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He’s broadened our horizons with his intelligent and witty observations on both life itself and destinations all over the planet, now prolific US author Bill Bryson is appearing live in Brisbane – being interviewed by the one and only Ray Martin – to discuss his fascinating life and travels, and the wisdom that he’s picked up along the way. He appears at QPAC this Saturday night from 8pm – it’s bound to make a memorable meeting of minds.
It’s been a crazy time of late for Aussie comic Hannah Gadsby, who kicked goals left, right and centre during last year’s prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival and then backed it up at home when she was nominated for Best Show at the 2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Her new show The Exhibitionist is rumoured to be a veritable laugh riot – find out for yourself when she hits Brisbane Powerhouse all week up until Sunday.
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In the annals of rock’n’roll you don’t see too many names bigger than industrial legends Nine Inch Nails or stoner pin-ups Queens Of The Stone Age – nor do you often get the chance to see bands of this stature playing together in Brisbane! Expect a punch of pure adrenalin to the face when these two behemoths face off at BEC next Monday night. Don’t be late because they’re tossing a coin to see who headlines, and fate can be a right bitch! BRISBANE
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GLITTER AND TRAUMA
If you’re yet to climb some Mountains with Biffy Clyro then do yourself a favour and change that situation this year. One of the biggest rock bands in Europe, the boys have headlined Reading, sold out Wembley Arena, and are excited about returning to Australian stages after playing to adoring crowds across Soundwave 2014. Experience these Scottish greats at the height of their powers, 4 Sep, The Tivoli, Brisbane; 5 Sep, Enmore Theatre, Sydney; 7 Sep, Palais Theatre, Melbourne; and 12 Sep, Metro City, Perth.
BIG MAN PLANS
Charismatic hip hop hero Action Bronson is set to be one of the highlights on the upcoming Groovin The Moo tour. But although you can take the city boy out to the country, you can’t keep the city boy content out there, which is why the New York MC has announced some capital headline dates around the country. Catch him 30 Apr, Metro Theatre, Sydney; 1 May, Corner Hotel, Melbourne; 7 May, The Hi-Fi, Brisbane; and 9 May, Villa Nightclub, Perth.
CLASH OF THE TITANS
A night for the heads and the purists, legendary hip hop producers Pete Rock and DJ Premier will be bringing their Collusion event out to Oz, the American pair perform as a duo, and in both collaborative and versus sets. These huge nights of beat and rhyme happen 1 May, Capitol, Perth; 2 May, 170 Russell, Melbourne; 3 May, The Hi-Fi, Sydney; and 9 May, Arena, Brisbane.
BIG WIN FOR BIG SCARY
Congratulations are definitely in order for Melbourne duo Big Scary, who have beaten out more than 300 longlisted domestic acts to take home the ninth annual Australian Music Prize, the Coopers AMP recipients taking home the first prize check of $30,000 for their second LP Not Art. Acclaimed Grammy Award winning producer Steve Lillywhite presented the group with the award at The Basement in Sydney.
SOUND ALL AROUND
Although the hype machine would have you believe otherwise, Oscar Key Sung is only just getting around to releasing his debut EP. Holograms captures the prodigious Melbourne songwriter and producer at his most daring and emotive, his alt-R&B jams taking you from the bedroom to the dancefloor and back again. Hear these new songs first 14 Mar, Trinity Bar, Canberra; 11 Apr, Star Bar, Bendigo; 19 Apr, Howler, Melbourne; 24 Apr, Goodgod Small Club, Sydney; 26 Apr, Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane; and 1 May, The Bird, Perth.
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Hip hop sensation Bam Bam is dropping The Good Life later this month and to celebrate he’s taking his party bangers on the road: 2 Apr, Happy Club, Newcastle; 3 Apr, Manning Bar, Sydney; 4 Apr, Bowler Bar, Brisbane; 5 Apr, Solbar, Maroochydore; 12 Apr, Northcote Social Club, Melbourne; and 19 Apr, Amplifier, Perth, with Savo supporting. Proudly presented by The Music.
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Misery Signals are back with new album Absent Light, and they’ll be taking their metal precision and punk attitude on tour with Stories in tow: Amplifier Bar, Perth, 8 May; YMCA HQ, Perth, 9 May; The Espy, Melbourne, 10 May; Break The Ice Festival, Lilydale Showgrounds, Melbourne, 11 May (Stories not appearing); ANU Bar, Canberra, 15 May; The Hi-Fi, Sydney, 16 May; The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, 17 May; and The Lab, Brisbane, 18 May.
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The full line-up for mini-fest Free Your Mind has been unveiled. Headlined by the festival’s curators Northlane, other acts include Thy Art Is Murder (pictured), Veil Of Maya, Volumes and Make Them Suffer. The minifest visits The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, 22 May; Metro Theatre, Sydney, 23 May; The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, 24 May; Zierholz, Canberra, 25 May; Fly By Night, Fremantle, 28 May; The Capitol, Perth, 29 May; and The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, 31 May and 1 Jun. And don’t forget to enter theMusic.com.au’s competition for your band’s chance to open the festival in your city! Proudly presented by The Music.
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The main line-up for the 2014 Urban Country Music Festival has been revealed, with country darling Kasey Chambers, sister trio The McClymonts and genre veteran Adam Brand heading the bill. Other names on the line-up include: Beccy Cole, The Sunny Cowgirls, Busby Marou, Morgan Evans, Paul Costa, Simply Bushed, Harry Hookey, The Pigs, Dozzi, Carl Wockner, Brad Butcher, The Viper Creek Band, Chad Shuttleworth, The Smokin’ Crawdads, Jess Davis, Jared Porter and Kiara Rodrigues, with a whole bunch more also fronting up for the fun. The festival is held in Caboolture, 2 – 4 May, and is proudly presented by The Music.
Palmarama sees the coming together of Palms and Gooch Palms, with the two bands sure to bring all sorts of shady rock sounds and tropical behaviour to the stage next week. Both groups plug in at Elsewhere, GC, 21 Mar and The Underdog, 22 Mar – get your loose on.
CAN’T GET ENOUGH KATE Announced last October, Kate MillerHeidke’s O Vertigo! Tour, named after her forthcoming independently released record (out 14 Mar), has received overwhelming interest from her fans, the local singersongwriter successfully using the directto-fan platform PledgeMusic to fund the release. If you missed out on tickets for the first show, her second one hits The Tivoli, 6 Apr. Tickets through Ticketmaster.
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Hobbledehoy Record Co have been pulling out all the stops recently, and their Queensland celebration of sounds hits Crowbar, 5 Apr. Hobble Day is a small, annual event for friends of the label to celebrate the wonderful camaraderie and important networks they’ve all helped build through music. Unexpectedly, Hobble Day will be the fitting last show for Arrows, but with Victoria’s Jamie Hay and Ceres on board, plus We Set Sail, you should push through the pain barrier.
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Australia’s relationship with Katy Perry is just going swimmingly well, which is why the jungle-loving pop princess has had to add new dates in every state for her upcoming Prismatic Tour. Brisbane gets a second night of sugar 28 Nov, Brisbane Entertainment Centre. Tickets via Ticketek.
After a wait of more than two decades, Australian Anathema fans can at last rejoice, with their British prog metal heroes finally set to march Down Under for a run of east coast dates. Enjoy the entire scope of their dense back catalogue when the sextet kick off their inaugural visit at The Hi-Fi, 21 Aug. Tickets via Metropolis Touring for $75.
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So far this year Kingswood have already smashed out Big Day Out, gone on a national tour with Calling All Cars and nabbed number 53 on the triple j Hottest 100. Now they’re set to hit the road for Groovin The Moo, and not only that but they’re playing some headline shows as well in celebration of new single Suckerpunch. The Groovin The Moo/Funk In The Trunk tour stops off at The Hi-Fi, 31 May, proudly presented by The Music.
REMINDERS OF THE PAST Captured is a new Museum Of Brisbane exhibition that features the art of early Brisbane photographers and their Aboriginal subjects. Curated by respected Indigenous photographer and anthropologist Michael Aird, it will open on Friday and run until 22 Jun, with free curator tours on 23 Mar and 15 Jun.
SOZ, HEART BRUNO
Due to illness, American pop superstar Bruno Mars had to postpone last Friday’s sold out Brisbane show. He was sad, you were sad, we were all sad. But no worries, the show will go on, Thursday night (tomorrow); hope you’ve held on to your tickets!
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LEAVING A MARK
Geelong band Residual have released their new single Numbered, from their forthcoming debut EP, and are celebrating with an east coast tour. With each member having spent time in at least one hardcore band at some point, it’s time you were surprised by this indie-rock departure: The Loft, Gold Coast, 3 May and The Tempo Hotel, 4 May, proudly presented by The Music.
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He didn’t have much trouble blowing minds last time he was out in 2012 supporting Nicki Minaj, and Tyga will be working his tail off to do the same again with some headline shows in a few months time. The 24-year-old has just dropped the fourth instalment of his Well Done mixtape series, with star turns from the likes of Lil Wayne and Fabolous, and will show off the fresh shit and old favourites at Mystique, Arena, 12 Apr. Tickets through Ticketek for $67.50.
Fans of the Red Deer Music & Arts Festival will have to wait until September 2015 to experience Brisbane’s boutique BYO camping event again. Organisers say it will be back better than ever after a short hiatus once they have secured the future of the festival’s location by re-applying to the Moreton Bay Regional Council.
PHARRELL VENUE CHANGE
This is sure to make plenty of Brisbane friends very Happy indeed. Man of the moment Pharrell Williams has upgraded his venue to meet with the crazy demand for his 12 Mar show, moving proceedings from The Marquee at RNA Showgrounds to Riverstage. The cat in the hat has also invited a couple of friends along to help get the party started in the way of trap shaker Baauer and our own Nina Las Vegas. Tickets originally purchased will still be valid, while new ones can be bought for the all ages gig through Ticketmaster.
Industry leaders from the APRA Music Awards have announced that this year the event will be hosted at Brisbane’s own City Hall, 23 Jun. Our humble state will welcome some big names in the music biz with contenders for the prestigious APRA Song Of The Year to be announced mid-April and a complete nominations list released in May.
Ahead of their upcoming Australian tour, Monster Magnet have unveiled the opening acts for the tour. The main support in each city will be two-piece hell raisers King Of The North, while the Brisbane show at The Hi-Fi on 5 Apr also sees Fort warming the stage for the space-rock legends. Proudly presented by The Music.
“’YOU’RE BETTER THAN THAT’ IS ALMOST NEVER TRUE”
After selling the hell out of their first Brisbane show, RÜFÜS have announced a second night at The Tivoli, taking place the night after the first, 11 May. Seems as though Atlas has struck a fairly strong chord with you dance-crazed crazies, eh? Anyway, if you missed out first time don’t make the same mistake again – tickets through Ticketmaster.
THREE’S A CROWD
Stephanie Crase has her hands full with solo project Summer Flake, but it’s this genuine investment of time, energy and talent that makes her debut album You Can Have It All such a success. Clearly she can do it all, managing to effortlessly write, record, mix and play every instrument herself. Give her some company (and why not bring some of your own) when she plays The Hideaway, Saturday. 14 • THE MUSIC • 12TH MARCH 2014
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LET’S FACE IT
With their brand new album Faceless to promote, Buried In Verona will embark on a national tour. With support from Fit For A King, Feed Her To The Sharks and Ocean Grove, you can catch the band at Crowbar, 19 Apr and The Lab, 20 Apr (all ages).
The Low Desert Punk himself Brant Bjork has put together a spirited band that captures his sunburnt rock ideals, and he’ll be dragging his finest riffs and rhythms kicking and screaming to The Zoo, 23 May and The Northern, 24 May. Don’t miss the Kyuss legend playing in intimate surroundings.
SPICE OF LIFE
Local legend Ben Salter will play a welcomed solo gig with his fellow Brisbane buddy Paul Donoughue, aka BigStrongBrute at The Hideaway, 25 Apr. $15 on the door will provide you with some seriously colourful stories and the potential for drunken revelry – you can’t lose.
Still rolling after their Top 50 ARIA debut Die Young, Hellions bring their We Are The Wild Ones tour to Crowbar, 1 May and South Toowoomba Bowls Club, 2 May (all ages) with special guests Trophy Eyes. Brutal music has never sounded so fresh.
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INDEPENDENT WOMAN Kate Miller-Heidke tells Hannah Story about embracing the eclectic, the freedom granted by going independent, and a fan’s prize cow, also named Kate.
on’t expect Kate Miller-Heidke’s fourth album to be the same as 2012’s Nightflight. Instead, O Vertigo! is a release that experiments with sonic palettes and vocal melodies, and is different to its predecessor in more ways than one. Firstly, it’s the first album Miller-Heidke has released independently, out from under the watchful eye of her former label, Sony. “I just felt as though it was time,” Miller-Heidke says. “It wasn’t working really well for me, I was miserable, and the way that my career’s developed is very much as a sort of niche artist. I’ve got a small little kind
So not only was she free of the demands of her record label and the constrictions of an album-album format, but also of the pressures of collaboration with her husband and long-time creative partner, Keir Nuttall. As such it is less heavy on the metaphor for than her previous releases, and “sounds like more of a reflection of me than anything I’ve done before. I feel like it’s got more personality. “For a start, vocally, there’s a bit more experimentation, there’s more character in the vocals. I think the lyrics are a lot more direct. There’s a lot less metaphor on this record and a bit more
of needing reassurance from him, or wanting to ask him what he thought of something, but ultimately it all just came down to what I thought about the stuff, which once I let go, was really freeing.” But that doesn’t mean Miller-Heidke did it all on her own. On O Vertigo! she was also able to record with Washington in the studio, and collaborate long-distance with Passenger and Drapht. “It was such a lovely thing for all those guys to just agree to be involved. I had a dream for this album a year ago that I wanted Passenger, Drapht and Washo on the record and I thought, ‘Look, even if I can just get two out of three or whatever, I’ll be doing well’. Just that act of reaching out and asking, it’s not easy for me, I’m quite an introvert and I’m pretty scared of rejection, but they all said yes and I think that helped me get more confidence again.” It’s an album that ended up having the same production values as something put out by a major label, thanks to the great success of her independent PledgeMusic crowdfunding campaign. Her fanbase can’t be so small after all. Despite the backlash unleashed on other singers who have taken the crowdfunding route, MillerHeidke was not discouraged, even enlisting fellow crowdfunder, Amanda Palmer, for her campaign video.
