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NEVER STOP DEVELOPING Pushing the sonic envelope for the better part of a decade, Alesana’s latest concept album, A Place Where The Sun Is Silent, shows the North Carolina sextet in a new light, with pop, orchestral and acoustic elements. Australia stands to be one of the first countries in the world to hear that latest body of work live, with the Americans performing Wednesday 7 August, Amplifier, Perth; Friday 9, The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne; Saturday 10, Lilydale Showgrounds, Melbourne (all ages); Sunday 11, Factory Theatre, Sydney (licensed/ all ages); Wednesday 14, Billionaire, X&Y Bar, Brisbane, and Thursday 15, Studio 454, Brisbane (all ages).
THIS WEEK’S RELEASES EMPIRE OF THE SUN Ice On The Dune EMI
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THIS WILL MAKE YOU HAPPY Lovable Sydney troubadour Josh Pyke is getting to The Beginning And The End Of Everything with his fourth studio record, a full-length he calls “his most personal release to date”. Catch Pykey when he performs Saturday 17 August at The Corner, Melbourne; Thursday 22, The Small Ballroom, Newcastle; Friday 23, Enmore Theatre, Sydney (all ages); Saturday 24, UniBar, Wollongong; Thursday 29, Kings Beach Tavern, Caloundra; Friday 30, The SoundLounge, Gold Coast; Saturday 31, The Tivoli, Brisbane; Thursday 5 September, Prince of Wales, Bunbury; Friday 6, Fly By Night, Fremantle, and Saturday 7, The Astor, Perth, with up and comers Patrick James and Olympia supporting the songwriter on all dates. Head to The Guide on theMusic.com.au to pick up tickets to the event nearest you and let the stories of Josh Pyke soothe your soul. Proudly presented by Street Press Australia.
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APP IT UP CAT EFFECTS Size: 16.6MB What it does: It’s official – the catvolution is meowing its way around the world. This app lets you ‘kittify’ your images, allowing cat lovers to squeeze as many felines as they can into one picture. Why it’s essential: It’s hilarious and slightly adorable. Platform: IOS 4.0
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It’s a good day to be an Australian metal fan, for later this year you’ll be getting a rather serious double helping of the hard stuff, with American wild men Lamb Of God partnering up with Swedish djent masters Meshuggah to pound our country into the ground. Check out two of the best metal bands on the planet at the following dates: Friday 20 September, The Tivoli, Brisbane; Saturday 21, UNSW Roundhouse, Sydney (licensed/all ages); Sunday 22, Festival Hall, Melbourne (licensed/unlicensed); and Thursday 26, Metro City, Perth. Tickets go on sale this Friday, 14 June.
ADDED FLAVOUR Having just signed on the dotted line with ABC Music, Aussie troubadour Ben Salter is now setting his sights to the stage, announcing a national tour to celebrate the release of his new EP, European Vacation. Just like those American scamps The Griswolds back in the ‘80s, Salter made his way across the Culture Continent, although his time was better spent than Clark and his family, with the songwriter using his five months away to write, perform, collaborate and take as much from the entire experience as possible. Hear his trip come to life through music when he plays Friday 12 July, The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba; Thursday 18, Cafe Le Monde, Noosa; Friday 19, Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane; Sunday 21, Mojos Bar, Perth; Thursday 25, Worker’s Club, Melbourne; Friday 26, Petersham Bowls Club, Sydney; and Saturday 27, Front Gallery, Canberra.
EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN It’s been in the works for a little while now, but finally we’re ready to be treated to the swaggering rock sounds of Melbourne foursome Royston Vasie. All stomping riffs and on-point lyrics, the band have already supported some big names such as Ben Kweller, Manchester Orchestra and Afghan Whigs, but will be making the spotlight their own when they play their own headline shows up and down the east coast with support from Cabins. Catch them both when the bands kick off their tour Friday 5 July at Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, followed by Saturday 6, The Northern, Byron Bay; Friday 12 and Saturday 13, Brighton Up Bar, Sydney; and Saturday 20, Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne.
WHAT IS YOUR STAPLE MEAL WHEN ON TOUR? Falafels with liberal amounts of chilli. Hotel Wrecking City Traders touring nationally. Check The Guide for dates.
THIS SHOULD BE OUTLAWED It’s the first ever tour for roaring Atlanta party metallers Attila, so make sure you witness when they rip apart venues with Sydney’s very own hardcore heroes Hellions. Friday 9 August, Hot Damn! Road Trip, Wollongong; Saturday 10, Loudfest, Brisbane (all ages) and Thriller, X&Y Bar, Brisbane; Sunday 11, Factory Theatre, Sydney (licensed/all ages – with Alesana); Tuesday 13, The Basement, Canberra; Wednesday 14, The Karova Lounge, Ballarat; Thursday 15, Next, Melbourne; and Saturday 17, Mordialloc Metal Hardcore Fest, Allan McLean Hall (all ages). Tickets are on sale Wednesday 12 June.
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If you’ve seen Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, then you know all about the trials and tribulations of one David Liebe Hart, so get excited and get freaky because the ultimate puppet master is bringing his band to our shores for a run of dates. Old school punk jams with leftfield subject matter, Liebe wants you to strap on your hands-free headset and tightly attach your fanny pack for a night of ‘Salamae-zing’ brilliance. Check it out: Friday 4 October, Crowbar, Brisbane; Saturday 5, Hermann’s Bar, Sydney; Sunday 6, Yours & Owls, Wollongong; Friday 11, Northcote Social Club, Melbourne; Sunday 13, Amplifier, Perth.
