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THIS WEEK THINGS TO DO THIS WEEK • 3 DEC - 9 DEC 2014
Dust off your dancing shoes because Stereosonic returns to Brisbane this Saturday and Sunday! On the first day (6 Dec) you can catch a slew of artists such as Calvin Harris, Tiësto, Duke Dumont, Will Sparks, RL Grime and many more, while you can then back up on the following day (7 Dec) and dance with Skrillex, Alesso, Steve Aoki, Showtek, Dash Berlin, Ferry Corsten and more of the world’s best electronic live acts and DJs.
This week Ben Ely (of Regurgitator fame) launches his new exhibition Weirdo! at Lust For Life Gallery in the heart of Fortitude Valley. Favouring free-drawing and sketching, Ely displays a natural aptitude for the visual which is hardly surprising to anyone who knows the man. Weirdo! runs until the end of January, but hit up the launch this Thursday night and you can tell peeps you were there when it all started!
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The picturesque Brisbane Powerhouse is this weekend transformed into a weird and wonderful nighttime playground for the inaugural Wonderland festival. The new bash finds carny folk, circus performers, musicians, performers, burlesque and cabaret stars converging on Brisbane to celebrate the more surreal side of life. It kicks off this Wednesday (3 Dec) and has full programs of events and happenings for the next two weeks – there’s literally something for everyone, no matter your artistic preference. Get along and get happy!
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NOT OUR RUSS
Cheeky comedian Russell Peters performs at Perth Arena, 19 Mar; Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, 22 Mar; Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, 26 Mar; and Allphones Arena, Sydney, 28 Mar. It’s part of his Almost Famous World Tour, featuring all-new material and his signature inter-audience banter. Peters brings with him Official Tour DJs: DJ Starting From Scratch and DJ Spinbad.
KINGS OF THE CASTLE
ARIA nominees Kingswood are taking their rock’n’roll swagger around the country this summer. They’ve been charging full-speed ahead since the release of their debut album Microscopic Wars earlier this year, and apparently they don’t have plans to slow down. It all kicks off at Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, 22 Jan; followed by shows including Oz Fest at Miami Tavern, Gold Coast, 24 Jan; Forum Theatre, Melbourne, 13 Mar; Metro Theatre, Sydney, 14 Mar; The Triffid, Brisbane, 21 Mar; Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, 26 Mar; Capitol, Perth, 27 Mar and more. For full the list of dates see theMusic.com.au.
Described as one of the most intellectually and musically compelling Australian bands of their generation, Augie March reunited in June after a six-year hiatus with a brand new album, Havens Dumb. At the time, they played five shows back to back, but only in one venue in Melbourne. Now they’re finally taking that new album and the best of the rest on a national tour. They play 25 Jan, Sydney Opera House Concert Hall; 28 Mar, Astor Theatre, Perth; 16 Apr, Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo; 17 Apr, Melbourne Recital Centre; and 30 Apr, The Triffid in Brisbane.
FOR THE LOVATICS
Touring Australia for the first time, the Australian contingent of the 266 millionplus people who have logged in to check out her version of that track from Frozen, Let It Go, are sure to snap up tickets to see Demi Lovato in the flesh. Showcasing her fourth album, Demi, alongside her clutch of US iTunes hits and more, her local “Lovatics” can catch her 17 Apr at Brisbane Convention Centre; 18 Apr, Hordern Pavilion, Sydney; 21 Apr, HBF Stadium, Perth; and 24 Apr, Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne.
DIG IT AND MORE
Americana singer-songwriters Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent travel as the duo Shovels & Rope with their debut album O’ Be Joyful. Shakey Graves is the self-styled Americana anti-folk poster by Alejandro RoseGarcia, complete with a new album, And The War Came. Combining forces, they’re touring Australia together for the first time and play 4 Mar, Corner Hotel, Melbourne; 5 Mar, Factory Theatre, Sydney; 6 Mar, The Triffid, Brisbane; and 8 Mar, Astor Theatre, Perth.
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BEHIND THE CAT
The production has come a long way since Darren Coggan introduced his tribute and portrait of the life and music of Cat Stevens at the Wagga Civic Centre back in 2009. Now a fully fledged theatrical as well as musical production, Peace Train: The Cat Stevens Story recreates the sights and sounds of the period when the music of the now Yusuf Islam, songs like Moonshadow, Morning Has Broken and Lady D’Arbanville were the soundtrack of a substantial part of a generation. Appropriately, Peace Train kicks off a national tour Valentine’s Day 14 Feb at the State Theatre, Sydney; then 20 Mar at The Capital, Bendigo; 27 Mar at Laycock Street Theatre, Gosford; 20 Jun at The Tivoli in Brisbane; 3 Jul at The Palms At Crown in Melbourne; and 21 Aug at the Astor Theatre in Perth.
NOW: IN THE WINGS ON A WORLD STAGE
A new documentary by Oscar winner Kevin Spacey and American Beauty director Sam Mendes invites film buffs and theatre goers alike to revel in their remarkable journey as they toured the world with their staging of Richard III. The fascinating documentary, titled NOW: In The Wings On A World Stage, centres around their ten month international journey with their interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s most well-known masterpieces. Catch it from 4 Dec in selected cinemas nationwide.
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FRONTLASH MORE THAN A GAME
The one silver lining to the Phil Hughes tragedy is the outpouring of emotion not just from the sporting world but from figures like the Queen and Elton John. The little guy touched a lot of hearts...
INDIE FEAST ‘Twas great at the ARIAs to see a proliferation of indie artists picking up gongs. Special congrats to victorious locals like DZ Deathrays and Sheppard who represented with aplomb...
GRATES EXPECTATIONS Awesome to see The Grates’ crew not only with new music but expanding their Southside Tea Rooms operation at Morningside. The more beer gardens the merrier!
WORTH THE WAIT
It’s been a long wait, but it’ll be worth it when Railroad Gin & The Carol Lloyd Band perform at the Brisbane Powerhouse, armed with songs from her entire back catalogue for the first time. Catch tracks from her chart-topping albums including singles Do Ya Love Me, You Told The World and All The Good Things on 18 and 19 Dec.
SUNNY SIDE UP
The dates printed for Sunnyboys’ upcoming tour in the previous issue of The Music were incorrect. The amended Brisbane date is The Tivoli, 13 Mar. They’ll be celebrating the release of the deluxe reissues of their albums Individual and Get Some Fun. BO NINGEN
The passing of Aussie batsman Phil Hughes is one of the biggest tragedies in our country’s proud sporting history. Our thoughts with his family, friends and especially Sean Abbott. RIP Hughesy.
SCOTT PROBLEMS Woah, former Creed frontman Scott Stapp is in some serious trouble judging by his recent online rants. Here’s hoping he makes an almost complete recovery, perhaps sans new tunes.
GOOD TO SIA It’s totally cool Sia being too busy to attend the ARIAs but brazenly giving away her awards on social media is kinda disrespectful. And Carrot Top, really? No wonder they didn’t show most of your acceptance videos...
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AND IT BURNS
Mojo Burning Festival, at New Globe Theatre on 21 & 22 Mar, has released their final line-up. Rounding out the stellar acts are Marshall Okell, Bonez, Fithy Lucre, Hobo Magic and Claire Anne Taylor.
When his anthemic, deep-house debut What I Might Do hit the shelves and the clubs in 2012, Ben Pearce found himself tearing up dancefloors all over Europe in no time. He’s now set to play The TBC Club, 9 Jan.
Twenty-one years after forming in Memphis, garage-punk pioneers The Oblivians are embarking on their first Oz tour. They play a Golden Plains sideshow 14 Mar, Woolly Mammoth.
READY TO FLY
With his tenth studio record Strut sitting fresh on the shelves, Lenny Kravitz is hitting up the country for just the third time in 20 years to perform as part of Bluesfest 2015, Byron Bay, 2 Apr.
Brisbane’s Rock ‘n’ Roll BBQ is back, now taking place at its new home at The Motor Room. Head down 14 Dec and check out the likes of ROTH, The Stress Of Leisure, Drouser, 52 Pickups and Sixfthick.
BACKLASH VALE PHIL HUGHES
Fresh off his huge national tour, and with his Gon’ Boogaloo album on shelves, CW Stoneking is going on the road again: 13 Feb, Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast; 14 Feb, Soundlounge, Gold Coast; and 15 Feb, Byron Theatre, Byron Bay.
THE BO’S BACK
Japanese acid-punk band Bo Ningen are heading our way to play as part of Melbourne’s Sugar Mountain festival lineup, and while they’re here will play a couple of sideshows, too. Catch them at The Zoo, 21 Jan.
DIAMOND ON TOUR
He may have had his first hits in the late ‘60s, but Neil Diamond isn’t slowing down any time soon. Hear him perform new album, Melody Road, as well as the hits, 3 Nov at Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
Local heavy rock acts are set to tone it down a notch with the opening of a new ‘unplugged’ style monthly event at Brisbane’s muchloved Mick O’Malley’s Irish Bar. The new mid-week pop-up live music club is called The Bunker, featuring an exciting array of local and interstate talent. The series of eclectic rock’n’roll events starts 18 Dec with ‘The Naked Sessions’ featuring Brisbane’s stonerrock queen Sabrina Lawrie, Flangipanis, and riffage rock gods Flannelette – all stripping back their original compositions to acoustic-style performances made famous in the ‘90s.
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THE WONDER YEARS
PUBLIC TOILETS, PRIVATE WORDS
ART ON THE TOILET
Public toilets and cabaret are an unlikely pairing this December at the new Wonderland Festival. Starring performers recently returned from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, this toilet graffiti-inspired cabaret Public Toilets, Private Words features all original music: 11 – 14 Dec at Brisbane Powerhouse.
THE OTHER BIG SOUND
Powerhouse singer-songwriter Matt Anderson is touring Australia to showcase his latest album, Weightless, 28 Dec – 1 Jan, Woodford Folk Festival; and 4 Jan, The Milk Factory.
Soundwave Festival has finally released its hugely anticipated second line-up announcement: Animals As Leaders, Bayside, The Devil Wears Prada, Dragonforce, Evergreen Terrace, Fucked Up, He Is Legend, Killer Be Killed, Le Butcherettes, Lower Than Atlantis, Nonpoint, One OK Rock, Sleepwave, Twin Atlantic and The Wonder Years. Soundwave takes place at Brisbane Showgrounds, 28 Feb & 1 Mar.
