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For three decades now UK singer-songwriter Billy Bragg has been one of the most entertaining live propositions in world music – when he’s not reeling off a string of beautiful love songs he’s probably offering up some of his thought-provoking political paeans, and in between these he’s telling stories with the rapier wit of a stand-up comedian – the complete one-stop shop! Catch Bragg and his crack band at The Tivoli this Thursday.

It’s that time of year once more when we put away the cricket gear and pull out the running shoes and liniment – it’s footy season! The NRL comes to Brisbane this Friday evening as the Broncos take on last year’s premiers the Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium, a litmus test for the season ahead if ever there was one. So pull the club colours out from mothballs and get behind Brisbane’s finest – go the Broncos!

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Arriving with unheralded depth and diversity, ‘Til My Tears Roll Away, the fourth studio record from The Audreys, showcases the blues/folk act at the height of their powers. Catch the three-time ARIA Award-winners 5 Jun, The Abbey, Canberra; 8 Jun, Factory Theatre, Sydney; 14 Jun, Ormond Hall, Melbourne; 21 Jun, The Zoo, Brisbane; and 4 Jul, Fly By Night, Perth. Tickets are on sale from this Friday, with the tour proudly presented by The Music.

ALL LOVED UP

Hunx & His Punx are bringing the sexy back to stages across the nation, and making for the sweetest of love-struck line-ups, fellow US garage exponents Shannon & The Clams will also be visiting from across the pond. Touching on everything from ‘80s hardcore and ‘90s riot grrrl sounds to ‘60s bubblegum pop, the two acts will feast the eyes and ears when they play 17 Apr, Copacabana, Melbourne; 19 Apr, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney; 20 Apr, Farmer & The Owl Laneway Party, Wollongong; 22 Apr, The Zoo, Brisbane; and 24 Apr, Rosemount Hotel, Perth.

NO ONE LEFT BEHIND

Alternative rock rulers Dead Letter Circus are set to take their sounds rural later this year, with The Insider Tour hitting locations across the land. Catch the band 15 May, Surfers Paradise Beer Garden, Gold Coast; 16 May, Racehorse Hotel, Ipswich; 17 May, Big Pineapple Festival, Sunshine Coast; 18 May, Tatts Hotel, Ipswich; 20 May, Collector Hotel, Parramatta; 21 May, Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith; 22 May, Carmens, Miranda; 23 May, Hornsby RSL; 24 May, Entrance Leagues Club; 28 May, Black Swan Hotel, Bendigo; 29 May, Village Green, Mulgrave; 6 Jun, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; 7 Jun, Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; and 8 Jun, Rosemount Hotel, Perth.

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Between the pair of them they’ve released over a hundred albums, and via their respective groups they’ve created plenty of timeless classics, so you can be guaranteed of a setlist spilling over with goodness when Robyn Hitchcock of The Soft Boys and The Church’s Steve Kilbey take their guitars on the road. Catch these two fine gentlemen when they join forces for a few special evenings, happening 26 Apr, Fly By Night, Fremantle; 3 May, Arts Centre, Melbourne; 10 May, Metro Theatre, Sydney; and 16 May, New Globe Theatre, Brisbane.

OVER BEFORE IT BEGAN You know how we were all excited that Action Bronson was coming Down Under again? Well scrap that because the Queens rapper has pulled the pin on his headline shows and Groovin The Moo appearances due to recording commitments. We’ll let you know when new dates are announced.

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We’re feeling the full force of Victorian prog metal powerhouse Sydonia once more, with their new album Reality Kicks showing why they’re so respected in the Aussie hard rock community. Supported by Helm and Red Bee (except dates marked *), Sydonia launch this latest triumph 3 May, The Espy, Melbourne; 15 May, The Basement, Canberra; 16 May, Towradgi Beach Hotel, Wollongong; 17 May, Bald Faced Stag, Sydney; 23 May, Crowbar, Brisbane; 24 May, Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast; 25 May, The Northern, Byron Bay; 6 Jun, Musicman Megastore, Bendigo*; 4 Jul, Amplifier Bar, Perth*; and 5 Jul, Burlington Hotel, Bunbury*.

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Don’t let the biggest music showcase in the southern hemisphere pass you by! Early bird tickets for BIGSOUND 2014 are on sale now, and applications are also open for artists keen on playing the event. Happening 10 – 12 Sep in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley Entertainment Precinct, it’s three days and two nights of parties, forums, seminars and cracking live music. Bands can get involved by heading to the QMusic website (applications close 9 May) while discounted tickets for delegates can be purchased at bigsound. org.au. Proudly presented by The Music.

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The biggest NZ pop culture explosion since those hobbits first chased that ring around, Lorde has taken her moody pop gems around the globe and back, winning Grammy Awards and legions of admires, all before the age of 18. Having already lived up to the hype at Splendour and Laneway, you can now catch the Kiwi world-beater on a massive headline tour around the country: 24 Apr, Festival Hall, Melbourne; 29 Apr, Challenge Stadium, Perth; 2 May, Hordern Pavilion, Sydney; 4 May, Newcastle Entertainment Centre; and 6 May, Brisbane Riverstage. Tickets on sale this Friday.


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CLAUDE HAY & THE GENTLE ENEMIES

BACK IN THE SADDLE

THINGS OF STONE & WOOD

BLOWING OUT THE CANDLES

Remember that track Happy Birthday Helen from Things Of Stone & Wood? Well the song is having a little birthday celebration of its own, with the Melbourne folk-rock favourites getting the original line-up back together for the first time since 1997 to toast 25 years since the single put them on the map. With support from Carus Thompson, you don’t want to miss this swell nostalgia session 9 May, Brisbane Powerhouse, proudly presented by The Music.

PSYCHED UP

The Perch Creek Family Jugband release their second studio album Jumping On The Highwire today through Vitamin Records, introducing the world to steam-powered roots music plugged into 3000 volts of inner city creative energy with a fearless spirit. They’ll show you exactly what that means at the album launch at the Old Museum, 5 Apr.

FOREVER TASTY

Back for its 20th year, the Caxton Street Seafood & Wine festival will again take over the inner west precinct, kicking off at 11am, 8 Jun, with a line-up featuring the likes of Wolfmother, Slim Jim Phantom, Ella Hooper, Eurogliders, Sheppard, Tyrone Noonan and Pludo. It’s the Queen’s Birthday weekend so no excuses; presale tickets are available through Moshtix for $25+BF.

NIGHT DREAMERS

As well as supporting those fine folk in Roku Music on their album launch tour, Dreamtime are also showing off their loosely woven tunes with a few headline shows. Catch the Brisbane DIY outfit 15 Mar, Studio 188, Ipswich and 5 Apr, Beetle Bar as part of Psych-High-Way on a bill that also features Sydney visitors Bad Valley, Baskervillain, The Cupcake Conspiracy and Vyles.

GOING COASTAL

The two mixed media visual artists that comprise Ginger & The Ghost are a oneof-a-kind creative powerhouse, producing music on their own terms. They’ve just announced an east coast tour ahead of their forthcoming EP, Call Up The Whales, and while many have already embraced their unique brand of alt-pop, they look set to garner a few more fans along the way. Experience it for yourself at Black Bear Lodge, 30 Mar.

WEIGHT OF THE WORLD Seriously heavy southern dudes Boris The Blade are going to crush their debut LP The Human Hive into our fragile lives with two headline shows next month. Soak up the horrifying breakdowns and bloodhungry howls when the boys perform at Thriller, Coniston Lane, 12 Apr and The Lab, 13 Apr for some all ages fun.

DYING TO LIVE

After the postponement of Gang Of Four’s tour, we were concerned we were also going to miss our fix of Die! Die! Die!, however, our fears have alleviated with news the high-intensity trio will still be bringing the rock over to our parts. Hear tracks from their forthcoming album SWIM at Crowbar this Saturday.

BACK FOR MORE

Former Powderfinger guitarist Darren Middleton is keen to keep the fires burning with his solo material, continuing a meandering trail of launch shows from the end of last year with a number of upcoming appearances around the border. The 42-year-old will showcase his latest album Translations, as well as relive the glory of songs from past bands delivered acoustically, at Soundlounge, Gold Coast, 4 Apr and Hotel Brunswick, 5 & 6 Apr.

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Taking his foot off the loop pedal and grabbing some flesh-and-bone musicians, blues’n’roots bloke Claude Hay is dropping his new double A-side Borracho/Run and hitting the road with The Gentle Enemies, his rhythm section featuring Ryan Van Gennip and Jon Howell. The boys ride into town 12 Apr, The Loft, Gold Coast; 20 & 21 Apr, Bluesfest, Byron Bay; and 22 – 25 May, Blues On Broadbeach, Gold Coast. The Borracho tour is proudly presented by The Music.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

BRINGING SEXY BACK – AGAIN

Make sure you’ve got 20/20 vision when Justin Timberlake brings the experience to Brisbane for a second night later this year. The Grammy and Emmy Award-winning superstar will show off his sharp style and smooth R&B-pop at Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 27 Sep, in addition to his already announced 26 Sep date at the same venue. Hit Ticketek for tickets.


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SHOWING NO MERCY

Refusing to listen to their struggling tour van, Melbourne rock’n’roll dudes The Delta Riggs will return to the open road, rumbling up and down the east coast to launch the first single, Supersonic Casualties, from their second record Dipz Zebazios. Alongside some tasty local flavour in the form of Jakarta Criers, the boys will send it out loud 26 Apr, The Zoo and 27 Apr, East 88, Gold Coast.

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The Metal Heart Festival is back for its second year, bringing 19 bands along for 12 hours of non-stop hard rock and heavy metal! Headed up by international and interstate visitors like New Zealand’s 8 Foot Sativa, who are bringing their original line-up our way for the first time in almost a decade, Frankenbok, Mephistopheles, Tempest Rising, Aeon Of Horus, Devonera, the bill also features a hard-hitting Queensland contingent including Asylum, Demodocus, Smoking Martha, Vyrion, Tria Mera, The Demonfire Stage Show, Chronolyth, Defamer, Therein, 308, Evil Eye, Stone Chimp and Upside/ Downside. Metalheads take over The Tivoli, 26 April, with doors opening at midday.

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ONWARDS PILGRIM

Remember To Breathe is the brand new track from Owen Campbell, the song yet another brilliant display of how slide guitar should be delivered. Hear the track first at Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna, 18 May (2pm) and The Joynt, 21 May, before he takes part in the Blues On Broadbeach Festival, happening on the Gold Coast, 22 – 25 May. Campbell’s headline dates are proudly presented by The Music.

GETTING THE PARTY STARTED

The Music is proud to present some of Australia’s finest grass roots performers at Caboolture’s Urban Country Music Festival. We’ve already announced the main lineup, but now we’re excited to let you know that you can stomp and shout till your heart’s content at the Opening Night Concert, 2 May, with the likes of Paul Costa, Busby Marou, The Sunny Cowgirls, Simply Bushed, Chad Shuttleworth, Jesse Davis and Good Oak. Gates open from 4.30pm, with on-site camping options also available for those wishing to stay the whole weekend. Grab a ticket for $20 at the event website.

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CORROSION OF UNIFORMITY

LOUD NOISES

DEAD AND DIRTY

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Get your dark and disturbed on at Fiendfest, the only crowdfunded gothic, industrial and alt. music, culture and fashion event in the country. Already featuring international heavyweights of the genre Front Line Assembly, Leaether Strip and Clan Of Xymox, as well as local overlords Novakill, more acts will be announced for the minifestival, happening 24 Apr, Transcontinental Hotel. Head to Oztix for tickets.

If you like your punk of the old school variety then you’ll be spitting with glee at the news both D.O.A and D.R.I will headline dates later this year. The two bands have been running amok for over 30 years, and will visit Brisbane less than a week apart. Catch Vancouver legends D.O.A at Prince Of Wales Hotel, Nundah, 27 Apr, and the Dirty Rotten Imbeciles when they perform at The Hi-Fi, 1 May.

Three-piece riff rockers Dallas Frasca are celebrating the release of their explosive new single Lizard Boy with a ten-date national tour kicking off next month. Watch as they unapologetically explore new musical terrain, drawing inspiration from Paris’ red light district to more humble Brisbane-based touchstones. Ahead of their third album release mid-2014, the trio play Alhambra Lounge, 25 Apr and Solbar, Maroochydore, 26 Apr, with support from Battle Axe Howlers.

It seems Katy Perry doesn’t want anyone to miss the opportunity to hear her roar, announcing more shows to her string of Australian Prismatic World Tour dates. The overwhelming demand for tickets has necessitated more Brisbane appearances, set for 30 Nov and 1 & 15 Dec, in addition to performances on 27 & 28 Nov. Secure your spot through Ticketek now and get a glimpse of one of the biggest pop superstars in the world! THE MUSIC • 19TH MARCH 2014 • 11


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SWING LOW Steve Earle had a rough year in 2013, but managed to release one of the best albums of his long career in The Low Highway. He reminds Dan Condon that we’re living in hard times.

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he Low Highway sees people’s poet Steve Earle once again take the weight of the world on his shoulders and somehow speak for an entire society with far more clarity than any one man ought to be able. Tales of destitution, hope, anger and spite as seen through the window of his tour bus are brought to life by a stunning band to make for one of his most poignant records to date. “This record was more about what I saw out the window of the bus while travelling through North America,” Earle explains. “I was seeing something a lot closer to what Woody Guthrie saw; times that were as hard as what Woody saw. I’ve written a lot of songs about hard travelling and hard times, but I was doing that forensically, basically.

lot of other people do so I think I should do it. I don’t make any judgments about what anyone else should do artistically – apart from write the best songs they can write. Don’t try and put anything past me where you’re not even trying. “I learned to do this from Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark; I’m emulating those guys and Bob Dylan and Lou Reed even. I’ve always known that what I was doing could and would be art if I just paid attention to that. Just say the truest thing that I can think of at the time, that’s at the core of what I’m trying to make.” There is something about the performances

“We realised we had a great band that deserved to be recorded so we made The Low Highway with the band you’re gonna see on stage,” Earle explains. “It’s live – there are almost no overdubs on it – it’s just a really good band playing in a studio with good microphones, it’s that simple. We made it in five days; the mixing went on three times longer than the recording did.” As mentioned, Earle brings his band The Dukes to Australia for the first time in over a decade (The Low Highway is the first album to carry the Dukes name in over 25 years), but he’s thrilled to be able to bring them at all. Before his most recent solo tour of the country he said it simply wasn’t affordable to bring the band so far across the world, but Bluesfest boss Peter Noble changed that when the two met following Earle’s keynote address at Brisbane’s BIGSOUND music conference in 2012. “You know what? Peter Noble rose to the occasion and worked out a way that would make it financially feasible for me to bring the band,” Earle says. “He just put together a tour that made sense and you have Peter Noble to thank for that, he just stepped up to the plate. I was there for BIGSOUND, I flew over to speak and flew back – I was literally in Australia for 48 hours at most – I ran into Peter there and we had a conversation. I said I wanted to bring the band but I just didn’t see

“I’VE ALWAYS KNOWN THAT WHAT I WAS DOING COULD AND WOULD BE ART IF I JUST PAID ATTENTION TO THAT.”

