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BAKEHOUSE STUDIOS If you’ve always wanted to look inside the studios where your favourite musicians hone their craft, here’s your chance. Bakehouse Studios is a secret place where the walls drip with the history of Australian music, where the likes of Nick Cave, Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins, the Drones and thousands of bands have called home. Bakehouse is the headquarters of SLAM (Save Live Australia’s Music) and where the SLAM rally, ‘Australia’s largest Cultural Protest’ was born. Bakehouse will open their doors to the public for the first time ever and to celebrate, the Leaps and Bounds Music Festival are throwing a street party in Little Hoddle Street. Featuring Bakehouse favourites, including Harmony, who will take to the stage from 11am, as well as various art installations chronicling Australian music. It all takes place Saturday July 12.

Anberlin have sold out the Forum, and have now announced a special second Melbourne show, supported by The Getaway Plan. Anberlin fans who dared hesitate for a mere moment in purchasing tickets to the band’s farewell tour have been caught off guard with the five piece’s Melbourne show at the Forum selling out in just days. Luckily, those still eager to bid adieu to one of the most charismatic and influential rock ensembles of the past decade, can catch one very special final performance. Anberlin are delighted to announce a second Melbourne show at 170 Russell on Wednesday 10 September. In a world first, exclusive to Australia’s live music capital, the band will play their most beloved studio album Never Take Friendship Personal in its entirety as well as a collection of hits from their career. Tickets to all shows are on sale now, so be quick.

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MIKELANGELO - THE BALKAN ELVIS Acclaimed around the world for his voice, charisma and quiff, award-winning singer Mikelangelo is The Balkan Elvis. Join him at Leaps and Bounds Music Festival for the grand opening of Collingwood Town Hall on Friday July 11 for what will be an incredible tour de force. Speaking from his luxurious estate on the shores of the Black Sea yesterday, Mikelangelo said, “I am honoured and delighted to play in this splendid ballroom. It is truly a venue fit for The King.” Imagine, if you will, that Elvis had grown up in the Balkans and that his musical instrument of choice, aside from an impossibly lush voice, was the piano accordion. Backed by a seven-piece brass Balkan band and Eastern Bloc Go-Go Dancers, Mikelangelo sings the hits as you’ve never heard them before, sprinkling hilarious tales of his rags to riches story throughout the show like so much glitter. This is Elvis as you’ve never seen or heard him before, overflowing with emotion, romance and animal desire, telling the history of the birth of rock’n’roll behind the Iron Curtain. Mikelangelo is thrilled to be the first artist invited to perform at the Collingwood Town Hall, which has recently had a once-in-a-century refurbishment that has revealed and restored the art-deco delights of the ballroom. This iconic building’s ballroom was playing host to live music long before punks were thrashing about on the floor of the Tote. The crowds that arrived for the weekend dances in the mid-20th Century ensured that the ballroom’s well-worn timber floor became the Tumbleweed fastest dance floor in Melbourne. Live music continued to light up the town hall’s stage until the 1990’s. The stage is set for a musical renaissance and who better to usher in the new era than our very own Balkan Elvis, the aptly named Mikelangelo.

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ROCK N LOAD FESTIVAL Rock N Load Festival is returning this June and they are bringing their biggest line-up yet. This year the festival will bring together 35 of the best rock acts from Melbourne and the rest of the country, across four stages, in one day. Leading the line-up is NSW five-piece Tumbleweed who will be joined by a host of acts including Melbourne two-piece King Of The North, Sydney’s Born Lion and locals My Echo, Sun God Replica and Bugdust. It goes down at the Espy on Saturday June 21. Tickets are only $21 and are available through Oztix.


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CANNIBAL CORPSE Death metal demigods Cannibal Corpse are returning to Australia. On the eve of the release of their new album (although the title is yet-to-be unveiled), Cannibal Corpse have revealed that they will be embarking on a world tour to celebrate and will be kicking off proceedings down under. They’ll be joined by Italian death metal quartet Hour of Penance. Catch them at 170 Russell on Friday September 12. Tickets on sale now via oztix.

PEABODY BOB DYLAN The long celebrated legacy of Bob Dylan will be once again lauded this winter with his welcomed return to Australia. Upon the celebration of this legend's 73rd birthday, we can now confirm that Bob Dylan and his band will be coming back to Australia and New Zealand for a month-long tour. For the first time in over two decades, Bob Dylan draws the fans closer with performances in some of the most iconic theatre venues in the country.  Fans can anticipate a musical event of depth, grace and significance, delivered by one of the greats. The Melbourne leg of the tour will take at the Palais Theatre August 18 and 19. Tickets for both shows are available June 3 at ticketmaster.com.au.

Hold on to your hats people of Australia: the Peabody indie-post-punk-rock machine is celebrating its 20th birthday. Throughout these 20 years, the band has had some help from some kind, kindred and obviously misguided spirits, but has generally made its own way up the shit stream of the music industry, using a fork for a paddle, smiling and waving at those in the private bungalows by the side. These boys-to-men 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. Don’t miss Peabody celebrate an impressive 20 years at Yah Yah’s in Melbourne on Friday 6 June with special guests The Barebones and Motel Love. Free entry.

DAREBIN MUSIC FEAST Darebin Music Feast gets you hungry for great music again this summer. Running from 8-19 October, this 12 day cornucopia of music events runs along the 86 Tram line, from Northcote to Reservoir. Visit www.musicfeast.com. au now to find out how their 15+ festival stages are programmed, how to get a spot on one of these stages and how you could feature in one of their various program strands: Local Venue Shows, Music Feast Artists Support Program, Music Feast Songwriters’ Award and the Banana Island ‘Go Banana’s Buskers & Community Stage’. Pull up a chair and join the Feast.

DEAD BOOMERS Things could get weird when The Shadow Electric plays host to the Dead Boomers, Vacuum, Dick Threats and Langlo Paniflax later this month. Dubbed as a “night of dark noise and visions on the eve of winter,” the evening will feature an array of local talent exploring experimental and industrial soundscapes. It all goes down on Thursday May 29 at the Shadow Electric Bandroom.

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There is one name in Australian music that has changed the game. One artist who can get the room jumping with the drop of a beat. The countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hottest and most controversial crossover star, 360 is heading out on his biggest ever tour across the country this September. This is 360â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first headline tour in over two years and since the release of Falling And Flying, the double platinum album that resulted in Sixtyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meteoric rise to fame. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss your chance to see 360 performing his biggest hits as well as tracks from his forthcoming album Utopia this September with special guests to be announced. 360 plays Festival Hall in Melbourne, Friday September 12.

Two of Australasiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most exciting young musicians will join forces this July and August for a co-headline tour across the country. Singer-songwriters Melody Pool, hailing from the Hunter Valley, NSW and Marlon Williams originally from Christchurch, NZ will treat audiences to their outstanding individual talents for a run of shows that are certain to captivate audiences everywhere. Melody Pool and Marlon Williams are playing multiple dates across Victoria including shows at Beavs Bar in Geelong, Leaps and Bounds Festival at Fitzroy Town Hall, Caravan Music Club in Oakleigh, Major Tomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kyneton, Ararat Hotel, Harvester Moon in Bellarine, Baby Black CafĂŠ Bacchus Marsh and the Bridge Hotel in Castlemaine. Tickets and show dates available at www.melodypool. com or www.marlonwilliams.co.nz.

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Bearing the terrible clichĂŠd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like? Ramona: The Breeders, The Kills and SleaterKinney. What inspires or has influenced your music the most? Ellie: I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lie. I started playing drums because of Zac Hanson. I was twelve, in love, and thought if I learned to play that one day we could have beautiful, blonde babies together. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still waiting. Ramona: Definitely not Zac Hanson. Â When are you playing live/releasing your album/EP/single/etc? Ellie: Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve released our EP, You Shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Be Mine. Ramona: The EP was inspired and influenced by psychoanalysis; early morning swinging at the park; 36,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean; muses; Michael Jackson; the artist formally known as Prince; and the year of the Watersnake. If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why? Ellie: Chrissy Amphlett. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big inspiration to Ramona and me. An amazing woman and an

incredible musician. Plus, I like to think sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have dug what we do. What do you hate about the music industry? Ramona: Money as the driver. What makes you happiest about what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing? Ramona: The fact that Ellie and I just get into the studio and the music just happens so naturally. We just click. What part of making music excites you the most? Ramona: When you know you have a song swirling around inside you. Do you have a pre-gig ritual? If so, what is it? Ramona: Putting on red lipstick. Ellie: Hiding a glass of bourbon and coke and stretching my dodgy shoulders. If someone made a movie about your life, who would play you? Ramona: It would have been River Phoenix. Ellie: Darryl Hannah, circa Blade Runner. When are you doing your thing next? Ellie: At our EP launch â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Saturday May 31 at the Old Bar. Adalitaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playing bass for us that night, so it should be pretty excellent. We are also being supported by Ali E and The Aves.

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Frontier Touring is thrilled to announce the return of one of musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most iconic groups to our shores. Renowned for their hit laden sell-out concerts, the Eagles are bringing their critically acclaimed History of the Eagles World Tour to Australia and New Zealand in February/March 2015.  Notably, it will be the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first visit to New Zealand in twenty years. Performing a massive run of shows, the tour will include indoor arena dates in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney as well as special outdoor concerts in Hunter Valley, Auckland and Victoriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iconic Hanging Rock. The legendary Hotel California outfit will perform their career-spanning History of the Eagles concerts, which sees members Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B Schmit deliver an incredible three-hour songfest of classic Eagles hits, including tracks the band had never previously performed live. Including celebrated favourites such as Desperado, Take It Easy, New Kid In Town, Lyinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Eyes and Take It To The Limit, the History of the Eagles global trek has already elated fans across the USA and Canada since their latest world jaunt kicked off in July 2013. Last in Australia in 2010 and New Zealand in 1995, the History of the Eagles tour is a mammoth production spanning the globe â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and a show for fans to remember. It was the creation of an acclaimed Eagles documentary which first spurred the legendary group to head back out on the road. History of the Eagles world tour kicked off on July 6, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky, and continued throughout arenas until Christmas. In January 2014 the band re-opened Los Angelesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; venue the Forum with a 28-song set (arranged chronologically) which left critics raving. Now, fans in the Netherlands, Belgium, England, Germany, Switzerland and Italy will get their turn to experience the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ultimate set from May-July â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;14, before Eagles return Stateside for further arena Fall dates from August-October. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll then head down under to Australia and New Zealand audiences in February/March 2015. With those unmistakable West Coast harmonies and the song writing gems of Glenn Frey and Don Henley, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss your chance to see the Eagles make history. Catch the Eagles Sunday February 22 2015. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an American Express Card holder or Frontier Touring member youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have access to ticket presales, if not grab your tickets through the general public sale at Ticketek on Tuesday June 10 at 10am local time.


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OI ENUF! Oi ENUF! Is a fundraiser/noise raiser for Fiona Warzywoda, who was murdered of April 16 2014 as she was leaving her lawyer's office where she had been discussing family violence issues. Fiona was 33 when she was killed, leaving behind four children. Get yourself and others along to Oi ENUF! on Sunday June 8 at the Reverance Hotel, in Footscray, to raise funds for the Fiona Joy Trust, which will go towards her children’s future. Oi ENUF! mixes passionate and talented artists from across Melbourne’s music scene to turn the volume up on community spirit and starts the conversations on the silence that has sat with us for far too long. With performances from Joelistics, Ezekiel Ox, Liquor Snatch, K-Mart Warriors, Muscle Mary, Admiral Ackbar’s Dishonourable Discharge, Marilyn Rose & The Thorns, 4Tress, Bulk Of Man, Ruby Soho, and DJs Ginger Light and Robo Kritt. Doors open at 3pm, $15 on the door.

QUEEN WATT’S ON PRESENTS: QUEEN’S B’DAY AT THE TOFF Watt’s On Presents: Queen’s B’Day at the Toff with Parking Lot Experiments, Cash For Gold, Document Swell, The Baudelaires + DJ Hudson James Jr & Jackson Miles. Since the debut Watt’s On Presents at the Toff on Easter Sunday last year that was also Client Liaison’s first headline show, Watt’s On Presents has stayed true to it’s mission of throwing parties that defy classification by providing thought provoking and challenging sounds whether that be the grungy psych of Atolls, the deranged mariachi of Mesa Cosa or the ‘80s synth schtik of the aforementioned CL. This Queen’s Birthday Eve, Sunday June 8, Watt’s On Presents is absolutely fucking beside itself to have Parking Lot Experiments. PLE’s music is atmospheric and thought provoking but paradoxically, when they perform live and their ambient tunes are pumped out at loud volume, the effect is a mind numbing bliss. Joining PLE are disco experimentalists Cash For Gold, ambient maestro Document Swell and psych wunderkind The Baudelaires. DJs Hudson James Jr and Jackson Miles will be keeping the party raging well into the early hours. Tickets $10 on the door. Sunday June 8 at the Toff in Town, Swanston St. City.

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Queen will return to Australia for the first time in 30 years this August. Queen were last in Australia in 1985 when the late Freddie Mercury was still fronting the band. On their 2014 tour Adam Lambert will take his place. Lambert first performed with original members Brian May and Roger Taylor in 2009 on American Idol for a performance of their seminal hit We Are The Champions. They next teamed up on the MTV European Music Awards in Belfast for an eight-minute medley and in 2012 they performed a series of shows across Europe as well as dates in Russia, Ukraine and Poland. Catch them at Rod Laver Arena on Friday August 29. Tickets on sale now via Ticketek.

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TOURING

WHO'S ON TOUR, WHERE AND WHEN

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INTERNATIONAL 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 May 31 THE WAIFS 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 Corner Hotel June 5 THE RAP GUIDE TO EVOLUTION The Arts Centre, Fairfax Studio June 6, 7 WHITE LUNG The Tote June 7 JAMES BLUNT The Plenary June 8 RON POPE Workers Club 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 BRONX 170 Russell June 17 THE VIBRATORS The Tote June 21 EARTH The Hi-Fi June 21 THE SUPERSUCKERS Ding Dong June 21 SOHN Ding Dong Lounge June 25 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 TINY RUINS Northcote Social Club July 8 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

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ÁSGEIR The Forum July 22 SKY FERREIRA Prince Bandroom July 23 TUNE-YARDS Howler July 24 THE ACID Northcote Social Club July 24 LILY ALLEN Festival Hall 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 Corner Hotel July 26 CHROME SPARKS/RAT & CO Howler July 26 THE 1975 The Hi-Fi July 27 FUTURE ISLANDS Corner Hotel July 28 FOSTER THE PEOPLE Palais Theatre July 28 THE HEAD AND THE HEART Howler July 28 WILD BEASTS Prince Bandroom July 29 JUNGLE Corner Hotel July 29 BEN HOWARD Palais Theatre July 30 RY X Howler July 30 FIRST AID KIT The Hi-Fi July 31 ANDREW STRONG DOES THE COMMITMENTS Corner Hotel August 3 NEUROSIS Corner Hotel August 7, The Hi-Fi August 8 I AM GIANT Cherry Bar August 8 KASABIAN Festival Hall August 9 KING BUZZO Ding Dong Lounge August 15 BOB DYLAN Palais Theatre August 18, 19 KNAPSACK The Reverence Hotel August 21 LADY GAGA Rod Laver Arena August 23 KID INK The Hi-Fi August 24 THE USED & TAKING BACK SUNDAY 170 Russell August 25 PITY SEX The Old Bar August 25 THE DANDY WARHOLS Corner Hotel August 26 QUEEN Rod Laver Arena August 29 BIFFY CLYRO Palais Theatre September 7 SEPULTURA 170 RUSSELL October 1 ROLLING STONES Rod Laver Arena November 5,

Hanging Rock, Macedon November 8 ANBERLIN The Forum September 7 KANYE WEST Rod Laver Arena September 9, 10 ANBERLIN 170 Russell September 10 CANNIBAL CORPSE 170 Russel September 12 ROBBIE WILLIAMS Rod Laver Arena September 16 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE Etihad Stadium September 18 INGRID MICHAELSON Corner Hotel September 20 VERUCA SALT Corner Hotel September 26 KATY PERRY Rod Laver Arena November 14, 15 ACCEPT Corner Hotel November 15 ROXETTE Rod Laver Arena February 20, Rochford Wines Yarra Valley February 21 THE EAGLES Rod Laver Arena February 22, Hanging Rock Macedon February 28

NATIONAL FAIM Bendigo Hotel May 28 MAJOR TOM & THE ATOMS Cherry Bar May 28 HIATUS KAIYOTE Howler May 28 DEAD LETTER CIRCUS Village Green May 29 BRITISH INDIA The John Curtain Hotel May 29 DEAD BOOMERS The Shadow Electric Bandroom 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 I, A MAN The Shadow Electric 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 THE HARPOONS Shebeen June 6 PEABODY Yah Yah’s June 6 ALLDAY Ding Dong Lounge June 7 JOSH PYKE Healesville June 7 WAGONS The Hi-Fi June 7 SOUL-A-GO-GO Shebeen June 7 QUEENS BIRTHDAY AT HOWLER Howler June 8 WATT’S ON PRESENTS: QUEENS BIRTHDAY AT THE TOFF The Toff In Town June 8 OI ENUF! The Reverence Hotel June 8 DAVE GRANEY The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine June 12 ELLIOT THE BULL The Toff In Town June 12 DARK MOFO 2014 June 12, 22 C.W STONEKING St Michael’s Uniting Church June 13 HARD ONS Corner Hotel June 14 JOELISTICS Workers Club June 14 BOBBY FOX The Toff In Town June 15, 29 ARCHER Workers Club June 15, 22, 29 DUNE RATS Corner Hotel June 20 ASTRONOMY CLASS Northcote Social Club June 27 DEEZ NUTS & CONFESSION The Workers Club June 27 TEETH & TONGUE Howler June 28 NEW EMPIRE Northcote Social Club June 19 DAVIDSON BROTHERS Corner Hotel June 19 GRAVEYARD TRAIN 170 Russell June 20 MORGAN EVANS Revolver June 20 ROCK N LOAD FESTIVAL The Espy June 21 NORTHEAST PARTY HOUSE Corner Hotel June 21 2014 RECLINK COMMUNITY CUP Elsternwick Park June 22 KEITH URBAN Rod Laver Arena June 25 MELANIE SAFKA Melbourne Recital Centre June 26 BOYEUR The Workers Club June 26 THE PIECE BROTHERS Shebeen June 26, 27 THE PAPER KITES Athenaeum Theatre June 27 FRANKENBOK Reverence Hotel June 27 THE CREASES Shebeen June 28 THE CAIROS Ding Dong Lounge June 28 LITTLE BASTARD Northcote Social Club July 4 CROOKED COLOURS Shebeen July 4 THE HOLIDAYS The Hi-Fi July 4 COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS The Corner Hotel July 4 LEAPS AND BOUNDS 2014- Covers 40 traditional venues from the Corner Hotel to Longplay, Over the City of Yarra July 4-20 BONJAH Cherry Bar July 4, Yah Yah’s July 5 VIOLENT SOHO The Hi-Fi July 5 SASKWATCH Corner Hotel July 5 REMI Corner Hotel July 11 MIKELANGELO - THE BALKAN ELVIS Collingwood Town Hall 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

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SOMETHING FOR KATE The Forum July 18 MELODY POOL & MARLON WILLIAMS Fitzroy Town Hall July 18 SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay July 25 - July 27 DAVE GRANEY Toff In Town July 26 BODYJAR 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 BUSBY MAROU Corner Hotel August 23 POISON CITY WEEKENDER 2014 Reverence Hotel August 24 THE ASTON SHUFFLE Corner Hotel September 5 BOY AND BEAR Palais Theatre September 5 360 Festival Hall September 12 TINA ARENA Palais Theatre September 17 BONJAH The Hi-Fi October 4 DAREBIN MUSIC FEAST Various Venues, October 8-19 RUMOURS ANTEMASQUE, FOO FIGHTERS, KLAXONS, SBTKRT = NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

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THE PAPER KITES By Alison Erlanger If your band wasn’t recently hand-picked as the main support for a largely sold out international tour with City and Colour frontman Dallas Green, you’re probably not in The Paper Kites. Drummer Josh Bentley has a one-up on you there, and has been with Melbourne’s favourite indie-folk quintet since its humble conception. Since playing university day-gigs in torrential rain, the charming, emotionally powerful outfit have risen to support illustrious acts including Bombay Bicycle Club, Josh Pyke, Boy & Bear, Passenger and Hungry Kids of Hungary, released highly celebrated debut album, States, and are now embarking on a very promising national tour. Bentley candidly shares some insight into the rise and rise of the little Melbourne band that could – and is. “Back in the heyday, it was all sort of surreal starting out for us. We didn’t really expect to be playing university shows, or anything, really. I remember at one of our first shows it absolutely bucketed down and it was kind of hilarious to be sitting there seeing these people getting absolutely drenched while we were trying to go through the set.” It took a number of years for the notoriously impenetrable Melbourne music scene to catch wind of the five-piece, but when it did their craft resonated with audiences on an international level. That said, The Paper Kites are the first to admit that they have much to learn from more seasoned performers. Dallas Green is one such example. “You blink and next thing you know, you’re on a plane on our way over to the states, and we’re playing with Dallas Green and City and Colour and it was mindblowing. We’d never been to the States before, so just seeing how City and Colour do it – a very tight-knit, professionally run band, getting to see all the behindthe-scenes stuff and playing in these amazing theatres and venues over there was mind-blowing. “We’ll probably never experience that kind of thing again. We were definitely walking around wide-eyed with our mouths open, just looking at all of the different things over there and the way things are done. It was a real learning curve for us. We’ve toured around with a few different acts here and there and we always try to grab inspiration or just ideas or that sort of thing from different acts we play with.” In the wake of their success, The Paper Kites have had to devise techniques to curb their pre-show excitement, their upcoming national tour naturally being no exception. “It can be very easy for us to get distracted or get excited, or lose sight of what we’re actually [at a show] to do;

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we can get caught up in the moment quite easily. We’re the kind of people who are high on life when playing a show. We just love it, so taking an hour or even half an hour beforehand just to sort of collect ourselves is important. Especially considering the type of music we play, it’s a little quieter – very involved. It’s not hyped up punk music where we can go nuts on stage.” Hyped-up punk music though it is not – the intricacies of getting any band on the same page creatively comes with its own set of challenges. The Paper Kites do not take their intention to entertain lightly, and are consid-

WE ALWAYS END UP PLAYING MELBOURNE AS OUR LAST LEG OF THE TOUR. IT’S GREAT FOR US, BECAUSE IT MEANS THAT WE GET A HOMECOMING, PLAYING TO OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND EVERYONE AT HOME WHO SUPPORTS US. erate well beyond necessity in making every show run as smoothly as possible. “We started rehearsals a while ago now. It’s really exciting, we’re starting to nut out all of the songs and the set list and the structure and that sort of stuff. It’s getting a bit more hectic as we come closer to it, and to be honest it can be a bit of a nightmare when we make a decision. We can ‘um and ah’ over it for days, weeks, months on end – even just sorting out band practices. We actually have a group on [mobile messaging app] ‘WhatsApp’, and it goes off about 60 times a day just communicating with each other. “We try to collaborate and obviously make decisions as

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a group and I think that’s really important as a band, especially because we have five members. It’s key that everyone is involved in decision making, whether that’s, ‘Are we going to play this show?’ or ‘Are we going to play this song?’ right up to ‘Which beer should we have on the rider?’. It’s kind of ridiculous. Maybe we take it too far, but I think too far is better than no communication, or just one person making all the decisions. As a band, we’re a bit over the top in that area.” With a network of tens of thousands of people following them online and some music video clips well exceeding five million views on YouTube, The Paper Kites have made themselves serendipitously synonymous with thought-provoking, highly sharable video content. Their latest clip, Tenenbaum, has already received overwhelmingly positive feedback despite, or perhaps because of, the ambiguity of its narrative. “Tenenbaum was done in Sydney. Sam Elliot, our lead singer, sort of took the artistic direction and then a friend of ours actually directed it. The clip itself is kind of open to your own interpretation. For me personally, it’s just got a guy in the car and he’s on his way to see a girl, and to me, I sort of relate that to a father-daughter relationship. It could be a boy-girl relationship, it could be a grandpa-granddaughter relationship, but for me it’s a father leaving his daughter. I guess the beauty of the clip is that it can be open to any explanation.” As you could imagine, The Paper Kites have a phenomenal support base in Melbourne, and a special – if not somewhat paradoxical – relationship with it. “We always end up playing Melbourne as our last leg of the tour. It’s great for us, because it means that we get a homecoming, playing to our family and friends and everyone at home who supports us. I think we find it a bit more scary, a bit more daunting because we do know people in the crowd. We do have family and friends and people who have come to see us, so therefore we have to put on an excellent show. I’d actually feel more comfortable playing to 30,000 random people [than a small Melbourne gig], but not because it looks good or anything. “I personally love not knowing anyone and I guess not caring, just sort of playing as if you’re free. I guess that’s sort of weird, but as for 15 sets of eyes looking at you knowing exactly what you’re thinking and what’s going through your head, it kind of gives you that weird feeling that you better perform well or you’ll look bad. But nah, it’s great. We love playing in Melbourne. We’ve played lots of our shows here from the beginning, right up to where we are now and we’re so grateful for the support Melbourne has shown us. It’s the best city in Australia, I reckon.” THE PAPER KITES play the Athenaeum Theatre on Friday June 27.


