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Contents

Issue N o 1619

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News

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Arts Guide Review: Ideal Home

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Industry Electronic Beat Eats

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Metal Radar Punk

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Abigail’s Party Rose Matafeo

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Des Bishop Paul Williams

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Josh Wade Rhys Nicholson

How To Be An Adult

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Amos Gill Bodyjar and The Corner Hotel

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Music Victoria Membership Drive

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Groovin’ The Moo Fresh Produce

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How To Be An Adult Bomba

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Album of the Week Charts

Music Victoria Membership Drive

Abigail’s Party

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Editor’s Note

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Gig Guide

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Richard Brautigan wrote these words about my second favourite animals on Earth, humans. (Dogs are my favourite, for those playing at home.) “With his hat on he’s about five inches taller than a taxicab.” What I take that to mean is this: For all our pomp and circumstance, our turmoil and triumph, our sincerity and parlour tricks – we’re no more than little specks, floating on a bright blue marble through space. Even at our tallest, we barely eclipse the height of a taxi. But why am I banging on about this? Have I cooked it? Well, perhaps. I clocked more hours than I’d care to tell you to make our annual Melbourne International Comedy Festival issue. But more importantly, because it’s time to loosen up. It’s time to embrace the unbridled joy of laughter this festival season. Laugh at new jokes. Laugh with your friends after the show. Laugh with your favourite comedians and laugh with newly discovered acts too. Comedy reminds us to take ourselves less seriously. To take life with a grain of salt. After all, humans are hilarious. Let’s celebrate that. There are over 600 shows spanning 26 days during the Comedy Festival, and we’ve hand-selected the very best of the best to get you started. Life’s short. Let’s laugh.

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News St Vincent

VIVID Live Unveils Mammoth 2018 Lineup After revealing Solange as a headliner for this year’s VIVID festival, a slew of international heavy-hitters and Australian legends have just been announced as additions to the event. This year’s music program features Grammy-winning songwriter St Vincent in a headline slot, alongside Alison Wonderland who’ll lead a large-scale music and art event capped off with mesmerising visuals. Further highlights for the world’s largest festival of music and light include American dream-pop  stalwarts Mazzy Star, rap kingpin Ice Cube, and revered songwriter Cat Power.  The longawaited collaborative project from Daniel Johns and Luke Steele will also make its debut as part of VIVID Live, when it runs throughout Sydney from Friday May 25 until Saturday June 16. More information via their website.

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Destruction (GER) — Friday 27 April —

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Lock in huge national tour Following Tired Lion’s monumental 2017, which saw their debut album Dumb Days drop to a wealth of praise, the band are ensuring that this year they continue onwards and upwards. After kicking off 2018 with a huge round of festival appearances, Tired Lion have now revealed dates for a huge headline tour. Hitting up capital cities across the country, they’ll play Max Watts on Friday June 1, with tickets on sale now through Oztix.

Drops music video, announces Melbourne show Coming off the back of releasing ‘Save Some Love’, Handsome has dropped an accompanying music video and it is every bit as appealing as the song itself. In addition to the video – ­which forms around a personal experience of not being kind to oneself – Handsome has also announced debut shows in Melbourne and Sydney. She’ll be taking her brand of brooding electronica to The Gasometer on Friday April 27, with tickets available now via the venue’s website.

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Lock in second Melbourne show due to hot demand Jet’s fifteenth-anniversary tour, Get Re-Born, sold its first Melbourne date pretty bloody quickly, prompting the rock all-stars to announce an added show which will go down on Tuesday June 12. Get your tickets to this one while they’re hot, there’s no doubt this one will sell quickly too. They’re available now through Live Nation.

Pale Waves

Announce debut Australian shows Manchester heavyweights Pale Waves have revealed they’ll be making their first ever stop Down Under in July. After garnering some serious industry buzz off the back of a scorching SXSW appearance, the indie-goth outfit will hit Melbourne and Sydney when they grace our shores. Bringing their recent singles ‘There’s A Honey’, ‘Television Romance’, and their new EP All The Things I Never Said, Pale Waves will play The Evelyn Hotel on Thursday July 12. Tickets via Secret Sounds.

Dark Mofo Reveal First Look At Their 2018 Lineup Tasmania’s winter solstice festival, Dark Mofo, is on again this June, with the first look at their lineup of artists looking mighty fine. Run by the eclectic and privately-funded Museum of New and Old Art in Hobart, Dark Mofo is curated to explore ancient rituals and mythology, humans, nature, religious and secular traditions, as well as concepts of light, dark, birth, death and renewal. First up on the 2018 program comes legendary UK acid kings Electric Wizard, who’ll play an Australian exclusive show as part of the festival, while the full program will be announced Friday April 6. Electric Wizard will take over the Odeon Theatre on Thursday June 21, while Dark Mofo runs from Friday June 15 to Sunday June 24. Registration for pre-sale tickets for both Electric Wizard’s gig and the rest of the festival is open now via Dark Mofo’s website.


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News

Kesha Announces Rescheduled Australian Tour Dates Having had to postpone her tour for her acclaimed third studio album Rainbow due to an ACL injury, Kesha has revealed that she’ll now hit up Australia with the tour in October. It comes after a completely sold-out North American run alongside two recent Grammy nominations for the pop star, who’ll now play Melbourne on Sunday October 7 at Margaret Court Arena. All tickets for her cancelled show remain valid for the new date and no action is required, while further details and tickets for the new dates are available now through Select Touring.

Rich Brian

Northeast Party House

The 18-year-old sensation is coming to

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Since catapulting onto the charts with his track ‘Dat $tick’ and its accompanying 84 million-times viewed video, Rich Brian has continued to prove that he’s an absolutely unstoppable force. The 18-year-old rapper from Indonesia released his debut album Amen in February, topping the US hip hop album iTunes charts, and has now announced that he’ll be heading to Australian shores for the first time in May. Rich Brian will stop by 170 Russell on Tuesday May 22 with Niki and Don Krez as support. Tickets are on sale through Live Nation.

Iconic Melbourne party starters Northeast Party House are set to celebrate eight years of bangers and electrifying shows with a takeover at the Croxton Bandroom. Bringing fans cuts from across their whole catalogue, they’ll also have Sydney DJ Leun Jacobs as support, alongside hip hop up-and-comer Sophiegrophy. It’s all set to go down at Croxton Bandroom on Saturday June 2, with tickets available now via Oztix and the band’s website.

Jack Grace

E^st

Shares glistening new single, reveals Australian tour dates

Locks in tour for new single ‘Blowjob’

The uniquely intricate and delicate talent of Jack Grace has, dare we say, graced us once more in a new glistening track entitled ‘downstate’. Coming ahead of Grace’s forthcoming EP, If I Tremble (due out Friday April 13 on Of Leisure), the Sydneyvia-Paris electronic wonder has also locked in a handful of Australian shows, coming into Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane throughout June. Melbourne can look forward to catching Grace on Thursday June 14 at Loop Project Space & Bar, with tickets available through Eventbrite.

The moniker of Australian teen singer-songwriter Mel Bester, E^st has revealed she’ll be jumping on tour in celebration of her brand new single ‘Blowjob’. Revered for the maturity and insight she injects into her music and her distinctively gorgeous voice, E^st shot to new heights last year with the release of her track ‘Life Goes On’. Her latest offering continues to prove that E^st is an absolute star, and Melbourne can look forward to catching her at Northcote Social Club on Friday May 18, with full details and tickets available via Niche Productions.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre Are Heading Our Way US psych-rock legends The Brian Jonestown Massacre have announced their return to Australia with a huge national tour this June. Making their first appearance Down Under since 2015, the band has made sure to leave no ground uncovered with a whopping nine-date tour lined up. As well as playing a host of rural and city locations, the band will also be making a special appearance at Sydney’s VIVID Live. The tour comes in the lead up to the upcoming release of the band’s 18th studio album Something Else, which will drop later this year. The Brian Jonestown Massacre hit Castlemaine’s Theatre Royal on Wednesday June 13 and The Forum on Thursday June 14. 12

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Section 8 are Throwing a Massive Birthday Bender of Free Music Celebrating their 12 years on this Earth, Section 8 are throwing a massive weekend bender from this Thursday March 29 onwards. Having grown from pop-up bar to Melbourne CBD institution, the Tattersalls Lane icon will be putting on 28 acts across five days, including up-and-coming hip hop queen Sophiegrophy, the UK’s Smutlee and NZ’s Blaze the Emperor. There’ll be non-stop drinks from Mornington Peninsula Brewery, Hendricks Gin, Sailor Jerry’s and Monkey Shoulder up for grabs, while all the music is coming completely. bloody. free. Wrapping up on Monday April 2, you can check out full details and RSVP to Section 8’s “Dirty Dozen” birthday bash via the Facebook event.  

Pete Murray

Returns with a single remix, announces

G Flip

Locks in debut Melbourne show for May Since absolutely storming onto the scene with her debut single ‘About You’, multi-talented Melburnian G Flip has announced she’ll play her first ever hometown show – as well as one in Sydney – in May. ‘About You’ is a slice of memorable, shimmering pop that is sure to be just the beginning of the magic that’s coming from this self-taught 24-year-old. Melbourne can catch G Flip at The Workers Club on Saturday May 12, with tickets available now via her website.

extensive tour He’s the adored Australian icon who gave us tracks like ‘Opportunity’ and ‘Better Days’ and now, Pete Murray has let loose a remix of his track ‘Heartbeats,’ by the ARIA-award winning Peter Mayes (PNAU). Backing up the release, Murray has also announced an absolutely mammoth run of Australian dates, which will see the singer-songwriter heading to regional and metro hotspots all the way from Mornington to Broome. He’ll hit up The Corner Hotel on Saturday July 14, Grand Hotel Mornington on Sunday July 15, and The Commercial on Saturday July 28. Full tour dates online.

Wednesday 28th March

British India

Set to play Melbourne this June ‘Midnight Homie’ became a rapid fan favourite on British India’s latest record Forgetting The Future – their sixth studio album which dropped last year – and now the Melbourne indie-rock icons are set to hit up their hometown as part of their ‘Midnight Homie’ single tour. British India will take their palpable energy to a smattering of regional and metro hotspots, with their Melbourne date on Friday June 15 at 170 Russell, and other Victorian dates including Bendigo, Frankston, Belgrave, Ballarat and Geelong. Check out full tour details and grab your tickets via Oztix.

Essie Holt

Reveals new single and tour dates Melbourne indie-pop artist Essie Holt has a new single in ‘Magnetise’, and has announced a run of shows to celebrate its release. Seeping in melancholia, ‘Magnetise’ is an ethereal slice of electronic indie-pop that will tug at your heartstrings. Essie Holt will play at The Gasometer (upstairs) on Sunday April 22 with tickets available through Oztix.

Stereophonics Announce Second Melbourne Show Welsh rockers Stereophonics have locked in a second and final show for when they hit Melbourne next month, supporting their latest record Scream Above The Sounds. It marks the band’s first time in Australia since 2013, who first stepped onto the scene in 1997 and are still riding out the mammoth success of their ten studio albums. Stereophonics will play a second Melbourne show at The Forum on Tuesday May 1, with complete tour and ticket information available via Live Nation and the band’s website.

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Arts Guide

Beat’s Pick

Got some arts news we should know about? Email Gloria Brancatisano gloria@beat.com.au.

David Lynch The Astor screens the work of a legend One Mna Show

Step into the world and works of lauded auteur, David Lynch, across a series of weeks at one of Melbourne’s favourite theatres. The Astor will be screening ten David Lynch films across ten weeks, beginning with Eraserhead and wrapping up with  Mulholland Drive  and  Inland  Empire. Whether you’re a Lynch fanatic or a newcomer to his work, this will provide the ultimate journey through the world of Lynch.  It’s all going down at  The Astor Theatre  every Monday night from Monday April 2 to Monday June 7.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival One of the largest comedy festivals in the entire world kicks off in our fair city for another year. Yes, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is back. Hundreds of shows and thousands of laughs to be had – there’s something for everyone this year, from international heavy hitters to the next big names in comedy. Wednesday March 28 - Sunday April 22 in venues throughout Melbourne.

Comedy George’s Bar

Everyone’s favourite George Costanza-inspired bar is back for another round of laughs, top notch comedian alongside the next two contestants of their ‘Are You Funnier Than George’ competition. Thursday March 29.

Abigail’s Party

Terror Nullius

Right Now

Australiana with a twist

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Makes its Australian premiere

Before Kath & Kim made us cringe with delight, Abigail’s Party set the standard for disturbingly compelling satires on middle class aspirations. After a copious amount of alcohol, the party quickly descends into a night of social awkwardness, outrageous flirting and razor-sharp putdowns. Catch it at Southbank Theatre until Saturday April 21.

three acts Equal parts political satire, eco-horror and road movie, TERROR NULLIUS is a rogue remapping of national mythology, where a misogynistic remark is met with the sharp beak of a bird, feminist bike gangs rampage and bicentenary celebrations are ravaged by flesh-eating sheep. Catch it up to Sunday July 1 at ACMI.

Right Now is a disquieting exploration of one woman’s crisis, lingering between heartbreak and joy. As Alice and Ben settle into their new flat, they a discover a surprising connection with Juliette, Giles and François from across the hall. As reality shifts, passionate encounters and unsettling revelations are unearthed. Tuesday April 17 - Sunday May 20.

Thursday Comedy Club

You know the drill. It’s the club where the big names drop in. This week, expect guests from radio, TV and more. Thursday March 29 on 120 Exhibition St, Melbourne.

Lido Comedy

Comedy at a Cinema? Yep, correct. Every Tuesday, a cavalcade of some of Melbourne and Australia’s funniest drop some laughs at inner Melbourne’s freshest independent cinema. Free entry from 7.30pm down at Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn.

10 for 10 at MICF

Ten comedians for ten bucks? Why the hell not? I’ve spent more on fancy sandwiches to be honest. Get down to Boney to enjoy big laughs that are light on the hip pocket. Every Monday throughout April.

Little Dum Dum Club

Get down for four live podcasts on Sunday afternoons throughout April with the Little Dum Dum Club. They’ve filled the Opera House, and now they’re bringing their shtick to the European Bier Cafe. Get around it.

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MQFF: Ideal Home

Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan are the ying to each other’s yang in Ideal Home. Rudd, plays Paul – the stoic, sarcastic and snappy grump, while Coogan plays his witty and eccentric – albeit selfish and irresponsible – partner, Erasmus. Their lavish lifestyle is quite literally irrupted when Erasmus’ long-lost grandson Bill (played by the uber-talented and stern Jack Gore) shows up on their doorstep in need of not only a home but also warmth, stability and some Taco Bell. In and amongst this story about learning how to raise a child and how to truly show your love for someone, both Rudd and Coogan shine as two sparks in the depths of heartache. They expertly cut the sometimes raw content with banterers humour, and as a result completely immerse viewers into an empathetic attachment with their little family. Attachment flourishes to full-blown love, and when they hurt you hurt. In

some flinching moments when you feel the brink of tragedy about to creep in, they make a dumb joke and truly life seems a little less serious. Ideal Home perfectly toes the line between a serious discussion about real issues, while showcasing the importance of enjoying the little things in life – in this case a loving family. Rudd, Coogan,

and Gore equally fill hearts with those wholesome family values often forgotten, and in the final big ‘awe’ moment you’ll find yourself wanting to give your grandparents a ring and tell them you love them. By Bree Elizabeth Chapman


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Beat Eats

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Protecting Yourself From Online Ticket Scams Once again, the huge demand for Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars tickets reminded us how fans, desperate to be part of the experience, are vulnerable. The controversial Viagogo is based in Europe and can’t be touched by authorities, but there are ways to protect yourself. Live Performance Australia Live Performance Australia, which represents all sectors of the live industry, has released a video on its website on how consumers can save their asses. To break it down, it says: Do your research: find out who the authorised ticket seller is, the venue and when tickets go on sale. If you see tickets on sale before that date, don’t buy, they may be fake. Don’t assume ticket sellers that top your search engine lists are the official ones; they might have paid to be on top. Sign up for alerts via artist’s mailing lists and social media accounts, and mailing lists for venues, festivals, event promoters and authorised ticket sellers. Create an online account with the authorised ticket seller. Check the ticket you’re buying for conditions (restricted view? Age?) and info about refunds, and pay by credit card. Ticketmaster “The need for ticket resale platforms is not going to go away and we will continue to provide a fully compliant platform to service that market safely and securely,” Ticketmaster executive Jackie Antas tells Beat. Ticketmaster is working with venues and promoters to ensure fans get reliable access to tickets. “We do more than anyone to combat scalpers who use bots that subvert that process. The solution lies with primary ticket distribution and there is no other ticketing provider in Australia who can do this.” On the primary side, Ticketmaster uses innovative technologies such as Verified Fan and Paperless ticketing. Verified Fan allows artists to get tickets to real fans. With Paperless, ticket holders show the credit card they used to enter the venue. “Fans love credit card entry, but scalpers do not as there is nothing to resell.” Ticketmaster Resale is a legitimate, regulated and Australianbased ticket resale marketplace which guarantees a 100% money back guarantee. Jackie’s tips to secure tickets: “signup for presales, ticket alerts, log into your account prior to tickets going on sale,

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I’m certain by the time you’ve reached this point in the mag, you’re just a little bit excited for the luxuriously long weekend that’s approaching. And for plenty of our readers, that includes a well-deserved dance at Melbourne’s most intimate festival, Inner Varnika. Selectors aside – Silent Jay & Jace XL’s live set, who although regulars on the scene are sure to tear up the floor – guests are spoilt with a tasty troupe of food trucks who are sure to sooth pulsing limbs and grumbling stomachs around the clock. Here are my top picks on where to eat between sets, before a shining return to the floor.

