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WHEN I DECIDED TO DO MUSIC I WAS A TEENAGER AND NOW I’LL BE 30.
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HIJINKS is the latest innovative event from The Festivalists, and will see improv comics taking on the guise of tour guides and leading attendees around Sydney Aquarium on a scavenger hunt. There will be a puppet cabaret show from artist Defy, experimental soundscapes, interactive radio-transmitted storytelling, and lessons on sketching and talking like a pirate. There’ll be drinks all night, and you get a free beer, cider or cocktail on entry!
Run by not-for-profit dance organisation DirtyFeet, the the Right Foot Contemporary Dance workshop, which will be facilitated by Winston Churchill Fellowship award winner Sarah-Vyne Vassallo, is open to people with and without disabilities of all ages and abilities. It’s a free event and aims to explore creativity and boost confidence. Head down to the Bankstown Arts Centre this Saturday and Sunday.
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The iTunes festival returns to the UK this year bringing a massive month of music to London headed by the biggest stars in the industry today including Ed Sheeran, Kylie Minogue and Tony Bennett. Deadmau5 kicked things off at the start of September, and this week alone the likes of Pharrell Williams, Maroon 5, Elbow and Blondie perform. Everything is being streamed straight to your computer; get some live music in ya, from the comfort of your own couch! SYDNEY
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The Delta Riggs have dropped a psychedelic new video for current single The Record’s Flawed, in anticipation of second album, Dipz Zebabios. Launch shows include Newtown Social Club, Sydney, 20 Nov; The Aviary, Perth, 23 Nov; Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, 29 Nov; The Triffid, Brisbane, 6 Dec. Proudly presented by The Music. See theMusic.com.au for all dates.
THE MUSIC’S MISSION TO CONQUER BIGSOUND
The Music has hit the ground running at Brisbane’s BIGSOUND festival this week, watching every panel, getting to every showcase, drinking every beer and partying on every table at the music industry conference/pilgrimage. Bookmark theMusic.com.au/bigsound for all the breaking news, signings, gossip and rumour (some of it even substantiated!) this week. Although, some things that happen at BIGSOUND, stay at BIGSOUND…
DEAD LETTER CIRCUS
FIRING UP THE AFTERBURNERS
After getting their acoustic excursion out of their system, Dead Letter Circus are returning to their raucous roots, lining up a national tour to share their blistering catalogue of songs with DLC fans from east to west. With sleepmakeswaves and Voyager on the bill as well, you’ll hear alt. rock of the highest order at Capitol, Perth, 12 Dec; Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, 13 Dec; The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, 18 Dec; Metro Theatre, Sydney, 19 Dec; The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, 20 Dec; and Waves, Wollongong, 21 Dec. Proudly presented by The Music.
LONELY NO MORE
Sam Smith is set to bring his highly anticipated In The Lonely Hour tour to Australia in 2015. Smith first announced himself to the world as the distinct guest vocalist on Disclosure’s chart-scorching breakthrough track Latch, and released an EP, Nirvana, last year. Since then he has released a full-length record to widespread acclaim and positioned himself as a voice for the new generation. He plays Riverstage, Brisbane, 25 Apr; Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, 27 Apr; Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, 30 Apr; and HBF Stadium, Perth, 4 May.
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TIME TO WANDER
Vance Joy has just released his debut, Dream Your Life Away, and will soon embark on his biggest tour yet. Airling and #1 Dads support at dates including 6 Mar, The Tivoli, Brisbane; 13 Mar, Palais Theatre, Melbourne; 20 Mar, Astor Theatre, Perth; and 27 Mar, Enmore Theatre, Sydney. Full list of dates on theMusic.com.au.
STC’S 2015 SEASON
Lovers of the stage, you might want to sit down. Sydney Theatre Company’s 2015 Season includes Geoffrey Rush and Neil Armfield teaming up for King Lear; Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh in Andrew Upton’s The Present, after Anton Chekhov’s Platonov; Hugo Weaving in Samuel Beckett’s Endgame; classics, new works, adaptations and much more.
New Zealand brother/sister duo Broods make music that will have you feeling like you’re on the brink of an existential crisis and a major personal breakthrough at the same time. They’re bringing tunes off their debut album Evergreen to Metro Theatre, Sydney, 22 Nov; Forum Theatre, Melbourne, 26 Nov; The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, 27 Nov; Capitol, Perth, 28 Nov.
AIR AWARDS NOMS
AIR has announced the nominees for the ninth annual Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards. Brisbane lads Violent Soho lead the pack with four nods. Sia’s nominated for three awards, as is previous dual award winner Chet Faker. Courtney Barnett is up for Artist and Single Or EP for Avant Gardener. For the full lists, head to theMusic.com.au. The Awards take place at Meat Market, Melbourne, 8 Oct.
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The Blurst of Times makes it down south for its second go round and will host headliners DZ Deathrays and Hard-Ons, as well as Jeremy Neale, Blank Realm, Step Panther, TV Colours, Chicks Who Love Guns, Bearhug, Spod, Donny Benet, Born Lion, Babaganouj, Black Zeros, Rolls Bayce, Low Life, Hockey Dad, The Upskirts, Velociraptor, The Creases, Bob Logg III, Die! Die! Die! and more. Blursting out 25 Oct, Factory Theatre. Proudly presented by The Music.
Courtney Barnett has just announced a third show for Oxford Art Factory on 8 Oct. A second Enmore Theatre show has been added on Jimmy Barnes’ upcoming 30:30 Hindsight tour, after the initial date sold out. It happens 30 Oct.
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Get out and be a part of Gingerfest, a massive punk rock festival that’s been designed to honour the memory of Nick Sofer Schreiber. Totally Unicorn, Clowns, Lindsay ‘The Doctor’ McDougall and more are appearing at Factory Theatre, 6 Dec.
PERFORMANCE PRECINCT FOR SYDNEY
Leichhardt and Marrickville councils have announced they will be developing Sydney’s first performance precinct. ‘Off Broadway’ is coming to Parramatta Road and will provide a hub for live music, comedy, theatre, cabaret and more.
REVVING UP THE DIESEL Declan Kelly’s project Diesel n’Dub has finally been released this week, and he is set to take on an extensive east coast tour, playing The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, 17 Oct; and Factory Theatre, 31 Oct.
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LEADING THE PACK
Congratulate Sheppard on their international success – that’s making top ten in Ireland, Italy and Poland with Geronimo becoming the third-most played video in Spain; hitting the iTunes top ten in New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia and The Philippines – and European tour when Sheppard make their way ‘round Oz on a homecoming tour. High five ‘em at Towradgi Beach Hotel, 10 Oct; Bateau Bay Hotel, 11 Oct; and Enmore Theatre, 12 Oct.
Ezekiel Ox will journey around the country with his Raw Styles EP to share and The Twoks to support. The tour hits Brass Monkey, 5 Nov; The Vanguard, 6 Nov; and Heritage Hotel, Wollongong, 7 Nov.
COMING TO FRUITION
Seasoned teen singer-songwriter Thelma Plum brings her Monsters EP to stages across Australia. Be captivated at The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, 30 Oct; Oxford Art Factory, 31 Oct; Transit Bar, Canberra, 1 Nov; and Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong, 2 Nov.
GRIFFIN IN 2015
Artistic Director Lee Lewis’ second season for Griffin Theatre Company kicks off with the wondrous journey that is Kate Mulvany’s Masquerade. Suzie Miller tackles human frailty in the world premiere of Caress/Ache. Psychological thriller The House On The Lake follows, plus loads and loads more.
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With a new and eighth album, Turn Blue, The Black Keys are on the international tour trail once again, playing Qantas Credit Union Arena, 10 Apr, after kicking off their eighth Australian tour at Bluesfest, 3 Apr. They then play the inaugural Rolling Green festival, 11 Apr at Bimbadgen Winery in the Hunter Valley, where they’ll be joined by Spiderbait, Band Of Skulls and Bad//Dreems.
NOTHING TO LOSE
CHANGE YOUR PERCEPTIONS
In the lead-up to the official Sydney Festival 2015 program announcement on 23 Oct, the organisers are giving us an interim bit of excitement with dance piece Nothing To Lose making its world premiere at Carriageworks, 22 – 25 Jan. So Frenchy So Chic In The Park is back at St John’s College, 17 Jan, with a line-up including Emilie Simon, The Dø, La Femme and Francois & Atlas Mountains. Then in the theatre world, Kit Williams’ children’s book Masquerade is being brought to life on stage – the production plays out 9 – 17 Jan (previews 7 & 8 Jan) at Sydney Opera House.
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Ambassador of soul Maxwell makes his Australian debut at Soulfest and will be performing an exclusive live and more intimate show at the Enmore Theatre, Sydney, 21 Oct. Joining him for the show will be Soul and Blues songstress Leela James.
MORE ACTS FOR FALLS
After a pretty epic first drop of acts, Falls Festival are pleased to bolster their ranks in 2014 with the likes of Ásgeir, Dan Sultan, Cloud Control, Megan Washington, Kingswood, The Art Of Sleeping, Fishing, Northeast Party House and Thelma Plum rounding out the line-up. The lols will also come at you thanks to Harley Breen, Tommy Dassalo, Luke McGregor, Urzila Carlson, Damien Powers and Daniel Townes. 30 Dec – 3 Jan, North Byron Parklands.
If you only listen to post-rock bands that have people’s names in them, then you probably listen to Jakob. The band is back from hibernation and they have some music they’d really like to play for you at Hermanns Bar, 28 Nov; and Rad Bar, Wollongong, 29 Nov.
Get ready to party as Darling Harbour once again hosts Australia’s biggest and free annual celebration of all things Latin American – Fiesta 2014 – 11 & 12 Oct with, among many, Brooklyn’s Los Crema Paraiso and Chilean chart-topper Rachel Delgado.
Widely travelled Canberra-based singersongwriter Fred Smith has stepped for his biggest challenge yet – fatherhood. The result is his new album, Home, which Smith plays at Street Theatre, Canberra, 27 Sep; Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, 3 Oct; Camelot Lounge, 4 Oct; Hornsby Folk Club, 21 Nov and Humph Hall, 23 Nov.
COMING WITH THE TRUTH
You best be quick if you want to snap up the limited tickets available for Paloma Faith’s firstever Aussie tour. The dazzling UK songstress will bring her whole bag of tricks to Sydney Opera House, 10 May in support of the Londoner’s third record, A Perfect Contradiction.
ADJUST YOUR CALENDARS Your man T-Pain was originally playing Enmore Theatre, 1 Oct, however, he’s now pushed that back a few nights to 6 Oct. Purchased tickets are still valid for the new show; if that doesn’t suit you then contact your point of purchase for a refund.
Every Time I Die are back again, as they prepare to bring their mathy slabs of madness to Australian shores in support of their boundary-pushing new record From Parts Unknown. Supported by Touché Amoré, 17 Jan, Manning Bar.
STICK TO IT
Dublin trio The Script will visit Australia for a one-off headline show at Metro Theatre on 14 Oct. They’ll be celebrating the release of their fourth studio album, No Sound Without Silence.
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Listen Out continues its charge as it welcomes the addition of the sensational UK outfit Snakehips to the line-up, to replace American rapper YG, at Centennial Park, 27 Sep.
SPREADING THE VIBE
Another New Year’s camping escape called Lost Paradise is set to deliver a range of acts in the surrounds of the Glenworth Valley in NSW. Playing is Boy & Bear, Ball Park Music, The Preatures, BADBADNOTGOOD, and more. The event takes place from 30 Dec – 1 Jan.
THE FINAL CUT
On 27 Sep, Surry Hills will be taken over by local creatives, designers, businesses and installation artists and of course musicians for the Surry Hills Festival. The music lineup includes Donny Benét, The Laurels, Spookyland, The Lulu Raes, and more.
Critically acclaimed hip hopper Briggs will be hitting the road for a national run of dates in support of his brand new album Sheplife. Joining Briggs across the country will be Hau, Transit Bar, Canberra, 25 Oct; and Goodgod Small Club, 31 Oct
Ralph Myers is gearing up for his fifth and final season of work at the Belvoir Theatre Company, prioritising new Australian plays and inventive interpretations of classics. His upcoming 2015 season, includes Ewen Leslie in Chekhov’s Ivanov. Colin Friels in Angela Beltzien’s new play Mortido, and a two-party play by Brendan Cowell and Lally Katz.
THE HILLS ARE ALIVE
I WANT YOU TO SHOW ME
The mighty Foreigner are making a return to Australia next year for the first time in nearly a decade to play Enmore Theatre, 27 Jan. They’ll be playing the best of Foreigner 4 and all the hits. THE MUSIC • 10TH SEPTEMBER 2014 • 15
ON THE ROAD Angus & Julia Stone found themselves in That ‘70s Show star Danny Masterson’s mansion writing what was to become their third record – Angus Stone tells Hannah Story how they got there.
o be honest, it was Rick [Rubin]. It was way out of the blue; we hadn’t thought about getting back together for some ways down the road. “Rick’s a really present guy. He’s pretty funny, he just chills out and lies on the couch and he’s got a little microphone in his hand. He’s not one of the guys that’ll just say something for the sake of saying something but when he does it’s really cool – everyone is really focused and it’s a really creative environment. He’s good at making sure all the pieces are in the right place so that you can be as creative as you can. It’s a really cool environment to be in.”
wondering what the fuck was going to happen and how this record was going to be different. I don’t know – we both felt like something had to change with this one, and it had to be special. I guess that’s when we had a chat and we talked about finding a place to go and write – this is two weeks before going in the studio – and make something together together; not just me bringing a song to the table and Julia doing the same and working together that way. It was moreso ‘Let’s actually get some writing from both of us.’” They managed to find a space to write in LA: a
and this garage out the back next to the tennis court and the pool. He’s got all the equipment set up and we just jammed, we just played and drank wine and we came up with a bunch of cool stuff. Then we’d drive back to Venice Beach after the sessions. We recorded everything on iPhone so we’d plug it into the stereo and just listen whilst we drove. I feel like in that time driving back to Venice we did a lot of the writing and a moment would come up and we’d be like, ‘Oh that’s cool, that could be a song.’ It was a cool haphazard way of writing together.” Stone says he’s not quite sure what exactly he was writing about, that the ideas became crystal-clear only after the getting them out. “I think it revolves around love and things that are terrifying out there in the world and the beauty of what’s going on here and how crazy [it is] that we’re all alive and breathing.” Stone explains their process as supportive and nurturing, certainly not laced by any deep-seeded sibling rivalry. “I don’t see it in that fashion. I think when I see Julia play a song that she’s written and she’s playing it to me for the first time it’s not a competitive thing,
“WE WERE SITTING AROUND THE HOUSE TAPPING OUR FINGERS AND SMOKING LOTS OF CIGARETTES.”
So there we have it; Angus & Julia Stone, the ARIA-winning Northern Beaches brothersister folk-pop duo, – what a mouthful – were reunited, while in the midst of fairly successful solo projects, thanks to US producer Rick Rubin ( Jay Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash). “We had only just made the decision to go our own ways; we were pretty comfortable in our own projects and travelling around the world playing shows. When we got the call it was a bit of a shock. It took some time to absorb the information and think about what that meant. After some time, Julia and I ran into each other in Paris at our favourite restaurant, we didn’t know each other was in town and walked in and we were like ‘What the fuck?’ And we sat down and we talked about stuff and it was cool being back together again. Then after some time we made the decision and we flew to LA. It was cool, we went to Rick’s place and talked about a bunch of stuff and it felt right. It was one of those calls we made that we’re really happy for now.” The Siblings Stone approached the reunion with a little bit of trepidation, but after talking it out, they found a new way of working together. “I think there was just a bit of confusion when we first moved to LA. We were sitting around the house tapping our fingers and smoking lots of cigarettes and 16 • THE MUSIC • 10TH SEPTEMBER 2014
space where they could chill out and be creative at the same time. “Our friend Elmo suggested we go to his friend’s place out in the hills of LA, it’s this place called Bronson Island and it’s that dude from That ‘70s Show that lives there, what’s his name? He’s the son of the dad that drinks beer and sits in front of the telly in the show?” While Stone seems to be talking about Red Forman’s son Eric, played by Topher Grace, Bronson Island is the Hollywood recording studio run by one Danny Masterson, who plays Hyde on the show. Hyde does live with the Forman family, so close enough. He continues, “It’s cool, he’s got a big mansion
I feel like for me it’s like when you hear a great song you get that buzz and you want to write a great song as well. It’s just bouncing off the situation when you’re really inspired, it’s the way it’s there in front of you. It makes you go out there and write something yourself. It’s cool, it’s really positive in that way. “I feel like when it’s your time to step forward and be in control, I feel like we’re good at letting the other person do so. I think that’s perhaps why it works so well; we know when the other person should be at the wheel and take control.” The spontaneity and organic nature of the process led to a self-titled album that works as a statement of intent. While working with the same folk-tinged aesthetic, they’ve drawn upon Americana twang and almost surf guitar lines to create polished pop songs. Understandably, those tweaks in sound stem from the way stepping out on their own changed each of them as people. “We changed as people and travelling artists, and in that time of being out there on our own on the road we’ve grown a lot and learnt new things. We kind of brought that together and we made something cool. “I think when you’re out for so long, Julia would be out on stage with me and you’d walk out and it was just that little bit easier, you had your buddy there and she’d have your back and I’d have her back and we’d
split the show up in that way. The pressure wasn’t as scary. When you’re out on your own in front of all those people and the band you kind of scare the shit out of yourself and I think that’s healthy.”
