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Got a green thumb plus an urge to learn about cultivating vegetables and herbs in pots now that we’ve hit T-shirt weather? Then head on down to Docklands Community Garden, Geographe Street, on 15 Sep where you will find residents and volunteers planting up a storm – workshop 10am to 12 noon, planting thereafter. If your polling-booth banger in bread didn’t satisfy, you may wish to test out this sausage sizzle also. For more info or to register as a volunteer, email: email@example.com.
Norwegian act Ylvis release The Fox, which is supposedly the next Gangnam Style but is actually more like Crazy Frog. Sample lyrics: “Your fur is red/So beautiful/Like an angel in disguise” – now back away from YouTube immediately. We MEAN it!
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We can finally unveil the details of the 2014 Malthouse Theatre Season (it’s malted goodness). In reframing the past, Simon Stone re-envisages Hollywood’s rom-com classic The Philadelphia Story. Frankenstein will be transformed into a realm of matriarchal hierarchy by The Rabble’s Emma Valente and Kate Davis. Guy Edmonds sustains a one-man show that re-imagines Roald Dahl’s The Witches (pictured). From the writer who brought us The Turning, which had its film adaptation feature in MIFF this year, Tim Winton’s The Riders will become an operatic experience, to be directed by Marion Potts. Calpurnia Descending is another compilation from Sisters Grimm portraying the hardships and downfalls of coveting fame and fortune; the cast includes Paul Capsis and Ash Flanders. Also featured in next year’s much awaited season is Ugly Mugs, Night On Bald Mountain, The Good Person Of Szechuan, The Book Of Loco, Walking Into Bigness and Roslyn Oades’ audio work Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday. Head to malthousetheatre. com.au for more deets on the new season.
All skills with plenty of thrills, the Harlem Globetrotters continue to carry on a hoops legacy that was started way back in 1927, and these incredible athletes are bringing their one-of-a-kind sporting spectacular to Australia for the first time in almost a decade. Gear up for big slams, ridiculous moves and plenty of laughs when the hardcourt heroes roll into town. The world’s most famous basketball team will play capital city and regional shows throughout October, with tickets on sale now.
The worst election in living memory has concluded – thank fuck. Abbott and the Coalition government have walked away as victors; only time will tell if we all end up the losers.
Do you have a really strange cousin? The kind who eats his own snot, or maybe gets hammered at Christmas and then pins his gaze to your arse? Well, we can guarantee that rapper Mac Lethal’s cousin Bennett is weirder. Bennett sends Lethal text messages about everything from the “crip life” and “hoes” to granola bars, complete with questionable grammar and lewd remarks. Texts From Bennett started as a popular Tumblr but was released this week as a novel – available now from Amazon.
If you’ve been following the furore around Robin Thicke’s ‘hit single’ Blurred Lines, you’d know some people are not happy about its controversial subject matter. However, you also would’ve uncovered our friends from across the Tasman parodying the explicit video. As part of Auckland University’s Law Revue, three girls sing (and rap) about it in Defined Lines. Their video was then banned from YouTube for being sexually explicit. Which is funny, because the original wasn’t banned, and in this one the young men are at least wearing jocks. It’s since been re-uploaded to the website. THE MUSIC • 11TH SEPTEMBER 2013 • 11
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The amount of quality sounds coming out of Perth these days is verging on the ridiculous, and right now the very core of the city’s musical success can be attributed to most, if not every, member in ramshackle rockers Pond. After their celebrated release of last year, Beard, Wives, Denim, they’ve wasted no time jamming out another cracker in the way of Hobo Rocket, and are heading out on the road to tour the release. And be warned: the guys have said this will be the only headline dates for this full-length, with their minds already in motion for the next LP, so don’t miss out when Pond play 12 Dec, Metropolis, Fremantle; 14 Dec, The Zoo, Brisbane; 19 Dec, Corner Hotel, Melbourne; and 20 Dec, Metro Theatre, Sydney. All dates are proudly presented by The Music.