Hooley dooley, four day weekend. Cheers Jesus, you’re a top bloke. And as expected, Melbourne is turning it up for the occasion. First of all, the Inner Varnika festival is happening once again. Now in its sixth year, it’s a testament to the ‘quality not quantity’ ethos of the IV team that this event now sells out before a line-up is even dropped. The bookers tend to look deeper than what’s hot right now, looking for pioneers and underground influencers; it’s not unusual for the headliners to be unknown to even the keenest dance music fans. This year’s lineup includes: RAMZi, Silent Servant, Amp Fiddler, Jane Fitz, Touching Bass, Finn Johannsen, Different Fountains, Dresvn and locals Alley Tunes, Bwise, DJ Jnett, DJ Regret, Fia Fiell, Freda & Jackson, Krakatau, Louis McCoy, Moopie, Pjenné & Millú, Roza Terenzi, Silent Jay & Jace XL, Tim Heaney, Toni Yotzi, Wael-X, Winters & Lucifer and Zach PM. It goes down out near Bookah in western Victoria from Friday March 30 to Sunday April 1, but you’ll have to trawl the internets for tickets if you decide you want to go; this one’s sold out my friends.

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Toasta will be pressing sandwiches without respite this weekend, with plenty of top-produce-oozing-with-flavour options on offer. They’re all about real food, so if you’re thinking melted cheeses and crunchy crusts, then you’ve got the picture. My go-to order has forever been ‘Tommy’, which melts cheese between two thick, buttery slices of bread (in all the right ways), with basil pesto, tomato and ham. Although when I’m feeling something less rich, but just as indulgent, I’ll order ‘Jane’, which melts three signature cheeses together with a pickle (I’d say order two pickles for extra bite). Dos Diablos returns to the show serving their widely celebrated roasted pork tacos. You can’t miss their red vintage ex-CFA canteen truck, waiting patiently to serve you their heavenly creations. With flavours that are equal parts spicy and powerful, you’ll for sure feel replenished. Try their Diablos Fries, Nachos and Quesadillas, too.

Back in Melbourne, Thursday March 29 sees The Operatives hosting a Cosmic Bridge Records showcase with UK label head Om Unit and Parisian Moresounds. Redefining the boundaries between jungle, drum ‘n’ bass, dub, hip hop and footwork, label founder Om Unit has brought together some serious talent on Cosmic Bridge, sidestepping the pitfalls of genre-thinking. Joining them are locals A13, Tamen and Hooves. It goes down at Rubix Warehouse from 9pm. Over at Francis28 in the CBD, Other Places are hosting Konstantin Sibold. Silbold has been co-running the Common Sense People events in Stuttgart since 2011, becoming a staple of the southern German underground house and techno scene. He’ll be joined by locals Paul Lynch and Traj. Kicks off at 10pm.

Vegilicious

Vegan and vegetarian options are of course available across the floor, but if you’re looking for leaders in the game, head to Vegilicious. Best of all, unlike most health-focused eateries, these guys are actually affordable. All dishes are homemade from local, seasonal and environmentally gentle produce, as is their packaging too. Other regulars include all-time-legends Alley Tunes Coffee (who’ve been spinning records and lattes since the first ever IV), That Arancini Guy, Baby Burgers, The Lismore Derrinalium Football Club Barbecue (perfect for those who’ve spent all their dime on beer and candy) and finally Bendouin Chai Tent (expect to get stuck here for longer than planned).

On Good Friday, Smalltown are throwing a laneway party in the city, featuring the much-loved London based duo Dusky. The fast-rising producers have asserted themselves as leaders of the UK underground with their BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix of the Year nomination and headline slots everywhere from Berlin’s Panorama Bar to London’s Fabric. No info about local supports just yet but the party kicks off at 1pm, with Dusky closing the outdoor stage which runs ‘til 9pm. Indoors kicks on ‘til 5am. It’s all happening in Bourke Place behind La Di Da on King Street. The alleyway is called Wian Street on Google Maps, not Bourke Place. Kinda confusing. On Easter Sunday, Piknic Electronik have a whopper of a line-up with Detroit techno-royalty Derrick May, Fever AM label-head Mor Elian, Elisabeth Dixon and U-Kahn. As always it’s a day party in the parkland surrounding Sidney Myer Music Bowl with food trucks and family friendly activities. Kicks off at 2pm.


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Metal

With Gloria Brancatisano

Radar

With Joe Hansen

Punk Tank and the Bangas

It’s hard for musicians to make a living these days. Musos have never been paid the really big bucks unless they’re at the upper levels of the industry, and every story you ever heard about a newly-signed band splashing around the cash had a sequel where they realised the money they were spending was an advance on future sales and would all have to be paid back before they started earning money. Once upon a time a mid-level metal band could sustain itself on royalties, touring and merchandise once they got over that initial ‘pay back the advance’ hurdle, but those days are over. Twenty years ago, if a band at that level sold 100,000 copies of an album, it was a massive flop. Now those same numbers would equal a huge hit. Streaming doesn’t pay anywhere near what a CD sale would. Periphery’s Misha Mansoor recently said in an interview that his band typically breaks even or loses money on a tour. So where do pro musicians earn their money now?

Need new music fast? Here’s some artists you should get on your radar ASAP. My life seems to have become one big Bugs appreciation post, but when the trio are writing jams as big as their latest single ‘Glue’, I’m not even going to try and stop it. If you’re unfamiliar, Bugs is the bedroom brainchild of Brisbane musician Connor Brooker, but what has evolved in the last four years is a band you should definitely wrap your ears around. They completely won me over with their 2016 single ‘Instant Coffee’ (a tune that still adds a little pep into my day), but it’s safe to say that ‘Glue’ is their biggest and best track yet – the hooks are huge, the lyrics are great (sadly, we can all relate to thinking we should be further in life than we currently are), and overall, it’s an absolute earworm. With the announcement that their second EP Social Slump is ready to drop on Friday April 13, these are the perfect post-summerbut-I-still-want-it-to-be-summer tunes.

In unfortunate news, hardcore and punkrock legends 7Seconds have announced they will be breaking up and performing no more shows after their 38 years as a band. In a public statement released last week, lead vocalist and songwriter Kevin Seconds explained that the breakup was primarily due to a combination of drummer Troy Mowat’s ongoing shoulder and back injuries and bassist Steve Youth’s mental health and drug issues. In a long Facebook post, Seconds explained the breakup with a straight to the point and detailed statement: “I had hoped to never ever have to make this announcement. In fact, I vowed to never do it because, in my heart of hearts, I figured that, as long as Steve, Troy, Bobby and I love playing our songs for people and as long as we are physically and mentally healthy, 7 Seconds would probably just go on forever until we couldn’t anymore.” Originally breaking ground with their highly regarded Minor Threat-influenced fast hardcore sound, the band continued to evolve throughout the ‘80s into more alternative-rock influenced territory. While the material of this era is usually maligned by fans for sounding too much like U2 or REM, I am personally a huge fan of the songwriting and performances on record here. I’m also a huge fan of anything that pisses off close-minded hardcore fans, so I’m sure that contributes to my affection.

They need a day job. Can you imagine Motley Crue or Def Leppard holding down a 9-to-5 back in the day? But now many musicians take work in music industries to keep food on the table and a roof over their head between tours. Unearth guitarist Ken Susi is the artist relations manager for guitar accessory company Fishman. Misha is in a number of instrument-related ventures including a guitar effects company Horizon Devices and guitar news website Wired Guitarist. On the Australian musician side of things, Twelve Foot Ninja’s Stevic Mackay works with guitar company Line 6. James Reyne’s guitarist Brett Kingman has a steady side business reviewing guitar equipment on YouTube. Former Skyhooks and The Angels and now Rose Tattoo - guitarist Bob Spencer has worked in music stores for years. And Ro Stevenson of I Built the Sky can’t pick up his phone without getting hit with notifications of requests for Skype guitar lessons from all over the world.

The tale of Thunder Jackson is one as old as time – a musician from Cardiff and another from Oklahoma met by chance in a shared Los Angeles taxi and went on to make sweet, sweet music. The mysterious pairing were by far my favourite discovery of last year, and if you’ve spoken to me between November – when they released their debut single ‘Guilty Party’ – and today, I’ve certainly mentioned them at least three times in every conversation. Sorry to say, but that isn’t going to change anytime soon because Thunder Jackson have dropped their second single, a smooth, soulful tune called ‘Colours’. Where their debut was a funk-inflected dance number, its follow-up draws more on sultry R&B and alt-pop brooding vibes, but layered with their soul-meetsglam-rock vocals this bop still zings with energy. While we still don’t know who (or what exactly) Thunder Jackson is, I’m more than happy to let the mystery keep unfolding.

For the uninitiated, I suggest starting off with early hardcore releases The Crew, Soulforce Revolution and Walk Together, Rock Together for a more melodic-rock sound. It’s a shame that the band didn’t get to finish their career with a positive send off, but the fact they were able to continue for almost 40 years is an incredible accomplishment in itself. Rock on. If you’re a fan of intense volume and pure hardcore sonic mayhem, Melbourne’s YLVA have announced a national tour throughout this April and May. Continuing to tour in support of last year’s debut album M E T A, the band will cover the east coast. Although the band is yet to announce a Melbourne headline show on the run, they will be supporting Norway’s Ihsahn on Monday May 7 at Max Watt’s. Tickets are on sale now. Bring earplugs.

It’s more than likely that you’ve heard something Sasha Sloan has written before – from Troye Sivan to Charli XCX and John Legend to Steve Aoki, she’s got notable songwriting credits a mile long. But it’s through her own music that her talent truly shines, and her latest release – a glorious double-dose of music called ‘Hurt’ and ‘Here’ – has firmly caught my attention. Where ‘Here’ is a simple stripped-back number featuring auto-tuned vocals layered over acoustic guitar, ‘Hurt’ is a glorious pop jam, just as tender as the first but this time built on fluttering soundscapes and production at the hands of Beyoncé/The Weeknd producer King Henry, making it the perfect place to introduce yourself. This #sadgirl is speaking right to my heart and I’m so here for it. Word on the street is that an EP is dropping in the next few months, because all we really need in life are more Sasha Sloan sad-pop singalongs.

Melbourne disco-punk-metallers Pagan have announced the release of a new single and an accompanying launch show. Entitled ‘Death Before Disco’, the track marks the band’s first released material on EVP Recordings, with a full length to be released later this year. The band will be launching the single at the Northcote Social Club on Friday April 20, with special guests Ferla, Loobs, Lost Talk and Bad Batch. Dubbed ‘The Holy Communion’, the band requests that all attendees wear all white to the show in keeping with the theme. Tickets are on sale now. One of my favourite current punk bands, Baltimore’s War On Women, have announced the upcoming release of their second full-length album. Following up 2015’s scorching selftitled debut, the new record Capture the Flag is due out on Bridge 9 Records on Friday April 13. Written and recorded in the midst of the current tumultuous American political climate, the intensely outspoken band are more relevant than ever in the struggle for social justice. With lead single ‘Lone Wolves’ showing that the band has lost nothing in their ferocious metallic hardcore-punk, the record is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated of the year.

What this tells me is we don’t value music enough anymore and it’s putting the burden on musicians to make a living elsewhere when they really should be supported enough to spend their time making music for us. And the opportunities for pro musicians to make a living are pretty similar to those of regular Joes. If you’re feeling guilty about not buying albums, or would just like to give meaningful support to an artist, you’d be amazed at how many pro musicians give lessons on the road or online. It can be a great way of helping them make a living while getting something really special out of it. If you’re not a musician, paid meet-and-greets are a way for bands to offset the costs of touring, and are fun too. It’s a rough world out there. Music helps us to get through it but we need to make sure that those who make it aren’t getting stiffed by an increasingly difficult industry.

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Interviews

Melbourne Theatre Company

Abigail’s Party In the wake of the small-screen success of Puberty Blues and the impending big-screen arrival of Swinging Safari, Australia has no shortage of laughable material to examine when it looks back on itself in the ‘70s. With no exception, Mike Leigh’s hilarious 1977 play, Abigail’s Party, is a satirical but sharp portrait of middle-class suburbia in the ‘70s. Director Stephen Nicolazzo’s 2018 interpretation, brought about by the Melbourne Theatre Company, brings nothing but poignancy and relevance to the stage while dealing with a bygone era. The play takes place over a single night, when desperate-to-impress Beverly and her real estate agent husband Lawrence set their living room up for a night of socially-awkward cocktails, Demis Roussos, and cheese and pineapple sticks. Their guests are various neighbours; divorcée Susan who’s steering clear of her daughter Abigail’s party down the road, former football star and now dissatisfied Tony, and his eager-to-please wife Angela. As actress Zoe Boesen – who plays Angela – confirms, the night is derailed, but not always in the way the audience expects. “The production is great, it’s hilarious – but also very heartfelt. All of Mike Leigh’s plays are comedy, but black comedy. It’s the kind of play where you’re kind of laughing at it, but you have occasional moments where you catch yourself and think, ‘Oh god, should I really be laughing at this?’ “The characters [Leigh] creates are extreme in some ways, but they’re always very heartfelt,” she says. “They’re recognisable portraits of humans.”

