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April 3, 2019 Issue No 1670
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ISSUE NO 1670
Contents 8 10-14
Hip Hop, Beat Eats
Arj Barker, Cameron James
Dave’s Shed Show Live, Foil, Arms and Hog
Jimeoin, Maria Bamford
Osunlade, Wah Wah Records
Surround Sound, RMIT Short Courses
Rich Webb, Live At The Alex
Benzina Cantina, Aunt Maggie’s
Live At The Alex
Album of the Week, Singles
Albums Gig Guide
Editor’s note With Tom Parker
The first week of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival was a wild ride. The adrenalin that comes with debuting your show could be compared to launching yourself off New Zealand’s highest bungee jump or tackling a 12,000 foot skydive or trapping the elusive resident huntsman or stepping on a snake or whatever other avenue of absurdity you can think of. For hundreds of comedians, Wednesday March 27 was the day months and months of stress was alleviated. A concept that had been bottled up like a congregation of year-old pickles in a jar was finally freed into the world. For so many creative personalities, this was the day they got the ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ on their next comedic enterprise. Let’s hope for all they got the positive verdict. As we enter the second week of this grandiose exercise in humour, there must be disdain for those still couch-bound at home. Get out of the house – there’s a party going on that’ll give you the serotonin kick to quash any midweek blues. Get the pen out and do an eenie meenie miney mo on your official Beat MICF guide or use a friend’s expertise or use your own – it’s the sustenance Melbourne’s comedic identity needs and deserves. Beat’s hot tips for 1670 come through Arj Barker, Cameron James, Dave’s Shed Show Live, Jimeoin as well as Maria Bamford and Foil, Arms and Hog. It’s any sane Melburnian’s feast, tuck in.
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News AIR Awards
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Reveal 2019 nominees The 2019 AIR (Australian Independant Record Labels Association) awards nominees have been announced, highlighting some of Australia’s best independent artists. This year the nominees include indie staples Dan Sultan, Courtney Barnett, and John Butler Trio alongside industry up-and-comers like G-Flip, Emily Wurramara, and Didirri. AIR announced this year’s keynote speakers for Indie-Con are executive chair of IMPALA Helen Smith and Mom+Pop co-owner and copresident Thaddeus Rudd. The awards will be held at the Freemasons Hall in Adelaide, Thursday July 25, and Indie-Con will run from Thursday July 25 – Friday July 26 at LOT FOURTEEN in Adelaide. Tickets and more information are available through AIR’s website.
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Aussie rockers Karnivool have locked in tour dates around the country for their 2019 Praxis tour. Karnivool already sat on the 2019 lineups for Bassinthegrass in Darwin and the Sunshine Coast’s Big Pineapple and decided to tack on a few extra venues. The group are kicking off the tour in their home state of Western Australia before heading up to Darwin and the east coast. They hit Melbourne Wednesday June 5 at The Croxton Bandroom. Tickets are available via the band website.
Melbourne pop musician Calum Newton, AKA Candy, has just released his new single ‘Feel’. Newton says the initially “mopey” track was taken over by his upbeat style, creating a pensive single with bright melodies on a cheap violin. To celebrate this, Candy and the Bandy are touring the east coast, stopping in Brisbane, Lennox Head, Sydney and Melbourne. They’ll be hitting Melbourne Thursday April 11 at The Old Bar in Fitzroy from 8pm with special guests Cool Sounds and LVIV. Tickets and more information can be found via Candy’s Facebook page.
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Wall to Wall
Toronto–based indie sweethearts, Alvvays are returning to Australia for the first time since the release of Antisocialites in 2017. The band’s singer-songwriter, Molly Rankin, wrote the album inside an abandoned classroom by the shore on Toronto Island, creating a “world of ice cream truck jingles and radiophonic workshop noise.” Alvvays hit Melbourne Tuesday June 30 at the Corner Hotel. Tickets on sale via the Handsome Tours website.
If you’re looking for something to do next weekend, Wall to Wall Benalla is the answer. The festival is in the regional town of Benalla, a two hour drive from Melbourne. Wall to Wall will feature over 20 artists, and a range of activities. Many of the buildings in the town will have murals painted over them by acclaimed artists. Like any good Victorian festival, food, drinks and live music will also be on site. The festival runs Friday April 5–Sunday April 7. For more information, head to the festival website.
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The Walker Brothers legend dies aged 76 Scott Walker has died aged 76 after a battle with cancer. Walker’s record label 4AD released a statement confirming the news. Since first making his mark at the age of 13, Walker has been a sizeable force in music, influencing everyone from David Bowie to Radiohead. He was part of The Walker Brothers, the ‘60s pop trio behind hits ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’ and ‘Make It Easy On Yourself ’, before his solo career saw him release a string of critically acclaimed albums in Scott, Scott 2, Scott 3 and Scott 4. Walker worked at a very slow album cycle during the ‘90s and 2000s, releasing several acclaimed avant-garde and experimental pop records.
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The Bendigo Autumn Music Festival has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales. Festival organisers said their efforts to get the festival off the ground were unsuccessful. The festival was to be headlined by Kurt Vile and the Violators, Cash Savage and the Last Drinks, Tex Perkins and the Fat Rubber Band amongst many others. It was slated for April 25-28 at multiple venues in Bendigo. Festival organisers say ticketholders will be refunded by Tuesday April 2. Those who purchased tickets via Capital Venues and Events will need to contact the agency directly.
Deeperoots Music is returning to Melbourne with a warehouse party headlined by premier house DJs Mike Steva and US based Yoruba records founder, Osunlade. Local supporting artists Anyo, Chris NG, and Gabri–L will join the warehouse party for the mind, body and soul. The late-night party kicks off at Rubix Warehouse, Brunswick on Saturday April 6. Tickets are available via Eventbrite, with more information via the Facebook event page.
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German hard rockers Rammstein have released their first new music since the end of their ten year hiatus, with new single ‘Deutschland’. The new single and video for ‘Deutschland’ are out now, with their 17th album set to be released Friday May 17. The video for ‘Deutschland’ has been roundly condemned by media and Israeli-German groups for its references to the Holocaust, as the band assumes different roles during eras of German history. Rammstein have plans for a world tour in 2019, however no dates have been set.
Sydney based indie-rock trio Middle Kids have dropped their latest single ‘Real Thing’. Middle Kids will tour nationally through April, before travelling to the US and London over May and June. The mini-album New Songs For Old Problems will drop a month after their national tour on Friday May 24, on limited edition clear vinyl. Middle Kids hit Melbourne on Wednesday April 24 (sold out) and Thursday April 25 at 170 Russell. Tickets are available through the band’s website.
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The Amity Affliction Reveal 2019 east coast tour dates
Metalcore stalwarts The Amity Affliction have announced plans to head up the east coast for a select number of tour dates in September for their most recent record Misery. It has been an unusually long wait to see Amity road test the Misery material after the record’s release in August last year. Joining The Amity Affliction as support acts on their east coast stint are Underoath, Crossfaith and Pagan. The four-piece will also be stopping by Brisbane Festival in celebration of its 30th anniversary. There they’ll be joined by Southeast Desert Metal, Void of Vision, Endless Heights and Thornhill. The Amity Affliction hit Melbourne Monday September 16 at Melbourne Arena. Tickets are available via Live Nation.
NYC post-punk veterans Interpol are releasing a new five–track EP, A Fine Mess, with singles ‘The Weekend’ and the title track out now. The EP, recorded in 2017 with producer David Fridmann (Flaming Lips) as a sister project to last year’s Marauder LP, is described in a press release as a “living, breathing postcard from the band to their fans as they tour the world throughout 2019”. A Fine Mess will be released worldwide on Friday May 17.
Metalcore NSW band, Totally Unicorn, have released their new single ‘Prized Pig’ with a music video from their secret truck show in Sydney. Their new album Sorry is set to drop Friday April 12, with national tour dates set and curiously, a Totally Unicorn ‘Sorry’ Hotline. The hotline puts you in contact with frontman Drew Gardner. Call Gardner on 0423 551 652 to chat or text to receive a video of him singing a song off the new record. Totally Unicorn hit Melbourne on their ‘Sorry’ Tour Saturday April 27 at The Tote, with tickets via Oztix.
The Drop Bears
Melbourne rockers The Drop Bears have released and recorded a punk cover of John Farnham’s ‘80s classic ‘You’re The Voice’, with all proceeds going to victims and families of the Christchurch terrorist attack. Singer Pete Vanda says the line “We’re all someone’s daughter, we’re all someone’s son/How long can we look at each other, down the barrel of a gun?” provoked the unexpected recording. The new single will be launched at two free gigs at The Tote on Friday April 5 and The Espy Friday April 12.
It’s been almost three years since New Jersey indie-shred band, Screaming Females, graced Australian shores. This week, the band announced their long-awaited return off the back of their seventh LP, All at Once. The band is renowned for their sweltering live shows, led by the insane guitar chops of dynamic frontwoman, Marissa Paternoster. Screaming Females’ 2016 Australian tour saw punters scrambling for tickets, culminating in sold-out venues. With the tour set to kick off in May, you better not sleep on this one. Tickets available via the band’s website.
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Everyone loves a murder mystery If you’re on the hunt for a touch of true crime with your comedy, look no further. This Melbourne International Comedy Festival, there is a genuine alternative to stand-up with Denouement! Performed by La Mama Theatre, Denouement! takes the classic murder mystery and takes it to a whole other hilarious level. The cast sold out their MICF seasons in 2016 and 2018, and now they’re back for their only MICF show for 2019. Using black humour, physical comedy and suspense the La Mama show will transport you to the 1950s where a murder has just taken place, leaving you with the perennial question: “whodunnit?”. For tickets, head to La Mama’s website.
Single Asian Female
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This week, Arts Centre Melbourne is premiering acclaimed playwright Michelle Law’s brand new comedy show, Single Asian Female. Based in a suburban Sunshine Coast Chinese restaurant, Single Asian Female tackles the lighter side of sibling rivalry and generational gaps between the Wong family. The play also explores what it means to be an Asian woman in Australia, especially as a young teenager. The show runs between Wednesday April 3 and Sunday April 21. For tickets, head to the Arts Centre Melbourne website.
Mick Harvey of Bad Seeds fame has joined forces with the Melbourne Museum’s Nocturnal series to curate an evening of film and music, in addition to performing a live show himself. On Friday April 5, Harvey will bring together a list of films, including some rare finds like Uli M. Schuppel’s Der Platz and Lost in Music. Like all Nocturnal events, the museum’s general collection is also available to peruse over a drink if you feel like soaking up some knowledge at night. For tickets, head to the Museums Victoria website.
Tackling identity in the 21st century
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Working in comedy can be a tough gig and Stuart Daulman is here to tell you all about it in his latest show, Masterclass. Through a brilliantly and intelligently crafted satire stand-up, the veteran comedian guides the audience through a series of seminar-style lessons that are riddled with jokes taking aim at his chosen career. Right off the bat, it feels as though you’re in a lecture hall as Daulman utilises the intimacy of the Regent Room in Town Hall. Standing behind a podium, he gives his performance in character as a lecturer with his assistant, fellow comedian Jake Ludowyke right beside him working an old-timey projector. Don’t expect your standard set up and punch line format, as Masterclass explores the notion of being a comedian through an intricately layered meta-performance. He dives deep into the ins and out of his own personal experience, wrapping subtle jabs at the industry in clever wit and selfaimed jokes. There’s a deeper meaning to his material, but that doesn’t stop him giving the audience the laughs they came for. In saying that, some jokes hit harder than others, but that’s not surprising when Daulman is diving into humour based off an experience not privy to everyone. However, as the experienced comic he is, Daulman knows how to get a laugh. Every lesson he gives, he intricately takes aim at the comedy scene by using examples of how it affects him on a personal level. This ranges from what it’s like being paid in drink cards (a great thing, he notes) to his own vulnerabilities. “Being vulnerable is funny,” he says, before telling the audience that “any LOL is the goal”. Daulman is a comfortable performer, and by nailing the timing of his jokes and working with props and music seamlessly, the audience is put at complete ease. He doesn’t miss a beat and directs the audience along from lesson to lesson, taking them from joke to joke. Plus, Daulman doesn’t hesitate to crack a smile or laugh when he really enjoys one of his own jokes and it’s an utter delight to watch. Stand-up may be Daulman’s bread and butter, but with the festival’s score of stand-up growing every year, it’s satisfying to leave the small room in Town Hall having experienced a different format of comedy. Overall, it’s an easy and enjoyable show to watch. No controversial bits, no shock comedy. You might walk away thinking, ‘why on Earth would anyone choose the path of a comic?’, but other than that, Masterclass is a just a good ol’ time. Stuart Daulman’s Masterclass is running until Sunday April 21 as part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Grab your tickets via the Melbourne International Comedy Festival website. BY MARNIE VINALL
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New Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) album ‘Negus’ due for unconvential release
Usher and Jermaine Dupri working on Confessions II
Though Yasiin Bey has been in relative retirement and laying low, fans haven’t been long without the concept of new music from the artist formerly known as Mos Def. The news of two records (previously titled Negus in Natural Person and As Promised) has become almost mythological as we’ve been waiting for more developments. Now, thanks to a social media post by producer Steven Julien from FunkinEven, we know the new Yasiin Bey record, now titled Negus, has been completed and will surface soon. It won’t be debuting via a conventional album release however; the album, produced by Julien, Lord Tusk and Acyde, will be unveiled to an audience via a special media installation in Hong Kong. Bey’s new work is seen to be a follow on from lessons learned at a recent event in New York, a project is rooted in the idea of ‘society’s inability to focus on anything because of technology’. It would seem that the wait is – somewhat – over.
15 years on from the release of Confessions, Usher has returned to the So So Def studios with Jermaine Dupri to work on what looks to be a long awaited follow up record. Taking to the ‘gram (as everyone seems to do nowadays) to start stirring excitement, Usher posted a shot from the studio with a whiteboard in the background that simply read, “Confessions 2”. The original record was Usher’s fourth and has since been regarded as one of the R&B singer’s best. It won the Best Contemporary R&B Album Grammy in 2004 and sold over 1.1 million copies in its first week alone. This new release would mark Usher’s first solo record since 2016’s Hard II Love, though he did put new music out with Zaytoven in 2017, simply titled A.
Jay-Z takes home the 2019 ‘President’s Award’ at the NAACP Gala Another big night for the Carters, with both Beyonce and Jay-Z taking home huge awards at this year’s NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People) Gala. While Beyonce was crowned ‘Entertainer of the Year’, Jay-Z was given the ‘President’s Award’ - the two most prestigious awards of the event. Thanking the women in his life, Jay-Z acknowledged the importance of his grandmother and mother in shaping his identity - “It’s not the amount of years in your life. It’s the amount of life in your years that count in the end. That quote, it embodies my beautiful grandmother, who I would like to dedicate this award to ...I grew believing I could do anything. That I could accomplish anything because of those strong women in my house, I would like to dedicate this award to those beautiful women.” Beyonce also took to the stage in accepting her award, complimenting the achievements of her fellow nominees actress/director Regina King, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, Lebron James and Chadwick Boseman.
It’s easy to get so caught up in the clamour and commotion of Big City life. Admit it, you’re guilty as charged. Sometimes, a remedial decamp to somewhere bucolic and food-filled is in order. In the name of imbibing, dining and unwinding, we’re issuing a sojourn to Red Hill. Here, the pinot is potent, the charcuterie is omnipresent and the grapevines are resplendent. Also, there’s no trams. Consider this a gastronomic itinerary for the next time you call a well-deserved Out Of Office. Romantics look no further than the palpably charming Polperro for your warm-up. Here, you can retreat to the on-site lake for an intimate moment of bliss and brie on a picnic rug. Lap up antipasto-style cheese, lavosh and puckering fruit jams sent to your hamper express shipped from heaven.