Stone is not sure what the next thing for the pair will be. He’s reluctant to comment on whether they’ll return to their solo guises or remain a duo, but insists that following from their “wicked” Splendour slot, their first Australian show in 2014, they’re looking forward to a “really cool tour”: “This tour has kind of blown up, in the way that these venues are so epic and very regal and we’re really grateful.”
First Aid Kit
In terms of the future – “It’s hard to say, I don’t even know what I’m doing for lunch – I guess we’ll sort of play it by ear and we’ll see what happens.”
WHAT: Angus & Julia Stone (EMI) WHEN & WHERE: 13 Sep, Llewellyn Hall, Canberra; 14 & 15 Sep, Sydney Opera House; 17 Sep, Civic Theatre, Newcastle
Angus & Julia Stone aren’t the only siblings to decide to make a band together. In fact it seems to be becoming quite common really. And it can be troublesome. Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg formed First Aid Kit in 2008 and they’ve been kicking goals internationally ever since. Did you catch ‘em at Splendour? The National We don’t know if you’ve watched that Mistaken For Strangers movie, but it was a case in point about what happens when you put siblings into bands together/into close spaces. Matt Berninger’s brother Tom made the film, while the band actually includes brothers Bryce and Aaron Dessner, and Bryan and Scott Devendorf. Oasis Noel and Liam Gallagher still feud, and it’s very entertaining to follow. In 1994 Liam assaulted Noel with a tambourine; in 1995, Liam pulled out of a gig only to mock Noel between songs; and in 2009, Liam broke Noel’s guitar, which led Noel to quit the band. Radiohead Could we look past the Greenwood brothers, Jonny and Colin? They’re the heart of Radiohead while Thom Yorke is the balls-to-the-walls creative genius head. Tegan & Sara Sorry, there’s nothing to say here except that they’re wonderful ladies. Sisters doing it for themselves, none of the bullshit angst of the boybands up there. THE MUSIC • 10TH SEPTEMBER 2014 • 17
ACT YOUR AGE MC Eso’s misogynistic photos are inexcusable: Stephanie Liew puts in her two cents.
n 1 Sep, MC Eso (aka Max Mackinnon) of Bliss N Eso went to a Madame Tussaud’s wax museum and had a great time posing crudely with the wax figures of Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Raquel Welch. On his personal Instagram account, he posted a photo of himself standing threateningly beside the figure of Rihanna, holding his fist up to her face, with the caption, “Where did ya throw those fucking car keys woman !?!” plus the hashtags #smackmybitchup and #shelovesthewayithurts and the cry-laughing emoji for good measure. A reminder: in 2009, Chris Brown assaulted his then-girlfriend Rihanna, punching her face repeatedly until it was swollen, bruised and bloody (some of you may remember the horrific images that circulated afterwards), and also attempted to strangle her and push her out of his moving car. He received no jail time. (Don’t even get started on blaming her for getting back with him afterwards – read about the cycle of abusive relationships and educate yourself.) Eso followed that charming display with a photo of him crouching underneath a figure of Raquel Welch with the caption: “If ya liked the Rihanna one, your gonna love this !! #cavebitch #boxbasher #oneeyeonthesnatch”. Prior to those two, he posted one of himself making a crass gesture towards a Lady Gaga wax figure. This casual objectification of women is just one way men exert their opinion that they have a right to do with women’s bodies whatever they please. It’s disrespectful and de-humanising at best, and harmful at worst – it is the seed from which larger issues like violence against women grow. All of those images were deleted by that night, and Eso posted an ‘apology’ on Instagram; it came across as a half-hearted attempt at damage control. When you make light of violence against women, you are complicit in reinforcing the idea that it’s okay to treat women this way – and using the excuse that ‘it’s just a joke’ means that you find violence against women funny. Sure, Eso’s not actually committing violence against real women, but Chris Brown causing serious bodily harm towards Rihanna was a real thing that actually happened. The fact is that in Australia a staggering third of all women have or will experience physical violence in their lifetime, and a fifth will experience sexual violence. On average, in Australia, a woman dies every week as a result of domestic violence. So no, you don’t get to write a piss-weak ‘apology’ and think that everything’s all #peace #love and #unity again, Eso. You have 40K+ followers on Instagram and even more of a following on other social media; you don’t send out such a thoughtless and damaging message to your fans and then think you can retract it all with a stock-standard ‘sorry if you were offended by my jokes’ statement that sounds like something a mum made his kid write because he got in trouble and think that’ll absolve you. Perhaps even more disheartening than Eso’s photos were the numerous fans who quickly jumped up to defend him – from blatant misogynistic comments 18 • THE MUSIC • 10TH SEPTEMBER 2014
supporting Eso’s actions to slut-shaming and victim-blaming, comments in the vein of ‘u guiiiise it was only a joke get a sense of humour about beatin’ up women lolol!’ and even threats against the few fans calling Eso out. When a large part of your fanbase is young people – particularly men and boys – that’s when you should think about the effect of potentially damaging actions the most. That’s not to say that all artists, etc should aim to be role models, but Eso has worked with disadvantaged youth, so it seems like he’s got some idea that he’s an influence on them and therefore should have had some selfawareness and have realised how his words and pictures could come across to impressionable young minds. In the aftermath of news and opinion pieces about Eso’s actions and the wide sharing of the offending images online, there were many more people condemning his poor decision – from members of the general public and the music industry (triple j announced they would “wait on audience sentiment” before playing Bliss N Eso again), as well as Bliss N Eso’s Oz hip hop peers Chance Waters, The Tongue, Jimblah, Dialect and Omar Musa. Eso then responded with a much more sincere video apology, in which he acknowledged his own wrongdoing: “Violence against women is unacceptable and something that should never be joked about. While I appreciate the ongoing support
“WE ALL NEED TO SPEAK UP AGAINST VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN.”
from my loyal fans, what I did cannot be excused and I condemn any abuse aimed at those who have expressed outrage at my photos.” We all need to speak up against violence against women – even ‘jokes’ about it – when we see it happening or being condoned. We need to stop supporting artists and other public figures who ignorantly or otherwise act like this towards women without remorse – the intention doesn’t matter when the result is grossly offensive and dangerous, and violence against women in any shape or form is inexcusable. This blokey attitude that says, ‘Look at me pretending to beat up a woman (but not really doing it) – aren’t I hilarious?’ teaches boys and young men – and women – that it’s not a big deal and that it’s acceptable to joke about, which only dilutes the seriousness of VAW when it really does happen. Eso’s certainly not the first or only music artist, or indeed person, to have this attitude, but his actions and consequently the sentiments of his fans are prime examples of the pervasiveness of this misogynist mentality. Eso’s apology is the first step in trying to dismantle it.
Read the original piece at theMusic.com.au.
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WIND IN HIS SAILS With debut EP Vessel taking listeners on all sorts of journeys, Danny Harley, aka The Kite String Tangle, tells Jazmine O’Sullivan about the personal thrill ride that he’s currently on.
ou may have stumbled across the boy wonder that is Danny Harley when he gained serious radio play on triple j last year with his first single Given The Chance. Or perhaps it was his dreamy rendition of Flight Facilities’ Clair De Lune that won you over, or his performance at Splendour In The Grass, or one of his many acclaimed gigs across the country this past year. No matter how you came to know The Kite String Tangle, Harley has managed to earn household-name status in a short period of time, which will only be cemented further with the release of his debut EP Vessel. “It’s been a while coming and I’m feeling appropriate levels of anxiety and nervousness and excitement all mixed into one confusing emotional rollercoaster. I’ve had the songs for quite a while now so it’s exciting to get them out there and see what people think of them.” Reflecting on the EP as a whole, Harley offers, “The last year has been a pretty crazy journey full of incredible experiences, and all those journeys make a whole, and that’s kind of what Vessel means to me. Everyone’s kind of a vessel that transports their own experiences on a single journey and that’s what it’s about for me – it could be a bit farfetched to think that people might come to the same conclusion from a single word, but I kind of like to leave things open to interpretation anyway.” With the EP delving into themes of love and loss, all through his beautiful (and now possibly trademark) electronic style, Harley admits that the making of some songs may have acted as an outlet. “I’m not a hugely outwardly emotional person, so when I write music it tends to be emotionally driven, which is a surprise because I never start out with the intention of doing that, and then it just kind of ends up that way. So I think [making music] has been like my own therapy without me ever realising that it was, but now it’s pretty clear.” In the lead up to Vessel’s release there was no doubt about the amount of buzz and attention given to the movements of The Kite String Tangle, which Harley explains was a bewildering experience. “It has been weird, I mean that song Given The Chance was actually a slow burner, a lot of people think it kind of blew up, but it took about six 20 • THE MUSIC • 10TH SEPTEMBER 2014
months to really get going. I did my first Given The Chance tour kind of early on and then I got to do like another one or two after that because of the slow burning nature of it. It was like a journey that became a parody of itself because it would just one-up itself every month or so, like something else
While his electronic style might sound more at home in the clubs of Melbourne or Sydney, Harley doesn’t feel the need to position himself in those areas to propel his career forward. “Brisbane’s pretty well known for its garage grunge rock, but I like the sleepiness of Brisbane, how it’s chill here. I like being other places, but I like coming home to Brisbane. I think if I was ever going to move it would be a big move and I would go to the UK or something.” Even with Vessel still fresh, Harley reveals he has already started work on what could be his debut album. “I’ve
“I’M FEELING APPROPRIATE LEVELS OF ANXIETY AND NERVOUSNESS AND EXCITEMENT ALL MIXED INTO ONE CONFUSING EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER.” awesome would happen, and you’d think, ‘Oh that’s it, it’s run its course,’ but then something else would happen. It’s been an insane year and I’ve had some pretty massive lifestyle changes – when music presents itself as a career like this I kind of drop everything else, and so it’s changed the course of my life, which is awesome. Every musician wants that to happen, so I’m feeling [very] lucky.”
got maybe four songs that I’m happy with right now, but that could all change in six months. I could have three albums that I hate by then, so I’m trying really hard to not release an album unless I’m really stoked about it and proud of it. There’s a lot of pressure from people to put out an album if the momentum’s there and the time is right, but I don’t think you can force it.” WHAT: Vessel (Warner) WHEN & WHERE: 11 Sep, Zierholz, Canberra; 12 Sep, Manning Bar; 13 Sep, Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle; 30 Dec – 3 Jan, Falls Festival, North Byron Parklands
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singin’ at this club and we went to see him and James Brown happened to show up, because my brother used to imitate James Brown,” she says. “I remember [Brown] gettin’ up on stage and I was standin’ at the stage at eye level and I remember lookin’ at him. My father passed away when I was 12 years old, so at this time I had to have been maybe eight or nine, and I remember sayin’, ‘Look dad, he’s floatin’!’ It was like his feet ain’t even touchin’ the ground! Literally, I thought James Brown was just floatin’ across the stage.” In 2013 Jones’s musical life was put on hold when a pancreatic cancer diagnosis led to months of treatment. The chemotherapy was a success and she’s currently cancer free – one of the lucky ones. “Everyone has a life and you have to deal with it the way you deal with it and your outcome is your outcome,” she says. She looks at this next phase of her life as an opportunity to spread the soul music gospel even further. “That’s why my life’s been spared through this cancer scare,” she says. “I’m plannin’ to go on for a few more years to help people recognise soul music.”
SPREADING THE SOUL GOSPEL Her last chemo treatment was on New Year’s Eve and then four days later Sharon Jones hit the US TV talk show circuit and then resumed touring relentlessly. She tells Samson McDougall she feels “more energetic and stronger” than she did three years back.
haron Jones is all about channelling the energy of the early soul performers, bringing this stuff to a new generation. The story of her tough road to ‘discovery’ is fairly well documented, so we’ll kick off in the midst of her now-regular gig with The Dap Kings – the Daptone Records house band. Jones and Daptone are largely associated with a widespread soul revival. We’re seeing it in Australia with the rise of Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes, The Bamboos, Hiatus Kaiyote, even punksoul outfits like Royal Headache, but according to Jones it’s a worldwide thing. And whether or not her influence is a right-place, right-time kind of scenario or whether she’s actually responsible for any of this coming to bear, her festival appearances (Sydney Festival, Meredith, Falls, Roskilde, Glastonbury etc etc) are bringing slabs of soul to younger audiences. Jones knew long before Daptone Records’ first album release – Dap Dippin’ With Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings (2002) – that they were onto something special. “I don’t know if those guys knew it but I went to Gabe [Roth, Daptone founder] after we started doin’ it and I said, ‘Look, let me tell you somethin’... This is gonna be the last job that I ever work, when I leave this gig I’m retiring, so y’all, let’s get serious’,” she says. “And that’s when we started. I knew then. I said, ‘Right now you guys don’t even realise [but] we’re makin’ history here. You don’t know what’s goin’ on’. No one [was] doin’ this – well, people were doin’ it but no one [was] as serious as we are.” The goal was to be electric and authentic, to continue in the traditions of a musical form that was in danger of fading away, rather than mimicking a sound-goneby. The key to validity was in harnessing the energy 22 • THE MUSIC • 10TH SEPTEMBER 2014
of the old-time soul performers. And watching thousands of young folk dancing in a festival field to music that was conceived a long time before they were is testament to how well Jones & The Dap Kings have hit the mark. When the band are on the road, they still turn to old footage of the greats for inspiration. “James Brown or Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, Ike & Tina Turner onstage – to watch that energy they have is totally amazing,” she says. “So to see that we’re actually doin’ that, really doin’ what they were doin’ onstage, it’s unbelievable.” Jones laments never seeing James Brown at the famed Apollo Theatre – a venue she’s now played – but she did have an early brush with greatness. “My brother was
Since her treatment finished, the odd seven- or tenday break is the only respite Jones has had. She loves fishing, and gets to do a fair bit of it on a friend’s boat while she’s not on the road. In fact, she would’ve been on the water had this run of interviews not been scheduled during her downtime. But drive is something Jones has plenty of and the success she’s experiencing now is something she’ll work hard to hold on to. She says since the cancer treatment she’s lost a bit of weight, is eating better and generally looking after herself. “I look at myself and I feel unbelievable,” she says. “Believe it or not right now, at 58, I feel more energetic and stronger than I did three years ago.
“THAT’S WHY MY LIFE’S BEEN SPARED THROUGH THIS CANCER SCARE. I’M PLANNIN’ TO GO ON FOR A FEW MORE YEARS TO HELP PEOPLE RECOGNISE SOUL MUSIC.”
“For the last eight months I’ve been goin’ right from New Year’s Eve – my last chemo treatment – and I’ve been on the road ever since,” she continues. “New Year’s Eve was the last one and January fourth I was on [The Tonight Show Starring] Jimmy Fallon. Then I flew out to California and was on every night show: Ellen, Leno, Kimmel, Conan – every show, all in January. And then come February the fifth, here I am startin’ my tour, hittin’ the road.” WHEN & WHERE: 13 Sep, Sydney Town Hall
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THIRD WAVE SOUND They’ve won Grammys and written TV jingles through their respective solo projects, but now The Interrupters vocalist Aimee Allen and guitarist Kevin Bivona are back to their punk ska roots. Daniel Cribb discovers that it runs in the family.
