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Those hanging out for the next Sea Change from Beck have had their prayers answered. The experimental music legend speaks to Rip It Up this week about his new album, Morning Phase, as well as what else might be on the horizon (p9). This week we also catch up with The Holidays about their new album Real Feel and trying to break the traditional pop formulas (p10). Speaking of acts who break formulas, we spoke with some veteran acts who have done just that throughout their career – namely Sunnyboys, Bobby Keys and Jurassic 5 (p11&12). At the time Rip It Up went to print, the future of The Rolling Stones’ Australian tour was still undecided. Despite the speculation of what should happen being voiced across the internet, the result of what will happen has – hopefully by the time you read this – come to fruition. Whether they cancel or choose to continue, the decision needs to be respected… The reality that even rock’n’roll legends aren’t impervious to heartbreak and tragedy seems to have never been so clear. As much as we were looking forward to seeing the Stones open the upgraded Adelaide Oval for what we hope will be a long history of music – the entire Rip It Up team want to extend our thoughts to the band, L’Wren Scott and their families. If they do need to postpone, the enthusiasm that this tour has brought to Adelaide will surely be relived again when they are able to return. For those who need it, Lifeline can be reached on 13 11 14.
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Holidays On Ice – The Luxury Of Wasted Space (Cloudy But Fine)
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“So, I took a few pics with Paul [McCartney] and I told him he’s my Gemini twin.”
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Kylie Minogue – Kiss Me Once (Warner)
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The Rolling Stones
As Rip It Up went to print this week, The Rolling Stones were still set to open the newly-renovated Adelaide Oval on Sat Mar 22 as a part of their huge 14 On Fire tour.
Sydney singer-songwriter Elizabeth Rose is bringing her party hat to Pirie & Co. Social Club for their opening night this Sat Mar 22. Tickets are still onsale through Moshtix.
It's always nice to have a homecoming, and Sincerely, Grizzly are Adelaide favourites. They're back in town for their Kafkaesque single tour, hitting Rhino Room on Sat Mar 22.
Speeding along this week... Caspian The five-piece embark on their first ever Australian tour, stopping by the Crown And Anchor on Sun Mar 23 in celebration of their new record, Waking Season. An Evening With The Cast Of 'Sons Of Anarchy' Promising to be exactly what it sounds like, Kim Coates (Tig), Theo Rossi (Juice) and Mark Boone (Bobby) will be taking questions about cult show Sons Of Anarchy at HQ on Tue Mar 25.
The Smith Street Band These Melbournites are back from a world tour, so it's time for some Australian dates. They'll be playing Adelaide Uni Bar this Sat Mar 22; tickets are still on sale through Moshtix.
The Angels After 40 years, Australian rockers The Angels aren't ready to stop. They've got a new album to share and plenty of old crowdpleasers to play with. Catch them at Jive on Thu Mar 20 and Fri Mar 21.
Rob Scott And The Big Smoke There's a free show in the front bar of The Governor Hindmarsh this Sat Mar 22 â€“ Rob Scott And The Big Smoke will be performing their homegrown blues and roots for their hometown crew.
Michael Paynter After tearing up The Voice, Michael Paynter continues his musical journey at Jive on Thu Mar 27.
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They’ve just released their fourth album, Til My Tears Roll Away, so they’re touring once again! The Audreys will be arriving in Adelaide on Fri Jul 11 with their three ARIAs in tow. While capital city dates have been announced, The Audreys are promising a second string of the tour, perhaps to hit more regional centres. Tickets go on sale through the Governor Hindmarsh and OzTix from Fri Mar 21.
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Last Stomp For Snakadaktal Beloved Melbourne indie cherubs Snakadaktal have announced they are calling it quits. The Melbourne group made the announcement via their Facebook page, saying, “We feel it is time to move onto different pursuits that we each individually wish to explore.” Snakadaktal first came to prominence as the winners of the 2011 triple j Unearthed High competition. Their debut album, Asleep In The Water, was released halfway through 2013, while a sophomore EP, The Sun II, came out in January of this year. If you’re a true fan and desperate to see Snakadaktal one last time, they have announced a farewell show at Melbourne’s Northcote Social Club on Sat Mar 29 with City Calm Down and Alan Palano. Tickets on sale now through northcotesocialclub.com.
Dallas Frasca are heading out around the country on a single launch tour, hitting Adelaide on Sat Apr 5. The show at Glenelg’s Backpackers Bar will also feature local favourites Filthy Lucre and Audio Reign. Dallas Frasca have a Pozible campaign underway at the moment to pay for their forthcoming third album, Love Army. It closes on Fri Mar 21, so if you want to get in on the action, act fast! Pledges are welcome through pozible.com/lovearmy
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Having roped in the likes of Illy, RÜFÜS, Violent Soho, Dan Sultan and The Jungle Giants for the 2014 instalment of the One Night Stand, triple j have announced the privileged town that will host the event. Taking place in a different regional centre in Australia every year, this year’s One Night Stand is heading to Mildura, Victoria, known for its recreational riverside activities, crisp chardonnays and Jason Akermanis. At only 400km from Adelaide, this sounds like a great roadtrip opportunity. An Unearthed band from the Mildura region will soon be selected to open the event, which takes place on Sat May 17 and will be broadcast live on triple j. Like all One Night Stands, it’s alcohol- and ticket-free.
ART VS SCIENCE Are you ready to dance like an Egyptian? The Cairos have just announced that the wait is over for their debut album. Dream Of Reason will be released in May this year. The record has been whittled down from 100 songs to a more workable number of tracks. The Cairos will be supporting The Holidays at the new venue that’s shaping up to be a winner – Pirie & Co. Social Club – on Fri Mar 28.
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DJ 4 SA: Premier Confirmed Two of hip hop’s greatest producers, DJ Premier and Pete Rock, will hit Australia for a DJ tour like no other in May. The legendary New York beatmakers are responsible for many classics in the hip hop canon and the two arguably shaped boom bap and New York hip hop more than other beatmaker with their jazz, soul and funk influenced beats. These include Premier’s seminal work with his former outfit, Gang Starr, with the late, great MC Guru, as well as production work for Nas, Big L, Jay-Z and Biggie Smalls. Pete Rock, on the other hand, has produced for a similarly startling all-star line-up of artists including Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Rakim and MOP as well as his former duo Pete Rock & CL Smooth. The pair will reach Adelaide’s HQ Complex on Thu May 8. Tickets are available through OzTix.
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Back To Beck A decade on since the release of his seminal album Sea Change, a record that has unintentionally come to stand as something of a DIY repair kit for brokenhearted alternative types worldwide, prolific singer-songwriter Beck Hansen revisits those cherished sounds with his 12th studio album, Morning Phase.
I hope [it sounds positive], yeah, at least that’s what I strove for. Maybe I didn’t hear that as much with Sea Change,” a gentle-voiced Hansen ruminates from his home in LA. “I felt like with that record I got a lot of response from it that it was kind of down, and pretty heavy. So you know, I tried to add some other dimensions to this one. Sea Change felt like the beginning of something,” he continues. “I sort of tested the waters a bit with Mutations, recording in that style, and then Sea Change was a bit more all-in. This one is kind of going back to that kind of sound and seeing what else is there.” Featuring the same group of collaborators that worked on Sea Change – Justin Meldal-Johnson, Roger Joseph Manning Jr, Smokey Hormel and Atoms For Peace’s Joey Waronker – Morning Phase contains a similarly pensive energy, steeped in sundrenched, ‘70s folk with moments of rich orchestration. Even the first few chords of album opener Morning seem to stretch into familiar territory, sounding not too dissimilar to SC’s glorious The Golden Age. Yet despite the claims of foamy-mouthed music journalists, Morning Phase isn’t a longawaited companion piece to Sea Change. “Yeah, I don’t know if I set out for it to
be a companion piece,” Hansen offers. “The boring answer is that it’s the same people from Sea Change, and we recorded in a similar studio, and then there’s guy a named Beck who sang on it... Not to be flippant but it’s kind of, you know, it’s kind of a sound that I spent a lot of years to find, to figure out how to do, and how to pull off, so if it sounds like [Sea Change] I wasn’t intending
“Believe me, I’ve written my fair share of songs while wallowing. It’s maybe even a default setting a lot of times.”
to rip myself off, but it’s okay if I do. It’s okay to have that kind of territory to go back to. I never once said, ‘This sounds too much like Sea Change, let’s stop’. I gave myself freedom to let it be whatever it wanted to be.” Known to sit on songs for months, even years, it’s interesting to learn Hansen’s perspective on his own success. In his mind, it’s the songs that “land from nowhere” that seem to have made the biggest footprints. “The ones that people like are the ones that sort of land from nowhere. They tumble out as one piece and yeah, and there they
are,” he admits. “Songs like Blue Moon, Unforgiven and Wave... those songs [off Morning Phase] just kind of happened very quickly. But I think overall this is the record I wanted to do.” 2002’s Sea Change was recorded not long after a break-up between Hansen and his then-fiancée, and this tragic life event seemed to seep into the album’s roots like a rich sap. A decade later, the subtext within Hansen’s lyricism has shifted. There’s a noticeably positive glint behind Morning Phase. “I think the songs have a little bit of a forward motion to them. On Morning Phase I hear the sound of something coming out of a tumultuous or difficult period, and it’s that time of reckoning, and moving forward. I think anyone’s who’s gone through a difficult period – you can sit in it, the past – but there’s a certain point where you have to take what you can learn and move forward.” That said, Hansen’s the first to admit that “wallowing in the mire” has allowed for the gestation of some of the world’s most wonderful creations. “Believe me, I’ve written my fair share of songs while wallowing. It’s maybe even a default setting a lot of times,” he laughs. “You go to that introspective sound, that place, that mood, and musically it’s easy to go into that kind of place. But I really made an effort to make the songs [on Morning Phase] have some light in them. I think that’s where all the imagery of the light in the morning comes from, I wanted to suffuse at least part of the record in that, that there’s a sense of reconciling and overcoming. I think at one point I was thinking about gospel music and how that informs people like Stevie Wonder in his songwriting, that kind
of redemptive feeling. I thought, we could all use a little of that.” Similarly to Sea Change, which strayed well off the beaten alt-rock path with epically lush string sections like Paper Tiger, Beck’s father – accomplished musician and composer David Campbell – helped out with the orchestral detours on Morning Phase. “He did the orchestrating and conducted, but a lot of times I’d record on a keyboard and we’d expand on it together. I’m actually pretty specific about the strings, and I have strong opinions about using orchestra. There’s this whole history of pop music and singer-songwriter music that uses orchestra that goes into easy listening territory, and it can too often be used as a device to over-sentimentalise a piece of music,” he cautions. “I was wary of that, and was very specific of how we used to the orchestra on Morning Phase and the way they played. I really go for an unaffected style, as I think I like modern-classical music and Baroque music when it’s played in a very simple, plain way.” Morning Phase only hit shelves late last month, but Hansen is already working on his 13th studio album. As he tells Rip It Up, it will be “very different” all over again. “I’m recording another album that I’ve been working on for about a year with some different producers and different collaborators. That record I’m really looking forward to; it’ll be very different from Morning Phase,” he says. WHO: Beck WHAT: Morning Phase (Capitol Records/EMI)
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Reality Bites It took The Holidays nearly four years to release the follow-up to their acclaimed 2010 debut album Post Paradise. Most bands would implode or be cast adrift in that time, yet the Sydney band have soldiered on (minus guitarist Will Magnus) and returned with Real Feel, an album that retains much of the colour of Post Paradise but knowingly moves away from its defining characteristics. In fact, that’s partly the reason it took so long to be written.
