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Perhaps even more impressive than Ylvis’ video for The Fox is Ohio University’s marching band performance of the “What does the FOX SAY?” song, which includes ‘foxy’ choreography. The 110-memberstrong brass band also performed Gangnam Style, so you know they’re pretty serious about their camp covers. Then again, now that Ylvis have been on Ellen they’ve probably already jumped the shark.
The Toff In Town plays host to Mandek Penha’s Melbourne Fringe Festival residency. For those who weren’t previously aware, Mandek Penha is actually an ancient immaterial being and the creator of South Yarra (sorry, South Sarra – a kind of Garden of Eden underneath North Korea, apparently). Throughout their Fringe residency they endeavour to raise awareness of the alien race IMZ who are in possession of the key to salvation. On 30 Sep they’ll perform with The Red Brigade and The Do Ya Things. Join them and be converted.
To coincide with the release of his swoonworthy third studio album Lost, we have some stylish official merch from Danish producer/multi-instrumental whiz Trentemøller to give away. Stalk our Facebook page for your chance to win and look smokin’.
After visiting Hawaii, Florida and Wyoming, the cast of Modern Family are in talks to spend their next group holiday in Australia, with executive producer Steve Levitan divulging the info at a preEmmy Awards event. Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara or Jesse Tyler Ferguson; not sure who we’re more excited to see.
At all the things with more women in them than Tony Abbott’s cabinet: triple j’s Hottest 100 of All Time (a whopping 9), Zoo Weekly’s staff meeting (3), and the Indonesian government cabinet (4). It’s not really a laughing matter, but making jokes is how women have been dealing for centuries. It’s pretty ridiculous that Julie Bishop is the only woman in the government’s upper echelons (maybe Gillard was psychic?), but Tony justifies his decision to ignore half the population. There are plenty of women knocking at the door, the PM would just rather they use the staff entrance.
It’s been revealed how you too can be one of Australia’s richest people under 40: sell chocolate or coffee, model, be really, really good with computers, make muesli, be the daughter of a media mogul, or play sport. These are some of the professions people hold on BRW’s list of the 100 wealthiest young Australians. The list also suggests this cashed-up generation would rather live in San Francisco and are mainly dudes.
This is either the greatest or most confusing sportscast you’ll ever watch, depending on which side of the Seinfeld fence you sit. But for mega fans this is, “Gold Jerry, Gold!” Louisville sports anchor Adam Lefkoe drops 41 Seinfeld references into a five-minute broadcast, touching on everything from Junior Mints to the Soup Nazi. The greatest TV show of all time continues to give. THE MUSIC • 25TH SEPTEMBER 2013 • 11
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SLIPPERY LITTLE SUCKERS
Loud, proud and rather overwhelming on stage, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard continue to prove they’re so much more than a novelty band name. 12 Bar Bruise was a revelation upon its release last year and has shown itself to have plenty of longevity and with many muttering from overseas wondering just who the heck this Aussie garage punk beast is, the septet look set to take their warped brand of rock as far as it will go. All hail the King when they head out on their Float Along – Fill Your Lungs tour, playing Corner Hotel, Melbourne, 19 Oct; Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, 1 Nov; The Standard, Sydney, 2 Nov; Ya Ya’s, Perth, 8 Nov; and Mojos Bar, Fremantle, 10 Nov.
BUILDING AN EMPIRE THE PRESETS
Turning 18 is always one hell of a party, so it’s no surprise that Homebake has turned out all the stops for their monumental celebration. The birthday party will take place over THREE massive days on the Sydney Opera House Forecourt and surrounds, with things going something like this: 6 Dec: Paul Kelly, Gurrumul, Eskimo Joe, Vance Joy, Thelma Plum and Sheppard; 7 Dec: The Presets, The Cat Empire, Architecture In Helsinki, The Aston Shuffle, Way Of The Eagle (ft Dan Sultan, Daniel Merriweather, Amy Findlay, Harry Angus & Lachlan Mitchell), Deep Sea Arcade and Bam Bam; and 8 Dec: Birds Of Tokyo, Bernard Fanning, The Rubens, You Am I, Beasts Of Bourbon, Kingswood and Courtney Barnett. Along with comedy, markets, bars and other entertainment, you can be sure this 18th is going to go off! Proudly presented by The Music.
DIE, DIE, DIE
When a band changed everything you know about a genre, then no matter who you are or what you listen to you’ve got to pay them dues. Misfits fucked the ideals of punk right up when they arrived on the scene more than three decades ago, mixing horror stylings and imagery with highintensity jams and going on to influence everyone from Metallica to AFI. Still at the top of their game after all this time, pray at the Misfits altar when they perform at The Zoo, Brisbane, 16 Jan; Corner Hotel, Melbourne, 17 Jan; Factory Theatre, Sydney, 18 Jan; and Amplifier, Perth, 19 Jan.
