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STICKY FINGERS VS THE LONG ARM OF THE LAW SOUNDWAVE AS EVER Over 30 additional acts have joined the likes of Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Alice In Chains Stone Temple Pilots, Korn and Placebo on the 2014 Soundwave ticket. New arrivals on what is shaping up to be one of the biggest tours in the festival’s history include the likes of Mastodon, Him, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Stiff Little Fingers, Pennywise, Gojira, Thy Art is Murder and more. All up, there are now almost 50 bands set to play. Soundwave 2014 happens at The Claremont Showgrounds on Monday, March 3. Check out our interview with promoter, AJ Maddah, on page 27. Mastodon | Pic: J Hubbard



We’re not sure if it coincides with a court date in the wake of their antics at Rottofest, but dub-pop funsters Sticky Fingers will be back in town for New Year’s Eve. Always a live act worth catching - and sometimes even arresting - they’ll be performing at Capitol along with Stillwater Giants, Lyall Moloney, Death Disco DJs and Micah. The audience is sure to be captive - the jury’s still out on the band. Tickets are available through Ticketbooth and Oztix.

Perth will face off against Brisbane in an exciting Roller Derby double header this Saturday, November 16, at the Herb Graham Recreation Centre, Mirrabooka. The women of Perth Roller Derby’s A-team, The West Coast Evils, will take to the track against the Brisbane City Rollers’ (BCR) Punk Blockers following a men’s match between Perth Men’s Derby team, The Rampage and BCR’s The Scartel. Tickets on sale via and head to page 8 of X-Press for the chance to win a double pass.

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Before there was Dancing With The Stars and So You Think You Can Dance - there was Burn The Floor - the international Latin and ballroom dance spectacular that’s returning to Perth between Thursday, April 10, and Sunday, April 20, at the Regal Theatre. Now in its 15th year, Perth’s own Jason Gilkison is bringing the show home after its run in more than 30 countries, featuring 18 international performers and the current World Ballroom Champion, Joanne Clifton. Get your tickets from Ticketek.

YOUR VOTE COUNTS Today is the last day to vote for your favourite DJs, producers, promoters, venue, flyers, photos and tracks in the 15th Annual Perth Dance Music Awards. Head to and spend time musing over those talented individuals who contribute to the dance music community here in Perth. The winners will be announced on Sunday, December 8, at The Court Hotel.


TIMES ON BEAUFORT The Beaufort Street Festival shines once again this Saturday, November 16, from noon9pm. Here’s the band line-up, check out and turn to our page 29 for further details.

THE CITY OF STIRLING STAGE (Opposite Australia Post, north of Walcott Street) 12pm Phil Walley-Stack 1pm Shameem 2pm Minky G & Rosco 3pm WAJYO Big Band 4pm WAJYO Swing Band 5pm Stratosfunk 6pm The Last Fair Deal 7pm The James Cross Quintet 8pm Ensemble Formidable

THE AVIATION STAGE James Squire Bar (Barlee Street Car Park) 12pm Louis and The Honkytonk 1pm Leure 2pm Amani Consort 3pm These Winter Nights 4pm Timothy Nelson and The Infidels 5pm Sugarpuss 6pm Bastian’s Happy Flight 7pm Lilt 8pm Stillwater Giants

Melbourne rapper, Bam Bam is heading out on a national tour to promote his first single, Bags Packed, and is playing shows on Friday, November 22, at White Star Hotel, Albany; Saturday, November 23, at YaYa’s and Sunday, November 24, at The Fly Trap. It’s been a good year for da Bam with festival appearances and his track added to high rotation on triple j.

CIRCLE THE WAGONS Melbourne prog-metal proponents Circles are on their way! Having bowled audiences over on their recent European tour, they’re taking a victory lap around Australia with their album, Infinitas. Catch them at Amplifier on Friday, December 6, along with local powerhouses Chaos Divine, Serial Killer Smile and This Other Eden. Tickets are on sale through Oztix. Circles

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We’re currently in the midst of Movember - the month responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches ‘round the world. In support of men’s health, Perth’s Mo-Down is underway until Saturday, November 30 at Rockingham Shopping Centre and Midland Gate have a bit of friendly rivalry taking place with registered teams competing to raise the most money (and Midland Gate is well in the lead right now). Help the teams raise funds by getting involved in the mo-face painting at both centres, along with the Mo-squerade Ball taking place at Mash Brewing, Rockingham, this Friday, November 15, from 5.30pm. For more info about events and fundraising activities head to:

PIAF POWERS ON A capacity crowd of Perth’s most preeminent culture vultures filled the Perth Concert Hall last Thursday, November 7, for the launch of the 2014 Perth International Arts Festival program. Artistic director Jonathan Holloway kept the patter snappy and the excitement levels high as he guided the audience through a quick rundown of what is, by anyone’s standards, an truly impressive season of theatre, music, dance, visual arts, film and more. Highlights include: Sacrilege, an art installation by Turner Prize recipient Jeremy Deller, which consists of a life-size Stonehenge bouncy castle. Not By Bread Alone, a stage performance by Israel’s Nalaga’at Deaf-Blind Theatre Ensemble. Radio And Juliet, a ballet which sees Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy set to the music of Radiohead. A stellar film program which includes Joss Whedon’s  Much Ado About Nothing, the survival drama  All Is Lost, the critically lauded  12 Years A Slave and the warm indie comedy In A World. A brilliant contemporary music line-up at the Chevron Festival Gardens, including Julia Holter, The Basics, Husky and Public Enemy. The  Perth International Arts Festival  runs from Friday, February 7, until Saturday, March 1, with the film stream running from November 25 – April 13. For info and tickets, head to

THE FLYING SCOTSMAN STAGE 12pm Amanda Merzdan 1pm Villain 2pm Special Brew 3pm Apache 4pm Husband 5pm Red Engine Caves 6pm Mt. Mountain 7pm The Floors 8pm Harlequin League

THE MUSIC FEEDBACK STAGE (Clarence Street) 12pm Wisdom2th 1pm China Doll 2pm Hundred Acre Wood 3pm Jake And The Cowboys 4pm The Disappointed 5pm Simone And Girlfunkle 6pm Freqshow 7pm Anton Franc 8pm Boom! Bap! Pow!

NANNUP FESTIVITIES The 25th edition of the Nannup Music Festival takes place between February 28 and March 3 over the long weekend. Headliners include Archie Roach, Emily Tinpan and Mama Kin & Friends, and with 90 performers, the list is way to long to mention here, but they’ll span across some intimate sessions to night shows in the amphitheatre, plus artist workshops, comedy, stalls, debates (Is Sex Better Than Music?) and traditional favourites including a Beatles singalong and poets breakfast - there’s something for everyone. Head to for the full program and ticket info. Archie Roach WWW. XP RE SS MAG.COM. AU



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Californian garage rock four-piece, The Bellrays are touring on the back of their latest (and 14th) album, Black Lightning and playing a show on Thursday, November 21 at the Fly By Night. Expect classic ‘90s punk and a rock’n’roll performance from vocalist, Lisa Kekaula. Get your tickets from or to win one of three double passes, email win@ and you might get lucky.

Adoration tells the story of Lil (Naomi Watts) and Roz (Robin Wright), two lifelong friends living in an Australian seaside town, who embark on separate, passionate affairs that will change them forever. It’s adapted from a Doris Lessing novel by Christopher Hampton (Atonement) and is directed by Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel). It kicks off in cinemas on November 21. To win one of ten double passes, email

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Local indie rockers, Mezzanine are launching their debut album, Strange Paradise this Friday, November 15 at Amplifier Bar. The album was recorded by Dave Parkin, the man behind many of Perth’s releases and it’s a culmination of the band’s five year history to date. Support on the night comes from the Nirvana-sounding Foam, South Australia’s Sincerely Grizzly, Pat Chow and Depth Boys. Tickets are on sale from Heatseeker or to win a double pass, email Pic: Mezzanine


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Perth will face off against Brisbane in an exciting Roller Derby double header this Saturday, November 16 at the Herb Graham Recreation Centre, Mirrabooka. The women of Perth Roller Derby’s A-team, The West Coast Evils, will take to the track against the Brisbane City Rollers’ (BCR) Punk Blockers following a men’s match between Perth Men’s Derby team, The Rampage and BCR’s The Scartel. Tickets on sale via but to win a double pass, email us quick at

Melbourne punk blokes, Bodyjar  broke up in 2009, played some reunion shows in 2011 and 2012 and now have a new single called Fairytales and an album on the way. Go figure! Catch their shenanigans on the Role Models tour this Friday, November 15 at The Rosemount and on Saturday, November 16 at the Prince Of Wales, Bunbury. Tickets on sale via Heatseeker and Oztix, but to win one of two double passes to the Rosie show, you’ve got just over 24 hours to email Winners will be notified on Thursday.

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Head to Claremont Showgrounds this weekend for the Polka Dot Vintage Markets featuring over 300 market stalls selling quality vintage and retro clothing and accessories, homewares, gourmet goodies and also has a massive vinyl record fair. It’s happening this Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17 between 9.30am and 4.30pm. To win one of ten double passes (which will need to be picked up from our office on Friday) email:

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Canadian musician, Dallas Green aka City And Colour pops into Perth for a special show at Belvoir Amphitheatre on Saturday, December 7. It’s part of his national tour to promote latest album, The Hurry and The Harm. Special guests include Husky and Twin Fork. Get your tickets from but if you’re lucky, you might just win a double pass by emailing

ROCKWIZ CD/DVD COMBO Neil Finn and Paul Kelly got together last year for a concert tour - each delving into the other’s catalogues for their favourite tunes. Following on from this comes, Goin’ Your Way - a live recording of the show from the Sydney Opera House available on DVD, Blu-Ray, 2CD, plus a special deluxe edition. To win one of five copies to add to your collection, email

The RocKwiz Duets Volume 4 (With A Little Help From Our Friends) DVD and CD draws from RocKwiz episodes in series seven, eight and nine and features 31 duets and some special extras including a performance by The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Joe Camilleri, Talei Wolfgramm and Alex Gow (Oh Mercy) doing a tribute to Solomon Burke and the RocKwiz cast discussing their memories of each duet. To win one of five copies of the combo email:

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WAM AWARDS Astor Theatre Friday, November 8, 2013

The WAM Awards found a new home last Friday at the Astor Theatre, in a night full of banter, cool performances and rock’n’roll (and electronic, roots, pop, heavy, world music, etc) good times. Congratulations to all winners, for a full list of those, head to Photography: Daniel Grant Love Junkies

BEYONCE / STAN WALKER Perth Arena Friday, November 8, 2013

It’s not often you go to a concert and watch commercials for perfume, Pepsi and charity play in the warm-up. These ads were not just product placement, though. Glimpses of Beyonce on-screen spurred much clapping and whooping from the crowd and built anticipation for her arrival. This was just a small part of the well-crafted spectacle that was Beyonce’s Mrs Carter show. Just after 8pm support act Stan Walker serenaded an almost-full arena with smooth R&B; nice, but his devotion of most of his songs and proclamations of love to the lead act was bordering on sickening. By 9pm, emotions were at a high. A marriage proposal by a man in the stands threw the crowd into semi-euphoria – one side of the arena cheering while the other half was peering to work out what happened. It was a happy diversion from the wait. If you couldn’t already guess that Beyonce’s concert would be slick from start to finish, the moment the curtain (flashing the letter B) dropped set the scene; cue rapturous response from the mostly female audience. The eight-member dance troupe strutted onto a silver stage lit by flashing white strobes. A few seconds of darkness and a large burst of fire accompanied by a drilling sound announced Beyonce’s arrival. Run The World began the set.

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The set-list had newer material from 4 with some of Beyonce’s biggest hits. There were mash-ups – If I Were A Boy incorporating lyrics from Bittersweet Symphony; Naughty Girl and Love To Love You Baby and I Will Always Love You with Halo. It was great to see Sugar Mamas, the big backing band, and Beyonce’s three-piece choir onstage but for those of us in the high seats the volume was loud to the point where Beyonce’s voice was muffled. The choreography was brilliant and you could not fault the stage management. Each song had a different look: a gold and black Gatsby-esque design for Crazy In Love, soft pink lighting for If I Were A Boy, a hot pink sultry style for Party complete with showgirls and Beyonce singing from a fan sweep. There were also plumes of smoke jetting from the stage, a neon door, lasers, crazy light shows, fire and gold glitter. 1+1 was performed with Beyonce atop a piano wearing a purple glitter jumpsuit. When Beyonce and dancers popped offstage for the numerous costume changes (I lost count) a gigantic screen dropped down with video mash-ups to introduce the next song. The videos were stories narrated by Beyonce mainly about being an independent woman. Images included music video stills, bees, pink smoke, Beyonce as Mrs Carter the Elizabethan queen, and a screenshot of her daughter. During one song the screen also acted as a light box reflecting the dancer’s silhouettes. Shows like the Mrs Carter tour are massive and formulaic but once Beyonce had zipped on a wire to the second stage it felt more inclusive. To watch Beyonce sing Irreplaceable with a child, Sophie, added warmth to the show. A fantastic rendition of Love On Top was performed on the centre stage and coaxed many people from out of their seats. Short versions of Survivor and Single Ladies were just as powerful. You have to admire her showmanship – at one point Beyonce stopped still in the darkness, her hips jutting and one arm blocking her face, resting on a glittery cap. A slim spotlight picked up the sparkles on her outfit and she cut an iconic figure, very Michael Jackson. She resumed singing once the crowd had cheered her name and stomped their feet loud enough. Still, those things that could have only happened in Perth were what I will remember most – the mass applause when a man proposed to his girlfriend and Beyonce stroking little Sophie’s face – not the costume changes, the glitter and light show frenzy or even that Beyonce was 45 minutes late. CORAL HUCKSTEP

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ANNUS BRUT-US Florida rock outfit, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus are touring the world as part of their 10th anniversary. There’s a sense of achievement, but as vocalist, Ronnie Winter, explains, also a sense of celebration. “It’s both I suppose,” he told X-Press yesterday. “We don’t plan on stopping anytime soon but it’s nice to look back on what we have built over the years.” When asked if Red Jumpsuit Apparatus are the band that he wanted to become when they started, or something beyond, Winter has a confident reply. “Yep, I write songs and we play them,” he says. “Always has been and always will be, so it’s a pretty awesome job I think!” The band released a well-received EP, Et Tu Brute, by all accounts a hint of things to come.

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“I think Et Tu Brute is an appetiser in a fivecourse meal to come,” he notes. “I would get ready to have your taste buds tantalised by rock’n’roll. “We made a lot of ground in 2013 which has a been a steady build to our next full-length. It’s gonna blow nuggets! So far the demos are sweet and Dave Be Seth is returning as producer so the future is looking bright for the me and the boys.” The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus will hit Villa this Sunday, November 17, with support from Red Beard and The Sweet Apes. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Villa this Sunday

GUNNS Sea Shanty Gunns launch their new single, Live By The Sea , thisSaturday, November 16, at The Odd Fellow (old Norfolk Basement). BOB GORDON checks in with vocalist, Clint Oliver.

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Tell us a bit about the song, Live By The Sea? It was basically written around the guitar melody. I was listening to a lot of The Raveonettes at the time and wanted to write a song based around a verbed out guitar line. Lyrically, it’s about my dream of building a little wooden recording studio in Freo near the ocean. Nothing would make me happier than to do that with my soon-to-be wifey. The first line of the song pretty much sums up my life ambitions ‘Love by the sea makes me happy as I could be’.

FRONT COVER & SALT COVER: Deerhunter and Jon Hopkins headline the Astor Theatre and The Bakery line-ups of Slanted & Enchanted on Saturday, December 7. Deerhunter pic by Daniel Ahrendt. Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker picks up one of four awards

Were you pleased with the reaction to your last single, Leaving Home? Yep! We had no expectations at all so to get a reaction on a national scale was a great feeling. It’s also really pleasing when we see the crowd sing along when we play it live. All I do is write songs that I want to hear on the radio or at a festival or whatever so it excites me when people react to them like that.


Are there plans for an EP or album release and where are you at with them? We are working on two things at the moment. We are releasing a split 7” with our buds HAMJAM - the project of our guitarist, Hamish Rahn - which will hopefully see daylight in the early months of 2014. We’re also well into making an album. A lot of the recording has been done, but there is still a bunch of editing, mixing and reverb adding to do. We would love to see that released by mid-’14. How’s 2014 look from here? Busy! Fingers crossed we can play some shows around the country in support of the album. We’d love to get on some of the summer festivals too. Writing for album number two will begin as well. I’ve already got some ideas between the ears. We will also dive into the video world next year, something we’re yet to become a part of. It would be nice to get creative with some visual stuff, we’re just waiting for the right person/s to team up with. 11








SPIDERBAIT Sign O’ The Time Spiderbait are back with a new, self-titled album. SHANE PINNEGAR checks in with singer/drummer, Kram. The decade-long wait since Spiderbait’s last album, Tonight Alright - led by their lead-footed cover of Leadbelly’s Black Betty – wasn’t deliberate, it just happened that way. “After that record we did a lot of touring,” explains Kram, “and because we had such a big hit with that, that does take things and stretches them out a bit further. And then I wanted to do a solo record, then not long after that we did a Greatest Hits, and we played a lot of shows for that. “And between different bits and pieces of many different things,” he continues, “I guess what I’m saying is that playing in the band seven-daysa-week is not really what we do. It’s just part - a massive part - of our lives.” The new, self-titled album from the threesome, completed by guitarist Whitt and bassist/singer Janet, is an exercise in diversity. Opener, Straight From The Sun, channels Motorhead, while It’s Beautiful contrasts with Janet’s uber-bright trippy vocals. I’m Not Your Slave is steeped in the stomp of 70’s British glam, Mars is acoustic and folky, and closer Goodbye is Beatlesque. Kram agrees that he and his bandmates enjoy their genre-defying refusal to be pigeon-holed. “Yeah, I think we do absolutely revel in that,” he enthuses. “It’s one of those things, that in

music you need to feel like you’ve got your thing, to feel that there’s something that defines who you are, creatively, and if you’ve got that thing then you always feel like that’s a bit of an anchor for you. “I think that in some ways is one of our main things,” he continues, saying that the album’s producer Franc Tetaz, fresh from winning a Grammy for his work with Gotye and Kimbra, cites it as being “that we are not afraid. And we never felt we were genre-hopping because it was fearless or we were trying to defy convention, we just really love heaps of different music!” With the band’s Silver anniversary coming up next year, now seems like the right time for a new Spiderbait album. “I don’t know if it’s the right time!” Kram laughs. “But it is The Time. I don’t know if there’s a right time for anything - our main motivation was just to do a great record and we’re really stoked with it.” Whist the drummer says that still being together after 25 years is “a trip”, he isn’t sure what they’ll be doing to celebrate the anniversary, except to say that there’s a documentary been filmed around them making the album, and they’ll “probably do” some retrospective release. “We haven’t actually been thinking about it too much - we’ve just been thinking about the record. I guess that tells you a bit about where our heads are at. “We really wanted to make it something we were all proud of - and this is why we put songs like Mars on there, just to show every single side of the band collectively and individually, and to tell the story that these three people are, essentially, three kids from a small country town who just fell into this world and now this is what they do for a living. It’s a massive trip for us, I gotta tell you... in a good way! But a trip!”

In the buzzing musical metropolis of Sydney, a quiet 23-year-old producer by the name of Elizabeth Rose has just returned from rehearsal. Recently back from New York and preparing for a flight to Brisbane, she takes some time off to talk to SHAUN COWE ahead of her shows this Friday, November 15 at Mojos and Saturday, November 16, at Amplifier. With the release of Ready last year, Elizabeth Rose was seized by triple j and catapulted to a national level. Now, with the release of her new single, The Good Life, Rose has begun to look outside Australia. Recently travelling to New York as part of the CMJ Music Marathon, Rose says the trip was a great opportunity to sow the seeds of a US career. “It was actually the first time leaving Australia, so it was a bit of a daunting trip for me but I loved it,” she admits. “Heaps of people that were there hadn’t really heard of my music before, so it was good to get my stuff out there. I brought some CDs that I gave away for free.” First drawn to the world of electronic music by her older brother, house producer, Hook N Sling, Rose remembers being fascinated by watching him write music in his room. Following in his footsteps, she began to spend hours in her room experimenting with sounds. A self-confessed nerd, Rose professes her attraction to the meticulous side of music production. “I like the technology side of it. I really like how you can create interesting new sounds on the computer and a sampler. There’s a lot of fine-tuning in it. I guess it’s more like sound design, in a way.” Gigging straight out of high school, Rose didn’t begin her music career as an electronic act. “I was producing electronic music but I didn’t know how to translate it live. I didn’t have the proper setup for it, I couldn’t work it out,” she explains. “So that’s why I started with a drummer and a bass player and a guitarist and took a more acoustic approach to it…

I kind of just got bored of it.” Leaving the world of traditional band set-ups, Rose borrowed a copy of Ableton from her brother and began gigging as a DJ/producer. Getting airplay through Sydney’s FBI radio, she was inundated with gigs, and with the release of her debut single Ready, found herself on the Australian stage, playing at festivals such as Parklife and Peats Ridge. When asked what the secret to her success was, she answers: “The main bit of advice is to not worry about what anyone says about the music or your situation. Just do it. Performance is probably the main thing these days because nobody really buys music anymore.” Looking forward to next year, Rose says her main goals are to release an album and take her music to an international level. “You’ve got to do it, Australia is just so isolated from everything,” she explains. “There’s only so much you can do as an artist out here, I think. “I don’t think I’m quite there yet though. I think I’m still growing.”