Follow this closely with a wine tasting in which you fawn your best “I am a trained sommelier from Bordeaux” analysis of a curated beverage lineup, and you’ll be tipsy enough to start pondering lunch. For a sit-down feast with prime vistas, you can’t bypass The Piazza Cafe and Cellar Door at Montalto. Sitting atop one of the most glorious hills in Red Hill, it’s like a food-filled looking glass into a lush green expanse. As you step outside, lofty white umbrellas scatter a buzzing veggie patch – the fruits of which will soon be arriving at your table. Planted, fed, watered and grown onsite, each vegetable-laden plate is a project of love. For pizza enthusiasts, the margherita on offer here is cheesy and triumphant. And if you’re really down to carb-load, order a vat of their famed roasted potatoes with aioli for good measure.
Kanye West brings his Sunday Service to Coachella If you’re planning on heading out to Coachella this year or like many of us, plan on streaming the festival from the comfort of home, then you may very well be able to be part of Kanye West’s new religion. A few weeks out from the festival, Kanye has dropped news he will in fact be heading to Coachella (this comes after the news that he had originally pulled out of headlining), instead bringing his ‘Sunday Service’ to the event. If you’ve not checked them out yet, get to the internet and find the videos, where Kanye has built a little cult-like gathering out in LA. The initial indoor jams have now evolved to full on outdoor mini concert/church sessions. Kanye’s Sunday Service is scheduled to go down on Easter Sunday, on the second weekend of Coachella this year - come wearing your Sunday Best. UNLOCK THE STORIES OF AUSTRALIAN HIP HOP AT THE AUSTRALIAN MUSIC VAULT, A FREE EXHIBITION OPEN DAILY AT ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE
A spritzy, pink Moscato with hints of Turkish delight and strawberry makes for the perfect afternoon aperitif before you roll into your next afternoon stop: Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm. Fresh off the vine, strawbs’ here are the juicy, opulent jewels in Red Hill’s crown. This is how it works: pay $9 upon arrival and you get handed a plastic container along with a sexy pair of blue, scrubs shoe covers. Frolic in the strawberry patch, fill your punnet until obviously overflowing, and begrudgingly start the commute home with tomorrow’s muesli toppings as a reminder of your getaway.
Rhys Nicholson Comedy doesn’t cater for minority groups BY DAVID JAMES YOUNG
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A few months ago, Rhys Nicholson’s manager called and asked if he was sitting down. Nicholson knew the tone of voice well: “It means one of two things,” the Newcastle-born, Melbourne-based comic explains. “Either something incredible’s about to happen, or something absolutely terrible.” Fortunately, it was the latter: Alongside Becky Lucas and Steen Raskopoulos, Nicholson had been selected as the opening act for Conan O’Brien’s show at Sydney’s State Theatre. “It was one of those shows that was so good, I kept expecting it to get cancelled,” says Nicholson as he reflects on the lead-up. “It was all so secretive – no-one knew what he was coming out for, no-one knew he was filming for [Netflix series] Conan Without Borders. The only way I can describe it is odd.” Anyone who saw Nicholson perform that night can attest to the fact that he certifiably killed, although an external element of the performance was doing his head in as an inevitable prized meeting was provoking the butterflies. “It’s a beautiful theatre, but on-stage I can just get out there and know exactly what to say,” says Nicholson. “What I was most worried about was being off-stage and being back-stage – I mean, that’s where Conan is, and I was terrified of saying the wrong thing. I’m so glad I got to do it with Steen [Raskopoulos] and with Becky [Lukas] – they’re two of my closest friends in comedy, and I’ve toured with both of them. We all ended up huddled in the same dressing room together, just trying to talk about anything that wasn’t the show.” With his fellow quiffed redhead in the rearview, Nicholson now draws his attention to his festival show for 2019. It’s entitled Nice People Nice Things Nice Situations – and, despite the cheery title, its origins are somewhat dark. In July
of last year, Nicholson received a message to his Facebook page about how his recent hour-long special filmed for ABC’s Comedy Next Gen was – among other things – “obnoxious” and “sad”. “In a world where it is difficult to be accepted as gay,” it reads, “you as a public example of a gay [sic] makes me ashamed.” It ends with a suggestion that Nicholson, instead of mentioning such unmentionables as s-e-x in his stand-up, focus his attention on... well, the title of the show. Needless to say, this critique from the woman known only as “Carol” proved quite the shakeup. “It’s more sad than funny to me now,” says Nicholson of the negative aspects that come with his public perception. “Really early on, when I was doing my first show, I saw a review of my show in one of the gay presses where it essentially said that I was setting back the community 30 years. Don’t get me wrong – I look back on that show now and know it was a bad show, mainly because I was still trying to be a shock comic more than anything. At the time, though, I was furious about it. I tweeted about it for days. These days, if something like that was to happen, I feel like I’d try and act upon it a little more responsibly. Maybe I’d try and see where they were coming from, or I’d just laugh it off.” Nicholson pauses for a moment, before reflecting further. “I guess that’s what this show is about, in a way,” he continues. “When you’re part of any kind of minority, it’s easy to forget how responsible you are held for certain things.
If you’re a white, cis and straight male comedian, your fruit is allowed to rot considerably – and people will still come out to see you at RSLs in droves. It’s different for minority comedians, though – if you’re not staying current, and you’re not killing all the time, you just disappear.” Having just performed Nice People as a part of both the Adelaide Fringe and the Brisbane Comedy Festival, Nicholson’s next stop will be the Victoria Hotel on Little Collins Street, which will essentially serve as his home-base for the next month as a part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. As much as Nicholson is looking forward to touring the show – including a night at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre, a venue in which he used to work at the box office – he’s also weighing up the pros and cons of skipping festival season entirely next year. “I love stand-up, but it’s all that I’ve done for a decade straight,” he says. “I want to think about the other things that I can do. I know how to write a stand-up show, but I don’t know – just as an example – how to format a script. “My fiancee Kyran [Wheatley] is running a pop-up bar with Alex Dyson this festival, and that’s something I’m trying to get more involved with as well. I still want to do gigs, but I feel like I would rather present people something new with the four months I’d normally just spend on me talking for 55 minutes.” Nicholson, exasperatedly, laughs: “Anyway, something to think about, isn’t it.”
“It’s different for minority comedians, though – if you’re not staying current, and you’re not killing all the time, you just disappear.” Venue: The Victoria Hotel – Banquet Room Dates: Now until Sunday April 21 (bar Mondays) Tickets: $25 – $33
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We Need To Talk ‘Back by popular demand’ is a bit of an understatement when it comes to Arj Barker. An honorary Australian citizen at this point, the US comedian returns to Melbourne with his wildly successful show, We Need To Talk. Returning to satiate the desire for more laughs from fans who missed out the first time around, Barker is gearing up to do it again. “I think the crowds really like it,” he says. “It’s intimate and cosy, fun and perfect. I’m really going to relish this run of shows, for sure.” “The show is better, but it’s the same show, and it’s for people who didn’t get along in 2018. There were lots of those people; I did the same thing in Adelaide and we had a great turn out. The show is better than ever. It’s my best show yet. That’s how it should be, really. You wouldn’t want to think your shows are getting worse as you go on.” A favourite on stages and screens over the years, Barker’s comedy has resonated with fans who enjoy a dose of self-deprecation, served with lashings of cynicism and humour. In today’s internet age, where comedians and their material are under the spotlight more than ever, Barker reflects on the shifting goalposts of comedy. “I just think people are little less tolerant of something that is ‘punching down’, you know? If you’re getting laughs at the expense of a marginalised group, then sure, word might get around. It depends on what level you’re at, too. If you’re just performing at pubs, then probably
“I like to make fun of humans in general; our peculiarities that make us human.” nothing will happen, but if you have a profile and someone wants to call you out on it? Now’s the time that they’re going to do it.” “I wasn’t naturally drawn towards doing that in my comedy anyway,” he adds. “There have been a few things I’ve said over the years, a few jokes I’ve had that wouldn’t win PC Joke of the Year for sure. My main target for myself is being an idiot and not understanding how things work. I like to make fun of humans in general; our peculiarities that make us human.” This is where We Need To Talk shines. Reviews of Barker’s 2018 season were largely positive, with many claiming that the show saw the comedian operating at his best. For Barker, the innate honesty and inward awareness that made him popular early on, hasn’t disappeared from his sets in 2019. “It’s from the heart and I’m saying things I really believe in,” he says. “The more I go on and the more years I do this, the more I enjoy being able to express an honest opinion about something.”
“There’s definitely some silly stuff in the show, for sure. There’s also some stuff that is from the heart, and people really respond to that. It’s a mixture, really. It’s still comedy, it’s still about coming along and having a laugh. I always try to remember that that is my job. People come along to laugh, not to learn. If they learn despite laughing, that’s a bonus.” Aside from 2018’s showing of We Need To Talk, Barker has appeared at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival nearly every year across the last decade. Shows such as Organic, which appeared at the 2016 and 2017 MICF, drew widespread praise while his 2013 appearance with Go Time earned him the People’s Choice Award. You may also remember the comic from the celebrated Flight of the Conchords TV series where he made a number of quirky cameos as Bret and Jemaine’s shoulder to lean on. BY SOSE FUAMOLI
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Strawberry Blonde Cameron James used to think comedy needed to involve making a point. But in light of his upcoming show Strawberry Blonde, he’s done a 180-degree turn and just wants you to have fun with him. “I think there was a time a couple of years ago that I believed as a comedian you had to be like edgy, boundary pushing, controversial or even just topical with your satire,” James muses. “But in the last year or so, I reckon I’ve shifted further and further away from all those ideas. I obviously see a lot of fucked up shit in the news, and there’s a lot of comedians that cover that, but I don’t think that’s providing the catharsis it used to. “I know Becky Lucas is in a similar position, as are other comics. There’s a group of us who are just trying to be personal and joyful and silly rather than reflecting the chaos of our time,” he notes. If you’re looking to engage in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival to take your mind off current affairs for an hour or so, James can relate and wants to provide that for you. “I feel like I’m in a point in my life right now, where all I do is read the news and look at how fucked up and depressing the world is becoming, and I guess my show is a bit of an antidote to that. It’s just silly nonsense but it’s funny.” Although James is front and centre at his show, he wants you to feel like you’re in on the jokes. To him, his set is just mates having a laugh. “I think of it as like hanging out with a group of
Venue: Athenaeum Theatre Dates: Tuesday April 9 – Sunday April 21 (bar Monday) Tickets: $38 – $54.90
friends and you all have in-jokes and you all find the same stuff funny. You just laugh and get on a roll with all this stupid shit.” Similarly, you won’t find any deeper meaning behind the title of his show either. “Me and my friend, Mel Buttle, who’s also a comedian, we joked a lot about guys with ginger hair being in denial about the colour and calling it strawberry blonde or copper. So I just picked that name because I thought it was funny and a little reference to our in-joke.” However, the joke made its way into providing a framework for his show as his content stems from self-denial. “I’m making jokes around identity and how we choose to identify ourselves and the denial in that. So, I think Strawberry Blonde says a lot about denial in a way.” If you’re wondering whether that denial comes into it because he’s more auburn on top, you’d be right. “I’m more auburn than strawberry blonde,
and people have been pointing that out to me. That’s also a revelation, I didn’t realise that,” he laughs. With Strawberry Blonde poised to catapult James onto comedy’s grand stage, it would also be worthy to note the achievements that have gotten the emerging funnyman onto the prosperous perch he stands on today. Having supported the likes of Wil Anderson, Tom Green, Ari Shaffir and Tony Hinchcliffe, James has also been selected to perform at Splendour In The Grass on a number of occasions. ABC’s recognised Comedy Next Gen program saw him earn a special one-hour special while he is now recognised as the chief comedy writer for SBS’ The Feed. Alongside such plaudits, James has also won winning reviews at Perth Fringe World, Adelaide Fringe, Sydney Fringe and Sydney Comedy Festival.
“I think of it as like hanging out with a group of friends and you all have in-jokes and you all find the same stuff funny.” Venue: Greek Centre – Aphrodite Dates: Tuesday April 9 – Sunday April 21 Tickets: $23 – $27
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Dave’s Shed Show Live
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Dave’s Shed Show Live is one of Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s more unique offerings this year. For this, three of Australia’s most highly regarded comedians and television personalities Dave Lawson, Ryan Shelton and Stephen Curry have teamed up with musician Mark Wilson, the bass player for Jet, to recreate their YouTube show. “Dave’s Shed Show started in my shed seven years ago as a fun thing to do when we realised that whilst there wouldn’t be a broadcaster that would let me have my own tonight show we could just broadcast ourselves on YouTube,” says Lawson. In the spirit of what got the show established, Lawson is buoyant explaining why the show has now made it to the stage. “We decided to put it on stage purely just for the fun of it really. We are interested to see how it holds up on stage on front of about 120 people across two weekends at the Comedy Festival.” As with the YouTube series Wilson will be taking of the role of the band leader, Curry will be under the desk only seen as Wormie, a puppet that adds biting yet charming comments to the discussion similar to the role of Dickie Knee on hit ‘90s Australian television program Hey Hey It’s Saturday. Lawson reveals Shelton will be taking on an important role with Dave’s Shed Show’s shifting format – “Ryan is my stage manager but he will be very much a part of show as well. “So to have all those people around me makes me feel a whole lot more comfortable about it and we are really looking forward to having some fun at 11
o’clock at night in The Cloak Room with hopefully a bunch of pretty loose punters,” says Lawson. A key element of Dave’s Shed Show, along with its network counterparts, are the guests. With two guests per show, Lawson has booked a mix of friends and the unfamiliar over the four nights the show will occur. The likes of Ronny Chieng, Nazeem Hussain, Tim Minchin, Mark Watson as well as Urzila Carlson, Sam Pang and even Hamish Blake will hilariously append the showcase. “I reckon when Sam Pang and Urzila Carlson are on we will probably end up playing Have You Been Paying Attention for an hour,” jokes Lawson in reference to the Channel 10 program they regularly appear on. There may be a few readers who have never seen Dave’s Shed Show on YouTube but hopefully Lawson’s next topic of conversation places him for you. “I think my claim to fame is going to be that I am the guy that’s not Stephen Curry in the ‘Toyota Legendary Moments’ commercials,” concedes Lawson in a defeated yet good-humoured tone.
The advertising campaign for the car manufacturer featured Curry and Lawson teaming up with AFL greats to relive career defining moments. In many cases the AFL greats look nothing short of bewildered as the two comedians employ what can best be described as slapstick to recreate various historic moments of AFL. “The theory behind it was let’s not get them to act, let’s just surprise them with the humour lying in their reaction. Like with Tony Lockett, he had no idea that when he recreated his 1300th goal that a crowd of people would run out including a little piglet with plugger written on it. “That was probably my most nerve-racking moment of the entire 14 years we shot the campaign – bringing a piglet out to plugger.”
