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The announcement that Lanie Lane is leaving the music industry/giving up heavy touring caught many by surprise last week with her lengthy statement circulating widely. She’s only just turned 30 (Happy birthday!) and Lane isn’t actually giving up music for good, but her show at The Gasometer Hotel (as part of the venue’s Collingwood Open Series) on 19 Feb is bound to be good times nonetheless.

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IT’S WEEKLY SOMETIMES NOW

One of the most anticipated independent releases, Melbourne’s own Courtney Barnett releases her debut album, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, 20 Mar, which will give fans plenty of time to learn the words before she takes it out on a national tour when she gets back from the UK and South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Supported by Teeth & Tongue, Barnett plays 2 May at The Bakery in Perth, 8 May at Metro Theatre in Sydney, 9 May at The Hi-Fi in Brisbane and 15 May at Forum Theatre in Melbourne.

BACKSTREET’S BACK

Backstreet Boys are coming back… and they’re bringing Kevin! Having reunited with original member Kevin Richardson in 2013, followed by a new album, documentary and sold out Europe and North America tour, all five Backstreet Boys are bringing the show to Oz (did the 2012 four-piece performances really satisfy fans? C’mon). Everybody (yeah-eah) head to Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, 8 May; Allphones Arena, Sydney, 9 May; Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 10 May; Perth Arena, 15 May.

STILL GOING STRONG

After a full year of being off-road, Boston melodic hardcore group Defeater are making their way to Australia for an extensive national tour, which will see them showcasing music from their upcoming fourth studio album, set for release at some point this year. They’ll be joined by fellow Bostonians, Bane, whose journey Down Under will be their last, having released their decidedly final album Don’t Wait Up last year. They’ll be bring their shows to Rosemount Hotel, Perth, 28 May; Corner Hotel, Melbourne, 31 May; Bald Faced Stag, Sydney, 4 Jun; The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, 5 Jun; and The Brightside, Brisbane, 7 Jun. More dates from theMusic.com.au.

NATIONAL PACES

The track he worked up with Tkay Maidza, Switch Lanes, made it into the triple j Hottest 100, he’s swing through the country on two national tours and finished last year signing with new label, etcetc, and releasing a new EP, On My Mind. Well, Paces, aka Mikey Perry, has a new single to celebrate, Nothing’s Forever, featuring Perth’s Kučka, which means another chance to tour this wide, brown land, playing 20 Mar at Mr Wolf in Canberra, 27 Mar at Jimmy’s Den in Perth, 3 Apr at The TBC Club in Brisbane, 4 Apr at Rattlesnake Motel on the Gold Coast, 5 Apr at Rabbits Eat Lettuce in Byron Bay, 11 Apr at Shebeen Bandroom in Melbourne, and 18 Apr at Goodgod Small Club in Sydney.

#KANYEWEST WAS LATER SEEN AT A ‘TODDLERS IN TIARAS’ BEAUTY PAGEANT WHERE HE ALSO INSISTED #BEYONCE SHOULD HAVE WON. I DON’T THINK THE PARENTS WOULD BE AS FORGIVING AS BECK WAS, @JACOBFHILL! 8 • THE MUSIC • 18TH FEBRUARY 2015

It’s 15 years since former lawyer, political junkie, gentleman, scholar and stand-up comedian Charlie Pickering kicked off a broadcasting career on triple j. Now he’s heading back to television – ABC television that is (don’t mention The Project!) – with his own combination of news comedy, tonight show and chat show – The Weekly With Charlie Pickering. Joining him every week will be fellow stand-up stars Tom Gleeson and Kitty Flanagan, The Weekly… kicks off in April.

BRRRR: THE VID, THE TOUR

Australia’s own metal pioneers and Tasmania’s biggest musical exports, Psycroptic, are releasing their self-titled sixth album 13 Mar and have just released the video for the second “single” off it, Cold. The accompanying national tour kicks off 12 Mar at Amplifier in Perth, followed 13 Mar by The Hi-Fi in Melbourne; 15 Mar, Karova Lounge in Ballarat; 18 Mar, Barwon Club in Geelong; 21 Mar, Wrangler Studios in Melbourne; 25 Mar, The Basement in Canberra; 26 Mar at Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle; 27 Mar at Factory Theatre in Sydney; and 28 Mar at Crowbar in Brisbane, sharing the bill throughout with Goatwhore.

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MOBBING ALL DAY

Heading our way for Groovin The Moo, A$AP Ferg has now announced a headline Australian tour as well. The A$AP Mob member stepped out on his own with his 2013 debut solo album Trap Lord and hit single Shabba. Check out his impeccable hustle game when he heads to The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, 24 Apr; Villa Nightclub, Perth, 28 Apr; The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, 30 Apr; and The Hi-Fi, Sydney, 1 May.


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FRONTLASH WHAT GIVES?

Craig Nicholls, does your inspiration know no bounds? The Vines frontman has a new project on the go called White Shadows, with premiere track Give Up Give Out Give In unveiled over the weekend.

BAKED GOODS Aacute’s limited edition bakery candle range with scents such as hot jam doughnut, banoffee pie and gingerbread man? Deliciousness plus.

EDDY EVERYWHERE Spoon’s cover of Eddy Current Suppression Ring’s Memory Lane at their Forum Theatre show. Couldn’t even deal!

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BACKLASH I’M A CELEBRITY... GET ME ONTO THIS

Despite a rating slump after its big debut, word is that Ten are already looking for ‘celebrities’ for a second season of I’m A Celebrity… May we suggest everyone nominated for Logies?

XTREME SLURPING Slurpee Xpandinator. It’s all very exciting to chuck a funnel-type arrangement into the top of your cup in order to jam more in, but you’ll end up wearing excess Slurpee in the event of a freak gust of wind (actually happened).

WHERE IS THE LOVE? Valentine’s Day. Just ‘cause we blame it for the horrendous traffic in the CBD on Saturday night.

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A TO Z

A WILHELM SCREAM

Legendary rockers The Angels are delving into their back catalogue for a special run of shows in 2015. Aptly titled the A – Z Tour, the band have dug out 26 tracks, one for each letter of the alphabet, and will be playing them back-to-back. Catch a mix of crowd favourites and classic rarities when The Angels their way to The Palms At Crown, 30 May.

NO FOOLIN’

Having spent time writing and recording all over the country across the last 12 months, Victorian singer-songwriter Benny Walker is set to release his second single, The Fool, from his forthcoming album, Through The Forest. He’ll also be making his way across the country on a tour supporting the record. You can vibe on his gritty rock’n’roll stylings when he takes on Thornbury Theatre, 10 Apr; Suttons House Of Music, Ballarat, 18 Apr.

TOUCHDOWN

They broke up 16 years ago, but on reuniting last year, the Chicago, Illinois threepiece American Football sold out three Webster Hall shows in New York City in less than 24 hours. The trio repeated that in LA and San Francisco as well as across the UK and in Tokyo, so fans have obviously been missing them. Now it’s Australia’s turn, and 4 Jul, American Football appropriately take over The Hi-Fi.

SCREAMING

Massachusetts band A Wilhelm Scream have got a reputation for delivering one of the best live sets around, and are now set to come back for a headline tour. Get ready for the melodic punk rock slayers when they hit up Evelyn Hotel, 1 May.

FREAKY DIE

South African bizarro rap group Die Antwoord will be bringing the freak this March. They’ve been made famous by their risk-taking, rapping in Afrikaans, their hardedge looks and provocative music videos for songs like Enter The Ninja and Evil Boy. See ‘em 4 Mar at Trak Lounge Bar.

RAVIES PARTY

Sydney indie-poppers Day Ravies are playing a run of shows to celebrate the 7” release of Hickford Whizz through French indie label Beko Disques. It’ll be a raucous and distorted, fuzzed-out, whirly synth affair when they come to The Curtin, 12 Mar, with The Ancients and White Walls.

DEATH EURO-STYLE

Two of the finest exponents of melodic death metal – Sweden’s The Haunted and Finland’s Insomnium – are teaming up to cross the planet and deliver their pulverising messages to Australians in person: The Hi-Fi, 15 May with guests Orpheus Omega.

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CANADIAN RYDER

It’s been a while since Australian fans last saw her, but over in her homeland Canada, Serena Ryder has been kicking some serious goals, picking up Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year at last year’s Juno Awards, Canada’s ARIAs, for her latest album, Harmony. With the album due for release here 13 Mar, Ryder is heading to Australia to join Bluesfest 5 & 6 Apr, but has just announced some sideshows that include 11 Apr at Corner Hotel.

HAPPY TEARS

Melbourne International Comedy Festival have rolled out their program. The festival’s 29th year will see acts such as Celia Pacquola, Em Rusciano, Effie, Meshel Laurie, Joel Creasey, Greg Behrendt and more take to stages across Melbourne, no doubt inducing giggles, chuckles, guffaws and maybe even splitting sides. The festival runs from 25 Mar – 19 Apr.


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KATIE NOONAN

PLEDGE FOR KATIE

Peace Is My Drug, based around the Michael Leunig poem, Peace, the title track of a new EP from Katie Noonan that’s being offered exclusively for every pledge made through her PledgeMusic campaign aimed at enabling her to record her next album. Also available are mentorship programs, personalised messages and videos and more, while 5% of all funds generated going to the charity, BeyondBlue. She’s also taking the EP on tour with her new band, Katie Noonan’s Vanguard, with special guest Sahara Beck, playing 12 Mar at The Toff In Town.

CHICK & HERB

Together and apart, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock have played with, among others, Miles Davis, Headhunters and Return To Forever, as well as establishing long, lauded and prolific solo careers over five decades. Combined they can boast 34 Grammys between them and together the jazz/fusion giants are coming to Australia. They play 28 May at Hamer Hall, opening the 2015 Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

SOAK

DREAM WEAVER

Fresh out of Derry in Ireland, 18 year old singer-songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson, who travels as SOAK, brings her debut album, Before We Forgot How To Dream, and latest single, Sea Creatures, to Australia to better introduce herself in a couple of very intimate shows, including 17 Apr at Shadow Electric.

KNOCKOUT

WWE LIVE will return to Oz. Fans can see Superstars John Cena, United States Champion Rusev, Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose, Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett, Kane and more at Rod Laver Arena, 7 Aug. 12 • THE MUSIC • 18TH FEBRUARY 2015

INFAMOUS 20 YEARS

Queens, NYC hip hop duo Mobb Deep are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of their seminal album, The Infamous, and that’s given them the opportunity to undertake their biggest Australian tour to date as they perform the album in its entirety. With special guest, fellow New Yorker DJ Skibeatz, 11 Apr they take over The Espy.

FIVE FOR FIVE

Currently on a world tour showcasing their fifth studio album, V, multi-platinum album and Grammy Award-winning American rockers Maroon 5 have announced that they’ve added Australia to that extensive world tour. That’ll see them play 26 Sep at Rod Laver Arena, joined by special guests, Dirty Loops.

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LOONY LADS

Melbourne rockers Loon Lake are back in action with a newly-recovered lead singer and brand new single. To celebrate, they’ll be playing a couple of intimate shows in Sydney and Melbourne. The band’s new track Surfin’ is brimming with their classic signature sound, and is guaranteed to be your new favourite party jam. They’ll be at Shebeen Bandroom, 26 Mar.

CREEPIN’ ALONG

Luke Escombe & The Corporation is embarking on a mini-tour to select parts of the country to launch their new EP, Creeper Vine. This six-track EP blends stories of modern-day woes with classic sounds of the ‘50s and ‘60s, resulting in something you’ll want to keep on repeat. Hear it for yourself when they play The Rainbow Hotel, 21 Mar.

LARKING ABOUT

The music New Zealand’s Tom Lark makes has been likened to Tame Impala, or The Horrors. He’s just released the first track, Something To Tell You, from his forthcoming self-titled EP, and is following it across the Tasman to play 5 Mar at Northcote Social Club, opening for Welshman Gruff Rhys, and 6 Mar at Shebeen Bandroom.

B-BOYS, FLY GIRLS

The B-Boy World Champions tour have new tour dates, having been initially postponed. See the world’s best B-boys, B-girls, poppers and lockers including Brooke Milliner, Marcio De Barros, Roxy, Rubberlegz, Kyushu Danji Jr and more in performances and battles: 29 Apr, The Hi-Fi.


