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There’s a massive shindig for lovers of homegrown hip hop this Thursday when ARIA Award-winning Sydney outfit Bliss N Eso, pictured, bring their massive Circus Under The Stars 2014 tour to the Brisbane Riverstage. The charismatic trio are joined for the party by fellow Sydney-siders Horrorshow and oneman party-starter Seth Sentry, so support Australian talent and head along to see these fine acts in their natural environment – rhyming your socks off!

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NAMES CAN BE DECEIVING CHET FAKER

THE REAL DEAL

Dynamic vocalist and groove maker Chet Faker will be bringing his smooth voice and awesome beard to cities, rural and capital, all over Australia. Fresh from the success of debut album Built On Glass, Chet Faker will be hitting up Wool Exchange, Geelong, 12 Jun; Forum Theatre, Melbourne, 13 Jun; Astor Theatre, Perth, 19 Jun; The Tivoli, Brisbane, 21 Jun; Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sunshine Coast, 22 Jun; Civic Theatre, Newcastle, 25 Jun; Enmore Theatre, Sydney, 27 Jun; and Anitas Theatre, Wollongong, 28 Jun.

HE DON’T STOP

With some finishing touches currently getting applied to his debut album in LA, it seems like the perfect time for positive hip hop youngster Allday to return to the road and start generating hype for what will be one of the biggest domestic releases of the year. Supported by Mikey Hundred, Allday will ride the microphone 30 May, Flyrite, Perth; 7 Jun (under-18 matinee; 18+ evening), Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne; 8 Jun, Spirit Bar, Traralgon; 14 Jun, The Lair, Sydney (all ages matinee) and 14 Jun, Goodgod Small Club, Sydney (18+ evening); and 20 Jun, Bowler Bar, Brisbane, with Jackie Onassis also performing on the final four shows of the tour. Allday’s brand new single Right Now is released through OneTwo, 25 Apr.

HEARING VOICES

It seems like Safia can’t stay out of the limelight right now, with the electro-pop trio from Canberra following up news of their Lorde support with a national headline announcement, the boys clocking up the kilometres in support of new single, Paranoia, Ghosts And Other Sounds. Soak up the electronic textures when Safia hit Transit Bar, Canberra, 24 May; Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, 30 May (free entry);Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, 31 May; Shebeen Bar, Melbourne, 6 Jun; Spectrum, Sydney, 14 Jun; Rad Bar, Wollongong, 15 Jun; and Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle, 20 Jun.

STONES SET TO ROLL ONCE MORE

Following on from their tour cancellation last month, The Rolling Stones are happy to announce that they’ll be returning Down Under later this year, with rescheduled concerts set to happen right around the country. Concerts will take place 29 Oct & 1 Nov (new), Perth Arena; 5 Nov, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne; 8 Nov, Hanging Rock Reserve, Macedon Ranges; 12 Nov, Allphones Arena, Sydney; 15 Nov, Hope Estate, Hunter Valley (new); and 18 Nov, Brisbane Entertainment Centre. Existing ticketholders who can attend simply need to sit tight and count down the days, however, those that can’t make these shows need to contact their original point of purchase before 5pm, Monday (28 Apr) to secure a refund.

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Alternately indie-poppy then intense and gritty, Perth quintet The Disappointed are touring nationally following the release of their energetic new EP Weird Peace. The band are bringing their catchy jams laced with powerful, almost depressive themes to Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, 9 May; Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, 16 May; The Tote, Melbourne, 22 May; Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, 23 May; Trainspotters, Grand Central Hotel, Brisbane, 24 May; and a special EP launch at the Rosemount Hotel, Perth, 30 May. Proudly presented by The Music.

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TLC, America’s biggest selling female group of all time, are back and touring again, bringing their blend of lyrical feminism and anthemic R&B tunes to Australia for the first time. Loved in the ‘90s and early ‘00s for their funky tracks such as No Scrubs and Waterfalls – and ability to make trackpants acceptable club wear – Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas will crump into the Enmore Theatre, Sydney, 6 Jun; Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane, 7 Jun; Palais Theatre, Melbourne, 11 Jun; and Metro City, Perth, 13 Jun.

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Drop a pin somewhere between Bon Iver and Radiohead, and you’ll probably accidentally injure one of the five guys that make up Our Man In Berlin. These dream-pop indie kids are celebrating the release of their forthcoming debut EP Is It Right? with a string of shows around the nation. The guys are bringing their chill, ethereal yet surprisingly danceable jams to Amplifier Bar, Perth, 30 May; Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, 5 Jun; Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, 6 Jun; and Rochester Castle Hotel, Melbourne, 7 Jun. Proudly presented by The Music.


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local news qld.news@themusic.com.au THE TROUBLE WITH TEMPLETON

THE BENNIES

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Off the back of packed out shows in the UK and Europe last year and a run of dates in the US that saw them play SXSW just a few months ago, The Trouble With Templeton are set to release their first full-length, Rookie, in Europe through seminal UK indie label Bella Union. And because of this, the Brisbane favourites are bunking off over to England to make a fist of it during the northern summer; exciting times for the quintet, yes, but bittersweet for us fans as we won’t get to see them perform for a while. The last chance to catch them before they farewell Australia is on Thursday at the Old Museum, and with support from Little Scout it’ll no doubt be a fitting local finale (for now). Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from oldmuseum.org.

LET ‘EM LOOSE

Because a night spent with explosive rock duo King Of The North wasn’t already going to be bone-shattering enough, the ever-fiery Ezekiel Ox has come out to bat with the lads, supporting on every show in our region. Get some serious Australian rock right up your bracket when the tour hits Tatts Hotel, Lismore, 15 May; The Northern, Byron Bay, 16 May; The Tempo Hotel, 17 May; and Solbar, Maroochydore, 24 May. Tickets for this Sound The Underground tour are on sale now.

TIM ROGERS

AN AUSTRALIAN LEGEND

What a cheeky bugger. With barely any warning, one of Australia’s most beloved musical icons, Tim Rogers, has just announced a little show in Brisbane this week. As the frontman of You Am I, Rogers has penned some of this country’s finest rock’n’roll moments, including Berlin Chair, Purple Sneakers and Good Mornin’ , and his work as a solo artist is an extension of those songs: lyrics that talk directly to you, from the streets of your town. Accompanied by Shane O’Mara, Rogers will play Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall tonight (23 Apr) with support from Melody Feder and Michael Muchow. And better still, this gig is free entry (!) so you best be there early. Doors open 7pm.

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Known for their skate-punk/reggae/ska hybrid and infectious sing-alongs, The Bennies are gearing up to throw one hell of a party on their Queen’s Birthday ‘Bong’ Weekend Tour. After generating a healthy buzz last year following the November release of their second full-length album, Rainbows In Space, the Poison City legends toured China, Japan, New Zealand and landed a coveted spot on the Soundwave line-up – pretty good work for a bunch of inelegantly wasted Melbourne scrags. The rest of 2014 will see the band write and record a new album, further international touring and more festival slots, but before the formal stuff they’ll take it to the Crowbar stage, 8 Jun, with support from Sydney comrades Fait Accompli. Tickets on sale now.

CAREFREE NATURE

Following their successful turns as part of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, theatre stars Rachael Beck and David Hobson will return to the stages of QPAC for one night only as part of My Baby Just Cares For Me. Taking place 12 Jun, the show blends classical and popular, exploring romance in a fun and charming manner, with songs from sterling productions such as Les Miserables, My Fair Lady and The Sound Of Music all getting attention. Tickets available now through the venue box office.

FREAK WAVE

SWELL SEASON

Ditch the overwrought indie and soak in something a little deeper, with Freak Wave crashing into our lives with their debut record, Don’t Let Me Down. A scuzzy blend of influences translated into one hell of a racket, fans of Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr. and Lemuria won’t want to miss the five-piece when they plug in at Crowbar, 14 Jun with The Gifthorse before backing up at Tym Guitars for a 2pm all ages in-store, 15 Jun.


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GABRIELLE APLIN

BLISS RELEASE

After selling out her Sydney and Melbourne club shows in quick time, Gabrielle Aplin has decided to venture a little further north, with the Heavenly Sounds crew bringing her up for a special performance at St John’s Cathedral, 3 Jun alongside Hunter Valley’s Melody Pool. The self-taught singer-songwriter from Bath, England hit the top of our iTunes charts with her 2012 Frankie Goes To Hollywood cover, The Power Of Love, and has supported the likes of Gotye and Ed Sheeran, collecting a huge following of fans in the process. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness Aplin live and intimate – tickets for the all-ages event can be purchased through Ticketek for $58+BF.

THE FINAL BLOW

We’ve already been knocked to the canvas by the quality of this year’s Hits & Pits line-up, but we’re practically seeing stars with news that Face To Face, Ten Foot Pole and Masked Intruder will be playing a second Brisbane show together at 633 Ann, 8 May. Bringing the punk sounds of California and Wisconsin together, the three US bands will get their visit off on the right foot with help from local legends Stolen Bikes Ride Faster and No Trust. Tickets for the pretour party show can be purchased for $39+BF through the Hits & Pits Big Cartel webpage.

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TOOTHFAERIES

FLOATING ON FANTASTICALLY

The Toothfaeries boys don’t get out together much anymore, so when they do you can guarantee it’s going to be a good night out. The iconic Brisbane folk/roots outfit – one of our city’s most popular bands throughout the ‘90s and ‘00s thanks to a string of solid releases and repeated slots at Big Day Out, Livid and Woodford Folk Festival – will perform a special headline show at New Globe Theatre, 9 May, with support from Tibet2Timbuk2, Sissybones and Brother Fox. There’s also talk of a live album to be released later this year, so keep an ear out for more news as it arrives.

ROCKING IN THE REAL WORLD

Tall Poppy Productions are excited to announce their second Indie Rock Party for the year with a glut of talented acts set to bring the good times to The Hi-Fi, 2 May. In a first for the regular event, the larger-than-thou bill features an interstate band, with The SideTracked Fiasco making tracks north to let their colourful funkcore hybrid loose. They join locals Flannelette, who are launching their new EP, Valley Nights, Dead Wolves, The Thrill, Fox ‘N’ Firkin, Cassia, Leaven, and Alex Edwards. Tickets are $15 through Oztix.

RAINING DIAMONDS

If you’re getting along to the Jason Derulo show at Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 3 May as part of his Tattoos world tour, then you’ll be happy to hear that local lady Ricki-Lee Coulter is also on board to open up the evening. Tickets are still available through Ticketek starting from $100+BF.

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THE NEXT IN LINE Just another bunch of British rock heroes to have fallen in love with the US of A, the Arctic Monkeys have used the country as a colourful backdrop to explore their sound and create the most electric material of their career. Sticksman Matt Helders chats with Benny Doyle about the band’s growing American songbook and how they avoided making an R&B record.

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he astonishing debut album from the Arctic Monkeys, 2006’s Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, was a soundtrack to mid-noughties England – fast paced, rebellious, yet with just the right amount of cheek to get away

things about recording here; the availability of things. There’s plenty of studios and every piece of equipment you could ever imagine is available like that afternoon, so the logistics of it make a lot of sense. But [also], the enjoyment and how fun it is to be in a city like that; the journey to the studio and back is completely different to what it would be back in Sheffield.” Since 2009’s brooding turn, Humbug, the band have embarked on this American lean to great success. The payoff for us fans is a live show that’s currently more bombastic and diverse than ever. There’s a real sense of freedom right now in the Arctic Monkeys camp,

Helders is quick to add that for the Arctic Monkeys, making records has always equated a good time – “We always come out saying that’s the best one we’ve made” – but with AM things felt different for the quartet. From the creation process – the band more playful in the studio with additional instrumentation like keys and drum machine – to the vibe immediately after, Arctic Monkeys’ fifth full-length was and is a celebration of what they’re now capable of. More than ten years since forming in Sheffield’s north, Helders is pleasantly surprised the band are still moving forwards in such a positive way. “We never took it for granted in that way, [because] you never know what the next record is going to go down like,” he reasons. “Our ambitions have always been modest, or one step at a time: to make a record, to put a record out, to tour the world – it’s all happened in steps. I remember getting asked when we first started where do you see yourselves in five years and just not having a clue, saying I’ll be happy if I’m still doing this and still having fun, and here we are. We’re ambitious obviously, but we don’t expect any of this; we’re not like, ‘Yeah, obviously we should be here’, we never think like that. It definitely helps us appreciate what we got.”

“OUR LIVES AND OUR FRIENDSHIPS DON’T REVOLVE AROUND THE BAND, WHICH HELPS BECAUSE WE CAN SWITCH OFF.”

with any ill behaviour. However, recent years have seen the quartet edge further and further from that winning Brit-rock formula, but rather than being chastised for such a move, fans around the world have embraced this new direction with vigour. With five studio albums in a seven-year stretch, the band are about as prolific as an arena-filling, festival-headlining act can be in this day and age. If they emerged in the ‘60s or ‘70s, they’d probably have a back-catalogue as littered as The Rolling Stones. And like the Stones, the longer the quartet have held the limelight, the more they’ve found inspiration in the beating heart of America, a land forever romanticised about, especially by British rock bands. According to Matt Helders, the lengthy stints recently enjoyed Stateside have really taken the band’s popularity to the next level. “Just in terms of shows, we’ve noticed that our fanbase has grown here more than anywhere else; it’s more noticeable, and the fans here are really passionate about us. “We recorded these last three albums in America, in California, and we definitely fell for the place a little bit,” Helders continues. “When we first went to Joshua Tree it was pretty life changing in a way; it certainly changed us as a band, musically as well. [And] I think [Los Angeles has] got a lot to offer. There’s the basic 12 • THE MUSIC • 23RD APRIL 2014

and it’s clear that for the four lads – Helders, bassist Nick O’Malley, guitarist Jamie Cook and frontman Alex Turner – anything is possible. “Between all the shows we’ve done this year we’ve played every song from the new album; it’s probably the first time we’ve done that really, got every song ready to play, so we can switch it around depending on how we feel that day,” admits the drummer, phoning in before a show in Seattle, Washington. “And it is a good sense of freedom because people are open to it now as well, like the new album went down that well that we can pick and choose from it.”