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THIS WEEK: ON SCREEN

With Tyson Wray. Got thoughts, news, gossip, complaints or cat photos? Email tyson@beat.com.au or send by carrier pigeon before Friday 12pm. was witnessing a female Darth Vader strip, and Beattie believes that gender has little to do with the core of the character. “You can do the gender switches quite easy,” he says. “Vader’s this strong, powerful, dominating force, and that’s what we use. Luke is optimistic and wide-eyed. Han Solo’s the cowboy Boba Fett’s this dangerous mysterious thing and Storm Troopers on their own aren’t intimidating but a legion of them is much more impressive. We’ve kept all those aspects from the film but put our own unique take of burlesque on them.” Much like a veteran comedian listening to an earlycareer recording, Beattie cringes when reminded of the first Star Wars burlesque and is adamant that this show is on a whole different level to the first incarnation. “If you’ve seen anything from the last show, wipe it from your mind. It’s a totally different show. Totally rebuilt from scratch. That Melbourne one, that was the first time we’d ever transferred it to the big stage. I was like, ‘This is not working’. What I had in my head and what I put on the stage were two different things. I’m like, ‘Argh nooo’. Last year I said, ‘If we’re doing it again, I wanna do it properly.’ My business partners were [a bit hesitant] so after the last show I went to the tip and destroyed all the costumes and props. I told them, ‘Well we’ll have to do [a new show] now’.” While burlesque is a broad genre, Beattie doesn’t consider himself a burlesque traditionalist. He maintains the subtlety of the seductive art but believes the show is more daring in its structure than the classic burlesque variety show. However, Beattie does emphasise the importance of sensuality rather than gratuitous sexuality.

Gravity was 2013’s enduring achievement in engineering and CGI. A masterful depiction of space and the isolated suspension of humanity within it, Gravity is a big screen film that demands attention and gives back equal doses of awe. A small step for Sandra Bullock and George Clooney but a giant leap for cinematic style, this is an absolute cinema must-see. The Astor Theatre’s SuperScreen welcomes the loneliness, silence and grounding that the endlessness of outer space brings, and will screen Gravity on Sunday June 1.

ON STAGE David Williamson’s new football satire Managing Carmen has hit Melbourne. The play follows star player Brent Lyall, his cross-dressing alter ego Carmen and a tabloid predator who is eager to expose him in this satirical look at the nation’s favourite sport. Managing Carmen will run from Wednesday May 28 to Saturday May 31 at the Malthouse Theatre.

ON DISPL AY Inspired by the beauty of Australia’s native animals Sally Land threw herself into creating detailed illustrations for her first solo show, Wild Life. However, living the wild life is less idyllic than it sounds. While researching her subjects unsettling words continuously reoccurred: vulnerable, threatened, endangered, extinct. Our beautiful native creatures are suffering. Through delicate use of graphite and watercolour Land brings them into the spotlight and highlights their fragility. Wild Life is currently on display at Off the Kerb.

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THE EMPIRE STRIPS BACK By Nick Taras Award-winning circus company Circa are currently premiering their new show S. 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 this month including Frankston Arts Centre, Gasworks Arts Park and where it is currently playing, the Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre.

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“We make Yoda pretty sexy in this one,” says Russall Beattie, the creative mind behind The Empire Strips Back – a Star Wars-themed burlesque show. Behind teleportation and Rick Astley giving you up, the third universal impossibility has just been made possible. The Empire Strips Back takes characters from Star Wars – defined by Urban Dictionary as “an epic story about the dysfunctional Skywalker family” – and reimagines them in the sexy world of burlesque. The production crew have gone to extraordinary lengths to replicate masks and costumes from the films in order to conjure an immersive, authentic atmosphere. “I find the best way in [Star Wars burlesque] to do that is to get things so right, like characters, and for me, I had to make Jabba life-size,” explains Beattie. “That’s one of the fun things on this tour especially – I was able to take these characters that had only ever existed as puppets or stop motion or CGI and make them real interactive characters on stage. Our Jabba the Hutt’s almost four metres long. Our Chewbacca is 7’4”. We had to make sure to have these things in there, so the audience don’t have to make the jump so far. They can

recognise everything on stage and just be in that world straight away.” Another crucial ingredient of this audience immersion is Beattie’s credo that Star Wars fans deserve an experience that respects and understands the source. “It’s very popular in burlesque to do themed stuff now. My theory is if you take on anything that people invest time, energy and love in and you’re the one saying, ‘I want to cash in on your enthusiasm for it’, then as a promoter you’ve got a duty of care to make sure you get as close as the source material as possible to match their enthusiasm and then try and lift it up more.” I interviewed Beattie before the premiere of the original Star Wars burlesque show a couple of years ago and decided to head along and see it for myself. So I called the creepiest friend I have and off we went. One of the more striking moments from the experience

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“That’s what people forget about burlesque a lot of the time…for us it’s about being sexy, being sensual, and I have to kind of have a conscious choice about what I think that is. It is not meant to be gratuitous. It’s something you can bring your girlfriend to and both find it sexy. All the girls are dancers. They’re at that skill level. I have strict rules when it comes to burlesque: I don’t do fans, I don’t have feathers, I don’t have anything you’d usually associate with burlesque, apart from the tease element. Most burlesque is a collection of different acts where they’re not actually fully thought-out shows which give a unique experience to the audience. I feel like our show is a journey for the audience – each of the acts build on one another – we don’t try cross over too much…It’s not all about striptease; you can be sexy without taking one thing off.” When I interviewed Beattie before the last show, I questioned what inspired the idea. He simply answered that he’s “a bit of a geek and also a bit of a pervert.” This time, I wondered if anything had changed. “I’m probably more of both,” he laughs.

The Empire Strips Back is playing at the Palais Theatre on Friday June 20.


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MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

The Melbourne International Film Festival has revealed the Next Gen program for its 2014 incarnation. As a program of cinema selected for younger audiences, Next Gen offers schools the opportunity to screen films during the day as well as several familyfriendly times on the weekends. Clara & The Secret of the Bears, Patema Inverted, The Good Life, We Are Mari Pepa, Anina, The Nightingale, Aunt Hilda and School Of Babel  comprise this year’s program.  The Melbourne International Film Festival will go down from Thursday July 31 to Sunday August 7. School bookings are now open and general public ticket sales will be available from Friday July 11.

Adam Hills has announced that he will play a rare, one off show in Yarraville this June. An Australian comedy legend, Gold Logie-nominated host of the original Spicks & Specks and now even an international TV host, Adam’s solo shows are regular highlights at Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. He is also the only Australia to have performed at the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen - just another accolade to add to his ever growing swag of awards and acclaim. Adam Hill will hit Yarraville Laughs on Saturday June 28 with Matthew Hardy.

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Grant Street Theatre has had a makeover and now they have announced their (re)opening season. Located in the arts end of town, the Grant Street Theatre has undergone a massive revamp, with a new bar, lounge and theatre space transforming the venue into a multipurpose performance space ready to host a lineup of performance art, jazz, contemporary music and a mix of local and student performances, ready for the general public, artists and audiences alike. The site can expand and retract, transforming from a bar and lounge that holds 80 people to a theatre space that seats 120. A program of free music continues each Friday night throughout the season including Total Giovanni, Evelyn Morris (aka Pikelet), Simone Page Jones and Hue Blanes. Thursday nights at Grant Street will showcase a series of ground-breaking new works from VCA and MCM artist groups including LazerCats 2000, Jordan White Trio, Michael Julien Quintet and Sarah Bruce. While Saturday nights will host a special artist programmed party with DJs and performances curated the likes of Melbourne based gathering Last Tuesday Society, The Bruise front woman Kira Puru, Holly Durant and Ad Libitum. Grant Street Theatre’s opening season will run until Sunday July 6.

The adventures of two explorers will come to life when National Geographic Live comes to Melbourne this year. In August, photographer David Doubilet will take audiences under the sea as he shows off his images from the waters of Papua New Guinea, Antarctica and Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence for Coral, Fire & Ice: Explore Secret Underwater Worlds. Doubilet will reveal never before seen images from his assignments and will share stories from his five decades behind the camera. Bryan Smith, award-winning filmmaker, adventurer and conservationist for the National Geographic will share gripping moments, from his assignments to cover extreme feats in some of the world’s most challenging environments. Whether its braving white-water rapids in British Columbian rivers, cozying up with grizzlies in Russia or fulfilling the dream of eternal flight, Smith has been there to get the footage.   National Geographic Live is the live events division of the National Geographic Society, featuring live concerts, films and presentations by today’s leading explorers, scientists, filmmakers and photographers. All proceeds from speaker series ticket sales held fund future National Geographic initiatives in field research, exploration and education.  Coral, Fire, & Ice: Explore Secret Underwater Worlds with David Doubilet will come to Hamer Hall on Friday August 1. Extreme Adventures on the Edge: Vertical Feats and the Man Who Can Fly-Bryan Smith will also hit Hamer Hall on Saturday October 4.

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Ten of Australia’s best stand-ups for just $5. Sound good? Good. This week host of the somewhat popular podcast Little Dum Dum Club, Karl Chandler is running the show. Joining him is Jonathan Schuster, recent Gibbo award winner Greg Larsen, Sydney’s Nick Capper plus heaps more. Tonight at 16 Corrs Lane, CBD, at 8.30pm.

ACMI has announced that it will be present the premiere of the digital restoration of the 1969 film Model Shop. Directed by Jacques Demy, the film chronicles the bittersweet tale of a brief encounter between a young and disillusioned architect, George and the enchanting Lola, who poses for men in various states of undress. It was the French New Wave director’s only American film. Model Shop will screen from Saturday June 7 to Sunday June 15.

FIVE BOROUGHS COMEDY Denise Scott, winner of Barry (award for best show) in the recent Melbourne International Comedy Festival, headlines Five Boroughs this Thursday. It’s her grand return after winning the coveted award and your first chance to see how she scooped the top prize. Plus there’s an almighty lineup including Ben Lomas, Laura Davis, Karl Woodberry and a special guest. It’s all happening this Thursday May 29 at 8.30pm at Five Boroughs Comedy, 68 Hardware Lane (upstairs), CBD all for only $12.

LOL COMEDY This Wednesday May 28 at the Portland Hotel in the city and Friday May 30 at the Hawthorn Hotel, LOL Comedy have a superstar MC from the USA – Toby Muresianu, who’s opened for Doug Stanhope, Steve Hofstetter and Tig Notaro. He’ll be joined by Ben Darsow, who’s on his way to the USA after years smashing it on the local scene. All tickets $10. Tickets from: lolcomedy.com.au.

COMEDY AT SPLEEN Mondays at Spleen are more packed than ever (and that’s pretty damned packed). This Monday, they’ve got Warrnambool’s third or fourth finest, Michael Williams (the guy with the pictures on the easel) hosting, plus heaps of acts like Toby Muresianu, Jimmy James Eaton, Toby Halligan and more. It’s on this Monday June 2 at 41 Bourke St in the city at 8.30pm. It may be free, but we appreciate a good gold coin donation at the door.

THE MOULIN BEIGE Every month you can see Melbourne’s most experimental comedians, cabaret artists and variety performers at the Moulin Beige. This Tuesday June 3 at the Wesley Anne features the Ventriloquist Sarah Jones, vaudevillians Alex Gellman and Madeline Hudson from Porcelain Punch, a very special burlesque performance by Jojoh Nyx (from One Trick Pony), character comedian Anna Macaroni, clown Cam Venn and MC/ squeezeboxer Liz Skitch. Show starts at 7.30pm, tickets are $12 at the door or try the $20 show and meal deal.

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Game Of Thrones and Doctor Who fans will rejoice with the news that two stars from their beloved shows have joined the ranks of this year’s Oz Comic-Con. Daniel Portman has become better known as Podrick Payne after taking up the role in season two of Game of Thrones. The lovable and loyal squire to both Tyrion Lannister and Brienne of Tarth joins the already announced Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor, at the event. On the sci-fi side of things, Arthur Darvill spent three years bringing to life the character of Rory Williams on Doctor Who. The companion to Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor joins an already jam-packed lineup featuring the likes of Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver, Stargate SG-1), Tom Skerritt (Top Gun, Alien, Picket Fences) and Veronica Cartwright ( Alien, Resurrection, The X-Files). The event will feature celebrity Q&A panels and photograph and autograph opportunities with all guests. For those Game of Thrones diehards looking to go the extra mile, they can also get in on an exclusive dinner with both Portman and Nairn on Saturday July 5. Oz Comic-Con Melbourne will take over Royal Exhibition Building on Saturday July 5 and Sunday July 6.

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The inaugural Scandinavian Film Festival is set to bring some of the best films from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland to screens around Australia this July. The festival will open with Swedish comedy The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared (Hundraaringen som klev ut genom fonstret och forsvann). The film is based on the internationally successful novel by Jonas Jonasson, which was published in more than 35 countries. Other films announced include the  Easy Money  trilogy, including Shabba Cash which was Sweden’s top-grossing film of 2010 and follows an economics student who becomes a drug runner. From Finland, director Taru Makela’s August Fools (Mieleton Elokuu) is a comedy set in 1962 in the Cold War, Iceland’s Metalhead (Malmhaus) follows the story of 12-year-old Hera as she takes on the identity of her deceased brother, Amrita Acharia stars in Norway’s I Am Yours ( Jeg er din) while Danish suspense thriller The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret) follows the discoveries of a re-assigned police officer. The full program will be released in June. The Scandinavian Film Festival opens on Thursday July 10 at Palace Cinema Como and Palace Brighton Bay.

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Just like the inspiring flows he creates, L-FRESH The LION is on the up, having lifted his profile supporting many major hip hop heavyweights over the last 18 months. With his first LP, aptly entitled One, Sydney raised rhymer L-FRESH has brought back a lyrical, narrative style of hip hop that hasn’t been big commercially since the late ‘90s/early 2000s. It’s an empowering collection of thought-provoking songs four years in the making. “I had a vision for the album but I knew I didn’t have the expertise to get it to the fit-for-release point and that I needed people around me who were perfect to bring that vision to life,” explains L-FRESH. “So I partnered with a good mate of mine, Michael McGlynn, who runs a studio in Sydney called Vienna People and we came together and I told him about that vision. We explored and solidified that vision, and then we worked on the album. He produced the record and brought it to another level. “We were able to bring in members of my band and he had his

mates, who were awesome musicians come in and feature and do certain things on the album and some new songs were borne out of that inspiration. So, some of the album features moments in a studio captured instantly and turned into songs. It was a long process, it was an awesome journey, it’s been really rewarding and now that the album is out it’s great to have people feel what we felt when we were in the studio making it.” While the title track of the LP features an intro freestyle from the legendary KRS-One, the most recently released single, Survive, showcases L-FRESH’s Indian heritage and the people of the Sikh communities of Sydney’s Revesby and Craigieburn where he grew up. “It’s so much a part of what I am that it’s something I don’t feel I have to explicitly mention as such in music or in my day-to-day, but it definitely forms who I am as an individual and as a human being. “The rationale behind the video was, you know, how often do you

see a video with my people represented? You don’t see Sikhs in hip hop. So I just wanted to make a video that normalises what we do, so I put it in a video! It’s really important for me to stay in touch with my community; they are supportive and mean a lot to me.” Now working in youth support in Melbourne, L-FRESH is all about enabling people to create positive networks, a theme mirrored in his work with the seed having perhaps first been germinated during a visit to his parent’s homeland in his teenage years. “I think community is really important, something that’s undervalued these days, particularly in Australia,” he says. “When I travelled overseas and visited places where my mum and dad grew up in Punjab there were people there who knew my parents from when they were little and were still living in the same place. There was this real sense of family and community really knowing one another and stories of this tight-knit, community vibe. “And I’m like, ‘why don’t we have that here?’ You know it’s really rare that people have solid relationships with their neighbours, or even with people in the community or in their suburb, and even on a national level or state level – it’s hard to come across the idea of people coming together to work together for a common goal.” Social justice, peace and inclusion are all subtle themes running throughout One, concepts made reality via his clothing label and online community, Power to the Peaceful. “People have just taken that idea to the next level. People come to the shows wearing the t-shirts and recognise other people in the audience wearing them and it’s this instant connection because they identify with the idea of peaceful people having power. “The people that come to my shows don’t just connect with us on stage, they really get the feel for their peers in the audience. It’s the beginning of a community and people get to experience what it’s like to be part of this positive, uplifting, empowering vibe. “I’m always about moving forward and learning, growing, and that to me is at the core of our existence. Something that I would relate to people is – be aware of your movements, how are you progressing? Are you getting better at what you are doing and what are you doing in your day-to-day to put yourself in a better position?” One is out now. facebook.com/lfreshthelion

behind the decks with: lola heart Where’s the strangest place you’ve woken up? In my elevator. Describe yourself using the title of a song: Extra Bacon. What was the weirdest thing you believed as a child? I used to make these little herb concoctions from a witchcraft book and sneak them into boys bags to make them fall in love with me. The most awkward moment you’ve had as a DJ? Once I was so nervous before a show I got a nosebleed and had to walk on stage with a tampon up my nose. What would be the worst dance track in the world to be tortured with on repeat? I heard the #selfie song for the first time on Thursday. I’m just going to leave it at that. What’s the most played record in your bag? Gotta Know - Dash-

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dot. What question would you like to ask an omniscient, all-knowing being before you die? Where do all my left socks go? Seriously. I can’t take it anymore. If you hadn’t made it as a DJ, what job would you choose to work in instead? I’d still be a costume stylist, dressing people as batman and Darth Vader every day. Or I’d just be Darth Vader at Disneyland When and where is your next gig? My home, my residency, my love, Circus Sundays, catch me 12am-2am every week. soundcloud.com/lolaheartmusic

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Ahead of the release of his latest single, Slapjack, Henry Fong has announced that he will travel from Los Angeles to our shores for his debut Australian tour this winter. Fong’s bigroom progressive and electro-house productions have landed him support from the likes of Armin van Buuren, Bingo Players, Avicii and more. His forthcoming single Slapjack is due for release on Friday June 20 via Doorn Records. Henry Fong will hit the Royal Melbourne Hotel on Thursday July 10.

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The first headline act for the 2014 incarnation of Strawberry Fields has been unveiled. The first artist revealed for the beloved bush doof is Âme. The DJ/production duo of Kristian Beyer and Frank Wiedemann have been carving their niche within dance floors for over a decade now with their delicate blend of deep techno, rolling house and spotted minimalism. Strawberry Fields will take place in the Victorian bush from Friday November 21 until Sunday November 23.

Club ESC has locked in its first international guest, none other than underground legend Total Freedom. The force behind the game-changing LA label Fade to Mind, Total Freedom is known for his adventurous genre-bending sets. Expect his edits and remixes to be sprinkled with R&B, grime, pop, noise and ballroom house. RY4, Air Max ‘97, Rap Simons and Aspartame will also join the party. Club ESC with Total Freedom will go down on Saturday May 31 at the Mercat.

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no zu Melbourne heat beat act No Zu have announced that they will team up with some of their favourite artists for a special club night next month. No Zu, Holy Balm, Roland Tings, HTRK (DJ set), Otologic and Peace Pipe vs. Salvador round out the evening’s lineup. The show will mark the first of a co-curated three-part series of parties across three Melbourne venues in the next three months. It all goes down at Liberty Social on Saturday June 7.

katchafire Katchafire have announced that they will make the journey across the Tasman Sea for a string of tour dates this winter. The eight-piece collective from New Zealand channel classic roots reggae tinged with R&B, funk, modern dancehall and reggae pop. Their unique sound has earned them slots supporting the likes of Damien Marley, Steel Pulse, Michael Franti and The Wailers and has taken them from the stages of Glastonbury to South America. Katchafire will play at the Hi-Fi on Saturday June 28.

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BLOW OUT - FEAT: GET BUSY + MAT CANT + SAMMY THE BULLET Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. CURIOUS TALES - FEAT: DJ WHO + TIGERFUNK + TOM SHOWTIME + FLAGRANT Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. GEAR SHIFT Loop, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. MELLOW-DIAS THUMP FEAT: CAZEAUX O.S.L.O + GEEZY Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. TOMORROWS DREAM - FEAT: DJ TEX NAPLAM Tago Mago, Thornbury. 8:00pm.

thursday may 29 3181 THURSDAYS - FEAT: HANS DC WITH BLAIR STAFFORD + JOHN DOE + MONTY MCGAW + BENSON + SAM GUDGE + DYLAN B Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:00pm. $12.00. BEER CAN + PEACEPIPE Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. GOOD EVENING Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. LOVE STORY Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. LOW LEAF + NOAH SLEE + DTR + ZEROH Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $10.00. MIDNIGHT EXPRESS - FEAT: PREQUEL + EDD FISHER Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm. SPARE GROOVE - FEAT: LA POCOCK + DANNY HOTEP + SALMON BARREL Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. THE RITZ - FEAT: KEN WALKER + ANDO + JOSHUA GILLILAND + HARRY ROWSTHORN + EDDY D + JAMES ROSS + JESSE JAMES Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 10:00pm. $20.00. VARSITY - FEAT: KITI + FOOFARAW Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 5:00pm.

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#MASHTAG - FEAT: MALPRACTICE + AGENT 86 + BENZO + ANDRE LE VOGUE + SILVERFOX + AHAB + OLLIE Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. 50/50 - FEAT: AC23 + ARCTIC + ALASKA + FRAKSHA + BADDUMS + FLEA + DIEM + MURKY + SON OF SAM + THREATZ Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. DTR PRESENTS - FEAT: WINTERS + SCIENCE PROJECT + VOODOO DRED + PROVIS + SAUCE Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. EAT DRINK PLAY The Emerson, South Yarra. 9:00pm. $15.00. FREQUENCY FRIDAYS Fusion, Southbank. 10:00pm. $20.00. FUNHOUSE FRIDAYS Rubix Warehouse, Brunswick. 7:00pm. GET LIT - FEAT: D’FRO + YO! MAFIA

+ THADDEUS DOE + TWERKSHOP MELBOURNE Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. KANGAROO SKULL + CALE SEXTON + SHORT FUTURE + J-AMIR Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. LA DANSE MACABRE Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. LUCK TRUCK FRIDAYS UPSTAIRS FEAT: 99 PRBLMZ Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9:00pm. NOIR Loop, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. OMG FRIDAYS Seven Nightclub, South Melbourne. 10:00pm. $20.00. PANORAMA FRIDAYS UPSTAIRS - FEAT: MATT RAD + MR GEORGE + ASH-LEE + PHATO A MANO Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9:00pm. PARTY BULLSHIT - FEAT: JUZZY B + KAYZ Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. POPROCKS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. REVOLVER FRIDAYS - FEAT: MIKE CALLANDER + LEWIE DAY + KATIE DROVER + ARAM & WHO Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. THE DISCO Onesixone, Prahran. 9:00pm. $25.00.

saturday may 31 AUDIOPORN SATURDAYS - FEAT: DR. ZOK + JAMES WARE + CHINA + HOOPS + ROWIE Onesixone, Prahran. 9:00pm. $15.00. BIG DANCING SATURDAYS - FEAT: GET BUSY + MAT CANT + MAFIA Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. CLUB COCO - FEAT: CC DISCO + THIS IS DISCO + LAIKA + BAGUETTE & PASTIZZI Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $10.00. DJ HIJACK + B-TWO + DJ OBLIVEUS Penny Black, Brunswick. 7:00pm. FAMILIAR STRANGERS The Emerson, South Yarra. 9:00pm. $15.00. HOT STEP - FEAT: ADAM ASKEW + GRAYSKULL + KELTEC + MYLES MAC + PETER BAKER + REV. THORN + SAM MCEWIN + SHANE COPAL + TOM EVANS Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 6:00pm. LLIE SPACE - FEAT: DJ MIKY + DJ DOLLIE POP + DJ RE:HASH + DJ ANDRU WINTER 273 Smith St, 4:00pm. MI CASA - FEAT: LUKE MCD + TOM HORNSBY + SILVERSIX + DAMON WALSH Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 1:00am. ORKESTRATED Prince Bandroom, St Kilda. 10:00pm. $25.00. PHUTURE - FEAT: TRAX + STRICTLY RHYTHM + CHICAGO New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $25.00. RESPECT PRESENTS (THE CHAINSMOKERS) - FEAT: THE CHAINSMOKERS Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 9:00pm.

$20.00. SATURDAY MORNING - FEAT: SUNSHINE Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00am. SEVEN SATURDAY DISCOTHEQUE Seven Nightclub, South Melbourne. 10:00pm. $20.00. SPACEY SPACE - FEAT: ANYO + TOMNTYS + RIMMY + JAMES OMERTA + MADELEINE + TRAVLOS + PETE LASKIS + HANDSDOWN + ZAC DEPETRO + JOHNNY CANIK + HEATH RENATA + TWHITE + NUNNY Tramp, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $10.00. TEXTILE SATURDAYS - FEAT: KODIAK KID + D’FRO + BENNY B-TWO + JAY READING + GREYSKULL + CLANCEY Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9:00pm. THE HOUSE DEFROST - FEAT: ANDEE FROST Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm. THE LATE SHOW - FEAT: ALEX VIRR + RELYAZ + PREQUEL + TEE DUBYA + WOZ + MAT CANT + DANIELSAN + BOOSHANK + PAZ + LEWIS CANCUT + RANSOM + WHO & BOOGS Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. UNSTABLE SOUNDS - FEAT: REFLECTION + XENOSCAPES + DAISYCUTTER + GLACIAL + PAKMAN + ZIBELL + WORLDS KALEID Loop, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm.

