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Twenty years ago, a bunch of misfits from Oregon got together to write some music to drink to. Coined The Dandy Warhols, the four-piece found themselves on the map a few years later. They killed at Harvest a few years back, so don’t miss your fix of the Dandy’s when they play 22 Aug, Astor Theatre, Perth; 26 Aug, Corner Hotel, Melbourne; 29 Aug, Enmore Theatre, Sydney; and 30 Aug, The Tivoli, Brisbane. Tickets for all shows are on sale Thursday.

ROLLING ALONG

Lock up your daughters, because our favourite alt-country cowboys are getting back on the saddle. Wagons are returning with a brand new record in May, Acid Rain And Sugar Cane, and are heading out on the road with these songs for their first national headline run in three years. Get to know one of this country’s great live band’s once again; Wagons play 23 May, Fly By Night, Fremantle; 6 Jun, Barwon Club, Geelong; 7 Jun, The Hi-Fi, Melbourne; 8 Jun, Karova Lounge, Ballarat; 12 Jun, The Abbey, Canberra; 13 June, Rad Bar, Wollongong; 14 Jun, Factory Theatre, Sydney; 15 Jun, Lizottes, Newcastle; and 20 Jun, The Zoo, Brisbane. Jonny Fritz supports everywhere except Fremantle and Brisvegas, with tickets on sale this Thursday.

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GIFT OF THE GAB

In film news, Sofia Coppola, the acclaimed director responsible for classics like The Virgin Suicides and Lost In Translation, is said to be directing a live-action version of the Hans Christian Andersen classic, The Little Mermaid. The project has been in the pipelines for a number of years, with Tim Burton-approved Caroline Thompson, who’s written the screenplays for Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas, said to be penning the script. With the two women on board, we can now expect the project to come together quickly, though no concrete dates have been given for a release.

Turning common language into an art form, Joelistics continues to bend phrases with the best of them. His debut record Voyager was a game changer, and new single In The Morning makes it obvious that further progress is imminent. The Melbourne-based MC is taking his swag of songs on the road, calling for a co-headline tour with AMP-nominated Dialectrix. And with the genuine legend that is N’fa Jones, this formidable Aussie hip hop triple bill will storm stages 22 May, The Small Ballroom, Newcastle; 23 May, The Roller Den, Sydney; 24 May, Baroque Room, Katoomba; 30 May, The Tempo Hotel, Brisbane; 31 May, Solbar, Maroochydore; and 14 Jun, The Workers Club, Melbourne.

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Trailblazing grind/death metal legends Carcass are ready to rip you apart once more, with the British four-piece heading Down Under with their latest record Surgical Steel. The band play Capitol, Perth, 12 Jun; The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, 13 Jun; Metro Theatre, Sydney, 14 Jun; and 170 Russell, Melbourne, 15 Jun. Tickets for all shows are on sale now, and are sure to sell out so get on it fast.

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Behind their single and title track of their new EP She Looks So Perfect, which has already generated a lazy six million views on YouTube and has managed to hit the top of the iTunes chart in 42 countries, Sydney’s 5 Seconds Of Summer are well on their way to world domination. Now Australian fans of the pop punk teens – the reigning Channel [V] Australian Artist Of The Year – can see them 3 May, Palais Theatre; 5 May, Enmore Theatre, Sydney; 7 May, The Tivoli, Brisbane; and 8 May, Riverside Theatre, Perth. Tickets go on sale this Friday.


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4ZZZ’s Brisbane Live Music Week is happening right now, and we’re excited to tell you that a suitably large one has been planned to sign off this year’s festivities in style. Four Layers Of Zed is what it says on the box – four different live music options, all found beneath The Underdog roof this Saturday night. Here’s a breakdown of the free fun – Front Bar: We All Want To, McKisco, Naked Maja, Tape/Off; Public Bar: Kellie Lloyd, Steve Towson, Darren Madeo, Claire Quinn; Dining Room: Nana Vigilante, Extra Foxx, Girls Girls Girls, Gerald Keaney & The Gerald Keaneys; Upstairs DJ Room: Rikki Newton, Domestic Sphere, Polo (Watch Your Step).

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Kevin Mark Trail, the golden-piped vocalist who helped Mike Skinner’s The Streets project garner global acclaim, is hitting Australia solo for the very first time, showcasing three albums worth of material he’s written, recorded and produced over in New Zealand during the past few years. Hear this versatile songwriter as he stands tall centre stage when he plays The Loft, GC, 7 Jun and Dowse Bar, 8 Jun.

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Catch Jimmy Tait in intimate surroundings while you can, because this band is about to leap over the edge towards greatness. Led by the emotive vocals of frontwoman Sara Retallick, the band features members of The Gin Club, The Wintership Quartet and The Orphanage, and will be taking their AMP long-listed LP Golden to the eastern states, finishing the tour at Southside Tea Room, 10 May and the Brisbane Powerhouse, 11 May.

WORD OF WARNING

If you’re getting along to The Scientists 35th anniversary show tomorrow night, make sure you head to the West End. The venue has changed from The Transcontinental Hotel to The Hi-Fi, but is still very much going ahead, with Hits supporting.

SHINING BRIGHT

Country lovers won’t want to miss this year’s Gympie Music Muster, happening at Amamoor Creek State Forest Park, 28 – 31 Aug, with a line-up featuring every single Golden Guitar winner from this year’s Australian Country Music Awards! Rolling into town: Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers, John Williamson, The McClymonts, Sara Storer, Adam Harvey, Beccy Cole, Josh Pyke, McAlister Kemp, Russell Morris, Gord Bamford , O’Shea, The Sunny Cowgirls, The Wolfe Brothers, Bob Evans, John Stone, Sheppard, Aleyce Simmonds and plenty more great artists. For the full lineup and tickets head to the event website.

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Sunnyboys fans will want to get down to Egg Records in West End between 2pm and 3pm on Friday as bassist for the band Pete Oxley will be in-store to promote and sign copies of his brand new book Teenage Kitchen Rampage. Written with Oxley’s firsthand experiences in mind – he left home at age 18 with his bass guitar, $10 and a recipe for his mum’s lamb shank soup – the legendary muso and restaurateur has put together the perfect cookbook for the younger generation. The guy rocks on stage and over the stove!

MAKING A BANG

Reborn Aussie music legends Boom Crash Opera reminded us of their talents last year with greatest hits collection The Best Things and four-album box set, Rattle It Out, containing the band’s first three albums digitally re-mastered and a bonus 14-track rarities disc. Now, you can reacquaint yourselves with the band in the flesh, Friday, The Lone Star Tavern, GC; Saturday, Racehorse Hotel, Ipswich; and Sunday, A Day On The Green at Sirromet Wines with the one and only Jimmy Barnes.

BOMBS AWAY

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Make a move to Surfers Paradise Beach, 4 – 6 Apr for the inaugural Launch It! Festival, featuring choice tunes across all three days. Friday: Bombs Away, Chardy, Mobin Master, Tate Strauss and Orkestrated; Saturday: The Angels, Jon Stevens and Daryl Braithwaite; and Sunday: Aunty Huhu, Bec & The Big River Trio, Diddly Squat, Glitter Gang, Jahsifik and John Johnson & The Johnsons. Tickets at surfersparadisefestival.com.


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Sharp-dressed Melbourne gents The Hello Morning are set to play their first shows for the year, and will look to continue kicking goals after a bumper 2013 which saw their bristling alt-country draw a nomination as an AMP finalist. You can catch the sextet at Black Bear Lodge tonight (26 Mar) and Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, Thursday. Latest EP Tie That Binds is out now.

FINISHING TOUCHES

With only four weeks to go until Bluesfest 2014, the festival has dropped yet another list of names to join the ridiculous bill. The ninth announcement for Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay, 17 – 21 Apr, includes Troy Cassar-Daley, John Williamson, Coronet Blue, Zane Carney, The Mastersons, Phil Manning, Round Mountain Girls, Claire Anne Taylor and Byron Bay High Schools, plus A Taste Of Boomerang with features Glenn Skuthorpe, Chris Tamwoy, Jannawi Dancers and ACPA Dancers. Limited tickets are still available through the event website, with Bluesfest proudly presented by The Music.

DON’T BE SCARED

They’re a raucous bunch, but you’ve just got to let it all hang out and roll with the punches when Maids arrive in town. Hell, play your cards right when you’re in the crowd and you could even end up in bed with the boys. The Newcastle rock four-piece are ready to go steady with you at The Zoo, 17 Apr.

BROODING ARTISTS

Ellie Goulding has announced New Zealand brother/sister duo Broods as her support for her upcoming tour. The Kiwi synth-poppers Georgia and Caleb Nott have been riding the wave of the success off the back of their 2013 self-titled EP from 2013, and with Goulding will rock the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, 5 Jun for an all ages show.

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ON THE UP STRAIGHT TO THE POINT Novocastrian scallywags DMA’s are taking their nostalgic pop jams out of the bedroom and onto the road, with the three mates and recent I Oh You signings bringing their EP tour to Black Bear Lodge, 30 May. Get your tickets now through Oztix.

DECK HANDS

Splitting the difference with their latest combined tape release, Brissie lad Harley Young is returning home from his current Canadian base to hit the east coast alongside pals Go Go Fish. The two acts will launch their cassette split ‘cassingle’ at The Loft, Gold Coast, 18 Apr; Tatts Hotel, Lismore, 24 Apr; and Black Bear Lodge, 27 Apr.

Marking 25 years since his landmark album North – recently voted by his peers at the third best Australian country album of all-time – Graeme Connors will perform a special oneoff show at QPAC, 11 Apr. As well as running through the record cover to cover, Connors – one of Mackay’s favourite sons – will present Our True Native Son, a special track pulled from the North sessions back in ’88. Country lovers would be best not to miss this one.

SHAKING ALL OVER

British punk legends The Vibrators will be returning to our shores with the same snarl that made them one of the most influential band’s during the UK punk explosion in the ‘70s. It’s set to be Pure Mania when the lads rip it out 28 Jun at Prince Of Wales, Nundah. Tickets are on sale now via Oztix.

THE BEST OF FRIENDS

They’re probably one of the hottest pop acts on the planet right now, and now you have the chance to bounce along to hit jams like Thank You and Classic when MKTO take to the stage with X Factor finalist Taylor Henderson at Jupiters, Gold Coast, 23 Apr and Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, 24 Apr. Tickets on sale now through Ticketek.

GROW UP

SoCal punk rock supergroup Adolescents hit Australian shores for the very first time in their 30-year career. Originally the spawn of Social Distortion and Agent Orange band members, Adolescents have maintained their relentless punk energy and quintessential teenage snottiness. Experience it firsthand when the guys play 3 Jul at The Tempo Hotel. THE MUSIC • 26TH MARCH 2014 • 11


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HUMANISING BAD GUYS Michael Rooker may have a CV full of “bad guys”, but he’s all about finding the good in them. He speaks to Guy Davis.

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ou can keep your Rat Packs, Brat Packs and Frat Packs – quite frankly, the coolest Hollywood clique to be a part of would have to be Joss Whedon’s unofficial repertory company. Look over the multi-talented chap’s body of work and you’ll see a few names popping up regularly, whether in leading roles or eyecatching supporting parts. And one of those names is Tom Lenk. Although he had a few credits to his name before first venturing into the Whedonverse (look, there’s Tom as one of pornography’s grungy stars of the future in Boogie Nights!), it was his performance as Andrew Wells, a member of the socially stunted, misogynistic and downright evil Trio, in Whedon’s TV series, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, that really put him on the map as an actor. Of course, Lenk has worked with other people over the course of his career – look for him in the first Transformers, for instance, or in Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning Argo – but he’s formed a close friendship and a fruitful creative relationship with Whedon, appearing on the Buffy spin-off, Angel, and the big-screen projects The Cabin In The Woods and the modern day reinterpretation of Much Ado About Nothing. It’s these films and TV shows Lenk is often quizzed about when he attends pop culture conventions like Supanova, coming to Brisbane and Melbourne this April. “I do plenty of other work but it’s not the kind of work that really connects or resonates with the convention crowd,” he smiles. “I don’t know if there’s an Argo convention. Maybe I could set one up for myself, call it ‘Ben Affleck Adjacent’.”

here’s a fair share of good guys in Michael Rooker’s CV – the actor has played a lot of cops and military men in his 30-year career – but it’s the bad dudes for which he’s best known. It makes sense, really: Rooker has an imposing physique, a rough-hewn appearance and a growl of a voice. But when you look at the villainous characters in his body of work, from the cold-blooded murderer in the chilling Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer to the racist, sexist Merle Dixon on the hit TV series The Walking Dead, there’s invariably some small spark of humanity with which Rooker imbues them. And even if audiences don’t end up cheering these characters (perhaps be concerned about the viewers who do!), they at least tend to come away with an understanding of them. Take Henry, for example, whose violent, random killings are borne of a horribly abusive childhood, or take Merle who displays loyalty and love towards his brother Daryl. “We actually started trying to humanise Merle right off the bat,” says Rooker. “When we first encounter him on that rooftop, and he ends up handcuffed to a railing, he was such a jerk one moment, then the next episode you’re feeling sorry for the guy. We tried to throw the audience for a loop. All these roles we’re talking about, they all have that odd ability to bring the audience to their side in really strange ways. I’ve been doing that kind of stuff from the beginning, whether I knew it or not. No matter how strange or violent or ugly the characters can be.” Rooker’s empathy for his characters even extends to Svenning in Kevin Smith’s Mallrats, where the bullying businessman runs afoul of a snack tainted by... well, taint. “He’s protecting his daughter!” laughs Rooker. “He didn’t want her to be dating schmucks! But poisoning him with the ol’ chocolate-covered pretzel is such a cruel thing to do, it’s only natural that people would feel sorry for him.” This skill for generating sympathy for seemingly irredeemable individuals has not only kept the actor in business for decades now, it’s also made him something of a fan favourite at pop culture conventions like the upcoming Supanova events in Melbourne and on the Gold Coast this April. “I’m really digging it. I get to meet and greet the fans, talk about playing everyone from Henry to Merle, and it’s a lot of fun.” So even if you’ve been intimidated or downright terrified by Rooker’s work in the past, don’t be afraid to approach him! He’s a friendly fella and has excellent stories to share about a brilliant career working alongside big names and playing colourful characters. And his next role is literally colourful – blue-skinned alien Yondu in James Gunn’s sci-fi adventure Guardians Of The Galaxy. “It’s gonna be a pretty wild ride, that one,” chuckles Rooker. “And I get to play a blue alien, for goodness’ sake! It blows my mind that I get to do this.”

