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Ghost-Note BRINGING THE FUNK TO MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL LISA FISCHER • CONRAD SEWELL • JOSH WOLF • SLEEP TALK • EDUCATION SPECIAL
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Beat’s second-ever fortnightly edition is here so let’s take some time to reflect. How’d you find instalment one? What looked wrong and what looked right? I bet the design gave you a shock but that itchiness will quickly pass – change does that to you. As we gear up for the second half of May, the whispers of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival louden. Funk kings GhostNote preface the extravaganza with this week’s cover slot – Snarky Puppy members Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth have willed a collective juggernaut to the front of the international jazz scene and they’ll join the likes of Herbie Hancock, Lisa Fischer and Ambrose Akinmusire on a bill that truly delivers. It kicks off Friday May 31. Remember the day. Adjacent culture tastemakers, The Boite, have found a home in Melbourne fostering the careers of musicians the world over. Victoria’s multicultural music hub, the organisation celebrates its 40th anniversary with a huge party, welcoming the likes of Omados, Lamine Sonko, Ernie Gruner and Opa Bato to the Abbotsford Convent. Outside of that, Beat #1674 sees the likes of Conrad Sewell, Josh Wolf, Sleep Talk and Eric Bibb welcomed into the premises. There’s Stanley Burgers and your Italian fix in Beat Eats town while Mildlife and Amyl and The Sniffers arrest our live space. It’s a snazzy jazzy one so start lacquering that brass.
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NGV Friday Nights REVEALS WHOPPER 2019 LINEUP NGV’s Friday Nights series is back again, with this season’s program featuring an eclectic selection of up-and-coming artists as well as established Aussie acts. Kicking off the proceedings are Melbourne natives Husky, with the following weeks set to see the likes of Ngaiire, Kira Puru, Approachable Members of Your Local Community, Thandi Phoenix and more taking the stage. The slate of gigs go hand in hand with the upcoming exhibitions Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality and Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape, each landing at NGV on Friday May 24. In addition to getting your groove on, ticketholders will also get after-hours access to these two incredible collections. For the full lineup and tickets, head to the NGV website.
The Chemical Brothers
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Electronic duo The Chemical Brothers have announced a handful of Aussie tour dates for later this year following the release of their ninth studio album, No Geography. It’s the first time the UK outfit have touched down in Australia since 2013. In that time, they’ve been keeping busy by releasing several singles and playing sold-out shows around the world. To round out the announcement, The Chemical Brothers will be joined by another dynamic duo: The Avalanches. The Chemical Brothers hit Melbourne Arena on Tuesday November 5, tickets via Frontier Touring.
Sydney based self-described trash-can-girlband, Body Type, are back with their latest single ‘UMA’ which has been lifted from their latest EP, EP2. After playing SXSW and their first headline shows in the US before heading to the UK, Body Type will come back home to Oz for a national tour across June and July. Body Type hit The Gasometer Hotel on Saturday July 6. For more info on their single and tickets to their forthcoming run of gigs, head to the band’s Facebook page.
Sydney based force of nature imbi the girl has dropped their new single ‘i used to’ featuring five-piece hip hop group SUPEREGO. With a unique sound encompassing poetic hip hop, R&B, and soul, imbi the girl has become a prominent act since their debut in 2017. Imbi the girl will be heading off on their first headline tour next month, hitting Melbourne’s The Workers Club on Saturday June 22 alongside special guest, electronic producer Azura. Tickets can be found via imbi the girl’s website.
Dope Lemon are returning to the stages of Australia for their first headline tour in three years. This August, the quirky, funk-riddled band are inviting fans to step into the world of Angus Stone – a dream zone layered with melty moments, mischief and romance-in some of Australia’s most stunning live music venues. This tour will be the first chance to catch tracks from Dope Lemon’s second studio LP, Smooth Big Cat, written and recorded at Stone’s ranch studio in New South Wales. The tour kicks off on Friday August 2, tickets via Dope Lemon’s website.
Reclink Community Cup 25TH ANNIVERSARY HEADLINERS REVEALED This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Reclink Community Cup. Originating in Melbourne in 1993, the now national charity football match pits musicians against community radio figures in a fun, free for all match. Bursting with live music, arts and crafts and the occasional streaker, the Reclink Community Cup is a fantastic celebration of the arts in Australia. The lineup for this year comprises Magic Dirt, Baker Boy, and Harvey Sutherland, with more artists to be announced. The Reclink Community Cup hits Melbourne Sunday June 23 at Victoria Park. Grab your tickets via Oztix.
Andrea Robertson Trio
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Following the launch of her third independent release, award-winning musician Andrea Robertson is heading to one of Melbourne’s favourite pubs, The Post Office Hotel, as part of her new album release Live At New Hall. Robertson skilfully fuses blues, roots, folk and alt-country, forging her own Americana-style of songwriting. With two independent releases to date, her latest album recorded (and titled) Live At New Hall, is a stunning body of work from start to finish. Make sure you head on down on Sunday May 19. Entry is free.
Award winning Melbourne pop outfit Alpine have released their latest single ‘Dumb’ along with an accompanying music video. ‘Dumb’ is about one-sided devotion and someone who can make you speechless and stupidly talkative at the same time. Along with the single, Alpine will be on the road throughout June and July for the ‘Dumb’ national tour. Kicking off Saturday June 22 in Castlemaine, the band will hit Melbourne at Howler on Saturday June 29. Tickets and more info can be found via the band’s website.
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US rockers and Grammy Award winners The National have dropped their latest single ‘Hairpin Turns’ along with a music video for the track. The single is off their recently announced eighth album I Am Easy To Find which is set to drop on Friday May 17. The album is accompanied by a short film of the same name, directed by Mike Mills and starring Academy Award Winner Alicia Vikander, which was recently screened in major cities worldwide.
Two-time Grammy-nominated bluesman Eric Bibb is set to bring his latest album, Global Griot, to our shores this month. An acoustic blues legend, Bibb has released 37 albums since his debut in 1972. Propelling the genre into a contemporary space, Bibb has even received a tip of the hat from original Blues Brother, Dan Aykroyd, who famously said Bibb is “what the blues in the new century should be about”. Bibb hits Thornbury Theatre on Thursday May 23 and Fyrefly St Kilda on Friday May 24 and Sunday May 26, tickets via Bibb’s website.
Although you may not immediately think of the violin when you here electronic music, Matt Sheers – who goes by ORCHA – is here to change that. Melbourne based ORCHA has just dropped his latest single ‘Reverie’ as a teaser for his forthcoming album, set for release later in the year. Along with the release, there will be a single launch for ‘Reverie’ at the Penny Black on Friday May 17 with guests Adult.Films. The best part? The gig is totally free. Details can be found via ORCHA’s Facebook page.
Irish funny man, writer and actor Dylan Moran is bringing his latest stand-up show, Dr Cosmos, to Australian shores. A master of wit and wisecrack humour, Moran has appeared in the likes of Shaun of the Dead, Notting Hill, and he’s best known as the grumpy bookstore owner Bernard Black from Black Books. Touching on everything from the absurdities of everyday life to love, politics and misery, Dr Cosmos showcases Moran’s cutting comedic edge. Moran hits Hamer Hall on Saturday November 2, tickets are on sale now via AB Presents.
Two weeks ago, a brand new Australian festival entitled Land of Plenty was announced, promising to showcase some of the country’s hottest artists. Delivering the first instalment of its inaugural lineup, it seems the festival is staying true to its word. Lead by ILLY and a second headliner yet to be revealed, the program also boasts names like Briggs, Alex The Astronaut, Slowly Slowly, and Tones and I. Land of Plenty will make its debut at Shepparton Showgrounds on Saturday November 2. For tickets and more information, head to the Land of Plenty website.
The Czech Republic’s titans of black metal, Cult of Fire, will make an exclusive Melbourne appearance as part of their Eastern Fire Puja Tour this month. The shows marks the band’s second visit to Australia following their headlining ‘Hymns To The Dead’ performance as part of 2016’s Dark Mofo – a standout of the festival. Don’t miss this rare chance to catch Cult of Fire in the flesh, they hit Max Watt’s on Tuesday May 28. Grab your tickets via Oztix.
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The Cure HOW TO WATCH THEIR SHOW IN MELBOURNE The Cure’s Disintegration 30th-anniversary concert as part of Sydney’s Vivid Live has been sold-out up for a while, but if you entered the ballot back in February there’s still a chance for a ticket. The Cure have also announced an extra show for Thursday May 30 which means those who were unlucky in securing a ticket through the ballot the first time around will be automatically entered into the draw to buy tickets to the newly added show. For those who are completely out of luck in scoring tickets to the see the legendary English rockers, fear not; Sydney Opera House will be livestreaming the fifth and final show from 8pm AEST via YouTube.
The Teskey Brothers
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RELEASE NEW SINGLE
The Teskey Brothers have announced the highly anticipated follow up to their 2017 debut Half Mile Harvest with their sophomore album Run Home Slow set for release later this year. On Run Home Slow, The Teskey Brothers have followed up on their breakthrough debut with an album that pushes their music in new directions without sacrificing any of the charm and authenticity that endeared them to their ever-growing audience in the first place. Run Home Slow is out Friday August 2 via Ivy League Records.
After a small respite, Melbourne outfit, Fierce Mild, are back with their new release ‘No Sense’. The single launch will be taking place at Melbourne’s Yah Yah’s at the end of this month. Fierce Mild have been described as a synthesis of David Lynch & The Drones – a group that draws from cinema, visual art and Australian history to craft their intricate brand of post-electro cinematic art rock. Fierce Mild hit Yah Yah’s on Friday May 31, grab your tickets via the band’s website.
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Bendigo’s own Americana/classic rock band Four Lions are releasing their fourth studio album Hard Days and it’s a bona fide cracker, having been described as a musical standoff between Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and The Replacements. The enigmatic band will be promoting Hard Days with shows all over country, kicking off in Victoria on Friday May 17 at The Palais, Hepburn Springs. For tickets and more info, head to the band’s website.
With their 2013 debut EP Badlands and two highly acclaimed LPs Dogs at Bay (2015) and Gutful (2017) under their belt, Bad// Dreems join highly acclaimed Wollongong music label Farmer and the Owl. The label will deliver Bad//Dreems third studio album which is expected for release towards the end of 2019. Bad//Dreems join Hockey Dad, Totally Unicorn, The Pinheads, TEES and Tropical Strength on the Wollongong based
The Lost Lands
Adalita and Tim Rogers
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IS RUNNING IN THE FEDERAL ELECTION
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Two icons of Aussie music, Magic Dirt’s Adalita and You Am I’s Tim Rogers, will be playing intimate shows at Melbourne Museum this May in line with the museum’s current exhibition Revolutions: Records & Rebels. Each show will see the musicians reflecting on how the late ’60s influenced their lives and approach to songwriting. The nights will be hosted by ABC broadcaster Jess McGuire. Adalita hits Melbourne Museum on Thursday May 16 while Rogers will have his moment on Thursday May 23. Grab your tickets via Melbourne Museum’s website.
Former triple j Breakfast host Alex Dyson’s name has been spotted on the ballot paper for the seat of Wannon in the upcoming election. We may know him for pumping Darude’s ‘Sandstorm’ through our speakers at ungodly hours but turns out your boy Dyson has bigger fish to fry. Dyson has thrown his hat into the ring as an Independent candidate for the federal lower house in a bid to snag the Wannon seat from its long-time holder and Liberal Party Minister for Education, Dan Tehan. Voting for the federal election is happening on Saturday May 18. Head to the AEC website for more details.
Sounds Australia have been working to introduce the international music scene to Australian talent for the past ten years and this June, they’ll be taking six homegrown acts to The Big Apple with THE AUSSIE BBQ SummerStage 2019 to do just that. Showcasing some of our country’s hottest talent, THE AUSSIE BBQ SummerStage will feature performances from A.B. Original, Tkay Maidza, San Cisco, The Teskey Brothers, Waax and Hermitude. THE AUSSIE BBQ SummerStage 2019 is happening on June 22 at Central Park, New York. For more info, head to the Sounds Australia website.
The Lost Lands Festival lineup has finally been revealed and it’s an absolute ripper. Artists include festival veteran Baker Boy, English rockers Gomez, Vika & Linda Bull, Regurgitator, Sampa The Great, and many more amazing artists. The three-day event is family-friendly and offers entertainment for all ages. There’ll be installations, art programs and magical ‘lands’ to explore. ‘90s electrorock band Regurgitator will be making a Wiggle-y debut, performing under the kidfriendly new name, Regurgitator’s Pogogo Show. Lost Lands is happening from Friday November 1 to Sunday November 3. Tickets are available via The Lost Lands website.
Arts Guide A Fairy Tale in Red Times: Works from the White Rabbit Collection
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Avengers: Endgame For those who made it through to this point in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, the months before Endgame’s release were a lot like the nights before Christmas as a kid; bringing belly tingles from pure excitement.
A GLOWING MASTERPIECE OF CHINESE ART
What the Russo brothers and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely pulled off with Avengers: Infinity War was one of cinema’s greatest stunts – not only in that the bad guy won, but that it made audiences watch half the heroes we’ve grown to love simply fade away before our eyes. In an interview with Empire Magazine, the Russos explained their desire to write themselves into a corner to see if they can get their way out of it and with Infinity War, they not only put themselves in said corner, they completely barricaded themselves in
A Fairy Tale in Red Times is an exciting new exhibition showcasing works from The White Rabbit collective at NGV. The exhibition marks the tenth anniversary of philanthropist Judith Neilson’s renowned White Rabbit Gallery in Sydney and celebrates the work of 26 artists from China and Taiwan. Neilson’s gallery is home to the largest private collection of Chinese art internationally and includes works such as Zhu Jinshi’s huge immersive installation The Ship of Time (2018) and Shi Yong’s A Bunch
of Happy Fantasies (2009). The artworks explore the themes of identity and memory and are symbolic of the larger cultural and generational shifts that have defined Chinese culture and society in the 21st century. There’ll also be some incredible Australian debuts in the mix as well. A Fairy Tale in Red Times is at NGV from May 3 to October 6, and entry is free. For more information, head to the NGV International website.
and threw away the key. Yet somehow with Avengers: Endgame, they miraculously pulled it off. In two films they joined a lot of dots, created a seamless narrative with one of Marvel’s best villains to date, and then reset the course for whatever phases come next. These days, it’s getting to the point where pre-release marketing gives away far too much before you’ve even seen the film, though thankfully that’s not the case here. A lot of the scenes from trailers and TV spots either happen very early on or intentionally throw you off the real story. The film starts on a much lighter note than expected because even though the remaining heroes are mourning the loss of allies and loved ones, there are still many laughs – mostly thanks to new looks for both Thor and Hulk. New Zealand’s Taika Waititi must have had a lot of input into these particular characters because the humour is very similar to what we saw in Thor: Ragnorok. It’s surprising just how many characters get their chance to shine, particularly for Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye and Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man, who were both notably absent from the previous Avengers film. They both get a chance to parade their acting chops but also play pivotal roles in the epic narrative.
Most importantly, the original Avengers are all given the arcs and closure they deserve, some more heartbreaking than others. In that sense, it’s incredible just how strong Endgame is - not only as a standalone film but also as a second-act to Infinity War - and then it miraculously still works as a heartfelt tribute to every individual Marvel film before it. It’s truly remarkable when you think about it. Thankfully producer Kevin Feige is sticking around for the foreseeable future of the MCU, however, it’s unlikely we’ll see a completed saga like this for some time. With Disney+ bringing some of these heroes to the silver screen and newly formed dynamics amongst our heroes, it will take a lot of ground-work to recreate something of such epic proportions. Unfortunately for DC and every other comic book franchise in the works, the bar has just been raised again thanks to Marvel. For comic geeks and cinema-lovers alike, that’s a really good thing. Avengers: Endgame is in cinemas now. BY CHRIS BRIGHT
Heisenberg OLD LOVE IS THE NEW YOUNG LOVE Written by Tony Award winner Simon Stephens, Heisenberg is a story of love and growth. Stephens is well-known for his play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NightTime in 2018. Starring Kat Stewart (Offspring) as the audacious Georgie and Peter Kowitz (Janet King) as Alex. Heisenberg follows the unlikely love story between two people in the later part of their lives. With uncertainty at every corner, this story will embrace you with its dry wit and complexity. Catch Heisenberg at Arts Centre Melbourne from May 17 until July 3. For more information and tickets, head to the Melbourne Theatre Company website.
MAKE LUV NOT FUK
A VERY FILTHY ART EXHIBITION
TALKS ‘UNCONDITIONAL LOVE’
Filthyratbag (Celeste Mountjoy), famed for her social commentary artworks on Instagram, is unveiling her own free exhibition at Sound Merch merchandising studios in Collingwood. The artist explores issues from gender inequality to the complexities of human emotion. Make Luv Not Fuk showcases framed illustrations, limited edition prints and wall paintings made by Filthyratbag. The exhibition opens at 6pm on Friday May 17 and runs until Sunday May 19. For more information, head to Filthyratbag’s Instagram or Facebook page.
Screenwriter and director Jocelyn Moorhouse heads to ACMI to discuss the release of her new book Unconditional Love. Moorhouse directed the award-winning film Proof, starring Russell Crowe and Hugo Weaving. She then uprooted her family to LA to direct How to Make an American Quilt. Soon after the move, Moorhouse’s life began to descend into chaos and she disappeared from the filmmaking scene for 18 years until she came back to direct The Dressmaker. The talk runs for one night only on Tuesday May 21. For tickets, head to the ACMI website.
Melbourne Knowledge Week
Love Me Tinder
ANSWERING THE BIG QUESTIONS
Comedy group Trio of Dips is gracing The Butterfly Club with their latest comedy cabaret Love Me Tinder. For six nights, the trio will tantalise audiences with their awkward yet relatable tales of modern online dating. Featuring music by Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Whitney Houston, you’ll be sure to ‘swipe right’ for Love Me Tinder. The show is playing at The Butterfly Club from May 20 to 25. For tickets and more info, visit The Butterfly Club’s website.
The City of Melbourne’s annual Melbourne Knowledge Week starts on Monday May 20 and boasts just under 100 events. This year’s program aims to respond to the theme, “So, what if?”. Highlights of the program include conversations on Indigenous design, sustainable fashion, queer dance and whether AFL can cure democracy. For more info on what’s in store, check out the Melbourne Knowledge Week website.
A COMEDY CABARET
Terracotta Warriors and Cai Guo-Qiang
Progress – A Festival Of Ideas
A DUAL PRESENTATION OF PAST AND PRESENT CHINESE CULTURE
CHALLENGING WHAT IT MEANS TO MOVE FORWARD
The long-awaited Terracotta Warriors and Cai Guo-Qiang exhibits land at NGV on Friday May 24. The terracotta warriors will be presented alongside more than 150 artefacts showcasing Chinese art and design. The works of multidisciplinary artist Cai GuoQiang tackle contemporary social issues and how we relate to the universe. The exhibitions run until Sunday October 13. For tickets, head to the NGV website.
The Progress – A Festival Of Ideas program is jam-packed with music, arts, theatre and comedy, all centred around the idea of ‘progress’ and what it means to make it. Speakers on the lineup include Tom Ballard, Archie Roach, Paul Grabowsky and Behrouz Boochani. Progress – A Festival Of Ideas kicks off Thursday May 16 and runs until Sunday May 26. For more information and tickets, head to monash.edu/mlive.
Batman Anniversary Marathon
City of Melbourne Annual Arts Grants
EIGHT HOURS OF THE SUPERHERO
GET YOUR PROJECT OVER THE LINE
To celebrate 30 years since the release of Tim Burton’s iconic film, as well as 80 years since the character’s appearance in Detective Comics #27, The Astor Theatre is hosting one epic Batman movie marathon. The event starts at 1pm on Saturday May 25 and will span over eight hours, featuring a lineup which includes Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman and Robin, restored in 4K for the ultimate viewing experience. For more information and to purchase tickets, head to The Astor Theatre’s website.
The City of Melbourne is opening its annual arts grants round on Friday May 24. The grants are available to artists and organisations looking for a little bit of support to complete a project or residency. Hopeful applicants can be based anywhere, but the funding must result in a public outcome within the City of Melbourne boundary. The grant round closes on Monday June 24. For more information, head to the City of Melbourne website.
WITH SOSE FUAMOLI
WITH ANNA ROSE
THINK YOU KNOW AUSTRALIAN HIP HOP?
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Flying Lotus’ Flamagra Album Is Almost Here And It’s Stacked
Flying Lotus fans are in for a great one come Friday May 24 when the producer’s new album, Flamagra drops. At 27 tracks long, the album is a huge return from FlyLo – his first album of new material since 2014. Already, we’ve heard some killer sounds from the record; the Anderson.Paak collaboration in ‘More’, ‘Spontaneous’ featuring LIttle Dragon, ‘Takashi’ and the David Lynch-featuring ‘Fire Is Coming’. Elsewhere on the album, collaborations with Solange, Tierra Whack, and Shabazz Palaces are set to take Flamagra to the next level – so colour us excited. Flying Lotus is at his peak once more. Ciara
Ciara Returns With Her First Album Since 2015, Beauty Marks Multi-platinum selling R&B star Ciara is back, baby. Releasing her seventh studio album, Beauty Marks, this year, Ciara makes her return with her first new album since 2015’s Jackie. The album features collaborations with Macklemore, Kelly Rowland, and Tekno, while Skylar Grey and Benny Cassette are amongst the producers who’ve jumped on board. You’ll remember the viral hit ‘Level Up’ and the more dulcet sounds of ‘Greatest Love’, and Beauty Marks once again shows off Ciara’s versatility on record. The album is the singer’s first since leaving Epic Records and the first release through a new deal brokered with Warner Bros. Records and her own record company, Beauty Marks Entertainment.
Hilltop Hoods Announce ‘The Great Expanse’ World Tour
These Adelaide hip hop legends don’t do anything by halves, nope. Hilltop Hoods are returning to an arena near you this winter and spring, brandishing their latest album The Great Expanse, as well as a brand-new live show to boot. The Australian leg of the larger world tour kicks off with a massive show at Rod Laver Arena on August 10, supported by Mojo Juju, Shadow and DJ Nino Brown. The tour then continues right around the country, wrapping up at Perth’s RAC Arena on September 7. This is the first time the Hoods have toured nationally since 2016’s Restrung Tour, so it’s been a little while in between drinks. Tickets are on sale on Monday May 20 via Ticketek. Common
Common Is Back With New Record, Let Love Have The Last Word
And speaking of new albums, Common is also dropping some new music of his own in the form of a new album titled Let Love Have The Last Word. It’s been a busy couple of years for the rapper, who is also a noted actor, philanthropist, writer and producer – so for Common to come through with Album #12 is pretty special. Inspired by his newly released memoir of the same name, Let Love Have The Last Word is a personal record rooted in the emotional turmoil Common opens up on as a youth. The memoir has recently made headlines due to revelations that the rapper experienced sexual molestation as a young boy and the journey he underwent in recovering and coming to terms with the abuse as an adult. There isn’t currently a release date for the album, but fans will froth on the fact that Common was back working with longtime collaborator Karriem Riggins as well as Samora Pinderhughes and Boom Travis.
