the trademark sounds. They perform at the Spotted Mallard this Friday May 2 from 9pm, free entry.

Van Walker doesn’t need much introduction in the bars and venues of this town. Be it in solo mode, as a Swedish Magazine, Livingstone Daisy and most recently Heartbroker, he’s been a part of this town’s musical fabric for years. There are songs for all occasions and occasions for all songs. This Saturday at the Drunken Poet provides such an occasion, with Van and his band pulling who-knows-what from his swag of tunes from 9pm.

SPENCER P JONES

Seminal guitar icon and adopted Australian Spencer P Jones will be taking to Cherry Bar for a couple of evening sets on Friday May 2 between 5.30pm and 7pm. Make sure you get down to see this legendary rock'n'roll guitarist.

MY LEFT BOOT

My Left Boot are playing Cherry Bar this Friday May 2. Supporting the Melbourne blues legends are Seedy Jeezus, I am Duckeye and Red Eagle.  Entry is $13 from 8pm until 11.30pm. Afterwards entry is $10 until 5am with Cherry DJ Lucy Arundel spinning discs deep into the night.

GRETTA ZILLER

With a unique blend of sound and style, Gretta Ziller demonstrates her own interpretations of modern country roots and Americana. 2013 saw Gretta take home the APRA/TSA New Songwriter of the Year at the Tamworth Songwriters Association Competition. Gretta has just finished recording with the award winning producer Matt Fell at Love Hz Studios in Sydney with her first single Hunt for Love from the EP Hells Half Acre due to be released in early May. She plays two sets in the front bar of the Retreat Hotel in Brunswick from 5pm on Saturday May 3. Free Entry.

SPOD

The legendary Spod return to Melbourne to play the Old Bar this Saturday night with one hell of a lineup in tow. Bad Vision, Richie 1250 & The Brides Of Christ and Tom Lyngcoln (Harmony/Nation Blue) will be joining them onstage in a night of guaranteed kickarse music. It’s been ten years since Spod released Taste The Radness and blew everyone’s minds and melted faces and underwear all over the country. Come and celebrate this milestone by getting sweaty at the oldie this Saturday night. It all kicks off at 8.30pm and is $12.

MY DYNAMITE

Old favourite My Dynamite are heading back to Cherry Bar. Joining them on the night is Two Headed Dog and Smoke Stack Rhino. This is sure to be a cracking night of blues rock. Doors open at 5pm and entry is $13.

DAVE GRANEY

Dave Graney has been described as a ‘cryptic rock voyager'. In 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. Featuring wild pop dynamics, the voice right out front like a ‘60s country star should be, and massed, reverbed harmonies. Catch Dave at the Workers Club on Friday May 2.

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THE EZRA LEE SHOW

The Ezra Lee Show is coming to the iconic Pure Pop Records every Saturday in May for a month of ivory bashing. Joining the rockabilly piano stalwart is Chris D’ Rozario, Pete Belair and Matt Dwyer. A not to be missed affair for all rockabilly fans.

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After two brilliant shows in Adelaide and Perth last week,  Robyn Hitchcock (The Soft Boys) and Steve Kilbey (The Church) are ready to captivate their Melbourne audience when they bring their Insects and Stars tour to the Melbourne Arts Centre Playhouse this Saturday May 3. Both Robyn and Steve were 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. With a thousand or so songs to choose from and armed only with their guitars, Robyn Hitchcock and Steve Kilbey promise an unforgettable evening of whimsical wordplay and psychedelic nursery rhymes. Support from the ever-wonderful Dave Mason (The Reels). Tickets on sale now through tombowler.com. 

Canada’s  Old Man Luedecke  is making a welcome return to Australia after the success of last year’s tour with fellow folk troubadour Jordie Lane.  Like all the best guests, he isn’t coming empty handed; he’s bringing with him his new EP  I Never Sang Before I Met You.   Performing tracks from both the EP and his  Album  Tender Is the Night, this tour promises to delight. Old Man Luedecke will be playing two Melbourne shows; the Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick, from 3pm on Sunday May 4, and also Burrinja Café in Upwey on Tuesday May 6.  More info at oldmanluedecke.ca.

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Seattle Fix hit the Reverence Hotel this Friday May 2. The four-piece offer an upbeat and dreamy sound and have just finished up their first recordings. Seattle Fix have enjoyed a good reception with the release of their new track Disguise, which is currently working its way up through the triple j unearthed charts. Seattle Fix will be hitting the stage with friends Aircrafte and When We Were Small. Entry is $5 and doors open at 8pm.

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SUZIE DICKINSON

With a 25-year career behind her, a couple of years back, Suzie Dickinson finally got around to releasing her debut solo record. 19 Steps is a masterfully crafted album that showcases a gifted and powerful songwriter doing what she does best. In the years since the release of that record, Suzie has reaffirmed her place as one of our finest writers in the country-folk tradition. Catch Suzie this Sunday afternoon at the Drunken Poet at 4pm.

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Flap! are throwing a toga party at The Spotted Mallard on Saturday May 3. It’s going to be a whole bunch of dress up fun. Flap! will be performing such togarelated hits as Livin’ La Vida Toga and The Sara-Toga Shout and drinking Hemlock like Socrates. Support from The Wikimen and Byron’s Parea. Doors open at 6pm and entry is free.

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Animal hands are an indie rock band formed by singer songwriter Danielle Whalebone in 2011. Animal Hands celebrated the release of the band’s debut EP at Cherry Bar in April 2013. Their selftitled EP, produced by Lindsay Gravina (Rowland.S Howard,Cosmic Psychos, Magic Dirt) has received a resplendent response, gaining reviews and airplay in Australia and across the world. Joining them  at the Bendigo Hotel this Saturday  May 3 are Littlefoot, Three Quarter Beast, Thrasher Jinx and The Instincts. Entry is $10 and doors open at 8pm.

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THE RECHORDS & NIGEL WEARNE

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.

AMARILLO

Amarillo are set to release their debut EP out into the stratosphere on  Sunday May 4 at the Yarra Hotel in Abbotsford. Amarillo with be playing with full band, comprising of Trent McKenzie on double bass and Alex Rogowski on drums, with support from special guest Skyscraper Stan. Amarillo is the project of Melbourne duo Nick O’Mara (Raised by Eagles) and Jac Tonks. Singing songs and  playing guitars acoustic and electric, this self-titled six-track EP is their first offering. Recorded at Dead on Sound at the Parlour in Preston, once a funeral home and now a  collaborative space for artists. The pair spent last winter happily locked away in a disused morgue recording their songs with engineer and friend Ryan Granger. The sound they’ve produced is a blend of pop harmonies, soaring lap steel, dark tremolo and slack-tuned finger-style guitar.

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Sundays in May will see alt-country local lads Andrew Swift & The Rattlesnake Choir stripping things back for an acoustic residency at Footscray’s own Reverence Hotel. Joined weekly by some of Melbourne’s finest musicians, you won’t want to miss Sundays in May at the Rev. This week Andrew is joined by popular poprock guys Empra in acoustic mode, and the soulful sounds of Deal Ale. Entry is free and doors open at 3pm.

SEVEN UPS

Blending influences from 1970s Nigerian Afrobeat with the deepest of street funk, The Seven Ups are Melbourne’s original eight-piece party band. Expect unrestrained solos by unkempt horns over an unpretentious rhythm section whose only interest is laying it down. See Seven Ups at the Spotted Mallard this Sunday May 5. Doors open at 4pm and entry is free.

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STEVE MILLER BAND

I wanna talk about love, LUV. I wanna talk about the Steve Miller Band. I wanna talk about the genius Erika Dunville, stepping aside from her own skyrocketing career in Palm Springs and Harmony to lure Handsome Steve Miller back onto the stage after spending a lost decade in and out of rehab. Born into The Moodists and longtime tour manager for The Go-Betweens and Triffids, Handsome comes from a time when Little Richard was the most wanted man in the USA. And he hasn’t forgotten the shock and profanity that makes rock'n'roll uncontrollable and sends the squares running for their mothers. Joining the Duchess and Handsome to turn up the volume are first-time drummer the She-Wolf making a racket with her mallets on the tubs and Katy Cruel pushing the keyboards into places they should never go. What sort of mind would do that? Put it all together and it’s so wrong that you can’t take your eyes off them. Someone left the curtains open and you’re not sure whether you should be looking but it’s so compelling you just don’t care anymore. Catch them every Sunday in May at the Old Bar, but be quick so you can tell your friends you saw them before they were asked to leave Australia for the good of the Australia/USA alliance. And you can always look at Handsome behind his bar at the House of Refreshment every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Marilyn Rose and The Thorns are pleased to present their fandangled debut five track CD Blood. Recorded with music legend Ash Wednesday (Einstuerzende Neubauten/The Models) and Hamish Marr in the murky swamp known as St Kilda in early 2013, Marilyn and her Thorns have been hatching laborious plans behind closed doors and will be launching their collection of words and sounds at Cherry Bar on Sunday May 4. Doors open at 8pm and entry is free.

THE KILNIKS

Indie-rockers, The Kilniks are going to be bringing their catchy melodies and infectious energy to the Evelyn band room in May for their own Monday night residency. With their horn section in tow, as well as the Ev’s sweet $10 jug specials and some of the best bands from all over Melbourne coming down each and every week, this is a party you don’t wanna miss. Catch them this Monday May 5 with The Sand Dollars and Velvet Bow. Entry is $3 and doors open at 8pm.

TUESDAY MAY 6

DIRTY HARRIET & THE HANGMEN

A little bit country – a little bit rock'n'roll - Melbourne’s own Dirty Harriet and The Hangmen play an early show at the Retreat Hotel  on Sunday  May 4.  Dirty Harriet play a stompin’ blend of rock'n'roll, with a few sea shanties and a little swampy blues thrown in for good measure. Adrian Whyte (The Vaudevillians) will be kicking off proceedings with his one-man rockabilly assault on the senses. Doors open at 7.30pm.

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CROOKS & QUEENS

Crooks & Queens are a hard-hitting groove and improvisational band that fuse elements of ethio, Latin and hip hop music. This eight-piece have been playing energetic, dance-fuelled shows around Melbourne for the past 18 months. Seriously infectious horn melodies are accompanied by a rhythm section that lay it down like no other. Catch them at the Evelyn on Tuesday May 6. Doors open at 8pm and entry is $5.


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LOOKING FORWARD MAY

THE APE FEATURING TEX PERKINS

Regarded as one of the best albums of 2013, The Ape returns with two special launch shows celebrating the release of their debut self titled album on vinyl. Featuring Raul Sanchez (Magic Dirt) on guitar; Gus Agars (The Dark Horses) on drums and vocals, Pat Bourke on bass and piano; and Tex Perkins on vocals and guitar, The Ape play Cherry Bar on Friday May 9.

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CITIZEN

Local heavy rock band Citizen are launching their debut album Enemies at the Prince of Wales in St Kilda on Friday May 16. The band spent years writing and recording the album and will look to send it off in style, playing songs live for the first time with guest musicians in tow. The Black Alleys, a kick-arse rock'n'roll threepiece will be joining them on the bill, plus other special guests including Drifter and DJ Denver Maxx, making for a night of chunky riff-heavy goodness. Entry is free and there will be giveaways during the evening. Look for more info in upcoming issues of Beat. 

BAD//DREEMS

Adelaide's Bad//Dreems have announced they will be heading off around the country this May in support of their new single, Dumb Ideas. The tour is set to be an up-close-and-personal, intimate affair with the four-piece playing shows in independent record stores through the east coast and Adelaide. Bad//Dreems will be playing Record Paradise on Saturday May 31. Tickets are available through the band's website.

So then, what’s the band name and what do you ‘do’ in the band? Major Tom & The Atoms. I'm Major Tom. I yell at the Atoms. What do you reckon people will say you sound like? Like a drill sergeant when I'm yelling at the Atoms, but like “A musical safari of howling blues, psychedelic comic book soundtrack and bone-crunching rock” when we’re rocking out. What do you love about making music? Playing in a band is like emotional group sex with your mates.

CUT COPY

Fresh off of their appearance at Golden Plains, Cut Copy have announced their first series of Australian headline dates since 2011. The band celebrated the release of 2013's Free Your Mind with a world tour that saw them headline stages from Chile to Chicago. Touch Sensitive and Nile Delta will join Cut Copy at all three Australian shows. Catch 'em on Friday May 9 at 170 Russell.

