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Editor’s Note// While it’s not so strange to find The Stooges’ James Williamson having a crack at David Bowie in this week’s cover story, it is amusing to see the guitarist sniping at his former producer in the very week we review The Thin White Duke’s own surprise comeback. With the release of Bowie’s new album The Next Day, it seems like The Stooges stalwart is in the minority. Like the people of Waterworld waiting on Kevin Costner to save them, it’s absurd to see the UK’s music critics so feverish over Bowie’s return from exile. Lavished with five stars from The Daily Telegraph, The Independent and Q, the idolatry suggests a desperate industry has lost sight of what a true classic entails. As we saw in the aftermath of the Oasis behemoth Be Here Now in 1997, the passing of time and the return of common sense often brings slavishly-praised albums back down to earth with a thud. The Next Day is good, but it’s no The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars or Low. Given the unfathomable hysteria he’s triggered, I’d like to think that Bowie is sitting back in his New York penthouse/ Goblin City castle/Glass Spider chuckling at the absurdity of it all. A decade since he released Reality, its title seems further away from the mythical construct surrounding David Bowie than ever.
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We bloody did it! More than 400 live reviews, Tweets, hate mail from comedians, tonsillitis infections and painstaking hours of uploading later, we survived the festival period. However, only for a moment can we cool our heels as the weather similarly drops down. Over the next few months Adelaide is entering a whole new exciting chapter of the year that includes hosting a world-class street art festival featuring Banksy and a localised punk and ska festival, Hits and Pits. Head to our website to find out more about both of these, where you can also listen to two new Vampire Weekend songs and new single from local outfit Horror My Friend and win cool things through our Instagram and Facebook. Adelaide you are A-OK.
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Shot during the last two nights of Neil Youngâ€™s 2011 Le Noise world tour, long-time fan and collaborator Jonathan Demme captures the multiple GrammyÂŽ winner and two-time Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee with a stunning intimacy both on stage and off. The documentary, Journeys, follows Young, travelling from his hometown of Omemee, Ontario to Torontoâ€™s iconic music venue, Massey Hall, in a 1956 Ford Crown Victoria, while sharing stories about his life and childhood. Weâ€™ve got five copies of the doco up for grabs so log onto ripitup. com.au and enter your details for your chance to win. Competition closes at midday on Thu Mar 28.
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Catch the Grammy award winning gospel and soul legend when she appears as special guest of fellow Grammy award winner Bonnie Raitt at Thebarton Theatre on Tue Mar 26.
Be a joker, a smoker and a midnight toker and see them when they open for fellow US legends Santana at Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Fri Mar 22.
Experience the retro-sounding London trio (along with their mum and dad) at the Governor Hindmarsh on Tue Mar 26 with very special guest, Adelaideâ€™s Carla Lippis.
See the former Beautiful Girlsâ€™ frontperson when he rides into town with The Seperatista Sound System to play some reggae and roots music at Jive on Fri Mar 22 and also Sat Mar 23.
Adelaide Entertainment Centre will play host to the legendary American singer songwriter when he performs on Wed Mar 27 with Canadaâ€™s Rufus Wainwright as special guest opening act.
Hear the voice of Led Zeppelin when he plays with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters, along with Playing For Change as special guests at Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Tue Mar 26.
Speeding along this week... GRINSPOON â€“ rocking into the Governor Hindmarsh on Thu Mar 21 to play old favourites along with songs from their latest album, Black Rabbits.
BREAKING HART BENTON â€“ see the Appalachian-styled country folk duo from Brisbane when they ply their wares at Thebartonâ€™s Wheatsheaf Hotel from around 4pm on Sun Mar 24.
TAJ MAHAL TRIO â€“ catch the larger-than-life, legendary American blues figure when he plays with his esteemed trio at the Governor Hindmarsh on Mon Mar 25.
BEACHFEST â€“ taking place at South Adelaide Football Club, Noarlunga Downs, on Sat Mar 23 with Jimmy Barnes, Ross Wilson, Jon Stevens, The Black Sorrows and Swanee.
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Steele Works Who: The Superjesus / Where: The Gov / When: Fri Jun 28 & Sat Jun 29 / Tickets: moshtix.com.au
Zombie Superjesus It’s aliiiiiive! Alternative ‘90s rock band The Superjesus is rising again, staggering out on a Ressurection Tour this May. After a spectacular revival show in their hometown Adelaide, Sarah McLeod, Stuart Rudd, Tim Henwood and Paul Berryman are getting the band back together. They’ll round off the tour in Adelaide
at the Governor Hindmarsh, on Fri Jun 28 and Sat Jun 29. The press release promises “a night to remember … delivering all of those anthemic songs (Gravity, Shut My Eyes, Secret Agent Man etc) with even more raw energy than 10 years ago”. Get your grungey crown of thorns out for some born-again rock.
The main support act for Bob Evans has been announced as DAVEY LANE, a gentle spirit whose tender soul has just been bared in a new single You’re The Cops, I’m The Crime. Catch the You Am I guitarist with Bob at Fowler’s Live on Sat Apr 27.
Katy Steele seems to have shot the Little Birdy that chirruped in our ears many years ago. The creaky-voiced lady has rebranded herself and is flying solo under her real name, Katy Steele. The born-again birdy found herself in Brooklyn, and invented a slamming, strong sound. Her first solo single Fire Me Up will be released as a free download. If you’re already convinced, tickets are on sale to her first shows back in Australia. Steele will be hitting Jive on Fri Apr 5.
Aluka A Cappella EVERMORE brothers Peter and Jon Hume are leaving little brother Dann behind and are heading to the Governor Hindmarsh on Wed May 15 without him. Tickets for the show are on sale now through Moshtix and Venuetix.
Vocal wonder women Aluka have leant their talents to Clare Bowditch and Lisa Mitchell. Now they’re doing something for themselves. Recorded in bathrooms, sheds, bunkers and swimming pools, their debut album Space is an exploration into the depth of sound and the nuances added by environment. The ladies will be launching Space at the Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre on Fri Apr 5.
Dodgy Hips Destroy The Darkness Who’s the coolest person you know with a hip replacement? If you answered your nan, you’re wrong. The Darkness’ Ed Graham is so glam rock that energetic performances have led to a deteriorating joint, and he is currently unable to perform. Declaring that they “won’t be touring with any ersatz model!”,
The Darkness have opted for a full cancellation of their Australian tour with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. Joan and friends are also scrapping their trip. While Ed recuperates and learns to boogie with a walker, fans can switch off their lights and weep in the blackness to the band’s celebrated 2012 record Hot Cakes.
Tim Minchin/Sporty Spice spectacular JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR has proved unsurprisingly popular in the city of churches. Due to demand, a second date has been added in Adelaide on Wed Jun 5 at the Entertainment Centre.
Freckle-faced Oxonian LEWIS WATSON will release EP The Wild on Fri Mar 29. Watson’s quiet, personal music placed him on Birdy’s bill for the duration of her Australian tour in April and March. Along with three original tracks, The Wild features a cover of SBTRKT’s Hold On, just for something different.
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Everyone’s favourite breathyvoiced knight, SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH, is coming to Adelaide on Tue Jun 18 for a special show at the Entertainment Centre. Recapping his 60 years in broadcasting, and the phenomenal wildlife programs he has presented and produced, A Life On Earth will be a unique and fascinating evening. BYO exotic creature.
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Who: Dame Julie Andrews / Where: Festival Centre / When: Tue May 28 / Tickets: bass.net.au or showbiz.com.au
The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of Julie Dame Julie Andrews, the classiest gal in the world, is bringing her charming lady-self to Adelaide for a live Q&A tour of the nation. Dame Andrews will be joined by Nicholas Hammond, who played Friedrich von Trapp in The Sound Of Music. The ‘Evening With Julie Andrews’ will feature no live singing,
Even though we just waved goodbye to them, Sticky Fingers are touring again! The reason for this tour? Excitement. Their debut record, Caress Your Soul, has just been released. Like kids with a new toy, they want to show everyone, so they’ve booked up as many dates as possible. They’ve even snared a slot on the bill at the Big Pineapple Festival in Queensland, which sounds like a riot. Adelaide is their last stop on the tour, so they will arrive at the Governor Hindmarsh on Fri May 10.
as she has been medically unable to sing since a botched operation in 1997. Instead, the two-hour appearance will be a mix of interviews and stories from her life. Tickets range dramatically in price, with exclusive VIP meet and greet tickets costing a breathtaking $699.95.
Elmo’s World Tour
Who: One Direction & Five Seconds Of Summer / Where: Adelaide Entertainment Centre / When: Mon Sep 23, Tue Sep 24 & Wed Sep 25
Sesame Street is relocating to Her Majesty’s Theatre for one giggletastic morning on Sat Jul 13. Elmo, joined by the Street gang – Cookie Monster, The Count, Grover, Bert and Ernie – will be storming the stage to the delight of tiny children everywhere. Babysitters beware: overexcitement can induce vomiting from small humans. Miniature guests and their parental handlers can purchase a special package which includes a meet-and-greet with Elmo, against whom all charges were dropped in November last year. Yaaaaaay!
King Of The Castle Experimental and diverse Kaki King’s career has exploded with five very different albums. Changing things up once more is her latest effort Glow. Lofty promises of “an evocative, exuberant collection of genre agnostic soundscapes” accompany the neon tangle of album art. King will be in Adelaide at the Governor Hindmarsh on Fri May 31.
Five Seconds Of Fame Baby-faced Sydney teenagers Five Seconds Of Summer have won the chance of their little lifetimes: supporting One Direction on their world tour. With 110 dates, 1.3 million
tickets and 21 countries, it isn’t bad going for this four-piece of school kids. They’ll be up to their necks in tweeny squealers before they know what to do with themselves.
The new album from THE GROWL – What Would Christ Do?? – is complete with a double question mark to show just how desperately they need an answer to that question. Hopefully by the end of the record, they’ve resolved the issue. You can find out for yourself when they perform the album live at Cats at Rocket Bar on Fri Apr 26.
BRITISH INDIA have been busy. Three albums down already, they’re prepping for a new run. The next album is called Controller, and is ironically released on label Liberation. They’re setting it loose and letting it fly this March, when they will roll their national tour out of Mt Gambier. After a quick sprint to the east coast, they’ll dash back to SA for a midweek party in Adelaide at the Governor Hindmarsh on Wed Apr 24. The 10-track album has had a decent start, with single I Can Make You Love Me landing at 40 in Triple J’s Hottest 100.
Ruben Us The Right Way Aside from their major appeal (they’re a bit cute) The Rubens are still determined to play music, and not slink off to become full-time hair or vintage denim models. You can catch their dramatic locks and surfer rock with Walk The Moon and Ali Barter on Thu May 16 at HQ Complex.
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Gimme Danger It’s 7000 kilometres from Michigan Palace, Detroit, to The Prince’s Palace, Monaco, but for Stooges guitarist James Williamson, the emotional distance is even greater. One of his final shows with The Stooges in 1974 saw the band bottled by hostile bikers angered by frontman Iggy Pop’s lip. Within six months of his return to the fold in 2009, Williamson was playing for Prince Albert of Monaco. You couldn’t write something like this,” Williamson says of The Stooges’ cultural U-turn. “We had lunch with the Prince of Monaco and he was a pretty cool guy. He’d decided he wanted to throw a rock concert on the palace grounds and invited us for lunch. He dug the concert and showed he was pretty cool, although the crowd surfing was probably a little much for him…” Despite the proto-punk legacy of Williamson’s sole Stooges album Raw Power, for many years the guitarist distanced himself from his rock past. His friendship with Pop deteriorated in the early ‘80s, with Williamson instead turning his attention to an engineering role at Sony. When Williamson was given a redundancy package just months after the 2009 death of fellow Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton, Pop phoned his former collaborator and asked him to rejoin the group. Having barely picked up a guitar in 30 years, Williamson eventually capitulated. Considering The Stooges’ career prior to their ’74 split was underpinned by poorly received albums, drug abuse and dire poverty,
Williamson was ill-prepared for the critical reappraisal the band had enjoyed while he was estranged from the music industry. Artists as culturally diverse as Kurt Cobain, Johnny Marr and Cee Lo Green have described Raw Power as their favourite rock album, with Williamson’s sludgy no-fuss style lauded by a generation of guitarists. “Frankly, it’s almost overwhelming,” Williamson says of Raw Power’s influential status. “We’d always envisioned we were making a hit record when we made Raw Power, but little did we know how delusional we really were. Nobody wanted it at the time, but we’ve come to find that it really was successful – it just took a really long time!” While few contemporary identities hailed the band’s 1970 record Fun House as anything beyond churning Cro-Magnon garage, the album had one key fan: David Bowie. Befriending Pop after The Stooges had ostensibly split in 1971, the UK star offered to produce a new album if the group reconvened in London. While the lifeline gave a drugaddicted Williamson a chance to momentarily escape slumming it on his sister’s couch, the guitarist has no time for Bowie. “This is 30 years later, so who gives a fuck, but I just don’t personally like David Bowie as an individual. There are some people you like and some you don’t, but I never cared for him at all. You give the Devil his due and he’s a talented writer and he’s smart and successful and I don’t want to take anything away from him, but I’m just not a big fan.” When Raw Power made a miserable 182 on Billboard’s pop charts, The Stooges unravelled. Williamson and Pop attempted to continue their musical collaborations by recording the Kill City EP, but the pair’s grim existence hit a low-point when Pop checked himself in to UCLA’s neuropsychiatric
institute to try and control his drug use. “I think he was just a very desperate person at that point and had explored every angle he could. Sometimes you just get so beat down by things you don’t know where to turn, so that was his way of saying he needed some help figuring things out, since what he was doing wasn’t working! He was a very desperate person – frankly, we both were.” Were there still moments during this grey phase when the pair could share a laugh together? “No, not much in that period,” Williamson rues. “It was a pretty serious business trying to revive things and we weren’t particularly attractive as an entertainment proposition for anybody. You have to eat in this world and we weren’t getting anywhere in the music business, so that’s when Bowie offered to take Iggy under his wing and do the solo thing. It all worked out for him, which was good.” While Pop enjoyed a breakthrough with the Bowie-produced solo albums The Idiot and Lust For Life, Williamson began his retreat from music. Now he’s back working on his first Stooges album in 40 years, with Ready To Die set for release in April. Although the guitarist can’t divulge details (“Unfortunately the label wants to do all the PR themselves and I’m not at liberty to discuss it,” he conspiratorially offers), he confirms Australian fans will hear new material during the impending tour. It’s interesting to note Iggy Pop’s own retreat from the limelight in the past few years, cutting his media interviews to a minimum. It’s almost as if the electrifying frontman wants to avoid becoming a distorted caricature, the 65-year-old performer perpetually forced to play the shirtless manchild. How long can the man born James Osterberg keep up his manic stage presence? “Well, we all have to live with the images we create,” his 63-year-old sidekick notes. “The thing about what Iggy does is that you can only do it for so long, but I am absolutely astonished he can still do what he does. I don’t
KO At Home Live EP Metallic KO is infamous for the aggressive atmosphere it captures, but was this February 1974 gig in The Stooges’ hometown an example of the animosity regularly experienced at the protopunk band’s shows or more a blip that has become a legend? “I think it’s the latter,” James Williamson contends. “We’d run into some bikers at a small venue nearby Detroit two nights before that and Iggy had been floored by a biker when he’d gone out into the audience at that show. Those guys brought their buddies to that [Michigan Palace] show and they were gunning for us. We didn’t have a lot of popularity, but we also didn’t usually have shows like that.”
know anybody in the world who could ever do what he’s done, especially at his age. It’s his unique gift so it’s up to him to say if he’s had enough of this. It’s up to Iggy to say, ‘I’m done’, then he can do something else.” Given the garage rock road is littered with bands who never made it, exactly what is it about The Stooges that has seen them take a mantle as one of the most iconic groups of all time? “The music is unique, the writing is unique and it resonates with people,” Williamson says. “It’s the music of the alienated, the songs for people who aren’t in the hip clubs. It still resonates now – we have very young crowds because we rock hard, we do a good live show and we made some good albums. That’s all I can come up with.” WHO: Iggy & The Stooges WHAT: Ready To Die (Warner) released on Fri Apr 26 WHERE: Thebarton Theatre WHEN: Mon Mar 25
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Suitcase Living Ever wonder what happens when an ex chef packs his few belongings and hits the road with only a suitcase, guitar and a map? You get Passenger, AKA Mike Rosenberg - a big-hearted songwriter, humorous gentleman and possibly the most genuine guy you’ll ever meet. ee this man live and it’s guaranteed you will fall in love with his humble persona, clever wit and, above all, his brilliant music. As he peers through thick eyelashes over his coffee cup, he offers a brilliant smile upon reflection of his hectic life for the last little while. “God, for the last five years, 11 months of the year has been constant travel,” he says, “so I spend six months here and then when it gets cold, up north again. It’s worked out beautifully.”
