Archive for ‘Music’

September 1, 2012

Hughster’s September Gig Guide

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.

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August 2, 2012

Hughster’s August Gig Guide

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.

July 23, 2012

Splendour in the Grass 2012

 Splendour in the Grass is coming home! After two years on sabbatical at the Woodfordia Festival Grounds (in QLD), Australia’s premier Winter Festival is returning to Byron Bay (July 27-29). With a purpose built festival ground still in the works, the three-day music love-in will be held at the Belongil Fields, the site of the festival’s birth in 2001.

With a smaller capacity (Belongil’s capacity is just over 17,000) and a more “Splendour-friendly line-up” this year, the festival sold out in under an hour – the quickest sell-out in the festival’s history.

Two of the Rain&Hale family will be packing their bags and road-tripping up the Pacific Highway for the weekend, and we’ve both put together our top-fives – an extremely arduous task, sifting through the incredible line-up of international and local talent.

 Hughster:

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Electric Guest, Tame Impala, At the Drive-In, Here We Go Magic

Haley:

Lana Del Rey, Chet Faker, Jack White, Bleeding Knees Club, Metric

See you there (more updates to follow)!

June 29, 2012

Hughster’s July Gig Guide

Thursday 5th July: Bon Chat Bon Rat + Collarbones – FBi Social (Kings X Hotel) – $12

Expect beats in large quantities from experimental pop acts Bon Chat, Bon Rat and Collarbones. Both happy to push musical boundaries, they’re setting off an a joint national tour, stopping off at FBi Social for the Sydney leg of their journey.

Saturday 14th July: Van She – The Metro – $29

After taking a lengthy sabbatical since the release of their last album, V, Van She is back with new material – including the singles “Idea of Happiness” and “Jamaica”. These singles will feature on their new album due for release on July 6, and they’ll be touring to celebrate.

Wednesday 18th July: The Rubens – Oxford Art Factory – $15+bf

Out of nowhere, the Rubens have risen to be one of the most hyped acts of the last year. After their track “Lay it down” hit number #57 in last year’s Triple J Hottest 100, the band has been selling out show after show around the country. They’re another band with a new album scheduled, and have a pair of shows in Sydney. The Thursday show has sold out, so get in quick!

Friday 20th July: Northeast Party House – Goodgod Small Club – $12+bf

Melbourne-based Northeast Party House put on a huge show, and their brand of frantic and upbeat pop music has been likened to that of Foals. If that sounds good, it’s made even better with Sydney locals Panama and Colour Coding completing a stellar (and cheap) line-up at Goodgod.

Various late-July: Splendour in the Grass sideshows

For all of you who didn’t manage to snap up Splendour in the Grass tickets, there are plenty of sideshows in Sydney, with the likes of Lana Del Ray, the Smashing Pumpkins and Band of Skulls all stopping by. Keep checking in with Rain&Hale for plenty more Splendour in the Grass news during July.

Who is Hughster? Check out his and other r&h guest bloggers profiles here.

June 22, 2012

LOLcats

           For all you crazy cats out there, here are some kitteny flavoured album covers for your perusal.

For more catty goodness, check out the tumblr here.

Meow

June 14, 2012

Select Music’s 7th Birthday

Sydney-based Select Music is a multi-functional music company.  Even if the name doesn’t ring a bell, you’re bound to have had plenty of contact with them if you enjoy Aussie music. Their reach covers artist management, touring, venue consultancy and event promotion. With a seemingly never-ending roster (including Boy and Bear, Midnight Juggernauts, Tim Finn and Bluejuice), they are proud to have helped to unearth some of Australia’s top talent in recent years.

Having commenced proceedings back in 2005, they’re turning seven this year. To celebrate their birthday, they’re throwing a rather large party on Thursday 21st June. A charity fundraiser for beyondblue, the shindig will be held at four of the Oxford St precinct’s hottest venues, with a tantalising smorgasbord of Australia’s best musicians showing their wares over the evening.