ROYAL BLOOD

Collecting a multitude of stellar reviews after conquering Austin’s South By Southwest earlier this year, and selling out their first Sydney show, Brighton duo Royal Blood will bring their unique sonic cocktails to Melbourne. Since their emergence from the UK at the start of 2012, Mike Kerr (bass) and Ben Thatcher (drums) have seen their inventive, genre-smashing sound win over fans and critics alike, and plenty of other artists too – culminating in recent tour invites from Arctic Monkeys and Foals. In November 2013 the pair immediately drew attention from both sides of the Equator with one shuddering single Out of the Black, while their latest offering Little Monster was quickly added to high rotation on triple j after dropping in February. Be sure to catch them at the Corner Hotel on May 31, in what will possibly be the first and final time they perform in venues of this size.

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.

DUSTIN TEBBUTT

Following the release of his latest single Bones, singer-songwriter Dustin Tebbutt has announced a run of new tour dates. The tour will mark the first time that the Sydney-based singer/songwriter will be accompanied by his full band. Earlier this year, Tebbutt sold out shows in New York, London and Amsterdam on the heels of the release of his debut EP The Breach. Dustin Tebbutt will hit Northcote Social Club with special guests The Tambourine Girls on Friday May 16.

TWIN HAUS

From the depths of a rural New South Wales vineyard cellar door, Twin Haus, joined by ARIA award-winning producer, Tim Carr, began the process of producing and recording what would be their forthcoming debut EP in early January. The lead single from the EP, Night Locust plays with dark concepts, hidden behind an ethereal sound; driving with its rhythmic patterns and particularly placed vocal work. The EP Waxed Myriad is out April 3 and will be followed by a tour of the East coast including a May 30 stopover in Melbourne at the Tote hotel.

What do you hate about the music industry? Hate the fact that music takes a backseat to sport in our society, despite being better for the economy and better for the fragile egg-shell minds of our youth. If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why? I’d be intimidated, but I suppose Jim Morrison, cos I’m sure he’d be interested in me as a man from the future, even if he doesn’t like my tunes. If you could assassinate one person or band from popular music, who would it and why? Plenty of industry people come to mind, but unless Tony Abbott takes up violin, I would never assassinate a musician. What can a punter expect from your live show? More energy than six energiser bunnies on sudafed. More passion than bowl of passion-fruits. More grooves than a record collection. What’ve you got to sell CD-wise? Boom Boom Boom is the new single from our debut album Heroes, Villains, Boom Boom Boom. Check it out! When’s the gig and with who? To launch our new single we have a residency at Cherry Bar titled ‘Jim, Janis, Jimi & Drake.’ Each week we’ll pay tribute to these great artists with covers, DJ sets and special guest vocalists. Wednesdays in May! Anything else to add? It’s gonna be a lot better if you’re there to see it.

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BEECHWORTH MUSIC FESTIVAL

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. – May 10.

FABELS

Before heading for a European tour Sydney’s Fabels play a Melbourne show. For this one off they will be joined by a very special lineup indeed. In support will be  Strangers From Now On, a rare appearance by the man who formed The Young Charlatans with the late Rowland S.Howard, Ollie Olsen being joined by Matthew Watson and the illusive Wunderlust. It all goes down at the Grace Darling on Friday May 9.

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.

CASEY DONOVAN

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 Bennetts Lane on both Saturday May 24 and Sunday May 25. Tickets available through the venue.

FUCK THE FITZROY DOOM SCENE

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.

CHERRYROCK

Playing their first show in Australia in over twenty years Meat Puppets will headline CherryRock014 in ACDC Lane this year on  Sunday May 25. The Kirkwood Brothers were made famous when just 138 days before his tragic death in 1993 Kurt Cobain invited them to perform with him on MTV Unplugged and Nirvana covered three classic Meat Puppets’ songs, Plateau, Oh Me and Lake of Fire. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona Meat Puppets massively influenced Nirvana, Pavement, Soundgarden and Dinosaur Jr. being notables on the famed SST Records roster, and although they started as a punk rock band they evolved a style of their own that blended punk with country and psychedelic rock punctuated with Curt Kirkwood’s unique vocals. CherryRock014 Melbourne is the eighth CherryRock street rock'n'roll festival and will take place in ACDC Lane and Cherry Bar from 12noon till 9.30pm on Sunday 25 May with 13 acts playing across two stages with no clashes. Other confirmed first-round acts include Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk, King of the North, Beastwars (NZ), Drunk Mums, Child, Bitter Sweet Kicks, The Harlots and Don Fernando. Tickets available through cherrybar.com.au.

BONJAH

Melbourne band Bonjah have just announce their third independent record   Beautiful Wild to be released in April 2014. The band’s latest offering is a heavily hookladen album that weaves its way from track to track highlighting warm guitar tones and the rock'n'roll swagger of lead singer Glenn Mossop’s unique and captivating vocals. Join Bonjah and be part of a very special Melbourne album launch at the Corner Hotel on Friday May 9, when they will treat their fans to Beautiful Wild in it’s entirety, followed by a half-hour set showcasing tracks from their previous critically acclaimed albums Go Go Chaos and Until Dawn. This is a special send off for the band as the guys are touring Europe in May.

FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW about GEAR SHIFT

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of each month at Loop. Next one is on Wednesday April 30, then again on Wednesday May 28 – free entry. 4. After each jam session is a live performance from a fantastic Melbourne electronic music artist. This month features Friendships live, kicking off at 9pm. 5. Gear Shift features the amazing VJ crew Object_State with a behind-the-scenes view of knob-twiddling action, all through a psychedelic spaced-out filter.


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EMMA RUSSACK

If you follow the Princes Highway northeast across the Victorian/New South Wales border, as it winds up through the Biamanga National Park and over Corunna Lake, you’ll reach the clear blue waters of Narooma, NSW where our singer/songwriter heroine grew up. Her latest album You Changed Me spans the years of 2011 to 2013 and is aptly titled. It demonstrates growth, development and complexity, but also represents a significant change in Emma’s life: single for the first time in seven years and experiencing all the fun and excitement in a newly-found independence. Tracked over four days in the undulating surrounds of Yowrie on the south coast, You Changed Me is a deeply introspective and honest narrative of loneliness, exploration and the remnants of lost love. Emma will be playing Boney on Friday May 30.

WELCOME TO THE JANGLE

What do you do when three of your artists present new albums for release at the same time? Plan a triple CD launch of course! Popboomerang Records is proud to present ‘Welcome to the Jangle’, a triple album launch featuring pop and jangle specialists The Steinbecks, Nick Batterham and Tamas Wells. The Steinbecks emerged from the ashes of The Sugargliders (Summershine/Sarah Records). The Meadows brothers

BRAND NEW SELF-TITLED ALBUM LAUNCH

Bill McDonald, Angie Hart, Stephen Cummings, Peter Luscombe & Dan Luscombe PLUS special onstage guests

write emotionally honest pop songs about the world as they feel it. Kick to Kick with The Steinbecks is the band’s first album since 2007’s Far from the Madding Crowd. Lucky Cat is Nick Batterham’s third solo album in four years. Departing from the familiar dark folk tones he has become known for, Lucky Cat sparkles with jangle and power pop gems, which were a trademark of his 1990s band, The Earthmen.On the Volatility of the Mind is Tamas Wells’ fifth album. After years living abroad, this new album was recorded in Melbourne with Nick Huggins and features Tamas’ trademark whispered angelic vocals, gentle jangly pop melodies and dreamy synthesizer instrumentals. ‘Welcome to the Jangle’ happens on Saturday May 10 at the Workers Club Fitzroy. First 100 presales receive a limited edition sixtrack CD featuring two songs from each band. Tickets are available through oztix.

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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.

GRAVEYARD TRAIN

Yeeaaaaaaaaah! It's been way too long in-between drinks with the G-Train. Graveyard Train are back in action and have released the title track from new record Takes One To Know One, which is out on Friday May 2 on their own label Black Hat Racket. To celebrate they've locked in a huge national tour. Catch 'em at 170 Russell on Friday June 20.

RECLINK COMMUNITY CUP

NORTHEAST PARTY HOUSE

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 hotlyanticipated debut album, Any Given Weekend, out May 16 through Stop Start. Since forming in Melbourne

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 June 22. 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 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 twelve 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 kid's activities. Entry is $10 for adults, and $5 for kids under 16. Stay tuned for more upcoming details. Sunday June 22, gates open 12 noon.

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.

Wednesday 7 May The Toff In Town Level 2, Curtin House, 252 Swanston St Supported by Freya Josephine Hollick

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For more reviews go to beat.com.au/reviews BLUESFEST 2014 Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Thursday April 17 – Monday April 21 Twenty-five years old, and Byron Bay’s Bluesfest remains Kate Miller-Heidke divorced from those persistent rumours about the failing health of Australia’s major festival market. What’s its secret? Frankly, it might be nothing to do with the blues. The audience plays its part, of course. Byron attracts a knowledgeable, responsive and diverse crowd this time of year, one which spans at least three generations and doesn’t suffer fools. But the biggest signpost towards Bluesfest’s future is that its most unlikely acts are the ones that work perfectly. Take Chali 2na, for instance, the rapper whose Sunday afternoon set was one of the festival’s surprise highlights. He stepped onstage to a sparsely populated Crossroads tent, yet within a few songs it was near full. 2na’s beaming smile (and occasional tears) infected everyone in the vicinity as he landed International alongside some Erykah Badu Jurassic 5 material. Bilingual folkster Devendra Banhart had already played a similar hand in his Saturday main stage slot. He was one of the bravest songwriters on the bill, for his refusal to rest on safe clichés. There were no 12-bar blues or disco sing-alongs here – in his slower moments, Banhart borrowed all the most meaningful elements from jazz without the trimmings of self-indulgence. Kate MillerHeidke, KT Tunstall and Beth Hart ruled the festival’s first half, while fans of Jack Johnson and Jeff Beck returned bearing varying levels of disappointment. No matter, because John Butler Trio were on hand for Saturday night to deliver the weekend’s biggest performance. Butler himself was in the birthday spirit, and while he was one of the more obvious acts on this lineup, it wasn’t always the case. “We played this song here 14 years ago with 500 people in the tent,” introduced Butler for Pickapart. “The rain came down, 3,000 people came running in – and they’ve kept coming.” This time, a 22-minute version of Ocean had 10,000 or more screaming. Another pair of potential future stars – Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes and Saskwatch – offered popular sets on the small Cavanbah stage, yet could have used some tighter material. While 2na was tearing up his Sunday appearance, Kasey Chambers was joined by Bernard Fanning for a rendition of a brand new song. And the sing-along country acts continued with Troy Cassar-Daly and later John Williamson keeping the old fogies in tow. Ozomatli jumped around and Morcheeba grooved their way towards Rome Wasn’t Built In a Day, but all eyes were on the Easter night headliner Erykah Badu – or at least her backing band, left to play a nine-minute intro before the so-called ‘Queen of Soul’ deigned to appear. By the time Badu finished her first song, she’d made four separate requests for the monitors to be adjusted. When she halted proceedings to conduct an entire line check (even though the reason for her hearing difficulties might’ve been the stovepipe hat and headscarf she’d wrapped around her ears), a significant portion of the audience clearly grew fed up and left in the direction of Michael Franti, where Henry Wagons had hopped onstage to play guitar and dance. Franti’s voice needed all the help it could get, but by voyaging out into the crowd for Hey Hey Hey, that’s exactly what happened.

Gary Clark, Jr.

Photos by Dylan Demarchi The crowds came late on Monday for Elvis Costello & The Imposters and another taste of the much talked-about Dave Matthews Band, but it was a shame for those who missed Tim Rogers’ early slot. One punter declared his love for the You Am I frontman, but Rogers snapped back: “I’m the cult icon, you’re the audience. This is not a conversation.” It was all in good fun, naturally – Tim Rogers is Tim Rogers – and his stripped-down set hit the mark. A substantially different audience made its way to KC & The Sunshine Band (plenty of hits, but let’s face it; children’s entertainment for adults), as another did to Jake Bugg. The Nottingham youngster is only growing as a performer – cuts from his debut record and last year’s Shangri La have built his setlist into a confident beast, and he’s another whom Byron Bay will be keen to see again and again. The final word on Bluesfest 2014 was left to Gary Clark, Jr. – the extraordinarily talented guitarist and leader of the new generation of blues music. If this is the healthiest festival of the lot, Clark fits its mould well. When the Clarks, Buggs and Banharts become the Becks, Costellos and Frantis LOVED: A diverse crowd, and the of the world, and Bluesfest has another 25 years to celebrate, you’ll Byron Bay Doughnuts. know how it got there. A happy birthday indeed. HATED: ‘That’s The Way (I Like It)’. Nuh-uh, nuh-uh. CHRIS MARTIN DRANK: Tinnies in the shade.

