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Contents

Issue N o 1620

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News

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Arts Guide Review: The Beatles on The Roof

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Electronic Hip Hop Metal

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Becky Lucas

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Jason Byrne Fin Taylor

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Flowertruck Page. 20

Sleeping With Sirens Flowertruck

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Belle and Sebastian Sarah Blasko

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Post-Long Weekend Playlist Album of the Week

Sarah Blasko

Jason Byrne

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Hey melbourne, I hope you’ve been having a good laugh because the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is well underway and there are shows galore to choose from. A damn good choice is the glorious Becky Lucas with her show cute funny smart sexy beautiful. Flip a few pages over and you can read our chat with her in preparation. The chats (and laughs) don’t stop there, because Jason Byrne and Fin Taylor are also in the mix. Indie darlings Flowertruck dish on their debut album Mostly Sunny, as does Sarah Blasko about her latest record Depth Of Field. If you’re looking for live music to fill your calendar then Belle & Sebastian and Sleeping With Sirens are pretty top choices. To top it all off, if you’ve got a long weekend-sized hole in your life and the blues are still creeping in, flick on over to page 22 and get stuck into some tunes. That’s it from me, go forth and make incredible memories (or something just as cliché)!

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St Vincent

Iron & Wine Will Play Two Special Melbourne Performances Folk singer-songwriter Sam Beam, better known as Iron & Wine, has announced he’ll be treating Australian fans to his mellifluous melodies and softly sung ballads with two Melbourne performances. Performing back-to-back shows at the Melbourne Recital Centre this May, Australian fans will have a chance to see the folk-rock star in the flesh for the first time since his 2014 Bluesfest appearance. The special shows will see Iron & Wine performing with a live band consisting of acoustic guitars, percussion, keys, bass and a cello, while he performs across his extensive and acclaimed catalogue. Iron & Wine will perform two shows at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Wednesday May 23 at 6.30pm and 9.30pm, with more info and tickets available via the venue website.

BUGS

Announce their new EP and massive run of national shows BUGS are the Brisbane trio who burst onto the scene with their banger ‘Neighbourhood’. It catapulted them on the Falls Festival, Mountain Goat Valley Crawl and Melbourne Music Week stages and the band are now gearing to back it all up with their second EP Social Slump set for release on Friday April 13. Featuring their latest single ‘Glue’ – about the universal fear that everyone else is moving ahead in life faster than us – Social Slump will delve deeper into the complexities of navigating life and comparing yourself to others. Coming alongside the EP, BUGS will hit up The Gasometer Upstairs on Saturday May 19. Full tour details and tickets via Oztix.

Wednesday 4th April

Wine, whiskey & Women 8pm: Amie Grisold Miss Jones

Thursday 5th April

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Open Mic Night Friday 6th April

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Traditional Irish Music Session

Ezra Lee

8.30pm: Saturday 7th April

Stephen Kennedy 8.30pm: Electric Blues Collective 3pm:

Gurrumul

Final chapter, Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow), set for release this month The final chapter of Gurrumul’s story is out this month in the form of the album Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow). The highest selling Indigenous musician of all time, Gurrumul is a celebrated icon. Blind from birth, he balanced family, country and tradition while finding meaning through songs inspired by his community. Gurrumul’s final offering took four years in the making and was completed weeks before his passing in 2017. It comes as the predecessor to the cinematic release of Gurrumul on Wednesday April 25, a documentary tracking his life achievements, whose international premiere at the Berlin Film Festival received a standing ovation.  Gurrumul’s album  Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) is available on Friday April 13.

Arctic Monkeys

A listening party & BYO vinyl night for the legendary band is happening in Melbourne Melbourne Record Club and Vinyl Me, Please are bringing more of The Spins listening parties to Melbourne. This month the celebration revolves around the Arctic Monkeys’ debut album at Francesca’s Bar in Northcote. After the album has been played in full, it’s BYO vinyl until late, with the only condition being ‘you bring ‘em, you spin ‘em’. Sign up online to spin your records on the night – no experience needed. Capping it off, Melbourne Record Club will give away two copies of Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not – all you need to do is show up and buy a drink to go in the draw. This edition of The Spins takes place on Thursday April 12 at Francesca’s Bar, 222 High Street, Northcote.

Frenzal Rhomb

Add another date to their tour Frenzal Rhomb has added another date to their Hi-Vis High Tea tour, taking to Melbourne’s home of noise – The Bendi. Fans have attended shows dressed in their own Hi-Vis work gear, and some have completed post-show tasks in or near the venues, including plumbing connections, tree planting and pruning, unloading vehicles, repairing roads and so forth. Naturally, it’s all in accordance with Work Safe guidelines. Punters can buy their own Hi-Vis Frenzal Rhomb garments online or at selected shows. It’s all going down at The Bendigo Hotel on Sunday April 22. 

Sunday 8th April

Amarillo 6.30pm: David Cosma 4pm:

Tuesday 10th April

Tuesday Tribute 8pm: Stu Thomas Plays the songs of

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Kllo Announce Special Melbourne Recital Centre Performance After releasing their debut album Backwater and a subsequent expansive world tour, Kllo are making their way back down south for a special performance at Melbourne Recital Centre. For the first time, the duo will be joined by a full band for the performance, giving a new take on their much-loved tracks. In addition to performing a slew of tracks from their catalogue, the duo will also treat fans to some new music that they’re yet to debut. Known for their diverse live performances and mesmerising electro-pop sound, tickets are bound to get snapped up quickly for this special performance. Catch Kllo at Melbourne Recital Centre on Friday June 8. Grab your tickets via the venue’s website.


Mysterious Trap-Soul Heartbreaker H.E.R is Finally Headed Our Way H.E.R has spiked immense intrigue not only through her unique pop sound but also by emerging out of nowhere as an almost untraceable anonymous entity. Following the release of her debut album H.E.R Volume 1 and the follow up H.E.R Volume 2, H.E.R has slowly crept out of the shadows, to adoring audiences. Helping to put a face to the name, the R&B enigma will be making her way to Australia this year for a three-date Australian tour. Catch H.E.R at The Forum on Saturday May 28, with tickets on sale now via Live Nation.

Tramfest

Download Festival

Locks in 2019 slot in Melbourne, will expand to Sydney

Download Festival will return bigger and better in 2019, following on from their Australian debut last month. With almost 30,000 punters braving the elements to attend the festival in Melbourne, it’s safe to say it was a success. Festival programmer Nigel Melder was so impressed with the festival’s success and the reception and behaviour of patrons that he is excited to expand the event to Sydney next year. With a mammoth 2018 line-up featuring the likes of KORN, Limp Bizkit, Mastodon, Prophets of Rage and Good Charlotte, one can only imagine what they’re going to hit us with next year.

Announces 2018 lineup

Following the release of their debut album even in my dreams, Tram Cops are keeping the good times rolling with the announcement of this year’s Tramfest lineup. The band conceived the festival as a means of celebrating Melbourne’s music and arts culture. This year brings an eclectic selection of local talent to the stage, with The Ocean Party, The Foxymorons, Cool Sounds, Gamjee, Hemm, Tram Cops, Hannah Kate, Candy and Noah on the bill. Not only does the event support the local creative community, all proceeds raised on the night will be donated to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Footscray. Tramfest is happening on Saturday April 14 at The Evelyn Hotel and tickets are available on the door.

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Lose international act, announces

Drop brand new single ‘My Love’ and east

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coast tour dates Crocodylus have released a new surf-drenched beauty in their latest single ‘My Love’. Taken from their forthcoming debut album, ‘My Love’ is a delicious and unique slice of surf-garage rock that will lull you into a blissful daze. Alongside the release the band has also announced that they’ll take the single on a small run of dates along the east coast. They’ll hit Melbourne’s The Tote (Upstairs) on Saturday May 26 with Brad Pot and Pistol Peaches coming along as support. Tickets via Oztix.

With a month until the festival kicks off, Groovin The Moo has revealed a change in their program. International hip hop heavyweight KYLE announced he would need to pull out of the festivities due to timing constraints with his forthcoming release, leaving a slot on the bill open. Groovin The Moo has announced that DJ Yella of N.W.A, alongside Playboy T will be coming in as replacements. The Victorian leg of Groovin The Moo will go down on Saturday May 5 at Bendigo’s Prince of Wales Showgrounds. You can check out the full festival lineup and further details via GTM’s website.

Junction Festival will go down in Tasmania in September Living in the shadow of Mona Foma can’t be easy, but North Tasmania’s Junction Arts Festival is taking it in its stride. Taking a different approach to Tasmania’s most famous festival, Junction sets its sights on the Apple Isle’s boutique brewers, award-winning winemakers, local food producers, artists and musicians. Consisting of a selection of free and ticketed events, Junction has something for everyone, be it the visual art performance Nightlight taking you on an evening adventure or just sitting back and sampling Tasmania’s premium produce. Full details of this year’s festival are yet to be announced so keep your eyes on the event’s website for upcoming information. Junction will take place from Wednesday September 5 until Sunday September 9 in Launceston.

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To celebrate Melbourne’s long-standing title as one of the world’s best live music cities, Melbourne Museum will be hosting a special, one-off instalment of their after-hours series, Nocturnal. Nocturnal will host music industry leaders from across the world as part of the 2018 Music Cities Convention by Sound Diplomacy, taking place in the Southern Hemisphere for the first time ever. To celebrate this honour, the special event will showcase Australian talent with performances by Ecca Vandal and Birdz, as well as a DJ set from Joey Lightbulb. The event will take place at the Melbourne Museum on Thursday April 19, with tickets available via the venue’s website or on the door.

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Prog-rock four-piece Like Thieves have debuted a heavier sound than what we’ve previously heard with their latest release, ‘Never See It Coming’. With the band’s vocalist Clint Boge fresh off the back of a national tour with The Butterfly Effect, it seems he’s not ready to leave the stage for too long, with Like Thieves announcing their own tour this May. The band will be showcasing their new tune across the country on their five date tour kicking off in Canberra on May 11 and wrapping up in Brisbane on June 2. Catch Like Thieves at the Evelyn Hotel on Saturday May 26, with tickets via Oztix.

After dropping their album Mesma in April last year, Deadlights have grown increasingly popular. So much so, the band haven’t had time to tour the album, because they’ve been in high demand supporting fellow heavy acts Thy Art Is Murder, Polaris, Parkway Drive and Northlane on their respective tours. Despite their incessant touring, Deadlights are ready to hit the road once more with their own headline run as they take Mesma for a spin around the continent. The tour kicks off with a Melbourne appearance at The Reverence Hotel on Friday May 11. Tickets are on sale now via Black Sun Bookings.

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Live Nation

Launch Palais Theatre grant

Yotto

Live Nation and The City of Port Phillip have teamed up for the new joint venture, The Palais Theatre Community Fund, to support the local St Kilda community. The fund comes as part of Live Nation’s 30-year lease of the iconic St Kilda venue and aims to boost the local economy as well as support creative industries in the area. The initiative will provide grants of up to $5000 to not-for-profit organisations and registered local charities to aid in funding creative-based internships, projects, activities, equipment and infrastructure within the City of Port Phillip. Grants are now open for submission, head to The Palais Theatre’s website for submissions and more information.

Finnish DJ and producer Yotto has announced he will be making his way down under this year for a four-date Australian tour across Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne. The melodic house heavyweight enjoyed his last visit in 2017 so much, he couldn’t wait to get back and it’s pretty safe to assume the feeling will be mutual with his fans. He will be delivering his refined sound across four shows and giving Australian fans a glimpse of his electronic prowess which has garnered him a huge level of success. He’ll hit Picnik Electronik and Onesixone on Saturday April 8. Tickets are available via Yotto’s website.

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Melbourne Bitter Presents Art Esky-bition Beer lovers rejoice, your favourite brewers are hosting an art exhibition unlike anything you’ve ever seen with their Eskybition. The eskybition is a collaborative endeavour in which Melbourne-based illustrative artists have flexed their creative muscles by decorating classic Aussie eskies. Sourced anywhere from Gumtree to vintage stores, the eskies have been up-cycled to showcase not only the creative talent of Melbourne artists but to highlight the value in sustainable up-cycling over dumping unwanted goods. Featuring the likes of tattoo artist Clare Hampshire, street artist Andy Murphy, and illustrator/screen printer Steve Cohen, the Eskybition promises to be diverse and captivating. Catch the exhibition at RVCA Corner Gallery on Friday April 13 from 6pm. You can even bid on an artwork to take home; with all proceeds going to Support Act.


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The Ethics of Punching a Nazi in the Face One Mna Show

Go on, have a swing Michael Hing talks a lot about race and politics in his comedy, which has led some people (particularly his parents) to think he is very angry about the world and deeply depressed. He would push back against this, somewhat. Catch it until Sunday April 8 at the Malthouse Theatre.

Colony Colony: Frontier Wars explores the period of colonisation in Australia from 1788 onwards and its often devastating effects on First Peoples. The period that to many was the discovery of a ‘wondrous’ southern continent, was to others an invasion of homelands occupied for millennia.  Free entry, on now at NGV.

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Eskybition

A Brief History of Time

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Art for a good cause

In tribute to Stephen Hawking

The Eskybition group show adopts the concept of upcycling; the process of transforming waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new products of better quality or for better environmental value.  All proceeds donated to Support Act. RVCA Gallery on Friday April 13.

