X-Press â€“ First on the street, Wednesdays
X-Press â€“ First on the street, Wednesdays
X-Press â€“ First on the street, Wednesdays
I’M FREAKING OUT
One of disco’s greatest bands, Chic had countless hits with the likes of Dance Dance Dance, Everybody Dance, Good Times and Le Freak. Nile Rodgers was the mastermind behind the group and his ingeniuous rhythmic guitar playing, as heard throughout Le Freak, has been replicated endlessly since the ‘70s. Rodgers is a production powerhouse and is responsible for the sheen heard on David Bowie’s Lets Dance and Madonna’s Like A Virgin. For these reasons and more, make sure to catch Chic feat. Nile Rodgers at Fremantle Arts Centre on Saturday, March 10. Support comes from Bastian’s Happy Flight, Charlie Bucket and Randa & The Soul Kingdom. Grab your early bird tickets for $55 plus booking fee from Heatseeker, Fremantle Arts Centre and the usual outlets.
Touring the world on rips and riffs, Hawaiian surfer-musician Donavon Frankenreiter lands on Australian shores this February for an extensive national tour as part of the Corona Sessions. With guitar and surfboard at the ready, Donavon and band are set to charm local audiences with summery, acoustic sounds at The Aviary and Indi Bar on Friday, February 17, the Mullaloo Beach Hotel, Newport Hotel and Cottesloe Hotel on Saturday, February 18, and the Whistle & Kite in Secret Harbour on Sunday, February 19. To make matters more awesome, these shows are free entry.
Axis Of Awesome
The fourth annual Summerset Arts Festival offers an exciting mix of music, arts, comedy and vintage collectables from Friday, February 3, until Saturday, February 11. Fresh from celebrating their 10th anniversary in the music business, feel-great musical group The Cat Empire will headline the festival’s beach concert at the Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre on Saturday, February 11, with support from local acts San Cisco and Jay Grafton as well as an exciting fireworks finale. Among the fun-filled events, national comedy acts the Axis Of Awesome, Dave Thornton and Sammy J & Randy will deliver the laughs at the MA-rated Comedy Under The Stars at the Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre on Friday, February 3, from 7pm. A new addition to the festival is the twilight Polka Dot Vintage Markets at Scarborough Beach Reserve on February 10 and 11 from 4-9pm. Bargain hunters can check out market stalls selling an array of vintage and retro clothing, accessories, collectables and jewellery.
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Cover: Neon Indian plays the Festival Gardens on Sunday, February 26, as part of the Perth International Arts Festival
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Oscar + Martin
ADVANCE OSTRAYA FAIR
Keep your cool on Thursday, January 26, at The Bakery’s Australia Day musical extravaganza. The perfect alternative to the family-friendly activity on the foreshore, the afternoon will feature a stellar line-up of local and international acts, including New York-based producer Ital, experimental instrumentalists Oscar + Martin, electro experimentalist Guerre, and lush indie rockers Apricot Rail. Tickets are available from the usual outlets.
COLOUR MY WORLD
Whether you loved calling Doctor Jones, thought you were a Barbie Girl or pined for a Lollipop (Candyman), chances are you’ll be over the moon to hear that ’90s pop stars Aqua are heading to town. Having sold an estimated 33 million albums and singles in their short but successful career, Aqua float into Australia in 2012 to take a walk down memory lane. Featuring Lene Nystrøm, René Dif, Søren Rasted and Claus Norreen, Aqua will take to the stage of Metropolis Fremantle on Sunday, March 18, and there ain’t nothing Mattel can do about it. Tickets for the show are on sale now from Oztix and Heatseeker.
A WHITER SHADE OF TRASH The police are taking a zero tolerance approach to illegal drugs this summer. Next summer it will be safe to leave our homes... Of course standing on the outside of a festival’s fences in a fluorescent jacket with your arms crossed doesn’t solve much of a problem, policeman. And neither does “randomly” pulling drivers over to scrape their tongues in the middle of the day. Large events follow such strict health and safety laws and guidelines and employ a good percentage of security, that it’s rare one will ever feel unsafe once inside. Attending one of our outdoor concerts recently, I couldn’t help but bear witness to the most disgusting display of humanity I’ve ever been privileged to see. About 10 or 15 men, plus several women, were engaging in a good ol’ fashioned all out brawl. One particularly charming male of the species (I forget which species exactly) had one of these women in a tight headlock for a minute or so before dropping her to the ground, then another lovely young lass proceeded to repeatedly slam her head into the ground. While she was doing that, said man comes running back to the fray to kick the already down female square in the head several times. Security weren’t dumb enough to try to stop this brawl. After all, the men in question were abnormally buff if you catch my drift. This went on for ages, where were the cops? I soon was on the lookout for the headlock charmer. My eye caught him as another street fighting man struck him in the head with a knock out blow. If he doesn’t wake up, no big loss. No loss at all. _MATTHEW HOGAN
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WALLANDER SERIES 2
Based on the novels by Henning Mankell, this award-winning drama stars Kenneth Branagh as Kurt Wallander, a sensitive but brilliant detective, in these three powerful stories set in Ystad, Sweden. In Faceless Killers, an elderly man is brutally murdered and his wife left to die. Wallander arrives in time to hear her last word - ‘foreigners’. Suspicion falls on the local migrant community, creating a tense situation which soon starts to spiral out of control. To celebrate the release of this DVD series, we are offering our readers the chance to win one of three we have up for grabs. Get in quick for your chance to win.
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BIG DAY OUT
The Big Day Out is one of the biggest music festivals of 2012 and will be hitting our shores on Sunday, February 5, so get ready! The artist line up has been announced and it is seriously fierce. Headlining the festival will be Soundgarden, Kasabian, My Chemical Romance, Boy & Bear, The Jezabels, Nero, Kimbra, Drapht and many more! For you chance to win tickets for you and a mate, simply tell us what has been your biggest day out to date. Get your entries in quick as you do not want to miss out on this one!
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SLAM VOLLEYBALL FT THE POTBELLEEZ!
Get ready people! SLAM Summer Beach Volleyball Festival is landing at Scarborough on Sunday, January 15. More than just a beach volleyball comp, this is a travelling festival which drops in on the best beaches around the country and features one hell of a party. Attendees and participants will be treated to a display of both amateur and elite volleyball in the round robin competition of three levels; The Cup, The Plate and The Bowl, with trophies and giveaways in each section up for grabs. SLAM Scarborough will feature a roll-call of talent including The Potbelleez, Boom! Bap! Pow!, Kaz James (Body Rockers) and Timmy Trumpet . Get your entries in now for your chance to win one of five double passes we are giving away. This is the biggest volleyball festival in the Southern Hemisphere and is sure to go off so don’t miss out!
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White Limo is a Perth based Foo Fighters tribute band covering all your favourite Foo Fighters songs and new ones from their latest album Wasting Light. Their mission is to deliver a rock show you will not forget and to showcase Dave Grohl’s song writing ability with their structured versions. White Limo are playing the Civic Hotel on Saturday, January 20, and we are giving our lovely readers the chance to win a double pass to see them play. It is sure to be a killer show so enter now to avoid disappointment.
The Darkest Hour
THE DARKEST HOUR (3D)
The Darkest Hour is the story of four young people who find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack. It combines mind-blowing special effects from filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) with the grounded vision of director Chris Gorak (Right At Your Door). Starring Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachael Taylor, Joel Kinnaman, Gosha Kutsenko and Dato Bakhtadze, this is sure to be a knockout film. We have five double passes up for grabs so get in quick for your chance to win.
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LIFE’S A PICNIC
Though Molly Meldrum has had to pull out of the upcoming ’80s Dance Picnic Party for obvious reasons, the concert will still go ahead as planned on Saturday, January 21, with a new act added to the line-up and a new venue to boot. Now taking place at Challenge Stadium, the lineup will feature Junior Marvin joining Big Mountain on stage alongside a man who likes to pick up hitchhikers in Billy Ocean and Ali Campbell’s UB40. Tickets already purchased will be valid for the Challenger Stadium show. If you haven’t already got yours, hit up Ticketmaster to reserve your spot.
SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE
Holly Doll & Jessica Kill
CRUSH KILL DESTROY
Lovers of punk rock will gather en masse at the Rocket Room this Friday, January 13, (oooh, spooky!) for the launch of Search & Destroy, a new night that promises to celebrate dark music in all its forms. Hosted by longstanding peddlers of punk rock and metal, DJs Holly Doll and Jessica Kill, Search & Destroy will take over the Rocket Room from midnight every Friday during January, then fortnightly from Friday, February 10. Grab your eyeliner, your blackest tee and make a bee-line for the Rocket Room this weekend to see what all the fuss is about.
BUST A RHYME
Gunn Boy & Shock, Soma & Shroomz and Mastacraft are set to showcase the very best of their rhythms and rhymes alongside some big names at Heatwave next week. The local acts have been announced as supports for the national hip hop festival and will be joined by Detroit superstars D12, Obie Trice and Grammy award winning Chamillionaire at Challenge Stadium on Friday, January 20. Hit up heatwavefestival.com to secure your ticket.
AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE
Grab your esky, choose an outfit that best shows off your Aussie pride and head straight to South Perth this Australia Day to get on down with the likes of the Pigram Brothers, Ruby Boots and The Sunshine Brothers. A free party in a big top tent known as the Celebration Zone, the concert kicks off 1pm, running right through until the fireworks at 8pm. Find out exactly what on and when by hitting up southperth.wa.gov.au/australiaday.
After blitzing their east coast tours in December and then playing sold out shows on New Year’s Day, the dream good times team of The Sunshine Brothers and The Brow Horn Orchestra have decided to come together for a feel-good fandango in the lovely surrounds of the Fremantle Arts Centre courtyard this Sunday, January 15, from 5.30pm, with support from dub collective Weapon Is Sound and Perth’s favourite reggae aficionado General Justice. Tickets for the magical evening are currently available from Mills, Planet, 78’s or Heatseeker.
Did you know the place where the old IMAX theatre used to be is in use? Komodo Music is putting on a big celebration there entitled Mask2012. It’s all about celebrating the upcoming long weekend by putting on a mask and dancing the night away with an open bar. It’s all happening on Saturday, March 3, from 6pm ‘til midnight, at the building now known as The Empyrean. DJs Benny C and Double Dee will be spinning tunes. There will be fire breathers, jugglers, canapés and drinks all night. Tickets are either $85 for three hours open bar from 6pm ‘til 9pm or $120 for the evening. Hit up empyrean.net.au for tickets.
SUNBAZZ SPECIAL Don’t want to choose between Sun Araw at The Bird and Shabazz Palaces at The Bakery this Sunday, January 15? Don’t stress! The Los Angeles-based sound architect and hip-hop collective have combined forces to make sure you have plenty of time to catch both, with Shabazz starting on stage a whole 30 mins after Sun Araw finish. Plus the promoters have worked together to offer $20 on the door tickets to all Sun Araw ticket or stamp holders. Discover new tunes this Sunday!
Let The Cat Out
Melbourne-based funk and blues five-piece Let The Cat Out are set to launch their new single Swimming Upstream with a whirlwind tour of WA. The band will play a string of dates including Friday, January 27, at Mounties in Mount Helena; Sunday, January 29, at Redcliffe On The Murray; Tuesday, January 31,at the Perth Blues Club; Wednesday, February 1, at Mojo’s; Friday, February 3, at the Whitestar Hotel in Albany; Saturday, February 4, at Settlers Tavern; and Sunday, February 5, at the Quindanning Tavern.
BOB’S YOUR UNCLE On Sunday, February 5, the Railway Hotel will be converted into a shrine for the worship of reggae king Bob Marley, thanks to the 31st Outernational Bob Marley Birthday Bash. Paying tribute to Marley’s music, while raising funds for Oxfam, the concert will feature sets from a variety of modern reggae devotees, including the likes of Jamaica’s own Jesse Proverbs, New Zealand’s Ngati, The Isolites, Jah Era (hailing from East Timor), Riverbeats, Jamdown Kingz, The Empressions, General Justice, Simba, Tutumath, Mumma Trees and Sista Che. Whether you’re a die hard Marley fan or just want to spend an afternoon in the sun listening to the best reggae this side of the Milky Way, there’s no topping Outernational. The fun kicks off at 4pm and runs through ’til 10pm.
CREW CUTS Direct from selling out a bunch of album launch shows across the country, Blue Mountains-comeNewtown hip hop three-piece Thundamentals will be joining fellow Sydneysiders The Herd during a series of sleek, sweaty and banging live shows. Catch the crew on Friday, April 13, at the Settlers Tavern in Margaret River; and Saturday, April 14, at the Rosemount Hotel. Tickets are now available from Oztix.
BACK TO BLACK
From the guys that brought you An Ode To Nick Cave and An Evening Of Showtunes comes Housewine - a night dedicated to Amy Winehouse. This Saturday, January 21, at the Rosemount Hotel the music of Wino will be showcased by a truly stellar line-up of local musicians, including charming crooner Grace Woodroofe, sultry songstress Felicity Groom, and countrified chanteuse Mama Boots. Lucy Peach, Oddette Mercy, Nyanda J, Amber Fresh and Clare Nina Norelli round out the vocalists while The Funk Club House Band will be the backing band. DJ Ndorse fills in the gaps. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are available through Heatseeker.
Local expats Jack On Fire are headed back to the motherland on the last weekend of January for a string of shows to show off their recent EP Sermons From The Eastern Seaboard. Catch the much-loved rockers on Friday, January 27, at the Settlers Tavern with Ruby Boots; Saturday, January 28, at the Rosemount Hotel with Sonspilo Circus, Cal Peck & The Tramps and Ruby Boots; and Sunday, January 29, with The Seals.
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NEON INDIAN Ridin’ The Chillwave 2011 was a busy year for Alan Polomo of Neon Indian fame, and if his recent New Year’s Eve celebrations are anything to go by, 2012 looks to be just as jam packed. EMMA BERGMEIER caught up with Polomo ahead of his show at the Festival Gardens for the Perth International Arts Festival on Sunday, February 26. Bookings via perthfestival.com.au.
“I played on New Year’s Eve in Dallas,” Polomo begins when asked how he rang in 2012. “It was a crazy rave in downtown Dallas with Diplo and Girl Talk and some others. It was a lot of fun. I ended up having an early night though because I played with The Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono on New Year’s Day. That show was incredible!,” he enthuses. “I got to get up and perform a song with The Lips off that EP we did a little while back. It was a crazy and eventful New Year’s. If there’s any way to start the year with a supposed celestial shift that’s going to bring on the end of the Mayan calendar and some sort of strange dramatic change you might as well do it on stage performing with The Flaming Lips.” Since releasing the debut Neon Indian record, Psychic Chasms, in 2009, life has been hectic for Polomo – touring, collaborating and writing in
some rather unusual places. For the act’s sophomore outing, Era Extraña, which hit shelves last September, Polomo hid himself away in an apartment in Helsinki; an experience he isn’t keen to repeat. “When I got to Helsinki and remembered what it really felt like to be by yourself for an extended period of time I think I had this sobering reminder that ‘oh yeah, this totally sucks’. As interesting an experience as it was, I don’t think I’ll do something nearly as capricious next time. When I went to Helsinki to write; it was to give myself some time to digest everything that had happened. Since Pyschic Chasms came out I’ve really been non-stop wrestling with the narrative of this project in particular.” Since leaving his self imposed Helsinki hideout, Polomo has played shows here, there and everywhere, and will continue doing so until mid this year.
