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Pull out the cricket whites (joking, please don’t) because Dinner En Blanc is returning to Brisbane this Saturday evening. It’s an elegant affair during which everyone dresses in their finest white outfits and dines en masse in a public place – the details of which are provided at the last minute to those who’ve registered to participate – to celebrate beauty and good taste, and the cultural diversity of our fine city.

Is he a musician or is he a comedian? This is the eternal conundrum facing people thinking about US entertainer Reggie Watts, but it matters little because he’s great at whatever he puts his mind to.! He brings his ‘Hello Humans Tour’ to The Tivoli this Sunday, so expect liberal doses of music, beatboxing, comedy and god knows what else as the mercurial Watts lets his mind run free.

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It’s on! You’ve got to love a nation who celebrates beer in all of its glory, and the German people – even in Brisbane – are busily ramping up for yet another awesome Oktoberfest! It kicks off this Friday and runs for two consecutive weekends (10-12 and 17-19 October) at RNA Showgrounds and features music, dancing, great food and, of course, beer, glorious beer! So pull out that lederhosen, grab your best pewter mug and get amongst it – it only comes around once a year! BRISBANE

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national news news@themusic.com.au COURTNEY BARNETT

MOMMY

CALM YOUR FARM

LANEYAY

The line-up for next year’s St Jerome’s Laneway Festival has been revealed, with the event nabbing some of the cream of current international and local music’s crop, including FKA Twigs, Future Islands (no sideshows), BANKS, Royal Blood, Little Dragon and Courtney Barnett, pictured. Just a few others to get excited about are: Eagulls, Flying Lotus (Layer 3), Caribou, Highasakite, Jungle, Lykke Li, Perfect Pussy and St Vincent (no sideshows). Laneway takes place RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane, 31 Jan; College Of The Arts, Sydney, 1 Feb; Harts Mill, Port Adelaide, 6 Feb; Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne, 7 Feb; Esplanade Reserve And West End, Perth, 8 Feb. For the full line-up head to theMusic.com.au.

BIG LEAGUES

Small-towners New Navy are setting up to embark on their first ever national tour, starting in their hometown of Ulladulla. The dream-popsters have released two singles from their soon to be released debut album, and have recently been touring with the likes of Andy Bull on his sold out tour. Catch the trio for the first time on 13 Nov, Northcote Social Club, Melbourne; 21 Nov, Newtown Social Club, Sydney; 22 Nov, Transit Bar, Canberra; 29 Nov, Amplifier Bar, Perth; and 10 Dec, Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane. More dates from theMusic.com.au.

SOUND CLASH FOUR

Four of Melbourne’s freshest acts – Hiatus Kaiyote, REMI, Kirkus and Silent Jay & Jace XL – are getting together for a national tour under the banner Sonic Architects National Conference. Representing four ostensibly disparate schools of sound – Hiatus Kaiyote the first Australian act to ne nominated for a Grammy in the R&B category; REMI a triple j Unearthed J Award-winning hip hop artist; Kirkus a six-piece synth-driven electronica meets jazz and R&B ensemble and producer Silent Jay, collaborating with Hiatus Kaiyote and Kirkus backing singer, Jace XL – the Sonic Architects National Conference hits The Bakery, Perth, 29 Nov; Corner Hotel, Melbourne, 5 Dec; The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, 6 Dec; and Metro Theatre, Sydney, 14 Dec.

DEBUT KNIFE

More than two million Facebook friends, 72 million SoundCloud streams, 34 million Spotify plays, 53 million YouTube views and that’s before Knife Party have even released their debut album! That album, Abandon Ship, is out in November, and Knife Party hit the road to celebrate its release with special guests Shockone the following month, kicking off 13 Dec at the Hordern Pavilion, Sydney; then 18 Dec, Brisbane Showgrounds, 20 Dec, Shed 14, Melbourne; and 26 Dec, The Pavilions, Perth.

TAKE TWO CELLOS

No one expected young Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, performing as 2Cellos, to explode the way they did when they posted their version of Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal, back in 2011. More than 20 million YouTube views and counting later, 2Cellos are an international touring phenomenon, performing everything from Bach and Vivaldi to AC/DC’s Thunderstruck. Elton John brought them here as his supporting act in 2011 and 2012, they came as headliners this year and will again next year, playing 6 Jan, Perth Concert Hall; 8 Jan, Llewellyn Centre, Canberra; 10 Jan, The Star, Sydney, 14 Jan, The Plaza Room, Brisbane; and 15 Jan, Palais Theatre, Melbourne.

DEAR MEDIA, WHAT ELSE ABOUT GEORGE CLOONEY GETTING MARRIED WILL I NOT CARE ABOUT? WE TAKE IT @JIMGAFFIGAN DIDN’T READ WOMEN’S WEEKLY’S 18-PAGE LIFTOUT. 6 • THE MUSIC • 8TH OCTOBER 2014

French-Canadian prodigy Xavier Dolan’s acclaimed new film Mommy will have an Australasian theatrical distribution in the first quarter of 2015, through Sharmill Films. The Cannes Jury Prize winner was a hit earlier this year at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Starring Anne Dorval, Olivier Pilon and Suzanne Clement, Mommy tells the story of the relationship between an erratic 15-year-old boy with ADHD and his single widowed mother; when they befriend their shy neighbour Kyla, things begin to change.

GYROSCOPE

SOUND GYRO

Celebrating ten years since its release on Jebediah’s indie Redline Records, Gyroscope are hitting the road to perform their debut album, 2004’s Sound Shattering Sound, in its entirety, as well as their faves from the rest of their catalogue. With guests The Love Junkies and Graphic Characters, the Sound Shattering Sound (10 Years On) Tour, presented by The Music, kicks off 11 Dec at The Brightside, Brisbane; then 12 Dec heads down to the Oxford Art Factory, Sydney; 13 Dec, Corner Hotel, Melbourne; and 20 Dec, Rosemount Hotel, Perth. Proudly presented by The Music.


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FRONTLASH WORLDS COLLIDE

Despite gnashing of teeth in some quarters we loved Family Guy and The Simpsons joining forces, best TV crossover since the dude from CSI was on Without A Trace that time.

DOWN THE LANE(WAY) Another fine left-of-centre lineup announce from the Laneway Festival crew! Particularly pumped about Benjamin Booker, Mac De Marco, Eagulls, Pond and Courtney B but plenty for everyone!

SMOKE & MIRRORS We’re kinda petrified about what people will blow into town for G20, but you can’t complain about three weeks of free music to make Brissie look boho. Bring that shit on!

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HALLS BIG & SMALL

SURF’S UP

The Byron Bay Surf Festival is only two weeks away, and you’ll be able to enjoy three full days of entertainment when it comes. 24 Oct sees a free outdoor screening of Beyond The Surface and a performance by blues-rock group Bonjah; 25 Oct absorbs the seaside with a beautiful, rambling market hub bursting with surfinspired creative initiatives, ideas, arts, music, workshops, demos and delicious edibles; and 26 Oct sees Wategos beach hosting its annual surf swap meet, surf demo sessions and quirky freestyle and stoke surf-off-sessions.

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THE ODD COUPLE

The Festival of Small Halls brings together Australia’s The Mae Trio and Canada’s Del Barber. You’ll catch them in bigger halls 22 & 23 Nov as part of Mullum Music Festival and 27 Dec at Woodford Folk Festival, as well as small halls from Tumbulgum to Mt Mee and all points between.

NYC celebrity coach Richard Fink IV is coming to Australia to teach his renowned vocal development techniques known as Throga exclusively through JMC Academy Creative Industries, 7.15 – 9.15pm, 13 Oct at the Brisbane Campus.

QTC 2015

Brisbane’s theatre lovers can look forward to four world premieres, a “mainstage” program of eight major works, a five-show DIVA celebrating women on stage and a stack of musical and theatrical greats as Queensland Theatre Company rolls out Season 2015, which includes American icon David Mamet’s comedy, Boston Marriage; classic comedy The Odd Couple; and new musical Ladies In Black, featuring original music from Tim Finn.

FREE G20 CONCERTS

On a socio-political level, the G20 Summit convening in Brisbane in November might be more than a little controversial, but for music lovers, the upside is the Queensland government is coughing up for a host of “cultural celebrations”, two of which are huge free rock events. Sydonia and Young Lions headline at the New Globe Theatre, 1 Nov as part of an eight-band line-up, while 7 Nov, 38 Berwick hosts an under-18s event headlined by Velociraptor, with Double Lined Minority, The Backseat Killers, House Of Giants and Skadi. Both free! Get on it.

GOT ME STRANDED

Brisbane’s Stranded party will be returning to South Stradbroke Island for the G20 public holiday this November, with The Kite String Tangle dictating the vibe. As well as TKST, the first announcement includes KLP, UV boi ‫يجسفنب قوف‬, Generik, 95 Royale, Gurps, Lyndon Kidd, Elleyet, Tucker and Finger Ring.

WORLD WAR WHO?

So we’re now officially at war with a group of terrorists who may as well be shadows. Wasn’t ISIS the spy agency on Archer that his crazy mum runs? Thought they were on our side?

TV TRAGEDY Oh no, The Bachelor split up with one of the 20 girls he pashed on TV (amidst god knows what else). Who would have thought? More importantly, who fucking cares?

FIELD OF DREAMS So a festival in NSW has a 10k glamping package where you sleep in an airstream trailer? If you want luxury don’t go slumming it at music festivals, it makes you a fucking asshole.

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KLP

KLP FOR U & ME

Her mum calls her Kirsty Lee Peters but music lovers know her as KLP, and until now, that love has been shared through her recordings, but November sees the electro chanteuse finally take to the road for her first live performance tour: 13 Nov, Alhambra Lounge; and 14 Nov at Stranded Festival, Stradbroke Island.

SHOCKING THAT TWO PEOPLE THAT MET FOR 10 WEEKS ON A REALITY SHOW & HAD SIX DATES BEFORE GETTING MARRIED ON TV ARE BREAKING UP. #THEBACHELOR FORMER REALITY STAR MICHAEL BEVERIDGE [@MICKYB273] MOCKS OTHER FORMER REALITY STARS.