After touring the US extensively with The Black Keys in early-2012, Arctic Monkeys were quick to begin work on a follow-up to 2011’s Suck It And See, but were in no rush to complete the record. With Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford in the production chair once more, the men spent almost a year putting AM together, confident they were onto a winning formula following the response given to R U Mine? upon its release in February ’12. In many ways it was the track that set the tone for AM. “We didn’t expect it [to do so well],” remarks Helders. “It was a single that we put out on its own, just for that tour we did in America with The Black Keys, we wanted something new to play, and for Record Store Day, so we decided to do that. But it’s like a highlight at the moment on the live show – we play it last and it seems to be the one people are waiting for which is strange, considering the other songs we’ve had out – it even goes down better than I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor or anything like that, which is amazing, because we love playing that song as well – but it’s a lot of fun to play R U Mine?. “And the next thing we did after that was Do I Wanna Know?,” he continues, referencing the second single dropped from AM in June ’13, “and we were kinda like,


POINT AND SHOOT “The thing that’s got it all fucked up now is camera phones” moaned Mike Skinner back on The Streets’ 2006 track, When You Wasn’t Famous, and technology has only become faster, smaller and more shiny since then. This has made Sheffield life as an Arctic Monkey a bit harder than it once was – local legends and all that – but Helders isn’t complaining too much: “I’d probably be the same,” he shrugs. “[We can disappear] less and less as we go on, like we’ve been back [to Sheffield] a few times recently and it does get a bit hectic,” admits the drummer. “We still want to go out at night and see all our friends – a lot of [them] have bars there and stuff – but they’re in town and they’re busy so you can’t really go without a camera phone being in your face. “We were there at the end of [an era]; well, at the start of the new era of how people are. And now, even the quality of the phone that you can take [video] with [is much better]. Before you’ve got home that night it’s already on the internet – it’s mad. People know where I am and will tell me I was in a place before I can, like, ‘Cool, you were in that bar last night’, and I’m like, ‘Yeah... why do you know?’.”

let’s keep doing falsetto R&B backing vocals and then the rest of the track can be a bit dirtier. It didn’t have to be all the same pace or heaviness of R U Mine?, but there was certain aspects that we wanted to keep from it. I don’t think we could have got away with it without that [balance], or it would have just been an R&B record.” With Helders only 27 years of age, and his bandmates on roughly the same page in that regard, a little bit of burnout – some cracks around the edges – could be expected by now. But five albums in and no Arctic Monkeys release sounds stale, though Helders has no idea why. “It’s not even like we listen to different inspirations every time,” he ponders. “This time we were listening to music we kinda always listen to, like ‘70s rock and hip hop came through a bit more this time. But we do definitely go into the studio with an aim to make a different [record] to the last one, but it’s gotta still make sense, like hoping the last one led to this, or R U Mine? led to this. It is a conscious decision for us but it seems like an obvious thing to do, just to move on a bit and do something different – it’s quite natural.” It’s hard to comment objectively when you’re part of the pack, but it’s clear for us outsiders what the secret to Arctic Monkeys success is. Music is a solid glue to

bring people together, but friendships are a far more stable platform to build greatness from. And for these working class heroes from the former steel heartland of England, nothing’s held more dearly. “It’s been important for us and how we’ve gone about things,” confirms Helders. “Our relationship as people was very much established before the band started, so even day-to-day things, we’ve got a lot more in common and to talk about than just the band. Our lives and our

friendships don’t revolve around the band, which helps because we can easily switch off. When it comes to working and making music then we’re ready to go, and if we don’t wanna we can just sit on the bus and talk about nonsense, and I think that’s quite important. Obviously it can work the other way as well, like people get together just because they’re musicians and still make amazing music, but for us we’re kinda on the same page a lot of the time, steering the ship in the same direction as it were.”

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WEST COAST COOLER West Coast hip hop legend Xzibit tells Chris Yates what he’s most looking forward to when he visits Australia, and it will almost certainly not be what you’re expecting.

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zibit was well on his way to becoming a fully fledged cultural icon long before he even scored his role as host on MTV’s Pimp My Ride, which has rocketed him to mainstream celebrity status. Coming up through the ranks as a West Coast rapper officially endorsed by Dr Dre, his guest verse on the Doctor’s second (and most recent!) album 2001 saw him welcomed into a VIP club rubbing shoulders with the likes of Eminem, 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg. He’s even been immortalised in meme form – surely one of the greatest honours of our time – thanks to his Pimp My Ride role, with the ‘Yo Dawg, I heard you like...’ gag reproduced countless times online to describe things inside similar things. His appearance in the Eminem ‘biography’ pic 8 Mile (where he famously loses to Eminem in a rap battle) is clearly an embellishment on reality, but even taking such a literally dramatic fall didn’t lessen his grasp on becoming a vital part of the ever extending history of West Coast rap. “It’s like you have different hip hop in different regions, nah what I’m saying?” he says. He’s talking about whatever it is that has always kept the West Coast rap scene on the map, even if for a small while it did derail itself with some kind of electric dance sound, as he mentions then laughs off, using this exception to illustrate his point. “West Coast has always had a distinctive sound and a distinctive presence,” he continues. “Like everything, the basic principle stays the same but the characters change and the faces change. The West Coast is about having a lot of pride in where we come from and having the music be a reflection of that. It’s more like a movement than an individual push.” A regular visitor to Australia, he says that this time around the trip was made easier via a detour to an unlikely place where his profile has grown considerably over the last few years. “Yeah, I’ve been to Australia few times. It’s a long trip from America, but thankfully this time I was in Moscow before we came here, finishing a tour with my new group Serial Killers that me, Demrick and [Cypress Hill’s] B-Real are a part of.” 14 • THE MUSIC • 23RD APRIL 2014

He’s very excited when talking about the Serial Killers project, and while it’s still in its earliest stages we’re likely to hear a lot more about it over the next couple of years. “It was amazing,” he says of the response so far. “We only put out one free mixtape, and we went out there to test the waters

While he has never been one to take other artists under his wing in the same way as many other rappers, a recent chance discovery has changed all this for him. “I don’t really get into the name game because I don’t really give a fuck,” he laughs. “If it’s music and I like it I’ll pick it up. But what I’m really excited about is, I brought this kid Jon Connor to Dre and Dre signed him to Aftermath. I’m looking forward to seeing what he does in the industry. I have a very difficult ear to impress and this kid really impressed me. I found him in Flint, Michigan. I heard his music and invited him to go out on a Canadian tour with me and then I got to see all the other

“WEST COAST HAS ALWAYS HAD A DISTINCTIVE SOUND AND A DISTINCTIVE PRESENCE.” and see what it was gonna be like, and it ended up being something spectacular, so we were pleasantly surprised with the support. We sold out all the shows. In fact, Moscow is one of the places I’ve personally toured a lot over the last few years. I’ve been going back and forth on a regular basis. It’s pretty cool, they are really into the music. It’s just a free mixtape for now, we’re gonna get back together and regroup and make some more music.”

aspects I look for in a well rounded MC. He just released a mixtape of all Kanye West music, where he just rapped over Kanye West beats and destroyed them. He’s about to release a Biggie tape so keep an eye out for that. I’ve never taken anyone to Dre so he took it seriously when I did.” A surprising tidbit that fans would not be aware of is one of X’s hobbies, one that is particularly relevant to Australia. “I’m gonna take advantage of your natural resources,” he says somewhat cryptically before elaborating. “I’m going do some fishing in Broome. I’ve heard the fishing out there is incredible so when I heard that I was like, ‘Book it in, lets go!’” he laughs. “I love fishing, man, I’ve been fishing since I was a kid. I get out to the ocean and I get it!” WHEN & WHERE: 26 Apr, Chalk Hotel


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WHO SWEARS WINS Holy Fuck have made an indelible mark on experimental music, but haven’t been too heard of in the last three years. That’s all set to change, as Brian Borcherdt tells Cam Findlay.

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oly Fuck have made a name for themselves in their native Toronto, and eventually the rest of the world, for being uncompromising in their effort to construct complex and effusive music – music that you would usually associate with electronic production, with not much more than a few instruments and pads and their own crazy-good skills. Brian Borcherdt, the main brain originally behind Holy Fuck, has a long history of communal experimentation. “It’s been a long, long time of conceptualising things, and now all of a sudden there’s actual real tangible results that are a possibility, which is exciting,” Borcherdt explains enthusiastically. “One of the things we decided was we would put out a single, which we haven’t really done before an album. Something profound we were going to put out on this upcoming Australian tour. We haven’t had anything new out for so long. I went and mastered some stuff on the weekend, and we’re sorting out our artwork at the moment. We’ve also spent the weekend tying up some loose ends with some of the other bands, which has a little difficult. But now it’s all ready to go.” It’s easy to see that Borcherdt is excited about the concept of a new tour. The upcoming album will conclude more than three years of writing and touring, not only for Holy Fuck but for the various other acts associated with the band, Borcherdt having around six or seven other projects at last count. It’s been a sporadic, yet quiet, couple of years for what is arguably his most popular project. “It’s all been a challenge, but from the moment we took a big break we all kept playing, we kept recording and we kept working at our music,” Borcherdt confirms. “We haven’t been out of our homes for longer than a week at a time, which is a big thing for us because we used to be away all year. We’ve had moments where we’ve caught up and had a little bit of rest, maybe work on some music. So it’s been a nice time to relax. “I think the thing were finding hard is first of all is not being on the road all of the time, things change,” Borcherdt continues. “Suddenly different things are

expected of you and I think that’s one of the reasons we all started other bands and started producing other people’s material. And, you know, it’s fucking tough. It’s harder than we thought it would be. Like, goddamn, finishing things is hard. Then the ball gets rolling, and you find yourself

It’s a daunting prospect at least partly due to the time Borcherdt and co have afforded themselves before this coming tour. Latin was truly a tour album, a record written during and in direct consequence of the band’s first run of long tours, the result of the Canadian music media touting them as the future of experimentalism. “When we released the album before [2007’s LP] it was a long growing process, but we were committed to promoting it. So we immediately went on tour, and that’s what Latin was born out of. As a result, we didn’t stop touring when a lot of other bands would. For us, we were willing to stretch the equation as long as there was a need for it. And it just didn’t seem to be slowing down. “It was fun, though,” Borcherdt laughs. “It feels like that, in the record to me personally, because of my personal involvement in it, to me it seems like a document of a band in motion, it seems like a snapshot. A snapshot of what we’d been doing at some of those shows maybe when we were doing our soundchecks, and kind of some of the ideas we would have while touring. What I think is different already is... what I

“IT’S HARDER THAN WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE. LIKE, GODDAMN, FINISHING THINGS IS HARD.” sucked into an inherent momentum. All these ideas we have floating around in our heads, we’re trying to commit to them, trying to make them happen. And then all of a sudden it’s all happening, and you can’t stop the momentum. That’s how we feel now, like everything’s just happening and we’re trying to catch up with it after so much time apart and in different cities.”

really like about the new record is that it’s showing what we’re capable of when we take that break.” The as-yet-untitled album will see Latin’s rapidfire immediacy morph into something more spaced and thought-out. This year sees Holy Fuck take a more conceptual approach, with more intricate programming of the usual melee of instruments that fill out their stage. “It definitely feels like more of a creative project,” Borcherdt says. “It’s more of a snapshot of a band in a creative process, rather than a working process.” WHERE & WHEN: 24 Apr, The Zoo; 4 May, Groovin The Moo, Townsville


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So it seemed like a really cool way to give people stuff that they could digest quickly, and then it keeps us out on the road and keeps us busy.”

Glam rockers Skid Row are the busiest they’ve been in years. They’re just over halfway through a series of EP releases and touring hard to make sure everybody knows it. Bassist Rachel Bolan talks to Tom Hersey.

Keeping busy will see the band return to Australia for a co-headline run with Ugly Kid Joe. The two bands did a European tour together and it went gangbusters, so they just knew they had to reprise it somewhere else and when they thought about it, Australia seemed like the perfect place.

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“The love of rock is still so alive and well in Australia. You know, we see how many people are liking us on Facebook from Australia and how many people comment on our stuff and email the guys in the band. It’s obvious it’s still something that’s thriving there.”

asically we’ll just keep doing this for as long as people listen to us,” Skid Row’s bassist Rachel Bolan says of the band responsible for ‘80s hair metal anthems like Youth Gone Wild and 18 And Life. But back in 2012, Bolan says the guys collectively had a revelation. “There were seven years between our last release and this release because we were touring constantly, and then it started to feel like we were just touring to tour.

