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WE GOT GAME Whether he’s coming at you through the big screen, small screen or speakers on the stage, LA gangster The Game brings the same levels of intensity and integrity with everything that he does. Since his five million-selling Dre-helmed debut, The Documentary, in 2005, Jayceon Terrell Taylor has helped keep west coast rap strong, with his record of last year, Jesus Piece, reaffirming his status as one of the finest to ever come outta Compton. Returning to Australian shores next month, the hip hop heavyweight plays Thursday 22 August, The Espy, Melbourne; Saturday 24, The Grand Hotel, Wollongong; Tuesday 27, Metro Theatre, Sydney; Wednesday 28, Panthers, Newcastle; Friday 30, Parkwood Tavern, Gold Coast, and Saturday 31, The Arena, Brisbane.
ALTERNATIVE CAREER HUGH MIDDLETON FROM THE TROUBLE WITH TEMPLETON
THE NORTH STANDS FOR SOMETHING IF YOU WEREN’T DOING MUSIC, WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU BE DOING? I have no idea. Probably studying some kind of science. The Trouble With Templeton’s new album, Rookie, out 2 August.
Plenty of bands have tried to throw multiple heavy styles into the pot, but few have succeeded so spectacularly well as Kvelertak. It’s extreme rock’n’roll having a bar brawl with heavy metal while hardcore and punk look on laughing. Dave Grohl loves them, Pitchfork loves them and so should you. On Meir, the latest album from the Norwegian strangleholders, a record that shot to the top of their country’s charts, they have amplified their power while somehow bringing more unpredictability to the table. It’s ferocious, inspired and although draining, it leaves you ever-hungry, with the end result being something that crawls under your skin and leaves you wanting more. Get your fix when the sextet sail into our waters to terrorise the party, playing Saturday 14 September, The Rev, Brisbane; Sunday 15, Manning Bar, Sydney; Tuesday 17, Corner Hotel, Melbourne, and Thursday 19, Amplifier, Perth. Tickets go sale from Thursday.
MAKING THE MOST OF HIS TIME One of the hardest-working and most versatile performers in the country, Lyall Moloney is fast earning a name for himself as a musical shapeshifter whose creativity knows no boundaries. Latest single, Before The End Of Time, proves the point – a hook-riddled jam that comes with dancefloor beats, but drags them through folk, hip hop, traditional pop and everything in between. He’s poked around recently on local festival bills and as support for acts like Sticky Fingers, but now we can get excited for the full experience, with Moloney showcasing his limitless talents on stage during a headline tour. Make sure you get out and throw your support behind the young man when he plays Friday 9 August, the Workers Club, Melbourne; Saturday 10, Baha Bar, Rye; Friday 16, Solbar, Maroochydore, and Friday 23, The Standard, Sydney.
APP IT UP PANDORA RADIO Size: 17.0 MB What it does: It’s got a massive following stateside, and it’s finally made its way to our shores. Pandora gives you personalised music radio. Just start with the name of one of your favourite artists, songs or classical composers and Pandora will create a custom “station” that plays similar music. You also get to ‘thumbs up’ or ‘thumbs down’ their selection. Why it’s essential: Because music. That’s why.
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FOREIGN FACES Get your freak flag flying high with the psychedelic country of Immigrant Union emerging with a smile and a wave. Featuring The Dandy Warhols’ Brent DeBoer as well as Bob Harrow from The Lazy Sons, foundations for the six-piece were put in place at Melbourne’s Cherry Bar and they’ve held onto that honest, hardworking ethic with their music and performances. To celebrate the first single, Alison, from their forthcoming second album, Anyway, the gang will get out on the road for east coast dates, playing Friday 9 August, The Loft, Warrnambool; Saturday 10, The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine; Thursday 15, The Loft, Gold Coast; Friday 16, Byron Bay Brewery; Saturday 17, The Joynt, Brisbane; Sunday 18, Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club, Brisbane; Thursday 22, Frankie’s Pizza, Sydney; Friday 23, The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, and Saturday 24, Union Hotel, Sydney.
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If you think rock’n’roll is best done by the boys, then you simply haven’t seen Stonefield rip it up. Still frighteningly young, the Findlay girls are a tour de force when they plug in and have already played some of Australia’s biggest stages, not to mention iconic overseas events such as Glastonbury. Put Your Curse On Me is the first taste of a debut album that’s supposed to drop in the very near future. Stonefield will be launching the track, with the sisters playing the following dates: Friday 23 August, Small Ballroom, Newcastle; Saturday 24, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney; Thursday 29, Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; Friday 30, Player’s Bar, Mandurah; Saturday 31, Amplifier, Perth; Sunday 1 September, Indi Bar, Scarborough; Friday 6, Karova Lounge, Ballarat; Saturday 7, Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, and Wednesday 11, BIGSOUND, Fortitude Valley entertainment precinct, Brisbane. Apes, Stillwater Giants and Jack Stirling from The Joe Kings look after support duties across the various dates; head to theMusic. com.au to see who’s on the bill in your locale.