Originally from England, this Brighton boy is a long way from his real home but it seems as though this little character feels at home on whatever ground lies beneath his cheeky boat shoes. After his most recent whirlwind tour with ginger ninja Ed Sheeran, it’s time for Passenger to simmer down, get back to his roots and do what he does best: perform to intimate crowds and allow his music to come to life. “I’m not one of those dudes that just goes out, plays songs and stares at his feet the whole time. I want to interact and tell stories and silly jokes. If you do the same thing every night, you find yourself falling into the routine, telling the same jokes and stories, ‘cause you haven’t got any bloody time to think of other stuff ! You need to be able to live and have funny shit happen to you.” Having already sold out his Adelaide gig, it’s a beautiful thing to know that Passenger will be hitting Rundle Mall, busking his little heart out. “It’s a very different headspace to get into,” he explains. “With busking, you’re trying to
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Forest Folk As Passenger’s acclaim continues to grow, the possibilities are endless for future tours. Mike Rosenberg’s got a couple of ideas kicking around. “It’d be quite fancy having something in a forest wouldn’t it?” he suggests. “That would be a nice folky vibe. Trees. In my mind, squirrels and birds are all coming out and perching on my shoulders, like Snow White, but more of a bearded Snow White.” Any hope for a dress to match? “A dress? Let’s keep it just in the forest at the moment, see how it goes, if the squirrels and birds don’t come then maybe I’ll whack on a dress. We’ll see what happens.”
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convince complete strangers to not go to Macca’s and hang out and have a listen. If you manage to do that it’s an absolute buzz.” Over his years of travel, Rosenberg has learnt how to prioritise what he packs for his tours. “I don’t own a lot of items in my suitcase but I bought one of these exercise ropes and I thought, ‘Yeah, while I’m on tour I’ll chuck it in my suitcase and every morning I’ll whip it out’. Doesn’t happen. Every time I open my suitcase it’s staring at me, it guilt trips me every morning. I could do it forever and still be silly and skinny, so I can’t be bothered.” Rosenberg is known for his glorious humour at live shows – a humour that slots itself in as a perfect contrast between his folky numbers. He can have an audience squealing with laughter but then pull it back to a completely silent and captivating atmosphere, with the crowd just hanging off his every word. But, like all good artists, you need to have a fall-back in case things get awkward. Over the years Rosenberg has built up a solid repertoire of cheese jokes. Which makes us only wonder, will there be more? “There is just the pressure now!” he chuckles. “There are only so many cheese jokes you can smash out without it getting too cheesy.” Intentional pun? “But of course. I’m always interested in a good cheese joke. Not just cheese – let’s be openminded - but any food-related puns. I’ve actually started branching out to fish puns. Underwater puns. There’s so many to be had. It’s really a codsend. It’s a bream come true. Yeah. No trout about it. I’m just gonna leave you with them.” The more time passes, the more this passenger realises the secret to a thing called happiness. “The older I get, the more I realise it’s just really simple shit. Like weather, a good coffee or amazing sushi. As a musician it’s really easy to get caught up on signing a record deal or headlining this and that, they’re all great moments. But actually happiness is a really simple thing. A really fundamental human feeling and it’s not complicated.” WHO: Passenger WHAT: All The Little Lights (Inertia) WHERE: Dunstan Playhouse WHEN: Wed Mar 27
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Jeremy Galindo concedes that the intense and hypnotic This Will Destroy You live experience can often catch both the audience and the band members out.
Things are currently very exciting in the camp of Texan post/doom/ambient rock quartet This Will Destroy You. Guitarist Jeremy Galindo takes a break from tinkering with some new material to take this interview. On top of that, the band’s soon to jump on a plane and make the voyage down to our side of the equator for their first ever run of Australian shows. But wait, there’s more…
“We experiment a lot with subfrequencies and making sure we’re physically moving the people as well as mentally or emotionally… We just try to make it as intense and hypnotic an experience as we can. There are times when we all get completely lost in it. Luckily we’ve been playing these songs for so long that we don’t usually get lost in them, but it is a problem. But it can be just as emotionally draining for us as it can for the crowd because we get really involved in it.”
Right now we have a live albums that’s about to come out,” Galindo explains. “We’ll have a release date for that in a couple of weeks, and then outside of that we’re working on a new full-length that we hope to have done by the end of the year.” A live album? Do bands even release those anymore? Hell, even Galindo seems to think the whole ‘live album’ thing is a bit outdated. “I’m actually not one to go out and buy live albums from bands I like, but I’m really proud of how this one came out. Y’know, people might actually enjoy it. Especially to hear all the songs with the new line-up and to hear that fresh take on the material. “It wasn’t anything planned, it just kind of happened. We played a show in Iceland and they just happened to multi-track the show. And they sent us those tracks and they sounded really good and we thought, ‘Why the hell not? Let’s mix it and see how it comes out.’ And we’re all really happy with what it’s kind of evolved into and hoping that people dig it.” Even with a live record soon to drop, This Will Destroy You are primarily focused on getting together the material for their third studio record, the follow-up to the surprise critical and commercial hit that was 2011’s Tunnel Blanket. The band don’t make it easy on themselves when it’s time to do a new record, either. Galindo describes how the bulk of the band’s creative work comes early on in the piece. “Right now we’re working on a whole bunch of songs, and we’re trying to decide which song we’re going to build an album around. All the stuff we’re working with is pretty different right now and we definitely are just trying to find the next sound to attach ourselves to. That’s what we did with Tunnel Blanket, we had quite a few different versions of songs going, but when we wrote one there, Communal Blood, we all really liked that so we built an album around it.” Talking about where This Will Destroy You are looking to go causes the axe-slinger to reflect on the band’s progression thus far; one that has encompassed everything from almost delicate shoegaze to face-melting doom metal. Such a diverse catalogue has got to be hell to put all together in a set when the band’s heading out on the road, right? “We’ve gotten more in the groove of mixing the emotions behind the Tunnel Blanket material with that of the older stuff. I guess we’ve found a middle ground where our sets can sound like one big song. There’s a drastic difference between playing songs from Young Mountain and playing a track like Black Realm off Tunnel Blanket, so finding a way to make all of that flow and fit so it’s all a part of one movement is mostly what we’ve been working on, and every single time we write a new set it seems like we’re getting better at it.” By tinkering with material, and improvising the passages between the live cuts, the band manage to create something powerful and captivating with their live performance. “We’re just trying to use a natural approach where things can just flow into other songs. So it’s going to be like one long movement, but in that movement there’s going to be a good mix of material. We’re not just doing all new songs.”
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Cowboys And Indians With such a noble name, William Elliott Whitmore could well be the The Duke Of Gloucester. It is actually the name of the man a fair few steps away from English aristocracy or royalty - a down to earth, illustrated man with frivolous facial hair, a banjo and a secret talent for yodelling. ith a gorgeous Iowan accent bellowing down the phone line, Whitmore’s carefree words are almost spoken in song. “All is well up here,” he begins, “the spring weather is startin’ to come our way and everything seems to be alright.” A little more than alright really, with the bluesy Whitmore packing his instruments for a little journey Down Under. The 34-year-old hopes the latest tour gives him the chance to explore some of what Australia has to offer.
“I’d love to get out from the city and explore a little, that’s definitely where my heart calls, to the wide-open spaces. I’m a big fan of the desert. “My father and I would watch old cowboy and Indian films and we’d always root for the Indians,” he remarks with a fond chuckle. “That’s actually what I was hoping to see when I get down to Oz.” The desert that is, not the cowboys and Indians. “It will be a bit of a whirlwind trip but I do have a day off !” he laughs. “I need to just come down and not play shows, just for vacation, that’s the thing to do.” It’s not everyday that you enjoy a casual chat with a man who can yodel, so who knows what else this creature is capable of. “Ooh, let’s see, I got a few secret talents that I’m gonna reveal to you: I’m a pretty good yodeller, and that’s not something I would tell everyone. “I am yet to employ it in a song,” he adds.
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Guilty Pleasures While his music output might suggest William Elliott Whitmore’s tastes are beyond reproach, the Iowa musician reveals one of his unexpected favourites. “The one that springs immediately to mind is Ace Of Base,” he laughs, “but I don’t know if that counts as a guilty pleasure, ‘cause really it’s just good pop music! I unashamedly like Ace Of Base, but I don’t care, I’ll shout it from the mountain tops.”
“I’m also a talented beer maker. Well no, I shouldn’t say talented… I’m okay. I enjoy making beer and coming up with different recipes. I enjoy making beer and wine. But that’s no scandalous secret. And as far as other secret talents, they might be best left to the imagination. These are not for print - people can imagine.” Let your imaginations run wild. As he gazes out on the Mississippi River, a stone’s throw from his windowpane, Whitmore reflects on farm life and its influence on his current album Field Songs. “I was born and raised on a farm, so that’s always been in my songwriting. With this record I really wanted to bring it to the forefront and shine a light on a way of life. I hoped that any person could relate to the themes and just feel like they’re on the porch with me, having a beer in the evening after a hard day’s work.” This is exactly the journey that Field Songs takes. Whitmore has really peeled back the layers with this one, delivering a record that truly reflects his live show with a strong emphasis on lyrical infusions. “I play the banjo and guitar and a little mandolin but I just really wanna showcase the lyrics. I’m not very good on any instrument. My voice has always been my main instrument that I really try to own and use the best way I can. “I’ve just always been kind of a crummy guitar player,” he chuckles. “I put limits on myself, but sometimes the greatest freedom comes from limitation. Within these constraints I can do whatever I want like a prose poem or a haiku - it’s sort of infinite the things you can do.” It definitely didn’t begin this way for the songwriter. “[In my teens] I discovered punk rock and hip hop music. I always just did my banjo thing but I made friends with a lot of those bands and they would let me open up for them.” Nothing like a bit of a folk and punk rock combination - keep an eye out for Whitmore at the next Soundwave. “It seems incongruous in a way but the two extremes worked and allowed me to stick out in the punk rock club. Everyone was wearing Misfits T-shirts and then I’m the one with a banjo”. WHO: William Elliott Whitmore WHAT: Field Songs (Anti) WHERE: Enigma Bar, Adelaide WHEN: Sun Mar 24
Boys Keep Swinging As their name suggests, a few members of Mad Caddies don’t mind a hit of golf. Here is a dozen other music acts who enjoy a day on the green.
It’s been a while between beers with Californian ska-punk greats Mad Caddies, but now they’re on their way Down Under and there’s a new record in the works. Guitarist Sascha Lazor explains why it’s taken them six years to put out a new record.
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We’ve been working off and on for the past couple of years… we’ve scrapped a couple of sessions because we weren’t really happy with what we came out of them with, and we started over again a couple of months ago and this time things haven’t been so rough… It’s going really well and hopefully we’ll have a lot of it done in the next six weeks. I’m really looking forward to it.” So that’s it. While it’s not tales of debauchery, rehab or conflict, at least this explanation will comfort fans who have been hanging out for more of the Caddies’ idiosyncratic amalgam of punk rock, ska and reggae, and everything else from cowpunk to swing, ever since the band released Keep It Going back in 2007. For all the fun in the Caddies’ bouncy tunes, it’s clear talking to Lazor that the band take what they do very seriously. Case in point, the new record that the band kept putting themselves back to square one on because they weren’t 100 percent satisfied with the material they worked on in the wake of Keep It Going. The band had to hit it out of the park, especially since it had been so long since their last album dropped. “If we released a record every two years like a lot of bands do, I wouldn’t think that we wouldn’t try hard, but when you make records like we do you really need to make sure everything’s top shelf because it’s been such a long time since the last one came out. And we couldn’t make fans wait five or six years from our last record and then be happy putting out something that’s just mediocre.” The band’s perseverance with their as-yetuntitled sixth record has Lazor sounding inspired about the new material. The guitarist is sounding in incredibly high spirits, which is good considering when we talk he’s a few hours away from laying down tracks in the studio. “It’s really exciting. We had to scrap most of what we’d done before because it didn’t make us feel like we do now; this stuff sounds like the Caddies but is new and fresh. It’s all still there, the reggae and ska and punk rock, but it’s just exploring those styles of music in a way that we haven’t done before. I think we’ve come across a good formula for that, and we’re all happy with where it’s kind of taking us.” While it’s something of a shame that Aussie fans won’t be able to get their hands on the band’s new record before they come down here to headline the Hits & Pits mini-festival, Lazor promises that the Caddies are already talking about debuting some of the new stuff while they’re down here. “We’ll definitely be performing some new material by the time we come out to Australia. This will be the first tour where we break out some of the new stuff.” The diligence and dedication shown towards their new album is mirrored in Mad Caddies’ approach to their upcoming run of Australian shows. These guys are no spring chickens anymore - they’ve been around for just short of 20 years - and as Lazor sees it, they’ve now got to put in the work before-hand to make sure the Mad Caddies’ live show is ship-shape. “About now people are starting to eat better and go on hikes to get into shape. We’re all getting a bit older so we’ve got to prepare for the tour a bit ahead of time… Before we tour Australia I might take a bit of time off drinking and partying, because when we get down there that seems like all that we do.”
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WHO: Mad Caddies WHERE: HQ (with Good Riddance, A Wilhelm Scream, Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Flatliners, Diesel Boy, One Dollar Short, Jamie Hay, Jen Buxton, Totally Unicorn and Paper Arms) WHEN: Thu Mar 28 RIPITUPMAGAZINE//RIPITUP.COM.AU
Chance Waters Armed with tracks from his acclaimed new album, Infinity, Chance Waters will be touring across the nation and bringing his infectiously upbeat and thought-provoking songs to the Ed Castle on Fri May 24. 2012 was a huge year for the Sydney rapper after releasing his acclaimed sophomore album and having it debut at number 54 on the ARIA Charts. Waters was also nominated for Unearthed Artist Of The Year at the 2012 J Awards, while his video for second single Maybe Tomorrow (featuring Lilian Blue) was voted at number seven in the 2012 Rage Fifty (beating MIA, Alt-J, Grimes and Tame Impala). 2013 is promising to be an even bigger year for Waters, starting with a massive 19-date tour. Chance Waters plays at the Ed Castle on Fri May 24.
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Ex-Adelaidean (now Melbourne-based) MC Allday is coming back home as part of his biggest national tour to date. Fresh from his success in Triple J’s Hottest 100 and with his new EP Loners Are Cool set to drop the day before he plays at Adelaide’s Ed Castle, there’s certainly going to be plenty to celebrate when he makes his way home. The first taste of the new EP comes in the form of Girl In The Sun, which is another feel-good cut and features his model girlfriend and fellow Adelaidean Emilia Skuza in the video. After premiering last week and already racking up close to 10,000 hits, the track also features Melbourne singer songwriter Brady James as a result of the pair stumbling upon each other on Triple J Unearthed.
The cult favourite from Brighton, England, Alice Russell, is about to unleash To Dust – her fifth solo album (counting two compilations) and her first since 2008’s Pot Of Gold. How different or similar are To Dust and Pot Of Gold?
Allday plays at the Ed Castle on Sat Apr 6.