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STILL KICKING IT Funeral For A Friend’s first album Casually Dressed & Deep In Conversation set a high standard for the group back in 2003 and is still considered a landmark album within the realm of British punk/hardcore music. 12 years later, and with their seventh release recently hitting shelves, vocalist Matthew DaviesKreye tells Kane Sutton he’s still wearing his heart on his sleeve, and “you can either love it or fuck off ”.

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he days of being nervous are done.” Davies-Kreye begins when discussing the recent release of the band’s seventh full-length, Chapter And Verse. “We’ve never been a band that concerned ourselves with feeling fear

dig that first record, but it’s not above us.” Chapter And Verse contains some pretty obvious religious themes, none more so than leading single You’ve Got A Bad Case Of The Religions, and while that has come naturally with getting older and broadening the mind, Davies-Kreye is adamant there’s very little reflection on how their previous albums have stood up when it comes to writing new material. “Looking back, a lot of the records are varied because of the musical differences by the individuals in the band, and growing up, you do develop different influences, and focuses change,

and me finding that connection to the music. It just so happens that a couple of the ideas we had were perfect vehicles for what we wanted to say. Certain songs did reflect heavily on my relationship with establishment ideals such as organised religion and more political ideologies. As I’ve been getting older that’s been falling into my influence. And with the extremist issues going on, people have been suggesting, ‘Have you been writing about this, that and the other’ and it’s like, no, I’m not having a dig at religious extremists or fundamentalists, it’s just a personal look at my own personal relationship with these issues and how my thoughts have changed over the years. It’s nice to have a vehicle for them.” The band enlisted the help of Lewis Johns (Gnarwolves, Goodtime Boys) for the production side of things this time around – a somewhat surprising decision considering the band had worked with Romesh Dodangoda for the last three albums. The band were looking to head down a rougher path though, and were forced to accommodate for it. “We wanted to try something new. We were a bit antsy, we were edging towards a more raw, less polished, more organic and open sound. We felt that Romesh’s production strengths were kind of anti-that. I wanted to be able to run around the studio going batshit crazy, really recreate the same feelings I had on stage,

“I THINK I ACHIEVED EVERY GOAL I WANTED TO DO – TOUR WITH MY FRIENDS, MAYBE WRITE A RECORD – I MEAN, THE BUCKET LIST WAS DONE ABOUT 13-AND-A-HALF YEARS AGO.”

or anything. It’s great to have it out and to have tours ready for it. It’s a weight off the shoulders, and people seem to be weirdly connecting with it already, which we never thought would be happening... I think I achieved every goal I wanted to do – tour with my friends, maybe write a record – I mean, the bucket list was done about 13-and-a-half years ago. For me, I feel very lucky that I’m in a band that tours and gets to visit places like Australia and stuff, and get to meet people on different continents – it just blows my mind, so for me, we take it day by day, and every day so far has been fucking awesome.” There’s no denying the band’s first recorded developed something of a legacy over time, but they’ve never let that notion affect how they’ve gone about their business since – Davies-Kreye finds the whole thing a bit bizarre. “It’s hard to think about that record like that. None of us knew it was going to be considered the way it’s been considered, and none of us felt like it would be held like some sort of albatross. We’ve let it not get to us, I know a lot of bands succumb to that sort of thing, but we’ve been thankful that we are an incredibly stubborn band; we don’t give a shit what people think of us. We don’t want to belittle people into liking our band or anything, but we didn’t start a band to be a band that listened to people who bought our records – I love that people 14 • THE MUSIC • 18TH FEBRUARY 2015

and you want to try new things. On the other hand, a record like Chapter And Verse is almost like an acknowledgement of being comfortable where you came from, and the influences that made you want to be who you are. Hardcore and punk are massive in my life, and for Chapter And Verse to have that relationship to that music in terms of my own personal point of view, I have a lot of love towards it. Growing older, you realise that the good ol’ days are the good ol’ days for a reason... I don’t write specifically for records. For me, it’s just about the music developing

really getting into the emotions of the songs and Romesh kind of struggled with that. Our previous records felt like they had a machine on them, not that that’s a bad thing, but with Lewis, he’s really tuned in to what it’s like to be a band, just four or five guys in a room playing together, and if you can’t make that sound good, if you have to put millions of guitar tracks over it to make it sound good, you’re doing something wrong. For us, it was the purity of it, and Lewis is a pure producer – he gets the band, gets the influences we have and comes from the same background, and it’s so much easier to work with someone like that.” So how would they actually describe the record in comparison to their previous work, stylistically? “It’s emotionally heavy. It’s edgy, it’s not clean-cut, which is what I love about the record. It’s very much a product of spare of the moment gut feeling and instinct. It is a very instinctual record, and I think that’s what I love about it most, and why I rate it quite highly amongst the records we’ve written over the last 14 years, it’s pretty much in my top two. It’s got that kind of unashamed, bullish, kind of ‘this is my heart of my sleeve’ kind of thing, like, you can either love it or fuck off.” With their seventh album in the bucket, 15 years of experience under the belt as a band, and his bucket list well and truly ticked off, the concept of


identity has never really been an issue for DaviesKreye and the band, despite it being something many groups find themselves grappling with. “I don’t think it really matters, I think it just depends on what you want to get out of this, what you’re in the band for. Identity is, well, you can do whatever the fuck you want with that. You have an empty canvas. It depends, I mean if you’re in a band with five different guys who like different things musically then you’re going to have a shitstorm of a time trying to make a good record, which we’ve had over the years. But at the end of the day, if your core values as individuals line up – what you stand for as a band in terms of ideology or anything you want to stand for is unified – then finding a connection comes from that, and that’s why punk and hardcore has always been a strong door for us and it’s always been about speaking your mind and not being afraid to confront ideas and speak with an open heart and mind. That’s why Funeral will always fit in that category.”

WHAT: Chapter & Verse (Roadrunner Records) WHEN & WHERE: 22 Apr, Corner Hotel

STAYING TRUE Funeral For A Friend came to fruition at an extremely healthy time for the style of music they were looking to create – that heavier pop-punk sound was massively popular in the early noughties, and while the band’s sound has grown and evolved with the times, Davies-Kreye certainly believes there’s plenty of lessons to be learned from the bands that were big back then, despite not many of them being around anymore, for the up and comers of today. “The scene we were part of – I don’t really know who’s still doing it. Silverstein are still doing it, which is great. These days bands call themselves emo but they look like Motley Crue while they’re doing it, which terrifies me. That’s

the bullshit that punk and hardcore is rebelling against; that whole sense of excess and pretentious selfishness. It’s about laying things out and being no different to the individuals you’re playing to. The scene as I knew it that Funeral were supposedly a part of, I don’t think exists. We ally ourselves with loads of bands that don’t exist anymore, but I still find great comfort in knowing that one of my favourite bands and influences Boysetsfire are still kicking it and doing great things. [That said] I love a lot of new bands – Vices, who’re coming to Australia with us are great, I hear them and I’m so excited about them because they remind me of the bands I grew up listening to that I never got to see. I live vicariously through these bands because they have that element there.” THE MUSIC • 18TH FEBRUARY 2015 • 15


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SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE

R&B’s newest star Tinashe tells Sally-Anne Hurley the “kind of annoying” comparisons to other artists will stop once we’ve gotten to know her better.

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rban music said hello to a potential new superstar in 2014. Tinashe, or Tinashe Kachingwe as she was born, released one of the singles of the year, the turnt-up anthem, 2 On, and followed that with Aquarius, her debut album. The record’s futuristic, alternative R&B sound saw Tinashe on a whole heap of ‘Best Of 2014’ lists, but if she’s feeling any pressure, you’d never know it. The almost 22-year-old singer-songwriter comes across as confident when we speak on the phone. “You can only hope that your second album [will] be as successful. I hope to obviously surpass the success

that I’ve had this year, or last year I guess, and it’s exciting to see what’s to come. I’ve started, I’m in the very early stages, you know I only have a few songs done at this point and I’m just trying to figure out which direction I wanna take with this album. But it’s nice to be able to go back into the studio and be creative again.” Tinashe has spent a great deal of the last year playing shows, including a headline tour of the States that kicked off last November on the back of Aquarius’ release. She’s gearing up for her first Australian performances this month, which she’s “really excited about” and assures us there’ll be no nerves on display.

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“To me it’s always a great opportunity to, you know, make new fans, to solidify old fans. I just love to be able to perform on stage, I don’t really get nervous. It’s more of an exciting experience for me.” In fact, we’ll probably be witnessing a very relaxed Tinashe on stage, given her need to “vibe-out” before a show. “I like to have ambience in the dressing room, like candles and some music and hang out with people that I like to be around.” Writing and recording while touring is something the Los Angeles-raised artist is trying to get the hang of. “I definitely try. I mean, it’s been a very new process for me, learning how to balance, you know, putting all of my energy into a show and then trying to figure out how to then try and put my energy into being creative. It’s hard to find that balance. But I still try to incorporate as much [writing] as possible.” She’s also gotten quite used to being compared to many other female R&B artists, Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Ciara and Jhene Aiko to name a few, but hopes the comparisons will start to become fewer and further between as her career continues. “It’s always kind of annoying when people try to [compare]… But you have to take it as a compliment because the people that I am being compared to are people who I respect as artists. You can’t be too upset about it but you’re definitely like, ‘Yeah I wanna be known as myself,’ but I understand where the comparisons come from because I think people are just trying to get to know me. And hopefully once they get to know me better then those comparisons will stop.” WHEN & WHERE: 20 Feb, The Hi-Fi

MARTIAL ARTS EXPERT “Like Flight Of The Conchords” but with martial arts instead of singing, Maximum Choppage is the new kung-fu comedy from Lawrence Leung. He talks to Guy Davis.

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o one wants to let down their mum by bringing home, say, a lacklustre report card or an inappropriate date. But both of those scenarios pale in comparison to the heavyweight champion of parental disappointment: choosing the wrong career track. That, believe it or not, is the subtext of Maximum Choppage, the ABC’s new kungfu comedy starring comedian Lawrence Leung. After years of refining his fists of fury at a Beijing martial arts temple, Leung’s Simon Chan has returned home to the Sydney suburb of Cabramatta to fulfil his destiny by following in his late father’s footsteps as a fearsome but noble warrior. There’s only one problem: Simon has actually been studying at a Melbourne art school and can’t throw a punch to save his life. “We flip all those parental expectations of getting a proper job, like a doctor or a lawyer, on their head,” says Leung, who wrote a number of Maximum Choppage episodes in addition to playing the lead. And it all takes place in “a heightened universe that still captures the essence of Cabramatta”, he says. The suburb has had a rough go of things in the past, with news and current affairs reports, especially in the ‘90s, playing up what Leung calls the “dark and shady” reputation of the area. But Leung and the creators of Maximum Choppage wanted to showcase the neighbourhood’s culture, albeit in a somewhat 16 • THE MUSIC • 18TH FEBRUARY 2015

stylised way. “A local ghost festival lets us play with horror themes, and we’ll throw an action sequence into the middle of a food festival.” As you may have gathered, the spirit of Kung Fu Hustle’s Stephen Chow and Spaced’s Edgar Wright flows through Maximum Choppage’s veins, with the creators of the show ever-eager to maintain humanity and heart while raising the stakes by asking “Ok, how we can ‘Max Chop’ that?” whenever a funny or furious situation arose. “We think it’s going to appeal to action fans, comedy fans, even fans of a family drama,” says Leung. “It’s a bit like Flight Of The Conchords,

but instead of going into a musical number like they do on that show, we’ll transition into an action scene.” While he’s primarily known for his acclaimed standup work, which he’ll be taking around the comedy festival circuit next month in The Escapist, Leung is no stranger to acting, having appeared on the likes of House Husbands and Offspring. Taking on the central role in Maximum Choppage, however, gave him greater opportunities to “embody a character”, even to the point of undergoing a bit of training (from very nice martial arts experts “who could kill you with their bare hands... but never would”) for the show’s action sequences. Leung does admit with a laugh that he could slack off a little because, well, Simon kinda sucks at fighting. WHAT: Maximum Choppage 9pm Tuesdays on ABC2 WHEN & WHERE: 26 Mar – 19 Apr, MICF, Trades Hall


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STARSHIP BUDOS

A quick listen to the new album from NYC’s The Budos Band tells you they’re toughening up. Drummer Brian Profilio fills Michael Smith in on the ch-ch-changes.

