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The Gold Coast’s largest arts and culture festival Bleach* returns for another year this week, asking you to expect the unexpected. Site-specific artistic events is the idea here. Expect human-sized ant performers to invade your picnic, or venture to Sequins & Sinew, pictured, a combination of aerial arts, acrobatics and dance. That’s the Bleach* Festival in a nutshell. It wants to surprise and delight you on its own terms.

Like magic? Like dudes in the buff? Have we got a show for you! Brisbane’s own homegrown export The Naked Magicians have been creating a huge stir all around the country, and now are returning to show us what all the fuss has been about. Combining illusion, sleight of hand and raunchy humour, the R-rated magic show has received killer reviews. It’s on at Twelfth Night Theatre from Thursday ‘til 13 Mar.

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This weekend some of the finest dance artists on the planet converge on Brisbane for Future Music Festival Summer ’15, which kicks off from midday this Saturday at Doomben Racecourse. There’s a huge array of talent on display, including names such as Avicii, Drake, The Prodigy, Hilltop Hoods, Die Antwoord, Knife Party, Nero, Example, 2 Chainz, Afrojack and too many more to even mention! Put on those dancing shoes and get ready to party – play hard but fair! BRISBANE

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BALLET REVOLUCION

A BALLET REVOLUTION

LOCAL PRIDE

British India have announced an April tour in support of new release Nothing Touches Me. Joined by Grenadiers and Tired Lion, see them 23 Apr, Beer Deluxe, Albury; 24 Apr, Romano’s Hotel, Wagga Wagga; 25 Apr, Area Hotel, Griffith; 1 May, Sound Lounge, Gold Coast; 2 May, Urban Music Festival, Caboolture; 15 May, Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough; 16 May, Capitol Theatre, Perth; 17 May, Newport Hotel, Fremantle; 22 May, Metro Theatre, Sydney; 23 May, Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle; 29 May, 170 Russell, Melbourne; and 30 May, The Workers Club, Melbourne. Tickets on sale 5 Mar from 9am.

HUMAN RIGHTS ARTS & FILM FEST

The eighth Human Rights Arts & Film Festival has announced its 2015 program. Containing exhibitions from Christian Thompson and Rushdi Anwar, and works concerning activist Ai Weiwei, Ethiopian marriage abduction and student debt in the US, the festival kicks off across Melbourne on 7 – 21 May. The festival then tours to 22 – 25 May, Palace Electric Cinema, Canberra; 26 – 30 May, Dendy Cinema, Sydney; 2 – 4 Jun, Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane; and 2 – 4 Jun, Cinema Paradiso, Perth. The full program will be announced in early April.

SEEING RED

Portland metal group Red Fang are celebrating their tenth year together in 2015 with an Australian tour, their first since making their way Down Under for Soundwave in 2013. They’ll be bringing their album Whales & Leeches to the country too, so get ready to hear the new tunes 7 May, Rosemount Hotel, Perth; 9 May, Barwon Club, Geelong; 10 May, Cherry Rock Fest, Melbourne; 12 & 13 May, Crowbar, Brisbane; 14 May, Manning Bar, Sydney; and 15 May, Prince Bandroom, Melbourne.

MAKING A KILLING

Fresh from slaying Laneway Festival audiences around the country, Adelaide rapper Tkay Maidza has just announced a national tour for her whip-cracking new single M.O.B. She’s up there as having had one of the busiest years for an Australian musician, playing Falls and Southbound, and has Groovin’ The Moo to look forward to, but in the meantime, you can see her performing her own headlining show with Acclaim, UV Boi and Joy coming along for the ride – 10 Apr, Flyrite, Perth; 17 Apr, Goodgod Small Club, Sydney; 18 Apr, Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane; 24 Apr, Northcote Social Club, Melbourne.

DOES THAT MAKE ME CRAZY?

Thief has debuted a new single with Dom Alessio on triple j and has now announced a national tour in support. He launches into the new year after his Closer EP had over 4.5 million plays on Spotify and rave reviews. Thief will be joined by Lanks, playing 20 Mar, Shebeen Bandroom, Melbourne; 22 Mar, Sets On The Beach, Perth; 26 Mar, Newtown Social Club, Sydney; 27 Mar, Southern Cross Arts Festival, Lismore and 28 Mar, Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane.

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Internationally acclaimed Cuban ballet show Ballet Revolución will return to Australia for a national tour in June and July. The brand new production is on 23 Jun, WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong; 24 Jun, Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra; 25 – 28 Jun, State Theatre, Sydney; 1 – 5 Jul, State Theatre, Melbourne; 7 Jul, Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston; 9 – 12 Jul, QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane; and 21 – 31 Jul, Regal Theatre, Perth. Tickets on sale 2 Mar.

SPARKLE MOTION

US power pop heavyweights Everclear will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Sparkle And Fade with Australian fans when they come to visit for a tour, performing the album in full, plus all the favourite singles. Catch the band 8 May, Corner Hotel, Melbourne; 9 May, Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane; 10 May, Metro Theatre, Sydney; 12 May, The Small Ballroom, Newcastle; 13 May, Mona Vale Hotel, Mona Vale; 14 May, Rosemount Hotel, Perth.

AURORA BORIS

Japanese noisemakers Boris have put out 19 albums in 19 years so it’s really no wonder that they’re one of the most significant and prolific bands to emerge from Japan’s doom and nose scene. Witness the power trio live when they come to Crowbar, Brisbane, 27 May; Newtown Social Club, Sydney, 29 May; Corner Hotel, Melbourne, 30 May; Rosemount Hotel, Perth, 1 Jun.

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AL FRASCA DINING

Dallas Frasca are set to release their third studio album, Love Army, on 17 Apr. The release coincides with a tour announcement and record deal signing with Aussie independent label Social Family Records. Help them celebrate these milestones after almost ten years of hard work: 14 May, Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle; 15 May, Indi Bar, Scarborough; 16 May, Bunbury Entertainment Centre, Bunbury; 22 May, Transit Bar, Canberra; 23 May, Goodgod Small Club, Sydney; 29 May, Parkwood Tavern, Gold Coast; and 19 Jun, Howler, Melbourne. More dates on theMusic.com.au.


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FRONTLASH LAUGHS APLENTY

So far so hilarious for the 2015 Brisbane Comedy Festival! There’s still weeks to go and a swag of great shows and performers in the pipeline.

ON YA BIKES! Now that Campbell’s been sent packing bikies are once more showing their colours on Queensland roads. Don’t know if that’s a good thing per se, but at least the police state stigma is starting to disperse.

NAIL BITER! There’s been some individual brilliance on display in the Cricket World Cup to date, but the clash of the co-hosts on the weekend was the first amazing game of the tournament congrats to the Kiwis, see ya in the finals.

CLIMBING THE LADDER

After two sold out shows in Sydney and Melbourne in late 2014, Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders hit the road again this May to perform their new album, Playmates. The tour will follow the band’s first run of US shows. The album itself is all synthesizers, drum machines, glam guitars and pedal steel, plus of course, Ladder’s distinctive baritone. Check it out live when they come to The Brightside, 15 May.

INSTANTLY GRATIFIED

American experimental post hardcore outfit Dance Gavin Dance are coming to Australia soon to tour their sixth album, Instant Gratification. Marvel at the chaos and technical intricacies they bring to the stage, 23 May, The Brightside.

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RIP LEONARD NIMOY

BACKLASH VALE LEONARD NIMOY

His beloved Spock told us all to live long and prosper, but sadly actor Leonard Nimoy passed away last week at the age of 83. He will be remembered for many things, to some especially his great Simpsons cameo in Marge Vs The Monorail. RIP.

BUILT TO SPILL

Can the Federal Liberals please either get rid of Abbott or stop going on about it and start concentrating on running the country for a change?

WORST. TATT. EVER. It was hard to fathom the internet hoo ha about the colour of that fucking dress - who seriously gives a shit? but congrats to the guy who got a crappy tattoo of it on his calf already.

Brisbane’s West End collective Orphans Orphans are putting on their first headline show of 2015 at The Brightside, 27 Mar, with special guests The Family Jordan & The Missing.

NO ONE IS FOR EVERYONE

Following the release of his new single, No One, Melbourne’s own Ben Wright Smith will be playing in a city near you. The singer-songwriter has already had a fair amount of success, winning the Australia Council Nashville Songwriting Residency grant last year, and his EP got on the good side of critics all over the country. If you’re after some homegrown talent, then look no further. Catch him when he plays near you: 7 May, The Bearded Lady; 8 May, Spotted Cow, Toowoomba; and 10 May, The Triffid.

DEE-ING A GOOD JOB

Brisbane songstress Deena will celebrate the release of new album Black Cat with a pair of north eastern shows. She’ll play at Paddington’s Kettle & Tin on 8 Mar and Byron Bay’s The Brewery 15 Mar.

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Irish YouTube personality and singer-songwriter BriBry has more than 400k subscribers and has amassed more than 20 million views on his channel. He’s come to Australia twice now, for a couple of sold out tours, and returns for the third time in June, joined by special guest, fellow YouTuber Dodie Clark: Old Museum, 27 Jun.

MASTERS OF THE CRAFT

The legendary Count Basie Orchestra will bring their 80th Anniversary tour to Australia in May. Directed by veteran trumpeter Scotty Barnhart, the 18-piece orchestra features a peerless array of instrumentalists with combined credentials that have topped the upper echelons of the international jazz world for decades. The tour will make its way all around the country, including performances at Queensland Performing Arts Centre, 20 May.

KING OF THE JUNGLE

Master of ‘Jungle Terror’, Wiwek is making his way to Australia for the first time in April. He is renowned for his combination Dutch house with synths, steel drums, tropical bass kicks and jungle noises. If that sounds like your thing, he’s heading to Family Nightclub, 18 Apr; The Helm, Mooloolaba, 25 Apr.