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sunday june 1 EASY NOW - FEAT: AGENT 86 + TOM SHOWTIME + DJ MAARS Penny Black, Brunswick. 5:00pm. JUNGLE Tramp, Melbourne Cbd. 6:00am. $15.00. REVOLVER SUNDAYS - FEAT: BOOGS + SPACEY SPACE + T-REK + RADIATOR WITH LUCILLE CROFT + SILVERSIX Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. SPITROAST SUNDAYS Cushion, St Kilda. 3:25pm. STARBAR SUNDAYS - FEAT: JASON SINGH + MORGAN + KEN WALKER + JONO EARLE Star Bar, South Melbourne. 9:00pm. $10.00.

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monday june 2 MONDAY STRUGGLE - FEAT: TIGER FUNK Lucky Coq, Windsor. 6:00pm. STIFF DRINK Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm.

tuesday june 3 SEE YOU NEXT TUESDAY Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. TASTEMAKERS - FEAT: ABLE 8 + AOI + GATIAR Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm.

urban club guide thursday may 29 TANYA LEE’S R&B - FEAT: TANYA LEE DAVIES Transit, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. THE REBIRTH OF COOL - FEAT: MR LOB Penny Black, Brunswick. 8:00pm.

friday may 30 RNB SUPERCLUB MELBOURNE - FEAT: JEREMIH + HORIZON + PUPPET + SHAGGZ + STYLZ + KEVIN WATTS + EST + KOLZAN + PHILLY Co., Southbank. 9:30pm. $20.00. BUMP FRIDAYS - FEAT: DJ KAHLUA Chaise Lounge, Melbourne

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Cbd. 9:00pm. $10.00. FAKTORY FRIDAYS - FEAT: DAMION DE SILVA + K DEE + DURMY Khokolat Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm.

DAYS - FEAT: DJ BIG SAAD + DJ KAHLUA & ANDY PALA Chaise Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $10.00.

saturday may 31

BE. SUNDAYS Co., Southbank. 10:00pm. $15.00. DRU HILL Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 8:00pm. NATURALLY 7 Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 1:30pm. $89.00. NATURALLY 7 Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 7:30pm. $89.00.

DIAFRIX’S MC MOMO IN CONVERSATION South Melbourne Town Hall, South Melbourne. 2:00pm. KHOKOLAT KOATED SATURDAYS - FEAT: DAMION DE SILVA + K DEE + DURMY + TIMOS Khokolat Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. RHYTHM NATION SATUR-

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BASTILLE

By Paul McBride

English synth-pop sensations Bastille may be in the middle of a sell-out US tour before hitting Australian shores next month, but bass player Will Farquarson has bigger things on his mind. Outer space, for one. “We went to NASA the other day and met the director,” he says. “We expressed an interest on the Internet and then they got in touch and invited us. He said, ‘Oh hi, I became the director of NASA when I stopped flying spaceships’. It’s a surreal thing, the fact that writing some songs and playing a bit of guitar gets you to hang out at NASA. Also, we got taken to the actual place where they’re building the Orion spacecraft, which is the next generation of spacecraft. It wasn’t even like a touristy trip; it was the actual laboratory where they’re building the spaceship, and it was all a bit weird. “But a lot of things in our lives are quite surreal, to be honest. The strangest thing was that everyone at NASA seemed to be a fan, and it’s a sad thing as they were imploring us to be ambassadors of NASA as they need the younger generation to engage and show an interest. When NASA people said, ‘Oh my God, you’re in Bastille,’ I was like, ‘Dude, you’re literally a rocket scientist’.” Cosmic concerns aside, Farquarson and his three band-mates are looking forward to a run of Australian shows in June, having sold out venues in Sydney and Melbourne as recently as August. “We’re always amazed when we sell out shows in our own country,” he says. “So to do it in places where we haven’t spent as much time is just amazing. It’s mind-

boggling that we haven’t done much promotion there, and yet there’s this appetite for our music, but it’s very gratifying and we look forward to coming. Our live show is more band-oriented and more heavy, with a harder edge to it than the record. The record was made as a studio project and then when you tour it for a yearand-a-half or two years it takes on a new dimension; it has a bit more guts.” Over a quarter of a million copies of debut album Bad Blood have been sold in the UK alone – a statistic that Farquarson isn’t keen on analysing too intensely. “A lot of people in the industry are always looking for the formula,” he says. “I think that it’s just that Dan’s [Smith, vocalist] song-writing is strong. I think sometimes people don’t realise that our stuff just connects with the public, and we were lucky that we were quite a word-of-mouth sort of thing; we never really got much hype or press in the UK. I think we just grew quite a solid, loyal fanbase over the course of the two years prior to releasing the record. [The album] went triple platinum, which is a crazy, crazy number of records to sell.” As if that isn’t enough, the record was re-released as an extended version in November. “It can be quite cynical after an album is out to just chuck a couple of bonus

tracks on,” Farquarson says. “But there’s quite a lot we’ve done in the last year-and-a-half that didn’t make it onto the original album. There were a lot of B-sides that were recorded that we loved just as much as the ones that were on the album, we did two mix tapes and there was some material that we did love. So, we wanted everything that we’ve done with a whole bonus section on the second disc, and it was nice to put all the bits and bobs into the one package.” The band recently covered Miley Cyrus’s We Can’t Stop for a UK radio session, with almost disastrous consequences. “We did an Eminem riff at the beginning,” Farquarson says. “Apparently he’d written a verse on his record dissing her, but then it turned out that was all a hoax. We kind of inadvertently got involved in a beef that wasn’t even real, and nobody wants to be involved in a fake beef. I think generally she gets a bit of a rough deal. I don’t like her music particularly, but she gets flak for doing things that other people do and don’t get flak for. Rihanna and Madonna

and other pop stars have done things just as risqué and trashy, and yet she has become a bit of a pariah, I think.” With an end to touring almost in sight, Farquarson already has one eye on the next Bastille album. “We’ve got 16 or 17 tracks demoed for our second album already,” he says. “We’re going into the studio in September to record; hopefully by then we’ll have 20 or maybe more. I think it’s always better to have more material and whittle it down. Our producer has gone on tour with us, so we’ve been doing things on our days off and during sound checks. One of the weirdest things about being in a band is that when you have so many commitments and do so much travelling, making music is sort of a secondary thing to flying around the world, touring and promo stuff. It’s been nice to spend some time being creative again.”

together and we’ve got four happening bands of that genre together on the bill as a result.” The element of community is only one of the things that Bomba loves about ska. “When I was first exposed to reggae and ska, it was the ‘2 Tone’ movement that came out of the UK in the ‘80s,” he recollects. “It was part of the nu-wave, punk explosion at the time. Later, we learned that it was actually the second wave of ska, drawing inspiration from the beautiful explosion of all this music that came out of Jamaica in the ‘60s. It has always resonated with me. It’s got this air of excitement, danger and flying by the seat of your pants and it’s got this element of community. All of these people are always involved.” The value of the collective carries through to the way the Melbourne Ska Orchestra make their music. “In terms of process,” Bomba says, “I created the seeds of about 70 per cent of the songs. Then I took them

to a smaller group to workshop and refine. Then the songs went to the think-tank. We had two great sessions. Sometimes those things aren’t productive, but ours were. The only rule was that there were no rules and everyone got to put in their two cents. That way we came up with a whole lot of seeds, which turned into songs for the Orchestra. It’s an interesting way of constructing an album. I’d definitely do it next time. That doesn’t even always happen in smaller bands, so it’s remarkable that we do it. Having everyone involved is a sweet thing.”

really taking a traditional music in new directions. It’s something that is really important to us. No-one wants to sound like a Fela cover band. “It’s interesting with so many different cultures mixing in our band, the sounds that each person listens to and brings to the table is incredibly diverse,” he continues. “Our rapper, MC 1/6, brings a raw hip hop element to the band; Dave Marama our guitarist from Tanzania is known for his blues and African highlife playing; the Belling’s (Zvi and Fem) are noted jazz musicians. With players from myriad local bands such as Bombay Royale, Melbourne Ska Orchestra and Royal Swazi Spa we never have to look far for great music to have an impact on us. “I myself DJ a lot of Caribbean disco, Afro-funk and tropical beats around town and on PBS radio at the moment and those sounds have always been an inspiration on the band. I’m actually travelling to Africa soon to go on a record digging mission so no doubt I’ll

uncover a bunch of new stuff that will hopefully see the band continue to develop our style.” What plans do the band have for future releases? “We’ve done a bunch or recordings – it’s now just a matter of finding the time to polish them up and get them out to the people,” he says. “Tristan [Ludowyk], our trumpet player amongst other instruments, is the main man behind Hope Street Recordings and has a lot on his plate over there (putting out records by our label mates Bombay Royale, The Cactus Channel and heaps of others) so we will have to wait until the last half of the year to get them out. We are big fans of vinyl so we’ll definitely be seeing some releases on wax. We have a few big collaborations in the pipeline too, nothing I can talk about too much yet but our fans will definitely dig.”

BASTILLE play Festival Hall on Sunday June 15. Bad Blood is out now via Virgin.

MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA

By Meg Crawford

Nicky Bomba is the Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s effusive frontman. It’s abundantly clear that he loves his life and has an unfettered enthusiasm for ska, the band, and the ska community at large. The Melbourne Ska Orchestra are a 25-piece musical juggernaut gearing up for an international onslaught, including gigs at Glastonbury and the Montreal Jazz Festival. Unsurprisingly, Bomba is enthusiastic about the prospect. “We were playing at the Australian World Music Expo and we met Malcolm Haynes [Talent Buyer for Glastonbury],” says Bomba. “He’d seen us live and loved us and told us that, ‘If you can get over here, it’ll be great’. We are buzzed about the opportunity.” You’d think that organising 25 musicians to travel extensively would be a logistical nightmare. However, Bomba is confident about their prospects. “They’re a very professional bunch of people,” he enthuses. “We’ve all been doing it for quite a while. The number of people isn’t really the issue. What you can do with six people, you can do with eight, twelve or 20. It’s like a Contiki tour – you just have to make sure that everyone gets on the bus. It helps that egos are left at the door. There’s a lot of love for the band and it

flows nicely. It works out that finances are the only real hiccup.” This is where the Melbourne ska community comes to the rescue. “Members of the Australian ska community, especially in Melbourne, support each other when they can,” Bomba explains proudly. “A good example was when that helicopter crashed into the pub Esperanza were playing at in Scotland. We organised a gig and raised money for them then and it was heartwarming to see everyone helping out. The Transmitter Music label is holding the event [Operation Offbeat]. It’s its first annual event. They’re all going to have a purpose and the purpose of this one is to raise money for flights for us to go overseas. When you have to buy tickets for 25 people, it adds up! So, the ska community has banded

THE MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA play together with Bustamento, The Ruling Motions, The Ska Vendors and other very special guests as part of Operation Offbeat at the Prince Bandroom on Friday May 30.

PUBLIC OPINION AFRO ORCHESTRA

By Krissi Weiss

Their lineup is mammoth, as is their sound. They bring the utterly contagious Afro-beat music traditions kicking and screaming into a modern fusion of funk and soul and create a frenzied live energy. The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra are still buzzing from their set at Bluesfest while getting ready for their return to the Melbourne stage, as Ethan Hill (DJ Manchild) explains. “We just came back from Byron Bay Bluesfest, where we played right before Seun Kuti and Egypt 80; they are such an incredible, tight band,” Hill says, clearly excited. “The son of the creator of Afro-beat fronting his father’s original band – we are talking about guys that have been playing together for 40 plus years! Doing our thing in front of Afro-beat royalty was both daunting and inspiring – an amazing experience.” The political collides proudly with the joyful in TPOAO and Hill explains the symbiosis is inevitable. “Well Afro-beat is inherently political music, he says. “Fela Kuti, who essentially created Afro-beat, was a huge political figure in Nigeria in the ‘70s and it’s really ingrained in the music. I really like the idea of being able to introduce different themes and ideas whilst still

getting people dancing, and it’s not like the current climate of political negligence and corporate greed doesn’t provide us with plenty of inspiration too. We may have a slight social bent and wear our politics on our sleeves but we are definitely a party band first and foremost, make no mistake.” As with reggae or dub, Afro-beat can be a victim of its own appeal, trapped by its own genre boundaries, but Hill explains that the sheer size of the band makes for eclectic influences. “The whole African and tropical sound is really on the up all around the world at the moment and we dig on a lot of those sounds as well as older stuff,” he explains. “It’s great to see how artists like Antibalas, The Souljazz Orchestra and Blitz The Ambassador are

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KING BUZZO By Patrick Emery In the ‘40s, folk singer Woody Guthrie adorned his battered acoustic guitar with the slogan that reflected both his philosophical position and his belief in the power of music as a political weapon: this guitar kills fascists. Buzz Osborne, lead singer of legendary scuzz-punk band The Melvins, murmurs in appreciation when I locate the title of Osborne’s new acoustic solo album, This Machine Kills Artists, in the context of Guthrie’s famous rhetorical assertion. Osborne demurs, however, when asked to explain the meaning of his own skewed manipulation of the slogan. “I’d prefer to leave the intended meaning of the quotation open to interpretation,” Osborne says. “I think that’s important.” And while Osborne has made the odd observation on politics in the past – including decrying both conservatism and classical liberalism – Osborne doesn’t see the inclusion of songs such as Instrument of God, How I Became Offensive and Rough Democracy as reflecting a political aspect. “I try not to be associated with something as trivial as politics,” Osborne says. “I tend to leave politics out of my music because I don’t want someone to be offended by something that’s got nothing to do with my music. I don’t make political statements with my music – I think the fact that I’m doing what I’m doing speaks for itself.” In that subjective context, Osborne explains his decision to write and record an acoustic record as simply a continuation of the artistic journey he commenced over 30 years ago. “There’s not a lot of stones unturned in my world,”

Osborne says of his decision to indulge the acoustic format. “I did an EP last year and then I realised I could do a full-length album. My tendency is to start things rolling, and then keep them rolling,” Osborne says. “Playing acoustic guitar live was always something that I had in the back of my mind. I’ve written a lot of our songs on acoustic guitar but on paper it didn’t sound like it would work – but it does,” Osborne says. Osborne concedes that the acoustic format lends itself to a different style of songwriting, but says the songs on This Machine Kills Artists are more about the type of guitar he used to than anything about the acoustic genre. “I believe every guitar has its own songs in it,” Osborne says. “I will write a different song on acoustic guitar to an electric guitar. If you write a song on a cheap junk guitar, it’ll be different to a song written on a Les Paul – that’s just how it works. I don’t know why.” Not long before he died, Jay Reatard took to playing acoustic guitar in his live set – partly, Reatard claimed, to confront those members of the punk rock

community who saw acoustic guitar as anathema to punk rock. Osborne, however, isn’t making such a provocative statement. “I’ve never seen it that way. Bob Dylan was pretty punk rock back in the day – he wasn’t writing greasy pop tunes. He had a pretty dim view of the world, and I don’t think that’s changed,” Osborne says. “I’m not doing it to piss anyone off – I like what I’m doing. And I apologise for none of it.” Osborne’s initial acoustic EP included covers of a couple of Melvins tracks; his live set includes both tracks from the new record and a sampling of Melvins songs transposed to the acoustic format. But even with his revisiting of his past, Osborne is looking to

move on and observe the public’s reaction to his latest artistic foray. “My favourite director is John Huston. He used to finish his movies, watch them in the editing suite and never watch them again,” Osborne says. “And I love that – by the time I put a record out I’m ready to move on. It’s already old news to me. It’s in the hands of the public now – I’m done. I can’t censor any of it now. Let the process begin.”

enduring impact. Honouring this legacy is another reason to pace themselves during the creative process. “If you know not as many people are listening,” Kowalski muses, “you can throw in maybe riffs and stuff you’re not so sure about. I play in a grind band sometimes and I find it easier to go and make a riff and put it in the band easily – just because there’s not all this pressure and worry about making sure it rips.” As it stands, each Propagandhi record is a blazing statement of intent and it’s hard to imagine what modern punk and hardcore would look like without the Canadian outfit’s D.I.Y. imprint. 2013 marked 20-years since the band’s debut record How To Clean

Everything came out. Although Kowalski didn’t join Propagandhi until 1997, he was already well acquainted with the band. “I was living with Chris right after How To Clean Everything came out. I toured with them a couple of times [while fronting hardcore band I Spy] before I was in the band. I was a fan from the first demos. When I think back to just hearing the tapes, for me as a fan that was the most exciting time. When I first heard them I was like, ‘Oh this band’s so killer’.”

Zeppelin, and even they only lasted ten or twelve years, so it’s kinda funny now!” Carlson prefers to look forward than back, and likes to stay creating the next Earth record. “It kinda comes in waves, depending on what I’m doing at the time. If I have a lot of downtime I write a lot more, although we always seem to come up with stuff during soundchecks too and practice. There’s always something going on, there’s a number of different ways that we write songs. I’m working on a few at the moment.” He also likes to stay very busy in the live scene, both with the band and without, and the rest of 2014 is

looking very hectic for him, with a Japanese tour coming up before the Aussie tour, UK and Europe afterwards. And possibly more… “Yeah, we have a short break in July,” he says, “although it looks like I might be doing a solo thing, opening for Wolves in the States. We’ll see if that happens, if not I’ll have July off. I need it!”

KING BUZZO plays the Barwon Club in Geelong on Thursday August 14 and Ding Dong Lounge on Friday August 15.

PROPAGANDHI

By Augustus Welby

Much like individuals, bands often grow more conservative with age. When it comes to Canadian punk legends Propagandhi, the opposite is true. The band arrive in Australia this week in support of their sixth LP, 2012’s Failed States, which is as tough and fiercely political as anything they’ve released. “The more you play music the more you realise what really pushes you and excites you,” says bassist Todd Kowalski. “For me, just as a listener, I find as I get older I like more and more crazy chaotic music. Dark, heavy, crazy music – it’s just exciting to me.” Hailing from Winnipeg in south central Canada, Propagandhi’s been making politically-driven and remarkably catchy punk rock since the early ‘90s. While the delivery’s gotten more ireful with age, the foursome face no dilemma mustering such furious energy. “We like to feel the amps blazing and feel the impact,” Kowalski says. “We just go for what we want to hear and try to achieve it. There’s always a fear that we won’t be able to think of any songs. But I don’t think there’s ever a fear of the songs getting accidentally really lame.” Despite this clarity of purpose, Propagandhi has never rushed to release new music. “It takes us a while to make interesting riffs and collect them,” Kowalski explains. “It just takes us a lot of time and effort to get where we’re headed. By the time we do, we just look at

the calendar and a couple of years have gone by.” A key ingredient that’s distinguished Propagandhi since day one is vocalist Chris Hannah’s explicit lyrical address of everything from corporate greed, civil inequality and religious hypocrisy to animal and environmental abuse. The band has never disguised its adamant beliefs, but Kowalski says they don’t expect listeners to agree with all that’s expressed. “It’s our own thoughts and our own outlook. It’s not really to push anything on anyone. If someone writes a love song – if it’s a true love song – they either write it when they’re completely head over heels or they write it when they got dumped, when they’re sad. Our songs come about when we’re really moved by something in the world and almost have to express it. That’s where good music comes from, just a need to express yourself in the world.” This essential urgency has earned Propagandhi a significant place in punk rock history. Indeed, the way fans snapped up tickets for the first of two Corner Hotel shows this weekend is a testament to the band’s

PROPAGANDHI play the Corner Hotel on Thursday May 29 and Friday May 30.

EARTH

By Rod Whitfield

A quarter of a century into their career, Olympia, Washington-based heavy/drone band Earth are visiting Australia for the second time ever. Main man Dylan Carlson’s first thought when asked if he had any standout memories of their first trip back in late 2012 was that of our fair city’s changeable climate. However, a few other memorable and important things did happen on that first jaunt. “It was really hard to dress for, I think everyone thinks that Australia is always going to be sunny and warm!” he laughs. “And then there were lots of airports because you have to fly everywhere. But then we saw some old Australian cars which were good to see. And one of the new songs on the latest record was written in Perth,” he recalls. “So that was important. We had a really good time on that tour.” Carlson and the band get to experience our flukey weather again when they play The Hi-Fi on Saturday June 21, and he promises a show that emphasises the doomy dredginess of the band’s sound even more that their records do. “I think, unlike a lot of bands, where they play faster live, sometimes our songs slow down a bit live,” he explains, laughing again. “And they’re usually a little longer than the album version. We’re touring as a trio again – a power trio. It gives us a little more room to step outside [the album versions of the songs]. BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 26

“The new album is definitely more of a hard-rock record than the previous albums have been,” he continues. “It’s somewhat of a return to form in a lot of ways. It had some vocals, which will not be with us live unfortunately, so it’ll be all instrumental versions.” He also tells us that, despite having a very extensive back catalogue, they are now focusing strongly on the latest album on this upcoming Aussie tour. “The bulk of the live set will be the new record,” he reveals. “We only do a couple of older songs – we’ll just pull out a few jams from the past,” he adds, smiling. “You have to, I guess, play some of the older songs.” He actually seems a little in denial about how long the band has been around. “Yeah, I guess it is 25 years now,” he states hesitantly. “Yeah, I don’t really think about that too much! It’s kinda funny, because back in the old days if a band had been around for that long it seemed…like the only bands that lasted that long were

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EARTH play Dark MOFO on June 20 alongside Sunn O))) and Veil of Darkness, before hitting up the the Hi-Fi on Saturday June 21 with Magic Mountain Band and Bonnie Mercer in support.


THE WILD FEATHERS

By Augustus Welby

Prior to banding together, the members of Nashville-based roots-rock outfit The Wild Feathers were all involved in separate, little-known local acts. When the fivesome united in 2011, things immediately clicked and before too long they were supporting the likes of Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Paul Simon. The Wild Feathers’ self-titled debut record came out in August last year and since then the group have comfortably assumed headliner status. Such bright career beginnings signify a band that’s clearly not interested in messing about. “The word ‘timeless’ was thrown around a lot,” says vocalist and guitarist Ricky Young of their initial game plan. “[We were] trying to make songs and records that stuck around for a long time, like the records that we grew up on. As time went on and the more and more we played together, the more that different things took life and different visions came up.” Young is joined in The Wild Feathers by guitarist/ vocalist Taylor Burns, bassist/vocalist Joel King, lead guitarist Preston Wimberly and drummer Ben Dumas. As well as offering plenty of three-part vocal harmonies, Young, Burns and King are all participants in the songwriting. Juggling input from multiple parties can pose certain challenges to bands, but not The Wild Feathers. “We haven’t really run into any problems as of yet,” Young says. “There’s not one decided leader and we all have plenty of input. We go over things with a fine-toothed comb and make sure it’s how we like it, with hopes that if we love it this much then hopefully everyone else will.” The ‘timeless’ tag is often broached in reference to art, but it’s impossible to apply objectively. For example, a song like The Beatles’ A Day in the Life might appear transcendent to one listener, yet sound vapid to another.

Nevertheless, this didn’t hamper The Wild Feathers’ attempt to craft music that won’t weary with age. “There was no way of us knowing if it was going to work or not [but] we’d never give anything less than 100 per cent,” Young says. “It was kind of an experiment, but with every intention of taking it as far as we possibly could go. As far as the writing and all that [goes] – so far, so good.” Now, there’s a rather significant distinction between ‘timeless’ and ‘throwback’, but there is an ingredient that irrefutably links all enduring compositions. “Really, the song just has to be good,” Young says. “It has to have flesh and blood in it and it has to have that melody that you can’t get out of your head. And it has to mean something. We slave over that; we work really hard to make it real. I think a lot of people might not take so much pride in what they’re doing artistically. “A lot of the modern day bands that we love – like My Morning Jacket is a perfect example – really care about the records they’re making. They’re not selling as much as Miley Cyrus, but will Miley Cyrus be listenable in ten years? Whereas my kids will probably listen to My Morning Jacket for the rest of their lives.” The Wild Feathers get plenty of encouragement from their hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. It

remains a city that revolves around music, houses a prosperous publishing industry and is generally loaded with talented musicians. Thus, it’s inevitably quite a demanding environment. “If [musicians] say they’re not competitive they’re lying, because that’s just the nature of the game,” Young opines. “A little bit of a competitive attitude is OK in my book. You want to challenge yourselves and do the best you can. Nashville’s got both a competitive spirit and also really, really supportive people.” Rather than getting carried away by their rapid ascent into the pop consciousness, The Wild Feathers’ Nashville-roots push the band members to keep their eyes on the prize. “We pride ourselves on being ambitious and hardworking,” says Young. “We don’t want to be one of those bands [where] it’s handed over to us and people resent you because you’re an overnight success. We definitely want to pay our dues and work hard and see the fruits of our labour. We’ve already gotten to see that. This first record’s been really good to us. “As long as we’re all comfortable and happy artistically,” he adds, “it’s great to make a living

doing this. It’s a huge blessing.” Thankfully, working damn hard on songwriting isn’t limiting the band’s touring itinerary. Australia gets its first taste of The Wild Feathers’ pulsating roots-rock when they head down for this year’s Splendour in the Grass, as well as a couple of sideshows. They might’ve performed alongside some of music’s most iconic figures already, but there’s no lack of enthusiasm for coming Down Under. “We cannot wait to come over there. We’re freaking out – so excited,” Young says. “We love recording and we love writing, but playing live you get a sense of fulfillment and achievement – and a release. Plus you get to drink some beer, hang out and see the country and the world. It’s a dream come true.”

it was a bit of a mission to get Murray involved. “Our booker Pat Delves is good friends with Steve Horvath who is an ex-Socceroo, so Steve contacted Les. At first he was a little reluctant because he is so busy. But said he would do it so we flew to Sydney to make it as easy as possible for him.” It should now be pointed out that there is nothing pretentious or ‘put-on’ by Vaudeville Smash writing a song about soccer. As revealed by his surname, Lucchesi is of Italian decent and with the band also featuring his two brothers Dan (drums/vocals) and Luca (bass/vocals). As all good first generation Italians, all three Lucchesis were keen soccer players ... well, some better than others. “In order of ability it would go Luca, Dan then a very distant third, me. Because I am quite lanky and was a bit unco on the field I earned the nickname ‘The Ballerina’,” laughs Lucchesi.