A-based 2-Tone ska/street punk outfit The Interrupters have only been kicking around for about three years, but the collective experience of the band’s members outdoes most seasoned acts by far. Vocalist Aimee Allen has collaborated with The Black Eyed Peas, Jimmy Cliff and more, co-wrote Unwritten Law’s Here’s To The Mourning, and her track Cooties features on the Hairspray soundtrack, while guitarist Kevin Bivona plays bass with Transplants (Travis Barker, Tim Armstrong), has won a Grammy
for his engineering and performance of Jimmy Cliff ’s Rebirth and more. It’s the various projects the pair has worked on with Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong that caused the formation of The Interrupters. “About a year after I met Aimee, she was making a solo album and we were co-writing songs together,” Bivona begins. “I was working on a Transplants record with Tim Armstrong at the time, and Tim heard some of the stuff we were working on and he was like, ‘I want to write with Aimee too,’ so he came in and wrote some songs on her solo record and I bought in my twin brothers
to play bass and drums on it and work on it and by the end of recording, there was just such camaraderie between the twins and Aimee and I.” “And all those songs on that first record didn’t make it,” Allen chimes in. “The only song that made it was Easy On You and I’m happy with that because it led me to The Interrupters, and that’s way more fun.” An outfit born out of spontaneous and succinct creativity also led to an organic writing and recording period for the group, and their debut album was in the bag the end of 2012. “It’s weird to put out a record when you’ve never played a show so we went out and started gigging as much as we could,” Bivona explains. “We toured with Rancid, we were lucky enough to do some one-offs with Social Distortion, The Toasters, Mustard Plug and Left Alone. We just had to go out and see how we did live before releasing the record.” A self-titled debut puts more focus on the band’s name, which can be interpreted in numerous ways. With three members of the Bivona family in the band, it’s only natural that it’s to do with them. “I’ll take this one,” Allen laughs. “We were trying to come up with a band name. We had a hundred names written [down] but kept crossing them off. The twins and Kevin’s mum came over to visit... I hung out with her for a couple of days and couldn’t get a word in edgewise. I looked at Kevin and said, ‘God, your mum is such an interrupter.’ Kevin was like, ‘That’s the band name’. We told their mum and she thought it was funny. She’s since let me say a little more in conversation.” WHAT: The Interrupters (Epitaph/Warner) WHEN & WHERE: 28 Feb, Soundwave Festival, Olympic Park
MAKING A MOVE Winner of last year’s triple j’s Unearthed Falls Festival competition, soul-pop sensation Meg Mac chats to Kane Sutton about her upcoming debut EP and the importance of always looking ahead.
eg Mac, or Megan McInerney as she’s known to her family and friends, finds herself in a pretty incredible position. Already critically acclaimed, the 23-year-old is only now officially releasing her first body of work, her debut EP, titled MEGMAC. McInerney is still trying to get her head around the whole situation and trying to adjust to the pace at which she is gathering momentum. “When [the first Melbourne and Sydney shows of her current tour sold out] it was more a relief than anything else,” she admits quietly, almost timidly. “I found out I was going to do a headline tour and I was thinking, ‘Oh, no! What if nobody comes?’ Then when something like this happens, it’s like, ‘Wow, I’m going to be singing to all these people.’ It’s made me more and less nervous at the same time.” Although Mac grew up in Sydney, she found herself leaving everything she knew and loved and jumping on a plane to Perth to pursue her career in singing, taking up a music course at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). It was a long way from home, but it was important that she kept her focus on the task at hand. “Being somewhere that’s not your home and feeling like you’re only somewhere for a reason makes you work harder. That’s why I’m living in 24 • THE MUSIC • 10TH SEPTEMBER 2014
Melbourne (now) while all my family lives in Sydney. I work harder if I’m somewhere for a reason. Leaving Perth was always the plan. It was never a starry ‘I’m going to move over east’ thing, I just always knew I’d be straight back in Sydney once uni was over.” Writing has always been a bit of a daunting task for Mac, but it certainly hasn’t stopped her getting into her zone and putting pen to paper. It’s a discipline she takes very seriously: “When I’m writing and singing, I like to do it alone. I feel weird when people listen to me or can
hear me. I find it hard writing when my housemates are home because after I’ve been writing they’ll be like ‘That sounds good!’ and I’m like, ‘Nooooo!’ And then I have shown people stuff before and it’s just confusing. I like to be my own judge and just do it myself.” While she has her head wrapped around her upcoming shows and the release of her record, she hasn’t stopped herself thinking about her future. “An album would be the next logical decision, but it’s still a very loose plan – I need to work out how I want to sound and who I want to work with, and just go from there. We’ve got to see how the EP goes first.” WHAT: MEGMAC (littleBIGMANrecords) WHEN & WHERE: 12 Sep, Newtown Social Club; 11 Oct, Oxford Art Factory
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GETTING HIS PRIORITIES STRAIGHT He loves the desert, his new record, his kids and his wife, but don’t call John Garcia “pussy-whipped”. The Kyuss legend is happy to tell Benny Doyle that all his dramas are in the past.
’m a family man, I’m a father and a husband first. Not to sound pussy-whipped or anything, but I actually enjoy hanging out with my wife,” John Garcia whispers. “It’s not something where I’ve got to go and hang out with the guys over the weekend and get thrashed – I got that out of my system a long time ago. Don’t get me wrong though, I still like to have a good time too, and I’m excited about coming back to Australia.”
The food, the people, the environment – the singer loves everything our country offers. It’s why Garcia is travelling to Oz to introduce his self-titled album to the world. “I want it to be very special, exclusive and intimate,” he says of this debut tour under his own name. John Garcia marks the first time the Kyuss/Vista Chino vocalist has ever released an eponymous full-length. It’s a goal that he’s been reaching for his entire life. “I love what I do with the record, and all the players on it,” he says, with guest musicians involved including The Doors’
Robby Krieger, who plays flamenco guitar on acoustic album closer Her Bullets Energy – “a highlight of the record” – Canadian rocker Danko Jones, and bass playing mentalist Oliveri, amongst others. Having already started rehearsing a band to accompany him on this solo sojourn Down Under, Garcia reveals enthusiastically that it’s “all desert local guys” joining him for the tour, including War Drum’s Ehren Groban (guitar) and You Know Who’s Mike Pygmie (bass) and Greg Saenz (drums). “I didn’t want anyone from over in Europe or Atlanta or Wisconsin or wherever, I wanted all local guys,” he explains. “And so far I’m kinda pinching myself, going, ‘This is great, why didn’t I do this a long time ago?’. So I’m excited about it.” And after working through courtroom drama and fractured friendships – the well documented Homme/ Reeder Kyuss Lives! lawsuit of 2012 completely in the rear-view mirror – Garcia says it feels unbelievable to be able to concentrate on his songs once more. ”In the music business there’s always going to be some things that don’t go your way, major and minor, and Brant [Bjork] and I went through some of those things,” he reflects. “But to put that in the past and move forward and not let it taint anything [feels great]. I can’t just hang it up because something bad goes wrong – nobody really is allowed to take my joy away, nobody is allowed to take my happiness away, I won’t allow it, I won’t let them. Life’s too short, and you can’t fear anything.” WHAT: John Garcia (Napalm) WHEN & WHERE: 11 Sep, Oxford Art Factory
RELIGHTING THE FIRE Embracing motherhood, accepting online dickheads and turning their back on NME – Howling Bells frontwoman Juanita Stein tells Benny Doyle how the Aussie expats got their band back on track.
fter an intense stretch that saw a name change, an overseas relocation and three records, Howling Bells were about due to grab some air. It was 2012, eight years since the Sydneysiders put their Waikiki moniker to bed and decamped to London to chase their rock’n’roll dreams, and Juanita Stein had just given birth to her first child. “I’ve taken to it like a fish to water,” she says of parenthood. “At times it’s shitty, but for the most part it’s the most exceptionally glorious thing you could ever experience. If anything it’s been, I believe, a brilliant inspiration for the music.” Working off their impulses perhaps more than ever before, the quartet have steadied the ship with Heartstrings, following the hot and cold response given to their third record, 2011’s The Loudest Engine. Notorious bandwagon drivers NME hammered that album in a 2/10 review that insinuated Stein’s vocal was no longer “as hot as her”. With a 7/10 handed out for their latest longplayer, there is some validation in the turnaround. “I want to say to you I couldn’t give a shit, but c’mon, how can you not [care]?” Stein levels. “A lot of you is, ‘Go fuck yourselves,’ but a lot of you takes it in, because the nature of an artist is the sensitive person.
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The bits and pieces I do read [though], I take it way, way better these days than I [did] when we first started.” Written and recorded last autumn in Stein’s basement, Heartstrings was born from an explosion of ideas, a moment of time, the ten songs captured at London’s Assault & Battery Studios almost immediately after they were penned. The result is the most instinctive album Howling Bells have made, one that’s stripped of all the fat. “I didn’t realise how short the record was until somebody... some dickhead from I don’t know
where wrote this spiel on the internet about how he wasn’t going to buy the record because it was only 30 minutes [long], and it was like, ‘Dude, isn’t the quality more important?’” Stein questions. “But people obviously have a lot of time on their hands.” But no matter if some faceless haters hate or not, Stein stands proudly behind Heartstrings, Howling Bells’ musical kiss for fans and the industry. “I want everything to be really succinct [but] hopefully leave quite a profound effect on you; I don’t like things to flounder,” she says. “The most immediate reaction I can think of in my head is in a relationship – it’s a lot harder to tell someone ‘I love you’ for the first time than have a four-hour conversation about how you feel about them. It’s the same thing for us with the record; this is our ‘I love you’ to the music world.” WHAT: Heartstrings (Birthday/Caroline) WHEN & WHERE: 12 Sep, Oxford Art Factory
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Director Lukas Moodysson talks to Hannah Story about We Are The Best! and bringing Swedish punk into the 21st century.
unk is dead,” they said. Not so. Bobo and Klara in Lukas Moodysson’s latest feature, We Are The Best! ignore that admonition, enlisting Hedvig to play in their newly formed punk band, naysayers be damned. The film, based on graphic novel, Never Goodnight, written by Moodysson’s wife Coco, is also set in Stockholm in the early 1980s, but strays from the original text in other ways. Nonetheless, Moodysson says, it stays close to the tone. “[It’s] not completely true to the story, but true to the tone and the atmosphere, and I think, with a graphic novel, they’re black and white, they can be really detailed,
you can’t really be as detailed when you film something with a camera. I think [Coco] was really touched by seeing her childhood portrayed in colour and on the big screen and everything. I think she relates very much to the tone and atmosphere. But for example she never knew someone called Hedvig who was Christian, so that’s an invention of my own, there are a lot of storylines that I invented.” For Moodysson, it was a chance to interrogate his own relationship to the Swedish punk scene of the 1980s.
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“[Coco and I] grew up in different places so we didn’t know each other when we were teenagers, but we had a lot of the
same experiences, both in things like we listened to the same music and we wanted to look the same and we had, for example, fathers who disappeared… I would probably have been scared of her if I had met her in 1982 as she was just a little bit tougher than I was.” Moodysson describes his decision to write about women’s experiences as punks as being a little bit of a challenge to the traditional punk set; in reflecting the experiences of women who were often excluded from the scene, he, also unable to fit into the rigid masculinity of the group, could be a part of the movement too. “I think punk where I grew up was very very masculine. I love punk especially, but I also see some very negative things about punk and one of them is that even though the punk subversive movement tried to be very antiestablishment it still kept a lot of those established gender stereotypes, for example, so it wasn’t really as revolutionary as it pretended to be. It was still all about boys standing on the stage screaming and jumping up and down and girls sitting in the crowd looking at boys. From a feminist perspective it wasn’t very subversive at all, it was a very traditional movement. Even though I couldn’t put that into words when I was 12 years old I still felt without putting it into words that there was something wrong with punk and that it was too macho and too masculine and too tough for me, sort of. There were some older people where I grew up who were punks and they were really tough and they were destroying things and eating glass and things like that and I just felt that I was a weak little boy and I would never be like that.” WHAT: We Are The Best! In cinemas 18 Sep
THE TIDES OF CHANGE
Andy Bull has been penning tunes for almost half his life, but as he tells Simone Ubaldi, the new stage of his musical journey began at Cash Converters when he turned “a couple of hundred bucks” into a synth.
Bull concluded that the only way to continue working as a musician was to work hard. To commit fully, if he was going to commit; to walk into the studio every morning and treat his art like a job. “It changed the architecture of my life,” Bull says. “The changes were not so much what I was doing but how I was thinking about what I was doing. No matter what goals or yardsticks I achieve, I need to know that I’m doing this music just because that’s what I want to do on a day-to-day level, just because I really enjoy it. I want to know that I’m living in accordance with my own values and not just pursuing goals.”
Ironically, in the year when Bull decided to let go of his expectations, his music career surged forward. Three singles have been released from Sea Of Approval – Keep On Running, Baby I Am Nobody Now and Talk Too Much – and each has had major radio support. The tracks reflect a whole-album shift towards glistening electronic pop – another brave new world for the journeyman artist, but one that feels like home. It all started at Cash Converters, Bull explains.
For Bull, taking charge of his destiny meant selfproducing his latest album (Sea Of Approval) and accepting that, sink or swim, he was a professional musician. It took a lot of anxiety out of his career; he stopped worrying if what he was doing was legitimate.
“The last record I did was an acoustic-based EP. I remember thinking at the time that it wasn’t the most interesting way
ndy Bull has been making music for more than a decade, but he decided recently that he wasn’t doing it right. With his 30s looming, Bull sat down for a radical rethink. “I’ve been doing music since I was 15,” he explains. “I think it’s natural to check in from time to time and say, ‘Am I doing the right thing? Am I being a bit frivolous? When I decided to do music I was a teenager and now I’ll be 30. Do the same goals apply?’”
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to do it; there were more interesting ways to go about things. A friend found a synthesiser for a couple of hundred bucks at a Cash Converters so I went up there and bought it, and it almost felt fated it was so powerful. From there, I started moving to other instruments, drum machines, so when I went to record this album it was a no-brainer because that was my palette of sound.” For his current tour, Bull is focused on pulling that sound apart. With two keyboardists, a drummer and guitarist, he likens what we can expect from his upcoming shows to a set of covers in which he interprets his own songs, transforming these bedroom creations into a “spirited and raucous” live set. “You pick out the things you like, you forget about all the things you’re attached to and just make something that works.” WHEN & WHERE: 11 Sep, Transit Bar, Canberra; 12 Sep, Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle; 13 Sep, Metro Theatre
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STILL BLUE With 16 albums, a stack of collaborative projects under his belt, 25 years’ experience as a pro musician and still only 37, Joe Bonamassa is stretching the envelope, Michael Smith discovers.
he most “English” of American hard blues guitarists, it’s been a dozen years since Joe Bonamassa released a completely original album in 2002’s So, It’s Like That. Of course this prolific musician has pumped out eight solo albums as well as a deluge of live releases and collaborative albums with singer Beth Hart and Black Country Communion, along the way to his latest, Different Shades Of Blue. A true “touring animal”, regularly playing a good 200 shows a year in various parts of the world, Bonamassa decided to take his time preparing material for the new album, and find the right people to bring out the best in his songwriting.
“Some came to me by referral, some by reputation,” he explains of writing with James House, whose CV includes songs for Dwight Yoakam, Jerry Flowers, and former Babys now Journey keyboards player Jonathan Caine. “[Producer] Kevin Shirley kind of put the whole thing together for me and made sure we were with the right cats, you know, with the soulful cats that write good lyrics. I mean I need help writing lyrics sometimes, but, yeah, there’s not a schlep among ‘em, you know, and they’ve all written big tunes. “Co-writing’s like goin’ to a dinner party.