FIRST TIME

Miss Quincy will be heading to our shores for the first time ever this April/May. This Canadian’s brand of gritty rock’n’roll has won hearts all over her homeland, and now she’s setting her sights on yours. And with Aurora Jane and Cat Leahy joining her on bass and drums, she just might. Catch her when she plays 7 May, Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall.

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KEEP TALKING

ARIA Award nominee and rising Aussie pop darling Andy Bull is hitting the road for his Talk Too Much tour, following the release of album Sea Of Approval last year. He and support act Cub Sport head to The Brightside, 2 May (U18 matinee then 18+ evening show).

READY & REARING

Perth’s Tired Lion have just had their new single I Don’t Think You Like Me added to triple j rotation, and they’re showcasing it around the country this month, supporting Luca Brasi’s and Kingswood’s shows. Get in on the action when they play 12 Mar, Crowbar. THE MUSIC • 4TH MARCH 2015 • 11


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MICE IS NICE

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France based Australian experimental pop artist Lia Mice is coming our way for a tour soon, following tours of France, Japan and USA off the back of her second solo album I Love You. It’ll be her first Oz tour since her Aussie debut at BIGSOUND 2014. Mice’s live show is an AV spectacular, in which she live-programs her electronics with self-directed interactive visuals. 16 Apr, Black Bear Lodge.

VEGGING OUT

WAM Award-winning ecological electroswingers Formidable Vegetable Sound System are heading to The Motor Room on 14 Mar, with support from Lee Hardisty. Go check FVSS working their sustainabilitybased electroswing ukulele and delivering songs about permaculture and regenerative design live on stage.

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TAYLOR MADE

Following the release of his debut album on Flying Lotus’ label Brainfeeder last year, genredefying producer Taylor McFerrin returns for a five-date tour as part of the Red Bull Music Academy Club Night series. He plays 19 Mar, Woolly Mammoth.

FAMILY MAN

New Brisbane venue The Foundry has billed local punks WAAX for its second night of operation on 7 Mar. Catch them alongside Melbourne group The Sinking Teeth and Jouk Mistrow from 8pm. Tickets from Oztix.

Bobby Brown’s Australian tour has been postponed to allow the singer to have more time with his family. The New Edition and solo legend has spent 30 years culminating a huge fan-base. The tour will feature Treach and Kay-Gee from Naughty By Nature. Brown will now play 26 May at Jupiters Casino, Gold Goast.

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LOC IT IN

Columbus have been on the rise since the release of their Home Remedy EP. The punkrock trio capitalise on their success by playing 9 May, The Foundry, Brisbane.

The Murlocs have been very busy. They’ve played shows with Ty Segall and toured with Mac Demarco, all the while at work on their follow up to Loopholes. Their latest single Adolescence has just been released, sending them out on a national tour in support. The group go to 10 Apr, Elsewhere Bar, Gold Goast; and 11 Apr, Woolly Mammoth.

CHANGE OF PLANS

SPACEHUNTERS

Brit Award winner Tinie Tempah has been announced as the supporting act for The Script across the country, replacing Labrinth. They play 10 Apr, Elsewhere Bar, Gold Goast; and 11 Apr, Woolly Mammoth.

Aussie doom metallers Space Bong and Horsehunter have announced a double bill national tour for March. They’ll bring all their vociferous noise to 21 Mar, Beetle Bar; and 22 Mar, Thomas Surfboards, Noosa. Head to theMusic.com.au for local support acts.

BYRON FILM FEST NEWS

The official program selection and list of award nominees for the Byron Bay International Film Festival have been announced. Running from 6 – 15 Mar, the ninth edition highlights include a presentation from actor David Wenham and director Paul Cox about their latest collaboration, Force Of Destiny. Head to the festival website for more information. STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL

REWORKING A CLASSIC

Baz Luhrmann’s much-loved hit show Strictly Ballroom The Musical will open in Brisbane at the Lyric Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre on 9 Sep. The new production is staged by the original creative team behind the classic 1992 film, including Luhrmann as director and co-writer, set and costume designer Catherine Martin, choreographer John O’Connell and co-writer Craig Pearce. Scott Hastings and Fran will be played by Thomas Lacey and Phoebe Panaretos respectively, while the cast also includes Bob Baines, Drew Forsythe, Natalie Gamsu, Robert Grubb, Fernando Mira, Heather Mitchell, and Mark Owen-Taylor. Head to qpac.com.au for bookings. 12 • THE MUSIC • 4TH MARCH 2015

HIT THE ROAD, JACK

They hit number two in the iTunes Electronic Music Charts with their debut EP, scored triple j rotation and clocked over a million Soundcloud streams for their lead single Body Cry. Now, Perth’s Slumberjack are taking it up a notch with a national tour. See what all the fuss is about 25 Apr, The Met.

DESERT DESTRUCTION

Infinity Broke return for a tour in support of their second record, Before Before. Their latest single Only The Desert Grows is a metaphorical spaghetti-western dissection of a collapsing relationship. The band are equal parts surf, soul and noisy experimentation. After a successful tour of France, the group play 22 May at The Bearded Lady.

BFF

Australia’s political punk-rockers Super Best Friends have just announced their longawaited debut LP Status Updates. The group are riding high of the viral success of Round & Round which featured the embarrassing dance moves of some of Australia’s most famous politicians. The group play 23 Apr, Ric’s Bar; 25 Apr, Punk Party, Fortitude Valley; 26 Apr, Sounds Of Sunday, Broadbeach Tavern, Gold Coast.

MAKING WAVES

Sydney’s All Our Exes Live In Texas have been selling out shows across the country for the good part of a year, and with their debut album due for release later in the year, they’re warming up with a bunch more shows around the country. They’ll be playing headline show 19 Apr, Black Bear Lodge.


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MOVING ON With their second full-length album on the brink of release, the San Cisco troupe – Jordi Davieson, Scarlett Stevens, Josh Biondillo and Nick Gardner – are feeling more confident than ever, telling Kane Sutton that while they were “scraping the bottom of the barrel” with their first record, the second is a full body of work. Cover and feature pics by Kane Hibberd.

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f you hadn’t kept up with San Cisco’s appearances since they broke out with their single Awkward in 2012 and their popular rendition of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky in 2013, you’d be looking twice as they made their way up the stairs to the top floor of Fremantle cafe The Attic, particularly at vocalist Davieson and bass/keys player Gardner, who are both sporting a respectable amount of facial hair

just got everything we had and sent it to Steve [Schram] to see what he thought – Steve’s our producer, he’s produced everything we’ve ever released. We weren’t really planning on working with him this time, we just wanted to know what he thought about it, and he told us a lot of it was pretty shit, so we were like, ‘Sick, can we work with you.’ He’s brutally honest, so we got back with him. The recording process was a lot different to everything else we’ve ever done.” The first single from their new album, Run, was a pretty hefty change-up of sound for the group, bringing

we were down at a Myer building, and we had all these dressups, all this shit, and we were just like ‘bugger that’. We just went nuts.” Stevens assures me, “We’re never going to be that disorganised again.” According to the band though, what they enjoy most about the new album isn’t the shift in sound – the consensus among the four young musos is that Gracetown feels like a positive result of successive lessons learned from putting together their first album. It also helps that these new songs are just that – new. “When we released that last record, we’d already moved on from it. There were new songs coming out by the time we dropped that record.” Gardner explains. “Rocketship, one of the first songs from the first album, was the reason we got together,” Davieson continues. “We got together to record that song, in like 2010. That song was one of the songs on the album so there were a bunch of old songs – I think we were just excited to start making new music and moving forward.” “Albums aren’t even that important these days, it comes down to songs, so we never relied on that album to give us these opportunities, we had strong singles.” Stevens reasons, and Gardner chips in: “We were scraping the bottom of the barrel with that first album.”

“PEOPLE FORGET THAT WE PLAYED A FUCKLOAD OF SMALL SHOWS – PEOPLE ASK US, ‘HOW WAS YOUR OVERNIGHT SUCCESS WITH AWKWARD?’ AND IT’S LIKE, I’VE PLAYED PUBS SINCE I WAS IN YEAR NINE... WE PLAYED SHOWS TO NOBODY, TO THE BAR KEEP, TO ONE PAYING CUSTOMER.” these days. The quartet seem relaxed, despite having had an interview right before this one – this scribe discovers they’re just happy being back in their old stomping grounds after a crazy last, well, couple of years. Japan was a big highlight in 2014, Gardner expressing his enthusiasm for the crowd (“Japan was so polite and so nice, they’d clap and then just go really quiet”), while Davieson reflected on the tougher times: “You have great days where you can discover all these really cool bars, for example, but for those days, there’s also other days where you’re just like, ‘This is so fucked up, I do not want to be here. I’m so tired, I want to go home.’ But you get addicted to it, the constant unknown.” The most significant task the Perth quartet has faced in recent times has certainly been their work putting together their second full-length album, Gracetown. Davieson dives straight into the chronological turn of events. “We came off tour and we were pretty ready to just have a big break from music. So we did that for about a month, and Josh was basically just writing the whole time and setting up the studio, and then we came back and set up in his studio, just writing and putting bits and pieces together. Over the space of about three or four months, we just started demoing and writing and figuring out how to use software; we didn’t really know what we were doing. Then we went to our friend’s studio, got a lot of demoing and work done there, and then we sort of 14 • THE MUSIC • 4TH MARCH 2015

to the fore a much funkier focus. “Daft Punk’s record might’ve unconditionally come through a little bit – [we were playing that record] big time,” Gardner chuckles. Their respective music clip only added to the vibes, and surprisingly for the band, it worked out way better than expected. “It came together literally on the day. There was a rough idea of how I would be running on a green screen, and then the director Matt Sav wanted to get ten of his favourite filmakers to send ten seconds of footage for Run. We were just gonna cut between bits of that, me running, and then these other bits of random footage, but then on the day