The Astor Theatre will host a cinematic tribute to the world-renowned physicist, cosmologist, and author Stephen Hawking.  The Astor will screen the acclaimed documentary  A Brief History of Time,  a biographical film about Hawking that covers his life and work -complimented with a score from Phillip Glass and interviews from those who knew him best. Tuesday April 10.

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George’s Bar Everyone’s favourite George Costanza-inspired bar is back for another round of laughs, with top notch comedians alongside the next two contestants of their ‘Are You Funnier Than George’ competition. Thursday April 5.

A brilliant lineup of comedians take to the stage in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s annual Upfront. This year features our cover star Becky Lucas, Geraldine Hickey, Double Denim, Lady Rizo, Urzila Carlson and more. Wednesday April 18.

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 April 5 on 120 Exhibition St, Melbourne.

The Beatles on the Roof by Tony Barrell, Omnibus Press

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How much can be said about The Beatles’ infamous 1969 rooftop performance? A whole novel’s worth, according to Tony Barrell. The Beatles on the Roof explores the band’s final live performance in elaborate detail, sifting through not only the components which made up the concert itself, but the many factors which contributed to the pop legends finding themselves perched atop the Apple rooftop that fateful day. If you’re not an avid music history or Beatles fan, this book has the potential to bore. Although the novel is coloured with anecdotes and retellings from those who worked closely with The Beatles at the time, overall the novel is predominately fact-driven and takes a historical approach, which can come off as dry. Dense chunks of information appear clunky at times and infrequently

break the flow of the story, though as a whole Barrell has managed to fill the pages with a level of emotion and honesty that is compelling and adds sentimental value to the story. At only four chapters in length, the novel is a quick read, though it touches on a vast range of factors one would not have considered to have had any relation to The Beatles’ break up. Elements such as the intimate details of John and Yoko’s relationship and their increasing experimentation with drugs, tension between the band members and the inner workings of their company, Apple, all come together to paint a wellresearched, big-picture understanding of the event. The book succeeds in bringing a great deal of new information to light, which is no easy feat for a biography of one of the world’s most famous bands. Additionally, the approach of focusing the story on the band’s rooftop performance and weaving contextual detail into that foundation is a fresh take on a band that have had countless books dedicated to telling their story. The Beatles on the Roof certainly won’t suit everyone’s taste, though

Barrell’s emotional connection to The Beatles’ rooftop performance adds the perfect finishing touch to the highly informative and well researched piece of writing and is something that will resonate with any reader. By Kate Streader


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Roza Terenzi

Metal Kwayme

Hope you’ve managed to pull yourself together after whatever you did over the monstrous long weekend because we’ve got another bunch of incredible parties happening this week. On Friday April 6, much-loved Melbourne label Butter Sessions are throwing a party for elusive local producer Mosam Howieson, who’s launching a 12”. A purveyor of deep rhythmic house and hypnotic techno, rumour has it his live set at the Domestic Documents compilation launch a few months ago was something else. Backing him up is Roza Terenzi, who can seemingly do no wrong right now. With recent releases on CC Disco’s First Light compilation and a joint EP with Vancouver’s DJ Zozi on new label Planet Euphorique, 2018 is looking like Terenzi’s year. Furious Frank rounds out the lineup when it all goes down at Hugs&Kisses from 10pm. No further word on the future of the venue as the building is sold, yet - seems to be business as usual for the moment.

We need to talk about Kwame’s soulful sophomore EP Endless Conversations. No doubt you’ve heard the contagious, super-cool single ‘WOW’ that recently took over the airwaves. The rest of the EP is just as thrilling, oozing a poetic playfulness that is uniquely Kwame. When Lessons Learned dropped early 2017, fans were blown away by the young creative’s versatility, continuously blending the boundaries of music to this day. The six-track EP is an honest expression of the artist’s struggle, a collection of conversations about the pressures of life and relationships when balancing work as an artist. Kwame teamed up with Sydney rapper Phil Fresh for the trap track ‘Who Dat’, and the sensual ‘Coffee’ includes the heart-melting vocals of Mel Bailey. Fearlessly rising through the ranks of Australian hip hop, Kwame’s Endless Conversations will ultimately help cement his place as one of the most successful artists of 2018.

Stonefield

I’ve been interviewing bands for a long time, particularly in the rock and metal genres, and lately I’ve noticed the return of a topic that’s been absent for a while: the blues. Rock has always had its roots in the blues, and up to a certain point you could still hear its influence in the boogie-based guitar riffs of hair metal bands or the lonesome lead guitar licks in Alice In Chains’ ‘Nutshell.’ But for a while there, the blues seemed to lose its influence on new rock and metal guitarists. The result of this de-blues-ification has been a lot more progressive music. You won’t hear any blues licks or shuffle rhythms in the music of, say, Periphery or Aussie guitar god Plini. It’s resulted in a lot of very complex rhythms, a lot of syncopated stop-start riffs, unusual harmonic structures and plenty of technical achievements that push the family of heavy music genres forward. But recently, the blues seems to be creeping back in to the musical consciousness. Take Macedon Ranges quartet Stonefield, for instance. The Findlay sisters are heavily influenced by ‘60s and ‘70s blues-based rock, and the music that inspired it. Another great Aussie example is Palace Of The King, Palace of the King

Safety Club

D.Tiffany

On Saturday the aforementioned DJ Zozi AKA D.Tiffany is in the country (although I’m semi-convinced she hasn’t left for a couple of years) and is playing four hours back-to-back with Roza Terenzi. The party is a Plastic Dreams and Le Fag joint throwdown with Simona Castricum and Jess Zammit also on board. It’s going down at The Sub Club. Another ripper back-to-back sesh is happening at Lounge on Saturday as Lucid hosts Sleep D and Toni Yotzi together for an extended closing set. No doubt riding high from recently supporting The Black Madonna and seducing the ‘Sup at Golden Plains Festival, Yotzi’s another selector who’s having a smashing year. Joining them is Lauren Hansom down from Sydney, Interstellar Fugitives and residents 6am At The Garage.

Brissie boys Shan Bars and Ronnie Uno make up slick hip hop duo Safety Club. Naming Brockhampton, Amine, Kaytranda and Pharell as some of their musical influences, they boast an impressive list of upbeat tracks guaranteed to make your day a whole lot better. Radiating positive vibes and sunny beats, their latest song ‘Oh La La’ is an airy anthem with undeniably catchy lyrics. Fuelled by happiness and laced with light-hearted fun, it’s a feel-good tune and a refreshing take on the hip hop genre. Producer Shan’s personal project is also worth a listen. His Small Group of Friends EP is experimental, eclectic and exciting, with impeccable production value. I am looking forward to seeing what else these two can come up with, as there seems to be a bright future ahead for the duo.

whose new album I Am The Storm was released on Friday March 23. These guys have a contemporary attitude but the material is heavily based on the riffs and grooves of the blues. In interviews I’ve conducted recently, the blues has been cited as a primary influence for Alter Bridge vocalist Myles Kennedy, who has just released a very bluesy solo album; ex-Manowar guitarist Ross The Boss (who is touring Australia with an allManowar set including a show at The Croxton on Saturday April 28); and Slipknot and Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor, Fozzy’s Rich Ward. The influence of the blues is all over the currently strong stoner rock-metal movement, which draws on the bluesy riffage of the first Black Sabbath album blended with the harsher edge of later Sabbath records like Master of Reality and Sabotage. And heck, if you’ve hit certain rock venues lately, you’ll find you won’t be able to move for all the Led Zeppelin-influenced bands made up of members who weren’t even alive when Jimmy Page and Robert Plant released their last album together in 1998. So why? What is it about an over-100-year-old musical

Fred P

Wolf Henson

On Sunday, the final rays of summer are being torn from us as Piknic Elektronik turns it up for their season finale. On show is a pretty bonkers array of veterans and newbies, both local and international. UK producer George FitzGerald heads up the line-up with veteran NYC DJ/producer Fred P, Finnish selector Yotto and New South Wales beat maker Willaris. K setting the scene for an eclectic day of music. Willaris. K was one of my favourite newcomers of 2017 with tracks like ‘Alchemy’ demonstrating a cinematic and emotive take on dance music that quickly got him thrust onto the festival circuit over summer. Fred P has one of the nicest sounds in house music, fusing a deep-soul feel with the traditional four to the floor. Local selectors Human Movement, Toni Yotzi, Matt Radovich, Ben Cromack, Caine Sinclair, ANYO and MzRizk round out what’s no doubt gonna be a big day. Kicks off at 2pm at Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

Also from the Sunshine State, alt-rap artist Wolf Henson has dropped trippy visuals for his ambitious new single ‘Shine’. Donning glitter on his eyes, the colourful and ultra-bubbly music video has it all: sharks, wolves, dinosaurs, anime girls and aliens. The song is taken off his upcoming debut mixtape Teens Don’t Cry, an obvious reference to his love of Frank Ocean. Here’s hoping the self-proclaimed ‘homemade superstar’ makes a visit to Melbourne sometime soon. Indonesian rapper Rich Brian, previously known as Rich Chigga, has announced his debut Australian tour. Rising to fame with his viral hit ‘Dat $tick’, the young creative has faced criticism over controversial lyrics but has grown into a solid hip hop voice, recently being featured on Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia List. The LA-based artist will reach our shores in May, ready to perform tracks from his debut album Amen. Indonesian R&B artist NIKI and DJ Don Krez will accompany the young rapper when he jumps on stage at 170 Russell on Tuesday May 22.

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genre that speaks to musicians in their teens, ‘20s, ‘30s, ‘40s and beyond in 2018? I’ve thought about this a lot and I think there’s a very complex yet simple answer: the blues is universal. It can be cathartic, sexy, fun, silly, deep, personal, revolutionary… and this all takes place on a framework of a few basic forms that are easy to learn when you first pick up an instrument. The blues is a genre that lives on being passed from one musician to another in a jam environment, so often it presents the first experience a new musician might have to really lock in with other players. The handful of basic blues grooves are easy to pick up and the scales typically used to construct blues riffs are very adaptable to other genres, so once you start to move out into other styles, that stuff stays with you. I think the very thing that keeps the blues alive and allows it to continue to filter into rock and metal today is the fact that it’s a musical language that’s easy to learn and easy to share - and those early feelings of ‘whoa, locking in with other musicians is hella fun!’ never leave you.

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Cover Story

Becky Lucas by David James Young

When you’re a stand-up comedian, inspiration can strike basically anywhere. In conversation, in passing, on the bus, on the street. Ever attentive to her surroundings, Becky Lucas’ ears pricked up one afternoon when she found herself walking behind two girls in deep conversation. “They were speaking to each other about a job they didn’t get at their workplace,” explains Lucas. “One of the girls was really indignant about it – she was like, ‘I don’t know why I didn’t get it. I mean, I’m funny, I’m smart, I’m better than him, I’m confident, I’m cool.’ I couldn’t help but laugh, honestly. Like, good on you for pushing and believing in yourself, but try not to be so much of a dick sometimes. You probably are great at your job, but you can really come across as being really up yourself. It became this mantra, this hilarious joke mantra.” And so it was that Lucas’ 2018 festival show title came to be: cute funny smart sexy beautiful. Accompanied by a glossy glamour shot for the poster, Lucas hopes the wink at superficiality is a litmus test of sorts for those that might want to take a gamble and book themselves a ticket. “If you don’t get the title, then maybe don’t come to the show,” she advises. “There are always a few people that are like, ‘What do you mean you’re calling it that?’ They’re so confused by it – like, if you can’t tell that it’s a bit of a rib, this show probably isn’t for you.” Lucas is also quick to note that, although cute funny smart... was conceived in jest, the show itself has revealed that objects may be closer than they appear. “Obviously it started as a joke, but interestingly enough, the subject matter of the show has started to align with the title in a way,” she says. “I talk about the culture of online feminism, shaming, body image and having low self-esteem. It’s kind of come full circle in that it makes thematic sense.” The last five years or so have seen Lucas perform across Australia, from dive bars in the city to huge theatres and even Melbourne’s Town Hall as a part of Triple j’s Good Az Friday. As such, she’s more accustomed than ever to all different types of audiences, and allows the nature of the show she’s performing to dictate how the set will go. “I gig almost every night,” she says. “Basically everything that’s in the show is pretty

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tried and tested by the time I’m doing it at the festival. Sometimes you have to pick your material in a more clever way – I think it’s great that doing clubs forces you to connect with people you normally wouldn’t perform. There are always a few specific things, though, that you know are pretty tailored to just the kind of crowd that is coming to see you specifically. I’ve gotta say that before I trialled the show in Brisbane, I really didn’t think that the show was ready. Thankfully, the audiences here have been so responsive and supportive that I really think it’s ready now.” Outside of preparing cute funny smart..., Lucas has spent a fair amount of time working on television. Last year saw Lucas working as one of the head writers of The Other Guy, the Stan original series starring fellow Brisbane expatriate Matt Okine. Lucas also co-wrote and co-starred in True Murder, a non-fiction crime parody alongside comedian Cameron James. Lucas and James will also have a new series premiering later this year for ABC, entitled Be Your Own Boss. If that wasn’t enough, the two also have plans to continue work on their Comedy Central webseries share this, portraying two millennial journos seeking out the hottest possible takes. By having these jobs in tandem, Lucas believes she’s now more confident than ever in relation to what works for both the screen and the stage. “If you’re writing for TV, you’ve got to think about more than just what’s funny to you,” she says. “It’s definitely a different beast – there’s a lot to consider when it comes to character and context and the story you’re trying to tell. I do think that writing for TV can improve how you write for stand-up, and vice versa. Stand-up is a great way to test a joke, to really see if something you’ve come up with is funny. Writing for TV is mining every single story you have and throwing everything you’ve got at the wall,

while working with a group of other people doing the same thing. I feel like you can tell when a standup gets a writing job for TV – it comes through in how punchy it is, and the confidence of knowing that people think something’s funny.” There’s plenty to love about Becky Lucas. She’s cute, she’s funny, she’s smart – you know the rest. You’ll be seeing plenty of her as the year goes on, with plans to tour cute funny smart... throughout the rest of 2018. As far as Beat’s concerned, she’s the face of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. “Is this going to be the cover?” asks Lucas. “I had no idea. I want this to be the juiciest article of the festival. Cameron James owes me $2000. And Anne Edmonds is trying to root me. Print that.”