You’ve gotta bring a cold appetiser or a bottle of wine – you’ve gotta come in with somethin’ – and you start with an idea, or come in with something that’s maybe half-finished or whatever, and that kind of gets the gears goin’. Then I knew that once I got the songs into the studio with Carmine Rojas [bass] and Anton Fig [drums] and Reese Wynan [keyboards], like, the band was gonna do its thing. It’s an entity unto itself.” Over a year, Bonamassa accumulated some 20 songs, discarded five before going into the studio, ditched three more during the sessions and came out after nine days’ recording at Studio At The Palms in Las Vegas with Different Shades Of Blue. “It doesn’t take very long to record blues-rock,” he suggests. “I mean it’s all live and spontaneous, it’s all done with a very kind of ‘in the moment’ feel… I don’t wanna be in the studio any longer than I have to. It’s very sterile. It’s like goin’ to an ear, nose and throat guy.” And for all the magic captured in the studio, it’s in the live context that Bonamassa really thrives, as evidenced by the plethora of live CD/DVDs he’s released in the past decade, three this year alone – Rock Candy Funk Party Takes New York – Live At The Iridium, showcasing another quartet project, Rock Candy Funk Party, he’s been playing with; in concert with Beth Hart filmed at Amsterdam’s famed Carre Theatre; a four-disc CD package Tour De Force: Live In London – and Bonamassa will be filming the band’s performance of Different Shades Of Blue at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall in January. WHAT: Different Shades Of Blue (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: 14 Sep, State Theatre
GIRL FROM THE ‘HOOD This year’s indie cinema ‘It Girl’, Desiree Akhavan talks to Anthony Carew. o sooner had Appropriate Behaviour – Desiree Akhavan’s first feature, written, directed and in which she starred – debuted at Sundance than she was hailed ‘the next Lena Dunham’. And then she was cast in the forthcoming Season Four of Girls itself. Charismatic and funny, Akhavan’s a 29-year-old star in the making, with a long history of ignored short films behind her: “I really want to reiterate how much shitty stuff I made before this,” she says. “It wasn’t like ‘Let’s make a film! Oops, there we go! Got into Sundance!’
“Because of the way I looked, I never thought I’d be in a position to star in a movie. I always felt different. I felt really grotesque. People always looked at me and treated me differently because of the way I looked. It was really lonely. It really influenced me deeply. I’m very much a late bloomer, and the people I gravitate towards are late bloomers. I don’t always know how to communicate with people who grew up feeling good about themselves and feel entitled to be treated well. I always find the most compelling voices in the room are from those who had to earn their place, who constantly had to prove themselves.” Akhavan sees Appropriate Behaviour as the culmination of a ten-year journey, beginning when she met her producer, Cecilia Frugiuele, while studying abroad in London. “She was the first person my own age who pursued a friendship with me and thought I was cool. That had never happened before; I’d always felt like I was trying 30 • THE MUSIC • 10TH SEPTEMBER 2014
to trick people to invite me to go places.” Akhavan and Frugiuele made a student short together and stayed friends, and following positive UK press for Akhavan’s web series The Slope, Frugiuele sold her production company on making a feature. The Slope found Akhavan and Ingrid Jungermann as a pair of bitter queers talking shit on a Park Slope park bench, earning a cult following. Finding the experience “empowering”, Akhavan hoped to take the series’ fast-paced, no-budget “positive energy” to cinema, authoring a feature she could “shoot around [her] neighbourhood with friends.”
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Feeling as if she’d never seen a successful “rom-com with LGBT themes,” Akhavan decided to “make the gay Annie Hall”. Appropriate Behaviour traces the history of a romance in twin timeframes and finds Akhavan as a Persian-American, bisexual Brooklynite struggling with romantic travails and shitty employment. It’s obviously close to home (“being bisexual, being Iranian, being a women filmmaker, these aren’t always things that have a lot of media visibility”), but not autobiographical. “I’m not wearing my heart on my sleeve or showing around an open wound,” Akhavan says. “These scenes didn’t take place, I’m not this character, and I pulled the other characters out my ass. My own life is not as compelling and convenient for an 84-minute narrative.” WHAT: Appropriate Behaviour WHEN & WHERE: 18 Sep, Queer Screen Film Fest, Event Cinemas 8
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artists whose work I love, and it just seemed natural to begin with Elvis. I’ve been working on some of the other volumes and I’m hoping to do a volume of Lou Reed and one of Brian Eno… different people.”
From an Attraction to an Imposter, keyboards player Steve Nieve has literally grown up within the musical mind of Elvis Costello. Now he’s taking that legacy in another direction, he tells Michael Smith.
Nieve, born Steve Nason and given his stage name, pronounced ‘naïve’, by the late Ian Dury, hadn’t been remotely aware of rock as a 19-year-old student at the Royal College of Music, before getting the call from Costello to join his backing band.
“I think that Mr Costello’s musical… He was exposed to a greater variety of music than I was as a kid, and as soon as he got to know me he was constantly playing things in the car as we drove to different gigs. So it was like, finally, an interesting musical lesson compared to growing up and just receiving… Although, as a younger man, I did try to search out stuff, but it was kind of weirder stuff, the more experimental contemporary music of the time. I didn’t really have anyone in my family that was that keen on popular music, you know.
e’s billing his next visit to Australia, just five months since his last as part of Elvis Costello & The Imposters, as “an evening of solo piano drawing on over 30 years of performances with Elvis Costello”, which is a pretty ambitious exercise in anyone’s language, considering keyboardist Steve Nieve has played on 22 of the ridiculously prolific and versatile songwriter’s albums. So where do you start in selecting a setlist?
“Each day I sit down at the piano and just play what comes into my mind,” Nieve begins, “and certain things allow the piano to shine in a good way and other things are quite difficult to do on the piano, because you miss the rhythm section or you miss the melody. So I’m keeping a few of the difficult things but I’m for the most part trying to select things that really work as piano solo things. “The idea originally came from my partner Muriel [Téodori], and the idea is to, eventually, create a sort of massive box set of piano music of different
“Part of the thing is that I had to go through this period of classical training, which I had inside my mind from a very young age, whereas Elvis taught himself. You just receive all these rules of harmony and stuff that you’re supposed to follow, and people who receive that kind of information, they do all the things you’re not supposed to do, and that’s what we’ve discovered with music now, that it’s all possible. So I think that’s the difference between our compositional approaches. Mine is more to with the way I can sit at the piano and just improvise.” WHEN & WHERE: 13 Sep, The Basement
SINK OR SWIM If Die! Die! Die! foresaw their longevity, singer-guitarist Andrew Watson tells Samson McDougall that they probably would’ve taken better care of their equipment. He also candidly admits of his band, “When we try too hard we really suck.”
hristmas Eve, Auckland 2004. Legendary Dunedin post-rock outfit High Dependency Unit are putting on a show at The King’s Arms. Skinny teenage upstart nobodies Die! Die! Die! play first. They set their shit up, lay their shit down, smash some shit to bits and imprint their shit in the ears, eyes and brains of all in attendance. Frantic, volatile and crude, three-piece Die! Die! Die! have landed and who knows what’s to come... “If I’d known that I’d still be playing ten years later I probably would’ve been a lot more careful how I was onstage back then,” says singer-guitarist Andrew Watson. “I probably would’ve been a lot more respectful of my equipment and other people’s equipment. We played like every show was our last and in a lot of ways it kind of was back then... We played like our lives depended on it. I think we still do but I kinda know that I’m gonna be playing music in a year, you know what I mean?” According to Watson, the Dunedin of his youth harboured no real underground band scene at all. “We tried to rebel against it!” he says when asked if there was pressure to continue the legacy of their infamous hometown. “There was nothing really going on musically in Dunedin when we started... Dunedin had no real hardcore-punk scene, apart from maybe a terrible skatepunk scene. So we moved to Auckland and we were 32 • THE MUSIC • 10TH SEPTEMBER 2014
going to see all these exciting young bands at the time. We sort of wanted to do kind of a youthful version of the Dunedin stuff. It sounded quite ridiculous really... sounding like these old man bands. It was quite funny.” Ten years and five albums in and Watson and drummer Michael Prain still form band’s core, now joined by bass player Michael Logie. New record SWIM takes the increased melodiousness of some previous works and rams it down the neck of some abrasive and spacious rock riffs. With SWIM they’d decided to have a crack at something even further removed from their hardcore
beginnings. “We wanted to do something that was a bit more electronic-y almost, or a bit more produced. But it just kinda turned out to be quite rock and more livesounding than what we were planning. So we made sure we didn’t hide the natural flow of the recording. Chris [Townend, producer] was really adamant that we didn’t try too hard, ‘cause when we try too hard we really suck... He makes us approach our songs really differently, which I really enjoy, but also he relishes in our imperfections.” Though the band may be less direct these days, they’ve still got plenty to say. “I do really like how our songs have affected some people and I do really love that some people hate us too. It’s good when you get a reaction.” WHAT: SWIM (Black Night Crash Records) WHEN & WHERE: 11 Sep, The Small Ballroom, Newcastle; 12 Sep, Goodgod Small Club; 13 Sep, Rad Bar; 25 Oct, The Blurst Of Times, Factory Theatre
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THE FROWNING CLOUDS
ALBUM OF THE WEEK
Mercury/Universal On her sometimes gloriously candid Twitter stream, Megan Washington has pronounced her big love for classic ‘80s faux-epic, Vienna. But while There There occasionally has some of that era’s synth squelches, a better descriptor might be another Ultravox tune – Dancing With Tears In My Eyes. For instance: while Limitless comes with a jaunty insistence, it then hits you with the gut-punch line: “There’s a certain kind of lonely when you sleep in your jeans”. And that’s what hooks you. There There is kind of Washington’s first album-proper. I Believe You Liar, and its darker afterthought, Insomnia, were more bursts of songs stitched together. This has her settling (mostly) in London, and well-challenged by producer/collaborator Sam Dixon, reflecting on what she’s maybe been running from – or towards. Some of the titles are self-explanatory: Who Are You, Get
Legalize Everything Rice Is Nice/Inertia
Happy, Begin Again. It’s not quite music as relationship therapy, but she articulates the experiences of many – and delivers them with her beautifully so-human voice. It’s not as self-absorbed as it might be. Marry Me sees the weaknesses and reasons for the sides to realise it was never going to work – albeit in hindsight – while The Falling rightly informs a romantic misstep they’ve invested too much. Honest, sure – but it still cuts both ways. She appears to reveal so much, without the mawkishness that could happen with a lesser artist. And as luminous as parts of this are, you still feel the best of Megan Washington is yet to come. Ross Clelland
SLASH FT MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS
the album comprises two-tothree-minute tight songs, short bursts of catchy catchy psych (try and get it out of your head). Take opener Carrier Drone, Our House, or their second single No Blues, which is well deserving of its triple j airplay. It’s all about the harmonica, while in Move It the spotlight is stolen by the kazoo and effects-heavy vocals; the song in two parts takes in straight psych Strawberry Fields territory (melodic guitar parts that warble along), before a jangly pop breakdown with a little bit of the garage edge they’ve been attributed in the past. It’s nothing groundbreaking, but it sure is a lot of fun. Hannah Story
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It’s a psychstravaganza, but instead of degenerating into tenminute expansive psych-outs,
World On Fire
Having established a fullyfledged band sensibility via 2012’s Apocalyptic Love, Slash’s cohorts are now evidently more comfortable in their own collective skin. World On Fire’s crunchy hard rock seems a logical successor. Clocking in at 77 minutes, it does overplay its hand. When World On Fire gels though, it’s memorable. Hedonistic title track’s up-tempo aggression and fast-paced riffage drip with attitude. Classic rock-infused Dirty Girl packs considerable sleazy swagger. Battleground boasts a stellar lead – just ignore the hokey “la la la”s. Stomping 30 Years To Life’s slide work helps build to an arena-reaching chorus, and Slash saves some of his more thoughtful, measured playing for
What The Frowning Clouds have put together here is warm and sunny ‘60s pop, like Brian Jones-era Rolling Stones with less drugs. It’s an apt continuation from 2010’s Listen Closelier and 2013’s Whereabouts, setting the group up as a kind of modernday Kinks figure. They’re totally unlike other psych bands on the scene, combining some latter day guitar parts, more Flying Nun than Beatles, with the best parts of the flower decade. While it’s all about the riffs, it never becomes indulgent and self-satisfied; it’s light and fluffy, especially lyrically, when Zak Olsen’s soft, temperate vocals, and harmonies from Nick Van Bakel, lead you on their own Magical Mystery Tour.
last on cinematic The Unholy. Todd Kerns’ muscular bass lines are afforded greater space to breathe while the singer’s tangible chemistry with his top hat-sporting leader flourishes further. The golden-voiced one not contributing guitar this time around has a dual effect: Kennedy remarked it enabled additional time to tweak melodies and lyrics, but his bluesy licks could have presented an appropriate foil for Slash. Nonetheless, he injects copious energy throughout Shadow Life, Automatic Overdrive and Bent To Fly. Filler aside, there are worse prospects than giving salivating fans what they want, a sentiment readily applied here. Brendan Crabb
Once you navigate through the awkward first 90 seconds of Back Out, the opening track on Seekae’s third album, The Worry, the familiar beats that fans have been hanging out for kick in. But it’s second song, Another, that sets the tone for The Worry. The slow, dreamlike bass line will, when listened to on a quality set of headphones or speakers, take you away to that faraway place where Seekae resides. And then the vocals land. Anyone who discovered the Sydney trio through 2012’s +Dome, and in particular the unstoppable track Blood Bank, would be forgiven for expecting The Worry to be filled with the same glitchy, ambient techno that inhabited that album. Instead, however, this time Seekae rely a lot more on percussionist Alex Cameron’s vocals. And despite reaching for the same kind of sound as, say, James Blake, it seems Seekae have taken their eyes (slightly) off
★★★ what has proven a successful formula – and it doesn’t deliver quite the same punch. There are highlights, such as the title track and the summery Further, where the arrangements are built to incorporate the vocals as an integral part of the song. But with all songs relying on Cameron’s limited vocal range rather than production intricacies, The Worry could alienate existing fans. But those discovering Seekae for the first time will be pleased with the strong production quality and ambition to deliver an intelligent and well-rounded record, and this album shows that the band aren’t interested in being pigeonholed. Dylan Stewart
THE SMITH STREET BAND Surrender Poison City Another ‘call to arms’ anthem sung/yelled while putting the wheelie bins out from a terrace share-house in Marrickville or Coburg. The legacy of Weddings Parties Anything remains in good hands – and lungs.
JACK LADDER & THE DREAMLANDERS
Come On Back This Way Self-Portrait/Inertia Pub lights go on, street lights go off. Those streets are ‘full of piss’ no less, but Ladder’s croon still strolls with a hint of menacing romance as you follow him to the all-night coffee lounge.
DANIEL LEE KENDALL
Daniel Lee Kendall Is Dead
Cult/Inertia After nearly 15 years with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Karen O, their sometimes maniacal frontwoman, has released her debut solo LP. Don’t expect madness though – Crush Songs is a very personal, stripped-back record. Composed largely of songs she wrote and recorded alone in her New York apartment seven years ago, Crush Songs is the soundtrack of Karen O’s self-professed “love crusade”. Utilising simple, yet purposeful and poignant lyrics, she unabashedly provides us with a glimpse into her innermost thoughts while fronting one of NYC’s biggest bands, and although lacking in production values it’s quite a revelation. Ash Goldberg
Cult Eleven-minute jam that goes from pianos in the hazy distance, Casablancas’ rich sneer intoning, and the correct walls of guitars appearing about seven minutes in.
ROBERT SCOTT Lazy Boy
Flying Nun Scott of The Clean and The Bats returns with delicate melodies and thoughts, embellished with counterpoint vocals from Tiny Ruins. Ross Clelland
Slow and steady wins the race for these Texan post-rockers and their fourth full-length LP, Another Language. There’s an ebb and flow of ambient synth across the tracks, coalescing with stunningly precise instrumentation and delicate harmonies. The sound never really grows above this delicate threshold, but when it does it’s damn well worth the tension. This Will Destroy You know how to make you want it and they slam out those big sections like sonic thunderbolts. There’s a lot of space to recover between the strikes, but it’s certainly an enjoyable wait.