So we thought to put out more music, and it seems like our fans are really digging it.” The decision to start putting out more music resulted in the United World Rebellion series of EPs, the first of which dropped mid-last year. But what inspired them to take such an unconventional route to releasing new stuff? “The major thought was just about keeping a constant flow of music out. Because it is kind of the days of information overload, there’s so much stuff coming at people all the time, that there’s a lot of stuff out there for people to have to try and absorb.

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As for what fans coming out to the shows can expect, Bolan promises that you don’t get to play shows for 30 years if you’re not making sure the crowd leaves with smiles on their faces. “We do what we call the ‘big six’, our most popular songs that we have to play every night. And then for a lot of it we go by what people are, online, asking us to play. And then we like digging deep into an album, playing a song that people like, but it’s not technically a ‘popular’ song. But it’s really cool to do that and see people’s eyes light up. And you can tell that they get off on that, and so do we.” That’s always been the point of Skid Row, that moment when you can just get lost in a crazy, sweaty and most importantly, fun, rock show: “It’s all about throwing your fist in the air and a big release. It’s about forgetting about the world and your problems for a couple of hours.” WHEN & WHERE: 26 Apr, Eatons Hill Hotel

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It’s a one-man show when Robert DeLong takes the stage, and as Benny Doyle discovers, the American EDM star thrives amongst the chaos.

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obert DeLong has just performed at a gaming convention in San Francisco, which is nothing weird considering he utilises joysticks and controllers to manipulate sounds on stage. But aside from a bit of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, the 28-year-old admits he’s not much of a gamer, his unique use of the technology developing from nothing more than a rumour about the potential to MIDI-hack the devices. “It just grew from there,” he tells. “I just love tinkering with stuff, and a big part of it too is trying to find a

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way to have a visual aspect to manipulating sounds with computers, because so often you’re watching someone playing and you have no idea what they’re doing.” This drive to be extremely visceral is an extension of his upbringing. His father was a jazz drummer in the ‘60s, and young Robert carried the family torch, playing a range of percussion instruments in a variety of indie bands while studying drums at university. “I like the idea of multitasking and running around doing different stuff,” he remarks regarding his EDM/one-man band hybrid, “And then of course you realise that it’s actually fun to watch for people.”

Looking up from the crowd, DeLong seems like a mad scientist when performing. He manically moves between instruments and machines, setting off beats, adding layers, singing harmonies. But after playing approximately 280 shows last year, the LA-based artist no longer considers his gigs merely that, treating them more as flowing performance pieces where sound, light and visuals come together in electrifying fashion. DeLong is returning Down Under for Groovin The Moo and bringing with him fresh tunes, testing out the flavours of a second record he’s currently working on. “Performing so much, it’s pretty obvious which things work and which things don’t,” he admits. “It’s a little terrifying throwing new material out but it’s a good way to gauge what fits and what doesn’t. “But that’s what I’ve been doing for the last couple of months; I’ve been doing a lot of co-writes and stuff like that,” he says, adding that he’s keen to connect with fellow GTM performers Flume (What So Not), Wave Racer and Holy Fuck. “Now, I’m just focusing on integrating some new tunes into the live set and then also releasing a couple of songs here and there, hopefully before Australia but definitely before the [northern] summer.” And continuing on from his widely successful debut Just Movement, we can expect the same eclectic appeal. “It’s all across the board, it’s everything from maybe an electronic version of Paul Simon all the way to some pretty heavy house stuff and everything in between. I love the idea of being able to do lots of different stuff and I hope that people go along with what I do.” WHEN & WHERE: 4 May, Groovin The Moo, Townsville


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BOYS TO MEN Ahead of Boy & Bear’s upcoming regional tour, Tim Hart talks to Scott Aitken about the band’s recent European and US dates, their success and the evolution of their sound that’s helped make them the “rock gods” they are today.

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n five short years Sydney’s Boy & Bear have gone from strength to strength, receiving critical and commercial praise and touring non-stop nationally and overseas. Their debut album Moonfire garnered five ARIA Awards and their follow-up, last year’s Harlequin Dream, managed to top the ARIA charts. Drummer Tim Hart says despite the success, the band still have their feet planted firmly on the ground. “The only thing that’s changed is the fact we have a little bit more time and resources with which to explore music,” says Hart. “I think we’re the same lads that I started out in the band with all those years ago, the same jokes in the back of the van and sharing rooms together. The one thing that happened is we lost Jake [Tarasenko], our first bass player, and we have Dave Symes now which is alright. I think if you’re smart, you don’t let that thing change you and you just keep trying to make the best music you possibly can.” Boy & Bear’s upcoming tour will pack in 30 dates in only a month-and-a-half. Hart says it’s a chance for fans from regional areas to finally see the band in the flesh. “It’s always been really important for us to tour regionally, but we had a finite sort of period of about eight weeks and we decided instead of going out and doing capital cities, we’d go out and try to get to as many regional [places] as we could. I think that one of the nicest things about touring is the variety between places. Obviously at home we’re fortunate because the triple j support we’ve had has been really wonderful and so a lot of these guys in regional areas that have been listening to the music for years, it’s maybe their first chance to come to see it live. It’s really exciting and there’s a lot of anticipation for it.” Harlequin Dream, Boy & Bear’s latest record from last year, saw the five-piece move into more surreal lyrical imagery with an added emphasis on groove and sonic textures throughout the songs. But Hart says that while their sound has evolved and changed past the folk labels put upon them with their earlier tracks, they didn’t feel any pressure to remain inside the folk box, even though they were following up such a successful record of the form.

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“Sometimes what people think they want and what they actually want are two different things,” says Aitken. “I think if a band makes the same album twice, there’s always an element of disappointment and I don’t think it’s something

a lot really enjoy the correlation between the two [records] and enjoy the progression [of our sound].” That being said, Hart is quick to joke about the band forgoing their folk leanings for an added emphasis on rock in their new songs and live shows. “When we first formed we were sort of trying to find out what our sound was and now we’ve just become complete rock gods,” he jokes. “But I guess for us now it’s been about going back to the music we grew up

“I THINK WE’RE THE SAME LADS THAT I STARTED OUT IN THE BAND WITH ALL THOSE YEARS AGO, THE SAME JOKES IN THE BACK OF THE VAN AND SHARING ROOMS TOGETHER.” that we could have ever done as musicians anyway. So the band didn’t feel any pressure. “I think if anything we felt pressured to just keep evolving as artists, like we had to do something different,” Hart adds. “And our fans have really come along for the ride, [although] I’m sure some people do prefer the old sound, and that’s fine, that’s for them. But I think

with and a lot of that was the ‘70s pop stuff. You know, Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles and then into the ‘80s with ELO and some of the Springsteen stuff. “It’s been really fun for us because it’s music to listen to and so it’s great playing that stuff and evolving in that way. Folk’s still very much a part of who we are, but I guess the evolution of the sound was really natural; we just wanted to play music we enjoy, and that’s what we get to do these days.”

WHAT: Harlequin Dream (Universal/Island) WHEN & WHERE: 26 Apr, Sunshine Coast Function Centre, Caloundra; 27 Apr Empire Theatre, Toowoomba


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idea of trying to progress as songwriters, or as musicians, or just be better producers or engineers is important.”

The Naked & Famous took their debut record to 24 countries and played over 200 shows before decamping to LA to begin their follow-up. Thom Powers tells Sky Kirkham why a move to America seemed necessary for the New Zealanders.

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e felt because we had reached a certain level that we couldn’t let it go,” Powers says. “Without being too sombre about it, it’s not easy to get out of NZ, and I’m sure it’s equally difficult to get out of Australia. We’re culturally isolated from a place like America, which is so insular and self-contained, so if you can crack it, the desire to keep it up and to stay involved so that you don’t lose it becomes a priority.” Eighteen months of work then became sophomore effort In Rolling Waves. The five-piece had always prided themselves on being an electronic band with no backing track, so the new songs were heavily rehearsed and refined prior to any recording to make sure that they could be performed live. Once the tracks were ready, The Naked & Famous headed off to the studio, taking maximum advantage of their new Californian home. “We recorded everything at a place called Sunset Sound, which is right in the centre of Hollywood,” Powers says with bemusement. “Which is fun, you know, doing it in a Hollywood studio. I don’t know if I’d go back and do it again: just because we’ve been there, done that, and it would be nice to do something new. We produced everything ourselves bar a couple of tracks where we worked with a guy called Justin Meldal-Johnsen, who’s a bass player and long-time collaborator with Beck. He also played with Nine Inch Nails for a little while and he co-produced the latest M83 record that came out at a similar time to [our debut] Passive Me, Aggressive You. [He was] just a cool guy hanging out in LA that I sort of stumbled across and thought would be interesting to reach out to, so we got him involved with two songs. “And then we went over to England and went to Assault & Battery, which is Alan Moulder’s studio in [London suburb Willesden Green], but it’s the dingiest, crappiest area. It’s so lifeless, but there’s this amazing studio hidden away in the middle of it. And Alan is so used to typical bands, just leaving the sessions with him and coming back when the mixes are done. But we had the whole

band turning up at the studio every day before Alan did, going out and getting lunch [with him]. We basically worked at Alan’s studio for a solid month, and then when we left, everyone in the building was like, ‘Oh you’re going? What’s

That desire for change, for improvement, is apparent when you listen to In Rolling Waves. It’s still recognisably the same band, but there’s a space in the music that wasn’t there before, a paring back of the sounds that lets the compositions breathe. “Our first album was very much a brick wall kind of record,” Powers agrees. “Even the quietest moments are still kind of burning hot and in your face. It’s like a slamming sort of record. And that’s partly, or even mainly, a mix thing. We wanted it to be quite assertive, a very bright and high energy album. And then just naturally, the desire to try something a bit more dynamic, something a little less obvious, took us into the direction of In Rolling Waves.” The Naked & Famous are spending a lot of this year playing festivals: Big Day Out, Bonnaroo, Coachella, and Groovin The Moo, and Powers says that there’s always a lot of consideration that needs to go into those

“THE DESIRE TO TRY SOMETHING A BIT MORE DYNAMIC, SOMETHING A LITTLE LESS OBVIOUS, TOOK US INTO THE DIRECTION OF IN ROLLING WAVES.” happening here?’ It was quite fun. But that process itself, it was a bit of a dream come true, to sit in with a mix with Alan Moulder. So I learnt a lot from that. “There’s always the ambition,” he continues, “for us to do something more than what we’ve done before. Even if it’s not overt or obvious to anyone else, it’s just within ourselves. The

sets. “We consider when we’re playing, and the kind of slot we have, and the kind of festival that it is,” he says. “If it’s a high energy set, if it’s a high energy day, it doesn’t feel appropriate to test people’s patience.” Their own headline tour affords a lot more freedom though, and Powers guarantees that they’ll be playing as much as possible from both of their albums. He’s also very excited to unveil their new stage show: “We have this lighting guy that we’ve stuck with for a long time, and people keep trying to poach him, so it’s quite a spectacle.” WHEN & WHERE: 4 May, Groovin The Moo, Townsville; 5 May, The Hi-Fi


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career to the next level – the question of whether this commercial opportunity could threaten her creative singularity was one worth asking.

When a unique young talent wins an enviable music prize and clinches a top label deal as a result, does the commercial glare fade the artist’s individual flare? Nikki Thorburn, aka Iluka, reveals the truth to Carley Hall.

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here’s definitely something to be said for the conviction of youth. Since farewelling the comforts of high school, hardworking 22-year-old Nikki Thorburn, aka indie chanteuse Iluka, has taken her soulful, yesteryear sound from her Sydney home and shared it, recording it with primo industry names along

the way. Her bohemian style is a throwback to her childhood diet of 1960’s and ‘70’s pop and rock courtesy of her guitar-maker father, and her mythical lyrics offer an insight into her vivid personality. So when Commercial Radio Australia and the Mushroom Group announced Iluka as the inaugural winner of their First Break competition back in 2012 – gifting the emerging young artist the seemingly ideal platform to catapult her

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“When the whole First Break thing happened, I mean I was always essentially doing the same thing and I’m still doing what I was doing,” Thorburn reasons. “I’m still writing songs that I want to write, and I’m still following the vision that I want to follow. It’s just now I have an amazing support network around me, which I guess is, as an artist, what you dream of; there’s only so much that you can do by yourself.” While the prize indeed had its fair share of bonuses – single releases, music videos, promotion, tour support – it’s clear Thorburn’s stamp is all over her musical project, just as she says. Her first single, 12th Of July, is as effervescent as her prior indie releases, and those comparisons to Edith Piaf, Nancy Sinatra and Dusty Springfield are still flying thick and fast, not that she minds. “It’s funny actually; they’re quite diverse!” she laughs. “Yesterday one of the guys who interviewed me said I remind me him of Janis Joplin, which I haven’t got before but she’s a huge influence of mine. And there has been Stevie Nicks with her voice. “I think the nature of humans is to compare or draw some sort of parallel to familiarise a sound with someone else. It doesn’t bother me. I guess it more bothers me when people think you’re trying to be someone or replicate some sort of sound.” WHEN & WHERE: 1 May, Dowse Bar; 2 May, The Loft, Gold Coast

ALL OF THE LIGHTS

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Inspired by two of the world’s great cities, Michelle Xen & The Neon Wild have delivered an EP that’s a feast for the ears and eyes, writes Benny Doyle.