Always fun, with as much magic and comic mayhem in the mix as there is music, Mic Conway’s National Junk Band are heading up the Pacific Highway on their way to playing the Woodford Festival launching their latest album, Diagonally Parked In A Parallel Universe: 5 Dec, The Junk Bar.
IT’S JAMES, DARLING
The latest project for singer-songwriter The Boat People’s James O’Brien is Darling James. 21 Dec they play Black Bear Lodge with guests Edward Guglielmino & The Show and Sahara Beck.
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BEACH BLANKET PARTY From playing it to running it, Festival Of The Sun has been quite the ride for Scott Mesiti. He talks to Michael Smith on the eve of its tenth birthday. Cover illustration: Brendon Wellwood.
was actually playing in a band at the time,” recalls Scott Mesiti, co-founder and programmer of the Port Macquarie-based Festival Of The Sun, fondly dubbed FOTSUN, of his initial involvement. “Simon [Luke] had been running Festival
A Sydneysider at the time, Mesiti was playing bass in the three-piece Gabriel’s Day back in 2002–2003, and later founded Usync, an online sales and marketing tool for indie bands. He’s also the director of a company called Cross Section and looks after the management of, among others, Floatingme and Nat Col & The Kings. “We’re more than open to putting on the odd international artist if they’re in the country at the time, but we certainly don’t go looking for them because part of our goal was to support Australian music as much
“It’s a pretty good achievement, you know,” Mesiti says of the festival’s tenth anniversary as a ticketed event, which, by the way, is sold out. “If you had’ve asked us in 2005 if we’d be here in 2014, I’m not sure we’d say, ‘Most definitely.’” The line-up for the tenth anniversary edition features The Jezabels, Violent Soho, Shihad, Allday, Dune Rats, Jackie Onassis, The Cairos, Apes, Steve Smyth, Goons Of Doom, The Lazys, The Stiffys, Tora, Sons of The East, Tropical Zombie, Pelican Itch, I Oh You DJs, Karl S Williams, Timberwolf, Chris Rose, Tegan Wiseman and one lucky triple j Unearthed winner. Oh, and there is one international in the lineup, Canadian singer-songwriter Tim Chaisson. “Basically I’m just seeing who’s got something in the market,” Mesiti says of programming the festival, “somewhere between that May to December period. I just try to see as many bands as possible to see if they’ll fit our party kind of atmosphere. It’s a mix/match of genres as well; we don’t try and put too much of the one thing on. For me, I’m really looking forward to Shihad. I’ve just really loved that album [FVEY] this year and I saw them at BIGSOUND and can’t wait to see them at the festival. They’re playing that six o’clock
“OBVIOUSLY, WITH ANY BUSINESS YOU’RE ALWAYS LOOKING TO EXPAND, BUT WHENEVER WE LOOKED AT IT, WE ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT IT WOULD KIND OF DILUTE WHAT REALLY CREATES US, YOU KNOW?”
Of The Sun [since 2001] as a community event, which was free on the town green there in Port, and I played it two years in a row, and we were knocking heads together and I said to him, ‘Would you like to grow it,’ and he said, ‘Yes, most definitely,’ and so I started picking the bands and he started putting the event together and we just went from there.” Hardly the epicentre of Australian contemporary music, Festival Of The Sun has proven a valuable asset for not only the NSW mid north coastal resort town some 390 km north of Sydney, 570 km south of Brisbane, but also for the local musicians. “I think the best thing about our festival is its location. It’s right in the middle of town, so once you get there and park you don’t have to drive anywhere within [festival site] Sundowner Tourist Park. It’s got everything from cabins to camping, proper toilets and showers and it’s only 50 metres from the beach. So it all kind of adds up as one neat package. There are a lot of great musicians around in Port and there are a lot of cool bands starting to come out of here as well. And not just Port Macquarie, but the mid north coast – surrounding towns – as well. So playing the festival is a good little leg up for them and hopefully they can take the ball and run with it.” 10 • THE MUSIC • 3RD DECEMBER 2014
as possible and bring it to a regional centre.” In a sense then, FOTSUN is a precursor of the likes of Groovin The Moo, and it really is a boutique festival, a celebration of east coast summer culture opting to cater for only the 3000 music lovers who buy tickets. “We could go bigger but it’s not our desire in any way. Obviously, with any business you’re always looking to expand, but whenever we looked at it, we always thought that it would kind of dilute what really creates us, you know? So we just work on being the best event we can and keeping it boutique and really friendly.
slot when the sun starts to go down and I just think it’ll be epic. And the festival works perfectly as a BYO event. Obviously we work very closely with police and we limit the amount of drinks people can bring in to the entertainment area, and it is probably one of the biggest factors that keeps everybody nice and chilled. I think it’s one of the things that makes us really unique.” FOTSUN has also taken up the idea of running with a theme, so that, if you’re into it, punters can this year dress up as their favourite superhero. “That was kind of about taking people back to their childhood. Being our tenth birthday, we thought to ourselves, okay, what sort of birthday would someone have when they’re turning ten? And that’s what we came up with. We had our first official theme last year – it’s was like a Day of the Dead theme, because we landed on Black Friday – and the response was amazing and I think that sort of thing is here to stay for us. It’s a really good element. Basically our festival is a nice big beach party.” So, it’ll be BYO “fizzy drinks and party punch” time. WHEN & WHERE: 12 & 13 Dec, Festival Of The Sun, Port Macquarie
TEN OUT OF TEN With Festival Of The Sun celebrating its first decade, we asked festival director Simon Luke to name his top ten moments from the past ten years. Finding a discarded delivery drop that had simply been offloaded at the back door of our loading area, and thinking, ‘What the heck is this?’ We soon realised it was Wally’s whole visual set-up for his headlining Gotye set that night. Thankfully everything was still intact! The performance turned out to be amazing in such a boutique environment! Playing backstage cricket and competitive pingpong each year with artists and actually seeing how competitive they get. Getting a bit over-excited and rolling out a huge slipand-slide across the back of the entertainment area. When I snuck out for a surf one year in the middle of the day, as it was just cranking and wouldn’t be missed. It was a bizarre and humbling moment sitting out in the water and realising I was the only one without a FOTSUN wristband on. The simply magic moment when Sarah Blasko stopped the crowd to point out a beautiful ocean storm in the distance with the moon rising amongst the lightning. Putting up our Christmas tree at 1am Sunday morning after the first year of FOTSUN with a bunch of bands who had dropped
in for a quiet after-party drink – I woke up to find a very creative completion of the tree to say the least. Realising that the two females who were jumping the fence into the backstage area in their underwear, freaking out media and artists in the process, were our infamously unnamed friends – yep, you know who you are! My dad “Dingo” being spotted walking through the backstage area with a fire hose to clean out the blocked porta-loos, teaching all the festival rookies the value in rolling up your sleeves and getting the job done. When Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings’ flight got redirected to Coffs Harbour due to fog. They just made it on time but without their luggage. The band went on stage in casual attire for the first time in their career. They started their set with Sharon going on stage, telling the story and saying, “Tonight, you’re gonna get the real me!!” The Jezabels had an early morning slot that we had to cut short due to a lot of rain. They ended up playing to just a few people and the Bob Cat, which was spreading sand. It’s a true highlight to see them come back to play headline spot this year.
EATING AN APPLE “The English gentlemen of the rock’n’roll community”, The Delta Riggs’ Michael Tramonte and Elliott Hammond explain to Hannah Story why they’re not “cunts”.
t’s like eating an apple,” singer Elliott Hammond says of the reception so far to The Delta Riggs’ second record, Dipz Zebazios. “Some people wanna eat the skin and some people just wanna go deeper. In some cases we’ll just dice it up and give it to them with skin and other cases they’ll peel it themselves.” “I don’t know if that makes sense,” says bassist Michael Tramonte. “He’s stoned as though.” We laugh. Sitting at a pub in Sydney’s Surry Hills with The Music, Hammond hides behind vintage shades, while Tramonte slumps in a black shirt. They order burgers and beer, and as knives and forks clatter on plates, they talk shop.
They’re a self-described “working-class band”; most members have day jobs on top of their touring and recording schedules. “We’ve got a cost of living, y’know, that we have outside of the band,” says Tramonte. Hammond continues, “You’ve still got to take your girlfriend out for dinner on a Wednesday night.” Tramonte concludes, “Pay your rent, pay your bills, buy your drugs. All that shit.” But they’re not “doing a Sticky Fingers in Wagga Wagga”, living the ‘sex, drugs and rock’n’roll’ lifestyle. (“That shit’s gay as,” says Hammond.) Tramonte admits, “Yes, we all play rock’n’ roll, have sex and do drugs. But we don’t wear it on
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our sleeves. We’re like the English gentlemen of the rock’n’roll community.” Hammond goes on, “We don’t think that we’re more important than anyone... The band is awesome, we love playing in the band, but it’s not a platform for us to be cunts. We’re just a bunch of polite dudes who use our manners and love our mums.” Some of the subject matter for their latest record focused on celebrity culture. Hammond opines, “We kind of feel like Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus are like a fucking joke. We find that funny that they call themselves artists and say this shit is art. And to us it’s like it’s just a fucking cash-grab.” They’re fans of and influenced by Beastie Boys, Primal Scream and Oasis, as well as Australians REMI and Violent Soho. “We listen to heaps of the good ones,” says Hammond. “There’s shit ones too. There’s just bands right now that are either doing good things for rock’n’roll or bands that are watering it down and making it more like Thirsty Merc.” And Hammond’s not worried about sounding too close to their influences. “If you like it because you love it and you think it’s sick, just fucking go for it. Don’t hold back. There’s bands out there that completely plagiarise shit and I don’t actually have a problem with that.” The boys are keen to head back on the road again. “We haven’t done our own tour for a while so I’m excited to just see who comes,” says Tramonte. “Maybe Kyle Sandilands will come. Maybe Karl Stefanovic,” Hammond muses. “He’ll come,” Tramonte is certain. WHAT: Dipz Zebazios (Rah Rah Radio/Inertia) WHEN & WHERE: 5 Dec, The Factory, Sunshine Coast; 6 Dec, The Triffid
AMONG THE STARS Hiatus Kaiyote’s Nai Palm may be mixin’ it with the stars, but she’s chill about it, as she tells Kate Kingsmill.
inger Nai Palm has a quick-fire, curious brain and a bowerbird interest in world cultures that translates directly into the music of Hiatus Kaiyote as well as her distinctive look. And it means that a conversation with her can flip, thrillingly, at any second. “I feel like amber is like a mild form of time travel,” Palm begins. “I have an alchemist in Coburg who’s from Lebanon and he gets like frankincense from Somalia and he makes amber and he’s got all these rare essential oils and it’s fully like being in a bazaar in Morocco but it’s in Coburg.” Hiatus Kaiyote’s ‘multi-dimensional, polyrhythmic gangster shit’ sound is a result of that cultural melting
pot of Melbourne where, says Palm, “It all comes together in this really beautiful way where people are open to ideas. I feel like there’s less of that competitiveness here [than New York], and different movements interact with each other, which is really cool. Aside from, like, the Indigenous culture that’s been here for thousands of years, as far as cities go, in the history of colonisation, Australia is actually pretty new compared to a lot of places. I feel like there’s less of a heritage to try and preserve, and because of that, creatively, people aren’t as bound to certain to traditions and they explore more contemporary settings so it’s more hybrid here.” The sounds and culture of hip hop are
a big influence on Hiatus Kaiyote, though many people might not hear it. “We’re a lot closer to, like, Dilla-esque kind of stuff like Slum Village or Mad Lib. People wouldn’t really classify us as hip hop but at the same time the people overseas that are rapping our shit hard are like Jazzy Jeff, who won the first Grammy for hip hop, you know.”