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THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS

JUST DROPPIN’ IN

The Beautiful Girls, Bluejuice and Ash Grunwald will perform at boutique pop-up music event, Drop In. Drop In’s inaugural port of call will be Redland Bay Hotel on 15 Nov. Also joining the line-up are: The Cairos , Karl S Williams and Neighbour. Proudly presented by The Music.

DREAM LIGHTS

Showcasing their new single, Darkness Brought Me Here, the revitalised Dream On Dreamer, now sporting ex-House Vs Hurricane bass player Chris Shaw, are taking to the road 5 Dec, Crowbar.

A NEW ROMANCE

With the 14 Nov release of Brooke Fraser’s fourth album inching closer, the NZ singer-songwriter has announced a tour early next year to support it: The Hi-Fi, 17 Mar.

SOME SAGE ADVICE

Notorious rapper, battler and spoken-word-artist, Sage Francis, will grace us with his lyrical genius at The Brightside, 7 Dec. Not one to shy away from the controversial, Francis tells us about the world through his eyes. Proudly presented by The Music.

FICTION IN NYC

Their second album, Shallow Highs, spending eight weeks in the CMJ Top 100 earned Brisbane’s My Fiction an invitation to showcase at the prestigious New York City music industry gathering in October. On 12 Oct, My Fiction take to the New Globe Theatre to raise a little necessary cash to cover it all.

SMELL THE PERFUME

Fronting a four-piece band, Seattle singer-songwriter Mike Hadreas, better known to the world as Perfume Genius, is heading to Australia in February with his latest album, Too Bright: 19 Feb at The Brightside.

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TRUE BLOODS Sydney garage-rock three-piece Bloods have been making a huge name for themself around the country, but as Anthony Carew discovers from vocalist & guitarist Marihuzka Cornelius, they’ve only just been considering the implications their title could have in the U.S. Cover and feature pics by Josh Groom.

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hen Sydney garage-rock three-piece Bloods came up with their simple, iconic handle, they had, according to guitarist/vocalist Marihuzka Cornelius —referred to, in the band, simply as MC— two simple ideas in mind: “A) We wanted a really tough name”; and “B) We wanted a name that was symbolic of our friendship, the fact that we’re all bonded together like siblings,” she says; referring to her bandmates Victoria ‘Sweetie’ Zamora and Dirk Jonker. What they weren’t thinking of was the fact that, in North America —or, indeed, to any hip-hop listener— Bloods was synonymous with gang culture, and violence. “If we

really band-driven. The bands that were as big as One Direction is now were Nirvana, Hole, the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Grunge was pop music in the ’90s, so from the beginning I was drawn to that live guitar/bass/ drums element, and to touring... Touring was a really romantic thing. The idea of travelling and not seeing your home for a long time, going off on an adventure together. When you’re touring, there’s this bubble around you; this sense that you and the people in your band are all that exists. It’s like a travelling circus. I loved the idea of that when I was younger, and I’m still into the romantic ideal: this gypsy lifestyle, where you’re all in it together.” Inspired by heroes like Hole, Sleater-Kinney

was doing when I was 13!’ Which sounds kind of pathetic when you say it out loud. But being in bands is something I think I’ll always do; it’s what I do with my life.” Over the years, there’s been a lot of bands. Cornelius played in a raucous garage-rock outfit called The Hot Box. She did a secret stint in cover-band The Meek, the young girl singer fronting a crew of grizzled, 40-something punk dudes. She played in the Regurgitator side-project Ben Ely’s Radio 5. And she —along with her future Bloods brothers Jonker and Zamora— spent years as a member of epic-rock six-piece Lions At Your Door. It was the death of that band, in 2011, that inspired the beginning of Bloods. “Towards the end of [Lions At Your Door], it was no longer fun; it became a bit of a chore. We wanted to start something that was fun, that was just for us,” Cornelius offers. So, the three members all took up new instruments: Cornelius, a vocalist and bassist, picked up a guitar and punk’s eternal, mythical ‘three chords’; Zamora, a violinist, learnt the bass; and Jonker, a guitarist, sat down behind the drums. The band’s fuzzed-out garage-rock-cum-pop-punk sound “came from us all not knowing what we were doing”, the fact that they were all playing new instruments adding to the sense of fun. Three years on, with innumerable live shows, an early run of Bandcamp singles, an EP (2013’s Golden Fang), and, now, a debut LP, Work It Out, all under their belt, has that fun persisted? Have Bloods lived up to their goal? “Absolutely!” Cornelius chirps. “I can honestly say

“IF WE EVER TOUR AMERICA, WE MIGHT HAVE TO CHANGE OUR NAME, TO, LIKE, THE BLEEDERS, OR SOMETHING. HOW ELSE CAN WE PLAY IN LA IF WE’RE NAMED BLOODS?”

ever tour America, we might have to change our name, to, like, The Bleeders, or something,” Cornelius laughs. “How else can we play in LA if we’re named Bloods? When we were starting, we weren’t thinking beyond our bedroom; so, even though we knew it had a connection to gangs, we didn’t think anything of it. But right from the beginning, we had lots of legit gang members liking our Facebook page. We actually had to let people know that we’re just a band, not a front. Still, we did recently get one funny Facebook message from this kid in America: ‘Don’t y’all know that Bloods is a gang? Dumb white people!’” Well, not exactly white. The 32-year-old was born Marihuzka Larenas-Esquivel (“growing up with a weird name, you just try to make it easier on people: ‘call me MC!’”) in Panamá, to a Panamánian mother and a Chilean father. They migrated to Australia when Cornelius was 3, settling in Riverwood, a “pretty rough” stretch of suburban Sydney. “Growing up in that kind of area, a pretty dodgy one, really shapes you: you have to learn to get along with a lot of different types of people, and have your wits about you,” she considers. Though her older sisters were drawn to fashion and sport, respectively, Cornelius was, from as young as she can remember, obsessed with rock’n’roll. “From when I was very little, I knew I had to be involved in music in any capacity, but, hopefully, specifically, playing and singing and touring,” Cornelius recounts. “I never wanted to be a huge pop-star, I always just wanted to play in a band. I grew up in the ’90s, so everything was 10 • THE MUSIC • 8TH OCTOBER 2014

(“they’re like my favourite, favourite band”), and Veruca Salt —the latter of whom Bloods just finished supporting on an Australian tour— Cornelius first picked up a bass as 13-year-old in thrall to riot-grrrl. Roping in two friends at her Catholic all-girls school, she formed her first band, Pillbox. “We had really earnest lyrics, and it was very dramatic and, in hindsight, hilarious. I think there’s still a cassette of us jamming around somewhere. We played YouthRock, the competition that Silverchair competed in and won,” she remembers. “Since then, I’ve never really stopped playing music. Sometimes I think about it like: ‘I’m still doing the same thing I

that these shows we’ve just done with Veruca Salt has been some of the most fun I’ve ever had in my life. It actually feels like, three years later, it’s more fun. The more shit that gets thrown at us, the more people that hear of us, the bigger the shows get, the more fun it becomes. Because we never expected anything like this. When we started it, we just wanted to play, we didn’t really care what happened with it. Now that all this stuff has happened with it, we can’t believe our luck.” That fun has persisted even as Bloods have grown more permanent, and Cornelius has started to feel more of a sense of careerist responsibility; the arrival of Work It Out coming months after the arrival of her daughter, Penny. “When I was pregnant, I remember reading an article with Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney, and she was asked about how she balances having kids with the Corin Tucker Band. And she said: ‘I just try to do the best job I can with both of them; I give 100% to the band and 100% to my kids’. And I thought: ‘that’s so simple, but that’s it’,” Cornelius says. “It’s funny people’s preconceptions of women; it felt like from the moment I was pregnant, people were asking things like: ‘what’s going to happen with the band?’ And I’d be like: ‘um, we’re recording an album next year!’ But everyone was so suspicious of this, they were sure I’d just become a mum and give up. It’s just so wrong that people think that. I didn’t initially plan on broadcasting the fact that I was pregnant, but I just got fucking sick of that attitude.”


YOU STUPID MONKEY! Last year the inaugural The Blurst Of Times Festival (god bless The Simpsons) took place amidst various Valley venues and proved a runaway success by embracing all things rock and garage: for starters you’ll probably never get to see Violent Soho tear up a venue the size of Coniston Lane (nee Woodlands) again this lifetime, plus we experienced great sets from Velociraptor, Bitch Prefect, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding and Bored Nothing (to name but a few). This year Blurst is back, and here’s just a couple of excellent bands that are well worth checking out: DICK DIVER: this well-known Melbourne troupe doesn’t come north anywhere near often enough – last year’s Calendar Days was a special album and they probably have some new tunes too. TV COLOURS: Canberra indiepunk foursome released awesome debut Purple Skies, Toxic River last year and absolutely caned it at Straight Arrows’ album launch a couple of months back. DOLLAR BAR: Brisbane-bred indie legends enjoying a brilliant second-wind career resurgence, will showcase some tunes from impending third album. Bloods’ latest single, Penelope, foregrounds that idea, detailing the anxiety of joy of bringing a child into the world that can be both “totally amazing” and “so shitty”. It’s a standout jam on Work It Out, an album that has a little more polish and far more swagger than Bloods’ early singles, yet stops short of anything approaching productional gloss. “You can get carried away with ambition for making an album,” Cornelius considers. “Like: ‘We’re going to record it, spend this much money on it, send it away to this amazing producer in America to mix it’. When I thought about all that stuff, I was like: ‘That’s just fucking nuts. We’re a punk band!’” So, they rolled tape —literally— with Owen Penglis of Straight Arrows, who recorded Bloods playing live, straight to tape. “He’s just a vibe guy, always: ‘if it feels good, don’t overthink it’,” Cornelius says. “Move on, and then you can capture that energy, that urgency you get when you see a band play live. People always talk about our live

energy, so that’s what we needed to capture: something that was raw, that just sounded like us.” Work It Out sounds like ‘them’ in more ways than one: the energy of Bloods on stage coming from their personal energy off it; the album capturing how they are as humans, and how they bond together. “We’re all quite bubbly and super-talkative,” Cornelius says. “And I find it really difficult to not be doing something all the time. We over-commit to everything, you look at our schedule and it’s just nuts. We all have a lot of energy all the time, not just on stage. And we’re really silly people. Most of the time, when we hang out, we’re teasing each other, finding things to make each other laugh, being silly. That’s something that I think comes through in our songs, and, hopefully, on this album.”