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n For You, the ambitious latest EP from electro-pop visionary Michelle Xen, came to fruition following visits to Berlin and New York in 2012. It was here that she romanced the creative opportunities associated with the two cities, surrounding herself with kindred spirits. “In New York I never felt like I had to apologise for the full extent of my creative ambitions and in Berlin I was completely submerged in a world of artists doing multiple things,” she fondly recalls. “It was like dating two cities; I wanted to know who I might end up with.” Both stints encouraged the Brisbane performer to move further towards interdisciplinary art, the results seeing the five tracks of On For You each coupled with an accompanying video. Yes, it’s an epic workload – Xen admits she had to convince a few people around her to tackle it – but given the chance she’d do it all over again. “I write music to perform live, which is also inherently visual,” she explains. “I am essentially aiming to create layers of intensity in the live show both aurally and visually. In terms of production, I try to balance the AV elements; for instance after all these music videos I am buried in creating a new body of music for the next EP. It is challenging but the productive energy of working on audio and visual elements together feels

like a natural state. I keep calling On For You an AVEP [Audio Visual Extended Play], but people look at me blankly! ‘Tis the future though...” Fronting her band The Neon Wild, Xen is set to flesh out the full EP for us, tying in with the release of her fourth single from the record, Electro Comb. Built on a circular motion of both sampled drums and synth, the track swirls around your ears. Xen calls it “a weird experiment of a song” that also stands as a reaction to the world weighing on your shoulders. “I imagined a kid trying to pull through difficult

things, so instead of closing down and shutting things out, you open up and go into the world. Comb your hair and hit the streets with music in your ears. So the Electro Comb is the tool for hard times. There is a thread of finding light in the dark through all the songs on the EP, though this song is the weirdest incarnation.” And in bringing this and the rest of her canon together, Xen and her Neon Wild cohorts are excited to spread the crazy joy they share with punters far and wide. “We are always there to play hard and seek out that blistering goodness of getting people dancing or shifting people’s heads away from the everyday world for a little while,” she enthuses. “And I am sewing a few new pieces to wear as always; I live for that live show.” WHAT: On For You (Paper Street Co.) WHEN & WHERE: 26 Apr, New Globe Theatre THE MUSIC • 23RD APRIL 2014 • 23


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JUGGLING ACT When a supergroup of sorts forms from some of the country’s most-loved pop groups, wisdom and freedom come along for the ride. But Dean Manning from Holidays On Ice tells Carley Hall the rewards come with the challenges.

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s the man responsible for penning APRA Award-winning tune Even When I’m Sleeping for ’90s folk-popsters Leonardo’s Bride, Dean Manning is owed a debt of gratitude from lovers of his former group and those who have lapped up gems from his many projects. Almost two decades on from the height of Leonardo’s success, Manning is as busy as ever as one-third of indie alt-pop group Holidays On Ice with friends and bandmates Frente! frontwoman Angie Hart and Warpaint drummer Stella Mozgawa.

Despite a distinct power shift in each artist’s commitments these days, Manning says their take on the mature musiclover’s “supergroup” is still at the mercy of busy schedules, rendering get-togethers for tours and recording sessions somewhat tricky. “It’s actually impossible, period,” Manning sighs. “It’s getting harder and harder and we’ve got to be patient, but it does happen. Whenever me and Angie and Stella get together, I mean we’re really good friends anyway, but we really bond through music.” That bond has strengthened over the nearly ten years of

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Holidays On Ice’s existence, created with the launch of 2005 debut album Playing Boyfriends And Girlfriends and cemented with 2009’s Pillage Before Plunder. Although securing Mozgawa’s time away from Warpaint is a challenge, Hart and Manning both have first-hand experience juggling the interests of popular groups, and it’s something he says he can easily forgo when reflecting on the making of new album The Luxury Of Wasted Space. “I do embrace the freedom of not having a really strict band,” Manning admits. “I know that in Leonardo’s Bride, it was a real force, it was like one head with four bodies. And whilst that was great, it did have its limitations, especially in the studio. It’s fun now, we can have anybody in to do anything, there’s no egos to challenge. I guess that that’s wisdom of age.” Their latest was recorded on an eight-track in Manning’s living room surrounded by his art and his grandmother’s piano. The reel-to-reel recording is a much-loved technique that Manning says he will have to give more thought to in future. “We ran out of tape and thankfully the machine held up okay, but tape is now a problem and going forward we’re really going to have to find a reliable source,” Manning says. “But I guess we’ve got a year or so to work that out before we start recording again.” With that loose promise it seems fans won’t have as long to wait for a fourth Holidays On Ice release, and despite his coming art exhibition and his female cohorts’ projects, Manning confirms that there will be more to savour soon. In the meantime he’s looking forward to hitting the road. WHAT: The Luxury Of Wasted Space (Cloudy But Fine/MGM) WHEN: 27 Apr, Dowse Bar

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Brian Henson assures Guy Davis that his puppet isn’t all that squeaky-clean.

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uppet shows aren’t just for kids, as anyone who’s caught an earful of Avenue Q’s adult-themed lyrics or an eyeful of Puppetry Of The Penis will testify. So don’t expect Puppet Up! – Uncensored to be G-rated. “It’s naughty!” laughs Brian Henson, co-creator and producer of the show (and son of the late Jim Henson, who created Sesame Street and The Muppet Show). “The Jim Henson Company has a naughty, irreverent sensibility that really started with my dad. We love the absurdity of life and how we treat one another; we love pointing it out and laughing at it.” Puppet Up! – Uncensored isn’t all that smutty. And if it does occasionally get a few shades of blue, well, you only have yourselves to blame. The show, you see, is mostly improvised, with the antics of 60 or so puppets (brought to life by a team of six puppeteers) inspired by suggestions from the audience. “They can get carried away and throw a few very adult curveballs and suggestions in there, which we take. Most of the show is improvised, with a few set pieces re-enacting my dad’s earliest puppetry from a late-night TV show in Washington DC back in the 1950s, which audiences seem to really love. Before he made Sesame Street, which made people think he was a children’s entertainer, he made adult entertainment. I don’t necessarily mean racy, but he liked doing things that required the audience to think. One thing I love about Puppet Up! is that it 24 • THE MUSIC • 23RD APRIL 2014

reminds me of when I would visit my dad’s sets as a kid and watch him and all the guys he worked with develop these characters, and what they would do when the camera wasn’t rolling was really blue, really adult. That’s how they found the way each character was funny. By ad-libbing or improvising that way, they would develop their characters from an adult sensibility and then clean them up. Puppet Up! presents the stuff that was underneath.” Last in Australia in 2007, when the show was in its very early stages, the funny, fastpaced array of ad-libbed comedy sketches and musical numbers have evolved to include digital puppetry, the actions

of animated characters created in real-time before the audience. “The audience not only gets to enjoy the show but they also get to see how the show is done.” What really drives the show however is the creative philosophy of The Jim Henson Company, which delves deep into recognisable and relatable human emotions in shaping its characters and their points of view. “It’s interesting, people think we’re a wholesome family-entertainment kind of company but if you look at what we do you’ll find it’s rarely about the nuclearfamily unit. It was part of my dad’s philosophy that what brings the world together is when people start to appreciate one another for their differences rather than their similarities, and how wonderful it is when people who are radically different come together.”

WHAT: Puppet Up! – Uncensored WHEN & WHERE: 24 – 26 Apr, Brisbane Powerhouse


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ALBUM OF THE WEEK

★★★★ ½

album reviews

DAMON ALBARN

BRODY DALLE

Warner

After fronting three separate projects over her 20 years making music, it’s about time Brody Dalle put out a record under her own name. Best known as the angst-filled teenager from ‘90s punk band The Distillers, Dalle’s grown up quite a lot since the band called it quits in 2006. She’s traded in a large portion of the aggression that once drove her music for thought-provoking lyrics and a new patience with song structure. The nine tracks on Diploid Love present Dalle in a different light. There’s no denying her songwriting has improved, but the loss of the aggression with which she used to project her lyrics leaves a void, occasionally filled with guest appearances from Garbage’s Shirley Manson, The Strokes’ Nick Valensi, Michael Shuman (Queens Of The Stone Age), El Mariachi Bronx and more.

Diploid Love

Caroline/Universal

Everyday Robots From the moment you press play and the humorous opening sample from Damon Albarn’s first solo offering’s title track filters through, it’s apparent that we’re about to be treated to all the best elements of Blur, Gorillaz and The Good, The Bad & The Queen, as well as Albarn’s operatic ventures Monkey: Journey To The West and Dr Dee. Melancholic melodies are offset by intentionally clunky beats that meet tinkling ivories, leaving an impression that humans plus technology might just happily coexist one day: “When you’re lonely press play.” The subject of Albarn’s rambunctious track Mr Tembo is an orphaned baby elephant he encountered while staying in Tanzania – yes, of course he employs trumpet sounds, but also The Leytonstone City Mission Choir, which is the very same church choir Albarn

would hear through the church door as a child during Sunday strolls through the East London neighbourhood where he grew up. There’s thought-provoking lyricism (“It’s hard to be your lover when the TV ’s on”), and the descending keys and kettle drum breakdown during You & Me will wrench your heart out. Closer Heavy Seas Of Love features Brian Eno and brings with it You’ll Never Walk Alone gravitas. Albarn lets us in a bit on Everyday Robots. And what we find is simultaneously wistful and joyous. Bryget Chrisfield

The other problem with this record is the simplicity of some parts, which is a result

PIXIES

IGGY AZALEA

Pixiesmusic/[PIAS] Australia

Universal

The issue of protecting the Pixies’ considerable legacy must have weighed heavily when contemplating their recorded comeback, and losing key member Kim Deal at the start of the sessions – who was as integral to the band’s charisma as she was their bottom-end – was a blow that would have floored lesser bands. Still the remaining trio soldiered on and the result is Indie Cindy, their fifth long-player and first since 1991’s Trompe Le Monde.

Australian-born, Americanbased Iggy Azalea has that hip hop juxtaposition thing down pat. You know, the one where rappers wax lyrical about both their previous struggles and current luxuries, making you feel for them but also kinda envious of their bank accounts? Her debut album is riddled with it, and comes full circle in this very manner.

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of Dalle taking on a little more than she can handle and playing 90 percent of the instrumentation – the drums rarely add any dimension and become a little too repetitive, and the bass doesn’t add as much as it could have if only more thought had been put into it. Anyone who caught Dalle with backing band in tow during her NIN/QOTSA support slot knows these songs hold up live incredibly well – they just don’t quite make the cut on tape. The end result leaves Diploid Love showcasing great songwriting stifled by poor execution. Daniel Cribb

The New Classic

Indie Cindy

The collection certainly makes more sense as an album proper rather than the series of EPs and drip-fed tracks which characterised its unconventional release strategy. The Gil Nortonproduced affair sounds fantastic and is bookended superbly with requisitely strong Pixies tracks What Goes Boom and Jaime Bravo, but in between it’s a bit of a grab bag. Lead single Bagboy has grown in stature with the passing of time and is a standout, while

★★

★★★½ the slightly inane glam stomp of Blue Eyed Hexe also demands attention. Their trademark quiet-loud dynamic is apparent in places (the surf-tinged title track) but is largely eschewed in favour of more conventional structures, yet even the more anodyne numbers have redeeming features like a fascinating offkilter Black Francis arrangement (Andro Queen) or a killer Joey Santiago guitar line (Snakes). It’s definitely not Pixies’ finest album, but who’d expect that after such a lengthy lay-off? While irrefutably imperfect, Indie Cindy remains a welcome addition to an inimitable canon, and (hopefully) a signifier of fine things to come. Steve Bell

Opener Walk The Line recounts the hardships Azalea’s been through to get to this point. “I’ve been counted out/I’ve been stepped on”, she spits, in her rapid, feisty flow. It effortlessly rears its sassy head again, in complete contradictory fashion, on album finisher Fuck Love, where she punches out, repeatedly, “Fuck love, gimme diamonds”. With every ounce of confidence she possesses, you know Azalea means it when she says “I’mma change your life/I’mma change it” on the aptly titled Change Your

★★★½ Life. And while it might not be completely obvious through the brash rapping and clubbanger beats on display here, Azalea also wants to empower her fellow ladies – she’s got their backs on Goddess and not surprisingly, her collaborations with female singers Charli XCX and Rita Ora respectively on single Fancy and potential hit Black Widow are highlights. The New Classic isn’t exactly what you would define as a “classic” album. But it marks Azalea’s territory as more than just a hype machine and shows she’s a force to be reckoned with in modern hip hop. Sally-Anne Hurley


albums/singles/eps

★★★

THE PAINTED LADIES Get Back Into The Shadows

Plus One/MGM Singer-songwriter Luke Peacock has assembled an amazing cast to revisit the works of Indigenous songwriter Vic Simms. The essence and messages of this track poignantly, and unfortunately, still ring true.

WOLFMOTHER

Enemy Is In Your Mind Independent Out of nowhere Wolfmother release an independent album on Bandcamp, which sounds like old Wolfmother, ie Black Sabbath with bonus flanger.