It’s actually been a fair few years since Lenk graced a convention but the lure of “going to cool places and meeting cool people” proved kind of irresistible. And he’s looking forward to discussing his work, Whedon-related and otherwise, with fans. He’s especially talkative about last year’s Much Ado About Nothing, which saw him play Verges, second-in-charge to Nathan Fillion’s buffoonish police detective Dogberry. “I thought it was cool Joss cast me as a cop – it’s not the type of role I would usually play,” he admits. “Plus I am not the best at Shakespeare, I would say... Actually, let me take that back. I’m okay at it but I do have a hard time with it. I have a lot of Shakespeare shame inflicted by teachers – in college, a friend and I took a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and set it at a high school prom. We approached it in a pretty creative way, we thought, and the teacher just shut us down! We had to go back and make it boring. I should track that teacher down, shouldn’t I?”

MICHAEL ROOKER

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HAVE A SUPA TIME One of life’s great feelings is getting immense joy and meaning out of the things you can consume. No one knows this more than people who attend Supanova: the ultimate fanboy/fangirl environment where they can bask in their pop culture obsessions. The guests are often killer, too. Here are our picks for this year’s Supanova, on at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre from 5 – 6 Apr. Finn Jones Best known as Loras Tyrell (Renly Baratheon’s lover and Margary Tyrrell’s brother) in HBO’s Game Of Thrones, Jones also played Santiago Jones in the Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures alongside Matt Smith and former Doctor Who companion Katy Manning ( Jo Grant). GoT fans: go glimpse the Knight Of Flowers in the flesh. WHEN: 5 Apr, 10.30am–5.30pm & 6 Apr, 11am–5pm (photo opps, autographs, a general admission Q&A) Michael Rooker Since making his film debut in 1986 playing the title role in Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer, Michael Rooker’s appeared in films such as Days Of Thunder, JFK, Mallrats and Hypothermia. More recently he played Merle Dixon in AMC’s The Walking Dead and was cast as Yondu in the Marvel Studios film Guardians Of The Galaxy. WHEN: 5 Apr, 10.30am–5.30pm & 6 Apr, 11am–5pm (photo opps, autographs, a general admission Q&A)

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Lucy Lawless The New Zealand-born Lawless first kicked ass as Xena, the Warrior Princess. She’s also walked the Great Wall of China for Discovery Channel, played a reporter with a secret on Battlestar Galactica, makes Adam Sandler miserable as the villainous Aspen in Bedtime Stories, and was the sole survivor of the massacre in TV series Spartacus. WHEN: 4 Apr, 8–9.30pm (Q&A, photo opps); 5 Apr, 10.30am–5.30pm (photo opps, autographs, VIP party at 8pm); 6 Apr, 11am–5pm (Q&A, photo opps, autographs) Freema Agyemen

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Agyeman played the role of Martha Jones in Doctor Who, a companion to the Tenth Doctor and a temporary member of Torchwood and UNIT. She reprised that role in series two of Torchwood. Martha Jones is notable as the Doctor’s only companion who’s a woman of colour – not to mention that she’s an independent young professional who holds her own against the Doctor and knows her priorities. Agyeman has also appeared in Law & Order: UK and American series The Carrie Diaries. WHEN: 5 Apr, 10.30am–5.30pm & 6 Apr, 11am–5pm (photo opps, autographs, a general admission Q&A) Alexander Ludwig The Canadian 21-year-old played Stanton in the 2007 fantasy film, The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising, the lead role of Seth in Disney’s Race To Witch Mountain in 2009, and the male tribute from District Two, the bloodthirsty Cato, in The Hunger Games. Interesting fact: Ludwig, along with Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson won Best Fight at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.

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PREACHING TO THE CHOIR Soul superstar Allen Stone still doesn’t believe in his voice, but that’s fine, there are plenty of us that do. He talks to Benny Doyle about personal therapy, preconceptions and pissing next to Paul Simon.

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lthough it’s pretty hyperbolic to suggest any help from upstairs, even as the son of a preacher man, it’s impossible to deny that Allen Stone’s voice is anything but a gift. His tone is powerful yet tender, sexy but sincere; it’s the type of vocal that could make you smile while you cry. But since shaping his chops in his father’s church and at school talent shows, Stone has simply been chasing the joy he gets from standing in front of a crowd, rather than looking to change the world with his words. “I’m the kind of person that I really don’t like hearing my own voice recorded, I just love the therapeutic emotion of singing,” he says in his calming drawl. “In that being said, I think that’s what really brought me into singing – I’m kind of an attention whore and I really just love performing, I love being in front of people, I love dictating and creating energy. But as far as the tone of my voice I really don’t like it very much, I think I sing too high. So it’s been a growing of sorts, to where I love the feeling of singing and the therapy to me emotionally when I sing, but it’s been tough being in the studio for a month-and-a-half having to listen to my own voice.” Since those early days, however, Stone has been acutely aware that his blonde hair and white skin have made his rich, soulful voice even more of a talking point, even going as far as to suggest this genetic sidenote is why he’s been able to make a living as a musician.

about it, there’s an X-factor that you don’t really know what it is in my opinion. Obviously beautiful songs, but if I saw Neil Young when he was 17 singing in a coffee shop I’d probably pick up the paper,” he laughs.

production places, and after writing and recording with him it was like, ‘Yep, this is definitely where my heart is and where my spirit is and the type of music that I want to create’,” he continues. “It was kinda an easy call but it just sorta organically happened. It’s cool to see how being excited about being in a room with somebody you like really affects the music you make. It challenged me as a songwriter but it also blessed me because it allowed me to explore a different side of musicality.”

After starting sessions in his cabin studio in eastern Washington, the 27-year-

According to the prodigious musician the album is all over the place, with elements of white funk, The Band, ‘90s R&B and more. Expect lots of different colours he

“I’M KIND OF AN ATTENTION WHORE AND I REALLY JUST LOVE PERFORMING.”

“I think nowadays we live in a culture where it’s just shock value,” he says. “In the States all our humour is just, ‘Let’s see how dirty and how gross we can be’. It’s not clever humour anymore, and I think it’s the same with music. Typically the videos and singles that succeed are based upon shock value and, ‘What can I say that nobody else has said that will just make people shake their head?’ And that element that I’m a backcountry, woodsy country kid and I sing R&B music is what caught people’s attention. I’ve luckily been able to convince people to stick around and I hopefully put on a compelling enough show that it will last.

old Chewelah native spent the recent northern winter in Sweden, recording a follow-up to his breakthrough selftitled second record of 2011 with Scandinavian musician/producer Tingsek, an artist he discovered four years ago and quickly became enamoured with. “He’s like this soulful, jazzy prince,” Stone smiles, “and I just ate up everything that he’d ever done.

“But I guess I don’t know – if you listen to anybody, if you listen to Neil Young there’s just something special

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enthuses, not one singular sound; a good combination of different vibes and genres. Excitedly, we’ll be some of the first crowds to hear these new songs, with Stone – returning to Bluesfest for a second straight year – set to again be one of the highlights during this year’s 25th anniversary celebrations. However, we’re not sure he’ll be able to top his prized memory from 2013. “I took a piss next to Paul Simon backstage,” he recalls with a chuckle. “I walked into the bathroom and he was at the urinals so I was like, ‘Dude, fuck yeah I’m pulling up next to him’. I didn’t say anything but man, not many people have gotten a chance to take a whizz next to Mr Simon. That was quite memorable for me.” WHEN & WHERE: 16 Apr, The Zoo; 17 & 19 Apr, Bluesfest, Byron Bay


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ORGANIC MOONSHINE Valerie June, the undefinable gospel-blues artist, sits down with Kate Kingsmill to talk about working with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, and finding threads.

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make no moves fast,” says Valerie June, which is something of an understatement from a woman who is running permanently on ‘Tennessee time’. She sat on her latest album, Pushin’ Against A Stone, for a full four years before releasing it. “I didn’t know if I wanted to put it out or not, because it’s all over the place,” she explains. The music of the Tennessee-born singer songwriter runs the gamut of influences she absorbed from the rural roots of the western United States continent. June was raised in Humboldt, Tennessee, right in the musical bosom, an hour from Memphis and two hours from Nashville, where you couldn’t move without hearing country and blues music. Added to that melting pot of influences, as a child, June sang a cappella gospel at her church three times a week, and her father was – and still is - a gospel music promoter. June had collected this spectrum of musical sounds by the time she moved – for love - to Memphis in her early 20s, where she broke onto the local folk and blues circuit as a solo artist. June describes her style, which is steeped in gospel, country, folk and foot-stomping blues, as organic moonshine roots music. She came up with the label because she prefers to define her music in her own words rather than allowing it to be shaped by other people’s definitions. “I called the music organic moonshine roots music, and now I have to live up to it, which isn’t always easy,” she laughs. It’s a style, she says, that has a life of its own. “It’s constantly changing and growing. I think that the sound is really alive and that it continues to come into itself. Like even when I record the songs it’s like taking a picture. So say you get your picture taken every single day for a year, every single picture looks like you but none of them are the same. So when I record the songs they sound this way and then as I begin to play them, say with a UK band, or with a US band or solo or however I play ‘em, then they have different versions or different energies so it’s constantly evolving and changing. It has that organic feeling because it’s really just alive, you know. Every single song has its own body and its own feeling.”

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June released three studio albums before coming to the attention of MTV who featured her on $5 Cover, a reality show that followed a group of independent Memphis musicians struggling to make a career out of music. The program led her to the attention of The Black Keys’ Dan

producer, that’s all he does is produce, and so he has this vision, Dan has his own vision and I have my vision and we all just get together. And I did the stuff with the Hungarian musicians and with Booker T so that kind of happened in its own organic right, after I’d worked with Kevin and Dan, so these are funny, funny funny things that happen at random, different times. And it all happened about four years ago…” June was reluctant to release the album because she couldn’t find its common thread. “I had to sit with it and I had to ask myself, ‘Can I play it every night?’ I just sat with it and I said ‘What about the record is a theme?’

“I SHOULD PUT IT OUT AND I SHOULD MOVE ON WITH MY LIFE.” Auerbach, who offered to help write and record what became Pushin’ Against A Stone, which was eventually released on Rob Da Bank’s label, Sunday Best. “I chose to write songs with Dan because I think he gets roots music and he understands southern music in a way that I really appreciate. And Kevin (Augunas) is just somebody who came into my life and happened to be really, really great at capturing that old sound. He’s a

and I just felt like the theme of the record was my voice. It doesn’t matter if I’m singing on a song that totally sounds like a Black Keys song or if I’m singing on a traditional gospel or song of trials, troubles, tribulations or if I’m singing a murder ballad, the common theme of all the songs is that it’s my voice.” Hers is a distinctive, reedy vocal style that sounds something midway between Dolly Parton and Erykah Badu, and it was ‘the thread that runs from beginning to the end. So I just said, you know what? I wrote almost all of the songs on the record, and even though it goes all over the place, I think people will be able to hear what my voice can sound like in various formats and they’ll just appreciate it as just good music and I should put it out and I should move on with my life. That’s what I decided”. WHEN & WHERE: 20 & 21 Apr, Bluesfest, Byron Bay


NEW MA’S ON THE BLOCK

A foaming music press has latched onto DMA’s and their Britpop-influenced noise-pop. Johnny Took and Matt Mason talk to Hannah Story.

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MA’s released their first single, Delete, complete with video clip from director, Mitch Grant, on 16 Feb. The single, recorded DIY in lyricist and guitarist Johnny Took’s bedroom, has been praised by the Australian music press since, with excitement mounting for the release of their debut self-titled and -produced EP. The next day I Oh You announced the signing, adding DMA’s to a fledgling label that also boasts the

likes of Violent Soho and DZ Deathrays. The group were not flustered. “I tried my best to not get excited about it, because we’ve got to be in this game for the long haul, you know, the next 30 or 40 years, so there’s no point getting overly excited,” says Took, who also plays in Little Bastard. “The main thing that we’ve got to do is keep writing good songs, and I know that we’ve got the songs to back it up, and are gonna write better songs as well.” It’s a humble stance from a group that’ve been generating hype since they released single

Play It Out as Dirty Ma’s late last year. The single and accompanying video have since been taken offline. “It got to a point that we’d been writing for a couple of years and we decided that we actually wanted to make something happen just to see what people thought about it. So we got our mate Mitch Grant on board, he did the Delete clip, and so we worked on a clip with him for Play It Out… The day that we put it out we got a call from Leon [Rogovoy] who’s our manager now, from Falcona. I was pretty hesitant to show him anything. He kept bugging me in emails, and our [touring] guitarist at the moment, Peter Harrowsmith, was friends with him and said he was a good guy. So I was like, ‘Alright, I’ll show him a couple more of the demos we’ve done’.”

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Don’t expect to see Johnny Took, and singers Matt Mason and Tommy O, slugging it out on the Sydney live scene. They’re a self-described “studio band”, admits Took. “We’re going to be pretty picky I reckon with some of the gigs that we do. When we started this band we didn’t want to be one of those Sydney bands that is just in the shitfight of the Sydney scene, like playing World Bar at 1am.” “We just want to skip that and get to the mad shit straight away,” adds Mason. The plan is to “let the tunes do the talking and focus on writing instead of putting a live set together. We’ve all done those gigs before, we know it doesn’t really work,” Took says. “You’re better off staying at home for the couple of hours that you’d be out and trying to write a better song. A good song is more likely to get you places than a good show,” Mason concludes. WHAT: DMA’s (I Oh You/Liberation) WHEN & WHERE: 30 May, Black Bear Lodge

FRIENDS LIKE THESE

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While they were cutting their latest album, contemporary American blues rockers Gov’t Mule thought it might be nice to invite a few friends along, but in a very different way, as Warren Haynes tells Michael Smith.

