Please Do Not Litter November 28, 2018 Issue N o 1654
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La Dispute Mayday Parade
The Jacksons Cool Sounds
Mapping Melbourne Bombay Rock
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Editor’s note With Tom Parker
Melbourne Music Week has come and gone faster than you could say Jack Robinson and the post-festival depression is real. From the vibrant Heaps Gay Reverie on Opening Night to the lovingly nostalgic Push Over extravaganza which concluded the nine days, the revelry didn’t relent and a round of applause must go to the managers, directors, bookers, publicists, performers, producers, and everyone else that was responsible for putting on such a fine event. I already knew Melbourne had a bottomless music scene but wasn’t whole-heartedly aware of its widespread acceptance. Each event was swarmed with interest from energetic punters who either knew the artists or were getting to know them and there was no shortage of the latter. That’s the best thing about Melbourne and its people, everyone’s keen to get out there and give it a crack even if they weren’t acquainted with the artist. As we brush off the Melbourne Music Week hangover, it’s time to get familiar with some other fabulous events taking over the city. From The Pleasure Garden to Good Things Festival, music-lovers are about to get a whole bunch of fabulous alternative music filling their backyard. Then there’s Gizzfest to cater for all those psychedelic rock lovers and, yep, the party’s officially a go. Dive in friends.
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Add more acts to the already packed lineup Byron Bay’s five-day Bluesfest has just added 14 more names to its already huge lineup, setting itself up for one helluva 30th birthday bash. Newcomers include the “Godfather of Punk” himself, Iggy Pop, as well as songstress Norah Jones, Australia’s Archie Roach and Zimbabwe-born Thando, who will be joining the likes of Hawaiian surfer-turned-muso Jack Johnson, the iconic Paul Kelly, Philadelphia’s Kurt Vile and country sweetheart, Kasey Chambers. Bluesfest will play host to a heap of other local and international musicians across the five day event, which goes down at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just north of Byron Bay from Thursday April 18 until Monday April 22. Find the full lineup and tickets now via the festival website.
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One of the most influential punk bands from the British ‘70s scene was Gang of Four, having influenced the likes of REM, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nirvana. Next year will mark 40 years since the release of the group’s debut record Entertainment!, and they’re hitting the road to celebrate. The four-piece will be dropping by Australia as part of their anniversary tour, playing four shows across the country. They’ll be making visits to Perth, Sydney and Brisbane, as well as Melbourne, where they’ll take over the Croxton Bandroom on Saturday March 23. Head to Metropolis Touring for tickets and the full list of dates.
Get ready to swoon; the 1975 are heading back Down Under. The British pop-rockers have garnered themselves a legion of fans with only two albums, the third of which is expected to drop at the end of the week. They’ll be performing tracks from the new release, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, when they hit the country in September next year, and with a fourth album also on the way, they definitely won’t be short on material. Melbourne fans can snag a ticket through the Secret Sounds website, and catch the four-piece at Margaret Court Arena on Friday September 20.
St Kilda’s iconic seaside venue, the Esplanade Hotel, has finally reopened its doors to the public, revealing the first-phase of its 18-month renovation. Opening last Friday, the Espy debuted its new look, inviting punters to check out their improved facilities. A new curb-side beer garden and basement bandroom were on display, as well as a garden terrace and expansive main bar – which will be one of twelve when the whole project is complete. The Espy Kitchen is now up and running too, with a second Cantonese restaurant, Mya Tiger, expected to open in early December. Head to 11, The Esplanade and check it out for yourself.
Thornbury’s Barton Fink have been jamming out on Sundays for the better part of the year, and this weekend will be no different. The venue’s house band – comprised of Pina Tuteri, Mercedes Curiosa, Caleb Fortuin, Paddy Cautela, Brendan Henriques and Stix Morabito – will be holding down the fort as per usual, accompanied by a rotating mix of special guests. This weekend, they’ll be accompanied by Ezekiel Ox, MarcuZ, Glen Wee and Shalini, providing your Sunday Jam soundtrack. The sessions kick off at 5pm, so head down, grab a seat, chow down on some tacos, and enjoy the show.
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The Age Music Victoria Awards
Celebrating our state’s musical landscape
The 2018 Age Music Victoria Awards took place last week, celebrating the veritable mix of talented musicians and performers that colour our industry. It was a great night for 21-year-old Baker Boy, who took out multiple awards, including Best Male Musician, Best Live Act, Best Victorian Breakthrough Act and Best Song, for his track ‘Marryuna’. Courtney Barnett also went home with a trove of trophies, scoring Best Solo Artist and Best Female Musician. Camp Cope, Sampa The Great and Senegambian Jazz Band were among the other award recipients, while Molly Meldrum and the late Chrissy Amplett achieved icon status, and were inducted into the Music Victoria Hall of Fame. The night was a demonstration of how talented our musicians are, and how wonderfully diverse our music industry is becoming.
The already packed WOMAdelaide lineup has been crammed even further, with more than 40 new acts added to the event. Comprised of artists from over 25 different countries, the program has welcomed international musicians like The Original Gypsies (France), Fatoumata Diawara (Mali) and Liz Phair (USA) into the fold. There’s also an abundance of local talent this year, with Mojo Juju, Thando and Thelma Plum also appearing at the festival. The three-day festival runs from Friday March 8 to Monday March 11, taking over Adelaide’s Botanic Park. Head to the WOMAdelaide website for tickets and the full lineup.
Earlier in the year, America’s Lauryn Hill announced she’d be heading Down Under in February 2019, and has now added two new shows to her tour. After selling out her appearance at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl, the iconic rapper has announced a second show for the city, dropping into Festival Hall on Thursday February 14. Perth fans are also in for a treat, as Hill and special guest Nas will be making the trip over to the Western state, playing HBF Stadium on Tuesday February 5. Check out the Live Nation website for tickets and the full run of dates.
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St Kilda Film Festival
Death Cab for Cutie
It’s that time of year again: budding film makers are invited to dust off their cameras or dig into their archives, as submissions for the 2019 St Kilda Film Festival are now open. Next year’s event will be the festival’s 36th anniversary, with a $10,000 cash prize awarded to the Best Short Film winner. There’s also prizes up for grabs across a range of other categories, including Best Cinematography, Best Actor and Best Documentary. Plus, the festival is an Academy Awards qualifying event, which means the winning films are eligible for the OSCARS Short Film and Documentary Short Subject Awards. Head to the St Kilda Film Festival website to make a submission.
Prolific indie-rockers Death Cab For Cutie are making their way to Australia next year, playing a handful of shows around the country. This tour announcement comes off the back of their latest release Thank You For Today, which sees the group expand upon and refine the sound they’ve perfected over their twenty year career. At the moment they’ve only got dates locked in for Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, so hopefully this list gets a bit longer as the tour draws closer. If you’re lucky enough to be in Melbourne though, you can catch them at Hamer Hall on Wednesday March 6. Tickets via the Arts Centre Melbourne website.
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Invite you to The Cable Ties Ball Earlier in the year, Melbourne punk outfit Cable Ties hosted a ball at the Corner Hotel, giving back to the community that helped them take out the 2017 Corner Award. The success of the night has inspired the band to bring the event back again next year, announcing the 2019 return of The Cable Ties Ball. The trio have put together another great lineup for the event, inviting audio-visual duo friendships, rapper P-UniQue, Brisbane band HITS, Auckland’s Wax Chattels, Porpoise Spit and Moody Beaches to join them on the night. They’ll also have DJ’s Sullivan, Paul Gorrie and DJ Airhorn Mami on hand, spinning tunes well into the night. The ball goes down on Saturday February 23 at The Corner Hotel, so start prepping your suit and glitziest gown. Tickets available through The Corner Hotel website.
Sydney outfit Little May have a busy schedule coming up, with appearances at Falls Festival and touring alongside The Rubens on the agenda. Now, they’ve added even more to their plate, announcing a run of headline shows next February. The tour follows on from the release of their latest single ‘Lover’, their first piece of new music in three years. They’ll be taking it to Brisbane, Sydney and our very own Melbourne when they hit the road in 2019, accompanied by fellow female singer-songwriter, Ro. You can catch them at Northcote Social Club on Saturday February 16. Head to the band’s website for tickets.
Home-grown guitar hero Tommy Emmanuel will woo Australian crowds next year, announcing a 2019 tour around the country. Famed for his unique finger-picking technique, the acoustic artist has garnered international acclaim for his style, which he’ll be demonstrating live at Bluesfest, as well as playing an additional seven headline shows. He’ll be heading to most capital cities during his Australian tour, plus a couple of rural gigs, in Mandurah, Cairns, Townsville and Mackay. Melbourne fans can catch him at Hamer Hall on Thursday April 18, with tickets available through Arts Centre Melbourne.
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Sign with 123 agency, announce North American tour Melbourne-based heavy metal duo Divide and Dissolve have hit some exciting benchmarks, signing onto a new booking agency, and readying themselves for an international touring stint. Takiaya Reed and Sylvie Nehill make up the outfit, using saxophone, drums and guitar to create domineering walls of sound. The women use music to break down barriers of colonisation and white supremacy, with their work inextricably linked to their personal social and political beliefs. After signing with 123 Agency, they’ll be taking their sound overseas, playing a run of shows across North America. Check out their profile on the 123 Agency website to learn more about the duo.
A festival experience off the beaten track Camping festivals can be loud, unsavoury and crowded affairs, which kind of ruins the tranquility of camping in the first place. Shivoostock aims to change this, offering festival goers a tranquil experience of music, art and assorted entertainment, just two hours out of Melbourne. Taking place at Caringal Scout Camp in the Tanjil Tyres State Forest, Shivoostock boasts a massive lineup, including RVG, Hachiku, Porpoise Spit, Moody Beaches and The Ironing Maidens, to name a few. The event kicks off on Friday April 12 and wraps up on Sunday April 14, with tickets available via Trybooking.
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The Dearly Departed
A quirky, comedic offering at The Butterfly Club When a hungry journalist itching for his big break finds a series of dead bodies with tanbark stuffed peculiarly in their shoes, it sparks an outrageous investigation into the local funeral parlour. Combining mystery, comedy, love and death in fine fashion, The Dearly Departed is an all-original comedy musical set to appear at The Butterfly Club running for a limited season until Saturday December 1. Find your tickets for $34/$30 concession via The Butterfly Club website.
Escher X Nendo: Between Two Worlds Enter a sprawling, playful universe at NGV
This week NGV will premiere their hotly-anticipated exhibition Escher X Nendo: Between Two Worlds, which sees the illusionary realm of Dutch graphic artist MC Escher in dialogue with the work of Japanese design studio, Nendo. Pushing the boundaries of optics, Escher’s works of the early twentieth century focus on the exploration of self, nature, space and time. Placed within the installed design space of Nendo – founded by Oki Sato – this is a playful and visually stimulating exhibition that transcends time and medium. Escher X Nendo: Between Two Worlds opens on Sunday December 2 and you can find tickets at NGV or online.
Japanese Film Festival
The Wheeler Centre is set to commemorate Melbourne’s decade-long status as a UNESCO literary city with a series of talks and events going down this week. Ten established writers including Tony Birch, Andy Griffiths and Alice Pung will share stories on writing in Melbourne for the opening gala event, while a series of talks on the past, present and future of literature in Melbourne will also go down. Immerse yourself in the breadth, depth and vibrancy of Melbourne’s literary culture, when Our City of Literature runs from Wednesday November 28 to Friday November 30. For more information and to secure your free tickets, head to The Wheeler Centre website.
The Japanese Film Festival will wrap up in Melbourne this week, so now is your chance to catch some of the packed program while you can. Over 30 features and documentaries appear on the schedule, which takes in everything from new releases and cult classics to obscure indie offerings. Highlights on the program include romantic detective mystery Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura, zombie comedy One Cut of the Dead, classics Okoto and Sasuke and A Geisha and adult drama Call Boy. The JFF runs at ACMI and Hoyts Melbourne Central until Sunday December 2 and you can find more details on show times and tickets via the festival website.
Fairfield’s Grandview Hotel has long been conducting their weekly comedy night, and are known for putting on some of the best names in the country including Joel Creasey, Dave Hughes and Celia Pacquola. All curated and emceed by none other than Dave O’Neil, this humble suburban pub know how to put on a rollicking night of comedy. Catch Fiona O’Loughlin crank up the heat this Wednesday November 28 from 8.30pm, with $15 entry.
Our City of Literature
Celebrating a decade of Melbourne as a literary city
Catch the packed program before it rounds out
A homegrown masterpiece From multi award-winning playwright Jane Bodie, and featuring original songs by Mark Seymour (Mark Seymour and the Undertow, Hunters and Collectors), Lamb is a slice of Australiana theatre to behold. Currently amid their monthlong season at Red Stitch Theatre, the play covers generations of an Australian family on a sheep farm, and follows the guilt of those who left and the lost desires of those who stayed behind. Starring Brigid Gallacher, Emily Goddard and Simon Maiden, Lamb will play until Thursday December 13, and will offer a Q&A session after the performance on Thursday November 29. Tickets via the venue website.
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THE BEST (AND WORST) PUNK BANDS THAT JUST WON’T GIVE UP
With live performances being almost the only way for bands to realistically make any money these days, it’s no surprise that the amount of bands that continue to tour endlessly seems to keep increasing. While punk rock is traditionally seen to be more suited to a younger crowd, there are a select few bands that originated in the early days of the genre that have showed no signs of slowing down or ending touring. Some are excellent and still on the top of their game, while some should have given up long ago and just stop embarrassing themselves. BAD RELIGION: 1979 – PRESENT
Apart from a two year absence in the mid-’80s, LA’s Bad Religion have been recording and touring consistently since the release of their 1982 debut How Could Hell Be Any Worse. Although still a strong headline draw and festival favourite, the band has always copped criticism for their music all sounding the same and their glory days being far behind them. While they are still capable of writing passable albums and can still play well live, the creative output of the band’s two most recent singles – specifically the atrocious ‘The Kids Are Alt-Right’ – has been near the bottom of the barrell. Should they give up? Unless they can bust out another album as good as 1990’s Against The Grain, then probably.
Coming out the gates with their first album in a whopping 14 years, Harlem rap group The Diplomats have returned. The group, which saw Cam’ron, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones and Freekey Zekey each embark on solo careers in the wake of 2004’s Diplomatic Immunity 2, finally came back together to form a united front and a new chapter of Dipset was welcomed in the form of nine new tracks. Fans got their first taste of the new Dipset album in the vibe-drenched ‘Sauce Boyz’, but on further listen, Diplomatic Ties has so much more to offer. Collaborations with Tory Lanez and The Lox on ‘No Sleep’ and ‘Dipset/Lox’ respectively show the group’s fresh new dynamic and ability to embrace new sounds while retaining their classic buzz.
NOFX: 1983 – PRESENT
Formed in 1983 as an unremarkable LA hardcore band, NOFX gradually came into their own as one of the most successful punk bands of the ‘90s to today. With a string of solid albums that decade and passable releases after that, the band has never really undergone any drastic style changes or dips in quality. Constantly touring, the band appears to either be excellent and tight live, or disinterested and sloppy. In my experience seeing NOFX many times, the current ratio of good to bad shows is about 1:1. Still, the effects of age and time haven’t really taken a toll on the band and they can still play well when Fat Mike is in a good mood. Should they give up? A couple more years might be alright but I can’t really see them getting better. COSMIC PSYCHOS: 1982 – PRESENT
Arguably currently seeing their commercial peak with sold-out tours and a much younger fanbase, Cosmic Psychos continue to belt out their unique brand of yobbo pub punk. With the style experiencing a strong resurgence in the Australian punk scene, it’s reassuring to know that the originals are still revered and respected the most. Although lineups have changed (with vocalist/bassist Ross Knight being the only original member), the band continues to be on point live and in the studio. Should they give up? Nah.
PROPAGANDHI: 1986 – PRESENT
Undergoing rapid shifts from their early pop-punk sound to their current tech-thrash metal, Canada’s Propagandhi have been in a league of their own when it comes to innovation and forward-thinking. With the band still looking relatively young compared to other bands of the same era (the vegan diets probably help), Propagandhi somehow seem to attain a higher technical peak on each record. It’s rare to see a band play for such a long time and still manage to improve their sound. Should they give up? Although they would end on a high with no missteps, I think they’ve easily got a good 15 years left.