“ONE GUY TOLD ME THAT HE’D NAMED HIS PRIZE COW AFTER ME.” of cottage industry and a relatively small yet devoted fanbase. I just felt that it wasn’t being handled as well as it could’ve been. I didn’t need that big huge machine behind me, I didn’t want the pressure of people wanting me to write a radio song or a single. I wanted to be able to make whatever music came out.” Miller-Heidke was also able to approach the album in a different way; the aesthetic has changed to a more eclectic mix of songs, each distinctive and different to the next. “I think that I didn’t care too much about making a coherent statement, or having a particular colour palette or aesthetic. That was something I was very focused on in Nightflight and this time I wanted it to feel more like just a release or an escape and for each song to be its own universe. I do think listening through it now that there are threads that run through it, but I didn’t care so much about that. “I felt it was too constrictive for me the other way. Even though I think Nightflight is a beautiful record and it’s very cohesive, it was a bit dark and very introspective and I wanted this album to represent complete freedom, y’know. I’m independent now and I wasn’t working with my collaborator, Keir Nuttall; for the first time ever, I wrote nearly everything myself without a collaborator. I guess I just wanted to break free of all of those constraints.” 16 • THE MUSIC • 12TH MARCH 2014
vulnerability, in a way. I think my style is lyricwriting is more direct than Keir’s and part of that is because I wanted the melodies to be really married to the vocals, the lyrics to be really married to the melodies, so it had to be lyrics that would sing beautifully, not just sound good. “It required a bit of a leap of faith in myself, but it was the same thing with going independent. I don’t know, it was kind of time for me to step up, and Keir and I were sending each other insane last time towards the end of the touring cycle and both of us needed a break. I had the really strong sense that I had to make it myself, and sometimes I did fall into those old habits
“You’re always going to get backlash proportionate to how well you do. I feel actually quite lucky that I seem to have escaped too much criticism over it. I think there are still a lot of misconceptions around of what crowdfunding actually means but in my case, through Pledge, it really is a case of just buying things, or pre-ordering things that hopefully you were going to buy anyway, just paying for them a few months in advance. There’s no aspect of it that’s like begging or asking people to pay for things twice, it’s just almost like an online store, an extension of that.” And then when she raised 214% of her goal, she was surprised and overwhelmed. Its success has meant not only increased funds to go towards videos, photos, artwork and other promotion, but the establishment of a different type of connection with her fans. The rewards for the campaign included t-shirts, copies of the record, a songbook, Happy Birthday phone calls, acoustic house gigs, and even the piano on which she wrote the album. But the process of enacting all these rewards is more time-consuming than Miller-Heidke imagined. “It’s been amazing and a new experience for me, but very rewarding. It’s really cool to get to speak to people and they’re all lovely and I don’t know, it just gives an extra dimension of meaning to what I do, I guess, to be able to talk to people on the phone, and they usually want to share a story
A LOT ON HER PLATE On top of writing and recording an album, in 2013, Kate Miller-Heidke featured in the English National Opera’s production of Sunken Garden, as a hologram – which was admittedly a strange experience. She’s already got plans to get back onto the theatre stage following the Australian tour, as she heads to New York to live and work for two-and-a-half months, taking a part in Metropolitan Opera’s The Death Of Klinghoffer. She heads straight into six weeks of rehearsals, but is confident as she already knows the role and the production. But that’s not all: “And I’m writing a children’s opera at the moment for Opera Australia, which is going to open early next year, so yeah, I love that world, the world of the theatre, and I think I definitely will do more of that stuff in the future if it’s right.” However, MillerHeidke doesn’t feel that she’s overworked or juggling too many projects. “Sometimes I do feel that and it’s something I’ve had to struggle with in the past, particularly when there’s lots of travel involved and jetlag. It’s just like getting punched in the brain and I swear that jetlag makes you depressed sometimes. Having said that though I do love being busy, it’s that old paradox of the more you have to do, the more you get done. It’s just a case of finding balance, which is hard as a musician.”
about one of my songs or gigs or whatever, and I feel quite lucky actually. It doesn’t feel like a job, it feels like an exchange, I’m getting a lot back from it. “I’ve only done one house concert and we’ve got quite a few more of them coming up and I’ve been writing out lots of lyric sheets everyday, there’s a lot of things. It’s actually a lot of work; it’s easy to think up reward. And the pressure to make sure everybody gets it on time, because I would hate to disappoint anyone by being late.” The Happy Birthday calls are an especially enjoyable experience where she discovers a lot about her fans, often when they’re a little bit drunk at their parties. “One guy told me that he’d named his prize cow after me, but it’s like a prize heifer that lives with Freddie Mercury and Prince, the other cows. In pretty good company there, it was quite flattering.” Five per cent of the total funds raised from what was, at the time of writing, 2629 pledges, will go to the WWF and their work trying to save the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Miller-Heidke is adamantly against the dumping of dredge soil. “All that money will go through to the WWF on the day of album release, so the 14th. It might make some small difference, that’d be incredible, who knows?” Luckily, Miller-Heidke and Nuttall are not driving each other insane anymore, and are prepared to head on an epic Australian tour together again; Miller-
Heidke couldn’t see it any other way. “The thing is that we’ve got such a musical affinity that he’s not replaceable, he’s just not. We’re in a much better place now and we’ve got another musician with us on the road now as well, our dear friend John Rodgers; he’s a violinist and multiinstrumentalist. We’ve got our tour manager and sound guy and lighting person so it’s kind of a gang of us, it’s not just like me and Keir on the road in America for three months. “On stage you can see that we have a really deep
connection, so if anything, even if we’ve just had a major fucking argument, on stage it’s a way to sort of cement that connection. It can be a different way of communicating with one another. “Keir’s been doing this comedy thing, Franky Walnut, and he’s been getting more and more commitments now, like he’s opening for The Beards during July. He’s played the Tamworth Country Music Festival and stuff like that, so I’m starting to have to book his time way in advance, which is a little bit annoying…”
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HEARTS AND MINDS Billy Bragg wouldn’t say it, but he is part of a tradition that goes from toting a banjo down a dirt road, through to building an audience 140 characters at a time. Ross Clelland listens to tales of the music of politics, and the politics of music.
ou don’t so much interview Billy Bragg as have a conversation – with him asking as many question as you – as he prepares for one his semi-regular Australian tours. His previous visit, a short hit-andrun for a music conference with a just couple of shows shoe-horned in, came a few days after the last election. ”I think a lot of you were in a state of shock,” he notes. “So how’s the Abbott thing working out for you?” The death of folk music legend Pete Seeger is still a touchstone for folk. For the music, the man, and what he represented. “He was taking on the world with just a wiry voice and a banjo,” Bragg explains. “I remember being at some ceremony for him, looking down and finding him doing cycling exercises on the floor – he must have been near 80. That’s 100 per cent better than twerking.” It was not just the physical vitality that impressed him. “Even in his 90s he still had work to do, things to achieve. And this was a man who had travelled with Woody Guthrie, wrestled the Ku Klux Klan as they tried to stop [legendary black singer] Paul Robeson performing. He actually walked alongside Martin Luther King. You were shaking hands with history.” Conversely, Bragg plays down moments from his own life. Being at the frontline of the Miners’ Strike in Thatcher’s England, visiting Russia as the USSR collapsed, and being a part of the campaign to free Nelson Mandela, among other things, just don’t seem to have the same currency to him. “I don’t want to think about that yet. I want to live in the present – I still have plenty to do. History will judge us on what contribution we make, but that’s for history, not for now.” For Bragg, it all comes back to the work: “Not all music, but some can carry a message – an idea that can just carry and take hold. You have to have a faith that sometimes that’s going to happen.” In another twist this most English of singers’ latest album, Tooth & Nail, has seen him embraced by America as never before, getting labelled as ‘alt-country’ or even ‘Americana’. “Americana is a quite broad word,” he says in that quite broad accent. “It can be Johnny Cash, it can be Booker T, any music that has its roots in American roots music, whatever that is. I was just trying to find my way back to Mermaid Avenue,” he recalls the
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celebrated – if slightly fractured – collaboration with Wilco of Woody Guthrie songs, which gave all the participants a wider audience. “I wanted to find more of that sound, that idea, that Wilco and I sometimes got in the studio. But I got sidetracked – that’s been known to happen before,” he muses.
where in England it’s quite different – it’s much more marginalised.” Does that mix in with the natural English reserve? “An embarrassment in letting go?” he asks himself. “Like Morris dancing? Everybody tends to be embarrassed by Morris dancing – sometimes even those actually doing it. Then again, I have Scots friends who are mortified when they see some bad singer get up in a kilt.” Bragg can also see the upside: “The folk audience – wherever they’re from – still want to hear topical songs, and that’s died out a lot in much other contemporary music. Do people not want to think? Sure, to switch off and relax – I’m fine with that. But don’t tell me
“THE FOLK AUDIENCE – WHEREVER THEY’RE FROM – STILL WANT TO HEAR TOPICAL SONGS, AND THAT’S DIED OUT A LOT IN MUCH OTHER CONTEMPORARY MUSIC.” Those thoughts dovetailed with his homeland’s view of the music. I throw one of his quotes back at him: ‘They’re embarrassed about folk music, the British. It’s something the Scots and Irish do when they’re drunk’. He pauses. “Did I say that? I might have been drunk,” he adds with a laugh. He quickly and politely clarifies: “Maybe I meant that our Celtic neighbours still use folk music as part of their identity,
that music’s only purpose, it can be more than that. It can be about any part of the human condition.” While knowing the past, Bragg knows things have changed, via a keyboard and a screen. “When I was 19, I really only had one outlet – learn to play an instrument, write songs, do gigs. If you were really lucky, go into a cheap studio and make a record. A 19-year-old now has so many more options: Write a blog, make a film and stick it up on YouTube, tweet up a crowd. Music has probably lost its vanguard role, where in the second half of the 20th century music was our social media. It used to be three chords and a chorus – now it’s 140 characters.” WHEN & WHERE: 20 Mar, The Tivoli; 21 Mar, The Northern, Byron Bay
METAL FOR PEACE Although hailing from a land historically rooted in hatred and bloodshed, Israeli metal act Orphaned Land want to discuss the light rather than the darkness, vocalist Kobi Farhi informs Brendan Crabb.
e always heard about Australia because there’s a big Jewish community,” Kobi Farhi comments. “Everyone knows that all Australians are saying ‘no worries’. And that’s something very inspiring for us as Israelis, coming from the Middle East. Being Jewish we’re always worried about so many things,” he chuckles. “It’s always stories that Australia is magical and everybody is living a peaceful life. Of course you probably have your own problems and not everybody is perfect, but when we get to hear about Australia, we always
[think] about it in a positive way, that we want that peaceful life as well.” A first Australian tour is another landmark for the Israeli progressive metallers, now into their third decade, whose career highlights include supporting Metallica in their homeland and playing major festivals like Germany’s Wacken. Fans even started an online petition to nominate them for the Nobel Peace Prize. Head-banging for peace, Orphaned Land recently toured Europe with Palestinian band Khalas. Their sophisticated aural seduction has gradually seeped into international consciousness, courtesy their being
featured in 2007 documentary, Global Metal. “We’re living in a free country, we can do whatever we want, speak about whatever we want, so for [filmmaker] Sam Dunn to come here and film it was just the easiest thing in the world.”
Dunn’s film showcases other Israeli musicians acknowledging their everyday reality is infinitely more confronting than the fictional horror often portrayed within metal. In it Farhi emphasised that Orphaned Land try to be the “good news” coming out of Israel. “There is plenty of darkness in this world. I think this is why we should speak about the light. “We’re not using mythology; we’re using more stories that are happening these days. It’s very interesting, because everyone is familiar with bands from Europe or United States, and there weren’t many bands emerging from the Middle East. So for a metal fan it’s interesting to explore a heavy metal band from the Middle East, and to hear the stories from first impressions… The story of Orphaned Land is very interesting, because we’re an Israeli band, we have Arab fans; we’re functioning and writing music in a conflict zone. “Being Israelis with Arab fans is something that, if you would have told anyone 20 years ago that Arabs will follow an Israeli band, that would have been one of the biggest jokes around. It’s happening, because the themes are strong, the music is strong, and the subjects are very deep. People find it interesting, even in Israel or Arab countries, or anywhere in the world. I think Australians should find it interesting as well, because they can be proud as metal fans to see the achievements that metal has succeeded to gain in the Middle East. That’s a story for every metal-head everywhere in the world.” WHEN & WHERE: 23 Mar, The Rev
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THEY’RE GOLDEN Jurassic 5 are back with their classic rap shit. DJ Nu-Mark tells Danielle O’Donohue the big Coachella reunion almost didn’t go as planned.
here are just minutes to go before you’re supposed to walk out onstage in front of a field full of Coachella revellers eagerly awaiting your first show in seven years. But then disaster strikes. A crew member drops a vital piece of your crewmate’s gear. What do you do? Do you panic and lose your cool? Start yelling and throwing your weight around? Or refuse to go onstage until everything is fixed, turning an eager crowd impatient and frustrated. If you’re Mark Potsic, better known as Nu-Mark, the renowned DJ from hip hop collective Jurassic 5, you don’t do any of those things. Instead, you pull out your smartphone and get your picture taken with one of the most famous musicians in the world. “That was absolutely the craziest show I’ve experienced,” Potsic admits. “What people don’t know about Coachella is that five minutes before myself and Cut Chemist were rolled out on stage we had a major equipment failure. Our engineer dropped Cut’s portable turntable and the needle shattered, and as that happens Sir Paul McCartney walks up. “This is about the time where a bubble appears over my head that says ‘Nu-Mark, do you help Cut with his needle problem or take a picture with the best melody arranger in the world?’ So, I took a few pics with Paul and I told him he’s my Gemini twin. He winked at me and I handed Cut a spare needle.”
how to create an entirely new DJ experience. All in all I’d say we started to feel the chemistry in an hour or so especially with all the jokes.” It’s an intriguing prospect, fitting a primarily positive big name live hip hop group back into the modern musical landscape especially now J5’s most similar peers, The Roots are almost better known as a TV backing band. Potsic says the group are used to being out of step with the industry. “We’ve never fitted into anything. We are truly misfits when it comes to conventionalism in the music industry. That’s part of the reason why people are still intrigued with our chemistry.”
“WE ARE TRULY MISFITS WHEN IT COMES TO CONVENTIONALISM”
Luckily Jurassic 5 also have plenty of friends at events like this and fellow DJ, Z-Trip, was on hand to lend his expertise. “As they roll our risers full of DJ equipment on stage, Z-Trip is super-glueing a needle into a portable turntable and blowing on it so it dries. Yeah, first show in seven years and the group still crushed it. Proud of ‘em!” It was a triumphant return for a group known for the dynamism of their performances. With a return to the original line-up that includes Cut Chemist and Chali 2na, it wasn’t long before offers to do international tours were flooding in, Australia top of the list. “The Aussies truly understand us and have been so supportive since day one. We had a great time playing with The Roots out there in 2003.” Potsic says the break was needed to refresh everyone’s batteries but it didn’t take long to turn the clock back once everyone was back in the rehearsal room. “After going through some of the songs in rehearsals it was like getting back on a bike after an extended vacation. The MCs laughed about how intricate and detailed some of the verses were, while Cut and I were trying to figure out 20 • THE MUSIC • 12TH MARCH 2014
The positivity that became the group’s trademark wasn’t always considered a good thing by the group itself. “Actually, that positivity created a challenge for us. The masses need to know where to categorise music. At that time the average consumer was used to jiggy, thugged-out hip hop to the point of not knowing if there was anything out there that differed in style. That mind-set made it tough for us to break into new markets. It was our stage
presence that catapulted our name in front of new audiences who were eager to hear something other than Top 40 hip hop.” Despite the challenges, J5 were able to make their difference work for them and their breakthrough album, Quality Control, recently ticked over Gold sales in the US, an achievement Potsic is very proud of. “For me that’s really a big deal because it’s so tough to sell anything physical these days in the music industry. With all the piracy that has now become acceptable and almost expected, it really brings a smile to my face to hear that we sold Gold on an underground hip hop LP. At the time it was released Interscope was struggling to figure out how to sell Jurassic 5 albums because the other artists on the label, Dre, 50 and Eminem, were selling records left and right and almost made it look easy. For us, we really had to perform in every market and battle a ton opposition.” WHEN & WHERE: 22 Mar, Eatons Hill Hotel
AMERICAN COOL Having unleashed their latest opus, American heavy metal warriors Iced Earth are headed back to Australia. Vocalist Stu Block warns Brendan Crabb that something wicked this way comes.
think heavy metal’s always been that consistent thing,” suggests Stu Block. “It’s not as big anymore, but everything is cyclical. Everything comes in cycles, so I can see in certain markets it’s big, other markets it’s not, but we’ll have to see the way people’s tastes are. At our level, we’re just lucky enough that we can make a living doing what we’re doing.” Spearheaded by hard-nosed guitarist Jon Schaffer, the US metallers have dodged numerous trends for close on
three decades now. The versatile Block (formerly of under-rated Canadian prog-death outfit Into Eternity) was enlisted for 2011’s Dystopia, and he’s comfortably transitioned to fronting an established, acclaimed band, despite succeeding much-loved Matt Barlow and Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens. “Jon and I have the same type of chemistry,” Block says of new disc Plagues Of Babylon. “I write lyrics, melodies, cadences and choruses, he writes the music, arranges it and everything else. It was great; same chemistry, same energy level. When we wrote the first song together, End Of Innocence, it was good.”