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aving taken their first break from the band in 16 years of pretty constant gigging and recording, the members of Gov’t Mule reconvened in a Connecticut studio early in 2013 to shake out the cobwebs and “reignite their collective flame”, as their official bio puts it. What actually happened was that they ended up coming up with enough new material for a new album, Shout!, cut pretty much live over a couple of days. “One of the things I really enjoyed about making Shout!,” singer, songwriter and guitarist Warren Haynes explains, “was each song we brought to the table seemed to be a missing piece to the puzzle. None of the songs sounded too similar to each other, they all had different arrays of influences and they all seemed to go together as some sort of complete statement. It’s almost like a culmination of everything we’ve worked on previously. “Sometimes when you’re working on a record, you go in with a lot of different songs and some of them wind up being too similar to each other or too far apart, so it takes away some of the cohesiveness of the record. But with Shout!, it just all fell in line. We originally thought we were making a bunch of demos but it started coming together so quickly that it turned into making a record.”

It’s certainly their most diverse album to date and draws on more of their own influences, whether the hard blues power of Free that inspired Bring On The Music or Sly & The Family Stone, which spawned How Could You Stoop So Low. In fact, as the band got down to recording the album, an intriguing idea crossed the collective mind. “Starting with Elvis Costello, Dr John and Toots Hibbert of Toots & The Maytels,” Haynes recalls. “One by one, we started thinking of these three singers and how nice it would be to hear them maybe make a guest

appearance. But the thought process was, ‘What a shame to have people of this calibre singing a small part of the song; why not let them sing the entire song and create an alternate version?’ So we did that and then we thought, ‘Why don’t we do that for every song?’ And we knew we were onto something different.” The result is a second disc with a track each of the Gov’t Mule version of the Shout! album featuring a different guest singer, with Ben Harper, Glenn Hughes, Myles Kennedy, Dave Matthews, Ty Taylor, Grace Potter, Jim James and Steve Winwood joining Costello, Hibbert and the good Doctor on the guest list. “I basically sat up till three o’clock in the morning and made a list of each song and what singer other than myself I would love to hear sing it and started making phone calls. The response was so wonderful.” WHAT: Shout! (Provogue/Mascot) WHEN & WHERE: 19 & 20 Apr, Bluesfest, Byron Bay THE MUSIC • 26TH MARCH 2014 • 17


“It’s a lot of lazy bedroom techno,” Montgomery opines. Though sonically different from previous releases, Raise The People maintains focus on tempos and rhythms. “It’s always better not to think about the live thing and just focus on making a good song,” explains Ing, a statement perhaps more attuned to a “lazy bedroom techno” artist than a kicking three-piece. Demos for the album, as for the band’s previous two, were recorded with friend Tom Larkin. Chasing further challenges, and resisting complacency, the band aimed high, with legendary producer Tchad Blake (The Black Keys, Phantom Planet) on the top of their list. Busy with recording a time-rich, betterfinanced, major label band, the trio waited before choosing to go with local producer Steve Schram (San Cisco, Eagle & The Worm). “I’ve always been a massive fan of big pop hooks,” says Ing, explaining the choice. “When his name came up we said ‘sweet’. We hit it off straight away, we wanted to push ourselves and he wanted to push us even further.”

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CALLING THE SHOTS When Andy Hazel catches up with two thirds of Calling All Cars – frontman Haydn Ing and bassist Adam Montgomery – the pair identify a musical theme that seems to be emerging via a lot of bands these days. “Lazy bedroom techno,” as Montgomery calls it.

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fter several years of solid touring and becoming regular features in the charts and on triple j, rock trio Calling All Cars have been mysteriously quiet since 2011. Despite a 2013 tour with Kingswood, and several secret shows under the name Werewolves, the band explain their absence and why a year off to write and record an album soon turned into three. “It was down to a lot of things: record labels, who we were going to get to produce and record with – we had a lot of options and we wanted to try something different, but we’re always thinking about international as well,” explains singer-guitarist Haydn Ing. “That was the whole focus,” adds bassist Adam Montgomery. “We wanted a label where we were getting international support. We had to hang out for it a bit longer, but it worked out for the best. We’re moving to the UK at the start of May, as soon as this tour finishes. We don’t really know where yet. The label wants us to go to London, but we’re thinking maybe Manchester; it’s better for touring. We thought, ‘It’s stupid not to go, we’re a rock’n’roll band!’ We’re just going to pack up, take our guitars and see how we go.” Signing to Cooking Vinyl, a label with a base in London and an office in Australia, seems like an ideal move for a band with one of the best honed live shows in the country who are also keen to break new ground. With new album Raise The People about to be released, the timing couldn’t be better. Not named for political- or zombie-related reasons, the album instead serves to remind audiences what the band does best: move people. “Big Day Out this year was really interesting,” explains Ing. “Everyone was like this [frowns and crosses his arms].” “There was a lot of indifference,” Montgomery adds. “When high-energy bands like Grouplove or The Hives came on, they got the place moving and it was so cool to see that.” 18 • THE MUSIC • 26TH MARCH 2014

Renowned for their blazing live shows and relentless touring schedule, Calling All Cars have not only opened for AC/DC, Foo Fighters and Queens Of The Stone Age – playing to tens of thousands of punters – but also bring the same energy to all ages shows in country towns, as they’re planning to do on their typically thorough forthcoming national tour. “Country towns don’t get bands through as much, so they tend to get more involved,” Montgomery muses. “But it doesn’t matter where you are,” Ing continues, “it’s down to the band playing a good show. Big Day Out ten years ago, bands that got the opportunity to be on the main stage really went all out: they’d spend money on backdrops, looking good and play for their lives. Now, I don’t know... A lot of the bands we saw were really lazy, there seems to be a theme going on,” he laughs.

“WE THOUGHT, ‘IT’S STUPID NOT TO GO [TO THE UK], WE’RE A ROCK’N’ROLL BAND!’ WE’RE JUST GOING TO PACK UP, TAKE OUR GUITARS AND SEE HOW WE GO.” “We wanted to do something weird,” agrees Montgomery. “He’s a bizarre guy to work with – doesn’t give a fuck about the process of recording as such, it’s all about vibing.” Schram, who turned out to be friends with Blake, passed the album on; the big man’s advice: “Don’t re-record”. “He dug it, he said it was an eclectic album,” says Ing. “So maybe 60% of the album is the original demos we recorded in Tom’s studio live.” “After we finished the demo, we cut things up and moved things around and that’s more the production [Schram] did,” adds Montgomery. “They came together a bit more as a cohesive thing after we spent time with him.” The first taste of this collaboration, Werewolves (a song Ing describes as being about “a night of really intense sex”), and its suitably NSFW video, has divided fans. “We’re not surprised,” laughs Montgomery. “But there’s no pressure. We’re just excited to finally play it live.” WHAT: Raise The People (Cooking Vinyl) WHEN & WHERE: 27 Mar, The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba; 28 Mar, Beach Hotel, Byron Bay; 29 Mar, The Zoo; 30 Mar, Solbar, Maroochydore; 4 Apr, The Jack, Cairns


CHALI’S ANGLES

As Jurassic 5 founder and prolific rapper Chali 2na returns to Australia for the second time in a month. Andy Hazel discovers a man keen to leave his mark in more ways than one.

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h… I’m just getting out of the shower,” chuckles Chali 2na down the line from his home in LA. “I do apologise.”

Fresh from reunion shows as part of legendary hip hop collective Jurassic 5, the self-styled baritone MC is keen to get back to Australia, having kicked things off with an ecstatically-received concert at last year’s Coachella Festival. “I felt like we picked up where we left off,” he says, “like we never broke up. The show was amazing.

Coachella is one of the more professional festivals in America, and it’s an honour to be part of it. We were one of the first rap groups to ever perform there, at the very first Coachella, so it was cool to bring it back round again.” With their reunion marking the 20th anniversary of Jurassic 5’s formation, 2na is keen to “rekindle some fires”. “We’re performing as heavy as possible. There’s new music, shit you haven’t heard before, some stuff we might make into a live album; basically we’re just celebrating 20 years of J5.” Since splitting in 2007, 2na’s notable collaborations with

acts like Rizzle Kicks, K’naan, Slightly Stoopid and Hilltop Hoods, and long-time friends Ozomatli only hint at his true workload. However, 2009’s Fish Outta Water album, and his recent Against The Current EP.1 and EP.2 pair are what bring 2na the greatest pride. “I call this whole series Against The Current because I’m not trying to compete. I mean, big up to people like Kendrick Lamar – I’ve got mad respect for him – but I’ve got to challenge myself. I just want to be the best me I can be, be better than the last thing I did.”

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This attitude only partially explains why 2na is so in demand. “Respect is key in the hip hop game and respect is everything in the streets. I get what I give. I ain’t out here trying to beef and battle rap. I am a regular human being and I move like a regular human being on this earth. When I put myself out, I get back for the rest of my life; you treat people how you want to be treated.” When it comes to his own projects, Chali 2na likens the process to another of his passions, graffiti. “I look at every project, everything I’m part of, like a painting. I have to pay attention to the detail and the construction of the picture, find the right angles. I have to figure what I need to do to help that picture come about… Man, I can’t help but get so deep with these questions!” Drawing a signature tuna fish mural in Fitzroy last time he was in town, 2na is keen to brighten some new walls when he returns for Bluesfest, and sideshows supporting Morcheeba and Ozomatli. “Let me know if there are any graff writers out there. I want to paint as much as possible when I’m down that way.” WHEN & WHERE: 20 & 21 Apr, Bluesfest, Byron Bay

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IT’S NICE TO BE ALIVE A pre-warning regarding The Jungle Giants’ upcoming tour: if you are in the front row, Sam Hales may slap your tongue. The frontman talks to Benny Doyle about the cheeky art of tussing.

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othing like a trip to SXSW to get you in the mood for a tour back home. By the time you read this The Jungle Giants will have taken their swag of sunshine indie-pop international for the very first time, the Brisbane quartet continuing to enjoy plenty of momentum behind their independently released debut of last year, Learn To Exist. Taking a break from packing his bags, vocalist/guitarist Sam Hales says the four-piece are ready to “bring it” on foreign soil, although preparations for the trip have been unorthodox. “We play a shitload of ping pong, every day pretty much,” he says. “We’re trying to rehearse for America but we keep getting distracted because Keelan [Bijker – drums] just got a table, and we’re like, ‘Two games, okay we’ll play two games’ and then four games later [we still haven’t rehearsed]. But it’s good, spirits are high and we just can’t wait to go party.” This life balance thing has been a bit of a new discovery for Hales, and the frontman is enjoying a clearer headspace as a result. “Last year I’d write most days and if I [didn’t] I felt bad. But I learned that wasn’t really healthy – I was putting a huge amount of pressure that I didn’t have to onto myself. I realised I should just be embracing how I feel, so if I don’t feel like writing I just chill out for the day.” Following the US, The Jungle Giants are playing some of their biggest headline shows to date Down Under, spliced between slots on Groovin The Moo 2014. Billed as the Tuss Tour, The Music is curious as to whether we’ve missed something; it’s not a track name and it’s certainly not a common word. What it is, however, is something so much more. It’s a four-letter summarisation on what it means to be alive, making it the perfect overarching theme for a mischievous young band on the road. “It’s a word my housemate gave me for a thing I do to people,” Hales explains. “When I’m hanging [out] sometimes I’ll just wrestle somebody or mess around with them, just slap their head, tickle them or stick my finger in their armpit. He calls [that] tussing, and he describes

“Calling the tour that, we expect [the shows] to be a little [more lively]. We might even start tussing the crowd when we’re playing? I might crowd surf and just hit everyone’s heads; slap tongues in the front row.”

it as, ‘Reminding someone what it feels like to be human’.

The Jungle Giants already have experience playing main stages at Splendour In The Grass and Falls Festival, but arguably their biggest festival slot came this year at Big Day Out. Rubbing shoulders with the likes of Arcade Fire and The Hives, the experience taught them not to be scared of large crowds, and if punters aren’t behind the music then they just need to play even harder and faster.

“I used to do that to my dog – my dog got really old and he was kinda dying, but I’d still tuss him. I used to do this thing called ‘tongue

The band are going to use these lessons learnt moving forwards in 2014. And although he’s not entirely sure if he’s allowed to divulge any info, Hales says that overseas will remain a focus for the rest of the year. He reveals that in September The Jungle Giants will venture back to the northern hemisphere, looking to

“I MIGHT CROWD SURF AND JUST HIT EVERYONE’S HEADS; SLAP TONGUES IN THE FRONT ROW.” touch’, and when he’d stick his tongue out I’d just slap his tongue, and he’d get really annoyed at me and chase me around the house. But that was the only time he was actually being alert and physical, all the other time he’d just be lying down sleeping. So we established that to tuss someone is a healthy thing, and that translated to when I’d do it to people in the band; we all do it to each other, and it’s kinda amplified on the road.

continue the momentum created from this maiden trip, but before that the frontman will break away from the group for a bit of solo songwriting and soul searching. “I’m going to do a little writing trip in France in June – get a little apartment, just work on some songs and build a little studio, and then I’ll come back and then we’ll do a big preproduction thing together [before recording],” he reveals. “But I like that isolation, I want to just go away for a while and see what I come up with, this new perspective thing in a different city on the other side of the world.” WHEN & WHERE: 29 Mar, Ric’s Big Backyard; 30 Mar, Alhambra Lounge (under-18); 4 May, Groovin The Moo, Townsville


A FAMILY AFFAIR

Theo Rossi talks to Guy Davis about Australia’s passion for outlaw motorcycle drama series, Sons Of Anarchy.

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ou might imagine a gruelling and graphically violent television series about the internal and external conflicts of an outlaw motorcycle gang would have a fanbase that could be described as ‘select’. That’s not the case, however, with Sons Of Anarchy. The long-running series, positively Shakespearean in its heightened drama (indeed, series creator Kurt Sutter has stated Hamlet was his inspiration), has die-hard devotees of both genders and all ages around the world. But according to Theo Rossi, who has played gang member Juan Carlos ‘Juice’ Ortiz since the show premiered in 2008, Sons Of Anarchy’s biggest fans are Australian.