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feel like the songs are a lot more guitardriven,” The Budos Band’s drummer, Brian Profilio begins, discussing their latest and fourth album, Burnt Offering. It’s certainly a distinct move away from the Afrobeat/soul/funk sound that the Staten Island, New York City nine-piece instrumental band established with the release of their eponymous Daptone debut album a decade ago. “The guitar plays a bigger role on this album than on the other ones. The other ones were more horn-driven. Not that the horns don’t remain a prominent feature on these tracks, but it’s really the guitar and the bass drive a lot of these songs now.

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“There was less percussion on the record too. Our [percussion instrument] shekere player [Vincent Balestrino] left the band, and with him leaving, it sort of moved a lot of the other percussion to the side a little bit, and that opened up our sound a lot.” The other thing that seems to have impacted on the sound and direction of the new album and therefore the band was a curious old bit of technology called a Binson Echorec, a weighty Italian-made beastie that utilised a flat metal “tape” to create echo and was most famously a fave of Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour.

“Tommy [Brenneck], the guitarist, and Dan [Foder], the bass player, are always looking for old vintage gear and every once in a while they find a real nice piece, and now the Echorec is in the mix. It really brings a lot – it’s really cool. It’s pretty big – and it’s delicate – so travelling with it would be real problem, so it won’t be coming out on tour with us!” For Burnt Offering, The Budos Band chose not to call on Daptone Records’ co-founder, in-house producer/engineer Gabriel Roth – the man behind their own previous three albums – opting instead to produce themselves. “We wanted more of, like, a rock sound, a heavier rock sound, and Gabe normally has a pretty soft touch on things. So we just decided to do it ourselves ‘cause we know that we’re just not smooth as Gabe, you know?” It seems it wasn’t until the reviews started coming in that Profilio – who in his straight life is a teacher and so only tours during school breaks, but created the cover art for Burnt Offering – realised that there was something of a parallel between the “ancient mythical wizard” he’d come up with and the one on the inside cover of Led Zeppelin’s “untitled” fourth album. Like Zeppelin, The Budos Band had titled their first three albums I, II and III. Sound-wise though there’s nothing Zeppelin about Burnt Offering but some of the cuts could quite easily soundtrack some Imperial Star Trooper scene in any of the Star Wars movies, though, for Profilio, “we’re hoping for Tarantino to pick up on them!”

WHEN & WHERE: 19 Feb, Corner Hotel; 20 Feb, Melbourne Zoo

SILVER LININGS

Indie-pop four-piece Lake Street Dive managed to overcome two years of hardship and uncertainty to find success. Drummer Mike Calabrese chats to Scott Aitken about obstacles, getting older and their connection to Perth.

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or over a decade now Lake Street Dive has played together and in that time steadily built up a strong following all over the world thanks to energetic, highly-infectious pop songs that draw on influences from Motown and ‘60s soul to British Invasion and jazz. Two years ago though, the band’s career stalled when their third album, Bad Self Portraits, was blocked from release by a label to which vocalist Rachael Price had previously been signed. “We had a year to just be like ‘Ok, we can’t put out this album so we’ll just gig and play our asses off and then drop this and hopefully by then we’ll have garnered a little more attention,’” drummer Mike Calabrese explains. “And that’s what happened, so in the end there was a great silver lining to the waiting and the sort of headache of dealing with the contract.” The album eventually came out in early 2014 to some of the best reviews of the band’s career, including one from Rolling Stone, the magazine later citing the group as one of the best artists of 2014. For Calabrese, it was the recent celebration of his 30th birthday that gave him a chance to finally reflect on how far the band has come. “It was really, really great; it was wonderful. We’ve been 20 • THE MUSIC • 18TH FEBRUARY 2015

a band for so many years but this was the first time we did well enough to afford some small luxuries. Like it’s the first time we’ve ever had disposable income in the band so I was able to get a nice venue in Brooklyn and cater it. It was sort of like a symbol of the growth we’ve experienced as a band over this past year and it was perfect timing because you want your 30th to be somewhat meaningful, or at least I do, so it was great to celebrate.” The band is bringing its exciting, energetic

show to Australia for the first time. Calabrese says that though the band hasn’t toured the country before, it just so happens Price was actually born in Perth. “Her entire family was born there and she moved to the States when she was like three but still has an Australian passport so it was just sort of perfect. I think her mother’s actually coming out for some of the shows as well.” Apart from this Calabrese says he and the rest of the band can’t wait to get out and play some of the new songs to Australian audiences. “Festival season is a really great time to tour because every town seems to have its own type of festival and it seems Australia’s no stranger to that. It’s a lucky time of year and we’re getting to crisscross the whole country, so it’s very exciting.” WHEN & WHERE: 21 Feb, SummerSalt Festival, Testing Grounds; 6 Mar, Meeniyan Town Hall; 7 & 8 Mar, Port Fairy Folk Festival


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MOVING ON

Conor Oberst tells Hannah Story that it was “surreal and painful” to have had allegations made against him in 2013.

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love getting down there. Sometimes the flight is a little daunting, but then once you’re there it’s pretty amazing.” Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes, Desaparecidos, Monsters Of Folk) is talking about coming back to Australia this month for a national tour, taking in zoos, local venues, and Golden Plains Festival. His band Desaparecidos were scheduled to play Harvest n 2013 before it was cancelled, and then the group pulled out of Soundwave as “one of our bandmates had a health problem in the family”. The cancellation may also have been impelled by allegations made against Oberst in late 2013. In December 2013, Oberst was accused of raping Joan Harris, ten years ago, on her 16th birthday, after going to a Bright Eyes concert. The allegations were

originally made in a series of comments left by Harris on xoJane, and then elaborated upon on Tumblr. Oberst filed a libel suit against Harris in February 2014 to ‘clear his name’, asking for $1 million in damages to his “reputation, standing in the community, shame, mortification, hurt feelings, embarrassment, and humiliation”. The charges have since been dropped, and Harris has recanted her statements. “It was a very surreal and painful experience,” says Oberst. “But I’m happy that the truth got out. I’m happy to move on with my life and focus on music.” “I try to keep things in perspective because there’s a lot of people, mostly African-

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American men, that are incarcerated for crimes they didn’t commit. And not to mention actual victims of sexual assault; they say one in four women will experience it in their life which is heartbreaking and staggering. Even though I wouldn’t wish my experience on anyone I try to keep it in perspective.” And Oberst is keeping things in perspective and keeping busy; he’s been working on a record with Desaparecidos that is due for release this year, he’s toured his latest Upside Down Mountain, he’s written a script for MOF (“if you’re a supergroup you can’t just make a second record, you’ve got to do something bigger”), and auditioned for the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis. Amidst it all, he’s still growing as a performer and artist. “Everything I’ve learned as a musician and a writer and a performer has been from trial-and-error, so I’m sure I’m a much different person that I was when I was 17 and making records, being 34 now.” “I think to be a good writer you basically need to have some power of observation, be a witness to things you see in the world, and also to have some sense of empathy where you can be able to place yourself in someone else’s shoes. I think that’s how you get to something that people can relate to. And that’s of course art… We’re all sort of searching for that commonality, a lot of people can find that through music, these trivial things we do like make records, and movies, and write books, and paint paintings, and all that stuff.” WHEN & WHERE: 26 Feb, Corner Hotel; 28 Feb, Melbourne Zoo Twilights; 8 Mar, Golden Plains Festival, Meredith

BARS AND CURLS?

Tim Rogers’ songs have always carried emotional heft, so it’s unsurprising that his solo debut is being adapted for the stage. The songsmith and actress Sophie Ross tell Steve Bell that it’s all about love.

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ou Am I frontman Tim Rogers’ 1999 debut solo effort What Rhymes With Cars And Girls is something of an unheralded classic, a gorgeous collection of aching narratives tied together by Rogers’ weary world view and adroit way with words. Such is its depth of character and emotion that playwright Aidan Fennessy has adapted it to the stage, tying the individual songs together into a rich tableau looking at love through a societal lens. “I actually didn’t know the album very well at all, so for me it’s quite fresh,” explains actress Sophie Ross, who plays female lead Tash. “I’ve tried to bring a sense of myself and how I interpret the music to it, which I think Tim is really encouraging because it’s two new voices and two new perspectives on the songs. And Tim is the Musical Director, so it’s wonderful having the writer there to ask questions of and to play with. He’s letting the songs be held and communicated by other people, which is really beautiful. He’s such a great songwriter, and such a gentle, kind person that it doesn’t feel intimidating in any way having him there – he’s just a very generous soul. “It’s quite a classic love story really in that it kind of references a lot of really well known love stories, particularly Romeo & Juliet, that classic story of two people who want to be together but for some

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reason it’s difficult for them socially to be together, that’s the challenge of their love and their journey.” Having been initially reluctant, Rogers is also enjoying the album’s adaptation for the boards. “It wasn’t my concept at all,” he explains. “Aidan the playwright contacted me and posited it and I thought it was a dreadful idea, but I met with him and really liked him and read the script and enjoyed that. I realised at that point that he wasn’t writing a script about what he imagines to be a youthful Tim Rogers, so I gave it the ok. I wouldn’t have written this story

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but the songs somehow work into the narrative, so I agreed to [be Musical Director] – it’s been really enjoyable, I’m learning a lot.” Were the album’s songs originally meant to be thematically linked? “No, they weren’t,” Rogers tells. “I can see how it might sound like a group of songs together – they were written around the same time, and there’s some themes that keep coming up, but they’re very small themes. The play is about a situation and is very interior, which is kind of the way I write as well. Initially I thought the script was trying to go for big themes and talk more about sociological things that I really have no interest in – and that was my only reticence to be involved – but as we’re whittling away at it and they way it’s performed, it becomes a small story about the biggest theme of all; about love, really. I’m finding it more endearing, and finding more in it as we progress.” WHAT: What Rhymes With Cars And Girls WHEN & WHERE: 19 Feb – 28 Mar, Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre


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SHINING BRIGHT

Perth artist Shameem found herself mastering her craft around the world and the musical partnerships on her new record come from the most weird and wonderful places. She talks to Kane Sutton.

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had my last album out in 2011, then I toured in 2012, and that was such a busy year; a lot of gigs and stuff. In 2013, it was like, ‘Okay, I need to start thinking about the next thing,’” Shameem, who dropped a new single, Beautiful Soul, towards the end of last year, begins. “I got invited to the Canadian Music Week, so that took up a lot of my attention, just trying to organise a Canadian and US tour. I’d actually already written all the songs [for the

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second album] by the second half of the year, so I decided I wanted to put together a crowdfunding campaign and record the album in the summer. The album was completely finished by March, so we were talking to the people we wanted to promote it and at the time I was thinking, ‘Now, let’s do it now,’ but they were like, ‘No, there’s timing, we have to think about when the big label artists are going to be releasing their things so you don’t have to compete because it’s hard as an indie artist,’ and all that sort of thing. I took their advice though, so it’s taken a little longer than expected.”

Shameem ended up working with Grammy Award winner James Bryan (Nelly Furtado). “It was the weirdest thing ever. No joke, he found me on MySpace back in 2010, and he didn’t even find my original music, it was like demos of jazz songs I’d put up there, and he messaged me and was like, ‘Do you write your own songs? I really like your sound, you should come to the UK and we’ll write some music together.’ At first I was thinking, ‘Who is this hack who’s just found me of MySpace?’ But I humoured him and we began chatting and eventually I went to the UK and wrote some songs together. It ended up coming out really well. I sent around a few songs from the album for a few industry people and others I trust, and I said, ‘Which song sticks in your head after you listen to it?’ and they all said Under One Sun and Beautiful Soul, so they’re both on there.” Shameem heads out on a national tour this month. “I have these big ambitions and I don’t like telling people about them because they sound so outlandish, so I try to take it as it comes, but you need to have a vision or you’re not going to go anywhere. I’ve found when you’re a self-managing musician, you need to be thinking three or four steps ahead at all times. I’m starting to think about 2016, and it’s scary, but it’s the truth. I’ve become a much richer person for managing myself, but that being said, I’m so busy that I’d really like to have my own manager now. I’ve been doing it for five years now, so I think that’s fair enough,” she laughs, a hint of pride in her voice. WHAT: The Second City (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: 19 Feb, Paris Cat Jazz Club

IN HIS NATURE

José González explains to Kane Sutton why you need to find room in your life to play music for fun, not just to meet a deadline.

