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ART OF THE CITY, THE COMIC STRIP

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KASABIAN ARCHER The ultimate mystery-man Archer, who was last seen performing at Golden Plains 2014 has been located, and will be performing an incredibly rare and exclusive residency at the Workers Club throughout June. This guy is a rarity; an enigma and an outsider, who is motivated by a lone pure love of singing and storytelling. Born in North Carolina and raised in the Victorian bush, Archer makes a life busking, fruit-picking, tree-climbing and roaming the country as an “old time sing-song man”, in his words. Dedicated to the sounds of bush blues and hillbilly music, every song Archer writes is an instant modern relic. Archer’s music is stripped back; simple and sparse. There is no adornment; all you get is the song and his big, booming voice. His influences skip back generations to the traditional country singers. Tex Morton, Smilin’ Billy Blinkhorn, guys like that. He learned to sing up north with the Pacific Islanders. He’s a musical drifter, picking up stories wherever he goes, polishing them into honest songs. There’s a sense with Archer that his music exists outside of time, which makes sense, because he exists outside of place. Recently signed to Pound Records and celebrating the release of his new video Jesus Was a Man, Archer will make his first on-stage appearances since Golden Plains Festival 2014 for three Sunday afternoon shows at the Workers Club in June. Strictly limited tickets on sale now from theworkersclub.oztix.com.au. 

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LONDON GRAMMAR London Grammar are returning to Melbourne. Last here for Falls Festival and a sold-out headline show at the Prince Bandroom, they scored three spots in triple j’s Hottest 100 and have recently been spending time on the stages of Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, Bestival and Fuji Rock. Catch them on Tuesday July 22 at Festival Hall.

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PRESENTATION NIGHT WITH CAMERON LING & PAUL DEMPSEY After kicking goals with its awesome debut last year, which resulted in two sold-out shows at the Corner Hotel, Presentation Night returns in season 2014 with two new stars – Geelong premiership captain, "mayor" and Buddy Holly enthusiast Cameron Ling, and Something For Kate front-man, multi-platinum recording artist, lover of science and St. Kilda Football Club tragic Paul Dempsey. Under the warm glow of the spotlight (and with the expert guidance of host Francis Leach) these two great men will discuss their mutual love of music and footy in ways that are philosophical, funny and surprising. In this special Presentation Night, the combination of ‘Mr. Geelong’ and ‘Australia’s tallest front-man’ will provide a whole new set of highlights for everyone lucky enough to be in attendance. Together they will tackle the big issues: what are the similarities between the professional musician and the professional footballer? How do friendships form in footy and in music? We’ll take a look inside their kitbags, unearth some surprising trophies, talk about who scares them on the field or on stage. We’ll ask about Lingy’s favourite albums and Paul’s favourite footballers - and much, much more. The siren sounds on Wednesday June 4 and tickets are on sale via cornerhotel.com now.

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To celebrate the release of his latest single Kobe, which has amassed almost 50,000 plays on Soundcloud in the two weeks since its release, enigmatic Melbourne producer/musician Yeo is setting off on a national tour. In October last year, Yeo presented yet another incarnation of his career-defining musical evolution in the form of a lo-fi, proto-R&B jam called Girl. By year’s end Girl had amassed 100k streams on Soundcloud & YouTube. Having spent the summer touring alongside Ngaiire, Fractures and most recently Glass Animals (UK), Yeo reveals the second offering from his forthcoming debut EP, the infectious single Kobe. Produced by Yeo and mixed by Phil Threlfall, Kobe captures much of the aesthetic of the Girl, wrapped into an intellectual pop song with significant ear-worming capabilities. The release of Kobe foreshadows Yeo’s maiden international tour dates courtesy of an invitation to showcase at Canadian Music Week 2014 ahead of a national headline run of Kobe single tour dates in June. Be sure to catch Yeo at the Northcote Social Club on Friday June 6 and see what all the hype is about.

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THE WILD FEATHERS In a special Splendour sideshow, The Wild Feathers will bring their impressive blend of rock, folk and blues all the way from Nashville to the Northcote Social Club on Friday July 25. A four-piece that personifies the essence of the American spirit, The Wild Feathers combine an array of genres into a distinctive new rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;roll sound, which is backed by with the strength of four harmonious lead singers. With some super high-profile support slots behind them (hello Bob Dylan), The Wild Feathers enlisted producer Jay Joyce (Cage the Elephant, The Wallflowers, Emmylou Harris) for their self-titled debut. The result is a collection of bluesy, American rock tunes that they recently showcased at SXSW. Tickets are on sale 9am Friday May 9 via secret-sounds.com.au.

Irish wunderkids The Strypes have announced some Splendour sideshow action during their first visit to our shores. These four Irish lads, who are all under the age of 18, will showcase their tremendous skills and sounds way beyond their years. Their talents are the hard-earned result of years spent honing their craft in Irish pubs (presumably while sober), hotels and music halls. With their debut album, Snapshot released in September 2013 and a suite of famous faces consistently appearing in the audience of their shows, The Strypes promise a performance of true blues rock revival. Currently touring across Europe, this July The Strypes will play Fuji Rock, Splendour in the Grass and headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll hit up the Northcote Social Club on Tuesday July 22, and tickets are on sale 9am Friday May 9 via secretsounds.com.au.

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Emerge Festival will return for its eleventh year of celebrating refugee artists this winter. Presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria, the festival showcases talented artists from Melbourneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emerging refugee communities. It will feature a series of performances and unique cultural experiences encompassing music, dance, visual arts, exotic foods, ancient crafts and ceremonies. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program will include two visual arts exhibitions from award-winning photojournalist Barat Ali Batoor and Eritrean painter Michael Adonai who will describe the refugee experience while artists from Melbourneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Playback Theatre will enact the stories. Emerge Festival will go down from Saturday May 17 to Saturday July 5. For the full program visit the festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website.

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Globe-trotting, Grammy nominated DJ and producer Adam Freeland, creator of subversive crossover hit We Want Your Soul; Californian producer, composer, and professor of music technology Steve Nalepa; and Australian born, LA-based artist and producer Ry X make up The Acid. These three heavyweights are taking over the Northcote Social Club on Thursday July 24 for a stunning Splendour in the Grass sideshow. With a self-titled EP just out and their debut album Lineal due set to be released in June, The Acid will be touring through Europe before heading to Australia to share their musical goodness. This will be a truly sublime show not to be missed. Tickets are on sale 9am Friday May 9 via secret-sounds.com.au. WATCH INTERVIEWS, CHATS & AWKWARD SILENCES... BEAT.COM.AU/TV

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be an unforgettable night of blissful, indie-folk goodness at Brunswickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Howler when Seattle six piece The Head and the Heart hit up the venue on Monday July 28. Following their celebrated eponymous debut of 2011, The Head and the Heart released their second album Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Be Still late last year to critical acclaim. The six-piece went from busking and playing open mic nights to selling out San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fillmore, Seattleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Paramount Theatre, New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Terminal 5 and more. Consistently presenting a perfect mix of solid songwriting, sweet harmonies, minimalist drums, hand percussion and solid bass, The Head and the Heart continue to win over new fans with their impressive live show. The band has also charmed audiences through performances on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Late Show with David Letterman, the legendary Austin City Limits and Coachella to drop just a few names. Tickets are on sale 9am Friday May 9 via secret-sounds.com.au; donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss out.


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NEW EMPIRE Following the release of their latest album In a Breath, which debuted at #28 on the ARIA charts last week, Sydney four-piece New Empire are hitting the road. Since forming in their hometown of Cronulla, the band have gained a loyal following with their distinctive brand of stadium-ready rock. Their latest release has seen New Empire achieve their goal of producing a record that listeners can get lost in and explore… The album rocks. Just saying. You can catch New Empire when they showcase songs from In A Breath to Melbourne crowds on June 19 at the Northcote Social Club. For ticketing details visit newempiretour.com.

MY ECHO HOLY HOLY In support of their first official release The Pacific EP, Holy Holy will be heading out on the road this winter to play a small capital city run. After releasing their debut single  Impossible Like You to critical acclaim in 2013, the band put out the brand-new single House of Cards earlier this year. Both tracks feature on The Pacific EP, out now through Wonderlick Records. The band have spent much of the last month on the road with Ball Park Music, and both their live show and the EP have received glowing reviews from press and blogs alike. The Holy Holy live show, like the EP, is replete with crescendos, rich harmonies, cascading melodies, Neil Young-inspired solos and  nods to band heroes such as Bright Eyes, Midlake and Fleetwood Mac. The band head out on the road with Ryan Strathie (Hungry Kids of Hungary) on drums and Graham Ritchie (Emma Louise, Airling), and these shows promise to be something special. Holy Holy will hit up Shebeen Bandroom on Friday July 11, and tickets are on sale now via holyholymusic.com/live/.

SKATERS New York City quartet Skaters’ music, ethos, and attitude are remarkably entrenched in the late nights, eclectic characters, and punk roots of their hometown, infusing their sound with the grit and energy of the post-punk and new wave scenes that thrived in the city decades earlier. Their first EP Schemers arrived in 2012, and the band followed it up by heading to the famed Electric Lady Studios to begin work on their first full-length Manhattan which appeared earlier in 2014 and has already been featured as a triple j album of the week. Catch Skaters play their Splendour sideshow on July 26 at the Corner. Tickets on sale 9am Friday May 9 via secret-sounds.com.au.

Melbourne’s four-piece rockers  My Echo  have announced a string of national tour dates to launch their upcoming self-titled EP. My Echo packed out sweaty rooms around the country on the back of their 2011 debut release The New Approach EP, and lead digital single Do or Die, while supporting numerous Aussie long players like Bodyjar, Shihad, Trial Kennedy and King Cannons. Armed with the upcoming self-titled EP, the band is set to bring their high-energy punk infused rock‘n’roll shows to Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, and Sydney stages. Get sweaty at their Melbourne gig on Friday May 30 at the Espy.

FIRST AID KIT Swedish sweethearts First Aid Kit will be making two special headline appearances this July in promotion of their new album, Stay Gold. Born Klara and Johanna Söderberg, the sisters have cemented a reputation for creating riveting folk-pop numbers filled with interlocking melodies and poignant lyrics. It’s earned them spots appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman and Conan O’Brien, as well as support acts with country virtuoso Jack White, Lykke Li and Bright Eyes. They’ve also played at Glastonbury, Coachella and will also perform at the 2014 Splendour in the Grass. First Aid Kit will be performing at The Hi-Fi on Thursday July 31. Tickets are available through Oztix.

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The one and only Veruca Salt have announced a reunion tour, and have included Australia in their tour schedule. Playing their first shows together since 1998, original Veruca Salt members Nina Gordon, Louise Post, Steve Lack and Jim Shapiro will venture to Australia for a string of dates in September. Born in Chicago in 1993 out of singer-songwriter-guitarists Louise Post and Nina Gordon’s desire for a dreamy grunge band with influences like Big Star, My Bloody Valentine and the Pixies, Veruca Salt soon made the transition from cutesy pop upstarts to big-league, wet-dream rock queens and became one of the most important bands of the ‘90s. Their sugary sweet vocal harmonies aligned perfectly with their fuzzy rawk riffs, and their live shows were nothing short of frantic. Scissor kicks, pogo sticks, head banging and rocking out was just part of their on-stage repertoire. This full-fledged comeback will see their biggest hits Seether and Volcano Girls played alongside fan favourites like Shutterbug, All Hail Me, Born Entertainer, Officially Dead in all their angst-ridden, harmonious glory. These shows will sell out quick so make sure you jump in early. They’ll play the Corner Hotel on Friday September 26 and tickets go on sale today via metropolistouring.com.

East London/Essex four-piece The Bohicas will make their rockin’ debut visit to Australia for two special headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne. The band, who burn with an explosive, energetic live show and deliver snarling tracks such as XXX and Swarm, will hit up Ding Dong Lounge on Thursday June 19. Since their arrival on the scene, these young upstarts were personally invited by Franz Ferdinand to join them on tour and have slayed fans with almighty gigs filled with limitless intensity. The Bohicas will release their self-titled debut EP on Friday 13 June – just before their gig at Ding Dong, and believe us when we tell you; The Bohicas are going to be big. Tickets go on sale Wednesday May 14.

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London-based collective Jungle are set to bring their ethereal electronic grooves, bittersweet soul-felt melodies and captivating live show to the Corner on July 29, following their appearance at Splendour and ahead of their set at Lollapalooza. Based around a core musical duo known simply as ‘J’ and ‘T’ who expand to a seven piece live band, Jungle make mesmeric, modern soul that’s unmistakably born in the UK but contains true global appeal. Don’t miss the talk of SXSW in this awesome Splendour sideshow. Tickets on sale 9am Friday May 9 via secret-sounds.com.au.

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Future Islands are playing one special Splendour sideshow in Melbourne. The Baltimore legends have already seen a whirlwind of success in 2014 with their fourth album, Singles, released in March via new label partner 4AD. Making their network TV debut on The Late Show with David Letterman, Future Islands gave the performance of a lifetime. Formed in 2006, it is only now Future Islands have been reaping much welldeserved success and recognition. Their commanding stage presence, khaki shorts and jaw-dropping live performances are something to be seen and if you need convincing, their Letterman performance is all you’ll need. Make sure to check them out on Monday July 28 at the Corner Hotel.

Norwegian/Bulgarian musician Mikhael Paskalev, a name I had to copy and paste but now that I’ve looked at it a few times I reckon I can spell it from here on with confidence, has announced a Melbourne show. Mikhael Paskalev gained much love from Aussies with his catchy single I Spy starring on the ARIA charts. Paskalev has been described as performing with a “circus-like energy” so this is no doubt one sideshow you don’t want to miss. Paskalev sold out his national tour in March so get in quick. Mikhael Paskalev plays at 170 Russell on Friday July 25.

Grouplove have announced a Splendour in the Grass sideshow. Hannah Hooper met Christian Zucconi late one evening on the lower east side of Manhattan. Their connection was undeniable and from there, Grouplove was formed. Rounded out by Sean Gadd, Andrew Wessen and Ryan Rabin, Grouplove has gone on to become one of the best live bands, swooning crowds with their energetic live shows. Whimsical and addictive, chart-topping tracks like Tongue Tied and Ways To Go have found the band a cult following. It’s all happening on Friday July 25 at 170 Russell.

DARLIA LOCK Another of the latest crop of guitar-wielding garage rockers from the UK, Darlia will play two Splendour in the Grass sideshows in July. The three-piece dropped debut EP Candyman earlier this year, and if its title track is anything to go by, Australian audiences will be in for a distortion-soaked treat. Darlia have also been announced to open the show at The Libertines’ reunion this British summer. Catch them on Saturday July 26 at the Northcote Social Club.

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The controversial and kooky Sky Ferreira will be hitting up Melbourne with a Splendour sideshow.  Sky Ferreira’s career has been an interesting one to watch; disputes with her record label, making everyone’s ‘ones to watch’ lists in 2013 and delivering an album that justified all the hype, she’s not one to slow down.  In true Ferreira form, she released the tour dates on her Instagram last week but we’re here to confirm that she definitely is making it to Melbourne. It’s all happening at Prince Bandroom on Wednesday July 23. Tickets are on sale from May 9 at 9am from Oztix.

MAS YSA Canadian musician and composer, Mas YSA, has announced a stopover in Melbourne. Pronounced Maas Ee-sa, not Y-S-A as I wished in order to make a shitty Village People gag that is a massive stretch, Mas YSA has shared stages with acts from Deerhunter to Purity Ring to Delorean. If you’re not heading to Splendour then witness Thomas Arsenault smash it in Melbourne with his unique blend of avant garde, danceable, melancholy folk. It’s fun to stay at the Mas Y-S-A so head to Prince Bandroom on Friday July 25.

KELIS Legendary R&B singer-songwriter and talented milkshake maker, Kelis, is set to visit Melbourne in July. Australia has a strong connection with Kelis, as her record Tasty went gold with singles Milkshake and Trick Me hitting platinum. Her new album, Food, is out now. The album is likely related to her passion for cooking. In fact, Kelis graduated from Le Cordon Bleu culinary school as a saucier, and has even released a cookbook. You can read it, but unfortunately she’ll have to charge (sorry). Kelis plays Prince Bandroom on Tuesday July 22. BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 23


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TUNE-YARDS JANELLE MONÁE & KIMBRA Melbourne-based fans of Janelle Monáe and Kimbra have a second and final chance to witness The Golden Electric tour when the impressive duo hit Australia later this month. This supreme co-headline tour has added a special preview show at one of Melbourne’s favourite venues, the Forum on Saturday May 17. Tickets are on sale from 12pm today – get moving.

Ahead of their Splendour in the Grass appearance this July, tUnE-yArDs have announced a one-off Melbourne sideshow. Known to her friends and family as Merill Garbus, Garbus is the face behind tUnE-yArDs, an artist dedicated to creating the most mouth-watering blend of avant-pop, R&B, soul, folk and Afro-beats. Her newest album, Nikki Nack, further reinforces the reputation that Garbus has earned herself. Produced by Malay (Frank Ocean, Big Boi, Alicia Keys) and John Hill (Rihanna, M.I.A.), Nikki Nack sees tUnE-yArDs demonstrate her strength in creating refined, sonic numbers through junkyard groove number Wait for a Minute and anthem Water Fountain. tUnE-yArDs will grace Melbourne on Thursday July 24 at Howler.

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Triple j Unearthed winners The Cairos are busy preparing for the release of their brand new album Dream Of Reason on May 9, followed by a jam-packed touring schedule for the remainder of the year. Recorded at  Studio 301  in Byron Bay, Dream Of Reason was produced and mixed by Nick DiDia, who has worked with such greats as  Powderfinger, Rage Against The Machine and Karnivool. Over the last year The Cairos have been slaying crowds at their live shows, and have amassed a wealth of notches in their festival belts, having appeared at Peat’s Ridge, Bigsound, Big Day Out, and Valley Fiesta. They’ve previously shared the stage with Julian Casablancas, Powderfinger, The Temper Trap, You Am I and many more. Convinced yet? Let them covert you into manic Cairos fans when they hit up Ding Dong Lounge on June 28.

FRIDAY NIGHTS AT ITALIAN MASTERPIECES The National Gallery of Victoria has revealed the stellar lineup of performers who will take stage on Friday evenings in the gallery. Audiences will view breathtaking Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court: Museo del Prado after hours and enjoy talks, great food and wine, DJs and a brilliant lineup of music performances. Kirin J Callinan, Owl Eyes, Mick Turner, Teeth & Tongue, The Orbweavers, Dan Kelly, The Audreys, New Gods and The Break will all perform during the series. Friday Nights at Italian Masterpieces will take place from Friday June 27 until Friday August 29 at the NGV. Tickets are on sale now through ngv.vic.gov.au/.

WILD BEASTS English four-piece Wild Beasts have announced a Melbourne sideshow ahead of their Splendour in the Grass appearance this July. Heralding from the Lake District of the UK, this quartet have prided themselves on delivering the smoothest electronic mixes. Their latest music addition Present Tense was co-produced with Alex ‘Lexx’ Dromgoole (M.I.A., Foals) and Leo Abrahams, and sees the band combine their influences of ‘80s and ‘90s electro dance to create an album of bright coherency and emotional resonance. Wild Beasts will take over the Prince Bandroom on Tuesday July 29.

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ÁSGEIR Exciting Icelandic musician Ásgeir has locked in a stop in Melbourne before Splendour. Ásgeir exploded onto the folk scene with the release of his debut album In The Silence. The record reached number eight on the ARIA Charts in May and was also triple j’s feature album. This will be Ásgeir’s first ever visit to Melbourne so make him feel welcome by recommending he checks out Frankston, Chris & Marie’s Plant Farm and the aquarium. Ásgeir hits up the Forum Theatre on Tuesday July 22. BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 24

Missed out on tickets to Splendour in the Grass? Never fear, a bundle of stellar Splendour in the Grass sideshows have been unveiled after the much-loved festival sold out last week. Amongst the swag of announcements, electro-pop purveyors Metronomy have announced a gig at the Forum Theatre on July 25, with Liverpool four-piece Circa Waves coming along for the ride. Bringing a simultaneously fresh and timeless approach to electro-pop, Metronomy are known for writing great songs, crafting lyrics with care and pushing pop melodies into fabulous shapes. Their Mercury Prize-nominated and critically lauded album The English Riveria elevated them to the upper echelons of the UK’s music elite.  Their newly released fourth album Love Letters has been described as a timeless masterpiece. Taking synthesizers to heavenly heights, Metronomy will hit the stages of Primavera Sounds and Glastonbury before playing shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth around their performance at Splendour in the Grass. Tickets are on sale from 9am Friday May 9 via secret-sounds.com.au.

THE 1975 The 1975 are coming to Melbourne. The Manchester four-piece create brooding rock, crisp electronica, dance floor R&B and ‘80s gloss pop, and sold out their Australian headline shows back in January. Catch them at The Hi-Fi on Sunday July 27.

FOSTER THE PEOPLE One of the biggest names on the Splendour bill has locked in a Melbourne show. The charming Californians have just dropped their sophomore record Supermodel, and will embark on their biggest Australian shows yet this July. Catch them on Monday July 28 at the Palais Theatre.

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INTERNATIONAL 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  JANELLE MONÁE & KIMBRA The Forum 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 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 THE BOHICAS Ding Dong Lounge June 13 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  THE STRYPES Northcote Social Club July 22  KELIS Prince Bandroom July 22  LONDON GRAMMAR Festival Hall July 22  ÁSGEIR The Forum July 22  SKY FERREIRA Prince Bandroom July 23  TUNE-YARDS Howler July 24  THE ACID Northcote Social Club July 24 PELICAN The Hi-Fi July 25  METRONOMY & CIRCA WAVES The Forum July 25  MIKHAEL PASKALEV 170 Russell July 25  THE WILD FEATHERS Northcote Social Club July 25  PHANTOGRAM Prince Bandroom July 25  GROUPLOVE 170 Russel July 25  MAS YSA Prince Bandroom July 25  DARLIA LOCK Northcote Social Club July 26  SKATERS The Corner July 26  THE 1975 The Hi-Fi July 27  FUTURE ISLANDS The Corner July 28  FOSTER THE PEOPLE Palais Theatre July 28  THE HEAD AND THE HEART Howler July 28  WILD BEASTS Prince Bandroom July 29  JUNGLE The Corner July 29  BEN HOWARD Palais Theatre July 30  RY X Howler July 30  FIRST AID KIT The Hi-Fi July 31  KASABIAN Festival Hall August 9 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  VERUCA SALT Corner Hotel September 26 KATY PERRY Rod Laver Arena November 14, 15 ACCEPT Corner Hotel November 15

NATIONAL MAJOR TOM & THE ATOMS Cherry Bar May 7, 14, 21, 28 HIATUS KAIYOTE Howler May 7, 14, 21, 28 KING PARROT Corner Hotel May 8 SUN GOD REPLICA Retreat Hotel May 9 BONJAH Corner Hotel May 9 SABLE Can’t Say May 9 THE APE Cherry Bar May 9 CUT COPY 170 Russell May 9 BEECHWORTH MUSIC FESTIVAL Beechworth May 10 ILUKA Grace Darling May 10 CLOSURE IN MOSCOW Evelyn Hotel May 10 THE PERCH CREEK FAMILY JUGBAND The Hi-Fi May 10 GARETH LIDDIARD Workers Club May 11, 18, 25 SCOTT RUSSO AND PHIL JAMIESON Ding Dong Lounge May 13 HITS & PITS The Hi-Fi May 14, 17 SHE REX AND LEPERS & CROOKS Ding Dong Lounge May 15 STONNINGTON JAZZ 2014 City of Stonnington May 15 – 25, RÜFÜS Palace Theatre May 15 SUN GOD REPLICA The Public Bar May 16 DUSTIN TEBBUTT Northcote Social Club May 16 BLISS N ESO Flemington Racecourse May 16 ED KUEPPER The Substation May 16 DZ DEATHRAYS Corner Hotel May 16 TEX PERKINS AND CHARLIE OWEN Yarraville Live May 17 DAVE GRANEY Baby Black Cafe, Bacchus Marsh May 17 DRUNK MUMS The Tote May 17 EMERGE FESTIVAL 2014 Various venues May 17 – June 22 TIM MCMILLAN BAND Ding Dong Lounge May 17 MUDLARK Bar 291 May 18 SUSY BLUE The Toff In Town May 18 FRENTE The Playhouse May 22, 23 MOVEMENT Shebeen May 22 SUN GOD REPLICA Yah Yah’s May 23 ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI 170 Russell May 23 KIM CHURCHILL Northcote Social Club May 23 VANCE JOY The Forum May 23 DMA’S Shebeen May 23 FRENZAL RHOMB Corner Hotel May 23 KINGSWOOD The Hi-Fi May 24 THINGS OF STONE AND WOOD Northcote Social Club May 24, 25, 26 CHERRY ROCK Cherry Bar May 25 THE WAIFS 170 Russell May 27 DEAD LETTER CIRCUS Village Green May 29 BRITISH INDIA The John Curtain Hotel May 29 SUN GOD REPLICA Old Bar May 30 EMMA RUSSACK Boney May 30 TWIN HAUS The Tote May 30  MY ECHO The Espy May 30 EAGLE AND THE WORM Shebeen Bandroom May 30 TWIN HAUS The Tote May 30 VANCOUVER SLEEP CLINIC Shebeen May 31 ROBIN HITCHCOCK Northcote Social Club May 31 BAD//DREEMS Record Paradise May 31  PRESENTATION NIGHT WITH CAMERON LING & PAUL DEMPSEY Corner Hotel June 4 TWIN BEASTS Corner Hotel June 6 THE BENNIES Ding Dong Lounge June 6 JOSH PYKE Montrose Town Centre June 6  YEO Northcote Social Club June 6 ALLDAY Ding Dong Lounge June 7 JOSH PYKE Healesville June 7 WAGONS The Hi-Fi June 7 QUEENS BIRTHDAY AT HOWLER H owler June 8 DAVE GRANEY The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine June 12 C.W STONEKING St Michael’s Uniting Church June 13 HARD ONS Corner Hotel June 14 JOELISTICS Workers Club June 14  ARCHER Workers Club June 15

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LEAPS AND BOUNDS 2014- Covers 40 traditional venues from the Corner Hotel to Longplay, Over the City of Yarra July 4, 20 THE BRONX 170 Russell June 17 SOMETHING FOR KATE The Forum July 18 NEW EMPIRE Northcote Social Club June 19 GRAVEYARD TRAIN 170 Russell June 20 MORGAN EVANS Revolver June 20 NORTHEAST PARTY HOUSE Corner Hotel June 21  ARCHER Workers Club June 22 2014 RECLINK COMMUNITY CUP Elsternwick Park June 22 DARK MOFO 2014 June 12, 22 KEITH URBAN Rod Laver Arena June 25 MELANIE SAFKA Melbourne Recital Centre June 26 THE PAPER KITES Athenaeum Theatre June 27  THE CAIROS Ding Dong Lounge June 28  ARCHER Workers Club June 29 LITTLE BASTARD Northcote Social Club July 4 VIOLENT SOHO The Hi-Fi July 5 SASKWATCH Corner Hotel July 5 REMI The Corner Hotel July 11 BIG SCARY Ormond Hall July 11 DAVE GRANEY Deans Martian Cafe, Lorne July 12 DAN SULTAN The Forum July 17 THE BEARDS 170 Russell July 18 TIM FREEDMAN the Arts Centre July 18 SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay July 25 - July 27 DAVE GRANEY Toff In Town July 26. BODYJAR The Corner Hotel August 9. POISON CITY WEEKENDER 2014 Corner Hotel August 22 POISON CITY WEEKENDER 2014 The John Curtin and The Public Bar Hotel August 23 POISON CITY WEEKENDER 2014 The Reverence Hotel August 24 THE ASTON SHUFFLE Corner Hotel September 5 TINA ARENA Palais Theatre September 17

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ROYAL BLOOD By Augustus Welby

Over the past few years, the two-piece guitar-and-drums combination has become a dominant force in main stage rock. While certain critics denounce it as a limiting format, a significant number of two-piece acts have managed to carve out their own niche. Right now, hard-rocking UK upstarts Royal Blood are etching an especial imprint into the two-piece canvas. The burly pair merges with such voluminous effect that many listeners are incredulous to discover it’s the work of a duo. Still, the dyadic set-up is enough to prompt miscued comparisons to The Black Keys and The White Stripes. “We get it a lot, mainly because we’re a two-piece,” says the band’s drumming powerhouse, Ben Thatcher. “I’m a huge fan of both The Black Keys and The White Stripes, and a lot of other two-pieces, so it really doesn’t bother me. What I would say is that we get compared to them a lot quicker than we do to bands with more people in them.” Despite Thatcher’s easygoing perspective, there are a few essential components that distinguish Royal Blood. Firstly, rather than the conventional six-string electric, vocalist Mike Kerr wields a meanly distorted bass guitar. Secondly, and more importantly, with a focus on stern riffing and soaring vocals Royal Blood edge closer to the likes of Soundgarden or Black Sabbath than the aforementioned two-piece megastars.   “We’re massive Queens of the Stone Age fans and big fans of Nirvana and Led Zeppelin,” says Thatcher. “Dave Grohl’s drumming [is an influence] for me, and Foo Fighters. And a lot of Jack White’s other projects like The Dead Weather and The Raconteurs we’re really into.”   Stylistic specifications aside, Royal Blood’s handful of released tracks have already generated considerable buzz. It was only last September that the Brighton duo’s first single Out of the Black surfaced online, but by the end of the year the song’s thunderous impact was enough to land them on the BBC’s Sound of 2014 hotlist, as well as garnering a recommendation from Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders. Follow-up singles Little Monster and Come on Over certainly haven’t failed to buoy the hype. All three tracks are set to appear on the band’s hotly anticipated (and recently completed) debut full-length, which is due for release in the second half of 2014. Royal Blood’s growing profile suggests that a masterfully wrought plan preceded the band’s launch. However, the rapid ascent isn’t the product of major label manoeuvering. In fact, all of their releases thus far have come out through indie imprint Black Mammoth Records. “It came out of good fortune really,” Thatcher says. “Along the way we’ve picked up an incredible team of people who work with us now – incredible management and a label who are great with us. We’ve formed this great team of people who get the music and get Mike and myself and understand us and what we want to try and write and try to do.” Indeed, even though Royal Blood emerged into the public sphere sounding like a fully formed entity, Kerr and Thatcher had fairly modest objectives at the band’s inception. “We set out to have fun to just play music together and BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 28

have a good time. When we were making the [first] songs, we were making it for ourselves. We didn’t have any fans back then, so when we were done we only had our friends to show. They thought it was cool, I guess, but they didn’t give us much of a huge reaction. It was only when we released it that it got a bit more wild than we thought [it would]. It’s an absolute privilege to have other people interested and downloading it and listening on YouTube or whatever. It’s mind-blowing for us and we’re still just so excited about all that happening.”  