DEVENDRA BANHART Prince Bandroom, Thursday April 17

JOHN MAYER Rod Laver Arena, Tuesday April 22

Opening for and personally handpicked by Devendra Banhart himself was emerging Melbourne band Mouth Tooth. Making you feel as though one were somewhere between melting into the ground and the one you love (it was BYO, Tinder not included), their take on alternative dream pop drew a modest but committed crowd that hugged the front of the stage. Well-crafted and considered songs flowed across the Prince Bandroom with members Rhys Mitchell and Max Turner remaining seated yet seemingly levitating along with their tunes. It was more dream than pop – an ideal support act for what was to follow. Enter Devendra Banhart and band, sauntering onto the stage with a relaxed swagger, sporting double denim and approaching a yellow microphone that matched his yellow t-shirt, he greeted the audience with a softly spoken “Good evening.” Wasting no time, Banhart launched into Golden Girls and pins could be heard dropping between approving screams and whistles from the crowd. Fur Hildegard von Bingen quickly followed, the crowd starting to move as the Banhart effect came into full swing. With a slight technical issue to work out amongst the band, Banhart took the opportunity to warmly thank Mouth Tooth for setting the pace and opening the night. Covering a lot of ground with songs from multiple albums including Quedate Luna from Cripple Crow (2005), Bad Girl from Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon (2007), Baby from What Will Be (2009) and songs from most recent album Mala (2013), Banhart had the audience wrapped around his double-denim fingers. Not known for doing many covers, Banhart introduces a song by Brazilian artist Erasmo Carlos called Sorriso Della, declaring, “You can try find this record in stores, but… good luck. I can’t even find it anywhere. We’re just playing it to say, ‘Go check him out!’” Mouth Tooth then receive their second thank you from Banhart. It’s refreshing to see so much love for an emerging local act that was discovered and invited as special guest by the headlining artist himself. One need only listen to their music or watch them perform to understand why. At one point all band members disappear off stage, leaving Banhart standing solo, acoustic guitar in hand. Looking at the crowd he surprisingly opens the floor to “Any special requests?” Song titles come flying thick and fast from the adoring audience who are still in shock at the opportunity at hand. In a funny twist Banhart laughs at one request and states that he actually can’t recall how to play that particular song. He agrees in the least to play two seconds of the request, and proceeds to strum a G chord three times, abruptly stopping and saying, “There’s two seconds of that one! Any other requests?” Laughter and more requests follow, another two seconds of another song he can’t fully recall, more laughter. Banhart continues the banter and decides it’d be interesting to have 100 bands play two seconds of each song as a show concept. His eccentricity and art school background begin to reveal themselves at this point. More laughter. Crowd favourite was Cristobal, finding Banhart swanning around onstage, arms flailing, Devendra collapsing entirely flat on his back onstage by song’s end. However, things were taken to another level entirely when Banhart and band exuded ultimate alchemy amongst themselves while blazing away all eight-plus epic minutes of track Sea Horse. Guitars wailing, drums crashing and driving bass, an all out meltdown not far on the horizon steadily approached, peaking with an extended guitar solo and dropping effortlessly back into the chorus, the audience cheering in ecstasy. All of that plus two songs for encore, Won’t You Come LOVED: Devendra’s double denim getup and the Over and Camernsita, Devendra Banhart spanned a evenings’ rendition of Sea Horse. decade of songwriting, pleasing old and new fans alike. HATED: Sound issues. DRANK: The air, saturated with exhalations RICHARD LIPP impregnated with the bi-product of the fellowship of the Banhart. And a Corona.

“Play Your Body is a Wonderland!” “You don’t really want to hear that song do you?” It’s refreshing to know that even as its creator, John Mayer knows that song is the bane of pop music. He is the Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde of the music industry; one day gracing the front page of Who Magazine, the next day matching the guitar work of Eric Clapton at the Crossroads Music Festival like the genius he is. It’s as if he grew up wanting to be both a trashy Top 40 pop star and an axe-wielding, badass bluesman when the little girl from the Old El Paso commercial walked up to him and asked, ‘Why can’t you be both?’ And it’s that dichotomy, in front of 10,000 devotees at Rod Laver Arena, which dictated John Mayer’s concert. Opening with Belief, one of his most powerful anti-war blues songs, Mayer and his seven-piece jammed for close to ten minutes, including a solo intent on proving to any remaining nonbelievers that he is one of the best guitarists of his generation. He was unstoppable. But doesn’t he still write incredibly tedious, heart-on-sleeve ballads that have lyrics out of a 14-year-old’s diary like that horrible song Daughters? Yes he does, Jimmy, which is why this concert was a tale of two reviewers, so stark in contrast, I could have had multiple personality disorder. I basically slept through Waiting On The Day, Half of My Heart, Speak for Me, On the Way Home, Who Says and Dear Marie, eurggh even the song titles make me want to slap him in the face. I needed to do this for my own sanity because these songs are all so MOR, cringe-worthy and so far below his capability as a songwriter and as an artist, I needed to separate them from the person in front of me who struck the opening notes of Slow Dancing in a Burning Room. Because that, ladies and gentlemen, is a blues-pop masterpiece. It has a cathartic release like no other in his canon and not over-doing his solo, Mayer reached not for technical nous but for pure emotion, playing subtly, but deftly as if feeling every note of pain in the song. Every song he played from his brilliant album Continuum was given the same treatment; John Mayer entered God-Mode for 8-12 minutes and the entire band lifted around him, I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You) and Waiting On the World to Change were two that greatly surpassed their recorded versions through the sheer passion of the band’s performance. Two back up singers harmonised with John as he climbed up and down the fret-board with astounding dexterity, but the back-up singers were hardly needed, such is the musical mind of Mayer that he harmonised with himself, playing the melody on his guitar whilst singing over the top of it. He’s that damn good. He was self-aware and charming enough in one of his many rants to joke about the male/female split in his demographic and how men justify his existence on their iPods through his technical ability, before launching into an acoustic, mind-melting version of Neon. I appreciated the irony and these adjectives must seem superfluous and lazy, but if you have ever witnessed a man beat his acoustic guitar into submission in the same fashion as he did during that song, you will know my struggle. His well-worn Tom Petty cover of Free Fallin’ was just the right amount of naff, whilst No Such Thing provided a classic nostalgic moment for a time when he was somehow geekier than he is now. John Mayer was never and never will be cool. He is, however, one of the most talented musicians in any genre, on any instrument of the last 20 years and to watch him perform is at times jaw-dropping. It is also at times frustrating, as he obviously panders to the pop music institution to stay relevant, whilst sacrificing his most natural and favoured music style. Finishing his concert with the LOVED: Mr Hyde aka anything from Continuum. hymnal beauty of Gravity proved that the blues is his true Neon was also spectacular. home; he just feels the need to wrap it up nicely enough HATED: Over the top Americana songs; he sounded for the public to consume it. like a country/folk version of Kid Rock. DRANK: Nothing. It was Rod Laver Arena and I CHRISTOPHER LEWIS refuse to pay $11 for VB.

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For more reviews go to beat.com.au/reviews THE DELTA RIGGS & WHITE CAVES John Curtin Hotel, Friday April 25

LINDI ORTEGA The Toff, Tuesday, 22 April 2014

White Caves is the project of Kisschasy main man Darren Cordeux. If Kisschasy wasn’t your bag don’t tune out just yet. White Caves’ affectionate re-read of the loud guitars and dreamy melodies that sat just below the surface of ‘90s Brit-pop is a major step forward from Cordeux’s former band. The four-piece’s execution of clamouring, tremolo-ing guitar sounds was not only impressive, it was just one element constituting the stack of well-formed songs. Cordeux mightn’t have the strongest voice but he knows where to grab a memorable melody from. The setlist material competently referenced My Bloody Valentine’s guitar swells, the pop quality of recent Spiritualized and the rhythmic breadth of DIIV. Sometimes it edged a little too closely to these touchstones, but even if there wasn’t anything that made White Caves particularly dazzling, the solid songcraft could’t be denied. Following last year’s fiery Hex.Lover.Killer The Delta Riggs are ready to launch album #2, Dipz Zebazios. Prerelease shows are always hard to curate: should the set be a complete showcase of the new record? Or include all the old favourites with a couple of new cuts? Tonight’s show essentially went for option two, which made for a raucous rock’n’roll feast. As the five onstage slammed through a large portion of the bravado-laden Hex.Lover. Killer, they made a crunching amount of noise, showering sweat all over the place. Their riffing R&B covers decent dynamic range and when it comes to the tight, muscular rhythm section, there sure ain’t no dithering. This technical showcase is nicely balanced by frontman Elliott Hammond’s debonair vocal bite and a complementary attitude. Interestingly, this was one of the rare gigs where the question, “Should we play a new one or an old one?” was largely met by calls for “the new stuff !” The band has noted that the forthcoming record features a spacious, groove-heavy hip hop spin and the sultry first single Supersonic Casualties sounded equally as triumphant onstage as it does on record. Unfortunately it was backed up by only few more yet-to-be released numbers. One of these had a Primal Scream-like, ‘90s-underground meets ‘70s-hedonism quality, and it’s a sound that suits the ‘Riggs. They’ve proven their mastery of rock machismo, but the newer material comes with more unique appeal. Bring LOVED: The Curtin band room. on Dipz! HATED: Not knowing the new record’s release date. DRANK: PBR. AUGUSTUS WELBY Photo by Andy Crawford

STRAIGHT ARROWS Shebeen, Thursday April 24 A lot of fuss is made about the quality of garage bands that we have floating around in Australia at the moment, though most of that focus is directed specifically toward Melbourne. In recent years some of our local acts have done reasonably well in foreign garage markets, notably The UV Race, Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring and Bits Of Shit. With that said, there is a healthy and often overlooked circle of top shelf groups coming out of NSW at the moment. At the very tippy top of that pile is Straight Arrows, who launched a new single last Thursday at Shebeen in the CBD with local synth punk legends Ausmuteants. Though this was a Straight Arrows show first and foremost, I’d have to say I was just as excited for seeing Ausmuteants, and they didn’t disappoint. There’s something to be said about the simplicity of Ausmuteants, and more broadly punk music in general. It seems to me that sometimes a revivalist movement in music will give a clear nod to certain elements of the genre it’s resurrecting, but will entirely miss other elements. So many garage and punk bands these days are so wrapped up in the sonic intricacies of the music, particularly guitar tones that they miss the point of the music all together. Ausmuteants are one of the few local acts that swing the other way entirely. The song structures are simple, brutal and raw. They are one of the most ‘punk’ local outfits in the truest sense of the word. There’s a core and a theme to it all. It’s so clearly defeated, depraved, bleak and in bad taste. Their music and their live performances are so comprehensible and to the point that they are impossible to ignore. Headliners Straight Arrows were also on point. They aren’t the same type of band as Ausmuteants. I can see why they play together and why fans of one would be fans of the other, but they draw on entirely different garage elements when writing their stuff. Straight Arrows are hardly a band with a bleak sound. They’re lively, with a fuller and faster swing to their sound, reminiscent of an older take on garage rock. Again, the simplicity of their song structure is something that I admire. Putting together a record full of songs that don’t require a couple of hours and half a packet of mylanta to digest is a talent. You can be simple and remain interesting. It’s not in the guitar tones and it’s not by going out of your way to have a diverse range of tracks on the record just for diversity’s sake. It’s all in the subtle movements in the arrangement and structure. Straight Arrows nail this, both live and recorded. They have their tone, they have their style of playing and it’s straight down the line. It reeks of confidence and it’s why they’re so adored in the Australian garage community. There’s not much to say about the performance itself. Both bands brought the energy to their sets that you’d expect from such well-travelled acts. They executed what they LOVED: The band room. It was my first time at needed to do in front of a supportive and enthusiastic Shebeen and the room is a pretty good size with crowd of punters and it was great to be a part of. These bleacher-like seating at the back. The sound was good are the bands that you need to see and support, because too. bands like this are the lifeblood of Australian music. Raw, HATED: My bike broke on the way to the show. That’s honest, confident and to the point. the only thing that sucked. DRANK: Tecate – there’s no tap beer and when there’s no tap beer I only drink cheap tins. KEATS MULLIGAN

There’s nothing overproduced about Lindi Ortega. Even when backed by a band on her albums, her music is pared-back and straight from the soul. This is all the more notable tonight, given that she’s playing by herself. She walks out on stage, unannounced. It’s just her and her guitar. Her first words are “G’day. How’s it goin?” and then she rips into it. She is unaffected and absolutely endearing. Although the room is jam packed, it’s pretty civilized, with the front half seated. The audience is super appreciative though, and there is plenty of whooping and hollering. She charms the shit out of the audience. She is bought a shot and drinks it, she plays a request, High, and has a yarn with some lad about signing his ukulele and forming a band with him the next time she returns to town. She delights the crowd by explaining her signature black dress and red boots, both of which she is wearing tonight. They are tributes to her heroes – the black dress to Johnny Cash and the red boots to Wonder Woman. Every article about Lindi Ortega raises reference to Emmy-Lou Harris or Dolly Parton. This is not hyperbole. She really is that good. Tonight’s prevailing themes are about men who’ve done wrong and murder. She sings like an angel about some dark topics. She delivers the most sultry version of Nancy Sinatra’s Bang, Bang I’ve ever heard. The clear crowd favourite is Murder of Crows though, which she jokes is autobiographical. The song tells of a woman who prays for mercy on her soul after murdering and burying her lover. However, with the exception of High, it’s not melancholy. The songs are delivered with a smile. Moreover, she tells LOVED: Her voice and the old Hollywood glamour us it’s a triumph. Her friend Dan Hill (of Sometimes When We Touch fame) told her that “if you get a song out of it, of the birdcage veil. HATED: The people in front filming on super-sized you win” … and tonight, by that rationale, so did we. mobile phones . DRANK: Nothing, and wished I had – it was so hot MEG CRAWFORD my eyelids were sweating.