“The gaze the audience has been invited to look through is queer, and it’s feminist, and it’s quite a heightened style – it’s not realism.” Despite the satirical nature of the play, aspects that would have been jokes in past decades are perhaps not as funny nowadays. Domestic abuse, the social status quo, and societal expectations of gender and sexuality are all addressed, but from a perspective more adherent to someone living in 2018. “We’re not doing a naturalistic, museum version of a night in the ‘70s. It’s shifted slightly so that the gaze the audience has been invited to look through is queer, and it’s feminist, and it’s quite a heightened style – it’s not realism. Domestic violence, the performance of gender, toxic masculinity, and the idea of ‘the done thing’ are all alluded to and addressed. We really go there, and we’re not shying away.” That being said, the hilarity is still very much there. Boasting the tried-and-tested combo of Nicolazzo and Boesen, and other staple names such as Pip Edwards and Benjamin Rigby, the creative

team has had an excess of time to craft each joke and scene. “I sound so serious, but we’re all idiots. That’s probably why the comedy aspects mesh so well with the more serious side of the play – we believe comedy is a serious business, but we’re just having fun with it and we hope that shines through in the performance.” By Lexi Herbert

Rose Matafeo

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Horn Dog

In her new show Horn Dog, Rose Matafeo will give up all the saucy details about what makes her horny – including crochet. It’s one thing to decide to give your show what you consider to be a hilarious title but, as Rose Matafeo is discovering, then you have to tell people. Like your family. “It’s been very hard showing my family members, [who ask] ‘what’s your next show, what is it called?’ And having to tell your parents that it’s called Horn Dog and they’re like, ‘Okaaaaaay, alright, cool. Sounds good?’” She laughs from a world away; Matafeo’s in London, where she’s based. “I mean, even telling my Nan is very funny, because it’s more just like ignoring the fact it’s called Horn Dog. You pretty much whisper it.” However, her family all think the title and Matafeo herself is funny and, almost as importantly, so do judges on awards panels. Matafeo was nominated for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Best Newcomer award in 2016 and last year took out the Fred Award for the best show at the NZ International Comedy Festival, after having won the Billy T award there a few years prior. She’s a TV star in her native New Zealand, and has been popping up on TV here as well, appearing on Ten’s Have You Been Paying Attention and Squinters on ABC. “Expect her to be big,” predicted The Age in its four star review. Her likeability on stage is infectious, charming entire audiences, and by the end of her show last year – where she contrasted romcom tropes against her own life – you left wanting her to be your Sassy Best Friend. This year she’s tackling her passions, or, in other words, what makes her horny. The idea originated from a chat with her improv troupe, 18

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Venue: The Sumner, Southbank Theatre Dates: Saturday March 17 Saturday April 21

“It’s just sort of a show about things that I am horny for, I suppose, and passionate about and like.” Snort, who she will also be performing with here in Australia. “We were talking about how many people we ever kissed in our lives. And I went in thinking nine was a pretty decent solid number and then was truly crestfallen when I figured out that’s pretty low for a 26-year-old, especially in comedy. So I thought it would be a funny thing to write a show about. And how, perhaps, I focus my attentions and energies, in the last ten years since I had my first kiss, on other things. It’s just sort of a show about things that I am horny for, I suppose, and passionate about and like,” she says. In addition to men, those passions extend to things like crochet, the colour mustard and the discography of Captain and Tennille, a husband and

wife duo who were big back in the 1970s. “Captain and Tennille is an amazing metaphor for my general vibe when it comes to dudes, which is like just loving guys who clearly hate me. I’ve just been obsessed watching YouTube videos of them because the Captain, like it’s so clear it’s such a loveless relationship. He looks at her with such contempt, it’s insane and I am obsessed with that,” she says. By Joanne Brookfield

Venue: Regent Room, Melbourne Town Hall Dates: Thursday March 29 Sunday April 22 (bar Mondays) Tickets: $20-$28


Interviews

Des Bishop

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Egorithm For a start, Des Bishop not only nailed speaking Gaellic and Mandarin, doing shows in both, he’s now mastering Arabic with hopes to do the same. Then there was the time he learned how to dance like a demon for Dancing With The Stars. He also had testicular cancer and managed to make it funny. On top of all of that, Bishop’s not had an alcoholic beverage since he was 19, which is no small feat for an Irishman, let alone one on the comedy circuit. Basically, if it’s a backbreaker, Bishop will have a crack at it. “It’s not so much that I’m compelled, per se, to want to do these challenges, but I realise how enjoyable these things are as they happen,” he says. “As far as Dancing With The Stars goes, it was a combination of timing and an indulgence. I don’t know if I’d put it in the same category as learning a language and trying to do comedy in another language, but the way I tackled it in the end was, as usual, with an intensity that some people might consider to be dysfunctional.” Given that he’s not one to shy away from a challenge, it’s no surprise that he’ll push his gigs where angels fear to tread. His latest show, Egorithm, for instance, tackles both the male backlash against feminism and anti-Muslim hysteria. Interestingly, Bishop wrote the blurb for his show before #metoo shook the foundations of the entertainment industry, but, of course, he’s not backing down.

“When everything was kicking off, I was like, ‘My god, I’ve committed myself to talking about something which is way more of a hot topic than I thought.’ To be honest, I also wanted to out myself at a time where I wasn’t as informed as I am now, in the sense that one of the good-slash-bad things about me too is that it shows a guy like me, who’s a little bit oblivious to what women have been dealing with, the reality of it. “It’s easy to dismiss these things when you don’t know. It’s probably hard for a woman to understood how a man doesn’t know, but I think most men don’t really know or are only starting to realise the insidiousness of harassment, say, or the frequency of it. The seriousness of the topic, I find harder to deal with in a comedy sense now because I know more. I recently found my notes about some of the material that I intended to write, and it’s hard to look at it because I’m so much more informed than I was then.”

As for taking a swing at the anti-Muslim brigade, Bishop draws an interesting parallel. “There’s just some simple stupidity that’s associated with Islamaphobia, which is this sense that Muslims are inherently violent or that their religion is inherently violent, but their religion – as far as the text goes – is as violent or non-violent as any of the ancient texts, so using those handpicked examples to show that Muslims have a propensity for violence is just nonsense. Irish people remember a time where Irish people were pegged as inherently violent because of the IRA campaign, but even now there are people who will argue that was different.”

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Summertime Love It’s a humble man who proclaims his best ever comedy show to be one where only two people showed up to sit in the audience. But that’s New Zealand comic Paul Williams all over – humble, slightly awkward and ready to make people laugh, whether there’s two or two hundred of you.

take dating advice from a man who’s already proudly proclaimed his innate awkwardness? Because there really is a certain allure in someone so confidently self-conscious. “It’s got some songs, I use a projector, there’s a slide show kind of thing, there’s some visual stuff and yeah, the loose theme is about trying to help people kinda find love.” If you’re wondering if it’s a reflection of Williams’ personal dating experience, his only answer would be a vague “yeah, maybe.” Williams has a background in comedy rap parodies, something he’s quick to laugh about. He had a brief stint writing more serious music after that, before he decided stand up was going to be his thing. He still calls himself a musician though, and has sneakily released an album called Surf Music which he says was not supposed to be funny, but “people still say it’s kind of funny as well.” It seems that comedy is just Williams’ default,

Venue: Greek Centre Parthenon Dates: Thursday March 29 - Sunday April 22, excluding Mondays Tickets: $25-$36

By Meg Crawford

Paul Williams

The night in question was at the beginning of Williams’ circuit at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival - a late 11.20pm show at an obscure venue with minimal publicity. Williams describes himself as “really bad at self-promotion”, but really that only strengthens his authentically modest charms. The dedicated audience-goers were two middleaged women, who made a beeline for two seats right up the back, next to the door. “It was a small crowd, but a really good crowd,” he says. “I was terrified when I first went up there… but it went really well. There was even a bit where I was trying to get them to sing along to a weird song that I was sure they wouldn’t know, but they knew the words better than me.” It’s Williams’ first Melbourne International Comedy Festival this year, but his show Summertime Love has already been watched and adored by audiences across New Zealand and Scotland. In fact, with this show he even won New Zealand’s Billy T Award for the country’s best up-and-comers. He describes the show as “almost like a kind of dating seminar, but quite loose.” And why should you

“I recently found my notes about some of the material that I intended to write, and it’s hard to look at it because I’m so much more informed than I was then.”

whether he likes it or not. It’s in his blood after all, with a “more famous” comedian brother, Guy Williams, and a Mum and Dad who “people definitely find funny.” Williams says he’s more excited than nervous about his first foray into Melbourne comedy, but perhaps that’s because he really would be happy with a simple crowd of two – as long as they join in on the singalong bit. “I definitely don’t do stock-standard stand up. It’s warm, fun, there’s some songs, but not too many, and some jokes. A bit of audience participation, but not too much if you don’t like that – so don’t let that put you off. Even if you don’t find it funny, it will be fun.”

“It’s got some songs, I use a projector, there’s a slide show kind of thing, there’s some visual stuff and yeah, the loose theme is about trying to help people kinda find love.”

Venues: Trades Hall – The Archive Room & The Evatt Room Dates: Monday April 9 – Sunday April 22, excluding Wednesdays Tickets: $15 - $20

By Tarnay Sass

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Josh Wade

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The Woke Bloke Until recently, Josh Wade’s unflinching, foul-mouthed alter ego Cunny had done all the heavy lifting in their shared comedy career. Created to fit in with the locals in his hometown of Townsville, Cunny was celebrated for his brutally honest commentary on bogan culture. But for his new show, The Woke Bloke, Josh has decided to let the old fella go. “It’s the most exciting thing I’ve ever done because it’s allowed me to not be relatable,” Wade explains. “If anything, I want to be the most un-relatable person on earth.” Now at 23 years old, Wade’s world is in a state of flux as he’s taking the full leap into adulthood. For a comedian who, at the mere age of 17, rose up on the back of his viral content, Wade now has over one million online followers and enjoys a spot in the Top 100 Australian YouTubers. But it sounds like Wade is rethinking what to do with all that social capital. “Ever since I was 17, I’ve been working in this social media space, so I live in a bit of an echo chamber,” Wade says. “And for me, it comes down to legacy over likes. You could take away all of it and if just 100 people cared about what I have to say and how I want to change society in my own ways for the better, then that’s what’s important.” The Woke Bloke promises to wrestle with untouchable subjects, from 9/11 to satanic cults, in what’s being plastered as a kind of conspiracy theory MythBusters special…or is it? “It changed from that.

“You’re going to die – so do something that’s going to fucking make you live your life.” It’s not that. Doing conspiracy theories on stage is like talking about chapter six in the seventh Harry Potter book. Not everyone is that far in yet. “This is probably the last time I’ll do standup comedy – and this isn’t really stand-up comedy, it’s a black and white TED Talk. It’s my experience through life. I’m not here to fuck spiders,” Wade asserts. “Most of [my followers] aren’t going out and getting their thing. But I’m no different to anyone else; I fucking come from a shithole town, a shit fucking family, the same story that everyone has. And I marketed the word ‘c***’, the most unmarketable thing in the entire world. Don’t tell me that being an actor is unrealistic, but studying to be a teacher for four years just so you can maybe be happy with what mum thinks of you, is realistic! That’s bullshit. You’re going to die – so do

something that’s going to fucking make you live your life.” It’s a new approach for the Aussie entertainer, and while it might not be comedy in his eyes, audiences can surely count on getting their full dose of Josh Wade. “For me, this is about using my voice for more than just – cut to someone coming up to me at the end of the show going, ‘hey mate, you’re a funny c***,’ ‘cos that’s too selfish for me to take that.” By Andrew Nardi

Rhys Nicholson

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Seminal

He got engaged when he couldn’t legally get married and now that he can, does he still want to? It’s a question stand-up comedian Rhys Nicholson is exploring in his latest show Seminal. In 2016, he was nominated for the Barry Award for his show Bona Fide, which was about his engagement to longterm partner Kyran Wheatley, making Seminal “almost like a sequel in a weird way”. “This show is all about the aftermath of that now that it’s legal,” he says of Australia’s new marriage equality. “You know how Casino is meant to be a sequel in a weird way to Goodfellas but it’s not really, like same cast but different characters, so it’s a similar thing. It’s a similar subject matter but a different show,” Nicholson says. Nicholson has been campaigning for same-sex marriage since marrying fellow queer comedian Zoe Coombs Marr on-stage during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival two years ago. While he is happy that the law was finally changed, he says there’s still work to be done in terms of equality. “A big part of the show is we’ve got this now and it’s great but we can’t rest on our laurels because there’s still a lot of things to do, like for example, I find it strange - and I don’t have any jokes about this - but I find it quite strange that gay men still can’t give blood. Which is amazing as well because not too many people know that, because we’re still [considered] high risk, which, we’re not. A lot of my straight friends I’d imagine would be a lot more 20 BEAT.COM.AU

high risk than I am, having been in a monogamous relationship for eight years. So there’s part of the show where I’m saying we can’t rest on our laurels,” he says. He’s been warming up the show with seasons in Brisbane and Canberra before doing a full run as part of this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival at the Swiss Club. Partner Wheatley, a broadcaster and producer, actually directs Nicholson’s work. “He’s very good at that type of thing and we work on them together. I write and write and write for about three months and then we lay all the material out and we go ‘ok well this is about this, and this is about this’ so it’s almost like trawling through my subconscious,” says Nicholson, who last year was nominated for an ARIA Award

Venue: Comic’s Lounge Dates: Friday April 20 – Saturday April 21 Tickets: $29.90 – $64.90

for Best Comedy Release. Although Seminal, his seventh consecutive show, is “my queerest show in a few years”, it’s not all politics. Nicholson, who has a sartorial style as sharp as his tongue and the alchemist’s knack of transforming filth into comedy gold, isn’t straying too far from one of his favourite topics. “To be honest, most of my shows are an hour of dick jokes. I always have at least 20 minutes of the show devoted to absolute filth and that’s what I enjoy doing,” he says. By Joanne Brookfield

“ I write and write and write for about three months and then we lay all the material out and we go ‘ok well this is about this, and this is about this’ so it’s almost like trawling through my subconscious”

Venue: Swiss Club Dates: Thursday March 29 Sunday April 22 Tickets: $25 – $33


Interviews

Amos Gill

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Where have I Been All Your Life? At just 26, Amos Gill has a CV any self-respecting comic today would be proud of. He has amassed a slew of awards and nominations, including Best Emerging Comedian and People’s Choice at the Adelaide Fringe, and Best Newcomer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and as part of the breakfast team on South Australia’s hit107 his fresh and always hilarious perspective can be heard over the airwaves every morning. However, Gill hasn’t let this success go to his head and he insists he’s “actually a pretty nice guy”. “When I first started in radio I used to complain all the time about burning the candle at both ends,” says Gill. “Then I realised a lot of my friends are really talented and they can’t even afford to live, so I should shut up and just appreciate that I’ve got a job, really.” Gill was attracted to comedy at a young age. However, his motivation was a little different and he preferred the use of props. “Being funny was like a way to fit in. I moved schools a bit when I was young so it was a good way to make friends,” he says. “But back then my act was

a bit different – I was funny in school because I ate old macaroni bake off a wall one time. I don’t think you can do that in stand-up. I’ve tried.” This year Gill is back at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with his hit show Where Have I Been All Your Life?  When asked what the audience needs to know, he answers in his typical tongue-in-cheek fashion. “Everything you need to know can be found in a book called The Barefoot Investor,” he laughs. “No, this entire show is a break-up show actually. The whole show is about a relationship that ended longdistance over the phone, and then me having some kind of breakdown and going overseas to deal with it. It comes all out on stage. It’s not awkward for me. It’d be a bit awkward for her if she came to the show, but she wouldn’t because she has terrible taste.” With two sold-out Comedy Festival seasons under his belt, Gill’s show is one of the hottest tickets in town. But you won’t hear him worrying

about ticket sales or critics’ reviews. “The comedy circuit is far less competitive now than ever before because there’s no gatekeepers of comedy anymore,” he says. “In the past, it was very cut-throat because it was just Channel 10 with one show and we were all fighting for one spot on the gala night. Now you can just do your thing and put it on the internet and people will find you. Now you can easily see comedy from all over the world, whereas before you had to have some weird VHS. It’s actually made comedians much nicer to each other.”

“The whole show is about a relationship that ended long-distance over the phone, and then me having some kind of breakdown and going overseas to deal with it.”

Venue: Chinese Museum Laundry Room Dates: Thursday March 29 Sunday April 22 (bar Mondays and Saturday April 7) Tickets: $15 - $27

By Natalie Rogers

Bodyjar & The Corner Hotel The Corner Hotel is embedded in Australian music. Australian music’s landscape has seen vast changes over the years, but one thing remains the same – that bands keep coming back. In its early days, the Corner Hotel mainly played host to touring jazz bands in the 1940s jazz era. It was owned by a cooperative of the Carlton and United Breweries – the Melbourne Cooperative Brewing Company, but also was a stop-off for workers keen for a post-shift beer. To capture the extensive history of the Corner Hotel is no easy task. This year, The Corner presents the 2018 Corner Mag, which will encapsulate its 21-year history. Flicking through its 80 back-to-the-future style pages, you’ll find many things – photos, anecdotes and other stories that reflect on arguably the stickiest floor in music. The Corner has hand-picked long time Corner friends Bodyjar and some of their mates to help bring this zine to life. “More times than any band has played one venue”, Cameron Baines of Bodyjar says, pondering the amount of times the beloved punk-rockers have played to the masses at the Corner. Their 28-year history, among other bands, has included playing dozens – if not more – shows at the Corner Hotel. They first played a show at the venue supporting Nursery Crimes, believed to be sometime between 1993 and 1994. Has much changed for Bodyjar? “Heaps,” Baines says. “Better riders, and our guitars

“Just like old times.” are more in tune.” A lot more than just their rider has changed since that inaugural performance though. “I was at the Corner Hotel a while ago and I saw we got an item on the menu named after us. Something like the Bodyjar of pickles. It’s a big bowl of pickles named after us,” Baines laughs. While many venues are coming and going, the Corner Hotel has consistently played host to artists of all genres in its 21 years of operation. Though it has changed hands numerous times since its opening, it’s maintained its ability to keep up with what bands are coming back for. The Corner thrives on its welcoming environment, and its reputation is at a high. It saw the ‘90s alt-grunge era, as well as the diverse range of artists of all types stopping off to play there now. Of the special guests joining Bodyjar at the upcoming show, Baines says that it’ll be “just like old times”. David Quirk is a good friend of his. Game Over are reuniting especially for this show, and Baines is a huge fan of Area 7 and Young Offender. Hanny J is stepping out of Clowns to bring her “impassioned self-expression” to the Corner. One thing the Corner is known for is its impressive PA. Musicians are able to consistently come back and expect a stellar sound system every

time. Their staff are “the best in Australia” – with bands always welcome to kick back after their sets for a couple of beers. Asked about the facilities and staff at the Corner, Baines says he “fucking loves the joint” and he’s looking forward to a really fun show, full of mates, and lots of piss-taking. Not only have the Corner put together this huge show, but they’ve added an extra point of interest for punters who are thinking of coming. The first 200 people through the door will receive their very own, complimentary copy of the limited-edition Corner Mag for 2018, which is definitely one for the trophy room. Now is in fact your last chance to get your hands on tickets for the unmissable The Corner Mag 2018 Zine Launch. The Corner have promised a revved-up party, with the chance to see an eclectic mix of artists in the same spot that certainly doesn’t come around often. The idea of pretending “we’re not old” is something Baines looks forward to. So what’s next for Bodyjar? There’s no immediate plans just yet for touring, but there’s an album in the works. “We just need songs and a producer,” he laughs.