Percussion and groove were kind of like the ethos of Post Paradise,” explains frontman Simon Jones, “but this time around we said we can’t just fall back on that because it’ll end up sounding the same. We could have done that and probably put out an album a lot sooner, but none of us
wanted to repeat ourselves. So that is definitely still there – because I still love that element – but it’s less obvious now, it’s less at the fore. That was a specific choice, to try and get this otherworldly, dreamy, hazy kind of sound that I like.” As Jones continues, it becomes more apparent that the desire for reinvention was probably the biggest reason for The Holidays’ long inter-album malaise. “We started Real Feel in 2012 and at the start I was really trying to experiment, get way out there, do something way different, new things, a shockto-the-system-kind of approach. It was always this romantic idea that you’re gonna do a gamechanging, 180-degree, crazy, out-there album, but what we found was, while we had some good ideas, it all worked better in the framework of a Holidays song. It’s a bit hard to describe what that is, but I
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think once we bashed these ideas into the shape of songs, it sounded different to our old stuff and it sounded new, but also it was familiar, which is kind of what we wanted all along.” As with Post Paradise, The Holidays selfproduced Real Feel, which is remarkable considering the breadth and clarity of ideas expressed across each album. Although it’s a method that obviously works well for Jones and his crew, it also has its setbacks. “That’s the hard thing,” he effuses, “you can’t really trust outside opinion because you’ve only got a limited amount of people that are hearing it. So you go by your own compass and after a while it all gets a bit upside down; you don’t know if you’re on the right track or not. It’s kind of nice then when it’s done and you start playing it to people and they actually like it. It’s like, ‘Oh good, I didn’t actually go crazy. I just thought I was going crazy’.” Despite Jones’ insistence that he eventually wrote Real Feel in a pop paradigm, the evidence of his experimentation is littered throughout. Most notably, the closing techno jam Morning Workout, which spans more than eight minutes, catches Jones at his game-changing, 180-degree, crazy, out-there best. You get the feeling he’s itching to do something completely left-ofcentre, but don’t expect that to be with The Holidays. “For a while there I was getting a bit antitraditional, verse-chorus-verse-chorus pop song, just because as a songwriter it gets a bit annoying having to work in a framework. I wanted to make something that was freeflowing and stuff, but the thing you figure out is that while that’s fun to make, people want to hear songs. It makes sense to them and they can remember them and sing along to them. There’s definitely a place for music that’s really out there and freeform. If I want to sit there and listen to a Sun Ra or Alice Coltrane album that’s great as an experience, but I don’t think that really works for our band.” It might not have worked, but Jones was still willing to give it a try: “I think there’s been a few versions of this album. Every song has had previous incarnations, really. I sometimes think it would be fun to put out a mixtape of the original demos or something. Some of them were pretty whacked-out compared to what they are now. Sometimes we have to lose the plot a bit to find it again.”
WHO: The Holidays WHAT: Real Feel (Liberation) WHERE: Pirie & Co. Social Club WHEN: Fri Mar 28
If you’re Mark Potsic, better known as Nu-Mark, the renowned DJ from hip hop collective Jurassic 5, you don’t do any of those things. Instead, you pull out your smartphone and get your picture taken with one of the most famous musicians in the world. “That was absolutely the craziest show I’ve experienced,” Potsic admits. “What people don’t know about Coachella is that five minutes before myself and Cut Chemist were rolled out on stage we had a major equipment failure. Our engineer dropped Cut’s portable turntable and the needle shattered, and as that happens Sir Paul McCartney walks up. “This is about the time where a bubble appears over my head that says, ‘Nu-Mark, do you help Cut with his needle problem or take a picture with the best melody arranger in the world?’ So, I took a few pics with Paul and I told him he’s my Gemini twin. He winked at me and I handed Cut a spare needle.” Luckily Jurassic 5 also have plenty of friends at events like this and fellow DJ, Z-Trip, was on hand to lend his expertise. “As they roll our risers full of DJ equipment on stage, Z-Trip is super-gluing a needle into a portable turntable and blowing on it so it
dries. Yeah, first show in seven years and the group still crushed it. Proud of ‘em!” It was a triumphant return for a group known for the dynamism of their performances. With a return to the original line-up that includes Cut Chemist and Chali 2na, it wasn’t long before offers to do international tours were flooding in, Australia top of the list: “The Aussies truly understand us and have been so supportive since day one. We had a great time playing with The Roots out there in 2003.” Potsic says the break was needed to refresh everyone’s batteries but it didn’t take long to turn the clock back once everyone was back in the rehearsal room. “After going through some of the songs in rehearsals it was like getting back on a bike after an extended vacation. The MCs laughed about how intricate and detailed some of the verses were, while Cut and I were trying to figure out how to create an entirely new DJ experience. All in all I’d say we started to feel the chemistry in an hour or so especially with all the jokes.” It’s an intriguing prospect, fitting a primarily positive big-name live hip hop group back into the modern musical landscape – especially now J5’s most similar peers, The Roots, are almost better known as a TV backing band. Potsic says the group are used to being out of step with the industry. “We’ve never fitted into anything. We are truly misfits when it comes to conventionalism in the music industry. That’s part of the reason why people are still intrigued with our chemistry.” The positivity that became the group’s trademark wasn’t always considered a good thing by the group itself. “Actually, that positivity created a challenge
There are just minutes to go before you’re supposed to walk out onstage in front of a field full of Coachella revellers eagerly awaiting your first show in seven years. But then disaster strikes. A crew member drops a vital piece of your crewmate’s gear. What do you do? Do you panic and lose your cool? Start yelling and throwing your weight around? Or refuse to go onstage until everything is fixed, turning an eager crowd impatient and frustrated.
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for us. The masses need to know where to categorise music. At that time the average consumer was used to jiggy, thugged-out hip hop to the point of not knowing if there was anything out there that differed in style. That mind-set made it tough for us to break into new markets. It was our stage presence that catapulted our name in front of new audiences who were eager to hear something other than Top 40 hip hop.” Despite the challenges, J5 were able to make their difference work for them and their breakthrough album, Quality Control, recently ticked over Gold sales in the US, an achievement Potsic is very proud of. “For me that’s really a big deal because it’s so tough to sell anything physical these days
in the music industry. With all the piracy that has now become acceptable and almost expected, it really brings a smile to my face to hear that we sold Gold on an underground hip hop LP. At the time it was released Interscope was struggling to figure out how to sell Jurassic 5 albums because the other artists on the label, Dre, 50 and Eminem, were selling records left and right and almost made it look easy. For us, we really had to perform in every market and battle a ton opposition.”
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ILLY @ Governor Hindmarsh ASH GRUNWALD @ Ramsgate Hotel THE ANGELS @ Jive
Fri Mar 21 THE ANGELS @ Jive BOBBY KEYS AND THE SUFFERING BASTARDS @ Governor Hindmarsh Sat Mar 22 ROB SCOTT AND THE BIG SMOKE @ Governor Hindmarsh ELIZABETH ROSE @ Pirie And Co Social Club THE SMITH STREET BAND @ UniBar THE ROLLING STONES @ Adelaide Oval SINCERELY, GRIZZLY, THE ROCKETEERS & THE STORM WILL COVER OUR TRACKS @ Rhino Room
Sun Mar 23
JURASSIC 5 @ Thebarton Theatre CASPIAN @ Crown & Anchor SUNNYBOYS @ Governor Hindmarsh Tue Mar 25 AN EVENING WITH THE CAST OF ‘SONS OF ANARCHY’ @ HQ Thu Mar 27 MICHAEL PAYNTER @ Jive Fri Mar 28 THE HOLIDAYS @ Pirie And Co Social Club IWRESTLEDABEARONCE @ Fowler’s Live LOON LAKE @ UniBar I KNOW LEOPARD @ Rocket Bar STICKY FINGERS @ Governor Hindmarsh LA BASTARD & KITCHEN WITCH @ Exeter Hotel
Sat Mar 29
LA BASTARD, THE VILLENETTES & RICOCHET PETE @ Grace Emily Hotel FLICKERFEST @ Mercury Cinema
Sun Mar 30
THE SCIENTISTS @ Governor Hindmarsh Wed Apr 2 LITTLE WISE & MEGAN BERNARD @ Grace Emily Hotel
Thu Apr 3
JOHN BUTLER TRIO @ Thebarton Theatre LUCA BRASI @ Crown & Anchor Hotel FLAMENCURA @ Norwood Concert Hall
Fri Apr 11
CALLING ALL CARS @ Fowler’s Live TWELVE FOOT NINJA @ Governor Hindmarsh FOR TODAY & PREPARED LIKE A BRIDE @ UniBar WHEN GIANTS SLEEP & EMECIA @ The Cavern Club THIEF @ Rocket Bar
Sat Apr 12
MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD @ Governor Hindmarsh
Thu Apr 17
KREATOR & DEATH ANGEL @ HQ BAM BAM @ Edinburgh Castle
KODALINE @ Governor Hindmarsh
Wed Apr 9
WHEN GIANTS SLEEP & EMECIA @ Crown And Anchor
SASKWATCH @ Blenheim Festival, Clare Valley
Sun Apr 20
BORIS THE BLADE @ Fowler’s Live
Sydney power pop band Sunnyboys shone brightly in the early ’80s until singer Jeremy Oxley’s battle with schizophrenia made it virtually impossible for the band to continue.
Mon Apr 21
THE ALMOST @ Fowler’s Live HORROR MY FRIEND @ Rocket Bar THE BAD SHEPHERDS @ Governor Hindmarsh
Wed Apr 23
BURIED IN VERONA & FIT FOR A KING @ Fowler’s Live
Thu Apr 24
VANCE JOY @ Governor Hindmarsh HUGH LAURIE @ Thebarton Theatre
Fri Apr 25
GROOVIN THE MOO: DISCLOSURE, DIZZEE RASCAL, THE JEZABELS, KARNIVOOL & more @ Oakbank Racecourse THE ACACIA STRAIN @ Fowler’s Live INSECTS & STARS @ Governor Hindmarsh
Sun Apr 27
LORDE @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre
There were various reformations over the years and even an album of new material, Wildcat, but Oxley’s ongoing issues meant that Sunnyboys were always going to struggle for any further success. A couple of years ago, however, the Sydney version of Dig It Up!, a series of shows curated by Hoodoo Gurus, had the band playing on the bill. Originally meant to be an acoustic set, the band played in electric mode and wowed their audience. That led to further shows – Sunnyboys performed at Meredith Music Festival in 2012 and toured around the country with Elvis Costello – and they have just released a new ‘best of ’ titled Our Best Of and have hit the road for a national tour. Bass player Richard Burgman says the band, which will head to Adelaide with young
Geelong-based trio The Frowning Clouds, are in fine form. “We haven’t done a big headlining tour like this for a long time so it’s been good to play to people who want to come out and see us,” he says. “And because Jeremy’s health has improved remarkably over the last few years, we’re rarin’ to go again. He’s able to manage his illness really well. “So that was how we got to play Dig It Up!,” Burgman continues. “Hoodoo Gurus had invited Jeremy to do a little acoustic set but he said he wouldn’t play unless it was the full band. So it all sprang from there. Next thing we know, we were invited to play Meredith Music Festival.” Burgman says that one of his personal highlights of the early Sunnyboys days was of performing in London. “We played The Marquee Club on Wardour St,” he recalls. “So treading the same stage as Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds and all that was pretty special. And we packed the place out and we could see the sweat running down the walls.” Sunnyboys, the subject of the 2006 allAustralian tribute album, Happy Man, which featured artists such as Even, Danny McDonald
and Adelaide’s Green Circles, now have a new ‘best of ’ album, Our Best Of. Alongside their many hits, it also boasts an early demo as well as recently unearthed alternative mixes from their 1982 album, Individuals. “We all had a hand in choosing the songs,” Burgman says. “Surprisingly we all pretty much agreed on what should go on there.” Oxley was also the subject of a documentary, The Sunnyboy, which was recently screened on ABC1. “That doco really helped explain his illness,” Burgman decides. “We wanted it to be factual, which it is, because when people hear the word ‘schizophrenia’ it can imply all sorts of things. People might have thought Jeremy was dangerous but he’s not. He’s actually quite meek. The documentary explains that and puts everything into some kind of perspective."
some excellent musicians…” The Rolling Stones will always be the band Keys is best known for his association with; he’s been with them almost 45 years and has been a vital part of their sound. He says when he first went in to lay down a sax part on the Let It Bleed album, he didn’t know what he was getting himself into. “Didn’t have a clue. The first track I played on was Live With Me, which was also the first track that Mick Taylor played on.” After all these years, he never gets sick of playing with or listening to the Stones. “Nope, I really don’t. The band have never become a parody of themselves, they’re not just going through the motions or any of that jazz – I’d get sick of that real fast. I don’t get sick of playing with people that are playing on the kind of level they are – I’ve played Brown Sugar 2,000 times or more, and I still put everything into it as much as I did the first time I played it – as do they." Having played on so many hugely influential recordings, it’s interesting to hear where Keys himself found his early inspiration. The late 1950s was a big time for the saxophone in rock’n’roll.