But now things are tough out there, they really are. And that’s what The Low Highway is.” The opening title track speaks of abandoned houses and factories, growing lines of people waiting to be fed. Burnin’ It Down is a scathing attack on the policies of the enormous Wal-Mart chain of department stores and Calico County is a fucked-up tale of broken homes, meth labs and a life in and out of jail. On top of all this, Earle has his own problems. His battle with drug addiction has been well-documented in the past and, on Pocket Full Of Rain, you can almost hear him toying with the idea of turning back to his old ways. He hasn’t. “I’ve been clean nineteen years as of September 13th and I’ve had kind of a rough year – it was hard. I still go to meetings and call my sponsor and do all that stuff; that’s how I stay clean. My little boy was diagnosed with autism, Allison [Moorer, Earle’s wife] and I are separated and a lot of stuff has happened that I thought I’d never have to go through again. That song came along as I was processing all of that.” When asked if he feels he has an obligation to shed light on the state of world in a political and social sense, Earle says he’s aware that he does it better than most. A songwriter’s only obligation, he says, is to write with truth. “I have an obligation to do what I was put here to do; I do the topical stuff and the political stuff better than a 12 • THE MUSIC • 19TH MARCH 2014

on this record that set it apart from much of Earle’s most recent work. He’s never made a badsounding record and has always surrounded himself with players of the highest calibre, but, even when listening to it without any knowledge of how the record came together, it’s clear that this band know each other well and are able to play to each others’ strengths beautifully. The record was made with old partner Ray Kennedy – as the “Twangtrust” he and Earle have made some brilliant records, including Lucinda Williams’ classic, Car Wheels On A Gravel Road – in a manner that would be as unobtrusive as possible to the quality of the band they had assembled.

how I could make it make sense and he stepped up to the plate; it’s all Peter Noble in this particular case.” He might not always be able to bring the band to Australia, but Earle says he won’t stop coming here. While he admits he enjoys being in our country, the fact is he doesn’t believe he could afford to lose us as fans. “It’s an English-speaking territory of the world and what I do is so much about language that I can’t afford to let an English-speaking territory go,” he laughs. “It’s a long way out, but I love coming and I love Byron especially, it’s pretty much my favourite festival. It’s where it is and it’s all bands I wanna see – it’s my favourite beach town and my favourite festival. “It’s exactly the same band [that plays on The Low Highway], but without [estranged sixth wife] Allison, Allison is not touring. It’s the best band I’ve ever had – it’ll blow your mind. The rhythm section has been with me a long time and have been to Australia with me before. Will Rigby, the drummer, has been with me since [2000’s] Transcendental Blues, and Kelly Looney’s been with me since [1988’s] Copperhead Road. “Oddly enough the guitar player is Chris Masterson, who I met in Australia at Byron. He was there with Wayne Hancock in ’97 or something like that and I met him in the catering area behind the main stage when it was at the old football grounds in the town. Chris met Eleanor Whitmore who is a great fiddle player from Texas, they got married and lived in New York for a while and Chris


and Eleanor became a part of a band I put together to support [2011’s] I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive.”

I LIKE YOUR NEW STUFF

Having Australian country darling Kasey Chambers in support will no doubt help Earle and co. shift tickets to their headline sideshow dates along the east coast, and Earle is thrilled to be able to tour with Chambers again.

Steve Earle has been making records for decades, but the quality hasn’t dropped. Here are five great records he’s released since the turn of the century.

“It’s a big deal; she’s an old friend and I think she’s one of the best singers in the world. She’s way bigger than I am, it’s gonna be kind of strange. I was a little worried about her opening the show, but it was Kasey’s idea when it came down to it.” You might catch Earle paying a little more attention to the straight blues acts if you’re at Bluesfest, gathering a little inspiration for what he is anticipating will be a very bluesy follow-up to The Low Highway. “Somewhere in the course of next [American] summer we’ll start working on the next record, which I think is going to be a blues record. It’s something I’ve got the notion that I want to do, I’ve got a couple songs and I’ve got a band who I think will really smoke it.”

The Low Highway, 2013 A raw and sometimes raucous view of America as seen through the eyes of Steve Earle; travelling troubadour, meth deals, soup kitchens and arson all feature. I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive, 2011 Named for the Hank Williams tune – though not featuring it – Earle shows his deft ability to balance roots-rock and folk styles. Townes, 2009 A touching tribute to the songwriter Earle tailed for years, and who gave him the tough love and encouragement he needed to become a great songwriter. No one does Pancho & Lefty better than Townes Van Zandt, but Steve Earle’s version comes close.

Jerusalem, 2002 A pissed-off Steve Earle makes a record in the wake of the 9-11 terror attacks – the furious Amerika V. 6.0 is one of the great modern protest songs – that showed his skills at pushing social justice in a way that everyday America could understand. Transcendental Blues, 2000 One of the key records in the development of alt-country, Earle here is as fearless as ever with his boundary pushing, while still proving his pop nous with tracks like The Galway Girl.

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ended up playing shows in cities where before we’d played to hundreds of people and suddenly we were playing to a dozen people. It was a remarkable failure.

US indie icons Sebadoh have taken their reunion to the logical next level with the release of new album, Defend Yourself. Band mainstay Lou Barlow talks to Steve Bell about grasping second chances and following that little voice in your head.

“But the new material really came from us going back and doing these shows where we were playing a lot of the stuff from Bakesale and Harmacy and [1993’s] Bubble And Scrape and kind of tapping into that older energy of the band. I think when we tackled the new recordings that’s what influenced it.”

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As with most Sebadoh material, Barlow’s contributions – he splits songwriting evenly with bandmate Jason Lowenstein – is characterised by its brutal honesty, although he attests that this approach is in his creative DNA rather than some contrived quest for catharsis.

t gets to the stage with any full-blown reunion of a seminal band where nostalgia is no longer enough to keep either the protagonists or punters coming back for more. At that juncture there’s only two clearcut options – either put the project back in mothballs or conjure with some compelling new music. The latter option is of course fraught with danger – not least the possibility of tarnishing one’s ‘legacy’ – but the prevailing viewpoint is that a band eventually needs new tunes if they’re to be seen as a relevant ongoing concern. In the case of ‘90s US indie legends Sebadoh they’d survived by revisiting their former glories since reforming back in 2007 – they’d toured both different incarnations and different eras of the band – before deciding that enough was enough, eventually hitting the studio and emerging with last year’s excellent eighth album, Defend Yourself (their first long-player since 1999’s The Sebadoh). Fortunately founding member and co-frontman Lou Barlow had recently been through a similar process with his other reformed alma mater Dinosaur Jr, so he had firsthand experience which proved that going back to the well – if approached correctly – can indeed pay handsome dividends. “I used the model of Dinosaur – the new material for Dinosaur really revitalised the band,” Barlow remembers. “I’ve been in the reincarnated, reunited version for twice as long as I was in the band originally so it worked – it’s actually amazing. We just out ourselves to the challenge of making new music with Dinosaur and we just did it in a very natural way, and with Sebadoh that’s what I used as the model – if we just go in and put some microphones there and record we will make a new Sebadoh record, and it will be Sebadoh. We always had our own musical identity and our own little sound, in the same way that Dinosaur does, so I knew that it could work if we just let it happen.” Sebadoh’s sound changed quite dramatically over the initial journey, and Barlow admits that they returned to these various eras as a template for the new music – namely their super-fertile mid-period, eschewing what they saw as the shortcomings of their later releases. “I did [have an agenda for the sound] a little bit,” he continues. “With [1996’s] Harmacy that was our

big follow up to [1994’s] Bakesale and it was meant to be our ‘breakout record’, but it was obvious to me at the time – I knew when we were recording it – that it would not be our breakout record. I just knew that you

“They’re all pretty much break-up songs,” he tells of his contributions to Defend Yourself. “I don’t mind them being so personal – that’s what I’ve always done. I’ve embarrassed myself countless times – I don’t even think about it anymore, I just do it. I’m not

“THE NEW MATERIAL REALLY CAME FROM US GOING BACK… AND KIND OF TAPPING INTO THAT OLDER ENERGY OF THE BAND.” couldn’t really take our basic thing and polish it up and make it into something more than it was, and I think it actually detracted from what we had trying to do that. “And I actually like The Sebadoh, but that’s a pretty complex and deep record – that one was also reviled. That one was really disliked among fans and was the end of an era for us, because we

naming names or anything like that, but I’ve always done it that way and it’s basically the only way I can do it because if I try to make something clever or tried to put a lot of metaphor in my songs or tried to describe something by describing something else, I wouldn’t even know how to remember the words. “Unless I’m speaking directly from my own experience and what I’m actually thinking – unless I’m speaking almost directly from that little voice in my head – then I can’t remember the lyrics when I play live, and that to me is unacceptable. To me it has to be easy – it has to be natural and easy – so, especially with Sebadoh, I default to purely autobiographical, stark language.” WHAT: Defend Yourself (Domino/EMI) WHEN & WHERE: 23 Mar, The Zoo


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HE AIN’T HEAVY The Sunnyboys’ triumphant return has played out like some far-fetched morality play – founding bassist Peter Oxley tells Steve Bell about boundless brotherly love and torrid teenage triumphs.

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n the two years since legendary ‘80s rockers Sunnyboys burst back into public consciousness at the inaugural Dig It Up! shindig, much has (rightly) been made of frontman Jeremy Oxley’s incredible triumph over mental illness. Oxley’s decades-long battle against paranoid schizophrenia became widespread public knowledge when featured in the harrowing-but-uplifting doco The Sunnyboy, his brave return to the spotlight eventually proving inspirational for countless people everywhere. What The Sunnyboy also highlighted, however, was the unwavering dedication exhibited by Jeremy’s older brother Peter – also the Sunnyboys’ bassist – who never stopped believing that one day he’d be able to pry his prodigiously-talented sibling from the clutches of his terrible affliction. To see the delight in Peter’s eyes as he watches Jeremy bringing the Sunnyboys’ amazing music back to life during these reunion shows – the brothers joined by fellow founding members Richard Burgman (guitar) and Bil Bilson (drums) – has been almost as special as hearing those incredible songs played once more in anger. “That’s the greatest thing,” Peter smiles. “We didn’t think we’d be able to play together – the four of us – and I think it’s great for Jeremy because he’s loving playing and he’s a remarkable guitar player – he just keeps getting better! I’m proud of him for just getting up there and doing it; it’s so great to play with him again. [And] Mary, Jeremy’s wife – without her love and support it’d be a much different situation, but the stars have aligned and we’re in this special place where we’re able to play. What’s quite amazing is that after all these years we have a lot of people that really love the band and the music – that’s what’s really special for us.” With the release last year of Sunnyboys compilation Our Best Of and the recent remastered reissue of their seminal 1981 debut, the focus has returned to the band’s stunning catalogue of music – why does Oxley believe the songs have aged so well? “When we put songs together back in the day, we never thought about how we should sound, we essentially

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played them as we felt,” Peter ponders. “We never had any premeditated idea of whether we should be new romantics or psychedelic or anything – it was just how we were. I think that was slightly naïve on our behalf, which was really great – we didn’t form the band to get in the

just 18 when that happened,” Peter reflects. “You meet an 18-year-old now and think, ‘Wow, I’d made an album by that stage and been top ten in the charts’, and we’d been on tour six nights a week – it was pretty full-on. “We played big shows, like The Manly Vale Hotel used to hold about 1800 people; it was just a big rectangular room with a stage down one end, and people would smoke cigarettes and drink beer out of schooner glasses or cans – it was just wild! It was full of surfers and girls and everyone would just take their clothes off, basically. The blokes would have their shirts off and the girls would be in singlets, and at the end of the

“WE DIDN’T FORM THE BAND TO GET IN THE CHARTS, WE JUST FORMED THE BAND BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT WE USED TO ALWAYS DO.” charts, we just formed the band because that’s what we used to always do. All the way through high school, Bil, myself and Jeremy always just had bands; we’d had bands since we were 15, so it was quite a natural thing for us to do when we were all in Sydney.” It’s easy to forget that the Sunnyboys were so young when they were thrust into the thriving pub circuit. “Jeremy was

night there would be smoke everywhere and the floor would be littered with glass and cans and it was just amazing – there’d be condensation dripping down the walls, because there was no air conditioning. Although they probably had air con, they just wouldn’t turn it on because they wanted you to drink more beer! “There were great bands everywhere – INXS, The Models, The Church and Midnight Oil were thundering around, it was a really intense time of great music – and it’s been great to relive it and to show again how good we were, live particularly, and just to get those songs back out there. I think we’re really lucky to be able to do that.” WHAT: Sunnyboys (Festival/Warner) WHEN & WHERE: 28 Mar, The Tivoli


OCCULT METAL Mythological Occult Metal is not only a thing - for founding Absu oddity Proscriptor McGovern, it’s a way of life. Lochlan Watt investigates their tonguetwisting ideas for Australian tour number two.

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still think that I’m projecting a vivid objective behind the band,” comments McGovern, drummer, arranger, vocalist, lyricist, and sole remaining original member of Absu. “I think any musician can say that they’re trying to create the perfect picture of what the band’s projection is all about, and so I decided that I’m still trying to perceive

that goal, and that’s something that I’ve been trying to do since ‘89.” Absu is a unique entity in the world of underground metal. McGovern believes that the band stands out against “the normal unit of extreme metal music on a universal basis.” With six full-lengths alongside numerous splits and EPs, McGovern reveals that the band is aiming to release yet another full-length, the final of their self-titledbut-spelled-differently trilogy, in early 2015. “The next album is the concluding instalment of the trilogy - it’s the Sumerian spelling of the band moniker. I

decided some years ago that the three albums in the trilogy would primarily be related to and based on everything that is related to what Absu is all about. I refuse to name the last three albums with unique titles, as I simply wanted to name each one as Absu, the English spelling; Abzu, the Mesopotamian; and Abzu, which is the forthcoming album, but differentiated by their different cover designs. That’s the objective so far.”