“A few years ago, a lot of us from the show appeared at ComicCon in San Diego, this huge fan event, and we were lucky enough to have such a fanbase that we got to close out ComicCon in the biggest hall with this enormous audience,” he recalls. “And it felt like 90 per cent of the people there were Australian! Like nearly everyone who got up to ask a question had an Australian accent! I remember saying to the others ‘We have to go to Australia. We have to.’ So when this opportunity came up, it was a no-brainer.” The opportunity he’s referring to is Sons Of Anarchy: An Evening With The Cast, a moderated panel conversation and audience Q&A session

with Rossi and co-stars Kim Coates, who plays Tig, and Mark Boone Jr, who plays Bobby ‘Elvis’. The trio of actors will be hitting all state capitals during their whirlwind tour, the first such Sons Of Anarchy event to take place outside North America.

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“We’ve been all over the United States and done a few things in Canada but this is our first time doing a journey like this. When it turned into a fivecity tour, the three of us got even more excited.” Sons Of Anarchy fans should probably feel excited as well, given the actors seem to have plenty to say and plenty of energy with which to say it. I know from my own experience that speaking with Coates in the past about the show was exhausting in the best possible way (“Oh, yeah, Kim’s an atomic bomb,” laughs Rossi), and Rossi is just as effusive about the process of making Sons Of Anarchy and the finished product. He’s not only an actor on the show; he’s a fan of the show. “I always hear actors say they don’t like watching things they’ve been in, but for me I love the show so much that I love talking to people about it just as much, just to get the various reactions to what has happened and ideas about where it’s going to go. “I love it because, at the heart of it, it’s a family drama. When you peel back the layers and remove the bells and whistles, it’s a story that deals with all the things many of us deal with – parents, children, best friends coming and going in your life, love, heartbreak, loss – but under very heightened circumstances. The stakes are higher, that’s all.” WHAT: Sons of Anarchy: An Evening With The Cast WHEN & WHERE: 28 Mar, Eatons Hill Hotel

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FUZZ-POP APPETISER

Babaganouj – it’s so much more than a delicious eggplant-based dip. Charles Sale and Harriette Pilbeam tell Jazmine O’Sullivan what it’s like to be in “The Nouj” ahead of their east coast tour.

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risbane-based, fun-loving rockers Babaganouj have been flirting around the local music scene for a couple of years now, boasting one of the most interesting band names on the market. “The name was just a suggestion from an old friend,” explains frontman Charles Sale. “It’s probably not the most ideal band name, but I have a theory that every band name is really crap, so we just rolled with it. Also I feel like we’ve got fans that are always going to be fans because they like eating baba ghanoush.”

The group has been kicking around for a while now and experienced a couple of line-up changes, the addition of Ruby McGregor last year being the latest. “In terms of the live show I think having Ruby in the band has taken a lot of pressure off Charles, because he used to be the only guitarist,” vocalist Harriette Pilbeam explains. “Yeah actually it’s been quite helpful,” Sale admits. “I think in terms of the songwriting as well, having Ruby around has kept everything simple, because she’s not the greatest guitar player in the world. That sounds really

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mean, but I think it’s just helped keep our heads in the pop spectrum more.” With most members also involved in other musical endeavours, both Sale and Pilbeam find Babaganouj to have the most creative freedom comparatively. “With so many of the other bands I play in it’s purely an instrumental part, you know, I play the guitar. So Babaganouj is like my outlet,” says Sale. “Yeah it feels pretty much the same for me” agrees Pilbeam, “because, in all the bands I’ve ever been in I’m kind of just playing for them, whereas The Nouj feels a lot more free. I do a lot more singing with The Nouj as well, which is my favourite part. I think it works really well with the two of us singing together.” Both Sale and Pilbeam believe their latest single Too Late For Love has been a positive step forward. “I think emotionally our range is increasing,” Sale offers, “and it feels like we’ve really settled into the sound that we’re looking for with this one.” “There’s definitely a darker side to this latest single,” Pilbeam adds, “so it will be great to take it out on the road and show people.” Throughout March the quartet will be heading out on an east coast tour, playing alongside some pretty special bands along the way. “Ruby has been obsessed with The Spazzys since she was about 12 years old,” explains Pilbeam. “She’s met them a couple of times and been to heaps of their shows – I think she pretty much cried when she heard they were playing with us at The Tote in Melbourne, so that’s going to be a pretty crazy show.” WHAT: Too Late For Love (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: 28 Mar, Black Bear Lodge

TALKING HEADS Seth Lakeman encountered difficulties while recording in a remote church: Sundays were out and then there was “bellringing practice on Wednesdays”, he tells Dylan Stewart.

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hoosing a church in the English countryside inside which to record an album might not seem as ground-breaking as it once was, but as Seth Lakeman regales, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the process was straightforward. “Sundays were off,” he laughs. “Plus, the people of North Tamerton [the small hamlet Lakeman chose as the location for recording latest album, Word Of Mouth] were gearing up for their annual fete, so they had meetings in the church every Tuesday night, not to mention bell-ringing practice on Wednesdays.” Over the previous two years, Lakeman interviewed over 100 people from around the UK and these interviews informed the album’s contents. “I spent a long time going all over the place,” he says. “Festivals, libraries, pubs, clubs, even prisons; I spoke with travellers, poets and workers on the dockyards. It was a mammoth task, but I enjoyed it. I like chatting to people.” The results can not only be heard on Word Of Mouth‘s 15 tracks, but also on a second disc, where the original interviews – recorded on Lakeman’s trusty dictaphone – are laid bare. “You can sit there and listen to the songs in instrumental form and hear the interviewees telling their own stories. That’s the kind of poignancy that I think this record has, and I hope listeners appreciate it.” 22 • THE MUSIC • 26TH MARCH 2014

Although he sits near the top of the tree when it comes to English folk music, Lakeman is careful when it comes to comparisons with other ‘folk’ musicians du jour. “I think the songwriters of The Lumineers and Marcus Mumford are amazing songwriters and they are singersongwriters like me, but I guess I write less introspectively and more subjectively than those other guys. [I’m] looking out – my music is more about others, it’s more about people, it’s more about preserving heritage and also keeping in tune with tradition.

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“Sound-wise, acoustically, there are obviously similarities, but no matter our differences it’s great that folk music’s having such resurgence.” When he returns to Australia for the third time, Lakeman is looking forward to sharing the songs – and, more importantly, the stories – of Word Of Mouth with audiences. He’s also hoping to run into someone else. “I met quite a big artist last time I was out there, Kate Miller-Heidke. Although she’s a different style of artist, she sang on the single version of one of the songs from Word Of Mouth (Labour She Calls Home). I think we’re going to release that at some point while we’re in Australia. I know she’s got a new record… so it would be cool to meet up with her and have a sing.” WHAT: Word Of Mouth (Cooking Vinyl) WHEN & WHERE: 15 Apr, Brisbane Powerhouse; 17 & 18 Apr, Bluesfest, Byron Bay


STRANGE CONCOCTIONS Combining isolation and creativity can result in some unique creations – Perth rockers The Scientists more than prove this hypothesis. Frontman Kim Salmon takes Steve Bell through the calculations.

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he influence that Perth mavericks The Scientists had on world music is undeniable – major protagonists in the Seattle grunge explosion such as Mudhoney and the Melvins cited them as a massive influence – but the incarnation of the band currently celebrating the 35th anniversary of their first release is a totally nascent version of the legendary outfit. This line-up – featuring mainstay Kim Salmon, drummer James Baker, bassist Boris Sujdovic and guitarist Roddy Radalj – burnt brightly but briefly, only existing between

May and August in 1978 before gradually drifting apart and allowing further incarnations of the band to cement their reputation. “1978 was the last time we played together; we were only together really briefly,” Salmon smiles. “For various reasons that line-up never even went into a recording studio – there was a bootleg circulating that was recently put out on vinyl so there is some material from those days available, but not much.” As you’d expect, this early version of The Scientists had yet to hone the distinctive sound that would come to define them.

“In that line-up, it’s hard to put your finger on it but there was a real English influence – bands like The Kinks and early Rolling Stones, but not the R&B phase of either of those bands, more the melodic pop thing that they did – like Waterloo Sunset or As Tears Go By,” Salmon continues. “But even though we had that sensitive, melodic side the band was impossibly loud – there was a mixture of these jangly guitars but played at a very high volume and in a very haphazard manner – it was more like The Stooges than one of those ‘60s bands, it wasn’t very twee at all.”

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They did, however, come up with some enduring songs such as Frantic Romantic, written courtesy of the idiosyncratic Salmon/Baker writing partnership. “He and I just had a great rapport and chemistry straight away – he’d write the words and attempt to sing them, but he was kind of atonal in his singing so I’d have to invent a melody,” Salmon laughs. “I’d invent a melody and come up with a chord progression and play it back to him, and he’d say, ‘Yeah, that’s how it goes!’ We just did what came naturally and developed that. “Because we came out of the whole punk rock thing – although I guess we were really post-punk – we were reacting against some of the conventions that seemed to already be in place, even though punk was meant to be a version of anarchy where you’d do your own thing. For a movement that was meant to have no rules there was a very rigid, prescribed scene going on, so we rebelled by growing our hair a little bit and wearing flashy, dandy sorta clothes. The pop sensibilities and melodies was also against what was going around us – we weren’t so much provocative as belligerent and just committed to doing exactly what we wanted to do and fuck everybody else.”

WHEN & WHERE: 27 Mar, The Hi-Fi

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With melodeath progenitors Dark Tranquillity heading Down Under, Mark Hebblewhite sat down with main man Mikael Stanne to talk artistic progression and the roots of the Gothenburg sound.

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usical revolutions happen in the strangest of places. And one of the strangest of all is the picturesque Swedish city of Gothenburg – home to a post-modernist opera house and, in the mid-1990s, a melodic death metal movement that’s gone on to influence a vast swathe of modern heavy music. Where the trailblazing Swedish Death Metal scene of Stockholm was dominated by punk attitude and the fuzzed sound of the Boss HM-2 pedal, the later Gothenburg death metal invasion sounded like the bands were having an illicit affair with various members of Iron Maiden and Rush. “I think the melodic death metal sound can be put down to a few things,” muses Stanne, whose band, along with In Flames and At The Gates, is considered to have sired the melodeath sound. “First and foremost we were all brought up on a steady diet of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal – so it made sense to incorporate the melodic aspects of that style into the more extreme death metal we also loved. I guess it was also a reaction to the fact that the Stockholm sound was so ubiquitous. We loved those bands but we also wanted to do something different. I mean, as soon as we wrote music that was similar to other bands we would throw it away and start again. I think we also liked cleaner production

and we didn’t want that patented Sunlight Studio sound the Stockholm bands had.” Compared to, say, In Flames, who are no longer recognisable as a death metal band, Dark Tranquillity have generally remained true to their own highly idiosyncratic brand of melodeath. That said, they’ve taken some divisive left-hand musical turns – first on 1999’s Projector and now again with last year’s Construct, which boasts clean vocals and a gentler sonic assault. “Construct was a reaction to the albums that came before it. We needed to take the risk doing this

record – we couldn’t have carried on doing the same album again and again. We weren’t exactly burnt out but we did need to get excited about writing again. After 20 years of writing records things don’t get any easier.” “We were prepared for the fact that Construct would be polarising – that happened when we did Projector. But now when we play the songs live they go over very well and I think that’s the best good review we could possibly get.” Dark Tranquillity haven’t graced our shores in over seven years. “We play a longer set now than at any time in our career. We’ve been changing up the songs we play on this tour every night so there’s always something different. I think by the time we get to Australia the balance will be perfect. I promise a lot of old stuff and a lot of new stuff – so everyone should be happy.” WHEN & WHERE: 28 Mar, The Hi-Fi THE MUSIC • 26TH MARCH 2014 • 23


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CLOUD NOTHINGS

THE ASTON SHUFFLE Photographs

Here And Nowhere Else

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ALBUM OF THE WEEK

Stop Start Ten seconds into Cloud Nothings’ third record and already there’s energy spewing forth like an erupting volcano. The Cleveland trio haven’t fucked around with Here And Nowhere Else, an album that’s far more of an attack on senses than memory. Eight shots of sonic fury drag you into a speeding vehicle, slap you around and take your money, before kicking you out on the roadside. By the end you’re left wonderfully dazed and disorientated. On first listens, two things are immediate: the pace of the record, and the improved quality of Dylan Baldi’s vocals. Drummer Jayson Gerycz doesn’t slow down for a second – he’s seriously going to kill himself playing these songs live – the only distinct change in his tempos coming from when he takes the beat off the snare and onto the floor tom. Baldi, meanwhile, has given

us cleaner verses to chew on, at least cleaner when compared to the band’s previous releases. It’s far from accessible, but his lyrics now sit comfortably in front of the distortion, giving tracks like Quieter Today and I’m Not Part Of Me personality and colour. Still, the most abrasive explosions remain the best, like the way Psychic Trauma flicks a switch and goes from meandering to manic, or when Giving Into Seeing practically crashes into a wall during its final moments. Here And Nowhere Else is high octane garage noise at its finest, and proves that you only need a little to do so much. Benny Doyle

This year sees the return of Canberra house duo The Aston Shuffle with their second studio release, Photographs. The record features heavy but masterful production and a determinedly more pop-driven sound than their first, making it incredibly catchy and easy to listen to. Opener Tear It Down is an infectious techno-pop tune, starting slow before building to several exciting crescendos. Comfortable is a slight departure with a rawer instrumental line in its introduction, resulting in an unexpectedly classic techno track. Photographs appears to slow down with Can’t Stop Now, which features a reduced rhythm in its introduction paired with heartfelt lyrics, but then builds into a bass-heavy house beat, making it one of the standouts here. The variety of talents in production and lyricism on this record is displayed again

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Psychic 9-5 Club

While the sound may be a departure, the aesthetic and conceptual themes remain: isolation, late nights beautiful loneliness. Suitably, the band’s trademark throbbing bass lines are notably absent, with the emptiness left behind by 24 • THE MUSIC • 26TH MARCH 2014

in Astronaut, which features earnest vocal phrases with a catchy but incredibly complex electronic beat, the song another departure from the usual with its slow chorus and relatively light rhythm. Then towards the end you’ve got You Really Got Me, which is enjoyable and well-produced but somewhat simpler than its counterparts, before the record closes with perhaps its most exciting moment, Sunrise Won’t Get Lost. While certainly adopting a more pop-heavy sound than we’re used to, the variety of sonics and rhythms definitely showcase The Aston Shuffle’s formidable talent. Lucia Osborne-Crowley

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Melbourne hate rockers HTRK have more history than their discography will ever imply. Psychic 9-5 Club is the band’s first proper full-length as a duo following the death of founding bass player Sean Stewart. The stark electronic minimalism of opener Give it Up recalls the classic krautrock grooves of early Can or Neu and marks what is a further turn away from the post-punk, Birthday Party-esque sounds the band channelled in their earliest days. Jonnine Standish’s misery-dreamy vocals still enchant and entice, and Nigel Yang’s production work is easily the group’s most focused and mature yet.