IAN BALL Free Ballin’ Gomez’s Ian Ball is touring in support of his new solo LP, Unfold Yourself. He performs on Monday, November 18, at Mojos and Tuesday, November 19, at PICA Bar. SHAUN COWE reports. The frontman’s solo project. This ill-fated archetype has been the butt of jokes and journalistic cynicism since the first musically-inclined Homo Erectus wandered off into the desert, bone club in hand, muttering to himself in the first guttural semblance of human tongue about trying to work on his own ideas. Flash forward several thousand years to a pleasantly inebriated British singer, sitting home alone in his apartment on a temperate, autumnal evening in the city of angels, and you’ll find Gomez frontman, Ian Ball, idly chatting on the phone about his new album, Unfold Yourself, and just what his own ideas are. “Everything in my life is good right now. It’s 10.30 at night. I’m home alone, which is so fucking weird – it never happens. My kid and my lady are at Hollywood Bowl, I’ve got some Berlioz on the record player, got some beer, getting through some interviews. All is very kosher right now.” Ball is audibly beaming over the phone. And why wouldn’t he be? Frontman to an international platinum-selling rock band, father to a six-year-old child and two solo albums, including the recentlyreleased Unfold Yourself, and possessor of some serious British swagger, things are going pretty well for this 33-year-old singer. The album, half electronic indie rock, half ambient, instrumental Music For Airports, actually came about largely by accident. “Our original goal was to make something very beautiful and ambient. Something for people to put on in the evening when their brains are about to explode and just relax. We started there and I couldn’t help myself. I started to put drum beats all over it. Then I was like, ‘well, why don’t I just sing some shit over the top of it?’” The instinctual approach to songwriting set the tone for much of the album. When asked what the lyrics were inspired by, Ball admits that it was never really thought on. “It all just sort of happened in this maelstrom of trying to figure out how to use all these different sounds and instrumentation that we’d piled on top. It was very stream of consciousness; I never stopped to look back and asked, ‘am I trying to get a message across here?’” 12

GEORGIA FAIR The Good Fight Recently in Perth supporting Jae Laffer, Georgia Fair have just released their second album, Trapped Flame. ALEX GRIFFIN reports.

When looking to release the album, Ball forwent the classic business model of signing with a label for distribution and looked directly to his fans via It’s a decision he said was instigated by a chance meeting with the founder of the site. “It was just a coincidence. The guy who runs pledge just came down to a Gomez show in Boston. He was explaining it to me, I met him for a beer and he said, ‘I think you should do it, I think you’d really enjoy it’. And I said, ‘fuck it let’s try it. It sounds like it’s a great model’.” From that platform Ball was able to record Unfold Yourself and fund a whirlwind international tour with its first stop in Australia. With one last parting laugh, Ball finally decides what the album’s about. “It’s about the constant change and the incredible high-speed adaption that we are experiencing as we get older,” he offers, “and just dealing with how the hell to stay alive.”

Georgia Fair look a bit tired, and they’ve got every right to be. In the middle of a national tour just after they’ve released their second album, Trapped Flame, the moody folk duo are coming down from supporting Panics frontman Jae Laffer at a packed house in Fremantle. Guitarist Ben Riley is trying to recover by ordering a fruit platter off-menu while singer Jordan Wilson handles most of the talking. Interviewing them is like nudging your way into hanging out with two best friends; something that becomes quickly obvious in the way they banter about everything from learning about WA pollie Troy Buswell’s chair-sniffing to the non-musical perks of moving to Melbourne (“Cheap beer,” offers Wilson. “Cheap girls” is Riley’s answer). Jokes aside, Georgia Fair are becoming a bigger fish in the Australian pond, having supported increasingly bigger names to bigger crowds as they’ve progressed. Yet, even though they signed up to megalabel Sony early on in the careers, they haven’t felt pressure to make a zillion dollars overnight, as Wilson explains. “When we first started out, we thought signing to a label was what you do, and after that you’re fine. But it’s been hard work. We’re doing what all young bands should do, working your way up from the bottom. We have pressure on ourselves to work bigger rooms as we go, but other than that, it’s just writing music.” Still, the last few years have been a steep learning curve. “We’ve learnt a lot about business,” explains Riley. Our musical drive hasn’t changed, it’s constantly evolving naturally, but we’ve learnt a lot about people. We’re very much into taking control of our creative world after some of the experiences we’ve had.”


Part of that was deciding on a producer for Trapped Flame. The boys eventually plumped for renowned American producer Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Old Crow Medicine Show) to translate the energy and propulsion of Georgia Fair live on to record, and Riley reckons it worked pretty nicely. “For us, it was all about how the drums sounded, how the guitars felt; how real it was. It’s about energy. The classic records were all live. A lot of the decision was heading over and listening to his favorite records to see what he thought worked, and that convinced us.” Despite any outside challenges, at the heart of the band is the friendship between Wilson and Riley. As Wilson puts it, “every now and then you’ve got to come back to each other and be like, ‘still want to do this?’ It’s like every relationship. Sometimes we haven’t been able to play gigs, or we’ve been waiting around to put album out, and that’s been testing. But we’re gonna fight the good fight.” It’s lazy to lump Georgia Fair in with newfolk borecore like Mumford & Sons who are happy using the names of Dylan and Drake in vain, because there’s a depth of dreaminess to Trapped Flame that comes from a far less cynical place. “The more you play the music you want to play, the more people tend to put you in a box, which is fair enough, but you do what you do because you like doing it,” says Wilson. “It’s going to be way less authentic to try and do something else. Even though we’re open to experimenting, we’re not trying to invent new things musically. I try to invent imaginary worlds far, far away from here when I write songs. With an acoustic guitar you can do that anywhere you go, and there’s a certain resonance to that. I’m not thinking about the instrument when I’m playing it.”









PLACEBO Showtime With a new album, Loud Like Love, out now, Placebo will hit Soundwave on Monday, March 3, 2014, at Claremont Showgrounds. KRISSI WEISS reports. When the founding members of Placebo, Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal, first introduced us to their indie/glam sound and boundary-pushing image, things were a little uneasy. It was 1994, after all; the world was trying to forget the ’80s ever happened (that decadent decade seemingly now adored) and there were still people who weren’t 100 per cent sure if Freddie Mercury was gay. Sure, Kurt Cobain could pull off mascara, but his dribbled down a chiselled jaw and manly stubble – Placebo were something new altogether, and even lovers of their original greats like Pure Morning and Every You Every Me struggled with the band. Time healed the early wounds of confrontation as Placebo became the soundtrack for a generation – sometimes more in hindsight than at the time – yet when they moved forward and beyond their 1998 album, Without You I’m Nothing, their audience once again seemed uneasy about moving with them. Now they’ve arrived with album number seven, Loud Like Love, and they’re approaching their 20-year anniversary. Christ. The most refreshing part of all this is that Loud Like Love is a return to Placebo at their best. They stumbled on 2006’s Meds and downright collapsed on 2009’s Battle For The Sun, but just like the ’80s those days are behind them, and this album might even give Without You I’m Nothing a run for its money.   Producer Adam Noble helped the band refine their sound for the new effort, and for a group that has been (sometimes unfairly) labelled as egotistical and difficult, they embraced Noble’s guidance. “I think it’s paramount for a producer to not be intimidated by the band otherwise it’s a nonstarter,” Olsdal says. “The challenge for a producer is to kind of coax a band out of their comfort zone and get something out of them that they wouldn’t by themselves – but in doing so, not trying to break their identity, and Adam did that very well. There were days where things would get a little bit heated, but so be it – we had to get it right.”   Olsdal’s open and relaxed manner dispels

THE 1975 Cheshire Cats The 1975 are headed for Southbound, at Sir Stewart Bovell Park, Busselton, on Friday-Saturday, January 3-4. JODY MACGREGOR speaks with Matthew Healy. There’s a disconnect between the way The 1975 look – dressed in black, rake-thin and artistically haired – and the way they sound, because the songs on their selftitled debut album are gigantic pop-rock things made of teenage sing-along choruses and 1980s drums. It’s easy to imagine them playing over the finale of a high school movie like The Breakfast Club; Judd Nelson pumping his fist while The 1975’s Matthew Healy sings about finding love. “Exactly, that’s exactly it,” Healy agrees. “Every song is like the credits song from a different John Hughes movie, that’s kind of the vibe. Like, I’m a bit mental so I could probably tell you 30 different vibes that I want the album to be, but that John Hughes/ Cameron Crowe element is what it needs to be.” The one thing that stops The 1975’s songs from sounding like they come from American high school movies is how English Healy’s voice is. He’s got one of those Russell Brand accents that sound posh but also degenerate. No surprise he went to a private school, although not for long. “There was this thing where somebody started arranging a fight club. Somebody found an old pair of boxing gloves and we organised this club where two people fought each other and you got one glove each, and then we used to charge people 50p to come into the changing room and watch it. Then one time everybody got caught and I was the one dealing with all the money like some fucking Don King character in the basement of this 14

any ideas of the ‘difficult band’. He’s nice, really nice; but he does admit that age has a lot to do with it. Age hasn’t just influenced their public personas but also their work ethic. “You’re not the same person when you’re approaching your 40s as you were when you were in your 20s. There is a lot of growing up, even though in some ways it seems you’re allowed to be a perpetual teenager when you’re in a band. We’re better at time management now, we don’t spend nine months in the studio like we used to. We used to do 50 or 60 takes to get one song down and squeeze the life out of it. We’ve found our way of recording now that’s more free-flowing and more productive.” When Placebo were coming through the ranks of Brit rock the media were the gatekeepers to a musician’s true personality – if you were having a bad day when you got interviewed you were labelled an arsehole for a decade. Social media seems to be the antidote to misrepresentation but Olsdal suggests otherwise.

school. They weren’t very happy about that.” At Healy’s next school he ingratiated himself with the music department for safety. “I pretty much was in every school band in some capacity. They literally wouldn’t be able to do their shows without me, so I utilised that as some leeway with regards to how little work I got away with doing.”   That was how he first met the other members of what would eventually become The 1975 and, aged 13, formed a band. They didn’t sound much like they sound today. “We used to play our cover of Ghostbusters. It was playground punk. Pop-punk and really, really famous punk songs, and then like, The Jam and The Clash and stuff like that. It was very, very obvious young person’s music.” The band had the opportunity to play their youthful tunes thanks to a regular event at the local senior citizens’ centre, which hosted bingo during the week and then each weekend was trashed by teenagers with guitars.   “After the first one of them it became this genuine counterculture,” Healy says. “We’re from a very middle class, middle-of-the-road place in Wilmslow, in Cheshire. Fuck all happens there. There’s not necessarily a lot of financial strife, there’s not a lot of money, there’s no counterculture remotely, it’s just a very boring place. Every single kid in the surrounding towns used to come down to these shows that were put on, these youth band shows, and it very quickly, over a matter of weeks and months, became this fuckin’ debauched night where every kid would come and get plastered drunk, everybody was on drugs and everybody was in a band.”   Some of those kids carried on with music – one of them is in Editors – but Healy’s crew were the most determined to do this forever. When he talks about how focussed he is it sounds almost unhealthy. “I’m so consumed by this band and what I do, and I think that’s possibly had a derogatory effect, maybe on my relationships or the development of my skills in other areas (laughs).”

“I think you’re still misrepresented these days,” he says. “People seem to take things out of context all the time on social media. Personally I’m not very active on it – when I tried it caused me a lot of anxiety.” Why the anxiety? “I was faced with so many friend requests from people that, well, there was a reason I hadn’t stayed in touch with them. It’s like this emotional blackmail – ‘You must be my friend or else you’re evil’. I have a hard enough time as it is staying in touch with my true friends that I can call up and be vulnerable and call for help – with social media I just couldn’t keep up. I’ve realised over the years I truly value my privacy. I feel like in this band I’ve overexposed myself by being too open in the media, and for my well-being I need to protect myself.”   Social media and the negative feedback loop of social commentary it produces were the inspiration for the video accompanying the single, Too Many Friends. Directed by Saman Keshavarz, and with a voiceover supplied by modernity critic

extraordinaire, Bret Easton Ellis, the video moves beyond a simple film clip and into a truly bizarre and intriguing short, short film. It is completely Placebo, and absolutely suited to a song with the opening line: ‘My computer thinks I’m gay / I threw that piece of junk away’. “Ellis was suggested by the director,” says Olsdal. “The video deals with a lot of issues to do with social media and social commentary and Bret is very prominent in that. He was perfect as the narrator of sorts for this video and it really works.” At almost 20 years it seems obvious but essential to ask: will Placebo keep on going? “It’s what we do. I’ve been doing this since I was 19 and sure, there are plenty of times it’s tough and it’s lonely, but I don’t know anything else I could do. I don’t think there’s anything else that could give me this much fulfillment. Showtime is the best and most rewarding time in all of this and is the reward for everything we do and everything we deal with.”


But now we’re really feeling in control, “ states Goldwasser. “We’re feeling really confident and really happy with the music that we’ve made. We’re really excited that now people can finally hear it, we’ve been waiting for a fair while. On this album we really gave ourselves a lot of time to decompress after we finished touring, which I think really helped. We were in a really good frame-of-mind when working on this album.” For MGMT, the duo returned to Tarbox Road Studios to work with long-time collaborator Dave Fridmann (co-producer and mixer of Oracular Spectacular and Congratulations). “We had a lot more time with Dave to record all of the album up there, we actually learnt a lot of the songs in the studio,” he notes. “Previously we’d do a lot of the recording somewhere else and already have these fully-fledged ideas of how we wanted things to sound and what the arrangements of the songs would be before we went to work with him. This time we went up there with a clean slate. It was a cool way to work. We really just recorded ourselves jamming in the studio. Just recording for a couple of hours and then going back and listening to what we did and picking moments that we thought would be cool to expand on and try and turn into a song. A lot of it was written like that – which was really fun.   “For this album we used a lot more analogue synths and drum machines than we ever did in the past. A lot of it was written by setting up sequences, building up from something and synchronising a bunch of things together and slowly starting to make changes to the patterns that were playing and getting a lot of variations and stringing together a song that way. “In a lot of ways in was a lot more organic instead of just sitting at a piano with a guitar and trying to write a pop song, which can be really stressful.”

Back To The Tarbox With a new album, Congratulations, out now, MGMT are headed West for Southbound, happening at Sir Stewart Bovell Park, Busselton, on FridaySaturday, January 3-4. TYSON WRAY checks in. Ben Goldwasser was 25-years-old when he and fellow band member, Andrew Van Wyngarden, were thrust viciously into the global spotlight. In 2008 the duo released arguably the biggest breakthrough debut album of the decade in Oracular Spectacular, and while the paramount levels of success were no doubt welcome, the subsequent pressures and expectations laid upon them became overpowering and deeply affected their artistic output. “When we worked on Congratulations we didn’t really give ourselves much of a break after touring Oracular Spectacular,” explains Goldwasser. “A lot of the moods on that album were influenced by what we were feeling, which for the most part was overwhelmed by all of the attention we were getting and not really knowing how to deal with fame and success. It’s really easy to get disillusioned with the whole machine that is the music industry.”   It was these realisations that led the duo to step back and take an unrefined approach when they recorded their third self-titled studio album. “Things were pretty crazy for a while – it got really confusing.





HOODOO GURUS What’s My Green? In Part II of our chat with Dave Faulkner, he reflects on the year that was with BOB GORDON. The Hoodoo Gurus are joined by You Am I, The Whitlams, Dave Graney & The Mistly and Rainy Day Women for an Evening On The Green this Saturday, November 16, at Kings Park & Botanic Garden. Ending off 2013 with a run of Evening On The Green dates, Hoodoo Gurus singer/guitarist, Dave Faulkner, takes a moment to reflect on the year that was. “It’s been a relatively quiet year for us,” he notes. “We started off the year playing a concert in Hobart to benefit the victims of last summer’s Tasmanian bushfires. After that we set out for a second round of Dig It Up! concerts around Australia. In Townsville we performed as part of the V8 Supercars event there and we even played a gig in South Africa for the first time in our history. We weren’t very busy, but we had some interesting experiences, all part of a day’s work in Guruville.” As mentioned, the Gurus took their second Dig It Up invitational out on the road this year. It’s meant a lot to Faulkner to gather together bands that mean so much to him. “We are all huge rock’n’roll fanatics so obviously these shows were a dream come true for us,” he says. “Last year we brought our old friends The





Fleshtones and Redd Kross with us to Perth and this year we managed to get The Flamin’ Groovies and Peter Case to join us. All of these artists command huge respect around the world and they’ve always made music we enjoyed, if not outright worshipped, for many, many years. “The feeling of camaraderie and mutual respect among all of the musicians on the tour was incredible and there was magic in the air at every show. They were easily the best concert experiences I have ever had.” You Am I are also playing on the bill of Saturday’s Evening On The Green show. In the ‘90s Faulkner referenced them in the song, Why?, at a time when they were young guns. Now like the Hoodoo Gurus, they are also elder statesmen. “We go back a long way with You Am I,” Faulkner says. “They opened for us and Redd Kross in the early ‘90s on our Crank concert tour. As you mentioned, I gave them a tip of the hat in one of the lyrics on the next album we did (1996’s Blue Cave). Any band that has been around as long as they have must know a thing or two about good music and putting on a great show. The fact that they have survived and thrived is living proof of that.” While he’ll never say never, Faulkner says there are no plans for a new Gurus album at this stage. “I have my doubts about there being another one anytime soon but you never know. We took six years between albums last time and we came up with one of the best ones of our career (Purity Of Essence). It’s only been three years since then so I’m not in any rush.” So, we’ve done 2013. How’s 2014 look? “In this band we never know where we’re going until we get there but I will say that we have got a couple of ideas we’d like to explore. There won’t be another Dig It Up! this year - it was never intended to be a regular event - but I do have a little scheme I’m trying to cook up for later in the year. Don’t touch that dial!”



DAVEY LANE Tyme After Tyme Performing with You Am I this Saturday, November 16, as part of An Evening On The Green at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Davey Lane talks about his solo career with LACHLAN KANONIUK. Since joining venerable rockers You Am I as lead guitarist in 1999, Davey Lane has established himself as a well-known (and well-dressed) figure in the Australian music community. Lane also achieved success throughout the 2000s as frontman for The Pictures, thriving in the country’s fertile patch for alternative rock’n’roll. With that band now in a dormancy of sorts, Lane released The Good Borne Of Bad Tymes, a five-track EP encompassing a diverse range of musical styles. “I liked the idea of there being an extra bit of freedom putting stuff out under my own name, because there was no expectation as to what a record with my name on it should sound like,” Lane says. “I just holed myself up for a good couple of years


recording, in between doing other things, obviously. We’ve only just put the first EP out now, but there’s about three or four more just sitting in the can, waiting to be mastered and put out there.” Despite the bevy of tracks composed by Lane, the decision to initially unleash an EP’s worth of material is a move that he feels comfortable with. “I’ve got a ludicrously short attention span, so an EP sits well with me. That model of releasing a single, then an album, then another single, then you wait a year and repeat – it’s pretty antiquated now, it’s redundant. There’s no right or wrong way to get your music out there. “I made a full-length album; I did have that other music sitting there. But in terms of productivity and getting music out there, I could put an EP out every three months and get two albums’ worth out in the space of a year. That was part of the appeal for me.”   Released to acclaim earlier on in 2013, the track You’re The Cops, I’m The Crime was the first taste of material under the Davey Lane banner. In between the release of the single and the release of the EP, Lane toured extensively with You Am I as part of the reissue of their first three albums. Still, Lane managed to avoid any major disruption to his solo venture. “The You Am I thing came up earlier in the year. I probably would have put the EP out earlier. But that’s the thing, we work everything out well in advance so everything can coexist. Tim’s always got a lot of other projects on the go, so that helps me out too, getting my stuff out there, and getting out there to play it. I’m glad we waited ‘til we had enough time to get it set up. I was umm-ing and ahh-ing about mixes up till a couple of months ago. So it is probably fortuitous it was held back a month or two.”   As for future pursuits in the solo guise, Lane feels assured that he will have room to breathe in 2014. His second EP, Tymes Two, will be out in January. “With You Am I, we’ll be working on a record sometime next year. All that stuff is full steam ahead. But my solo project is my main creative outlet for songwriting. So it’s not really a side project, it’s a little more important to me than that. The plan for now is to keep putting EPs out for myself. With EPs, of course you’re flying a little more under the radar than you would putting a record out. But doing that, I can duck and weave between what You Am I has planned and make it work.”















Fever In The Road Theatre/Inertia

Wastelands Dirt Diamonds/Inertia

Fever In The Road feels like a rebirth and a creative reawakening for a band secure in its history and confident of its brave new direction. When bands get five albums in like The Bamboos have, it can be a hard thing to deliver a sixth. Your sound is already well established, and the fans are expecting you keep true to it – however, you also need to show that you’ve still got places to go creatively, and prove the show isn’t over. Fever In The Road does just that. It succeeds in sounding exactly the way you think The Bamboos should sound, while shaking up your expectations at the same time. Band leader and multi-instrumentalist Lance Ferguson once again enlists John Castle as co-producer (the two already having worked together on previous album, Medicine Man), and together they venture into the unknown, exchanging Medicine Man’s guest-heavy lineup for the core band, stripping back their rich sound to its bare structure, then bulking it back out with more guitars, organs, pianos, and other instruments. The result is still striking: a reduced album which doesn’t feel like it’s missing a thing. The opener, Avenger, is testament to the band’s darker stance, while Rats answers any worry that the band has lost any of its funk and soul essence. Vocalists Ella Thompson and Kylie Auldist swap back and forth between songs, passing the mic to each other like a baton in a relay. Thompson’s Your Lovin’ Is Easy is full of sweetness and innocence, while Auldist’s Leave Nothing Behind contains the same strength and distinctiveness as the intro of a James Bond film.

Wastelands is everything you always liked about the Eskies, it’s just dressed differently. Instead of Black Fingernails, it’s animal onesies. Instead of Red Wine, it’s vodka mixers. Eskimo Joe have finally made an album as fun as their name. It’s been a while since we’ve heard tunes this bright and bouncy from the WA trio, maybe since 1998’s Sweater. But the gulf between their debut single and this release is wide, deep, and filled to the brim with 808 drum beats, sawtooth synth waves and dreamy melodies. Yes, Eskimo Joe have gone electronic. It’s lazy to call this a dance record. Make no mistake, this is still the Eskies. If you’re a long-time fan, you’ll find your beloved intricate guitar work on opener, Running Out Of Needs. And you’ll get plenty of Kav’s unique vocals; from his long-missing falsetto showcased on single, Got What You Need, to his sombre baritone on Disgrace. The album was made possible thanks to crowdfunding by fans, and it seems designed for those fans to have a good time listening to it. But more importantly, it sounds like Eskimo Joe were having a great time recording it. And upbeat tracks such as the neo-disco What You Want running headlong into the calypso groove of How Was I To Know leave no doubt that this is a party record.   If you’re familiar with the band’s early work, you won’t be surprised at the giddy energy. In fact, parts of the album share DNA with 2001’s Girl. But if you’re mostly aware of their late ’00s work, this will take some getting used to.