“That was probably my most nerve racking moment of the entire 14 years we shot the campaign – bringing a piglet out to plugger.” Venue: Melbourne Town Hall – Cloak Room Dates: Friday April 5 and April 12 . Tickets: $30
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Foil, Arms and Hog
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Take Foil, the straight man who sets up all the jokes, Arms, the clumsy one that can’t act without using all his limbs, and Hog, the one who always steals the limelight, put them together and you get an Irish comedy trio with over 100 million YouTube hits. Bringing their internet acclaim Down Under, the trio will be rocking into the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival with an hour-long sketch show. “The latest show is Craic-Ling. It’s our tenth and, I think, genuinely our best show. We call it our easiest show to perform and that’s a sign that we’re having good fun,” says Conor McKenna, also known as Arms. “We have a bunch of different sketches. We have a sketch we wrote about three monks that join a monastery and the whole thing is in gargantuan chant. We come out in hoods with these candles and we sing about ten verses where we’re all singing different harmonies and verses,” says McKenna. “It’s all about three guys who join a monastery purely to avoid responsibility and jobs.” After meeting in university, the trio have been performing together for twelve years writing sketches and gathering a following through their online videos. However, it’s the live stuff they’re really here for. McKenna doesn’t hesitate in saying the “live shows are way better” – even with the extra work involved.
“With live comedy, you have to make all of the people in the room laugh all of the time: every five or six seconds for two hours. Whereas with a video, if you get a laugh at the beginning, a few laughs in the middle and a laugh at the end, that’s fine.” Relatable, fast-paced, and funny without borders, the comedy group’s live performance feeds off the audience. “The audience almost writes the sketch for you by telling you what’s funny,” explains McKenna. The show is written in a way that lets the audience drive it with their laughter. “When a crowd is loving a character or idea, we’ll keep giving them more of it.” This is all built from their live improvisation, which means you can never expect the same show twice. “We do a load of sketches, but really it’s the improvisation in between the sketches that make it. When a sketch goes off in a different direction, that’s what makes it really fun for us. There’s loads of that in this show.” The trio embrace anything new that crops up on stage. “The improvisation is where you come
up with your new lines. Suddenly you find 20 seconds extra in a sketch that you never knew was there because one night you got an idea and were feeling a bit risky, so you went with it. Or the audience shouts something at you, you then put that into the sketch and you have to go with that.” As McKenna notes, “It’s comedy, it’s not supposed to be perfect.” With their internet accolades standing them in high regard coming into 2019 MICF, it’s worth exploring the titles that have shot them to stardom. YouTube feature WTF is Brexit was particularly pertinent when it arose at the height of the English political brouhaha. How to be late for Work has also gained recognition for its canny representation of the 9-5. Regular tourers of Ireland and the US, the trio have also performed a number of runs at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and are poised to continue their climb up the comedy ladder. BY MARNIE VINALL
“The audience almost writes the sketch for you by telling you what’s funny.” Venue: Athenaeum Theatre Two Dates: Tuesday April 9 – Sunday April 21 (bar Monday) Tickets: $44.90 – $49.90
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The Irrelevant Redundancy
“I am somebody who is comforted by everybody knowing everything.”
Maria Bamford is standing in the middle of a drugstore in Los Angeles with her husband, talking about which medication she is currently on. Maria Bamford is standing in the middle of a drugstore in Los Angeles with her husband, talking about which medication she is currently on. “750 milligrams of Depakote, 50 milligrams of Seroquel and 40 milligrams of Prozac is the current mix and it’s great, I get to go to sleep, which I thought was overrated before. I didn’t really sleep sometimes at night, I was kind of all over the place, and now I get a good ten every night and it’s wonderful. I can’t recommend meds enough.” “The side effects are horrible, but if things are bad enough, you won’t care about the side effects as much. One of which is I have a tremor and then my hair fell out a little bit, but again, I feel good, so who cares,” she says. Feeling good is a theme in our chat as Bamford prepares to return to Australia for a five-night run at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Her last visit here was back in 2011, the same year she ended up having a mental breakdown. “With bipolar stuff, if you travel internationally it can rev up your symptoms. So that happened and I ended up getting a lot of good help that I think I needed for my whole life, but I didn’t (get). “I was hopsitalised three times in 2011 for bipolar II … got on some mood stabilisers and it’s
really made a huge difference. I don’t know about my comedy, but it’s a massive difference in my own perception of the world,” she says. From this dark period, many things have transpired that have left Bamford feeling good. There’s her new husband, painter Scott Marvel Cassidy. The couple are celebrating their fouryear wedding anniversary during the festival next month. “We’re just living the life of the comedian and the painter, which is fairly stress free,” she laughs. The other thing to come from this time was her Netflix series, the utterly brilliant and semi-autobiographical Lady Dynamite, which she describes as being a dream come true. “It was the result of a massive team of people and the vision of one particular person, which was Pam Brady. I have to acknowledge it was largely the work of, I would say, other people, but I definitely did show up,” she quips. Lady Dynamite explores mental health in a way that manages to be high-concept and hilarious, while also being authentic and heartfelt. Bamford’s fans have come to love her stand-up for the same reasons. Her latest live show, The Irrelevant Redundancy, will have different content,
however. She’s going to be talking about “being in a relationship after a long time, first time being married at an older age and family and some stuff about money. I’m intrigued by personal finance and business stuff.” While she has no qualms talking about mental health (“I am somebody who is comforted by everybody knowing everything”) she says for this new show “there’s not a lot of mental health in it because I’ve been feeling so good.” Prior to her success with Lady Dynamite, Bamford appeared in season three of Louis C.K.’s Louie while in 2014, she co-created, wrote and starred alongside Melinda Hill in The Program. Earning the American Comedy Award for the Best Club Comic in 2014, in 2016 she was lauded by Stephen Colbert as his “favourite comedian on Planet Earth” on the late night TV host’s program The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. BY JOANNE BROOKFIELD
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In a world of #MeToo, Trump, an ongoing Brexit debacle, and pop culture attics around every corner, Jimeoin steers clear of it all and simply delivers his classic observational comedy that has no intent but to make you laugh. What can you expect from his latest show Result! at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival? “A laugh, a good laugh, that’s it. No politics, no point of view, no opinions, jokes really,” says Jimeoin. This is not to say you won’t be able to relate to any of the comic’s jokes. By navigating away from external worldly issues or themes, Jimeoin takes his jokes inward. “I have my own shortcomings that I talk about, and I think people identify with those things.” You don’t have to have followed the comic through his career or be of a certain age to enjoy his humour, either. As he says himself, “I often find the demographics for my show being all ages. The jokes travel well, they work for the whole family, and they travel different times and different generations of people.” So, you won’t be stuck explaining references after the show to your parents or vice versa. In fact, the show is more like your mate taking the mickey out of the weird stuff we all do in our lives over dinner. “I don’t make references to pop culture; I leave them out. I just talk about my own shortcomings,” he explains. The Irish-born comedian has been putting a lens to the absurdities of everyday life for well
Venue: The Forum Downstairs Dates: Tuesday April 9 – Saturday April 13 Tickets: $35 – $40
“I have my own shortcomings that I talk about, and I think people identify with those things.” over a decade now, showcasing the art of standup comedy as he’s made people laugh across the globe. Now, he’s back to fill his regular slot at MICF. Each year the festival provides a smorgasbord of talent for patrons to enjoy and Jimeoin knows it all too well. “I’ve seen it go on over the years and I love it. I always make a point of catching up with friends in Melbourne, and I take them to the shows. You have to find the daftest show,” he says. He’s a true fan of people seeing comedy, whether that’s him or not. Despite being on the A-List Entertainment list, Jimeoin knows there’s a good score of performers found in every corner of the festival and he wants us all to be a part of it. “If you’ve seen me before, just participate in it and go and see stuff you know. There’s lots of stuff on. Hopefully, you’ll come and see me, but just go and see stuff in general,” he remarks. “There’s lots of good stuff, and I’m one of them.” There’s not a whole lot to it really. Result! is
funny and it’s real. “It’s not squeaky clean, but it’s all fun. I’m just trying to get up and get the laugh really. It’s a good fun show.” With a cheeky smile and a sly grin, Jimeoin has forged himself quite the international following, much of which is Aussie-driven. Nevertheless, it is much of his exterior plaudits that turn heads. The comic has toured to each corner of the globe with his jokes in tow – Amsterdam, New York, New Zealand, the Far East and the Middle East evidence of just a portion of his lifetime comedy voyage. Appearing at many of the world’s most obscure locations, Jimeoin has also made a habit of making the most of his opportunities on the biggest of stages. His name regularly appears right at the top of Montreal’s Just For Laughs and Edinburgh Festival Fringe – two of world’s three comedy titans, alongside MICF.
Venue: Athenaeum Theatre Dates: Tuesday April 9 – Sunday April 21 (bar Monday) Tickets: $44.90 – $49.40
BY MARNIE VINALL
Cherry Bar Remembering years of rock’n’roll splendour in AC/DC Lane BY AUGUSTUS WELBY
Cherry Bar is a fixture on the Melbourne city map, particularly among fans of rock music and late-night partying. Everyone in Melbourne with a vague interest in music has heard of Cherry Bar and likely been there. But the bar’s tenure on AC/DC Lane has come to end, with a new location soon to be announced. Open since 1999, it only really hit its stride when owner James Young came on board about 13 years ago. “When I inherited the bar it was in financial ruin, owing an enormous amount to the ATO and it never had live bands on,” Young says. “I’m very glad that I didn’t do my due diligence, because no one in the world would’ve allowed me to buy the bar. I just got lucky and sold my advertising agency and for the first time in my life I came into some money and I wanted to buy my favourite bar in the world just to make sure I could always get in.” The bar was open on just Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights during the early years. Once Young joined, however, they started operating seven nights a week with the ambition to put on as much live music as possible. This allowed Cherry to turn a corner financially and over the last decade the bar’s transformed from a successful underground hang-out to a recognised mainstream venue. “We’re just a door in a building in a lane,” Young says. “Thankfully I saved my best marketing move for myself, changing Corporation Lane to AC/DC Lane 12 years ago. But there’s not a grandiose flashing sign out the front that says Cherry’s there. During the day people can’t find it and even at night they have difficulty finding it.” A self-styled dive bar, Cherry is capped to just 200 people. It might sound small-scale, but its reputation is immense. It’s become a go-to hang
out for local and touring musicians, attracting the likes of Noel Gallagher, Arctic Monkeys, Metallica and Axl Rose. “You could argue that we’re internationally the best known bar in Australia,” Young says. “When it began, Cherry was a cool underground bar where you could go in and listen to someone play the entire Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers album track for track from vinyl. Then it evolved once we started doing live bands to the opposite of an underground bar – a bar that even people who live in Hoppers Crossing and listen to Triple M and may not have been to the bar know of its existence. “I was in the bar recently and it was very quiet and two couples came in that were both international tourists that had arrived that morning from their different flights from Europe. Both of them said you can’t pick up a guide on Melbourne without reading that you have to go to the Cherry Bar.” Building a reputation is one thing, but preserving what fed the reputation is harder to achieve. Young doesn’t want to grow nostalgic or fawn over the glory days, but he’s been reluctant to make many changes in the bar. “We’ve left it exactly the same. Scarcely changed the carpet, scarcely changed the posters on the wall, always defended its integrity. I do wish that I could’ve solved the toilet smell; it’s the one thing I won’t miss,” he says. Keeping it real has always been Cherry’s number one objective. “The council came down
once and said, ‘We see that you’ve got these illegal street posters that keep getting put up in the laneway. They look a bit rough round the edges. We thought we’d come down and … put the posters neatly in a nice little frame and they won’t look so unclean’. To which I said, ‘Are you out of your fucking mind?’ “There’s all the other bars around us who have functioning air conditioning and nice smelling bathrooms with their mock gold swan-shaped faucets. But the irony with a dive bar, especially after midnight – we’re open til 5.00am – people connect to the nitty gritty and to something being real.” People are justified in worrying that the move to a new location means the loss of Cherry’s unique ambience. But while he can’t promise the exact same layout, atmosphere and aroma, Young is transplanting as much as he can. “I’m taking the staff, I’m taking the red table top bar, I’m taking the red curtain behind the stage, I’m taking the carpet,” he says. “The toilet smell is the only thing I want to leave behind. It’s got to be a late night dive bar, it’s got to have a capacity that’s under 250, it’s got to have live music relentlessly. “But at the same time, there’ll never be anything like Cherry in AC/DC Lane. It’s the perfect location and the perfect design in terms of shape and how it miraculously sounded so good and how you could stand at the end of the bar and have a conversation while the band was playing without having your ears blown off.”
“We’ve left it exactly the same. Scarcely changed the carpet, scarcely changed the posters on the wall, always defended its integrity. I do wish that I could’ve solved the toilet smell; it’s the one thing I won’t miss.” Stay tuned to Beat over the coming weeks as more information on Cherry Bar’s relocation comes to light.
St. Louis, Missouri is a melting pot of musical styles and genres. Since earning its reputation as a pioneer of jazz, ragtime and blues, the city has cemented itself as one of the leading music settings in the world. But as a composer, producer and DJ, Osunlade knows St. Louis has more music to offer than just that of the history books. “St. Louis was and still is the nucleus to everything I know musically,” he says. “Yes, it is known for all of those things [blues, ragtime, jazz] but in eras prior to my birth. St. Louis was a hub for soul and funk more than anything during my childhood. Jazz is and will always be at the forefront, but it was a hub for funk specifically as we are central in the States, so we received a multitude of music that was regional to the Midwest that didn’t necessarily make it to the big cities or abroad.” Osunlade’s label, Yoruba Records, champions such styles of music. Since its inaugural year in 1999, Yoruba has made a point to act as a forum for homegrown artists. 20 years later, the label is still going strong – an achievement Osunlade knows is no small feat. “It’s surreal, to be honest,” he says. “It’s a great feeling knowing that I’ve accomplished [20 years] with such a great array of artists and supportive fans ... I am grateful.” Creating a voice and a home for the dance scene in St. Louis continues to be a driving force behind Yoruba Records. For those immersed in the scene, it’s easy to see why it’s a genre that continues to hold such an important place in the music landscape.
“I think it’s because it’s the one music that everyone can express and release whatever they need from life,” says Osunlade. “Many times I’ve seen that shy person break out on the dancefloor as there is no judgement whatsoever on what you feel in the moment. Also, and most importantly, is the fact that the 4/4 beat in house is similar to the 120 heartbeat we all have upon birth. It’s innate.” Osunlade has responded to the constant change inherent in the music industry through the launch of Yoruba Soul Records, designed to showcase a different aspect of the St. Louis sound. At the same time, artists on the original Yoruba label, such as Mike Steva, continue to represent the kind of authenticity musicians strive for. “Steva’s evolution has been an amazing one to see and challenging at the same time,” says Osunlade. “The attempt in creating dance music that incorporates this indigenous Macedonian music can be tricky … however, in the latest album project, Steva has been able to stay true to his roots as well as musically developing new sounds and incorporating more live instrumentation and
stepping outside the box.” Yoruba Records is set to commemorate 20 years in style, teaming up with Steva’s own Deeperoots Music to host a celebration like no other. The event will touch down in Melbourne this weekend, and Osunlade couldn’t be happier about it. “Melbourne’s place in world music as a whole has become the most important, in my opinion. I’ve said it time and again that the bands and artists coming from Australia – Melbourne specifically – are kicking ass. There must be something in the water here. I’ve never been so inspired as much as when I’m here or discover a new talent from here, which is more often than not. “You are definitely at the forefront of all types of music these days. Maybe the distance creates a sort of bubble that makes it all truly Aussie yet palatable to us, the rest of the world. Whatever it is, I am grateful for every bit of it.”
Catch Osunlade and Mike Steva at Deeperoots Music Warehouse Party on Saturday April 6 at Melbourne’s Rubix Warehouse. Tickets via Eventbrite.
BY JESSICA OVER
Wah Wah Records
“I want to support the local scene and when you’re playing a Cable Ties record in the store and people go, ‘What’s this?’, you can say it’s a local band.”