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So what is Absu all about exactly? “On a lyrical basis I combine mythology, paranormal, and metaphysicalrelated topics, and when writing Absu’s music I try to express my lyrical content and ideologies as vividly as possible. Absu’s music is a formation of chaos and magick, because I believe I can change subjective experiences and objective realities. On a lyrical aspect, Absu’s music is based on OTO - Ordo Templi Orientis, Hermetic Order Of The Golden Dawn, Thelemic Magick, Enochian Magick, Tasseomancy and Necromancy, and also the adoration of Sumerian, Mesopotamian, and Celtic mythology. So that’s basically all the formations that make up the lyrics inside of Absu’s music.” Although the band doesn’t appear to tour full-time, “everything is dedicated to Absu. That’s it. We’ve basically broken away from tour agencies and everything is pretty much dedicated to doing it ourselves. We book our own shows, we manage the band… it’s definitely full-time employment. Outside of that it’s constant studying and memorising occult science, magick and mythology on a daily basis for myself, and for what I incorporate into the lyrical conceptions of Absu. Outside of that everything else is dedicated to the businesses and the musical writing of the music.” WHEN & WHERE: 23 Mar, Crowbar

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Tyler Richardson and his Luca Brasi bandmates are still trying to work life out, but they’re more than happy to sing about the highs and lows of the journey with you, writes Benny Doyle.

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qualified boilermaker/welder currently studying education, Tyler Richardson has some pretty solid career options if this whole rock’n’roll thing fails to work out. Right now though it doesn’t look like he’ll need anything to fall back on, with Luca Brasi about to deliver their second record By A Thread, a release that seems set to raise the bar for the next generation of heart-and-soul Aussie punk acts. Recorded in familiar surroundings down in Hobart, the Tasmanian four-piece used some newly developed computer skills to demo tracks individually at home, taking rough ideas old and new and laying them down before coming together to nut it all out. With a debut record (2011’s Extended Play) and follow-up EP (2012’s Tassie) already in the bag, Richardson and his bandmates were happy to take as long as necessary with this latest LP. The end result is an emotive insight into the lives of four young men finding their way in the world. “Listening back [to these new songs], I seemed to write a lot about not knowing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing with myself,” the bassist and vocalist explains. “This [record] is really reflective; the first one seems to be flat-out where we were at that time – I guess not much has changed but at the time it was just reckless abandon. It’s funny, I didn’t really think about it too much but [now] I listen back and go, ‘Fucking hell, I’m

trying to get a little bit deep there’, compared to [songs about] drinking under the bridge, yelling and screaming shit. “In the lyrics there’s a lot of self-doubt, and just over-thinking stuff; I think everyone can relate to freaking out about stuff for no reason,” Richardson continues. “I think that’s a theme in just about everyone’s life. [But] the last track on there [Two Snakes] is about a good mate of ours who passed away, and when that happened I was writing a lot of stuff, just trying to figure my life out, but [I just thought], ‘Fuck man, life’s way too short to worry about the little things, it could be all gone tomorrow’.”

Embarking on a headline launch tour, the quartet are set to showcase their glorious blend of raw energy, relatable verses and technical proficiency in sweaty rooms around the country. And with a glut of anthems found coverto-cover on By A Thread, Luca Brasi will no doubt be leaving the front rows hanging on every second. “I’m excited just thinking about it right now, my heart is starting to race,” Richardson smiles. “Dudes just looking after you and wanting to do anything they can to help, and coming to your shows as well which is just ridiculous. And walking past someone on the street wearing your T-shirt, it’s not lost on me just how fucking cool that is.” WHAT: By A Thread (Poison City) WHEN & WHERE: 22 Mar, Crowbar; 23 Mar, The Lab (all ages) THE MUSIC • 19TH MARCH 2014 • 17


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THIRTY HORNS When more than 30 horn players stormed St Kilda’s Gershwin Room more than ten years ago to celebrate the 40th anniversary of ska, few thought the makeshift band would perservere. Nick Caruana aka Nicky Bomba from Melbourne Ska Orchestra tells Carley Hall that the band and ska are here to stay.

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t could be an understatement to say that Nick Caruana, known as Nicky Bomba when fronting the 30-plus horn and big band players in Melbourne Ska Orchestra, is a very busy man. Despite the ever-buoyant tone in his eager voice, the multi-genre project-juggling multi-instrumentalist was burning the candle at both ends on one of his latest projects the night before our chat. “I just wrapped up working on an arrangement but sometimes when I’m mixing stuff I always find something else to fix and, much to my detriment, I suddenly go, ‘Woah, it’s four o’clock in the morning!’” Having trod many of his own paths throughout the industry, Bomba started out playing in a swag of bands, often with his siblings, including brother Michael and sister Daniella, aka Mama Kin, and alongside her husband John Butler in his John Butler Trio. Bomba, after decades working with other musicians, soon came to front and drumming for the Melbourne Ska Orchestra after creating it via a historic event more than a decade ago. In 2003 the call-out to celebrate ska’s 40th anniversary by getting the most number of horns on stage for an unofficial record was met with enthusiasm from Melbourne ska connoisseurs. The enthusiasm remained and the band was born, but Bomba says the size and nature of the group has meant an evolving line-up that has gradually started to settle into its own. “There’s people wanting to join all the time, I get emails a couple times a week asking me if there’s a spot,” he explains. “About 70 per cent of the band is from the original line-up, and we have a lot of people that have other projects to do, but essentially we’ve still got everyone that wants to be part of the circus.”

Circus is one word for it; it’s a gathering of likeminded ska fanatics for the band’s live shows, film clips and even on commercial TV ads, where you’ll spot The Best Things In Life Are Free backing an ad for FreeView Australia. Bomba reasons the main element behind all the happy mayhem is the elements that underpin the genre of ska itself and the band’s efforts to better it. “It is so good, it’s got heaps of danger and heaps of fun,” Bomba enthuses. “What we’re trying to do with the band is not just be a generic ska band. We do have the chance to say something new. Part of what it’s all about for us is to take all the ska and reggae and swing and mix it all up, because that’s how ska happened in the first place. That’s how all musical forms that I love spawned, by a hybrid and the languages coming together. So it’s important to us to have that colour.” Good intentions aside, when it came time to starting work on their long-awaited debut album after years of sold-out shows and tours, any musician would be forgiven for experiencing some trepidation. But Bomba reveals it was anything but for his band of smooth men and sultry ladies. 18 • THE MUSIC • 19TH MARCH 2014

“I don’t think it was ever a frustrating thing for us to get stuff out at all. It was always a celebration and we never really thought that the record would be an unfeasible thing.” “The actual recording of the album only took about two weeks all up. Ninety per cent of it is live. It’s really the only way you can record a band that size. So we did a lot of homework, myself and the engineer Robin Mai, as far as big band recordings and how they were captured, and a lot of it came down to proper placement of the room microphones, and there’s quite a science to that.” The band of brass, woodwind, rhythm players, singers and even a steel drummer, are getting set for their Get Smart national tour, and there’s talk of a documentary and, of course, a follow-up album. With that many players in tow, Bomba says some different opinions are inevitable, but as the leader he ensures that everyone is heard and comfortable in doing so, in the studio and on stage. After all, that’s what ska is all about.

“IT’S LIKE A RAMSHACKLE TRAIN THAT THREATENS TO FALL OFF THE TRACK BUT NEVER DOES.”

“It’s like a ramshackle train that threatens to fall off the track but never does because everyone is a happy traveller,” he laughs. “It’s difficult to get things up and running in the music industry so we appreciate it when things do come together.” “I’ve been playing in different bands my whole life and it’s funny that this is the one that’s getting any kind of traction. It would’ve been the last thing I thought. That’s just the way the world works and it’s a beautiful thing.”

WHEN & WHERE: 21 Mar, The Hi-Fi


TROLLBAGGERS Melbourne’s genre-flouting heavy rockers Twelve Foot Ninja are slaying online pests one at a time. Guitarist Steve MacKay discusses new material, metal elitists and Charlotte Dawson while Brendan Crabb chows down on a troll burger.

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rior to her recent suicide, television personality Charlotte Dawson – a well publicised victim of internet trolling – indirectly played a role in the genesis of Twelve Foot Ninja’s much-vaunted anti-cyber-bullying video. The eclectic Melbourne hard rockers broke crowdfunding records when they collected $52,600 to create their hilarious new clip for Ain’t That A Bitch, setting a world record for most money raised by a band for a music video.

Axeman Steve MacKay picks up the story. “Incidentally, Charlotte retweeted one of our tweets about raising the money to make that film clip… When researching about internet trolling and trying to understand a little bit more about it, Charlotte Dawson came up. I think around the time that she retweeted our thing, I watched a couple of really awkward television news stories that she did, where she actually tracked down her internet trolls, like the people that were abusing her, and confronted them personally. “I found that fascinating, because it was really awkward.

It just reinforced that there is this weird social phenomenon where people do things on the internet that they wouldn’t do in real life. These people that she confronted back-pedalled massively and they were just insipid people. They didn’t have any real thought to what they were doing, or any kind of concept of who they were talking to and about.”

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Although widely praised for their efforts (enlisting a prosthetics make-up artist from The Hobbit, a seven-foot Alaskan brown bear, Penthouse “Pet” Madison Rhys and American metallers Periphery), some have taken umbrage with the gory tonguein-cheek tale of retribution. “I’ve made a point not to really get too involved in the negative side of it. But what I’ve heard from others is that it’s mainly the metal kind of purists that ironically are very troll-like in their behaviour in some of the blogs and their comments,” MacKay laughs. “I think they just sit at their computers just sort of hanging shit on stuff, that’s kind of their occupation. I guess the clip struck a chord, and they didn’t like it,” he chuckles again. “But that’s pretty much the whole point, so yeah, mission complete.”

WHEN & WHERE: 21 Mar, The Zoo; 22 Mar, Miami Tavern, Gold Coast

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TURN IT ON After spending his last tour in the freezing cold of Canada, blues and roots legend Ash Grunwald is keen for a bit of sun and surf. He tells Carley Hall he hopes his national tour will give him both, plus some inspiration to nut out a new album.

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aving just gotten off a plane from a Canada plunged into minus-15 degrees the night before, Melbourne blues and roots nice guy Ash Grunwald says he’s felt better. “I’m a little bit jetlagged, a little bit sick!” he sniffles. “That’s alright, I’m having a nice little wine. That will cheer me up.” Grunwald is back on Aussie turf following a lengthy tour of the Rockies, a home to many of his fans, expats and Canadian natives alike. Despite touring there several times in the past, Grunwald says he made monumental inroads with the locals on this latest visit. “It’s probably the best tour I’ve done of Canada,” he enthuses. “You’ve gotta go [to countries] a few years before it starts to go the way you really want it to go, in terms of getting people there. There’s plenty of Aussies over there and they know me and come to my gigs, but it’s great getting the actual Canadians into it as well.” More than a decade ago Grunwald was playing the kind of blues he loves, harking back to godfathers Robert Johnson and Howlin’ Wolf. It’s surprising then that he’s remained fairly absent from the US. But Grunwald says sometimes choosing a tour destination is like choosing from a holiday brochure, a habit he admits he intends to change. “I’ve always been of the opinion that [touring] has to be about a good lifestyle,” he explains. “I wanted to go snowboarding so went to Canada and then thought, ‘What’s Japan like? Wait, let’s go to Europe!’ I’ve spent the last decade having an absolute ball. But I think now, especially with this last Canadian tour, you get a bit more ambitious. And I just think maybe the next decade can be spent getting more on the international blues map, and that specifically means the US because that’s the home of it.” Before considering another long-haul flight back to North America, however, Grunwald will hit up a stack of local venues on this next round of touring. One stop on the 19-date extravaganza will be at the Gold Coast’s Bleach* Festival at Burleigh Heads, a show that will indulge the blues man’s penchant for music and surf. But he’s no stranger to the area, having competed 20 • THE MUSIC • 19TH MARCH 2014

in last year’s single-fin surf comp at Burleigh. “That was the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” he admits. “In front of the whole headland, commentators were yelling, ‘It’s Ash Grunwald! I wonder how he surfs! He’s paddling for this wave!’ And I’m like, ‘Don’t fuck it up’. So

“And not only that, just practising in general!” he laughs. “Tightening up like that has made a huge difference to the solo show now. I feel at the moment like some weird switch has just flicked and I’m having a ball, just absolutely loving playing.” That reinvigorated love affair with music is also inspiring thoughts on a new album. Having fused his trademark stomp-box sound with other genres these past few releases, such as rock in The Living End collaboration, electro on 2010’s Hot Mama Vibes, and hip hop on 2008’s Fish Out Of Water,

“I FEEL AT THE MOMENT LIKE SOME WEIRD SWITCH HAS JUST FLICKED AND I’M HAVING A BALL.” it was pretty harrowing. It was really amazing to surf Burleigh, though. If I could only not care about other people I would do it every year.” Surfing aside, the tour is sure to be a much different experience than his previous one with The Living End’s Scott Owen and Chris Strachan. The two rockers were the prize additions on last year’s album Gargantua, and Grunwald admits sharing his long-time one-manband stage with them required some practice.

Grunwald says he feels it’s time to return to his roots, so to speak, although he’s always grateful if a muse visits during the tricky songwriting process. “It’s all artistic and enjoyable work but it is work,” he stresses. “It usually starts with just one great idea, which is just one second in the individual song, and then I work backwards from there. I threatened on the last couple of albums to go back to my roots, and I put it on Facebook and everyone was like, ‘Yeah do that!’ I think the flavour I’m thinking of is like the live flavour, like make it big and a wall of amps kind of vibe and a solo vibe, but played live, raw and rootsy, almost like Aussie pub roots, so it has that full circle feeling.” WHEN & WHERE: 22 March, Bleach*, Burleigh Heads; 23 March, Redland Bay Hotel


BACK TO SCHOOL Isabella Rossellini, Italian cinema icon, takes time out of her busy schedule to speak to Anthony Carew.