“EVERYTHING THAT WE RECORDED IS STUFF THAT WE’RE DOING LIVE... WE’RE QUITE PASSIONATE ABOUT KEEPING IT LIKE THAT AND HAVING RAW TRACKING, INSTEAD OF PUTTING LOOPS IN OR TRIGGERS. WE WANT IT TO SOUND AS RAW AS POSSIBLE, REALLY.” Meanwhile, the duo’s entrance into the live arena has been anything but tentative. At the South by SouthWest music conference in Austin, Texas last month, Royal Blood garnered masses of praise from critics and fellow artists for a stack of roof-raising performances. Then, immediately after the US jaunt, the band hopped on the NME tour through the UK alongside Interpol and Temples. In fact, since launching Out of the Black there’s hardly been any gaps in the gig schedule. Thus, it’s a wonder they’ve managed to get the album finished.   “We started recording it in January last year,” Thatcher explains. “We’ve been writing four or five songs and going into the studio and recording them, and then writing another four or five songs. We kept on doing that for the whole of last year.   “Our sound was still developing at the start of the year. Obviously, playing live has changed it. We had some songs that we recorded early on that we’ve re-done to make them a little more up-to-date with what we’re doing now. There was no specific plan to make an album. Over the year we’ve kind of tricked ourselves into writing an album.”  

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Royal Blood’s formidable on-record presence incites speculation that they employ the use of studio synthetics to beef up the sound. Conversely, Thatcher explains their preference for keeping the recordings as unvarnished as possible. “Everything that we recorded is stuff that we’re doing live,” he says. “We wanted it to sound as live as we could. The guitar sounds and stuff are all coming from Mike’s one bass and I’m doing all the drum bits. We’re quite passionate about keeping it like that and having raw tracking, instead of putting loops in or triggers. We want it to sound as raw as possible, really.”  Australian audiences get an opportunity to experience the duo’s raw power when they come down for a brief tour at the end of next month. Now, this is the band’s first official visit to our shores, but it isn’t actually Australia’s first mention in the Royal Blood narrative. A couple of years back Kerr spent six months meandering around the country, which is when the spark for the project ignited.   “He started writing some of the songs out there, some of the original ideas,” Thatcher explains. “He was just getting his feet on the ground out there and trying to create something for himself. But things didn’t really work out for him.”    A selfish instinct wants to posit that Kerr’s time here is grounds enough to nominate the band as honorary Aussies. However, Royal Blood are most certainly a dually dependent beast and things really surged into life upon Kerr’s return to Brighton.   “He came back to England and I picked him up from the airport and we started it from there, really,” Thatcher recalls. “We actually played a small gig the day after he got back from Australia. He had written structures for a few songs and we had a rehearsal together and played in a little club the next day.” Brighton is something of a mini music metropolis. In addition to hosting the UK’s biggest new music showcase, The Great Escape, each year, the seaside city is generally crawling with talented musicians. “There’s a great little scene down here,” Thatcher says, “and all the bands get on and they all rehearse in this one studio. It’s not really competitive. There’s a bit of a club scene and then there’s more of the rock bands and punk bands and ska bands. They all have these little pockets of people who know each other and hang out with each other. It’s just good to have a lot of music and a lots venues to express that in.” Meanwhile, Royal Blood won’t be spending too much time in their hometown in the coming months. The calendar for the northern summer is already comprehensively filled with a number of UK and European festival appearances, as well as a run of arena-sized support gigs with Arctic Monkeys and Tame Impala. Then, of course, there’s that debut album to release. Yes, the ride is truly just beginning for rock’s newest two-piece sensation and Thatcher looks ahead with cheerful ambivalence.   “It probably will freak me out. I haven’t really thought about it. I know it’s going to be a lot of fun and we’re going to play a lot of good shows. I’m really looking forward to being out in Australia with you guys.”

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THIS WEEK: ON SCREEN A Clockwork Orange is Stanley Kubrick’s visionary study of violence. A charismatic young man who leads a pack of ‘Droogs’ is used in a manipulative government experimental aversion therapy program where, as a by-product of the treatment, he is stripped of the ability to think for himself. Still packs a powerful punch after 41 years. Kubrick’s Vietnam drama Full Metal Jacket is told in two parts; the boot camp and the war itself. Where Apocalypse Now focused on the insanity of the battlefield, Jacket explores the personal motivations of its young characters and the mental and physical breakdown endured during their training. Coupled with R-Lee Emery’s frighteningly real performance as the raving drill sergeant (he was a real-life drill sergeant), Full Metal Jacket is undeniably powerful and compelling viewing. Both screen at the Astor on Saturday May 10.

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

ON STAGE 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. 

ON DISPL AY Auguste Clown Gallery is set to present an international showcase by California based artist, Gustavo Rimada. Proudly reflecting on his Mexican heritage, Gustavo combines old-school tattoo design with vintage glamour and Mexican folk art to create a distinctive style which has captured the attention of art and tattoo lovers worldwide. Having spent his childhood growing up in Mexico, Gustavo was always said to have a pencil in his hand and found great inspiration from the culture around him. After studying computer animation and spending some time in the army, Gustavo found himself inevitably drawn back to his true passion: art. Working in a tattoo shop opened up new possibilities for Gustavo as he developed his love of tattoo design and his artistic career. Auguste Clown Gallery will host their Gustavo Rimada showcase from Friday May 9.

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Written by one of Australia’s leading literary figures Patrick White, Night on Bald Mountain is considered the first Australian tragedy and is a devastating exploration of personality and power. Featuring a clutch of outsiders thrust together on a lonely and isolated mountain – invalid, nurse, husband, goat-herder, housekeeper and academic – Night on Bald Mountain explores how quickly the frailties of the human spirit can be brought to the fore. As the pressures of personality and environment increase amongst this small group of misfits, the flaws of human nature are unleashed to become forces beyond control. It opens at the Malthouse Theatre on Thursday May 8.

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LET’S GET IT ON: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF MARVIN GAYE

and the writer… It’s a heightened experience; it’s cool to see.” One happy aspect of the show is the way she and la Bonté sing so well together. “Sometimes when you sing with people it’s a long time till your voices mesh together and sometimes it doesn’t happen. But we fell into place; we’re in sync.” Marvin Gaye

By Liza Dezfouli After posting herself on YouTube doing an interpretation of her long-time hero Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing, Jude Perl was talent-spotted and headhunted by the producers of a show about the man himself, Let’s Get It On: The Life and Music of Marvin Gaye. “It’s very cool,” says Perl, who’s a singer, songwriter and pianist/keyboardist as well as a stand-up comic. “I put up a silly comedic version of me doing Sexual Healing and it happened naturally from there. You hear people say that they put up videos and stuff happens. I was like, ‘sure, sure, whatever.’ It’s really exciting. It’s happened at a good time for me,” she adds. “Last year I started to do more stand-up comedy, more theatrical stuff; this show is a lot more of what I’ve been focussing on. I’ve always loved musical theatre and I wanted to get involved. It’s not a musical exactly, but it’s exactly what I want to be doing.” This very lucky break has led to Perl performing on stage with acclaimed Melbourne singer/actor Bert la Bonté – between the two of them they bring Gaye’s story to the stage in a celebration of his life and music. The Prince of Motown/Prince of Soul has long been an inspiration to Perl; she discovered Gaye’s music when she was in high school. “It sounds corny but I actually love all his songs,” she says. “It’s going to be a really, really good show; if you’re a fan of Marvin Gaye or a fan of soul then it’s a really special show with some of Australia’s best soul musicians. It’s a really great band, it’s unbelievable. Everyone’s a big Marvin Gaye fan.” If you push Perl to name a favourite Gaye song, she admits to Sexual Healing. “I love the tone of voice in this song, his expression. I love the way he sings. He’s been such an influence,” she notes. “Michael Jackson, Prince… Perl admits that he’s been a big influence on her own work. “Especially his later stuff; that has been a really big influence.” Perl was born in Texas but now calls Melbourne home. She’s been playing piano since the age of seven and is making a name for herself around Melbourne through her remarkable vocal abilities, her original songs and with her own brand of musical comedy. In Let’s Get It On Perl will cover the female charac-

ters in Gaye’s life; there’s not one role as such; there are several, most notably Diana Ross, and Gaye’s close friend and collaborator Tammy Terrell who died tragically young of a brain tumour at 24, the same age Perl is now. “Bert and I are both narrating the story,” Perl explains. “We do duets, and a few other songs of Tammy Terrell that weren’t duets.” Perl says she feels a connection with Terrell. “It’s interesting, they were good friends; it was never anything sexual but they really loved each other. She’s got a sad story, she died really young. It’s so tragic and hard to believe. So I feel her part more strongly because she was my age when she died.” Performing in Let’s Get It On is a departure from what Perl usually does on stage, both in her musical performance and stand-up comedy. Beat asked Perl what challenges she faced in preparing for the show. “There’s a lot of acting stuff that I haven’t done since high school,” she answers. “It’s a new thing for me; it’s not my forte. I’m a singer/songwriter and I can remember lyrics a lot easier than I can remember lines. It’s really interesting being in a show like this,” she continues. “I’m used to performing all the time; talking to an audience isn’t new. It’s interesting to see how a show comes together, being in the room with the director

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Perl says that preparing for Let’s Get It On has made her aware of how she performs normally and what is expected of her on stage now. “You have to change how you do things. The differences are in the way you move, how you hold yourself, how you speak; it’s exciting. “I perform my original stuff and I embrace my awkwardness,” she explains. “I magnify it. It’s a big part of my music. I used to think I should try and not be awkward but that didn’t work. Now I talk about what goes through my head. I don’t have a filter. I want my performances to be like a big lounge room where we’re just hanging out. I’m a piano player and I talk about what I feel like when I perform. I’m embracing the fact that awkwardness is part of my identity. I wonder, can you still be sexy when you’re saying awkward things? It’s weird and funny, you think no-one else is like that, that no-one else is doing it, but then you hear that everyone is like that.” Catch Let’s Get It On: The Life and Music of Marvin Gaye at The Clocktower, Moonee Ponds from Friday May 9 Sunday May 11 and then at the Athenaeum Theatre from Tuesday May 13 to Sunday May 25.


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Tonight one of the Public Bar favourites Dave Thornton returns to the sticky stage in the back room. The new host of Fox Breakfast never fails to kill it every time he visits. Along with Thorno are Melbourne favs like The Nelson Twins, Jonathan Schuster, Liam Ryan, Lou Sanz and Xander Allen.  Miss Katie’s Crab Shack is open before the show in the front bar and is beyond delicious. Tuck in.  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.

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OZ COMIC CON

The countdown to Melbourne’s Oz Comic Con has officially started with the announcement of the 2014 lineup. It’s all about the heroines, hunks and handymen this year. Headlining the event is Hollywood sci-fi royalty Veronica Cartwright (Alien, The Witches of Eastwick), Tom Skerritt (Alien, Picket Fences, Top Gun) and Richard Dean Anderson, known for bringing to life the gadget building and wielding title character on the iconic TV series Macgyver and the wisecracking Jack O’Neil on the long-running sci-fi show Stargate SG-1.Other celebrity guests announced so far include TV heartthrob Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie) and talented twins Shawn and Aaron Ashmore. Shawn is well-known for his part in the TV series The Following and for playing mutant superhero Iceman in the X-Men series of films, including upcoming blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past, while Aaron is most recognised for roles in cult-hit TV shows such as Warehouse 13, Smallville and Veronica Mars. Also on board for the Melbourne event is Jim Cummings, the man who gives voice to the legendary animated characters Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, plus a huge lineup of comic book artists who have illustrated such comic books as DC’s Earth 2 and Birds of Prey (Nicola Scott), IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ghostbusters (Tristan Jones) and Marvel’s X-Factor and Thunderbolts, along with DC’s Injustice: Gods Among Us (David Yardin). Oz Comic Con Melbourne will be held at the Royal Exhibition Building on Saturday July 5 and Sunday July 6.

Melbourne Festival, Arts Victoria and Yarra Trams are now accepting applications for the 2014 Melbourne Art Trams. Melbourne Art Trams 2014 is on the hunt for eight new Victorian artists to transform trams into dynamic public artworks that will be travelled on by 1.8 million people. Victorian professional artists and current tertiary art and design students are encouraged to submit their artworks to the program. For more information visit melbournefestival.com.au/trams. See more at: http://www.beat.com.au/arts/2014-melbourne-art-trams-applications-open#sthash.RqqR3qJO.dpuf

It’s Comedy At Spleen’s massive sixth birthday show. Yes, the legendary comedy gig has been going six years. And to celebrate, they’re rolling out another legendary surprise lineup of Melbourne’s favorite comedians. Come celebrate one of the best comedy rooms in Melbourne. It’s this Monday May 12, 41 Bourke St in the city at 8.30pm. It may be free, but they appreciate a good gold coin donation at the door. 

FIVE BOROUGHS COMEDY Luke McGregor headlines Five Boroughs Comedy this Thursday. After another full house last week, the fastest-rising comedian in the country hits 5B. You’ve seen Luke on It’s A Date, Spicks and Specks, The Project and heaps more. Plus there’s Danny McGinlay, Peter Jones and more, plus a special guest. It’s all happening this Thursday May 8 at 8.30pm at Five Boroughs Comedy, 68 Hardware Lane, all for only $12.

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Chunky Move have announced the world premiere of their latest and greatest new work, It Cannot Be Stopped. Featuring three of Australia’s rising creative talents, the show will showcase their works across three separate spaces. Atlanta Eke will perform Fountain, her philosophical exploration of the ageing body, the passing of time and its relationship with memory. Benjamin Hancock will present Princess, a personal work examining the role of dynasts and the building of empires. Rounding out the performances will be Paea Leach and the lines of birds, a choreographic investigation for three dancers and scored live by sound musicians Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey. It Cannot Be Stopped will run from Friday June 20 to Saturday June 29 at Chunky Move Studios.

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ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL

Now in its 31st year, the St Kilda Film Festival has revealed the program for its 2014 incarnation. Held at the Palais and Astor Theatres, the 10-day event will feature Australia’s Top 100 short films, music videos, archival screenings, youth programs, filmmaker development forums as well as an international showcase. Some of the highlights from this year’s Top 100 include Two Player Game, an animated film featuring the voice of Scarlett Johansson and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Godel, Incomplete, a time-travel love story starring Elizabeth Debecki and directed by Martha Goddard; and I Want You, Via Bianca’s directorial debut depicting a relationship that unfolds on a computer screen. Australia’s oldest and largest short film festival will go down from Thursday May 22 to Saturday May 31.

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To celebrate 60 years of producing theatre in the Strathmore/Essendon area, Strathmore Theatrical Arts Group are reviving some of their earliest productions. The second production in their revival season is Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park which they originally produced in 1973. Barefoot in the Park follows the lives of newly-weds Paul and Corie Bratter as they adjust to married life in a tiny Greenwich Village apartment. Paul is a buttoned-down straight–arrow lawyer who’s wound up a little too tight, while Corie is an effervescent free spirit who won’t let anything disturb her romantic bliss. Aside from the five flight climb and the hole in their skylight, the Bratters must also contend with eccentric upstairs neighbour Victor Velasco, who must go through their apartment to get to his. Corie’s plot to get her mother together with Mr. Velasco goes awry and even casts doubt on the viability of the Bratter’s new marriage, as Corie tries unsuccessfully to loosen Paul up. STAG presents Barefoot in the Park at STAG Theatre, Strathmore Community Centre, from Thursday May 22.

THE PRICE I$ RIGHT THE EMPIRE STRIPS BACK A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there was man called Russall S. Beattie, who thought that the Star Wars franchise needed some stripping back. Literally. So begun the Star Wars Burlesque company, who will take back the Palais this June with The Empire Strips Back. Star Wars Burlesque debuted in 2011. Since then, it escalated quickly from a small stage show to performances that catered for over 20,000 people. Due to this high demand, Beattie thought it was time to

The Melbourne Fringe Festival is on the hunt for artists to bring their talent to the 2014 program. Entering its 32nd year, the festival presents a diverse array of artwork from both emerging and established artists. Whether you’re in theatre, comedy, dance, circus, music, cabaret, visual art, live art, digital or video art, the festival has a place for you. Artists wishing to participate can register at the 2014 Melbourne Fringe website from Friday May 2 to Friday May 23. The 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival will run from Wednesday September 17 to Sunday October 5 in venues across Melbourne and Victoria.

This Wednesday May 7 at the Portland Hotel in the city, and Friday May 9 at the Hawthorn Hotel, LOL Comedy are presenting the rapid fire joke machine that is Doug Chappel. Never failing to impress, he’s spent years honing his craft to make you laugh. Hard. The lackadaisically brilliant Geraldine Hickey will be performing MC duties, and is also appearing at the Local in Port Melbourne on Tuesday May 13 with everyone’s favourite English import Jeff Green. Who also never fails. At comedy. Which is very handy. Be there. Or don’t. All tickets $10. All shows start 8pm sharp. Tickets from: lolcomedy.com.au.

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Award-winning circus company Circa have announced they will be premiering their new show, S in Melbourne this May. Based on the 19th letter of the English Alphabet,  S  fuses group acrobatics with intimate emotions. Artistic Director Yaron Lifschitz was inspired to create an abstract work of power and joy – inspired by the curves, symmetries and plurality that are all attributes of this one letter. On a floating white diamond stage, seven acrobats bend, fly, contort and hang – sometimes alone, and others in a tangle of bodies. Dramatic acrobatics, athletic aerial acts and powerful solos are all infused with raw immediacy and beauty. S features the Helpmann Award-winning Circa ensemble with the intoxicating music of the Kronos Quartet, and will tour Metropolitan Melbourne for two weeks next month including Frankston Arts Centre, Gasworks Arts Park and Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre. Darebin Arts’ Speakeasy presents Circa’s S at the Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre, Preston from Tuesday May 27.

refresh Star Wars Burlesque; hence, last year the creator destroyed all props and costumes with the intention to create a brand-new show, which became The Empire Strips Back: A Star Wars Burlesque Parody. Unlike Star Wars Burlesque, this show will exceed expectations with a full-size remote-controlled R2-D2 and custom-made props and outfits that will bring the franchise’s favourite CGI and puppet characters to life. The Empire Strips Back will be performed at the Palais Theatre on Friday June 20. We have some double pass to give away. HEAD TO BEAT.COM.AU TO WIN.

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LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

The London Symphony Orchestra will come to Australia later this year. Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading orchestras, the London Symphony Orchestra has become one of the most extensively touring and recorded orchestras in the world. The LSO will perform pieces from great Russian composers Prokofiev, Stravinski, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich. The tour will mark the orchestra’s first visit to Australia in more than 30 years. Catch the London Symphony Orchestra on Friday November 28 at Hamer Hall.


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Michael Delany possesses a rare power in the clubbing world - the power to create a nightclub aesthetic so complete that it bathes a venue in a haze of awesomeness. For the last 13 years he has been at the forefront of almost everything interesting that has been happened in Melbourne’s club scene. This began with the establishment of Honkytonks in 2001, and most recently Power Station that began its Saturday night residency at the Colonial Hotel earlier this year. “You enter the club off King St. We have a neon sign there that advertises our name,” he notes. “We start the evening in the Garden Bar that we have renovated then we open the main room and then at 2am we get the mezzanine going. That’s where people like Post Percy will play until we close the main rooms and then go until 7am in the garden bar.” Delany was voted 10th Most Influential Person in Australian

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Hospitality in 2009 and 5th Most Influential Person in Australian Hospitality in 2011 by Bartender Magazine – it’s Delany’s lack of pretension and welcoming door policy that makes his nights so successful. His paramount focus is creating an environment that people feel comfortable in to lose their minds. Delany the design doyen now gives us a step by step appraisal of his redesign of the garden bar. “We have cleaned it up a lot – put a garden in there, a circular seat that doubles up as a podium – there’s a big LED ball hanging from the roof and we got rid of the rave decorations and the old messy cables that were there – we painted it and put up in some sexy art. We made it look a bit like a barn,” he pauses to consider the aesthetic further then adds, “a jungle barn.” While important, the aesthetic of a club only works if it has the right

Power Station takes place every Saturday at 240 King St from 10pm to 7am. Visit powerstationclub.com.au or email speak@powerstationclub.com.au for more information.

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music being pumped out the speakers. Delany and Power Station music director Kris Baha have brought a refined and very deliberate approach to this club’s music policy, Delany explains. “After Survivor! [Delany’s previous night] which was pretty full-tilt techno raves that could get quite heavy that was quite adrenalin based, with Power Station we wanted to gear it towards something that was a bit more house. A lot of the punters that moved across with us their tastes have grown so we needed to sophisticate ourselves. The DJs are playing slightly longer sets, like Simon Caldwell who is going to come down and play all night in the main room so we can remind people that there is something special about a great DJ – the journey they take you on. It’s not just about getting a bunch of kids to blast out one hour of high energy adrenalin music,” explains Delany . Power Station’s residents include Elliot Demarco, who starts the night in the main room often along with fellow party starter Josh Collis. Aram Chabdjian, who Delany first booked at Honkytonks, is one of the main room stars who Delany believes is one of the deepest house DJs in Melbourne. Club scene regulars and certified dance legends Sunshine and Spacey Space play at Power Station once a month. However, it’s Power Station music director Baha that Delany saves his greatest praise for. “Kris Baha of course is the best in the biz. I became friends with him when those guys [Baha and other Power Station director Daniel Bahoudian] would come down to Sorry Grandma from Aftrdrk. He’s a bit of a quiet achiever and it’s just got to a point where as a DJ his talent took over and it was time for him to accept that he is a really good DJ and start playing main sets – he understands sonics and moods – he could play 9 o’clock at night or 5 in the morning and read it well.” Another very special resident at Power Station whose sets are whispered about in hushed tonesis Bongmist. Delany talks about this enigmatic selector who has been dominating the Garden Bar. “In the Garden Bar I have been known to rip out a set. Bongmist [Delany’s DJ nom de plume] is getting his career back on track,” speaks Delany warmly of himself in the third person. He know discloses how he integrates 25 years of DJing into a set. “I’m playing a lot of stuff that over my 25 years of DJing has meant something to me. Some stuff I may have heard yesterday or it may be something that my mum played me. One of my favourite tracks at the moment would be World Hold On,” Delany begins to chuckle as he mentions the Bob Sinclair classic.

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earthcore Earthcore has begun gearing up for next summer’s festivities, and in case you missed it, they’ve announced a gargantuan first round of international guests for their 21st incarnation. 1200 Mics, Da Vinci Code, Victor Ruiz, Day Din, Behind Blue Eyes, Zentura, GMS, Blue Planet Corporation, Asura, Zen Mechanics, Ticon, Shpongle (DJ Set), Tripswitch, Chicago, Lucas, Dnox & Beckers, Gaudi, Klopfgeister, Fishimself, Bliss, Vibe Tribe, Ace Ventura, Audiotec, Hux Flux, Ritmo, Raja Ram, John ‘OO’ Fleming, Exosomatika, and Liquid Soul rounded out the initial lineup. Earthcore will go down from Thursday November 27 to Monday December 1 in Pyalong, Victoria.

Nicky Siano is a name synonymous with disco and Studio 54, a man who is a pioneer and someone your mum would get giddy over. See, before Paradise Garage and Studio 54 there was the Gallery, considered to be one of the first real discos in New York. The Gallery was opened by Siano when he was only 17 years old and went on to kick off the careers for the likes of Larry Levan and Frankie Knuckles. Inspiring a generation of club owners, dancers, DJs and being the pioneering force behind techniques including layering accapellas, mixing records as well as developing early prototypes of crossover systems and bass horns for club use, it’s any guess where the state of DJing could be without the Gallery. Catch him at The Toff on Saturday June 7.

the operatives The Operatives have locked in a huge lineup for their 10th birthday and you’re invited. The event will feature performances from Koreless, Sinjin Hawke, Stwo Sango, Mark Pritchard, Steve Spacek, Sampology, Pomo, JPS, S I L E N T J A Y, ABLE8, Lady Banton, friendships, Sean Deans, Amin Payne, Hans-DC, The Phantom, Sun Fugitive, Nam, Float and Hansdown. Head down to Revolt on Sunday June 8.

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bok bok and l-vis 1990 andhim There is something about the duo who coined the term ‘super house’, which has become its very own genre built from soul and passion. Andhim’s unique sound, party proven and of reduced nature, is organic with an emphasis in the finer detail. Make sure to head down to Brown Alley on Friday June 6.

Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990 are ready to set Brown Alley alight this June. At the forefront of electronic music, the two have managed to fuse house, grime, bass and techno to create an unprecedented sound that hits all the right spots. Night Slugs, founded in early 2008, was inspired by experimental club music from around the globe and it led the duo to start a club night dedicated to a new unique sound in South London. Make sure to head down to Brown Alley on Friday June 6.

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gareth emery Gareth Emery will hit our shores this July for a five-city tour hot off the release of his first studio album in four years, Drive. The producer behind trance staples Concrete Angel and Sanctuary will make his return to Australia after hitting Stereosonic’s stages last year. Gareth Emery will hit 170 Russell on Friday July 11.

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suduaya wo rd s / rk Louis-David Roquefere is on the line from Canada where he has just completed a recent gig. “It was a lovely crowd for a down-tempo psychedelic event,” he says. “It’s one of the many gigs I’m playing this year and I’m spending almost a week at a time in a different country, so I have to say the experience has been great.” No less, his path into music was somewhat inevitable. His mother was a musician and a painter and as such, it was something that immediately engaged him. “It started early for me musically,” he chimes. “I started to play the violin at five years old and then later, the guitar at 13. Electronic music came up at 17, when I was still full-on into heavy metal and dub.” So despite being born and growing up in France, he admits he’s never really played much in the country. “I actually started playing in Eastern Europe mostly,” he explains. “Countries like Austria, Croatia, Serbia and Hungary. The psy scene is coming back slowly in France and regardless, it has never been as strong as it may have been in some other European countries,” he says. Studio-wise, the man is already an accomplished producer and artist. He has already completed two full-length LPs on Altar Records since 2011 as well as having released a few tracks on different compilations. These include Iono, Ovnimoon, BMSS and Digital Om. “Right now I’m planning on commencing work on a new album after the European summer tour. From that, of course a few tracks will come up as well, that are both down-tempo and progressive psytrance.” In turn, these two movements – genres if you will – are his great loves. “I have kept the name the same for the two projects,” he explains. “This is because they are both strongly connected to who I am 100%. Musically, they express the same things but in slightly different ways.

I like to focus my energy on sharing happiness, love and freedom. For me, the down-tempo is connected to the ‘water’ part and the progressive psy to my ‘fire’ part - both sides of my astrological signs.” Having worked on a number of different musical styles before – the chap has had an electro/hip hop band as well as dabbled in heavy metal and reggae – he adds that he still loves playing guitar on soul and funk songs. “I do like to play guitar on my down-tempo sets as well,” he adds. “Also, I like to play around with effects on the sounds with the computer.” In between all of that too, he enjoys travelling, listening to new languages, and discovering new places and meeting new people. Louis will make his Australian debut later this year which will see him play at Fourcolours, where he will be doing a world premier live performance with the vocalist Irina Mikhailova. “[I’m] hopeful that people will come and share the good vibes through the music,” he shares in excitement. Not an unreasonable assumption, either.