“If there’s any way to start the year with a supposed celestial shift that’s going to bring on the end of the Mayan calendar and some sort of strange dramatic change you might as well do it on stage performing with The Flaming Lips” “I’m touring pretty relentlessly until the end of May but after that I’m kinda shutting everything down and being a hermit for a while. I’m trying to finish a VEGA record [Polomo’s side project] and write another Neon Indian record and I’ve been trying to finally set up some releases for my imprint with some weird electronic acts from Austin. I see myself putting out two records this year and after that I’ll focus on some filmmaking for a while, or just change my creative output altogether.” One person who is sure to lament Polomo’s temporary departure from the music scene is the musician’s father, who was a Mexican pop star in the ‘70s and ‘80s. “I didn’t really know that I wanted to do music until the beginning of college. I experimented with it in high school and did some really terrible songs. Indirectly I absorbed influences from my dad as far as musicial sensibilities and I definitely grew up watching my brother and my dad dedicate themselves to their instruments. By the time I got around to writing music there was a strange easability in terms of it being a relaxing thing because it was always going on around my house on any given afternoon. My dad was always trying to put together some kind of crazy family band. Everyday my dad would have a different idea, none of which ever came to fruition.” Though music occupies much of his time these days, film has always been one of Polomo’s passions and as such Neon Indian live shows are never just about sounds – utilizing tripped out visuals created by Polomo in partnership with visual artist Lars Larson to set the scene. “I just gave myself a Christmas present which is a modified Atari Video Music which was released in the ’70s. One side connects to your 8 track player and the other goes to your TV and does these goofy Atari graphics that respond to the volume and frequency of the music you’re playing. My friend Lars modified it to do all sorts of glitched out stuff and it doubles as a distortion peddle too. So I’ve been running a guitar through it and any other instrument whose sound I just want to destroy. That’s been pretty entertaining. “We have been trying to figure out some new and interesting things that we can incorporate into the live show. At the very least the fun thing about having this Atari Video Music, and we tried this during The Lips show, is plugging it in and feeding it a signal from a couple of our synthesizers and watching it go.” 12
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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Wylde Stallions
Black Label Society’s latest offering, The Song That Remains The Same, shows frontman Zakk Wylde and company walking the ‘unplugged’ path. JESSICA WILLOUGHBY talks to the main man before their stint on the Soundwave 2012 run this March. He was fired by Ozzy Osbourne and forced to give up his love affair with booze after contracting a rare blood clotting disease in 2009. Now Zac Wylde’s back on top again – sober, an author and with a new album in his hands. Life is never boring for this New Jerseyborn musician. At the ripe age of 44, the past two years have held their fair share of knocks for Mr Wylde. But the trials and tribulations have only served to make his resolve as an artist stronger, pushing him into never before experienced ventures. One could note his foray into writing “children’s” books as one of them. Bringing Metal To The Children, coauthored with Eric Hendrikx, a 224-page short story, finds the guitarist spinning tales of “glory, debauchery and general mayhem” for anyone that dares to read. So what possessed Wylde to release this simplistic guide to dominating a world tour? “It’s all about the comedy,” he explains. “You tally up all the bullshit artists and everyday calamity and you have a story. It’s just about all the stupidity I’ve been met with in my life as a musician. Really it is about the people who become musicians. This is the type of career where there are no qualifications. Any knucklehead can head into music. It’s just like being a car salesman, you’ve gotta be a good bullshit artist and that’s it. That’s exactly like the music and entertainment business and it’s hilarious.” That is not the only joke Wylde has pulled this year. He appeared as backing to James Durbin on American Idol performing Sammy Hagar’s Heavy Metal. Roped into the slot by longtime friend and professional wrestler Chris Jericho, he says making the decision to appear on the Idol stage was an “easy one”.“I think James did a great job,” he says. “He sang his butt off, man. It’s funny though, because after more than 20 years with Ozzy and 13 years with Black Label – that three-minute slot on American Idol and now my kids like me and people know who I am. What a riot. I’ve even asked the Black Label guys to start referring to me as ‘The Idol’, just to pull the piss. J.D (bassist John DeServio) made me laugh. He said, ‘…I’m not going to puke, I’m just going to hang myself’. So I think the good times alone was worth it.” On a more serious note, 2011 has also been the time for a different take on his namesake outfit – Black Label Society. Taking a step away from his hard-balling metal days, he ventured back to youth for the band’s latest release, The Song That Remains The Same. With the title being a nod to the frontman’s biggest influence, Led Zeppelin, it features acoustic playing from the well-know guitarist – a technique he used many years ago on his solo Book Of Shadows (1996) album. Featuring unplugged songs from Black Label Society’s last offering, Order Of The Black (2010), the band covers Blind Faith’s Can’t Find My Way Home and Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water - picks that prove the quartet’s versatility, according to Wylde. “I remember reading this things years ago where Keith Richards was busted for pissing in a park,” he says. “He said something like, ‘…We’re the Rolling Stones and we’ll piss wherever we want to’. And that’s the beauty of bands like the Stones or Zeppelin. Musically, they piss where they want to piss. I mean, what didn’t Zeppelin do musically? They were all over the show, same with the Stones. I want Black Label to be able to do that. “I love the mellow stuff too. Just because people say we can’t do it mainly. My whole things is, if it’s a good song, who cares? That’s the combination people should be caring about. Everybody talks about Black Sabbath being really heavy. But they forget they actually had good songs. Sure they were dark, but they had great melodies and performances to back. That’s what made them important. And that’s what I want Black Label to be known for.” Another song reworked on the full length was Black Sabbath’s Junior Eyes. Although Wylde admits this is an unusual selection, he says the choice was made out of respect Sabbath’s trait for experimentation. “I always loved that album (Never Say Die, 1978),” he says. “Especially when I was a kid. I just remember that album sounding different from the other Sabbath records. There’s a whole bunch of great songs on there. Me recording it came about because one day I was just sitting at my piano jamming and Never Say Die was playing in the background. I just recorded it on the spot. It was around Father’s Day, so I sent it to Ozzy and his dad. He actually really liked what I had done to it. He said, “…oh Zakk, that’s cool man”. He’s a laugh.” Perth punters may get a glimpse of this material when Black Label Society appears at Soundwave, but according to the frontman, live is where the dirty rock will stay. “We can’t wait to Black Labelise Perth again.” www.xpressmag.com.au
“I’m not going to puke, I’m just going to hang myself. So I think the good times alone was worth it.” Black Label Society
TAYLOR MCFERRIN A One Man Show
He is the son of legendary Bobby McFerrin but New York based Taylor McFerrin is an artist in his own right. ANNABEL MACLEAN chats with the Brainfeeder lad about beat-boxing, Grandfather Ridiculous, his first solo international show and Stevie Wonder ahead of his set here at The Bakery this Thursday, January 12. When Taylor McFerrin was growing up in California and San Francisco, he was listening to the debut records of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg but it wasn’t until he and his family moved to Minneapolis and he had an hour and a half bus trip to school every day that he started listening to Stevie Wonder’s Fulfillingness’ First Finale. “That was the first album where I was like ‘oh my god, this is incredible’ and I started studying it and listening to it over and over and that got me into really listening to full albums,” he says in a soft yet sharp American accent.“I connected with those sounds from that era and Stevie was my first love. I got back
into hip hop again pretty quickly and it was usually hip hop that was coming from that same space of soulful beats like Tribe [A Tribe Called Quest] and De La Soul.” Having made music for over 10 years, McFerrin first started out in a jazzy band called Grandfather Ridiculous made up of a bunch of musicians from The New School University’s jazz program, doing vocals and samples. Although he didn’t go to music school, being a part of Grandfather Ridiculous was like being at school – the musicians in the band were of such high calibre. “They went on a cruise as a jazz band and when they got back they decided to start an official
famous club called the Groove down in the [Greenwich] Village and we played their very first show after 9/11, so in a weird way that whole era was almost like a re-do for the vibe in the city.” Since Grandfather Ridiculous, McFerrin has gone on to become a one man show, bringing his skills as a producer and performer together to build songs from scratch. He combines beat-boxing, vocals, samples, Fender Rhodes and synthesisers into a show drenched in ‘60s soul and futuristic hip hop. It took him a while to get to this point; however, with a nerve-racking first solo international tour in which he had to improvise his Taylor McFerrin sets completely due to his computer crashing the night before the tour began. “I was crazy nervous because I band and right about when they did that, I met the landed and then I had to tell the promoter that I had piano player randomly at his dorm and he asked me nothing prepared but it went so well that it really gave to basically sit in,” he says. “I just got lucky that I kind of became the me the confidence to know what I’m doing.” band leader even though I had no experience. I actually was writing rhymes for them and beat-boxing. I think the most important thing I learnt was how important space is and silence. We used to record all those shows and so sometimes I’d be on stage and I’d feel like I needed to be doing something at all times, like saying something or making some sound effect and then you listen back and you really need to let the music breath.” McFerrin says he doesn’t know how the music scene in New York has changed over the last decade but says much of the vibe in the Big Apple has been altered as a result of 9/11. “I moved to New York right before 9/11 happened so I feel like I’ve had a really weird experience of what New York is like. I remember we had only done a few gigs before that - there’s a
LEWIS FLOYD HENRY
Busking sensation Lewis Floyd Henry brings his unforgettable one man show to Mojo’s this Thursday, January 12; Prince Of Wales on Friday, January 13; Ya Ya’s on Saturday, January 14; and again at Mojo’s on Sunday, January 15. TRAVIS JOHNSON has a chat with the world’s favourite street musician.
Lewis Floyd Henry When we speak with Lewis Floyd Henry, he’s elbow-deep in a broken amp. “Nowadays you’ve got to do it yourself, haven’t you,” he explains. “You can’t rely on other people, otherwise you’ll be hanging around all day long man! Wouldn’t be able to play a show, wouldn’t be able to go to work in your car - you’ve got to work out how to fix things yourself. It’s like any kind of area of your life. It relates to what I’m doing right now; my amp’s broken. I could spend a hundred bucks getting some professional to fix it, but I don’t even know anyone in Sydney; I’m not from ‘round here.” That DIY mindset has taken Henry from the street corners of South-East London to festival stages around the world. Clad in a sharp ‘60s suit and toting a battery-operated amplifier in a pram, a miniature drum kit, and his ever-present guitar, Henry regales his audiences with a mix of covers and radical reinterpretations - his take on Wu-Tang Clan’s Protect Ya Neck has to be heard to be believed - and original compositions in a style that some have labelled “buskcore”. Although, to Henry, if it’s not on the street it doesn’t count. “It’s not really officially buskcore,” he says authoritatively. “Because we played Victoria’s Falls Festival and Hyde Park Festival. It’s not really busking, ‘cause nobody’s throwing money at the stage.” Busking has been a part of Henry’s musical DNA for a long time. “What happened was I was in a band, you see, before. We were called Known, and we used to go out busking as a threepiece on the streets, so that’s how I started. And then the drummer moved to Italy, and we didn’t rehearse as much or play as much, but I couldn’t just sit around twiddling my thumbs, I thought ‘I’m gonna have to play the drums myself, now’. So that’s how it started, going out busking.” And the need to appeal to a wide audience in order to keep the loose change flowing led to his eclectic, genre-hopping repertoire. “When you’re playing on the street, people like stuff like T-Rex, the old rock classics. They got a good groove and a good rhythm, and you go, like, ‘Yeah, man! This is gonna rock, man! Anyone who hears this knows it’s gonna rock!’. So I just look for the killer tunes, the ones that make people go ‘Yeah, man!’. I love everything, man. I just love all different types of music. There’s a lot of artists who kind of stick to one kind of genre, which is cool, but with the guitar you can just play so many different styles of music on it, and it’s nice to flip from a blues song to a folky song to a heavy song and back to a hip hop song, instead of just standing there doing the same thing. I guess that’s a challenge that I face; not a lot of people really know where I sit in the scheme of things.” 14
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KATE BUSH 50 Words For Snow
CHILDISH GAMBINO Camp
Kate Bush burst onto the scene as the somewhat bookish, yet quirky dancing and seductively clad siren with left of centre tunes that somehow struck a chord with the masses. Success was relatively rapid, but it would be unfair to say that it came ‘easy’ for Bush. For some time she has been the perfectionist, which has lead to her releases becoming rarer than rocking-horse shit and bordering on the more obtuse and nutty. Early in 2011 Bush reinterpreted some of her own tunes on Directors Cut, but it is her latest work 50 Words For Snow that has kept the full lipped, auburn haired singer locked in the studio for years on end. At first glance the album is about the most magic feature of weather as Bush falls in love with a Snowman during Misty and hunts the Yeti on the albums only possible radio song Wild Man, but 50 Words For Snow again finds Bush exploring the human condition (through her sensual eyes). Although only having seven tunes, brevity was not the aim with the shortest tune pushing the seven minute mark. The sparse piano and well chosen orchestration set a tone that is only interrupted briefly by Bush’s son, Elton John and an earnest sounding Stephen Fry. Bush continues to beguile and confuse all at once with 50 Words For Snow being a far warmer listen than the title implies.
Donald Glover’s day job is as an actor and comedian, starring in US sitcom Community and working as a staff writer for cult comedy series 30 Rock. By night he’s both the rapper Childish Gambino and, as it seems from this album, a part-time Kanye West impersonator. However, a fascinating public persona is not synonymous with fascinating musical output, and while Glover’s attention-seeking behaviour may be grotesquely compelling, the 20-something rapper himself is not. He fancies himself a tortured artist, but his mixture of ego and self-loathing could not be more cliché. He thinks he’s an aesthete, but his taste (college girls, white society, getting crunk) is tired. Worse still is Glover’s sad attempt to skewer his own hipsterhood, with one of the record’s most cringe-worthy lyrical turns of phrase arising from a description of a bathroom rendezvous with a girl who’s “Got ironic tattoos on her back/That ain’t ironic bitch, I love Rugrats.” Unfortunately, the rest of the album’s tunes feature Glover flagging up more of these self-satisfied, laboured jokes. To make matters worse, the production (at the hands of Community composer Ludwig Göransson) sounds like a straight-up pastiche of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy; with soaring synths, melancholic piano and thumping beats all thrown into the mix without any of the brilliance or distinctiveness of Kanye’s Record.
GIN WIGMORE Gravel & Wine
AMY WINEHOUSE Lioness: Hidden Treasures
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Last year, 2011, at the age of 27, Amy Winehouse famously died from ‘acute alcohol poisoning’. It was the terrible loss of a supremely talented singer, one whose life will be remembered for music, fame, drugs, booze, love, loss, drugs, booze, rehab and a retro style. Sadly, the world would never see another of her beehive hairstyles, or Amy strolling belligerently, fag in hand, from court to waiting taxi. We would expect and have though, soon enough, to find a new Amy Winehouse record on the (hypothetical) shelves. It’s an interesting thing; Kurt Cobain left many hours of music behind, of which very little has seen the light of day. On the other hand, Jeff Buckley has been more prolific since his death than he ever was before. What would happen to Amy’s unreleased legacy? So here it is, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, a mismatched collection of six covers and six originals. Highlights are Like Smoke, with Nas, and her version of Carol King’s Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow. There’s also another Mark Ronson version of Valerie and a lounge duet with Tony Bennett called Body And Soul. The first posthumous release of Amy Winehouse’s music is a collection of alternative original versions and standards, not the remains of a brilliant yet unfinished album. That album probably doesn’t exist.
Despite offering very little in the way of creativity or originality, New Zealand neo-soul songstress Gin Wigmore’s warm-sounding sophomore effort still offers up several likeable tracks. A Kylie Minogue-ish pop diva with a Dusty Springfield-like cat-in-a-swing-coat yowl, Gravel & Wine sees Wigmore career from tart-tongued vixen to roughand-tumble tomboy to woeful lonely heart, making for a thematically bumpy ride. Despite a distinctly more modern feel than her debut effort (2009’s Holy Smoke), Wigmore’s higher notes sound more pinched than before, and occasionally her vibrato sounds purposefully creaky – like a parody of her more famous British soul rivals, Adele and Duffy. Yet the muscular soul pop of Black Sheep and Man Like That are perfectly pitched. There’s a mild disco throb in their arrangements, with Wigmore’s voice slipping off the rails – not amateurishly, but honestly, as if she’s realized that singing within very strict parameters celebrates only the parameters, not the singer. While at this point in time the movement of female artists using ‘60s nostalgia to reinvent pop music is not all that original, where it hits the mark, Gravel & Wine is sparky and accomplished – though entirely disposable – soul-infused pop. However, while Gravel & Wine is a pretty nifty party trick of a record, it’s ultimately not compelling enough to warrant a Next Big Thing billing.
_DANIEL PARKINSON _JENNIFER PETERSON-WARD
GEOFFREY O’CONNOR Vanity Is Forever
PEGGY SUE Acrobats
Vanity Is Forever is Crayon Fields frontman Geoffrey O’Connor’s first solo album under his own name, and his most ambitious, dynamic and sophisticated work to date. The lead single from the record, Things I Shouldn’t Do, is surely bound for every summer 2012 mix, and the track is perhaps among O’Connor’s best songwriting efforts this far. Providing a semi-cheesy call-and-response vocals courtesy of Jessica Venables (who cuts something of a Molly Ringwaldian figure), the lyrics sound as if they were plucked straight from the script of Sixteen Candles knockoff. While some may find the angsty lyrics to be gimmicky, in the context of Things I Shouldn’t Do and the album as a whole it fits with great precision. O’Connor is showing his sympathy for the teenage struggle without poking fun, as many of those reminiscing in this era of wretched ‘80s throwback bands fail to pull off. This air of sincerity is where O’Connor pulls himself above the rest and proves his understanding of the sound is more centred on paying homage as opposed to riffing on a tired joke. Shifting seamlessly between high-production dance hits, funk joyrides and modern crooners, Vanity Is Forever resonates with the ‘80s vibe of the Cocteau Twins, Depeche Mode, Public Image Ltd, David Bowie, and many other artists that directly influenced its sound. Smooth.