“I want this to be the juiciest article of the festival. Cameron James owes me $2000. And Anne Edmonds is trying to root me! Print that.”

Becky Lucas will perform cute funny smart sexy beautiful in Melbourne Town Hall’s Regent Room every night bar Mondays from Thursday March 29 – Sunday April 22.


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Jason Byrne

The Man with Three Brains With his boundless energy and OTT exhibitionism, Jason Byrne has cemented himself as one of Ireland’s most beloved stand-ups. Twenty years ago this month, however, he was just another budding performer in his mid-20s hoping for a break. Said break came in the form of a part on Father Ted, the cult-favourite Irish sitcom, in which Byrne utters one of the show’s most famous lines: “Wait a second – these are fake hands!” “I still remember everything about it,” Byrne says with a laugh from his home in Dublin. “We did a week of recording out in the west of Ireland and then a week in the studio over in London. I was only needed for a feckin’ day, but there was just so much that went into making that show happen. I happened to be friends with one of the writers, and they offered me a part basically on the back of one question – could I run backwards all day and pretend to be a football referee? ‘Of course I can!’ I got to referee the over-75s five-a-side match, and it was a feckin’ classic.” Fast forward to 2018, and Byrne is still as indemand as ever. He’s just completed a sold-out tour of his homeland, is heading back to Melbourne for his umpteenth Melbourne International Comedy Festival run and is in the middle of filming a new

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season of Ireland’s Got Talent, of which he is one of four judges. He shares an anecdote from the set to give a sense of how things are going. “On the show, they have this thing called a golden buzzer,” he explains. “If you press it, then the act goes straight through without everyone having to say yes.” “There was a drag act that came through, and even though they weren’t very good I still wanted to see what was going to happen. I had my feet up on the desk, blocking my regular buzzer because the other judges were trying to press it to get them off. I accidentally hit the golden buzzer with my left foot. The confetti went off and everything. I thought it was a part of the act! I had to own my mistake – they’re on my team for the semi-finals now.” Byrne’s current show is entitled The Man with Three Brains. It’s not in any way a science fiction

fare, mind you – rather, it’s a reflection on Byrne’s hyperactivity when the stage is his. “I called it that because it was something a fan said to me after a show once,” he explains. “They were like, ‘it seems like you need three brains to operate up there.’ There’s a lot to my shows, always a lot going on – there’s improv, there’s sketches, there’s stand-up. I liked the idea, so I ran with it. I got comments after I started doing it, with people saying the show had nothing to do with a three-brained man. I know, it’s just a feckin’ good name.”

Lefty Tighty Righty Loosey

The two shows have a different focus – broadly speaking, race and political allegiance – but both are driven by Taylor’s interest in taking comfortable, implicitly left wing comedy audiences into uncomfortable territory. As a result, a number of cerebral reviews have been written about Taylor’s stand-up, underlining the thematic substance and ideological efficacy. For the UK comic, however, what matters most is the immediate audience response. “The stuff I talk about is quite high stakes; people get very tense,” Taylor says. “Laughter’s a release of tension, so the more tense people are, the bigger the laughs. That’s why I like talking about the stuff I talk about. I’m not talking about it in order to put across a point of view. It’s more that I like having fun with how uptight and tense people can get. “It’s definitely more important to me how much the audience laughs, as opposed to the journalistic response. But obviously the critical acclaim is lovely. I’m not spurning that.”

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Lefty Tighty Righty Loosey sets out to lampoon certain attitudes of the comfortable, so-called liberal elite. Especially vulnerable to attack are things like hyper-political correctness and left-wing puritanism. The irony running through it is Taylor’s own white, middle-class, left wing stance. And it’s precisely because he inhabits this social sphere, that he was motivated to subject it to scrutiny. “I basically wanted to do something to try and get the Edinburgh audience’s attention,” he says. “The Edinburgh audience is basically white, middle-class and left-leaning. You want to try and present what these people think they think to them and go, ‘You know this is rubbish, right?’ “It’s much more interesting. I would never want someone to come to the gig because they think I believe the same thing as them. I quite like painting the audience as this ignorant liberal blob that I can poke. I like that dynamic.” Taylor’s work has frequently been described as provocative, chiefly for its dismantling of recognised liberal views and middle-class self-regard. Not surprisingly, he endured some sketchy moments when trialling material for inclusion in the hourlong shows.

Jason Byrne will bring his show The Man with Three Brains to The Forum Theatre every day until Sunday April 22 (bar Mondays) as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. You can find full show details and tickets via the MICF website.

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Fin Taylor

It’s Fin Taylor’s first time at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, but he arrives with the internationally esteemed standup show, Lefty Tighty Righty Loosey. The politically oriented hour of comedy enjoyed a sold out run at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe, following similar success for Taylor’s 2016 show, Whitey McWhiteface.

“It was something a fan said to me after a show once. They were like, ‘it seems like you need three brains to operate up there’.”

“When I was doing the Whitey show two years ago I remember there being a couple of times where people threatened to punch me and the promoter had to walk me out the back door because someone misunderstood something,” he says. “I get called provocative all the time. But I think a lot of comedians think the same thing, and if you just question those thoughts people automatically assume that you’re this wild provocateur. But I don’t think it’s that controversial. I know when I’m trying to be controversial and when I’m not.” Taylor might downplay the controversial emphasis of his work, but moments of intentional provocation remain in Lefty Tighty Righty Loosey. “It’s funny to justify something that’s, on the face of it, very wrong. That’s what a lot of comedy is. If you can justify something and you can keep an argument going that you know is wrong, through logic and jokes, I think an audience will go with you. If you start out with a premise that’s obviously wrong but you can justify it in a way that seems watertight, then it’s funny.”

“Laughter’s a release of tension, so the more tense people are, the bigger the laughs. That’s why I like talking about the stuff I talk about.”

Fin Taylor will perform his Lefty Tighty Righty Loosey show at ACMI Studio every day until Sunday April 22 (bar Mondays) as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Full details via the MICF website.

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Jason Byrne

The Man with Three Brains With his boundless energy and OTT exhibitionism, Jason Byrne has cemented himself as one of Ireland’s most beloved stand-ups. Twenty years ago this month, however, he was just another budding performer in his mid-20s hoping for a break. Said break came in the form of a part on Father Ted, the cult-favourite Irish sitcom, in which Byrne utters one of the show’s most famous lines: “Wait a second – these are fake hands!” “I still remember everything about it,” Byrne says with a laugh from his home in Dublin. “We did a week of recording out in the west of Ireland and then a week in the studio over in London. I was only needed for a feckin’ day, but there was just so much that went into making that show happen. I happened to be friends with one of the writers, and they offered me a part basically on the back of one question – could I run backwards all day and pretend to be a football referee? ‘Of course I can!’ I got to referee the over-75s five-a-side match, and it was a feckin’ classic.” Fast forward to 2018, and Byrne is still as indemand as ever. He’s just completed a sold-out tour of his homeland, is heading back to Melbourne for his umpteenth Melbourne International Comedy Festival run and is in the middle of filming a new

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season of Ireland’s Got Talent, of which he is one of the judges. He shares an anecdote from the set to give a sense of how things are going. “On the show, they have this thing called a golden buzzer,” he explains. “If you press it, then the act goes straight through without everyone having to say yes.” “There was a drag act that came through, and even though they weren’t very good I still wanted to see what was going to happen. I had my feet up on the desk, blocking my regular buzzer because the other judges were trying to press it to get them off. I accidentally hit the golden buzzer with my left foot. The confetti went off and everything. I thought it was a part of the act! I had to own my mistake – they’re on my team for the semi-finals now.” Byrne’s current show is entitled The Man with Three Brains. It’s not in any way a science fiction

fare, mind you – rather, it’s a reflection on Byrne’s hyperactivity when the stage is his. “I called it that because it was something a fan said to me after a show once,” he explains. “They were like, ‘it seems like you need three brains to operate up there.’ There’s a lot to my shows, always a lot going on – there’s improv, there’s sketches, there’s stand-up. I liked the idea, so I ran with it. I got comments after I started doing it, with people saying the show had nothing to do with a three-brained man and I know, it’s just a feckin’ good name.” By David James Young

“I called it [The Man with Three Brains] because it was something a fan said to me after a show once, they were like, ‘it seems like you need three brains to operate up there’.”

Jason Byrne will bring his show The Man with Three Brains to The Forum Theatre as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. You can find full show details and tickets via the MICF website.


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Sleeping With Sirens When US pop-punk juggernaut Sleeping With Sirens decided to make some changes after the release of their fourth album Madness in 2015, fan pages across the internet went into meltdown. However, one album and almost three years down the road, the five-piece seem stronger than ever. We caught up with a very contented Gabe Barham while the drummer was on some downtime from their world tour. “The last few years have been some of the most exciting for us. One of the biggest [changes] was our management team. We switched over to the Madden brothers’ label, MDDN. It’s been really cool working with those guys, they’re two guys that we really look up to,” he says. “Benji is really good at keeping us focused, creative, inspired and us on track, and also letting us be who we want to be – we’re so happy we made that change.” Sleeping with Sirens first rose to prominence with their 2010 debut With Ears to See and Eyes to Hear. Since then, they’ve released four studio LPs, toured the world on multiple occasions and have graced the cover of Alternative Press magazine no less than six times. “Switching over to Warner Brothers for our last record [Gossip, 2017] was a big move,” Barham says. “Going from an indie to a major label was scary and exciting all at the same time.” However, some outspoken fans and critics of the band haven’t been so impressed with their new direction – especially their decision to make Gossip a pop-punk inspired album over the heavier sound of their last few albums.

“When you start making music for someone else, that’s when you lose your passion and love for that kind of music.” “We’ve always been the type of band that puts out the music that we really enjoy,” Barham says. “It’s not for the group of people online saying ‘Oh, this doesn’t feel like Sleeping With Sirens. We want the heavy stuff.’ “When you start making music for someone else, that’s when you lose your passion and love for that kind of music. We’ve always had the mentality that we’re going to make music that we really enjoy playing, music that we feel represents us, that our heart is into at the moment. “I love playing the new stuff. It’s brought a new element to our band and a new found maturity.” Morale within the band reached an all-time high when their single ‘Legends’ was named Team USA’s official song for the 2018 Winter Olympics. “When we found out the news I didn’t even think it was real. We got to do a lot of stuff with the Olympians and for Team USA. All our friends and family were excited, and our moms were freaking out,” he says. Barham was quick to add, another highlight will be their return to Australia for the first time since 2015. “It feels like forever since we’ve been down to see everyone.”

Joining them will be the Lower Than Atlantis, The Faim and label mates Chase Atlantic. “They are our boys. We had them come out on one of our tours last year in the States. They’re younger kids, maybe 18 or 19, and from the first show we instantly clicked. They’re a great group of dudes and I love their music. As soon as we found out that we were going to Australia, they were on the top of our list.” Barham also revealed Sleeping With Sirens have been busy in the studio. “We have been talking a lot about new stuff. In September it will be a year since Gossip, although it doesn’t feel like it’s been that long. “I don’t want to give away too much but we’ve been really inspired. We had some time off recently, got in the studio and carved out four solid songs,” he says. “It’s going to be pop-punk like our last record, but these songs are a little bit punchier and edgier and a little bit more up-tempo. We’re even thinking about a video concept for a new single, and I’m like ‘come on baby, let’s go.’” By Natalie Rogers

Flowertruck Indie darlings Flowertruck are packing up their gear and heading out on an East Coast tour next month to celebrate their highlyanticipated debut album, Mostly Sunny, and much to the delight of their many fans down south their first stop is The Workers Club in Fitzroy. “I love Melbourne,” says Charles Rushforth, the friendly frontman of the four-piece. “The whole scene is very supportive but I’m always conscious of being a Sydney rat when I go there.   “We’ll have Mares and Real Love with us too, so it’s very exciting and I can’t wait!” he adds. “It’s been a long time coming, a really slow burn, but we’re so happy that the album is finally out - oh my God.”   Mostly Sunny  was a labour of love recorded between Sydney’s inner city at Free Energy Device Studios and the coastal, picturesque setting of the Grove Studios in Somerby’s NSW, but according to Rushforth it was anything but relaxing.     “We went into the Grove, with Richard Belkner, with the intention of doing it all live, tracking everything live, and just going over and over it again until we got the takes right, if that makes sense. It seemed simple, but turned out to be like strenuous physical exercise for four days,” he laughs.   You see, we’re all pretty much self-taught except for Sarah [Skyes, keyboard]. Sarah’s the only one with music knowledge - she’s like an encyclopaedia, which is good. But the rest of us are bizarrely self-taught, so it was really funny watching us tightening up in that way.   “We did some of the overdubs at Free Energy Device in Sydney but they were mixed in Melbourne by