Catch Suduaya at Four Colours 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 11at Revoilt Artspace. Visit fourcolours.com.au for more details. facebook.com/suduayalive

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five things with tom piper 1. Growing Up I remember telling my dad that I wanted Michael Jackson’s Bad on tape but he was like, ‘No no, you should definitely get it on vinyl, it will last so much longer.’ Oh how right he was [laughs]. My parents weren’t really musical, but they loved music and supported me though all my instrument-learning vibes and such. 2. Inspirations When I started really getting into music it was a mix of punk, hip hop and rave… Frenzal Rhomb, The Offspring, Wu-Tang and Dutch hardcore. Not sure if they all really shine through in what I do now, but definitely all inspirations. I remember the first time my next-door neighbour showed me Frenzal Rhomb’s Coughing Up A Storm; back then you couldn’t burn music, so I borrowed his CD for ages, then went to Red Eye and copped it. 3. Your Crew [I’ve got] so many mates that I work with, probably too many to go deep without writing a novel. The scene here in Australia is all pretty close so we are all one big crew, sounds wack but it’s pretty true – well, a lot of us are all really good friends. I’m full-time music vibes at the moment, but also run a few things on the side.

4. The Music You Make I play and make all different kinds of music, I always have, but I guess it’s always pretty much based around club action and the dance floor. If you look through my discography, it’s pretty fucking random and I’m always trying new things – I guess ‘big basslines and lots of vibe’ is a good summary of my sound. A lot of people would probably say I’m an electro house producer, and to some degree that’s true if you don’t know all my vibes… but I don’t see myself as that at all. 5. Music, Right Here, Right Now I think the scene is pretty healthy at the moment; there’s lots of good music coming from Australia and plenty of shows and parties happening all over. Sure, there are definitely some things going on that are pretty wack too, but in all I think we’re pretty all G! It’s very possible to make what you want, release your own music and get out there and play it.

Electro House Sessions 7, mixed by Tom Piper and Dave Winnel, is out now through Ministry of Sound. facebook.com/djtompiper

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club guide wednesday may 7 BLOW OUT - FEAT: GET BUSY + MAT CANT + SAMMY THE BULLET Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $0.00. CURIOUS TALES - FEAT: DJ WHO + TIGERFUNK + TOM SHOWTIME + FLAGRANT Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $0.00. THE DINNER SET - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. $0.00.

thursday may 8 FORCES + MILES BROWN + CALE SEXTON + DJ KITI + PWD Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 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: LA POCOCK + DANNY HOTEP + SALMON BARREL Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $0.00. SUPER MAGIC HATS (SINGLE LAUNCH) + BRITE FIGHT + JP KLIPSPRINGER Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10.00. 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 9 #MASHTAG - FEAT: MALPRACTICE + AGENT 86 + BENZO + ANDRE LE VOGUE + SILVERFOX + AHAB + OLLIE Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $0.00. DJ NAM + M PHAZES + B-TWO Penny Black, Brunswick. 7:00pm. $0.00. DJ RATBAG Sporting Club Hotel, Brunswick. 8:30pm. $0.00. EAT DRINK PLAY The Emerson, South Yarra. 9:00pm. $15.00. FAKE TITS - FEAT: BOOGS + SPACEY SPACE + SUNSHINE + MIKE METRO + HEY SAM + AZMAC Tramp, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $15.00. FUNHOUSE FRIDAYS Rubix Warehouse, Brunswick. 7:00pm. $0.00. GET LIT - FEAT: D’FRO + HANS DC + TWERKSHOP MELBOURNE Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $0.00. GHETTO BOOGIE - FEAT: J SMITH & BENNY BADGE Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $0.00. LA DANSE MACABRE Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. $0.00. LUCK TRUCK FRIDAYS UPSTAIRS - FEAT:

99 PRBLMZ Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9:00pm. $0.00. PANORAMA FRIDAYS UPSTAIRS - 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. REFLECTIONS - FEAT: FRIENDSHIPS + CARNIVALS + INDIAN ARROWS + WABZ + NUTRITION Alia Arthouse, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. $10.00. REVOLVER FRIDAYS - FEAT: MIKE CALLANDER + LEWIE DAY + KATIE DROVER + ARAM & WHO Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. $0.00. THE DISCO Onesixone, Prahran. 9:00pm. $25.00. THRIFTWORKS Brown Alley, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $20.00.

saturday may 10 ANYWAY + ZAC WATERS Palace Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $25.00. DEEP SPACE - FEAT: CRAIG MCWHINNEY + ADRIAN BELL + PWD + CHIARA KICKDRUM + JUXTPOSE Loop, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $0.00. EGYPTIAN LOVER + JULIEN LOVE + DJ J RED + MIKE HUNT + C:1 Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $0.00. 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 + GRAYSKULL + KELTEC + MYLES MAC + PETER BAKER + REV. THORN + SAM MCEWIN + SHANE COPAL + TOM EVANS Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 6:00pm. $0.00. MAMA SAID - FEAT: MOODMACHINE + ALEX ANDERSON + JACOB MALMO + OLIVER JAMES + DANIEL TARDREW + LIAM WALLER + MATT KOVIC Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 1:00am. $0.00. NO NAME NATH + MZ RIZK + DJ OBLIVEUS Penny Black, Brunswick. 7:00pm. $0.00. ONESIXONE SATURDAYS Onesixone, Prahran. 9:00pm. $15.00. RAZZMATAZZ INDIE DISCOTHEQUE FEAT: CAITY K & TED C Exford Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $5.00. RESPECT Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 9:00pm. $20.00. SPACEY SPACE - FEAT: ANYO + TOMNTYS + RIMMY + JAMES OMERTA + MADELEINE + TRAVLOS + PETE LASKIS + HANDSDOWN + ZAC DEPETRO + JOHNNY CANIK + HEATH RENATA + T-WHITE + NUNNY Tramp, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $10.00. SUPER GRANDE - FEAT: MOONSHINE + DAVID SPACE Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm. $10.00. TEXTILE SATURDAYS - FEAT: D’FRO + BENNY B-TWO + FLAGRANT + PETER

BAKER + CLANCEY + CHIEF Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9:00pm. $0.00. THE HOUSE DEFROST - FEAT: ANDEE FROST Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm. $0.00. THE LATE SHOW - FEAT: HYSTERIC + MISTY NIGHTS DJS + EDD FISHER + MOONSHINE + WHO + ARKS & BOOGS + RANSOM + NICK THAYER + MAT CANT Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. $0.00. WHAT ARE YOU DOING LATER - FEAT: CHIMNEY + BEN WALTON + HAROLD & NALI + MICHAEL RICCI & BOOTYCLAP + SAM COOPER & JAMES BARROS New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $0.00.

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sunday may 11 BACON BOOTY DISCO + DISRUTE + CLEVERHANDS + DEMARCO + TOMSK Loop, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $0.00. DJS IN THE BEER GARDEN Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 7:00pm. $0.00. EASY NOW - FEAT: AGENT 86 + TOM SHOWTIME + DJ MAARS Penny Black, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $0.00. EYES WIDE SHUT - FEAT: HAROLD Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $0.00. JUNGLE Tramp, Melbourne Cbd. 6:00am. $15.00. JUVE + DIMA FRAKSHA + DIEM + DR FLEA + KHARNIVOR Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 4:00pm. $0.00. ONE PUFF - FEAT: 2FUDHA + FLIP3K + ARCTIC + GLATIER + ALASKA + GINGUS Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 2:00am. $10.00. 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: JUNJI & HARRY 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.

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monday may 12 MONDAY NIGHT MASS - FEAT: BRAT FARRAR + UDAYS TIGER + SPACE JUNK + SWHAT Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:00pm. $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 13 TASTEMAKERS + ABLE 8 + LOTUS + GINGUS Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $0.00.

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urban club guide wednesday may 7 DJ PREMIER X PETE ROCK Corner Hotel, Richmond. 9:00pm. $60.00. MELLOW-DIAS THUMP - FEAT: CAZEAUX O.S.L.O + GEEZY Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. $0.00.

DE SILVA + K DEE + DURMY Khokolat Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $0.00. TUNES BY DAVE GRAY Gem Bar, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $0.00. WAX MUSEUM JAM - FEAT: NEKTA + ARKS + NO NAME NATHAN + AMIN PAYNE + J LOVE Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $10.00.

thursday may 8 B.A.P (LIVE ON EARTH TOUR) Festival Hall, West Melbourne. 8:00pm. $99.00.

friday may 9 FAKTORY FRIDAYS - FEAT: DAMION

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saturday may 10 KHOKOLAT KOATED SATURDAYS - FEAT: DAMION DE SILVA + K DEE + DURMY + TIMOS Khokolat Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $0.00. ZULU61 ANNIVERSARY JAM - FEAT:

DJ TOTAL ECLIPSE + DIALECT & DESPAIR + 1/6 + UNDA DWELLA + BUNJIL MUSIC + DJ MATHMATICS + DJ PERIL + DJ JOHNNY CRATES + DJ FX + KING EXCEL Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. $35.00.

sunday may 11 P.H. FAT + KAY Z + BLACK HARRISON & JHEMNI + REAL MUSIC FAMILY + CECE LOUISE & SUNDAY ROSE + HUM DIGGIDY + P. BASH + JOHNNY TRASH + SISTA SARA + HARD HUSTLE + LIL JEZ + JANAKA Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 3:00pm. $0.00.

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mid-year

education SPECIAL Are you having trouble deciding what to study and where to study? Are you unsure about where to go and who to discuss your options with? Well, never fear as our mid-year Education Special well help point you in the right direction and get your career off to a flying start! From short courses through to Tafe and Bachelor Degree courses, we take a look at some of the most trusted names in the industry and their arts, design, music, television and radio courses on offer. If you’re a recent high-school graduate looking for that next step or if you’re simply thinking about a career change, then we highly encourage you to visit one of the many upcoming information evenings and or open days listed in this special. It’s all about gaining the best perspective that will help you make that all important decision. So, make sure you book in a visit and get up close and personal with the facilities, staff and current students that will help take your skill-sets to the next level. All it takes is a quick visit, learning about your options and having a few questions answered - before you know it, you’ll feel more confident with your career choice and place for vocational study. Go on, hop to it, it’s time to get schooled!

AUSTRALIAN FILM TELEVISION AND RADIO SCHOOL (AFTRS) INFORMATION DAY: Saturday June 28, 10am-2pm. ADDRESS: Building 130, The EQ, Moore Park, Sydney NSW. PHONE: 1300 13 14 61 or (02) 9805 6611 E-MAIL: study@aftrs.edu.au WEBSITE: www.aftrs.edu.au/bas

Australia’s national screen arts and broadcast School – is introducing a bold new undergraduate Bachelor of Arts (Screen) degree, in 2015. The new Bachelor of Screen Arts is all about preparing creative people to be nimble operators for a platform agnostic world and fuses both deep-scholarly engagement with the art of storytelling, the history of cinema as well a cross-disciplinary hybrid of subjects that span the full spectrum of screen production.  The way stories are told is ever-changing, as platforms and technologies evolve and adapt, but the desire to tell a story is innate to the human condition. Two core subjects, ‘Story’ and ‘The History of Film’ underpin the entire degree and are complemented by other subjects and electives, throughout the three-year program providing exciting opportunities to collaborate with other students and to be taught by some of the best screen practitioners, in the best facilities in Australia. Intentionally designed to ‘future-proof ’ graduates for a changing and dynamic world, the Bachelor of Screen Arts combines critical thinking, creative engagement  as students are immersed in the world of storytelling but not limited by technology, where adaptability, resilience and entrepreneurial skills will equip them for a lifelong creative career. Voted the top #20 film school in the world, by industry bible The Hollywood Reporter  (in October 2012) , AFTRS presents unrivalled opportunities for students to network and form life-long professional relationships. Entry is by merit selection. Applications for 2015 will open in September, 2014. For more information vist aftrs.edu.au/bas 

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AIM (AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF MUSIC)

COLLARTS

NEXT INTAKE: Trimester 2 starts May 19. ADDRESS: 120 King St, Melbourne. PHONE: (03) 8610 4222 E-MAIL: enquiries@aim.edu.au WEBSITE: www.aim.edu.au

OPEN DAY: Saturday May 17, from 10am to 3pm. INTAKE: Classes starting May 26 2014. ADDRESS: 55 Brady Street, South Melbourne 3205. PHONE: (03) 9281 8888 E-MAIL: info@collarts.edu.au WEBSITE: www.collarts.edu.au

The Australian Institute of Music started its brand new campus in Melbourne this year, featuring some of Melbourne’s most successful artists on staff. Alongside state of the art facilities and a city central campus that needs to be seen to be believed, AIM invests in the quality and professionalism of their staff ensuring each student is taught by the best of the best! Introducing Jade MacRae, one of Australia’s most respected vocalists and songwriters. She has earned many awards and nominations, and her voice and dynamic live performances continue to thrill audiences, both in Australia and internationally. She has released two full length critically acclaimed albums under her own name, as well as recording and performing with a diverse array of artists ranging from PNAU, The Sleepy Jackson to Jimmy Barnes and international superstars John Legend, James Brown and Ray Charles. Many of you would know Ross Irwin both the instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and composer. Ross has had huge success playing, writing and recording with a multitude of artists including his main touring bands The Cat Empire and The Bamboos, as well as Harry Connick Jr, Paul Kelly, Belle and Sebastian, John Butler, Washington, Brian May and Roger Taylor (Queen), Angus Stone, Regurgitator, Miami Horror and Karnivool, to name drop just a few. Another talented and experienced teacher is Gary Pinto who has been described as, “one of the most exciting solo vocalists in Australia and who artist Terence Trent D’Arby and Lenny Kravitz would tip their hats to”, (Herald Sun). He fronted multi platinum band CDB, released two albums and has toured and collaborated extensively and is now the Vocal Director for X Factor Australia. Visit www.aim.edu.au for more.

NCAT (NORTHERN COLLEGE OF THE ARTS) OPEN DAY: Tuesday May 13, 6-7.30pm. STREET ADDRESS: 62 Murray Rd, Preston VIC 3072. TELEPHONE: (03) 9478 1333 EMAIL ADDRESS: ncat@edumail.vic.gov.au WEBSITE: www.ncat.vic.edu.au

SHILLINGTON COLLEGE ADDRESS: L9 55 Swanston Street, Melbourne 3000. PHONE: (03) 9663 8444 EMAIL: info@shillingtoncollege.com.au WEBSITE: www.shillingtoncollege.com.au

NCAT (Northern College Of The Arts) specialises in a range of practical hands on music, business and arts courses to help you take that next step in your chosen career. Their Music and Sound Production course for example, utilises practical learning methods, with regular industry professional guest speakers, in-class work experience and touring opportunities. The Music and Sound Production course has students create a folio throughout the year to present to universities and potential employers along with their qualification. Thriving on staying up to date with industry standards NCAT comprises of a professional recording studio, 10 fully equipped rehearsal rooms, Mac Labs, and digital audio workstations for all learning and practice needs. Private and group instrument tuition is also available. To learn more about the range of NCAT courses and ask all the hard hitting questions be sure to join both students and teachers from NCAT at their upcoming Information Seminar on Tuesday May 13 from 6pm at their Murry Rd, Preston campus. After this, prospective students will be able to move off to specialist areas to explore the fantastic programs and facilities offered at NCAT, so make sure you visit!

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If want to work as a Music Producer, Live Sound Engineer, Post-Production Specialist for television and film, Studio Manager, Electronic musician or audio specialist? Then start your career pathway with Collarts and their degree in Audio Production. They offer a fully-accredited Bachelor degree in Audio Production taught by audio production experts who currently work in the industry. Their courses are practical, handson, and are taught in small class sizes which give students as much exposure and knowledge possible. It means you will undertake continuous project work and are exposed to the industry through their extensive contact lists and industry connections. Want an example? Well, a group of their audio students undertook a day of exclusive backstage work experience at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival this year. Students worked under the one-on-one mentorship of the festival’s sound engineers and gained contacts and hands-on experience. On campus, audio students are busy recording the EPs of their current music students in their state-of-the-art facilities, while others are getting live sound experience at venues across Melbourne. If this sounds like a career you’d love, come to the Collarts Open Day on Saturday May 17 – you can drop by anytime between 10am and 3pm and check out the facilities, meet staff and speak to their course Program Leaders. Can’t make it to Open Day? Contact Collarts on (03) 9281 8888 to discuss your career options.

Have you contemplated a career change but just don’t have time to spend another three years at uni? Shillington is hearing you and have a range of courses designed to fit around full time work or that can be completed in a short intensive time frame. The Shillington full-time graphic design course takes just three months to complete, while their one year parttime course runs for two evenings a week. The course is specifically tailored to suit learners with little or no previous design experience. Shillington’s intensive Graphic Design Course will teach you all the skills you need to begin your new career as a graphic designer. You’ll learn how to confidently take a brief, efficiently use the Adobe design software, and produce quality print and web design solutions to tight deadlines. The next three month full-time course begins Monday June 2nd.

Boost your folio for university entry. Experience MADA in a 3 day workshop and create folio pieces to include with your university application. Folio building Fine Art Interior Architecture Communication Design Industrial Design Foundation Architectural Design

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WHEN — 1–3 july 2014 24–26 september 2014 WHERE — MONASH UNIVERSITY ART DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE 900 dandenong rOAd caulfield east vic 3145 WHAT — folio building & FOUNDATION workshops FOR yEAr 11 / 12 & non school leavers

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JMC ACADEMY OPEN DAY: Saturday May 24, from 10.30am. ADDRESS: 171 Bank Street South Melbourne, VIC 3205. PHONE: (03) 9624 2929 E-MAIL: Melbourne@jmc.edu.au WEBSITE: www.jmcacademy.edu.au

If you’re still undecided about how you want to spend the next one to two years of your study time and you want a preview of what your years after school might hold, then this is your opportunity to get to know JMC Academy. Explore the possibilities and discover your creative career at this year’s JMC Academy Open Day on Saturday May 24 from 10.30am. The day will comprise of a full campus tour of the facilities where you can visit all departments and view student work, listen to bands and even see live audio and film production in action. You will also get the opportunity to speak first-hand with current students, scholarship winners and the heads of JMC Academy’s Music Audio, Animation, Game Design, Film and Television, and Entertainment Business Management departments. Booking is essential, so make sure register online at www.jmcacademy.com.au or call JMC Melbourne campus direct on (03) 9624 2929.

MADA - MONASH UNIVERSITY ART DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE

OPEN DAY: Sunday August 3rd MADA WORKSHOPS: 1-3 July and 24-26 September 2014. ADDRESS: Monash University, Art Design & Architecture, 900 Dandenong Rd Caulfield East 3145. PHONE: (03) 9903 1517 E-MAIL: mada@monash.edu WEBSITE: www.monash.edu/mada

Across the creative arts and design disciplines, Art Design & Architecture at Monash University (MADA) is a place of excellence and innovation. The vibrant faculty is at the forefront of education offering courses in fine art, design and architecture. MADA fosters a spirit of enquiry and collaboration and is widely respected for its excellence in education, practice and research. MADA also host workshops for folio building and foundation workshops in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Communication Design, Industrial Design and Fine Art. The 3-day workshops hosted at Monash University’s Caulfield campus give students the opportunity to work on design projects that can be included into folios to take to VTAC interviews and give students a first hand experience into studying at MADA. Heading the workshops are industry professionals and academics who will be there to answer questions and guide students through the lessons and activities involved. For all enquiries please call (03) 9903 1517 or visit us at www.monash.edu/mada/workshops

SAE MELBOURNE

ADDRESS: Building 68, Monash University, Wellington Rd Clayton 3800. PHONE: (03) 9905 1332 E-MAIL: Robert.burke@monash.edu WEBSITE: http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/music

Introducing the brand new Creative Music Technology course at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music. A course focussed on the creative application of technology within professional  music, sound, broadcast, multimedia and research contexts. Students will develop creative and music technology skills for employment within new media, composition, recording and performance creative industries (sound engineering, computer music, audio-visual production and post-production, mastering, scoring for film and multimedia, audio for  games, software development, and multimedia production).Creative Music Technology fuses the exploration and use of technology  through creative approaches of music/sound, and promotes creative outcomes through current technologies; these are studied within the context of their  creative applications. State of the art  facilities  include a fully equipped recording and computer music studio and research labs. The latest music technology programs are taught including Ableton Live (with ‘Push’ controllers), Logic, Protools and Max. As part of a large and active school of music, Creative Music Technology emphasises the integration of musical and technical skills with a close connection with the Performance and Composition programs, encouraging collaborations that explore new relationships between experimental and  traditional approaches to music. Students studying a Bachelor of Music specialising in Creative Music Technology will also have a holistic music  education, studying subjects in music theory, history, composition, performance and developing research skills, all important for the 21st century musician. This degree is not only a vocational course but also an opportunity to understand ‘why’ and ‘how’ – a staple of researching and ‘doing’ music generally.

BOX HILL INSTITUTE

Next Intake: July 2014 Address: 1000 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill and 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. Phone: 1300 BOX HILL Website: www.boxhill.edu.au/midyear

INFORMATION DAY: Saturday May 24 from 11am to 3pm. ADDRESS: 235 Normanby Road, South Melbourne VIC 3205. PHONE: (03) 8632 3400 or 1800 SAE EDU E-MAIL: melbourne@sae.edu WEBSITE: www.sae.edu.au

SAE Creative Media Institute is the world’s leading education provider in creative media industries with more than 50 campuses globally. SAE Melbourne has been supplying creative media graduates to the world for more than 35 years and offers degree, diploma and certificate courses in six disciplines; Animation, Audio, Design, Film, Games as well as Web & Mobile. Their Melbourne campus offers nine fully equipped, state-of-the-art audio studios; three film editing suites; a fully-functioning film set; green screen; and computer labs fitted with Apple iMacs, ensuring students gain the most from their studies. Later in the year, SAE Melbourne will be undergoing a major expansion and will become the largest SAE campus in the world. The expansion will provide students with a new student lounge complete with learning spaces, meeting areas and quiet study spaces. The expansion will include more post-production and recording facilities, more classrooms, an art gallery of student works, the introduction of a 360 square metre sound stage and much more. SAE Melbourne Campus Manager Paul Ledingham said each course at SAE focuses on teaching high-end technical production techniques specific to its niche. “For more than 30 years, SAE has maintained a strong commitment to providing high-quality practical training in creative media technologies, producing graduates with industry skills to fill integral professional roles within the sector,” Paul said.  SAE invites all those interested in learning about a career in creative media to the Melbourne Campus Information Day on Saturday May 24 from 11am-3pm. Check out the stateof-the-art equipment, hear from academics and speak with the team about enrolling today. For more information, visit http://sae.edu.au/news-and-events/events or call (03) 8632 3400.

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THE SIR ZELMAN COWEN SCHOOL OF MUSIC AT MONASH UNIVERSITY

“How I act, how I negotiate, how I talk, what I look for in people. Literally how I live is what I’ve got out of this course,” says 21 year old Music Business degree student Louis Papantos (as pictured), Bachelor of Applied Business in Music Industry student. “I’ve always had a passion for music and also a passion for business. The two combined perfectly in this course - and although I looked at options, Box Hill was "the" place to come to. Louis is one of the many Box Hill graduates who has gained essential skills including participating in complex music industry negotiations, and learnt how to generate publicity, manage public relations, as well as artist management and directing a record label. “Last year, with classmates, we worked on a project which has morphed into a real business. We put together a record label with a community of artists and it’s taken off. We never expected it. It was never our goal. We just love what we’re doing. Music is more than a career choice for me. It’s my life. The teachers have got me here. All my knowledge has come from Box Hill. Essentially I’m a walking product of my course.” Louis has learnt well from studying at Box Hill - and most importantly acted on it. You can act on your passion for music now with a number of mid-year entry music options at Box Hill. For example: The Certificate IV in Music starts in July and is delivered between the Box Hill and CBD campuses with industry experts. Don’t wait for next year, get started now by calling 1300 BOX HILL or visiting www.boxhill.edu.au/midyear

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CREATIVE MUSIC TECHNOLOGY AT MONASH UNIVERSITY

A bachelor music degree specialising in Creative Music Technology at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music is focused on the application and research of technology within creative composition, performance, production, engineering and multimedia.

The 3 year BMus degree integrates creative music technology skills with the Performance and Composition programs, encouraging collaborations that investigates new relationships between experimental and traditional approaches to music.

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CLOSURE IN MOSCOW

By Augustus Welby

The history of art could be described as a beautiful succession and augmentation of ideas. For millennia, artists have taken cues from pre-existing artworks to render contemporary creations with lasting substance. Pink Lemonade, the second album from Melbourne’s Closure In Moscow, comes out this week – and vocalist Chris de Cinque gives credit where it’s due for the record’s title. “Those two words sounded really cool to me and I thought, ‘That would be a really cool album name. Then my dad was watching TV and happened to flick over to The Sound Of Music. There’s a scene where the von Trapp kids are singing to the chick that their dad’s about to marry – the evil bitch that isn’t going to be a great mother for them – and she offers Mr. von Trapp pink lemonade. It just felt really ominous.” The title’s benign origins suggest the record will be a fizzy, poppier release than its predecessor, First Temple. However, as de Cinque adds, Pink Lemonade’s thematic concerns are far from light and springy. “She’s offering Mr. von Trapp the lemonade and she goes, ‘Not too sweet, not too sour.’ I was thinking, ‘Oh, maybe there’s a metaphor in that.’ There’s a lot of disillusion and confusion in modern Western civilisation because we’re getting bombarded with so much horseshit. At the surface everything’s really happy and ‘everything’s really exciting!’ Underneath there’s this pit of despair that’s like a cavern widening. But, you know, keep the blinders on – everything is just hunky-dory.” Prior to First Temple’s mid-2009 release, Closure In Moscow snagged a deal with accomplished punk label Equal Vision Records and relocated to the US. It’s easy to project images of superstardom onto any Australian band that makes a decent impact overseas, but it’s also hard to ignore that it’s been five years since Closure In Moscow’s last record. So, why did it take so long? Did the band get lost in America? “We had a fair stint there, over eleven months,” de Cinque explains. “We actually had to cut the last tour short because I had a bit of a nervous breakdown and was completely burnt out and fried. It was almost the

death of the band. I got jaded and freaked out by the whole experience. When you’re in the insular bubble of a band it’s very easy to slip into that Spinal Tap, the-entire-universe-is-the-band mentality. All the while I’m digging myself a very deep and absurd mental hole, to the point where I was living in a backyard in a tent just thinking, ‘I can’t eat the food, it’s unfit for consumption, it’s poison.’” No matter how sincere your artistic aims are, America’s hyper-consumerist drive can be overwhelming. The States offer great opportunities to meet influential industry figures and exhibit in front of a broader listening market, but when it all boils down the essential goal is to sell something. “It’s a massive problem when you’re filtering everything through that free market filter,” de Cinque says. “Even creative endeavours become about, ‘Well, what’s going to make this profitable?’ The long game is to be a fucking shit hot band, but of course the long game is going to leave you floundering in the water without cash flow. So what’s the short game that works easier and quicker? Fucking hustle that hype and hustle that merch.” Closure In Moscow’s composite pieces are in functional alignment and ready to launch Pink Lemonade to the world. The band (completed by guitarists Mansur Zennelli and Michael Barrett, as well as new additions, bass player Duncan Millar and Salvatore Aidone on drums) didn’t have a comprehensive game plan for its sophomore effort, but there were some nuclear objectives to satisfy. “We’re just trying to write good songs now,” de Cinque says. “I think there is something that threads between all great songs, that defines a song as a good song. It’s

a subtle thing that you can’t quite articulate wholly, but there is that thread. “I think music is a really great tool to subversively change things by presenting ideas or presenting allegorical messages in lyrics that will hopefully penetrate and will make people discover something they might not have thought about.” So the eccentric alt-prog five-piece is clearly not interested in making a modest re-entrance – but what about the state of de Cinque’s susceptible psyche? Well, even though almost every sentence uttered during our interview becomes a despairing evaluation of contemporary perversity, he’s gathered some constructive perspective too. “If you pull back far enough, everything on this planet is a messy ejaculation of chaos and it’s going to be what it’s going to be. You can either get hung up and bummed out on it or just take it as it comes and laugh at some of the shit. You’ve just got to deal with the daily hand of cards that gets dealt and make what you will of it. You can’t try to take on a system of chaos that’s outside of any one human’s control. You just have to Bill &

Ted that shit and be excellent to each other.” On that unexpected note of positivity, it’s onwards and upwards for Closure In Moscow. The record’s first single The Church Of The Technochrist showed up late last year to remind listeners of the band’s skills in dual execution of smartsy instrumentation and a bodily thrust. Unsurprisingly, piecing the record together wasn’t exactly easygoing. “There were a lot of birthing pains [while] rediscovering things,” de Cinque admits. “That America experience was such a massive changing experience for all of us. We were only 22, 23 then. We’re 27, 28 now and brains go through a lot of morphing in that time. We went, ‘Alright, let’s see what we’re working with now. Let’s do what we think is something we’ll enjoy and has some kind of lasting quality to it as an album experience.’ CLOSURE IN MOSCOW release their second album Pink Lemonade on Friday May 9, and celebrate with a launch gig with Sons of Rico and Kalacoma at the Evelyn Hotel on Saturday May 10.