Vaudeville Smash are launching Zinedine Zidane this Saturday May 31 st The Evelyn. Lucchesi closes the interview by explaining why this show will be Vaudeville Smash at their best! “We haven’t played in Melbourne in for a while so we are planning a really special show for our fans – we’re going all out! We will make the most of the soccer theme for the Zinedane Zidane with masks from the clip coming out but we won’t overplay the theme throughout the rest of the night – the last thing we want to do is alienate any none soccer lovers!”

THE WILD FEATHERS play Splendour in the Grass at North Byron Parklands from Friday July 25 – Sunday July 27 alongside Outkast, Interpol, Childish Gambino, City and Colour and many, many more. They’ll also play a Melbourne sideshow at the Northcote Social Club on Friday July 25.

VAUDEVILLE SMASH

By Denver Maxx

When one is ensconced in the world of independent music one came become totally unaware of what is happening in the sporting world. And fair enough, a lot of sports seem to shun the emotion and depth of music and it can result in the indie rock and sport being mutually exclusive. However, there is one sport that is played so widely around the world and has such a rich history that it was only a matter of time until it seeped into Melbourne’s indie rock scene. That sport is football (or soccer) and it is celebrating the World Cup in Brazil this June. Melbourne five-piece Vaudeville Smash are celebrating next month’s World Cup by launching a new song that was written about one of the most interesting figures in the world game. The song is titled Zinedine Zidane. This paean to arguably France’s greatest football player Zinedine Zidane is a rollicking tune that is driven by vocalist Marc Lucchesi warm tenor, overlayed with dubbed falsetto, crying “Zin-e-dine Zi-dane” x 2 followed by “Super-star” x 2. And the sonic bed that these rallying vocals lie upon is more of the riveting synthdiscotheque that made Vaudeville Smash’s debut album Dancing For The Girl such a success with both fans and critics. Lucchesi discusses the origins of this songs very specific subject matter. “It started off with a groove that we wrote early last year that we kind of just left lying around and then in November last year we decided that we wanted to release a song for the World Cup so we sat down to write

lyrics. Dan [Lucchesi] sang a melody that sounded a bit like ‘Zinedine Zindane’ which was perfect so we ran with it,” states Lucchesi. The son of Algerian immigrants, Zindane’s free flowing style and penchant for rough play made him the perfect subject for an alternative music song. Another unique and very sport specific aspect of the song is that SBS soccer commentator Les Murray contributes a key spoken word element to the song as he reads out players names and other facts about the world game for the verses. Murray had this to say about the working on a contemporary music track. “I was in a rock band for six years in the ‘60s and ‘70s but we never had a hit so this could be my big break! I never thought I would have to say those names to a rhythm. Luckily my former rock musician days have given me a sense of timing,” laughs Murray. Despite Murray’s enthusiasm, Lucchesi discloses that

Vaudeville Smash will launch Zinedane Zidane in Melbourne at The Evelyn Hotel on Saturday May 31. The song will be available on i-Tunes as of Friday May 30. Please head to oztix.com.au for tickets and vaudevillesmash.com.au for a link to the download.

60 SECONDS with KAIA MCCARTY-SMITH from RAT & CO. Define your genre in five words or less: Downtempo, acoustic, experimental, electronica. Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like? Riding on a train, through a thunderstorm, to a baron industrial seaside city. What do you love about making music? Creating an idea into something that can hold different meanings for each listener, beyond the boundaries of spoken language. When are you playing live/releasing your album/ EP/single/etc? We are releasing our second album on Friday May 30. We are having an all-night party to celebrate on the

same night at our beloved Mercat with a bunch of our good friends in toe. Which band would you most like to have a battle/ showdown with? It would be nice to have a synth battle with Client Liaison. What inspires or has influenced your music the most? Narre Warren North Bakery, N Lee Bakery, A1 Bakery, and Tibas Restaurant. Do you have any record releases to date? What are they? Where can I get them? Yes, our first album One (壱) Uno (壹) Ein came out early last year. It is still available via iTunes and our Bandcamp page.

What makes you happiest about what you’re doing? Last year we played a small show in Barcelona, there was a group of people dancing really close to the stage humming along to all our tunes. They were some of the best dancers we had ever seen and it was an incredibly happy moment for us. What’s the strangest place you’ve ever played a gig, or made a recording? Playing at the bottom of a toboggan run at Lake Mountain. It was at the start of summer, it was probably one of the most beautiful places we have ever played as well. Lake Mountain was devastated by the Black Saturday bush fires and the sea of silver skeletons of gumtrees surrounding the stage was incredible.

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When’s the gig and with who? The Mercat on Friday May 30 with DX Heaven, La Pocock and more.

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I, A MAN By Dan Watt On their debut album, Gravity Wins Again, Melbourne four-piece I, A Man have released a consistent and cohesive album that is in equal parts experimental as it is standard snare on the two and the four rock’n’roll. As Beat found out when we caught up with I, A Man at Melbourne’s Alamo Studio, finding this consistency was no easy feat; it took both focus and sacrifice. “At the moment we’re just doing some videos where we have a whole bunch of friends coming in to record tracks off the album and we rearrange them a little bit. It’s for a video project. So far we’ve done them with Jo Syme from Big Scary and Nick Sowersby from Sunbeam Sound Machine,” explains guitarist and vocalist Daniel Moss, who despite persistent rumours is no relation to Cold Chisel’s Ian Moss. Lead guitarist Ash Hunter expands on these high quality live videos, which are available on YouTube. “They’re the same songs as we recorded off the album and we just got some friends along to have a jam on them. They were both...” As Hunter is about to bathe Symes and Sowersby in praise I, A Man drummer and resident smart-arse Sumner Fish yells out, “Terrible.” This is received with chuckles all round before Moss rounds out the topic with,

“We’ve actually done something with Jo before and Nick is pretty cruisy so he was really easy to work with.” Gravity Wins Again is a joyfully consistent listen with Moss, Hunter, Fish and bass player Edward McKay all coalescing seamlessly. Moss explains that this harmony was achieved via communicating songs in a nontraditional way. “We don’t talk about chords too much or anything like that. It’s more visual descriptions.” Hunter adds, “It’s about communicating emotions more than music theory.” This tacit communication, one may infer, was made easier by the fact that Moss and Hunter have been in bands together since high school with Fish and McKay also being-long time friends and fellow Bay-side residents. On I, A Man’s previous releases, You’re Us All EP (2012) and Fifteen Thirty Three EP (2011), there was a subtle

dichotomy between the band’s ethereal shoegaze elements and more traditional rock sound. Hunter addresses how this consistency was achieved. “We wanted to wait until we felt ready to make an album. And I think having a specific sound for the band is something that we have put a lot of focus on over the past few years, especially making sure this record sounded like one cohesive piece of work rather than songs stuck together.” As Moss explains, a fairly brutal song selection policy was enforced to help the band achieve this sound. “There’s probably a fair few songs that couldn’t be on the album as they just didn’t work out. Either they repeated what another song was bringing to the table or they were pulled last minute, when we were sequencing the album, because they just felt out of place.” So brutal was this regime that the song that album’s title

came from, Gravity Wins Again, didn’t even make the cut. Moss now adds, “Also, this time, all the songs were recorded in the same place (The Alamo) with Tim O’Halloran and Dave Williamson, and mixed by Tim Whitten and then mastered overseas in Phoenix, Arizona by Roger Seibel.” This weekend I, A Man are launching Gravity Wins Again at the picturesque Shadow Electric in Abbotsford Convent. Hunter enthuses about the show, “We’re really looking forward to this show; it feels like this album’s been a long time in the making. So it will be great to launch it in our home town at Shadow Electric.” I, A MAN are launching Gravity Wins Again at the Shadow Electric on Saturday May 31 alongside Parading, Grizzly Jim Laurie and Ern Malley. Gravity Wins Again is out now through We Swimmers.

60 SECONDS with 8FOOT FELIX

Define your genre in five words or less: Electric vaudevillian Balkan punk funk.

Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like? The godchildren of Tom Waits, spawned by Jim Morrison and raised by Captain Matchbox. Describe the best gig you have ever played. We all clocked eyes on stage at a point in the gig when everything was just landing in the pocket. A spark of excitement flashed through us all and lifted the vibe a notch. The audience picked up on our creative bliss, succumbed to the magic and started moving as a unified joy-field. Hell yeah! Can’t remember which gig it was. Most of them actually.

Tell us about the last song you wrote. Good Cheese, Bad Bread – you never know what you’re gonna get. Where would you like to be in five years? Welcoming you all on board our very own floating magical musical island paradise somewhere off the coast of the Galapagos Islands. Do you have a pre-gig ritual? If so, what is it? We lay hands on the Felix. Name an interview question you wish someone would ask you, and answer it. Q: An all-time classic rock-star musician has just let

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slip in an interview that they listen to 8Foot Felix when making love. Who would you most like that to be? A: David Bowie. If your music was a chocolate bar, which one would it be, and why? A Wonka bar. We’re your golden ticket. If you’re lucky. And you’re lucky. 8FOOT FELIX play Penny Black tonight (Wednesday May 28). They also play a residency at The LuWow every Thursday in June.


GRACE DARLING HOTEL By Patrick Emery

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Nestled on the corner of Smith Street and Peel Street, Collingwood, the Grace Darling Hotel is both a reminder of inner-Melbourne’s Victorian architectural heritage and a reflection of Smith Street’s contemporary poly-subcultural character. While Smith Street continues to resist the forces of gentrification that have subsumed neighbouring Brunswick Street, the Grace Darling Hotel has morphed into a haven for hipsters and Melbourne gig pigs. An accommodating upstairs bandroom has hosted bands such as Mother and Son, The Frowning Clouds, My Disco, Teeth and Tongue, Ron Peno and the Superstitions, Mesa Cosa and The Bonniwells, while the impressive downstairs restaurant menu has provided plenty of culinary satisfaction. The genial atmosphere inside the venue contrasts sharply with Smith Street’s seedier elements. Five years ago Maurice Manno decided that the Grace Darling Hotel looked like a good business proposition for a live music venue. “I’ve been involved in restaurants and bars for a long time,” Manno says. “And when this beautiful old pub that I used to walk past every day and admire came up for sale we thought, ‘Let’s go for it’.” At the time the upstairs room was used as a function venue; Manno and his fellow co-owners saw the potential for the room to be transformed into a live music space. With adjacent venues such as Exile on Smith Street having been closed down after failing to meet noise insulation requirements, the new owners of the Grace Darling made sure the venue didn’t suffer the same fate. “We had to soundproof the whole room first, which was a pretty big thing – because once you start getting noise complaints from neighbours it’s pretty well all over,” Manno says. “So we went to great lengths to make sure that didn’t happen – and in five years we’ve never had a complaint. We’re also very conscious of our neighbours’ quiet enjoyment.” A stage was also added; the original sound system installed in the room was upgraded last year to further improve the acoustic performance of the space. Recently

a second (smaller capacity) downstairs bandroom was opened to provide another live music space. While Manno says the Grace Darling has seen its fair share of memorable live bands, he says there haven’t been any especially decadent rock’n’roll evenings. “Noone’s broken down the door or anything like that,” he laughs. “It’s just been a good, consistent band venue that’s filled a niche in the market – you can get about 150 people in the room, which is good for up-andcoming bands because they can fill the room.” Perhaps surprisingly given Smith Street’s colourful nocturnal character, the Grace Darling has been largely immune from the dramas so often associated with licensed venues. “We’ve had no incidents with unruly customers at all – it’s just not that sort of venue.” This week the Grace Darling Hotel will celebrate its fifth birthday with a series of gigs that includes shows from Mesa Cosa, Ausmuteants, The Grand Rapids and Demon Parade. “The birthday celebrations will go for about four days – all of the shows are free. We’re giving all the bands that are playing their guarantee on the door – we’re paying

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the whole lot to help our customers celebrate with us,” Manno says. The last day of the birthday celebrations will feature a two-hour happy hour with the very 1989 attraction of dollar pots. Beyond the upcoming birthday celebrations Manno says the Grace Darling Hotel should be around for at least a few more years. “The restaurant’s doing really well, there’s the bar and the piece that completes the puzzle is the bandroom,” Manno says. And Manno doesn’t see inner-urban gentrification undermining the venue’s commercial prospects just yet. “Smith Street is definitely starting to gentrify,” he says. “In our strip there’s a quite a few good restaurants and trendy bars, but it’s still retaining a lot of its original character and integrity. I reckon we’ve got about ten good years ahead of us.” THE GRACE DARLING’S Fifth Birthday Celebrations stretch across four days from Thursday May 29 until Sunday June 1 featuring Mesa Cosa, Batpiss, Ausmuteants, The Grand Rapids, Demon Parade and plenty more.

1. What Do You Look For in a Band? I don’t know, I don’t really look for anything in particular. It’s pretty lame when bands type up they’re set lists though. 2. Keeping Busy Lately we’ve been recording our album, which should hopefully be out around Septemberish. And we’ve recently put out a 7” on Goodbye Boozy which we are slowly selling the last few copies of. 3. Best Gig Ever My favourite gig so far was the one we played in our pyjamas just before we took that photo. It wasn’t anything super special. It was cool to be playing in pyjamas but we underestimated how hot it would be playing in pyjamas over the top of our clothes so we sweated like a pigs. 4. Current Playlist I haven’t really been listening to anything special, just usual Devo, Reatards, Chrome, Killed By Death, Swell Maps, Ramones you know. I’ve been getting pretty into David Bowie lately, though. I’m sure I’ll borrow a record off Billy soon that’ll blow my mind. 5. Your Ultimate Rider I haven’t really had the chance to request anything yet. I normally just get coke anyway. We once tried to get burgers each but got turned down. WET BLANKETS play with Ausmuteants, Cobwebbs and CUNTZ at the Grace Darling on Thursday May 29.

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STORY OF THE YEAR

By Rod Whitfield

This St Louis-based rock act have been kicking around for almost two decades now. However, it wasn’t until their seminal debut album Page Avenue came out in 2003 that they truly started making waves around the world. The album was a game-changer for the band – so much so that the band felt the decade anniversary was something worth celebrating – and so they have been touring around the world on the Page Avenue: Ten Years and Counting tour since mid-to-late 2013. That tour comes to Australia in late June, taking in the three main cities on the eastern seaboard. Lead guitarist, founding member and budding documentary film maker Ryan Phillips, speaking from his home in St Louis, is very happy about the prospect of returning to Australia for the first time in quite a while. “Oh dude, I’m so excited man,” he states sincerely. “We’ve been doing this for a long, long time, and Australia’s been one of our biggest and best fanbases and most enthusiastic markets worldwide. We love it dude, we love your country.” No stranger to our shores at all, Ryan struggles to remember just how many times they have toured our country. However, he has some very vivid, if slightly corny, memories of previous trips the band has made Down Under. “I was thinking about that before I got on the phone. I was trying to figure out just how many times I’ve been there. Somewhere between four and maybe seven?” he hesitates, laughing. “We’ve been there maybe five, six times. Something like that.” “I’m American, and super fuckin’ cheesy, but one of the

things that we always do when we come there is always go to the zoos where you can hold koala bears, and see crocodiles and kangaroos and all that super cheesy touristy shit,” he recalls, laughing again. “Where I come from, we don’t have anything like that. You guys have all these crazy poisonous animals and koala bears and we don’t have anything like that. I’m not embarrassed to say that we love that shit.” The tour is a continuation of the ten-year celebrations of the release of their debut album, and again they will be playing that album in its entirety on this Australian trip. However, Ryan tells us that fans of the albums that followed need not be concerned, as the band are playing a rather long set and including several tunes from subsequent releases. “We play the whole album, but we like to throw in other songs, some of the other fan favourites, we’ll probably switch shows up on a nightly basis,” he foretells. “It’s awesome, I grew up with these songs, and that album kinda changed my life. That album is the reason I’m talking to you right now, it’s also the reason I’ve been to Australia five or six times. So to re-visit those songs and

re-record them and play them on a full tour, it’s been really awesome.” The band’s debut album is more than a decade old now, and in fact you can trace the origins of this band back to the mid-‘90s, but Ryan’s enthusiasm for the band and music in general is still flowing out of him. “I feel fucking great, dude!” he states. “I still love being onstage, I still love music as much as I ever have, and I’m still as passionate about creating art and music. I don’t know man, I’m just stoked. I feel good!” And music is not the only creative pursuit that Ryan is involved in. He also has his first documentary film coming out soon, which he has made with the band’s bass player Adam Russell. In fact, he is combining his love of music with this newfound interest in movie making. “We’re wrapping it up now,” he explains. “We crowdfunded the whole thing. It’s a film about this digital revolution, and the effects of the technology on music and art, and kinda where we go from here, and what the future is for this crazy, fucked up, awesome industry that we’re all in.” They have no release date for the film yet, but it will be released at some stage this year. Despite the fact that

the band members all have other projects on the go, Phillips tells us that there are stirrings of a fifth Story of the Year album happening as we speak. “There’s a lot of stuff going on with us, but we have been talking about starting that new record,” he says. “We’ve been passing music back and forth, so there is music in the works, and hopefully we have a fifth record, at least on the way by the end of the year. I can’t say what form it will take at this point, or anything about its direction, but that’s definitely on the cards.” Any parting words for your many Aussie fans in the lead-up to the tour? “Honestly, just a great big thank you for sticking with us, in this day and age it’s not too easy, and Australia has defied the odds,” he gushes. “You guys have been such a loyal and strong fanbase. I stay in touch with a lot of Australian fans on Twitter and Instagram and all that, and it’s just amazing that the fire is still burning. I’m excited to come back, man, it’s one of my favourite places on earth.”

Grandchildren Should Know – but still he’s pushed and prodded in interviews to talk at greater length about his personal life. You’ll go a long way to find him going into it with any great detail, as far as he’s concerned, that’s what the music is for. Nonetheless, after all these years, do those sorts of questions seem annoying or redundant? “[They do] because it’s laid out pretty nakedly in the songs already so it is a little redundant,” he continues. “I gave them an inch and I’m only willing to give them, well, two inches…A lot of the times things I write aren’t actually autobiographical, it just appears that way. If I sing a song in a character’s voice I do it in the first person; it’s an effective way to tell a story.” He’s written this album, he’s chosen to release, he’s standing by the notion of touring it and yet even

the prolific E admits to some trepidation about the whole process. “When it comes to this record it’s very autobiographical and that’s a very uncomfortable feeling, I’m not crazy about it,” he admits. “I wouldn’t have called it The Cautionary Tales of Me if it wasn’t me, you know? The vinyl edition of this album is on clear vinyl because I wanted it to look as transparent as the music is…The hardest thing is putting out a record like this and then the next hardest thing is going out there and singing these songs in front of people so I’m yet to find out how uncomfortable that may be. Or may not be.”

STORY OF THE YEAR play 170 Russell on Sunday June 29 with locals Left for Wolves and Clowns in support.

EELS

By Krissi Weiss

The latest album from EELS is entitled The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett. Firstly, for those who don’t know, Mark Oliver Everett is EELS – it’s just his band of merry women and men who have morphed and changed over time. Which begs the next question: why should we heed the warnings of one Mr Everett? Because the guy knows a lot – about a lot. Sounds like a throwaway line, granted, but it’s not. Interviewing E – his preferred moniker – is a terrifying experience; not because he is at all unwelcoming (he’s remarkably affable) but because he radiates a no-bullshit air of having seen (and probably done) it all. He’s at once a victim of genetics, commanding respect as presumably his father did – the great American physicist Hugh Everett III – and yet he’s also a seminal and seasoned musician seeming to be on a decade-long comedown from his youthful trajectory. Pay attention to his cautionary tales, folks. Inspired by loss, a concept Everett knows all too well (he found his father dead when he was 19, lost his mother to cancer and his sister to suicide), this time he’s exploring loss by choice and the subsequent (albeit delayed) regret that can bring. As always, this album is both bleak and beautiful, gravelly and dainty, simple yet deeply orchestrated – it is an EELS album and a fantastic one at that. For some artists, the studio is purely the time to

get things down onto tape and for others it’s an opportunity to create. This album, though, required a lot of preparation before entering the studio. “Yeah this record was written before we went into the studio,” Everett says. “And because there was all the orchestral arrangements there was a lot of preparation that had to be done.” With a project that is so deeply personal, was it hard to open up to the contributions of others? “In this case all the orchestrations were done by various members of the band and because I work with them so much it’s a pretty comfortable in-house feeling,” he says. “It’s a long process of trial and error like any collaboration.” Everett doesn’t hide behind metaphor to any great degree, he’s even written an autobiography – Things the

60 SECONDS with GUESTS OF GHOSTS

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? Where the fuck did that seal learn to play guitar? Describe the best gig you have ever played. Probably our last EP launch at Cherry Bar. Full house grouse vibes.

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Describe the worst gig you have ever played On Halloween at Revolver. Our singer, Marcus, went to the trouble of getting all dolled-up in a dress and heels and then some turkey spilled beer on the power amps for the PA early in the set and ruined everything. Eventually the amps dried out and the PA was working again so we played a few more songs. Unfortunately by that stage we had been soaking up the “vibes” at Revolver for some time and were no longer in peak physical and mental condition. If your music was a chocolate bar, which one would it be, and why? Pollywaffle.  How do you stop your pre-gig jitters? A pep talk with Uncle Greg.  When’s the gig and with who?  At Ding Dong Lounge on Friday May 30 releasing our single Pioneers with Citizen and Glass Skies. 

The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett is out now through E Works/[PIAS].

60 SECONDS with SIME & ALICE FROM SWEET JEAN Do you have any record releases to date? What are they? Where can I get them? We released our debut album Dear Departure last year. You can buy it on Bandcamp, iTunes, or your local JB Hi-Fi.

Define your genre in five words or less: Is there a “song” genre? We like songs.

What’s the strangest place you’ve ever played a gig, or made a recording? Our first gig was on top of a mountain at a biker rally beside an apparatus called ‘The Dome of Death’. Luckily nobody died. We’re currently recording new songs in our laundry.

What can a punter expect from your live show? Autoharp, banjo, electric guitar, harmony singing, puns.

Tell us about the last song you wrote. The last two songs we wrote were about murder and memory.

How long have you been gigging and writing? Sime’s being playing, writing and releasing music for 15 years. Alice studied classical music and started gigging around Melbourne about five years ago. We started playing as Sweet Jean in late 2010.

When’s the gig and with who? Melbourne Folk Club on Wednesday May 28 at Bella Union with Sara Retallick ( Jimmy Tait) and Davey Lane.

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By Emily Kelly: ek1984@gmail.com One of my fondest memories of this year’s SXSW festival in Texas isn’t catching the latest indie buzz band in a corner cubicle of a restored crematorium, and it sure isn’t the queues or abundance of Pabst Blue Ribbon available. It’s seeing Aussie bands tear up every venue they touched. Bands from little old Melbourne strutting around Texas’ raddest rooms while locals and industry types tried not to let their chin hit the floor lest it gather bottle caps and cigarette butts while it settles there for the set. King Parrot

Watching King Parrott scare the living fuck out of everyone in attendance of their shows was the highlight. I dragged many a clueless yank to one of their final shows for the festival and spent a better portion of the performance watching their face contort into various shades of what-the-fuck throughout. First came hesitance, ‘Why do they look like that?’ Second came astonishment, ‘They can really play’. Third came distaste, ‘But why do they look like that?’ Finally came pure joy. A smile crawling across their lips, eyes still bulging, wobbling, their grip tightening on their PBR as their fists clenched. Some threw themselves into the pit as though the spirit of all things metal propelled them forth into the chaos. All stumbled onwards to the next showcase a changed person, perhaps ever so slightly convinced that music could be something a little different. Still shocking, still spectacular, still satisfying to the soul. Go see King Parrot this weekend. So many great shows coming up in June including massive giggos from Story of the Year and The Bronx. Both headliners have announced which lucky locals will share the stage with them in Melbourne. The Bronx have invited Freak Wave to have some fun at 170 Russell on Tuesday June 17 and Story of the Year have decided Left For Wolves and Clowns are worthy of the 170 Russell stage on Sunday June 29. Tickets for both are still available.