“My approach to music was influenced by King Curtis and saxophone players of the late ‘50s on the Atlantic label, they had so many great saxophone players – The Coasters’ records, LaVern Baker… That’s when I became really aware of the saxophone as a rock’n’roll instrument. And those old r’n’b records, Fats Domino, Little Richard – everyone had saxophones! Then it changed and everybody had guitars.” He comes to Australia with The Suffering Bastards, a band put together by a friend for a bit of fun. “It all came about primarily because I was looking for something to do; a sax player in Nashville is not the busiest guy in town. I ran into this fella Chark [Von Kinsolving]; he had a place to play and knew musicians and it worked out real well.”
WHO: Sunnyboys WHAT: Our Best Of (Warner) WHERE: Governor Hindmarsh (with The Frowning Clouds) WHEN: Sun Mar 23
Tue Apr 29
MKTO @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre
Wed Apr 30
RUSSIAN CIRCLES @ Fowler’s Live
Thu May 1
STONEFIELD @ Governor Hindmarsh
Fri May 2
Sat May 10
ARCTIC MONKEYS & POND @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre Sun May 11 HELLIONS @ Fowler’s Live
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Fri Apr 18
BALL PARK MUSIC, PAPA VS PRETTY & JESSE DAVIDSON @ Governor Hindmarsh Fri Apr 4 SIETTA @ Pirie & Co CHANCE WATERS @ Social Club Rocket Bar ART VS SCIENCE @ Sat May 3 UniBar BOOM CRASH OPERA @ Governor Hindmarsh Sat Apr 5 - Sun OSCAR KEY SUNG @ Apr 6 Rocket Bar OZ COMIC CON: BENEDICT Tue May 6 CUMBERBATCH, BILLIE MICHAEL BUBLE @ PIPER, SHANNEN Adelaide Entertainment DOHERTY, AMANDA Centre TAPPING & more @ Adelaide Showground Wed May 7 ORIGIN & A MILLION Sat Apr 5 DEAD BIRDS LAUGHING ELEANOR McEVOY @ Fowler’s Live & ANGE TAKATS @ Barossa Regional Gallery, Thu May 8 Tanunda JASON DERULO @ JIMBLAH @ Pirie & Co Adelaide Entertainment Social Club Centre LITTLE WISE & MEGAN DJ PREMIER & PETE BERNARD @ Grace Emily ROCK @ HQ Hotel Fri May 9 Sun Apr 6 JAMES REYNE @ ELEANOR McEVOY & Norwood Hotel ANGE TAKATS @ Singing ELLA HOOPER @ Jive Gallery, McLaren Vale
Tue Apr 8
Keys & Bobbyuffering The S tards Bas ndon by Dan Co
There’s not enough space on this halfpage to cover the depth of Bobby Keys’ discography. Here he is discussing a sample of the setlist you can expect when his Suffering Bastards come to town; he played on all these original recordings.
“A lot of the material is taken from the Stones stuff, Exile On Main Street and Sticky Fingers, that period of time,” he says in his friendly Texan drawl. “Also some stuff from Joe Cocker I did with Mad Dogs & Englishmen, some hit records I did with George Harrison on All Things Must Pass and some John Lennon things people would be familiar with; Whatever Gets Your Through The Night and Power To The People.” That’s barely scratching the surface; you could go into classic albums from Warren Zevon, Dr John, Eric Clapton, Donovan, Harry Nilsson… Even the personnel on Keys’ eponymous 1972 debut solo album are staggering: “There’s some great players on there. Clapton plays a lot of guitar on there, George and Ringo, Billy Preston,
WHO: Bobbys Keys & The Suffering Bastards WHERE: Governor Hindmarsh WHEN: Fri Mar 21
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AUSTRAL – SCALA Live featuring Lily & The Drum (8pm) BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB – Quizmeisters Trivia (7.30pm) BOTANIC BAR – Big Bubba & Betty BRECKNOCK HOTEL – Breakaway Sing-A-Long Session (8.30pm) CAMEO BAR – Cameoke with Andy CROWN & ANCHOR – Band Room: Puritan, The Raging Monkey’s and Tombstone Hunters Club. Front Bar: DJ Antface DUBLIN HOTEL – Quizmeisters Trivia (7.30pm) DUKE OF YORK – Downstairs: DJ Jon E (9pm) DJ Skinny B (1am) Beer Garden: band of the week plus DJ Dave Parry (9pm) ELECTRIC CIRCUS – The Proj3cts (9pm) EMU HOTEL – karaoke (9pm) ESPLANADE HOTEL – KGs Complete Trivia (7.30pm) EXETER ON RUNDLE – Little Miss, Heath Anthony and Angel & The Badman GILBERT STREET HOTEL – Chris Parkinson and John Baker (7pm) GOVERNOR HINDMARSH – Main Room: Illy, Jackie Onassis and Remi (sold out) Front Bar: Gumbo Room Blues Jam HIGHWAY – DJ Alli (8pm) HOTEL RICHMOND – All Vinyl DJ (6pm) HQ – Riot Society hosted by Uberjak’d JADE MONKEY – Iiah JIVE – The Angels LIGHT HOTEL – SCALA Live (8pm) MARION HOTEL – 888 Poker (6.30pm) PJ O’BRIENS – DJ G-Rillz (9pm) PRINCE ALBERT HOTEL – Thirsty Thursday with DJ Tango RAMSGATE HOTEL – Ash Grunwald with Filthy Lucre ROCKET BAR – Wild Things (9pm) SAILMASTER TAVERN – Victor Oria (6pm) SUGAR – Jazz Pancake with locals and guests THE LION HOTEL – Clearway (9pm) WHITMORE HOTEL – Rainbow Sessions (7.30pm)
ALMA TAVERN – Fresh Fridays with DJs ARCHER HOTEL – DJ ARKABA HOTEL – Lounge Bar: Dino Jag (8pm) AUSTRAL – The Austral House Band (7pm) BANROCK STATION – Lily & The Drum (6.30pm) BAROSSA WEINTAL HOTEL – Gerry O (7.30pm) BARTLEY TAVERN – Think Pink: The Pink Tribute (8pm) BLUE GUMS HOTEL – Reson 8 (8pm) BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB – Dave Hunt (7pm) BOTANIC BAR – Troy J Been, Prince Aaronak and Suckerpunch BRAHMA LODGE HOTEL – Panic Switch (8pm) BUSHMAN HOTEL: GAWLER – DJ CAMEO BAR – DJs Lars, Lenny and guests CROWN & ANCHOR – Band Room: Five Mile Town and The Valkyries plus DJ Adam DUKE OF YORK – Tom & Rose (7pm) 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 EMU HOTEL – Matterhorn (9pm) ENCORE NIGHTCLUB – Get Lucky Fridays with resident DJs (9pm) ENFIELD HOTEL – Jonny Star Family Entertainment (6pm) ESPLANADE HOTEL – Redline (8pm) EXETER HOTEL – karaoke (9pm) EXETER ON RUNDLE – Apolarbear and guests FINDON HOTEL – karaoke (8.30pm) GOVERNOR HINDMARSH – Main Room: Bobby Keys & The Suffering Bastards. Front Bar: Friday Night Acoustic Sessions featuring String Band Appalachian Fiddle Sessions & Irish Sessions GRAND JUNCTION TAVERN – Beat That (6pm) HIGHLANDER HOTEL – Triple X (9.30pm) HILTON HOTEL: MYBAR – DJ Chaps and DJ Lumeire HOTEL TIVOLI – Honey with DJs IRISH CLUB – Shamrocks ‘n’ Shenanigans Live Acoustic Sessions (7pm) JADE MONKEY – Sonatine album launch JIVE – The Angels
LIGHT HOTEL – Black Market (9pm) LIMBO – DJs LONDON TAVERN – Live Acoustic Weekly (5pm) Rewind Fridays with DJ Wolfman LORD MELBOURNE – karaoke with Laura Lee MARINA SUNSET BAR – live acoustic music MARION HOTEL – Katrina Caton (6.30pm) MARS BAR – guests DJs plus drag shows MICK O’SHEA’S – Shannon Lloyd (7pm) OFFICE ON PIRIE – DJ Jess (4.30pm) PARA HILLS COMMUNITY CLUB – Time Machine (7.30pm) PRINCE ALBERT HOTEL – Acoustic Session (6pm) DJ (9pm) PRODUCERS HOTEL – After Four Fridays Garden Grooves with DJs Justice and DrDamage plus special guests (4pm)
RAMSGATE HOTEL – DJ SNAKE & DJ RUPHEO (9PM) RED SQUARE – DJs REX HOTEL – karaoke (8pm) ROB ROY HOTEL – London Calling (6pm) DJ Smiley (8pm) ROCKET BAR – Cats @ Rocket (9pm) ROYAL OAK HOTEL: NTH ADELAIDE – Russell Stuart Trio (7.30pm) SAILMASTER TAVERN – Angelo (7pm) SEACLIFF BEACH HOTEL – DJ (8pm) SEMAPHORE WORKERS CLUB – Gumbo Ya-Ya (8pm) SETTLERS TAVERN – The Crew (8pm) SOMERSET HOTEL – Van Demons Band (8pm) STAG – Upstairs: DJs play urban and dance. Downstairs: DJs play retro STAMFORD PLAZA: CASCADES – Jacqui Lim (5.30pm) SUGAR – SHGZ: Fridays at Sugar SWISH: STAMFORD PLAZA – Nothing But ‘90s with DJs TALBOT HOTEL – DJ playing requests TAPAS ON HINDLEY – flamenco shows by Studio Flamenco (7.30pm) THE ELEPHANT – Kinetik and DJ G-Rillz (9pm) THE GOODY – Live & Local
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The Guide// THE LION HOTEL – live entertainment TONSLEY HOTEL – Tavern Bar: Troy Harrison (4.45pm) Flaming Sambucas (9pm) Chrysler Bar: Animal House (9.30pm) VICTORIA HOTEL: O’HALLORAN HILL – DJs WHEATSHEAF HOTEL – Lazy Eye (9pm) WOODCROFT TAVERN – Three Humped Camel (8pm) ZHIVAGO – Hello DJs: Bottle Rockets, Gumshoe, Jesse and Skot Holder
SATURDAY 22ND ARCHER HOTEL – Downstairs: band and DJ. Upstairs: Jaki J ARKABA HOTEL – Top Of The Ark: Latino Grooves Baila Latino (8.30pm) Sportys Bar + Arena: Tomboy (10pm) AUCHENDARROCH HOUSE/WALLIS TAVERN – Troy Harrison (7pm)
BLUE GUMS HOTEL – Josh Rudduck (8pm) BOTANIC BAR – Sanji, Brad Shawyer and Tom Wilson BRIDGEPORT HOTEL – karaoke (9pm) BUSHMAN HOTEL: GAWLER – DJ CALEDONIAN HOTEL: ROBE – ‘Bout Time (9pm) CAVAN HOTEL – Karnival with live bands (9pm) CAVERN CLUB – S Is For Spaceship, Down With The Ship, Doc Oc, Watch The World and Amaris (all ages 7pm) CLOVERCREST HOTEL – The Road Runners (9pm) CROWN & ANCHOR – Band Room: Profiteers, Alkira, The Lizards and Wolfpack plus DJ Azz CUMBERLAND HOTEL: GLANVILLE – karaoke with Nicole (8pm) DUKE OF YORK – Front Room: DJ Mitchy B. Beer Garden: DJ Parry. Upstairs: DJ Skinny B, MC Scotty and guest DJs ELECTRIC CIRCUS – Arcade Disco with resident DJs Junior, Dancespace and friends EMU HOTEL – Ice On Mercury (9pm) ENCORE NIGHTCLUB – DJs Lars, TS and Some Brown DJ with MC AC (9pm)
HOW GREEN & THE SHAOLIN AFRONAUTS Yeah, so these guys are pretty big deal in Europe… The Shaolin Afronauts and How Green come together for a special night of deep grooves at Rocket Bar ahead of new releases from both groups through European labels Freestyle Records and Avantroots Records. See it live in Adelaide ﬁrst!