UV RACE: multi-limbed Melbourne madmen (and women) haven’t been to Brisbane for five years, and have released some killer tunes in that time. PER PURPOSE: these suntouched Brisbane swamp experimentalists don’t get enough attention, hopefully this will make people check out last year’s Circle The Stains debut.

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GOING GLOBAL The inaugural Global Music Grant was awarded to King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard at last year’s Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards. Bryget Chrisfield catches up with the band’s frontman Stu Mackenzie to ensure the $50,000 is being spent wisely while Jo Cameron (AIR’s Charts, Membership & Communications Manager) is proud to have played a part.

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hen the inaugural Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) Awards were held in 2006 at The Blackett Hotel in Sydney, there were just four categories on offer: Hilltop Hoods took out half of them – Best Independent Artist Of The Year and Best Performing Independent Album (The Hard Road) – and the other two winners on the night were Gotye (Most Outstanding New Independent

The addition of a $50,000 Carlton Dry Global Music Grant last year led to one of Cameron’s favourite memories from the 2013 award ceremony. “The look on the King Gizzard boys’ faces when they found out they just took out the $50,000 Global Music Grant – it was perfect,” she recalls. Courtney Barnett was also present that evening and reveals, “I was super-stoked when King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard won the Carlton Dry Global Music Grant, so deserving.” King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s frontman Stu Mackenzie confirms that his band were caught by surprise when they

“Well, I don’t think we’re very hard rock anyway.” King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s sound is pretty hard to pigeonhole. “I think that’s part of it,” Mackenzie allows. “But, no, it’s very flattering. I don’t think we would really be in for a shot, but if we did win I’d feel a bit like the other much more heavy bands might wanna beat us up [laughs].” The Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy Or Punk Album nominations are rounded out by DZ Deathrays, Violent Soho, High Tension and sleepmakeswaves this year and Mackenzie’s tipping Violent Soho for the win: “I guess with the success that Violent Soho have had, you would be tipping them.” King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard used part of their Carlton Dry Global Music Grant to head over to the States for a combination of recording and touring. “We did Austin Psych Fest, which was really cool, and we did a festival in Toronto, we did Northside Festival in New York, we did a bunch [of festivals] and then we sort of stayed put in New York for a while,” Mackenzie details. “We played a heap of shows [in New York] and then we recorded upstate in this beautiful house in, like, a skiing village. [It] was obviously summer, so it was really green and beautiful and we had lots of wildlife around us. And we did a bunch of recording there and then we came home.” Before they left Australia, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard had already recorded a third of their latest

“IT’S NOT ALL JUST PARTIES! YEP, CONTRARY TO POPULAR OPINION WE ACTUALLY DO MAKE MUSIC.”

Artist) and Blue King Brown (Best Performing Single/ EP – Blue King Brown). In terms of what sort of impact winning one of these awards can have on an artist’s career, Jo Cameron (AIR’s Charts, Membership & Communications Manager), says, “I’d like to think there’s some sort of an impact there.” The names of those inaugural winners speak volumes and Cameron adds, “Since then the list of winners have almost always gone on to bigger and better things. It’s just an extra bit of recognition for artists that are doing a great job. If it means a small bump in sales or more media interest, then that can only be a good thing for the bands involved.” More award categories have been added with each passing year and now there are 13 up for grabs, with the first-ever Carlton Dry Global Music Grant handed out last year. When asked about the process behind implementing new award categories, Cameron explains, “We just try and add awards that reflect the current climate of the music industry. It felt appropriate to include a Best Single category for electronic music [in 2011] because dance music relies so much more on singles than albums. We added a classical award recently [Best Independent Classical Album in 2013] because there’s a few stalwart labels that existed for so long with very little recognition from the rest of the industry. We added [Best Independent Label in 2013] because that’s what we’re all about. In hindsight, I can’t believe we didn’t add the best label award much earlier!” 12 • THE MUSIC • 8TH OCTOBER 2014

were announced as the grant recipients: “[We] 100% didn’t expect it. It was a real shock – a good shock. I think Eric [Moore, theremin/ drums] and I both said a few words, um, I can’t really remember. It’s all a bit of a blur.” Earlier in the evening, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard had already stormed the prize podium to accept Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy Or Punk Album for 12 Bar Bruise. And the ridiculously prolific band are nominated in the category again this year for Oddments. So what does Mackenzie reckon the chances are that his band will pick up back-to-back gongs? “Pretty low, pretty slim,” he muses.

record I’m In Your Mind Fuzz, which is scheduled to drop on 31 October. “We did some more recording at Daptone, which is in Brooklyn, as well,” Mackenzie adds. “So between Melbourne and Brooklyn and this place out in the country, which is Hunter Mountain, we finished I’m In Your Mind Fuzz and then just sorta worked on a bunch of other demos and new songs.” The Hunter Mountain house backed onto the state forest and Mackenzie had a close encounter with local wildlife one morning. “I went out at nine in the morning to Skype my girlfriend and I was sitting in this hammock. It was this really beautiful morning and I looked to my left, about a metre away from me, and there was a bear waking up too! “It was a big bear and he looked at me and I looked at him and we both jumped out of our skins. He got scared too and he ran around this ridge in the back of our backyard. And I ran up onto the balcony and woke up the other boys, and then we watched from the balcony as this bear was peeking over the ridge back at us. Then he kinda realised that we weren’t trying to shoot him, like all the rest of the people around there, and he came back into the backyard and cruised around like nothing ever happened. “He was a friendly bear. I think they’re pretty friendly the ones around there. You know, they eat out of the garbage bins and they climb up the trees in the


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there but, yeah! We had deer in our backyard too and little wild cats and chipmunks and squirrels – all sorts of things. So that was a real highlight, actually. It was a really tranquil place. We did a lot there.” Mackenzie’s gratitude is sincere when he talks about how much the Carlton Dry Global Music Grant has assisted King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. “It was so helpful. We couldn’t have done what we did without that [grant]. And we’re gonna try to burn some more of it later in the year. We’re going back to the States again in, like, ten days or something and then we’re going to Europe as well and, yeah! We’ve done lots of little things this year.” When he’s commended on spending the $50,000 wisely, Mackenzie jokes, “It’s not all just parties! Yep, contrary to popular opinion we actually do make music.” Cameron is chuffed that the Carlton Dry Global Music Grant is on offer again in 2014 and confirms, “We received over 130 applications. We can’t wait to announce this year’s winner! Let’s face it, $50,000 for an independent band is MASSIVE. To be able to give the opportunity to tour overseas to a seven-piece band like King Gizzard is something we are so proud to be a part of. We did stay in touch with them while they planned their trip; we even helped with their US visas.”

Flume took out four Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards in 2013 (five if you also include his label, Future Classic, taking out Best Independent Label). This year, all nominees in the Best Independent Artist category – Chet Faker, Courtney Barnett, John Butler Trio, Sia and Violent Soho – are up for multiple gongs, as are three other acts, so the chances of contenders leaving the ceremony quadruple/triple/double parked with trophies is pretty high.

VIOLENT SOHO They’re shortlisted in a whopping four categories: Best Independent Artist; Best Independent Single Or EP (Covered In Chrome); Best Independent Album and Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy Or Punk Album (Hungry Ghost). If they win ‘em all, that’s one for each member of the band!

RÜFÜS Can RÜFÜS also take home a trophy each? They’re nominated for: Best Independent Dance, Electronica Or Club Single (Sundream); Best Independent Album and Best Independent Dance, Electronica Album (Atlas).

SIA Sia’s up for three nods, too: Best Independent Artist, Best Independent Album (1000 Forms Of Fear) and Best Independent Single Or EP (Chandelier).

CHET FAKER Chet Faker has three chances also: Best Independent Artist, Best Independent Album and Best Independent Dance, Electronica Album (Built On Glass).

JOHN BUTLER TRIO There’s a possible two for the trio: Best Independent Artist and Best Independent Blues And Roots Album (Flesh & Blood).

COURTNEY BARNETT Courtney Barnett’s up for a possible two awards: Best Independent Artist, Best Independent Single Or EP (Avant Gardener).

DMA’S Two trophies may wind up in the hands of DMA’s: Breakthrough Independent Artist Of The Year and Best Independent Single Or EP (DMA’s EP).

REMI Remi could most definitely leave the ceremony double parked: Breakthrough Independent Artist Of The Year and Best Independent Hip Hop Album (Raw x Infinity).

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the whole “independent” thing, but seriously, we are signed to a record label, called I OH YOU. They’re the real indies and, yeah! They paid for it (legends).

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What are some memories you have of the album’s recording process? I spent six days tracking drums so getting into some great shape was the best bonus ever. A truly golden memory indeed.

Carlton Dry Independent Music Award Nominations: Best Independent Artist; Best Independent Single Or EP (Covered In Chrome); Best Independent Album (Hungry Ghost); Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy Or Punk Album (Hungry Ghost).

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from The Bronx once and beat them – take that, America!

Answered by: Michael Richards (drums).

You’ve received the most Carlton Dry Independent Music Award noms for this year, how did you f ind this information out? I read about it on our Facebook page. Someone tagged us in a media post. It was probably you guys. So, you guys “told” me about it.

What was the last thing you guys won? We played a game of basketball against the fellas

How did you f inance Hungry Ghost? I understand the confusion that comes from

How would you say being with I OH YOU has impacted your band’s career trajectory? I OH YOU have got tonnes of cred, so we got mad hype at the start and then just built on that. I’ll have to wait to hear back from the analytics department to give you a more thorough report. Soz. How many people work for Violent Soho who are not actually in the band these days and what do they do? We’ve built a really great team down here at Violent Soho Pty Ltd. So proud of the team. So proud!