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he Swedish singer-songwriter released his first solo album, Veneer, in 2003, which featured his championed cover of The Knife’s Heartbeats, and in 2007, he released In Our Nature, a somewhat darker acoustic record focused on the human condition, which cemented him among the most relevant acoustic performers of the time. His newest record, Vestiges & Claws, is only his third solo album, but the man is also vested in his band Junip, which has released two full-lengths and four EPs to date. It’s been three years since his last album, but González still had songs he wanted to work with. “Some of the songs [from Vestiges & Claws] are really old – Open Book and The Forest I’ve had for many years, actually – but mostly the songs were written within the year, from early ‘14, I started writing and early recording.” González speaks as he sounds on his records: quite slowly and rather delicately, “I was choosing from the demos that I’d been collecting and I decided to go with songs that only had one guitar, most similar to my previous two albums. I wrote a couple of newer songs: Carry You is totally different to my first two albums, and other songs have a more Western African vibe, which was fun.” González has certainly been having plenty of fun the last couple of years between albums – the soundtrack 24 • THE MUSIC • 18TH FEBRUARY 2015

to 2013’s The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty starring Ben Stiller was practically made up of José González songs, some older and some made exclusively for the film. “That was fun. The director had heard one of the Junip songs, and was searching for an artist to do most of the music, so we Skyped, and he told me how excited he was to start things straight away. I went to LA and New York, and worked with the guy in charge of the music score.” Songwriting’s a serious process for González, and he’s comfortable sticking to his signature sound from album to album. Whether he’s playing with Junip or solo, he’s careful

not to overwhelm himself with possibilities. “No, I don’t get carried away. [Since In Our Nature] I would say I’m older and more relaxed as a person, and there was a calmness while I was writing those songs – a bit of frustration during mixing, but mostly calm. Part of getting carried away is the time between albums when I’m doing music just for fun. Writing music for albums is also fun, but the aim is always clear. When I’m on tour, it’s fun to play with big acts, but when I’m at home, it’s great to just play for fun, I meddle a lot with synthesisers. There’s a clear idea of what I want to do when I’m recording, and it’s important to have deadlines.” With the album having just been released, González is itching to share it with the world. “I’m super excited to start playing now – the album comes out and I head out on tour the day after. I’ll be touring throughout the year. I’ll be trying to get to Latin America and Australia and stuff, as well as Europe and North America.” WHAT: Vestiges & Claws (Shock)


CATCHIN’ THE WAVE

Surfer first, musician second, Donavon Frankenreiter has followed the sun like every other surfer, and that’s brought him to Australia. He talks to Michael Smith.

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alifornia-born Hawaii-based singersongwriter Donavon Frankenreiter was already a well known face in Australia long before he finally released his self-titled debut album here in 2004. Quite apart from having opened for Jack Johnson on a couple of tours, Frankenreiter had been here often as a pro-surfer. After all, he was sponsored by Australian clothing label Billabong. So there’s more than a soft spot for this country and he’s more than up for playing 19 shows in 24 days.

“You know, four of the songs on [2013’s] Start Livin’ were written in Western Australia in one day in this hotel, finished in demo style,” Frankenreiter – who’ll be coming here via Brazil, Chile and Argentina – explains, talking about his most current album, “and I think, while in Australia in hotel rooms, when I’m not playin’ I’m gonna be writin’ songs. I get really inspired when I’m down there, things that happen and things that I see and that I hear”. Frankenreiter already has four songs ready for the next record, so is hoping to come up with

MOVING FORWARD

Not only is Falling In Reverse frontman Ronnie Radke’s past worthy of a feature film, it’s also been the reason he hasn’t been able to visit Australia. He discusses his dislike of modern music, doing favours for Travis Barker and the band’s new record with Daniel Cribb.

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aving been arrested numerous times and serving a two-year jail sentence in 2006, few know conflict like Falling In Reverse leader Ronnie Radke. He may be in the thick of album promo for the band’s new record, Just Like You, in Las Vegas when he answers his phone, but there’s another issue on his mind – the recent event of Blink-182

revealing their innerband turmoil to the public; something Radke, as a fan, can relate to all too well. “I’m never going to choose a side or anything because I love that band,” Radke comments. But a recent encounter with drummer Travis Barker might cloud his judge somewhat. “I didn’t know he was a fan of me. And now he follows me on Twitter, which is mindblowing. His daughter’s 15, and she came to my music video. He asked me for a favour so I told him to bring her down… [Blink-182]’s one of the bands that I actually still listen to. I don’t really listen to a lot of

another half-dozen before heading into a studio in Austin, Texas, for a fortnight. The studio has ten cameras installed which will allow him to stream the making of the album live, 24/7. “We’re gonna shoot a bunch of photos first thing in the studio and upload those, and whoever comes up with the best album cover... and maybe [on] one of the songs [we’ll] leave the words off the bridge and let somebody co-write the song with me and write the words on the bridge and, I dunno, just gonna make it a real interactive album if people wanna get involved. I kinda like to change it up a bit.”

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Frankenreiter might take his wife and two sons along to the early part of the sessions too, since his eldest seems to be following in dad’s footsteps. “Hendrix is 12 and he’s started his own band and his first show is at a sixth grade talent show March 6th here in Hawaii, so I’m really excited – threepiece band and he plays guitar and sings, he’s got a buddy playin’ bass and a buddy playin’ drums and the first song they learned was Tighten Up by The Black Keys – I was pretty impressed!” It’s looking like Hendrix Frankenreiter might just be the second act signed to his dad’s label, Liquid Tambourine Records. “Right now it’s easy ‘cause I’m the only artist signed to the label,” Frankenreiter chuckles. “There’s no pressure to get things out or do things or whatever. I decide when I put it out and sign distribution deals all over the world and try and get the music out there, you know?” WHEN & WHERE: 3 & 4 Apr, Bluesfest, Byron Bay; 10 Apr, Corner Hotel; 11 Apr, Barwon Heads Hotel

bands these days who are new or anything, so it’s sad to see that they’re not going to make a new record.”

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It’s the “watered down” production of music today that’s turned Radke away from a lot of new acts, and with the band’s third album, Radke wanted to break the mould and throw people off. “These days, everything’s Auto-Tuned to the point where you can’t really hear the cadence in their voices, and it sounds the same because it’s so robotic… it’s just not my cup of tea anymore. Maybe I’m just getting older and growing up a little bit.” It hasn’t been an easy road for Radke, but his learned from his mistakes and being himself is finally paying off, with the release of a career-defining record, launching his own clothing label, Hood$, and he’s finally secured a visa to tour Australia for the first time ever hitting Soundwave. “I don’t think it’s Australia’s fault,” he says on past visa issues. “I think it’s America’s fault. With the help of my managers, who worked around the clock with lawyers, we got there. So that’s who I have to thank for that, finally. “I’m stoked, because everything we’ve ever wanted is coming true and it’s pretty amazing. Where I came from, from prison to now, it’s pretty wild. We complain about the dumb things, like, ‘Aw, man, I left my phone in the hotel! I’ve got to go back and get it!’ And I just kind of catch myself complaining about stupid things, like how everybody does. But I try to keep myself grounded that way. I can just pretty much wake up whenever I want and do whatever I want, all because I write songs and it reaches my fans and touches their hearts, you know, it’s crazy.” WHAT: Just Like You (Epitaph/Warner) THE MUSIC • 18TH FEBRUARY 2015 • 25


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PEARLS

JOSE GONZALEZ

Pretend You’re Mine

Vestiges & Claws

Dot Dash/Remote Control With the release of lead single Big Shot late last year, Melbourne trio Pearls provided a perfect little alt-pop gem to introduce their forthcoming debut long-player, teasing listeners by slotting sassily into summer radio playlists. With a thick, dark groove carved from Cassandra Kiely’s keys, drummer Ellice Blakeney’s vocal slinks in and out of guitarist Ryan Caesar’s calls with the magnetism of Debbie Harry. Instrumentally it’s a basic cut – carefully placed fuzzed-out riffs and fat, unhurried percussion fill the mix – but it delivers a confident, dirty charm. The title track and second single bookends the record with a similarly stomping groove as Caesar channels a Rock On era David Essex to lead into the payoff, an echoing, yearning chorus refrain. There’s certainly some ‘70s glam-rock influence at play here, though album tracks, including Me And My Girl and Part Timer, take a much

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cleaner pop-rock approach. And Straight Through The Heart changes tack again, spiralling into late-at-night desire via affecting though fleeting melodic touches and just right percussive moves from Blakeney. Most importantly, the shared vocal approach of the three members serves the needs of each track across Pretend You’re Mine rather than being an exercise in diplomacy that can often leave a listener cold. Their interplay and the group dynamic as a whole are intriguing and magnetic, and a lustful undercurrent leaves one with an insatiable need for repeat spins. Tyler McLoughlan

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It’s been over seven years since Jose Gonzalez brought out his second solo effort, In Our Nature. That album was a thoughtful and oft-times dark collection of acoustic recordings, wherein he is troubled by the ugliness of war (How Low) and cautious of “the darkness” (Down The Line). On Vestiges & Claws, the airy-sounding Swedish singer offers a similar style but sounds more relaxed, more content with the world around him, as though he’s sitting back and simply admiring the view presented in his immediate vicinity. Gonzalez self-produced the record, and you can feel the rawness in each track, making for a wonderfully intimate listen – you can practically smell nature right from the opening chord in With The Ink Of A Ghost, while you could almost be standing alongside the musician admiring the landscapes on The Forest. A commanding beat

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DAN DEACON

FALLING IN REVERSE

Poison City

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It’s hard to know how Melbourne-based outfit Clowns found the time to write and record their second album, what with their intensive touring schedule, but thank fuck they did! In similar fashion to 2013’s I’m Not Right, Bad Blood is an absolute rager, crammed full of ferocious guitars, demonic snarls and abrasive lyrics, before finishing with a more melodious 11-minute opus – Human Terror. While Bad Blood is a sensory assault through speakers, it’s sure to be amplified even further in the flesh as part of their forthcoming tour. Don’t miss it.

Opener and lead single, joyous pop rocker Feel The Lightning’s hooks and singalong chorus ease us into Deacon’s fuzzy sonic landscape before he opens more experimental portals. When I Was Done Dying exemplifies this album’s approach as Deacon dials back the orchestration of 2012’s America and pushes his vocal presence to the fore while still including that record’s sense of majesty and wry enchantment.

Falling In Reverse kick Just Like You off with a double-fisted opening barrage in Chemical Prisoner and (bar the selfindulgent guitar solo) God, If You Are Above. At the other end, Sexy Drug would be at home on Miley Cyrus’ next album (“Like O-M-G you make me come, come, come”). While singer Ronnie Radke embraces pop-tastic and classic ‘90s pop-punk moments (Get Me Out), when juxtaposed with the heavy moments (Die For You), there’s a distinct lack of consistency evident. Despite the contradictory sounds, Falling In Reverse’s massive following is a testament to their delivery and passion.