After having to cancel his Australian tour dates due to a persistent foot injury, Childish Gambino was able to honour his commitment to New Zealand fans, hosting the long awaited PHAROS event at Tāpapakanga Regional Park in Auckland over the weekend. Prior to the kick off of the rare live music event, Childish Gambino (AKA Donald Glover) was spotted getting involved with a traditional ‘powhiri’ or welcome ceremony at the festival site, wearing a Maori feathered cloak and performing a traditional Maori song with other members of the welcoming group. With a massive inflatable dome of the three day event’s centrepiece, the PHAROS experience was surprisingly kept pretty under wraps, though punters have been reported as likening it to being inside Childish Gambino’s ‘brain’; an impressive visual show accompanied his already-praised live performance inside the contained setting. The PHAROS event has only ever been performed once before, in Joshua Tree, California. Earl Sweatshirt
Odd Future rapper Earl Sweatshirt has announced his new record, perfectly titled Some Rap Songs. Keeping things decidedly low-key, the roll out of the new Earl Sweatshirt project was first marked by the release of single ‘Nowhere2Go’, which surfaced a few weeks ago online. The new record is the first from Earl Sweatshirt since 2015’s I Don’t Do Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, but in the period between releases, fans have been getting hints of Earl through collaborations with Vince Staples, The Alchemist, as well as tunes produced by both Knxwledge and King Krule in 2016. Most recently, Earl gifted fans with a new track in ‘The Mint’ and now, things are more official, with pre-orders for Some Rap Songs (due on Friday November 30) now available via his website.
WHY GLOBAL TASTEMAKERS SEE AUSTRALIA – AND MELBOURNE – AS ONE OF THE TOP FIVE EDM DESTINATIONS
When 400 delegates gathered from around the world to listen to 95 speakers at the Electronic Music Conference in Sydney, there were many positive aspects discussed about the US$7.1 billion global EDM industry. Sasha noted the continued appeal of the genre, saying, “[What’s] so exciting is it’s always churning out a new format, a new way to look at it.” The dividing effects of mainstream appeal and social media was also discussed, as well as there being more acknowledgement of inclusivity and mental well being. Also exciting was the global buzz around Australian EDM acts. International trendsetters Sasha and Gilles Peterson confirmed that the world is looking, because the country has a reputation for being enthusiastic and inventive. Peterson called Australia “one of the most important leaders in electronic music” and went on to say Melbourne is one of EDM’s “five most exciting cities” and that he always takes a special listen if he knows a new record is from Melbourne. Charlotte Lucy Cijffers, digital editor at UK’s DJ Mag on her first visit to the conference revealed, “I’ve been really blown away by everyone’s passion and excitement in the industry here. I’ve loved the showcases.” In total, 6000 people went out to see 80 acts showcase. The Aussies agreed: Sydney DJ and FBi broadcaster Simon Caldwell said that “people definitely see Australia as a breeding ground for a lot of interesting electronic music, for sure.” As a result, many panels offered tips on how to approach overseas audiences. “You have to chip at it, bit by bit until it catches fire,” suggested Toni Tambourine of UK’s PR Neighbourhood whose clients include David Guetta and Tricky. “Do the unexpected and stay in front of the audience,” said super-manager John Watson. Jane Slingo, (AKA Set Mo’s manager) pointed out, “If your artist is friendly, and personable, like the Set Mo guys are, leverage this in your marketing and PR, to build relationships – people will want to work with them.” MTV presenter Flex Mami also delivered an image styling intensive. Slingo, also a producer of the EMC conference, noted, “Already there are some incredible international opportunities for some of the artists that participated in EMC and EMCPLAY. We’re incredibly excited to see these artists signing to agencies overseas and look forward to seeing some of them on tours and festivals in exciting new markets in 2019.” Also discussed was the opportunities in the Asian market. They’re nearer and cheaper to get to, 60% of music fans in the Asia Pacific consider themselves raveheads, their festivals are larger, and they’re easier to do business with because they’re in the same time zone as Australia. Collaborating with Asian artists is a sure-fire way to get a buzz going. Bali is increasingly regarded as the “Ibiza of the Asia Pacific,” Ben Tucker promoter of For The Love warned, “If you show you’re going to add value to the economy, and you’re not just there to cash in, you get treated with respect.”
Confidence Man BY GRETA BRERETON
In the world of music, it often pays to be different. Artists have to take risks to set themselves and their sound apart from their peers, to stand out in a sea of indie, alternative or pop carbon copies. For many, this can be a daunting thing to do, but not if you’ve got the confidence. Luckily, Melbourne four-piece Confidence Man have loads of it. Janet Planet, Sugar Bones, Clarence McGuffie and Reggie Goodchild make up the outfit, sporting names that sound more like cartoon characters than crowd-captivating musicians. These quirky personas are exactly why the group have become so popular though, pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a band. You’d be forgiven for thinking they pinched the monikers from a children’s book or a TV show, but the story behind them is a lot stranger. “We were out somewhere in the middle of Queensland and we saw all these really cool gravestones,” explains Planet, the band’s female lead. “They had all these really awesome names, so that’s sort of where we got all the names from – all these old, cool people.” “The funniest thing was my mum heard from Reggie Goodchild’s granddaughter who said she’s really pleased that his name is being used. Apparently, he was a cool old dude, so he would’ve been happy about it,” Planet says with a laugh. She and Bones are the faces of Confidence Man, the dynamic duo who break into outrageous, synchronised dancing routines during their sets. They’re flanked by the mysterious Goodchild and McGuffie, whose identities are always hidden, usually by thick, black veils. Emerging in 2016, Confidence Man are fresh-faced, but they’ve known each other for years. In fact, Planet and Goodchild are siblings, and McGuffie, their drummer, is her boyfriend. “All of us were friends before and we were all playing in other bands,” she explains. “We were all living together at the time with a bunch of other musicians, and we kind of made it as a joke.”
“Then as it went along, we were like, ‘maybe these songs are really good, and maybe people would be into this’, and then we played our first show or two and we were like ‘actually this is definitely something a bit cool and different that people would get into’. So, yeah. It was kind of just a happy accident.” Confidence Man is totally different to the music most of the group usually make. Hailing from other well-known Aussie bands like The Belligerents, Moses Gunn Collective and The Jungle Giants, the four-piece cut their teeth pursuing more serious projects, but have found a bit of fun with the kooky collective. “I think it’s really different for everyone, because it’s super collaborative,” Planet muses. “There’s not many other bands that write with four people constantly, usually people kind of bring their ideas to the band, so I suppose in that way we’re kind of a bit weird, and I think you can hear that in the music as well.” “All the nuances in the music, they’re kind of like an inside joke, or you know, these little things that wouldn’t get off the ground unless someone else was there to be like ‘yeah that’s a cool idea’.” It’s safe to say that their outside-the-box thinking is a huge part of their success. Anyone who’s caught a Confidence Man stage show will know that they go above and beyond to make it a memorable experience, pouring unbridled energy into every set, complete with kooky costumes and dorky dance moves. “Well, it kind of started as a joke,” says Planet of their signature dancing. “I was always a big dancer and I wasn’t good. Like, I was actually a bad dancer, but I still loved doing it. So, I think it kind of stemmed from that; my love of disco and
just like, being really embarrassing.” She says that getting Bones on board with the dancing was difficult at first, but thankfully, she managed to wear him down. “I suppose that just comes from me being annoying and making everyone do what I want,” she giggles. “And the same thing with getting him in the hot pants – it didn’t take him very long.” Trying to imagine a version of Bones that wouldn’t like strutting around in hot pants is difficult considering how often he sports them, but Planet says most of the group aren’t like their Confidence Man characters. “Our characters are pretty different to our real lives,” she says. “Sugar in particular is like this completely different person, like he’ll listen to Neil Young and stuff. So, I think we’re pretty different from the stage personas – except for me, I’m much the same. But a bit less scary, and a little less raunchy.” Having these metaphorical masks does make it easier for the group to take risks with both their sound and stage performance, but as a band who make “confident music for confident people”, this is what they hope to inspire in their fans. “I think it’s more important to be doing something different, than to be doing something good that’s the same,” Planet explains, spilling her secret to being self-assured. “Just do your own thing; just be exactly who you are. I think that’s kind of what I’ve done, and it’s always worked out for me.”
“I think it’s more important to be doing something different, than to be doing something good that’s the same.”
You can catch Confidence Man when they play The Pleasure Garden at St Kilda’s Catani Gardens on Saturday December 8. Head to the festival’s website for tickets and the full lineup.
Gizzfest BY TOM PARKER
Images by Jamie Wdziekonski
Through over-saturation and increased competition, the music festival market has become a volatile nursery. Boutique festivals are popping up all over the place as they pursue that new idea or untouched patch of grass. Instability and risk is inevitable with festival curation but there’s always one thing for certain – interested punters warm to certainty and relatability. They want their enjoyment to be certified, not approximated, and most of the time this boils down to the quality of the music. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard tread a seldom explored path in 2015 when they launched the first-ever Gizzfest, a two-day extravaganza that enlivened The Corner Hotel with locallybred psychedelic rock and garage. Not since Luca Brasi established Til The Wheels Fall Off in 2014 had an Australian band launched a festival by themselves, yet, it was a theoretical masterstroke. When King Gizzard drummer Eric Moore devised Gizzfest he didn’t have golden aspirations, rather he just wanted to put on a show with a bunch of his mates. “We wanted to try something different and put a show together with all of our friends and friends’ bands because everyone in Gizz played in heaps of bands at the time. So we thought let’s just do a show at a bigger venue like The Corner, like a normal show and we’ll just call it a festival and see what happens,” Moore says. As much an avenue of exposure as it was the next opportunity for King Gizzard to consolidate their burgeoning reputation as a band, Gizzfest 2015 welcomed the likes of The Murlocs, The Babe Rainbow, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, Dreamin’ Wild and Love Migrate alongside the psych seven-piece and was spread across Saturday and Sunday with an all-ages show on the Saturday. A year on, they shifted things to the Coburg Velodrome and upsized, welcoming international talent for the first time in the moulds of White
Fence, Mild High Club, Boulevards and Dinner. “We expanded it quite a bit the second year,” Moore explains. “We put on a show at the Coburg Velodrome which was one of the biggest shows we’ve put on. It was super incredible and stressful and fun at the same time, but I remember being super manic with having to organise everything and get involved but also having to perform that night.” On this day, Moore shouldered more than his place in the King Gizzard’s dynamic rhythm section but also the responsibility of festival chaperon. From a bird’s eye view, 2016 went down without a hitch – the talent-heavy yet diverse lineup complimented each other perfectly and a new phenomenon was born – the demountable stages adding refreshed spontaneity to an already intriguing occasion. Going into 2017 for the band the next chapter had begun – releasing five albums in that very year, King Gizzard were now adored for their impulsiveness and unpredictability. So what would Gizzfest Three dish up, what was the kicker this time around? First off, the festival was moved to the Melbourne Showgrounds. The demountable stages from 2016 were renewed but the set times bore a strange discrepancy – there were two mystery acts headlining the Flightless cabin and it wasn’t until the morning of the festival that revered locals Tropical Fuck Storm and Amyl and The Sniffers were unveiled as the Gizzfest tricksters. There was rain forecast as well, and plenty of it, and as Moore puts it, the last week of preparations was like a game of musical chairs as weather patterns intensified throughout the week. “The whole show was pretty much meant to be an outdoor show where we had this big outdoor
stage with not much cover and then a week leading up to it we got word that it was going to be this absolutely horrific weather event so we brought in a Big Top tent and heaps of other precautionary stuff to ease the rain. We had like water pumps and everything and then by the time it hit, it was all hands on deck,” Moore explains. And rain it did. From 5pm on Saturday November 2, 2017, Melbourne was soaked by 20mm in the space of an hour. As we look to Gizzfest 2018, there will be commemorations to that fabled day of the 2017 in the form of two “cave stages” hidden down a tunnel. “This year, we decided to make it completely weather-proof, so we’ve moved everything indoors and we’ve put these two stages in a concrete underpass, it’s kind of an underground tunnel, cave thing that they have at the Showgrounds. We’re going to dress it up and it will be a really cool gig like a tiny underground club show vibe.” Performing for the first time in Australia at Gizzfest 2018, Dutch-based Turkish psychrockers Altin Gun, New York garage residents The Mystery Lights and Brooklyn punks Surfbort will take to the main stage alongside an impressive local lineup featuring Tropical Fuck Storm, Divide and Dissolve, Amyl and The Sniffers, Stonefield, Baked Beans and Body Type. The cave stages will welcome a bevy of Melbourne talent including Civic, Leah Senior, Traffik Island, Spike Fuck, U-Bahn and so many more. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have laid a blueprint not just in their music creation but also their entrepreneurialism. Forging themselves a cult following that’s billowing into the mainstream, the seven-piece have capitalised on their divergence and individuality and now it’s paying dividends. Bravo boys.
“We’ve moved everything indoors [this year] and we’ve put these two stages in a concrete underpass … We’re going to dress it up and it will be a really cool gig like a tiny underground club show vibe.”
Gizzfest 2018 comes to the Melbourne Showgrounds on Saturday December 1. Grab yourself a ticket via Oztix.
THE PLEASURE GARDEN
Mad Professor Back in 1979, one of the world’s greatest dub labels was founded in a London living room, using various collected and DIY pieces of recording and mixing equipment.
Almost 40 years later, the man behind Ariwa Sounds is a household name and one of the living legends of the dub genre; Guyanese-British producer and engineer Neil Fraser, AKA Mad Professor. Fraser has produced over 150 releases, and is simultaneously a producer, beat-maker, engineer, technician, and entrepreneur. Having last toured Australia in 2016, Fraser’s rigorous touring schedule – which has seen him venture to Germany, France, Sweden, Spain, Japan, the US and the now split Yugoslavia throughout his career – has brought him back Down Under for another stop in the golden country. “I’m in Brisbane and it’s so nice, man. It’s just getting hot, and it’s beautiful,” says Fraser. “Coming to Australia is almost like coming home, because there are so many people, so many friends. I’m happy to see people and they’re happy to see me, all smiling faces. You guys are lucky, you don’t know how good you have it.” Fraser’s eventual stardom in the dub scene is hardly the result of a fluke-ish hit creation. On the contrary, Fraser has been at the helm of his own success from day one, when he was still working as an electronic technician and was asked to fix a mixing board. Next thing he knew, he’d created his own mixer from scratch and was experimenting with sounds and production during his downtime between shifts. I ended up doing so many of those jobs that I became an expert in them. I decided to build my own, and then I eventually ended up in the studio business,” Fraser explains.
“Overall, it was totally unexpected. I almost got into the industry by accident; I never thought I’d be in music, because I’m definitely not a singer,” he laughs. “It’s like a dream that’s come true. And it’s still coming true.” Despite Fraser’s insistence that he’s not made for the microphone, his sweet and humble midinterview rendition of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ ‘Could You Be Loved’ holds as much emotion as the reggae legend’s own recording. Fraser turned to the wise words of the Jamaican lyricist when asked about the activism that has always been attached to the Awira catalogue. After Fraser founded Awira in Thornton Heath in 1979, it eventually became the largest blackowned studio complex in the UK. This was a political statement in itself, but Fraser has continued to embed activism into his work even today. ‘S.O.S (Save Our Sons)’, Mad Professor’s most recent release, speaks of ineffectual authorities, fearing for one’s children, and the uncertainty of the future with regard to the current rise of extreme right-wing politics. “I think if you’re going to make music for people, you have to do something to turn people on. You can’t have a show and have no reaction, because in other words you’re fucking boring,” Fraser says.
“There’s also a big need for shedding light on these social problems, with black people in particular; it needs to be addressed, and you can’t wait for someone else to do it. I’m just doing my part. There are aspects of the media that feel uncomfortable with it, or tell me to shut up, but the people that feel uncomfortable are the ones that should. We can’t sweep it under the carpet. It’s undeniably there.” The ease with which Fraser embeds social justice and politics into his funky, reggae-infused dub bangers is testament to his talent and experience as a veteran mixer and producer. He’s scheduled to bring it all to the St Kilda Beach Foreshore, and is excited to be kicking off the Melbourne summer with a bang. “Is it on the beach? I actually had no idea. Well, in that case, I’ll have to figure something out. I’ll be playing my new songs, keep people moving, keep them dancing, keep them curious. That’s the essence of dub; it’s all about surprising people with the beat.”