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Call me crazy, but I love winter. The fashion is better (though admittedly as a metal head, I’m always rocking a strictly black wardrobe), you sweat less, there’s justice in consuming hot drinks, and for the past several years it’s meant snuggling up on the couch to watch Game Of Thrones (one episode left, ermaghad!). It’s also the time of year when we’re graced with the presence of many metal monoliths who head on down from the Northern Hemisphere to warm the cockles of our hearts with some great music – and this season is set to be an utter inferno. It’s an old-school industrial metal throwdown as the surviving members of disco metal band Static-X permeate the Australian scene with a performance of their classic album, Wisconsin Death Trip. It’s a tour that celebrates the band’s success and honours the spirit of their late frontman, Wayne Static. It’ll be a grimly glamourous show seeing as Static-X have invited that ghoulish kid of goth rock Wednesday 13 out, as well as post-industrial outfit Dope, whose catalogue invokes the best elements of speed, alternative, rap, and nu-metal. Architects
Also braving a long-haul flight are British metalcore legends Architects, touring off the back of their banging eight studio album, Holy Hell, with special guests Ocean Grove. They’ve already sold out a Sydney show and had to add an extra date, so if you’re keen to get on the bandwagon for the Melbourne show, best get your ticket now. Winding off the season as we step into spring are Finnish classical cellists turned metal masters, Apocalyptica, who will play some very special shows in concert halls across the land as they perform their 1996 debut album Plays Metallica by Four Cellos, the release that put them on a global radar and created a mad hybrid baby between two unlikely genres. Mirrors
Of course, if you don’t want to spend the big bucks and prefer to support talent from home, there’s a bunch of amazing bands doing their thing, too. Victorian hardcore crew Mirrors see out May and enter June with a coveted spot supporting Alpha Wolf on tour, Adelaide melodic metallers Terminal Zero, off the back of the release of their second album, Control, are headed out this June supporting Superheist’s Ezekiel Ox, and it’s a Perth double bill as Voyager step out in July with enigmatic prog five-piece Chaos Divine in what promises to be a truly immersive live experience; both bands having released some killer new material this year. Many, many more live music events are happening this winter, so be sure to check out the Beat gig guide. Now, go keep warm in a mosh pit, break a sweat windmilling, and don’t despair through the winter months for the night is dark and full of metal!
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The Boite’s 40th Birthday
Exactly 40 years from our first ever concert, join us to celebrate The Boite’s 40th Birthday with a party featuring Omados, Lamine Sonko, Mitch Tambo, Anne Norman, Opa Bato, Alejandro & Tash Vargas, Ernie Gruner, Rose de La Montaña, Gelareh Pour, Melbourne Georgian Choir and more... 7:30pm Sat, May
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The Ice Haloes + Melbourne Georgian Choir
Enjoy luscious harmonies in quirky original, acapella arrangements of obscure and well know tunes with the power and harmonies of Georgian song. 2:30pm Sun, May
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Hindustani Classical Music
Sarod player Sabyasatschi Battacharya plays music from the country of fiery, chilli flavoured cuisine. His calm meditative music offers a sublime contrast
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Matthew Lykos + Co-Cheòl
Matthew Lykos launches his debut album with his unique voice and evocative guitar and mandolin accompaniments with special guests CoCheòl and their spine tingling harmonies. 8:00pm Fri, June
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Jackie Bornstein sings Dear Billie
Jackie and her top band explore the life and work of the great Lady Day, songs of love, sorrow, joy and protest from Billie Holiday’s iconic collection.
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Seminal Los Angeles beatmaker Flying Lotus’ sixth album is dropping on Friday May 24 via Warp Records. The monster 27-track record is entitled Flamagra and is his first album since 2014’s You’re Dead. FlyLo has transcended the usual career passage for a mid-2000s beatmaker in recent times, releasing a gruesome and bizarre horror movie called Kusmo in 2017, then collaborating with Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe on the Blade Runner Black Out 2022 anime short. Two tracks and videos have surfaced from Flamagra so far, ‘Fire Is Coming’ featuring David Lynch and ‘More’ featuring Anderson .Paak. Last month we saw David Lynch star in the creepy clip for ‘Fire Is Coming’ as a face inside a wolf head reciting beat-poetry. The ‘More’ video has just dropped too, and features Watanabe’s incredibly psychedelic animation work. Robot DJ, space man morphing into a burning tree with organs on it – you know, the usual. A tour incorporating 3D visuals has been announced for the album, hopefully it makes its way to Australia.
In the ‘80s hardcore and punk scene, the idea of charging low costs for gigs became a huge part of what the genre was about. Minor Threat, led by frontman Ian MacKaye, became advocates for the notion to make shows as affordable as possible. Once supporting The Damned in Washington D.C., MacKaye voluntarily cut the bands pay in half when he found out tickets were $13.50. Don’t take ‘Cashing In’ off Minor Threat’s 1983 record Out of Step, too literally. “The trouble with money, is that I want more/ so let’s raise the price at the door/how much tonight? Three dollars or four?/you know we’ll make a million when we go on tour.” Other bands of that period followed along in similar fashion including Circle One, a hardcore outfit from California, who’s singer John Macias founded P.U.N.X., an organisation that promoted and booked shows and never charged over $5. Fugazi
Om Unit’s label, Cosmic Bridge, has just released its first output for 2019, and it’s a doozy. The five-track EP called We Are Ghosts Now, from the relatively unknown Spanish artist Margari’s Kid, is a beautifully produced and forwardthinking take on the deep minimal post-dubstep sound, taking up where artists like Burial left-off. Or as Om Unit himself puts it: “As Margari’s Kid, José María Moya Sánchez is almost entirely leaning out of the pre-existing sphere of Drum & Bass and dancing in the rain on his own. This could be the beginning of something very special, and I think you should really pay attention.” Check it out via Bandcamp or the usual streaming suspects. Wax Nomads
The Sub Club is celebrating five-years on Saturday May 24 with a big party over two levels, enlisting all their favourite promoters to have their selectors take over for a few hours each, including Wax Nomads, Charades, Bomphcast, Plastic Dreams, Overcast and Instasis. It’s an interesting idea, one they’ll have to program carefully with music covering a broad range of genres and vibes, including dub, breakbeat, house, techno, disco and everything in between. The venue’s also offering extended hours, with happy hour going down between 5am-7am, as well as $5 entry before 11pm. With venues closing on-masse in the city in recent years (RIP Lounge, Mercat Basement, Hugs&Kisses), the Sub Club is one of the last true late-night back alley homes of debauchery that continue to support the underground scene. Please Melbourne, support this fantastic venue.
MacKaye didn’t fall short on the idea of a low cover charge after Minor Threat came to a close. Forming Fugazi in 1987, he set the ground rules whereby they only played at all-ages shows and always stuck to a $5 cover charge. Their logic being, $5 was affordable to most and meant the person working the door didn’t have to make change. Charging only $5 in 1987 wasn’t an easy task, the band had to be strategic with tours and managing the band. They saved money by rarely staying in paid accommodation, routing tours in a way that saved both time and petrol, eating very little and saving money on a booker and band manager with MacKaye taking up both these roles. Yet these weren’t the only challenges, as guitarist Guy Picciotto once said, “When it’s five bucks, you get every jackass on the street who has five bucks and nothing to do that night.” Wet Lips
Times have changed and $5 can’t buy as much as it could 40 years ago. Thankfully, Melbourne’s many venues have given musicians the ability to play free shows yet still provide guaranteed pay for playing. The Tote and John Curtin front bars, Post Office Hotel, The Retreat, Edinburgh Castle, Some Velvet Morning and Compass Pizza are just a few examples of venues regularly hosting free gigs. When a free gig isn’t possible, there are still bands taking matters into their own hands to make music accessible. For WETFEST 4 in 2018, Wet Lips presented ticket buyers with the choice to buy a ticket for someone else to attend. When purchasing online tickets, if you were willing and financially able, you could pay for the price of two tickets and Wet Lips would make these tickets available to others who were unable to afford their own. These are just a few of the examples where punk helped make live music cheaper, more available and more accessible.
Listening to music remains as popular with Australians as video streaming. But with more access to online audio devices, how have our listening habits changed? We’re spending more time listening online, 11 hours a week compared to ten hours in 2018. This is according to the third The Infinite Dial 2019 Australia study of our digital media behaviour by global company Edison Research. It surveyed 1,021 people aged 12 and older in the first quarter of 2019. Awareness of streaming services has risen in the past year. Spotify has an 85% awareness compared to 77% in 2018. Apple Music’s is now 83% up from 75%. SoundCloud is at 42%, while Australians also recognise the names Amazon Music and Google Play. Radio remains the most popular audio platform, with 83% of Australians surveyed revealing they used AM/FM or DAB+ in the last week. It is the most used audio source in the car (85%) compared to CDs (38%), audio streaming (26%), own digital music collection (21%) and podcasts (12%). The study points out that there is a move away from listening to CDs and own music.
Australians have a higher awareness of podcasts than their American cousins, 83% to 77%. But in actual usage, only 30% of those surveyed had listened to one, which was where the US was five years ago. Edison Research suggests this will grow when more Australian content appears in podcasts. There’s also concern by Australians that these pull mobile data too heavily. Nevertheless, according to the study, weekly Australian podcast listeners are up to 15%, compared to 13% last year and 10% in 2017. They tune in for an average of six hours a week. More than half of those who have ever listened to a podcast have listened to a radio show podcast. Smart speaker ownership has nearly tripled since last year, with 13% of Australians aged 12+ now owning one of these devices, up from 5% in 2018. Google Home leads in brand awareness (77%) followed by Amazon Alexa and Apple HomePod at 45% each. But Australians lag behind the US where 23% own a smart speaker. Social media is used by 83% of Aussies, but with a slight move from Facebook (to 71%) and more towards Instagram (44%) and WhatsApp (31%). “The study shows that audio in Australia is the same kind of dynamic space we see in America,” said Edison Research president Larry Rosin. “Australian radio retains a large audience while streaming and podcasting continue to grow and new devices create new opportunities.” Predicts Triton digital president of market development John Rosso, “The online audio and podcast industry in Australia is primed for continuous growth, as demonstrated by the gradual increase in reported consumption year over year. The ongoing proliferation of smart speaker ownership and streaming on mobile devices will undoubtedly play a meaningful role in the continuous growth of these mediums across the region.”
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Four reasons you can’t miss Ghost-Note at MIJF 1. Snarky Puppy members lead the way Ghost-Note is the brainchild of master drummers Nate Werth and Robert “Sput” Searight. Since their inception, the band has been taking the jazz scene by storm. The members of Snarky Puppy have hit their latest musical project at full pelt, accruing a number of scintillating band members along the way. 2. Swagism and Fortified The group’s two studio albums, Swagism (2018) and Fortified (2015) have earned the highest critical acclaim and popular success around the globe – both rising to the top of iTunes jazz charts. Perusing the talent sprawling Ghost-Note from top to toe, it’s not hard to understand why.
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3. Live show is ever-evolving Ghost-Note perform the same way the band first developed: start with the bass and leave the destination wide open. The band are forever fine-tuning their restless live shows with new bandmembers continually taking to the stage, making for an incredibly volatile but captivating sound. Strap yourselves in and prepare for a night of energetic, unforgettable musical madness.
Swagism. It’s a bold name for a bold record; the second from Texan funk-futurists, Ghost-Note. Released in April 2018, Swagism followed the project’s 2015 debut, Fortified. In the meantime Ghost-Note had transformed from a percussion-centric collaboration between drummer Robert “Sput” Searight and percussionist Nate Werth into an eight-piece ensemble featuring three horn players, two bassists and a keyboard player. “The growth of the band’s personnel happened out of necessity when it came time to tour Fortified”, says Sput. “We had to consider starting a band, hiring guys to be in a band to help us share this music live. That kept evolving. There were so many configurations of that within itself. It just kept going until it got to where it is now,” he says. “We started to try to tour more and if someone couldn’t make a tour we’d have a replacement or a sub,” says Werth. “The majority of the time that sub had such a unique voice or a powerful voice on their instrument that inspired us that we wanted them to be part of the band.” Sput and Werth put the expanded lineup to work on Swagism, incorporating elements of hip hop, Afrobeat, psychedelia and other global music forms. The band’s stylistic audacity grew as more players came into the fold. “It started out with just Sylvester Onyejiaka and he was playing tenor and baritone [saxophone]. Then to sub for him, the guy that we chose was primarily an alto player,” Werth says. “So now that makes sense to have both of them. The third guy is another guy from the Dallas scene and he plays tenor primarily. So now we have the three sax section: alto, tenor and bari, where the bari player doubles as tenor, and that is such a great sound. “One of the songs on the record is called ‘Smack ’em’. The beginning of it has this bass intro. If you listen closely you hear that it’s MonoNeon and AJ Brown communicating to each other and playing as one.” A long list of guest musicians and vocalists join GhostNote on Swagism. The 18-track record gains depth thanks
to contributions from the likes of saxophonist Kamasi Washington, keyboardist Bobby Sparks, trumpeter Justin Stanton and djembe player Weedie Braimah. “Weedie is somebody that when you meet Weedie, he makes an immediate impact on your life,” says Sput. “And when you hear him play, he does even something different than that to you. Everything about him is inspiring. The way he talks, the way he moves, the way he plays, the way he thinks.” “Weedie and I were internet friends for a year and a half before we met,” says Werth. “When we finally met it was a year before that Swagism session, but we were like brothers before we even saw each other face to face.” It was Sput who brought Washington, Sparks and flutist Karl Denson to the party. He and Washington have an especially long history together. “He played with Kamasi in the Snoopadelics,” says Werth. “Sput musical directed Snoop Dogg for about ten years. Everyone that you look at as far as the guest artists has some sort of relationship with one of us.” Washington features on ‘No More Silence’ along with spoken word artist, Prudence the Auset Sneed. Prudence’s provocative, race-themed spoken word segment distinguishes the track from the rest of the album. Her name is probably unfamiliar to most – she’s a poet and actor based in Texas. “We went to junior high school together and she’s always had a way with words,” Sput says. “So every project that I’ve worked on personally, I’ve always included her on. We were going through a very rough time in our country and we didn’t want to just be silent about it. We wanted to make it a part of our mission to unite people.
4. They’re simply a force of nature Building on the pioneering foundations laid down by the likes of James Brown, Herbie Hancock, and Sly and the Family Stone, Ghost-Note’s music is a kinetic fusion of Afrobeat, hip hop, jazz, psychedelia and deeppocket groove. Central to the group’s airtight rhythm and vast musicality is the connection between Searlight, Werth and bass wizard and YouTube sensation Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas Jr. This is ultimate music recipe – you needn’t look any further.
Our first record is called Fortified. It means united, it means together. We’ve always had the message of being one, of being together, and walking in the same direction.” Ghost-Note will make their Australian debut at 170 Russell next month as part of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. The album’s special guests will be absent, but the sizzling energy heard on Fortified and Swagism will be in full effect. “We like to have fun,” says Sput. “We like to really engage the audience. The audience are not just going to listen to us. They’re actually going to be engaged to dance and to speak and sing and yell and clap and bop their heads and move their feet. They’re going to be encouraged to do that, so it’s definitely an active performance with the audience as well.” “The majority of our performance will be from Swagism, but there are songs from Fortified that we are still playing live,” says Werth. “We like to filter those in from night to night to keep the sets unique and different. We also like to play the hits when we arrive in a first time market. Our first time arriving in Melbourne, we’re going to try to play as much of our music as possible.”
Ghost-Note come to 170 Russell on Wednesday June 5 as part of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, going down from Friday May 31 to Sunday June 9. Head to the festival website for more info and tickets.
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The Boite’s 40th Birthday Extravaganza BY JESSE BURNS
The Boite is one of Victoria’s most iconic multicultural music organisations. Founded in 1979, The Boite aims to support artists from diverse cultural communities and promotes cultural understanding through a tantalising range of concerts, workshops, radio programs and other major projects. The organisation has presented and promoted hundreds of musicians from over 100 different countries at over 5,000 events with audiences exceeding 800,000 people combined, all of whom are equally diverse. The Boite’s 40th birthday extravaganza will see many of the acts that have enjoyed success through the organisation perform together in one place. Featuring more than ten acts on the night, the occasion will pair short performances with collaborations in the form of grand pieces highlighting what The Boite is all about – building bridges through music. Join us as we break down eight of the incredible acts performing on the night.
2. Lamine Sonko
3. Anne Norman
4. Opa Bato
Local Melbourne band, Omados, describe themselves as “the personification of battle noise” and perform traditional dance music from all over Greece. Kat Stevens (violin), Joseph Tsombanopoulos (gaida, tsambouna, kaval, lyra and vocals), George Athanasakos (clarinet, outi and vocals) and Rosco Heck (percussion) traverse the regions of Greece, Macedonia, Epirus and Peloponnese for a truly authentic sound.
Praised for his compelling melodies and distinct blend of the traditional and contemporary, Lamine Sonko modernises West African music while holding onto the essence of ancient sounds. Sonko has performed across Australia and internationally for more than 15 years, collaborating on Grammy award-winning albums and delivering crowd-stopping shows at premier Australian festivals, such as WOMADelaide and Bluesfest. He’s not to be missed.
Anne Norman is a shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo) performer, improviser and composer. Norman creates a range of music from traditional and contemporary Japanese, to European and Australian art music. Norman also collaborates with visual artists, dancers and actors, and has performed across the globe in Japan, America and Europe.
Opa Bato is the only ‘Trubacki Orkestar’ in Australia, performing authentic contemporary Balkan brass music from the rich traditions of Serbia, Macedonia and beyond. Since the early 1800s, this music, has accompanied major events in the cultural life of these regions. Dushan Mitrovic, a composer and performer originally from Serbia/Czech Republic, formed Opa Bato to showcase the unique fusion of European and Oriental conceptions of this music.
5. Alex and Tash Vargas
6. Ernie Gruner
7. Rose de la Montana
8. Gelareh Pour
Alex Vargas began playing music at the age of 15, when he performed at the first-ever The Boite concert. Since then, Vargas has been a regular on The Boite programs. In 1984, Vargas began performing with Chilean expatriate band Illapu and toured with them around Australia. A multi-instrumentalist, he will be putting on a special performance in this anniversary concert with his daughter Tash, a teacher of music and Spanish.
Ernie Gruner is one of Australia’s leading klezmer violinists. He performs world music with Bohemian Nights, Saray Iluminado, Bowlines, Klezmeritis and Melbourne Playback Theatre. Gruner’s styles include European, Gypsy, Balkan, Middle-Eastern, Tango, Sephardic, Celtic and Jazz – just to name a few.Gruner has taken his performances all around Australia and New Zealand and has appeared on over 90 recordings. With The Boite he has launched nine CDs, and played five Millennium Choruses.
Latin American classical guitarist, Rose de la Montana, combines the perfect blend of classical and contemporary. The superb fingerstyle guitarist’s love for the craft began at a young age and has continued into tertiary level, spanning various guitar teachers and music mentors from Australia to Latin America. Aside from her work as a soloist, Montana is also founder and bandleader of the group Hermeto Magnetico, an octet dedicated to uncovering the music of the legendary Brazilian improviser and virtuoso Hermeto Pascoal.
Iranian-born Persian Kamancheh player, Gelareh Pour, brings her unique sounds to The Boite’s 40th birthday celebration. Pour studied her BA at the Art University of Tehran’s conservatorium and her Masters of Ethnomusicology at The University of Melbourne. Pour has taken her performances to Iran, Tajikistan, throughout Europe and now plays here in Melbourne. Since arriving in Australia, she has collaborated with some of the country’s most innovative experimental musicians.
The Boite’s 40th Birthday Celebration takes place from 3pm, Saturday June 1 at the Sacred Heart Courtyard, Abbotsford Convent. Tickets can be found at The Boite website, www.boite.com.au.
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AIM has quickly become one of Australia’s leading education providers. How has it become so well respected? As Australia’s largest music education provider and now in its 50th year, AIM has all the tools (equipment/facilities), knowledge (high quality teaching staff) and experience (teachers who all come from industry backgrounds with practical experience). We have also just finished major campus refurbishments which will significantly benefit all of our students What does AIM offer that other education providers in the same realm don’t? AIM’s courses are also fully dedicated to music and the performing arts, which means everyone here lives and breathes music and makes for a wonderfully collaborative environment – as opposed to other institutions who teach other things apart from music. Our teachers all have extensive experience in their professions which they all bring to the classroom. Tell us about the courses. Are there any new courses or any you are really trying to push? We really want to push Open Day 2019 – prospective students will have a chance to see the AIM difference for themselves plus experience our brand-new refurbished campus. All of our courses are very career driven – i.e. they focus on the practical side of things. What do you want students to get out of their experience at AIM? Successful careers are the biggest thing, followed by a network of friends and peers who they can collaborate with in the future. I’m a prospective AIM student. Where and how do I enrol? Head over to www.aim.edu.au/enquire-now or come and visit us at our Melbourne open day. Find AIM at 120 King St, Melbourne. Open Day 2019 is happening from 10am until 3pm on August 3. Head to aim.edu.au for more information.
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William Angliss has quickly become one of Australia’s leading education providers. How has it become so well-respected? Over almost 80 years, William Angliss Institute has established an international reputation as a leading specialist provider in the areas for foods, tourism, hospitality and events industries. Our reputation is based on strong industry connections and our expert teachers are specialists in their fields with real-world experiences. What does William Angliss offer that other education providers in the same realm don’t? William Angliss Institute is a proven specialist in developing leaders in the ‘experience industries’ – foods, tourism, hospitality and events – growth sectors. We are ideally placed to offer a breadth of study from short courses to master’s degrees, with a compelling mix of academic rigour and practical real-world experience. Tell us about the courses. Are there any new courses or any you are really trying to push? If you want to be the party starter or festival manager, we can help you develop the skills and knowledge required to conceive, plan and formulate strategies to stage events. At Angliss, you can learn on-site event management as well as trends research, marketing strategies and policy development. You can work with real clients to run real events, both on and off campus, experience site visits and work placement opportunities. What do you want students to get out of their experience at William Angliss? Many opportunities are provided to enrich your student experience and improve your life on and off campus. We work closely with the events industry to develop courses which will inspire talented, future leaders needed to grow the Australian events industry. Find William Angliss at 555 La Trobe St, Melbourne. For more info, head to angliss.edu.au.
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Rockschool is the contemporary music option offered by the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB). What is the philosophy behind Rockschool? Rockschool syllabuses and exams are designed to provide an innovative, contemporary qualification for musicians. The syllabuses structure your learning so you can reach your goals and provide globally recognised qualifications. Having been a student and receiving a Licentiate certificate (highest level of examination qualification) from your studies at Rockschool, how would you describe your experience of studying the Rockschool syllabuses? My experience has been both extremely fun and educational – each grade has provided me with new challenges and skills that have helped me develop as a vocalist and overall musician. Your solo project Abbey Grace is really starting to take off and has seen you release a series of singles and an EP. How did Rockschool prepare you to launch your music career? Rockschool prepared me to become a professional musician with syllabuses that honed my aural and vocal skills. In particular, the Diploma and Licentiate levels allowed me to design a gig performance and re-work songs to help me explore my originality as an artist. These levels also gave me knowledge on factors such as social media, music business and OH&S, making me wiser as an artist. I’m a prospective Rockschool student. How and where do I enrol and what do I need to get started? You can download the full syllabus for your instruments for free and you can buy a grade book for your level at the AMEB website. For more info on Rockschool and how to enrol in exams, head to rockschool.ameb.edu.au.
What’s the best advice you can give to an inexperienced cook looking to broaden their skills? When Otao Kitchen opened, it was my goal to teach as many home cooks as possible. We found Asian food is something new for many home cooks. They just need to hear, see, smell, taste and feel the ingredients and the basics of the dish, so I don’t even give our guests recipes in classes – we send them after. Cooking is a pleasure and people either think of it as they have to, or they love to. What are some of the classes you offer at Otao Kitchen? Our popular classes are dumpling parties and Asian finger foods. We do well in other Asian, Mexican and Mediterranean classes. We’ve found people use our themed cooking classes for private celebrations, work Christmas parties, corporate conferences and hospitality and team building. They have the food, wine, private venue and plenty of fun cooking activities. Otao Kitchen is about increasing accessibility to healthy food. Why is this so important? People living in Melbourne have array of food offerings, however finding affordable healthy foods is not an answer for everyday meals. People opt to cook for themselves, so cooking classes are an option for gaining knowledge and skills so they can have more variety – especially new salads, finger foods, dressings, lean meat, vegan cooking, and simple desserts. You also offer food tours and catering. Tell us a bit more about this aspect of the school. As a small business, we engage our customers in different ways. Our guests love to have an integrated experience, from cooking the food they love to us catering their favourite foods to their home and office. Our chefs often take guests traveling with them to their home town. Find Otao Kitchen at 360 Victoria St, Richmond. For more information, head to otaokitchen.com.au.