Picking-up where 2010’s acclaimed Fossils & Other Phantoms left off, Acrobats finds London-based folk-rock trio Peggy Sue taking greater control in presenting their compositions through earthier, warmer and less static arrangements, even if sometimes their lyricism doesn’t quite keep up the same new pace. While the Britfolk clichés keep Peggy Sue as easily pigeon-holed as before, an air of inquiry suffuses their new full-length record and wonderful tracks Dumbo and Cut My Teeth find the folksters embracing a mood of experimentation which is as cerebral as it is playful. Whilst the overall artistic advancement is decidedly impressive for such a fledgling talent, co-vocalists Katy Beth Young and Rosa Slade’s pipes too often sound strained, with forced or slurred transatlantic accents clashing awkwardly with the more sophisticated arrangements; revealing that their increasing penchant for role-playing isn’t yet as seamless and uncontrived as it needs to be. But such minor gripes ultimately don’t distract too much from the richness and infectiousness of the recordings. Overall, Acrobats is a substantial and commendable creative success that is destined to propel Peggy Sue even further onwards. Let’s just hope that this talented young outfit can hold their nerve enough to mature with a tighter focus on their penmanship and vocal techniques, without selfdefeating shortcuts or too much extraneous pressure.
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Hummingbird and Kohl Dawn Jackson and Lee West explore the relationship between musician and dancer
FILM Girl With The Dragon Tattoo FILM Arrietty
Blue Day by Samantha Everton
A biennial celebration of photography, FotoFreo returns in 2012 with guns blazing (and shutters clicking), kicking off on Saturday, March 17, and running ’til Sunday, April 15. There will be plenty of exhibitions, workshops and competitions on offer during the month, including the WA Life competition. An exhibition which will feature an array of images that celebrate life in WA, the competition boasts a $10,000 prize pool, with the overall winner scoring a whopping $5,000. Want to get involved? Entry is $50 and competition closes at 5pm on Sunday, January 29. Find out more about FotoFreo and the WA Life competition at fotofreo.com.
DIGGING ON DISMANTLE
A soon-to-be-opened community bicycle workshop, Dismantle will offer Perth’s keen cyclists a place to socialise, learn, recycle and maintain their precious beasts. Housed in two sea containers, Dismantle will bring cyclists together in a creative and thriving environment, but before it can open, the folks behind Dismantle and Feast Your Eyes are on the hunt for bicycle themed photographs to adorn the outside of the containers. Two photographers will have their work printed in large scale and pasted up on the sea containers, and anyone aged 18+ is welcome to submit their images. Entries close on Wednesday, January 25. Find out more at Facebook.com/FeastYourEyes.
HYDE AND SEEK
If you love the spotlight and have the skills to transform a room of strangers into an adorning audience then the folks at Raw Hyde want to hear from you. The Hyde Park Hotel’s weekly open mic variety night, hosted by the one and only Tomas Ford, Raw Hyde features performers of all shapes and sizes every Thursday, from comedians to bands, sword swallowers to contorionists. If you want to perform at Raw Hyde or know someone who does, be sure to check out Facebook.com/rawhydey.
Not ones to rest on their laurels during the warmer months, the folks at the Blue Room have teamed up with Fringe World to present Summer Nights, a festival featuring a diverse range of acts, taking over two venues in the Perth Cultural Centre. Kicking off on Sunday, January 29, the season runs through ’til Sunday, February 19, and boasts a huge lineup, including theatre, dance and a whole lot more. Highlights include Three Strikes by Emmy nominated Brian Finkelstein, which dissects the 2007 writers’ strikes which forced Los Angeles’ film and television industry to grind to a halt; The Day The Sky Turned Black by Ali Kennedy Scott which chronicles the stories of everyday heroes who fought the Black Saturday bushfires; and Persians, the oldest surviving play in history. To find out exactly what’s on and when, hit up blueroom.org.au.
THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE
Parks across Perth will play host to an array of musicians, performers and cinephiles during January and February as the City Of Vincent presents Live In The Park, a series of free outdoor concerts and movie screenings. Kicking off on Sunday, January 29, with a live show by the Jayco Brothers and Rachel & Henry Climb A Hill at Braithwaite Park, the fun continues on Sunday, February 12, with the City Of Vincent’s Film Project at Banks Reserve, which will serve up free film screenings and music right next to the river. Find out exactly what’s on and when at vincent.wa.gov.au.
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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Something Borrowed Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi Starring Mirai Shida, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Shinobu Otake, Tomokazu Miura With CGI and 3D being the dominant paradigm in big screen animation, it’s sometimes easy to forget that we used to value beauty over glossy spectacle in our family entertainment. Thank god, then, for Studio Ghibli and their latest offering, for serving as a timely reminder of the artistry inherent in well-rendered hand-drawn animation. Based on the beloved - and much adapted - children’s series by Mary Norton, the film follows the adventures of the titular Arrietty Clock (Mirai Shida), the young daughter of a family of Borrowers living in the forgotten places of a suburban Tokyo house. Borrowers are four inch tall humans who survive by “borrowing” what they need from the “human beans,” as they call normal-sized folk. Secrecy is their watchword, and never being spotted by humans is essential to their continued survival. Inevitably, the Borrowers’ clandestine existence comes under threat when Arrietty is spotted by Sho (Ryunosuke Kamiki), a sickly young boy who has come to live in the house. Against the express warnings of her parents, Homily (Shinobu Otake) and Pod (Tomokaze Miura), Arrietty forms a close and tender friendship with the ailing lad. It almost goes without saying at this stage of the game, considering the excellence of Studio Ghibli’s existing body of work, but this is a simply
beautiful film, with every frame exquisitely rendered. Eschewing any limiting fidelity to realism, Yonebayashi utilises painted backgrounds to give his world a wonderfully warm, textured feel, while sticking with traditional cell animation for the characters, which lends them a charming energy of life. The production design is especially impressive, with much thought given over to the physics and logistics of a being mere inches high in a full-sized world. The result is a myriad of charming details and touches: a single drop of tea is enough to fill a Borrower’s cup, while double-sided sticky tape serves as mountaineering gear when Pod goes on a foraging mission. Those expecting the scope of some of Ghibli’s earlier works may be disappointed; this is a small-scale film, not only in terms of its characters, but also in regards to its narrative. This is a small story about personal relationships and ordinary courage. Yet this is no failing; the film is cozy and intimate, inviting the viewer into its world. It’s also surprisingly bittersweet, with a real undercurrent of melancholy: the Clocks wrestle with the idea that they may be the last Borrowers left in the world, while Sho’s illness is a very real and largely unresolved threat. If Arrietty doesn’t quite hit the sublime heights of some of Ghibli’s earlier works, such as the Oscar-winning Spirited Away, then it misses them by only a hair’s breadth. This is a gorgeous, assured, and above all heartfelt film, possessed of a palpable sense of wonder, and only the most cynical audience won’t find themselves utterly transported. _TRAVIS JOHNSON
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Nordic Nasty
Directed by David Fincher Starring Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard We’re up to the third iteration now of the Millennium Trilogy, counting the Swedish films and the wildly popular novels by the late Stieg Larsson on which they were based, and by now pretty much everyone is at least passingly familiar with the story of investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), damaged and dangerous hacker Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), and the entrenched misogyny and decrepit old Nazis they regularly smack up against. The question is, what’s new in this latest retread? Sadly, not much. Director David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network) is one of the best filmmakers currently working, so it’s hardly surprising that the film looks fantastic, and the tale that unfolds once Blomkvist, disgraced and broke after a libel scandal, is hired by elderly industrialist Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer) to investigate a decades-old murder has enough meat on its bones to keep the uninitiated enthralled. The problem is that any opportunity to sand down the source material’s rough edges has been missed, with Fincher and screenwriter Steven Zaillian content to stick as slavishly close to the original template as possible. It’s a crying shame, because a talented writer - and Zaillian, who scored an Oscar for
Schindler’s List, is certainly that - could have remedied some of the serious structural and pacing issues inherent in what is, once you get past the murky sexual politics and attitude, essentially a lurid potboiler. Such a writer could also, perhaps, make Blomkvist an interesting character, instead of just a glaringly obvious author avatar (for the uninitiated, Larsson was a socialist journalist who campaigned against corruption and the Far Right; Blomkvist is a socialist journalist who campaigns against corruption and the Far Right, and also sleeps with an impressive number of beautiful women). Having said that, these failings are almost forgivable thanks to the truly impressive turn by ingénue Rooney Mara as the iconic Lisbeth. It’s hard to believe that another performer could make the role their own after Noomi Rapace inhabited the character so completely in the Swedish films, but Mara is an absolute revelation. Formerly a fairly forgettable pretty face - she had a minor role in The Social Network, and starred in the regrettable remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street - she’s undergone a complete transformation here, portraying the abused and angry Lisbeth as so far along the Autism Spectrum to be almost alien, in a performance that’s strangely, yet appropriately, reminiscent of David Bowie’s work in The Man Who Fell To Earth. But one great performance isn’t enough to save what is, in the end, an entertaining but forgettable film. Fans of the material will flock to it, but even Fincher obsessives will admit that this is a minor work in his canon, to be shelved somewhere between Panic Room and The Game. _TRAVIS JOHNSON
VISUAL ARTS The Show: Feast Your Eyes Gallery, Fremantle Local illustrator Sarana Haeata will adorn the walls of the newly opened Feast Your Eyes gallery with her whimsical artworks this week with The Show. Exploring the effects of emotion and psyche on one’s interpretation of reality, The Show is colourful and kooky. Runs ’til Jan 19. Inside The Little Kingdom: Kurb Gallery, Northbridge On show as part of the Fringe World Festival 2012, Inside The Little Kingdom, a solo exhibition of recent work by Abdul-Rahman Abdullah explores a search for identity, sorting through the cultural baggage of a childhood buried in faded memories and family lore that resonates from a time of absolutes. Runs from Jan 29-Feb 3.
THEATRE/DANCE Romeo & Juliet: Quarry Amphitheatre, Floreat Presented by the Perth City Ballet, with direction from Diana Waldron, this produc tion is a stunningly beautiful realisation in dance of the world’s best known love story set to Prokofiev’s exciting and haunting music. This will be a true love story with the star-crossed lovers, Romeo & Juliet, danced by husband and wife, Sergey Pevnev and Fiona Evans, who appear courtesy of the West Australian Ballet. Season runs from Jan 18-21. Bookings via Ticketmaster. Occupied: The Blue Room Theatre, Northbridge Artists from around Australia will join local independent dance artist Ashleigh Berry to present her edgy new dance theatre work Occupied. In a nightclub bathroom, we meet a group of young women. Strangers at first, they become linked only for one night. The interactions between these drunk, bold and brazen ladies are often hilarious and all too familiar - you can’t help but wonder about the risks being taken and the unforeseen consequences of this ‘harmless’ night out. Runs from Jan 31-Feb 4. Bookings can be made via blueroom.org.au or fringeworld.com.au. T h e D a y T h e S k y Tu r n e d B l a c k : P I C A Performance Space, Perth Following critically-acclaimed seasons at the New York, Edinburgh and Sydney Fringe Festivals,
The Day The Sky Turned Black heads to PICA for its West Australian debut. Written and performed by Ali Kennedy Scott, the play chronicles the poignant stories of everyday heroes who fought the Black Saturday bushfires, one of Australia’s worst natural disasters. Season runs from Jan 31Feb 4. Bookings via pica.org.au or fringeworld. com.au. Polly’s Waffle: The Treasury West Wing, Perth Polly’s Waffle is edgy, provocative theatre for those who like their entertainment dark and risqué. It’s an ultra-black, high-impact comedy dealing with female lust and gluttony and uses explicit language and bawdy humour to explore the link between sexual anorexia and gluttony, and the anorexia and gluttony we more commonly associate with food. Season runs from Feb 2-7. Bookings via fringeworld.com.au. Virgie: The Blue Room Theatre, Perth Facts are stubborn things and so was Virgie Vivienne, the 19th Centur y trailblazer who brought Shakespeare to the harsh Australian Outback. Spanning 70 years, Virgie tracks her story through Australia and Europe, her loves and tragedies, using verbatim material, original writing, and a soundtrack ranging from Tchaikovsky to Nick Cave to capture snapshots of an extraordinary life. Season runs from Feb 6-11. Bookings via blueroom.org.au. The White Divers Of Broome: State Theatre Centre of WA, Perth The ‘Fat Years’ of Broome’s pre-WWI pearl-shell industry coincided with the national call to promote a white Australia. Broome owed its wealth to the cheap ‘coloured’ labour that collected mother-of-pearl from the hazardous seas. When the Australian Government discovered this one remaining pocket of racial diversity, they demanded the Asians be replaced with British navy divers. The master pearlers fiercely opposed having to employ white divers and entered into opportunistic alliances with the Asian crews to resist the newcomers. The White Divers of Broome is a fast-paced celebration of boom time Broome, its unique beauty, its exotic mix of cultures and the seductive power of its landscape. It is a stirring account of isolation, nonconformity and survival in a harsh and relentless environment. Season runs from Jan 28-Feb 16. Bookings via perthfestival.com.au.
STRUTathon (Photo: Christophe Canato) STRUTathon: King Street Arts Centre, Perth STRUT presents an exuberant and eclectic 10 hour dance marathon event marking a milestone 10 years of the organisation. Inspired by the low-fi, experimental forum of STRUT’s annual short works season, STRUTathon will be a bold and exciting celebration of independent contemporary dance culture in Western Australia over the last decade. Performance takes place on Jan 28 from noon ’til 10pm.
KOHL AND HUMMINGBIRD Cross Culture
Dawn Jackson will perform Hummingbird/ Kohl at the Midland Junction Arts Centre, from Thursday, January 19, until Sunday, January 22. Tickets are available at kulcha.com.au, or by phoning (08) 9336 4544. A WAAPA trained dancer who has performed with the WA Ballet and the Kalika Dance Company, as well as training in Indian dance during a residency with Dr Ileana Citaristi, Dawn Jackson is back in WA to perform her new piece Hummingbird, and her WA Dance Awards nominated solo piece Kohl. Hummingbird was co-written by her collaborator Lee West, and in fact it was he who inspired the piece.“It really started with one of Lee’s songs,” says Jackson. “His song Hummingbird has this kind of imagery, about landscapes and the bird and the flower. And Lee used to be an Aboriginal dancer, so we just started to play with this idea of the musician and the dancer. “My training as a dancer meant that I was kind of mapping his song with movement. I trained in Indian dancing many years ago, and the musician would actually walk around with the dancer [while performing]. In dance now, you see more of the musician sitting on the side, just accompanying the dancer. “So we went back to this old, old tradition of the musician walking around with the dancer. Lee is actually a mover, a dancer, because it’s not easy to walk and sing and play guitar. But he was very obliging and we moved around this little spacial pattern, and we performed it at the Perth detention centre, we’ve been doing some performing with the guys in there. “It was this little piece that translates to so many different environments.” Originally a ten-minute dance piece, Jackson and West have since received funding to develop the work into a 30 minute piece. “It’s contemporary, but it sort of has this familiar feel with the rhythm, and the guitar. As a dancer, to work with live music is fantastic.” The performance combines storytelling of different racial histories, with a landscape created by West’s music and Jackson’s 20
Dawn Jackson and Lee West movements. West hails from the Pilbara, having moved to Perth when he was a young boy, and Jackson’s parents are English immigrants. “For me, what I like to do in my work is create a series of duets. I like to just meet someone and comment on Australia’s cultural diversity and engage with the multiculturalism community. “I think it’s something really important to reflect on, as a migrant. I like to do that on a personal level, because it’s all about breaking down stereotypes.” After West and Jackson discussed how they could make their separate stories part of a piece, deciding that the hummingbird could bring their stories together - she, the English immigrant who learned Indian dance; he, the Aboriginal who was moving his traditions into his contemporary world.