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sabella Rossellini had long ago cemented her status as an icon of cinema — daughter of Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman, one-time muse/ squeeze of David Lynch, modern-day partner-in-crime to Guy Maddin — when, in 2006, she found herself in a situation familiar for so many women. “I was over 50, children grown up, not really working as much as a model or as an actor,” recounts Rossellini, now 61. “I suddenly had a lot of time on my hands, so I went back to school.” Enrolling in New York’s Hunter College, Rossellini set out to study something she’d always been

fascinated by: animals. At that point in her life, she had little to prove; so, it was for her own edification. But it turned into a radical change in her career. In 2007, Rossellini conceived of a series of two-minute shorts about peculiar mating habits, in which she’d dress up in homesewn costumes and enact these rituals. Its title? The internet-friendly Green Porno. “IWe know that people are interested in sex. But they’re also interested in everything that comes with it, so, even though it’s called Green Porno, we do courtship, and motherhood too. The intent was to make funny films about science. I wanted to make people laugh,

but make sure that everything I did and said was scientifically correct.” Green Porno proved hugely successful: beginning just as a pilot, but soon growing into 40 short films. There’s a request for ten more, but its star/creator finds herself too busy, given she’s currently touring the world with a live stage-show for Green Porno. Along the way, she also made her directorial feature debut, Animals Distract Me, and is still studying: she’s now a grad student at work on a Masters in Animal Behaviour. It’s a turn in her career that’s taken her back to her childhood, growing up in Italy as cinema royalty. There, she first dreamed of making films for National Geographic, that initial impulse taking a backseat to when modelling (she was long the face of Lancôme) and acting (where her American break-out came in Lynch’s Blue Velvet) came along. “I was really very, very fond of both those jobs, but animals always remained a part of my life.” Now, she’s become an ambassador of animals; an activist, conservationist, philanthropist, and one-woman show. Touring Green Porno, she sees kids in the audience (“they love the costumes”), and loves having teenagers in the crowd (“you need only to say the word ‘penis’ and they giggle”). And she finds that the monologue form invites her to elaborate and philosophise upon smaller points from the series. Like homosexuality. “Homosexuality has been proven to exist amongst nature, with certain animals and insects. When humans condemn it, say it’s ‘against nature’, well, it isn’t. Sex isn’t just for reproduction, and it doesn’t just involve mothers and fathers. We make love to create intimacy, to create bonds, heredity, families. There’s more to mating than just procreating.”

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RECKLESS GOSSIP Having faced down Hurricane Sandy, Taylor Momsen is ready to take on the world. The provocative frontwoman chats with Kitt Di Camillo ahead of the release of album number two from The Pretty Reckless.

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fter more than two years of solid touring, The Pretty Reckless were a well oiled machine when it came time to record a follow-up to their breakthrough debut album Light Me Up. The line-up of guitarist Ben Phillips, bassist Mark Damon, drummer Jamie Perkins and irrepressible frontwoman Taylor Momsen won over the initial doubters through a brutal live show by refusing refusal to go any direction but their own. Raring to go and with new tracks already in the bag, the band quickly found recording more of

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a mission than anyone could have expected. “This record took a lot,” explains Momsen. “We were working at this studio called Water Music in Hoboken New Jersey, and it was just our room, totally our vibe, our shit, and everything was flowing and it was great. Then Hurricane Sandy came in, wiped out the studio, took all our gear and guitars and recordings with it. So that was not fun! And from there we had to rebuild and find a new place to record because the studio was getting rebuilt. When we got a new studio we started recording again, and right as

everything was starting to go great again our producer’s wife passed [away] very suddenly overnight. She was like a mother to everyone in the band. It doesn’t get any closer than that. I get choked up every time I talk about it – no one’s over it yet. The record’s dedicated to her. So that stopped everything again and then during that break we actually wrote the song Fucked Up World, and then ended up recording the final songs for the record – the last songs we recorded back at Water Studios – so it came full circle. But death makes a hurricane look like nothing. So we went through a lot of tragedy and a lot of hardships, but I think that you can hear it in the record.” Beneath Momsen’s media-baiting antics is a powerful voice that defies any misconceptions stemming from her acting background, proving that her Gossip Girl days are now far behind her. “It definitely was a struggle to overcome the actress-turned-musician stereotype. When really I was a musician way before I was an actress anyway. I play piano, I play guitar, I’ve been writing songs since I was a kid, I’ve been singing since before I can remember. “But there definitely was a bit of struggle to get the public to see that. If you watch someone on a television show week after week playing a character, it’s just that – it’s a character. I look the same, I have the same face, I have the same voice, but I’m saying someone else’s lines. So to get someone to see you outside of that definitely took some time. But it’s been five years now since I acted and that transition has definitely happened. The people coming to shows aren’t bringing Gossip Girl DVDs to get signed, you know? They’re bringing records and they know every word to every song, they’re there for the music.” WHAT: Going To Hell (Cooking Vinyl)

SONGS FOR THE PLANET The environment has always been a major inspiration for Band Of Frequencies, so writing a track a day while kayaking down the American coast sounds like the perfect challenge. Shannon Sol Carroll tells Sky Kirkham all about it.

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n 2011, as part of a project to raise awareness of coastal environmental issues, Band Of Frequencies spent 23 days travelling the coast of Southern California. Sailing in tandem kayaks, the band and a collection of pro surfers, artists, directors and musicians tracked the migration pattern of the Californian gray and blue whale from Santa Barbara to San Diego, talking to conservationists and performing concerts. Every day they were also hard at work writing and recording a new song, and by the end had 23 tracks inspired by the trip. Director Justin Krumb was one of the others involved and his documentary of the trip, The TransparentSea Voyage, starring pro surfer Dave Rastovich and Band Of Frequencies, is making its Queensland debut at the Gold Coast Bleach* festival. Shannon Sol Carroll is enjoying the opportunity to revisit the adventure.

fly. There were a lot of people to move, a lot of gear and a lot of stuff. It was a really intense trip. And trying to write music in the midst of that was…” Carroll pauses to reflect. “It was classic actually, it was really fun. But challenging. We haven’t actually seen the final cut of the film ourselves yet, so it’s going to be good to see how it turns out; I’m really excited to check it out.”

“We were writing a song and recording a demo version, and uploading that every day. As well as doing that, we had to launch the kayaks each morning and work out what was going on with the weather. And then we had to pack up the camps and then move them with a whole series of RVs, find the next caravan park and work out where we were going to stop. And because it all depended on the weather we couldn’t really book things in advance. The whole thing was really on the

Carroll has recently been touring as part of Bernard Fanning’s backing band. He says it’s been a great experience, but is looking forward to getting back to his own smaller shows. “It’s definitely a lot more relaxing,” he

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says about supporting Fanning, “And there’s not really anything else you have to worry about. Literally just check out your run sheet and be in the right place at the right time and everything should go smoothly. “But it’s really good to be back doing what we’re doing at the moment – the grass roots level. Because there’s more interaction with the community and there’s more involvement with the people who are really making everything happen for us. I think that for an independent band it takes a lot of people with a lot of passion in the places where they live, to invite us and bring us and host us, and it just feels really good to meet and hang out with people all around the country and the world who are driven by the same passions – to support live, original, independent music and art.” WHAT: The TransparentSea Voyage (Saltwater Collective) WHEN & WHERE: 21 Mar, Bleach*, Gold Coast


FORGOTTEN FACES Curator of an intriguing photographic exhibition shedding light on a hidden side of Queensland history, Michael Aird talks to Helen Stringer. aptured: Early Brisbane Photographers & Their Aboriginal Subjects, reveals a little known and little recognised history of Brisbane, showcasing studio portraits of Queensland’s Indigenous people from the late 1860s. Curator, photographer and anthropologist Michael Aird has been researching photos for nearly 30 years, building a historical, photographic record of Queensland’s Indigenous population.

people fitted the market at that time; they were exotic and savage and the photographer would exaggerate that a bit, make them look as pitiful or as savage as the photographer could.”

“There’s a lot of photos floating around, a lot of photos appearing in different places with different information about the same photo,” Aird explains. “The aboriginal

Accumulating these photographs was not simply a matter of collection: politics, history, native title, ownership and familial connection all came into play. “There’s these multiple layers of the politics of history. Some of these early photos, they were obviously dragged into the studio or coerced into the studio, told to take their clothes off and pose. Obviously they never got copies of the photos

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or had any control over it. There were very few aboriginals walking into studios as paying customers.”

visual art

These photographs inevitably raise questions: who were these people? Were they victims of exploitation? Do these photographs offer at least partially true representations of Brisbane’s Indigenous people or are they, more simply, an important record that these people were here? “In some ways [Captured] doesn’t tell you a lot. It doesn’t tell you their names or where they came from or what their tribal group was, but it’s a huge base of information to know: that they were in Brisbane at that time. That’s one of the main points of the exhibition, for people to look back and see how many people were here at that time. That’s a basic point, but that’s something for people to take note of: that’s a lot of aboriginal people. “In some ways I think this exhibition will be a little bit threatening to some, both aboriginal and nonaboriginal. This is proof that there wasn’t just one or two old fellas walking around with breast plates; there was a whole stack of people. I think the important thing is what’s not being said. Who these people are, what tribe they came from, where they lived, how their connected and interrelated to each other; that’s all not being said. That’s really the message I want to get across; I want people to look at these pictures and start thinking and guessing. The main aim is for people to look at these people and look at the fact that there were so many of them in Brisbane CBD... The whole issue is that these people were here.” WHAT: Captured WHEN & WHERE: 14 Mar – 22 Jun, Museum Of Brisbane

SOMETHING OLD…

music

The debut album from metalcore group Prepared Like A Bride simultaneously crushes and saves. Vocalist Ryan Bowles speaks of the faith, death and inspiration behind Overcomer with Lochlan Watt.

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vercomer has been a long time coming for the Gold Coast five-piece. It’s been worth the wait – from their rough beginnings as young teens, the band’s sound has matured into a highly modern, hyper-melodic and really heavy concoction of metal and hardcore. One of the first questions that springs to mind is what inspired their name? The gently-spoken Bowles explains. “We got the name Prepared Like A Bride from The Book Of Revelations, which is actually the last chapter from The Bible. Revelations is actually quite an interesting chapter which talks about a lot of different things, and it’s very confusing to most people on a quick read of it, and it’s very metaphorical, and it talks about the end of the world. Basically, it says in Revelations that there will be a new heaven and earth, and that it will be ‘beautifully prepared like a bride’.” However, Overcomer is an album borne out of terrible darkness. In November 2012, roughly five months into the writing process, Bowles’ father was suddenly killed. “My dad was flying a light aircraft with another pilot, and basically there was an emergency accident that claimed both of their lives,” he recalls with a remarkable calm. “From there that just stirred up huge, different emotions and feelings, and all sorts of anger and a

whole bunch of stuff that we just channelled into this album and into the writing process.” The subsequent writing and recording process “definitely helped [me] vent a lot”, yet despite the devastating turn of events, the album wasn’t simply an exercise in pain relief. “I think it can be taken directly in my circumstance, but on top of that I’ve seen a lot of family members lose battles to cancer, I’ve seen friends lose their lives in terrible accidents, and I know a lot of other people have as well. It’s not just me. The title Overcomer is not just for myself, but for absolutely everybody

and anybody that has had to face horrible circumstances – many that are a lot worse than mine.” Although the band is unified in their own faith, Bowles states, “We’ve never tried to force anything on anyone. We don’t want to just sing to our Christian friends, or otherwise there’s no point in what we do. The whole reason we’re a band is to spread love and to encourage people in every single facet in life. If a CD we write can encourage somebody to push through a hard circumstance, or maybe just get past the brink of suicide and get through another day, that’s what we’re aiming to do, and not just for a Christian market at all. We wanted to write something that is applicable to every single person, no matter what they believe.” WHAT: Overcomer (Faction/Sony) WHEN & WHERE: 22 Mar, Thriller, Coniston Lane; 23 Mar, Expressive Grounds, Gold Coast (all ages) THE MUSIC • 19TH MARCH 2014 • 23


ALBUM OF THE WEEK

★★★★

album reviews

LA DISPUTE

ALOE BLACC

Better Living/Resist

Interscope/Universal

If you want to feel what life is like between North America’s Great Lakes, then disappear into La Dispute’s third LP. The stories told on Rooms Of The House are average tales. They’re pulled from frontman Jordan Dreyer’s life – his family, his friends, himself – and the commonality of the verses – coffee boiling on the stove, cutting his hair short – means there’s something that relates to our own existence as well. Dreyer’s subject matter is so specific that it’s impossible not to quickly paint a picture, and it helps build his Rooms Of The House, and ours.

It’s too easy to label a new pop direction as a sell-out; evidence is needed for a conviction. A sophisticated cut above the rest of the neo-soul funkateers, Aloe Blacc already had two decent albums and one of the slickest live shows around, so tight in fact that even the gaps between songs were exquisitely timed. But things changed last year when he co-wrote and sang on Swedish cheese carousel Avicii’s excruciatingly large mega-hit, Wake Me Up. Abandoning his established retro style, Blacc has fearlessly leapt into the realm of pure, unabashed pop.

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His spoken word/screamo delivery provides a full palate of emotion for the music to envelope around, and it does so with just as much nuance as the vocals. The two-part movement Woman (in mirror) and Woman (reading) is striking, with a beautiful guitar node that swells and swells until bursting

Lift Your Spirit

climactically in the final stage of the reprise, while First Reactions After Falling Through The Ice is intelligent abrasion at its best. The respect this music has been given by the considered production means that each element is captured to full effect. Every sound you hear is deliberate, and the flow of the record makes more sense with every listen. Rooms Of The House is an album that you’ll keep coming back to, even if you’re not quite sure why; there’s just something homely here, something that you can relate to, which is why this incredible posthardcore statement rings so true. Benny Doyle

BLACK LIPS

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Lift Your Spirit is an indigestibly sweet, sticky pop pudding. Not recommended to anyone over the age of 14. Christopher H James

Grids

Vice/ADA

The mood switches between frenetic and mid-tempo, every song dipped in cowboy swag, like the casually catchy Waiting or opener Drive-By Buddy, each telling stories equal parts grit and guts, teamed with an overwhelmingly fun energy. The songs are either drenched in murky reverb or delivered crisp and clean, each having their place on the record. There’s greater appeal in ‘60s-tinged songs like Smiling, the vocals in not-quitesinging, not quite-shouting purgatory. It’s brash, messy and undeniably entertaining. Production from Tommy Breneck (The Dap-Kings) and Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) has

Bomb, Lift Your Spirit goes all-out on positivity, and boy is it saccharine. The lyrics don’t help either. Loaded with every cliché in the book, it chimes like a corporate video for unmotivated workers. Feel like you’ve been crushed under the wheels occupational stress? Just remember that “Love is the answer” and try to “Lift your spirit” even though “Life ain’t fair”, especially when you’re “caught up in a dream” and you “only have two hands”.

TEETH & TONGUE

Underneath The Rainbow

Black Lips’ latest is a continuation of their rockabillyflecked psych-rock. Boisterous, uncontained enthusiasm married to irrepressible percussion makes Underneath The Rainbow the soundtrack you want on a road trip.