Music Award ceremony? It was an honour to share the stage with Archie Roach, Cosmic Psychos and the fat trumpet guy from The Cat Empire. What does being independent mean to you guys as a band? We’ve always valued our individuality and feel that in any case, if you drown that out with marketing strategies and business plans, then you’ve lost all value as a real entity. Corporate music is an abstraction. By that I mean: it’s not concrete art, it’s like a proxy for experience – like non-alcoholic beer or decaffeinated coffee. Who will get to keep the trophy/ies if you win and where will you put it/ them? Luke [Boerdam, guitar/vocals]’s house. He never shares trophies! Will you pre-prepare a speech or just fly by the seat of your pants? I’m a big theatre sports fan so, yeah! Improv for sure!

How did you f ind the experience of performing at last year’s Carlton Dry Independent

BEDROOM PHILOSOPHER Used to recording songs in her room, Courtney Barnett admits to Samson McDougall that she kinda prefers recording songs “the messy way, the stressful way” as opposed to perfecting them on the road before hitting the studio.

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t feels a bit weird that Courtney Barnett doesn’t yet have an album to call her own. EPs? Sure, she’s got a couple of her own. Singles? Yup, there’s plenty. But an LP is possibly the one hurdle this artist’s yet to overcome on her road to remarkableness. No pressure, Courtney. Barnett doesn’t come across as someone much affected by the burden of her art. Her nonchalance in demeanour and in her music is a big part of the charm. So it’s not so much that the album’s any kind of sticking point or sly ‘make the bastards wait’ marketing ploy. “I guess it just feels like a slightly bigger version of one of [the EPs],” says Barnett, when queried over the ins and outs of getting the LP together. “It was the same with the EPs, ‘cause I procrastinate so much everything takes, like, ten times longer than it probably takes another person. At least with the album we had the studio and we recorded the songs, you know. Whereas when I did the EPs it was like, ‘Oh, I’ll work on this in my room.’”

It feels a lot longer than two-and-a-bit years since Barnett’s first EP I’ve Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris landed. Around that time she was also playing guitar in Melbourne band Immigrant Union. The decision to go it alone was born more out of a desire to experiment with some different ideas than any clear vision of what 14 • THE MUSIC • 8TH OCTOBER 2014

‘Courtney Barnett: Solo Artist’ would become. “I’d been recording these songs in my room,” she says. “And it’s not like they were wildly different to any of the bands I was in or anything. It wasn’t like, ‘I’m going to do this by myself because rah-rah-rah.’ I work well alone because I’m kind of slow and then sometimes I get obsessive... so I don’t like other people having to work around me. It was more that I had these ideas and they were like little experiments, kind of like, ‘I’ll just see how this pans out and if it’s a disaster I can just do something else, move onto the next thing.’

When Barnett took the songs to her bandmates, she found the things injected with a whole new life. “I don’t like it when it sounds too thought-out; you can overthink things and overcook an idea,” she says. “You can record songs straight away and then tour them, or you can tour them for a year and get them all awesome and figure out new things and then record them. I kinda like doing it the other way around – the messy way, the stressful way.” Barnett has had an incredible rise to prominence, internationally as well: “It’s just amazing that they’ve even heard [my music]. It’s very overwhelming. There’s so much music around it’s impossible to think that people would hear your music. I don’t know any music – I just panic! People are like, ‘Have you heard blah-blahblah and blah-blah-blah, you’d love it they’re just like blah-blah-blah.’ And then I forget it, like, two seconds later. I want to go and check out whatever someone says is really good but I just, like, freak out and forget.” WHEN & WHERE: 11 Oct, The Zoo


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PUMPIN’ UP THE JAMS Bonjah have come a long way since lobbing in as buskers from New Zealand, and as frontman Glenn Mossop tells Tyler McLoughlan, they’ve picked up some distinctly rock and blues sounds along the way. ith the release of Evolution, the first single off third album Beautiful Wild, Bonjah confirmed their reputation as tight, toe-tapping groove merchants capable of convincing even those unfamiliar with the Melbourne outfit to get a bit of a booty shake going on. We’d heard those deliciously fuzzy guitar tones

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before, alluding to a shift towards rock, but the record’s release has confirmed this proper. “The writing process was a little bit different this time around,” begins the raspy-voiced frontman Glenn Mossop. “I put together a lot of demos for the guys to listen over; although we came together after each demo was done, it was a little bit different because we didn’t all get together and write. I think it’s been three years since the last album so there was a lot of progression in that sense from the roots sort of days. I guess we’ve

sort of grown more electric and blues in that way. We’ve gathered different influences along the way, especially over three years and as you get a bit older. I was sick of the acoustic guitar – I really wanted to play electric.” With a couple of early July warm-up shows in Melbourne selling out, Mossop was pleased with the reception of the new material. “We’re still getting comfortable playing them live, but it’s really nice to have that uncertainty when you play live as well. It kind of gives it a little bit more of an organic feel to the set when you’re playing new songs and you as a band are still finding the groove in it. The set now is a lot livelier with a lot of the songs on the new album so you can really let loose and get in there. We’ve always found that we love to really come out of our shells when we play live and the last two records, as much as we tried, I don’t think the songs really let us get there. But with this album they are.” With the national album tour keeping the outfit busy until the end of October, Mossop shares some insights on their preparations. “It’s very organic for us. We rehearse a little bit, but to be honest we don’t really prepare that much. We don’t like to pre-rehearse or anything like that, so yeah, it will be a really organic tour and what happens on the night happens on the night. I can’t really say what will happen, we’ll see,” he chuckles. WHAT: Beautiful Wild (Inertia) WHEN & WHERE: 10 Oct, The Zoo; 12 Oct, Surfers Beer Garden; 24 Oct, Byron Bay Surf Festival

LOOKING BACK Damien Sutton tells Michael Smith that taking time and looking back at their beginnings made for a stronger third album for The Bon Scotts.

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e did it in a different way,” singer, songwriter and guitarist Damien Sutton explains of The Bon Scotts’ new album, Modern Capitalism Gets Things Done. “We really spent time making sure the drum tracks and stuff were what we wanted, cut up a lot of stuff and re-edited and rewrote songs. We ended up picking those 11 songs from about 27. “We had more time so we wrote in lots of different ways. Like, a lot of the songs were written in the studio, but a lot of them were also written and played live for quite a while and, you know, when you play live, the songs change a lot more. And I wrote a lot of songs on the piano this time. Being a guitarist first, writing on piano gave a different feel. I just find if you write on piano or on electronic instruments, like synths and stuff, I find the writing is a lot more innovative, instead of that typical singer-songwriter path that you tend to go down when you’ve got a guitar. I think it works better for The Bon Scotts working like that because the songs come out of a good place but they also go through different formats. So we completely removed the acoustic guitar from a lot of the songs.” In fact, in retrospect, Sutton feels the band’s last album, 2011’s We Will All Die At The Hands Of CGI, became more a singer-songwriter than a band album because 16 • THE MUSIC • 8TH OCTOBER 2014

every track was based around acoustic guitar. “The first album [2010’s Oddernity] wasn’t at all like that. It was all written using a lot of loops and samples and so forth, so we’ve kind of gone back to the original way of doing it, which is nice.” In writing the lyrics for Modern Capitalism Gets Things Done, Sutton drew on his early youth, growing up in foster care in a small country town, “so a lot of it comes from the drinking and drug culture that we had down there that I tried to run away from I guess,” he admits. “Usually it’s all about the now but this album was really reflective, looking back at that period of

my life when things weren’t as good as they should have been. Now I feel really focused and really settled and I love every part of my life and I don’t have to worry that side of it anymore – I make a living from music now; I run a studio and book bands do all that sort of stuff and The Bon Scotts are a huge part of my life.” Still, as cathartic as making this album might have been, and for all its darker memories, it’s a very optimistic, upbeat collection of songs. There were moments when looking back was difficult. “The Colour That You Hide, I don’t think I’ve ever written a song, stepped back from it and been so emotionally affected by something I’d written.” WHAT: Modern Capitalism Gets Things Done (Cubcave/MGM) WHEN & WHERE: 16 Oct, Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall; 17 Oct, Queen St Mall; 18 Oct, Eat St Markets & Queen St Mall


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DOOM AND SUNSHINE Torche sound like no other stoner doom band you’ve ever heard. With album number four in the pipeline, bassist Jonathan Nuñez tells Tom Hersey that’s because they like to have fun.

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e are actually having fun at our shows. Shit, we might even smile.” Jonathan Nuñez laughs in the face of the uberbr00tal metal d00d persona. That’s not him, and it’s not Torche. Hell, the band originated in Miami, Florida, a city of beaches and sunshine, so Nuñez knows that there’s really not that much to bum out on. When contemporaries like High On Fire or Baroness might sing about hammers and bones in an unflinchingly serious fashion, Torche put rainbows on the front cover of their last album – 2012’s Harmonicraft. According to Nuñez, that’s perhaps the best indication of the mood

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Torche are looking to bring to Australian stages. “The shows are always fun. And that’s something I wouldn’t change for anything. I don’t want to be one of these grand, doomy, pissedoff bands all the time. “In the past there were these killer bands that actually had a sense of humour. For me, growing up, there were bands like Cheap Trick and Van Halen, or The Melvins, just to name a couple, that brought sarcasm to their music. Because you can’t just put on your leather fucking vest and get on a Harley all the time. You’re gonna want to laugh some of the time.”