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EXETER HOTEL – Jonny Star Family Entertainment (7pm) EXETER ON RUNDLE – The Point and guests GARAGE BAR – DJs (10pm) GILBERT STREET HOTEL – DJ Marky Polo (8pm) GOVERNOR HINDMARSH – Main Room: Opa! Live with Oneiro. Front Bar: Big Smoke (9pm) GRAND BAR – Destination Saturdays with DJs and MCs HIGHLANDER HOTEL – Kopy Catz (9pm) HIGHWAY – DJ Griff (9pm) HOPE INN – karaoke (7pm) HOTEL RICHMOND – DJ Sly HOTEL ROYAL: TORRENSVILLE – Cat Vas (7.30pm) HOTEL TIVOLI – Exotica with DJs Sleepy Hips and guests (8pm) JACK RUBY – Soul Social – live band and vinyl DJs (8pm) JADE MONKEY – Juliette Seizure & The Tremor Dolls, The Kremlings and Fresh Kills KINGSFORD HOTEL: GAWLER – karaoke (10pm) LAKES RESORT HOTEL – 2 Up Duo (9pm) LAND OF PROMISE HOTEL – Audio Reign, Trench Effect and Fell At 10 (9pm) LONDON TAVERN – DJs Captiv8, Justice, Soundflex, AJ and MC Renard (10pm) LORD MELBOURNE – DJ Clarke (8pm) MARINA SUNSET BAR – DJs playing the best in house and electro MARION HOTEL – Franky F (5.30pm) Rumours Duo (8.30pm) MARS BAR – guest DJs plus a drag show MICK O’SHEA’S – Midnight Specials (9pm) OLD SPOT HOTEL – Stefan Hauk Band (10pm) PARAFIELD GARDENS COMMUNITY CLUB – Street Talk (8.45pm) PARA HILLS COMMUNITY CLUB – Harvest (8pm) PJ O’BRIENS – Unknown To Man (10.30pm) PRETORIA HOTEL – Scott Free (9pm)
RAMSGATE HOTEL – Adelaide’s best cover bands RED SQUARE – DJs Marek, Law, Dub Drop DJs, Decker, Bollocks, Krispy, Shawty, Capital D, DV8 and Jazz plus MCs Skippy and Dylan RHINO ROOM – Sincerely, Grizzly with Ceres, The Rocketeers and The Storm Will Cover Our Tracks (8pm)
ROCKET BAR – Rocket Saturdays (9pm) SAILMASTER TAVERN – Ben Jammin (7pm) SANDBAR – requests with DJs SEACLIFF BEACH HOTEL – acoustic sessions SLUG ‘N LETTUCE BRITISH PUB – Agent 99 (9pm) SUGAR – ITDE DJs and interstate & international guests SWISH: STAMFORD PLAZA – Shuffle TALBOT HOTEL – DJ playing retro and requests TAP INN HOTEL: KENT TOWN – Andy Mac (7.30pm) TEQUILA REA – Bongo Madness with guest DJs THE ELEPHANT – McKenzie and DJ G-Rillz (9pm) THE LION HOTEL – Absolut Saturdays: Wasabi (9pm) TONSLEY HOTEL – One Planet (8.30pm) VALLEY INN – karaoke VICTORIA HOTEL: O’HALLORAN HILL – Rumours WALKERS ARMS HOTEL – DJ Sessions (9pm) WHEATSHEAF HOTEL – Charles Jenkins album launch (9pm) WINDSOR HOTEL – Blue Comets (8.45pm) WOODCROFT TAVERN – karaoke (8pm) ZHIVAGO – High Heels DJs: Chaps, Ryley, Hemilove and Anthony
SUNDAY 23RD ALMA TAVERN – Sunday School ARKABA HOTEL – Lounge Bar: Vogue Duo with Antonio Villano and Kate Lara (3pm) BENJAMIN ON FRANKLIN – Souled Out Sessions with DJs Dave Collins and Jason Lee BLUE GUMS HOTEL – Steve Gower (3pm) BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB – Dave Hunt BOTANIC BAR – Eric The Falcon BRIDGEWATER INN – Halfway To Fourth (3pm) CALEDONIAN INN: ROBE – ‘Bout Time COVE TAVERN – Paybacks (4pm) CROWN & ANCHOR – Band Room: Caspian with Meniscus DOG & DUCK – Sneaky Sundays with Jak Morris DUCK INN: COROMANDEL VALLEY – KT Buzz (3pm) ED CASTLE – Beer Garden: Acoustic Sundays (2pm) EMU HOTEL – Emily Smith (4pm) EXETER ON RUNDLE – The Faction
The Guide // FED ON SEMAPHORE – Thelma & Louise (4pm) GILBERT STREET HOTEL – Tara Carragher and Richard Coates (2pm) GLENELG SURF CLUB – La Mar Sundays (3pm) GOVERNOR HINDMARSH – Main Room: Sunnyboys and The Frowning Clouds GRAND BAR – bands, DJs and MCs HOTEL ROYAL: TORRENSVILLE – 888 Poker (6.30pm) LIGHT HOTEL – Vonni’s Big Arvo LORD MELBOURNE HOTEL – Smoke ‘n’ Mirrors MARINA SUNSET BAR – Sunset Sessions featuring live acoustic music MARS BAR – VJK classic video hits MICK O’SHEA’S – Paul Smith Duo (2pm) PARAFIELD GARDENS COMMUNITY CLUB – Redline (2.30pm) PARA HILLS COMMUNITY CLUB – Paul Stubbings (4pm) PRETORIA HOTEL – Brad Iversen (1.30pm)
RAMSGATE HOTEL – ACOUSTIC SESSION (4PM) TOM KURZEL & ED TRAINOR FORTNIGHTLY ROTATION (7.30PM) ROYAL OAK HOTEL: NTH ADELAIDE – Muddy Road (8.30pm) SAILMASTER TAVERN – Andy Mac (2pm) SEACLIFF BEACH HOTEL – acoustic soloists SEMAPHORE PALAIS – Agent 99 (4.30pm) SEMAPHORE WORKERS CLUB – Steve Brown Band SUGAR – Mods, Driller and Nu Jeans TAP INN HOTEL: KENT TOWN – Acoustic Sessions THE LION HOTEL – Andrew Hayes (2.30pm) Quinny, Parko & Friends (6pm) TONSLEY HOTEL – Scott Janes (2pm) 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 – The Nymphs album launch and The Bearded Gypsy Band (4pm) WHITMORE HOTEL – Cripple Creek ZHIVAGO – Black Cherry DJs: Anthony and Capital D
CROWN & ANCHOR – Bob (from Auxilla) EXETER ON RUNDLE – Todd Sibbin Retrospective GOVERNOR HINDMARSH – Front Bar: Rear Admiral Stand Up Comedy. Balcony Bar: Lord Stompy’s Harmonica Tribe GRACE EMILY HOTEL – Billy Bob’s BBQ Jam HOTEL ROYAL: TORRENSVILLE – Ultimate Quiz with Graham Lawrence (7pm) PARAFIELD GARDENS COMMUNITY CLUB – Complete Trivia (7pm) RHINO ROOM – One Mic Stand open mic comedy SUGAR – Big Bubba and Eric The Falcon THE LION HOTEL – Brian Ruiz with Troy Loakes and Paul Vallen (8pm)
BOTANIC BAR – Gemma CENTRAL DISTRICTS FOOTBALL CLUB – Quiz Wiz (7.45pm) CHALLA GARDENS HOTEL – Complete Trivia (7pm) CHRISTIES BEACH HOTEL – Complete Trivia (7.30pm) CROWN & ANCHOR – Geek with DJ Trip DEEP BLUE CAFÉ – Steve Ashley (6.30pm) EMU HOTEL – DJ night (8pm) EXCHANGE HOTEL: GAWLER – Live Music Exchange (7.30pm) EXETER ON RUNDLE – DJ Curtis FINDON HOTEL – Muso’s Jam hosted by Streaker FINSBURY HOTEL – karaoke (8pm) FIRST COMMERCIAL HOTEL – karaoke (7pm) GOVERNOR HINDMARSH – Front Bar: Open Mic Night 5th Birthday Show HIGHWAY – The Combi Room HQ – NeverLand KENSINGTON HOTEL – Uke ‘N’ Play: Beginners To Advanced Ukulele (7pm) LIGHT HOTEL – Open Mic Night (8pm) MICK O’SHEA’S – Celtic Connection PORTLAND HOTEL – karaoke with Shaggy (9pm) ROYAL OAK HOTEL: NTH ADELAIDE – Susie & The Chandeliers (7.30pm) SEAFORD HOTEL – karaoke with Suzanne (8.30pm) SLUG ‘N LETTUCE BRITISH PUB – karaoke with Margi (7.30pm) SUGAR – Mixed Tape with Lauren Rose, Ferris Mular and Mr Whiskas THE LION HOTEL – Proton Pill (9pm) TONSLEY HOTEL – Tonsley Trivia (7pm) TORRENS ARMS HOTEL – Trivia Wednesday (7pm) WHITMORE HOTEL – Paige Renee Court WORLDSEND HOTEL – live music
TUESDAY 25TH AUSSIE INN HOTEL – Complete Trivia (7pm) BOTANIC BAR – Ash Wilson CROWN & ANCHOR – Front Bar: DJs Stevie and Duncan EXETER ON RUNDLE – Bitches Of Zeus DJs GASLIGHT TAVERN – The Blues Lounge hosted by Ron Davidson & Trevor Graham (8pm) GOODWOOD PARK HOTEL – Complete Trivia (7.30pm) GOVERNOR HINDMARSH – Front Bar: Adelaide Ukulele Appreciation Society HILTON HOTEL – KG’s Complete Trivia (7pm) MARION HOTEL – 888 Poker (6.30pm) PJ O’BRIENS – Davy T’s Music Trivia (7.30pm) ROYAL OAK HOTEL: NTH ADELAIDE – Point 05 (8.30pm) SUGAR – CU Next Tuesday with Sonny Side-Up and Driller THE LION HOTEL – Zkye and Damo (7.30pm) TONSLEY HOTEL – Party Club Band (7.30pm) TORRENS ARMS HOTEL – DJs Ryley & Apex (8pm) WHITMORE HOTEL – Raw Jam Sessions WINDSOR HOTEL – Complete Trivia (7.30pm)
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M a tt Q&A WITH OUR FAVOURITE LOCAL BARTENDERS. Venue: The Crown And Anchor Your Drink: Coopers Sparkling Ale – always! Come here if you like: really good beer, love music and an authentic atmosphere. Coming up: Fri Mar 28, God God Dammit Dammit and She’s The Band – following that will be a Funk DJ night up stairs. Have to try: Lobethal Bierhaus – Red Truck Porter.