Pharoahe Monch Member of the New York City duo Organized Konfusion and one of underground hip hop’s preeminent lyricists, Pharoahe Monch earned himself a reputation for crafting intricate and intelligent raps with Prince Poetry. With three albums under their belts, the pair split up and Monch went on to make guest appearances on other artists’ records as well as work on his solo career. Prior to releasing his third album in 2011, WAR (We Are Renegades), Monch also collaborated with Ras Kass, J Dilla, Pete Rock and Sa-Ra, and is getting ready for its follow-up with the upcoming record PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) which features production from Marco Polo, Lee Stone, The Lion’s Share, Boogie Blind as well as a reunion with Rawkus comrade Talib Kweli. Pharoahe Monch plays at Rocket Bar on Thu Apr 18.
With Pot Of Gold really for us it was getting back in the studio with the live band. It was more like a live acoustic sound. So we spent a lot of time writing the songs, but then we literally just spent two days doing that live. With this one, we wanted to go back to [2005’s debut proper] My Favourite Letters and get more into the studio on the production side of things and play around a lot more. With this last album, we spent a lot more time on it, in the way that we’ve gone back and deconstructed and reconstructed the songs, which has been a quite fun process. I suppose we’ve just developed that side of it as well – all the different sounds on there. What happened to the electro album you planned to release a few years ago?
We sort of forked in the road. It’s weird how you just start on a journey with an album and it somehow takes you in another direction sometimes, even if you don’t necessarily think that’s where you’re gonna end up. I’m terrible – I’m all over the place. I just always dash in different directions and find it hard to focus on one thing. You’re often compared to Amy Winehouse, what was it like meeting her?
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I’ve never wanted that fame thing. I met her briefly [at 2007’s MIDEM]. At that point, she was actually totally sober. We were tucking into the band’s booze supply and meeting her band. She popped in for a little bit and she seemed really tender and quite shy. If I think about what I was like at that age... It’s easy when you’re about 21 or 22, maybe a bit older – you can really flip out. You still don’t really know who you are. I used to go on terrible benders – but I was younger and had friends.
To Dust is out through Tru Thoughts. Ninja Tune favourite, Bonobo (Simon Greene), returns after three long years with a brand new album and you can rest assured that judging from The North Borders, it’s been well worth the wait. The recent release of the first single Cirrus set the stage nicely for the rest of the album which stands as proof that Bonobo is one of the best as far as the current beats scene is concerned (if his 2010 album Black Sands hadn’t already established that). Dusty, atmospheric, soulful and melodic, The North Borders also sees guest appearances from Grey Reverend, Cornelia and Szjerdene, as well as Erykah Badu on the hypnotic track Heaven For The Sinner (which is easily one of the album’s highlights, too). Slow beats and warm melodies is what Bonobo returns with on this third offering – fans will be far from disappointed. Simone Keenan
House. It’s a genre often abused but when its done right nothing compares. Berlin’s Ruede Hagelstein plays proper house; deep and experimental with Chicago, Detroit and German influences. The Waterhouse resident mixes classics (Salt City Orchestra’s Out There Mix of Marshall Jefferson’s Mushrooms) with exclusive cuts (Ruede Hagelstein & Emerson Todd’s ARGO) and premier recent tracks (Fischer & Kleber’s Air) for a mix that is not only deep but eclectic without being all over the place. It’s house as it should sound. Aside from getting deep, Watergate 13 also gets spacey. The opening cut is Prins Thomas’ sublime Symfonisk Utviklingshemming while Losoul’s Open Door continues the space bass theme with Open Door. Watergate 13 is a proper house mix for the house heads. Jeff Spicoli
Well, here it is – possibly one of the most hyped up albums in the history of music... Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience has so far had a teaser video of him announcing his return, followed by a full-week stint on Jimmy Fallon, guest hosting duties on Saturday Night Live and performances at the Grammy Awards and South By Southwest. JT’s marketing team have gone all out ensuring you’re aware he’s bringing the sexy back, but does the music itself live up to the epic build-up? It’s no gamechanging masterpiece, but it certainly is a quality collection of tracks that touch on ‘90s era R&B and soul, and some more exotic sounds (the Middle Eastern-tinged Don’t Hold The Wall is a stand-out). With Timbaland on production duties, it’s pretty much what we’ve come to expect from JT (ambient ballad Blue Ocean Floor is eerily reminiscent of LoveStoned/I Think She Knows from FutureSex/LoveSounds and it’s not the only time you’re likely to experience a sense of déjà vu). In other words, it’s a great album that’s safe and reliable, but by no means life-altering. Simone Keenan
Calendar/ Thu Mar 21 XXYYXX (Arcade Lane) Sun Mar 31 PVT (Ed Castle) Thu Apr 18 Spit Syndicate (Jive) Mon Mar 16 She Can DJ Tour Feat DJ Femme, Nat Noiz Thu Mar 28 Arty & Mat Zo (HQ) Thu Apr 4 Sinden & Brenmar (Electric Circus) Thu Apr 4 Strange Talk (Electric Circus) Thu Apr 4 Partysquad (Apple Bar) Fri Apr 5 Yacht Club DJs (Rocket Bar) Sat Apr 6 Allday (Ed Castle)
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PVT are the ultimate postmodern band, working from opposite sides of the globe. But the Australians regrouped to record Homosapien, their most accessible album yet, in an old Yass homestead. Richard Pike, the guitarist who’s emerged as frontman of the once instrumental outfit, has lived in London for four years. “I like it – and my girlfriend’s here,” he says. Besides, Pike now holds London to be cheaper than Sydney, home to his bandmates – brother Laurence Pike (drums) and Dave Miller (laptop). “We get together whenever it’s convenient – when we tour, really – and we rehearse then. But we recorded most of the live stuff [for Homosapien] just outside of Yass in NSW – or is it technically part of the ACT? We actually mixed the album over here in London.” (Indeed, they hired mixer Brit Ben Hillier, whose credits include Depeche Mode.) PVT originated as the five-piece Pivot in Sydney in 1999, their ambient post-rock experimental and improvised. Pivot’s debut, Make Me Love You, arrived in 2005. Along the way, members drifted off, leaving the Pike brothers as Pivot’s core. They’d recruit Perth native Miller. In 2008 the math rockers became the first Australian act to sign to Warp Records, releasing O Soundtrack My Heart. In 2010 legal issues compelled them to modify their name (there was another Pivot in North Carolina). Following Church With No Magic, PVT farewelled Warp. “Our deal ran out with Warp and we sort of mutually said ‘goodbye’. They didn’t offer us another deal, so we were kinda open, which was a little bit daunting at first, but actually nice – because it means we can exist out of the shadow of the ubiquitous Warp Records. We felt that for a few years it was hard to exist in our own right without mention of Aphex
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Twin or Battles or bands like that, especially because we’re a band not from England or America. We were the first Australian band on that label.” PVT’s management encouraged them to cut fresh material and send it to prospective new imprints. They eventually signed to New York’s Felte Sounds, helmed by sometime Ghostly International label manager Jeff Owens (their Australian base is Create/ Control). “Jeff got really excited ‘cause he was starting a new label.” Homosapien, its title presumably nothing to do with Pete Shelley’s Martin Rushentproduced ‘80s hit, is a sonic departure for PVT. Pike is properly singing. The song Evolution, which has received more attention than the singles Nightfall and Vertigo, is
closer to the nu-Krautrock (or synth-pop) of Midnight Juggernauts than the PVT of yore. “It was very much a gradual thing,” says Pike of his role as vocalist, “but I’ve always been singing, so it wasn’t that new or different for me. The last record I sang [on] just as much, but it’s probably more the focus of this record, which brings out the vocals a lot more. I feel like the songs are lyrically stronger, and [there’s] a lot more storytelling, so that’s probably why it feels like the vocals are popping out more. Also it’s written in our press release that the vocals are more prominent, so that’s what people focus on.” One local critic suggested that PVT are trying to sound like a ‘festival band’ with Evolution – though they’ve played Glastonbury in the past. But, for Pike, it’s all in that song title.
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There are gazillions of hip hop posses – some glorified entourages, others shrewd franchises. But the Demigodz are a bona-fide supergroup. This month Apathy (AKA Chad Bromley) and Celph Titled (Victor Mercer) will be repping the ‘90s crew in Australia, coinciding with the release of their long-awaited debut album, KILLmatic. Both MCs have toured here before – and once together in 2005. “We love the scene – [it’s] easily one of our best fan bases,” Bromley says, who is based in New London, Connecticut, while Mercer resides in Tampa, Florida. “The energy is
always off the fuckin’ chain. Dudes show us mad love... [But] some of the cultural differences throw me off – like the fact that people don’t tip their waiters and waitresses at restaurants. I never get used to that.” Bromley, whose first notable appearance would be on Jedi Mind Tricks’ The Psychosocial, was a relative unknown when he joined an early incarnation of Demigodz, founded by Open Mic. Mercer came along later, forming a new core with Bromley. They’d issue 2002’s white hot Godz Must Be Crazy EP. Bromley signed to Atlantic but, his LP shelved, sought a contractual release (he’d put out 2006’s Eastern Philosophy independently). He’s doubtful about ever working directly with a major again, whether solo or in a group (he and Mercer did participate in Mike Shinoda’s Fort Minor enterprise). “Major labels have nothing to offer us – and
vice versa. We don’t make ‘popular’ music to be easily consumed by the masses. Our music is for the elitists with sophisticated taste. They would have to offer us something we couldn’t refuse. That would never happen.” Today the pair are accompanied in Demigodz by Esoteric, Ryu, Motive and Blacastan, Open Mic focusing on their graphics and videos. Chumzilla has been Demigodz’ DJ for nearly 15 years. “We try to keep the core members, but people come and go due to the simple fact that people are people. Some might have personal things in life that come up. Some might turn out to be snakes.” Demigodz have a mission. “We just do our best to rep real hardcore hip hop. We think it’s very important to preserve that sound and that feeling so it doesn’t
“I think we evolve every record. We always wanna try something different and move in a different direction and surprise ourselves – so that’s the main thing. We just don’t wanna get bored with life.” PVT are touring behind Homosapien with their first headline shows here in over two years. They’ve already performed tracks while supporting Menomena in North America, Bloc Party in Europe, and pal Gotye (PVT remixed Eyes Wide Open). “We’ve just been playing the new album for, like, two months, so we’re ready to go.” WHO: PVT WHAT: Homosapien (Create/Control) WHERE: Ed Castle WHEN: Sun Mar 31
die out.” And, though Bromley may have a credible solo career, as with Mercer, the group remains their backbone. “Demigodz is crucial to our life span. Normally, we’d be burnt out if we just did solo project after solo project. But Demigodz allows us to stay relevant and in the mix, without taking a brunt of the work. If Celph has a solo album, you know I’m on it. If I drop an album, you know Celph is on it... We keep the Demigodz sound alive and piggyback off each other’s solo efforts.” KILLmatic has beats from Bromley ally and overground hero DJ Premier. “Premier is our favourite producer of all time,” Bromley enthuses, who also produces. “Preem always jokes with me ‘cause I’m super particular and picky. He said that it’s like when he works with Kanye. I have no idea how to take that, but I am very particular. I’m perfectionist.” He attributes the wait for KILLmatic to their solo activities. “It just never came about.” Bromley and Mercer aren’t slowing down. Look out for their second joint project Will Sing For Vengeance, helmed by Chumzilla. Mercer will drop the solo The Fresh Prince Of Hell’s Lair, while Bromley is plugging a free EP, Connecticut Casual, with an album expected “in the next year or so”. They’re just commencing another album with Army Of The Pharaohs, chiefed by Vinnie Paz. Ultimately, Bromley, ever forthright, considers Demigodz and co to be providing an alternative to what passes for much mainstream rap. “I think the culture of music now is just absolutely dead and bland-sounding. It’s like 110 percent frontin’. It’s all about frontin’ – dudes actin’ like they’re papered-up and live some kind of opulent life when they’re just living normal. Dudes have a false sense of confidence they label ‘swag’. It’s just mad corny. The arrogance is off the charts these days – and it’s unwarranted.” WHO: Demigodz WHERE: HQ WHEN: Sun Mar 31
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Tour Guide/ THU MAR 21
WED APR 10
MUTEMATH (US) & BIG SCARY @ Fowler’s Live GRINSPOON (Syd) @ Governor Hindmarsh DEBORAH CONWAY (Vic) @ Wheatsheaf PAUL BRADY (Ire) @ Guthries (Prospect)
BIRDY (UK) & LEWIS WATSON (UK) @ Thebarton Theatre BLACK BREATH (US) & I EXIST @ Enigma Bar
FRI MAR 22 SANTANA (US) & STEVE MILLER BAND (US) @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre JOHN MCCUTCHEON (US) @ Guthries (Prospect) MAT MCHUGH & THE SEPERATISTA SOUNDSYSTEM (Syd) @ Jive RICK PRICE (Syd) & THE ROB PIPPAN BAND @ Old Clarendon Inn
SAT MAR 23 MAT MCHUGH & THE SEPERATISTA SOUNDSYSTEM (Syd) @ Jive BEACHFEST: JIMMY BARNES, JON STEVENS, ROSS WILSON, THE BLACK SORROWS & SWANEE @ South Adelaide Football Club (Noarlunga Downs) RICK PRICE (Syd) & THE ROB PIPPAN BAND @ Regal Theatre (Kensington Pk)
SUN MAR 24 WILLIAM ELLIOTT WHITMORE (US) @ Enigma RODRIGUEZ (US) & THE BREAK (Syd/Tas) @ Governor Hindmarsh (sold out) THIS WILL DESTROY YOU (US) @ Crown & Anchor JORDAN MILLAR (Syd) & JACK CARTY (Syd) @ Grace Emily RICK PRICE (Syd) & THE ROB PIPPAN BAND @ Beachhouse Café (Victor Harbor) BREAKING HART BENTON (Bris) @ Wheatsheaf
MON MAR 25 IGGY & THE STOOGES (US) & THE BEASTS OF BOURBON @ Thebarton Theatre TAJ MAHAL TRIO (US) @ Governor Hindmarsh
TUE MAR 26 BONNIE RAITT (US) & MAVIS STAPLES (US) @ Thebarton Theatre ROBERT PLANT & THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS (UK) & PLAYING FOR CHANGE @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre KITTY, DAISY & LEWIS (UK) & CARLA LIPPIS @ Governor Hindmarsh
WED MAR 27 PAUL SIMON (US) & RUFUS WAINWRIGHT (Can) @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
THU MAR 28 TONY JOE WHITE (US) & CHRIS RUSSELL’S CHICKEN WALK (Vic) @ Governor Hindmarsh LUCA CIARLA (Italy) @ Wheatsheaf MAD CADDIES (US), GOOD RIDDANCE (US), A WILHELM SCREAM, VOODOO GLOW SKULLS (US), THE FLATLINERS, DIESEL BOY, ONE DOLLAR SHORT, JAMIE HAY, JEN BUXTON, TOTALLY UNICORN & PAPER ARMS @ HQ SIMONE FELICE (US) & JESS RIBEIRO (Vic) @ Exeter Hotel
SAT MAR 30 THE RESIGNATORS (Vic) @ Enigma
SUN MAR 31 DEMON HUNTER (US) & I THE BREATHER (US) @ Fowler’s Live
TUE APR 2 STATUS QUO (UK) @ Thebarton Theatre
WED APR 3 DROPKICK MURPHYS (US), FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS (UK) & SWINGIN’ UTTERS (US) @ Thebarton Theatre
THU APR 4 FINBAR FUREY (Ire) @ Governor Hindmarsh
FRI APR 5 ROGER HODGSON BAND (UK) @ Thebarton Theatre THE ROSHAMBOS (Bris) @ Rhino Room KATY STEELE (WA) @ Jive THE TWOKS (Vic) & THE TIMBERS @ Wheatsheaf
SAT APR 6 JAKE SHIMABUKURO (Hawaii) @ Governor Hindmarsh COUNTING CROWS (US) & JACKSON MCLAREN (Vic) @ Her Majesty’s Theatre THE ROSHAMBOS (Bris) @ Governor Hindmarsh (front bar) DEAD LETTER CIRCUS (Bris), BREAKING ORBIT & QUIET CHILD @ Adelaide Uni Bar THE DEEP END (Vic) @ Enigma
SUN APR 7
FRI APR 12 THE ROSHAMBOS (Bris) @ Cavern Club DZ DEATHRAYS (Bris) @ Rocket HAYWARD WILLIAMS (US) & THE YEARLINGS @ Wirra Creek (Willunga)
SAT APR 13 THE ROSHAMBOS (Bris) @ Cavern Club LIVINGSTONE DAISIES (Vic) @ Wheatsheaf HAYWARD WILLIAMS (US) & THE YEARLINGS @ Barossa Regional Gallery (Tanunda) SLEEP PARADE (Vic), SAN MARCOS, FILTHY LUCERE & FELL AT TEN @ Enigma Bar
JON ANDERSON (UK) @ Governor Hindmarsh RORY ELLIS (Vic) @ Church Of The Trinity HAYWARD WILLIAMS (US) & THE YEARLINGS @ Wheatsheaf
TUE APR 16 SILVERSTEIN (Can) & ISSUES (US) @ Fowler’s Live (licensed all-ages)
WED APR 17 THE ANGELS, JIMMY BARNES, DIESEL, IAN MOSS, GANGAJANG, JAMES REYNE, DON WALKER, PHIL SMALL & SWANEE @ Thebarton Theatre
THU APR 18 ZUCCHERO (Italy) @ Thebarton Theatre JOSH GROBAN (US) @ Festival Theatre TIM GUY (Vic) @ Grace Emily
“Anytime I’m up on stage someone will still yell out for Rainy Night or Polk Salad Annie or something like that,” Tony Joe White, the American musician known as The Swamp Fox, says when interviewed about his upcoming visit.