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Beth Yen is an ARIA chart-topping producer, DJ and SAE Creative Media Institute graduate. We chat to Yen about her ARIA chart success, supporting some of dance music’s biggest artists and inspiring women to get involved in the music industry. Hi Beth, thank you so much for chatting with us. Firstly, what is it about EDM that you love so much? All my life I loved music. Growing up, music was a form of escapism, and I found comfort in it. Music matters to me. I love house music and have loved it ever since I heard it for the first time on the radio back in the UK as a teenager. It really resonated with me and I was addicted to how it made me feel. You have performed alongside some pretty influential people in the industry, who are some of the producers and DJs you have worked with? Over the years I have supported the likes of Carl Cox, Danny Tenaglia, Roger Sanchez, Chicane, Duke Dumont, Disclosure, Seth Troxler, Claptone, Faithless and more. What does it mean to you to reach number one on the ARIA charts with your single ‘Ocean’, knocking Calvin Harris off top spot in the process? Knocking off the king of dance music was a pretty awesome feeling. Having my peers
recognise and support my single means the absolute world to me. It’s a huge achievement and it’s one I’m very proud of. You have spoken about your desire to inspire women and the LGBTQI+ community to get involved with the electronic music industry, why is diversity so important? As someone who is part of the LGBTQI+ community, I feel that although the industry is changing for the better, we are still underrepresented and as a woman in the music industry, some issues need to be addressed and conversations to be had. Though on face value it may seem that the music industry is filled with inspiring and prolific women, it remains embarrassingly lopsided when it comes to gender parity. There have been recent studies done on this issue, and they found that women entering the music industry in Australia are at a disadvantage and only represent a third of employed musicians in Australia. So, there is still much work to be done in terms of fighting for women of all ages, all social backgrounds and communities to be embraced and
championed by this industry, both in front and behind the scenes. We need to promote the women who are doing well so that the next generation feel that music is a viable career option and open to everyone. What aspects of your time at SAE have been most valuable for your career? I was very fortunate to have great teachers at SAE Sydney, particularly Dean Belcastro who was very approachable and friendly. My course taught me how to structure my work flow and get ideas down quickly. I still use the template they gave in class today. What advice do you have for those looking to pursue a career in the music industry? Make sure you know why you want to get
into music and believe in what you’re doing and that can take time. Learn about how the business works and be prepared to wear many hats. Be diligent, be consistent and produce quality music. Most importantly have a good attitude, have fun and enjoy the journey.
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RocKabul A film that set out to change people’s views, RocKabul is a flooring documentary giving a glimpse into the lives of young people in Afghanistan. BY ANNA ROSE
It explores the underground party scene where heavy metal band, District Unknown, were ignited by a furious passion to achieve their dreams in the face of Afghanistan capital Kabul’s conservative and fundamentalist society. “Western media only report on a very small slither of the actual situation,” says filmmaker, Travis Beard. Beard speaks from firsthand experience, having lived in Afghanistan for seven years. It would be three years after his arrival in the country before he would encounter District Unknown in 2009. Their passion for their craft and their perseverance in the face of extreme diversity was plenty of inspiration for Beard to create a documentary. Combining his journalistic integrity and his experience as a musician, Beard knew exactly where the band was coming from, and knew exactly how best to capture their strife. “As a kid I went through my phase of metal,” he says, “and then I got into photography, and therefore journalism. “I went to Afghanistan as a journalist, not really expecting to find music – but I found an underground music scene that I got involved in.
“When District Unknown came along, I was playing in punk rock bands, so kind of similar [to them]. What they were asking was stuff that I’d already knew by the book growing up in Melbourne, so it was very easy for me to relay my knowledge across to them.” The tie between the documentary and the efforts of District Unknown with the ways of punk rock couldn’t be more apt. The film has a very recalcitrant tone to it, an anarchist and rebellious vibe, but with a bittersweet attitude. While there’s ambition and drive and passion in the group, there’s also fear and danger in what they do and where they do it. “The film only has metal in it as a genre of music,” says Beard. “Besides that it’s not about metal. “When Billy Gould from Faith No More saw the film, I asked him what he thought – he said, ‘It’s doing that punk DIY thing, going against the system trying to make it fucking work’. He said the music was more punk, and I thought that was interesting coming from an actual rock star. “But the band themselves, they lodged themselves in the genre of metal
musically. Ideologically, their path was really something else.” With no support from anyone but the expat community – for District Unknown, there was no cultural centre where they could learn more or get their peers involved. “It really was the link between us and them that nurtured the journey they had,” says Beard. Ultimately, the goal for Beard in making this documentary was to both expose a side to Middle Eastern welfare that isn’t seen in mainstream western media, and to explore the uniqueness of this band and what they were doing and where. “The first goal for me was to document the juxtaposition between being a metal band and living in an Islamic republic,” explains Beard. “Before I started to make the film, I was trying to nourish and expand this very underground scene. You could see the inklings of desire for it to grow and to prosper, but there was no one to show them the way.
For the band themselves, it was a question of Beard tracking them both in times of conflict and peace. “I lived there and I know things aren’t so catastrophic on a daily basis there or in any conflict zone, and I think people don’t understand there’s a lot of downtime between any kind of violence. In that downtime, society functions quite normally. “They carry on, and so does the band. No matter the threat, no matter the challenge, we’ve got a mission or idea we want to do here and we want to continue that.” RocKabul is in cinemas nationwide from Thursday May 16. Catch Film Director, Travis Beard, In Conversation on Sunday May 19 at Lido Cinema and Friday May 24 at Thornbury Picture House.
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It’s not often that a one-man 80-minute show comes to town. But when it does, it does so in the form of Swansong, an award-winning melodrama by writer and director Conor McDermottroe. BY PRIYA FRANCIS
Presented by Theatreworks, Swansong follows Austin ‘Occi’ Byrne, played by Andre De Vanny, as he retells his life as the illegitimate child of a single mother, and living with an undiagnosed mental health issue. As a result, he is left angry, frustrated, isolated and incredibly violent. This emotional rollercoaster has already proved its ability to resonate with anyone and everyone, having completely sold out shows in New York, Los Angeles and Melbourne last year. Producer Dianne Toulson, who’s been working with the show for nearly three years, credits much of its success to its sole performer, De Vanny. “We did a season of this show last year and every show received a standing ovation because of the power of the performance and the performer on the stage. I’ve never seen an actor do a full 80-minute monologue piece that never loses your attention throughout the show. It’s just a sublime piece of acting,” Toulson says. De Vanny’s dedication to the role is admirable. He’s in character while travelling
between shows, wearing his costume and talking in his perfectly executed Irish accent. “[He] would spend a whole day preparing, psychologically, for this performance, but because he’s developed this character, it’s so real to him. He actually becomes that character,” Toulson says. The power behind the performance is fitting for such an important story with a hardhitting message. “I think I felt that this was such a powerful piece of acting with such an important story. We talk about mental health often, its such an issue in our society. For men it’s probably really challenging to see someone on stage, talking about mental health in such a way that they can really resonate with it,” Toulson says. “For me as a theatre producer, when you see such a powerful performance you’ve got to support it.” It’s a physically taxing performance as well, considering De Vanny never stops moving. The entire stage is utilised, his voice is going for the entire 80 minutes and the dynamics of the performance are constantly
changing between moments of reflection and absolute despair. The play will be embarking on a 12-show regional tour soon, and the actor will be on stage five nights a week. “It’s so physically telling for him, as well as his voice, to do an 80-minute show. That’s a real challenge for any artist to do such demanding work in quick succession like that.” Toulson is quick to highlight how easy the show is, production wise. Crediting the show as one of the easiest she’s produced, the lack of lighting, microphones, stage or set allows De Vanny’s performance and the gutwrenching story of Occi to reach every single audience member. And it’s clear audiences are loving the show and the actor behind it. “When we bring [De Vanny] out after the show to talk to the audience, they’re shocked that he’s not Irish. He’s this gorgeous little Aussie guy, with an Aussie accent, and people are just shocked” Toulson shares.
It’s evident that audiences are in for a powerful, moving and highly emotional show. According to Toulson, expectations are best left at the door. “Come in with a blank canvas and an open heart. You don’t know what you’re going to see, so just let it unfold. When Andre takes the stage you will not take your eyes off him and he will really engage you. You’ll feel like he’s telling the story to you. Enjoy this pure piece of theatre for what it is, it’s a brilliant piece of monologue acting, that has a really powerful story behind it.” Swansong is running at Theatreworks between Wednesday May 15 and Saturday May 18. For tickets, head to the theatre company website.
Castlemaine Jazz Festival A HUGE EXTRAVAGANZA WELCOMING 50 BANDS OVER FOUR DAYS BY ANNA ROSE
Back for its sixth year, the longevity of Castlemaine Jazz Festival is all down to the popularity and diversity of its annual programmes, and this year will be no different. Happening over the Queen’s Birthday weekend, the festival will celebrate a broad range of styles within the genre and includes performers from across the Central Victoria region. “We’ve got 50 bands playing, a massive amount,” says president of the festival committee, Calum McClure. “ really great, varied acts, so we have a really tight programme with some great stuff in it.” Castlemaine Jazz Festival is a growth on the monthly Jazz Jam run by founders Ken Turnbull and John Hannah on the first Sunday of each month at the town’s Maurocco Bar.
The festival, however, has a much larger production. It has developed into a spectacular that involves hundreds of venues like Phee Broadway Theatre, Maurocco Bar, as well as The Theatre Royal. “There’s something deeply special about these performances when you go into certain venues,” says McClure. Initially having over 90 applicants for this year’s event, the 50 bands selected, comprising some 300 musicians, have met a criteria which will cater for the biggest, boldest shows possible. “The one thing we want to stick to is that this is a jazz festival,” McClure says. “We’re sticking very strictly within the
jazz formula but that doesn’t mean we’re not exploring elements within the genre. “We’ve got early 1920s [with] what they call trad jazz, right the way through the century into very modern, fusion jazz. There’s a vast difference of types of jazz, 100 years of it evolving, there’s amazing stuff in there. “We break it down into four or five different themes – trad jazz is mainstream, ‘30s to ‘50s style jazz, then the American ensemble and big band stuff.” It’s having access to jazz across a century of history that McClure feels is the biggest drawcard for people to attend the four-day event. “It’s a good way of getting a good look at all the different and broad types of jazz,” he says. “Of the bands that [will] play, there’s some African fusion from The Seven Ups, stuff from South America, too, so there’s lots of different world players this year which is very exciting.”
There’s also a lot of young and upand-coming artists appearing this year, like 22-year-old Emilia, whose performances have been compared to the power of jazz greats Aretha Franklin and Etta James. “That’s one of our goals in our mission statement – to be a real force to be a platform. “The idea is to be able to create a festival where we can get great players who’ve been doing this a long time, but put players who are up-and-coming in the middle of all that and really focus on having a really good mix of both.” Some of the highlights of this year’s festival are not ones to be missed. Low Down Big Band, an 18-piece outfit that perform a mix of blues, funk, and contemporary styles with high intensity will perform as well as the electrifying fusion quartet Jungle Fusion, who boast deeps ethno roots and an avant-garde philosophy. World-renowned Gambian singer/ songwriter, Yusupha Ngum, will be bringing his newest creative undertaking to the festival this year – a six-piece African fusion outfit, The Affia Band. True trad jazz outfit Shirazz get McClure’s pick for the one’s to watch, what he describes as a traditional jazz version of The Cat Empire. Extra special guests on the bill this year are Melbourne’s own The Seven Ups. A self-proclaimed part band, the group blend unpretentious rhythms with street funk and a very spirited Nigerian Afrobeat sound. “They’re doing some really amazing things,” says McClure. “We’re really excited to have them perform.” In Castlemaine Jazz history, performers who appear year after year consistently come back better with more strings to their bow. “There’s a number of bands who always come back here and you can definitely see a growth in their playing and what they’re doing,” says McClure. “People like ade ishs, an AustralianIndonesian pianist, with the growth of his work with original pieces. “The other thing we’re doing this year is something called the Goldfields Jazz Orchestra, a collection of music teachers from the region who come and play pieces in a big band. It’s really an opportunity to get all the hardworking teachers to show what they can do – that’s gonna be fantastic this year.” An opportunity for young musicians and students to see seasoned professionals perform is, McClure says, an important event so they can see what they could one day achieve with time and a little practice. “That’s one of the things we want to achieve,” he says. “That idea that there is a life to be had from playing jazz and you can continue to do it. There’s plenty of stuff going on and if you’re super keen, there’s definitely opportunities out there.” Castlemaine Jazz Festival goes down over the Queen’s Birthday weekend from Friday June 7 to Monday June 10. Head to the festival website for tickets and more info on the programme.
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Lisa Fischer has led a storied career. The Brooklyn vocalist has released just one solo album, 1991’s So Intense, which contains the premiere R&B cut, ‘How Can I Ease the Pain’. However, Fischer’s made her mark onstage with other artists. BY AUGUSTUS WELBY
She performed backing vocals for The Rolling Stones from the late ‘80s until 2015 and has also worked with Luther Vandross, Nine Inch Nails, Tina Turner, Chris Botti and Sting. Fischer will be the star of the show when she returns to Australia in June. Since 2014 she has been working alongside jazz fusion trio Grand Baton, led by Guadeloupian guitarist JC Maillard. “I was working on the film 20 Feet from Stardom and we started doing these interviews and people would ask me if I had a band. I’d go, ‘no’, because I was still touring with the Stones at the time. So I made the decision to reach out to Bobby McFerrin’s manager, Linda Goldstein. I’ve known her for a few years and she found the perfect musical director for me, JC Maillard, who started the concept of Grand Baton,” Fischer says. Fischer and Grand Baton take on a variety of well-known songs from the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Police, Robert Palmer, Amy Grant, and of course, The Rolling Stones. They’re not stuck on a set repertoire, though.
“We do all kinds of stuff. We do blues, we do classical, we do world music, we do trance music, we do psychedelic rock stuff. Just all kinds of stuff mish-mashed together,” Fischer says. “I made a list of the kinds of music and songs that I liked and I realised I like a lot of different stuff. I didn’t want to feel chained to any particular genre. So we just do a fusion of many things according to the mood, according to the song, according to the message and just how we want to paint it. It gives us a real lovely sense of freedom.” Fischer’s visit to the Melbourne Recital Centre won’t be a conventional covers show, by any means. Inspired by jazz vocalists reinterpreting the standards, Fischer employs an intuitive approach. Grand Baton are more than up to the task. “What really attracted me to JC and the gentlemen that he’s chosen to be the band is the way they listen and their sense of freedom when they’re creating in a live setting,” she says. “It’s so exciting to me because I never
know what they’re going to do. But there’s a certain kind of listening that has to happen in order for it to work as a group. “I’ve sat within myself for so long now, being a sponge around different energy, different music, that it’s nice to be able to just toss the paint up there and see what pictures come.” Fischer performed with The Rolling Stones for close to 30 years, taking a central role on songs like ‘Monkey Man’ and ‘Gimme Shelter’. The assignment sent her around the globe numerous times and onto many of the world’s most revered concert stages. Her solo shows, by contrast, are more intimate affairs. “I look at groups of people, no matter the size, as energy. So the larger the group, the bigger the wave of energy. It’s still water. The
Stones would do an arena, a stadium, a club date. Luckily I’ve had the experience of being in those different waters with them. “The motion of the waves of energy that come and flow have a different rhythm. So for me, that’s the only difference, but as far as what you have to give it’s still all the same. You still have to put out that same energy, but the time exchange between the band and the audience is different.”
been thinking a little bit about what songs drew people out to come and see me in the first place,” he says. “Some of those songs really stand out for me – not just musically, but lyrically they’re conveying a message that I still really want to share. The band and I know exactly what it takes to put on a good show – we’re a real unit now, and it feels really good when we’re playing together.” Bibb points to a recent residency the band completed at London jazz club Ronnie Scott’s as the proof in the pudding – a weeklong run that included an unexpected but very special guest. “The first night we were playing, we had the great Van Morrison get up and do some songs with us,” says Bibb. “It was a real hip
thing, man. Van has this reputation for not wanting to do shows, but I think he’s mellowed out a bit. We met at a Lead Belly tribute night that happened at [Royal] Albert Hall some years back, and we got on really well. “While we were in town, I took a chance and asked if he’d want to do it – and we were fortunate enough that he said yes.” Do you think you could persuade him to come back to Australia someday? “I’ll tell him, man! It’s time!” Bibb replies with a laugh.
Lisa Fischer performs at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Wednesday June 5 as part of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, taking place from Friday May 31 to Sunday June 9. Head to the festival website for info and tickets.
Eric Bibb No matter how many times Eric Bibb comes to Australia – and, trust us, there are too many times to count – the veteran bluesman always finds himself in a sunny disposition as soon as he touches down. BY DAVID JAMES YOUNG
“I’m in Sydney today,” he cheerfully reports. “The sky is blue, the sun is shining... it’s a beautiful day. I don’t know, whenever I’m here everything just appears to go smoothly.” Even after all these years, Bibb can still remember the first time he hopped a plane and came Down Under to perform his unique blend of folk, blues, roots and world music. “It was such a big deal to be able to do it,” he recalls. “You never feel as far away from where you’ve started out than when you’re in Australia. “I’m just so chuffed that people are just as enthusiastic about my music here as they were when I first started coming over. Through the years, it’s come to feel like a real home turf of sorts. I can’t even say exactly what it is about Australia and I – all I can say is that it’s a good fit.” The Grammy-nominated troubadour is touring around Australia in support of his most recent album, 2018’s Global Griot. A double album described as “a full bag of stories to tell from around the world”, the 24-track effort is Bibb’s most collaborative and farthest-
reaching effort to date. Upon Bibb’s arrival in Australia, however, the new music is being performed on a bittersweet note. “We found out that Solo Cissokho passed away just recently,” says Bibb. “Solo was a wonderful kora player, and he came from Senegal. He was just an amazing musician. Originally, I was trying to get him out here as a part of this tour – but, sadly, that was not meant to be. “Global Griot was the last recorded work of his, and I am so humbled and honoured to carry that with me. I’m blessed that I got to play with this incredible man and this unbelievable musician.” Bibb notes that he will be playing some of the songs that Cissokho worked on from Global Griot during his upcoming shows. “We’re gonna share his story,” he says. “It deserves to be heard.” Beyond those songs, expect a mix of tracks from across Bibb’s entire career, as well as a few covers and standards that Bibb and his band have cycled in and out of the setlist. “Because I haven’t been here in awhile, I’ve
Eric Bibb comes to the Thornbury Theatre on Thursday May 23 and The Firefly in St Kilda on Friday May 24 (sold out) and Sunday May 26. Grab your tickets via the respective venue websites.
Matt Church In his new album, The Valley The Starlight In The Stream, Melbourne singer-songwriter Matt Church explores an interestingly eclectic sound of psychedelic indie rock that brings the analog traditions of the ‘60s and ‘70s into the 21st century. BY ANNA ROSE
“Roger Waters was definitely part of my journey, especially when I was younger,” Church agrees. Though he, now a man of certain years, finds himself surrounded by sounds of the modern era, there’s a particular way those influences have stuck with Church. “I live in a bubble,” he chuckles. “I think the influences of a person are things from youth that carry through. “We have such formidable experiences with friends, family, and life that these things keep with us. There comes a time where you want to, not so much revisit, but to live within those things. So the musicians who were such a big part of my younger years, [they don’t] go away.” Back in the day, Church started out making music with just a four-track recorder and a microphone. As the internet took hold, home recordings became more prominent, and gradually Church had the capability to make the music that reflected his earlier influences.
And Church is nothing if not a gear head – the list of equipment and instruments he employed from the ‘50s right the way into the ‘80s could easily sit in a museum – a 1959 Klemt Echolette ‘Gold Box’ analog tape delay, a 1961 Fender Jazzmaster, a 1980s British Starsound Dynamix 3000 console, and cassette tape loops that were handmade on an Onkyp ‘80s cassette deck, to name a few. These items cultivate the most miraculous sound in Church’s album, a carefully mixed journey that suggests yearning, reminiscing, and a celebration of what Church describes as a “fearful independence”. It’s all framed by sliding guitars, crashing cymbals and a dichotomy of dark and warm tones. The production of this release was just as important an element as the chance to channel his musical influences. “What prompted me to record myself is I went to a couple of studios and I couldn’t get the sound I wanted, I didn’t hear it.
“In those days everything was fat and warm, you had these beautiful sounding records and cassettes. I was aware things didn’t sound the same today as they did back then. Then I worked it out, you can get an approximation. The equipment [then] was so beautifully made.” Using the gear he did to create the deeply vibrant analog effect was intrinsic to getting a sound that could approximate the classicism of old. But that’s not to say Church was entirely opposed to new ideas. “The console was the thing,” he says. “It changed everything for me.” Church’s console sits at the heart of his home studio, a shocking central piece to all who visit for its sheer enormity. It’s the same one Beck used on his album, Mellow Gold, and with it, Church says he runs instruments live and only ever uses compression, a touch of EQ and reverb. “Without that console I couldn’t get softness, the warmth of sound,” he says.
“It’s all a learning process, learning and learning, and trying to do a little bit better each time. I could go on about gear all day.” With so many old school influences, you might call Church’s material dad rock, and he’s fine with that. While Church wants everyone to enjoy the music as deeply as he does, he hasn’t actively given thought to whether his sound will be palatable to the youth. His reflections are as whimsical as his music. “If I think I’ve got something that sounds nice, I’m happy. This is a journey that someone like myself takes alone. “I think of myself often as the painter or composer. Someone who listens to music on their own, in their own little space, and who has deep passion and love for old things and old music.”
Australia is overwhelming.” But he’s quick to comment that stand-up is where it all comes alive for him. “I love the connection that I make with people in the crowd … I love that energy wave you get when the joke hits. I love it. You know, I enjoy smoking weed, so I enjoy being high, but the weed high does not match the high you get when a joke lands.” So, now it’s time for Australia to get a taste of those tales too. And if you’re excited, you’re not alone. “I’m more excited for these shows than I can remember ever being. I’m so excited, you know, I’m an overwhelmingly
positive, optimistic person and the idea that people halfway around the world are interested at all in what I have to say is so cool to me and super humbling,” he admits, “I’m putting on my big boy pants and I’m getting ready.”
Matt Church’s immersive new album, The Valley The Starlight In The Stream, is out now via EEO Records. Check it out via streaming services.
Josh Wolf After performing around the globe, American comedian Josh Wolf is about to try his hand on Australian soil for the first time. BY MARNIE VINALL
Wolf’s energetic nature and charismatic personality has led him to an impressive career, including writing and performing on Chelsea Lately, regularly appearing on Last Comic Standing, My Name Is Earl and Shark Week, and performing multitudes of standup, including being the notable warm up act for Chelsea Handler on the Comedians of Chelsea Lately stand-up tour. After winning all those chuckles around the world, Wolf thought it was about time he gave the sunburnt country its rightful turn. He’ll be hitting up Melbourne’s Comic’s Lounge, Sydney’s Comedy Store and Brisbane’s Sit Down Comedy Club this May. When asked how he’d describe his brand of comedy, he brightly noted it’s simply, “fun, relatable, inclusive comedy with an edge. Like, it’s not vanilla – there’s definitely some four letter words in there – but it’s fun, inclusive, ridiculous fun.” As he modestly explains, “I approach my show like this: I talk to the crowd like I’m talking to a group of my friends. Like, it’s a conversation.” What you can expect from his shows are stories from his life, in particular about raising
his boys and as living life as a dad that smokes a lot of weed, admitting: “They [his kids] are my comedy”. It’s fair to say that since becoming a father, Wolf’s comedy has become more personal and, in turn, relatable. As he describes, “When I really figured out that talking about your personal life and sharing stories about yourself and letting people into your world was the thing that people responded to the most, I really started to use my kids, my family and my life and when I did that, it just really opened up everything. “It made everything just a lot more fun on stage. Because I was also connecting to the stories that I was telling.” Wolf posts a lot of this relatable content online and has grown a notable following doing so. If you’re not familiar, you’ll get a pretty clear idea of the material from the video titles, My Son Ate My Weed, Just The Tip and The Sex Talk. Although his most popular clip, Best Practical Joke Ever, has currently racked up 6.7 million views he’s incredibly humbled by the response to his online content. “The support that I get on my social media from
Josh Wolf comes to the Comic’s Lounge on Wednesday May 22. Grab your tickets via Live Nation.