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Matty Voight,” Rushforth says. “He did an amazing job, he mixed via correspondence, which is crazy. Like a pen pal, but he’s in control of your life’s work,” he jokes. “It was so nerve-racking but he did a great job.” “Our EP,  Dirt,  was a lot more measured, especially Will [Blackburn]’s drum tracks. It was a bit more of a calculated affair.  Mostly Sunny  is  a lot more loose,” Rushforth says, “and for us, I think that’s the best way to do it. Next time we’re looking forward to belting something out and then taking some time to mix it properly with the appropriate overdubs. I definitely can’t wait to get everyone fired up to just bang the songs out like a dinner in the microwave.”  While Rushforth admits the album was recorded in record time, the ten unique tracks came together over time forming a soundtrack to the four friends’ lives. ‘New Is the Saddest Word’ is one that has a deep meaning to the charismatic song-writer. “The song is a tricky one to talk about but I’ll do my best. That line just popped into my head one day while I was doing some work at the library for uni in winter last year,” he says.   “It summed up how I was feeling at the time – when you hit your mid-20’s as a musician and it feels

Sleeping With Sirens will take over Festival Hall on Sunday April 22 with Chase Atlantic, Lower Than Atlantis and The Faim.

like the natural wind in your sails is starting to deflate. I felt I was cursed to watch the world change around me while I stayed the same.” Another track that stands out from the rest is ‘All My Girlfriends Are Zepplins’. “That ol’ thing! That was one of the first songs I ever wrote. It was about a break up about three years ago, a typical catalyst for a whingey indie band song,” he smiles. “It was a funny time in my life – I was very young and very naive, and my thinking was very surreal back then. I was involved with all these people and they just seemed to float away no matter how hard I tried to cling on.  “I remember the day I was set to record the vocals for that song, I was trying to come up onto the kerb from the road outside Nandos in Newtown. My bike freaked out and I went flying over the handle bars and badly injured my shoulder,” Rushforth says. “So I was walking across the road to the studio, holding this broken bike and I was like ‘oww, I’ve gotta go and sing now,’ so if it sounds like I’m in physical pain on that song, it’s because I am.” By Natalie Rogers

“When you hit your mid-20’s as a musician, it feels like the natural wind in your sails is starting to deflate. I felt I was cursed to watch the world change around me while I stayed the same.”

Flowertruck hit The Workers Club on Friday April 6. Their album Mostly Sunny is out now through Universal Music.


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Belle and Sebastian For many musicians, saying thanks to the fans is a matter of etiquette. But Belle and Sebastian were never ones for empty gestures. The indie sextet’s new record is marked with the words and faces of 80 fans who travelled to London to meet the band. “We’d been doing sort of a DIY job with the music itself, and I thought it would be nice to have the fans be on the record cover,” says Belle and Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch, who photographed the visiting fans. “It was a little bit like a factory. We had to move fast the whole day. I just wanted to capture something from every one of them.” Belle and Sebastian’s new three-EP project, released from December 2017 to February 2018, is titled How to Solve Our Human Problems. To get fans to relax and loosen up for their portraits, Murdoch asked them, how do you solve your human problems? “We got some interesting answers,” he says. “Some people were really political – you know, ‘end capitalism and let’s think up something different.’ Other people were a little bit more fun – a girl from Japan said, ‘me and my girlfriend just like to eat Nutella and hold hands.’ I thought that was kind of cute.” These fans – young and old, bald and bearded, smiling and somber – stand front and centre on the covers of the EP’s three instalments. Now, Belle and Sebastian are taking their newly-minted EPs to see the world. After jaunting across the UK, the band will touch down in Perth and head east, stopping by Melbourne’s Palais Theatre on Friday May 4. Murdoch vividly recalls the band’s previous Australian tours, considering their 2011 concert in Sydney one of their best.

“Playing the Sydney Opera House was one of the most memorable, one of the most pleasurable gigs that we ever played,” says Murdoch. “It’s one of the most beautifully acoustically-designed spaces.” Australia is, like Murdoch’s native Scotland, a polarised country – increasingly drunk on the easy opportunities for outrage provided by social media. Belle and Sebastian attempt to push back against this trend, in their own small way, with music that is stubbornly tender and humanistic. “I try to avoid confrontation,” says Murdoch. “I don’t think it helps at all, and I think we’re never gonna work it out by getting angry. We’ve got to come at it from a position of peace. I might sound like a hippy, but I think old hippies can still change the world.” But what about punk rock, an essentially angry breed of music? Does Murdoch really want us to pitch London Calling and Never Mind the Bollocks into the dustbin? “Let’s not get confused,” says Murdoch. “I think a lot of great punk rock may have sounded angry, but the best punk rock was personal. It wasn’t necessarily about ‘smash the system’ and ‘smash this’ and ‘smash that.’ “Oftentimes, Joe Strummer and John Lydon would be talking about very personal things that

were affecting them. Like in ‘White Riot’: ‘I want a riot of my own’. He’s saying, ‘I want it to be a personal thing. I want it to mean something to me. I want to change the world that way’. There’s actually a really constructive and social element in these songs.” How to Solve Our Human Problems is the product of long sessions of collaborative tinkering. ‘There Is an Everlasting Song’, a classic Belle and Sebastian folk serenade, is one of Murdoch’s favourites on the record. Rather than laying down the track in a single session, Murdoch and bandmate Stevie Jackson sketched the outlines of the song and then had the other musicians come in and colour in their parts one by one. Despite a preference for humane music, Murdoch doesn’t believe that art has to justify itself with a positive message. For Murdoch, optimism is simply practical. “I don’t have any capacity in my life to be negative,” he says. “I can’t make music unless I’m being positive – there’s no space to be negative.”

Belle and Sebastian will play the Palais Theatre on Friday May 4. How To Solve Our Human Problems is available now through Matador.

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“It’s really important to know when to stop and not overload a song. It’s always tempting to make it fuller and more layered.”

Sarah Blasko Sarah Blasko is Australia’s master of melancholy. Her records, each one gently palpating a fresh wound or sweet spot, are all the more effective for their spare and cleancut style. In her upcoming album Depth of Field, Blasko asks listeners to consider how well they really know each another. “It can be very hard to know exactly who somebody is until you’re behind closed doors with them,” she says. “In your everyday life, in those little moments between the bigger moments – that’s really who you are. It’s about those simple choices that you’re making on a day-to-day basis and who you are behind closed doors.” More grounded than 2015’s synth-embroidered Eternal Return, Depth of Field grapples with how religious beliefs can drive people apart. A child of missionaries, Blasko first sang publically in church, but stopped attending services in her early twenties. Now, she visits churches for the architecture. “I spent a lot of my childhood and adolescence thinking about where I was going to go when I died,” Blasko says. “I was kind of obsessed with the afterlife. When you’re communicating and trying to get along with each other, these thoughts often get in the way and make people think they’re different from one another when they’re not. “When I was a kid, we all had this notion of creation, being created in the perfect image of God and going to the afterlife. Now, I don’t care where we came from. I don’t care where we’re going. I just believe it’s so important to be focused on relating to each other in the now.” These ideas come to the surface in ‘Heaven Sent’, a brisk and hard-edged track whose agnostic narrator has chosen to get on with life in spite of her uncertainty.

“I try to avoid confrontation. I don’t think it helps at all, and I think we’re never gonna work it out by getting angry. We’ve got to come at it from a position of peace. I might sound like a hippy, but I think old hippies can still change the world.”

“I thought about it a lot when my mum died. It’s such a confusing feeling. Someone’s such a big part of your life, and then they’re gone. It’s hard to think that you won’t see them again, somehow. But I don’t think any of us can really know.” Blasko’s solo career has been a slow journey from the alt-pop eclecticism of 2004’s The Overture & the Underscore toward the austere self-unity of her past two albums. She brought her perfectionist impulses under control with the help of the many musicians, producers and engineers she’s worked with, including Björn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John. “Björn taught me that it’s really essential to make music that has flaws and mistakes, that isn’t over-thought,” Blasko says. “It’s really important to know when to stop and not overload a song. It’s always tempting to make it fuller and more layered.” Blasko reveals that Depth of Field is not an album she would have been capable of putting together when she was starting out. She began working on material for the album during a twoweek residency at Sydney’s Campbelltown Arts Centre, where she and band members brainstormed and tinkered freely onstage. Inspiration came from a stack of experimental films Blasko had discovered at one of Sydney’s few remaining video rentals. “I find writing lyrics the hardest part of the whole

process,” she says. “This time I was writing them up until the last minute. I kept finding myself not quite happy with certain lyrics and changing them around.” The record’s spartan style owes much to engineer Collin Dupuis. Dupuis is perhaps best known for his work on Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence, but here he exhibits an almost Martin Hannett-like command of empty space, leaving Blasko’s words room to hang undisturbed before the listener’s ears. “My life has changed a lot over the years,” says Blasko. “At this point in my life, I have a fairly stable existence. I have a partner, I have a child. It’s not really a world that I’ve seen into before and, as you find yourself a part of it, you see and hear things that have eluded you in the past. For someone who writes songs, it’s hard not to be influenced by where you’re at in life.” Blasko will take Depth of Field on the road this May and says she’s looking forward to playing some standing venues, where having the audience on their feet helps shape the show’s atmosphere. “The record has a certain rawness to it,” she finishes. “It’s honest and pretty upfront, so I think the show will be reflective of that. I want it to be simple.”

Sarah Blasko’s album Depth of Field is out now via EMI Music Australia. She’ll play 170 Russell on Friday June 22, tickets are available via Moshtix.

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Beat’s Ultimate Post-Long Weekend Pick-me-up Playlist

Album of the Week

Please enjoy this eclectic, made-with-love playlist as crafted by your trusty Beat team. We promise that the thematic and sonic diversity offered here is sure to pick you right up from your post long-weekend blues. 1.

Shooting Stars – Bag Raiders

2.

UGH! – The 1975

3.

I Can’t Save You – Cub Sport

4.

Idea of Happiness – Van She

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Running – Nyxen

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Does This Last – Boo Seeka

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Oh Devil – Electric Guest

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For You – Northeast Party House

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Embrace - PNAU

Gum

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Electric Feel – MGMT

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Little L – Jamiroquai

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Chronic Sunsine – Cosmo Pyke

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Perfect People – Courtship.

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Instant Coffee - BUGS

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Motivation – Benjamin Booker

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Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now – The Smiths

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Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears For Fears

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Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds

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Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell

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My Happiness – Powderfinger

Between his seemingly neverending stream of original ideas and his tremendously refined sound, Jay Watson is by no means an underdog. Undoubtedly one of the most creative craftsmen of psychedelic music at the moment, Watson has once again proved his musical dexterity with his latest offering The Underdog under his solo project, GUM. Far from being a one-trick pony, GUM consistently solidifies the barrier between himself and his other projects, Tame Impala and Pond, ensuring he never relies on the success of those bands to further this one.

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Not only is The Underdog a terrifically inspired record sonically, but Watson also illustrates that the magic truly is in the detail by pairing the sonic elements with vivid imagery and emotive language in his lyrics. Busy but never overcrowded, the layered sounds and beats interlace to create cathartic rhythms across the album. Watson has employed a number of notable creative approaches across The Underdog, such as that of tracks like ‘S.I.A’ and ‘Trying My Best’ which build hypnotically repetitive loops – almost reminiscent of Daft Punk – to dig their claws into your brain and ensure you won’t soon stop replaying their lyrics in your head. Meanwhile, highlights ‘Serotonin’ and ‘Rehearsed In A Dream’ offer laidback ambience melded with cosmic synth soundscapes. ‘Rehearsed In A Dream’ forgoes the pop infused sound displayed across the rest of the album for a comparatively stripped back, subdued effort, concluding with a deliciously obscure breakdown. Laying somewhere between a dreamlike state and another universe, The Underdog is a soothing, swirling concoction of original and inspired psych-pop. Though together they form a cohesive body of work, the individual tracks explore a range of melodic approaches, ensuring they each work equally as well apart as they do together.

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Albums

Reviews

Francis Trouble

8.0

Flowertruck

Mostly Sunny

7.0

(Sub Pop Records)

(Spunk Records)

(Red Bull Records)

Albert Hammond Jr.

Hot Snakes

Jericho Sirens

7.5

The Strokes have a special place in many people’s hearts, so while we’re waiting for their next studio album it’s refreshing to hear good things coming from the band’s respective solo ventures. The Stroke’s singer, songwriter and guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. has put out his fourth solo record, Francis Trouble, hereby offering a deeply personal exploration into the stillborn death of his twin brother, Francis. ‘DVSL’ kicks things off in superb indie-pop fashion. Humming along to AHJ’s signature rhythm guitar, there’s clear inspiration from the likes of Bowie. The first single from the album, ‘Far Away Truths’, starts with the same chords as all good The Strokes’ songs, and is strengthened by AHJ’s everevolving vocal talent. It’s followed by ‘Muted Beatings’, which unfortunately falls a little flat considering the early ante. The Strokes’ influence remains strong on ‘Set To Attack’ with the distorted vocals in full swing and AHJ showcasing his best guitar work on the album. ‘Screamer’ is a good oldfashion rock-out, and apart from the dawdling intro, ‘Rocky’s Late Night’ has one of the most head-bopping beats behind it. The album closes with the uninspired ‘Strangers’ followed by ‘Harder, Harder, Harder’, which is a strong finish.