Bodyjar will play as part of the Corner Hotel Mag Launch with help from Area 7, Game Over, Hanny J (Clowns), Young Offenders and comedian David Quirk on Friday March 30. Grab the last of the tickets now via Eventbrite.

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Groovin’ The Moo Fresh Produce

Groovin’ The Moo has once again graced us with a stunning lineup of international and Australian artists ready to take on their 2018 event. Queensland heavyweights The Amity Affliction will be joined by the likes of Duke Dumont, Baker Boy, Lady Leshurr, Portugal. The Man, Royal Blood and Tkay Maidza in a true showcase of legends and new kids on the block. From Confidence Man to Grinspoon, and Sampa The Great to Dean Lewis, you can also bet that there’s something for everyone’s taste on this ripper bill. Meanwhile the festival has also brought back their Fresh Produce offering for 2018, which will see a slew of top-notch local acts added to each city alongside their already heaving lineup. We all like to be the person who says, “I saw that artist play BEFORE they were huge,” and Fresh Produce helps you claim exactly that. This year’s tasty sample promises exciting and local Groovin’-approved artists across all kinds of genres, including reggae, rock and blues-inspired multi-instrumentalist Reuben Stone, and indie-folk wonder Didirri. Hip hop-meets-indie-pop artist Kira Puru will also feature alongside young-gun singer-songwriter Samsaruh. Across at The Plot stage comes a stack of local electronic acts, including Mimi who’ll be spinning up a storm. Groovin’ The Moo Bendigo goes down on Saturday May 5 at Bendigo’s Prince of Wales Showgrounds.

Mimi

Tell us about your music, how did you develop your sound? It’s been a journey from jazz-vocalist VCA graduate, to late-night club DJ playing anything from rap, house and cheesy classics, to playing festivals and now getting ready to release my own music inspired by everything I’ve loved and lived along the way. What’s your favourite thing about your local music scene? The incredibly diverse genres you get to catch each and every week – Melbourne has it all. What are you most looking forward to about GTM 2018? Regional crowds love to party – so it’s a dream to play.

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How did you develop your sound? I used to be a touring magician and I made a deal with a wizard. Traded my soul in for talent and a velvet couch. Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration? Every eloquent vowel mouthed by Stephen Fry (while reading Harry Potter), Frida Kahlo, My Mother. What’s your favourite thing about your local music scene? What’s not to love about an abundance of HUGELY talented driven artists and art lovers? Melbourne is second to none. What are you most looking forward to about GTM 2018? Chewing on some of those sweet, sweet tunes. Sharing them with people.

Essential Listening: Jude

Kira Puru

Essential Listening: Triple J Friday Mix

Reuben Stone How did you develop your sound? I’ve been building this live loop project since 2012 when I moved to Australia from Christchurch after the earthquakes. I had nothing but my guitar and back pack. I sat out on the street playing for five hours a day. Who is your greatest source of inspiration? My dad taught me to play drums when I was four. My inspiration all stems from my dad getting me going with music early. What are you most looking forward to about GTM 2018? I’m looking forward to seeing Ocean Alley play, also I’m looking forward to playing my first GTM.

Didirri

How did you develop your sound? I’m calling it goth-disco. I like the drama and theatrics of disco and wanted to find a musical space where it could coincide with my dank internal monologue. I’ve spent a long time making introspective music but I feel like this next incarnation of me just wants to get sweaty, shake off bad vibes and have fun.  Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration? Rihanna, Cher, Grace Jones, Annie Lennox, Nikki Minaj and every other nasty, fierce front woman ever. What are you most looking forward to about GTM 2018 Performing, and catching Sampa, Tkay, Baker Boy and PK. 

Essential Listening: Tension

Samsaruh Essential Listening: Trouble

What is your greatest source of inspiration? The world around me is definitely my greatest source of inspiration. There are always powerful voices and statements failing to be heard and that’s what has always motivated me. What can punters expect from your live show? Huge vibes and hopefully an experience that makes you feel liberated and equally as powerful/loud as the music. What are you most looking forward to about GTM 2018? Honestly, just being on that main stage and being able to share my music and an unforgettable experience with everyone. Definitely will be a dreamy day. 

Essential Listening: Beautiful Killer


Music Victoria Membership Drive There aren’t many who would argue against Melbourne having one of the strongest and most diverse music scenes in the world. Music venues stretch from the suburbs to the city, to out regionally throughout Victoria, and musicians and punters alike flock from every corner of the country to come and experience our dynamic and supportive environment. From music-lovers to bands, artists to venues, not-for-profit organisations and professional businesses – our industry is driven and sustained by a wealth of knowledge, talent and passion. And behind the scenes of it all comes Music Victoria, who’ve acted as the roots from which our music-rich culture has grown, and are the backbone that continues to support it. Music Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation who exists to support the growth, participation and development of the Victorian contemporary music industry. In 2017 alone they ran 26 professional development workshops, provided grants to 23 venues, worked with 20 promoters and band bookers in their Live Music Professionals program – and that’s only scratching the surface of the work they do at both a state and international level. It’s a no-brainer to give back to the organisation that has our backs so ferociously, and, until Thursday March 29 you can show your support by signing up to become a member. Not only are you helping to keep our industry thriving, but there’s also a heap of benefits including a mountain of prizes that you might just win, simply by signing up. These include tickets to gigs at a host of Victoria’s favourite venues, and prize packs and vouchers from the likes of Girls Rock, Polyester and Northside Records, Triple R, and MESS. One lucky band will also score a huge prize pack including mentorship with music aficionado Mikey Cahill, a Mountain Goat party pack, rehearsal time at Wick Studios, a live multi-camera video shoot of a gig, the opportunity to record a song at  The Alamo Studios, and 50 duplicated cassettes from Dex Audio.

What about the benefits?

Membership Options

Membership for individuals is $33, or $22 for concession and includes all the standard membership benefits. Bands can sign up for $66 with the added benefit of free access to professional development workshops, performance and interview opportunities, plus music they’ve released in the last 12 months will be added to the Music Victoria Spotify playlist while the band is listed on MV’s website. Various other options are available for not-for-profit organisations, small businesses and venues, too.

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For the full list of goodies, check out the Music Victoria website.

Beat asked some key members of Music Victoria why they’re involved, and why you should get on board too.

“Live Nation Australia is an extremely proud partner of Music Victoria in supporting all efforts to celebrate, promote and develop the incredible music community here in our wonderful state of Victoria.” Roger Field, CEO of Live Nation Australasia.

“As an artist run label, Music Victoria plays a role in making sure the musicians we work with at Milk! Records are given a voice at a state level. For too long artists have been left out of the conversation. The work Music Victoria does goes a long way towards remedying that. It’s no surprise that we have such a thriving music economy in Victoria.”

“Music Victoria provided us with invaluable support last year when Howler was threatened by building permits that would have impacted our operation as a live music venue. We feel confident going into the future that the resources Music Victoria have available will ensure the continued success of the venue.”

Jen Cloher, Label Manager at Milk! Records.

Vanessa Bassili, Venue booker at Howler.

“As a new member I’m looking forward to checking out all the amazing perks. It’s ‘Broke Days, Party Nights’ over here so any opportunity to save cash for any muso is a total win. It’s so rad to see Music Victoria supporting artists and live music on so many levels so we can keep the arts community alive and thriving.” Ecca Vandal, Artist.

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Thought you’d be met with freedom once you graduated? Not quite. Work is pretty much the same as school but with shorter lunch breaks and fewer friends. The top tip, which may seem like a no-brainer, is to be organised. Prioritising your daily tasks and planning your day will mean you can smash out all your duties with minimal stress and maximum results. It also means you can go home at the end of the day feeling accomplished and knowing you won’t walk into work with a to-do list a mile long the next day. Show up on time, try not to come to work hungover and don’t chuck sickies every time you don’t feel like it. Plus, with new responsibilities in your life you’ll want to keep a steady paycheck and budget accordingly.

Home Unless you’re very lucky, adult living situations will most likely involve residing in a share house at some stage. This might seem like fun and games at first, but after the novelty of living out of home

wears off, all you’re left with is a pile of unpaid bills next to your dirty dishes and no idea where to start. Clean up after yourself or you might not get invited to re-sign the lease next year, keep a separate bank account or two for rent and bills so you don’t accidentally pay-pass your way through your entire weekly pay and stock your fridge with veggies and healthy snacks – a healthy, varied diet will do you massive favours in the long run. Now that you’re living out of home, looking after your stuff has jumped a lot higher on your list. You may not think insurance is worth it, but the cost of replacing your prized Gibson or that rare camera you picked up in Japan will add up pretty quickly if something happens. For little more than your spare change, you could protect your prized possession with Single Item Insurance – with premiums starting from $1.21 per month for musical instruments and $2.37 per month for cameras. Jump onto www.racv. com.au/single-item-insurance and get a quote in 30 seconds.

Money Having to miss out on yet another gig or skip that trip you wanted to take because you have no money to spare isn’t how you want to spend your 20’s. You might be renting for a while yet thanks to the state of the housing market, but if you get into the habit of saving

now, at least you stand a chance. Make a budget and stick to it – there are plenty of apps to help you figure out your finances if you don’t know where to start. You can’t get jealous that your Instagram feed is clogged with travel photos if you aren’t willing to put away a few bucks each week yourself. Now that you’re living out of home, you’ll find a slew of extra expenses (that you otherwise might not have noticed) are going to start coming out of your back pocket. Out of toothpaste? Better go buy some, or else no one will want to sit next to you on the bus. An obvious one is forking out for food each week, but other sundries like internet bills, water and gas will all start to add up too. You’ll want to make sure these are all kept in check. Bonus tip: Get your housemates together set up a shared bank account with automatic drawings. That way, you’ll still be mates after you move out. Nothing can divide friendship like petty money problems, and a key part of being an adult is making sure you put the proper effort into maintaining relationships with your mates too. Pay your bills on time, be mindful of how you’re spending your money, ask yourself if you realllllly need whatever you’ve got loaded in your online shopping cart, and weigh up whether it is worth the hours of your life it took you to earn that money you’re about to spend. By Kate Streader

Bomba

“Before we opened I spent about three weeks in Spain, travelling around and eating at lots of restaurants and visiting lots of wineries.”

Spanish food is all about simple recipes, cooked really well with high quality ingredients. That’s exactly what you get at Bomba: authentic Spanish cuisine, from the food to the ethos. It can be quick tapas or slow grazing; a nibble before a late Comedy Festival show or a long boozy dinner with your closest friends. Owners and chefs Jesse Gerner and Andrew Fisk met at Añada, a similarly Spanish/Mediterraneaninspired restaurant and bar, owned by Gerner and his wife Vanessa in Fitzroy. Gerner was keen to revamp a venue he owned in the city, and together the boys recruited restaurant manager Kelly O’Loghlen and sommelier Shane Barrett for their new Spanish project. Bomba was born. The four are regular Spanish travellers, heading to the country at least once a year – sourcing recipe inspiration, keeping on top of trendy and authentic flavours and importing local wines and spirits. Fisk and Gerner like to recreate Spanish food classics, adding their own Bomba spin to keep the traditional fare fresh and interesting. Fisk has made sure the menu includes a lot of Catalan seafood dishes, and of course, the one Spanish must-have that is loved by all Melburnians – tapas. There’s a hefty 40 dishes on the menu at the moment, which means enough small, tasty bites to choose from that by the end of the night, you’ve unexpectedly had a pretty filling meal. Fisk was introduced to Spanish cuisine by Gerner during his time at Añada, and now thinks the tapas way of eating is the perfect approach to dining, giving his customers flexibility with their meal. 24 BEAT.COM.AU

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“People can use it as they want, they can come in for a drink before a show and have a few snacks, or they can come in for a big meal for a special occasion. It’s quite versatile.” And if he really had to choose a signature dish from among the 40? “I’d probably say our pork jowl with cauliflower purée. The pork jowl is braised in Pedro Ximenez sherry. We tried a heap of dishes at the start, because before we opened I spent about three weeks in Spain, travelling around and eating at lots of restaurants and visiting lots of wineries and I came back with a huge list of notes of things that I had over there that I really liked.” Fisk’s trip made him feel familiar with the vibe of Spanish culture, and the Spaniards’ very different way of eating. “They eat later, and walk around and snack on tapas, so I came back and played around with recipes and created what we have on the menu.” There are many theories as to why the Spanish eat so much later in the evening then the rest of us, with average dinner time being 10pm or later. Maybe it’s because they run on Central European Time while other nearby countries – for example Portugal, Morocco, the UK – run on Greenwich Mean Time - making Spain one hour ahead – but maybe it really is that they just like to keep their late

afternoons free for a nice long siesta. Whichever you wish to believe, Bomba wants to recreate that little Spanish tradition right here in Melbourne, because they’re renovating their upstairs cocktail bar in April – it’s got bar snacks aplenty – doubling the current size of the al fresco space, and keeping the kitchen open much, much later. The Bomba boys also like to show off their comprehensive Spanish food knowledge with speciality lunches – most recently a Catalan themed ‘long lunch’ for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. This was the influence of one of their recent annual Spanish trips, as well as a way to keep their diners in touch with the most current Spanish food trends. Fisk thinks that the best thing about Bomba, aside from the delicioso food, is the choice you are given to either linger and eat… and eat and eat (don’t forget tapas are small so eating a lot is very much ok) or to quickly grab a bite, not compromising on taste for efficiency. “It’s good because it’s really easy for people to pop in for a quick meal before a show, it’s not a long dining experience; you can come in briefly.” By Joanne Brookfield

Bomba Tapas Bar & Rooftop is located at 103 Lonsdale St.


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When Coachella rolls around in April, Alison Wonderland – real name Alexandra Sholler – will make history, becoming the equal-highest billed female DJ in the festival’s history beside Rezz. This will be hot off the back of releasing her sophomore album Awake, the follow-up to 2015’s Run. An album that made waves not only in the electronic and dance music communities, but with a wide range of music lovers around the globe.