thursday MarCh 20
iLLY + JaCKiE soouLdt onassis + rEmi Front bar: Gumbo room bLuEs Jam
Friday MarCh 21
keyS BOBBy keyS BOBBy & thE suFFErinG bastards friday mar 21
FridaY niGht aCoustiC sEssions – strinG band appaLaChian FiddLE sEssions & irish sEssions
saturday MarCh 22
OPA! LiVe sunday mar 23
rob sCott & thE biG smoKE
sunday MarCh 23
THe SUnnyBOyS + thE FrowninG CLouds Monday MarCh 24 Front bar:
rEar admiraL stand up ComEdY
Lord stompY’s harmoniCa tribE
friday mar 28
tuEsday MarCh 25 Front bar:
Fri Mar 28 stiCKY FinGErs sat Mar 29 KYLiE Kain Cd LaunCh Latin aLL stars FEstiVaL EVEninG sun Mar 30 thE sCiEntists Fri apr 4 dub FX & opiou (nZ) sat apr 5 brad strutt + hip hop showCasE tuEs apr 8 KodaLinE (irE) + thE troubLE with tEmpLEton Fri apr 11 twELVE Foot ninJa sat apr 12 soLd miChaEL Franti & spEarhEad (us) out sat apr 19 EastEr Latin FiEsta tuEs apr 22 adrian Edmonson & thE bad shEphErds thurs apr 24 VanCE JoY + GossLinG + tEEth & tonGuE Fri apr 25 robYn hitChCoCK (thE soFt boYs uK) & stEVE KiLbEY (thE ChurCh) sat apr 26 satisFaCtion – thE stonEs show thurs May 1 stonEFiELd Fri May 2 baLL parK musiC sat May 3 boom Crash opEra sat May 10 thinGs oF stonE and wood + sEVEn storiEs + Carus thompson
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Cuban Fury “I love it here!” begins Cuban Fury star Nick Frost, speaking by phone from a press event in Sydney, and as well he might, as he was here late last year to promote The World’s End – and plenty of times before that too. “It’s an amazing thing that Australia’s like the furthest that you can go on the whole planet without actually coming back! It always feels like a home for me.” He laughs when I quote John Cleese, who once said that Australia is as far away from England as some planets, and states, “It felt like that when I came in the other day!”
I do think that in terms of sensibilities, this film is very Australian,” Frost continues. “One of my touchstones for this movie was Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom… And that one’s similar to what we tried to do with this – the comedy should be funny, the drama dramatic and the characters should be very real. You should recognise them, even though what they do in the ballroom, or what we do with Salsa, is so fantastic.” So why Salsa dancing? Surely there are less exhausting things to make movies about? Why not a film about a guy who’s really into dominoes? “Or a guy who tries to eat a 17-tier wedding cake? I could have done that guy, and I wouldn’t have had to train!” Frost laughs. “Secretly, you know, I’ve always wanted to do a really big dance film. The films that I’ve done before are often very genre-based. I do love them and I’m very proud of them, but after those they enabled me to be able to say to the right people, ‘Hey, why don’t I do a movie where I just dance a lot?’, and be taken seriously. It was always a bit of a dirty little secret, a thing that I held onto and never told anyone, but I also knew that if I told someone that I might end up having to do it!” Although Frost is a ‘plus-sized’ gentleman,
a characteristic that he has capitalisd on in the past with his characters for comedic purposes, he doesn’t think that his weight impacted his ability to dance. “If you like it and you want to do it then that’s the main thing. Certainly in Salsa it just doesn’t matter what you look like, as long as you enjoy it. That also had something to do with my attempts to rebel against perceived, media-driven, aesthetic parameters, you know, this notion that you need to have
“Secretly, you know, I’ve always wanted to do a really big dance film.” rock-hard abs and ice-white teeth to be at all attractive. That’s just not the case, as if you’re passionate about something – whether it’s Salsa dancing or chair design or food or motorcycles – then that makes you pretty attractive!” Frost’s character, Bruce Garrett, is also the film’s hero, the ‘straight man’ and a romantic figure – and surely it’s his first time as all three? “Yeah, it’s a love story. What we had to be careful of with this story was Bruce’s motivations: was he on this whole journey for
him or for her? So is it, like, because he loves her – or because he wants to move on from what happened to him 25 years before?” The ‘her’ is, of course, Frost’s co-star, Rashida Jones (the daughter of Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton, for you trivia buffs out there), as Julia. Casting the American actress is an interesting casting choice and it works well. “Speaking as a producer now, I’d have to say that Rashida is very big in America, which I’m perhaps not [laughs]… And I think that the casting works in the movie as Rashida and I really just get on well in real life, and we did from the first time that we met. When I first met her it was like I’d known her for years… She and I made this movie and had this whole experience. I do think that, after it all, we’re going to be friends forever.” The rest of the cast are cool too: there’s Olivia Colman, Rory Kinnear, Chris O’Dowd (playing a real creep for a nice change) and Ian McShane, who was the obvious choice to play feared Salsa teacher Ron Parfait. “I met Ian on Snow White And The Huntsman, and he’s a really good bloke and a great actor. As soon as we knew that there was going to be this character then it just made sense that it would be him! We went to him quite early and we pitched the idea. I said, ‘Ron Parfait’s a Salsa demon!’ and he just went for it immediately!” Finally, Frost mentions a few projects that he has coming up. “I shot a sitcom for Sky called Mr Sloane with Olivia Colman again, so that’s out in May [in the UK]. I helped produce that one and I’m really proud of it… I just finished a film with Vince Vaughn [Business Or Pleasure], and I’ve also just finished writing a few films now. A lot’s going on and it’s very exciting.” Is he writing or working with his old mate Simon Pegg? “Yeah, there are a few things. He’s getting
Corneh’oh! So what films make up the ‘Cornetto Trilogy’? As in the three pics starring Nick Frost alongside Simon Pegg and under the direction of Edgar Wright? Shaun Of The Dead (2004): Pegg and Frost versus zombies. A movie that originally died at the box-office but is now considered one of the great modern English comedies. Hot Fuzz (2007): Pegg and Frost as cops in a small town where strange and gory things happen. An even more ambitious effort than Shaun. The World’s End (2013): Pegg and Frost in the darkly science fictional finale that alienated some fans, who would have preferred something lighter to end it all – as if, somehow, Shaun and Fuzz are ‘light’ films.
ready to do the next Mission: Impossible, and some other stuff, so after that, when they’re all put away, we’ll take our time on something, an idea that we had. If that means that we don’t make a movie together for five or six years then, well, so be it.” And will he be involved in the ‘Cornetto Trilogy’ director Edgar Wright’s newie AntMan? “No, I’ve got nothing at all to do with AntMan. I’d only spoil it!”
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Film // Wadjda (PG) AAAA Haifaa Al-Mansour’s debut film’s the first made by a female Saudi director and the first featurelength film shot in Saudi Arabia. Those facts might suggest a heavy, soapboxing experience, but this is, in fact, wonderfully subtle, sweetly funny and deeply sad. Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) is a smart girl on the cusp of adolescence who lives in a suburb of Riyadh with her mother (Reem Abdullah) and father (Sultan Al Assaf ). She rides a bike, clashes with teachers, wears sneakers with purple laces and listens to American pop. When she realises she needs a new bike (AlMansour’s symbol of freedom and liberation), she decides that the way to earn cash is via a Koran recitation
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competition, which puts her at odds with strict Ms Hussa (Ahd) and distracts her from the seemingly inevitable splitting of her parents. The basic plot here (young ‘un hits upon a get-rich-quick scheme to buy a new go-kart/car/guitar/ computer/whatever) isn’t new, and yet presented in this context, it’s certainly startling and, although Al-Mansour doesn’t favour the word, daring. The direction is so quiet and restrained that nothing feels like easy grandstanding and we’re invited to understand and feel for these people living day-to-day in this culture. Also, Mohammed offers one of the best child performances in years, playing Wadjda as a plucky but unhappy kid who’d rather have that bike than go to Paradise.
Festivals & Screenings
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The Monuments Men (M)
Ride Along (M)
Need For Speed (M)
Many seem far less enchanted with George Clooney's directing efforts than when he is a mere actor, but that’s surely because he’s too damn famous, and critics are a jealous and cynical lot. Drawn from fact (and penned by Clooney and Grant Heslov from Robert M Edsel and Bret Witter’s book), this has Clooney’s historian Frank Stokes suggesting that a bunch of 'Monuments Men' be sent behind enemy lines towards the end of World War II to save works of art destined for either the planned ‘Führer Museum’ or the flames. He gathers six curators and experts mostly unsuited for battle including Stokes’ pal James Granger (Matt Damon), Richard Campbell (Bill Murray), Walter Garfield ( John Goodman), Preston Savitz (Bob Balaban), Englishman Donald Jeffries (Hugh Bonneville) and cool French sort Jean Claude Clermont ( Jean Dujardin). As the Nazis flee, the group (with help from Cate Blanchett as a French Resistance member based on several people) locates thousands of stolen art treasures while blundering into danger – and the fight gets as personal as expected. A sort of The Arty HalfDozen (Or So), this is sloppy, sentimental and even silly, paling beside Clooney’s Good Night, And Good Luck and Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind. While the cast and unlikely plotline make for cheesy entertainment, it ain’t quite art, sir!
Kevin Hart – big in the US but underappreciated here – stars in this dopey laffer, and does a shrieky impression of Chris Tucker (of the Rush Hour movies) before Chris Tucker got too old (or too bored) to properly do Chris Tucker. A cowardly security guard who’s somehow weaselled his way into a hot relationship with cool Angela (Tika Sumpter), Hart’s Ben decides he wants to marry the girl and seeks the blessing of her hard-ass cop brother James (Ice Cube, pretty funny despite it all). James is horrified when Ben, who he can’t stand, also thinks he might join the force himself and deliberately puts him through the most frightening and demeaning situations possible over a 24 hour patrol in Atlanta. Yet after all the confrontations with bikers, crazies and so on, eventually it looks like Ben might actually be helping James somehow get close to the shadowy baddie he’s been obsessively chasing for ages. If only Ben can stop screeching. Hinging upon yet another preposterous plot, and blandly directed by Tim Story (of the last two Fantastic Fours), this is a let’smake-him-A-List vehicle for Hart. However, what little there is to steal is stolen from him by Cube, who at times looks like he’s thinking of strangling his co-star for real. And no jury would ever muthafucken’ convict him!