FRI APR 19 THE DELTA RIGGS (Vic) @ Rocket ALUKA (Vic) @ Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre HEATH CULLEN (Vic) @ Wheatsheaf
SAT APR 20 EXTREME (US) & RICHIE KOTZEN (US) @ Thebarton Theatre JORDIE LANE (Vic), ALUKA (Vic) & TIMBERWOLF @ Band On A Boat (Sold Out) NANTES (Syd) @ Ed Castle DIAFRIX (Vic) & MIRACLE (Syd) @ Rocket BIG SCARY (Vic) & CAITLIN PARK (Syd) @ Jive SHAUN KIRK (Vic) & AP D’ANTONIO @ Wheatsheaf
“But I love to do ’em because there are so many different ways of doin’ all those old tunes,” he drawls. “When I’m playin’ up on stage, the audience kinda pull them out of me just like when I was sitting by the campfire writing ’em.” White, who will be touring Australia with drummer Bryan Owens, came to fame in the late ’60s with now classic songs such as Rainy Night In Georgia, Polk Salad Annie and a host more. He’s currently working on a new studio album. “We’ve been doin’ it for the last eight
months – it’s all cut down so we’re in mixing mode right now – and I hope to have it out at the end of April. Or early May. Somewhere in there anyways.” The musician says he doesn’t know if songs now come more easily to him or not. “I just know when they come,” White says. “And they usually come when I’m sittin’ with my guitar out by the river. Or sittin’ ’round the campfire with a few beers. That’s when they seem to come. Y’know, I reckon I’ve written about 95 percent of my songs sittin’ around a campfire.” Roger Davies, an Australian who now manages P!nk but who started out in the music industry as a roadie for Company Caine before going on to manage Sherbet and later an assortment of overseas acts, once managed White. “Roger had said he’d been a fan of mine from the early days, but I’m not so sure about that,” the musician muses. “And at the time
he was also managing a bunch of big acts – everyone from Sade and Tina Turner through to Joe Cocker – and Roger had heard this little demo of a song my wife, Leann, and I wrote called Undercover Agent For The Blues which he thought would be good for Tina to record. “So they flew me out to Los Angeles to play some guitar on it and Tina ended up cuttin’ four of my songs for her new album.” That release was Turner’s Foreign Affair of 1989, which topped the UK charts. “What was so good about it was that Tina was not only singin’ a bunch of my songs that went on to be big hits for her, but I was also playin’ my guitar on them.” WHO: Tony Joe White (with Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk) WHERE: Governor Hindmarsh WHEN: Thu Mar 28
SUN APR 21 JORDIE LANE (Vic), MYLES MAYO & AP D’ANTONIO @ Wheatsheaf THE DRONES (Vic) & KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD (Vic) @ Governor Hindmarsh
COMING UP WED APR 24 BRYAN ADAMS (Can) & AMY MACDONALD (UK) @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre BUZZCOCKS (UK) & MOLTING VULTURES @ Fowler’s Live BRITISH INDIA (Vic) @ Governor Hindmarsh
THU APR 25 THE BLACK SEEDS (NZ) @ Governor Hindmarsh THE MORNINGS (Tas) @ The Cavern HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY (Vic), THE PREATURES & THEM SWOOPS @ Jive
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FRI APR 26 GUY SEBASTIAN (Syd) @ Thebarton Theatre (sold out) MIDGE URE (UK) @ Governor Hindmarsh DIG IT UP!: HOODOO GURUS (Syd), THE FLAMIN’ GROOVIES (US) & PETER CASE (US) @ HQ THE GROWL (WA) @ Rocket JAGWAR MA (UK/Syd) @ Rocket Bar SAT APR 27 GUY SEBASTIAN (Syd) @ Thebarton Theatre (sold out) BOB EVANS (WA), TIGERTOWN & DAVEY LANE @ Fowler’s Live THE GRISWOLDS (Syd) @ Ed Castle SUN APR 28 ADRIAN EDMONDSON & THE BAD SHEPHERDS (UK) @ Governor Hindmarsh THE MORNINGS (Tas) @ Raglans Backpackers TIMOTHY NELSON & THE INFIDELS (WA), AMANDA MERDZAN & THE BAKER’S DIGEST @ Wheatsheaf TUE APR 30 TOOL (US) @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre THU MAY 2 THE BRONX (US), DZ DEATHRAYS (Vic) & HIGHTIME @ Fowler’s Live FRI MAY 3 AINSLIE WILLS (Vic) @ Hotel Metro BONJAH (Vic) @ Governor Hindmarsh
TUE APR 9
SUN MAY 5 D AT SEA (Vic), CHASING GHOSTS & MILLIE TIZZARD @ Enigma (all-ages)
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SUN APR 14
EUGENE ‘HIDEAWAY’ BRIDGES (US) @ Governor Hindmarsh NIGEL WEARNE (Vic) & AP D’ANTONIO @ Wheatsheaf
PENNYWISE (US), FACE TO FACE & THE MENZINGERS @ HQ
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Simone Felice, the songwriter, author and poet known for his work with US bands The Felice Brothers and The Duke & The King, is touring Australia for the second time. It’s to further promote the 2012 release of his self-titled album. “And I’ll have Matt Green with me,” Felice says down the line from somewhere in the Catskill Mountains. “He’s a good friend from Melbourne who now tours the world with me playing dobro and mandolin. “So it’ll be as an acoustic duo with harmonies and we’ll be doing a whole spectrum of material,” he adds. The musician, who suffered a brain aneurysm at age 12 and underwent openheart surgery in 2010, says he grew up listening to his parents’ record collection.
“So it was stuff from the late ’60s and early ’70s – people like Bob Dylan, The Band, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison and all that,” Felice, who fronted New York punk band Eight Body Trunk at age 18, says. “But I grew up in the ’80s so I got to listen to a lot of classic rock on the radio. And I still love that stuff. “But I’m still hungry for music that moves me and makes me feel something down deep,” he continues. “And I’m not a purist so I love everything from classic rock through to hip hop. I also really love that song Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye. That’s a really special song.” Felice, currently in pre-production for his next album, is also a published writer, with his latest work, the novel Black Jesus, surfacing in 2012. He’s also excited about the upcoming release of a new album by The Felice Brothers. “I’ve taken a back seat because I’m doin’ my own thing but from what I’ve heard it’s going to be phenomenal,” Felice enthuses. “And
playing with my brothers [Ian and James] was a great time in my life but I now need to be autonomous and not have to worry about round table meetings about songwriting, production and stuff like that.” The musician, however, re-joined his brothers as a guest in 2010 – just two weeks after leaving hospital following openheart surgery – to perform at Pete Seeger’s Clearwater Festival in New York. “To tell the truth I can’t remember too much about that,” Felice concludes with a laugh. “I was still on a very heavy dose of morphine and other painkillers. I was lucky just to be there.” WHO: Simone Felice WHAT: Simone Felice (Team Love) WHERE: Exeter Hotel (with Jess Ribeiro) WHEN: Thu Mar 28
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Thursday 21st ARKABA HOTEL – Lounge Bar: Bill Parton Trio (8.30pm) BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB – Quizmeisters Trivia (7.30pm) BOTANIC BAR – Big Bubba & Betty CALEDONIAN HOTEL – live music CAVERN CLUB – band night CLOVERCREST HOTEL – Complete Trivia CROWN & ANCHOR – Band Room: The Sweet Decline and Heston’s Drop plus DJ Anthoney DANIEL O’CONNELL HOTEL – Trivia Night (7.30pm) DUBLIN HOTEL – Quizmeisters Trivia (7.30pm) DUKE OF YORK – Beer Garden: DJ Mitchy Burnz. Front Room: Speakerboxx and DJ Skinny B ED CASTLE – Band Room: live bands (9pm) ELECTRIC CIRCUS – The Proj3cts (9pm) EXETER ON RUNDLE – Joseph Moore
FORRESTERS & SQUATTERS ARMS HOTEL – MARCH LOST BOYS, TWELVES ED
WHITMORE HOTEL – RAINBOW JAM SESSIONS (7.30PM) WORLDSEND HOTEL – live music
Friday 22nd ALMA TAVERN – Fresh Fridays with DJs ARCADE LANE – Money For Rope, The Asteroid Belt and The Stag ARCHER HOTEL – Upstairs: Jaki J (10pm) ARKABA HOTEL – Lounge Bar: Johnny G (6pm) AUSSIE INN HOTEL – karaoke (8pm) AUSTRAL – The Austral House Band (7pm) BARTLEY TAVERN – Broken Theory (8pm) BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB – Dave Hunt (7pm) BOTANIC BAR – Troy J Been, Prince Aaronak and Suckerpunch BRAHMA LODGE HOTEL – Eleven (8pm) BUSHMAN HOTEL: GAWLER – DJ CAMEO BAR – After Hours with DJs DrDamage and
FOWLER’S LIVE – Mutemath
guests CAVERN CLUB – The Pursuit album launch,
GILBERT STREET HOTEL – SWEET BABY JAMES & ROB EYERS (7PM)
Revolution Of Rhyme, Jawlion, Elapsed Time, Method Artistz and Gunja Phlex (6.45pm) CROWN & ANCHOR – Front Bar: Carla Lippis and
GOVERNOR HINDMARSH – Main Room: Grinspoon. Front Bar: Gumbo Room Blues Jam with Bluescasters and Third Foot Dance Academy GRACE EMILY HOTEL – Alias & The Jams and Erik Parker Hold MARION HOTEL – 888 Poker (6.30pm) NORWOOD HOTEL – Open Mic Night PJ O’BRIENS – DJ G-Rillz PRINCE ALBERT HOTEL – Thirsty Thursday with DJ Tango ROCKET BAR – 8 Bit Kidz featuring resident DJs Stubanger, Hank & Osk and the Powderoom Posse SUGAR – ITDE Deejays and interstate/international guests SUZIE WONG’S ROOM – Delia Obst (6.30pm) THE LION HOTEL – Clearway TONSLEY HOTEL – Sundy Mantis (8.30pm) WHEATSHEAF HOTEL – Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier (8pm)
Ride Into The Sun DJs. Band Room: Sincerely Grizzly, Raccoon City Police Dept, Dead Owls and Last Days Of Kali DOCKSIDE TAVERN – Voodoo Slang (8pm) DRAGONFLY BAR & DINING – Downtown with DJs Derek Lang, Eric Falcon and Lukky K ED CASTLE – Full Tilt live bands and party DJs ELECTRIC CIRCUS – Trashbags with resident DJs Capt N Cook, Mangie and Terror Terror plus guests ELYSIUM LOUNGE – DJs EMPIRE POOL LOUNGE – DJ (8pm) EMU HOTEL – Stonecrow (8.30pm) ENIGMA – Bar 2: Less Than Three, Eater Of The Sky, Inwoods, Artichoke and Grendel. Bar 3: Visions, Machine Children and Kill Dante EXETER HOTEL – Slyde EXETER ON RUNDLE – Hunter Four FINDON HOTEL – karaoke FINSBURY HOTEL – Agent 99
FORRESTERS & SQUATTERS ARMS HOTEL – DIRTY DIX KUNTREE HOEDOWN. KAMIKAZE, PENNY DREADFULS, DJ SHITMAGNET. FOWLER’S LIVE – Hand Of Mercy GLYNDE HOTEL – karaoke (9pm) GOVERNOR HINDMARSH – Front Bar: James Abberley GRACE EMILY HOTEL – The Dunes with Sparkspitter GRAND BAR – Flashback Fridays GRAND JUNCTION TAVERN – Van Demons Band (7.30pm) HALFWAY HOTEL – Troy Harrison HAMPSTEAD HOTEL – Acoustic Highway (7pm) HIGHLANDER HOTEL – Beej (5pm) Harvest (9.30pm) HILTON HOTEL: MYBAR – DJ Chaps and DJ Lumeire HOTEL ROYAL: TORRENSVILLE – Dimitra (7.30pm) HOTEL TIVOLI – Honey with DJs HQ – Netsky Live IRISH CLUB – Shamrocks ‘N’ Shenanigans Live Acoustic Sessions (7pm) LADY DALY HOTEL – Three Star General (8pm) LIMBO – DJs LONDON TAVERN – Live Acoustic Weekly (5pm) Rewind Fridays with DJ Wolfman LORD MELBOURNE – karaoke with Laura Lee MARBLE BAR – Uni Night with DJs MARINA SUNSET BAR – live acoustic music MARION HOTEL – Graham Lawrence (6.30pm) MARS BAR – DJ VJBeeJay and guests (9pm) drag show (2am) MICK O’SHEA’S – Point 05 OAKS PLAZA PIER – Pier One Bar: Clearway OFFICE ON PIRIE – DJ Jess (4.30pm) ORIENTAL – Happy Leonards PARA HILLS COMMUNITY CLUB – Heath Solo RAMSGATE HOTEL – DJ Snake & DJ Rupheo (9pm) RED SQUARE – DJs REX HOTEL – karaoke and Acoustik ROB ROY HOTEL – Stuff & Nonsense (6pm) DJ Smiley (8pm) ROCKET BAR – Abracadabra featuring resident DJs The Shiny Brights DJs
SEACLIFF BEACH HOTEL – DJ (8PM) SEMAPHORE WORKERS CLUB – Dead Lucky SOMERSET HOTEL – Whiskey Harbor (8pm) SOUTH ADELAIDE FOOTBALL CLUB – Georgy K STAG – Upstairs: DJs play urban and dance. Downstairs: DJs play retro SUGAR – TGI Funky with Ben Alibi and HMC SUZIE WONG’S ROOM – Monsieur Swing (7.30pm) SWISH: STAMFORD PLAZA – Nothing But ‘90s with DJs TALBOT HOTEL – DJ playing requests TAPAS ON HINDLEY – flamenco shows by Studio Flamenco (7.30pm) TEA TREE GULLY HOTEL – DJ Wolfman (9pm) THE ELEPHANT – Unknown To Man and DJ G-Rillz THE GOODY – Ch@t Room THE LION HOTEL – live entertainment TONSLEY HOTEL – Tavern Bar: Brad Iversen (4.45pm) Katatonic (9pm) Chrysler Bar: UK Blitz (9.30pm) TORRENS ARMS HOTEL – Acoustic Reign (7.30pm) VICTORIA HOTEL: O’HALLORAN HILL – DJs WESTERN TAVERN – Lily & The Drum (8pm) WHEATSHEAF HOTEL – Dr De Soto (9pm) WINDSOR HOTEL – karaoke (9pm) WOODCROFT TAVERN – Stiff William (8pm) ZHIVAGO – Skream DJs
Saturday 23rd ALMA TAVERN – MetroRetro ARCHER HOTEL – Downstairs: Jaki J. Upstairs: Bongo Madness with DJs Ed Law and Scotty (10pm) ARKABA HOTEL – Lounge Bar: Heidy De Ruyter (6pm) Latino Grooves Afro-Cuban Weekender Party (8.30pm) Sportys Bar + Arena: The Incredibles (9pm)