One week out from Record Store Day, Melbourne is set to gain a new vinyl-only retailer. Wah Wah Records is opening on Saturday April 6 on Smith St, Collingwood. Founder Ben Treyvaud has been contemplating opening a record store for most of his life. “Probably ever since I bought a record,” he says. “I’ve been going to record stores since I was 13 and from a very early age I’ve wanted to be working in one.” Smith St is prime location for vinyl-hunters and it was at the top of Treyvaud’s wish list. “I knew where I wanted it to be,” he says. “If there was nothing available I wasn’t just going to take a side street location in Wonthaggi just because it was available. I live in Collingwood anyway so I know the area really well. We finally got the space sorted in early January this year and I’ve just been doing everything pretty intensely since then.” There are already a number of record stores in the area: The Searchers and Plug Seven Records on Smith St, Northside Records on Gertrude St and Polyester, Poison City and Dixons on Brunswick St. “You can look at it two ways. You can go, ‘Oh fuck why would I want to put one in and amongst heaps of others?’ or you can look at it like, well maybe that’s a good idea,” Treyvaud says. “I remember my mum told me, ‘Well if you ever want to buy a Persian rug, you can go to High St in Armadale and there’s heaps of Persian rug stores’. So I looked at it as a bit of positive. It means if you’re like me, a die-hard record collector, and you want to go and buy some records, at least
“You [Australia] are definitely at the forefront of all types of music these days. Maybe the distance creates a sort of bubble that makes it all truly Aussie yet palatable to us, the rest of the world.”
you’ve got a hub to go to.” The respective shops have different specialties. This makes it less a competitive dynamic and more about each store contributing something to Melbourne’s lively music culture. “Northside’s really into funk and soul and a bit of techno and I’m not doing really any of that. The Searchers is catering a bit for everyone in a way. Plug Seven’s really into African beats and Ethiopian music, which I’m not doing any of. If we’re all just sort of the same, it’d probably be nightmarish,” Treyvaud says. In Wah Wah Records the focus is on ‘60s-’70s rock’n’roll and R&B music as well as a sweeping embrace of Australian music, past and present. “I don’t think you should be selling stuff that you don’t know what the fuck it is,” Treyvaud says. “Obviously you don’t have to know every record intimately, but I think you should have a pretty good understanding of what you’re selling. You’re not working at Starbucks where you can maybe be like, ‘No I don’t know what sort of coffee this is’.”
‘60s and ‘70s rock and pop is Treyvaud’s bread and butter. “I was the kid at 13 that was making mixtapes of Creedence and stuff when all my mates were listening to Nirvana,” he says. “I also love all the local bands that have been coming up in the last ten years. I don’t think really enough people plug them in the record stores. So I want to support the local scene and when you’re playing a Cable Ties record in the store and people go, ‘What’s this?’, you can say it’s a local band.” The new music section won’t be entirely reserved for Australian releases, however. “I don’t want to totally alienate people so there is a bit of other contemporary stuff but there’s no Kylie Minogue, there’s no Madonna. But there’ll be an Interpol record in there, there’ll be Radiohead, I even got a Kings of Leon record – only the first one though because that’s the only good one in my book. But the main focus will be current Australian bands.”
Wah Wah Records is opening on Saturday April 6 at 196 Smith St, Collingwood just in time for Record Store Day a week later. Keep your eyes peeled for more info on what Wah Wah has in store.
BY AUGUSTUS WELBY
“Even though it was written to be performed by two people, we’re doing it for 22 people.”
As part of a new concert series, the Surround Sound concert will see students of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) come together in collaboration to perform pivotal works in each repertoire with a big twist and a big sound. The sonic sensation created when bringing together two very dexterous and different families of instruments is an ambitious feat to say the least – but it’s not one the piano and percussion students at the ANAM are about to shy away from. According to Timothy Young, head of piano and chamber music at ANAM and a revered pianist in his own right, the piano is at its core a percussion instrument and as such, the art of it is making it sing. “Fundamentally, they pair up pretty well. We’ve divided the program to explore the repertoire of some of the standard works but also some of the most amazing ones, too,” Young says. The repertoire, works by Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Steve Reich and Iannis Xenakis, are to some degree obvious choices for percussion instruments, but collaboration from the two families has resulted in unique arrangements of some of these works. Young himself has arranged Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite Of Spring’ for this concert. “He [Stravinsky] did write it originally for four hands, one piano,” explains Young, “but I’ve made this arrangement for four pianos and seven pianists. “Effectively what happens is in his piano reduction – which is extraordinary in itself – there’s
quite a number of orchestral lines that go missing because it’s impossible for 20 fingers to play that many notes. “But also some of these juxtaposed polyrhythms that make it so incredible are a little lost because in the way of reducing it, it’s just not possible for two people to manage all of it. So performing such a well-known and ambitious work, as the pianists are performing from the orchestral version with the percussionists, it’ll be great to have an additional depth of sound. “Bass drums, tam-tams, and things that make an enormous amount of sound. A piano as big as it is can’t really achieve that sort of volume,” says Young. Keeping the percussion parts the same as the original score will undoubtedly add interesting textures to this arrangement. Pedagogically speaking, Stravinsky is essential music – but that’s not to discount any of the other works on this program as lesser either. Xenakis was known as a designer and architect as well as a musician who manipulated music for certain spaces in his lifetime. It’s something Young considered for the space they have performing ‘Persephassa’. “Because it’s surround sound, stations
will be placed around the hall, us surrounding the audience,” says Young. “They’ll get this amazing effect of the music travelling around them. “We’ve even applied the same principle to the Reich Clapping Music – even though it was written to be performed by two people, we’re doing it for 22 people.” Challenging as these arrangements might seem, Young reassures that the ANAM music students are having a lot of fun in preparing the program. “I think the audience will really get a buzz from it as well!” he says. This style of collaboration between students of different instruments will be enlightening, to not only learn from one another but to support one another as well. “That’s really the ethos of the whole institution at ANAM, and that is that chamber music forms the entire basis of the pedagogical approach,” says Young. “Truly, it’s through collaboration and working together that you learn what music is really about.” BY ANNA ROSE
RMIT Short Courses Heads up all you budding music and stage techies out there – RMIT have short courses to help you build your skills in the industry. RMIT offer music, sound, and lighting courses with industry standard equipment and experienced teachers. The best part? Completing some of them gives you a pathway into music industry and live production diplomas at RMIT. “The vibe was basically we wanted to give people a taste about what the bigger course is about,” Mark Kelson, a teacher for the ‘Sound Production – Opening the DAW’ short course explains. “It’s sort of a compacted version of what you might experience. You get an overview and set on a path if that’s what you want to do with your life; it’s good to give people a taste of what it is before they throw themselves into a two-year commitment.” Opening the DAW offers a complete overview of industry standard software, Pro Tools, and touches on Logic Pro X. Throughout the course you learn how to mix a whole song and spend some time in studios with the latest industry tech. “It’s not a typo,” Kelson explains, “DAW stands for Digital Audio Workstation.” The 12week course is in its first year, running every Tuesday night from 6.30pm – 9.30pm. If YouTube videos just aren’t doing the trick, these courses might be perfect for people who want to enhance their own skills. “It’s by no means a basic, basic course.” Kelson said. “We do go into
some relatively complex industry-based things as well.” The courses are open to people aged 16+, and for many courses there are no prerequisites. “If you go online and enrol, you’re entitled to a place,” Kelson says. “We have a broad crosssection of students. We have people who have some experience, and others who haven’t used a computer in several years. We want it to be open to anyone.” From intense one-day courses, all the way up to in depth 12-week courses like Opening the DAW, there’s also weekend courses that pack roughly five weeks worth of material into two or three days. ‘Sound, Light and Vision – An Introduction to Entertainment Production’ is a three–day course that also offers a pathway into certificate IV and diploma courses at RMIT. The course provides an opportunity for students to work with state-ofthe-art technology in entertainment production with industry expert, Loki Lockwood. “Everything you do with Loki is just really hands on,” Kelson says. “If you’re working with someone like Loki and you want to really get a taste of what live sound is about, you’re going to
ANAM’s Surround Sound concert goes down Saturday April 13 at the South Melbourne Town Hall. Tickets start from $25 for under-30’s via ANAM’s website
get a dose of what it’s really like.” The teachers are industry professionals, who are passionate about their subjects. “Loki is the same as me, we’re both very into what we do,” Kelson explains. “I’d say it’s not really a job, it’s what we do. I think that really resonates with the students, they know the difference from when a teacher’s just doing it and when they’re passionate about it. I think it’s the best way to educate; with knowledge, but also with passion.” Kelson, having studied at RMIT himself, talks highly of the staff members who have put together these short courses. “We’re not just teachers. “We’re still out there recording records, making gigs, touring, and doing all this sort of stuff. So, if you’re a person who hasn’t had a lot of industry contact, you’re going to get a taste of what it’s all about, and I think that’s really great.” RMIT’s short courses range in price from $360 for the one-day course to $720 for the 12week courses. Students leave with a certificate of completion, pathways to the certificate IV and diploma courses, and real-life industry experience. BY D’ARCY MCGREGOR
“We have people who have some experience, and others who haven’t used a computer in several years. We want it to be open to anyone.” Check out and apply for RMIT’s Sound Production – Opening the DAW and Sound, Light and Vision short courses via the dedicated short courses page on the university’s website. While you’re there, explore the myriad of other short courses on offer.
From Melbourne alt-country singer Richard Webb comes a brand new album, Le Rayon Vert. With cinematic sensation at its core, this fulllength release is an exploration of Webb’s off-beat stories delivered with his dusty, rasping voice. Ahead of the album launch at the Northcote Social Club on Sunday April 7 with his cracking band, featuring David Grabau on guitar, Emilie Owen on keyboards and violin, Hugh Martin on bass, and Scott Lacey on drums, Webb unpacks the colourful intricacies of an album that has more depth than you might first assume. The most striking thing at the surface of this new album is the name – Le Rayon Vert. As the bulk of the album was recorded in France, Webb named it after an ‘80s French film that he says he’s loved forever. Webb explained what about this film resonated with him and just how special the concept it contains is. “I’m not clever enough to come up with a concept album idea,” he begins candidly, “but I was listening to these songs and it had more of a story focus, trying to find insight by telling the stories. “I remember this film, and the concept is that when the sun goes down over the horizon, the last ray of light you get from a clear blue sea is a flash of green – that’s called the green ray. “When you see the green ray, apparently the person next to you is supposed to understand your mind and you can understand theirs. This whole album is about understanding, trying to see through somebody else’s eyes.” You could apply all kinds of metaphors to this idea, and indeed that flash of green light – a solid concept on its own – generates many depths and intricacies when you delve a little deeper, just like
Webb’s new album. “That’s totally it,” says Webb. “There’s an insight in these songs that weren’t written from my view by any means. This is being more empathic about other people and what they’re going through.” There’s a broad spectrum of global themes to the narratives on Le Rayon Vert and that spills over into the musical diversity. Webb doesn’t limit himself to any one sound, with a bit of Americana, punk, country, and rock all twisted up in this collection. It’s a cohesive and natural process for Webb on the whole. “I’ve never really thought about trying to be something, I just let songs have their own life. “It’s a band affair, it’s not just me, and when we’ve got four or five guys in a studio we’ll try and work the songs in a way that makes them as good as they can be in whatever style it is.”
For Webb, things work in different ways, and he says he never approaches his sound from a commercial perspective. “I just let them go, and I kind of like it like it that way.” Indeed, single ‘Let It Rain’ is not what you might expect and its accompanying video, with Webb and his band gate-crashing an unassuming children’s birthday party, is certainly not what you might expect – but the whole package is ultimately, a lot of fun. “It was a big laugh, actually.” Webb giggles. “You get a bit serious about things sometimes and you don’t always have to be. “I like the whole concept that rain can be anything – it could be a water gun fight, why not.”
“We run all of the performing arts infrastructure, putting on a year-round program of events called ‘MLIVE’.” The Alexander Theatre is part of a new and ambitious performing arts complex that’s just completed construction, called The Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts. In addition to The Alex, there are two adjoining venues: the Sound Gallery and the Jazz Club, and a restaurant and bar, set to open soon. “These venues are used by community groups, visiting companies and for student events, they’re really at the disposal of anybody, like any regional arts centre would be.” There are plenty of benefits for students and the public in having access to such advanced facilities. “The first thing to say about the venues is that they are state of the art,” says Grabowsky. “The technology in them is unique to Australia, particularly from a sound point of view. “Sound is a particular interest of mine because I’m a musician. We’ve installed high end equipment in The Alexander Theatre called the Meyer Sound Constellation System, which allows us to sculpt and optimize the acoustic nature of the space according to the event, this gives our audience an amazing listening experience. “At the end of the day, why do you build these spaces? You build them for art and for theatre-
makers, bands, musicians and dance.” Such an advanced setup is important in this instance, particularly given how many theatres are built for certain situations and don’t have the flexibility to host certain events. According to Grabowsky, The Alex has been built with versatility in mind. “It’s because of the Meyer Sound Constellation System that it’s perfectly catered for live music but also equally a fantastic space for theatre or dance.” In April, The Alexander Theatre will host its annual event Live At The Alex. This year MLIVE has teamed up with Monash University’s MSA to present San Cisco. With three solid albums under their belt, the indie quartet have become a household name in Australia since hitting the scene in 2009. Their latest album, The Water, was met with global success and the lead single ‘Hey Did I Do You Wrong’ came in at #79 in the 2017 triple j Hottest 100. Uncovering their latest single, ‘When I Dream’, in September 2018 the anticipation for the band’s next album has never been greater and Live At The Alex will give the band the prime opportunity to tease what they have coming. In addition to the incredible music of San Cisco, Live At The Alex will also see the addition of food trucks and drinks at cheap prices ensure this will
Rich Webb comes to the Northcote Social Club on Sunday April 7. Grab your tickets via the venue website. Le Rayon Vert is out now via streaming services.
BY ANNA WILSON
Live At The Alex Paul Grabowsky, executive director of the Monash University Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA), explains how the institute runs events for students and the public that aren’t directly involved with teaching.
“It’s a band affair [Le Rayon Vert], it’s not just me, and when we’ve got four or five guys in a studio we’ll try and work the songs in a way that makes them as good as they can be in whatever style it is.”
be a night to remember. Beyond Live At The Alex comes a series of other forward-thinking events throughout 2019 all designed by the creative team at MLIVE. One of these is Progress – A Festival of Ideas which will see theatre, comedy, music and cultural discussion decorate the university’s state-of-the-art facilities. Within this, experience the world premiere of the 2018 Max Afford Playwrights’ Award-winning Whale which explores political armageddon in the face of climate change. There’s comedy with Tom Ballard, Zoë Coombs Marr and Rod Quantock through Smokestack and a talk series exploring The Future of Feminism hosted by Jane Gilmore. The festival takes over Monash University from Thursday May 16 until Sunday May 26. It’s Live At The Alex that looms first, however, and as he appraises his team’s creativity to conclude, Grabowsky can’t help but show pride in the unbound versatility of MLIVE’s program. “There’s something for everyone. I try and keep the level of work we do interesting, different from what you might see anywhere else.”
“At the end of the day, why do you build these spaces? You build them for art and for theatremakers, bands, musicians and dance.” San Cisco perform for Live At The Alex at Monash University’s Alexander Theatre on Wednesday April 17. Due to public demand this show is sold out, but you can still win a double pass by entering your details via the ‘Free Shit’ section of the Beat website. Find out more about the MLIVE program via it’s dedicated website.