JACK OF ALL TRADES
Singer-songwriter, surfer, filmmaker and all around chill guy Jack Johnson will tour his brand new sixth record, From Here To Now To You, with some special shows featuring a full band as well as fellow Oahu locals Paula Fuga and John Cruz. Bliss out with Johnson’s smooth ocean vibe when he performs 7 Dec, Kings Park, Perth; 10 Dec, Opera House Forecourt, Sydney; 14 Dec, QPAC, Brisbane; and 16 Dec, The Plenary, Melbourne. Tickets go on sale next Tuesday at 9am.
SECOND SLICE FOR FALLS AND SOUTHBOUND
The Falls Music & Arts Festival has just dropped a bunch of new acts on us and it makes a pretty special bill even more brilliant. Maintaining the eclectic talents found on the first announcement, this second batch of artists features Emma Louise, Horrorshow, Hungry Kids Of Hungary, Johnny Marr, Oliver Tank, The Paper Kites, The Rubens, Thundamentals, Violent Soho and The War On Drugs. All those artists will rotate between Falls’ three dates, happening at Lorne, Victoria, 28 Dec to 1 Jan; Marion Bay, Tasmania, 29 Dec to 1 Jan; and North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay, 31 Dec to 3 Jan, as well as Southbound in WA, which takes place over two days, 3 and 4 Jan.
The Aston Shuffle have been around the world and back putting together the followup to their highly fancied first full-length Seventeen Past Midnight and are finally ready to remind dancefloors across the country why their beats are recognised in all corners of the globe. Make sure the talc is down on the ground as the Canberra duo are going to make you shuffle all night long. They play 13 Sep, Parker Nightclub, Perth; 14 Sep, Toucan Club, Mandurah; 27 Sep, Oh Hello!, Brisbane; 11 Oct, Academy, Canberra; 12 Oct, Spring in The Valley, Perth; 19 Oct, Oh Buck Yeah, Park Hotel, Bathurst; 20 Oct, Marco Polo, Ivy, Sydney; 26 Oct, Fat As Butter, The Foreshore, Newcastle; 15 Nov, Elsewhere, Gold Coast; and 16 Nov, Onefiveone, Wollongong.
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The Redline Music Tour is set to make the temperature gauge soar, bringing three hip hop/R&B names to Australia in what’s set to be one of the biggest urban tours of the year. Platinum selling rapper Fabolous is heading up the bill, the New Yorker having worked with everyone from Rihanna to Jay Z. With him comes former B2K lead singer Omarion, as well as old school player Chingy, whose single Right Thurr found its way into the ARIA top ten back in 2003. Get ready to get sweaty when they take to the stage 26 Sep, Challenge Stadium, Perth; 27 Sep, Big Top, Luna Park, Sydney; 3 Oct, Arena, Brisbane; 4 Oct, AIS Arena, Canberra; and 6 Oct, Forum Theatre, Melbourne.
DEATH TO ALL HEARING There’s going to be ringing in your ears for weeks after the riffing frenzy of old school heroes Melvins and Helmet attacks your senses on Australian soil this summer. Continuing to put bands half their age to shame, the two American hard rock acts are out here for Meredith and will partner up for loads of dates, as well as playing their own headline shows. Stay with us. Both groups front up 8 Dec, The Hi-Fi, Brisbane; 9 Dec, The Northern, Byron Bay; 11 Dec, Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle; 12 Dec, ANU Bar, Canberra; and 15 Dec, The Hi-Fi, Sydney. The Melvins then do two more shows, 6 Dec, Metropolis, Fremantle and 17 Dec, The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, while Helmet will do their own thing 18 Dec, also at The Hi-Fi, Melbourne. Maybe they’ll be sick of each other by then? We don’t know.