Jazmine O’Sullivan

Gliss Riffer

Constantly moving between the lush, the experimental and the poppy, for those with a passion for left-field pop or fuzzy electro beats, there’s a lot to love on Gliss Riffer. Andrew McDonald

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makes its way into the mix in Every Age, where Gonzalez proclaims that “Every branch of the tree has to learn/Learn to grow, find its way,” in a manner that is equal parts strong in message and delicately confident in delivery. Closing track Open Book could be the album highlight, a light and airy track with a gorgeous little guitar hook, some dainty whistling by Gonzalez and a wholesome expression – “Your love belongs to everyone” – it makes for a perfect summer afternoon track and rounds out another strongly reflective record for the singer-songwriter. It has certainly been worth the wait. Kane Sutton

★★★½

CLOWNS

Bad Blood

★★★★

Just Like You

Dylan Stewart

★★★★

HARLEY YOUNG & THE HAYMAKERS Flinders Parade Independent Flinders Parade is a love letter to Harley Young’s native Brisbane suburb of Sandgate, a warts and all encapsulation of everything he holds dear about his hometown. The simple songs are recorded with no bells and whistles, but whether it’s the suburb’s physical locale (Margate GF, Spring Hill To The Gate), propensity for fights and Entertainment Centre burnouts (Balls Deep In Boondall) or general idiosyncrasies (Chook Raffle Lady), it’s a gorgeous and heartfelt reminder that home is definitely where the heart is. Steve Bell


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★★★★

THEESATISFACTION EarthEE

Sub Pop/Inertia THEESatisfaction return with a long overdue second album, a confident production as much a club record as awE naturalE was a record for the street. Tunes float around in syrupy amber textures and the two women rap with restraint and finesse. If the heart ruled awE naturalE then the head rules this one. Where the first was all hot asphalt streets and loose trains of thought, EarthEE is a much smoother ride, richer production suggesting far more patience and introspection, personal agency and other ‘Big Questions’ still forming the bulk of their rhymes. Pithy prose never sounded sexier. Matt MacMaster

★★★★

THE BLACK RYDER

The Door Behind The Door The Anti-Machine Machine/The Orchard

★★★★

JIM LAWRIE Eons

Barely Dressed/Remote Control

After a massive six-year wait, Sydney-turned-LA-based shoegazers The Black Ryder finally drop album number two. They waste no time getting into dreamy sonic landscapes with the gorgeously lush Seventh Moon. While the duo shares vocals, it’s Aimee Nash’s ethereal voice that haunts every song here, recalling Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser at their more immediate. The beauty of The Door Behind The Door lies in its insistence to not sit still; lush shoegaze and dreampop effects tie everything together, but each song feels like its own private world.

Welcome to the big league Jim. Yes, you’ve tasted success as drummer of Eagle & The Worm, and you’ve been on the scene a good few years, but Eons is fucking brilliant. Its arrangements are unhurried and inspirational (the horns on Falling Stars and Good Old Days are bliss), and although your voice strains at times, your delivery is impassioned and honest. A quintessential Australian twang flows through but doesn’t overwhelm your songs. Your narrative lyrics evoke your heroes Paul Kelly and Jackson Browne, but your arrangements are better and your future every bit as bright.

Andrew McDonald

Dylan Stewart

Kid Rock – First Kiss Steve Earle & The Dukes – Terraplane The Avener – The Wanderings Of The Avener Scorpions – Return To Forever Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass Sonny & The Sunsets – Talent Night At The Ashram Texas – Texas 25

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live reviews

PAUL SIMON & STING

Rod Laver Arena 10 Feb “On Stage Together” isn’t exactly the most imaginative name for a tour and it’s not entirely accurate, either, given that our co-headliners also spend a lot of time On Stage Separately. Paul Simon & Sting kick off On Stage Together: Sting pulls off the Sovereign Hill beard look, Paul Simon, however, looks like Jiminy Cricket. There are 15 backing players up on stage with the duo and we’re momentarily coaxed to our feet at the tail end of Brand New Day via instructional lyrics: “Stand up!” Kinda like a game of Simon Says, but without

count of how many beats he sustains a note for. Simon returns bringing Mrs Robinson with him. As expected, there’s some unidentifiable percussion up there and it’s these instrumental intricacies that make Graceland really pop. Simon is very expressive minus an instrument: he acts out lyrics through whimsical gesture as well as playing ‘air everything’. The dude/prophet behind us yells out, “Bring Sting back!” and, is if hearing his cue, the former Police-man returns with Fragile, which they both perform. After explaining how much Simon’s America meant to him when he first crossed seas, the song, as performed by Sting, somehow changes point of view as if the protagonist were a tourist. Bam! Then we’re delivered Message In A Bottle,

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further instruction all bums return to seats. Simon and Sting trade verses on Fields Of Gold and we’re grateful Sting takes the “Feel her body rise when you kiss her mouth” line. After the obligatory tantric sex gag, Simon leaves Sting to it. The Police’s So Lonely contains outstanding tuba, an instrument that evokes a marauding elephant. Sting’s voice is a unique cross between raspy and sensual. As if Craig David’s 7 Days wasn’t inspired by Sting’s Seven Days!? During Sting’s performance of his weekbased song, the band stop on a dime to punctuate, “But Sunday’d be too late,” and then restart perfectly in unison. Peter Tickell is a fiddling maestro. After the, “E-yo/E-yoyoyo!” digression in Walking On The Moon, Sting demonstrates extraordinary lung capacity when we lose 28 • THE MUSIC • 18TH FEBRUARY 2015

into rock’n’roll music in the first place. The drum-off that concludes Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes almost makes the song not suck quite so much. Then in barnstorms You Can Call Me Al. Where’d Sting go? Musicianship is excellent as always, though: that tin whistle solo, the arresting brass and extraordinary slap bass line! Is that the guy responsible for the Seinfeld theme? But it can’t be over yet, we need more On Stage Together. Hey! My youthful memories don’t recall Simon & Garfunkel’s Cecilia being a slut! Every Breath You Take – how’s that, “Since you’ve gone...” key change? We’re in bits, but are further swept away by Bridge Over Troubled Water, which Simon gestures for Sting to commence. The admiring, proud

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for which scattered punters rise to their feet for a boogie. Especially while performing Simon’s catalogue, Sting often glances below his right shoulder at lyric sheets. There’s also suspected Hair In A Can, but he’s still an absolute star. And that battered bass, has it left Sting’s grasp since he first strapped it on to play? His playing would suggest not. Sting’s backing vocalist Jo Lawry is from Adelaide and harmonises impressively with Sting’s trademark timbre. Roxanne, which incorporates a segment of Ain’t No Sunshine, breaks collective hearts. Whaddayamean Simon’s drummer Jim Oblon also plays guitar like a boss, nailing the instrumental part of Mystery Train, which is the song Simon says got him

Playing six out of ten tracks from your new album (They Want My Soul) is a gamble not many bands would be brave enough to make, but Spoon just do as they damn well please. The set is loaded with less familiar songs and they even roll out a brand newie, Satellite, which features a cracking piano solo and beseeching, “I know I love you more,” vocals. And then Do You transports us direct to Joyville. I Turn My Camera On oozes swag. Daniel really is the ultimate frontman and we’re delighted to hear a cover of Eddy Current Suppression Ring’s Memory Lane in the encore. Spoon serve up The Underdog last and we’re all smiles as we sing along with those brass blasts and bust out some obligatory daggy dancing. Bryget Chrisfield

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look on Simon’s face during his tour buddy’s verse answers the question as to why this partnership exists. A single note by Sting threatens to go on for eternity, just like the legacies of these two singer-songwriters.

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SPOON

Forum Theatre 11 Feb A roar goes up as Spoon stride out on stage and frontman Britt Daniel sports a smart black suit and burgundy shirt. This band means business and it’s all about The Sound. There’s a mic failure a few songs in, which sees Daniel scooting off stage for a replacement. Don’t You Eva’s bassline stops us in our tracks and Daniel’s insouciant vocals ooze cool. He could very well be an international Tim Rogers.

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BLAK CABARET. PIC: PIA JOHNSON

BLAK CABARET Cabaret

Malthouse Theatre Forecourt to 22 Feb

★★★ ★

From creative producer Jason Tamiru and playwright Nakkiah Lui (Black Comedy) comes the tale of how fabulous diva Queen Constantina Bush (Kamahi Djordon King, with giggleinducing moves) reigns over the land of Australia and its savage, white inhabitants, with her long-suffering assistant Nikki Ashby in tow. Using an almost fable-like narrative – except with corny gags, smutty

punch lines and pop song parodies – the story highlights the injustices experienced by Indigenous Australia by coming across as laughably ridiculous, until the breathtaking music performances between each scene make it clearer than ever that this is real shit that actually happened, and is still happening. At first this is jarring; going from hearing Constantina talk about her ‘moot’ to then having our eyes closed, chests tightening while listening to the powerful voices of Deline Briscoe, Kutcha Edwards and Emma Donovan singing in three different Australian Aboriginal languages (of what used to be hundreds, reminds Edwards), backed by Bart Willoughby (ex-Mixed Relations) on drums and keys. But soon, we adjust into the rhythm of jumping from absurd and hilarious skits to intensely poignant, beautiful songs – poems by Kevin Gilbert, protest songs – and back again. If you’re white (or a nonIndigenous person of colour) and find the race reversal

elements confronting or antagonistic at all, you should stop and ask yourself why. This is not a sugar-coated cultural work to appease white guilt. This is the kind of art that Australia needs to fully embrace and champion. Stephanie Liew

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Film

In cinemas

★★★

Fifty Shades Of Grey gets the job done, and that’s about as much praise as this tepid adaptation of the bestselling novel deserves. Anyone complaining that it doesn’t delve deeply enough into the bondage subculture is advised to search elsewhere for their kicks. The knots, the spankings and the other accoutrements of Christian Grey’s ( Jamie Dornan) well appointed ‘playroom’ are a dash of spice designed to add flavour to

an otherwise bland tale of an unworldly but emotionally open woman negotiating a relationship with a controlling dude who’s not down with any of that cuddling malarkey. There’s not much of a story to speak of here – shy, clumsy Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) meets chilly, ‘charismatic’ Christian Grey; sex, confusion and melancholy piano-playing ensues – but director Sam Taylor-Johnson presents it competently, with just enough flashes of eroticism and artistry (the abrupt ending is actually quite effective) to make the viewer believe some effort has gone into the whole thing. Guy Davis

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

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KANGAROO SKULL How did you get your start? At Camp A Low Hum festival in New Zealand. In the Renegade Room. Sum up your musical sound in four words? Lost Aliens Partying Heaps. If you could support any band in the world – past or present – who would it be? Pan Sonic. You’re being sent into space, no iPod, you can bring one album – what would it be? Monolake – Polygon Cities. Greatest rock’n’roll moment of your career to date? Once a guy recognised me at the tram stop. Why should people come and see your band? Music and partying works up a good appetite for a late night/early morning feast. When and where for your next gig? Launching a debut EP called Palace Of Nothing on Temporal Cast on 20 Feb, Boney. Website link for more info? Soundcloud.com/kangarooskull; juno.co.uk/artists/Kangaroo+Skull/

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DOUGHNUTS

MAKE ME, EAT ME Basic doughnut ingredients: 4 cups flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 2 eggs, 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2/3 cup milk, 1/4 cup melted butter, vegetable oil for deep-frying.

Doughnut-making is an art. Evan Young explores a few companies at the top of the game. Photos Dina El-Hakim.

Vegan alternatives: sub milk for vegan alternative, butter for coconut butter, and an egg for ground flaxseed or 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce.

HOT SPOT Pop Up Scroll – 86 Smith Street Collingwood

Doughboys – 456 Queen St, Melbourne A cult figure in Melbourne, Doughboys are handmade with local ingredients, hand-dipped on order and sprinkled with a range of wacky, delicious homemade crumbles and biscuits. Try the green tea with caramelised puffed quinoa and black sesame, or blood orange-glazed with reduced red wine. You can also grab one from cafes like Top Paddock, Padre and The Kettle Black for breakfast dessert! Shortstop – 12 Sutherland St, Melbourne Countless hours of research, experimentation and refinement have gone into every mouthful of Shortstop’s amazing creations. They have four kinds of doughnuts: raised (springy, pillowy), filled (no hole, just 32 • THE MUSIC • 18TH FEBRUARY 2015

filling), cake (crisp on the outside, moist on the inside) and cruller (choux pastry, light and airy). The banana and hazelnut cake donut is a real crowd-pleaser, as is the PB&J-filled one. The coffee, sourced from specialty roasters and paired with delicious organic milk, is a winner too. All Day Doughnuts – 334 Bridge Rd, Richmond After bringing us Taco Truck and Beatbox Kitchen, Raph Rashid probably thought he needed to come up with something sweet next. Enter All Day Doughnuts, who have six or seven flavours on rotation at any time, such as creme caramel, berry cheesecake, choc with a minty crumble, lime brulee, and coffee glaze with passionfruit curd topped with choc crumble.