The appropriately named Mostly Sunny does a great job of capturing the jangly, nervous exuberance of Sydney’s Flowertruck. The band have released several of the LP’s tracks as singles over the past 12 months, such singles include the excellent ‘Dying To Hear’, which strikes an appealing balance between their tendency towards wistfulness and real emotional weight, with a chorus that’ll be stuck in your head for days. The four-piece are not afraid of making their influences clear; in terms of both feel and arrangement, album opener and current single ‘Enough For Now’ comes off like a lost GoBetweens cut thanks to its dreamy synth and slightly odd-yet -catchy melody. The album does suffer from an over-consistency of mood, and singer Charles Rushforth’s passionate, idiosyncratic vocals also seem a little over-excited at times – a device that works well in concert but on record is just a touch too much. However, there is a variety of bright jangly tunes, – ‘Come Across’ and ‘Komici’, ‘80s synth pop – ‘New is the Saddest Word’ and ‘Comfort’, and more contemplative moments – ‘All My Girlfriends Are Zeppelins’. Altogether, this presents a cohesive snapshot of an exciting and unique band.

After 14 years, Hot Snakes are finally back with their fourth studio album, Jericho Sirens. It’s a lie to say that Hot Snakes haven’t pulled a few punches on this record, but there are still plenty of tracks that successfully capture the fiery post-hardcore styled rock ‘n’ roll that the band have pioneered. This record shows that John Reis and Rick Froberg can still shred and howl better than the rest. The first few songs of the album are a little slow off the starting line. Diehard fans will instantly notice cleaner production, riffs that feel a little pulled back and song structure that leaves something to be desired in terms of complexity or moodiness. That said, these tracks are definite growers, and upon two or three listens, you’ll be hooked. To further that, the second half of the album really picks up. ‘Having Another?’ is a nice throwback to the Drive Like Jehu days with Reis thrashing out some mean noise-rock riffs. ‘Psychoactive’ definitely has a tinge of Suicide Invoice’s moody riff work and ‘Death of a Sportsman’ pumps out great rock melodies from start to finish. All in all, Jericho Sirens is a rare example of a reunion record actually living up to a band’s catalogue. Be thankful.

By Chris Bright

By Alex Watts

By Thomas Brand

There’s A Riot Going On

8.5

The newfound three musketeers of mellow do their best to quell all social disturbance, decadence and despair. Not to be confused with the Sly And The Family Stone recording bearing a remarkably similar title, this record is as close to a field recording as a band who have made a career from aural terrorism can conjure up. ‘You Are Here’ is like a rip in a time machine set to the beat of ‘60s psychedelic underground with a splash of Can and Faust. A long hiatus and Yo La Tengo develop their new lexicon of adventure and druggy mysticism. By the second song, ‘Shades Of Blue’ YLT are in irresistibly groovy form, laden with copper bottomed pop hooks. Many of the songs of this prolonged jam session suggest a permanent amazement but there is also a strange poignancy. ‘Ashes’ is a bittersweet coda which suggests the delivery of a closing chapter. ‘Dream Dream Away’ shows just why this band continues to make music for the discerning few that realise just how captivating, challenging and fascinating Yo La Tengo can be. They end with ‘Here You Are’ and the groove of primal intensity is complete. Overall, this LP is the perfect heist of baroque curiosity. By Bronius Zumeris

Jack White

Boarding House Reach

8.0

Boarding House Reach isn’t an album for everyone. There are those people who will think it’s far too left of field with it’s strange, spaced-out guitar effects and tones, and that none of the songs seem to make any logical sense. Yet when you think about it, Jack White has been a leader of innovation in his music throughout his career. From the all red and white colour scheme of the White Stripes, to choosing his backing band which rotated from all female and all male each night by the toss of the coin on the Blunderbuss tour, White is an eccentric man. While I couldn’t seem to get around ‘Connected By Love’ upon release, in the context of this album it’s a perfect introduction for White’s most adventurous and experimental project yet. From the distorted B3 Organ and carnival-esque conga beat on ‘Corporation’ to the jazzy piano run and heavy impacting rhythm section (which White raps over) in ‘Ice Station Zebra’, Boarding House Reach has a surprise around every turn – with many nods to classic rock tracks in ‘Everything You’ve Ever Learned’, as well as a spoken word part from our very own C.W. Stoneking on ‘Abulia and Akrasia’. Moving on from the folk sounds of Lazaretto, Jack White has presented an intense listen that challenges how we think about making albums. It may be a while before he announces his long awaited return to Oz, but in the meantime we can indulge in Boarding House Reach.

(Hopeless Records/Unified)

(Third Man/Columbia/Sony)

(Matador Records)

Yo La Tengo

The Wonder Years

Sister Cities

7.5

Growing up in the south of Philadelphia, the first three albums by The Wonder Years are conceivably a trilogy of smalltown dissatisfaction and longing to get away from the confines of suburbia. Over the course of the 2010s, The Wonder Years got out – and they learned a hell of a lot along the way. If Sister Cities is a reflection on anything, though, it’s that you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. Travelling the world and playing music is all The Wonder Years ever wanted – but it comes at the cost of not being home when they need it the most, like in opener ‘Raining in Kyoto’. Vocalist Dan Campbell is inconsolable throughout his band’s sixth album, craving human contact as the world goes by in the window seat. His reflections and confessions go up against wave crashes of drums and guitar, often cathartically yelled over the top of them just to be heard. Sister Cities is a challenging, confronting album for longtime fans of the band. There are no easy answers and no real resolutions to the conflict bristling within these songs. Still, if anything, that makes you want to invest in it more. By David James Young

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Profiles

Grasshole

When did you first start making music and what led you there? Growing up together, Rick (drummer) and I started writing and jamming on songs over the last ten years. About four-five years ago we officially started Grasshole as the platform for what we do. A love of recording and live shows made us all chase our individual musical dreams, and it’s great to now share that together. Tell us about your album Fuzz of Flavour. What is the story behind it? What inspired it? Fuzz of Flavour is our debut fulllength album. Overall the lyrical content spans a huge range of herbivore-tinged philosophies we are passionate about; the environment, conspiracy theories, love, life and death. What do you love about making music? It’s a privilege to share our music and meet people that are completely moved by it. Whether it’s a profound impact we make or we just allow people to let their hair down and party, we do this because we love it. How would you describe your sound and how did you come to it? Addicted to strong fuzzy chords and hooky melodic vocals, we found our sound over the first two EP’s. So many bands have been an inspiration with their art; we are stoked to contribute our spin on mostly the grungy ‘90s scene. What can we expect from the live shows? We like to mix it up so we don’t have a totally predictable stage show, but one thing you can rely on is a hard-rock show and lots of sweat. We pride ourselves on doing exactly what we want to see in a live show; attitude, excitement and energy that guarantees a party atmosphere.

Music

Grasshole will play the last show of their album tour at Cherry Bar on Friday April 6. They’ll have Palmerslum, The Balls and The Deadlips along for support when it goes down from 8pm. You can find Grasshole’s album Fuzz of Flavour on Bandcamp and iTunes.

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Seattle Fix

When did you first start making music and what led you there? It started as a solo creative outlet that really blossomed when high school came to an end and it turned into a proper project for experimenting creatively. Seattle Fix was soon formed to express the music properly on stage. Tell us about your single ‘Stone’. What is the story behind it? What inspired it? ‘Stone’ is a special song and it felt really different to our others, it was a real step up. The song is about finding resilience to push through no matter how big or small, whether during light or dark times. What do you love about making music? Writing has such a strong therapeutic effect, each song is a true release, no matter what that feeling is. That kind of expression can be so important in being able to be yourself, throughout all the struggles and celebrations. How would you describe your sound and how did you come to it? We’d say it’s a mix of indie, shoe-gaze and alt-rock. Seattle Fix started very much as a happy-sounding indie-rock band but that just wasn’t us. We became influenced by bands like Warpaint, Daughter, The XX, and Snakadaktal. We got a lot moodier and began appreciating darker, richer textures. What can we expect from the live shows? You’ll hear lots of dreamy soundscapes, catchy melodies and big drums. And as well as ‘Stone’ you’ll get to hear some older stuff and some of the new songs we’re currently working on. facebook.com/seattlefix

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Nathan Power

When did you first start making music and how did you get here? I’ve spent the last twenty years of my life playing drums. It all culminated over the last three years where I was touring in a twopiece blues band, playing 120+ shows a year. I left that project behind in 2017 and learned to play guitar and sing. Six months later, I’ve got my debut EP We Were Wild complete, and I’m playing a fifteen date national tour to support it. Tell us about your EP We Were Wild. What inspired it? We Were Wild came out of a love 1960s folk music. I fell in love with the early 2000s wave of ‘new folk artists’ like Laura Marling, and following back to their roots I discovered Nick Drake. This led me to Leonard Cohen, Simon and Garfunkel, Jackson C. Frank etc, and then I started creating my own music, borrowing ideas and textures from the music I love as a kick off point. We Were Wild is a lyrical record, written around the break-down of a couple offriendships. Texturally there’s a lot of guitar, some pretty dense cello and mandolin arrangements, a couple of three-part harmonies and, surprisingly enough, no drums. What can we expect from the live show? I’ve been mainly playing solo over the last couple of months, so for this show I jumped at the chance to get double bass, violin, mandolin and a stomp-box/ tambourine set up in a room and shed through my tunes. It’s a big sound.

Music

Nathan Power will play Brunswick’s Retreat Hotel on Sunday April 8 from 3pm. Samuel Rya and The September Gurls will support and entry is free.

nathanpowermusic.com

Music

Seattle Fix will launch ‘Stone’ on Friday April 6 at Collingwood’s Grace Darling Hotel with Blooming and Comedown Party as support. Doors from 8.30pm and tickets are $5. ‘Stone’ is available everywhere online.

Harley Breen

Tell us about your show My show is called Flat Out Doing Nothing. A title that has born a theme. I’m mostly taking aim at men (myself included) who are always “busy” but aren’t actually engaging in their own life. I’ve lived that. The show grew from the moment I left breakfast radio to get back to the things I love. Life’s too short to be waking up at 4am to go talk to people about shit I didn’t care about. What does your show teach the audience? I’m not a teacher. I’m a comedian. If you come to my show to learn something you’re an idiot. What’s a fun fact about the show? The title came from my photographer, the great James Penlidis. I answered the phone on the day I had to lock in a title and he said “how you doing mate?” I replied “flat out buddy.” He quipped back, “doing fucking nothing?!” “Brilliant.” I said. Then I hung up, called my manager and said “I’ve got the show title.” Does your show have any audience participation? Yes. I say things then the audience laughs. Who are you looking forward to seeing this year at the festival? Heath Franklin. He’s one of my best mates and one of the greatest comedy minds I’ve ever met. I could watch him for days.

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Comedy

Harley Breen will perform Flat Out Doing Nothing as part of this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival. You can catch him at Mantra on Russell, with full details and tickets available via the festival website.


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Alex Williamson

Tell us about your show. Shall I recount the whole 60 minutes? Maybe too long. I’ll just say, it’s wrong. But none of it rhymes, like the former. It’s just funny. Actually I take that back, the songs rhyme. There’s some songs that’ll melt you’re heart like my ‘Ode To A Drug Dealer’. One of several acoustic ditties from the soul. What does your show teach the audience? What not to do. Pretty classic formula for comics but I seem to be exceptionally good at f*cking up. What do you love about the Melbourne performing arts community? The opportunity. So many open mic gigs, whether you’re a musician, a comedian, or just wanting to pull your cock on stage, there’s an audience in Melbourne thanks to the population. Why is comedy more important than ever in 2018? Because people need a laugh more than ever. Oh wait, I forgot about the two world wars. Maybe we’re all good. Come along anyway though. Describe your show in three words. Eye-opening shit.

Comedy

Alex Williamson will perform his show So Wrong, It’s Wrong at Anthenaeum Theatre as part of the 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Catch all the details and grab your tickets via the MICF website.

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Emma Malik

Tell us about your show. Wine, dog pats and laughs! My animal friends and I will take you through a night of unbelievable stories and tell you things that David Attenborough never would! What does your show teach the audience? That it’s okay to eat your clients. What’s a fun fact about the show? It stars the only working stick insect in comedy (and no, that’s not a nickname I’ve given myself because I’ve lost a few kg’s) Describe your show in three words. Sweet dog pats. Does your show have any audience participation? If so, how does it play out? Apart from sharing a few cheeky drinks together, the audience gets to help me find love! Well, I say they get to help me; they just have to sit there whilst my trained sniffer dog comes around and sniffs each of them until he alerts me to that special someone.

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Rosie Waterland

Tell us about your show. Well, I’m pretty sure it’s the only mother/ daughter comedy show at MICF this year. It’s based on our popular podcast, Mum Says My Memoir Is A Lie. We’re going to play some of the more popular clips and chat about the massive arguments we had while recording, talk about our family history in more detail and take questions from the audience. We’ve had to bring in a mediator though – mum doesn’t ask me to ask her fair questions! The idea for the show was born when… My mum read my memoir, The Anti Cool Girl, and insisted that I had made most of it up. It was crazy to me that we could have completely different memories, so I created the podcast for us to talk about it. When the podcast was done, people wanted more, so here we are. What’s a fun fact about the show? It’s the first time my mum has ever been on stage! I’ve toured two national comedy shows on my own, but she is a total comedy virgin. That’s her appeal though – she’s completely genuine, although that also means I have no idea what she’s going to say! But that’s why the fans love her. They like her more than me! They call her Mama Lisa and she LOVES IT. She thinks she’s the new Kerri-Anne Kennerley. Describe your show in three words. MOTHER. DAUGHTER. SHOW. Who are you looking forward to seeing this year at the festival? Definitely Kirsty Webeck, Becky Lucas, Kitty Flanagan and Anne Edmonds as Helen Bidou... All the brilliant women this year!