Featuring Select Music artists playing across UPSTAIRS BERESFORD, THE STANDARD, OXFORD ART FACTORY (Main Room + Gallery) & PHOENIX BAR

Andy Bull, Argentina, Ball Park Music, Bluejuice, Bob Evans, Elizabeth Rose, Emma Louise, Hungry Kids of Hungary, The John Steel Singers, Josh Pyke, The Jungle Giants,  Lior, Midnight Juggernauts DJs, Millions, The Mission In Motion, Nantes, The Paper Scissors DJs, Pluto Jonze, The Preachers, Purple Sneakers DJs, RÜFÜS, Spit Syndicate, Step-Panther, Strangers, Tokyo Denmark Sweden, Toucan, The Walking Who

Tickets can be purchased here for just $20!

Who is Hughster? Check out his and other r&h guest bloggers profiles here.

June 1, 2012

Hughster’s June Gig Guide

Thursday 7th June: Winter People – Oxford Art Factory – $12 + bf

After the cancellations of the Playground Weekender and Secret Garden Festivals, fans will finally get a chance to see Winter People live. They have a run of East Coast tour dates in support of the release of their debut EP “Gallons”.

Thursday 14th June: Oliver Tank – Oxford Art Factory – $12+ bf

 Currently completing a tour of the UK including a stop at the Great Escape Festival, this will be Oliver Tank’s home-coming. After last year’s incredible “Dreams” EP won him rave reviews, he’s completed new music recently in anticipation of his next EP.

Friday 15th June: Founds/Fire!Santa Rosa, Fire! – The Standard – $12 + bf

Two of the best unsigned bands floating around at the moment, they’re teaming up to show off their considerable talents. Both bands are slightly left of centre in their music and performance, so this should be a considerably special occasion.

Thursday 21st June: Select Music’s 7th Birthday – Various – $20

Rain&Hale favourites Toucan will be joining an all-star cast to celebrate Select Music’s 7th Birthday. The likes of Bluejuice, Ball Park Music, the Preachers, the John Steel Singers and Hungry Kids of Hungry will be lending their talents during the evening – to be held at four Darlinghurst/Surry Hills venues. Huge.

Friday 22nd June: Deep Sea Arcade – Beach Road Hotel – Free

 Listing the Beatles and Doors as some of their influences, you can get a feel of what Deep Sea Arcade’s music is like. Their debut album “Outlands” was Triple J’s feature album back in April, so we’re obviously not the only ones in love with their psychedelic-pop stylings.

Saturday 23rd June: Mosman Alder – FBi Social (King’s X Hotel) – $10

 Brisbane’s Mosman Alder will be playing at this year’s Splendour in the Grass Festival, but you can catch them for a fraction of the cost a month earlier. Their East Coast tour is in line with the release of their debut EP “Burn Bright”, a gorgeous piece of brooding exquisiteness.

Who is Hughster? Check out his and other r&h guest bloggers profiles here.

May 25, 2012

Gee Mikki – Photographer Extraordinaire

Aren’t chance meetings tremendous? We met Mikki at a Husky gig at the Standard at the end of 2011 when she took our photo – a quick chat and a business card swap and the alliance had been established.

Mikki started out as a street photographer, but now makes a crust taking photos of the most excellent gigs around town. Rather than just snapping away hoping for a good shot, she really thinks about the photos she’s taking.

“I’m intrigued by lights, and love crowd shots. I enjoy shooting bands who move around a lot or are quirky on stage. I need to walk away with the unconventional shot after every gig – not your regular close up of the singer in front of the mic with their mouth open and their eyes closed. I don’t want my photos to be repetitive. I need to be WOWed by my own photos.”

We were so WOWed by Mikki’s work that we asked for her help with our latest Vintage photo shoot which we released earlier in the week.

After taking a short sabbatical from photography, Mikki’s just started getting back into the swing of things and is looking to try out more fashion/product photography in the near future. Don’t just take our word for it though, check out her website.


May 20, 2012

The Fanny Pack is Back!

One thing we learnt at Coachella, apart from the obvious facts like only Florence could pull off wearing a lycra body suit with a cape, was that cool bitches wear fanny packs. Fact.

Not only are they the perfect colour splash addition to your outfit, they’re just so damn convenient, leaving those hands free for air guitaring. Or fist pumping. Or whatever you like to do with your hands at festivals. The possibilities are endless!

We’re even seeing them on the catwalk…

It makes me wonder why we’ve been fighting them off all these years. Oh yeah this is why….

r&h

xx