LOV3SICK Dark wave is about to get a whole lot more enticing, with Melbourne-based rockers LOV3SICK releasing their first ever single, ‘One More Time’, which explores an individual’s struggle in battling their own inner demons. BY CHRISTINE TSIMBIS
Dark wave is a combination of new wave and post-punk genres, but LOV3SICK’s musical inspirations include The Cure, Joy Division and Placebo. A video clip will accompany the single release – a big step for a band that was only formed in November 2018. “The drummer Danny [Mulheron] and I had played together in previous bands back in 2016,” says LOV3SICK frontwoman and bassist Lauren Santalucia. “I had written some songs in May last year, and thought that I would love to work with Danny again since we always had great chemistry when we were onstage.” ‘One More Time’ is part of a larger concept EP which will be released later this year. The tracks revolve around an individual who questions their own existence, as they begin to recover after hitting the lowest stage in their life. “The EP goes through different stages and headspaces that someone might experience when they begin to overthink and overanalyse a situation,” Santalucia explains.
“I had all these ideas in my mind and I knew that I needed to access the darker corners of my mind to really create something unique. Sometimes the most difficult situations can bring inspiration and that’s what happened with this EP.” Santalucia is fascinated with topics such as existentialism and philosophy, since they encourage her to search for deeper meaning in life. She also draws inspiration from her own personal experiences. “We chose ‘One More Time’ as the first single because it’s an upbeat melodic track which serves as a great beginning of the story. Most of us go through different stages of our lives where we make mistakes and have regrets, and this track radiates hope that we can fix them in some way. It’s a process of rebuilding your identity by facing your own mental struggles.” The musical process of the band is quite simple: Santalucia usually experiments with an idea on her bass or acoustic guitar at home,
creating some verses and a chorus. She’ll then record her creation and bring it to the next band rehearsal. “We work so well together because we just understand what each other is thinking,” Santalucia says. “I think that’s why it’s so important to have musical chemistry with the people you create music with.” Santalucia also draws songwriting inspiration from artists such as Nick Cave, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. “The way they write really draws me in – they have a way with words that is so intellectual yet emotionally driven. They also have distinctive vocals that resonate with me and inspire my own musical process.” The music video behind ‘One More Time’ took two days for the band to create. They chose Fitzroy as the location due to the eclectic vibe of the area.
“We spent one day shooting the band in this quirky little bookshop that had the perfect vibe we were after,” Santalucia says. “I wanted a bookshop in video as it signifies the first chapter of the concept EP, but it’s also filled with metaphors for the smaller story within the video. “It was great fun and we were lucky that we had so many amazing people, such as the actors and crew, who helped us to create the final outcome. We really look forward to seeing how people respond to our music.”
Nettle employed a hands-on approach in the studio, which meshed well with Sleep Talk and led to him effectively becoming the band’s sixth member. “He was pretty heavily involved,” says Tito. “He helped us a lot with writing. Not so much the ideas, but how to translate what we had in our heads and what we wanted it to sound like. He was able to be like, ‘How about something like this?’ and we’d listen to it and be like, ‘that was really cool’.” After a quiet 2018, three singles – ‘Everything In Colour’, ‘Slowfade’ and ‘The Sun’ – preceded the album. They each display Sleep Talk’s signature fondness for combining moments of darkness and sonic ferocity with pleasant melodies and tonal brightness. Unpredictability is another distinguishing feature of the Sleep Talk sound. “It’s a by-
product of all of us putting the best thing of what we think we should do into one sound,” Tito says. “All five of us, whilst in general we do enjoy alternative and hardcore, do listen to a wide variety of things,” Clement says. “Whilst we do share common ground on music, there are different extremes that a lot of us disagree on. “I think when it comes to us writing music cohesively, we all bring those sounds that we enjoy independently together, which is where I think that unpredictability comes from.”
LOV3SICK’s new single, ‘One More Time’, is out now. Check it out on streaming services.
Sleep Talk Adelaide post-hardcore quintet Sleep Talk are relieved to have their debut LP, Everything In Colour, out in the world. BY AUGUSTUS WELBY
The band formed in 2015 and introduced themselves via the 2016 EP, Growing Pains. The single ‘New Tradition’ followed in late 2017. The song shows up on the album as well, which indicates Everything In Colour has been in the works for a while. “[The release date] is a month off two years since we finished the album,” says lead singer Jacob Clement. “It’s definitely been a very longwinded process. It has felt like a lifetime, but we’re just stoked that it’s finally here. We’re stoked to be a bit more active, playing shows. It feels good.” Clement’s joined in the band by guitarist and clean vocalist Lewis Tito, drummer Michael Belletti, bass player/vocalist Josh Healey, and guitarist Fraser Ray. The average age of the band members is roughly 23, which means the majority of them don’t know an adult life without Sleep Talk. “For me and Lewis, it pretty much started as soon as we finished year 12,” says Clement. “So as soon as we both became of age was when Sleep Talk began.” Sleep Talk are proudly from Adelaide and the record was a local production, through and through. Adelaide has long accommodated
a heavy music scene and the city’s home to some prominent recording studios (such as Ghostnote), but it’s rarely spoken of as a significant music hub. “A lot of people would see Adelaide as a sleepy city, but you don’t really understand it until you’re here and you’re walking through the city and you’re walking down one street and there’s four venues and there’s bands playing every night,” says Tito. “There’s a lot of stuff that’s happening a lot of the time.” In the same manner as Growing Pains, Jarred Nettle produced Everything in Colour at Adelaide’s House of SAP studios. “When we were trying to find someone who we thought would be good to go to for Growing Pains, we definitely wanted to do it locally,” Clement says. “A few names were going around and after a month or two of frustration we asked, ‘which local band from Adelaide do we all love?’ And we landed on Raccoon City Police Department, who were an old skramz/emo band. “Every single person in Sleep Talk adored that band and they put out a debut album, which sounded fantastic. That led us to Jarred.”
Sleep Talk’s new album Everything In Colour is out now via UNFD. Give it a spin on all streaming services.
Songs of Freedom
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Monash University and MLIVE have launched Progress – A Festival of Ideas to celebrate their new performing arts centre. BY D’ARCY MCGREGOR
As a part of Progress, the festival’s producer Chelsea Wilson has curated the specially commissioned show, Songs of Freedom. “Something that we love to do at Monash and MLIVE is commission new works and present special collaborative projects,” Wilson says. “For Songs of Freedom we’ve invited four incredible singer-songwriters to respond to the theme of freedom through music. Songs of Freedom explores the themes of progress and freedom through protest music, with the shows’ musicians presenting their personal selections of classic protest music – and their originals. “We’re exploring what progress is, what it means, and asking if it’s still relevant today,” Wilson explains. “With Songs of Freedom, we’re digging deep to have a look at how contemporary music and popular music have had a role in shaping people’s perceptions towards social justice issues. “Dr Nina Simone once said, ‘an artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times’, and I think it’s really important that we use shows and festivals as an opportunity to create conversations – to have a space where
we can share stories kind of reminds us of our human experience.” Songs of Freedom’s amazing lineup includes Melbourne-based soul singer Thando, jazz pioneer Mama Alto, alt-rock sweetheart Sophie Koh, and the seasoned N’fa Jones as MC. Wilson can’t hide her excitement for the event that’s in store. “I love watching them perform, they’re super entertaining and wonderful performers – but all of them have really moved me with their music,” Wilson explains. “When you see an artist and you get goosebumps or you get that feeling and it really hits you in the chest – that’s the artists where I go ‘yeah, I wanna put them in a show’. “All of these artists have an amazing ability to bring socially aware topics to audiences, in ways that are meaningful, empowering, and engaging,” Wilson said. “It’s really exciting to give artists an opportunity to sing and speak out about things that are a little bit more meaningful or relevant to their experience.” Running for ten days, Progress has a huge bill of over 15 shows. The festival offers more than just music, presenting a whole bunch of
different shows including arts, talks, theatre, and comedy shows tackling its central theme. Whale is one of the festival’s most exciting shows, addressing climate change through an immersive theatre production. Wilson said she was “super excited” about Jane Gilmore’s keynote speech in the talk series The Future of Feminism. While for all the jokers out there, Tom Ballard is hosting the festival’s comedy gala Smokestack with fellow funnies. Finally, Archie Roach alongside Monash Academy of Performing Arts’ executive professor, Paul Grabowsky, and 16 Monash students playing string instruments are closing the festival on National Sorry Day. “Just luscious, huge, cinematic sounding but really intimate,” Wilson says. “Archie’s going to be telling stories and singing songs that you’ll know – but this is in a whole new kind of format.”
The festival celebrates the opening of Monash University’s brand-spanking-new Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts – which has already hosted a sold-out San Cisco show – and invites us to come check it all out. “In these times when there’s venues closing down and there’s lockout laws and reduced arts funding, it’s really exciting to have a brand new venue,” Wilson said. “I really just hope and encourage everyone to come check out the new venue and support live music and support live theatre, and just come and be part of it.”
written five months ago,” explains Sewell. “I wrote hundreds of songs and worked with everyone from Timbaland to Bruno Mars’ team, kept trying to find this hit song or whatever would change my life overnight – but that didn’t happen.” Keeping it simple and writing music about his life was the sound people ultimately fell in love with, and the sound Sewell’s management encouraged him to release first. “‘It’s not about working with the big names for you,’ they told me. ‘It’s about hearing your voice in its rawest form.’ That’s what this album is.” There have been many events in Sewell’s past that have been detrimental to his wellbeing which are now immortalised in song – talking to him it’s clear Sewell is now in a far better place.
Though he heads on tour throughout May and June, LIFE hasn’t been performed live to anybody, leaving Sewell not knowing what to expect. “When I get on stage and sing this as a full body of work, see how it feels, it’s probably gonna be hard at some points during the set, I’m sure, to look back. “When I listen to the album now, I’m like ‘fucking hell, I was in a dark place at one point’. But when I’m playing live and I’m singing, I feel like I go to a different place. I’m there to entertain the crowd, to put on a show. I go to that place rather than make myself cry.”
Songs of Freedom is on Friday May 24 in the Ian Potter Centre’s Jazz Club as part of Progress – A Festival of Ideas which comes to Monash University’s Clayton campus from Thursday May 16 to Sunday May 26. Info and tickets available at www.monash.edu/mlive.
Conrad Sewell Though he has the looks of a blonde Mark Wahlberg and the musicality of Prince, the heavy sentiments and serious stories that course through Conrad Sewell’s music are entirely his own. BY ANNA ROSE
Heartbreakingly raw, Sewell’s highly anticipated debut album, LIFE, captures the chaos the Brisbane singer-songwriter experienced both personally and professionally as he battled addiction. An excited Sewell explains the release has been a long time in the making. “I feel like it’s finally time for the world to hear what I’m all about, to hear these songs and hopefully fall in love with them.” Given Sewell’s struggle with alcohol and drug addiction, it’s fair to say that if it weren’t for some serious changes Sewell would have completely jeopardised his musical potential. Bright as his voice is, the heavy undertones of his past are unmistakeable, as Sewell says, “I feel like I’ve had a second chance in some ways. “I was signed to a big American label, I was out on the road playing massive venues and had a very big song out with Kygo [‘Firestone’]. “At that point I started to jeopardise a lot of stuff around me and self-sabotage. I don’t know why, I just guess I did. Maybe I was
scared I was getting what I finally wanted, or maybe I’m just a fucking idiot.” It wasn’t until those closest to Sewell told him to pull his head in that he started to realise things about himself that he didn’t like – so he made some changes. “I’m a different person to who I was back then,” he says. “Finally the universe is blessing me with being allowed to put this album out.” Safe to say that Sewell has always been blessed, but he’s had to be active in taking these gifts and putting them out there, a fact to which he laughs, “It’s true though, I have always been very fortunate. I’ve worked hard, but doors have always opened because of the best things I got [given]. “It’s coming to me [now], hopefully, because I’m ready for it – it didn’t happen back then because I wasn’t ready for it and if I had had some massive success with my solo album, I would have ended up dead. I wasn’t ready to receive it, but now I am.” The songs written for LIFE overlap with those dark times. “There’s songs that were written five years ago, and songs that were
Conrad Sewell’s debut album, LIFE, is out on Friday May 17 through Sony. Sewell launches the record at The Forum on Friday June 7. Grab your tickets via the venue’s website.
Eight unmissable acts at Stonnington Jazz BY ASHLEY DIAMANTIS
Regarded as one of the most important dates on the national jazz calendar, the Stonnington Jazz Festival has been in full swing for about a week now and is in its last few remaining days. Before it’s all over and done with, we’ve put together a list of eight acts that jazz lovers and the jazz curious won’t want to miss, complete with some of the biggest household names and fun activities for the whole family (or yourself ). Stella Angelico
1. Barney McAll
2. Queens of the Jazz Age
3. Kathleen Halloran Trio
Grammy-nominated for best contemporary jazz album and ARIA-winning piano master, Barney McAll, presents compositions taken from his critically acclaimed album Hearing The Blood live. As an extra treat to all those attending Stonnington Jazz, audiences will also witness some never-before-heard songs, written strictly for this limited event. You won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to see the master in concert, catch him at Chapel Off Chapel on Thursday May 16.
On Saturday May 18, witness cabaret, stage and jazz royalty as Rhonda Burchmore hosts and performs for Queens of the Jazz Age. Taking the stage alongside her are cabaret stars Dolly Diamond and Cougar Morrison, as well as Stella Angelico and The Jack Earle Big Band. This unique event harkens back to the days of old Hollywood glamour, celebrating classical jazz music and raw, unfiltered talent. Catch it at Chapel Off Chapel.
Presenting 60 minutes of original compositions, eclectic upcoming jazz group, Kathleen Halloran Trio, are joined by multi award-winning jazz pianist, Andrea Keller, at The Loft at Chapel Off Chapel on Thursday May 16. With Darryn Farrugia on drums and Kim May on bass, listeners will be in awe of the fun and fierce approach the group takes to traditional jazz music, and how they are able to exceptionally fill the night with melodically rich, inspiring and improvised sounds.
Combining as Origami,Adam Simmons,Howard Cairns and Hugh Harvery, in collaboration with Wang Zheng-Ting, perform their show Wu Xing – The Five Elements, exploring the cycles of creation through the elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and air. Performing at The Loft at Chapel Off Chapel, audiences will be immersed in every element from the technical style of the music to the visual projections set up around the room. You won’t want to miss it, show’s on Saturday May 18.
5. Sam Anning Sextet Award-winning Melbourne bassist-composer, Sam Anning, along with his sextet, will be performing their third album Across A Field As Vast As One, at The Loft at Chapel Off Chapel on Friday May 17. With each band member an exceptional musician in their own right, the night will bring to life their stunning compositions, drawing on a range of geographical influences, as well as paying homage to Anning’s late, great mentor, Australian drummer Allan Browne.
6. The Seven Ups and WVR BVBY Featuring self-acclaimed intergalactic hardgroove group, WVR BVBY, and seven-piece party band, The Seven Ups, punters will be lured into a sonic vortex at Melbourne Bowling Club on Friday May 17. Taking inspiration from crate digger culture and ‘70s production techniques, WVR BVBY fuse together tonalities, creating a meditative environment. The Seven Ups blend ‘70s Nigerian Afrobeat with deep street funk and unrestrained horn solos.
The Sugarfoot Ramblers
7. Get Involved Session
8. Cool Nights, Hot Jazz
Under the artistic direction of Chelsea Wilson, Stonnington Jazz Festival is asking you to Get Involved (Session) in an array of jazz-inspired events for the whole family to enjoy. For the kids, hear classic stories come to life accompanied by music, with ARIAnominated artist Fem Belling on vocals and Monique diMattina on piano. For the adults, get into the rhythm of painting with ambient jazz music and complimentary drinks at Paint. Sip. Jazz. led by artists from Cork & Chroma.
What’s the best way to end Melbourne’s favourite jazz festival? With another festival. Cool Nights, Hot Jazz is the finale event closing the Stonnington Jazz Festival this year, with the lineup organised by pianist Monique diMattina. Taking place at the Malvern Town Hall, attendees can expect a night of masterful and improvised jazz music, paying homage to the traditional jazz legacy of Melbourne. Acts will include The Sugarfoot Ramblers, Bob Sedergreen and Adam Rudegeair, catch them Sunday May 19.
Stonnington Jazz Festival is on until Sunday May 19. To view the full program and ticketing information, head to their website.
2019 FEDERAL ELECTION
Fostering the music and arts industries.
Tell us a bit about your background. How did you get into politics and where does your political passion spur from? When I left school I studied to be a teacher but that did not pan out. I then discovered that being unemployed without skills or qualifications in a time of high unemployment in Queensland in the ‘80s was tough. After a year of unemployment, I decided to study politics at uni so that I could better understand Queensland politics. This was when the Bjelke-Petersen government was in power. You were once a member of the ALP but have never been a member of a political party since you left Labor. Why is that? I joined the ALP when I was at uni because it was the only opposition back then. I left the ALP because they became soft on uranium mining. These days I am open to evaluating nuclear energy as a source of reliable energy. I have never joined another party since because they are bereft of thinking in the long term for the overall good of the country, and they struggle to accommodate creative thinkers like myself. What are your goals for the upcoming federal election? I want to secure as many primary votes as I possibly can. I am a credible, solid alternative to the Greens, the ALP and the Liberals in Melbourne, a candidate with ten years public
sector experience and 20 years in small business. My goal is to be the superior, quality alternative to the mediocre lineup that has been dished up to the Melbourne electorate by the other parties. Tell us about your policies. Why are they more favorable than your competing parties? I have a great jobs and housing policy that involves setting up medical research institutes in rail corridor country towns, in towns such as Woodend and Ballan, where land is cheaper. A kick start of 100 well-paying research jobs in ten of these towns could generate hundreds of other jobs over time. We are beginning to unlock the secrets of the bacteria that live within us (the microbiome), especially how they influence mental and cardiovascular health, and the role the microbiome plays when people develop cancer. I wish to open a National Microbiome Research Institute which would help us get the necessary detail to create new treatments. What’s your stance on music and the arts? I am a huge fan of Australia’s regional art galleries. I have a policy to fund their expansion so they can show more artworks. I also want to fund script development of the lives of ten great, but not so well known, Australians for both film and episodic drama versions. This is the only policy in the election that is about putting real money into the hands of writers.
I also want to establish a Music Festivals of Australia Safety Council so that experienced music festival operators can pass on their knowledge to organisers who are new to the game. Safety is more than drugs testing, it also covers utilities, traffic and crowd management, as well as dealing with crappy weather. I want to vote for someone that I can easily relate to and is personable. Why is that you? Personable – yes! I do get a whack on the knuckle for being a bit too talky at times, and not getting to the point. I am optimistic and hopeful and positive. I always believe there is a way to solve a problem, even if the solution can’t be found straightaway.
For someone that isn’t too invested in politics and doesn’t know much about any of the candidates, why should they tick your box? I have successfully run a small business (in partnership) for the last 20 years. That experience counts. Small business experience is about persistence and dealing with adversity and thinking about your customers. Pick someone with business experience who understands job creation and the need to design our economy so that people can easily move in and out of jobs. Authorised by D. Blake 197 Errol St, North Melbourne, VIC, 3051 Find out more about Dave Blake’s policies at vote1daveblake2019.com
Independents for Climate Action Now Fighting environmental disaster starts now. Independents for Climate Action Now (ICAN) was founded in 2018. What compelled the party’s creation? The unseating of Malcolm Turnbull highlighted the galling fact that our government was full of ambitious little boys jostling for the top spot, prepared to do anything to snatch it from each other. This was not a group of responsible, wise, educated, concerned adults leading their people into the most torrid time of man’s history on the planet. It was a bunch of weasels eating from the hands of big corporate donors and saying whatever necessary to get them some purchase within the party. This was causing all this inaction on Climate Change in Parliament. We needed a new start. What are the party’s goals for the upcoming federal election? To raise awareness in the electorate about the need to vote for climate this election, and to spread information about our candidates. To have a good coverage of candidates who are strong in science over the three eastern states and garner for them, and the issue, as much publicity as possible. To get candidates into the Senate, where we can influence policymaking – bringing a scientific perspective to
the table and heed the advice and warnings of 97% of climate scientists. Tell us about your policies. What are you hoping to remedy from current policymaking? Climate action, number one. Next, we need to address the current whittling of our democracy by biased press and vested interest donations. There are a number of very powerful, global corporations who seem to view national governments as ripe for the plucking to serve their purposes. Exposing and acknowledging the problem, then acting rigorously to remove it, and putting vigilant processes in place to protect us from their manipulations in the future is our secondary aim. This is the only way to save the collapse of our planetary ecosystems; to remove the exploiters. If you could enact any policy on your first day of the job, what would it be? Declare a Climate Emergency, Stop Adani, Stop Equinor in the Bight, Stop AGL in Westernport, Stop Fracking – Beetaloo Basin in the NT, and in all other states. Royal Commission into the Murray Darling Basin mismanagement. Great Barrier Reef – get back the $444 million thrown at Liberal Party
Kammy Cordner Hunt
mates and re-award the funding via proper tendering and transparent channels. End political donations, bring in election reform for improved fairness. Why should I vote for you instead of a party for more wide-ranging policies? This is an emergency. We need to get this done first, then other policies can be undertaken within the context of a declared climate emergency and our emerging new fossil fuel free economy. This is the benchmark, the restart switch – it has to happen first. I want to vote for a party that I can easily relate to and one that is personable. Why is that ICAN? We are an earthy, gutsy, reactionary group of individuals who put our hands up when we saw what was actually going on. We are just like you and everybody else – we have had
a gutful. We are not career politicians who live for the cut and thrust on the floor of the chamber. We have decided to make a stand because for us, right now, it is the right place and time, and we are doing it for you. For someone that isn’t too invested in politics and doesn’t know much about any of the parties, why should they tick your box? We represent a departure from what has been going on before – that was the white noise of obfuscation that made you switch off! We represent a chance for you to feel you are being heard by people who are just like you, who want to end the meaningless, fruitless blah blah blah. We will engage you, and all people like you, to bring a real voice with real words that make real sense to parliament. For more information on the Independents for Climate Action Now party, head to i-c-a-n.com.au.
Profiles Australian Workers Party
Christopher Sprake Productions SPACES
This year’s federal election will be the Australian Workers Party’s first. Why was the party created? We needed a new option – one that isn’t in the pockets of corporate donors and the gambling, coal, petrochemical and pharmaceutical corporations; one that is realistic, and focused on social and environmental justice; one that will stand up for average people and act on climate change. What are the party’s goals for the upcoming federal election? We hope to win seats in Parliament so we can represent you. We think climate change action can’t wait. We want to be in Canberra so someone is there to get action on climate. Now. Tell us about your policies. Our key policies include climate action, clean energy and clean conscience – save the Barrier Reef, save the Murray Darling and invest in renewables. We’re committed to wage fairness for workers and income justice for students. It’s also time to end the suffering – there should also be no detention for adults and children. Check out our other policies via our website, australianworkersparty.org. For someone that isn’t too invested in politics, why should they tick your box? Please don’t tick, your vote won’t count. Please give us your number 1. We won’t bury our heads in the sand. We have an Arts Policy and a plan to help our struggling musicians and others on low incomes. We will fight for better funding, better services, fair and transparent grants and investment in our arts.
Tell us about your state-of-the-art recording and production facilities for musicians. I use high-end analog equipment and microphones for recording, offering digital and analog mixing and mastering. It’s a best-of-both-worlds approach. For those who aren’t across the technical side, what’s important about recording, mixing and mastering songs professionally? Recording and producing in a treated environment, along using standard equipment, consistently ensures high quality projects before broadcast. Trusting a producer, and their equipment, lets the artist focus on their performance, which is what will engage the audience. What music equipment do you have at your disposal? The studio centres around a mixing desk, serviced by high-end outboard and preamps, compressors, and a variety of vintage microphones. Conversion through an Antelope Audio Orion. Also, electric and acoustic guitars, an upright piano, amps, keyboards, percussion and virtual instruments, and plugins. Who have you worked with in the past and how have they benefited from your services? Robert K Champion’s album 1977 became Radio Adelaide’s album of the week. I’ve worked with Steve Roach for a long time, our first album together got him signed to an American label. As a community music advocate, I worked with Nu Regime who won a grant for their single addressing domestic violence. What’s the next step for Christopher Sprake Productions when it comes to recording and production? I’m always looking for the best way to showcase an artist to the world. Continuing to explore production styles, and how they highlight the artist, excites me.