South African deep house producer and DJ, Daniela Di Lillo, better known as Nora En Pure, has made quite the run around the global festival circuit, from Florida’s Ultra Music Festival to Coachella.
style of synth and strings with clubby sonic devices. The anthemic ‘Lioness’ is proving a particular hit with crowds, she says, as have more emotive tracks like ‘Riverwards Stream’. Di Lillo’s goal, she says, is to craft a richly detailed sound – one that may prompt listeners to go out into nature. As well as contemporary EDM sounds, Polynesia draws inspiration from Netflix soundtracks. Shows like Stranger Things, whose synth-heavy score by Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon, AKA S U R V I V E, has rapidly become iconic, have driven television music in a decidedly more cinematic direction. “There are some pretty amazing soundtracks that transport you into another sphere,” says Di Lillo. “I definitely wanted to incorporate some of these ethereal sounds. That, blended with my signature sound and piano melodies, resulted in that EP.” A career as a festival mainstay, of course, means that Di Lillo spends a lot of time in transit, fretting over logistics and fighting jet lag. “It is a lot to be constantly on the move,” says Di Lillo. “You need to have a strong support system in place, as in close family and friends. Touring alone most of the time and being jetlagged is not always
Catch Mad Professor when he plays The Pleasure Garden at St Kilda’s Catani Gardens on Saturday December 8. Head to the festival’s website for tickets and the full lineup.
BY LEXI HERBERT
Nora En Pure
But The Pleasure Garden, the music festival taking over St Kilda’s Catani Gardens for the third year running, is virgin territory for Di Lillo. Nevertheless, the spacious beaches of St Kilda are well suited to the Nora En Pure brand of house music, she says. “When I come to Australia I feel so welcomed and I think the people really embrace my music and give off a really great energy,” says Di Lillo. “Melbourne is one of my favourite cities in the world to play, so I’m quite confident it will be special. I hope the crowd will connect as usual, and it would be epic to play around sunset time.” Di Lillo counts her three-hour daybreak set at Tomorrowland among the highlights of the last few years, along with Coachella and Ultra Music Festival. Festivals like these give Di Lillo a chance to reach new listeners, she says. “I love playing lots of different events,” says Di Lillo. “The energy between festivals and clubs is barely comparable. Usually, the play time at festivals is shorter, and I tend to play a little groovier. Often you have a very mixed crowd and a lot of people might have never heard your sound before, so it’s a nice challenge to try get them hooked. “Whereas, in clubs, I enjoy playing longer, as you can really develop the set, go a little deeper, and get to know the crowd.” In Polynesia, her freshly minted EP from Enormous Tunes, Di Lillo has combined her classic
“I think if you’re going to make music for people, you have to do something to turn people on. You can’t have a show and have no reaction, because in other words you’re fucking boring.”
so easy. Often I wake up and, besides not knowing where I am, I am often stressed out not knowing if I have to catch a flight or get ready for a show. And I always think I’m already busy missing it. So, yeah, it can be very hectic, but that’s part of the game.” After the Pleasure Garden, Di Lillo will continue work on Purified, her weekly SiriusXM radio show. A “Purified” record label is also in the works, she says. Despite the trials of life on the road, Di Lillo says she prefers the touring lifestyle to the nine-to-five. “I think the most rewarding thing is to see people’s reaction to your music,” she says. “And, every now and then, realising again how incredible it is that music can bring you everywhere in the world. Then, of course, I really appreciate that no day is like the other … The work we do every day takes so much time up from our lives that it’s really sad if you find yourself just wanting it to pass so quickly. In that sense, I really appreciate what touring gives me, and I feel time is running so fast.” BY ZACHARY SNOWDON SMITH
“I think the most rewarding thing is to see people’s reaction to your music. And, every now and then, realising again how incredible it is that music can bring you everywhere in the world.” Nora En Pure plays The Pleasure Garden at St Kilda’s Catani Gardens on Saturday December 8. Head to the festival’s website for tickets and the full lineup.
GOOD THINGS FESTIVAL
“When we made Rooms of the House, we were all living in the same city. That’s not the case now ... Everything that we do now has to come with a great deal of preparation.”
If you’ve been a line of work that requires international phone calls, you tend to know calling codes quite well. Imagine the surprise, then, when a +61 is on the other end when you’re expecting a +1. Yes, La Dispute were born and raised in Grand Rapids, a city in the west of Michigan. These days, however, one of its members calls Australia home. “I actually live on the Sunshine Coast.” explains Brad Vander Lugt, the band’s drummer and co-founder. “My wife is Australian, so when we got married we had to make a decision to either live in Michigan or live here – so we ended up choosing here, and it’s been quite nice.” This explains, in part, why things have been so quiet in the La Dispute camp in recent years. Following the end of an extensive tour in support of 2014’s Rooms of the House, the band entered hibernation and only poked their heads out on special occasions. As we speak, however, album number four is being put together. Vander Lugt is the first to admit there’s been some stumbling blocks along the way as the band factor in both a long-distance relationship and the introduction of a new guitarist, Corey Stroffolino, who toured with the band on the back of Rooms of the House but did not play on it. “The whole thing has been a real learning curve for us,” says Vander Lugt. “When we made Rooms of the House, we were all living in the same city. That’s not the case now – not just me in Australia, but everyone is living in different places. Everything that we do now has to come with a great deal of preparation – and that’s just to do with playing shows. As you can imagine, doing something like making an album has proven to be very difficult. We had to be pretty deliberate about
our scheduling and when we’d get together.” Work on the new album began as early as 2016, where the band convened in their native Grand Rapids and wrote for three months in a rented-out rehearsal studio. The band ended up with enough material to complete a new album then and there, but the majority of songs were then scrapped as the songwriting process got a second wind. “It’s so weird to think that the end is in sight,” says Vander Lugt regarding the album’s completion. “We had a lot of lofty ideas for this record at the start, but there was this moment where we were all uncertain as to what we were doing was working. Starting over was a tough call to make, but it felt like the right thing to do. We had to figure out how to be a band again.” By means of contrast, 2018 has also seen La Dispute reflecting on where they’ve come from in order to ascertain where they’re headed. To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of their debut LP, Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair, the band did a run of shows
in which they played the album in its entirety. “For a few years there, we had kind of a weird attitude towards that record,” says Vander Lugt. “I suppose a lot of bands do with their debuts as they get older. You don’t want to be pigeonholed by the first thing you put out into the world. Once we all got past that, we embraced it for what it is. We’d never write those songs again, but they were a big part of our lives – and other people’s lives, too. It’s nice to be able to celebrate that.” Although you won’t hear Vega and Altair in full on the band’s upcoming tour – “it’s way too long for a festival set,” reasons Vander Lugt – there are definitely plans to bring some older songs into the setlist. As for new stuff ? We’ll just have to wait. “There’s always a weird disconnect when you’re playing songs that aren’t out yet,” says Vander Lugt. “It makes sense – no-one knows what you’re playing except you. It’s not something that works for our band.” BY DAVID JAMES YOUNG
It’s clear Sunnyland is some of Mayday Parade’s best work. The sixth studio album from the alt-rock outfit is very much a record of nostalgia, youthful antics, exploring love and loss. Naturally fans will ascribe their own experiences to the music and remember their own past; vocalist Derek Sanders has already heard a few of the stories himself. “What’s kind of crazy is we’ve been a band for so long – 13 years – that now when we go on a tour we see people we’ve known for ten years or more, who’ve been with us many, many years – a lot of people have grown up with us. “A lot of people have talked about how this album is looking back on the last 13 years of this band, everything we’ve done, and it’s been amazing to hear people’s stories – ‘I heard this band 11 years ago, all this stuff has changed in my life since then’, how we’ve helped them get through tough times – it comes around full circle, now we’re lucky to still be here doing it.” Rife with longing, happiness and sorrow, ‘Nowhere’ stands out in among Sunnyland. Sanders sings of “music being the only escape but not hearing it anymore”; a powerful thread of words with a bittersweet story behind them. Finding the words to explain the tales, Sanders fumbles. “It’s therapeutic for me. I feel like I’m a pretty happy, optimistic person, but a lot of the songs we write are dark songs. Sadness runs riot in many of the songs on Sunnyland, offering a degree of closure, Mayday Parade closing the lid on a particular part of their life. “The title itself and a particular lyric sums it all up – ‘I left something important back in Sunnyland and it’s something I know I’ll never find’.”
“Sunnyland was an old abandoned hospital in Tallahassee we used to go explore, [we] just had so much fun there – they tore it down about ten years ago. A lot of it is about coming to terms with that part of your childhood, part of your past, that’s forever gone. There’s no way to get back to [it].” Time to grow up, another chapter closed, Mayday Parade saw a place that meant so much to them torn to the ground, something that Sanders says feels even more sad as time goes by. “It’s actually less than five minutes from my house – now it’s an apartment complex – it hit me soon after writing that song, I was driving by where Sunnyland used to be and, I don’t know, it hit me pretty hard.” Nevertheless, Sanders has his memories and his music, and that’s what’s important. Mayday Parade are still moving forward, thankful for their success and the opportunities their friendship and passion has afforded them. And Sanders has said previously that it was his intention with Sunnyland to help people feel better through hard times – as much as the album has helped him, he wanted it to mean something as powerful for the fans. Music is still the best medicine.
La Dispute perform at Good Things Festival at Flemington Racecourse on Friday December 7. Tickets via the festival website.
“Especially in some of those teenage years, music has helped me a lot. That’s a time [where] so much is changing in your life, you’re getting ready for the real world,” he says. “It’s kind of funny, it never was a goal of ours in the beginning, we just loved playing music, and as we toured as much as we have, we’d meet people who have been helped by our music. Now we try to help a many people as we can.” Aussie fans aren’t excluded from Mayday Parade’s mission statement; the band will bring Sunnyland to the Good Things Festival stage this December where fans will hear the album live for the first time. Though it has its punk-laden riffs and beautiful ballads, Sunnyland has a particular kind of intensity to it, something Sanders says Aussie fans will witness. “We definitely shoot for that. I feel like we have a pretty energetic set and try to be as entertaining as possible. “We’ll play deep into the Sunnyland stuff and we’ll play songs from the very beginning. We try to make everybody happy and have a good time, just feeding off of each other’s energy.”
“What’s kind of crazy is we’ve been a band for so long – 13 years – that now when we go on a tour we see people we’ve known for ten years or more, who’ve been with us many, many years.” Mayday Parade come to Good Things Festival at Flemington Racecourse on Friday December 7. Tickets via the festival website.
BY ANNA ROSE
“It was such an exciting time in my life – in all of our lives. Those songs mean so much to us, whether it’s ‘ABC’ and ‘I’ll Be There’ or it’s ‘Dancing Machine’ and ‘Mama’s Pearl’.”
It’s like a scene out of a movie. Five brothers, all of whom have grown up performing together in a family band, are sitting at Suddenly, a song comes on – a bright, sunshine pop song with sweeping strings and a funky backbeat. The brothers are amazed. After all, it’s their song. In case you hadn’t gathered, the song is ‘I Want You Back’, and the brothers in question are the group that was known as The Jackson 5. We’re on the eve of the song’s 50th anniversary – a song that remains, to this day, one of the most instantly recognisable songs in the history of pop music. “We were listening out for it, because we’d just been told that the record had been released,” recalls Tito Jackson – the second eldest Jackson brother and third eldest of the 10 siblings. “All of a sudden, one of our neighbours comes running over to our house. He’s got a transistor radio in his hands, and sure enough a local station is playing the song. We all gather round, and we’re just so proud of it – it sounds so great in that moment. I think all of us knew that we were onto something really special in that moment.” And so it went. ‘I Want You Back’ was not only the group’s debut single, but the first in a series of number-one hits in the US. What was later dubbed “Jacksonmania” was quickly sweeping the globe – the all-singing, all-dancing troupe were soon to sell out every single show on their world tour at the start of the ‘70s. Jackson looks back on this time fondly, as the bonds between he and his brothers were inextricable – it was a time of peace, love and music. “All of those hits take me back whenever we sing them,” he says. “It was such an exciting time in my life – in all of our lives. Those songs mean so much to us, whether it’s ‘ABC’ and ‘I’ll Be There’ or it’s
‘Dancing Machine’ and ‘Mama’s Pearl’. All of those songs take me right back to that portion of my life – and we were incredibly lucky that they were all hits, too.” Of course, the Jackson family went through trying times with label splits and inner-family tension in the ‘80s, leading to the group’s split at the end of the decade. Following the passing of Michael Jackson in 2009, however, the surviving brothers decided to reconvene as a tribute to him. Although the brothers are in their early-to-mid ‘60s, they still perform with the same amount of energy and passion as they did at their commercial peak in the early ‘70s. When questioned on how they maintain such a presence on stage, Jackson puts it down to both a love of music and a relatively clean lifestyle. “Even when it was all the rage, the brothers and I were never big partiers,” he says. “We were never big drinkers, we didn’t party hard – we didn’t even go to the after-parties for our own shows. Most of the time, we’d just go straight back to our
hotel room and we’d relax. That’s still more or less the case these days, as well. All four of us work out when we can, and the performance itself is definitely a workout. I think we’ve always made a point of staying as active as we can, as it allows us to give the best performance possible.” This January will see The Jacksons – Tito, Jermaine, Jackie and Marlon – returning to Australia for a series of outdoor shows featuring an ensemble of nostalgic hit-makers. Of course, The Jacksons have been coming to Australia sporadically since the ‘70s, and Tito himself remembers the maiden voyage well. “We were taken everywhere that time,” he recalls. “We got to see kangaroos and koalas at the zoo, then we were presented with some opals. We even got to go outback, where we met with some of the indigenous communities. They did one of their dances for us, and we were presented with a didgeridoo – I believe one of us might even still have it somewhere.” BY DAVID JAMES YOUNG
“He [Zac Denton] was a shy, sensitive but also tough, stubborn country kid and like no one that I have ever met.”
Cool Sounds’ Australian tour should have been a carefree venture from Ballarat to Brisbane. It was a chance to cut loose with fans in pubs and on bonfire-lit beaches, and to promote their new album, Cactus Country, alongside co-headliners The Ocean Party. But the tour became something different with the death of Ocean Party drummer and vocalist Zac Denton. Denton, who was 24, passed away suddenly, due to complications with a brain cyst. A prolific collaborator whose projects ranged from the indie ensemble Ciggie Witch to the Melbourne new wave outfit Pregnancy, Denton has left several Melbourne bands absent a member. But the tour must go on, and what was planned as a month of musical carousing between Cool Sounds and The Ocean Party has become a tribute to Denton’s life and work. “There will be a fair amount of tears, both in the crowd and onstage,” says Cool Sounds frontman Dainis Lacey. “Be prepared for that.” Lacey isn’t just an admirer of Denton’s music – the two lived together for two and a half years, during which Lacey grew to admire Denton as an individual and musician. Lacey has worked to emulate Denton’s integrity and easy plainspokenness – an uncommon combination that helped him cut straight to the point in his lyrics and in his life. “For me, being around Zac was like being in primary school again,” says Lacey. “Having a friend that you just wanted to spend all day with and do everything with. He was a shy, sensitive but also tough, stubborn country kid and like no one that I have ever met. He was extremely intelligent and thoughtful, which felt to me like something he
The Jacksons join Kool & The Gang, The Pointer Sisters, Village People and more performing at Sidney Myer Music Bowl as part of Summer Series on Wednesday January 16.
had garnered through years of quietly observing the people around him. I think that went handin-hand with his songwriting.” Though Lacey is a lone wolf by nature – Cactus Country was practically a solo record – he intends for his next project to be more collaborative. It’s not that the down-to-earth Lacey is particularly difficult to get along with. Rather, his creative style is gradual and experimental. A Cool Sounds record is produced by long hours of unhurried trial and error – the kind of tinkering that can quickly become pricey in a studio. Nevertheless, the studio was something Lacey wanted to tussle. “Because I’d never done it before, I was keen to go work in a studio,” he says. “We left the studio and everything sounded pretty nice, but a bit lifeless … Then, we worked on it for a month or two after, adding little things and mixing everything to give it a bit more character, so it would sound more weathered, more funky. “What came out of the studio is a lot different to what ended up on the album. It took a lot of messing up, cutting up bits of the recording and moving them around. It was good to do it. It was
definitely a worthwhile experience. Even though the studio was pretty relaxed, it was still relatively stressful compared to DIY.” The band’s (cool) sound, a nostalgic, lo-fi admixture of indie and soft rock, relies more on Lacey’s unrushed creative marinade than on any technical quality imparted by high-end studio equipment. Listeners can expect the next Cool Sounds record to be home-recorded. “I, ultimately, just hope that people enjoy it,” says Lacey, relentlessly unassuming. “There’s no great, deep messages within anything. I just hope people enjoy it.” After their current tour, Cool Sounds want nothing more than to take a moment off and regroup, before Lacey can think about writing a new album. Until then, they’ll be sharing their memories of Zac Denton with crowds around Australia, including a show at The Tote. “I hope at the shows, especially the one at The Tote, it can be as much of a celebration of [Denton] as possible,” says Lacey. BY ZACHARY SNOWDON SMITH
Cool Sounds will launch Cactus Country at The Tote on Saturday December 1. Head to the venue website for more information.