A cynic might say he’s spotted a dormant CeeLo Green-sized hole in the market. A supporter might say pop’s the right outlet for his optimistic nature and elevating voice. But pop’s an altogether different animal to soul; it often works best when it contrasts happiness and sadness. With the exception of the doom-mongering Ticking

★½

Remote Control

★★★½ certainly helped the quartet hone their musical mania. There’s no stand-out catch-all song here in the way Modern Art or Family Tree captivated on 2011’s Arabia Mountain, but there’s a new stylistic constant that makes Underneath The Rainbow an easy listen. Dorner Party is total ‘50s surf beach party teamed with psychobilly antics, and Do The Vibrate puts a sinister twist on an old-fashioned jiving dance tune, lyrics like “Put your phone in your crotch and set it on vibrate” dripping with filth. This is ‘get out of your seat and dance’ music; it is ‘nod your head and stomp your feet’ music. Sevana Ohandjanian

Melbourne-via-New Zealand chanteuse Jess Cornelius has been responsible for some fascinating soundscapes in the past, with 2011’s Tambourine and acclaimed debut, Monobasic, in 2008 introducing us to a stark world where drum beats and raw vocals reign. It’s a testament to Cornelius’ ear for a winning formula that despite this lone girl territory being encroached upon lately by more young lasses, Grids still manages to sound familiar yet oh so different to them all. From the first breathy pout on Good Man, Cornelius captivates. With an almost theatre-like backed soaring vocal underpinned by thin key notes that are soon turned on their heads by that space-filling drum beat, it’s the perfect first page to an incredible story. Single, Newborn, cashes in on a very catchy central motif, with that voice and organ reaching and dipping to bounce

★★★★ around a woody, percussive bottom layer, seeming to mirror the internal rollercoaster of lyrics “What do you want and want do you need, I don’t know, it’s not for me”. It’s that struggle that’s reflected so well throughout, musically and lyrically, helping lift this album beyond expectations. I Feel Good, for instance, uses a fascinating and ear-pleasing mix of raw piano and sampled voices to again evoke a high drama that leaves Cornelius front and centre where she belongs. Grids is an album to be appreciated for its ability to present entrancing music by deceptively simple means. Carley Hall


albums/singles/eps

★★★½

★★

★★★★

I AM THE AVALANCHE

BENMONT TENCH

POSTBLUE

Wolverines

You Should Be So Lucky

Mongrel

Rude/Rocket

Blue Note/Universal

I Hope They’re Praying For Me

Independent

Throw on your denim vest and get ready for a late one, I Am The Avalanche are back with a third helping of honest punk from the streets of NYC. Line-up changes haven’t slowed things down in the slightest, Wolverines spilling over with fist-in-the-air anthems like The Shape I’m In and Save Your Name. These are tracks designed to share with your best friends, and sonically it’s hard to find a weakness across the board. The release lacks the same levels of reckless whimsy that previous LP Avalanche United held in spades, but you can’t deny Vinnie Caruana and the boys have tightened every facet of this rock’n’roll operation.

Benmont Tench has written a few hits in his time, but it has taken 40 years to release his first solo record; one listen to You Should Be So Lucky proves that this is a dire shame. When you’ve spent almost your entire life hanging out with Tom Petty, you’d have to imagine some skills rub off, and there’s a lot of that influence here. It’s classy Americana with majestic production from Glyn Johns and great guest appearances from Ryan Adams, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings and Petty himself.

ALEX CAMERON Alex Cameron’s Jumping The Shark is one of the most slept on classics of 2013; new single Mongrel also signals a vinyl release of the album giving it the respect it deserves! Finally!

FRANK OCEAN, MICK JONES, PAUL SIMONON, DIPLO Hero Converse Converse advertising budget pays for a drab and uninspired indulgence that’s much less interesting than any of the work these artists have ever done before. So sad.

Dan Condon

Poison City Byron Bay youngsters Postblue wear their influences bloodily tagged to their sleeves on their debut record, I Hope They’re Praying For Me, and don’t yet have the ingenuity or nuance to make these inspirations their own. A stylistically lightweight album that attempts to take on angst-ridden issues with the kind of brio that the likes of Violent Soho laid to waste in their fledgling days, the tracks here remain uninspired melodic grunge numbers that teeter precariously on the MOR side of the rock’n’roll highway. Brendan Telford

Benny Doyle

NATHAN ROCHE Magnetic Memories Glenlivet-A-Gogh Sydney author/muso/awesome dude gets very yachty on the title track from the second record in his Newtown trilogy of albums and it’s beyond fantastic.

PHAROAH’S PLAYGROUND Comin’ Round The Mountain

★★★★

FUTURE ISLANDS

SKRILLEX

KEVIN DREW

Singles

Recess

Darlings

4AD/Remote Control

OWSLA/BigBeat/Atlantic/ Warner

Arts & Crafts/Create Control

Urthboy gets into a serious political discussion about Australia’s disastrous refugee policy and encourages other artists to do the same. Hopefully many will heed his important call.

Baltimore synth-pop trio Future Islands mark their 4AD debut with fourth album Singles. It isn’t a best of – but it kinda is, because this is the most cohesive release they’ve put together to date. The hi-fi gloss and glam ups the ante on Samuel Herring and co’s woozy dancefloor ballads, balancing new wave whimsy with wistful heartbreak on a dangerous knife’s edge. Gerrit Welmers and William Cashion’s taut yet gossamer instrumentation is sublime, driven by new conspirator Denny Bowen (Double Dagger) on drums – but it’s Herring’s vocals, warbling maudlin barbs with fervour, that drives Singles into the stratosphere.

Chris Yates

Brendan Telford

Pricewar Dead-set ‘90s Brissie legends PP are back with the taster of brand new album Three Days In The Belly Of A Whale, recorded totally live with no edits, analogue style.

SIETTA X JAY TEE Don’t Let It Go (Urthboy Flip) Elefant Traks

★★★

★★★½

Dubstep titan Skrillex has pulled his foot off the accelerator in his latest release Recess, favouring more reggae and dub-heavy tracks rolled over a smooth house backbeat. There’s still plenty of that trademark ‘robot coitus’ sound, but the focus has shifted well away from bass drops and breakdowns, and Recess sees Skrillex taking chances and flexing his creative muscles. Noticeably so in tracks like Coast Is Clear (ft Chance The Rapper), which slams out with trip hop and jazz influences, and Dirty Vibe (ft k-pop gods G Dragon and CL), which turns on gothic hardstyle and old-school electro samples.

Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew has stepped outside of his super collective in the past, most notably on his 2007 debut Spirit If. Darlings is a far more focused and purposeful release, yet this determination manifests itself in far safer songwriting than we’re used to from the man. Drew is at his best when his emotions sprawl out wildly and the music races to keep up – Darlings is an entirely enjoyable and pleasant acoustic rock record, yet outside of the electro groove of highlight Bullshit Ballad, this is really only an essential album for completionists. Andrew McDonald

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live reviews

PHARRELL WILLIAMS, BAAUER, NINA LAS VEGAS

Brisbane Riverstage 12 Mar Pulling the back fences forwards has made the Riverstage feel a bit more intimate tonight, a star-littered sky suitably complementing a show from one of pop music’s biggest names. First on though is triple j party princess Nina Las Vegas, and she once again proves herself more than up to the task, her sonic versatility and choice track selection showing she’s on point with the sounds of now. Flashes

that without that track, and the help of TheSunnyCoastSkate, he wouldn’t be standing on this stage in the first place. Then without much more accompaniment than DJ Eque’s beats and two dancers’ moves, the cat in the hat Pharrell Williams struts on stage, soaking up the adulation before launching into an introductory party medley featuring but not limited to Swedish House Mafia’s One, Snoop’s Drop It Like It’s Hot and Gwen Stefani’s Hollaback Girl. Ten minutes have barely passed and already you get a grasp on just how much hand the 40-year-old has had in popular music throughout the last 20 years. The hat, by this stage, has begrudgingly taken a backseat.

PHARRELL WILLIAMS @ BRISBANE RIVERSTAGE. PIC: RCSTILLS

of Ryan Hemsworth, The Aston Shuffle and Wave Racer provide highlights, but if she complains once more about us relaxing on the grass hill we’ll never tune into House Party again. Things take a turn for the intense when NYC trap lord Baauer steps behind the decks. His thumping beats are made even darker by strange visuals which feature everything from masked prison guards with batons to piles of skulls. And fire – lots of fire. He breaks up bottom-heavy hip hop tracks with a bit of Flume and AlunaGeorge, and shows off his solid remixing skills through his rework of Disclosure’s You & Me. But Baauer doesn’t play Harlem Shake, which is as big a middle finger as he could give to his fans considering 26 • THE MUSIC • 19TH MARCH 2014

differences and moon men on that “little white planet”, before concluding with not one, but two run throughs of Happy, even diving into the crowd for the final effort to graciously get mobbed by the adoring masses. You can’t help but smile. Benny Doyle

YO LA TENGO, KEEP ON DANCIN’S The Zoo 11 Mar A short set from Keep On Dancin’s starts off the night. It’s been a while since this reviewer has seen this band

YO LA TENGO @ THE ZOO. PIC: STEPHEN BOOTH

Ditching his shirt to rip out N*E*R*D bangers Lap Dance and She Wants To Move, Pharrell calls for some “beautiful oestrogen” onstage, before running through Beautiful, Frontin and Blurred Lines as a bevy of ladies fawn all over him. But none of them can hold a flame to local lass Cherise, who wins Pharrell’s heart by flying through the verses of Major Lazer’s Aerosol Can and just parties like a general legend. She’s lucky to get side of stage for the rest of the show, Pharrell admits he’s lucky to have shared the song with her, and then we all Get Lucky with the Daft Punk mega hit. But the showman isn’t done with the clunky segues just yet, waxing verbally about world peace, overcoming

considered songs. Nevertheless it does feel too muted at times, and when the set is finished to wondrous applause, it’s also something of a relief that there is catharsis to follow. And follow it does – Yo La Tengo return to the stage with Stupid Things which becomes a long psych bliss-out, whilst new single Super Kiwi is sped up and as loud as the trio are ever likely to get, a fuzzed-out beast that still has a melodic sensibility motoring underneath a la Dinosaur Jr’s poppier moments. Mr Tough is an obligatory goodtime inclusion, Styles Of The Times is a raucous punch of a song, and another personal favourite in Tom Courtenay gets a run. A sense of full

THE SMITH STREET BAND @ THE ZOO. PIC: MARKUS RAVIK

gracing stages – and a reminder of how much they have been missed. They finish with Grey Ghost – Jacinta Walker as impassioned as ever. The arrival of new album Hunter cannot come out soon enough.

circle comes from another rendition of Ohm, this time in noise mode, before the band close out with a face-melting take on The Beach Boys’ Little Honda with a middle third that fries the brain.

Tonight though is all about two halves – the quiet and the loud sides of Yo La Tengo. The quiet set starts off with the excellent Ohm in acoustic mode, a hushed motoric lull with wondrous harmonies between Ira Kaplan and James McNew, Georgia Hubley’s drum kit set at the front alongside them. Cornelia And Jane and Black Flowers are particular highlights in this tempered set, a studied meditation in finding the space and patience within these

But again this heavier set feels underdone, and the reason is that the quiet and loud aren’t supposed to be separated like this – Yo La Tengo works when the measured and the explosion of colour and feedback are working in tandem. They have always been about maintaining a sublime rhythmic beauty even as everything either systematically coalesces into a chugging ball of white noise or remains an alleviated rumination on emotion and space, and


live reviews separating those two elements strips the band of their power in some way. Not that the show has been poor – Yo La Tengo could never be tarred with that brush, and most songs tonight have been aweinspiring – but this experiment hasn’t necessarily worked.

Fandango have had plenty going for them since the release of Flicker Noise last year, and they deserve a spot playing to the quickly filling room. They get the energy pumping, and the room starts to move.

14 Mar

Perhaps the best Smith Street support since Bomb! The Music Industry absolutely killed it back at X&Y, The Menzingers’ set is an absolute gem. Their music is like everything you were listening to when you were 15 and it’s powerful enough to make you feel like you’re 15 again. American punk rock played with a winning mixture of passion and precision, their set is powerful stuff and does a great job of getting people interested in their forthcoming record.

Two nights in a row, two sold out shows; the Brisbane legion of The Smith Street Band cult can’t get enough of these Melbourne lads. And it can’t hurt things that the guys always put together a stacked bill when they roll through town. Perth’s punk-by-the-way-offolk-storytelling outfit Grim

The Smith Street Band feel like one of your friend’s bands, but not one of those godawful bands where your friend keeps inviting you out to their shows and desperately asks what you thought afterwards. The Smith Street Band are like your friend’s band that you’re excited to champion, because, dammit,

Brendan Telford

THE SMITH STREET BAND, THE MENZINGERS, GRIM FANDANGO The Zoo

they’re the little guys and they deserve to be championed. Where things get interesting though, is that now they’re playing sold out shows and it feels like The Smith Street Band have an entire room full of friends, and they’re all so excited to back their mates. It’s probably something to do with frontman Wil Wagner and his lyrics; they’re poetic and disarmingly personal, but they also invite listeners to envisage themselves as part of the world of these songs. Tonight, the crowd is invited into that joyous and uplifting world of bad trips, blearyeyed fun and broken hearts.

record is still a ways away and some of the tunes sound in their infancy – but all of the familiar cuts hit the spot, with Young Drunk, Postcodes (For People Who Will Not Arrest Me) and Don’t Fuck With Our Dreams all bringing the house down. And it’s hard to imagine that, in 12 months’ time, these songs debuted tonight won’t have the same effect on crowds. Good one bros. Tom Hersey

There’s hardly a misstep from the lads, our good mates, tonight. Even when they road-test new material – a rock‘n’roll decision that’s been historically fraught with danger – the crowd is right there with them. This is just like Wagner and his buddies spinning the crowd a yarn that they haven’t heard before, but they’re all ears. Nothing jumps out from the new material – a

arts reviews confidant for Adam (“whatever you need, man, just ask”); his screen time is woefully inadequate. Together they drive through a decaying Detroit, shot beautifully under Yorick Le Saux’s yellow-green lens.

ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE

ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE Film

In cinemas 17 Apr Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton play Adam and Eve, two estranged vampires drifting back into each other’s lives. Adam is a rock star falling prey to both celebrity fatigue and weltschmerz, and calls for help. Swinton is great to watch as she sweetly tries to add levity to his life while fending off the rapacious Ava (Mia Wasikowska). Anton Yelchin is Ian, a loyal, naïve and remarkably resourceful PA/

At first blush, Only Lovers Left Alive may seem cold, and those not familiar with the occasionally glacial pace of Jim Jarmusch’s oeuvre will be challenged by its stubborn refusal to move its own plot forward (what little there is). It’s a film preoccupied with itself, much like its central characters who have lived for so long time is no longer important. The ‘vampire as aesthete’ idea is not original, but with subtle changes made to traditional vampire mythology and tired cinematic ideas on the subject being largely ignored, Jarmusch’s fairytale feels fresh and sometimes fun, and is covered in his fingerprints. This is a recommended return to form after the disappointing The Limits Of Control, and feels like a nice coda to the current wave of vampire cinema. Matt MacMaster

CUBAN FURY Film

In cinemas 20 Mar When it comes to dancing – and I’m talking more about a semisloshed Friday night boogie than anything competitive – enthusiasm, exuberance and a willingness to have a good time tend to make up for a lack of technique or finesse. Look at Cuban Fury the same way and you’re likely to have a bit of fun with this twinkle-toed romantic comedy starring Shaun Of The Dead’s Nick Frost. Frost plays Bruce Garrett, who turned his back on his youthful

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passion and penchant for salsa dancing after a nasty incident with a pack of bullies. He’s now a middle-aged shlub halfheartedly trudging through life until he discovers his sweet new boss Julia (Rashida Jones) is partial to a few turns around the dancefloor. Getting his groove back and wooing Julia won’t be easy – smarmy co-worker Drew (top-shelf dickishness from Chris O’Dowd) has his sights on her as well – but Bruce has his old coach (Ian McShane), his supportive sister (Olivia Colman) and a new posse of salsa-loving pals in his corner. Story-wise, it’s all a bit slight and predictable really, but it’s presented and performed with such gusto and good humour that it’s easy to forgive a few shortcomings, especially when Frost (who came up with the film’s concept) is such a winning lead, bringing heart, soul and some marvellous moves to his underdog hero. Guy Davis THE MUSIC • 19TH MARCH 2014 • 27


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the guide

SMOKING MARTHA

Member answering/role: Mick Broome – guitar How long have you been together? Just under two years. How did you all meet? The same way every band meets, at a Mighty Boosh convention. 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? Night shift: Maylene and The Sons Of Disaster, Day shift: Janis Joplin and the Holding Company Would you rather be a busted broke-but-revered Hank Williamsfigure or some kind of Metallica monster? Well with the way the Hon.Tony Abbott has with the arts, I don’t think we get a choice but to be good ol’ Hank Williams! Which Brisbane bands before you have been an inspiration (musically or otherwise)? Powderfinger, Regurgitator – for great songwriting – and all the bands who stuck it to Joh Bjelke-Petersen despite the constant threat of getting beaten by the police. Is your band responsible for more make-outs or break-ups? Why? Make outs. Have you seen how devastatingly sexy our drummer is? After watching him play everyone is so turned on it’s just a free-for-all out there on the floor! What’s in the pipeline for the band in the short term? Our debut EP will be released this Friday with a free entry launch party at The Tempo Hotel in the Valley, and our second music video will come out in the next couple of months followed by a national tour. Smoking Martha play The Tempo Hotel on Friday 21 March. Photo by TERRY SOO. THE MUSIC • 19TH MARCH 2014 • 29


eat/drink

ALCOHOL AROUND THE WORLD As an alternative to your regular beer/wine/spirit/liqueur of choice, try one of these not-so-local varieties. The world our options. is a big place, filled with alcohol. Explore your

BAIJIU Translating to ‘white liquor’, this is a Chinese strong distilled spirit, usually made from sorghum (though other grains may be used) and generally around 40–60% alcohol by volume. Comparable to vodka, and is commonly consumed in shot glasses.

UMESHU A Japanese liqueur made from steeping ume ( Japanese/Chinese plum) fruits in shochu (a type of Japanese liquor) and sugar. It’s got a sweet and sour taste and alcohol content of only 10–15%, is often used in cocktails, and can be consumed chilled or with ice, at room temperature or even hot.

TEPACHE

CHICHA DE UMESHU

TEPACHE

PALM WINE

A cold fermented Mexican beverage made out of the flesh and rind of pineapple, sweetened with brown sugar or piloncillo, and cinnamon. It has a very low quantity of alcohol (though in Mexico it is often served mixed with beer), and is easy to make at home.

Palm wine is created from the sap of various species of palm tree such as the palmyra, date palms and coconut palms. It’s common in many countries in Asia and Africa – including Nigeria, Ghana, South India, Indonesia, Phillipines, Kenya and Borneo – and known by many names. It has a vinegar-like taste and plays an important role in some cultural ceremonies.

Country CHINA ISRAEL

VEGOS OF THE WORLD

INDIA AUSTRALIA SPAIN BRAZIL UK CANADA USA ITALY FRANCE GERMANY

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JORA

CHICHA DE JORA From South and Central America, this type of corn beer is traditionally made from Jora corn from the Andes. Its flavour ranges from weaker and sweeter to stronger when mature, and brings to mind a hard apple cider or sour/tangy beer.


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Bay St, Byron Bay

What drink turns you off? Warm beer!

beachhotel.com.au Answered by: Elle Crawley What’s your bar’s specialty? Our version

What makes your bar different? Our huge range of tap beers (we have over 20), the amazing

views overlooking the Pacific Ocean from the beer garden, the live entertainment every night of the week and of course the awesome team behind the taps! Who will I meet at your bar? Everyone and anyone. We have such a diverse range of patrons ranging from our regular locals, day trippers from north, south, east and west and backpackers from all over. What’s the design/ atmosphere of your bar? The Beach Hotel is laid back in the afternoon, a place to chill out, people watch, have a few cold

beers. Once the sun goes down the Beach Hotel transforms into a hot spot for live entertainment. You can expect to see big name acts such as Boy & Bear or Cloud Control on any given weekend. Who is pouring at your bar and what makes them special? The CREW! The CREW is made up of guys and girls from Byron and beyond. They know the ins and outs of the town and can definitely share a few secrets with you. They can also pour the perfect beer! Best hangover cure? Our signature drink, The Bloody Beachy, of course!

HOT SPOT CHILLI COOK OFF – 23 MAR, KETTLE & TIN, 215 GIVEN TERRACE, PADDINGTON

CELEBRITY CHEFS

MY KITCHEN RULES

MANU FEILDEL The harsh but fair Frenchman charms many contestants on My Kitchen Rules, most recently and notably the show’s ‘naughty nanna’ Deb Payne.

ADRIANO ZUMBO The ‘sweet assassin’, ‘patissier of pain’ has just teamed up with Tim Tam to create three new limited edition flavours. Yep, he’s made it.

The second annual Chilli Cook Off sees restaurants from around Brisbane battling for top tasting honours. Venues involved include: Anise (2013 Winner), Statler & Waldorf, Super Whatnot, Padre Bar, Phoenix Beers, Cove Bar & Dining, and Locanda Osteria & Bar. While judges partake in a blind tasting, punters can vote for the People’s Choice Award; $10 will get you a taste of all chillis, a beverage and a vote. Plus, there’ll also be pickles from Picklehead Pickles, Bloody Jerrys from Sailor Jerry and Capi Sparkling, plus wine from Craggy Range Australia. The event, sponsored by Burleigh Brewing Co, kicks off from 11am and is part of Brewsvegas week.

TAKE ME AWAY

BRAT HAUS AUTHENTIC GERMAN SAUSAGE 354 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley brathaus.com.au Answered by: Ben Crick What’s your most popular item? The grilled bratwurst. Traditionally long, mild German sausage. What’s the design/ atmosphere like? Relax in celebrating quality German food,

German bier and most importantly, Australian German-style beer. Why are you better than Maccas? We sell Australia’s biggest and best grilled bratwurst, spicy knackwurst, cheese kranski, double-smoked bockwurst and the best vegan sausage in the market. Schnitzel too! Also, we will specialise in seasonal roasted pork

hocks, off the coals. Then we have the beers! What would you suggest as the best item on your menu? Cheese kranski, though many will ride the same thought, ‘A very big seller is the spicy knackwurst’.

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FRONTLASH

INDIE NEWS

CLOSURE AT LAST

The conviction and sentencing of Brett Cowan brings closure to one of the saddest chapters in our state’s history. Our thoughts go out to the Morcombes and the police who worked tirelessly for justice. RIP Daniel.

RAD FERN What a meeting of minds when US President Barack Obama joined Zach Galifianakis on Between Two Ferns!

ONYA CHUGGY! Michael Chugg – one of the true pioneering legends of the Australian music business – racked up 50 years in the game last week, an incredible effort!

BREAKING RECORDS

OUT OF THE WILD

GRAMMARFICATIONS

Pop-punk outfits Set The Record and All Year Round are joining forces for a feel-good show of friends and lovers. The all-ages co-headline tour, also featuring Here’s To Neverland and Skies Collide, will explode 12 Apr, Upstairs at 199 – get in early!

It’s probably time you got to know The Moose, a local rock’n’roll trio that are on the up and up. They’re slinging the riffs at The Zoo, 10 Apr along with Sneeky Picnic and Astro Travellers. $10 on the door.

Hailing from the UAE, Brisbanebased MC Grammar carries the torch lit by his heroes like Dr Dre with an uncompromising flow and raw live energy. Catch the hip hop artist with his touring DJ Styles Don P at Alhambra Lounge, Sunday.

ALL IN A NAME

ACID FISH’N’CHIPS ROCK

GREAT SCOTS

The Big Names Of Blues event is happening at The Caloundra Power Boat Club, Sunshine Coast, 13 Apr. Featuring headliners Kevin Borich, Doc Span Band with Tim Gaze and Phil Emmanuel, the show begins at 1.30pm.

We haven’t a clue what that means either, but there’s a sure way to find out. Get to Black Bear Lodge this Thursday where The Cathars will be launching their new single Delusion’s Daze. $10 entry with supports Fever Pitch and Doom Mountain.

Awarded Folk Band Of The Year at the 2012 Scots Trad Awards and backing it up with a Live Act Of The Year nod in 2013, Breabach are clearly doing things right. They visit from the UK to play a special Brisbane show 3 Apr, Queensland Irish Club.

HOME ABROAD

RUMBLING FORWARDS

KIND FOLK(S)

Pilipino-born, GC-based troubadour Jackson Dunn is releasing travel doco Manila Sky, and an accompanying soundtrack. He launches at New Globe Theatre, 5 Apr, 1pm with Vancouver Sleep Clinic’s Luke Jenkins.

Elliot The Bull are knocking out a free show at The Tempo Hotel, 26 Apr in support of brand new single Colourblind. The track shows a band that’s in a constant state of evolution, with the dark alternative tones sinister and captivating.

Sandwiched in-between an appearance at Bleach* and a trip to America, Gold Coast brothers Lyon Apprentice will play another couple of hometown sets in Surfers Paradise at Elsewhere, 24 Apr and the One Way Street Party, 26 Apr.

NO MORE SECRETS

WATCH OUT!

SAND AND DELIVER

Get along to Dowse Bar, 17 Apr and hear what Josh RennieHynes has been up to recently. The local Americana purveyor has put down his debut record February with Shane Nicholson, and will present first taste Erin at this single launch.

Hear some sexy new rock’n’roll from Junior Danger when they play the Six Pack mini-festival, Murphy’s Town Pub, Ipswich, Saturday with Transvaal Diamond Syndicate, The Royal Artillery and more, and Ric’s Bar, 11 Apr.

Surf loving rock’n’rollers Shag Rock will be launching their brand new EP at The Hideaway, 28 Mar. Hear all the tracks from Little Primitive, with the fivepiece supported on the night by indie/electro pals Sleepy Circus.

CHUGGY RAISES THE BAT!

BACKLASH HIGH FARCE

Campbell Newman has decreed that we don’t need any new rock venues in the CBD, just more infrastructure for ballet, drama, opera and other “high arts”. How can someone leading the state have his finger so far from the pulse?

RIP SCOTT ASHETON Another rock’n’roll warrior left us this week when legendary drummer for the Stooges, Scott Asheton, passed away at the age of 64 following a long health battle. He shall be sorely missed and our thoughts are with his family and sole surviving original Stooge, Iggy.

WHA’ HAPPENED? So Bieber can’t remember if he’s ever been to Australia before? How stupid can one Bieber be? If only we could forget the absolute horror of his visits to these parts…

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INDIE NEWS

HAPPINESS JUNKIES

UNGUARDED MOMENT

MOUNTAIN MEN

There’s no better way to describe GC roots/reggae act CC The Cat; and they make us smile, what can we say? Hear them at The Joynt, 4 Apr with One Dragon Two Dragon and at Surfers Paradise Festival, 26 Apr (3pm).

After their Monster Magnet supports, King Of The North will stay on the road, playing 15 May, Tatts Hotel, Lismore; 16 May, The Northern, Byron Bay; 17 May, The Tempo Hotel; 24 May, Solbar, Maroochydore; and 29 May, Coolangatta Hotel.

Sydney Blue Mountains men to be precise. Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars are rolling north for a headline set at The Loft, Gold Coast, playing alongside Morgan Bain and local dude Liam Ward. $8 presale through Oztix.

RECLUSIVE ADOLESCENTS

ONE MORE TIME

SWIRLS OF CHANGE

That’s what the title of Hits new record makes reference too, but if we just said Hikikomori you wouldn’t know what we meant would you? Hear the new songs at The Underdog, 9 & 11 May, and down at Murwillumbah’s Roundhouse, 10 May.

In addition to their slot at New Globe Theatre, 27 Mar headlining the El Grande Festival sideshow, Sietta will also be bringing The Invisible River tour to Black Bear Lodge, 30 Apr. Feel the flow of Australia’s alt-soul future.

Get down to Byron Bay’s Beach Hotel this Thursday and soak up the sounds of A Little Providence. Dancing rhythms and acoustic folk foundations develop into progressive rock with a classical lean; don’t you want to try something new this week?

ROOTS ‘N’ ALL

GRINDING IT OUT

TO THE GUTS OF IT

Eclectic five-piece Soldiers Of The Sun are dropping a new jam in the way of Gold, the first track pulled from forthcoming debut The Boy Who Collected Sounds, and will show it off 6 Apr, Dowse Bar.

Hard working local rockers Hotel Escobar are shaking some venues around the south east corner this week and next, playing The Tempo Hotel, Friday; Kings Beach Tavern, Sunshine Coast, Saturday; and D’Aguilar Pub, 28 Mar.