Comedy

Rosie Waterland and Mama Lisa will perform Mum Says My Memoir Is A Lie – The Live Event across Two Shows At The Comic’s Lounge as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. You can find full details and tickets via MICF’s website.

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Comedy

Emma Malik will perform If You Can’t Train It, Eat It at Radio Bar as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Full details and tickets via the MICF website.

Heath Franklin’s Chopper

Tell us about your show. My show, Bogan Jesus, is about the whims of Chopper’s irritations becoming religious canon just because he says so. The idea for the show was born when… Festival registrations started closing and I needed a show name and I really liked this one. Its evocative. What does your show teach the audience? It teaches the audience that a comedian that wants to teach their audience about things is just as desperate and pointless as someone who became a parking inspector because they want to be respected by the community. Just make people laugh. Can you describe the journey of creating a show? You start off in a little town called ‘No Idea’ then you ride the keyboard donkey for countless hours, stopping for lunch in a place called ‘this could be alright’ then more keyboard donkey and then a brief stop in ‘oh god I’ve got nothing, this is going to be shit’ Cul De Sac then eventually you get to a place called ‘its opening night so now you have to say it.’ Then you lay your head in a pillow made of applause. Does your show have any audience participation? I think Laughing is a form of participation. So yes. Some audience members will be engaged in polite conversation but I certainly don’t want to rely on those useless fuckers for any entertainment value.

Comedy

Heath Franklin’s Chopper will perform Bogan Jesus as part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He’ll play at Anthenaeum Theatre Two across various dates, head to the festival website for full details and tickets.

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Luna Exchange

The Evelyn Hotel Ziggy from Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange and Henry from Horatio Luna are joining forces to bring you a smorgasbord of funk, house, hip hop and everything in between as their new outfit, Luna Exchange. You can catch them at The Evelyn Hotel on Wednesday April 4 from 8pm. $10 entry.

This Week Wednesday 4 April Hip Hop & R&B Can I Kick It? Open Mic Night Horse

Bazaar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm.

Arts, Theatre, Burlesque & Markets

The Mamas

Cherry Bar The Mamas know what’s good for you, and that’s getting yourselves down to Cherry Bar to catch a slice of their eight-piece soul goodness. Catch them from 8pm on Thursday April 5. Entry is free.

Hots

The Old Bar Playing a delicious brand of promiscuous punkrock, Hots are bound to get you up and having a boogie. Catch them and their special support guests Gee Seas and Magpie for a rollicking weeknight gig at The Old Bar on Thursday April 5 from 7.30pm. Entry is an easy $8.

The Tipplers

Charles Weston Melbourne-based Irish band The Tipplers will be bringing their unique blend of traditional Irish-folk and contemporary in a captivating performance at Charles Weston on Thursday April 5. Catch these hot-in-demand performers from 6.30pm, and best of all, entry is free.

Girls On Key Poetry - Feat: Sharifa Tartoussi + Farah Beaini + More Open

Studio, Northcote. 7:30pm. $10.00.

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

8:30pm. $15.00.

Dizzy’s Big Band Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. $14.00.

Julien Wilson ‘B For Chicken’ Quartet

303, Northcote. 8:30pm. Lauren Schade Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $25.00. Lightly Toasted The Jazzlab, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $20.00. Max Teakle’s Jazz Revolution Compass Pizza, Brunswick East. 6:00pm. Nathan Slater Quartet Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $25.00. Paul Hogan Milano’s Tavern, Brighton. 10:00am. $5.00. Tom Guarna Bird’s Basement, Melbourne. 7:30pm. $29.00.

Indie, Rock, Pop, Metal, Punk & Covers Bodies + Wet Kiss + Uboa + Baba Sib

Cherry Bar Coming off the back of their national tour, Grasshole will be dropping their debut album Fuzz of Flavour with a live show at Cherry Bar. Their mates Palmerslum, The Balls and The Deadlips will be coming along to help, when it all goes down on Friday April 6 from 8pm. Tickets are $10+bf via Eventbrite or $12 on the door.

Flowertruck

Muddy’s Blues Roulette - Feat: Various Artists Catfish, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. Newton Faulker + Tom Richardson

Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:00pm. $62.00. Open Mic Night Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East. 6:30pm.

Thursday 5 April Hip Hop & R&B Ezra Allen + Tempus Sun + Stoka + Arrom Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd.

7:00pm. $10.00.

Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10.00. Juanes + Madre Monte Trio 170 Russell, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm.

Marc + Allola & Ryan Durrington

Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. $8.00.

Rebecca Barnard & Billy Miller’s Singalong Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh.

7:00pm.

Victory Lap + Rogue Wavs + Constant Light + Sissysocks Bar Open, Fitzroy.

8:00pm. $5.00.

Wesley Fuller’s Kicks + Bananagun + Coco A-Go-Go + More Yah Yah’s,

Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 7:30pm. $70.00.

House, Electro, Trance & Club Nights Infraghosts + Tangrams + Hornbags

Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 6:00pm. Kassette Carlton Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. Luna Exchange + Freda + Kuzich Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $10.00.

Acoustic/Country/Blues/ Folk Amie Grisold Drunken Poet, West

Melbourne. 8:00pm.

Birdcloud + Justin & The Cosmics + The Smoking Flowers Cherry Bar,

Derailment + Spew Balloon + Incinerated + Rawhead Last Chance

Double Trouble - Feat: Jank Facques

Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm.

Ercha + Scenic Recovery + Bloodofito + Chado Kata Bendigo Hotel,

Collingwood. 7:30pm. $5.00.

Fake Sibling + Connor Black-Harry + Benigar Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $5.00. Gordon Holland Band + The Dufranes + Gavin Bowles Whole Lotta Love,

Brunswick East. 7:00pm. $5.00.

Hotel Fifteen Love + Majak Door + Nipple Chaffes + Back Pocket Revolver

Upstairs, Prahran. 8:00pm. $5.00.

Hots + Gee Seas + Magpie Old Bar,

Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm.

Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $8.00. Matt Bradshaw Elephant & Wheelbarrow, Melbourne. 9:30pm.

10:00pm. $5.00.

Resist The Thought + Drown This City + Hollow World + Ame Noire Workers

6:00pm. $10.00.

Sal Wonder + Biscotti + Broads Yarra

Gallery - Feat: Mzrizk + More

Next Crop Showcase - Feat: Ja$E Prime + Eleji + J.B.T + Sol Bishop + More Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. No Frills Thursdays Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. Wzrdkid Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood.

Arts, Theatre, Burlesque & Markets Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School - Feat: Ruby Slippers 24 Moons, Northcote.

6:30pm. $25.00.

Facades + Lonefree + Mother Culture

Ásgeir - Feat: Asgeir + Woodes

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Rock And Roll Bar, North Melbourne. 8:00pm. Dermot Kennedy Howler, Brunswick. 8:00pm.

Andrea Keller Transients Trio Uptown

Fitzroy. 8:00pm.

Workers Club Flowertruck’s debut album Mostly Sunny is here and they’ll be treating your ears to a live launch show at The Workers Club. Mares and Real Love will be joining them to help on the night, going down on Friday April 6 from 8pm. Grab your tickets via Oztix.

Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 8:00pm. Matt Burrows The Moldy Fig, 9:00pm. Miss Jones Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 9:00pm.

Lomond Acoustica - Feat: Suzette Herft + Robbie Grieg + Buck Edwards

Elliot Friend + Pilgim Age + Annan Blix

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

Grasshole

8:30pm. $10.00.

Jazz, Soul, Funk, Latin & World Music

Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. $5.00.

Cadillac Drifters Musicland, Fawkner.

Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. Bittah Bastard The Moldy Fig, 10:00pm.

Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $15.00. Blunderbuss Open Studio, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10.00.

Deandre Brackensick + Angela Librandi

Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $30.00. Discoconutz - Feat: Various Djs Carlton Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. Hue Blanes The Jazzlab, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $20.00. Jam Night - Feat: Various Artists

Kanela Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $20.00.

Mike And Andy Bevan + Ronny Ferella

Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $20.00. Nikos And Adonis Xylouris Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8:30pm. $23.01. Sol É Alma Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 7:30pm. $20.00. Tamara Kuldin + John Montesante Quintet The Water Rat Hotel, South

Melbourne. 7:00pm. The Mamas Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10.00. The Putbacks 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10.00. Tom Guarna Bird’s Basement, Melbourne. 7:30pm. $29.00.

Indie, Rock, Pop, Metal, Punk & Covers Amaya Laucirica + The Orbweavers

Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $15.00. Byo Vinyl Night - Feat: Various Djs The B.East, Brunswick East. 7:00pm.

Party On My Darling + Aztx + Shakura Chapman John Curtin Hotel, Carlton.

8:00pm. $10.00.

Club, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $15.00.

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

Terrible Signal + Hollie Joyce + Baked Beans Woody’s Attic Dive, Collingwood.

9:00pm. $10.00.

The Kramers + Cosy + Eyesea Weed

Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10.00. Throwback Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9:00pm. Tingy Celestino Customs House Hotel, Williamstown. 8:00pm. Ásgeir - Feat: Asgeir + Woodes

Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 7:30pm. $70.00.

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

Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:00pm.

Club Palisades - Feat: Morningmaxwell + Dj Mrs. Wallace + Joey Coco + Mickey P Carlton Club, Melbourne Cbd.

8:00pm. Kato New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. Nina Buchanan + Deep Area Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 9:00pm. The Bambi Kills + Charlz + Byron St John Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm.

$7.00.

Thursgay - Feat: Various Djs Yah Yah’s,

Fitzroy. 8:00pm.

Acoustic/Country/Blues/ Folk Aurora The Moldy Fig, 10:00pm. Danny Ross + Danika Smith Edinburgh

Castle, Brunswick. 8:00pm.

First Aid Kit + Stella Donnelly The Croxton, Thornbury. 8:00pm. $79.00. Greg Steps Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. Innocent Eve + Gretta Ziller Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 8:30pm. Jared Brentnall The Moldy Fig, 9:00pm. Michael Meeking & The Lost Souls

Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:00pm.


Featured Gigs Musicland Open Choir Rehearsals Feat: Various Artists Musicland, Fawkner.

7:00pm. $5.00.

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Honest Crooks

The Reverence Hotel Ready to dimish your hearing quality, deathmetal and hardcore outfit Honest Crooks will be tearing up The Reverence Hotel as part of their Australian tour. They’ll be performing their latest album, Suffer, in full when they hit the stage of Friday April 6. Head down from 8pm and be sure to grab your tickets for $15 via Moshtix.

THRS Birthday Bash

Whole Lotta Love It’s The Hard Rock Show’s birthday and they’re throwing a birthday bash the best way they know how – with a huge slab of live music. Join Shewolf, Torrential Thrill, Nick Barker and The Heartache State for a killer night of tunes celebrating THRS at Whole Lotta Love of Friday April 6. It’s going down from 6pm and tickets are $10 via Eventbrite.

Born Yesterday Music Punk Show

The Reverence Hotel Born Yesterday Music are hosting a huge show featuring some of the best Aussie punk bands going around. Join Bukowski, The Playbook, Satellites, The Sleepyheads and Future Static when they hit The Rev on Saturday April 7. It’s going down from 7.30pm and entry is an easy $10.

Hideous Sun Demon + Mesa Cosa

The B.East After playing a bunch of gigs together earlier in the year, Hideous Sun Demon and Mesa Cosa will be battling it out on stage one last time with a final showdown at The B.East. It’s going down on Saturday April 7 from 10pm and entry is free. Get on it.

Beetlejuice Birthday Celebration

The Bendigo Hotel The classic film Beetlejuice is turning 30 and to celebrate, The Bendigo Hotel are throwing a big ol’ party. The festivities will kick off with a screening of the cult-classic at 8pm, followed by live tunes from Mighty Duke and the Lords who’ll keep the party going. Grab your tickets for $30+bf via Eventbrite and get geared for a truly unique night. Costumes are encouraged.

Recital Centre, Southbank. 6:00pm. $39.00. Open Mic Sloth Bar, Footscray. 8:00pm. Open Mic Night Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 7:00pm. The Tipplers Charles Weston Hotel, Brunswick. 6:30pm. Vika & Linda Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm.

Friday 6 April Arts, Theatre, Burlesque & Markets Ganga Exhibition Opening Night Feat: Lachie Carracher Rokeby Studios,

Collingwood. 9:00am.

Jazz, Soul, Funk, Latin & World Music And He Sang + Tiana V 303, Northcote.

8:00pm. $8.00. Cannonball The Jazzlab, Brunswick. 8:30pm. $25.00. Dj Party Pest Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 9:00pm. Emilia + Cofi Belleville, Melbourne. 9:00pm. Galata Express Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. Hot Club Swing Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 6:30pm. $25.00. Jakal 24 Moons, Northcote. 8:00pm. $15.00. Kelly Auty Band Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:30pm. Kodo Jazz Duo The Moldy Fig, 10:00pm. Kristie Mccracken The Moldy Fig, 9:00pm. Mike Field Quintet Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $30.00. New Flamenco Project Compass Pizza, Brunswick East. 8:00pm. $20.00. Rowan Pattison / Tom Panckridge Quartet Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond.