An ongoing thread that has perhaps aided Block’s assimilation into the ranks – and simultaneous acceptance by their dedicated fanbase – is the continuation of the long-standing ‘Something Wicked’ concept on selected Plagues… tracks. “I like it. I’m a big horror movie fan and Jon is too, and I think it was just a fun thing to write about. [The other lyrics] are all different subject matters.
“The first half tells the story of the apocalyptic from beginning to end, and then the second half of the album is standalone songs. If I Could See You is a song that Jon wrote for his grandfather, who went through a lot of things in his life. There was a song called The Culling, and that’s sort of just about separating the weak from the strong, and how society does that sometimes. There’s the Highwayman cover, which was a fun cover we could do with Russell [Allen, Symphony X] and Mike [Poulsen, Volbeat]. There’s a lot of cool stuff spawning from different influences.” Perhaps their unwillingness to kowtow to fads has ensured Iced Earth remains a sizeable draw on the European festival circuit, while still garnering positive reviews, worldwide chart positions and expanding their road itinerary. First visiting here in 2012, they return this month. The Music suggests there may be a feeling within the camp that their time has finally arrived. “I don’t know if it’s my time, but I’m here making music with some great guys, we’re having fun doing it, and time flies when you’re having fun,” finishes Block. “It’s actually almost been three years coming up here for me, so I’m looking forward to many more years. It’s gonna be great.” WHAT: Plagues Of Babylon (Century Media) WHEN & WHERE: 14 Mar, The Hi-Fi
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TALE OF TWO SEASONS Revisiting their latest album with its official Australian release, Philip Jamieson is eager to extend the lifetime of a record he considers Caspian’s finest hour. He chats with Benny Doyle.
assachusetts instrumental rockers Caspian are heading Down Under for the very first time, roughly ten years since they began gigging around their oceanside hometown of Beverly. Band lynchpin Philip Jamieson admits that he has problems putting his joy into words regarding this maiden voyage, but says the situation is something he never expected. “In the back of our minds we always hoped that we would reach as many people as possible, but I don’t necessarily know if we thought it would reach as far as it has,” he smiles. “It continues to be a huge honour and a privilege to do this, and to bring [our music] to people who haven’t heard it, who are literally on the other side of planet earth. We really want to give [Australia] ten years of music in 70 minutes, if that’s possible. We’re going to present the suite that’s for sure; we’ve got the arsenal ready.” Long established throughout North America and Europe as a post-rock force, the five-piece have gradually extended their three-guitar sonic attack to incorporate more mood into their soundscapes. This was brought to life no clearer than on 2012’s Waking Season, an album – recorded with celebrated post-rock player and producer Matt Bayles – which terrified Jamieson in its infancy. “We stretched the songs out so much and we got a little less proggy; things got a little lighter and ethereal and ambient, and we tried to incorporate textures beyond just the guitars. Pulling ourselves away from that was a little frightening at first but it was something that we ended up being proud of.” In the 18 months since its initial reveal, the success and reach of the record has all but exceeded Caspian’s expectations in terms of the way their fans have received it. This has pushed Aussie indie imprint Hobbledehoy to re-release Waking Season as a deluxe double vinyl to tie-in with the band’s debut tour. But Groundhog Day this isn’t for the quintet, with Jamieson admitting that reliving this music is a joy. “It’s like multiple Waking Seasons, it just keeps rising,” he chuckles. “[The record] was kinda a crossroad for us because we’d done everything ourselves up to that point, 22 • THE MUSIC • 12TH MARCH 2014
and we were proud with what we had done, but when it came time to do that record we invested more work, more time, more everything into [its] creation. To see it get recitation with the release in Australia and getting people to experience it for the first time, it brings us back to the moment
was with us we channelled his energy and his presence into the music from his contributions; now that he’s no longer with us, we have our memories of him, and they’re all beautiful and wonderful and they’re things we use in a different way towards the music – we’ll see when we start writing this summer. But every show that we’ve played without him, pretty much every moment, we feel his presence all the time, and we want to make the band succeed for him especially.” Jamieson says that Caspian have trouble writing between tours, preferring instead to assimilate back into normal life before they begin work on a record. But having
“WHEN IT COMES TO CREATING, WE TRY TO THROW DOGMA OUT THE WINDOW.” [when] we were creating the record, and it was a great time for us so it’s nice to revisit it.”
already written the majority of one new song, the group are ahead of their standard curve, and with nothing extensive on the horizon following this Australian tour, a new album could become a reality before the year is out.
The strength of these songs also stands as a fitting tribute to their former bass player Chris Friedrich, who tragically passed away last year, aged 32.
“The talk around the campfire from everyone right now is that we’d kinda like to get back into heavier music a little bit,” reveals Jamieson. “We’ll see though – before we started Waking Season we wanted to just totally get rid of guitars all together, and of course there’s [still] lots of guitars on the record, so there’s certain things you can’t detach from. When it comes to creating, we try to throw dogma out the window; we try to make it as pure a process as possible, whatever feels right, whatever sounds right, and we try to follow that.”
“His spirit is imbued in every piece of music we’ve done up until now, and always will be, but in a different way,” says Jamieson. “We know when Chris
WHAT: Waking Season (Hobbledehoy) WHEN & WHERE: 20 Mar, The Tempo Hotel
the next morning a little the worse for wear there was a reply: ‘This is a great idea. Let’s do it’.”
Nick Frost talks to Guy Davis about making a dance film, Cuban Fury, and taking salsa lessons.
ick Frost likes to dance. And he’s good at it when he does. But Nick – like many men, perhaps – doesn’t like feeling obliged to dance. “If you leave me alone and drip-feed me drinks throughout the evening, I will get closer and closer to the dancefloor until I just have to dance,” says the star of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End. “But if you expect it, I’m not going to want to do it.” The fact that Frost is, in his words, “a bigger man” only adds to the dance dilemma. “There’s a look you’re given by thinner people – it’s almost as if they’re a bit sorry
for you,” he says. “‘You go for it, big guy!’ It’s so awfully patronising it would make you not want to dance.” But Frost did want to dance. What’s more, he wanted to dance onscreen. And for the last few years, an idea for a movie had taken up residence in his brain and wouldn’t budge. “Every now and then after I’d had a few beers it would knock on my psyche and say ‘Hey, why don’t you tell someone?’” he laughs. “And I’d tell it to be quiet. But I think I was like a serial killer who wanted to get caught. And one night that voice got so loud I wrote an email to my friend and producer Nira Park, and when I woke up
His idea for “a big, bright, beautiful, passionate dance film” is now sashaying into cinemas as Cuban Fury, a romantic comedy starring Frost as Bruce, a salsadancing prodigy in his youth who turned his back on his passion. Years later, Bruce is a middle-aged saddo until he catches sight of his fetching new boss, Julia (Rashida Jones), who has a liking for salsa. Inspired to dust off his dancing shoes, Bruce has to wrestle with his own insecurities, while competing with a co-worker (Chris O’Dowd) for Julia’s attention. Wooing and winning the heart of Julia is a noble goal, but Frost sees Bruce regaining his self-respect as the real achievement of Cuban Fury’s central character. “The film is about him rediscovering the man he once was or could have been,” he says. “It’s not about him bettering himself for a woman, which a lot of romantic comedies depict well. But what happens then? What if it doesn’t work out between them? He’s back to square one. What we’ve tried to do is make him a better man for himself, and in doing so he might win the girl. Even if he doesn’t, it doesn’t matter.” While he was no slouch as a dancer beforehand, it took seven months of salsa lessons – “seven hours a day, five days a week” – for Frost to get into Cuban Fury form. And he’s justifiably proud of the outcome. “It seems ridiculous looking back that I would put that much effort into a romantic comedy but when you see Bruce dancing that is Bruce dancing. That’s me dancing.”
WHAT: Cuban Fury In cinemas 20 Mar
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house with no windows that’s falling apart, or I can be in Paris playing a show. So it’s like, ‘Yeah, let’s fucking do that.’ I could be on the dole, or I could be touring.”
The Smith Street Band have succeeded on the back of little more than earnest energy and tenacity. Wil Wagner checks in with Tom Hersey to talk about the band’s crazy ride.
t feels like it was last week, but it’s actually been six months since we released Don’t Fuck With Our Dreams,” Wil Wagner says, offering the same endearing incredulity that hangs on his voice when he’s addressing a packed club, thanking everybody for coming out to spend the night with The Smith Street Band. And in the past six months since the EP dropped, Wagner has had plenty of those crowds to thank. After the record, the band traversed across Australia, then jetted off to Europe and ran across the US in support of Frank Turner. Now, the lads are gearing up to do another domestic run before returning to Europe, but even before that, when he sits down with The Music, Wagner’s gearing up to play a run of solo shows. “The reason that we started a band,” Wagner offers, “and the reason that I started playing solo shows, was to play music. So any opportunity we get we play, and especially now with going overseas, that’s something that none of us ever expected, so it’s very much a dream come true. It feels like we’ve got this great opportunity at the moment where a few people are listening to us, so it would be dumb for us not to be trying to capitalise on that. And also, it’s fun… Touring’s really fun.” But surely Wil’s anxious of the dreaded tour burn-out? Isn’t he fearful that such a heightened level of activity will see The Smith Street Band reach their breaking point, where the stress and frustrations of being on the road become too much for the band to bear and they start to implode? “That is a possibility. But what’s the thing? It’s better to burn-out than to fade away. Not to be a wanker, but we’ve been granted this incredible opportunity and we just want to do everything we possibly can to sustain it. And that’s the only way you can be a full-time band at the moment, just be touring. When we toured in the
States with Frank Turner that toured ended on December 4, and then they were going home for Christmas and that would have been the first chance they would have had to see their families since January, they would
The way Wagner sees it, the band’s tour in America really solidified what they want to keep doing. Wagner says Turner and his band were an inspiration for The Smith Street Band, and they were able to learn so much about the life of travelling musicians. Namely, it’s not always glamorous and whatever time off a band is afforded should be utilised wisely. That’s why the band has been diligently working away on full-length number three before heading out on the road again. The frontman breaks down what’s been going on with the record. “For the last month and a bit we’ve pretty much been writing full-time. Working up songs that I’ve written with the band. We’ve got about 12 songs down now and we’re going to try and have 20 before I go on my solo tour. And then on the Europe tour after the Australian tour, we’ll just play those new songs every night. Probably the most important step in writing a song is playing it in front of people, so we’re going to
“I COULD BE ON THE DOLE, OR I COULD BE TOURING.” have played over 300 shows last year. And that’s something that we should really look up to. “And that’s what we’re working towards, [the band] being a completely full-time thing where we can go away for six months at a time. But if we burn-out doing that, then so be it. And the other thing is – I can be here in my shitty
try and do that as much as we can with the new songs and then it’ll be November-ish when our next album’s out. Of course, you say that and then there’s a delay at the pressing plant and there’s this and there’s that and it comes out in May 2015. But right now we’re aiming for the middle of November, and for it to be a double LP.” And that’s not all Wagner’s currently got in the works. “I was going to try and put out a solo album as well, but three full records of me coming out at the same time is fucking way too much of me for people to deal with.” WHEN & WHERE: 12 Mar, secret location; 13 Mar, Crowbar, 14 Mar, The Zoo
RIP THIS JOINT
Let It Bleed album, he didn’t know what he was getting himself into. “Didn’t have a clue. The first track I played on was Live With Me, which was also the first track that Mick Taylor played on.”
Bobby Keys has played on heaps of your favourite records. He tells Dan Condon a little about it.
here’s not enough space on this half-page to cover the depth of Bobby Keys’ discography. Here he is discussing a sample of the setlist you can expect when his Suffering Bastards come to town; he played on all these original recordings. “A lot of the material is taken from the Stones stuff, Exile On Main Street and Sticky Fingers, that period of time,” he says in his friendly Texan drawl. “Also some stuff from Joe Cocker I did with Mad Dogs & Englishmen, some hit records I did with George Harrison on All Things Must Pass and some John Lennon things people would be familiar
with; Whatever Gets Your Through The Night and Power To The People.” That’s barely scratching the surface; you could go into classic albums from Warren Zevon, Dr John, Eric Clapton, Donovan, Harry Nilsson… Even the personnel on Keys’ eponymous 1972 debut solo album are staggering, “There’s some great players on there. Clapton plays a lot of guitar on there, George and Ringo, Billy Preston, some excellent musicians…” The Rolling Stones will always be the band Keys is best known for his association with; he’s been with them almost 45 years and has been a vital part of their sound. He says when he first went in to lay down a sax part on the
After all these years, he never gets sick of playing with or listening to the Stones. “Nope, I really don’t. The band have never become a parody of themselves, they’re not just going through the motions or any of that jazz – I’d get sick of that real fast. I don’t get sick of playing with people that are playing on the kind of level they are – I’ve played Brown Sugar 2000 times or more, and I still put everything into it as much as I did the first time I played it – as do they. Having played on so many hugely influential recordings, it’s interesting to hear where Keys himself found his early inspiration. The late 1950s was a big time for the saxophone in rock’n’roll. “My approach to music was influenced by King Curtis and saxophone players of the late ‘50s on the Atlantic label, they had so many great saxophone players – The Coasters’ records, LaVern Baker… That’s when I became really aware of the saxophone as a rock’n’roll instrument. And those old r’n’b records, Fats Domino, Little Richard – everyone had saxophones! Then it changed and everybody had guitars.” He comes to Australia with The Suffering Bastards, a band put together by a friend for a bit of fun. “It all came about primarily because I was looking for something to do; a sax player in Nashville is not the busiest guy in town. I ran into this fella Chark [Von Kinsolving]; he had a place to play and knew musicians and it worked out real well.” WHERE & WHEN: 1 Apr, Eatons Hill Hotel
Marshall Okell talks to Jazmine O’Sullivan about his energetic new ensemble, Marshall Okell & The Pride, and how the expanded line-up is helping him get the most out of his music.
hose in touch with the blues and roots scene will recognise the name Marshall Okell from the numerous musical acts he’s been involved in over the years. Reflecting on the origins of his latest ensemble, Marshall Okell & The Pride, Okell reveals, “We basically got together because one of the guys who played in [my previous band] The Fro left, which was really brutal. When we finally got a new drummer we figured we should probably use a different name, and from there we recorded a new album together.” While the new line-up may be the result of unexpected circumstances, Okell believes it’s worked out pretty well. “The new drummer is just a total groove machine and has a really good vibe. All the guys are quite young too so they dance around a bit, it’s not just me up there on my own. [It’s also great] having another guitar player in the band. I’ve got a friend of mine who has spent heaps of time in Canada playing with a reggae band helping us out now as well and we’ve got really different styles, so it’s good to work with him. You can’t pull off the exact sound we made on the album with just a three-piece, so it’s been good to have the extra hands.” A year since his latest LP, Birdy, Okell says he and the band are about to head into the studios to lay down some new material. “We want to release three EPs over 18 months, and they’re all going to be quite different.