After a high-speed race results in the death of his friend, small town racer/gifted mechanic Tobey (Aaron Paul) goes to prison, while the man responsible, the super rich Dino (Dominic Cooper), walks free. Two years on, Tobey is released and gunning for revenge. The answer to his retribution and absolution lies in a top secret, high-stakes street race, but first he has to score an invitation, drive across the country, and evade the bounty placed on his head by his biggest rival, Dino. Recognising that car films and video game films have both been done to death, the NFS crew have found a way to add some fresh action and fiery stunts, while still sticking to the concepts that made the game popular, with subtle nods to the race format and loyalty to the visuals, and, of course, the cars. It’s a clichéd and OTT popcorn flick, but in the most fun, and funniest, of ways, with top-notch stunts and effects and a solid cast (we should all be grateful for Michael Keaton) making this the best video game adaptation we’ve had in years. The Need For Speed game had a series of sequels, so it’s likely that a series of films is also planned. With the Fast & Furious franchise tragically winding up, a gap may be opening in the car movie market at the perfect time.
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2001: A Space Odyssey Capri Cinema The stars of 2001, Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood, will be at the Capri for a signing, Q+A and screening on Sat Mar 29. Details: capri.org.au. Alliance Française French Film Festival 2014 Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas At the Palace Nova from Thu Mar 20 until Tue Apr 8. Details: affrenchfilmfestival.org and palacecinemas.com.au. Flickerfest 2014 Mercury Cinema This 23rd international short film festival happens at the Merc on Sat Mar 29. Details: mercurycinema.org.au
Opening But Unrated Cuban Fury (M): James Griffiths’ comedy. Stars Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, Chris O’Dowd and Ian McShane. Hannah Arendt (M): Margarethe von Trotta’s insightful WWII drama. Stars Barbara Sukowa and Janet McTeer. I, Frankenstein (M): Stuart Beattie’s fantasy pic starring Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy and Yvonne Strahovski. The Missing Picture (L’Image Manquante) (M): Rithy Panh’s Khmer Rouge doco. Pompeii (M): Director Paul WS Anderson’s pseudo-historical epic. Stars Emily Browning, Carrie-Anne Moss and Kiefer Sutherland.
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The Rolling Stones @ Rundle Place The Rolling Stones’ imminent arrival this week has sent all of Adelaide into Stones frenzy – including its retail industry. Rundle Place, which will celebrate its first birthday this Wed Mar 26 is also hosting a photography exhibition of the band that was shown in London’s Somerset House to support the launch of the book, The Rolling Stones 50, commemorating the band’s 50th year together, before travelling to New York and Paris – and now – Adelaide. The exhibition houses over 70 photographs over the band, many of which have been previously unseen. Rundle Place will be the only venue during The Rolling Stones’ tour to house the exhibition. The Rolling Stones 50 Years Exhibition will continue at Rundle Place until Sun Mar 30. Entry is free. At Rip It Up we know all too well the headache that can be caused by the havoc and chaos of band merchandise lines at the concert. Given the 70,000 expected crowd for the concert on Sat Mar 22, it might be best to get in early. Rundle Place are hosting an exclusive Rolling Stones merchandise stall. Based on the ground floor, the outlet will host merchandise from their entire career – including those famous lips – as well as merchandise tailored to the current 14 On Fire tour.
Neon Vintage Homewares Neon Vintage has released its new collection, inspired by tribal textiles and African safaris. Australian Creative Director Kristen Millbank collaborated with international artists Ashley Goldberg, Jennifer Sanchez and Sarah Bagshaw to create Love Zambezi. neonvintage.com
Kristen Millbank, Neon Vintage Creative Director Neon Vintage is all about... Creating products with substance, taking the consumer on a visual journey. My favourite homeware piece to construct is... My dream catcher bed heads... I love the textural feel of the rope.
I’d die if I saw a Neon Vintage piece in... My favourite label Mister Zimi’s home.... Oh that’s right it is! Three words to describe Neon Vintage... Bold, edgy, daring. My hot tip in homewares is... There are no rules in homewares, just go with your gut. Buy a Neon Vintage piece and... Know that it has been lovingly handmade.
Communication is important. There is a brief window of opportunity here, to put ideas forward and have some hope that they will be listened to. Ride on the wings of Mercury, before he drops into the silences of Pisces. Don’t let life lull you into submission. Be active in your cause.
Use those things that appear to be obstacles, as your foundations. There are certain things that aren’t going to be moving. Know what they are and don’t fight with them. See where the flow is and place your chips there. Listen to your longing. Listen to your intuition. Be alert.
Take this as a quiet time. There is no spotlight identifying your shape and form. There is no audience witnessing you, or deceiving you into thinking that what they imagine, is who you are. You are free – in a very quiet, unbothered way. Know where you are. Adjust accordingly.
The moon begins her week in Virgo. She lifts your spirits. As she hits fullness, she has you bursting at the seams with the empathy, understanding and acceptance that has been eluding you. Once we listen to and understand a person’s story, their behaviour makes perfect sense.
Ian Strange, Landed, 2014, North Tce
Life is being quirky. It’s not behaving according to expectations. Nevertheless it is providing countless strange but beneficial blessings. Venus is in Aquarius, stirring up unorthodox winds. Though you crave solid foundations, they might be put into place in unexpected ways.
The mind is up to a thousand tricks. It is sending you all sorts of thought patterns seemingly designed to throw you wildly off track. Don’t be thrown off track. Your sense of direction is spot on and you have plenty of support from existence – probably in the form of good friends.
Keep it light. All that is being thrown at you is much more simple than it looks at first glance. If things get difficult, it will be because you have somehow made them difficult. The capacity to perceive directly without filters, is one of your strengths. Make use of it. Guide yourself properly.
The easy path involves acknowledging where your limits are and addressing them. You really don’t have to climb up a bare cliff face with bare hands, feeling lonesome and heroic. You aren’t alone – and taking the hard path is not heroism. Lay down your arms and open your heart.
Venus is charging you up with Eros and adventure. This can be a particularly sublime combination, if you are interested and open to it. Essentially the week, maybe the month, is to be dedicated to a meditation on delight. Don’t be clumsy. Be subtle. Find it in the little things.
You have the power of the sun in your sign. The sun is pumping out energy and light from the very heart of your quarter of the sky. The sun ignites the heart. As your passions rise, rise with them. Don’t dampen them. This is no moment to be a cold-blooded fish. Be hot-blooded.
Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Dark Heart
Rosemary Laing, A Dozen Useless Actions For Grieving Blondes #9, 2009, type C photograph
Though you would like to relate, you haven’t quite got your eye in. Trying to understand feelings using thoughts, always invokes a fraught dialogue. It is you who is going to have to shift on your axis here. Come down into your heart, or your belly – or better still, your feet – and listen.
By now you’ll have seen bits of the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art around the traps – Ian Strange’s Wizard Of Oz house that crashlanded in front of the Art Gallery, whisperings of a spooky DEPARTURE event, the Skywhale docking for a day. This, the 13th iteration of the biennial, is a celebration of Australia’s contemporary art scene. In 2014, the theme is Dark Heart. Curator (and Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia) Nick Mitzevich says, “I am after an inherently emotional and immersive exhibition, one that explores the underbelly of contemporary culture.” Established in 1990, the biennial is the longest running survey of contemporary art in Australia. This year, there are 25 contemporary Australian artists exhibiting their works in photography, painting, sculpture, installation and moving image. The works revolve around ideas of intercultural relationships, the environment, gender and political power – all dabbling in the darker side of our cultural landscape. Dark Heart will run at the Art Gallery Of South Australia until Sun May 11.
Tony Garifalakis, Untitled 13 from the series Mob Rule, 2013, 85 enamel on offset print
Though everything seems upside down, life unfolds swimmingly. This just goes to show that existence is more creative than even our most inverted expectations. In going gently, doors open and kindness comes flooding your way. Treat each circumstance with eyes of wonder.
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Trent Parke, no. 001, Candid Portrait Of Two Men On A Street Corner, Adelaide, Street Portrait Series, The Camera is God, 2013, pigment print
DEPATURE: Dark Heart One of the events of the Dark Heart program is Departure – an exploration into the superstitious and bizarre. Taking inspiration from the biennial’s (un?)lucky 13th year, DEPARTURE asks, “Ready to get a little freaky?” Magician Tony Roberts will be performing tricks and acts of escapology; there will be fire twirlers; you can make a talisman in The Studio and go in the draw to win some cash! The BankSA Lounge will host a Dark Heart discussion between Art Gallery Director and Biennial Curator Nick Mitzevich and artist Trent Parke. WHAT: DEPARTURE: Dark Heart WHERE: Art Gallery Of South Australia WHEN: Fri Mar 21 INFO & TICKETS: artgallery.sa.gov.au/ agsa/home/Events/departure.html
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Pick Of The Program One of Adelaide’s most delicious annual events is making its way along the bacon-trail, landing in our fine city (and in our laneways, in our vineyards and on our shores) from the Fri Apr 4. Our food writer Paul Wood will give you his pick of the Adelaide Food & Wine Festival, right after he’s finished putting on his eating-pants.
#EASTENDWINEDOWN What started as a social-media-related gathering of wine-types a few years ago has turned into a tasty laneway event, and this year they’ll be filling your glasses and packing your plate with more of the good stuff on Sun Apr 6. Wineries from around the state will come together in one delicious blend-to-end-all blends in the East End. And of course the only thing I enjoy more than rhyming is wine-ing. Georgie Rogers from El Choto will be cooking up giant paella (which will be marvellous, no matter how you pronounce it) and East End Cellars’ new tasting room will be open and serving charcuterie and cheese platters. Resident wine-o Pablo Theodoros will be hosting master classes on the day, so make sure to upgrade your ticket to VIP if you are serious about vino and want to learn from one of Adelaide’s most learned wine-types.
PIRSA Regional Celebrations Those of you who fancy a little wine-related adventure should get a group together and head south to the vineyards of McLaren Vale on Sun Apr 13. Ribs And Reds at Angove Family Winemakers looks lip-smackingly scrumptious; they’ve recruited The Elbow Room chef Nigel Rich to spend the day dishing up delicious Argentinian-style ribs, matched with Angove’s own estate Shiraz and Grenache. The boozy lovers will all be over at the Salopian Inn Kissing Gin (as you do) with KI Spirits and Chef Karena Armstong. Since changing hands (and beverage of choice) last year, this institution has moved into a new era of beverage appreciation, combining the best of locally sourced produce with the finest of gins from around the world, including those from our very own Kangaroo Island. And from our national emblem to something a little more domesticated, but perhaps even more delicious, the annual Porchetta Party is back at Olivers Taranga winery. Marino Meats has selected the pick of their pork products and local chef Todd Steele will be dishing it up with the best drops from the cellar door. I did beat winemaker Corrina Wright in an eggand-spoon race once, but doubt that I could ever beat her wine.
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Think. Talk. Food>Wine The question is Collaboration VS Competition and the guest speakers will be quite attractive; including wine-guy Mike Bennie, Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood, Bistro Dom Chef Duncan Welmegoed, YELP Community Manager Chloe Reschke McGuire and Food Writer Paul Wood… What? I see nothing wrong with shameless promotion, especially in support of our delicious food and wine industry. We’ll be talking real issues and want an audience full of real people with real ideas. This event is aimed at foodies, wine-lovers, tourism types, food entrepreneurs or start ups, wine producers and food researchers, or anyone with a love for SA food and wine. Which is everyone, right? So we’ll see you there.