The Other Side Fearless Records

Smashed On A Knee Free Form Patterns

As a pop-punk band with a female singer, Australia’s own Tonight Alive (like many others) have faced the challenge of working in Paramore’s footsteps. However, with the release of The Other Side, Tonight Alive have silenced the ignorant masses, showcasing a punchy, darker and mature sound that can now be defined as their own. The album overall is highlighted by a huge growth in Jenna McDougall’s vocal range and confidence, contributing to stronger songwriting and deeper lyrics. Guitarists Jake Hardy and Whakaio Taahi work together, combining incredible, intuitive riffs with strong rhythm while drummer Matt Best and bassist Cam Adler showcase their versatility, being able to play dominantly, peacefully and even in triple time during No Different. Its hard to pick specific gems from the album, however, stronger tracks include The Ocean, which explores McDougall’s struggle with eczema, the album’s first single Lonely Girl and the vocally explosive track, The Fire. Overall, The Other Side has been a huge followup to their debut album What Are You So Scared Of? With the band being in their early 20s, its exciting pondering the future Tonight Alive has ahead.

One of the best ever Australian, Smashed On A Knee by Melbourne powerhouse combo, Powder Monkeys, has finally been reissued some 20 years after it was originally released on Dog Meat Records. Those who bought the album back then and were disappointed with the way it sounds have lots of reason to buy it again – the new, Mikey Youngmastered version sounds truly superior to the original and comes with bonus tracks and great package, both on vinyl and CD. Powder Monkeys took the best of ‘70s Aussie rock’n’roll and injected it with a healthy dose of Black Sabbath, Motorhead and even some free jazz (just listen to those guitar licks), but they made it their own sound. They were young, loud and snotty and were not afraid to tell it like it is. There are no pop sensibilities on this record, nothing beautiful. It’s dirty, raw and in your face without being offensive in any way. Smashed On A Knee is to the ‘90s what (I’m) Stranded or X–Aspirations were for the ‘70s – an album that defines an era, or in this case a time and place where it was made.










Big Wheel And Others Domino

Dream Theater Roadrunner/Warner Music

American nomad and performer Cass McCombs had a minimalist existence that saw him living in cars, campsites and couches until the attacks on the Twin Towers led to a relocation to Baltimore and his songwriting starting to take root. From these humble beginnings, McCombs reveals his most ambitious project to date, Big Wheel And Others. McCombs dabbles in a multitude of genres over the course of this lengthy, 22-song undertaking that hits the target more often than not. The title track is a loping blues-tinged number that never reaches great heights, but when the finger picking of Angel Blood takes over, it’s as comfortable as a porch swing. The album’s single, Brighter!, is delivered in two versions here. The first being a smooth number that would fill the dance card of Chris Isaac if he put his jawline to it. The later version is led by Karen Black and borrows more from the ‘60s with its girl next door feel making it the album’s strongest point. McCombs devil-may-care vocals make Big Wheel And Others a less than urgent listen at times. There is still plenty of fine moments here for fans of the songwriter, but you have to wonder what a killer album this could have been if the fat had been trimmed.

I’m going to be completely honest here and say I don’t feel qualified to review Dream Theater’s self-titled 12th album. With so much material over their near-30 year career it’s near impossible to get a grasp of where this one sits without having an encyclopaedic knowledge of their discography, and my greatest hits album just isn’t going to cut it. As it turns out, Dream Theater was written for schmucks like me in mind. Founding member John Petrucci says this album is for old and new listeners alike and, “if you want to know what Dream Theater is all about, this is the album to get.” The result is an expansive prog journey exploring the genre’s masters and the band’s own continuing evolution. Within the first three tracks you’re transported through wildly different avenues, from the short three-part cinematic introduction, the straight forward The Enemy Inside to the Rush love note The Looking Glass. The musical pedigree of the band shines through in every moment, with no lack of Petrucci guitar wizardry throughout and you’ll either love or hate James LaBrie’s soaring vocals. In no way is this album a compromise to reach a bigger market, it’s simply what Dream Theater is.
















Glow & Behold Caroline/Universal

It’s Alive Hardly Art

True PRMD/Universal

Forever Halloween Rude Records

London mates Daniel Blumberg and Max Bloom made quite a splash with their first band, Cajun Dance Party, who released one much-loved album and then disappeared. Next came Yuck who also became critics’ darlings with their mix of Dinosaur Jr meets shoegaze before principle songwriter Blumberg quit the band to focus on his solo work. This left Bloom with the option of folding another band after one revered release or to soldier on. Glow & Behold is the result of this transition into Yuck being a band that are led solely by Bloom. Instrumental, Sunrise In Maple Shade, opens proceedings to show off a crisper and cleaner Yuck with a newfound hint of brass thrown in for good measure. Bloom is no slouch in the songwriting department as the twee charm of Out Of Time proves. Shoegaze is still on the menu with Somewhere and How Does It Feel is the kind of bright pop that put Scotland on the map. The new trimmed down version of Yuck is a less noisy beast. It would be easy to pin any failings of Glow & Behold on the loss of Blumberg, but although it is a good album, the songs just aren’t as impressive as those penned on the band’s debut.

After a sold out cassette and a vinyl single, La Luz – the latest awesome band from Seattle – have signed appropriately to Hardly Art and released a truly amazing debut album, It’s Alive. Now, there is absolutely nothing new in the sound La Luz create - it is a mixture of surf, ‘60s rock and female pop. But, as always, the secret is in writing good songs and La Luz obviously know how to do it, despite having a relatively short experience as a band playing together. Despite some melancholic, dream-like moments, the general feel of the album is upbeat and positive. The arrangements and playing are exceptional, with all band members not overindulging in showing their obvious great skills. Every single note on the album has been measured right and nothing can be added or deducted.

As the so called EDM hysteria continues to sweep the world, young Swede Avicii has taken the lead with his saccharine, overly bright and emotionally ingenuous offering, True. Trance has been around for a long time, but with modern production techniques and improvements in designer drugs, a whole new wave of individuals have tuned into this sound. He’s certainly not doing anything that hasn’t already been done in the last 20 years, but with a pretty face and some decent ability behind the decks, True will certainly cement Avicii as the poster-boy of the supposed best new thing. Acoustic guitars and wailing indie-chick vocalists dot the track listing in the hope of attracting more thoughtful listeners but the pre-packaged and clean productions just do not resonate to any true depth. Avicii reminds us that it’s okay to feel feelings, as long as they can be captured in a profile picture and don’t feel too real.

One of the many joys of following a band is being able to watch them grow. The Maine’s fourth studio album, Forever Halloween, showcases the band’s development from a teenage-appealing, pop rock quintet to a mature family with a refined sound and endless future. Rather than being an album dedicated to love songs or the joys of life, Forever Halloween is one of those albums you’d want to chuck on when you want to sit back and ponder the mechanics of life. Whilst maintaining their easy listening, upbeat sound, singer John O’Callaghan has opened up, providing honest and emotional lyrics that allow the listener to really connect with the music, exploring themes such as cynicism in Happy and emptiness in Kennedy Curse. Whether you’re a longtime fan or casual listener, Forever Halloween is an experience like no other, breaking down traditional walls of pop rock and drawing you into the The Maine’s journey.







BEST COAST Fade Away Jewel City/Remote Control Bethany Cosentino made some songs and put them up on the internet and before too long her band Best Coast are one of the hottest reverb drenched acts on the planet. After releasing two albums at a cracking pace go-getter Cosentino has started her own record label, Jewel City. Who better to showcase the label than a bunch of new tunes by Best Coast? Fade Away is a mini-album where Best Coast pull out their faster paced material that reaffirms their love of surf rock and girl groups. Cosentino and her partner in crime, Bobb Bruno, have found a space where they are more comfortable in the music that they make without having to dress it up in any overblown sheen. There is talk that Cosentino was listening to lots of Patsy Cline and Mazzy Star when looking to write the tunes for Fade Away. There is little of this influence rearing its head until things are pulled back a notch for Baby I’m Crying which has a fair dose of heartbreak and subtle country twang. It is the simple guitar, unpretentious lyrics and infectious chorus of Who Have I Become? that is a prime example of what makes Best Coast so likeable. While Cosentino has a more striking voice than early recordings indicated, Best Coast are a band with some sonic limitations. Fade Away puts all these restrictions aside as the seven song mini-album is the perfect length for them to win your heart and then leave without a sour taste remaining. CHRIS HAVERCROFT



CROSSFAITH Apocalyze Halfcut Records If you’re one of the many lucky souls who have seen Crossfaith live you’ll understand how in the space of five years, this Japanese band has become one the breakthrough artists in metalcore. It’s an incredible and indescribable experience, and that’s exactly what their third studio album Apocalyze provides. Described as Japanese electro mosh, Crossfaith provide much more then that, with a hybrid of hard-hitting beats, intense riffs and powerful synth breakdowns, creating well-thought-out chaos. The album’s first single, We Are The Future, is one hell of heavy dance track that highlights Tatsuya’s drums leaving you craving to get up and flail around. Eclipse is the perfect showcase of how effective Terufumi’s synth is in adding to the album (for one hell of a bass drop check out The Evolution); while Only The Wise Can Control Our Eyes displays that Kenta’s perfect screams can be easily matched with clean vocals. Energetic and intense, Apocalyze is one hell of an album, a few more superbly strong songs and it would be perfect, otherwise the future looks bright for these guys. AARON BRYANS WWW. XP RE SS MAG.COM. AU








but Bradford prefers to respond with how he thinks they would answer. And quite honestly, this isn’t even a complaint. As longwinded and tangent inclined as he may be, Cox’s willingness to riff can be an enticing and often hilarious experience to listen to. I join a handful of other writers in a room at the Ace Hotel in New York. The band is posted up for a press day and Bradford is strewn across a fainting couch with us circled around

Pic: Robert Semmer

DEERHUNTER Back To The Riddles Deerhunter head the Astor Theatre line-up of Slanted & Enchanted on Saturday, December 7. CHRISTOPHER POWELL has an interesting encounter with the band in New York. Any interview with Bradford Cox is rarely that. The Deerhunter frontman displays a serious penchant over the years for turning the typical Q&A model into mostly one-sided forums to carry on as long as willing listeners remain.


Q u e s t i o n s a b o u t t h e n ew a l b u m ? Nah. The writing process? No, but how about innumerous topics that range from television, pop culture, drugs, politics, etc? Inquiries for the other members? Sure,

“It would explain everything and enlighten you to the entire concept of the record that is actually very structurally strong and would let you know why this is more or less the greatest rock album that your generation will ever be able to review. But I won’t be able to explain that to you.” him. Drummer Moses Archuleta comments, “It looks like you’re trying out therapists.” For as many snide comments he makes throughout the two-hour session about our questions, the media, etc, the sheer volume of which he speaks indicates that he enjoys the exercise.


Two minutes in, he sighs and mentions he thinks he can only has another five minutes or so, citing how exhausting it is to consistently entertain people for 24 hours straight. Of course, in actuality, he effortlessly continues for nearly another two hours, offering his opinions on Spring Breakers, Stephen Malkmus and gay marriage, but mostly Law & Order. Regardless, it certainly had to have been an exhausting period. The night before, Deerhunter performed Monomania, the title track from its upcoming sixth album, on the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon show. In it, Cox donned himself in drag for a look that recalled some kind of Patti Smith/Joey Ramone Max’s Kansas City cocktail garment. In the midst of pondering aloud how many people watched it, Bradford explains that the original concept for the show was to serenade a live, fat sewer rat in a Hamlet-inspired turn because the person the song is about is a “rat, junkie-fucking person.” Mini-outbursts about his personal life like these are the only real insight offered into the content of the songs. Similar to the press surrounding his 2012 Atlas Sound album, vague references are made here and there of an emotionally difficult period he was going through when the songs were written but nothing specific ever breaks through. Surprisingly, the Fallon folks nixed the whole vermin idea however and his CBGB character had to do. If anything at all got divulged during the session about the inspirations surrounding Monomania, it was an influence from these 1970s New York scene icons. Cox tells the story of how before recording he had the band kneel on the ground outside the John Varvatos store on the Bowery where CBGBs once was, say a silent prayer and kiss the ground. His preference for the rock’n’roll of yesteryear has been well documented but he touches on it again, stating, “I wouldn’t say I draw from anything current, aesthetically. I wish I could.” You may be tempted also into thinking the line, ‘I’m a poor boy from a poor family’ in Dream Captain is a nod to a certain Queen rhapsody, although when asked by another writer, Cox patently denies the notion insisting instead that it’s like two people wearing denim completely differently. Alas, whatever details could be revealed, Cox explains, “There’s a lot of stuff I won’t be talking about in interviews that would be very interesting to all of you. It would explain everything and enlighten you to the entire concept of the record that is actually very structurally strong and would let you know why this is more or less the greatest rock album that your generation will ever be able to review. But I won’t be able to explain that to you.” Such as with that assertion, a prevailing theme of the interview is the difficult task of gauging when Bradford Cox is serious or not. While explaining the portion of his rat plot where he’d hoped to nab his duet partner from the subway, everyone in the room chuckles and Bradford sharply proclaims, “That is not a joke. This isn’t comedy”. S i m i l a r l y, o n ce t h e co nv e r s a t i o n naturally transitions into one about the alleged Gambian pouched rats found last year in a Bronx shoe store, Cox is listing off details about the situation that sound in jest but once we all laugh, again pointedly clarifies, “I’m not being funny.” A quick fact check proves his recollections correct. Even with a fact confirmed, deciphering Cox as genuine or a jokester is a shrouded path to endure. Several times he stops mid-sentence to oddly ask different writers if they used to work for Once again, it’s entirely unclear if it’s intended as a jab to keep him entertained or is a genuine question, but we move on. By now, Bradford’s longtime friend and bandmember Lockett Pundtt and new guitarist Frankie Broyles have nodded off on the couch; Archuleta is buried in his phone while bassist Josh McKay hangs in there. He carries on about  Law & Order producer, Speed Weed, why he thought  Spring Breakers  was boring and general disinterest with current culture, but the keynote seems to be that we’ll never know if all his musings are for real or not and that is just how Bradford Cox prefers it. He mentions, “That’s the weird conundrum that you’ll never figure out: ‘is he serious? Who is he? Who knows?’” We ’ r e s i m p l y l e f t t o o u r o w n psychoanalyses.





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PLAYING FAVOURITES The summer festival season is upon us, so we asked some of our favourite industry pals to recall their favourite festival moments.

TEX PERKINS “The Day On The Green catering is the best roast lamb I’ve ever had.”

JEFF HALLEY “My band The Chevelles were fortunate to be the very first band on stage to open the inaugural Perth Big Day Out in ‘93 at Fremantle Oval. That was a totally magical moment and even though it has gone through massive highs and lows, I hope the BDO hangs in there as it’s still my personal fave festival.”

CRAIG HOLLYWOOD “After finishing my set at Southbound 2010 and heading for the artist bus, the night was headed for disaster as I began conversing with Scots band, The View. Having heard my Glaswegian accent it was clear they’d found an ally as we bantered back home to Geographe Bay. Luckily/unluckily a party had been arranged by some of Perth’s more ‘respectable’ members of the music media. “As our group (which consisted of WAM’s Aarom Wilson, his lovely wife Saschy, a shirtless Steven ‘Crazy Mo’ Morrison and Darren Rennie from The View) entered the party, things took an interesting turn as a drunken member of NYC band White Rabbits stated he ‘could drink any Scotsman under the table’, at which point an incensed band member from The View lashed back with, ‘It’s gonnae hav tae be a big fuckin’ table then isn’t it pal?’, before being ripped off, dragged outside and told to calm down. “The night descended downwards with a 4am tennis tournament - much to the disgust of the hotel’s guests - a one-off solo performance by X-Press Magazine Editor, Bob Gordon, which solely consisted of Kiss covers - and involved him serenading the entire hotel venue with his son’s guitar and portable miniamplifier tied round his neck; a punctured and vomit covered child’s bouncing castle, which came inclusive of a passed out View member laying underneath it was later discovered; a completely destroyed hotel room and some never to be repeated hangovers. The fact that some of the said media - cough, Aarom Wilson - failed to attend the second day of the Southbound festival must be noted as well.”


TIM ROGERS “Seeing Iggy Pop’s cock,” the You Am I frontman told X-Press many years ago. “There’s been different Big Day Out festivals, so Iggy Pop’s cock and Courtney Love’s breasts. But just seeing Iggy and hanging around backstage and stuff was just mind-blowing. He is a true monument to all that is ridiculous and amazing and inspiring about rock’n’roll.”

“Lovable drunks at the Big Day Out. They always make for the best - and sometimes worst - festival experiences. At this year’s BDO a shirtless punter proved his undying support for our all-lady frontline by offering up his googlies and glorious bottom. The crowd parted and cheered as he presented, fist pumping the whole time. It was one of my proudest performance moments that we had inspired partying in a dude to the level of nudity.”

ANTON MAZ, DEATH DISCO “My first festival memory is the first Big Day Out in 1993 at Freo Oval. My mates rolled a 12 paper joint which got passed round during Sonic Youth. The fucker was so massive we passed it out into the crowd but it kept coming back and back and back. It was like the magic pudding of joints and it lasted their whole set and must’ve blazed about 100 people. Sonic Youth were awesome too!

ABBE MAY “ M y f avo u r i te festival is Wave Rock Weekender. It always has a good atmosphere. And you can’t get much higher than when you’re sitting on that rock.”

PAT MCLAUGHLIN, SUGAR ARMY “My most memorable festival moment was the ‘96 Big Day Out. I had only just turned 15 and it was my first foray into live music. At that point everything about it was exciting, so granted I was easy to please. There were some great bands on that bill but I still to this day haven’t experienced anything as crazy as when Rage Against The Machine played Killing In The Name Of... It was total carnage!”

TOMÁS FORD “At the Big Day Out in 2005 I was playing on the Lilypad while legendary exhibitionist Christa Hughes (Machine Gun Fellatio) looked on. I decided it was time to embrace their reputation for nudity. It was weirdly freeing running around with a mic in my hand with everything... everywhere. From casual conversations in the years since, it turns out half of Perth’s music scene saw my junk that day. One day I will reclaim my mystique. One day.”


BEN MCDONALD, SUGARPUSS “Someone gave me acid and suggested I watch Public Enemy from side of stage at Southbound. The energy of all those people anticipating the first beat to drop was pretty amazing, especially when they’re all facing you! It was my first backstage experience so it’s a memory that will definitely remain clear for years to come... hopefully.”


SUMMER FESTIVAL NOVEMBER LEONARD COHEN 13 Perth Arena DANCE GAVIN DANCE 13 Amplifier Bar BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB 13 Metro Freo KID MAC 13 Mojos Bar 14 Prince Of Wales, Bunbury 15 YaYa’s 16 Settlers Tavern, Margaret River 17 Indi Bar SINCERELY, GRIZZLY 14 Newport Hotel 15 Amplifier Bar FRESH PRODUCE 15 Ambar TAMA SUMO & HEATSICK 15 Connections BODYJAR 15 Rosemount Hotel 16 Prince Of Wales, Bunbury BACK 2 THE OLD SKOOL ANTHEMS NIGHT Ft. Ian M 16 Gilkisons Dance Studio THE MEMBERS 16 Rosemount Hotel


The Beaufort Street Festival is set to continue to deliver on all fronts this year, with a stellar lineup of artists set to rock, charm and dazzle festival goers. With multiple stages and an eclectic selection of Perth’s most talented musicians including Boom! Bap! Pow!, The Floors, Jake And the Cowboys, Sugarpuss, Simone & Girlfunkle and more. Best of all, it’s free. Go to beaufortstreetfestival. for more.



23 Theatre Underground, State Theatre 24 Various Locations, Northbridge

JEDWARD 23 Regal Theatre

I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN 01 Newport Hotel THE SEABELLIES 01 Mojos Bar SCREAMING JETS 01 Wintersun Hotel, Geraldton SIMPLE PLAN 03 Challenge Stadium MARTHA DAVIS & THE MOTELS 04 Astor Theatre THE BAMBOOS 05 Capitol ALICIA KEYS 05 Perth Arena DYSON, STRINGER & CLOHER 05 Fremantle Arts Centre 07 Ye Olde Quindanning Inne SCNDL 06 Parker THE MELVINS & HELMET 06 Metro Freo NAPT 06 Ambar

BIG SEAN 17 Capitol



JILL SCOTT 17 Riverside Theatre

EROS RAMAZZOTTI 23 Challenge Stadium

Astor Theatre/The Bakery

NILE 17 Amplifier Bar

HITS & PITS 2.0 Black Flag, Boysetsfire, Bad Astronaut, Snuff, No Fun At All, Good For You, Off With Their Heads, Jughead’s Revenge 24 Amplifier & Capitol


Kings Park & Botanic Garden

An amazing collection of Australian talent gathers in picturesque Kings Park this summer to serenade the adoring crowd with their timeless music. Aussie rock legends Hoodoo Gurus and You Am I are joined by The Whitlams, Dave Graney & The mistLy and Rainy Day Women. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.


SARAH BLASKO 18 Fremantle Arts Centre Courtyard IAN BALL(GOMEZ) 18 Mojos Bar 19 PICA Bar TEX PERKINS 19 Fremantle Arts Centre Courtyard BELINDA CARLISE & 1927 20 Astor Theatre THE CAIROS 21 Mojos Bar 22 YaYa’s THE BELLRAYS 21 Fly By Night Club DISTRICT 22 Ambar MIX MASTER MIKE 22 Villa MR GREVIS 22 The Rosemount 23 Prince Of Wales, Bunbury

ALLDAY 16 The Bakery FINNEBASSEN 16 Geisha Bar DAN SULTAN 16 Fly By Night Club 17 Ellington Jazz Club


BOY & BEAR 22 Metro Freo 23 Astor Theatre BAM BAM 22 White Star Hotel, Albany 23 YaYa’s Nightclub 24 The Fly Trap MADE ON THE LEFT CHRISTMAS MARKETS 23 Forrest Place BOMBS AWAY & IVAN GOUGH 23 Metro City

SAT NOV 23 - 24, 2013

This crazy musical extravaganza will showcase some of Australia’s best retro inspired bands, playing songs from their signature musical genres. Bouncing from swing, to blues, to rockabilly, to 60’s garage to soul and funk, the best of the eras come together in a musical melee! Featuring Mojo Juju, Lady Voodoo, Natalie Gillespie, The Fabergettes, The High Learys and more! Head to au for detials and tickets.