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★★★★ Stewart felt throughout, be it in the insular and at times claustrophobic lyrics or in the newly confident electronic sounds on the album – which feel even more remote and far away than on previous records, where an easy bass hook could be lent on in a grasp at familiarity. In spite of this, the album is no crushing dirge of depression – in its own way, it’s oddly hopeful. This is the sound of a band who’ve picked up the pieces and found a new, exciting beast in their hands. HTRK remain the brilliant and confrontational group they’ve always been, they’re just navigating a strange new world. Andrew McDonald

The vast majority of ‘tribute’ albums suck. Why? Because usually they’re full of third rate acts running through tepid recreations of classic songs created by the bands they once hoped to be. It’s very refreshing then that this project, designed to celebrate the mighty Ronnie James Dio (Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio), boasts such a stellar line-up. Anthrax, Metallica, Tenacious D, Rob Halford, Glenn Hughes and of course various members of Ronnie’s own band – all substantial artists in their own right, and even more importantly all proud to admit the influence the diminutive frontman had on their own careers. With the exception of Halford and maybe Glenn Hughes, none of the vocalists on this record have Ronnie’s pipes – but it doesn’t make a difference because each offering still captures the joie de vivre that marked the RJD

★★★★ experience. Anthrax’s muscular rendition of Neon Knights takes the track back to the streets, Tenacious D’s The Last In Line matches their version of Heaven & Hell for humour and charm, while Motorhead’s Starstruck (starring one Biff Byford) boasts a dirty swagger. That said, the album’s absolute highlights come in Rob Halford’s powerful take on Man On The Silver Mountain and Metallica’s dark and intense Rainbow medley (thus repeating the success they had with the kickarse Mercyful Fate tribute) that encapsulates the likes of Kill The King and Stargazer. This is one compilation that deserves your hard-earned cash. Mark Hebblewhite


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BAND OF SKULLS

ANIMALS AS LEADERS

KAISER CHIEFS

Himalayan

The Joy Of Motion

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Education, Education, Education & War

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Three albums in, and British ‘dyed in the blues’ rock band Band Of Skulls refuse to reinvent the wheel. Why should they? Their brand of chugging, hard-hitting rock has stood them in good stead until now. Himalayan has a slightly harder, worn sheen on the production; there’s some more pummelling bottom end on songs like Hoochie Coochie that rumbles in the chest cavity; there’s the brooding Emma Richardson-led ‘ballad’ Cold Sweat. Himalayan doesn’t break the mould more than resets it in cast iron – Band Of Skulls writ large.

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Brisbane duo Multiple Man continue to bring the same synth punk (sorry) aesthetic (ie. cool noises, swirly echoes, monotone vocals, cheap beats). A-plus.

TUNEYARDS Water Fountain 4AD/Remote Control First single from new album Nikki Nack is a mash of Iko Iko-style clapping games with 808 cowbells and is, of course, fantastic.

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Opening track, Kaskade is all you need to prepare for what prog metallers Animals As Leaders have in store for us on their third album. Whether you’re new to the genre-bending, timetransfiguring three-piece or not, those hooky motifs sans lyrics cast some magical spell in The Joy Of Motion’s opener, only to deepen in Lippincott, when those dizzying guitars go bouncing into the air. It’s almost frustrating in a way, that desire to be transported but being transfixed by every pattern, new sound or wayward chug. It’s just unavoidable. Carley Hall

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Liberator It’s been a three-year wait for the newbie from Leeds lads Kaiser Chiefs. A new drummer and the mixing talents of Michael Brauer have made for a more steadfast, mature approach from a band that’s formerly dabbled in rousing anthems and playful song banter. The downshift is well represented in opener, The Factory Gates, singer Ricky Wilson letting those workaday pipes again act as a call to arms, with Misery Company harking back to a bit of beat-heavy, reverbed Clash-like attitude. If only something from left-field broke up the straight and narrow. Carley Hall

In The Morning Elefant Traks Joelstics’ style is straight up without posturing or gimmicks; he tells stories and discusses ideas without pretence. He’s very good, and the ace production on this track keeps him well on beat.

NENEH CHERRY Out Of The Black (Feat Robyn) Smallsound Supertown Neneh Cherry’s fourth album Blank Project is produced by Four Tet in a genius move, and getting Robyn to help out on vocals on this great track continues that theme of brilliant ideas.

FRANZ FERDINAND Fresh Strawberries Universal The best part of this song is the bit that rips off Care Of Cell 44 by The Zombies – the line ‘everybody steals’ maybe acknowledges this – but the rest of the song is so bland it barely exists. Chris Yates

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RUINED FORTUNE

MAC DEMARCO

ALL THE COLOURS

Ruined Fortune

Salad Days

All The Colours

Hozac

Spunk

Independent

With Angela Garrick (Circle Pit) and Nic Warnock (RIP Society) and helpers Joe Alexander (Bedroom Suck) and Dan Spencer (Blank Realm), the selftitled debut from Ruined Fortune reads like a veritable Australian supergroup – or banal vanity project. Ruined Fortune is neither and so much more. Melding white noise lava with scrappy (de)construction and sepulchral malaise, they manage to forge an album of maniacal beauty that is wondrously nihilistic and catastrophically hypnotic. The onslaught of In A Hole and the razorblade masquerading as pop in Transparent Faces alone confirm Ruined Fortune is the New World Order.

Mac DeMarco offers such a fully formed and pitch-perfect aesthetic that it’s no wonder a lot of his fans dress exactly like him. His songs are like a cheerful slacker how-to guide couched in off-kilter pop songs, held together by that sparkling guitar tone. Salad Days picks up pretty much where 2 left off mood-wise. It’s warm and slinky and heartfelt, and songs like Brother and Let Her Go feel remarkably genuine, with DeMarco giving measured advice in that totally pretencefree croon. It almost feels like this record was written for you personally; a really special feeling.

All The Colours’ debut album takes a while to warm to, a few listens necessary to appreciate their difference from run-ofthe-mill contemporary rock. The heavy 1970’s inspired instrumentals, although occasionally jarring, conjure a layered and modernised sound reminiscent of old-school Zeppelin, with Josh Moriarty’s textural vocals providing a cool balance in standout tracks Shame and Second To None. However, as the album progresses the instrumentals prove overbearing and cluttered, making it difficult to remain fully-immersed. A good album but not captivating, leaving outside distraction all too easy to succumb to.

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QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, NINE INCH NAILS, BRODY DALLE Brisbane Entertainment Centre 17 Mar Making introductions via Distillers cuts Die On A Rope and Dismantle Me, Brody Dalle’s raspy howl quickly puts us on notice. Hair-wise, the punk rock vixen has traded black for white, but the music is still as volatile as always, her three-piece backing band dealing strictly in chainsaw riffs and pacing tempos. The sound pings around the filling Entertainment Centre, making the mix hot and cold,

too. The set is an intense ride within the band’s mainframe, and although the strobes are trying hard to end us we can’t turn away when NIN step it up with Copy Of A and The Great Destroyer, before signing off in the most epic of fashion: Wish, The Hand That Feeds, Head Like A Hole and Hurt. Thanks for coming. Even the most one-eyed Queens Of The Stone Age fans are probably wondering how the Cali band are going to top NIN, but with opening combo You Think I Ain’t Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire and No One Knows, QOTSA take our fears out to the desert and put a bullet right through them. Beneath one of the crispest high-res screens this reviewer’s ever seen at a gig, the band lock into each others’ grooves like they’re the only five men in the room. Ginger Elvis

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but new tracks like Don’t Mess With Me still soar out to the nosebleeds. Dalle warns, “You guys are in for it after this”; we couldn’t be more ready. Judging by the industrial rigs and stage lighting, Nine Inch Nails have lost the toss, the band emerging to a sea of raised arms and balled fists. Through the smoke and apocalyptic lighting, Trent Reznor holds an intimidating presence. His muscles twitch and tighten with every roar, and even when he is bouncing up and down during Somewhat Damaged, he does so with authority. The sound is intricate yet completely suffocating; you’re at a loss just how it can be created by four men. But Nine Inch Nails are masters of the machines, and when they tear through March Of The Pigs and Terrible Lie you realise they’re at one with them 26 • THE MUSIC • 26TH MARCH 2014

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The Tivoli is absolutely packed with a somewhat genteel clientele as burgeoning songwriting sensation Courtney Barnett takes the stage armed only with an electric guitar and a cache of great songs – reminiscent of tonight’s headliner in his pomp – and delivers a short but memorable set, kicking off with the narrative-driven Scotty Says and the melancholy Out Of The Woodwork. Barnett’s laconic drawl proves compelling throughout, the inherent conviction offset by a world-weariness which belies her tender years. The

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leads proceedings nonchalantly, but it’s the skill of players like multi-instrumentalist Troy Van Leeuwen and drummer Jon Theodore that makes Josh Homme’s talents stand even taller. A mid-section featuring five ...Like Clockwork tracks in six songs works almost like an individual piece, and it sets the stage perfectly for a closing run that all but proves Queens are the best rock band on the planet. Sharp blasts Little Sister and Sick, Sick, Sick surround a stretched out Make It Wit Chu, a lucid ten minutes of Better Living Through Chemistry and Go With Flow take us to the depths of our minds and back, before a three-song encore, concluding with Feel Good Hit Of The Summer and A Song For The Dead squeezes what’s left from our souls. Benny Doyle

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but their sound inherently suits new numbers like No One Knows Nothing Anymore and the Guthrie-penned Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key from Bragg’s acclaimed Mermaid Avenue venture with Wilco. The Bard’s between-song banter – long an integral part of his onstage arsenal – is as strong as ever, skewering a string of targets ranging from the obvious to the obtuse, and he proves his country music credentials by dusting off his late ‘80s number You Woke Up My Neighbourhood. At this stage Bragg’s band file into the darkness leaving him in solo mode, and he pulls out a string of powerful, anthemic older tunes like To Have And To Have Not, Which Side Are You On?, Between The Wars, Milkman Of Human Kindness and Greetings To The New

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one-two punch of singles Avant Gardener and History Eraser cuts any chatter in the venue as new ears prick up at the obvious top-notch songwriting, before the young Melburnian finishes with strong new track Depreston. It’s no easy task holding a large crowd’s attention with no adornment like Barnett does tonight, proving why she’s in the midst of wooing the music cognoscenti on a worldwide scale. UK legend Billy Bragg, however, cut his teeth a long time ago and is afforded a hero’s welcome as he enters the fray at the head of his five-piece band and starts with the politically charged Ideology, which has lost none of its bite over the near 30 years since it first appeared. Musically the band he’s assembled is of an Americana bent to suit new album Tooth & Nail so they by default smooth the edges of his earlier material,

Brunette, all of which have the now lubricated crowd singing along with unbridled gusto. The band return and embark on yet another string of favourites, tunes like Sexuality, Handyman Blues, the excellent California Stars and the evergreen A New England leading to the climax which finds Accident Waiting To Happen dedicated to our own right-wing media icon Andrew Bolt. The crowd bray for an inevitable return, the home stretch starting with an a cappella I Don’t Need This Pressure Ron which tumbles into the ever-rousing There Is Power In A Union, the pathos of Tank Park Salute and the now-familiar farewell of Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards, the powerful paean preceded by an impassioned anti-cynicism rallying cry. Still so potent after all these years. Steve Bell


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SEBADOH, BLANK REALM, MAJOR LEAGUES The Zoo 23 Mar The Zoo is surprisingly bare as local indie quartet Major Leagues open with the sprightly Silver Tides, the lack of punters not diminishing their commitment or enjoyment one iota. Their upbeat indie is growing increasingly assured, and they finish an all-too-brief appearance with the noisy crescendo of Feel adding some muscle to their innate melody. Fellow Brisbanians Blank Realm are next, the ever-psyched Sarah Spencer jumping around like a dervish from the get-go, taking the time sporadically to belt chaotically at her keyboard and add heft to her brother Daniel’s vocals, who’s holding court from behind the drum kit. The restrained groove of Reach You On The Phone leads into a creepy and frenetic rendition

of Acting Strange which melts into complete discord before segueing gently into the spiraling Bulldozer Love. They finish with the evergreen Falling Down The Stairs, the brevity of their set ruling out any of the usual roleswapping, but still allowing them time to hammer home the current awesomeness of local rock’n’roll. US indie legends Sebadoh are back armed with a new album for the first time since their reunion, co-frontman Lou Barlow explaining that he has bronchitis in a lengthy spoken introduction before they belt into staple Magnet’s Coil with an energy that quickly allays any fears that this may disrupt proceedings. The shaggy-haired Barlow battles on until drummer Bob D’Amico loses a snare a few songs in, the singer quickly compensating with a strippedback and haunting take on Love You Here and getting halfway through Too Pure in a similar vein before the percussion returns and adds welcome swing to the gorgeous number. Having proved their versatility in this fashion it’s time for their first instrument

swap: the band’s other vocalist Jason Lowenstein upgrades from four strings to six while Barlow moves to bass duties, and the mood shifts into overdrive as they belt through Not Too Amused, Mind Reader and Shit Soup as if their lives depend on it. In this regard Sebadoh are basically like two disparate bands and the dichotomy serves them so well only because both incarnations are so freaking good, Barlow taking the reins again for the fizzling new State Of Mine and the classic Beauty Of The Ride before offering a mellow, languid take on Soul And Fire. The small-ish crowd also seems remarkably vacant but the band battle on admirably even though visibly bemused at times, Lowenstein returning to guitar to offer My Drugs, Drag Down and I Will before Barlow completes proceedings with I Will, On Fire and a rollicking Brand New Love. A somewhat laissez-faire performance because of the small turnout, but one that’s fortunately no less enjoyable than usual.

