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Well Chief, don’t quit your day job! Whatever that is… You guessed it, Brisbane’s having a chili cook off! You could be the Pope of Chili-Town as you try to ascertain the difference between 2-alarm and 3-alarm chili (hint: it’s all about whether it makes you breathe fire). Part of the BrewsVegas celebrations, it all happens at Kettle & Tin in Paddington between 10am-4pm on Sunday 29 March. Just maybe pass on the Guatemalan insanity peppers…

This Monday celebrate the Queensland music scene with the annual Queensland Music Awards, held at the beautiful Brisbane Powerhouse. Amidst the awards, there will be performances by Blank Realm, Halfway, Katie Noonan, Tjupurru, MKO, Sahara Beck and We All Want To. It kicks off at 6pm on Monday 30 March – full details at queenslandmusicawards. com.au. Support the local scene!

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ALLDAY

TOURING ALLDAY

Allday’s debut album Startup Cult debuted at #3 on the ARIA charts last July and his October national tour sold out in 48 hours. Now, the hip hopper has announced his aptly titled I Should Be Working On My Album But I’m Doing A Tour tour. He’ll be joined by Asta and Gill Bates when he takes to Metropolis, Fremantle, 30 & 31 May; The Triffid, Brisbane, 4 & 5 Jun; 170 Russell, Melbourne, 6 & 7 Jun; and UNSW Roundhouse, Sydney, 13 Jun.

HERE’S THE DOPE

The original furry freaks, the High (literally!) Priests of Hippie Comedy, Cheech & Chong, are not only still standing but are also touring the world on their Up In Smoke: The Greatest Hits Tour, and that tour, named for their classic 1968 LP, is coming Down Under. This era-defining duo brought American humour to a whole other (hallucinogenic?) level when “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong met in Vancouver, Canada, the former having moved there to avoid the draft. Do not avoid Cheech & Chong, 18 Jun at Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane; 19 Jun at Enmore Theatre in Sydney; 20 Jun at Palais Theatre in Melbourne; or 22 Jun at Perth Concert Hall.

A ROYAL TREAT

Melbourne punk/metal giants King Parrot will be making their way around the country to launch their heavily anticipated album, Dead Set. After touring all over Europe and the US, they’ve picked up a thing or two about wowing crowds. Find out for yourself on 14 May, The Loft, Warrnambool; 16 May, Corner Hotel, Richmond; 21 May, Belconnen Magpies, Canberra; 23 May, Newtown Social Club, Sydney; 30 May, Crowbar, Brisbane and 6 Jun, Amplifier Bar, Perth. For more dates, visit theMusic.com.au.

FEELING THE LOVE

In between trips to SXSW and Canadian Music week, and following on from a massive 2014 which saw them release their second album and hit the road with Gyroscope, Perth’s The Love Junkies have found time to squeeze in a quick lap of the country in April. Fellow locals Skullcave will be joining the band on the Easter tour dates, while Red Jezabel will take the main support slot at the Perth shows. Get ready for melted faces when the band take to Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, 2 Apr; The Bakery, Perth, 11 Apr; The Curtin, Melbourne, 23 Apr; The Standard Bowl, Sydney, 24 Apr; and The Foundry, Brisbane, 25 Apr.

ONE DECADE LATER

Another week, another Perth band celebrating a milestone – it’s been ten years since Karnivool released their seminal debut record Themata, and they’re taking the opportunity to relive the blood, sweat and tears that went into making that record by taking themselves around the country to perform the thing in its entirety. If you’re a massive fan, here’s your chance to experience some usually overlooked gems, otherwise, it’ll still be a performance to cherish – get amongst it 2 May, Metro Theatre, Sydney; 9 May, The Triffid, Brisbane; 12 May, Corner Hotel, Melbourne; and 22 May, Metro City, Perth, with more dates from theMusic.com.au.

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FULL OF HEART

The Harry Heart Chrysalis have a new music video for their latest release, Ninety Six, and they’re heading out on tour to celebrate: 27 Mar, Rosemount Hotel, Perth (solo); 16 Apr, Revolver Upstairs, Melbourne; 24 Apr, World Bar, Sydney; and 1 May, in Brisbane (venue TBC after The Foundry closure). More dates on theMusic.com.au.

DEEZ GUYS

Deez Nuts head around the country in June to showcase their fourth album, Word Is Bond. They’ll be taking to The Brightside, Brisbane, 4 Jun; Bald Faced Stag, Sydney, 5 Jun; Amplifier Bar, Perth, 10 Jun; and Corner Hotel, Melbourne, 13 Jun. More dates from theMusic.com.au.

FLEETWOOD MAC

BACK FOR REAL

After cancelling their sold out dates in 2013, music legends Fleetwood Mac have announced an Australian tour that will see arguably their classic line-up perform this October and November. Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie and Christine McVie will tour together as a five-piece for the first time in 16 years, bringing their On With The Show production to Allphones Arena, Sydney, 22 & 24 Oct; Domain Stadium, Perth, 30 Oct; Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, 2 & 4 Nov; Mt Duneed Estate, Geelong, 7 Nov; and Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 10 Nov.


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FRONTLASH THEY’RE BACK

There are many exciting acts in the 2015 line-up announce for Sydney’s VIVID festival, but none more thrilling than the ever-awesome Royal Headache returning from hiatus to play the Opera House! Rumours are album two will drop soon!

STILL SMOKIN’ Whether you’re a stoner or not it’s still heart-warming to know that Cheech & Chong are still out there blazing for our sins, and they’ve just announced an Aussie tour! Wonder how they’ll go at customs?

THE FINAL FOUR The cricket World Cup seems like it’s been going on forever, but we’re finally down to the pointy end. The four teams everyone predicted for the semis made it through, here’s hoping that the Aussies can take it all the way!

READY TO SCREAM

NEW SOUND, NEW BLOOD

Due for release 12 Jun, Sorry I Let It Come Between Us is the third album from Melbourne’s Saskwatch, and they’ve just released the first single, I’ll Be Fine, and accompanying film clip. Sadly, four members are moving on, but the new line-up is hitting the road to introduce itself, the new single and forthcoming album, playing 18 Apr at The Zoo before joining the Groovin The Moo cavalcade.

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BACKLASH AGAIN?

Massive bummer that The Black Keys have cancelled another Australian tour at the last minute (same as 2011), following an injury to drummer Patrick Carney.

US TOO! Marvin Gaye’s estate want Blurred Lines banned altogether having won a settlement for it ripping off Gaye’s Got To Give It Up. We all want it to go away, but unfortunately life doesn’t work like that...

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The Sunday RNR BBQ is making its way to The Triffid once again in April, bringing a day of rock’n’roll debauchery. Fresh off the back of a records reissue, Screamfeeder will be headlining the event, joined by garage surf-poppers Tiny Migrants, hard rock guitar slingers Heavy Roller, outlaw country performers Midnight Son & The Crime Scene and cowboy rockabilly group Silver Dukes.

Three piece Sydney band Julia Why? announce their new LP Wheel and a tour up the east coast, after set backs including a severed thumb, nerve damaged arm, a visit to a psych ward and a dislocated shoulder. They’re all here in one piece and playing 9 Apr, Heya Bar.

FLYING HIGH

Heralded as ‘creators of Tasmanian Convict Punk’, The Dead Maggies are taking themselves on tour across the east coast. The group recently embarked on a European tour, before heading back to perform at Falls Festival and a range of other Tasmanian festivals. You’ve got the chance to see them performing in a more intimate setting when they take to Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, 10 Apr; New Globe Theatre, 11 Apr.

HELPING HANDS

Bluesfest Touring has announced all the support acts for their headlining shows across March and April. Karl S Williams supports Donavon Frankenreiter at The Triffid, 16 Apr; Daniel Champagne supports Jake Shimabukuro at The Powerhouse, 2 Apr; Trevor Hall supports Michael Franti & Spearhead at The Tivoli, 10 Apr, and also at Tanks Arts Centre, Edge Hill, 11 & 12 Apr.

THE STORY LIVES ON

2015 marks the 100th Anniversary of the ANZAC’s landing at Gallipoli, and to honour the landmark occasion, former Australian of the Year, Lee Kernaghan, has teamed up with a host of local artists – including music stars Guy Sebastian, Sheppard, Megan Washington, Jon Stevens, Jessica Mauboy, Shannon Noll and more – to produce a full album of songs dedicated to the ANZACs. You can hear Spirit Of The Anzacs as performed by a host of featured artists such as Jack Thompson, Lisa McCune, Lee Kernaghan and more when they come to Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 28 Aug.

SUPER DUO

Much loved artistes Abby ‘Baby’ Dobson and Lara ‘Lulu’ Goodridge have recorded a second selection of classic and contemporary chansons, as well as, for the first time, a number of their own original compositions written in French. Baby et Lulu’s Album Deux features a live band and boasts some incredibly talented Sydney musicians, including Matt Ottignon, Julian Curwin, Marcello Maio, Mark Harris and Hamish Stuart. The duo will be making their way to Brisbane Powerhouse, 13 Jun.