What kind of a festival is Mapping Melbourne? There will be music, but it’s not a music festival. There will be dance events, but it’s not a dance festival. This is an event that deliberately casts a wide net, presenting a variety of contemporary independent Asian art, music and dance in order to connect with the broadest possible audience, says producer Freyja Macfarlane. “Boxing things into one kind of art form just doesn’t work, from our perspective,” says Macfarlane. “This is for a very broad audience. That’s why our criteria for the art aren’t strict: we want it to speak to as many different people as possible. The fusion of the different art forms means that it has quite a far reach in terms of audience appeal … Essentially, it’s about strengthening connections, particularly across the Australian-Asian region, recognising that social and cultural connection is a really valuable thing.” Macfarlane curated the program with input from a panel of Melburnian contemporary Asian artists. With support from Multicultural Arts Victoria, Macfarlane hopes that Mapping Melbourne will help create meaningful intercultural dialogues. “We need to make sure that we’re engaging socially with the Asian region, as well as just from the trade perspective,” says Macfarlane. “We need to build connections and establish ongoing collaborative relationships, as well as presenting challenging material to the public and making sure that material reaches an audience … It’s so important to link different communities and different regions on a social and cultural level. We learn a lot from each other through arts, and it’s a great way to ensure
discussions happen cross-culturally.” The festival’s opening night will feature MURTI, a participatory art event in which participants will pour vividly coloured paints onto a large sculpture, playing on the Hindu tradition of bathing religious statues in milk or water. As the paint dries, the appearance of the sculpture will gradually alter. “It’s very communal and it’s highly participatory,” says Macfarlane. “Opening night is all about audience interaction with the installation and questioning modes of worship and ritual and what that means in a contemporary society. It starts a discussion, talking about these different rituals and the ways the audience themselves talk about and question ideas of divinity and how they connect with each other.” In Mapping Melbourne’s Street Connection event, Bangkok-based artist Mue Bon will perform a live stenciling on the bricks of Hosier Lane. With guidance from Mue Bon, audience members will also be able to create their own small pieces of street art and take home their own stencils. Similar to the MURTI event, Street Connection will provide audience members an opportunity to chat informally with an influential figure in contemporary Asian art.
Accessibility was Macfarlane’s prime concern when producing the festival, she says – throughout its six-year history, Mapping Melbourne has strived to bring in a wide audience rather than only appealing to those with an already-developed appreciation for contemporary Asian art. Support from the City of Melbourne has been instrumental in keeping the festivals events either affordably ticketed or free. “I hope that people take away from Mapping Melbourne all the awesome art forms that they can find in their own backyards,” says Macfarlane. “It’s not just about the big ticket events that happen at the main venues – there are things happening on multiple levels across the city that can be accessed. “That’s one of the great things about Mapping; the majority of the program’s free, and the things that are ticketed are priced accessibly, because we want anyone and everyone to attend these events and discover the amazing artists that work out of Melbourne … The cultural background is certainly very important, but, at the end of the day, it’s all just fantastic art that can speak to a broad demographic of people.”
Mapping Melbourne takes over the city from Saturday December 1 to Saturday December 15. Head to the festival website for tickets and event information.
BY ZACHARY SNOWDON SMITH
“It’s totally like our teenage bedrooms combined into a place we can sell alcohol … Everyone that walks in here tells us it’s pretty much like being at home.”
Bombay Rock: the iconic music venue that’s risen from the ashes to enliven Melbourne with the very best rock’n’roll. In a time where many of the country’s pivotal venues are on the brink of closure, it’s a welcome miracle that managers Asher Trainor and Kacey Knoodle have managed to bring Bombay Rock back to vibrant life. For Trainor and Knoodle, revitalising the Sydney Road venue after the tragic fire that occurred in 1991, drew a lot of support. “A lot of people are really keen to see it come back,” says Trainor. “We’ve had a lot of the older crowd say they’re happy to see it back,” adds bookings manager Knoodle. “They think it’s cool that the next generation get to experience what they experienced.” Entertainment is rolling out of Bombay Rock quickly, Trainor and Knoodle started off running acoustic shows in the back bar of the venue, before moving performances into the front bar and featuring local bands. “We’ve had a few interstate and internationals in that room,” says Knoodle. “The top room upstairs will now be for bigger ticketed shows, but downstairs will always be free. We’ve got a lot of heavier shows coming up,” adds Trainor. “But we’ve had jazz stuff, folk stuff – pretty much any good music, we’ll play pretty much anything. “We had Power perform a few weeks ago with their EP launch which was massive, a lot of regular bands come through. We’ve got the bands running until midnight and then DJs on regular rotation until 4 or 5am.” The excitement doesn’t stop there. Trainor and Knoodle are anticipating the massive A Shot in the Dark book launch, a live music extravaganza to
“That’s one of the great things about Mapping; the majority of the program’s free ... because we want anyone and everyone to attend these events and discover the amazing artists that work out of Melbourne.”
celebrate the launch of the rock’n’roll photo book compiled by Matt Gleeson of 3 Chord Images. “Matt’s been photographing around the scene since 2013,” says Knoodle. “He’s an awesome photographer.” The book features 66 great Australian punk, thrash, ska, folk, punk and hard rock bands in full colour over 128 pages. “His first book last year, the profits for it all went toward mental health awareness,” says Knoodle. “That was amazing – he’s expanded from that. We’ve got 16 bands playing on the night. “Topnovil have just got back from a European tour and they’ll be launching an album so they’re headlining, The Bob Gordons from Western Australia are launching their album as well.” A music extravaganza across every medium it seems, and you can expect nothing less from Bombay Rock. “Our two levels will be going all day from 4pm onwards,” says Trainor, “There will be copies of the book available for purchase and of course, all the band merch as well.” Take a sneaky look at the event page on
Facebook and you’ll see the likes of Ferocious Chode, Shadow League, Pegbucket, and K-MaRt WaRRioRs on the bill for the show – the skill of putting together a diverse lineup is not lost on Knoodle who has also tried her hand in the festival market. “The last four or five years, I ran a festival called Nevermind The Warp’d Tour,” says Knoodle, “That’s how we met Matt, he came out to photograph.” The graphics and imagery produced by Gleeson is enticing as it is, but put it all alongside the imagery, artwork and collection of battered and bruised posters at Bombay Rock, the sleazy ‘80s rock‘n’roll vibe is just the welcoming icing on the cake. “It’s totally like our teenage bedrooms combined into a place we can sell alcohol,” laughs Trainor. “Everyone that walks in here tells us it’s pretty much like being at home – they walk in here and feel like they’re home.”
Bombay Rock is open Friday and Saturday nights at 303 Sydney Road, Brunswick. Head to the venue website for info on gigs and other events.
BY ANNA ROSE
Tell us about the video for ‘He Eats Money’. What is the story behind it? The video is a debut and the song is from the EP Pair Of Rogues. We had an intense but satisfying time filming it out at Werribee Mansion in July. When I wrote it a melody came to me, along with the image of a lone man in a mansion who eats money. It’s brooding, almost unnerving songwriting. How are you trying to make your listeners feel? Just to transport them through the world of the song. I think for me it was crystalising some feelings around mass consumption and attainment of power. The man has reached a position of ultimate power, yet seems a slave to a greater one. An unnerving scenario, perhaps. When I first played it to friends they laughed, perhaps at the absurdity. How would you describe your sound and how did you come to it? I seem to make wintry songs. For me, songs are an analogy of the weather – they’re a mood. I appreciate the moods of winter and, I suspect for the same reason, write wintry songs. That said, I enjoy things about the other seasons. Perhaps I can still broaden my musical horizons. You previously fronted Pete and the Tar Gang and have performed shows across the world. How has your music evolved over the years? I suppose I appreciate aural space more than I used to, the ‘less is more’ thing. I used to like cramming a lot of ideas into a smaller space and it was more chaotic. But that may also have been truer to what I wanted to express. I guess age has mellowed me out. How will the video be presented at your upcoming screenings at LongPlay? We’ll be projecting it on the cinema screen there at LongPlay. It’s such an intimate, cosy den, so it should be an immersive experience. Of course, we’ll play some songs too, along with special guests Lynn Jacob and Sasha Cuha. Pete Lyrebird will host two screenings of his video clip for ‘He Eats Money’ at LongPlay on Friday November 30 and Saturday December 1. Tickets available via Trybooking .
Tell us about Sweetfest. Where is it happening and what is the philosophy behind it? Sweetfest is a free event that will take place on Sunday December 2 in the Geelong CBD. The festival is celebrating 30-years of the Sweethearts music program. The festival will host 17 acts across four stages throughout the day. Why was it important to make it free and easily accessible to the public? Sweetheart’s home is Geelong. We want to celebrate with our community and support Geelong’s thriving music and creative culture, as well as the businesses that support us. A free event offers opportunities and access for all members of the public, and hopefully will encourage lots of people to come along. Legendary drummer Bernard Purdie was instrumental during the ‘70s and introduced the “Purdie Shuffle”. He’ll be appearing at Sweetfest. Describe his influence and how did you go about booking him in? Sweethearts were very fortunate to perform with Bernard Purdie last year during our Europe tour. We have stayed in touch ever since and are so excited to be able to bring him to our home town for our celebration. What can we expect from his clinic and in conversation event? Bernard Purdie is musical royalty and has been running Drum Clinics for 40 years. Expect audience participation, incredible stories of working with basically every music legend from the ‘60s and ‘70s, and of course the famous “Purdie Shuffle”. What else can we expect from Sweetfest? Sweetfest is all about supporting women in music. Every artist has some form of female representation. Artists come from the local Geelong region, as well as Melbourne soul acts like Kylie Auldist, Fulton Street, and of course the legend himself, Bernard ‘Pretty’ Purdie, will perform with the Sweethearts. Sweetfest is a free event, that takes place on Sunday December 2 along Geelong’s Little Malop Street Precinct.
How did Shantily Clad first come together? We’re all mates and we’d played in other bands. We wanted to do something that gave back to the community and got more people singing. About a year ago, we got interested in sea shanties from different directions, so we’d meet up for a drink and belt some of these tunes out. You describe yourselves as a “sea shanty group”. For those who aren’t aware of the sub-genre, what exactly does that mean? Sea shanties were originally used as work songs aboard sailing ships. They were used to boost morale and coordinate teams of workers in their physical labour. There’s an Irish folk influence, lots of easy-to-sing melodies and great harmonies. There’s lots of foot stomping and bawdy lyrics one moment and then beautiful, lilting melodies the next. How would you describe the ‘sea shanty’ sound? Somewhere between a 2am karaoke session and belting out your footy team’s song. Mix in some shredding violin, banjo, mandolin, stamping feet and clinking glasses, and you’ve got a fair idea. You only played your first show in September as part of the Folkscray! Festival. How did it go and what did you learn from the show? It went really well and we got lots of positive feedback. It was great seeing so many people getting into it and having a sing. Group singing is a very powerful thing for mental health and community building. Shanties are easy for everyone to sing and get involved. Afterwards the question we got asked the most was “when’s the next gig?” That’s the biggest thing I learnt – always have another gig lined up. What can we expect from your upcoming show at The Dancing Dog? Lots of singing, foot-stomping, some cheeky banter, pirate jokes, vocal harmonies and to walk away feeling the worries of a long work week fade away Catch Shantily Clad play The Dancing Dog on Friday December 7. Tickets are $10 on the door.
When did Deathbeat first come together and how did it happen? Deathbeat was formed around August 2017. Steve had just moved down to Melbourne and Julian had been there for a few years already, so it was inevitable that they would collaborate again after having enjoyed success working together in Greenthief. Tell us about your debut self-titled EP. What is the story behind it? The band was literally formed after a couple of text messages one day, and that same afternoon we were having our first jam to see what would happen. The music for this entire EP was conceived in that first jam and within a couple of weeks, we were in the studio and playing shows. This year you’ve played in New York and toured Australia. What has touring taught you? Playing in New York was really special for us because America definitely has that aura about it and a lot of bands that were influential to us came from there. It was surreal playing and hanging out in venues that were local hangouts for our musical idols, but at the same time, we realised that putting on the best possible show is all that matters and no matter where you are in the world people will respond to you accordingly. You produce a unique blend of punk and hip hop. Tell us more about your sound and how did you come to it in the first place? It doesn’t take long to figure out who our influences are and that’s something we’re not trying to hide either. We have consciously adopted a very simple, stripped back approach to both our writing and playing in a technical sense, which has opened the door for the live energy and delivery to be the main strength of the band. What can we expect from your EP launch show at the Cactus Room? There have been some wild shows at Cactus since its inception so we’ve definitely got some big shoes to fill. We’ve been working towards this show all year and made friends with a heap of cool bands along the way so we are ready. Deathbeat come to the Cactus Room in Thornbury on Friday November 30. It›s all free.
Ainslie Wills – Photo by Dylan Martin
Ainslie Wills + Gretta Ray + Angie McMahon The Hub at ACMI, Monday November 19
We’ve been lucky enough to see some amazing Melbourne songstresses blossom over the past few years. The list of female artists pushing boundaries both vocally and instrumentally is long, but Angie McMahon, Gretta Ray and Ainslie Wills are definitely high on that list – something they proved at their Melbourne Music Week showcase. The Hub at ACMI was transformed into a moody, neon dream for the event. An otherworldly experience descended the staircase into the large gallery, lit up by green beams of light that bounced off a giant disco ball in the centre of the room. The crowd was small at first, but more people began to trickle in, filling the space just in time for Gretta Ray. The young singer-songwriter seemed confident and at ease on the stage, breaking into a beautiful, stripped back version of ‘Fitzroy’ from her latest EP. She was slightly nervous and tense when she played The Corner Hotel earlier in the year, so it was great to see her looking so comfortable now. Flanked by only her guitarist and drummer, Ray’s voice was able to really shine through, capturing the crowd with her impressive range. She played ‘Long Distance’ and ‘Towers’, during which the lights overhead turned pink, reflecting off the disco ball as though the sky was raining glitter. It felt kind of like a prom scene from an ‘80s movie. Next up was the small, smiley Angie McMahon, who blew everyone away with her awesome guitar skills and powerful singing. There’s such an edge to McMahon’s voice – it’s husky, throaty, strong and sexy – something that truly sets her apart from other vocalists. Her talent as a guitarist was also on display, shredding her way through an unreleased track,
Cash Savage and The Last Drinks – Photo by Anna Madden
then ‘Keeping Time’ and lastly, ‘Slow Mover’, which got an unsurprisingly enthusiastic response from the crowd. After McMahon’s short and sweet set, Ainslie Wills entered the stage, the first of the three women to opt for keyboard over guitar. Like the other two, she was only joined by a guitarist and a drummer, but her sound was so unlike anything else that night. She began with ‘Constellations’, a hauntingly beautiful tune which saw her voice hit high notes that many singers would find intimidating. Wills then launched into ‘Mountains’, a track she penned about nightmares and insomnia, before wrapping up with ‘Nothing To Prove’. Each artist returned to the stage again for a second set, playing another three songs from their repertoire’s. Ray continued her angelic performance with ‘A View Like This’, followed by a chilling version of ‘Radio Silence’, and finishing with the ever-popular ‘Drive’. McMahon then bounded back as lively as before, launching into ‘Missing Me’ which had everyone singing along. Her final two songs were both new tracks from her upcoming album, which is due out sometime next year. The first, ‘I Am A Woman’, was a more sombre affair, but she lifted the mood again with ‘Pasta’, a rambling, energetic tune with playful lyrics. For her second set, Wills took up the guitar, belting out her final tracks ‘Slow Down’, ‘Missing Out’ and ‘Society’. Again, her sound had that quirk that neither of the other two women possessed; an uncanny ability to captivate the room. Weird, experimental sound walls permeated much of her work, most of which she created with her voice alone, showcasing her awe-inspiring vocal range. To end the night, the three women joined forces for a cover of Emma Louise’s ‘Wish You Well’. It was a beautiful blending of each artist’s individual sound, with their differing vocal styles coming together harmoniously. This could be said of the whole show really, which was an impressively curated affair that flowed smoothly from songstress to songstress, each delightful in their own unique ways.