The Guide // BOTANIC BAR â€“ Sanji, Brad Sawyer and Tom Wilson BRIDGEPORT HOTEL â€“ karaoke with Gemma BRIDGEWAY HOTEL â€“ Three Star General (8.30pm) BUSHMAN HOTEL: GAWLER â€“ DJ CAMEO BAR â€“ After Hours with DJs DrDamage and guests CAVERN CLUB â€“ Sunset Riot, Laced In Lust, The Irresponsibles, Pistenbroke and 50 In The City (6.30pm) CHRISTIES BEACH HOTEL â€“ Roy Orbison Show (8pm) CLOVERCREST HOTEL â€“ Troy Harrison CROWN & ANCHOR â€“ Big Red Fundraiser featuring Drinking With Dogs Around, Costanza, Profiteers, Athletic Teenage Joggers, Shut Up And Choke Me, Woe and Sheâ€™s The Band plus art auctions and projection light by Spiraling Sound then DJ Azz (5pm) CUMBERLAND HOTEL: GLANVILLE â€“ karaoke with Nicole (8pm) DRAGONFLY â€“ rotating DJs playing techno, house, disco and everything in between DUKE OF YORK â€“ DJ Mitchy Burnz, DJ Parry, DJ Skinny B and MC Scotty
ED CASTLE â€“ Plus One Saturdays with live bands and party DJs (9pm) ELECTRIC CIRCUS â€“ Arcade Disco with resident DJs Junior, Dancespace and friends ENIGMA â€“ Psychosurgery, Ember Rush, Colourphonics and Grendel ESPLANADE HOTEL â€“ Mitch EXETER HOTEL â€“ Jonny Star Family Entertainment EXETER ON RUNDLE â€“ Citrus Jam
FORRESTERS & SQUATTERS ARMS HOTEL â€“ BLACK JESUS (MEL), IRON WORZAL, POISONOUS VIPER GANG, STARDOPPER, PIGSTEERER FOWLERâ€™S LIVE â€“ Black Conjuration II GARAGE BAR â€“ DJs (10pm)
GILBERT STREET HOTEL â€“ DJ MARKY POLO (8PM)
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GOVERNOR HINDMARSH â€“ Main Room: Imogen Brave video-shoot with Paleface and Jungle City. Front Bar: Pub Scrabble and Leon Hewer GRACE EMILY HOTEL â€“ The Toss with Green Circles and SANFL Curtain Raiser GRAND BAR â€“ Destination Saturdays with DJs and MCs GRENFELL 110 â€“ Triumvirate Ents presents: Weekly Summer Sessions featuring DJs Ragz, Jesse Proverbs and John Spencer and Daly (10pm) HACKNEY HOTEL â€“ DJ HIGHLANDER HOTEL â€“ Triple X HIGHWAY â€“ DJ Griff (9pm) HOPE INN â€“ karaoke (7pm) HOTEL RICHMOND â€“ DJ Sly HOTEL ROYAL: TORRENSVILLE â€“ Brad Iversen (7.30pm) HOTEL TIVOLI â€“ Exotica with DJs Sleepy Hips, Tinker and Bangwel (8pm) KINGSFORD HOTEL: GAWLER â€“ karaoke LAKES RESORT HOTEL â€“ Acoustica LONDON TAVERN â€“ DJs Captiv8, Justice, Soundflex, AJ and MC Renard (10pm) MARBLE BAR â€“ I <3 MB with DJs and MCs plus national and international guests MARINA SUNSET BAR â€“ DJs playing the best in house and electro MARION HOTEL â€“ Franky F (5.30pm) Dave Freeman & The Reason (8.30pm) MARS BAR â€“ VJ Beejay and guest (9pm) drag show (2am) MICK Oâ€™SHEAâ€™S â€“ Midnight Specials OLD BUSH INN â€“ Sweet Baby James & Rob Eyers (9pm) OLD SPOT HOTEL â€“ Girl Band (9pm) ORIENTAL â€“ Russell Stuart PARAFIELD GARDENS COMMUNITY CLUB â€“ Street Talk PARA HILLS COMMUNITY CLUB â€“ The Road Runners PJ Oâ€™BRIENS â€“ Kinetik RAMSGATE HOTEL â€“ Adelaideâ€™s best cover bands RED SQUARE â€“ DJs Marek, Law, Dub Drop DJs, Decker, Bollocks, Krispy, Shawty, Capital D, DV8 and Jazz plus MCs Skippy and Dylan ROCKET BAR â€“ Bananas: Track Team and Japeye SANDBAR â€“ requests with DJs
SEACLIFF BEACH HOTEL â€“ ACOUSTIC SESSIONS
SEBEL PLAYFORD â€“ Acoustically Raw SLUG â€˜N LETTUCE BRITISH PUB â€“ Unknown To Man SUGAR â€“ Prince Aaronak, Driller, Derek Lang plus a host of international guests SUZIE WONGâ€™S ROOM â€“ The Heggarties (7.30pm) SWISH: STAMFORD PLAZA â€“ Shuffle TALBOT HOTEL â€“ DJ playing retro and requests TEQUILA REA â€“ Bongo Madness with guest DJs THE ELEPHANT â€“ Stellar and DJ G-Rillz THE LION HOTEL â€“ live entertainment TONSLEY HOTEL â€“ Luv2Luv (9pm) VALLEY INN â€“ karaoke VICTORIA HOTEL: Oâ€™HALLORAN HILL â€“ Rumours WALKERS ARMS HOTEL â€“ DJ Sessions (9pm) WHEATSHEAF HOTEL â€“ Crump Cake Orchestra (9pm) WINDSOR HOTEL â€“ Rave On WOODCROFT TAVERN â€“ karaoke (8pm) ZHIVAGO â€“ High Heels DJs
Sunday 24th BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB â€“ Dave Hunt BOTANIC BAR â€“ Eric The Falcon BRAHMA LODGE HOTEL â€“ The Gap (4pm) CROWN & ANCHOR â€“ This Will Destroy You DOG & DUCK â€“ Sneaky Sundays with Jak Morris DUCK INN: COROMANDEL VALLEY â€“ Eâ€™nuf Said ED CASTLE â€“ Beer Garden: Acoustic Sundays (2pm) ENIGMA â€“ William Elliott Whitmore, Lincoln Lefevre and Ben David ESPLANADE HOTEL â€“ Acoustica EXETER ON RUNDLE â€“ Lost City Presents
FORRESTERS & SQUATTERS ARMS HOTEL â€“ 20TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING OF CULT PUNK MOVIE â€˜BLUE DOGâ€™ GLENELG SURF CLUB â€“ La Mar Sundays featuring Causing Hammock (3pm) GOVERNOR HINDMARSH â€“ Main Room: Rodriguez (sold out) GRACE EMILY HOTEL â€“ Jordan Millar & Jack Curty with Ash Gale GRAND BAR â€“ bands, DJs and MCs HIGHBURY HOTEL â€“ Unknown To Man Duo
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The Guide // HOTEL ROYAL: TORRENSVILLE – NPL Poker (6.30pm) LORD MELBOURNE HOTEL – The Crossroads MARINA SUNSET BAR – Sunset Sessions featuring live acoustic music MARS BAR – VJK classic video hits MICK O’SHEA’S – Acoustically Raw OAKS PLAZA PIER – Pier One Bar: Theo ORIENTAL – Simply By Chance PARAFIELD GARDENS COMMUNITY CLUB – Troy Harrison PARA HILLS COMMUNITY CLUB – 2 Up Duo PORT DOCK BREWERY HOTEL – East Texas with Rusty Ryder (2pm) RAMSGATE HOTEL – acoustic session (4pm) Tom Kurzel & Ed Trainor fortnightly rotation (7.30pm) SAILMASTER TAVERN – Lochy Neale
GRACE EMILY HOTEL – Billy Bob’s BBQ Jam
SEACLIFF BEACH HOTEL – ACOUSTIC SOLOISTS
AUSSIE INN HOTEL – Complete Trivia
HOTEL ROYAL: TORRENSVILLE – Ultimate Quiz with
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Graham Lawrence (7pm) PARAFIELD GARDENS COMMUNITY CLUB – Complete Trivia RHINO ROOM – One Mic Stand open mic comedy ROYAL OAK HOTEL: NTH ADELAIDE – Jam Night (8pm) SUGAR – Big Bubba and Eric The Falcon THE LION HOTEL – Brian Ruiz with Troy Loakes and Paul Vallen
Tuesday 26th BOTANIC BAR – Ash Wilson
ARKABA HOTEL – Salsa Classes (6pm) BOTANIC BAR – Gemma CENTRAL DISTRICTS FOOTBALL CLUB – Complete e Trivia CHALLA GARDENS HOTEL – Complete Trivia CHRISTIES BEACH HOTEL – Complete Trivia CROWN & ANCHOR – Geek with DJ Tr!p DANIEL O’CONNELL HOTEL – Dan’s Open Mic Night (7.30pm) DUNSTAN PLAYHOUSE – Passenger DRAGONFLY BAR & DINING – Bento (What’s in Yo’ Box?!) EXCHANGE HOTEL: GAWLER – Live Music Exchange (7.30pm) EXETER ON RUNDLE – Curtis FINDON HOTEL – Muso’s Jam hosted by Streaker er FIRST COMMERCIAL HOTEL – Complete Trivia
CROWN & ANCHOR – DJs Stevie & Duncan SEMAPHORE PALAIS – Mr Buzzy SEMAPHORE WORKERS CLUB – Chris Finnen Electric Band SUGAR – Mods, Driller and Nu Jeans SUZIE WONG’S ROOM – Sav Plays Roots & Blues (6.30pm) TAP INN HOTEL: KENT TOWN – Acoustic Sessions THE LION HOTEL – Andrew Hayes (2.30pm) DJ Junior (5.45pm) Fast Love (7pm) WELLINGTON HOTEL: WELLINGTON – Sunday Sessions: live music on the banks of the Murray (3pm) WEST THEBBY HOTEL – karaoke with Margi & Shaggy (8.30pm) WHEATSHEAF HOTEL – Breaking Hart Benton (4pm) ZHIVAGO – Black Cherry DJs
Monday 25th CROWN & ANCHOR – Anthony Wignall EXETER ON RUNDLE – Dan V FOWLER’S LIVE – Newton Faulkner GOVERNOR HINDMARSH – Main Room: Taj Mahal. Balcony Bar: Lord Stompy’s Tin Sandwich Advanced Class
DANIEL O’CONNELL HOTEL – Irish Sessions (8pm) EXETER ON RUNDLE – Bitches Of Zeus GASLIGHT TAVERN – The Blues Lounge hosted by
FORRESTERS & SQUATTERS ARMS HOTEL – WEDNESDAY NITE DYNAMITE TE WITH DJ DYNAMITE
Ron Davidson & Trevor Graham (8pm) GOVERNOR HINDMARSH – Main Room: Kitty, Daisy & Lewis with Carla Lippis. Front Bar: Uke Night hosted by Adelaide’s Ukulele Appreciation Society GRACE EMILY HOTEL – Kino Adelaide HILTON HOTEL – KG’s Complete Trivia MARION HOTEL – 888 Poker (6.30pm) PJ O’BRIENS – Davy T’s Music Trivia (7.30pm) SUGAR – CU Next Tuesday with Sonny Side-Up and Driller THE GOODY – Complete Trivia THE LION HOTEL – Acoustic Sessions TORRENS ARMS HOTEL – DJ Ryley (8pm)
WHITMORE HOTEL – ACOUSTIC RAW JAM WINDSOR HOTEL – Complete Trivia WORLDSEND HOTEL – live music
GLENELG FOOTBALL CLUB – KG’s Complete Trivia GOVERNOR HINDMARSH – Front Bar: Weekend d Warriors Open Mic Night GRACE EMILY HOTEL – Athletic Teenage Joggers rs with Otters Of Ottawa HIGHWAY – The Combi Room HQ – Flashdance KENSINGTON HOTEL – Uke Beaut: beginners to advance ukulele (7pm) MICK O’SHEA’S – Celtic Connection PORTLAND HOTEL – karaoke with Shaggy (9pm)) SEAFORD HOTEL – karaoke with Suzanne (8.30pm) pm) SLUG ‘N LETTUCE BRITISH PUB – karaoke with h Margi (7.30pm) SUGAR – Mixed Tape with Lauren Rose, Ferris Mular ular and Mr Whiskas SUZIE WONG’S ROOM – Tara Carragher (6.30pm) m) THE LION HOTEL – Proton Pill TONSLEY HOTEL – Quiz Night (7pm) TORRENS ARMS HOTEL – Trivia Wednesdays (7pm) 7pm) WORLDSEND HOTEL – live music
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Flickerfest The international short film festival behemoth Flickerfest is back again. As it does every year, the proceedings began in Sydney, at Bondi Beach, where over 100 hand-picked films vied for honours in a range of competitions, before the festival took to the road across Australia. ow touring its winners and highlights across 46 venues country-wide, this year’s Flickerfest also has a big announcement up its sleeve. “We became Academy accredited with our international competition in 2002,” its director Bronwyn Kidd proudly explains, “and now this year we’ve just become Academy accredited with our Australian competition, which means the film which wins the best Australian film award will have an opportunity to go forth to the Oscars!” No doubt encouraged by that recent accomplishment, the festival this year has also grown by some 200 submissions on last year’s entry numbers. “It’s just bigger every year!” Kidd exclaims.
“We’ve about 2300 entries this [year], which is an enormous amount to get through. And to put the program together that takes many, many months.” To help process this sea of films, Kidd has a committee of over 50 peers who watch and review every single submission, and then she and two other curators spend about 18 hours a day culling their recommendations down to a rough top 100. “It’s a huge job,” she admits, “but it’s a labour of love, and it’s always exciting to discover the next generation of talent and see some really amazing work from here and all around the world. It really is the cutting edge of cinema: it’s creative, and it’s innovative, and [for us] it’s really exciting to be a platform for [that] discovery.” So, what does this mean for audiences? Well, a lot to look forward to, for starters. Flickerfest itself has done a lot for bringing an appreciation of short films into popular conversation. It’s proved with the amount of venues it’s touring alone that the demand for and understanding of the format is growing. “I hope we’ve [helped],” Kidd agrees. “Certainly… we helped pioneer it. I remain as passionate about it as I was back then, and I think we’ve managed to bring over the
years these short films to a growing audience, and I hope we’ve been a part of that growing enthusiasm.” The festival has achieved such success, Kidd says, through a dedication to everincreasing diversity. “I certainly think we’ve evolved into showcasing a lot more diverse work. We’ve got environmental shorts, a national high school [and] primary school section, a program for families and for kids; we’re even doing an Elvis special this year, [as well as] comedies – it really has evolved into quite a diverse range of films.” “[And] perhaps my tastes have become a little more sophisticated,” she laughs modestly. “I certainly see a lot, and I’m really not wanting to just do easy programming for people, I’m wanting to show work that I think is amazing. I want the festival to be world class, and I want the level of competition to be world class.” So in short, the longer she does what she does, the better Flickerfest festival we get.
Best Of The Fest After more than 20 years of promoting shorts from Australian and the world, what is the Adelaide audience in store for at this year’s one-night-only Flickerfest event? Yardbird The winner of the Best Australian Film at Flickerfest 2013, Yardbird is a masterful film directed by Michael Spiccia. Yardbird was the only official Australian entry at Cannes 2012.
Lois Starring Jacki Weaver, the Academy Awardnominated acting legend, and directed by Alexandra Schepisi, the daughter of film royalty Fred Schepisi, Lois was shot in both Australia and Greece.
A Cautionary Tale A Cautionary Tale is a quirky and highly crafted animation featuring the voices of David Wenham, Cate Blanchett and Barry Otto.
Two Sides WHAT: Flickerfest 2013 WHERE: Mercury Cinema WHEN: Sat Mar 23
Shot in Adelaide, director Mike Green’s and writer Ben Mylius’ Two Sides is the story of a quiet man pushed to extremes.