Narelle Everard is a Senate candidate for Victoria. On election day this Saturday May 18, you will find her standing for the Australian Workers Party in Group T on the Senate ballot paper. Authorised by M. Ptolemy, PO Box 4062. Winmalee, NSW, 2777.
For more information head to christophersprake.com.
Late Night Thoughts MUSIC
What led you to form Shotgun Mistress? During the time I’ve played extreme metal, I’ve always loved hard rock bands, maybe more than death/black metal bands. In the last few months I’ve just started jamming that music with a few friends and it’s been great. Shotgun Mistress has seen a shift into rock territory. How’s the transition been? It’s been awesome to play something different with some different people. The whole process is a lot more organic than the metal bands I’ve played with. Less riffs, less technicality, less technology. Just turn it up loud and smash out some rock. What’s the story behind your new single, ‘No Friend of Mine’? The song’s aim was to shine light on domestic violence but with a positive ending of freedom. ‘No Friend Of Mine’ is the reaction we’d give to the abuser if the little velvet boy was trying to breeze it off like nothing happened. Your debut album is in the works, is there a release date and what can we expect from it? We’re currently in the preproduction stage, getting everything solid before we go into the studio in July. Hopefully the album will be released in November. It’ll be an absolute belter of a hard-rock album. Are there upcoming gigs Shotgun Mistress fans should look out for? We’ve not stopped writing and suddenly, we’re preparing to record. We forgot to play any shows! We’ll be hitting the stage soon now we’ve got a catalogue of banging songs. ‘No Friend of Mine’ is out now. For more from Shotgun Mistress, head to the band’s Facebook page.
Based out of the United States, and Massachusetts in particular, when did you start making music and what led you there? We both have had a deep passion for music our whole lives, but we didn’t truly explore a career out of it until college. We met at a music class while attending Brandeis University and instantly clicked. We started performing around campus, writing original music, and ultimately got into the studio to create. Tell us about your new EP, Worth It. What is the story behind it? What inspired it? This EP is a culmination of our beginning. It’s kind of an introspective tribute to not only our college years, but also to the start of our journey. It’s surreal to see what we have been able to accomplish and releasing this project on graduation weekend could not be a more perfect moment for us. We are just getting started. What do you love about making music? The opportunity to spill ourselves out while also making other people connect with it. There is no better joy than to see a vision, or a story, go from a few guitar riffs to a beautiful, fully mastered recording that listeners can enjoy and relate to. How would you describe your sound and how did you come to it? We call it “homegrownpop”. A sound that expresses the sincerity of our thoughts, while also digging deep into our homegrown roots. A sound that fosters the qualities and experiences most important to us while, hopefully, resonating with our listeners as well. What’s next for Late Night Thoughts now that the EP is out? New York City! We will be both moving out to NYC to continue pursuing our music careers and begin the next chapter of the LNT story. Worth It is out on Friday May 17, head to lntmusic.com for more info.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Stanley Burgers RESTAURANT
Where to get your quick and quirky Italian fix BY D’ARCY MCGREGOR
Breakfast CANNOLI BAR Out of the city, but into the real Melbourne food scene, Cannoli Bar isn’t a pastry store that discriminates – it’s everything good about Italian pastries under the one roof. Tucked away in residential Avondale Heights, the old-milk-bar-turned-cannolificio (cannoli store) is a quintessential Sicilian shop. The first thing you notice when you enter, beside the mouth-watering cornetti con crema, are the empty cannoli shells stacked behind a glass panel. This is always a good sign that your cannoli will be filled with sweet ricotta on the spot, nice and fresh to avoid the pastry getting soggy. The fresh fillings mean if you’re not a traditionalist (like me) and can’t decide what flavours to try, you can pick two because they’ll pipe them one end at a time. The staff communicate in Italian and, when the sun streams in the windows, you’d think you’ve been transported to Palermo. Their cannoli are so good, I’d brave the hourlong drive for one. 23 Riviera Road, Avondale Heights
Lunch GOOD GNOCCHI This hole-in-the-wall restaurant has no signs, just an A5 menu hanging on each black-tinted window, and if you gnocch on the right pane of glass, you’ll be greeted by owner of Good Gnocchi, James Eddy. Eddy and his team of cooks are slinging exactly what they promise in the name, and it’s plated up in a foil takeaway container – like the ones your school canteen meals came in. The small menu has four sauce options on offer with a vegan/ gluten free sweet potato gnocchi option too. If you’re not a psychopath and like to mop up pasta sauce with a hunk of bread like a normal person, there’s also a small five-piece loaf of garlic bread on offer (thank goodness).
124 Langridge Street, Collingwood
Dinner CONNIE’S PIZZA Is Connie’s Pizza strictly Italian? Well it’s a mix of cultures, just like Melbourne. The literal hole-in-the-wall dishes up huge Italian-New York style pizza pies as an ode to owner Michael Madrusan’s Nonnina. The pizza is served up either by the slice on white plastic plates, or as an 18-inch pie in a box that just fits through the kitchen’s serving window. You won’t find the kitchen window out on the street but rather inside Melbourne’s Russell Street bar, Heartbreaker. The pizza they serve up is like a big hug from your Nonna – it’s in no way its own restaurant, but a delicious extension of the bar – so have a slice in one hand and a beer in the other. Need a recommendation? Get the Sicilian and thank us later. Open till 3am.
234A Russell Street, Melbourne
What’s the inspiration behind Stanley Burgers and when did it open? The idea behind Stanley Burgers came when I travelled to my home city of Alexandria, Egypt. The unique beauty of Stanley Beach inspired me. There is something special about being overseas, enjoying a unique beach with a great meal. I brought the idea back to Scoresby and opened the very first Stanley Burgers on April 1, 2019. Scoresby isn’t ordinarily known for its restaurant hotspots. How and why were you drawn to this quiet eastern suburb? I have lived in the Knox area with my family for over five years. It’s a unique suburb and I felt that it was in need of a unique food venue providing quality meals. My hope is to serve the current community and attract new residents to this area, but this is only the beginning. Our hope is that Stanley Burgers Scoresby is the first of many to open in the future. Tell us a bit about the menu. It’s big on epic burgers and delicious shakes. What was the philosophy behind it? Our exciting menu offers burgers named after famous beaches all around the world, each with their own unique ingredients and flavours. Our Mykonos Burger, for example, is packed with Greek souvlaki meat. The Waikiki Burger is named after a beach in Hawaii and provides tropical flavours with the addition of pineapple. Our Miami Burger features the famous American mac and cheese patty and our Miyakajima Burger features Japanese pancakes. We are excited to have a very wide selection. What do you want your guests and diners to get out of their experience at Stanley Burgers? Our hope is that our guests enjoy the exceptional flavours inspired by beaches in cities all over the world. Our aim is to provide quality dine in and takeaway experiences. We aim to serve luxurious burgers with the freshest, highest quality ingredients in a fun and relaxed environment. Check out Stanley Burgers at 2/5 Lynton Place, Scoresby. Head to their Facebook page for more info.
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In the Pit Amyl and The Sniffers THE TOTE, THURSDAY MAY 9 Amyl and The Sniffers put everyone on an instant high at The Tote. The sold-out show was so packed, the entrance was bottlenecked. Meanwhile, fans were scrambling to get tickets on the Facebook event page, succumbing to scammers in the process. Opened by D-beat band Lái and punk outfit ASL, The Tote was revelling in its punk roots, having played host to everyone from Cosmic Psychos to Mudhoney to Eddy Current Suppression Ring in its time. I even heard one Boomer say after the show “I’ve been coming here since 1986”. Amyl and The Sniffers started out as housemates who recorded their first EP in a record 12 hours. Fronted by Amy Taylor (Amyl), her Sniffers are Bryce Wilson (drums), Dec Martens (guitar) and Gus Romer (guitar). The band represent peak Australian culture – the mullet-toting band are an exemplar of the sharpies of the 1970s. The sharpies were a subculture unique to Australia; regional groups of working-class kids, characterised by their unique dance moves and mullets. From lyrics about walking to the Westgate, to boogying in Balaclava and a hot day being “alright for St. Kilda”, the band are as Aussie as it comes and unique in the anarchic, boisterous and flirty atmosphere they bring. Many fans come just for the vibe and the energy and sass that Taylor brings to every show. Taylor might be harder than a cat’s head, but she’s got a real sweetness behind her, too. Between songs, she makes off-hand comments about topics ranging from raspberry lemonade to politics and climate change. At one point she jokes about how climate change is going to destroy us, and you bet the northside patrons loved that one – with one patron screaming “The Greens”, from behind me.
The fans are what make The Sniffers’ shows so electric. The entire venue was one big mosh, with punters eagerly climbing on stage and then jumping into the crowd’s abyss before resurfacing a few people over. The best part was that the majority of these crowd-surfers were women. Taylor really sets the example for this, crowd-surfing more times than I could count. All while still holding the microphone and bellowing lyrics like “walking to the Westgate” as clear as day. Taylor has a stage presence that cannot be matched. The Sniffers are by far the best performers I’ve seen live, and I’ve seen Kylie Minogue. The way Taylor shuffles back and forth on stage like a true sharpie, then turns around and winks at the audience. It’s priceless. “We’ve only got three songs left” said Taylor before The Sniffers finally played their newest tracks ‘Got You’, ‘Monsoon Rock’ and ‘Some Mutts (Can’t Be Muzzled)’. With everyone in the crowd putting their hands up in unity, chanting “you’ve got a new dog, do you remember me?” and “woof, woof”. Amyl and The Sniffers exit the stage and it almost feels premature. The audience want more but are given blue balls. The Sniffers are done and what they say is what goes, but they’ll be back. Highlight: When Amy Taylor was literally holding onto the roof in one song, while singing into the mosh below. Crowd Favourite: Screaming “she’s not a loser” when Taylor gave the microphone to the audience in ‘I’m Not A Loser’. Lowlight: The guy with the Russell Brand dreads in front of me. BY SASKIA MORRISON-THIAGU
Amyl and The Sniffers, photo by Joshua Braybrook
Mildlife, photo by David Harris
Mildlife THE NIGHT CAT, THURSDAY MAY 9 The Night Cat hummed with the excitement of young bodies pulled together by a unified cause, the bass heavy beats emanating from the DJ booth adding to the chatter and the general expectancy of imminent good times. The buzz in the room tonight felt indicative of that surrounding the band themselves, who, against conventional odds, have been busy bringing soul jazz to an increasingly large audience. Mildlife are local heroes these days, and friends to many in the audience who have watched them progress over the last few years towards much more than local renown. The venue’s in-the-round setup, whereby the audience forms a circle around the stage, particularly suited Mildlife as, although they have been successful in capturing their sound on record, they are essentially a live band and the transference of energy to and from the audience is a major part of their chemistry. Essentially the rhythm section plays funk; James Donald’s drumming is heavy and highly danceable, while Tom Shanahan’s bass playing is tastefully understated yet full of feeling. Shanahan leaves enough gaps between the notes so that the lower end is never crowded, even when sharing that space with the synth, which at times allows him to explore further up the neck of his instrument. Though the set started off decidedly mellow, the band’s ‘70s Euro soul jazz influences heavily on display, by the halfway point the drums were pounding with an immediacy that kept the room pulsing and several dancers dissolving into the groove. Although there was always a lot happening,
it never got overwhelming and the work of Donald and Shanahan kept things grounded, while percussionist Craig Shanahan added dimension and shade with congas, shakers and chimes. Synth wizard Kevin McDowell was responsible for contributing bass and melodic lead parts, as well as swirling, textural synth sounds that made it less obvious where things were going while also nodding firmly towards ‘70s prog rock. Amid all this stood guitarist and flautist Adam Halliwell. Halliwell holds the task of being the lead melodic instrumentalist in the band, and the arrangements are constructed in a way which provides ample space for his virtuosic soloing. Armed with a clutch of deftly employed pedals, he produced a range of warm ‘70s-nodding tones from his guitar, moving between giddying solos to funk vamps and everywhere in between. Things moved into heavier psych territory as Halliwell strapped on an acoustic guitar and the synth droned, and the band seemed to have hit their pace, before switching things again as they transitioned into a disco inflected section. Ending on a high with two newer songs, both heavily funky and energetic while maintaining the jazz that is at the group’s core – and featuring a tasty bit of vocoder – Mildlife quit the stage with a shy wave and no encore, having said exactly what they had come to relay. BY ALEX WATTS
Albums & Singles BEST NEW ALBUM
Father of the Bride
Given that Vampire Weekend’s first three albums came in relatively quick succession, it’s been a rather long wait for fans in the lead up to their fourth album. Father of the Bride arrives a full six years after 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City and when you haven’t put a foot wrong with the first three records, the pressure placed upon a long-awaited release can reach fever-pitch. To say that Vampire Weekend have lived up to the high standards they’ve set themselves would be a disservice to Father of the Bride. Make no mistake, this a top quality album. Ezra Koenig’s vocals just get better and better while his lyrical prowess shows a songwriter at the top of his game. Despite possessing the vocal capability to be the band’s calling card on its own, three songs feature HAIM’s Danielle Haim, the catchiest being the ever sweet ‘We Belong Together’. The Internet’s guitarist Steve Lacy also pops up on two songs, most prominently on the earworm of a single ‘Sunflower’. There are many styles and influences at play on Father of the Bride and, in many ways, the country twangs, indie-pop sensibilities and soulful crooning feel like they have no right to mesh together, though they always result in terrific music. The drawling vocals and playful guitars of ‘How Long?’ and the waxing lyrics of ‘This Life’ are among the album’s plethora of highlights. At 18 tracks and clocking in at just under an hour, Father of the Bride could easily be at risk of feeling bloated, but it just allows for more great tunes and experimentation to be given the light of day. The New York City outfit are in top form and show no signs of slowing. Label: Columbia Records / Sony BY ALEXANDER CROWDEN
SINGLES – WITH AUGUSTUS WELBY
Ciudad Del Humo
Kate Tempest has a history of divining society’s psychological and economical ills. Her work isn’t a hammer to the brain – hopefulness is the driver – but the exalting tone of ‘Firesmoke’ feels novel. Tempest is more accurately described as a poet than a rapper, and Dan Carey’s low rumble electronics and keyboard chords bear little resemblance to contemporary UK hip hop. But the song’s outpouring of doting affection is still a stylistic anomaly. It’s not too schmaltzy for Tempest’s poetic flair to shine through.
Alex Cameron risks self-parody. His ‘80s-tinged work recalls Kaputt-era Destroyer and Sydney cohort Jack Ladder. He sings in hammed up register akin to Murder Balladsera Nick Cave (but without all the death). Cameron occupies a demarcated thematic zone, too. ‘Miami Memory’ contains many familiar visuals: strip clubs, bodily decay, orgasms, and tragicomic expressions of love. He’s in the clear for now, though, as his songwriting continues to sharpen.
South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim started performing in the 1950s. He’s still finding things to say at age 84, supported by his horn-heavy septet, Ekaya. ‘Dreamtime’ begins Ibrahim’s forthcoming LP, The Balance, and it’s a beautifully measured composition. The record was tracked in one day but there’s no haste to the recording. Ibrahim’s piano conveys acceptance and he seems equally interested in exploring new ideas as conserving the legacy of Township jazz.
A multilingual pop song from Brooklyn via Barcelona singer/producer Gisela FullàSilvestre, ‘Ciudad Del Humo’ is in constant motion. The rhythm section plies a house groove as Fullà-Silvestre steadily expands the percussion programming. It transports you to a summer party in the early evening; a breeze blows and your energy supply replenishes.
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Everything In Colour
After their widely-received 2016 EP Growing Pains and a cavalcade of singles, Sleep Talk have finally released their debut album Everything In Colour, and it’s rather stimulating. Decorated with dark and gloomy themes, the LP is written with poetic, emotionally harsh lyrics. Their single ‘Slowfade’ treads on the relatable with themes of isolation and decay, while some songs are vulnerable, such as ‘New Tradition’ – “It’s all the same to me/I’m sleeping in my dream” lines the barefaced expose. Sleep Talk are quite subtle with their motifs, complimented ardently by lead vocalist, Jacob Clement’s growls of death. Under their candid lyrics, Sleep Talk are adventurous and almost restless in their melodious approach. Keeping their song lengths short and sweet, they wander through alternate genres seamlessly, whether it’s the album’s fluid openers or the harshness and haunting riffs of the track ‘Sleep Talk’. Keenly juxtaposing the demeanour of their vocals and melodies, it’s obvious the Adelaide five-piece have put significant effort into their palate. If listeners can find patience in themselves, they’ll come to realise that Everything In Colour is an incredibly durable release.
On their latest EP, Body Type cater to the tenuous millennial attention span with 20 minutes of dazzling, perfectly crafted indie rock. Picking up where the band’s 2018 debut EP left off, EP2 opens with the driving guitars and rousing hook of ‘Stingray’. With vocal duties shared between Sophie McComish and Annabel Blackman, there’s two distinct moods to Body Type, with McComish leading the more urgent tracks while Blackman’s languid vocals accentuate the EP’s sprawling moments. It is, however, when the two vocalists join in harmony that the most memorable moments are born, with ‘UMA’ in particular serving as a standout track. There’s certainly more introspection this time, with ‘Free To Air’ serving as one of the more reflective moments of the band’s discography. ‘Insomnia’ is similarly impactful, weaving an enchanting spell as McComish sings of tender moments under the sheets. It’s clear the band’s constant touring has paid off - the result being a tighter, more cohesive unit that now feels unstoppable. Label: Inertia / Partisan BY HOLLY PEREIRA
Wheeltappers & Shunters
For the past 19 years, UK band Clinic have consistently produced concise and compelling psychedelic rock. For a genre whose main ingredient is otherness, Clinic seem to have defied the constantly expanding scope suffered by many of their psych contemporaries by maintaining a system that, even after eight albums, has not become formulaic. The opening track ‘Laughing Cavalier’ is thick, seedy and consuming as the band’s signature fuzzed out guitars – think T Rex or Garry Glitter – are driven inexorably by a post punk rhythm. When joined by Ade Blackburn’s druggy as fuck vocal steez, the listener is veritably ‘stoned’. So why have Clinic consistently sat on the periphery of the alternative rock scene for 20 years and eight incredible albums? Because they are so fucking English and thus not cool. In all their press shots and when they play live, the band wear surgical scrubs which was kitschy when they first started but now it is just lame. And despite the timeless and ethereal ambiguity of their music, they do dumb things like naming their album Wheeltappers & Shunters. “This unusual name is taken from the long-forgotten 1970s ITV variety show,” – like anyone gives a fuck? For a band that conjures a powerful distinctiveness, Clinic are burdened by mundane aesthetics.
Having already established a reputation as one of Australia’s foremost emerging pop artists, Conrad Sewell has finally delivered his debut album, LIFE. It’s a scary thing marching into your first major release, yet, Sewell treads confidently forward with the impressive singles, ‘Start Again’ and ‘Healing Hands’ – initially released in 2015 and 2018 respectively – at the top. You could guess from the album title, Sewell gives us, over the course of fifteen tracks, a slice of life; his life in fact. He ponders over his past regrets with such tracks as ‘Come Clean’, ‘City of Angels’ and ‘Changing’; the latter two being a highlight for their sombre nature and Sewell’s slick vocals. Moreover, he contemplates his hopes and dreams, adding sweetness and plenty of perspective to the album. Largely a pianodriven record, you get the feeling that you may be listening to the same song over and over again, but that doesn’t take away from the sentiment. His debut LP, it’s remarkable how quickly Sewell has found his voice. Behind his equally distinguishable and endearing vocals, Sewell creates an immersive and telling opus of retrospection, spotlighting the importance of perseverance. Label: Sony BY RHYS MCKENZIE
BY RHYS MCKENZIE Label: Domino BY DAN WATT
Live at New Hall Off the back of celebrated albums, 2014’s It’s About Time and 2017’s Remind Myself, and the multitude of awards that followed, Ocean Grove singersongwriter Andrea Robertson has forged herself quite the career.
In 2019 she returns with her most organic piece of work in the form of Live at New Hall. Recorded at the namesake Point Lonsdale arts space to a sold-out crowd, Live at New Hall comes as a double LP – an expansion proposed by the late, great blues musician Chris Wilson. With more of an acoustic feel than her previous albums, Live at New Hall is the work of seven musicians, four of which make up Robertson’s core band. An opus of positivity, the double LP is lined with persistence and gratitude. Narratives touch on her first meeting with her husband, conversations with her daughter,
as well as social commentary on the current state of the world. Flavours of Americana coat the melodies – if it doesn’t bring to mind Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats at first listen, the rings of St. Paul & The Broken Bones are sure to eventuate. There are ballads to underscore Robertson’s eloquent vocals but enough enthusiasm in the instrumentals to brand much of the record rock’n’roll. An intriguing left-turn from an exciting songwriter. Label: Independent BY TOM PARKER
GIGS & EVENTS
Gig & Events Guide Wednesday 15 May
Rock, Punk, Metal ZOË FOX, MADAME SLEDGE The Fitzroy Pinnacle. Fitzroy North. 8pm. FREE. MAGIC THE GATHERING The Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar. North Melbourne. 7pm. FREE. JACKY X ‘DRIVE THRU’ SINGLE LAUNCH The Workers Club. Fitzroy. 8.30pm. $8.85. OPEN MIC Whole Lotta Love. Brunswick East. 5pm. DROP THE MIC The Penny Black. Brunswick. 7pm. MOON UNITS AND FRIENDS HUMP DAY SHUFFLE SHOW The Tote Hotel. Collingwood. 8pm. $6. NO SPINE EP LAUNCH + SUPPORTS The Tote Hotel. Collingwood. 7.30pm. $10. GOOD BEER WEEK: THE BIG BEER & BANDS BASH Northcote Social Club. Northcote. 8pm. FREE. KILL BELL, GIRL GERMS, LVIV Old Bar. Fitzroy. 7.30pm. $5. COLLARTS MUSIC PRODUCTION PRESENTS Bar Open. Fitzroy. 8pm. FREE. YOUNG HENRYS ROCK & ROLL CIRCUS – MELBOURNE EDITION Northcote Social Club. Northcote. 7.30pm. FREE.
Jazz, Global, Soul/Funk SOULVILLE Night Cat. Fitzroy. 9pm. FREE. IDEA CHASING: PAUL WILLIAMSON AND THE YOUNG GUNS The Jazzlab. Brunswick. 8pm. $20. TIMOTHY COGHILL Howler. Brunswick. 7.30pm. BUTTERED LOAF Bar Open. Fitzroy. 7pm. OMAR SOSA QUARTETO AFROCUBANO Bird© s Basement. Melbourne. 7.45pm. $39. LATIN JAZZ TRIO Bar Oussou. Brunswick. 9pm. FREE. GOLDEN HOUR Open Studio. Northcote. 8pm.
Acoustic, Country/Folk, Blues MUSICLAND COMMUNITY CHOIR REHEARSAL MusicLand Fawkner Music Complex. Fawkner. 7.30pm. $5. MELBOURNE© S BIGGEST OPEN MIC NIGHT MusicLand Fawkner Music Complex. Fawkner. 7pm. FREE. WOLF-ARROW RAIN The Drunken Poet. West Melbourne. 9pm. FREE. BROOKE TAYLOR The Drunken Poet. West Melbourne. 8pm. FREE. CEDRIC BURNSIDE Caravan Music Club. Bentleigh East. 8pm. $27.50 WHISKEY WEDNESDAYS - ACOUSTIC SESSIONS Swamplands Bar. Thornbury. 7pm. MUDDY© S BLUES ROULETTE The Catfish. Fitzroy. 8pm.