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CORE GIG GUIDE WEDNESDAY MAY 28: Dead Letter Circus, Like Thieves, The Khyber Belt at Black Swan, Bendigo Faim, Tired Breeds, Foxtrot, The Shadow League at the Bendigo THURSDAY MAY 29: Propagandhi, Crisis Alert, Outright at the Corner Hotel Dead Letter Circus, Like Thieves, The Khyber Belt at Village Green, Mulgrave British India, The Pretty Littles at John Curtin Hotel The Demon Parade, The Grand Rapids at the Grace Darling Propagandhi, Crisis Alert, Outright at the Corner Hotel Postblue, Low Season at the Bendigo King Parrot, Elm Street, Diamond Noir at Next Diamond Noir

FRIDAY MAY 30: Propagandhi, Crisis Alert, Deep Heat at Corner Hotel

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KILL TV AT THE ESPY

Melbourne’s black rockers Diamond Noir are set to hit the stage for two warm up shows at NEXT on Thursday May 29 with King Parrot and Elm Street and Sunday June 8 at the Espy supporting Adelaide horror-core rapper Kid Krusher. Diamond Noir (featuring ex Hatchet Dawn members) are gearing up to release their slamming debut EP produced and recorded in LA last May 2013 with ex-Machine Head/Soulfly guitarist Logan Mader who is currently producing Limp Bizkit’s new album and has also produced with Five Finger Death Punch, Asking Alexandra, Fear Factory and Devildriver. Diamond Noir are set to soon announce a release date for the EP and mini national tour to launch the EP.

Kill TV play the Espy Basement on Friday May 30 at 9.20pm. Free entry. The band are booked in to record their debut EP Static in July. Watch for its release later in 2014.

PSYCROPTIC/ABORTED LOCAL SUPPORTS NAMED Local supports have been announced for the Psycroptic/Aborted Australian tour. Along with The Schoenberg Automaton (who are supporting all shows), Melbourne will quake to the sounds of Hadal Maw. They’re at The Hi-Fi on Saturday June 14.

VOYAGER BRING V TO VICTORIA One of Australia’s finest and most respected heavy acts, Perth’s Voyager, are touring the country in July, in support of their stunning new album V, before they head to Europe, and they’ll be at the Workers Club on Saturday July 12. V is their best album yet, a powerful but melodic feast for the senses, a bold and dramatic statement, and it’s unleashed on Monday June 2 through Bird’s Robe Records in Australia, Nightmare in the US, MBM in Europe and Code 7 in the UK. Joining the band on the tour is awesome Brisbane prog act Caligula’s Horse, still touring off the back of their internationally acclaimed album of 2013, The Tide, The Thief & River’s End. Local support comes from Toehider, Mish, Orsome Welles, Without Parachutes, Dark Symphonica and Dyssidia. Additional local supports to be announced soon.

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BRING RUSH TO AUSTRALIA It seems that the tour petitions are coming out of the woodwork. Last week it was a petition to bring supergroup The Winery Dogs (Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Richie Kotzen) to Australia, this week it’s the Bring Rush To Australia pledge campaign. If you’d like to see the Canadian progsters Down Under, head to bit.ly/RoPvGc now. This campaign specifically mentions Sydney but think of it as a way of registering interest. You could also contact various promoters and let them know you’d like to see Rush here. And we need all the help we can get: despite having a huge fan base internationally (their latest album Clockwork Angels debuted at #2 in the USA), they’ve never toured Australia and the sales here for Clockwork Angels sucked (yet everyone seems to have the album, strange that…). Folks, if you’re going to steal music, you need to go out of your way to let bands and promoters know that you’d like to see them live, because sales can no longer be used as an indicator of a band’s popularity.

NEW DEVIN TOWNSEND OUT NOW Check out Casualties of Cool, Devin Townsend’s new band/project/thing. If you’re into the mellower side of Devy as heard on Ghost and Ki, this is for you. Devin is now hard at work on Z2, a two-disc follow-up to Ziltoid The Omniscient.

ABRASION RETURN! Abrasion return to the live stage on Friday May 30 at the Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood after another long vacation. Nothing much has changed... they are just older, but still playing fast-paced angry ‘90s death metal! Plenty of old tracks will be smashed out and a couple of well-known classics. Expect their usual action packed performance with attitude to boot that will not disappoint. Joining them will be Blunt Shovel, The Arbiter and Kyser Soze.

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Anberlin’s last ever Melbourne show sold out crazy fast so they’ve gone ahead and announced one more for Wednesday September 10. In a world exclusive, they’ll perform Never Take Friendship Personal in full (as well as the hits) at 170 Russell. Tickets are available now. Violent Soho

SATURDAY MAY 31: Propagandhi, Crisis Alert, Away from Now at Barwon Club, Geelong Northlane, Thy Art Is Murder, Veil Of Maya, Volumes, Make Them Suffer at the Hi-Fi Bar Jonesez, Super Best Friends, Darts, Have/Hold at the Bendigo Void Of Vision, The Sweet Apes at Bang Sunday June 1: Initials, The Shadow League, Brianna Mahoney, Grace Lawry at the Reverence Thursday, Glassjaw and Pianos Become The Teeth will release a new album later this year via Temporary Residence Ltd. The album, The Next Four Years, is expected to cop a release mid-July. Sydney’s instrumental prog kings sleepmakeswaves will release their new album Love of Cartography on Friday July 4 then hit the road with Breaking Orbit and Teal. See ‘em at the Corner Hotel on Friady August 1. One show only. Get your slow mosh on.

Violent Soho have added a fourth and final Melbourne show to their massive Australian tour. They’ll be joined by Tassie lads Luca Brasi for one extra gig at the HiFi on Thursday July 17. Grab tickets now because they will bloody well sell out. You can count on it. United Nations are back. The ‘all-star’ band which features some members of some excellent bands like

Against Me’s Laura Jane Grace has publicly criticised Arcade Fire for their use of actor Andrew Garfield portraying a transgender person in their newest video instead of sourcing an actual trans actor. Arcade Fire have defended their decision, saying it was well thought out and not intended to offend but Grace rebutted once more saying, “The implication that a homeless Jamaican LGBT youth living in a sewer is going to feel empowered because a cis, straight white male actor in movies they can’t afford to see stars in a music video they’ll never watch?” She does add at her rant’s conclusion, “I really genuinely am a fan of the band. The Suburbs is a perfect album”. CHECK OUT ALL THE LATEST NEWS, REVIEWS AND FREE SHIT AT BEAT.COM.AU

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WEDNESDAY MAY 28

Hailing from the mean streets of Bendigo, Mathlete is a now Melbourne-based three-piece lo-fi indie altrock set. Creating dirty garage goodness acid washed with waves of catchy melody, the shaggy-haired trio lay down tracks aptly self-described as ‘droney pop for punk kids’. After very clever frontman Thomas Mitton broke his arm trying to do a wicked flip off a ledge in Europe late last year (on-site sources report that it was in fact an ungracefully pathetic slip) he has made a full recovery and the boys are back in full ferocious swing. So after making their way through various Melbourne venues they finally wind up on the Revolver Bandroom stage on May 29. Tickets are just $5 and doors open at 8pm.

GEAR SHIFT

Clan Analogue’s Gear Shift monthly electronic music jam session continues its epic journey at Loop on Wednesday May 28. Whether you play a laptop, Smartphone or piece of hardware, old or new, whether you’re a seasoned performer or complete novice, anyone can come and join the on-the-fly sonic mayhem. Following the jam session, Gear Shift will acid-rock out with a rare performance by electronic supergroup Oolluu, featuring members of Pre-Shrunk, Bubble & Squeak, and Morph. Oolluu will deliver heavy grooves, massive bass and epic synths, all wrapped up in acid, starting from 9pm. The Gear Shift jam starts at 7pm at Loop, 23 Meyers Place in the Melbourne CBD. Arrive early for participant registration. Video artists Object State provide a live behind-the-scenes projection mix of the knob-twiddling action. Anyone is welcome to join in at Gear Shift. Just bring a synth, laptop, drum machine or any kind of electronic music-making gadget. The night is a great opportunity to play electronic music with other people, learn different techniques and try out new gear. Gear Shift is supported by the City of Melbourne through its 2014 Arts Grant Program and takes place at Loop on the last Wednesday of each month.

THURSDAY MAY 29 THE TIGER & ME

Described as “cabaret/circus/Euro indie folk-pop wunderkinds”, Melbourne quintet The Tiger & Me weave a rare mixture of styles and sounds as three lead vocalists exchange and merge tunes from whispered ballad to fevered maelstrom. The Tiger & Me perform at the Spotted Mallard this Thursday May 29 with support from Buddah in a Chocolate Box. Doors open at 8pm and entry is free.

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WHITAKER

Existing over the years in many forms and with many names, independent Melbourne band Whitaker has, for the best part of a decade, been relentlessly creating, releasing and touring new music. At its core, Whitaker is formed by the dedicated talents of Ryan Meeking, Brett Scapin and Simon Rabl – musicians raised by Melbourne’s vibrant music scene. Whitaker perform at the Retreat spruiking their latest EP Wichita, which is the embodiment of Whitaker's sound. It is joyous, patient, thoughtful, raw and intense. Made under the band's own steam, they believe it to be their best work and a sign of things to come. They look forward to sharing the stage with good friends Grizzly Jim Lawrie and Oliver’s Army at the Retreat Hotel on Thursday May 29. Entry is free and doors open at 8pm.

The Grace Darling is turning five. To celebrate the half decade mark as a staple of the Collingwood pub and live music scene, they are throwing a weekend of free shows featuring bands you are sure to know and love. There will be eight shows over four days in both the main band room and the basement. Highlights of the lineups include Ausmuteants, Cobwebbs (BRIS), CUNTZ, Wet Blankets, The Demon Parade, The Grand Rapids, Mesa Cosa, Mighty Boys, Kangaroo Skull, J Amir, Batpiss, DEAD (7” launch), BRUCE!, Ciggie Witch, Chook Race, AD Akinner, Richie 1250 & The Brides of Christ, Gold Class and much, much more. Come down and help celebrate with beers, BBQ’s & bands. Entry is free.

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Blues-rock band Guests of Ghosts have announced that they will release their haunting, melodic new single, Pioneers on Friday May 30. To celebrate, the four-piece will return to the stage for their long awaited comeback

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at Ding Dong Lounge on the same day. Pioneers is a striking return for the band – a tale of lyrical conquest that crawls over a steady beat and tantalising rhythm. Much like the members themselves, the single is full of intrigue, further heightened by Guests Of Ghosts’ renowned live shows. The band are no strangers to the touring circuit, playing to sweaty, sold-out crowds at venues such as Cherry Bar, as well as tours up and down the east coast. They’ll be supported by some very special guests, to be announced shortly. Presale tickets are $8+BF or $10 on the door. Doors open 8pm.

EXISTENTIAL MUSIC with MESA COSA

Where did you come from? As an entity we came from an idea – the idea that losing ourselves on stage would give people an excuse to lose themselves off stage and create a moment for people to stop thinking about themselves. The idea that messy raucous noise and melody can help remove inhibitions and create a communal inclusive experience. The idea that songs are living creatures that need to be given space to breathe and spontaneously re-invent themselves. The idea that fuck ups and mistakes are the natural and best parts of playing living music. What is the meaning of death? Death is the natural state of things. Death is a misperception due to limited perspective. Death is an ever-caring mother, who holds all things infinitely. Most things are dead. Death is real, but not as we understand her. Death, as with all things that are truly real, has no meaning, except for what we give it, we create death. To some, death is safety, they cannot control life, so they fear it. They create death, because they can manage it, number it, order it and catalogue it. Newspapers are death, the logging of old growth forests is the manifestation of our ruler-psychopaths' fear for life. What should we be listening to? You should be listening to your instincts and frustrations. If you’re in a half-arsed relationship, whether it’s a job, a band, or a partner, listen to yourself and make a decision. Life is composed of choices, the harder the choices made, the more life is self-defined and created. Listen to really noisy music. Don’t listen to manufactured death-indie-by-the-numbers pop, don’t listen to Pitchfork or Rolling Stone, do listen to community radio and the B52’s. Have you ever actually played in a garage?  We are a living room band, perhaps that will be the next wave! We have played in sheds, warehouses, backyards, roofs, venues, bedrooms. If you have a sweet garage, put on a party and invite us, we’ll play! What’s next? We are playing a free show at the Grace Darling for their fifth Birthday Party, this Friday May 30  along with ratbags The Mighty Boys and Going Swimming. We’re a pretty fun crew so you’re going to feel cool and have a good time, and it’s free. In the future, we are heading to Spain and France for our first Euro tour and we’re hopefully putting out a record one day.


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WILDING

Wilding is the solo project of Justin Wilding Stokes whose music is a happy blast of whimsical beat-pop â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bedroom-psych. He will be joined by some friends to play songs with a distinctly British flavour â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Abbey Road psychedelia, Madchester, Merseybeat and British music hall â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and preview material from his forthcoming second album on Laughing Outlaw Records. This Friday May 30 at the Victoria Hotel. Doors open at 9pm and entry is free.

EMMA RUSSACK

If you follow the Princes Highway northeast across the Victorian/New South Wales border, as it winds up through the Biamanga National Park and over Corunna Lake, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll reach the clear blue waters of Narooma, NSW where our singer-songwriter heroine grew up. Her latest album You Changed Me spans the years of 2011 to 2013 and is aptly titled. It demonstrates growth, development and complexity, but also represents a significant change in Emmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life: single for the first time in seven years and experiencing all the fun and excitement in a newly found independence. Tracked over four days in the undulating surrounds of Yowrie on the south coast, You Changed Me is a deeply introspective and honest narrative of loneliness, exploration and the remnants of lost love. Emma Russack will be playing Boney on Friday May 30.

MANGELWURZEL

Introducing Mangelwurzel â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The band everyone is talking about. Beautiful, ugly, dark, hilarious and tragic, Mangelwurzel make hearts shake, then explode. Empat Lima are a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s garage Asian/Western explosion, psychedelic Thai, traditional Japanese epics and dreamy Indonesian pop group. The Beegles are freaky psych pop oddballs and The Well Allrights feature members of Laneous & The Family Yah. Identical triplets who make shitty punk ditties, bush ballads and sex raps for dance floor shakin' and riot making. Head to the John Curtin Band Room to see what all the fuss is about this Friday May 30. Entry is $10 and doors open at 8.30pm.

CISCO CEASAR

Cisco Caesar is launching their Rooster & Lyrebird single at Yah Yahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Friday May 30 with special guests Simon Hudson and Amy Alex. Cisco Caesar is a soul-infused alternative blues outfit who have been playing gigs around Australia and overseas for the last five years. Simon Hudson Band weave a mesmerising fabric of lyrical folk songwriting on a bed of Latin and roots rhythms sure to get your booty shaking. Amy Alex has a big voice and an even bigger personality. Entry is free and doors open at 7pm.

WOLFPACK

Twenty-eight months, $13,000 raised for charity, over 200 shows, support slots with too many international artists to mention, two EPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, countless national tours and kilometres travelled, brain cells destroyed, fingers broken, eyes blackened, bodies bruised and now, finally, it is time for Melbourne punk juggernaut Wolfpack to record their debut album. It has been a whirlwind trip so far for Wolfpack, who as Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only 100% notfor-profit punk band hit the stage running back in 2012 and havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stopped since. But of course if they give all their money to charity how are they going to afford to record their album? So it is up to you the punters of Melbourne to help by getting along to this killer free show at the Retreat on Friday May  30 and chipping in to the Wolfpack Album Fund donation tins whilst enjoying ripper sets from heavy hitters The Superguns, and of course your friendly neighbourhood thrash punks Wolfpack. Bands start at 9pm, entry is free, and please get along to support this band who have given so much for others. Once the album is recorded and released, every single cent from every single CD sold will be going to Victorian Dog Rescue. Entry is free, but donations are encouraged and doors open at 8pm.

Friday May 30 marks the date that full-time Latino heart-throb, and part-time Los Amigos singer, Cheech Dynamite, will finally be released from detention due to jaywalking while naked. To celebrate freedom and the budget, he and his merry band of immigrants â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Los Amigos, are playing a rock and roll show for the people of Melbourne. Head down to see them at Whole Lotta Love Entry is free and doors at 8pm.

ALEYCE SIMMONDS

Aleyce Simmonds is no stranger to country music audiences. A three-time Golden Guitar nominee, she rose to prominence in 2005 after winning the Telstra Road to Tamworth competition. Since then she has delivered number one singles, hit videos and toured extensively with artists from all ends of the country music spectrum. Hers has been an old-school country music journey â&#x20AC;&#x201C; complete with successes and failures, broken hearts and even physical adversity. Believe is the musical culmination of all these experiences; an authentic and emotive summing-up of the story so far. The young writer sounds mature beyond her years, displaying great pop sensibility in this set of instantly catchy yet always meaningful songs â&#x20AC;&#x201C; each one benefiting from the contributions of her stellar band and Simon Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine production â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not to mention Simmondsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; own soaring vocal range. She returns to the Revolver Bandroom on Friday May 30 for her very own headline show after her first experience at the venue as part of the lineup of Citybound last November was so enjoyable, and she is extremely excited. Tickets are available for presale for $12 or $15 at the door on the night. Doors open at 8pm.

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

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That Gold Street Sound is a Motown funk, rock and soul band from Melbourne who will make you shake your tail feather. It is ‘Devil’s Music’ with heavenly vocals that will make you want to dance and put you in the mood for romance. This is funk, but not the type of funk where songs and chorus take a back seat. It is Motown with a modern twist. It is old fashioned soul with the influence of rock’n’roll. It’s pretty much the most fun you can have with your pants on, and you can expect them at the Evelyn on Friday June 30. Tickets available through Oztix.

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RIDE INTO THE SUN

Since returning from their tour of the US and playing the iconic Austin Psych Fest, Adelaide psychedelic rockers, Ride into the Sun have been in lock-down writing and recording their next full length album. With a new series of shows lined up, the band are very excited to play some new songs and sounds in Melbourne. Members have left, but new members have started and lead singer Ant, believes this is the best line up yet. Ride into the Sun will be playing the 2am slot at Public Bar on May 30 and the Espy with very good friends The Demon Parade this Saturday May 31. RITS’s new single Johnny Blossom is out now.

On Saturday May 31, Sydney six-piece Chaika will be bringing their sublime music to Farouk’s Olive, to launch their latest album I Monti. Drawing influences from folk traditions, jazz and classical music to create a beguiling and original sound-world, Chaika have been described as ‘cinematic, deeply touching and meditative’, as well as ‘exuberant, virtuosic and uplifting’. Their latest release I Monti (The Mountains), is a collection of both original and traditional pieces, gently wandering through foreign lands, emerging with an enchanting tale to tale. Following their successful debut album of 2012 and Australian tour of 2013, Chaika takes to the road again with this highly anticipated release. Support from the Willie Wagtails. Music kicks off at 8pm and entry is $10.

THE GROOVETONES

Honkin sax, tinkling ivories, poundin’ drums, and one cool cat slappin’ bass and growling like a ball of fire at the mic all combine to make The Groovetones. A fourpiece jumpin’ band specialising in ‘40s and ‘50s swing, jump, rock’n’roll and rockabilly. The Groovetones perform at the Spotted Mallard this Saturday May 31 from 9pm, free entry. Bring a dance partner.

DIRTY HARRIET AND THE HANGMEN

All-star locals Dirty Harriet and the  Hangmen play a unique blend of country/swamp/punk at Whole Lotta Love this Saturday May 31. It’s shaping up to be a huge night. They’ll be joined by the stylish and psychotic punk-rockers The Morrisons and the out of control rock juggernaut that is Damn The Torpedoes. Entry is free and doors open at 8pm.

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A lot of music fans have fallen in love with Vaudeville Smash, and no other Australian band sounds like them. The band’s unique blend of funk, disco, pop and soul has seen them build a formidable following in their hometown of Melbourne and around the world. Vaudeville Smash will launch their soccer-inspired new single, Zinedine Zidane, at the Evelyn Hotel on Saturday May 31. With the FIFA World Cup just around the corner and football fever escalating to near manic proportions, this track has come at a very good time.

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THE SAND DOLLARS

Define your genre in five words or less: Electronic world pop. 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? These guys are playing some nice beats with some trippy visuals and their vocalist is pretty into it. How long have you been gigging and writing? We’ve only played three gigs so far so we’re still making minor tweaks to the show. Probably took us about six to ten months to write, record and produce our EP. What has been your favourite gig you’ve played to date? They’ve all been good but maybe the one at Pirie St Social Club in Adelaide. Which band would you most like to have a battle/showdown with? I’m not sure our style is something we could battle with but let’s say Washed Out. I think we might lose though. What inspires or has influenced your music the most? Just the wide variety of current music that we

listen to. We draw inspiration from different producers and try to put our own spin on things. What do you think a band has to do these days to succeed? Write and produce great songs to a high standard. The rest of the stuff will follow if the songs are good enough. Do you have any record releases to date? What? Where can I get it? We released our debut seven-track EP called For the Ages in April. You can get it from iTunes, Spotify or order a physical copy from the Mirador Records website. Why should everyone come and see your band? We think we have an original sound and stage show going on, it’s something that’s a bit different that we think people will enjoy it. When are you playing live/releasing your album/EP/single/etc? We’ve already released the EP. We’ll be playing in Melbourne at the Mirador Records showcase this Saturday May 31. Following that we’ll have some announcements for a single release and another string of dates so stay tuned.

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Meet The Sand Dollars. These four young rock’n’rollers from Melbourne are defying musical trends, fusing a mouth-watering blend of surf rock with a throwback to the sixties. On Saturday May 31 they will be launching their first video clip at Ding Dong lounge. Their upcoming video for crowd favourite Jester and the Fool is evidence of their creativity as they collaborated with local Melbourne director Luke Jacobson to comically display the world of espionage. With support from dark-rockers Doktor, this is shaping up to be a night not to be missed. Doors 8pm, entry $10.

TWO HEADED DOG

Two headed Dog is a three-piece hard rock, psychedelic blues band hailing from the north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. You like fuzz? They got it. You like big loud drums? They got it. You like the organ? They got it. Started officially in 2012 by Andrew Alkemade and Tony Alkemade after jamming after work when not playing in other bands, at the time they wanted to play in a smaller band but so as not to be just another two-piece, they recruited Michael Stephenson on the keys. Last year Two Headed Dog recorded their debut album (featuring 13 tracks) in four days in their home studio and they are thrilled to say it’s all packaged up now and ready to rock. On Saturday May 31, Two Headed Dog launch their debut album, Beware of the Dog at Yah Yah’s with a mega line up: Contangent, Grindhouse, The Spin and Apache. Doors open at 7pm, live music starts 8pm, late tunes by Andy Young. Free entry.


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STONEFOX

Taking out the first Fresh Industry Showcase of 2014, Stonefox are making waves in the Melbourne scene with their ambient and earthy folk tunes, already playing sets at the likes of the Corner Hotel, Federation Square and the Grace Darling. Main support for the night is coming from Push Start Battle of the Bands winner Darcy Fox who recently took out the prestigious battle at Moomba Festival as well as Danish & Ionwite. See them at Revolver this Saturday May 31. Doors at 8pm and pre-sale tickets are $12 from the acts or $15 on the door.

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MONDAY JUNE 2 PLAYWRITE

Playwrite create a wild, haunting wall of sound and energy. For three years Playwrite have captivated audiences with their vibrant live performances. Through pounding drums, samples and swirling guitars come soaring lyrics and chants. Joining them on their opening night of residency is the brilliant Animaux and Manny Fox. See them at the Evelyn on Monday June 2.

TUESDAY JUNE 3

A much-anticipated lineup has been announced for Raising the Reverence–a not-for-profit festival designed to raise funding for the fight against suicide. Raising the Reverence will be held at the Reverence Hotel on Saturday May 31, and will include legendary indie rock artists New Gods, Kashmere Club, Alice, Ships Piano, and Will Bracks. Various Artists are proud to announce that joining the lineup will be LeBelle, Honey Badgers & Christopher Coleman. The collaboration between mental health initiative Beyond Blue and Melbourne-based artists has received much hype since the announcement last week, and is looking to be a massive success. All funds raised from the event will go towards Beyond Blue to help assist Australians who are struggling with the battle against mental illness. Doors open at 6pm and entry is $10.

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SUNDAY JUNE 1 BROOKE RUSSEL

With songs about boozy nights, bad decisions, broken hearts and the best intentions, Brooke Russell blends country, blues, folk and swing to appease her love of all things vintage. For the month of June, Brooke steps away from her stellar band, The Mean Reds, to play a series of solo shows every Tuesday at the Retreat Hotel. Free entry.

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The Blues Preachers will take you to another place and time, somewhere between 1920 and 1940. Their music paints a landscape of pre-war struggle and determination with sounds reminiscent of the deep south. The Blues Preachers perform at the Spotted Mallard with local legend Ian Collard this Sunday June 1 from 7.30pm, free entry.

After selling out their Wine Dark Sea EP launch in February, local deep-blues pioneers The Groves are returning to their home-court the Evelyn for a four week residency. The four-piece outfit will be thrashing out tunes from their first two EPs, as well as debuting tunes from their upcoming third release. Over the month of June, the boys will be supported by eight incredible bands over four themed nights, covering blues, garage, funk and psych. This residency will showcase the spectrum of Melbourne’s quality music scene and will be best enjoyed with several of the Ev’s notoriously cheap beers. In support Tuesday June 3, are the boisterous surf rock sounds of Big Face and The Boogie Woogie Board Boys, and Third Earth. Entry is $4 and doors open at 8.30pm.