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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (M) Steve Carell stars in this fabulously cast, magic-obsessed character comedy from director Don Scardino, and while he’s a lovely actor, he nevertheless has trouble, at first, convincing as a complete prick. In a 1982-set flashback we see how the young Burt found his true calling via a home magic set and video by Rance Holloway (Alan Arkin), and how he and weird friend Anton grew up to be ‘Burt Wonderstone’ (Carell) and ‘Anton Marvelton’ (Steve Buscemi), Vegas legends who now find themselves bored after a decade of the same hoary old show and turning against each other, especially as Burt has become jaded and wildly egocentric. When the inevitable break-up comes, and Burt is thusly fired by his boss Doug Munny ( James Gandolfini), our up-himself but penniless hero must first turn to their latest assistant (Olivia Wilde as Jane/Nicole) for help and then start performing at the only place that’ll have him: a retirement home for entertainers where, of course, no spoiler necessary, Arkin’s aged Rance turns up to steal the movie. Or does he? In fact, perhaps the best performance here isn’t by Arkin, Carell or the weaselly Buscemi but from Jim Carrey, who appears later than expected as Steve Gray, a scary ‘street magician’ given to self-harming stunts and bizarre banter, often as part of a cable show called Brain Rapist. Which is all very interesting, as he’s obviously a not-so-thinly-veiled send-up of Criss Angel, who has a cable show called Mind Freak, mightn’t take too kindly to being parodied so harshly and could have tried already to make this movie disappear. Mad Dog Bradley
Alliance Française French Film Festival 2013 Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas
This year’s FFF continues at the Palace Nova until Sun Apr 7, so check out affrenchfilmfestival.org and palacecinemas.com.au for all details.
Adelaide Cinémathèque 2013 Mercury Cinema
The Cory McAbee retrospective concludes at the Mercury on Thu Mar 21 with Stingray Sam (M) and more, and then the Before Midnight Arrives… one kicks in, with Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise on Mon Mar 25 at 7.30pm and Before Sunset on Thu Mar 28 at 7.30pm. All Cinémathèque details: mercurycinema.org. au and follow the links.
Flickerfest: 22nd International Short Film Festival Mercury Cinema
The Loneliest Planet (MA)
The pedigree of this enjoyably dark supernatural scarer (it’s an expansion of a short by co-writer/director Andrés/Andy Muschietti and his co-writer/co-producer sister Barbara) is sure to be overlooked once horror fans see that Guillermo del Toro was executive producer (indeed, once he attaches his name to anything these days, everyone immediately assumes that he directed it - see The Orphanage, for example - which must infuriate many). The opening sequence has a pair of small children taken to the woods by their lost-it exec dad Lucas (played by Game Of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), and then we flash-forward five years to when the girls (Megan Charpentier and tiny Isabelle Nélisse) are found living as ‘wild children’ and improbably taken in by their Uncle Jeffrey (Coster-Waldau again) after time spent under the observation of Dr Dreyfuss (Daniel Kash). Dreyfuss observes that the girls have created an imaginary parent figure, but ‘Mama’ is very real and not happy, as Jeffrey’s rock-chick partner Annabel ( Jessica Chastain in a black wig) discovers when he ends up in hospital and she must first care for the littlies, and then, of course, defend them from their ‘bad mother’. The FX here are fine, with Mama revealed as a shadow-lurking wraith, a screeching wall-crawler and a barely-glimpsed sort of paranormal crustacean (!), but this wouldn’t work without the dedicated cast, with Chastain convincing as a part-Ramoneswannabe, part-Sigourney Weaver metal-head. And this is also the rare horror movie that sympathises strongly with its monster, and even asks the question: isn’t Mama allowed to love her ‘daughters’, no matter how jealous, vengeful and dead she might be? Mad Dog Bradley
This load of tediously existential nonsense from writer/director Julia Loktev has been bizarrely celebrated as a profound artistic and feminist (?) statement, but make no mistake: it’s ridiculously wannabe-cerebral codswallop. An engaged pair of self-impressed lovers, Alex (Mexican star Gael García Bernal) and Nica (near-unknown Hani Furstenberg), are on an improbable walking holiday in Georgia’s Caucasus Mountains (that’s the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, not the US state), and we’re left wondering about many important plot points: who the hell are these people? Where exactly are they (Mexico? Mongolia? The Georgian locations seem to only be named in the reviews)? Why are they such a pair of wankers? And why exactly should we give a stuff about the danger that intrudes at the 50-minute mark and prompts an even more agonisingly pretentious second half, as they quietly ponder their relationship, the fragile nature of existence and the whole damn cosmic thing while walking and walking and walking - and bloody walking a bit more. At two endless hours, and with a dire semi-improvised ‘script’ (which means that Gael and Hani are often left with nothing to say, meaning that she, at one point, sings the Spanish kiddie song Señor Don Gato to fill in time), this is an interminable experience, even though the two leads do try to make their characters real, the unfamiliar locations are sometimes striking and Furstenberg obligingly takes her clothes off a bit, as in the opening shower sequence and when she pops out into the darkness one night for what must be the longest, most gratuitous and funniest piss in Arthouse Cinema history. Mad Dog Bradley
Writer/director Mark Lamprell delivers his first film in 13 years, after the adorably tragic My Mother Frank, and administers another dose of quirky with the almost fairytale, sort of social media commentary, nearly a love story and not quite a cautionary tale story of Elspeth (Laura Michelle Kelly), the quintessential desperate housewife, stranded in middle of nowhere Tasmania while her husband James (Ronan Keating) disappears for weeks on end to record whale songs. On his latest departure, James gives Elspeth a webcam so they can keep in touch, but she soon comes up with another use for it, and begins a video blog, singing and dancing through the frustrations of her life. Elspeth’s blogs gain notoriety and lead to an advertising contract, which promises fame, fortune and an escape from all her unhappiness, but this obviously leads Elspeth to question what makes her happy in the first place. Goddess (based on Joanna Weinberg’s one woman play, Sinksongs) is largely a series of weak scenarios held together by convenience, where circumstances arise without purpose and depart without resolution, but Kelly, Keating and Magda Szubanski (as the ad exec) are a talented bunch: they all have a strong knack for comedic timing and it’s a pleasure to hear them sing. In short, they make it work. Goddess is vague, but it’s harmless fun, and will immediately fit in with The Dish, The Castle and all those other brightly coloured, slightly loopy Australian comedies from the ‘90s that nobody ever really missed. Kat McCarthy
This year’s Flickerfest Short Film Festival happens at the Merc on Sat Mar 23 at 6pm (Best Of Australian) and 8.45pm (Best Of International), with tickets at $15/$12 for one session or $25/$20 to both. Check out flickerfest. com.au and mercurycinema.org.au, and Facebook and Twitter for more details too.
Opening But Unrated Director John Moore’s A Good Day To Die Hard (M), the fifth in the Die Hard series (although they try to disguise that with a non-numbered title), is another action-crammed epic with Bruce Willis’ John McClane joined by Jai Courtney, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Cole Hauser. Director/co-producer Bryan Singer’s epic, FX-stuffed filming of the age-old fairytale Jack The Giant Slayer (PG, and it was actually Killer for a while but evidently the studio were squeamish about using that word) stars Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Eddie Marsan, Ewen Bremner, Ian McShane, Warwick Davis and even Ralph ‘Camberwell Carrot’ Brown. And co-writer/director Jacques Audiard’s Rust And Bone (MA) is a dark, heavily sexual French drama with Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts.
with Miranda Freeman
Next time you head down Sturt St, keep an eye out for the inconspicuous chalkboard propped up in a wheelbarrow out the front of number 108 – the identifier for Adelaide’s newest wine bar, Cantina Sociale. Like most of our best kept secrets this little place is almost always busy, with crowds piling in when the doors open at 4pm to grab themselves a taste of some of South Australia’s finest (and freshest) new wines. Like any good tasting room this corner establishment has corrugated iron lined ceilings and a chunky timber bar. In place of tables are tasting benches, and a rack of labeled barrels at the rear of the cosy interior acts as the wine list. These barrels are all full of the good stuff and the list can only change when a barrel is empty. Hand-selected reds and whites brought to you by the resident Alpha Box & Dice winemaker and co-director Justin Lane. Some familiar favourites include an exciting pinot noir made with minimal intervention (but still plenty of love) and a few less known choices include their fantastic Dolcetto, textural Fiano and the interesting and complex Pedro Ximenez/Sauv Blanc blend. Wines are poured and served either barrel temperature or chilled if preferred and are available by the glass or the ever-faithful carafe – now finally free from the years spent being filled with the cheap box wines! Behind the bar you’ll usually find one of the other food and wine-loving directors Georgie or Angie, ready to impart their knowledge and offer you a cheeky glass or three. Of course where there is wine there is food, and Cantina Sociale has a short, perfectly matched menu of tapas-style eats that staff prepare right in front of your eyes. Let them guide you with a meat and cheese selection that changes almost daily, or tempt you with some hand-carved aged jamon and a serve of white anchovies with crusty bread. Now I know that some of you may still be haunted by the cheap and salty anchovies that snuck their way onto pizzas from our culinary past, but there’s no need to be afraid: these little fishies are just delicious, not to mention the perfect match to a glass of the lightly oaked, unfiltered chardonnay poured straight from the barrel.
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WHAT: Cantina Sociale WHERE: 108 Sturt St, Adelaide WHEN: Wed 4pm – 10pm, Thu 4pm – 11pm, Fri & Sat 4pm – 12am and Sun 4pm – 10pm INFO: cantinasociale.com.au
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365 Days Of Wine This Friday evening Leigh St will transform into a platform for the launch of one of Adelaide’s most unique ways to experience South Australian wine. The celebrations are for a new app called 365 Days Of Wine, a free program tailored to providing information on South Australian wineries, new release wines, tastings, wine events and South Australian food and wine pairings. The app will be officially launched from 5pm – 7pm this Fri Mar 22 with tastings from over 60 local wineries, street food from Rigoni’s and Udaberri and live music from Carla Lippis. Head to 365daysofwineandfood. com.au for more info.
Ginger’s Vintage Lounge Bar Opening After months of renovations and whispers of a new space, Ginger’s Coffee Studio is now ready to unveil the latest addition to their widely loved breakfast and lunch menu – cocktails! This Thu Mar 21 the team will be throwing a party to celebrate the grand opening of their brand new vintage lounge bar, a new space decorated with fresh bouquets, an embossed metal bar in the middle and a retro, astro-turfed backyard down the hall
where you can sit and enjoy your freshly bought tipple. There will be flowing champagne and tasty samples from their new autumn menu for patrons to enjoy, so head on down to see what the fuss is about for yourself ! WHAT: Ginger’s Vintage Lounge Bar WHERE: 109 Goodwood Rd, Goodwood WHEN: Thu Mar 21 from 7pm – 9pm
Sometimes you stumble across booze that just simply puts a smile on your dial. Sharing that content feeling with a group friends is what for me Prosseco is all about. Shooting the breeze and cork into the neighbour’s backyard, laughing out loud to bad jokes and just generally being silly. Now all this mischief need zz. not be accompanied by bad fizz. ills Niccolo Wines hail from the hills and have brought with them some ven seriously good pop. A fruit driven w apple nose of lemon zest and yellow and a beautifully crisp palate of lime and apricot. It’s ticking a few boxes. h is The acid is lean and the finish long and dry. It loves seafood and the pop sensibility of Darwin Deez so have plenty on hand. So next time you›re up to no good bring this little rascal along it’s certainly not the voice reason but just bloody good fun. Cheers.
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Stars // Aries 21.03/20.04 There is plenty of fire in your belly. Not everybody is sharing your sentiments, so it would be wise to have at least one eye open to your social context. That said, staying true to your adventurous heart is what keeps you expanding and growing. Do it playfully.
The moon challenges you to consider the possibility of not being stuck. It shines a light on all those bits of you that have become habituated and a little rusty. It nudges you and teases you a little bit. It tickles you, incites you and invites you. Come out of routine into life.
Sagittarius 22.11/21.12 The moment your soul is linked to what you do, then you have instant access to all your power and all your strength. It doesn’t matter what it is that you do, as long as it resonates like a temple bell through your heart. Life is inviting you to consider deeply what your calling is.
Capricorn 22.12/19.01 There are some decidedly excitable connections happening between Saturn and Chiron – neither of whom are particularly excitable. Are wisdom and healing connecting in such a way as to give you hope, bliss and liberation? If your heart’s in the right place they probably are.
Ah high school, the breeding ground for teenage heartbreak, endless ambition and inventive desk artwork – or, for those handier with a paintbrush, the chance to study Visual Arts and pave their way for a career in art. This month the creative talents of some of South Australia’s newest high school graduates will be on display at the Adelaide College Of The Arts as part of the 31st annual SACE Art Show. Featuring close to 150 art and design works, this year’s annual showcase will feature a spread of creative styles, from traditional paintings to miniature terrariums to interactive multimedia. Head along to see some of Adelaide’s freshest artistic talent on show.
WHAT: SACE Art Show WHERE: Adelaide College Of The Arts, 39 Light Sq, Adelaide WHEN: Mon Mar 25 – Wed May 1
Aquarius 20.01/18.02 What kind of water-bearer would you like to be? How you paint yourself is entirely your freedom. It is for you to imagine yourself, not others to story-tell you into some kind of ill-fitting pigeon-hole. Bear your gifts, whatever they are, the way you want to bear them.
Virgo 23.08/22.09 There are still five planets in your opposite, Pisces. The world is still being nebulous and potentially confusing. You are being invited to find parts of yourself that you don’t normally access. If you accept the invitation, you’ll be blown away. Say ‘yes’ and be blessed.
SACE Art Show
Pisces 19.02/20.03 Around half of the planets are travelling through Pisces. The universe is weighted towards you. All this planetary presence has to have something brewing in your heart. Is it love, light, clarity, healing or deep blissful embrace? Feel free to move towards any of these things.
Tim Sterling, Vanishing Point
The sun is still in the oceanic realms of Pisces. It is near the point of rising into fiery Aries, but not quite there. The hour before dawn can be the darkest. It can also be the one most full of promise, expectation and impatience. Settle the nerves in your belly. Be still. Trust.
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Cancer 22.06/22.07 The moon is growing. It is pulling you out of the valley and encouraging you to climb back into the light. First find your footing – and then you can fly. Though you may have some wobbles along the way, you are heading in a generally correct direction. Open your heart.
Venus continues to linger in Pisces. The moon is rising again, which brings optimism. The simple fact is that life is insisting that you get your soul fed. If love is not satisfied, then there’s a gaping hole in our souls that we fill with things like sugar and consumer items.
Gemini 21.05/21.06 There’s no way of keeping your distance. Life is grabbing you and holding you in a deep emotional embrace. If you drop your guard and let it in, it will show you all sorts of secrets about love, creativity and involvement. If you don’t, you’ll never know what you missed.
Taurus 21.04/20.05 There is no end to the depth of feeling that is in you and around you. Though the tendency is there to panic when you can’t feel the bottom, it would be wise not to. It is relaxed people who float and swim. Let life take you by the hand. It knows where it’s going.
Tristan Kerr: Sign Painters Do It Best The Annex Café 3 Waterloo St, Glenelg Thu Mar 21 – Thu Mar 28
Following his last exhibition Store Front that left the entire gallery pockmarked in red stickers, graphic artist Tristan Kerr will revisit hand-painted signage in a new, small series of works at the Annex Café in Sign Painters Do It Best. Featuring hand-painted enamel signage and gold leaf guilding, the exhibition pays homage to the traditional storefronts of earlier times that were without iPhones, tablets and the latest version of Photoshop. This exhibition is likely to sell out, so get in quick. Opening: Thu Mar 21 from 6pm
Tim Sterling: Platzangst Hugo Michell Gallery 260 Portrush Rd, Beulah Pk Thu Mar 21 – Sat Apr 27
Using tightly bound cable ties, shoelaces and extension cords, local artist Tim Sterling creates grand, geometric sculptures out of plywood that are both tricky on the eye and tricky in form. Drawing inspiration from architectural structures, Sterling’s latest works in Vanishing Point imbue ideas of agoraphobia and vertigo – the notion that the sculpture is precariously held together and bundled tight, and yet could collapse at any minute. At the other end of the gallery, these works, and more, will be showcased alongside artist Troy Innocent’s Asemic Writing until the end of April. Opening: Thu Mar 21
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New Harris Scarfe Store Launch
Behind The Scenes: Attitude Magazine Cover Shoot
On Tue Mar 26 Harris Scarfe will finally open the doors to its new flagship home at the $385,000,000 Rundle Mall shopping precinct, Rundle Place. To celebrate, Harris Scarfe are offering a new community-focused campaign, 30 Days Of HS Love, designed to give some love back to Adelaide, the city that Harris Scarfe has called home for 160 years. Giant green hearts and caravans will be seen throughout Adelaide until Mon Apr 15, handing out freebies and giveaways in conjunction with small local businesses, which, after all, is how Harris Scarfe started out. The new Rundle Place Harris Scarfe store opens on Tue Mar 26. The 30 Days Of HS Love campaign runs until Mon Apr 15 at various locations throughout Adelaide.