“When Lee wrote the song, he wrote it about the bird and the flower, and how the bird had a really unique relationship with the flower, and how it always comes back to the same flower. I thought it was really interesting and I started researching them, and they capture people’s imagination. “In terms of choreography, I started studying their wings; they have this incredible aerodynamic that means they can move around quickly and hover in mid-air, which is a phenomenon in nature. I was using that choreographically so the hum of the wings was the beating of my feet.” After further research, Jackson discovered that the hummingbird was the symbol of the environment, which she took as a sign to include an environmentally friendly edge to the show. “For me, when I travelled up north, seeing that landscape... The land that we have here, and
how we walk on it, the Aboriginal culture is so much about sustainability. It’s about me realising too, how desperate we are in Australia for protection from the environment and to learn the proper ways to treat it.” Jackson says that when she is choreographing a piece, particularly one with such a strong message, she looks for difference, purpose and engagement. “Engaging with people with different cultures allows their viewpoint to be change. It allows you to change your outlook, if you let it.” It was a similar mentality that inspired Jackson to put together her award-nominated work, Kohl. “Kohl started when I received money to go to a residency in India, so I went to Orissa and trained. It was the first time I’d ever been to India and I had that whole culture shock, and it was a real struggle and real cultural shift for me.” Along with director Paea Leach, Jackson worked to create a piece that enveloped many different cultures. “She had a lot of experience with contemporary practices, but hadn’t done Indian dance in her past. So we collaborated on this work, applying a lot of choreography l practices with it. “It was a very personal experience - a lot of it was improvisations, what I experienced in India, and the whole struggle with two different things coming together at once. It was about moving through these physical textures. “It was immediately recognised as something quite special.” Bringing in a third collaborator, Holly Boyton - a costume designer, capped off the trio and it was then that the work was fully produced in 2009, when it was nominated for Most Outstanding Design and Most Outstanding Performance at the 2009 WA Dance Awards. After the performances of her critically acclaimed works are complete, Jackson will be heading off to work on her next inspired project. “I have another project called Cotton, which looks at the combined history of the British and the Indian histories around the cotton mills in Northern England. I’m working with an IndianMalaysian dancer, and we just finished our second development. “We’ve just been invited to perform it at Presten, in the UK, so now I’m just busy getting funding for that one.” With her enjoyable shows that aren’t afraid to change their audience’s viewpoints, it doesn’t sound like she’ll have too much trouble. _TARA LLOYD X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays
TO TRADE OR NOT TO TRADE? If you’re not up for studying at university, then maybe a trade could be what you’re looking for. West Coast Institute Of Training and Polytechnic West have a bunch of trade courses which could tickle your fancy. For more information on the courses, check out wcit.wa.edu.au and polytechnic.wa.edu.au.
CERTIFICATE III IN BRICKLAYING/ BLOCKLAYING Duration: Three years About: This qualification will allow you to work in the building and construction industry as a bricklayer. You will learn how to lay and bond bricks and other building blocks and how to construct ornamental panels, feature walls, arches and columns. Your bricklaying skills can be applied in domestic, commercial and public building projects. Campus: Clarkson More Info: (08) 9233 4600
HOLY HEELS He has the same initials as Jesus Christ, and to fashionable folks is considered just as holy, that’s right folks, I’m talking about the one and only Jeffrey Campbell. A cult footwear designer, Campbell’s creations are always on trend, and his designs are worshipped by models, musicians and anyone with a stylish bone in their body. Thanks to the team at Em Clothing in Subiaco, local devotees of Jeffrey Campbell can now get their hands on his designs right here in Perth, with a range of platforms, boots, flats and wedges available in store. Ahead of the designs going on sale this Thursday, January 12, disciples of the JC brand can view the full collection in store at Em on Wednesday, January 11, from 5pm onwards. Keep up to date with all things Em and Jeffrey Campbell online at emclothing.com. Em Clothing is located at Shop 2, Forrest Walk, 103 Rokeby Road in Subiaco.
Duration: Three years About: This apprenticeship will qualify you to work as a carpenter. You will learn the skills to carry out a range of tasks required in building and construction, as well as learning how to use all the relevant tools and equipment, how to read and interpret building plans and construct roofs, ceiling frames and flooring systems. Campus: Clarkson More Info: (08) 9233 4600
CERTIFICATE III IN CIVIL CONSTRUCTION
BEAUTY BY THE BEACH Located a short walk from picturesque Scarborough Beach, Armada is Perth’s newest boutique, home to an array of labels from Australia and afar. Open six days a week, the racks at Armada are packed full with beautiful garments, including the latest sartorial offerings from the likes of Uscari, Lover, Bec & Bridge, Alice McCall, J Brand and Shakuhachi. Armada is a one stop shop for those on the hunt for a new outfit or three; you’ll find it tucked away at 2/166 Brighton Road in Scarborough. Find out more by searching for Armada on Facebook. _EMMA BERGMEIER
CERTIFICATE III IN CARPENTRY
WCIT’s Trades North campus
Duration: Varies About: This qualification will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to undertake a range of manual labouring tasks and operate machinery on construction sites. You will learn about safe work practices, using equipment and tools and effective communication. You will also learn skills that will enable you to read plans, take measurements, lay and repair concrete surfaces, drain sites, spread and compact materials manually, assist in excavation, control construction traffic, and organise your work. Campus: Thornlie More Info: w08) 9267 7500
CERTIFICATE III IN ENGINEERING – FABRICATION TRADE Duration: Three years About: If you are interested in working in the engineering fabrication industry, this is the apprenticeship for you. You will be able to specialise, allowing you to work as a boilermaker, sheet metal worker, welder or heavy welder. Campus: Clarkson More Info: (08) 9233 4600
January 2012 WED 11 THE INBETWEENERS (MA15+) THU 12 ANONYMOUS (M) FRI 13 PUSS IN BOOTS (PG)
–No Free Passes-
SAT 14 A Night Under The Stars ROMANHOLIDAY (G) -No Free PassesSUN 15 THE IDES OF MARCH (M) MON 16 MONEYBALL (M) TUE 17 JACK AND JILL (PG) WED 18 PUSS IN BOOTS (PG) –No Free PassesTHU 19 MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL (M) –No Free PassesFRI 20 NEW YEAR’S EVE (M) SAT 21 MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL (M) –No Free PassesSUN 22 DOLPHIN TALE (PG) MON 23 Special Sneak Preview Screening - THE SITTER (CYC) TUE 24 DOLPHIN TALE (PG) WED 25 PUSS IN BOOTS (PG) –No Free PassesTHU 26 Australia Day Holiday Screening – Special Screenings Time 9pm WAR HORSE (M) FRI 27 WAR HORSE (M) SAT 28 Chinese New Year Fireworks HAPPY FEET 2 (PG) SUN 29 ALBERT NOBBS (CYC)
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Part Dutch, part Phillipino but wholly legendary, Laidback Luke isn’t complaining. Life is good for the DJ and producer despite the fact he admits he isn’t particularly relaxed right now. Rather, he is a serious workaholic and if he isn’t asleep or on a plane, he’s probably behind a mixer somewhere in the world. RK talks to Luke, aka Lucas van Scheppingen, about life’s ups and downs and his return to Australia for his annual pilgrimage. “Life is good thank you,” chimes the affable young man who now calls the Netherlands home. “Life would be so much more laid-back in the Philippines but the funny thing is, I’m never actually relaxed. My only laid-back-ness is that I’m always calm. I’m pretty ambitious and pretty much always on the go. It might be my half Dutch side doing that actually!” Indeed, having his early roots in techno, van Scheppingen comes from the same generation as Swiss techno demigod Adam Beyer and the Slovenian wonder boy Uros Umek. “While they are more in the minimal corner now, I moved to a more electro sound,” he says. “I have a way more commercial sound now. To me it’s all about having a smile on my face when dancing to music or playing it. And singing along to it. There’s definitely some karaoke stuff in there that my Philippino heritage brings about!” However, don’t let his commercial slant suggest that he isn’t an exceptionally astute producer, label boss and knob-twiddler. Likewise, over the years, his discography has grown so prolifically, one does wonder where he finds the time to make it happen. The simple answer is in the nature of his studio setup. His rig has evolved into a rather basic if not elegant setup that is basically a 27-inch iMac with an EMU X-board as a controller. He also uses an M-audio multi-track soundcard and a pair of Genelec 8040 monitors.“That’s all you need,” he chimes with relief. “With all the traveling I do, I consider my laptop and my Dr Dre Beats Studio headphones to be my studio nowadays anyway. I do everything on it, including mastering my tracks and the releases on my Mixmash label. I used to have a big hardware studio back in the day, but in 2012 it’s really not needed anymore. All the action is inside the computer!”
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SOUND OF HATERS
Infamous for pumping out filthy bass music, Haters are bringing their madness to the Newport next Thursday, January 19, from 8pm. It’s all about showcasing Ministry Of Sound’s Sound Of Dubstep 2 record which is an absolute cracker. Get set for a night of aurally offensive creations and remixes from the likes of Rusko, Excision & Datsik, Flux Pavillion, Knife Party and more. There are no excuses here, it’s all free and is going to a headthrashing dubstep extravaganza. Get set y’all.
SATIN PANTHER BEATS
The Cuban Brothers
Just in case you didn’t get the title reference, the legendary Hudson Mohawke is coming back to Perth kids! After the Glaswegian DJ and producer had to cancel his last visit for NYE 2010 at The Bakery due to a broken foot, he’s finally jet-setting back to our shores. Last year, Mohawke gained international attention with his Satin Panthers and Pleasure Principle EPs and this year, he’s set to release a follow up to 2009’s Butter. Joining Mohawke will be label partner Rustie who will be making his debut Australian tour, having released his debut album Glass Swords on Warp last year. It’s all happening on Saturday, March 3, at The Bakery. Expect trance, funk, rave, west coast hip hop, the Seinfeld theme tune, Grand Theft Auto samples and futuristic dance beats. Hit up nowbaking.com.au for tickets.
Apparently that means “hell yes” in Cuban talk. If anyone was at Breakfest in 2010, you’ll get excited by this announcement – The Cuban Brothers are coming back to town! Perth’s favourite Central American siblings are bringing soul, sex, beats and camp musical theatre all shaken and stirred as part of a wild Cuban cabaret and comedy to WA. These dudes were nurtured on a diet of soulful, sexy tunes and Cuban mythology – their performance pants will be pulled up tight and there will be guaranteed let’s get physical dancing and rapping. Hilarious. It’s all happening on Saturday, February 25, at The Bakery. Hit up nowbaking.com.au for tickets immediately.
Laidback Luke Today, van Scheppingen also makes a point about not being a genre whore. “Never,” he bites. “This is what really threw me off track in my techno days. Being pigeonholed back in the day meant I couldn’t bring in any other influences into the loopy music, where it was the hi-hat causing the main variation in the music! I love music way too much to be stuck in a style like that. When I parted with techno, I gave myself the freedom to play any type and style of music I wanted. It makes my work so much more enjoyable and fun. Let me put it this way - I couldn’t play a house track to a techno crowd but I could play a techno track to a house crowd. This is still my frame of mind.” This flexibility and diversity has seen him complete some high profile collaborations with names like Guetta, Ingrosso and Aoki featuring on his resume. And that isn’t to say there’s no scope for more. “I’d still like to do something for Justin Timberlake, Timbaland or Madonna,” he says. “Apart from that, no-one else in particular, but I’m always open to new collaborations for sure!” These collaborations have all been their own adventures - some of them happened online bouncing audio back and forth and some are a result of an afternoon in the studio. “Some of them are writing sessions in big pop studios too,” he says. “But it’s not all about production. There is so much more to a career in music. Man, a career really goes from the deepest lows to the highest highs. This is why I always tell my student producers to keep up. There have been at least five moments where I feel like I hit rock bottom in my career.
“There were times where I wanted to give it all up, thinking my dreams would never come through. It is these moments though, that when you pull through, you feel like a success. I had one great moment the other day for instance. I played a big club in Washington after five years and it sold out. It was a wild night! But I remember being booked there for the first time as the warm up DJ for Roger Sanchez in the very beginning of my career, when no one knew who I was. It is times like these when I realise how far I have come and it feels fantastic to think about it. I never like to stand still, so once all the reflection is done; it’s straight back to working my ass off!” In closing, he outlines his obsession with his Pioneer setup and how it allows him to deliver all the madness his performances are renowned for.“Yes, I’m very much a Pioneer addict ever since I switched over from vinyl to CDJs back in 2003. My current set up is a trio of CDJ2000s and a DJM900 Nexus mixer. I use a 64GB SD card as my drive.” And as for what punters can expect from his upcoming show here in early February – it’s all about fresh beats. “I’m bringing a lot of new tracks and remixes to test out and as always my favorite bootlegs and mash-ups as well. I’ve packed all of the energy and fun into my bag!”
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EL INFIERNO SI
This young Dutch producer and DJ Dem Slackers used to make bootleg remixes in his bedroom and now he’s playing with the likes of Tiesto at Privilege in Ibiza. If you’re up for some big room electro house madness then you’d better get your party pants ready for Saturday, February 11, when the man himself hits Shape as part of his upcoming Australian tour. If you’re into Crookers, Mightyfools, Avicii and Jack Beats then you might want to check this out. Head to shapebar.com.au for more info.
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IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE POSITIVE MOVEMENT
American hip hopper Felipe Coronel, better known as Immortal Technique, has worked with the likes of Mos Def, Chuck D and Public Enemy just to name a few. HUGH ROBERTSON chats with the Peru-born MC ahead of his hyped Australian tour.
Hook N Sling
HOOK N SLING
It says much about Felipe Coronel that during this interview almost no mention is made of the music he has put out under his stage name, Immortal Technique – some of the most impactful, intense hip hop you will ever hear. Coronel utilises his knowledge of the mechanisms of power to eviscerate American foreign policy, organised religion and a hypocritical fourth estate, while at the same time drawing on his experiences growing up as a child in impoverished Peru, teenage years in Harlem in the ‘80s and a year in prison to construct raw, intensely personal narratives about
Immortal Technique and for the lives of the poor and disenfranchised all over the world. His lyrics are uncompromising, asserting his independence as an artist, an activist and a cultural force to be reckoned with. It’s this last point that distracts us from Coronel’s music: the past decade has seen him emerge as the leader of an ever-expanding circle – a movement, really – of like-minded revolutionaries, devoted to a greater understanding of the historical forces of oppression and subjugation and to small, measurable efforts to improve the lives of some of the poorest people on earth. “There is a movement,” Coronel explains. “It’s a little bit more than just music. If it wasn’t, I don’t think we’d be having this conversation (laughs). The fact that I can make [what my music is about] in to a tangible thing, that my words have a backing, that they move in a certain direction, they influence people and capture their minds.” More than that, they get results. Coronel’s most high-profile cause is a combined orphanage, primary school and medical centre in one of the poorest parts of Afghanistan, removing a handful of
children from almost certain death or a life of slavery. The project began with a $10,000 endowment from Coronel – something the man himself is very proud of; being able to make positive change from money he made as a fiercely independent recording artist. “This is possible, we can make this happen,” Coronel insists. “If a rapper, who doesn’t have any background whatsoever in building orphanages, or building a school, or funding this, if someone who isn’t a multi-billionaire can do this, and can do this in another country with such horrific standards of living and so many security concerns – then what’s to stop me from succeeding here? That was the message of the day when we came back - ‘What’s to stop you from succeeding here?’ “I’ve always felt the calling to be able to express myself about things that were not only disturbing to people but also carried some kind of moral fabric - that says something about the way we live our life in our society.” » IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE » SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 @ VILLA
LOVES CRÈME BRULEE
Sydney DJ and producer Hook N Sling is always looking for the next best burger joint. His current favourite burger place is in Hollywood but he’s looking forward to discovering more burgers when he jets off on his North and South American tour in March. ANNABEL MACLEAN chats with the mixing master himself, Anthony Maniscalco, about what’s in store for 2012. Anthony Maniscalco isn’t drinking for an extended period of time. Well, that’s what he vowed on New Year’s Eve but lost out about six hours later. “So I scrapped that and thought ‘ah well, I’ll try and keep it respectable’,” he says, laughing down the line from Sydney. Having played Falls Festival and then Adelaide on New Year’s Eve and then venturing back to Sydney on New Year’s Day, it’s no surprise Maniscalco wanted to crash out come the end of the celebrations. “It took me about three days [to recover] to be honest, I was really anti social after I got back to Sydney. I was like ‘nup, not going out, going to put on some movies’ because before New Year’s I’d probably had about five nights out in a row,” he says. But, playing New Year’s Eve in Adelaide was worth the three days recovery that followed. “I was lucky enough to have a great show and I think it was a lot to do with – I played Stereo in Adelaide in November,” he says. “I played after Armin van Buuren and I had a great set on the main stage and it was just a really good pump up before New Year’s.” Maniscalco capped off 2011 with his 2011 Mix, a 47 minute party mix of some of his tunes including his collaboration with TV Rock Diamonds In The Sky and his remix of the Nervo girls’ We’re All No One featuring Afrojack and Steve Aoki. Example, Calvin Harris, Roger Sanchez and Avicci amongst others also feature on the mix. But, Maniscalco received some strange requests when he asked Facebook fans for suggestions for the mix. “A lot of people were taking the piss and then I get asked for like Men At Work or just crazy stuff but from memory, a lot of my mates jump on there and say stupid shit,” he says. “Normally all the requests are for some dubstep stuff but I don’t really play much dubstep.” Off on a North and South American tour shortly, Maniscalco is excited about the prospect of finding the ultimate burger. “Whenever there’s a burger on a menu – I have this thing whenever I go to a restaurant and there’s a crème brulee on the desert menu, I just have to get it,” he explains. “It’s the same thing with in room dining. If there’s a burger on the menu I just have to get it. That’s the rule I apply… I went to LA in October [and] on Hollywood there’s actually this great place called The Roosevelt and out the front of The Roosevelt is this little burger joint and they have the most amazing burgers. It’s like standard lettuce, tomato [and] patty but the bun is incredible!” As for 2012, it’s all about originals for the Bondi based lad. “At the moment I’ve been writing so much new original material,” he says. New tune Tokyo By Night is due to drop on Axtone shortly and another original with the Nervo ladies is in the work as well as a track with fellow Bondi boy Goodwill. “Also, I’ve been getting on the mic a bit more lately so I might scream at a few fans or whatever, get a few chants going,” he laughs.
