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90s Revival On The Green


As the first event for the festival season, A
Day On The Green have dropped a massive
line-up for this Novembers winery tour,
featuring a 90s extravaganza of legendary
acts led by You Am I, Something For
Kate and Spiderbait.
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Peter Garrett Bleached

Garbage
Strange Little Birds
Stunvolume/Liberator

Marcus Whale
Inland Sea
Good Manners

King Of The Comeback


Midnight Oil frontman and ex-
politician Peter Garrett along with
his backing band The Alter Egos
Peter Bjorn And John have announced a massive run of
Breakin Point intimate theatre shows this July in
INGRID/Kobalt support of his comeback album, A
Version Of Now.

Theres A Storm Coming


American rapper and hip hop maven Tech
N9ne has announced his return to
Australian shores this November for an
expansive national tour. The quick-spitting
MCs forthcoming record The Storm is due
out in September.

The Temper Trap


Thick As Thieves
Liberation

Tech N9ne

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Music / Arts / Lifestyle / Culture

Pinot Palooza, the annual nationwide


festival of pinot noir and music, is heading
out on their fifth birthday, which will even
see NZ. Plenty of wines will be available
as the festival travels throughout August
and October.
Pinot Palooza

Bleach Of Conduct
Los Angeles-based punk
trio Bleached have announced their very
first tour of Australia this September/
October, bringing their recently released
album Welcome The Worms to four
dates around the country.

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Calm Before The Tour


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the quartet hit their biggest shows to date
around the country come September.

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George Staple
After a series of tantalising
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Lets Go
Melbourne singer-songwriter Alex
Lahey has just announced the release of
her second single Lets Go Out. Her debut
EP is due out later this year, but in the
meantime she will celebrate with a string
of national shows in July.
Alex Lahey

Trevor Noah

Laugh It Up
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Margaret Cho
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Light Burst
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installation created by ENESS, will
premiere at Federation Square in June. It
contains over 200 LED lights, towers at
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with mesmerising visuals and sounds.

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states including Toe A Ballerinas Tale.
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POL I Elizabeth Rose and Brynn Davies he has all these instruments that he collects. I stayed for
the whole week and cancelled work, I was like CANCEL
talk politics, say urgh a lot and EVERYTHING, she laughs. That is the only time up until
complain about how fucked this point where I have been, like, truly intimidated, like,

T I CA 
I dont wanna put ideas down because Im so nervous
Tinder is. Cover and feature pics
around him.
by Cole Bennetts. That fear of judgement initially held her back
from writing EPs and singles with the kind of political

E L E C E
motivations seen on Intra. I used to really pick apart
lizabeth Maniscalco a force to everything and think Does this fit, do I really need to
be reckoned with in the world of write about that, should I do that, are people gonna
Australian producers as Elizabeth Rose hate this? [When] I started I felt like I had to tread

T R ON 
is absolutely tiny in stature. I know, I know carefully because I was new and I didnt want to start
she laughs, I get that a lot. She actually fits on the wrong foot, she explains. But now its like,
into a suitcase theres photographic proof urgh, it doesnt matter, its a creative output... I feel
on her Facebook. more confident to talk about anything I want now.

I CA.
Were curled up in a tiny patch of sunlight Six years into her career shes brazenly writing about
that is providing absolutely zero warmth everything from gun laws to same sex marriage. I think
on The Musics office roof, Roses publicist [Malcolm Turnbull] has more of a chance [at legalising
snapping away for the producers various gay marriage] than what Tony Abbott did. Its pretty
social platforms. They run a few poses for disappointing that were still waiting for this to happen
Boomerang and grab me in for a Snapchat, it shouldnt be made such a big deal of it being an issue,
complete with lots of emojis. And peace she says emphatically.
signs (shes just returned from Japan and
is revamping the pose). Theres a lot of
socialling going on, something that, while an
integral part of boosting her career, deeply
affects Maniscalco. I feel [anxiety] from
Australia is so behind and so
time to time about being so consumed by all disorganised in a way. We just
these social media platforms that I have to
keep up to date with and I have to represent havent got our shit together.
myself through, she explains.
Her debut LP Intra is a journey into
the young producers psyche, exploring
the issues she cares most about or feels Having recently travelled overseas, Maniscalco
to the greatest extent. Anxiety covers this has had time to reflect on and compare her home
particular vulnerability. The song is about countrys politics. Seeing how other countries are run
having anxiety because of having an online whether that be equality or legalising gay marriage,
presence being public and having social even like, transport systems! Australia is so behind and
media and being an artist and having to so disorganised in a way. We just havent got our shit
put yourself out there, show so much and together. Maniscalco feels that she has gained some
give so much of yourself. Like, yes, that is perspective on Sydneys status as an international
great and therapeutic, but at the same time city, and her thoughts on lockout laws are made very
its like... urgh! she exclaims. Thats my clear. Its very limiting. Again, with being overseas,
personal thoughts and feelings and, like, you come back here and its just like, Urgh, theres no
people judge you on the internet! Like they fun in Sydney! Theres no fun at all cant drink on the
can be horrible. street. Theres just a lot of negative things about Sydney.
As an anxious person, Maniscalco Its ridiculous.
could be seen as both lucky and unlucky to Intras most personal song isnt about gay marriage
be thrown into the deep end with big name or gun laws, or even anxiety. Its Steel Hearts the
collaborations so early in her career lucky longest song on the album which deals with love
for her music, unlucky for her nerves. Its and loss, something Maniscalco talks about with
pretty daunting working with people who are detachment. I was in a serious relationship when I wrote
like, successful. You just feel like Oh God, that, and its kinda weird being out of it now and seeing
theyre gonna judge me and theyre gonna that [the song] was like a time capsule. Thats a song
see that Im not as good as them. You get all thats really close to my heart. I got emotional in the take
these insecurities coming up. that I recorded it in because I was feeling like, you know,
I almost psyched myself out [when] I people feel overwhelmed by love and scared at the same
did a writing session with Gotye for a week. time that you might lose it.
He wrote with me in his massive barn where

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On a lighter note, her views on social
media extend to the dating realm of 2016
T A L E NT Elizabeth Maniscalco has dance and music in her blood.
She began dancing at age three and later progressed to
Everything is about being online, like, GE NE learning piano in primary school. I would teach myself
fucking Tinder. Like, isnt that fucked? she songs that I liked to listen to at the time, like Britney
exclaims. Its stressful! We all have to be Spears and all these cheesy pop songs, she laughs.
connected via the internet and its too much! Unfortunately we were refused a sneak preview of a
Ten years ago I wouldnt want to socialise potential cover: No, no, no... oh, no, no. Need a few drinks
as much, but nowadays from talking online, for that!
I wanna see people face to face. I wanna go It wasnt until she watched her brother, Anthony
on a real date! Maniscalco who you might know as Hook N Sling lay
We steer away from boys and get on down tracks on Ableton that she realised producing was
to girls specifically, the challenges she where her heart lay. Watching Anthony, my brother, doing
faces as a female producer in a genre and music as I was growing up was a massive influence on
a scene traditionally dominated by men. me. I knew that that was what I wanted to do watching
Yes, [sexism] does happen; its happened to him make something from nothing.
me. There are things that make me feel less He is a mutual friend of Flight Facilities a
respected as a female. Like, last weekend, or collaboration that played a major part in launching her
the weekend before: when I was DJing this career that started with me remixing one of their songs.
guy offered to take over and said to me I bet I was so excited I stayed up all night finishing it. We
you I can DJ better than you. I just took my started talking after that, because they know my brother
headphones off and just looked at him and as well everyone knows everyone in the industry,
said You dont say that to anyone. And I put which is something Im coming to know! So weird how
them back on and just ignored him. Its just a that happened.
classic example it will never change, it will
never change.
The only thing that can be done is to
stop it right then and there, like, Ill always
call someone out if theyre doing something.
On stage its just so important to stop that. If
anyones ever calling stuff out thats rude in
the crowd and theyve done that before
to just... you have to get respect! Like some
guy could be calling out Uuuurhhhuuuu...
show us your... whatever, she mimes,
flailing her arms about in imitation of a
bloke on the sauce.
But I dont really like, I dont know if
this sounds bad or not, but I dont really
like complaining about it and making
a fuss about it. I prefer to just ignore
it and laugh. It has to be about the
music, and not whos behind it. And
hopefully people realise that sooner
rather than later. People who dont
respect women thats their problem.
They will get shamed.

What:
Intra (Inertia)
When & Where:
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been, at that stage, wouldve been different: like, we
wouldve been happy if triple j had smashed it and added it
Music to high rotation let alone where it ended up getting to and,
like, connecting with people all over the world. And I dont
think that was on our radar at the time.

In It Together
I mean, second album, our label was telling us, Oh,
this is gonna be huge and thats blah-blah-blah, and, you
know, it didnt really kinda happen in that way. So youve
just gotta I mean, we just write the songs for us, and
When Bryget Chrisfield sits down with half of The Temper from our heart, and we believe in them. And then its really
Trap Jonny Aherne and Toby Dundas they discuss nice when other people kind of, like, feel the same way
about it. But its not the be all and end all.
becoming a quartet, the toll touring takes on personal The band collaborated with outside songwriters
relationships and life after Sweet Disposition. such as Justin Parker and Pascal Gabriel for the first
time on album number three and, when asked whether
egos get bruised when these songs dont make the final

T
he Temper Trap played a show in Melbourne the
night before our chat. While bassist Jonny Aherne cut, the drummer shares, I think theyre pretty used to
peruses a Southbank eaterys menu, drummer that process.
Toby Dundas divulges, I got to bed at, like, 1.30am, so I There was a song that the boys wrote with Weezer
think Jonnys had less sleep than me. Aherne joins us at with Rivers [Cuomo] and it ended up this great song,
an outside table. Before their recent trio of homecoming Aherne tells, but it ended up like a Weezer song. And then
shows, Dundas estimates the band wouldve last he was thinking about taking it for his record that just
performed in January 2015. came out, but he didnt&#133; Some of the songs which
Reflecting on The Temper Trap (formerly Temper didnt make it, it wasnt because they werent good songs it
Temper)s career trajectory, Aherne points out: just didnt feel like The Temper Trap.
Sometimes it takes a long time for things to happen Midway through Thick As Thieves songwriting
sessions, The Temper Traps guitarist Lorenzo Sillitto
left the band. Hed been in the band since pretty much
day one, Dundas laments of the guitarists departure.
Lorenzo and I have been friends since we were, like, 12.
He kind of came to us and he was like, I dont wanna
keep going. Admitting this came as a bit of a shock,
the drummer continues, He was about to have his first
kid and he was getting married and all sorts of things and,
yeah! The touring lifestyle definitely takes a toll on your
personal relationships.
Dundas and Aherne were with their respective
partners prior to The Temper Traps relocation to
London about seven yearsy g , before their debut album
ago,
I mean, second album, our label was Conditions dropped. All our partners moved and, you

telling us, Oh, this is gonna be huge and


know, Jonnys wife and hes got two kids now and,
yeah! It was a whole big move to kinda go over there and
thats blah-blah-blah, and, you know, it take that chance, Dundas confirms. Aherne extols, We
were off in a van driving around Europe and they were
didnt really kinda happen in that way. kinda holding down the fort together.
When asked what their proudest The Temper Trap
achievements are to date, Aherne has a mouthful of
focaccia, so Dundas offers, Winning the ARIAs was
really nice, you know? Dougy [Mandagi, vocalist]s mum
was always very keen for him to get a real job yeah, go
suddenly. It took a long time but, when it happened, it was
to business school so I think when he sent the ARIAs
kinda all these lights did shine&#133; I think people think
home she changed her tune. He was also pretty stoked to
its magic its just like all of a sudden you were chosen,
play during half time at the AFL Grand Final in 2012 Im
but nobody really knows how much you put into it.
a massive footy fan.
Two flat whites are delivered to the boys. When
My dad is a Hawks supporter, Aherne interjects,
writing material for the bands latest album, Aherne found
but they lost. So I was so ready for that to be a great day
putting pressure on himself to write a Temper Trap song
for dad, you know? But it was, like, bittersweet going up
counterproductive. Of the songs that just worked, the
to him afterwards. He was like, Well done, and he was,
bassist contemplates, They came from just not a
like, sad.
place of pressure or trying to write a Sweet Disposition or
something. That sort of natural place brings better work,
I think. So were just aching to find out: did they know
Sweet Disposition would be a hit as soon as they wrote
What:
it? No. I didnt, Aherne replies before Dundas elaborates,
Thick As Thieves (Liberation)
You dont know. And even our idea of what a hit couldve

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Griffiths, Brendan Hitchens, Kate fusion band Snarky Puppy
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Negro, Danielle ODonohue, Obliveus,
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unity that the band has always maintained
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I think were scared that somehow were going to be
made to feel like a fool if we show forgiveness, and I think
Music culturally weve made the mistake of equating forgiveness
with weakness. And actually it takes a lot of strength to
actively forgive someone, and actively forgive ourselves.