BY ANNA ROSE
Where tacos and motorcycles combine When motorcycle shop owner and stuntman, Luke Follacchio, and hospitality wizard, Bruno Carreto, created Benzina Cantina, the objective was to bring Preston authentic tacos and margaritas. “Basically I had this idea years ago to have a shipping container restaurant or bar attached to my motorcycle shop. I’ve been a stunt rider for 15 years, and always wanted to do something a little bit different outside of that,” Follacchio says. Follacchio was originally going to just create an Italian café or bar, but over coffee with his mate Carreto, the idea of a motorcycle-themed Mexican cantina was germinated. “We went for a coffee and then, as expected, the conversation flowed very easily – we both had very simple ideas, and we both loved the idea of working together. “I still own the motorcycle shop Benzina next door to it, but we’ve incorporated this cantina into it as a separate business but it sort of functions as the same thing. We started the fit out together and tried to bring some similarities from Carreto’s Los Hermanos. Obviously, that iconic Mexican food, those traditional recipes have made their way over,” Follacchio explains. Don’t fret if you’re a taco lover but not a rev head as the theme is subtle and eloquently done. “The motorcycle thing comes through, and a lot of people don’t pick that there’s a kind of
motorcycle-y vibe there. Our pendant lights over the bar are surrounded by motorcycle break discs but unless you knew that, you probably wouldn’t pick it.” If you are a bike fanatic though, there’s a lot to pick apart in the fit out and enjoy. “It’s one of those things, you come in a few times and you see different things. You don’t notice it all at once. Our door handles are spanners, which you don’t realise unless you pay attention. “It’s cool, you know. It’s tastefully done. It’s a nice balance. It’s not overdone, it’s just tastefully slotted in.” The fit out and atmosphere is an experience in itself, but what’s really worth making the trip down to Preston is the food. As Follacchio explains, “you won’t get your westernised half Mexican foods here. It’s traditional Mexican, South American influenced food. The idea behind it, and this was one thing that was very important to both of us, myself and Bruno, is authentic food. We both carry the same values there.” Being in the North end of the city, the duo
doesn’t mess around when it comes to serving vegan friendly, gluten free or even fructose intolerant options. “I sympathise with those that make those choices and those people have allergies. I‘m allergic to garlic, so I sympathise with anyone who has an allergy and we definitely want to accommodate them.” So what can you expect when you take a seat at Benzina Cantina? “Honestly, just a good, happy vibe. We’re not trying to be a fine dining restaurant, or a million dollar restaurant; we just want a nice, great environment with good music, fun happy times and a great food experience. “The whole concept behind Benzina Cantina is that you can come and spend $20 and have a few tacos and a beer and walk away happy. Or, you can come and spend hundreds on all different platters, entrees, mains and cocktails and really ham it up. So, the idea there is to cater to everyone and leave everyone wanting more.”
“For instance, if you only want two eggs for a recipe, you can buy two eggs in our store. You don’t need to buy six or 12.”
A greenie’s dream
In the not too distant past, people grew their own fruit and veg, cooked everything from scratch and “paddock to plate” wasn’t a trend for foodies – it was just what you did.
Benzina Cantina is open Tuesday to Sunday at 84 High Street, Preston. Head to their website for info on the menu and other cool stuff happening at the venue.
BY MARNIE VINALL
Wayne Ferrell, co-director of Aunt Maggie’s Organics, experienced this bygone phenomenon as a kid growing up in Western Australia and hankered for it as an adult. The result was Aunt Maggie’s three Melbourne wholefoods emporia. Although named with a nod to one of his own aunts, the story behind the store’s moniker is a little more complicated, because, you know, family politics. “I’d like to think everyone has an Aunt Maggie, although that’s not quite her name,” Ferrell admits. “I have a bunch of other aunties who would have been a little bit upset had I singled her out specifically, but she knows who she is, and it does start with an ‘M’.” Ferrell still vividly remembers the freshness and fun associated with gorging himself on homegrown goodies at said aunt’s property. “Although, at the time I never really thought about where it all came from, but of course it was either grown on the property or in the local town,” he says. However, despite that idyllic introduction to gastronomy, Ferrell’s approach toward food changed over time. “I feel like there was a space in which food personally and in general became something less real, less wholesome and less about enjoying the meal and the people that you were with.” Hence, Aunt Maggie’s was born of a desire to get back to basics. “A lot of what’s going on more recently is rekindling that spirit of sharing and simplicity, and
“You won’t get your westernised half Mexican foods here. It’s traditional Mexican, South American influenced food. The idea behind it ... is authentic food.”
we’re really just rediscovering how we used to do it and having a greater appreciation for why things were done that way.” Of course, Aunt Maggie’s predicted the zeitgeist when it comes to these matters. “We started at a time when the necessity for doing things this way wasn’t so obvious,” Ferrell observes. “It’s only been in recent years that it’s become a little bit more in people’s consciousness to ask where food comes from, why it tastes so good or so bland, who benefits when you buy it, and who’s harmed in the process.” That said, at its inception seven years ago (originally located in Hampton) Aunt Maggie’s was cast in the mould of a traditional health-food store hawking vitamins and supplements. However, coming from the camp whereby food is medicine, Ferrell wanted Aunt Maggie’s to be so much more. “I firmly believe what you eat has a direct impact on your health, wellbeing, energy levels, complexion, you name it,” Ferrell observes. “So, we wanted to be more about foods rather than supplements. Supplements have a place, especially where they’re focused on dealing with a specific area of concern, but they shouldn’t be the starting point.”
Accordingly, fueled by Ferrell’s vision, Aunt Maggie’s has evolved into an entirely different beast, specialising in local organic and seasonal produce, 100% natural groceries, onsite cafés and juice bars where supplements form just one part of a nourishing whole. Sustainability also features large in the Aunt Maggie’s ethos. The stores haven’t used plastic bags in over five years, misshapen fruit and veggies are used in the juice bar, they compost like demons and there’s even a surcharge (albeit less than cost) for using paper bags. Plus, they’re actively discouraging food waste, which is important in a country where an estimated one in five bags of groceries gets chucked. “For instance, if you only want two eggs for a recipe, you can buy two eggs in our store. You don’t need to buy six or 12. Or say you want only 320 grams of almonds, then you can buy that – you don’t need to buy a packet. By encouraging bulk options where you can bring your own containers or just buy what you need helps reduce what gets thrown away.” BY MEG CRAWFORD
Aunt Maggie’s branches are at 188 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, 380 Lygon Street, Carlton and 72 Glenferrie Road in Malvern. You can find out more information about Aunt Maggie’s via the emporia’s website.
Mark Watson The Infinite Show
Do you have a comedy pet peeve? Heaps, but to pick one: ‘edgy’ comics who assume their jokes are ‘too much for the audience’, rather than considering the possibility that their material is tiresomely clichéd. What do you love about the Melbourne performing arts community? I’m hopelessly in love with the city, and the arts scene is a distillation of its unique, intoxicating atmosphere. An insane concentration of talented people, an audience that will support whatever you want to do. And the wine afterwards. Would you rather be able to read minds or fly? Explain. I think the answer is fly, because knowing the entire contents of others’ minds has the potential to be depressing or scary. But flying presents its own worries. Does your show have any audience participation? It does indeed, but it’s non-compulsory. There are cards you can fill out on your way in, volunteering interesting information about yourself. I then tailor the show around those each night – depending on how much dirt I get on people. Tell us two truths and one lie. I’ve never watched a film on a plane. When he died, I had an email address for Michael Jackson in my contacts. Cleopatra lived closer to the invention of the iPhone than the building of the Pyramids.
Nikki Osborne Bad Barbie
Would you prefer to fly or read minds? I would far prefer to fly. It’s cheaper than an Uber and it protects you from Camry drivers on the road. Who should see your show? If you’re tired of political correctness, think Barbie is a legend, love a bit of nonsense and enjoy watching hecklers get owned, then my show is for you. What do you learn from my show? That the PC movement has gone too far, feminism has a lot to answer for and we need to re-engage our independent thought again because there are idiots everywhere...and Barbie is awesome. When did you discover you could be a comedian? I knew I could be a comedian when my year three report card read “Nikki has a flair for creative writing, however it is often in poor taste”. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In five years, I see myself retired on my super yacht because I’ll have made millions from a viral video.... Or a sex tape – whatever works.
Catch Mark Watson at Melbourne Town Hall’s Supper Room from now until Sunday April 21 (bar Mondays). Tickets are $29-$39 from the MICF website.
Catch Nikki Osborne at European Bier Café as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival from Tuesday April 16 – Sunday April 21. Tickets are $20-$29 from the MICF website.
What is the inspiration behind Golden Harvest? To host a celebration of local artists and raise money for our charity SupportAct that supports those within the industry. We also hope to create the golden tones of autumn and the wholesome sense of warmth and joy it represents. Featuring the effervescent garage pop of Hannah Kate and the swagger of Bones and Jones, what was the philosophy behind the lineup curation? We hope the lineup will broaden the interests of our audiences and we aim to achieve a complementation of genres, but also showcase diversity. We love Hannah Kate for her pop-punk outfit that really encapsulates Melbourne’s social scenes. Bones and Jones on the other hand, give a much bluesier, coastal sound. How will the event look on the night? Not only will our night consist of great music, but we are adding an extra element of excitement through artistic displays. Upon entry to the band room there will be an exhibition of artwork from two Geelong artists. SupportAct is an incredible foundation supporting artists and musicians battling mental illness. Why does there need to be more awareness around mental health in music? The music industry hasn’t had the best track record in the past when it comes to mental illness, although this seems to be changing and rightly so. Often underfunded and underpaid industry workers have it tough trying to make a career doing what they love and the industry is often unequipped to assist those dealing with mental illness or distress. What’s one piece of advice you could give to someone facing their own mental battles? If you’re facing mental battles of your own, you should reach out to someone you trust or contact a helpline. Never be afraid to share your problems, because there are people who want to help and can help you through whatever it is you’re going through.
If you were to describe La Busca in a sentence how would you describe it? La Busca are a danceable, orchestral tango experience, who play traditional Argentinean tango. Who makes up the ensemble and how did it come together in the first place? La Busca is made up of Juan Veron (vocals), Amy Lynch (piano, bandoneon), Kirsty Pittman (guitar), Elise Winterflood (double bass), Caitlin French (violin) and for this event, special guest Stephen Cuttriss (piano, bandoneon). We all met through our love for tango. Myself (Amy) and Juan met in Argentina, then we met Elise, Kirsty and Caitlin in Melbourne through a tango ensemble at uni. Then we met Stephen playing in the Melbourne Tango Orchestra together. La Busca toured extensively in 2018. How did you find being on the road and what effect did touring have on the band? Being on the road was amazing. We played so many great gigs and we’re so lucky to play in some fantastic Australian festivals. We also saw some really incredible and diverse music. What can we expect from your upcoming show at Eltham World Music Cafe? In our upcoming show, the audience can expect a different sound to our gig there last year. We have changed our instrumentation to sound more authentic and traditional and now feature the bandoneon instead of the accordion. Some amazing dancing can also be expected, as we have some special guests coming. Is there any new music or tour news that La Busca fans should be keeping an eye out for? We have a few things planned for next year which we are excited about, but aren’t allowed to announce anything yet. So keep an eye on our social media/website.
Golden Harvest goes down at Bar Open on Thursday April 11, tickets $13.30 via Oztix.
La Busca play Eltham World Music Café on Friday April 5, with tickets $12-$17 via TryBooking.
Album of the Week (Darkroom/Interscope)
Singles WITH AUGUSTUS WELBY
(The Farmer & the Owl)
This is heavy, fast and high-intensity. There’s a lot of guttural screaming and frenzied guitar playing. Maybe don’t put it on when you’ve got a hangover or experiencing a wave of anxiety. Or perhaps you should – it’ll put you in a similar headspace to singer Drew Gardner. Gardner tries to summon the energy to be a polite, normal social being. It’s not long before he flips into defensive mode, offering the classic male retort: “Worry about yourself, I’m fine”. But for all the thematic tension and musical severity, ‘Prized Pig’ is a lot of fun.
Honey 2 Honey
Under the Hangar
‘Under the Hangar’ reveals Honey 2 Honey’s affection for Loose Joints-era Arthur Russell, plying off-kilter dance beats and artsy instrumental decoration. Vocalist Rory Stenning is understated, repeating a few lines that generate intrigue rather than paint a clear picture. It’s a grower until it becomes an addiction.
Nothing Sacred / All Things Wild (Dead Oceans)
Kevin Morby is a soul man. It’d be easy to dismiss this claim on paper – he’s got a good voice, but not the most dynamic register, and isn’t he just some indie rock stoner? But ‘Nothing Sacred’ showcases Morby’s depth. Congas, saxophone and gospel backing vocalists all contribute to a hushed atmosphere. The lyrics explore the implications of the title. Is there any underlying meaning or are we just scrambling around in apathetic chaos? Life circumstances distort our feelings in either direction, but songs like this inject irrefutable beauty.
Gena Rose Bruce
It’s not clear whether ‘Angel Face’ was preceded by a breakup or if it’s conveying the feelings of an unwanted visitor. The Melbourne songwriter starts off with a snipe – “I know you think you’re God’s gift to the world” – and by the crest of the song she’s soaring through the line, “I can’t make you love me”. It’s an attractively decorated production with backwards guitar lines, a sequenced bass throb and roomy drum sounds.
9 Billie Eilish
WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? Billie Eilish’s rise to stardom has been meteoric, to say the least. In less than two years she has risen from just another SoundCloud artist to the most talked about singer of our time, with everyone offering up their own opinion on her angsty teen demeanour.