Stevens jumps back in. “It was a more enjoyable experience. With the first album, we were meant to record an EP and then we changed our mind and decided we probably had enough songs for an album. And we did it over two separate sessions, really far apart – one at the start of 2012 and the other in the middle, in two very different studios, so it was disjointed. We just knuckled down in one spot for this one.” “We’re definitely on the front foot with this album,” Davieson summarises. That all said, it wasn’t like they didn’t struggle. After spending so much time touring the world, Davieson found it really difficult to sit down and write. “There was a while where Josh had all this material and I just had nothing, and then I had to really sit down and start picking apart how the last year and a bit had affected us as people. I sat down trying to write songs, and I couldn’t do it; I’d completely forgotten how to write songs. We just played the same set for like two years, so it took me like a month to get my chops back up – that felt really good, and it’s a mistake I’m never going to make again; I’m never going to stop writing.” The band have undoubtedly become one of WA’s biggest success stories, and while it can be easy at times for bands to get carried away with themselves – they’re heading to the US, UK, and Europe


throughout March and April – San Cisco will always call south-west WA home. The new album’s title, Gracetown, is actually named after a small town in WA with significant ties to the band. “Josh and Scarlett found this artist, this work of art in this local cafe, and we thought it was really cool and wanted to try get him to do some artwork. And there was this house down in Gracetown in the bay, it’s been there since the ‘70s, and the guy who owns it is a family friend who’s helped us out in so many ways, so we had the artist and got a picture [of the house]. Gracetown means a lot to all of us – it’s where Scarlett and I first met, and we wrote so many songs down there – and it’s just a really cool, unspoiled town, there’s nothing else really like that down there anymore. Just a lot of good memories. We locked everything away – the art, the title and stuff – before we’d even finished the record, which is like, unheard of. Usually it takes months and months to all agree on something. It’s new and different and has a bit of originality, so we went with it.”

WHAT: Gracetown (Island City Records) WHEN & WHERE: 10 May, Groovin The Moo, Townsville; 14 May, Solbar, Maroochydore; 15 May, Coolangatta Hotel; 16 & 17 May, The Triffid

SUPPORT YOUR LOCALS In the midst of what some are calling a venue crisis, with live music spaces shutting down across the country, Perth’s local music enthusiasts had a meeting about it last week, bring together promoters, musicians, venue owners and council officials. The topic gets brought into conversation: “The Bakery is closing down?!” Davieson is in disbelief. The Bakery may be what you’d call a middlesized, but playing smaller local venues gave the band that vital live performance experience which helped them get to where they are today, a fact many people don’t seem to recognise. “People forget that we played a fuckload of small shows – people ask us, ‘How was your overnight success with Awkward?’ and

it’s like, I’ve played pubs since I was in year nine. I used to play The Moon, then when we got together we did The Odd Fellow, Indi Bar, we did Manhattans! We played shows to nobody, to the bar keep, to one paying customer.” Davieson ponders, “It could be a good thing? More people at less venues?” “People just don’t want to travel to see music – people living in Perth don’t want to go to Freo and people in Freo don’t want to come to Perth,” Stevens adds. “And especially since you’ve got YouTube right there – good camera angles, and you can watch it in your jocks.” Gardner laughs. “We don’t endorse that though,” Davieson assures. “Go to live shows.” THE MUSIC • 4TH MARCH 2015 • 15


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FLYING HIGH

also be impressed by the luscious head of hair “big man” still boasts. “Well, it’s not only him, darlin’,” Gallagher laughingly offers. “It’s the one thing that will keep me going. I mean, if I was to lose the hair I’d ‘ave to retire.”

Noel Gallagher was unaware that trainers dangling from overhead powerlines signify drug activity in the area, until informed by Bryget Chrisfield. “Mind you, I’ve never been a heroin user.”

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n London at 8.40pm, seated in one of his record label’s offices (”There’s no one here but me and a cleaner”), Noel Gallagher is smart as a whip as expected. There’s a song on the new Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds album – the outfit’s second, Chasing Yesterday – called The Right Stuff. When told New Kids On The Block have a similarly titled track, You Got It (The Right Stuff ), Gallagher jests, “One day I will get ‘round to covering a New Kids On The Block song, you know, them bein’ one of my major influences.” On the abbreviated tandem band name that was attached to NKOTB’s collaboration with Backstreet Boys (NKOTBSB – New Kids On The Back Street Boys?),

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Gallagher quips, “Right. So they shoulda called themselves Bunch Of Cunts and had done with it. I’da definitely bought a T-shirt, for sure [laughs].” There’s sax on some Chasing Yesterday tracks. So, if Gallagher told his young self that he’d go on to record an album featuring said brass instrument, what does he imagine he would’ve said? “Ah, my younger self would’ve probably looked at me now and gone, ‘Ok, I trust you, big man. You fuckin’ look cool. I put my faith in you.’ And I would say to ‘im, ‘Good. Because you fuckin’ got me to where I am, so the saxophone’s partly your fault, ya little shit.’” Surely the “little shit” would

The music video to accompany Gallagher’s Ballad Of The Mighty I single is a corker, even if he doesn’t usually like them. “No, no, no, no, no, no, no. Listen, listen, listen. Let’s not underplay this: I fuckin’ hate videos. It’s proper hate… I like other people’s videos,” he clarifies. “I just fuckin’ hate my videos: I hate bein’ in them, I hate fuckin’ havin’ to have conversations about them, meetings about them – I like everybody that’s workin’ on them because they’re doin’ their best, you know. When I’m forced to watch one of my videos, when I have to sign off on it, it might ruin my fuckin’ entire day.” At the tail end of the aforementioned music video, there’s a shot of a pair of trainers dangling from overhead powerlines. Is this a sign of drug activity in the area? Gallagher laughs, “Seriously, is that what that means? Really? It was in quite a dodgy part of town. Is that some mad, underworld shit? I did not know that. Mind you, I’ve never been a heroin user.” When asked whether the abandoned footwear was already there or part of the set dressing, Gallagher says, “I’m assumin’ they were there already, haha. I’m sure no one’s gone to the fuckin’ trouble of gettin’ a ladder, climbin’ up there and throwing a pair of Converse on and goin’, ‘Fuckin’ hell, it’ll be an amazing drug reference!’ Surely not. I’m gonna ask my friend when I go out with him tonight. He was a recovering heroin addict so I’m gonna ask ‘im if that indeed is true.”

WHAT: Chasing Yesterday (Warner) To read the full interview head to theMusic.com.au

FIVE LIVE JIVE In the age of YouTube and one-click downloads, instant gratification of consumers has changed the climate for selling music. Dante ‘Akil’ Givens of Jurassic 5 tells Rip Nicholson that post-reunion his worldrenowned hip hop act have stepped up their game.

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t’s a different age in how people do stuff, now,” Dante ‘Akil’ Givens begins. “We release albums, but really we’re amusing a new generation. It has to be a lot more strategic now. The life expectancy of a song now is like, two days. You click over one song to the next so easily; peeps already heard your joint and have moved on. That’s why I believe the visuals help out a lot. So, if there’s anything that we want to work more on now it’s the visual side of things. Making something that is tangible. That’s why I think YouTube is so big right now. It’s that connection to the music that you can grasp. “You might get a video for Thin Line now, in this day and age,” says Givens who is looking to re-up J5 songs into videos. “For songs that people loved but never had a video for.” Los Angeles-based rap outfit, Jurassic 5 was formed in 1993 when Givens joined MCs Marc 7, Chali 2na, Zaakir and producers Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark, and in ‘97 released their self-titled debut on TVT Records. After their second album, 2000’s Quality Control, J5 opened for Fiona Apple on the Warped Tour. “We’ve always been around different styles of music. And that prepped us to be able to be performers, 16 • THE MUSIC • 4TH MARCH 2015

period. We don’t just want to fall into hip hop gigs. We can perform live music in front of anybody, on any stage.” “You can’t beat the live shows, because that’s the original Instagram. It’s living in the moment and that’s what these Twitter and social accounts try to capture. That is our strong point. We make good albums and we’ve made some made super, super hits,” says Givens between chuckles. “But, it’s always been our live shows that connect with our fans. And we are very conscious of that and how we can further our reach with the same music, performed live.”

So, working to their skills, when J5 got back together in 2013 – they broke up in 2007 – they toured. Then they kept touring into 2014’s Glastonbury Festival. This year, J5 rocks the Bluesfest and West Coast Blues ‘N’ Roots festivals. “Hip hop is essentially a hodge podge of all different genres. This is right in line with what we do. I didn’t grow up on hip hop, it came about when I was a teenager. Before that I listened to funk and jazz and soul. That’s what I grew up with, so, I’m at home. “That’s what we’re able to do as hip hop performers, is teach people what actually is hip hop. Real hip hop. What we bring is not the commercial side of the game that you have been fed. This is the core of the real thing.” WHEN & WHERE: 4 Apr, The Tivoli; 5 Apr, Bluesfest, Byron Bay


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really hard,” he says. “I’ve always made a lot of songs but I’ve never had this problem where you don’t want to throw any away but you want to be sure that it’s the strongest album it can be too.”

Swedish electronic wunderkind Avicii aka Tim Bergling talks to Scott Aitken about his upcoming new album Stories, including working with Wyclef Jean, missing the Grammys and his return to Australia for Future Music and Good Life festivals.