Nuggets of gold are still being found across The Growl’s most recent collection of tracks – their debut full-length, What Would Christ Do?? – and with third single, Douse The Lamps, the Western Australian lads look set to solidify their place among the top of the new WA crop. Announced as their last live performances for 2013 before they bunker down to work on more new music, this is your final chance to groove to the garage goodness of the five-piece, so make sure you’re in the house on one of these dates: Tuesday 3 September, Northcote Social Club, Melbourne; Wednesday 4, GoodGod Small Club, Sydney; Thursday 5, Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, and Friday 6, Ellington Jazz Club, Perth. Peter Bibby & His Bottles Of Confidence will support on all dates except Perth, with various special guests filling up the rest of the billings.
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SIDESTEPPING THE EXPECTED After spending the best part of last year sharing bills with the likes of Josh Pyke and Matt Corby, Sydney troubadour Jack Carty is slowing creeping down a path less ordinary, and with his new EP, The Predictable Crisis Of Modern Life – a collaboration with producer Casual Psychotic – the songwriter is playing with beats, vocal phrasing and other fresh sounds to create a vibrant new tapestry. Carty will present his Predictable Crisis launch tour on the following dates: Thursday 29 August, Railway Friendly Bar, Byron Bay; Friday 30, The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba; Saturday 31, Joe’s Waterhole, Eumundi; Sunday 1 September, Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane; Friday 6 and Saturday 7, Brighton Up Bar, Sydney; Thursday 12, Toff In Town, Melbourne; Friday 27, Ya-Ya’s, Perth; Saturday 28, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; Thursday 3 October, Lizotte’s, Newcastle; Friday 4, Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba; Saturday 5, Heritage Hotel, Bulli, and Sunday 6, Front Gallery, Canberra.
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PEDAL DOWN Twelve days at Rancom Studio in Sydney have resulted in 13 new songs from seminal Aussie rockers Tumbleweed, the Wollongong fuzz institution now ready to drop their first new studio album in over a decade, Sounds From The Other Side, featuring the band’s original line-up. After dominating the local scene throughout the early ‘90s, including scoring the coveted support slot for Nirvana during their ’92 Oz tour, Tumbleweed shut their doors in ’95, only for them to reopen with blunt force at Homebake in ’09, a rocking reunion that got the momentum going towards what will surely be one hell of an album soon to drop. Get back on the gravy train when the ‘Weed play a hometown show Friday 30 August, Wollongong Town Hall, before tackling three capital city dates - Friday 13, The Zoo, Brisbane; Saturday 21, The Espy, Melbourne, and Saturday 28, the Annandale Hotel, Sydney.
They might not be headlining Soundwave 2014 as they would have liked, but it doesn’t mean Fall Out Boy are going to turn their back on their Australian fanbase. After a five-year wait the four-piece have returned strong with latest record, Save Rock and Roll, and will be bringing their latest pop punk gem out to Australia for a tour playing all ages capital city dates, those being at Sydney Entertainment Centre, Friday 25 October, followed by shows at Festival Hall, Melbourne, Saturday 26 and Brisbane Convention Centre, Sunday 27. Support duties have been handed to Melbourne alt. rockers British India, who have been destroying stages recently and will no doubt thrive in front of their biggest crowds to date. Tickets can be purchased Friday 9 August, with pre-sale action also available for Frontier Touring members from 12 noon on Wednesday 7.
KNOTTING TO LOSE Rocking Melbourne sextet Money For Rope will be burning up and down the Pacific Highway, shaking the foundations of venues with material from their self-titled debut, while kicking the machine into gear before work gets underway on a follow-up. They get things moving along with a two-night stretch at Cherry Bar, Melbourne on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 August, before heading north in September, playing Yours & Owls, Wollongong, Wednesday 4; the Beach Road Hotel, Sydney, Thursday 5; Bar on the Hill Newcastle Uni (with Kingswood), Friday 6; Spectrum, Sydney, Saturday 7; BIGSOUND, Fortitude Valley entertainment precinct, Brisbane, Thursday 12, and The Zoo, Brisbane, Friday 13 (with Tumbleweed).