The 17-year-old from L.A. clearly cares about how she is perceived and the music on WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? is carefully crafted to show Eilish as the down-to-earth teenager that she is. The album opens with Eilish announcing she has taken out her retainer and “this is the album”. The laughter that follows descends into the throbbing bass of ‘bad guy’, a tongue-in-cheek track about toxic masculinity. ‘xanny’ discusses self-medicating and mental health with Eilish’s vocals augmented to express so. But the highlight of the album’s first half is ‘all the good girls go to hell’, an upbeat funk track incorporating spritely piano and catchy guitar licks with one of the singer’s most anthemic choruses yet. Peppered throughout the album are instances where Eilish will riff along to her own songs. Sound effects of horror tropes punctuate the darker tracks, blending Eilish’s cheerful and relatable persona with her nightmares. Diversity is key here; one minute you’ll be assaulted with the trap beats of ‘you should see me in a crown’ and then lulled into the childlike ‘8’. Melancholic ballads slowly bring the album to a close, leaving the listener just as dejected as the singer feels. Ultimately, Eilish leaves us desperate for more with the bold statement of an artist who is only just starting to find her voice. BY JAMES RICHARDSON
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A Place We Know
2018 proved to be a massive success for Dean Lewis with ‘Be Alright’ sitting on a high throne in the Aussie Charts. Now it’s time to see how the singer-songwriter goes in album format. A Place We Knew offers its audience a broader view of what you know Lewis for already. His lyrics remain as paradoxically gloomy and hopeful as ever. Whilst Lewis doesn’t achieve the standard set on ‘Be Alright’, he does have something to offer – you just need to be patient. Or we can cheat and say ‘Half a Man’ stands close to his most emotional lyrics ever. Lewis impresses with his vocal range, proving there is something new on this outing to love on ‘Straight Back Down’. At times it can feel like Lewis is constrained to his acoustic guitar, making him sound lacking and unmotivated. This isn’t always the case - ‘Hold of Me’, ‘7 Minutes’ and ‘Stay Awake’ are lively. Lewis proves here he has more songs for the masses even if it lacks in musicality. BY RHYS MCKENZIE
Do It Better Again
Anyone who’s caught a Gonzo show over the last few years would naturally have been anticipating their next release, while quietly wondering how they were planning to put their raucous live set to record. However, they’ve managed to pull it off; sounding equally unhinged and pinpoint tight, Do It Better Again is an explosion of their masterfully erratic garage-punk and a solid reminder of why they’re one of Melbourne’s strongest bands. Album opener and first single ‘Put The Money’ sets the tone for what’s to come with its wiry guitars, off-kilter beats and Jack Kong’s sardonic vocals. It’s a compelling start and this mood doesn’t let up – next is the volatile ‘Meat Sweat’, before ‘Never Say Never Again’ sucks us in further with its frenetic grooves and awkward hooks. There’s a brief reprieve with the translucent guitar chimes of ‘Wishbone’ before Gonzo put their heads back down and serve up their best songs yet – from ‘Videodrome’ to ‘Escalator’, it’s blast after blast of glorious chaos. Although it’s hard to tell if Kong is being serious or sarcastic when he yelps “I can show you energy” in ‘Snake Sighs’, it’s hard to find a more fitting way to summarise the album. BY JAMES LYNCH
(Anti Fade Records)
(Universal Music Australia)
Two years after Abysmal Thoughts revitalised the sound of The Drums, their fifth album Brutalism has arrived to serve as the second record written and recorded as a solo project of frontman Jonny Pierce. Brutalism finds Pierce collecting his thoughts following a divorce, managing a release that feels superficially upbeat. However, some of the lyrics aren’t as positive as the instrumentation behind Pierce’s voice. The album feels similar to the way Foster The People’s breakout song ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ was catchy and upbeat, while lyrically being a damning statement on U.S. school shootings. Lead single ‘Body Chemistry’ is the catchiest and most immediate tune. The submerged production of ‘626 Bedford Avenues’ allows Pierce to drawl over the music and shine. Thinking back to their debut self-titled album and their mainstream hit ‘Let’s Go Surfing’, it’s amazing how much his vocals have blossomed. Their fan base and general exposure may have decreased, but those who have stayed loyal are handsomely rewarded on Brutalism. Experimental track ‘Loner’ is a hive of activity with buzzing guitars that feels like it shouldn’t work, but somehow ends up being a stand out. Brutalism just goes to prove pain and separation really does make great fodder for terrific music. BY ALEXANDER CROWDEN
Too often shoegaze leans heavily on its forefathers, recycling traditions rather than creating new ones. Meanwhile, SASAMI’s Sasami Ashworth breaks new ground on her self-titled, debut as she flits between the slow-blooming pain of melancholy and the true devastation found in loss. Despite the sadness swimming on this album, never once does it turn to self-pity. ‘Free’ and ‘Not the Time’ – the former stripped back, the latter bursting with ambitious indie rock riffs – both encompass the same moodiness tied together by Ashworth’s gentle, hushed vocals. The understated production and refined songwriting help by not doing more than what’s needed, as each layer of synth buzz or growling guitar sits purposefully until replaced by another experimental variation. It becomes obvious that playing with sounds outside of shoegaze is what keeps the album dynamic, especially when it occasionally stays safe. The lack of movement in tracks like ‘At Hollywood’ is hard to ignore when compared to the rest, and ultimately lets down Ashworth’s talent. But for her first step as a solo artist, SASAMI is a bold and strong stride, baring personal sufferings and intimate sorrows for all to see. It isn’t confessional; it’s asserting her truth. BY JENNIFER PARK
(Little Dipper/Cooking Vinyl)
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Scared of You
Melancholia, existentialism and self-destruction are the telltale signs of the sacrosanct tortured artist. Morbid Stuff presents these very themes in its frank depiction of depression, though it’s sure not to fetishize the reality of falling into the throes of mental chaos. Thematically, Morbid Stuff is PUP’s heaviest work yet, however themes of death and depression are often juxtaposed by buoyant, pop-punk melodies as the record toes the line between utter defeat and manically laughing in the face of darkness. Overdubbed shouting vocals create a rich, anthemic feel across the album while tongue-in-cheek quips keep the record from becoming too, well, morbid. Serrated riffs, staccato drums and melodic curveballs epitomise the furious disarray of an unwell mind. ‘Bloody Mary, Kate and Ashley’ sees PUP questioning reality as selfmedication and detachment from the world cause perception to grow hazy. The title track pilfers through the absurd fixations of anxiety, like wondering if any former lovers have died. Much like the surprise pounce of the Black Dog, the album takes a sharp turn with ‘Full Blown Meltdown’, offering a thrashing, guttural melody that errs into hardcore territory. The record aurally personifies a mind engulfed by depression without succumbing to a ‘woe is me’ narrative. Sonically rich and full of surprises, Morbid Stuff is PUP’s strongest work yet.
Melbourne’s adored musician Laura Imbruglia is an industry chameleon, having adopted strategic and television drapes to accompany her songwriting blueprint. 2019 sees Imbruglia return with her first album since 2013 – her fourth – another genre-reaching slice of the heterogenous rock she has made her own since emerging with It Makes a Crunchy Noise in 2003. With the rock’n’roll grit that the likes of Chrissy Amphlett, Sarah McLeod and Adalita first inscribed in the Australian female songbook, Imbruglia inaugurates the Scared of You experience with ‘Tricks’ – a vivacious exploration of twofacedness. The veil of deceit is ripped off right away on this crunching opener – an arm flex to those who believe fallacy is the best policy. Imbruglia causes a ruckus with ‘The Creeps’ before we enter the stoner rock domain on ‘Give Boys Pink Toys’ and the punk realm on ‘You’re Shit’. There’s plenty of finger pointing throughout Scared of You’s first third – Imbruglia’s attempt to shift a social tide which has been dominant for far too long. The songwriter loosens her clenched teeth on ‘Diptych’, a shoegaze number that brings to mind Cocteau Twins and explores the geometric capability of relationships. We get a hint of Courtney Barnett on ‘CBT’ and by track seven Imbruglia has already created the most confidently multifarious Australian release of 2019 so far.
BY KATE STREADER
BY TOM PARKER
Leon Wilks WESLEY ANNE
Having been in rock bands since the ‘90s, Wilks is now going solo. His new one-man show combines his love for rock and blues. Head on down to the Wesley Anne from 6pm Thursday April 4 to check it out, free entry.
Funk in the Attic BONEY
Funk in the Attic is set to bring the fever of funk, soul and groove to Boney on Thursday April 4. Melbourne pop-funk ensemble Russia, neo-reggae quintet Squid Nebula and DJ Vince Peach will bring in the tunes from 8pm till late. Tickets are $10 online or $15 at the door.
Dave Holmes Gang LOMOND HOTEL
Described by punters at the last Lomond gig as “The Band with Bop”. Expect original country rock mixed with urban beats – a recipe for good music. The Gang hit the stage at 8pm, Thursday April 4 with free entry to boot.
Son of a Gunzel ROYAL OAK
Son of a Gunzel hit The Royal Oak front bar for three Thursdays in April – 4th, 11th and 18th. They are a new band of old mates coming together to play old-timey soul, blues and party jazz to make you feel good. Entry to all three performances is free, kicking off at 8.30pm.
Rhyece O’Neil THE DRUNKEN POET
Steeped in the blues, rock’n’roll and country, Rhyece O’Neil has received praise from the swamp rock master Tex Perkins. Influenced by a range of artists including Iggy Pop, W.H. Auden, and PJ Harvey, O’Neil combines his love for the old and new into one melodic show. Doors at 8.30pm to the free show on Friday April 5.
Wednesday 3 Apr
CALEB + CANDICE MONIQUE Toff In
Town, Melbourne Cbd. 6:30pm. $15.
NEW KIDS - FEAT: PRINCE LOVE + BBY.B Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 9pm.
Indie, Rock, Pop, Metal, Punk & Covers A CELEBRATION OF LOVE FOR AOTEAROA IN MELBOURNE - FEAT: NU FLAVA + SWEET GOLD + THE REFUGEES + SHADOW LEAGUE + BOSS MELODY + DENTAL PLAN Old Bar,
Fitzroy. 6:30pm. $10.
ANNE-MARIE + GLADES Prince Bandroom, St
Kilda. 7pm. $64.90.
BOYZONE + BRIAN MCFADDEN Margaret
Court Arena, Melbourne. 7:30pm. $85.
ECCENTRIC PRESSENCE + LE MONDE + GUS CAMPBELL Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $5.
EMPEROR + RUINS 170 Russell, Melbourne Cbd. 8pm.
FUNDRAISER FOR DJAB WURRUNG EMBASSY - FEAT: ALICE SKYE + PHILLY + ALLARA + PATAPHYSICS + DJ KYAANZ Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 7pm.
GEORGIA JUNE + LOVE BONER + TAMARA & THE DREAMS Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8pm.
GIRLS ROCK! MELBOURNE RESIDENCY - FEAT: KARINA UTOMO & MARIAM BENJEMAA + DEADER + THE BITTERMEN + GREY WHISTLE TEST Espy, St Kilda. 8pm.
JIN JELLIC + GEO + SUGAR CUBE SOCIAL CLUB + YEAH BAD? Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8pm. $10.
SHAMESY + SCHNEIDER + DUSTY & STEFAN Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 7pm.
OPEN MIC The Bergy Seltzer, Brunswick. 8pm. OPEN MIC Penny Black, Brunswick. 7pm. OPEN MIC Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East.
BURKE/GOULD QUARTET Paris Cat Jazz
House, Fitzroy. 8pm.
Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $25.
DANA STAHL Compass Pizza, Brunswick East. 8pm.
DIRT HAND + BASTARD AMBER Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8pm. $10.75.
ENTROPY QUARTET + LIJUKA + MONTY SHNEIR ENSEMBLE 303, Northcote.
FELIX MEREDITH Bar Oussou, Brunswick.
HAWKER HEIGHTS SIX Bird's Basement, Melbourne. 7:45pm. $5.
JACKIE BORNSTEIN Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8pm. $25.
Southbank. 7pm. $30.
Brunswick Green, Brunswick. 8:30pm.
REBECCA BARNARD & BILLY MILLER'S SINGALONG Caravan Music Club, Bentleigh East. THE GRUBBY URCHINS The Brothers Public
Thursday 4 Apr Jazz, Soul, Funk, Latin & World Music HAWKER HEIGHTS HAMMOND COMBO 303, Northcote. 8pm. $10. ANDREA KELLER TRANSIENTS TRIO Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $15.
DJ TWINS Open Studio, Northcote. 8pm. EMMA GILMARTIN TRIO Brunswick Green,
FUNK IN THE ATTIC - FEAT: RUSSIA + SQUID NEBULA + DJ VINCE PEACH Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 8pm. $10.
HOLLY NORMAN QUARTET Paris Cat Jazz
Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8pm. $25.
House, Electro, Trance & Club Nights
JEN SALISBURY Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne
Cbd. 7:30pm. $25.
ANTIPHON + NOODLECHILD + IKEY + HORATIO + MORE Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy.
JUSTINE JONES & THE PLAYBOYS OF RHYTHM Memo Music Hall, St Kilda. 7:30pm. $10. SCHELLACK DEBAKEL - FEAT: MISTA MONK + POEKS Bar Oussou, Brunswick. 9pm. THE JACK EARLE BIG BAND (WITH RHONDA BURCHMORE) - FEAT: The
DIGGIN' MELBOURNE - FEAT: THE SEARCHERS + NORTHSIDE + DIXONS RECYCLED + PLUG SEVEN + WAX MUSEUM + SKYDIVER Section 8, Melbourne
Jazzlab, Brunswick. 8pm. $20.
KASSETTE - FEAT: MZRIZK + SLIPPERY SLOPES + KAM + RUDI Carlton Club,
WILBUR WILDE + JOHN MONTESANTE QUINTET The Water Rat
THE MICHELLE NICOLLE BAND
Brunswick Green, Brunswick. 8:30pm.
Melbourne Cbd. 8pm.
Hotel, South Melbourne. 7pm.
POSTAL - FEAT: POST PERCY + DAN SAN Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 10pm. WILD LOVE WEDNESDAYS - FEAT: DREW HOLLY + PAT TASSONE + VIVIEN + DAMON OLLERENSHAW Stay Gold, Brunswick. 10pm.
Indie, Rock, Pop, Metal, Punk & Covers 30/70 + KUZICH + DJ IMAN Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8pm. $25.
ADAPTORS + THE COLBYS + CLAP FOR ALASKA + DOVER ISLAND Tote Hotel,
Hip Hop & R&B MIND OVER MATTER - FEAT: FISKY + SUKHJIT KAUR KHALSA + JOSHUA
THE GIANNI MARINUCCI COMBO
Ekranoplans bring their pub‘n’dub rock to Thornbury’s Swamplands, along with uplifting rockers Crybones and Sydney guests, Skid Pan Alley. Tickets are free to the Friday April 5 gig with music from 8pm. Cheap booze and a pool table provided – what else do you need?
JJ BAILEY Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 9pm. JUGO Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. LOMOND ACOUSTICA - FEAT: UKOLOGY (WITH ALEX BURNS) + JAMES MARK + TOM FORSELL’S LUAU COWBOYS Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 8pm. MAYHEM Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8pm. MELBOURNE'S BIGGEST OPEN MIC NIGHT Musicland, Fawkner. 7pm. MORNING MELODIES - FEAT: MARION FAY Matthew Flinders Hotel, Chadstone. 10am. $15. MUDDY'S BLUES ROULETTE - FEAT: VARIOUS ARTISTS Catfish, Fitzroy. 8pm. MUSICLAND OPEN CHOIR REHEARSALS - FEAT: VARIOUS ARTISTS Musicland, Fawkner. 7:30pm. $5. NORTHERN VOICE CHOIR SHOWCASE Swamplands Bar, Thornbury. 7pm. OPEN MIC Customs House Hotel, Williamstown.
ALLARA Casa Cultura, Brunswick East. 6:30pm. $10. BOPSTRETCH Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:30pm.
LAMINE SONKO Melbourne Recital Centre,
Clifton Hill. 7:30pm.
GIRLS ON KEY - FEAT: GABRIELA GEORGES + CLAIRE GASKIN + HAMISH DANKS BROWN + BRENDAN BONSACK + FARAH BEE + LAURA FISHER Open Studio, Northcote. 7pm. $10. GRACEJEAN + PIA NESVARA & WILLIAM TEMPLAR Some Velvet Morning,
Jazz, Soul, Funk, Latin & World Music
JOE CHINDAMO TRIO The Jazzlab, Brunswick.
Collingwood. 7:30pm. $10.
ANDRE WARHURST + NICK MURPHY Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 8pm.
ATLAS & THE ATTIC + FRANJAPAN + AZTX + NICK CARVER & THE MEAN ST BUTCHERS Last Chance Rock And Roll Bar, North
BOING BOING + THE GURDIES The B.east, Brunswick East. 8pm.
BRODERICK SMITH & MATT WALKER Bird's Basement, Melbourne. 7:45pm. $29.
CELEBRATING PINK FLOYD'S 'DARK SIDE OF THE MOON' - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Stay Gold, Brunswick. 8pm. FIVEFOURS + DIANA'S FORESTERS + IMOGEN CYGLER + PERLINKI Gasometer
Hotel, Collingwood. 7:30pm. $5.
GOOD MORNING + VARIOUS ARTISTS John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8pm. $10.
HOT OFF THE PRESS - FEAT: MF JONES + KODAH + ZACHARY LEO + DROPKICK NICK Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 7:30pm. $5.
JUNE JONES & GERYON Edinburgh Castle,
MAGPIE + SCRATCH MATCH + CAKEFIGHT Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 7pm. MATT BRADSHAW Elephant & Wheelbarrow, Melbourne. 9:30pm.
MICHAEL SITA Customs House Hotel, Williamstown. 8pm.
PRIMETIME + FACE FACE + THE VACANT SMILES + QUIRKY KING & THE SONG MACHINE Old Bar, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $10.
SHINY COIN + GO GET MUM Post Office
Hotel, Coburg. 9pm.
