September 1, 2012
Saturday 1st September: The Laurels – Annandale Hotel – $13.30 + bf
One of the best Sydney bands going around at the moment, the Laurels are setting off on a tour of the country in celebration of their new album, “Plains”. Their grungy sound will suit the renowned rock-venue the Annandale Hotel to a tee.
Wednesday 5th September: YesYou – Beach Road Hotel – Free
Celebrated as one of the Triple J Next Crop Artists last year, Brisbane production duo YesYou have been busy writing and producing for the likes of Jinja Safari and DZ Deathrays. They’ve also been finishing off their own debut EP, which will include the current single “Frivolous Life”.
Wednesday 12th September: The Medics – Spectrum – $15 + bf
Hailing from North-Queensland, the Medics’ debut album Foundations has been one of the highlights of the year, having won a swag of awards at the recent National Indigenous Music Awards.
Wednesday 12th September: Twerps – Beach Road Hotel – Free
I included Twerps in last month’s gig guide, and in case you missed them (like me!), they’re in Sydney again this month. And this time, it’s free – no excuses dudes.
Thursday 20th September: Pond – The Metro – $22
For those who weren’t aware, the guys from Tame Impala play in another band, Pond, and funnily enough, they’re just as good! More of a psych-rock vibe to their music, they’re an experience to watch.
August 2, 2012
Friday 10th August: Break the Ice Fest – UTS Glasshouse Bar – $28.10 + bf
A fantastic line-up of local talent will appear at the University of Technology for the first ever Break the Ice Tour (which will also stop at other Uni’s around the country). Joining headliners Bluejuice will be the likes of Deep Sea Arcade, The Preachers and Hungry Kids of Hungary.
Saturday 11th August: Kill City Creeps – The Vanguard – $11.80
With influences ranging from 60s psychedelia to 70s glam-rock, Sydney’s Kill City Creeps are a thrill to behold. Lead singer Daniel Darling is ably supported by Knives, Mon Cherie and Nina B, combining to create a truly unique sound.
Saturday 11th August: Twerps – Goodgod Small Club – $14
If Kill City Creeps don’t sound like your cup of tea, perhaps Melbourne’s the Twerps are. After a huge American tour, they’re back in Australia to promote new material. Their US trip saw them stand-out at SXSW before supporting the incredible Real Estate on their national tour.
Friday 17th August: Jinja Safari/Opossom/White Arrows – Metro Theatre – $38.90
The Metro welcomes an incredibly diverse line-up, with local popsters Jinja Safari being joined by Opossom (NZ) and White Arrows (USA). The truly innovative and original International acts especially should not be missed for any reason.
Wednesday 22nd August: The Pharcyde – Upstairs Beresford – $47 + bf
Hip-Hop pioneers the Pharcyde are returning to Australia after their last visit three years ago. An alternative to early-90s gangsta rap, their music was (and is) as challenging as it is fun.
Wednesday 29th August: SURES – Beach Road Hotel – Free
Rain&Hale favourites SURES continue to sweep all before them. Having supported a number of prominent acts in recent times, they’re quickly becoming a heralded group on their own. See them for free alongside equally talented Battleships, as Beach Road comes up with the goods once again.
November 7, 2011
Thursday 10th November: Made in Japan – GoodGod – $13.30
One of my favourite things is to tell people about a band just before they blow up. If you want to do the same thing, get along to GoodGod on Thursday to catch Sydney four-piece, Made in Japan. They will be launching their single, Sights and Sounds, the title track to their upcoming debut album release. If you like bands like New Navy, these guys should be a band on your radar.
Friday 11th November: Jinja Safari – The Metro – $20
A Jinja Safari show is an adventure which includes exuberant dancing, fascinating instruments and a stage set up like a forest. The indie-folk favourites have experienced a hectic year and a half since their conception, including appearances at major festivals and supporting some of Australian music’s biggest names. They also sold out their own headline tour earlier in the year. The guys are back to celebrate the release their compilation “Locked by Land” which includes songs from their first two EPs as well as remixes. They’ll be joined by perhaps the most incredible supporting line-up I’ve ever seen, with Megastick Fanfare, Elizabeth Rose and Pluto Jonze all scheduled to perform. Here’s a clip of Jinja Safari’s performance at this year’s Secret Garden Festival…you get the picture.
Friday 11th November: Gold Fields (+Millions) – Oxford Art Factory – $14.80
Oh Dear. Sydney music lovers have a difficult decision on their hands. Ballarat firecrackers Gold Fields will be bringing their debut National Tour to Sydney on the same night. If you like up-tempo indie-pop with heavy percussion, opaque basslines and plenty of cowbell, you might decide to give Jinja Safari a miss and head down to OAF. Over to you Sydney.