ART DEPARTMENT AND JACQUES LU CONT 24 Parker MOONSORROW 24 Rosemount Hotel DUSTIN TEBUTT & GRACE WOODROOFE 24 The Aviary I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN 27 Prince Of Wales, Bunbury 28 Players Bar 29 YMCA HQ 30 Amplifier 01 Newport

SAT DEC 7, 2013

An evening of discovery, featuring artists at the forefront of the creative and the thoughtful, the weird and the wonderful and the pure electric, from the familiar to the unfathomable. Genre bending sounds to drench every bone in your body. Think two venues, two vibes. With Deerhunter, Metz, The John Steel Singers, Cave, Fabulous Diamonds, Perth and DJ Jamie Macdonald at The Astor theatre and Jon Hopkins, Le1f with Mess Kid, Kelpe, Lower Spectrum, Mathas, Diger Rokwell, Rok Riley and Craig Hollywood at The Bakery. Hit for full info and ticketing options.


Red Hill Auditorium

Get to the beautiful Red Hill Auditorium to take a massive dose of the best music the Land Of The Long White Cloud has to offer. Featuring Kora, Shihad, an acoustic set from Tiki Taane, Home Brew, Stan Walker, Nesian Mystik, Optimus Gryme and more! Tickets are on sale now through Oztix.

INSANE CLOWN POSSE 07 Metro Freo CITY AND COLOUR 07 Belvoir Amphitheatre WHITELY 07 Amplifier Bar 08 Mojos Bar AIR SUPPLY 08 Perth Concert Hall JUSTIN BIEBER 08 Perth Arena


Check out the specially crafted local lineup we have planned for the 2013 Awards Party:Craig Hollywood, Flex, Illuminor, Miss Demeanour b2b DNGRFLD, Philly Blunt, Puff, Sistym b2b Gracie and Timbee! The awards party kicks off at 3pm at The Court Hotel, wrapping up at midnight and, if you weren’t aware, it’s free! Top that!

KID KENOBI 29 Parker


Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre

Offworld Productions is pumped up to announce that Sets on the Beach is back for another epic season of beach parties! We’ll be transforming Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre back into our little slice of paradise and have acts joining us from all over the world, including Miami Horror Live DJ Snake, Alison Wonderland DJ Set, Fort Knox Five, Punks Jump Up, Psychemagik and local support. Tickets availablie through Oztix, Live Clothing, Mills records, Rip Curl Scarborough, Milk Fashion Doubleview, and Scalrlet Fashion North Beach. au has all the deets.

TAYLOR SWIFT 11 Perth NIB Stadium STEEL PANTHER 12 Metro City ARCHIE ROACH 12 Fremantle Arts Centre Courtyard 13 Quarry Amphitheatre POND 12 Metro Freo BON JOVI 12 Perth Arena MINISTRY OF SOUND: THE ANNUAL 2014 ft. Uberjak’d & Chardy 13 Villa Nightclub TUBE & BERGER 13 Geisha Bar ABBE MAY 13 The Bakery 19 Prince Of Wales, Bunbury CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES 14 Rosemount Hotel

THE ATARIS 29 Amplifier THE SEABELLIES 29 Flyrite BIRDS OF TOKYO 29 Metro Freo MUSE 30 Perth Arena SCREAMING JETS 30 Astor Theatre STEREOSONIC 30 - 1 Claremont Showgrounds

KILTER 07 Flyrite KYLESA 07 Rosemount Hotel TODD TERRY 07 Geisha Bar METRIC 07 Metro City JACK JOHNSON 07 Kings Park




& EVENTS GUIDE 2013/14 WAKA FLOCKA FLAME 19 Metro Freo BOTNEK 20 Ambar HUMAN NATURE 20 Perth Zoo CATHERINE TRAICOS 21 Rosemount Hotel THE GIN CLUB 21 Mojos Bar SMOKE MY TOUR ft. FlipTrix, Dirty Dike, Jam Baxter, Ed Scissortounge and DJ Sammy B-Side 24 Metro Freo


Australia’s best electro house artists, The Potbelleez are set to rock the stage at Perth’s most anticipated Christmas Eve event. Supporting acts include local talent Black and Blunt, DJ Reuben, Jimi J, DJ Zelimer, DJ Tone, DJ Lok, Paul Malone, Pegasus & The Kid. Tickets are $35 at the door, or presale through for those who can make it to the event prior to 2pm.

SALT ON THE BEACH ft. De La Soul 31 North Fremantle NYE @ Capitol ft. Sticky Fingers 31 Capitol ORIGIN ft. Wiz Khalifa/A$AP Rocky 31 Ozone Reserve NEW YEARS EVE FIESTA 31 The Rosemount Hotel

JANUARY CUBAN CLUB ft. De La Soul/ DJ Yoda 01 The Flying Squadron Yacht Club CLUB PARADISO ft. Bag Raiders & Yacht Club DJs 01 Salt On The Beach


Fremantle Arts Centre

The 6th annual sweet time soul, ska, world, reggae, dub extravaganza on the luscious lawns of the Fremantle Arts Centre features Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Lee Fields And The Expressions, Sunshine Brothers, the amazing Grace Barbe and Afro Kreol and more. Tickets are available through Oztix and Heatseeker.

CYRIL HAHN 04 The Bakery

ST JEROME’S LANEWAY FESTIVAL ft. Cashmere Cat/ Earl Sweatshirt/ Four Tet/ Jamie XX 08 Esplanade Park & West End, Fremantle THE LOCUST 10 Amplifier Bar

WATAIN 09 Amplifier Bar DEAFHAVEN 11 Rosemount Hotel DAUGHTERS 14 Amplifier Bar


PARAMORE 16 Perth Arena HALF MOON RUN 16 Fly By Night Club

THUR FEB 13 - SUN FEB 16, 2014

SETS ON THE BEACH 19 Scarborough Beach

Music Park, Jackson St, Boyup Brook


The banks of the beautiful Blackwood River will play host to such country luminaries as the hugely talented Sara Storer, renowned duo McAlister Kemp and Australian bush balladeer Graham Rodger. Go to for tickets and info, or else call 08 9765 1657.

CELTIC WOMAN 24 Riverside Theatre WE ARE SCIENTISTS 26 Amplifier Bar

Belvoir Amphitheatre,

Here are the reasons: Stanton Warriors, LTJ Bukem, Plump DJs, Deekline, Mafia Kiss, Dom & Roland, Nick Thayer, Meat Katie, Featurecast, Janette Slack, Hedflux, Stickybuds. Belvoir Amphitheatre, as always. Hit Moshtix for tickets.

BIG DAY OUT Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire, Blur, Snoop Lion, Major Lazer, Tame Impala, Flume & more! 02 Claremont Showgrounds BRUCE STRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND 05, 07, 08 Perth Arena

Various Venues


FRI JAN 3 - SAT JAN 4, 2014 Sir Stewart Bovell Park, Busselton

The 10th year of Southbound sees Chk Chk Chk, Vampire Weekend, The Wombats, Bonobo, Chet Faker, Grizzly Bear, London Grammar, MGMT, Neil Finn, Pond, Violent Femmes, White Denim, Tom Odell, Solange, Hermitude, Flight Facilities and more descend on the bucolic burg of Busselton for a massive weekend of music. Go to for full details.

Claremont Showgrounds

A truly massive show hits the Claremont Showgrounds, including Green Day, Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice In Chains, Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Placebo, AFI, Korn, Baroness, August Burns Red, A Day To Remember, Mastodon, Pennywise, Jimmy Eat World, Crosses, The Boss Hoss, The Black Dahlia Murder, Bowling for Soup and many more! Tickets and info through


Now in its 11th year, Sunset Events are thrilled to announce the return of the festival to one jam-packed day full of musical goodness, with the talents of John Mayer, The Dave Matthews Band, The Doobie Brothers, Erykah Badu, Matt Corby, Boy And Bear, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Gary Clark Jr., Russell Morris and The Soul Rebels. Full details are at



FRI FEB 7 - SAT MAR 1, 2014

THUR DEC 26, 2013

MON MAR 3, 2014

AVICII 27 Perth Arena




The Perth International Arts Festival is the longest running annual international multi-arts festival in the southern hemisphere and offers some of the world’s best theatre, music, film, visual arts, street arts, literature and free community events. This year’s roster includes performances from Public Enemy, The National, Adina Tal and Nalaga’at Deaf-Blind Theatre Ensemble and more. For details and tickets, go to 2014.

THE NATIONAL 14 Belvoir Amphitheatre SETS ON THE BEACH 23 Scarborough Beach DOLLY PARTON 27 Perth Arena NEKO CASE 27 Fly By Night Club BRUNO MARS 28 Perth Arena Nannup Music Festival 28 - 3 Nannup

MARCH KERSER 01 Metro City


Prepare to get Madagascar-azy as we unleash the first round artist line up for Future Music Festival (FMF) 2014! This epic expedition of Future Music Festival sees some of the biggest artists in the world today sharing the stage alongside the freshest new talent...get ready to see why FMF is still king of the jungle!

THE WONDER STUFF 02 Rosemount Hotel GOOD LIFE ft. Deadmau5/Macklemore & Ryan Lewis/ Hardwell 03 Arena Joondalup BRIAN MCKNIGHT 07 Riverside Theatre BILLY BRAGG 08 Perth Concert Hall GOLD PANDA 09 The Bakery


Jacaranda Amphitheatre, Wanneroo Civic Centre Wanneroo


Top floor of the City of Perth Roe Street Carpark



DEC 1 - FEB 1

JOSH PYKE 12 Quarry Amphitheatre


KATE MILLER-HEIDKE 21,22 Quarry Amphitheatre SEBADOH 25 Rosemount Hotel

Resort Dr Burswood


155 oxford St leederville




30 SECONDS TO MARS 25 Challenge Stadium


HUNTER & COLLECTORS 29 (sold-out) & 30 Kings Park & Botanical Garden

446 Beaufort St, Highgate

16 Lochee St, Mosman Park



FOLKWORLD FAIRBRIDGE FESTIVAL 25-27 Fairbridge Village, Pinjarra





the bands and the music. It has become a soap opera and not a very good one at that. This is fuelled by a media desperation for eyeballs on websites and idiot promoters trying to one up each other. Take this interview. Why the fuck would you want to speak to some talentless backroom guy rather than one of the many talented artists playing Big Day Out or Soundwave? I’ll speak to all of you! Michael Chugg says that the days of monster festivals are at an end. What are your thoughts? (Laughs) Dinosaur vs. Monster Festivals. Has a nice ring to it! There is always room and a future for events that exercise imagination and consistently offer the audiences a great time, unique experiences and value for money. We are going through a period right now where we have so many great events that some audiences maybe taking festivals for granted. This will correct itself in a typical supply vs demand model. The best events will survive and prosper as long as they do not lose touch with the audiences.

AJ MADDAH Master Of Festivities Outspoken Soundwave and (now) Big Day Out promoter AJ Maddah is becoming as infamous as the rock stars on his festivals. BOB GORDON has a chat to him. Were you always going to be in the music industry or did it start by accident? Very much by accident. I always loved music, probably a little more than advisable. I took exception to an album review in a terrible street magazine in Sydney called OTS and wrote them a two-page letter pointing out the various gaps in

the reviewer’s knowledge as well as possible genetic shortcomings. Two weeks later they gave me a job as a reviewer and that is where it all started. What led you to become a promoter? Nobody else would tour my favourite bands. Who have been your mentors in this field? Frank Stivalla at Premier was, and still is, a mentor and a friend. I certainly learned a lot from years of working with Michael Chugg. Then there were all the people who set an example, mostly in what not to do! Festival watching has become kind of a sport in recent times. Once upon a time most people only talked about the lineups. Is there too much scrutiny about the wheeling/dealing? Most definitely. It is taking focus away from the only things that are important which is the show,

Is the Big Day Out still going to happen in Perth? Can you scotch the rumours that say otherwise? As long as Perth is still there, we’ll be there! Our bands are booked, our production and stages are booked. Our flights and accommodation is booked. We’re on our way to put on a hell of a show. So yes, you can say I am squashing the rumours! Describe the difference in producing a large festival in Perth as opposed to other cities in Australia... It’s the same all over the country. Just further away and more expensive! Is Twitter a useful tool for you or an addiction? Or both? Both!

Australia. What does that say about the heavy music genres and their significance in this country? If you have never been fashionable, then you’re unlikely to go out of fashion! Soundwave is a community rather than a scene. Here we are. All the outsiders. All the misfits. 200,000+ people and not a single fucking pair of designer jeans between the lot of us. It’s our day in the sun. Well, except for the goths of course, who always manage to find a shady spot. Soundwave audiences are real music fans and people who are genuine and true to themselves. And that is why the bands and the festival has shown longevity. People are more savvy about music festivals these days. How do you feel their expectations have increased? I would like to think that Soundwave has done a lot to increase those expectations! It took us a while to get it close to right with planning and amenities, etc, but I am pleased that for the last three years we have run the smoothest festival operation in the country. We’re statistically the safest and most trouble free, provide the best ratio of amenities to attendance numbers, etc. We have also always made a point of exceeding expectations on lineups vs ticket price, etc. I hope the expectations keep rising so festival organisers don’t become complacent. Soundwave is a festival by the fans for the fans. I think that empathy and connection between the bands, the fans and organisers drives us to constantly evolve and to improve the festival experience for each other.

You’ve had a few Twitter wars, even with acts on bills that are touring at the time. Has it generally quelled situations in that case or fired them up? It can go either way depending on the personalities involved and the basis for the argument. In all cases it has ended up crystalising the facts and what really matters at the end of the day which is the fans.

Do you agree with Big Day Out’s Adam Zammit who stated at last week’s WAM Conference that rival festivals need to be more open with each other? I am all for openness. It would mean that we do not get taken advantage of by less than scrupulous agents and suppliers who try to set events against each other, driving up costs which are then passed on to audiences. I am, sadly, not quite the optimist Mr Zammit is and am not holding my breath for a new era of promoter love-ins!

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in the world. “To a degree that was all really great - but when you’re young, you have a lot of confidence in yourself. Of course Mick Jagger should have been interested in the band! Whether he was or not, we thought we are good enough. We just need somebody to hear it.” And hear it they did – their iconic single, Cult Of Personality, was picked up by MTV and reached an audience of millions, but no matter how much the band focussed on music over image, and played some of the heaviest riffs and most vibrant, raucous and open minded rock’n’roll of the era, the debate refused to go away: ‘Four black guys should be playing

a different kind of music’, their critics insisted. “Well, there were some people who thought that,” agrees Glover. “We didn’t think that, and our audiences didn’t think that way. I think that we were using what we had at our disposal to express ourselves, and I think that came through more than anything else. “There are and have been elements of our struggle that had a lot to do with race, that had a lot to do with what people’s expectations of us were. And to say that limits them more than it does us. “So we never took that into perspective - we were vitally aware that we were four black guys from New York and we talked about where we came from and what we did.”

LIVING COLOUR Testimony Corey Glover tells SHANE PINNEGAR that Living Colour are looking forward to bringing some brand new tunes Down Under as part of Soundwave Festival, which hits Claremont Showgrounds on Monday, March 3, 2014. The forthcoming Living Colour album will be their third since reforming in 2000, and sixth overall, but singer Corey Glover insists that the band “absolutely” foster a creative, almost experimental environment in the studio, so it’s too early to predict the direction of the music. “It would be foolish of me to say, because it may turn into something else,” he insists. “I know that we want to explore big sounds, and look back at the blues, and look forward and see what’s going on with different music. We wanna cover the influences that each of us are bringing to the table. So whatever that mix becomes is what that record’s gonna be.” A quarter of a century down the track from their debut LP, Vivid, Living Colour – formed by guitarist Vernon Reid in 1983 and fusing heavy rock and funk with hip hop and jazz - remains a favourite with fans. Glover says that loyalty is “a testament to good songs,” pure and simple.

It wasn’t until the singer joined in 1986 that the lineup stabilised and things took off. Mick Jagger heard the band and recorded a demo with them which led to Vivid becoming a big hit and touring with bands including the Rolling Stones – heady stuff for any young band. “Was it a whirlwind?,” Glover posits. “No, ‘cause we’d been working before we got signed. There were a number of years of us just slogging through it, individually. We were all trying to make a living out here doing this.” Still, Glover concedes that it was a bit of a trip for an unsigned band to be hanging out and recording demos with the singer of the biggest band





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The Beaufort Street Festival returns this Saturday, November 16. BOB GORDON checks in with organisers, Aaron Rutter and Paul Fletcher. Usually, festival media launches are required to go off with a bang. The Beaufort Street Festival’s however, went off with a crash, when the ceiling/floor of Defector’s took a little dive. Still, at least it was memorable? “Thanks for allowing us to insert all of our one-liner jokes about this launch,” says JumpClimb Artist Management Director, Aaron Rutter. “We certainly brought the h o u s e d ow n , w i t h o u r g ro u n d - b re a k i n g programming and wise-cracks. It brought a smashing end to an otherwise floor-less launch. “O n a m o re s e r i o u s n o te , af te r the floor dropped, the way in which the crowd, and staff at Defectors reacted was commendable and everyone escaped safely... to Five Bar where we all celebrated not falling 10 feet to The Flying Scotsman below.” The Beaufort Street Festival has grown significantly since it first premiered in 2009. Rutter, Director (Event Management & Venue Bookings) Paul Fletcher and the team at JumpClimb took over in 2012 with an evolving mindset.

“When we picked up the festival contract last year we began to ramp up the community aspect of the festival,” Rutter explains. “Keeping the already successful elements of music and arts, we then developed the family, food and wine, fashion and afterdark programming to widen the scope and accessibility of the festival. “We can’t take all the credit, though. This festival is the kind of celebration that Perth craves and generally seems to be an unstoppable beast. And normally our PR stunts are pretty wild, however we promise we had nothing to do with the launch party floor collapsing.” Not surprisingly, the Beaufort Street Festival takes on a huge number of staff and volunteers in a diversity of roles to run the event, which drew an estimated 100,000 people in 2012. “ T h e re i s a vo l u n t e e r s t e e r i n g committee representing The Beaufort Street Network - the not-for-profit owners of the event - who give their time tirelessly week in and out for the last six or so months,” explains Fletcher. “The festival simply wouldn’t exist without this group of people, and we can’t thank them enough. There is a massive volunteer contingent from local community members, including each element of the festival having its own Director - Food Director, Fashion Director, etc - who also run a team under them leading up to, and the execution of that element on the day.

“There are also around 100 volunteers who work throughout Festival Day on roles ranging from stage management, to road closures, from coordinating the roving performers to carrying water to the stages. It’s a huge site, over 1km, and it’s all hands on deck. We’re still looking for volunteers, too (via” The festival this year received about 250 performer applications, and over 400 stall applications, with more being received daily despite the cut-off date being in mid-August. “Even though it is such a massive festival, all applications are very carefully curated by the relevant committees and narrow it down to around 40 bands and around 100 stalls,” Fletcher says. “We want to ensure that there is a balanced mix of external stalls which complement, rather than compete with, the businesses on the street. “There is a range of criteria with music programming, which ranges with relevancy stage-to-stage. The Flying Scotsman stage, for example, is a lot more rock oriented than our City Of Stirling stage, which is more jazz focussed. The committee who decided the band line-up for this year was made up of volunteers including those not only from WA media and music magazines, but also local community members who put their hand up.” Encouragingly, there are many points of difference in this year’s BSF that will add to its overall variety. Diversity is in the air and all down the street.


“For the first time in BSF history we have a food stage,” Fletcher enthuses. “This will include cooking demonstrations from Simon Johnson, My Kitchen Rules and Masterchef contestants, Don Hancey, plus will feature the launch of our cookbook, Recipes & Ramblings - A Food Journey From Beaufort Street And Beyond. “We can’t wait to see it in action (on the corner of Harold Street) and think it’ll be a huge hit on the day. Another first for The Beaufort Street Festival is the closure of the Walcott Street intersection. This has been something we have be planning for literally 12 months and it will open the festival up to The City Of Stirling side more than ever before, and ensure that patron safety is increased, which is always a massive priority for us.” Fresh from producing the Pride Festival a fortnight ago, the JumpClimb crew are certainly in the zone and pumped for another big Beaufort bash. “We hope more than anything that there is something for everyone and that they can find that something in the crowds,” Rutter notes. “We are hoping that the weather holds up, as at the moment the forecast is hot and wet. We hope that people are able to find a watering hole more than ever this year, with several bars on the street expanding their capacity for the day. “And we hope that one day soon we can get some sleep.”