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BEASTWARS

By Lachlan Kanoniuk

It’s hard to imagine Kiwi sludge-metal outfit Beastwars emerging from any place other than the depths of subterranean magma, exploding with super-volcanic might onstage and over the course of two full-length LPs, with their molten riff projectiles beginning to touch down on Australian terra firma. Speaking ahead of the band’s return to Australia, this time hitting CherryRock, drummer Nato Hickey speaks on their unlikely rise, and the gift of a satanic cheque from the Lorde. “We’ve been really lucky with the support we have in New Zealand,” he states. “The local press ask us, ‘Isn’t it weird that you have a fanbase here?’ And I have to agree with them. I think what we’re doing was never meant to have any appeal outside the four of us in the band. To have people want to come see us and buy our records, it surprises me every day.” Fronting an arsenal of brutish riffs and monstrous and tar-drenched rhythms, vocalist Matt Hyde commands the stage with a fiery, bellowed growl. Nato recalls when their musical bond first formed. “It was years and years ago while he was singing for another band, The Larry Normans. He was unrecognisable from now, back then with slicked back hair and without the beard. But he still had this amazing stage presence. I was just standing there in awe of this amazing frontman. I never thought I’d play in a band with him, just thinking he was this crazy guy. “Then after the gig we ended up at this 24-hour bar, that’s how I met him. He was up there on the pool table doing Spanish style dancing, wearing cowboy boots, and I was

thinking, ‘This guy is fuckin’ cool’”. Then we didn’t see each other for something like seven years, then we hit it off,” he says on Beastwars’ origin. In 2012, Blood Becomes Fire followed up Beastwars’ standout self-titled debut. Even on the second time around, capturing the immensity of their live set on record proving to be a gruelling challenge. “I think time was a big factor for us in a lot of ways for the second album. The first one we recorded in four and a half days, and that was intense, stressful – just not a very fun experience. It wasn’t exactly working 24 hours a day, but we were there sleeping on the floor of the studio. We were living and breathing it. So for the second album we wanted twice as much time, just to relax and think about things more. But it was just as intense, these full-on ten days. That’s what happens when you make an album, you get stuck in and forget about the outside world and concentrate on this thing you’re trying to create.” Last month saw the announcement of New Zealand’s Taite Music Prize winner, with Beastwars amongst the ten finalists – this year with a looming sense of inevitability

courtesy of Lorde. “We were stoked to be nominated, it was our second time. I think the first time we were nominated we were a bit more optimistic,” Nato states. “Unknown Mortal Orchestra won that year, and that was fair enough, the album was blowing up overseas, getting write-ups in hip blogs. This time we were nominated, we wrote ourselves off from the beginning as soon as Lorde was announced alongside us. “It was a one-horse race. We were pretty open about that, that’s just the way the industry is. We can’t compete with a Grammy-winner, and we don’t want to. We always made music for ourselves, and if we happen to get nominated for a $10,000 cash prize, we’re not going to turn down the nomination, but at the same time, we have to be realistic. We didn’t bother going up to the awards, we were at band practice that night. We heard that Lorde won, and we knew that was going to happen, then we heard that she said in her speech that she was going to split the money between the other finalists. It came to $1,666, which I thought was a great number. We’ll use that money to make

more songs, to help along with the journey.” This month marks a year since Beastwars’ rapturous Melbourne debut, going on to shake the foundations at myriad venues since. “The first time we went over, we didn’t know what to expect. We knew we were selling albums in Melbourne. We were pretty blown away when we rocked up at the Bendigo Hotel, it was pretty packed, with crowdsurfing. It felt like a Wellington show, and I think there were plenty of Aussies there, not just expat Kiwis showing their faces. I couldn’t believe it, we were on such a high after that show. It was a really cool introduction to Melbourne. When we come back, I think it will be something like our eighth Melbourne show in a year. I think that’s pretty good going for a bunch of old dudes from New Zealand,” he laughs.

to make something that was not what was going on,” he says. “I remember at that time every band was sounding the same. That whole punk rock boom was getting oversaturated, and I didn’t want to make another record that would just fit in that category. That’s kind of how every record’s been since the Black Record. I wanted to change and evolve as a songwriter and as an artist.” By now a large number of Unwritten Law’s ’90s contemporaries have either flatlined trying to reignite their former glory or called it quits entirely. Russo admits there have been times when he’s questioned the future of the band, but he keeps finding ways to revive enthusiasm. “Each piece of music that I do, I want to make it next level and fresh. I don’t really write songs that are B-sides, either. If a song’s starting to suck as I’m writing it, I’ll just throw it away and start with a new song. Songs and records, they’re like chapters. Once you put them out they never go away. They’re always there for someone to hear and to judge and whatever. I want all my shit to be fucking dope so when I’m dead and gone and my kids look back at my discography they’re like, ‘Daddy was dope.’ “When I become uncomfortable and unhappy doing it,” Russo adds, “then I’m not going to do it anymore. For now, Unwritten Law’s a huge part of my life and I love the fans

and I love playing the music that I’ve created.” In addition to the ongoing fan support, Russo anticipates a prosperous future with the band’s latest lineup. The four-piece actually features another founding member, drummer Wade Youman, who rejoined earlier this year after a ten-year absence. “He was a big part when we started,” Russo says. “Due to several circumstances we had to go our separate ways. Now that everyone’s a lot healthier and happier, it’s really comforting – like going back to your mum’s house and eating Christmas dinner. It’s homey-feeling. “My brother [ Jonny Grill] plays bass and he’s ridiculously good. He’d like to think he’s better looking than me, but I disagree. He’s a talented kid and he’s been in so many bands. He was in Civet for a long time, on Hellcat Records, and he toured the world. This particular lineup feels dope, just with Wade and my brother, it’s awesome. It’s like travelling with my family and playing music.”

“We’re just going to see how long we can tour this album for. It’s kind of weird because you don’t really get a lot of shelf life anymore with albums. I think with Spotify people kind of expect bands to put albums out once a year. Hopefully we’ll be able to start writing the next record by the end of the year. But hopefully we’ll still be able to tour this album up until then. “The writing process was different from the first one. We did it in three big blocks where we did one out at a house where it was kind of just Shane and I out there for two

weeks just writing. Then we did another one similar to that, just outside of Brisbane. Then the last writing block that we did was a couple of weeks on and off. Our manager manages? Owns? a nightclub in Brisbane, which was pretty awesome.”

BEASTWARS perform a headline show at Cherry Bar on Friday May 23, as well as CherryRock014 at ACDC Lane on Sunday May 25. Beastwars and Blood Becomes Fire will be rereleased in Australia on Friday May 23 through Rocket.

UNWRITTEN LAW By Augustus Welby Whenever bands undergo major lineup changes it raises questions about the validity of continuing to use the same name. Is a band defined by its main songwriting force, or is it the interaction between a particular group of individuals that forms its essence? San Diego pop punk powerhouse Unwritten Law have seen members frequently come and go in their twenty-year existence, but vocalist/songwriter Scott Russo is the band’s mainstay. “Me in it makes it Unwritten Law,” Russo declares. “But when the band changes, it is a new band. There’s no two ways about that.” Unwritten Law have issued six fulllength albums since forming in 1990, and each one (except for second LP Oz Factor) has been preceded by a slight personnel alteration. “When shit gets stale or when you can’t get along with somebody, it’s just like any other relationship – sometimes you have to move on with your life,” Russo explains. “When new, dope people – whether it’s in my band or it’s in my life in general – enter my life, of course it’s refreshing and revitalising. That could be some of the reason why Unwritten Law is still around.” The band first gathered momentum during San Diego’s punk resurgence of the ’90s, which also birthed the likes of Blink 182 and Sprung Monkey. Then a major breakthrough came in 1998 with the release of Unwritten Law’s self-titled third LP. The album’s lead singles Cailin and Lonesome pushed the group well beyond the underground and those songs remain fan favourites today.

“I think the self-titled record was our first real record – our first good record,” Russo says. “The [earlier] records are more like demos – learning how to craft a song. [When] the Black Record came out, we’d all finally got our chops good enough to make a real piece of art.” Next month a freshly-revised four-piece incarnation of Unwritten Law will head down under for the Hits & Pits Festival tour, and the setlist will showcase the self-titled LP. Although Russo clearly recognises the significance of the album, he doesn’t believe it’s his greatest achievement. “There’s a couple of good [songs], there’s a couple of bad ones. I’ve definitely grown musically and [with] songcrafting. If I’m going to be fucking playing songs, I’m going to play some songs that I like as well,” he laughs. In fact, despite its magnetic impact, Unwritten Law basically marked the end of the first phase in the band’s stylistic trajectory. By the time the follow-up record Elva came around in 2002, Russo was more interested in a slower-paced and harder-hitting alternative rock sound. “I had been influenced by different music and wanted

UNWRITTEN LAW play Hits and Pits Festival at The HiFi on Wednesday May 14 and Saturday May 17 alongside Strung Out, Face To Face, Ten Foot Pole and more. Scott Russo also plays alongside Phil Jamieson of Grinspoon at Ding Dong Lounge on Tuesday May 13 (sold out).

DZ DEATHRAYS

By Lexi Mckee

DZ Deathrays will release their new album, Black Rat, in early May and accompany its release with an Australian tour. “It’s a bit more dynamic than the first record, but it’s kind of more of a nighttime-themed one. There’s some crazy songs in there for the start of the night, then by the end of the night there’s like some slower dancier stuff in there,” drummer Simon Ridley says. Following the release of Black Rat, Ridley and his musical partner in crime, Shane Parsons, will tour Australia. Ridley reveals that punters can expect “the same thing that people have usually come to expect, which is high-energy shows.” “We still want to try to keep the party vibe, it’s always been about a band that would be awesome to see at a house party. That’s always been the idea and I hope we haven’t strayed too far but I guess we kind of want to make songs with a bit more range – not all just super-pumpedup songs. Even though we’ll still have that sort of stuff, I think as the band keeps going, and we want to play longer sets, some of the stuff needs to be a bit more dynamic,” Ridley says. The Brisbane duo have recently finished filming a video clip for one of their latest tracks and it’s set to be released BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 44

in the coming weeks. However, which track and exactly when are being kept under wraps. “The next one is pretty much inspired by ‘90s hip hop. Like rap and Beastie Boys video clips... usually it’s Sam and myself who come up with the film clip ideas. We’re just sitting around drinking beers or talking about dumb ideas with friends.” DZ Deathrays have toured with a number big industry names and confess it was something neither of them expected. “When we get to do some crazy shows it’s always intimidating. We got to play with the Foo Fighters; we’d never played a stadium before or anything close to it…having Dave Grohl standing side of the stage next to Jack Black, both with arms folded watching you play is like one of the most intimidating things I can think of.

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DAVID RYAN HARRIS

By Augustus Welby

Singer-songwriter and producer David Ryan Harris isn’t quite a household name, but he’s certainly not a fledgling artist. Since forming funk-metal outfit Follow For Now in the late ‘80s, the Atlanta-bred, LA-based musician has spent the majority of his time either onstage or in the studio. In recent years, he’s primarily manoeuvred behind the scenes, co-writing a string of hits with Guy Sebastian and teaming up with the likes of John Mayer and India.Arie. Harris is now ready to bring attention back to himself, with a new solo album Light Years due later in the year. “I really want to try to push this one,” he says. “The last record, Bittersweet, was eight years ago. [Since then] there’s been a lot of stuff that’s gone on for me, a lot of different projects, a lot of different travelling under different people’s umbrellas. I feel like now is the time. I’m really, really proud of the record.” Harris’ career output covers wide stylistic territory. Following the demise of Follow For Now he dipped into soulful pop rock with Brand New Immortals and his solo work encompasses everything from solo-heavy classic rock to acoustic balladry. This exploratory tendency stems from his rich musical upbringing. “My mum really loved Chicago blues, my dad was really into jazz and bee-bop, then when we were driving

around in our car we’d listen to classic AM radio – and that would be anything from the Doobie Brothers to Wings. I lived in an all-black neighbourhood so I got Parliament-Funkadelic and Rick James and early RunD.M.C., but I went to an all-white high school so I got Zeppelin and I got Hendrix and Cream.” With such a broad backlog of influences to glean from, what can be expected from the forthcoming record? Well, Light Years is a more conventional singer/songwriter release, but Harris didn’t impose strict limitations. “I wanted to be able to have a record that if I wanted to go out and play it solo acoustic, I could,” he explains. “I don’t ever try to be eclectic necessarily, but I do try not to repeat myself. As much as I love Neil Young or solo

acoustic stuff, I don’t think that I could personally listen to eleven songs of a guy just playing solo acoustic. Some of it is to keep myself entertained, because I don’t want a record that’s all vanilla. I honestly love Queens of the Stone Age as much as I love Neil Young as much as I love Bad Brains as much as I love Hank William Sr.” Harris’ co-writing and producing experiences in the last couple of decades also provide a useful point of reference. “When I’m working with a band I’m constantly taking notes on how to approach my stuff as an artist. I feel like the production and writing stuff makes me a better artist and the artist stuff makes me a better writer and producer.” Even so, he notes that his work with other artists isn’t representative of his own preferences. “I feel like my job as a producer, or even as a co-writer,

is to help whoever I’m working with articulate their thing. If I can help them say what it is they’re trying to say then it’s successful for me.” Harris was in Australia last year supporting Guy Sebastian on the massive Get Along tour and he’ll be back next week for a couple of headline dates. He’s perceptibly eager to return to his home-away-from-home. “I never really set out to have this huge love affair with Australia, but since I was a kid – I saw INXS on their first two tours to the States – I just always loved it. The people have been amazing and it’s just sort of grown and grown and grown.”

When it’s trying to be passed off like you’re a student of Paul Kelly? Don’t give me that shit! People cite Lou Reed as an influence probably having heard Perfect Day and never having dug into Berlin or Coney Island Baby.” He’s wary of sounding like a wanker in saying that (he doesn’t, trust me), but its clear he’s reached a point of honesty with his songwriting and doesn’t want to turn back, even if it is difficult. “It’s maybe a lot more challenging to write songs that way because it’s harder to find the poetry in honesty, but I wanted to really face up to that fact, and I think it made me a lot better writer.” For evidence to that fact Cold Desire is full of it. Shine Like Me is infectious and closes with Ellis sounding like Beck singing through

a megaphone. Black Wire 1 & 2 are sweeter, smoother and dare I say, sexier tracks. Opener Clean Machine has a Kavinsky beat and channels Nick Cave in full swagger mode – with harmonica. They are tracks exemplary of a songwriter who’s hit confidence. With the album all finished, Ellis and Webster from Shining Bird aren’t content with just their work in the studio, they will be co-headlining a short tour through NSW and Victoria, and don’t expect to hear any bullshit contrived lyrics or unimpassioned vocals from either.

becomes available on Monday May 12. To celebrate, there’s a company launch event happening at the Toff in Town that same evening. “There will be a welcoming presentation,” Kane says, “so we’ll be showing some videos and going through the business model. As well as that we’ll be showcasing some acts who we’ve been working with and who feature on the vinyl sampler.” This vinyl sampler is the label’s unique way to introduce acts to a variety of influential industry figures, including broadcasting, print and distribution outlets. One artist featured on the premier edition (and also appearing at the launch) is Melbourne electro/pop singer Stax Osset, who was discovered by Kane himself. “That’s worked out really well,” he says. “We’re actually doing a 7” for her as well. There is a degree of scouting involved, because I’m always keen to find new music

and work with whatever bands I think are really cool.” Evidently Milwaukee Music’s roster will quickly load up, but Kane stresses that this shouldn’t deter any aspiring musicians from submitting music to the label. “For artists to send in unsolicited material to a label and get a response, the chances are fairly slim. We listen to everything and try to contact everyone that we receive material from. Even if it’s to say, ‘We don’t think you’re ready yet to work with us,’ at least we’re going to get back to them and make an effort to assist them in their development in some way. “Really we just want to be a contact point for new emerging talent to get some pointers and take out a package and get the experience and then have a product.”

DAVID RYAN HARRIS plays Bennetts Lane on Friday May 9.

ERNEST ELLIS

By Garry Westmore

On his third recording outing, Ernest Ellis has taken a couple of dramatic turns both sonically and lyrically. After a year-long hiatus he returned to recording with Russell Webster from Shining Bird as co-producer. The result of their endeavours is the smashing record Cold Desire – a perfect blend of driving synth-bass, electronic keys, brooding honest vocals and harmonica. Wait, harmonica? “It was more of an accident really,” Ellis explains. “When we put it on this record and tracked it, it sort of popped its head right through and gave (the album) a guiding voice. There’s a lot of space in the instrumentation and then when you throw a harmonica or a saxophone in, these shrill instruments, they really have time to shine through.” It works surprisingly well, too. Ellis is keen to keep the more organic instruments and put them alongside the synthetic elements. Acoustic guitar, harmonica, piano and saxophone both complement and star at times alongside other production elements. Undoubtedly, working with Webster has expanded Ernest’s sound, but he’s grown as a songwriter in terms of his vocal and lyrical content, taking on a much more honest approach to his writing. “When I hear a lot of songs now, the tendency in my writing and the tendency in a lot of writing is to shirk what’s honest for what you think is poetic, because it

fits the way the melody goes and so on. In a lot of cases when I listen to my old stuff, I can see why it works, the poetry and sound, but I’m not actually saying anything. The lyric is an oblique reference to something I can’t remember what it was. On this record, with these songs, I thought, ‘Fuck that, I want to say something.’” An unexpected side effect was finding more confidence in his delivery, easier because, as he says, “If [the lyrics] have personal resonance your delivery is better. My vocal delivery just felt a lot better because I was a lot more connected to these songs, you feel honest about it and you feel like you’re actually saying something.” That lack of honesty in songwriting is something Ellis sees far too much of in the music world. I mention how frustrating it is to hear songwriters cite Crowded House or Paul Kelly as influences then write shallow lyrics. “Let’s be honest, [that kind of writing] doesn’t say anything,” Ellis agrees. “There’s nothing to that, it’s a sweet melody and there’s a place for that, that’s fine.

ERNEST ELLIS plays alongside Shining Bird at The Workers Club on Friday May 9.

MILWAUKEE MUSIC

By Augustus Welby

The drastic drop in record sales this century has seen major labels turn their focus almost exclusively to cookie-cutter pop music. This gives greater significance back to indie labels, as well as encouraging hopeful artists to take charge of their own fortunes. However, many creative types tremble at the thought of running a business, so that’s where artist development labels such as Milwaukee Music come into the picture. “Really what we’re doing is providing connections to the majors and other independents and just the industry in general,” explains company founder Mandy Kane, who’s an experienced musician himself. “This is a good way for artists to get a foot in the door. We’ve got all the facilities of a record label and all the access to services that a major would have, but we’re also interested in providing packages to artists and being straight-up with them, saying, ‘This is how much it will cost to get this. You own the copyright for the material.’ “There are nine packages at the moment that are on offer. They entail recording, promotion and release. There are also variations on those, so you can have a straight-up PR campaign, you can have an EP package. That’s an easy way for a band to go through the process, but we manage the whole thing as well. The idea is to spread the word and just promote them.” BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 46

Milwaukee Music is a progression from the production and management company started by Kane in 2010, The Majestika Creative. Working alongside fellow songwriter Farren Jones and experienced businessman Scott Didier, the new venture looks to fill the gap left by record label derailment. “Independent artists are becoming more aware of how to become self-sufficient but there’s still a necessity for a business like this, which actually steps in and says, ‘You guys focus on the music – that’s the talent that you’ve got – and we can help with all the other components.’ It just relieves that burden of bands running around doing everything for themselves. They’ve still got the same creative control but it just means they’ve got a team looking after that particular project.” Things at Milwaukee Music are already in motion, but the aforementioned suite of packages officially

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Milwaukee Music launches at the Toff in Town on Monday May 12.


PBS RADIO FESTIVAL 2014

By Rhys McRae

The PBS Radio Festival is just around the corner and from Monday May 12 – Sunday May 25 the community broadcaster is asking listeners to dig deep to keep them on the airwaves. Now, perhaps you’re having some sneaking suspicions those-hard earned bucks you’re considering forking out may be going to presenter’s taxi fares or first class overseas plane trips. Mixing up the Medicine presenter Erica Dunn (aka Louise Please), makes it clear community radio is much more frugal in spending taxpayers’ money compared to some of our elected representatives. “You go into PBS and one of the cool things about it is that it’s not all glitzy or anything,” Dunn tells me. “The doors are old hospital doors. There’s one particular dude whose name is Peter Merrett and he’s responsible for making a lot of the initial studios and sourcing all the stuff. There are great photos of him leading a building team and they’re on air while the studio is being built. So when the announcers speak, they’re doing the ‘10, 9…’ and the jackhammers would start while the music played. The doors still say bed three hospital somewhere; I really like that. I find it charming. You know the money saved in the nooks has gone somewhere better into our production or equipment.”

“COMMERCIAL RADIO IS JUST AGENDA SETTING AND FOR ME IT ALWAYS SEEMED SELF-FULFILLING. IF YOU GET PLAYED ON COMMUNITY RADIO IT’S BECAUSE SOMEBODY LIKES YOU AND THAT’S THE ONLY REASON.” Dunn has been presenting on PBS for about six years – having only recently returned from an extended break – but you might also know her as one third of the vocal trio in Harmony. The band’s current tour and a live set the night before on fellow community radio station Triple R seem to be taking some toll on her. Chill-out time is so often pushed to the bottom of most people’s list but it seems especially apparent for Dunn who, aside from band duties, produces and hosts her own radio show. “I took 18 months off because it’s so stressful; it’s so much work,” Dunn stresses. “It’s sometimes hard being part of something like PBS because there’s a self-imposed pressure. You want to present something that’s really fucking cool. You want to do it a service, especially with an institution like PBS which has a certain amount of credibility and respect. You don’t want to do something that’s not your 100 per cent best.” As well as playing in Harmony and running the radio show, Dunn also finds time to hold down a day job teaching English to newly arrived immigrants and refugees. Music is known to have the ability of jumping the cultural gap, giving people a way of connecting with each other and this is something she has also found in her classes. “I took a refugee class to SYN and we had a show for a term which was hilarious and awesome,” Dunn says

with a smile. “It just reinforced how valuable media is for empowering people. Music is a cultural thing specific to people and you get them to share their favourite song and it’s so great. “Sometimes it’s disappointing with kids still just liking Justin Bieber and One Direction and that can’t be helped. Unless they’re particularly [religious] it’s amazing that every kid, no matter what economic status, will have a USB or something full of tracks that they would be happy to share.” If you’ve ever listened to Mixing up the Medicine then you’ll know in her two-hour slot Dunn packs in a whole variety of genres that seem entirely disconnected. However, there is method to her musical menagerie. “Sometimes I think it’s a blessing and a curse having a mixed genre show. It’s open season but I generally pick up a thread of what’s inspiring me at the time,” Dunn explains. “It’s funny how certain things strike a chord and you realise, ‘Holy shit this track from 1940 goes perfectly with this lick someone was playing at the Tote last week.’” All the hours of work done by the announcers is without any monetary incentive; instead, their sole motivation being the urge to share with audiences their vast knowledge and love of music. As an option away from pop radio and the idea that artists with the biggest pockets get the most airtime, community radio is incredibly important to non-commercial bands and audiences alike. “It’s just so good and so rare,” Dunn enthuses. “You say things when you’re younger and you don’t really realise how true they are. You say it’s good to have community radio and it’s cool to have equity of the airwaves but I’m really realising the weight of that and it’s so special. “It’s so rare to have something not staked in economic terms. It’s pretty amazing how there’s a different kind of currency which is music knowledge and this cultural thing people are contributing to. Especially when you get into the political debate about the meaning of voices being owned and radio being wrapped in advertising, ownership and agenda setting; it’s just not like that at all in community radio. “Commercial radio is just agenda setting and for me it always seemed self-fulfilling. People pay money and have a lot of money and that’s why they get access to commercial media whereas if you get played on community radio it’s because somebody likes you and that’s the only reason.”

The PBS RADIO FESTIVAL will run from Monday May 12 – Sunday May 25 during which if you become a member you will go into the running to win a Vespa PX-150, an Audiophile hi-fi system or a PBS features CD pack. Details on cost of memberships can be found at pbsfm.org.au/membership-levels. WATCH INTERVIEWS, CHATS & AWKWARD SILENCES..... WWW.BEAT.COM.AU/TV

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THE PERCH CREEK FAMILY JUGBAND

By Meg Crawford

People say that you shouldn’t work with friends or family. Camilla Hodgkins, of the Perch Creek Family Jugband, believes otherwise. Comprised of four siblings (Camilla, Christi, Eileen and Lear) and James, Hodgkin’s partner, Perch Creek Family Jugband grew up in the very same Perch Creek of the band’s name and moved to Melbourne a few years ago in pursuit of musical opportunity. Initially, they lived together in a four bedroom house in Preston, although Lear now lives across the road, since having a daughter. So, how does it work when you all (bar one) live together, work together and tour together? “Do work with your brothers and sisters,” emphasises Hodkins, “We don’t always get along, but it’s easy to love them even when they do something to piss you off. Grudges don’t seem to build up and you can let go of stuff. It’s also easier to be open, lay it on the table and be honest.” Perch Creek Family Jugband are currently on tour to promote their glorious second album, Jumping on the Highwire, which was released in March this year. It had an eleven month gestation period, during which it was carefully and lovingly crafted. Hodgkins is duly proud of the effort and excited to talk about it. “The whole process started in April 2013. We wanted to try group songwriting for the first time and come up with a whole album of collaborative songs. Previously, we wrote the songs independently. This time around, we thought, ‘Gosh, let’s see what happens when we do this together.’ So, we rented a beachside holiday house down in Rye and came away with nine songs. It was really productive.” According to Hodgkins, the collaborative process wasn’t always easy. “We approached it in a structured way,” she recalls. “We each did a lot of writing. We’d come up with a

character and write a few paragraphs, then we’d put it in the middle and decide what we’d like. There was a lot of real honesty and bluntness – it would’ve been hard to muster that with other people. There was a lot of, ‘Eileen, that line’s crap.’ She laughs. ‘We’d write a lot of junk, but there’d be some golden lines as well. While there was a lot of criticism, with every idea you put out there, you’d get instant feedback. “It’s a lot different to writing alone in your bedroom by yourself,” Hodgkins continues. “From there, we’d narrow it down to the best possible outcomes. There were definitely times when we had disagreements, but not so much that we couldn’t move forward. They weren’t differences that stymied the idea. They were more guides to working out different options… and we have similar tastes really. Some songs would become a little bit more someone else’s baby, but we’d keep going until we were all happy and had exhausted all possibilities. It took longer, but we got there.” The band recorded and produced their last album, Tall Tales, themselves. On reflection, Hodgkins feels that the band were “too involved.” Determined to have a different experience, this time they worked with their friend and studio engineer Joe Ferguson. They toured

a bit first and then came back to record the bulk of the album with Ferguson at a farmhouse in Melbourne’s north. More touring followed, but whenever the band had time they were back in the studio, ultimately recording two more tracks as well as the over-dubs. “The journey’s been amazing,” Hogkins enthuses, “It surprised even us. It was so productive and it’s opened the door for more collaborative work in the future.” With this album comes a shake up in image. The band are no longer just a jugband – they are a “psychedelic jugband.” “We started thinking about our name and what it conveys. ‘Perch Creek Family Jugband’ sounds a bit oldfashioned. It conjures up pictures of a cute, wholesome family, which stems from the truth. We are brothers and sisters and we did grow up there. We are inspired by skiffle and jugband styles, but I feel we’ve taken a new direction. Some of the new songs are not what people might think – they are a bit psychedelic. Not necessarily in that drug-taking, long-haired way, but more that raw energy kind of way, like Neil Young’s ‘70s

60 SECONDS with ASH FROM THE BEEGLES Define your genre in five words or less:  Freak oddball pop diamond cartwheels.  What can a punter expect from your live show? Guaranteed boogie times, sequin outfits and not a pretentious snigger all night.  What’ve you got to sell CD-wise? We have two EPs available on Bandcamp/at shows for real cheap. One is our debut self-titled EP and the second EP is called Daytime. We are also working on our debut LP titled Sanpaku Eyes. So, someone is walking past as you guys are playing, they then go get a beer and tell their friend about you... what do they say? OH MY GLOB IT’S TYSON SLITHERS!!! HE’S MY HERO!!!