The talent of these budding musicians was clearly on display during the event, but there was a deeper message behind the showcase. It was about supporting and honouring the women of the music industry, and showing us the magic they emanate when given the space to shine. Highlight: It wouldn’t be fair to single out one artist as the highlight, so probably the combined cover of ‘Wish You Well’. Lowlight: Honestly? None. Crowd Favourite: Gretta Ray: ‘Drive’. Angie McMahon: ‘Slow Mover’. Ainslie Wills: ‘Society’. BY GRETA BRERETON
Cash Savage and The Last Drinks The Croxton, Friday November 23
Frequent gig-goers are accustomed to the well versed particulars of an evening with a band; the curation of tracks new and old, some light banter between songs and of course, the unspoken rule that there will be an encore. So when Cash Savage announces that her and her band, The Last Drinks, will play through to the end of their set list without the façade of leaving the stage only to reappear moments later as the audience feign surprise, it’s refreshing to say the least. It’s the eve of the Victorian state election vote and the tension in the air is palpable. Savage’s latest release, Good Citizens is rife with political discourse and a glaringly obvious disapproval for the shitty status quo to which our society succumbs, so the impending flex of the country’s democratic muscle is ever-present in the room. “This song is about how fucked up the world is and how the vote tomorrow won’t make a fucking difference,” she declares before
launching into an apocalyptic execution of ‘Collapse’, spitting out each word as if they are a bad taste in her mouth. The shuddering rhythm ground to a sudden halt as Savage shouted “rich white men” into the jarringly silent room. By now, violinist Kat Mear’s bow is a blur of flailing, frayed hairs. Savage and her six-piece band are almost in perfect unison, despite barely glancing at one another as they pace their positions. Sauntering the stage with a deadpan stare throughout the set, Savage’s gaze is uncomfortable – looking down the barrel as if defying you to pull the trigger. Savage had the crowd eating out of her hand, throwing back Melbourne Bitters while leafing through a selection of tracks from her latest album such as ‘Pack Animals’, ‘Sunday’ and ‘Found You’, as well as an assortment of less recent offerings including ‘Hypnotiser’ and ‘Do You Feel Loved’. There are no theatrics at play, just pure, raw power as the tight knit group unfurl their fury onto the audience. Cash Savage and The Last Drinks needn’t employ rigorously rehearsed dance routines or sophisticated lighting effects to amplify their performance – the force of the words and Savage’s unrelenting stare are enough to keep all eyes transfixed. At the tail end of the evening, Savage reiterates there will be “no fucking encore”, just in case anyone thought her initial warning was an invitation to cheer harder for “one more song” once the stage had emptied, and the crowd appears more than happy to oblige. Savage’s defiance of an uninspired gig format is nothing if not an invigoratingly triumphant success. Highlight: Savage calling out pre-planned encores for what they are: a bullshit waste of time. Lowlight: Punters with absolutely no spatial awareness. Crowd Favourite: ‘Good Citizens’. BY KATE STREADER
Album of the Week (Aftermath Entertainment)
Singles WITH AUGUSTUS WELBY
Marie Davidson & Lamusa II
This sounds like a memory of dance music, like the leftover thud that travels around your head when trying to rest on the morning after a long night. Davidson’s Working Class Woman is one of the year’s standout electronic releases, but before the gates shut on 2018 best-of lists, the Montreal producer has rolled a gem of a collaboration with Italian producer Lamusa II. ‘La Ecstase’ exhibits many of Davidson’s primary strengths: it’s an abstract reconstruction of club music, built on inviting bodily rhythms but streaked with a sense of the unobtainable. And it’ll keep you coming back for more.
I don’t know much about the music of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I don’t know if that’s something I should be embarrassed about, but this rousingly joyous and texturally innovative release from Kinshasa-based collective Kokoko! certainly makes me feel like I’ve been missing out. I’m not encouraging it, but I can see a mainstream rapper jumping on a remix of ‘Azo Toke’ a la Jay-Z’s reboot of Panjabi MC’s ‘Mundian To Bach Ke’. That’s a testament to how effusively likeable yet idiosyncratically distinct the song is.
End of the Bar
Twerps co-frontperson Martin Frawley steps into angular bluesy territory on his second solo single. The jangly guitars remain, but they’re decorated with some E-Street Bandinspired piano trills. It feels a bit like hanging tinsel on a tree though; a nice if somewhat incongruous addition that isn’t able to obscure the grubby essence of Frawley’s songwriting and vocal performance. He tries on an aloof storyteller persona, which should suit him but falls a bit flat. That could have something to do with the main riff ’s similarity to Robbie Williams’ ‘Let Me Entertain You’. But maybe that reference says more about me than the song itself.
The Dandy Warhols
(Dine Alone Records)
I have utterly no interest in a new Dandy Warhols song. You probably don’t either. So I approached ‘Be Alright’ expecting to expose the Dandys as rock music’s preeminent has-been hacks. But there’s plenty to enjoy about the song’s steady upbeat trot and driving distorted bass lines. Likewise the simple, lyric-less melodic motifs. Even Courtney Taylor-Taylor’s barely legible grizzly whisper has its charm.
On the third instalment of his critically-acclaimed “beach series”, Anderson .Paak brings the whole project full circle, taking the progress he made on 2016’s Malibu and bringing it all the way back home on a carefully crafted ode to his birthplace, Oxnard.
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The first of his albums to be released on Dr. Dre’s infamous Aftermath Entertainment label, it feels like the pairing of Dre and .Paak has brought a newfound focus to this final piece that the two prior projects felt lacking in. Sporting production credits from the man himself, it’s like that added touch of Dre to the mix was the herb that .Paak was missing from the brew for both Venice and Malibu, with that signature sound offering him the ability to finally achieve the level of artistic expression he’s been striving for his entire career. The album’s narrative is something you have to experience for yourself, but if you’re the kind of person who just wants something to bang in your clapped out Subaru this Christmas instead, Oxnard still has you covered. Cuts like the lead single ‘Tints’ and the almost laughably G-Funk banger ‘Anywhere’ are bona fide summer anthems, with the latter even featuring a bar or two from the true god of G-Funk himself, Snoop Dogg. I can’t say enough good things about this album; simply put, it’s set a new watermark for Anderson .Paak’s career, and I can’t wait to see what he tops this with next.
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The Smashing Pumpkins
Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1
It’s hard to believe that Swedish act Little Dragon have been doing the rounds for more than two decades. Hitting the big time in 2009 at the height of the indie-electro wave with sophomore album Machine Dreams, the quartet’s recent output has been varied at best. Their new EP, Love Chanting isn’t exactly a return to form, offering little in the way of progression when it comes to the band’s sound. Anyone familiar with Little Dragon will know what to expect with this four track release: upbeat synth melodies, indie influences, splashes of R&B and pop sound scapes and Yukimi Nagano’s sensually soulful vocals. The title track is five and a half minutes of infectious electro funk reminiscent of the band’s earlier work. Next up Little Dragon slide into house territory with the slinky ‘In My House’. Nagano takes centre stage cooing, “Take it slower, take it slower,” over and over as the bassline digs deep. ‘Timothy’ is a cosy jam taking things down a notch before an edited version of ‘Lover Chanting’ brings the short four track EP to a close. It’s nice to hear from Little Dragon again, but unless you’re a die-hard fan there’s nothing here to keep you coming back.
Reasonably new kids from the steelwork cities of Newcastle and Wollongong, Jacob sound like four adolescent pranksters trying their hand at growing up. Some of this has been done over their previous five years of existence, but of course there is always room for more. Lineup changes have not dinted their raucous approach, and despite not a bonafide Jacob being in the ranks, they are provocative and self-aware. Tracks like ‘The Rain King’ could be terrace chants but for glazing into incandescent choruses as vocalist Ruar Burns is joined in many songs by both Andrew Jago and Jamie Manny. ‘A Little More Action’ features some early Killers synth action and the band work on the lyrical theme on ‘How Long Until You’re Next To Me’, ‘Oh My Love’ and ‘I Want To Get A Bit Closer’. Rowdy, slicing riffs are combined with screamed vocals, which are intense and discordant. ‘How I Get’ is acoustic and carefree in that Billy Bragg way without the politics. With the obligatory shouted mass voices, this is probably the finest song on the record. Clearly, there is a palpable amount of love and effort in this record, although some songs still fall flat regardless. The songs may have benefitted with some less rigid playing and this may have flicked the switch on the album. Oh well, there’s always next time.
Cue the swell of strings, the exaggerated whine in the vocals and the baffling lyrics, The Smashing Pumpkins have dropped their tenth studio album Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol.1 and it is oh-so typical of the Chicago post-grunge staples. Is frontman Billy Corgan crying or singing in ‘Knight Of Malta’? Not the most endearing noise for The Smashing Pumpkins as openers go, that being said though, if you’re patient enough, The Smashing Pumpkins eventually manage to piece together the blueprints and begin to build an, on the whole, pretty rocking album. There are several tracks this record could do without – ‘Travels’ and ‘Alienation’ for example are lazy lyrically – but at the other end of the spectrum, please by all means go forth and enjoy the raucous rock of ‘Solara’, and the memories of crushed velvet and plaid shirts of the ‘90s induced by the vibes in ‘Marchin’ On’. With Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1, The Smashing Pumpkins have no hope of achieving the same levels of success that 1995’s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness brought them, but if you’re okay with an album that tries to reach into innovation but ultimately falls back on a well-rounded classicism, then this is the release for you.
BY TOBIAS HANDKE
BY BRONIUS ZUMERIS
BY ANNA ROSE
What probably comes down to a mix of energetic live performances, audacious online rants or general talent, Vince Staples seems to be one of the few new-wave rappers that’ll still be around in a few years to come. Unfortunately however this third release fails to hit the hype he’s built for himself. Opening track ‘Feels Like Summer’ supposedly complements the beach-set album artwork, but there’s nothing very summery about it. The track itself makes for a disappointing start with a fairly generic synth-heavy beat behind it. Bar the chorus, ‘Outside!’ showcases some better lyrical work but again, the beat is nothing we haven’t heard a million times since 2001. Thankfully things pick up with ‘Don’t Get Chipped’, which has smoother flow and Staples’ signature tongue-in-cheek swagger oozing throughout. Excluding interludes and skits the album is very brief, with Staples only rapping on eight tracks total. The interludes in question are nothing more than snippets from fellow rappers, Tyga and Earl Sweatshirt, which may have intended to be genuine appreciation but feels more like sneaky crosspromotion, meanwhile ‘FUN!’ is actually fun and even better with the comical music video. All in all this album is short on quantity and unfortunately also quality; leaving us all still waiting on a decent rap release in 2018.
When The End Began
Californian metalcore outfit Silent Planet nail every cliche of this ‘no parents allowed’ genre, placing them in the same sphere as Britain’s Oceans Ate Alaska and Australia’s Northlane. The sounds that occur for the first two minutes and 14 seconds of the record in ‘Thus Spoke’, are purely atmospheric, with the final 40 seconds of it haunted by singer Garrett Russell growling a metaphor-heavy piece saying “creation and invention collide to provide” and “The night God slept everything was sound”. And then the album seamlessly rips into ‘The New Eternity’, the album’s lead single that consists of all the ominous tenants – chugging guitar riff, drum pauses and a crushing chorus – that appeals to a demographic that it is more likely to utter “You’re not my real dad anyway,” than ask “Are you going to Coachella?” The songs ‘Visible Unseen’ and the less subtle ‘The Anatomy Of Time (Babel)’ confirm their Christian roots, though Russell has tweeted against being branded with this label, saying: “We write songs about topics we care about. Things that affect us/you… Personally, I try (and often fail) to follow Jesus.” You have been warned. BY DAN WATT
(Solid State Records)
(Def Jam Recordings)
Local goth synth-wave act Nun sheds any baggage associated with being a revivalist act and demonstrate a powerful vision of what the ‘darkwave’ movement looks like in 2018 with their latest record The Dome. The acts’ vocalist and visionary Jenny Branagan looms large on this record. Opening song ‘Wake In Fright’ begins with the disparate percussion of a 303 drum machine that’s then engulfed by a throbbing analogue synthesiser. Branagan’s vocals are ominous and whilst her voice is not overly affected, it sits back in the mix resulting in the song firstly creating an atmosphere before it’s clear exactly what it’s about lyrically. In the album’s bio it is revealed that this song was inspired by visionary American architect Buckminster Fuller who as far back as the 1950s was espousing renewables. So when Branagan entones “You stumble indoors / Shake accordingly / Wake in Fright,” the sense intimations of acceptance of the incoming earth’s environmental disaster. ‘Immersion III’ is a deep, driving synth track that pays tribute to seminal electronic acts Throbbing Gristle and Kraftwerk. Nun along with ‘darkwave’ contemporary Kirkis indicates a strong scene for this genre in Melbourne. BY DAN WATT
BY CHRIS BRIGHT
THE DRUNKEN POET
Following the release of her debut EP New Gold, Katie Bates will infuse the Drunken Poet with her country, roots and blues sounds on Wednesday November 28. Taking the stage from 9pm, this gig will have you swaying along to her deliciously honeyed vocals. Best of all, entry is free.
WHOLE LOTTA LOVE
Melbourne rock trio Sienna Wild are set to heat up Whole Lotta Love on Thursday November 29. With support from When Frames Collide and Wally Howlett, Sienna Wild will offer up tunes from across their catalogue, while letting loose a few new surprises. Doors from 8pm and entry is $8.
Wednesday 28 Nov Jazz, Soul, Funk, Latin & World Music BOHJASS + GLORY B + OUTER BLUE SUITE 303, Northcote. 7:30pm. BOPSTRETCH Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $15.00.
CHOCCY SALAD Open Studio, Northcote. 8pm. JAZZ BAZAAR - FEAT: AUDREY POWNE + MORE Horse Bazaar, Melbourne Cbd.
KATHLEEN HALLORAN & BAND Paris Cat
Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8pm. $20.00.
POLAR FORCE Arts Centre, Melbourne. 2pm.
PP ARNOLD (WITH THE ROCKWIZ ORCHESTRA) Caravan Music Club, Bentleigh
East. 8pm. $69.90.
RAT CHILD + NEEKO + HAWIINE + BLUME Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8pm. $10.00. TIM WILSON QUARTET The Jazzlab, Brunswick. 8pm. $20.00.
ULTRAFOX Memo Music Hall, St Kilda. 7:30pm. $20.00.
UNITED VOICES Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $30.00.
WANDERERS Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8:30pm.
WILBER CABBAGE & THE POLAR FRENZY + NATASHA TRINKLE TRIO Brunswick Green, Brunswick. 9pm.
Legendary Australian funk and soul act Cookin’ On 3 Burners are geared to take over Bar 303 this Thursday November 29. Slinging goods from their recent album Lab Experiments Vol. 2, this is shaping to be a killer gig. Entry is $10 on the door from 8pm.
THE POST OFFICE HOTEL
Wild eight-piece disco, funk and jazz ensemble China Beach will take over The Post Office Hotel on Thursday November 29 for a boogie-filled night of new music. Currently in the process of recording their forthcoming album, China Beach promise to play the record in its entirety, making for a real treat of a night. Kicks off at 8pm and entry is free.
BALE OUT - AUSSIE FARMERS FUNDRAISER - FEAT: TRUE VULTURE + ODD SOULS + LA TANIKA + THE MEAN TIMES + MADELEINE'S CASTLE Bar Open,
OPEN GRAND PIANO NIGHT - FEAT: VARIOUS ARTISTS Compass Pizza, Brunswick
OPEN MIC Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8pm. OPEN MIC Penny Black, Brunswick. 7:30pm. OPEN MIC Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East.
OPEN MIC Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill.
Chance Rock And Roll Bar, North Melbourne. 7:30pm.
CRACKED TAPES + BIRDCAGE + MACONDO BLOWOUT Belleville, Melbourne. 8pm. $10.00.
EDWARD R. + NATALIE VAZER + NO LOCAL Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8pm. $10.00. FOREVER RENTER + ERIN WILL BE MAD + BLOODY AZTECS + FURLONG Old Bar, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $8.00.
HOMESLICE - FEAT: TAYLOR PIGGOTT + ZOE & THE MILKMEN + DANITCHY Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8pm. $15.60.
THE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT SPRING EDITION - FEAT: ADAM MILLER + PHISHA + COOPER LOWER + SONIA SERIN Toff In
Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7pm. $15.00.
WAYNE JURY Catfish, Fitzroy. 8pm.
Thursday 29 Nov 3181 THURSDAYS - FEAT: HANS DC + LUKE VECCHIO + JAVI MORLEY + GAY ROBERTO + LE'BRUH Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6pm.
Prahran. 11pm. $25.00.
Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 11pm.
DISCO VOLANTE - FEAT: CASUAL CONNECTION + ANYO + JUST BLOSS + TORY ALLEN + CASEY LEAVER + MORE Onesixone, Prahran. 8pm. GUERNS - FEAT: ESS O ESS + FOSTA + KIEREN BONANNO + BIG MAC + GROOVE SWEAT + MORE New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 10pm.