LOOKING FORWARD JUNE SHELLEY SEGAL

Enchanting Melbourne singer songwriter and international touring artist Shelley Segal has announced the release of her new single Morocco, lifted from her third studio album, An Easy Escape, which is set for release on June 6. The eclectic storyteller will celebrate the launch of her new releases with shows at the Northcote Social Club on June 13. Tickets available at www.corner.ticketscout.com.au.

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MICHAEL MEEKING AND THE LOST SOULS

With the rasp of Rod Stewart, musical sensibility of Bruce Springsteen and the forlorn heart and whimsy of Hank Williams, it’s no wonder Michael Meeking has wowed audiences locally and abroad. His band The Lost Souls comprise of five highly regarded Melbourne musicians, who have their fingers in myriad musical pies; Dave Kleyjnans (The Wellingtons et al.), Julian Chick (Mick Thomas and the Roving Commission), Chris Gates (Ground Swell), Cate de Carteret (The Migrations and The Fujiyama Mamas), and Maryanne Smart (The Fujiyama Mamas). They play two sets in the front bar of the Retreat from 5pm on Sunday June 1. Free entry.

Archer is a rare musician: a mystery-man and an outsider, motivated by a lone pure love of singing and storytelling. Born in North Carolina and raised in the Victorian bush-lands, 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, most every song Archer writes is an instant modern relic. 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.

BROOKE RUSSEL

With songs about boozy nights, bad decisions, broken hearts and the best intentions, Brooke Russell blends country, blues, folk and swing to appease her love of all things vintage. For the month of June, Brooke steps away from her stellar band, The Mean Reds, to play a series of solo shows every Tuesday at the Retreat Hotel every. Free Entry.

On Saturday June 7, LuWow presents George Kamikawa and Noriko, the stars of Melbourne’s Japanese underground rock’n’roll scene. George has spent the last ten years honing his skills in Australia to become an exemplary country blues artist. His playing is recognisable by its raw energy and broad tonal range, from delicate harmonics to searing rips and slides on the guitar, soulful singing and driving rhythms on harmonica. George plays slide guitar, lap steel guitar, harmonica, stompbox with his left foot and drum pedals with his right. Recently Noriko Tadano, who plays shamisen; a traditional Japanese instrument with a banjo like sound, has joined George to create a whopping new original sound blending blues and traditional Japanese music… An original combination that led them to recently rip apart the competition on Australia’s Got Talent. George and Noriko are joined at The LuWow for a night of rip roaring rhythm and blues, rampant rock and roll, sweat-inducing soul music and ass shaking grind from the awesome vinyl collections of DJs - Bruce Milne and Screamin’ J. Those delectable savage beauties, the GOGO Goddesses, will be seducing you with their gyrations from atop the Forbidden Temple’s skull bedecked altars. As Hank Ballard once said: “Dance till it hurtcha!”

HEY FRANKIE

Hey Frankie are an up and coming group whose music melds neo-soul, jazz and pop influences with a focus on songwriting. After forming in mid-2013 they released their debut EP I See You which reached the summit of Triple J Unearthed’s overall charts and found two of their of our tracks selected to form part of a commercial Television score. You can see them performing as part of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2014 in June.

THE STORMTROOPERS IN STILETTOES

Sunday June 8 is Queen’s Birthday Eve at Yah Yah's and what a royal night to stage the pinnacle of tributes to classic rock bands, finally ladies and gents: Queen. Yes finally we tip our crowns off to the power, magic and unique brilliance of Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and John Deacon. Loyal Queen fan, multi-talented Davey Lane who plays guitar in You Am I as well as recently launching a solo album has assembled a super band especially for this night featuring Nick Thayer, Brett Wolfenden, Steve Hadley and Matt Vehl calling themselves The Stormtroopers in Stilettoes. They will be joined by special guest vocalist on the night including Davey Lane, Joel Silbersher, Laura Imbruglia, Laura Davidson, Adam Cole and many more to be announced. Expect to hear faves such as Hammer to Fall, You’re My Best Friend, We Are The Champions, Bohemian Rhapsody, and I Want to Break Free, as well as some less obvious tunes. Yah Yah's will be packed for this one... get there early.

THE NARROW ROAD

Armed with only their instruments of choice, their natural talent and their very mild super powers, The Narrow Road have captured the hearts and minds of many an audience. The seven-piece Melbourne outfit blossomed in early 2011 and have been taking audiences to ecstatic highs ever since. Sadly though, their time together is coming to an end. Yes folks, The Narrow Road will have one last hurrah at Ding Ding Lounge on June 13 as they perform their final Melbourne show. So come and have a drink (or many) and party the night away. Prepare for minds to be blown, dignity to be lost as crazed dancing to occur and above all, eardrums to be forever changed by two guitars, a bass, a set of drums, a sax, some keys, and three fabulous singers. Presale tickets $8+BF, or $10 on the door. Doors open at 8pm. 18+ event.

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For more reviews go to beat.com.au/reviews CHERRYROCK014 ACDC Lane, Sunday May 25 MEAT PUPPETS

BRANT BJORK

Hell’s bells and smokin’ shotgun shells! The end of CHERRYROCK a chapter in Melbourne rock history took place last Sunday when CherryRock made its final stand in ACDC Lane. The festival will no longer be able to run in its usual form because the Peruvian restaurant at the end of lane wants to have an al fresco dining area. It’s a damn crying shame and when Cherry coowner James Young opened the day on the ACDC Lane stage you could hear the bitter sweetness in his voice. “I’m going to have bruises on my shoulder blades from all the pats on the back I’m going to get for this lineup,” Young announced to the bleary-eyed audience before introducing the first act The Harlots. Opening a festival is always a tough gig but The Harlots’ frenzied rockabilly tunes injected a bolt of energy with frontman Tom Pitts violently throwing himself around the stage. Bitter Sweet Kicks brought their usual amount of devil-may-care attitude with bassist Johnny Kicks stripping down to his birthday suit. There are not many rock singers that can pull off the high notes on The Loved One’s Everlovin’ Man but singer Jack Davies did it with aplomb. The addition of Nation Blue to the lineup was a big surprise on the day with High Tension apparently pulling out at the last minute. Lead man Tom Lyngcoln was a menacing figure as he tapped a massive Bowie knife against his guitar before stabbing it into the stage and ripping into a raucous set. The day took a heavy turn when New Zealanders Beastwars hit the laneway stage with their guttural sludge metal stylings echoing up through the alleyway. Don Fernando’s hard-hitting stoner rock got heads banging inside Cherry and Drunk Mums gave the crowd a good dose of garage punk before switching into their more hardcore material at the end. Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk was last to play the Cherry stage and his old school rockabilly stylings whipped the crowd into an arse-shaking mess. His music is reminiscent of everything that was happening in ‘50s Memphis with the man himself looking like he’s come out of a time capsule. Every space in the alleyway had filled up and the drunkenness of the Sunday congregation had reached saturation point as the sun went down for the last time on the laneway stage. A bright red neon lightning bolt shone out at the top of the stage like those neon crucifixes you see in evangelist churches. However, in this chapel it’s the good word of rock being preached by high priests Brant Bjork and The Meat Puppets. As one of the co-founders of Kyuss, Brant Bjork’s influence on music has been immense. As promised, he played through quite a bit of his older material but brought out a few tracks that will be on his upcoming record. One of those songs was We Don’t Serve That Kind, and if it’s anything to go by, Bjork isn’t stepping too far away from the heavy, slow-burning stoner rock he does best.

Photos by Richard Sharman Twenty years have gone by since The Meat Puppets last reached the shores of Australia and bodies were packed into every nook LOVED: Fuckin’ everything to see the show. Another massive influence on music, their set HATED: Fuckin’ Peruvian restaurants DRANK: Fuckin’ tinnies, mate consisted mostly of hard country instrumentals catapulting the crowd into a jigging mess. The set covered the majority of their vast career with Curt Kirkwood at his bittersweet best on slower number Waiting. It’s sad to see another chapter close on a Melbourne music icon but James Young seems adamant CherryRock will continue in some form next year. It’s also a fact Young is not one to sit idle while developers and Peruvian restaurateurs try to rip down Melbourne music, so when he says he’s going to do something you best believe it, son. RHYS MCRAE

MIDLAKE, THE ORBWEAVERS & HOWQUA The Corner Hotel, Saturday May 24 Lovers of live music would have been rapt with the sensory delight they got served on Saturday night at Richmond’s Corner Hotel. The venue alone, with its low ceilings, pylons and sticky carpet, stimulates memories of gigs past, stirring a kind of expectancy that comes with being in a space that has hosted so many local and international favourites. Crammed onto that familiar corner stage, U.S. six-piece Midlake kept the legacy intact delivering a predictably high quality show. Midlake was well supported by two impressive local acts – The Orbweavers, playing a quirky, folk sound with a Tarantino edge, and HOWQUA. Of particular note, it was HOWQUA who, in his first gig, bought the venue to a complete still with an intensely soulful and far-too-brief 30 mins set. The flooring vocals and unbridled, emotive, atmosphere of HOWQUA lingered well after he had left the stage, setting Midlake enthusiasts up for a great night. As you would expect from a band that has been performing together for almost 15 years, Midlake played a ridiculously tight set, perfectly capturing the psychedelic, symphonic sounds and harmonies that fans have fallen in love with over the past four albums. Midlake fans may have been nervous given this was their first Aussie exposure to the band (unless they caught the previous night’s gig at Sydney’s Vivid) without long time frontman Tim Smith.  New frontman, BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 36

former guitarist and backing vocalist Eric Pulido was all class, and more than filled any gap left by Smith. At one point Pulido stopped to acknowledge supporters, “Thanks so much for coming out, we travel half way ‘round the world not really knowing if anyone is going to show up… we are going to hang around after the show for a hug and a chat.” That kind of sincerity will always have traction with Aussie fans, old and new. The set didn’t allow a whole lot of space for banter. Midlake filled every nook and cranny of the show with musical class; even the flute and guitar lead jams had that tight Midlake symphonic quality. The boys rolled each track seamlessly into the next, mixing old and new, and all the favourites, into what was a really solid set. Roscoe and We Gathered in Spring felt like the biggest crowd pleasers, providing a pretty significant vocal swell from the audience. Touring on the back of their new album Antiphon, Midlake left fans feeling reassured that Midlake are still Midlake despite some significant changes in personnel. Overall, a really solid gig and another Saturday night LOVED: Discovering some new talent. HATED: The couple standing in front of me who to add to the memory vault that is the Corner Hotel. didn’t shut up. DRANK: Fat Yak. PAUL MARCUS

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For more reviews go to beat.com.au/reviews LAURYN HILL Hamer Hall, Thursday May 22

ST VINCENT Howler, Saturday May 24 Annie Clark, better known as St Vincent, is jaw-dropping. There’s no sense in which this is an ordinary gig, which is unsurprising because St Vincent is not your ordinary performer. We are witness to an avant garde art/pop experiment, which is mercifully light on the wank factor. For a start, St Vincent has an astonishing voice, which she weaves deftly around the music. It’s not exactly melodic, but it’s not unappealing on the ears either. Then, there’s her scorching guitar. St Vincent has some serious chops. She used the phrase “face-melting guitar” to describe her bassist’s playing, but it applies squarely to her. The crowd goes nuts over her guitar licks. This brings us to her on stage antics. You only have to look at St Vincent to get the sense that there’s something slightly unreal going on. She’s all eyes and angles and wild white hair. She is supremely striking, but it’s the way she moves that cements the notion. Her eyes dart from side-to-side and roll back in her head as she manoeuvers herself about and gesticulates like a demented doll (a fembot shorting out). In fact, St Vincent actively encourages this perception. For instance, during one of her three spoken word pieces she says that, under the pretence of it being something she has in common with the audience, “You once spent a week concerned that your limbs were not your own limbs and that they were robot limbs”. The choreography is deliberate and well-rehearsed; in fact, so much so that her bassist matches step with her from time to time. In terms of stage presence and sound, there’s a debt to the ‘80s – Kraftwerk, Prince and Bowie come to mind. Mostly, the tracks come from her new eponymously LOVED: The admonition pre-gig to “refrain from named album, crowd pleasers being Rattlesnake and Bring digitally capturing the experience” Me Your Loves, although Cruel and Cheerleader, from her HATED: People forgetting that we were in a live music 2011 album, Strange Mercy, provided other highlights. venue, not a museum DRANK: Water (no queuing) MEG CRAWFORD

LAURYN HILL

ST VINCENT Photo by Ian Laidlaw

Photo by Ian Laidlaw

A lot is being made of the fact that Lauryn Hill starts her shows late. Who cares? It’s Lauryn Hill and she’s every bit worth the wait. Powerful, charismatic, fierce, multi-talented – all are equally applicable to Hill and her performance at Hamer Hall. The show is a polished treat. Filtering in, the crowd is subdued (it’s Hamer Hall after all), but that doesn’t last long. Hill’s DJ is the crowd warmer, providing some authentic scratching and expert turntablism (including, bizarrely, a mash-up involving the Dynasty theme song). The show is a deft celebration of reggae and rap, with some soul and gospel in there for good measure. Hill hits her straps from the outset and she is awe-inspiring. Her rap is blisteringly fast and she moves seamlessly between that and sublime vocals. She’s supported by some prodigious performers. Her back-up singers, for one, form a sleek, well choreographed (without being distracting) ensemble, in perfect voice. Hill opens with Rebel, initially off stage, and the crowd is already on its feet. By the time she emerges, the response is rapturous. She follows quickly with a reggae rendition of Killing Me Softly. In a nice bit of symmetry, she repeats the song later in the set, delivering it with a more customary, soul classy sound. Zion and Lost Ones are early crowd favourites. During Zion, she splits the crowd for a good, old fashioned sing-along. When Hills says “sing”, not only do you do it, you enjoy it. Lost Ones gets a minor reworking as a dancehall track. During the middle of the show, she takes it down a notch for an acoustic set, performing a medley of tracks off the MTV Unplugged album, delivering some highlight moments. In this part, Hill is in full vocal flight and transports the audience with her to somewhere loftier and more beautiful. We are happy to join her. Hill finishes with two crowd pleasers, Bob Marley’s Could You Be Loved, an unexpected joy, and, of course, Doo Wop (That Thing). The crowd rushes the front and Hamer Hall is a sea of hands. MEG CRAWFORD

LOVED: The crowd on its feet in Hamer Hall HATED: Nothing – there was nothing not to love! DRANK: Diet coke

JP KLIPSPRINGER The Toff In Town, Saturday May 17 Chet Faker. Vance Joy. JP Klipspringer. One wonders what they put in the holy water at St Kevin’s College in Melbourne, because in just a few years, two of these artists have dominated locally and internationally and the other one is set on the same course. Launching his debut EP, Drip Dry, a palpable intensity permeated through the packed Toff bandroom. Weeks before, the film clip to the EP’s debut single, Bury Me, was quietly uploaded on YouTube and soon after several preeminent industry blogs praised it heavily. Twenty-thousand hits later and the EP was officially buzzing. Following support acts Slow Dancer, SirJoseph and Nearly Oratorio, the lights were killed and some strange, otherworldly gargling singing echoed over the speakers for a few long minutes. Klipspringer, it seems, is not one to ignore foreplay. Joined by Max Pamieta on drums, James McAsey on keys and Pablo Guardiani on bass, Klipsringer strolled on stage to riotous applause and opened with the sweet acoustic gem Phat Controller – a starring track on the EP. The song was a perfect opener for the EP launch, with the opening lyrics lending themselves to the EP title: “Leave you on/The beach alone/To shake it off/Drip dry your bones.” Phat Controller was trailed by EP sister track Anastasia – a softly sung piece accompanied by even softer piano – and brilliant covers of Big Star’s September Gurls and Postal Service’s Such Great Height. However, it was only when Klipspringer launched into Bring You Home that his true strength became apparent. Klipspringer possesses an acute sensibility when translating his music to a live setting, allowing his sound to evolve into something completely different to the record while maintaining its essence. This surprises the audience. It infuses intrigue. Bring You Home on record synthesises Klipspringer’s soulful hum with a poppy, electro melody. Live, however, this track blasted an aggressive, almost dubstep-like sound – the audience left speechless, unable to singalong to the powerful “oh why, oh my, oh why” chorus. Saving his best for last, Klipspringer concluded the evening with Bury Me. Each chorus was sung with more and more passion until the gripping, explosive coda. To us, Bury Me is just a song, but judging by his onstage emotionality, it’s clear that the lyrics are very close to him. It’s moving to watch, and when you listen to Bury Me after witnessing Klipspringer bare all on stage, the song becomes that little more alive. Klipspringer is the creative force behind bands such as The Zanes, and perhaps the only criticism I have is that his oeuvre is so spread out across several monikers that his output can be hard to track. But there is little to fault the music itself. Dynamic, touching and transfixing – there’s just something beautiful about JP Klipspringer. JAMARCUS RUSSELL

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LOVED: JP Klipspringer’s daring approach to live renditions HATED: That weird intro music at the start went on for too long DRANK: Not enough HEYOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DIE ANTWOORD

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NICKI MINAJ

Pills N Potions (Universal) After spitting straight fire since the beginning of the year on a series of tracks and remixes, Nicki pulls another jaw-dropping stylistic leap. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s power pop, far removed from the all-out bombast of Pound the Alarm, Nicki unveiling her singing voice and one spectacular chorus. Has the potential to steadily establish itself as one of the yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest pop songs. Fingers crossed.

BAPTISM OF UZI

Believe (Independent) There was a time when Baptism Of Uzi were the best of bands and Baptism Of Uzi were the not-best of bands. A seemingly dissonant intra-band creative vision meant their live performances could go either way, hitting glorious peaks with shit-hot Sabbath riffs and ELP grandiosity, or failing to click as a musical unit. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve now shed their skin, emerging as wavy psychedelic dream-scapers. Believe is reminiscent of the ace Tame Impala B-side Beverly Laurel. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pleasant listen, but perhaps a bit too mired in the lackadaisical to create that special spark. The promise is still definitely there, with a distinct ear for melody shining through.

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I Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Wait (Mexican Summer) These are some of the tastiest drums Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve laid ears on in a while, setting the scene with a damn funky cocktail of grooves and eerie keys. Taken from Third EP, the Total Control has low key been dishing out on-point danceinflected jams for the past year. Get around it.

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Secret Enchanted Broccoli Forest (Flightless/Remote Control) Look, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gonna name your song Secret Enchanted Broccoli Forest, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gonna have to make it good. Fortunately, this is rather excellent. The Babe Rainbowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vocalist sings with a weird stoically inflected charm, with the jams backing it up with tight twists and turns, and a helping of sitar to boot.

KANYE WEST

God Level (Universal) You could see God Level, released as part of Yeezyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new shoe partnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s World Cup campaign, resulting from the Yeezus sessions with its crisp as fuck production (concocted by a dream team featuring HudMo) and god complex themes. It could be preceding a BeyoncĂŠ-style surprise album (the method is no longer Radioheadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, alright?), it could be a taste of another GOOD mixtape. But it stands tall in its own right. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next? Who knows, but I have faith. Praise Yeezus.

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LOWER PLENTY

On the Beach (Bedroom Suck) Returning just in time to remind us that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been too long since we last heard from them, Lower Plenty cut to the bone with their sparse, evocative brand of heartbreaking Australiana folk. Like a refreshing rain-swept breeze blowing in from the back patioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flywire door. Third LP Life/Thrills out June 20.

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EYEDRESS

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Hearing Colours (Remote Control)

Overdrive (Valve Records)

This 12-track bedroom recording from 23-year-old Idris Vicuña is a free download from his website (yep, free, just head to eyedress.hearing-colors.com). It’s is a mixtape of sorts, but not the type where the tracks segue into each other; the songs work well individually, though even better as a sequence. The music on Hearing Colours evokes the skittish beats of the Italians Do It Better label. Skint Eastwood contributes detached vocals on half of the songs and its deft match for Vicuña’s brittle beat-making, with all of their collaborative tracks given song titles that sound like toxic chemicals. “It’s not our fault” is the sleepy-eyed sigh on Biolumine, but there are sinister forces lurking behind the cool facade. A little more angst comes through on Vicuña’s own vocals and he counters the impassive tones of Skint Eastwood on the spidery, stalking Nature Trips, with its gloomy “I just wanna forget everything that’s making me feel bad” addressing selfdestructive drug-taking. As the mix progresses, the tempo (and bleakness) BEST TRACK: Triduum softens and the last few songs evoke the almost-sleeping IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: Halfaxa beauty of Washed Out and The Radio Department. It’s GRIMES, Life Of Leisure EP WASHED OUT, (II) a spooky, sexy trip from a new artist who’s one to watch. CRYSTAL CASTLES And who can argue with (legally) free music? IN A WORD: Shadowy CHRIS GIRDLER

It’s a trite comparison, but it’s true: if the Ramones were Japanese and female, this is what they’d sound like. It’s unsurprising – even Shonen Knife know it, moonlighting, as they do occasionally, under the moniker of Osaka Ramones and performing Ramones covers. This is not to undermine their skill or knock the album, now their 20th in a career spanning 33 years (albeit with some lineup changes). They both kick arse. There’s something gleeful about it too. If you’re in a shit mood – listen to this album. It’ll improve your outlook. It’s the combination of two things - straightforward, honest, old school, pop/punk rock and the lyrics. The lyrics are piss funny. There doesn’t appear to be any subtext. Just some rockin’ tunes about some otherwise pretty mundane things, like the life-saving properties of late-night ramen noodles on Ramen Rock (it’s true), going to the mall on Shopping and green tea on the eponymous Green Tea. This is from the latter: “I like green tea. Green tea ice-cream. I like green tea. Green tea chocolate. I like green tea. Green tea latte, latte, latte, latte”. Try being cranky when you’re singing that loudly in the car. Or this, from Like a Cat, “[m]eow, meow, meow, fuzzy feel like a cat. Meow, meow, meow, spend your days like a cat”. Okay, sure. That sounds pleasant, actually. The presser for the album says “[l]isten to this album BEST TRACK: Green Tea and you will get to know how ROCK is wonderful”. IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LOVE THIS: End Of The Yes it is. Century RAMONES, The 5.6.7.8’s THE 5.6.7.8’S IN A WORD: Fun MEG CRAWFORD

J ROBERT YOUNGTOWN

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Courting (Independent)

Before there was J Robert Youngtown there was The Reactions and The Sole Stickers, both of which were fronted by James Dilger. While Dilger may have assumed a nom de plume reminiscent of the American Wild West, his new record remains on the garage powerpop trajectory he commenced some years ago. Moderate Aspects, by just about any stretch of the critical imagination, is a quality powerpop record. You hear the whimsical Southern pop tones of Alex Chilton and Chris Bell on Maybe Tomorrow; Hypnotised by a Mirror could be the best obscure Who track never uncovered by You Am I. This Is What You Do channels The Raspberries for an introspective Sunday afternoon, Hours is all sweetness and loveliness and Dreaming offers a path to the soft and tender realms of the Paisley Underground. From there things only get better. If you can ignore the melodic beauty of Man For All Seasons you’re as heartless as a narcissistic Chicago school economist; Live That Way packs a punch that’d floor a dozen Kinks fans loitering on a sparkling village green. Instructions bathes itself in bubble gum pop sensibility and comes out smiling like a kid living the ‘60s dream on Sunset Strip. Don’t Tell Me You’re Lonely hangs around in the shadows of The Ice Cream Hands; Always Tomorrow is a dirty rock track with a riff that pins you to the wall, empties your pockets of its rock pretentions and sends you into a world replete with grinding hips, flourishing drum fills BEST TRACK: Hypnotised by a Mirror and wild-eyed Townshendian excitement. And if you’re IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LOVE THIS: YOU AM not satisfied by now, be done with you. I, THE RASPBERRIES, BIG STAR, THE POSIES PATRICK EMERY IN A WORD: Powerpop

PUP

Pup EP (Shock Entertainment/SideOneDummy Records) Unlike the name, this four-piece don’t sound particularly sweet and innocent. The name is supposedly an acronym for “pathetic use of potential” – which is also hardly the case. This self-titled debut album is recorded by legendary producer Dave Shiffman, who has worked with the likes of The Bronx and Rage Against the Machine. It’s no wonder the four-piece are considered one of Canada’s next big things. Guilt Trip has a very ‘90s punk rock feel to it – with intense guitar and scream-along choruses. Reservoir has a much deeper riff and percussion backing, matching the rage of frontman Stefan Babcock. It’s understandable why this is the first single from the album. Mabu is the least intimidating of the lot, which as crazy as it sounds for a punk rock band, shares the same melodic drums and structure of a Vampire Weekend song – another influence of producer Shiffman. Never Try loses some of the intensity, with a fairly mediocre tempo. It’s more hard rock than punk, which is a shame after the powerful start. Yukon is much calmer, but one of the best on the album. It’s quite long but chops and changes between tempos enough to keep your interest. Dark Days is a much bouncier and very catchy anthem, while Lionheart is very generic with the “U-oh u-oh” vocal backing. Same goes for Cul-De-Sac, which starts off quite unemotional but is saved by some impressive drumming. Things end well with Back Against The Wall, which lifts the intensity once again. It’s short and aggressive, anger-fuelled stuff that would be incredible live. Factories is a bit more BEST TRACK: Yukon commercially-friendly, but caps off a rather impressive EP. IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LOVE THIS: AFI, CHRIS BRIGHT SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, ANTI-FLAG IN A WORD: Angsty