IMAGINE DRAGONS

HURRY THE FUCK UP! So they’ve finally announced an adaptation of Garth Ennis/ Steve Dillon’s amazing Preacher graphic novel (with Seth Rogen buying the rights), but they’re still casting the damn thing!

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Las Vegas quartet Imagine Dragons will be returning to Australia this September, bringing with them their anticipated second fulllength release, Smoke & Mirrors. The band behind mammoth anthems Radioactive and On Top Of The World will be making their way to Riverstage, 5 Sep. THE MUSIC • 25TH MARCH 2015 • 9


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ONE NIGHT ON EARTHCORE

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Music, lifestyle, culture, arts, experience – all this and more are offer when Earthcore 2015 comes to town – nine shows, nine locations, one epic production. Now, the actual Earthcore happens in November, but the organisers have set up a series of special launch events they’ve titled One Night In…, so get the old diaries out and save the date. Featuring Goa scene veterans, film soundtrack composers (Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions) and electronic music legends, Juno Reactor, making their long awaited return to Australia, alongside New Zealand’s Grouch, One Night In… lands 3 Apr at Elsewhere on the Gold Coast, 10 Apr at The Hi-Fi, 11 Apr at The Brewery in Byron Bay.

HERE COMES DAWN

The Dawn Chorus will be embarking on a national tour this April – June to celebrate the release of their new single Big World. This five-piece is famous for putting their own spin on blues and roots, and you’ll get to see what all the fuss is about when they play at a city near you: 18 Apr, Eat Street Markets; 9 May, The Milk Factory.

WIDE AWAKE

After the success of the sold out tour in January, Art Of Sleeping have released their latest single Voodoo and heading on an extensive national tour. Catch glimpses of the band’s upcoming debut album 27 Jun, The Triffid.

PIERCING THROUGH

Melbourne folk-pop duo Pierce Brothers have signed a major record deal with Warner in Aus/ NZ, have signed with Free Trade Agency in the UK, and will tour the country in April before moving to Europe for the summer. There’ll be a new EP available for purchase exclusively at these shows. See the twin bros Solbar, Maroochydore, 23 Apr; Woolly Mammoth; 24 Apr.

MMM, CHOCOLATE...

My Friend The Chocolate Cake are going colossal with their next tour, taking to east coast with their first two albums – their self-titled debut from 1991, and 1994’s Brood – and will be performing them both back-to-back. Fans of the suburban folk-rock group would be silly to miss this – they make their way to Sound Lounge, Currumbin, 27 Mar and Brisbane Powerhouse, 28 Mar, with shows still to be announced across the rest of the country.

GATES ARE OPEN

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Perth band The Decline start their tour this April to launch new album and single Giving Up is a Gateway Drug. 17 Apr, Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast with Frenzal Rhomb and Local Resident Failure; 17 Apr, Crowbar, Brisbane, with Guttermouth, Release The Hounds and The Flangipanis.

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SO FRESH THE CHECKOUT

CHECKOUT IS BACK

ABC show The Checkout, totalling 12 episodes so far, has been recalled due to a ‘deficiency of satirical consumer affairs programming’. New episodes will focus on sports drinks, car financing, cosmetic testing, streaming media services, the wedding industry and mental health treatments. We’re just glad that two of The Chaser boys are still making the funnies and not getting sued. Will air 8pm Thursday 9 Apr. 10 • THE MUSIC • 25TH MARCH 2015

Adelaide hip hop trio The Funkoars are touring nationally this May/June, equipped with some fresh material and all the classics. Playing alongside them are ridiculously rad supports DJ Total Eclipse, Mathas and Eloji. It’s gonna be one helluva night. Catch them on 8 May, The TBC Club; and 9 May, Coolangatta Hotel.

THIS IS LIVING

It’s been five years since Miles Away released their last album, Endless Roads. After a lengthy period of growing, learning and living, the hardcore group from Perth are releasing a new record, Tide, and they’re taking it around the country, stopping by Upstairs 199, 17 May (AA); The Brightside, 17 May.

OUT OF THIS WORLD

“Los Angeles dubstep god” 12th Planet is headed to Australia for a run of dates in April. John Dadzie’s 12th Planet moniker, along with his SMOG label are often credited as popularising the British movement stateside. MTV has called the act a “pioneering incubator of bass music in America.” Don’t miss out on this important tour, 11 Apr at The Met.

SOUND THE ALARM

Okay, so this year’s Soundwave has barely left our conscious memory but the dates for the 2016 edition have already been announced. The fest will return in one-day format to Brisbane on 23 Jan, 2016.


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BEGGING NO MORE Irreverent Aussie stand-up comedian Jim Jefferies is pretty chuffed that he’s made it big in his homeland without having to compromise, and he tells Steve Bell that even the fact that millions of people think he’s a douchebag and will rejoice when he dies isn’t enough to spoil the party.

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espite being one of Australia’s most successful ever comedy exports, it’s really only in the last few years that Jim Jefferies has made major inroads in his native country. His cause to break large in his homeland probably wasn’t helped when he long ago chased his dreams to the stand-up mecca of London, nor when having establishing himself there he relocated once

it was the same with festivals; ‘Please can I play the Melbourne [Comedy] Festival, please, please, I’d love to play the Melbourne Festival.’ Well you can put this in print – the Melbourne Festival can suck my fucking dick. I’m going to sell more tickets in Melbourne than any other person on their fucking festival book and they can fuck right off. I used to just beg and beg and beg, so it feels good that I did it without the television and I did it without the festival – there’s a sense of accomplishment there that I did it just through people digging what I did.

get their work permits – and eventually it all ends and they go back to Australia, they knock up some broad and have a family and get a normal job, and I’m like a little unique piece of London that they remember; I think that had a bit to do with it. “I dunno, I couldn’t be happier with it anyway. I think one day when I’m an old fella I’ll probably retire back there to Australia – I’ll be like an elephant. Elephants go back to where they were born to die – I don’t know why – but I think that’s what I’ll do, I’ll be like, ‘Alright, time to die, I’ll go back to Sydney.’ I’ll talk about my Hollywood career in a nursing home; I can just see myself as a cantankerous old cunt going, ‘I once played Carnegie Hall!’ and everyone else going, ‘You’re full of shit!’ That’s how it will end for me, I tell ya! I’ll have dementia and I’ll be sitting in a corner just saying over and over again, ‘Melbourne Comedy Festival can suck my dick!’” Jefferies’ rise to fame hasn’t come without its fair share of controversy. His aggressive style and faux-bogan demanour hides an intelligence which often contextualises seemingly grim or profane material, a point often missed by his many detractors. For example, his 2014 Australian tour contained some material that many deemed misogynistic, a fact that doesn’t faze the comic in the slightest.

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again to the States – where his 2009 HBO special Swear To God had won him a substantial audience – to expand into the world of TV and film. Jefferies quickly experienced some substantial wins and losses in this latter quest; his TV comedy series Legit earned a largely positive reception upon its 2013 release before being cancelled after two seasons, although it certainly enhanced his profile in the American stand-up market. He now spends most of each year touring the States, only breaking this routine to hit the UK for a few weeks plus the annual month that he spends in Australia. Despite all of his successes abroad it still seems that there’s no place like home. “Australia’s very important to me,” Jefferies admits. “I was doing good numbers in the UK and not selling anything in Australia and I used to get a little bit disgruntled about it, but three years ago I just started selling tickets in Australia and even if I didn’t have family there it’s a good enough market that I’d come back every year anyway. Initially I was only coming back because of my parents and to see the family once a year, but now a big part of my year is coming back to Australia and doing that big tour. “I kinda dig that I got popular in Australia without any fucking TV. You know what – I used to beg ‘em. I used to beg TV and say, ‘Please, please put me on The Footy Show, I’ll be ever so good.’ And 12 • THE MUSIC • 25TH MARCH 2015

That feels a lot better, it really does.” It’s hard to pinpoint the exact reason for Jefferies’ sudden acceptance here; he himself believes it’s partly a by-product of the technological revolution. “I think it was YouTube, which is weird because I’ve never used YouTube myself and I didn’t put any of the clips up,” he ponders. “Also I’ve got a big Australian following in London – when I was in London I started doing these solo shows and it was all Australians in the audience. Everyone’s in London from 18 to 27 – they’re all there getting wasted and that’s when they can

“People were saying I’m a misogynist? Well this is my point – I feel like I’ve been misogynistic for years, and it’s taken this long for people to notice it on stage, which just proves that you really have to keep repeating yourself until women listen, hey?” he chuckles. “Nah, what it is is that they’re just jokes. Last year I was in a relationship – and I still am – and I’d just had a child, so of course the battle between males and females, or women and men, was what I was going through, and that was what I talked about. “Also, I’m a person whose been dumped by every girl I’ve gone out with, I had a very, very difficult relationship with my mother – who I believe was too hard on me, and that shaped my whole life – and if you met a female comic who said that her father had been hard on her and she’d been fucked over by every man she’d ever dated, we’d go, ‘Ah, that’s gonna be some funny stuff!’ No one would go, ‘Agh, she’s a man-hater!’ and then start calling the fucking police about it, we’d just go, ‘Ah, this is why she doesn’t like men’. I’m up there on stage going, ‘I’ve had my troubles with women and this is why’, and instead of saying, ‘I’m sorry you’ve had this life, I’m sorry people treated you that way’,,people just go, ‘You’re a bastard for having feelings!’ Fuck them! “You know what I’m saying, it’s just jokes! Not only jokes, but I give you a reason and I give