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Awake

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Awake is the first real time she’s allowed her vulnerability and genuine self to flow into her songwriting in earnest. This change is apparent on album opener ‘Is It Good Enough?’, that leads to a huge drop after shouting the title of the song repeatedly. It’s Sholler showing how desperate she is for her fans to like this new direction, showcasing her anxiety and genuine feeling of ‘Am I good enough?’ Luckily, over the course of 14 songs, she answers her own question through the music she’s created with an emphatic yes. ‘No’ shows off Sholler’s pipes in a way that we haven’t heard before. The volume of the beats often falls around her voice, allowing it to take centre stage. It’s clear she’s more comfortable with her voice and the final product benefits. ‘Easy’ is the best song on the album. With lyrics like ‘I think too much and I’m worried I’m never coming back’ and ‘Why don’t you find someone easy?’ Sholler shows she is at her best when she lets her raw thoughts translate to lyrics. There’s many songs on the record that feel relatable, including ‘Cry’ and lead single ‘Church’. ‘High’ featuring Trippie Redd, feels somewhere between a love song and an attempt to distract Sholler from her own thoughts. She’s long been open about dealing with anxiety and self-doubt, and the importance of these conversations is truly evidenced by how rare they are amongst her peers. She has channelled her worst thoughts, unprecedented levels of honesty, greater confidence in her vocal ability and her exemplary production skills to produce one of the finest electronic/dance albums Australia has seen in years. Sholler has taken herself well and truly out of her comfort zone to deliver a near-faultless album. By Alexander Crowden

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Reviews

Acid Dad

8.0

Just like their musical ancestors of the ‘50s and ‘60s, the power of a few guitars and a drum set can ignite any room. Here, Acid Dad successfully pens earnest rock songs coming straight from the 2000s New York indie scene with a splash of late-‘60s psych pop for good measure. Naturally, the start of such an album is going to make you move instantly. ‘Die Hard’ breaks down the door with a start and stop drum beat and watery lead vocals. The band can also turn down the heat like on ‘Come Outside’. There’s a subtle, but honey-like guitar solo on this track that cuts through the mix very nicely. The same goes for the closer ‘Dissin’ that has an American country twang to it that comes out of nowhere but is well welcome. The album sounds as if it were being played in a tiny club that only serves cheap beer and smells of stale cigarette smoke. The romp of ‘Marine’ and the mosh-pit ready ‘Mistress’ sell this idea. Overall, this is a solid debut from a band with heart and promise. By Jonathan Reynoso

Datarock

Face the Brutality

6.5

When Datarock released The Musical in 2015, it barely made a peep here in Australia, partly due to not being available on any streaming services. So in earnest it feels like new album Face the Brutality is the follow-up to the brilliant 2009 album Red. Rewind nearly a decade ago: the matching red tracksuit wearing Norwegians were touring that album around the country as part of Groovin’ The Moo Festival. Now the average fair-weather fan may have just about forgotten all about them. So what does a Datarock album sound like in 2018? Clearly the fun, not-too-serious infectious tunes can still be found, but they don’t quite seem to be as upbeat or as plentiful. Opener ‘BMX’ is an instrumental, which feels like a very odd choice. It picks up with ‘Ruffle Shuffle’ which is more like the Datarock we remember, but it still feels like it’s missing a certain pizazz. ‘Sense of Reason’ is vintage Datarock, with an instantly familiar beat and playful, and catchy lyrics. ‘Laugh in the Face of Darkness’ is typical of the album as a whole: yes, it sounds like Datarock yes, but it feels rather more subdued. Perhaps they’ve taken this route because the members have aged and their fans have too. By Alexander Crowden

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Editors

Violence

7.5

From a cathartic and self-conscious mix of Interpol and Echo & The Bunneymen, Editors introduce an element of confrontational electronica which re-imagines their music as an endurance test. The title track, for example, is set “Down the streets paved with souls”. This new approach is thanks to Blanck Mass and his liking for eardrum busting electronic ferocity. Odd then that ‘Darkness At The Door’ adds an unexpected kind of tweeness even though the lyrics reflect ambiguous takes on deep cynicism. Most of the record contains breezy excursions to all ends of melody and enigmatic aloofness. First single ‘Magazine’ could easily be Perfume Genius with an unhealthy liking for latter day Depeche Mode. As expected, a song like ‘Nothingness’ reveals no surprises. “I’m not mining for gold but insecurity,” Smith sings before resolving that “This angel needs some tenderness,” – which provide some much needed colour. Editors still manage to combine a range of influences into something arresting and new, but the truism of “This road will not go on forever,” is revealing. The sequence of songs lacks some logic, but taken in totality Violence contains enough rewarding moments for those who still believe. By Bronius Zumeris

Where Wildness Grows

8.5

All the way from North London, Gengahr have really stepped up the production value and honed in on their sound – crafting an impressive 12-track follow-up to their 2015 debut, A Dream Outside. There’s something instantly pleasing about Gengahr’s opening track, ‘Before Sunrise’. A little bit Phoenix and a little bit (of the good) MGMT, it’s incredibly chirpy without being annoying. It’s fairly obvious why ‘Malory’ has been receiving so much air-play lately. It’s soft and gentle, and much like the whole album, it’s the kind of track you can put on a lazy Sunday session and forget about work the next day. Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell lends vocal backing on ‘Is This How You Love’ and title track ‘Where Wildness Grows’ is one of the more sombre in tone and also inspired the album artwork. ‘Blind Truth’ sounds a lot like early Cold War Kids, which is a great thing, while the rhythmic guitars and percussion on first single ‘Carrion’ bounce along hypnotically. There honestly are not many tracks that don’t pull their weight, with ‘90s alt-indie inspired ‘Burning Air’, and Bushe’s impressive vocal range on ‘Left In Space’ or ‘Whole Again’, of which Bushe says “I think it struck everyone immediately as the album finisher.” It’s damn good.

Judas Priest

Firepower

8.0

For nearly five decades, Judas Priest have done more for heavy metal than most bands. Each album has been epic, trendsetting and legendary – and with their ninth album Firepower, the legacy only grows stronger. Firepower is a massive sound and a massive message with dazzling, monstrous production, which only goes to better serve the colossal melodies and powerful lyrics. There’s a sense of steady groove throughout this release, with ‘Evil Never Dies’ solidifying that vibe as the album’s standout track. Judas Priest’s tribute to the brave men and women who enter war, ‘Never The Heroes’, is an easy addition to your metal anthems catalogue and with its cruisy beat pulsating with gloriously gnarly tones, it’s absolutely one that’s going to need to be played full blast. This album may feel for some like a practical and comfortable sequel to 2014’s Redeemer Of Souls, given that Priest’s unique musical character has certainly carried over with a confident swagger, but Firepower is a true classic Judas Priest album, allowing no room for experimentation but still, somehow, looking forward. Not bad for a band who’ve been rocking albums since 1974. By Anna Rose

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Young Fathers

Cocoa Sugar

8.5

On Young Fathers’ third studio album, the Scottish trio realise their potential –graduating from an alternative hip hop fascination to genre-defining masters of their art. Lead single ‘In My View’ has the zeitgeist dripping from its every sonic pore. Firstly, there is the harmonious singing of Liberian-born Scotsman Alloysious Massaquoi juxtaposed with staunch rapper Kayus Bankole, a first generation Nigerian Scot. This aforementioned vocal symbiosis has existed ever since ‘Tape 1’, released in 2011, but has never been so well-presented as on ‘Cocoa Sugar’. Its genius lies in producer Graham ‘G’ Hastings’ constraint on his signature bass-heavy percussive musical landscapes. Young Fathers’ authentic contemporary expression of what a Scotsman looks and sounds like today was ratified in 2017 when Trainspotting author and T2 producer Danny Boyle included three Young Fathers songs on the film’s soundtrack. Ultimately this album is driven by the chemistry of its members. ‘Toy’ is dominated by a staunchly minimal glitch, the only accompaniment as Bankole’s frantic rap is soothed by Massaquoi’s deeply entoned counterpoint of: “You’re just a broken little toy / a silly little boy.” It is the musical equivalent of a Xanax after a 72-hour bender. By Dan Watt

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Download Festival - David Harris

Jen Cloher Photo by Sally Townsend

Korn - Photo by David Harris

Download Festival Flemington Racecourse Saturday March 24

Australia’s first Download Festival ripped through Flemington Racecourse on a typical Melbourne afternoon, leaving a bunch of poncho-clad then sunburnt punters in its wake. Melbourne locals High Tension kicked it off on the Red Stage under a gloomy midday sky. Karina Utomo’s brutal vocals above razor-sharp guitars cut through the slowly filling grounds, priming the crowd, in the pouring rain, for the hours to come. Clowns tore through their set on the Avalanche Stage. The five-piece came off like a supportive family. Vocalist Stevie Williams made his way into the crowd, surfing and singing with fans in the pit. Plus, it was great to see him in a #ittakesone shirt. LA-natives Bad Cop, Bad Cop kept the party going. As they bounced around the stage with their classic punk tunes and shared banter with the crowd, you could tell they were thrilled to be there. They won over a lot of new fans. This led to Nails. The four-piece’s quick intensity on record translated brilliantly into the live setting. They completely pummelled through thirty minutes under the sun on the smaller Dogtooth Stage. Local favourites Trophy Eyes’ set culminated in ‘Chlorine’. The crowd sang the final lines to vocalist John Floreani after he’d left the mic and waved goodbye to adoring fans. Neck Deep dedicated acoustic cut ‘December’ to Mark Hoppus before launching into the ballad. Gojira commanded the Black Stage for the next hour. Mastodon followed, and we witnessed a master class in metal between the two. Bassist Troy Sanders expressed his happiness at the fact that Australia’s got a new heavy festival and you could tell the audience agreed. With Good Charlotte, it was time to dive back into the early 2000s. Smiles all round, there was a real sense of community among the fans. Nothing like belting out favourites like ‘The Anthem’ and ‘Little Things’ in a live setting. This experience carried into ‘Rollin’ and ‘Break Stuff ’ – for Limp Bizkit, nostalgia was a drawcard. Back under the tent, Suicidal Tendencies brought the whole crowd on stage during their final song. Supergroup Prophets of Rage closed out the day on the Red Stage. Packed with Rage Against the Machine hits, Cypress Hill and Public Enemy’s catalogue and a tribute to Chris Cornell. They played Audioslave’s ‘Like A Stone’ as the crowd filled in for the departed vocalist, spotlight on the empty microphone. Nu-metal royalty Korn and punks NOFX closed the day out on the Black and Avalanche stages. Opener ‘Rotting in Vain’ set the tone for

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Korn’s set, with vocals roaring above drum lines and growling guitars. NOFX lapped up their spot, jovially chatting to the crowd, poking fun at themselves and the differences between metal-heads and punkrockers. Their set was tight, jumping from classics like ‘Linoleum’ to ‘Stickin’ In My Eye’. Soundwave is sorely missed, Big Day Out is gone, Legion failed to get off the ground – here’s hoping Download is here to stay, only to expand in years to come. By Anthony Furci Highlight: Prophets of Rage. Lowlight: Seeing a guy deliberately get kicked in the head by someone being pulled out of the pit. No need to be a dickhead. Crowd favourite: Good Charlotte’s sing-alongs. The love for the local acts. The fact that we’ve got a new punk and hardcore festival.

Jen Cloher The Croxton, Saturday March 24

Jen Cloher’s show at The Croxton felt significant for a number of reasons. For starters, it was her first hometown show since a whirlwind American and European tour, but it was also her biggest headline show to date. A sell-out home crowd is always going to be that bit more special, and this feeling permeated the entire evening. Machine Translations delivered a perfectly balanced set of high energy rock and mellower moments. The band’s frontman Greg Walker had an integral role in the creation of Cloher’s incredible self-titled album as its producer, and he took a moment of the set to extend his gratefulness at being involved in such a wellreceived record. Marita Dyson of The Orbweavers took to the stage with conviction, the singer introducing the first song by dedicating it to the creek it was inspired by. There’s an undeniable magnetism and charm about this band that will no doubt have made new fans of those in the crowd that were not familiar with their music. Next, Cloher and her band made a sudden appearance on stage to a rapturous crowd and launched into the atmospheric love letter to the Australian country that is ‘Regional Echo’. It wasn’t until two songs in that Cloher took in the crowd, with a wide grin across her face she extended her arms to tell everyone how “wicked” it felt to be before the sold out room. The slower ‘Sensory Memory’ featuring guitarist Courtney Barnett on some heart aching backing vocals was particularly poignant, while ‘Analysis Paralysis’ was a show stealer. The track reflects upon the impending marriage equality plebiscite going on at the time of its writing, and watching it performed now some months after

the ‘Yes’ result was a joy, particularly as Cloher tweaked the lyrics to proudly state that she now can in fact have a wife. Cloher interspersed older tracks ‘Toothless Tiger’, ‘New Age Brain’ and ‘Needle in the Hay’ throughout the set, absolute proof that Cloher’s songwriting genius has always been there. She became an imposing force during ‘Great Australian Bite’, a song that pays homage to the lineage of Australian acts that paved the way for artists like herself to launch their career overseas. The empowering ‘Strong Woman’ closed out the main set, the final lines of the song bellowed with impressive gusto, before the inevitable cries for an encore came. Cloher returned to the stage solo, to perform the sublime ‘Dark Art’ which rendered the crowd silent. Cloher was then joined by her bandmates to close out the set with the sprawling ‘Name In Lights’. As the band took a bow before the crowd it truly felt like we were all part of a historic moment. That Cloher had been met with this kind of acclaim 14 years into her career is proof that powerful songwriting will always find a way to unite masses of people. By Holly Pereira Highlight: ‘Great Australian Bite’. Lowlight: A particularly chatty crowd during The Orbweavers. Crowd favourite: Seeing someone fist pump along to ‘Forgot Myself’.

Leon Bridges The Forum Theatre, Sunday March 25

As straightforward as a finger of bourbon, Leon Bridges delivered a solid but brief set of soul and blues tunes that eschewed flashy visuals of throbbing primary colours. Preceded by his six-piece band, Bridges emerged wearing a cherry-red embroidered shirt and full cut red slacks, a change from the Sinatraesque cream suit of his 2016 tour. Launching into ‘Smooth Sailin’, a groovy and unpretentious blues tune, Bridges soon had the Forum purring along like an expertly restored Cadillac. This was followed by his recent single ‘Bad Bad News’, a satiny soul track that spread across the room like ripples in honey. ‘The Juice’ had Bridges stalking back and forth across the edge of the stage like a tiger, followed by the smooth-bopping ‘Brown Skin Girl’, one of the many original songs from Bridges that you might swear you’ve heard before on a Sam Cooke or Johnnie Taylor album. He followed up with ‘Coming Home’ and ‘Better Man’, two of the most-played tracks from his 2015 debut album. The audience drank up these familiar tunes, harmonising without

Leon Bridges - Photo by BandAnna Photography

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prompting. Punctuated with a brief, joking-not-joking plug for his upcoming album Good Thing, Bridges moved into new territory, starting with ‘If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be)’, a less nostalgia-tinted R&B piece gilded with twinkly synth hooks. The Forum burst into applause as Bridges broke into his trademark ultra-relaxed shuffle, something fans had clearly been anticipating. More material from Good Thing, including ‘Sky’ – a catchy tune studded with organ riffs – moved the gig further toward the modern. Then Bridges took a startling left-turn into the vintage with ‘Flowers’, a blast of unalloyed boogie-woogie redolent of Jimmy Forrest. Though Good Thing sounded solid on stage, the crowd was undeniably more moved by familiar tunes like ‘Flowers’. This may speak to the strength of the old material over the new, or maybe just to Melbourne’s hipster proclivities. After ‘Twistin’ & Groovin’ – a Berry-esque song fully explained by its title – Bridges ushered most of the band offstage and received his hollowbody Epiphone from a stagehand, before he delivered a stripped-down rendition of ‘River’, the gospel hit that put him on the map in 2015. This was a moment of communion with the audience, who sang Bridges’ slow-swaying hymn back at him as an anthem. At the conclusion of ‘River’, without much of an outro and barely 50 minutes into the set, Bridges exited the stage and left some audience members visibly befuddled. Immediate roaring and stamping brought the band back into view, where they whipped the crowd into ecstasies with an energetic triple encore. After an expansive and freewheeling rendition of ‘Mississippi Kisses’, Bridges closed with an impromptu reprise of ‘The Juice’, in which he pitted the dancing skills of the right, middle and left sides of the room. These instrumental-driven encores gave Bridges’ band – who had spent most of the evening standing discreetly to the side – a chance to draw some love from the crowd. Special recognition should go to vocalist Brittni Jessie, who handled the tambourine and bongos with rare hauteur. Though all too short, this gig confirmed Bridges as a technically accomplished virtuoso of the vintage who doesn’t need bells and whistles to keep a crowd moving. By Zachary Snowdon Smith Highlight: The untempered boogie-woogie of ‘Flowers’ Lowlight: The abrupt end of the gig after barely an hour Crowd favourite: ‘Brown Skin Girl’


Profiles

La Beatles Boheme

Tell us about the storyline of La Beatles Boheme. The story of La Boheme reduced to 90 minutes is about four artists struggling to make ends meet. Two of whom are in relationships – one romantic and the other tempestuous. In our interpretation, the four artists are imagined as the Beatles. It’s a story about young love and tragedy. How does Cut Opera plan to bring together the sounds of The Beatles with opera? The Beatles songs are fused throughout the opera score where the sentiments of the songs match and highlight the sentiments of the La Boheme story. We also feature two mini Beatles concerts through the show. What is the definitive Beatles song? The genius of The Beatles is contrasted with the genius of Puccini and all the songs in the show have strong dramatic relevance. One of the highlights is at the end of the show, when Mimi dies the cast sing a gospel version of ‘Let It Be’. There won’t be a dry eye in the house. What can audiences expect from the show? Fantastic entertainment for all music tastes and showcasing some great young, up and coming opera stars contrasted with some great contemporary singers and musicians. An emotional roller coaster story with plenty of humour throughout.