7:30pm. $20.00.

Sergio Mendes Palais Theatre, St Kilda.

8:00pm. $99.90.

Son Of A Gunzel Catfish, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. The Groovetones Mantra Studio Kitchen

And Bar, Yarraville. 7:00pm.

The Stephen Magnusson Trio Uptown

Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. Tom Guarna Bird’s Basement, Melbourne. 7:30pm. $29.00. Vintage Roots Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $25.00.

House, Electro, Trance & Club Nights After Works Drinks - Feat: Various Djs

Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 5:00pm.

Pest Control - Feat: Scotty Pesticide

The Jungle Giants + Alice Ivy + Evan Klar 170 Russell, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. The King Of Things + Yes Yes Whatever + Grand Cabins Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy.

Bandroom, St Kilda. 9:00pm. $56.10. Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm.

Sloth First Anniversary Party - Feat: Dj Doc Sloth Bar, Footscray. 8:00pm. Tim Koren + Dj Soup + Billus Moon + Ol Greg Revolver Upstairs, Prahran.

11:45Am.

Undrgrnd 2018 - Feat: Yvette Lee + Karen From Finance + Dj Christian Dean Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 8:00pm.

$30.00.

Indie, Rock, Pop, Metal, Punk & Covers Cool Sounds + Culte Post Office Hotel,

Coburg. 9:00pm. Action Sam Elephant & Wheelbarrow, Melbourne. 11:00pm. Astro Boys Royal Hotel (Essendon), Essendon. 10:00pm. Back To The ‘80S - Feat: Various Djs

Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 8:00pm. $10.00. Captain Spalding Band Customs House Hotel, Williamstown. 8:00pm. Chapel Street Social Club - Feat: Phatoamano + Namn + Matt Radovich + And More Lucky Coq, Windsor.

9:00pm.

Crooked Colours + Running Touch

Grand Hotel Mornington, Mornington. 8:00pm. $28.60.

Formation - Feat: Donny + And More

Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9:00pm.

Free Dope - Feat: Terrence & Phillip + Kt Kinga + 4Twenty + More Rubix

Warehouse, Brunswick. 10:00pm.

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

Melbourne Cbd. 5:00pm.

8:00pm.

Under The Sea + Mote Labour In Vain,

Fitzroy. 8:00pm.

Versus Party - Feat: Various Djs Yah

Yah’s, Fitzroy. 8:00pm.

Zuma + Bones And Jones + Momoko Rose + Al Parkinson John Curtin Hotel,

Carlton. 8:00pm. $10.00.

Hip Hop & R&B 4 Fins Vs Hien Mytee - Feat: Clue + Martian + Joey Maker + Johniepee + More Howler, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $18.53. Faktory Fridays - Feat: Durmy + Salvy + Nova + Yaths + More Khokolat Bar,

Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm.

Party & Bullshit Fridays Laundry Bar,

Fitzroy. 9:00pm.

Rnb Fridays Club - Feat: Various Djs

Co., Southbank. 9:30pm. $20.00.

Acoustic/Country/Blues/ Folk

George Michael Relived + Nicky Kurta

Musicland, Fawkner. 8:00pm.

Last Chance Rock And Roll Bar, North Melbourne. 8:00pm. $5.00. Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $12.00.

Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:00pm. $35.00. Girlatones + The Shifters + The Stroppies + Possible Humans Yarra

Hotel, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. $8.00.

Grasshole + Palmerslum + The Balls + The Deadlips Cherry Bar, Melbourne

Cbd. 8:00pm. $10.00. Gum Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $10.00.

John Williams Doubleshot Of Blues Sheryl Crow + Melissa Etheridge

Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne. 6:30pm. Spaghetti Western Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm.

The Good Lovelies + The Little Stevies

Hotel, Footscray. 7:30pm. $15.00. I Have A Goat Woody’s Attic Dive, Collingwood. 8:00pm.

Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 9:00pm. $28.12. Traditional Irish Music Session Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 6:00pm. Vanderlay Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10.00. Vika & Linda Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. Werewolves Of Melbourne Gem Bar, Collingwood. 9:00pm.

Fitzroy. 9:00pm.

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High Tension + Outright + Diploid

Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $18.00. Honest Crooks + Crowned Kings + Cast Down + Apate + More Reverence

L.A. Tooze + Lou Davies + The New Dregs Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. La Danse Macabre Rainbow Hotel, Late Nights - Feat: Various Djs Last

Chance Rock And Roll Bar, North Melbourne. 11:45pm.

Nadia Reid + Leah Senior + Tim Moore

8:00pm. $8.00.

Grumpy’s Green, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. $10.00. Elephant In The Room Carlton Club, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. Ewol, Hooves + Ewol + Hooves Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $15.00.

8:30pm. $15.00.

Theme Team The B.East, Brunswick East.

Flowertruck + Mares + Real Love

Collingwood. 8:00pm. $15.00.

Danitchy + Summits + The Art Officials

Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $25.00.

District 96 - Feat: Dialect & Alnitak Kid + Otherside + Context + More

Lotta Love, Brunswick East. 6:00pm. $10.00.

Con Artists Pascoe Vale Rsl, Pascoe Vale. 8:00pm. $10.00. Ezra Lee Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:30pm. First Aid Kit + Stella Donnelly The Croxton, Thornbury. 8:00pm. $79.00. Jane Mcarthur Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 6:00pm.

Dangerous Curves + Espionage + White Devil Detroit Bendigo Hotel,

Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm.

Burn City Disco - Feat: The Reflex + Aeroplane + More Brown Alley,

Compass Pizza Singer-songwriter Rhiannon Atkinson-Howatt, AKA Merpire is revered for crafting dream-pop soundscapes, melding explorative lyricism with swirling synth melodies for an almost meditative experience. She’ll be bring her magic to Compass Pizza this Saturday April 7 from 8pm and best of all, entry is free.

Feat: Shewolf + Torrential Thrill + Nick Barker And The Heartache State Whole

Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $23.00. Nighthawk + Localles Penny Black, Brunswick. 8:00pm.

Bendy Rainbow - Feat: Kato + The D Word + Jack Popper + Alicia Loop,

Merpire

Garage Nation Melbourne - Feat: Pied Piper + Creed + Majestic + Sweet Female Attitude + More Prince

Arts, Theatre, Burlesque & Markets The Nutcracker - Feat: Moscow Ballet

Palais Theatre, St Kilda. 6:30pm. $86.60.

Hip Hop & R&B

Particles + Cash + Jungle Cuffs + Tall Relatives Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood.

Big Dancing Saturdays Laundry Bar,

Poprocks + Dr Phil Toff In Town,

Electric Dreams - Feat: Various Djs Co.,

Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm.

Rehash Matthew Flinders Hotel,

Chadstone. 8:00pm. $10.00. Riversnake Musicland, Fawkner. 9:00pm. Screamin’ Eagles Hysteria Lounge, Lilydale. 6:00pm. $25.00. Shifting Sands + Harry Howard And The Nde + Lost Talk Tote Hotel,

Collingwood. 8:00pm. $15.00.

Summer Blood + Würst Nürse + Terrible Signal + Smoke Rings + Big League Old Bar, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $10.00. Terry + Slag Queens + Ubik + Hot Topic

Fitzroy. 9:00pm.

Southbank. 9:30pm. $20.00.

Khokolat Koated Saturdays - Feat: Damion De Silva + Durmy + More

Khokolat Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. Rhythm Nation Saturdays - Feat: Dj Timos + Dj Kahlua + More Chaise

Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $10.00. Yo Mafia Co., Southbank. 10:00pm. $20.00.

Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10.00.

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Jazz, Soul, Funk, Latin & World Music Bernadette Novembre + Russia Penny

Black, Brunswick. 8:00pm.

Cariño Son - Feat: Carino Son Open

Studio, Northcote. 5:30pm. $10.00. Charlotte Jane Quartet The Jazzlab, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $25.00. Jac Beth Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 5:00pm. Julie Bailey + Steve Sedergreen Trio

LongBoys

The Post Office Hotel LongBoys are hitting the stage at The Post Office Hotel, premiering some new tunes in the mix. The Belair Lip Bombs are supporting, so you can bet this night is geared to be a bloody ripper. Catch it all on Saturday April 7 from 9pm. Entry is free.

Sovereign Stone

Whole Lotta Love Riff masters Sovereign Stone are hitting the stage at Whole Lotta Love this weekend, joined by fellow rockers Smirks and Dirty Pyro for a big night of tunes. Get down on Saturday April 7 from 8pm. Entry is $10.

Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 5:30pm. $30.00. Kerri Simpson + Bob Sedergreen Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $30.00. Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence + Ajak Kwai Evelyn Hotel,

Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $22.00. Mike Field Quintet Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $30.00. Monica & The Mindreaders Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:30pm. Noria And Les Parigos Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 6:30pm. $30.00. Sarah Maclaine Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 7:30pm. $20.00. Son Of A Gunzel Bar Open, Fitzroy. 6:30pm. The Moonhops Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. $10.00. The Rookies The Jazzlab, Brunswick. 11:00pm. Tom Guarna Bird’s Basement, Melbourne. 7:30pm. $29.00.

Indie, Rock, Pop, Metal, Punk & Covers Amber Mic Productions Roster Launch - Feat: Royal East + Diamonds Of Neptune + Backyard Mafia + Fool Child Workers Club, Fitzroy. 1:00pm.

$10.00.

Wesley Anne Harking back to the ways of old-time country cowboys, Henry J Sawyer is delivering classic, Texan country tunes with a Western spin. He’ll be hitting the stage at Wesley Anne with his guitar in tow on Sunday April 8, and you can catch him from 4pm. Free entry.

8:00pm. $25.00. Bob Log Iii Gem Bar, Collingwood. 8:00pm.

Boyparts + Piss Factory + Tina Growls + Mystery Guest Bar Open, Fitzroy.

8:00pm. $10.00.

Burial Chamber + The Plague + Headless + Contaminated + Maleficium Tote Hotel, Collingwood.

2:00pm.

Memo Music Hall, St Kilda. 7:30pm. $30.00.

Cloud Control + Hachiku + Moonlover

Edinburgh Castle A supergroup of well-seasoned Melbourne musicians, Twilight In Tulsa will delight your ear drums with their tight live performances paying homage to old-time country stars such as Patsy Cline and Hank Williams. They hit Edinburgh Castle on Sunday April 8 and you can catch them from 4pm. Entry is free.

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Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $44.40. Crooked Colours + Running Touch The Croxton, Thornbury. 8:00pm. Dain/Lach Tramway Hotel, North Fitzroy. 3:30pm. Daryl Braithwaite + Thirsty Merc + Caitlyn Shadbolt Corner Hotel,

Richmond. 8:30pm.

Day For It 2018 - Feat: Body Parts + Horace Bones + Pistol Peaches + Public High + More Woody’s Attic Dive,

Collingwood. 5:00pm. $15.00. Dj Speeding Beauty Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 9:00pm.

Dream On Dreamer + Bellehaven + Dregg + The Gloom In The Corner + Chasing The Void Frankston Mechanics

Hall, Frankston. 5:00pm. $15.00. Fazerdaze + Huntly Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 3:00pm. $25.00.

Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. Jank Facques Carlton Club, Melbourne Cbd. 12:10am. Levels - Feat: Various Djs Platform One, Melbourne. 9:00pm. Pony Saturdays - Feat: Various Djs La Di Da, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. Snack Attack With Dj 2P Elephant & Wheelbarrow, Melbourne. 10:00pm. Sunshine + Sundelin + Oliver Winton + Partyshirts Thompson + More Sooki

Lounge, Belgrave. 6:00pm.

Tekno Mulisha 24 Moons, Northcote.

11:00pm.

Vaudrey & Xani Kolac Melbourne Recital

Centre, Southbank. 7:00pm. $30.00.

Acoustic/Country/Blues/ Folk Daemos Griffin And The Fringe Dwellers The Moldy Fig, 9:00pm. Electric Blues Collective Drunken Poet,

West Melbourne. 9:00pm.

Brunswick. 8:00pm.

Folkamania - Feat: Mount Defiance + Luke Seymoup + Hey Harriett + Lukewarm Iced Tea + More 303,

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever + Closet Straights + Mod Con Howler, Scarecrow – The Mellencamp Show

Satellite Lounge, Mulgrave. 8:00pm. $24.00.

Sovereign Stone + Smirks + Dirty Pyro Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East.

8:00pm. $10.00.

Speakeasy + Clove + Worldsick + Greyview + Blaire Yarra Hotel,

Abbotsford. 7:30pm. $10.00.

The Australian Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Versus The Beach Boys Show + ‘60S British Invasion Musicland,

Fawkner. 7:30pm. $20.00.

The Belafontes + Ufo Go + Bad Bangs + Cousin Tom Anchor On Anchor, The Playbook + Bukowski + Satellites + The Sleepyheads + Future Static

The Sound Of One Hand Clapping Explorations In Sight & Sound - Feat: Paul Kidney Experience + Mara + The Man From Atlantis + More Aeso Studio,

Fitzroy. 4:30pm. $10.00.

The Tiny Giants + Gamjee Tote Hotel,

Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10.00.

The Velvet Club + The Jives + King Stag Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:30pm.

$5.00.

Thornhill + Sleep Talk + Mirrors + Inceptives Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd.

8:00pm.