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f all the big names at this year’s Grammy awards earlier this month, there was one artist mysteriously absent. A two-time nominee, Bergling says while he was in town for the event, he was preoccupied with making some new music and working on his upcoming second album Stories. “These last two weeks I’ve had people here in the studio from Sweden almost every day so even if I wanted to go I

couldn’t,” Bergling says. “Then when I didn’t go I thought I’d rather try to stay away from it a bit so I can focus 100 per cent on all the other stuff I need to do, but I saw Sam Smith won a bunch of stuff which was really cool.” The 25-year old is putting the finishing touches on his upcoming album, sifting through close to 100 tracks including collaborations with Wyclef Jean, Jon Bon Jovi and Chris Martin. “There’s a lot of material I have to go through but I’m still deciding what kind of album it’s going to be so it’s

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Bergling says working with the former Fugees band member Jean was an inspirational experience, with the two recording an album’s worth of material together. “I think we inspire each other and we feed off of each other so it’s a very easy collaboration,” he says. “We ended probably with 20 to 25 all together so there’s so much inspiration at work and I think I’ve learnt so much from him.” Aside from Stories, Bergling also worked on Jean’s upcoming album Clerification, including its single Divine Sorrow. “I’m helping him with almost the whole album or I’m involved in every track on his album,” he says. “It’s one of the first times I’ve done something with somebody else like that so either way there’s definitely going to be one Wyclef song on my album, I just haven’t decided which one.” Avicii will be in town again for both the Good Life and Future Music festivals, and says he’s excited to return to the country and play to some like-minded people. “I almost have kind of a nostalgic feeling going back to Australia in general,” he says. “I think the people are very close to Swedish people in general in the sense of their kind of openness. Everyone’s kind of nice that you meet so it just makes me think of Sweden but just a sunnier version of Sweden.” WHEN & WHERE: 6 Mar Good Life, Doomben Racecourse; 7 Mar, Future Music Festival, Doomben Racecourse

THE BRIDGE BETWEEN “We don’t try to be obscure.” Paul Wolinski of post-rock maestros 65daysofstatic tells Brendan Crabb about including, not excluding.

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he Music catches Paul Wolinski, guitarist for 65daysofstatic, in Manchester composing the soundtrack for much anticipated video game No Man’s Sky. Having previously undertaken scoring work, Wolinski says writing the “soundtrack to a universe” is proving satisfying. “It’s a different approach to music-making, so that can only be a good thing. We’ve always been fond of the idea that bands shouldn’t have to just stick to either making records or touring. Because those two things are great and I want to keep doing them… Just over the years (we) realised there’s more than just those two ways music can be really effective, and be effective in unique ways in each form.” In some respects, it can be just as arduous a process as creating a fully-fledged album. “One of the big differences for us is that we’re working to somebody else’s timelines. Normally we’ve always been pretty good at staying out of the ‘record an album, tour the record’, that cycle that a lot of bands can get trapped in, because we never want to release a record just for the sake of going on tour. When it’s our own projects we take as long as we need to make something worthwhile. But obviously when we’re working and collaborating with other people… We have to be a bit more organised,” he chuckles. 18 • THE MUSIC • 4TH MARCH 2015

Commerce and art are unfortunately inextricably linked, and given the industry’s bleak outlook many musicians seek additional sources of income. “If it’s all about revenue streams, then you’re probably best off trying to get loads of advertising work! The music industry has collapsed, and we’re very lucky to just about make a living off being in the band. There’s no kind of security there, one day we could end up having to kind of scale back 65 and find other ways of paying the bills. “But if we started compromising our music too much in order to increase all of our revenue streams, then I think we lose

the passion for it. This soundtrack project, it’s really exciting, it’s like a genuinely pioneering technique in the game... But I wouldn’t want to be writing a soundtrack to a 20-minute supermarket advert, even if it paid five times as much as this computer game.” Their broad audience helps them remain viable. For instance, a few years ago, they performed at metal-friendly Sonisphere and live-soundtracked interpretive dance at Edinburgh Festival within days. Wolinski seems gratified to not be considered particularly trendy. “We’ve never strived to be some avant-garde, experimental, noisy band. It’s just that we love bands like Atari Teenage Riot… and I enjoy listening to the new Taylor Swift single. They’re obviously different ends of the spectrum. We don’t try to be obscure; in fact, it’s really nice when people see us as a kind of, like a gateway band,” he laughs. WHEN & WHERE: 11 Mar, The Hi-Fi


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important to a 14-year-old girl as a 50-year old man. Shakey Graves is a soapbox to talk about that stuff.”

After studying Leonard Cohen’s songs, Austin singersongwriter/actor Alejandro Rose-Garcia (aka Shakey Graves in his musical guise) realises he approaches songwriting quite differently, he tells Annelise Ball.

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here’s something immediately genial and charming about Shakey Graves, aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia. Perhaps this explains the tonguein-cheek ‘hobo’ tag, especially given the kick-drum fashioned from a suitcase he’s frequently known to play. He’s not just a busking street performer though. First trying his hand at acting, Rose-Garcia enjoyed a reoccurring role in TV series Friday Night Lights and made a recent appearance in Sin City: A Dame To Kill. “My family have always been in theatre: my mother’s a playwright and director, and my dad’s in set and light design,” Rose-Garcia explains. “I started auditioning

for film and TV when I was about ten, which was also about the same time I started playing guitar. Guitar was something I always loved and put a lot of work into, so I figured it was worth pursuing.” Rose-Garcia then contemplates songwriting, musing, “When you study people’s music, some people are very direct in how they write. Like Leonard Cohen’s Famous Blue Raincoat, the song’s clearly about something happening at that time in his life... I’m more trying to hint at archetypes and bigger themes we all experience. I want to write stuff that’s just as

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With 2011’s Roll The Bones still near the top of Bandcamp’s digital best-seller charts, second album And The War Came purposefully evolved through a much different process. With a larger audience now in mind, Rose-Garcia had statements to make. “The way Shakey Graves is evolving, we’re kind of at the tip of an iceberg we’re just figuring out,” he says. “The music is starting to change, so the second album is a bridge between the past and what will be in the future.” Featuring ex-Paper Bird Esme Patterson on three tracks, Rose-Garcia was lucky to hit songwriting gold with the lady describing herself as ‘if Elvis was a girl’. “It can be hard to write songs that aren’t too serious, yet meaningful, but Esme and I just churned them out,” reflects Rose-Garcia. “We wrote Dearly Departed in probably in hour. We were shocked, like, ‘Woah!’” Aside from figuring out how to bottle up and sell that songwriting luck, Rose-Garcia soon embarks on his debut Australian tour, co-headlining with husband and wife duo Shovels & Rope. Bringing a little piece of Austin to Australia in particular makes him proud. “That’s the real honour of it all, representing my city and its music,” he enthuses. “Austin is sort of the new musical frontier where some are getting disillusioned, but some are getting amazing opportunities. I lucked out on being born here.” WHAT: And The War Came (Dualtone/Cooking Vinyl) WHEN & WHERE: 6 Mar, The Triffid

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film

WEIRD PARALLELS Jeff Bridges talks to Guy Davis about the good old Lebowski days and being ‘willing to destroy his own heart’ in Seventh Son.

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or a legendarily chill individual, Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges has lately displayed a real facility for playing cantankerous, curmudgeonly old bastards. The latest one he tackles is Master Gregory, a surly, grumpy witch-hunter in the new fantasy film Seventh Son, in which he and young apprentice Thomas (UK actor Ben Barnes) take on a variety of sorcerers and creatures as they head towards a showdown with the magical, shape-shifting Mother Malkin ( Julianne Moore), who is bent on world domination and revenge. Bridges is all for embracing

characters who are a bit out-of-sorts (“You can’t always play The Dude, man,” he laughs, referring to his iconic, laidback character from the Coens’ Big Lebowski), but when it comes to Seventh Son, his sympathies lie with Moore’s character, who emerges from a centurylong imprisonment by Father Gregory – her former lover – with payback in mind. “She has every right to be pissed off,” he says. “Her boyfriend, who she loves, locked her in a hole for a hundred years!” Much has been made of Bridges and Moore reuniting for the first time since they shared a handful of memorable scenes together as The

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Dude and Maude in Lebowski – “It was like we had a long weekend and just picked up where we left off,” recalls Bridges – and the actor actually speculates that Seventh Son could well be viewed as a medieval prequel to the Coens’ cult classic. “There are some kinds of weird parallels,” he laughs. “I think of Maude flying with the paint is kind of like her dragon. The Dude liked to smoke it and drink it, and, you know, Gregory... well, I’m sure he’s got some kind of smoking mixture that he would probably enlighten you on. There are probably some similarities.” Don’t go thinking, though, that Bridges didn’t take seriously his characterisation or his investigation into Seventh Son’s ideas seriously. While he feels a strong sense of make-believe and enjoyment of the process is vital, he is quick to praise his collaborators on both sides of the camera and to delve into the discussions he had with the movie’s director, award-winning Russian filmmaker Sergei Bodrov. “One of the things that I was really hoping that the film could convey is rather than the traditional battle between good and evil, that it could go a little deeper than that. In my research, I came across this quote I’ll read to you by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and I knew we had a Russian director and when I read this, he goes ‘Oh yeah, of course.’ Here’s the quote: ‘If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being, and who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?’ And I’m hoping that is in the movie somewhere.” WHAT: Seventh Son In cinemas 5 Mar

ALL IN THE MIX You’ll find albums by Balkan Beat Box in the World Music section of whatever place you go for new music, and for once, the “world” part fits. One third of the band’s core, Ori Kaplan, talks to Michael Smith.

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hough they were both born in Israel, drummer/ percussionist Tamir Muskat and saxophonist Ori Kaplan met and developed their musical chops as teenagers in New York City, first working together in the mid-‘90s with a band called Firewater, and then a collective called Gogol Bordello. “But there was a common thread,” Kaplan points out on the line from Israel. “Firewater had this kind of punk rock meeting this crazy klezmer downtown sound and Gogol Bordello was this other Ukrainian kind of gypsy punk. So we went through that school, playing to some of the same audiences in some cases. That was the kind of scene.” Singer and guitarist Tomer Yosef, another Israeli in NYC came into the picture when Muskat produced his 2002 debut album, Say Something, beginning as a guest vocalist in the pair’s next project, Balkan Beat Box, featuring on the 2005 eponymous debut album, before becoming the third core member. “It’s what we enjoy doing,” Kaplan says of the band’s fusing of so many musical styles, ranging from electronics to reggae, klezmer to toasting, with a chuckle. “The fact is we come from such a wide palette, three individuals in the band all having such different experiences, each one comes with a big palette and 20 • THE MUSIC • 4TH MARCH 2015

there’s a lot to be poured into the mix, so there are always fresh ideas running. It’s a workshop of we three musicians.” Though lyrically 2012’s album, Give, their fourth, was very much a collection of statements on a variety of sociopolitical issues, from the Occupy movement to Israeli protests over the cost of living, Balkan Beat Box isn’t specifically a political band. “There are many other issues; personal issues, intimacy, love, relationships,” Kaplan laughs. “So although we’re very concerned – everybody’s knows what we feel about different political issues – we’re not just about that. That would be boring.