COSMIC PSYCHOS The Westernport Hotel, Thursday April 24 Truthfully, expectations for tonight’s show were not high. Whilst the calibre of the bands performing was, it had been agreed upon during the trip down that there would be a few keen punters up the front, enjoying their room to move whilst the uninterested regulars milled around the pool table. Hence arriving at a pub almost bursting at the seams was quite the (nice) surprise. Lest we forget that the Cosmic Psychos are an Aussie institution with fans all over the country. Local lads Death Row Harmonica had the crowd up and interested but their set was derailed by a string breaking incident, which saw the band leave the stage for an excruciating 20 minutes. Returning to erupt into GOD’S My Pal only partially redeemed the unfortunately shambolic set. In comparison Sun God Replica’s set felt like one seamless display of quality rock‘n’roll played by consummate professionals. Fuzzy ‘70s riffs combined with early ‘90s indie pop/rock hooks, all executed with an air of determined but nonchalant cool. Sun God Replica write the kind of songs that you’ll find yourself humming happily in the shower days later. And yes, in a way that does mean Sun God Replica are in the shower with you. Cosmic Psychos however, write the kind of songs that make you want punch the air with one hand and skull a beer with the other, which is what the majority of the crowd in attendance were doing. The other half were slipping over in the beery mess that had been created by the wild shenanigans. The Psychos pummelled through a lengthy set, opening with Pub followed by Nice Day to Go to the Pub, which riled the audience up good and early. With Macca still clad in his shirt at the three-quarter point there was a concern that this was not going to be a classic Cosmic Psychos set but sure enough the shirt came off, inspiring a roar from the crowd and multiple bro-downs occurring across the room, some punters even ascending the stage to declare their love for the band. The set came to an end with the anthemic Lost Cause followed by David Lee Roth. Beer was drunk, beer was spilt, clothes were ripped and eardrums were possibly perforated. Nice night to LOVED: The crowd surfing. be at the pub. HATED: No hate here. DRANK: G&Ts, beer, Agwa. KRYSTAL MAYNARD

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A record executive with an international perspective told me around the time of DZ Deathraysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; debut album Bloodstreams (2012) that the Brisbane two-piece were the most interesting band in Australia. Now, in 2014, with the release of Black Rat, one would think this curiosity would only intensify. The enigma that is DZ Deathrays exists because for all the pop hooks and massive choruses that Simon Ridley (drums) and Shane Parsons (guitar) insert into DZ Deathraysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sound, there is a density and inaccessibility to this band that keeps them well away from the mainstream rock category. The two singles, Gina Works At Hearts and Northern Lights, that preceded Black Ratâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s release, are individually great songs but with little musical relationship. This welcomed discrepancy alluded to a variable album in style, but certainly not quality. Gina Works At Hearts is a speed-fuelled skater punk banger. Urgency is at the forefront of this songâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sonics with the track ripping through a punchy verse, soaring chorus and expansive bridge within the first 45 seconds. Northern Lights, on the other hand, is post-chillwave meets pop-rock. Juxtaposing the pace of this song beside Ginaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it feels as though youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re listening to a different band. With these two precedents in mind, listening to the album one can almost divide the songs into team â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;heavyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and team â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;chill/progâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. The pin-up tune of team â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;heavyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is Ocean Exploder. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re reading this review online look-up Ocean Exploder right now because it is like a shot of tequila at six in the morning â&#x20AC;&#x201C; mind-melting stuff. Another sick-arse heavy tune is the albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title and opening song Black Rat. This song is brutal but also woozy and to a certain degree, sexy.

TOP TENS: NORTHSIDE RECORDS TOP TEN 1. Nose Dive SASKWATCH 2. Holograms OSCAR KEY SUNG 3. Food KELIS 4. Duvido 12 QUANTIC 5. You Will Return feat Alice Russel QUANTIC 6. Modern American music.....Period! The Criteria Sessions JACO PASTORIOUS 7. Ibibio Sound Machine IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE 8. Who Is William Onyeabor WILLIAM ONYEABOR 9. Tawk Tomahawk HIATUS KAIYOTE

DZ Deathrays are signed to I Oh You, a label they share with grunge wunderkinds Violent Soho, and from listening to the song Keep Myself On Edge it would appear DZ are taking cues from Sohoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s post grunge. This album is so good that the perceived stylistic inconsistency actually becomes a strength because listening to this album is like the having the best radio station in the world on in the background â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coming next but you know that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be good!

10. Soundtrack (On cassette) THE HILLS

BY DENVER MAXX

GIRLS CHOIR

BEST TRACK: Ocean Exploder IF YOU LIKE THIS, YOUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;LL LIKE THESE: Hungry Ghost VIOLENT SOHO, Skying HORRORS, Here And Nowhere Else CLOUD NOTHINGS IN A WORD: Saaaaaaaaaa (good)

HAVE EYES

RECORD PARADISE TOP TEN 1. Adalita ADALITA 2. Split MONEY FOR ROPE/THE BOWERS 3. Seven Drummers EAST BRUNSWICK ALL 4. Hard Hoarse THE MORRISONS 5. Whole Earth Cleaning THE KREMLINGS 6. Watch It Wharf NATHAN ROCHE 7. Here And Nowhere Else CLOUD NOTHINGS 8. Song For Zula PHOSPHORESCENT 9. Death Disco 1979 12â&#x20AC;? PUBLIC IMAGE

SINGLES

BY LACHLAN

LORDE

Tennis Court (Flume Remix) (Universal) Ur boi Flume takes Lordeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s breakthrough hit and Flume-ifies it â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the result? Something pretty Flumey. Flumeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent affinity for lush Never Tear Us Apartstyle strings breaches at the midpoint amongst huge tidal swells of electronica. The initial drop is pretty gnarly even though Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m 99 percent certain the â&#x20AC;&#x153;OH!â&#x20AC;? from EMFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Unbelievable is sampled throughout, plus thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a neighing horse thrown in the mix because FLUME JUST DONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T GIVE A FUCK, Yâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;HEAR?

PARQUET COURTS

Sunbathing Animal (Rough Trade/Remote Control) Fuck me, this is exhausting to listen to (in a good way). Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagine what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be like to actually play. Everythingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s firing at jackhammer pace. If weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; economy of scale, Sunbathing Animal is like a hardcore Sister Ray. The 12-bar blues lifts bring you up for air before dunking you back down by the scruff of ya neck. A resounding first salvo from the upcoming album of the same name.

JAMIE XX

GLASS ANIMALS

Pools (Wolf Tone) I guess we have Alt-J to thank for this? Pissweak jungle grooves are greeted with diluted stage-whisper vocals spewing obnoxious hooks, never reaching anything overtly danceable, or memorable. A fireside bongo jam where the only tolerable vantage point is within the fire.

1. Recoiled LP COIL/NINE INCH NAILS

Girl (Young Turks/Remote Control) Following on from Sleep Sound, the stronger of Jamie xxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two AA-side singles is revealed in Girl, less dancefloor-centric, more of a bedroom jam with its slinky bassline meditation. Tidy and blissful. Hopefully weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see a Jamie xx full-length sometime this year.

2. Least Worst Of 2LP TYPE O NEGATIVE

TINY RUINS

7. Covers 2LP STEVEN WILSON

Carriages (Spunk) A splendid folk ballad with a dark undercurrent, Carriages belies its sparse arrangement of elements to captivate throughout, emanating a haunting beauty. The hypnotic rhythmic lull carries you along with intoxicating fervour.

BENJAMIN BOOKER

Violent Shiver (Rough Trade/Remote Control) A weird, cohesive blend of blues rock, garage punk and pop savvy, Violent Shiver introduces New Awlins guitar slinger Benjamin Booker in fine style. Really gets the hips shakinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. The kind of track that might summon a boot or two toward the sky should it find a home in the Supernatural Amphitheatre.

3. Ramblinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Man LP HANK 111 4. Broken Crown Halo LP LACUNA COIL 5. Upstairs At United LP CULTS 6. Self Tiled 2LP KARMA TO BURN 8. Self Titled LP BAD FAMILY 9. Enclosure LP JOHN FRUSCIANTE 10. Hidden Masters 2x7â&#x20AC;? THE SWORD

PBS TOP TEN 1. Intoxicated Man/Pink Elephants MICK HARVEY 2. Loopholes THE MURLOCS 3. Better Days Cominâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; WINGER 4. The Lotus Eaters JEN KINGWELL 5. Life to Everything PHRONESIS 6. Magnetica QUANTIC 7. I Live In My Head A Lot These Days JEFF

LILY ALLEN

Sheezus (Warner) Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sad to see Lily Allen, once a compelling, dangerous pop star, exacerbate her wit with a dumbfounding propensity for contrived meme cultivation in each of Sheezusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s featherweight singles so far, here with the slightly passable title track. The talking point is the name-checking chorus, merely listing the popstars who slayed in 2013, treading water in their wake without a tell-donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t-show ambition to best them. Depressingly out of touch, a ploy for YouTube views that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m guessing doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t translate to creative worth, let alone album sales, let alone something youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d want to hear at the headline slot of our biggest winter festival. Lily Allen â&#x20AC;&#x201C; singer, celebrity, victim/survivor of the fickle UK music press â&#x20AC;&#x201C; has become what a popstar simply cannot be in 2014: boring.

10. On top! Live MUDHONEY

HEARTLAND RECORDS TOP TEN

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LANG 8. Takes One to Know One GRAVEYARD TRAIN 9. Self Titled NUN 10. Eat Your Young BITTERSWEET KICKS

BEATâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TOP TEN SONGS ABOUT HIATUSES 1. Stop! In The Name Of Love THE SUPREMES 2. U Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Touch This (Stop â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Hiatus Time) MC HAMMER

SINGLE OF THE WEEK

FRASER A. GORMAN

Book of Love (Independent) Smokey cool stripped-back boogie and deft, soulful electric piano drift by as Fraser A. Gorman takes a sweet turn in the higher registers, something more Canned Heat than Nashville Skyline. A class act, all â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;round. Be sure to check out the cameo-heavy, and chook-heavy, film clip.