Unicorns Fundraiser - Feat: Moon Rooney + Spike The River Old Bar,

Fitzroy. 12:00pm. $5.00.

Wild Meadows + Ferla + Capital Gains

Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $10.00.

Young Offenders + The Shorts + Keggin’ + Kujo Kings Last Chance Rock

And Roll Bar, North Melbourne. 7:30pm. $10.00.

House, Electro, Trance & Club Nights

First Aid Kit + Stella Donnelly

Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 8:00pm. $85.00.

Northcote. 4:00pm. $10.00. Hey Gringo Piping Hot Chicken & Burger Grill, Ocean Grove. 7:30pm. $20.00. Joshua From Jericho Charles Weston Hotel, Brunswick. 6:30pm. Rachel Caddy Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. Sammy Owen Blues Band Royal Hotel (Mornington), Mornington. 8:00pm. Simone & Girlfunkle + Darlings Open Studio, Northcote. 2:30pm. Stephen Kennedy Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 3:00pm. The Heartache State Baha Tacos & Tapas Bar, Rye. 8:00pm. Wifey Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 8:00pm.

Sunday 8 April House, Electro, Trance & Club Nights Hinter Haus - Feat: Various Artists

Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 12:00pm. $10.00. Piknic Électronik - Feat: Luke Hess + Dylan Griffin + Molly + More Sidney

Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne. 1:00pm. $20.00. Sunday Funday - Feat: Various Djs

Brown Alley, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. Youandewan + More Onesixone, Prahran. 10:00pm. $25.00.

Arts, Theatre, Burlesque & Markets Sporting Poets - Feat: Various Artists

Compass Pizza, Brunswick East. 5:00pm.

Hip Hop & R&B Deja Vu Sundays - Feat: Various Djs

Co., Southbank. 9:00pm.

Hot Fudge Sundays - Feat: Epoch + D’fro + Ilresponce + Dion Jackson + And More Lucky Coq, Windsor. 3:00pm. Killer Hertz + More Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy.

Audioporn - Feat: Dr. Zok + James Ware + Tom Evans + Jacob Malmo + More Onesixone, Prahran. 9:00pm. $20.00.

8:30pm. $10.00.

Dancing Therapy - Feat: Ryan Berkeley + Ingrid + Emily Roseman Section 8,

Citrus Jam + Steph Fischer-Ivanscy

Melbourne Cbd. 4:00pm.

Foxblood + Ghouls + Isotopes + Days Of Deceit Royal Melbourne Hotel,

Grot - Feat: Minou Oram + 3Headedrottweiler + More Loop,

Geld + Priors + Vertigo + Polish Tote

It’s A Loft Party - Feat: Naise +

Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $20.00.

Donald’s House + Midnight Tenderness

Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. $15.00. Riffinery Royal Hotel (Essendon), Essendon. 10:00pm. Riflebirds Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:30pm.

Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 7:30pm. $10.00. The Ripchords Pascoe Vale Rsl, Pascoe Vale. 7:30pm. $10.00. The Sequels Workers Club (Geelong), Geelong. 8:00pm. $7.15.

Chocolate Starfish + Paul Woseen

Twilight In Tulsa

Office Hotel, Coburg. 9:00pm. Merpire Compass Pizza, Brunswick East. 8:00pm. Oz - Aussie Rock Cover Band Hysteria Lounge, Lilydale. 9:00pm.

Beetlejuice - A Strange & Unusual Event - Feat: Mighty Duke And The Lords Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood.

7:00pm. $15.00.

The Old Bar Canadian folk singer-songwriter JL Appleby, AKA Deep Cedar, is dropping into The Old Bar while he’s in town to give Melbourne a taste of his bluegrass-country infused folk tunes. He’ll be joined by Georgia Smith on Sunday April 8 from 2pm and entry is free.

Leavings + Zeahorse + Wicked City + Noughts Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10.00. Longboys + The Belair Lip Bombs Post

Prahran. 9:00pm.

Carousel Club Oh! Jean Records, Fitzroy.

Deep Cedar

Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $25.00. Hard Edge Musicland, Fawkner. 8:30pm. $10.00. Hideous Sun Demon + Mesa Cosa The B.East, Brunswick East. 8:00pm. Hungry Ghosts Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 9:00pm. $25.00. Late Nights - Feat: Various Djs Last Chance Rock And Roll Bar, North Melbourne. 11:45pm.

Aztx + The Attention Seekers + The Paddy Cakes Catfish, Fitzroy. 8:00pm.

$10.00.

Henry J Sawyer

Hotel, Collingwood. 5:00pm.

Ghouls + Foxblood Royal Melbourne

Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm.

Indie, Rock, Pop, Metal, Punk & Covers Last Chance Rock And Roll Bar, North Melbourne. 3:00pm. Crooked Colours + Running Touch The Croxton, Thornbury. 8:00pm. $29.10. Dave Graney And The Mistly The


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Croxton, Thornbury. 4:00pm. $15.00. Dirty Rascal Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 6:00pm. $14.30.

Gig of the Week

Dominique + Maxon + Howlite

Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 7:30pm. $10.00. Hildi Gras - Feat: Various Artists Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $30.00. Open/Mic Jam Nights Musicland, Fawkner. 7:00pm. Poppongene + Field Maps + Real Love

Citrus Jam

Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar Your favourite flamenco-metal act Citrus Jam are gearing to give you a shred sesh to remember. They’ll be playing tunes old and new all afternoon at Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar on Sunday April 8, with Steph Fischer-Ivanscy as support. Catch it all from 3pm and entry is free.

Bendi Mondays

The Bendigo Hotel The Bendigo Hotel are making Monday nights great again with Bendi Mondays. Keeping the weekend spirit alive, Majak Door, The Paddy Cakes and a special guest to be announced will be storming the stage and cheering up your Monday blues. It’s going down on Monday April 9 from 8pm, free entry.

Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 5:00pm. $10.00. Rachael Comte Tramway Hotel, North Fitzroy. 3:30pm. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever + Crepes + Shit Bitch Howler, Brunswick.

8:00pm. $20.59.

Shifting Sands + The Cowboys + Ruby Jones Old Bar, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $10.00. The Seduceaphones Spotted Mallard,

Brunswick. 4:00pm.

The Tommyhawks + Simone & Girlfunkle + Jonesez + Kayo Tote Hotel,

Collingwood. 5:00pm. $10.00.

Tina Growls + Dom Kelly + Froot Luips + Roy Aubergine Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford.

6:00pm. $10.00.

Zeahorse, Shepparton Airplane Oh! Jean

Records, Fitzroy. 3:00pm.

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

$10.00.

Ben Winkelman Trio The Jazzlab,

Brunswick. 8:00pm. $20.00. Clunk Orchestra 303, Northcote. 3:00pm. Dr Crask And His Swingin’ Elixir Bar Open, Fitzroy. 6:00pm. Lionel Richie + Chic Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. 7:30pm. Sunday Session - Feat: Ravi Ravs + Dj Daily Fox Hotel (Collingwood),

Pseudo Mind Hive

The Evelyn Hotel Not only will Pseudo Mind Hive be bringing you some tunes every week this month, they’ll also be showcasing their favourite bands and visual artists with their April residency at The Evelyn Hotel. Head down on Tuesday April 10 from 8pm and see what surprises they’ve got up their sleeves this week. $8 entry.

Collingwood. 5:30pm. Swing Patrol The Moldy Fig, 1:30pm. $8.00.

The Big Throwdown - Feat: Max Vegas + Iiresponce + Ken Walker + Mike Gurrieri + More Section 8, Melbourne

Cbd. 1:00pm.

The Peppercorn Jazz Band Open Studio,

Northcote. 5:30pm.

Tom Guarna Bird’s Basement, Melbourne.

7:30pm. $29.00.

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

Zockapilli

The Gasometer Fuzz-rock four-piece Zockapilli are hitting The Gaso with a mini-residency. They’ll be joined by Tug and Mouseatouille for this week’s show and it’s guaranteed to be a goodie. It’s going down on Tuesday April 10 from 7pm with $5 entry.

Customs House Hotel, Williamstown. 2:00pm. Amarillo Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 4:00pm. Andy Grant Trio Royal Hotel (Mornington), Mornington. 3:00pm. Antoinette Halloran The Pavilion, 12:00pm. $89.00. Bluestone Junction Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 5:30pm. Chris Wilson Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 4:00pm. Dan Lethbridge & Shane O’mara Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 4:30pm. David Cosma Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 6:30pm. David Garnham & The Reasons To Live

Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. Deep Cedar + Georgia Smith Old Bar, Fitzroy. 4:00pm. Frances Gumm Frontier + Brittle Sun

Open Studio, Northcote. 2:30pm. $5.00. Henry J. Sawyer Wesley Anne, Northcote. 4:00pm. Nathan Power + Samuel Reiher And The September Gurls Retreat Hotel,

Brunswick. 3:00pm.

Tee & The Refugees Open Studio, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10.00. The Andy Layfield 3 Catfish, Fitzroy.

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First Aid Kit

The Croxton Swedish sister sensation First Aid Kit will be playing some mighty special shows this week. Coming in on Thursday April 5 and Friday April 6 at

5:00pm.

The Rechords Gem Bar, Collingwood.

7:00pm.

Twilight In Tulsa Edinburgh Castle,

Brunswick. 4:00pm. Yffer 303, Northcote. 7:00pm.

Monday 9 April Arts, Theatre, Burlesque & Markets The 35Th Annual Green Room Awards - Feat: Various Artists Comedy Theatre,

Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $30.00.

The Moth Storyslam - Feat: Various Artists Howler, Brunswick. 7:00pm.

Indie, Rock, Pop, Metal, Punk & Covers

The Croxton and Saturday April 7 at Melbourne Recital Centre, they’ll bring their stunning brand of folk goodness as part of a run of Bluesfest sideshows. If this all doesn’t already sound incredible, get your mind around the fact that the illustrious Stella Donnelly will be supporting. These are bound to be some enthralling nights of music. Hence, they are proudly Beat’s Gig of the Week.

Tuesday 10 April Jazz, Soul, Funk, Latin & World Music Michelle Nicolle Quartet Bird’s

Basement, Melbourne. 7:30pm. $24.00.

Pickpocket The Jazzlab, Brunswick.

8:00pm. $15.00.

House, Electro, Trance & Club Nights Industry Hospo Night - Feat: Dj Sect6

Sloth Bar, Footscray. 7:00pm.

Simona + June Jones + Papaphilia + Shit Bitch Tote Hotel, Collingwood.

8:00pm. $10.00.

Indie, Rock, Pop, Metal, Punk & Covers

Majak Door + The Paddy Cakes + Merpire Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood.

Chitra Tramway Hotel, North Fitzroy.

Nieuw Mondays - Feat: Various Djs

Hornbags + The Nipple Chafes + Jungle Breed Workers Club, Fitzroy.

Will Coyote & The Blacklights + Spiral Perm + More Old Bar, Fitzroy. 7:30pm.

Howlite + Dreamcoat Tote Hotel,

7:00pm.

Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. $3.00. $5.00.

House, Electro, Trance & Club Nights Industry Hospo Night - Feat: Dj Sect6

Sloth Bar, Footscray. 7:00pm.

Struggle - Feat: Various Djs Lucky Coq,

Windsor. 9:00pm.

Jazz, Soul, Funk, Latin & World Music Abbey Rose + Wroclaw + Isobel Caldwell Open Studio, Northcote. 8:00pm.

$8.00.

Andrea Keller Curates Masters & Apprentices The Jazzlab, Brunswick.

8:00pm. $15.00. Lco 303, Northcote. 8:30pm.

The Cb3 + Lake Minnetonka + Kumar Shome With Neon City Pilot Evelyn

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

Acoustic/Country/Blues/ Folk Ayse Göknur Shanal Melbourne Recital

Centre, Southbank. 6:00pm. $39.00. Charles Jenkins Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. James Ehnes Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 7:30pm. $62.00. Nicole Car Hamer Hall (Arts Centre Melbourne), Southbank. 7:30pm. $55.00.

8:00pm.

7:30pm. $10.00.

Collingwood. 8:00pm.

Jules Sheldon + Junior Fiction Retreat

Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm.

Listen Comp 3 Launch - Feat: Slag Queens + Lalic + Shoeb Ahmad + Classic + Wet Lips (Dj Set) Howler,

Brunswick. 7:00pm.

Mariam Benjemaa & Brooke Vanderlinden Art Opening - Feat: Shiny Coin + Celiac + Protection Old

Bar, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. $7.00.

Pseudo Mind Hive + The Black Heart Death Cult + Psycho Babel + Spawn

Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $8.00.

Sapphire Street + Kittyscratch + Lemon Daze Last Chance Rock And Roll

Bar, North Melbourne. 8:00pm. $5.00. Zockapilli + Mouseatouille + Tug

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

Acoustic/Country/Blues/ Folk Andy Mcgarvie Trio + Mitch Power

Open Studio, Northcote. 8:00pm. Emma Keenan The Moldy Fig, 9:00pm. Irish Session Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 8:00pm. Jasper Ly Chapel Off Chapel, Prahran. 7:30pm. $25.00.

Make It Up Club - Feat: Various Artists + More Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:30pm.

$10.00.

Piano Karaoke With Lisa Crawley

Compass Pizza, Brunswick East. 7:30pm. Stu Thomas Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:00pm. The Good Lovelies Victorian Folk Club (Ringwood), Ringwood East. 8:00pm. $14.00. Tim Staunton The Moldy Fig, 10:00pm.


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