The autumn edition of Attitude Magazine has hit the streets. Inside you’ll find the very best of Adelaide’s local youth culture – with fashion, food, drink, people and music aplenty. This includes focuses on vintage fashion and local dining, and a very special announcement for Adelaide’s fashion community. Take a look at these behind-thescenes shots of the cover shoot, featuring Shana from Pride Models and photographed by James Hartley.
Vince Camuto For Rundle Place One of the co-founders of Nine West in 1978, American Vince Camuto, has found steady success with his own label while continuing as a retail fashion mogul. He has designed shoes for the likes of Katie Holmes, Jessica Alba, Kristen Bell, Selma Blair and Kourtney Kardashian (but don’t hold that against him) and has chosen Rundle Place to house his third Australian stand-alone store. The store will also sell Jessica Simpson’s footwear brand – whose heels are not recommended for the perpetually pregnant Simpson. Having Camuto’s brand on board for Rundle Place is another big coup for Adelaide, injecting further style and choice into our fashion diets. Vince Camuto is open at Rundle Place from Tue Mar 26.
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The Magic Of Belle Isle
Robot And Frank
Roadshow / MA / 132/137 Mins
Sony / M / 89 Mins
Universal / MA / 141 Mins
Writer/director/producer Paul Thomas Anderson was concerned that his unreliable pal and former Magnolia co-star Tom Cruise might be offended by this visually sumptuous, strangely ‘visionary’ and uneasily-barbed epic drama that, it was suggested, explores the whole Scientology thing, but Cruise stated that he wasn’t irked as it isn’t, supposedly, about Scientology at all - and yet, in fact, it is! Joaquin Phoenix is scarily intense as Freddie Quell, a sweaty, sex-crazed, dangerously boozy, hopelessly childish semi-narcoleptic introduced humping a woman made of sand and drinking the fuel straight from a drained torpedo while serving on a US Navy vessel. He drifts around after WWII, and after a stint as a department store photographer and possibly poisoning a fellow harvester in a Californian cabbage field, stows away on a yacht and is called before Lancaster Dodd (Anderson’s other favourite actor Philip Seymour Hoffman as an L Ron Hubbard proxy), who surprisingly finds him fascinating and bonds (sort of ) with the guy, and soon Quell is part of the group/church/ organisation/movement/cult/whatever ‘The Cause’ and serving as subject, friend and goon, no matter how much Dodd’s wife Peggy (Amy Adams) disapproves and Anderson’s plot wanders. This release includes a featurette and trailers. MDB
Director Jake Schreier and scripter Christopher D Ford make their feature débuts with this odd but satisfying tale toplining a beautiful performance by Frank Langella. His 70-year-old Frank lives in upstate NY in ‘the near future’ and, as his mind is wandering, he’s called often on an advanced Skype system by flighty daughter Madison (Liv Tyler) and yuppie son Hunter ( James Marsden) keeps making the 10-hour trip to check on him. When the fed-up Hunter gives Frank a carer robot (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard in more friendly tones than HAL-9000), the never-named machine cleans the house, prepares dinners and suggests projects, but when Frank reveals that he was once a famed jewel thief, the film takes an intriguing turn as he and ‘Robot’ first break into the local library (from which books are being chucked out) to impress the librarian (Susan Sarandon) and then get up to more illegal activities, as we build to a series of plot tricks that prove charmingly eccentric - and surprisingly moving. A film that might have seemed strange in theory, this is actually most winning, with nice subplots, sweet supporting playing and an interest in sci-fi elements that doesn’t get geeky. This release includes a commentary and images. MDB
Director Oliver Stone’s blockbusters used to be controversial cultural events (Platoon, Wall Street, Natural Born Killers), and yet his recent outings (Alexander, World Trade Center, W) have proven less than Earthshattering, and this overlong newie (coadapted by him from Don Winslow’s book) is, in the end, a bit dumb. O (Blake Lively) narrates, irksomely suggests that she might not survive until the end, and then we’re fully into this overheated story of the threesome she enjoys with dope-dealing buddies Chon (Taylor Kitsch as the shell-shocked one) and Ben (Aaron Johnson as the hippie-dippy one). When a video featuring Mexican drug lords having their heads chainsawed off (no, really) is emailed to the trio, and it becomes clear they’re being menaced by the feared Elena (Salma Hayek) and her dim gardenercum-killer henchman Lado (Benicio Del Toro), Chon and Ben push their luck, let O go shopping (bad idea) and get into loads of cyber-payback, as Stone includes oodles of shootings, burnings, bashings and whippings but little excitement, and John Travolta pops in and out as a possibly corrupt DEA agent named Dennis, who manages a few vaguely funny and curiously camp gags. This release includes deleted scenes and commentary by Stone, Winslow, the producers and others. MDB
Madman / M / 109 Mins
Director Rob Reiner’s drama seems like the sort of charmer that screams ‘cliché’ and yet, in actuality, there’s a toughness here, and star Morgan Freeman hasn’t been this good (or, at first, daringly unpleasant) in years. Wheelchair-bound widower and former author Monte Wildhorn (Morgan) moves into a lakeside cottage in the titular hamlet and sets about drinking, grumbling and making enemies, but when he meets unhappily single mom Charlotte O’Neil (Virginia Madsen), who lives next door with her three daughters (Emma Fuhrmann, Madeline Carroll, Nicolette Pierini), you know that they’ll fear him at first - and then everyone will soften and become friendly. But it isn’t quite as simple as that: middle child Finnegan (Fuhrmann) has an interest in writing and she virtually has to beat Monte over the head before he helps her, while there’s a vague plot thread about how Charlotte feels like her youth was robbed by having so many children (very unusual for this sort of thing), and there’s a suggestion of romance between her and Monte, which is also unexpected in this typically conservative context, as Freeman is more than 20 years older than Madsen and also, sort of, well, you know, ahem, black. MDB
Turn Right At Machu Picchu Mark Adams / Text Publishing / 304pp / $23.99
Part biography of Machu Picchu explorer Hiram Bingham III, part selfdeprecating travelogue, Turn Right At Machu Picchu sees the comfortably urban Adams taking leave from his role as a travel magazine editor and sweating his way through the grassland high plains and lush humid jungle trails of Peru. Joined by the caustic Australian tour guide John Leivers, who comes across as a fascinating polymath version of Mick Dundee, the pair follow in the footsteps of Yale adventurer Bingham, who famously alerted the scientific community to the existence of the mysterious lost Incan mountain citadel in 1911. Despite Bingham’s swashbuckling National Geographic Machu Picchu pictorial reports earning global acclaim (and eventually inspiring George Lucas and Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones character), subsequent tussles with Peruvian authorities over archaeological relics saw the 36-year-old brand a ‘huaquero’ – a grave robber. Gently informative and genuinely energising. Scott McLennan
Hypnotic Powers English hypnotist and comedian Peter Powers is about to make his second visit to South Australia during which he will be undertaking a fairly extensive regional tour as well as performing in Adelaide. “It’ll be good to get back to Adelaide again – I think I was last there about six years ago – but now also to go to places like Whyalla, Goolwa, Port Lincoln, Port Pirie and Mt Gambier and do a bit of sightseeing along the way and drink some good wine,” Powers says. Powers, who has many English, European and Australian television specials to his credit and who featured on a special episode in 2008 on which he hypnotised some of the housemates, became involved with the medium aged 12. “Not thinking that hypnotism was real, I was just joking around with my brother and was saying stuff like, ‘Your eyes are getting heavy and you’re feeling sleepy’ and all that kind of stuff,” he says. “I thought he was just pretending but then realised he’d become somewhat disorientated. “It was then that I thought there was actually something to it so I went to the library and got a book out on hypnotism and devoured it,” Powers adds. “Since then I’ve read hundreds of books on the subject. It’s become an obsession.” Powers goes on to say that some people are easier to hynotise than others. “Motivation is a big part of it, but merely wanting to be hypnotised doesn’t always work,” he says. “And if someone doesn’t want to by hypnotised, it’s almost
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impossible – not completely impossible though – to hypnotise them. And laid-back, relaxed people are easier to hynotise than nervous people. The books will tell you that everyone can be hypnotised because it’s a natural faculty that everyone has but I’ve found that maybe 20 percent of people are ridiculously easy to hypnotise and that 20 percent are really, really hard. The rest, the other 60 percent, can go either way.” Powers, who says his shows are filled with humour, has noted that some people come to his performances saying they will sit at the back so they can’t be picked on. “But I never pick people out of the audience,” he says, “because that would be wrong. I ask for volunteers and out of those I maybe find a dozen or so I can work with.” He also says it’s very easy to spot an
audience member who is pretending to have been hypnotised. “They might have made a bet with their mates about not being hypnotised but I can tell straight away if they are pretending to go along with it,” he says. “And the audience can see it too because there’s always something not quite right about what they are doing. And they usually have a silly grin on their face. “So I just tell them to go back to their seat, which they do,” he concludes with a laugh.
WHO: Peter Powers WHERE: Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre WHEN: Fri Mar 22
Your guide to the student experience. As a recent graduate I understand the frustration felt by so many graduates in trying to secure an interview with any company for any position related to the field of your choice. I remember hearing again and again that getting in the door is the hard part, and well shit, they’re right. While there may have been initiatives like the one that Flinders are holding that I’ve detailed below during my time at uni, I wish I had known about it – and attended. Knowing what to include in a resume/ CV/portfolio and how to interview properly (should you be so lucky) should be a component to any degree - as these life skills are just as vital as knowing the importance of semiotics in Blade Runner. For those going through the motions now – don’t be disheartened. If they need a job filled someone needs to fill it – it could very well be you. And remember, if you have any student info, deals, events or tips I should know about email email@example.com. au, Tweet @FastTimesRIU or Poke facebook.com/fasttimesripitupmag and I’ll spread the word. Peace, Lachie
Maximising Your Graduate Job Search Sessions
with Lachlan Aird
You have just recently graduated with your shiny piece of paper that says you are an expert in your desired field. Unfortunately you can’t strut in to your desired work place, slam that bit of paper down on the manager’s table and announce you’ll be starting on Monday. The job searching process for emerging professionals can be as time-consuming and frustrating as tertiary education itself. You may be the top of your class, but if you think interviewing “as a team” would be a good idea – you have no hope. Flinders is lending a hand to its recent and imminent graduates with information sessions tailored towards everything from application writing skills and interview skills to ways to write applications for government positions and selection criteria. Many of the sessions, which run from now until Wed Apr 10, have already been filled, with repeat sessions now on offer, so be sure to register. Competition is fierce out there in the real world - make sure you’re ready to fuck shit up. For more info, dates and to register for the Maximising Your Graduate Job Search sessions, visit flinders.edu.au. This week, the session for writing online applications will be held on Tue Mar 19 at 5pm-5.50pm at Room 1.09, Health Sciences. Entry is free.
Student Vox Pop Nicola, On Dit Launch I study: BA Classics/Creative Writing. My favourite books is: Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh. Last movie I was saw: This Is 40. Last thing I spent my money on: Cut The Rope App. In the future I will: Do whatever it takes to keep myself writing.
Gastronomic Adventures With all the food porn filling up newsfeeds across the internet, it seems only logical that you brush up on your skills to make sure you don’t end up abused by the horrific hilarity of Cook Suck. TAFE SA have launched their new short course program, Gastronomic Adventures at the Regency Campus. Unlike wanky televised competitions, the courses are all taught by the campus’ finest food lecturers and some South Australian “culinary talents” and are tailored to all experience levels and tastes. Beer brewing, cheese making, meat production, macaron baking and barista
classes are just some of the classes being offered. For those who are more about the receptive side of food preparation, there are sessions dedicated to tasting as well, with the Grange wine testing classes (kicking off with the first session on Fri Mar 22) probably right up there as the class I have most wanted to take. Ever. For more info visit the Gastronomic Adventures section under the Regency International Centre’s page at tafesa. edu.au.
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Debate @ The Waite Be the smartest person in the room at your next social gathering by having both sides of the story at the ready. As research is time-consuming and annoying, attend The Waite Institute’s next public debate in order to have someone do all the hard work for you beforehand, but rely on your vote to legitimise their position. The Waite Research Institute is a body committed to researching ways to help ensure global food security and provide Australia’s agriculture with the best possible outcome. Also, sometimes, they like to debate. The next debate top is: “Cutting Australia’s meat consumption by half will be better for us and the planet”. Preposterous? Or outstanding? I have no idea. However,
the experts, including the University Of Adelaide researchers in this very field, will be delivering the facts to you in informative and persuasive ways. It may not be as daft as the debates on Good News Week, but with any luck, they will be just as volatile. They also have soft drink and finger food provided, with a cash bar for those who like their debates rowdy. They really, really want your vote. WHAT: Debate @ The Waite WHERE: Lirra Lirra Café, The University Of Adelaide Waite Campus, Waite Rd, Urrbrae WHEN: Thu Mar 21, 6pm-9pm. INFO: adelaide.edu.au/wri ENTRY: Free
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CD Of The Week
Regions Of Light And Sound Of God (Spunk)
My Old Friend (Nonesuch/Warner)
Souls that need some TLC after a gruelling season of festivals here in Adelaide need look no further for a glorious healing balm than Sam Amidon’s My Old Friend. As if to underline the understated nature of this Vermont-raised, London-based performer, Amidon actually performed here during the Adelaide Festival in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it capacity as a low-key sidekick to his friend (and producer) Doveman’s Burgundy Stain Sessions. His sweet and comforting burr and dusting of loops on My Old Friend adds a sparkling clarity to his Americana, with forthcoming album The Bright Sunny South a fresh alternative to the overzealous folk types such as Mumford & Sons. This unqualified doctor/ reviewer prescribes listening to this little charmer on repeat until the festival mind-fog clears.
Willy Moon My Girl (UMA)
David Bowie The Next Day
The cover design of this single indicates the tune is called My Girl Willy, which raises a whole world of worrying questions. No, it’s not the latest tune from Against Me!, it’s actually new UK singer Willy Moon – a terribly handsome chap who looks like an androgynous extra from Madonna’s Erotica video and sounds like Phil Spector fronting The Ting Tings. The smartly-dressed gentleman of New Zealand heritage already has another famed Kiwi on his side, with BBC’s Zane Lowe recently branding this with ‘Hottest Record In The World’ status. I have a suspicion it will all go Mika-shaped within six months, but it makes a nice change from Harlem Shake memes.
While David Bowie’s old label continue the regurgitation of golden years via the remastered Aladdin Sane, the Thin White Duke’s lauded musical comeback proves he isn’t above his own archival cannibalism. The selfreferential cover is at once irksome and
Future Music Festival
Demon Dance (Warner)
Three years since lauded debut Astro Coast, Florida rock quartet Surfer Blood preview June’s Pythons with a cheery rocker to send all those two-chord surf simpletons back to the special class. If Dinosaur Jr and Teenage Fanclub formed a supergroup, it would sound like this. While we wait for the rather awesome Dinosaur Fanclub to form for a Weezer Cruise, Demon Dance fills the void nicely.