Currently trucking around Europe with American posthardcore heartstarters Dance Gavin Dance, Melbourne’s Closure In Moscow are returning home next month to apply the final coat to their long-awaited second record, Pink Lemonade, and to keep the machine well oiled they’ll also be playing a limited run of capital city shows up and down the East Coast. Check the technical five-piece out when they play Thursday 4 July, Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane; Friday 5, GoodGod Small Club, Sydney; Saturday 6, Transit Bar, Canberra, and Saturday 13, The Toff In Town, Melbourne.
BOW DOWN TO THE SOUND Through hard work and a commitment to their craft, Canadians Obey The Brave have already made a legitimate dent on the global metalcore scene and now, after hitting more than 20 locations globally over the last two years, the band are finally ready to bring their punishing show Down Under. Tour dates as follows: Saturday 17 August, Bang, Melbourne; Sunday 18, Mordialloc Metal & Hardcore Fest, Allan McLean Hall, Melbourne (all ages); Tuesday 20, Pot Belly, Canberra; Wednesday 21, The Vault, Newcastle (all ages); Thursday 22, Hot Damn, Q Bar, Sydney; Friday 23, Studio Six, Sutherland (licensed/ all ages); Saturday 24, Thriller, X&Y Bar, Brisbane, and Sunday 25, Tall Poppies Studios, Brisbane (all ages). Tickets are on sale Thursday 13 June.
RAISE THE ROOF Swervedriver fans brace yourself. In a world first, the loud and proud Oxford quartet will be playing their landmark debut Raise in its entirety live on stage. Twenty-two years following the release of the record and these tracks don’t sound tired in the slightest, with their smooth mix of brash, angry guitars and swirling pop aesthetics continuing to influence rock bands around the globe. The band will hit a limited number of capital cities, playing Thursday 26 September, The Zoo, Brisbane; Friday 27, Metro Theatre, Sydney; Saturday 28, Corner Hotel, Melbourne; and Thursday 3 October, Rosemount, Perth.
LIGHT IS A PLACE It’s hard to believe that Floridian rockers Anberlin have only been around for ten years, such is the volume of their output, consisting of six albums during that stretch. However, the band are not letting the occasion pass without some celebrating, and are excited to announce they’ll be returning Down Under with some brand new tracks and a couple of OS supports in the way of The Maine and William Beckett. Get ready to sing your little heart out when the guys perform at the following dates: Wednesday 4 September, The Hi-Fi, Brisbane; Thursday 5, Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast; Friday 6, Panthers, Newcastle (licensed/all ages); Saturday 7, The Hi-Fi, Sydney (licensed/all ages); Sunday 8, The Palace, Melbourne; Wednesday 11, Metro, Fremantle. Pick up your tickets from Friday 14 June.
THE MAN WITH A THOUSAND STORIES Few songwriters are as revered in this country as the inimitable Paul Kelly. The 58-year-old has written some of Australia’s most iconic tunes and last year’s album, Spring And Fall, shows that the bloke’s still got it. In a treat for fans, Kelly will play that record in full, plus a collection of favourites, on his next tour, and with special guest Urthboy supporting on all dates (excluding Geelong) these shows are positioned to be some of the most memorable seen in 2013. Get along to Sunday 28 July, Brolga Theatre, Maryborough; Tuesday 30, Gold Coast Arts Centre; Wednesday 31, Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sunshine Coast; Thursday 1 August, QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane; Monday 5, Civic Theatre, Newcastle; Wednesday 7 Playhouse, Geelong; Thursday 8 and Friday 9 Recital Centre, Melbourne; Sunday 11 Regent Cinemas, Ballarat; Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 Recital Hall, Sydney; Saturday 17 Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong; Sunday 18, Llewellyn Hall, Canberra; and Thursday 22 Regal Theatre, Perth. Pre-sale tickets are available now through Live Nation, with general admission stubs released to the public this Friday 14 June.
FAMILIAR FACES Bring Me The Horizon
MIDDLE FINGERS UP With their last two albums topping the ARIA charts, it’s clear that Aussie metal fans don’t mind a cheeky bit of Bring Me The Horizon. And no doubt they’re going to be a heap more popular with news of an impending headline tour with an all international bill of brutality including Americans Of Mice & Men and Japan’s Crossfaith. The three acts play the following licensed/all ages shows: Saturday 5 October, The Marquee, Brisbane; Sunday 6, Hordern Pavilion, Sydney; Wednesday 9, Festival Hall, Melbourne; and Saturday 12, Challenge Stadium, Perth. Tickets go on sale Friday 14 June.
Melbourne trio The Basics are emerging from the wilderness to perform a run of East Coast shows later this year. Since they stepped away in 2010 a lot has happened. Drummer Wally De Backer has done fairly well for himself under his sort of well-known guise Gotye, Tim Heath has been working on films and Kris Schroeder has been keeping himself busy with bouts of malaria – all fun and games, really! But all that is the past and The Basics, right now, are the present. The Ingredients & Leftovers tour dates are Thursday 12 September at The Spiegeltent, Brisbane; Thursday 26, Theatre Royal, Castlemaine; Friday 27 and Saturday 28, Northcote Social Club; Thursday 3 October, Transit Bar, Canberra; Friday 4, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, and Sunday 6 as part of the Caloundra Music Festival on the Sunshine Coast.