SEEDS ARE SPROUTING
It’s hard to believe that Gossling is yet to give us a debut record, such is her continued prominence on the Australian music landscape and the quality swag of tunes she’s already managed to accrue through her career thus far. Things are all set to change, however, with the Melbourne indie pop wonder ready to present Harvest Of Gold on 1 Nov, and will be leading a full band along the east coast for three special evening showcases. Be moved by the unique tones of Gossling when she plays 15 Nov, Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane; 20 Nov, Corner Hotel, Melbourne; and 23 Nov, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney.
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Brisbane indie faves The Cairos write offensively catchy tunes and have a killer live show to boot. You don’t need any more. Crazy that they still haven’t got a debut out, but that’s happening soon; in the interim, we’ve got new single Obsession and a run of dates right around the country: 17 Oct, Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane; 18 Oct, FBi Social, Sydney; 19 Oct, Workers Club, Melbourne; 20 Nov, Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; 21 Nov, Mojos Bar, Fremantle; and Ya Ya’s, Perth.
Mysterious Providence crew Daughters look set to make good on the promise shown by their output in the early-noughties, making a return to the stage and trekking Down Under for a few rare shows. Check them out 9 January, Crowbar, Brisbane; 10 Jan, Bald Faced Stag, Sydney; 11 Jan, Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle; 14 Jan, Amplifier, Perth; and 17 Jan, Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne.
When you’re calling your tour Spreading The Disease, you know something infectious is coming. No doubt the Steel Panther boys know all about STDs and will probably be testing the waters once again when they return to Australia for their biggest headline shows yet. Catch Michael Starr, Satchel, Lexxi Foxx and Stix Zadinia when they slip into their lycra at the Brisbane Riverstage, 6 Dec; Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, 7 Dec; Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, 8 Dec; and Metro City, Perth, 12 Dec. Incredibly, everywhere except Perth is actually all ages so kids – get along! Tickets for all dates are on sale this Friday.
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Catch the red hot Findlay sisters on the upcoming Stonefield headline tour, which is hitting loads of dates throughout the next few months: 24 Oct, UQ, Brisbane; 25 Oct, The Racehorse Hotel, Ipswich; 26 Oct, Corner Hotel, Melbourne; 2 Nov, The Loft, Warrnambool; 8 Nov, Karova Lounge, Ballarat; 13 Nov, Zierholz, Canberra; 14 Nov, The Beach Bar, Wollongong; 15 Nov, The Annandale, Sydney; 22 Nov, Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane; 23 Nov, The Other Side, South Stradbroke Island; 23 Nov, Villa Hotel Noosa; 24 Nov, The Northern, Byron Bay; 29 Nov, Ferntree Gully Hotel; 13 Dec, Meredith Music Festival; and 14 Dec, Festival Of The Sun, Port Macquarie. The sisters and drummer Manny Bourakis will also act as one of the supports at Fleetwood Mac’s shows, 16 Nov, Hope Estate, Hunter Valley and 30 Nov, The Hill Winery, Geelong. This is in support of their selftitled debut album which lands 11 Oct.
SOOTHE YOUR SOUL
One of the biggest finds at the recent BIGSOUND music conference was Sydney’s Patrick James, who, backed by a magnetic band, drew the entire floor at Ric’s under his spell. Venture out and discover your new favourite singer-songwriter when the velvet voiced artist gets a few more dates in before bunkering down to put the finishing touches on an already anticipated debut. James will perform 7 Nov, Rad Bar, Wollongong; 9 Nov, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney; 14 Nov, Ellington Jazz Club, Perth; 15 Nov, The Fly Trap, Fremantle; 22 Nov, Northcote Social Club, Melbourne; 24 Nov, Queenscliff Festival, Bellarine Peninsula; and 27 Nov, Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane. Proudly presented by The Music.
It’s been a pretty incredible year for Australian music, what with ten Aussie records hitting the top of the charts and a 50 per cent increase in the number of artists and recordings nominated for ARIA Awards by members compared to figures from 2012. With voting underway, we’re excited to tell you that the nominees for this year’s awards will be announced on 15 Oct at the Art Gallery of NSW along with winners of Fine Arts and Artisan awards. The full glitzy shebang that is the 27th Annual ARIA Awards will then take place at The Star on Sydney’s Darling Harbour come 1 Dec.
MORE ACTS FOR BLUESFEST ’14
And so it gets bigger and better. After a modern first list of acts, Bluesfest 2014 is getting back to the influences of many of those artists – alongside some further fresh faces of course – adding to the festival bill with Doobie Brothers, Aaron Neville, Gregg Allman, Boz Scaggs, India.Arie, Dr. John, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Jamaican Legends ft Ernest Ranglin, Sly & Robbie and Bitty McLean, Suzanne Vega, Jimmie Vaughan, The Wailers, Ozomatli, CW Stoneking, Larry Graham & Graham Central Station, Grandmothers Of Invention, The Magic Band, Robben Ford, The Paladins, Music Maker Foundation ft Little Freddie King, Cool John Ferguson, Pat Wilder. Huge names there – and the beautiful thing is there’s still more to come.