The Strength To Forgive


The 49-year-old Scottish singer has now been making
music for 35 years 21 of which have been spent with
Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig in Garbage.
The band toured last year for the 20th anniversary of their
Shirley Manson of seminal alt-rock band Garbage tells self-titled debut, with Strange Little Birds, their second
Hannah Story shes learned to forgive herself. album without the backing of a major label, described as
an act of com[ing] full circle, the two records like twins
in a funny way, thematically and sonically: We definitely

W
hen I was very young and I was very hard
wanted to make a dark record... I think that darkness
on myself, I was very judgmental. I was
speaks to that which was present in our debut record.
very hard on others. I find now that Ive
Culturally were encouraged to be scared of the
moved through my life, that to be that inflexible and that
darkness, but I feel dark matter, dark information is helpful
hard is not a happy place really to live, it causes a lot of
to instruct you in your life. Darkness instructs us about
anxiety and a lot of anger, Garbage frontwoman Shirley
the light and I think therefore we shouldnt just shut that
Manson says.
information out.
For a lot of different reasons I have to work at not
To be intellectually dark does not require your
being anything or everything that I want to be at any given
entire day to be immersed in darkness. I think its just
moment, [seeking forgiveness] for stupid things I say,
a willingness to look behind the curtain, look into the
people I hurt, things that I do I wish I hadnt. I try as an
corners, look behind the surface of things. I think at any
adult now that Im older to go easier on myself. And Ive
point if you look behind the facade you will find a whole
found that by going easier on myself Im so much more
cauldron of conflicting shades of black and white, in
everyone, in every situation, at all times. I think thats part
of the human condition, and I think were currently living
in times where were forced into pretending that we dont
coexist with all these conflicting emotions.
I dont think thats what being a human being is. I
think we have moments of confidence and then moments
of crushing self-doubt. We can feel elated one minute and
we can feel really disappointed the next.
Self-doubt, while it can be a helpful instructor to
creativity, no longer inhibits Manson. She considers
herself lucky enough to have enjoyed a long career: You
do anything for long enough, if you do something for 21
years, unless youre a complete moron, you will find that
you get pretty good at it... l just survived long enough to
grow some balls and to find some confidence in what I
I think we have moments of do, and that is a lovely place to be. Its like solid ground

confidence and then moments of on which you can stand. Experience is invaluable, and its
empowering, and its magical.
crushing self-doubt. On Strange Little Birds the band aimed to rely on
gut feeling in the studio and to divorce judgment from
the performance.
I think if all of us in the small room that we record
in feel a physical change while somebodys performing a
take in the studio then in this record we trusted that sort
tolerant of when people interrupt my space or upset me in
of shifting of molecules. If you can create an energy shift,
some way or another or I meet a conflicting perspective
you know youve done something good, and you know that
from my own.
will translate outside of the studio to a broader audience.
Thats not to say that I dont have flare-ups or sort
Whether you love our records or not, theres a
of immediate reactions where I feel angry or I feel upset,
heartbeat on that record, I defy anyone to tell me
but if I give myself some time I have learned to move
otherwise. You can feel a pulse and to do that on record is
through situations and forgive someone in the same way
very hard, and it doesnt always happen, and its magical
that I would hope they would extend that forgiveness or
when it does.
understanding to me.
Being kind to oneself, and forgiving ourselves and
one another, is the throughline for Garbages sixth record
Strange Little Birds. I think the overriding theme of the What:
record is about forgiveness forgiveness of yourself Strange Little Birds (Stunvolume/Liberator)
for not being perfect in every way, for hurting people, for
making mistakes, and its also [about] forgiving others.

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It has been confirmed that the final

The Bright Side


season of HBOs The Leftovers is to zombie show, and
film in Melbourne. Time to take up after only a few
chain-smoking for anyone wanting to be episodes its easy
an extra. to see why; you can
almost forget that
Climb Every Mountain the lead is a zombie
with everything else
So we finally got a taste of new material thats going on. Its
from The Avalanches via Frankie Sinatra. about a girl who
Its pretty ace, but surely it didnt take went through an
15+ years to clear that sample from The identity crisis and
Sound Of Music? is trying to make
sense of the way
All The Feels her life is unfolding
and the way her
If you havent already purchased your relationships are
tickets to One More Time With Feeling, changing, McIver
Lashes

the feature film that will launch Nick Cave explains. So its
& The Bad Seeds new album Skeleton very relationship and
Tree, we suggest you do so sharpish Spending recent years toying character driven;
via nickcave.com. It screens in cinemas I think thats what
worldwide for one night only on 8 Sep.
with morbid humour, New
keep it somewhat
Zealand iZombie lead Rose grounded and allows us to have some
Pic: Kerry Brown McIver tells Daniel Cribb why humour, and also high stakes, but also make
it accessible and personable.
its important to laugh when Its a style she attributes to showrunners
bad things happen. Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero, who have
given a completely original spin to the comic
book-based series. Its almost like [Thomas]

I
m currently lying on my parents sofa
in his own life is quite comfortable with the
in Auckland, McIver begins from her
darker side of things, and that can be a lovely
hometown. Im home visiting for a
balance. Some of the funniest things are
week and have regressed to behaving like
borne out of situations that could be quite
a difficult teenager and demanding coffee
traumatic or quite morbid and being able to
from dad and lounging around, she laughs.
Backlash Its the first time shes been home
for a full week in several years, with an
see the light and the dark in those situations
is a skill set, and its really accessible for
an audience.
Name Shame increasingly busy schedule thats seen stints
Were working with a morgue
on show like Once Upon A Time and Masters
consultant, who we put past every single
Parents who incorporate roman numerals Of Sex, as well as playing Liv Moore on The
question about how we would deal with a
into their baby names (eg. KVIIIlyn as a CW hit iZombie, so some down time is well
body in certain situations and she has such
variation of Kaitlyn). Does this constitute earned, especially considering McIver put the
a dark sense of humour herself; shes so, so
child abuse? final touches on a screenplay a week earlier.
funny and I find that very appealing that, you
Im very excited its with a director who
wouldnt want it to be borne out of disrespect
Vale Ali actually lives in Australia now, Peter Salmon
or anything, but bad stuff happens thats
so its sitting in his inbox, waiting to be read,
RIP Muhammad Ali. What he brought life and how things go and if you cant find a
she reveals.
to this world was so much more than way to laugh about it, then what a miserable
Its a fairly different tone to iZombie;
sporting prowess. way to exist.
its very dark, gritty theres definitely some
comedic elements, but I wouldnt call it a
Thats Annoying comedy. Its something that Ive written as a
writer, its not something for me to act in. Its When & Where:
The latest Coles ad that replaces
been a really good exercise, I hope it gets to 11 & 12 Jun, Oz Comic-Con, Melbourne
chorus lyrics from Thats Amore to
come to life soon. Convention & Exhibition Centre
Thats a down-down. More like
It could have been quite easy for
THATS ANNOYING!
iZombie to take a similar dark path, with the
inevitable element of death a prerequisite
for the undead supernatural creature the
show utilises, but McIver doesnt see it as a

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Good Folk
festivals might be.
Wed like to see A Raging Voice
that competitive
spirit this year,
maybe to the
festivals Limerick
competition.
Ooh, I like
that idea. I havent
entered but maybe I
should. I dont mind
a good competition
like that. Ive
been to a diddling
competition in
Scotland. Last week, loud rumbles along the
Diddly diddly Twitter chain spoke of a Rage Against
aye diddly aye diddle The Machine comeback, complete with
ee dee die, sings a supergroup featuring Tom Morello,
Thomas, leaving Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk,
Bush Gothic frontwoman her audience a alongside Public Enemys Chuck D and
Jenny Thomas talks to Sam little amazed and B-Real of Cypress Hill the two rappers
confused. may have confirmed the rumours
Wall about fiddling, diddling Its all people who cant actually play any through a series of cryptic social
and the very human need instruments but, they just go oh well, you media posts involving hype around
know what? Im just going to get up there and an unnamed band and a promotional
for simplicity.
do something anyway, she explains. They image from the Prophets Of Rage
sing a song but with diddles, oo de la de die website accompanied by the caption

J
enny Thomas is back from her solo tour do diddle aye diddle o die and theyre really #riseup.
of the UK, the kids are at school, the serious. The competition I went to was dead
serious and there was a microphone and The official Rage Against The Machine
dogs been walked and Bush Gothics
there were judges and you got judged on your website hosted a countdown which
frontwoman is where any sane person would
opt to be on a cold winters morning, rugged diddling ability. concluded on 31 May. The band held
up by the heater. Nice and toasty, laughs Like Irish air guitar? Well this was their first ever interview with Rolling
Thomas, something she does regularly and Scottish, giggles Thomas. I think the Stone, with Morello explaining, Were
with abandon. Soon though, she and the Scottish have that one more degree of not a supergroup. Were an elite task
band are headed back out, this time for the seriousness about it all. force of revolutionary musicians
National Celtic Festival. Despite the demonstration, Thomas determined to confront this mountain
Theres something quite curious that herself is more accustomed to the fiddle than of election year bullshit, and confront it
happens at a festival when people just devote the diddle, an instrument used to great affect head-on with Marshall stacks blazing.
themselves to one whole weekend to have on Bush Gothics recent album The Natural
Prophets Of Rage are set to rock the
a good time and just get into music, says Selection Australian Songbook, a collection
system at a one-off LA show at the
Thomas. The audience is always very quick of reinterpreted Australian folk songs. The
Whisky A Go Go. Morello says, Its my
to be involved and a part of the music. Its just colonial Australian songs are Ive been
contention that we can no longer stand
everybodys on holiday from everything, so drawn to for a long time just because the
on the sidelines of history. Dangerous
thats very appealing. stories are so intriguing and dramatic, you
know. Theyre all about heartbreak, and loss, times demand dangerous songs. Both
The NCF in particular, a celebration of
and treachery, and being lonely in another Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders
Celtic culture and craic, seems the perfect
country thousands and thousands of miles are both constantly referred to in the
arena for Bush Gothics dark amalgam of
modern and contemporary folk, though its from home. media as raging against the machine.
been a while between pints of Guinness for I think a very good folk song, or blues Weve come back to remind everyone
Thomas. I havent been for a long time, I song, the simplicity and truth of it, it almost what raging against the machine really
went many, many years ago, she recalls. I resets you, you know. Its what we yearn for means. You go Morello!
remember because I went in a competition, that simplicity, we all yearn to access that,
a fiddle competition. But I got there late, I got oh, resetting, so we can get on and cope with
there very late, and I wasnt allowed to enter whatever we need to in life.
but I played anyway. I remember a lot of Irish
music and Scottish music and they have a
very, very clear focus of&#133; the Celtic When & Where:
realms and really good quality too, because 10 13 Jun, National Celtic
of that. [Its] not quite so diluted as other Festival, Portalington

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Eat / Drink Eat/Drink

P
eanut butter and jelly, peanut butter sandwich recipes that were a bit crazy and waiting for the tram, or you can sit in and
and banana, chocolate and peanut that your mother never dared to dish out. watch the morning traffic. But its also not
butter (anything and peanut butter There were a few other concepts floating landlocked, and if the guys want to pick up
really). Some ideas are so outlandish and between the two in the early stages, but as bricks and spread the cheese at another
obvious, lateral but simple at the same time the establishers of Australian Mobile Food location the option is always there. Its
that it takes a visionary (or two) to put the Vendors Group they wanted something new unique to the area and Melbourne.
pieces together. The latest in this long line of something that mixed the best of both the The idea originally was to open between
light bulb moments has wed several unlikely food truck and cafe model. 6 11.30am during the week, but less than
elements in a way thats left the whole Cheese & Bread was a bit of a light a fortnight in and public opinion is thats
of Melbourne scratching their heads and bulb moment for Frank and Dean. Wanting not nearly enough toastie time. [Its had]
wondering how they didnt think of it first. to create gourmet toasties that flip home- great feedback and response so far, agrees
Its called Cheese & Bread at 518 High cooked comfort food on its head we set out McBryde. Were expanding to weekends
St, Preston, a drive-through, specialty to craft a menu that is undeniably tasty and and looking into vegan cheese and gluten
toastie cafe based in a repurposed shipping at times controversial. We had a container free bread!
container, and the latest venture from Dean on hand and just thought Why not? Lets Currently there are six options available,
Trpeski (Elite Event Catering) and Frank create a breakfast solution for busy morning named after partnerships that go together
Rusitovski (Event Catering Solutions). commuters with food we love to eat. like, well, cheese and bread. Theres the
Our philosophy is pretty simple; nothing Its larger than a food truck, says true back-to-basics classic, Tom & Jerry,
works better than cheese and bread, says McBryde, the upshot being that you can drive the straight house cheese blend. Theres
Marketing Manager Sally McBryde. We by snag a gourmet toastie on the way to the Bert & Ernie, which builds on that with
wanted to bring Melbourne cheese lovers a work without ever stepping out in the current roast beef, caramelised onions and spinach.
unique foodie experience by creating toasted chill. You can run in and grab something Or the Batman & Robin, which brings an
American Wagyu patty and crispy beef strip
into the mix.
So whats next? The Sherlock & Watson?
Bogart & Bacall?
Mmmmm, we want to keep a lot of
those top secret right now, says McBryde,
though she adds that customer suggestions
and toastie of the month are always great,
[and] of course lighter options getting into
warmer months.