The first one is really just quite hillbilly, Alabama rock, I suppose, and then we’ve got something that’s just really funny – we went a little bit stupid with that one,” he laughs. “Then we’ve got just some straight-out blues as well, so we should have a couple of new songs at our upcoming gigs.” One of the first of his forthcoming gigs is an appearance at Brisbane’s new blues and roots festival Mojo Burning, which Okell is keen for. “I know a lot of the bands on the bill, which is looking really great so far. I know Transvaal Diamond Syndicate have had a fair bit to do with putting
the festival on as well, and they’re always loud, in your face and cool. It’s at the New Globe Theatre and I’ve never played there so I’m pumped!” Then in April, Marshall Okell & The Pride are set to play Bluesfest in its 25th anniversary year, which Okell admits is a real honour. “[Bluesfest] will be one of the highlights of the year. We’ve played the festival a few times and the crowds are always great, they sing along and make it special. The line-up is just incredible this year so we’re over the moon to be a part of it.” WHAT: Mojo Burning Festival WHEN & WHERE: 15 Mar, Mojo Burning, New Globe Theatre; 5 Apr, Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna; 6 Apr, Hotel Brunswick; 17 – 21 Apr, Bluesfest, Byron Bay; 22 – 25 May, Blues On Broadbeach, Gold Coast THE MUSIC • 12TH MARCH 2014 • 25
EARNING THEIR KEEP Devin Abrams of New Zealand drum’n’bass giants Shapeshifter chats to Scott Aitken about winning over strangers and how some Upbeat opinions have helped their most recent work.
fter the critical and commercial success of their fifth album Delta last year, New Zealand’s Shapeshifter have been touring non-stop to promote it throughout their homeland and Australia. Now the band are set for a lengthy international tour starting in Europe in April that also includes dates in the US and Canada, both firsts for a band that’s played together almost 14 years. “It’s always really, really nerve-wracking but at the same time it’s the most rewarding,” founding member and synth player Devin Abrams admits of touring new places. “You go to places and pretty much your audience hardly knows you so you’ve got to really
earn that crowd straight off the bat. “In Australasia and Europe, people know our music so well that it’s a party straightaway. In new places you’ve got to work your arse off to get that crowd engaged, and it’s really rewarding when you pull it off.” While the prospect of playing to unfamiliar
faces might be nerve-wracking, Abrams says the fivepiece are excited to get back to Australia to build up extra confidence for the North American tour. “I’m probably most excited about Perth to be honest, it’s probably our biggest crowd in Australia. To be able to get over 2000 people every time we play there now is just huge so we’re always really excited to play there, and obviously stoked to give Adelaide and Byron Bay a gig ‘cause we missed them out on our album tour so hopefully there will be some happy campers there.” Currently the band are putting the finishing touches on a new EP, which they made with New Zealand production duo The Upbeats. Apart from their own success, the pair are known by fans for their work mixing Shapeshifter’s last album. Abrams says this time round, the duo is on an equal playing field with the band in terms of creative input. “The writing process didn’t really change at all,”Abrams says. “But we definitely had to let go a little bit when we brought them onboard and let their opinions percolate and have value so it was definitely different but I really enjoyed it. In fact, we enjoyed it so much we pretty much said to them straightaway we want to do another album together so we really enjoyed working with them.” And for those looking for a little more to chew on, a new LP is also on the cards. “We’ll drop this EP in September but then we’re straight back into the studio [to] start writing the next album and bring The Upbeats onboard again to help us.” WHAT: Delta (Truetone) WHEN & WHERE: 23 Mar, Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay
BIRDS OF A FEATHER Hitting the road this month to introduce a new project – The Stray Sisters – alongside sibling Donna Simpson, Vikki Thorn explains to Tyler McLoughlan why it won’t simply be The Waifs in duo mode.
’ve been living in Utah for a few years. It’s a pretty isolated place but there’s a lot of women in the town. We have a singing group and I’d been doing some singing and it sort of struck me that I just missed singing with Donna,’ starts Vikki Thorn of the impetus behind starting The Stray Sisters. “We have a very intuitive connection and I wasn’t finding that very easily with other people – it’s something that obviously only comes when you’re sisters. So I called her and said, ‘I wanna sing with ya – why don’t we go out on our own? The Waifs don’t have any plans – let’s go out and sing together’. The Waifs I think is a great outlet for us as songwriters, but the thing is sometimes it feels a bit like three people [including core member Josh Cunningham] doing their own thing on the same stage and I really just wanted to get back to connecting with Donna through our vocals and harmony. The Stray Sisters is sort of waifs and strays – it seemed to fit,” she chuckles heartily. Having written new material specifically for the project which Thorn reveals is “not a huge jump” from The Waifs, about half the set will still feature some of the key moments of that band which lent themselves to a more intimate, harmony driven setting. “I think we both envision the same thing – a really close stage set up, and with Donna and I, our thing
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is telling stories and that helps connect the audience and brings them into what we’re doing, so there’ll be a lot of that,” she says in the midst of rehearsing the new show. “It seems like the challenge is filling in the spaces of the instrumentation that is in The Waifs by having a guitarist, by having Josh there. To fill a lot of that solo section we’ve been focusing on trying to come up with vocal interludes and play around which is great; it’s been a really good exercise for us, and especially for me as a guitar player too having to stretch, both of
us having to stretch ourselves a little bit musically because there’s less people to rely on.” By revisiting the early days when they were fancyfree and enjoying the life of travelling musos with a campervan and a dream, Thorn and Simpson decided that one key element was integral to The Stray Sisters maiden national voyage. “We really, really just wanna have fun. When you have a successful career you start feeling more pressured to perform at a certain level every night and all that and sometimes it takes away from the heart of it... sometimes. We went through a lot of analysis Donna and I, talking about this tour and going: ‘What are our expectations? What do we miss about it?’ We got to – we just want to have fun doing it. And get out of the bloody kitchen!” WHEN & WHERE: 18 Mar, The Zoo
HONEST INSTINCTS The Sinking Teeth are preparing for a huge year of blowing minds and speakers. Jules Doan speaks to Brendan Telford over some homemade reheated gnocchi.
he Sinking Teeth are a band that doesn’t do anything by halves. The Victorian trio have steadily blasted stages with their brand of rough and ready punk-rock, culminating in their first EP White Water late last year. Bassist Jules Doan can’t believe how well things are going. “We like to keep ourselves busy and broke,” Doan laughs. “We would prefer to do nothing else but play shows, write and record songs, then play those songs in more shows. That cycle is what we live for. As individuals we have played in other bands and are in other bands, but as The Sinking Teeth it all comes together so easy.”
The raucous energy of White Water is something that comes from a band that knows each other innately, for better or worse. Close proximity is key. “We all live together, so there are no secrets, no excuses,” Doan admits wryly. “The band itself is an outlet for us, and it has always been that way. Basically the songs are direct because they only have to pass through us three, and if we like it that’s pretty much it. We’re always in each other’s faces, so we hate to love and love to hate each other, [but] because of that we can be straight-up.” The Sinking Teeth pride themselves on their brutal performance energy, ensuring that the
audience gets every cent they paid for. Doan avows it all comes down to one thing. “We always want to give honestly of ourselves; if you can’t be honest with what you’re doing, then there is no point being in a band. When you are a genuine band that puts their heart into everything no one can really touch you. It helps that our personalities come through, in both the music and when we play. We don’t like to sit on an idea for too long; thinking too much about something, sitting on it and reviewing it, kills whatever brought it to life. It took almost a year to bring out White Water, whereas the new one is ready to come out and it took half the time. We just want to be doing things faster, out in front of everyone, touring and playing and giving it everything.”
The Sinking Teeth have been up to Queensland before and are relishing the chance to make new fans and get amongst it once more. “The last time we were up there it was for BIGSOUND, and it was super fun, probably one of the best shows we’ve played,” Doan asserts. “It was a different atmosphere because everyone [at Ric’s Bar] was there to watch bands play. It was packed out, everyone was crammed in there, it held a really good vibe and has led to other shows happening. We really enjoy our shows up that way.”
WHAT: White Water (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: 14 Mar, Bleach*, SoundLounge, Gold Coast; 15 Mar, Crowbar; 27 Mar, The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba; 28 Mar, Beach Hotel, Byron Bay; 29 Mar, The Zoo; 30 Mar, Solbar, Maroochydore
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THE AUDREYS ‘Til My Tears Roll Away
Kiss Me Once
ALBUM OF THE WEEK
The recent developments in territories like Russia and Uganda, which are repressing and persecuting their LGBT communities with draconian laws is terrifying. Legally sanctioned social wrath is a trend that is gathering momentum and more people are living in fear for simply being who they are. Escapist pop albums can provide a rare glitter ball of hope. Kylie Minogue’s 12th is an unabashed shimmering life-raft of sexy fabulousness. She may have conquered cancer and is a love lost 40-something, but rather than get all inspiringly serious, she’s stripping down to her hot pants, squealing, ‘Fuck it – let’s party!’, which is exactly the kind of fantasy hedonism so many of us need right now. A meticulously selected gaggle of notable writers and producers (including some bloke called Pharrell Williams) have knowingly updated her Fever-era persona, parrying
the political messages when fun is all that is needed. And that’s exactly what we get in the stupendously bubble-machined choruses of Sexy Love, Million Miles and Into The Blue. Kylie’s gonna have you doing it in the shower, on the dancefloor or at the gym grinding up against a Muscle Mary in Sexercize. As we edge slowly but surely towards marriage equality in Australia, Kiss Me Once is the kind of important album that anyone forced to live in the closet can cling to as they wait for the day they can burst out and sing, “When I got my back up against the wall/Don’t need no one to rescue me”. Mac McNaughton
The Audreys have been very mean and made us wait quite a while for new music this time around - something about procreating and having new life experiences to inform a new sound. The good news is that the new stuff is all the better for the break – a bit heavier, grittier and more rounded than before, but still with the recognisable sonic backbone. Single and first track, My Darlin’ Girl, is a third person roller with a sweet tambourine and whiney guitar, but just a little fiddle for good measure. Also on the upswing are Baby, Are You There and Roll Away, the latter with a sweet guitar growl to complement Taasha Coates getting her revenge on. It’s not a complete thrasher, mind, but a good excursion beyond the Easy Listening and Adult Contemporary-ness that has grabbed the duo before.
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Foster The People’s first record, Torches gave us a buttload of killer singles that more than made up for some bleh album tracks. There were plenty of high energy synth and guitar floorfillers and just enough irony to keep it on the ‘indie’ side of the dance music spectrum.
“I’m sick of tiptoeing ‘round,” sings Kate Miller-Heidke on Oh, Vertigo! opener Offer It Up – a line that sets the precedence for what’s about to follow. The Queensland singer has made a name for herself with her unique use of operatic vocals in pop songs and it seems set out on a mission to exploit that diverse range, experimenting with somewhat unorthodox techniques whilst writing album number four, as is evident in the six-plus vocal tracks dancing around each other on Rock This Baby To Sleep.
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For fans of the slower and more sultry Audreys, Bring The
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There’s about a minute at the start of Supermodel where you think it’s all going to be okay. It’s the kind of fun, driving pop intro and catchy vocal hook we expect from Mark Foster and co. But then the verse kicks in – a weird amalgam of faux ‘tribal’ drumming, clapping and cringeworthy, patronising lyrics and references to Champs Élysées and djembes. Just… why?
★★★½ Stars Out will provide, as will Comfort Me (a waltz with The Nymphs featuring) while I Can’t Sleep is just an old-fashioned heartbreaker delivered simply and with no-frills acoustic loveliness. It’s well worth staying to the end of the six-minute Love Has A Way Of Unravelling, a jangly singalong that could sit near a campfire or in a daggy pop music setting. Building around the simple title and adding a few more voices, instruments and ornaments for each refrain, it’ll likely be lots of fun live too.
★★½ me to.” Things continue in much this vein until Pseudologia Fantastica, a dreamy, Neon Indian-esque track that’s a little more interesting, if still lacking much in the way of big hooks. Towards the end of this (much too long) album, the band start to go a bit off-book with Best Friend, a super ‘80s number with funk guitar, horns, excellent bass detail and Foster’s best vocal take. But then it all falls apart again with closer, Goats In Trees, a very strange acoustic guitar-based ballad that could be interesting in another context, but here just feels tacked on. There are some glimmers of gold, but mostly Supermodel just isn’t much fun. Madeleine Laing
Yours Was The Body allows the listener to regain their bearings temporarily before the record’s second single, Oh, Vertigo!, knocks them back to the ground with a series of unexpected and pleasantly surprising turns, voiding all sense of where things will venture next. The remaining nine tunes don’t seem to follow any set direction, which simply adds to the album’s charm,
★★★★ and keeps things interesting. Carefully placed guest vocalists Passenger, Drapht and Megan Washington add their spin on three of the album’s best tracks, Passenger transforming Share Your Air into an instant hit that may even be MillerHeidke’s best work to date. Anyone who pledged to the Oh, Vertigo! crowd-funding campaign can rest assured that their money was put to good use as, with a clear headspace and support from fans, MillerHeidke has found a healthy blend of the quirky elements of 2008’s Curiouser and more serious nature of 2012’s Nightflight. Daniel Cribb
THE WAR ON DRUGS
By A Thread
Lost In The Dream
It’s hard not to let a patriotic sense of pride wash over you when listening to By A Thread, the second full-length from Luca Brasi. The young Tassie quartet deliver world-class punk in the most disarmingly humble manner possible, while somehow managing to make you reflect on the past and celebrate the present all at once. Tyler Richardson’s lyrics could have been written sitting on the corner of the street you grew up in, while those clean lead guitar lines of Tom Busby give the raw energy stability throughout. These songs are written for the front rows, for the friends, for the strangers and believers.
The evolution of Brooklyn rockers The Men continues with latest record Tomorrow’s Hits, which diverges further away from their explosively vitriolic beginnings and delves further into nostalgic, iconic American rock tropes. From the Neil Young/Crazy Horse-style glorious shambles that is Dark Waltz to the Replacementsstyle carefree guitar jangle of Get What You Give and the shimmy and sax of the Boss echoing through Another Night, Tomorrow’s Hits proves that The Men aren’t hardcore heathens but rock tragics at heart, that they do whatever they damn well please – and do it damn well.
This classic 1981 record sounds as fresh and exciting as ever, 33 years on, and this re-release will hopefully prove that to an even wider audience. The extra tracks and demos are an incredible addition to the collections of Sunnyboys diehards, but what matters most is the genius of the original LP – track after track of guitar pop perfection, each song possibly better than the last, with Jeremy Oxley a self-assured but unassuming leading voice. If you don’t have it, get it. Buy this reissue, grab a two dollar op-shop copy – just make sure you own this record.
So, it turns out Slave Ambient was just hinting at the raw power Adam Granduciel could convey through music. He’s been touring that album nonstop for three years, and Lost In The Dream is quite obviously a culmination of Granduciel’s growing connection with his band and confidence in his sound. The result is spectacular. Part amped-up Dylan (obviously), part synthy ‘80s road album, there’s just so much substance it’ll take you a couple of listens to feel the full weight of it. This is a moving, enchanting album.
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Bang Bang Boom Boom
The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration
Die Without Hope
In The Red
Beth Hart is one of those raw talents of bluesy vocal gymnastics whose repertoire does away with any expectations one carries into the genre. A mustsee at this year’s Bluesfest for her back catalogue alone, Bang Bang Boom Boom provides fresh incentive. Hart’s at her most enveloping when wallowing in her ‘woman-scorned’ lyrics and it’s hard to surpass on darkly magical opener, Baddest Blues. She weaves around this ball-busting intensity frequently, in Better Man and Caught Out In The Rain, but gets a bit cabaret with big band sass on the title track.
COLDPLAY Midnight Parlophone/EMI It’s lucky that Coldplay are still around to remind us all how good non-Coldplay bands are.
Mosquito This is so dirty and fantastic it probably shouldn’t be legal. The vocals rumble below the thumping melodic drone in a way that makes the lyrics feel very important and just out of reach.
Legacy/Sony If you love Dylan but consider him a terrible live act, you’ll probably love this 1992 recording celebrating the legendary artist’s finest early work. Some of the world’s greatest artists pay tribute, playing slick renditions of Dylan’s best-known tracks, and most of them are pleasant replications, albeit lacking the grit of Dylan’s delivery. There are 29 tracks across two-and-ahalf hours, highlights being Lou Reed’s epic Foot Of Pride, Johnny Winter’s revved-up Highway 61 Revisited and the man himself belting out Girl From The North Country. Fun, but stock up on the back catalogue first. Dan Condon
Chuck together some sweet indie rock tunes with ‘90s throwback guitars and layers of melody all coming through loud and clear.