SKOOL’S OUT Jefferies has always been on a quest to be a stand-up, but as a young man in WA he studied musical theatre: a fallback that he should thankfully never need, given that he didn’t complete the course. “I tell you this, the people at WAAPA – the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, where Hugh Jackman went and Lisa McCune went and all these people – I just want to say this to them; ‘You didn’t check my high school certificate!’” Jeffries guffaws. “I didn’t get good enough marks to get into university, there was an entry level mark and they just never checked! So even if I did graduate it would have been a sham.

you a whole cause and effect about why the joke was written. It’s not like I’m just a racist who’s standing up there going, ‘Fuck black people!’, I’m, like, ‘I had a problem with a woman and this is what happened,’ and people still go ‘You can’t do that.’ Why not? It’s my life, it’s what happened! I’m not taking random pot shots at people – the only people that I really get into are normally relatives of mine or girlfriends of mine, it’s their problem, not yours!” Does he enjoy pushing the boundaries with his material though? “I enjoy riling people up,” Jefferies admits. “I don’t push the boundaries for the sake of pushing the boundaries. I’ve never written a joke with the intent of, ‘Oh, this is going to upset people!’ I’ve never written a joke thinking, ‘Ok, what’s the edgy way of talking about this?’ I just do the jokes, but I do enjoy people who write in letters of hate or storm out of my shows – there’s something about me that thinks that that’s when I’m doing my job right. “It’s very bizarre though – let’s say on this tour of Australia that 40 or 50 thousand people are going to come and see me for the whole tour – you think, ‘Wow, there’s a lot of people who like me in this world.’ And there is, but the reality is that two million people in Australia have seen

what I do – they’ve actually physically watched it on the internet or television, or someone’s showed them a recording or something – that means that at least a million people in Australia fucking hate me! It’s bizarre when you know that and you’re walking down the street. Most of the things that are written to me when people write me letters are about how much they fucking hate me and what a douchebag I am, but when I walk the street the only

people who stop me are the ones saying how much they like me – so that means that wherever I walk, for every person who stops and tells me they love me there’s other people walking by thinking, ‘There’s that asshole!’ If you’re sitting in a restaurant you can see people whispering to each other, ‘There’s that fuckwit!’ The fact is, when I die there will be people who think, ‘Good!’” he laughs uproariously. “They’ll think, ‘Good, he’s dead. Finally!’”

WHEN & WHERE: 30 Mar, Brisbane Entertainment Centre

“If I didn’t have this for a job I wouldn’t be qualified to do anything. There’s not a single thing in the world that I’m qualified to do... I’m not trained to do anything else but stand-up comedy. And what I always found weird about stand-up comedy is that people seem to listen to us sometimes like we’re prophets or something, like we’re the ones speaking truth about society – we’re a bunch of fucking morons who didn’t go to university and have no real education giving half-baked ideas about news stories that we read on the internet! Comedians are really the last people you should listen to.”

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RISING UP Actor Keiynan Lonsdale went from dealing with the competitive nature of dance to the dangerous dystopia of future Chicago. He tells Stephanie Liew about the ride.

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efore being cast as Uriah Pedrad in Insurgent, the second film in the Divergent series, 23-year-old Keiynan Lonsdale had worked in Australian TV, most notably in the teen drama Dance Academy. However, Insurgent is his first US job. It’s the day after the film’s Sydney premiere and Lonsdale is still digesting. “It was pretty crazy, but my whole family was there to support and it was cool to watch it with an all-Australian audience and get that good vibe from everyone.” To leave his hometown of Sydney for the US to work on a sci-fi film built on a huge fanbase sounds like it was

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a whirlwind experience for Lonsdale, who’s now actually living in LA. “I was in shock when I found out I got the role, obviously. And then as time was going along I was realising kind of what it all meant going forward and it’s been an amazing ride so far. I just feel very lucky overall.” He was certainly thrown into the deep end in his first week of filming – “The first scene I shot was my biggest scene in the whole film, so that was crazy!” – but in joining a cast with big names such as Shailene Woodley, Octavia Spencer, Theo James, Jai Courtney, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet, Miles Teller and Zoe Kravitz, Lonsdale found

a more personal battle to overcome. “I think the most challenging thing in general during the shoot was being calm and being comfortable and believing in myself. You know, I basically stepped into a cast of star actors... I was trying to figure out how I could – not find my place, but like, where my work was, you know what I mean? Because it’s kind of intimidating. So that was my biggest challenge, to realise that I deserve to be there and that I had something to offer.” And what does he think about this ongoing trend of dystopian young adult novels and films? “Divergent was the kind of movie that I went and saw before I knew about the audition just because I was like, ‘I’m definitely going to like this movie.’ [laughs] I like the idea of societies crumbling to pieces because of someone not conforming… which is why I always jump in and watch those films. It’s a genre that I’m a fan of.” Though the current ubiquity of such narratives – the oppressed and the outsiders rising up against the corrupt authorities and gatekeepers of societal uniformity; see The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, The Giver, Snowpiercer – has resulted in them all being compared to one another in myriad thinkpieces, it’s nevertheless interesting to ponder why the genre’s so popular among young people. “The great thing about these films and these books is that it brings the topic and it brings the conversation about without you kind of realising, as a young reader… that it’s politics,” Lonsdale offers, “or that it can be inspired by that. But then it really does make you think – it really makes you question our society once you look into another society, and you question the kind of power that we have.” WHAT: The Divergent Series: Insurgent In cinemas

JUST FRIENDS When Barnaby Weir of New Zealand’s The Black Seeds calls up a few of his favourite fellow kiwi musicians for another shot of side project Fly My Pretties, you might get anything up to 15 people sharing the stage, as Michael Smith discovers.

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t is a strange beast,” Black Seeds co-singer and guitarist Barnaby Weir admits of Fly My Pretties, the amorphous collective of fellow Wellington, New Zealand musicians – among them members of Trinity Roots, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Kora, The Phoenix Foundation, Head Like A Hole, Kora, The Nudge and Electric Wire Hustle – that he put together with Mikee Tucker from Loop back in 2004. “It’s unusual, but it’s so special, you know? Obviously it changes up almost every show unless we’re doing an album tour, but you have different flavours and a variety of skills and personalities. It’s certainly not your usual band but I think people get that now. “It crosses a lot of genres, though we don’t quite go full tick dance, house and techno kind of vibe because we do have great musicians that play real instruments, so we don’t kind of go there, but the focus I guess is the central part of the band, which is generally myself, Mike Fabulous on bass, Jarney Murphy on drums and Nigel Patterson on keyboards – they’re part of The Black Seeds as well – so that’s the gooey centre of the chocolate if you like, and that means there’s a consistency in all of the songs, in a sound. They’re the engine room and they make things work and sound good almost immediately if we’ve got a new song or a new talent that’s joining us. We listen to

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their song and we do a version in our style.” From very humble beginnings as just an opportunity for Weir to jam with friends he’d been wanting to jam with but hadn’t, Fly My Pretties has grown to something of a New Zealand institution, recording, releasing and touring five live albums over the past decade, the show lasting up to three hours. “I wasn’t thinking I’d start a band. I was thinking we’d do a live recording and make the audience really feel a part of that. So I was really interested in the risk of a collaboration in front

of an audience that’s seated in a theatre environment that’s being recorded. And from there we took the thing a little bit more theatrical, especially with the third album [2009’s Fly My Pretties – A Story, which debuted at #1 on the RIANZ album chart]. Me and my father wrote a story, had it illustrated and we wrote songs around its theme.” The collective has also collaborated with local visual artist, Flox, to create a series of animated film clips, and have written on themes of national identity and environmental issues. “I’m a musician, that’s into a broad range of musical styles, so why do we feel that we have to be locked into your main band’s style. For me that’s The Black Seeds, and that’s more a soul/funk/reggae kind of a sound. So Fly My Pretties is about expressing those other styles.” WHEN & WHERE: 1 Apr, 170 Russell; 4 & 5 Apr, Bluesfest, Byron Bay


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THE FEMININE MYSTIQUE Regarded as Africa’s Voice, Angelique Kidjo’s latest album certainly reflects this in all its grief and glory. However, it also tore out her heart, as Rip Nicholson learns.