Music

La Beatles Boheme will come to the rooftop of the Flagstaff Car Park for performances on Saturday April 21, Sunday April 22, Saturday April 28 and Sunday April 29.

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Sal Wonder

When did you first start making music? I started writing music about ten years ago while I was studying back in New Zealand, as a requirement of my music degree. The seed to write and produce my own music started growing when I moved to Melbourne in 2014 and that turned into Sal Wonder through a desire to perform. Tell us about your single ‘Got to Go’. The feel of ‘Got to Go’ comes straight from my passion for dance music, I have always written music with the body in mind, that is a fundamental part of the Wonder sound at the moment. When I was thinking of the lyrics, I was trying to remind myself to live in the moment and not be afraid to speak my mind. What do you love about making music? I love the creative process; it forces me into a certain headspace – to see things from a different perspective. It pushes me to look outward for new ideas and helps me deal with personal subjects that I’m trying to figure out. How would you describe your sound? An old-school soul vibe with substitutions that make it relevant to today’s ear, with synths and psych-funk tones from the guitar. I arrived at the current sound through a study of artists such as Prince, Sly and the Family Stone and their contemporaries like D Angelo. facebook.com/SalWonder

The Southern River Band

When did you first start making music? I started making music when I was six years old. I was at my Grandad’s house on Wade Street and his dog Mack was barking and I started bobbing my head along to what I later found out was called a ‘rhythm’ or a ‘beat’, a shuffle to be specific, and I asked my Grandad, “What was Mack saying?” and he said “That’s ‘Ride On’ by AC/DC.” From that moment the dye had been cast. Tell us about your single ‘Cigarettes (Ain’t Helping Me None)’. The story behind it is that I used to smoke a shitload of durries and they weren’t helping me. It was inspired by the fact that if you smoke a bunch of darts all the time like I did, they won’t help you. How would you describe your sound? It’s an assault on all of the senses in both a physical and mental capacity. Like (insert your favourite sporting team here) winning the big one. As heartwarming as a smile from your first born child. Like standing in front of a big ol Boeing 747 firing up, but with guitars and shit. What can we expect from a live performance? A real fucking good time. A sense of familiarity and belonging. You look like you could use a real fucking good night out. Here! Have one on us, your mates, The Southern River Band, BYO dancing shoes, smiles provided on entry. Sorry about that ringing in the ears, don’t worry though, you’ll get used to it.

Music

The Southern River Band will launch their latest single ‘Cigarettes (Ain’t Helping Me None)’ with shows at The Workers Club, Geelong on Thursday March 29, Cherry Bar on Friday March 30, and Boogie Festival on Saturday March 31.

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Music

Sal Wonder will release ‘Got to Go’ on Wednesday April 4, and it will be available to stream through all main platforms. The launch party is at The Yarra Hotel on Thursday April 5, with support from Broads and a special guest.

Three Wise Men

G’day, who’s this? I’m Jake Freeman, the other Wise Men are Adam Samuel and Tim McIntyre. What’s a fun fact about the show? It is our first ever festival show for all of us. Not the smartest move, hence the title! Who are your biggest influences? Jerry Seinfeld, Ronald Reagan, John Cleese, Rod Sitch, and Charlie Chaplin. Describe your show in three words. Unpredictable, funny, enjoyable. Does your show have any audience participation? No. How have the events in your life turned into material? Funny or embarrassing moments at work or on dates or things that I need to tell people about or make jokes of rather than let them slip away.

Comedy

Three Wise Men will perform at the Vault Theatre from Tuesday April 10 until Thursday April 19, as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Show starts at 8pm, and tickets are $15.30-$20.30.

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FLUFF

Cherry Bar Rounding out their March residency on the Cherry stage, Melbourne rockers FLUFF are geared to perform on Wednesday March 28. While their new album is waiting in the works to be released, this is a fab opportunity for FLUFF fans to hear some of their forthcoming stuff in an intimate mid-week setting. Entry is free and it’ll all go down from 8pm.

Open Grand Piano Night

Compass Pizza Spice up your Wednesday night with some grand piano action. Compass Pizza are locked in to host Melbourne’s only grand piano open mic night, and boy, do we love the sound of it. It starts at 7.30pm on Wednesday March 28, and, if you book your 15 minute slot on the Compass Pizza Facebook page now, you’ll get a free pizza on the night. What could be better?

Wednesday 28 Mar Hip Hop & R&B Can I Kick It? Open Mic Night Horse Bazaar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. Goldlink 170 Russell, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. Lossless + Black Heart + Pillow Pro Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $12.00. Northside Clinic + A+ + Hardout Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10.00. Rachel Caddy + The Peeks + Jimmy Harwood Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd.

7:00pm. $5.00.

Secret Fleets + Oh So Soho + Sam Banks

Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $5.00. Seu Jorge Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 7:30pm. $59.00.

Sons Of Rico + Junior Fiction + Will Coyote Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. Tangents Melbourne Recital Centre,

Southbank. 7:00pm. $30.00.

The Grogans + The Hermits + Teenage Dads + The Belair Lip Bombs Gasometer

Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10.00.

Wavehead + Mudshaker + Trampoline Death Machine Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood.

8:00pm. $10.00.

Indie, Rock, Pop, Metal, Punk & Covers Børns + Woodes Howler, Brunswick. 8:00pm. Fluff Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. Mad Dog Harrisons + Team Vom + Bill Old

Bar, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $8.00.

Northside Clinic + A+ + Hardout Gasometer

Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10.00.

Miss May + Laura Madonna Murray

The Drunken Poet As part of their Wine, Whiskey, Women series, The Drunken Poet will be putting on singer-songwriters Miss May and Laura Madonna Murray on Wednesday March 28. From 8pm comes new wave, indie and alt-rock powerhouse Miss May, fresh from the release of ‘On The Radio’, alongside award-winning pianist and singer-songwriter Laura Madonna Murray from 9pm. As always with this series, entry is blissfully free. Get on it.

Rachel Caddy + The Peeks + Jimmy Harwood Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd.

7:00pm. $5.00.

Secret Fleets + Oh So Soho + Sam Banks

Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $5.00. Seu Jorge Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 7:30pm. $59.00.

Sons Of Rico + Junior Fiction + Will Coyote Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. Tangents Melbourne Recital Centre,

Southbank. 7:00pm. $30.00.

The Grogans + The Hermits + Teenage Dads + The Belair Lip Bombs Gasometer

Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10.00.

Wavehead + Mudshaker + Trampoline Death Machine Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood.

8:00pm. $10.00.

The Sugarcanes + Huge Magnet + Honk + Archer Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 8:00pm.

$10.00.

Jazz, Soul, Funk, Latin & World Music Bopstretch Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy.

8:30pm. $15.00.

Cacartu Open Studio, Northcote. 8:00pm. Cate Taylor And The Deadly Apple-Johns + Jenny Taylor The Moldy Fig, Home Cookin’ + Soulfish + Giorgia-May

Snark

The Bendigo Hotel Snark are taking to the Bendigo Hotel on Thursday March 29 to celebrate the release of their shiny new single ‘Live It Up’. With support from super rad indie-rockers The Paddy Cakes, the vibrant alt-rock sound of One More Weekend, and the pop-punk goodness of Beyond Royal, you’ll definitely want to be there for when doors open at 8pm. Entry is an easy $10.

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Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $5.00.

John Montesante Dectet + Craig Schneider + Alinta Chidzey Bird’s Basement,

Melbourne. 7:30pm. $30.00.

Julien Wilson ‘Arc’ Quartet 303, Northcote.

8:30pm.

Lee Hannah Fitzroy Pinnacle, Fitzroy North.

8:00pm.

Lindsay Lou + Nigel Wearne Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:00pm. $15.00.

Mina Yu Quartet (With Audrey Powne)

Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $25.00.

Rob Burke Sextet The Jazzlab, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $20.00. Shol Quintet Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $20.00.

Acoustic/Country/Blues/ Folk Angel Olsen Tote Hotel, Collingwood.

8:00pm.

Grand Piano Open Mic Compass Pizza,

Brunswick East. 7:30pm.

Kerryn Fields & The Jimmie Deans + Jenny Biddle Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill.

7:30pm. $10.00.

Laura Madonna Murray Drunken Poet, West

Melbourne. 9:00pm. Lisa Crawley Catfish, Fitzroy. 8:00pm.

Lomond Acoustica - Feat: Kelly Auty & Michael Pollitt + Thomas Hugh + Don Hillman’s Secret Beach Lomond Hotel,

Brunswick East. 8:00pm. Missmay Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:00pm. Open Mic Night Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East. 6:30pm.

Thursday 29 Mar Indie, Rock, Pop, Metal, Punk & Covers Atticus Street + Connor Black-Harry + Back Pocket Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd.

7:30pm. $7.00.

Byo Vinyl Night - Feat: Various Artists

Tago Mago, Thornbury. 7:00pm. Candy + Culte + Tram Cops Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $8.00. Cosmic Psychos + The Chats + Pistol Peaches Grand Hotel Mornington,

Rat!Hammock + King Cnut & The Waves + Jungle Cuffs Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:30pm.

$10.00.

Royal East + The Rollercannes + The Mother Gurus Retreat Hotel, Brunswick.

8:30pm.

Ruby Fields + Fritz + Tony Dork Northcote

Social Club, Northcote. 7:30pm. Seu Jorge Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 7:30pm. $59.00.

Snark + The Paddy Cakes + One More Weekend + Beyond Royal Bendigo Hotel,

Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10.00.

Southern River Band Workers Club

(Geelong), Geelong. 8:00pm. $12.25.

Super Saloon + Siltman + Sordid Ordeal

Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East. 7:00pm. $10.00.

The Pretty Littles + Go Get Mum + Neighbourhood Youth Howler, Brunswick.

8:30pm. $15.44.

The Red Lights, We The People + The Red Lights + We The People Evelyn Hotel,

Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10.00.

The Wellingtons + Jess Parker Fitzroy Pinnacle, Fitzroy North. 8:00pm. Throwback Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9:00pm. Tingy Celestino Customs House Hotel, Williamstown. 8:00pm. Waves + Diploma + Clove + Swayze

Woody’s Attic Dive, Collingwood. 8:00pm.

House, Electro, Trance & Club Nights 3181 Thursdays - Feat: Various Djs Revolver

Upstairs, Prahran. 6:00pm.

Best Of Both Sides Festival 2018 - Feat: Luke Million + Discovery + Morningmaxwell + 99 Prblmz + Beth Grace + More Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy.

11:00am.

9:00pm.

Best Of Both Sides Festival 2018 - Feat: Luke Million + Discovery + Morningmaxwell + 99 Prblmz + Beth Grace + More Lucky Coq, Windsor. 11:00am. Condensed Milk, Babalu + Condensed Milk + Babalú + Amin Payne + Jackson Miles + Gio Garcia + Miguel Angel Loop,

Lane, Belgrave. 8:30pm.

Death Disco - Feat: Kiti + Chiara Kickdrum

Mornington. 7:30pm. $30.00.

Deer Tick + Birdcloud + Collins Family Band John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm.

$38.50.

Dianas + Hexdebt Post Office Hotel, Coburg. Disco Puppets + The Spoof Maggots Gin Double Trouble - Feat: Jank Facques Toff

In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm.

Emotion City Soundtrack + Gravemind + Reactions + The Gloom In The Corner + Skorched Royal Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne

Cbd. 9:00pm. $20.00.

Heath Renata + Morningmaxwell + Prosdo + Eric Sidey + More Sooki Lounge, Belgrave.

9:00pm. $10.00.

Hey Baby! + The Palpatines + Bad Bangs + Jackal & Tiger Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm.

Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm.

Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. Equinox - Feat: Various Djs Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm.

Ferdy Stomp - Feat: Gxnxvs + Mzrizk + Niasha + Salvador Ricardo Ferdydurke,

Melbourne Cbd. 4:00pm.

For The Kids - Feat: John Course + Sunshine. Chardy + Andy Murphy + Tom Evans + More Pawn & Co, South Yarra.

7:00pm. $25.00.

$10.00.

Grumpy’s Easter Egg Hunt - Feat: C:1 + T-Bone + Inka + Stitch + More Grumpy’s

Brunswick East. 8:00pm.

Misty Nights - Feat: Danny & Simon

8:00pm. $5.00.

Om Unit, Moresounds + Om Unit + Moresounds Rubix Warehouse, Brunswick.

Horace Bones + Bad Batch The B.East, Indigo Children + Tv Dinners + Edamame + The Hermits Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. Jebediah + The Diecasts + Super Duper

Chelsea Heights Hotel, Chelsea Heights. 8:00pm. $39.80.

Green, Fitzroy. 7:00pm.

Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 10:00pm. $10.00. 9:00pm. $30.00.

Tech Tonic - Feat: Cyan + Dr. Quinn + Fmy + Shenron + More 24 Moons, Northcote.

Lip Sync Chicks + Magnets + Plotz + Jim Lawrie + Dj Richard Bradbeer Tote Hotel,

8:50pm. $10.00.

Off Ya Trio - Feat: Dan Hall + Scrubby + Spyda Inkerman Hotel, Balaclava. 7:00pm.

Hugs & Kisses, Melbourne. 10:00pm. The Ritz - Feat: Various Djs Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 9:30pm. Thursgay - Feat: Various Djs Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. Yvette Johansson Bird’s Basement, Melbourne. 7:30pm. $29.00.

Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10.00. Matt Bradshaw Elephant & Wheelbarrow, Melbourne. 9:30pm. Middle Management + Vim + Dayzed Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. $10.00. Miss Rosie & The Top Cats Musicland, Fawkner. 8:30pm. $10.00.

The Last Supper - Feat: Antonio Pleader + Juicy Romance + Mickey Edwards + More


Featured Gigs

Jazz, Soul, Funk, Latin & World Music Africaribbean - Feat: The Amasonics + Trio Angulo + Dj Oritone + More Bar Open,

Fitzroy. 8:30pm.

Andrea Keller Transients Trio Uptown Jazz

The Red Lights + We The People

The Evelyn Hotel Celebrate your Good Friday Eve with The Red Lights and We The People (more guests to be announced) for a nostalgic blowout at The Evelyn on Thursday March 29. Doors open at 8.30pm and tickets are available via Oztix for $10 or you can get them for $15 at the door.

Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $15.00. David Rex Quartet The Jazzlab, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $20.00. Discoconutz - Feat: Various Djs Carlton Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. Elly Poletti (With Movement 9) Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $35.00. Fulton Street Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10.00. Noless + Losumo + Tali Mahoney Open Studio, Northcote. 8:00pm. $5.00. Pickpocket Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $30.00. Rod Gilbert + John Montesante Quintet

Charles Weston Melbourne songwriter and poet Ian Bland and fiddle player Greg Hunt blend a diverse range of musical influences to tell stories drawn from rural to urban Australia and beyond. You can catch their magic at Charles Weston on Thursday March 29 from 6.30pm. Free entry.

Anna’s Go Go Dancing

Reverence Hotel Dance your way into the Easter long weekend with Anna’s Go Go Dancing class going down at The Rev on Thursday March 29. With no experience necessary, there’s no reason to not head down to Footscray to learn everything from ‘The Twist’ to ‘Thriller’, to moves from The Backstreet Boys and Beyonce. Classes run every Thursday and the casual price for one hour classes is $15. Get on it.

Super Saloon

Whole Lotta Love Super Saloon will be holding down Whole Lotta Love on Good Friday Eve, with Siltman and Sordid Ordeal ripping it up as support. Get down from 7pm on Thursday March 29 to catch it all go down, and best of all, entry is free.

7:00pm.

Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10.00.

Unholy Good Friday - Feat: Depression + Black Jesus + Christcrusher + Join The Amish + More Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood.

Stephen Grady Wesley Anne, Northcote.

6:00pm. $10.00.

Walter Trout + Tracey Mcneil Corner Hotel,

Fitzroy. 8:00pm.

6:00pm.

Richmond. 8:00pm. $55.17. Wilson & White Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 9:00pm.

Friday 30 Mar Jazz, Soul, Funk, Latin & World Music

Versus Party - Feat: Various Djs Yah Yah’s, What’s On Presents - Feat: Various Artists + Various Djs Prince Public Bar, St Kilda .

9:00pm.

Yes Yes Whatever + China Beach + Hugh Fuchsen + Porpoise Spit Old Bar, Fitzroy.

8:30pm. $10.00.

Indie, Rock, Pop, Metal, Punk & Covers

Melbourne Cbd. 6:30pm. $30.00.