KUNIYUKI + SLEEP D + ONO Hugs & Kisses, Melbourne. 8pm. $15.00.
SKYDIVER - FEAT: YOSHINORI HAYASHI + SKYDIVER DEEJAYS Section 8,
JUNGLE BREED + ZUMA + CRACKER LA TOUF Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8pm. LIVE IN THE BANDROOM - FEAT: VARIOUS ARTISTS Revolver Upstairs, Prahran.
Cbd. 10pm. $43.97.
MAJAK DOOR + VELVET BLOOM + NIPPLE CHAFFES + TAYLAH CARROLL
AARDVARK SESSIONS 2018 - FEAT: SWEET HERETICS + OVERTIME Memo
Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8pm. $10.00.
MELBVISION - FEAT: DJ NISIO + THE BURNT SAUSAGES + OGOPOGO Tote
Hotel, Collingwood. 7pm. $15.00.
SHARE THE DIGNITY FUNDRAISER - FEAT: SHIT BITCH + SLUSH + GIRL GERMS + ERIN WILL BE MAD + CHITRA + HANNAH BLACKBURN John THE ROLLING STONES PROJECT Bird's
Acoustic/Country/Blues/ Folk ANDREW SWANN Transit, Melbourne Cbd. 6pm.
BEST OF OPEN MIC NIGHT Swamplands
Bar, Thornbury. 6pm.
KATIE BATES Drunken Poet, West Melbourne.
KEVIN MORBY + WAXAHATCHEE Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8pm.
LOMOND ACOUSTICA - FEAT: TIFFANY ECKHARDT & DAVE STEEL +
IN OAKLEIGH TONIGHT - FEAT: JON VON GOES + TIM ROGERS + FREYA JOSEPHINE HOLLICK + MORE Caravan
Music Club, Bentleigh East. 7:30pm. $22.00.
MATT BRADSHAW Elephant & Wheelbarrow, Melbourne. 9:30pm.
MORNING HARVEY + MID CITY + FLETCHER GULL Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8pm.
NATASHA JOHANNA + EL TEE + JAZZ GIULIANI + PAIGE BLACK Grace Darling
Hotel, Collingwood. 8pm. $10.00.
NETHER FOREVER + BAD BANGS + PUP TENTACLE Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 7:30pm.
RAISED AS WOLVES + DENTAL PLAN + SNOWFLAKE + HARDWATERS Tote Hotel,
Melbourne Cbd. 6pm.
Musicland, Fawkner. 7pm.
RACHEL CADDY Drunken Poet, West
JOE SATRIANI Forum Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $101.68.
IN MUSICLAND TONIGHT - FEAT: WILBUR WILDE + BAD BATCH + MORE
D.A.N.C.E - FEAT: VARIOUS ARTISTS
BOATS + DI DREW + SISSYSOCKS Last
Belleville, Melbourne. 8pm. $15.00.
ORAVA QUARTET + ARNOLD & MARY BRAM Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank.
BAREFOOT BOWLS CLUB + UNCLE BEN'S LAST WORDS Cherry Bar, Melbourne
Basement, Melbourne. 8pm. $39.00.
Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $15.00.
Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 7pm. $10.00.
Local independent act Kinematic are slated to play their second last residency show at Red Betty this Friday November 30. Nola Lauch, Mark Sinton and Michael Pardy’s Pulp Poetry will join from 8pm, with free entry to boot.
MELBOURNE'S BIGGEST OPEN MIC NIGHT Musicland, Fawkner. 7pm. MUSICLAND OPEN CHOIR REHEARSALS Musicland, Fawkner. 7pm. $5.00. NOSTALGIA - FEAT: SONGMAKERS AUSTRALIA Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank.
ANDHIM + HANS DC + FINN OD + LUKE VECCHIO + GAY ROBERTO + BROWNBEAR + LE'BRUH Revolver Upstairs,
Alongside their residency at the Jazzlab, jazz and hip hop-infused outfit ZEDSIX will be showcasing their film clip for ‘My One & Only’ on Friday November 30. Catch these sensory wonders from 11pm, with tickets available online for $10. RED BETTY
House, Electro, Trance & Club Nights
Indie, Rock, Pop, Metal, Punk & Covers Cookin’ On Three Burners
TASH ZAPPALA Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East.
STEVE AOKI + MORE 170 Russell, Melbourne
Indie, Rock, Pop, Metal, Punk & Covers Music Hall, St Kilda. 7pm. $15.00.
ARROWS + FOURTEEN NIGHTS AT SEA + WORLD SICK + KEESKEA Old Bar,
Fitzroy. 7pm. $10.00.
BOLLARD + DIANA RADAR + TRUE VULTURE + PICKET PALACE Last Chance Rock And Roll Bar, North Melbourne. 8pm. $7.00.
BRUNGAS Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $7.18. CANARY + BATTS + LUKE BISCAN Workers Club, Geelong. 8pm. $10.00.
CASH + TESS GUTHRIE + HONEYBONE + THE BEAT TABOO Reverence Hotel, Footscray.
CIVIC + SEX DRIVE + L.A. SUFFOCATED Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8pm. $18.40.
NEWER VOLCANICS Substation, Newport. 8pm. $20.00.
Collingwood. 8pm. $10.00.
SHANIA CHOIR John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 7pm.
SIENNA WILD + WHEN FRAMES COLLIDE + WALLY HOWLETT Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East. 8pm. $8.00.
THE BIG HOLE BOOK LAUNCH FEAT: FRANCES FOX + GRETA NOW + REALITY GUESTS + EVA LAZZARO + ANTHONY BARKER + MORE Fitzroy
Pinnacle, Fitzroy North. 7pm.
THE MYSTERY LIGHTS + THE BAUDELAIRES Baha Tacos & Tapas Bar, Rye.
THE ROLLING STONES PROJECT Bird's
Basement, Melbourne. 8pm. $39.00.
THROWBACK - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9pm.
TINGY CELESTINO Customs House Hotel, Williamstown. 8pm.
Jazz, Soul, Funk, Latin & World Music ALLYSHA JOY Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10.00.
ANDREA KELLER TRANSIENTS TRIO Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $15.00.
ANGELA DAVIS & JULIEN WILSON The
Jazzlab, Brunswick. 8pm. $20.00.
CHINA BEACH Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 8pm. CLAUDIA JONES Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd.
COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS 303, Northcote. 8pm. $10.00.
COPPERHEAD BRASS BAND + PIRATESKA REBELLION + DISGRUNTLED ARCHITECT Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10.00.
DR SINHA'S JAZZ LOBOTOMY + TOMBOLO + LIONS & TIGERS UNBEARABLE Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 8:30pm.
FAIRTRADE NARCOTICS + OLIVER NORTHAM & THE ELSEWHERES + ELIZA JOAN Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 8pm. FITZROY SOUL PARTY - FEAT: SON OF A GUNZEL Bar Open, Fitzroy. 7pm. HERMETO MAGNÉTICO (WITH DANILO ROJAS) Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8pm. $20.00.
JK GROUP + CARL & THE OPERATING SYSTEM Penny Black, Brunswick. 8pm. KENNEDY SNOW (WITH NINA FERRO) Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $25.00.
P.P ARNOLD Night Cat, Fitzroy. 9pm. $64.28. PESCÈ Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $15.00.
POLAR FORCE Arts Centre, Melbourne. 7:30pm.
SHOMEOPATHY + THE PO' BOYS Open
ERIN WILL BE MAD + PARTY ON MY DARLING The B.east, Brunswick East. 8pm. FIGUREHEAD + ASYLUM SISTERS + KVLT .45 Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 7pm. HARTS + RO Corner Hotel, Richmond. 7:30pm.
Studio, Northcote. 7:30pm. $12.00.
HEXIS + BREAK THROUGH + SUNDR + MVNT + BLOOD ON MY HANDS
THE ROSE BASSETT QUARTET Paris Cat
TAMSIN WEST + JOHN MONTESANTE QUINTET The Water Rat Hotel, South Melbourne. 7pm.
THE MICHELLE NICOLLE BAND Brunswick Green, Brunswick. 8:30pm.
Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8pm. $20.00.
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Hip Hop & R&B HIP HOP THURSDAYS - FEAT: SISTA SARA + DOPEMAN + KASANOVA Carlton Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8pm.
NO FRILLS THURSDAYS - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 10pm. ODDISEE, GOOD COMPNY Prince Bandroom, St Kilda. 8pm. $66.30.
SABA + NASTY MARS Howler, Brunswick. 8pm. THE G-RIZ + JSPA + HAWIINE Horse Bazaar, Melbourne Cbd. 8pm. $10.00.
UMAMI - FEAT: SAVAGE THE GIRL + STEV ZAR + WAHE + NUESTRO PLANETO DJS + RACHEL SUAREZ Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 10pm. $10.00.
Acoustic/Country/Blues/ Folk CATCH 23 + VARIOUS ARTISTS Hume Blues Club, Coburg. 7:15pm.
Jazz, Soul, Funk, Latin & World Music
Belleville, Melbourne. 8pm. $20.00.
AN ELLA FITZGERALD TRIBUTE - FEAT: MEL SEARLE Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd.
GEORGE TRIMMER BAND Royal Hotel, GLITORIS + THE STIFFYS + MASS OF THE INFINITE + ELECTRIC SELF HARDCORE FOR THE CAUSE - FEAT: LOOSE CANNON + COMMISSIONER BOURBON + HAPPY MORBID + SHEEP + THE KAT O ARMY Grumpy's Green, Fitzroy. 4:30pm.
HURRICANE YOUTH + GREYVIEW + VALERIE AVENUE + SOMETHING SOMETHING EXPLOSION Reverence Hotel,
Footscray. 8pm. $10.00.
IRISH HANDCUFFS + LEMURS IN THE SUN + KINGA Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick
East. 8pm. $10.00.
KINEMATIC + NOLA LAUCH + MARK SINTON + MICHAEL PARDY'S PULP POETRY Red Betty, Brunswick. 7pm. KIRA PURU + SPARROWS + SANNIA
ANNA-LEE & THE DOUBLE LOVERS Gem Bar, Collingwood. 9pm.
BLIND DATE RECORDS FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY - FEAT: FREYA JOSEPHINE HOLLICK + SEAN MCMAHON + BLIND DATE RECORDS DJS + MORE Fitzroy Pinnacle, Fitzroy North. 5pm. BOHJASS + SLIPPER 303, Northcote. 7:30pm. CONTROLLA - FEAT: MEXE + SAFARI + CARLOS + FAMOUS + JOANNY + RUDE VANDOSKY + BURNCITY QUEENS + MORE Night Cat, Fitzroy. 9pm.
DJ CHRIS XYNOS Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 9pm.
ERNEST AINES + ANGIE MOON Some
Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $15.00.
EMMA FITZGERALD BAND Musicland,
GREG STEPS Drunken Poet, West Melbourne.
Palais Theatre, St Kilda. 8pm. $89.99.
ESPAÑA EL VITO – THE SPIRIT OF SPAIN - FEAT: MATTHEW FAGAN & NICHOLAS YOUNG Federation Square,
Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8pm. 8pm.
INKASOUNDS East Brunswick Hotel, East Brunswick. 6:30pm.
JAMES MARK Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 9pm.
LET THERE BE ROCK ORCHESTRATED LOSER + CLAWS & ORGANS + BAD BATCH John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8pm. $12.00. LOWTIDE + NO SISTER + PREMIUM FANTASY + BLACK CAB DJS Tote Hotel,
JULES BOULT Transit, Melbourne Cbd. 6pm. KEVIN MORBY, WAXAHATCHEE
Collingwood. 8pm. $15.00.
Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8pm.
MDRN LOVE + LITTLE FINN + HONEY DREAMS Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10.00. NEWER VOLCANICS Substation, Newport.
LAST LEAVES Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 8pm. MARK LOWRIE BAND + CHARLIE BEDFORD Swamplands Bar, Thornbury. 8pm. MARSDEN WILLIAMS & 245T Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9pm.
RAIN OF ANIMALS Wesley Anne, Northcote.
RHYS TOLHURST East Brunswick Hotel, East Brunswick. 7:30pm.
SHAUN KIRK Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood.
TERESA DUFFY-RICHARDS Merri Creek Tavern, Northcote. 8pm.
THE COLVIN BROTHERS Charles Weston
Hotel, Brunswick. 6:30pm.
THE PURPLE DENTISTS + ANNA CORDELL Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8pm. $15.00. TRISTAN LEE Melbourne Recital Centre,
Southbank. 6pm. $39.00.
XABI (FROM SENOR NO) Gem Bar,
Friday 30 Nov Indie, Rock, Pop, Metal, Punk & Covers HAVE/HOLD + THE FIRE ALIVE + HOLD//FIRE Workers Club, Geelong. 8pm. $10.00. A NEW WORLD - INTIMATE MUSIC FROM FINAL FANTASY Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 8pm. $55.00.
ACTION SAM Elephant & Wheelbarrow,
AUTO-MASH DJS Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 9pm. BAABA Memo Music Hall, St Kilda. 7:30pm.
BLACK JESUS + RISE OF THE RAT + CHAINGUN + TURRET Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:30pm. $10.00.
BLUE BALLS + LITTLE HOUSE GODZ + SUBURBAN PROPHETS + THE DEAD PHARAOHS Central Club Hotel, Richmond. 8pm.
BROADS + LEAH SENIOR + CODA CHROMA Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $15.00. BYO VINYL NIGHT - FEAT: VARIOUS ARTISTS The Welcome Swallow, Brunswick. 7pm. BYO VINYL NIGHT - 200TH PARTY FEAT: DJ NKECHI ANELE + VARIOUS ARTISTS Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 7pm. CAPTAIN SPALDING BAND Customs House Hotel, Williamstown. 8pm.
CDB Chelsea Heights Hotel, Chelsea Heights. 8pm. $44.90.
CHAPEL STREET SOCIAL CLUB FEAT: PHATO A MANO + NAMN + MATT RADOVICH Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9pm. CLARE BOWDITCH Caravan Music Club,
Bentleigh East. 8pm. $33.00.
DEAN LEWIS + ROBINSON + JACK GRAY The Croxton, Thornbury. 8pm. EMANUEL SATIE + GAV WHITEHOUSE + OLLY DAVIS + DYNAMICK + MORE Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7pm. $20.00.
FAIT ACCOMPLI + VENICE ON FIRE + THE NARODNIKS + CROOKED THIEVES Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7pm. $10.00.
MATTHEW FAGAN & BAND Federation Square, Melbourne Cbd. 9pm. $58.00.
Fawkner. 7:30pm. $10.00.
Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $50.00.
FARO NEGRO Platform 270, Melbourne. 5:30pm. FRIDAY KNOCK OFF SESSIONS - FEAT: THE HANDLE BARS Brunswick Green,
KIMBA GRIFFITH'S NIGHTBEAT The
BOYBLEWE + MORE Onesixone, Prahran. 9pm. $20.00.
MOONRISE - FEAT: SUBB-AN + NIKO MAXEN + JJ BETETA + LEE LAWLESS Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 11:15pm. $12.00.
OUR STYLE - FEAT: DYNAMICS + PAPARE + DJ DYLAN HABER + DJ LUVD + DJ NAANA + DJ RUSH + DJ BORIS M Brown Alley, Melbourne Cbd. 10pm.
PEST KONTROL - FEAT: SCOTTY PESTICIDE + ELLIOT OFMARCO + MIKY DRAWS + RYAN TAYLOR Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 8pm.
PHILOSOPHY OF RHYTHM - FEAT: DJ MAKDOUS + PHILOSOPHIA + DJ GOODFELLOW Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 7pm.
ROUGE - FEAT: MACK THE KNIFE + SEAN CANDY + SEARSHA + SENDA + NTY + MORE 24 Moons, Northcote. 9pm. $25.00. SOLEIL - FEAT: CLIFTONIA + DAWS + MASSROOM + HALSKI + PACIFIC PLEASURES Section 8, Melbourne Cbd. 5pm. SUCK MY SYNTH - FEAT: OH BABY DJS Loop, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. WAX FOX Fox Hotel, Collingwood. 8pm.
NO REGRETS - THE EDITH PIAF STORY - FEAT: NIKKI NOUVEAU Paris Cat Jazz Club,
A WHALE CALLED PHOENIX + JEMMA NICOLE Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 8pm. BUMPY + KEE’AHN Post Office Hotel, Coburg.
Melbourne Cbd. 9pm.
POLAR FORCE Arts Centre, Melbourne. 7:30pm.
DAN PARSONS Basement Discs, Melbourne Cbd.
POPROCKS + DR PHIL Toff In Town, REWIND 80'S Royal Hotel (essendon), Essendon.
RINKYDINK - FEAT: ADAM PAVITT + RIFLEBIRDS Thornbury Bowls Club, Thornbury. 7:30pm. $10.00.