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FUN IN FREMANTLE Four exhibitions are opening at the Fremantle Arts Centre on Friday, November 22. Karen Casey: Dream Zone uses recordings of the artist’s actual brainwaves to create hypnotic patters; Steven Dickie: The Problems Of Explaining A Thunk explores the limits of conventional knowledge through a series of video and installation works; Abdul Abdullah And Leslie Morgan: Being Eurasian sees two artists explore notions of identity, history and ancestry; while Now Then Painting is an exhibition of works from the last 40 years drawn from Fremantle City’s art collection. For further information on all these and more, head to

BRUCE Tim Watts And Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd With a piercing stare and a square hewn jaw “literally cut with a bread knife from an old mattress”, Bruce is a “stone faced clown” made of foam, and the long time collaboration of puppeteer Tim Watts and mime Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd. Bruce is finally on stage, in his first full length show, at The Blue Room from November 19 -December 7. We caught up with Wyatt and Tim to talk about their creation. “It’s a puppetry show about making inanimate objects come to life,” says Nixon-Lloyd. “And it’s a mime show about making inanimate objects appear when they are not even there, and melding these to create an action-adventure roller-coaster movie homage.” “Bruce is the main actor,” explains Watts. “He is telling the story and the puppet is playing multiple characters...while still retaining his essence as the main character. It really is the meeting point between puppetry and mime and telling this epic journey.” Inspired by “fangirling out over The Muppets” (particularly Jim Henson and Frank Oz’s attempts to surprise each other when performing the Swedish Chef), Bruce is a puppet operated by both the performers. Nixon-Lloyd provides the hands, while Watts manipulates the head and provides Bruce’s

voice. This process has shaped the show’s content creation. “Generally what happens is I have an idea of what happens and Wyatt will mime something. Watts says. “I will misinterpret and all of a sudden Wyatt has to mime the new thing. So what you end up with is a much better idea than either of us will have on our own. It’s an idea born of collaboration.” Watts (Alvin Sputnik) and Nixon-Lloyd (radio host, Nickelodeon presenter, and veteran of the Melbourne improv scene) have honed the character over years of collaboration. Bruce has appeared in numerous live comedy sets, and even MCed a couple of shows. “The simplicity of the puppet is that he is just a block of foam, two eyes and a face shape that doesn’t change,” says Watts. “The tempo, the rhythm and the breath really dictate the emotion , what he is feeling, and the audience is able to read onto the puppet all sorts of different personalities and scripted changes in character.” As for Bruce’s personality, he is described as an anti-hero in the mould of Homer Simpson or Peter Griffin. “It’s fun making this character that has really driven eyes, clearly focusing on the one thing, hopeless at that one thing.” says Nixon-Lloyd. “When he is trying to make a drink, he’ll set the bar on fire. When he is trying to drive a car, he’ll end up running over a school bus.” “He’s kind of a clown, a fool, a lovable doofus.” proclaims Watts. After the bitter-sweet nature of his previous two shows, Watts seems elated to “... make a show where people are just having the best time, and they are punching the air with joy at the end. To be satisfied and to have these deep emotional connections to characters and events, but also to laugh and have a kick-arse time like those big epic adventure movies.” For tickets and session times, go to DAVID O’CONNELL

SOMEONE’S SINGING IN THE STREET AGAIN Renowned artist Anthony Lister has spruced up some of Perth’s most iconic buildings to promote his latest exhibition, Still Life Crisis. Both Metropolis Fremantle and the Mary Street Bakery have been adorned with Lister’s mural work as part of the exhibition, which runs at Gullotti Galleries from Saturday, November 16 until Sunday, December 1. The exhibition features a number of still life works focussed around animals and plants. Perth will also see the launch of Lister’s 192 page sketchbook which collects drawings the artist has made over the past decade. For more info, head to

FIT FOR A PRINTS To celebrate a quarter-century of letterpress printing, Whiteman Park Print Shop is presenting the My Perth Letterpress Art Exhibition, featuring 20 jury-selected artworks by Perth locals. It runs from Sunday, November 17 until Sunday, December 1. Head to for more.

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FEELING BRILLIANT? Garrick Theatre are on the hunt for actors to fill key roles in their first production of the 2014 season, David Williamson’s Brilliant Lies. Adapted into film in 1996 with Anthony LaPaglia and Gia and Zoe Carides, the play is a comedy about sexual harassment, political correctness and shifting societal mores. The company is seeking a range of males and females ranging from their 20s to mid-50s and the show runs from Thursday, January 30 to Saturday, February 15. For more information, email Dale James on



Susan Flavell’s new exhibition, Freud’s Desk, opens at Turner Galleries on Friday, November 15. It’s comprised of a hundred-odd small figurines the artist has constructed over the past year. The works were inspired by an image she saw of Sigmund Freud’s desk, which was lined with objects and odd antiquities that Freud claimed he used to think with. The exhibition runs until Saturday, December 14, and Flavell will be giving an introduction on opening night at 5.15pm. For more details, head to

Mid week mirth is the name of the game tonight, Wednesday November 13, at Yaya’s. This latest edition of stand up comedy showcase HaHa’s @ YaYa’s is headlined by New South Wales funnyman Jacques Barrett, while the UK’s Gary Sansome pulls MC duties and support comes from Matt Jan, Andrea Gibbs and Sam Cribb. Tickets are $15 through, $20 on the door.


just the drama of ordinary life. From this simple premise Nicole Holofcener (Friends With Money) crafts a charming romantic comedy. The script has a feeling of authenticity about it, never going for the grand romantic gesture or over dramatising a situation. Enough Said instead presents an everyday world of those made protective and slightly cynical by divorce, as well as the march of time. It is a study of companionable love rather than the throes of passion. Albert and Eva’s relationship is that of two people that have been hurt before, but are cautiously willing to try again. Filled with well written dialogue delivered with good comedic timing, the atmosphere is naturalistic rather than rapid fire patter. Holofcener allows her actors the space to play off each other, allowing for awkward pauses and shy glances. The scenes seem richer because of it. Julia Louis-Dreyfuss demonstrates that she has lost none of her comic timing since her Seinfeld days. However her performance is one of an older women that is less confident of her place in life. It is a turn filled with frowns of frustration, furtive glances for approval and the occasional pout . Overall an entertainingly expressive effort, but still feels like a performance. By contrast, Gandolfini inhabits the role. His gentle, loveable slob is vastly different from the many thug characters that have punctuated his career. Albert has no air of menace about him and quite a degree of charisma hidden beneath his girth and slovenly appearance. C h a r m i n g a n d s u r p r i s i n g l y f u n ny, the sum of its parts makes Enough Said vastly more entertaining than the ordinary rom-com p re m i s e wo u l d h ave yo u i n i t i a l l y b e l i eve .

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The Lives Of Loose Women

Perth-based historian and writer, Dr Leigh Straw, was working on another project entirely when the material for her new book, Drunks, Pests And Whores: Language Is No Barrier Criminal Women In Perth And Fremantle, Ever learned another language? Ever 1900 - 1939, fell into her lap. thought about it? You’ll gain some insight think what initially drew me to it was that into the difficulties and rewards involved when I was“Igoing through the Police Gazettes, I kept if you go and check out Crash Course, the coming across mugshots of the women.” she explains. “When I looked at the prison records I found such long new one man show by James Berlyn. lists of criminal convictions, so that just triggered my “Crash Course is a small scale interactive performance. It’s one performer - me - and a maximum audience of 24. It takes the form of a class.” he says. Indeed, it’s a language class - one where Berlyn instructs the audience how to communicate in a language of his own invention. Berlyn, who taught English as second language for 12 years before becoming a full-time performer, director and curator, names two reasons for having constructed such a thing. “One, I wanted to challenge myself to make a show that I could perform anywhere in the world, so there’s no English in the show. And secondly, the show assumes that the audience has suffered some kind of trauma and lost their language. So to truly be in a situation where you have lost your language, you have to be in a context where you don’t have any language that is then used. The only way to do that is to create something where, at the start of the show, the only person who understands it is myself.” Crash Course runs at PICA’s Studio Two from Thursday, November 14 until Saturday, November 30. Go to for details. TRAVIS JOHNSON 30

imagination in terms of wanting to know why there were so many convictions and why so many of them were put away for drunkenness and soliciting and being vagrant.” That spirit of inquiry drove her to produce a slim but insightful volume on the lives of the various female criminals who rose to notoriety in the early half of the 20th century. The period was of interest to her because of recent political and legal changes that had come into play, as well as prevalent socioeconomic forces that current West Australians might find familiar. “What interested me in those years was it was after the Police Act had been brought in,” she tells us. “And there was a lot of public debate about drunkenness, there was a lot of public debate about prostitution and street prostitutes. It also follows on from the boom of the 19th century and deals with people who are caught between the cracks during a mining boom. There are people who just can’t fit in anywhere, and they’re caught up in the social effects of that boom.” Drunks, Pests And Harlots: Criminal Women In Perth And Fremantle, 1900 - 1939 by Leigh Straw is out now through humming earth. TRAVIS JOHNSON

Curtain Call For A Soprano Directed by Nicole Holofcener Staring; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Toni Collette Enough Said is a very rare beast indeed, an age-appropriate love story between two middleaged people. What should be a thoroughly mundane affair is given poignancy by being one of the last roles performed by James Gandolfini (as acknowledged in the opening dedication ‘For Jim’), and by Nicole Holofcener’s excellent script and direction. Divorcee Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss) is experiencing anxiety about the idea of her only daughter leaving for college, and her job as a masseuse is providing her with little that can be considered relief. One night at a party she meets two people who offer a change to her routine life. The first is Marianne (Catherine Keener), a remarkable organised poet, who becomes first her client and later her friend. The second is Albert (James Gandolfini), a man who although Eva is not initially attracted to she ends up in a relationship with after discovering common ground. As Albert and Eva’s relationship tentatively grows, Eva discovers a source of information about Albert that slowly starts to sour her perspective. That’s it. No alien space elves wanting to destroy reality, or drug deals gone horribly wrong,



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HOLA MEXICO FILM FESTIVAL Bueno In the short eight years that it’s been around, The Hola Mexico Film Festival has quickly established itself as one the most anticipated events on the cinema calendar. In any given year the program has never been less than strong, encompassing a range of genres from hard-hitting drama to comedy to confronting documentary studies of the culturual, social and criminal issues that currently plague much of Mexico. 2013 is no exception. The opening night film is We Are The Nobles, a sharp social comedy that topped the box office in its native land. The film follows the travails of three spoiled children when their construction magnate father, appalled at their behaviour and attitudes toward the world, fakes bankruptcy to teach them a lesson, forcing them to live with their grandfather in a poverty-stricken neighbourhood and actually try and earn a living for themselves. By contrast, The Precious And Brief Life Of Sabina Rivas from director Luis Mandoki, charts somewhat similar territory to the relatively recent Miss Bala. Greisy Mean is the titular Sabina Rivas, who

THE FIFTH ESTATE The Julian Intrigues Directed by Bill Condon Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl, David Thewlis, Anthony Mackie, Stanley Tucci, Laura Linney If ever there was a film destined to divide audiences, it’s this look into the rise of WikiLeaks based, in part at least, on the memoir Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange And The World’s Most Dangerous Website by Daniel Domscheit-Berg. Daniel Bruhl, recently seen in the Formula 1 racing drama, Rush, plays Domscheit-Berg and the film chronicles his relationship with Assange (geek favourite Benedict Cumberbatch with a dye job and a broad but fairly convincing Aussie drawl) from their first meeting in 2007 through to the cablegate scandal and Domscheit-Berg’s parting of ways with WikiLeaks. Director, Bill Condon (Chicago, Twilight: Breaking Dawn) and screenwriter, Josh Singer frame The Fifth Estate as a thriller pitched somewhere between Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Hackers, where hip, politicised computer geeks in wintry Eastern European cities penetrate the servers of big government and corporate interests while German EBM pulses on the soundtrack. The WikiLeaks virtual presence is depicted as an almost infinite newsroom where countless citizen journalists at countless desks diligently work to expose the corrupt and inhumane, and Assange and Domscheit-Berg are twin Davids

dreams of crossing the border to become a singer in the United States, while her lover, Jovany (Fernando Moreno) is drawn into the criminal underworld. There’s also Tlatelolco: Summer Of ‘68, a sprawling, epic love story set in the year when Mexico City was selected to host the Olympic Games. Contrasting grand passions and a heartfelt storyline against the political and social turmoil of the period, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser. The Mayor, a documentary feature, tells the story of Mauricio Fernandez, a controversial political figure in northern Mexico and a man at the coalface of the current drug-related violence. A shocking and sometimes absurd portrait - the ceilings in Fernandez’s palace once belonged to William Randolph Hearst, which speaks volumes - it is one of the must-see films of the program. So too is Colosio: El Asesinato, a political thriller based on the 1994 assassination of presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio. Playing out like a Spanish language Oliver Stone drama (back when he was good, no less) this should draw admiration from fans of the recent run of dour, convoluted and cynical action flicks. If you find yourself in need of a corrective, Suave Patria comes highly recommended. A traditional Mexican farce, it sees tow unemployed actors being mistaken for kidnapers by a driven police commander. The Hola Mexico Film Festival runs at Cinema Paradiso from Thursday, November 14, until Wednesday, November 20. For tickets and session times, go to TRAVIS JOHNSON

working to bring down countless modern world Goliaths. Some viewers will be put off by such cinematic tricks, expecting a dry and sober take on the material, but Condon’s choices go a long way to making what could have been a boring computer procedural into something more dynamic. Although Bruhl plays the film’s point of view character, all eyes will be on Cumberbatch for obvious reasons. The Sherlock star acquits himself well, lending his portrayal shading and nuance without ever letting us too far beneath the surface. Here, Assange the champion of transparency is guarded to the point of paranoia, becoming more driven and more strident as the story progresses and the stakes get higher. Is it accurate, though? It’s hard to say. Both Assange’s defenders and his detractors will have no problem finding cause for complaint. For one thing, the film’s timeline stops short of the sex crime allegations against Assange and his subsequent travails. For another, Domscheit-Berg’s well-documented falling out with Assange leaves him - and thus the filmmakers adapting his account - little reason to paint his former colleague. The Fifth Estate is by no means the final word on Assange in particular or contemporary journalism as a whole - even though David Thewlis turns up as British journalist Nick Davies to tell us that, yeah, it is. The final word on Assange is years into the future, if it is ever uttered at all, and to expect a contemporaneous Hollywood film to embody it is ludicrous. The best course of action is to treat the film for what it is: a competent thriller drawing on and, yes, fictionalising recent events. It’s no earth-shattering work of genius, but it’s not a waste of time either. TRAVIS JOHNSON WWW. XP RE SS MAG.COM. AU


Colosio: El Asesinato

HOLA MEXICO FILM FESTIVAL Bueno In the short eight years that it’s been around, The Hola Mexico Film Festival has quickly established itself as one the most anticipated events on the cinema calendar. In any given year the program has never been less than strong, encompassing a range of genres from hard-hitting drama to comedy to confronting documentary studies of the culturual, social and criminal issues that currently plague much of Mexico. 2013 is no exception. The opening night film is We Are The Nobles, a sharp social comedy that topped the box office in its native land. The film follows the travails of three spoiled children when their construction magnate father, appalled at their behaviour and attitudes toward the world, fakes bankruptcy to teach them a lesson, forcing them to live with their grandfather in a poverty-stricken neighbourhood and actually try and earn a living for themselves. By contrast, The Precious And Brief Life Of Sabina Rivas from director Luis Mandoki, charts somewhat similar territory to the relatively recent Miss Bala. Greisy Mean is the titular Sabina Rivas, who

THE FIFTH ESTATE The Julian Intrigues Directed by Bill Condon Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl, David Thewlis, Anthony Mackie, Stanley Tucci, Laura Linney If ever there was a film destined to divide audiences, it’s this look into the rise of WikiLeaks based, in part at least, on the memoir Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange And The World’s Most Dangerous Website by Daniel Domscheit-Berg. Daniel Bruhl, recently seen in the Formula 1 racing drama, Rush, plays Domscheit-Berg and the film chronicles his relationship with Assange (geek favourite Benedict Cumberbatch with a dye job and a broad but fairly convincing Aussie drawl) from their first meeting in 2007 through to the cablegate scandal and Domscheit-Berg’s parting of ways with WikiLeaks. Director, Bill Condon (Chicago, Twilight: Breaking Dawn) and screenwriter, Josh Singer frame The Fifth Estate as a thriller pitched somewhere between Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Hackers, where hip, politicised computer geeks in wintry Eastern European cities penetrate the servers of big government and corporate interests while German EBM pulses on the soundtrack. The WikiLeaks virtual presence is depicted as an almost infinite newsroom where countless citizen journalists at countless desks diligently work to expose the corrupt and inhumane, and Assange and Domscheit-Berg are twin Davids

dreams of crossing the border to become a singer in the United States, while her lover, Jovany (Fernando Moreno) is drawn into the criminal underworld. There’s also Tlatelolco: Summer Of ‘68, a sprawling, epic love story set in the year when Mexico City was selected to host the Olympic Games. Contrasting grand passions and a heartfelt storyline against the political and social turmoil of the period, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser. The Mayor, a documentary feature, tells the story of Mauricio Fernandez, a controversial political figure in northern Mexico and a man at the coalface of the current drug-related violence. A shocking and sometimes absurd portrait - the ceilings in Fernandez’s palace once belonged to William Randolph Hearst, which speaks volumes - it is one of the must-see films of the program. So too is Colosio: El Asesinato, a political thriller based on the 1994 assassination of presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio. Playing out like a Spanish language Oliver Stone drama (back when he was good, no less) this should draw admiration from fans of the recent run of dour, convoluted and cynical action flicks. If you find yourself in need of a corrective, Suave Patria comes highly recommended. A traditional Mexican farce, it sees tow unemployed actors being mistaken for kidnapers by a driven police commander. The Hola Mexico Film Festival runs at Cinema Paradiso from Thursday, November 14, until Wednesday, November 20. For tickets and session times, go to TRAVIS JOHNSON

working to bring down countless modern world Goliaths. Some viewers will be put off by such cinematic tricks, expecting a dry and sober take on the material, but Condon’s choices go a long way to making what could have been a boring computer procedural into something more dynamic. Although Bruhl plays the film’s point of view character, all eyes will be on Cumberbatch for obvious reasons. The Sherlock star acquits himself well, lending his portrayal shading and nuance without ever letting us too far beneath the surface. Here, Assange the champion of transparency is guarded to the point of paranoia, becoming more driven and more strident as the story progresses and the stakes get higher. Is it accurate, though? It’s hard to say. Both Assange’s defenders and his detractors will have no problem finding cause for complaint. For one thing, the film’s timeline stops short of the sex crime allegations against Assange and his subsequent travails. For another, Domscheit-Berg’s well-documented falling out with Assange leaves him - and thus the filmmakers adapting his account - little reason to paint his former colleague. The Fifth Estate is by no means the final word on Assange in particular or contemporary journalism as a whole - even though David Thewlis turns up as British journalist Nick Davies to tell us that, yeah, it is. The final word on Assange is years into the future, if it is ever uttered at all, and to expect a contemporaneous Hollywood film to embody it is ludicrous. The best course of action is to treat the film for what it is: a competent thriller drawing on and, yes, fictionalising recent events. It’s no earth-shattering work of genius, but it’s not a waste of time either. WORDS: TRAVIS JOHNSON WWW. XP RE SS MAG.COM. AU


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The Collective Focus: Fremantle PCYC Presented as part of the Fremantle Festival, this photographic exhibition presents works from young women aged between 11 and 19, all of whom were mentored by professional WA photographers an encouraged to find their own creative voice. It runs until November 16. Entry is free. Exploring Arcadia: Linton & Kay Galleries Having sworn to never again paint negative images following the September 11 attacks, artist Donald Waters has instead dedicated himself to producing uplifting and idyllic works. His latest exhibition is a further exploration of his constant themes of peace, joy and simplicity. It runs until November 21. Go to for more. Printmakers Landscape: Heathcote Museum & Gallery An investigation into landscape and environment through the medium of print from Robyn Collins, Emily Douglas, Kay Gibson, Jane Hardy and MaryLynne Stratton. The exhibition runs from November 16 - December 22. Head over to for further info. 2013 Bankwest Art Prize: Bankwest Place The exhibition of all the finalist pieces for this prestigious annual award, including works by Rachel Coad, Penny Bovell, Susanna Castleden, Thea Constantino, Penny Coss, Jo Darbyshire and more, runs from November 27 - March 3. Go to bankwest. for more.

MUSIC Frida Kahlo, Self Portrait With Cropped Hair - Van Gogh, Dali And Beyond

VISUAL ARTS Van Gogh, Dali And Beyond - The World Reimagined: Art Gallery of WA The third exhibition in AGWA’s MoMA Series encompasses works from Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Richard Long, Frida Kahlo and more. The exhibition runs until December 2. Go to artgallery. for further information. Little Paintings, Big Stories: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery Runs until December 14. City Of Fremantle Arts Collection - Pristine: The Fremantle Arts Centre A collection of printed artworks consisting of abstract interpretations of shapes and forms found in the natural world. It runs until November 17. Go to fac. org for details.

Momentum: The Perth Centre Of Photography A free exhibition curated by Paulo Anselmi that celebrates the 21st birthday of PCP. Featured artists include Max Pam, Toni Wilkinson, Juha Tolonen, Flavia Schuster, Perdita Phillips, Graham Miller and Chris Young. It runs until December 8. Go to for more details. Lab Partners Showcase: Outré Gallery Original paintings and prints by San Francisco-based husband and wife team, Lab Partners. Until November 30. Go to for more. 140 ART: 140 Nationally recognised artists and local emerging talent both contribute to this temporary gallery project that runs until January 31. Andy Quilty, Phibs, Amok, Anya Brock, Pip McManus and more will use shopfronts and walls along Wellington, William and Murray Street as a canvas for an ambitious urban art project. Head to for further information.

Lior & Westlake - Songs With Orchestra: Perth Concert Hall Performance on Wednesday, December 1. Head to for tickets.

Bruce: The Blue Room Theatre A new two man, one puppet show by Tim Watts and Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd that runs from November 19 - December 7. Go to for more. Peter Pan: His Majesty’s Theatre West Australian Ballet presents a delightful adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s beloved children’s story. The season runs from November 22 - December 15. Go to for more information. Cavalia: The White Big Top This magnificent equestrian event combines spectacle and acrobatic skill reminiscent of Cirque Du Soleil with jaw-dropping displays of horsemanship and derring-do. From December 4 - 29. Head for cavalia. net for more.

FESTIVALS Hola Mexican Film Festival: Cinema Paradiso This celebration of south of the border cinema runs from November 14 - 24. Go to for more. The Beaufort Street Festival: Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley This Saturday, November 16, Beaufort Street is transformed into a Mecca of music, art, culture, shopping and food in a celebration of the inner city spirit. Go to for details. Gimme Some Truth: Luna Cinema, Leederville RTRFM presents Australia’s first ever music documentary festival. Featuring 10 films, four Australian premieres and one world premiere, it runs From November 29 - December 1. Head to au for tickets, session times and further info.

THEATRE/DANCE/ PERFORMANCE Midsummer (A Play With Songs): The State Theatre Centre The last production of the Black Swan State Theatre Company’s 2013 season is uproarious romp through an unstable landscape of love, intoxication and chaos. It runs until November 24. Go to for session times and tickets. Casting Doubts: Enright Theatre A comedic journey through real-world problems facing Indigenous actors, this new production features an all Aboriginal cast drawn from WAAPA’s 2013 Aboriginal Theatre graduates. The show runs from November 16 - 21. Head to for tickets and info.

Fridey At The Hydey, screening at Gimme Some Truth

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PERTH INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL LAUNCH Perth Concert Hall Thursday, November 7, 2013 Perth’s cultural elite gathered in their hundreds on Thursday night to hear artistic director John Holloway unveil the program for the 2014 arts festival.