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An Aussie Abroad
was no longer the
life of the party. I
Porn Tv Series
think people get With Game Of Thrones sweeping
freaked out by that Pornhub and the like to remove
and turn home after any copyrighted material, we
a while I know a lot thought instead of posting sex
of Australians have. scenes from TV shows as porn,
Its hard finding your
what if some porn movies were
people and finding
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your friends.
weve made a good fist of it here:
The single 78
Benz from his debut
LP Cast Of Yesterday The Devil In Miss Jones
was both the sum of
his struggles and his We can expand on the
salvation. When I adventures of Justine Jones in
was writing 78 Benz, all variations of the supernatural
that morning I had plane not only in limbo and in
Tim Wheatley like so many decided I was going hell, but also as the embodiment
home. I guess it was of lust on earth. Supernatural
Australian musicians who a moment of honesty shows are hot right now too, if
shoot for the big time in is this where you the buzz surrounding Outcast is
LA got a serious case of wanna be? and the anything to go by.
answer was yes, he explains.
broken dreams and rejection The writing process for his follow-up
blues. He talks to Brynn album has been a completely different
beast, Wheatley confirms. Ive been looking
Davies about the trials and over my notes since [Cast Of Yesterday]
tribulations of LA living. has been out and theyre so fragmented; its
almost schizophrenic. I think thats reflective
of the modern age; everyone getting their

W
hen Tim Wheatley answers Xx
15 seconds of information, bites of this and
the phone theres a moment of grabs of that. And I think Ive become like that
disorientation as we work out the too, you can definitely see that my attention
logistics of technological time travel an span has shrunk in the last year and a half by
issue that makes coordinating his career in Debbie Does Dallas
looking at the things Im putting down.
Australia from his home in LA pretty chaotic. Its not all disillusionment and shrunken
Its yesterday, but Im seven hours ahead, attention spans in LA the country music
he explains as the clock in NSW hits 11am. Debbie Does Dallas
scene supports Wheatley in a way that is not
Trying to coordinate even a phone call like as widely spread back home. [America] has We havent had a good teen
this will it be 6pm my time or your time, and people that have built careers in between
is it Friday or Thursday? I dont know, where football drama since Friday Night
country and rocknroll, in between country
are we? Lights, so reworking Debbie Does
and pop, in between country and folk. I just
Living in LA for the past four years as Dallas seems ideal, focusing
find that in Australia when I go there, theres
a triple threat writing music, acting and on the struggles to make the
Tamworth, and then theres the rest of the
modelling has caused more than just cheerleading squad. Plus there
country when it comes to country music.
scheduling issues for the soloist. But like Theres also the car that acted as a are about a bazillion sequels, so
many musicians Wheatley draws on hardship metaphor for his escape in 78 Benz. It was plenty of source material.
as creative fodder that is until rejection this beautiful white convertible that we picked
almost got the better of him. up on Craigslist and it had no roof, so thats Pirates
To be criticised and rejected for why it was convertible, he laughs. No radio,
something that you dont really want to do no air conditioning, it barely had four wheels! Its one of the glossiest
became crippling for me. Everyone here has But it was one of the fun parts about Los pornographic movies ever
turned their hand to some sort of acting or Angeles for me. Driving it around brought made, so why not bring those
modelling, but I found it quite taxing given smiles and thats the LA that Id imagined. productions values to a TV
that I didnt really, really love it. And rejection
series? Imagine something on
is a brutal thing Im happy to be rejected
the scale of Black Sails or Game
musically because Im passionate [at] what I
Of Thrones with jiggling bits in
do, so if you want to write a bad review then When & Where:
so be it. glorious HD.
10 Jun, Grace Darling Hotel
He found that after the first month of
moving to LA everyone disappeared. He

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THE Horse Stories


of children, he
chuckles. Because
Im trying to write
from a more sincere
place I did have to

BUCKET
write a bit more
about myself,

LIST
because I felt a bit
stymied lyrically for
a while there. I had
some writers block
issues, and I found
that the only way
to get over it was
to actually be a bit
more honest with
more storytelling.
So I think theres
a common thread
Band Of Horses frontman there thats quite
telling of where Im
Ben Bridwell tells Steve Bell
at personally, just
how his growing burden of that awkward phase of going from being
responsibility has led to a this young person in a rocknroll band to
The historic five-day Glastonbury Festival becoming a responsible citizen of the world,
quest for transparency. and also raising these children and making
has become a coveted prize for musical
bucket lists for punters and performers sure that Im instilling some good life lessons

I
alike. Drawing a global audience to ts been a long time between drinks for US and morals just trying to raise other
Pilton, Somerset in England since 1971, country-rockers Band Of Horses in terms humans is crazy!
the festival hosts a celebration of dance, of studio output, but that doesnt mean Sonically Why Are You OK owes a
comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret and that they get to start over with a clean slate. In massive debt to former Grandaddy lynchpin
music. Scoring a plink into their bucket fact the processes and structures behind their Jason Lytle, a long-term friend who oversaw
this year are a bunch of Australian acts, beautifully rendered fifth album Why Are You the albums gorgeous production.
including Tame Impala who will lead OK hark back not only to their previous album, While I was trying to think of who we
the charge (playing just before Saturday 2012s Mirage Rock, but also right back to that might want to work with on this album his
night main stage headliner Adele no records 2010 predecessor Infinite Arms. name was the one I kept going back to,
less), followed by Matt Corby, golden With Infinite Arms we ended up kinda Bridwell smiles. Even though he doesnt
locks a-waving. Jagwar Ma will get taking the reins and producing it ourselves in have a large production pedigree with other
the Brits warmed up with their psych/ the end and throwing in everything that the bands it still seemed like the perfect fit, not
dance, and Sydney lad Hayden James studio could give us and every instrument we just because wed become fast friends but
will break a few hearts. Melbourne will could find we threw everything at the wall, also because of his incredible knowledge of
be represented by Broadway Sounds reflects frontman and chief songwriter Ben melody and recording techniques and being
with a whole two sets, as well as hip Bridwell. So from there the idea for Mirage a lyricist and a singer and a musician hes
hop trio True Vibenation. Of course, you Rock was to flip the script completely and go really got the whole the whole jack-of-all-
can never get enough of Tames Kevin completely organic and track live and with trades thing down.
Parker no matter where youre from, so minimal overdubs, so I was ready to get back The fact that it sounds like it does is
hes coming out front to perform a DJ set to a more lush sound for one, but also just in testament to Jasons ear and his talent, and
with old mate Mark Ronson. Grab your terms of lyrical content and vibe I was looking hes all over this record he plays a bit of
pocket money years in advance, break to go a bit more sincere, or to try not to mix everything all over the whole album. Its a
your sisters piggy bank and take up things up so much metaphorically or mask wonderful partnership, Im so happy.
pizza delivery to head along. the words so much. I wanted to come from a
more sincere place.
This pursuit of sincerity can be partly
attributed to Bridwells growing parental
responsibilities he now has four young What:
daughters which inherently gives a different Why Are You OK (Interscope/Universal)
sense of perspective. When & Where:
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Thando
Indie Indie

everyone to be able to take something


different away from it.
We incorporate a lot of electronic
elements in our live set so translating that
to a recording was a lot of fun. People like
those elements youd only expect to hear in a
studio environment, she enthuses.
My favourite track is Something. It talks
Charlie Threads

about encouraging someone you know is in


a dark place to get their shit together and
that theyve got that fighter inside them to
conquer anything that comes their way.

T
hando began playing together when

T
When shes not writing, Sikwila finds herself he Melbourne rapper Charlie Threads,
their lead singer Thando Sikwila and drinking a bottle of scotch. It always works, part of the 90s RD collective, is a
guitarist/producer Henry James she jokes. prime example of how lifes setbacks
start[ed] banging, and thats how the band can often steer you on the right path. I was
started writing together - a few friends from into skateboarding when I was younger, but
uni joined us. Were assuming the whole after a massive broken ankle I was forced
band arent actually sleeping together, just When & Where: to try something else, so I wrote my first 16
making sweet, sweet tunes. However, they 10 Jun, Evelyn Hotel in a wheelchair, explains Charlie Threads.
do make songs to love to, break up to and Hes been working on his new album Palm
to be empowered. The overall theme is love Trees In Graveyards in my bungalow, alone,
in all its forms and the track listing goes smoking cigarettes in a salt lamp lit dojo, he
through the typical cycle of a relationship - laughs. The project is supposed to feel like
finding love then losing it, Sikwila explains a day dream, almost drifting in and out of a
of their EP Digital Love Letters. Sikwila was consciousness. The graveyards represents
inspired by my own relationships and people my darker music (Incognito) and the palm
around me in [their relationships]. I wanted trees represent a new found love for brighter
instrumentation and subject matter that you
will get a taste of in the tape, he explains.
At the tail-end of his teen years, Threads
Studios, then mixed in Fascination Street
Katatonia Studios. Renkse doesnt explain too much
says that he has undergone some serious
about the thematic concerns of the record, growing as both a human and an artist. Oh
putting it simply: The theme is always there, man, so many life lessons and journeys
same as ever. Reflecting upon bleakness of have been learned and taken throughout the
everyday life. But it is not a concept album. making of the project - creatively, personally
These days the idea of having a new and mentally. What was most inspiring was
album out is inspiring enough. Then of course transitioning between a rapper to an artist,
any music that we listened to at the time of and truly knowing what that meant. This can
contemplating and writing this record. When be seen in his favourite track Sink, 100% Sink,
recording, the band arent fussed about being purely because I turned all these negatives
meticulous: Some parts need perfection, but and demons I was going through in my life
most of it sounds better if it has just got the at that point and turned them into a song I

T
here must be something in the Swedish right vibe. We go mostly for the emotional could be proud of. Not only was I proud, but I
air that incites its citizens to form metal aspect in the takes rather that perfection. gained closure on shit; thats music to me.
bands Opeth, Amon Amarth, Bathory, The same goes for performing tried and
Entombed, Soilwork and more all hail from tested formulas work for Katatonia over
the land of Vikings and the smorgasbord. improvisation. We will try to play [our songs]
Katatonia is one such band, dating back as they are on the album. Maybe in a few When & Where:
to 1991 when Jonas Renkse and Anders years there will be room to give them another 30 Jun, Boney
Nystrom struck up a duo. They then began set of clothes, jokes Renkse.
exploring black, death/doom metal, [and] The theme is always there, same as ever.
have released ten albums up until now with Reflecting upon bleakness of everyday life.
a significant change in the sound over the But it is not a concept album.
years, but still rooted in the dark side of the
musical spectrum, explains vocalist and co-
founder Renkse of their evolution. The tenth
album in question, The Fall Of Hearts was What:
recorded in Studio Grondahl and Tri-Lamb The Fall Of Hearts (Peaceville/Rocket)