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t was a trip that I took with a UN delegation to the Chad refugee camps for the Darfurian people in 2011,” Angelique Kidjo explains, thinking back to what motivated her most recent album. “And we met twenty-three women who told us about what they went through before they got to the camp. It was so painful, I came back affected so profoundly that I lost the ability to sleep. The inspiration for Eve was from these women. Before we left, even though they were crying, tears in their eyes, one woman had said to me, ‘whatever you do when you leave here, whatever power you have, make sure we get home with security and safety to take care of our

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children and please, don’t let anyone victimise us.’ “You know sometimes I go to places with UNICEF or other organisations and I come back completely in pain – emotionally drained.” Already this year the singer, songwriter and activist has won the Crystal Award for her humanitarian contribution and her second Grammy for Best World Album with her 11th studio album, Eve, dedicated to the women of Africa. “For me, music is a weapon of peace and today more than ever, as artists we have a role to play in the stability of this world,” Kidjo said in her acceptance speech for the Grammy.

Eve, through the pride in her vocals and majesty of its accompanying orchestra, has certainly been used for a just cause. Armed with a six-track recorder, Kidjo travelled to her native Benin and captured the gift of song in these women’s choir groups and reflected their survival spirit. “Kenya was the starting point of the whole album, actually. And at that point I was not even thinking about recording the women for the album. I was there on a mission as the UN Goodwill Ambassador to deal with the problem of acute malnutrition. After being on an emotional rollercoaster from this village, I came to the second village where the women here had started singing and, oh my God, I just followed the voice. My husband had seen me transforming from that emotional wreck that I was and just seeing the power of music lifting me up. How we got there was through the women of Kenya who gave me their courage.” Eve is also an homage to her mother, Yvonne, whose voice is featured on the African vintage record, Bana. “For me, my mum taught me how to sing, she put me on stage. She was always there with ten children and only my father’s pay cheque. I don’t know how she did it, I only have one child and she is enough,” Kidjo laughs. “And as a woman, my mum has been lucky to have married my father who never told her, ‘because you are my wife, you cannot do this, do that.’ Whatever she decided to do, my father was always supportive. So, I grew up in that background. For me, I have to give back. There’s no way I can do otherwise.” WHEN & WHERE: 4 Apr, Brisbane Powerhouse; 5 & 6 Apr, Bluesfest

THE BEST IN US In considering what they wanted to say with their fifth studio album, Rodrigo Y Gabriela turned to some of their personal heroes for inspiration, and as Gabriela Quintero tells Michael Smith, they’re not musical ones.

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ell it was mainly an idea that me and Rod wanted to pursue with our audiences,” Quintero begins, explaining the genesis of their latest album, 9 Dead Alive. “As we don’t sing, it’s easy for a band like us that has a very faithful audience – and we’re not a mainstream act – to be able to communicate not just by playing but also to share a little bit of the things we like and the things that we would consider inspired us to play music.” Fans would be aware of the backstory but for those just getting acquainted, Quintero and Rodrigo Sanchez met in their hometown Mexico City in 1988, when they were both 15, Sanchez forming a heavy metal band in the early ‘90s in which Quintero also played. Frustrated by the limitations of the domestic market, in 1999 the pair headed for Europe, eventually settling in Dublin where they’d frantically play their favourite covers on acoustic guitars. Their dextrous playing soon attracted attention, scored them a manager and eventually an Irish #1 in 2004 with an eponymous live album that included heady versions of Led Zep’s Stairway To Heaven and Metallica’s Orion, and their international career took off. “Lately there’s been a lot of things that you can say that humanity is a terrible thing, that humanity is bad and blah blah blah, and I said [to Rod] what has been good for humanity, made 16 • THE MUSIC • 25TH MARCH 2015

by humans? These were just conversations and we came up with a lot of male figures and I said for sure we have to include women. Because we can’t do an album of thousands of people or hundreds,” Quintero laughs. The pair chose eight people to represent the best that humanity has offered by way of exemplary lives and, in Quintero’s words “still affect us somehow”; four men: Antonio de Torres Jurado, who in the 19th century developed the acoustic guitar as we know it today; psychotherapist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl; Arctic

explorer and High Commissioner to the pre-UN League of Nations for human rights Fridtjof Nansen and Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky; and four women: 19th century African-American freedom fighter Harriet Tubman; 17th century Mexican poet and prodigy Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz; Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral and twice queen, 12th century patron of the arts Eleanor of Aquitaine. Not that the pieces Sanchez and Quintero composed were directly inspired by these people. “We said, let’s do the music, and once the music was finished, then we said, oh, this one is for this person. So we just let it go by intuition and just let it out, you know? More like an abstract selection. And that track, Torito, was another idea from me to say, well, to realise we are part of the whole balance of the Earth and Universe, so we have to pay tribute to that.” WHAT: 9 Dead Alive (Warner) WHEN & WHERE: 4 & 5 Apr, Bluesfest, Byron Bay


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THOSE DEMON BLUES Maintaining the title of ‘blues queen’ while keeping the blues at bay is a juxtaposition not lost on Beth Hart. Despite appearing to be at the peak of her career, she tells Carley Hall the emotional side of her journey is always unfolding.

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eth Hart shrugs off phrases like “rising from the ashes”, “tragedy to triumph” and “reborn”. The blues chanteuse has indeed lived the classic Hollywood tale. Her early years were punctuated by dangerous dalliances with drugs, drink and depression, but she’s weathered them all with a dignified acceptance and an openness that acknowledges at the very least what her demons were able to give her – perspective. Even a humble milestone experienced by so many people has her gushing and swearing with infectious glee. “I bought my first home with my

husband, ever!” Hart exclaims. “I lost my shit over being so nervous about moving in; I don’t know why I got so anxiety-ridden about it. It was ridiculous. But, you know what? It’s great, because now I’m in the rehearsal mode and the exercise mode and I’m getting ready to go back out on the road.” Having first touched visited us last year for Bluesfest and a handful of metro shows, Hart is keen to back up her performances with her slot on this year’s line-up. The spell Hart commands with her deep register and sultry image has always been tempered by her personal battles. While some

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Orchestra as well, but we also performed as Bustamento, and I went down to Mexico for a while. So there was this melting pot of ideas and sounds, things we’d all touched on in the past in jams. “So this album was specifically more about the journey, of finding the roots and playing with the hybrids of the roots of the Caribbean style and this album is more like this international trip we’d been on and we’d picked up these little influences here and there – there’s a bit of New Orleans, a bit of Middle Eastern, there’s this whole mariachi thing, the Afro-Cuban

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The blues siren says her ever-present emotional rollercoaster made piecing together new album, Better Than Home, difficult initially. It wasn’t because she felt her own feelings confronting, but because her penchant for a variety of musical genres was sometimes at odds with a writing process that unfolded while experiencing a gamut of emotions. “Some days, some of the songs come from a really positive place, some of them don’t. There was a huge batch of material that came from different emotions but also different genres musically, and I tend to write really broad when it comes to genres anyway. So trying to choose what would go best together, along with what narrative would come together, that was a challenge just in itself. But it’s definitely more of a balance between the ups and the downs.” WHAT: Better Than Home (Mascot/Warner) WHEN & WHERE: 3 & 5 Apr, Bluesfest, Byron Bay

thing; there’s obviously the reggae thing, so it’s really like an international postcard.”

It began as a labour of love, on discovering a perhaps forgotten musical style, and has taken Bustamento around the world. Proud father Nicky Bomba enthuses over the birth of a new album with Michael Smith. e just had three or four days of swimming through the pond of ideas and stuff that stuck ended up on the shore,” singer and guitarist Nicky Bomba begins, waxing metaphoric on the genesis of Bustamento’s second album, Intercontinental Journal 7. “Musically, what we found was that, because of our real world travels – we’d just recently been to Malta, Canada and the UK, obviously with the (Melbourne Ska)

artists choose to keep personal topics off limits, Hart has always been forthcoming with stark tales of her past; it’s something she feels is part of “her job”. “I’ve been saved so many times from myself,” she admits frankly. “Angels, God, whatever you want to call it, I’ve just been helped so many times along the way through my difficulties that I felt the least I could do is to not pretend and be some cheerleader, but to be really open about what it’s been like because it’s a way of heading forward, you know? I just know that there are many, many people out there struggling with bipolar disorder, alcoholism, drug addictions, food addictions, fears, phobias, anxieties. And there’s a lot of that, there’s a lot of shit people out there, and I’m one of them.”