Town Picnic Remember the good old days when frying eggs on slippery-dips or belly-flopping into pizzas was perfectly acceptable behaviour? Well, for one day only we will be able to revisit our youth at the Town Picnic. The event on Sat Apr 12 is sure to invoke some nostalgia and get you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside; complete with apple-bobbing, cake stalls, drinks and pre-packed picnic hampers to save you time that will be better spent practising the dances to some Peter Combe classics. This pet-friendly day out in Rymill Park is the festival’s biggest adventure and, yes, of course Peter will be there live on stage singing songs that you’ll forget you remember. Bring your ‘Newspaper-Mamas’ and ‘Phone-Call-Daddies’ for a walk along ‘Jellybean Road’ and a delicious family day out. See what I did there?
Vinteloper Urban Winery Project 2014 For the last few weeks, something very exciting has been taking place in the Adelaide Central Market – the Urban Winery Project 2014. A micro-winery and cellar door, the project brings Adelaide Hills winemaker David Bowley (Vinteloper, Reverse BYO) out of his shed and into the city, bringing the wine to you. Back after a successful 2013 season, the month of events celebrating winemaking and inviting you backstage in the process, is underway at Stall 61. On offer are Wine Making Masterclasses for $20 every Sat at 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm. The Masterclasses teach you a bit about the wines being made and invite participation in the process, plus tastings. Last year’s efforts resulted in a blend (2013 VUMP Red #1) that is on sale through vinteloper.com.au for $25/bottle. Vinterloper Urban Winery Project runs until Sat Mar 29 during all Adelaide Central Market opening hours. If you’re interested, jump online to ripitup.com.au to see a video of last year’s production. RipITUPMAGAZINE//ripitup.com.au
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CD Of The Week
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There comes a time in every band’s existence when the well-trodden path starts leading nowhere. This is the time to shake things up, and it has come for The Kooks. Down is a stunning departure from their hollow indie fare of the past, full of a soulful energy not seen before in the English wallflowers’ back catalogue. That mostly has to do with the fact that it was co-produced by up-and-coming hip hop producer Inflo, but the results speak for themselves. With nods to gospel and Blue Boy’s Remember Me, Down has injected some muchneeded edge into these whitest boys alive.
Drunk Mums Plastic (Independent)
You’ve probably already heard a thousand new Australian bands digging up the mythologised pub rock nostalgia of times gone by, so it’s refreshing to see one head in a slightly different direction. Plastic sounds less involved with the sentimental blokery of The Angels or Cold Chisel, and more to do with anarchy in the UK. The chorus crashes with an instantly recognisable three-chord movement, while singer Dean Whitby rallies his troops with the full anthemic roar of Joe Strummer.
Eels Mistakes Of My Youth
Black Lips Underneath The Rainbow (Vice/Warner)
AAAA It’s somewhat appropriate that Black Lips have referenced the international gay symbol – the rainbow – in the title of their new album, given their reputation for onstage homoerotica. It’s doubly apt given that Underneath The Rainbow is probably the Atlanta band’s most colourful and vibrant album to date.
Having long since plumbed the depths of swampy blues and punk rock, at times Black Lips had a propensity to, ironically, get bogged down. Underneath The Rainbow avoids such tendencies, keeping the mood light, which makes for a nice contrast to the dark subject matter. Smiling, for instance, chronicles frontman Jared Swilley’s stint in prison last year, but ends up more like The Yardbirds soundtracking a keystone cops sketch. ‘60s pop allusions then continue to permeate the album, such as on the 19th Nervous Breakdown-indebted DriveBy Buddy and The Seeds-ish Waiting. Yet Underneath The Rainbow sounds irrepressibly current. There are just enough modern elements to the songs to place them firmly in 2014: producer and Black Key Patrick Carney makes his presence felt on Dandelion Dust, sounding one reverberation away from landing on the next El Camino, while the ritualistic revelry of Boys In The Wood resonates strongly in an age of True Detective outsider obsession. These outcasts have never sounded more relevant. Jimmy Byzantine
Voices breaks out with Nothing But Trouble: St Vincent’s grungy little sister – gritty scrapes with a faux-horn touch and a driving, manic beat. It’s a rad tune that the rest of the album dips below and up to as a benchmark, but it’s never really surpassed. This distinct track is a trick – it suggests that Phantogram have new surprises to share, but really, it’s a ruse. With a few notable exceptions – Fall In Love, Howling At The Moon, I Don’t Blame You – Voices is a little same-same both with their first album, Eyelid Movies, and the Voices tracks themselves. Grim and screechy, plus wispy vocals and panic-attack rhythms. The soapy Never Going Home ought to be put out of its misery. The weak, sickly chorus ‘If this is love/I’m never going home’ begs and whines and bores. Go home, man. Just go home. In a market that’s lousy with synthpop and dark lipstick, Phantogram have ghosted themselves into a corner. It’s been a slow and steady rise for the duo, and while they’re hardly sinking, they’re too depressed to demand the spotlight. However, if they’re not approached for the 2015 Laneway line-up, I’ll eat the sad poetry this album inspired. Mary Amos
The gruff drawl of Mark Oliver Everett has always sat uncomfortably on a fence between earnestness and comedy, but on Mistakes Of My Youth the voice behind Eels sounds infinitely honest and even a little desperate. ‘I can’t keep defeating myself/I can’t keep repeating mistakes of my youth’ he sings in a lilting melody that belies the angst buried within. Eels’ forthcoming album is said to be his most introspective to date, and this track is certainly suggestive of that.
Vancouver Sleep Clinic Flaws (Create/Control)
There’s a lot to like about Vancouver Sleep Clinic, at least from a marketing point of view. At 17, the Brisbane native is no Lorde, but he’s quickly earning his stripes in the wunderkind category, topping Hype Machine charts and supporting London Grammar on national tours. Flaws follows in the vein of previous single Collapse, blending his ethereal falsettos with a gentle, electronicallytinged arrangement. Put mildly, it’s an archetype of a formula that works very well in 2014. Put hyperbolically, it’s like Bon Iver jamming with James Blake.
Neil Finn Live Review
Thebarton Theatre, Sat Mar 15 (Photos by Jennifer Sando) (Review by Rob Lyon)
AAAAA Even though Adelaide has been spoilt over the past month, Neil Finn at Thebarton Theatre still reached Dizzy Heights. Impressions opened proceedings to Neil Finn, which was interesting given its laid back feel on the album, but it was given a lot more oomph live. The band, which included his wife and bassist Sharon Finn, were in top form and featured Neil alternating between grand piano and guitar. Strangest Friends followed and you could tell a lot of people didn’t even know he had a new album out, but when the Split Enz classic One Step Ahead was dusted off, the crowd found their voices. Finn remarked, “Back in the ol’The-Barton Theatre”, with a twist of Mick Jagger swagger, adding that, “Split Enz were the first band to play the Thebbie after out-growing the Arkabar, girding the loins of a venue that was once condemned.” The Neil Finn hit machine spat out one after the other, including Crowded House tune Distant Sun, Pajama Club’s From A Friend To A Friend and an extended version of Recluse and Better Than TV. Finn thanked the crowd, acknowledging that there wasn’t the nudity of the Fringe but to “give it time”
Reviews // Quick Ones
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Calling All Cars
Raise The People
The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas
Kerri Simpson and her latest line-up present nine tracks of, dare I say it, underproduced band-based blues. Carefree and relaxed as it is, there is a certain charm to the improvised lyrics and occasional midsong background chatter, but the vibe is not enhanced by the ‘no studio tricks’ approach. The lead guitar is raw and raunchy, but also scratchy and crass, and the lyrics sometimes devolve into trite blues statements like, ‘Outta mind, outta sight/ That’s OK, that’s alright’ on Outta Sight Outta Mind. There are some busty riffs, as on the aforementioned track, which also features an extended piano jam, and truly groovy moments like the shuffly second track Sam Pine. Kerri oozes spirit onto a bed of sweet, sugary trumpet, celestial piano and light guitar in gentler Come On Babe. You can easily imagine tucking a much-loved child into bed to the sound of it. The album starts off thwompy and mellows as it progresses, with an old school electric blues feel throughout. Kerri’s Jessica Simpson from Dukes Of Hazard-meets-Ella Fitzgerald vocals combine with an array of saxophones to maintain a generally interesting sound throughout that only at times steers into Achy Breaky Heart territory. Mat Drogemuller
2014 is going to be a massive year for Calling All Cars as they continue their rise. Literally going underground to start preparations for Raise The People and spending a good chunk of 2013 writing for their third album will paid dividends. Their focus won’t be on Australia for much longer as the doors fly open overseas for these guys. They have carved out their own niche, combining a killer rhythm section that will get people moving with wellconstructed melodies that won’t be easily forgotten. The influence of producers Steve Schram and Tom Larkin can’t be understated either, adding a little extra spit polish. Standing In The Ocean is the standout single, brimful of energy and rhythm, showing the band right on top of their game. There are plenty of other great moments tucked away on here that will no doubt silence a few people: the likes of Black And White and Werewolves leap out of the speakers. Good God and Running On The Sun are also killer tunes on a really good album. Rob Lyon
The Remote Control re-issue of A Sea Of Split Peas marks the third time these songs have been released (once on the original EP releases, and again last year as the bundled double EP), which is surprising for two reasons: one, that people still need introducing to the whimsical world of Courtney Barnett; and two, that it took this long for her to be snapped up by a bigger label. If you’re one of the unacquainted, my words here cannot convert you – only Courtney’s can. Put simply, the songs here earmark Barnett as potentially one of the most important Australian songwriters of the coming decade. Jimmy Byzantine
AAAA King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard rule! I like their attitude of giving the two-fingered salute to any notion of being dictated to about what they should sound like or what period of time they should be bound by. Being different and doing it differently is what the band fully capitalise on. Four albums in 18 months is epic and the band hasn’t showed any signs of dropping the ball either. Interestingly titled, Oddments is an assortment of bedroom garage jams recorded in the garage of Stu McKenzie’s parents’ place. Put on your psychedelic/ garage rock glasses and feast on what’s about to unfold. Alluda Majaka with its awesome organs is the first taste before taking the listener on a journey. Vegemite will bring a smile to anyone’s face. Stressin’ is ‘60s psych-pop all the way and the vocal falsetto is tops. Pick of the crop for me are Sleepwalker and Hot Wax on an album that offers a lot. Who says there’s something wrong with being a bit left-of-centre? Rob Lyon
– appreciating that with all the choices in Adelaide they picked Neil Finn. It isn’t until the career of Neil Finn is laid out live that you can see how many great songs are in his armoury and, better still, have endured the test of time. Sinner and Fall At Your Feet were simply divine, with White Lies And Alibis providing a subtle contrast. The highlight of the evening was the segment that Finn spent solo at the piano. The emotion of Message To My Girl was stunning, as was Don’t Dream It’s Over, with Finn commenting that he “remembers most of the words, most the time”. The Last Day Of June – a Finn Brothers classic – was stellar, before the band rejoined him on new tunes Flying In The Face Of Love and Pony Ride. Locked Out and She Will Have Her Way ended the main set, with the crowd clearly wanting more. The first of two encores was a ripper, opening with the Split Enz monster hit History Never Repeats, which got people up and out of their seats, continuing with Dizzy Heights after a segue featuring David Bowie’s Moonage Daydream. I Got You could have been the perfect song to finish the night but there were still more tricks up his sleeve, returning for the second encore with Weather With You and Crowded House gem Love This Life, which he played solo. While all good things must come to an end, there was still time for one last chance for a sing-along with Finn playing Better Be Home Soon solo, before sending everyone on their way home.