Since Q-Tip lent his voice to a verse on the track, Nakamarra, and the band was nominated for a Grammy for the song, Nai Palm has been hanging with a new set of mates. The first time Palm met Erykah Badu, “She walked up to me and she was like, singing Nakamarra. It’s crazy, totally crazy. But at the same time it makes you realise that all these artists that you admire, you can relate to them because they like the shit that you like.” Meeting superstars is something Palm has learned to feel comfortable with since that time she was hanging out with ?uestlove backstage at the Jimmy Fallon show, when Black Thought rolled through, half drunk at 2pm, wearing sunglasses. “He had this full, staunch ‘I’m a superstar’ vibe,” Nai recalls. “But then he got given a backpack with speakers in it for his birthday, and he was like, ‘Let’s play some shit through it!’ I’d just recorded a track, the Taylor McFerrin track [The Antidote] a couple of days before, so I put it on, and he was like, ‘Yeah, this is the shit!’ Fully just flipped it; he had the full persona and then he heard my shit and he was like, ‘Yeah, it’s cool.’” WHEN & WHERE: 6 Dec, The Hi-Fi; 7 Dec, Byron Bay Brewery; 29 & 30 Dec, Woodford Folk Festival
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HOLY SUPERHERO, BATMAN! Imaging the spirit of this year’s Festival Of The Sun, graphic artist Jimbo Phillips tells Kate Kingsmill, was about gettin’ the vibe.
his year Festival Of The Sun will be giving you an excuse to party with your undies on the outside when they celebrate their tenth anniversary with a superhero theme. They want to take the party people back to do what we all did when we were ten years old… dressing up as our favourite superhero! The artwork for this year’s festival was created by Santa Cruz skateboard artist and designer Jimbo Phillips. Known for his hectic skate illustrations – think fluoro skulls and vomit, flying brains, eyeballs popping and general colour explosions – Phillips enjoyed interpreting the theme. “I like lots of bright colours and playful characters and having a good time, so
I enjoyed creating the art for this year’s event.” Phillips was brought up in the California art world and at age 20 went to work with his legendary father Jim Phillips, also a skateboard artist and the creator of the iconic ‘screaming hand’ logo. Phillips’ sometimes literally eye-popping art is synonymous with skating, surfing culture and rock music, so he was the perfect choice to bring the superhero theme of the festival to life. Anyone can connect with the superhero, says Phillips – even the wallflowers. “I think it’s about finding your inner super outgoing persona.
Even if you’re an introverted person, you can go dress up like a freak and let yourself free and have an insane time!” Festival Of The Sun is a boutique, outdoor festival held at Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park in Port Macquarie, NSW. Since its first year as a ticketed event in 2005 when they brought The Mess Hall and Sarah Blasko on board, the festival has consistently proven it has its finger on the musical pulse. Its beautiful location, next to the sleepy town of Port Macquarie, and its people-pleasing line-up choices have seen it develop into one of the more popular summer festivals, and to ensure the good vibes and intimate atmosphere, promoters Simon Luke and Scott Mesiti have a policy of keeping the capacity at around 3,000, despite constantly fielding the ‘why don’t you make it bigger?’ question. Just like Meredith, they also have a BYO policy, which any festival-goer will know improves the quality of the weekend to the max. In 2008 the festival sold out in 15 minutes. On this landmark tenth year, the supermen and wonderwomen of the Festival Of The Sun crowd will be entertained by, among others, The Jezebels, Violent Soho and Dune Rats, as well as hip hop superheroes Jackie Onassis and Adelaide MC Allday, aka Tom Gaynor, who says, “As long as I can bring a smile to one child’s face, I’ve done my bit as a super hero.” The force of FOTSUN’s hip hop vibe has also always been strong, with The Herd, Spit Syndicate and Hermitude representing in the last few years. Jimbo Phillips says, “The perfect festival for me is good music, art, food and fun people ready to have a good time!” Bring it on. WHEN & WHERE: 12 & 13 Dec, Festival Of The Sun, Port Macquarie
BEST YEAR OF MY LIFE On the eve of yet another sold-out tour, Illy chats with Scott Aitken about some of the highlights from his massive year, future plans and how everything is coming up Illy.
t was a headline performance at One Night Stand this year which saw Melbourne rapper Illy close out the night in front of a huge crowd of more than an estimated 16,000 fans. The MC says despite being nervous about playing a show of that scale, it was one of the highlights of what he’s calling the best year of his life. “I was shitting myself, you know, because it’s being broadcast so there’s cameras flying all around you; it was quite nerve-racking,” he says. “I didn’t get comfortable until probably two-thirds into the set but then I enjoyed the last 20 minutes or so, but it was unreal.” It’s just one part of a huge year for Illy that’s been filled with sold-out tours across the country and abroad, bolstered by the success of his fourth album Cinematic and hit singles like Tightrope and On & On. “I put so much of myself into my music and this year it really feels like it’s gone up a few levels and it’s just been non-stop from the start of the year. There have been festivals and writing overseas, touring Europe with the Hilltop Hoods and the regional tours and it’s just been awesome being able to do exactly what I’ve wanted to do for more than half my life now. Everything that could go right has gone right this year.” His One For The Cities tour is hitting up capital cities throughout November and December, featuring the biggest headline shows of his career and coinciding with
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the release of Cinematic Uncut, a repackage of his latest album featuring six new tracks. Illy says while there was more material on Cinematic to choose from, there’s still a tonne of material and collaborations that haven’t seen the light of day. “There were a quite a few tracks with Phrase that never came out and a lot of the collaboration stuff was with more underground dudes but it’s mainly just tracks of my own that haven’t come out yet.” So far tickets for the tour have been selling like hotcakes, with his Perth show at Astor Theatre sold out. “This whole tour is looking like most of it should
come pretty close to selling out but I’ve always had really good support in Perth and WA in general actually. It’s nice to slap that sold out sign over one of the dates and hopefully get a few more up there.” After the dates, Illy says he’ll focus on a range of projects, but for now his focus is on putting on the best shows possible to cap off the year. “Next year will be spent pretty much working on the new album and I’ll also be going into the States to write for some non-hip hop people and trying to get my feet wet with that, so there’s some pretty exciting things on the horizon. My focus right now is just getting through these shows, making this tour a really great end to probably the best year of my life.” WHEN & WHERE: 5 Dec, The Tivoli
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HER OWN WOMAN Singer Carol Lloyd was one real wild child when she first hits stages back in the early ‘70s with Railroad Gin. She talks about those years with Helen Stringer.
egendary Australian rocker Carol Lloyd vents – good naturedly – that Chrissie Amphlett of Divinyls is wrongly cited as Australia’s original rock chick when in fact Lloyd was on the scene for close to a decade before Amphlett even made an appearance. It’s a fair gripe considering Lloyd has been performing with both Railroad Gin and in the eponymous Carol Lloyd Band for the past 45 years. Lloyd got her break after befriending original Railroad Gin frontman, Geoff Fitzgibbon. At that stage they were
essentially a high school band. “They hadn’t done any professional shows, but they invited me along to their first paid gig to bolster the numbers.” When Fitzgibbon left the band the remaining members were so desperate that, Lloyd says, they approached her with an ultra-flattering offer: given they were pretty much screwed anyway, Lloyd may as well give the frontwoman spot a crack. “It was a giant boost to my confidence,” she laughs. “It was terrifying country because there was no such animal as a female lead singer in a rock band. I had to be meaner, tougher, better, stronger than any of them. It fires you up; you just want
to stick it up their arse and prove that you are so much better than they give you credit for.” Currently writing a memoir on those hedonistic days, she talks about becoming an accidental drug addict after unintentionally smoking hash “pre-imbued” with heroin and mescaline. “I would wake up with stomach cramps feeling generally shithouse. I’d never had anything before so I just assumed this was normal effects. I ended up losing my job and generally being on the skids: no money, nowhere to live.” Lloyd decided to wean herself off heroin by cultivating alcoholism. Figuring that a whisky habit would be easier to shake than a heroin addiction Lloyd spent two years starting her day with whisky shots and ending them with a half-bottle. “Really,” she laughs, “I was doing quite a good job of it. The reason I had to do all of this was because I’d joined the band and I needed a reason to stay straight… The band was my therapy.” In 2013 Lloyd was diagnosed with terminal lung disease and told she had a matter of months to live. “I felt very sad that my grandchildren might not know me well enough to remember me,” she admits. But Lloyd is typically fearless about her prognosis. “The one thing I haven’t done and will not do is do the ‘oh woe is me’. You just get on with the stuff that’s important. I don’t want to think about the end state. It won’t go away, it will happen; that will come but I’ll worry about it later.” Fittingly Lloyd’s latest show is called It’s Time. “In 45 years I’ve never done my back catalogue… this show will be, top to bottom, two hours, my songs only. That’s why I’m calling it It’s Time – it’s time to do it while I still can, while I’m still strong.” WHEN & WHERE: 18 & 19 Dec, Brisbane Powerhouse
MAKESHIFT PATRIOT For 15 years Sage Francis has been labouring in the underground delivering intelligent and hard hitting hip hop. Mark Hebblewhite caught up with him to talk about the genre’s impact on white suburbia and the racial conflagration in Ferguson.