The Bustamento journey began in 2012 when Bomba and four members of his previous eponymous band, with steel pan player Lennox Jordan, decided to explore a style of Jamaican folk music, mento, which predated ska and reggae. That resulted in an ARIA-nominated debut album, Intrepid Adventures To The Lost Riddim Islands. “Bustamento is a beautiful little thing, you know,” he assures. “It was only really started as a tribute, as a labour of love, because I just wanted to start a little mento band from what I’d seen, from going to Jamaica and Seaford Town and all the mento bands that used to play around the swimming pool of the Hilton and all those big hotels. I’ve researched it a lot and it really was, mento was the voice of the people and was very much the newspaper of the time because there were things you couldn’t say in public and in the paper but you could certainly say in a song and totally get away with it, and I like that, I like the spontaneous value of it, and we’re very much a spontaneous band. We will fly off on any tangent at any given moment for any particular reason, first of all ‘cause we can, and then when we do, it’s not like a train wreck – the musicians that are in Bustamento, it’s really like a well-oiled soccer team, we can change players, and I love that, I love the spontaneity of it. It’s a challenge and very exciting. WHAT: Intercontinental Journal 7 (Transmitter) WHEN & WHERE: 27 Mar, Solbar, Maroochydore; 2 Apr, Soundlounge, Currumbin


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ALBUM OF THE WEEK

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THE PRODIGY

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE

The Day Is My Enemy Take Me To The Hospital/ Cooking Vinyl It takes just 34 seconds into The Prodigyಬs sixth album to confirm the self-parody and cartoonish slapstick that has stunted their last two albums has been torched once and for all. Trickyಬs onetime squeeze Martina TopleyBird provides the opening title track with its main soundbite, picking through burning rubble and marking Prodge territory like the hungry fox that adorns the cover. If ಫ94’s Music For The Jilted Generation dragged punk kicking and spitting into the techno age, here Liam Howlett exhumes the corpse to take on the whole of an increasingly lazy EDM culture. Ibiza, for example, has Keith Flint taking on megawank DJs who pack a USB stick and more haircare products into their bags than records. Not long ago, he would simply have called Steve Aoki a cunt over a drumಬnಬbass turd and missed the point completely. Wild Frontier’s classic rave influences give the old nose the biggest

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whiff of Jilted-era molotov and Flint rasping, “I ain’t no tourist,” on Nasty with Narayan-style groaning and a sample from Alex Proyasಬ1998 film Dark City is paranoid and furious. Considering for a while Pendulum not only stole, but also thoroughly rogered, their thunder, Howlett had no choice but to change or die, which he did by creating this album as a band with Flint and Maxim. Maximಬs contributions are more covertly planted than Flint’s, but the overall nocturnal aggression of The Day Is My Enemy makes for a long overdue repositioning of The Prodigy as firestarters. Mac McNaughton

“Kintsugi” references a Japanese art form celebrating the broken or worn qualities of a piece. So this too is the sound of a group fractured, but presented with a Brechtian lack of apology. Ben Gibbard sounds generally breezier than ever in Death Cab For Cutie’s latest album, despite whatever tribulations led to his divorce and co-founder Chris Walla’s departure from the group. It’s all bubbling under the surface though. While you’re bopping and bouncing to the disco élan of Good Help (Is So Hard To Find) or drinking in the morning dew of Hold No Guns, Gibbard’s slipping in lines like “Friends, they always splinter” or spitting “Only fools give it away” while funky guitars screech to a carcrash halt in the background.

★★★★ On Drugs album and the open-eyed wonder of The Waterboys. No Room In Frame is a colourful opener, perfectly primed for radio-play although it finishes a nicely elongated outro too soon. It’s lovely to hear him swaddled once more in Dntel-like radiowaves but Gibbard seems too eager to shuffle back to the comforting surrounds of down-tempo. Mac McNaughton

Much of Kintsugi languishes in beanbags surrounded by the vibes of the last War

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AWAKEN I AM

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The award-winning Beninese songstress follows last year’s Eve with her orchestral-backed 15th full-length album. The classical backing produced by over 110 musicians across the record, produced by Kidjo with her husband and longtime collaborator Jean Hebrail, showcases yet again how diverse, emotive and powerful her voice can be, while also allowing her tribal sensibilities to shine. Bahia and Petite Fleur are particularly dramatic arrangements, balanced nicely with the smooth and suave stylings of Nanae and Naima.

With Gold Coast five-piece Awaken I Am the influences have always been clear – The Amity Affliction, Parkway Drive, Dream On Dreamer – but their progressive noodles and highwire lines and vocals have a distinctly clean and glossy treatment washed over them. That top-notch production makes an immediate impact in tracks like opener, Divisions, and Landslide, where neatly clipped kitwork and smooth vocal tones work their wonders, but there’s many a time where the boys break it up with some crushing guitars and brutal, offbeat riffs in Safe Haven and Capture.

Brisbane-bred indie scions Dollar Bar – Australia’s answer to Guided By Voices – now have three Bob Pollards in their ranks, with Patrick McCabe (bass) and Chris Yates (guitar) now sharing equal footing in the songwriting/delivery stakes with frontman Dale Peachey, with resoundingly stellar results. Tracks like I’m In Love With Being In Love, Australia Hates Me, Wayne & Shuster, Backburner, Drawbacks and Legside are all rife with earworm melodies and slowblossoming pop hooks and none outstay their welcome, making Hot Ones their most imperative offering since 2004’s killer eponymous debut.

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ED SHEERAN, CONRAD SEWELL, JAMIE LAWSON Brisbane Riverstage 20 Mar Local heartthrob Conrad Sewell belts out his soulful melodies interspersed with unusual pops and clicks of vocal percussion, receiving approving hoots from the excitable front section. He cornily dedicates his song, Remind Me, to “all the ladies out there”, a surefire way to win over the vast majority of the audience. Talented British songwriter Jamie Lawson then edges out onto the stage with his

nearly knock the wind out of him. He explodes into I’m A Mess with equal energy. Sheeran generates an incredible sound for one man and an undersized acoustic guitar, employing his trademark loop pedals to build harmonies and layer ingeniously picked chords over percussion produced by thumping the body of his guitar, to astounding effect. He plays Lego House to a backdrop of arty visuals projected between two towering Ed Sheerans, ending the song to deafening applause. The seemingly omnipotent singer conducts a choir of voices to his repertoire of chart-smashing hits, powering through Thinking Out Loud and A-Team, during which Sheeran decrees that the lights on mobile phones

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guitar and cheat sheet in hand. By this point impatience is growing and the crowd mutters amongst itself while he runs through his pretty, acoustic love songs. When introducing his flagship single, Wasn’t Expecting That, Lawson refers to Ed Sheeran as if he’s some mysterious deity to be appeased: “This song is the reason why I’m here. Ed Sheeran likes this song and he wants you to hear it.” The crowd swells and new additions fight to wriggle towards a spot in the same area code as the stage, which is by this point close to impossible. The floodlights illuminate the crowd and a steady chant of “Ed! Ed! Ed!” builds within the baying masses. Without warning Ed Sheeran appears to a sonic boom of screams that must 22 • THE MUSIC • 25TH MARCH 2015

Brisbane’s CBD – where The Gin Club formed as a loose collective over a decade ago – except that due to renovations and progress the original venue was actually about 100m down the road, so even given the proximity only the name really remains the same. Nonetheless there’s nostalgia in the air as June Low kicks off, the vehicle for singersongwriter Emma White and her cohort Jane Elliott, who adds mournful cello to proceedings. Sandgate’s own Harley Young & The Haymakers showcase a clutch of tunes from their recent long-player Flinders Parade, the songs proving as alluring in the live realm as they do on record. Tracks like Margate GF and Balls Deep In Boondall seem intrinsically Brisbane-

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should be raised in the air, and at once there is light and he sees that it is good. Sheeran retreats backstage after a roaring set but returns after three minutes, regenerated, to perform his coup de grace, rounded off with the anthemic Sing, and rest assured, everybody does. His work done, Sheeran slips away. Nicholas Atkins

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the band while the timeless Drug Flowers highlights the more rousing and bombastic elements they do so well. Numbers like Conor Macdonald’s Blood On Your Jeans find the crowd quiet and transfixed whereas upbeat sea shanty Wylde Bitch has everyone howling and singing amidst the drunken reverie. They take a quick break instead of an encore, then continue for an another halfhour, trotting out songs like new single Dancing With The Ghost, Dear Rose, Gas Guzzler, Fear Of The Sea and a rousing cover of Neil Young’s Revolution Blues (with vocals from Mexico City’s Adam Toole) to finish a memoryrefreshing and memorable set. Steve Bell

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based in a way that’s pretty rare, yet they’re enjoyable because they’re strong songs and not merely parochial. Young himself is so genuine and sincere and possesses a clear rapport with his band, and when they finish with the aching Honey We Were Born Here the response from the strong crowd is enough to draw him back for an encore. Despite having a new album in the offing tonight’s a trip down memory lane for The Gin Club, and with a near full contingent (albeit short two interstate members early due to plane delays) they revel in revisiting their beautiful first album. There’s lots of good-natured ribbing and banter among the reminiscing, with beautiful, restrained tunes like Gabrielle showcasing a soft side to

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arts reviews adaptation of author Veronica Roth’s bestselling series of dystopian novels isn’t a total dud – it’s handsomely made – but it somehow feels redundant.