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JON HOPKINS EYES WIDE OPEN Jon Hopkins might have dropped his fourth album almost six months ago now, but the applause still hasn’t died down. ALEX GRIFFIN talks to the in-demand UK composer, producer and remixer ahead of his first visit to Perth next month for Slanted And Enchanted on Saturday, December 7 at The Bakery. Having previously made a name for his collaborations with the likes of Brian Eno and King Creosote, Jon Hopkins’ fourth album, Immunity is


a great leap forward and a treasure for anyone who thinks that brains and the dancefloor go perfectly well together, thank you. For Hopkins, the success of Immunity came down to being able to spend time locked away and obsessing over the billions of details that combine in moments like the solar surges of Sun Harmonics. “This time I did nothing but this for nine months and it feels much more coherent, like it comes from one time,” he explains. “In the past I’d been working on so many different things that it sounded like a heap of different times and styles thrown together. I’m proud of other things I’ve done, but I reckon this stood a better chance of sounding like it made sense!” CONTINUED ON PAGE 34










He’s not the only one who thinks so, if rabid acclaim from Pitchfork and a nomination for the UK’s prestigious annual Mercury Prize is anything to go by. Though he acknowledges the recognition from the industry as a boon - “it’s only a bonus; you don’t go into music to win white goods. I don’t think about these things until they happen, but when they do you get all this extra exposure, so it’s a great help. The second you start focusing on it you’re gone, but having had three albums under the radar I’ve never craved that attention.” Yet for someone who has now been put firmly at the head of the vanguard, Hopkins spends as little time as possible keeping his finger on the pulse. “I don’t keep track of the most current stuff on purpose, because I wanted to make something that didn’t sound like it had been made exactly right now,” he says. “The stuff I grew up with like The Chemical Brothers and other stuff from the early ‘90s when I was just getting into dance music is important to me, because they all feel like albums, not just collections of bangers. Besides, I have my own ideas which I wanna push a bit more and that’s what I focus on; I’m not a DJ, so I’m not keeping up on what the kids are making.” The thing that really sets Hopkins apart from the pack is the amount of work he puts into making every sound as personal and real as possible; basically, if it’s a preset, he doesn’t want to know about it. “My goal is to basically make something that sounds like a living thing. On (lead single), One Eye Signal especially, I tried to focus on making it never sound the same, like it was changing, growing, almost breathing the whole way through.” If changing things up means finding saltshakers or shaking the cat, it’s what it takes. “It’s all about making little handcrafted worlds for people; if you just grab whatever’s sitting near you instead of pressing a button, it’s more interesting.” Tr a n s l a t i n g s u c h a p r i v a t e a n d meticulously put together piece of work into a live setting was a challenge, especially with the timeframe Hopkins was stuck with before heading on tour again, but he’s confident about taking Immunity on the road. “The problem was that I was still in love with it; after I finished it, it was sent off for mastering, and then I had three days off before I had to start getting ready to play live. Having to rebuild it and break down the components was hard, but the great thing is that it takes on another life when you start playing.”

MYRE ROOFTOP PARTY Rapper and record producer, of The Black Eyed Peas is currently in Australia on the Going Out tour and he’s making an appearance at Eve Nightclub along with DJ Damien Leroy on Saturday, November 16. They’ve just released a new single called, wait for it... Going Out. Check out the new video and get yourself down to Eve from 9pm. Tickets available on the door on the night.

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Argentinean house DJ, Guti is stopping by The Collective at Malt on Thursday, December 19. A classically-trained jazz virtuoso and national rock‘n’roll hero in Argentina, Guti was born into a family of orchestra directors, saxophone players and pianists and after a stint playing in the band, Jovenes Pordioseros, he went onto make house beats with his friend and Latin Grammy-nominated producer, Leandro Martinez and a heartbeat later he ended up in Düsseldorf working on his techno and house projects. Supports on the night include the Shaddow Brothers, JK-Robot, Marko La Kucha x Colour and Locky Mazzucchelli. Tickets on sale via

Electro party siblings, Bombs Away have a new track out called Better Luck Next Time, which follows on from their club hits, Party Bass and Supersoaker. Things continue to propel forward for this duo outta Gold Coast via Perth (and now the world) with their original tracks clocking over 20 million views plus a ton of commercial remixes for the likes of Katy Perry, Pitbull, Potbelleez, Havana Brown and more. Following a tour of the US and Canada, they arrive in Perth for a set at Metro City on Saturday, November 23.

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Pic: Bombs Away



Hide Ultra Records/Ministry Of Sound Australia

Oddessa is the brain child of Phil Rogers, owner of Cuckoo bar/nightclub in Adelaide and techno label, Cuckoo Music. This, his debut album, is certainly not a techno record though, and that is perhaps why it is released by Pilot Records - a label that is increasingly getting a name for releasing quality Australian music across a multitude of genres from funky grooves and chilled-out moments to more upbeat and synth laden affairs. Intrigue fits nicely within this oeuvre. The album ebbs and flows between reassurance and melancholy. After the non-event of Intro we segue nicely from the warming melodies and left-field beats of Breached to the drum laden nu-soul/ house of Close In The Night, before the strangely disconcerting synths of Eldon Song brings the mood down only lifted by the spaced-out disco chug of Tink Thrice, which delivers us to the release’s most beautiful moment, Infinate Sun. With its hazy piano and blissed-out percussion this track is tailor made for taking in the rays, unable to move due to the extreme heat. Featuring a variety of sounds, excellent production and a charm that at times absorbs, though often titillates without fully delivering, perhaps the most pertinent aspect of this release is its title. Worth a listen.

Sir Bob Cornelius aka The Bloody Beetroots returns with Hide - an album packed with guest artists and typically intense electro house jams. The record’s lead single Spank immediately harks back to his first album, Romborama and classic tunes like Warp 1.9 with steady builds and a drop that just goes mental. He likes to chop and change his music - the song may be steadily building along a nice chord progression and then suddenly drops into a chorus of madness that abandons the previous melody. He also exhibits versatility through disco influences and a range of vocal assistance from singers, rockers and rappers. Runaway and Chronicles Of A Fallen Love utilise the vocal talents of Greta Svabo Bech, a voice you may know from Deadmau5’s Raise Your Weapon and Gemini’s Fire Inside. Other artists dropping in include Tommy Lee, Sam Sparro and even Paul McCartney who lends an interesting vocal to Out Of Sight. Cornelius has remained in touch with his own distinctive sound and unaffected by current musical trends, an admirable trait that tells us we know what we’re going to get. Hide is an epic record of its genre with those recognisable Beetroot’s synths and distorted bass lines that first got us moving before EDM was even a term.



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rather then loops or a drum machine, which lets me do more mangling... Live we run two laptops, one with sequences and live synths running off Cubase 6, one with Ableton, two Virus TI’s live on stage, guitars, drum pads, Lemur controlled via iPad for vocal processing, including loops, delays, FX, and mangling with ‘the finger’. When are you at your most creative? Louise: When no one is at my house. I can turn everything up. I can dance and sing. I can run away without actually leaving home.


Intrigue Pilot Records

LILT What kind of music do you make? Matt: I think the best way to sum it up is indie electronica... we aim to make interesting songs, arrangements, timbres and textures and play around in a lot of different tempos and sub genres. Quick overview of your year? Matt: We’ve been on a slow burn most of the year, but started getting some momentum going mid-year. Some highlights have included supporting Matt Corby at Freo Arts Centre and following up our Swim EP with a new single, Take which debuted on triple j in October as a free download. Tools of your trade? Matt: In the studio it’s all Cubase 6, Virus TI, Omnisphere, Z3TA2 and some of the NI synths. I like to use one shot audio clips for drum programming


Weirdest thing that’s happened on stage? Louise: Watching Choney pass out after looking up to see Daniel Radcliffe walking through the door (may not have actually happened). Producers and DJs you’re digging? Matt: My last favourites on SoundCloud are The Aston Shuffle’s remix of Owl Eyes, the new Disclosure track, Chvrches, Classixx. We played with the Fishing guys at Snakadaktal and were really impressed by their live performance and the unique sound they’re making. Where can people get your tunes? Matt: Everything is available for free on SoundCloud ( Or you can give us some money by buying our EP off iTunes. Lilt play on Saturday, November 16 @ Beaufort Street Festival, James Squire Bar (Barlee St. Car Park) at 7pm. Pic: Lilt

Expect to hear: Downstairs you’ll hear a bit of throwback hip hop, trap, rap and a few pop anthems now and again. Upstairs you’ll have a bit of house, ghetto funk and bootlegs to start, then drum’n’bass all night long. Next lineup: Resident DJ’s are Styles Ali, Charlie Chan, Zeke, Midsole, The Barons Red, Gran Calavera, Fendi, Js, Captain Danger, Eyesdown, Ekko & Sidetrack and Zanetic.

THE SWITCH When: Every second Friday, 10pm to 5am at Shape Bar, East Perth. Ethos: Strong focus on a good and safe atmosphere while still being able to rave till 5am or hang out and have a few drinks to unwind after the working week. Also exposing people to drum’n’bass in a different light and only booking the best DJ’s, so you know you’re going to hear the best and newest tunes.






A new place to hang over summer is the rooftop of the old Myer Building in Fremantle - now cleverly named Myre - and on Friday, December 6, I.C.S.S.C and Next Hype are putting on a dance party featuring UK DJs Oneman and Zed Bias and Adelaide’s Mic Mills & Babicka from house music label, Untzz. Expect cool beats, visuals, shading (the party starts at 6pm) and local support from Raaghe b2b Pete, Bolsty b2b Allstate, Deadweight Gang, Sleepyhead, Bazil Zempelys and Matt T b2b Troy Division. Tickets on sale now from Highs & Lows.


Cool stuff: We’ve noticed our patrons getting a bit sweaty, so this week they’ll be Gatorade on sale because you know, it’s got electrolytes. Attend if...: You like having a venue with two rooms and an outdoor courtyard and you like drum’n’bass. The Switch is on this Friday, November 15 @ Shape Bar. Pic: Zeke. Photo by Daniel Craig.

MARKUS SCHULZ Sound Of The Times Miami-based DJ, Markus Schulz has unveiled the eighth annual instalment in his city-themed compilation series, Buenos Aires ’13, featuring a handful of new music and remixes from Schulz, as well as tracks from other trance and house artists. AUGUSTUS WELBY reports prior to his appearance at Future Music Festival on Sunday, March 2 at Arena Joondalup. Schulz’s hefty touring commitments allow him to witness club culture all over the world and he believes the way audiences are responding to dance music has changed significantly in recent years. “It used to be very similar, you know, with the internet things got to be very uniform all over the world. I would say in the last two years, countries where maybe dance music wasn’t as big have suddenly exploded, and in countries where dance music used to rule it seems like the intensity is starting to slow down,” he says. Schulz was born in Germany but in his early teens his family moved to America, which is where he found his footing as a DJ. It’s in these two countries that he identifies a major shift in the popularity of different forms of dance music. “In Germany it has always been techno and traditional German music. I’m seeing that the kids in Germany now are hungry for really aggressive dance music. It’s the same thing in the USA. The USA used to be ruled by hip hop, but now it’s loud everywhere. You turn on the radio, there’s dance music; you go to the shopping centre, there’s dance music playing in the background.” Schulz himself is pinpointed as a generative figure in the EDM revolution in the US and has repeatedly been ranked in the top 20 of  DJ Mag’s yearly Top 100 DJs poll. Despite electronic dance music’s current ubiquity, Schulz says gaining exposure for music has become more difficult. “What’s going on now is you’ve got these big branding hype machines; that never used to be part of the scene. It always used to be about the music, people sharing the music...

people discovering new artists on the internet - it didn’t matter where you lived, you could be heard on the internet. Nowadays it just seems like you have to have a huge marketing team behind you in order to get heard.” Schulz is heading to Australia in March for Future Music Festival and he offers insight into the tactics he uses to get crowds moving at festivals. “The tracks are a lot shorter, you get right to the main point quickly, bigger build-ups and you try to put more theatrics into your set when you have those shorter festival sets. When you’re playing the ten to 11-hour sets that’s when you can spread your wings and some of the tracks sound better when you let them build organically. You let the track unfold and tell its story on its own.” Although he clearly relishes the freedom of an extended club set, Schulz doesn’t spurn the festival stage and enthuses that both environments have an influence. “I love them both. I could be at a festival and get like, ‘Wow, I can’t wait to get back into a club - I want to experiment with some different ideas.’ And then when you’re playing in a club, you try something and it makes the place go crazy and you’re like, ‘Woah! I can’t wait to try this in front of 30,000 people at a festival.’ It’s constantly exciting and you’re always looking to make the best of each situation.”

MR GREVIS The Great Escape Grevis may be a relatively new name in Australian hip hop, but it’s a name increasingly finding its place on gig posters, CD shelves and plastered all over Facebook timelines. He found time before his upcoming shows on Friday , November 22 at The Rosemount and Saturday, November 23 at the Prince Of Wales, Bunbury to chat with NICK SWEEPAH. Having just landed from a stint in Melbourne, which primarily revolved around playing in the Robert Hunter Cup - a football match in honour of Australian hip hop icon, Hunter - it’s no shock to hear the first name he puts forth as a major inspiration. “Australian-wise, Hunter would definitely be in there. Bias B’s Beezwax was actually the first Australian CD I bought, a lot of early Downsyde stuff and The Calling. The Calling was massive,” he notes, referencing what was arguably the breakout album not just for the Hilltop Hoods, but for Australian hip hop in general. His international influences on the other hand, may be more of a surprise. “US-wise I guess Naughty By Nature was the first tape I ever got.” It was their self titled album and it might be the only track that some people know. “I heard that O.P.P. track and was like, ‘fuck yeah this is the music I wanna listen to’.” Today though, he’s often likened to another well known voice about town - Drapht. “I actually get it a lot, people saying I’m influenced by Drapht and I used to hate it, but over the last six months I realised that I am, because every time I hear one of his songs it makes me wanna write! It was just sort of hard to say publicly because we’re such good mates.” Channelling these artists in his own way, led to some great feedback for his first album, The Sampler, and aside from one nonsensical online accusation of being a sell-out (for the record, that album was independently produced and distributed by Obese) - the praise continues for his new one, My Escape. “It’s incorporated into the artwork,” he explains. “I told Deej (the cover artist) what I wanted and he captured it perfectly… I’ve previously lived a bit of an abstract life and after going to prison and coming out I was like, ‘I need to start making a change’. I started getting all this positive feedback for

the music and it made want to stop the other illegal activities. All the positive things that people were saying made me feel really good about myself, and I’d never felt good for doing good things before. People were always giving me props for being a bad person. It’s basically called that because it helped me escape from the lifestyle I was living.” The positive vibes are paid forward too, sometimes encouraging his fans to get involved in the live show and often interacting with them via social media. “I like to be good to people who are always posting my shit. Even the vinyl that I did - I pressed 20 copies and gave ten to crew involved with the first album and gave 10 to my fans.” A self confessed bad-guy-turned-good, hopefully Grevis will continue to inspire the next generation of local rappers. WWW. XP RE SS MAG.COM. AU




Shed - Thursday, November 14 @ Ambar


FRIDAY 15/11

AIR NIGHTCLUB VIP Platinum Fridays AMBAR Fresh Produce ft. SlyKidd/ Bunj/ Baden Bangs/ Butcherskank/ Propaways AMPLIFIER Fridays Are Back THE AVIARY (ROOFTOP) NDORSE/ Micah/ Tomas Ford


AMBAR Shed THE BEAT (DOWNSTAIRS) Fantasy Thursdays THE BIRD Hip Hop Kara”YO”ke Nasty November THE CAUSEWAY Xport Thursdays CLUB BAY VIEW DJ Matty S & DJ Ben Renna CLUB RED SEA Candyshop THE CRAFTSMAN FiveO EVE NIGHTCLUB Retro Thursdays ft. DJ Crazy Craig KALAMUNDA Grizzly









AMPLIFIER/ CAPITOL Harlem Wednesdays THE BRASS MONKEY Victor CLUB RED SEA Cheek GOLD BAR Famous Wednesdays GROOVE BAR (CROWN) DJ Crazy Craig THE LLAMA BAR Akuna Club MOJOS BAR Kid Mac MUSTANG BAR DJ James MacArthur PLAYERS BAR Why Wait Wednesday? ft. DJ Ambadextrus SOVEREIGN ARMS Jordan Scott THE VILLAGE BAR Village People Wednesdays


Allday - Saturday, November 16 @ The Bakery

THE AVENUE DJ Lokie Shaw THE BAKERY Shigeto Sable/ Leon Osborn/ MhhMmm THE BEAT (DOWNSTAIRS) PLAY THE BIRD Second City Selections - The Sound Of Chicago ft. Henry Maxwell/ Mike P /Viv G b2b Jeffrey A/ Henry Sims THE BRASS MONKEY James Ess & Geroge Green C5 METRO FREO Residence ft. Bass Attics CAPITOL Capitol Fridays CAPITOL (UPSTAIRS) I Love 80’s & 90’s CLUB RED SEA Awol DAILY PLANET Sundowner Sessions THE CARINE Jimmy Beats THE CAUSEWAY Acoustic Sundowner CONNECTIONS NIGHTCLUB Tama sumo/ Heatsick /Kon THE COMO Gareth Richardson THE CRAFTSMAN Britty THE DEEN Student Night FLAWLESS Monarch Fridays THE GENEROUS SQUIRE Jon Ee GEISHA BAR HedKandi ft. Ace Basik/ Henton /Saul Bliss GINGER NIGHTCLUB Mondos “Feel

BRASS MONKEY DJ Peta & Grizzly THE BRIGHTON DJ Mel C5 METRO FREO I Love 80s & 90s CAPITOL Death Disco ft. Death Disco DJs CAPITOL (UPSTAIRS) Cream of the 80s THE CAUSEWAY House Party CLUB RED SEA Fresh Saturdays THE COMO Jay Lee Lloyd EAST END BAR Home EMPIRE BAR James Shipstone/ Finnebassen - Saturday, November 16 @ Geisha Miggy FLAWLESS Good” Dance ARMS LQ Saturdays Party ANG3L FLYRITE GILKISONS THE WHALE & FΔMILY DANCE STUDIO ALE FLAWLESS Melt DJ Spinback Cube ft. SNB YAYA’S GEISHA BAR GOLD BAR Kid Mac Finnebassen Friday Vanity ACE ft DJ Pup Richard Lee / THE GRAND Darren J /Tom Jay Mackay Love /Locky SATURDAY 16/11 GROOVE BAR Mazzucchelli AMBAR (CROWN) GENEROUS Japan 4 DJ Crazy Craig SQUIRE ft. Escue/ Mo’Fly/ Defauntly LAKERS TAVERN Marko Paulo/ GILKISONS Grizzly Bezwun/ 4by4 DANCE STUDIO LIBRARY AMPLIFIER Back 2 The Old Sneaky Pure Pop Skool Anthems MUSTANG BAR THE AVIARY Night Swing DJ/ Cheeky (ROOFTOP) ft. Ian M Monkeys/ DJ Samuel Spencer / GOLD BAR James MacArthur Hykus Saturday Pure MY PLACE THE BAKERY Gold Karaoke Allday THE GOOD NEWPORT Sable/ Chu/ SHEPHERD Gravity Ndorse Chocolate Jesus PARAMOUNT THE BALMORAL THE GRAND Flyte/ Dj John/ Back To The 80’s Jay Mackay Jordan BAR 120 GROOVE BAR PLAYERS BAR Little Nicky (CROWN) Hooch BEAT NIGHTCLUB DJ Dan THE QUEENS (UPSTAIRS) LEEDERVILLE Reuben CANVAS HOTEL ROCKET ROOM BEAT NIGHTCLUB (DOWNSTAIRS) Howlers ft DJ (DOWNSTAIRS) Under The Arena Frank N Bean Big Kidz Party Party THE SAINT Karoke Party THE LIBRARY Az-T THE BIRD DJ Victor / DJ Riki SHAPE BAR Beaufort Street LOST SOCIETY The Switch Festival After Chalk (indie/ hip Party SOVEREIGN hop)



SHOW OF THE WEEK Beaufort Street Festival Saturday, November 16 @ Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley


METRO FREO Metropolis Saturdays PARKER Parker Saturdays ft. Drifter/ Paul Scott/ Jackness/ Chiari/ Axen PARAMOUNT Felix/DJ John/ Jordan PLAYERS BAR LUXE THE QUEENS Kenny L/ JMC/ Tom Drummond/ Mikeee/ Jon Ee THE SAINT Az-T SOVEREIGN ARMS Britty TIGER LIL’S DJ Bojan/ Benjamin Sebastian/Alex Koresis THE WHALE & ALE DJ Spinback THE WEMBLEY HOTEL Lokie Shaw WOLF LANE

Soulville YAYA’S Arcadia All Nighter SUNDAY 17/11

THE AVIARY (ROOFTOP) Rooftop Sessions Ben Sebastian / NDORSE THE BIRD Hops Wars Sunday Session CAPITOL Big Sean EMPIRE BAR DJ Victor/ DJ Riki EVE NIGHCLUB DJ Slick GROOVE BAR (CROWN) DJ Crazy Craig LAKERS TAVERN DJ Hages MUSTANG BAR DJ Rockin’ Rhys NEWPORT DJ Tom Drummond ROSEMOUNT HOTEL The Get Down

THE SAINT DJ Jon Ee/ Az-T THE QUEENS Fiveo & Sam Spence CONNECTIONS NIGHTCLUB Tama sumo/ Heatsick /Kon VILLA The Red Jump Suit Apparatus Red Beard /The Sweet Apes /Alex the Kid MONDAY 18/11


MUSTANG BAR Danza Loca Salsa Night

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IN THE DIARY THIS WEEK KID MAC 13 Mojos Bar 14 Prince Of Wales, Bunbury 15 YaYa’s 16 Settlers Tavern, Margaret River 17 Indi Bar SHED 14 Ambar TAMA SUMO & HEATSICK 15 Connections FRESH PRODUCE 15 Ambar BACK 2 THE OLD SKOOL ANTHEMS NIGHT ft. Ian M 16 Gilkisons Dance Studio THE BEAUFORT STREET FESTIVAL ft. Lilt/ Bastian’s Happy Flight/ Anton Franc & more 16 Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley ALLDAY 16 The Bakery FINNEBASSEN 16 Geisha Bar BIG SEAN 17 Capitol NOVEMBER