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JULIAN CASABLANCAS & THE VOIDZ
THIS WILL DESTROY YOU Hobbledehoy
This Central Coaster returns to music-making after all but giving up a few years back. The dreamy, muted Under A Spell announced his debut LP, but its wistful nature is something Kendall doesn’t lean on too much. Angelique verges on Jack Johnson-goes-Afro-pop territory, while the plodding mid-section of A Deadly Curse and Emptiness fail to amaze, though The Blame Game and All I Know shunt the album back on course with more lyrical fervour and percussive texture. Clearly a gifted gent with a quiet power, he’s just a bit patchy on this release.
SUNBEAM SOUND MACHINE Synths pan between your ears, the voices echo from down the hall as it all swims in and out of focus before you. The legacy of The Underground Lovers remains in good hands, and tape loops.
Adrian Thaws !K7/False Idols/Rocket Trip hop’s overlord follows up on last year’s False Idols with an album that slithers darkly. Adrian Thaws overflows with tense claustrophobic atmospheres redolent with asphyxiating fumes vaporised by the heat coming off some pretty hot and sweaty moves. A cast of sultry femme fatales keeps this album sizzling. Nneka’s bluesy is all sexed up on Keep Me In Your Shake while Francesca Belmonte could hit the dancefloors of Fangtasia or Titty Twister with Nicotine Love. You have to love Mykki Blanco when he spits, “For real man, you’re too fucking trendy,” if you catch Blanco’s drift. Guido Farnell
Declan Kelly Presents: Diesel N’ Dub Diaspora Music/MGM It’s a great concept, to take an iconic Australian album and make it reggae, following in the footsteps of Easy Star All-Stars popular reworkings of Pink Floyd, and Little Roy versioning Nirvana. The results are mixed – in general it seems the vocalists, including Indigenous artists Frank Yamma, Emma Donovan and Stiff Gins, alongside Tina Harrod, Alex Lloyd and Katie Noonan, bring their own preconceptions to proceedings, neglecting the stuttering groove simmering underneath. Some transform and transcend, like Pat Powell’s Jamaican-inflected Read About It, and Mad Professor’s Beds Are Burning remix.
Umlaut – To Your Poverty Quietly Go Counting Crows – Somewhere Under Wonderland In Flames – Siren Charms Robert Plant – lullaby and… THE CEASELESS ROAR Mosman Alder – Humdrum Star Justine Townes Earle – Single Mothers Sean Rowe – Madman Maroon 5 – V
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BOB DYLAN State Theatre 3 Sep Bob Dylan has such a reputation for erratic performances his audiences never quite know what they’re going to get. With this tour visiting intimate theatre venues there was every possibility that any such foibles would be more on display than ever. That didn’t prove to be the case, however, as the setting simply served to magnify the pure genius of the man. Sure, he was in the shadows of a backlit stage for much of the time, said nothing to his ever-adoring fans aside from an unintelligible announcement about the interval, and showed little interest in attempting engagement outside of his songs, but none of that mattered. From
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a vast back catalogue Dylan’s choices were slanted towards more recent years, but that still enabled him to deliver a crosssection of his music, tones and moods. Together with one of the tightest bands in the business, that gave twists of life to even the most downtrodden of songs, Dylan was showcased at his finest. So his vocal was allowed to be at its discordant best in the croaked-out She Belongs To Me while the band added sparkle to Beyond Here Lies Nothin’. They combined particularly well for the heavy blues of Love Sick. There were moments of beauty with Tangled Up In Blue full of the warmth of an old friend, and the soft strings and patience of Forgetful Heart showed how emotional and passionate Dylan’s voice actually can be. As middle-aged men ran up the centre aisle towards the 36 • THE MUSIC • 10TH SEPTEMBER 2014
stage to worship in something that resembled a pre-teen stampede for the latest pop idol, the encore climaxed with a hesitating rhythm-adjusted version of Blowin’ In The Wind. If seeing Dylan live can be hit and miss, this was most definitely a great big hit. Paul Smith
BUSKING FOR CHANGE The Roller Den 4 Sep Josh Pyke is one of the nice guys of Australian music. Not only is he a prodigiously talented singer-songwriter, but he has endeavoured, over the last five years, to raise $50,000 for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation
others, Urthboy, with Jaytee Hazard on the decks, performed cutback versions of his songs to an appreciative crowd. The host for the evening, triple j’s Lindsay ‘The Doctor’ McDougall, filled the gaps between acts with professional ease, encouraging punters to participate in the silent auction and giving away prize packs to dancing folk. In keeping with the relaxed fashion of the evening, Pyke took to the stage and entered into Memories & Dust. The adoring crowd hung off his every word as he stepped through old and new tunes from across his career, including Candle In Your Window and Leeward Side. A $50 pledge was offered for a cover of The Jezebels’ Endless Summer, which was performed admirably. The somewhat shambolic finale, The
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via his ‘Busking for Change’ campaign. Last night, his dream came to fruition as the goal was finally reached with the help of some friends and fans.
Kinks’ Strangers, was a fitting end to a fun and chilled-out evening of music, humour and goodwill for an excellent cause.
Patrick James kicked off proceedings with a mesmerising set of songs. Mostly taken from his latest EP, Broken Lines, James delivered, with a number of ballads and sensitive songs, warming up the crowd and providing a feelgood start to the evening.
CAM AVERY, SHINY JOE RYAN
Urthboy is no stranger to contributing his time to a worthwhile cause, having collaborated with Pyke on the track, Someone Else’s House, to raise money for the CREATE Foundation. This was to be the collaborative finale of a set showcasing Urthboy’s softer side. With tracks, No Other and Letters From Jamshed among
The Vanguard 3 Sep
Under the stage name Shiny Joe Ryan, the guitarist for psychedelic Perth band Pond took centre stage and became a one-man band as the opening guest for the night. Equipped with a laptop and guitar, it didn’t take long for the personable Joseph Ryan to provide some hypnotic licks. With a strippedback and raw sound, the Pond fans in the audience were treated to a rare display of Ryan’s solo
songs in their skeletal state, almost demo-like in comparison to what was featured on his debut album, The Cosmic Microwave Background. The interweaving riffs and layers of loops built up to a frenetic groove that allowed Shiny Joe Ryan to play to his strengths and let his fuzzy psychedelic guitar take over. Only a short while later Cam Avery fine-tuned his guitar and his space for the night ahead. As a member of three prominent bands – the multi-instrumentalist has his fingers in many pies, as bassist for Tame Impala, drummer for Pond and lead frontman/guitarist of The Growl – there seems to be an unrelenting creative drive within Avery to push the boundaries of what it means to be a working musician. Tonight was a showcase of mainly new material for the forthcoming
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Growl album with plenty of heartfelt dark, bluesy tunes. Avery made full use of the loop machine, adding extra layers in primal form – with vocal beats and tapping the wood on his guitar – creating a rich texture that complemented his old bluesmanlike voice. Themes of love lost, found and forever seeking were evident in the new songs and delivered with heartfelt passion, almost Leonard Cohen-esque in delivery. Halfway through Avery dedicated his next song, a cover version of George Harrison’s I’d Have You Anytime, to his friend and band mate Joe Ryan, the song co-written with Bob Dylan, expressing both musicians’ friendship and appreciation, a sentiment that was appropriately tailored to Avery’s dedication. Later into the second half some more familiar tunes broke out.
live reviews Described by Avery as “an oldie but a goodie” was Liarbird, whose lyrics – “If I knew I wouldn’t have tried girl” were both bittersweet and heartbreaking – while traditional blues standard John The Revelator was the final number, which gave him the chance to show his tremendous skill. It then seemed that Avery was done for the night, but as it so happened the audience demanded an extra song and with an unplanned encore he was at the mercy of the crowd, prompting him to play another cover of one of his favourites – The Nearness Of You. Both sides – audience and performer – showed a mutual appreciation and gratitude, described by Avery as one of the best crowds he’d played in front of. Shane Hernandez
UNSW Roundhouse 7 Sep On paper Anberlin never looked like a band that would last over ten years and get to go out with one last triumphant Australian tour, called on their own terms.. This final Sydney show was a celebration of the respect and loyalty Anberlin have built up over the years. As first band up, The Breakaway suffered the Roundhouse’s notoriously bad sound, and though they went through all the right motions,
white folk, both revelling in and feeding off the bristling energy of the heavily bearded bard, his ginger bass player in floral pants, and the bald guy on sticks with his slightly jiggling chest – and the tour guitarist, fully clothed, sans spotlight.
Enmore Theatre 5 Sep
But this was never anything but Anberlin’s night. Beginning with the rousing Paperthin Hymn and stacking the front of the set with some of the band’s most energetic material, including early fan favourite Never Take Friendship Personal, frontman Stephen Christian whipped the crowd up with every exaggerated hand gesture and giddy bounce, and by stretching notes out into seemingly impossible snapshots of time. About halfway through the set
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ANBERLIN, THE GETAWAY PLAN, THE BREAKAWAY
BIFFY CLYRO, CALLING ALL CARS
their set never really felt like it clicked. The Getaway Plan have always managed to blend addictive pop hooks into their heavier foundations and the crowd seemed pretty happy to hear singer Matthew Wright talk about the new album the band are crowdfunding.
(Ex)-Melbourne heavy-hitters Calling All Cars never stood a chance. They threw around their current material like drunks throwing haymakers, but they were completely blown away by their tour mates. Never – ever – underestimate the power of a bloody good singalong. If there was one thing veteran Scottish emo band (not the eyeliner-wearing nancy boys flooding California in the late ‘90s/early 2000s ya wee daft shites! Real emo!) Biffy Clyro could teach us, it’s that
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the celebratory mood turned into something a little more nostalgic with (The Symphony Of ) Blasé and its chorus, “This is our last goodbye.”
the force of 1000 lusty voices crying out in unison through Many A Horror is likely one of the most uplifting things you’ll ever experience as a music fan.
Of course we got to hear Adelaide, a song written to acknowledge just how much love Australian crowds have always shown the band, while Feel Good Drag rounded out an extended set finishing with Christian, arms and legs flailing surfing over the top of the crowd. By the time (*Fin)’s tender chorus provided the encore with its emotional punch, the feeling in the room was heavy and wistful but Anberlin are going out the way most bands can only dream of, with a room full of fans screaming back at them as they ripped through a fiery live set.
Majestic power chord after majestic power chord piled on top of one another, each glistening, oiled riff trying to find higher purchase, trying desperately to climb to the top of the rising heap of white-hot noise. All the while this embarrassment of riches threatened to topple over in a ridiculous mess, potentially leaving three Glaswegians halfnaked on stage, panting furiously, dicks, no, guitars in hand, staring sheepishly into a void they’d so gleefully torn in the spacetime continuum heretofore undisturbed within the Enmore only moments before. That didn’t happen though. Pushing back against this colossal weight was the energy of 1000 frothing
These guys made it sound like they invented singing from mountain tops. Actually, fuck that – they invented mountains, just to sing off of them. Their songs, heard live, are the wonderful sonic incarnations of giant back tattoos featuring flaming eagles clutching skulls with eight-ball eyes in their talons. Only guys with big hearts and big balls can pull off big broad stuff like they do.
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OUT OF FEAR Fringe
Tap Gallery to 14 Sep
★★★½ There’s a prevailing wisdom that says men are in crisis, that women have outcompeted them in almost every sphere of influence, in any field of endeavour that you can think of. It says too that masculinity is under threat as an outmoded, archaic concept, and men are by and large extraneous and now they don’t know what to do with themselves.
Australian outback has not gone as well as he imagined. Witkop tackles big themes – isolation, depression, dislocation, thwarted ambition, substance abuse – and examines the damage we do to ourselves and the people around us. Being challenged to peel back the layers and examine the drivers for the choices we made makes for confronting viewing. Things are never as simple as they seem, nor are we entirely the person we like to think ourselves. And, actions have outcomes. Fiona Cameron
and it’s ended neatly, too neatly, leaving you wondering, ‘What did I just watch? And why?’ The muddle springs not from Lawson’s direction but from his writing. The film looks at four couples, each with their own sexual ticks and problems to navigate. And as Australian farce is wont to do, things go awry, they escalate dramatically and unexpectedly, the sexual deviant in each of them is unleashed, and everyone comes out a liar. A fun premise, an easy premise, and one that has its moments of wry humour. But the writing lacks nuance; it’s hard to believe these people could really exist – they’re
quirky children, kid-adult brother… and Zach Braff. It’s hard to dislike Braff. He seems to be that annoying voice we all hear in our heads during life’s greatest epiphanies. His first film, Garden State, was one of those films that gave way to the entire indie drama of the 2000s. Unlike Garden State, his new film tries the same kind of heart, but not really with much substance. Of course the soundtrack is great and the performances are beautiful, but really this film lacks entirely on its writing. Poetic phrases feel forced into scenes, and on leaving
THE LITTLE DEATH
OUT OF FEAR
I found myself wondering if this was where writer Dominic Witkop started from when he began weaving his study of Travis, a man in crisis, and the central character in Out Of Fear. The fact that Travis is not having a good time of it is a given. His decision to uproot his family from their comfortable complacent suburban lives, leave behind all of the stuff we’re told we need to accumulate to show the world how well we’re doing, and plonk them down in the vastness of the 38 • THE MUSIC • 10TH SEPTEMBER 2014
THE LITTLE DEATH Film
In cinemas 18 Sep
★★★ The first question to ask in terms of The Little Death seems to be ‘Why did this movie get made?’ It’s not that it’s bad. It’s not that it doesn’t make you laugh (sometimes); or even that it’s poorly acted (it boasts a cast of Offspring alumni and familiar Aussie faces like Kym Gyngell). It’s that it seems so pointless and contrived. By the end nothing is resolved, but it has ended,
WISH I WAS HERE
made up of hyperbole, their existence seems to be an obvious attempt at “daring”, without that daring, that exaggeration, highlighting anything concrete about who these people, and by extension, we, as middle class sexual people, actually are. Hannah Story
WISH I WAS HERE Film
In cinemas 11 Sep
★★★ A working mother, difficult dying father, funny
the cinema, the film is telling you that the characters have changes and this film is poignant but half an hour later it feels like a very simple film with ‘alternative film’ garnished on top. The story would maybe have been fresh in 2002, but now it just feels like a shadow of all that has come before. The film is fun, but don’t expect it to be as exciting and thoughtful as Garden State. Matthew Ziccone
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How long have you been together? I have been making music for the last five years. Been in a number of different bands throughout my teenage years and then gravitated towards listening to a lot of singer-songwriters and started writing my own music with that influence in mind. You’re on tour in the van – which band or artist is going to keep the most people happy if we throw them on the stereo? At the moment it’s definitely Ryan Adams. Its almost perfect on-the-road music so I would say that is a favorite amongst my band. Also, The National’s latest album gets a lot of airtime on the road. What part do you think Sydney plays in the music you make? It plays a huge part in my performing moreso than the songs I write. As a busker, I value the opportunities and thriving culture. I think that the opportunities I have had from being in Sydney and performing a lot have shaped my early career which is important. What reality TV show would you enter as a band and why? So You Think You Can Dance... with Patrick James. Come to my show and you’ll see why. In all seriousness though, that would be completely out of my comfort zone and would be a challenge. Could be fun. What’s in the pipeline for the band in the short term? I am currently on tour for my new Broken Lines EP (12 Sep, Lizottes Newcastle; 13 Sep, Oxford Art Factory). That ends late September but after that will be going back to the songbook to start working on some new ones!
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INDIE MUSIC AWARDS
Violent Soho, Sia, Chet Faker, Courtney Barnett, RÜFÜS and more: the nominations for the Independent Music Awards this year show what quality we have in music at the moment.
TOP GELATO Enmore store Cow And The Moon takes out the Gelato World Tour title in Italy. Like we need another reason to go eat gelato...
MORGAN FREEMAN The sterling actor with the best voice steps up the awesomeness by landing his malfunctioning plane four times, swapping planes, then still making the intended film premiere he was heading to.
FILL YOUR CALENDAR
T-BYRDS ARE GO!
Head down to the Lewisham Hotel this weekend and get your musical fix. The Lazys play Friday with Palace Of The King and In Hydes Shadow, while The Living Room from 6pm on Sunday offers an open mic to songwriters.