Nuclear Blast/Universal California’s Carnifex is unashamedly deathcore and five albums into their career the band is certainly not shying away from the fact. The elements present are, for the most part, what you’d expect – brutal death metal riffage, huge breakdowns, heaps of blast beats and alternating high/low bloodcurdling screams. The band has thickened up the atmosphere present, even experimenting with orchestration that gives a slightly blackened feel, although occasionally it feels like these additional ideas are cut short of their full potential. Die Without Hope isn’t exactly a game-changer, but it’s certainly a worthy listening experience for fans. Lochlan Watt
KING TEARS MORTUARY Grease Trap
Sam and Lani from Sydney’s Day Ravies offer up a new band that is not so much an indulgence as it is another piece of the complex rock’n’roll puzzle that is their seemingly very busy musical lives.
Widely known as the voice of Tourism Australia’s 2012 international campaign, Dewayne Everettsmith’s debut Surrender further establishes the musician as a technically beautiful vocalist proficient in communicating old-school charm and depth of emotion. The album’s title track, featuring Brisbane’s Thelma Plum, is playful and fun, while Melaythina is a slow-harmony song of welcome in the Palawa Kani Tasmanian Aboriginal language. It’s lovely though to finally hear Everettsmith let loose, shaking off the adult contemporary appeal with the rhythmic roots-style Whisper.
Paloma Faith’s third album explores an array of eras and styles within its 11 tracks. Bold ‘90s pop opens the album with tracks Can’t Rely On You and Mouth To Mouth, before we take a turn to the smoother soulfuelled sounds of Only Love Can Hurt Like This and Other Woman, a style that suits her infinitely better. The switch to ‘80s electro-pop for Impossible Heart is jarring; however, after the initial shock mellows, the track becomes enchanting. Perfect Contradiction should not be judged on first impressions – let its impact grow on you slowly.
Felice’s new solo album includes contributions from his kin The Felice Brothers as well as Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers. It finds him sounding more relaxed, mature and carefree than ever and at under 40 minutes it’s a masterclass in economical, emotive and melodic songwriting. Harnessing the sound of the Catskill Mountains it also carries a Laurel Canyon vibe, bursting with soul influences, folk fragility and some epic pop touches. Felice is boldly charting his own course, letting the songs ride roughshod over any concept of market, brand or scene. This is his best yet.
Conversation Room Dream Damage Canberra band recorded by Bobby Kill from TV Colours leaves heaps of spacey room but is still a vibrant mush of avant garde rock, capital city style.
TWIN HAUS Night Locus Independent Dark pop sounds which could be labelled with heaps of other lazy genre descriptors but that’s probably enough. A great preview of the forthcoming album from this Brisbane act. 30 • THE MUSIC • 12TH MARCH 2014
FLYING LOTUS, OM UNIT, SILENT JAY The Hi-Fi 6 Mar Dubbed Layer 3, this tour sees Flying Lotus (Steven Ellison) in full audiovisual mode, ensconced between two screens, each with their own discrete projections as Strangeloop and Timeboy create an improvised 3D animated world around him. This means that the stage is completely occupied by screens for the rest of the night though, and the other artists are relegated to the side of the venue. Silent Jay produces some nice cuts, but the set-up of the venue leaves
track the set peaks just as Flying Lotus takes the main stage. It’s hard to tell whether it’s production, gear or better mixing, but even with the solid supports there’s a massive step-up in the quality of the sound as soon as Flying Lotus starts. The more experimental pieces have been left aside tonight, in favour of his wonky, bass-heavy tracks and hip hop production work, although there are still cuts from Until The Quiet Comes, Pattern+Grid World, and Cosmogramma. Even well known tracks see some live reworking, and when Ellison cuts out the beats on Putty Boy Strut, the audience is happy to fill them back in. Before long Ellison appears, side-of-screen, spitting rhymes as he takes on his Captain
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the early DJs feeling like an afterthought and what amounts to a screensaver projected onto the main stage doesn’t help. Om Unit starts his set soft, with simple melodies and pads, before gradually adding in scattered hats. Over the next 15 minutes he builds the vibe masterfully, as the beats drop in and the music shifts almost imperceptibly into quite heavy jungle. It feels a bit risky to try dancing anywhere near the many steps of The Hi-Fi, but a large chunk of the crowd quickly push forward to join the (relatively safe) bottom level, and the area front of stage is soon packed with people trying to move. Towards the end of the set, Om Unit drops a massive forthcoming single (on Metalheadz) and as he moves into a Machinedrum
differentiate one track from another. For the most part it’s boring and mildly pretentious, and even when the big riffs do come towards the end of the set, they’re delivered in such a cursory, by-the-numbers way it’s hard to get very excited.
Black Bear Lodge 5 Mar
Black Bear Lodge is sold out tonight for The Growlers’ first foray to Brisbane, so you know what that means: hot, cramped and shit-all chance of seeing the stage from more than a metre back. Before things get truly hectic though, locals The Kramers give the early crowd a master-class in not giving a single fuck. Guitars howl, strings break, interludes between songs are long and chaotic, and frontman
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Murphy persona and treats the crowd to some of his own MC work. The set continues to flit between Flying Lotus and Captain Murphy tracks (Between Friends is a particular highlight), and while it feels slightly unfocused, this may be the only way to present a real overview of the remarkable scope of Ellison’s recent back catalogue. Meanwhile, the visual show is just as impressive as the hype suggested: twin layers swirling hypnotically in response to the changing rhythms. While not quite as impressive as the last tour (live band in tow), this is still a remarkable performance, and to pull off two such different shows so well… let’s just say expectations are even higher for next time. Sky Kirkham
THE GROWLERS, TOMORROWS TULIPS, THE KRAMERS
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Ethan Kernaghan is brash and self-deprecating, announcing, ‘We’re the worst band to ever come out of Holland Park’ (almost definitely not true). There are plenty of early garage and rock’n’roll influences to be had here; The Sonics with a touch of The Cramps, and for the most part the band are haphazardly entertaining and watchable. When Kernaghan’s guitar breaks though they should just end the set, and spare us a strange closer consisting of only drums, bass and hysterical wailing. Tomorrows Tulips are billed as ‘G-rated grunge’, and apparently this means muted late ‘60s psychedelic rock with moments of distorted guitar. They’re pretty tight, but the drums and bass just plod along and nothing much happens to
By the time The Growlers arrive on stage the crowd is so amped (possibly because of the almost complete lack of hooks or fun so far tonight) that the reception is nothing short of frenzied. They start out slow, with older stuff from 2010’s Hot Tropics and 2013’s Hung At Heart, but the real gold is from latest record (which the band insist on calling an EP, despite being nine songs long), Gilded Pleasures. Songs like Humdrum Blues, which starts out sexy
with heavy drums and singer Brooks Nielsen crooning in his deeply charismatic nasal drawl, and then turns into a heartfelt lament of the tolls of being a touring musician, or the slinky surf of Hiding Under Covers, and the mildly deranged Ol’ Rat Face, are far beyond the vast majority of their previous output. The band mishmash genres so effortlessly, walking a tightrope of blues, surf, psych and even some kind of circus-style reggae on One Million Lovers, that even though we’ve heard a lot of notionally similar stuff in the last few years, the set feels fresh and immediately likeable. They definitely play for too long (a 90-minute set on a Wednesday?), but the crowd leave spent and thoroughly satisfied. Madeleine Laing THE MUSIC • 12TH MARCH 2014 • 31
PUBLIC ENEMY, CITIZEN KAY, IMPOSSIBLE ODDS The Hi-Fi 7 Mar Local lads Impossible Odds are set to kick the night off, and when they step up they ignite it all with a strong start. The fivepiece produce quite a full sound that draws a great variety of roots and soul influences into a classic hip hop mix. Their conscious and down-to-earth lyrics pack some weight, and their performance does well to carry them across. Ghanaian native Citizen Kay keeps the Aussie hip hop flame burning brighter for a bit
days. However, time and time again Public Enemy show that maturity and age have only helped them to develop and refine their powers in the live arena, and tonight is no exception. Chuck D and Flavor Flav still demonstrate a masterful ability to control, incite, and continuously reinvigorate the crowd, while behind them the combination of DJ Lord and their three hardrocking instrumentalists brings an almighty funk into the fold. Tonight they share a few selections (Get Up Stand Up, Hoovermusic, and I Shall Not Be Moved) from 2012’s Most Of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear On No Stamp, and it is actually surprising how well these fresher cuts stand up alongside classics like Rebel Without A Pause, Bring the Noise, and Black Steel In
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longer into the night. With live backing drummer in tow he energetically bounces back and forth across the front of the stage. He delivers recent singles Raise A Glass and Yes! with all the confidence of their studio counterparts, and all the while his swagger beams with an infectiously friendly form of bravado. It’s only been two years since Public Enemy last graced this stage, yet they still manage to pack out the room tonight. Given that their recording efforts of the past decade have received little attention or fanfare, it would be easy to presume that nostalgia is their sole drawcard. And yes, it’s pretty hard to not look back at their first four albums, and the Bomb Squad’s pioneering production during this period, without a little longing for a return of the glory 32 • THE MUSIC • 12TH MARCH 2014
brief and all is recovered back to glory with Shut Em Down, By the Time I Get To Arizona, and Fight the Power. They return for an encore of She Watch Channel Zero?!, and in doing so bring yet another successful show to a triumphant close. Jake Sun
CHARLES BRADLEY & HIS EXTRAORDINAIRES, JORDAN RAKEI The Hi-Fi 4 Mar Soul music is cool again – as it should always be – so there is no end of artists all across the world
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The Hour Of Chaos. But it’s the classics that the people have come for, and they get classics a-plenty. During Welcome To The Terrordome, Flavor Flav jumps on the bass to show off his slap talents, and for Don’t Believe The Hype they pull the pilot of their flight to Brisbane from the front row of the crowd and thank him for delivering them safely to this town by giving him a brief vocal guest spot. On top of their unyielding energy, enthusiasm and commitment to their cause, these little interactions and their overall ability to connect with the crowd helps to maintain a sense of freshness and relevance throughout. There is a momentary lull in the set when DJ Lord’s solo is lost to some brief technical mishaps, and Flavor Flav flies a distasteful flag of excess, mundanity and misogyny with his Shake Your Booty routine, but luckily this is
launches into In You (I Found A Love). The crowd is immediately shocked by the disarming voice of the 65-year-old; it’s so powerful in its volume, its rich timbre and the grit that’s come from years of living and singing hard. The deep groove of The World (Is Going Up In Flames) and Lovin’ You Baby gives way to the loose You Put The Flame On It, which brings some of Bradley’s finest dance moves out for the first time tonight. He takes a breather, we get a couple more instrumentals, and then he comes back in a darker suit, which signals a darker turn in the music. Confusion is a straight ahead rock-soul banger straight out of the ‘70s psych-funk playbook, while How Long is darker and deeper still. Bradley’s voice is one of the best in soul music – from any era – and if that sounds
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trying their hand at performing this deceptively difficult style of classic music. That makes those moments seeing a true master of the craft even more special, and tonight we get the real deal. Local Jordan Rakei and fourpiece band get us started with a very slick set of light, breezy funk. Rakei’s voice is brilliant and the musicianship of the band is admirable to say the least. If they can figure out how to retain these aspects and put together some more pop-friendly tunes they could be a fresh new act on the national funk scene. Rakei’s duet with Georgia Potter is a definite highlight, their two voices working together beautifully. Charles Bradley struts on stage in a resplendent purple suit, hand-stitched with dazzling sequins, after his band The Extraordinaires warm us up with some solid instrumental soul, and
hyperbolic, go and see him and then tell us we’re wrong. Some songs are so impassioned that you feel the pain in every word Bradley’s gruff voice projects, while the sweet and rough dichotomy in songs like Strictly Reserved For You is a different and very appealing component. On top of his incredible talent, he’s also an incredibly endearing figure; there’s a certain simplicity to everything he says that makes everything feel so heartfelt and genuine. He exults towards the end of the show the importance of love, and it all makes so much sense. He professes his faith, but never sounds preachy, he’s just a man trying to move people to be better through his music. Tonight’s show proves that he deserves every success, no matter how humble, he has in that regard. Dan Condon
comedy reviews Clearly relishing being back on stage (or relishing just being awake after 7pm), Okine quickly relaxes into his 50-minute routine Happiness Not Included. There’s a bit of laidback banter at the top of the show as he eases in, and before long it’s almost like an (albeit one-sided) catch-up with an old mate down at the pub – freeflowing and breezy.
MATT OKINE: HAPPINESS NOT INCLUDED Comedy
Powerhouse Visy Theatre (finished) With a demeanour like this, it’s no wonder Matt Okine got the tap to take over triple j’s breakfast show. He’s animated, sunny, with a ready wit that never misses the mark – just the kind of positive chap you need to hear over your scrambled eggs and coffee.
Okine bounds through diverse anecdotes, mostly linked by trying to find his place or make his way in the world, dotting back occasionally to yarns from his Ghanaian heritage – but it’s a hilarious story about his first acting gig, infused with some clever call-backs and wordsmithed to perfection, that’s the show-stopping moment here. As much as it’s a coup for the world of radio to temporarily lure Okine away from the stage, let’s hope he won’t ever be a stranger to the spotlight. Baz McAlister
RHYS NICHOLSON: EURGH Comedy
Brisbane Powerhouse Turbine Studio (finished) Rhys Nicholson’s great strength as a comedian lies in the disconnect between his dapper appearance and his off-the-cuff lines about “amyl and fisting”. Immaculately groomed in a jacket and bow-tie (which he made himself, and sells after the show, if you’re keen), the fresh-faced
comic can get away with saying almost anything – and does, for the 60 glorious minutes of Eurgh. Not even the incident, five minutes in, when a punter in the front row is summoned away by his mate because he’s supposed to be at Fiona O’Loughlin, can put Nicholson off his stride. Eurgh is a collection of anecdotes and musings from Nicholson’s life, smartly corralled within the narrative framework of seeing people (and institutions) as either sheep or guard llamas. Not sure what a guard llama is? Well, you’ll leave this show with a far greater understanding of sheep farming in rural WA than you might have thought. With a sparing use of props to great effect, Nicholson deftly ties the whole show up in a neat bundle at the end with a theatrical moment that will make sure you’ll never look at a certain hit song in the same way again. It’s a confident, clever outing from a comedian who proves the younger echelon of the Aussie comedy scene is in rude health. Baz McAlister
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BABAGANOUJ Member answering/role: Charles – guitars/vocals How long have you been together? It’s been almost three years but feels like a few months! How did you all meet? Harriette and I met via our old drummer Pete, who knew her brother. We’ve since added a couple other buddies – Jack, who’s Brisbane’s best drummer, and Ruby on the jangle machine. We’re all friends. 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? Usually some mix of now-obscure Australian classics – we’ve been listening to this song Happy Birthday Helen by Things Of Stone & Wood fairly religiously. Would you rather be a busted broke-but-revered Hank Williams figure or some kind of Metallica monster? Metallica, just because I was listening to Ride The Lightning the other day and it’s awesome. Which Brisbane bands before you have been an inspiration (musically or otherwise)? Go Violets were pretty inspiring for me when the band was starting up, because we didn’t really have any similarly minded musical colleagues for a while. Two of them are in the band now which is pretty great. Tim Steward and Screamfeeder are also up there, and also ended up producing our first EP Sife Lucks. What part do you think Brisbane plays in the music you make? Brisbane is a great influence on our music, but it’s also a passive influence. We’re not writing songs about ‘the Paddington sunset’ or anything quite yet, but you never know. I love The Go-Betweens and they were often very specific when discussing place. What’s in the pipeline for the band in the short term? We’re releasing our 7” Too Late For Love on 14 March and starting our east coast tour the same day! Babaganouj play Black Bear Lodge on Friday 28 Mar. Photo by TERRY SOO.