NAPT 6 Ambar

Paul 13 Parker

BAM BAM 22 White Star Hotel, Albany 23 Ya-Ya’s 24 The Fly Trap

KILTER 7 Flyrite

TUBE & BERGER 13 Geisha

TODD TERRY 7 Geisha Bar

MR GREVIS 22 The Rosemount 23 Prince Of Wales, Bunbury

SLANTED & ENCHANTED ft. Jon Hopkins/ Le1f/ Kelpe/ Lower Spectrum & more 7 The Bakery



THE BAMBOOS 5 Capitol SCNDL 6 Parker

NATURAL NZ MUSIC FESTIVAL ft. Kora/ Nesian/ Mystik/ Optimus Gryme & more 7 Red Hill Auditorium 15TH ANNUAL PERTH DANCE MUSIC AWARDS 8 The Court CHIC & NILE RODGERS 8 The Astor Theatre SETS ON THE BEACH ft. Miami Horror/ DJ Snake/Alison Wonderland/ Fort Knox Five & more 8 Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre MINISTRY OF SOUND: THE ANNUAL 2014 ft. Uberjak’d & Chardy 13 Villa ALEX METRIC Philly Blunt, Axen & Paradise

LOOPTROOP ROCKETS, SAGE FRANCIS 18 Villa WAKA FLOCKA FLAME 19 Metropolis Fremantle GUTI 19 Malt BOTNEK 20 Ambar BREAKFEST ft. Stanton Warriors/ LTJ Bukem/ Plump DJs & more 26 Belvoir Amphitheatre MARTEN HØRGER 31 Ambar SALT ON THE BEACH ft. De La Soul 31 North Fremantle Beach ORIGIN ft. Wiz Khalifa/ A$AP Rocky 31 Ozone Reserve JANUARY

CUBAN CLUB ft. De La Soul/ DJ Yoda 1 The Flying Squadron Yacht Club

CLUB PARADISO ft. Bag Raiders & Yacht Club DJs 1 Salt On The Beach CYRIL HAHN 4 The Bakery AVICII 27 Perth Arena FEBRUARY

ST JEROME’S Hunter tribute. Photo by Matt Jelonek LANEWAY FESTIVAL ft. Cashmere Cat/ Earl Sweatshirt/ Four Rip Huntz Tet/ Jamie XX 8 Esplanade Park Optamus/Bitter Belief/Rob Shaker/Armee/Flewnt @ tributes to the great man is that so many people love to & West End, The Rosemount Hotel talk about him. It wasn’t long though, before it was time Friday, November 8, 2013 for the essential headline act of the night to begin. Fremantle A literal all-star cast of Optamus, Bitter



FUTURE MUSIC ft. Deadmau5/ Macklemore & Ryan Lewis/ Phoenix/ Hardwell 2 Arena Joondalup GOOD LIFE ft. Deadmau5/ Macklemore & Ryan Lewis/ Hardwell & more 3 Arena Joondalup

The launch of Hunter’s posthumous album Bring It All Back was always going to be a rowdy and potentially emotional affair. Being that he’s no longer with us to help celebrate the release, a crack team of Syllabolix family got together to do what they do best - put on a damn fine hip hop show. Kicking things off was DJ/producer extraordinaire, Rob Shaker. Setting the scene nicely, he deftly unleashed some classic tunes, preparing a small but dedicated early crowd for the first live raps of the evening. New to many ears, Flewnt took to the stage with a humble confidence, delivering lyrics that were impressively well crafted. With a killer flow and disarming vocabulary, he proceeded to win over a lot of new fans. When he was joined on stage by an MC named Tera, things went into overdrive. The two countered each other with different styles, Flewnt with his technical precision and Tera with boundless charisma, making for a quality collaboration that left you wanting to hear more. DJ Armee took over the controls following their set, spinning a selection of Hunter’s favourite tunes and other classics. The crowd started to fill out and get into the spirit of the occasion, with random conversations on the floor frequently turning into tales of how someone had first met Hunter, or some of the amazing things he’d done to support them. It’s clear that he is sorely missed and one of the most honest and pure


Belief, Rob Shaker and MJ took over to a crowd that had rapidly filled out. Not being a group that has really performed together as one unit, they had clearly worked out their set list carefully, compensating for the absence of some of the Syllabolix crew by chopping and reimagining older tunes and slotting in some more recent material. Optamus has long been the consummate professional with his thoughtful lyricism and casual onstage demeanour. He easily delivered verses from wellloved Downsyde tracks, with Bitter Belief interjecting his own verses on certain tracks. Bitter himself is rapidly gaining a following, and his performance this night only served to solidify the reason why. With quality lyrics, meticulous delivery and an engaging stage presence, this MC keeps giving listeners more reasons to pay attention. These two were amply backed up by MJ and the turntable wizardry of Rob Shaker once again, altogether bringing the amped up crowd to a near frenzy. Wrapping things up with the SBX classic Judge & Jury and a toast to Hunter, they left the stage proving the hip hop scene here in Perth is vital and relevant. DJ Armee saw the evening out, playing tracks from the album being launched, while people congregated and traded more stories about Hunter, leaving the room with a vibe that wasn’t mournful, but celebratory. NICK SWEEPAH










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WAM SATURDAY SPECTACULAR: X-PRESS LAUNCH STAGE Perth Cultural Centre Amphitheatre Saturday, November 9, 2013 Well, it was certainly a beautiful day for it, with a bright blue cloudless sky arcing over a day redolent with the first heat of summer. Five-piece garage rock outfit Apache were the first round to be chambered, tasked with warming what was, pretty much inevitably, a thin crowd at the 1pm kick-off time. Still, they gave it their all, with lead singer Timothy Gordon leaping and lurching around the stage as though he were in front of a crowd of hundreds - or in the privacy of his own bedroom, whichever you prefer. Apache certainly play better in a cramped club than a sparsely populated outdoor venue, but that’s not to say they didn’t play well, much to the appreciation of the initial crowd and more than a few slightly puzzled passersby. Tired Lion followed and, in a similar vein, refused to let the lethargic energy of the hot afternoon set the pace. Singer/guitarist Sophie Hopes exhorted the audience to ‘Come up close and get sweaty with us!’ as they powered through an impressively tight set. Tired Lion do not sound like they look; if your only exposure to the band is their publicity photos where each band member cradles a cat, you could be forgiven for imagining them to be much more twee than they are in actuality. Live, they channel a lot of ‘90s-style indie-rock aggression, with Hopes’ little-girl-lost vocals nicely contrasting with the driving instrumentation. Perhaps it was an odd choice to slot in an instrumental act after two fairly energetic indiepop bands, but it worked a treat. Antelope don’t so much play songs as build sprawling, eerily deep soundscapes, layering traditional instrumentation with loops and samples to build up a strange but magnetic wall of sound. In practical terms, it resulted in a pretty

unique background against which to medicate oneself against the by now quite harsh afternoon heat. The sun was still high in the sky as Foam stepped to the stage. Packing an interesting, grungy aesthetic, a metallic edged tone hit hard even as the wind threatened to carry the sound away. While the lead singer and guitarist Joel Martin claimed that his voice may have taken on the characteristics of a bag of dogs, it’s harsh and wailing texture was a perfect fit for the band’s noise rock hybrid style. Cacophonous waves of feedback and hard, raucous guitars made way for some awesome melodic heaviness, proving that the three-piece that makes up Foam possess some solid songwriting ability. While there were times when the set seemed somewhat loose and lopsided with uneven vocal rhythms splashed out over the walls of sound, this seemed to be their intention and a decent crowd was held for the full course of the set. The sweet and organic music of Husband was next to fill the amphitheatre with its lushness. Their seven-piece set up was well controlled and tempered with each instrument sitting perfectly in its place. Exponents of a relaxing and mellow approach, lead by the powerful masculine vocals of Michael Paolino, Husband’s offering was perfect for this time of the day with the sun still beating down mercilessly. The addition of a piano, sometimes swapped for a piano accordion, accompanied by a rustic and self proclaimed Americana style, inspired a thoughtful mood for the early parts of the set. As things progressed, overdriven guitars and a fuzzed out bass picked up the pace and really got toes tapping. Overall, this was a beautiful and nostalgia inspiring experience. 44th Sunset hit the stage next with their good time rock style. While certainly proficient musicians, the music was unfortunately a bit dry and the compositions often generic. While the intention

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was there, along with a decently energetic stage presence, there was a certain depth of experience lacking in the performance. A few attempts at coarse, scream type vocals were definitely out of place and didn’t suit their overall sound. Having said this, at the peak of their performance, a clean and friendly style was accompanied by clean and honest vocals. Despite their best efforts, there was also a moment of somewhat awkward crowd interaction as the lead man put down his guitar and wobbled over to a member of the pushed back audience and attempted some sort of jig. It will certainly be interesting to see this band again as time goes on. The delightful Sugarpuss kept the ball rolling on the X-Press Launch Stage with their youthful exuberance. Sugarpuss really do have something special and they express a deep emotional awareness without over the top sappiness. The lead singer’s voice is truly something else, capable of hitting amazing high notes with perfect precision. Theirs is a well metered energy and each song encompasses a creative edge, eschewing the regulations of any particular scene’s sphere of influence. The build ups and drops were well formed and suspenseful and beneath their fun sound lay a mature understanding of structure and composition. An honourable mention goes to their hairstyles which are arguably some of the best in the industry. This was the perfect summer time music, as these talented lads moved seamlessly from clean guitar sounds and bright synths to heavy, body rocking guitar tones. Sugar Army are all too rarely seen these days (unless you’ve managed to catch Deaf Boys,

their three-piece configuration that features Pat McLaughlin on Sting-like bass/vocals). This set proved what a fine vehicle they are, with a four-tothe-floor set of tunes from both their albums, plus some newer missives, there is no substitute for class and their 8pm slot meant some uphill work was instore for the following bands. Keep a look out for Sugar Army, they may have been quiet of late but they certainly haven’t gone away. Sons Of Rico turned in a pearler; they’ve had a fine year and are ending it off in finery with a new single, Against The Grain, and some tour dates. Given Saturday’s performance, you’d be well advised to hunt them down, as their sweetness is all delish with crunch. Singer/guitartist Alex MacRae’s voice soars through masculine/feminine climes, dancing with and bumping against the melodies. The home straight was set for Emperors and they burst out the gate, immediately taking the by this stage well-loosened crowd giving them what Saturday night in the city should be all about. Some bass amp problems interrupted the momentum for a short time, with self-conscious banter filling in for a time, but the band’s unrelenting pop/grunge won through and importantly left the punters wanting more. Some wandered off to the after-parties at The Bakery and Geisha; others wondered where home was. All would have agreed, it was a spectacular Saturday.

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TRAVIS JOHNSON, JAMES HANLON & BOB GORDON Photography by Rachael Barrett


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MULLALOO BEACH HOTEL This Friday, November 15, Mullaloo Beach Hotel presents Flaunt Study Break Party sponsored by Midori. Arrive between 8 and 10pm for your chance to win Stereosonic tickets! Head back to the MBH for the Sunday Cider Sessions at the Oceanside Bar, this week featuring China Doll songstress Karin Page. Chill out with the live music session from 1 to 4pm overlooking the ocean, then kick on with resident DJ Kenny L and guests for the biggest Sunday sesh on the coast! Free entry. Karin Page




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ROSEMOUNT HOTEL This Wednesday, November 13, catch To The Depths, Nightmare Effect, Genocidal and To Hell With Honour, and Thursday night it’s Halloween Hangover with Avesera, Emberville and more. Friday night sees Bodyjar return to the Rosemount joined by special guests Luca Brasi and The Sinking Teeth, and Saturday night you can catch UK punk legends The Members with special guests The Lungs, Them Sharks and The New Husseins. Doors open 8pm each night. Head to for ticket info. To The Depths

RAILWAY HOTEL This Friday night catch September Sun, Some Lone Ranger and Such A Wreck. Doors open 8pm and entry is $10 at the door. Saturday, November 16, catch another edition of Teachings In Dub courtesy of The KBI Sound System. Doors open 8pm and entry is free!

CLANCY’S FISH PUB, FREMANTLE Tonight, Wednesday November 13, it’s Chet Leonard’s Bingoteque. Thursday sees Minnie Marks providing the entertainment, while Friday it’s The Seals and Saturday The Hussy Hicks take to the stage. Then, On Sunday November 17, frequent guests The Zydecats round out an excellent week of music.

THE BIRD Friday, November 15, it’s The Sounds Of Chicago when Untitled Collective return after their knock-out Detroit special to give us the second instalment of tributes to the great dance capitals of the world. Sets from Henry Maxwell, Mike P, Viv G b2b Jeffrey A and HW Sims. Entry is $5 from 8pm. Saturday sees The Beaufort Street Festival After Party when bands from the festival will continue the vibes by spinning selections of the Saturday night variety - free entry from 9pm. Sunday it’s The Hop Wars Sunday Session; WA Beer Week presents an afternoon of beer sampling from Little Creatures with a tasty courtyard BBQ. Free entry from 4pm.

FLY BY NIGHT Friday, November 15, Patrick James brings The Spring Tour to The Fly Trap, while on Saturday, Dan Sultan brings his Back To Basics Solo Tour to the main room. For tickets, head to Patrick James

THE BEAT NIGHTCLUB Friday, November 15, Clockwork presents Movember Party with The Wildfire, One Last Thing, 88 To Yesterday and Ascending Fall. Then First And Final take to the stage to make you dance into the wee hours of the night. Part proceeds to go towards Movember, all in aid to change the face of men’s health, if you have a moustache, You’ll get in for free! Saturday, the Beat has a little treat with Axe Girl, iChora and Suburban And Coke playing a Floorshow Special. The Night is summed up with Big Kidz Karaoke Party!

THE LEFT BANK MELBOURNE CUP Tuesday, November 5. 2013 The race that stops the nation didn’t stop the good folks at Fremantle’s The Left Bank from throwing a fabulous event to mark the occasion, with a sumptuous restaurant luncheon and a cocktail party to boot. Photos by Bohdan Warchomij

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MEZZANINE Perth grunge-pop outfit, Mezzanine, launch their eagerly anticipated inaugural album, Strange Paradise at Amplifier Bar this Saturday, November 16, with support from Foam, Sincerely Grizzly, Pat Chow and Depth Boys. We caught up with guitarist Oliver James to find out what took them so long. Although an album has been a long time coming, James is at pains to point out that Mezzanine haven’t exactly been idle. “Mezzanine have released a couple of EPs since 2011,” he tells us. “With the departure of previous members and the arrival of Dave (Robinson, drummer) and myself it was decided it was time for an album.” Still, he does admit there were unavoidable distractions. “We spent a few months writing songs and then became heavily distracted by the arrival of a black cat at (bassist David) Jago’s house. Professor Fluffy von Litter he was thus named.”

The boys recorded at Blackbird Studios with Dave Parkin, of whom James says, “The man knows his way around a record.” Asked to pick a must-listen track off of the upcoming release, he says, “Strange Paradise (the song) is pretty amazing. We were all excited to hear it back. It benefits from the studio magic.”

RICO RUMBLINGS CHIAROSCURO BLUES This Thursday, November 14, sees a massive double stage event at Mojos Bar in the form of Light And Shade. 11 white-hot Perth rock and acoustic acts will bring everything they’ve got to you, the people. Make sure you make the effort to catch Sugarpuss, Double Rainbow, Spaceman Antics, Luke Dux, Apache, Bedouin Sea, These Winter Nights and Riley Pearce. Doors open at 8pm. Entry is $15 before 9pm, $20 thereafter.

Local faves Sons Of Rico are putting a pin in their 2013 activities, with the handful of gigs taking palce this weekend being their final live shows of the year. To really make the occasion special, they’ve invited Tired Lion, who just dominated at the WAM Saturday Spectacular, along for the weekend. Catch them on Friday, November 15, at Bunbury’s Prince Of Wales, Saturday at The Indi Bar along with Braves and Sunday at the Newport in Freo with Childsaint pulling support duties. Pic: Sons Of Rico

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FAWNING OVER YOU Matt Aiken, who sometimes goes by the name of Gilbert Fawn for reasons best known to himself, launches his new CD at The Bird tonight, Wednesday November 13. Support comes from Erasers, Bluff Knoll and DJ Brendan Jay. Doors open at 8pm, entry is $5.

SAVE THE DATE Local rockers The Date will be tearing it up at The Paddington Ale House tonight, Wednesday, November 13. Joining the trio will be The Red Embers and Ben Wolf. It all starts at 7.30pm and entry is free.

ON THE HUNT Local songstress Leah Miche plays the Ellington this Monday, November 18 for the last monthly Song Lounge of 2013. Also on the bill are Turin Robinson, Amanda Canzurlo and Rose Parker. Doors open at 7pm, tickets from $15 at Pic: Leah Miche



Next Wednesday, November 20, catch roots/country exponent Tracey Barnett and WAM Blues And Roots Song Of The Year winner Jordan McRobbie at The Indi Bar for a night of truthful, soulful tunes and melodies. Doors open at 8pm, entry is free.

Art Of Art is a brand new management and booking agency and to mark the occasion of their throwing their hat into Perth’s musical ring, they’re having a shindig at The Rosemount Hotel next Wednesday, November 20. Catch Fremantle alt-rock outfit The Bitter Grins and indie-pop duo Radio In Motion from 8pm. Entry is $10 on the door.

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This Friday, November 15, Perth power-punk trio Leeches take over The Rosemount Hotel’s 459 Bar in order to unleash their debut album, Lords Of Dullsville, upon the unsuspecting populace of Perth. Special guests at this momentous event include Tikdoff, who’ll be launching their own 7” the very same night, Plastic Bags, Prague and Sharon. Doors open at 8pm.

On Tuesday, November 19, make your way to YaYa’s to hear five bands for a fiver! That’s right, for such a paltry sum you can enjoy an evening of some of Perth’s finer musical ingénues, including The Monicans, Sprawl, Lionizer, Black Stone From The Sun and Kerry Fletcher. Doors open at 7pm, entry is, well, $5.

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Gilbert Fawn CD Launch @ The Bird Leeches Lords Of Dullsville Album Launch @ 459 Bar Mezzanine Strange Paradise Album Launch @ Amplifier


Rag N’ Bone Crossing Single Launch @ PICA Bar


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BODYJAR The Fundamentals After a lengthy period of inactivity and an eight-year wait for their latest album Role Model, Australia’s favourite punk rock band Bodyjar are hitting the road again, playing shows at the Rosemount Hotel this Friday, November 15, and the Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, on Saturday November 16. GEORGE GREEN catches up with full-time guitarist and parttime funny-guy Tom Read ahead of the band’s tour in support of their new LP, Role Model. If you’re not yet fully acquainted with Bodyjar, the Melbourne punk-rockers kicked things off in 1994 and have been taking names ever since. They have survived for nearly 20 years by displaying an undeniable work ethic, but above all else they aim to have fun. As the operator tries to connect the call to X-Press, guitarist Tom Read announces himself. “Tom is in the house,” Read bellows down the line as the operator attempts to introduce the parties in a professional manner. “I have literally just taken my work shorts off and am putting on my gig pants and getting ready to go to rehearsals,” Read replies when asked what he is currently up to. Perhaps a little too descript a response for a general opening question, but Read certainly has a charm about him. You would be forgiven for thinking that this is just another tour for a band as seasoned as Bodyjar as they prepare to hit the road in support of their latest release, Role Model. It’s refreshing to hear Read explain that he and the band still get nervous before tours.



“You always get a little nervous playing new songs for the first time,” he says. “I mean touring is touring, but playing fresh material is a little nerveracking, to be honest. Exciting, yet nerve-racking. We haven’t done our own tour for a while, so hopefully people turn up, shit like that, you know?” Throughout the conversation, Read is a hoot. He’s a mid-30’s dad, locksmith by day/punk-rocker by night, and you can hear the enthusiasm in his voice when he speaks of the band. It is through Read’s passion for the band that he speaks of that you understand exactly what he and his band-mates are looking to get out of their experience in Bodyjar – fun.

“Look, at this stage of the game fun is the only thing that matters now. When we got back together we said, ‘if it’s not fun we’re not fuckin’ doing it’. Sure, we need to make a bit of money because we’ve all got day jobs so the band has to be self-sufficient to some extent, but what good is playing in a self-sufficient band if you’re not having fun?” “Look, at this stage of the game fun is the only thing that matters now,” says Read. “When we got back together we said, ‘if it’s not fun we’re not fuckin’ doing it’. Sure, we need to make a bit of money because we’ve all got day jobs so the band has to be self-sufficient to some extent, but what good is playing in a self-sufficient band if you’re not having fun? “We’re not doing this to make the band big, you know? We’re not trying to be something anymore, we’re just focussing on achieving the things that we want to achieve. I mean, if someone came and offered us a gig and said, ‘it would be great exposure’ we’d be like, ‘piss off’. We’re not really interested in things like exposure anymore. “Hindsight has given us the luxury of knowing exactly what we want to get out of this band. We’re enjoying it now more than ever, and we understand that with or without the band, life goes on.”