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Mose + The FMLY
Indie The Riff Raiders
Indie

Sundelin Young And Jackson

Queens Birthday Focus Queens Birthday Focus Queens Birthday Focus Queens Birthday Focus
Answered by: Mose FMLY Answered by: Marty Powell, When and where are you Answered by: Megan Herring,
lead guitarist. celebrating the Queens Birthday venue manager
When and where are you
long weekend? I will be working
celebrating the Queens birthday When and where are you How are you celebrating the
by day but celebrate during the
long weekend? Quince at celebrating the Queens Birthday Queens birthday long weekend?
night while DJing at Revolver
The Workers Club, launching long weekend? Sat 11 Jun, Flying We are celebrating Queens
(Friday), Loop (for Kontrast on
our debut EP with some Saucer Club. Performing Cheap Birthday Eve with live music
Saturday), Lucky Coq (Sunday)
talented homies. Trick At Budokan in full plus all weekend from 10pm Friday,
and Killing Time (Monday). Big
second set of hard rock classics Saturday and Sunday.
Are you doing anything weekend ahead for sure!
from Led Zeppelin, Black
particularly royal to celebrate the Are you doing anything
Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Queen. Are you doing anything
day? Aside from keeping it royal particularly royal to celebrate
particularly royal to celebrate
daily, probably just focus on Are you doing anything the day? Classic pub-rock band
the day? I have to admit, no. To
putting on a killer show and have particularly royal to celebrate the Guilty Pleasures are glamming
be honest Im not sure what kind
a boogie to some dope DJs. day? We will be playing Tie Your it up on Queens Birthday eve
of royal things you can do! Wear
Mother Down by Queen in our with Britpop sets. If you are
If you were asked to perform at a tiara?
second set. feeling particularly posh we will
a Royal Variety Performance,
If you were asked to perform at a be offering high tea all weekend.
what would you perform? If you were asked to perform at a
Royal Variety Performance, what Bookings essential.
Probably our new set with Royal Variety Performance, what
would you perform? For such
a cup of tea and cucumber would you perform? Baby Got If you were asked to perform at
an occasion I would prepare
sandwiches while freestyling Back by Sir Mixalot. a Royal Variety Performance,
a live set with an analog drum
anti-establishment raps. what would you perform? Britpop
Should Australia become a machine, modular synth and
of course!
Should Australia become a republic? Ill stick to lead breaks live vocals, together with a great
republic? Yes. Without getting and riffs and leave the politics VJ putting on some amazing Should Australia become a
into it too deeply, its time to to politicians. visual projections synced with republic? Absolutely - no offence
break away from it all and go the music. to Queeny, but its time really,
We get a day off to celebrate the
back to our former opulence that dont you think?
Queens birthday - do you also Should Australia become a
the Indigenous bros were living
take the day off to celebrate your republic? Although theres We get a day off to celebrate the
in (research).
birthday? Only when it falls on a lot of old traditions within Queens birthday - do you also
We get a day off to celebrate the a weekend. a monarch, I believe its an take the day off to celebrate your
Queens birthday - do you also outdated form of ruling a birthday? Young And Jackson
Website link for more info?
take the day off to celebrate your country so yes, I think they opens everyday so that you
riffraiders.com
birthday? Nah. Stay working but should, as well as my home can come in and celebrate your
obviously we take some time to country Sweden. birthday at the pub!
celebrate in the correct fashion.
We get a day off to celebrate the Website link for more info?
Website link for more Queens birthday - do you also youngandjacksoncom.au
info? web.facebook.com/ take the day off to celebrate
events/1135789816533704/ your birthday? No, I dont. But
I was lucky enough to have my
birthday on our summer school
holidays so I always had the day
off as a kid.
Website link for more info?
facebook.com/SundelinMusic

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Music

Hitting The Peak


A Lot Of Cats
cats, that would be
really funny!
PEAK Festival is set to go down in The band play
Perisher this weekend with a bunch of chamber pop
snow to keep your beers cold while you which is a genre
dance/warm up to some killer musical they conceived that
performances. But if you think thats was the closest
cold, check out these other festivals that thing to what we
happen all around the world over winter. do. With chamber
pop we wanted to
acknowledge what
Snowbombing
makes us kinda
Bluebird days, pow runs and boiling different, like our
hot venues make up Austrias winter string section that
festival, hosting acts like The Prodigy is pretty awesome,
and Pendulum, Skrillex, Kasabian, Fatboy and you dont see
Slim, Bastille, Skepta and more in intimate bands around that
alpine venues in Mayrhofen ski village. have that dedicated
Give us a rooftop jaccuzi, a litre of Stiegl string section. For
and a sweaty underground nightclub after Melbournes Hana Maru us the strings are
core to our sound,
a day ripping up the slopes any time. pre-dates the YouTube
she explains.
phenomenon, but Jill Farrar The Melbourne based band originate
tells Brynn Davies that the from other cities, with Farrar moving at
21 from Sydney because I wanted to be
band was still named after somewhere more creative, she laughs.
real life cats, just not the We all came to Melbourne because it had
famous ones. the kinda culture that we were looking for
in terms of music. Its such a fantastic city,
theres lots of small and medium sized

J
ill Farrar loves cats. Her bandmate venues which are essential to growing the
Gregory Crocetti, who is a scientist, culture of supporting young bands.
thinks that she has toxoplasmosis All band members hold down different
Ice Stock - a name which she initially suggested as jobs outside of their music - Farrar is a writer
the title of their debut album but that was who originally wanted to be a playwright;
This has to be the worlds most remote voted down in the band. They settled on I moved to Melbourne to write my play,
music festival. Ice Stock is held in the self titling. but I never wrote my play. I dropped out
Antarctic tundra at McMurdo station. Its a parasite that lives in the brain that of art school because I didnt know what
There is a chilli cookoff and many of the you get from cats... humans can also get I wanted to make art about, she giggles.
brave musicians (who cant play with this parasite and it makes them like cats Two members have their doctorate. Both
gloves on, brrr) are local. Perfect for more, she explains. This is totally the reason science and art are utilised in their film clip
scientists and adventurers who cant YouTube has exploded with cat videos. for Whole Heart, which features a birds-eye
attend SITG because theyre located on a Speaking of cat videos, the band name view of an operation on a photograph of a
great big hunk of ice. actually pre-dates the viral Hana & Maru cat woman, from whose chest various cutouts
friends, but according to Farrar the band of objects are pulled and placed around her
is actually named after two real life cats body. Theres all this symbolic collage to
Snowboxx
called Hana and Maru, just not the internet play with and tell a bit of a story of not just
The only thing we have to say about this ones. Theyre brother and sister and theyre the song, but how the band has formed. Its
one is that its French, it has fireworks really really awesome, as all cats are. My too complex a metaphor for Farrar to go into
and igloo raves and its very own XX housemate [who owns the cats] tells us in depth, but there are a lot of cat images
club. Wowza. that hana means flower or beautiful and for obvious reasons.
maru means round... and together the I wondered if someone would be crazy
word hana maru means excellent or gold enough to name their band after their cats,
star, so we thought that was very cute. that would be really funny.
Years ago when we were looking for a name
I was riding along, as you do in Melbourne,
and [thinking] we need a name, we need a
name, and I wondered if someone would be When & Where:
crazy enough to name their band after their 11 Jun, Grace Darling Hotel

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Its time to be inspired by the NGV Unplugged Live
series at The Ian Potter Centre, Sundays from 2

NGV Unplugged Live 3pm until 10 Jul. As well as experiencing live music
by stellar artists such as Julia Jacklin (pictured,
19 Jun) and Ali Barter (10 Jul) in a gallery setting,
NGV Unplugged Live also pairs these musicians
with notable local thinkers and artists to initiate
compelling discussions. The program has been
curated by Jae Laffer (The Panics) this year, and do
you wanna hear the best news of all? Entry is free!

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Album / E Album/EP Reviews

The Temper Trap have gone back to basics on their third studio album.
Thick As Thieves is their first release since the departure of guitarist
Lorenzo Sillitto in 2013, yet the now-four-piece sounds not so much

Album
reduced as reborn, trading in the dense and diverse aural experiments
that characterised 2012s self-titled album for a more direct, but no
less distinctive, stadium-pop sound.

OF THE
Dont for a second mistake simplicity for taking it easy though, as
the new album manages to seem both more pared back and more epic

Week
than its predecessor. The strong melodies and harmonies, singalong
choruses and expansive layers of instrumentation suggest The
Temper Trap have reaped the creative benefits of a renewed focus on
the fundamentals of songwriting and production.
The opening title track sets the pace, with Toby Dundas
sledgehammer kick drum and Dougy Mandagis caterwauled refrain
Making noise and shouting defining the track as an instant anthem.
So Much Sky and Burn raise the emotional stakes, with the formers
chunky bass and ebullient cries of oh-way-oh-way-oh, and the latters
Achtung Baby-worthy guitar sounds and super-sized chorus seemingly
custom-made to lift the roofs off arenas.
The Temper Trap The album is unrelentingly, but not detrimentally, upbeat. If we
have to fall, well fall together, Mandagi declaims on Fall Together,
Thick As Thieves while, on Alive, they decide simply that It feels so good/So good to be
Liberation alive, and prove the point with a highly danceable drumnbass combo.
Following the sting of separation from Sillitto, the band finds positivity
in unity, and brings us along for the ride.
Tim Kroenert

Dope Lemon Ngaiire


Honey Bones Blastoma
EMI Maximilian Brown


Angus Stone is back with his new The second album Blastoma
side project, Dope Lemon. from 32-year-old Papua New
His debut release, the album Guinean, Sydney-based soul
Honey Bones, is an effortlessly songstress Ngaiire, features
cool collection of breezy tunes collaborations with local artists
thats guaranteed to be every experience a feeling of elevation, Paul Mac, Megan Washington her past battle with cancer,
triple j fans wet dream. The stellar and will truly feel chilled out. and Jack Grace. Named after a but a recent breakup after
combination of dreamy vocals Its fantastic to see a key form of cancer she survived as returning to Sydney from touring
and layered hooks is rough around Australian musician develop their a young child, the album sees internationally.
the edges in all the right ways and sound in such a different direction Ngaiire exploring the boundaries The album as a whole,
works hard at putting its listener to the current trends. EDM seems of contemporary Australian crosses soul and electronica
in an almost inescapable trance. to be on the rise these days, with neo-soul. from the incredibly catchy,
The album can be roughly hyped up, pumping beats. Stone Ngaiires single Once, almost pop track Diggin to the
divided up into two parts, has opted to defy this sound, and released in July last year, landed subtler, minimal I Cant Hear God
although there is still a great deal channel a deep contemplative her a spot in the Hottest 100, Anymore, to the monumental
of continuity throughout. The first aesthetic. While the listener may also making her the first Papua electro-pop, soul ballad Many
part channels a vibe not unlike find themselves entering a trance New Guinean musician to make Things. Blastoma sees Ngaiire
Mac DeMarco, complete with experiencing this album, it will be the radio stations annual music finally carve out quite a solid
jangly guitars, and dreamy, echoed transcendental and reflective. listener poll. Blastoma takes name for herself, as a strong
lyrics. The second half channels Its the kind of music youd somewhat of an introspective vocalist and a rising star at the
the motorway-like beat of the late hear in an indie flick as the approach to songwriting, with forefront of Aussie future-soul.
70s to mid-80s post-punk. This protagonist cruises through the the sultry, emotion-filled I Wear
is where the album really shines. Black, Its over, Im shedding my Tanya Bonnie Rae
countryside in a beat-up camper
Although both parts are replete chilled out and inexplicably skin, slipping in and out of colour
with groovy riffs, the second half magical. again, maybe over is where it
nails it. The listener is sure to begins..., not only referencing
Charmaine de Souza

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EP Reviews Album/EP Reviews

Band of Horses Garbage Letlive Nahko &


Why Are You OK Strange Little Birds If Im The Devil Medicine For
Interscope/Universal Stunvolume/Liberator Epitaph/Warner
The People
Hoka
SideOneDummy/Cooking Vinyl