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HOOK N SLING SLAM BEACH VOLLEYBALL FESTIVAL SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 @ SCARBOROUGH BEACH CLUB PARADISO AUSTRALIA DAY EDITION THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 @ SALT ON THE BEACH
DOGG DAY AFTERNOON SUMMADAYZE Sir James Mitchell Park Tuesday, January 3, 2012
The heat wasn’t enough to keep a slew of singletwearing, hyped-up kids away from Sir Mitchell’s Park for the 2012 installment of Summadayze. Ruby Rose drew a small crowd with her predominantly flat set, much of the crowd didn’t seem that enthralled but then again, the day was only beginning for most. Sascha kicked things off in the late afternoon with a cruisy, drum’n’bass inspired set. Things seemed a little repetitive after a while - his music’s been described as “emotional” and “letting the music speak for itself” and was probably more suited to a club night rather than an exceptionally loud festival. Impressing earlier in the day was Timmy Trumpet playing with The Stafford Brothers. Although it was still a fairly tame crowd, they were totally into what the guys were putting out there and they’re set to be huge this coming year, if the crowd reaction was anything to go by. It was the first time that day that the crowd seemed to be really getting into the act onstage. Spank Rock also gets a mention; his set was really enjoyable and he managed to engage with the crowd without sounding cheesy or
forced, and his band’s pulsing dance mixes were just the right thing to set the mood for the rest of the day. A definite highlight of the day was Grandmaster Flash’s DJ set. Throwing in a lot of guilty pleasure music - everything from LMFAO to Eminem to Guns N’ Roses - it was definitely what kicked the night off into true dance party style. He even said himself - “This isn’t a festival, this is a party!.” He put on an excellent set but it would’ve been nice to hear more of his own stuff though aside from The Message. When Snoop Dogg took to the stage, the crowd went a little mental. Dressed in his trademark tracksuit, his weave put back in pigtails, and a massive piece of bling reading his own name, he ran through a steady stream of his hits including P.I.M.P (thankfully with no 50 Cent ‘vocals’), Who Am I (What’s My Name), Gin And Juice and his new hit Make You Sweat (which was performed as the less radio-friendly Make You Wet), backed up by a quartet of hot dancers in ridiculously trashy costumes. It did seem that roughly half his set consisted of making the crowd yell a variation of “Hell yeah” and seeing which side could cheer louder, but when Snoop tells you to yell “Hell motherfucking yeah”, you do it. Those crazy French electro dudes of Justice put on a solid set that was sadly missed by most of the crowd, who instead chose to shake their booty to Calvin Harris’ euphoric beats. With their stage lit up by red glowing lights and a gigantic cross that typically accompanies their live shows, Justice put on an entertaining and intimate show compared to other acts on the bill for the day. A remix of D.A.N.C.E was an obvious highlight of their set, and they milked the crowd to exhaustion on that one. Catching the last couple of songs of Calvin Harris’ set, it seemed it was mostly dedicated to long remixes of his hit songs such as You Used To Hold Me, Feels So Close and his collaboration with Rihanna, We Found Love. The latter might have been more enjoyable if it hadn’t already been thrashed by Grandmaster Flash in his set right before, but the Scottish DJ did have an intense stage set-up - think a gigantic lights show and some pretty impressive equipment that made you forget it’s just one man behind the decks - that clarified how huge he’s become in the dance and pop scene in the past couple of years. Pendulum fans were getting antsy while ShockOne warmed them up with a pretty solid set. Although it was good, it was clear that by now, the crowd just wanted those Perth boys up on the stage in their hometown. After a manic set, including their insanely popular ABC News Theme Remix and even a little bit of Knife Party love, fans who were lucky enough to catch them would be wiping their brows with relief - after a crazy six year cycle of touring the festival was the band’s last stop for two years, while they head back into the studio. For this reviewer, the definite highlight of the day was New York’s super sparkly Scissor Sisters. Headed by a very fashionable Jake Shears, in ripped acid wash denim, and Ana Matronic, in a yellow polka dot top and leggings, the band were a glamorous assault on the senses as they crazy-danced their way through their most popular hits, including Tits On The Radio, I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’, Fire With Fire, Take Your Mama, Filthy/Gorgeous, and their cover of Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb (which seemed a bit lost on the young Summadayze crowd). They’re a genuinely impressive live band to see; Shears can keep up the soaring vocals that he displays on the album and Ana Matronic is just a force to be reckoned with and, well, just plain hot. A highlight was when she pulled out a book of Australian slang that the Summadayze promoters had thoughtfully provided her with and performed a cute, impromptu rap about Aussies. Having such an impressive lineup meant that it was difficult to see all your favourite artists on the day but, all up – Summadayze was a good way to spend a Tuesday. » TARA LLOYD
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WEDNESDAY 11/01 Captain Stirling – Fiveo Clancy’s (Applecross) – Upbeat – DJ Andy Connections – DJs Joby /JJ / Rueben Eurobar – Wild Wednesdays - DJ iPod/ Ben Pettit Eve – DJ Don Migi/ Skooby Gold Bar–DJ Adroc Hipe Club – DJ Roger Smart Leederville Hotel – We Love Wednesdays ft DJ Slick Mustang – DJ Giles Newport - DJ Chiari Norma Jeans – DJ Mischief Sovereign Arms – Az-T The Deen - DJ Zelimer/ DJ Viper/ DJ Benny/ T– Zone 1 The Rosemount - Cowboys & Indie Kids DJs The Queens – Wriggle on YaYa’s – DTF ft Can’s & Motorboat/ OddsTar & Lythargic/ Carlos & Lopes/ Damn 28’s Vs Buckangel
THURSDAY 12/01 Bolt Bar (Maylands Peninsular Tavern) – Roar Sessions # 13 ft DJ Mental/ Dair/ Rino/ Rexop/ Mc Haste/ Treppa Clancy’s (Canning Bridge) - DJ Wrighteous Claremont Hotel – DJ DD/ DJ Matt/ DJ Millie Club Marakesh – DJ Simon Cottesloe Hotel – DJ Shots/ DJ Andy M Duchess - Fiveo Eve – DJ Tony Allen Leopold Hotel – DJ Riki/ Roger Smart Llama Bar – DJ Maxwell/ EMAS/ Lukas Wimler Metro City - Bow Wow Mint Nightclub – DJ Simon Barwood Mt Henry Tavern - DJ Matty J Mullaloo Beach Hotel - DJ John Paul/ DJ Slick Mustang – DJ James Paddy Hannans – Dr Bogus/ Crazy Craig South St – DJ Castasia/ Dpad Swinging Pig – DJ Simon The Avenue – Jon Ee The Bakery - Taylor McFerrin/ Cosmo Gets/ Sam Perry/ Charlie Bucket
FRIDAY 13/01 Amplifier – Cowboys & Indie Kids Bar 459 - DJ Smurf Broken Hill Hotel – DJ Nick Alexander Brooklands Tavern - DJ Jayden Capitol – Retro Mash ft DJ Rodger/ The Great RV Carine Tavern – Greg Packer/ MC Assassin Clancy’s (Canning Bridge) - DJ Boogie Claremont Hotel – DJ Nick Sheppard Club Bayview - Infexious ft Ben Stevens/ Nomad Como Hotel – DJ Gazz Duchess - Fiveo Bow Wow Eve – DJ Don Migi/ DJ Danny Boi Geisha - Darren Emerson The Craftsman – Roger Smart Gosnells Club – DJ Now The Deen – DJ Flex/ DJ Nano/ DJ Hipe Club - DJ E-Funk Surge/ DJ Don Migi Lakers Tavern – Fresh Fridays - DJ The East End Bar - The Prestige Dooey The Queens – Kapitol Left Bank – DJ Frankie Button The Whale & Ale – Josh Tilley Library – Sneaky The Whistling Kite - DJ Gareth Little Creatures Loft – Marine Woodvale Tavern – DJ Melvin Beats
Darren Emerson Llama Bar – DJ Reuben/ DJ Morris Malt Super Club - Fiveo Merriwa Tavern – DJ Real McCoy Metro City (Solace Bar) – DJ Slick Metro Freo (Upstairs) – DJ DTuck/ Suave Mint Nightclub – Club Retro ft Chris McPhee Mullaloo Beach Hotel - DJ John Paul Mustang – Swing DJ/ DJ James MacArthur Paddy Hannans – Crazy Craig Paramount - DJ John/ DJ Jordan Queens Tav – DJ Rueben Rocket Room - Search & Destroy ft Jessica Kill/ Holly Doll Sail & Anchor - Balcony Beatz / DJ J-MAC Shape - Brookes Brothers The Avenue – Jon E The Carine – Mind Electric/ DJ Now/ DJ Alex The Craftsman – DJ Abstar The Deen – DJs Birdie/ DJ Surge/ DJ Nano The Eastern – DJ Midfield The Generous Squire - DJ Anaru The Queens – DJ Rueben The Saint - DJ Jordan The Shed – DJ Glenn 20 The Whale & Ale – Josh Tiley Tiger Lils – Paul Malone/ Adam Kelly The Vic - DJ Giles Wembley Hotel – G Martin Windsor – DJ Riki and Ray Victoria Park Hotel – DJ Giles YaYa’s – Lady Libertine/ Thom Whoa
SATURDAY 14/01 Amplifier - Pure Pop ft Eddie Electric Basement On Broadway – DJ Ricky Broken Hill Tavern – DJ Nick Alexander/ James Wilson Capitol – Death Disco DJs Capitol (Upstairs) – Cream Of The 80’s ft The Great RV Clancy’s (Canning Bridge) - DJ Dood Club Bay View – VIP Saturdays ft DJ Ryan Double Lucky – DJ Paul/ DJ Rudy Duchess - DJ Angel
East End Bar – Jon Ee Eurobar – Roger Smart/ DJ Raci Eve Nightclub – DJ Don Migi/ DJ Stevie M High Road Hotel – DJ Simon High Wycombe – DJ Matt Hipe Club – DJ E-Funk Library – MKT ft DJ Riki/ DJ Richie G/ DJ Vicktor/ DJ Kevvy T Little Creatures Loft – Marine Beats Liquid Nightclub - DJ Klar55/ DJ Stevie M Llama Bar – DJ Reuben/ DJ Melvin Malt Super Club – Abstar Metro City (R&B Lounge) - DJ Slick/ DJ Ruthless/ DJ Soso Metro City - DJ Stevie M/ DJ Matty S/ DJ Ruthless/ DJ Makka Metro Freo –DJ DTuck/ DJ Minna Metro Freo (Upstairs) – DJ Wazz Mint Nightclub – Pop Life ft DJ Aaron/ AJ Mullaloo Beach Hotel – DJ Danny Mustang – Rockabilly DJ/ DJ James MacArthur Niche – Frankie Button/ Cee/ Jonny Zimber Norma Jeans – DJ Darren Oxford Hotel – DJ Sequeria Paramount- DJ Cornflake / DJ Jordan Queens Tav - Gareth Richardson Rocket Room – DJ Brett Rowe South St Ale House – DJ Jay Sovereign Arms – Rockwell The Brighton (Upstairs) – Micah/ Kill Dyl/ eSQue The Boheme – DJ Sneakee The Clink – DJ Az-T The Cornerstone – Aiden Wallis
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The Deen - DJ Birdie/ DJ JJ/ DJ Tony Allen The Generous Squire – On Tap ft Ben Mac & Philly Blunt The Gosnells Club – Az-T The Saint – DJ Anaru The Shed –DJ Glenn 20 The Wembley – G Martin The Whistling Kite - DJ Craig The Vic – DJ Kristian Tiger Lil’s – DJ Bojan/ DJ Ben Sebastian Villa – Immortal Technique Victoria Park Hotel – DJ Melvin Windsor – DJ Ray Woodvale Tavern – DJ Real McCoy Yaya’s – Saturday Social ft The Kings Of Cheese DJs
IN THE THIS WEEK
Sets On The Beach Vol 5 ft Whitest B oy Alive/ Villa/ Taylor McFerrin/ Cosmo Gets/ Shazam/ Zelimir/ Gold Fields/ Sam Perry/ Charlie Bucket Thursday, January 12 @ The Swissco Disco and more S u n d a y, J a n u a r y 2 2 @ Bakery Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre Bow Wow Thursday, January 12 @ Metro City Golden Apples Of The Sun ft Claude Mono/ Diger Rokwell/ Darren Emerson Tristan Gibbs and more Friday, January 13 @ Geisha Shabazz Palaces Sunday, January 22 @ The Bird Infexious ft Ben Stevens/ MONDAY 16/01 Heavyweight Sounds: Australia Nomad Friday, Januar y 13 @ Club Day Eve Annual ft Andy C/ MC Bar Orient - DJ White Label SUNDAY 15/01 Bayview GQ/ Camo & Krooked/ DJ Fierce Broken Hill Tavern - DJ Mario Broken Hill Tavern - Sophie Jane Tavelli Wednesday, January 25 @ Metro Brookes Brothers Captain Stirling – DJ Jay City Eastern Hotel – Adam Morris Friday, January 13 @ Shape Claremont Hotel – DJ DD Clink – DJ Tony Allen Euro Bar – DJ Flex Eve Nightclub – DJ Birdie Mint - Chris McPhee Mullaloo Beach Hotel – DJ Slick/ DJ John Paul Mustang – DJ Rockin Rhys Queens Tav– DJ Rhys The Bakery - Shabazz Palaces The Cott – Cott Sessions The Kiosk – DJ Cinder The Saint - DJ Anaru The Shed – DJ Andyy The Wembley – DJ Funkybottoms/ Boogie/ Dekoyfox
The Deen – Plastic Max / The Token Gesture Immortal Technique Th e Pa d d o – D J J o h n Pa u l Saturday, January 14 @ Villa The Shed – DJ Andyy
TUESDAY 17/01 Bar Orient - DJ Lyndon Eastern Hotel – Jon Edwards High Road Hotel – DJ Matty J High Wycombe – DJ Ricky Hipe Club – DJ Roger Smart The Cott (Upstairs) –Maxwell/ Jus Haus?/ Damian John Victoria Park Hotel – DJ Melvin
Shabazz Palaces Sunday, January 15 @ The Bart B More Wednesday, January 25 @ Ambar Bakery SLAM Summer Beach Volleyball Festival ft The Potbellez/ Boom! Bap! Pow!/ Kaz James/ Hook & Sling S u n d a y, J a n u a r y 1 5 @ Scarborough Beach Ampitheatre
COMING UP Ministry Of Sound – Sound Of Dubstep 2 Tour ft Haters Thursday, January 19 @ The Newport
TAYLOR MCFERRIN THURSDAY, JANUARY 12
@ THE BAKERY
Plump DJs Wednesday, January 25 @ Villa
Prins Thomas Wednesday, January 25 @ The Spiegeltent, Perth Cultural Centre Zeds Dead Thursday, January 26 @ The Overflow (The Court)
Lloyd Dubfire/ Flux Pavilion/ Orjan Tuesday, January 31 @ Metro Nilsen/ Porter Robinson/ Ruby Rose/ tyDi/ Kill The Noise/ Timmy City Trumpet and more L i m e l i t e 5 t h B i r t h d a y Sunday, Februar y 4 @ Arena f t L a i d b a c k L u k e / Joondalup Rogerseventytwo/ Zelimir/ Balam Acab Jus Haus?/ Mel B Friday, February 3 @ Metro Freo Friday, February 17 @ The Bakery Distric t Relaunch f t Breadway/ Zeke/ FTW/ Jus Haus?/ Hykus/ Marko Paulo Friday, February 3 @ Ambar
The Game Tuesday, February 21 @ Metro City
Big Day Out ft Odd Future/ The Cuban Brothers/ Buda/ Girl Talk/ Royksopp/ Nero/Q- Charlie Bucket/ Tee El BIK and more Saturday, February 25 @ The Bakery Sunday, February 5 @ Lathlain Mask2012 f t B e n ny C / Park Double Dee O u t e r n a t i o n a l B o b Saturday, March 3 @ The Empyrean Marley Birthday 2012 ft Hudson Mohawke/ Rustie/ Jesse Proverbs/ Ngati/ The Riley/ Ben Taaffe/ Move and Isolites/ Jah Era/ Riverbeats/ Rok more J a m D o w n K i n g z / T h e Saturday, March 3 @ The Bakery Empressions/ General Justice/ Simba/ Tutomath/ Mickey Avalon Mumma Trees/ Sista Che Friday, March 9 @ Villa Sunday, February 5 @ Railway 360 Hotel Friday, March 16 @ The Rosemount St Jerome’s Laneway Festival ft M83/ SBTRKT/ Washed out Hermitude Friday, March 30 @ Mojos and more Saturday, February 11 @ Perth Hermitude Cultural Centre Saturday, March 31 @ Amplifier
Club Paradiso Australia Day Edition ft The Stafford Brothers/ tyDi/ Hook N Sling and more Dem Slackers Thursday, January 26 @ Salt On Friday, February 11 @ Shape The Beach
Matthew Dear Friday, January 20 @ The Likes Of You (venue TBC) Bass Kleph Friday, January 27 @ Ambar Bare Noize Friday, January 20 @ Shape Boom Box Boat Party ft DJs Don Japanite ft Yukata Girls/ Migi/Danny Boi/ Skooby Friday, January 27 @ Barrack St Ajanni/ Jay T L/ Sey Z Friday, January 20 @ The Deen Jetty