THIS WEEK LEONARD COHEN 13 Perth Arena DANCE GAVIN DANCE 13 Amplifier BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB 13 Metro Freo THE DRIFTERS 14 Cab Bar KID MAC 13 Mojos Bar 14 Prince Of Wales, Bunbury 15 YaYa’s 16 Settlers Tavern, Margaret River 17 Indi Bar SINCERELY, GRIZZLY 14 Newport Hotel 15 Amplifier ELIZABETH ROSE 15 Mojos Bar 16 Amplifier BODYJAR 15 Rosemount Hotel 16 Prince Of Wales, Bunbury THE MEMBERS 16 Rosemount Hotel BEAUFORT STREET FESTIVAL Boom! Bap! Pow!, Harlequin League, Stillwater Giants, Timothy Nelson and The Infidels, The Floors, Lilt, Anton Franc, Mt. Mountain, Simone and Girlfunkle, Bastian’s Happy Flight, Sugarpuss, The Disappointed, Red Engine Caves, Husband, Apache, Amanda Merzdan, China Doll, Special Brew, Hundred Acre Wood, Villain, These Winter Nights, Amani Consort, Leure, Louis and The Honkytonk, Jake and the Cowboys 16 Beaufort Street DAN SULTAN 16 Fly By Night Club 17 Ellington Jazz Club THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS 17 Villa Nightclub BIG SEAN 17 Capitol JILL SCOTT 17 Riverside Theatre AN EVENING ON THE GREEN Hoodoo Gurus, You Am I, The Whitlams, Dave Graney & The Mistly, Rainy Day Women 16 Kings Park & Botanic Garden AN EVENING ON THE GREEN Bernard Fanning, The Cruel Sea, Sarah Blasko, Bob Evans 17 Kings Park & Botanic Garden NILE 17 Amplifier SARAH BLASKO 18 Fremantle Arts Centre Courtyard IAN BALL(GOMEZ) 18 Mojos Bar 19 PICA Bar TEX PERKINS 19 Fremantle Arts Centre Courtyard



NOVEMBER BELINDA CARLISE & 1927 20 Astor Theatre THE CAIROS 21 Mojos Bar 22 YaYa’s THE BELLRAYS 21 Fly By Night Club BOY & BEAR 22 Metro Freo 23 Astor Theatre JEDWARD 23 Regal Theatre FLEETWOOD MAC 22 & 23 Perth Arena CANCELLED BAM BAM 22 White Star Hotel, Albany 24 The Fly Trap 23 YaYa’s HITS & PITS 2.0 Black Flag, Boysetsfire, Bad Astronaut, Snuff, No Fun At All, Good For You, Off With Their Heads, Jughead’s Revenge 24 Amplifier & Capitol MOONSORROW 24 Rosemount Hotel EROS RAMAZZOTTI 23 Challenge Stadium I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN 27 Prince Of Wales, Bunbury 28 Players Bar 29 YMCA HQ 30 Amplifier 1 Newport Hotel THE ATARIS 29 Amplifier THE SEABELLIES 29 Flyrite BIRDS OF TOKYO 29 Metro Freo STEREOSONIC 30 & Dec 1 Claremont Showgrounds MUSE 30 Perth Arena SCREAMING JETS 30 Astor Theatre

DECEMBER I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN 1 Newport Hotel THE SEABELLIES 1 Mojos Bar SCREAMING JETS 1 Wintersun Hotel, Geraldton SIMPLE PLAN 3 Challenge Stadium MARTHA DAVIS & THE MOTELS 4 Astor Theatre ALICIA KEYS & JOHN LEGEND 5 Perth Arena THE BAMBOOS 5 Capitol DYSON, STRINGER & CLOHER 5 Fremantle Arts Centre 7 Ye Olde Quindanning Inne THE MELVINS & HELMET 6 Metro Freo KYLESA 7 Rosemount Hotel METRIC 7 Metro City

NATURAL NZ MUSIC FESTIVAL 7 Red Hill Auditorium CAVE 7 Astor Theatre JACK JOHNSON 7 Kings Park INSANE CLOWN POSSE 7 Metro Freo CITY AND COLOUR 7 Belvoir Amphitheatre SLANTED AND ENCHANTED 7 Astor Theatre/The Bakery METRIC 7 Metro City WHITELY 7 Amplifier 8 Mojos Bar AIR SUPPLY 8 Perth Concert Hall JUSTIN BIEBER 8 Perth Arena CHIC & NILE RODGERS 8 Astor Theatre KATAKLYSM 8 Rosemount Hotel SETS ON THE BEACH 8 Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE 10 Astor Theatre TAYLOR SWIFT 11 Perth NIB Stadium STEEL PANTHER 12 Metro City ARCHIE ROACH 12 Fremantle Arts Centre Courtyard 13 Quarry Amphitheatre POND 12 Metro Freo BON JOVI 12 Perth Arena ABBE MAY 13 The Bakery 19 Prince Of Wales, Bunbury CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES 14 Rosemount Hotel THE PRESETS 15 Hotel Rottnest THE NERVE 19 Mojos Bar WAKA FLOCKA FLAME 19 Metro Freo HUMAN NATURE 20 Perth Zoo CATHERINE TRAICOS 21 Rosemount Hotel THE GIN CLUB 21 Mojos Bar SMOKE MY TOUR FlipTrix, Dirty Dike, Jam Baxter, Ed Scissortounge and DJ Sammy B-Side 24 Metro Freo BREAKFEST 2013 26 Belvoir Amphitheatre DE LA SOUL 31 Salt On The Beach NEW YEARS EVE FIESTA Abbe May, The Kill Devil Hills, Split Seconds, Simone and Girlfunkle, Huge Magnet, The Floors, Patient Little Sister & DJ Shannon Fox 31 Rosemount Hotel


JANUARY DE LA SOUL/DJ YODA 1 Cuban Club (Flying Squadron Yacht Club, The Esplanade, Dalkeith) SOUTHBOUND !!!, Bonobo, Crystal Fighters, Grizzly Bear, Horrorshow, Johnny Marr, London Grammar, MGMT, Neil Finn, The Roots, Vampire Weekend and more! 3-4 Sir Stewart Bovell Park, Busselton, WA WATAIN 9 Amplifier DEAFHAVEN 11 Rosemount Hotel DAUGHTERS 14 Amplifier PARAMORE 16 Perth Arena HALF MOON RUN 16 Fly By Night Club MISFITS 19 Amplifier KARNIVOOL & DEAD LETTER CIRCUS 23 Red Hill Auditorium CELTIC WOMAN 24 Riverside Theatre BORN OF OSIRIS & AFTER THE BURIAL 25 Rosemount Hotel WE ARE SCIENTISTS 26 Amplifier AVICII 27 Perth Arena

FEBRUARY BIG DAY OUT Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire, Blur, Snoop Lion, Major Lazer, Tame Impala, Flume & more! 2 Claremont Showgrounds BRUCE STRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND 5,7,8 Perth Arena PERTH FESTIVAL 2014 The National, Public Enemy, Okkervil River, Julia Holter, The Basics, Booker T Jones, DJ Shadow, Charles Bradley, Wire, Robert Glasper & Roy Ayers,Madeleiene Peyroux, Olafur Arnalds, Keaton Henson, Mikhael Paskalev, Ebony Bones, Duaghn Gibson, Pond, Ta-Ku, Canyons, Owl Eyes, Altan, Austra, Husky, Ladi6, Homebrew, DJ Food, DJ Cheeba, DJ Moneyshot plus many more 7 February – 1 March Various Venues across Perth LANEWAY FESTIVAL 8 Fremantle THE LOCUST 10 Amplifier THE NATIONAL 14 Belvoir Amphitheatre PETE MURRAY 16 Astor Theatre

DOLLY PARTON 27 Perth Arena NEKO CASE 27 Fly By Night Club BRUNO MARS 28 Perth Arena

MARCH KERSER 1 Metro City FUTURE MUSIC Deadmau5, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Phoenix, Hardwell, Knife Party, Eric Prydz, Rudimental, Tinie Tempah, Chase & Status 2 Arena Joondalup THE WONDER STUFF 2 Rosemount Hotel SOUNDWAVE Green Day, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice In Chains, Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Placebo and more! 3 Claremont Showgrounds GOODLIFE FESTIVAL Deadmau5, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Hardwell, Rudimental, Knife Party, Kaskade, Porter Robinson 3 Arena Joondalup BRIAN MCKNIGHT 7 Riverside Theatre BILLY BRAGG 8 Perth Concert Hall GOLD PANDA 9 The Bakery QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE & NINE INCH NAILS 11 Perth Arena JOSH PYKE 12 Quarry Amphitheatre KATE MILLER-HEIDKE 21 - 22 Quarry Amphitheatre SEBADOH 25 Rosemount Hotel DARK TRANQUILLITY & ORPHEUS OMEGA 25 Capitol 30 SECONDS TO MARS 25 Challenge Stadium HUNTER & COLLECTORS 29 (sold-out) & 30 Kings Park & Botanical Garden

APRIL WEST COAST BLUES N ROOTS Matt Corby, Michael Franti, John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band, Doobie Brothers, Boy & Bear 13 Fremantle Park BOZ SCAGGS 14 Crown Theatre MICHAEL BUBLÉ 26 - 27 Perth Arena MAY JASON DERULO 10 Perth Arena SEPTICFLESH & FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE 18 Amplifier

JUNE JAMES BLUNT 13 Riverside Theatre





WEDNESDAY 13/11 AMPLIFIER Academy Dance Gavin Dance Still Water Claims Vice Versa BAR 120 Felix BAR ORIENT Karaoke BIRD Gilbert Fawn Erasers Bluff Knoll DJ Brendan Jay BRASS MONKEY Sugar Blue Burlesque CARINE Open Mic Night Chris Gibbs CLAREMONT HOTEL Acoustica GREENWOOD Bernardine ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB The Midnight Collective Night Cap Sessions GROOVE BAR (CROWN) 5 Shots INDI BAR Hussy Hicks LOBBY LOUNGE (CROWN) Decoy Duo LUCKY SHAG Howie Morgan METRO FREO Black Rebel Motorcycle Club MOJOS BAR Kid Mac DJ Boston Switch MOON CAFÉ Going Solo Dom Miller Jordan McRobbie Shane Corry MUSTANG BAR Almost Famous DJ James MacArthur PADDO The Red Embers The Date Ben Wolf PERTH ARENA Leonard Cohen ROSEMOUNT To The Depths Nightmare Effect Genocidal To Hell With Honour



SWINGING PIG Open Mic Night Greg Carter UNIVERSAL Retriofit THE VIC Leighton Keepa VILLAGE BAR Village People - Open Mic YAYA’S HaHa’s @ YaYa’s Jacques Barrett Gary Sansome Matt Jan Andrea Gibbs Sam Cribb

THURSDAY 14/11 AMANI WINE BAR Live Jazz Night BEAT NIGHTCLUB (DOWNSTAIRS) Fantasy Thursdays BALMORAL Travis Caudle BAR ORIENT Open Mic Night THE BIRD Hip Hop Kara”Yo!”ke BOAT Jen de Ness Duo BRASS MONKEY Rhythm Bound Karaoke BRIGHTON Open Mic Night Rob Walker BROOKLANDS TAVERN Celebrations Karaoke CAB BAR The Drifters THE CAUSEWAY BAR Xport Thursdays DEVILLES PAD Rock n’ Roll Karaoke DUNSBOROUGH TAVERN Open Mic Night Pat Nicholson ELEPHANT AND WHEELBARROW Wax Lyrical Open Mic Night Distant Sun ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Patrick James Night Cap Sessions THE FLY BY NIGHT John Butler Trio Dom Miller FLYRITE Bastian’s Happy Flight Leon Osborne Cambourghini


THE GATE Greg Carter GRAND CENTRAL PARK Adrian Wilson GROOVE BAR (CROWN) Decoy INDI BAR Cherrywood LANEWAY LOUNGE Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys LOBBY LOUNGE (CROWN) Jack & Jill LUCKY SHAG James Wilson MARKET CITY TAVERN Original Night Nathan Mayers Mitchell Jones Mitchell Freind Kyran Walsh Kathryn McCarthy Kimberley Heberley Dr Jeff Robby Davies MOJOS BAR Light & Shade Sugarpuss Double Rainbow Spaceman Antics Luke Dux Apache Bedouin Sea These Winter Nights Riley Pearce MUSTANG BAR Res Stone Sinners Awesome Wells Bands Little City Dream DJ James MacArthur NEWPORT HOTEL Sincerely, Grizzly Black Birds Split Cities Tiki Bar Open Mic Night NORTH FREMANTLE BOWLS CLUB The String Beans PRINCE OF WALES Kid Mac ROSEMOUNT HOTEL Avestera Emberville Here Come the Cavalry This Existence Defy the Leader SETTLERS TAVERN Acoustic Open Mic Night Claire Warnock UNIVERSAL Off The Record THE VIC Harry Moore YAYA’S Jazz at YaYa’s Grimer Max Koening Elliot Frost Band

FRIDAY 15/11

BASTIAN’S HAPPY FLIGHT Leon Osborne, Cambourghini Thursday, November 14 Flyrite.



AMPLIFIER Mezzanine Foam Sincerely Grizzly Pat Chow Depth boys THE ALBION Jen De Ness Trio BAKERY Shigeto BALMORAL Mike Nayar


BAILEYS BAR Hi-NRG BEAT NIGHTCLUB (UPSTAIRS) Welcome The Wildfire One Last Thing 88 To Yesterday Ascending Fall First And First The Black Fridays BEAT NIGHTCLUB (DOWNSTAIRS) PLAY BELGIAN BEER CAFÉ Roger Roger BELMONT TAVERN Matt Angell BEST DROP TAVERN Pretty Fly THE BIRD The Sounds Of Chicago BISTRO 38 Gary Fowlie THE BOAT Nathan Gaunt THE BOAB TAVERN Frenzy BRASS MONKEY Jamie Powers THE BRIGHTON Ali Hill THE BROOK Acoustic Aly THE BROOKLANDS TAVERN Cheek2Cheek CAPITOL Sincerely, Grizzly THE CARINE Velvet CHASE BAR & BISTRO James Wilson CITRO BAR Dove CIVIC BACKROOM Enforce Mason Regeneracy Darkenium Cold Fate COMO HOTEL Fiona Lawe Davies 3 CORNERSTONE ALE HOUSE Sweet Surrender CRUISING YACHT CLUB James Sleight DEVILLES PAD Cherrywood Cal Peck & The Tramps DUNSBOROUGH TAVERN DJ Aaron Clarkson EAST 150 BAR Justin Cortorillo ELEPHANT AND WHEELBARROW Blue Hornet ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys Hornography EMPIRE BAR Howie Morgan FAIRLANES AMPHITHEATRE Karin Page THE FLY BY NIGHT Le Moustache Party THE FLY TRAP (FLY BY NIGHT) Patrick James THE GATE Dirty Scoundrels

GOSNELLS HOTEL Chris Gibbs THE GREENWOOD Greg Carter GROOVE BAR (CROWN) Tod Johnston & Peace Love HYDE PARK HOTEL Ricky Green INDI BAR Vdelli INDIAN OCEAN BREWING COMPANY Ben Merito KALAMUNDA HOTEL B.O.B. LANEWAY LOUNGE Aaron Spiers Why Georgia? LOBBY LOUNGE (CROWN) InRetroSpect M ON THE POINT Retriofit MAHOGANY INN Dean Anderson MOJOS BAR Elizabeth Rose Charles Murdoch Leure MUSTANG Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys Swing DJ Cheeky Monkeys DJ James MacArthur NEWPORT HOTEL Karaoke Classic PADDO Easy Tigers PEEL ALE HOUSE Vanerty Brothers THE FLY TRAP (FLY BY NIGHT) Patrick James PORT KENNEDY TAVERN One Trick Phonies THE PRINCIPAL Adrian Wilson RAILWAY HOTEL September Sun Some Lone Ranger Such a Wreck ROCKET ROOM Kickstart ROLEYSTONE COUNTRY CLUB Leah Grant ROSIE O’GRADYS FREMANTLE Madam Montage ROSEMOUNT HOTEL Bodyjar Luca Brasi The Sinking Teeth SAIL AND ANCHOR Howie Morgan SOUTH ST ALEHOUSE Robbie King Karaoke SPRINGS TAVERN Die Hard Karaoke SWAN HOTEL (LOUNGE) The Crossbars Gravity Punch SWINGING PIG Almost Famous Greg Carter UNIVERSAL Nightmoves WINSTERSUN HOTEL Warwick Trant

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YAYA’S Kid Mac Boston Switch YMCA HQ Emberville Vice Versa Afraid Of Heights Calm, Collected The Moment We Fall Adora Heights Just Say Mercy

SATURDAY 16/11 AMPLIFIER Elizabeth Rose Charles Murdoch ASTOR THEATRE Margaritaville Beaufort Street Festival BALMORAL Retriofit THE BAKERY Allday BEAT NIGHTCLUB (UPSTAIRS) CANVAS BEAT NIGHTCLUB (DOWNSTAIRS) Runaways Axe Girl iChora Suburban & Coke BELGIAN BEER CAFE Trevor Jalla Trio BIRD Beaufort St Festival After Party BOAB TAVERN Dirty Scoundrels THE BROOKLANDS TAVERN After Hours CHARLES HOTEL The Australian Santana Experience THE CIVIC BACKROOM Lilly Rouge Legs Electric Some Lone Ranger THE CLAREMONT HOTEL ANTICS Hideous Sun Demon Gloria Ironbox Spilt Cities Antics DJs CRAFTSMAN GrooVe DEVILLES PAD React!on The Beat Surrenders DUNSBOROUGH TAVERN Travis Caudle EAST 150 BAR Adam James ELEPHANT AND WHEELBARROW Blue Hornet ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys Why Georgia FLY BY NIGHT Dan Sultan THE GATE Greg Carter GOSNELLS HOTEL Electrophobia GREENWOOD Pretty Fly HOTEL ROTTNEST All Star Showstoppers


HYDE PARK HOTEL Howie Morgan Project INDI BAR Sons Of Rico Tired Lion INDIAN OCEAN BREWING CO Shawne & Luc KINGS PARK & BOTANIC GARDEN An Evening On The Green Hoodoo Gurus You Am I The Whitlams Dave Graney & The Mistly Rainy Day Women LAKERS TAVERN Celebrations Karaoke LANEWAY LOUNGE Astrid Ripepi Libby Hammer MERRIWA TAVERN Celebrations Karaoke M ON THE POINT Rhythm 22 MOJOS BAR Zarm The Amani Consort Simon Kelly DJs Flex & Corby MUSTANG Shot Down From Sugar Town DJ Holly Doll Flash Nat & The Action Men DJ James MacArthur NEWPORT HOTEL Gravity Tahli Jade THE ODD FELLOW (NORFOLK BASEMENT) King Tito’s Love Lounge DJ’s Grubby Sparklehaus Cooker PADDO Cheeky Monkeys PARAMOUNT NIGHTCLUB Felix PEEL ALE HOUSE Acoustic Nites PORT KENNEDY TAVERN The Hitman PRINCE OF WALES Bodyjar QUARIE BAR & BISTRO One Trick Phonies RAILWAY HOTEL Teachings In Dub The KBI Sound System ROSEMOUNT HOTEL The Members The Lungs Them SHarks New Husseins ROSIE O’GRADY’S FREMANTLE Flava SAIL & ANCHOR Light Street THE SHED Huge SETTLERS TAVERN Kid Mac SOUTH ST ALE HOUSE Robbie King Karaoke SPRINGS TAVERN Die Hard Karaoke

SWAN HOTEL (BASEMENT) Hello Darling Gone By Morning Solifuage Peasant Coronal Sky SWINGING PIG Frenzy Greg Carter UNIVERSAL Soul Corporation YAYA’S Perth City Battles Arcadia All Nighter YMCA HQ Paradise In Exile Anchored Iconoclast Ruthless Adrift Exanimis

SUNDAY 17/11 AMPLIFIER Nile ASTOR THEATRE Tomislav Bralić and Intrade BALMORAL Andrew Winton Adam James BAILEY BAR & BISTRO Gary Fowlie BELGIAN BEER CAFÉ Big Al & The Deacons BELMONT TAVERN Dove BIRD Hop Wars Sunday Session THE BRIGHTON Ricky Green BROOKLANDS TAVERN Gerry Azor CAPITOL Big Sean Special Guests THE CAUSEWAY Accoustic Sunday CIVIC HOTEL Frank G COMO HOTEL Velvet CLANCY’S FREMANTLE The Zydecats DUNSBOROUGH TAVERN Kris Buckle ELEPHANT AND WHEELBARROW Darren Reid & the Soul City Groove ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB The Gavin Kerr Quartet Dan Sultan THE FLY TRAP (FLY BY NIGHT) Stage Fright Open Mic THE GATE Greg Carter HYDE PARK HOTEL Bernardine INDI BAR Kid Mac INDIAN OCEAN BREW CO Retriofit KALAMUNDA HOTEL Kizzy KINGS PARK & BOTANIC GARDEN An Evening On The Green Bernard Fanning The Cruel Sea Sarah Blasko Bob Evans


LAKERS TAVERN Wesley Goodlet Jamboree Scouts LAST DROP TAVERN Rick Twine M ON THE POINT Nathan Gaunt MERRIWA TAVERN North Coast Jam Session MOJOS BAR Deep House Sundee’s Ross The Boss Stargazer Hideous Sun Demon Order of the Black Warewolf MULLALOO BEACH HOTEL Libby Hammer Trio MUSTANG Tailgate Sundays Downbeat Special Brew DJ Holly Doll PEEL ALE HOUSE Sophie Jane THE PEEL ESTATE WINERY Empire Blues Aaron Gwynaire QUARIE BAR & BISTRO One Trick Phonies RIVERSIDE THEATRE Jill Scott THE SAINT Howie Morgan Project SEAVIEW TAVERN Jean Proude SOUTH ST ALEHOUSE Anthony Neives SWINGING PIG Matt Angell Steve Hepple UNIVERSAL Retrofit WANNEROO TAVERN Dean Anderson WHISTLING KITE Electrophobia

MONDAY 18/11 BRASS MONKEY Wire Birds XBOX Mondays ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Song Lounge November Amanda Canzurlo Turin Robinson Leah Miche Rose Parker FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE COURTYARD Sarah Blasko

MOJOS BAR Ian Ball Todd Pickett MUSTANG BAR Triple Shots THE PADDO Rick Steele THE SAINT Celebration Karaoke YAYA’S Big Tommo’s Open Mic Night

TUEDAY 19/11 BRASS MONKEY Open Mic Night Josh Terlick THE COURT Open Mic Night CHARLES HOTEL Rose Parker And Leigh Siragusa Steve Tallis And The Holy Ghosts Paul Daly And The Heavy Hitters THE CRAIGIE TAVERN Open Mic Night ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Daniel Susnjar Afro Peruvian Jazz FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE COURTYARD Tex Perkins GROOVE BAR (CROWN) Jack & Jill KALAMUNDA HOTEL Open Mic Anthony Kay LOBBY LOUNGE (CROWN) Hans Fiance MERRIWA TAVERN Celebrations Karaoke MOJOS BAR Mojos Monthly Comedy Luke Francis Gary Sansome Ben Sutton Sean Conway Dan Brader Manfred Yon MUSTANG BAR Danza Loca Salsa Night PICA BAR Ian Ball YAYA’S The Monicans Sprawl Lionizer Black Stone From The Sun Kerry Fletcher


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