Rather than getting lost in Even though its taken over While If Im The Devil... is a Wolf howls, tribal chants and
sprawling western vistas, as two years to gestate, Garbage well-produced album with tight voiceovers open the album on
they could have, Why Are You manage to make Strange Little performances and an air of the title track before a dramatic
OK is mostly centred around Birds sound a bit unstudied, authenticity, it can certainly be change to beautiful piano ballad
head-Horse Ben Bridwell finding with a lot of the near-industrial said that Letlives latest effort is Directions erupts into a blaze
peace as a family man -- songs scuffed sheen of their early not all killer no filler. of guitars.
mostly written in the dark after records to it. The majority of songs have Nahko Bears vocals are
hes got the kids to bed. The gentlemen producer/ moved away from the radical smooth and dreamy, especially
As producer, Grandaddys musicians of the combo make elements that defined the early in It Is Written as guitars
Jason Lytle brings out the the racket necessary to match career of Letlive and delved into explode, giving it a rock edge
singers plaintive scrape of a Shirley Mansons typically the realm of simple melodic before trumpets take over.
voice reflective on Throw aggressive vulnerability rock. If the entire LP held to Make A Change gives off an
My Mess, a little more puzzled she who still manages to the standard of ripsnorters indie vibe with Zella Days
on Casual Party. Theres other coo, ache and threaten often Another Offensive Song, beautiful soft vocals, while
tangents: opening seven-minute simultaneously. Songs like Foreign Cab Rides and Good We Are On Time is like a slow
meander Dull Times/The Moon Empty and Magnetized have Mourning, America we would country song. Its an impressive
stretching and adding some the familiar widescreen sweep have a record that is much more and ambitious 19-track album
found sounds and spoken words and muscle to them, but there impressionable to the listener. fusing various musical genres
samples not quite Wilco- is variety, like the altogether and cultural influences to keep
Jonty Czuchwicki
esque, but maybe heading that oppressively moodier Even everyone happy.
way. Its an album to let seep Though Our Love Is Doomed.
Aneta Grulichova
into you. Their electronic element is still
present, but knows its place
Ross Clelland
among guitars, drums and so-
human woman at the front.
Ross Clelland
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Album / E Album/EP Reviews

Marcus Whale Peter Bjorn & Spring King The Gotobeds


Inland Sea John Tell Me If You Like To Blood // Sugar // Secs
Good Manners Records
Breakin Point
Dew Process/Universal // Traffic
Sub Pop/Inertia
Ingrid/Kobalt


Marcus Whale (Collarbones) With vocals generally pushing Writing catchy hooks seems like The Gotobeds second record
has made an impressive artistic upper registers, drums usually childs play to this new pop-punk Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic
statement with his debut programmed instead of banged, outfit from Manchester. is the expansion of the pop
solo album. and a willingness to go big and Spring King may owe more elements from their debut Poor
Released digitally, with an lush with its production and to Arctic Monkeys/Kaiser Chiefs People Are Revolting.
accompanying physical book, electronic instruments, Peter than they do Blink, but theres a Pleasingly, the new wave
Inland Sea explores queer and Bjorn & John make no attempt volatile energy and an originality revival rock style still rings
colonial Australian history to be anything but pure Euro thats all theirs. Despite having true but its now stacked on
through a dark and oblique (Skando?) pop on Breakin Point. only been around only two years, top of stronger melodies and
gauze of minimal electronica. But poppy never means theyve already penned a handful harmonious hooks to much
It veers between militant, simple here. The songs can of anthems, certified belters greater effect and is echoed
tech-heavy drums and glitchy only support the many layers of Rectifier and City being two throughout the tracks. With the
whirs of atmospheric sounds polish on top because theres a bloody obvious examples. The exception of some experimental
that can draw a timeline back whole lot going on underneath. reflective Heaven closes their moments such as Red Alphabet,
through artists such as Bjork And if that wasnt enough, debut and suggests that well be this is the fun and stupid
and Photek. Theres an ominous Breakin Point is just a plain old hearing a lot more from these bouncing guitar indie-rock
and heavy-lidded tone to Whales great time. Whod have thought guys in the future. sound that theyve established
soulful voice as he builds layers three Swedes pushing middle themselves on.
Christopher H James
of affected vocals, like mantras age could do pop so well?
Mark Beresford
floating over the dystopian
Pete Laurie
landscape below all the while
searching for answers and self-
fulfilment in the modern world.
Chris Familton

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OPINION
Candy Hearts
Opinion

violence against
women? Well,
actually, I would
like a world with no
violence whatsoever,
certain things that we dont have to stand for.
What got me thinking about this in a
punk/hardcore context is recent statements
made by pop-punk act Candy Hearts singer
Mariel Loveland regarding abuse by a former
and recently being tour manager. Im not going to delve into
on the receiving end whether the story is true or not, but I would

Wa ke
of a verbal threat like to use the example as a way to get all of
of violence (by us to consider what behaviour we consider
another woman) has acceptable and what we dont.
cemented my resolve We are supposed to be a safe and

The Dead on this issue.


Whether
inclusive scene, and we should do all we can
to preserve this feeling for everyone that is
stopping violence involved in it. After all, it isnt just rap that can
against women be misogynistic, or just pop where allegations
(or stopping all of sexual abuse can happen.
violence), the action
Punk And

W
e all know that the majority of the
aspects of the business of making to affect change
Hardcore music are male-dominated. And begins in our own
backyard. We need

Trailer
despite attempts to foster inclusivity, the punk
With Sarah to call out behaviour
and hardcore scenes are just as guilty of this.
Petchell Like elsewhere in society, there are - whether physical or
verbal - that we dont

Trash
always going to be allegations of violence
perpetrated against women by their male agree with. There are
counterparts. Do I want a world without

Dives Into Your Screens


Fragmented A
s a director Dennis Hopper had his
flashes of genius, madness and And Idiot Boxes
self-indulgent foolishness. People
With Guy Davis
Frequencies
always gush about Easy Rider or its follow-
up the near mystical cocaine damaged

I
The Last Movie. And while Ill tip my hat f youve cast your eyes around
to 1988s Colors, my favourite is the failed the internet lately, youll find
Other Music 1990 desert noir The Hot Spot. Theres a lot to like, Don Johnson as multiple variations on the
the smooth drifter looking for a second chance, who falls into bed same old theme. Fandom is dead.
From The Other with his car dealer boss wife Virginia Madsen, while simultaneously Fandom is dying. Fandom is
falling for Jennifer Connolly, the innocent ingenue. With bank heists, broken, malignant, ugly. Pundits
Side With Bob femme fatales and an amoral everyman searching for his soul, caught of varying degrees of eloquence,
between his brain and his balls, its noir for the 90s. And while the sun volume and conviction are sharing
Baker Fish
soaked Last Tango in Texas failed to ignite the box office, Hopper did their opinions not about the state
one thing right. He hired Jack Nitzsche to score. of popular culture but the state of
Nitzsche had worked with Neil Young, James Brown, The Rolling how people react to and interact
Stones, and everyone in between. His films with popular culture.
included One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest, And guess what, you
Performance and Cruising. Yet for The Hot lucky people, heres
Spot Nitzsche did something special. He one more. Yay.
hired Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker, Taj So lets talk
Mahal, slide guitarist Roy Rogers and put about how a very
vocal and easily
them all in a room together. The results
aggrieved contingent
really defy categorisation - lazy, stripped
of the fan community
back instrumental blues, with Hooker
feels when material
moaning periodically, Mahal strumming
designed to appeal
absently on his dobro and Rogers
to their interests
offering shimmering desert slide as Davis
doesnt appeal
steps over the top and drops plaintive
exactly to their
trumpet lines that sound like harmonica
interests. Short
shimmering in the distance. Its the soul of version: They hate
the movie and its remarkable. it. And they hate the

36 THE MUSIC 8TH JUNE 2016


OPINION
people responsible for
bringing it into being.
As much as I hate to
say its men and/or boys
who are the most vocal
Opinion

Theres something else to ponder here.


Lets say, for the sake of argument, that
Im not a fan of the Kardashian familys
stranglehold on the public consciousness.
(I know, right? Bold fucking stance there,
and the most vociferous Davis.) Do I find them symbolic of empty
about this, yeah, its cultural-calorie intake? Sure, but there have
men. Good one, guys. been people famous for being famous
So whats motivating since show business began. Do I begrudge
these cheesed off them their place in the pop culture
chaps? Honestly, it just spotlight? Not really, no. Im not a fan, so
appears that theyre I avoid them as much as I can and try not
pissed off at having to to sweat it when they drift into my field of
share a larger section of vision. Its not difficult; you could probably
their sandpit with people try something similar yourself.
who traditionally havent But what if a piece of pop culture
stepped foot in it that that is near and dear to me isnt made
much. Which kinda boils just the way I want it? What if Captain
down to anyone whos America is revealed as a double agent of
not white, straight and his supposed long-time enemy HYDRA?
male, it seems. What if the Ghostbusters are women?
There is that, sure, Well, youve got some options. You take
but I believe theres a chance on this new development and
another factor, and see where it takes you. If you hate it, well,
its plain ol envy. The thats too bad, but it doesnt negate what
internet damn you, you liked in the first place. And you never
internet! has played know...you might just like it. Or you simply
a big part in erasing the say Ok, so thats not for me, and you start
lines of demarcation searching for something in a similar vein
that separated creator that could scratch your particular itch.
from consumer. Thats Im no life coach. I tend to hold
good in some ways people who offer unsolicited inspirational
but this new sense of platitudes in the most profound of
proximity has some contempt. So this is the only real bit
consumers feeling, shall of advice I will throw out there: a well
we say, entitled to add balanced life draws its lessons and its
their two cents to the inspiration from a wide variety of sources.
creative process. After If an all-female team of Ghostbusters
all, if they collaborate ruins your childhood, your childhood
on something they love, was and Im sorry to break this to you
they can help make it probably small and limited and a little
even better, right? bit desolate. But its not too late to expand
99.99 times out of your comfort zone. The first step in doing
100, the answer is nope. so is recognising that art and culture is
mutable. The next
step is recognising
Ghostbusters that a variation
or an adaptation
or a change in
direction may result
in something that
allows someone
else the same
amount of joy you
yourself derived
from the original.
And who would deny
anyone that?

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Live Re Live Reviews

Esperanza Spalding @ Forum Theatre. Pic: Anna Madden


Esperanza Spalding
Forum Theatre
3 Jun
Name-checked by Prince earlier
this year, Esperanza Spalding
seemingly loses herself in the
more ferocious moments of
the jam. Longer versions of the
tunes on the album give them
the opportunity to breathe and
grow into the shoes Spalding
at last takes the opportunity to has made for them. Layered
introduce herself to Australian over the intensity of the music
audiences. Fans queue up
outside Forum Theatre in droves
for the privilege.
Esperanza Spalding @
Forum Theatre.
Gliding out onto the stage
in a huge black evening gown,
Spalding is
Pic: Anna Madden
a little like the alien in Mars easier to digest
Attacks!, Spalding (in an afro
wig) moves strangely in slow
when she isnt
Esperanza Spalding @
motion before lifting the gown trying to pack
over her head and turning it
Forum Theatre.
Pic: Anna Madden into a tent. Its in here that as much as she
the Spalding everyone knows
metamorphosises and emerges
possibly can into
as the glamorously dreadlocked every minute.
Emily. Deploying the Bowie-
esque device of embracing a
persona, Spalding becomes
Emily, who is hell bent on are Spaldings effortless
dealing a furious fusion of jazz, vocals that roll up and down the
rock, soul and funk. Its a huge octaves, dealing in lyrics that
Robert Glasper Trio @ Melbourne Recital Centre. Pic: Kevin Peterson maintain a certain positivity.
stylistic shift for Spalding who
works with the essential energy This is best exemplified by Funk
of a three-piece supported by The Fear, which has a sweet
a trio of backing singers who Funkadelic vibe. Spalding is
look as though they couldnt easier to digest when she isnt
find anyone to show them the trying to pack as much as she
way back to Sesame Street. possibly can into every minute.
Showcasing Emilys D+Evolution, The pop hooks of Unconditional
the rather theatrical presentation Love which breaks down into a
of what is essentially a concept heavy, psychedelic jam offers
album feels a little twee when a certain space in the mix that
its clear that everyone on stage makes Spalding suddenly a
is indulging in play acting or whole lot more accessible.
worse: some kind of role play. Having run through Emilys
Nonetheless, an eruption of D+Evolution, Spalding returns for
Good Lava has it flowing thick in a solo encore delivering a heart-
Robert Glasper Trio the mix. rending a cappella take on Little
@ Melbourne Fly and proving herself to be the
Recital Centre. Spalding and her band deal
Pic: Kevin Peterson explosive arrangements that very definition of Nina Simones
push and pull between traditional ...Young, Gifted And Black.
jazz, funk, pop and psychedelic Guido Farnell
rock often all at the same
time. The mind-melting mix
is dense, intricate and almost
academic in its approach. There
is so much on offer that its
hardly surprising Spalding is able
to simultaneously draw a crowd
of old and young music lovers.
Robert Glasper Trio @ Melbourne Recital Centre.
Pic: Kevin Peterson Grinding that bass, Spalding

