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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.

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May 4, 2012

Hughster’s Gig Guide – May

Saturday 5th May: Major Raiser Party with a Purpose – Beach Road Bondi – $14 + bf

Old pals of Rain&Hale, Major Raiser are throwing their first party of the year in support of the Music Outback Foundation. Along for the ride are a long list of some of the freshest talent, with Mitzi, Glass Towers and Lancelot just some of the artists to help you “Party with a Purpose”. This is a night you cannot miss out on, and for just $14, it’s an absolute steal.

Friday 11th May: Prince – Allphones Arena – from $99

What more can we say that hasn’t already been said about the enigmatic performer. Prince will be touring our shores for the first time since 2003 and the Australian Public managed to crash the ticketek website when tickets went on sale last week. Rumour has it that one member of the Rain&Hale team is particularly excited about this show.

Tuesday 15th May: Wavves – Oxford Art Factory – $45 + bf

In town for the Groovin the Moo tour around the country, Californian surf-punk outfit Wavves will be making a stop-off in Sydney. His show last year was a complete blow-out which included excessive stage diving and security guard abuse. This could be a wild one.

Wednesday 16th May: MUTEMATH – The Hi-Fi – $48 + bf

Another Groovin the Moo attendee, indie-rockers MUTEMATH will be playing at the newly renovated Hi-Fi Theatre at Moore Park. Expect an intense show, as the band is well-noted for their high energy live performances.

Monday 28th May: Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly – Sydney Opera House – From $59

An interesting collaboration if ever I’ve seen one. Folk-genius turned ambient interpreter Sufjan Stevens will be touring with the National guitarist Bryce Dessner and contemporary composer Nico Muhly. If Stevens’ last trip down under is anything to go by, this will be a magical event, especially combined with his conspirators’ considerable talents as well as the overall enchanting nature of the Vivid Festival.

Thursday 31st May: Dappled Cities – Oxford Art Factory – $18 + bf

The long awaited return of Sydney-based Dappled Cities is upon us. After the incredible success of their 2009 release Zounds, the boys are back with new material which they will be showcasing during a run of show in May-June.

October 31, 2011

Hughster’s Gig Guide

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 24, 2011

Hughster’s Gig Guide

Wednesday 26th October: Ball Park Music – Beach Road Hotel Bondi – Free 

Brisbane’s Ball Park Music create tunes to make you smile. You just can’t but help liking the six cheerful, indie kids who have been on the cusp of blowing up. They have played alongside the likes of Cloud Control, Boy and Bear and Hungry Kids of Hungary, as well as appearing at the Big Day Out, Falls and Good Vibes festivals. There time has now arrived with the recent release of their debut LP “Happiness and Surrounding Suburbs”. As part of their album tour, they will be dropping in on the Beach Road Hotel in Bondi this Wednesday to set the fun-dial to 10 (whatever that means). A nice support line-up includes Northeast Party House and The Jungle Giants.

Thursday 27th October: Pluto Jonze – Oxford Art Factory – $10 

Pluto Jonze has developed his own, unique brand of pop music which he’s been showcasing since he won the 2009 Tropfest Music Award at just 22. Since then, he’s been busy writing and producing which culminated in the release of his debut EP in May this year. He’ll be joined by his 3-piece backing band in line with the release of his single “Plastic Bag in a Hurricane”. Speaking of up and coming performers, his supports Toucan and Tim Fitz are both dynamic acts in their own right, both flying the flag for the future of pop music. They both have fresh EPs in the pipeline, so expect a night full of brand spanking new tunes.

Saturday 29th October: Jamie Hutchings/Wintercoats/Oliver Tank – The Gate Presents (secret location in Pymble) – Donation

The Gate is a concept designed to bring great music to the suburbs of Sydney (where so much talent is hidden away). Aside from their regular events at Pablo & Rusty’s in Epping, they also put on pop-up gigs in various suburband backyards. This particular event will showcase the considerable talents of three talented troubadours. Sydney song-writer veteran Jamie Hutchings, Melbourne’s dream-pop wiz Wintercoats, and recent winner of the FBi Northern Lights competition, Oliver Tank, will be providing a smorgasbord of experimental music bound to delight.

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Thursday 24th November: Matt Corby – Oxford Art Factory – $15.30 

Don’t do what I did and judge Matt Corby just because he was on Australian Idol. He’s better than that. Much better. A friend of mine made me listen to some of his stuff a little while ago and I was instantly hooked. Matt could be Australia’s answer to Jeff Buckley, so strong are his vocals. Get along to the OAF next month, you might be able tell people “I told you so”.