From the humble cinnamon to the Vegemite and cheese – scrolls were always a bit of a treat when you were a kid. What happened to them, though? Yep, we’ve seen the resurgence and gourmet-fication of doughnuts, but next it’ll be scrolls, and here’s the boutique that’s starting the revival. Pop Up Scroll has set up temporary shop on Smith St, delivering melt-inyour-mouth pastry goods in brioche or croissant scroll form, in flavours like chocolate and custard, cream cheese, peanut butter and banana, coconut and white chocolate, and pistachio and sour cherry. Come May, Pop Up Scroll will become Eat A Scroll when they move to a permanent location around the corner.

Method: 1. Beat eggs, sugar, butter, milk and vanilla until thick before adding flour, baking powder and salt. Chill for two to four hours. 2. Roll dough to desired thickness on floured surface before cutting into desired shapes. 3. Pour oil, making sure it’s deep enough to allow the doughnuts to float with room underneath, and heat to 185 degrees Celsius. Fry two or three doughnuts at a time until golden brown, turning once. Remove them with slotted spoon, allowing excess oil to drain back into the fryer. Drain and let cool. 4. Decorate/coat with whatever you want; try glaze, powdered or granulated sugar or icing with flaked coconut, sprinkles or chopped nuts. Donuts should still be warm for optimal stickage. Mmmm, sticky.

AROUND THE WORLD

South Africa: koeksister – the Afrikaner version is twisted or braided and coated in syrup, and the Cape Malay version is soaked in a spiced syrup and coated in coconut. China: yóutiáo – a long, fried doughnut stick that isn’t sweet but is often served with congee (rice porridge) or soy milk. Indonesia: donat kentang – a ring-shaped fritter made from flour and sweet potatoes, coated with powdered/icing sugar. Italy: zeppole – a deep-fried dough ball topped with powdered sugar and often filled with custard, jelly, a butter and honey mix, or cannoli-style pastry cream.


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LIVE THIS WEEK

CHART WRAP

HAVE YOUR CUPCAKE

RESIDENT SONKO

NOT SUCKERS

Soul Cupcake plays all of the bits. They’re a ten-piece groove train, they’ve got horns, and they reek of soul, pop and funk. They’re also launching their delicious album on Friday at Spotted Mallard.

Saturdays in February, Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence will be residing at Bar Open, bringing their fusion of soul, roots and DJ beats, as well as the musical influences of member from right across Africa to Mauritius to Australia.

Melbourne lo-fi garage trio Scotdrakula are hitting the road in support of their debut, self-titled record. See their high energy pop-punk shredders live when they hit The Curtin on Sunday in support of Hinds.

SWINDLERS

CORDIALE FRIENDS

SMITH TOWN

Detroit Swindle will bring their high energy set and GSOH to Aussie house and techno fans when they hit Revolver Upstairs, Sunday. The Amsterdam duo have been on fire, receiving critical acclaim for their debut album, last year’s Boxed Out.

Lyall Moloney will support Lime Cordiale on their Aussie tour. Moloney’s hip hop and electronic vibes will open the show at Northcote Social Club, Friday.

Chris Smith, formerly from Golden Lifestyle Band, is in town to promote the vinyl release of his Bad Orchestra album. It’s on at The Tote, Saturday, with Exhaustion, Marco Fusinato, The Electric Guitars and Fraudband.

SEZ & SKELTON

THIRD SHOT

SLIM GUYS

Sarah McLeod (The Superjesus) and Mick Skelton (Baby Animals) are extending their tour after successful performances in NSW. Catch ‘em Thursday at The Toff In Town and Beav’s Bar, Geelong, Sunday.

Showcasing their latest single, Get High, See No One, and accompanying clip, The Smith Street Band, are playing a third Melbourne show on Thursday at The Hi-Fi.

Four-piece Melbourne local lads Slim Jeffries will be playing their unique brand of what they call ‘psych rip-hop and roll’ this month at the Evelyn with their first residency. These guys are only six months old, as a band. See it Wednesday, Evelyn Hotel.

BALKAN SUPPORT

ROCK DOGS

MAN OH MANDY

They’re from New York via Israel, not the Balkans, but either way the joyous noise that is Balkan Beat Box will be joined 12 Mar at Prince Bandroom by Dubmarine and JackJackJack.

On Saturday, Mr Boogie Man Bar hosts Chihuahua Rock, a benefit gig with all proceeds going to Chihuahua Rescue Australia. Performing on the night will be Kill TV, Agents Of Rock, Snark and MisSsta.

Mandy Connell’s fronting Stray Hens these days but on Thursday at The Drunken Poet she’ll share her love of folk solo. She’s supported by Tom Ciccone, a singersongwriter from the US who melds folk, blues and jazz.

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GRENADIERS

Fresh from their time as triple j’s Feature Album artists last week, Adelaide punk outfit Grenadiers have scored the highest debut spot for this week’s Carlton Dry Independent Music Charts, with their recent full-length, Summer, nabbing them #13 on the latest Albums ladder. They’re not the only newcomers for the week, however, with Juke Kartel — who’ve been operating under the moniker London Cries for at least the last year (and, confusingly, still manage two Facebook pages) — earning #14 for The Lost Songs EP. As with recent weeks, though, the new entries can’t quite upset the existing status quo in the top half of the charts, where Sia and Flight Facilities remain in the top two spots (for 1000 Forms Of Fear and Down To Earth respectively), while Chet Faker overtakes… himself… to see his iTunes Session (#3) outrate Thinking In Textures (#4). Old mates Sticky Fingers and their Land Of Pleasure LP round out the top five. As with the full-length bracket, the camera-shy Sia is still a top concern in the Singles stakes, with Elastic Heart and Chandelier both staying strong at #1 and #3 respectively, separated by Faker’s Talk Is Cheap (#2). The Gold scribe features a few times this week, with that song grabbing #6, 1998 taking #9, and Drop The Game, his collaboration with Flume, up three places on last week to #14. Hayden James and Something About You are also up this week, two spots to #4, while freshly minted Tonight Show alumni Sheppard maintain course with Geronimo holding fast at #5. THE MUSIC • 18TH FEBRUARY 2015 • 33


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SINGLE FOCUS

SETH SENTRY Single title? Run What’s the song about? Run is about me growing up and being a stoner/skater brat in a small coastal town called Sorrento. How long did it take to write/ record? I actually wrote the song quite quickly, once I had the topic it all kind of poured out. Recording was quite quick as well although it took a while to find someone for the hook.

recording? I really just wanted to capture that feeling we used to get when we heard new rap music on 411 skate videos back in the day. That was how we found new music back then. We’ll like this song if we like... Rap music. Do you play it differently live? I guess I always eventually end up playing my songs differently live. This is the first time playing run though so I guess we’ll see how it goes!

Is this track from a forthcoming release/existing release? Run is the first taste of my next album.

When and where is your launch/next gig? 7 & 8 Mar, The Hi-Fi.

What was inspiring you during the song’s writing and

Website link for more info? sethsentry.com

PERSONAL BEST RECORDS

LIZ STRINGER Best record you stole from your folks’ collection? I never stole one. Honestly Dad! First record you bought? Permanent Shade Of Blue – Roachford. I loved the single from it. I was 14. Record you put on when you’re really miserable? Moondance – Van Morrison.

Last thing you bought/ downloaded? Hypnotic Eye – Tom Petty on vinyl. I’m listening to it a lot. And so is everyone that comes to visit. When and where are your next gigs? Collingwood Open, The Gasometer Hotel, 25 Feb. Website link for more info? lizstringer.com

Record you put on when you bring someone home? The new Tom Petty album, Hypnotic Eye. Most surprising record in your collection? Songs In The Attic – Billy Joel. No surprise to me...

JUST VISITING

ZEPPELIN FOCUS it’s a fitting end to the legacy that is one of the greatest rock’n’roll bands of all time.

FRANK LAKOUDIS What songs will you perform for Whole Lotta Love? I am going to be performing The Wanton Song, Ramble On, The Rain Song and Stairway To Heaven. These songs are absolutely amazing and all of these evoke an emotional response from me when listening and I cant wait to return those emotions live. Should Led Zeppelin take to the stage again or should we leave them be? I think that we should leave them be. These guys have created an empire with music that will stand the test of time. They came back together recently for Celebration Day and I believe 34 • THE MUSIC • 18TH FEBRUARY 2015

What song would you choose to introduce someone to Zeppelin and why? It depends on the person. If they like a heavier song definitely Whole Lotta Love. If they are into the more intimate songs definitely Stairway To Heaven. What’s your favorite Zeppelin album and why? Led Zeppelin IV is my favourite album. It was the first time I heard Stairway To Heaven and I was forever there thanks to that masterpiece of a song. When and where is the event? Whole Lotta Love is on at Geelong Performing Arts Centre, 20 Mar and Palais Theatre, 21 Mar.

HINDS Answered by: Ana Perrote

What will you be taking home as a souvenir? Sand, hats and pictures!

Why are you coming to visit our fair country? To smash it on tour! (And surf.)

Where can we come say hi, and buy you an Aussie beer? The Curtin, 22 Feb.

Is this your f irst visit? YES! Of course! Do you know how far is Spain from there?! Ha ha, I still can’t believe it.

Website link for more info? facebook.com/hindsband

How long are you here for? Ten days! What do you know about Australia, in ten words or less? Amazing beaches, kind people, healthy food and party hard. Any extra-curricular activities you hope to participate in? Kangarooing?

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opinion MODERATELY HIGHBROW VISUAL ART WANK AND THEATRE FOYERS WITH DAVE DRAYTON In which we examine the manner in which children’s stories involving rabbits adapted for stage are seemingly multiplying like rabbits. One of the most exciting shows of the Sydney Festival that has just recently closed up shop for another year was Kate Mulvany’s adaptation of Masquerade, the children’s story by Kit Williams that helped her through an experience with cancer in childhood. Hidden within Williams’ book were clues as to the whereabouts of a jeweled golden hare hidden somewhere in England. More recently an adaptation of John Marsden and Shaun Tan’s picture book The Rabbits, a co-production between Barking Gecko Theatre Company and Opera Australia, had its world premiere at the Perth International Arts Festival. While I’m yet to see it, an assignment to adapt the book for stage in Year 9 Drama has given it a special place in my heart, and I eagerly await reviews and responses to the Perth season. Both productions have me thinking about rabbit-related childhood stories, and which of those I’d love to see adapted or remade in a new format. At the top of that list is just about anything from Brian Jacques’ Redwall series -- and at the top of that shortlist sits Salamandastron -- which I think would work wonderfully adapted for film by the team behind Fantastic Mr Fox – does anyone have an in with Wes Anderson?

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URBAN AND R&B NEWS WITH CYCLONE

TENACIOUS D

Ah, so another Grammy Awards ceremony has come and gone. I, like most people, probably didn’t even know it was on until we saw some results start popping up online. As usual, metal is the butt of the industry’s joke with Tenacious D taking home the worthless trophy for their cover of Dio’s The Last In Line for the oh so good tribute album, Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life. They beat out Slipknot, Mastodon, Motorhead and Anthrax, who were also nominated for their cover of Neon Nights. Yep. Ancient bands and two covers, that’s what they believe was the best of 2014’s metal efforts. It’s a sleepwalk of course and some crusty old industry people who usually have their heads buried in film and TV scores or something like that are the ones that vote. I know ‘cause I’m on the list to vote in the WAM Awards for The West Australian Music Awards and the ARIAs. At least I know I listen to all the nominations before making an informed choice, but I can’t say everyone else on the list would. It’s stupid that you can vote for categories you have no idea about as you can vote on every category. Guaranteed they went ‘Oh yeah, Tenacious D, I know those guys, Jack’s funny’ and ticked the box. The curse of Jethro Tull strikes yet again, and they don’t even bother broadcasting it anymore as it’s part of the ‘pre-show ceremony’ – get fucked.