Chicks On Speed Art Bump (Valve)
I tend to feel pretty peaky when watching wobbly camera films at the cinema (it took days to recover from The Hunger Games - even without taking into consideration Woody Harrelson and Stanley Tucci’s bad wigs), but up until now I didn’t realise it was possible to get motion sickness from a song. Peaches’ kunsty mates Chicks On Speed’s latest Italo-disco deconstruction is like a dose of reflux during a Neo-Dada Feminism university lecture. Call me a Cro-Magnon Luddite (with an unhealthy disrespect for historical epochs), but I’d rather stick three-dozen hot dogs down my pants and jump in a bear pit than listen to this again and risk another vomitus urge. Chicks On Speed: putting the ‘art’ back into ‘musical shart’ since 1997.
smirksome, but it also nods at a troubling development. While even divisive late albums such as Earthling, Outside and Heathen pushed obstinately forward, The Next Day turns the clock back to around 1993’s Black Tie White Noise. As if the cover wasn’t an early warning of the Ouroboros nature of The Next Day, questionably askew brass funk and irritating guitar spasms are reminiscent of Bowie’s lightweight back catalogue grooves rather than his timeless classics. The hiccupping title track offers The Next Day an upbeat heart-starter, with the line ‘Here I am, not quite dying’ quelling rumours about Bowie’s majestic withdrawal from the industry following 2004’s Reality Tour. Highlighting the banal and facile world of celebrity, The Stars (Are Out Tonight) is a luminous move, while the synth drama and guitar restraint of Love Is Lost is another Bowie ace. Less successful are the Suedecover-Drive-In Saturday aura of Valentine’s Day and the lightweight psychedelia of I’d Rather Be High. Absence has certainly made the heart grow fonder, but The Next Day is a thwarted start to Bowie’s new art decade. Scott McLennan
Every Christmas my grandmother lugs out this creepy Bing Crosby robot from her attic and places it on her dining room table. Robot Bing wears a Santa hat and croons White Christmas and Little Drummer Boy while his jaw violently stretches to mimic speech and his eyes look vacantly around the room. It looks like one of those ventriloquist dolls that come to life to go on a murderous rampage during an episode of The Twilight Zone. The debut solo effort from My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James reminds me of that plastic animatronic nightmare simply because it is generic and, frankly, kind of boring. This may come as a surprise, especially since we are talking about the same guy who records his vocals in an abandoned grain silo in some backwater state of the US to get the right kind of reverb. This isn’t to say that this record is sloppy, it’s just that it never rises above the calculated mechanical musings of a deadeyed Christmas decoration. I will say this though; I think this is the only album I’ve ever listened to that actually made me want to clean my bathroom. Ryan Lynch
Bonython Park, Mon Mar 11 Review by Lachlan Aird Pics by Andreas Heuer
For the fans who gave it their all by battling temperatures above 38 degrees, it is sad that the same can’t be said for a few of the acts at this year’s Future Music Festival. Brit Rita Ora lifted the momentum up early, acting as an early drawcard for revellers who may have otherwise arrived later, belting out high energy tracks such as Shine Ya Light, Roc The Life and party favourite, How We Do (Party). The biggest fault of Ora’s set was her outfit, as leggings – no matter how pink and tie-dyed they are – are still not pants. The crowd build-up for the Azealia Banks’ set was electric, with the angsty, wasted and popular all banding together to wait for their anti-hero and her weave to grace them with her divine presence. They’re still waiting. Banks, for reasons only disclosed via Twitter, did not take to the stage. Some of the more hopeful revellers continued what looked like a type of rain dance to try and make her appear, although many knew that after a half-hour delay and the screen no longer promoting Banks’ imminent arrival, it was time to leave. A-Trak’s set following Banks’ no-show suffered considerably, with much of the audience dispersing to fellow one-hit wonder Psy, who offered two versions of Gangham Style (one to film, one to dance to) with some other
Reviews // Quick Ones
Sleepy Tea The Place Where We Lay (Independent)
Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite
Various Artists Son Of Rogue’s Gallery (Anti/Epitaph)
Looking at Sleepy Tea’s new EP cover you’ll think, ‘Holy hell! That girl’s got a tree growing on her face!’, but when you look closer, you realise it’s just a bit of art. Phew. For such a short EP taster, The Place Where We Lay takes strong form, showing great diversity but pinpointing the Brisbane act’s sound to a dream-state indie pop selection. Starting off with some gorgeous harmonies on Make Believe, Sleepy Tea build to heavier indie infusions in the thich of the record before meandering back into folk once more. Ghosts is a cracker of tune, stealing away from dream pop and moving into some dream folk. Just dreams all round, really. This little disc forms and floats along nicely - it’s mellow enough to chill you out but upbeat enough to move you along. With its atmospheric electronic textures paired with an acoustic basis, their sound is emulsified. No wonder Emma Louise snapped them up to support her on her last tour. Keep your eyeballs on these tired beverages, as Sleepy Tea will be floating about the scene for plenty of time to come. I wouldn’t mind some sleepy tea right now myself. I haven’t slept in months. Sharni Honor
unrecognisable K-Pop offerings. The Temper Trap, the highest billed Australian on the line-up, opened to favourable crowds with Love Lost, although numbers dwindled following Rabbit Hole. From there, the performance was uninspiring and lacklustre. English ‘80s Madchester royalty, The Stone Roses, appeared as the sun set to an appreciative, older crowd. On the 30-year anniversary of their formation, they are still as legitimate as ever, with the crowd singing their hearts out to classics Fools Gold, Waterfall and I Wanna Be Adored. Crowds stuffed into the dance tent at the back of the venue for The Prodigy, reaching capacity before the ‘90s defining English electronic dance group took the stage. The crowd heaved to Out Of Space, Omen and Breathe early on, with the band building atmosphere and tension for a long, sweaty and loud set. You would forgive Bloc Party for a fairly vanilla performance if they had, like the rest of the crowd, been sweating it out in the sun for the entire day. If it wasn’t already clear that Four was not the band’s best album, old favourites from their back catalogue Banquet, This Modern Love and Helicopter undeniably drew the largest applause. Considering no-shows, late starts and halfhearted efforts left many disappointed, the energy and perseverance of the crowd reigned supreme. It was a proud day to be an Adelaidean, knowing that 19,000 of us ignored our better judgement for the sake of a good time and took away with it some memories, sore feet and plenty of sweat.
Seriously, get up. Get off your posterior and have a beat and holler to some rich blues goodness. Ben Harper is a man known for his great dabblings across music styles, creating projects left, right and centre and constantly keeping it interesting. Get Up! is no exception, with Harper’s versatility at its all-time peak. This album gets Harper back to his roots by forming a collaboration of pure dynamite with blues guru Charlie Musselwhite. If it’s Harper’s sweeter, softer side you’re after, perhaps don’t dive headfirst into this concrete pool of blues. You’ve Found Another Lover takes you right back to Harper’s lazy seaside tunes, but for the most part this record delves into some jailhouse blues, with the slide guitar getting an absolute work out. Not to mention the head-boggling harmonica of Musselwhite - that instrument really should be named after this mouth organ legend. Get Up! is comparable to a quality glass of scotch: a bit of bite and a bit of burn, but it goes down smooth and leaves a humble fire in your belly. You just never know what Benny’s gonna do next or who he is going to write a song with, so now I’m secretly hoping he teams up with Peter Combe. Well, you just never know. Sharni Honor
A sequel to the Rogue’s Gallery release of 2006 - itself a strange Pirates Of The Caribbean spin-off that featured shipmates including Bono, Jarvis Cocker and Lou Reed - Hal Willner’s Son Of Rogue’s Gallery is another marvellous, historical omnibus of sea shanties reimagined by a raggletaggle mob of contemporary musicians. Some guests sound as rough and sozzled as buccaneers on shore-leave, with Tom Waits and Keith Richards (grizzled contemporary pirates if ever there was some) rasping through Shenandoah, a mournful Michael Stipe joined by Courtney Love (as worn-out as a Jolly Roger left flapping in Cape Horn trade winds) on Rio Grande and Shane MacGowan sinking a boat’s ration of rum on Leaving Of Liverpool. Other surprising collaborations include Shilpa Ray’s awesome old-school Hollywood sass paired with Nick Cave on Pirate Jenny, Tim Robbins’ rich croon offsetting Susanna Hoffs’ sweetness on Marianne and the McGarrigles offering old English rasper Marianne Faithfull some restrained choral backing on Flandyke Shore. Further curios include leather saddlebag Iggy Pop tackling the weird gay sex romp Asshole Rules The Navy with a plummy accent and Sean Lennon singing about his paternal homeland of Liverpool on Row Bullies Row. With more flavours than a Barnacle Bill’s fisherman’s basket it’s ambitious, but this wildly diverse affair includes plenty of treasures. And not a landlubbin’ Mumford in sight. Scott McLennan
Various Artists Sugar Spice Entice: Fifty Guilty Pleasures (Warner)
Another vague Fifty Shades Of Grey cash-in, this handsomelooking compilation is an oddball mixed-bag, with supposedly ‘seductive’ songs jostling for space. Consider: true-blue lovey-dovey faves (Diana Krall’s take on The Look Of Love, Billy Joel’s Just The Way You Are, Van Morrison’s Moondance); a few inappropriately raunchy rockers (like Prince’s Gett Off); strange classical selections (an edited Ravel’s Bolero isn’t unexpected here, but what couple could properly canoodle to Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Flight Of The Bumble Bee?); and misinterpreted songs of devotion, including The Police’s Every Breath You Take (which is about obsession and stalking), The Cure’s Let’s Go To Bed (which is about obsession and, well, going mental) and Tears For Fears’ Head Over Heels (which is about obsession and, well, death). MDB
Johnny Society Free Society (Old Soul)
When I first heard the sharp jabs of a semi-hollow body guitar and a blaring horn section, I was all like, “Seriously? There are still people out there making ska music?” Then the second song kicked in with a Stevie Ray Vaughan vibe to it and I was like, “Yeah, okay, this could work”. The rest of Free Society flip flops between these two aesthetics with varying degrees of success. There is no denying that Johnny and his crew are talented musicians, however the songs that comprise this album would be best suited to a lively pub. They are fun and rambunctious, and practically peer pressure you into having another pint. While this sounds appealing, the downside is the fact that I just can’t see myself listening to this album if I was alone and sober. If I was alone and drunk, maybe. Ryan Lynch
with Lachlan Aird
Imogen B rave by Lachlan A ird
If you’ve ever dreamed of being in a music video, now’s your chance. When hard rock outfit Imogen Brave take to the Gov they’ll be filming the entire set, with the footage used to become their first music video. Rip It Up chats to frontwoman Stef Crowley about the endeavour and what it’s like to be one of Adelaide’s few rock chicks. “I know there’s not a lot of femalefronted heavy rock bands in Adelaide,” Crowley says. “In a way Imogen Brave is a bit of a novelty, but it can be a bit of a disadvantage too. You are almost put to one side in a way. The general rock scene worldwide is very male dominated, but people are still curious to see whether a chick can bring it like the guys can.” Listening to Imogen Brave’s music, it’s hard not to notice a distinct likeness
in Crowley’s voice to one of the most recognisable names of a female-fronted rock band – Gwen Stefani of No Doubt. “I have to admit when I was younger I loved No Doubt throughout the Tragic Kingdom era. I admired her because when I started out singing I thought my voice didn’t sound like other people’s. After hearing Gwen I realised that she had a unique voice too and while I didn’t try and emulate it, I could pick up on some similarities. She made me realise that I could sing and gave me the confidence to continue.” A lack of confidence is not something you would consider when encountering Crowley nowadays, with an electric stage presence and strong vocals. “When I started singing I was singing more pop music, but then when I entered high school and started listening to more punk and rock music a natural progression sort of took over,” Crowley explains. “My voice definitely had to become stronger in the last five or so years to be able to keep up
with the rest of the band.” The audience at Imogen Brave’s next show at the Gov on Fri Mar 22 will be able to help carve the path for the band’s history. “We’ll be filming the entire set and then piecing together footage from the night with some footage filmed later to become our first music video,” Crowley says. “We aren’t even sure which track the video will be for, we have a couple in mind, but we’ll just play our set and work off the audience to see which song works best.” This event will kick off an increasingly busy period for Imogen Brave. “We’re hoping in the next two weeks to book the studio space to start on the new EP,” Crowley announces. “It’s an exciting time for us. It’s all happening.”
Bad//Dreems Neapolitan Tour The second most played artist on Triple J Unearthed’s radio station are releasing the first single off their forthcoming debut EP on Fri Apr 5. The single, is a punchy soundtrack to anyone who wants to stick the finger to a toxic love. Before the single drops, Bad//Dreems will be performing at Cats at Rocket Bar with Palms (Syd) and Mining Boom (Melb) as a part of the Neapolitan Tour. The show will be at Rocket Bar on Fri Mar 22, with tickets via Moshtix.
WHO: Imogen Brave with Paleface and Jungle City WHAT: Imogen Brave music video shoot WHERE: The Governor Hindmarsh WHEN: Sat Mar 23
Oisima And Glamour Lakes Support XXYXX
The Wild Things
American producer XXYXX is coming to Australia to tour for the first time. Along for the ride are locals Oisima and Glamour Lakes, who will be supporting his and Sydney’s Oliver Tank’s headlining sets. This will be a showcase of some of Australia’s best young producers giving one of America’s up-and-coming music prodigies a run for his money. The event is supported by Fourwords and takes place at Arcade Lane on Thu Mar 21. Tickets are $30 with doors at 8pm.
by Lachlan A ird New kids on the local scene The Wild Things have put a lot of effort into creating a polished debut album, At The Crossroad. Ahead of the album’s launch, Rip It Up chats with Mark Curtis on the process of getting things up and running, what’s planned for the launch and how a diverse sound works in the band’s favour. “It’s definitely an advantage being able to perform in two different forms,” Curtis affirms. “Our songs work in both acoustic versions and in the full band, but sometimes it’s a challenge to make sure that traditional folk instruments, like the mandolin and viola, don’t get loss onstage with the electric guitars and drums. We have to be creative with how we arrange the songs.” The aim is now to reach both folk and
rock demographics, with hopefully gigs in both pubs around Adelaide as well as folk festivals to get their music out to as many people as possible, although the band started as a means to realise Curtis’ ultimate ambition of putting out an album. “I’ve always been playing in bands and they’ve either broken up or things fell through before we could put out an album,” Curtis laments. “Last year I started working on some songs with Hugh [LanglandsBell]. It turned out the chemistry worked really well and we agreed on a lot of stuff so we started working together seriously and decided to make a band together.” However, the band’s full line-up, which is now a solid five-piece, only came into full fruition a couple of months ago, but the feeling of having a debut album ready to go is still a big relief. “I really enjoy listening to full albums rather than just radio singles. It sounds a bit wanky but we sort of wanted to make an album as if it was a piece of art.” While maintaining that true artistry lies
in putting out an LP, The Wild Things have also embraced new technology and social media as a way of broadcasting their music. “We’ve started doing this thing on YouTube we think is pretty cool called The Kitchen Sessions,” Curtis explains. “Basically we all get together every couple of weeks to Hugh and our bass player’s house and set up a guitars and a mic and learn a cover, which is just a bit of fun and helps keep us busy.” Will the album launch involve any new technology and YouTube trickery? “I don’t know if I should give too much away, we’re trying to keep a lot of it a surprise, but there may or may not be a masseuse. It’s on a Friday – people may have had a hard week and need to unwind!” WHO: The Wild Things WHAT: At The Crossroad (Independent) WHERE: Hotel Metropolitan (with The Honey Pies) WHEN: Fri Mar 22
Bring The Noise – Bring The Funk The Soul Box will come alive with three of Adelaide’s finest soul and jazz bands, Mister Jones & The Contentions, Strut Machine and Vigilante Shuffle. This will cap off a very successful Fringe period for The Soul Box, which has seen an array of different performers make their Hindley St residence their home. Come for a boogie and some improvised tunes. Doors at 9pm on Fri Mar 22. $12 GA/ $8 concession with drink specials all night.
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KITTY, DAISY & LEWIS
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CARLA LIPPIS Tuesday March 26 The Gov ‘Touches of hillbilly swing, Hawaiin twang and even some ska... And fun, always fun’ Bernard Zuel (The Vine)
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