The spectrum of moods Torche want to convey is reflected in the diversity of their music, where soaring pop hooks can sit next to down-tuned, slow-burn riff-o-ramas. So when Nuñez mentions there’s another Torche fulllength in the works, The Music presses him for details. “The new one is going to be called Restarter and it’s coming out on Relapse in mid-February. We’re really stoked on it; it’s a lot different. Where Harmonicraft was an upbeat record, while not grim and doomy and sad and whatnot, it’s definitely sonically super-heavy. And very true to the live sound. “The new one is heavier, but it still has those upbeat jams. It was never like, ‘Oh, we’re on Relapse now. We better write that metal record.’ When you put it on you’ll know it’s us. We’re still doing what some people would consider a wide spectrum of sounds, but I just feel like we’re just playing and writing stuff that mirrors what we’re into. At some level, everybody brings in whatever it is they’re listening to and where they’re at creatively or playing-wise.” If that spectrum of influences is too wide for fans, Nuñez doesn’t really care. He reckons Torche are going to have a good time with their music no matter what. But he does think people are starting to come to understand what they’re about. “At the start a lot of people didn’t get it, because it’s not just the same three or four songs over and over. I want to say there’s continuity in our music, but we’re also not afraid to switch it up. You know, there are still bands who are playing originals and basically sounding like tribute bands. I think for us, it took a little while, but people have finally gotten it, and they like what we do.” WHEN & WHERE: 16 Oct, Crowbar

HOW MANY WATTS? American comedian Reginald “Reggie” Watts has the kind of day job many would envy. He tells Cyclone he pretends to be a motivational speaker on stage sometimes.

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atts has found a way to merge his passions for comedy and music in riotously entertaining shows. He’s a stand-up comedian, vocalist, beatboxer, one-man band and loop machine operator. He’s about to visit Australia for a run of gigs, including Just For Laughs Sydney. “I’m looking forward to coming to Australia and having a good time and just seeing what happens,” Watts drawls down an echoing phone line. The critics’ fave is surprisingly laidback in person compared to on stage or screen. Watts’ mode of performance is infamously improvised – and unpredictable – and he admits that this does give him an adrenalin rush. “It’s a form of energy – it’s definitely exciting to be on stage.” He relishes the “potential ‘anything happening’”. But Watts doesn’t rely on it. And, while his shows are said to have the effect of ‘disorienting’ audiences, he takes their reactions in his stride. “I pretend I’m a motivational speaker and the audience can get very riled up sometimes,” he chuckles. So chill… A military brat, Watts was born in Germany, but grew up in Montana. He’d later head to Seattle to study music – and in the ‘90s fronted the funk-rock group Maktub, cutting several albums. Watts eventually transplanted to New York and, now solo, began to reconfigure music with comedy. Watts impressed Conan O’Brien, opening for him on a North American tour. He currently stars 18 • THE MUSIC • 8TH OCTOBER 2014

in TV’s Comedy Bang! Bang! and continues to be involved in music. He has performed with LCD Soundsystem and collaborated with Regina Spektor and Joan As Police Woman. Brian Eno is a fan. Just recently Watts laid down a track with Sydney house combo Flight Facilities for their upcoming album Down To Earth. And Watts releases solo music, if sporadically. Earlier this year he aired the single Get Ready – on the neo-soul tip. Watts doesn’t necessarily feel torn between music and comedy. “I love both. Sometimes it feels like I wanna do more music types of expressions [in a show],

and that can happen, but I also love comedy – so that can come out more strongly. It’s really just kind of a ratio.” He combined his talents for 2011’s Reggie Watts Live At Third Man Records, on the invitation of Jack White himself. “It was very cool,” Watts recalls. “Jack’s a cool dude – he’s funny and charming. He’s private and likes to kinda escape for a bit, but he’s a cool cat.” Watts’ shows have a subversively critical sociopolitical element – and today he’s bemused to hear that Australia’s Attorney-General George Brandis proposed changing racial discrimination laws because, “People do have a right to be bigots.” The comedian likens that bigotry to internet trolling. “It’s very strange – but it makes sense, then,” Watts ponders wryly. “It sounds like people are very bored and just doing something because they’re bored.” WHAT: Reggie Watts: Hello Humans WHEN & WHERE: 12 Oct, The Tivoli


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FOXYGEN

THE DELTA RIGGS

...And Star Power

Dipz Zebazios

Jagjaguar/Inertia Sprawling across an epic 24 tracks this immersive album mystically draws its power from the stars in the sky as much as it does from collaborations with stars like The Flaming Lips, White Fence and Bleached among others. Taking off with Star Power Airlines, the view from Foxygen’s A380 is astonishing as we drift through the perfectly formed clouds of fluffy retropop that’s all groovy psychedelic. While How Can You Really is an irresistible pop nugget with big hooks that’s hard to beat, tracks like Coulda Been My Love and You And I offer sweet dreamy vibes that feel like post-Beatles Lennon and very mellow Stones. Imperfectly lo-fi, these tunes radiate a luscious irresistible warmth that stylistically slips somewhere between the ‘60s and the ‘70s. We’re soaring through the stratosphere and feeling fine when Foxygen start to head into outer space with what is ostensibly a four-part

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rock opera that’s an hallucinatory freak-out gone Broadway. The curtain comes down but the trip isn’t over. Lucy in the sky has nothing on the lysergic vibes Foxygen conjure as we jump on mattresses in the Mattress Warehouse or dream of good times and lose our minds to Cannibal Holocaust. Everything that goes up eventually comes down hard. Can’t Contextualize My Mind, Talk and Brooklyn Police Station come down hard on a sinister, cacophonous, almost punk note that feels like waking from a nightmare. Loose and rambling, the Star Power experience encapsulates the maturing genius of Foxygen. Guido Farnell

★★★

However you pronounce it, Dipz Zabazios is a hell of a record. Following on from their critically acclaimed debut, Hex. Lover.Killer, The Delta Riggs have self-produced a rhythmic second record that most bands spend a career trying to make. Utilising simple percussion and building around it with electric riffs and frontman Elliot Hammond’s Britpop vocals, opener, It’s Over, whets the palate for the smooth buzz of the sonic grooves on the tracks to come. The second track on the record, hit single Supersonic Casualties, then wraps itself about your ears. You might then want to take a break before the continuous head-rocking of second single, The Record’s Flawed, threatens to give you a strained neck two tracks later. The superbly juxtaposed combination of the stomping beats of From My Mould and the slower-paced,

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★★★★ ½ urban harmonies of Ornate Delicate Creatures follow. After this pair of tracks you’ll probably find yourself shaking your head in disbelief that a record could make you swoon like this. There’s an energy within the band when a jam session goes particularly well, and Dipz Zebarzios is that jam session captured on record. In fact the only fault you’ll probably find with the LP is that Dipz Zebazios is an annoyingly hard title to remember when you’re recommending it to your friends. Ash Goldberg

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★★★½

KELE

ZOLA JESUS

PRINCE & 3RDEYEGIRL

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Lilac/Kobalt

Create/Control

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Kele continues to swap Bloc Party’s guitars and indie-rock attitude for synths and drum machines on Trick, his second solo album. Produced with the assistance of Armani XXXchange it brings the singer’s introspective pop love songs together with the bounce of solid thumping house beats and deep rubbery bass for maximal dancefloor kicks. Yasmin Shahmir divas it up on the duet, First Impressions, while Coasting and My Hotel Room feature more of a dubby London bass sound. Kele minimises the sometimes camp excess of house for an album of aggressive beats combined with his internal emotional lyric drama.

“Do you wish you could go back to it all?” These are rather auspicious lyrics for an album that is such a marked turn from where this singer began. The fourth proper studio album from electro-clash/post-punk/ gothic songstress Zola Jesus is certainly her most confident to date. Her vocals now soar and boom above grooving electro clicks and pulses, a far cry from the haunting industrial scream of earlier Zola. The change, while jarring, is still exciting because of her mastery of songcraft. Who would’ve thought one of the year’s finest pop records would come from these mighty lungs?

Prince & 3rdEyeGirl give us a heavy funk rock album that features the kind of six-string workouts that’ll inevitably bring comparisons to the likes of Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. Prince and the ladies bounce off each other and cut loose to give us wildly fierce improvisational jams that rock hard. This album is all about the tight throb of duelling guitars, bass and drums. The indulgent sultry pop rock stylings of Whitecaps and Stopthistrain will leave many wishing Prince had catered more for the metalheads and got stuck into some serious shredding.

Prince can still fill stadiums on the promise of a rip-roaring greatest hits show but it’s no secret that for many years he’s only occasionally managed to give us flashes of the brilliance that burned brightly in the ‘80s. Making up with his old label Warner Bros, Prince here drops a slick electro-funk album that rolls out sweet slow jams that blow through our speakers sounding fresher and more vital than Prince has in a very long time. This album suggests Prince looks set to kick off a new and invigorated phase of his illustrious career.

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Andrew McDonald

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MORE REVIEWS themusic.com.au/reviews/album ★★★★

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KINDNESS

DAVID SHEA

FLYING COLORS

Otherness

Rituals

Second Nature

Pod/Inertia

Room40

The new album from London songwriter Adam Bainbridge paints a sophisticated portrait of the pop impresario’s vision. Otherness draws on the same emotions as its predecessor, World, You Need A Change Of Mind, but with a calmer palette of sounds. The more pensive atmosphere sees the spontaneity of jazz combine gracefully with the expressiveness and accessibility of pop, as on the cloud-busting collaboration with Swedish pop singer Robyn, Who Do You Love?. “There’s something else if you listen,” she gently insists over a layer of heavenly synths, perfectly encapsulating the appeal of Otherness.

Rituals is David Shea’s first foray out of the aural wilderness for close to a decade, and it’s hauntingly mesmerising. Shea’s affinity with the Australian environment pervades these seven tracks, including Ritual 32 which feels like an industrial counterpoint to Picnic At Hanging Rock; collaborations with likeminded noise wanderers Lawrence English and Oren Ambarchi; the double-helix netherworld of field recordings that is Wandering In The Dandenongs. Closer Green Dragon Inn inexorably zones in and out of cultural boundaries, thus creating a hypnotic plateau where ritual becomes an all-pervading constant.

Mascot Label Group/ Warner

Roshan Clerke

American supergroup Flying Colors, consisting of members from, among others, Dream Theater and Deep Purple, ramp up the intensity from the getgo with their second album, Second Nature. Opening track, Open Up Your Eyes, is incredibly indulgent, running for over 12 minutes and consisting mainly of hard-hitting guitar riffs and licks. Even the slower moments, such as The Fury Of My Love, are epic – pulling at the heart strings while forcing fists in the air. This would be an incredible road trip soundtrack.