Hip Hop, R&B, Pop PEARL THE GIRL (JUST A PHASE TOUR) Gasometer Hotel. Collingwood. 8pm. $12. GODOGGO Evelyn Hotel. Brunswick. 8pm. $10. COLLARTS MUSIC PRODUCTION PRESENTS Bar Open. Fitzroy. 8pm. FREE. NEW KIDS Boney. Melbourne. 9pm. KASSETTE The Carlton Club. Melbourne. 8pm. FREE.
Electronic, Experimental ACID HOMMUS Section 8. Melbourne. 6pm. FREE. COLLARTS MUSIC PRODUCTION PRESENTS Bar Open. Fitzroy. 8pm. FREE. KASSETTE The Carlton Club. Melbourne. 8pm. FREE.
Thursday 16 May
Acoustic, Country/Folk, Blues EDDIE NUARDO, PETE FIDLER The Fitzroy Pinnacle. Fitzroy North. 8pm. FREE.
SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND Wesley Anne. Northcote. 8pm. $15. RHYLEY MCGRATH Wesley Anne. Northcote. 6pm. OPEN MIC NIGHT The Drunken Poet. West Melbourne. 7pm. FREE. DAN HORNE Charles Weston Hotel. Brunswick. 6.30pm. FREE. POPPET HEAD RECORDS PRESENTS LIVE ACOUSTIC TUNES Swamplands Bar. Thornbury. 7.30pm. FREE. THE COLLINGWOOD CASANOVAS Bar Open. Fitzroy. 7pm. FREE. MARK LANG Melbourne Recital Centre. Southbank. 7pm. $30. MICHAEL SITA Customs House Hotel. Williamstown. 8pm. FREE. FRANK RAYMOND & THE SILHOUETTES FAD Gallery. Melbourne. 9pm. FREE. JOHN WILLIAMS DOUBLE SHOT BLUES BAND Hume Blues Club. Coburg. 7.30pm. FREE. GERRY HALE Brothers Public House. Fitzroy. 8pm. FREE.
Rock, Punk, Metal NOCTURNAL CEREMONIES - A NIGHT OF DEAFENING SLUDGE The Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar. North Melbourne. 8pm. $10. AARON SCHEMBRI BAND, ROSIE CONFORTO MusicLand Fawkner Music Complex. Fawkner. 8pm. $10. CYSTIC NIGHTMARE, SINGING FEMINAZIS Red Betty. Brunswick. 8pm. FREE. TONES AND I DEBUT HEADLINE SHOWS WITH DROP LEGS, TAY PIGGOT The Workers Club. Fitzroy. 8pm. THE TUCKSHOP ORDER, THUNDABOX AND WORLD TURTLE WORLD Whole Lotta Love. Brunswick East. 8pm. $10. TSV – LUIS CL & DJ DYLAN Post Office Hotel. Coburg. 9pm. WE, TIGERS WITH JUNGLE BREED + FACET Retreat Hotel. Brunswick. 8pm. HOLLOW DECEMBER ECOTONE EP LAUNCH W. FIVEFOURS + ARBES The Curtin. Carlton. 8pm. $10.
INDEX FUNDRAISER NIGHT Evelyn Hotel. Brunswick. 8pm. $18. THE TESKEY BROTHERS Northcote Social Club. Northcote. 8pm. BIG MOIST AND THE SMOKING DURRIES © SHOEY© SINGLE LAUNCH The Tote Hotel. Collingwood. 8pm. $10. MICHAEL BEACH BAND FRONT BAR RESIDENCY The Tote Hotel. Collingwood. 7.30pm. GRACE CUMMINGS BAND (LAUNCH) WITH TERESA DUFFY RICHARDS, ZOE FOX & BANANAMAN Old Bar. Fitzroy. 7.30pm. $10. B!AND Bar Open. Fitzroy. 8.30pm. $10. BEDROCK WITH LEE HARDING Pier Bandroom. Frankston. 9pm. MICHAEL BEACH The Tote Hotel. Collingwood. 7pm. FREE. THE TUCKSHOP ORDER Whole Lotta Love. Brunswick East. 8pm. $10. MATT BRADSHAW The Elephant and Wheelbarrow. Melbourne. 9.30pm. FREE. YOUNG HENRYS ROCK & ROLL CIRCUS – MELBOURNE EDITION Northcote Social Club. Northcote. 7.30pm. FREE.
Hip Hop, R&B, Pop THROWBACK Lucky Coq. Windsor. 9pm. FREE. DUB FX Night Cat. Fitzroy. 9pm. $6.47. LUCIDA CASSETTE Gasometer Hotel. Collingwood. 8pm. $8. BRENDAN MACLEAN (ALBUM LAUNCH) Gasometer Hotel. Collingwood. 7.30pm. $24. EARNEST JACKSON WITH NIK NAVY + VAGUE The Toff In Town. Melbourne. 7.30pm. $10. MATT BRADSHAW The Elephant and Wheelbarrow. Melbourne. 9.30pm. FREE. LETS VIBE LIVE MUSIC Little Jax. Melbourne. 7pm. FREE. LAUNDRY THURSDAYS Laundry Bar. Fitzroy. 10pm. FREE.
The Writers Block #49
After first seeing the lusty virtuoso of a bebop saxophone in the 1986 film Round Midnight, Julien Wilson carved his own career on the tenor saxophone, going on to feature on over 70 albums. This Wednesday May 15, Wilson will be stunning audiences at Bar 303, catch him at 8pm, donations appreciated.
After a six-month hibernation, Grace Robinson and her band are finally returning with some new music, as well as a few of their classics. The group of VCA jazz students will be showing off a combination of jazz and blues on Thrusday May 16 from 8:30pm.
The Lomond Hotel are throwing a huge night of tunes on Thursday May 16 with The Writers Block #49. The evening will see a slew of local names taking the stage, including Hannah McKittrick, Fenn Wilson, Rat Child, Jack Kong, Bec Goring, George Wilson and Christy Wozitsky-Jones. It’s happening from 8:30pm, free entry.
On Thursday May 16, Bernadette Novembre and her ten-piece soul ensemble will lead Neon Soul, a night celebrating soul and blues at FAD Gallery. Melbourne’s new voice of soul, Novembre has been challenging the boundaries of contemporary music. Come see it for yourself from 9pm, free entry.
GIGS & EVENTS
Jazz, Global, Soul/Funk JOE CHINDAMO TRIO The Jazzlab. Brunswick. 8pm. $25. JULES BOULT Transit Rooftop Bar. VIC. 8pm. FREE. GRACE ROBINSON Edinburgh Castle Hotel. Brunswick. 8.30pm. FREE. KYLIE AULDIST Cherry Bar. Melbourne. 5pm. $15. BARNEY MCALL Chapel Off Chapel. Prahran. 7.30pm. $45. OMAR SOSA QUARTETO AFROCUBANO Bird© s Basement. Melbourne. 7.45pm. $39. TAXITHI PROJECT – ENDEHNA GREEK MUSIC Open Studio. Northcote. 8pm. $16. BLOWGERRY HALE Brothers Public House. Fitzroy. 8pm. FREE. BENJI & THE SALTWATER SOUND SYSTEM Bar 303. Northcote. 7pm. FREE. FEM BELLING The Water Rat Hotel. South Melbourne. 7pm. FREE. THE MICHELLE NICOLLE BAND Brunswick Green. Brunswick. 8.30pm ANDREA KELLER TRANSIENTS TRIO Uptown Jazz Café. Fitzroy. 8.30pm. $15
Electronic, Experimental GOLD HAUS Section 8. Melbourne. 6pm. FREE. THE VINYL FRONTIER Boney. Melbourne. 9pm. FREE. PEZNT OneSixOne. Prahran. 8pm. FREE. AXED Grumpy© s Green. Fitzroy. 6pm. FREE. JUNGLE BOOGIE The Carlton Club. Melbourne. 8pm. FREE.
Friday 17 May
Rock, Punk, Metal KNOCK OFF! WITH FUNK DANCING FOR SELF DEFENCE The Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar. North Melbourne. 4pm. FREE. IRON STEEL, THE REFLEX MusicLand Fawkner Music Complex. Fawkner. 7.30pm. $10. PATRIZIA & THE GROOVE MusicLand Fawkner Music Complex. Fawkner. 7.30pm. $10. HOUSE OF LIGHT Bombay Rock. 7pm. FREE.
The Singing Feminazis RED BETTY For a night showcasing hilarious patriarchysmashing sass, empowering laughs and the occasional educational fact, stop by Red Betty and witness the wit-wielding force that is The Singing Feminazis, with special guests Cystic Nightmare. Catch them on Thursday May 16 from 7pm, entry is free. .
MARY ANN & THE WISE GUYS The Quarry Hotel. Brunswick East. 8pm. FREE. TOM REDWOOD & THE GLUE The Merri Creek Tavern. Northcote. 8.30pm. $10. DIET WITH CONCRETE SURFERS, KITSCHEN BOY, TELESCREEN The Workers Club. Fitzroy. 8.30pm. $17.35. KARNAK THE FEROCIOUS Whole Lotta Love. Brunswick East. 7.30pm. $5. CLAMM Yah Yah© s. Fitzroy. 2am. $10 MILD MANIC WITH GOSH Yah Yah© s. Fitzroy. 8pm. $11.58. HEARTS AND ROCKETS + FREAK FANDANGO Post Office Hotel. Coburg. 9pm. LANEOUS "MONSTERA DELICIOSA" ALBUM LAUNCH W. JAZZ PARTY (SINGLE LAUNCH) The Curtin. Carlton. 8pm. $20. THE STONE ROZES Evelyn Hotel. Brunswick. 8.30pm. $20. LITTLEFOOT ALBUM LAUNCH WITH SLUGBUCKET, BIG LEAGUE & SOPHOMORE The Tote Hotel. Collingwood. 8pm. $10 LOW LIFE ‘DOWNER EDN’ ALBUM LAUNCH WITH STRAIGHTJACKET NATION, YING LI HOOI & TARQUIN MANEK, THE SNAKES, VOICE IMITATOR & A/S/L The Tote Hotel. Collingwood. 7.30pm. $15 EMILEE SOUTH - LAUNCH, YES YES WHATEVER, MOON CUP Old Bar. Fitzroy. 7.30pm. $15. AC/DSHE Cherry Bar. Melbourne. 8pm. $14.74. X-GENZ Commercial Hotel. VIC. 9pm. FREE. THEE MARSHMALLOW OVERCOAT Caravan Music Club. Bentleigh East. 8pm. $23. NQR Swamplands Bar. Thornbury. 8pm. FREE. DEATH OF ART Swamplands Bar. Thornbury. 7.30pm. $10. FAMOUS WILL Bar Open. Fitzroy. 8pm. $15 EL COLOSSO Bendigo Hotel. Collingwood. 8pm. $10. LOS TONES The B.East. Brunswick East. 9pm. METRIK The Elephant and Wheelbarrow. Melbourne. 11pm. FREE. MATT BRADSHAW The Elephant and Wheelbarrow. Melbourne. 6pm. FREE. CAPTAIN SPALDING Customs House Hotel. Williamstown. 9.30pm. FREE. GEORGE TRIMMER BAND Royal Hotel. Essendon. 10.30pm. FREE.
THE BABE RAINBOW The Croxton. Thornbury. 8pm. $34.70. ACTION SAM The Elephant and Wheelbarrow. Melbourne. 11pm. FREE. CAPTAIN SPALDING BAND Customs House Hotel. Williamstown. 8pm. CERES (WE ARE A TEAM TOUR) Corner Hotel. Richmond. 8.30pm. $29.90.
Death of Art & House of Light
Rambunctious jazz four-piece (sometimes five-piece) The Peacocks are making their return to the front bar of Wesley Anne on Friday May 17. The boys will be ‘peacocking’ their own unique take on classic jazz standards from 6-8pm, entry is free. .
Swamplands are hosting an evening of dark electronica and cinematic shoegaze on Friday May 17. Headliners Death of Art and Berlin’s House of Light will be joined by Dream Polaroid and Scarlett Cook for a night of mesmeric and moody melodies. It’s going down from 7:30pm, $10 entry.
Electronic, Experimental DANCING TONIGHT - ONE LAST DANCE Night Cat. Fitzroy. 9pm. $11.94. HOUSE OF LIGHT Bombay Rock. 7pm. FREE. MR. MCCLELLAND© S FINISHING SCHOOL Gasometer Hotel. Collingwood. 10pm. $10. HOT WAX SOUNDSYSTEM Gasometer Hotel. Collingwood. 9pm. $10. LOST 2 REALITY Revolver Upstairs. Prahran. 11.59am. $25. FUNKSION WITH DJ VERSE@ILLE, FABOO, MEERKAT Ferdydurke. Melbourne. 7pm. FREE. DIGITAL AFRIKA Globe Alley. Melbourne. 9.30pm. FREE. DEATH OF ART Swamplands Bar. Thornbury. 7.30pm. $10. BEERS FOR QUEERS The Fox Hotel. Collingwood. 7pm. FREE. NIGHTFALL Boney. Melbourne. 9pm. TAMAS HA The Emerson. South Yarra. 9pm. POPROCKS The Toff In Town. Melbourne. 9pm. FREE. AUTO-MASH DJS The Rainbow Hotel. Fitzroy. 9pm. DRUNKEN KONG Brown Alley. Melbourne. 10pm. $20. FRIDAYS The Carlton Club. Melbourne. 5pm. FREE.
Jazz, Global, Soul/Funk DAVID JONES DRUMS PRESENTS ETHNOTRIO The Jazzlab. Brunswick. 8pm. $30. ELSEN PRICE AND EMMA SULLIVAN The Jazzlab. Brunswick. 6pm. $25. NARDIA ROSE BAND Transit Rooftop Bar. VIC. 8pm. FREE. DJ THE KNAVE Edinburgh Castle Hotel. Brunswick. 9pm. FREE. THE PEACOCKS Wesley Anne. Northcote. 6pm. MISDIRECTION: A CROSS DRESSING
CABARET Red Betty. Brunswick. 8pm. $10. GORDON LI Compass Pizza. Brunswick East. 8pm. AUDREY POWNE & JAMES BOWERS Melbourne Recital Centre. Southbank. 8pm. $30. THE TONY GOULD QUARTET Classic Southside. Elsternwick. 8pm. $25. FRIDAY NIGHTS SOUTHSIDE Chapel Off Chapel. Prahran. 9pm. $25. OMAR SOSA QUARTETO AFROCUBANO Bird© s Basement. Melbourne. 7.45pm. $39. ONE SPIRIT AFRICA Bar Oussou. Brunswick. 10pm. FREE. TAMASHA The Emerson. South Yarra. 9pm BAD BOYS BATUCADA Open Studio. Northcote. 9pm. FREE. SOCIAL DISCO Stay Gold. Brunswick. 11pm. $10. SHAUNA TONY AND CO Brothers Public House. Fitzroy. 8pm. FREE. LUNG Bar 303. Northcote. 7.30pm. $15.
Hip Hop, R&B, Pop POP ROCKS WITH DR. PHIL SMITH The Toff In Town. Melbourne. 9pm. FREE. CXLOE Howler. Brunswick. 8pm. $20. PILLOW PRO WITH SLIPPERY MANE + RED HRRNG Retreat Hotel. Brunswick. 8pm. FREE. HATCHIE Northcote Social Club. Northcote. 8.30pm. X-GENZ Commercial Hotel. VIC. 9pm. FREE. JULITHA RYAN Swamplands Bar. Thornbury. 6pm. FREE. POP TILL YOU DROP The Carlton Club. Melbourne. 9pm. FREE. RNB FRIDAYS Co. Southbank. 9.30pm. $25. HAVANA FRIDAYS Khokolat Bar. Melbourne. 9.30pm. DEAN LEWIS Forum Melbourne. Melbourne. 6.30pm. VANESSA AMOROSI Chelsea Heights Hotel. Aspendale Gardens. 8pm. $44.90. BURN CITY LIVE Brown Alley. Melbourne. 10pm. $20. ACTION SAM The Elephant and Wheelbarrow. Melbourne. 11pm. FREE. CAPTAIN SPALDING BAND Customs House Hotel. Williamstown. 8pm. BIG WORDS 170 Russell. Melbourne. 8.30pm. HAVANA FRIDAYS Khokolat Bar. Melbourne. 9.30pm.
Mr. Manifold and the Resolution RED BETTY You’re invited to join Mr. Manifold and the Resolution plus special guests at Red Betty on Friday May 17 for a night of gender fluidity and musical enchantment with ‘Misdirection – A Cross Dressing Cabaret’. It’s happening from 8pm, tickets are $10 at the door.
GIGS & EVENTS
NEXT EPISODE Little Jax. Melbourne. 6pm. LAUNDRY FRIDAYS Laundry Bar. Fitzroy. 9pm. FREE.
Acoustic, Country/Folk, Blues NATASHA JOHANNA The Drunken Poet. West Melbourne. 6pm. FREE. DAN HORNE The Drunken Poet. West Melbourne. 8.30pm. FREE. TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION The Drunken Poet. West Melbourne. 6pm. FREE. FAMOUS WILL Bar Open. Fitzroy. 8pm. $15. THE MONTGOMERY BROTHERS Bar Open. Fitzroy. 6.30pm. FREE. ZERAFINA ZARA & ALLEGED ASSOCIATES TRIO Smokehouse 101. Maribyrnong. 7pm. FREE. MORNING MELODIES Ferntree Gully Hotel. Ferntree Gully. 10.30am. $17. TAYLAH CARROLL Wesley Anne. Northcote. 8pm. $15. DYLAN BRICKLEY The Quiet Man Irish Pub. Flemington. 9.30pm. SHAUNA TONY AND CO Brothers Public House. Fitzroy. 8pm. FREE.
Classical ROMIOSINI & BEYOND Melbourne Recital Centre. Southbank. 8pm. $59.
Saturday 18 May
Rock, Punk, Metal KACEY© S PRINCESS PARTY PALOOZA Bombay Rock. 3pm. FREE. STUCK OUT The Toff In Town. Melbourne. 7pm. $18. TONES AND I (DEBUT HEADLINE SHOWS) The Workers Club. Fitzroy. 8.30pm. MATINEE: TWO TALE WITH MAJA, CARL KARST The Workers Club. Fitzroy. 1pm. $5. INDIAGO Whole Lotta Love. Brunswick East. 6pm. $10. JASON MCNEAR Whole Lotta Love. Brunswick East. 3pm.
CITY CALM DOWN Howler. Brunswick. 8pm. MINI SKIRT Yah Yah© s. Fitzroy. 2am. $10. TWISTED WILLOWS (© LIVE THESE DAYS© LAUNCH) Yah Yah© s. Fitzroy. 8pm. $11.58. DARK WATER + HYPERFOCUS Post Office Hotel. Coburg. 9pm. FLUFF, PAM SALMON Globe Alley. Melbourne. 9pm. FREE. MIGHTIEST OF GUNS WITH SLOMO Retreat Hotel. Brunswick. 4pm. FREE. DJ TARDISCO Edinburgh Castle Hotel. Brunswick. 9pm. FREE. TENTH COURT PRESENTS ORION W VACUUM + POSSIBLE HUMANS + TREVOR The Curtin. Carlton. 8pm. $12 The Tote Hotel. Collingwood. 4pm. $20.40. FRONTSIDE BACKSIDES, GLUTEN PRIEST AND LITTLE ELIZABETH DJ SET Red Betty. Brunswick. 7pm. FREE. GOOD BEER WEEK & FIXATION BREWING PRESENT: WEIRD PLACE FEST II – UTE ROOT, MINI SKIRT, STIFF RICHARDS, LOS TONES, CONCRETE LAWN, LIQUID FACE, NOUGHTS, EASY BROWNS, ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH, MOD VIGIL, DR SURE’S UNUSUAL PRACTICE, ETERNAL SMOKO Old Bar. Fitzroy. 3pm. $25. GRIM RHYTHM Cherry Bar. Melbourne. 8pm. $11.58. ICECREAM HANDS Caravan Music Club. Bentleigh East. 8pm. $25. TARCUTTA Swamplands Bar. Thornbury. 9pm. FREE. STREAMS OF WHISKEY Bar Open. Fitzroy. 9.30pm. $16.35. HELLFIRE N© HAIRSPRAY 2019 Bendigo Hotel. Collingwood. 3pm. $28.60. FULL TONE GENERATOR The B.East. Brunswick East. 10pm. FREE. JASON MCNEAR Whole Lotta Love. Brunswick East. 3pm. FREE. FALL OUT BOY© S 16TH ANNIVERSARY La Di Da. Melbourne. 11.45pm. $10. GROOVE NATION Royal Hotel. Essendon. 9pm. FREE.
LATE SET: JAMES SHERLOCK TRIO The Jazzlab. Brunswick. 11pm. $10. SOPHIE MIN & JAMES SHERLOCK + SHAMIN The Jazzlab. Brunswick. 8pm. $30. SLOW DANCE SOCIAL Projekt 3488. VIC. 7pm. $20. GASOVISION: THE WORLD© S SECONDGREATEST SONG CONTEST Gasometer Hotel. Collingwood. 6pm. $20. FUNKY KINGSTON Transit Rooftop Bar. VIC. 9pm. FREE. LAKE MINNETONKA Evelyn Hotel. Brunswick. 8.30pm. $15. BLUE ROSE Wesley Anne. Northcote. 6pm. FREE. WASTELANDS Charles Weston Hotel. Brunswick. 6.30pm. FREE. TULALAH Melbourne Recital Centre. Southbank. 6pm. $30. THE STEPHEN MAGNUSSON QUARTET Classic Southside. Elsternwick. 8pm. $25. TULALAH Melbourne Recital Centre. Southbank. 8pm. $30. OMAR SOSA QUARTETO AFROCUBANO Bird© s Basement. Melbourne. 7.45pm. $39. THE PIRATESKA REBELLION & BERNADETTE NOVEMBRE Bar Oussou. Brunswick. 10pm. FREE. CUMBIA NIGHT WITH DELA CAYE Open Studio. Northcote. 8.30pm. $10. DEMOCRACY JAZZ WITH SHIRAZZ Open Studio. Northcote. 2.30pm. $10. DELA CAYE Open Studio. Northcote. 9pm. $10. LAKE MINNETONKA Evelyn Hotel. Brunswick. 8.30pm. CHEEK TO CHEEK – THE SONGS OF ELLA FITZGERALD & LOUIS ARMSTRONG Caulfield RSL. Elsternwick. 8pm. $39.
BOUNCE The Elephant and Wheelbarrow. Melbourne. 10pm. FREE. GUPSTAR The Fox Hotel. Collingwood. 7pm. FREE. ETHYÈNE Boney. Melbourne. 10pm. $15. MYTHOLOGY Boney. Melbourne. 9pm. LIGHT Co. Southbank. 10pm. $25. ELECTRIC DREAMS Co. Southbank. 9pm. $25. SLOW BURN Yours & Mine. Carlton. 10pm. $15. NEUROTIQ EROTIQ Yours & Mine. Carlton. 10pm. $15. SET MO Corner Hotel. Richmond. 8.30pm.
Acoustic, Country/Folk, Blues THE LITTLE STEVIES Spotted Mallard. Brunswick. 6pm. $34.25. THE JACKSON LITE DUO The Merri Creek Tavern. Northcote. 3pm. FREE. GEORGIA GORDON Edinburgh Castle Hotel. Brunswick. 5pm. FREE. ISEULA The Drunken Poet. West Melbourne. 9pm. FREE. BRIAN HOGAN The Drunken Poet. West Melbourne. 3pm. FREE. WILDE Compass Pizza. Brunswick East. 8.30pm. BROTHER PAT Brothers Public House. Fitzroy. 9pm. FREE. BLUEGRASS ALL STARS Brothers Public House. Fitzroy. 6.30pm. FREE. STREAMS OF WHISKEY Bar Open. Fitzroy. 9.30pm. $16.35 STOP OUTS WITH CLEAR TEARS, DICK WILLOUGHBY & THE DIRTY STOP OUTS Bar Open. Fitzroy. 7pm. FREE. SHANTILY CLAD WITH ENTERPRIZE SHANTY BAND Open Studio. Northcote. 5.30pm. $10.