Astro Boys Royal Hotel (Essendon),

The Vinyl Frontier - Feat: Gsm + Colette + Sensible J Belleville, Melbourne. 8:00pm. Unspoken Rule Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond.

8:00pm. $25.00.

Willow Jam The Moldy Fig, 9:00pm. Yvette Johansson Bird’s Basement,

Melbourne. 7:30pm. $29.00.

Hip Hop & R&B

Bar, Fitzroy. 9:00pm.

The Drunken Poet Troy Wilson and Matthew White make up the raw and compelling blues-driven duo that is Wilson & White. They’ll be bringing a fresh batch of originals as well as covers from the likes of Robert Johnson, Blind Boy Fuller and Sonny Boy Williamson to The Drunken Poet on Thursday March 29 and it’ll all happen from 8pm. Entry is free.

$10.00.

Open Mic Sloth Bar, Footscray. 8:00pm. Smoking Flowers Labour In Vain, Fitzroy.

Northcote. 7:30pm. $12.00.

Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 7:00pm. $30.00. The Shackmen 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10.00.

Gallery - Feat: Mzrizk + Nat Slade + Sioness Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. Good Friday Eve - Feat: Köda + Jc King + Smilez + Louella Deville + Larrie Laundry

Wilson & White

The Southern River Band Cherry Bar,

A Gazillion Angry Mexicans + My Left Boot The B.East, Brunswick East. 8:00pm. Action Sam Elephant & Wheelbarrow,

Khokolat Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm.

The Moldy Fig Singer-songwriter Michael Yule will be holding down The Moldy Fig on Thursday March 29. Coming alongside the venue’s Local’s Night, if you live within the postcodes 3054, 3056 and 3057, you can snag yourself a cheeky 15% off your bill if you grab a bite too. Entry to The Fig is free and you can catch Yule’s mix of contemporary, jazz and blues from 5pm.

Musketeer Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm.

Alexander Nettelbeck Quartet Lido Jazz Room, Hawthorn. 8:00pm. $25.00.

Easter Thursday - Feat: Damion De Silva + Just Glen + Yaths + Jc King + More

Michael Yule

Evening Express Northcote Social Club,

$5.00.

The Water Rat Hotel, South Melbourne. 7:00pm. Son Of A Gunzel Bar Open, Fitzroy. 6:30pm. The Outsiders - Feat: Ross Mchenry Trio

Ian Bland

Various Artists Musicland, Fawkner. 7:00pm.

No Frills Thursdays Laundry Bar, Fitzroy.

10:00pm. $5.00.

The Drop - Feat: Sophiegrophy + Lil Spacely + Hfnr + Kwasi + More Section 8,

Melbourne Cbd. 6:00pm.

Ian Bland Charles Weston Hotel, Brunswick.

6:30pm.

Jackson Browne Palais Theatre, St Kilda.

6:30pm. $102.81.

Musicland Open Choir Rehearsals - Feat: Various Artists Musicland, Fawkner. 7:00pm.

$5.00.

Musketeer Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm.

$10.00.

Open Mic Sloth Bar, Footscray. 8:00pm. Smoking Flowers Labour In Vain, Fitzroy.

7:00pm.

Stephen Grady Wesley Anne, Northcote.

6:00pm.

Walter Trout + Tracey Mcneil Corner Hotel,

Richmond. 8:00pm. $55.17. Wilson & White Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 9:00pm.

Acoustic/Country/Blues/ Folk

Born To Be Blue - Celebrating The Musical Life Of Chet Baker Paris Cat Jazz Club, Elly Poletti (With Movement 9) Paris Cat

Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $35.00. Emma Gilmartin Quartet The Jazzlab, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $30.00. Mikelangelo Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 7:00pm. $13.80. Tania Bosak & Band + Sludge Party Trio

Open Studio, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10.00.

House, Electro, Trance & Club Nights Chiladelphia Fridays - Feat: Various Djs

New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 4:00pm.

Arteq At Penny - Feat: Eddie Hale + Spacey Space + Retza + Kasey Taylor + Peruw Penny Black, Brunswick. 12:00pm.

$20.00.

Best Of Both Sides Festival 2018 - Feat: Luke Million + Discovery + Morningmaxwell + 99 Prblmz + Beth Grace + More Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy.

11:00am.

Best Of Both Sides Festival 2018 - Feat: Luke Million + Discovery + Morningmaxwell + 99 Prblmz + Beth Grace + More Lucky Coq, Windsor. 11:00am. D-Nox + Jamie Stevens + Matter Brown

Alley, Melbourne Cbd. 3:00pm. $30.00. Dj General Feelings Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 7:00pm. Dusky + More Brown Alley, Melbourne Cbd. 1:00pm. $44.00. Elephant In The Room Carlton Club, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. Formation - Feat: Donny + And More

Ezra Lees’ Blues Revue Lomond Hotel,

Brunswick East. 9:00pm.

Honky Tonk Hot Pot - Feat: The Excellent Smithers + More Edinburgh Castle,

Brunswick. 8:30pm. Ian Bland Charles Weston Hotel, Brunswick. 6:30pm. Jackson Browne Palais Theatre, St Kilda. 6:30pm. $102.81. Musicland Open Choir Rehearsals - Feat:

Hotel, Williamstown. 8:00pm.

Chapel Street Social Club - Feat: Phatoamano + Namn + Matt Radovich + And More Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9:00pm. Corner Mag Launch - Feat: Bodyjar + Area 7 + Game Over + Young Offenders + Hanny J + David Quirk Corner Hotel,

Richmond. 7:30pm. $30.00.

Den + Tol + Ela Stiles + V + Perfume Tote

Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10.00.

Good Boy Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $15.00. Heartbrokers + Exra Lee Trio Gasometer

Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $25.00.

La Danse Macabre Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy.

9:00pm.

Late Nights - Feat: Various Djs Last Chance Rock And Roll Bar, North Melbourne. 11:45pm. Mick Daley’s Corporate Raiders + Deadbeat Poets + Paul Carey Tago Mago,

Thornbury. 7:00pm. $7.00.

Planet + Smoke Rings + Majak Door

Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $12.75. Poprocks + Dr Phil Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. Rockwiz’s Really Really Good Friday - Feat: Joe Camilleri + Hayley Mary + Alex The Astronaut + Paul Dempsey + More Hamer Hall (Arts Centre Melbourne),

Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10.00.

Here To Hell Single Launch - Feat: Zero Percent + Kiti + Sly Faux + Mela Coia + More Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. Kontrast & Warg - Technical Threat - Feat: Mickey Nox + Caine Sinclair + Spez + Sundelin + More Boney, Melbourne Cbd.

Pest Control - Feat: Scotty Pesticide

8:00pm.

Farm, Tallarook . 10:00Am. $249.90.

Captain Spalding Band Customs House

Brunswick. 12:00pm.

Good Friday At The Retreat - Feat: Dj Marco Zulu + More Retreat Hotel,

Beergarden Sessions - Feat: Various Artists Baha Tacos & Tapas Bar, Rye. 7:30pm.

$12.00.

Boogie Festival 2018 - Feat: Deer Tick + Cash Savage & The Last Drinks + Clowns + Angel Olsen + Cable Ties + More Bruzzy’s

Cbd. 5:00pm.

Fridays - Feat: Warsawyer + Cliftonia + Ben & Lil + More Carlton Club, Melbourne

10:00pm.

Danny Luhrs Penny Black, Brunswick.

Essendon. 10:00pm.

Southbank. 8:00pm. $79.00. Scorching Tones Ascot Vale Hotel, Ascot Vale. 9:00pm. Shannen James Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 6:00pm.

Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9:00pm.

Angel Olsen Tote Hotel, Collingwood.

8:00pm.

Melbourne. 11:00pm.

Mark Farina Seven Nightclub, South Melbourne. 10:00pm. $32.65.

Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm.

Primer - Feat: Salvador Ricardo + Georgia Bird + Robbie Nine-0 + Dj Sarah + More

Section 8, Melbourne Cbd. 3:00pm.

Thick ‘N’ Juicy - Feat: Du Jour + Scott Anderson + Peter Mcnamara + Kam Shafaati + More 24 Moons, Northcote.

6:00pm. $35.00.

Spawn + Holy Serpent + A Basket Of Mammoths + Pseudo Mind Hive Tote

The Chuck Berry & Jerry Lee Show Retreat

Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm.

The Credits + Shadowqueen + The Blacktides + Cigarrillos + The National Evening Express Northcote Social Club,

Northcote. 7:30pm. $12.00.

The Southern River Band Cherry Bar,

Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10.00.

Unholy Good Friday - Feat: Depression + Black Jesus + Christcrusher + Join The Amish + More Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood.

6:00pm. $10.00.

Versus Party - Feat: Various Djs Yah Yah’s,

Fitzroy. 8:00pm.

Yes Yes Whatever + China Beach + Hugh Fuchsen + Porpoise Spit Old Bar, Fitzroy.

8:30pm. $10.00.

Transforma - Feat: Cause4concern + Red Light + Sinuous + Mindtech + More

Grumpy’s Green, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $15.00.

The Credits + Shadowqueen + The Blacktides + Cigarrillos + The National

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Boogie Festival

Our Friend’s Farm Boogie Festival is finally upon us, and boy, is it set to be a belter. Going down at Our Friend’s Farm, Tallarook, the Boogie stages will be graced by the likes of Amyl & The Sniffers, Tropical Fuck Storm, Deer Tick, The Murlocs, Crepes, Cash Savage & The Last Drinks and a barrage more. Boogie Festival will last from Friday March 30 until Sunday April 1 and you can grab a spontaneous last minute ticket via Oztix now. Go on, we know you want to.

A Gazillion Angry Mexicans + My Left Boot

The B.EAST AGAM and My Left Boot will be kicking off your Easter long weekend at The B.EAST on Friday March 30 in what is sure to be a hectic time. What’s more, it’s all blissfully free. Entry from 8pm.

Shannen James

Edinburgh Castle Shannen James’ live performance creates a dreamy folk-pop atmosphere that is equally as captivating as it is hypnotising. See it all at the Edinburgh Castle on Friday March 30 at 6pm. Entry is free.

Boadz

Wesley Anne Dale “Boadz” Boaden has been making waves across the local blues scene over the last two years, playing packed rooms across Victoria and earning a reputation as one of the most promising up-and-comers in the industry today. Bringing his earthy and sophisticated blend of traditional and contemporary blues to Wesley Anne on Friday March 30, you can catch Boadz from 6pm. Entry is free.

Hip Hop & R&B Good Friday - Feat: Durmy + Salvy + Damion De Silva + Yaths + More Khokolat

Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm.

Good Friday - Feat: Jc King + Smilez

Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. Party & Bullshit Fridays Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:00pm.

Wakhra Swag - Feat: Nav Inder + Aman Hundal + Preddy Riar + More Royal

Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $30.00. Mick Daley Fitzroy Pinnacle, Fitzroy North. 5:00pm. Phil Para Band Baha Tacos & Tapas Bar, Rye. 8:00pm. Pugsley Buzzard Bar Open, Fitzroy. 6:30pm. Roy Payne’s Hillbilly Bop Safari Gem Bar, Collingwood. 8:30pm. Songs In The Key Of Springfield - Feat: Boadz Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. Traditional Irish Music Session Drunken

Poet, West Melbourne. 6:00pm.

Vanderlay 303, Northcote. 7:00pm.

Acoustic/Country/Blues/ Folk Acoustic Sessions - Feat: Various Artists

Matthew Flinders Hotel, Chadstone. 7:00pm. Boadz Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. Ezra Lee Trio Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 7:30pm. $10.00. Melbourne Bach Choir Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 2:30pm. $35.00. Mick Daley Fitzroy Pinnacle, Fitzroy North. 5:00pm. Phil Para Band Baha Tacos & Tapas Bar, Rye. 8:00pm. Pugsley Buzzard Bar Open, Fitzroy. 6:30pm. Roy Payne’s Hillbilly Bop Safari Gem Bar, Collingwood. 8:30pm. Songs In The Key Of Springfield - Feat: Boadz Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. Traditional Irish Music Session Drunken

Poet, West Melbourne. 6:00pm.

Vanderlay 303, Northcote. 7:00pm.

Saturday 31 Mar Yes Yes Whatever

The Old Bar Melbourne garage-rock trio Yes Yes Whatever will launch their latest track ‘Mushrooms’ at The Old Bar on Friday March 30, with China Beach, Hugh Fuchsen and Porpoise Spit as support. It’ll all go down from 8.30pm and entry is $10.

Pacific Avenue

The Gasometer Fresh from supporting artists like San Cisco and British India, the ultra-impressive Pacific Avenue will be bringing their surf culture-inspired sound to The Gaso on Saturday March 31. They’re supported by Neeko, Auntie Leo & The Backstabbers and Mount Zambia. Doors open at 8pm and entry is $10.

UFO Go

The Workers Club Launching their first ever full-length album, Melbourne alt-rock outfit UFO Go are performing alongside Hollow December and Arkadian at The Workers Club on Saturday March 31. Tickets are an easy $7 through Oztix and you can get there from 8.30pm to catch it all go down.

Bare Bones

Cherry Bar Bare Bones will be bringing their barrage of crushing riffs, razor sharp vocals and allround party recklessness to Cherry Bar this Saturday March 31. With support from Maverick, you can catch it all from 8pm and tickets are $12 at the door.

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Jazz, Soul, Funk, Latin & World Music Chris Young Quartet + Bohjass + Slipper

303, Northcote. 7:30pm.

Georgia Brooks Swingtet Open Studio,

Northcote. 2:30pm. $10.00. Grant Newsome Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $30.00. Jess Fairlie Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 6:30pm. $30.00. Jesse Valach & Blues Mountain Royal Hotel (Mornington), Mornington. 8:00pm. Lake Minnetonka Open Studio, Northcote. 8:00pm. Michelle Nicolle Quartet Lido Jazz Room, Hawthorn. 8:00pm. $25.00. Miss Jones Charles Weston Hotel, Brunswick. 6:30pm.

Neighbourhood Funk Pre-Party - Feat: Blaze The Emperor + Warsawyer + 2Nd Thought + Jackson Miles + More Section 8,

Melbourne Cbd. 5:00pm.

Slow Grind Fever - Feat: Richie1250 + Mohair Slim + Miss Goldie + Dusty Stylus Darcy + Loretta Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm.

$10.00.

Tamara Kuldin Paris Cat Jazz Club,

Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $30.00. The Four Scoops Bar Open, Fitzroy. 6:30pm. The James Sherlock Quartet + Eamon Mcnelis’s The Skellingtons Uptown Jazz

Cafe, Fitzroy. 6:00pm. $15.00.

The King Louie Collective + Ppb Late Night Djs Prince Public Bar, St Kilda .

8:00pm.

The Rookies The Jazzlab, Brunswick.

11:00pm. Ultrafox The Jazzlab, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $30.00.

Your Girl Pho + Abraham Tilbury + Mo•Louie Penny Black, Brunswick. 8:00pm.

House, Electro, Trance & Club Nights Spritz Saturdays + Various Djs The Emerson, South Yarra. 1:00pm. $40.00.

10 Times The Pressure - Feat: Dj Yuki + Jack Rascalm + Rick Howe + Miss Fee + More Grumpy’s Green, Fitzroy. 3:00pm. Acid Slice - Feat: Lonely Faces + Dylab + Acidalius + More Loop, Melbourne Cbd.

9:00pm.

Audioporn - Feat: Dr. Zok + James Ware + Tom Evans + Jacob Malmo + More

Onesixone, Prahran. 9:00pm. $20.00.

Best Of Both Sides Festival 2018 - Feat: Luke Million + Discovery + Morningmaxwell + 99 Prblmz + Beth Grace + More Bimbo Deluxe & Lucky Coq.

11:00am.

Darcy Baylis Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm.

$18.04.

Deep Fried Dub Belleville, Melbourne.

11:00pm.

Eat The Beat - Feat: Gav Whitehouse + Chriss Matto + Mha Iri + Kazuma Onishi + More New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd.

Earthbound + Furious George + Arkeon

Royal Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $20.00.

Flickertail + White Devil Detroit + Darcee Fox Hysteria Lounge, Lilydale. 8:00pm. Internal Rot + Asbestosisis + Clogged + Faceless Burial + Derailment Tote Hotel,

Collingwood. 8:00pm. $5.00.

Joy. + Anfa Rose + Blessed Northcote

Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $17.00. Kaku + Fleshed Out + More Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10.00. Lana Del Rey Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne. 7:00pm. $129.90. Late Nights - Feat: Various Djs Last Chance Rock And Roll Bar, North Melbourne. 11:45pm. Matty Whittle & Melwayholics Anonymous + The Devours Labour In Vain,

Fitzroy. 8:00pm.

