Hughster’s Gig Guide

Wednesday 16th November: Tin Sparrow – Spectrum – $10+bf

Tin Sparrow are one of the most likeable bands going around. There’s something beautiful about watching a group of people making music with such energy, love and enjoyment. After recently supporting their indie-folk brothers Husky on their Album tour, Tin Sparrow will be launching the release of their new single, “Hector Myola” at Spectrum on Oxford Street. Expect an evening full of grin-inducing folk, reminiscent of fellow Macquarie Uni grads Boy and Bear. Joining them on the evening will be a sumptuous support line-up of Sydneysiders Emma Davis and March of the Real Fly.

Thursday 17th November: Step Panther – Goodgod Small Club – $12

“Step-Panther is a band that wishes it were the Incredible Hulk, but it is just a band”. Whatever that means, I like it. The Lo-Fi locals will be launching their highly anticipated self-titled album at GoodGod on Thursday. Their catchy riffs and rawness are a highlight, Step-Panther are definitely a band on the rise. Reverb will be in full effect, with Brisbane’s Dune Rats also supporting, along with the deliciously poppy Pear Shape.

Saturday 19th November: Souseme’s Silly Season Launch Party – Oxford Art Factory – $18.40

Souseme sure knows how to throw a party of epic proportions. To help bring in the start of the Silly Season, the Oxford Art Factory will play host to a plethora of up fresh and exciting talent. From poppy World’s End Press, to the psychedelic Richard in Your Mind and the ridiculously funky Mitzi, this night has it all. Rain&Hale favourites Toucan and Tim Fitz have also been added to the bill, making it a night you cannot possibly miss. If you had second thoughts, they’ll have a popcorn machine there. Yep.

For the diary:

Friday 2nd March 2012: Neon Indian – The Standard – TBA

I only fist-pump on very special occasions. But, I sat at my desk fist-pumping when I heard that Neon Indian would be touring next year. The brain-child of Texan Alan Palomo, Neon Indian are one of the best experimental electro acts going around. After the 2009 release of Psychic Chasms, Palomo was tagged to play at a number of massive festivals, as well as scoring support gigs for bands of the calibre of the Flaming Lips,Phoenixand Massive Attack. Their sound is a revelation, lauded by many as helping to create new genres (hypnagogic pop, glo-fi, chillwave). Please do yourself a favour and get along to this one, you can join us up the back fist-pumping…

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