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eviews
Robert Glasper Trio,
Ross McHenry Trio
Melbourne Recital Centre
4 Jun
So, wow, Muhammad Ali
passed away... Rest in peace,
Glasper announces gently at
the start. Completing Robert
Glasper Trio are Blue Note
Live Reviews

stalwarts Vicente Archer (double


Polica, Jaala
Melbourne Recital Centre
31 May
Cosima Jaala tells us this is the
bands first seated clap after
standout with its spacey drone
and melancholy vocal melodies.
Policas music is hypnotic,
thought-provoking and deep; our
minds wander, but that doesnt
mean were not enthralled by the
While incessant rain lashes bass) and Damion Reid (drums).
our welcoming applause. This sounds. Fish allows Leaneaghs
outside, two diverse yet Glasper explains how the trios
complementary jazz trios music is both challenging to play voice to take the spotlight over
opening track Sign O The Times
warm the ears and hearts of a and listen to. The most familiar sparse beats. There are a few
is a tribute to Prince that was
capacity crowd within Elisabeth song (Hard Hold) is as accessible moments during Policas set
not allowed to be included in
Murdoch Hall. Adelaide-based as it gets by a long shot. They where it wouldve been awesome
their album Covered (due to the
composer, bass player and certainly wouldnt be able to put a to get up and bust a move, but
late legends iron clad control
record producer Ross McHenry replacement in at the last minute the acoustics inside this seated
over covering his material).
who also fronts Afro-jazz Even Mariah Carey wanted to such complex arrangements! venue are flawless.
ensemble Shaolin Afronauts do a cover, but Prince was like, Jaalas indecipherable lyrics dont The quartets set flies
performs a blistering opening Hmmm, no, Glasper says in his do much to draw us in, either. by and they leave the stage.
with Matthew Sheens on piano best falsetto. With sharp, edgy Still, the skill of these musicians Lured back by our enthusiastic
and a no-holds-barred Myele beats from Reid and distinct is compelling to watch.
Manzanza on drums. Manzanza harmonic leading from Glasper During intermission, the
appears to dominate the tempo that effortlessly stretches, folds
Policas music
words jazzy and experimental
throughout their half-hour set, and expands, it would have made are bandied about in reference
at times drowning out the very
subtle bass grooves of McHenry
His Royal Purpleness rethink his
legal permission.
to tonights support act. A sign
in the foyer warns hazing
is hypnotic,
and mid-range harmonies of
Sheens. As polished as they are,
Stella By Starlight, with its
accent of gentle-yet-rapid fluid
will be used during Policas thought-
there is a missing cohesion in
their chemistry but the audience
brushes on top hats and cymbals
performance. Back inside the
Recital Centre we make a point of provoking and
to murmuring piano keys, is an
ode to meditation. Got Over,
admiring the backdrop artwork, deep; our minds
which features illustrations of
with its raspy spoken word
recording by long-time friend and
dismembered hands and fingers wander, but
Exploratory jazz collaborator Harry Belafonte, is among vivid red poppies; inspired
that doesnt
by the border used in the bands
in the hands of both striking and disarming in
its political relevance, especially latest album United Crushers mean were not
Robert Glasper is when Belafonte points out, cover art.
Theres double drummers enthralled by
Im a person of colour. Reids
indeed manna to generous, earthy, jazz-fusion (usually playing completely
the sounds.
our souls. rhythms and incredibly dexterous different patterns), a bassist
coordination often come close to downstage right and vocalist
stealing the show. Channy Leaneagh downstage left
The highlight though, on keys/samples; theyre spread applause, they all return
nevertheless lavishes Ross belongs to Glaspers own free- to the performance space
out uniformly from the centre of
McHenry Trio with cheers jazz improvisation In Case You looking surprised. Leaneagh says
the stage like a Rorschach ink
of support. Forgot a delightfully funny she feels like her voice kinda
test. Leaneagh is the picture of
Robert Glasper mooches on musical skit between Glasper sucks since its 4am back in
elegant simplicity in all black
stage like Yogi Bear stepping to and Reid that literally covers Minneapolis and she hasnt yet
and explains to us shes terrified
his own beat. Casually attired, (among others) Billy Joels Piano of flying and suffering from jet adjusted to our time zone. She
he begins by bending forward Man, Cyndi Laupers Time After
lag. She dances expressively, couldnt be more wrong and we
to manually wind up his piano Time and Bonnie Raitts I Cant
sometimes marching on the spot groan our verdict: overruled.
seat, pausing halfway to give Make You Love Me. A smooth
while moving her free hand (the As Policas closer escalates
us a thumbs-up. Glasper may rendition of Musiq Soulchilds So
other holding a mic) as if playing thanks to Ben Ivascu and Drew
be a bona fide megastar at the Beautiful, pared back to chords
moment thanks to his multiple theremin. The music inhabits her. Christophersons thundering dual
and a freestyle bridge, caps
Grammy Awards and his musical Leaneaghs voice is perfectly pure drum attack, we wish we could
off a faultless performance.
work on the upcoming Oscar in a Sarah Blasko kind of way. be present for a repeat dose of
Exploratory jazz in the hands of
hopeful biopic Miles Ahead but Were occasionally treated this spectacle inside Sydney
Robert Glasper is indeed manna
hes also a natural comedian to bassist Chris Bierdens Opera House in a couple of days.
to our souls.
with a wry, droll humour. Can hauntingly beautiful vocal tone Policas music strokes the soul.
we bring down the lights so its Ching Pei Khoo
as well throughout the evening Bryget Chrisfield
real sexy? he asks the unseen and he moves as if hes walking
technical team offstage. I look on the moon. Tiff is an early
better in the dark.

THE MUSIC 8TH JUNE 2016 39


Live Re Client Liaison
Forum Theatre
4 Jun
Live Reviews

Ella Thompson and Graeme


Pogson make up the dynamite
padded, pastel-coloured suits
and strut from side to side for
their opener Thats Desire. We
join them to fight the good
feeling on Pretty Lovers as
we embrace their extravagant
for Canberra Wont Be Calling
Tonight, which fully embraces
Australian culture from the early
90s. We echo a few kookaburra
calls back at them. The band
hand out a few Fosters tinnies
duo GL. Tonight theyre back ideals of pleasure and fantasy. to audience members. A cover
on home soil and begin to It doesnt take long to be of Michael Jacksons Black
draw the early arrivals towards consumed by their infectious Or White and smoke cannons
the front of the stage with energy and entrancing dance ignite for a big finish with End Of
moves. It must be an absolute The Earth.

More
their dazzling retro vibes. Its
the World Of Our Love tour, so dream come true for Monte
Michael Prebeg

Reviews naturally they celebrate love Morgan and Harvey Miller to


headline the first of two sold out

Online
past and present with funky
80s-inspired jams, including the shows in their hometown at this
smooth groove What Happened iconic venue.
theMusic.com.au/ To Us, Thompsons gorgeous Ella Thompson joins in for
music/live-reviews vocals, combined with Pogsons a dreamy duet on Foreign Affair
production of dreamy synths and and together they combine
drumming, is a match made in forces to create a nostalgic
disco heaven. international superpower with
Oneohtrix Point Never
@ Max Watts Thompson tells us its all
about the body language so Client Liaison @ Forum
Being As An Ocean Theatre. Pic: Jaz Meadows
we show her what weve got by
@ Max Watts
letting our bodies do the talking
Fear Factory as we move around on the
@ The Prince dancefloor to their latest single
pop hit Grip. They share a new
song with us and then theyre
very excited to perform a cover
of Lucky Star &shy;by the one
and only Madonna (who also
performed on this very same
stage only a few months ago).

The stage set is


some glorious bass slapping
lined with fake from Tom Tilley. Client Liaison

plants and giant power through to raise the


roof on the explosive Feed The
water coolers Rhythm, which transitions into a
huge chorus of Evolution. They
that transport us shimmy away in glittery tasseled
to an Wall Street outfits while spreading love and
happiness with their latest single
office from the World Of Our Love, which is set

80s.
to delightful visuals of dolphins
swimming wild and free. As the
final chorus sounds, Morgan
launches himself off the stage
The stage set is lined platform and streamers fall from
with fake plants and giant water the ceiling with a bang.
coolers that transport us to an After a short pause, the
Wall Street office from the 80s. sound of Australian wildlife
Client Liaison emerge in their and didgeridoos fill the air to
matching high waisted, shoulder- signal the traditional owners of
the land. Its the perfect segue

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Arts Reviews Arts Reviews

Double
Lucid. Pic: Pippa Samaya

Indemnity
Theatre
Playhouse
Theatre, Arts
Centre to 2 Jul

Murder has a
glamorous allure
Lucid for even the
Double Indemnity. Pic: Jeff Busby
most cultured of
audiences. Tom
Dance Holloway has version, being high noir.
Chunky Move Studios to 12 Jun cannily adapted Double Indemnitys backdrop is
Double Indemnity Depression-faded California. A weathered
from the novella by Leon Ford portrays insurance agent (and
James M Cain, the narrator) Walter Huff. Huff encounters the
Chunky Moves latest offering Lucid explores the
American former desperately seductive housewife Phyllis
perception of self, the many faces worn by humans and
journalist who Nirdlinger an unrecognisable Claire van
the construction of reality in the digital world. Presenting
first penned that der Boom in blonde wig, evoking Hollywoods
these themes through the use of large screens, cameras
other hardboiled immortal Barbara Stanwyck when he calls
and two performers, the set is relatively simple, yet the
crime classic The on her husband to renew his automobile
result is impressive and powerful.
Postman Always insurance. Phyllis enquires about taking
The relationship between Lauren Langlois and
Rings Twice. But out a life policy on her absent spouse. The
Stephen Phillips, the male and female performers, is not
this atmospherically salesman cerebral, cynical and conniving
clear. They could be lovers or work together, or be two
thrilling Melbourne and femme fatale, ominously opaque,
close friends. But one thing is evident there is tension,
Theatre Company embark on an affair and an audacious
affection and power play throughout the performance.
production scheme. And it only gets murkier.
At times the show is frightening, Langlois working
directed by Sam Ford and van der Boom work easily
her incredibly bendy body into a schizophrenic frenzy,
Strong owes together, having previously co-starred in
using the microphone as a tool to create a gremlin-like
as much to Billy the Steven Spielberg-backed mini-series
voice. Her long, tangled hair flies around, and her eyes
Wilders 1944 film The Pacific (moreover, van der Boom has
seem possessed. While this reflection is made obvious
appeared in glittery US TV shows like
through her voice and movement, it it enhanced by the
Constantine). Yet equally marvellous is
camera positioning and the large, dominating size of her
the plays extravagantly cinematic staging,
face on the big screen.
complete with rotating set. Holloways
At other times it is humorous. Phillips skilfully
Double Indemnity retains Cains sharp
contorts his face, from freaky to comical. Langlois
dialogue and gritty humour. And, as an
impersonates a small child, peering curiously into the
added comic irony, the MTCs corporate
camera and skipping and jiggling up and down.
partner is an insurance co.
Sometimes it is fast-paced and the performers
and images on the screens dart around the room so Cyclone
quickly that it is dizzying and exhausting in the most
exhilarating way.
Belinda Healy

SAT 11 JUN SUN 12 JUN


CULT: 7:30PM 7:30PM
NINJA BUSTERS
TAXI HAIL CAESER +
FRI 10 JUN
DRIVER OH BROTHER WHERE
7:30PM ART THOU?