“I think we were really like obsessed for a while with Roma music. We still love it but we never tried to emulate it. It’s aesthetics, sounds that we like. It can be influenced by old funk vinyl and R&B, ‘50s, all kinds of things we’re interested in.” The trio are currently working on their next album – “Fresh music and great concept and content” – but don’t assume you know what it’s going to sound like. “You know, every album which I do I push the envelope and do something new; somehow find a way to tie up one leg or something to find ways for other stuff to come and try not to depend on old clichés or formulas we’ve perfected but create new ones, new ways. So, we’re trying!” WHEN & WHERE: 6 Mar, The Hi-Fi


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★★★½

album/ep reviews

SAN CISCO

NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS

Gracetown

Island City Records

ALBUM OF THE WEEK

It’s been something of an adventure watching San Cisco grow up. They’re one of those bands that, due to their relatively young age at which they hit the big time, have been necessarily open about their artistic progression. Gracetown is sheathed in a slick sense of maturity, but don’t fret too much on that clouding their cheeky, childlike perspective. If Gracetown is a statement on anything, it’s the four-piece’s devoted understanding and love of pop music. From the cartoonishly bright album cover – a Gracetown beach shack, naturally – to the average track time of around three minutes, this is a band harnessing the energy they’ve gathered over years of being thrown into the midst of the national and international circuit. A handful of singles have already established the jaunty pop lean, such as openers Run and Too Much Time Together.

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There’s an honest attempt to produce serious gems though, with Snow seeing some subtle funk experimentation and the quirky, eclectic beat of Jealousy peaking in the middle. But it’s the spot-on R&B groove of closer Just For A Minute that pins the whole lot together. And man, that solo. Lyrically, Gracetown is a whole lot of longing after the opposite sex flitting around tongue-incheek references to awkward moments and nostalgia. There’s an obvious context behind the whole record, which does drag on through the latter half of the album, but at least it’s concise and direct. Cam Findlay

Chasing Yesterday is an apt title for Noel Gallagher’s latest record, steeped in sounds we associate with him. Which after all, is probably what you want from a Noel Gallagher album. We don’t expect him to reinvent the wheel; we want solid rock songs with an anthemic tinge and, though Chasing Yesterday delivers this in some respects, moments in it tend to fall flat. Lead single In The Heat Of The Moment is the epitome of a Noel Gallagher tune: catchy chorus, singalong ready ‘na na na’s, a hint of strings to bolster a chugging guitar riff. It lives in the shadow of its predecessors on 2011’s selftitled record. There’s wistfulness in the lyrics of The Dying Of The Light when he says, “I was told, the streets were paved with

★★★ gold,” even if he carries on to use every possible cliché. Style sometimes overrides substance; see the truly nonsensical line “You want love like a kid on crack” on the otherwise rollicking The Mexican, or The Right Stuff bordering on Café Del Mar jazziness with its smooth saxophone keeping company with softly harmonised vocals. It’s here that Gallagher starts to sound like a caricature of himself: surly, speaking in curling aphorisms that don’t necessarily mean anything once you dig a bit deeper. Yet there’s a comfort in the familiarity; fans aren’t going to be disappointed by more of it. Sevana Ohandjanian

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GHOSTPOET

MATTHEW E WHITE

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[PIAS] Australia

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Shedding Skin is an appropriate title as it uncovers a whole new side to Obaro “Ghostpoet” Ejimiwe. Stepping away from the grimy London streets stagnant with economic depression and resentment, album number three features a balance of light and shade. Ghostpoet’s patented oldman-at-a-bus-stop mumble is cleared up significantly and the whole shebang has much more of live feel. Ejimiwe’s personal sounding lyrics take new, almost optimistic, directions, however in amongst a handful of crackers there’s some slightly awkward moments. Ghostpoet version 2.0 is a revolution, but the beta release might be the keeper.

The opening song is Take Care My Baby, and before long a warm layer of instrumentation envelops the Virginian singersongwriter in a slinky groove. His velvety and soulful voice caresses the chorus with a high falsetto, before the bass line wiggles the verses back into submission. It comes across as effortless, one of the finest pop moments on the album. Circle ‘Round The Sun later recalls the poetry of a lackadaisical Leonard Cohen, and Tranquility is a tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman. Between his writing and rich orchestration, White creates a world to get lost in.

Longtime enthusiasts will know it’s now really a Gang Of One, with the serrated guitar of Andy Gill the only original element left. The loss of Jon King’s declamatory vocals can’t be ignored. Replacement yeller Gaoler Sterry delivers the slogans of personal and societal politics energetically, but it really is a different band now. Some guest lead vocals from The Kills/The Dead Weather’s Alison Mosshart will encourage some curiosity, while middleaged rebel yells like First World Citizen show the ideology is intact, even if the band isn’t.

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Fresh Blood

Roshan Clerke

What Happens Next

Ross Clelland

Shakey Graves – And The War Came Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase. Mahalia Barnes & The Soul Mates – Ooh Yea! – The Betty Davis Songbook The Furrs – More Furrs The Vanns – Scattered By Sundown The Bitter Sweethearts – Everybody Wants To Be Free The Seven Ups – The Seven Ups


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CONOR OBERST, THE FELICE BROTHERS The Triff id 25 Feb Ragtag New York outfit The Felice Brothers seem in jovial spirits as they kick off proceedings tonight in front of a substantial early crowd, their old time aesthetic well and truly intact. Chief architect Ian Felice’s Bob Dylan-esque croak dominates proceedings although his brother James is the spiritual compass, lighting up the stage whether behind the keys or rocking his huge accordion, and especially when singing the jaunty Whiskey In My Whiskey. Fiddler Greg Farley constantly coerces the crowd

his side-project Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band like Moab, Ten Women and Cape Canaveral. Oberst is verbose but has a captivating way with the language, while The Felice Brothers seem utterly invested in bringing these songs to life and the bulk of the devoted throng are either utterly transfixed or belting along with their hero with great gusto. It’s completely endearing the way that the singer is so erudite when delivering his tunes but then kinda mumbles shyly between tracks, and when the band files off so he can offer a solo rendition of Bright Eyes’ staple First Day Of My Life the large venue is swathed in perfect silence. The full ensemble returns for the enticing Hundreds Of Ways and the questioning Southern State, before Oberst relinquishes the reins to Ian Felice and joins

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to fire up and get involved, and this sense of community perfectly augments great songs like Cherry Licorice and the languid The Mating Of The Doves which rounds out their set. It’s somewhat weird to see the same band file back onto stage after the break – this time joined by a black-clad figure with a stringy fringe protruding from beneath a floppy back hat – but tonight The Felice Brothers are also backing their longtime friend Conor Oberst and the partnership works immediately as they open with Time Forgot, the singer dripping with conviction and sincerity from the get-go. Despite having a strong solo catalogue now Oberst’s set is practically dominated by tunes from his much-loved alma mater Bright Eyes, tunes like Four Winds, We Are Nowhere And It’s Now, Well Whiskey and Napoleon’s Hat perfectly nestling alongside solo tunes such as Artifact #1 and even songs from

intensity that permeates throughout a set littered with perfect little offshoot riffs and led by fantastically frenetic lead vocalist Matt Ford. There’s some seriously interesting mechanics going on here, a splintery off-key and consummately dishevelled series of garage missives that prove nothing less than compelling. This Thigh Master manages to concurrently max the envelope while it pushes right past the burn; riveting stuff. A quick journey to the bar to partake in the always delightful Zoo staff ’s wares and then it’s back for the mighty Blank Realm. It’s all yelps, hair, keytar and jerky dance moves as these local legends further distinguish themselves from your

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in on an affirming version of The Felice Brothers’ own Butch Cassidy. They finish with a pair of Bright Eyes tracks – the meditative Laura Laurent and the intriguing Soul Singer In A Session Band – then heartfelt solo tune Easy/Lucky/Free, before being coaxed back (despite their “psychedelic jet lag”) for the epic An Attempt To Tip The Scales, John Prine’s gorgeous Long Monday, Another Travelin’ Song and Milk Thistle. Two fine acts at the top of their respective games, what’s not to love?