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NYMPH()MANIAC

NYMPH() MANIAC Film

In cinemas 27 Mar The final instalment to Danish film director Lars Von Trier’s Depression Trilogy is one those films, like his previous ones, that become the conversation piece at festivals around the world. People begin discussions around previous work, films that push similar boundaries, what the director is about, and it really is a film that cinephiles will either love or bitterly hate.

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What’s more interesting though is the film’s effect on those who haven’t seen 2009’s Antichrist, and those curious by what the film has to offer, and that is human sexuality at its most cinematically raw. It will, whether or not you like it, question everything you know about it. One of the most interesting conversation pieces is ‘how did the film’s arousal affect you?’ and of course, when the film ends, ‘has your perspective changed?’ At four hours, with intermission, this film isn’t for the faint of heart or even slightly

conservative. Every topic regarding sexual encounters is shown and discussed, beautifully butchered then laughed about. And the film is quite funny, taking complex ideas and trivialising them with strange literary or intellectual concepts, and then more humour comes out with the film’s constant self-awareness of its conceits. The film centres around the story of Joe, a 50-year-old self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who is found unconscious in an alleyway by Seligman, an elderly info-maniac who nurses her and listens to her story as

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she goes deeper and deeper past most people’s safe boundaries of sex. The characters, working as two polar opposites, tell a simple narrative with complex ideas regarding objectivity, love, power and sexuality. If you aren’t ready to have the conversation regarding male and female sexuality, this film may be too confronting. But, as many are probably aware, that is the film’s absolute intention, and there is no doubt about it – this film does exactly what it set out to do, and it’s pretty incredible. Matthew Ziccone THE MUSIC • 26TH MARCH 2014 • 27


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Member answering/role: Bec McCall – lead guitar How long have you been together? We’ve been together for about two years, so our relationship is starting to get pretty serious. How did you all meet? Ash (guitar) and Jarrad (vocals) were already pals, then the rest of us just met online... mostly through dating sites. Turns out we are all very compatible and love cats. 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? We all have really different music tastes so it really depends. Jarrad loves a good singalong (who’d have thought) so you’re likely to find anything from Disney musicals and Hanson, through to Taking Back Sunday and A Day To Remember. Which Brisbane bands before you have been an inspiration (musically or otherwise)? We have a range of bands from Brisbane who have inspired us. Brownie (bass) loves The Amity Affliction, and our drummer Ian loves the music Burning Brooklyn produce. Ash loves Call The Shots who just finished up doing Vans Warped Tour, which was a well-deserved opportunity for those guys. That definitely inspires us to try and get on a festival. What part do you think Brisbane plays in the music you make? We all love Brisvegas, but it doesn’t really play a role in the music we make. We write songs about situations, people or stories that have happened to one or all of us, which I guess would be the same regardless of where we lived. What’s in the pipeline for the band in the short term? At the moment we’ve been focusing on promoting our new EP Above The World on a headlining tour in April. We also have a film clip for our second single Make You Smile in the works and are also currently writing songs for a new EP, which we hope to have finished by the end of this year. Set The Record play Upstairs At 199 on Saturday 12 Apr (all ages). Photo by TERRY SOO. THE MUSIC • 26TH MARCH 2014 • 29


eat/drink

MILKBAR LOLLIES

Taking you back to when you were about five years old and painstakingly saved up $2 to spend on a week’s worth of glorious sugar-based edibles from your local corner store.

SNAP AND CRACKLE

TEETH A dress-up accessory and lolly in one. What’s not to like? They’re gummies of gums. Probably the most fun of the lollies.

Gluten free, chewy bar made of chemicals. Sweet and tangy and gets stuck in your teeth. Doesn’t particularly snap or crackle.

WONKA NERDS Sour pebbles of wonder. Based on empirical evidence we’ve deduced that the average time it takes to finish off a box is approximately three minutes max.

BANANAS Taste nothing like bananas. Unsettlingly soft and melty texture not unlike stale hair mousse (we imagine).

CARAMELLO KOALA

CHUPA CHUPS

FADS

Who could forget that jingle and cartoon ad? Koala on guitar: “They call me Caramello...” Deep-voiced kangaroos: “Koala!” Koala: “I go with the flow.” Get it, because the caramel flows out when you bite it! A fine moment in Aussie advertising.

Old faithful lollipop. Comes in a million flavours. Remember when they raised the price to 50c? Outrageous.

They used to be called “Fags” before being renamed in the ‘90s due to both the slang word’s offensive other meaning and to not encourage children to “smoke”. Revisiting them now, they just look (and feel like) chalk.

LOLLIES WE WISH WERE REAL “YOU’RE TURNING VIOLET, VIOLET!”

WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

From Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory: Edible wallpaper (although this might be an easy way to spread germs), jelly apples (when you want gelatinous fruit, not crunchy), and three-course dinner chewing gum (turning into a blueberry aside, how handy would this be when you’re in a rush?). From the Harry Potter series: Fizzing Whizbees (because who the hell wouldn’t wanna eat a sweet that makes them temporarily levitate?), Pepper Imps (“Breathe fire for your friends!”), ice mice (“Hear your teeth chatter and squeak!”), and Drooble’s Best Blowing Gum (blow bubbles to last for days). From virtual pet website Neopets: Apple and Custard Drops (like an apple pie lolly! Very rare; retails for

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99,900 NP); Angry Candy (“Watch out! These candies will give you more than cavities!” Not exactly sure what that means but hey, they’d be a cool gift to give to enemies. Ultra rare; sells for 200,000 NP), Glitter Heart Candy (“Some tongues are made to twinkle – now they can!”) and Candy Fyora Wings (for the weirdos who actually enjoy the feeling of butterflies in their stomach).


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FRONTLASH

INDIE NEWS

GATHER NO MOSS

Great news that The Rolling Stones will return to Australia later in the year after postponing their tour at the eleventh hour. Our thoughts go out to Mick and anyone else affected by L’Wren Scott’s sad passing.

LOU REED TRIBUTE

ALL IN

YOUNGBLOODS RUN FREE

Celebrate one of the most influential songwriters of our time at Transformer: A Lou Reed Tribute Night, with We All Want To, pictured, Desert Blues Cartel, O Little Sister, Machine Age, Seavera and Lola The Vamp. Dowse Bar, 13 Apr.

Take Us To Vegas, along with southern sons Castles and Divide & Conquer, will be hitting the road for the Bloodwolves tour. Get your rawk fix 24 Apr, Billionaire, Coniston Lane; 25 Apr, The Sands Tavern, Maroochydore; and 27 Apr, The Lab (all ages).

4ZZZ’s Youth Open Day Street Soundzzz will happen at the radio station, 12 Apr, 2pm – 7pm, with sets from Junior Arcade, pictured, The Missing and Concrete Lips, in addition to arts, markets, workshops and more!

UP TO ALL HOURS

FROM THE ROOFTOPS

SUN IS SHINING

The Better Late Than Never tour is coming at you courtesy of GC rock types The Midnight Antics. Hear tracks from their debut EP Cragsford this Friday, The Loft, Chevron Island and 4 Apr just further south at New Cragsford, Miami.

Twin Haus are playing 3 May, The Hi-Fi and 10 May, Byron Bay Brewery. The Brisbane alt-rock four-piece will be launching their debut EP Waxed Myriad, which drops 3 Apr, just enough time to soak up the songs before the shows.

Byron Vibes is set to heat up Byron Bay Brewery this Saturday, with a big day of music kicking off from 2pm featuring the likes of Wandering Eyes, Pure Velour, Zahlu, Ivette Meow, Danidoo Butterfly and more. $20 through Oztix.

GET AMONGST IT This week has been proclaimed Brisbane Live Music Week by community radio doyens 4ZZZ – support the local scene and get along and catch some of our many awesome bands!

BORN WITH A TALE Nothing’s been announced but The Supersuckers’ website lists a date for ‘The Zoo in Brisbane’ this coming June. Are the self-proclaimed ‘greatest rock’n’roll band in the world’ coming back after all this time?

GONE VIOLETS

BACKLASH POWER NOT JUSTICE WIDE AWAKE

HIP HOP HOOLIGANS

WELCOMED REMINDER

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Steve Grady is checking into Padre at Woolloongabba to provide a session of stirring tracks. Expect to hear songs off a new album Grady is working on, as well as plenty of old favourites from his back catalogue.

Lane-Harry x Ike Campbell are bringing their flow to The Loft for a hometown show promoting Lane-Harry’s latest effort, DMT. The pair headline a bill that also features Aqula Young, Tommy Sheehan and Scott Dalton.

One of the most innovative metal acts to come out of Queensland in the last decade, asecretdeath continue their storming return with shows at Crowbar, 4 Apr and Dolphins Harbourside Hotel, 5 Apr. Get a taste of the boys’ new split 7” with Safe Hands.

JOIN THE CULT

YOUR TIME TO SHINE

FLIPPING SIGNS

Emerging from a self-imposed exile, psych-garage mind-benders Sacred Shrines will show off their first 7” at the Old Museum this Saturday. Experience your new favourite band, with Mega Ogre exiting the swamp to take on support duties.

If you’re in a band then go into battle at the Valley Rumble, happening at Crowbar throughout April and May. To enter and be in the running for thousands of dollars worth of prizes, head to valleyrumble. net – applications close 4 Apr.

Cheated Hearts are returning to Oh Hello! this Friday with their Poetic Justice bill, featuring hip hop and R&B sounds from the likes of DJ DZYR, Charlie Hustle, Dimestore Diamonds and Lu-Na. $10 on the door and all this is yours.

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A Brisbane magistrate this week seemed to prove the supposition that rich people with connections are immune from the law’s reach. One punch can kill, unless you’re super wealthy…

RIP DJ EDWIN The Brisbane dance community this week mourns the passing of long-term identity Edwin Morrow, aka DJ Edwin. His role in the ‘90s scene was massive and will reverberate through time.

VALE GO VIOLETS More sad news with Brisbane indie quartet Go Violets announcing that this weekend’s Trainspotters and the following week’s all ages gig will be their final ever shows. Cheers for the rad tunes!

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INDIE NEWS

THIS WEEK’S RELEASES… ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI NOW + 4EVA Casual Workout/Inertia HTRK Psychic 9-5 Club Mistletone CLOUD NOTHINGS Here And Nowhere Else Stop Start/Inertia FITZ & THE TANTRUMS More Than Just A Dream Warner 32 • THE MUSIC • 26TH MARCH 2014

ROCK AND HOLLER

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

FROZEN WARMTH

We’re still hanging out for the new EP from The Owls, Own The Streets, but while we do we can at least sink out teeth into new track Ocean. See the quartet when they saunter into The Northern, Byron Bay, 23 May and The Bearded Lady, 24 May.

Celebrating the release of their debut EP, Pack Animals bring their fun indie pop flavours to The Loft, Gold Coast, 3 Apr, to launch the record with help from Baltimore Gun Club, Talicia Pyke, Milan Martin and Miranda Kelly.

Launching their new LP The Luxury Of Wasted Space at Dowse Bar, 27 Apr, Holidays On Ice – featuring members of Frente!, Leonardo’s Bride and Warpaint – have called on Angharad Drake to open the show. Get in early for some gentle melodies.

WHAT BOUNDARIES?

GOLDEN OLDIES

IT’S LADIES’ NIGHT

Chicago instrumental heavyweights Russian Circles are in town promoting their latest, Memorial, and will do so with some very decent supports in the form of The Matador and theseashallnothavethem. 29 Apr, Crowbar.

The Apia Good Times Tour drops into Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, 14 May, QPAC, 15 May and Twin Towns, Tweed Heads 16 May, with Joe Camilleri, pictured, Richard Clapton, Russell Morris and Leo Sayer.

UK DJ and producer Girl Unit will be returning to Australia this July, bringing his classic 808/909 rhythm tracks, icy rap/ grime/R&B instrumentals and club tools to Family, 18 Jul. Feel the bass in the place.

ROOTS ‘N’ ALL

GLITCH AND YOU’LL MISS IT

Hear Screaming Jets guitarist Paul Woseen lower the volume but maintain the intensity when he brings his Bombido acoustic tour to Dowse Bar, 24 Apr; 25 Apr, The Loft, Gold Coast; 26 Apr, Taps Australia; and 27 Apr, The Rails, Byron Bay.

Before he heads to Palm Springs, California for Coachella, Melbourne-based beat talent Opiuo will be sharing the stage with mouth magician Dub FX, 29 Mar, The Hi-Fi. Sink into his spun-out grooves and realise the hype.

HARD FOR VINYL

BACK AFLOAT

When you’re looking for iconic Australian punk bands, it’s pretty hard to go past Hard-Ons. The legendary riot-causers play a special gig at Tym Guitars on Record Store Day, 19 Apr, with Sounds Like Sunset and Columbia Buffet.

Catch Eurogliders when they headline 6 Jun, Lismore Workers Club; 7 Jun, City Golf Club, Toowoomba; and 8 Jun, Buderim Tavern (evening), in addition to a slot that afternoon at Caxton Street Seafood & Wine Festival.

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ALBUM FOCUS

EP FOCUS the album in September 2012, but the actual recording process took only a few weeks in August 2013.

TO HELL WITH HONOUR Member answering: Wayne Traill EP Title: Conscious How many releases do you have now? Just the EP! Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Motion I guess... We had been stationary for so long just practicing, it was time to get the wheels turning and make something of the band!

When and where is your launch? Launch was at The Rosemount Hotel in Perth! Now we’re bringing it to the rest of the country! To Hell With Honour play Ric’s Bar on Thursday 27 Mar.

Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Home community provided our main impetuous. This was particularly evident in June 2013 where we toured our hometowns. It was very inspiring meeting with local characters and tradition bearers and sharing their music.

BREABACH Name: James Lindsay Album title? Ùrlar Where did the title of your new album come from? Ùrlar translates from Gaelic as ‘Ground’ and our own home roots became the main inspiration for the album. Ùrlar is also the opening theme from a pipe pìobaireachd (the oldest form of pipe music).