ack in 2001 a then unknown white emcee dropped Makeshift Patriot, a searing incitement of the media’s coverage of 9/11 – in particular the fear mongering and sensationalism they displayed. Fast forward to 2014 and the Ferguson riots and sadly not much has changed. “I’ve been on tour through this whole thing so I haven’t been bombarded the same way as I might have been back home” says Sage. “That said, it’s the same old story: a media circus built on despair. There’s a lot of vitriol online; everyone seems to have an opinion whether they know anything or not. To go wider than just the media’s role, this is an age-old issue in America, with race relations and abuse of authority. Court decisions don’t go the way people want and they react violently because they don’t know what else to do. “There’s definitely a huge mistrust for the system – and I think there are good reasons for that. The thing is I don’t see things getting better – at this point I have no idea what the endgame will be. I’ve got to say I’ve had to step away from politics a bit because it was driving me crazy to invest too much of my spirit and soul into it.” As a white kid growing up in a semi-rural area in Rhode Island, Sage Francis wasn’t your average candidate for a career in hip hop. But as he tells it – once the bug hit, it 16 • THE MUSIC • 3RD DECEMBER 2014
hit. “I discovered hip hop when I was eight years old; it was something completely different that took me away from my surroundings. Back then it was hard to even get hip hop – there was no hip hop section in the shops I went to so I bought things that looked liked hip hop and just hoped [laughs]. Pre-internet you just had to try so much harder – to get information – everything. Since then hip hop has really changed because anyone could access it. “As for having a career in hip hop – again before the internet it was just a dream. I was
a kid who started rapping and writing at age eight and battled at age 12. Even in college I still didn’t think I’d ever had a career – but I pushed myself as an artist. When the internet came along I was able to really connect directly with people beyond my small world. That’s when everything blew up.” Throughout his career Sage has maintained a fiercely independent approach – whether it be working with indie labels like Epitaph or staying away from glitzy product endorsements. He puts this down to a pretty surprising influence. “When I was in college in Boston I had a lot of friends who loved punk and hardcore so I’d go to shows with them,” he explains. “To be honest I didn’t really get the music at first – although later I really came to love it. What I really admired was the DIY attitude of the scene and I’ve really tried to keep that attitude in my own life. When you control your own destiny you control your own integrity and I’m proud of what I’ve been able to achieve.” WHEN & WHERE: 7 Dec, The Brightside
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respect that people give us onstage is very special. I take it very seriously and so does the band. And when you come out to see Cypress Hill, we want you to remember that performance for the rest of your life.”
Formerly involved with Bloods-affiliated Californian gang Neighborhood Family, when Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog and friends immersed themselves in hip hop, it took them “away from stuff that could get [them] arrested or, you know, worse”. Bryget Chrisfield discovers they still get high (so high!).
ypress Hill’s debut, self-titled album dropped 23 years ago on 13 August this year. And there’s no prizes for guessing how the South Gate, Cali hip hop crew marked the occasion. “We got together and smoked a tonne of weed just to celebrate that, you know,” Sen Dog shares, “a bunch of my friends that are all originally the guys from Cypress Avenue.” So how does Sen Dog hold his shit together when performing after a compression session? “Well, the lyrics
that you write, and you put down – that’s an extension of your person, you know what I mean? You should know those. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there’s been times where I’ve forgotten lyrics onstage or whatever. That happens.” Sen Dog blames the booze for these lapses, however (“I used to drink a lot back in the day”). He chuckles, “I felt that I was better back then. I missed a lot of stuff, but now the most important thing of all is the performance. “Being onstage with Cypress Hill is a high that I can pretty much say is unmatched by any other thing and just watching the
Casting his mind back about quarter of a century, Sen Dog credits music with taking him and his cohorts “away from stuff that could get [them] arrested or, you know, worse”. “When I first got into hip hop I started writing raps and rhyming, and my friends started doing it too, you know what I mean? It definitely started taking us away from doing dangerous things, because all of a sudden we knew we had a skill and that was more important than anything: getting better at what we do and being better rappers and stuff like that.” Have you seen the Dennis Hopper-directed film Colors? Well Sen Dog and B-Real were in a gang called Neighborhood Family, which was affiliated with the Bloods who feature in the film alongside their rival gang, the Crips. The pair’s gangbanging past resulted in B-Real getting shot in the lung back in 1988, so it’s certainly a blessing they discovered music. Sen Dog figures if he hadn’t found this creative outlet, he “probably would be an angry soul”. “A good friend of mine Everlast told me one time, while I was going through a really rough patch in life, he said, ‘Hey, man, just take it out on the music,’ and at first I thought he was talking about, you know, it’s like a form of therapy or whatever, but it’s not. It is that but it’s also putting truth into something that is gonna affect someone that hears it and maybe help them with their lives, and I think that’s the best part about it.” To read the full interview head to theMusic.com.au WHEN & WHERE: 9 Dec, Eatons Hill Hotel
FRESHLY BAKED John Patterson and Patience Hodgson have released the new album from The Grates pretty much fresh out of the oven. They tell Michael Smith why.
aving parted with their previous label, the once more independent Grates decided they’d record and mix their next album in just a fortnight and release it on their own label, Death Valley, the same month it was recorded – quick, immediate, literally “hot off the press” or perhaps more appropriately, “fresh out of the kitchen” as it were of the Southside Tea Room, the Brisbane café and bar they own and have been running for the past couple of years. “Just capturing something really quickly,” says guitarist John Patterson of their approach to recording that new album, Dream Team, “like capturing a performance and not trying to labour over a song, ‘cause everything was already sounding kind of good to us at home in our band room. We’d started more and more building songs and spending lots of time on details and stuff, but then once we were just jamming a couple of times a week and it was already sounding good, there was no reason to over-think it, so then there was no reason to spend heaps of time in the studio.” So in a sense, in recording the new album, The Grates decided to go back to where they’d started, before they scored that label deal. “In fact even back before the first album,” singer Patience Hodgson explains, “’cause the first album
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[2006’s Gravity Won’t Get You High] still took ages to make even though it’s probably the most rawest, strippedback-sounding of all the records, but it still took a really long time. It’s probably back to like when we used to record on a four-track in John’s parents’ shed. “This has been the best studio experience I reckon I’ve ever had. I’ve had moments where I loved recording with Brian Deck, who’s just such a great human being [and produced Gravity], and Peter Katis [who produced 2008’s Teeth Lost, Hearts Won], lots of good memories from the studio
‘cause you were hanging around with good humans. But, like, studio is not the funnest,” she chuckles. “We didn’t know what to expect when we first started going into studios,” Patterson admits. “This time we could prepare for it.” “I was at a Violent Soho show in Brisbane,” Patterson explains their choice of producer, “talking to my friend Dan Condon, who used to be used to be an editor for The Music online I think and I was saying we wanted to make an album really fast and not fuck around, and who would he recommend. He said, ‘How much do you care about getting played on radio?’” he laughs. “I said I don’t and he said you should hit up Owen’.” WHAT: Dream Team (Death Valley/Create/Control)
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ALBUM OF THE WEEK
ANGELS & AIRWAVES
SHE & HIM
The Dream Walker
To The Stars
Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward have crooned their way into our hearts with this, their warm new album paying tribute to the classics. She & Him are known for confluencing country, blues and swing, ranging from the 1930s to ‘60s. Deschanel’s voice is completely recognisable and if you’ve liked their previous albums, this won’t disappoint. From the well-known Unchained Melody to other favourites like We’ll Meet Again, She & Him have greatly anticipated the sounds of this season with those old favourites, which, if you didn’t know before, you will grow to love now.
The epic and diverse project that is Tom Delonge’s (Blink182) Angels & Airwaves has offered up another smorgasbord of multimedia with their fifth record, The Dream Walker, its music only scratching the surface of its depth. Much like Love (2010) and Love: Part Two (2011), the new record supports a wealth of other releases. Playing soundtrack to the Toronto Film Festival Award-winning animated film, Poet: The Dream Walker, it also gives way to a supporting comic book, follow-up novel and feature film. That’s a lot for ten songs to hold up but if any album could, this is the one. Where Delonge has penned the band’s previous four records largely by himself, The Dream Walker sees collaboration with drummer/multi-instrumentalist Ilan Rubin, who had previous stints with the likes of Nine Inch Nails and more. Rubin’s
style bleeds in and out of focus and, in tracks like Bullets In The Wind, gives them a revitalised sound. There are no epic fiveminute intros or interludes; instead the album’s ten tracks are built on more conventional song structures, leaving melody and lyrics to pull the weight, which is what Delonge was born to write. There’s diversity throughout, with Kiss With A Spell experimenting more with an electronic sound, and album closer, Anomaly, introducing the band’s first acoustic track. At album number five, AVA have produced their most fluid and down-to-earth release to date. Daniel Cribb
The duo have kept busy with other projects, yet since forming in 2006 have managed to release Volumes 1, 2 and 3 as well as a Christmas album. They have now seized the opportunity to round off their collection with a crowd-pleaser that is smooth to the ears. If classics don’t hit your sweet spot, this album will do
★★★ nothing for you, but it certainly does deliver in terms of class and that sweetness the pair continue to provide. On this particular release, they’ve enlisted a 20-piece orchestra to compliment uplifting tracks like Teach Me Tonight and It’s Always You. Their melancholic tunes, such as their duet, Time After Time, feature harmonies on the line, “I’m so lucky to be loving you.” This 13-track release will have you feeling fresh and fine for the summer time, a dreamy touch of sunshine. Emilie Taylor
BEANS ON TOAST
Vs. Other People’s Heartache Pt. III
In The Grand Scheme Of Things
Berkeley To Bakersf ield
Keep holding your breath for a second full player from Dan Smith and his awkwardly lumbering conglomerate. Touring and ಫotherಬprojects means this tossed out 32-minute mixtape (unmixed) serves to maintain a public profile. An intriguing guest roster (HAIM; Skunk Anansie) promises much but yield humdrum results at best. Smithಬs vocals seem lost somewhere between Everything Everythingಬs yelping and Chad Kroegerಬs grunting whilst bad_news and The Driver contain the gracefulness of a chimpanzee carrying an overloaded backpack on the dancefloor. Bastilleಬs heartache is our earache.
On his sixth studio effort it’s clear that although he’s a prominent and impressive folk artist, Beans On Toast is no Bob Dylan. The lyrics are great but the subject matter doesn’t extend past observations anyone can and have made about society. Beans On Toast has a distinctive voice and style, but the musical compositions behind each song are merely a few notes that exist only as something on which the words sit. The opus would’ve been more digestible had it been recorded with folk band Handshake, who back him live.
