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Unquestionably one of the largest and most varied Big Day Out line-ups has just dropped, positioning 2014 as one hell of a good year for live music right from the outset. Clap your peepers on this bill: Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire, Blur, Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion (pfft), Major Lazer, Steve Angello, Flume, The Lumineers, Tame Impala, Dillon Francis, MacMiller, Ghost, Grouplove, Flosstradamus, Portugal. The Man, Toro Y Moi, DIIV, The Naked & Famous, Big Gigantic, Pez, Mudhoney, Cosmic Psychos, Northlane, The 1975, Loon Lake, Kingswood, Bo Ningen, The Algorithm, DZ Deathrays, Peking Duk, Ben Morris, Rüfüs and more to be announced. If you can’t find plenty of good shit there then go home, you’re drunk. The travelling music mecca rolls through the usual locales on the following dates: Sunday 19 January, Metricon Stadium and Carrara Parklands, Gold Coast; Friday 24, Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne; Sunday 26 and Monday 27 January, Sydney Showgrounds; and Sunday 2 February, Claremont Showgrounds, Perth.
o Inpress was founded in 1988. This suddenly makes perfect sense – no wonder early memories of picking the mag up religiously every Wednesday morning, as early as possible, involve flicking straight to the club pics inside Zebra: the dance/ nightclub insert that was also a stand-alone title at specified distribution points. Before the multitudinous online photo galleries that award any exhibitionist the opportunity to get their practised pout displayed on whatever.com, getting one’s mug in Inpress was the equivalent of gaining a medallion to Chasers or Checkpoint Charlie.
Never went to Checkpoint Charlie? Their entry stamp was only visible via a portable ultraviolet lamp, manned by a Soviet uniformed doorbitch/bastard. The club was beyond exclusive and positioned on Commercial Road where The Market nightclub now stands, but back when Street Press Australia (SPA) Director Leigh Treweek had long hair. Chasers? Yeah, that’s still opposite KFC on Chapel Street, but there was a period when it was rechristened ZOS (Zone Of Separation). “Misty, water-coloured memories…” etc. For the past 25 years, bundles of Inpress have been distributed outside venue doors in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, ready for commuters to pick up a copy and liven up their journey wherever, keep others occupied while waiting for late coffee dates or even act as makeshift umbrellas from hairdresser to car in the middle of an unexpected downpour. Sure, preserving a coiffed ‘do is a community service in itself, but, staring down the barrel of the last-ever Inpress, let’s remember the various other ways this specific title has helped improve lives. For starters, people still speak in hushed tones about ‘those’ Christmas parties held at the old Inpress HQ in Bond Street, Abbotsford. If the heritagelisted, bluestone walls could talk, you better believe their most entertaining stories wouldn’t come from the Bates’ Cocoa Mills years. Any emerging writer will tell you that the thrill of physically leafing through a magazine in search of your first published live review, with byline bolded, beats any Google search for its online counterpart and so Street Press Australia’s dedication to print media is commendable. Sure, Inpress featured in episode six of John Safran’s Music Jamboree when the wiseguy included an instructional on how to get your own review published in our rag, and succeeded, but Safran also described Inpress as Melbourne’s “music bible… the weekly must-read for all record industry people”. And you can imagine how evocative Safran’s review of ska band 99% Fat at the Evelyn was. Obviously the recruitment criterion was tweaked before I was welcomed on to the Inpress live reviewing team at the tail end of 2006. My byline could then be sighted in Feedback, the Inpress live reviews section, on a weekly basis. Reviewing for street press offers the gig addicted the opportunity for a free fix and to practise their craft at the same time. Not to mention a live/single/EP review, or even blurb in Backline, could very well be the first chance a band get to see their name out there in the
public domain. Just imagine how many cuttings there have been over the years, where band members proudly attach blurbs advertising their shows to rattling fridges using novelty magnets. With the acquisition of Brisbane’s Time Off in 2008 – joining Inpress and The Drum Media (Sydney and Perth) – SPA realised its vision of a national street press network. Since commencing full-time employment as staff writer with Inpress around that time, I still maintain that one of our crowning achievements during my tenure was the Save Live Australian Music (SLAM) cover. SPA’s commitment to this cause was further cemented when Leigh Treweek gave a stirring speech at the 2009 Australian Music Prize awards ceremony, championing the need for a national system to protect live music before an audience that included Peter Garrett (who was, at the time, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts). Sorry Lisa Mitchell, the thunder was stolen from your AMP win a little there. But now it’s time for Inpress, along with SPA’s other three interstate siblings, to morph into The Music – a sexier, glossier prototype with enriched content. Our editorial will now also incorporate fashion, food, travel, culture and lifestyle features as well as increased page numbers to cram in even more music profiles. Hold onto this collector’s edition of Inpress, issue number 1286, and resist the urge to line the kitty litter tray with these pages, because it’s the last of its kind. As with the type of artists we ache for who constantly redefine their sound AND look in order to remain current – there ain’t many, but we’re looking at you Bowie (aka Ziggy Stardust, Thin White Duke…) – history has shown that SPA wears change well. Zebra bolted, Interval graduated to Front Row, theMusic.com.au is live, Your Daily SPA email newsletter invigorates afternoons and The Guide is the best resource for finding out what’s on and planning your social calendar. Farewell Inpress, The Drum Media and Time Off, it’s gonna be so much easier not having to explain the connection between all these titles to musicians, publicists and randoms alike. And best of all, there will be no more grimaces when people make illinformed puns, mistakenly thinking the mag’s called ‘Impress’ – eg. “Oh, you’re the editor of ‘Impress’. I’m impressed, hahaha.” “It’s ‘N’ for ‘Nelly’, you peanut!” And rest assured that when you pick up the debut edition of our rebranded magazine once it hits the streets next Wednesday, you can all draw inspiration from ABBA lyrics. After digesting The Music from cover to cover and not having to wash the newsprint from fingertips before scratching your face, take a moment to ponder: “Who can live without it?/I ask in all honesty/What would life be?/Without a song or a dance, what are we?/So I say thank you for The Music/For giving it to me...” Bryget Chrisfield Editor, Inpress
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FULLY LOADED Fresh off the back of his latest stellar mixtape, Black Flag, Machine Gun Kelly will bring his spitfire rhymes to capital city venues for some very special hip hop nights indeed. Cited as the Hottest Breakthrough MC by MTV in 2011, the prolific Ohio MC has barely come up for air in the past two years, and at 23-yearsold is already positioned to carry on the future of freestyle. Fire away with the ammunition of Machine Gun Kelly on Wednesday 4 September, Capitol, Perth; Thursday 5, The Hi-Fi, Melbourne; Friday 6, Manning Bar, Sydney and Saturday 7, The Hi-Fi, Brisbane.