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REAL ESTATE, BLANK REALM, THIGH MASTER The Zoo 27 Feb Locals Thigh Master open up proceedings with a loose

mix is perfect as Days tunes Municipality and the mighty Green Aisles keep the languid groove going. Instrumental Kinder Blumen is so pastorally pretty you could be gamboling through a field on a summer’s day as Talking Backwards, It’s Real and Beach Comber prove further highlights. Vocalist and chief songwriter Martin Courtney is the epitome of smooth understatement throughout as Matt Mondanile demands attention with his superb musicianship and hypnotic guitar lines over these jangly classics. The encore begins with a cover of ‘70s power-pop luminaries The Nerves’ Paper Dolls before Past Lives and The Bend bring the evening to a gorgeous conclusion. Ed Matthews

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standard jam merchants. Such treats to be bestowed on the rapidly building crowd include a supercharged Falling Down The Stairs as well as the jagged late ‘80s Cruel Sea vibe of Go Easy standout Cleaning Up My Mess. It’s the little nuances and deviations in Blank Realm’s honed motorik groove that stand out tonight, a brilliant mess that ties together superbly, such is the comfort that this well drilled foursome has playing together. Put it down to this being the last show of the Atlas tour but New York by way of New Jersey’s Real Estate seem to have really loosened up in contrast to the last time they played The Zoo back in 2012. They kick things off with Had To Hear and Primitive from the aforementioned album, closed eyes and swaying heads the order of the day. The sound

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Soundwave 2015 @ Brisbane Showgrounds Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks @ The Zoo Born Joy Dead @ The Brightside Charlie Musselwhite @ Bangalow Bowlo Foo Fighters @ Suncorp Stadium

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arts reviews

A MAN MADE ENTIRELY OUT OF BATS

A MAN MADE ENTIRELY OUT OF BATS Lit

In stores

★★ ½

If Patrick Lenton is in possession of a superpower (the proliferation of such gifts - alongside sad, pantomimed villainy, fan fic, and an occasionally jarring and inexplicable heavy smattering of profanities - in this collection suggest he would welcome one) it could be said to be minute persistence. While

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it would hardly earn him a place amongst the ranks of the Fantastic Four, it would find company among the powers he bestows upon his characters: a man who turns into a cat at full moons, a girl with one withered arm she’s unable to move, the hairless Mr Aerodynamic, the spermless Infertility Man… The effect of this power, of Lenton’s minute persistence, is to take an absurd or novel kernel, oftentimes a pun, that seems exhausted by its mere conception – a man made out of bats (as opposed to Batman), an insomni-yak, a neighbourrherd - and to stretch it across a page or two to a point of poignancy, puerility or both. While his voice on occasion overrides that of character or narrator, stifling the variety of the collection (When The Helicopters Come and Sheila Discovers Magnetism are impressive exceptions), Lenton’s curt and comedic creativity make for a fast, funny read. He should proudly don a seaweed cape. Dave Drayton

CHRIS WAINHOUSE: THE ANTICHRIS Festival

Turbine Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse (finished)

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From the moment that Sydney comic Chris Wainhouse took the stage to Iron Maiden’s The Number Of The Beast sporting an ‘I Love Jesus’ T-shirt and a devilish glint in his eye, you knew that someone or something was in for a skewering, and naturally in this instance it’s the anachronistic construct of organised religion. Wainhouse opened with a (not too heartfelt) apology-slashwarning to any Christians in attendance, describing himself as a ‘militant atheist’, and it was soon apparent that this affliction manifested due to being raised in a household which may have embraced religion a little bit close

to its bosom. Thus the show was split fairly evenly between making fun of the inherent hypocrisies of religion itself – both Christianity and Islam given even footing here – and how this affected Wainhouse growing up, specifically the trauma of having such inanities inflicted onto his actual childhood. He used cue cards to great effect to add a visual dimension to the show, but it was the way that he attacked these taboos with such gleeful malevolence that really drew out the humour. Plus, despite reveling in their foibles, he was still quite affectionate when discussing his family, so the show remained lighthearted despite the omnipresent proximity of pathos. Wicked fun. Steve Bell

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WAAX Member answering/role: Tom (drums) How long have you been together? We’ve been kicking around just over a year now. How did you all meet? Lige and Marie met at uni and formed a primitive version of the band. They rehearsed at a rehearsal studio I was running and were pretty much my only customers, they lost their drummer and I thought ‘fuck it, I’ll play’. Then we found Arie and Ewan somewhere along the way, probably while drunk. 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? If you want us to be REALLY entertained bloody put on some Reggie Watts and we’ll be laughing for days; other than that we like to listen to stuff we haven’t heard before together, especially if it’s local. Would you rather be a busted broke-but-revered Hank Williams figure or some kind of Metallica monster? I’ll probably end up broke and busted regardless because I’m shit with money and hand eye coordination but fuck man, I dunno, I love Hank and (early) Metallica, what if Hank Williams joined Metallica? That’s the band I wanna be in, a revered, broke monster. Which Brisbane bands before you have been an inspiration (musically or otherwise)? Obligatory DZ Deathrays and Violent Soho insertion; legit though they are fucking fantastic. I grew up on Powderfinger and The Saints so Brisbane has always been a massive influence on me and also the other guys musically. What part do you think Brisbane plays in the music you make? A hauuugggge part, Brisbane is small enough that everyone knows everyone and it makes for a cool environment in the scene, Brisbane is fucking killing it at the moment and being around so many musicians that are doing well pushes you harder and inspires you to come up with better shit. What’s in the pipeline for the band in the short term? Recording soon, new jams, then bulk shows. You’ll hear from us soon. WAAX play The Foundry (with The Sinking Teeth and Jouk Mistrow) on Saturday 7 March.

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COFFEE BEANS

MAKE ME, DRINK ME Methods. There are quite a few of them.

Let’s get down to some serious beanness. Where to go to ensure an A+ cup o’ joe. Photos Dina El-Hakim.

Percolator: The humble stovetop buddy. Water goes in the bottom, ground beans go in the middle, the boiled water shoots up through the beans and voila! Coffee comes out the top. Simple. DO NOT WASH WITH DETERGENT.

MILKIN’ IT What about the milk part? Sometimes bunging it in the microwave and leaving it at that just won’t do. Electric mini-whisk frother: $3 from IKEA! Batteryoperated. Fun to use and great if you’re not a froth snob.

Fifth Battery The house blend from these relatively young roasters features a heavy body, smooth cocoa and malt flavours, bright acidity and a spicy finish, while the seasonal blend boasts notes of toffee, caramel and roasted peanuts. Wolff Coffee Roasters Peter Wolff ’s got more than 30 years of experience at the forefront of the industry in Australia, and set up Wolff Coffee Roasters in 2010 to explore the fourth wave of specialty coffee. He also set up The College of Coffee, for those who really wanna get schooled in the art of all things coffee. Wolff ’s got blends and single origins for every taste: honey, caramel and toffee (Edelweiss), dark chocolate, malt, liquorice (Weiss), stone 26 • THE MUSIC • 4TH MARCH 2015

fruits from Costa Rica and cola, jasmine and butterscotch from El Salvador. Blackstar Coffee Roasters Sourcing their green coffee from the Horn of Africa, the Americas and Asia, the people at Blackstar loving roast their coffee so that the result is sweet and strong. They also take on a ‘think global, act local’ philosophy towards sustainability. Blackstar’s Revolution Espresso blend is the company in a bean (or bag o’ beans): complex, sweet, earthy, with mid-range acidity and floral hints. Those who like a deeper acidity should try the Aceh; for a lighter apricot, citrus and jasmine flavour go for the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe; and the Byron Bay blend fittingly features herbal and tobacco notes.

Filter/Pour Over: This one’s elegant but fiddly. If you liked playing with your food/drinks as a kid this is kinda like the adult version? Cold drip: Looks fancy as fuck. But you have to wait ages. If dripping and glass sounds give you ASMR this is probably for you. If you’re impatient and prone to smashing things, avoid this. Aeropress: People rave that this is the best way to make your coffee at home, and that the inverted or ‘upside down’ method works better than the standard way. Personally I haven’t tried using this yet but it looks like a spillage waiting to happen, or it’s likely I’m gonna slip and slam my face into the coffee cup. Worth it for that perf brew though.

Manual milk frother: Looks like a coffee plunger/French press (a quick Google finds people using their French press for such a purpose). You froth the milk by making a pumping motion. Possibly too much effort. Stove pot: Whisk your milk as it warms up on the stove. If you like tedium and handle disappointment well, this is a good method. Automatic milk frothing machine: If you have a lot of money and are a lazy shit, this is perfect. You drop some dough, push a button. Stovetop steamer: If you wanna be really authentic but don’t have a coffee machine at home, you can fork out for the stovetopoperated steaming wand. If you get immense satisfaction from watching and feeling the texture of milk change right in front of you, by your hand, just fork out for one of these babies.

BEANS, BEANS, THEY’RE GOOD FOR YOUR HEART... ...Making good coffee is a work of art. That’s how the old saying goes, pretty sure. But really, there are so many factors to a good coffee: where the beans come from, the roasting process, how the beans are ground, and then how the coffee gets made. And if you want milk, that’s a whole other thing to deal with. It all starts, though, with the beans. Taste is affected by all the other stuff, sure, but your base is the choice of bean. Do you want chocolatey, citrus-y, caramel-y, fruity, acidic, florally, smoky, tobacco-y, leathery, honey, herbal, spicy, buttery, nutty or cola flavours? If you’ve never even thought about these adjectives before, are you even tasting your coffee or, like, are you just using it for its caffeine? There’s a whole ritual that goes into coffee beans before you even grind them to kick off your own coffee-making ritual.


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LIVE THIS WEEK

CHART WRAP

TURN UP THE HEAT

ON THE COURTS

BALKAN SUPPORT

For the annual Red Hot Summer tour, Hoodoo Gurus, pictured, James Reyne, Daryl Braithwaite and Boom Crash Opera, Mondo Rock and Diesel will be performing this Saturday, Harrigan’s Drift Inn, Gold Coast.

New York rockers Parquet Courts have announced a handful of Golden Plains sideshows. The buzz band out of last year play a few headline dates including one at The Zoo with support from Blank Realm and Kitchens Floor, Thursday.

They’re from New York via Israel, not the Balkans, but either way the joyous noise that is Balkan Beat Box will be joined on Friday at The Hi-Fi by Dubmarine and Bullhorn, pictured.

GET YOUR GOAT

KEEPING IT REAL

NOW IT BEGINS

Brisbane’s psychedelic drone band Peyote Goat(ie) play loud and heavy wall-shaking riffs. They’ll be joined by Drudge, Whiskey&Speed, The Green Whistle, Indica and Feast, The Underdog Pub Co,Saturday.

Country and roots singersongwriter John Flanagan will be playing a bunch of shows in support of new single, The Last Of The Cassette Men: The Tree House, Thursday; The UpFront Club, Friday; Cardigan Bar, Saturday; and Junk Bar, Sunday.