THE MUSIC 8TH JUNE 2016 41


OPINION Opinion

Josh Rennie-Hynes

Howzat!
Local Music By Jeff Jenkins

Whole Lotta Josh Walker Starts To Run


Rosie is a name with a great rocknroll history. Bon Scott Furthermore, which will be out Howzat!s favourite song right now is Benny
celebrated his favourite groupie in Whole Lotta Rosie. on 26 August. Hes playing at Walkers new single, Oh No You Dont. Benny
Bruce Springsteen implored Rosie to come out tonight the Yarra Hotel on Saturday 11 has taken his songwriting to a new level,
in Rosalita, and Neil Diamond sang about Cracklin Rosie. June. And after appearing at and the collaboration with producer Jan
Josh Rennie-Hynes new single, Rosie, is a sensitive the Americana festival last year, Skubiszewski is bearing fruit. Cant wait for
song like Jackson Brownes Rosie. Josh, from Woodford Josh is looking to relocate to the the album in August.
in Queensland, was inspired to write the song when US next year.
Hip Hip
he met his cousins housemate in Wellington when on This Years Models Happy 50th birthday to Sydneys finest
tour in New Zealand. Joshs dad is a Kiwi, so he has Models biggest hit, Out Of Mind songwriter, Perry Keyes, whose friends
lots of family in NZ. He says Rosie is a lovely girl who Out Of Sight, entered the US surprised him with a party on Monday. Perry
had been going through a tough time with depression. charts 30 years ago this week, is playing at Wesley Anne on 23 July.
I wrote this song for her, just to say that its going to be peaking at #37. Models - Sean
all right, theres a light at the end of the tunnel. Josh Hot Line
Kelly, Andrew Duffield, Mark
sings: There was a pain there, hidden in her eyes. The If I could give you one slice of advice: honey,
Ferrie and Ash Davies - have this road is long, itll lead you toward the light
real Rosie has heard Joshs song: She emailed me right
just announced a September - Josh Rennie-Hynes, Rosie.
after the single was released to say that she was really
tour. Theyre playing at Memo
touched and it meant a lot to her. Josh likes singing
Music Hall on 9 September and
about girls - his debut album, February, featured Lucy
the Northcote Social Club on
and Erin. Rosie is the first single from his second album,
24 September.

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Comedy / G Wed 08
Trip Monks + Creeks + Dog Whistle
Politics: Bar Open, Fitzroy

Mellow Dias Thump with Vulture St


Tape Gang: Boney, Melbourne

Muddys Blues Roulette with Justin


The Guide

& Nardia: Catfish, Fitzroy


DMAS
Skronkadoodledoo: Cherry Bar, Melbourne

Dada Ono + Glasfrosch + Fierce


Mild: Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy
The Music Presents
Foster & Allen: Geelong Performing
DMAS: 11 - 13 Jun Corner Hotel
Arts Centre (The Playhouse), Geelong
Elizabeth Rose: 17 Jun Howler
An Even Sun + Harmony Byrne +
The Rubens: 25 Jun James Fahy: Grace Darling Hotel 28 Days
Margaret Court Arena (Basement), Collingwood

Lomond Acoustica feat. Mike


The High Learys: 8 Jul Korova
Lounge, 9 Jul Ding Dong Lounge Rudd + Ne Ru + Thomas Hugh: 28 x 7
Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East
Jack The Stripper: 16 Jul The Workers Two of Melbournes best punk exports from the glorious alt scene
Club, 17 Jul Wrangler Studios Air Supply: Palais Theatre, St Kilda
of the 90s, rockier 28 Days and the ska skewed Area-7, are getting
Jack Garratt: 20 Jul 170 Russell Lucie Thorne: Retreat Hotel, Brunswick
together at Corner Hotel on Friday night.
Mark Lanegan Band: 22 Revolver Wednesdays with Matt Radovich
Jul The Croxton + Dan San: Revolver Upstairs, Prahran

Beach Slang & Spring King: Wine, Whiskey, Women feat. Thu 09 Various Asses + Military Position + Cllssrr +
Kompact Development: The Old Bar, Fitzroy
24 Jul Corner Hotel Tracey Hogue + Dominique: The
Drunken Poet, West Melbourne Underground + The Dead Pharoahs
Foster & Allen: The Palms
James Blake: 27 Jul + Sara Eida: Bar Open, Fitzroy
at Crown, Southbank
Margaret Court Arena Mike Noga + Laura McFarlane
+ Freya Josephine Hollick: The Casey Bennetto + Sarah Carroll:
Bloom + Police & Thieves + The
sleepmakewaves: 6 Aug Max Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood Bella Union, Carlton South
Moody Spooks + White Vans:
Watts, 7 Aug Corner Hotel The Toff In Town, Melbourne
Queenie + Katie Breheny + CJ Fortuna: New York Soul with The Harlots:
Dead Letter Circus: 19 Aug 170 Russell The Grand Hotel, Mornington Cherry Bar, Melbourne
Suss Cunts + Shrimpwitch + Miss
Peter Helliar: Comics Lounge, Miss + Eat-Man + Emoceans: The
Laura Jean + Guy Blackman
Tote (Band Room), Collingwood
: The Old Bar, Fitzroy North Melbourne

Jane Cameron & The Crazy Carnival: East Freak & The Freak Cats + Jade Alice +
30/70 + Leroy James & The New Renegades
+ more: The Toff In Town, Melbourne Brunswick Club Hotel, Brunswick East

Lucas Abela + Marco Fusinato + Karli Good Nature with Wabz + Ekkle +
White + Military Position + Ari Sharp + Karyme + On-ly: Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy
more: The Tote (Band Room), Collingwood
Melbourne International Jazz
Woody Pitney + Olivers Army + Lachie Festival feat. Snarky Puppy: Forum
Ranford: The Workers Club, Fitzroy Theatre (5.30pm), Melbourne

Melbourne International Jazz


Festival feat. Snarky Puppy: Forum
Theatre (8.30pm), Melbourne

Buskers Winter Eve with Justin Doncevic Hayden Calnin


+ Zac Saber: Gin Lane, Belgrave

The Braves + Dead End + Gee


Seas + Gonzo: Grace Darling Hotel Howlin Love
(Band Room), Collingwood

Avoid + Infra Ghosts + VLF: Grace


Electro-folk soundsmith Hayden
Darling Hotel (Basement), Collingwood Calnin is out on the Cut Love
Jimeoin: Hallam Hotel, Hallam
album launch tour with his band
Asylum Sisters
and this Saturday Cousin Tonys
Jemma Rowlands & Sean McMahon:
Labour In Vain, Fitzroy Brand New Firebird and Gretta
ThreeFest Ray are supporting him
James Franklin: Shebeen
Bandroom, Melbourn at Howler.
SheFest is back for its third
celebration of women in music. Blanck Mass + Habits: The Curtin, Carlton

Head to Mr Boogie Man Bar Chris Stockley + Michael Bright: The Yasin Leflef: The Workers Club, Fitzroy
Drunken Poet, West Melbourne
Monday (Queens BD) to catch
The Sequels: The Workers
six bands headed up by Asylum Groeni + Jaala + Sampa The Great + Vulture Club Geelong, Geelong
St Tape Gang + Corin + Clever Austin +
Sisters, including Subrosa more: The Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood Steph Brett: Wesley Anne, Northcote
and Prophetess.

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Gigs / Live
Spoonbill
Motor Booty Affair + DJ Scarlett
Minx: Gin Lane, Belgrave

Tim Wheatley + Little Georgia +


Gena Rose Bruce: Grace Darling
Hotel (Band Room), Collingwood

Armin Van Buuren: Hisense


The Guide

Jimeoin: Shoppingtown Hotel, Doncaster

Big Band Frequency with Lets


Dance Big Band + JASSisters:
Spotted Mallard, Brunswick

Sean McMahon & The Moon Men:


The B.East, Brunswick East
Hiromi

Arena, Melbourne
Mr Alford: The Drunken
Fatima Al Qadiri + Air Max 97 Poet, West Melbourne
+ Corin: Howler, Brunswick
Summer Flake + Good Morning
Dead City Lights + Gretta Ziller: + Redspencer + DIET: The
Labour In Vain, Fitzroy Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood
All Squak
The Best of the Eagles: Lighthouse Soul Sacrifice - A Tribute To Santana
Theatre, Warrnambool + Wilson & White + Diddy Reyes + Rob
Back already after his recent Papp: The Grand Hotel, Mornington
T-Bones + Max Teacle: Lomond Just Visiting
album Tinkerbox, Melbourne
Hotel, Brunswick East The Volcanics + Coffin Wolf + Brat Farrar
artist Spoonbill is launching his + The Fckups: The Old Bar, Fitzroy Why are you coming to visit
Kontrast with Sundelin + Various
latest EP Squakus at Howler this

Indie
DJs: Loop, Melbourne Poprocks At The Toff with Dr Phil Smith: our fair country? To attend
Sunday. Hell be joined by the The Toff In Town (Ballroom), Melbourne
Melbourne International Jazz
Zorba - Gypsy Party+Various Artists:
MCs and musos that feature on Memo Music Hall, St Kilda Ausmuteants + Perfect Skin + Tim & Festival and play in Sydney.
the release. The Boys + Repairs + Spotting: The
Beyond Vegas + Stackhouse + Freak & The Tote (Band Room), Collingwood Is this your first visit? Second
Freak Cats: Mr Boogie Man Bar, Abbotsford
time.
Daryl Roberts & Hey Gringo:
Winelarder, Brighton How long are you here for? Five
Alys Ffion days.
Fri 10 What do you know about
Lunatones + Black Molasses + Australia, in ten words or less?
Squid Nebula: 303, Northcote Great audience and great food :-)
Mandacaru Trio + Wombatuque:
Bar Open, Fitzroy
Any extra-curricular activities
you hope to participate in while
In Store with Gawurra: Basement
Discs (12.45pm), Melbourne here? I would like to visit the
Opera House in Sydney.
Walkin The Line - Johnny Cash Tribute
Show: Big Hueys Diner, South Melbourne What will you be taking home as
Molly Ringwald: Birds Basement, Melbourne a souvenir? Not sure yet.
Lucianblomkamp + Groeni + Where can we come say hi, and
Christopher Port: Boney, Melbourne
buy you an Aussie beer? 9 Jun,
andhim: Brown Alley, Melbourne Melbourne International Jazz
The Black Sorrows: Caravan Alys On Ffion Festival, Hamer Hall
Music Club, Oakleigh
Website link for more info?
Jukebox Racket: Catfish, Fitzroy Nashville-based 19-year-old singer-songwriter Alys Ffion is currently hiromimusic.com
Chris Wilson: Cherry Bar on her first ever headline Australian tour. You can catch her and
(5.15pm), Melbourne special guests Sophie Officer and Tommy Castles at Shebeen
Rattray Road + Ace Bricklaying + Damien Bandroom Saturday.
Marshall: Cherry Bar, Melbourne

Peter Helliar: Comics Lounge,


North Melbourne
Thelma Plum: Northcote Kate Martin + Stonefox + Aeora:
Girl Friday: Compass Pizza Social Club, Northcote The Workers Club, Fitzroy
Bar, Brunswick East
The Kite Machine: Penny Black, Brunswick Mark Wilkinson + Annabelle Kay: The
28 Days + Area 7: Corner Hotel, Richmond Workers Club Geelong, Geelong
Oldmates with Klue + Ribongia:
Pink Harvest: Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Platform One, Melbourne Dada Ono: Wesley Anne (Band
Room), Northcote
Anthony Winnick: Edinburgh Castle La Dance Macabre with Brunswick
Hotel (Front Bar), Brunswick Massive: Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy The Willy Wagtails: Wesley Anne
(Front Bar), Northcote
Thando + Tali Sing + Tiaryn: Ezekiel Ox: Retreat Hotel, Brunswick
Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy Mamma Jam with Scott-E: Young
Revolver Friday / Mama Said with Sundelin and Jacksons, Melbourne
Ferday with Jimmy James + DJ + Various DJs: Revolver Upstairs, Prahran
JNett: Ferdydurke, Melbourne
Culture Club + Dannii Minogue + Kids In
Paying Tribute to The Rolling Stones The Kitchen: Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
with Nick Barker & The Monkey Men:
Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick Spit Syndicate + Marcus: Shebeen
Bandroom, Melbourne

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Comedy / G Stu Hunter
The Guide