Philip Selway – Weatherhouse Chris Herbert – Constants Buck 65 – Neverlove Peaking Lights – Cosmic Logic Nico & Vinz – Black Star Elephant Erlend Øye – Legao Jackson Browne – Standing On The Beach Puig Destroyer – Puig Destoyer Hang The Bastard – Sex In The Seventh Circle

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BLUEJUICE It feels like half the city has turned out to farewell partyrock veterans Bluejuice tonight, if the wall-to-wall sea of heads that occupies The Hi-Fi is anything to go by. Before the night’s entertainment even starts, it is obvious that Brisbane is unabashed in its love of a hearty good time.

favourites such as Head Of The Hawk and perennial highlight Work preceding the band’s slightly country-tinged cover of Lana Del Rey’s Video Games as they progress to the final quarter of the show. It wouldn’t be a Bluejuice show without antics, and a newly shaven Jake Stone offers it up in the form of a very-sweatylooking shirtless surf through the crowd, making the most of his final opportunity to be clawed at by an ocean of screaming Queenslanders.

With the crowd warmed up to appropriate ebullience standards, the evening’s main event, Bluejuice, step out to floor-shaking applause, adorned in UV-sensitive fluoro tape and armbands and ready to deliver the show the audience came to see – and they don’t remotely

The band wind out their epic finale – which goes for more than an hour, just sayin’ – with breakthrough hit Vitriol before the deafening applause from everyone in the room draws the exeunting revellers back on stage to cap things off with a double serve of Head

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disappoint. Even if you are of the “too cool for Bluejuice” camp (up yours, by the way), it must be impossible to stand in this room and not understand that, for whatever novelty value Bluejuice have possessed throughout their more-thandecade-long career, they are more than a novelty band; from the opening strains of The Recession, straight into followup SOS and ultimate single I’ll Go Crazy, the crowd are utterly in thrall to the men on stage.

Of The Hawk-era encore, saying their last goodbyes with Medication and – what else? – the simply unbeatable Broken Leg. It’s a perfect way to close the evening, and not a face in the house is left without a smile once the colourful outfit disappear off-stage for the last time.

They make their way through their comprehensive 20-something-song set with the enthusiasm and energy of a band at its peak, but with the back catalogue of an outfit with experience. Ain’t Telling The Truth is a sing-along delight – most of the performance is – with a new-song-heavy blend that also features throwback

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a surprise; the band look like they’ve stepped right out of a live action reincarnation of an Archie comic, their animated stage presence and forthright charisma is as infectious as the music itself – bassist Jarrod Mahon moves something like a man-swan, such is his grace, while frontman Joe Agius’ cool is not to be penetrated for the duration of the set. But the chemistry between the four – and subsequently between the four and the crowd themselves – is impalpable and, despite woeful audio problems, the quartet power through an undeniable set of brilliantlyexecuted pop songs. The band is accompanied by a four-piece “choir” of ladies – familiar faces if you’re a Brismusic watcher – who lend harmonies to the first part of the set. Despite a

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DMA’S, THE CREASES 2 Oct The Brightside is filling up comfortably as local lads The Creases hit the stage to rapturous appreciation from the hardcore hipster following the four attract by what seems like the really big bus-load. That’s neither an attack nor

a catalogue they have so far, so impressive for a group that seemingly emerged about 15 minutes ago. It’s all delivered with unfailing gusto, until a mid-set highlight that sees just the three actual DMA’s onstage alone with acoustic guitars for newly-dropped ballad So We Know and one of the year’s best tunes, Delete, with singalong proportions scaling a supersized Wonderwall calibre. It’s truly incredible to see a band appear seemingly out of nowhere, sell out a room even of this size and raise such a thunderous reaction so early in their career – hopefully a good taste of ongoing things to come. Ben Preece

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discography of only one EP, the set is impeccable with the obvious – singles I Won’t Wait and Static Lines and EP title track Gradient – providing the greatest of moments. As DMA’s emerge, the room is overflowing and the band slam the stage, immediately leaping into one of their best tunes Feels Like 37 and instantly wrapping everyone around their little finger. Appearing as a six-piece is the initial surprise, the second being how fucking good they deliver each and every tune, an undeniable trait considering their potentially polarising presence and presentation and whatever foolish Oasiscomparison one can muster. However, DMA’s possess the ultimate, not-so-secret weapon: songs. And boy, what

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WUTHERING HEIGHTS

WUTHERING HEIGHTS Theatre

QPAC, Cremorne Theatre to 18 Oct

★★ Shake & Stir Theatre Co has made a well-earned mark adapting classics for the stage. Having reimagined Shakespeare and George Orwell to great success the company is now tackling one of the most beloved romances in the English canon, Wuthering Heights. And it seems that Emily Bronte’s dark and destructive love story has them beat.

Wuthering Heights follows the lifelong devolution of the love affair between Cathy and Heathcliff, as they tear each other, themselves, and everybody around them apart with their mutual obsession. Shake & Stir loyally follow the book, with Cathy’s governess, Nelly Dean (Gerry Connolly) narrating the play. But this narration doesn’t translate well: it’s too loquacious, distracting and consumes time that would be better spent on action. Scenes seem prematurely clipped with sudden jumps in time clumsily handled. On the plus side, Melanie Zanetti is captivating as Catherine Earnshaw in her various incarnations and Ross Balbuziente puts in a gallant effort as Heathcliff, for the most part engendering Heathcliff with the menace that typifies the character. Likewise, the supporting cast almost lift this production from drudgery, but they’re given scant opportunity to flex their acting chops. Performances aside, Wuthering Heights, simply, doesn’t quite work. Helen Stringer

THE LION LING Theatre

QPAC, Lyric Theatre to 25 Jan

★★★★ It’s been over ten years now since the Disney stage adaptation of The Lion King musical first appeared on Australian stages, but in that time it’s lost none of its lustre. It’s surely an ambitious undertaking adapting an animated rendering of African’s Serengeti for real life, yet the opening sequence is spellbinding and allays any fears immediately. As Circle Of Life plays for the first time and the animals start appearing from all parts of the theatre, including large creatures such as giraffes and elephants – incredible creations which seem part-human, part-puppet – the effect is quite staggering, allowing you to relax totally into the impending experience. Once into the story things settle down and the actors get a chance to shine, and all

acquit well (despite young Simba’s slight Aussie accent). The costumes are amazing – inventiveness helps capture the essence of characters like Pumbaa, Timon and Zazu – the songs are requisitely strong (as you’d expect from compositions by Tim Rice and Elton John), and some of the production techniques are top-level (Mufasa’s death, for example), yet it’s still the rollercoaster of emotions that is the story arc which makes the show so compelling, even if we know how it’s going to end from the moment the curtain first rises. Hakuna Matata indeed! Steve Bell

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CACTUSDEMONDOOM Member answering/role: Ash the songwriting space cadet. How long have you been together? This band has had some of the most flakey people in it you may ever come across (including myself ) and so through a gig here and there, various names, and an almost-band-over situation... we started this thing up properly maybe ten months ago. How did you all meet? Church. Wendy (one of the drummers) and I met playing in a church band despite our non-religious views… we got kicked out when they discovered we were actually making some pretty evil music. We met Sean on the side of the highway, his car was broken down and he looked a little dazed, he had a guitar so we thought we should pick him up. Tim and Crizanne were hanging around the sidelines since day one and it was only a matter of time before the five of us decided to make this into a real band and make a record. 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? Chris Isaac or Slayer. Which Brisbane bands before you have been an inspiration (musically or otherwise)? I’m really digging a few Brisbane bands that are keeping it evil... Sewers, Gravel Samwidge, Per Purpose just to name a few. I like having bands like this around... they kind of bring something real to Planet Pop and inspire me to pick up the guitar and use it as a weapon... so thanks to them for keeping it cool. What’s in the pipeline for the band in the short term? Releasing our album on vinyl, Shedstock NYE, a possible trip down to Melbourne... and if we’re lucky, support act for Marilyn Manson. CactusDemonDoom play The Time Machine, Nambour on Saturday 11 October and Beetle Bar on Friday 17 October.

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HAPPY HERBS Herbs have been used for culinary and medical purposes for hundreds of years. Aside from the usual culprits – parsley, basil, mint – there’s a few unique ones you ought to give a go this spring. Words Erika Donald.

CHOCOLATE MINT

LEMON BASIL

CHERVIL

LEMON BALM

BORAGE

It’s exactly what it sounds like. This herb is the epitome of a combination made in heaven and can be added to cakes, used to brew tea or added to a cocktail or smoothie. The possibilities are endless!

Combines the strong kick of basil with the zesty freshness of lemon. This diverse herb pretty much goes with anything; just add it to your favourite recipe to give it that fresh, flavoursome punch.

A look-a-like and close relative to parsley – is a delicate herb that is often added at the end of cooking and holds a very vague flavour combination of anise and parsley. It is delightful when added to eggs.

Has a light and delicate flavour and can be used in a multitude of ways. Aside from being able to add it to summery drinks and salads, it has medicinal uses as well; it has been known to help cool a fever, relax the mind and soothe an upset tummy.

Another herb known for its multifunction; and it’s not too hard the eyes either with those pretty purple petals. The leaves can be used in salads and the flowers for edible decorations. On top of that, this miracle plant’s natural sedative qualities have been said to lift the spirits. Borage has also been used as a remedy for PMS and hyperactive gastrointestinal, respiratory and cardiovascular disorders.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA Medical cannabis might soon be legalised in Australia. During a recent campaign on behalf of 24-year-old Dan Haslam, who uses cannabis to relieve symptoms of nausea related to his chemotherapy treatment for terminal cancer, 2GB radio host Alan Jones read out a letter of support from Tony Abbott. In it, Abbott stated: “I have no problem with the medical use of cannabis, just as I have no problem with the medical use of opiates ... If a drug is needed for a valid medicinal purpose though and is being administered safely there should be no question of its legality. And if a drug that is proven to be safe abroad is needed here it should be available.” The results of a clinical trial will be reported to the government by the end of the year.