Merpire Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. Pacific Avenue + Neeko + Auntie Leo & The Backstabbers + Mount Zamia

Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10.00. Riffinery Royal Hotel (Essendon), Essendon. 10:00pm. Roy Payne’s Hillbilly Bop Safari Union Hotel (Brunswick), Brunswick. 5:00pm.

Jank Facques Carlton Club, Melbourne

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding + Sweet Whirl + Peak Twins Tote Hotel,

Levels - Feat: Various Djs Platform One,

Set The Score Wrangler Studios, Footscray.

10:00pm. $10.00. Cbd. 12:10am.

Melbourne. 9:00pm.

Out Of Luck - Feat: Kairi + Seywood + Gxnxvs Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. Pawn Saturdays - Feat: Nite Theory + Olly Davis + Josh Paola + More Pawn & Co,

Collingwood. 4:00pm.

1:00pm. $13.30. Siamese Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $5.00. Strawberry Fistcake + Protospasm + Undamaged Tote Hotel, Collingwood.

South Yarra. 7:00pm.

8:00pm. $10.00.

Da, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm.

East. 9:00pm.

Moons, Northcote. 8:00pm. $15.00.

9:00pm. $8.00.

Pony Saturdays - Feat: Various Djs La Di Psylence - Feat: Ozzy + Dtmx + Bluebones + Bass Chakra + More 24 Snack Attack With Dj 2P Elephant &

Wheelbarrow, Melbourne. 10:00pm.

The Late Show - Feat: Ransom + Plastic Palms + Hysteric + Awesome Wales + More Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. Toff Club - Feat: Lord Hans Dc Toff In

Town, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm.

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding + Sweet Whirl + Peak Twins Tote Hotel,

Collingwood. 4:00pm.

Set The Score Wrangler Studios, Footscray.

1:00pm. $13.30. Siamese Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $5.00.

The Citradels + Vim The B.East, Brunswick The Mother Gurus + Bosco Tang + Antiphon Woody’s Attic Dive, Collingwood. The Wax Eaters + The Constables Gin

Lane, Belgrave. 9:00pm.

Ufo Go + Hollow December + Arkadian

Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $7.00.

Valerie Avenue + Just About Done + Phil Wolfendale + Stranger + Ivy Treep Bendigo

Hotel, Collingwood. 6:00pm. $10.00.

Women Who Rock In Melbourne Against Domestic Violence - Feat: Penny Ikinger Band + Julitha Ryan + Sarah Eida Trio + The Kat O Army + More Tago Mago,

Thornbury. 5:00pm. $20.00.

Hip Hop & R&B

Strawberry Fistcake + Protospasm + Undamaged Tote Hotel, Collingwood.

Big Dancing Saturdays Laundry Bar,

The Citradels + Vim The B.East, Brunswick

Rag’n’bone Man Palais Theatre, St Kilda.

The Mother Gurus + Bosco Tang + Antiphon Woody’s Attic Dive, Collingwood.

Yonderkid + Fluro Open Studio, Northcote.

5:30pm. $10.00.

The Wax Eaters + The Constables Gin

Melbourne. 9:00pm.

8:00pm. $10.00. East. 9:00pm.

9:00pm. $8.00.

Lane, Belgrave. 9:00pm.

Ufo Go + Hollow December + Arkadian

Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $7.00.

Valerie Avenue + Just About Done + Phil Wolfendale + Stranger + Ivy Treep Bendigo

Hotel, Collingwood. 6:00pm. $10.00.

Indie, Rock, Pop, Metal, Punk & Covers Arbes + Cacartu + Silk Tapes Toff In Town,

Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $10.00. Bare Bones Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10.00.

Boogie Festival 2018 - Feat: Deer Tick + Cash Savage & The Last Drinks + Clowns + Angel Olsen + Cable Ties + More Bruzzy’s

Farm, Tallarook . 10:00am. $249.90.

Cracker La Touf + Culte + Noah Post Office

Hotel, Coburg. 8:00pm.

Dave Cosma & Friends - Feat: Dave Cosma And Friends Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. Dead Lips + Cash + Zero Zero + Tj & Son

Old Bar, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $10.00.

Fitzroy. 9:00pm.

7:15pm. $69.90.

The Andy Layfield 3 Drunken Poet, West

Acoustic/Country/Blues/ Folk Archer Gem Bar, Collingwood. 9:00pm. Benjamin Booker + Jade Imagine + Baby Blue Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:30pm.

$57.00.

Helena Pop + Face Face + Quinton Trembath Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 8:00pm.

$10.00.

Kele Okereke Spotted Mallard, Brunswick.

8:00pm. $59.90.

Kraken Folk Sessions - Feat: Various Artists Drunken Poet, West Melbourne.

3:00pm.

Little Bee Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 5pm. The Andy Layfield 3 Drunken Poet, West

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Sunday 1 Apr Hip Hop & R&B Butterfingers + Rapaport Gasometer

Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $30.00. Dj Yoda + Shem Howler, Brunswick. 8:30pm. $39.64.

Hot Fudge Sundays - Feat: Epoch + D’fro + Ilresponce + Dion Jackson + And More

Lucky Coq, Windsor. 3:00pm.

Watermelon - Feat: Various Djs Laundry

Valerie Avenue

The Bendigo Hotel Indie-punk band Valerie Avenue are set to launch their new single ‘New Years Eve’ at The Benny on Saturday March 31. Supporting them will be pop-punk powerhouse Just About Done and Melbourne legends Stranger and Ivy Streep. Entry is $10 and doors will open from 8pm.

Cracker La Touf

The Post Office Hotel Garage pop-rockers Cracker La Touf are coming straight off the back of their single launch tour to play The Post Office Hotel. The band have let slip that it’ll be their last show before having a break for a little bit, so you’d best head down on Saturday March 31 to catch them from 9pm with Culte and Noah as support. Entry is free.

Flickertail

Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar Sydney four-piece Flickertail will be making their way down to Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar on Saturday March 31 for a sweaty, guitar-fuelled, no bullshit show. Armed with their brand new EP Hurry Up and Wait, Flickertail will be joined by White Devil Detroit and Darcee Fox on the night, and it’s all set to happen from 8pm. Free entry.

Chicago Dime

The Brunswick Hotel Chicago Dime and Russia will be joining forces to bring blues and pop-funk to the masses at The Brunswick Hotel on the afternoon of Sunday April 1. Get on down from 4pm to catch it all for free.

Le Pine

The Brunswick Hotel Set to wrap up your Easter in style, surfgarage trio Le Pine will play The Brunswick Hotel from 8pm on Sunday April 1. They’ll be joined by slack-punk rockers Meander and dissonant ‘90s inspired alt-rockers Tina Growls, and capping it off, entry is free.

Jamie Hay

Reverence Hotel Jamie Hay returns to Melbourne and is taking the stage at The Rev on Sunday April 1. Accompanied by best mate Liam White on electric guitar, they’ll also be supported by locals Jo Neugebauer and Naked Waste, when the doors open from 3pm. Entry is free.

Eaten By Dogs

The Old Bar Ride out the last of the Easter long weekend on Monday April 2 at The Old Bar, when they put on a Boogie Festival sideshow with Eaten By Dogs. They’ll be joined by Nashville native bands Justin & The Cosmics and The Smoking Flowers as support, and it’s all set to start from 7.30pm. Entry is $10.

Pseudo Mind Hive

The Evelyn Hotel Coming in hot with a fuzz-laden set of psychedelia and hypnotic grooves, Pseudo Mind Hive will be gracing The Ev on Tuesday April 3. Featuring Tomgirl, The Sunken Sea and more, be there from 8pm to see it all unfold. Entry is an easy $8. 34 BEAT.COM.AU

Bar, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. $10.00.

Yolk - Female Finesse Easter Party Feat: M-Dash + Hip Hop Hoe + Mrs Wallace + Mc Nardean + More Loop,

Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $10.00.

House, Electro, Trance & Club Nights Best Of Both Sides Festival 2018 - Feat: Luke Million + Discovery + Morningmaxwell + 99 Prblmz + Beth Grace + More Bimbo Deluxe & Lucky Coq.

11:00am.

Cruci-Fried - Feat: Dj Kiti + Miles Brown + Lanzer & Bandar Seri + Sezzo Snot + More New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd.

10:00pm. $10.00.

Day Spa - Feat: Riva Starr + Miguel Campbell Pawn & Co, South Yarra.

12:00am. $30.00.

Grouch In Dub + The Shantaraam Experience + Xandepic + More 24 Moons,

Northcote. 9:00pm. $35.00.

Htmlflowers + Zefgirlclub + Flower Boy + Autosuggest Tote Hotel, Collingwood.

7:00pm. $10.00.

Mr Carmack + Oisima + Billy Davis & The Good Lords + Jordan Dennis + Shümba

The Croxton, Thornbury. 8:00pm. $44.90.

One Puf - Feat: Smutlee + Rick Howe + Exit99 + A13 + Kamo Section 8, Melbourne

Cbd. 4:00pm.

Piknic Électronik - Feat: Luke Hess + Dylan Griffin + Molly + More Sidney Myer

Music Bowl, Melbourne. 2:00pm. $20.00.

Sikander + Steady State Massive + El Lobo Loco’s Electrodub Experience 303,

Northcote. 7:30pm.

Super Flu + Boogs + Jacob Malmo + Damon Walsh + More Brown Alley,

Melbourne Cbd. 3:00pm. $35.00.

Uncomfortable Beats Takeover - Feat: Snuggy Man + Nonentity + Melody Myla + More Grumpy’s Green, Fitzroy. 6:00pm.

Jazz, Soul, Funk, Latin & World Music Balkan Brass - Feat: Opa! Bato + Opa Seko Farouk’s Olive, Thornbury. 7:30pm.

$10.00.

Bortier Okoe + The Black Sistaz Toff In

Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $15.00.

Chicago Dime, Russia + Chicago Dime + Russia Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. Chicken Wishbone + Dj Spencer Spinner + Eat Pant + Waterbird Bar Open, Fitzroy.

8:30pm.

Esstee Big Band Wesley Anne, Northcote.

2:00pm. $10.00.

Guilty Pleasures - Feat: Zz Flamingo + Dj Kieren + Gus E. Boi Toff In Town,

Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm.

Jac Beth + Heads Down Open Studio,

Northcote. 2:30pm. $5.00.

Jesse & The Bonton Rhythms Lomond

Hotel, Brunswick East. 5:30pm. New Flamenco Project Bar Open, Fitzroy. 6:00pm. Omelette The Jazzlab, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $20.00. Sunday Session - Feat: Ravi Ravs + Dj Daily Fox Hotel (Collingwood),

Collingwood. 5:30pm.

The ‘Johnny Can’t Dance’ Cajun Band

Catfish, Fitzroy. 5:00pm.

The Senegambian Jazz Band Evelyn

Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $15.00.

Indie, Rock, Pop, Metal, Punk & Covers

Jazz, Soul, Funk, Latin & World Music

Anti-Violet + Teenage Dads + Majak Door + Boyparts + More Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford.

303 Yarra Banks Jam Night 303,

Bleeding Knees Club, Together Pangea + Bleeding Knees Club + Together Pangea + Voiid Northcote Social Club, Northcote.

The Jazzlab, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $15.00. Obscura Hail Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm.

Boogie Festival 2018 - Feat: Deer Tick + Cash Savage & The Last Drinks + Clowns + Angel Olsen + Cable Ties + More

Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $10.00. Gomez + Tia Gostelow 170 Russell, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. José González + Hachiku Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 7:30pm. $65.00.

Free Range Jesus + Seedy Reed + Marsden Williams Old Bar, Fitzroy. 3:00pm. Jamie Hay And Liam White + Jo Neugebauer + Naked Waste Reverence

Acoustic/Country/Blues/ Folk

6:00pm. $10.00.

8:30pm. $20.00.

Bruzzy’s Farm, Tallarook . 10:00Am. $249.90. Dave Graney And The Mistly The Croxton, Thornbury. 4:00pm. $15.00.

Northcote. 8:00pm.

Andrea Keller’s The Composer’s Circle

The Cb3 + Horatio Luna + Wvr Bvby

Hotel, Footscray. 3:00pm.

Birdcloud Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. Broadway Unplugged Toff In Town,

Richmond. 8:00pm. $63.30.

Charles Jenkins Retreat Hotel, Brunswick.

John Waite + Sarah Mcleod Corner Hotel, Lake Mirror, Gerard Parker + Lake Mirror + Gerard Parker Open Studio, Northcote.

5:00pm.

Ms. 45 + Messy Mammals + Dave O’connor Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $8.00. Open/Mic Jam Nights Musicland, Fawkner.

7:00pm.

Poppongene + Champion Racehorse + Sunbeam Sound Machine Tote Hotel,

Collingwood. 5:00pm. $10.00.

Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters + Seth Lakeman Palais Theatre, St

Kilda. 7:15pm. $80.57.

Sarah Eida Trio + Casual Workforce + Mote Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood.

7:00pm. $6.00.

Acoustic/Country/Blues/ Folk Acoustic Sundays - Feat: Michelle Gardiner + Paige Spiers + Paige Smith

Customs House Hotel, Williamstown. 2:00pm. Alex Burns Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 4:00pm.

All Day Country Roots & Americana Festival - Feat: Sarah Caroll + James Grim + Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes + Paddy Mchugh + More Retreat Hotel, Brunswick.

12:00Am.

Backyard Brew Royal Hotel (Mornington),

Mornington. 3:00pm.

Blue Hearts Duo + Fire Cats The Moldy

Fig, 9:00pm.

Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $25.00.

8:00pm.

Eaten By Dogs + Justin & The Cosmics + Smoking Flowers Old Bar, Fitzroy.

7:30pm. $10.00.

Gomez + Tia Gostelow 170 Russell,

Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm.

José González + Hachiku Melbourne

Recital Centre, Southbank. 7:30pm. $65.00.

Tuesday 3 Apr Indie, Rock, Pop, Metal, Punk & Covers Good Option + Annie-Rose Maloney + Mel Taylor + Bec Goring Gasometer

Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. $5.00.

Howlite + Yule Tote Hotel, Collingwood.

8:00pm.

Jules Sheldon + Wars Retreat Hotel,

Brunswick. 8:00pm.

Kristie Mccracken + Girafe Aftermath

Tramway Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm. Montague + Miss May + Curves Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $5.00.

Jazz, Soul, Funk, Latin & World Music Atm15 Big Band The Jazzlab, Brunswick.

8:00pm. $25.00.

Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission + Freya Josephine Hollick Trio + Aileen O’hanlon Caravan Music

Chris Wilson Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy.

Club, Oakleigh. 7:00pm.

Darebin Songwriters Guild - Feat: Various Artists 303, Northcote. 3:30pm. Gomez + Tia Gostelow 170 Russell,

8:00pm. $8.00.

4:00pm.

Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. Louie And The Pride Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 4:00pm. Roesy Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 6:30pm. The Detonators + The Ezra Lee Trio

Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. $10.00. The Rechords Gem Bar, Collingwood. 7:00pm.

Monday 2 Apr Indie, Rock, Pop, Metal, Punk & Covers Grand Pine + More Bendigo Hotel,

Pseudo Mind Hive + Tomgirl + The Sunken Sea + More Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. Uncomfortable Science - Feat: Lachlan Mitchell + More Boney, Melbourne Cbd.

9:00pm.

Michael Hurley + Susie Scurry Northcote

Social Club, Northcote. 7:30pm. $33.00.

Piano Karaoke With Lisa Crawley

Compass Pizza, Brunswick East. 7:30pm. Tago Mago Open Mic Tago Mago, Thornbury. 6:30pm.

Acoustic/Country/Blues/ Folk Irish Session Lomond Hotel, Brunswick

East. 8:00pm.

José González + Hachiku Melbourne

Recital Centre, Southbank. 7:30pm. $65.00.

Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm.

Klub Muk 303, Northcote. 7:30pm. Make It Up Club - Feat: Various Artists + More Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10.00. Michael Hurley + Susie Scurry Northcote

Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. $3.00.

Open Mic Night Open Studio, Northcote.

Collingwood. 7:00pm.

Monday Bone Machine - Feat: T-Rek Nieuw Mondays - Feat: Various Djs Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters + Seth Lakeman Palais Theatre, St

Kilda. 7:15pm. $80.57.

Social Club, Northcote. 7:30pm. $33.00. 8:00pm.

Piano Karaoke With Lisa Crawley

Compass Pizza, Brunswick East. 7:30pm. Tago Mago Open Mic Tago Mago, Thornbury. 6:30pm.


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