Soul II Soul (Sound System) Sunday, February 19 @ venue TBC
Future Music Festival f t Swedish House Mafia/ Fatboy Slim/ Tinie Tempah/ Paul van Dyk/ Chase & Status/ Skrillex/ Aphex Twin/ Die Antwoord/ Gareth Emery/ James Murphy & Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem/ DFA)/ Sven Vath/ Alex Metric/ Azari Heatwave Festival ft Tech The Wonderful World Of DJ & III/ Horse Meat Disco/ / N 9 n e / D 1 2 / O b i e Tr i c e / Yoda ft DJ Yoda/ Buda/ Charlie Frank Ocean/ The Stafford CrazyTown/ Chamillionaire Brothers/ Friendly Fires/ Friday, January 20 @ Challenge Bucket/ Tee EL Knife Party/ Professor Green/ Saturday, January 28 @ Villa Stadium
The Herd/ Thundamentals Saturday, April 14 @ The Rosemount Supafest ft P.Diddy/ Ice Cube/ Rick Ross/ Trey Songz/ Kelly Rowland/ Lupe Fiasco and more TBC Sunday, April 22 @ Arena Joondalup Creamfields ft David Guetta/ Above & Beyond/ Dirty South/ Alesso/ Excision/ W&W/ Giuseppe Ottaviani (live)/ Congorock/ Vitalic/ Sied van Riel/ Tritonal/ Downlink/ ShockOne/ MaRLo/ Bombs Away/ MC Stretch Saturday, May 5 @ Supreme Court Gardens
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Arctic Monkeys (photo: Courtney McAllister)
HIGHWAY TO SWELL SOUTHBOUND Sir Stewart Bovell Park, Busselton Saturday, January 7 & Sunday, January 8, 2012
rock‘n’roll sound he was clearly aiming for. One of the surprises of Southbound 2012 came from one of the stars of 2011. Kimbra hit the For eight summers it’s been a New Year’s tradition main stage in the mid afternoon Busso sunshine to for music lovers to descend on the sleepy coastal showcase her oh-so eclectic style. Resplendent in a town of Busselton for the camping festival known as pink dress, with PJ Harvey lips she worked a cabaret Southbound, and after a few years of changing this sensibility as she performed tracks off her acclaimed and changing that, 2012’s edition saw the format Vows album, a Bobby Brown cover and a killer Daft retooled to present its most successful edition to date. Punk finale. There was certainly enough to keep the As the day light lingered so did Beirut: not cameras clicking and batteries draining, starting with just the capital of Lebanon, but also the moniker of a the tolerable Josh Pyke, who found his amicable tunes musical prodigy who leads a band of horns though meandering across the festival grounds as campers weird and wonderful melancholic polka music. settled in and day trippers found their bearings. Grouplove were one of a few well Midway through the day, Miles Kane’s set saw retro known bands to have their songs featured in riffs paired with jaunty pop melodies, however, for the television advertising in 2011. Was their music this most part, the British crooner’s ‘60s-indebted sounds generic before or after the clothing label/soft drink were head-noddingly pleasant, rather than the great appropriated their whimsical teenage summer
anthem? Not sure. Clever punters instead chose the chill lounge with the DJ in a van, super cool Bunno rapper Kadyelle, and her Aussie hip hop styles. Very cool. Aloe Blacc is the man. Loved in the UK, admired everywhere else, he’s a soul singer and an old soul in a young man’s suit jacket. The radio hit I Need A Dollar hollered across the field. We heard you brother. Easily the lowlight of the two day festival, The Grates played an embarrassing show. Patience Hodgson’s act is tired, the riffs are stale and their songs are better geared towards primary school students. Jim Jones Revue stood out over their mother country contemporaries. Regurgitator are no strangers to Western Australian festivals (in fact they even played the first Southbound back in 2005), and this time were playing their classic Unit in full. Tracks like Black Bugs impressed the crowd and the ‘Gurge proved themselves, yet again, to be a festival sure thing, if only they could have thrown in some classic tracks from Tu Plang. Arctic Monkeys took us home of the first night with a 20 song strong set of selections from their short but distinguished career. Teddy boy Alex Turner’s birthday celebrations from the day before continued, but it was the overzealous crowd who made his day with more flashing going on than Bussell Highway’s speed cameras on the trek back to Perth. The drowning feeling set in by mid-Sunday afternoon as people, sunburned and zombified, spilled around most of the stages. Much like Paul Kelly did last year, Tim Finn provided the crowd with afternoon sing-alongs. Whether it was Poor Boy, Weather With You or Six Months In A Leaky Boat, the elder Finn provided many a punter with festival-defining moments, while Unknown Mortal Orchestra did the same with their excellent selfstyled lo-fi pop. The Jezabels adopted a cold, uninterested ethic for their live set: they churned out roils of stout guitar riffs, cavernous drums and falsetto vocals, with frontwoman Hayley Mary pacing the stage ponderously under stark spotlights. It was a stern, impenetrable display inverse to the genuinely emotive recordings present on their debut album Prisoner. It might have been the last night of summer as the sun ducked behind the skyline, mosquitoes sucked on tattoos, and the angelically pleasant Fleet Foxes took to the stage on Sunday evening. For those who were too cool for such things, the anti-urban band inspired impatience: such gorgeous harmonies, such gentle tunes, such modest guitar playing. But
The Kooks (photo: Emma Bergmeier) their soaring set more than proved the reason why the beguiling folk sextet holds its crowd in sway: pure musicianship. And of course there was The Kooks, playing an expectedly magnificently fun set. Their songs were bleak, complex and filled with tensions: lush melody attacked by noise, rhythm pulling against rhythm, a lone guitar suddenly caught up in crescendos like earthquakes. Frontman Luke Pritchard was dancing across the stage as he sang, twirling and twitching and jittering, making his own kind of Southbound groove. Not like a hippie, but not painfully hip either. As the sun set on the final evening it was clear that Southbound is foremost about the music, but it’s also about the crowd. It’s heartening that 15,000 rowdy, sweaty people can tolerate one another’s neon tutus and bond, albeit briefly, despite stupefying heat and dust. For all our bewilderment at Southbound’s eclectic line-up choices, in our hyper-individualised society, it’s those rare moments of connection with other fans that make for a lasting high. _DANIEL PARKINSON, JENNIFER PETERSONWARD & MATTHEW HOGAN
Kimbra (photo: Courtney McAllister)
Regurgitator (photo: Courtney McAllister)
The Jezabels (photo: Courtney McAllister)
Fleet Foxes (photo: Emma Bergmeier)
SHE’S GOT THE LOOK
This Sunday, January 15, local rock goddess Abbe May will be playing Mojo’s as part of a double headliner with one man band Lewis Floyd Henry (UK). Presales are available via Moshtix.com.au for $17 plus booking fee or $22 at the door. Proceedings kick off from 6pm.
Gilkinson’s Saturday, January 7, 2012 Fans of dark and daring fashions gathered at Gilkinson’s last Saturday, January 7, to watch ladies vy for the coveted Miss Alternative title. Big congrats to Dweeb and Lottie who took out the top spots in the WA heat, and will be flying over east for the grand final.
Photographs by Matt Jelonek
Kick off your weekend in style by heading down to the Brass Monkey for Sun Downer Fridays featuring acoustic sessions with live artists from 4.30pm and DJ Vicktor from 8pm ‘til late. There will also be a complimentary platter of nibbles going around. Bookings are essential.
Voted for your favourite songs for 2011 in JJJ’s Hottest Hundred yet? We have! We’re already making plans for some Australia day shenanigans with a Hed Kandi party cracking on Australia day eve featuring Chiari, Mitchell Smith and Wasteland. Then from midday on January 26th we’ll be counting down the Hottest 100, playing some ping pong and stoking the BBQ.
Emma, Damien, Cailin Steph, Dylan
ROSEMOUNT HOTEL Mith, Heather
Alaura, Tolly, Tahlia
Catch much-loved locals Ol’ Bouginvillea, Monad, Gombo and The Brown Study Band in the Main room of the Rosemount Hotel this Thursday, January 12. Doors open at 8pm and entry is $8. Plus, for those cash strapped individuals, indie-popsters Sons Of Rico will spin tunes in the Beer Garden for a special free DJ set from 7.30pm.
HIGH ROAD HOTEL
The High Road Hotel is full of summer specials including their super Monday to Thursday lunch special from 12pm-2pm. For $15 or less you can get a meal and a drink (middy of beer, glass of wine or soft drink) that is sure to hit the spot! The High Road have also got all your weeknight entertainment covered with extensive UFC and AFL action plus awesome music courtesy of some of Perth’s most rockin’ live bands. Head to highroadhotel.com.au for more details!.
THE ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB
The Ellington is one of Australia’s finest Jazz clubs providing world class live music, delicious beverages, first class service and tasty food. This week sees three fantastic touring acts take to the stage including, blues legend Scottie Miller (USA) on Thursday, January 12, young jazz sensation Rachel Price (USA) on Friday, January 13 and Adelaide swing and jive group Lucky Seven on Sunday, January 15. Plus, get your groove on to the music of Bob Marley at the Late Night Groove Session on Friday, January 13, with Punky Reggae Party.
Summer is in full swing at the Leedy and on Saturday, January 14, it will be the place to be as they present the free event, Dazed. If you liked the Summadayze line-up then you will love the music that will be spinning at Dazed. Kicking off from 7pm, this is a summer party event not to be missed! Check out leedervillehotel.com for more information and to get the lowdown on upcoming events in 2012.
The Paddo is going all out for Australia Day 2012, with two huge days of partying on Wednesday, January 25 and Thursday, January 26. Allowing local punters to get their drink on and show their Aussie pride, both days will include live music from Perth’s finest talent as well as drink specials to keep everyone well oiled. Triple J’s Hottest 100 also will be cranking through the speakers on Australia Day and the Paddo are giving away an exclusive Bundaberg Rum Surfboard so you can surf on home, once the festivities grind to a halt.
HYDE PARK HOTEL
If you used to love the Precision Tuesday night gigs down at the “old Hydey” and enjoyed Summadayze, then you will not want to miss the Precision reunion gig on Tuesday, January 17. Expect to hear some phat beats and banging tunes spun by of the some amazing DJs and electronic artists who the old Hyde Park Hotel Public Bar during the days of the Higgins Family ownership, including El Hornet, Muller, Dan Lucas and General Justice. Proceedings kick off from 8pm and entry is free.
The Railway Hotel kicks off it’s brand new open-mic sessions in the Beer Garden on Sunday, January 15. It’ll happen every Sunday out there from 2-6pm, interested acts should contact the arvo’s host Turin Robinson on 0425 171 585, or just pop on down and enjoy a sausage sizzle and some acoustic tunes.
The Lucky Seven are on the loose at The Stang’ this Monday night, for those who like their boogie dirty. With a special guest appearance they are Adelaide’s premier dirty swing, jump blues and rockabilly act and they’ve come across from the east to give us a little taste of their rockin’ tunes for a rockin’ Perth crowd catch them on stage from 8.30pm. 32
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ARKAYAN Mad Scientists
Inspired by one of history’s most famous large scale experiments into the effects of hallucinogenic drugs, local hard rockers Arkayan are set to launch their sophomore record, The Marsh Chapel Experiment at the Norfolk Basement this Friday, January 13. JENNIFER PETERSON-WARD reports. In recent years, Australian hard rock has been generally considered the poor relation of its American cousin. Packed with fiery guitars, anguished vocals and rich melodies, Arkayan’s The Marsh Chapel Experiment represents a genuine local alternative to the knuckleheaded excesses of the baggy-shorted and the brain-dead. “I think the eclectic mix of influences gives us a slightly weirder, cheese-left-in-the-sun kind of flavour,” explains vocalist/ guitarist Jonathan Mazzardis. “I mean, you’ll get an interesting sound when one member is listening to Toto and Foreigner all week and another is listening to Devin Townsend and Trent Reznor.” The follow-up to their debut LP Away From the World, released in late 2010, The Marsh Chapel Experiment takes an eclectic mixture of heavy metal influences and mixes them with an electrical smorgasbord of gyrating rhythms, malicious melodies and falsetto harmonies. As Mazzardis attests, rediscovering creativity has never been a problem for the eclectic five-piece. “We took the name from the experiment done in Boston University’s Marsh Chapel ina 1962 where half of a selection of subjects was given psilocybin and the others were given a placebo during a Good Friday service. Almost all the members on psilocybin reported having religious experiences. When you lock five muso’s in a room on a 40 degree day you seem to get similar effects,” Mazzardis says, “We rented out the main studio room at Fremantle Recording Studio over a weekend and recorded all the drums and main guitar bits fuelled by Subway and Little Creatures beer. Then bass, guitar overdubs and vocals were then recorded at my home studio over the following two weeks. After getting a basic mix we took it to Poons Head in East Fremantle for mastering and between Rob Grant and myself, we tweaked the mix while mastering over two twelve hour sessions. At the end of those sessions our brains were left in a similar state to those trapped in that church filled with hallucinogens.” Having spent the last few months recuperating, Mazzardis says the outfit are well and truly ready to let loose at the launch for the new record. “Local music lovers should come to our album launch because the Norfolk Basement serves Golden Ale on tap. There will also be awesome music…but mainly come because of the beer,” Mazzardis says, adding: “We’re also thinking about giving away a unicorn as a door prize but fictitious animals are pricey so it’ll depend on our budget. We may have to just strap a traffic cone to a horse instead.”