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SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOP BARS Hurry up and make the most of drinking in the warm sun because before we know it, it’ll be winter.
LIMES HOTEL ROOFTOP BAR – 142 CONSTANCE ST, FORTITUDE VALLEY Probably the classiest place in the Valley, the Limes Rooftop feels worlds away from the hordes of party animals elsewhere. Up here, an off-white stone bar and white details calm the senses. The drinks list is fuss-free, the food is similar (pizzas and seafood dominate) and there’s bands, cinema and ping-pong depending on the day of the week.
DANDY’S ROOFTOP – THE FOX HOTEL, 71-73 MELBOURNE ST, STH BRISBANE On top of the dignified building of the Fox sits the crazy, colourful world of Dandy’s. Think a tennis club on LSD, with a few bizarre extras (read: stalactites) thrown in. Focus on the drinks (homemade ginger beer, spiked with rum) and the BBQ (a proper charcoal affair) and pretty soon Dandy’s will start to make sense.
THE EXCHANGE HOTEL – 131 EDWARD ST, BRISBANE Brisbane’s oldest hotel is also smack-bang in the middle of the CBD and while it may have given into city-slicker style, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. The rooftop terrace is nestled amongst skyscrapers but still has plenty of greenery. With an open bar six days a week, from lunch through to dinner, this place is still going for a reason.
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ELIXIR ROOFTOP BAR – 646 ANN STREET, FORTITUDE VALLEY A welcome addition to Ann Street is Elixir, perched atop the X&Y Bar. Elixir manages to do a lot with a small space, creating a warm atmosphere where you can sip on one of 12 local craft beers (bottled or tap) or whatever else takes your fancy. This might just be the elixir needed to get you through a night out.
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58 Vulture St, West End Answered by: Olivier Ragoo
What’s the design/ atmosphere of your cafe? Relaxing casual hang-out vibe. A hole-in-the-wall. Garage escape with a minimal aesthetic.
What is an ingredient you couldn’t live without? Nutella. It’s settled many disputes in the kitchen and it’s pretty great on anything.
Who is serving/ cooking and what makes them special? I serve and usually like to mess around with the customers.
What’s the best way to have eggs? Poached, of course. If you have a ‘big breakfast’ what is on the plate? Some toast, poached eggs, grilled halloumi, bacon, hollandaise sauce, grilled cherry tomatoes and mushrooms. Pretty standard but that’s as far as my culinary skills take me.
What breakfast meal is the best hangover cure? The one that takes the least effort; that usually means a box of chicken nuggets with sweet and sour sauce.
THE ROLLING STONES WINE Fans of The Rolling Stones and wine can now rejoice in the joining of two of their interests, in The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary McLaren Vale Shiraz, from Australian wine producer Warburn Estate. Available exclusively from Dan Murphy’s (in store and online), The Rolling Stoness 50th Anniversary wine bottle featuress the Stones’ iconic tongue and lips logo. o. The Rolling Stoness are touring Australia ia from 19 Mar.
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BRITTNEE SPENCE @ THE MILL PHARMACY ESPRESSO BAR 225 Wickham Tce, Spring Hill themillpharmacy.com Three words that describe your cafe? Friendly, efficient, bright. What’s the price of a regular coffee? $3.80. What style of coffee should you start the day with? Singleorigin cold drip.
What kind of music do you play at work? A mixture of classic rock, local bands and upbeat alternative indie with the occasional Elvis or Motown day. What artist/band would you most like to make coffee for? Die Antwoord would be a fun visit. What style would you serve them and why?
Die Antwoord are quirky and tough so I think they’d appreciate the cold drip served out of a crystal skull.
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Well played Michael Clarke and his team for knocking off the world number one Test side South Africa in their own backyard, completing a stunning summer of long-form cricket.
WELL DONE CATE Congrats to Cate Blanchett for her second Oscar for her role in Blue Jasmine, although her acceptance speech was perhaps a tad sanctimonious. The world is round, you say? Thanks...
HEAD ON DOWN! After what seems like decades of waiting, South Park: The Stick Of Truth game has finally hit shelves – it’s absolutely incredible, even if the Australian/European version has been slightly censored for some inane reason…
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It’s been three years since the members of The Levons were in the same country, let alone on the same stage. They finally return for a Beetle Bar show on Saturday, with Searlzy & The Mad Cat, Box Falcon and Shanon Watkins Band.
Canberra indie-pop crew Fox & Fowl will be playing this Saturday at Eat Street Markets and Sunday at Black Bear Lodge in the lead-up to the release of their eponymous EP.
LA producer ETC!ETC! may have spent most of his studio life on the electro house point, but he’s been getting noticed by tastemakers lately for his transition to Moombahton productions. See his mix of EDM flavours at Biscuit Factory, Arena, Saturday.
Southern sons Pilots are emerging from the shade of the pandanus trees to rock the rainbow region with a show at their local, Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, this Friday night. Get inspired by their climactic brand of indie/surf riffing.
Resurrecting after a couple of years on hiatus, Kings Of The Sun have returned with both a new line-up and an 11-track album. To commemorate the two milestones, the newly reformed band will appear at The Tempo Hotel this Saturday.
Emma Dean has got a new band and choir ready for her upcoming Aussie appearances. Watch as she unveils her new musical direction in an intimate cabaret setting when Emma & The Hungry Truth comes to the Judith Wright Centre, 20 and 22 Mar.
KEEP ‘EM COMING
GYP-SEE FOR YOURSELF
Brisbane-based quartet Against Them may have been together for eight years, but their hot songwriting streak doesn’t show any signs of stopping. Support the locals as they launch their sixth EP Vita Nova at Beetle Bar, 3 Apr.
Direct from Israel, the authentic gypsy stylings of Sumsum arrive at QMC, 22 Mar. Unlike anything you may have experienced before, this music will take you on a journey to exotic lands where hip gyrating is more than acceptable.
Sydney electro bloke Thief has announced his national Closer EP tour, with support from Nicole Millar. Thief ’s had a busy 2014 so far, already supporting The Aston Shuffle and heading to the US for SXSW. Catch him at Alhambra Lounge, 29 Mar.
PUSH AND SHOVE
BEAR WITH ME
WORTH THE BUZZ
Layered acoustic and electronic sounds permeate Amaya Laucirica’s third record Sway, with Laucirica’s emotional vocals always at the forefront. Witness her live at The Treehouse, Byron Bay, 13 Jun and The Bearded Lady, 14 Jun.
Iwrestledabearonce are on their way to Oz, hitting Thriller, 5 Apr and The Lab, 6 Apr. They’ve just announced local supports, with Far From Paris and Such Great Heights opening Thriller and Bayharbour, Revelation and Deadlights opening The Lab.
One-of-a-kind Aussie troubadour Pugsley Buzzard is touring his first album in seven years. He plays Papa Jacks, 27 Mar; Mandala Organic Arts Cafe, GC, 28 Mar; Brisbane Jazz Club, 29 Mar; and Sunshine Coast Jazz Club, Currimundi, 30 Mar (2pm).
BACKLASH CONDUCT UNBECOMING
So Campbell Newman is espousing a ‘Code Of Conduct’ for pubs and clubs, urging Queenslanders to “not vomit” while out. How does someone who’s clearly never been out at night for decades presume to tell us how to behave?
VIRTUALLY WORTHLESS Who woulda imagined that virtual currency Bitcoin would ultimately prove a bad investment?
IN PLANE SIGHT So for over a decade now we haven’t been able to take liquids or nail scissors onto planes to “thwart terrorism”, but in this same timeframe airlines haven’t been checking that people aren’t using stolen passports? Does that seem odd?
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DISCOVERING THE LOST
It’s going down 22 Mar at The Zoo, with Tall Poppy Productions showcasing a collection of local indie-rock artists, including Fox ‘N’ Firkin, pictured, Cassia, George Higgins, The Thrill and Dane Adamo. Tickets are available through Oztix for $18.
The Arcadia tour is being brought to the fore thanks to the new single from straight-up alt-rockers Guards Of May. The Brissie act play with The Hungry Mile and others at New Globe Theatre, 4 Apr and Miami Shark Bar, 5 Apr.
Having already shared the stage with the likes of The Offspring and Paramore, Sydney quintet Far Away Stables will be landing in our parts to introduce their second EP Atlantis. Hear the tracks at Snitch, Electric Playground, 10 Apr.
SHAKING ALL OVER
BIG IN JAPAN
Beloved Brisbane-based singersongwriter Paddy Dempsey will be celebrating a century’s worth of musical expertise at The Loft, Gold Coast, 22 Mar and Visy Theatre, 26 Mar as he unveils his new atmospheric project Sissybones.
Before they return back to Asia and the stages where this ride began for them, Melbourne indie-pop trio The Elliotts will treat us to shows at Ric’s Bar, 19 Mar; The Joynt, 20 Mar; The Loft, GC, 21 Mar; and Byron Bay Brewery, 22 Mar.
Emerging from a lengthy songwriting stretch with brand new EP The Wheel, Jordan Millar will show off a new side to his musical scope – moody and atmospheric in tone – at The Loft, GC, 28 Mar, with Bree De Rome.
CAN’T STOP THE ROCK
Trailblazing Torres Straight Islands MC Mau Power is launching his single Island Home, pulled off his phenomenal new record The Show Will Go On, with a show at New Globe Theatre, 21 Mar. Backed by a five-piece band, you don’t wanna miss this.
Screening at the Judith Wright Centre, There Will Be _______ is centred around a half-hour film put together by LA-based artist Kerry Tribe which tackles one of last century’s most shocking society murders. 29 Mar – 17 May.
Champion local four-piece and recent The Music cover stars Blank Realm have been announced as the support for Canadian electro weirdos Holy Fuck when they play their Brisbane Groovin The Moo sideshow at The Zoo, 24 Apr.
NO TIME LIKE NOW
YOU CAN’T REFUSE
There’s no better place to be on 4 Apr than Beetle Bar, with indie rock trio Faleepo Francisco taking to the stage for a headline slot, with a solid undercard joining them, featuring Dane Adamo, Hawkmoon and The Buzzbees.
Back with their second EP After Glow, Messrs are smashing our a big national tour and will join Fun Machine at Trainspotters, Grand Central Hotel, 5 Apr. Don’t miss out on a rare chance to see this Adelaide crew!
Tasmania’s Luca Brasi have handpicked a killer selection of friends and peers to join them on their Queensland leg, with The Gifthorse joining them at Crowbar, 22 Mar and No Trust and Stone Hearts at The Lab, 23 Mar for an all ages date.
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children here. Back Home Again came together when it looked like it wouldn’t. I’m most proud of that.
Name: Kai Tan EP Title: Juliette How many releases do you have now? It’s our second EP but our first ‘official’ release. Yesterday I saw a physical copy for the first time – trippy. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Seeing all my group grow up out of school, the stuff you do and how things always go differently to how you expect. We both listen to tons of US rap so there’s that too.
We’ll like this EP if we like... Horrorshow, Allday, Jhene Aiko, Sufjan Stevens, Drake, Flume, JFK, long walks on the beach, Atmosphere, going out and doing dumb shit. Jackie Onassis play The Zoo on 15 & 16 Mar, supporting Illy.
What’s your favourite song on it? Choosing between
BAD//DREEMS Name: Sandy Cameron Home ground: Adelaide, South Australia
Please relate your impressions of performing in our fair city: 1) It is usually quite sweaty. 2) I find the Valley after midnight petrifying. 3) Good bands and crowds :)
Describe your live music/ performance style: “Unchallenged dickhead machismo”, “Smart, gritty, indie rock in the format of The Replacements”, “Mediocre garage rock with god awful pub rock vocals”, “Like Pavement fronted by a Paul Kelly or Ian Moss”.
What will you be taking home with you? A meter maid. XXXX memorabilia. Taxidermied cane toad. Bob Katter/Bob Katter talisman. Music industry blacklisting. Mal Meninga tattoo
Is this your first foray to Brisbane? If not how many times have you performed in our midst? We have had the pleasure quite a few times now, probably about five if I had to hazard a guess.
Bad//Dreems play Bleach*, SoundLounge, Gold Coast on 14 Mar and Transcontinental Hotel on 27 Mar supporting The Scientists.
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with a new line-up and all new material so it was a good chance to test ourselves and get back on stage quickly.
STELLAR GREEN Name: David Aurora Single title: Refuge What’s the song about? Frustration at the way the needy are rejected in our culture, generally by those with the most to spare. How long did it take to write/record? Not very long, it’s a pretty straightforward track so there wasn’t any need to layer too much or chase any crazy sounds. Is this track from a forthcoming release/existing release? It’s a one-track single – we’re back from a break 40 • THE MUSIC • 12TH MARCH 2014
What was inspiring you during the song’s writing and recording? I can’t speak for the other guys, but lyrically it was a conversation with a friend whose views on social issues surprised and appalled me. We’ll like this song if we like... Up-tempo rock songs without a lot of dicking around. Do you play it differently live? No, it’s pretty much the same; this one seems to feel pretty good as is so we didn’t mess with it in the studio. Stellar Green play Surfers Paradise Beer Garden, Gold Coast on 13 Mar.
THE GIN CLUB Member answering: Adrian Stoyles Best record you stole from your folks’ collection? Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cosmos’s Factory. First record you bought? Guns N’ Roses – The Spaghetti Incident. 12 years old, $30 birthday money. It’s a terrible record but I loved the shit out of it at the time and in a way I still do. Record you put on when you’re really miserable? Low – Things We Lost In The Fire or anything by Sparklehorse.
Record you put on when you bring someone home? Kool & The Gang – Celebration. Most surprising record in your collection? Van Morrison – Astral Weeks. Surprising because I still own it. Listened to it once. Never again. Last thing you bought/ downloaded? Cass McCombs – Wit’s End. The Gin Club play The Underdog on 14 Mar.