★★★

★★★½

THEE OH SEES

THE DASHOUNDS

ABORTED

Castle Face/Remote Control

Independent

Century Media/EMI

Well, it seems clear Thee Oh See’s hiatus is over. Their latest, Drop, an album released on Record Store Day, is a predictable addition to John Dwyer’s prolific canon; we’re talking unsurprising nasal singing and psych-outs throughout. Opener Penetrating Eye adds computer glitch samples to their “La la la la la”s and extended guitar jams, while the following songs take quiet-to-loud garage riffs and singing and add a smattering of effects and the occasional organ line. Let’s say the standout is Camera, a straight guitar-pop track, with a moody bass line.

The Dashounds approach new genres with all the enthusiasm of excitable puppies. The Brisbane band’s second EP races from the new wave opener, Seratonin straight to the the soulful horn sounds of Genevieve. Lead singer Bas Pelly borrows the strained and expressive vocals of latter-day Weezer, singing “I can’t remember having this much fun,” in Wasted On The Young. Acoustic pop tunes like this throw around lyrical references from Death Cab for Cutie to Oasis, but don’t match the vibrancy of the earlier tracks. If the title doesn’t make you cringe, Kids Again is a fun listen.

Hannah Story

Roshan Clerke

Belgian gore-grinders Aborted have hacked off enough fresh cuts for album number eight. As was starting to be the case on 2012’s Global Flatline, The Necrotic Manifesto sees the five-piece entirely divorce themselves from the gauche deathcore sensibilities of Strychnine.213 and refocus on what they do best: playing fast and ugly. On some tracks it seems apparent they might be playing a bit too fast – on An Enumeration Of Cadavers the drums are so triggered up the guitars get lost – but these minor detractors don’t stop this album from being the best Aborted disc since Goremaggedon.

Drop

Kids Again

The Necrotic Manifesto

Tom Hersey

LYKKE LI

Love Me Like I’m Not Made Of Stone Warner Brutally stark acoustic track with Lykke’s vocal soaring above the washed out acoustic guitar that barely just exists in the background. You can hear the room and the space in the production – it’s fantastic and sad.

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★★★

HITS

WHITECHAPEL

Conquest Of Noise

Metal Blade/Rocket

Twin Beasts – Badlove

Whitechapel lift the curtain on album number five with an ambient opening before getting down to big business with the title track. Our Endless War showcases why the sextet’s ascent within the genre has been a steep one over the last decade, with howler Phil Bozeman obliterating patriotic sentiment with cajoling gusto over angular guitars and snapping bass. It’s this more melodic factor that keeps these great tracks rolling along; those smart and sharp lines cushioning The Saw Is The Law’s death metal screeches, the sinister downward riffs in the steady Let Me Burn, and the dull monotone vocal countered by everything fast and furious in Psychopathy.

Harry Kookey – Misdiagnosed

Arcade Fire have delved into the Roxy Music back catalogue for inspiration. I suppose you could listen to this if for some reason you didn’t want to delve back into the Roxy Music catalogue yourself.

It’s apt Radio Birdman’s Rob Younger produced this second album from Brisbane reprobates HITS because it embodies everything that’s great about underground Aussie rock, from the depraved attitude it drips with, to the grit lurking behind the melodic guitar bursts. From the guitar/backing vocal prowess of powerhouse duo Tamara Dawn Bell and Stacey Coleman to the debauched, self-flagellating worldview of frontman Evil Dick, everything in this unrelenting run of pulverising rock songs stuns in both concept and execution. Joy Division cover Shadowplay is incredible but no better than the ten originals. Dirty rock’n’roll at its delectably depraved best.

Chris Yates

Steve Bell

Carley Hall

THE ACFIELDS

Grabbed Me By The Heart Pricewar Brother/sister Melbourne/ Brisbane acoustic folk duo prove the adage about siblings’ voices being designed to complement each other with this subtle country-laced ditty.

ARCADE FIRE We Exist EMI

Hikikomori

Our Endless War

Astronomy Class – Mekong Delta Sunrise Mr Little Jeans – Pocketknife Wet – Wet

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BLUESFEST

Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay 17 – 20 Apr THURSDAY Suzanne Vega holds the audience in awe and respect as she becomes the girl upstairs in Luka and a dark and mysterious woman in I Never Wear White, before taking you back to Tom’s Diner on Broadway and 112th Street. Vega shines brighter than Manhattan lights with mesmerising command. Beth Hart, being the performer she is, heats the crowd to a simmer, with boiling point at the behest of her remarkably hoarse vocals. Frontman Alex Ebert looks dishevelled, as if straight out of

FRIDAY Local New South Wales boy Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic guitar to be the whole band, Champagne is magical. Grace Potter, along with her Nocturnals, quickly distinguishes herself as the bad girl rocker as she follows up: “I don’t plan to be good at all.” With a voice to be reckoned with, bringing to mind the old wails of Robert Plant, Potter flawlessly reaches registers that would surely send dogs crazy. Nahko & Medicine For The People bring their bongo drums and sunny guitar strums to

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bed. Soon perking up, Ebert continues with the seeming mentality that anything goes – think dizzying spins and flailing arms. But, in a quick reassurance, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros transforms The Mojo tent into a ‘60s revival and free-for-all. The legendary Buddy Guy proceeds to show why he’s worthy of legend status. Despite being 78 years old, Guy is in fine voice, and while he does leave a lot of the guitar pyrotechnics to his back-up player, Ric Hall, when Buddy rips, the whole space-time continuum thing warps a little, such is the power of his playing. Dr John & The Nite Trippers took us along a low and dirty gravel road to the middle of nowhere and had his sonic way with us.. He shows he’s a dab hand on the telecaster too, as well as the piano. 28 • THE MUSIC • 23RD APRIL 2014

want to thank you for the encouragement you’ve given me over the years I’ve been playing here,” he beams. He’s become a festival favourite, and it’s easy to see why. His husky gospel vocals, accented with a southern accent, leave you helpless before his words. Later that night The Music decides that Gary Clark Jr is the new Buddy Guy. Only 30 years old, but with the songwriting skills, vocal prowess and guitar mastery needed to become a first rate bluesman. He’s damn good, and it’ll be exciting to watch his evolution.

Devendra Banhart is an awkward fit this afternoon. Despite this, the band are in tune with each other and pull through despite muddy sound and a somewhat disinterested crowd. There are moments where the set is truly great but it’s largely a pretty forgettable experience.

Gregg Allman launches straight into Statesboro Blues. While Allman’s suave and raspy vocals reinvigorate the sound of a simpler time, after a long day on your feet, exuberance becomes difficult to muster up in the face of Allman’s dreamlike jazz stylings.

You wonder how many times Aaron Neville’s voice has got him out of trouble. This afternoon he performs a selection of material that pushes so far into the mainstream side of his work that it’d feel insulting – if it weren’t for that silky smooth voice. Ain’t

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propagate a serious message of honour, unity, and love. Defying physical boundaries, the band warms hearts and spirits of festivalgoers, with a final invitation to join their “creative family”. Joss Stone absolutely owns it. Her powerful voice hits you and takes control, as you find yourself moving and grooving to the soulfunk baselines. Taking it back to 2004, Stone preaches a slew of old tracks to a roaring audience who were only left begging for more. Steve Earle & The Dukes cover as much ground as they can this evening, dropping a few tracks from the excellent The Low Highway record of last year, as well as all the hits the people are expecting. It’s a treat seeing Earle with such a great band after years of solo shows and they do lift the songs to the next level. Eric Bibb steps to the Jambalaya Stage on Friday evening. “I

difference this afternoon, however, is that this band features the great James Cotton on harp, and it truly does bring the whole show to another level. Throat cancer has meant the 79-yearold can no longer talk, but boy can he still blow the classics.

JOSS STONE @ BLUESFEST. PIC: JOSH GROOM

There are some serious feedback issues that plague the beginning of Larry Graham & Graham Central Station’s show tonight. Once these are pretty much resolved and the funk takes hold, the show becomes electric with tracks like the classic I Can’t Stand The Rain and a whole raft of Sly & The Family Stone classics. What is Beefheart without Beefheart? Well, The Magic Band do their best to make it worthwhile, and their proficient skronk goes over pretty well to the devotees and curious alike. The way Feelers Rebo and Rockette Morton work together is brilliant and the new session players are clearly up to the challenge. SATURDAY As is common at Bluesfest, there’s a more than capable blues band plodding through classic old blues tracks with a more than capable white blues singer. The

No Sunshine, Drift Away and Stir It Up are all get renditions. Having not seen Fela Kuti perform, it’s hard to know how he compares to his son Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, but you’d imagine the afrobeat pioneer would be pretty stoked about how his band has lived on. Both heavily political and sexual, the show is a tour de force, Kuti an incredible frontman and his band absolutely stunning. The Cavanbah is packed as the Grandmothers Of Invention start pumping out their tribute to former bandleader Frank Zappa. As expected the crowd is a mix of a handful of devotees and newbies, and songs like Call Any Vegetable and Go Cry On Someone Else’s Shoulder confound some and delight others; it’s wonderfully polarising. SUNDAY There’s a little less of the tropical and jungle styles in Cw


live reviews Stoneking’s from his last record and a kind of ‘50s rock’n’roll feel that creeps into tracks like Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Too Late and We Gonna Booglaoo. It’s the older songs that go down best; Handyman Blues and Goin’ The Country getting the early crowd moving. Tim Rogers treats the largely polite crowd to a large crosssection of work from throughout his career. The set keeps getting better and culminates in great versions of Heavy Heart and Dylan’s Boots Of Spanish Leather, where Rogers strips away the guitar and lets Shane O’Mara do the heavy lifting. You couldn’t ask for a better setlist from the legendary Booker T Jones. After feeling things out with Harlem House from his latest record he drops Hip Hug Her and Green Onions very early, runs through Albert King’s Born Under A Bad Sign (which he produced) and closes out with the brilliant Soul Limbo and Time Is Tight. We’re back for more James Cotton, the last surviving blues player to record at Sun Studios with Sam Phillips, as he brings his

band to the Delta Stage and lays down some fine ol’ Chicago style blues, his harmonica not as potent as it would have been back in the day, but solid none the less, a true legend. We’re a little disappointed with Robben Ford, as we were led to believe he’d have with him Barry Green, who played trombone on Ford’s latest record, A Day In Nashville. However, Green is nowhere to be seen, and while Ford is one of the best guitarists on the planet, his set leaves us a little cold. The Cavanbah tent is at first caressed, then assaulted, by the powerhouse vocal of Saidah Baba Talibah. Talibah’s voice is easily up there with the best of the weekend and I eventually leave, looking windswept and battered, potentially the Set Of The Festival.

Light Buddy Of Mine and the heavy jam of Lovers’ Revolution they’re given a warm reception. It takes a good ten minutes for Sly & Robbie & The Taxi Gang to get into the groove, but if you follow them into it once they do, there’s no way you’re getting out. They’re captivating tonight with tunes like the excellent Hot You’re Hot and things start to get real deep, real quick. There is no performer quite like Erykah Badu; she possessing an almighty power over everything that happens on stage. The setlist is brilliant, from On And On to Back In The Day (Puff ) to Window Seat to No Love – there’s something for everyone, no matter which era turned you onto her work first. The Music Maker Foundation is always a festival highlight. The night is capped with some scruffy, bleeding, raw blues, the real kind, and we jump on the bus happy with a meat pie, knowing all is well 25 years down the track; Bluesfest is looking good y’all, looking good.

It’s all class from Iron & Wine tonight, as they prove themselves to be one of the highlights. It’s a little different to the other fare presented tonight, but thanks to tracks like Carousel, Belated Promise Ring, the sweet groove of Low

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arts reviews

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2: RISE OF ELECTRO

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2: RISE OF ELECTRO Film

In cinemas Peter Parker is Marvel’s adolescent eternal: high-school kid turned cadet photographer; guiltriddled, self-loathing, wracked with existential insecurities. He’s emo as fuck, basically, and 2012’s The Amazing SpiderMan took this literally: turning Parker into Andrew Garfield’s

beanie-sportin’ sk8r teen, who’s 90 per cent sarcastic and ten per cent hysterical-proclamationsof-undying-love-on-top-ofa-bridge. That holds for The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Rise Of Electro: the villains are wackier, the explosions endless, and the will-they/won’t-they handwringing re. love-interest Emma Stone more ridiculously overwrought. At times, its maximalism is so silly that you wonder if Garfield, smirking Dane DeHaan, scenery-chewing Paul Giamatti, and pop-video stooge Marc Webb are all in on some grand scam; this a superhero blockbuster for the Sharknado era. Yet, willing yourself to see ironic intentionality in this calamitous cacophony of a cash-cow is a classic coping mechanism; a way to rationalise the irrational screenwriting, constant carnage, endless branded imagery, and horrific Hans-Zimmer-goes-numetal soundtrack. When people complain of Hollywood movies being brainless special-effects spectacles that’re loud, overlong, incoherent and idiotic, they’re describing Rise of Electro exactly.