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ALBUMS

NEW MUSIC IN REVIEW THIS WEEK

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COURTNEY BARNETT

THE MORRISONS

The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas (Milk Records/Remote Control)

Hard Hoarse (Independent)

Courtney Barnett is fantastic because of who she is, when she is. Barnett writes the songs every aspiring songwriter wants to write. The mundane becomes exotic; the simplistic appears complex. The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas combines Barnett’s two EPs, both of which were released previously on her own Milk Records label. The EPs are presented in reverse chronological order, perhaps with a view to illustrating where Barnett is now, rather than where she started. There’s the lazy Out of the Woodwork, the Byrdsish Don’t Apply Compression Gently and Avant Gardener, the delightfully whimsical story of Barnett’s brush with mortality. History Eraser is dirty psych rock polished up to a sparkling sheen and David breathes new life into that famed Bo Diddley-via-Yardbirds-via-David Bowie riff. From the first EP, Anonymous Club is arguably the most astutely contrived antidote to the modern era’s narcissistic obsessions; Lance Jr is the best song never found on a Pebbles compilation. Are You Looking After Yourself threatens to explode into Mick Ronson action but evolves into seven minutes of acid-rock Simon and Garfunkle, Scotty Says has a riff that you want to wrap up and give to every one you love, just because it’s so fucking good. Canned Tomatoes (Whole) takes us down the Hume Highway with a Sand Pebbles soundtrack and loves every single moment, Porcelain is chemical country for the suburban sharehouse and Ode to Odetta is wondrous proof that you can do anything you want with three chords and an ear for melody. BEST SONG: Scotty Says The beauty of Courtney Barnett’s music – and it is beautiful, IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LOVE THIS: THE make no mistake about it – lies in its organic quality. This is BYRDS, BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD and THE pop music like it’s always supposed to have been. SAND PEBBLES. IN A WORD: Courtney

It’s all of about three seconds before you realise The Morrisons’ new album, Hard Hoarse, is going to be one helluva wild ride. See You In My Dreams is the mutant offspring of Bad Religion, The Descendents, Minor Threat and The Circle Jerks; Can’t Graduate is sly, dirty and stylish, a punk rock incarnation of a Raymond Chandler character. Sick is all narcissistic swagger and sneering attitude and Not Gonna Grow Old is Radio Birdman painted by The Ramones in Dorian Gray’s attic. Paris is borderline psychotic, a collage of LA punk and Parisian style; She’s Got the Back In Her Eye on Me takes The Stooges’ TV Eye and tears it a new wave orifice. Cops on the Scene is all over the shop like a dystopian depiction of the breakdown of the modern social democratic state, Cherry is a note-perfect sonic illustration of the nocturnal lunacy of urban youth and Don’t Wanna Act My Age is a statement of denial, philosophical proposition and myopic assertion wrapped up in a Powder Monkeys cloak. You Bore Me Baby is the most honest assessment of the slings and arrows of the emotional condition since the New York Dolls and Heavy is thick, sludgy and angry. If Hey Girl Won’t You Give Me Your Number is verging on punk rock stalking, You Can’t Beat What You Can’t Defeat On Foot is the Cosmic Psychos in London c.1981 and Sweat rides out down the suburban highway in a blaze of cocksure attitude. Rock’n’roll was never supposed to be tedious, self-indulgent BEST TRACK: See You In My Dreams or boring. And that’s exactly why this album triumphs IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: CIRCLE where so many pallid competitors fail. JERKS, THE RAMONES, RADIO BIRDMAN IN A WORD: Psychotic PATRICK EMERY

PATRICK EMERY

PERFECT PUSSY

ED KUEPPER

Say Yes To Love (Pod/ Inertia)

The Return Of The Mail-Order Bridegroom (Valve Records) After completing his tour of duty with The Bad Seeds, Ed Kuepper re-emerges with, for a lesser artist, what would be akin to robbing his own room. But this is Ol’ Golden Eye after all and he more or less unlocks his sizable war chest. The eleven songs do not throw up unexpected surprises. Snapshots of The Saints, Laughing Clowns and Kuepper in various other guises and complemented by some choice covers, all performed in Kuepper solo acoustic mode. Kuepper takes a sprawling approach as he traces his storied career. The Way I Made You Feel, No Regrets, All Of These Things back-to-back could be articulating a form of anti-courtship. Or they may not. Luna did a brilliant version of the first-named song and this is a no lesser, if more resigned, interpretation. Songs of the quality of Eternally Yours and Messin’ With the Kid are songs of such grace that they cannot be pillaged or tarnished. Here, they are delivered in a poking at ghosts or chasing demons away manner. Even songs of sunny surrealism are vaguely sinister and disturbing. Kuepper occupies a certain mythic dimension that has been developed in a clandestine manner over several decades. But the ever present statement of integrity by his side ranks him as an undeniable giant of Australian music. Not that in a world BEST TRACK: Eternally Yours of KPIs and unit sales can truly reflect a cast iron canon of IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: GRAM creative prowess. PARSONS, LEE HAZLEWOOD, WARREN ZEVON BRONIUS ZUMERIS

At first listen Perfect Pussy’s debut LP sounds like an all-out hardcore punk assault – and that’s essentially what it is – but it’s also the co-mingling of a bunch of individual flavours. Frontwoman Meredith Graves is perhaps the upstate New York band’s most distinguishing feature. Her vocals are mixed evenly with the pounding instrumentation, but they’re anything but indistinct. She screams at rapid pace, giving a Kim Gordon-like impression of disaffection. Just like Kim Gordon, she’s sure-as-shit fighting for something. Graves’ lyrics are rooted in personal relationships, conveying awareness of her own vulnerability, but not afraid to admit to inflicting damaging harm. Meanwhile, as the guitar/bass/drums section thrusts unrelentingly, there’s one deviant guitar more interested in MBV-like throbbing feedback. This adds emotionally chilling drapery to the pell-mell foundations. The adventuring guitar work comes to the forefront on the record’s final two tracks. The first of these, Advance Upon the Real, is the song most likely to induce delirium. However, it then devolves into three-and-half minutes of tinkering guitar noise, which allows you search through the rubble of your fractured mental state. Next comes VII (the record’s eighth track); a five-minute exhibit of that horrible noise heard when a guitar lead’s broken, accompanied by on-a-bad-trip grabs of spoken word. BEST TRACK: Interference Fits The record doesn’t outstay its welcome, clocking in at just IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: Sister 23 minutes. It’s all utterly exciting, but it shouldn’t endure SONIC YOUTH, Prayers On Fire THE BIRTHDAY any further. You’re left feeling both physically and mentally PARTY, Minor Threat MINOR THREAT confused, and that means it’s time for action. IN A WORD: Psychotherapy AUGUSTUS WELBY

THUNDAMENTALS

THE BIRDS OF SATAN

So We Can Remember (Obese Records)

The Birds Of Satan (Coattail Riders, Inc.) The Birds of Satan is the second side-project fronted by Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins after his eponymous Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders. The band are a threepiece consisting of Wiley Hodgden and Mick Murphy of Chevy Metal on bass and guitar respectively while Hawkins takes on vocals as well as, unsurprisingly, the drumming. A short album of just seven tracks, this debut release is most enjoyable from the get go. From the opening track, which is not only the title track but also the same as the band name, the group immediately conjure up comparisons to Queens of the Stone Age and by association the Eagles of Death Metal. The drums are punchy and the guitar riffs are frantic while Hawkins’ vocals are authoritative. Lead single Thanks for the Line is more of a regular rock track; it’s not seven minutes long like the opening number and is catchier in the chorus. Pieces of the Puzzle showcases Hawkins immense drumming chops while Raspberries is the sing-along-inducing pop song of the album. Keep an ear out for guest appearances from Hawkins’ Foo Fighters band mates: Dave Grohl, Pat Smear and Foos recording keyboardist Rami Jaffee. Obviously the vocals are going to sound clearly different to Foo Fighters, yet the whole band do, too. It will appeal to their fans but probably garner some that aren’t as well. It’s very much more an unabashed rockabilly BEST TRACK: Raspberries record, which makes it a hell of a lot of fun. Just don’t take IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LOVE THIS: QUEENS it too seriously. OF THE STONE AGE, EAGLES OF DEATH METAL, THE DEAD WEATHER

PAUL MCBRIDE

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Blue Mountain’s hip hop trio Thundamentals are back at it again as they deliver their fans So We Can Remember, the group’s first album in three years. The Australian group have already released two singles off of the project which have generated quite the buzz for the release of the album. Smiles Don’t Lie, the album’s lead single, received a #5 position on iTunes Hip Hop Charts while also earning a #32 spot on triple j’s Hottest 100 Countdown. The love song presents the listener with clean, thoughtful lyrics over a smooth beat and a nice chorus to tie it all together. It’s certainly not hard to see why this single has found success on the charts. Something I Said is the second single released off So We Can Remember and includes beautiful vocals from fellow Blue Mountain musician Thom Crawford. Crawford’s vocals mixed with Thundamentals’ expressive lyrics over a beat of drums, piano and horns create a beautifully-produced song that listeners may soon find themselves moving to. The album goes through an array of emotional highs and lows, absorbing the listener due to the parallels to real-life situations. In a musical world that often seems clouded by braggadociosBEST TRACK: Something I Said (w/ Thom Crawford) type hip hop, Thundamentals’ upbeat melodies and lyrics IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: Full Circle dealing with real-life emotions are refreshing. The group’s HIEROGLYPHICS, The Low End Theory A TRIBE funky beats with live instrumentation and smooth lyrics CALLED QUEST make the album a good listen for fans of any music. IN A WORD: Uplifting CHRIS MCCLAIN

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GIG GUIDE

WHAT'S ON AROUND MELBOURNE THIS WEEK

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WEDNESDAY APR 30

THURSDAY MAY 1

INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS

INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS

BOX HILL INSTITUTE PRESENTS - FEAT: ENLIGHT + UP UP AWAY + FRANK SOCIETY + RIGIDY ROURKE & THE LOVE DOGS Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. CULTS Corner Hotel, Richmond. 7:30pm. $47.00. DOMINIQUE + PURPLE TUSKS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10.00. EMPRA + BONEZ + KILLSHOTT Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 6:00pm. FARROW (SUMMER LAUNCH) + BELOVED ELK + ROB MUINOS Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. $10.00. HEXHAM VOX Kent St Bar, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. HOLY FUCK Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:00pm. $42.00. LILITH LANE & HER MANY WIVES + THE WIND CHEATERS + JUNK HORSES Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $6.00. MILKSHAKE + WONDERBOY + THE SHARDS Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $5.00. RED DOOR + NIKHAIL + BOUND BY HOUND + THE SLACKSHOTS Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. SAGAMORE + KINDER + CONTRAST Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $6.00. THE NAKED AND FAMOUS + VANCOUVER SLEEP CLINIC 170 Russell, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $46.20.

BLACK MAJESTY + SUNSLAVE Musicland, Fawkner. 9:30pm. $15.00. ADAMNOTEVE + I KNOW THE CHIEF + HALCYON DRIVE + THE RED LIGHTS Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $12.00. ANCHOR & THE BUTTERFLY + SAL KIMBA + THE ROLLING WHEEL Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 7:30pm. $15.00. BLACK MAYDAY + SUDDEN STATE + REQUIEM + CYANIDE TEETH Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. CHASING ALICE + THE SKIES ABOVE + NOW YOU DIE Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $5.00. GLACIERS + ANDRE + COOL DRINKS + COLOURED CLOCKS Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. $6.00. GORSHA Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. JOHN CITIZEN + THE RAFFAELLAS + VOWEL MOVEMENT Bar Open, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. KARNIVOOL + BORN LION Palace Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $51.55. LIVE N’ COOKIN SESSIONS - FEAT: KARATE BOOGALOO + OLIVER PATERSON BEAT PROJECT The B.east, Brunswick East. 8:00pm. MIYAZAKI + FOLEY! + THE FURROWS + CHARM Public Bar, North Melbourne. 8:30pm. $8.00. NEXT - FEAT: ENGINE THREE SEVEN + TEN THOUSAND + IN ORBIT Colonial Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. NICK KINGSWELL & ALEX GIBSON Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:30pm. $10.00. NOISE IN MY HEAD BOOK LAUNCH - FEAT: FORCES + UV RACE + HTRK (DJ SET) + NEW WAR (DJ SET) Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. ROHAN + BONEZ Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. RUSSIAN CIRCLES + CLAGG + FOURTEEN NIGHTS AT SEA The Hi-Fi, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $47.50. STEVE COHEN & THE MOTHERFUCKERS + OHMS + MUSCLE BEACH Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $8.00. THE CHOPS Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 8:30pm.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/ WORLD MUSIC

ARLENE FLETCHER TRIO Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $15.00. INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY - FEAT: OKKEY SUMIYOSHI + ARMADILLO + CHRIS CAMERON QUARTET + ETHIO-JAZZ ENSEMBLE Open Studio, Northcote. 7:00pm. $5.00. INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY - FEAT: PETER HEARNE & DIZZY’S BIG BAND Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. $14.00. JULIEN WILSON ELECTRIC QUARTET 303, Northcote. 8:30pm. MICHAEL BUBLE Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. 7:30pm. $99.90.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK

MELODY POOL + THE LITTLE STEVIES + THE DAVIDSON BROTHERS Bella Union Bar, Carlton. 8:30pm. $20.00. BELL ST DELAYS + DAN WATERS Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. FOLKTRAIN Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 3:00pm. MELBOURNE UKULELE KOLLECTIVE BEGINNER’S CLASS Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 6:00pm. OPEN MIC Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. OPEN MIC/JAM Musicland, Fawkner. 7:00pm. RUTH LINDSEY Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. SIMPLY ACOUSTIC Wesley Anne, Northcote. 7:00pm. SOME VELVET BELLES - FEAT: SERI VIDA + PHILEMON + GEORGIA SPAIN + MARY WEBB Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS - FEAT: LAKYN HEPERI + HARRY STORM + TOBY & LEIGH Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. WINE WHISKEY WOMEN - FEAT: LEISHA J + FAYE BLAIS Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:00pm.