Melbourne singer-songwriter Daniel Vogl, aka EEO, is bringing his Dead Love Tour to Sydney. He’ll be showing off his brand new single of the same name at Oxford Art Factory, Friday.
Get a shot of pedal-to-the-floor rock when leather-clad ladies Tequila Mockingbyrd blaze into town with their new EP. The trio plug in at Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice, Sunday, with further shows to be announced.
ON THE MARKET
Acclaimed pianist and Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Steve Nieve is coming down under to pay tribute to long-time collaborator Elvis Costello. Expect a setlist spanning almost 40 years when Nieve performs Saturday, at The Basement.
Self-proclaimed four-piece party band The Khats make soul-funk-pop at the Fitzroy Hotel on Friday. They mix together veritable smorgasbord of genres into a blues-soul set with a great pop part vibe.
The Sydney Rock ‘n’ Roll & Alternative market offers eclectic clothing, accessories, vinyl records and so much more. With sets from Pat Capocci and Twin Beasts to name a just few. It’s happening Sunday, Manning Bar.
FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS
OFF THE TARMAC
Truly original hip hop trio Soul Benefits, have been announced as the support for super producer Exile for his show at The Lansdowne Hotel this Friday when the American legend and Aloe Blacc collaborator puts on a legendary live set.
Twenty-three-year-old Melbourne singer Meg Mac is teaming up with Rainy Day Women, pictured, to release her debut EP MEGMAC, which includes earworm Roll Up Your Sleeves this Friday with a show at Newtown Social Club.
Brisbane metal act Symbolic Weapon take their ticket for the Death Train Tour of Sydney thrash grinders Burial Chamber. Probably the scariest train of all time, it stops at the Bald Faced Stag, Friday.
JUST KEEP SWIMMING
WINTERBOURNE IS COMING
Kiwi-bred noise-punk icons Die! Die! Die! return to Australia in support of their fifth studio album S W I M. They play the Small Ballroom, Newcastle, Thursday; Goodgod Small Club, Friday; and Rad Bar, Wollongong, Saturday.
Central Coast-based busking legends Winterbourne have been announced as the support for troubadour Patrick James’ Broken Lines tour. The duo join James for his gigs at Lizottes Newcastle, Friday; and Oxford Art Factory, Saturday.
Brisbane producer The Kite String Tangle is still touring in celebration of debut EP Vessel. Catch him at Zierholz @ UC, Canberra on Thursday; Manning Bar this Friday; and The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, Saturday.
BACKLASH BIG BROTHER
Still don’t understand how this show not only managed to be revived, but continue. A more vacuous piece of airtime has yet to be seen.
CAN’T GET ENOUGH... ...Of that wonderful Duff. Well, you’ll have to make do for now, as Duff beer has been banned in Australia, as The Simpsons link apparently means it will draw the attention of under-18s. Maybe like the first unofficial run of Duff, these will become collector’s items.
ESO We understand it was an attempt at humour, but his misogynistic poses with female wax figures backfired spectacularly.
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Veterans of the country banjo and bass scene the Re-Mains just keep on keeping on. After a decade in the business they continue to please their fans nationwide; they play Coogee Diggers, Friday.
Furnace & The Fundamentals have fine-tuned the art of the cover, with an immense repertoire ranging from Foster The People and Grouplove to Chuck Berry and The Beatles. They play Jam Gallery this Friday.
Wax Witches, the side project of Bleeding Knees Club’s Alex Wall, embark on a massive east coast tour this month supporting new album Centre Of Your Universe; hear the lo-fi snot-pop album live at Q Bar, Saturday.
STRUT BEFORE YOU RUN
NO TRAIN NO GAIN
Heat Three of the Bald Faced Stag based band comp Strut! might just be the best one yet. Local hopefuls performing include The Moving Stills, Stone Release, Liam Matson, Raging Waters and Insider. Happening Thursday.
Thrustcore pioneers Rick Dangerous join a massive line-up alongside rock act Red Remedy and The Sidetracked Fiasco for a massive show presented by The Lockup, taking place at The Roller Den, Friday.
Honky tonkin’ rockabilly playboys Lonesome Train are set to light up Towradgi Beach Hotel, Sunday. They’ll play classics spanning five decades for a straw chewin’, knee slappin’ good time.
THY CASTLE COME
LET THERE BE LOVE
LET’S PLAY DRESS-UPS
Sydney’s Castlecomer are on the road in support of their second EP Lone Survivor. The local quintet have mastered the art of catchy pop-rock; their Fugitive tour stops at Newtown Social Club, Thursday; and Transit Bar, Canberra, Friday.
Get along to Brighton Up Bar, Friday, where Melbourne bright sparks The Harpoons will showcase tracks off their highly anticipated debut record, Falling For You. Bring your dancing shoes for this band’s infectious tunes!
The Clouds, The Minor Works Band, Woodenspoon, Rufino & The Coconuts, and Zoo Boyz play Dress up Attack! Also going down is Dad Joke Bar, which is what it sounds like, so is Awesome People Reading Books. Bring the kids.
MITCH & CO
FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Former star of The Voice Mitch Anderson has a habit of rocking out the Coopers Hotel with His Organic Orchestra, and this Wednesday when he graces the stage at the Coopers shouldn’t be any exception
Sydney-based producer Aeriae aka Wade Clarke brings his new album Victris to the forefront with a launch show at Valve @ Agincourt. With a swirl of electronic music-mixing from Tron-inspired to ‘70s disco it’s sure to be one big party.
Artists like Dick Diver, and many more have joined forces to raise money for Bridge For Asylum Seekers and Refugee Action Coalition, Marrickville Bowling Club, Saturday. Dick Diver also play Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong, Friday.
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THIS WEEK’S RELEASES… THE DELINES Colfax Warner SEEKAE The Worry Future Classic THE FROWNING CLOUDS Legalize Everything Rice Is Nice/Inertia MEGAN WASHINGTON There There Mercury/Universal THE MUSIC • 10TH SEPTEMBER 2014 • 43
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FRINGE FOCUS What was the biggest challenge you encountered in this show? I think finding the right tone with a show that is political, yes, but entertaining first.
TEQUILA MOCKINGBYRD Answered by: Estelle Artois EP title? T-Byrds Are Go! How many releases do you have now? Two. We’ve had more time to creatively flesh this one out. We’re very excited. It’s been a long time coming. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Three byrds having the time of their lives. We feel we’ve come a long way since our debut and we really wanted to lift the bar and share our step-change with the world.
Tree: signature Mockingbyrd; Everyone Down: a sing-along with a twist; Catalyst: relatable; Shut Me Down: from the heart! We’ll like this EP if we like... Catchy, feelgood rock’n’roll, partying naked in your office at the end of a hard week, bad-arse break-up songs, getting down! When and where is your launch/ next gig? 14 Sep, Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice. Website link for more info? pozi.be/tequilamockingbyrd
What’s your favourite song on it? Changes daily! Money
LADY SINGS IT BETTER Answered by: Maeve Marsden Briefly describe your show: A musical assault on pop culture, complete with sweet harmonies, unexpected medleys and bad dancing. Sydney’s most arrogantly-named cabaret act takes on the world’s most famous male musicians, reinventing their tunes as hilarious, high energy cabaret. What was the inspiration behind your show? Lady Sings It Better was born out of a desire to sing and a frustration with sexism and homophobia in pop culture, but that really makes it sound way more serious than it is.
HAVE YOU HEARD
Why did you decide to do Fringe 2014? We’ve done Adelaide, Melbourne and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, as well as Sydney Comedy Festival and Mardi Gras but – bizarrely – we’ve never done Sydney Fringe. All the pieces fell into place. What makes a good Fringe show? For me, the energy. Fringe performers are often emerging artists and there’s an enthusiasm and creativity that comes with that. You never know what to expect. In a fantasy world who would you be the love child of? Liza Minnelli and Dawn French. When and where is your next show? 4 Oct, Factory Theatre Website: ladysingsitbetter.com
album – what would it be? I fully recognise that I am the last living legend of hip hop! I’ll just bang my own free$tyle$$$! But that one-eyed midget that shot himself in the face is pretty fresh. Props to the Geto Boys!
MC FILTH WIZARD How did you get together? Yo. I got a band but they just do what I $ay. Don’t even know their name$$$$!!! All the dead rapper$ donated their rap organ$ to the WZA. Now I’m the ille$t of alllll tiiiiime! Sum up your musical sound in four words? Dope. Doper. Dope$t. Dopota$ity.
Greatest rock’n’roll moment of your career to date? La$t month I wa$ killing it on stage. $tage left there wa$ a mirror. I caught an eyeful of myself. Goddamn! How could I $ound so dope and look this fre$h?!? I’m a miracle! Why should people come and see your band? You’ll wake up the next afternoon feeling $entimental a$ fuck thinking, “I have witne$$ed the dope$t MC in the UNIVER$E!!!”
If you could support any band in the world – past or present – who would it be? I’d go an hour back in time and support ME, THE WHITE$T RAPPER ALIVE... the WZA fool$$$$!!$!$
When and where for your next gig? Filth$tock!!! 13 Sep, Gladstone Feeling Hotel. No rapper$ but ME! Check Swine, Skinpin, Archaic Revival, Berkshire Hunting Club and more!!!
You’re being sent into space, no iPod, you can bring one
Website link for more info? facebook.com/mcfilthwizard
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NIGHT BEATS Answered by: Tarek Wegner
Where can we come say hi, and buy you an Aussie beer? 14 Sep, Oxford Art Factory
Why are you coming to visit our fair country? To play music.
Website link for more info? facebook.com/thenightbeats.u.s
Is this your f irst visit? Yes. How long are you here for? Approximately two weeks. What do you know about Australia, in ten words or less? It’s a beautiful country with a lot of unique culture. Any extra-curricular activities you hope to participate in? Performing of arts and music. What will you be taking home as a souvenir? Hopefully a great experience and a desire to return!
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opinion OG FLAVAS
THE HEAVY SHIT
WAKE THE DEAD
URBAN AND R&B NEWS WITH CYCLONE
METAL AND HARD ROCK WITH CHRIS MARIC
PUNK AND HARDCORE WITH SARAH PETCHELL
Conscious hip hop is more relevant than ever, given today’s growing global social inequality. Stateside, the shootings of African-American youth Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown have heightened racial tensions – the latter incident, involving police, sparking protests in impoverished Ferguson, Missouri. Yet The Roots’ …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin and Common’s Nobody’s Smiling, both concept albums dealing with inner-city crime, violence and malaise, have been little promoted in Australia. Aussie hip hoppers are traditionally big on creating ‘authentic’ homegrown music. However, a few are still more concerned with perpetuating ol’ skool musical values, or articulating an Australian ‘voice’, than developing sophisticated messages. Being socially-conscious goes beyond lyricism, too – something Bliss n Eso might realise following the outcry over MC Max “Eso” MacKinnon’s appallingly misogynistic ‘joke’ photos on Instagram (one showed him threatening to punch a waxwork Rihanna). Even in hip hop, actions speak louder than words. Everybody can learn from the seasoned Common. The MC’s Nobody’s Smiling balances ol’ skool artistry and nu skool experimentation (there are quasi-industrial beats!), while commentating on the chaotic decline of his Chicago (AKA ‘Chiraq’) hometown. The single, Kingdom, featuring California’s Vince Staples, is exemplary with its distorted gospel sample. More personal is Rewind That. Pointedly, Nobody’s… showcases lesserknown Chi-town MCs, like Lil Herb – and Jhené Aiko. Common will headline October’s Soulfest. @therealcyclone
Bring Me The Horizon. It’s apparently big on the ‘70s vintage design and has a whole lot of tech specs that’ll surely appeal to the guitar nerds out there. I don’t have a clue what they’re talking about ‘cause I’m a drummer, but I’m sure the 84T-LM humbucker is a rad piece of gear. Anyway, when one of the guys from undoubtedly one of the biggest heavy bands in the world today brings out something with his name on it, you can guarantee that a few containers of them are going to fly out the door and into the hands of budding young players with their parents’ credit card numbers memorised.
LEE MALIA LES PAUL CUSTOM
Last week a new site launched called NerveGas.com.au. Run out of Melbourne, it fills a huge void for the metal music buyer. Retail is fast becoming a thing of the past with really only the key big titles getting racked up at your local chain or indie store (if you can find one), which really only leaves overseas websites for you to buy stuff from and then pay pretty much another CD or two’s worth of postal charges to get it to you. Not anymore. Nerve Gas has partnered up with some big metal labels like Metal Blade, Relapse, Prosthetic and more to make something like 4000 titles available with FREE shipping to anywhere in the country! Not only do they have the new Cannibal Corpse album available but they’ve got the Ne Obliviscaris newie available for pre-order with a bunch of cool bundles. With so many titles, versions and cool stuff, like LPs, DVDs and a bit of merch, it’s going to be your new favourite bookmark. They’ll also track down whatever it is you’re looking for too – awesome.
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Last week I was sent a press release via the great guys at Gibson Guitars that announced the new signature Epiphone/Les Paul model for Lee Malia from
Endorsements are seriously big business. I wanted a Tama Rockstar when I was 13 ‘cause that’s what Lars used on The Black Album tour. What I wanted and what I could afford was vastly different and I think I ended up with a super tinny rubbish thing with single-braced cymbal stands that I stuck a Tama sticker on and then me and a mate joined both together for the ultimate double-bass monster kit which sounded totally awful, but it did inspire us. Today 13-year-old kids seem to get top of the line gear straight away and master their instrument super fast. It took forever for us to nail down kick patterns and 32nd note blasts etc. One look at YouTube and there are prodigies everywhere! Perfect fodder for the instrument companies to sell the latest eight string Meshuggah model or the new Iron Cobra pedals. It was also announced last week that Devin Townsend is coming out in October for a run of Guitar Clinics and that will be his only trip here this year. Someone like Dev would sell out clinics by just showing up but he’ll be giving some shredding demos and a pretty decent Q&A so it’s a better opp than a meet and greet at a gig and would definitely attract more of the general music fan as well as the gear heads. With album sales in the toilet, hopefully instrument endorsements prop up the professional musician and also inspire their fans to take it to the next level too. Time will tell. email@example.com
I’ve talked a bit previously about how I think it’s necessary for girls in punk and hardcore to have positive role models. I came across something this week which has cemented for me yet another role model for being the best person I can be. I’m talking about Laura Jane Grace, the vocalist/ guitarist for Against Me!. This doesn’t really have much to do with Against Me! as a band. To be honest, I haven’t really been a fan of their music for a while, though I do consider their album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, one of the most important albums that will be released this year. I don’t need to rehash her backstory. I consider her a brave, strong individual and we should all take a page out of her book on how to deal with the obstacles life throws at us with poise and compassion. This aspect of compassion is what I consider to be really important, and this trait has been cemented by the news that Grace will front a web series that will not only look at her experience of coming out, but also those of other transgender men and women. It will be shown on AOL and is called True Trans (after the EP of the same name Against Me! released as a preview of the newer record). The show explores what gender means to these people as a way of helping Grace understand her new role in the world. The show starts showing at AOL.com in the US 10 Oct, but a trailer is online now. Hopefully we see it here too. firstname.lastname@example.org
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opinion ROOTS DOWN
GET IT TOGETHER
BLUES ‘N’ ROOTS WITH MICHAEL SMITH
DIVES INTO YOUR SCREENS AND IDIOT BOXES WITH GUY DAVIS
HIP HOP WITH JAMES D’APICE
GARY CLARK JR
It’s not every day a musician gets to buy the place that launched a thousand careers, including his own, but that’s just what Austin, Texas guitarist Gary Clark Jr did recently. In collaboration with a local businessman, the guitarist bought the legendary hometown venue, Antone’s, which was originally owned by local promoter Clifford Antone, who discovered Clark. One of the many great “discoveries” brought to Australia by the people behind Bluesfest in recent years, Clark, though something of a child prodigy, only released his debut album 110 in 2004 when he was 20. It was his third album and first major label release, 2012’s Blak And Blu that finally put him on the international map. He’s about to release a two-CD live album, simply titled Gary Clark Jr Live, recorded at various concerts around the world over the past year. A new album of course puts him in the running to be invited back to play Bluesfest 2015, where he would be joining the already announced Black Keys, Train, Michael Franti & Spearhead and Trombone Shorty among what is sure to be many, many more. So who else might we expect? Dr John? John Mayall perhaps? Surely Iggy Pop, since the Big Day Out isn’t around now to bring him over. And might Bluesfest be the platform to relaunch a reunited Midnight Oil? After all, Peter Garrett has a lot more time on his hands these days.