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In an interview with HG Nelson and Roy Slaven, Nick Cave offered the somewhat provocative observation that sadness is a natural emotion: with the heightened awareness of depression and its potentially tragic consequences, it’s unfashioned to concede that darkness of the mind is not a modern day psychological aberration – it is, for better and for worse, part of the human condition. There’s a darkness about Ivy Street that hangs like clouds on a dull winter’s day; yet, almost perversely, it’s enlightening and almost charming in its intensity. 1980, the opening track from Ivy Street’s new album, Courting, is foreboding – what is it about that year ( John Lennon’s death, Ronald Reagan’s inauguration, Malcolm Fraser’s re-election, the beginning of Richmond’s decline as a football power?) that should invoke such emotion? Glenorchy celebrates, in a bittersweet sort of a way, the regional town from Ivy Street’s home state; A Minute’s Notice is all rumbling beats and sparse chords, a meander into the territory of cognitive isolation. Calamity is anything but – it’s The Smiths without the foppishness, or Joy Division seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and realising that shit’s going to be OK. Yet on Courting for the Morning, matters hang in the balance: the jarring chords could foreshadow drama, but only if you’re unprepared. This is Stickmen territory and it’s well travelled. The Bartender is the rambling of a barfly recounting the human detritus that’s passed by him – or maybe her – over some indeterminate time; the narrative at the heart of Carmel Keeps a Bucket is disturbing in a Department of Social Services sort of a way. The Camera’s Pierce ( Jeffrey Lee?) is folk for the heavy of heart and clouded of mind; Ten Ounces in the Sticks renders country life in a subtle gruesome guise and Nearest Container ebbs and flows like a man condemned wavering between secular self-hatred and spiritual awakening. BEST TRACK: Carmel Keeps a Bucket Courting isn’t a record for your next dinner party – then IF YOU LIKE THESE, YOU’LL LIKE THIS: THE again, maybe it should be. Because the world it explores is DRONES, NICK CAVE real, and it’s natural. And we shouldn’t be afraid to admit it. IN A WORD: Emotional PATRICK EMERY

SARAH MCLACHLAN

Shine On (The Verve Music Group)

It has been four years since Sarah McLachlan’s last album. During that time, her father passed away, which was the inspiration behind her eighth studio album, Shine On. When listening to the album, it’s the heartfelt lyrics that draw you in. Although Shine On focuses heavily on grief and loss, there’s also an overwhelming sense of hope and positivity throughout, the album’s title exemplifying this. Uplifting opening track In Your Shoes is a favourite, with a powerful message: believe in yourself. Flesh and Blood and Monsters showcase a rock edge to McLachlan’s sound. Shine On also features many ballads, the best of which are Broken Heart and Brink of Destruction. Song For My Father is a touching tribute to McLachlan’s late father and the ukulele on The Sound That Love Makes is a great way to end the album. Throughout her stellar career, Sarah McLachlan’s albums have featured an enthralling combination of pop songs BEST TRACK: In Your Shoes and ballads which showcase her powerful vocals, and IF YOU LIKE THIS, YOU’LL LOVE THIS: JANN Shine On is no exception. The heartfelt nature of this ARDEN, NATALIE MERCHANT, SHERYL album ensures that it’s a memorable one. CROW IN A WORD: Heartfelt ALI BIRNIE

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WEDNESDAY 28 MAY INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS

8 FOOT FELIX Penny Black, Brunswick. 9:00pm. CHRIS WILSON Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. DORKUS MALORKUS + CORAL CETO + PHOEBE & SCHINA Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $8.00. FAIM + TIRED BREEDS + FOXTROT + THE SHADOW LEAGUE Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. JMC SHOWCASE John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. MAJOR TOM & THE ATOMS + CASEY DEAN + DJ MERMAID Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. MEAT PUPPETS Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $20.00. MOVEMENT (EP LAUNCH) Shebeen, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $10.00. SHEEK STAIN & THE CREEP + GALAXY FOLK + SOOKY LALA Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS - FEAT: GEORGIA MAQ + MADDY BRADLEY Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. THE HOUNDS HOMEBOUND + COLOUR BOMBS + LARS & THE PRUSSIANS Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $5.00. THE LAUGHING LEAVES + MANTA 5 + CUSS Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. THE SLIMS + THE ESCAPADES Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. WE ARE SCIENTISTS - FEAT: FLYYING COLOURS + CASH FOR GOLD Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:00pm. $49.00. YOU YANGS MAY RESIDENCY + CITIZEN SEX + BAD FAMILY Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $5.00.

JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/ WORLD MUSIC

ALTIJA Open Studio, Northcote. 8:00pm. BOPSTRETCH Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. CHRIS YOUNG QUARTET + TIM PLEDGER’S SANDWICH JESUS 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. HIATUS KAIYOTE + LOW LEAF Howler, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $22.00. THAT GELLER FELLER - FEAT: KEN SCHRODER + GIANNI MARINUCCI + DAVID ALLARDICE + LEIGH BARKER + HUGH HARVEY Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $15.00. TIM WILLIS & THE END Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $18.00.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK

CLIVE J MANN + PARLOUR OF LALA + GOLD GULL Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $6.00. OPEN MIC Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 7:00pm. OPEN MIC/JAM Musicland, Fawkner. 7:00pm. RICH DAVIES Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. SWEET JEAN + DAVEY LANE & SARA RETALLICK Bella Union Bar, Carlton. 8:00pm. $20.00. THINGS OF STONE AND WOOD + THE KING OF THINGS + CARUS THOMPSON Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 7:30pm. $33.00. WINE WHISKEY WOMEN - FEAT: TASH SULTANA + ALEYCE SIMMONDS Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:00pm.

THURSDAY 29 MAY JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/ WORLD MUSIC

ARTIE STYLES QUARTET 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10.00. ALMA MATER Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. CREATIVE VOCAL SERIES - FEAT: TOM BARTON + NILUSHA DASSENAIKE Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $18.00. FREE RANGE FUNK - FEAT: EZRA + JAKE & NIKKI WHO + AGENT 86 + LEWIS CANCUT Lucky Coq, Windsor. 7:00pm. MARTIN TAYLOR + MATTHEW FAGAN Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. $45.00. MOVEMENT 9 Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $15.00. SARAH MACLAINE & THE JOHN MONTESANTE QUINTET Ormond Hall, Ormond. 6:00pm. SOUL IN THE BASEMENT - FEAT: SOL HAUS & THE SPOKESMEN + DJ VINCE PEACH + PIERRE BARONI Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. STANDING TALL + STAN VAN HOOFT Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. STEPHEN MCINTYRE Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 6:00pm. $38.00. THE RE-THINK PROJECT - FEAT: 30/70 + MON FRERE MON FRERE Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 40

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ADMIRAL ACKBAR’S DISHONOURABLE DISCHARGE + JOE GUITTON & THE SUICIDE TUESDAYS + WHERE’S GROVER + SARGE & THE NUKED Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. AUSMUTEANTS + COBWEBBS + CUNTZ + WET BLANKETS Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. BLACK MAJESTY + KISS THE VYPER Musicland, Fawkner. 9:00pm. $15.00. BRANT BJORK Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. $55.10. BRISTISH INDIA + THE PRETTY LITTLES John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. BROODS (EP TOUR) Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 7:30pm. BURN IN HELL Tago Mago, Thornbury. 8:00pm. CHOP SQUAD + STRINGS FOR BELTS + TETRA HEDRA + MUSTARD Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. CONTRAST + BAD FAMILY + HIDEOUS TOWNS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $10.00. DAWNRAID - FEAT: SAVAGE + AARADHNA + SAMMY J + CHE FU + MONSTA + BROWNHILL + DECEPTIKONZ Espy, St Kilda. 8:00pm. DEAD LETTER CIRCUS Village Green Hotel, Mulgrave. 8:00pm. GREG CHAMPION & THE USEFUL MEMBERS OF SOCIETY Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 8:30pm. JACK LONDON PRESENTS - FEAT: THE DEMON PARADE + THE GRAND RAPIDS Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. LANEOUS & THE FAMILY YAH + MKO + SWOOPING DUCK + VULTURE ST TAPE GANG Shebeen, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $15.00. LIVE N COOKING - FEAT: BROADWAY SOUNDS + I/O The B.east, Brunswick East. 8:00pm. MARCUS BLACKE + JAMES TEAGUE + DAMON SMITH Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $8.00. MUSHROOM HORSE + WILLOW DARLING + TARANTULA Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10.00. NEXT PRESENTS KING PARROT + JUNGLE JUICE + KING PARROT + ELM STREET + DIAMOND NOIR Brown Alley, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $15.00. PLUGGED IN THURSDAYS - FEAT: MATHLETE Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:00pm. $5.00. POSTBLUE + LOW SEASON + APART FROM THIS + BORN FREE Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. PROPAGANDHI + CRISIS ALERT + OUTRIGHT Corner Hotel, Richmond. 7:30pm. $42.00. SALAD DAYS + THE RANT Great Britain Hotel, Richmond. 8:00pm. SEAN SIMMONS Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 8:00pm. SHAKE SOME ACTION - FEAT: STREETPARTY + SAMARITAN + POLYAVALANCHE Onesixone, Prahran. 9:00pm. $8.00. THE NARROW ROAD + VELA + ALISON THOM Public Bar, North Melbourne. 8:30pm. $8.00. THE TIGER & ME + BUDDAH IN A CHOCOLATE BOX Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8:30pm. THE UGLY KINGS + TWIN AGES + NIKHAIL + LITTLE MISS REMEMBERING Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. WHITAKER + GRIZZLY JIM LAWRIE + OLIVERS ARMY Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 8:30pm.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK

ANNA CORDWELL + NICK MURPHY + FREYA BENNETT Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. BROOKE RUSSELL Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. CYNDI BOSTE & PETE FIDLER + SUZANNAH ESPIE Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 8:30pm. MORNING AFTER MORNING. Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 8:30pm. $8.00. SPENCER P JONES + PARMY DHILLON Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:30pm. WINSTON & LUKE TYLIM Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 8:00pm.

FRIDAY 30 MAY JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/ WORLD MUSIC

ANNEMARIE SHARRY Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $20.00. CANNONBALL Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $25.00. CHARLES LLOYD SKY TRIO Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 7:30pm. $74.00. ELECTRO SWING CLUB - FEAT: THE WOOHOO REVUE + FLAP! + MORTISVILLE + DR CAT (DJ SET) + ELECTRONIC SWING ORCHESTRA + SEKKT + CAT PARTY 170 Russell, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $20.00. HETTY KATE SWINGN JAZZ Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. JANET SEIDEL TRIO Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond.

KEVIN MARK TRAIL Kevin Mark Trail. The Streets. This man loves to take the road less travelled (sorry), and there’s no better route than the one that leads to Australia. KMT shot to international acclaim following his appearance on The Streets’ debut album Original Pirate Material. His two appearances – on Same Old Thing and Let’s Push Things Forward – played a significant role in the album’s critical recognition. KMT has since forged his own path (really sorry), peaking with his debut album Just Living – an absolute trailblazer (oh god I’m so sorry). The R&B/soul performer will play the Northcote Social Club on Sunday June 1.

9:00pm. $40.00. LATE NIGHT JAM - FEAT: THE GRID Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 10:30pm. $15.00. OPERATION OFF-BEAT - FEAT: MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA + THE RULING MOTIONS + BUSTAMENTO & THE SKA VENDORS Prince Bandroom, St Kilda. 7:00pm. $34.70. THAT GOLD STREET SOUND + STEVIE & THE SLEEPERS Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. $12.00. THE AGONY OF KNOWLEDGE - FEAT: TILMAN ROBINSON Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $25.00. THE IAN CHAPLIN TRIO Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. TRICHOTOMY + JULIAN ARGUELLES Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $35.00. VARDOS Boite Surrey Music Cafe, 8:00pm. $18.00.

INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS

4TRESS + SPIDEY SPIDEY + SUB ROSA + MEL CALIA Mr Boogie Man Bar, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. $10.00. ABRASION + THE ARBITER + KYSER SOZE + BLUNT SHOVEL Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. ALEYCE SIMMONDS (BELIEVE TOUR) Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:30pm. $15.00. APIA GOOD TIMES TOUR - FEAT: JOE CAMILLERI + RICHARD CLAPTON + RUSSELL MORRIS + LEO SAYER Palais Theatre, St Kilda. 7:30pm. $76.00. ARTY DEL RIO + DJO ROBERTS Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 8:30pm. BIG MOUTH’S FRIDAY CLUB - FEAT: DJ OBLIVEUS Big Mouth, St Kilda. 9:00pm. BOB DLYAN’S 73RD BIRTHDAY - FEAT: ROBYN HITCHCOCK Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 8:00pm. $30.00. CISCO CAESAR + SIMON HUDSON BAND + AMY ALEX Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. DEAD CITY RUINS + VOODOO CAIN + TWO HEADED DOG + DJ DAD Public Bar, North Melbourne. 8:30pm. $10.00. DECIMATE + DIMITRI COLLAPSE + GLADSTONE + DEADWEIGHT + XUPPERCUTX + CROOKED PATH 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10.00. EAGLE & THE WORM Shebeen, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $12.00. EINSTEIN TOYBOYS + THE IAIN ARCHIBALD BAND Musicland, Fawkner. 8:00pm. $10.00. EMMA RUSSACK (ALBUM LAUNCH) + OLIVER MANN Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10.00. FLANAGAN’S FRIDAY NIGHTS - FEAT: THE REASON WHY + CRIMSON RAWK + KISS THE BANSHEE Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully. 9:00pm. $5.00. GARY NUMAN The Hi-Fi, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $84.50. GUESTS OF GHOSTS (SINGLE LAUNCH) Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $8.00. JULES BOULT & THE REDEEMERS Catfish, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. LA BASTARD Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 9:00pm. LAMARAMA Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 9:00pm. LAST MISTRESS + PETA EVANS TAYLOR + HAYLE & THE FUGITIVES Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. LIVE BABY LIVE - FEAT: THE AUSTRALIAN INXS SHOW + THE DOORS SHOW Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 9:00pm. $24.95. MANGELWURZEL + THE BEEGLES + EMPAT LIMA + THE WELL ALRIGHTS John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. MESA COSA + MIGHTY BOYS + GOING SWIMMING + KIT CONVICT & THEE TERRIBLE TWO Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. MY ECHO (SINGLE LAUNCH) + THE RAMSHACKLE ARMY + THE CAPTIVES Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $12.00. PAUL WOSEEN + BUDDAH IN A CHOCOLATE BOX Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8:30pm. PROPAGANDHI + CRISIS ALERT + DEEP HEAT Cor-

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ner Hotel, Richmond. 8:30pm. $42.00. SMELLS LIKE WYNONA’S BIG BROWN BEAVER FEAT: NEVERMIND + SUCK ON THIS Twe12e, Frankston. 9:00pm. $12.00. SPEED ORANGE + ROOSTER + THE MERCURIALS + JEANIE Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. SPENCER P. JONES & THE ESCAPE COMMITTEE + BRIAN HENRY HOOPER + PENNY MADDOX + JUKAI FORREST Tago Mago, Thornbury. 8:00pm. SUN GOD REPLICA + SEEDY JEEZUS + MY LEFT BOOT + DJ KEZBOT Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10.00. SURFIN THE SWAMP - FEAT: TIJUANA SURF + GATOR QUEEN + DJ JUMPIN’ JOSH The LuWow, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $5.00. THAO DAN FUNDRAISER - FEAT: SEB MONT & THEE + SLEEPY DREAMERS + BNASH + BARCELOS + TASH SULTANA Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 7:30pm. $10.00. THE D.Y.E - FEAT: THE D.Y.E. + THE SPINSET + TWSS + GODS + MO Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. $15.00. THE DUB CAPTAINS Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. TWIN HAUS + JACKJACKJACK + SLEEP DECADE + BELOVED ELK Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. WATT’S ON - FEAT: BITTER SWEET KICKS + KIM VOLKMAN & THE WHISKEY PRIESTS Prince Public Bar, St Kilda . 9:30pm. WILDING + SAILORS & SWINE DUO Victoria Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. WIRED Elsternwick Hotel, Elwood. 8:00pm. WOLFPACK + THE SUPERGUNS + DJ SHAMIKAZI Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 10:00pm. WRONG TURN + SHOCK WAVES + MOTEL LOVE Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. ZOOPHYTE + SMOKE STACK RHINO + GRANDMASTER MONK Espy, St Kilda. 8:00pm. $20.00.

ACOUSTIC/COUNTRY/BLUES/FOLK

ANNA CALVI Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury. 8:00pm. $28.50. BACKSLIDERS Basement Discs, Melbourne Cbd. 12:45pm. BART + ALTITUDE + BEC GORING Penny Black, Brunswick. 9:00pm. CHAIKA The Breslin Gallery, Carnegie. 7:00pm. $15.00. FLOYD THURSBY Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:30pm. FLYING ENGINE STRINGBAND Railway Hotel, Fitzroy North. 9:30pm. SPENCER P JONES Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 5:30pm. THE BAKER SUITE + DAN PARSONS Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10.00. THE BOYS Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. THE HARVEY CARTEL Transit, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. THE THREE PIGS VS THE WAZ E. JAMES BAND Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:30pm. TIMOTHY JAMES BOWEN JOHN FLANAGAN & JANE PATTERSON Open Studio, Northcote. 6:00pm. TOM SHOWTIME + DJ LOB + MZ RIZK Penny Black, Brunswick. 7:00pm. TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION - FEAT: DAN BOURKE Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 6:00pm.

SATURDAY 31 MAY INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS

THE STEINBECKS + THE GLORY BOX Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 8:30pm. $12.00. AREA 7 + KUJO KINGS + THE FURROWS + THE OUTSIDERS Playground, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $15.00. BAD//DREEMS Records Paradise, 8:00pm. BANG - FEAT: VOID OF VISION + THE SWEET APES Royal Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $20.00. BATPISS & DEAD + BATPISS + DEAD + WICKED CITY + BRUCE Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $12.00.


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For all the latest gigs check out beat.com.au BEAT FRAT PARTY - FEAT: THE BLUEBOTTLES + DJ BARBARA BLAZE + SYE SAXON The LuWow, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $5.00. BEYOND BLUE FUNDRAISER - FEAT: NEW GODS + CHRISTOPHER COLEMAN + KASHMERE CLUB + LABELLE + ALICE + THE HONEY BADGERS + SHIPS PIANO + WILL BRACKS Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 6:00pm. $10.00. BEYOND BLUE MAJOR FUNDRAISING EVENT - FEAT: NEVERMIND + THE BIPOLAR BEARS + JIMMY CUPPLES + MICKS MIX + NEALE JOHNS + BRENDAN MASON Musicland, Fawkner. 8:00pm. $10.00. BIG MOUTH SATURDAYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S - FEAT: DJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ROWIE + ANDY CAN + KNACKERS Big Mouth, St Kilda. 9:00pm. BJ MORRISZONKLE + PORK CHOP PARTY + DJ SHAKY MEMORIAL Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. BROCKWAY LIGHTS + EYE FOR COLOUR + THE ANNIE CROONERS Tago Mago, Thornbury. 8:30pm. BRONI Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. $10.00. CASH SAVAGE Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 8:00pm. $15.00. CIGGIE WITCH Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. CLIP CLOP CLUB Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 5:00pm. DARK FAIR + ALI E BAND + THE AVES + DJ WHALE Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10.00. DAVE EVANâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PIANO FOLLIES + DJ BAGALICIOUS Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 7:00pm. DIGGER & THE PUSSYCATS - FEAT: SALAD DAYS Great Britain Hotel, Richmond. 9:00pm. DIRTY HARRIET & THE HANGMEN + THE MORRISONS + DAMN THE TORPEDOES Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East. 8:00pm. ELLIE GOULDING + BROODS Festival Hall, West Melbourne. 8:00pm. $70.60. FREE YOUR MIND - FEAT: NORTHLANE + THY ART IS MURDER + VEIL OF MAYA + VOLUMES + MAKE THEM SUFFER The Hi-Fi, Melbourne Cbd. 7:15pm. $39.90. GABRIELLE APLIN Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $33.00. I A MAN (GRAVITY WINS AGAIN LAUNCH) + PARADING + GRIZZLY JIM LAWRIE + ERN MALLEY The Shadow Electric, Abbotsford. 7:00pm. $15.00. I KNOW LEOPARD John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. JAMES MCCANN & THE NEW VINDICTIVES Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 4:00pm. JAMIE HAY & LIAM WHITE + MARIGOLD Old Bar, Fitzroy. 3:00pm. JORDAN RAKEI & LOUIS BAKER + MIKE GURRIERI Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $15.00. MADRE MONTE + THE SEVEN UPS Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. MOONEE VALLEY DRIFTERS Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. MOTHERSLUG (SINGLE LAUNCH) + CLAGG + THE RUINER + HIGHRIDER + WATCHTOWER Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. RIDE INTO THE SUN Public Bar, North Melbourne. 2:00am. ROBYN HITCHCOCK Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $29.90. ROYAL BLOOD + APES Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:30pm. SLOW GRIND FEVER #13 Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 10:00pm. SMASH THE DISCO - FEAT: SARGE & THE NUKED + SOMEONE ELSEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S WEDDING BAND + DIXON CIDER + DJ LEOPARD HEAD Public Bar, North Melbourne. 8:30pm. $10.00. SOUNDINGS #5 - FEAT: THE SPHERES + GREAT

EARTHQUAKE + GOODBYE ENEMY AIRSHIP + THE VAINGLORIES + HUMANS + VODNIK + ROSALIND HALL + LEAFY SUBURBS 303, Northcote. 6:00pm. $10.00. STONEFOX Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:00pm. $12.00. STRAY HENS Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 9:30pm. SWAMP MOTH + DD & THE DAMAGED GOODS + VISION ST + THE GLORIOUS Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. THE CORSAIRS + THE DEMON PARADE + RIDE INTO THE SUN Espy, St Kilda. 8:00pm. THE DO YO THANGS + THE SOUL ASSASINS + MAEFLOWER Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $13.00. THE GROOVETONES Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 9:00pm. THE LOOK OF LOVE (SONGS OF BURT BACHARACH) - FEAT: JACK HOWARD BAND Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 8:00pm. $23.00. THE REASONS WHY + ROCK MONSTER + MOTOR MAN Mr Boogie Man Bar, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. $10.00. THE SALVADARLINGS + THE CHERRY DOLLS CatďŹ sh, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. THE SAND DOLLARS Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $8.00. THREEZZACROWD Lincolnshire Arms Hotel, Essendon. 8:00pm. TWO HEADED DOG (ALBUM LAUNCH) + CONTANGENT + THE SPIN + APACHE + GRINDHOUSE Yah Yahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. VANCOUVER SLEEP CLINIC + WAFIA + JAPANESE WALLPAPER Shebeen, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $10.00. WHITESIDE JONES Elsternwick Hotel, Elwood. 8:00pm.

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CHRIS DAVE + THE DRUMHEDZ Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $49.00. JAZZ FUTURES - FEAT: CHARLES LLOYD + REUBEN ROGERS + ERIC HARLAND Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 6:00pm. $25.00. JORGE PARDO â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;HUELLASâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; + JORGE PARDO + JOSĂ&#x2030; MANUEL + PABLO BAEZ + JOSEMI CAR-

SISQO The only thing I love more than Sisqo is following Sisqo on Twitter. Check out this poignant sequence from last year: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I left out the word â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;TIMEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in my first tweet. I meant to say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I got some TIME before rehearsalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; not â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I got some before rehearsalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; LMAO!â&#x20AC;? LMAO indeed. Time to brush off those scandalous dresses ladies because thong connoisseur Sisqo is on his way. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll play Trak Lounge Bar all night long so let him see that thong on Saturday June 1.

MONA Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 7:30pm. $61.00. JULIE Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;HARA Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $30.00. LATE NIGHT JAM - FEAT: THE GRID Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 10:30pm. $15.00. MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVA FEAT: THE HORNS OF LEROY Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $10.00. PUBLIC OPINION AFRO ORCHESTRA Howler, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $15.00. SEXTETO ZONA SUL Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $25.00. THE SAM KEEVERS SEXTET Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. THE SHUFFLE CLUB Transit, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. TRIBUTE TO BLUE NOTE - FEAT: ROGER CLARK Dizzyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jazz Club, Richmond. 9:00pm. $40.00. VAUDEVILLE SMASH Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $12.00.

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For all the latest gigs check out beat.com.au CHERRY JAM Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. FORMLESS MONDAYS - FEAT: THE EUPHORIACS + RYAN KOKE Catfish, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. I DO LIKE MONDAYS - FEAT: LITTLE EARTHQUAKE + SALVA DARLINGS + THE GRUNTLED Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $6.00. MONDAY NIGHT MASS - FEAT: REPTILES + TEENAGE LIBIDO + STATIONS Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:00pm. THE HURRICANES Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 8:00pm.

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BRANT BJORK Fresh from destroying CherryRock014, Brant Bjork is the legendary drummer and founder of Californian crew Kyuss. When he launched into We Don’t Serve That Kind at CherryRock last Sunday, the Bureau of Weather-shit reckoned an earthquake happened with a score of like A+ or something. I don’t know man, but god it ruled. He is a genuine icon of stoner rock. Don’t miss this. Brant Bjork plays Ding Dong Lounge on Thursday May 29.