TICKLING THE IVORIES
One of this generation’s most powerful entertainers and respected voices, Alicia Keys continues to uplift and inspire with her jazzy brand of R&B and soul and she’ll take centre stage this summer when she brings her Set The World On Fire Tour Down Under with special guest John Legend. The two American performers are here 5 Dec, Perth Arena; 7 Dec, Rochford Winery, Yarra Valley; 8 Dec, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne; 11 Dec, Allphones Arena, Sydney; 13 Dec, Brisbane Entertainment Centre; and 14 Dec, Hope Estate Winery, Hunter Valley.
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REBUILDING AN ARMY
Cronulla four-piece New Empire look set for a big 12 months, with the rockers about to deliver In A Breath, their first full-length in a couple of years. Jam-packed with uplifting themes of hope and affirmation, it’s a bold statement from a band that are ready to take things to the next level. They play 17 Oct, The Small Ballroom, Newcastle; 18 Oct, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney; 19 Oct, ANU Bar, Canberra; 24 Oct, Toff In Town, Melbourne; 25 Oct, Brisbane Powerhouse (all ages); and 26 Oct, Joe’s Waterhole, Eumundi. Proudly presented by The Music.
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TALKING ‘BOUT A REVOLUTION
Arriving in the country this week for BIGSOUND, it seems like a suitable time for Billy Bragg to announce a bunch of new headline dates for 2014. One of the greatest living songwriters of our time, he’ll return to Australia full of fire and inspiration, playing dates with Melbourne’s new favourite storyteller Courtney Barnett. Catch them 8 Mar, Perth Concert Hall; 13 Mar, Palais Theatre; 16 Mar, Sydney Opera House; 19 Oct, Canberra Theatre; and 20 Mar, The Tivoli, Brisbane. All shows are proudly presented by The Music.
Back to it with brand new track Blue Tone Black Heart, the sounds of Bonjah are ready to paint your summer rad. The guys have made the call – they’re embracing their true sound. Tap into that when they lap around the country 12 Oct, Point Lonsdale School Hall (all ages); 27 Oct, Pop Culture, Melton (all ages); 2 Nov, Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne; 7 Nov, Beach Road Hotel, Sydney; 28 Dec, Solbar, Maroochydore; 29 Dec, The Northern, Byron Bay; 30 Dec, Surfers Paradise Beer Garden; 3 Jan, Torquay Hotel; 9 Jan, Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; 11 Jan, Mojo’s, Fremantle; and 12 Jan, Indi Bar, Scarborough. All dates are proudly presented by The Music.
After Justin Vernon got a bit lippy on radio last week, the announcement that his new outfit Volcano Choir will be playing their first shows in Australia as part of the Harvest Festival was fast-tracked. Their album Repave has been getting praised heaped upon it around the globe (including an album of the week nod in this very publication), and it’s going to be a captivating experience watching these tracks get fleshed out on stage. Harvest hits Werribee Park, Melbourne, 10 Nov; The Domain, Sydney, 16 Nov; and City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane, 17 Nov.
THE SECOND COMING
They’ve been off the map for a little while now, but finally fans of The Butterfly Effect can brace themselves for the band’s return. The Brissie lads have announced capital city dates for next month, however, they’ve remained tight-lipped with regards to the possibility of new material, and also the burning question – who will replace Clint Boge out front? Only one way to find out. Get effected 10 Oct, The Zoo, Brisbane; 11 Oct, Gershwin Room, Melbourne; 17 Oct, Rosemount, Perth; and 19 Oct, Annandale Hotel, Sydney.
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THE STENCH OF PAIN
Since 1987, Greek extremists Rotting Christ have been running amok, building a devoted underground fanbase right around the globe. Considered one of the leading metal trailblazers of their region, the quartet have returned to the fore with this year’s Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy and will squeeze every drop of blood out of that album and many others from their extensive back catalogue with three east coast shows early next year. Catch them at Crowbar, Brisbane, 16 Jan, before they knock over Heavyfest in Sydney (17 Jan, The Hi-Fi) and Melbourne (18 Jan, The Hi-Fi).