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★★ Insurgent pulls off the rather neat trick of feeling both completely predictable and seeming as if it was made up as it went along. This second instalment in the screen

A re-watch of Divergent is advised if you do intend to check out Insurgent – the new film doesn’t provide much in the way of ‘Previously in The Divergent Series...’ What you need to know is that Tris (Shailene Woodley), who possesses five personality traits in a world where most people are restricted to only one, is on the run from the authorities led by chilly bureaucrat Jeanine (Kate Winslet). But eventually it’s time for Tris and her comrades, including badass boyfriend Four (Theo James) and douchebag Peter (Miles Teller), to take the fight to Jeanine. Is Tris up to it? Well, there’s at least one more book in the saga, so there’s one clue. Tris’ cause is certainly worth fighting for: whether it’s worth lining up for at the box office is another matter entirely. Guy Davis

INFINITELY POLAR BEAR Film

In cinemas 26 Mar

★★★ Manic-depression has never seemed quite as much as fun as it does in Infinitely Polar Bear, writer-director Maya Forbes’ film. Partially inspired by her own life, the film is about a bipolar father (Mark Ruffalo), a harried mother (Zoe Saldana) and their two daughters (Imogene Wolodarsky and Ashley Aufderheide) trying to create some semblance of a normal childhood, amid the chaos of dad’s highs and lows and mum’s efforts to further her education, get a better job and keep the family from sinking into poverty. Ok, maybe ‘fun’ is being a little facetious, but the way Ruffalo’s condition is depicted in this well made, warm-hearted comedy-drama is more eccentric than upsetting, which actually

makes for a pleasant change, but doesn’t provide much in the way of compelling storytelling. That’s not to disparage Forbes, who displays a clean visual style, a sure-handed control of tone (especially in the more emotional scenes between Ruffalo and Saldana) and a way with actors (Wolodarsky, who is Forbes’ daughter, and Aufderheide are likeable and natural). It’s just that while Infinitely Polar Bear – the title is the family’s wordplay for Ruffalo’s condition – is a sweet, sad story, there’s not much to it. Guy Davis

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HARLEY YOUNG Name/instrument played: Harley Young – guitar/vocals How long have you been performing? For a couple of years but only one year with a backing band (known as The Haymakers or the band I’ve ever played with!). You’re on tour in the van – which band or artist is going to keep you happy if we throw them on the stereo? Without a doubt, Jonathan Richman. Would you rather be a busted broke-but-revered Hank Williams figure or some kind of Metallica monster? Has anyone ever said they want to be some kind of Metallica monster? Which Brisbane bands before you have been an inspiration (musically or otherwise)? The Gin Club have been my biggest direct Brisbane influence, I first saw them when they supported You Am I about 10-odd years ago. Also Jeremy Neale and his one billion musical projects. What part do you think Brisbane plays in the music you make? Lyrically Brisbane is all throughout my music, I’ve always written about things I know and the ol’ BNE I does know a bit about. Is your music responsible for more make-outs or break-ups? Why? I hope it’s not responsible for break-ups, make-outs I can deal with. If you had to play a sport instead of being a musician which sport would it be and why would you be triumphant? It would be curling because I am real good at cleaning. What’s in the pipeline for you musically in the short term? Finish launching this album (Flinders Parade) and then get down to album number two. Harley Young & The Haymakers play the Beetle Bar on Saturday 28 March. PIC: Terry Soo THE MUSIC • 25TH MARCH 2015 • 25


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COCKTAILS OF THE WORLD

HOT SPOT

RITUALS Some alcoholrelated rituals, rules and customs from around the world.

Sarah Barratt takes you on a global tasting tour. Illustrations Sophie Blackhall-Cain.

Caipirinha

Mai Tai

Get into the spirit of Brazil with their national cocktail, made with the hard liquor of sugar cane cachaça, sugar and lime. Believe it or not, it used to be made with lemon, garlic and honey, and given to patients with Spanish flu.

Made of rum, curuçao liqueur, lime juice, garnished with tropic fruit, this drink is shrouded in controversy over who really created it. Story goes that ‘Don The Beachcomber’ invented it in 1933 and served it with pineapple juice at a hotel called The Royal Hawaiian.

Thai Boxer Mix Thai basil leaves, mint leaves, cilantro leaves, maple syrup, coconut milk, lime juice, ginger beer and vanilla rum. Senegalese Sunrise Orange juice, white rum, curaçao, light cream, crushed ice, orange zest, garnished with orange slices and strawberries. Every man and his dog have a version of the sunrise. Mango Siberian Sunrise Russian vodka, lime juice, sugar and mango, blended together and garnished with a mango slice. It was developed to celebrate Russia’s 18th year of independence. 26 • THE MUSIC • 25TH MARCH 2015

Japanese Slipper Midori, Cointreau, lemon juice and ice, shake well and strain. Garnish with maraschino cherry. This cocktail actually comes from Melbourne, developed in 1984 by Jean-Paul Bourguignon. Bamboo Leaf Martini Season a cocktail glass with crème de menthe. Twist a bamboo leaf to make a cup. Rest it inside the glass. Pour in Hakushu whiskey with bamboo leaf syrup. Add yuzu peel flavour in between cup and glass. This drink represents one of twenty-four Japanese mini-seasons.

Georgia: traditionally, a toast can only be made with wine, or spirits (not beer or soft drinks), otherwise the toast doesn’t really count. Kazakhstan: it’s custom when drinking their national drink kumis to pour any leftover drink back into the jug so none is wasted. Japan: it’s impolite to pour your own drink at a meal, but you should always make sure you pour your companion’s. Sweden: on festive occasions, a toast is accompanied by a drinking song. If you’re doing multiple toasts, a different song has to be sung for each toast. Czech Republic: toasting is serious business. Hold eye contact with the person you’re clinking glasses with and say, “Na zdravi!” (“To your health!”). Failure to do so will apparently result in seven years of bad sex.

Chili Cook Off @ Kettle & Tin – 215 Given Tce, Paddington As part of Brewsvegas, the week-long celebration of craft beer (it finishes 29 Mar), The Kettle & Tin are putting on their third annual chili cook off on 28 & 29 Mar. On the Saturday, there’s the MS Chili Fundraiser for MS Queensland. From 11am, there’ll be a live art installation by local Brisbane artists, plus music from Woodnuts Lament. Guests can enjoy a range of local craft beers and a chili-inspired menu including items such as chili dogs, pulled pork nachos, and watermelon with minted mojito sugar (geez that’s a good combo). On Sunday from 10am, it’s the cook off: venues around Brisbane compete for the title of Chili Master. $10 gets you a beer on arrival, a taste of all the chilis, and one vote for who you like best. There’ll also be a pickle stand, Bloody Jerry drink stand, a Kettle & Tin food stand and Woodnuts Lament performing once more.

IN POP CULTURE

Famous drinks that have appeared in films and TV. The Big Lebowski: White Russian is The Dude’s drink of choice. Groundhog Day: Sweet vermouth on the rocks with a twist. Phil wises up to Rita’s favourite drink: “It reminds me of Rome… in the evening when the sun lights the buildings.” Toast to world peace. Sex & The City: Cosmopolitan. Carrie Bradshaw’s a big fan. Some Like It Hot: Sugar, Joe and Jerry mix up a Manhattan in a hot water bottle while on a train. Miami Vice: James ‘Sonny’ Crockett: “I’m a fiend for mojitos.” The Blues Brothers: Burton Mercer: “Who wants an Orange Whip? Orange Whip? Orange Whip? Three Orange Whips!”


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INDIE NEWS

CHART WRAP

HELPING HAND

RISE UP

FRED’S HOME

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Jordie Lane is back in the country for 27 shows and he will be joined at Black Bear Lodge on Thursday by Rowena Wise.

Brisbane’s pop-rockers Call The Shots have released new EP Rise and are touring it nationally. Catch the group Thursday at The Brightside.

Accompanied once again by stalwart double bassist Liz Frencham, Canberra-based singer, songwriter and diplomat Fred Smith brings his latest album, Home, to The West End Sessions Saturday at West End Uniting Church.

TESTING TESTING

LIGHT IT UP

GONE FISHING

Dubbed The Renaissance Tour, Melbourne psych rockers Greenthief are roadtesting material for their second album before going into the studio. They play Friday at Hotel Norville, Toowoomba, and Saturday at The Zoo.

Following the release of her debut single Leave Your Light On last year, Emma Beau’s set to release her debut, self-titled EP. The multi-instrumentalist brings her experimental folk to The Bearded Lady, Sunday.

The Wet Fish are promising to keep the spirit of summer alive when they play some of their tremolo-driven, thumping surf-rock tunes. Sunday, River Quay Green.

SISTER ACT

BIT O’ ZAZZ

TO MY HORROR

The three South Australian sibling multi-instrumentalists who travel as Germein Sisters have been invited to play the Isle of Wight Festival in June, but first it’s Friday at Cardigan Bar and Saturday at Eat Street Markets.

Exciting times for Mzaza – they’ve got a new album out on 20 Mar, and they’re taking it around the east coast pretty much straight away. Catch ‘em Thursday and Friday, Brisbane Powerhouse.

Horrorshow bring their unplugged intimate show to The Triffid on Friday. It’s gonna be all about the flows, instrumentation and singing. TUKA from Thundamentals and Tom Thum will also be performing on the night.

PUNKED UP

NEW TRICKS

LOW DEBUT

A night of rowdy punk and rock’n’roll awaits punters at Boundary Hotel this Saturday, with Crooked Face, Midwife Crisis and Povarotti gearing up to melt faces. Get in early for Happy Hour.

Lex has been playing for over 25 years and they’re back with a bunch of new songs that sound like the ‘90s. Tesla Coil and The Dickersons join them, Thursday, The Zoo.