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INDIE NEWS

CHART WRAP

MOTOR MOUTHS

EXES TELL

BRAIN OUTTA GUTTER

The Motor Room will house a night of hot, young, in-demand talent from Channel 9’s The Voice, 11 Oct. Acts include brother/sister duo Gabriel & Cecilia, acoustic harmonies from Dallas James and the sultry vocals of Holly Tapp.

Those four young women who call themselves All Our Exes Live In Texas have a new single, Tell Me, they’ll play for you 15 Oct at Black Bear Lodge with guests The Phoncurves and The Company.

Get ready to rock out as Perth post-hardcore outfit, Dropbears, tour with the release of their new single Gutterbrain. The lads play with As Paradise Falls, Bay Harbour and Deadlines: Upstairs 199, 26 Oct.

GETTING VISUAL

SAVE ROCK CENTRAL

AMERICAN SWEETHEARTS

With “projected video visualisation” accompanying each track from their latest EP, Channels, Arundel launch new single, The Red Cape, 10 Oct at Currumbin Creek Tavern and 11 Oct at The Bearded Lady.

Seriously, get down to Rock Central and help keep live music at the venue from midday 11 Oct to the live soundtrack of The Counterfeit Umbrellas, Mick Medew & The Mesmerisers and many more.

New York City couple Alyssa and Doug Graham, aka The Grahams, bring their album, Riverman’s Daughter, inspired by a roots and blues songwriting journey along the Mississippi from Minnesota to Louisiana, to The Royal Mail, 18 Oct.

DON’T BE SO DOWN ON YOURSELF

A LITTLE MORE LINDI

ATTRACTIVE MUSIC

I Am Scum And Nobody Should Love Me is the sophomore album from fuzz-rockers Claws & Organs. The band embarks on a tour to celebrate the release: 23 Oct, Alhambra Lounge.

Canadian country artist Lindi Ortega, touring the nation as the guest of Justin Townes Earle, is putting in a solo headlining sideshow 22 Oct at Black Bear Lodge, supported by The Company.

WA boogie blues outfit Huge Magnet play their first east coast shows since they returned from Spain in June and put out their first album, Self Service. See ‘em at Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, 8 Oct with Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk.

FEMALE REBELS

NEW RECORDS

HARLEY KICKS OFF

Miley Cyrus has announced her supports for Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 15 Oct: New York trio, Lolawolf, led by Zoe Kravitz and Australian lady DJ duo The Faders.

Brisbane Record Fair is back on 11 Oct. It’s happening across three West End venues (The Boundary Hotel, The Hi-Fi Bar and The Rumpus Room) and there will also be a second fair at Tugun Progress Hall the next day (12 Oct).

Sandgate, Brisbane native Harley Young, now happily back after two years in Canada, albeit touring and recording, and his band The Haymakers launch first single, Margate GF, 26 Oct at Black Bear Lodge.

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Adored local singersongwriter Missy Higgins has scored the highest debut in this week’s Carlton Dry Independent Music Charts. Her cover album of Aus classics, the aptly titled Oz, landed at one in the albums through any distribution chart. This bumped legend Jimmy Barnes down to second place with his most recent release, 30:30 Hindsight. Country singer Amber Lawrence enjoyed the next highest album debut of the week — her new LP, Superheroes, landed at eight. Local all-round entertainer Colin Buchanan also debuted in the chart with his compilation, The Jesus Hokey Pokey, rounding out the 20. Over in the albums through independent distribution chart and it was a majority of the same players as last week, with internationally acclaimed artist Sia remaining at one with 1000 Forms Of Fear, while Brisbane pop act Sheppard also retained the second spot with Bombs Away. DMA’s enjoyed a debut placing this week, with new track, So We Know, landing at 12 in the singles through any distribution chart. There were a couple of other first-time entries in the shape of George Maple’s Talk Talk (13) and Airling’s Wasted Pilots (19). Legends AC/DC returned to the chart with their hit, You Shook Me All Night Long, in at 20, no doubt thanks to the announcement of their upcoming new album. In the singles through independent distribution only chart, Airling’s Wasted Pilots fared a little better, debuting at seven. Canberra dance trio Safia also placed strongly in this chart — their new anthem, You Are The One, landed at nine. THE MUSIC • 8TH OCTOBER 2014 • 27


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SINGLE FOCUS

PERSONAL BEST RECORDS making LuLu with Metallica; might have reminded him that he was relevant once. Record you put on when you bring someone home? Five Leaves Left – Nick Drake. Incredibly beautiful album guaranteed to melt hearts and set moods.

JASON OWEN Single title? Damn Right What’s the song about? The song is about getting out on a Friday night and enjoying yourself. How long did it take to write/ record? It was written by an amazing writer Adam Reily and it took me bout three days to record it. Is this track from a forthcoming release/existing release? Damn Right is the first single from my upcoming album Friday Night. Due for release in February.

thing bout recording Damn Right was working with my producer Byron Jones and also getting to release an original. We’ll like this song if we like... You will like this song if you like Shannon Noll. Do you play it differently live? Yes, I also do an accoustic version. When and where is your launch/next gig? My next gig is in Dubbo on 12 Oct at a charity event. Website link for more info? jasonowenofficial.com

What was inspiring you during the song’s writing and recording? The most inspiring

KINGFISHA Answered by: Jason Leca Best record you stole from your folks’ collection? Black Sabbath. This masterpiece survived the 74 floods and had the Crow cover Evil Woman. First record you bought? 1984 – Van Halen. Pompous hair metal and ‘80s extravagance at its best. Totally inspired me to learn guitar as a ten-year-old. Record you put on when you’re really miserable? Berlin – Lou Reed. One of the most depressing records ever, makes all your problems seem slightly insignificant. I hope Lou Reed listened to it after

SINGLE FOCUS

Most surprising record in your collection? Tarkus – Emmerson Lake And Palmer. It terrified me as a five-year-old but I always went back… Last thing you bought/ downloaded? Go – Grimes ft Blood Diamonds for my three-year old daughter Harlow: a rabid Grimes fan. Sure beats the Wiggles! When and where are your next gigs? Kingfisha and OKA, 11 Oct, The Hi Fi with One Dragon Two Dragon and 8man. $15+bf presale, $20 at door. Website link for more info? facebook.com/kingfishamusic

PERSONAL BEST RECORDS

Labour Of Love EP, which we released in May. It’s quite a contrast to all of the other tracks on the EP, but definitely one of our favourites.

WOODLOCK Answered by: Zech Walters Single title? The Garden What’s the song about? The Garden is about being in a strange headspace, when you’re not thinking right and your thoughts are a bit dark. How long did it take to write/ record? The song came along really quickly, which took three days to write. We recorded it, along with all of our other songs off the Labour Of Love EP, over ten days in the studio. Is this track from a forthcoming release/existing release? It’s the second single from the 1 • THEE M MUSIC U • 8TH OCTOBER 2014

What was inspiring you during the song’s writing and recording? Life experiences, stories, other peoples stories, movies and basically anything/anyone that we interact with. It’s just the way we digest the world and how we tell people about it. We’ll like this song if we like... Hard to say, but we were strongly influenced by Alt-J, Broods and Daughter at the time. Do you play it differently live? We like to perform all of our songs the way they are recorded, but for The Garden we like to add some extra percussions to give it a fuller sound! When and where is your launch/next gig? 9 Oct, Black Bear Lodge Website link for more info? woodlock.com.au

CHRIS RUSSELL’S CHICKEN WALK Answered by: Chris Russell Best record you stole from your folks’ collection? A Johnny Cash record whose name I can’t remember but almost every song was about trains. First record you bought? Keep Smiling With Daryl And Ossie. Record you put on when you’re really miserable? John Lee Hooker. Listening to him he commiserates with you first and slowly makes you feel good with his sexy voice and grooves. Listening to him is like having a beer with your best friend.

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Record you put on when you bring someone home? Well if we’re gonna party either The Stones or Prince or RL Burnside or James Brown or AC/DC... Most surprising record in your collection? Keep Smiling With Daryl And Ossie. Last thing you bought/ downloaded? First Recordings – Junior Kimbrough on vinyl. The first shot from a master hint at what’s to come. When and where are your next gigs? 8 Oct, Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall Website link for more info? chrisrussellschickenwalk.com

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THE MUSIC PRESENTS Woodlock: The Rails 8 Oct, Black Bear Lodge 9 Oct

The Smith Street Band: The Hi-Fi 21 Nov

Bonjah: The Zoo 10 Oct, Racecourse Hotel 11 Oct, Surfers Paradise Beer Garden 12 Oct

Davey Lane: The Brightside 21 Nov

Courtney Barnett: The Zoo 11 Oct Pierce Brothers: Black Bear Lodge 16 Oct

Jungle Love Festival: Lake Moogerah 21-22 Nov Mullum Music Festival: Mullumbimby 20-23 Nov

Jack Carty: New Globe Theatre 17 Oct

The Delta Riggs: The Factory Maroochydore 5 Dec, The Triffid 6 Dec

The Blurst Of Times Festival: The Brightside, The Zoo 18 Oct

The War On Drugs: The Zoo 10 Dec

Kucka: Southside Tea Room 18 Oct

Gyroscope: The Brightside 11 Dec

The Meanies: Prince Of Wales 18 Oct Ball Park Music: The Tivoli 18 Oct, Alhambra Lounge 2 Nov (U18) CW Stoneking: The Hi-Fi 31 Oct Steve Smyth: Black Bear Lodge 2 Nov Radio Birdman: The Hi-Fi 7 Nov Airlie Beach Music Festival: The Whitsundays 7-9 Nov Daniel Lee Kendall: Black Bear Lodge 13 Nov

Festival Of The Sun: Port Macquarie 12-13 Dec

GIG OF THE WEEK BONJAH: THE ZOO 10 OCT

Dead Letter Circus: The Hi-Fi 18 Dec Thy Art Is Murder: Crowbar 20 Dec & 21 Dec (U18)