Cult Californian rockers Cracker essentially offer an overview of their 20-year-plus career using a double album of new music. Key members David Lowery (Camper Van Beethoven) and Johnny Hickman get creative, reuniting their “classic line-up” for the Berkeley disc – a nod to the punk and garage roots of East Bay, complete with politically inclined lyrics – while the band’s country incarnation is used for the Bakersfield excursion, a homage to the ‘California country’ of the state’s inland valleys. It’s all linked by Lowery’s burly lyrics and sardonic world view, but Cracker’s wonderful duality remains the core appeal.
At first glance, Death Wolf ’s third album doesn’t really stick out, kicking off with melancholy, Bathoryinspired extreme metal akin to Primordial. As the album continues, however, the Swedish band are revealed to be much more. Death Wolf are a melting pot of different influences, occasionally approaching doom metal atmospheres and tearing them down, while the punk influence is most noticeable in the thick, grooving bass that sits beneath the vicious guitars and vocals. Viking metal epics sit side-by-side with Convergestyle moshers, as breakdowns and D-beats give way to nylon strings and Nordic chants.
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WILLIE NELSON & SISTER BOBBIE December Day: Willie’s Stash, Vol. 1
The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets
What’s Your 20? Essential Tracks 19942014
While Willie Nelson is a household name, less known is older sister Bobbie’s impressive ability to tickle the ivories. December Day: Willie’s Stash, Vol. 1 showcases this musicianship wonderfully. A collection of songs the siblings love, December Day appears to be the first instalment of a series of previously unreleased recordings. Willie, it seems, is in the habit of releasing gems at this stage of his life, and Bobbie only enriches that endeavour. Trigger makes many appearances, of course, with a voice as aged, tender and soulful as his player’s.
Yorkshire alt-rockers Marmozets’ debut album comes out of the dark in a heavy, squealing package of scrawling distortion and screams. Becca Macintyre’s powerful voice leads the listener from open to close through scrambled guitar solos, chanting manifestos and throat-ripping shrieks into slower tracks like Cry and Hit The Wave with a dignified, personal vulnerability. The Weird And Wonderful... is a screaming war cry for fans of regurgitating hardcore and early 2000s alt-rock outfits, providing a promising and high production first venture into the long form for the already established group. The Marmozets stick.
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Chicago’s country-rock legends Wilco have cherry-picked the finest 38 tracks from their eight studio albums (plus their Mermaid Avenue foray with Billy Bragg) and it coalesces as a brilliant body of work. From the ground zero alt-country of their beginnings through the onset ambition of the sadlymissed Jay Bennett era and onto the complex and fascinating behemoth they’ve become today, frontman Jeff Tweedy has aimed at many stylistic targets with his songwriting and rarely missed, and every incarnation has supported him in both spirit and musicianship. Essential.
Don’t let the Parquet Courts/ Parkay Quarts smokescreen deter from the fact that chief songsmiths Andrew Savage and Austin Brown have penned their second great album of 2014. Far more than a stop-gap, ideas spew forth everywhere – some verbal, others musical – and the lo-fi edge inherent from recording quickly on 4-track suits their ramshackle aesthetic perfectly. Two cool covers (13th Floor Elevators’ Slide Machine and Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots Were Made For Walking) augment originals like the title track and Kevlar Walls with panache. Their epic run of skewed indie continues.
Rivers In The Wasteland
Mute/Create/Control Ben Frost’s A U R O R A is one of 2014’s finest releases, and as an electronic-driven record, it was inevitably going to receive the remix appropriation. This EP, comprised of three remixes of one song and a remix each of two others, is a fine collection of experimental noise, and all mixes actually do veer nicely away from the originally composed pieces, with HTRK’s minimalist Venter remix a real highlight. Yet as technically good as these pieces are, the release begs the question of how necessary it really is. Andrew McDonald
GRAVEYARD ROCKSTARS Doomsday Independent
Needtobreathe have experimented with different styles of rock over their last few records. Rivers In The Wasteland is equal parts reflective and affirming, creating a great sense of depth. The standouts are the inspiring choruses – the band make use of piano chords, powerful guitar riffs, thumping drums and soaring vocal deliveries. The record sounds so sure of itself, and it’s an impressive thing to achieve when you’re a few albums deep. They mix things up with a gospel-style chorus in Difference Maker, while the peaceful More Heart, Less Attack winds things down to complete the album perfectly.
Graveyard Rockstars kick off their debut album with a sludgy, thick rhythm section and tight, bright guitar leads. Vocalist Ash Rothschild sits upfront in the mix. With minimal over-dubs and effects, his furious lyrics are on full display. He leads the band through 46 minutes of groove-laden alternative metal, cut raw. While the band might find common ground with horror punk acts like Wednesday 13 or diabolic rockers 69 Eyes, Graveyard Rockstars seem intent on delivering a different kind of evil. Just the ticket for modern goth metallers looking for something with a bit more bite.
The Grates – Dream Team Pepa Knight – Hypnotised Vol. 1 Shane Nicholson – Pitch, Roll And Yaw: Live And Solo Idris Elba – Idris Elba Presents Mi Mandela The Czars – Best Of One Direction – Four Cold Chisel – The Live Tapes – Vol 2: Live At Bombay Rock The Ruminaters – I Hate The Ruminaters Job For A Cowboy – Sun Eater
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JAKOB, HAZARDS OF SWIMMING NAKED Crowbar 30 Nov Hazards of Swimming Naked’s setlist will be familiar to fans, still drawing heavily on 2009’s Our Lines Are Down as it does, despite an anticipated new album looming on the horizon. Still, the band is tighter than they’ve ever been, and even the most complex interplay of instruments sounds almost album quality. Perhaps because of the dominant trebles in the mix, the music is delicate tonight, almost gentle. It’s an engaging and different experience, and
Where Hazards were delicate, Jakob is intense. Opener Malachite builds slowly, gently, but when the full force of the track unleashes, it’s with a physical force that barely relents for the rest of the night. It’s not that the music is constantly heavy. Jakob have always excelled at the quiet-loud interplay of postrock, but tonight even the quietest moments resonate with threat. Magna Carta is the highlight of the new material, as close as Jakob get to catchy, with a hopeful melody that floats out above the tribal drum beats and muddy bass. It seems like it hasn’t been a great day for the band. In a rare moment of audience interaction (this is, after all, post-rock), bassist Maurice Beckett comments: “You know those days where shit is fucked? Today was one of those.” But the show must go on, and Jakob have pushed
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Next up: Holy Holy. With absolutely no intention of taking anything away from The Preatures, these guys had the goods to make the crowd feel as though they were being treated to a dual headliner show instead of the band just being billed as supports. Tucked in-between tracks such as History, House of Cards and Impossible Like You, was a little gem of a cover of the Joy Division classic, Love Will Tear Us Apart, which for their
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makes it feel like seeing the band afresh. The new single, Waiting For 5120, has been around in one form or another for some time now, but the final version is outstanding: efficient and intricate and making for an exciting teaser of what’s to come.
through to deliver a set that delivers on their impressive reputation. Ageena is perfect as the show’s peak – chaos controlled, barely – and as The Collar Sets Well fades out, the crowd slowly filters out, sated but eager for a swifter return next time.
It’s been a long wait for fans of Jakob. Sines is their first album in eight years and while they’ve been over the pond once or twice in support slots, it’s been almost that long since there was a headline tour on our shores. Perhaps in acknowledgment of that, the set spans the band’s four releases, stretching back to 2001’s Subsets Of Sets. It’s a testament to the band’s back catalogue (as well as the relatively static nature of the genre) that even the earliest tracks sound fresh, and the show feels entirely coherent, a strong and clear creative impulse tying it all together.
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disappoint. The venue started out relatively empty with shy punters standing back from the stage, until semi/kinda/equal-ish frontman Charles Sale orchestrated the mass move forward. This band oozes ‘cool’. They’re a mix of grunge and pop and there’s no doubt that if they were around in the ‘90s, rebellious teenage girls would have their rooms plastered with posters of Babaganouj.
THE PREATURES, HOLY HOLY, BABAGANOUJ Solbar 29 Nov Three guitars, one set of drums and four very talented Brisbane youngsters is all you need to produce one killer opening band for a smouldering night on the Sunshine Coast. Maroochydore’s Solbar was the venue for the night and Babaganouj did not
night’s gig, it would be impossible to be surprised. Tearing through their 13-track set, not a single member ever missed a beat. From their slow burners such as Two Tone Melody to their singalong triple j anthem Is This How You Feel?, their set never seemed to slow to a halt until the band had physically left the stage and dropped their instruments. The Preatures are cementing, and will continue to cement, their place in the league of some of Australia’s best homegrown performers. Blue Planet Eyes is one killer of a record. If The Preatures continue to stun audiences as well as they did with both their debut album and their Sunshine Coast gig, they are going to be looking at a very, very bright future ahead of them. Stephanie Oakes
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first-ever gig on the Sunshine Coast (Carroll claiming it was the “furthest they have ever been”) was a sweet surprise for the few hundred punters in the room. Now lastly: The Preatures. First it must be stated that yes, comparisons have been made before, and yes, you shouldn’t feel the need to compare one artist to another, but Isabella Manfredi is the present-day version of 1982 Joan Jett. Manfredi doesn’t just sing along and provide the audience with some nice tunes to listen to. Instead, she is the ruler of that stage. Everyone in that little Corona- and sweat-stained room at Solbar is under her command and no one is complaining either. Tossing everything we have ever learnt from modern day science in the trash, if someone were to have fallen pregnant purely from Manfredi’s choke-hold stare and writhing body during Saturday
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The Mark Of Cain @ The Zoo Broods @ The Hi-Fi
bapff reviews Andersson. More similar to Jodorowsky and Andersson, Angels is a film that, while brimming with expressiveness and creativity, is also quite dense.