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Saturday/Sunday 17th/18th March 2012: Secret Garden Festival – It’s a secret – $TBA
I nearly cried after hearing about how good this year’s Secret Garden Festival was. With the location hidden until the day before, attendees can expect an incredible weekend of frivolity. With the line-up and ticket prices unannounced thus far, I’ll just have to vouch for this one and keep you posted on future updates. Shhhhhh…
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October 31, 2011
Wednesday 2nd November: Super Wild Horses + Straight Arrows – Beach Road Hotel – Free
Super Wild Horses are a female punk duo based in Melbourne. They had no musical training up until 5 years ago when they decided to form a band (as you do!) and have gone from strength to strength ever since. They’ve recently returned from a tour of the States where they performed at a number of prestigious festivals, wowing fans with their ability to alternate between drums and guitar sporadically. Joining the girls will be an all-punk line-up including Sydney’s Straight Arrows and Ganashz.
Saturday 5th November: New Navy – Oxford Art Factory – $15+bf
New Navy are going places quickly. On the back of recent single “Zimbabwe’s” success, the Sydneyfour-piece are launching their new EP Uluwatu at Oxford Art Factory. New Navy are a band who will soon be one of the highlights of the upcoming Summer, possessing a tropical sound perfectly designed for the warmer months. Bursting with sparkling guitars and bubbly percussion, make sure you’ve got your dancing shoes for this one. The guys will be supported by up-and-comingSydney beat-maker Flume on their night of nights.
Sunday 6th November: Boy and Bear – The Enmore – $44.80
If you haven’t already seen the juggernaut which is Boy and Bear, do yourself a favour and get a ticket. The lads are experiencing an incredible year, having recently been nominated for seven Aria Awards for their debut LP Moonfire. Having recently returned from America, their Australian tour docks into Sydney for two shows over the weekend (Saturday is sold out). Having seen them perform a number of times, this is a gig you do not want to miss. Supporting the lads will be Ball Park Music and the Paper Kites, incredible performers in their own right.
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Sunday 11th December: Explosions in the Sky – Metro – $60
Having recently been confirmed to appear at the Meredith Festival, Texas’ Explosions in the Sky will also be bringing their intense live show to Sydney. Their incredible, intrumental resonance is both haunting and uplifting, with tear-jerking melodies and heavy soundscapes synonymous with the band. They will be playing material from their seven albums including the recently released and lauded Take Care, Take Care, Take Care.
October 3, 2011
Wednesday 6th October: Triple J Unearthed Launch Party – Metro Theatre – Free
Triple J is launching a brand new radio station, Unearthed. To help mark this most bodacious occasion, they’re throwing a party for their listeners. Unearthed will be a station that promotes local unsigned and independent talent, and the Sydney launch party will feature a number of bands already “found” by the Unearthed programme – New Navy, Nantes and Rufus w/ Elizabeth Rose
Thursday 7th October: Sealion – Annandale Hotel – $10
Sealion are a band to watch out for. Not too dissimilar in sound to bands like Foals and Bloc Party, Sealion feature weighty percussion, delicious vocal melodies and a poppy, upbeat vibe. To help them launch their new single they’ve invited along their pals, Sleepyhands, We are Volcanoes and Them Dreamers.
Friday 8th September: Slow Down Honey – Upstairs at the Beresford – Free
Slow Down Honey are one of those bands who seem to have been around for a while without really taking off. This may be remedied with the upcoming release of their new EP, “In the Red”. The four lads from Central Coast are bound to get your weekend started perfectly with their summary pop music. The line-up also includes the Ruminaters (sounds like old, not-shit Kings of Leon) and exciting pop duo Toucan.
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Friday 21st October: Jonathan Boulet – The Standard – $15.10
Music magician Jonathan Boulet will be gracing Sydney’s newest music venue, the Standard, with his presence in a few short weeks. Aside from his work alongside a plethora of bands (including Parades, Little Scout and Sleepyhands), Jonathan is currently putting the finishing touches on his second solo LP, scheduled for release early next year. Expect to hear a bunch of new tracks from the busiest man in music.
September 12, 2011
Thursday 15th: Oliver Tank – Oxford Arts Factory $8
Fresh from winning the FBi Northern Lights Competition, dreamwave creator Oliver Tank will be showcasing his considerable talents alongside Sooners, Hattie Carrol, Elizabeth Rose and Post Paint.
Friday 16th: Kimbra – Metro Theatre – Sold Out
Kiwi Pop princess/juggernaut Kimbra sets off on her national tour, coinciding with the release of her debut album Vows (which debuted at #5 on the ARIA charts last week).
Saturday 17th: Changing Lanes – Devonshire Street, Surry Hills – $36.80 (second release)
The streets of Surry Hills will be brimming with hipcats checking out a plethora of local musicians including PVT, Lanie Lane, Oscar + Martin and Bleeding Knees club. BYO fixie/sailor tat.
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Sunday 13th November: Harvest – Parramatta Park – $150
Apparently Harvest isn’t a festival, it’s a feeling. Whatever it is, the line-up is phenomenal. The National, Portishead, The Walkmen and Bright Eyes are now being joined by TV on the Radio and Mogwai.