Anthony Carew For the full review head to theMusic.com.au

52 TUESDAYS Film

In cinemas 1 May Filmed amidst grubby-chic suburban Adelaide interiors, 52 Tuesdays follows a teenage girl’s struggle to adjust as her mother embarks upon a female-to-male gender transition. The title also alludes to the film’s production history, shot chronologically on each Tuesday. With director and co-writer Sophie Hyde giving her cast members their scripts a week at a time in preparation for the following Tuesday’s shooting schedule. Hyde’s structurally adventurous directorial debut also contains a cast of mostly non-professional actors, and has won awards at both the Berlin and Sundance Film Festivals. While her mother undergoes treatment, Billie (Tilda CobhamHervey) moves in with her father and visits her mother only on Tuesday afternoons. However,

Tuesday evenings become a time where Billie establishes her own agenda, meeting with her school friends and filming their raw, honest responses and displays to her probing, personal line of questioning. Prompted into this mindset by her mother’s endeavour to lead an authentic life by undergoing gender reassignment, Billie seeks to emulate her mother’s own video diary and discovers that being authentic and truthful, especially on camera, can lead to wider complexities and hypocrisies, revealing a harsh lesson in boundaries and the impractical, utopian desire to have no secrets. Natalie Rhook

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Member answering/role: William Lebihan – vocals/bass How long have you been together? Since 1993 – 21 years. How did you all meet? Robbie and I were playing together in various bands and were introduced to Matthew via a local guitar shop. 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? The Black Crowes with a dose of Allman Brothers for good measure. Would you rather be a busted broke-but-revered Hank Williams figure or some kind of Metallica monster? I think Metallica are still revered – how many times have you spoken to a fan who waxes lyrical about the early stuff! So (b) Metallica, thanks Eddie; also to be able to offer a new member $1 million would be wild. Which Brisbane bands before you have been an inspiration (musically or otherwise)? We shared the stage and practice rooms (Target building) with a loads of great bands: Powderfinger, Pangea, Solar Baby, Seed/Bucket/Aquanaut, Bulldozer, Feebles Junky – not only good bands but good people and really, genuinely enthusiastic and encouraging. I continue to love The Screaming Tribesman – Bones And Flowers is an all-time fave and still on regular rotation. What part do you think Brisbane plays in the music you make? There’s an honesty, an accessibility and flexibility that comes with playing in Brisbane – whilst from the outside the scene is perceived as small there are various catacombs and pathways that lead to hidden pockets of Brisbane-ness. What’s in the pipeline for the band in the short term? The release of new album 3 Days In The Belly Of A Whale signifies a major step for us as musicians, songwriters and as a band – the most challenging project we’ve ever entered into. Pharaoh’s Playground play Tempo Hotel on Saturday 26 April.

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eat/drink

PUB GAMES Sometimes while sinking a cold one, you wanna do a bit more than just sit there and gabber. That’s when games come in handy.

POOL

DARTS

Old faithful. These are common in pubs and also in high demand. It’s hard to fight for one because inevitably the people with the pool cues will have the advantage. You just gotta wait your turn to poke the stick at the ball to make it hit the other ball into the hole.

A pub staple, as noted in every second scene of a TV show or film that’s shot in a pub. Often a dart will whiz past someone’s ear to land a bullseye, but this is a much rarer occurrence in real life.

FOOSBALL/ TABLE FOOTBALL

AIR HOCKEY

The one that requires a whole lotta handeye coordination. With a flick of your wrist, you control an entire football team, stuck to rotatable bars. Your players look really silly when they spin upwards to kick the ball then totally miss. People will laugh at you when that happens, just like in real football.

Almost a modern version of pool, you could say, except with only one ‘ball’ (puck) and a maximum of two players. Okay, so it’s not that much the same, but the goal is: get the thing in the hole. This one can get pretty nasty, with the puck shredding careless fingers hanging over the edge.

CLASSIC PUB MEALS Burgers: Burgers are a worldwide classic counter meal, but naturally we’ve got to put an Aussie spin on it. Swap out the beef for a lamb pattie, add egg, beetroot and a few layers of tasty cheese then wash it down with a Fosters. Just kidding, no one actually drinks that shit. Chicken Parmigiana: Italian by name, Australian by nature – this pub classic has undergone a dramatic transformation since the days of stuffed eggplant. The breaded, deep-fried meat and cheese amalgamation of today is a bona fide Aussie classic. Some pork variations have the puritans up in arms but go on, give it a shot. Your arteries will love it. Surf ’N’Turf: This protein-packed winning combination of land and sea pairs spectacularly with creamy garlic sauce and thick-cut chips. The land portion is usually beef and the sea can be anything from prawns, lobster or 32 • THE MUSIC • 23RD APRIL 2014

shrimp, maybe even hot off the barbie. Oh, wait there while we cover as many ridiculous Aussie stereotypes as possible. Fish’N’Chips: Legend has it, fish’n’chips originally migrated to Australia with the first fleet, becoming a staple food of the convicts who fished for snapper off the coast of Botany Bay. That’s not true at all, but who cares? This glorious pub meal is a perfect testament to the delicious capacity of deep-fryers.


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FRONTLASH

INDIE NEWS

SHAME ABOUT DEATHRAYS Wait until you guys wrap your listening gear around the new DZ Deathrays album Black Rat, it’s a cracker! Our local rock scene is in rude health, get amongst it and show your love!

HOLDING COUTRNEY

A NIGHT OF MERRIMENT

MAKING INTRODUCTIONS

SEX APPEAL

Locally grown funk and soul dudes His Merry Men are set to put on one hell of a party for their EP launch at The Joynt, 2 May. They perform with Astrid, Steph Taylor, Andrew Taylor and Kelsey Giarola. $10, 8pm.

A bunch of new local pop acts are getting together for a showcase at The Zoo, 1 May with Tin, pictured, set to make his debut alongside Mark J, Marina and Alex Israel. Tickets on sale through Oztix for $12.

Those suave lads in Tourism will be strutting their new single out with two shows at Solbar, Maroochydore, 3 May and Alhambra Lounge, 9 May. Get dancing to latest cut Supermodel, and hear more from their forthcoming EP.

TALKING ALL THAT JAZZ

COLOURFUL LOVE

OUT OF THE COUNTRY

The Brisbane International Jazz Festival takes place 4 – 8 Jun, featuring Jukka Perko – Avara Trio, Julien Arguelles, Barney McCall, Mike Nock and Julien Wilson Trio. The festival kicks off at BEMAC – for more info head to the event website.

Indie folktronica septet Archer & Light bring The Hopelessly Hopeful tour to Beetle Bar this Saturday, with special guests Sleepy Circus, Foxsmith and Jordan Lander. $10 on the door, proudly presented by The Music.

A small town girl set to do big things, hear Charters Towers songwriter Jarrah Aitchison when she fronts Jarrah & The Lionhearts at Black Bear Lodge tonight (23 Apr), with The Family Jordan and Beauty also on the bill.

SAY IT AGAIN

QUAINT ACCOMPANIMENT

QUALITY CONTROL

Melbourne rockers My Echo invite you to get sweaty with them when they launch their new self-titled EP – a sixtrack recorded live to tape with celebrated producer Hadyn Buxton – at Beetle Bar, 16 May. Tickets on sale now.

Enjoy some musical romance and vintage flair with lovely Melbourne duo Annie & Bern when they perform a selection of cuts taken from their new record, Here Comes The Love. Mandala Organic Arts Cafe, Gold Coast, 3 May.

A supergroup deserves some super supports, so it’s no surprise Adolescents have collected a bunch of other shit-hot bands to join them at The Tempo Hotel, 3 Jul. Get in early for Clowns, pictured, Whiskey & Speed and The Scam.

HOLIDAY SPLURGE

TIME TO SHINE

ON THE PROWL

FULL FRONTAL ASSAULT

It’s cool now that we’re in the midst of a public holiday spree, but then we don’t have any for ages… Screw that loser talk, three-day week! Have a great Anzac Day!

If you’re a promising DJ looking for your big break, then you probably want to enter Your Shot. The winner will play either Snowbombing (Austria), BPM (Mexico) or Sound LA (USA) – get all the info at facebook.com/yourshot.

Visiting from the forests of Germany for a rare mid-year tour, Melbourne-born Tim McMillan – voted in Australian Guitar Magazine’s top 25 of 2013 – will lead his band onstage at The Loft, 29 May.

SEQ punks are already onto the impending arrival of D.O.A. but if you haven’t got tickets yet you best change that situation because Crooked Face, The Lost Cause and Mouthguard make this one hell of a bill. Prince Of Wales, Nundah, Sunday.

Talking of The Lemonheads (as we kinda were), how good is Courtney Barnett’s cover of Bein’ Around? That girl is going places, can’t wait for her next music!

LILLEY! LILLEY! It’s a cool development (and sign o’ the times) that Chris Lilley’s new series Jonah From Tonga is going to run online before it hits TV. Hope it’s pucking funny!

DZ DEATHRAYS

BACKLASH BACK IN BLACK

Regardless of whether Acca Dacca play again in anger, we wish the legendary Malcolm Young a speedy recovery from the illness that he’s battling. Let there be rock!

ROYAL PAIN While it was crazy that Title had to miss most of it to cater for the “royals”, Record Store Day was an unmitigated success everywhere – don’t just support them once a year, keep local culture vibrant!

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INDIE NEWS

RIDE THE LIGHTNING

SENSORIAL BLISS

NO DOUBT

Gloryhammer, pictured, and Lagerstein pillage at The Northern, Byron Bay, Sunday; Hotel Norville, Toowoomba, 30 Apr; Surfers Paradise Beer Garden, 1 May; The Sands Tavern, Maroochydore, 2 May and The Tempo Hotel, 3 May.

The regular Anzac Day blitz that is Progressions Of Freedom arrives at Coniston Lane this week, with Tom Cosm, pictured, Rubber Soul, Tranceducer, Harry Blotter, Slytrance, Blatwax and more playing sets on Friday.

Damien Rice’s former running mates in Juniper have banded together as Bell X1 and will visit Australia for the very first time this winter. Hear the Irishmen’s anthemic pop-rock at The Zoo, 4 Jul. The Phoncurves support.

ROCK REVEAL

HEART AND SOUL

GET BOGGLED

The second semi-final of Exposed #6 is going down at Ric’s Bar on Sunday night, with The Grills, Rabbit, Radioutkast, Bear & Fox, Baskervillain and Midnight Show all plugging in for their place in the finals. Music from 7pm.

You’ll feel the music in your bones at The Loft, Gold Coast, 1 May when Caleb Lafaitele, Malachi Tuhoro, Denzel Taylor and Priia get together for a rhythm and soul extravaganza.

A wild rock monster like you’ve never witnessed, grab something sturdy when The Stone Fox headline The Zoo, 10 May, with Dead End Kings and We Become Ghosts also fronting up. $8 presales via Oztix.

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SUBURBAN SONGBOOK

There’s some rumblings on the GC that soulful blues unit Tuesday’s Good are a live proposition to be reckoned with, so don’t miss the bumping fourpiece when they slide into The Loft, 10 May. Jackson James Smith and Sarah Frank support.

Get the sweet pop/reggae/folk sounds of Mañana when they venture north for shows at The Brewery, Byron Bay, 9 May; Tatts Hotel, Lismore, 16 May; and The Loft, Gold Coast, 24 May.

Enjoy some Americana charm with stories of “bad weather, modern love and other natural disasters” when local lad Cameron Milford shares his brand of suburban roots music at Padre, Saturday night.

QUESTION EVERYTHING

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

ALL GUNS BLAZING

Local hip hop act Rivermouth are introducing their brand new single Propaganda with a show at The Zoo, featuring supports Sweet 66 and Formidable Vegetable Sound System. The beat drops 15 May.

Taps Australia in Mooloolaba is on a quest to find the Sunny Coast’s best busker. If that sounds like you, then enter From Busk Till Dawn; the first round is happening this Sunday, with more info on the venue website.

Following their performance at Metal Heart Festival this Saturday at The Tivoli, Smoking Martha will take their vintage brand of smouldering rock’n’roll to Miami Shark Bar, GC, 16 May. Support from Stellar Green and Black Diamond.

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EP FOCUS

SINGLE FOCUS EP that will be finished in the next few weeks. Hopefully out around the middle of the year.

DIVIDE & CONQUER Member’s name: Pat Thatcher EP Title: Long Story Short How many releases do you have now? We had a split release with Wake The Giants called Santa-Core in 2012. Long Story Short is our debut EP! Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? We had many inspirations during the making of this EP. Everything from loved ones to hated ones, super heroes to bank robbers!

Friends For(n)ever! Lots of energy and catchy as hell! We’ll like this EP if we like... Catchy pop-punk and heavy breakdowns! There’s something for everyone! For fans of Fall Out Boy, Chunk! No Captain Chunk, A Day To Remember and Four Year Strong. Divide & Conquer play Sands Tavern, Maroochydore on Friday 25 April, Thriller’s Disney Heroes & Villians Party, Electric Playground on Saturday 26 April and The Lab (all ages) on Sunday 27 April.

What’s your favourite song on it? My personal favourite is the track Best

What was inspiring you during the song’s writing and recording? Using new gear and recording techniques to get it sounding as wet and big as possible. Our producer said it could have come out sounding like Coldplay... It didn’t.

THE UPSKIRTS Member’s name: Nick Stillman Single title: Mind’s A Burden

We’ll like this song if we like... Not Coldplay.

What’s the song about? Uncertainty and obsession about a relationship over distance. It’s not as depressing as that sounds though...

Do you play it differently live? Yeah, we chucked this little extended jam at the end when we play live, plus it’s probably a bit dirtier and heavier.

How long did it take to write/ record? We wrote the first progression and riff together pretty quickly, the rest of the song came together over a few months. We recorded it over three days at Studios 301 in Sydney.

The Upskirts play Alhambra Lounge on Thursday 24 April and Coolangatta Hotel on Friday 25 April.