ANGELS OF REVOLUTION
ANGELS OF REVOLUTION Film
5 & 14 Dec, Palace Barracks
★★★ The style of Angels Of Revolution, the latest opus from famed Russian director Aleksey Fedorchenko, reminds one of Jodorowsky. And, with its meticulous set and shot construction, the likes of Wes Anderson and even Roy
A series of ever-more-exciting vignettes, the film, a colourful, complex recounting of the 1930s Kazym Rebellion, though requiring some knowledge of this era of Russian history, can be enjoyed as a spectacle of human creation nonetheless. Samuel Hobson
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is a genuinely difficult film to relax into, but a captivating watch nonetheless. Telling the story, over a number of years, of a mysterious killer who leaves the body parts of his victims strewn across various far-flung locations, the film shifts through its plot, often not waiting for you to catch up. The gunwork is visceral, the locations evocative and the dialogue minimal. You’ve been warned. Samuel Hobson
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who spends a day deeper and deeper intertwined in the breakdown of the lives of a warring married couple, Fireworks Wednesday works itself up from humble, everyday beginnings into a tremendous, compelling maelstrom of drama, rich with commentary on marriage, gender, age and culture. A tactile and immensely fulfilling film, it finds truth and beauty in modest moments. Samuel Hobson
An inscrutable noir tragedy vaguely Lynchian without the omnipresent droning, at times absurd, always beautifully photographed and, for distinct stretches, completely confusing, Black Coal, Thin Ice
You can’t get much better from a festival like BAPFF than an Asghar Farhadi retrospective. The famed Iranian director’s 2006’s Fireworks Wednesday follows a day in the life of a young, newly engaged cleaner
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TEEN SENSATIONS Member answering/role: Your Sensation – guitar How long have you been together? We formed the band in senior year of high school so we’ve probably been together almost a year now. How did you all meet? Corky was in a switchblade fight at the local observatory and we decided to help him out because he looked cool. He got a deep cut on his right index finger and asked us “can I play the bass anymore?”, we said “of course you can” and he said “well I couldn’t before!” then played Miserlou on a bass guitar that materialised from nothingness. Starting a band was a foregone conclusion at that point. 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? Well, our all-time favourite is the Four Freshmen but we’re also into some more edgy modern stuff like Pat Boone and the Dave Clarke Five. Which Brisbane bands before you have been an inspiration (musically or otherwise)? Brisbane has a long history of hateful and dreary bands, so I try to avoid them, lest it taint my sunny disposition. I listened to The Saints once and there was a lot of angst and frustration in the music and it actually made me feel bad. The Go-Betweens had a nicer sound but a lot of their songs seemed to be about reading books, which is just not something I’m interested in hearing about. What part do you think Brisbane plays in the music you make? We write and record all our songs whilst ankle-deep in water at the beach in Southbank. What’s in the pipeline for the band in the short term? Ha. ‘Pipeline’. Well, we’re waiting for our high-school diplomas to arrive in the mail so we can apply for visas to go to the Californian School of Surf Music and develop our act. Teen Sensations play Alhambra Lounge on Thursday 11 December.
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GET SOME PUB GRUB UP YA! Summer’s here and so is the Summer Edition of our Pub Grub Guide, featuring the best places to go to eat and drink your way through the sunny days.
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The Plough Inn – Bldg 29, Stanley Street Plaza, Southbank Parklands The Plough Inn masters the art of delivering ice-cold draught beer on those warm summer days, with 44 beer taps to choose from that you can enjoy in famous beer garden, chilled out sports bar or the newly renovated 18+ Arbour Bar. To eat as you drink, house favourites include the Hickory BBQ pork ribs that are smoked on site, or their famous steak selection, which includes the Plough Inn Drunken Steak; they marinate a steak for at least 24 hours in stout, then flame grill it. Also try the Smoked Beef Short Ribs covered in a tomato bourbon glaze.
Tippler’s Tap – 22 Masters St, Newstead They’ve got ten taps, currently pouring varieties including Noisy Minor Anzus IPA, Two Birds Golden Ale and Grifter Omen Oatmeal Stout. Archive Beer Boutique – 100 Boundary St, West End With 22 constantly rotating draught beers on tap and more than 400 different bottled beers (domestic and imported) available, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Archive Beer Boutique. Currently on tap: Fortitude Golden Ale, Holgate Temptress Chocolate Porter and a bunch of Mountain Goats, among others.
It hit the streets in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne last week (plus, there were Pub Grub article in WA’s mag) and you can also check it out online at theMusic. com.au/culture/eat/ drink and on our Issuu flipbook. What the hell could be better than sharing delicious food with mates in the beer garden, with a cold bevy in your hot hand? NOTHING.
Beercandy: The first candy for beer lovers. It’s not enough to drink beer and cook with beer. You gotta have it in your candy too. Beercandy.com make products like caramel coated in white chocolate (made from IPA); caramel coated in strong, dark chocolate (stout); caramel coated in milk chocolate (lager); and caramel coated in dark chocolate with pink lines (lambic). Not sure what kind of Xmas pressie to get a beer lover with a sweet tooth? Here’s your answer.
BEER CAN CHICKEN You probably know about stuffing a lemon and herbs into a whole chicken... but have you heard of Beer Can Chicken? Yep... you crack open a tall can of beer, then plonk the chicken down on top of it. It’s kind of a confronting sight, we’re not gonna lie. But damn, the result is rich, flavoursome and juicy as all get out. The basic recipe is as follows: 1. Prepare your chicken. You can used whatever rub you like, but a lot of recipes recommend keeping it fairly simple: butter, salt and pepper, paprika (hot or sweet smoked), garlic or garlic salt, maybe some honey and lemon. 2. Stick the chicken, cavity-first, onto an open can of beer of your choice. Take your ‘before’ photos for Instagram. 3. You can cook the chicken over a barbecue or in the oven, as you would a roast. 4. The theory goes, as the beer evaporates, the flavour rises and disperses into the meat, making it oh so tender. 5. Once the chicken’s sufficiently cooked, carve it up and enjoy. This one’s a great Christmas gathering idea because it’s a fun one to cook; a chicken with a beer stuffed into it looks super weird.
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Since departing The Voice earlier this year, Lij Gilmour has been bunkering down and writing songs for his debut EP, due out this month. Now, he’s ready to give us the first taste with new single Hangin’ Out, playing 6 Dec at The Old Museum.
Brisbane blues-rock duo The Furrs are back with a new single, 66, and new EP coming early next year. After quite the year on the gig front, they’re set to launch the single at Black Bear Lodge, 6 Dec.
The Elliotts are keen to show off their debut EP Don’t Tell Me (What To Do), playing Ric’s Bar, 3 Dec; The Loft, Gold Coast, 4 Dec; Currumbin Creek Tavern, Gold Coast, 5 Dec; The Factory, Sunshine Coast, 6 Dec; and Dingos, Sunshine Coast, 8 Dec.
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Bearded Gypsy Band are returning to Australia with a string of dates to celebrate the release of their debut EP, Leaving Town. Catch them at Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall on 12 & 13 Dec, and Queen Street Mall on 16 Dec.
Half of Motorway Ends are ex-pat New Zealanders, but don’t hold that against them. Instead, join them 6 Dec at The Bearded Lady for a night of indie rock with guests Mick Medew & The Mesmerisers and The Dirty F Holes.
Every Sunday The Triffid hosts Triffid Roots, presented by Sarah Howells (Roots ‘N All), showcasing Australia’s best in blues, roots, folk, contemporary jazz, soul, reggae and world music. On 7 Dec Micka Scene and TJ Quinton will perform.
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Fresh from signing with indie giant Rough Trade, Brissie’s Love Like Hate will be rocking out at Treehouse On Belongil, Byron Bay, 6 Dec in support of their new EP, Unnoticed.
Julia Rose has a three-octave range, which is three whole octaves more than Justin Bieber, said the guy who makes lame jokes. She’s bringing violininfused single Come What May to The Motor Room, 12 Dec.
Teen Sensations maybe sound something like 20-somethings pretending to be teens pretending to be The Beach Boys. They have a new EP, Monster Beach Party, and offer some instrumental surf tunes for your ears at Alhambra Lounge, 11 Dec.
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The Scrapes make searing, screeching post-rock, conjuring thoughts of Dirty Three and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. If that sounds like something you’d be into, see them play Scratch Bar 13 Dec.
‘70s post-punk inspired group The Trotskies have turned their focus toward forging a dense and dark environment for their new single and accompanying video, DYR. They launch the single 5 Dec at Black Bear Lodge.
Aus rock royalty Phil Jamieson will join Scott Russo for two acoustic sets: Solbar, Maroochydore, 12 Dec and The Brightside, Fortitude Valley, 13 Dec. The pair have been jamming at every chance since meeting 15 years ago.
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Kerser’s fourth studio fulllength, King, has landed top spot among albums on debut in this week’s Carlton Dry Independent Music Charts. Not only does King make the highest entry of any new work for the week, but it’s the only fresh album to enter the charts. Of the remaining 19 full-lengths, 11 previously peaked at #1, with former top performers popping up again all up and down the charts: Hilltop Hoods’ Walking Under Stars slips to #2 this week, Jimmy Barnes’ 30:30 Hindsight is up a spot to #4, Flight Facilities’ Down To Earth is down slightly at #5, Chet Faker (Built On Glass) and Vance Joy (Dream Your Life Away) are both up a couple of places each, to #6 and #7 respectively, Missy Higgins’ Oz drops to #9, Sheppard (Bombs Away), Sia (the returning 1000 Forms Of Fear) and Bliss N Eso (Circus In The Sky) rub shoulders at #14, #15 and #16 respectively, Thundamentals’ So We Can Remember is back at #18 and Violent Soho’s Hungry Ghost is holding the fort at #20. The singles spectrum also experienced some mild rejigging this week, making room for newcomers The Weekend, by Generik, featuring Nicky Van She, at #8 and Balance, by Joelle, at #9. Spit Syndicate’s Real and Lij Gilmour’s Where I Stand EP round out the debutantes for the week, coming in at #16 and #18 respectively. Flight Facilities’ Two Bodies, featuring Emma Louise, was the only high-placer from last week to experience a significant drop (from #5 to #13), though their Reggie Watts-featuring Sunshine remains high (#7). Otherwise, familiar faces abound: Sheppard, Sia, Chet Faker, Meg Mac and San Cisco fill out the gaps. THE MUSIC • 3RD DECEMBER 2014 • 27
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ALBUM FOCUS the rest of the year refining and finishing these demos between our respective solo careers and touring schedules.
JANE TYRRELL Album title? Echoes In The Aviary Where did the title of your new album come from? The title track, a song about creativity, process, and, in many ways, about creating the album itself. How many releases do you have now? One debut album. Five or so as a member of other bands (The Herd and Firekites).
touring with Paul Kelly, film, fine art and other artists.
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What’s your favourite song on it? I don’t have a favourite, they all speak to me in different ways.
Album title? Cafe Romantica
Will you do anything differently next time? Only collaborate with one producer and do it in intense bursts, preferably one. Website link for more info? janetyrrell.com
Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Romance, croissants, “Frenchness”, “Italiano”, Salvador Dali’s handwriting, 707 drum machines, rimshots, $40 keyboards, lambs and long blacks.