How long have you been gigging and writing? We’ve all been playing in various outfits for 12-17 years, but the two main Beegles have been writing together since mid-high school. What makes a good musician? Sweet guitar faces, risk management skills, amplification, agility, protein, rich parents, high fives, milk crates, introspection and op shops.   How do you stop your pre-gig jitters? With vegetables, clean underwear and determination! When’s the gig and with who? On Saturday May 17 we are doing a double EP launch with our good bro Greg Steps. Empat Lima and the Lovely Days are lined up as supports.

Q & A with CHILDREN OF BODOM Tell us about the recording of Halo Of Blood at your in-house studio in Helsinki as well as in Petrax Studio, Hollola, with support from Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, Pain). It was a very relaxed process. It was great not having any time limits, and working with Peter was great as always. He’s a singer too, so he knows how to get his ideas across to me easily. Will we be seeing any video footage for the Halo of Blood touring cycle, or any plans for another lvive DVD or documentary? Nothing set right now but we will put out some footage at some point. What artist or band would COB like to collaborate with or tour with? AC/DC and Men At Work. Of course. What is the favourite COB track between the band and why? Halo Of Blood. Just because it’s mean. 

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According to COB what is an important new band to look out for? Lost Society. Being back on Nuclear Blast (where you started) is a type of homecoming. How and why did COB decide to return to Nuclear Blast? The contract with Spinefarm/Universal had expired and Nuclear Blast had come to us with a good offer. What have been some of your favourite moments from previous tours in Australia? We played there many times and some tours even did Perth. All of them are my fave. Hmm. I just loved it from the first day I stepped on the Aussie soil – that was Sydney some years ago! People are laidback and friendly. Weather is gorgeous and so on. Last time a friend of mine took me surfing on our day off, which was awesome and so relaxing during a tour.

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rocky ballad-sounding stuff. We wanted to put a word there that shakes the image. It’s not punky, but we’re more energetic than what the name might convey.” As for the album’s title, it comes from a line in one of the tracks, Mother of My Mother. Hodgkins explains the attraction. “It’s not because that song was the lynchpin to the album. We just loved the metaphor and the imagery. This album is a big leap for us. It’s very exciting, because of all of these new songs. That image, the leap, the risktaking resonates with us. Also, we have a circus spirit to the band. There’s a colourful dynamic in what we wear onstage; we have the family thing, we have five strong personalities and we clash and meld all at once. That energy is reflected in the circus imagery of the title.” THE PERCH CREEK FAMILY JUGBAND’s Jumping on the Highwire is out now through Vitamin Records. The album’s launch is at The Hi-Fi on Saturday May 10, with special guests Quarry Mountain Dead Rats and Arthur Penn & The Funky Ten.


BEECHWORTH MUSIC FESTIVAL By Krissi Weiss After about an hour or so at most festivals, munted punters can start resembling asylum inmates from the 19th century at the best of times. Conceiving of a festival within the grounds of an historic sanatorium farm seems like the sanest choice a festival can make. There are no walls or chambers here though – Beechworth Music Festival is to be carved out on the natural amphitheatre of Madman’s Gully with music and camping set against the backdrop of the region’s rolling hills. While the festival circuit has been exceedingly turbulent lately, co-director Lex Fletcher had a vision for what he wanted to create. Beechworth Music Festival isn’t competing with the larger festivals or even the other regional Victorian festivals. You see, we’re all invited to Fletcher’s big idea that came to him while spinning vinyl alone in his shed (not while hoping for world domination), and for that reason, it’s sure to be a inimitable weekend. “[This is] a monumentally long-held pipe dream,” Fletcher says, “that came about after too many late nights in my shed listening to vinyl… and germinated over a round of beers with my co-organiser Rikki Raadsveld. I still get a totally unique pleasure, every time, witnessing live music. I want to translate that to all BMF goers.” Fletcher doesn’t deny that it’s a scary to be launching a festival, but his enthusiasm is infectious and his plan is realistic enough to succeed. “It’s a battle I liken to the South Park episode where City Wok goes into full scale military battle – it’s mightily hilarious and very bloody,” he says. “Today there are an abundant number of cracking festivals, from the biggies to the boutique, all vying for punters to engage. At BMF Central we have really paid attention to the little idiosyncrasies as well as the big picture stuff and so our nerves are pretty well settled leading into this, the preceding week of our festival. “The very first weeks were the opposite, jagged, jaded nerves ruled the roost and after many sleepless nights mainly due to obtaining all the official paperwork, we didn’t have time to be nervous. There were truckloads of work that needed to be done so we just ran on pure energy all the while and all the time constantly crackin’ ourselves up that we were actually running a music festival,” he says. “Occasionally vomiting due to an email that’s arrived in the inbox isn’t nerves, is it?” The audience’s experience is front and centre for the organisers of BMF and their unique location holds more tricks up its sleeve than just a nifty story. “Madman’s Gully Amphitheatre is going to blow festivalgoer’s minds; it is purpose built and in the beautiful farmland setting of the decommissioned Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum it feels both spacious and intimate,” he says. “The sunset fading over the back of the stage coming onto night is illuminating and so chilled. The campground is so close to the stage – it’s only about a one minute’s walk – and you can watch the stage from so many unique places: on the grassy banks, front and centre, or standing at the bar knocking back a cold beverage. We don’t want to compete with any regional festivals – the north east area has so many important events – we just hope to create our own style and legacy.” When putting together a festival lineup there are many frustrating practicalities to consider – budget, logistics, availability – but Fletcher knew what he was shooting for and basically got his wish list. “Initially the very first reason was personal, in that I needed to attempt to get all the bands I dig that would bring their own great complexities and sound individually but in a shape that melded and immersed so that the lineup followed a thread from start to finish,” he says. “That thread being, each act is sonically immersive but are completely different beasts to one another, be it in sound or visually. It is so hard to define criteria for me on choosing a wish list, sound, feel, originality, but in the end I just thought, ‘Fuck it, take a punt Lex and go with what musically flips your switch.’ So I did!” The biggest problem with creating the living and breathing art that is a festival is that as its curator, you hardly get to enjoy any of it. You work and work until the gates open – when the real work begins – and finally get to breathe once the last chord is struck. Fletcher, however, is determined to be both music fan and festival organiser. “My festival-going, gig-loving devil on my right shoulder is telling me that I can just cruise on May 10 and enjoy the BMF lineup all day long without a care or worry in the world,” he says. “The ever-party-poopin’ fun police little devil on my left shoulder (no room for angels on these world bearin’ shoulders) is whispering in my ear, ‘Don’t listen to him because on May 10 you cannot sleep in, you must stay alert and sober, get your act together ‘cos you’ve got a long day of work.’ I have made one pact with myself on the day of BMF 2014 – I am going to experience at least 10 minutes of every band/act on our lineup. I just want BMF to be all about the bands, artists, the music and the festivalgoers. At the end of the night I’m looking forward to crackin’ the top off a cold beer, sittin’ back and having a yarn about BMF 2014.”

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CITIZEN By Denver Maxx “ Yes I know my enemies/They’re the teachers who taught me to f ight me/Compromise, conformity, assimilation, submission, ignorance, hypocrisy, brutality, the elite...” and so closes Rage Against the Machine’s epic stanza Know Your Enemy. This song, from the legendary political rap/metal group’s 1992 self-titled debut album, taught many a young music fan that music could be genuinely meaningful as well as energising and entertaining. Three such students of an RATM musical education are David Milner, Alex Brooks and Neil Maguire; these three bayside-bred dudes are also the vocals, guitar, bass and drums of jammin’ neo-grunge outfit Citizen who are launching their debut album Enemies this Friday May 16 at Prince of Wales public bar. Two weeks out from this show, Beat caught with Brooks and Milner to discuss Kool Skools, Prize Pigs and political platforms. “We like music that isn’t exactly popular at the moment like Rage Against the Machine, Alice in Chains...” begins Milner with Brooks finishing off the list, “Metallica, Soundgarden and other guitardriven music.” Throughout the interview the pair communicate almost as one, with each finishing the other’s sentences, a symbiosis that alludes to a lifelong friendship. Brooks and Milner met at primary school then going to high school together, bonding over many years through a love of bands like Rage Against the Machine, System of a Down, Alice in Chains, Kyuss and Metallica. However, the formation of Citizen came out of the blue – they had a gig before they had a full lineup. “We’d finished school and I had been off snowboarding for six months, Brooksy called me when I had just got back and said he’d entered us in a band comp called Kool Skools. I wrote a song called Redneck With A Bong and we won the award for Best Hard Rock Band in 2004 and got to play at the awards night at the then Telstra Dome, now Etihad Stadium, in front of two thousand people,” explains Milner.

If you own a copy of Kools Skools 2004 compilation, you won’t find Citizen on there because back then they were known as Prize Pig. “We decided we didn’t like the name Prize Pig,” begins Brooks. “It sounded too much like a punk band from the Mornington Peninsula,” completes Milner. And there isn’t actually a band from the Mornington Peninsula called Prize Pig or anything similar it’s just the ‘vibe’ of the name, believe Brooks and Milner – the explanation of this situation was bizarre and hilarious. The origin of the name Citizen lies deeply embedded within the ethos of the band and its inspirations.

“We were floating a few ideas around and David had come across a blog where it talked about how Audioslave chose their name and it came down to Audioslave or Civilian. And we kind of liked Citizen.” Now Milner, the band’s lyric writer and a full-time journalist, intellectualises the band’s name, “It’s a name that has a political connotation because this is our voice to say something, to be heard.” Finally, the band focuses on the album launch. “Opening the night are The Black Alleys who are rad; sort of like Queens of the Stone Age mixed with Sublime. In the middle of the lineup is Drifter,

who are a grunge rock band who write really good songs, and then we’ll be doing our thing and we have a couple of guest musicians joining us – my brother James Milner and a guy from stoner band Borrachero called Darren Griffin.”

CITIZEN are playing Prince of Wales Public Bar, St Kilda on Friday May 16. If you purchase a copy of Enemies you will get a free drink at the bar. Joining them are The Black Alleys, Drifter, DJ Denver Maxx and DJ Mermaid. Entry is free.

60 SECONDS WITH with INFINITY BROKE Define your genre in five words or less: Noisy, hypnotic, krauty, percussive, rock.

What can a punter expect from your live show? Euphoria.

What part of making music excites you the most? The making part.

What’ve you got to sell CD-wise? Our album River Mirrors is available on limited edition 180gm vinyl and CD.

So, someone is walking past as you guys are playing, they then go get a beer and tell their friend about you... what do they say? “The bassist looks like a cross between Wayne Coyne and Han Solo...blah blah...two drummers!... blah blah...octopuses...what’s the guitarist/singer guy warbling on about?”

When are you doing your thing next? The Bridge Hotel in Castlemaine on Thursday May 8 with special guests Machine Translations, then the Gasometer (re-opening night!) on Friday May 9  with special guests Machine Translations and Jacky Winter.

60 SECONDS WITH with MUSHROOM GIANT Define your genre in five words or less: Bollard rock (it’s a bit bigger than ordinary ‘post rock’). Do you have any new releases? Yeah, this will be our third album. We gave some of our fans a multiple choice question on what they thought was the best album title – Painted Mantra was the most preferred so we went with that. We like it too, of course. It kinda sums up the duality of audio and visual art we put into our live performance. We’ve always like that slant; suits us as instrumental songwriters. So, someone is walking past as you guys are playing... what do they say? Who’s the singer, and when’s he gonna sing something?!

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Why should everyone come and see your band? We have our own sound. Our style is something we’ve developed since jamming as young guys at uni (studying visual art). And it’s exciting to hear unique styles, I think anyway. Do you play the same songs each performance? No, we like to vary our setlists, especially favouring the new songs. But it’s good to revisit older songs as well, which also helps sell the older CDs. What part of making music excites you the most? Watching a song develop is pretty cool, from embryo stage in the jam sessions to fullyfledged live track. We like to structure our songs’ development in three categories. First is the improvisational stage where ideas are created and jammed out. This may include some ‘induced-

assistance’… Second stage is hard work, and being sober. Nailing the composition and licks. Stage three means it’s ready to graduate to the live stage. We debuted a new one called Majestic Blackness in front of a big audience the other night at our Espy show with Sydonia’s album launch. We pulled it off, and that’s definitely an exciting aspect of making music. Are you going on tour anytime soon? Yes, as soon as we get this album out we’re touring around Australia, and then there’s a few international destinations in mind, Japan being one. When’s the gig and with who? It’s on Saturday May 17 at the Northcote Social Club with Anna Salen, The Black Galaxy Experience and Roni Shewan’s band, Shiver Canyon.

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By Emily Kelly: ek1984@gmail.com Deez Nuts and Confession will join their considerable forces for the Rampage tour this June. Their mostly allages dates boast supports from Hand Of Mercy and Thorns. The two headliners will alternate with each show, just to keep you on your toes. Check it out at the Workers Club on Friday June 27 or if you’re underage, head to Arrow on Swanston on Wednesday May 28. Tickets are available now. Canberra band Revellers are releasing their second EP and then touring the country in support of it. Your Round cops a release on Saturday June 14 and you can hear it live at Bar 303 in Northcote on Saturday July 12. Great room, good band, go to the gig. You now have an extra chance to catch Knapsack while they’re in the country for Poison City Weekender festivities. On Thursday August 21 they’ll headline a show at the Reverence Hotel. Meanwhile PCR have announced a limited edition LP reissue of Knapsack’s classic Day Three of my New Life and This Conversation Is Ending Starting Right Now. Both repackaged, remastered and released on Friday July 4. Poison Idea have added one more Melbs show to their upcoming tour. The new date is Sunday May 18 at the ol’ Bendigo Hotel on Johnston St. Tickets are available now for the grabbing. Can’t wait for this one. Newcastle dudes Trophy Eyes have caught the ears of US label Hopeless Records, and thus the respect of their Aussie peers. They’ve signed a worldwide deal with the popular punk rock label and will release their debut album with them later this year. Recording begins next month but they’ll be scheduling some tour dates soon so you can hear what the fuss is about. Braid will release their first album in 16 years in 2014, via Topshelf Records. Will Yip (La Dispute, Title Fight) is on board as producer and we’ll have twelve tasty new tracks to sink our teeth into. The band said recently, “We feel like we want this to be an introduction to Braid more than a follow-up to previous material. We wanted to capture the spirit and

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CORE GIG GUIDE WEDNESDAY MAY 7: Children of Bodom, Eye of The Enemy, Orpheus Omega at Billboard The Decline, Wolfpack, Speech Patterns, Foxtrot at Bendigo Hotel THURSDAY MAY 8: Origin, A Million Dead Birds Laughing, Eternal Rest, King Parrot, Whoretopsy at Corner Hotel The Decline, Initials, Take Your Own, Speech Patterns at the Reverence Raygun Mortlock, Grindhouse, Mutton, Worm Crown at the Bendigo Blkout, Imprisoned, Born Free at Next FRIDAY MAY 9: The Bennies, Apart From This, Foxtrot, Bro Down, Beacons at the Public Bar Ringworm, Against, Caged Crave, Internal Rot, Party VIbez at the Bendigo Hotel Clowns, Mesa Cosa at Karova Lounge SATURDAY MAY 10: Ceres, Lincoln Le Fevre, Oslow at the Curtin Closure in Moscow, Sons of Rico, Kalacoma at the Evelyn Ringworm, Mindsnare, Twitching Tongues, Iron Mind, I Exist, Against, Shackles, Colossus, Mood Swing, Manhunt, Born Free at Lillydale Showgrounds Gideon, Vices, Perspectives at Bang Misery Signals, Stories at the Espy SUNDAY MAY 11: Misery Signlas, Foundation, Disgrace, Endless Heights, Warbrain, Blkout, The Others, Outight, Starvation, Legions, Downside at Lillydale Showgrounds Antiskeptic, Sounds Like Chicken, Best Before, The Ramshackle Army, The Playbook, Admiral Ackbars Dishonourable Discharge, Payoff at Ding Dong Gideon, Vices, Perspectives at Wrangler Gareth Liddaird, Lower Plenty at the Workers Club

FRAGMENTA SCORES DISTRO DEAL

THE BABY ANIMALS RELEASE DELUXE ALBUM EDITION

Industrial thrash trio Fragmenta are well into the recording process of the follow-up to their scorching debut Sedition. In the meantime, they’ve just signed with German metal specialists Legacy Records. “The rough mixes we’ve got so far already sound amazing,” singer/guitarist Duncan Fisher says. “The final product is going to be a real treat sonically and musically, especially if you liked our first. It is more progressive and melodic but when it comes to brutality it’s got it in spades. It has everything Fragmenta is known for.” Fisher recently won the Youth Recognition Award for contributions to the community for his work in Fragmenta, radio station Tribe 91.1FM and as a producer, having produced albums for bands such as Iron Feather and Red Leather Riot.

The Baby Animals have just announced a ‘Deluxe Fully Loaded Edition’ of their 2013 album This Is Not the End, complete with 16 live tracks from the Feed the Birds tour, a lyric booklet, BA365 Rockumentary and the brand new single This Is Not the End. There are three different packs available from the Social Family Records website, the most deluxe of which includes all of the above plus t-shirt, stubby holder, signed limited edition vinyl copy of the album, two VIP tickets to an intimate acoustic show in Sydney, a beanie and tote bag, and a personal thank-you email from my crush Suze DeMarchi.

DOUBLE DRAGON REUNION?

If you’re heading along to see The Crimson ProjeKCt (celebrating the music of King Crimson) next month, spare a thought for our Adelaidean friends. The band doesn’t currently have a show booked there on this tour. But wait! A Pledgemusic campaign has been set up to help fund a possible Adelaide show. And even if you aren’t planning to be in Adelaide at the time of the gig, it’s a great way to purchase the band’s Official Bootleg Live – Extended Edition album, or get a t-shirt, or a all sorts of stuff. Go to pledgemusic. com/projects/thecrimsonprojekct#exclusives to check it out. And if you’re in Melbourne you can see the band, which features three King Crimson alumni Adrian Belew (Bowie, Talking Heads, Frank Zappa), Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, John Lennon, Chapman Stick exponent) and  Pat Mastelotto (David Sylvian, Sugarcubes, John Paul Jones) joined by Fripp acolyte Markus Reuter and the rhythm section of the Adrian Belew Power Trio – Julie Slick and Tobias Ralph – at The Hi-Fi on Thursday June 26.

Jeez, what’s with all the Adelaide rock/metal news this week? Step it up, Melbourne! Anyway, extreme metal monsters Double Dragon jammed together for the first time in years over the weekend to see where things stand regarding a potential reunion. It’s probably too soon to say whether they’ll be back for sure, but fingers crossed, eh? Anyone who saw them opening for Megadeth and Slayer in Melbourne (on the infamous gig where Tom Araya lost his voice and DD’s vocalist Lee Gardiner stepped in for a song) knows how brutal DD can be live.

TWO FOR KILL TV Kill TV play the Espy Gershwin Room on Thursday May 8 with heaps of other cool bands for the Positive Vibes benefit. $10 for 10 bands all for a good cause. You can also catch them at the Barwon Club in Geelong on Friday May 9. The band will be recording their debut EP Static soon which will be released later this year.

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CHRIS WILSON

WEDNESDAY MAY 7

Chris Wilson has been an essential part of the Australian blues and rock music scene since taking to the stage with the Sole Twisters over 20 years ago. Stints with Harum Scarum and Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls followed, and by the end of the '80s Chris was renowned as one of Australia’s finest vocalists, harmonica players and songwriters, fronting the superb Crown of Thorns. Chris’ performances are filled with his own brand of sensuality and dynamic power and his stage presence, voice and talent are all as big as the country he lives in. This blues icon will be playing two sets at the Retreat Hotel front bar every Wednesday in May from 7:30pm. Free Entry.

JESSICA HOLT AND ADRIAN HODGSON

The Acoustic Sessions is a free night where you can pull up a seat at a table in the front room (or a couch if you prefer) and enjoy some relaxed tunes from an array of Australia’s finest acoustic artists, all while enjoying the large number of choices from the Colonel Tan’s Thai Restaurant menu. For the month of May, a great variety of artists have been handpicked by local company Amber Mic Productions. Kicking things off will be Jessica Holt and Adrian Hodgson this Wednesday May 7 at Revolver. Doors open at 6.30pm and entry is free.

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Kevin Burke is an Irish fiddle legend and has been a guiding force in the shaping of traditional music over the past few decades. He currently lives in America and is on a short trip to Australia where he will be guest tutor at the Irish Fiddle Camp in Yarra Junction. Kevin was fiddler for the 1970s Irish super group The Bothy Band and currently tours the world doing solo Irish fiddle concerts. He also plays with the famed Fiddler’s Festival group and is a renowned teacher of traditional Irish music. See one of the great players of the fiddle in action as he performs airs, reels and jigs, hornpipes, slides and polkas from the rich Irish tradition. This is violin playing by a master. Not to be missed. This Thursday May 8 at the Thornbury Theatre. Tickets are on sale now at thornburytheatre.oztix.com.au.

Fresh from a national tour with The Stray Sisters (The Waifs) and a show with Kris Kristofferson, Ruby Boots has been wowing audiences all around Australia, so this is likely to be your only chance to see her perform in the small rooms around Melbourne. Ruby Boots will be performing at the Drunken Poet on Wednesday May 7 and the Labour In Vain on Thursday May 8 as well as the Toff in Town on May 13. Make sure you get down to see her play these venues while you can.

FOUR HOURS SLEEP

Four Hours Sleep are not a band to rush things. The group’s new self-titled record has arrived eight years after the epic 2006 release Love Specifics which landed ten years after the iconic 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 will launch their brand new album Wednesday May 7 at the Toff in Town with special guest Freya Josephine Hollick. $15 entry and doors open at 7.30.

FRIDAY MAY 9 SHERIFF

A two-night hell raisin’ hootenanny at the Old Bar with Sheriff playing over both nights with two outstandingly awesome lineups. On Friday May 9 Sheriff will be joined by the three-headed stoner blues rock outfit of Child and living fuzz psychedelic blues rock legends My Left Boot. As if that wasn’t enough to blow your socks off, Saturday May 10 unleashes a whole different beast when Sheriff will be joined by the mysterious and ever so mighty Fuck the Fitzroy Doom Scene. On top of that, direct from New South Wales and hitting you in the face like a severe tropical cyclone will be The Berkshire Hunting Club. Entry is $10 and doors open at 8.30pm.

THURSDAY MAY 8 SPENCER P JONES

The Drunken Poet is rapt to welcome back Spencer P. Jones for a month-long residency every Thursday in May. Spencer has been a constant in the Australian music scene for the past 30 years, having been a member of such seminal bands as The Johnny’s and The Beasts of Bourbon. Spencer’s ubiquity in our scene proves just how good his songs are and intimate sessions such as this month’s residency provide the perfect platform to show them off. Spencer P. Jones kicks off his residency this Thursday May 8 at the Drunken Poet from 9.30pm.

KYLIE AULDIST AND THE GLENROY ALLSTARS

This Thursday May 8, Kylie Auldist and The Glenroy Allstars will be taking over Cherry Bar for ‘Soul in the Basement’. The Bamboos member and her band will be taking to the stage at 10pm with DJ’s Vince Peach and Pierre Baroni keeping the tunes rolling till close. Entry is $10.

THE DECLINE

WA skate-punks The Decline just unleashed their fresh 5-track EP on Good Friday and this week they’re kicking off their wild national tour. This lap of the map will see the dudes take over the Reverence front bar, lewd and loud with support from fellow flag-flying punk rockers Initials and Take Your Own. Punk shredders Speech Patterns will also be joining the event all the way from Tasmania. Doors open at 8pm and entry is $10.

SUN GOD REPLICA

Sun God Replica formed two years ago when Link McLennan and Lochie Cavigan 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. They opted for a three-piece lineup deciding that it was a nasty, pointy shape as opposed to the squareness of a four-member lineup. Besides, Cream were a three-piece, and that was enough for them. They recruited former Monochromes member Tim Pickering on bass to complete their power trio. They play the Retreat Hotel Brunswick on Friday May 9 with guests, Levitating Churches. Free entry.

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THURSDAY 8th MAY THE TIGER & ME

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BART

Grown in the forests of Tasmania, nurtured and shaped by isolation from any sensible ears, the refreshing sounds of Bart are a gently contrasting mix of rock, pop and indie-folk carried effortlessly along with the lyrics of a man wise beyond his years, yet far from acting his age. Positively bursting with energy, Bart deliver bright, colourful tracks yearning with riffs of desperation and exasperation, released in one loud, upbeat, gushing sigh. Raw and honest, yet slightly mysterious, Bart maintain an all-encompassing yet unique style of rock, delivered with a smile and slow shake of the head. They play the Retreat in Brunswick on Thursday May 8 with Middle Eastern punk rockers The Shabbab and electro duo Kakariko. Free entry.

THE TIGER & ME

The Tiger & Me play at the Spotted Mallard on Thursday May 8. The show will feature several new songs as they air some new material before recording a new album. Support will come from Jane and Kel, one half of The Nymphs, as they continue their fantastic new folk duo after their recent, successful debut at the Thornbury Theatre. Free entry, good food, mulled wine and The Tiger & Me, all kicking off from 8.30pm.

GORSHA

Darwin-come-Melbourne band, Gorsha make guitar music from the tropics.  Yah Yah’s likes them and so should you. Gorsha are doing a four-week residency at Yah Yah’s every Thursday in May, except for the last one. Each week Gorsha will be joined by very special guests: OHMS & The Shifters (Thursday May 15) and McBain & The Inches (Thursday May 22). Doors open at 7pm and live music starts at 9pm. Free entry.

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Following on from a successful 18 months touring his debut album Our Shining Skin, Sam Brittain is back on the road in 2014 playing intimate shows and busking the streets of Australia in 2014 with his new album Live Simply.   A sound reminiscent of artists such as Ryan Adams, Glen Hansard and Damien Rice, Brittain’s songwriting is largely observational, capturing the simple moments. Catch him at Revolver this Friday May 9. Doors open at 8.30pm and entry is $5.

FIST2FACE BENEFIT SHOW

The Bennies are putting on a benefit show at the Public Bar this Friday night to help the iconic and unreal record store, Fist2Face. The shop is closing down after ten years of supporting local bands and artists. The lineup features The Bennies, Foxtrot, Apart From This, Beacons and Brodown. Entry is $20 and doors open at 8.30pm. All profits from this show will be going to help the store try and minimize its debts.

THE APE

The Ape is the latest of Tex Perkins' musical projects. They’ll be launching their most recent record at Cherry Bar this Friday May 10. Spencer P. Jones and The Escape Committee and Crystal Thomas will be supporting this Australian rock legend. Tickets are available through cherrybar.com.au and doors open at 8pm. Cherry DJ Lucy Arundel will be spinning disks deep into the night.

HANDS OF HOPE

Hands of Hope are headlining a huge night of melodic hardcore at the Reverence Hotel Footscray this Friday, playing alongside Melbourne acts Wonders, Hope in Hell and Self Help. Come on down and check out some great local talent in what is sure to be a huge night filled with huge tunes. Doors open at 8pm and entry is $8 on the door.


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HARRY HOWARD

Their first major show since the launch of the acclaimed Pretty LP, Harry Howard & The NDE claim this opportunity to deliver their unique protoand post-punk-inspired sounds with yet more focus and suave-ish, fevered abandon. With Pretty still haunting the consciousness of the nation, Harry feels the time is right for some kind of "cool, supernatural, meltdown" as a fitting repayment for their home townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loyalty. Harry Howard & The NDE will be joined by Spinning Rooms and Repairs at the Spotted Mallard this Friday. Doors open at 6pm and entry is $12.

SONS OF RICO

On Friday May 9, Sons of Rico (who recently relocated from Perth to Melbourne) team up with No Escape for the King to play Yah Yahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s with opening act, Halcyon Drive. With Melbourneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music scene being the thriving hub that it is, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no surprise that Perth band Sons of Rico have come to get amongst all the action. Songwriter and frontman of Sons of Rico, Alex MacRae, is now calling Melbourne home. Having parted ways with busy drummer boy Adam Weston (Birds of Tokyo), and Perth lads and best mates Brett Murray, Rob Stephens, and Chris Callan, MacRae has spent the last few months hand-picking this all-new all-Melbourne lineup. Doors open at 7pm and live music kicks off at 9pm. Free entry.

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.

SATURDAY MAY 10

MOSE + THE FMLY

MosĂŠ + The FMLY are set to hit the road on their debut Australian tour. The crew have put together an energetic live experience, playing sold-out shows, residencies and supports around Melbourne for the best part of the last two years. The crew even took their soulful brand of hip-hop to the US for a 201213 five-show tour playing across New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. The tour supports the release of the new single Copper Dollar, set to hit the waves late April/early May and also gives the chance for the crewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s burgeoning audience to finally see them live in their city. MosĂŠ + The FMLY also plan to release their debut studio EP after the Copper Dollar tour. Catch them at Revolver this Saturday May 10. Doors open at 8pm and presale tickets are $5 or $10 on the door.