Fronted by expat South African, Hayden Hack, his eight-piece Sunshine Coast Afro/funk collective, The Hayden Hack Infusion preface the release of their debut album with single, Pass It On, launching Friday at Coolangatta Sands Hotel.

MAKING A BUZZ

FAV CLIENT

HELLIONS YEAH

With new single Buzzed under their belts, Evol Walks are truly making it their mission to bring rock back to its roots. They’ll be performing at Ric’s Bar, Friday, plus a bunch of other dates the following week.

Everyone wants Client Liaison to represent Australia at Eurovision. Who knows what can happen, but what is certain I that they’re coming to Black Bear Lodge on Thursday so you can dance ya little heart out.

Sydney’s Hellions are kicking off their Indian Summer tour this week, in support of their second album of the same name, hitting up The Lab (all ages), Friday; The Brightside, Saturday; and YAC, Byron Bay, Sunday. Void Of Vision support.

BUCKLE UP

SHAKEY SHOVELS

SWITCH IT UP

Regional Victorian gem, Buck Jr, is making his way to Brisbane to promote his latest EP, The Promises. Catch him playing The Milk Factory, Thursday; Lucky Duck Cafe & Bar, Friday; The Brightside, Sunday; and Ric’s Bar, Monday.

Friday at The Triffid, it’ll be a raucous affair, as Americana acts Shovels & Rope and Shakey Graves bring their rollicking, foot-stomping sets to Brisbane. There’ll be folk, there’ll be rock, there’ll be anti-folk. What more could ya want!

On Student Night at Ric’s Bar on Friday, welcome Switchblade Suzie to the stage. They’ve spent the first couple of months of this year crafting new tunes and are ready to share them now. They’re joined by mates Average Art Club.

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Canberra/Seattle-bred electronic duo and recent triple j additions Vallis Alps have emerged as the best-performing new act on the Carlton Dry Independent Music Charts this week, earning a double debut on the Singles ladder with Young and their selftitled EP, which stepped out at #6 and #18 respectively. Interestingly, the pair’s new entries mark the only debuts on the Singles chart for the week: San Cisco, Twerps and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard took home #5, #18 and #20 in the radio play stakes for respective singles Too Much Time Together, Back To You and Hot Water, while the Albums chart also managed two new entrants: A Night In Texas’ The God Delusion arrives at #8, while Roland Tings’ self-titled full-length just missed out on a top-10 place, entering the charts at #12. Canberran electro outfit SAFIA made a decent northward leap from #17 to #12, with You Are The One. However, for most of the week’s high performers movement is an alien concept as Sia’s Elastic Heart hung onto its spot (at #1), as did the remainder of the top five: respectively, Chet Faker’s Talk Is Cheap, Sia’s Chandelier, Hayden James’ Something About You and Sheppard’s Geronimo. On the Albums ladder, Chet Faker leapt over Flight Facilities to see his iTunes Session (#2) overtake Down To Earth (#3), while Thinking In Textures slotted in at #4 once again. Sticky Fingers’ Land Of Pleasure, too, kept on giving at #5, but nothing can budge the unassailable Sia and 1000 Forms Of Fear, dominant once again at #1. THE MUSIC • 4TH MARCH 2015 • 27


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JUST VISITING or less? Wild, smart and bold with a beautiful and transformative culture.

we recorded the album in three weeks at STL Studios. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Personally, the last year of my life, as well as camping in a van with four other guys during the recording process.

YOUNG LIONS Answered by: Kyle Morris Album title? Blue Isla Where did the title of your new album come from? The title is a sum up of where the five of us are in life. Such as for me, it is about my new life as a father and the relationships with my family. How many releases do you have now? This will be our second. How long did it take to write/ record? The writing process was close to a year, although once we got into the studio to record, further material was written. Once finished

What’s your favourite song on it? That’s hard. But it would be a tie between Blue Isla and I Know. Will you do anything differently next time? Yes always, just have to figure out what. We always want to push and develop ourselves to be better musicians. When and where is your launch/next gig? 3 May, The Hi-Fi, supporting Silverstein and Dream On Dreamer. Website link for more info? facebook.com/younglionsaus

Any extra-curricular activities you hope to participate in? Surfing... that’s going to be a big one. I also venture off into the neighborhoods... search for ‘the local flavour’.

JAKE CLEMONS Why are you coming to visit our fair country? I’m coming to play some rock’n’roll! We’ve got an amazing tour scheduled that starts in Sunshine Coast, Queensland and goes straight down to Geelong in Victoria. Is this your f irst visit? This’ll be my fourth. Each trip I’ve experienced something new that can make it feel as exciting as my first.

What will you be taking home as a souvenir? Hopefully I’ll at least have some epic stories from the shows and maybe a few about the surf! Where can we come say hi, and buy you an Aussie beer? 5 Mar, Solbar, Maroochydore; 6 Mar, Soundlounge, Currumbin; 7 Mar, Bon Amici Wine Bar; 8 Mar, Black Bear Lodge. Website link for more info? jakeclemons.com

How long are you here for? We currently have 18 shows booked throughout the month of March. It’s going to be epic! What do you know about Australia, in ten words

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What do you know about Australia, in ten words or less? Great weather, huuuuuge, snorkeling, rare animals, colonial shadow, nice people.

GRAVEYARD Answered by: Axel Sjöberg Why are you coming to visit our fair country? To play at the Golden Plains festival, which seems to be a pretty fucking awesome festival. Then we’re doing club shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Really looking forward to coming over again! Is this your f irst visit? Nope, here last year for the Soundwave festival. It’s nice to get away for a bit from the Swedish winter.

Any extra-curricular activities you hope to participate in? No idea? Feel free to give me some suggestions if we meet. Maybe records with Masters Apprentices or Buffalo? What will you be taking home as a souvenir? I hope to get some sort of nature experience: snorkeling, a small hike or something like that. Where can we come say hi, and buy you an Aussie beer? Crowbar, 6 Mar. Website link for more info? facebook.com/graveyardofficial

Answered by: Lane Muir Album title? Renaissance Where did the title of your new album come from? People often affiliate the word ‘Renaissance’ with art. We feel as though this record is by far our most creative and artistic work yet. How many releases do you have now? This is our second studio album. How long did it take to write/ record? The entire process of creating this album was just over 12 months.

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Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Touring with 360, breakups, gaining more fans. What’s your favourite song on it? Hentai. Will you do anything differently next time? We’ll see how critics and fans react to Renaissance first. When and where is your launch/next gig? 13 Mar, Soundlounge, Gold Coast. Website link for more info? soundlounge.com. au/event/47003/laneharry-x-ike-campbell

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VENUE FOCUS

where the green room would be and we knew it would be a pretty good viewing and sounding space, so we decided to progress the idea. There is also off ice space too – are you imagining the venue will become a creative hub?

THE FOUNDRY VENUE MANAGER COREY HEREKIUHA. PIC BY MARKUS RAVIK

THE FOUNDRY Brisbane’s music scene is getting a bit of a kick up the pants with the unveiling of our city’s newest music venue and artist space, The Foundry. We caught up with Venue Manager Corey Herekiuha (who also plays in Velociraptor) and Building Manager Brett Gibson to get the lowdown. What made you want to be part of starting up a new venue? Brett Gibson: I was involved in the opening and setup of

The Triffid and loved the culture that was created there and the people I worked with. I was constantly surrounded by creative people who were passionate about being the best at what they do, it inspired me to try and recreate a similar culture on a smaller scale with The Foundry. Was it immediately apparent the old backpackers would work as a new venue? BG: Not exactly, but when the idea was tossed around we knew exactly where the stage would be, exactly

BG: Yes, that’s really the main focus for us. There were two things that we thought needed to happen to make this a success. 1) Engage the community and try to help the creative industries out, and 2) make it a great experience for the bands. Was there a hole you were looking to f ill in the live scene with this venue? BG: We didn’t think there was a hole, but definitely enough great live music around so that we could co-exist. What’s your view of the Brisbane live scene currently? Corey Herekiuha: I feel it’s still going strong with local bands on every scale playing regularly and we have some of the best venues around like Brightside,

The Triffid, The Bearded Lady, Alhambra Lounge and now The Foundry to name a few. What plans do you have for the venue in the near future? CH: The way I see it is we just want to have a good venue that will host all types of talent including bands, solo artists, producers etc with a wide range of drink to cater for everyone’s taste. We all have some pretty good ideas so I see a bright future ahead. What’s happening for the off icial opening night? CH: We have a great night planned, with three bands playing, including locals White Lodge, Spod from Sydney and one of my own bands, Velociraptor. How will you go juggling working at the venue and playing at the same time? CH: It’s always been fun trying to do both but somehow I manage to. I always find it hard to let go of work when I’m away – usually a few beers help with that.