SLEDGEHAMMER + BAD BANGS Espy, St Kilda. 8pm.
SYDNEY ROAD SOUNDS #1 - FEAT: REEL TAPES + NIGHTLIGHT + JANA Stay
Gold, Brunswick. 8pm. $5.
THE NUREMBERG CODE + INTERITUM + MOUSTACHE ANT + THIS LIFE I LIVE Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8pm. $10.
THE PRETTY LITTLES + JAMES MALONEY & THE MAD DOG HARRISONS + MOSES CARR + WOY Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 7:30pm. $10.
THRASH BLAST GRIND TOUR FEAT: PHILLIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEAGALS + KING PARROT + BLACK RHENO Corner Hotel, Richmond. 6:30pm. $50. THROWBACK - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9pm.
WITCHES NIGHT OUT - FEAT: RACHAEL LIA + DAMIELOU + ELIZA JOAN & THE RENEGADES Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8pm. $10.
House, Electro, Trance & Club Nights AARON B + SIX Penny Black, Brunswick. 9pm. GUERNS - FEAT: BABY G + DJ MITCHELL GEE + SELENA + MIZO + FOSTA + KIEREN BONANNO New Guernica,
Melbourne Cbd. 10pm.
JIMMY RUSE + KENNY POWERZ + MAKARTI + MORE Horse Bazaar, Melbourne Cbd. 8pm.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS - FOREIGN BROTHERS TAKEOVER - FEAT: LADY LANGERS + DANNY OSX + HDSNJMSJR + NYNNO + MPMA Section
8, Melbourne Cbd. 6pm.
TOBACCO RAT + RAPTORHANDZ + RAMSEY + GADA + ALCHEMIST Grumpy's Green, Fitzroy. 8pm.
HIP HOP & R&B CROOKED CLUB - FEAT: JAKIMO JONES & STELLA UGLY KID + 9 VIBES + LUKE MARSHALL + BLACK ORCHIDS + YESE ECHO + MORE Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9pm. $10.
DRANKWATER + NINE2FIVE + YUNG. SELB + HUDSON TAYLOR + CONPLEX Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10.
HOUSE PARTY - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9pm.
JACQUEES Festival Hall, West Melbourne. 7pm.
FOR THE FULL GIG GUIDE HEAD TO BEAT.COM.AU/GIG-GUIDE
LAUNDRY THURSDAYS - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 10pm. LETS VIBE LIVE MUSIC - FEAT: VARIOUS ARTISTS + VARIOUS DJS Little
HOWL AT THE MOON + KATE & HANA + PARTY PEST + RUTH LINDSAY & BOOTS BARKER Old Bar, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $10. JAMES SEEDY + WILLING The Bergy Seltzer,
RAIZE THE BAR - FEAT: EMCEE CYPHER + VARIOUS ARTISTS Rubix Warehouse,
JON STEVENS Chelsea Heights Hotel, Chelsea Heights. 8pm. $39.80.
RENDEZVOUS - FEAT: YKM DJS + VARIOUS ARTISTS Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd.
Carlton. 8pm. $10.
Jax, Melbourne. 7pm.
Brunswick. 10pm. $10.
MONO DELUXE + KANYE AIRPORT WEST + CAPITAL GAINS John Curtin Hotel, NATHAN SEECKTS + THE MEAN TIMES + BIG LEAGUE + MERAKI MINDS Young
Street Supper Club, Frankston. 8pm.
BEC GORING + EAGLEMONT + DAVID WESTERN Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 8pm. BEN DELVES TRIO Charles Weston Hotel,
PLASTIC SPACEMAN + BRIGHT LIGHT EMPIRE + LUCY'S LOCKETT Whole Lotta
BLUES ROULETTE (WITH ROSS WARD) Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9pm.
CAROLINE ALMONTE + BLAIR HARRIS Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 6pm. $39.
OLIVER DOWNES + IMOGEN PRICE Westernport Hotel, San Remo. 9pm. $10. Love, Brunswick East. 7pm. $5.
POP EVIL Prince Bandroom, St Kilda. 8pm. $40. POP PUNK TOP 20 COUNTDOWN OF ALL TIME - FEAT: OCEAN AVENUE + STUCK OUT + BETTER HALF + TERRA + MORE Royal Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne Cbd.
CHARLIE BEDFORD Hume Blues Club (shake
FRANK RAYMOND & THE SILHOUETTES
Melbourne Cbd. 9pm.
Fad Gallery, Melbourne Cbd. 9pm.
Hotel, Collingwood. 8pm. $10.
Shack), Coburg. 7:30pm.
GERRY HALE The Brothers Public House, Fitzroy. HIGH BINDER Bar Open, Fitzroy. 7pm. LEON WILKS Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6pm. MICHAEL COLLINS + PAUL DEAN Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 7:30pm. $99.
MORNING MELODIES - FEAT: KINGSLEY GEORGE Ferntree Gully Hotel,
POPROCKS + DR PHIL Toff In Town, SHIT TATTS Last Chance Rock And Roll Bar, North SMARTS + THE SHIFTERS + ASL Gasometer STEADY GARDEN + CLOSET STRAIGHTS + GRAND PINE Yarra Hotel,
Abbotsford. 9pm. $10.
SWEET GOLD + KEGGIN' + UDDER UBDUCTEES + SORDID ODEAL Last
Chance Rock And Roll Bar, North Melbourne. 5pm.
Ferntree Gully. 10:30am. $17.
THE COVER COUNCIL Quarry Hotel,
THE DROP BEARS + THE BEGGARS WAY Espy, St Kilda. 9pm. THE GROGANS + THE FILLMORE BROTHERS + BLACK SNAKE WHIP Espy,
OPEN MIC NIGHT The Merri Clan, Preston. 7pm. OPEN MIC NIGHT Drunken Poet, West PATRICK RYAN + WOY + RAT CHILD Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8pm.
SHAYLE O'REILLY Young Street Supper Club,
THE SISSAROS + ANGELO MIGYI + FRANK JAMES + ALEX Revolver Upstairs,
Prahran. 8pm. $5.
WILL COYOTE + VAN WALKER + MITCH DILLON Swamplands Bar, Thornbury. 8pm.
Friday 5 Apr Indie, Rock, Pop, Metal, Punk & Covers 1000MODS + THE UGLY KINGS + UNLUCKY + CHILD Stay Gold, Brunswick.
ACTION SAM Elephant & Wheelbarrow,
ALI BARTER + BABY BLUE + HANNAH KATE Howler, Brunswick. 8pm. $20.59. AUSTRALIAN BON JOVI SHOW The New
Yorker (lilydale), Lilydale. 6pm. $19.
AUTO-MASH DJS Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 9pm. BANANAGUN + KAIPORA Fitzroy Pinnacle, Fitzroy North. 8:30pm.
CAPTAIN SPALDING BAND Customs House Hotel, Williamstown. 8pm.
CHAPEL STREET SOCIAL CLUB - FEAT: PHATO A MANO + NAMN + MATT RADOVICH Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9pm. COLD GROUND + THE PATIENT + AWAKE NOW + ANGRY SEAS + MINETTA Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8pm. $15. COVERED UP Musicland, Fawkner. 7:30pm. $10. DANCING IN THE DARK - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN DANCE PARTY - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Stay Gold, Brunswick. 11pm. DJ CHRIS XYNOS Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 9pm.
DZ DEATHRAYS + MOANING LISA Pier
Bandroom, Frankston. 8pm. $39.80.
EKRANOPLANS + CRYBONE + SKID PAN ALLEY Swamplands Bar, Thornbury. 9pm. EMPEROR + RUINS 170 Russell, Melbourne Cbd. 8pm. $85.89.
FLOODLIGHTS + TONY DORK + DRAGOONS + VIM Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8pm.
FRAUDBAND + LOST TALK + PAUL KIDNEY The B.east, Brunswick East. 9pm. GEORGE TRIMMER BAND (WITH PENNI JONES) Royal Hotel (essendon), Essendon. 10:30pm. GOLDSOCKS + THE VELVET CLUB + MONA BAY Sooki Lounge, Belgrave. 8pm. $14.30. HALCYON DRIVE + HALF/CUT + KILNS Yah Yah's, Fitzroy. 8pm. $10.
Brunswick East. 9pm.
St Kilda. 8pm.
THE INTERCEPTORS + MURDER RATS + FORKLIFT ASSASSINS + MR STITCHER + DJ KELLIN IN THE NAME Bombay Rock, Brunswick. 7pm.
THE JADED CATS Musicland, Fawkner. 7:30pm.
ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM Carlton Club, Melbourne Cbd. 10pm.
FORMATION - FEAT: DONNY + MORE Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9pm.
FREE DOPE - FEAT: FACE INVADA + HOOVES + LICKWEED + YOONE Rubix Warehouse, Brunswick. 10pm.
FRIDAYS - FEAT: AYNA + FALO + HARLEY JAMES + CLIFTONIA + BEN & LIL + CITIZEN.COM Carlton Club, Melbourne Cbd. 5pm.
IN - FEAT: DANKO SKYSTÖNE + DJ GMJ + AARON SMILES Sooki Lounge,
Belgrave. 9pm. $10.
JOSH BUTLER + OLLY DAVIS + GAV WHITEHOUSE + WALLACE & MALONE + GREATER THAN US Revolver Upstairs,
Prahran. 6pm. $20.
KRAKOTA + JCHAU + ZEMLA + MONKEE + LICKWEED + QONTENT + CHANDI + MC NV Brown Alley, Melbourne Cbd. 10pm. $22.
LIFEWORLD - FEAT: BINH + MOOPIE Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 11pm. $10.
MELBOURNE TECHNO COLLECTIVE - FEAT: STEVE LAW + SIMON SLIEKER + HYPER BINARY + DJ KITI + LAURA KING + D-REX + MORE New Guernica,
Melbourne Cbd. 10pm. $10.
NIKO SCHWIND - FEAT: PHILOSOPHIA + ROB ANTHONY + JAY RAMON + FUNKY COL + BOYBLEWE + MORE Onesixone, Prahran. 9pm. $25.
Bar, South Yarra. 8:40pm. $20.
TIJUANA SURF + MATT BLACK'S CONTINENTAL SNARL Gem Bar, Collingwood. 9pm.
TTTDC + SHIT TATTS + BOING BOING + TSS Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8pm. ZUMA + PRETTY CITY + BAD BANGS Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8pm.
Hip Hop & R&B ADRIAN EAGLE Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 7:30pm. $24.
AFTER HOURS - FEAT: MELO FELO + DJ SPELL Horse Bazaar, Melbourne Cbd. 8pm. BAKER BOY + MORE Espy, St Kilda. 8pm. BUTTERFINGERS + FRESH VIOLET + MR RUCKMAN Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:30pm. $30. CHILLINIT + WOMBAT + TALAKAI Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm.
IF I RULED THE WORLD - A 90S/00S HIP HOP PARTY - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 10pm.
LAUNDRY FRIDAYS - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9pm. NEXT EPISODE - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Little Jax, Melbourne. 6pm.
NO SLEEP TIL COLLINGWOOD - A BEASTIE BOYS LIVE EXPERIENCE FEAT: DJ MANCHILD + TOMTOM Night
Cat, Fitzroy. 9pm. $20.
RNB FRIDAYS CLUB - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Co., Southbank. 9:30pm.
House, Electro, Trance & Club Nights ASTEROID FLEX + MORE Labour In Vain,
BENDY RAINBOW - FEAT: HIPHOPHOE + THE D WORD + JACK POPPER + ALICIA Loop, Melbourne Cbd. 9pm. CHILADELPHIA FRIDAYS - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd.
Andrew Dawson is making his stand-up debut at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with his fresh and amusing show, Ambien Excuses. Dawson will be performing on Friday April 5 and Saturday April 7 at FAD Gallery, with the laughs kicking off at 7pm. Tickets start at $17.
The Cover Council QUARRY HOTEL
AUDREY POWNE Compass Pizza, Brunswick
Satchumo, the pseudonym of Melbourne-based composer James Titherington, blends styles of ambient music with beat-driven, downtempo rhythm. Playing a range of instruments such as violin, viola, and keys, Satchumo creates an inviting soundscape for audiences. Doors are at 7pm for his free gig at Edinburgh Castle on Saturday April 6.
EMMA HAMILTON Paris Cat Jazz Club,
THEE MARSHMALLOW OVERCOAT Rah
Jazz, Soul, Funk, Latin & World Music
Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $15.
THE SMALLGOODS Spotted Mallard, Brunswick.
Mono Deluxe come blazing into Melbourne with the release of their new single, ‘Soul Sinister’. Known for their faceless on-stage presence and long psych-jams, the three producermusicians create an inimitable performance. Promising to provide a “bigger bang” than ever before, this is one not to be missed. Get in early for the Friday night performance on April 5. $10 entry with music from 8pm.
The Cover Council are heading back to The Quarry for a night of song and dance. Fronting the group is the highly entertaining Miss Bec, known for her ability to captivate audiences. The Friday night gig on April 5 starts at 9pm, with free entry to top it off.
THE ONE TWOS + THE RAMSHACKLE ARMY + SOCIAL HAUNTS + RAVINES 303,
Northcote. 8pm. $10.
JOHN CURTIN HOTEL
TESSELLATE - FEAT: COSMONAUT + BABA NOIR + SLAM ROSS 1000 + ACID CHESS CLUB + DJ LX + EDDY GORDO + FOLDING SHADOWS + FROU FROU + MISS MAMI Yours & Mine, Carlton. 10pm. $15. YEO + HVNCOQ + JADE ZOE Boney,
BEATNIK COLLECTIVE + HORATIO LUNA Bar Oussou, Brunswick. 10pm. BENNY PETERS & THE MISTREATERS
Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:30pm. Melbourne Cbd. 9pm. $32.50.
JACKIE WITH THREE GUITARS FEAT: JACKIE BORNSTEIN + JAMES SHERLOCK + STEPHEN MAGNUSSON + NATHAN SLATER Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 8pm. $30.
KYLIE AULDIST Bird's Basement, Melbourne.
LA BUSCA St. Margaret's Anglican Church, Eltham. 8pm. $27.
MAJUN BU + KOOYEH + THE MAMAS Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10.
MOOGY Swamplands Bar, Thornbury. 6:30pm. MORELAND CITY SOUL REVUE Post Office Hotel, Coburg. 9pm.
SOUL CHIC Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8pm. $32.50.
THE CONNIE LANSBERG QUARTET Lido
Jazz Room, Hawthorn. 8pm. $25.
Melbourne’s indie-pop singersongwriter Madi Leeds will be returning to Brunswick’s Charles Weston. Following the release of her debut single ‘Water to Me’, Leeds is hitting up venues across the state. She will be performing two solo sets at 6.30pm and 8.30pm on Saturday April 6. Tickets are on the house.
THE GREAT DUETS - VOLUME IV FEAT: RALEIGH WILLIAMS & GARTH PLOOG The Jazzlab, Brunswick. 8pm. $30. THE HOTTENTOTS Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 6:30pm. $27.70.
THE MUSIC OF STEVIE WONDER FEAT: PETER CUPPLES Kingston City Hall, Moorabbin. 8pm. $27.
THE ROB BURKE QUARTET Classic Southside, Elsternwick. 8pm. $25.
THE SEDUCEAPHONES + MALLA Open
Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. $8.
THE STEPHEN MAGNUSSON TRIO + COLIN HOPKINS Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy.
THE WOOHOO REVUE + LOOSE MOOSE Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $15. Y STREET + FRANJAPAN + WAX SAX & THE MIDNIGHT JAX Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 8pm.
YASIN LEFLEF Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 6pm.
Acoustic/Country/Blues/ Folk BILL BARBER TRIO Catfish, Fitzroy. 9pm. BLACKFELLA/WHITEFELLA - FEAT: VARIOUS ARTISTS The Merri Clan, Preston.