SOL HAUS AND THE SPOKESMEN

Sol Haus and the Spokesmen are a tight, swinging, heavy soul band, reminiscent of Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels or any of those blue-eyed '60s hurricanes that still light up dance floors today. The flip side Detroit sound is alive and well and in very good hands with this eight-piece monster, with horns, and some of the best drumming around. DJ Sye Saxon and friends will be pumpinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; up the dancefloor with those soulful '60s sounds. Get tight and get outta sight at The LuWow on Saturday May 10. Entry is free.

SEXY/HEAVY

Forty weeks in and Wattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s On Presents at Prince of Wales has become the hub of everything that is sexy and heavy in St. Kilda on a Friday night.... So it made complete sense to celebrate this aesthetic by getting Melbourne rock act Sexy/Heavy to headline. The sludge-rock four-piece, originally from Wellington, just released their debut album at a near sold-out show at Cherry Bar.  Joining them is grunge outfit Long Holiday, playing a style of bass-heavy rock that harks back to the glory days of L7, Nirvana, and Hole. The night kicks off with alt-country aficionados Shaky Stills and finishing up is none other than DJ Mermaid. Music kicks off at 8.30pm and entry is free.

RED SKY BURIAL 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 2013â&#x20AC;şs 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 â&#x20AC;šem on Friday May 9 at 170 Russell.

Saturday May 10 sees Melbourne rockers Red Sky Burial return to their favourite stomping ground, the Reverence Hotel, for a night of riff tacos. Joining them will be Self is a Seed coming all the way down the Hume from Sydney along with the proggy Sons of Abraham and the two-piece wall of sound Spider Goat Canyon. Take your mum out for the perfect motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day. Entry is $12 and doors open at 8pm.

BLACK CAB

Black Cab are a unique drone guitar and electronica group. The band is heavily influenced by 1970s psychedelic rock, coupled with elements of Krautrock and more programmed driven beats and electronic soundscapes. Black Cab are back in the studio again recording tracks for their fourth album. They are coming out of the studio to play a set at one of our fave Melbourne venues, Yah Yahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Saturday May 10 to celebrate their change of ownership. This is Black Cabâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only show until late July. They play at 2am. Entry is free and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sure to be a drunk and dancey event.

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BLOW OUT Get Busy, Mat Cant & Sammy the Bullet

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SUPER GRANDE

One for the Heart, a benefit for Sacred Heart Mission is now in its second year, put on by bands from St Kilda’s underground rock scene. It will be held on Saturday May 10 at the Lyrebird Lounge, Ripponlea, with performances from Penny Ikinger, Waco Social Club, Calamity Jane’s Country Addiction, Baron Franco & The Travelling Road and Ollie Laurie. A great lineup for an even greater cause. Doors open at 6pm and entry is $7.

may 11th

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. ‘Welcome to the Jangle’ happens on Saturday May 10 at the Workers Club, Fitzroy. First 100 presales receive a limited edition six-track CD featuring two songs from each band. Doors open at 8pm and tickets are available through oztix.com.au.

JAMIE HAY

MOJO JUJU

RIFLE BIRDS

STEVE MILLER BAND

Erika Dunville has stepped aside from her own skyrocketing career in Palm Springs to lure 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, The Steve Miller Band comes from a time when Little Richard was the most wanted man in the USA. Catch them this Sunday May 11 at the Old Bar. Doors open at 8pm and entry is $8.

PHEASANT PLUCKERS

$10 from 2am

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Feeling down, lonely, in need of a pick-me-up good time? Go and see the Pheasant Pluckers. This has been the cry of many a respected therapist for well over ten years now. The reason why? When the Pluckers get together and play, their enthusiasm and sheer enjoyment of music is infectious – toes start tapping, faces break into smiles, and all is good again in the world. Who couldn’t use a little more of all of this? The Pheasant Pluckers play Sunday May 11 at the Drunken Poet from 4pm.

2fudha, Flip3k, Arctic, Galtier, Alaska & Gingus

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The Chromenips will reconvene once more at YahYah’s Fitzroy for “the changing of the guard” party, which sees the old management hand over the venue to the new owners, Cherry Bar, who will be taking their time to settle in before re-launching Yah Yah’s officially in July.The Chromenips formed over a lot of beers five years ago at Yah Yah’s and were managed by one of the venues’ founding managers and part owner, Dom Tracy, who now is based in Brooklyn and coowns the Great Georgiana bar. A magical chemistry erupts whenever these guys are in the same room. It seems like ‘too much’ but it is exactly enough. Entry is free and late tunes will be kicking on with Richie 1250 and J Goody Goodman.

DEAR MONDAY

Mojo Juju is 5’3” of wise-crackin’, sass-mouthin’, jumpjivin’ attitude wrapped up in  a zoot suit and propped up on a Cuban heel, a seasoned touring act as well known  for her dry humour and sartorial inspiration as she is for her mighty voice and dirty  guitar licks. Without ever seeming to be confined or aligned to one genre, Mojo manages to combine the wild abandon of rock'n'roll, the sex & swagger of the blues, the wit and humour of jazz and the heartbreak and vulnerability of country  music, all the while sounding quite unlike anyone or anything you’ve heard before.  With band in tow, Mojo Juju plays two sets at the Retreat Hotel Brunswick on Sunday May 11 from 7.30pm. Free entry.

Riflebirds return to the Reverence Hotel this Saturday, bringing their impressive, unique style of alt, psych and country rock. Following the release of their first single Easily in January, the band will be heading into the studio later this year to record their debut album.

THE CHROMENIPS

MONDAY MAY 12

Newcastle native come embraced Melbourne resident Jamie Hay has spent most of his days participating in music – from the politically wrought Conation, the magnetic anthems of Fear Like Us to the recently – departed Melbourne rock stalwarts A Death in the Family and everything in between. While recent years have found Hay sharing the stage with a number of companions, it’s still his twangy ruminations on life’s great mysteries that render heart-touching songs, befitting of his upbringing in an old coal-mining town. He plays the Old Bar this Saturday May 10. Entry is free and doors open at 3pm.

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MAY 11th

SUNDAY MAY 11

WELCOME TO THE JANGLE

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Alongside them will be Melbourne band Elephant Hide smashing out some alternative tunes and local Footscray band The Great Western who will be showcasing some folksy indie rock. Entry is $10 and doors open at 8pm.

In this great music town, there is an endless flow of new talent arriving on the scene. On Mondays, the Retreat Hotel presents four acts that represent some of the most exciting new and emerging talent we’ve seen. This is no open mic gig; it’s a love letter to the heart of musicality that is Melbourne, and this love letter begins with Dear Monday. This week sees Chanelle Davis, Louis Le Foxx, Josephine Collins and Alex Culliver take stage. It all kicks off at Monday May 12 at 7pm. Free entry.

TUESDAY MAY 13 GEORGIA FIELDS

If you wander down to the Retreat Hotel on any Tuesday night in May, you will find delightful indiepop songstress Georgia Fields sitting at her piano, singing songs and telling awkward stories that go nowhere. You can expect sing-a-longs, songs you know, songs you don’t, and delicious beverages courtesy of the most handsome bar staff in town. Each week Georgia will be joined by new and esteemed guests, each handselected for their supreme excellence in the field of musical entertainment. Music starts form 7.30pm, Tuesdays in May at the Retreat Hotel. Free entry.

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Grand Salvo (set 2)

MAY 28 Davey Lane & Sara Retallick (set 1)

Sweet Jean (set 2)

ANDREW SWIFT & THE RATTLESNAKE CHOIR

Andrew Swift & The Rattlesnake Choir continue to strip things back this month, with their Sunday arvo acoustic residency at Footscray’s Reverence Hotel. This week the charming alt-country locals will be joined by the very entertaining Andrew McDonald and the super sweet Mara Threat. If you’re feeling a little broke or are in need of a solid Sunday sesh come down to the Reverence Hotel on Sunday May 11 from 4pm. Free entry.

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Blending influences from 1970s Nigerian Afrobeat with the deepest of street funk, The Seven Ups are the original eight-piece party band. Expect unrestrained solos by unkempt horns over an unpretentious rhythm section whose only interest is laying it down. The Seven Ups continue their matinee residency at the Spotted Mallard this Sunday May 11, performing two sets from 4.30pm. Entry is free.

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CALLUM & THE BIG ORDER 

Newly established Melbourne swamp rock band Callum & The Big Order, have come together to deliver  poignant vocals with country harmonies and an up-tempo distorted blues guitar to create a Robert Johnson meets Led Zeppelin twang. Callum also indexes Creedence Clearwater Revival and Neil Young as inspiration behind his atmospheric sound. Callum was raised in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Europe and moved as many as sixty times before settling into the musical hub known in Melbourne as St Kilda. As a result of the hustle and bustle of his travelling childhood, he has picked up influences from around the globe and created a provocative brand of rocking swamp-country blues with a psychedelic edge. They launch their new album at the Retreat Hotel on Thursday May 15 with special guests Scurvylicious, and Grace Anechka & Oli Dear (Perch Creek Family Jug Band). Music kicks of from 8:30pm. Free Entry. 


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THE SHARDS

GRINDHOUSE

It will be a swell night at Yah Yah’s on  Friday May 16  when garage duo The Shards and two other wild bands, Grandstands and King Evil play a free gig and get us all excited about the weekend. Doors open at 7pm and live music starts at 9pm.

SKYSCRAPER STAN & THE COMMISSION FLATS

At the end of the month, Skyscraper Stan & The Commission Flats are going underground for a while to make an album. Because they will be gone a fair while they figured they should have one last hurrah in our native Melbourne town. Come get loose on May 17 at Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy, and see Skyscraper Stan & The Commission Flats play a nice long set with all the tunes soon to be recorded, plus some oldies. Support from none other than the dashingly handsome Oskar Herbig and the Kebab Shop Punch Up. Doors open at 7pm. Free Entry.

Melbourne’s very own sexually misguided punk rock outlaws Grindhouse are launching their debut album Sleeping at the Peeps at Yah Yah’s on Friday May 23. Grindhouse are on a mission to deliver dirty garage rock action at all costs and are not afraid to strip down and talk dirty to do it. Grindhouse know how to deliver a non-stop set of riffs and dirty hits to play the best goddamn porn soundtrack you’ve never heard. Joining Grindhouse on the night will be psych rockers Sun God Replica, who are touring their latest full-length The Devil and the Deep, punk fuzz trio Drifter and Tasmanian/ Melbourne forest horror rockers, Captives. Doors open 7pm, entry is free.

THE INFANTS

Fresh from their first two tours of NSW as well as Adelaide and Hobart, Melbourne four-piece The Infants have returned with a brand new single Halves (a preview of their coming second EP). Blaise Adamson skips from yelps to whispers  spewing affecting flash bulb memories, while instrumentally the boys bend luxurious and  persuasive  into harrowing and heady. Having already played support to Thee Oh Sees, Puta Madre Brothers, The Grates, Cash Savage & The Last Drinks and Harry Howard & The NDE this will be your last chance to see The Infants for some time before they disappear again back into their basement studio for the winter. Support will come from Blackwood Jack and DJ Kezbot playing till 3am. It all starts from 10pm on Friday May 16 and entry is free.

CITIZEN

MY DYNAMITE

It’s been a whole lot of recording and little play  for  Melbourne’s purveyors of southern rock  My Dynamite as the feelgood sextet has been burrowing in and out of  the studio, manifesting  their second album following a very successful debut release and European tour in 2013. The band recently received a standing  ovation at  Sydney’s  Qantas Credit Union Arena after a stellar performance opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd on their 2014 World tour. They play the Retreat Hotel in Brunswick on Sunday May 18 with guests DD & The Damaged Goods and Bakersfield Glee Club. Free Entry.

ALEX AND THE SHY LASHLIES

DOGSDAY

Veterans and legends of the Melbourne music scene, Dogsday, return to their favorite local venue the Retreat Hotel to play two sets of their unique brand of rockin' country surfabilly. Come out of the cold and warm your soul with Dogsday’s catchy original tunes and classic covers from the likes of Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Kip Tyler. Supported by South Australian-born, Melbourne-based songwriter John Kenyon singing his original songs about the Australian experience. Backed by a group of gun musicians together they form a unique slow-grass ensemble. Definitely a night not to be missed. Doors open at 5pm. Free entry.

BROOKE RUSSELL AND THE MEAN REDS

With songs about boozy nights, bad decisions, broken hearts and the best intention, Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds blend country, blues, fold and swing to appease their love of all things vintage. Culminating in a kitchen in Fitzroy North, The Mean Reds draw influences from swing, alt country and trad jazz. The band is also inspired by the songs of Ryan Adams, Joe Henry, Gillian Welch, Tom Waits and Neko Case. With their debut album, Poor Virginia released August 2013, Brooke and the fellas play B.East for the first time Saturday May 17 and will be joined by the beautiful Ayleen and special guests from The Shotgun Wedding. Three sets from 10pm. Entry is Free.

Alex and The Shy Lashlies have been hanging around for something close to a year now, and have already discovered their own unique vein of brooding psych pop music. The quintet unites around 23 year old frontman and songwriter, Alex Lashlie, and brings to life his vast and cosmic back catalogue of tunes. A&TSL released their 7” Eleven Hours/ While You Were Sleeping earlier this year under Pure Pop Records and are currently working on their debut album due out later this year. A&TSL will be stripped back for the SWAGS Charity Event, performing as a celestial trio, accompanied by Jeff May and Etta Curry with harmonies a-plenty. The event kicks off on May 14 at 7pm. Entry is free and donations will also be gratefully accepted.

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 three piece 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.

DUSTIN TEBBUTT

Following the release of his latest single Bones, singersongwriter 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.

ZEVON & THE WEREWOLVES

Melbourne’s very own Zevon & The Werewolves are a thunderbolt of electric boogie blues. A four-piece welding a sound risen from the haze of the Mississippi delta region, the blues clubs of Chicago and the hellfire streets of Melbourne - it’s a look into the future of blues past, soulful as a preacher, powerful as a locomotive. Frontman Zevon Hiltz is a devastating guitarist with a voice to match and built this band with some of Melbourne’s most formidable players, Yuri Pavlinov (Bass), Sam Cope (Keys) and Graeme Pogson (Drums). The Werewolves will be taking to the stage at the infamous Cherry Bar in Melbourne’s rock city for their EP launch on Sunday May 18. Doors open at 2pm with support from Backward Creatures (3-4pm) and the Werewolves of Melbourne (4:30pm). Tickets are $5.

TENDER BONES

On May 24 Tender Bones will be launching their long awaited debut release in the form of a 10 inch Vinyl at Yah Yah’s. The Tender Bones are a love affair of the heart and the mind; the body and the soul and spirit... and the whatevers... They will be joined by some diverse bands that they love: The Electric Guitars, The Broken Needles, Hot Palms and the amazing Leo Mullins, you might know him from such bands as The Small Knives and 2 Litre Dolby. Get down to Yah Yah’s for free entry and a night of ragged shoegaze swagger. Doors open at 7pm.

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.

JUNE PEABODY

Hold on to your hats, people of Australia: the Peabody indie-post-punk-rock machine is celebrating its 20th birthday. Don’t miss Peabody celebrate an impressive 20 years at Yah Yah’s in Melbourne on Friday June 6 with Barebones (ex-Suits) and Motel Love. These boys-tomen have managed to play thousands of shows around Australia, both as headliners and supports for bands such as You Am I, Youth Group and Hoodoo Gurus. Peabody will be supported by Barebones (ex- Suits) and Motel Love. Doors open at 7pm. Free Entry.

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For more reviews go to beat.com.au/reviews THE ANNIE CROONERS The Brunswick Hotel, Sunday April 27 You’d better believe it, The Annie Crooners are a triumphant force to be reckoned with. The six-piece experimental rock band could barely fit on the small front stage at the Brunswick Hotel, but that didn’t stop them from deafening the crowd with their impressive and often complex song configurations. The crowd (and the band) were just the right amount of drunk by the time they hit the stage. Lead vocalist Seb Withycombe took a song or two to hit full stride, but soon demonstrated an impressive vocal range that met the band’s heavy genre-bending style. Drummer Hamish Chirnside was the standout on the night; he was impressive to watch on percussion. They were supported by three talented guitarists in Steve Wilcox and the Chirnside cousins, Andrew and David, as well as an animated bassist in Mark Green. With their first studio album only just in the works, the set was expectedly short but that didn’t stop the crowd from head-banging until near concussion. Highlights included the bassy riff of Motarmelon, Primitive Frontier and the closing track Beer Fear. This was the debut gig for the local Melbourne band but they could be heard for miles – expect plenty more to come. CHRIS BRIGHT

LOVED: Hamish Chirnside on drums. HATED: The set ending too soon. DRANK: Coopers pints.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK, STEVE KILBEY, DAVE MASON The Playhouse, Saturday May 3 These three undisputed titans put on a magical show of epic proportions – immaculately crafted and exquisitely executed musically – and embellished with rapier wit and philosophical discourse. On a stage almost as barren and sparse as the start of Stop Making Sense, these three performed in solo and duo configurations. Reel man Dave Mason was accompanied only by his guitarist and played a blinding set. From Bad Moon Rising to According to My Heart, Mason delivered. In between, he found time to engage the audience both surreptitiously and brazenly. Topics of Melbourne supporters, Tony Abbott, euthanasia, striped shirts and so forth were covered by the keen eye and sharp Mason mind. Heck, is our Dave Mason a Perry Mason of sorts? Love Will Find a Way, Number Three, Prefab Heart, This Guy’s In Love With You and, of course, Quasimodo’s Dream all got a run. Looking stockier, healthier and more like a librarian than the lanky figure of yore, Mason does not fail to enchant in his infrequent show. Next was Steve Kilbey in similar acoustic, but solo mode. Tristesse was followed by a Marc Bolan cover and even a new Church song, Old Coast Road, was unveiled. It was disappointing that Wolfe was cut short due to tuning problems and played at double speed. In the meantime, Kilbey even attempted some stand up comedy. This was mercifully brief. He is much better at saving his observations to topical quick fire snippets then to what he called “dad jokes.” The stage was well warmed now for Robyn Hitchcock. After the first couple of songs, The Abyss and Museum of Sex, his phrasing included elements that made him appear like an oversized Tiny Tim with a leprechaun voice. But the entertainment quota continued to rise when he made some self-mocking observations. The British are miserable, see. “What makes their day is to see someone’s day not made.” Or observing that Americans become concerned and angry when things do not get done, the British, although miserable, save their mental health when things are not done and the Australians simply accept that things cannot be done and furthermore, don’t care anyway. It was appropriate he played  Ole Tarantula  as he spun his web which included  The Wreck of Arthur Lee, I’m Only You, Me and My Dead Wife and Adventure Rocket Ship. Then he was joined by Kilbey for the final quarter of the evening’s entertainment. Providence and Under the Milky Way complemented cover versions of Syd Barrett and Bob Dylan. The night then came to a conclusion when the Egyptian and fellow cosmic traveller combined on Velvet Underground and Rolling Stones covers,  Heroin  and  Dead Flowers  respectively. A brilliant three and a half hours of entertainment.   BRONIUS ZUMERIS LOVED: How the simplest things are often the best. HATED: No hate, just disappointment that a classic was missed by the hordes. DRANK: Sprite, fizzy and bubbly.

JOHN NEWMAN The Palace, Tuesday May 29 John Newman’s performance at the Palace was one of the most precise and seamlessly executed shows your correspondent has ever seen. At every stage of the show Newman was shifting from one perfectly rehearsed move to another – a show so well practised his voice never wavered even as he did a quasi moonwalk during his floor-filling tune Cheating. With this performance combining his choirboy cleancut aesthetic and flawless sound, the uninitiated may have written-off the Yorkshire native as a shallow android of popular music – having his strings pulled by record execs and cash-hungry promoters. This couldn’t be further from truth as it was Newman who choreographed the entire live show and wrote and produced all of the songs that he performed from his album Tribute. He did perform one song he wasn’t wholly responsible for – Rudimental’s Not Giving In – but he did write the lyrics for that song about a very close friend of Newman’s who was going through a tough time. The show opened with the lights dimmed apart from a single spotlight on an empty mic stand that led into an impeccably-dressed Newman performing the introduction to the song All For You a cappella before two backing vocalists, guitarist, keyboardplayer, bass player and drummer joined him for the song’s first chorus. Despite his youthfulness and background in the UK underground dance scene, Newman appeals to an ‘adult contemporary’ and camp demographic. Newman shares this ‘credible contradiction’ with fellow U.K. acts Simply Red, Style Council and Bronski Beat – I anticipate that Newman will have a similar impact on the music scene as these legendary acts. However, despite being tantalised by the oxymoron of Newman’s status, at times I felt like I was at the after party for Real Housewives of Melbourne. DENVER MAXX LOVED: Not Giving In. HATED: Bogans with money. DRANK: Silicon.

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Over an hour early for the show, the line already runs down Market Lane, such is Ed Sheeran’s popularity. The demographic is in the vicinity of 16 to 18 (although we hear one punter say she is 13) and predominantly female. In light of this, chances of squealing seem high. It’s a “secret” gig, which adds to the heightened sense of anticipation. Not so secret really though, since it was on the news and Nova this morning. Ed is here to promote his new album X (read ‘multiply’), which will be released on June 23. He comes to the stage and sparks a squealing frenzy. There is a sea of expectant faces out there and everyone is unabashedly brandishing a mobile phone. Ed tells us that he is going to perform a mix of old and new. More squeals. He opens with the five-minute epic track, Give Me Love off +, his first album (in keeping with the arithmetic theme). Everyone sings. It’s a bit weird because a little lyrical analysis reveals that a lot of his songs are about compulsive alcohol consumption and other dark topics (for instance, the death of a young woman on class A drugs in A Team). It’s a bit lost on this audience though. He takes his jacket off. This time, there’s hysteria. At one stage, he splits the audience in two for an old-fashioned sing-along and everyone loves it. He sings almost exclusively with his eyes shut and he’s right in the moment. Understandably so, his lyrics can be complicated and quick (best demonstrated today on the new F64). It’s a short set (about five songs in total) and he finishes with another new one, the somewhat sexy Sing, produced by Pharrell. LOVED: Surprisingly, all the screaming. He knows how to work his audience, but, quite frankly, HATED: Unsurprisingly, all the screaming. he is really personable and damn he can sing. DRANK: Nothing – it was lunch time and I was well caffeinated. MEG CRAWFORD

GROOVIN’ THE MOO Prince of Wales Showground, Bendigo, Saturday May 3 Some fashion notes first. Sportswear’s in, but so is looking antithetically disposed for sporting activity. Appropriate, given that everyone was limbered up to hit Bendigo’s Prince of Wales Showground for a day of collective freak-on. The numbers in attendance early on quickly made it apparent this is no minor country shindig. In the Moolin Rouge tent Andy Bull and band (featuring Deep Sea Arcade, Dappled Cities and Hungry Kids of Hungry alumni) got things off to an animated start, adding a rollicking rock extension to last year’s triumphant return to relevance Keep On Running. Over on the main stage, Brisbane’s Jungle Giants were at home in the festival setting. They’re probably due for higher billing, but the foursome nevertheless made a premature climax out of the early timeslot. While Allday’s unassuming brat-next-door shtick filtered boom bap into the Moolin Rouge, Kingswood cranked the dial in front of a generous main stage crowd. The louder the Melbourne foursome’s classic-cumstoner rock gets, the better it sounds. Loon Lake are the guys in your music class who you figured didn’t really care about music. Then one day they let slip a batch of memorable, albeit limited, pop-rock tunes. It’s translucent and fair dinkum. Illy mightn’t be your bag (which is to say, it sure isn’t mine) but his magnetic stage presence was fascinating in itself. Throwing a collection of noughties mainstream R&B and rock riffs next to his unvarnished flow, masses of punters were ready and willing get those hands in the air when prompted. Meanwhile, Thundamentals came across like a pop group as much as a hip hop posse. They’ve a knack for using rap to extrapolate an issue then tie it together with an emphasised chorus melody. It almost makes you wonder if employing rap is enough to warrant the hip hop tag. The rhymes were effortless and pleasant, but it didn’t come with the bite of a hip hop show. Vance Joy’s set involved a lot of waiting around for that song. He’s not quite Mr Charisma, which elongated the perceived waiting time. But when he jangled the opening ukulele chords of last year’s surprise hit, throngs of smiling faces and swaying waists appeared, singing in unfettered unison. You wouldn’t have picked it even a year ago, but Violent Soho are the toast of the festival-going masses – guitar lovers or otherwise. The four-piece attracted the biggest, loudest crowd of the day. Covered in Chrome got a bellowing response, but they’re hardly a one-hit phenomenon. Filthy guitars said fuck you to ennui on Jesus Stole My Girlfriend and Neighbour Neighbour and it was all gobbled up like a 4am buffet of sodium-rich munchies. Architecture in Helsinki reminded everyone that pop and eccentricity remain the best of friends, while buzzedabout electronic producer Wave Racer looked slightly lonely presiding over the darkened tent. The Sydney teen had nothing to protect him from the predictable (yet not unwelcome) depths of dub step and bassy house. We danced accordingly but the 45 minute set had no real peak, suggesting he mightn’t be ready for this level of responsibility. Dizzee Rascal and his two side-kick MCs punched through a number of the UK rap-star’s catalogue of hits. These range from iconic (Fix Up Look Sharp) to innocuous-yet-danceable (Bassline Junkie) and vapid radio filler (We Don’t Play Around). Then there’s Bonkers, which surely guarantees Rascal high festival billing for another ten years. As per usual, it made a mess of the heretofore civilised dancing throng. Assuaging the reliance on bass drops that dominated much of the day’s back-end was Canadian manual-driving electronic stalwarts Holy Fuck. The foursome’s tripped-out industrial/kraut transmitted the levitating highs of an acid trip. The best way to combat a cold, damp Bendigo night is freakish, convulsive bodily exertion, and Holy Fuck were the perfect conductors. Even though the lineup looked slightly unglamorous on paper, Groovin’ the Moo 2014 was a very approachable day’s entertainment. Most folks exhibited genuine interest in the music on offer and a concordant commitment to enjoying it as much they damn well could. AUGUSTUS WELBY

LOVED: Jake Stone’s DJing in the Moolin Rouge. HATED: A no pass-outs rule (and a stubborn security guard) preventing me from seeing the two headliners. DRANK: Uh, mid strength beer?

THE NAKED AND FAMOUS 170 Russell, Wednesday April 30 The venue formerly known as Billboard has been restored to its former glory since undergoing a name change, with more quality shows being booked than ever before. A Wednesday night gig with one of our neighbour’s biggest exports, The Naked and Famous was certainly no exception. Plenty of people made the effort to arrive early enough to watch Vancouver Sleep Clinic – the moniker of 17-yearold from Queensland, Tim Bettinson, who has just released his debut EP Winter. Joined onstage in a live setting by three musicians, they put on a consummate performance that impressively managed to capture the thoroughly atmospheric soundscape of the extended play. In the 30 minutes between sets, the venue reached capacity and anticipation was high amongst the audience. So much so that when the band walked on stage the crowd went uncharacteristically crazy for a midweek show. They wasted little time launching into the first song, A Stillness, off sophomore album In Rolling Waves. Lead single from that new album, Hearts Like Ours, was one of the earlier highlights. The band sounded incredibly tight musically. Frontwoman Alisa Xayalith’s vocals were slightly off for the first song-and-a-half but after that were very much on point for the reminder of the night. Guitarist and vocalist Thom Powers’ singing ability was also impressive in a live setting. He was somewhat mesmerising to watch, given his short back and sides and long on top haircut meant he spent most of the show pushing his hair back when it fell forwards over his face, which happened frequently. Another notable song from the newer material was I Kill Giants. The synth pop gem really filled the venue and reverberated around the crowd. The band’s set was only around 80 minutes long including a two-minute break before the encore. Yet their choice of setlist, with too many slower deep cuts, made it feel a little too long. It was a shame because they delivered a great performance, but on a night where lots of people had to consider work the next day, it felt like it dragged in parts. The real focal points of the show were the big hits from debut album Passive Me, Aggressive You. Their first album has more of a raw pop sound that translates to a live setting a lot better than their new album, despite its quality. Punching in a Dream brought about the best audience reaction of the evening. That was until the final song of the encore. Young Blood brought about an immense reaction from the crowd. Finally, the crowd down the front looked like what the mosh pit area should have done all night long. A quality gig that included all the hits, just a few too many slower numbers that made the show feel lengthy. ALEXANDER CROWDEN

LOVED: Their live sound. HATED: Too many slow jams. DRANK: Average beer.