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THE MUSIC PRESENTS Sharon Van Etten: The Zoo 4 Mar London Grammar: Brisbane Riverstage 7 Mar 65daysofstatic: The Hi-Fi 11 Mar DZ Deathrays: The Brightside 13 Mar Mojo Burning Festival: New Globe Theatre 21 Mar Xavier Rudd & The United Nations: The Tivoli 22 Mar Bluesfest Byron Bay: Tyagarah Tea Tree

WED 04

Client Liaison + Retiree + Wrooks: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley

Brisbane Comedy Festival: Happy Hour + Jeff Green: Brisbane Powerhouse (Visy Theatre), New Farm Mark Hennessey + Amy Shark: Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta Tafelmusik: QPAC (Concert Hall), South Brisbane Trivia: Redland Bay Hotel, Redland Bay Open Mic Night + Various Artists: Solbar (Front Bar), Maroochydore Mogwai: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley Sharon Van Etten + Tiny Ruins + Heather Woods Broderick: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley Level 1 Wednesdays + Various DJs: Victory Hotel, Brisbane

THU 05

Client Liaison + Retiree + Wrooks: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley

Drake + 2 Chainz + P Reign + One Day DJs: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall Open Mic Night + Various Artists: Chardons Corner Hotel, Annerley Dan England: Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta Parents + Cold Hearts + Seas of Valoria + Blind Girls: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley Stone Chimp + Pyromance + Whiskey & Speed: Mick O’Malley’s (The Bunker), Brisbane Karaoke: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah Karaoke: Redland Bay Hotel, Redland Bay

Irish Sessions + Ger Fennelly: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane

GIG OF THE WEEK PARQUET COURTS: 5 MAR, THE ZOO

Vance Joy + #1 Dads + Airling: Nambour Civic Centre, Nambour

Farm 2-6 Apr

Punkfest feat. Red Light Riot + The Unprettier + Midwife Crisis + Dirty Liars + Laura Mardon: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah

Mavis Staples: Brisbane Powerhouse 8 Apr The Beards: Spotted Cow 30 Apr, The Triffid 1 May, The Northern 3 May

Various Artists: Pub Lane Tavern, Greenbank Karaoke: Raintrees Tavern, Manunda

Urban Country Music Festival: Caboolture 1-3 May San Cisco: SolBar 14 May, Coolangatta Hotel 15 May, The Triffid 16 & 17 (U18) May Supersuckers & The Bellrays: The Zoo 22 May

Vance Joy + #1 Dads + Airling: The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise Adore Delano + Band: The Hi-Fi, West End Buck Jnr + Daryl James + Benny Williams: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane Dane Adamo & The Hunted + Mace & The Motor + Faleepo Francisco + Go Van Go: The Triffid, Newstead Parquet Courts + Blank Realm + Kitchens Floor: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley Thirsty Thursdays + Various DJs: Victory Hotel, Brisbane

FRI 06

Karaoke: Redland Bay Hotel, Redland Bay London Grammar + Wet: Riverstage, Brisbane Havana Brown: Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill

Various Artists + Various DJs + Karaoke: Victory Hotel, Brisbane

Howlin Time + Mojo Webb: Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna

Mark Lowndes: Habitat Restaurant & Bar, South Brisbane

Level 1 Fridays + Various DJs: Victory Hotel, Brisbane

Bobby Alu + Pat Tierney: Solbar, Maroochydore

Karaoke: Warner Tavern, Warner

Pete Cullen: Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane

Various Artists: Wharf Tavern (Balcony), Mooloolaba

Chris Flaskas: Solbar (Front Bar), Maroochydore

Ham: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End One Sound: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central Buck Jnr + Mae Perral: Lucky Duck Cafe & Bar, Highgate Hill Dustin Thomas: Mandala Organic Arts Cafe, Mermaid Beach Mau Power: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley Karaoke: Pub Lane Tavern, Greenbank Various Artists: Raintrees Tavern, Manunda Dezzie D & The Stingrayz: Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna Various Artists: Smithfield Tavern, Smithfield

MikeQ: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley

The Floating Bridges + Bearfoot: Solbar, Maroochydore

FAT + Red Light Riot + The Dirty F Holes + BMXRAY: Beetle Bar, Brisbane

Barry Charles: Solbar (Front Bar), Maroochydore

Richard In Your Mind + Tempura Nights + Seja: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley Good Life Festival 2015 feat. Avicii + Bliss N Eso + Afrojack + Martin Garrix + Havana Brown + Allday + Will Sparks v Timmy Trumpet v Joel Fletcher + Blasterjaxx + Frontliner + Carnage + Tigerlily + Uberjak’d + Slice n Dice + Some Blonde DJ: Brisbane Showgrounds (13-17 years), Bowen Hills The Wait: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda Felicity Lawless: Cardigan Bar, Sandgate The Cilikis + Deraign + Cry Havoc + The Confederacy + Mergatroyd: Chardons Corner Hotel, Annerley Bootleg Rascal: Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta Jason Delphin + Vices DJs + Berst Band: Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta

Switchblade Suzie + Average Art: Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley

The Hayden Hack Infusion: Coolangatta Sands Hotel, Coolangatta

Jake Clemons: Solbar, Maroochydore

Graveyard: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley

Karaoke: Springwood Hotel, Rochedale South

CKNU + Graham Moes: Eat Street Markets, Hamilton

Jake Clemons: Soundlounge, Currumbin Dan Munn: Story Bridge Hotel (The Corner Bar), Kangaroo Point DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (Shelter Bar), Kangaroo Point Teva-Uplock + Foxy/ Moron + Dirty Pierre: The Bearded Lady, West End Martin Kin + Flamingo + Joy. + cln + Tabrill: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley Launch Party with Velociraptor + Spod + White Lodge: The Foundry, Fortitude Valley Balkan Beat Box + Dubmarine + Bullhorn: The Hi-Fi, West End

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DJ Indy Andy: Albany Creek Tavern (Creek Bar), Albany Creek

Hobo Magic + The Cupcake Conspiracy + Walking Bird: The Bearded Lady, West End

Various DJs: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley

Hellions + Void Of Vision: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley

Jake Clemons: Bon Amici Wine Bar, Toowoomba

WAAX + The Sinking Teeth + Jouk Mistrow: The Foundry, Fortitude Valley

Brisbane Comedy Festival: Happy Hour + Jeff Green: Brisbane Powerhouse (Visy Theatre), New Farm Eternal: Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta Matt Milkmen + DJ Shearer + Agent 77: Coolangatta Hotel (Main Bar), Coolangatta Alibrandi + Army Of Champions + Columbia Buffet + We Are Servants: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley Future Music Festival 2015 feat. Drake + Avicii + The Prodigy + Afrojack + Martin Garrix + Nero + Example + Hilltop Hoods + Die Antwoord + Knife Party + Sigma + 2 Chainz + Darude + Kiesza + Klingande + Robin Schulz + Gorgon City + Blasterjaxx + Bassjackers + Tchami + Carnage + Throttle + Cocoon: Sven Vath + Art Department + Appollonia + Yellow Claw + Ninja Skills + Ranzid + Ctrl Alt Del + Mandy Onassis + Batchelo + J-Muz + more + Future Music Festival : Doomben Racecourse, Ascot

Hellions + Void Of Vision: The Lab, Brisbane Vance Joy + #1 Dads + Airling: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley

Carb on Carb: Grand Central Hotel, Brisbane

Shovels & Rope + Shakey Graves + Ruby Boots: The Triffid, Newstead

Red Hot Summer feat. Hoodoo Gurus + James Reyne + Daryl Braithwaite + Boom Crash Opera + Mondo Rock + Diesel: Harrigan’s Drift Inn (12pm), Jacobs Well

John Flanagan: The UpFront Club, Maleny The Moose + Big Dead + Kodiak Empire: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley

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DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (The Shelter Bar), Kangaroo Point

Big Up! +Various Artists: Beetle Bar, Brisbane

New Sparks feat. Sundown Jury + Scotch & Cider + Adam Kharita: Eat Street Markets, Hamilton

Diamond Dave: The Underdog Pub Co (Public Bar), Fortitude Valley

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

Devil’s Kiosk: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End Silk: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central

Borneo + Guests: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane 8-Bit Party feat. Boss Fight + Spirit Bunny + VJ Tesla: The Motor Room, West End Peyote Goat(ie) + Drudge + Whiskey & Speed + The Green Whistle + Indica + Feast: The Underdog Pub Co (The Dungeon), Fortitude Valley Frayed And The Fallen + Tria Mera + Wornaway + Afterlight: The Underdog Pub Co, Fortitude Valley Baskervillain + Bandito Folk + Flavour Machine + In Caves: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley The Fire: Warner Tavern, Warner

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Jake Clemons: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley James Reyne: Blue Mountain Hotel, Harlaxton Livespark feat. Various Artists: Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm Brisbane Comedy Festival: Funny + Simon Taylor: Brisbane Powerhouse (Graffiti Room), New Farm Brisbane Comedy Festival: Befrdfgth + Dr Brown: Brisbane Powerhouse (Turbine Studio), New Farm Funky Love Tank: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda Tom Foolery: Bulimba Golf Club, Bulimba

Bellusira: Miami Tavern (Shark Bar), Miami

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Ingrid James & Julian Jones Duo: The Lido Cafe & Restaurant, Ascot

GANGgajang: Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta

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Uncle Bob’s Music Club + Various Artists: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah

Boston Switch: Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta

Trivia: Pub Lane Tavern, Greenbank

Bellusira + 1.1.1 + Street Pieces + Temple Block Riot: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club: QPAC (Concert Hall), South Brisbane

Backyard Sunday Sessions + Various Artists: Dowse Bar & Iceworks, Paddington John Butler Trio + We Two Thieves: Empire Theatre, Toowoomba Nashville Style Songwriters’ Round with John Flanagan: Junk Bar, Ashgrove The Enterprise: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End Richard In Your Mind: Miami Tavern, Miami Irish Sessions + Ger Fennelly: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane The Wet Fish: River Quay, South Brisbane Mike Beale + Andrew Baxter Band: Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna Phil & Trudy Edgeley: Solbar (Front Bar), Maroochydore Brea Robertson: Solbar (Lounge Bar), Maroochydore Butterz: Stoke Bar, South Brisbane

First Aid Kit + Luluc: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley

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Buck Jnr + Paul & Sean: Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley

RICHARD IN YOUR MIND: 6 MAR, BLACK BEAR LODGE Up River Band: Story Bridge Hotel (The Outback Bar), Kangaroo Point

Triffid Roots feat. June Low + Marcus Blacke: The Triffid, Newstead

DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (The Shelter Bar), Kangaroo Point

Open Mic Night + Various Artists: The Underdog Pub Co, Fortitude Valley

Low Season + Ultra Material + Nature Trails: The Bearded Lady, West End

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32 • THE MUSIC • 4TH MARCH 2015

The Music (Brisbane) Issue #78  

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