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GIG OF THE WEEK!

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/ WORLD MUSIC

BRIANA COWLISHAW QUINTET Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $20.00. ALMA MATER Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10.00. DARREN WRIGHT & THE SOUTHERN STARTS Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. $14.00. DON’T MISS THIS TRIO Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $15.00. FIGHT CLUB TRIO Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. JOE RUBERTO TRIO Rising Sun Hotel, South Melbourne. 6:00pm. JOHN MONTESANTE QUINTET + DAINA JOWSEY The Commune, East Melbourne. 6:00pm. MICHAEL BUBLE Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. 7:30pm. $99.90. SWEETHEARTS + DJ VINCE PEACH & PIERRE BARONI Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK

THE PURPLE DENTISTS + JUSTIN BRADY & ADO BARKER + DOUGAL ADAMS & JOE FERGUSON Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 6:00pm. $12.00.

RUSSIAN CIRCLES In Russia, band watches you. Much like Russia itself, although with much less criticism from the international community, Russian Circles are slowly taking over the world as the three-piece instrumental crew from Chicago who are heading to our shores. The band are signed to Sargent House, who also look after Chelsea Wolfe, Boris, Tera Melos and more, and if you haven’t heard of any of these bands then you are probably living in Russia. They play The Hi-Fi on Thursday May 1.

ADRIAN STOYLES Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 8:00pm. BRETT FRANKE + BRI MACKENZIE + CHLOE MORGAN Highlander, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. BROOKE RUSSELL Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. CANARY + HUMAN WOMAN + NOAH EARP Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 8:30pm. HAJI BASIM + LES THOMAS & KATE CROWLYEY Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10.00. JAJU CHOIR + CENTRE & THE SOUTH + ECHO DRAMA + MATT KATSIS & THE INDIA BLACK John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. LAKYN Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. OPEN MIC NIGHT Kindred Studios, Yarraville. 5:30pm. RUBYBOOTS Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. UNPLUGGED LOVE - FEAT: DALE BODEM + CITRUS JAM + REGAN LE FAY Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East. 8:00pm.

FRIDAY MAY 2 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS AMBER FOX + JOHNNY LAW & THE PACKIN DADDIES + FIREBIRD TRIO Lucky 13 Garage, Moorabbin. 8:30pm. $25.00. BADA BING - FEAT: SIGNIFICANT OTHER + SERIES + THE STABBING TRADE Pelly Bar, Frankston. 8:00pm. BATEMAN + THE BURNING SEA + VALIANT JONES + UNION PACIFIC Public Bar, North Melbourne. 8:30pm. $10.00. BOMBAY SCARLETT + TURK TRESIZE + RICKY FITZ + MARK STUCAS Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. COTANGENT + THE GROVES + DJ FEE FEE Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 10:00pm. DAVE GRANEY (ALBUM PREVIEW) + OCEAN PARTY Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $15.00. EINSTEINS + ALL ABOUT STEVE Musicland, Fawkner. 7:30pm. $10.00. EUROGLIDERS + RICHIE LANGFORD Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. $35.00. GAZAR STRIPS & SCUL HAZZARDS + MUTTON + SHAKING HELL + INCHES Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $10.00. HALF BAKED 2 - FEAT: DEL LAGO + FOLEY + TEEN KONG + LATE NIGHTS + JOE GUITON & THE SUICIDE TUESDAY 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. IVY ST + WITCH HATS + TIM RICHMOND John Cur-

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tin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. JOHNNY LONGSHOT Union Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. JON STEVENS Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 8:00pm. $33.00. LITTLE DESERT + DEAF WISH + ZOND Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $7.00. MY LEFT BOOT + SEEDY JEEZUS + I AM DUCKEYE + RED EAGLE Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $13.00. NEW TRAVELLERS + LE BELLE + TELL AMAROSA Espy, St Kilda. 8:00pm. $10.00. PLASTIC SPACEMAN + EVIL TWIN + BRIEVE Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. SAVAGES + LOST CAT + LORDS OF NORTHCOTE Playground, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. SEATTLE FIX + WHEN WE WERE SMALL + AIRCRAFTE + THE HIGH SUBURBAN Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $5.00. STONEFIELD + LURCH & CHIEF + WHITE SUMMER Prince Bandroom, St Kilda. 8:00pm. $23.50. SUN GOD REPLICA + WHIPPED CREAM CHARGERS + HONEY BADGERS Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. $10.00. TEK TEK ENSEMBLE Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. THE BRAD MARTIN PROJECT + TELEVISION SKY Penny Black, Brunswick. 9:30pm. THE ESCAR-GO-GO’S + BLUE STRATOS Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 8:30pm. $10.00. THE JEZABELS + GANG OF YOUTHS Palais Theatre, St Kilda. 7:30pm. $60.60. THE TWOKS + REBELLIOUS BIRD Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 9:00pm. THE WOLFE BROTHERS (IT’S ON TOUR) Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:30pm. $20.00. TURNOVERS + UPSTANDING MEMBERS Mr Boogie Man Bar, Abbotsford. 8:30pm. WOOD OF SUICIDES + EARTH + SCARS OF SODOM + HEXREIGN Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. ZYPHOID + REMZELK + HORIZONS EDGE Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East. 8:00pm.

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A NIGHT IN PARIS - FEAT: DUO CHAMBER MELANGE Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 6:30pm. CRAIG SCHNEIDER TRIO Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. JAZZ AT THE PARK - FEAT: IMPROMPTU Raddi Restaurant & Bar, 6:00pm.


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For all the latest gigs check out beat.com.au KANIKAPILA PARADISO - FEAT: THE VIBRAPHONIC ORKESTRA + THE KUJO KINGS + RITCHIE 1250 The LuWow, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $12.00. L.A.A. Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $15.00. STEVE MAGNUSSON TRIO Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. THE AL JAMES BLUES ASSEMBLY Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. THE REBECCA MENDOZA QUARTET Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $25.00. THE STEVE SEDERGREEN QUARTET Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $20.00. ULTRAFOX Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 9:00pm.

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THE TIPPLERS Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:30pm. CAT & CLINT Wesley Anne, Northcote. 5:00pm. DAVID COSMA Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 6:00pm. LISA MILLER Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 9:30pm. NED COLLETTE & WIREWALKER (ALBUM LAUNCH) + TIME FOR DREAMS + VOID GLORIOUS VOID Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $15.00. NICHOLAS COSTELLO + JAMES MOLONEY & THE MAD DOG HARRISONS Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. POLLYDEVLINS + BRENDAN GALLAGHER Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 8:30pm. SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. SPENCER P JONES Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 5:00pm. THE STORMY MONDAYS Victoria Hotel (brunswick), Brunswick. 9:00pm. TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION - FEAT: DAN BOURKE Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 6:00pm.

SATURDAY MAY 3 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER Palais Theatre, St Kilda. 8:00pm. $49.90. A HIGHER GROUND 4 - FEAT: ECHO DRAMA + BETTER THAN THE WIZARDS + THE HEROINES + SLOWJAXX & THE KOZMIC LOVE ORKESTRA + THE IVORY ELEPHANT + CENTRE & THE SOUTH + THE GROVES + THE BLACK ALLEYS + SUNFIRE SQUAD + JEN KNIGHT & THE WISHFUL + BUDDHA IN A CHOCOLATE BOX + DAVE ADAMS THREESOME + OLIVERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ARMY + THE SONS OF MAY + ALONE WITH TIGER + LEAH SENIOR + HARRISON STORM + CAVALIERS + DJ ALLEY CAT + SOPHIE OFFICER + MICHAEL GAMBINO Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. $10.00. ADULTS + THE STEVENS + WHITE WALLS + POSSIBLE HUMANS Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10.00. ANIMAL HANDS + LITTLEFOOT + THREE QUARTER BEAST + THRASHER JINX + THE INSTINCTS Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. BALL PARK MUSIC (ALBUM LAUNCH (U18S)) + PAPA VS PRETTY + HOLY HOLY Corner Hotel, Richmond. 12:30pm. $30.00. BANG - FEAT: GLORIFIED + BENEATH THE WATERS + JACK THE GIANT KILLER + TO THE GALLOWS Royal Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. BRAD MARTIN PROJECT Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. BURNLEY BACKYARD FESTIVAL - FEAT: KISSING BOOTH + SOMEONE ELSEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S WEDDING BAND + ZIGGY BRITTEN + RYAN DUVAL Richmond Music Academy, Burnley. 11:00pm. D.R.I. + SEWERCIDE + OUTRIGHT + PARTY VIBEZ + WOLFPACK The Hi-Fi, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $47.50. DALLAS FRASCA Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $12.00. DESTROY SHE SAID + VIRTUE + FUCK THE FITZROY DOOM SCENE Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. DISASTERS + OLD LOVE + SOLIS + GREAT APE + DEADWEIGHT Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $8.00. EUROGLIDERS + RICHIE LANGFORD Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 8:00pm. $35.00. EYE FOR COLOUR + VADGEDAGGAR + WOD + SUBMARINES 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. FIONA LEE MAYNARD & HER HOLY MEN + BURN IN HELL Lucky 13 Garage, Moorabbin. 8:00pm. $15.00. GAZAR STRIPS + PSALM BEACH + PIONEERS OF GOOD SCIENCE + WORM CROWN + BLACK ORCHID OASIS Public Bar, North Melbourne. 8:30pm. $10.00. GEORGIA YATES + BALTER VADA Penny Black, Brunswick. 4:00pm. JAMIE HAY & LIAM WHITE + CAMERON TYESON Old Bar, Fitzroy. 3:00pm. JAPE SQUAD + FRAUDBAND Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 8:30pm. $10.00.

JIMMY TAIT + STRANGERS FROM NOW ON Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10.00. LAMINE SONKO & THE AFRICAN INTELLIGENCE Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. LORD + HARLOTT + TABERAH + SUDDEN STATE Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $15.00. MUSICIANS MAKING A DIFFERENCE - FEAT: BRONNIE GORDON & BELLATRIX + THE SLIGHT RETURN + MICKS MIX + PHANTOM PANDA + RON VINCENT + DAVID SUTTON SCHOOL Musicland, Fawkner. 3:30pm. $15.00. MY DYNAMITE + TWO HEADED DOG + SMOKE STACK RHINO Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $13.00. REBECCA LANGLEY + SKIP AKA + TJ TALISA JOBE Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 2:00pm. ROHAN Public Bar, North Melbourne. 2:00am. ROSS DE CHENE HURRICANES + PORK CHOP PARTY Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $5.00. RUM RUNNERS - FEAT: ATLANTIC + CYCLONE DIABLO + RITUALS OF INFINITY Mr Boogie Man Bar, Abbotsford. 7:00pm. SPOD + BAD VISION + RICHIE 1250 & THE BRIDES OF CHRIST + TOM LYNGCOLN + DJ BITCHY Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $12.00. SYDONIA + DIVE INTO RUIN + HAIL BAT KNIFE Espy, St Kilda. 8:00pm. $18.00. THE NAYSAYERS + BERLIN POSTMARK + TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $5.00. THE PINK TILES + THE REPROBETTES Penny Black, Brunswick. 9:30pm. THE POPEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ASSASSINS + MICHAEL PLATER & THE EXIT KEYS + FRAUDBAND Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 9:00pm. THE STIFFYS + DOC HOLLIDAY TAKES THE SHOTGUN Yah Yahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. THE TIGER & ME + WILLIE WAGTAILS Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 8:00pm. $10.00. THE UPSKIRTS (MINDS A BURDEN TOUR) + CASH FOR GLOD Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $10.00. THREEZACROWD Lincolnshire Arms Hotel, Essendon.