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Guitar legend Carlos Santana and his band are back at it again as they pack their worldly music into their new album, Corazon, his first Latin music album in a career that began in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s. Santana brings his same iconic, beautiful guitar but mixes it with a plethora of bigname collaborations on his new album. Collaborations on the album include artists ChocQuibTown, Lila Downs, Gloria Estefan, Fabulosos Cadillacs Juanes, Ziggy Marley, Miguel, NiĂąa Pastori, Diego Torres, Samuel Rosa of Skank, Cindy Blackman Santana, Romeo Santos, Soledad, Wayne Shorter, and more. Despite Spanish being the main language of the album, Santana produced an album appealing to any language group. As has become the norm for Santana, the band delivers beautiful African and Latin rhythms to create music that anyone should be able to appreciate. La Flaca, the first single released from the album, is a beautiful Spanish song put together with Grammy Award-winning Colombian artist Juanes on vocals. Santanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rhythm alone will have you bobbing your head in approval even if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand the words. Santana broadens his musical spectrum throughout Corazon with collaborations and the album only affirms that Santanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guitar is universal and can be applied to nearly any genre of music. In Oye 2014, Latin hip-hop artist Pitbull raps over Santanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular classic Oye Como Va that was recorded in 1970. One would think it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work well at first thought, but the track leaves the listener pleasantly surprised by a remarkable mix of old and new Latin music. Santana continues his magical blending of genres by teaming up with Ziggy Marley in Iron Lion Zion. Marley applies his classic reggae lyrics over Santanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s harmonious background music that creates a beautiful track of mixed genres.

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Blue Movie (Lost & Lonesome) Imagine a gaggle of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s teens shuffling their feet in romantic unison underneath a mirror ball inside a vast, condensation-dripping cave. There you have something like Blue Movie, the lead single from Lowtideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s selftitled debut, brimming with melancholic beauty and stoic cool, huge guitars gliding like shimmering glaciers.

pugilist, but there is plenty on offer throughout Tyson to compensate. The unchecked braggadocio might seem a little hollow at this point of his still-nascent emergence, but the skills indicate a potential to reach the lofty self-set bar. If a greater lyrical depth â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as showcased on previous single Remi â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is reached on debut LP Raw x Infinity, big things are definitely in store.

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NEW MUSIC IN REVIEW THIS WEEK

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INFINITY BROKE

Down Like Gold (PIAS Australia)

River Mirrors (Independent)

Peter and Michael Champion master the art of charmed romanticism on their impressive debut album Down Like Gold. The Isle of Wight brothers steal from REM’s Country Feedback for 8MM Desire’s forlorn lyric, “It’s crazy what you could have had” and this album has a similar mood to Out of Time, taking the pain of failed romance and turning it into a whole load of pretty. Wallowing melancholia is balanced out with fist-pumping euphoria on instantly impacting singles Savannah and My Spirit Is Broken. They’re close in spirit to chart-busting Brit bands such as Keane and Idlewild, but the Champs manage to avoid sounding like workmanlike bores. The power of these two uptempo songs is heightened by them being surrounded with a bevy of stripped-back ballads, all of which need more time to soak in and be properly appreciated. The frosty folk of St Peters is the most affecting, though it soon becomes clear that the simpler, more spacious compositions are the glue that holds this collection together. BEST TRACK: My Spirit Is Broken Down Like Gold doesn’t pack the punch of a champion, but IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: Fleet Foxes its lamenting spirit is bound to leave a few bruises. FLEET FOXES, For Emma, Forever Ago BON IVER, Out Of Time REM CHRIS GIRDLER IN A WORD: Wounded

HOLY HOLY

The Pacific EP (Wonderlick Recording Company/Sony Music Entertainment Australia) There are many tales of people coming together for an (at the time) unknown purpose via music. Two-piece Holy Holy are just one of those acts. Tim Carroll and Oscar Dawson (The Dukes of Windsor) first met volunteering in South-East Asia and then again in Berlin when Dawson tracked down Carroll, who was living there, for a place to stay. A demo was recorded, which became the first ever Holy Holy song. Now both are back in Australia, the pairing have recently released The Pacific EP. Starting off with House of Cards, the track that has gained the most airplay to date, the release showcases folk sensibilities akin to Of Monsters and Men and more locally, Boy and Bear. The opening of the song starts out almost exactly like Bon Jovi’s Wanted Dead or Alive, with the familiar guitar riff continuing throughout the song. This makes the song immediately likeable and although it’s instantly familiar, the song grows on you with each repeat listen. The steel string country guitar sound continues on Impossible Like You, however the song sees the duo carve out their own distinct sound. Influences are still very much all over the song and this EP, sounding something like all of the best indie-rock songs of the past two years combined into four tracks. With only four tracks to digest, it’s bold of the pair to slow BEST TRACK: Impossible Like You it down considerably and experiment to great effect on Slow IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LOVE THIS: OF Melody. The Pacific EP is a creative and enjoyable first step. MONSTERS AND MEN, BOY AND BEAR, LION BARK IN A WORD: Acquainted

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GRAVEYARD TRAIN

It Takes One To Know One (Black Hat Rackets) It Takes One To Know One moves in much the same way as previous Graveyard Train releases. That’s not condemning their lack of growth or an accusation of laziness either; it’s great and I think the world benefits from more records that sound like this, but if you weren’t a Graveyard Train fan before, I think it’s unlikely that they’ll win you over with this album. It isn’t bleak in its entirety, I’m not suggesting that each individual song alone retains that notion, but the record as a whole still has that very real, very tangible semblance of despair that’s been a noted trait of Graveyard Train’s previous work. The album opens with the title track which is an unusually buoyant country jaunt, for the most part free of creepy or suggestive lyricism, but from this point it gets very real, very quickly. The second track Close the Book is a slow moving dreary stumble with the old familiar Graveyard Train chorus of defeated chanting. This is the song that really sets the tone for the rest of the album, defeated and numb. Musically the album is well produced. It doesn’t take a vast array of tones to craft a Graveyard Train record, but the use of the familiar tones needs to be spot on. The scene needs to be created perfectly as atmosphere is paramount. It does feel as though they might have backed off their use of chains as an instrument a little on this record and opted for a more traditional assortment of percussive instruments, but that’s neither here nor there. The Chrysalid stands out as a rather unique song on the album, and also for the band in general. A little more rock’n’roll than their usual sound with a lot more drive. I can sense a satanic ‘dance with the devil’ feeling about it, which I suppose ties in with their broader horror-country appeal. BEST TRACK: She Likes to Eat the Skin Though this record is similar in many respects to their IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: JOHNNY previous work, it is every bit as listenable and every CASH, ROB COFFINSHAKER, SUN KIL bit as engaging. MOON, HANDSOME FAMILY IN A WORD: Bleak KEATS MULLIGAN

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Following the break from legendary guitar band Bluebottle Kiss, Jamie Hutchings released two beautiful but comparatively tranquil albums under his own name and toured around exotic locales from China to Europe in a mostly solo mode. In 2011 he began playing again with a three-piece, which inevitably led to delving into the wealth of classic Bluebottle Kiss material. This seems to have awoken the more noisy guitar violence favoured by BBK within Hutchings, and it’s a welcome homecoming with his new outfit Infinity Broke. At only eight tracks long it’s something of a mini-album, though with longer songs Monsoon and BBK’s revised Termites pushing the ten-minute mark it’s certainly not short on ideas. Gallows Queue is an upbeat opener, with jazzy passing chords and elastic bass over a jungle beat, building towards the faithful quavering of his vibrato bar and into a clatter of delay before returning to its original groove as its author yields to “take his leave.” No Mirrors Here has typical Hutchings tension in the verses to a cathartic release of cracks of sunlight in the chorus, and recalls little-known BBK masterpiece Stop That You’re Making Me Nervous. His voice is full of vulnerability and cracks throughout, and like Neil Young’s it feels as nurturing as a comfy old couch seat. Water at first listen is rather pointless, being 1:59 of the sounds of a drain pipe after the rain, however strangely I find myself not skipping it. Many of the songs have an improvisational feel and Hutchings has lost none of his instinctive control over treating songs like lavish voyages into a very specific world, and isn’t interested in the simple destination of a catchy chorus. It’s at once staggering and unsurprising, the product of BEST TRACK: No Mirrors Here more than 20 years of writing challenging and meaningful IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LOVE THIS: SONIC material with nary a dud note. YOUTH PLAYING COLTRANE IN A WORD: Art NICK HILTON

THE KOOKS

Down EP (Virgin Records) The Kooks have announced their new album Listen will be released in September, the follow up to 2011’s Junk of the Heart. The lead single Down was released last month, and they’ve released a four track EP under the same name with three B-sides that aren’t on the forthcoming album’s tracklisting. The unfortunate side of this is that the other three tracks are far better than Down. Yet this extended play is still average at best. The band has a loyal fanbase who haven’t had to experience a bad album yet, so this taste feels like it’s lacking quite a bit. The good news is that apart from Down the EP is a release full of B-sides and while B-sides can sometimes be hidden gems, in this case there’s a reason why they didn’t make the grade and won’t feature on the album come September. Particularly on Down but all over the EP, Luke Pritchard goes overboard with his screeching habit that his vocals are recognised for. It’s not a bad sound usually but he over-uses it to poor effect. The three B-sides are understated, like the rockabilly Hooray for Henry, which features a nifty guitar riff throughout. Hold On sounds instantly familiar while Melody Maker sounds very raw, much like a demo or one-take recording. Overall the EP isn’t that bad, it just fails to impress. However, as only three BEST TRACK: Hooray For Henry out of four tracks won’t be on the album, there’s not too IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LOVE THIS: THE much cause for concern. The main issue is that the one track WOMBATS, TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB, that will be is rather poor. RAZORLIGHT IN A WORD: Average ALEXANDER CROWDEN

LILY ALLEN

Sheezus (Parlophone Records/Warner Music) After bursting onto the scene with hit Smile back in 2006 via debut album Alright, Still and consolidating her reputation as pop’s First Lady of the outspoken with 2009’s follow up It’s Not Me, It’s You, Lily Allen is back with Sheezus. A five-year musical hiatus that was initially a full blown retirement saw Allen do some growing up, getting married in 2011 and having two kids with husband Sam Cooper. Gone are the days of party Allen – doting mother and happily married Allen has arrived in lieu, for the most part anyway. Singles such as Hard Out Here, and the title track have been well publicised, and for good reason, it seems as if Allen is trying too hard in parts on this album. Worried that her talent alone isn’t enough to carry an album, she therefore relies on shock lyrics, a slew of pop references and a little too much auto-tune. That being said there’s some real quality pop songs to be found, especially if you let the music wash over you and don’t pay too much attention to the lyrics or the constant changes in style. There is little coherence to the flow or style of songs. L8 CMMR shows how satisfied she is with the bedroom chops of new hubby; it’s the polar opposite to last album’s Not Fair. It’s a catchy tune that sees Allen at her musical best, and cheeky BEST TRACK: Air Balloon to match. URL Badman tackles online trolls while Insincerely IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL ALONE THIS: IGGY Yours pokes fun at ungrateful artists who take fans for granted. AZALEA, ELLIE GOULDING, JESSIE J A solid and fun release even if it lacks any kind of cohesion. IN A WORD: Surprising ALEXANDER CROWDEN

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WEDNESDAY MAY 7 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS CHILDREN OF BODOM + EYE OF THE ENEMY + ORPHEUS OMEGA 170 Russell, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $59.50. COLLAGE - FEAT: SINCE WE KISSED + ANDY KENTLER & THE SHADOW CABINET + LAND OF THE BLIND + HUMANS AS ANIMALS Espy, St Kilda. 7:00pm. COQ ROQ WEDNESDAYS - FEAT: MR MOONSHINE + AGENT 86 + MR THOM + JOYBOT + BLABERUNNER Lucky Coq, Windsor. 7:00pm. DAN & AMY + FARROW + ROB MUINOS Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $8.00. FOUR HOURS SLEEP + FREYA HOLLICK Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $12.00. GO GENRE EVERYTHING + HAARK + MICHAEL CERATOPS Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. MAJOR TOM & THE ATOMS + THE STRANGE Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. SHEEK STAIN & THE CREEP + SHIT SEX + HABITS Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $5.00. THE DECLINE + WOLFPACK + SPEECH PATTERNS + FOXTROT Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. THE HOUNDS HOMEBOUND + THE DARJEELINGS + COLOUR BOMB Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $5.00. WAIT LONG BY THE RIVER - FEAT: SKYSCRAPER STAN Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. YOU YANGS MAY RESIDENCY + ROLLING BLACKOUTS + COOL SOUNDS Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $5.00.

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SONYA VERONICA & ALISTAIR MCLEAN Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $15.00. A WOMAN’S LIFE & LOVE - FEAT: SONGMAKERS AUSTRALIA Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 6:00pm. $38.00. ALTIJA Open Studio, Northcote. 8:00pm. BAT COUNTRY 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. BOPSTRETCH Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. FROCK Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $12.00. FULTON STREET + THE FABRIC + THOMCHORDS Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $7.00. HIATUS KAIYOTE + KIRKIS Howler, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $22.00. MO’S SOUL 1ST B’DAY - FEAT: THE AMY WINEHOUSE SHOW + RITA SATCH + SHHOR Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. PETER HEARNE & DIZZY’S BIG BAND Dizzy’s Jazz Club,

Richmond. 8:00pm. THE FADO OF MARIA SEVERA - FEAT: CAROLINA CORDEIRO + LENI PHILIPPE-JANON Butterfly Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $23.00.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK CHRIS PICKERING + EMMA SWIFT Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. CHRIS WILSON Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. HEXHAM VOX Kent St Bar, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. LAKYN HERPIE Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8:30pm. LIZ STRINGER + THE MAE TRIO & JAMES KENYON Bella Union Bar, Carlton. 8:30pm. $20.00. OPEN MIC Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. OPEN MIC Mr Boogie Man Bar, Abbotsford. 8:30pm. OPEN MIC/JAM Musicland, Fawkner. 7:00pm. REBECCA & BILLY’S SINGALONG - FEAT: REBECCA BARNARD + BILLY MILLER Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 7:00pm. $15.00. SIMPLY ACOUSTIC Wesley Anne, Northcote. 7:00pm. THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS - FEAT: JESSICA HOLT + ADRIAN HODGSON Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. WINE WHISKEY WOMEN - FEAT: RUBY BOOTS + SABRINA SANDAPA Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:00pm.

THURSDAY MAY 8 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS ATHENAS WAKE + SENTINEL + THE DESPOT + ADVOCATES + EPIMETHEUS Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. AUTO DA FE + PARACONES + PIONEERS OF GOOD SCIENCE Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $6.00. BAREBACK TITTY SQUAD Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $14.30. BART + THE SHABBAB + KAKARIKO Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 8:30pm. BLACK MAJESTY + THE BALLS Musicland, Fawkner. 9:45pm. $15.00. BRITISH INDIA Village Green Hotel, Mulgrave. 8:00pm. $28.95. FIFTH FRIEND + THE BLACK ALLEYS + THE LACHLAN BRUCE BAND + DANIKA SMITH Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. GOOFYFOOTER Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 8:00pm. GORSHA + MIGHTIEST OF GUNS + PISTOL SHRIMP Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. GREEVES + CAKE HOLE + ROLLOWAYS Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $7.00. HEADSPACE FUNDRAISER - FEAT: SONS OF MAY + CHEV RISE + EUNICE & CO Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 7:30pm. $14.00. INFINITY BROKE + MACHINE TRANSLATIONS Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 8:30pm. $15.00.

LIVE N’ COOKIN SESSIONS - FEAT: AINSLIE WILLS + ALEX LASHLIE The B.east, Brunswick East. 8:00pm. LOUIS LONDON + THE MCQUEENS + HALCYON DRIVE + BASTION Espy, St Kilda. 8:00pm. MATT WICKING + ELLEN KIBBLE Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. NATIONAL EVENING EXPRESS + DAY OF CLINT + HAPPY GO BLUES Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East. 8:00pm. NEXT - FEAT: BLKOUT! + IMPRISONED + BORN FREE Colonial Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. ORIGIN Corner Hotel, Richmond. 7:30pm. $36.00. PLUGGED IN THURSDAYS - FEAT: JEFFRY’S CABBAGE + THE MAX RUDD BAND + LIV CARTLEDGE Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:00pm. $5.00. POSITIVE VIBES - FEAT: LOS DOMINADOS + SHEWOLF + MIA STONE + KILL TV + VICTOR KENNEDY & THE YOU YANGS + MARILYN ROSE & THORNS + KAT ANTOINETTE & THE RENAISSANCE LOVERS + THE ROADRAGERS + VIC MEEHAN + PAPPY PAPSTAR & MONSTERIA + MC GLANN WILDMAN WALKER Espy, St Kilda. 8:00pm. RAYGUN MORTLOCK + GRINDHOUSE + MUTTON + WORM CROWN Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. REACH BENEFIT + DUMB HUMANS LIKE DARREN Espy, St Kilda. 8:00pm. RMIT BENEFIT Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 8:30pm. TACTICAL ATTACK + HORSEHUNTER + ASBESTOSISIS + PASSENGER OF SHIT + UNNATURAL BIRTH 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $6.00. THE DARK ALES + TENDER BONES + OLD ETIQUETTES + MICHAEL PLATER & THE EXIT KEYS Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. THE DECLINE + INITIALS + TAKE YOUR OWN + SPEECH PATTERNS Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $10.00. THE HOUNDLINGS Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. THE KILLDEERS Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 8:00pm. YUKO NISHIYAMA (HEART OF DAISIES LAUNCH) + LANKS + LITTLE DREAMER Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10.00. ZEON (EP LAUNCH) + MONGOLIAN FISHMONGERS + AUTUMN JENKINS John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. ZOD THORAX + PHANTOM PANDA POWER WIZARD MASTER SMASHER + THE IVORY ELEPHANT Public Bar, North Melbourne. 8:30pm. $8.00.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/ WORLD MUSIC AUSTRALIAN VOICES - FEAT: STUART GREENBAUM + JESSICA FOTINOS + ANAM MUSICIANS Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 6:00pm. $25.00. FREE RANGE FUNK - FEAT: EZRA + JAKE & NIKKI WHO + AGENT 86 + LEWIS CANCUT Lucky Coq, Windsor. 7:00pm. JAMES MACAULAY QUARTET Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. JOE CHINDAMO TRIO Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $18.00. JOHN MONTESANTE QUINTET + ANDREW SWANN The Commune, East Melbourne. 6:00pm. KAIN BORLASE TRIO La Niche Cafe, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. SOUL IN THE BASEMENT - FEAT: KYLIE AULDIST & THE GLENROY ALLSTARS + DJ VINCE PEACH & PIERRE BARONI Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. THE CRAIG SMITH QUINTET Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. THE FADO OF MARIA SEVERA - FEAT: CAROLINA CORDEIRO + LENI PHILIPPE-JANON Butterfly Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. $23.00. THE NEW IMPROMPTU QUARTET + SIMONE GILL Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $20.00.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK DANNY STAIN Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. KEVIN BURKE Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury. 7:30pm. $45.00. LIVE ON LYDIARD - FEAT: DAVE SAVAGE + TAYLOR MCNIGHT + SAM GOODAY Courthouse Theatre, 8:00pm. MIKE WATERS + SOPHIE OFFICER + THIS WHITE LION Highlander, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. RICHIE1250 Sporting Club Hotel, Brunswick. 7:00pm. RUBY BOOTS Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. SHAUN KIRK (ALBUM LAUNCH) Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 7:30pm. $10.00. SPENCER P JONES - FEAT: ALEX LASHLIE + SPENCER P JONES Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:30pm. THE TIGER & ME + BROADS Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8:30pm.

FRIDAY MAY 9 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS CARDS AFTER MIDNIGHT + SECOND CHANCE EXIT + BRAVO JULIET + TELLE & DAVE Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. THE APE + SPENCER P JONES & THE ESCAPE COMMITTEE + CRYSTAL THOMAS + DJ LUCY ARUNDEL Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $25.00. ANIMAUX + JAKUBI + SEVEN YEAR ITCH + URBAN PROBLEMS Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $8.00. ARCTIC MONKEYS Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. 8:00pm. $99.95. BURN IN HELL + X + FIONA LEE MAYNARD & HER HOLY MEN + THE BLACK ALLEYS + RAYGUN MORTLOCK Espy, St Kilda. 8:00pm. CUT COPY + TOUCH SENSITIVE + NILE DELTA 170 Russell, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. DARYL BRAITHWAITE Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 8:00pm. $33.00. EINSTEIN TOYBOYS + ROADHOUSE Musicland, Fawkner. 7:30pm. $10.00. FABELS + STRANGERS FROM NOW ON + OLLIE OLSEN & MAT WATSON + WUNDERLUST Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. $10.00. FATTI FRANCES + COCKS ARQUETTE + VACUUM + NERVE Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $6.00. FIST2FACE BENEFIT - FEAT: THE BENNIES + APART FROM THIS + FOXTROT + BEACONS + BRODOWN Public Bar, North Melbourne. 8:30pm. $20.00. FOREVER YOUNG (THE SONGS OF BOB DYLAN) Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. $38.00. GHOST TOWNS + SUMMER BLOKES Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. HAND OF HOPE + WONDERS + HOPE IN HELL + SELF HELF Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $12.00. HARRY HOWARD & THE NDE + SPINNING ROOMS +

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BEECHWORTH MUSIC FESTIVAL The first Beechworth Music Festival will be held in May this year at the former Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum Farm. This is probably the most exciting thing to happen to Beechworth since the Gold Rush and gives locals and visitors alike something more to look forward to than a coffee scroll from the local bakery. Acts include the likes of The Bennies, DD Dumbo, Teeth & Tongue, Sun God Replica and many more. Tickets are only $75 and camping is free so take the trip up to Beechworth, enjoy some local music and seriously, try a coffee scroll. The festival is on Saturday May 10.

REPAIRS Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8:30pm. $12.00. HOY + CAROLINE NO Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 8:30pm. $10.00. KINGS & QUEENS - FEAT: ANTHONY MONEA + LUCID PLANET + VERONA LIGHTS + NIKHAIL + RUM RUNNERS + THE TESLA THEORY + A LESSER EGO Espy, St Kilda. 8:00pm. $15.00. LACHLAN BRYAN & THE WILDES Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 9:30pm. LITTLE HOUSE GODS + 4TRESS + AGENTS OF ROCK Elsternwick Hotel, Elwood. 8:00pm. LOCAL ACT + THE HOUND DOG ORCHESTRA + JESS HAIRE & GEOFF BROWNE The Hyde Hotel, Yarraville. 8:00pm. MARY WILSON (ALBUM LAUNCH) + BOM + BETHANY LYALL-GREEN Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. $20.00. MIDNIGHT JEALOUSY + IDLE FRET + IN COLOUR + JASPERS DILLEMA Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East. 8:00pm. OUCH MY FACE + HEADS OF CHARM + MANGELWURZEL + UDAYS TIGER Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. RINGWORM + AGAINST + INTERNAL ROT + CAGED GRAVE + PARTY VIBEZ Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. SAM BRITTAIN (ALBUM LAUNCH) Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:30pm. $5.00. SHANTY TOWN Union Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. SHERIFF + MY LEFT BOOT + CHILD + DJ ALYX Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10.00. SHINING BIRD & ERNEST ELLIS + SUNBEAM SOUND MACHINE Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $10.00. SIN FRONTERA Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 9:30pm. SONS OF RICO + NO ESCAPE FOR THE KING + HALYCON DRIVE Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. ST JUDE (SET HER FREE LAUNCH) + SKYSCRAPPER STAN & THE COMMISSION FLATS + BROOKE RUSSELL & THE MEAN REDS John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. SUN GOD REPLICA + LEVITATING CHURCHES + DJ SHAKEY MEMORIAL Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 10:00pm. THE BLUE HOTEL + THE RONSON HANGUP + BEAUTIFUL BEASTS + NUSSY Playground, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. THE SWEETS + STONE REVIVAL + THE ELECTRIC SUNKINGS Kindred Studios, Yarraville. 8:00pm. $6.00. VANGUARDS Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:30pm.

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DAINA JOWSEY & THE ROGER CLARK QUARTET Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. DAVID RYAN HARRIS Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $28.00. FROSTFALL Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 6:00pm. $25.00. LA NOUVELLE 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. MICHELLE NICOLLE QUARTET Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $20.00. RE-IMAGINING PEGGY LEE - FEAT: NICOLA WATSON + NATHAN LIOW + ADAM SPIEGL Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $15.00. SOUL SAFARI + ECHO DRAMA Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. STEVE GRANT QUARTET Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. THE FADO OF MARIA SEVERA - FEAT: CAROLINA CORDEIRO + LENI PHILIPPE-JANON Butterfly Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $23.00. YVETTE JOHANSSON & THE JOE RUBERTO TRIO Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $25.00.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK ESCARGOGO + EVIL TWINS + THE NEW SAVAGES + GOGO GODDESSES The Luwow, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $10.00. BONJAH (ALBUM LAUNCH) + JACK STIRLING + PIERCE BROTHERS Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:30pm. $19.50. CAT CANTERI’S ELECTRIC BAND + DJ STICKMAN Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 9:00pm. CHALOUCHE Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. COLLARD + GREENS & GRAVY Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:30pm. CRAIG ATKINS Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 6:00pm. DANIEL CHAMPAGNE (ALBUM LAUNCH) + MATT GLASS + TOM RULE Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $15.00. FLYING ENGINE STRINGBAND Railway Hotel (nth Fitzroy), Fitzroy North. 9:30pm.


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SATURDAY MAY 10 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS ALTA + RITA SATCH + GIDEON PREISS + MIKE GURRIERI Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. AURORA JANE + DJ JEFF LEPPARD Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. BANG - FEAT: GIDEON + OUR SOLACE + BEFORE CIADA Royal Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $25.00. BLACK CAB + THE INFANTS Yah Yahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. BRITISH INDIA Pier Live, Frankston. 8:00pm. $28.95. CAL WALKER & THE MAJOR DUDES Union Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. CERES + LINCOLN LE FEVRE & THE INSIDERS + ONSLOW John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. CLONE OF SHERIFF + BERKSHIRE HUNTING CLUB + FUCK THE FITZROY DOOM SCENE + DJ KISS ME DEADLY Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10.00. CLOSURE IN MOSCOW (ALBUM LAUNCH) Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. $20.00. COMBO PACIFICA Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 9:30pm. RED LIGHT RIOT + BROCKWAY LIGHTS + DIRTY HARRIET & THE HANGMEN Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 9:30pm. $15.00. FOREVER YOUNG (THE SONGS OF BOB DYLAN) Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. $38.00. GRINDCORE FOR LIFE - FEAT: INTENSE HAMMER + HAILGUN + PASSENGER OF SHIT + WOUNDED PIG + STONING + UMBILICAL TENTACLE + TERROR STRIKE + CONFUSING ANAL MESS + GRUDGE + BLARGHSTRAD Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 4:00pm. $15.00. HOY + MILES & SIMONE + CAROLINE NO Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10.00.

HUNTING GROUNDS + BEL AIR + THEM 9â&#x20AC;&#x2122;S Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $12.00. JIMMY CUPPLES + AARON SCHEMBRI Musicland, Fawkner. 8:30pm. $10.00. KERRI SIMPSON & THE BELMAR PLAYBOYS Union Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. LO PAN + SEAN PETERS & THE MF BOOGALOO ALL STARS + THE BRAVES + BOBBY BOUCHET Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. MEREDITH WHITTLE + MICHAEL YULE + LIAM THORPE Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. MISERY SIGNALS + STORIES Espy, St Kilda. 8:00pm. MOSE & THE FMLY Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:00pm. $5.00. ONE FOR THE HEART - FEAT: WACO SOCIAL CLUB + PENNY IKINGER + CALAMITY JANEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S COUNTRY ADDICTION + BARON FRANCO AND THE TRAVELLING ROAD + OLLIE LAURIE Lyrebird Lounge, Ripponlea. 6:00pm. RED SKY BURIAL + SELF IS A SEED + SONS OF ABRAHAM + SPIDERGOAT CANYON Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $12.00. REEPS ONE + DJ MOONSHINE + LOYAL TO THE BEAT + PEEZO + DJ PREQUEL + THE HELLHOUNDS + PHIL PARA Espy, St Kilda. 6:00pm. RIFLEBIRDS + ELEPHANT HIDE + THE GREAT WESTERN Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $10.00. SALAD BOYS + SCOTDRAKULA + RAYON MOON Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $10.00. SHADOW LEAGUE Public Bar, North Melbourne. 2:00am. SHADOWBOARD + WELCOME HOME BRIAN + A DAY OF STORMS Elsternwick Hotel, Elwood. 8:00pm. SHADOWS OF HYENAS & TEN THOUSAND Playground, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. SONS OF LEE MARVIN Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. SPOONFUL Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 9:30pm. TEMPLES + DEEP SEA ARCADE Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:30pm. $37.40. TEQUILA MOCKING BIRD + DAMN THE RIVER + SUDDEN STATE Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East. 8:00pm. THE RECORD BOYS + THE UNAUSTRALIANS + SHACK OF BELLS + STONE DJOSER Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. THE TROTSKIES + GOLDEN GATE JUMPERS + OSCAR GALT Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 8:30pm. $8.00. THE UGLY KINGS + THE BLACK ALLEYS + TWIN AGES Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $13.00. THREEZZACROWD Lincolnshire Arms Hotel, Essendon. 8:00pm. WELCOME TO THE JANGLE - FEAT: THE STEINBECKS + TAMAS WELLS + NICK BATTERHAM Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $12.00. WET BLANKETS + CUNTZ Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 4:00pm. WICKED CITY + ZEAHORSE + WORM CROWN + TEENAGE LIBIDO Public Bar, North Melbourne. 8:00pm. $10.00.