One of my favourite online pastimes would have to be ‘celebrity career rehab’, a little discussion that will see wholly unqualified but thoroughly caring individuals offering unsolicited advice to movie stars, filmmakers and other showbiz types who may have made a few false moves in the professional sense. It takes an absurd amount of presumption on the part of nerds such as myself that we think our words of wisdom might actually steer, say, Ben Affleck back towards the A-list (yep, I was doing this shit when Affleck was out in the wilderness... We’re talking the bad old days, the Bennifer days) or convince David Fincher that an adaptation of this novel or that comic book was truly the wisest course of action. And, yes, it’s silly and it’s pointless but it’s also good fun. But even if one doesn’t partake in such hobbies, watching a celeb going about the tricky task of career maintenance can be fascinating, almost as fascinating as the work they put into their actual artistic endeavours. Take one of the most high profile showbiz comebacks of recent times, that of Matthew McConaughey. It was interesting watching the trajectory of the actor’s career since he was anointed the ‘next big thing’ back in the late ‘90s. Seriously, walk past a newsstand and the dude was on half the magazine covers you’d see. And for a while there, he played the game wisely, working with the likes of Spielberg on prestige productions while trying to ensure he was enough of an attraction to audiences to stay viable. It’s a tightrope every halfway-successful celebrity has to walk at some stage or another.
What’s interesting about the McConaissance, as the actor’s second act has been dubbed, is that it has sprung from the actor pretty much doing whatever he wanted. (Of course, having a few fat stacks of fuck you cash from appearing in the soul-tarnishing likes of How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days probably gave him a little latitude; he could afford to take a punt on cooler indie projects that didn’t offer big paydays.) Joining Jeff Nichols’ Mud or taking a lead in HBO’s True Detective look like good calls in hindsight, but they could have vanished into obscurity or crashed and burned spectacularly. Of course, McConaughey can now write his own ticket – he’s got the lead in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Interstellar, a role you just know every eligible man in Hollywood was pursuing, and he’s apparently being courted for a number of high profile pictures, including the long-incubating big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s apocalyptic The Stand. (He’d make a mighty Randall Flagg, if you’re asking me.) So what can we learn from people like McConaughey or Clooney or Bullock? It’s all well and good to back yourself and do as you please, but you have to have a little bit of luck as well. Taylor Kitsch is a guy who springs to mind – hot off Friday Night Lights, his first three big-screen starring roles seemed like wise choices on paper. Looking at them now, John Carter, Battleship and Savages come across as the worst decisions in the history of bad decisions. And now the rebuilding process begins, but it’s usually when someone is feeling a bit humbled that they are able to find a bit of wisdom.
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RUN THE JEWELS
On paper Run The Jewels is a mystery. It’s a collaboration between an intelligent, politically aware barbershop owner in Killer Mike and El-P, a man who helped define indie rap in the ‘90s with Company Flow, helped define indie rap in the ‘00s with his label Definitive Jux, and has been a part of the rap scene since the dawn of time. A hairdresser and a relic combining? On paper, not a promising start. But, as we learned with 2013’s self-titled debut, the game of making rap music is not played on paper. That means that feeling we get when we learn of the guests slated to appear, on the upcoming second record RTJ2 – who appear, on paper, to be terrible – might be premature. Zack de la Rocha is a man passed his used-by date by almost two decades. For those of us ancient enough to remember, he fronted Rage Against The Machine. Another terrible guest: Blink-182’s Travis Barker. Barker’s album, Give The Drummer Some, in 2010 was a misnomer. When it comes to work with rappers, give that drummer none. But! El-P and Mike are themselves proof that when it comes to Run The Jewels, age is only a number. It would be foolish to write off RTJ2 based on the guest list alone. Although the preparation may read like the plot of the next instalment in the Expendables franchise, it could be that El-P and Killer Mike are about to prove that they, and their guests, are definitely not too old for this shit. getittogether@ themusic.com.au
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THE MUSIC PRESENTS
Darren Cross + Adam Young + Saloon Daddies: The Green Room, Enmore Gareth Rowan: The Little Guy, Glebe Die! Die! Die!: The Small Ballroom, Newcastle Black Diamond Hearts: The Soda Factory, Surry Hills Tina Arena: The Star, Pyrmont Roller Dog Thursdays: The Unicorn Hotel, Paddington
CHRONIXX: 12 DEC FACTORY THEATRE Steve Smyth: 13 Sep Lass O’Gowrie Newcastle; 14 Grand Junction Maitland; 18 Front Gallery Canberra; 19 Howlin Wolf; 25 Brass Monkey; 26 Baroque Katoomba; 28 Rhythm Hut Gosford; 31 Oct Newtown Social Club; 7 Nov Smith’s Alternative Bookshop; 8 Royal Hotel Springwood; 9 Grand Junction Maitland; 6 Dec Coogee Diggers
The Meanies: 10 Oct Roller Den
The Love Junkies: 17 Sep Transit Bar Canberra; 18 Rad Wollongong; 19 Tattersalls; 20 Spectrum; 21 Hamilton Station Hotel Newcastle
Radio Birdman: 31 Oct Cambridge Hotel Newcastle; 1 Nov Manning Bar
Kingswood: 18 Sep Cambridge Hotel Newcastle; 19 Waves Wollongong; 20 Collector Hotel; 25 ANU Bar Canberra Bonjah: 19 Sep Newtown Social Club; 20 Cambridge Hotel Newcastle Caravana Sun: 20 Sep Oxford Art Factory Ball Park Music: 26 Sep Enmore Theatre DMA’s: 3 & 4 Oct Oxford Art Factory Missy Higgins: 3 Oct Civic Theatre Newcastle; 4 Enmore Theatre; 6 The Concourse; 7 Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre; 9 Anita’s Theatre Wollongong; 11 Canberra Theatre Woodlock: 3 Oct Cambridge Hotel Newcastle; 10 Oct Newtown Social Club; 11 Oct Rad Wollongong; 12 Oct Smith’s Alternative Bookshop Canberra Yours & Owls 4th Birthday Festival: 4 Oct Stuart Park North Wollongong Courtney Barnett: 8 – 10 Oct Oxford Art Factory
Mojo Burning Roadshow: 17 Oct Great Northern Newcastle; 18 Lewisham Hotel; 19 Woonona Bulli RSL The Pierce Brothers: 23 Oct Moonshine Bar; 6 Nov Newtown Social Club The Blurst Of Times: 25 Oct Factory Theatre
Ouija Beats: 31 Oct Big Top Luna Park Wagons: 7 Nov Newtown Social Club Gossling: 11 & 12 Nov Newtown Social Club CW Stoneking: 13 Nov Small Ballroom Newcastle; 14 Metro Theatre
GIG OF THE WEEK KANYE WEST: 12 & 13 SEP QANTAS CREDIT UNION ARENA
G.O.D.: Town & Country Hotel, St Peters
Songs On Stage feat. Loretta D’Urso + Simon Li + more: Forest Lodge Hotel, Forest Lodge
Twin Ages + Release The Hounds + Angry Beige + Stone Desert + more: Valve @ Agincourt, Ultimo
Glenn Esmond: Fortune of War Hotel, The Rocks
Kylie Jane: Warners at the Bay, Warners Bay
Dig: The Nu Grooves: Foundry 616, Ultimo
Alex Hopkins: Wentworthville Leagues Club, Wentworthville
The Dai Pritchard Band: Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice, Sydney
The Kite String Tangle + Flamingo + Twin Caverns: Zierholz @ UC, Canberra
Greg Coffin Trio + Joel Jenkins Trio: 505, Surry Hills Musos Club Jam Night: Bald Faced Stag, Leichhardt Songs On Stage feat. Stuart Jammin + more: Balgownie Hotel, Balgownie Mitch Anderson & His Organic Orchestra: Coopers Hotel, Newtown Songs On Stage feat. Loretta D’Urso + more: Courthouse Hotel, Darlinghurst Bob Corbett: Duke of Wellington Hotel, New Lambton
The Lazys: Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice, Sydney
Evie Dean: Hillside Hotel, Castle Hill
Zoltan: Adria Bar & Restaurant, Sydney
Bec & Ben: La De Da Restaurant & Bar, Mona Vale
Hollywood Nights feat. The Mumps + Wild Anus: Hotel Hollywood, Surry Hills
Symbolic Weapon: Bald Faced Stag, Leichhardt
Mullum Music Festival: 20 – 23 Nov Mullumbimby
Songs On Stage feat. TAOS + Charli + Gavin Fitzgerald + Paul McGowan: Old Fitzroy Hotel, Woolloomooloo
Festival Of The Sun: 12 & 13 Dec Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park Port Macquarie Chronixx: 12 Dec Factory Theatre The War On Drugs: 13 & 15 Dec Metro Theatre
The Social Jam with Gang Of Brothers: Spring Street Social, Bondi Junction DubVision + Julian Jordan: The Argyle House, Newcastle Joe Henry + Heath Cullen: The Basement, Circular Quay The Petting Zoo: The Little Guy, Glebe
Jack Carty: 13 Dec Venue 505
Songs On Stage feat. Andrew Denniston + more: The Loft, UTS, Broadway
Thy Art Is Murder: 19 Dec Manning Bar
Dead Brian: Valve @ Agincourt, Ultimo
Dead Letter Circus: 19 Dec Metro Theatre; 21 Waves Wollongong
Free The Beats: 505, Surry Hills Strut! @ The Stag Heat 3: Bald Faced Stag, Leichhardt Trivia: Botany View Hotel, Newtown Alex Gibson + Paul Hanna: Brass Monkey, Cronulla Musos Club Jam Night: Carousel Inn, Rooty Hill Tim Conlon: Crows Nest Hotel, Crows Nest Jay Parrino: Dee Why Hotel, Dee Why
THE WAR ON DRUGS: 13 & 15 DEC METRO THEATRE
DJ Timmy Coffey: 5 Sawyers, Newcastle
Songs On Stage feat. The Perfect Pitchure: Hampshire Hotel, Camperdown
Michael Griffin Quartet: LazyBones Lounge, Marrickville
Daniel Lee Kendall: 29 Nov Loo Loo’s Warehouse Kincumber; 5 Dec Brighton Up Bar
Full Up! feat. Mikey Glamour + more: Goodgod Small Club (Front Bar), Sydney
Tina Arena: The Star Event Centre, Pyrmont
Andrew Gander: Foundry 616, Ultimo
Gorguts: 15 Nov Newtown Social Club
The Delta Riggs: 20 Nov Newtown Social Club
Songs On Stage feat. Chris Raicevich + more: Gladstone Hotel, Chippendale
Andy Bull + New Navy: Transit Bar, Canberra
Neck Deep + State Champs: Factory Theatre, Marrickville
Pat Capocci + The Sweet Jelly Rolls: Hotel Steyne (Moonshine Rum & Cider Bar), Manly The Folk Informal feat. Angharad Drake + Black River Bell + Amela + Imogen Bel: Kings Cross Hotel, Kings Cross The Subterraneans: LazyBones Lounge, Marrickville Dave White Duo: Maloneys Hotel, Sydney Cannibal Corpse + Hour Of Penance: Metro Theatre, Sydney Little Bastard + The Walking Who + Wasted Years + Iceage: New Brighton Hotel, Manly Castlecomer: Newtown Social Club, Newtown Nicky Kurta: Northies (Old Joe’s), Cronulla Jamie Lindsay: Northies (Sports Bar), Cronulla Sarah Paton: Observer Hotel, The Rocks Anthems of Oz: Orient Hotel, Sydney John Garcia: Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst Blake Tailor: Pendle Inn, Pendle Hill Skinpin + Catches & Halves + Unhinged: Rad Bar (formerly Yours & Owls), Wollongong Songs On Stage feat. Mick Hambly + more: Ruby L’Otel, Rozelle Greg Agar: Scruffy Murphy’s, Sydney
Jimmy Rigg + Fetta James + Lucy Hall: 505, Surry Hills
Andy & The Cruisers: Belmont 16’s, Belmont Zac & Ben: Belmore Hotel, Maitland Original Sin - INXS Show: Bowral Hotel, Bowral Darren Percival: Brass Monkey, Cronulla The Harpoons: Brighton Up Bar, Darlinghurst Throwing Copper + Foo Fighters Cover Show: Bull & Bush, Baulkham Hills Andy Bull + New Navy: Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle West Bowie Unzipped feat. Jeff Duff: Camelot Lounge, Marrickville Greg Agar: Campbelltown Catholic Club, Campbelltown The Andy Show: Cessnock Leagues Club, Cessnock The Levymen: Charlestown Bowling Club, Charlestown Sam Newtown Duo: Chatswood RSL, Chatswood Akuou + Promnite: Chinese Laundry, Sydney Hue Williams: Club Ashfield, Ashfield Picture Perfect: Colonial Hotel, Werrington Glenn Esmond: Coogee Bay Hotel, Coogee Bare Grillz + Mere Women + Whitney Houston’s Crypt + Collector: Croatian Wickham Sports Club, Wickham
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the guide firstname.lastname@example.org Crocq Lucero: Crown & Anchor Hotel, Newcastle
One Drop Rankin’ Riddim Spring Fest feat. King Tide + The Protesters + Kinsky + The Midnight Tea Party + DK & The Rising Sun + The Strides + DJ Foreigndub: Factory Theatre, Marrickville
Loaded Six Strings: Crown Hotel, Sydney Dave White Experience + Evie Dean: Crows Nest Hotel, Crows Nest
Various Artists: Family Inn, Rydalmere
Achtung Baby: Dicey Riley’s Hotel, Wollongong
Sound City: Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor
Bobby C: Duke of Wellington Hotel, New Lambton The Khats: Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor
Glenn Esmond + Dan Sharkey: Fortune of War Hotel, The Rocks
Ted Nash: Fortune of War Hotel, The Rocks
Paul Grabowsky: Foundry 616, Ultimo
Jazz Hip-Hop Freestyle Sessions: Foundry 616, Ultimo
DJ Gnocchi: Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice, Sydney
Junk: Foundry 616, Ultimo
Jay Seeney: Gerringong Bowling Club, Werri Beach
DJ Oli: Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice, Sydney Die! Die! Die!: Goodgod Small Club, Sydney
STEVE SMYTH: 13 SEP LASS O’GOWRIE NEWCASTLE; 14 GRAND JUNCTION MAITLAND
Geoff Rana: Grand Hotel, Rockdale Heath Burdell: Harbord Beach Hotel, Freshwater
Steve Edmonds: Orana Hotel, Blacksmiths
James Fox Higgins Trio: Hillside Hotel, Castle Hill
Rose Carleo: Oriental Hotel, Springwood
Blake Tailor: Hornsby Inn, Hornsby
Howling Bells: Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst
Good Griefs: Hotel Jesmond, Jesmond
EEO: Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst
Matt Jones: Ingleburn RSL, Ingleburn
Christie Lamb: Panthers (Paws Lounge), Port Macquarie
Steve Crocker: Kareela Golf & Social Club, Kareela
Luke Zancanaro: Parramatta RSL, Parramatta
D’Ban Jac: Kiama Leagues Club, Kiama
Marty Simpson: Penrith Panthers (Terrace Bar), Penrith
Jess Dunbar Duo: Kirribilli Hotel, Milsons Point
Victoria Avenue: PJ Gallagher’s, Enfield
Jake Folbigg: Lake Macquarie Tavern, Mount Hutton