INDIE AWARDS UP FOR GRABS
Nominations for the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards have just been announced, with electro/indie flavours setting the pace this year. Flume and Jagwar Ma have both garnered five nominations, while Big Scary snagged three, with a whole bunch more including The Drones, Vance Joy and Dick Diver all getting two. The winners get announced at a roof-raising party 9 Oct at Revolt, Melbourne, with the night also featuring performances by Archie Roach, Violent Soho, Saskwatch and Rüfüs, as well as nominees Big Scary and Seth Sentry. THE MUSIC • 11TH SEPTEMBER 2013 • 13
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Having been called on to support everyone from AC/DC to Foo Fighters and Green Day, Calling All Cars know a thing or two about owning it on stage, and have emerged from the studio with another hot-as-hell rocker in the way of Werewolves. This is the first taste of an as yet untitled third record. Along with Canberra political faves Super Best Friends and fellow Melburnians The Sinking Teeth, the brothers Ing and Adam Montgomery will bring the Werewolves tour to Ding Dong Lounge on 19 Oct.
From early formative days earning his stripes spinning hip hop, house and rave on pirate radio, and at parties around Essex and East London through the ‘90s as an ever more in demand DJ, and on into the new millennium as a label boss, producer and internationally recognised techno legend in his own right, Ben Sims has spent all his conscious life exploring all facets of underground dance music. He now comes to Brown Alley on 25 Oct.
On the eve of Kid Mac’s second album release, Head Noise, comes the explosive first single, Bustin’ Down The Door, featuring Sam Perry. The song is available as a free download on kidmacmusic.com. Having premiered the single live on Network 9’s NRL Footy Show, Kid Mac is set to take his show on the road, stopping by Torquay Hotel on 29 Nov and Ding Dong Lounge on 30 Nov.
HAVE WE METZ?
Toronto power trio Metz are making their maiden tour to Australia. Metz play like one brutally heavy instrument with three heads, slashing heavy-gauge strings, bending guitar and bass necks in weird unison, along with what is probably the loudest drumming you’ve ever heard. This is post-hardcore sludge-punk, distilled into pure, but artfully rendered chaos by one of the most brutalising bands in the world today. Metz play Howler on 5 Dec.
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From Brooklyn, NY, Vice Music’s GM Jamie Farkas has been announced as a keynote speaker at this year’s Face The Music. In a time of unprecedented access to music, Farkas will focus on what it means to be a truly global artist. Other additions to the notable music personalities who have been added to the lineup are playwright, musician and multimedia artist Sonny Smith of Sonny & The Sunsets and queen of soul Renee Geyer ahead of her induction into the Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame. Face The Music will be held at the Arts Centre on 15 and 16 Nov. For details of the exciting program so far, check out facethemusic.org.au. Presented by The Music.
TOAST, FRIES AND KISSING
So Frenchy So Chic In The Park is a day of French music, food and wine on a (hopefully) perfect summer’s day. Musically, the event will feature the heartfelt folk-pop of Lou Doillon (the daughter of Jane Birkin and half-sister of Charlotte Gainsbourg). Joining her is the playful and intelligent pop duo Lilly Wood & The Prick, as well as soulful troubadour Féfe and ten-piece ska and rock band Babylon Circus. The event will be held on 12 Jan at Werribee Mansion.
MARK YOUR DIARIES
Both Laneway Festival and Groovin’ The Moo have announced their 2014 dates. Our leg of Laneway will be held at Footscray Community Arts Centre once again, on 1 Feb. Groovin’ The Moo returns to the Prince Of Wales Showground in Bendigo on 3 May. Laneway celebrates their first foray into the States and GTM expands with a South Australian leg. Stay tuned for the full line-up announcements.
Clowns release their debut album I’m Not Right this October. The title is a surprisingly poignant observation of the band itself; the rampant punk rock within promises to offend, motivate and stimulate. See them blast their brand of hardcore punk rock at Karova Lounge, Ballarat on 11 Oct; The Public Bar on 18 Oct; Yahoo Bar, Shepparton on 25 Oct; and Dive Bar, Geelong on 26 Oct.