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October 10, 2011

Hughster’s Gig Guide

Wednesday 12th October: Ghostwood – Beach Road Hotel Bondi – Free

Wednesday nights at Beach Road are becoming a regular occurrence on my gig schedule. The Bondi hotspot has built up a reputation of attracting some of Sydney’s best bands, and this week will continue this tradition. Ghostwood have been around the Sydney scene for some time now but have yet to receive the accolades their talent deserves. Their shoegaze style has often been compared with Nirvana, not a bad band to be likened to at all. They will be joined by two brand-new Sydney bands, Pineapple Head and Bachelor Pad.

Thursday 13th October: Dune Rats + Betty Airs: FBi Social, King’s Cross Hotel – $10

The surf rock movement is in full swing just in time for Summer. Brisbane’s gnarly Dune Rats and local lads Betty Airs are just two new bands reviving this genre and will conveniently be joining forces at FBi Social club on Thursday evening. If you like your sounds fresh and punky you can’t miss this one. For just a tenner at the door, you’ll also get a chance to see two other bands, melodic and bluesy the Reubens and another surfer band, the Villainares.

Friday 14th October: Big Scary – Paddington Uniting Church – $15

This is one event I’m very excited about. After seeing Big Scary at Changing Lanes, they’ve been on heavy rotation on my playlist. They’re not actually very big (just the two members) and they’re not scary at all, but they’re still pretty freakin’ awesome. Having already released a number of records, they’re setting off on a national tour to present their latest offering, Vacation. Apparently a moodier style to their earlier music, this album has been highly anticipated by those in the music community. Their first stop sees them visiting Paddington Uniting Church which will perfectly showcase their sometimes ambient, sometimes powerful style.

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Monday 2nd/Tuesday 3rd January: Fleet Foxes – Sydney Opera House – $69-$94

Fleet Foxes are one of those groups who countless bands try to copy, but none get anywhere near. The Seattle folk-popsters will be gracing the Opera House concert hall for two shows in early January, an event which no music lover should miss. These tickets will sell out quick smart, so make sure your computer is switched on at 9am on Tuesday 11th October to secure your seat at what will undoubtedly be one of the gigs of 2012.

September 26, 2011

Hughsters Gig Guide

Wednesday 26th September: Guineafowl – Beach Road Hotel Bondi – Free

Singer/Songwriter Guineafowl is an artist on the rise. After a standout performance Splendour in the Grass following the release of his debut EP, Guineafowl and his tremendous band will be taking to the stage at Bondi’s Beach Road Hotel. Expect an evening of fun and (fingers crossed) bass drum jumps. Supporting them will be exciting local pop duo Toucan.

Guineafowl “Little Fingers”
Thursday 27th September: Ernest Ellis & The Panamas – Gaelic Theatre – $15.70

Ernest Ellis and his band, the Panamas, are commencing a national tour to celebrate the release of their latest album, King’s Canyon (recently recognised as FBi’s album of the week). If their debut album, Hunting, is anything to go by, this will be one of the best releases of the second half of the year. Supporting them will be Sydney’s Nantes, another Triple J Unearthed favourite.

Friday 28th September: GoodGod Birthday nights 2011 –  GoodGod Small Club – $15-20

Rain&Hale favourite GoodGod Small Club is celebrating its first birthday. Over the long weekend, this great live music venue will be toasted by the likes of Oscar + Martin, Guerre, Fishing and Belles Will Ring. What more could you ask for to help you make the most of your extra night or frivolity?

Sunday 2nd October: Parklife – Kippax Lake, Moore Park – $145

Despite another stellar line-up, the fact that Parklife is yet to sell-out this year gives some strength to the theory that musical festival popularity is diminishing. That said, why would you turn down a chance to see Digitalism, MSTRKRFT, Little Dragon, Lykke Li, and the recently re-formed Death from Above 1979. Fingers crossed for some more brilliant Sydney weather over the long weekend.

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Friday 11th November: Gold Fields – Oxford Arts Factory – $14.80

It’s been a large year for the Ballarat boys. Constant touring has swollen their following, and after their Parklife spell they’ll be setting off on a national tour to launch their EP. Make sure to stock up on the energy drinks for this one, as their high energy performances are bound to get the crowd involved.