Zoltan Duo: PJ Gallagher’s, Leichhardt
Pete Gelzinnis: Lambton Park Hotel, Lambton
Matt Price: PJ Gallagher’s, Sydney
Exile + Soul Benefits: Lansdowne Hotel, Chippendale
Kanye West + Pusha T: Qantas Credit Union Arena, Darling Harbour
Bruer’s Brew + Liam McKahey & The Bodies: LazyBones Lounge, Marrickville
Matt Lyon: Quakers Inn, Quakers Hill
Otis Redding 73rd Birthday Celebration feat. Johnny G & The E-Types: The Basement, Circular Quay Dragon + Special Guests: The Bridge Hotel, Rozelle Saving June: The Exchange Hotel, Hamilton El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico: The Hi-Fi, Moore Park 2GoodReasons: The Mark Hotel, Lambton The Slowdowns: The Old Growler, Woolloomooloo Steve Smyth: The Pier, Port Macquarie Rick Dangerous & the Silkie Bantams: The Roller Den, Erskinville Big Rich: The Vineyard Hotel, Vineyard Twinsanity: The Windsor Castle Hotel, Newcastle The Orchestral Sessions with Elvis To The Max: Theatre Royal, Sydney
The Lazys + Palace Of The King + In Hydes Shadow: Lewisham Hotel, Lewisham
Client Liaison + Andras Fox: Rad Bar (formerly Yours & Owls), Wollongong
Patrick James + Winterbourne: Lizottes Newcastle, New Lambton
Q Sound: Ramsgate RSL (Lounge), Sans Souci
The Relics + The Cassettes: Town & Country Hotel, St Peters
The McClymonts + Adam Eckersley Band: Revesby Workers (Whitlam Theatre), Revesby
Green Day Show: Towradgi Beach Hotel, Towradgi Castlecomer: Transit Bar, Canberra
Salsa Kingz: Revesby Workers (Infinity Lounge), Revesby
Critical Sound feat. Kasra + Enei: Trinity Bar, Dickson
Songs On Stage feat. Starr Witness + Cherokee Rose + more: Ruby L’Otel, Rozelle
Spring Break-Down with Counterattack + Bombs Over Brunswick + Ether Rag + more: Valve @ Agincourt (Basement / 8pm), Ultimo
Danny T: Macarthur Tavern, Campbelltown The Kite String Tangle + Flamingo + Twin Caverns: Manning Bar, Camperdown Jackson Holt + Cam Nacson: Mona Vale Hotel, Mona Vale Funked Up Fridays: Mounties, Mt Pritchard
VIP: Scruffy Murphy’s, Sydney
Gen-R-8: Nelson Bay Diggers Club, Nelson Bay
The Vampires: Seymour Centre (Sound Lounge), Chippendale
Steve Frank + Joey Kaz + DLE + Chris Coast: New Brighton Hotel, Manly
Tchami: Soho, Potts Point
Meg Mac + Rainy Day Women: Newtown Social Club, Newtown Klay Vetter: Northies (Sports Bar), Cronulla Dennis Demello: Oasis on Beamish Hotel, Campsie Cambo: Observer Hotel, The Rocks Hayden Johns: Ocean Beach Hotel, Umina
Songs In The Key of Life - The Stevie Wonder Songbook: South Sydney Juniors, Kingsford Devilskin: Spectrum, Darlinghurst Cath & Him: St George Leagues (Mixed Lounge), Kogarah Vanessa Heinitz: Tahmoor Inn, Tahmoor
Brad Johns: Time & Tide Hotel, Dee Why
Jungle Bones + MVRKS + more: Valve @ Agincourt (Level One / 9pm), Ultimo Alex Hopkins: Wentworthville Leagues Club, Wentworthville
DJ Patsan: 5 Sawyers, Newcastle Sonido + Victor Martinez Parada: 505, Surry Hills Coach Bombay: Beach Road Hotel, Bondi Beach
Original Sin - INXS Show: Beaches Hotel, Thirroul The Snape Brothers: Belmont 16’s, Belmont Tres Hombres: Belmore Hotel, Maitland Otis Redding 73rd Birthday Celebration feat. Johnny G & The E-Types: Brass Monkey, Cronulla Sharron Bowman: Brewhouse, Kings Park Birds with Thumbs + Montes Jura: Brighton Up Bar, Darlinghurst
Geoff Rana: Greystanes Inn, Greystanes Songs On Stage feat. Green Manalishi + Young Fellas + Bobby Shades: Hampshire Hotel, Camperdown Steve Edmonds: Hornsby Inn, Hornsby Half Nelson: Huskisson Hotel, Huskisson Dave Live!: Iron Horse Inn, Cardiff Party Inc: Kareela Golf & Social Club, Kareela Matt Lyon: Kellys on King, Newtown Charlie Harper Band: Kiama Leagues Club, Kiama The Sue & Mikey Show: Lambton Park Hotel, Lambton
Old School Band: Bull & Bush, Baulkham Hills
Alex Cameron + Guests: Lansdowne Hotel, Chippendale
The Kite String Tangle + Flamingo + Twin Caverns: Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle West
Steve Smyth + Galleri + The Double Shadows: Lass O’Gowrie, Wickham
Andy Mammers & Crash Avenue: Campbelltown Catholic Club, Campbelltown
The Four Stooges + Chris Flynn Stuck in the 80s + The Dunhill Blues: LazyBones Lounge, Marrickville
That Other Band: Carousel Inn, Rooty Hill
Zoltan: Le Pub, Balmain
Abbalanche - The Australian ABBA Tribute Show: Castle Hill RSL (Auditorium), Castle Hill Incognito Band: Cessnock Leagues Club, Cessnock John OO Fleming + Mak & Pasteman: Chinese Laundry, Sydney Going Bjork with the Sydney Chamber Choir: City Recital Hall, Sydney James Englund Duo: Coogee Bay Hotel, Coogee Hand Picked: Courthouse Hotel, Darlinghurst Sons of Mercury + Heath Burdell: Crows Nest Hotel, Crows Nest Lepers & Crooks + Bronte: Dicey Riley’s Hotel, Wollongong Greg Bryce & The Bad Bad Things: Duke of Wellington Hotel, New Lambton The White Brothers: Ettamogah Hotel, Kellyville Ridge
Angus & Julia Stone: Llewellyn Hall, Canberra Building Bridges for Refugees fundraiser feat. Dick Diver + Holy Balm + Day Ravies + more: Marrickville Bowling Club (2pm), Marrickville Luke Dixon Duo: Mean Fiddler Hotel (Courtyard), Rouse Hill Ben Finn Trio: Mean Fiddler Hotel (Fiddler Bar), Rouse Hill Andy Bull + New Navy: Metro Theatre, Sydney Party Central Video DJ: Mounties, Mt Pritchard Coastal Craze: Nelson Bay Diggers Club, Nelson Bay Whitley + Tom Cooney: Newtown Social Club, Newtown I Killed The Prom Queen + The Ghost Inside + In Hearts Wake + more: Oasis Youth Centre (All Ages), Wyong Riz Hallowes + Luke Zancanaro: Observer Hotel, The Rocks Cath & Him: OurimbahLisarow RSL, Ourimbah Patrick James + Winterbourne: Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst
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the guide email@example.com Party Mode: Penrith Panthers (Terrace Bar), Penrith
I Killed The Prom Queen + The Ghost Inside + In Hearts Wake + more: UNSW Roundhouse (All Ages), Kensington
Songs On Stage feat. Johnny Freud + more: Petersham Inn, Petersham
Selfish Act + Dispolar + Unbranded Animals + Dead In The Gutter + more: Valve @ Agincourt (Basement / 4pm), Ultimo
Glenn Esmond: PJ Gallagher’s, Moore Park Mark Oats & Cara Kavanagh Duo: PJ Gallagher’s, Leichhardt Matt Jones: Plough & Harrow, Camden
School Of Rock: Valve @ Agincourt (Basement / 12pm), Ultimo
Wasted Years feat. Wax Witches: Q Bar, Darlinghurst
The Button Collective: Vicinity Dining, Alexandria
Kanye West + Pusha T: Qantas Credit Union Arena, Darling Harbour
Illawarra Folk Club presents a Tribute to John Meredith: Wongawilli Colonial Dance Club (2.30pm), Wongawilli
Die! Die! Die!: Rad Bar (formerly Yours & Owls), Wollongong
Matt Price: Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel, Woolloomooloo
High Rollers Big Band: Revesby Workers (Infinity Lounge), Revesby
Big Rich: Riverwood Inn, Riverwood
CANNIBAL CORPSE: 11 SEP METRO THEATRE
Darren Percival: Rooty Hill RSL (Waratah Room), Rooty Hill The Levymen: Royal Federal Hotel, Branxton Souled Out: Scruffy Murphy’s, Sydney Reid Between the Lines feat. Nic Jeffries : Seymour Centre, Chippendale Craig Thommo: Sir Joseph Banks Hotel, Botany 3 Way Split: South Hurstville RSL, South Hurstville Blake Tailor: St George Motor Boat Club, Sans Souci Jed Zarb: St George Rowing Club, Wolli Creek Alex Hopkins: Stacks Taverna, Sydney Something Else: Sutherland United Services Club, Sutherland Dress Up Attack! feat. The Clouds + Phil Jamieson’s WoodenSpoon + more: Sydney Portugal Community Club (Fraser Park FC), Marrickville Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings + Saun & Starr + The Bombay Royale: Sydney Town Hall, Sydney
Rob Henry: Time & Tide Hotel, Dee Why
Happy Hippies: Bull & Bush, Baulkham Hills
Paul Hayward + Friends: Town & Country Hotel (4pm), St Peters
Queen - It’s A Kinda Magic with Giles Taylor: Canberra Theatre, Canberra
Grove St: Town & Country Hotel (7.30pm), St Peters
Ty: Charlestown Bowling Club, Charlestown
Client Liaison: Transit Bar, Canberra
Matt Jones Duo: Commodore Hotel, McMahons Point
Victris + Aeriae + Simon Mann + Alphatown + more: Valve @ Agincourt (Basement / 7pm), Ultimo
Steve Edmonds: Corrimal Hotel, Corrimal
Corrosion feat. Xerstorkitte + DJ S.H.E. + more: Valve @ Agincourt (Level One / 9pm), Ultimo
Mark Wells Trio: Crown & Anchor Hotel, Newcastle
Sounds Like Sunset + Ramps + more: Vintagesounds Rehearsal Studios, Marrickville
Bandintexas + The Mercy Kills + July Talk + Holly Who + Tequila Mockingbyrd: Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice, Sydney
Elevation - U2 Tribute: Wentworthville Leagues Club, Wentworthville
Rachel Fahim: Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel, Woolloomooloo
One Night Only: The Bridge Hotel, Rozelle
Cakes with Danny T: World Bar, Kings Cross
Amela: The Newsagency, Marrickville Nick Raschke Duo: The Windsor Castle Hotel, Newcastle One Hit Wonder Mountain Festival feat. Alison Wonderland + Miami Horror + The Aston Shuffle + Panama + Young Franco + Leah Mencel + The Delta Riggs + LDRU: Thredbo Village, Thredbo
Leon Fallon: Family Inn, Rydalmere
Melody Rhymes: Wentworthville Leagues Club (Wenty Lounge), Wentworthville
Steve Nieve: The Basement, Circular Quay
Jake Folbigg: The Mark Hotel, Lambton
Victoria Avenue: Ettamogah Hotel, Kellyville Ridge
Dan Sharkey: Fortune of War Hotel, The Rocks
Tina Arena: WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong
Hornet: The Exchange Hotel, Hamilton
The El Caminos: Corrimal RSL, Corrimal
Overtone: Warners at the Bay, Warners Bay
Kristy Cox + Travis List: The Abbey, Nicholls
Muma Janes Blues Band: The Entrance Bowling Club, The Entrance
Jazz Jam Sessions: 505, Surry Hills
DJ Tone: 5 Sawyers, Newcastle Various Artists: Balgownie Hotel, Balgownie Cass Eager & The Velvet Ropes + Don Hopkins + Cameron Henderson: Beaches Hotel, Thirroul Phillip Crawshaw: Belmont 16’s, Belmont The Mezcaltones: Botany View Hotel, Newtown Doc Holliday Takes The Shotgun: Brass Monkey, Cronulla
Songs On Stage feat. Peach Montgomery + more: Garry Owen Hotel, Rozelle Steve Smyth: Grand Junction Hotel (The Junkyard), Maitland Dan Spillane: Harbord Beach Hotel, Freshwater Orbit feat. Monster Stomp + Tiger Widow + Ringblower + Clinic 13: Hotel Hollywood (4pm), Surry Hills
Tranny Bingo: Coopers Hotel, Newtown
50 Million Beers + Out of Nowhere: Marrickville Bowling Club, Marrickville
Frankie’s World Famous House Band: Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice, Sydney
The Mondays: Mean Fiddler Hotel, Rouse Hill
Songs On Stage feat. Stuart Jammin + Chris Brookes + Massimo Presti + Rick Taylor: Kellys on King, Newtown
Mandi Jarry: Narrabeen Sands, Narrabeen
Sonic Mayhem Orchestra: LazyBones Lounge, Marrickville
Mick Jones: Nelson Bay Diggers Club, Nelson Bay
Angus & Julia Stone: Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Glenn Esmond: Northies, Cronulla
Latin & Jazz Open Mic: World Bar, Kings Cross
Carl Fidler + Three Wise Men: Observer Hotel, The Rocks
A Team Duo: Orient Hotel, Sydney
Old School Funk & Groove Night: 505, Surry Hills
Matt Lyon: Overlander Hotel, Cambridge Gardens
Andrea Bocelli + Delta Goodrem: Allphones Arena, Sydney Olympic Park
The Night Beats: Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst Drew: Penrith Panthers (Terrace Bar / 2pm), Penrith Matchbox Band: Penrith RSL (Castle Lounge / 2pm), Penrith Joe Bonamassa + Claude Hay: State Theatre, Sydney Angus & Julia Stone + Vancouver Sleep Clinic: Sydney Opera House, Sydney Remembering Amy Winehouse feat. Alice Terry + Billie McCarthy + Ines + more: The Basement, Circular Quay Ted Nash: The Bellevue Hotel, Paddington
Gem Bossa: Jam Vybz Restaurant, Glebe
Peter Northcote’s Drive + Guy Delandro: The Bridge Hotel, Rozelle
Garry James: Kiama Leagues Club, Kiama
Romi + Vanessa Caspersz: The Little Guy, Glebe
Beccy & The Pussycats: LazyBones Lounge, Marrickville
Love That Hat: The Mark Hotel, Lambton
The Living Room feat. The Morrisons + Laura Zarb: Lewisham Hotel (6pm), Lewisham
Glenn Esmond: The Mill Hotel, Milperra
Rock n Roll & Alternative Market feat. Pat Capocci + Twin Beasts + The Drey Rollan Band + That Red Head + more: Manning Bar (10.30am), Camperdown
The Jay Birds: Time & Tide Hotel, Dee Why
Zoltan: The Woolwich Pier Hotel, Woolwich
Declan Kelly + Michael Duchesne + Duncan Welsh Duo + Sye McRitchie: Bar 34, Bondi Beach Open Mic Night: Botany View Hotel, Newtown Husky: Brass Monkey, Cronulla Grace Barbe: Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, Cessnock Greg Agar: Cock ‘n’ Bull, Bondi Junction Open Mic Night with Champagne Jam: Dundas Sports Club, Dundas Triumphant Tuesdays: Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice, Sydney I Killed The Prom Queen + The Ghost Inside + In Hearts Wake + Bury Tomorrow + Hellions: Gearin Hotel, Katoomba Steve Hunter Band: LazyBones Lounge, Marrickville Cassandra Braslin: Restaurant 317, Parramatta Ari & Mia + Lucy Wise: Smiths Alternative Bookshop, Canberra Blues Tuesdays: Spring Street Social, Bondi Junction Chu: World Bar, Kings Cross
El Duende: Town & Country Hotel (3pm), St Peters
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PROFESSIONAL VOCAL TUITION! I am a professional vocal coach and signed recording artist that can help you get the most out of your voice. Beginners or advanced students welcome! call 0448 080 619. $35 per half hour/$60 per hour.
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We require a left handed bass player for the roll of Paul McCartney. Must have professional attitude be dedicated. Vocal ability to cover Macca’s high range. All gear and costumes are provided. Must have current pass port and be available at times for touring and cruises. Will train a willing prospect. for more info contact Bill Croft on 0402 627 934 or 029610 -7197 or email email@example.com or visit our website www.beatlemagic.com.au
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Published on Sep 9, 2014
Published on Sep 9, 2014
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