What’s your favourite song on it? Not Now Not Ever… Skin And Bone close second…

How many releases do you have now? Ùrlar will be the fourth release from the band.

We’ll like this EP if we like... I guess a mixture of Parkway Drive, Lamb Of God, Unearth maybe?

How long did it take to write/ record? We began rehearsing and gathering material for

SINGLE FOCUS

What’s your favourite song on it? Personally, it would be Proud To Play A Pipe, I feel it epitomises the ethos of the band. Will you do anything differently next time? We will continue expanding the sound we’ve been building up including more vocal/ instrumental crossover and also gathering influences from all the different world cultures we’ve discovered on our travels. Breabach play Queensland Irish Club on Friday 4 Apr.

SINGLE FOCUS

Is this track from a forthcoming release/existing release? Our second EP, This Town, which was released in late-2013. We felt like we never gave Bullets… a good run so we recently got it re-mixed and mastered by Dave Hammer (Born Lion/ The Snowdroppers/Gay Paris).

RELEASE THE HOUNDS Member answering: Liam Brennan Single title: Bullets, My Only Weakness. What’s the song about? The existential battles I always seem to have during long drinking sessions, but can never seem to remember. How long did it take to write/ record? September 2013, and was originally mixed by us and stem mastered by Cam Smith. As we wanted, the original was a real thrashy mix/master, not really ‘radio friendly’. This mix is a bit more polished. 34 • THE MUSIC • 26TH MARCH 2014

What was inspiring you during the songs writing and recording? During the recording process we were pretty busy with shows, so most of the inspiration comes from Brisbane, its nightlife, and finding our little place in that. We’ll like this song if we like... Big influence on this was The Drips, but Gallows’ Orchestra Of Wolves album is pretty bang on. Do you play it differently live? When we play it live, if people are singing along I usually just give them the microphone. Gives me time to rest, man. Release The Hounds play Crowbar on Friday 28 Mar and 4ZZZ Carpark on Saturday 29 Mar (afternoon, free all ages)

THE NINJAS Member answering: Josh Stewart Single title: Kill ‘Em All What’s the song about? We wrote it specifically trying to get it soundtracked on the next Call Of Duty, hopefully this hooks it up. How long did it take to write/ record? Took the duration of the song to write (roughly three minutes), and one day to record. Is this track from a forthcoming release/existing release? It’s released as a single but will probably make it onto the Greatest Hits Anthology EP sometime later this year.

What was inspiring you during the songs writing and recording? We were listening to a lot of The Vaccines around when this was written and wanted an upbeat postpunky song in our arsenal. We’ll like this song if we like... Anything Britpop, ie. The Vaccines, Libertines, Cribs etc. Heck, you’ll probably even like it if you dig Nicki Minaj! Do you play it differently live? Nope, it sounds so similar we’ve been accused of lip syncing to backing tracks. The Ninjas play Trainspotters, Grand Central Hotel on Saturday 29 Mar.


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THE MUSIC PRESENTS Calling All Cars: Beach Hotel 28 Mar, The Zoo 29 Mar, Solbar 30 Mar

India.Arie & Joss Stone: The Tivoli 20 Apr

The Jungle Giants: Ric’s Big Backyard 29 Mar, Alhambra Lounge 30 Mar (U18)

Ozomatli: The Zoo 23 Apr

Monster Magnet: The Hi-Fi 5 Apr Loon Lake: The Zoo 5 Apr Sally Seltmann: Black Bear Lodge 10 Apr Claude Hay: The Loft 12 Apr Steve Earle & The Dukes: The Tivoli 15 Apr Suzanne Vega: Brisbane Powerhouse 15 Apr Allen Stone: The Zoo 16 Apr The Wailers: The Tivoli 16 Apr Cloud Control: Brunswick Hotel 16 Apr, Beach Hotel 16 Apr, Story Bridge Hotel 12 Apr, Paddington Tavern 13 Apr, Komune 13 Apr, Noosa Heads SLSC 17 Apr, Solbar 17 Apr, Jubilee Hotel 19 Apr, Boardwalk Tavern 19 Apr, Coolangatta Hotel 20 Apr Byron Bay Bluesfest 2014: Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm 17-21 Apr KC & The Sunshine Band: The Tivoli 19 Apr

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The Hello Morning + Big Iron + guests: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley Karaoke: Captain Cook Tavern, Kippa-Ring The Acfields + The Lyrical + Candice Long: Dowse Bar (Iceworks), Paddington Locky: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane Eurogliders: Kedron Wavell Services Club, Chermside South We All Want To: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley

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

Open Mic Night feat. various Artists: The Loft, Chevron Island The Pressure feat. various: The Press Club, Fortitude Valley DJ Daniel De Niro + Jake Carmody + Jay Robinson: Vanity Nightclub, Surfers Paradise

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The Shakeouts + more: Beetle Bar, Brisbane

GIG OF THE WEEK SUNNYBOYS: 28 MAR, THE TIVOLI

Groovin’ The Moo: Townsville 4 May The Jezabels: The Tivoli 6 May Arctic Monkeys: BEC 7 May DZ Deathrays: Elsewhere 8 May, The Zoo 9 May Ella Hooper: Black Bear Lodge 15 May, Soundlounge 16 May, Star Court Theatre 17 May

Christian Patey + Shannon Carroll: Solbar, Maroochydore Open Mic Night with Lindsay Webb: Stones Corner Hotel, Stones Corner The Scientists + Hits + special guests: The Hi-Fi, West End

Free Your Mind Ft Northlane, Thy Art Is Murder: The Hi-Fi 22 May

The Trotskies + White Lodge + Aquila Young: The Loft, Chevron Island

Kingswood: The Hi-Fi 31 May

Calling All Cars + The Love Junkies + The Sinking Teeth: The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba

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

Caitlin Park + The Phoncurves: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley Hot Jazz Alliance feat. Josh Duffee + Andy Schumm: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point Karaoke: Brunswick Hotel, New Farm Toehaugen + Trolhider: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley Hailey Calvert + Josh Lovegrove: Dowse Bar (Iceworks), Paddington Non Cents with Scott Cleaver + Six Shooter + Chris Miller: Elsewhere, Surfers Paradise

Jabba: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane

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

Caboose: Saltbar, South Kingscliff

Residual: The Loft 3 May, Tempo Hotel 4 May

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

Open Mic Night feat. various artists: Solbar, Maroochydore

John Fegan: Royal Mail Hotel (6.30pm), Goodna

Urban Country Music Festival: Caboolture, 2-4 May

Karaoke: Forest Lake Tavern, Forest Lake

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

Moon Ranch: Royal Exchange Hotel (Beer Garden/8pm), Toowong

Jake Bugg: The Hi-Fi 23 Apr

Le Parti Soul feat. Tigermoth + Make More + Virginia Sook + DJ Redbeard: Ric’s (Downstairs), Fortitude Valley

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

Kim Sheehy: Royal Exchange Hotel (Beer Garden/4pm), Toowong

Tuffy: Hamilton Hotel (Public Bar), Hamilton Jam Session feat. EMO Big Band: JMI Live, Bowen Hills The Hummin Quartet: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End Who’s Charlie: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central Ballad Boy: Loving Hut, Mount Gravatt Sietta + Ezekiel Ox + MKO + Kaleidoscope (DJ Set): New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley DJ Dan A: Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads Pugsley Buzzard: Papa Jack’s, Fortitude Valley To Hell WIth Honour + Deadyet? + Winteress + DJ Valdis: Ric’s (Downstairs), Fortitude Valley Ro Campbell + Casey Talbot + Sam Campbell + Kat Davidson: Sit Down Comedy Club (8pm), Brisbane

The Music Kitchen feat. Matt Duke + Simulation + Underwood Mayne + Shag Rock + Shaggy Galafunkus: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley Morseyx + Calais + Flavour Machine + La Morsey DJs: The Tempo Hotel (Bowler Bar), Fortitude Valley Denmark + Friends of Ben + Arundel + My Own Pet Radio: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley Stevie Z + Jake Carmody + Jay Robinson: Vanity Nightclub, Surfers Paradise

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DJ Indy Andy: Albany Creek Tavern (The Creek Bar), Albany Creek The Lazy Valentines: Albany Creek Tavern, Albany Creek Columbus + Such Great Heights + The Effects Of Boredom + My Friend The Betrayer: Beetle Bar, Brisbane

Don & The Mobsters + Nila Bonda: Coorparoo Bowls Club, Coorparoo The Flangipanis + Release The Hounds + Hug Therapist + Goon On The Rocks: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley

Rockaoke feat. various artists: Sunnybank Hotel, Sunnybank

An Evening With The Cast of Sons Of Anarchy: Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill Tsun + The Dark Hawks + Midnight Rambler: Elsewhere, Surfers Paradise Monkey See, Monkey Do: Empire Hotel, Fortitude Valley Brooksy & Co: Hamilton Hotel (Public Bar), Hamilton Nu Hop feat. Die Vs City + Carter + Blest Ozhiphop + EMR + more: Hamilton Hotel (5pm), Hamilton Motion DJs: Irish Murphy’s (Upstairs), Brisbane Jabba + B-Rad: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane Brother Fox: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End Seductive Soul: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central Boom Crash Opera: Lonestar Tavern, Mermaid Waters Pugsley Buzzard: Mandala Organic Arts Cafe, Mermaid Beach

Stefan Grossman + Mark Cryle + Friends: New Farm Bowls Club, New Farm

Various DJs: Capalaba Tavern (Sports Bar/10pm), Capalaba Rock Vs Ska feat. The Howls + Pick It Up + The Fun Team + Screamin Stevie + The Hobby Rockers: Chardons Corner Hotel, Annerley Darren J Ray: City Golf Club, Toowoomba Fatty Phew + Flowz + Insideus + Elaborate: Coniston Lane, Fortitude Valley

Street Pieces + The Golden Age of Ballooning + Love Hate Rebellion + Switchblade Suzie: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley Cheated Hearts presents Poetic Justice with DJ DZYR + Charlie Hustle + Dimestore Diamonds + Lu-Na: Oh Hello! (9pm), Fortitude Valley Steve Grady: Padre, Woolloongabba Green Jam Sessions with Gian Slater + Invenio Singers: QPAC (Melbourne Street Green), Southbank Junior Danger + Elston Gunn + DJ Valdis: Ric’s (Downstairs), Fortitude Valley

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Quenel Mott: Story Bridge Hotel (The Corner Bar), Kangaroo Point

Wes Carr’s Buffalo Tales + Milan Martin: Dowse Bar (Iceworks), Paddington

Vintage Rock Box: Brisbane Brewhouse, Woolloongabba

The Angels: Caloundra RSL, Caloundra

Mark Wilkinson: Soundlounge, Currumbin

DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (Shelter Bar/10pm), Kangaroo Point

Troldhaugen + Toehider + Gimpus + Bad Virtue: Miami Tavern (Shark Bar), Miami

GSync: Caloundra Hotel, Caloundra

Felicity Lawless + The Blue Ruins: Solbar, Maroochydore

The Jaguars + Moth + Hotel Escobar: D’Aguilar Pub, D’Aguilar

Babaganouj + The Good Sports + Love Signs: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley

Melissa Western: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point

Ro Campbell + Casey Talbot + Sam Campbell + Kat Davidson: Sit Down Comedy Club (8pm), Brisbane

Malo Zima + Those Folk: The Crosstown Eating House, Woolloongabba Berst + Rick Barron: The Elephant Hotel, Fortitude Valley Dark Tranquillity + Be’Lakor + Orpheus Omega: The Hi-Fi, West End Late Night Comedy feat. various artists: The Hideaway, Fortitude Valley Shag Rock + Sleepy Circus: The Hideaway, Fortitude Valley Bobby Alu: The Joynt, South Brisbane Jordan Millar + Bree De Rome + Calan Mai: The Loft, Chevron Island Capitol Groove: The Press Club, Fortitude Valley We All Want To: The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba Lucy Street: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley A1 Bassline (UK): The Tempo Hotel (Bowler Bar), Fortitude Valley Sunnyboys + The Stems: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley Aktion Unit + Gravel Samwidge + Wonderfuls: The Underdog, Fortitude Valley Diamond Dave: The Underdog (Public Bar), Fortitude Valley Sonic Masala presents No Sister + Cassette Cathedral + Hypnotic Bedrooms: The Waiting Room, West End Some Can’t + Flannelette + Junkyard Diamonds + Zed Charles: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley Brent Dee + Jake Carmody + Jay Robinson: Vanity Nightclub, Surfers Paradise Restless: Wilsonton Hotel, Toowoomba DJ Jarrd + DJ Blitz: Wynnum Tavern, Wynnum West


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Army Of Champions + Release The Hounds + Hug Therapist + Driven Fear: 4ZZZ (Car Park), Fortitude Valley Thief + Nicole Millar: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley

The Angels/Midnight Oil Tribute Show: Kedron Park Hotel, Kedron Park Captain Dreamboat: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End The Midnight Antics + Yes Sir Noceur + Eleea Navarro + Taylah Little: Loft, West End

The Return of Ladybugs! feat. Lucy Star Satellite + Nightingale Floor + Emma White + Lucinda Shaw + Lili Kendall: Beetle Bar, Brisbane

Sylk: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central

Various DJs: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley

Sacred Shrines + Mega Ogre + guests: Old Museum, Bowen Hills

The Febs: Breakfast Creek Hotel, Breakfast Creek

Boom Crash Opera: Racehorse Hotel, Booval

The Decoys: Brisbane Brewhouse, Woolloongabba

Ric’s Big Backyard with The Jungle Giants + Millions + Little Odessa + ShortStraw + The Moses Gunn Collective + Various DJs: Ric’s, Fortitude Valley

Pugsley Buzzard: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point DC Saturdays feat. Styli$$h: Captain Cook Tavern, Kippa-Ring La Boum: Cloudland, Fortitude Valley Whiskey & Speed + Four Zero One Four + Fun With Explosives + Fire Away + more: Club Metro, Ipswich

The Seal Club + Moth + Hotel Escobar: Mary’s Commercial Hotel, Dalby

DJ Valdis: Ric’s (Downstairs), Fortitude Valley Tyson & Shake: Royal Exchange Hotel (Beer Garden/8pm), Toowong The Blue Ruins: Royal Mail Hotel (12.30pm), Goodna