Is this track from a forthcoming release/existing release? Yeah, it’s the second single from a new

BRISBANE BOUND

SINGLE FOCUS

Sweaty, sweaty and sweaty but lots of fun. Brisbane is an amazing city where you can find some great supportive and positive musicians and music enthusiasts.

our current EP, Our Love Is Confetti which we released in 2013. We are also releasing a film clip for the track which you can find online.

What can we expect different this time around? A backing band! New songs! A new vibe!

HARLEY YOUNG Name: Harley Young Home ground: French Canada but now back to Brissie. Describe your live music/ performance style as succinctly as possible: Pop tunes; some sincere and some stupid. Jonathan Richman-inspired songs about backyards and chook raffles. Is this your first foray to Brisbane? If not how many times have you performed in our midst? A lot of times would be by far my most accurate answer. I have truly lost count. Please relate your impressions of performing in our fair city:

Has anything exciting been happening in your world of late? Moved back to ‘Straya and got a new single out and tour. What will you be taking home as a souvenir? A clipping of Rod Young’s moustache hair, if I can get it. I hear he likes rock and roll. Harley Young plays Black Bear Lodge on Sunday 27 April and Scratch Bar on Tuesday 6 May.

ARCHER & LIGHT Answered by: James Luscombe Single title? The Hopelessly Hopeful What’s the song about? A list of my faults, which at the time of my life were things I wanted to change about myself. How long did it take to write/ record? The original idea came really easily, it kind of just wrote itself one day when I was playing guitar. The guitar part and vocals have pretty much stayed the same since then.

What was inspiring you during the song’s writing and recording? We wanted to keep the structure simple, but support it with an evolving bed of synth pads, guitar swells and effected vocals. We were really inspired by ambient music, a la Brian Eno. We’ll like this song if we like... Heartfelt, introspective music written by a group of passionate misfits. Do you play it differently live? We originally recorded the track with a french horn as the lead, but live we play it with a trumpet. The rest comes down to Jeremy, our busy synth player! Archer & Light play Beetle Bar on Saturday 26 April.

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THE MUSIC PRESENTS Jake Bugg: The Hi-Fi 23 Apr

Kingswood: The Hi-Fi 31 May

Ozomatli: The Zoo 23 Apr

Our Man In Berlin: Alhambra Lounge 5 Jun

Stonefield: Oh Hello! 24 Apr, Beach Hotel 25 Apr, One Way Street Party 26 Apr The Decline: Crowbar 2 May Urban Country Music Festival: Caboolture 2-4 May Residual: The Loft 3 May, The Tempo Hotel 4 May Groovin’ The Moo: Townsville 4 May

In Heart’s Wake: The Tempo Hotel 15 Jun, The Sands Tavern 29 Jun Hard-Ons: Coolangatta Hotel 20 Jun, Prince Of Wales 21 Jun The Audreys: The Zoo 21 Jun Frente!: Star Court Theatre 27 Jun, Brisbane Powerhouse 28 Jun

Arctic Monkeys: BEC 7 May

The Beards: The Spotted Cow 2 Jul, Soundlounge 3 Jul, The Tivoli 4 Jul, Solbar 5 Jul, The Northern 6 Jul

DZ Deathrays: Elsewhere 8 May, The Zoo 9 May

Little Bastard: Black Bear Lodge 10 Jul, Solbar 11 Jul

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

Something For Kate: The Tivoli 11 Jul

The Jezabels: The Tivoli 6 May

Owen Campbell: The Royal Mail 18 May, The Joynt 21 May Free Your Mind ft Northlane, Thy Art Is Murder: The Hi-Fi 22 May

GIG OF THE WEEK DALLAS FRASCA: 25 APR, ALHAMBRA LOUNGE

Violent Soho: The Hi-Fi 12 & 13 Jul The White Album Concert: QPAC 13 Jul

Jabba: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane Dave Ritter: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central Ballad Boy: Loving Hut, Mount Gravatt

WED 23

Jarrah & The Lionhearts + The Family Jordan + Beauty: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley The Solider’s Wife feat. Jackie Marshall + Sahara Beck + Lucy Star + Roz Pappalardo + Tylea + Bertie Page + Special Guests: Brisbane Powerhouse (Visy Theatre), New Farm Sarah Collyer + Olivia Crick + Ben Eaton: Dowse Bar (Iceworks), Paddington Boy & Bear + Patrick James: Harvey Road Tavern, Gladstone MKTO + Taylor Henderson: Jupiters ( Jupiters Theatre), Broadbeach Mark McConville + James Tinniswood + Ellen Briggs: Jupiters, Broadbeach

Candice: The Plough Inn, Southbank Rockaoke (‘90s Rock Edition) feat. various artists: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley Michael Franti & Spearhead + Nahko & Medicine For The People: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley Ozomatli + special guests: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley

Boy & Bear + Patrick James: Sugarland Tavern, Bundaberg

Diva Demolition + The Grand Scheme + Silence Isn’t Easy: Beetle Bar, Brisbane

Rohin Jones: The Bearded Lady, West End

Velociraptor + The Good Sports + The Maryettas: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley

Underground Sounds Open Mic Night feat. various artists: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane

Jake Bugg + The Creases + The Growl: The Hi-Fi, West End Shaun Kirk: The Joynt, South Brisbane Open Mic Night feat. various artists: The Loft, Chevron Island

Bliss N Eso + Horrorshow + Seth Sentry + Ceekay Jones + MC Wheels: Riverstage, Brisbane

THU 24

An Evening of Colours & Textures feat. Sound Almighty Music: Brisbane Jazz Club (6.30pm), Kangaroo Point

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

The Trouble With Templeton + special guests: Old Museum, Bowen Hills

The Upskirts: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley

MKTO + Taylor Henderson: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank

Open Mic Night feat. various artists: Solbar, Maroochydore

Stonefield: Oh Hello!, Fortitude Valley

Raw Thursdays feat. various artists: Royal Exchange Hotel, Toowong

Tim Rogers + Shane O’Mara + Melody Feder + Michael Muchow: Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane

Wicked Wednesdays feat. various artists: Royal Exchange Hotel, Toowong

Underground Sounds Open Mic Night, The Very Best Of feat. various artists: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane

Puppet Up!: Uncensored: Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm

Andrew Taylor: The Elephant Hotel, Fortitude Valley Schoolfight + Signature Series: The Joynt, South Brisbane Daniel Champagne + Josh Lovegrove: The Loft, Chevron Island Nathan Pursey: The Plough Inn, Southbank The Music Kitchen feat. Conspiracy Of One + Simulation + Chrome Recliner + Unsought Duke + more: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley

Russ Walker + DJ J-Mixx: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba

Fossils + Allthingslost + Umbra + Weakling: The Tempo Hotel (Bowler Bar), Fortitude Valley

Paul Woseen (The Screaming Jets): Dowse Bar (Iceworks), Paddington

Open Mic Night feat. various artists: The Underdog, Fortitude Valley

Dizzee Rascal + special guests: Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill

Holy Fuck + Blank Realm: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley

Snitch feat. Take Us To Vegas + Burning Brooklyn + Hey Denise + Castles: Electric Playground, Fortitude Valley

Fiend Fest 2014 feat. Front Line Assembly + Clan Of Xymox + Leaether Strip + Novakill: Transcontinental Hotel, Brisbane

FRI 25

Flirt feat. various DJs: 633 Ann, Fortitude Valley DJ Indy Andy: Albany Creek Tavern (Creek Bar), Albany Creek Dallas Frasca + Battle Axe Howlers + Guests: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley DJ Black Amex: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley Down 311: Brisbane Brewhouse, Woolloongabba Puppet Up!: Uncensored: Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm Anzac Day Cooly Fest with Von Villains + The Upskirts + Jimmy The Saint & The Sinners + Sons Of The Morning + Dead Books + The Black Palms: Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta Various artists: Coolangatta Sands Hotel (Sand Bar), Coolangatta Motion DJs: Irish Murphy’s (Upstairs), Brisbane Berst + B-Rad: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane Various DJs: Limes Hotel, Fortitude Valley Rohan & The Staplers: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End Seductive Soul: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central Lounge Party + Brisbane Jimmy + Mic Travers Band: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane Diva Demolition: Morningside RSL, Morningside The Casuarinas + The Company Folklore + Kimberley Bowden: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley Fresh Fridays feat. various artists: Royal Exchange Hotel, Toowong PLA: Saltbar, South Kingscliff

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Anzac Day at the Stones Corner feat. various artists: Stones Corner Hotel, Stones Corner Steve Blaik: Story Bridge Hotel (The Corner Bar/9pm), Kangaroo Point DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (Shelter Bar/10pm), Kangaroo Point The Firetree: Taps Australia, Mooloolaba Piano Jam with Karl S Williams: The Bearded Lady, West End Thomas Albert + Samuel Valentine + Caitlin Armstrong + Cobblestone: The Crosstown Eating House, Woolloongabba Vertigo + Rick Barron: The Elephant Hotel, Fortitude Valley Butterz + Gavin: The Fox Hotel (Dandy’s Rooftop), South Brisbane Mojo Webb: The Fox Hotel (Longbar), South Brisbane Salmonella Dub Soundsystem + Snareophobe + Operon + Kosha D + Kim De La Hay: The Hi-Fi, West End Ben Salter + Bigstrongbrute: The Hideaway, Fortitude Valley Late Night Comedy feat. various artists: The Hideaway (10pm), Fortitude Valley Paul Woseen (The Screaming Jets) + Geordie Leach Trio + Katie Who: The Loft, Chevron Island D.O.D. + Uberjak’d: The Met, Fortitude Valley Simon Meola + Big Boyz: The Plough Inn, Southbank Take Us To Vegas + Malibu Stacey + Divide & Conquer + Vitals + Lafayette: The Sands Tavern, Maroochydore Cloud Ladder + Spherian + The Shapes + more: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley


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the guide qld.gigguide@themusic.com.au Paul Woseen (The Screaming Jets): Taps Australia, Mooloolaba DJ Ben Salter: The Bearded Lady, West End Electric Samurai + Brad Lee: The Elephant Hotel, Fortitude Valley

Various DJs: The Tempo Hotel (Bowler Bar), Fortitude Valley

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

Tyrone: The Fox Hotel (Longbar) , South Brisbane

Sunday Sessions feat. various artists: Royal Exchange Hotel, Toowong

Fairchild + Calan Mai + KNDR + various DJs: The Loft, Chevron Island

Per Purpose: The Underdog, Fortitude Valley Diamond Dave: The Underdog (Public Bar), Fortitude Valley

SAT 26

Cookie Jar + various DJs: 633 Ann, Fortitude Valley Oscar Key Sung + Tincture + Motion Picture Actress: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley Bluesville Station: Bearded Dragon Tavern (12pm), Tamborine

Thriller feat. Young Lions + Divide & Conquer + Atripwithsid + The Comfort: Coniston Lane, Fortitude Valley

Michelle Xen & The Neon Wild + Back Back Forward Punch + Youthfire + Machine Age: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley

Various Artists: Coolangatta Sands Hotel (Sand Bar), Coolangatta

Hussy Hicks + Lyon Apprentice + Kenny Slide + Bree De Rome + Jake Whittaker + Ella Fence: One Way Street Party (Surfers Paradise Festival) (Acoustic Street Stage), Surfers Paradise

Skid Row + Ugly Kid Joe + Dead City Ruins: Eatons Hill Hotel (Grand Ballroom), Eatons Hill Take Us To Vegas + The Brave + Romance Is Dead: Gympie Civic Centre (all ages), Gympie Motion DJs: Irish Murphy’s (Upstairs), Brisbane Jabba + Quennel Mott: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane

Cameron Milford: Padre Bar, Woolloongabba Diva Demolition: Racehorse Hotel, Booval Saturday Night Live feat. various artists: Royal Exchange Hotel, Toowong

Archer & Light + Sleepy Circus + Foxsmith + Jordan Lander: Beetle Bar, Brisbane

Various DJs: Limes Hotel, Fortitude Valley Fairchild: Loft, West End

Chubby Rae & The Elevators + Lazy Eye Band: Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna

Yacht Rock with various DJs: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley

Black Magic: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central

DJ Jase: Saltbar, South Kingscliff

Bombshell Ball + various artists: Metro Arts, Brisbane

Dallas Frasca + Battle Axe Howlers + Guests: Solbar, Maroochydore

Vintage Rock Box: Brisbane Brewhouse, Woolloongabba Kelsey Giarola Quartet: Brisbane Jazz Club (6.30pm), Kangaroo Point Puppet Up!: Uncensored: Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm Sound Check feat. Xzibit + The Funkoars + Remi + Briggs + more: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba

Wasabi: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane Ger Fennelly: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane One Way Street Party feat. Stonefield + The Vernons + Electrik Lemonade + CC The Cat + The High Grade + Jackson James Smith: Neal Shannon Park (Park Stage), Surfers Paradise

Down 311: Story Bridge Hotel (The Corner Bar/9pm), Kangaroo Point DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (Shelter Bar/10pm), Kangaroo Point Boy & Bear + Patrick James: Sunshine Coast Function Centre, Caloundra

DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (Shelter Bar/3pm), Kangaroo Point The Stained Angels + Hobo Magic + Terrence Boyd Tallon: The Bearded Lady, West End