On Wednesday, January 11 and Wednesday, January 18, local soundman Rik van der Velde will be presenting a Live Sound Seminar at the Fly By Night. Van der Velde, is a music lover and professional soundman who has worked with many famous names in his 35 years in the music industry. Filled with plenty of helpful information for musicians, people already employed mixing live music and anyone who wants to increase their understanding of the practical side of live music. This is a rare opportunity to pick up some live sound tips and techniques from a man who has spent most of his life mixing live shows. Tickets are available from flybynight.org.
ROCK THE MICROPHONE
The Railway Hotel kicks off its brand new open-mic sessions in the Beer Garden on Sunday, January 15. It’ll happen every Sunday from 2-6pm, so interested acts should contact the event’s host Turin Robinson on 0425 171 585, or just pop on down and enjoy a sausage sizzle and some acoustic tunes.
This Friday, January 13 The Swan Basement continues to host a mixture of fresh original talent and some of the best in heavy music that Perth and Fremantle have to offer. This week will see progressive/ thrash/death metalheads The Fall of Man headlining, with support from Misery Dilation, Harm’s Way and Empire Of Ants.
This Friday, January 13 at the Velvet Lounge, Sonic Velvet hosts a stellar line-up of local artists, including indie-rock quartet Robbie Jalapeo and the Fabulous Band of Faceless Bureaucrats, rockin’ roots trio Miche Suite, melodic sorcerers The Quixotics and a solo set from Richard Lane (best known for his work with local garage rock legends The Stems). Doors open 8pm, $5 entry.
Led by enigmatic songwriter and drummer George Joe, Shangara Jive has being delivering an array of Zimbabwean ritual and contemporary music styles fused with elements from the Congo, South Africa, Tanzania and West African nations since 2001. This Saturday, January 14 the Afro/roots collective will launch their long awaited debut album Melody at Mojo’s, with special guests Zarm, DJ Flex and DJ Rontings. Tickets will be available on the door.
WHISTLE WHILE YOU ROCK
Known for their eclectic style and use of exotic instrumentation, acoustic rockers The Whistling Dogs will take to the stage at Mojos Bar next Tuesday, January 17, with support from Henry and Rachel Climb a Hill, The Gypsy Howls; and Minky G and Brendan Gaspari’s Beatles Spectacular. Doors open 8pm, $5 entry.
Garage soulsters The DomNicks will wipe the studio dust off their Ben Shermans and vintage guitars and plough back into the Mustang this Thursday, January 12 to aiar off the songs that will make up their forthcoming sophomore album, which is expected to be released in early April.
Empires Laid Waste
EMPIRE STATE OF MIND
Since their formation in 2008 Empires Laid Waste have been gathering momentum and have steadily climbed the ranks of the local metal scene, with highlights including a recent support of Finnish melodic legends Children Of Bodom, as well as supporting Australian bands Lord, Double Dragon and Humonic amongst countless local shows. Join the mind-melting musicians at Amplifier on Friday, January 13 to celebrate the launch of their second fulllength record With The Tide Comes Destruction. Support comes from metalheads Animistic, Cold Fate and Meridian. Doors open at 8pm.
Eleven time WAMI award winner Nathan Gaunt is heading back to Geraldton for a special one off show at L’Attitude 28 on Saturday, January,14. Most recently having graced the stage to a rapturous response from over 10,000 people opening for KD Lang at Sandalford Winery, the soulful blues troubadour will no doubt charm local audiences once again with his intimate live show. Presale tickets can be obtained from the venue.
DO THE MATH
Start 2012 in a big way, with a very tasty line-up of some of Perth’s best post/math/prog-rock sounds this Saturday, January 14 at Amplifier. Featuring the smooth sounds of Tangled Thoughts of Leaving, Apricot Rail, Race To Your Face and Runner, local indie-rock lovers can expect an evening of heady intricacy with arrangements expanding in concentric tiers of chiming guitars, plinking percussion and twitchy programmed beats. All four of these bands will be backing up a big 2011 by making exciting new releases in 2012, so this will be the perfect opportunity to get your fix of fresh local tunes. Tickets will be available on the door.
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The Dresden Dolls, January 12, Astor Theatre 80’S DANCE PICNIC PARTY (Ali Campbell’s UB40, BOW WOW Billy Ocean, Big 12 Metro City Mountain with Junior Marvin) 21 Challenge Stadium TAYLOR THE WHITEST BOY McFERRIN ALIVE 12 The Bakery 22 Scarborough Beach DIVO LEWIS FLOYD IL 23 Kings Park HENRY BETH ORTON 12 Mojo’s Bar 24 & 25 Quarry 13 Prince Of Wales Amphitheatre 14 Ya Ya’s THE STEPKIDS 15 Mojo’s Bar 25 The Bakery KING TIDE 25 Prince Of Wales SCOTTIE 26 Settlers Tavern MILLER 27 Devilles Pad 6 The Indie Bar 28 Fly By Night Club 7 Vintage Blues & Jazz 29 Indi Bar OSCAR & MARTIN/ Festival At Wignalls GUERRE/ ITAL 8 Redcliffe On The 26 The Bakery Murray THE WHITLAMS 10 Charles Hotel 27 & 28 Quarry 11 Mojos Bar Amphitheatre 12 The Ellington CARUS THOMPSON 27 & 28 The Norfolk THE DRESDEN Basement ROGER WATERS THE DOLLS / THE WALL BEDROOM & 28 Burswood PHILOSOPHER 27 Dome 12 Astor Theatre SARAH MCLEOD 27 & 28 The Ellington ON FIRE RACHEL PRICE JACK 27 Settlers Tavern 13 The Ellington 28 The Rosemount 29 Mojo’s Bar DEERHOOF PUGSLEY BUZZARD TRIO 13 The Bakery 27 - 31 Perth Town Hall PJ HARVEY LET THE CAT OUT 13 Perth Concert Hall 27 Mounties Mount Helena 29 Redcliffe On The SONS & Murray DAUGHTERS 31 Perth Blues Club 14 The Bakery BACKTRACK / IRON MIND 28 The Den SUN ARAW / 29 YMCA HQ RITES WILD RUPERT GUENTHER 15 The Bird 29 The Ellington LLOYD COMBICHRIST 31 Metro City
JAN 11 – JAN 17
LUCKY SEVEN 15 The Ellington
GRAEME BLEVINS 17 The Ellington
JANUARY LYDIA 18 Amplfier THE RED PAINTINGS 19 The Bakery THEE OH SEES 20 The Bakery NOUVELLE VAGUE 20 Fly By Night VENGABOYS 20 & 21 Metropolis Fremantle
FEBRUARY SEETHER 1 Rosemount (HED)P.E. / JEFFREY NOTHING 1 Amplifier LET THE CAT OUT 1 Mojo’s Bar 3 Whitestar Hotel 4 Settlers Tavern 5 Quindanning Tavern NINA FERRO 2 The Ellington PRINCE RAMA 2 Mojos 3 The Bakery ROD STEWART / DIESEL 4 NIB Stadium REGURGITATOR 4 Indi Bar
PJ Harvey, January 13, Perth Concert Hall SCOTT KELLY (NEUROSIS) / JOHN BAIZLEY (BARONESS) 4 Civic Hotel BIG DAY OUT (Soundgarden, Kasabian, My Chemical Romance, The Living End, Röyksopp, Boy & Bear, Parkway Drive, Architecture In Helsinki, Battles, The Jezebels, Odd Future, Frenzal Rhomb, Girl Talk, The Getaway Plan, Cage The Elephant, Foster The People, Best Coast, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Nero, The Vaccines, Bass Nectar, Regurgitator, Drapht, Kimbra, Bluejuice, Tonight Only, The Bronx & Mariachi El Bronx) 5 The Victoria Park Foreshore (McCallum Park) HORSE 9 The Ellington HILLTOP HOODS/ VENTS/ DAZASTAH/ LAYLA 9 Capitol 10 Capitol LITTLE ROY 10 Perth Festival Gardens TIM MINCHIN 10 & 12 Challenge Stadium RACHEL CLAUDIO 10 & 11 The Ellington ST. JEROME’S LANEWAY FESTIVAL (Active Child, Anna Calvi, Austra, Bullion, Cults, The Drums, DZ Deathrays, EMA ,Feist, Geoffry O’Connor, Girls, Glasser, The Horrors, John Talabot, Jonti, Laura Marling, M83, Oneman, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Pajama Club, The Panics, SBTRKT, Toro Y Moi, Total Control, Twin Shadow, Washed Out, Wu Lyf, Yuck and more TBA) 11 Perth Cultural Centre SEAL 12 Sandalford Estate Swan Valley THE MEDICS 12 Perth Festival Gardens DENNIS’ ROLLINS VELOCITY TRIO 13 Perth Festival Gardens FAUSTIN PACT 14 Perth Festival Gardens CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES 15 Perth Festival Gardens
Deerhoof, January 13, The Bakery
LA DISPUTE 15 Amplifier 16 YMCA HQ LUCIE THORNE & HAMISH STUART 16 The Ellington THE SUITCASE ROYALE 16 Perth Festival Gardens RONAN KEATING 16 Kings Park JOSH PYKE 16 Prince Of Wales 17 Settlers Tavern BALAM ACAB 17 The Bakery DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE 17 & 18 Perth Festival Gardens RACHEL CLAUDIO 17 & 18 The Ellington ICEHOUSE / WASHINGTON / JOSH PYKE / CLARE BOWDITCH 18 Kings Park DONOVAN FRANKENREITER DONAVON 17 The Aviary/ Indi Bar 18 Mullaloo Beach Hotel/ The Newport/ Cottosloe Beach Hotel 19 The Whistle & Kite Secret Harbour SOUL II SOUL 19 Venue TBC CORNERSHOP 19 Perth Festival Gardens SOUND OF RUM 20 Perth Festival Gardens CARNIVAL OF SOULS 21 & 22 Perth Festival Gardens VAN WALKER 23 Settlers Tavern 24 Indi Bar 26 Fly By Night (Fly Trap) OLIVIA NEWTONJOHN/ JON ENGLISH 24 Burswood Theatre BONNIE PRINCE BILLY FEAT. THE CAIRO GANG 24 Perth Festival Gardens THE PLATTERS FEAT. MONROE POWELL 24 Fly By Night MATT CORBY 24 Amplifier MEN 25 Perth Festival Gardens RYAN ADAMS/ JASON ISBELL 25 Perth Concert Hall ERYKAH BADU / FAT FREDDYS DROP / MAYER HAWTHORNE 25 Belvoir Amphitheatre HETTY KATE 25 The Ellington NEON INDIAN / SLOW CLUB 26 Perth Festival Gardens ENNIO MORRICONE 26 Sandalford Winery
Swan Valley PUGSLEY BUZZARD 26 The Ellington SWAY MACHINERY 27 Perth Festival Gardens BARO BANDA 28 Perth Festival Gardens ROXETTE 28 & 29 Challenge Stadium DAN MANGAN 29 The Fly Trap EDDIE PAMIERI 29 Perth Festival Gardens DAN MANGAN 29 The Fly Trap
MARCH THE MAGNETS 1 Perth Festival Gardens GOSSLING 1 The Bird STICKY FINGERS 1 Indie Bar 2 YaYa’s 3 Settlers Tavern STAFF BENDA BILILI 2 Perth Festival Gardens PENGUIN CAFÉ 3 Perth Festival Gardens TAYLOR SWIFT / HOT CHELLE RAE 2 Burswood Dome NANNUP MUSIC FESTIVAL (Lanie Lane, Mojo Juju, Lou Bennett, Adalita, Oka, Sietta, Swamp Thing, Gossling, Tinpan Orange, Albert Wiggan Band, Bobby Alu, Kavisha Mazella, Neil Murray, Jordie Lane and more) 2 - 5 Nannup BON IVER/ SALLY SELTMAN 3 Red Hill Auditorium FUTURE MUSIC FE STIVAL (Swedish House Mafia, Fatboy Slim, Tinie Tempah, Paul van Dyk, The Wombats, Chase & Status, Skrillex, Jessie J, The Rapture, Aphex Twin, Die Antwoord, Gareth Emery, James Murphy & Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem/DFA), The Naked & Famous, Hercules & Love Affair, Sven Vath, Alex Metric, Azari & III, Horse Meat Disco, The Juan Maclean, New Order, Friendly Fires, Gym Class Heroes, Mark Ronson vs. Zane Lowe, Knife Party, Professor Green, Dubfire, John O’Callaghan, Oliver Huntemann, Fluxx, Pavilion, Orjan Nilsen, Porter Robinson, Kill
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The Whitlams, January 27 & 28, Quarry Amphitheatre The Noise, TyDi, Ruby Rose, Timmy Trumpet) 4 Arena Joondalup SOUNDWAVE (System Of A Down, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Marilyn Manson, A Day To Remember, Machine Head, Lamb Of God, Trivium, Alter Bridge, Lost Prophets, Angels & Airwaves, Cobra Starship, The Used, You Me At Six, Devin Townsend Project, Unwritten Law, Coal Chamber, Dashboard Confessional, Thursday, Forever The Sickest Kids, Raised Fist, Dillinger Escape Plan, Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society, Mastodon, Underoath, Saves The Day, Circa Survive, Steel Panther, Jack Mannquin, Meshuggah, The Sisters Of Mercy, Enter Shikari, Four Year Strong, Black Veil Brides, Madina Lake, Zebrahead, Hatebreed, Biohazard, Times Of Grace, CKY, Street Dogs, Dragonforce, Gojira, Kvelertak, Letlive, Hellyeah, Cro-Mags, The Cab, Relient K, Framing Hanley, Watain, Royal Republic, I Am The Avalanche, Turisas, River City,
Roger Waters, January 27 & 28, Burswood Dome
Extension, Bad Religion, Strung Out, Staind, Wednesday 13, Unearth, The Pretty Reckless, Cathedral, Shadows Fall, Tonight Alive, Motionless In White, Heaven Shall Burn, Your Demise, A Rocket To The Moon, The Ready Set, The Menzingers, Dream On Dreamer, Kittie, Dredg, Attack! Attack!, The Smoking Hearts, The Summer Set, Bush, In Flames, The Black Dahlia Murder, Holy Grail, Hyro Da Hero, These Kids Wear Crowns, In This Moment, Black Tide, Kids In Glass Houses, Fireworks, Conditions, Cherri Bomb and more) 5 Claremont Showground JESSIE J 5 Challenge Stadium ADAM COHEN / GOSSLING 6 Fly By Night MARILYN MANSON 6 Metro City WILD FLAG 7 The Bakery BLACK LIPS 8 The Bakery ST. VINCENT 8 The Rosemount DIRTY THREE 9 Astor Theatre KERSER 9 Civic Hotel FAITH HILL & TIM MCGRAW 14 Burswood Dome
CHARLES BRADLEY 14 The Bakery DIESEL 16 Quarry Amphitheatre 360 16 Rosemount Hotel MADELEINE PEYROUX 16 Riverside Theatre SEEKAE 17 The Bakery 18 Mojo’s Bar AQUA 18 Metropolis Fremantle BORIS 20 The Bakery DANIEL O’DONNELL 24 Riverside Theatre BRIAN SETZER’S ROCKABILLY RIOT 24 Fremantle Arts Centre DURAN DURAN 24 Sandalford Estate Swan Valley DARYL BRAITHWAITE 24 Bunbury Entertainment Centre NICK LOWE 26 Astor Theatre FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS 27 Kings Park PIERRE BENSUSAN 27 The Ellington LENNY KRAVITZ / THE CRANBERRIES / WOLFMOTHER 28 Athletics Stadium Mount Claremont WOODEN SHJIPS 30 The Bakery GEORGE MICHAEL 31 Sandalford Estate Swan Valley HERMITUDE 31 Amplifier EDDI READER
Active Child, February 11, St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival
QUARTET 31 Fly By Night Musician Club
13-15 Fairbridge Village Pinjarra THE HERD 14 The Rosemount JUSTIN TOWNES APRIL EARLE WEST COAST BLUES 14 Fly By Night Club ‘N’ ROOTS (Crosby, 15 The Rosemount Stills & Nash, The Pogues, The Specials, Hotel SUPAFEST (P. Diddy, My Morning Jacket, Ice Cube, Rick Ross, Buddy Guy, Keb Trey Songz, Kelly Mo, Steve Earle, Rowland, Lupe Fiasco Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and more TBA) Husky and more 22 Arena Joondalup TBA) BURT BACHARACH 1 Fremantle Park 23 Riverside Theatre DEAD MEADOW / PINK MAY MOUNTAINTOPS 7 The Bakery DAVID CAMPBELL STRAWBERRY JAM 16 Mandurah MUSIC FESTIVAL Performing Arts (P.O.D., Hawk Nelson, Centre Mike Mains & The 17 Queens Park Branches and more Theatre Geraldton TBA) 18 Perth Concert 8 Albany 19 Bunbury Regional SUBLIME WITH Entertainment Centre ROME/ MAT McHUGH FLORENCE + THE 11 Metropolis MACHINE Fremantle 17 Burswood Dome FAIRBRIDGE GROOVIN THE MOO FESTIVAL OF (Line-up TBA) WORLD & FOLK 19 Hay Park Bunbury MUSIC (Paul Brady, NEW KIDS ON Seth Lakeman, My Friend The Chocolate THE BLOCK / Cake, Chipolatas, BACKSTREET BOYS Chris While, Julie 29 Burswood Dome Matthews, Kavisha, Tjupurru, Stiff Gins, JUNE The Woohoo Revue, TINA ARENA Linsey Pollak, Mal Webb, Fred Smith & 8 Riverside Theatre Liz Frencham, April Verch Band, Blu Guru, JULY Dry Bones, Totally Gourdgeous & more MELISSA ETHERIDGE 20 Riverside Theatre TBC)
Norwegian-bred, Atlanta-based industrial noisemetallers Combichrist will hit local soil this January, including a WA show at Amplifier on Sunday, January 15. As the leading pioneers of ‘aggrotech’ – that’s pummeling rave beats, ear-bleeding guitar noise, and uber-militant lyricism – Combichrist have been terrifying crowds for almost a decade. Having recently spent four months on the road with kindred spirits Rammstein, Combichrist is fired up and ready to showcase tunes from their latest album Making Monsters, which features work from Limp Bizkit weirdo Wes Borland and Bleeding Through’s Brendan Schiepatti. Tickets are on sale now from Oztix.