Answered by: Andras Fox Where did the title of your new album come from? Cafe Romantica is the name of our favourite late night pizza restaurant and pool hall, in Lygon St. It’s where we spend our time after recording sessions, and we named the album in it’s honour.
How long did it take to write/ record? All my available time over a period of 18 months.
How many releases do you have now? This is our follow-up to the album Embassy Cafe which we released in 2013.
Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? My life experiences (love, life and death), co-writes,
How long did it take to write/ record? We generated the raw ideas and instrumentals during early 2014, and spent
What’s your favourite song on it? Everytime I Go is indicative of the album – simple percussion pattern, Oscar’s powerful vocals, and a gratuitous keyboard solo. Will you do anything differently next time? Maybe record the multitrack tapes at a higher speed and quality. Maybe record more in stereo. Try more monophonic synth lines instead of saccharine sweet chords. When and where is your launch/next gig? 5 Dec, Alhambra Lounge Website link for more info? facebook.com/events/1529 629610607667/?fref=ts
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long after Dear Hamlyn. But the majority started to take shape in 2010/2011 after we had been living in New York for some time. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Being away from home, New York City, the daily intricacies of life and living.
LULUC Answered by: Zoe Randell Album title? Passerby Where did the title of your new album come from? Passerby is the title of one of the album tracks. The cover art for Passerby relates to a lyric from this song also. The artwork is by my sister Fleur Rendell, an artist printmaker. How many releases do you have now? Two: Dear Hamlyn and Passerby. Passerby is out worldwide on Sub Pop Records, and on Mistletone Records in Australia.
What’s your favourite song on it? Not a question for me. Will you do anything differently next time? Of course. But one thing is constant – to respect and listen to the ideas and find their full voice. It’s always different. When and where is your launch/next gig? 3 Dec, Black Bear Lodge Website link for more info? lulucmusic.com
Name: Adib Parker How did you get together? A metal band caused us to form a fellowship, journey up a mountain. and drop a ring into lava. Nah, we’re just good friends aye. Sum up your musical sound in four words? Euphoric, Energetic, Ethereal, Spiritual. If you could support any band in the world - past or present - who would it be?: The Beatles. You’re being sent into space, no iPod, you can bring one album – what would it be?: In all honesty: Star Wars Trilogy - The Original Soundtrack
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THE MUSIC PRESENTS The Delta Riggs: The Factory Maroochydore 5 Dec, The Triffid 6 Dec
Willow Beats Oisima: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley
Nas: The Tivoli 20 Jan
Future Beauty Up Late with + Factory Floor Seja & Mel Tickle (DJ Set): QAGOMA (QLD Art Gallery), South Bank
Earth Frequency Festival: Ivory’s Rock 13-16 Feb
The War On Drugs: The Zoo 10 Dec
Real Estate: The Zoo 27 Feb
Gyroscope: The Brightside 11 Dec
Sharon Van Etten: The Zoo 4 Mar
Green Jam Sessions + Various Artists: QPAC (Melbourne Street Green) , Southbank
Festival Of The Sun: Port Macquarie 12-13 Dec
London Grammar: Brisbane Riverstage 7 Mar
Dallas Frasca: Solbar 13 Dec; Bramble Bay Bowls Club 31 Dec
65daysofstatic: The Hi-Fi 11 Mar
The Prodigy Collective ? A Celebration of Youth Orchestras + Various Artists: QPAC (Concert Hall) , Southbank
Dead Letter Circus: The Hi-Fi 18 Dec Thy Art Is Murder: Crowbar 20 Dec & 21 Dec (U18)
Mojo Burning Festival: New Globe Theatre 21 Mar Bluesfest Byron Bay: Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, 2-6 Apr
Trivia: Sunnybank Hotel, Sunnybank Barbituates Per Purpose Karl’s Dog: The Bearded Lady, West End
Pete Cullen: Archive Beer Boutique, West End
Karaoke: Albany Creek Tavern, Albany Creek
Luluc Tom Cooney: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley
Bloods: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Hawthorne Heights Mixtape For The Drive: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley
Trivia: Blue Pacific Hotel, Woorim
Open Mic Night + Various Artists: Allenstown Hotel, Rockhampton
Iron Mind The Struggle Time Crisis Nerve Damage: The Lab (All Ages) , Brisbane
G-Bass: Archive Beer Boutique, West End
Pat Tierney The Winter Of Reason Bree Bullock: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane
Nick Cave: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank Briefs: The Second Coming: Brisbane Powerhouse (Powerhouse Theatre) , New Farm The Zouk Social: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba DJ JDub: Cocktails & Dreams, Surfers Paradise Iron Mind Against Sick People Nerve Damage: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley Trivia: Forest Lake Tavern, Forest Lake Trivia: Glenmore Tavern, Norman Gardens Trivia: Lawton Tavern, Lawnton Open Mic Night + Various Artists: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane Trivia: Oxford 152, Bulimba Trivia: Pelican Waters Hotel, Caloundra Elaine Paige: Queensland Conservatorium, South Brisbane Trivia: Redland Bay Hotel, Redland Bay Festival of Small Halls + The Mae Trio Del Barber: Riverway Arts Centre, Thuringowa Open Mic Night + Various Artists: Solbar (Lounge) , Maroochydore Jam Night + Various Artists: Stones Corner Hotel, Stones Corner
Open Mic Night + Various Artists: Bay Central Tavern, Pialba Trivia: Beetle Bar, Brisbane Grace Woodroofe Mid Ayr: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley Karaoke: Blue Pacific Hotel, Woorim Briefs: The Second Coming: Brisbane Powerhouse (Powerhouse Theatre) , New Farm Jam Night + Various Artists: Capalaba Tavern, Capalaba
Ronnie Walker: The Plough Inn, Southbank
Outside the Academy: Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley
Junior Arcade Kolorsol Eagle Junction Until Home: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
The Point Party: Solbar (Lounge Bar) , Maroochydore
Trivia: Vale Hotel, Aitkenvale
Trivia: Springfield Tavern, Springfield
Trivia: Villa Noosa Hotel, Noosaville
Trivia: Springwood Hotel, Springwood
Ghost Notes Danyl Jesu Pleasure Symbols: The Bearded Lady, West End
The Delta Riggs Lime Cordiale: The Factory, Maroochydore
The Demon Drink: Cardigan Bar, Sandgate
DJ JD7: The Four Mile Creek Hotel, Strathpine
The Shapes The Very: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba DJ JDub: Cocktails & Dreams, Surfers Paradise
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Hawthorne Heights Mixtape For The Drive: The Lab (All Ages) , Brisbane
Various Artists: Commercial Hotel, Nerang
Outside the Academy: The Loft, Chevron Island
Dream On Dreamer: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley
3 Thieves: The Plough Inn, Southbank
Various Artists: Dalrymple Hotel, Garbutt
Illy Tkay Maidza: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley
TGIF + Various DJs: Deception Bay Tavern, Deception Bay
The Dead Daisies Tracer: The Triffid, Newstead
Festival of Small Halls + The Mae Trio Del Barber: Degilbo Hall, Degilbo
Diamond Dave: The Underdog Pub Co (Public Bar) , Fortitude Valley
John Williamson : Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill
Shovels: The Underdog Pub Co, Fortitude Valley
Tom Francis: Habitat Restaurant & Bar, South Brisbane
Slip On Stereo Shag Rock Modern Strangers Littlelam: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
G-Bass Reece: Archive Beer Boutique, West End The Rared Architraves Terror Parade: Beetle Bar, Brisbane
Karaoke: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah
DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (Shelter Bar / 10pm) , Kangaroo Point
Various DJs: Capalaba Tavern (Sports Bar) , Capalaba
Various DJs: Villa Noosa Hotel, Noosaville
Various Artists: Allenstown Hotel, Rockhampton
Dan’s Hot Five: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane
Dan Munn: Story Bridge Hotel (The Corner Bar) , Kangaroo Point
Illy Official Afterparty + Cam Bluff DJ Joey Da Rin Joe Cowper Brisbane Society of Sound: The Elephant Hotel, Fortitude Valley
Bloodgin Blind Girls Coffin Birth Something for the Mrs: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley
Underground Sounds - Open Mic Night Competition + Various Artists: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane
Fingerprint: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda
Various Artists: Stones Corner Hotel, Stones Corner
Various DJs: Caloundra Hotel, Caloundra
Andras & Oscar: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley
Police Force GUNK Eggvein Foxy/Moron more: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley
The Devil Wears Leigh Buchanan + Leigh Buchanan: Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm
Freakin Fridays + Rotating Residents: Springwood Hotel, Springwood
Tuffy: Victory Hotel, Brisbane
DJ JDub: Cocktails & Dreams, Surfers Paradise
Scooby Dont: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central
Vanguard Burlesque: Brisbane Powerhouse (Turbine Studio) , New Farm
Various Artists: Springfield Tavern, Springfield
Acoustic Artists + Various Artists: Burleigh Heads Hotel, Burleigh Heads
Various Artists: Alexandra Headlands Hotel, Alexandra Headlands
Nick Cave: Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, Broadbeach
The Complete Unauthorised Biography of Cabaret + Bradley McCaw: Brisbane Powerhouse (Graffiti Room) , New Farm
Little May Winterbourne HOWQUA: Solbar, Maroochydore
House Hounds The Hounds Homebound Nila Bonda: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
Mick Danby Just Like That: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba
Karaoke: Forest Lake Tavern, Forest Lake
Dead! + Babushka: Brisbane Powerhouse (Turbine Studio) , New Farm
Various Artists: Buderim Tavern, Buderim
Body & Soul - Sandy Beyon & Sean Mullen: Absynthe French Restaurant, Surfers Paradise
Trivia: Deception Bay Tavern, Deception Bay
Recharge DJs: Russell Tavern, Dalby
Hayley Grace: The Plough Inn, Southbank
Festival of Small Halls + The Mae Trio Del Barber: Carmila Memorial Hall, Carmila
Trivia: Club Tavern, Caboolture
John Malcolm: Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna
GIG OF THE WEEK ILLY: 5 DEC, THE TIVOLI