Stereo Blonde: The Plough Inn, Southbank

Scramjet + Timbah: The Elephant Hotel, Fortitude Valley

Elliot The Bull + Pharaoh Playground + Ham + Brooksy & Co: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley

Caroline Hammond + Friends: The Joynt (4pm), South Brisbane

Various DJs: The Tempo Hotel (Bowler Bar), Fortitude Valley

Take Us To Vegas + What We’re Worth + Divide & Conquer + Lafayette: The Lab (all ages), Brisbane

Metal Heart Festival 2014 feat. 8 Foot Sativa + Frankenbok + Tria Mera + Demonfire + Aeon Of Horus + Vyrion + Chronolyth + Demodocus + 308 + Upside Downside + Devonera + Defamer + Smoking Martha + Evil Eye + Stone Chimp + Mephistopheles + Asylum + Therein + Tempest Rising + more: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley Gazar Strips + Naked Maja + The Steady As She Goes: The Underdog, Fortitude Valley The Delta Riggs + Jakarta Criers: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley

SUN 27

Harley Young + Go Go Fish: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley 65 Years of Mr Music + Steve & Mal Wood: Brisbane Jazz Club (9.30am), Kangaroo Point Big Kitty: Brisbane Jazz Club (5pm), Kangaroo Point Various artists: Coolangatta Sands Hotel (Sand Bar), Coolangatta Dean Weston: Coorparoo Bowls Club (2pm), Coorparoo Holidays On Ice feat. Angie Hart + Angharad Drake: Dowse Bar (Iceworks), Paddington The Delta Riggs + Pilots + Jakarta Criers + Tsun: East 88, Broadbeach Boy & Bear + Patrick James: Empire Theatre, Toowoomba Greg & Katey Aspeling + Swing Force Big Band: Harrigan’s Drift Inn (12.30pm), Jacobs Well Jabba: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane Various artists: Limes Hotel, Fortitude Valley The Enterprise: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End Sasta + Ger Fennelly: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane

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D.O.A + Crooked Face + The Lost Cause + Mouthguard: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah

Fidel + Jing: The Fox Hotel (Dandy’s Rooftop), South Brisbane

Double Beef & Bacon Brass Band Spectacular! feat. Bullhorn + Barksdale Brass Band: The Joynt, South Brisbane

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Big Blind Ray Trio + Jimi Beavis + The Brodie Graham Band: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley

Blue Steel: The Plough Inn, Southbank The Sunday Sessions with Seismic Toss + The Keepaways + Red Tendrils + Stop Go: The Tempo Hotel (5pm), Fortitude Valley Rock N Roll BBQ with Midwife Crisis + Tagline + Junior Arcade + Obserd: The Underdog (12pm), Fortitude Valley

MON 28

Rob Hackwood Duo: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane Mick’s Trivia: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane Mad Monday feat. various artists: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley Joey Shithead: The Underdog, Fortitude Valley

TUE 29

Man Vs Bear Trivia Seinfeild Edition 2.0: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley Russian Circles + The Matador + theseashallnothavethem: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley Woody Lives Here: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane Tuesday Night Jazz feat. Brett Fowler Trio: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End The Bug feat. Sarah Collyer + Laura Mulcahy + The Renegade Gentlemen: New Farm Bowls Club, New Farm Mark Sheils: Samford Valley Hotel, Samford Valley Jam It Together feat. various artists: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley


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INTERNATIONAL 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

CULTS: 6 MAY, THE ZOO

MKTO: Jupiters 23 Apr, BCEC 24 Apr Front Line Assembly: Transcontinental Hotel 24 Apr

James Blunt: BCEC 2 Jun

D.O.D: The Met 25 Apr

Gabrielle Aplin: St John’s Cathedral 3 Jun

Huxley: Bowler Bar 25 Apr

Armin van Buuren: BEC 4 Jun

Salmonella Dub: The Hi-Fi 25 Apr, The Northern 26 Apr

Ellie Goulding, Broods: BCEC 5 Jun (AA)

Xzibit: Chalk Hotel 26 Apr

Ron Pope: Princess Theatre 6 Jun

Skid Row, Ugly Kid Joe: Eatons Hill Hotel 26 Apr D.O.A: Prince Of Wales 27 Apr

White Lung: Alhambra Lounge 6 Jun

Russian Circles: Crowbar 29 Apr

Slim Jim Phantom: Racecourse Hotel 6 Jun

KT Tunstall: The Zoo 30 Apr

ScHoolboy Q: The Hi-Fi 7 Jun

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

TLC: Eatons Hill Hotel 7 Jun

Hugh Laurie: QPAC 2 May

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

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 Cults: The Zoo 6 May Lorde: Riverstage 6 May (AA) Arctic Monkeys: BEC 7 May Temples: The Zoo 8 May Disclosure: Eatons Hill Hotel 8 May Face To Face, Ten Foot Pole: 633 Ann 8 May

Kristin Hersh: Black Bear Lodge 8 Jun Propagandhi: The Hi-Fi 8 Jun, Miami Shark Bar 9 Jun Bastille: BCEC 13 Jun (AA) Carcass: The Hi-Fi 13 Jun Earth: Crowbar 17 Jun Finntroll: The Zoo 18 Jun Supersuckers: The Zoo 19 Jun La Dispute, Balance & Composure: Trinity Hall 19 Jun (AA), The Hi-Fi 20 Jun Dragon: Kedron Wavell Services Club 20 Jun, Twin Towns 21 Jun Band Of Skulls: The Hi-Fi 21 Jun

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

Joan As Police Woman: The Hi-Fi 24 Jun

Pete Rock & DJ Premier: Arena 9 May

Story Of The Year: The Hi-Fi 26 Jun

Pyramid: Chinese Whispers 10 May

The Vibrators: Prince Of Wales 28 Jun

Michael Buble: BEC 12 May

The Crimson Projekct: The Hi-Fi 28 Jun

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 2Cellos: Eatons Hill Hotel 18 May Janelle Monae, Kimbra: BCEC 21 May

Adolescents: The Tempo Hotel 3 Jul Bell X1: The Zoo 4 Jul Lloyd Cole: Brisbane Powerhouse 10 Jul, Soundlounge 11 Jul, Star Theatre 12 Jul Pelican: The Zoo 24 Jul Andrew Strong: The Commitments: The Tivoli 25 Jul, Twin Towns 26 Jul

Phfat: Bowler Bar 23 May

A Great Big World: The Tivoli 2 Aug

James Vincent McMorrow: QPAC 23 May

Hanson: The Tivoli 5 Aug, Coolangatta Hotel 6 Aug

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

Anathema: The Hi-Fi 21 Aug

Gary Numan: The Tivoli 27 May We Are Scientists: The Zoo 29 May Meat Puppets: The Zoo 30 May Mango Groove: Eatons Hill Hotel 30 May

Lady Gaga: BEC 26 Aug The Dandy Warhols: The Tivoli 30 Aug Biffy Clyro: The Tivoli 4 Sep Kanye West: BEC 15 Sep Robbie Williams: BEC 22 Sep

Kim Churchill: The Northern 15 May, Electric Playground 16 May, Soundlounge 18 May

Allday: Bowler Bar 20 Jun

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

Chet Faker: The Tivoli 21 Jun, Lake Kawana Community Centre 22 Jun

Thundamentals: The Zoo 16 May

Frente!: Star Court Theatre 27 Jun, Brisbane Powerhouse 28 Jun

Chance Waters: Alhambra Lounge 16 May

Dune Rats: The Zoo 28 Jun, Alhambra Lounge 29 Jun (U18)

Infinity Broke: The Loft 16 May, New Globe Theatre 17 May

In Hearts Wake: The Tempo Hotel 15 Jun, The Sands Tavern 29 Jun

Justin Timberlake: BEC 26, 27 Sep

Saskwatch: Bond University 18 May (1pm), Soundlounge 13 Jun, The Zoo 14 Jun

The Rolling Stones: BEC 18 Nov

British India: Crowbar 22 May

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

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

NATIONAL Tim Rogers: Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall 23 Apr

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

The Trouble With Templeton: Old Museum 24 Apr

King Parrot: Miami Shark Bar 23 May, Thriller 24 May, The Lab 25 May

Velociraptor: Black Bear Lodge 24 Apr

The Disappointed: Grand Central Hotel 24 May

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

Alison Wonderland, Wave Racer: Brisbane 24 May, Gold Coast 31 May

Stonefield: Oh Hello! 24 Apr, Beach Hotel 25 Apr, One Way Street Party 26 Apr Ben Salter: The Hideaway 25 Apr Dallas Frasca: Alhambra Lounge 25 Apr, Solbar 26 Apr Oscar Key Sung: Alhambra Lounge 26 Apr Michelle Xen + The Neon Wild: New Globe Theatre 26 Apr

The Audreys: The Zoo 21 Jun

The Presets, Australian Chamber Orchestra: QPAC 26 May Closure In Moscow: Solbar 30 May, Crowbar 31 May Safia: Beach Hotel 30 May, Alhambra Lounge 31 May Joelistics, Dialectrix: The Tempo Hotel 30 May, Solbar 31 May Kingswood: The Hi-Fi 31 May

The Beards: The Spotted Cow 2 Jul, Soundlounge 3 Jul, The Tivoli 4 Jul, Solbar 5 Jul, The Northern 6 Jul Dan Sultan: Solbar 2 Jul, The Spotted Cow 3 Jul, Soundlounge 4 Jul, Eatons Hill Hotel 5 Jul, The Northern 8 Jul Northeast Party House: Alhambra Lounge 3 Jul, Solbar 4 Jul, The Spotted Cow 5 Jul Little Bastard: Black Bear Lodge 10 Jul, Solbar 11 Jul, The Rails 12 Jul Something For Kate: The Tivoli 11 Jul Jeff Lang: Mullumbimby Town Hall 11 Jul, Brisbane Powerhouse 12 Jul Violent Soho, The Smith Street Band: The Hi-Fi 12, 13 Jul The White Album Concert ft Tim Rogers, Chris Cheney, Phil Jamieson and Josh Pyke: QPAC 13 July Dave Graney: Beetle Bar 18 Jul, Solbar 19 Jul, The Northern 20 Jul

The Delta Riggs: The Zoo 26 Apr, East 88 27 Apr

Our Man In Berlin: Alhambra Lounge 5 Jun

Boy & Bear: Sunshine Coast Function Centre 26 Apr, Empire Theatre 27 Apr, Lismore Workers Club 14 May

The Angels: Queensland Lions Club 8 Aug, North Leagues & Services Club 9 Aug

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

Freedman Does Nilsson: Soundlounge 15 Aug, Old Museum 16 Aug

Hell City Glamours: Crowbar 7 Jun

Tina Arena: Jupiters 23 Aug, BCEC 24 Aug

Drunk Mums: Grand Central Hotel 7 Jun

The Aston Shuffle: The Zoo 29 Aug

The Bennies: Crowbar 8 Jun

FESTIVALS

Iluka: Dowse Bar 1 May, The Loft 2 May Hellions: Crowbar 1 May, South Toowoomba Bowls Club 2 May (all ages) Chela: Alhambra Lounge 1 May The Decline: Crowbar 2 May Sampology: The Factory 2 May, Bowler Bar 24 May

Graveyard Train: The Northern 11 Jun, The Zoo 13 Jun Twin Beasts: The Loft 12 Jun, Solbar 13 Jun, Beetle Bar 14 Jun

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

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

The Jezabels: The Tivoli 6 May

Amaya Laucirica: The Treehouse 13 Jun, The Bearded Lady 14 Jun

Vance Joy, Gossling: The Hi-Fi 6 May 5 Seconds Of Summer: The Tivoli 7 May

My Friend The Chocolate Cake: New Globe Theatre 14 Jun Freak Wave: Crowbar 14 Jun, Tym Guitars 15 Jun

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 Cooly Rocks On: Coolangatta/ Tweed Heads 30 May-9 Jun

DZ Deathrays: Elsewhere 8 May, The Zoo 9 May

Keith Urban: BEC 17 Jun

Brisbane International Jazz Festival: BEMAC 4-8 Jun

Things Of Stone & Wood: Brisbane Powerhouse 9 May

Emma Russack: Black Bear Lodge 18 Jun

Caxton Street Seafood & Wine Festival: Caxton Street 8 Jun

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

Hard-Ons: The Northern 19 Jun, Coolangatta Hotel 20 Jun, Prince Of Wales 21 Jun

Live It Up: RNA Showgrounds 21 Jun

Cut Copy: Eatons Hill Hotel 10 May

Wagons: The Zoo 20 Jun

Gympie Music Muster: Gympie 28-31 Aug

Mondo Rock: Eatons Hill Hotel 20 Jun

BIGSOUND: Fortitude Valley Entertainment Precinct 10-12 Sep

Josh Pyke: Empire Theatre 20 Jun (AA), Majestic Theatre 21 Jun (AA), Byron Cultural & Community Centre 22 Jun (AA)

Soulfest: Riverstage 25 Oct

Jimmy Tait: Southside Tea Room 10 May, Brisbane Powerhouse 11 May Ella Hooper: Black Bear Lodge 15 May, Soundlounge 16 May, Star Court Theatre 17 May

Psycroptic: Miami Shark Bar 20 Jun, The Brightside 21 Jun, The Lab 22 Jun (AA)

Citizen Kay, Tkay Maidza: Alhambra Lounge 10 May

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