At The Tempo Hotel, 26 Apr, Brissie trio Pharaohs Playground will drop their brand new record Three Days In The Belly Of A Whale, a rock/soul master-class that comes from a three-day analogue tape session with no edits. Getting ‘er done.

SCANDI LUSH

SISTERS OF SONG

STRAIN SUPPORTS

Denmark will launch their brand new album Separations at The Zoo, 27 Mar, with a choice bill of support acts featuring the likes of Friends Of Ben, My Own Pet Radio and Arundel. $10 presales through Oztix.

Ladybugs is back at Beetle Bar, with a great bill curated by Sabrina Lawrie. Celebrate Brisbane woman in music with Lucy Star Satellite, Nightingale Floor, Emma White, Lucinda Shaw and Lili Kendall. $12 on the door.

Supports have been supported for Acacia Strain’s three QLD shows with A Night In Texas and I Shall Devour at The Lab, 3 May; First Sight at Thriller the same night; and Deceiver and Hand Of The Architect at Expressive Grounds, GC, 4 May.

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HAVE YOU HEARD

PERSONAL BEST RECORDS debut EP, which hopefully will be out towards the end of the year. It’ll be recorded at Heavy Feet Studios in Newcastle by our keyboardist/ bass player Jake Graham.

BITTER LUNGS Member answering: Toby Mitchell How did you get together? We met in an adult chat room. I guess I misunderstood when the guys said they were looking for a heavyset ranga to get sweaty with in a small room on a regular basis... Sum up your musical sound in four words? Loud, fast, aggressive chaotic. If you could support any band in the world – past or present – who would it be? You expect me to pick just one? Converge, Mindsnare, Toe To Toe, Zeke, Scissorfight, CCR.

You’re being sent into space, no iPod, you can bring one album what would it be? Probably Blues For The Red Sun by Kyuss would be the most apt album to listen to in a weightless environment. Greatest rock’n’roll moment of your career to date? Dressing up like Con The Fruiterer for a Halloween show. Beeyooootiful! Why should people come and see your band? Because of my poor attempts at stand-up comedy in between songs. Come get your heckle on and buy me booze! Bitter Lungs play Coolangatta Hotel on Friday 21 March.

Single title: The Ageing Field

What was inspiring you during the song’s writing and recording? We wanted to write a song that had more of a bubbly, bright sound to it, juxtaposed with more serious, darker lyrics. We aimed for a real organic natural sound in the recording process.

What’s the song about? The song is about addiction and its effects on a person and the harm it can cause to others.

We’ll like this song if we like... anything by The Shins. I think it has a bit of a Band Of Horses vibe to it too.

How long did it take to write/ record? It took a very long time. I came up with the riff and the chord progression for the chorus years ago but didn’t really start fleshing it out until the start of last year.

Do you play it differently live? We play it pretty much identical to the recording live. All except the sax. Our bass player Jake played the sax line and unfortunately hasn’t quite mastered playing both simultaneously.

TWIN LAKES Member answering: Eddie Garven

Is this track from a forthcoming release/existing release? It will be released on our upcoming

SINGLE FOCUS

Twin Lakes play Black Bear Lodge on Sunday 23 March.

SINGLE FOCUS

Be, Evolve, Dissolve, that will be released later this year.

CUERVO Single title? Arms What’s the song about? It’s a secret. We find that songs have more meaning when you create your own interpretation of the song. How long did it take to write/ record? Arms took about three months to write because we don’t work on writing one song at a time. Arms is unique because half was completed in the studio while recording our EP, Be, Evolve, Dissolve. Is this track from a forthcoming release/existing release? Yes, this song will be one of the tracks off our upcoming EP 34 • THE MUSIC • 19TH MARCH 2014

What was inspiring you during the songs writing and recording? Arms didn’t have a particular moment of inspiration, though in the writing process we realised it had stronger radio potential than other tracks. This gave a real sense of where the song was going sound-wise. We’ll like this song if we like... Arctic Monkeys, Karnivool and Muse. Do you play it differently live? Everything is the same, though we think our performance is stronger and more energetic than the recording. Cuervo play Ric’s Bar on Friday 21 Mar and The Tempo Hotel on Saturday 22 Mar.

ASTROBOI Member’s Name: Ryan Dunstan Best record you stole from your folks’ collection? A Jimi Hendrix Experience album and KISS’ Destroyer album! First record you bought? First tape I bought with my own money was Poison’s Open Up And Say… Ahh! in 1987. Record you put on when you’re really miserable? The Hard-Ons’ Love Is A Battlefield Of Wounded Hearts. Record you put on when you bring someone home? Ignite’s Our Darkest Days

live DVD should be a musthave in anyone’s collection! Most surprising record in your collection? Journey – I found it in a CD case today while trying to answer this question! Last thing you bought/ downloaded? Madball – Legacy, Municipal Waste – The Fatal Feast. Astroboi play Kings Beach Tavern, Caloundra on Saturday 22 March.


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THE MUSIC PRESENTS Bleach* Festival: Gold Coast 7-23 Mar

KC & The Sunshine Band: The Tivoli 19 Apr

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: Ric’s 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

Residual: The Loft 3 May, Tempo Hotel 4 May Groovin’ The Moo: Townsville 4 May The Jezabels: The Tivoli 6 May DZ Deathrays: Elsewhere 8 May, The Zoo 9 May

Allen Stone: The Zoo 16 Apr

Nathan Pursey: Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna

GIG OF THE WEEK PALMS: 22 MAR, THE UNDERDOG

Urban Country Music Festival: Caboolture 2-4 May

Sally Seltmann: Black Bear Lodge 10 Apr

Suzanne Vega: Brisbane Powerhouse 15 Apr

Shanon Watkins: Royal Exchange Hotel (Beer Garden/4pm), Toowong

Ozomatli: The Zoo 23 Apr

Arctic Monkeys: BEC 7 May

Steve Earle & The Dukes: The Tivoli 15 Apr

The Lazy Valentines: Royal Exchange Hotel (Beer Garden/8pm), Toowong

Jake Bugg: The Hi-Fi 23 Apr

Loon Lake: The Zoo 5 Apr

Claude Hay: The Loft 12 Apr

DJ Valdis: Ric’s (downstairs), Fortitude Valley

Ella Hooper: Black Bear Lodge 15 May, Soundlounge 16 May, Star Court Theatre 17 May Free Your Mind Ft Northlane, Thy Art Is Murder: The Hi-Fi 22 May

The Wailers: The Tivoli 16 Apr

Kingswood: The Hi-Fi 31 May

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

The Audreys: The Zoo 21 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

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2014: Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm 17-21 Apr

Amon & Audra + Natalie de Jager + Eddie Petterson: Dowse Bar (Iceworks), Paddington Snitch feat. As Paradise Falls + The Ocean The Sky + Heartwell: Electric Playground, Fortitude Valley Josh Rutherford + Six Shooter + Chris Miller: Elsewhere, Surfers Paradise Tuffy: Hamilton Hotel (Public Bar), Hamilton Jabba: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane Tim Green + Dan Quigley: JMI Live (6pm), Bowen Hills The Hummin Quartet: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End Scooby Dont: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central Ballad Boy: Loving Hut, Mount Gravatt DJ Dan A: Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads DJ Valdis: Ric’s (downstairs), Fortitude Valley Karaoke: Royal Exchange Hotel (Public Bar), Toowong

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Karaoke: Alexandra Headlands Hotel, Alexandra Headlands Beejays: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point Trivia: Caloundra Hotel, Caloundra Karaoke: Captain Cook Tavern, Kippa-Ring Jen Mize + Josh Rennie-Hynes: Dowse Bar (Iceworks), Paddington Locky: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane Kai Humphries + Jimmy McGhie: Jupiters (The PA), Broadbeach Trivia: Kedron Park Hotel, Kedron Park Martha Davis & The Motels: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley Trivia: Oxford 152, Bulimba The Elliotts: Ric’s, Fortitude Valley DJ Indy Andy: Royal Exchange Hotel (Beer Garden/10pm), Toowong

Daniel O’Donnell + Mary Duff: The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise

Kai Humphries + Jimmy McGhie + Lindsay Webb: Sit Down Comedy Club (8pm), Brisbane

Elephant Unplugged feat. various artists: The Elephant Hotel, Fortitude Valley

Hip Hop 4 The Sol feat. Various Artists: Solbar, Maroochydore

Mojo Webb: The Joynt, South Brisbane

Trivia: Springfield Tavern, Springfield

Open Mic Night feat. various artists: The Loft, Chevron Island

Open Mic Night with Kat Davidson: Stones Corner Hotel, Stones Corner

The Pressure feat. various: The Press Club, Fortitude Valley

Trivia: Sunnybank Hotel, Sunnybank

Rockaoke (British Invasion Edition) feat. various artists: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley

Daniel O’Donnell + Mary Duff: The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise

Thank God It’s Wednesday feat. APATE + Such Great Heights + Deadlines: The Underdog, Fortitude Valley

The Elliotts + Shag Rock + Dennis Jaculli: The Joynt, South Brisbane

DJ Daniel De Niro + Jake Carmody + Jay Robinson: Vanity Nightclub, Surfers Paradise

Emma & The Hungry Truth + James Halloran: The Judith Wright Centre, Fortitude Valley

THU 20

Baths: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley VICE + Valvetrain + At Days End: Beetle Bar, Brisbane

Simon Says: Royal Exchange Hotel (Public Bar), Toowong

The Cathars + Fever Pitch + Doom Mountain: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley

Venus Envy: Royal Exchange Hotel (Beer Garden/6pm), Toowong

Kristin Beradi + Grey Wing Trio: Brisbane Jazz Club (6.30pm), Kangaroo Point

Open Mic Night feat. various artists: Solbar, Maroochydore

Karaoke: Brunswick Hotel, New Farm

Milk Crate Comedy Night feat. various artists: The Loft, Chevron Island The Ben Eaton Trio: The Press Club, Fortitude Valley Caspian + Meniscus: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley Billy Bragg + Courtney Barnett: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley

FRI 21

Remedy Five: Albany Creek Tavern, Albany Creek DJ Indy Andy: Albany Creek Tavern (The Creek Bar), Albany Creek Karaoke: Anglers Arms Hotel, Southport The Iron Eye + The Keepaways + Midnight Show + The Jaguars: Beetle Bar, Brisbane Down 311: Brisbane Brewhouse, Woolloongabba Women In Jazz presented by Martha Baartz: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point Tyrone Noonan: Buderim Tavern, Buderim The Storytellers: Burleigh Brewing, Burleigh Heads

Kai Humphries + Jimmy McGhie + Lindsay Webb: Sit Down Comedy Club (8pm), Brisbane Dubmarine + The Chocolate Strings: Solbar, Maroochydore Bleach Festival feat. Band of Frequencies + special guests: Soundlounge, Currumbin Amos Pella: Story Bridge Hotel (The Corner Bar), Kangaroo Point DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (Shelter Bar/10pm), Kangaroo Point Flamenco Macarena de Jerez: The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise Shifting Sands: The Bearded Lady, West End The DeLorean: The Crosstown Eating House, Woolloongabba Melbourne Ska Orchestra + Bellyas: The Hi-Fi, West End

Various Artists: Burleigh Heads Hotel, Burleigh Heads

The Elliotts + Kip Casper + Loddy Whitmore + Julie Hayes: The Loft, Chevron Island

GSync: Caloundra Hotel, Caloundra

Joel Fletcher + Ember: The Met, Fortitude Valley

Various DJs: Capalaba Tavern (Sports Bar/10pm), Capalaba

PocketLove: The Press Club, Fortitude Valley

Willy Angelo & The Basement Hustle: Cloudland, Fortitude Valley

Smoking Martha + Jack Badger + The 52 Pickups + The Halls + Hotel Escobar + The Shapes: The Tempo Hotel (6pm), Fortitude Valley

Alchemy feat. Grouch + Tripinstumble + Paul Abad + Yassa + Rob Glasgow: Coniston Lane, Fortitude Valley Slapshot + guests: Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta Coolum Unplugged feat. various artists: Coolum Hotel, Coolum Cosmic Dolphin Party feat. Palms + The Gooch Palms + White Lodge: Elsewhere, Surfers Paradise Monkey See, Monkey Do: Empire Hotel, Fortitude Valley Tyson & Shake: Hamilton Hotel (Public Bar), Hamilton Motion DJs: Irish Murphy’s (upstairs), Brisbane Jabba + B-Rad: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane Signature Series: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End Black Magic: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central Mau Power: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley Jackal: Oh Hello!, Fortitude Valley

Switchblade Suzie + Angels Ink + The Stats: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley

Chase + DLT Krew + Quorum Consensus + Junkyard Diamonds + Anti Thesis + Trigger Warning + more: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah

Stevie Z + Jake Carmody + Jay Robinson: Vanity Nightclub, Surfers Paradise

Green Jam Sessions with James Ball Trio: QPAC (Melbourne Street Green), Southbank

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The Zone: Saltbar, South Kingscliff

Black Market + Hotel Escobar + various DJs: The Tempo Hotel (Bowler Bar), Fortitude Valley The Dark Shadows + Bat Nouveau + Plastic Fangs + Stress Waves + KatzenKlavier: The Underdog, Fortitude Valley Grieg + Steady As She Goes: The Waiting Room, West End Twelve Foot Ninja + The Algorithm + Helm: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley Brent Dee + Jake Carmody + Jay Robinson: Vanity Nightclub, Surfers Paradise Voodoo: Wilsonton Hotel, Toowoomba DJ Jarrd + DJ Blitz: Wynnum Tavern, Wynnum West

SAT 22

Various DJs: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley

Two Way Street: Breakfast Creek Hotel, Breakfast Creek Le Groove: Brisbane Brewhouse, Woolloongabba Yitzhak Yedid + The ConKlezmer Orchestra: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point La Boum: Cloudland, Fortitude Valley


the guide qld.gigguide@themusic.com.au Thriller feat. Prepared Like A Bride + Vices + Rivalries + Left For Wolves + Saints Alight: Coniston Lane, Fortitude Valley

Young Franco: The Tempo Hotel (Bowler Bar), Fortitude Valley

Die! Die! Die!: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley

No Class Special Discoteque feat. various artists: The Underdog (2pm), Fortitude Valley

Krazy Kathy’s Karaoke: Deception Bay Tavern, Deception Bay Jurassic 5 + special guests: Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill Tiafau + Giv: Elsewhere, Surfers Paradise Trainspotters presents Little Aztec + The Trotskies + Royal Chant + The Worriers: Grand Central Hotel, Brisbane Stewart Fairhurst + Jeff Carter: Hamilton Hotel (Public Bar), Hamilton The Merrys: Imperial Hotel, Eumundi Motion DJs: Irish Murphy’s (upstairs), Brisbane