JUST SOMETHING ABOUT HOUSE MUSIC The joint is going to get trashed when triple j bring their much loved Saturday night House Party radio show out of the studio for some late, late nights. Shaping up to be evenings full of fresh gear, mashups, party favourite’s and everything in between, the line-up offers a veritable feast of beatmakers to get your rumps shaking. Catch Nina Las Vegas, Flight Facilities, Cassian, Tyle Touché and Wave Racer at these dates: Saturday 24 August, Metro Theatre, Sydney (under-18s, afternoon; 18+, evening); Thursday 29, Capitol, Perth; Friday 30, Metropolis, Fremantle; Saturday 31, The Hi-Fi, Brisbane; and Saturday 7 September, The Hi-Fi, Melbourne.
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OH, BROTHER After filling out the GW McLennan tent at Splendour In The Grass, Matt Corby has announced that he will be taking his latest EP, Resolution, out on the road this spring. Get your swoon on when Corby plays the following dates: Wednesday 9 October, Wollongong University; Thursday 10, ANU Bar, Canberra; Friday 11, Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (licensed/all ages); Tuesday 15, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (licensed/all ages); Friday 18, Festival Hall, Melbourne (licensed/all ages); Wednesday 23, GPAC Playhouse, Geelong (licensed/ all ages); and Sunday 27, Arts Centre, Fremantle.
GLOBAL ROAMING The Sydney indie-dance crew Rüfüs have been getting it done for a few years now but have managed to slide under the radar. That’s all set to change, however, with Atlas, a debut record bristling with energy and vitality. It’s the soundtrack to the best night of your year and you didn’t even know it. Raise your hands towards the neon warmth when the trio play Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, Thursday 12 September; The Hi-Fi, Sydney, Friday 13 (all ages); Efterski Festival, Thredbo, Saturday 14; Academy, Canberra, Friday 20; Waves, Wollongong, Saturday 21; Corner Hotel, Melbourne, Friday 27; The Zoo, Brisbane, Friday 4 October; Mojo’s, Fremantle, Thursday 10; and Villa, Perth, Friday 11.
R.A. The Rugged Man will be bringing his disarming and devastating tales of the streets our way for a headline tour shaping up to be a big one for rhyme lovers across the country. Through his career R.A. has done things his own way and earned mad respect from some of the greatest to ever hold the mic, including Notorious B.I.G. and Wu-Tang Clan. Ready to unleash on our shores, the New Yorker plays Friday 13 September, Coniston Lane, Brisbane; Saturday 14, The Standard, Sydney; Sunday 15, Transit Bar, Canberra; Thursday 19, The Espy, Melbourne; and Saturday 21, Rosemount Hotel, Perth.
I CAN SEE THE MUSIC! Offering complete aural stimulation while simultaneously demanding you to move, Sampology brings a party unlike any other. Gorge on the feast when the Brisbane bro brings his latest AV extravaganza out on the road, playing Coniston Lane, Brisbane, Friday 30 August; Snow Dome, Thredbo, Saturday 31; FBi 10th Anniversary, Carriage Works, Sydney, Sunday 8 September; Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, Sunday 15; Welcome To The Valley, Belvoir Amphitheatre, Perth, Saturday 12 October; and Brown Alley, Melbourne, Saturday 19.
LINE UP THE SHOTS If you’re looking for something different in metal, make sure you check out the heavy-as-fuck hoedowns from Korpiklaani when they sail in for their first Australian tour. Finland’s beerswilling brethren will surely be causing all kinds of calamity when they perform at The Zoo, Brisbane, Tuesday 22 October; Corner Hotel, Melbourne, Wednesday 23; Manning Bar, Sydney, Friday 25; and The Rosemount, Perth, Sunday 27 October.
WE KNOW YOU WANT THEM Two of pop music’s biggest stars of now are teaming up for a large double bill, with Pitbull and Kesha delivering their swag of hits live on stage this spring. They’ll play the following capital city dates: Wednesday 30 October, Brisbane Entertainment Centre; Friday 1 November, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne; Tuesday 5, Perth Arena; and Friday 8, Allphones Arena, Sydney.
AGE SHALL NOT WEARY HIM Even at 78 years young, Leonard Cohen is showing no signs of slowing down, with the velvet voiced Canadian returning Down Under for his first run of dates in three years. With his crack nine-piece backing band tackling the journey every step of the way, Cohen will play a host of all ages shows, happening Wednesday 13 November, Perth Arena; Saturday 16, Sydney Entertainment Centre; Wednesday 20, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne; Saturday 23, A Day On The Green, Bimbadgen Winery, Hunter Valley; Saturday 30, Brisbane Entertainment Centre; Wednesday 4 December, WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong; and Saturday 7, A Day On The Green, The Hill Winery, Geelong.