SERF + DAL SANTO + ARCHER DEPTHLESS Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood.
Jazzlab, Brunswick. 8pm. $20.00.
Melbourne Cbd. 8pm.
SPRING INTO SUMMER - FEAT: SEX ON TOAST + THE WOLFGRAMM SISTERS + JUNO DISCO + JESS FAIRLIE + PAPAYA TREE + SANNIA + ELECTRIC SELF Chasers, South Yarra. 9pm. $25.00.
DARYL ROBERTS The Moldy Fig, 7pm. ELVY SWAN + HONEY GARRETT + LUCA PASCUCCI Compass Pizza, Brunswick
East. 8pm. $5.00.
GREG ARNOLD Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8pm. $20.00.
SHIHAD + MORE 170 Russell, Melbourne Cbd.
Room, Hawthorn. 8pm. $25.00.
GRIZZLEE TRAIN + KATIE BATES + RILEY CATHERALL Retreat Hotel, Brunswick.
SONS OF ZÖKU + BURIED FEATHER + B!AND + PSEUDO MIND HIVE Tote Hotel,
JOEL SILBERSHER + MORE Yarra Hotel,
9pm. $5.00. 8:30pm.
Collingwood. 8pm. $10.00.
STARGAZED RECORD LABEL LAUNCH - FEAT: FIERCE MILD + LOVISION + PUP TENTACLE + LIJUKA Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10.00.
STEVE TYSSEN BAND + THE SWEETS + SLOMO Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 10pm. $5.00. SURFBORT + PRIVATE FUNCTION + GIRL GERMS + PINCH POINTS Last
Chance Rock And Roll Bar, North Melbourne. 8:30pm. $20.00.
THE ATTICS + HOUSEHATS + FEELDS (SOLO) Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8pm. $10.00. THE DIRTY F + THE DAGGAR + POISON FISH + SMASH BROS + DJ DAN ATTARD Bombay Rock, Brunswick. 7pm. THE FLAMING MOES Hysteria Lounge,
Lilydale. 6pm. $10.00.
THE JIVES + BACK POCKET + THE VELVET CLUB Yah Yah's, Fitzroy. 8pm. $10.00. THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS + THE COMFORT + THE VESTIGE + TERRA Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8pm. $44.50. THE ROLLING STONES PROJECT Bird's
Basement, Melbourne. 8pm. $39.00.
THE TARANTINOS The B.east, Brunswick East.
THE UGLY KINGS + FILTHY LUCRE + TWO HEADED DOG Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8pm. $13.00.
TOMGIRL + ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH Penny Black, Brunswick. 8pm.
UNDERGROUND LOVERS + SAD Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8pm.
VLATKO STEFANOVSKI TRIO Max Watt's, Melbourne. 8pm. $106.10.
WHAT’S ON PRESENTS - FEAT: VARIOUS ARTISTS + VARIOUS DJS Prince Public Bar, St Kilda . 9pm.
WHISKEY RIVER Pirates Tavern, Williamstown. 9pm.
Hip Hop & R&B AFTER HOURS - FEAT: VARIOUS ARTISTS Horse Bazaar, Melbourne Cbd. 8pm. DANIEL ELIA + DRMNGNOW + KROWN Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $12.92. PARTY & BULLSHIT FRIDAYS - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9pm. RNB FRIDAYS CLUB - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Co., Southbank. 9:30pm. $20.00.
THE FEM BELLING QUARTET Lido Jazz THE JACKSON FOUR Jasper's Jazz Bar, THE STEELE SYNDICATE + BLEACH
Abbotsford. 8pm. $10.00.
JUSTIN STANDLEY BAND Pascoe Vale Rsl,
Baha Tacos & Tapas Bar, Rye. 8pm.
Pascoe Vale. 8pm. $10.00.
Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:30pm.
THE STEPHEN MAGNUSSON TRIO TRIPLE THREAT - FEAT: JULIE O'HARA + BRIDGETTE ALLEN + EMMA GILMARTIN Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd.
VAUDEVILLE SMASH + RUSSIA Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 8:30pm. $15.00.
ZEDSIX The Jazzlab, Brunswick. 11pm. $10.00.
House, Electro, Trance & Club Nights CHILADELPHIA FRIDAYS - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd.
CLOSET - FEAT: VARIOUS ARTISTS Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 10pm. $15.00.
CUBBY HOUSE - FEAT: BRIAN FANTANA + RETZA + ROB LEWIS + KIDS TABLE + LUKE VECCHIO + JPA Brown Alley, Melbourne Cbd. 10pm. $15.00.
DOPPEL + MUSKA + DJ MOE ALOHA + LIAM SIEKER + MOUNT MIKE + LUKE LAWRENCE + ALICE CAMPBELL New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 10pm. $15.00.
ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM Carlton Club, Melbourne Cbd. 10pm.
FORMATION - FEAT: DONNY + MORE Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9pm.
FRIDAYS - FEAT: WARSAWYER + CLIFTONIA + BEN & LIL + MORE Carlton
Club, Melbourne Cbd. 5pm.
GARBAGE - FEAT: MISS GENE + CONSULATE + BORT SAMPSON + KETTOKAI + DJ SHATTER DOME + MORE Hugs & Kisses, Melbourne. 11pm. $10.00. GOLDEN FEEDBACK - FEAT: GERYON + GAIL PRIEST + FIA FIELL + TODD ANDERSON-KUNERT Howler, Brunswick. 8pm. $25.00.
HOPKINS CREEK 2018 - FEAT: ADI TOOHEY + ADRIANA + ANGOPHORA + BEN FESTER + CIEL + MORE Hopkins
Creek, Tatyoon. 12am.
LESBIAN WAREHOUSE PARTY - FEAT: OH + DIVISION 1 + ERICA DAL + MIICHA Rubix Warehouse, Brunswick. 9pm. $15.00. MIGUEL CAMPBELL + ROB ANTHONY + JAY RAMON + FUNKY COL +
FOR THE FULL GIG GUIDE HEAD TO BEAT.COM.AU/GIG-GUIDE
KERRYN FIELDS Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. KING WOLF + JESS PARKER Catfish,
Fitzroy. 9pm. $25.00.
LEWIS COLEMAN + EMMA OVENDEN Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 6pm.
LOLA SOLA Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6pm. LOWRIDERS Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East.
MARKIYAN & OKSANA MELNYCHENKO Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 6pm. $39.00.
THE FOUR SCOOPS Bar Open, Fitzroy. 6:30pm. THE MAST GULLY FELLERS Drunken Poet,
West Melbourne. 8:30pm.
THE TJ SHOW Pause Bar, Balaclava. 8pm. THE TWOKS Open Studio, Northcote. 8pm. $15.00. TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 6pm.
TWENTY SEVEN WINTERS + BILL TOLSON & THE LEARNERS Swamplands Bar,
Saturday 1 Dec House, Electro, Trance & Club Nights BAY RADIO SUMMER EDITION - FEAT: MONTY MCGAW + WALTER JUAN + AEYEM + BACKYARD BLITZ + JAMES PHILLIPS + STEFAN MAC + SENDA + SASSAFRAS Section 8, Melbourne Cbd. 3pm. EAT THE BEAT - 100 TIMES - FEAT: ETWAS + MATTEO FREYRIE + CHRISS MATTO + GAV WHITEHOUSE + MATT RADOVICH + MORE New Guernica, Melbourne
Cbd. 10pm. $10.00.
HIGH VOLTAGE - FEAT: BROOKE POWERS + RICCI + RILEY GOWER + DJ TIBA Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 11pm. HOPKINS CREEK 2018 - FEAT: ADI TOOHEY + ADRIANA + ANGOPHORA + BEN FESTER + CIEL + MORE Hopkins
Creek, Tatyoon. 12am.
HTRK + BLAZER DJS Yours & Mine, Carlton.
JANK FACQUES Carlton Club, Melbourne Cbd. 11:45pm.
LEVELS DAY PARTY - FEAT: MARK BEAT.COM.AU
A Shot in the Dark Book Launch BOMBAY ROCK
Matt Gleeson’s latest rock ‘n’ roll photography book A Shot In The Dark is set to launch at Bombay Rock this week, with a stacked lineup of bands in tow. The likes of Topnovil, The Bob Gordons, I Am Duckeye, Pegbucket, Beyond Contempt and more will make up the bill, who’ll celebrate Gleeson’s full colour, 128 page work, which features a smattering of the best in Australian punk, thrash and hard rock bands photographed live in action. It all goes down on Saturday December 1 from 4pm with free entry.
Kiwi songstress Lola Sola will return to Melbourne this week to showcase her latest offering ‘Get It’ at Wesley Anne. Groove along to her mesmerising blend of folk, soul and blues on Friday November 30 from 6pm and enjoy free entry too.
Hopkins Creek Music Festival
Set within the natural splendour of a volcanic crater (yes, you read that correctly), in Victoria’s western district, Hopkins Creek Music Festival is geared to offer a gorgeous time when it goes down this weekend. Ten acts including the likes of Fantastic Man, Sleep D, SAMO and Zeitgeist will take to the intimate Hopkins Creek stage, when it goes down from Friday November 30 until Sunday December 2.
Strange Tenants THE CURTIN
Melbourne’s Strange Tenants are set to unleash their groove, reggae and ska-infused sounds over The Curtin on Saturday December 1. Expect cuts from their eighth studio album Militant Style throughout the night, as well as favourites from their back catalogue. Moonhops and PBS’ DJ The Professor will support from 8pm and you can find tickets for $30 online.
Last Showcase Party SWAMPLANDS
DEKODA + ORKESTRATED + KATT NAIL + ALI KH + AMINOS KH + MADELEINE + NATHAN THOMPSON + GABE AGULLO + MORE Royal Melbourne
Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 2pm. $30.00.
LIVE ELECTRONIC MARQUEE 17 FEAT: RODODOP + SNEI + XENOSINE + NEMEAN + SAM SQUARE + NUMATICA + MAYHILLS Swamplands Bar, Thornbury. 7pm.
OSCAR KEY SUNG + HTMLFLOWERS + CORIN + MAYA HIRASEDO + SOFT APPROACH + JENNIFER LOVELESS + MORE Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 4pm. $24.00. PONY SATURDAYS - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS La Di Da, Melbourne Cbd. 10pm. RISE & SHINE - FEAT: SUNSHINE + VARIOUS ARTISTS Revolver Upstairs, Prahran.
SATURDAYS - FEAT: DJ KISTA + DJ BETH GRACE + DJ DEMIZE + VARIOUS DJS Carlton Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8pm. SNACK ATTACK WITH DJ 2P Elephant &
Wheelbarrow, Melbourne. 10pm.
SOOKI SATURDAYS - FEAT: EMANUEL SATIE Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 8pm. $10.00. STRETCH - FEAT: BAYU + MOOPIE Loop,
Melbourne Cbd. 9pm.
SUMIRUNA + AIRI + SMILK + EARTHEOGEN + NOCTURNAL + TEKDIFFEYE 24 Moons, Northcote. 9pm. $10.00. SUMMER OF KRASHN - FEAT: DMP + A1 KRASHN + YUNG BADDIE + BCM + MAX + LOCAL TO LOCAL + MORE Co.,
Southbank. 6pm. $25.00.
THE LATE SHOW - FEAT: BATU + RANSOM + LAILA SAKINI + CASSAWARRIOR + LEWIS CANCUT + STATUE + HYSTERIC + MONTY MCGAW Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 10pm. $20.00. THROTTLE Prince Bandroom, St Kilda. 10pm. $15.00.
TOFF CLUB - FEAT: LORD HANS DC Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 11pm.
TYRON HAPI Co., Southbank. 10pm. $25.00.
BANDMATES VICTORIA END OF YEAR SHOWCASE - FEAT: LOOBS + HACKKETS + DJ DANGER Reverence Hotel,
Footscray. 4pm. $5.00.
COOL SOUNDS + THE OCEAN PARTY + EMMA RUSSACK + CLASSIC Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8pm.
DIGGER & THE PUSSYCATS + SHRIMPWITCH + CAKEFIGHT + THEE CHA CHA CHAS Foxxy Dolphin, Collingwood.
JUICE WEBSTER + HANNAH MCKITTRICK Tramway Hotel, North Fitzroy. 4pm. LOOSE MOOSE + LANEWAVES + UNIVERSAL OUTCAST Cherry Bar, Melbourne
DJ D-TRAIN Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 7pm. DJ TARDISCO Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 9pm. DRUNK MUMS + DIRTY FENCES + RABID DOGS + THE SKIDS Yah Yah's, Fitzroy.
GENERATOR FEST 2018 - FEAT: FULL TONE GENERATOR + GRINDHOUSE + MUSCLE CAR + GRINDING EYES + TWO HEADED DOG + MORE Belleville, Melbourne. 3pm. $20.00.
I'M NOT OKAY - EMO PARTY - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Royal Melbourne Hotel,
Melbourne Cbd. 10pm. $10.00.
Cbd. 8pm. $10.00.
LOST COAST + MYRIAD DRONE + PLUM GREEN + ALL IS VIOLENT + VIZIER Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 7:30pm. $12.00. MONA BAY + LOOSE BRICKS + LONGBOYS Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10.00. MOTHER CULTURE + KILL THE DARLING + HEAVY GLOW Revolver Upstairs,
Prahran. 7:30pm. $10.00.
MOTHERSLUG + WOOD OF SUICIDES + HEXREIGN + TROD Catfish, Fitzroy. 8pm. OH PEP! + RAT!HAMMOCK + MERPIRE
Cat, Fitzroy. 9pm. $15.00.
STEVE SEDERGREEN Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9pm. $32.50.
OOSHFEST II - FEAT: SODA BOYZ + RESEARCHINTOSPEED + THE FACULTY + MOUNT TROUT + KRUL + MORE Last Chance Rock And Roll Bar, North
STRANGE TENANTS + THE MOONHOPS + DJ THE PROFESSOR
PRESS CLUB + PORPOISE SPIT + ANTONIA & THE LAZY SUSANS Reverence
THE KING LOUIE COLLECTIVE + PPB LATE NIGHT DJS Prince Public Bar, St Kilda .
Melbourne. 4pm. $15.00.
John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8pm. $30.00.
T-RHYTHM + THE REFUGEES Pelly Bar, Frankston. 8pm. $29.60.
Hotel, Footscray. 7pm. $14.30.
Lounge, Ripponlea. 8pm.
PSYCROPTIC + ORPHEUS OMEGA + MORE Max Watt's, Melbourne. 8pm. $47.45. REIGN Hysteria Lounge, Lilydale. 6pm. $20.00. RON S. PENO & CAM BUTLER Lyrebird RUBY FIELDS + SURF TRASH Howler,
THE RONNY FERELLA STANDARDS TRIO Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $25.00. THE ROOKIES The Jazzlab, Brunswick. 11pm. THE SLIPDIXIES Brunswick Green, Brunswick. THE STEELE SYNDICATE + TAPES + ZOE & THE MILKMEN Penny Black, Brunswick.
SENOR NO + BLOODY RASCALS The
SKELTER + WASTED SUN + WE ARE BANDICOOT Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East.
Musicland, Fawkner. 7:30pm. $27.00.
Vineyard, St Kilda. 9pm. 8pm.
SLAG QUEENS + STATIONARY SUNS + BLOODY HELL + MERES Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8pm. $10.00.
SPIT + PISS FACTORY + SHINY COIN + COOL CHANGE Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10.00.
STELLA DONNELLY + ALICE SKYE + JACOB DIAMOND Northcote Social Club,
SWIM TEAM + A+ + GO GET MUM + BABY BLUE Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood.
WILBUR WILDE + NO STAIRWAY YOLANDA INGLEY II & BAND (WITH MONICA WEIGHTMAN) Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:30pm.
Acoustic/Country/Blues/ Folk A NIGHT OF BERT JANSCH & PENTANGLE + LEAH SENIOR Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8:30pm. $15.00.
ANDREW SWANN Transit, Melbourne Cbd. 5pm.
ATLAS + OXCYDE Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 3pm.
TEMPUS SUN + CLUB YORKE + LONI RAE TOMSON Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm.
BEN CARTER Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 5pm. BLUE LIMIT + SLIM DIME Open Studio,
THALAMOS FILM SCREENING - FEAT: HEARTS & ROCKETS + GEM BONES + ROLES Old Bar, Fitzroy. 3pm. THE CHURCH Palais Theatre, St Kilda. 8pm.
BROOKE TAYLOR Charles Weston Hotel,
THE CURRENCY + AUSTRALIAN KINGSWOOD FACTORY + JUMPIN' JACK WILLIAM Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:30pm.
THE JETSONS Inkerman Hotel, Balaclava.