Open Mic Night with Mark McConville: Oxford 152, Bulimba

SUN 23

Grammar + DJ Styles Don P: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley

Som De Calcada: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End

Stewart Fairhurst: Breakfast Creek Hotel, Breakfast Creek

Wally & The Gators: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central

Mark Pradella Band + Clancy Cullen: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point Halfway: Brisbane Powerhouse (Turbine Platform), New Farm

Transvaal Diamond Syndicate + The Royal Artillery + Moondog Gypsy Blues Band + Jimi Beavis + more: Murphy’s Town Pub, Ipswich

Seventh Avenue: Cloudland, Fortitude Valley

Slapshot + Plan Of Attack + Mouthguard + Sick People + Bastards Luck: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah

Absu + Portal + Denouncement Pyre: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley

SumSum: Queensland Multicultural Centre, Kangaroo Point

Prepared Like A Bride + Vices + Rivalries: Expressive Grounds (all ages), Palm Beach

Tyrone Noonan: Racehorse Hotel, Booval

Spike: Hamilton Hotel (Public Bar/2pm), Hamilton

DJ Valdis: Ric’s (downstairs), Fortitude Valley

Wasabi + Ragdoll + Mick McHugh: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane

The Storytellers: Coomera Waters Tavern, Coomera Waters

Playwrite + Mazer: Dowse Bar (Iceworks), Paddington

Adam Eckersley Band: Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane Coisa Linda: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End

Mason Rack Band: Royal Mail Hotel (12.30pm), Goodna

Green Jam Sessions with Matt Luff Quartet: QPAC (Melbourne Street Green), Southbank

DJ Cloud Catcher: Saltbar, South Kingscliff

Exposed Competition feat. various: Ric’s, Fortitude Valley

Kai Humphries + Jimmy McGhie + Lindsay Webb: Sit Down Comedy Club (8pm), Brisbane

Jeremy Peter Allen: Royal Exchange Hotel (Beer Garden/2pm), Toowong

The Ninjas + Wolver + Tea Society: Solbar, Maroochydore

Jabba: Royal Exchange Hotel (Beer Garden/6pm), Toowong

Stu & Nat: Story Bridge Hotel (The Corner Bar), Kangaroo Point

DJ Indy Andy: Royal Exchange Hotel (Beer Garden/10pm), Toowong

DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (Shelter Bar/10pm), Kangaroo Point Dots & Loops with Nonsemble + various DJs + Armas Quartet + Airport: SYC Studios, East Brisbane The Stiffys + The Royales: The Joynt, South Brisbane Emma & The Hungry Truth + Francesca de Valence: The Judith Wright Centre, Fortitude Valley Sissybones + Karl S Williams + Q The Moon: The Loft, Chevron Island Cuervo + The Golden Age of Ballooning + Arms Of The Ocean + Superfreak: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley

Tuesday Night Jazz feat. various: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End

Gung Ho: Wilsonton Hotel, Toowoomba

Twin Lakes + Fox & Fowl + Wolver: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley

Dezzie D & The Stingrayz: Royal Mail Hotel (4pm), Goodna

Woody Lives Here: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane

The Bug feat. Cameron Milford + The Company: New Farm Bowls Club, New Farm

Astroboi + Cash For Kaos + Hotel Escobar: Kings Beach Tavern, Caloundra

Adam Eckersley Band: Royal Hotel, Gympie

R&B Open Mic Night feat. various: Empire Hotel, Fortitude Valley

DJ Daniel De Niro + Jake Carmody + Jay Robinson: Vanity Nightclub, Surfers Paradise

Sunday Sessions +Various Artists: Bay Central Tavern (2pm), Pialba

Vote For Pedro: Royal Exchange Hotel (Beer Garden), Toowong

Trivia: Australian National Hotel, Woollongabba

Tall Poppy Indie Rock Party feat. Fox N Firkin + Cassia + The Thrill + Dane Adamo + George Higgins: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley

Berst + Locky: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane

Twelve Foot Ninja + The Algorithm: Miami Tavern (Shark Bar), Miami

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Alan Davies: QPAC Concert Hall, South Bank

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Dave Ritter: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central Open Mic Night with Ro Campbell: Newmarket Hotel, Newmarket Green Jam Sessions with Kayleigh Pincott: QPAC (Melbourne Street Green), Southbank

Mark Sheils: Samford Valley Hotel, Samford Valley Trivia: Stones Corner Hotel, Stones Corner Tuesday Night Lounge Jazz feat. various: The Press Club, Fortitude Valley Liam Gerner: The Scratch, Milton

Kevin Bridges: Sit Down Comedy Club, Brisbane

Jam It Together feat. various artists: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley

Acoustic Session with Jacob Laube + Maja + Graham Moes: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley

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INTERNATIONAL 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 Jackal: Oh Hello! 21 Mar Chicks On Speed: Alhambra Lounge 21 Mar Die! Die! Die!: Crowbar 22 Mar Jurassic 5: Eatons Hill Hotel 22 Mar Sebadoh: The Zoo 23 Mar Absu: Crowbar 23 Mar Shapeshifter: The Northern 23 Mar

Morbid Angel: The Hi-Fi 22 Apr Hunx & His Punx: The Zoo 22 Apr

Mango Groove: Eatons Hill Hotel 30 May James Blunt: BCEC 2 Jun

Ozomatli: The Zoo 23 Apr

Armin van Buuren: BEC 4 Jun

Jake Bugg: The Hi-Fi 23 Apr

Ellie Goulding, Broods: BCEC 5 Jun (AA)

Michael Franti & Spearhead: The Tivoli 23 Apr Dizzee Rascal: Eatons Hill Hotel 24 Apr

Propagandhi: The Hi-Fi 8 Jun, Miami Shark Bar 9 Jun Bastille: BCEC 13 Jun (AA)

Holy Fuck: The Zoo 24 Apr

Finntroll: The Zoo 18 Jun

MKTO: Jupiters 23 Apr, BCEC 24 Apr

La Dispute, Balance & Composure: Trinity Hall 19 Jun (AA), The Hi-Fi 20 Jun

Toxic Holocaust, Skeletonwitch: The Hi-Fi 24 Apr Front Line Assembly: Transcontinental Hotel 24 Apr Skid Row, Ugly Kid Joe: Eatons Hill Hotel 26 Apr D.O.A: Prince Of Wales 27 Apr

Dragon: Kedron Wavell Services Club 20 Jun, Twin Towns 21 Jun Band Of Skulls: The Hi-Fi 21 Jun The Crimson Projekct: The Hi-Fi 28 Jun Adolescents: The Tempo Hotel 3 Jul

Ginger & The Ghost: Black Bear Lodge 30 Mar, Miami Marketta 4 Apr

Residual: The Loft 3 May, The Tempo Hotel 4 May

Toehider: Crowbar 27 Mar, Shark Bar 28 Mar

Vance Joy, Gossling: The Hi-Fi 6 May

Elizabeth Rose: The Factory 28 Mar

DZ Deathrays: Elsewhere 8 May, The Zoo 9 May

Babaganouj: Black Bear Lodge 28 Mar

Things Of Stone & Wood: Brisbane Powerhouse 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

The Jezabels: The Tivoli 6 May

Ella Hooper: Black Bear Lodge 15 May, Soundlounge 16 May, Star Court Theatre 17 May Dead Letter Circus: Surfers Paradise Beer Garden 15 May, Racehorse Hotel 16 May, 18 May Tatts Hotel Thundamentals: The Zoo 16 May

Orphaned Land: The Rev 23 Mar

Russian Circles: Crowbar 29 Apr

Thirty Seconds To Mars, White Lies: Brisbane Riverstage 30 Mar (AA)

KT Tunstall: The Zoo 30 Apr

Kodaline: The Hi-Fi 1 Apr

Hugh Laurie: QPAC 2 May

Bobby Keys & The Suffering Bastards: Eatons Hill Hotel 1 Apr

John Newman: Eatons Hill Hotel 3 May

The Rolling Stones: Brisbane Entertainment Centre 2 Apr

The Acacia Strain: The Lab 3 May (AA), Thriller 3 May, Expressive Grounds 4 May (AA)

Anathema: The Hi-Fi 21 Aug

The Naked & Famous: The Hi-Fi 5 May

Biffy Clyro: The Tivoli 4 Sep

Jason Derulo: BEC 5 May

Justin Timberlake: BEC 26, 27 Sep

The Perch Creek Family Jugband: Star Court Theatre 4 Apr, Old Museum 5 Apr

Eurogliders: Lismore Workers Club 6 Jun, City Golf Club 7 Jun, Buderim Tavern 8 Jun

Katy Perry: BEC 27, 28, 30 Nov, 1, 15 Dec

Loon Lake, Jeremy Neale: The Zoo 5 Apr

The Paper Kites: The Northern 13 Jun, The Hi-Fi 14 Jun

Kate Miller-Heidke: The Tivoli 5, 6 Apr

Keith Urban: BEC 17 Jun

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 Glass Animals: The Hi-Fi 4 Apr Monster Magnet: The Hi-Fi 5 Apr 3 Inches Of Blood: Crowbar 10 Apr Killswitch Engage: Eatons Hill Hotel 11 Apr (AA)

D.R.I: The Hi-Fi 1 May

Cults: The Zoo 6 May Lorde: Riverstage 6 May (AA) Arctic Monkeys: BEC 7 May Temples: The Zoo 8 May Disclosure: Eatons Hill Hotel 8 May Jonny Craig: Crowbar 8 May, Tall Poppy Studios 9 May (AA)

Lloyd Cole: Brisbane Powerhouse 10 Jul, Soundlounge 11 Jul, Star Theatre 12 Jul Andrew Strong: The Commitments: The Tivoli 25 Jul, Twin Towns 26 Jul Lady Gaga: BEC 26 Aug Robbie Williams: BEC 22 Sep

NATIONAL Twelve Foot Ninja: The Zoo 21 Mar, Shark Bar 22 Mar

Kanye West: BEC 9 May

Melbourne Ska Orchestra: The Hi-Fi 21 Mar

Pete Rock & DJ Premier: Arena 9 May

Luca Brasi, Postblue: Crowbar 22 Mar, The Lab 23 Mar (AA)

Michael Buble: BEC 12 May

The Stiffys: The Joynt 22 Mar

Fleshgod Apocalypse: The Hi-Fi 14 May

Young Franco: Bowler Bar 22 Mar

Kris Kristofferson: Lismore Workers Club 16 Apr, Empire Theatre 17 Apr, QPAC 18 Apr, Jupiters Theatre 19 Apr

Robyn Hitchcock: New Globe Theatre 16 May

Halfway: Brisbane Powerhouse 23 Mar

Misery Signals: The Hi-Fi 17 May, The Lab 18 May (AA)

Adrian Edmondson & The Bad Shepherds: Black Bear Lodge 16 Apr

The English Beat: The Zoo 18 May

Calling All Cars: The Spotted Cow 27 Mar, Beach Hotel 28 Mar, The Zoo 29 Mar, Solbar 30 Mar

Tyga: Arena 12 Apr Suzanne Vega, Seth Lakeman: Brisbane Powerhouse 15 Apr Steve Earle & The Dukes: The Tivoli 15 Apr Allen Stone: The Zoo 16 Apr The Wailers: The Tivoli 16 Apr

Kreator, Death Angel: The Hi-Fi 19 Apr KC & The Sunshine Band: The Tivoli 19 Apr India Arie, Joss Stone: The Tivoli 20 Apr

Brant Bjork: The Zoo 23 May, The Northern 24 May

Toehider: Crowbar 27 Mar, Shark Bar 28 Mar

Gary Numan: The Tivoli 28 May

The Scientists: Transcontinental Hotel 27 Mar

We Are Scientists: The Zoo 29 May

Sietta, Ezekiel Ox: New Globe Theatre 27 Mar

Meat Puppets: The Zoo 30 May

Sunnyboys: The Tivoli 28 Mar

Harmony: Black Bear Lodge 3 Apr Megan Washington: The Rev 3 Apr Darren Middleton: Soundlounge 4 Apr, Hotel Brunswick 5, 6 Apr Bam Bam: Bowler Bar 4 Apr, Solbar 5 Apr Baby Animals: Racehorse Hotel 4 Apr, Alexandra Hills Hotel 5 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

Free Your Mind Ft Northlane, Thy Art Is Murder: The Hi-Fi 22 May Sydonia: Crowbar 23 May, Coolangatta Hotel 24 May, The Northern 25 May The Presets, Australian Chamber Orchestra: QPAC 26 May Kingswood: The Hi-Fi 31 May

Mondo Rock: Eatons Hill Hotel 20 Jun The Audreys: The Zoo 21 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 Tina Arena: Jupiters 23 Aug, BCEC 24 Aug

FESTIVALS Launch It: Surfers Paradise Beach 4-6 Apr

Claude Hay & The Gentle Enemies: The Loft 12 Apr

Bluesfest: Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm 17-21 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

Easterfest: Queens Park 18-20 Apr

Buried In Verona: Crowbar 19 Apr, The Lab 20 Apr (AA)

Hits & Pits Round 3: The Hi-Fi 9 May, The Northern 10 May

Bliss N Eso, Horrorshow, Seth Sentry: Riverstage 24 Apr

Brisbane International Jazz Festival: BEMAC 4-8 Jun

Stonefield: Oh Hello! 24 Apr, Beach Hotel 25 Apr, One Way Street Party 26 Apr

Caxton Street Seafood & Wine Festival: Caxton Street 8 Jun

Dallas Frasca: Alhambra Lounge 25 Apr, Solbar 26 Apr Oscar Key Sung: Alhambra Lounge 26 Apr The Delta Riggs: The Zoo 26 Apr, East 88 27 Apr Boy & Bear: Sunshine Coast Function Centre 26 Apr, Empire Theatre 27 Apr, Lismore Workers Club 14 May Iluka: Dowse Bar 1 May, The Loft 2 May Hellions: Crowbar 1 May, South Toowoomba Bowls Club 2 May (all ages)

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Chance Waters: Alhambra Lounge 16 May

Metal Heart Festival: The Tivoli 26 Apr Urban Country Music Festival: Caboolture 2-4 May Groovin The Moo: Townsville Cricket Grounds 4 May

BIGSOUND: Fortitude Valley Entertainment Precinct 10-12 Sep


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