Possible Humans + Shrapnel + Asset


Stripper + Dag: The Old Bar, Fitzroy

Water Music + Good Counsel:


The Old Bar, Fitzroy

Champagne Internet + Phil Para:


The Prince (Public Bar), St Kilda

Mark Wilkinson + Annabelle Kay:


The Toff In Town, Melbourne

The Pink Tiles + Palm Springs + Swim


Team + Chelsea Bleach + Shiny Coin +
Hi Tec Emotions + Pappy + Thug Mills:
The Tote (Band Room), Collingwood

A Lonely Crowd + Glass Ocean + Labelle


+ Myyth: The Workers Club, Fitzroy
Album Focus
Monique Brumby + Kerri Simpson & The
Ausmuteants
Album title? The Migration Belmar Playboys: Union Hotel, Brunswick
Indie
Where did the title of your Real Songwriters of Melbourne
London Calling feat. Hugh William Davies + Jess
new album come from? The Holt + Lucinda + Nyuon: Wesley
Migration as an album is Ausmuteants are hitting up The Tote this Friday for their last show
Anne (Band Room), Northcote
about the movement of ideas Abbey Howlett: Wesley Anne
before touring Europe. The band are promising a massive evening
between people, across borders (Front Bar), Northcote
with Tim & The Boys, Repairs, Spotting and Perfect Skinjoining in on
and cultures and throughout Philadelphia Grand Jury: Yah Yahs, Fitzroy
the action.
lifespans. It is about the
The Amy Winehouse Show - Back To
complexity of engagement and Black: Yarraville Club, Yarraville
the beauty in diversity. Sat 11 The Happy Lonesome + Fraudband:
Labour In Vain, Fitzroy No Dramas with Scott-E: Young
How many releases do you have High Nights + Miff & The Reunion + Louise
and Jacksons, Melbourne
now? Three. The Muse (2007), Greg Dodd & The Hoodoo Men:
Love + Card Houses: 303, Northcote
Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East
The Gathering (2009), The The Bellows + Imogen Pemberton: Sun 12
Migration (2016) Kontrast with DJ Kiti + Caspian +
Bar Open, Fitzroy
Various DJs: Loop, Melbourne The Church of Hysteria: Bar Open, Fitzroy
How long did it take to write/ Molly Ringwald: Birds Basement, Melbourne
Molly Ringwald: Birds Basement, Melbourne
Jimeoin: Macs Hotel, Melton
record? The Migration took four Rigidy Rourke & The Love
Radio Birdman + Magic Bones + The Family Tree feat. The Shaolin Afronauts +
years to compose and then a Dogs: Catfish, Fitzroy
30/70 + Winters + more: Boney, Melbourne
Volcanics: Max Watts, Melbourne
further two years to orchestrate, Tony Robinson: Charles Weston
rehearse and record. In actual Tex Perkins + Charlie Owen:
Hotel (Front Bar), Brunswick
Memo Music Hall, St Kilda
time spent directly working on it, Cicadastone + Valhalla Lights +
Id say four to six months. Beastly Bird + Lieutenant Jam + Ward Mike Noga
Chasing Lana: Cherry Bar, Melbourne
Hancock & the Bastard Sons + Damn That
Was anything in particular Peter Helliar: Comics Lounge, River: Mr Boogie Man Bar, Abbotsford

inspiring you during the making? North Melbourne


Primal Fear + Black Majesty:
My two kids were born during Hugh McGinlay: Compass Northcote Social Club, Northcote

the composition and making of Pizza Bar, Brunswick East


Digitalism + Louisahhh! + Linda
the record. It may sound cliched DMAs + Green Buzzard: Marigliano + Made In Paris +
Corner Hotel, Richmond Shedbug: Platform One, Melbourne
but this family gang of mine is
a constant inspiration. Staying Quantum Milkshake: Ding The Hosies: Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy
creative at this time is a priority! Dong Lounge, Melbourne
The Late Show+Various DJs:

Whats your favourite song on it? The Knave: Edinburgh Castle Hotel Revolver Upstairs, Prahran Stepping Up To The Mike
(Beer Garden), Brunswick
The record is written to be played Bang feat. Belle Haven + Oceans
Kaurna Cronin + Amistat + To Athena + Ocean Sleeper: Royal The Drones former
as one continuous piece of
Roderick: Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne drummer Mike Noga is well and
music. Its really just one song.
Cheap Trick - Live at Budokan Bang A Gong T. Rex Tribute with truly into his June residency at
Will you do anything differently performed by The Riff Raiders: Pretty City + Heels On Decks: The Gasometer, and hes going
Spotted Mallard, Brunswick
next time? Everything! Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick
from strength to strength every
Mothers Ruin feat. La Bastard + DJ Brooke Russell & The Mean Reds +
When and where is your Ladie Dee: The B.East, Brunswick East
week. Head on down this and
Chick Habit: Gin Lane, Belgrave
launch/next gig? We are doing every Wednesday this month to
Hana Maru + Open Swimmer + New Lease feat. The Shifters +
a national tour in June: 10 Tim & The Boys + Primo: The
check it out.
Lyra Will: Grace Darling Hotel
Jun, Melbourne International (Band Room), Collingwood Curtin (Public Bar), Carlton
Jazz Festival, Merlyn Theatre, The Pheasant Pluckers + The Tipplers:
TOL + Spotting + Ubiq: Grace Darling
Malthouse Theatre Hotel (Basement), Collingwood The Drunken Poet, West Melbourne
London Elektricity + Etherwood +
more: Brown Alley, Melbourne
Website link for more info? Hayden Calnin + Cousin Tonys Brand New Jennifer Loveless + Andu + Tim Koren +
Firebird + Gretta Ray: Howler, Brunswick Christian Hendy + Vinyl Richie + Scooby
stuthehunter.com The Screamin Honkies: Catfish
Lou: The Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood
(Front Bar), Fitzroy

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Gigs / Live
Andy Phillips & The Cadillac
Walk: Cherry Bar, Melbourne

Hoss + Draught Dodgers + The


Grogans: Cherry Bar, Melbourne

DMAs + Green Buzzard:


Corner Hotel, Richmond
The New Savages + Rattlin Bones
Blackwood + Colin Thompson:
Retreat Hotel, Brunswick

James Brooke + Mike Denovan + Kit Luna:


Reverence Hotel (Front Bar), Footscray

Revolver Sundays +Various DJs:


The Guide

Pugsley Buzzard: The Westernport


Hotel, Phillip Island

Quince feat. Mose & The Fmly +


Cardinia + BLY DVS + The Outside Inn
+ High Tea + Neon Queen + Reika +
The Jives + DJ Morning Maxwell +
more: The Workers Club, Fitzroy
BBQ Beats feat. Stanton Warriors + Various
DJs: Royal Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne

Jazz Party: Spotted Mallard, Brunswick

Venus Court + Head Clouds + Summer


Blanket: The Old Bar, Fitzroy

Revolver Upstairs, Prahran Sisters For Sisters feat. We Run With


I Feel Alright Festival feat. The Cherry Dolls The Mockingbird: Tramway Wolves + Mis Thando + Michelle
+ White Summer + Pretty City + Destrends + Mandragora + V.Falabella: Royal Hotel, North Fitzroy Dabrowski + Arielle Cottingham +
Electric Exiles + more: Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne more: The Toff In Town, Melbourne
Gypsy Trip + Moreland City Soul
Remote Control Records Birthday Revue: Union Hotel, Brunswick Call It In with Instant Peterson +
Party feat. Lost Animal + Teeth & Dylan Michel: The Toff In Town
Black Majesty Tongue + Dorsal Fins + Sunbeam Sound Murdena: Wesley Anne (Carriage Room), Melbourne
Machine + Leah Senior + Jim Lawrie + (Front Bar), Northcote
more: Shadow Electric, Abbotsford Tommy Castles + Rhys Crimmin +
Diesel: York on Lilydale, Mt Evelyn Dominique: The Workers Club, Fitzroy
Swing Sundays with The Grubs:
Spotted Mallard, Brunswick
Mon 13 Tue 14
Rhys Crimmin + Jump Devils: The
Drunken Poet, West Melbourne Kali Rhythm: 303, Northcote Voice of West Papua feat. Arad Nik
+ Black Orchid String Band + Boat
Luca Lozano + Sleep D + Dan Birds Big Band + Georgie Darvidis:
White + Ben Fester + Donald: The Birds Basement, Melbourne
Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood
The Monday Bone Machine feat.
The Primal Countdown Lets Get It On - The Life & Music of T-Rek: Boney, Melbourne
Radio Birdman
Marvin Gaye with Vika Bull + Andrew De
Silva: The Grand Hotel, Mornington Cherry Jam: Cherry Bar, Melbourne
You can catch Black Majesty 11
Jun at Northcote Social Club for Jim Lawrie + Leah Senior + White Vans DMAs + Green Buzzard:
+ The Bluebottles: The Old Bar, Fitzroy Corner Hotel, Richmond
a massive night of thrash power.
They support German metal Kill Your Darlings + Mares: Slim Jeffries + Guy Parkman Band +
The Old Bar, Fitzroy The Groves: Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy
overlords Primal Fear who are
hitting our shores for the first Queens Birthday Eve: The Prince, St Kilda ZHU: Forum Theatre, Melbourne

time ever this week. Elwood Blues Club All Stars: The Foster & Allen: Frankston
Prince (Public Bar), St Kilda Arts Centre, Frankston
Ornithologists
Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda + Coconut Queen Tropical Birthday
Krakatau + Denim Owl + more: Bash: Howler, Brunswick The world recently in love
The Toff In Town, Melbourne
King Wolf: Labour In Vain, Fitzroy with Radio Birdman all over
Northlane + In Hearts Wake:
The Sunday Set with DJ Andyblack again when their 2015 UK tour
Festival Hall, West Melbourne She Fest 3 feat. Asylum Sisters +
+ Haggis: The Toff In Town
(Carriage Room), Melbourne Subrosa + Prophetess + Triumph snagged them spots at festivals
Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks:
Over Logic + Astrohym + Kato: Mr
Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick worldwide. Before they head
Shit Sex + Shrimpwitch + Tankerville + Boogie Man Bar, Abbotsford
Beautiful Beasts + Tetrahedra + Eat-Man + General Men + Mod Vigil + back to Europe you catch them
more: The Tote (Band Room), Collingwood Monday Night Mass feat. Ciggie Witch +
Drums of War: Grace Darling Hotel
Truly Holy + Michael Beach + Pure Moods
at Max Watts, Saturday.
(Band Room), Collingwood
+ more: Northcote Social Club, Northcote
Spoonbill + griff + Eastward:
Howler, Brunswick Chorus + more: 303, Northcote
Habits
Bat Country Blues Jam: Make It Up Club: Bar Open, Fitzroy
Labour In Vain, Fitzroy
John McSherry & Donal OConnor Trio +
Foster & Allen: Lighthouse Rob Hillman: Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh
Theatre, Warrnambool
Kahn: Cherry Bar, Melbourne
The Steve Martins + Andy Baylors Cajun
Combo: Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East Rambutan Jam Band + The Moody
Spooks + Stoka: Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy
Sundelin: Lucky Coq, Prahran
Voices In The Attic (Spoken Word /
Music Slam #7 feat. Tragic Earth Open Mic): Ferdydurke, Melbourne
+ Arcane Saints + Sheeza Goer +
Calling Utopia + The Creptter Children: Irish Session: Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East
Musicman Megastore, Bendigo
Never Cheer Before You Know Whos
Unplugged Live feat. Dave Faulkner: Winning: Revolver Upstairs, Prahran
National Gallery of Victoria (Ian
Potter Centre), Southbank Two Steps on the Water + Sarah
Mary Chadwick + Gerson: The
Tex Perkins + Charlie Owen: Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood
Northcote Social Club, Northcote
Mass Habits Lake Minnetonka + DXheaven +
Luke McD + Agent 86 + DJ Rowie + Jared NO ZU + Jude Perl + more: The
Marston + more: Onesixone, Prahran Sitting comfortably at the top of the sad goth party jam game in Toff In Town, Melbourne

Dan Dinnen Trio: Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy Melbourne, Habits will support Blanck Mass Benjamin John Power, Carriage 252 feat. 6AM at The Garage: The
aka one half of Fuck Buttons - at The Curtin this Thursday. Toff In Town (Carriage Room), Melbourne

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