THE RABBITS

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We say we don’t care but deep down we do. After Metallica was fucked over in ‘89 by that flute player’s mob but famously won on their next round with

the “Black” album, the door effectively swung open and out charged a million riffs to the uninitiated everywhere. Yes, gone are the days where the weeks following the Awards saw a major spike in album sales and career building boosts but you’d like to think all that effort should be rewarded fairly. Someone more metal than Tenacious D has won something mainstream though! Last week, Adam Dutkiewicz of Killswitch Engage and bad-arse producer fame, won a clean sweep on The Price Is Right in America. He won the car and then smashed his way through the rest of the segments to win a total of $US50K in prizes! Look up the clip and know that one of the great riff monsters of the last 15 years now owns a little yellow Honda, ha ha. Aaand it’s Soundwave time… Thankfully this year wasn’t as fraught with the same level of drama as previous years with bands dropping like flies and pulling out making timetables fall apart. With things spread over two days, you’ve got a really good chance to plan a solid schedule and see everything you want to see without as much clashing as before, trying to cram it all in on one day. It’s a first for Australia, this multi-day event thing. We’re a while off trying to do the onsite camping like they do in Europe though. I don’t think we are ready for that yet, just too many idiots with no commonsense ready to spoil it. Enjoy, pace yourself and get your arse in front of Ministry! heavyshit@themusic.com.au

It’s been a memorable summer for local hip hop heads. Run The Jewels toured behind Run The Jewels 2, for many critics 2014’s defining hip hop album, while Nas gloriously revisited Illmatic. This year the traditionally indie Laneway Festival, which brought out RTJ last summer, presented emerging acts New York posse Ratking, Chicago MC Vic Mensa (aka Victor Mensah) and Adelaide MC Tkay Maidza. Ratking – repped in Melbourne by Wiki and producer Sporting Life, but with second MC Hak strangely MIA – discharged boom-trap with few vestiges of their punk roots. But the charismatic Mensah, accompanied by the footwork DJ Oreo, really energised the crowd, finishing with his Chitown hip-house joint Down On My Luck. However, most intriguing was Atlanta singer/ songwriter Raury Tullis – who, leading a rockin’ band (whoa, Hendrixian guitar riffs!), hybridises hip hop, folk and psychedelia. At different points, Tullis channelled Cody ChestnuTT, Arrested Development and OutKast. Tullis has fuelled ‘Raurymania’ since airing 2014’s anthemic single, God’s Whisper (which Kanye West dug, conceivably as it’s akin to a kookier, ATLieny Jesus Walks) – and followed with the free download album, Indigo Child. In fact, his exuberant young fans are called ‘Indigos’. Tullis also sprang up on SBTRKT’s Wonder Where We Land and Lorde had him contribute to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 OST. He even cameos on Joey Bada$$’ B4.DA.$$. Tullis is now a priority signing for Sony.

RAURY @ LANEWAY. PIC BY JOSH GROOM


opinion HOWZAT! LOCAL MUSIC BY JEFF JENKINS BE ALERT, NOT ALARMED Love will tear us apart. But Melbourne singer-songwriter Andrew Swift took the Dr Seuss approach: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Andrew is buzzing when he chats to Howzat! – he’s just seen one of his favourite bands, The Gaslight Anthem, twice in Melbourne. And he’s released a new single, Sound The Alarm. It’s a break-up song that’s more sweet than bitter. “Writing this song definitely didn’t get me through the break-up, or over the person involved,” Andrew admits, “but it definitely helped in some way.” It’s a song about the thrill of falling in love, and what might have been. Andrew takes us back to the start of the relationship, an encounter on the dance floor, “a waltz to remember”. “Stop all the presses and sound the alarms,” he

sings. “Headlines will read that I’ve fallen in love.” So what’s Andrew’s favourite break-up song or album? “I haven’t really had many break-ups,” he reveals, “especially not bad ones, so I haven’t had to turn to music, but can you really go past Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill? Such an angry break-up album!” Is it easier to write when you’re in pain? “Unfortunately, I tend to find that misery breeds creativity. I remember reading that Daniel Johns would deliberately rock the boat when he was married to Natalie Imbruglia, just so he could get those creative juices flowing. C’mon man, it’s Natalie Imbruglia, just be happy and don’t write!” But in this case of lost love there’s a happy ending – of sorts. Andrew remains friends with the song’s subject. “I’m actually cat-sitting for her at the moment,” he smiles. “I’m someone who believes that if you’ve had a strong enough

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connection with someone to be in a relationship with them, then they’re someone worth keeping in your life.” And, best of all, she likes the song. True love travels on a gravel road. Andrew is playing at the Reverence Hotel on 21 Feb, the Bonnie Doon Music Festival on 22 Feb and The Retreat on 26 Feb.

ESSENTIAL OILS

MAY DAY!

HOT LINE

Some songwriters just get better with age. Mark Seymour’s new album is going to be something special. It’s called Mayday and, appropriately, it will be out in May, though Mark might have some copies for sale when he plays at the Port Fairy Folk Festival in March.

“A lonely girl knows how it feels to have the beautiful things ignore her” – Perry Keyes, Mario Milano’s Monaro.

Midnight Oil released their final studio album, Capricornia, 13 years ago this week. The time has come for more Oils! GREAT SCOTT We remember the great Bon Scott, who died 35 years ago on 19 Feb.

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the guide vic.gigguide@themusic.com.au Damian Cowell’s Disco Machine + Franky Walnut + The Broads: Corner Hotel, Richmond

THE MUSIC PRESENTS DZ Deathrays: 26 – 28 Feb Northcote Social Club

Beth Hart: 2 Apr Melbourne Recital Centre

Oliver Paterson: Edinburgh Castle Hotel, Brunswick

Guy Pearce & Darren Middleton: 28 Feb Geelong Performing Arts Centre

Chris Robinson Brotherhood: 4 Apr Corner Hotel

DJ Simon Laxton: Edinburgh Castle Hotel, Brunswick

UBERfest: 1 Mar Elephant & Wheelbarrow

David Gray: 5 Apr Palais Theatre

Seth Sentry: 7 & 8 Mar The Hi-Fi

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue: 5 Apr Corner Hotel

65daysofstatic: 8 & 9 Mar Northcote Social Club

Hunter Hayes: 6 Apr Prince Bandroom

Wet: 13 Mar Howler

Band Of Skulls: 7 Apr Corner Hotel

Next feat. Sydonia + Burn The Valley + Enemy Throttle: Colonial Hotel, Melbourne

Tom Ciccone + Mandy Connell: The Drunken Poet, West Melbourne

The Gipsy Kings: 10 Apr Palais Theatre

The Budos Band + The Seven Ups: Corner Hotel, Richmond

My Dynamite + Dirt Playground + Claws & Organs + Johnny Danger: The Espy (Front Bar), St Kilda

The Beards: 18 Mar Karova Lounge Ballarat; 19 Mar Spirit Bar & Lounge Traralgon; 20 Mar Barwon Club Geelong; 21 Mar The Hi-Fi Ben Howard: 31 Mar Margaret Court Arena Groovin The Moo: 2 May Prince Of Wales Showground Bendigo The Beat: 2 Apr Corner Hotel Mavis Staples: 2 Apr Meeniyan Town Hall

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Bohjass + more: 303, Northcote The Veronicas + Dean Ray: Arts Centre Melbourne (Hamer Hall), Melbourne Waco Social Club + Noir + Stone Desert: Bar Open, Fitzroy The Melbourne Folk Club feat. Machine Translations + Broads: Bella Union, Richmond Curious Tales+DJ Who + Tigerfunk + Tom Showtime: Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy Kashmere Club + Dr Colossus + The Fire Alive: Cherry Bar, Melbourne Melbourne Ukulele Kollective: Edinburgh Castle Hotel, Brunswick Slim Jeffries: Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy Soulmate + The Executives + Fulton Street: Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood Coq Roq +Various DJs: Lucky Coq, Prahran Zoe K + Phoebe Daicos and The Simmer Downs : Retreat Hotel, Brunswick The Acoustic Sessions feat. Cindy Lou Kramme + Aaron Creigh + Jamahl Ryder: Revolver Upstairs, Prahran

Peace: 30 Apr Ding Dong Lounge Supersuckers & The BellRays: 27 May Barwon Club Geelong; 28 May Karova Lounge Ballarat; 29 May Corner Hotel sleepmakeswaves: 12 Jun The Hi Fi

Biscotti + Neon Radio + Orlando Furious + more: Grace Darling Hotel (Basement), Collingwood

GIG OF THE WEEK THE VERONICAS: 18 FEB HAMER HALL

Cocktail Hour with Knave Knixx: Edinburgh Castle Hotel, Brunswick Citipower: Ferdydurke, Melbourne Songs from A Guy & A Gal feat. John Wood + Michele Forbes: Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick

Collingwood Open feat. Lanie Lane + Sarah Belkner + Elizabeth Barker: The Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood The Smith Street Band + Pup + Great Cynics + Apart From This: The Hi-Fi, Melbourne

Kyneton Music Festival ft The Three Kings + La Bastard + Archer + Magic Mountain Band + Tracy McNeil + Lunatics On Pogosticks + Seagull + Eaten By Dogs + The Seven Ups + more: Kyneton Music Festival, Kyneton Diggin the Slowness with Miss Goldie + Daniel Harvey + Dave Wickerson: Loop, Melbourne Panorama Fridays + Various DJs: Lucky Coq (Upstairs), Prahran Luck Truck Fridays + Various DJs: Lucky Coq (Downstairs), Prahran Melbourne Zoo Twilights feat. The Bombay Royale + The Budos Band + Melbourne Zoo Twilight: Melbourne Zoo, Parkville

Songbird Sessions + Beth Brown + Leah Senior: Grace Darling Hotel (Basement), Collingwood

Victoriana Gaye: The Post Office Hotel, Coburg

You & Your Friends + Siren Sun + Del Boca Vista: Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood

School Damage + Barbituates + Karli White + Infra Ghosts: The Tote (Upstairs), Collingwood

Lanks: Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill

The Juke Joint #6 +Various Artists: Howler, Brunswick

The Noeline Bingo Show: The Workers Club, Fitzroy

The Smith Street Band + Pup + Great Cynics + Apart From This: The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine

Beaten Bodies + 30/70 + Mahalia Simpson: Hugs & Kisses, Melbourne

Tulalah + Mayfair Kytes + Matthew Kirkis: The Workers Club, Fitzroy

The Good Eggs feat. +Tigerfunk + Henry Who + Lewis CanCut: Lucky Coq, Prahran

Anna’s Go-Go Academy: Victoria Hotel, Brunswick

Revolver Fridays / Thick As Thieves feat. +Mat Joe + Silversix + James Steeth + Doakes + Various DJs: Revolver Upstairs, Prahran

Little Bastard + Skyscraper Stan & The Commission Flats + Five Mile Town: Northcote Social Club, Northcote

Refraction: Wesley Anne (Front Bar), Northcote

Roxette + Boom Crash Opera: Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

Aimee Volkofsky & the Molotovs + Griya + Stellafauna: Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy

DI Apprentice + Sista Itations + So Fire + Yuki Shinobu: Royal Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne

Wine, Whiskey, Women feat. Kristina Emmott + Alexandra Pye: The Drunken Poet, West Melbourne Slates + Speech Patterns + Initials: The Old Bar, Fitzroy Closet Straights + Bluebottles + The Grevious Angels: The Toff In Town, Melbourne The Vendettas + Sidescroller + Johnny Danger: The Tote, Collingwood The Darjeelings: The Workers Club, Fitzroy Sean Connolly Quintet: Wesley Anne (Band Room), Northcote

THU 19

Cedie Janson + Straylight + Pare Ohm: Bar Open, Fitzroy Varsity + Kiti + DJ Foofaraw: Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy No Money, No Problems - Hip Hop Party + Various Artists: Boney, Melbourne Holy Lotus + Magic Hands: Catfish, Fitzroy