THE FURBELOWS Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $25.00. AARON CHOULAI TRIO Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. BABY ET LULU Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. $30.00. BUDDY LOVE Kojo Brown, Richmond. 7:00pm. DAVID JONES Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 6:30pm. $45.00. JULIA MESSENGER BAND Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $25.00. MICHAEL BUBLE Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. 7:30pm. THE JOHN MONTESANTE QUINTET + YVETTE JOHANSSON Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $20.00. THE KIMBA GRIFFITH QUARTET Dizzyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jazz Club, Richmond. 9:00pm. $20.00. TOGA PARTY - FEAT: FLAP + THE WIKIMEN + BYRONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PAREA Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 6:00pm. $20.00.

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VAN WALKER BAND Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 9:00pm. 26TH ANNUAL KELLYBROOK CIDER FESTIVAL - FEAT: BRIAN NANKERVIS + CIDER COUNTRY + SCRIMSHAW FOUR + TESKEY BROTHERS + MOOSE JAW RIFLE CLUB + MISSION BROWN + CLONE THE RADIO + OLD BUZZARD MEDICINE SHOW + DUVATEEN + HARVEST GOON Kellybrook Winery, Wonga Park. 10:00am. $15.00. BAKERSFIELD GLEE CLUB Union Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. DIGGER & THE PUSSYCATS Victoria Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. GRETTA ZILLER Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. HAYDEN CALNIN (EP LAUNCH) + ELIZA HULL + JAPANESE WALLPAPER Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $15.00. LISA MILLER TRIO + SHANE Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;MARA + ASH DAVIES Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. MASTERS OF THE FIDDLE - FEAT: LIZ CARROLL + ALISTAIR MCCULLOCH + RENATA BRATT + CATHERINE FRASER + DUNCAN SMITH Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury. 7:30pm. $35.00. SEAN KIRKWOOD + SKYSCRAPER STAN + JEMMA NICOLE Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm.

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ACCESS ALL AGES Wednesday April 30 With Ruth Mihelcic

Well it’s time to be getting back into the swing of things. The school holidays are behind us and we’ve exhausted all our public holidays for the time being, at least until Monday June 9 rolls around in 40 more days (but who’s counting?) and then there isn’t any more until that big horse race in November. If your weekend wasn’t looking precious enough already, it probably is now…make the most of it and check out what’s happening in the gig guide below.

HOLY FUCK

THUNDAMENTALS

We’ve all said it before. When we find out about a sporting upset, when we watch someone die on Game of Thrones, when we find out the person we’ve been dating is not the gender they appear to be. Holy Fuck have no doubt received a shitload of publicity because of their name, but the Torontonian electronica four-piece genuinely deserve hype for their music. They visit the Northcote Social Club on Wednesday April 30.

One night at karate when I was a young chap my sensei said, “The only way to learn the fundamentals is to make them fun-damentals!” What a dingleberry fruitbat. I thought it would ruin fundamental related puns for me for the rest of my life until I was introduced to the funky grooves of Blue Mountains hip hop group Thundamentals. These guys seriously smash it onstage. Come practise your thun-damentals at the Corner Hotel on Friday May 2.

$10.00. SLIM DIME & THE PRAIRIE KINGS Union Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. SPOONFUL Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 9:30pm. THE WILD COMFORTS + DJ ADALITA Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. WAKEFIELD ACOUSTIC & INDI FEST - FEAT: EMMA BROADY + STONE CLOCKS + NEVER THE EMPRESS + GENGHIS CAN’T SWIM + MOKOAN + THE WILD VINES + COPIOUS + CALLING UTOPIA + ALEXANDRA PYE Espy, St Kilda. 4:00pm. ZOE K + RUBY BOOTS Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm.

SUNDAY MAY 4 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER Palais Theatre, St Kilda. 8:00pm. $49.90. ANDREW SWIFT & THE RATTLESNAKE CHOUR + EMPRA + DEAL ALE Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. BALL PARK MUSIC (ALBUM LAUNCH) + PAPA VS PRETTY + HOLY HOLY Corner Hotel, Richmond. 7:30pm. $40.00. COBRA 45’S Westernport Hotel, Hastings. 8:00pm. D.R.I + CUT SICK + DESECRATOR + JOIN THE AMISH + SPEW N GUTS Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. DIRTY HARRIET & THE HANGMEN + ADRIAN WHYTE Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. DON’T CRY WOLF + AURANIX + BLACK MAYDAY Bar Open, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. JON STEVENS Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 3:00pm. $33.00. KIM SALMON Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 4:00pm. LITTLE DREAMER Kent St Bar, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. LOST PATROL Lucky 13 Garage, Moorabbin. 3:00pm. $5.00. LUCIDE PLANET + HIGH SIDE DRIVER + THE HEROINES + MASTER BETA + CITIZEN + THE MUD PEAS John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. MARILYN ROSE & THE THORNS + PENNY IKINGER & THE EVOLUTION + THE FALLING STANDARDS Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm.

MUSICIANS WANTED SINGER AND/OR BASSIST WANTED for a punk/ alt rock band. Male or female, preferably under 21. We are located around Essendon. Contact Will on 0466287740 SOLO MUSICIANS, DUO’S, BANDS WANTED to play at Acoustics Anonymous Thursday Nights at The 86.   Starting with open mic from 7pm and live band sets from 9pm. Open Mic - just rock up from 6pm,  gig spots email drink@the86.com.au with bio, pics and sound demo. SERVICES VERSATILE ACOUSTIC GUITARIST LOOKING for paid work of any kind. 26 year old male, presents well. Phone Curtis: 0412 166 393 *

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MISSTUESDAY Mr Boogie Man Bar, Abbotsford. 4:00pm. MOUNTAIN GOAT BEERSOAKED SUNDAY - FEAT: THE PINK TILES + THE ESCARGO GOD + STEVE MILLER BAND Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $8.00. SUNDAY SCHOOL - FEAT: ELECTRIC SEA SPIDER + HAMBURGER LADY + SECRET BIRDS + RAYMOND SCOTT WALKER Public Bar, North Melbourne. 4:00pm. THE DIRTY BIRDS + BOTTLECAPS + PLURAL + DIVIDED ATTENTION Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. THE LET YOUR HAIR DOWN GIRLS John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 5:00pm. THE STERLING Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East. 8:00pm. WINTER SUN + MOTH BODY Mr Boogie Man Bar, Abbotsford. 7:00pm.

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BRUNSWICK GREEN IMPROV CONCERT SERIES FEAT: CHRISTIAN WINDFELD + NAT GRANT + NAT GRANT/REUBEN LEWIS/RONNY FERELLA Brunswick Green, Brunswick. 8:00pm. MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 5:00pm. $53.80. MICHAEL BUBLE Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. 7:30pm. $99.90. ONE SONG AT A TIME - FEAT: THE GUERIN FAMILY BAND Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. $15.00. REFRACTION Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. THE SEVEN UPS Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 4:30pm. THE WIKIMEN + LADI ABUNDANCE Open Studio, Northcote. 5:00pm.

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26TH ANNUAL KELLYBROOK CIDER FESTIVAL - FEAT: BRIAN NANKERVIS + CIDER COUNTRY + SCRIMSHAW FOUR + TESKEY BROTHERS + MOOSE JAW RIFLE CLUB + MISSION BROWN + CLONE THE RADIO + OLD BUZZARD MEDICINE SHOW + DUVATEEN + HARVEST GOON Kellybrook Winery, Wonga Park. 10:00am. $15.00. ACOUSTIC MATINEE Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 3:00pm. ALEX BURNS & KAIN BORLAISE + SUZIE DICKINSON Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 4:00pm. CHRIS WILSON Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 4:00pm. COLLARD GREENS & GRAVY Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 3:00pm. DALE RYDER BAND + GARY EASTWOOD EXPRESS + DJ ROC LANDERS Espy, St Kilda. 5:30pm. ETIENNE & THE SANKAYI 303, Northcote. 3:30pm. GEOFF ACHISON + ADRIAN KEATING Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury. 3:30pm. $17.50. GHOST TOWNS OF THE MIDWEST + CONGRATULATIONS EVERYBODY Victoria Hotel (brunswick), Brunswick. 5:00pm. JOSH CASHMAN + DAVY SIMONY Penny Black, Brunswick. 3:00pm. JVG GUITAR METHOD Union Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. LARGE NO 12S Royal Oak Hotel, Fitzroy North. 4:00pm. NELLY + HUCKLEBERRY HASTINGS Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 6:00pm. OLD MAN LUEDECKE Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 3:00pm. $20.00. OPA 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $5.00. OPEN MIC Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 7:00pm. SIME NUGENT BAND Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. SUNDAY JAMS - FEAT: VARIOUS ARTISTS Musicland, Fawkner. 7:30pm. THE DUKES OF DESPAIR Penny Black, Brunswick. 5:00pm. THE HORNETS Wesley Anne, Northcote. 3:00pm. $10.00.

THE RECHORDS + NIGEL WEARNE Kindred Studios, Yarraville. 3:30pm. $15.00. THE SPOILS Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 4:30pm. TOBIAS HENGEVELD Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm.

MONDAY MAY 5 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS CHERRY JAM Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 6:00pm. DEAR MONDAY - FEAT: STRUM REBELLION + ZOE RYAN & THE DANDY LION + EMILY SOON + SELKI Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:00pm. I DO LIKE MONDAYS - FEAT: THE DEAD HEIR + CREPES + THEM 9’S + THE PRIMARY DJ’S Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $6.00. PENNY BLACK JAM NIGHT Penny Black, Brunswick. 8:00pm.

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THE BENNETTS LANE BIG BAND Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $15.00. YOM HAÁTZMAUT Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 7:30pm. $36.00.

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Musos listen up, applications for The Seed Fund (founded by John Butler in 2005) close next Monday. The Seed offers financial support to emerging musicians and artists through three grant categories and two initiatives, including the $5,000 ‘Money For Managers’ grant, the $3,500 ‘It’s All About The Song’ grant, and a Management Workshop. The 2014 initiatives offer up to $5,000 in the Bush Bands Business mentorship program and the Song Cycles Inbound program. That’s a lot of dosh, and a lot of reasons why you should get over to theseedfund.org and check it out. For those of you who love singing or playing the blues, there’s still a couple more weeks left to apply for the Youth In Blues program before it kicks off once again. You’ll get free mentoring in blues history and songwriting, technical and performance skills. The sessions will run fortnightly with renowned bluesman Wayne Jury with help from some of Australia’s best blues musicians, and open to anyone under 25. Register your interest at mbas.org.au/youth-in-blues or email president@mbas.org.au. If you’re an artist and fancy showcasing yourself at AWME (the Australasian World Music Expo) later on in November, you have until Friday to get your application in. AWME brings together musicians, industry partners, representatives and festival audiences from all corners of the globe for four days of non-stop music, networking, film screenings and conference sessions. It’s not something you want to miss, head to awme.com.au to get the details. Got some spare time in a few weeks and looking for something semi-productive to do? Why not lend a hand to PBS FM for their membership drive. They’re looking for volunteers from Monday May 12 – Sunday May 25 to help with duties like answering phones, updating membership databases and sending out memberships. Contact mara@pbsfm.org.au or call ‘em on 03 8415 1067. Are you a budding filmmaker? Is a lack of guidance all that is stopping you from becoming the next Baz Luhrmann? Signal are now inviting young artists aged 16-25 to submit their ideas to Signal Screen Commissions. Up to five applicants will be chosen to take part in developmental workshops, covering useful stuff like technical support, as well as creative support and mentoring. Applications close next Tuesday, so start brainstorming ideas now!

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MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWS & GOSSIP

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

CHANGES AT FURST MEDIA As of last week, Chris Martin, music editor of Sydney’s The Brag is now assuming editorial control of The Brag’s arts and electronic sections; effectively overseeing all of the publications printed editorial. Chris has appointed Emily Meller as his sub-editor on deadline. Over at the Beat camp, arts and associate music editor Tyson Wray will now assume editorial control and management of The Brag’s online and social platforms, in addition to his current portfolio at Beat.

LANEWAY POSTPONES U.S. RETURN Laneway Festival postponed its return to North America to 2015. Its September 2013 debut at Meadow Brook drew 7,500. The bill included Sigur Ros, The National, Warpaint, Flume and Chet Faker. The day was acclaimed by the American media as a success, in the quality of the acts, the seamless flow of the production over five stages, and the behaviour of the crowd. Laneway signed a three-year deal with Meadow Brook to stage there. But a posting on its website cited “timing” issues. Promoters explained, “It was a difficult decision, but, unfortunately, artists’ scheduling was our biggest obstacle and we didn’t want to compromise the quality of the festival we all expect.” Laneway also stages in New Zealand and Singapore.