HIATUS KAIYOTE Times are tough in Australia and we often worry about the future of our country. When you get the feeling that our government has gone to shit and the world is probably laughing at us, trust that Melbourne soul-outfit Hiatus Kaiyote will make our sunburnt country proud. After a massive year including a Grammy nomination and an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Hiatus Kaiyote are leaving our shores and jetting off overseas to tour the world and release their much-awaited second album. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss your chance to see Hiatus Kaiyote play their last shows on hometown soils at Melbourneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Howler, every Wednesday this May.

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JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/ WORLD MUSIC BROTHER JAMES + KASHMERE CLUB + FEVER SEEDS + JUNGLE CROOKS 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10.00. CONGO SQUARE Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 9:00pm. DAME KIRI TE KANAWA + TERENCE DENNIS Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 7:30pm. $100.00. ELLY HOYT Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $25.00. GEOFF ALLAN & BOB SEDERGREEN Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $20.00. GRAND WAZOO Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 8:00pm. $25.00. JOE O’CONNOR TRIO Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. MURPHY’S LAW - FEAT: JORDAN MURRAY + NASHUA LEE + TAMARA MURPHY + DANIEL FARRUGIA Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 6:00pm. $30.00. RIO KNIGHTS Wesley Anne, Northcote. 5:00pm. $10.00. SOL HAUS & THE SPOKESMEN + GOGO GODDESSES The Luwow, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $5.00. THE FADO OF MARIA SEVERA - FEAT: CAROLINA CORDEIRO + LENI PHILIPPE-JANON Butterfly Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $23.00. THE JOE CHINDAMO TRIO Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. THE MELTDOWN Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $25.00.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK ALEXIS NICOLE Sporting Club Hotel, Brunswick. 8:30pm. BROOKE RUSSELL & THE MEAN REDS Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 9:00pm. DAVE EVANS PIANO + CLIP CLOP CLUB + DJ CONVICT Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 5:00pm. HARRY HOOKEY + MANISHA Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. ILUKA + FIVE MILE TOWN + FRIDA Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. JAMIE HAY & LIAM WHITE + JAMES BROOK Old Bar, Fitzroy. 3:00pm. JEP & DEP + THE WEEPING WILLOWS Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. KINGSTON HARVEST FESTIVAL - FEAT: THE MIGRATIONS Roy Dore Reserve, Carrum. 3:00pm. LIVE ON LYDIARD - FEAT: TASH SULTANA + CHARM OF FINCHES Courthouse Theatre, 8:00pm. MYSTERY TRAIN Gem Bar, Collingwood. 8:00pm. OLD TIME JAM SESSION Victoria Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. PAUL REID Wesley Anne, Northcote. 9:00pm. $10.00. RUEBEN STONE HIT FACTORY Penny Black, Brunswick. 4:00pm. SIMON SULLIVAN DUO The Hyde Hotel, Yarraville. 8:00pm. SIR DATUM + THE HEDONISTIC PLEASURES + MIKEY & ALIGNMENT + BRITTLE SUN Mr Boogie Man Bar, Abbotsford. 5:30pm. THE LISA MILLER BAND + SHANE O’MARA Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. THE O’DOWDS Irish Times Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. THE PERCH CREEK FAMILY JUGBAND + QUARRY MOUNTAIN DEAD RATS + ARTHUR PENN & THE FUNKY TEN The Hi-Fi, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $22.40. THE TIMBERS + MCALPINES FUSILIERS Penny Black, Brunswick. 9:30pm.

SUNDAY MAY 11 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS ALEX LASHLIE + JIM TIM Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 6:00pm. ANDREW SWIFT & THE RATTLESNAKE CHOUR + ANDREW MCDONALD + MARA THREAT Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 4:00pm. BOTTLECAPS + PUBLIC LIABILITY + KING’S CUP + MAN’S RUIN Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 4:00pm. CHEEKY CHALK Big Mouth, St Kilda. 4:00pm. DALE RYDER BAND + GARY EASTWOOD EXPRESS + DJ ROC LANDERS Espy, St Kilda. 6:00pm. DANIEL WORMELL (ALBUM LAUNCH) + FT. ALONE IN EL PASO + ANDY MCGARVIE + ALANNA DEUTROM Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $10.00. FAREWELL FIST2FACE - FEAT: ANTISKEPTIC + SOUNDS LIKE CHICKEN + BEST BEFORE + RAMSHACKLE ARMY + THE PLAYBOOK + ADMIRAL ACKBARS DISHONOURABLE DISCHARGE + THE PAYOFF Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 4:00pm. $17.35.

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FOREVER YOUNG (THE SONGS OF BOB DYLAN) Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 4:00pm. $35.00. GARETH LIDDIARD + TEETH & TONGUE + THE MAGIC AND PHILOSOPHY OF SUNNY LEU Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $20.00. INTERNAL ROT + PUTKAH + UNNATURAL BIRTH + TERROR STRIKE + BLOODRULE + WHITE WALLS Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 6:00pm. $10.00. JAPE SQUAD + COWS MUFF + LIKEDEELERS Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. MATT WALKER & LOST RAGAS Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 4:30pm. MOJO JUJU Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. MOUNTAIN GOAT BEERSOAKED SUNDAYS - FEAT: NAKED BODIES + THE STEVE MILLER BAND + ROLLING BLACKOUTS Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $8.00. PIKELET + ANGEL EYES + TRUE STRENGTH + ALYX DENNISON Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10.00. PLURAL + ZACHARY RAFFLES + ADRIAN NARAYAN + DJ WESTJ Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 5:00pm. PRESSING ON (THE GOSPEL SONGS OF BOB DYLAN) Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 4:00pm. $35.00. SUNDAY SCHOOL - FEAT: SOFT POWER + HORSE MACGYVER + REPAIRS + LEGENDARY HEARTS Public Bar, North Melbourne. 4:00pm. THE BITTER SWEETHEARTS Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. THE CHROMENIPS Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. THE MAX RUDD BAND + FT. BENNY & THE DUKES TRIO + RAD NAVAJO Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 1:30pm. $5.00. WATERLOO Public Bar, North Melbourne. 2:00am. WOMEN TAKE STAGE - FEAT: ESSIE THOMAS + BETH & THE BRAVE + PHOEBE JACOBS Bar Open, Fitzroy. 7:30pm.

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CHEAP FRILLS Farouk’s Olive, Thornbury. 5:00pm. DAME KIRI TE KANAWA + TERENCE DENNIS Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 4:00pm. $100.00. MELBOURNE PIANO TRIO IN RECITAL - FEAT: CHRIS HOWLETT + RHODRI CLARKE + HOLLY PICCOLI Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 5:00pm. $40.00. PURE QUARTET BLISS Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 2:30pm. $40.00. THE CAIRO CLUB ORCHESTRA - FEAT: NICHAUD FITZGIBBON Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 3:00pm. $23.00. THE DAVID JAANZ SCHOOL OF SINGING Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 6:00pm. $30.00. THE FADO OF MARIA SEVERA - FEAT: CAROLINA CORDEIRO + LENI PHILIPPE-JANON Butterfly Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $23.00. THE JAMES SHERLOCK TRIO Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $18.00. THE SEVEN UPS Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 4:30pm. THE STORY OF BABAR THE LITTLE ELEPHANT - FEAT: PAT MILLER + HOLLY PICCOLI + RHODRI CLARKE + CHRIS HOWLETT Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 11:00am. $25.00.

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ACOUSTIC ARVO - FEAT: VARIOUS ARTISTS The Hyde Hotel, Yarraville. 4:00pm. ACOUSTIC MATINEE - FEAT: LUKE & LOZ Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 3:00pm. ALL DAY FRITZ Open Studio, Northcote. 5:00pm. ANDY BAYLOR (REEL OF JOY LAUNCH) Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 5:30pm. ANNIE & BERN Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 8:30pm. $10.00. BBQ BLUES SUNDAY ROOFTOP - FEAT: SAFARI MOTEL Lucky Coq, Windsor. 4:00pm. CHRIS WILSON Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 4:00pm. CRAIG WOODWARD’S BANJO-B-QU Mercat Cross, Melbourne. 8:00pm. DAREBIN SONGWRITERS GUILD 303, Northcote. 3:30pm. DARREN CROSS WITH JEP & DEP + PHEASANT PLUCKERS Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 4:00pm. JEHAN Penny Black, Brunswick. 3:00pm. KAIN BORLASE TRIO Wesley Anne, Northcote. 5:00pm. KIM SALMON Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 4:00pm. $8.00. KING WOLF Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. LAURA IMBRUGLIA & PHIL GIONFRIDDO Victoria Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. MARTY KELLY & THE WEEKENDERS Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:00pm. MAYFAIR KYTES Penny Black, Brunswick. 5:00pm. OPEN MIC Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 7:00pm. OPEN MIC Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East. 5:00pm. SOUTHERN LIGHTNING + DJ MAX CRAWDADDY Cherry

Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 2:00pm. $5.00. SUNDAY JAMS - FEAT: VARIOUS ARTISTS Musicland, Fawkner. 7:30pm. THE BIG SMALL Sporting Club Hotel, Brunswick. 7:00pm. THE LET YOUR HAIR DOWN GIRLS John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 5:00pm. THE T-BONES Union Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. THE UKELADIES Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 4:00pm. THE WIKIMEN Open Studio, Northcote. 8:00pm. THREE KINGS Gem Bar, Collingwood. 8:00pm. VAN & CAL WALKER Royal Oak Hotel, Fitzroy North. 4:00pm. WINTER SUN + MOTH BODY Mr Boogie Man Bar, Abbotsford. 5:30pm.

MONDAY MAY 12 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS ‘MONDAY’S COVERED Espy, St Kilda. 7:00pm. CHERRY JAM Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 6:00pm. I DO LIKE MONDAYS - FEAT: SLEEP DECADE + DREAMIN’ WILD + SEMPLICA GIRLS Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $6.00. MILWAUKEE MUSIC LAUNCH - FEAT: STAX OSSET + DAMIEN SAMUEL + FARREN JONES + DARK FAIR Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. THE KILNIKS RESIDENCY + THE FABRIC + THE JUNGLE CROOKS Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $3.00.

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AFRICAN DRUMMING 303, Northcote. 7:00pm. PURE QUARTET BLISS Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 7:00pm. $50.00. THE ALLAN BROWNE TRIO Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $15.00.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK DEAR MONDAY - FEAT: CHANELLE DAVIS + LOUIS LE FOXX + JOSEPHINE COLLINS + ALEX CULLIVER Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:00pm. THE HURRICANES Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 8:00pm.

TUESDAY MAY 13 INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS BRIGHTSIDE Espy, St Kilda. 7:00pm. CASH FOR GOLD Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. CHRISTOPHER COLEMAN COLLECTIVE Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $10.00. DEAR THIEVES 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. FRESH INDUSTRY SHOWCASES Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. $15.00. KRAKEN CHEAP RUM NIGHT - FEAT: CANARY + MURDENA + ROB MUINOS Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $6.00. RUBY TUESDAY - FEAT: HONEYBADGERS + THE DEAD ELECTED + AIRCRAFTE Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $5.00. RUFUS Palace Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $39.60. SCOTT & PHIL (UNWRITTEN LAW & GRINSPOON) FEAT: SCOTT RUSSO + PHIL JAMIESON Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $42.85. THE BRUNSWICK HOTEL DISCOVERY NIGHT - FEAT: THE GLORIOUS + SWAMP MOTH + WILDING Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. THE JACKS. + SPERMAIDS + SHIT SEX John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. $5.00.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/ WORLD MUSIC CROOKS & QUEENS RESIDENCY + DR. MOTH + HOMES Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $3.00. JAZZ IN THE ATTIC - FEAT: NATHAN SLATER DUO Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. MELBOURNE IMPROVISERS COLLECTIVE Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. MONASH UNIVERSITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. $14.00. PATRICK WILSON Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. QUARTET ON COLLINS #1 Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 1:00pm. $38.00. THE TIM STEVENS TRIO Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $18.00.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK BEYOND THE BATHROOM CHOIR Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 7:30pm. GEORGIA FIELDS + MATTY VEHL Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. IRISH SESSION Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 8:00pm. OPEN MIC NIGHT Kindred Studios, Yarraville. 5:30pm. THE SHIVERING TIMBERS Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 7:30pm.

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After a cold and wet past week it is not to my surprise that Melbourne’s temperamental weather pattern has totally skipped autumn and brought us winter early. As the summer festival season moves out and the last few tickets for this month’s Bliss N Eso tour with Seth Sentry and Horrorshow are snatched up it’s not quite time to go into hibernation from the cold yet. If you missed out on Splendour in the Grass tickets last week, not to worry, we’ve got you covered with all the best upcoming gigs that you can check out in the gig guide below as well as a bunch of other things to get you through the week. Do you ever find yourself belting out the words to a song and then accidentally mashing them into the lyrics of another song? No? Okay maybe that’s just me. But if by chance you answered yes, or you’ve got what it takes to become the next lyrical genius you should know that the Australian Songwriter’s Association’s 30th annual 2014 Australian songwriting competition is now open, and with 13 categories to enter in and more than $30,000 worth of prizes up for grabs what are you waiting for? Head over to asai.org.au for all the details. You know the scene where you drop everything you’re doing and you’re eagerly sitting at your computer with credit card in one hand, refreshing your browser and waiting for the 9am release of tickets (and if you are shaking your head you’re obviously in denial because I know we all do it), either way don’t worry because Allday’s Right Now national tour still has tickets available but you better get in quick because after the release of his new single Right Now and recent Groovin’ the Moo performances they’re going to sell like hotcakes. Maybe you’re not into songwriting or fresh new Aussie hip hop but surely you like rainbows. Question is though: have you ever wanted to make a rainbow? Minus18 and Loop De Loop need your help! As part of celebrating International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, Loop De Loop and Minus18 have teamed up to create an animated kaleidoscope of colour. All Rainbow loops will be screened at Loop in Melbourne on Tuesday May 27 from 8pm, and at NERDMELT in L.A on Friday May 30. Hit up minus18.org. au for more details on Rainbow making. So by now hopefully I’ve covered something you’re interested in, but if not, then this sure will get your attention. SYN radio is currently looking for volunteers – this includes writers, bloggers, coders, reviewers, content makers and just generally someone wanting to have fun. You must be between the ages of 12 and 25 to be involved with SYN, and they’re holding upcoming info sessions that will give you the lowdown on their training and how you can get involved. If this sounds as exciting to you as it does to me the jump on their website (syn.org.au/getinvolved) for full details on their upcoming info nights and the courses available.

ALL AGES TIMETABLE THURSDAY MAY 8 B.A.P Live On Earth, Festival Hall, 300 Dudley St West Melbourne, Doors 5:30pm, ticketmaster.com.au, AA FRIDAY MAY 9 Arctic Monkeys, Rod Laver Arena, 8:00pm, premier. ticketek.com.au, AA More Metal Than Ya Mum featuring Cryptic Abyss, Moustache Ant, Oh Wanderer, EV’s Youth Centre, 212 Mt Dandenong Rd Croydon, 6:30pm - 11pm, $5 at the door maroondahyouthservices.com, AA SATURDAY MAY 10 Mirboo North Arty Gras Festival, Mirboo North Main Street, 10.00am - 5.00pm, Free, mirboonorth.vic.au/artygras, AA Hellions w/ Trophy Eyes, Wrangler Studios, 8C Whitley Parade West Footscray, Tickets at the door, AA SUNDAY MAY 11 Gideon w/ Vices, Perspectives, Wrangler Studios, 8C Whitley Parade West Footscray, Tickets at the door, AA


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INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH

MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWS & GOSSIP

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

COMMUNITY RADIO CAMPAIGN AGAINST FUNDING CUTS? The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia could be forced into another public campaign. The Federal Government’s Audition Commission recommended cuts of $17.5 million to community radio. It said public broadcasters ABC and SBS are already funded $1 billion (altogether $22 billion is spent on 500 grant programs) and there was a “limited rationale” in continuing funding to 150 community radio stations. The CBAA is talking with the Minister for more details before deciding this week to go ahead with the campaign. The report also wanted budget cuts for Screen Australia, Tourism Australia and assistance for smaller businesses to market themselves.

SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS SELLS OUT Splendour in the Grass was an instant sell-out but not without drama. Due to a possible hacker, Moshtix admitted that some customers were offered reduced priced tickets and wrong credit card fees up to $4,000. It emphasised, “No credit card information has been compromised during the technical issues.”

3RRR FAREWELLING KAREN LENG 3RRR 102.7FM is losing Karen Lang after 29 years to Double J (see item below). She joined in 1985 and presented Station to Station, Hotwire and since 2001, Kinky Afro. Station manager Dave Houchin said, “While we’re incredibly sad to see Karen go, we do so with the utmost gratitude for all of her work over so many years. Karen has set an amazing example for generations of Triple R broadcasters. Her contribution sits alongside the most significant in the station’s 38-year history and will not be forgotten.” Her final Kinky Afro is on Thursday June 19 from the Triple R Performance Space, 4-7pm

DOUBLE J LAUNCHED The ABC’s rebranded station for the over-30s, Double J, launched last week with a live broadcast from Melbourne’s Kelvin Club with performances from Paul Dempsey and Kate Miller-Heidke. Presenters are a mix of broadcasters and artists. They include Myf Warhurst, Caz Tran, Karen Leng with singer-songwriter Emma Swift handling country and roots Revelator, and The Bamboos’ Lance Ferguson covering indie, hip hop, soul and pop on Sky High and a two-hour Artist In Residence on Sunday afternoon. The folks running Double J are Meagen Loader (content director), ex-Channel V’s music programmer Dorothy Markek (assistant music director) and Dan Condon (music editor).

MAJOR CHANGES AT SONY MUSIC Sony Music Entertainment Australia and NZ announced some major changes. Tim Kelly, GM of Marketing at Universal Music, returns to Sony as General Manager Marketing Asia Pacific on June 2. John Parker, GM of Marketing & Promotions, now oversees the Artist Touring division. Wayne Ringrow returns to Sony as Senior Director, Australian Artist Marketing based in Sydney. Jess Mitchell from RCA New York joins as Marketing Manager. Alex Chavez, from Latium Entertainment Los Angeles, is Manager of Australian Artist Development. Gary English is promoted to Manager, Promotions & Publicity, Commercial Music Group. Aaron Neylan becomes Senior Manager, Queensland Operations. New lawyers are Rachael Brown from Banki Haddock Fiora and Shannon O’Heir from Red Bull and EMI.

IORIO BOOKING AT WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Steve Iorio (PBS FM, The Vagrants, JMC lecturer) is back in Melbourne after a five month tour of Europe and is working for Whole Lotta Love Bar doing band bookings, marketing and promotions. If anyone is keen to play a gig at the 120-capacity space, email him at wholelottabookings@gmail.com.

THINGS WE HEAR • Kirin J Callinan’s Pozible campaign offers his own brand of Chardonnay Sean, his long lost 2008 solo record Am I A Woman Yet, a hot date, a gym workout, signed hubcaps and bungee jumping. He and Sophia Brous cut a duet of kdlang’s Constant Craving as a wedding present for mutual friends. • Flume’s remix of Lorde’s Tennis Court hit 1 million views in its first 48 hours and quickly climbed to 1.5 million. He was a highlight of America’s Coachella festival and back for more dates in the US, UK and Europe. BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 66

• Already plagued by accusations Kylie Minogue mimed during her appearance, The Logies’ audience declined for the fifth year. Its metro viewing audience was 962,000, compared to 1.093 million last year. • With a five-year management deal for Australian Blues Music Festival up for review by Goulburn council, current promoter Geoff Bell confirmed he’s put his hand up to run it for another five years. “I was involved in the festival from the very start with the original promoters, I love the music, I love the festival’s vibe, I live in the town and I want to give something back to it,” he told us.

TROPHY EYES SIGN TO HOPELESS Newcastle pop punkers Trophy Eyes signed to US label Hopeless Records. Their debut album, recorded in June, is out late 2014. The Everything Goes Away EP got global attention. They won the triple j Unearthed Sydney Soundwave comp in February. Dan Sultan

• Record Store Day sales saw 12” vinyl up 3,100% over the previous week. • Things of Stone & Wood’s 25th anniversary tour has gone down a storm in hometown Melbourne. There are three sell-outs, and a fourth show, on Friday June 6 at the Flying Saucer Club at Caulfield RSL with Carus Thompson. • On the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death, a suicide note found on his body attacked wife Courtney Love. “Do you Kurt Cobain take Courtney Michelle Love to be your lawful shredded wife,” the note says, “even when she’s a bitch with zits and siphoning all yr money for doping and whoring.” On the evening of his death, Love read out another note to his fans, in which he called her a “goddess … who sweats ambition and empathy.” • Beyoncé sent 90 roses to the family of 15-year-old Chelsea James who died after a long battle with cancer. In 2009, the singer brought the girl onstage in Sydney and serenaded her, and invited her backstage last year. • Aussie certifications: Jessica Mauboy’s single Never Be The Same went platinum, John Butler Trio’s Flesh And Blood album has gone gold.

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In the run up to the Friday May 16 release of their Ghost Stories album, Coldplay have hidden Chris Martin’s handwritten lyric sheets in the ghost story books in libraries in nine countries. Clues are given on their Twitter account (these have been found in Singapore, Helsinki and Mexico City). One of these will have a hidden envelope containing a Golden Ticket giving the finder and friend a free trip to London to see Coldplay perform at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday July 1.

REBECCA BATTIES AT FOXTEL Former MTV General Manager Rebecca Batties is the new General Manager – Foxtel Music Channels & Head of Digital. She will run its music channels Channel [V], [V] Hits, MAX, smooth and CMC, together with audio service, Foxtel Tunes. She will manage all digital operations for Foxtel Networks channels across music, movies, lifestyle, factual and general entertainment.

KATE DUNDAS LEAVING ABC Kate Dundas, director of radio for the ABC, is leaving in July after five years. During her time, the ABC audience grew from 3.8 million to 4.6 million. She always felt five years was the right time to do the role.

FITZSIMMONS EXITS SHOCK Shock’s Head of Promotions, Belinda Fitzsimmons, has left. Promo requests to Jacqui Wilson at jacqui. wilson@shock.com.au and Mick Tarbuk at mick. tarbuk@shock.com.au.

WILMOT RETURNS TO MUSHROOM Sandra Wilmot has returned to the Mushroom Group as National Publicity & Promotions Manager in a part time capacity, working Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

KIM CHURCHILL SIGNED TO WARNER Blues and folk singer-songwriter and guitarist Kim Churchill has signed to Warner Music Australia. His third album, Silence/Win is out on Friday May 23. It was recorded in Vancouver with Warne Livesey (Midnight Oil, Matthew Good). He’s doing a 16-date national tour through May and June.

SWEETHEARTS RAISE FUNDS FOR US TOUR The Sweethearts’ first trip to the US next month is down $25,000 to cover accommodation and a tour bus for 25. A fundraising campaign at pozible.com/project/181029 until Friday June 6 offers a private gig, video postcards from the US and a pre-release of their DVD.

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR INDIGENOUS AWARDS Nominations are open to Friday June 20 for the National Indigenous Music Awards, on Friday August 15 at Darwin Amphitheatre. Dan Sultan is headlining, while Jimblah and Briggs are part of a hip hop tribute to Indigenous music. It covers best artist, album, song, new talent, film clip and cover art among others.

GOOD WORKS #1: POSITIVE VIBES BENEFIT Ten bands are rallying around musician Peter Papp to pay for his cancer treatment. The Positive Vibes benefit is on Thursday May 8 at The Espy’s Gershwin Room from 7pm. Bands include Los Dominados, She Wolf featuring Mia Stone, Kill TV and more. Ten bands for $10.

GOOD WORKS #2: ENZA PANTANO PEERS BENEFIT Singer Enza Pantano Peers has been battling cancer, with surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy for four years. Now she continues to fight blood cancer. Singer John St. Peeters has put together a benefit on Friday May 30 from 7.30 pm at L’Unica On Parkville at 475 Brunswick Rd. West Brunswick. Guests include Daryl Somers, Lisa Edwards, John Swan, Lindsay Field, Wendy Stapleton, Jimmy Cupples, Mike Brady, Angela Librandi, Mae Parker, Paul Norton, Michael Yule, Annette Roche and Teresa Vee.

GOOD WORKS #3: QUEENSCLIFF EMERGING ARTIST GRANT FUNDRAISER The Queenscliff Music Festival 2014 Emerging Artist Grant applications are open until Monday June 30. To raise funds for the next round of recipients, a fundraiser is held on Saturday June 14 at Point Lonsdale School Hall in Bowen Rd. Playing are Stonefield, The Bombay Royale and last year’s recipients, the 25-piece nu-soulsters The Sweethearts and Yirrmal & the Yolngu Boys.

ARTS CENTRE FUNDING The Victorian Government has committed to a substantially increased recurrent funding of $5 million a year for two years for Arts Centre Melbourne. “An additional significant amount for major capital works” was also to be announced on Tuesday night. The venue’s president Tom Harley said the funding rise would allow it “to work with our resident companies, hirers and artists of many genres to deliver a high quality, year-round program for the Victorian community.” Its new programming approach of cross-subsidising events with improved box office returns has resulted in sell out performances.

LIFELINES Expecting: Robbie Williams and Ayda Field, their second. Dating (reportedly): Katy Perry and DJ Diplo. Injured: 47 fans during a crush at a One Direction concert in Peru. Ill: doctors told The Angels’ Doc Neeson he may have three to six months to live, after a MRI scan in February showed that his brain tumour has returned. This was revealed on ABC TV’s Australian Story last week. Hospitalised: British guitarist Wilko Johnson, diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, has treatment after a tumour was found to be slow-growing. It has been removed along with his pancreas, spleen and part of his stomach. In Court: Litchfield Bears rugby player Kieran Ketchell admitted in Darwin Magistrates Court he stole musician Max Fredericks’ $4,000 Gretsch Duo in February from the stage of Monsoons nightclub. He and friends had been heavily celebrating his 18th birthday. He was put on a 12 month bond. In Court: lighting designer Star Events Centre entertainment manager Steve Wickham settled out of court with asbestos manufacturer James Hardie, CX Media reported. His exposure to fibro in 1994 caused a serious lung condition from which he is now recovering. Jailed: Scorpions drummer James Kottak for a month in Dubai for “insulting Islam”. He’d had five glasses of wine on a flight from Russia. At the airport, he swore, yelled about “uneducated Muslims” and pulled his pants down. Jailed: Peter Wayne Graham Scott, 63, who once ran B Sharp Productions which produced music videos for Sydney bands, for seven years for abusing underage boys when he later became a teacher, Died: Chicago footwork or juke pioneer DJ Rashad, 34. Died: US hip hop pioneer DJ E-Z Rock, 46, from diabetes. He and Rob Base in the ‘90s produced the much sampled song It Takes Two. Died: Sydney production guru Gerry Caulfield, 64, heart attack. He worked at 2SM, Triple M, triple j and Foxtel’s Country Music Channel. Died: Paul Goddard, 68, founding member and bassist with Atlanta Rhythm Section, after a brief and sudden illness. Died: Roger Swifte, 68, a volunteer with the production crew of the Port Fairy Folk Festival, in a car crash. Died: Hilario “Larry” Ramos, of US soft pop band The Association (Never My Love, Windy, Cherish), 72, from metastatic melanoma.

CAROLINE TEAMS WITH TRU THOUGHTS Caroline Australia has teamed with UK-based electronic label Tru Thoughts. Its roster includes Alice Russell, Quantic, Lanu (Lance Ferguson of The Bamboos solo project), Kylie Auldist, Ty and Hot 8 Brass Band. The first under the new partnership is Quantic’s Magnetica.

NEW HARD ROCK AGENCY FOR BRISBANE Brisbane has a new booking agency Underscore focused on hard rock, metal, progressive and alternative. It is run by Tim Price, manager, booker, publicist and promoter. It launched with Sydonia, Forever the Optimist, For Ruin, Guards of May and Spitfireliar. Underscore’s sister companies are Pricewar Music Management and Collision Course PR. Price is contacted at tim@ underscoreagency.com.au.

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PBS RADIO FESTIVAL PBS is on a membership drive from Monday May 12 to Sunday May 25. Those who start, or renew, their membership go into the draw to win a Vespa PX-150 scooter, an Audiophile hi-fi system and a 101 PBS Feature CD pack. Call 03 8415 1067 or sign up online at pbsfm.org.au

TOAST CLOSED Geelong’s Toast nightclub was shut down as police investigate an Anzac Day trading breach, the Geelong Advertiser reported. Police are looking into allegations that Toast closed its front doors at 3am (as all venues have to) but opened a backdoor for partygoers paying a premium price until 6am.



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