Hip Hop, R&B, Pop
UN-FUNKING-BELIEVABLE: THE LAST CHANCE ROCK & ROLL BAR MELBOURNE The Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar. North Melbourne. 8pm. $10.
KARATE BOOGALOO - BOOGERS BOUNCE OF JOY LIVE Night Cat. Fitzroy. $6.47. LOEFAH Revolver Upstairs. Prahran. 10pm. $20. LOST 2 REALITY Revolver Upstairs. Prahran. 11.59am. $25. THE BROOKLYN BLOCK PARTY Section 8. Melbourne. 1pm. FREE. THE BROOKLYN BLOCK PARTY Ferdydurke. Melbourne. 1pm. FREE.
DALLAS WOODS (CONFESSIONS OF A LIAR TOUR) Gasometer Hotel. Collingwood. 8pm. $14.80. DALLAS WOODS Gasometer Hotel. Collingwood. 8pm. BACHELOR GIRL Memo Music Hall. St Kilda. 7.30pm. $46.70. KHOKOLAT SATURDAYS Khokolat Bar. Melbourne. 9.30pm
Have a fear of the unknown? Well Wastelands don’t. They’re a three-piece guitar group, renowned for their signature improvisation, dynamic interplay and enthusiasm for all forms of music. Head on down to Charles Weston on Saturday May 18 to catch them, the show starts at 6.30pm and it’s free.
Swapping between guitar and bass midact, The Lefties are the fearless, left-handed guitar and singer-songwriter duo you’ll find rocking over at Royal Oak on Saturday May 18. Stop by and prepare to be impressed at how well these two are able to crank some noise. Show starts 6pm, free entry.
Forming in Brunswick last year, Frontside Backsides have been relentlessly hitting all the pubs within the Melbourne music circuit and on Saturday May 18, they’ll tick Red Betty off the list. Witness their quirky assortment of punk rock and garage melodies from 7pm, entry is free.
Lead by Oscar Neyland on bass, Blue Rose is the ensemble project inspired by the early editions of jazz, ballads and downtempo blues. With the occasional bouncy number thrown in there, you won’t want to miss it. It’s happening on Saturday May 18 at Wesley Anne from 6pm and it’s free.
Jazz, Global, Soul/Funk
GIGS & EVENTS
Classical ENGLISH BAROQUE Melbourne Recital Centre. Southbank. 7pm. $30.
Sunday 19 May
Acoustic, Country/Folk, Blues RAT CHILD IFTI Community Hub. Ferntree Gully. 2pm. $22.19. THE RECHORDS WITH PATRICK WILSON Retreat Hotel. Brunswick. 8pm. SHANNON BOURNE Edinburgh Castle Hotel. Brunswick. 4pm. FREE. MICHELLE CHANDLER, RUTH KATERELOS & MONIQUE KENNY Wesley Anne. Northcote. 6pm PEARL LEE Wesley Anne. Northcote. 3pm. $5. TK REEVE The Drunken Poet. West Melbourne. 6.30pm. FREE. BITCHES BREW The Drunken Poet. West Melbourne. 4pm. FREE. PHIL PARA & BAND Cherry Bar. Melbourne. 3pm. FREE. TAPSALTEERIE BAND Charles Weston Hotel. Brunswick. 4pm. FREE. FELICITY URQUHART & BRAD BUTCHER Caravan Music Club. Bentleigh East. 7pm. $28. HONK Swamplands Bar. Thornbury. 4pm. FREE. SUNDAY SINGALONG Brothers Public House. Fitzroy. 6.30pm. FREE. THE BONA FIDE TRAVELLERS Bar Open. Fitzroy. 6pm. FREE. COUNTRY AT CUSTOMS Customs House Hotel. Williamstown. 2pm. FREE. JAMES FRANKLIN & BAND Open Studio. Northcote. 8.30pm. SUN KIL MOON The Thornbury Theatre. Thornbury. 7pm. $61.20.
Jazz, Global, Soul/Funk SAN LAZARO Night Cat. Fitzroy. 8.30pm. $11.94. MJC PRESENTS: EUGENE BALL QUARTET (TOKYO/MEL) The Jazzlab. Brunswick. 8pm. $20. GASOVISION: THE WORLD© S SECOND-
GREATEST SONG CONTEST Gasometer Hotel. Collingwood. 6pm. $20. DJ GARRY 7 Transit Rooftop Bar. VIC. 1pm. FREE. JAZZ SUNDAYS Howler. Brunswick. 3pm. EMMA VOLARD Evelyn Hotel. Brunswick. 7pm. $12. BITCHES BREW The Drunken Poet. West Melbourne. 4pm. FREE. SPEAKEASY JAZZ JAM Red Betty. Brunswick. 6pm. FREE. THE CLUNK ORCHESTRA Bar 303. Northcote. 3pm. FREE. COOL NIGHTS HOT JAZZ - CLOSING NIGHT Chapel Off Chapel. Prahran. 5pm. $75. JAZZ ORBIT Brunswick Green. Brunswick. 7.30pm. $2. OMAR SOSA QUARTETO AFROCUBANO Bird© s Basement. Melbourne. 7.45pm. $39. AUSECUMA BEATS Bar Oussou. Brunswick. 7.30pm. FREE. GUITAR KINGDOM Open Studio. Northcote. 5.30pm. $10. FLYING HOME Open Studio. Northcote. 12.30pm. BLACK JESUS EXPERIENCE The Horn African Cafe & Restaurant, Collingwood. 7pm.
Hip Hop, R&B, Pop BUTTERNUT SWEETHEART (© BURY ME© SINGLE LAUNCH) Gasometer Hotel. Collingwood. 7pm. $10. PEARL LEE Wesley Anne. Northcote. 3pm. $5. MOTHERSHIP Co. Southbank. 9.30pm. $15. GHOSTEMANE Corner Hotel. Richmond. 7.30pm
Electronic, Experimental REVOLVER SUNDAYS FEAT MONKEY SAFARI Revolver Upstairs. Prahran. 7am. $25. LOEFAH Revolver Upstairs. Prahran. 10pm. $20. AUTOSEA Section 8. Melbourne. 2pm. FREE. SATURDAYS The Carlton Club. Melbourne. 8pm.
Rock, Punk, Metal
Rock, Punk, Metal
NATHAN CAVALERI + SHAUN KIRK SUPPORTED BY ALANA WILKINSON The Toff In Town. Melbourne. 6pm. $28.80. TONES AND I DEBUT HEADLINE SHOWS - SOLD OUT The Workers Club. Fitzroy. 7.30pm. $14.30. WILSON BLACKLEY WITH JAMES HICKEY Whole Lotta Love. Brunswick East. 3pm. FREE. CITY CALM DOWN Howler. Brunswick. 7pm. $34.49. ANDREA ROBERTSON Post Office Hotel. Coburg. 4.30pm. CRAIG DERMONDY + SARAH MARY CHADWICK Retreat Hotel. Brunswick. 3pm. FREE. TESS MCKENNA ‘BEFORE YOU WANDERED IN’ ALBUM LAUNCH WITH ALISON FERRIER, TELECASTRO & MC ROROGANNON The Tote Hotel. Collingwood. 6pm. $12. SHIPS PIANO FRONT BAR RESIDENCY WITH SPIRAL PERM & EMMA SHIELDS The Tote Hotel. Collingwood. 5pm. FREE. SUNDAY ARVO: PETE LYREBIRD Old Bar. Fitzroy. 3pm. FREE. HONG DANG Bendigo Hotel. Collingwood. 7pm. $10. GHOSTEMANE Corner Hotel. Richmond. 7.30pm.
USELESS SPACEMAN, THE GREAT EMU WAR Globe Alley. Melbourne. 7pm. FREE. MONDAY NIGHT MASS Northcote Social Club. Northcote. 7pm. FREE. ATTICUS CHIMPS Bendigo Hotel. Collingwood. 8pm. $10. THE MONDAY BONE MACHINE Boney. Melbourne. 8pm. FREE.
Classical ENGLISH BAROQUE Melbourne Recital Centre. Southbank. 5pm. $30.
Monday 20 May
Jazz, Global, Soul/Funk ANDREA KELLER CURATES: MASTERS & APPRENTICES The Jazzlab. Brunswick. 8pm. $15. NORTHSIDE CHARITY BALL The Thornbury Theatre. Thornbury. 6pm. $69.66.
Acoustic, Country/Folk, Blues ANNA CORDELL Retreat Hotel. Brunswick. 8pm. FREE. BACKWATER BLUESGRASS BAND Open Studio. Northcote. 7.30pm. $5. NORTHSIDE CHARITY BALL The Thornbury Theatre. Thornbury. 6pm. $69.66.
Tuesday 21 May
Rock, Punk, Metal PABLO PACE, FAIRTRADE NARCOTICS Night Cat. Fitzroy. 8.30pm. $10. THE MONKEY BUNZ WITH FUZZ MEADOWS, ICKY STICKS The Workers Club. Fitzroy. 8pm. $10. THE SUNKEN SEA Evelyn Hotel. Brunswick. 8.30pm. $10. ILL GLOBO: TUESDAYS AT LE TOTE WITH DRUG SWEAT & FUTURE SUCK The Tote Hotel. Collingwood. 8pm. RIFF CULT WITH ROCK KWEEN KEELY The Tote Hotel. Collingwood. 6pm. $25. SUDDEN DEBT Old Bar. Fitzroy. 7.30pm. $8.
Jazz, Global, Soul/Funk PABLO PACE, FAIRTRADE NARCOTICS Night Cat. Fitzroy. 8.30pm. $10. THE MARTY HOLOUBEK QUINTET (JAPAN/AUS) The Jazzlab. Brunswick. 8pm. $20. LOSUMO Compass Pizza. Brunswick East. 7.30pm. ELISION ENSEMBLE Brunswick Green. Brunswick. 8.30pm.
NIEUW MONDAYS The Workers Club. Fitzroy. 12pm. $3.
Yarra Banks Jam Night
THE MERRI CLAN
THE DRUNKEN POET
Stop by The Merri Clan this coming Sunday May 19 for an evening of delicious vegan delicacies, from Korean fried ‘chicken’ to a faux Big Mac, surrounded by an atmosphere of upbeat, and relaxing tunes while you eat.
A critically acclaimed blues and roots guitarist and singer-songwriter with 20 years of experience, Shannon Bourne is an artist who has worked with the best and knows how to nail a performance. Be swayed by his raw emotion and soulsearching performances at Edinburgh Castle on Sunday May 19. The show is free and starts at 4pm.
You won’t want to miss this evening of country and cotton patch blues, brought to you by one of the few Melbourne musicians who still play in these styles: T.K. Reeve. On Sunday May 19, join Reeve in creating an atmosphere of deep blues at The Drunken Poet. It’s going down from 6:30pm, free entry.
On Monday May 20, Bar 303 is inviting you to bring along your own instruments for a night of jazz, funk and soul fusion where you will be jamming alongside other newcomers as well as some seasoned professionals. The jam session starts at 8pm, free entry.
GIGS & EVENTS
Jazz, Global, Soul/Funk
EVE EGOYAN Sound Gallery. 7.30pm. $20-35. QUARTZ Melbourne Recital Centre. Southbank. 6pm. $39. ACCADEMIA ARCADIA Melbourne Recital Centre. Southbank. 11am. $54.
SOULVILLE Night Cat. Fitzroy. 9pm. FREE. IDEA CHASING: BURKE/MAGNUSSON/ FLOYD TRIO The Jazzlab. Brunswick. 8pm. $20. BUTTERED LOAF Bar Open. Fitzroy. 7pm. FREE. THE SENEGAMBIAN JAZZ BAND Melbourne Recital Centre. Southbank. 7.30pm. $30. JANK WITH MADDISON CARTER Brunswick Green. Brunswick. 8.30pm. JOYING Open Studio. Northcote. 8pm. $8.
Hip Hop, R&B, Pop NOW.HERE.THIS. ANTIPHON + LATE NIGHT JAMS WITH ALL THE CATS The Toff In Town. Melbourne. 8pm. $10. PERLINKI MINI-RESIDENCY WITH P.P + EGGY Retreat Hotel. Brunswick. 8pm. FREE.
Acoustic, Country/Folk, Blues TUESDAY TRIBUTE - BOBBY GENTRY The Drunken Poet. West Melbourne. 8pm. FREE. OPEN MIC Swamplands Bar. Thornbury. 7pm. FREE. OPEN MIC Bar Oussou. Brunswick. 7pm. FREE. ANCIENT ANIMAL ORCHESTRA Open Studio. Northcote. 8pm. $10.
Wednesday 22 May
Rock, Punk, Metal PAUL DEMPSEY Gasometer Hotel. Collingwood. $39.80. OPEN MIC Whole Lotta Love. Brunswick East. 5pm. FREE. GODOGGO Evelyn Hotel. Brunswick. $10 EDIT THE EMPIRE, SUN TRAITORS & ASTROHYMN The Tote Hotel. Collingwood. 8pm. $10 EYESØRES FRONT BAR RESIDENCY WITH FUTURE SUCK & KRUL The Tote Hotel. Collingwood. 8pm. FREE. PRETTY IN PINK Old Bar. Fitzroy. 7.30pm. $8. FI© S FRIENDS Compass Pizza. Brunswick East. 8pm. FREE.
Acoustic, Country/Folk, Blues GEORGIA RODGERS The Drunken Poet. West Melbourne. 9pm. FREE. JJ BAILEY The Drunken Poet. West Melbourne. 8pm. FREE. WHISKEY WEDNESDAYS - ACOUSTIC SESSIONS Swamplands Bar. Thornbury. 7pm. FREE. A NIGHT OF FOLK MUSIC Bendigo Hotel. Collingwood. 6pm. $10. MUDDY© S BLUES ROULETTE The Catfish. Fitzroy. 8pm. LOMOND ACOUSTICA The Lomond Hotel. Brunswick East. 8pm.
Hip Hop, R&B, Pop I KNOW LEOPARD Northcote Social Club. Northcote. 7.30pm. $25.19. FI© S FRIENDS Compass Pizza. Brunswick East. 8pm. FREE. ALANA JOANNE Bar Open. Fitzroy. 8pm. $10. ANTHONY DAVID Bird© s Basement. Melbourne. 7.45pm. $42. KASSETTE The Carlton Club. Melbourne. 8pm. FREE. LAUREL Corner Hotel. Richmond. 8pm. $49.90.
Electronic, Experimental GROUPER Melbourne Recital Centre. Southbank. 7.30pm. $55. KASSETTE The Carlton Club. Melbourne. 8pm. FREE.
Thursday 23 May
Acoustic, Country/Folk, Blues MIDWEEK BLUES HIT MELBOURNE CBD The Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar. North Melbourne. 8pm. $6. GEORGIE CURRIE The Toff In Town. Melbourne. 7.30pm. $14.45. PABLO RIVAS Wesley Anne. Northcote. 8pm. LOLA SOLA Wesley Anne. Northcote. 6pm. FREE. THE FLAMING MONGRELS Edinburgh Castle Hotel. Brunswick. 8pm. FREE. BEAUTIFUL BUILDINGS The Drunken Poet. West Melbourne. 8pm. JOE JACOBSON The Drunken Poet. West Melbourne. 8pm. FREE. JAMES TEAGUE Charles Weston Hotel. Brunswick. 6.30pm. FREE. SAM THE WISE & ROME THE CITY Swamplands Bar. Thornbury. 8pm. FREE. MICHAEL SITA Customs House Hotel. Williamstown. 8pm. FREE. ERIC BIBB & BAND The Thornbury Theatre. Thornbury. 7pm. $81.60.
Rock, Punk, Metal THE CHRISTOPHER MARSHALL PREDESTINATION PRESENT The Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar. North Melbourne. 8pm. FREE. FOUR LIONS - HARD DAYS TOUR NORTH MELBOURNE The Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar. North Melbourne. 8pm. $6. PAUL DEMPSEY Gasometer Hotel. Collingwood. 7pm. $39.80. DALPOOLPARTY (EP LAUNCH) WITH LAZY SIDEKICK, NUDE DADS, FUZZSUCKER The Workers Club. Fitzroy. 7.30pm. $10. TERMINAL ZERO Whole Lotta Love. Brunswick East. 7pm. $10. OCEAN GROVE Howler. Brunswick. 8pm. GOLDEN SYRUP + SHAH SHARAFI Post Office Hotel. Coburg. 9pm. EMPAT LIMA, THE MONTGOMERY BROTHERS Globe Alley. Melbourne. 9pm. FREE. EASTBOUND BUZZ WITH SERF + SO FOX Retreat Hotel. Brunswick. 8pm. FREE.
The Flaming Mongrels
Hosted by Melbourne pianist Rod Wilson, Wesley Anne is hosting Piano Atmospherix: a night of fusion and adaptations of gospel and classical piano tunes. Head on down and enjoy a night of cool and relaxed tunes on Monday May 20 between 6pm and 8pm. It’s free.
The sonic sorceress Losumo is bringing her creative aura to Compass Pizza on Tuesday May 21. Get lost in her forever weird poetry and multi-dimensional madness of hypnotising tunes. Doors open 7.30pm and it won’t cost you a thing.
From 8-10pm at Edinburgh Castle on Thursday May 23, come witness some of Australia’s finest musicians, keeping the country and blues scene alive in Melbourne. The Flaming Mongrels bring a fresh new sound to the scene, taking inspiration from cross-pollinating blues, jazz and swing. It’s free.
CAPTAIN EARWAX The Penny Black. Brunswick. 9pm. BLUE GREEN © QUARTER LIFE CRISIS© EP LAUNCH (SYDNEY) The Tote Hotel. Collingwood. 8pm. $10. SCREAMING FEMALES (USA) The Tote Hotel. Collingwood. 8pm. $34.70 MICHAEL BEACH BAND FRONT BAR RESIDENCY WITH LEAH SENIOR & TRULY HOLY The Tote Hotel. Collingwood. 7pm. TENDER BUTTONS, DOROTH, HYDRA FASHION WEEK Old Bar. Fitzroy. 7.30pm. $8. EARL GREY© S BREAKFAST TEA Bar Open. Fitzroy. 8pm. $5. BONGZILLA Bendigo Hotel. Collingwood. 7pm. $52.78. MATT BRADSHAW The Elephant and Wheelbarrow. Melbourne. 9.30pm. FREE. BEDROCK WITH LEE HARDING Pier Bandroom. Frankston. 9pm. KISS DYNASTY 40TH ANNIVERSARY (TRIBUTE SHOW) Corner Hotel. Richmond. 7.30pm. $33.61.
Jazz, Global, Soul/Funk JOE CHINDAMO TRIO The Jazzlab. Brunswick. 8pm. $25. ANDREW SWANN & STIX KERR Transit Rooftop Bar. VIC. 6pm. FREE. COFI Evelyn Hotel. Brunswick. 8pm. $10 SQUID NEBULA Northcote Social Club. Northcote. 7.30pm. KYLIE AULDIST Cherry Bar. Melbourne. 8pm. $15. SON OF A GUNZEL Bar Open. Fitzroy. 7pm. FREE. TIM MAGUIRE & DORIAN FORD Melbourne Recital Centre. Southbank. 8pm. $30. THE MICHELLE NICOLLE BAND Brunswick Green. Brunswick. 8.30pm. $2. LATIN MUSES Open Studio. Northcote. 8pm. $10.
Hip Hop, R&B, Pop DUB FX Night Cat. Fitzroy. 9pm. $6.47 LOLA SOLA Wesley Anne. Northcote. 6pm. FREE. ANTHONY DAVID Bird© s Basement. Melbourne. $42.
Joe Jacobsen & Beautiful Beings THE DRUNKEN POET Tunes of honesty and intensity will be filling The Drunken Poet on Thursday May 23, courtesy of Joe Jacobsen and Beautiful Beings. Deep soul and swooning folk music are just a taste of what the night has to offer, check it out for yourself from 8pm. Free entry.
GIGS & EVENTS
Electronic, Experimental GOLD HAUS Section 8. Melbourne. 6pm. FREE. THE VINYL FRONTIER Boney. Melbourne. 9pm. FREE. JUNGLE BOOGIE The Carlton Club. Melbourne. 8pm. FREE.
Classical TRANSFORMING BAROQUE Classic Southside. Elsternwick. 7.30pm. $30. ENSEMBLE LIAISON Melbourne Recital Centre. Southbank. 7pm. $50.
Friday 24 May
Rock, Punk, Metal RED RED KROVVY, PARSNIP, THE SNAKES, SMARTSDAY BY DAY AUSTRALIAN TOUR The Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar. North Melbourne. 8pm. $14. KNOCK OFF! WITH UNDERCOVER CROPSAC2ZZ MusicLand Fawkner Music Complex. Fawkner. 7.30pm. $10. OZ ROCK EXPRESS MusicLand Fawkner Music Complex. Fawkner. 7.30pm. $10. PAUL DEMPSEY Gasometer Hotel. Collingwood. 7pm. $39.80. GREYVIEW (© FADED DAYS© EP LAUNCH) Gasometer Hotel. Collingwood. 7pm. $12. SHAMELESS DUO The Quarry Hotel. Brunswick East. 9.30pm. FREE. MANDEK PENHA (FINAL SHOW) WITH UMLAUT, WORLD TURTLE WORLD The Workers Club. Fitzroy. 8.30pm. $12.25. RVG Howler. Brunswick. 8pm. THE GROGANS Yah Yah© s. Fitzroy. 8pm. $10. BIG YAWN + PURIENT Post Office Hotel. Coburg. 9pm. BLAZE OF GLORY - THE BON JOVI EXPERIENCE Grand Hotel Mornington. Melbourne. 8pm. $39.80. LE FLEUR The Penny Black. Brunswick. 8pm. TRANSIENCE Evelyn Hotel. Brunswick. 8.30pm. $10. EXEK, OV PAIN, PREMIUM FANTASY & THE VENETIAN BLINDS The Tote Hotel.
Collingwood. 8pm. $10. FERLA © IT’S PERSONAL© ALBUM LAUNCH The Tote Hotel. Collingwood. 8pm. $13.30. SLOAN PETERSON (SYDNEY) & SPIKE VINCENT The Tote Hotel. Collingwood. 6pm. PARTY PEST - LAUNCH, GIRL GERMS, PLASTER OF PARIS, MARVILLE Old Bar. Fitzroy. 7.30pm. $10 RACK JONES Cherry Bar. Melbourne. 8pm. $10. BOB DYLAN© S BIRTHDAY #78 Caravan Music Club. Bentleigh East. 8pm. $45. DJ CASSETTE CLAIRE Swamplands Bar. Thornbury. 11pm. FREE. THE DUFRANES Swamplands Bar. Thornbury. 8pm. FREE. FORGE METAL NIGHT Bendigo Hotel. Collingwood. 7.30pm. $16.91. PATRICK RYAN The B.East. Brunswick East. 8pm. FREE. METRIK The Elephant and Wheelbarrow. Melbourne. 11pm. FREE. MATT BRADSHAW The Elephant and Wheelbarrow. Melbourne. 6pm. FREE. CAPTAIN SPALDING Customs House Hotel. Williamstown. 9.30pm. FREE. GEORGE TRIMMER BAND Royal Hotel. Essendon. 10.30pm. FREE. DEAR SEATTLE (ALBUM LAUNCH) Corner Hotel. Richmond. 8.30pm.
Electronic, Experimental TEYMORI Night Cat. Fitzroy. 10pm. $11.94. MAMA SAID 10 YEARS FEAT. THE ORIGINALS Revolver Upstairs. Prahran. 11.59am. SEAN WHELAN The Fox Hotel. Collingwood. 7pm. FREE. PARTIBOI69 Boney. Melbourne. 10pm. $15. FRIDAYS The Carlton Club. Melbourne. 5pm. FREE.
Jazz, Global, Soul/Funk DAVID JONES 3RD EAR The Jazzlab. Brunswick. 8pm. $30. ANNA LEE & THE DOUBLE LOVERS Transit Rooftop Bar. VIC. 10pm. FREE. HEADPHONES JONES, OGOPOGO Globe Alley. Melbourne. 9.30pm. FREE. THE BLUE TWO FEW Wesley Anne. Northcote. 6pm.