Endrey BAR 303
Endrey, known for his upbeat, soulful pop, promises to bring an entertaining night. Joining his new band is soul singer Laura Ingram. Ingram’s powerful originals have inspired acts like Clare Bowditch and Caiti Baker to tap her on the shoulder when looking for national supports. Doors is 8pm at Bar 303 on Saturday April 6, $10 entry.
JUKEBOY EMMETT Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6pm.
MARK GARDNER Prince Patrick Hotel, Collingwood. 5:30pm.
Morning, Clifton Hill. 8pm. $15.
RHYECE O'NEIL Drunken Poet, West Melbourne.
ROB SNARSKI & BAND + BROADS Caravan Music Club, Bentleigh East. 8pm. $28.
Following a successful first instalment, Brunswick Techno Appreciation Society is returning for another communal appreciation session. For the second edition, they have invited two legends from the Melbourne scene: Dee Dee and Luke McD. This is a rare chance to catch them playing in an intimate setting. Music kicks off at 7pm on Saturday April 6, $10 entry.
Albertine is the solo project of singer-songwriter Ange Butera. With soft vocals, delicate guitar playing and moving melodies, Butera will be playing a mixed bag of songs spanning many years. Join Albertine from 6.30pm Sunday April 7 for two sets. Entry is free, pizza is not.
Saturday 6 Apr
GYPSY - THE FLEETWOOD MAC TRIBUTE SHOW Musicland, Fawkner. 7:30pm. $20. HEARTS & ROCKETS + GIRL GERMS
Every Sunday from 3pm at The Merri Clan, DJ hosts Lego and Hawk spin some beautiful beats, playing reggae, house, hip hop and more. Accompanied by good food and delicious drinks, there isn’t really a better way to spend your Sunday arvo. Get on down, entry is free.
Sunday Sessions BENZINA CANTINA
Tequila, tacos and tunes are served in abundance at Benzina Cantina’s Sunday Sessions. The day kicks off from 1pm on Sunday April 7, allowing for a cheeky bite and drink before settling in for the night of Latin-flecked beats. Entry is free. 32 BEAT.COM.AU
Tramway Hotel, North Fitzroy. 3:30pm.
Jazz, Soul, Funk, Latin & World Music A NIGHT IN LAFAYETTE - FEAT: EMMA HAMILTON Rising Sun Hotel, South Melbourne.
ALMA ZYGIER BAND The Jazzlab, Brunswick. 8pm. $30.
BOPSTRETCH Classic Southside, Elsternwick. 8pm. $25.
CHIBCHA Bar Oussou, Brunswick. 10pm. COOKIN' ON 3 BURNERS + STELLA ANGELICO Bird's Basement, Melbourne. 7:45pm. $29.
CURE SATURDAYS - FEAT: BERNADETTE NOVEMBRE + LAKE MINNETONKA Penny Black, Brunswick. 8pm. DEAN'S MARTINI Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 6:30pm. $32.50.
DELA CAYE + THE PIRATESKA REBELLION + DJ RANDY CASTILLA Bar
Open, Fitzroy. 9pm. $15.
FESTA DO MEXE MEXE - FEAT: CANGAIO Conga Room Melbounre, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $15.
HARP STRING SWING – SILVER SCREEN CLASSICS - FEAT: CLAIRE PATTI Paris Cat
Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 8pm. $32.50.
LADIES OF THE 80S - FEAT: DJ MATT DOLL Pause Bar, Balaclava. 8pm. LAST DINOSAURS + RAT!HAMMOCK + MERPIE Howler, Brunswick. 8pm. LEMON DAZE - FEAT: PLASTIC SPACEMAN + BIG MOIST & THE SMOKING DURRIES + POLITE SKELETONS + WEAPONISED MIND Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East. 2pm.
LEZ ZEPPELIN + GEORGE WILSON Memo
Music Hall, St Kilda. 7:30pm. $45.
LONG LUNCH + FIELD MAPS + BUSH + FACET Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 3pm. MALLRAT + BASENJI + KOTA BANKS + NYNE Corner Hotel, Richmond. 1:30pm. MALLRAT + BASENJI + KOTA BANKS Corner Hotel, Richmond. 9pm.
MOLE + SHOP TALK Some Velvet Morning,
Clifton Hill. 7pm.
PREHISTORIC DOUCHE + BLOWERS + THE BEAT TABOO Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 5pm. ROSE TATTOO + HARD-ONS Chelsea Heights Hotel, Chelsea Heights. 8pm. $50.
SAN MEI + NAT VAZER + NOTHING REALLY Yah Yah's, Fitzroy. 8pm. $10. SHOELACE SESSIONS PRESENTS FEAT: CONNOR BLACK HARRY + CLIO + GRAND PINE Compass Pizza, Brunswick East.
Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 8pm. $30.
THE MERRI CLAN
EARTH CALLER + WITHER + HEISTS + RUMOURS + ATLVS Stay Gold, Brunswick. 7pm.
ZERAFINA ZARA & ALLEGED ASSOCIATES TRIO Smokehouse 101, Maidstone.
Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 6pm.
RUA + BRAZAMAN Open Studio, Northcote.
DOWNERS + FIGUREHEAD The B.east,
ENDREY + LAURA INGRAM + THE LOVELIES 303, Northcote. 8pm. GORDON HOLLAND + A RIOTING MIND + MARLEY WYNN Workers Club, Fitzroy. 1pm.
Head on down to Brunswick’s Bombay Rock for a huge night of riffs with local rockers El Colosso, The Balls, The Midnight Rigs and Lamassu on Monday April 8. The show is free from 7pm, with cheap beer in a killer venue.
PAUL WILLIAMSON'S HAMMOND COMBO Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9pm.
DAL SANTO + TWISTED WILLOWS + UFO GO + FRANJAPAN Old Bar, Fitzroy.
THE FOUR SCOOPS Bar Open, Fitzroy. 6:30pm. THE PIGS Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8pm. $25. TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION
JAMIE OEHLERS & SAM KEEVERS
BRUNSWICK TECHNO APPRECIATION SOCIETY - FEAT: DEE DEE + LUKE MCD
Last Chance Rock And Roll Bar, North Melbourne. 7pm. $10.
Brunswick East. 10pm.
JAM JAR Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6pm. JAMES BOWERS TRIO The Jazzlab, Brunswick.
CAST DOWN + 23/19 + DEATH TWITCH
SHAUNA TONY AND CO The Brothers Public House, Fitzroy. 8pm.
Dee Dee and Luke McD
House, Electro, Trance & Club Nights
PAT TIERNEY + KYLE TAYLOR Some Velvet
DJ Dee Dee
THE CLINCH + VIOLENT DEMISE + ABRASIVE ACTION Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood.
SOUL A GO GO - FEAT: MISS GOLDIE + VINCE PEACH + PIERRE BARONI + RICHIE 1250 + DUSTY STYLUS + SUGAR D Night Cat, Fitzroy. 9pm. $15. TAMARA KULDIN QUARTET Lido Jazz Room, Hawthorn. 8pm. $25.
THE ARTIE STYLES QUARTET Catfish,
THE JAIMZ PROJECT Open Studio, Northcote.
THE MUSIC OF STEVIE WONDER FEAT: PETER CUPPLES Central Club Hotel, Richmond. 8pm. $27.
THE RONNY FERELLA STANDARDS QUARTET + MIROSLAV BUKOWSKY + EUGENE BALL Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. TROPICALISMO - FEAT: MANDACARU + LA DESCARGA 24 Moons, Northcote. 9:30pm. $15.
VELVET BLOOM & THE VITO COLLECTIVE Boney, Melbourne Cbd. 8pm. $5. WAARI Open Studio, Northcote. 5pm.
Indie, Rock, Pop, Metal, Punk & Covers
SKID PAN ALLEY, FLEETING PERSUASION + SKID PAN ALLEY + FLEETING PERSUASION Old Bar, Fitzroy. 3pm. SLIM JEFFRIES + LAZSERTITS + GREWSUM TEWSUM + NOUGHTS + LITTLE ELIZABETH + SOPHISTICATED DINGO + MORE Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 4pm. $15.
SO FOX + THE JIVES + DANGERESS Espy,
St Kilda. 8pm.
STACY GACY + UDDER UBDUCTEES + MIYAGIS + SAINT KILLED HER + DJ RORY FANG IT Bombay Rock, Brunswick. 7pm. TAKING BACK SATURDAY - EMO & POP PUNK NIGHT - FEAT: VARIOUS ARTISTS Stay Gold, Brunswick. 10pm. $10.
TEAM VOM - FEAT: DRUNKEN POACHERS + MEAN TIMES + ROSIE HADEN & GREG HOEPNER + WINTER SUN Coburg Rsl, Coburg. 7pm. $5. THE ANGELS Hamer Hall (arts Centre Melbourne), Southbank. 8pm. $89.
THE BLUEBOTTLES Bar Open, Fitzroy. 6pm. THE HARD ROCK SHOW - FEAT: VARIOUS ARTISTS Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick
East. 6pm. $10.
TONY TAINT + NEIL WILKINSON + ARLO HARLEY Last Chance Rock And Roll Bar, North
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DJ FRANKIE TEARDROP Edinburgh Castle,
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ETHEREAL - FEAT: HORATIO LUNA + REV LON + DJ JIMMYJAMES + DJ LX + TAPE LEISURE + HAMISH WILLIAMS Ferdydurke, Melbourne Cbd. 9pm.
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CHARLES JENKINS & DAVID ANDREW MILNE Union Hotel (brunswick), Brunswick. 5pm. CRAIG WOODWARD & FRIENDS Merri
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SIMON FAZIO + LAUREN The Bergy Seltzer,
Red Betty, Brunswick. 7pm. $10.
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Creek Tavern, Northcote. 3pm.
DAVID HOLMES GANG Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9pm.
ELECTRIC BLUES COLLECTIVE Drunken
Poet, West Melbourne. 9pm.
FRANK BURKITT BAND + LUCY WISE Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8pm. $20.
KING DUDE + SPIRE + VOLKMAR + GREYTOMB + DANDELION WINE Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8pm. $35.
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PAT MCKERNAN The Brothers Public House, Fitzroy. 9pm.
RATTLIN' BONES BLACKWOOD Gem Bar, Collingwood. 9pm.
REBELLE JESS & THE MIGHTY KINGS Royal Hotel (mornington), Mornington. 8pm.
ROOTS COMBO, BROTHERS BLUEGRASS ALL STARS The Brothers Public House, Fitzroy. 3:30pm.
ROSS WARD Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 8pm. STEPHEN KENNEDY Drunken Poet, West
THE WONDER + CHARM OF FINCHES New Hall, Point Lonsdale. 7pm. $20.
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THE RIGHT BROTHERS Young Street Supper
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USELESS SPACEMAN + JURASSIC + COLOURING CATS Last Chance Rock And Roll Bar, North Melbourne. 8pm. $5.
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THE OLD MARRIED COUPLE Bar Open, Fitzroy. 6pm.
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GIANNI MARINUCCI Bird's Basement, Melbourne. 7:45pm. $29.
JACK EARLE TRIO + CARLOS BARBARO Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 6:30pm. $32.50.
JAMIE OEHLERS/JULIEN WILSON QUINTET The Jazzlab, Brunswick. 8pm. $20. LOW DOWN BIG BAND Swamplands Bar,
MAX TEAKLE TRIO Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 5pm.
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ANDREA KELLER CURATES MASTERS & APPRENTICES The Jazzlab, Brunswick. 8pm. JONATHAN COOPER QUINTET 303, Northcote. 8pm.
CONCRETE + KOSMETIKA + IRONBARK BROTHERS Old Bar, Fitzroy.
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Coq, Windsor. 9pm.
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Warehouse, Brunswick. 7pm. $10.
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CAM & ANNA The Merri Clan, Preston. 6pm. DON BERZERK + BASTARD NORTH + DERO + SEVEN MARGARITAS + DEVILMONKEY + PSYCHO MOTO + WHYNDAM EARL THE GOLDEN IDOLS
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Last Chance Rock And Roll Bar, North Melbourne. 12pm. $10.
DYLAN JOEL + THE MAI SISTERS + ADULT FILMS Howler, Brunswick. 7:30pm. $25. FAWKNER WALKING SOCIETY + 2 INCH TAPE Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East.
FRANCIS TAIT + AMADA MONTEIRO Tramway Hotel, North Fitzroy. 3:30pm.
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Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 7pm. $10.
ENSEMBLE CONTINEO Classic Southside,
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GEORGIA RODGERS Edinburgh Castle,
GIRL FRIDAY Charles Weston Hotel, Brunswick.
HIDDEN IN THE HILLS - OPEN MIC Sooki
KELLY AUTY BAND Lomond Hotel, Brunswick
TRIO WANDERER Melbourne Recital Centre,
Southbank. 6pm. $10.
DAVE WRIGHT & THE MIDNIGHT RAMBLERS Union Hotel (brunswick), Brunswick.
KING CIG + MUDPUNCH + FLYING DUTCHMAN + BOARWHOLE Workers Club, LUKE BISCAN BAND + THE RUN + LEVI ANDERSON Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $5. LUKE SEYMOUP + DAVID GRIMSON + JOE GUITON Old Bar, Fitzroy. 3pm. MALLRAT + BASENJI + KOTA BANKS + NYNE Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8pm. OLIVER DOWNES + EMMA VOLARD + HOI PALLOI Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood.
Open Studio, Northcote. 8pm. $10.
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Fitzroy. 1pm. $10.
VARIOUS DJS Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8pm.
DAREBIN SONGWRITERS GUILD FEAT: ANGEL CAKE PRO + NATHAN CHAPMAN + ANN POORE + GARY HAYES + NINA ROSE + PHIL HUDSON + CATE TAYLOR + MORE 303, Northcote.
HARA KIRI + INFINITE ILLUSION + VALHALLA + BLIGHT + HOLLOW HAVEN Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 6pm. $10. HUNTER EXPRESS + RACH BRENNAN & THE PINES + JESS DELUCA Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 2pm.
DRUM N BASS MONDAYS - FEAT: VARIOUS ARTISTS Radio Bar, Fitzroy. 6pm. STRUGGLE - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Lucky
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HOMESICK RAY'S HOT SHOTS Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 6:30pm.
JIMI HOCKING & THE INTERNATIONALS Royal Hotel, Mornington. JULES BOULT & FRIENDS Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 4pm.
MARC DEAZ + AMITY REED + ALEX VELLA-HORNE Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7pm. MAYHEM + MORE Open Studio, Northcote.
RICH WEBB + CACARTU + JAI CROFT Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 12pm. $10.
SHANNON BOURNE Union Hotel (brunswick), Brunswick. 3:30pm.
SUNDAY SINGALONG - FEAT: VARIOUS ARTISTS The Brothers Public House,
BAILEY JUDD + PROTO MORO + SUPER JUPITER + ORANGE ORANGE BENJAMIN TRILLADO + WOLF & WILLOW + HASSALL Workers Club, Fitzroy. BYO VINYL NIGHT - FEAT: VARIOUS ARTISTS The Bergy Seltzer, Brunswick. 8pm. DO THE WRONG THING - CELESTE POTTER EXHIBITION - FEAT: HACHIKU + DARK FAIR + RADIO WONTON Old Bar,
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SCOTT MCCONNACHIE Brunswick Green, Brunswick. 8:30pm.
SECRET NATIVE Compass Pizza, Brunswick East. 7:30pm.
SLIPPER + MICK POWER BAND + CASEY BEBENEK 303, Northcote. 7:30pm. SONIC TEXTURES - FEAT: RYA PARK + THE VELVET CLUB Night Cat, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10.
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