It took a while, but the Skritch-produced debut album, Exhale, by June Low is finally out and gets the full launch treatment Saturday at The Milk Factory with guests Sabrina Lawrie & Hunting Party and Lucy Star Satellite.

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SAN CISCO

San Cisco have made an assured debut on this week’s Carlton Dry Independent Music Charts, with their second fulllength album, Gracetown, this week comprehensively beating back all other newcomers to claim #1 on the Albums ladder. They aren’t the only act to freshly score a place in the full-length stakes, however, as Dick Diver (Melbourne, Florida, #8), Darren Hanlon (Where Did You Come From?, #9), Take Us To Vegas (Alive, #11) and Chaos Divine (Colliding Skies, #20) all make their debuts on the Albums chart this week. Among the familiar faces in the remaining spots, a few are approaching the milestone of having spent 52 weeks (consecutively or otherwise) in the charts: Courtney Barnett’s The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas (#12) and San Cisco’s self-titled debut album (#17) have both hit the 50-week mark, with Ball Park Music’s Puddinghead (#18) up to 49 weeks and Thundamentals’ So We Can Remember a little further off but in the home stretch at 45 weeks. John Butler Trio’s Flesh & Blood (#16) passed the year mark a couple weeks back; it’s now charted for 54 weeks. Things are a little more sedate as far as first-time Singles entries are concerned, where Jarryd James stands alone at #2, for Do You Remember?. Sia’s Elastic Heart remains atop the pile for another week, while her preceding cut Chandelier is bang-on the 52-week mark on the charts, and still strong at #4. Amid the otherwise entirely incumbent bracket occupying the rungs this time around, SAFIA are back in the top 20, with You Are The One re-charting at #18. THE MUSIC • 25TH MARCH 2015 • 27


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SINGLE FOCUS

PERSONAL BEST RECORDS Eyvind Kang’s Virginal Co Ordinates if you wanna marinate in wistful melancholy. Khanate’s Things Viral if you wanna feel like you’re dying slowly...

ODD MOB Answered by: Robbie & Harry Single title? Is It A Banger? What’s the song about? The track is about how to determine if a song is a banger. How long did it take to write/ record? Overall, it took about five hours to make.

Record you put on when you bring someone home? Prince – Do Me, Baby; The Time – The Walk; Vampyros Lesbos – OST (successful), Steely Dan – Gaucho (unsuccessful).

We’ll like this song if we like... Heavy bass lines and funky grooves.

SEX ON TOAST

Do you play it differently live? We like to experiment with the track any chance we get. At our shows, we’ll edit the song live in front of the audience.

Best record you stole from your folks’ collection? So many, but one of note is King Crimson’s Beat album featuring the guitar and vocal genius of Adrian Belew.

Website link for more info? facebook.com/ODDMOB

Is this track from a forthcoming release/existing release? It’s from an existing release; it’s out now as a single. What was inspiring you during the song’s writing and recording? The UK genre jackin house, Parks & Recreation and of course, beer.

Answered by: Angus Leslie

Most surprising record in your collection? A Whole Heap Of Silence Then A Lion’s Roar, a rare concept album from 1974. It surprises me every time!

First record you bought? Not exactly a “record” but Hanson’s Middle Of Nowhere on cassette... Some dreary hipster may say Nirvana to answer this question but guess what? They’re actually THE SAME BAND... Record you put on when you’re really miserable? Stevie Wonder if you just wanna let it all out and then eventually cheer up.

Last thing you bought/ downloaded? Kanye West & Jay Z – Watch The Throne. When and where are your next gigs? We play The Triffid in Brisbane on 29 Mar with The Mouldy Lovers and Astro Travellers. Website link for more info? facebook.com/sexytoasty

EP FOCUS

HAVE YOU HEARD Jason Isbell. The songwriting on that album is first class. I’ve already listened to it a zillion times anyway!

DANA HASSALL When did you start making music and why? When I was eight. I already loved music and sang standing on a stool in the lounge, but once I found a real stage I never looked back. Sum up your musical sound in four words? Alternative country singer-songwriter. If you could support any band in the world - past or present who would it be? Usually John Mayer is my first choice, but if I’m including past bands Savage Garden were pretty great!

Greatest rock’n’roll moment of your career to date? I don’t know about a rock’n’roll moment, but my highlight so far has been Toyota Star Maker this year. It was such a great experience and confidence boost, especially making it to the top three! Why should people come and see your band? I don’t sound like anyone else. If you’re into good songwriting and a new sound, I’m your girl. When and where for your next gig? The next big one is Urban Country Music Festival on 2 May at the Village Stage and the Songwriter’s Cafe. Website link for more info? danahassall.com

If you could only listen to one album forevermore, what would it be and why? Southeastern by 28 • THE MUSIC • 25TH MARCH 2015

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GABRIEL & CECILIA Answered by: Gabriel Brandolini EP title? Eyelids Bouncing

We’ll like this EP if we like... Music outside the sphere, diversity, or something that will surprise you. Website link for more info? gabrielandcecilia.com

How many releases do you have now? Two EPs: Dirt On Our Shoes and Eyelids Bouncing. Also have a fulllength album in the works. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? To push the boundaries of artistry itself, to truly explore and experiment as much as we could. What’s your favourite song on it? They are all such different flavours it’s like comparing apples to oranges to watermelons to bananas. I N D E P E N D E N T

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THE MUSIC PRESENTS Bluesfest Byron Bay: Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm 2-6 Apr Mavis Staples: Brisbane Powerhouse 8 Apr Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars: Lefty’s 9 Apr, Currumbin Creek Tavern 10 Apr, Royal Mail Hotel 11 Apr

1 May, The Zoo 2 May Peace: The Zoo 6 May Groovin’ The Moo: Townsville Cricket Grounds 10 May San Cisco: SolBar 14 May, Coolangatta Hotel 15 May, The Triffid 16 & 17 (U18) May

The Beards: Spotted Cow 30 Apr, The Triffid 1 May, The Northern 3 May

Supersuckers & The Bellrays: The Zoo 22 May

Urban Country Music Festival: Caboolture 1-3 May

Jebediah: The Tivoli 12 Jun

sleepmakeswaves: The Northern

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Locky: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane

Big Jam with Chris Ramsay: Manly Hotel, Manly Trivia: Redland Bay Hotel, Redland Bay Open Mic Night + Various Artists: Solbar (Lounge Bar), Maroochydore Trivia: Stock Exchange Hotel, Brisbane First Sight + The Name of a Ghost + El Monstro + Feast: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley Trivia: The Fox Hotel, South Brisbane Open Mic Night with Various Artists: The Nook & Cranny, Nambour The Great Women of Country feat. Melinda Schneider + Beccy Cole: Townsville Civic Theatre, Railway Estate Level 1 Wednesdays + Various DJs: Victory Hotel, Brisbane

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Thigh Master: Heya Bar, Fortitude Valley Jabba: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane Trevor Hart Quartet + Sharny Russell: JMI Live, Bowen Hills Des Reid: Loving Hut, Mount Gravatt The Great Women of Country feat. Melinda Schneider + Beccy Cole: Mackay Entertainment Centre, Mackay Karaoke: Manly Hotel, Manly Karaoke: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah Karaoke: Redland Bay Hotel, Redland Bay Horrorshow + Tuka + Tom Thum: Solbar, Maroochydore Anna & Jorden: Solbar (Front Bar), Maroochydore Karaoke: Springwood Hotel, Rochedale South Selaphonic: The Bearded Lady, West End Suicide Country Hour + Cowboy Bob: The Boundary Hotel, West End Call The Shots: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley Banff: The End, West End

Cordeaux + 10 Days Notice + Dark Lab: Beetle Bar, Brisbane

Sticky Fingers: The Hi-Fi, West End

Jordie Lane + Clare Reynolds + Rowena Wise: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley

The Gonzo Show + The Moose: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane

The Douldie Men: Brisbane Brewing Co, West End

Brothers Duo: The Nook & Cranny, Nambour

Atienne Bakker Quartet: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point

Lex + Tesla Coil + The Dickersons: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley

Miranda Sings + Colleen Ballinger: Brisbane Powerhouse (Powerhouse Theatre), New Farm

Thirsty Thursdays + Various DJs: Victory Hotel, Brisbane

Mzaza & Friends + Ewan Mackenzie Trio: Brisbane Powerhouse (Visy Theatre), New Farm Vikarious: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda David J: Carina Leagues Club (Main Lounge), Carina Open Mic Night + Various Artists: Chardons Corner Hotel, Annerley Uriah Heep: Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill

GIG OF THE WEEK JORDIE LANE: BLACK BEAR LODGE 26 MAR

Ben Howard: The Tivoli 28 May

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Jay Lumen: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley The Porkers + Kingston Stompers + Alla Spina: Beetle Bar, Brisbane Aerials + Interim + Monks Of Mellonwah + The Iron Eye: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley Pugsley Buzzard: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point

Miranda Sings + Colleen Ballinger: Brisbane Powerhouse (Powerhouse Theatre), New Farm