Basement, Melbourne. 8pm. $39.00.
A SHOT IN THE DARK - BOOK LAUNCH - FEAT: TOPNOVIL + THE BOB GORDONS + I AM DUCKEYE + K MART WARRIORS. THE FCKUPS + UDDER UBDUCTEES + BEYOND CONTEMPT + MORE Bombay Rock, Brunswick. 3:30pm. ACCELERANDO RECITAL 2018 - FEAT: VARIOUS ARTISTS Melbourne Recital Centre,
Southbank. 3pm, 7:30pm. $79.00.
THE ROLLING STONES PROJECT Bird's
Singer-songwriter and musician Dan Brodie is set to launch his album Lost Not Found on vinyl at the Yarra Hotel this Sunday December 2. Surf-rock and Americana act Madeline Leman and the Desert Swells as well as dark country singer-songwriter Justin Cusack will open the night, before Brodie takes the helm in full band mode. Kicks off at 4pm and tickets are $15 on the door.
ÓLAFUR ARNALDS Melbourne Recital Centre,
Indie, Rock, Pop, Metal, Punk & Covers
As the year rapidly begins to round out, so too must Swamplands’ Sunday parties. Melbourne singersongwriter Dear Matilda has been at the helm of curating these parties all year, and has lined up an almighty cast to see the last instalment go out with a bang. Join Meridian Suns, The Barklys and Dear Matilda for one last showdown this Sunday December 2, kicking off at 5pm. $5 on the door. YARRA HOTEL
Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8pm. $20.00.
THE VELVET ADDICTION + GREEN BLANKET + VENICE OF FIRE Workers Club,
Geelong. 8pm. $10.00.
WATERCOLOUR + DANDECAT + BITTER SWEET + DISGRUNTLED ARCHITECT 303, Northcote. 7:30pm.
Hip Hop & R&B BIG DANCING SATURDAYS - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9pm. KHOKOLAT KOATED SATURDAYS FEAT: DAMION DE SILVA + DURMY + MORE Khokolat Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. RYLAND ROSE Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $12.92.
Northcote. 5:30pm. $5.00.
CLAYMORE, ERIC BOGLE Memo Music
Hall, St Kilda. 7:30pm. $25.00.
CRAIG WOODWARD & FRIENDS Charles Weston Hotel, Brunswick. 2pm.
DAN WARNER & THE NIGHT PARROTS Union Hotel, Brunswick. 5pm. GRACEJEAN + HALF THE ANDES + SEB SZABO Workers Club, Fitzroy. 1pm. $10.00. HENRY J. SAWYER Bar Open, Fitzroy. 6:30pm. JJ & RAY East Brunswick Hotel, East Brunswick. 9:30pm.
LISA WOODBROOK East Brunswick Hotel, East Brunswick. 6pm.
MATT TAYLOR Caravan Music Club, Bentleigh
East. 8pm. $25.00.
THE 'JOHNNY CAN'T DANCE' CAJUN BAND Fitzroy Pinnacle, Fitzroy North. 5pm. WHITE LIGHTNING Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:30pm.
Sunday 2 Dec Jazz, Soul, Funk, Latin & World Music BALKAN BRASS - FEAT: OPA! BATO + OPA SEKO Farouk's Olive, Thornbury. 7:30pm.
Jazz, Soul, Funk, Latin & World Music
BLUE ROSE Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6pm. BORN TO BE BLUE - CELEBRATING THE MUSICAL LIFE OF CHET BAKER
Jazzlab, Brunswick. 8pm. $20.00.
Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 6:30pm. $32.50.
CANNONBALL The Jazzlab, Brunswick. 8pm.
DANIEL MOUGERMAN QUINTET Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8pm. $32.50.
DJ MOHAIR SLIM Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8pm.
GEORGIA BROOKS SWINGTET Open
Studio, Northcote. 2:30pm. $10.00.
JULES BOULT & THE REDEEMERS Transit, Melbourne Cbd. 9pm.
MERRI CREEK GOSPEL EXPLOSION CHOIR Wesley Anne, Northcote. 12pm. $5.00. NATASHA WEATHERILL QUARTET Lido
Jazz Room, Hawthorn. 8pm. $25.00.
POLAR FORCE Arts Centre, Melbourne. 2pm,
RAS JAHKNOW BAND The B.east, Brunswick East. 9pm.
SAFARI MOTEL Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 9pm.
SALSA & TROPICAL CHRISTMAS DANCE PARTY - FEAT: DJ PURO BILONGO + THECAMILOS Open Studio,
Northcote. 9pm. $10.00.
SOUL A GO-GO - FEAT: SWEETHEARTS + COCO BROWN + MATT MCFETRIDGE + VINCE PEACH + MISS GOLDIE + MIKE GURRIERI Night
BARRY TONES + CHARLIE THREADS Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 4:30pm.
BASHKA (WITH ALISHA BROOKS) The BERNADETTE NOVEMBRE Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm.
CARINO SON Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East.
DUO NOVO Wesley Anne, Northcote. 4pm. ELLA TRINIDAD Night Cat, Fitzroy. 9pm.
ERIKA ASCENZO + ROB EDWARDS + DYLAN Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 6:30pm.
JAZZ ROULETTE Bar Open, Fitzroy. 5pm. KLARA ZUBONJA + WABZ + CROW3 Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8pm. $10.00.
LINE MATTER Wesley Anne, Northcote. 1pm.
NO REGRETS - THE EDITH PIAF STORY - FEAT: NIKKI NOUVEAU Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 6:30pm.
SANTO SONIDO - FEAT: DJ SACA LA MOIS + MORE Georges Bar, Fitzroy. 7pm. SUNDAY JAM - FEAT: BARTON FINK HOUSE BAND + EZEKIEL OX + MARCUZ + GLEN WEE + SHALINI Barton Fink, Thornbury. 5pm.
THE BORNSTEIN ULTIMATUM Pause Bar,
THE BRIDGE Open Studio, Northcote. 2:30pm.
THE CLANCYE MILNE QUINTET Paris
Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7pm. $25.00.
FOR THE FULL GIG GUIDE HEAD TO BEAT.COM.AU/GIG-GUIDE
THE SLIPDIXIES Open Studio, Northcote.
THE SONGCRAFT SYMPOSIUM Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6pm. $10.00.
YOLANDA INGLEY & BAND Fireflies Wine
House, Electro, Trance & Club Nights
AMARILLO + JOSH ARMISTEAD Old Bar, BAREBONES + COLD IRONS BOUND + LOST CANOE Spotted Mallard, Brunswick.
STRUGGLE - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Lucky
Bar, Fitzroy North. 4pm.
BELINDA WICKENS + JENNIFER LILY
Coq, Windsor. 9pm.
Indie, Rock, Pop, Metal, Punk & Covers
Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East. 8:30pm. $5.00.
BEN KELLY Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 7pm. $10.00. CAL & DAN East Brunswick Hotel, East
ALBION PLACE, SHAG ROCK + LUPINE Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $12.00. AMBER ISLES + RUN RABBIT RUN Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8pm. $9.70.
APOLLO MUSIC SOCIETY - FEAT: MELLOW VIBES + THE STRANDED ROCK BAN Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 2pm. $10.00. BYO VINYL NIGHT - FEAT: VARIOUS ARTISTS Low Key, Northcote. 5pm. COSMIC RAIN 303, Northcote. 8pm. $10.00. DIRTY PYRO + SKELTER + THE RABBIT LOUNGE Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $5.00. DRUNK MUMS + DIRTY FENCES + CHARGING STALLION + ROT TV Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8pm. $10.00.
EDGE TRIM - FEAT: HANNAH BLACKBURN + WROCLAW + CRACKER LA TOUF Gasometer Hotel,
CORPUS MEDICORUM Melbourne Recital
Centre, Southbank. 12pm.
Centre, Southbank. 5pm. $50.00.
DAN BRODIE + MADELINE LEMEN & THE DESERT SWELLS + JUSITN CUSACK Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. 4pm. $15.00. DAN PARSONS Caravan Music Club, Bentleigh
East. 5pm. $12.00.
DAREBIN SONGWRITERS GUILD 303,
DJ JESSE I Transit, Melbourne Cbd. 5pm. DOM MAJOR Compass Pizza, Brunswick East.
FURLONG + FLEETING PERSUASION + UVA URSI + J M S HARRISON Last
Chance Rock And Roll Bar, North Melbourne. 3pm.
LITTLE GEORGIA + BENNY WILLIAMS Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 3pm.
MISS DEE Transit, Melbourne Cbd. 2pm. PAULINE PIDGEON Melbourne Recital Centre,
PRESS CLUB + PORPOISE SPIT + VISTA 400 + REPULSE POP Wrangler
Studios, Footscray. 1:30pm. $20.00.
Indie, Rock, Pop, Metal, Punk & Covers BELL CITY SQUARE Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8pm. $10.00.
Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm.
OPEN/MIC JAM NIGHTS Musicland, POISON CITY RECORDS END OF YEAR PARTY 2018 - FEAT: BENCH PRESS + THOMY SLOANE & LUCY WALDRON + LOOBS + MICHAEL BEACH + MORE Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 5pm.
Tuesday 4 Dec
FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS + THE HARD ACHES + EMILY BARKER Forum Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 7pm.
Kilda . 4pm.
PLEXUS Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 6pm. $50.00.
HOUSE DEPOSIT + JARROW + MARA
HIGH TEA LIVE - FEAT: REBECCA BARNARD Arts Centre, Melbourne. 4pm. $89.00. HIGH TEA LIVE - FEAT: REBECCA BARNARD Arts Centre, Melbourne. 12pm. $89.00. MODERN HEAVEN + ENOLA GAY + R HUNTER Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 4:30pm.
INVENTI ENSEMBLE Melbourne Recital
ELWOOD BLUES CLUB Prince Public Bar, St
Collingwood. 7:30pm. $10.00.
CHARLES JENKINS Retreat Hotel, Brunswick.
CORNFLAKE SUNSET Longplay, Fitzroy
Southbank. 6pm. $39.00.
ROSARIO Charles Weston Hotel, Brunswick. 4pm. SHANE O’MARA & DAN LETHBRIDGE Union Hotel (brunswick), Brunswick. 3:30pm.
SMALL TOWN ROMANCE Union Hotel, SOPHIA BROWN East Brunswick Hotel, East SUNDAYS AT SWAMPLANDS #7 LAST SHOWCASE PARTY - FEAT: THE BARKLEYS + MERIDIAN SUNS + DEAR MATILDA & FRIENDS Swamplands Bar,
Thornbury. 5pm. $5.00.
THE DETONATORS Gem Bar, Collingwood.
THE DUNCAN PHILLIPS BAND Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 4pm.
THE JACKSON LITE DUO The Craft & Co
KAMELOT + VALHALORE Max Watt's, Melbourne. 7pm. $77.05.
NECK DEEP + STAND ATLANTIC + BETWEEN YOU AND ME + STATESIDE 170 Russell, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm.
NOISEY HOLIDAY PARTY - FEAT: KATIE DEY + SHOGUN + GOOD MORNING + SPIKE FUCK + SOPHIEGROPHY + WATERFALL PERSON Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 7pm. THE BASICS PRESENT - THE SONGROOM - FEAT: DAVE GRANEY + CLARE MOORE + RUDELY INTERRUPTED Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8pm. $20.00.
THE LIMERANTS + STRANGERS FOR SALE + PILGRIM AGE Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8pm. $10.00.
Jazz, Soul, Funk, Latin & World Music CHRISTMAS & CHILL - FEAT: LAUREN SCHADE Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $25.00.
PURE POP RECORDS REUNION SHOW - FEAT: GALLIE + CHARLES JENKINS + XANI KOLAC + GEORGIA FIELDS + RYAN COFFEY Memo Music Hall,
Farm, Bangholme. 1pm.
RADIATOR HOSPITAL + THE FLYING SO HIGH-O'S + NOTHING REALLY Old
Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $30.00.
Monday 3 Dec
KSENIJA SIDOROVA Melbourne Recital
St Kilda. 2pm. $25.00.
Bar, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $10.00.
SENOR NO Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 6pm. SIMON PAPARO + LUCYS LOCKETT + TANYA GEORGE + BETH WINTER Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East. 3pm.
SODA BOYZ + WORLD AT A GLANCE + SHOP TALK + PALA Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8pm. $10.00.
THE LIQUITONES Catfish, Fitzroy. 5pm. THE SPECIAL Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 7pm. THREE KINGS Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 3pm. VAN & CAL WALKER Tramway Hotel, North
Jazz, Soul, Funk, Latin & World Music 303 YARRA BANKS JAM NIGHT 303, Northcote. 8pm.
FRANCESCA GONZALES + AL PARKINSON + YELDERBERT Gasometer
Hotel, Collingwood. 7:30pm. $10.75.
GARY PINTO & ANGELA LIBRANDI I HOLD THE LION'S PAW Brunswick Green, Brunswick. 8:30pm.
Centre, Southbank. 7:30pm. $62.00.
NOW. HERE. THIS - FEAT: VARIOUS ARTISTS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8pm. $10.00.
OLIVIA CHAMOUN + MIRO & ISADORA LAURITZ Open Studio, Northcote.
STELLA DONNELLY + ALICE SKYE + JACOB DIAMOND Northcote Social Club,
ANDREA KELLER LEADS THE COMPOSER'S CIRCLE The Jazzlab,
STELLA DONNELLY + ALICE SKYE + JACOB DIAMOND Northcote Social Club,
BROADWAY UNPLUGGED - FEAT: GRETA WILKINSON + BRIDIE PAMMENT + CINDY JIANG + JESSIE SINGLETON + CALLUM WARRENDER + STEVEN THROUP + TYLER WARWICK Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd.
Hip Hop & R&B
DUMPLINGS 'N' MASSAGE - FEAT: DJ MZRIZK Horse Bazaar, Melbourne Cbd. 6pm.
Northcote. 1pm. $20.00.
Northcote. 7:30pm. $25.00.
SUNDAY SIP & SING KARAOKE FEAT: SPARX + MS. SMITH + VARIOUS ARTISTS Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 3pm. THE HAROLD HOLT EXPERIENCE + WATERBIRD + AUTO LAPSE + DSR + GUS Workers Club, Fitzroy. 1pm. $5.00. THE ROLLING STONES PROJECT Bird's
Basement, Melbourne. 2pm. $39.00.
UNDERGROUND LOVERS + USER Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 2pm. $34.70.
Hip Hop & R&B HOT FUDGE SUNDAYS - FEAT: D'FRO + ILRESPONCE + MORE Lucky Coq,
THE R.A.P PARTY - FEAT: VARIOUS ARTISTS Howler, Brunswick. 6:30pm. $24.19. WAX LYRICAL - FEAT: AGEUSIC + BUICK + DECKTEKTIVE + SPANKPANTS Grumpy's Green, Fitzroy. 5pm.
Acoustic/Country/Blues/ Folk ACOUSTIC SUNDAYS - FEAT: MICHELLE GARDINER + PAIGE SPIERS + PAIGE SMITH Customs House
Hotel, Williamstown. 2pm.
Brunswick. 8pm. $15.00.
KILLER HERTZ + MORE Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8pm. $5.00.
Indie, Rock, Pop, Metal, Punk & Covers MILK BUTTONS + SODA BOYZ + NOUGHTS + FOREIGN CORRESPONDANT Old Bar, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $10.00.
MONDAY BONE MACHINE - FEAT: T-REK + VARIOUS ARTISTS Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 8pm.
MONDAY NIGHT MASS - FEAT: EMPAT LIMA + SLAG QUEENS + HEART BEACH + A+ Northcote Social Club,
NIEUW MONDAYS - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7pm. $3.00. ÓLAFUR ARNALDS Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 7:30pm. $79.00.
PETER DAFFY & TORQUE FLITE Lomond
Hotel, Brunswick East. 8pm.
STUDENT NIGHT The Jazzlab, Brunswick. 7pm.
THE MAMAS + MORE Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. UNCOMFORTABLE SCIENCE - FEAT: LACHLAN MITCHELL + MORE Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 9pm.
House, Electro, Trance & Club Nights
Acoustic/Country/Blues/ Folk DELANEY DAVIDSON + DUET Old Bar,
Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $10.00.
IRISH SESSION Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 8pm.
KLUB MUK 303, Northcote. 7:30pm. MAKE IT UP CLUB - FEAT: VARIOUS ARTISTS + MORE Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. OPEN MIC Swamplands Bar, Thornbury. 6pm. PIANO KARAOKE WITH LISA JAYNE Compass Pizza, Brunswick East. 7:30pm.
QUARTZ Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank.
REVOLVER RETURNS - OPEN MIC Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7pm.
SLATZAPALOOZA - FEAT: PAUL SLATTERY + BLUES ROULETTE + MORE Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 6pm.
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