The Trotskies The Furrs Soviet X-Ray Record Club: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley Various DJs: Blue Pacific Hotel, Woorim Various DJs: Breakfast Creek Hotel, Breakfast Creek Knockoff + Various Artists: Brisbane Powerhouse (Turbine Platform) , New Farm
Mic Conway’s National Junk Band: Junk Bar, Ashgrove Various Artists: Kawana Waters Hotel, Kawana Waters
Millions High-Tails: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley
Various Artists: Victory Hotel, Brisbane Juice DJ Jarrd DJ Blitz: Wynnum Tavern, Wynnum West
Tunes from the Tube + Topology The Kransky Sisters: Brisbane Powerhouse (Visy Theatre) , New Farm
Various Artists: Kirwan Tavern, Townsville
Briefs: The Second Coming: Brisbane Powerhouse (Powerhouse Theatre) , New Farm
Pete Cullen: Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane
Creek Bar Saturdays + DJ Indy Andy: Albany Creek Tavern, Albany Creek
Sylk: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central
Jazz Saturdays + Various Artists: Albion Hotel, Albion
DJ LP: Love Nightlife, Broadbeach
Various Artists: Alexandra Headlands Hotel, Alexandra Headlands
Ryan Coffey: Brisbane Powerhouse (Graffiti Room) , New Farm
Various Artists: Lawton Tavern, Lawnton
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Shirley MacLaine: QPAC (Lyric Theatre) , Southbank
Blair Reece: Archive Beer Boutique, West End
Ger Fennelly: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane
Trivia: The Four Mile Creek Hotel, Strathpine
Hits Suzie Stapleton Some Jerks Eyes Ninety: Beetle Bar, Brisbane
Mark D’s Big 3: Morrison Hotel, Woolloongabba
Little May Winterbourne: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley
Alla Spina Yesterday’s Jam Woodstock Road: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley
Trivia: Alderley Arms Hotel, Alderley
Mimi Macpherson: Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads
Trivia: Allenstown Hotel, Rockhampton
Various Artists: North Lakes Tavern, Mango Hill
Trivia: Australian National Hotel, Woolloongabba
Hanja: OMalleys Irish Bar, Mooloolaba
Out of the Blue: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda
Various Artists: Petrie Hotel, Petrie
Trivia: Buderim Tavern, Buderim
Various Artists: Blue Pacific Hotel, Woorim Tunes from the Tube + Topology The Kransky Sisters: Brisbane Powerhouse (Visy Theatre 6.30pm / 9pm) , New Farm
HITS: 6 DEC, BEETLE BAR
Briefs: The Second Coming: Brisbane Powerhouse (Powerhouse Theatre) , New Farm
Ger Fennelly: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane
Ryan Coffey: Brisbane Powerhouse (Graffiti Room) , New Farm
Festival of Small Halls + The Mae Trio Del Barber: Mt Nebo Hall, Mt Nebo
The Complete Unauthorised Biography of Cabaret + Bradley McCaw: Brisbane Powerhouse (Graffiti Room) , New Farm
Lij Gilmour: Old Museum, Bowen Hills
Vanguard Burlesque: Brisbane Powerhouse (Turbine Studio) , New Farm Bec Laughton: Brisbane Powerhouse (Turbine Studio) , New Farm Stereosonic 2014 feat. + Calvin Harris Diplo Disclosure (DJ Set) W&W DJ Snake Duke Dumont Will Sparks RL Grime Peking Duk Nervo Cedric Gervais Cosmic Gate Andrew Rayel Tale of Us Destructo Orjan Nilsen Nina Kraviz Oliver Heldens Wilkinson Scuba MaRLo Kolsch Mano Le Tough Shogun Nina Las Vegas Mark Sixma Timmy Trumpet Kaz James M4Sonic Tigerlily LDRU & Yahtzel DJs Generik Young Franco DJ Butcher ZHU DJ Nick Galea Rave Radio Flex Cop Mashd n Kutcher Tranceducer Stereosonic: Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills Tommy T-Bone: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda Various Artists: Caloundra Hotel, Caloundra Karaoke: Capalaba Tavern (Sports Bar) , Capalaba Various Artists: Captain Cook Tavern, Kippa-Ring Lucky 13 Lucy Street DJ Keith: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba DJ JDub: Cocktails & Dreams, Surfers Paradise A Merry Heavy Xmas + Aversions Crown The Matador Helm Widow The Sea She Cries Wolf Driven Fear In Ashes We Lie Bitter Lungs Knights Like These: Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta
Barry Charles & The Deeper Beat Mojo Webb Band: Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna Recharge DJs: Russell Tavern, Dalby Dubmarine Bearfoot: Solbar, Maroochydore Collins Class The Meaniacs Boned Moncrieff Alla Spina: Southern Cross Tavern, Coolangatta Down 311: Story Bridge Hotel (The Corner Bar) , Kangaroo Point DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (Shelter Bar / 10pm) , Kangaroo Point Motorway Ends The Dirty F Holes Mick Medew & The Mesmerisers: The Bearded Lady, West End Graves Ocean Grove The Electro Kid The Name of a Ghost: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley Transvaal Diamond Syndicate: The Factory, Maroochydore Hiatus Kaiyote Remi Kirkis Silentjay Jace XL: The Hi-Fi, West End The Worriers Sports Fan Roth: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane Kitty Hawk Trace: The Plough Inn, Southbank Allniters The OzSkas The Funaddicts Pick It Up: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley The Delta Riggs Lime Cordiale WAAX: The Triffid, Newstead Xmas Bash + Various Artists: The Underdog Pub Co, Fortitude Valley
The Datsuns Ben Ely The Mercy Beat: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley
Interim Zelita Project 62 Dane Adamo & The Hunted: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
Karaoke: Deception Bay Tavern, Deception Bay
Various DJs: Villa Noosa Hotel, Noosaville
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Hawthorne Heights Mixtape For The Drive: Expressive Grounds (All Ages) , Palm Beach Various Artists: Kawana Waters Hotel, Kawana Waters The Darren J Ray Quartet: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central DJ LP: Love Nightlife, Broadbeach Various Artists: Miami Tavern, Miami
Briefs: The Second Coming: Brisbane Powerhouse (Powerhouse Theatre) , New Farm Ryan Coffey: Brisbane Powerhouse (Graffiti Room) , New Farm Ben Zabel: Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm Livespark - QUT Bands + Various Artists: Brisbane Powerhouse (Turbine Platform) , New Farm Dead! + Babushka: Brisbane Powerhouse (Visy Theatre) , New Farm The Complete Unauthorised Biography of Cabaret + Bradley McCaw: Brisbane Powerhouse (Graffiti Room) , New Farm The Late Night Sexy Show with + Grant Buse: Brisbane Powerhouse (Turbine Studio) , New Farm
Back to Music Prostate Cancer Fundraiser + Various Artists: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah Various Artists: Pub Lane Tavern, Greenbank Various Artists: Raintrees Tavern, Manunda UB40 Allniters: Riverstage, Brisbane
Mate Jones Fish Out of Water: Solbar (Lounge Bar) , Maroochydore Big Kitty: Story Bridge Hotel (Outback Bar / 3pm) , Kangaroo Point DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (Shelter Bar / 3pm) , Kangaroo Point Suzie Stapleton Kellie Lloyd Suicide Country Hour: The Bearded Lady, West End
Out of the Blue: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda
Jam Session + Various Artists: Waterfront Hotel, Diddillibah
Sage Francis Fait Accompli Simplex Quorum Consensus DJ Nick One: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley Graves Ocean Grove Tomb Of Doom Enfield APATE: The Lab (All Ages) , Brisbane CJ Stephens Dan Stoneman Hazlett: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane
Triffid Roots feat. + Micka Scene TJ Quinton: The Triffid, Newstead
Trivia: Alexandra Headlands Hotel, Alexandra Headlands
Locky: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba
Mitchell Lewis: Archive Beer Boutique, West End
DJ JDub: Cocktails & Dreams, Surfers Paradise
Trivia: Belmont Tavern, Belmont
Cider Sundays + Various Artists: Dowse Bar (Iceworks), Paddington
Trivia: Kirwan Tavern, Townsville
Pat Tierney: Archive Beer Boutique, West End
Trivia: Mt Pleasant Tavern, North Mackay
Various Artists: Magnums Hotel, Airlie Beach
S U P P O R T I N G
Trivia: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah Outside the Academy: Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley Trivia: Royal Exchange Hotel, Toowong Sarah Denning: Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna Mark Sheils: Samford Valley Hotel, Samford Valley Trivia: Stones Corner Hotel, Stones Corner The Waifs Liz Stringer: The Events Centre Caloundra, Caloundra Trivia: The Gap Tavern, The Gap Karaoke: The Underdog Pub Co, Fortitude Valley Various DJs: Victory Hotel, Brisbane Karaoke: Wynnum RSL, Wynnum
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Trivia: Kallangur Tavern, Kallangur
A Ukeulele Christmas with + Tyrone & Lesley’s Baubles: Junk Bar, Ashgrove
Sunday Sessions + Various Artists: Blue Pacific Hotel, Woorim
Trivia: Irish Finnegans, Condon
Trivia: Dowse Bar (Iceworks), Paddington
Millions High-Tails: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley
Various Artists: Lawton Tavern, Lawnton
Cypress Hill Coin Banks Ivan Ooze: Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill
The Bachata Social: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba
Take Me Home: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane
June Low Silver Sircus Miss Elm The Stress Of Leisure: Beetle Bar (2pm) , Brisbane
Trivia: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba
Karma: The Plough Inn, Southbank
Various Artists: Captain Cook Tavern, Kippa-Ring
28 Days Moka Young: Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta
Trivia: Captain Cook Tavern, Kippa-Ring
Trivia: Pacific Pines, Pacific Pines
Various Artists: Smithfield Tavern, Smithfield
Stereosonic 2014 feat. + Skrillex Alesso Steve Aoki Showtek Dash Berlin Carl Cox Porter Robinson Laidback Luke New World Punx TJR Ferry Corsten Noisia Deorro Headhunterz MK DVBBS Booka Shade Markus Schulz What So Not Joel Fletcher Cash Cash John O’Callaghan Foreign Beggars Hot Since 82 Alison Wonderland Crookers Jack Beats The Aston Shuffle Route 94 Simon Patterson Alex Metric Deetron Ilan Bluestone Nick Thayer Nicky Night Time Slumberjack Bifold vs Nicky Doof Ctrl Alt Del Queen Victoria Penny L.A. Stereosonic: Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills
Sunday Unplugged + Various Artists: Burleigh Heads Hotel, Burleigh Heads
Trivia: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane
Uncle Bob?s Music Club + Various Artists: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah Trivia: Pub Mooloolaba, Mooloolaba
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2 • THE MUSIC • 3RD DECEMBER 2014
Published on Dec 2, 2014
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