Happy Axe & Sawa Angstrom
The Blue Two Few
New Orleans inspired traditional ensemble, The Blue Two Few, comprises a pianist and trumpeter duo performing classics from the 1910s onwards. Catch them at Wesley Anne on Friday May 24 from 6pm, it’s free.
Ambient pop artist Happy Axe joins Japanese band Sawa Angstrom for a night of electronic dreams at Compass Pizza. The minimalism of Sawa Angstrom mixed with the dreamy ambient pop of Happy Axe is sure to create a hypnotic and addictive experience. Catch them on Friday May 24 from 8pm. Free entry.
DJ LADY BLADES Edinburgh Castle Hotel. Brunswick. 9pm. FREE. ZEB VESCIO TRIO Edinburgh Castle Hotel. Brunswick. 6pm. FREE. ROMANES CANES Bar Open. Fitzroy. 9.30pm. $16.35. THE FOUR SCOOPS Bar Open. Fitzroy. 6.30pm. FREE. THE ALMA ZYGIER QUARTET Classic Southside. Elsternwick. 8pm. $25. VARDOS Melbourne Recital Centre. Southbank. 6pm. $39. RELAXED PERFORMANCES Melbourne Recital Centre. Southbank. 12pm. $10 IAKI VALLEJO Bar Oussou. Brunswick. 10pm. FREE. MADRE MONTE (SINGLE LAUNCH) Open Studio. Northcote. 8.30pm. $12. SOUTHBANK DAWN RAGA SERIES Arts Centre Melbourne. Melbourne. 7.30am. FREE.
The Drunken Poet. West Melbourne. 6pm. BOB DYLAN© S BIRTHDAY #78 Caravan Music Club. Bentleigh East. 8pm. $45. GAVIN ZACHER Swamplands Bar. Thornbury. 6.30pm. FREE. SHAUNA TONY & CO. Brothers Public House. Fitzroy. 8pm. FREE. THE FOUR SCOOPS Bar Open. Fitzroy. 6.30pm. FREE. SING A SONG OF SIXPENCE Memo Music Hall. St Kilda. 7.30pm. $20. THE IDEA OF NORTH Chapel Off Chapel. Prahran. 7pm. $45. VARDOS Melbourne Recital Centre. Southbank. 6pm. $39. ZERAFINA ZARA & ALLEGED ASSOCIATES TRIO Smokehouse 101. Maribyrnong. 7pm. FREE. RICH DAVIES & THE LOW ROAD The Lomond Hotel. Brunswick East. 9.30pm. FREE.
Hip Hop, R&B, Pop
POP ROCKS WITH DR.PHIL SMITH The Toff In Town. Melbourne. 9pm. FREE. MARZ WITH WALLY HOWLETT + TELOS TEACUP The Toff In Town. Melbourne. 7.30pm. $23.68. LETTERS TO AMARA EP LAUNCH W/ LOOSE END & A NEW WAY HOME Whole Lotta Love. Brunswick East. 8pm. $10. I KNOW LEOPARD Northcote Social Club. Northcote. 8.30pm. FREE. HAPPY AXE AND SAWA ANGSTROM Compass Pizza. Brunswick East. 8pm. ANTHONY DAVID Bird© s Basement. Melbourne. 7.45pm. $42. POP TILL YOU DROP The Carlton Club. Melbourne. 9pm. FREE. RNB FRIDAYS Co. Southbank. 9.30pm. $25. KARAOKE FRIDAYS The Emerson. South Yarra. 7pm. FREE. HAVANA FRIDAYS Khokolat Bar. Melbourne. 9.30pm.
NICHOLAS CARTER & THE ANAM ORCHESTRA Melbourne Recital Centre. Southbank. 7.30pm. $75.
Acoustic, Country/Folk, Blues THE FAINTERS, MONT AVERY AND BREAKFAST AT MIDNIGHT Wesley Anne. Northcote. 8pm. $5. ADAM WALDRON TRIO The Drunken Poet. West Melbourne. 8.30pm. FREE. TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION
Saturday 25 May
Rock, Punk, Metal DAY BY DAY WITH BROKEN +CRUSH THE DEMONIAC + BOUNDLESS + RUN The Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar. North Melbourne. 8pm. $14. CAPTAIN SPALDING BAND The New Yorker Bar. Lilydale. 6pm. $19. XCITE COVER BAND MusicLand Fawkner Music Complex. Fawkner. 7.30pm. $20. INXSIVE MusicLand Fawkner Music Complex. Fawkner. 7.30pm. $20. PAUL DEMPSEY Gasometer Hotel. Collingwood. 7pm. $39.80. MYRIAD DRONE WITH MUSHROOM GIANT, LAEDJ + ALL IS VIOLENT The Toff In Town. Melbourne. 7.30pm. $158. BEKDÖ (SINGLE LAUNCH) WITH ELLERY COHEN, STEVEN P. The Workers Club. Fitzroy. 8.30pm. $12.25. MATINEE: MONIQUE ANGELE WITH JADE TALBOT, HANNAH FRANCES The Workers Club. Fitzroy. 1.30pm. $10. NIBIRA / SPACEGOAT / SMASHED PIE /
The Mystic Charmers and Adam Russo
Ben Smith Band
On Saturday May 25, join Ben Smith at Royal Oak to witness the talents of the Melbourne local’s new project, Ben Smith Band. With an album about to drop and a whole lot of new songs to showcase, you won’t want to miss this night of unique groove-driven ballads. The show starts at 6pm and it’s free.
Brand new Melbourne band The Mystic Charmers are a mix of all the kinds of swing music you can think of, with a hint of Django Reinhart. They’ll be performing at Bar 303 on Saturday May 25 with their friend Adam Russo alongside them. Doors are at 7.30pm, entry is $5.
GIGS & EVENTS
ROWBOY Whole Lotta Love. Brunswick East. 8pm. $10. THE OH BALTERS (ALBUM LAUNCH) Yah Yah© s. Fitzroy. 8pm. $10. THE BELAIR LIP BOMBS, ZOMBEACHES, CLAMM Globe Alley. Melbourne. 8pm. FREE. THE GREAT EMU WAR CASUALTIES The Penny Black. Brunswick. 8pm. CRUWYS Edinburgh Castle Hotel. Brunswick. 5pm. FREE. LOLA FEST WITH MESA COSA, HIDEOUS SUN DEMON, DESTRENDS, GLITORIS, COFFIN WOLF, THE QUARTERS, THE FCKUPS, STUFF RICHARDS, LOST TALK, RATHEAD & GARLIC NUN The Tote Hotel. Collingwood. 4pm. $23.50. HEXDEBT Northcote Social Club. Northcote. 8pm. $14.66. CAMARANO & EDEN MULHOLLAND Compass Pizza. Brunswick East. 8pm. SLUSH - LAUNCH, LAZERTITS, BAD BANGS, SPIRAL PERM Old Bar. Fitzroy. 7.30pm. $10. AUNTIE LEO & THE BACKSTABBERS Cherry Bar. Melbourne. 8pm. $15. TEX PERKINS WITH MATT WALKER Caravan Music Club. Bentleigh East. 8pm. $33. THE VENDETTAS Bendigo Hotel. Collingwood. 12.30pm. $10. BONGZILLA Bendigo Hotel. Collingwood. 8pm ZOË FOX & THE ROCKET CLOCKS The B.East. Brunswick East. 8pm. AMBUR The Catfish. Fitzroy. 8pm. $10. THE PROCLAIMERS Arts Centre Melbourne. Melbourne. 8pm. $99.
Jazz, Global, Soul/Funk GIRL POWER NIGHT Night Cat. Fitzroy. 10pm. $6.47. LATE SET: THE ROOKIES The Jazzlab. Brunswick. 11pm. $10. AUDREY POWNE The Jazzlab. Brunswick. 8pm. $30. THE SHUFFLE CLUB Transit Rooftop Bar. VIC. 10pm. FREE. MATT O© BRIEN QUARTET Wesley Anne. Northcote. 6pm. FREE. DJ KOMBUCHI BOI Edinburgh Castle Hotel. Brunswick. 9pm. FREE. ZELJCI BEBECI Evelyn Hotel. Brunswick. 8.30pm. $25. SLOW GRIND FEVER #71 Bar Open. Fitzroy. 10pm. $12.
THE EMMA GILMARTIN QUARTET Classic Southside. Elsternwick. 8pm. $25. THE SONGS OF BILL WITHERS Bird© s Basement. Melbourne. $42. CARIÑO SON Open Studio. Northcote. 5.30pm. $10. SUGARFOOT RAMBLERS Paris Cat Jazz Club. Melbourne. 9pm. $32.50. NICHAUD FITZGIBBON Paris Cat Jazz Club. Melbourne. 8.30pm. $35. THE NOT-SO-BIG BAND - MUSICALS REDISCOVERED Paris Cat Jazz Club. Melbourne. 6.30pm. $32.50. MORELAND CITY SOUL REVIEW The Lomond Hotel. Brunswick East. 9.30pm. AUDREY POWNE The Jazzlab. Brunswick. 12am. $30.
Electronic, Experimental MAMA SAID 10 YEARS FEAT. THE ORIGINALS Revolver Upstairs. Prahran. 11.59am. JUNGLIST© S PARADISE Section 8. Melbourne. 5pm. FREE. MARMALADE - 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Ferdydurke. Melbourne. 9pm. FREE. BOUNCE The Elephant and Wheelbarrow. Melbourne. 10pm. FREE. MISS GABRIELLE The Fox Hotel. Collingwood. 7pm. FREE. MYTHOLOGY Boney. Melbourne. 9pm. SATURDAYS The Carlton Club. Melbourne. 8pm. LIGHT Co. Southbank. 10pm. $25. ELECTRIC DREAMS Co. Southbank. 8pm. $25. ROBERT OWENS Yours & Mine. Carlton. 10pm. $16.30.
Hip Hop, R&B, Pop KODIAK KID Howler. Brunswick. 8pm. $24.79. CRUWYS Edinburgh Castle Hotel. Brunswick. 5pm. FREE. KHOKOLAT SATURDAYS Khokolat Bar. Melbourne. 9.30pm. CLARE BOWDITCH (© WOMAN© SINGLE LAUNCH) Corner Hotel. Richmond. 8.30pm. $45.
Acoustic, Country/Folk, Blues
KRAKEN FOLK SESSION The Drunken Poet. West Melbourne. 3pm. TOM REDWOOD Charles Weston Hotel. Brunswick. 6.30pm. FREE. THE HAPPY LONESOME Swamplands Bar. Thornbury. 9pm. FREE. BROTHER PAT Brothers Public House. Fitzroy. 9pm. FREE. BLUEGRASS ALL STARS Brothers Public House. Fitzroy. 6.30pm. FREE. THE BEAN PROJECT Bar Open. Fitzroy. 6.30pm. FREE. ERIC STECKEL Memo Music Hall. St Kilda. 7.30pm. $28. BABAGANOUSH Open Studio. Northcote. 8pm. $15. HANNAH POTTER Open Studio. Northcote. 2.30pm. FREE.
Classical UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Melbourne Recital Centre. Southbank. 7.30pm. FREE.
Sunday 26 May
Jazz, Global, Soul/Funk ELLA TRINIDAD Night Cat. Fitzroy. 8.30pm. $11.94. MJC PRESENTS: HAYWOOD/BALL/ FERELLA WITH DORIAN FORD (LONDON) The Jazzlab. Brunswick. 8pm. $20. LAURITZ QUARTET Open Studio. Northcote. 8pm. $10. DR HERNÁNDEZ Open Studio. Northcote. 5.30pm. $10. ALL DAY FRITZ Open Studio. Northcote. 3pm. ESSTEE BIG BAND Wesley Anne. Northcote. 3pm. $10. EMMA VOLARD Evelyn Hotel. Brunswick. 7pm. $12. ROSARIO DE MARCO Compass Pizza. Brunswick East. 6.30pm. MAX TEAKLE Charles Weston Hotel. Brunswick. 4pm. FREE. JADIDA Bar Open. Fitzroy. 6pm. FREE. LAZARIKON Chapel Off Chapel. Prahran. 7pm. $50. THE SONGS OF BILL WITHERS Bird© s Basement. Melbourne. 7.45pm. $42.
THE JUMP DEVILS The Drunken Poet. West Melbourne. 9pm.
AUSECUMA BEATS Bar Oussou. Brunswick. 7.30pm. FREE. GEORGA BYRNE Paris Cat Jazz Club. Melbourne. 7pm. $25. THE JONATHAN COOPER QUINTET Paris Cat Jazz Club. Melbourne. 6.30pm. $25. BLACK JESUS EXPERIENCE The Horn African Cafe & Restaurant. Collingwood. 7pm.
Rock, Punk, Metal JOHNS MCLACHLAN AND ZIROS MusicLand Fawkner Music Complex. Fawkner. 3pm. FREE. PAUL DEMPSEY Gasometer Hotel. Collingwood. 8pm. $39.80. KANDALINI The Workers Club. Fitzroy. 7pm. $10. SIME NUGENT & THE CAPES Post Office Hotel. Coburg. 4.30pm. GIRL GERMS X SHRIMPWITCH Retreat Hotel. Brunswick. 2pm SAPPHIRE STREET, NOT BADD & WARDENS The Tote Hotel. Collingwood. 6pm. $10. SHIPS PIANO FRONT BAR RESIDENCY WITH AFFECTION & GREAT FALLS The Tote Hotel. Collingwood. 5pm. FREE. DAVE GRANEY & THE MISTLY Northcote Social Club. Northcote. 1.30pm. $33.61. SPECTRUM TO ARIEL - MIKE RUDD© S 50TH ANNIVERSARY Caravan Music Club. Bentleigh East. 2.30pm. $23. PAT COYLE Bar Open. Fitzroy. 8pm. $10. ALL THE COLOURS Bendigo Hotel. Collingwood. 2pm. $10. ERIC MCCUSKER Memo Music Hall. St Kilda. 3pm. $20.
Acoustic, Country/Folk, Blues ARCHIE ROACH WITH PAUL GRABOWSKY Alexander Theatre. VIC. 5pm. $20-75. MISS DEE Transit Rooftop Bar. VIC. 6pm. FREE. TAY OSKEE The Toff In Town. Melbourne. 6.30pm. $18. RICK HART TRIO Wesley Anne. Northcote. 6pm. FREE. THE GRAVY TRAM Whole Lotta Love. Brunswick East. 7pm. FREE. SUNDAY SESH ACOUSTIC BASH Whole Lotta Love. Brunswick East. 3pm. FREE.
Matt O’Brien Quartet
Rosario De Marco
Carbo Carter Gunnoo
Drawing from the standards of American and Australian jazz traditions, Melbourne newcomer Matt O’Brien joins Theo Carbo, Paddy Fitzgerald and Al Kennedy to perform original jazz compositions. Catch them at Wesley Anne on Saturday May 26. The show starts at 6pm and entry is free.
Capturing the warmth and passion of the Southern European lands, join Rosario De Marco at Compass Pizza as he takes you on a musical journey through the Mediterranean with just his guitar. Take the trip on Sunday May 26, the show starts 6:30pm and entry is free.
Since first creating music in Carbo’s lounge room back in 2015, the group now known as Carbo Carter Gunnoo have been performing all over the state, showing off their sheer talent for jazz arrangements. Catch them on Sunday May 26 at Bar 303, doors are at 7pm and entry is free.
Motorcycles? Yep. Margaritas? Got ‘em. Mexican Food? Plenty. Want anything else? Salsa, funk and samba? Well, you’re in luck! On Sunday May 26, Benzina Cantina is playing nothing but salsa, funk and samba music while you enjoy their Mexican delights. Entry is free.
GIGS & EVENTS
JEFF TWEEDY Howler. Brunswick. 7.30pm. EMILY SOON Edinburgh Castle Hotel. Brunswick. 4pm. FREE. THE CHRIS COMMERFORD BAND Evelyn Hotel. Brunswick. 2pm. $8. RED DIRT RADIO The Drunken Poet. West Melbourne. 6.30pm. FREE. CANYON CALLERS The Drunken Poet. West Melbourne. 4pm. FREE. HEINOUS HOUND Cherry Bar. Melbourne. 3pm. FREE. SIRENS & SONGS Swamplands Bar. Thornbury. 4pm. FREE. ENDA KENNY The Lomond Hotel. Brunswick East. 5.30pm. FREE. SUNDAY SINGALONG Brothers Public House. Fitzroy. 6.30pm. FREE. PAT COYLE Bar Open. Fitzroy. 8pm. $10 COUNTRY AT CUSTOMS Customs House Hotel. Williamstown. 2pm. FREE. ENDA KELLY The Lomond Hotel. Brunswick East. 5.30pm. FREE.
Electronic, Experimental BENDY RAINBOW Section 8. Melbourne. 2pm. FREE.
Hip Hop, R&B, Pop RACHAEL LEA WITH ZOE MEGAN + CAMRYN JORDANS & BENJAMIN TRILLADO Retreat Hotel. Brunswick. 8pm MOTHERSHIP Co. Southbank. 9.30pm. $15.
Monday 27 May
Jazz, Global, Soul/Funk ANDREA KELLER© S FIVE BELOW The Jazzlab. Brunswick. 8pm. $15. BK:MW WITH HANNAH MCKITTRICK Open Studio. Northcote. 8pm. $10. THE DARYL MCKENZIE JAZZ ORCHESTRA Paris Cat Jazz Club. Melbourne. 7.30pm. $30.
Rock, Punk, Metal NIEUW MONDAYS The Workers Club. Fitzroy. 12pm. $3. MONDAY NIGHT MASS Northcote Social Club. Northcote. 8pm. FREE. MUNDANE MONDAYS: CYSTIC NIGHTMARE, GENUINE FAKE, PUP TENTACLE, ALPHINGTON Old Bar. Fitzroy. 7.30pm. $8. THE MONDAY BONE MACHINE Boney. Melbourne. 8pm. FREE.
Classical PIANO ATMOSFERIX Wesley Anne. Northcote. 6pm. FREE. MOORE BEETHOVEN BRAHMS Melbourne Recital Centre. Southbank. 7pm. $92. DEBORAH CHEETHAM AO Melbourne Recital Centre. Southbank. 6pm. $25.
THE BREAKFAST CLUB - FIFTH BIRTHDAY OneSixOne. Prahran. 9am.
Acoustic, Country/Folk, Blues THE TEN TENORS Hamer Hall (Arts Centre Melbourne). Melbourne. 7.30pm. $96.80.
Tuesday 28 May
Jazz, Global, Soul/Funk ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH, THE SHAKY KNEE DREAM MACHINE Night Cat. Fitzroy. 8.30pm. $10. MELBA BIG BAND The Jazzlab. Brunswick. 8pm. $20. RUCKUS ON RUCKERS Open Studio. Northcote. 8pm. FREE. JAZZ NIGHT Compass Pizza. Brunswick East. 7.30pm LIAM & CO Brunswick Green. Brunswick. 8pm. FREE.
Rock, Punk, Metal RACHAEL LIA The Workers Club. Fitzroy. 8pm. $10. THE SUNKEN SEA Evelyn Hotel. Brunswick. 8.30pm. $10. ILL GLOBO: TUESDAYS AT LE TOTE WITH BLOODY HELL, BODY MAINTENANCE & FRAG The Tote Hotel. Collingwood. 8pm. RIFF CULT WITH ROCK KWEEN KEELY The Tote Hotel. Collingwood. 6pm. $25. SATELLITE GALLERY PRESENTS: KYLIE BURKE EXHIBITION - UPSIDE DOWN WITH SLUGBUCKET, INFESTED TRANSISTOR, DON BERZERK Old Bar. Fitzroy. 7pm. $10.
Hip Hop, R&B, Pop PERLINKI MINI-RESIDENCY WITH LEMMY CRASH + SLEEPING LESSONS Retreat Hotel. Brunswick. 8pm.
Acoustic, Country/Folk, Blues TUESDAY TRIBUTE - THE PHEASANTRY PLAY PAUL KELLY The Drunken Poet. West Melbourne. 8pm. FREE. OPEN MIC Swamplands Bar. Thornbury. 7pm. FREE. OPEN MIC Bar Oussou. Brunswick. 7pm. FREE. IRISH SESSION The Lomond Hotel. Brunswick East. 8pm. FREE.
Classical FIDELIO QUARTET Melbourne Recital Centre. Southbank. 7.30pm. $60
LAUREL THE CORNER MAY 22 I KNOW LEOPARD NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB MAY 22, 24 MAGGIE ROGERS FESTIVAL HALL MAY 23 ERIC BIBB THORNBURY THEATRE MAY 23 HIDEOUS SUN DEMON THE ESPY MAY 23 SCREAMING FEMALES THE TOTE MAY 23 FERLA THE TOTE MAY 24 DEAR SEATTLE CORNER HOTEL MAY 24 RVG HOWLER MAY 24 THE GROGANS YAH YAH’S MAY 24 ERIC BIBB THORNBURY THEATRE MAY 23, THE FIREFLY MAY 24, 26 JEFF TWEEDY ATHENAEUM THEATRE MAY 25 THE PROCLAIMERS HAMER HALL MAY 25 HEXDEBT NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB MAY 25 MESA COSA THE TOTE MAY 25 CLARE BOWDITCH THE CORNER MAY 25 ROSS WILSON PALAIS THEATRE MAY 25 CROOKED COLOURS THE FORUM MAY 25, 26 DONNY BENET THE ESPY MAY 26 DAVE GRANEY NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB MAY 26 RUBY FIELDS THE ESPY MAY 28 CULT OF FIRE MAX WATT’S MAY 28 AMBERLIN THE FORUM MAY 29 HIATUS KAIYOTE MAX WATT’S MAY 30 ALICE IVY NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB MAY 31 MANSIONAIR CORNER HOTEL MAY 31 AMY SHARK MARGARET COURT ARENA MAY 31 KITE STRING TANGLE HOWLER JUNE 1 THE MURLOCS CORNER HOTEL JUNE 1 JACK RIVER THE FORUM JUNE 1 KARNIVOOL THE CROXTON BANDROOM JUNE 5 TIM ROGERS THE ESPY JUNE 6 CONRAD SEWELL THE FORUM JUNE 7 BEC SANDRIDGE NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB JUNE 7
JAZZ PARTY MELBOURNE MUSEUM JUNE 7 RUNNING TOUCH THE FORUM JUNE 8 THE CHATS CORNER HOTEL JUNE 8 PRESS CLUB HOWLER JUNE 8 SWEATER CURSE THE GRACE DARLING HOTEL JUNE 8 HERBIE HANCOCK HAMER HALL JUNE 8-9 CAUSTIC GRIP THE TOTE JUNE 9 LIME CORDIALE THE FORUM JUNE 9 WEST THEBARTON CORNER HOTEL JUNE 9 RUDIMENTAL MARGARET COURT ARENA JUNE 9 SHARON VAN ETTEN HAMER HALL JUNE 11 BRIGGS NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB JUNE 13 PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS JUNE 14 THE AINTS! CORNER HOTEL JUNE 14 EZEKIEL OX NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB JUNE 14 THE HARD ACHES HOWLER JUNE 14 WINSTON SURFSHIRT THE FORUM JUNE 14 THE MONKEES PALAIS THEATRE JUNE 15 KIM CHURCHILL HOWLER JUNE 15 DEBORAH CONWAY, WILLY ZYGIER & THE MEN HAMER HALL JUNE 16 METHYL ETHEL THE FORUM JUNE 20-21 THE WHITLAMS CORNER HOTEL JUNE 20 BOY GEORGE CHASERS VENUE JUNE 21 ALEX LAHEY THE FORUM JUNE 22 THE CLOUDS CORNER HOTEL JUNE 22 KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD THE FORUM JUNE 27-28 HOODOO GURUS CHELSEA HEIGHTS JUNE 28 POLISH CLUB 170 RUSSELL JUNE 28 KIRA PURU CORNER HOTEL JUNE 28 BATTS HOWLER JUNE 28
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