When it comes to the big travelling festivals, Perth usually misses out on the sideshows, but there’s one visitor who’s determined to stay for an extra day. In addition to appearing on the main stage at Soundwave at Claremont Showground on Monday, March 5, Marilyn Manson has announced a headlining appearance at Metro City on Tuesday, March 6. Promising a trademark outrageous stage show, this is the closest you’ll get to the shock rocker and his band of gothic misfits will so be sure to keep your bottles to yourself. Tickets are on sale now from Oztix.
Sidewalk Diamonds, Wednesday at the Rosemount Hotel
WEDNESDAY 11.01 BALMORAL Nathan Gaunt Coby Grant BALLY’S BAR Greg Carter Karaoke BAR 120 J Babies BASEMENT ON BROADWAY The Organ Grinders BLACK BETTY’S Everlong CLANCY’S FISH PUB (CANNNING BRIDGE) Adrian Hoffman & Hadyn Ward CLANCY’S FISH PUB (FREMANTLE) Chet Leonard’s Bingotheque CLAREMONT HOTEL Open Mic Night ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Anea Duratovic HALE ROAD TAVERN Fenton Wilde INDI BAR The Lucky Wonders The Painter Bird LOBBY LOUNGE (BURSWOOD) Courtney Murphy LLAMA BAR Dynamites LUCKY SHAG Howie Morgan METRO FREO The Other Guys MOJO’S Scottie Miller Band Justin Walshe MUSTANG Kickstart PADDO Dove Stu Nugent The Suntones ROSIE O’GRADY’S (NORTHBRIDGE) David Fyffe ROSEMOUNT Sidewalk Diamonds Michael Swann & The Fox Fantasy Rachel & Henry Climb A Hill David Craft
SOUTH ST ALE HOUSE Christian Thompson THE MOON Jay Watson Pete Bibby Dean Anthonesz UNIVERSAL Strutt YAYA’S Jimmy The Exploder Can’s & Motorboat Odds Tar & Lythargic Carlos & Lopes Damn 28’s Vs Buckangel
THURSDAY 12.01 BAKERY Taylor McFerrin BELGIAN BEER CAFÉ Bernardine Grigson BURSWOOD CASINO Groove Night Avenue BROOKLANDS TAVERN Celebrations Karaoke COMO HOTEL The Other Guys DEVILLES PAD Jon Madd’s Karaoke ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Scottie Miller FUSE BAR Howie Morgan HIGH WYCOMBE HOTEL Chris Murphy HYDE PARK HOTEL Open Mic Night INDI BAR Bex’s Open Mic Night LUCKY SHAG James Wilson MERRIWA TAVERN Shawne & Luc MOJO’S BAR Lewis Floyd Henry Hootenanny The Deep River Collective MOON & SIXPENCE Bob & Clem MUSTANG BAR The DomNicks OCEAN BEACH HOTEL Open Mic Night OXFORD HOTEL Jonny Taylor
OL’ BOUGINVILLEA THE BROWN STUDY BAND
MONAD, & GOMBO THURSDAY, JANUARY 12 THE ROSEMOUNT HOTEL
The Shakey’s, Friday at Fly By Night PADDY HANNAN’S Dr Bogus ROSEMOUNT Ol’ Bouginvillea Monad Gombo The Brown Study Band ROSIE O’GRADY’S (NORTHBRIDGE) Bill Chidgzey ROSIE O’GRADY’S (FREMANTLE) Clayton Bolger SOVEREIGN ARMS David Fyffe THE BOAT Jen De Ness Duo THE BROOKE Open Mic Night THE DEEN Adrian Wilson THE GATE Better Days THE SHED The Silence Inbetween Astropig Mitch Friend UNIVERSAL BAR Soul Corporation WANNEROO TAVERN Groove Karaoke YAYA’S The Gizzards Sexy Robot TV Snow Rachael & Henry Climb A Hill
FRIDAY 13.01 7th AVENUE Undercover Acoustic ASCOT QUAYS Trevor Jalla BAILEY BAR Renegade BAKERY Deerhoof BALLY’S BAR Jamie Powers BALMORAL The Other Guys BAR ORIENT Crown Jewels BELMONT TAVERN Billy & The Broken Lines BENNY’S Faces BENTLEY HOTEL Karin Page BLACK BETTYS J Babies BOHEME BAR Soul Corporation BRASS MONKEY David Fyffe CAPTAIN STIRLING Bluebottles CARLISLE HOTEL Reload CHASE BAR James Wilson CHARLES HOTEL Hells Bells Lady Zeppelin Black Rose CIVIC HOTEL Dead Set Radio Hostile Little Face One Armed Scissor Robert King Linden
Project Mayhem, Friday at Rocket Room
CIVIC HOTEL (THE DEN) Ex Nuns Here Come The Cavalry Twisted Affection Cupid Falls CLANCY’S FISH PUB (FREMANTLE) Simon Marks Band CLAREMONT HOTEL Nick Sheppard COMO HOTEL Tip Top CRAIGIE TAVERN Good Karma EASTERN HOTEL Gary Michael EDZ SPORTZ BAR Better Days ELEPHANT & WHEELBARROW Timeout ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Rachel Price Punky Reggae Party FLY BY NIGHT CLUB The Wishers The Shakey’s Phil Bradley FUSE BAR Groove Karaoke GLOUCESTER PARK Kenji GREENWOOD In The Groove HARBOUR TERRACE Everlong Acoustic HERDSMAN LAKE TAVERN Chris Gibbs Duo HYDE PARK HOTEL Electrophobia Nathan Gaunt INDI BAR The Scotch Of St James Gilroy Big Dumb Sex K1 BAR Chris Murphy KARALEE ON PRESTON Keith McDonald KINGSLEY TAVERN Fenton Wilde LEFT BANK Frankie Button LEISURE INN Neil Colliss LITTLE CREATURES LOFT Day Of The Dead Lady Velvet Cabaret M ON THE POINT Jonny Taylor MIGHTY QUINN TAVERN Kontraband MOJO’S BAR Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics Bonita & Hyclass Seasta Chani AB+ MT HELENA TAVERN Overload MUSTANG Harry Deluxe Cheeky Monkeys NEWPORT Party Rockers
NORFOLK BARSEMENT Arkayan Fear Of Comedy Law Of Attraction OXFORD HOTEL Recliners PADDINGTON ALEHOUSE Felix PADDO Stu Harcourt PADDY HANNANS Blaze PADDY MAGUIRE’S 43 Cambridge PARAMOUNT Flyte PEEL ALEHOUSE Next Generation Karaoke PICKLED FIG Minky G RAILWAY HOTEL The Black Penny Project Stone Bleeder Agenda XXII ROCKET ROOM Chainsaw Hookers The Decline Project Mayhem Scalphunter 10 past 6 Upon The Shores ROSE & CROWN Christian Thompson ROSEMOUNT Wash Hurricane Fighter Plane Sidewalk Diamonds The Long Strides ROSIE O’GRADY’S (FREMANTLE) Daren Reid & The Soul City Groove SAIL & ANCHOR Switchback SOUTH ST ALE HOUSE Robbie King Karaoke SPRINGS TAVERN Greg Carter STEVE’S BAR Simon Kelly Band SUBIACO HOTEL Empire SWAN BASEMENT The Fall Of Man Harm’s Way Misery Dilation Empire Of Ants THE BIRD Dr Jase Nic Elliott THE BOAT Pop Candy THE DEEN James Wilson Smoking Section THE GATE Smoking Section THE SAINT Threeplay THE SHED Kickstart THE VIC Halo UNIVERSAL Nightmoves VELVET LOUNGE Robbie Jalapeo & The Fabulous
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Wash, Friday at the Rosemount Hotel Band Of Faceless Bureaucrats Miche Suite The Quixotics Richard Lane VICTORIA PARK HOTEL David Fyffe WANNEROO TAVERN Clayton Bolger WOODVALE TAVERN The Damien Cripps Band YAYA’S Lewis Floyd Henry One Man Band Hootenanny Dux N’ Dowtown
SATURDAY 14.01 AMPLIFIER Tangled Thoughts of Leaving Apricot Rail Race To Your Face Runner BAILEY BAR Billy & The Broken Lines BAKERY Sons & Daughters BALMORAL The Recliners BAR 120 Flyte BELGIAN BEER CAFÉ Howie Morgan BLACK BETTY’S Redstar BOAB TAVERN Chris Gibbs Duo BROOK James Wilson BURSWOOD CASINO Renegade CIVIC HOTEL (THE DEN) Brutus Born On The Bayou Misty Mountain Goat CLANCY’S FISH PUB (CANNNING BRIDGE) Simon Cox & Angus Diggs CLANCY’S FISH PUB (FREMANTLE) Matt Gresham CLAREMONT HOTEL Pete Busher & The Lone Rangers COMO HOTEL Tip Top CRAFTSMAN J Babies EASTERN HOTEL Mike DeVelta ELEPHANT & WHEELBARROW Daren Reid & The Soul City Groove ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Penny King Quintet Tori Denn & Georgia Mooney FERAL BREWING Rachel Gorman GREENWOOD HOTEL Two Dogs
HARBOUR TERRACE Neil Colliss HIGH ROAD HOTEL Millhouse HYDE PARK HOTEL Deep Blue Soul Band Trevor Jalla INDI BAR Matt Gresham INDIAN OCEAN BREWING COMPANY The Other Guys LEOPOLD HOTEL Steve Hepple LOBBY LOUNGE John Sandosham Duo M ON THE POINT Rhythm 22 METRO FREO Easy Tigers MOON & SIXPENCE Blaze MOJO’S BAR Shangara Jive Zarm MULLALOO BEACH HOTEL Overload MUSTANG The Rusty Pinto Combo 10 Cent Billionaire NEWPORT Kizzy Gravity PADDY HANNAN’S Decoy PADDY MAGUIRES Bluebottles PARAMOUNT Felix QUARIE BAR The Bluebottles RAILWAY HOTEL Yin Mourning The Collector Living Dying The Partisan Approach ROCKET ROOM Kickstart ROSEMOUNT Ladywood Speekeasy Rae & Nat Marksman ASAP Joshua Charles Wisdom2th ROSIE O’GRADY’S (NORTHBRIDGE) Blue Gene ROSIE O’GRADY’S (FREMANTLE) Flavor SAIL & ANCHOR Better Days SPRINGS TAVERN Jamie Powers STEVE’S BAR Leighton Keepa SUBIACO HOTEL Off The Record SWINGING PIG Greg Carter THE BIRD Saxon & Boy Prince DYP & Clunk THE BOAT 11:11 THE GATE Dirty Scoundrels
Friday Tangled Thoughts of Friday Travis Caudle Leaving, Saturday at Travis Caudle FlyBy ByNight Night Amplifier Fly
Andrew Sinclair, Sunday at The Bird
LEISURE INN Steve Hepple LOBBY LONGE (BURSWOOD) Courtney Murphy M ON THE POINT Bluebottles MOJO’S BAR Abbe May Lewis Floyd Henry Hootenanny MUNDAIRING HOTEL Overload MUSTANG Peter Busher & The Lone Rangers SUNDAY 15.01 NEWPORT Tim Nelson 7TH AVENUE Bears & Dolls Good Karma 150 RIVERSIDE EAST Something Humble Daniel Firkin Trio (ASCOT QUAYS) PINK DUCK LOUNGE Bernardine Grigson BAR BAKERY Kevin Conway Shabazz Palaces PRINCIPAL BALLY’S BAR Bernardine Grigson Greg Carter QUEENS TAVERN BALMORAL Soul Empire Cranky RAILWAY HOTEL BENTLEY HOTEL Beer Garden OpenSean Scott BROKEN HILL HOTEL Mic Session ROSE & CROWN Nathan Gaunt Christian Thompson BROOKLANDS SAIL & ANCHOR TAVERN Electrophobia Greg Carter SOUTH ST CAPTAIN STIRLING ALEHOUSE Christian Parkinson Blackhart & CARINE Strangelove B.O.B CLANCY’S FISH PUB SOVEREIGN ARMS Bill Chidgzey (DUNBOROUGH) SPRINGS TAVERN The Big Old Bears CLANCY’S FISH PUB Steve Hepple SWAN BASEMENT (FREMANTLE) Defiance The Zydecats CLAREMONT HOTEL Meridian Take It Or Leave It Sunday Driver Ruin Of A Runaway COMO HOTEL SWAN VELLEY CAFÉ Jonathan Dempsey Kenji CRAFTMAN SWINGING PIG David Fyffe Sophie Jane EASTERN HOTEL THE BIRD John Talati Sun Araw ELEPHANT & Rites Wild WHEELBARROW Daren Reid & The Soul Electric Toad Andrew Sinclair City Groove THE GATE ELLINGTON JAZZ Better Days CLUB Chris Gibbs Trio Lucky Seven THE SAINT GREENWOOD Howie Morgan Project Chris Gibbs Duo HIGH ROAD HOTEL Mike Nayar HIGH WYCOMBE HOTEL The Organ Grinders HYDE PARK HOTEL Nicola Milan Tim Bott INDI BAR Mama Boots Day Of Kings INDIAN OCEAN BREWING CO Retriofit Dove K1 BAR Damien Cripps LAKERS TAVERN Jamie Powers LAST DROP WAMBRO Lips McConague
THE SAINT Bluebottles THE SHED Huge THE VIC James Wilson THE WHALE & ALE Lush UNIVERSAL Soul Corporation WANNEROO TAVERN Greg Carter WOODVALE TAVERN Switch
THE SHED The Healy’s Renegade THE VIC Nathan Gaunt TWO ROCKS TAVERN Luke Meyers UNIVERSAL Retriofit VICTORIA PARK HOTEL Neil Colliss WANNEROO TAVERN Chris Murphy WHISTLING KITE James Wilson WOODVALE TAVERN Mia & Good Company
MONDAY 16.01 LOBBY LOUNGE (BURSWOOD) Courtney Murphy MOJO’S BAR Open Mic Night MUSTANG BAR The Lucky Seven THE DEEN Plastic Max & The Token Gesture
TUESDAY 17.01 CHARLES HOTEL Perth Blues Club Rock-A-Billy Rumble Rusty Pinto Combo Bobby & Pete The Pistol Packin Daddies EASTERN HOTEL Groove Karaoke ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Graeme Blevins FLY BY NIGHT CLUB Toby LUCKY SHAG Leighton Keepa MOJO’S BAR The Whistling Dogs The Gypsy Howls Rachel and Henry Climb A Hill Minky G PADDO Stu Harcourt PRINCE OF WALES Open Mic Night SETTLERS TAVERN Open Mic Night X-WRAY CAFE Open Piano Night
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 13 CHARLES HOTEL
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