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Neneh Cherry pioneered (alt) hip hop soul in the late ‘80s with her classic debut Raw Like Sushi. Cherry was born in Sweden, settling as a teen in the UK, where she initially gravitated to the punk scene. However, she presaged not only textural street soul, but also Lauryn Hill and M.I.A., transitioning between rapping and singing, plus addressing feminist and anti-materialist concerns. Later Cherry veered off into trip hop, Massive Attack long-time associates. Still, The Notorious B.I.G. rapped on her Buddy X remix. Cherry last presented 1996’s boho Man, entailing the sublime 7 Seconds with Senegalese star Youssou N’Dour. Weirdly, her back catalogue has seen few reissues; there’s no ‘best of ’! In the 2000s Cherry, a reluctant celebrity DJ, guested on Groove Armada’s definitive Love Box. She’s had several side-projects. Now Cherry is back with the buzzy Blank Project, which underscores her status as an eternally cool reinventor. It’s part electronic jazz, part avant R&B – and based on synths and live drums. Cherry teamed with IDM producer Kieran ‘Four Tet’ Hebden and London musos RocketNumberNine in New York. Hebden’s subjective ‘techno’ can be like gluten-free bread: ‘good’ and wholesome yet unappetising. But, somehow, his partnering with Cherry works, Blank Project being abstract, yes, but also raw, melodic and dramatic. The LP, mortality its dominant theme, opens with the ultra-spare and percussive Across The Water. The highlight is Out Of The Black, a duet with another Swedish rebel – Robyn. @therealcyclone
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The crazy good, insanely fun, and totally insane times of Soundwave Festival are over for yet another year. Following on from my stint back up in Brisbane, Melbourne was then subjected to a near solid week of non-stop rock royalty. My working week was hectic and about five times as busy as usual… members of Clutch, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Gojira, and Devil You Know all dropped by the studio to record segments for my radio show, with members of Pennywise, Trash Talk, A Day To Remember, The Ghost Inside, Letlive. and more also showing their faces around the ABC for other programs. There’s no other time of year quite like it! It was my first experience at Melbourne Soundwave. After not getting a great deal of sleep after The Dillinger Escape Plan, Glassjaw and Dir En Grey sideshow the night before, things were a little dusty but an excellent time was still had. My state had absolutely nothing on that of David Brockie of Gwar, however, who provided me with one of the most entertaining and completely off-the-rails interviews I’ve ever been a part of. The highlight for me was not only getting to meet the legendary Philip H Anselmo, but when he proved his love for the best Australian metal on offer once more by donning a King Parrot shirt before inviting the band onstage to play the Down hit Bury Me In Smoke. That, and King Parrot actually getting to play Soundwave and proving once and for all just how many people are getting behind them with one of the biggest crowds of the day. Shortly after catching the rear end of another limitless set from The Dillinger Escape Plan, the
guys from Thy Art Is Murder asked if I wanted to jump in their van and tag along to Adelaide. I was pretty drunk by then, so without any plans off to Adelaide I went. It was also my first Adelaide festival experience, and it left a pretty good impression. Despite the fact that the band rooms were literally the prison cells in the old Adelaide Gaol, and that there were some serious looking guard dogs patrolling the fences for jumpers, the whole environment felt a bit more relaxed… I even saw a couple of cops cracking a smile while watching gothic metalcore group The Defiled. Perhaps the fullstrength beer that was allowed to flow freely into punters and be drunk wherever one felt like it had something to do with it. If Adelaide can handle it, why can’t the rest of Australia? As expected, pioneering American metalcore group Misery Signals has officially announced their return for what will be their fourth tour of Australia this May. Sydney band Stories will support nationally. Self-described as ‘heroic fantasy power metal’, UK group Gloryhammer is heading down under for the very first time for a run of shows with Brisbane beer-swilling pirates Lagerstein through April and May. Still to come to our shores for March are Israeli melodic metal group Orphaned Land, heavy post-rockers Caspian, the mythological occult metal darkness of Absu, Swedish death metal pioneers Dark Tranquillity, the mathcore insanity of Iwrestledabearonce, DIY pop punks RVIVR, and the Savannah sludge of Kylesa on their rescheduled headline tour.
There will be a new Mia Dyson record released at some stage this year, her fifth, and while it doesn’t yet have a name, we did get to hear the first track from it last week. Dyson has been one of our finest blues/alt-rock crossover acts for a decade now, but this latest single – called When We’re Older – is possibly the best thing that she has ever done. It’s got a lot of the rollicking Americana we’ve come to expect from artists like Lucinda Williams and Dyson’s voice is sounding better than ever; if the rest of her fifth album is as good as this then we’re in for a treat. You can head to her PledgeMusic page to pre-order the record and help her raise enough money to release the record independently. If you’re not familiar with Aussie blues masters The Black Sorrows then Joe Camilleri has offered you a hell of a way to get acquainted, with Nutcracker Blues being collated and offered for free online. The record is a bunch of Camilleri’s favourite bluesy songs – his brand of blues is far from traditional, but it is deeply personal and there’s a lot be said for that. You can access the record for nothing – or you can choose to throw in a few shekels if you so wish – at the band’s Bandcamp site theblacksorrows. bandcamp.com. The Black Sorrows play Bluesfest on Saturday 19 April.
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Billy Bragg: The Tivoli 20 Mar
India.Arie & Joss Stone: The Tivoli 20 Apr
Caspian: The Tempo Hotel 20 Mar Melbourne Ska Orchestra: The Hi-Fi 21 Mar Absu: Crowbar 23 Mar Calling All Cars: Beach Hotel 28 Mar, The Zoo 29 Mar, Solbar 30 Mar The Jungle Giants: Rics Big Backyard 29 Mar, Alhambra Lounge 30 Mar (U18) Monster Magnet: The Hi-Fi 5 Apr
Stonefield: Oh Hello! 24 Apr, Beach Hotel 25 Apr, One Way Street Party 26 Apr Urban Country Music Festival: Caboolture, 2-4 May Residual: The Loft 3 May, The Tempo Hotel 4 May Groovin The Moo: Townsville 4 May The Jezabels: The Tivoli 6 May
Sally Seltmann: Black Bear Lodge 10 Apr
DZ Deathrays: Elsewhere 8 May, The Zoo 9 May
Steve Earle & The Dukes: The Tivoli 15 Apr
Ella Hooper: Black Bear Lodge 15 May, Soundlounge 16 May, Star Court Theatre 17 May
The Wailers: The Tivoli 16 Apr Cloud Control: Brunswick Hotel 16 Apr, Beach Hotel 16 Apr, Story Bridge Hotel 12 Apr, Paddington Tavern 13 Apr, Komune 13 Apr, Noosa Heads SLSC 17 Apr, Solbar 17 Apr, Jubilee Hotel 19 Apr, Boardwalk Tavern 19 Apr, Coolangatta Hotel 20 Apr
Free Your Mind Ft Northlane, Thy Art Is Murder: The Hi-Fi 22 May Frente!: Star Court Theatre 27 Jun, Brisbane Powerhouse 28 Jun Kingswood: The Hi-Fi 31 May The Beards: The Spotted Cow 2 Jul, Soundlounge 3 Jul, The Tivoli 4 Jul, Solbar 5 Jul, The Northern 6 Jul
Kimberley Bowden + Mia Wray + Sahara Beck: Dowse Bar (Iceworks), Paddington Locky: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane By Eleanor + After Gryce + DJ Redbeard: Ric’s (downstairs), Fortitude Valley Pharrell Williams + Baauer + Nina Las Vegas: Riverstage, Brisbane Jabba: Royal Exchange Hotel (Beer Garden), Toowong
GIG OF THE WEEK SUNNYBOYS: 14 & 15 MAR, THE NORTHERN Stellar Green: The Beer Garden, Surfers Paradise
Monkey See, Monkey Do: Empire Hotel, Fortitude Valley
Drawn From Bees + Phil Usher & The Daggers: The Hideaway, Fortitude Valley
The Copy Cats: Hamilton Hotel (Public Bar), Hamilton
Monkey’s Pirate + Felicity Lawless + Tigers & Emperors: The Joynt, South Brisbane The Stained Angels + Wren Klauf + Lecia & Lani + Angharad Drake + Nicky Convine: The Loft, Chevron Island Astro Travellers: The Press Club, Fortitude Valley Uni Night feat. Who Is John? + Eaglets + The College Mystery Band + more: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley Young Pups Open Mic feat. various artists: The Underdog, Fortitude Valley Old Pines + Malo Zima + Weathered: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
Longshot: Wilsonton Hotel, Toowoomba DJ Jarrd + DJ Blitz: Wynnum Tavern, Wynnum West
Whiskey & Speed + DMS Punx + Four Zero One Four + more: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley
Cookie Jar feat. various artists: 633 Ann, Fortitude Valley
Skank Patricks Day with Strange Tenants + The Resignators + The Meaniacs: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah
The Biscuit Factory+ETC!ETC!: Arena, Fortitude Valley
Peter Calvert + Fade In Mona Lisa + Leaven + DJ Valdis: Ric’s (downstairs), Fortitude Valley
Jazz Saturdays feat. various Artists: Albion Hotel, Albion
The Levons + Searlzy & The Mad Cat + Box Falcon + Shanon Watkins: Beetle Bar, Brisbane
Stairway: Royal Exchange Hotel (Beer Garden/8pm), Toowong
The Big Duo: Brisbane Brewhouse, Woolloongabba
Superkaleida: Beetle Bar, Brisbane
The Massive Fergusons: Royal Mail Hotel (6.30pm), Goodna
Bruno Mars: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall
One Eyed Pilots: Brisbane Brewhouse, Woolloongabba
Nicky Convine: Saltbar, South Kingscliff
Lee Gunness + Caxton Street Jazz Band: Brisbane Jazz Club (6.30pm), Kangaroo Point
The David Bentley Trio: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point
Toby Keith + Eli Young Band + Kellie Pickler: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall
CC The Cat: Solbar, Maroochydore
My Fiction + Michelle Xen & The Neon Wild + Astrid: Beetle Bar, Brisbane
Gretchen Wilson + Morgan Evans: Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill Snitch feat. The Strategem + Headwound The Pony + Nightmare + Trinatyde: Electric Playground, Fortitude Valley Prom Night 3rd Birthday Party feat. Rhys Bynon + Sammy Owens + Jaxon + more: Elsewhere, Surfers Paradise
Lil’ Fi + band: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point Various DJs: Capalaba Tavern (Sports Bar/10pm), Capalaba In-Cyde + Messiam + Symbolic Weapon + End Us: Chardons Corner Hotel (7pm), Annerley Pool Party feat.Wafia + Youth Allowance + Andrew Markwell + Barnaby & Scout + Oyster Sauce: Coniston Lane, Fortitude Valley The Storytellers: Coomera Waters Tavern, Coomera Waters
Open Mic Night feat. various: Solbar, Maroochydore
Dave Ritter: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central
Elephant Unplugged feat. various artists: The Elephant Hotel, Fortitude Valley
Ballad Boy: Loving Hut, Mount Gravatt
Teal + These Four Walls + Hazards Of Swimming Naked + Harlequin: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley
Super Heroes & Villains Party feat. various DJs: Alderley Arms Hotel, Alderley
Family Affair: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central
The Smith Street Band + The Menzingers + Grim Fandango + Army Of Champions: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
Tom Foolery: Breakfast Creek Hotel, Breakfast Creek
The Hummin Quartet: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End
Choon Goonz: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End
Real//Talks + Blonde Tongues + White Lodge + Settling: The Waiting Room, West End
Jeff Carter: Royal Exchange Hotel (Beer Garden/4pm), Toowong
DJ Indy Andy: Albany Creek Tavern (The Creek Bar), Albany Creek
Jabba: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane
Columbus + Hometown Heroes + Tortured Skies: The Underdog, Fortitude Valley
Jabba + B-Rad: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane
Bec Whitehead: The Vault, Southport
Watch Your Step feat. various DJs: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley
Raw Comedy Semi Final #1 feat. Mark McConville: Sit Down Comedy Club, Brisbane
Luna Junction: The Joynt, South Brisbane
Motion DJs: Irish Murphy’s (upstairs), Brisbane
Diamond Dave: The Underdog (6.30pm), Fortitude Valley
DJ Ryan: Ric’s (upstairs), Fortitude Valley
Byron Bay Bluesfest 2014: Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm 17-21 Apr
Sassin Fras + Roku Music + Cassette Cathedral: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley
The Gin Club: The Underdog, Fortitude Valley
Ozomatli: The Zoo 23 Apr
Arctic Monkeys: BEC 7 May
Allen Stone: The Zoo 16 Apr
Blackheart Burlesque+Suicide Girls: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley
Jake Bugg: The Hi-Fi 23 Apr
Loon Lake: The Zoo 5 Apr
Suzanne Vega: Brisbane Powerhouse 15 Apr
Rockaoke feat. various + Lucy Street: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley
Damien Dempsey: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane DJ Dan A: Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads The Underscore Orkestra + DJ Valdis: Ric’s (downstairs), Fortitude Valley Ayla Scanlan & Friends + Of The Nations: Solbar, Maroochydore Mzaza + The Underscore Orkestra: The Bearded Lady, West End
JJ Speedball + Twin City Riot + Captain Dikilich & His Bastard Box: Dolphins Hotel, Tweed Heads Baby Animals + special guests: Eatons Hill Hotel (Grand Ballroom), Eatons Hill Uberjak’d + J-Trick + Tooshoes + Benibee + various DJs: Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill Bang Gang Reunion/Ajax Memorial feat. Dangerous Dan + Damage + DOOM + Hoodrat + Audun: Elsewhere, Surfers Paradise
Bleach* Festival feat. Violent Soho + Bad//Dreems + The Sinking Teeth + Bleach Festival: Soundlounge, Currumbin Dave Tonks: Story Bridge Hotel (The Corner Bar), Kangaroo Point DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (The Shelter Bar), Kangaroo Point Jack O’Leary + Peter Miller: Tallebudgera Valley Community Hall, Tallebudgera Valley Comedy In The Basement with Danny McGinlay: The Arts Centre Gold Coast (Basement), Surfers Paradise The Willow Seed + Nix: The Crosstown Eating House, Woolloongabba
Cal Wilson: Brisbane Powerhouse (Visy Theatre/two shows: 5pm & 7.15pm), New Farm Recharge DJs: Caloundra Hotel, Caloundra Move D: Capulet, Fortitude Valley La Boum: Cloudland, Fortitude Valley Antichrists Anonymous + 1.1.1 + Cursed Earth + Ipswich Allstars + Thumping Bumjoys: Club Metro, Ipswich Thriller feat. Deadlights + Alibrandi + Malibu Stacey + Set The Record: Coniston Lane, Fortitude Valley Baby Animals + guests: Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta Troy Cassar-Daley: Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill
Lo-Fi-Way: The Elephant Hotel, Fortitude Valley
The Hills Annual Rodeo feat. various artists: Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill
Iced Earth + Elm Street: The Hi-Fi, West End
DJ Taya + Jengis Kose + Giv: Elsewhere, Surfers Paradise
The Chocolate Strings + Bankrupt Billionaires: The Joynt, South Brisbane
Trainspotters Presents feat. Step-Panther + You Beauty + Thigh Master + The Bear Hunt: Grand Central Hotel, Brisbane
Lachy Doley + Mojo Bluesmen + Kenny Slide: The Loft, Chevron Island Capitol Groove: The Press Club, Fortitude Valley
Stewart Fairhurst + Solar Rush: Hamilton Hotel (Public Bar), Hamilton Agnes J Walker + Fieu: Imperial Hotel, Eumundi
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the guide firstname.lastname@example.org Motion DJs: Irish Murphy’s (upstairs), Brisbane
Mission X + Rick Barron: The Elephant Hotel, Fortitude Valley
Strings For Ammo: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End
Fyah Walk + The Upsteppers + Youngtree: The Hi-Fi, West End
Mantra Trio: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central
Summer Flake + Gravel Samwidge + The Wrong Man + Bent: The Hideaway, Fortitude Valley
Mojo Burning feat. The Fumes + Marshall Okell + Transvaal Diamond Syndicate + Lachy Doley + My Left Boot + The Floors + Bonez + Guthrie + La Bastard + Frank Sultana & the Sinister Kids + Cleveland Blues + Big Blind Ray + Wizard Sleeve + The Royal Artillery + more: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley The Buzzbees + Your Man Alex Smith + DJ Valdis: Ric’s (downstairs), Fortitude Valley DJ Ryan: Ric’s (upstairs), Fortitude Valley
Jack & The Giant Killers + The Floating Bridges: The Joynt, South Brisbane My Fiction + Amy Shark + Michelle Xen & The Neon Wild + Ellie Hopley: The Loft, Chevron Island
Quarteto Bachida + Marcio Bahia + special guests: Brisbane Jazz Club (5pm), Kangaroo Point Cal Wilson: Brisbane Powerhouse (Visy Theatre/5.15pm), New Farm
DJ Indy Andy: Royal Exchange Hotel (Beer Garden/10pm), Toowong
Sunday Unplugged feat. various artists: Burleigh Heads Hotel (1pm), Burleigh Heads
Raw Comedy Semi Final #2 feat. Joel Ozborn: Sit Down Comedy Club, Brisbane
Hot Dub Time Machine: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba
Those Old Soles: Solbar, Maroochydore
Seventh Avenue: Cloudland, Fortitude Valley
DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (The Shelter Bar), Kangaroo Point
Aquila Young: Dowse Bar (Iceworks), Paddington
Sunday Jazz feat. various: Story Bridge Hotel (The Outback Bar), Kangaroo Point
The Royale feat. Sessionkatz + Stretch Paper Cranes: Elsewhere, Surfers Paradise
Cliff Hoad’s Kings of the Sun + Mick Medew & The Rumours + Heavy Roller + Electric Samurai: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley
St Patricks Day Festival feat. various artists: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane
Get Rooted III: Cigar Box Guitar Festival feat. various artists: Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna
Rollo & Phil: The Underdog (Public Bar/7pm), Fortitude Valley Lesyah: The Vault, Southport
DJ Trent: Saltbar, South Kingscliff In2nation: Solbar, Maroochydore
Illy + Jackie Onassis + Remi: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
Youth Allowance + Oyster Sauce: Southside Tea Room, Morningside
Kerry Kennedy & Double Barrel: Wilsonton Hotel, Toowoomba
DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (The Shelter Bar), Kangaroo Point Nat & Stu: Story Bridge Hotel (The Corner Bar), Kangaroo Point Led Zeppelin acoustic + Ella Fence: The Arts Centre Gold Coast (Basement), Surfers Paradise
StormChasers + Signature Series: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley
Mangrove Jack: Brothers Leagues Club, Cairns St Patricks Day Festival feat. various artists: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane Tempo Acoustic Session feat. Zac Court + Ella Fence + The Deep End: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley
Scramjet: The Elephant Hotel, Fortitude Valley Burin + Girl Berry: The Hi-Fi, West End
Woody Lives Here: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane
Paul Poulsen Trio: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End
Karl S Williams: The Joynt, South Brisbane
The Bug feat. Aris + The Jar: New Farm Bowls Club, New Farm
Deke Dickerson + The Hi-Boys + Twang: Morningside RSL, Morningside
Three: The Press Club, Fortitude Valley
Liam Gerner: The Scratch, Milton
The Sunset Sessions Feat. 3 Miles From Texas + The Meqano Set + Relatively Speaking + Linda Kaarina: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley
The Stray Sisters + Ruby Boots: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
JTR: Old Museum, Bowen Hills Exposed #6: Heat 7 feat. The Keepaways + Home By Sudden Landslide + Crashing Tomorrow + Nila Bonda + Radio Outkast: Ric’s (7pm), Fortitude Valley Kim Sheehy: Royal Exchange Hotel (Beer Garden/2pm), Toowong
Vote For Pedro: Breakfast Creek Hotel, Breakfast Creek
Illy + Jackie Onassis + Remi: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
Queens Of The Stone Age + Nine Inch Nails + Brody Dalle: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall
A Grand Scheme + Blonde On Blonde + more: The Bearded Lady, West End
Spike: Hamilton Hotel (Public Bar/2pm), Hamilton
Karen Anderson & The Fortunate Sinners: The Underdog, Fortitude Valley
Brooksy & Co: Royal Exchange Hotel (Beer Garden), Toowong
DJ Simon Says: Royal Exchange Hotel (Public Bar), Toowong
Jabba: Royal Exchange Hotel (Beer Garden/6pm), Toowong
Roku Music: The Time Machine, Nambour RnR BBQ feat. New Jack Rubys + White Devil + Sons Of The Soil + Captain Moonshine: The Underdog (12pm), Fortitude Valley
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INTERNATIONAL Pharrell Williams, Baauer: Riverstage 12 Mar (AA) Bruno Mars: BEC 13 Mar Gretchen Wilson: Eatons Hill Hotel 13 Mar Iced Earth: The Hi-Fi 14 Mar Toby Keith: BEC 14 Mar ETC!ETC!: Arena 15 Mar Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails: BEC 17 Mar Martha Davis & The Motels: New Globe Theatre 19 Mar Baths: Alhambra Lounge 20 Mar Caspian: The Tempo Hotel 20 Mar Billy Bragg: The Tivoli 20 Mar, The Northern 21 Mar
The Tivoli 23 Apr
Front Line Assembly: Transcontinental Hotel 24 Apr
Russian Circles: Crowbar 29 Apr D.R.I: The Hi-Fi 1 May
Bobby Keys & The Suffering Bastards: Eatons Hill Hotel 1 Apr The Rolling Stones: Brisbane Entertainment Centre 2 Apr Kylesa: The Hi-Fi 2 Apr A$AP Ferg: The Hi-Fi 3 Apr The Fratellis: The Tivoli 3 Apr St Lucia: The Zoo 4 Apr
John Newman: Eatons Hill Hotel 3 May
Cults: The Zoo 6 May
Temples: The Zoo 8 May Disclosure: Eatons Hill Hotel 8 May Jonny Craig: Crowbar 8 May, Tall Poppy Studios 9 May (AA)
Kris Kristofferson: Lismore Workers Club 16 Apr, Empire Theatre 17 Apr, QPAC 18 Apr, Jupiters Theatre 19 Apr
Sunnyboys: The Northern 14, 15 Mar, The Tivoli 28 Mar
Michael Buble: BEC 12 May
Baby Animals: Eatons Hill Hotel 14 Mar, Coolangatta Hotel 15 Mar, Racehorse Hotel 4 Apr, Alexandra Hills Hotel 5 Apr
Fleshgod Apocalypse: The Hi-Fi 14 May Misery Signals: The Hi-Fi 17 May, The Lab 18 May (AA)
We Are Scientists: The Zoo 29 May Meat Puppets: The Zoo 30 May Mango Groove: Eatons Hill Hotel 30 May
Illy: The Zoo 15, 16 Mar The Little Stevies: Gasworks 16 Mar The Stray Sisters: The Zoo 18 Mar Twelve Foot Ninja: The Zoo 21 Mar, Shark Bar 22 Mar Melbourne Ska Orchestra: The Hi-Fi 21 Mar
James Blunt: BCEC 2 Jun Armin van Buuren: BEC 4 Jun
The Stiffys: The Joynt 22 Mar
Ellie Goulding, Broods: BCEC 5 Jun (AA)
Young Franco: Bowler Bar 22 Mar
Propagandhi: The Hi-Fi 8 Jun, Miami Shark Bar 9 Jun
Halfway: Brisbane Powerhouse 23 Mar
Bastille: BCEC 13 Jun (AA)
Calling All Cars: The Spotted Cow 27 Mar, Beach Hotel 28 Mar, The Zoo 29 Mar, Solbar 30 Mar
Finntroll: The Zoo 18 Jun
Kreator, Death Angel: The Hi-Fi 19 Apr
Dragon: Kedron Wavell Services Club 20 Jun, Twin Towns 21 Jun
KC & The Sunshine Band: The Tivoli 19 Apr
Band Of Skulls: The Hi-Fi 21 Jun
India Arie, Joss Stone: The Tivoli 20 Apr
The Crimson Projekct: The Hi-Fi 28 Jun
Morbid Angel: The Hi-Fi 22 Apr
Adolescents: The Tempo Hotel 3 Jul
Michael Franti & Spearhead:
Summer Flake: The Hideaway 15 Mar
Luca Brasi, Postblue: Crowbar 22 Mar, The Lab 23 Mar (AA)
La Dispute, Balance & Composure: Trinity Hall 19 Jun (AA), The Hi-Fi 20 Jun
Jake Bugg: The Hi-Fi 23 Apr
The Smith Street Band: The Zoo 14 Mar
Pete Rock & DJ Premier: Arena 9 May
Adrian Edmondson & The Bad Shepherds: Black Bear Lodge 16 Apr
Ozomatli: The Zoo 23 Apr
Kanye West: BEC 9 May
Gary Numan: The Tivoli 28 May
The Wailers: The Tivoli 16 Apr
Robbie Williams: BEC 22 Sep
The Gin Club: The Underdog 14 Mar
3 Inches Of Blood: Crowbar 10 Apr
Allen Stone: The Zoo 16 Apr
Biffy Clyro: The Tivoli 4 Sep
Katy Perry: BEC 27, 28 Nov
Brant Bjork: The Zoo 23 May, The Northern 24 May
Steve Earle & The Dukes: The Tivoli 15 Apr
Lady Gaga: BEC 26 Aug
Action Bronson: The Hi-Fi 7 May
Monster Magnet: The Hi-Fi 5 Apr
Suzanne Vega, Seth Lakeman: Brisbane Powerhouse 15 Apr
Anathema: The Hi-Fi 21 Aug
Justin Timberlake: BEC 26, 27 Sep
The English Beat: The Zoo 18 May
Tyga: Arena 12 Apr
Andrew Strong: The Commitments: The Tivoli 25 Jul, Twin Towns 26 Jul
Arctic Monkeys: BEC 7 May
Glass Animals: The Hi-Fi 4 Apr
Killswitch Engage: Eatons Hill Hotel 11 Apr (AA)
MEAT PUPPETS: 30 MAY, THE ZOO
Hugh Laurie: QPAC 2 May
Jason Derulo: BEC 5 May
Kodaline: The Hi-Fi 1 Apr
Residual: The Loft 3 May, The Tempo Hotel 4 May
KT Tunstall: The Zoo 30 Apr
Jurassic 5: Eatons Hill Hotel 22 Mar
Thirty Seconds To Mars, White Lies: Brisbane Riverstage 30 Mar (AA)
Hellions: Crowbar 1 May, South Toowoomba Bowls Club 2 May (all ages)
D.O.A: Prince Of Wales 27 Apr
The Naked & Famous: The Hi-Fi 5 May
Orphaned Land: The Rev 23 Mar
Iluka: Dowse Bar 1 May, The Loft 2 May
Skid Row, Ugly Kid Joe: Eatons Hill Hotel 26 Apr
Chicks On Speed: Alhambra Lounge 21 Mar
Shapeshifter: The Northern 23 Mar
Boy & Bear: Sunshine Coast Function Centre 26 Apr, Empire Theatre 27 Apr, Lismore Workers Club 14 May
Toxic Holocaust, Skeletonwitch: The Hi-Fi 24 Apr
Jackal: Oh Hello! 21 Mar
Absu: Crowbar 23 Mar
The Delta Riggs: The Zoo 26 Apr, East 88 27 Apr
Holy Fuck: The Zoo 24 Apr
The Acacia Strain: The Lab 3 May (AA), Thriller 3 May, Expressive Grounds 4 May (AA)
Sebadoh: The Zoo 23 Mar
Oscar Key Sung: Alhambra Lounge 26 Apr
Dizzee Rascal: Eatons Hill Hotel 24 Apr
Lloyd Cole: Brisbane Powerhouse 10 Jul, SoundLounge 11 Jul, Star Theatre 12 Jul
Toehider: Crowbar 27 Mar, Shark Bar 28 Mar The Scientists: Transcontinental Hotel 27 Mar Sietta, Ezekiel Ox: New Globe Theatre 27 Mar Ginger & The Ghost: Black Bear Lodge 30 Mar, Miami Marketta 4 Apr Toehider: Crowbar 27 Mar, Shark Bar 28 Mar Elizabeth Rose: The Factory 28 Mar
The Jezabels: The Tivoli 6 May Vance Joy, Gossling: The Hi-Fi 6 May
Babaganouj: Black Bear Lodge 28 Mar
DZ Deathrays: Elsewhere 8 May, The Zoo 9 May
The Angels: Caloundra RSL 28 Mar, Coolangatta Hotel 29 Mar; Caloundra RSL 20 Jun, Queensland Lions Club 8 Aug, North Leagues & Services Club 9 Aug
Rüfüs: Coolangatta Hotel 9 May, The Tivoli 10, 11 May, Beach Hotel 8 Jun
Boom Crash Opera: Lone Star Tavern 28 Mar, Racehorse Hotel 29 Mar, Sirromet Wines 30 Mar The Jungle Giants: Ric’s 29 Mar, Alhambra Lounge 30 Mar (U18) Jimmy Barnes: Sirromet Wines 30 Mar Harmony: Black Bear Lodge 3 Apr Megan Washington: The Rev 3 Apr Darren Middleton: SoundLounge 4 Apr Bam Bam: Bowler Bar 4 Apr, Solbar 5 Apr The Perch Creek Family Jugband: Star Court Theatre 4 Apr, Old Museum 5 Apr Loon Lake, Jeremy Neale: The Zoo 5 Apr Kate Miller-Heidke: The Tivoli 5, 6 Apr Sally Seltmann: Black Bear Lodge 10 Apr Ball Park Music, Papa Vs Pretty: Coolangatta Hotel 10 Apr, The Tivoli 11 Apr, The Northern 12 Apr, Alhambra Lounge 13 Apr (U18) Yacht Club DJs: Elsewhere 11 Apr, Oh Hello! 12 Apr, Beach Hotel 13 Apr Greenthief: The Northern 11 Apr, Norville Hotel 12 Apr, Crowbar 18 Apr, Kings Beach Tavern 19 Apr Architecture In Helsinki: The Hi-Fi 12 Apr Cloud Control: Story Bridge Hotel 12 Apr, Paddington Tavern 13 Apr, Komune 13 Apr, Brunswick Hotel 16 Apr, Beach Hotel 16 Apr, Noosa Heads SLSC 17 Apr, Solbar 17 Apr, Jubilee Hotel 19 Apr, Boardwalk Tavern 19 Apr, Coolangatta Hotel 20 Apr
Ella Hooper: Black Bear Lodge 15 May, SoundLounge 16 May, Star Court Theatre 17 May Thundamentals: The Zoo 16 May Chance Waters: Alhambra Lounge 16 May Free Your Mind Ft Northlane, Thy Art Is Murder: The Hi-Fi 22 May The Presets, Australian Chamber Orchestra: QPAC 26 May Kingswood: The Hi-Fi 31 May The Paper Kites: The Northern 13 Jun, The Hi-Fi 14 Jun Keith Urban: BEC 17 Jun Mondo Rock: Eatons Hill Hotel 20 Jun Frente!: Star Court Theatre 27 Jun, Brisbane Powerhouse 28 Jun The Beards: The Spotted Cow 2 Jul, SoundLounge 3 Jul, The Tivoli 4 Jul, Solbar 5 Jul, The Northern 6 Jul
FESTIVALS Mojo Burning Festival: New Globe Theatre 15 Mar Bluesfest: Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm 17-21 Apr Easterfest: Queens Park 18-20 Apr Urban Country Music Festival: Caboolture 2-4 May Groovin The Moo: Townsville Cricket Grounds 4 May Hits & Pits Round 3: The Hi-Fi 9 May, The Northern 10 May Brisbane International Jazz Festival: BEMAC 4-8 Jun
Buried In Verona: Crowbar 19 Apr, The Lab 20 Apr (AA) Bliss N Eso, Horrorshow, Seth Sentry: Riverstage 24 Apr Stonefield: Oh Hello! 24 Apr, Beach Hotel 25 Apr, One Way Street Party 26 Apr
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ST PATRICK’S DAY WHAT ARE WE CELEBRATING?
St Patrick getting rid of all the snakes in Ireland. Seriously, look it up.
WHAT DO I WEAR? Anything green – including underwear – and the largest, most annoying hat you can find.
DRINK OF CHOICE Gigalitres of Guinness, and green-coloured cocktails that will probably make you real sick.
WHO TO LOOK OUT FOR The one genuine Irish guy who got dumped by his friends and is now screaming Pogues songs at the bathroom wall.
WHAT ARE WE CELEBRATING? Everything that is great, hairy, windmill-ish and sausagy about Bavaria.
WHAT DO I WEAR? Leiderhosen for the guys and Dirndls for the ladies. A Hitler ‘stache if you’re feeling brave/dumb.
DRINK OF CHOICE Whatever Weihenstephaner they have on tap; one really obscure beer that tastes like fruit mushed up in battery acid.
WHO TO LOOK OUT FOR The customary German polka band, watching us get drunk and ruining their traditions.
MELBOURNE CUP WHAT ARE WE CELEBRATING?
The process of watching 2000-pound equines running around a dirt circle.
WHAT DO I WEAR? The classiest stuff you can find, because it’s not Cup Day if you’re not dousing yourself in champagne and vomit.
DRINK OF CHOICE As above, champagne, plus whatever else is served to you in plastic glasses by bemused caterers.
WHO TO LOOK OUT FOR Those people who actually came to enjoy the sport of horse racing. Pffffft.
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