Slumberhaze Rhyme, Rhythm & Romance (Part 2) EP (Independent)
AA It comes as no surprise that Sydney band Slumberhaze have described Wild Beasts’ latest album as “cool shit” on their Facebook page – there’s more than a little bit of imitation going on in the vocal delivery here. Unfortunately that’s where the similarities between the two bands end. Where Wild Beasts drift off into refined philosophical sojourns, Slumberhaze turn sharply into a mess of instrumentation and an abundance of style. Being unfamiliar with Part 1 of Rhyme, Rhythm & Romance, it’s hard to identify where the rap interludes of Cool Don’t Stop, electro flourishes of Dancing With The Hollows and psychedelic wanderings of I Lose Control fit into the equation, but it doesn’t add up. Jimmy Byzantine RipITUPMAGAZINE//ripitup.com.au
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A Case Of You
Stories We Tell
Roadshow / M / 89 Mins
Hopscotch / MA / 111 Mins
Madman / M 108 Mins
Justin Long co-wrote and co-produced this aww-inducing romantic comedy with his brother Christian, got his pal Kat Coiro to direct and some high-profile colleagues in for cameos. The result’s a lightweight but likeable piece with lots of goofiness. Sam ( JL) is a writer of crappy movie-tie-ins who fancies penning something serious, and while soul-searching in a NY cafe he falls for barista Birdie (Evan Rachel Wood), which is hardly surprising. When his bestie Eliot (Keir O’Donnell) suggests that he find her on Facebook and get into her listed hobbies and passions, Sam does just that, and soon he’s pretending to read Darwin’s The Origin Of Species, being pulverised in judo class, becoming a basic guitar player and more, as Birdie’s amazed at how compatible they are. Sam Rockwell turns up as Sam’s guitar teacher; Brendan Fraser’s funny as Birdie’s ex; Vince Vaughn’s very Vince Vaughn-like as Sam’s agent; and Peter Dinklage is Birdie’s bitchy co-worker who pretends he’s French, just to be difficult.
A hugely vain Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger again try to prove they’re young and cool in this preposterous actioner from SwedishAmerican director Mikael Håfström (of the equally lame-brained The Rite). Ray Breslin (Sly) is the world’s leading authority on prisons, and he regularly helps design their security systems, gets anonymously incarcerated in them and then, of course, breaks out to expose their weaknesses (and if that sounds improbable then that’s because it is). When he’s kidnapped and winds up in ‘The Tomb’, a sci-fi-tinged warehouse full of overacting crims, he runs afoul of crazy warden Hobbes ( Jim Caviezel, overthe-top and still trying hard to convince us he isn’t Jesus) and must team up with Emil Rottmayer (Arnie) to survive and then get the hell out. The first-ever proper onscreen pairing of Stallone and Schwarzenegger, although they’re now too old and embarrassing for anyone to care much, this is enjoyably ridiculous for a while, but then descends into extreme stupidity, leaving you itching to lock the whole damn lot of ‘em up.
Sarah Polley follows her Away From Her and Take This Waltz with this personal doco, a study of the stories families tell each other and the stories we tell ourselves. She’s seen encouraging her dad Michael to read his own narration in a studio, before launching into what is ostensibly a memoir of Sarah’s mother Diane, who died in 1990 after a life spent acting, bringing up children and trying for more spiritual fulfillment than that offered by Michael, who was happy to be solitary. Seen in striking footage, Diane is discussed by Sarah’s older siblings Susy, Joanna, John and Mark, but they seem as surprised as we are when this becomes something else entirely, and questions are asked: should these facts be made public? What are the ramifications? And, as Sarah suggests, can we ever truly know the ‘truth’ about anyone? Hard to discuss, but suffice to say that this pulls the rug out from under the viewer several times in its exploration of secrets, lies, family, memory – and the very nature of documentary filmmaking itself.
Hopscotch / R / 105 Mins
The Rocky Horror Show
Jim Mickle (of low-budget genre efforts like Mulberry Street and Stake Land) here remakes Mexican Jorge Michel Grau’s We Are What We Are (Somos Lo Que Hay) so that horror fans don’t have to read subtitles. In the build-up to a torrential storm we meet the Parkers, a reclusive backwoods family that follows the ancient custom of ‘Lamb’s Day’, and aren’t going to let mass evacuation or the death of Mommy Emma (Kassie Wesley DePaiva) stop them. Mickle and Co’s script oddly attempts to keep the Parkers’ secret hidden until the late-on big reveal, with grim overacting from patriarch Frank (Bill Sage), lots of hamming and screaming from the blonde daughters ( Julia Garner and Ambyr Childers) and endlessly plodding and padding to try and hide what we damn well know. Grotesquely violent and crammed with grisly ugliness, this is also awfully pretentious and tedious that by the time the last supper’s served you’ll be dying for someone – anyone – to get munched.
The Rocky Horror Show opens in Adelaide this week as part of its 40th anniversary with the news that the show’s creator, Richard O’Brien (pictured right with Craig McLachlan as Frank N Furter), will serve as the narrator. O’Brien, who has had roles in the show overseas, has never done so in this country.
Ben Watt / Bloomsbury Circus / 351pp
DJ and one half of Everything But The Girl, Watt here tells his parents’ love story in reverse, beginning with them as elderly, fearful and ill and flashing back to their rich and oh-so-complicated lives before. His actor-turned-journo mum Romany and theatrical decorator dad Tom met when both were already married (and each had kids, including her triplets), and when they got together, it created a huge extended family, many of whom are strangely absent when age catches up with the pair and Watt is often forced to be their carer. Unlike Alan Bennett’s fondly sad studies of his own getting-on parents, this dares to paint the oldies as difficult and resentful, as they surely were – and we will all be too if we reach that age.
Romany And Tom
We Are What We Are
“Richard had seen the show when it opened in Brisbane last year,” Craig McLachan says, “and he was really impressed as he felt it was very true to his original idea. There have been other Rocky Horrors over the years, but Richard felt this particular production was very organic and very much in the spirit of how he conceived it.” McLachlan, who remembers listening to the soundtrack album as a 10-year old but not quite understanding what it was all about, says audiences still like to embrace the show’s outrageous themes by cross-dressing. “It’s a bit like when people go to a KISS concert because the die-hards do like to get frocked-up and come along and really get into the show,” he says. “And they know every word of dialogue. “Because it’s now 40-years-old, you get people who saw it all those years ago now coming along with their kids.” McLachlan adds. “And the kids love it.”
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Erika Heynatz, a former host of Australia’s Top Model, is revelling in putting on a maid’s uniform each night and playing the role of Magenta. “A lot of people seem to like coming along dressed up as Magenta,” she laughs. “But I also think that Frank N Furter gave people who were confused about their sexuality when growing up, some sense of belonging. They really resonated with the character. “The older people who get dressed-up and come along are often reliving the younger version of themselves,” Heynatz adds. “They can now really celebrate that and get their freak on again.” “We meet people after the show who
thanks us and say they often felt like an outsider at school or at uni but The Rocky Horror Show said it was quite okay to feel like that and to be an individual.” “I love the notion that people could come from a transsexual planet where there are no rules or limitations about what you can do,” Heynatz adds in conclusion. “The Rocky Horror Show is saying there are no boundaries about what you want to be.” WHAT: The Rocky Horror Show WHERE: Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre WHEN: Thu Mar 20 – Sun Apr 13
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Local film Welcome To Iron Knob is being screened as part of Flickerfest at the Mercury Cinema on Sat Mar 29. Rip It Up had a chat with director Dave Wade.
Welcome To Iron Knob is a caricature of small town life, what made you want to set the film in the country? I’m from the country – Whyalla. Born, raised, and still living here. So it’s a topic and style I am pretty familiar with. I find the people from the country react very differently to people from the city. There seems to be a massive gap between priorities and concerns. City people tend to get quite worked up about politics, the environment and social acceptance. Whereas country people are more concerned about what they’re having for lunch and the ridiculous price of razors these days. There is such a beautiful simplicity to country people. How would you describe the S.A. film industry? It’s super exciting. The SA industry is churning out some
awesome feature films at the moment and for the last couple of years. Films like 52 Tuesdays (directed by Sophie Hyde) and Infinite Man (directed by Hugh Sullivan) are having amazing success right now, and with people like Anthony Maras, Ashlee Page and Dario Russo doing some incredible work. I think the place couldn’t be stronger. The film showed at the Adelaide Film Festival and now at Flickerfest – what’s next for Welcome To Iron Knob? We’re throwing it out into the world of festivals. We have a couple of cool announcements coming up and hoping on a couple more. Fingers crossed! And if all else fails, I’ll donate it to science. And what will come next? I have a couple of features in the works at the moment. I think I have done just about all I can do in terms of the shorts (except win an actual award). So it’s time to put on my big boy pants and have a crack at the features.
Jimmy & The Mirrors The best buddies who bring us the Flower Party every year – Jimmy & The Mirrors – are celebrating the release of their latest single Toucan Blues this Fri Mar 21 at Arcade Lane. If you like your concerts casual, daggy and inspired by “dads in the ‘70s”, then don’t miss these guys.
Fleur Green & The Keepers Fleur Green & The Keepers are a sneaky lot – you won’t find much info on old mate ‘The Internet’, so you’ll just have to see them live. Luckily for you, Fleur and her dream team are playing at the Grace Emily this Fri Mar 21, with cruisy indie class-act Southie in support. Doors from 8pm.
Red Hot Bargain Scorcher Fest has taken some big steps to make life easier (and cheaper) for bands ahead of their next event on Sat Mar 29. They’ve ditched costs to bands for tickets, backlines, engineers, online profile hosting and festival infrastructure. Tix are also now two-for-one online (scorcherfest.com.au), so it’s working out a-okay for punters too! There are still a few spots open if bands want to hit the stage at Light Hotel. This is the 12th year of Scorcher Fest, and the line-up so far promises heavy-hitters like Luxembourg’s Angel At My Table and local favourites Dead End Friends and Bridget Dean. Adelaide alt-rock group Fell At 10 (pictured) will also be releasing their debut EP Bamboozled at the event. Catch them on the Scorcher stage at 7.40pm for an extended 50-minute set.
Love Cream First Taste (Independent)
First Taste will make you wish that this music was still played on the radio, instead of repetitive electronic-dance nonsense. Many, many moments of this 10-track collection will bring a cheeky grin to your face, mainly due to the undeniably clever subtlety of the lyrics. It is an album about lust and love, with more love than lust. Love Cream reek of Mötley Crüe and The Sweet, throwing in some ’90s hard rock (the term ‘grunge’ should never come into play). But all the while, they make everything their own. The semidisco/funk of Hot In The Dark displays an unexpected versatility that could have been reprised,
but hey, no real complaints. If any standout tracks had to be chosen, they would have to be B.D.L, Why Not Me and the ballad Sweet May. For an independent debut, the production is fantastic and this truly allows the band to shine. First Taste is cheeky, boyish fun that relies heavily on erotic innuendo, much like the conversation of a 15-yearold man-child. This album helps Love Cream to announce themselves and hopefully start a long, tongue-in-cheek career. Nick Grimm
With a new EP under their belt, Surviving Sharks are beaching themselves on stages more regularly than usual. They just want to play for you, so do the right thing and head to the Grace Emily on Sat Mar 22 for some fine new tunes and good time feelings. Supporting the Sharks are smooth ‘n’ silky alt-rockers Flash Fire. Don’t let the WA government know where you’re going.
Battlehounds Awooooo! That’s the cry of a battlehound. If you wish to get your ears around a more tuneful rendition of the howl, head to the Ed Castle this Fri Mar 21 for Battlehounds and friends. The Adelaide group have just recorded a single, so they’re hitting the stage to celebrate. In support are Brisbane lunatics Jakarta Criers and local wackos Cosmo Thundercat. Doors open at 9pm.