Thriller feat. Sienna Skies + The Brave + Dire Wolf + First Sight: Coniston Lane, Fortitude Valley

Mojo Webb Band: Royal Mail Hotel (4pm), Goodna

The Angels: Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta

Ro Campbell + Casey Talbot + Sam Campbell + Kat Davidson: Sit Down Comedy Club (8pm), Brisbane

Six Shooter + Josh Rutherford + Giv: Elsewhere, Surfers Paradise Trainspotters presents Go Violets + The Ninjas + Atripwithsid + Bell Weather Department: Grand Central Hotel, Brisbane Vote For Pedro + Stewart Fairhurst: Hamilton Hotel (Public Bar), Hamilton Shannon Carroll: Imperial Hotel, Eumundi Motion DJs: Irish Murphy’s (Upstairs), Brisbane Berst + Locky: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane

DJ Jase: Saltbar, South Kingscliff

Bobby Alu: Solbar, Maroochydore The Very: Story Bridge Hotel (The Corner Bar), Kangaroo Point

Secondheart + Ghosts of Gravity + Maybe Logic + Brooksy & Co: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley Black & White Party feat. various DJs: The Tempo Hotel (Bowler Bar), Fortitude Valley Four Layers of Zed feat. We All Want To + McKisco + Naked Maja + Tape/Off: The Underdog (Front Bar), Fortitude Valley Four Layers of Zed feat. Kellie Lloyd + Steve Townsen + Darren Madeo + Claire Quinn: The Underdog (Public Bar), Fortitude Valley Four Layers of Zed feat. Nana Vigilante + Extra Foxx + Girls Girls Girls + Gerald Keaney & The Gerald Keaneys: The Underdog (Dining Room), Fortitude Valley Four Layers of Zed feat. Rikki Newton + Domestic Sphere + Polo (Watch Your Step): The Underdog (Upstairs DJ Room), Fortitude Valley Calling All Cars + The Love Junkies + The Sinking Teeth: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley Stevie Z + Jake Carmody + Jay Robinson: Vanity Nightclub, Surfers Paradise

SUN 30

The Jungle Giants + Millions + ShortStraw: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley

Sunday Unplugged feat. various artists: Burleigh Heads Hotel (1pm), Burleigh Heads Seventh Avenue: Cloudland, Fortitude Valley

DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (Shelter Bar/3pm), Kangaroo Point

The Lazy Hyena: Coorparoo Bowls Club (2pm), Coorparoo

My Fiction + Foxsmith: The Bearded Lady, West End

Helen Rae & Band + Cameron Milford + Steve Dorrington: Dowse Bar (Iceworks) (4pm), Paddington

Bubbleboy + Glenn Esmond + Sunday Skyes: The Elephant Hotel, Fortitude Valley

The Royale Late Night feat. Snobs + Sessionkatz: Elsewhere, Surfers Paradise Spike: Hamilton Hotel (Public Bar/2pm), Hamilton Wasabi + Ragdoll + Mick McHugh: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane The Enterprise: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End Damien Leith: Paddo Tavern, Paddington Ric’s Exposed #6 (Heat 9) feat. Parlour Games + Rabbit + The Bear Hunt + The Stained Angels: Ric’s, Fortitude Valley Thirty Seconds To Mars + White Lies: Riverstage, Brisbane Nathan Bruen Duo: Royal Exchange Hotel (Beer Garden/2pm), Toowong Jabba: Royal Exchange Hotel (Beer Garden/6pm), Toowong Simon Says: Royal Exchange Hotel (Public Bar), Toowong

Sunday Sessions feat. various artists: Bay Central Tavern (2pm), Pialba

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

Ginger & The Ghost + Georgia Potter: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley

Dub FX + Opiuo: The Hi-Fi, West End

Sunday Standards with Sarah Collyer: Brisbane Jazz Club (9.30am), Kangaroo Point

A Day On The Green with Jimmy Barnes + The Angels + Ian Moss + Daryl Braithwaite + Richard Clapton + Boom Crash Opera: Sirromet Winery, Mount Cotton

The Midnight Antics + Yes Sir Noceur + Eleea Navarro + Taylah Little: The Loft, Chevron Island

Brisbane Contemporary Jazz Orchestra: Brisbane Jazz Club (5pm), Kangaroo Point

Calling All Cars + The Love Junkies + The Sinking Teeth: Solbar, Maroochydore

DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (Shelter Bar/10pm), Kangaroo Point Alter Egos + Brad Garnett: The Elephant Hotel, Fortitude Valley

The Lyrical: Solbar (2pm), Maroochydore

Three: The Press Club, Fortitude Valley The Green Whistle + The Black Catapult + Ninth Of May + The Royal Artillery: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley RnR BBQ withSpike City + The Flangipanis + more: The Underdog (12pm), Fortitude Valley DJ Daniel De Niro + Jake Carmody + Jay Robinson: Vanity Nightclub, Surfers Paradise

MON 31

Rob Hackwood Duo: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane Tempo Acoustic Sessions with Josh Lovegrove + friends: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley

TUE 01

Bobby Keys & The Suffering Bastards: Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill The Bug feat. Noel Gardner + John Hogan Quartet: New Farm Bowls Club, New Farm Mark Sheils: Samford Valley Hotel, Samford Valley Kodaline + The Trouble With Templeton: The Hi-Fi, West End Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars: The Loft, Chevron Island Jam It Together feat. various artists: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley

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INTERNATIONAL

5 Seconds Of Summer: The Tivoli 7 May

Kodaline: The Hi-Fi 1 Apr

Things Of Stone & Wood: Brisbane Powerhouse 9 May

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

Rüfüs: Coolangatta Hotel 9 May, The Tivoli 10, 11 May, Beach Hotel 8 Jun

The Rolling Stones: Brisbane Entertainment Centre 2 Apr

Ella Hooper: Black Bear Lodge 15 May, Soundlounge 16 May, Star Court Theatre 17 May

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

DZ Deathrays: Elsewhere 8 May, The Zoo 9 May

Kylesa: The Hi-Fi 2 Apr

Dead Letter Circus: Surfers Paradise Beer Garden 15 May, Racehorse Hotel 16 May, 18 May Tatts Hotel

A$AP Ferg: The Hi-Fi 3 Apr The Fratellis: The Tivoli 3 Apr St Lucia: The Zoo 4 Apr

Thundamentals: The Zoo 16 May

Glass Animals: The Hi-Fi 4 Apr Monster Magnet: The Hi-Fi 5 Apr

Chance Waters: Alhambra Lounge 16 May

3 Inches Of Blood: Crowbar 10 Apr

Free Your Mind Ft Northlane, Thy Art Is Murder: The Hi-Fi 22 May

MISERY SIGNALS: 17 MAY, THE HI-FI

Killswitch Engage: Eatons Hill Hotel 11 Apr (AA) Loon Lake, Jeremy Neale: The Zoo 5 Apr

Sydonia: Crowbar 23 May, Coolangatta Hotel 24 May, The Northern 25 May

Kate Miller-Heidke: The Tivoli 5, 6 Apr

The Presets, Australian Chamber Orchestra: QPAC 26 May

Sally Seltmann: Black Bear Lodge 10 Apr

Joelistics, Dialectrix: The Tempo Hotel 30 May, Solbar 31 May Kingswood: The Hi-Fi 31 May

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

Ball Park Music, Papa Vs Pretty: Coolangatta Hotel 10 Apr, The Tivoli 11 Apr, The Northern 12 Apr, Alhambra Lounge 13 Apr (U18)

NATIONAL

Jimmy Tait: Brisbane Powerhouse 11 Apr

Tyga: Arena 12 Apr

Temples: The Zoo 8 May

Lady Gaga: BEC 26 Aug

Suzanne Vega, Seth Lakeman: Brisbane Powerhouse 15 Apr

Disclosure: Eatons Hill Hotel 8 May

The Dandy Warhols: The Tivoli 30 Aug

Steve Earle & The Dukes: The Tivoli 15 Apr

Jonny Craig: Crowbar 8 May, Tall Poppy Studios 9 May (AA)

Biffy Clyro: The Tivoli 4 Sep

Allen Stone: The Zoo 16 Apr

Kanye West: BEC 9 May

The Wailers: The Tivoli 16 Apr

Pete Rock & DJ Premier: Arena 9 May

Kris Kristofferson: Lismore Workers Club 16 Apr, Empire Theatre 17 Apr, QPAC 18 Apr, Jupiters Theatre 19 Apr Adrian Edmondson & The Bad Shepherds: Black Bear Lodge 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 Morbid Angel: The Hi-Fi 22 Apr Hunx & His Punx: The Zoo 22 Apr Ozomatli: The Zoo 23 Apr Jake Bugg: The Hi-Fi 23 Apr Michael Franti & Spearhead: The Tivoli 23 Apr Dizzee Rascal: Eatons Hill Hotel 24 Apr Holy Fuck: The Zoo 24 Apr MKTO: Jupiters 23 Apr, BCEC 24 Apr 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 Russian Circles: Crowbar 29 Apr KT Tunstall: The Zoo 30 Apr D.R.I: The Hi-Fi 1 May Hugh Laurie: QPAC 2 May John Newman: Eatons Hill Hotel 3 May The Acacia Strain: The Lab 3 May (AA), Thriller 3 May, Expressive Grounds 4 May (AA) The Naked & Famous: The Hi-Fi 5 May Jason Derulo: BEC 5 May

Michael Buble: BEC 12 May Fleshgod Apocalypse: The Hi-Fi 14 May Robyn Hitchcock: New Globe Theatre 16 May Misery Signals: The Hi-Fi 17 May, The Lab 18 May (AA) The English Beat: The Zoo 18 May Brant Bjork: The Zoo 23 May, The Northern 24 May Gary Numan: The Tivoli 28 May We Are Scientists: The Zoo 29 May Meat Puppets: The Zoo 30 May Mango Groove: Eatons Hill Hotel 30 May

Justin Timberlake: BEC 26, 27 Sep

The Hello Morning: Black Bear Lodge 26 Mar, Beach Hotel 27 Mar

Yacht Club DJs: Elsewhere 11 Apr, Oh Hello! 12 Apr, Beach Hotel 13 Apr

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

Greenthief: The Northern 11 Apr, Norville Hotel 12 Apr, Crowbar 18 Apr, Kings Beach Tavern 19 Apr

Toehider: Crowbar 27 Mar, Shark Bar 28 Mar

Architecture In Helsinki: The Hi-Fi 12 Apr

The Scientists: The Hi-Fi 27 Mar

Claude Hay & The Gentle Enemies: The Loft 12 Apr

Sietta, Ezekiel Ox: New Globe Theatre 27 Mar Sunnyboys: The Tivoli 28 Mar

Armin van Buuren: BEC 4 Jun

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

Ellie Goulding, Broods: BCEC 5 Jun (AA)

Elizabeth Rose: The Factory 28 Mar

Kevin Mark Trail: The Loft 7 Jun, Dowse Bar 8 Jun

Babaganouj: Black Bear Lodge 28 Mar

Propagandhi: The Hi-Fi 8 Jun, Miami Shark Bar 9 Jun

Finntroll: The Zoo 18 Jun

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

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

Boom Crash Opera: Lone Star Tavern 28 Mar, Racehorse Hotel 29 Mar, Sirromet Wines 30 Mar

Dragon: Kedron Wavell Services Club 20 Jun, Twin Towns 21 Jun

The Jungle Giants: Ric’s 29 Mar, Alhambra Lounge 30 Mar (U18)

Band Of Skulls: The Hi-Fi 21 Jun

Jimmy Barnes: Sirromet Wines 30 Mar

The Vibrators: Prince Of Wales 28 Jun

Harmony: Black Bear Lodge 3 Apr

The Crimson Projekct: The Hi-Fi 28 Jun

Megan Washington: The Rev 3 Apr

Adolescents: The Tempo Hotel 3 Jul

Darren Middleton: Soundlounge 4 Apr, Hotel Brunswick 5, 6 Apr

Lloyd Cole: Brisbane Powerhouse 10 Jul, Soundlounge 11 Jul, Star Theatre 12 Jul

Bam Bam: Bowler Bar 4 Apr, Solbar 5 Apr

James Blunt: BCEC 2 Jun

Bastille: BCEC 13 Jun (AA) Carcass: The Hi-Fi 13 Jun

Lorde: Riverstage 6 May (AA)

Andrew Strong: The Commitments: The Tivoli 25 Jul, Twin Towns 26 Jul

Arctic Monkeys: BEC 7 May

Anathema: The Hi-Fi 21 Aug

Cults: The Zoo 6 May

Robbie Williams: BEC 22 Sep

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 Maids: The Zoo 17 Apr Buried In Verona: Crowbar 19 Apr, The Lab 20 Apr (AA) Bliss N Eso, Horrorshow, Seth Sentry: Riverstage 24 Apr Stonefield: Oh Hello! 24 Apr, Beach Hotel 25 Apr, One Way Street Party 26 Apr 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)

Baby Animals: Racehorse Hotel 4 Apr, Alexandra Hills Hotel 5 Apr

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

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

Vance Joy, Gossling: The Hi-Fi 6 May

The Jezabels: The Tivoli 6 May

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Eurogliders: Lismore Workers Club 6 Jun, City Golf Club 7 Jun, Buderim Tavern 8 Jun The Paper Kites: The Northern 13 Jun, The Hi-Fi 14 Jun Keith Urban: BEC 17 Jun Wagons: The Zoo 20 Jun 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 Bluesfest: Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm 17-21 Apr Easterfest: Queens Park 18-20 Apr Metal Heart Festival: The Tivoli 26 Apr Urban Country Music Festival: Caboolture 2-4 May Groovin The Moo: Townsville Cricket Grounds 4 May Hits & Pits Round 3: The Hi-Fi 9 May, The Northern 10 May Brisbane International Jazz Festival: BEMAC 4-8 Jun Caxton Street Seafood & Wine Festival: Caxton Street 8 Jun Gympie Music Muster: Gympie 28-31 Aug BIGSOUND: Fortitude Valley Entertainment Precinct 10-12 Sep


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