Brian Fraser: Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna

Level 1 Fridays + Various DJs: Victory Hotel, Brisbane

Various Artists: Smithfield Tavern, Smithfield

Karaoke: Warner Tavern (Sports Bar), Warner

Mzaza & Friends + Ewan Mackenzie Trio: Brisbane Powerhouse (Visy Theatre), New Farm

Nicky Bomba’s Bustamento: Solbar, Maroochydore

Various Artists: Wharf Tavern (Balcony), Mooloolaba

Dustin Thomas: Solbar (Front Bar), Maroochydore

Clint Boge + Liam Bryant: Woolly Mammoth, Fortitude Valley

Knockoff + Various Artists: Brisbane Powerhouse (Turbine Platform), New Farm Shari: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda The Reversals: Buderim Tavern, Buderim Germein Sisters: Cardigan Bar, Sandgate Loud Goes Bang + The Ordinarys + Myrtle Place + Povarotti + Trigger Warning + Steve Reed: Chardons Corner Hotel, Annerley Sumeru + Lizzard Wizzard + Watchtower + Frown + Dreamtime: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley Sundown Jury + Ivori: Eat Street Markets, Hamilton Various Artists: Gilhooleys Irish Pub, Brisbane Hazlett: Habitat Restaurant & Bar, South Brisbane

My Friend The Chocolate Cake: Soundlounge, Currumbin Hanlon Brothers: Stock Exchange Hotel (Rooftop Garden), Brisbane Mattyboi: Story Bridge Hotel (The Corner Bar), Kangaroo Point DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (Shelter Bar), Kangaroo Point No Body Died + Atolla + Arundel: The Bearded Lady, West End Orphans Orphans + The Family Jordan + The Missing: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley Sticky Fingers Official After Party + Sticky Fingers + Benrama + James Wright + Ascot Mum DJs: The Elephant Hotel, Fortitude Valley

Solar Rush: Hamilton Hotel (Public Bar), Hamilton

Rolls Bayce + The Walking Who + The Bacchanales: The Foundry, Fortitude Valley

Greenthief: Hotel Norville, Toowoomba

Various DJs: The Fox Hotel, South Brisbane

Jabba + Andrew Taylor: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane

Sticky Fingers: The Hi-Fi, West End

Brad Butcher: Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane

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

Seductive Soul: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central Ace DJs: Manly Hotel, Manly Larissa Tandy with Strine Singers: Mary’s Commercial Hotel, Dalby Kipori Baby Wolf Woods + Funky Miracle + Electric Blue Chameleons: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley Karaoke: Pub Lane Tavern, Greenbank Green Jam Sessions with Kayleigh Pincott Quartet: QPAC (Melbourne Street Green), South Brisbane Jazz Lounge feat. Jazzab: Queensland Multicultural Centre (QMC), Kangaroo Point Various Artists: Raintrees Tavern, Manunda

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Jimi Beavis’ Blues Extravaganza: The Motor Room, West End

Facin the Crowd: Wynnum RSL, Wynnum Juice with DJ J-Tok + DJ Blitz: Wynnum Tavern, Wynnum West

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

Thief + Lanks: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley Go Go Fish + Harley Young & The Haymakers + Love Like Hate: Beetle Bar, Brisbane Tom Vincent Trio: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point My Friend The Chocolate Cake: Brisbane Powerhouse (Visy Theatre), New Farm Irish Nights: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda Out of the Blue: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda Karaoke: Camp Hill Hotel, Camp Hill Stevenson St: Carina Leagues Club (Main Lounge), Carina ET & The Alien + Rawr Vanity + Being Jane Lane + Port Paradise + The Stray Selection: Chardons Corner Hotel, Annerley

The 90s & Beyond Vinyl Sets with Various DJs: The Nook & Cranny, Nambour

Psycroptic + Goatwhore + Aversions Crown + Disentomb + Ouroboros: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley

Trace: The Plough Inn, South Brisbane

Karaoke: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley

Horrorshow + Tuka + Tom Thum: The Triffid, Newstead

Brad Butcher: Currumbin Creek Tavern, Currumbin Waters

Fierce Mild + Magenta Voyeur + Essick + Soviet X-Ray Record Club: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley

Germein Sisters + Alphabet Street Funk: Eat Street Markets, Hamilton

Lepers & Crooks: Union Jack Hotel & The Jack Backpackers, Cairns

Stewart Fairhurst + The Green Sinatras: Hamilton Hotel (Public Bar), Hamilton

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

Berst + Locky: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane

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One More: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central

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the guide qld.gigguide@themusic.com.au Geoff Rayner: Manly Hotel, Manly

Trivia: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane

Ace DJs: Manly Hotel, Manly

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

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

Trivia: Pub Lane Tavern, Greenbank

Chaos Divine + Chronolyth + Freethought + Consider Me Heartless: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley

Pugsley Buzzard: Southport Bowls Club, Southport

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Emma & The Hungry Truth + Sam Buckingham: Old Museum, Fortitude Valley Kipori Baby Wolf Woods: Padre Bar, Woolloongabba Various Artists: Pub Lane Tavern, Greenbank Karaoke: Raintrees Tavern, Manunda

Woody Lives Here: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane

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Karaoke: Redland Bay Hotel, Redland Bay

The Audreys: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley

Marshall Okell & The Pride + Brian Fraser: Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna

Kristy Apps: Brewski, Brisbane

The Audreys: Solbar, Maroochydore

Karen Anderson: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point

Andy Chapman: Solbar (Front Bar), Maroochydore

Livespark feat. Neighbour + Creature Kind: Brisbane Powerhouse (Turbine Platform), New Farm

Alter Egos: Springwood Hotel, Rochedale South Ed & Eddy: Story Bridge Hotel (The Corner Bar), Kangaroo Point DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (Shelter Bar), Kangaroo Point Clint Boge: Taps Australia, Mooloolaba Crooked Face + Midwife Crisis + Povarotti: The Boundary Hotel, West End Down the Rabbit Hole Alice in Wonderland Party + Aversions Crown + A Night In Texas + Tomb Of Doom: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley Oslow: The Foundry, Fortitude Valley Various DJs: The Fox Hotel, South Brisbane My Life With Deth Spoken Word with David Ellefson: The Hi-Fi, West End June Low + Sabrina Lawrie & The Hunting Party + Lucy Star Satellite: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane

Angela Fabian: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point

Clint Boge: Brothers Ipswich, Raceview Shari: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda

Margarita Sundays + Various Artists: The Fox Hotel, South Brisbane Soho Sundays + Various DJs: The Fox Hotel, South Brisbane Jesse Morris: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane Karen Law Band: The Nook & Cranny, Nambour Jezelle: The Plough Inn, South Brisbane

Sex On Toast + Astro Travellers + The Mouldy Lovers: The Triffid, Newstead Jug & Hooter Sundays + Various Artists: Victory Hotel, Brisbane

Trivia: Manly Hotel, Manly Trivia: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah Trivia: The Gap Tavern, The Gap Ron Walker: The Plough Inn, South Brisbane

Peter Cupples: Wynnum RSL, Wynnum

MON 30

Jim Jefferies: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall Rob Hackwood: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane

Redstarborn + Smoking Martha + Love Hate Rebellion + Kip Casper: Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta Backyard Sunday Sessions + Various Artists: Dowse Bar & Iceworks, Paddington Mastodon: Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill The Front: Hamilton Hotel (Public Bar), Hamilton Wasabi + Ragdoll + Mark Butler: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane Mick Diggles + The Blues Doctors: Manly Hotel, Manly Karaoke: Manly Hotel, Manly

Balance: The Plough Inn, South Brisbane

The Wet Fish: River Quay, South Brisbane

Ty Fader: The Plough Inn, South Brisbane

BASEQ Jam with Kate Meehan and The Naughty Corner: Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna

Kodiak Empire + Greenthief + Balloons Kill Babies + Cat Great!: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley

Dustin Thomas: The End, West End

Luke Morris + Kahl Wallis: The Triffid, Newstead

Champagne Jam: Carina Leagues Club (Main Lounge), Carina

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

Jonny Telafone + Lucy Cliche + Multiple Man + Workshop + 100%: The Underdog Pub Co, Fortitude Valley

The Black Catapult + We Are Servants + Blak Transistor: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley

Tom Foolery: Bulimba Golf Club, Bulimba

DJ Tim Helmy: The Nook & Cranny, Nambour

Katie Noonan’s Vanguard + Sahara Beck: The Triffid, Newstead

Out of the Blue: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda

PSYCROPTIC: CROWBAR 28 MAR

A Day On The Green with Billy Idol + Cheap Trick + The Angels + Choirboys: Sirromet Winery, Mount Cotton Katie Noonan’s Vanguard + Sahara Beck: Solbar, Maroochydore The Sundancers: Solbar (Front Bar), Maroochydore

Kevin Clough: Warner Tavern, Warner

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

Fred Smith: West End Uniting Church, West End

Brad Butcher: Taps Australia, Mooloolaba

Greg Andrew: Wynnum RSL, Wynnum

Emma Beau: The Bearded Lady, West End

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