FRI 10

Taken By Wolves + Feed: Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley

Rush Hour: Bellbowrie Tavern, Bellbowrie

Recharge DJs: Russell Tavern, Dalby

Mojo Burning Festival: New Globe Theatre 21 Mar

Ladybugs! feat. Helen Franzmann + Seja + Carrie Henschell + Nikolaine Martin + Ilona Harker + more: Beetle Bar, Brisbane

Bluesfest Byron Bay: Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, 2-6 Apr

Fourplay String Quartet: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley

MKO + Dried Spider: Soundlounge, Currumbin

Rick Price: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema + Teja Vu: Southbank (The Rainforest Green), Brisbane

Save Rock Central with The Counterfeit Umbrellas + Team Utopia + Mick Medew & The Mesmerisers + Union Radio + Penny Rides Shotgun + Hill 60 + Some Jerks + Don Loco + Heavy Roller + more: Bramble Bay Bowls Club, Woody Point

Real Estate: The Zoo 27 Feb London Grammar: Brisbane Riverstage 7 Mar

Gorguts: Crowbar 16 Nov

Knockoff + Various Artists: Brisbane Powerhouse (Turbine Platform) , New Farm

Gossling: Black Bear Lodge 19 & 20 Nov

Hot Ice: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda

WED 08

Those Folk: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley

The Zouk Social: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba Opal Sky + Maribel Ryder: Griffith University (The Garden), Nathan Huge Magnet + Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk: Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane Mick Lindsay: Nomads Noosa (KB’s), Noosa Heads Nils Frahm: Old Museum, Bowen Hills The Dire Straits Experience: QPAC (Concert Hall), Southbank DJ Redbeard + Steve P + Hugh Brown: Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley Dan’s Hot 5 + Various Artists: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane Hayley Grace: The Plough Inn, Southbank

THU 09

Just Monday + Being Jane Lane + Worse For Wear + Dump Chook: Beetle Bar, Brisbane

King Louie + Guitar Mick: Burleigh Brewing, Burleigh Heads

Greenthief: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley

Rattlehand: Cardigan Bar, Sandgate

Trainspotters feat. The Dead Love : Grand Central Hotel, Brisbane Morning Melodies + Mirror Image: Irish Finnegans, Condon Eamon Dilworth + Steve Russell: JMI Live, Bowen Hills Peter Fox: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central Des Reid: Loving Hut, Mount Gravatt Valtozash Big Band: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley Bin Juice + The Skinnie Finches + DJ Valdis: Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley

Boris The Blade + Martyr Defiled + Elegist + I Exalt: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley

Bin Juice + Rivermouth: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane Mike Blundell: The Plough Inn, Southbank

Woodlock + Fieu: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley

Sheppard: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley

Swing Central + Brad Leaver: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point

Junior Arcade + Siick Riick + Hugo Slide: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley

Tim Lollback: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba

Tuffy: Victory Hotel, Brisbane

Freakin Fridays + Josh Jett + Danny B + Jkings + Ash: Springwood Hotel, Springwood

Fingerprint: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda

Holy Holy + Salvadarlings + The Bacchanales: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley

Lucky 13 + DJ KJ: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba Go Van Go + Latham’s Grip + The Skinnie Finches + ISD Rat King: Chalk Hotel (Sonic Temple), Woolloongabba

Down 311: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba The Darren J Ray Quartet: City Golf Club, Toowoomba

DJ JD7: The Four Mile Creek Hotel, Strathpine

Malakyte + Hidden Intent + Gorefield + Asylum: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley

Boris The Blade + Martyr Defiled + Elegist + I Exalt: The Lab (All Ages), Brisbane

Arundel + Central Street + Aquila Young + No Body Died + James D’Khan: Currumbin Creek Tavern, Currumbin Waters

The Flumes + Felicity Lawless: The Motor Room, West End

Josh Lovegrove: Habitat Restaurant & Bar, South Brisbane Sahara Beck: Loft, West End One Sound: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central The Bombshell Burlesque Academy 10th graduation show + Various Artists: Metro Arts, Brisbane Drum Clinic with Chris Coleman: New Globe Theatre (Cinema Room Stage), Fortitude Valley Clutch - An Evening of Music & Company feat. Bree De Rome + Kellie Lloyd + Switchblade Suzie + Nila Bonda + GUNK + Foxy/Moron + Lauren Porter + May Lyn: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley

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King Fate + Zodiac + Black Deity: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley KlubKnight: Elsewhere, Surfers Paradise

Ty Fader: The Plough Inn, Southbank

Trainspotters feat. Thigh Master + Treehouse + Bent + Duck Duck Chop: Grand Central Hotel, Brisbane Rebecca O’Connor as Tina Turner: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central

The Cat Empire + Madre Monte + Tom Thum: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley

Kitty Flanagan: Empire Theatre, Toowoomba

Ladies & Gentlemen, The Songs of George Michael with Anthony Callea: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank Bob Sweat and Tears + Bob Downe: Brisbane Powerhouse (Powerhouse Theatre), New Farm

Adriatique + Flex Cop + Tim Fuchs + Alex Millington: TBC Club (The Bowler Club), Fortitude Valley

Dane Adamo & The Hunted + Mace & The Motor: The Crosstown Eating House, Woolloongabba

Olympic Ayres: Elsewhere, Surfers Paradise

Those Folk: Solbar (Lounge Bar) , Maroochydore

Blues & Roots Night + The Lyrical : The Elephant Hotel (Yard), Fortitude Valley

Monarchs + Pharaoh’s Playground + Unsought Duke: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba

Caravana Sun: Solbar, Maroochydore

Ger Fennelly: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane

Bonjah + Bec Laughton + Team Utopia: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley

Bonjah + Guests: Racehorse Hotel, Booval

Dane Adamo & The Hunted + Mace & The Motor: Upstairs To The Left, Woolloongabba

Playwrite + Special Guests + DJ Valdis: Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley

Swizzle: Wynnum RSL, Wynnum

Recharge DJs: Russell Tavern, Dalby

Juice + DJ Jarrd + DJ Blitz: Wynnum Tavern, Wynnum West

Declan Kelly & The Rising Sun: Solbar, Maroochydore

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Kitty Flanagan: The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise Arundel + No Body Died + Grand Pavillon: The Bearded Lady, West End

Glow Party with DJ Indy Andy: Albany Creek Tavern, Albany Creek Quad Damage! feat. Spitfireliar + Cause In Affect + Faleepo Francisco + Enversity: Beetle Bar, Brisbane

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Annual Hawaiian Party + Secret Headliner + Saints Alight + The Name of a Ghost + Daywalker: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley

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the guide qld.gigguide@themusic.com.au Kingfisha + OKA + 1 Dragon 2 Dragon + Jad Dapt: The Hi-Fi, West End Luna Junction: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane Gabriel & Cecilia + Holly Tapp + Dallas James: The Motor Room, West End

Livespark Presented by QUT + Various Artists: Brisbane Powerhouse (Turbine Platform), New Farm Fingerprint: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda Carter Roser: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba

Jezelle + Karma: The Plough Inn, Southbank

Alan Boyle: Habitat Restaurant & Bar, South Brisbane

The Cat Empire + Madre Monte + Tom Thum: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley

Take Me Home: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane

Courtney Barnett + DD Dumbo: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley Latham’s Grip + The Skinnie Finches + LSD Ratkings: Upstairs 199, West End The Copy Cats: Warner Tavern, Warner A La Mode+Jay Berry + Sweets + JayBoy + Sam Cahill + Jaegan Summers + Greg La Sueur: Woolly Mammoth, Fortitude Valley Matt Black: Wynnum RSL, Wynnum

SUN 12

Secret Valley + Scrabbled + Wonderfuls + The Legend + Formaldehydes + Duck Duck Chop + Roll The Dice, Pay The Price!: Beetle Bar, Brisbane The Worriers + Born Joy Dead + Chinatown Car Park: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley

Jimmy Barnes: Jupiters (Poolside Lawns) , Townsville

SHEPPARD: THE TIVOLI 9 OCT

Ger Fennelly: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane Mark D’s Big 3: Morrison Hotel, Woolloongabba

The Dawn Chorus: Solbar (Lounge Bar), Maroochydore

Intro to Throga with Richard Fink IV: JMC Academy, South Brisbane

Delirium Seeds + Helical Sun + Captain Richie Fish: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema feat. Brother Fox: Southbank (Rainforest Green), Brisbane

Joshua Swan: Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley

Renegades Of Munk: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley

Bonjah + Guests: The Beer Garden, Surfers Paradise

Bevan Spiers: Nomads Noosa (KB’s), Noosa Heads

Jimmy Watts + Peter B: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane

Mimi Macpherson: Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads Hanja: OMalleys Irish Bar, Mooloolaba Bill Bailey: QPAC (Concert Hall), Southbank The Cat Empire + Madre Monte + Tom Thum: Rabbit And Cocoon, Gold Coast Ric’s Bar Exposed Ultimate Heat 6 + Various Artists: Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley

Soul2You: The Plough Inn, Southbank Reggie Watts: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley Andy Dickson: Wynnum RSL, Wynnum

MON 13

Bohemia: The Hi-Fi, West End

TUE 14

Big Jim: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda The Bug feat. Salt Lick’n Hicks + Jack O’Leary: New Farm Bowls Club, New Farm Allegro Trio + Nick Parnell’s Vibes Virtuoso: Redlands Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema feat. Boy Oh! Boy: Southbank (Rainforest Green), Brisbane

The Bachata Social: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba

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The Music (Brisbane) Issue #59  

The Music is a free, weekly gloss magazine of newsstand quality. It features a diverse range of content including arts, culture, fashion, li...

The Music (Brisbane) Issue #59  

The Music is a free, weekly gloss magazine of newsstand quality. It features a diverse range of content including arts, culture, fashion, li...