Shameem: Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Plugged In Thursdays with Greeves + Diamonds Of Neptune + Millar Jukes: Revolver Upstairs, Prahran 3181 Thursdays + Hans DC + Katie Drover + Various DJs: Revolver Upstairs, Prahran The Cotton Club with Jesse Valach & Blues Mountain Trio + DJ Matt Frederick + more: Spotted Mallard, Brunswick Hot Wings + Coast Busters: The B.East, Brunswick East Phia: The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine King Stag + Strings For Belts + Cosmos + Damon Perillo: The Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick

S U P P O R T I N G

Sarah McLeod + Mick Skelton: The Toff In Town, Melbourne

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Vibraphonic Orchestra + Rachel By The Stream + The Lost Fridays: Bar Open, Fitzroy Emma Donovan & The Putbacks: Basement Discs (In-Store), Melbourne #Mashtag + Malpractice + Agent 86 + Benzo: Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy Kangaroo Skull + I/O + Assad + Cale Sexton + Jamal Amir: Boney, Melbourne Smalltown with Moodymann + DJ Tennis + Various DJs: Brown Alley, Melbourne Busy Kingdom + The Solicitors + Neon Queen + DJ Max Crawdaddy: Cherry Bar, Melbourne

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Lime Cordiale + Lyall Moloney + Biddlewood: Northcote Social Club, Northcote Danny Fernandez + Dominique: Prince Bandroom, St Kilda Rose Avenue + Gorilla Jet Packs + Terra + Chuck: Revolver Upstairs, Prahran

Martin Kin + Joy. + Stax Osset: Shebeen Bandroom, Melbourne Beaten Bodies: Sound Bar, Rosebud West Soul Cupcake + The Imortal Horns: Spotted Mallard, Brunswick Stu Thomas Paradox + The Winter Suns: Tago Mago, Thornbury Summersault Festival feat. Peter Hook & The Light + DJ Sancho Alpaca: Testing Grounds, Southbank Beautiful Beasts + The Scrimshaw Four: The B.East, Brunswick East Myyth + Leopard Slugg + V-Act + Qlayeface: The Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick Luke Austen: The Drunken Poet, West Melbourne

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the guide vic.gigguide@themusic.com.au Flawless Queer Party: Last Dance, Last Chance feat. +Whiskey Houston + Yo! M.A.F.I.A + Ms Butt + Bey Dance: The Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood Tinashe + Thandi Phoenix: The Hi-Fi, Melbourne The Stray Hens: The Post Office Hotel, Coburg Sleazy Listening with Arks + Richard Kelly + Hysteric + K. Hoop: The Toff In Town (Carriage Room), Melbourne Blood Duster + The Blacklist + Blunt Shovel: The Tote, Collingwood Lost Woods + Open Swimmer + Louis Spoils: The Tote (Upstairs), Collingwood

backstage

Tha Alkoholiks + DTACH + Zu Ninjaz + DJ Rellik: Northcote Social Club, Northcote La Beatles Boheme: Prince Bandroom, St Kilda The Late Show feat. Ransom + Get Bu$y + Daniel San + Various DJs: Revolver Upstairs, Prahran A Day On The Green feat. Roxette + Eurogliders + Dragon + Boom Crash Opera + A Day On The Green: Rochford Wines, Coldstream Guy Sebastian: Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Cairo Club Orchestra: Spotted Mallard, Brunswick

LOST RAGAS: 21 FEB THE BRIDGE HOTEL CASTLEMAINE

Olly Friend: The Workers Club, Fitzroy

Summersault Festival feat. Lake Street Dive + The Morrisons + DJ Sean Deans: Testing Grounds, Southbank

The House Wreckers + Benny C & The Associates + DJ Max Crawdaddy: Cherry Bar, Melbourne

The Balls + The Bits: Victoria Hotel, Brunswick

Kairo: The B.East, Brunswick East

Fly South: Wesley Anne, Northcote

The Lost Ragas + The Dead Salesmen Duo: The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine

Summer Series feat. Horns Of Leroy + The Deans: Fairfield Amphitheatre, Fairfield

SAT 21

White Night Melbourne feat. Airling + Heirophants + Jonny Telafone + more: Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence + Ras Jahknow: Bar Open, Fitzroy Hot Step+Adam Askew + Grayskull + Keltec + Various DJs: Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy Sex On Toast + Queen Magic + Kirkis + Edd Fisher + Simon TK + more: Boney, Melbourne Damien Leith: Chapel Off Chapel (2pm & 8pm), Prahran ‘Low Life’ & ‘Brotherhood’ performed live by +Peter Hook & The Light: Corner Hotel, Richmond

Psychic Sun + Triumph Over Logic + Fast Handsome + Automatic, Everywhere: The Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick

Brahms Marathon: 45 Musicians, 40 Masterworks + Various Artists: Hawthorn Arts Centre, Hawthorn

Alannah Weir and The Half Talls + Jessica Fairlie + Paul McManus + Jacob Thornton: The Brunswick Hotel (Beer Garden), Brunswick

Mimi: Jardin Tan, South Yarra

Moosejaw Rifle Club: The Drunken Poet, West Melbourne Simona Kapitolina + KT Spit + Felicity Yang + more: The Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood T-Rek + Mad Mitch + Mike Callander + Nick Coleman + Boogs + Silversix: The Hi-Fi, Melbourne Daybreak + Del Lago + Coffin Wolf: The Old Bar, Fitzroy

Raw Comedy + Various Artists: Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy

Forever Since Breakfast + Ted Stroker: The Post Office Hotel, Coburg

Retiree DJs + LA Pocock + Groove Control: Ferdydurke, Melbourne

Ben Wright Smith + Red Spencer + Borneo: The Toff In Town, Melbourne

Great Australian Beer Festival: Geelong Racecourse, Breakwater

Chris Smith + Exhaustion + Marco Fusinato + The Electric Guitars + Fraudband: The Tote, Collingwood

Goatpiss Gasoline + Van Walker + Hank Elwood + more: Labour In Vain, Fitzroy Summer Sounds feat. Ms Murphy + Chris Wilson + Alyson Murray: Logan Reserve, Altona

Clare Bowditch + Harry Brown: Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick

This Fiasco + Tempest Rising + Red Bee + more: The Workers Club, Fitzroy

The Three Kings + more: Labour In Vain, Fitzroy Wax On, Wax Off - Vinyl Record Party + Various DJs: Lucky Coq, Prahran Soundwave 2015: Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale Summer Sundays feat. Alpine + Kagu + Clubfeet DJs: National Gallery of Victoria, Southbank La Beatles Boheme: Prince Bandroom, St Kilda Kylie Auldist & The Glenroy All Stars + Vince Peach: Retreat Hotel (Beer Garden), Brunswick The Ramshackle Army + Jim Duggan + Adrian Whyte: Reverence Hotel (Front Bar), Footscray Revolver Sundays feat. Boogs + Spacey Space + T-Rek + DJ Radiator + Silversix: Revolver Upstairs, Prahran Eagles: Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne The Bearded Gypsy Band: Spotted Mallard, Brunswick

Kasey Chambers: Theatre Royal, Castlemaine

Cuban Street Party + Kekoson: The B.East, Brunswick East

Prognosis + Various Artists: Loop, Melbourne

The Moonee Valley Drifters: Victoria Hotel, Brunswick

Groovelation: The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine

Textile Saturdays + Various DJs: Lucky Coq, Prahran

Rowena Wise + Jackson McLaren: Wesley Anne, Northcote

Hinds + Scotdrakula + KT Spit : The Curtin, Carlton

White Night Melbourne feat. Tek Tek Ensemble + Bobby Singh + more: Melbourne Museum (Forecourt), Carlton Tafelmusik: Melbourne Recital Centre (Elisabeth Murdoch Hall), Southbank

SUN 22

Ciara: Alumbra, Docklands

Horns Of Leroy: The Curtin, Carlton Danny Walsh Banned: The Drunken Poet, West Melbourne The Bona Fide Travelers: The Drunken Poet, West Melbourne

Soundwave 2015: Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale

Joseph Tawadros + Australian Chamber Orchestra : Arts Centre Melbourne (Hamer Hall), Melbourne

Melbourne Zoo Twilights feat. Spiderbait + Jen Cloher + Melbourne Zoo Twilight: Melbourne Zoo, Parkville

The Conclusions + Rio Grande + Lonesome: Bar Open, Fitzroy

Collingwood Open feat. Sweet Jean + Al Parkinson + Jess Ribeiro + Cash Savage (DJ Set): The Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood

Russell Morris: Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh

The Blackeyed Susans: The Post Office Hotel, Coburg

Chihuahua Rock + Kill TV + Agents of Rock + Snark + MisSstA: Mr Boogie Man Bar, Abbotsford

Sunday Sesh with Chris Doheny: Chelsea Heights Hotel, Aspendale Gardens

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A Month of Sundays with Raised By Eagles + Van Walker + Jemma & The Clifton Hillbillies: The Toff In Town, Melbourne Down The Rabbit Hole with Nigel Last: The Toff In Town (Carriage Room), Melbourne The Sunday Set with DJ Andyblack + Haggis: The Toff In Town (Carriage Room), Melbourne Lower Plenty + The Backstabbers: The Tote, Collingwood Peep Show E01 feat. Split Seconds + Soop + Slow Fires + Only Leonie: The Tote, Collingwood Myvanwy Moar + Jess Parker: Victoria Hotel, Brunswick Live On The Lawn with Kasey Chambers + Lee Kernaghan + Adam Brand + Morgan Evans + Deep Creek Road: Werribee Park, Werribee South Cloudburst feat. Emma Gilmartin + John Flanagan + Jude Perl + Beth & The Brave: Wesley Anne, Northcote Symmetrio: Wesley Anne (Front Bar), Northcote Ruth Moody + Sal Kimber: Yackandandah Public Hall, Yackandandah

Statues + Heiress + Pridelands + The Advocates + Oedipus Rex: Laundry Bar, Fitzroy Shin Nen Kai + Various DJs: Loop, Melbourne Rock & Pop Culture Trivia with Jess McGuire & George H: The Gasometer Hotel (Front Bar), Collingwood Millencolin + The Vandals + The Interrupters: The Hi-Fi, Melbourne Call It In with James Tom + Dylan Michel: The Toff In Town, Melbourne Third Earth + Dream In Colour Kids: The Workers Club, Fitzroy

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Lamb Of God + Killer Be Killed: 170 Russell, Melbourne See You Next Tuesday!+Various DJs: Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy Twerkshop Melbourne + Various DJs: Boney, Melbourne Ministry + Godflesh: Corner Hotel, Richmond Animals As Leaders: Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Soundgarden + Special Guests: Festival Hall, West Melbourne Godsmack + Papa Roach + Nonpoint: Forum Theatre, Melbourne

Soundwave After Party with +DJ Mermaid: Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy

Real Estate + The Ocean Party + Totally Mild: Howler, Brunswick

Ron S Peno Trio: Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford

Tuesday Giggle + Henry Who: Lucky Coq, Prahran

MON 23

Fear Factory + Exodus + Terror Universal: 170 Russell, Melbourne Liam Kealy + Friends: 303, Northcote

Joseph Tawadros + Australian Chamber Orchestra : Arts Centre Melbourne (Hamer Hall), Melbourne Maddawg Mondays with +T-Rek: Boney, Melbourne The Treatment: Cherry Bar, Melbourne Of Mice & Men + Atreyu + The Devil Wears Prada: Corner Hotel, Richmond Fucked Up: Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Huntly + 30/70 + Jamil Zacharia + Full Flower Moon Band: Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy

McBusted: Palais Theatre, St Kilda Ben Salter + Emily Ulman: Retreat Hotel, Brunswick Mineral + Garrett Klahn + Arrows: Reverence Hotel (Band Room), Footscray Eagles: Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Arthur Penn & The Funky Ten + Thando + Quantum Milkshake: The Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood New Found Glory + Bayside + The Wonder Years: The Hi-Fi, Melbourne Davey Craddock: The Old Bar, Fitzroy Jo Quail + Special Guests: The Toff In Town, Melbourne Sinful Pleasures (Burlesque): Wesley Anne, Northcote

The Smashing Pumpkins: Festival Hall, West Melbourne

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The Music (Melbourne) Issue #76  

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

The Music (Melbourne) Issue #76  

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