NEW AGENCY MAKER LAUNCHES Artist Voice’s Head of Electronic Music, Alastair Green, has left to set up a new agency called MAKER. It will cover artist management, artist bookings, venue bookings, events and tour management, promotions and consulting. The idea is for its roster to collaborate with each other. Promoter Jon Debeere will continue to work closely with Green as he did at Artist Voice.

THINGS WE HEAR

London-based Australian band Buchanan signed to Melbourne-based 123 Agency’s artist roster. Singer Josh Simons moved to the UK last September, performing solo across Europe and showcasing the band’s material in open mic nights. The rest of the outfit has now joined him and are preparing for the European release of their debut album Human Spring, released on their own label in Australia and NZ last year. They’re also working on new stuff.

Sia

• Beyonce’s Pretty Hurts was originally offered to Katy Perry and Rihanna, the song’s writer Sia revealed. She first emailed the song to Perry who didn’t respond. (Turned out she didn’t get it, and when she first heard Bey’s version, texted Sia to say “I’m pretty hurt you never sent me this song.”) It then went to Rihanna but her manager sat on it for eight months before passing on it. Sia also says Diamonds which she wrote for Rih took 14 minutes to pen. • Which INXS member landed the gig as judge of a singing reality TV series? • When Pure Heroine won the Taite Prize for most creative NZ album of the last year, Lorde asked that the cash prize of NZ$10,000 be distributed among the other seven finalists as they probably needed it more. • The kidnapper who grabbed 10-year old Willie Myrick from outside his house in Atlanta, Georgia, threw him out of his car after three hours … because the kid kept singing gospel song Every Praise over and over! • The latest Sydney pub which features live music to go on the market is Cambridge Tavern in Fairfield.

AUSSIE ACTS GO PLATINUM Sheppard’s Geronimo, Jessica Mauboy’s Never Be The Same and Canberra EDM act Peking Duk’s High have been certified platinum. In other news, Pharrell’s Happy is now 7x platinum in Australia.

IGGY AZALEA’S FANCY GOES GOLD While Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea has topped the iTunes charts in the United States with her debut album The New Classic and expected to make a Top 5 debut in the official US chart, her single Fancy feat. Charli XCX has gone gold in Australia. Azalea’s star has been rising globally in the past 12 months. She now has 1 million followers on Instagram and 50 million YouTube views. The New Classic was released in Oz last Friday.

PRINCE, WARNER BROS, STRIKE NEW DEAL Remember when Prince claimed he was a “slave” to Warner Bros. Records? That was then. In a new deal, he has regained ownership of his master tapes. The deal includes a global licensing partnership with Warner Bros. that covers every album released from 1978 into the ‘90s. A new studio is on its way. So is a digitally remastered deluxe 30th anniversary version of his breakthrough Purple Rain album and movie. The album, a #1 in Australia, sold 20 million worldwide and is the sixth best-selling soundtrack of all time. Two tracks, When Doves Cry and Let’s Go Crazy hit #1 in America.

APRA AMCOS SUPPORTS ASYLUM SEEKER PROJECT APRA AMCOS donated $4,000 to the Australian Children’s Music Foundation’s new asylum seeker children’s initiative. After a six week program with refugee children, ACMF is working with asylum seeker kids in detention centres on the mainland and, eventually, in offshore centres. The program needs donations as it only has funding for another month. ACMF founder Don Spencer said: “Regardless of any political debate, the treatment of asylum seekers has been a shameful episode in our history and we are desperate to do what we can, through the magic of music, to help these people.” BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 50

YOUNG WERTHER MOVING TO GERMANY Young Werther is moving to Germany, playing Northcote Social last week as a farewell. “Sad, exciting and everything in between,” he said of his move.

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Geisha’s Chris Doheny is raising funds for the RSL with new song Gallipoli, which was released for Anzac Day. Doheny’s ancestors fought in the armed forces, as had co-writer Ronny Addlem. The song, which covers a number of generations, came from stories handed down through their families and also did some extra research not to offend any Diggers.

PARX-E COMPILATION Parx-e Web Zine is giving away Parx-e Volume 4 with names such as Deja, Manor, Steph Hannah, Avaberee and Miss Elm. The female-orientated compilation CD with female artists and female-fronted bands from Australia and around the world will be given away on parx-e.com from August 22.

HIP HOPPERS ON THE MONEY

LOST JAY-Z RECORDINGS CONFISCATED Police confiscated Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella Records “lost” master recordings made between 1998 to 2002. TMZ claims these were in the possession of producer Chancey Mahan who worked at the record company from 2008 to 2009. The producer allegedly contacted Live Nation to say he had the tapes in a storage facility in California, and he would either auction them or hand them over for a $100,000 “storage fee”. When he went to the storage place to finalise the deal, police were waiting. He handed the tapes over while a judge decides who owns them.

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Kylie Minogue • At an intimate one-hour appearance at Trak Lounge before 800 I Heart Radio winners, Kylie Minogue revealed she’s doing a tour. She also glossed over the furore that dancers on her new video shot in Melbourne were initially told it would be just for the experience and exposure, as the budget wasn’t enough to pay them. “Of course they got paid,” she posted. • Chet Faker’s Built On Glass, holding at #1 on the ARIA chart for the second week, is the first Australian artist album to string consecutive weeks at #1 since The Sapphires soundtrack back in August 2012. • Adelaide music centre Northern Sound System got the global spotlight when royals William and Kate visited. DJ Shane Peterer aka Motion taught them to spin discs, later quipping he shouldn’t give up his day job. Will told 19-year-old wheelchair bound rapper Mark Reilly his fondness for house and EDM. • Chrissy Amphlett can still draw a crowd. The opening night of the I Touch Myself exhibition at Paddington’s Blender Gallery drew Suze de Marchi, Ericka Heynatz, Kylie Kwong, Rick Grossman, Sarah McLeod and cousin Little Pattie. The free exhibition, curated by husband Charley Drayton and features pix of her taken by photographers Tony Mott and Ian Greene, runs until May 10. Meantime, the video accompanying the I Touch Myself breast cancer campaign has been seen by three million people on Facebook. • Kinks guitarist Dave Davies, who had a stroke in 2004, sent a message to fellow-stroke victim (rumoured) AC/DC’s Malcolm Young to remain positive: keep your hands busy and recall your best solos before going to sleep. • Paolo Nutini’s Caustic Love is the fastest-selling artist album of the year so far in the UK, shifting 109,000 copies in seven days. • The second Deni Blues and Roots Festival drew 8,000 over two days – almost double the attendance of last year, promoter Michael Chugg said. • Australian video makers Oh Yeah Wow posted an accusation on their website that One Direction nicked their concept for Clubfeet’s award winning Everything You Wanted for their own You and I. The Clubfeet vid used freeze frame and meeting-in-a-body visual effects and was shot in one take. • Quote from Ben Harper: “I love touring but I don’t plan to do it a whole lot longer. The only thing harder than getting into the music business is knowing when to get out. I’m a skateboarder at heart; I think I’ll be the only one to start a skateboarding career in his 50s.” • Mariah Carey spends US$47,000 a year grooming her eight pet dogs with massages and manicures. • Sydney’s FBi Radio’s General Manager of Music, Dan Zilber, will leave in June after he launches its new EDM project FBi Click on digital radio.

US business magazine Forbes’ eighth annual list of hip hop’s wealthiest artists sees Sean “Diddy” Combs on top for the second year in a row with US$700 million. He was followed by Dr. Dre ($550 million), Jay Z ($520 million,) Bryan “Birdman” Williams ($160 million) and 50 Cent ($140 million).

Bliss N Eso

BLISS N ESO RELEASE AFGHANISTAN TOUR DOCO Bliss N Eso released a short video documenting their seven-day secret trip to Afghanistan with the Australian Defence Force in September 2013. It was originally to happen in 2012 in the Middle East but was cancelled after violence escalated there. A year later, the trio – along with comedians Doug Chappel Jr. and Nick Cody and Brisbane band The Bertie Page Clinic – played four military bases with limited production and makeshift stages to boost troop morale. Bliss said, “We don’t support war or conflict, what we do support are our fellow human beings.” He called the trip “a fulfilling and eye opening experience, and likely something we will never be able to do again.” Watch it on YouTube.

HEAPS DECENT LAUNCHES POZIBLE CAMPAIGN Heaps Decent – the charity set up by Aussie club names Levins, Nina Las Vegas and Diplo to promote the creativity of underprivileged children – is trying to raise $10,000 through Pozible. It will go towards mastering tracks, music videos, marketing, better gear and more workshops. Prizes include a workshop, a song written about you, and a rap song name checking you and merchandising. See pozible.com/project/190222.

BLURRED LINES MOST DOWNLOADED IN THE UK Forget the furore about sexual harassment lyrics and bans by student unions. Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines is now the biggest selling download in UK history. It sold 1.54 million downloads since its release in May 2013, overtaking Adele’s Someone Like You (1.53 million). These were followed by Maroon 5’s Moves Like Jagger, Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know, Black Eyes Peas’ I Gotta Feeling and Daft Punk’s Get Lucky. Happy by Pharrell Williams, has sold 1.3 million downloads slotting at #9.

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LIFELINES Injured: Dariya ‘Nookie’ Stavrovich, female singer with Russian heavy rock band The Slot, was stabbed multiple times in the neck in a café. Hospitalised: Within The Ruins singer Tim Goergen for heart and liver complications. In Court: Jason Connors, 23, of Gladstone, QLD, appeared in Lismore Local Court charged with punching a cop in the eye after being refused entry to Bluesfest. Connors admitted he’d had “eight or nine” alcoholic drinks before arriving at the site with two friends. The three were refused entry by security who notified police. Connors refused to give ID and allegedly struck out. In Court: aspiring rapper Rashad Charjuan Owens was hit with four extra charges over the South By Southwest hitand-run in which four died and 17 were injured while waiting outside a club. Sued: New York actress and model Sally Ferreira hit 50 Cent with an $11 million defamation suit. He accused her, in colourful language, of leaking photos of a video shoot they did together and insinuating they were dating. Suing: Aretha Franklin takes $10 million action against online site The News Nerd which made up a story that she’d got into a punch up with Patti LaBelle at a concert. Franklin didn’t see the humour, and said she was defamed. Died: long time 2RRR jazz presenter Ray Volpatti from post-operative complications from major surgery to remove a tumour. He joined in 1996 and his Ray’s Bag centred on the be-bop era. He was also a board member and their Technical Director. He was also a member of 2RES (Eastside Radio). Died: US country musician Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith, 93, whose best known of his 500 songs was Duelling Banjos from the Deliverance movie. Died: Australian ticketing executive Tim Roberts. He spent 20 years working for ARTS Australia and providing inspirational leadership across ticketing, CRM and arts marketing in Australia, NZ, USA, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Africa, Turkey, Spain, Chile and the UK. He was also Chair of NARPACA’s Ticketing Professionals Conference Committee.

SOUND SUMMIT TO TAKE HIATUS IN 2014 Sydney’s Sound Summit Festival of Independent and Innovative Music will take a break this year. “The ongoing financial viability of the festival has been a major factor in this decision, with Sound Summit currently seeking out a range of funding and partnership options within a revised business plan,” organisers said. Sound Summit launched in 2000 as part of Newcastle’s This Is Not Art (TINA) Festival. It went stand-alone in 2011, and last year moved to Sydney to be more in the spotlight.

BIGGEST BLUESFEST YET? The 25th Byron Bay Bluesfest drew about 100,000. But specific figures to be released by promoters will tell if it’s their biggest or second biggest crowd. A 180-page pictorial book celebrating its 25 years is available at bluesfest.com.au. During his set, Michael Franti brought on a heavily pregnant lady who danced onstage rubbing her belly. “She wants to get her waters to break during this show,” said Franti, whose set also marked his 48th birthday. But no baby was born on site. This year Cystic Fibrosis raised approximately $55,000, its highest ever fundraising effort through their guitar raffles of donated Gibson guitars. Over the last 15 years Bluesfest has raised approximately $367,000 for the charity. Some acts like John Butler, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Nicky Bomba and Mama Kin headed to the Bentley gas field protest site in Lismore to serenade the protesters.



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