WOODWARD + WARREN ROUGH Victoria Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm.

SUNDAY 1 JUN INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS

RICHIE 1250 & THE BRIDES OF CHRIST + AD SKINNER + CHOOK RACE + WORM CROWN Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 6:30pm. COCOPHONICS + DANGER BIRDZ Mr Boogie Man Bar, Abbotsford. 3:00pm. $7.00. FREE YOUR MIND - FEAT: NORTHLANE + THY ART IS MURDER + VEIL OF MAYA + VOLUMES + MAKE THEM SUFFER The Hi-Fi, Melbourne Cbd. 12:00pm. $39.90. GARETH LIDDIARD + PALM SPRINGS Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $20.00. GOLD CLASS + SWEET SHOPPE + TEASER PONY Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 6:30pm. $12.00. GRUMPY NEIGHBOUR Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 4:00pm. HARMANIAX Great Britain Hotel, Richmond. 9:00pm. JASMIN JADE-BOON Big Mouth, St Kilda. 5:00pm. JULES BOULT & THE REDEEMERS Catfish, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. MOUNTAIN GOAT BEERSOAKED SUNDAYS FEAT: MODESTY + ROLLING BLACKOUTS + CAM NICOL Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $8.00. SIMON WILSON + DAVE SAVAGE + JOE GUITON + JOSH NEWMAN Old Bar, Fitzroy. 3:00pm. SISTERS FOR SISTERS - FEAT: LALITA RAMONA + PHOEBE JACOBS + CANDICE MONIQUE + LADI ABUNDANCE + CARRIE MAYA + DAHIANA NICOLAS + JOLENE MORAN + LAKITA LYNES Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. $20.00. SUNDAY SCHOOL - FEAT: THE PROPHETS + THE HAKKETS + BASSIDI KONE + SK SIMEON Public Bar, North Melbourne. 4:00pm. TEQUILA MOCKINGBYRD + BRACE FOR WHIPLASH + FEMME NOIRE + ANIMAL HANDS + SUB ROSA + RABID ZULU + NECRON 99 + EL MONTEZ Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 4:00pm. THE BURNING ROACHES + ROBOT MUGABE + THE CREEPING BAM + MUDSHARK Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. THE DAREBIN RESPONSE ASYLUM SEEKER BENEFIT GIG - FEAT: 8FOOT FELIX + LOTEK + FLORELIE ESCANO + GHOST TOWNS OF THE MIDWEST + NICK MURPHY & BAND Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury. 1:00pm. $15.00. THE ELECTRIC GUITARS John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. THE ORBWEAVERS Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 4:30pm. THE SEVEN UPS Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 4:30pm. THE SHADOW LEAGUE + INITIALS + BRIANNA MAHONEY + GRACE LAWRY Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 3:30pm. THE VIBRAPHONIC ORKESTRA Penny Black, Brunswick. 5:00pm. THE WAIFS + HEATH CULLEN Corner Hotel, Richmond. 7:30pm. VANCOUVER SLEEP CLINIC + WAFIA Shebeen, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. $10.00. VIBRAVEIL + ANTI-HERO + LITTLE HOLLOW Bar Open, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. WESTERN STARS + SINGING IS FOR HUMANS + ANDRE Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 4:30pm. $6.00.

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CHRIS DAVE + THE DRUMHEDZ Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $49.00. DRUB Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. JAZZ VOCAL SESSIONS 303, Northcote. 2:30pm. KEVIN MARK TRAIL Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 1:30pm. $10.00. LATE NIGHT JAM - FEAT: THE GRID Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 10:30pm. $15.00. OPA 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $5.00. THEY SAY SHE’S DIFFERENT (THE MUSIC OF BETTY DAVIS) Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $23.00. WIND QUINTET - FEAT: ORCHESTRA VICTORIA Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 3:00pm. $40.00.

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ACOUSTIC MATINEE - FEAT: LEIGH SLOGGETT Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 3:00pm. FLYING ENGINE STRINGBAND Mercat Cross, Melbourne. 1:00pm. GRAND MASTER MONK Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. JESSE VALACHE & BLUES MOUNTAIN Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 4:00pm. KEN MAHER & AL WRIGHT & TONY HARGREAVES Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:00pm. LARISSA TANDY WITH STRINE SINGERS Union Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. MICHAEL MEEKING & THE LOST SOULS Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. NICKY DEL REY - FEAT: NICKY DEL REY & LAYLA JEAN Town Hall Hotel, North Melbourne. 6:00pm. NIGEL WEARNE + ABBIE CARDWELL Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 4:00pm. OPEN MIC Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 7:00pm. PAUL MCMANUS & THE MAYBLOOMERS Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 4:00pm. PEAR & THE AWKWARD ORCHESTRA Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. PETER SOMERVILLE & PETE DENAHY Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 5:30pm. SARA RETALLIK + PALMS SPRINGS Victoria Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. SPENCER P JONES Tago Mago, Thornbury. 5:00pm. SUNDAY JAMS Musicland, Fawkner. 7:30pm. THE B-BENDERS HONKYTONK SPECIAL Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. THE BLUES PREACHERS + IAN COLLARD Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 7:30pm. THE T-BONES Royal Oak Hotel, Fitzroy North. 4:00pm.

MONDAY 2 JUN JAZZ/SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/ WORLD MUSIC

ALLAN BROWNE QUINTET Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 6:30pm. $30.00. KUNJANI Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 9:00pm. $28.00. LATE NIGHT JAM - FEAT: THE GRID Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 10:30pm. $15.00. LIVIO MINAFRA Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $33.00.

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CAJUN DANCE PARTY - FEAT: THE ‘JOHNNY CAN’T DANCE’ CAJUN BAND Victoria Hotel, Brunswick. 7:00pm. DEAR MONDAY - FEAT: KHRISTIAN MIZZI & THE SIRENS + JAMES THOMPSON + DE’MAY + BEC GORING Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:00pm. PENNY BLACK JAM NIGHT Penny Black, Brunswick. 5:00pm. SONGWRITERS COLLECTIVE 303, Northcote. 8:00pm.

TUESDAY 3 JUN INDIE/ROCK/POP/METAL/ PUNK/COVERS

AMISTAT + THE WINTER SUNS + BERNIE CARSON Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $8.00. BRUNSWICK HOTEL DISCOVERY NIGHT - FEAT: DEVIL MONKEY + SIREN SUN + TYTO Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. FRESH INDUSTRY SHOWCASES Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. $15.00. GALAX + RHYTHM BUGS + ANDRE CEFAI + MIKELANGELO’S ART OPENING Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $6.00. PASS OUTS + KING MAMMAL Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. POISON FISH + LET THEM EAT CAKE + SORDID ORDEAL John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. THE GROVES + THIRD EARTH + THE BIG FACE + THE BOOGIE WOOGIE BOARD BOY Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $4.00.

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DAINA JOWSEY & THE ROGER CLARK QUARTET Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 9:00pm. $30.00. FINDING ISLA + WINDARI Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. LATE NIGHT JAM - FEAT: THE GRID Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 10:30pm. $15.00. OEHLERS, HARLAND, ROGERS & GRABOWSKY Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 6:30pm. $38.00.

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BROOKE RUSSELL + EMILEE SOUTH Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. IRISH SESSION Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 8:00pm. KLUB MUK 303, Northcote. 7:30pm. MAKE IT UP CLUB Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10.00. OPEN MIC NIGHT Kindred Studios, Yarraville. 5:30pm.

ACCESS ALL AGES Wednesday May 28 With Alex Black

After another long week stuck in the office, spent in a lecture theatre or staying up late to finish those assignments you left until the last minute, I bet you’re keen for a good weekend. And lucky for you, I can promise you exactly that because this week is jampacked with a bunch of rad gigs and activities that are definitely worth checking out! If you’re into hardcore, or looking to dip your feet into a new genre and you haven’t already checked out Sydney boys Northlane then you’re doing it wrong! Do yourself a favour and grab a copy of their 2013 release Singularity, listen until your ears bleed and then get a ticket to their Hi-Fi gig on Sunday June 1 with Thy Art is Murder, Veil of Maya, Volumes and Make Them Suffer. Check out the full details in the gig guide below. If that isn’t your thing then maybe you’re into golden girl Ellie Goulding instead; her mix of indie synth pop will surely get you on your toes and will have half of Melbourne dancing when she takes to the stage this week at Festival Hall. Full details on her upcoming performance can be found below. For those of you bands/songwriters/producers/ MCs in high school, check out triple j’s Unearthed High comp. It’s a pretty sweet deal if you win… you’ll get flown to triple j’s studio to have your song professionally recorded, get played on triple j and triple j Unearthed, plus they’ll throw a concert at your school where you’ll get to play alongside hip hop guru Seth Sentry. Is that not the best way to make all your high school friends jelly? To enter just upload an original track to triplejunearthed.com by Monday July 21. Have you checked out the opportunities page of The Push yet? It’s full of opportunities for you to get involved in film, writing, music, radio and dance. It also has information on grants, volunteering positions and internship opportunities. If you’re looking for a way to get your foot in the door of the creative industries but you’re not sure how, then this is the perfect place to start! Simply head to thepush.com.au and check the Backstage > Opportunities page to see all the latest and greatest things you can do! On the note of opportunities and grants, have you ever seen yourself living overseas and following your dreams? Well now you can thanks to The Big Brother Movement, they offer cash grants to talented young Australians to visit Britain to gain further experience in their chosen pursuits. Applications open this June. Ballet’s Steve McRae, Australian soccer superstar Harry Kewell, and actress Nicole Da Silva are all past recipients of the BBM Youth Awards, so if you’re looking for a sea change and have a career you’re chasing, email  info@bbm.asn.au  or call 02 9233 4005 for more info.

ALL AGES TIMETABLE WEDNESDAY MAY 28 Under the Radar Film and Art Exhibition, Astor Theatre, 1 Chapel Street, St Kilda, 6pm – 7:30pm, Free, portphillip.vic.gov.au/under-the-radar, AA

MUSICIANS WANTED BANDS/ACTS WANTED for Espy Shows. Shoot an email through to mark@gunnmusic.com.au for more details BASS PLAYER WANTED for melodic psychedelic tinged pop punk rock n roll band. We`re a Melbourne based professional unit about to release our debut album. We love Bowie, Q.O.T.S.A, Radiohead, The Kinks, Red Kross, The Beatles, Nirvana, The Pixies, etc. We need a pro bass player with great gear/attitude/transport.  Vocal ability preferred. Call Stav for audition times: 0405 204 293  EMPLOYMENT MILWAUKEE MUSIC IS SEEKING APPLICATIONS for an A&R street team. If you regularly attend live shows by independent artists, hang out at venues and want to receive decent financial incentives for scouting and referring acts, contact us on: 03 9079 2560 or email  info@milwaukeemusic.com

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SATURDAY MAY 31 Bundoora FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands w/ Eagle and the Worm, Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, 7pm – 10:45pm, $21, contact Catherine Andrews on (03) 9835 7825 or boroondara.vic.gov.au, AA Ellie Goulding w/ Broods, Festival Hall Dudley Street North Melbourne, 7pm-10:45pm, $70.60, festivalhall.com.au, AA Visible Biz w/ Diafrix’s MC MoMo in Conversation Business Workshops, The Backroom, Multicultural Arts Victoria, South Melbourne Town Hall, Bank St South Melbourne, 2pm-4pm, RSVP to Jess Fairfax at projects@multiculturalarts.com.au, AA SUNDAY JUNE 1 Free Your Mind Tour w/ Northlane, Thy Art is Murder, Veil of Maya, Volumes, Make Them Suffer, The Hifi Bar, 125 Swanston Street Melbourne, 12pm, $39.90, thehifi.com.au, U18


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PHONE: 9387 6637 EMAIL: brunnygigs@gmail.com WEBSITE: brunswickhotel.net Opening hours? Mon-Thu: 4pm-3am Fri: 4pm-5am Sat: 12pm-5am Sun: 12pm-1am Food specials? $9 pizza and a pot every day between 4-8pm. $3 schooners and $5 basics every Thursday from 8pm1am. $10 jugs of Boags Mondays and Wednesdays. Known for?  Being the last place open on Sydney Rd.

Could you nominate a bartender of the month? Probably not – they are all loved equally. How many nights of live music and entertainment are running at your venue? Something on every night we are open. Ways to get there? There is a tram stop right out the front. Cabs work too. Don’t drive, just drink. Available for functions? Yes. Crowd?  Young, old, hipsters, bogans. It really depends on the night or band who is playing. Cover charge? Only for fundraisers.

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Australian indie labels are among those criticising YouTube over its contract for its upcoming subscription service. It is non-negotiable and could lead to indie videos being taken off air. The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) is among 19 global organisations which slammed the deal, saying the deal could destroy indies. AIR GM Nick O’Byrne said Australian indies have “a cooperative relationship” with the local YouTube team, but, “the current situation, however, is untenable for both parties. YouTube is trying to launch a new streaming service with terms significantly worse than Spotify, Rdio and Deezer. If YouTube’s streaming service launches without independent content then you can mark our words that it will fail.”

• Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and lookalike actor Will Ferrell had their long promised “drum off ” on US TV show The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. They dressed identically and traded good natured barbs (“do you play for the Lukewarm Chili Peppers?”) as they performed four solos each. The Peppers joined them for a run through Blue Oyster Cult’s Don’t Fear the Reaper through which Ferrell played cowbells and declared winner.

DANCE BIZ WORTH US$6.2B The global electronic dance music scene is worth US$6.2 billion, says the Association for Electronic Music. Its report was released at the International Music Summit in Ibiza. The biggest slice comes from club gigs ($2.4 billion) with an additional 800 million for Las Vegas clubs alone. Festivals make up $1.03 billion, CD/vinyl music sales ($800 million) and streaming/video services ($600 million). Sales of DJ software and hardware are $360 million, DJ earnings from other ventures $60 million and value from other platforms like Soundcloud $140 million. As EDM explodes especially in the US, the earning power of DJs follows closely. AEM pointed out that last year’s top ten earning DJs made a total of $225 million, compared to the $114 million in 2012.

AUSTRALIA TO FEATURE IN CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK Australia was the spotlight country for Canadian Music Week 2015 (May 6 to 10, Toronto). Over the last five years, Sounds Australia has targeted CMW as an important place to showcase. This year marked the highest amount of Aussie acts to perform, including The Jezabels, The Falls, Jordi Lane, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Blue King Brown, The Beards, Kate Miller Heidke, DZ Deathrays, The Lazys, Busby Marou, Emma Louise and You Am I. Sounds Australia itself produced three showcase events, Sound Gallery, Beat Pie and The Aussie BBQ. CMW President Neill Dixon, a strong supporter of Aussie music, said, “There is a lot that we can learn from Australia and we plan to explore and uncover as much of it as we can at CMW 2015.” These included how local acts could be successful without having to go abroad, the strength of labels and festivals, and how it’s been a strong market for Canadian acts.

BEN WRIGHT SMITH WINS NASHVILLE STAY Melbourne folk rocker Ben Wright Smith will spend three months in the United States this year as part of the Australia Council’s Nashville Songwriter Residency. He will work with Nashville based Aussie expat producer Mark Moffatt on his third album and will collaborate with local writers. Twenty-five-yearold Smith first visited Nashville in 2012 where he played the Americana Music Festival as part of a world tour behind his debut album Autumn Safari. He and his band launch their debut single In Parallel on Saturday June 8 at Boney.

SPIRIT CHASE ‘STAIRWAY’ CO-CREDIT Led Zeppelin are known to have nicked bits from everyone from ( Jeff ) Beck to Bach. Now they’ve been sued for copyright infringement by ‘60s US band Spirit. They contend Zep’s 1971 track Stairway to Heaven has more than a passing resemblance to their 1968 track Taurus. The two bands toured together, and contend Jimmy Page would have heard their song. They’re suing for Spirit member, the late Randy Alexander, to get a co-credit. They say they haven’t sued so far because they didn’t have the money to do so.

VICTORIANS WIN AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL GRANTS Three of 13 recipients of the Australia Council Fellowships are from Victoria. Established artists receive $100,000 for one year, and Early Career artists get $60,000 over two years. Of the six in the Established category, orchestral composer Liza Lim will create an opera with teams from Germany and Switzerland, and a residency in Yangzhou, China to work with local musicians on ancient Chinese traditions of performance. Sound artist and composer James Hullick will expand abilities in sculpture, machine making, filmmaking and interactive computer programming. In Early Career was Lara Thomas whose interest is the participation and friction when artists and non-artists come together, and with creating a street procession with 1000 participants. BEAT MAGAZINE PAGE 46

• A Serbian church leader claims Balkan floods were caused by Conchita Wurst’s Eurovision victory. • Virgin Australia is sorting out why Bliss N Eso got charged excess baggage of $1750 during a Sunshine Coast to Melbourne flight. The band tweeted their displeasure. Virgin, which claims to be muso-friendly, is investigating if the band gave two days advance warning of using the complimentary allowance. It wasn’t showing on the system, and subsequently, Virgin charged for 25 pieces of equipment. • Coldplay’s one-off theatre show in Sydney sold out in three minutes. It’s their only show during a six-day promo tour. • Australia gave the highest chart debut (#47) in the world for the debut album by new Max Cavalera fronted metal supergroup Killer Be Killed. • Pharrell Williams has come out in defence of six Iranian fans who were arrested after making a version of his Happy video dancing and singing on the rooftops of Tehran with the city’s iconic Milad tower in the background. • The girl appearing in Robin Thicke’s video for new single Calling All Hearts is Sydney model Shannon Lawson who did the shoot in London. • Sheppard’s Geronimo has hit double platinum after 147,000 sales, Noise 11 reported. It was written in an hour. Their debut album is out within weeks.

RDIO HITS NINE MORE COUNTRIES Rdio moved into nine new countries, making it 60 in total. These are Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Greece, Croatia, Cyprus, Slovakia and Slovenia. Rdio promote local music in its 25 million songs.

ABC MUSIC PUBL. SIGNS DAVEY LANE ABC Music Publishing has signed a solo deal with Davey Lane. After ten years in bands including You Am I, Lane released a solo EP The Good Borne of Bad Tymes last year, with a solo album out shortly. He has also co-written with Jimmy Barnes, Jim Keays, Nic Cester and Phrase.

SNARLING OVER PITBULL VODKA Pitbull is suing US alcohol distributor E. & J. Winery & New Amsterdam Spirits Company for marketing a vodka recipe as Pit Bull. It is made up of two parts New Amsterdam vodka, 1/2 part lime juice, 1/2 part grapefruit juice, and parts lemon/lime soda. The Florida rapper has trademarked his name since 2000. He also endorses rival liquor brands including Voli vodka.

SPEAKER TV GOES (INTER) NATIONAL After four years broadcasting on Melbourne’s C31 as a weekly half-hour new music show on Fridays at 9.30pm, Speaker TV has widened its reach through Australia and into New Zealand. It is made by independent production company Department of the Future (DOTF). It is now seen on TVS Sydney, 31Digital QLD, 44 Adelaide, WTV Perth in Australia, and Face Television in New Zealand. Executive Producer, Ivan Gomez says: “Since the community networks switched to digital, we’ve noticed a steep increase in accessibility. Being on community networks nationwide, allows Speaker TV to hold a primetime slot, giving our audience an alternative to the standard primetime rubbish that they’re just not into.”

• Guitarist Jim Root has left Stone Sour but remains part of Slipknot. • Nineteen-year-old Sydney singer Elen Levon was in Italy where her Wild Child went Top 20 and went gold. She appeared at a major radio event in Milan. Meantime, Wollongong hip hop crew The Illagroovers will represent Australia at the World Hip Hop Dance Championships this August in Las Vegas against 280 dance crews from more than 40 countries. • While some councils around Australia have “dob a graffiti artist”, Prospect Council in Adelaide have named a laneway after street artist KAB 101 (Scott Coleman) who transformed dull Honeysuckle Lane into a street art gallery.

METAL, HARDCORE, WORKSHOP Radio and online media figure Stu Harvey will moderate a Music Victoria workshop aimed at the metal and hardcore scenes. The Myth Behind the Riff will look at getting gigs and airplay, what Soundwave Festival is looking for in a local band, making contacts, sponsorship, media coverage and touring overseas. Those on the panel are Matt Young of King Parrot, Phoebe Pinnock of Heaven The Axe, Soundwave GM Chris O’Brien, Destroy All Lines’ National Events Manager Cael Johnston and Bendigo Hotel publican Guy Palermo. It is held on Wednesday July 9 between 6 to 7.30pm at Fitzroy Town Hall Reading Room (201 Napier St Fitzroy). It is free for Music Victoria members, $10 for others. Bookings via TryBooking – trybooking.com/87936.

SPOTIFY HAS 10M GLOBAL SUBSCRIBERS Spotify has 10 million paying subscribers and 40 million active users in 56 countries. In March 2013, it had 6 million subs and 24 million active users. Spotify has a 71% share of the music streaming market. Eminem is the most streamed artist of all time, and Wake Me Up by Avicii is the most streamed song of all time on Spotify with 235 million streams. Since Spotify’s launch in 2008, users have created over 1.5 billion playlists, or 5 million playlists each day. Australian users streamed more than 8,200 years worth of music and created 27 million playlists since the music streaming service was launched here two years ago. Flume remains the most streamed artist for a second year.

ROCHESTER CASTLE CLOSES After months of rumours, Rochester Castle on Johnston Street, Fitzroy closed its doors. There was a dispute with the landlord over unpaid rent with the leasee reportedly applying for bankruptcy. Twenty staff lost their jobs. See beat.com.au for more details.

F/O RECORDS SIGN HOCKEY DAD F/O Records, the new label set up by Wollongong promoters Yours & Owls and Music Farmers signed its first act, surf pop Hockey Dad. It is made up of Zach Stephenson and Billy Fleming, childhood friends and surfing mates. They recently recorded an EP in Melbourne with Big Scary’s Tom Iansek.

RESIDENTS SURVEYED ON VENUE NOISE As part of the State Government’s assessment of noise pollution laws concerning live music venues, the Environmental Protection Agency surveyed 50,000 residents who live near venues to get their concerns and grievances. The Age reported that last year the EPA received more than 2100 noise complaints. The survey asked what times the noise occurred, when it became unreasonable and what action they took. See epa.vic. gov.au.

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LIFELINES Born: son, Future Zahir, to Atlanta rapper Future and R&B singer Ciara. Born: daughter for Assisi Jackson, 21, grand daughter of Mick Jagger, making him a great-grandfather at 70, Assisi is Jade Jagger’s daughter. Hospitalised: Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley after his liver and kidney collapsed due to alcohol abuse. He passed out while drinking at home. Hospitalised: Melbourne singer Zoe Badwi with neck injuries after a man allegedly went through a red light in Frankston and crashed into her car. Ill: despite declaring he was cancer-free last year, Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell’s Hodgkin’s lymphoma has returned. Ill: Dire Straits’ John Illsley revealed he’s been battling leukaemia for years. Suing: ex-Heart bassist Mark Andes and drummer Dennis Carmassi take action against the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for using their likenesses in promoting the 2013 induction ceremony even though they were not inducted. Suing: MOG founder David Hyman hits Beats Electronics for $20 million over unfair dismissal. He was fired in 2012 to avoid an equity payout worth 2.5%. MOG was bought by Beats in July 2012, which has since been transformed into its own streaming service Beats Music. The lawsuit claims he was owed 25% of company shares if it reached a market value of $500m. In Court: two men convicted of plotting to kill singer Joss Stone had their 18-year prison sentences reduced on appeal. In Court: the NSW Supreme Court allowed late Sherbet co-founder Clive Shakespeare’s daughters, Coco, 37, and Tori, 35, to get their share of his estate early. The guitarist left an $800,000 apartment to his widow Elizabeth Flynn, and for the daughters to inherit it when she died. Now the apartment will be sold in three months and proceeds divided. In Court: in the Perth Supreme Court retrial over the May 8, 2011 death of WA drummer Andy Marshall, Stefan Pahia Schmidt has pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Schmidt was convicted of murder by a jury for pushing Marshall out of the upstairs window of Cottesloe’s Ocean Beach Hotel after he was talking to a woman. But he appealed saying he hadn’t meant to kill him. Died: US virtuoso bassist Randy Coven, 54, who played with guitar heroes Steve Vai (his one-time roommate) and Yngwie Malmsteen. Died: US crooner Jerry Vale (‘Volare’) at 83. Born Genaro Louis Vitaliano he appeared himself in the Goodfellas and Casino mob movies. Died: Adelaide saxophonist, big-band leader and Elder School of Music jazz lecturer Mike Stewart, 41, while jogging near his home. Died: one-time financial adviser of the Rolling Stones, Prince Rupert Loewenstein, 83. He turned the fortunes of the band which was nearly bankrupt in 1968 after it signed bad deals early in its career. Died: Brendan Hickey, 34, died at the opening of Vivid Live after he drowned by accidentally slipping into the water of Cockle Bay Wharf.

HAVANA SCORES FOURTH U.S. CHART TOPPER Havana Brown scored her fourth consecutive #1 single in the USA on the Billboard Club Chart with Warrior. It’s gone double platinum there, following Big Banana (platinum), You’ll Be Mine (2 x platinum) and We Run The Night (3 x Platinum). Brown has now sold 2.8 million singles through the world and 59 million views on YouTube/VEVO.


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