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Not men to back away from new experiences, The Bennies have taken their party-hardened mix of punk, funk, ska and psych to venues far and wide this year. From a 30-date tour with their buds The Smith Street Band to a bush doof psy-trance festival, they’ve got sweaty in places of every ilk, all in the name of a good time. Now, before they fire up our Asian friends with shows in Japan and China, the Melbourne blokes will dangle their second album, Rainbows In Space, in front of us, playing Crowbar, Brisbane, 24 Oct; Island Vibes, Stradbroke Island, 25 Oct; House show, Bunbury, 1 Nov; Ya Ya’s, Perth, 2 Nov; Phoenix Lounge, Canberra, 7 Nov; Black Wire Records, Sydney, 8 Nov; Great Northern Hotel, Newcastle, 9 Nov; Karova Lounge, Ballarat, 14 Nov; and Ding Dong, Melbourne, 16 Nov. THE MUSIC • 25TH SEPTEMBER 2013 • 13
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FIVE POINT TWO
Due to overwhelming demand and the first show at Palace Theatre on 3 Nov selling out so quickly, Five have added a second Melbourne date to their Big Reunion Australia 2013 tour. The new show will be at the same venue on 4 Nov. If ya gettin’ down after all these years you’d best nab yourself a ticket.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band continue their love affair with Australia, with extra shows now confirmed, including another at Hunter Valley, Hope Estate on 23 Feb; the 22 Feb show is now sold out. The Rubens and Dan Sultan will support.
Having released their debut album The Wolves earlier this year to critical acclaim, Brighter Later will play at the Northcote Social Club on 13 Oct for their final headline show for 2013, in full eight-piece band splendour. Guests are Pony Face frontman Simon Bailey and electro siren Brite Flight. The show comes after they were handpicked to support Martha Wainwright on her recent tour here, and their second single Come & Go getting shortlisted for the Vanda & Young songwriting award.
WATCH YOUR MEMBER
Influential UK new wave/post punk/reggae band The Members make their long-awaited return to Australian shores after a 34-year absence, bringing original members JC Carroll and Chris Payne together with punk rock legend Rat Scabies on drums. The Members were one of the initial pioneers of the era’s cross-cultural amalgamation of reggae’s offbeat rhythm with punk’s rebellious aggression. They hit the Corner Hotel on 12 Nov.
To coincide with Spectacle: The Music Video Exhibition, opening on 26 Sep, ACMI, triple j and Rage have teamed up for a competition that asks directors under 30 to create a music video for the new Jinja Safari track Mombassa On The Line. Finalists’ videos will screen in the ACMI exhibition, alongside some of the greatest music videos ever made. The winner will receive a grand prize. To enter, head to abc.net.au/triplej/comps/ cut_to_the_beat.htm. Entries close on 3 Nov.
Sydney bruisers Hand Of Mercy are capping off the biggest year of their sixyear life the only way they know how: more touring. Having already lapped Australia, the UK and the vast majority of continental Europe, the band will return to Europe on the monster Impericon Never Say Die 2013 tour. Reuniting with Emmure and their labelmates in Northlane, the month long-trek will see Hand Of Mercy returning to the sweaty clubs of Europe. See them off when they play Bang on 28 Sep.
BEER AND MALT
As part of Malthouse Theatre’s 2014 Season Launch, it was announced that the home of Malthouse Theatre, a unique former brewery site in Melbourne’s Southbank, will henceforth be known as The Coopers Malthouse. According to the official release, the new partnership and naming rights deal cements a relationship between two iconic Australian brands known for their passion and commitment to quality, craftsmanship and creativity.
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Charlie Parr’s heartfelt and plaintive original folk blues and traditional spirituals are returning to our shores. See him showcase tunes from his latest album Barnswallow at Caravan Music Club on 31 Oct; Theatre Royal, Castlemaine on 1 Nov; Way Out West Blues Club, Williamstown on 3 Nov; and Mechanics Hall, Apollo Bay on 4 Nov.
A SONG WITH HEART
Australia’s powerhouse of contemporary Aboriginal music Black Arm Band together with the virtuosic Melbourne Symphony Orchestra present the world premiere performance of ngangwurra means heart – the stunning partner to Black Arm Band’s internationally acclaimed dirtsong. A major new visual music theatre work created in collaboration with some of Australia’s most revered artists, ngangwurra means heart is a one-off event and will be held at the Princess Theatre on 30 Nov. ROBERT ELLIS
NASH YOUR TEETH
After amassing plenty of new fans from his support slot for Justin Townes Earle earlier this year, Nashville singer Robert Ellis (pictured) returns to Australia for some east coast shows. Co-headlining will be Cory Chisel, showcasing tunes from his Nashville-recorded second album Old Believer. Melbourne-via-NZ artist Marlon Williams will open all the Victorian shows: The Substation, Newport on 15 Nov; Theatre Royal, Castlemaine on 16 Nov; and The Workers Club on 17 Nov.