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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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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.

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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.

April 24, 2012

Hughster’s April Playlist

Stuck at home while the girls take their show on the road, Hughster has put together a playlist of his favourite tracks from up-and-coming Australian musicians. This playlist spans a number of genres – dance, indie, pop and rock – there’s something for everyone!

(click the song name to play!)

Toucan : “Brave New World

Gung Ho : “Twin Rays

Jubilants : “Spain

The Preachers : “Take a Card

Lancelot : “Spoken Word

Tourism : “Horses back

Oliver Tank : “Last Night I Heard Everything In Slow Motion

Made in Japan : “Sights and Sounds

SURES : “Poseidon

Kill City Creeps : “I Got a Letter

April 3, 2012

Hughster’s Gig Guide – April

Monday 9th April: James Vincent McMorrow – The Factory Theatre – $33 + bf

James Vincent McMorrow’s first trip down under is blowing up. Having sold out two shows at the Vanguard, people power has won out with the first show being moved to the much larger Factory Theatre mean extra tickets are now on sale. Hurry.

Wednesday 11th April: Bleeding Knees Club – Beach Road Hotel – free

You could pay $12 to watch Bleeding Knees Club with Dune Rats later in the week, or you could see them for free at Beach Road. Your choice.

Thursday 19th April: Pond – The Standard – $15

From the young men who brought you Tame Impala, Pond will be touring in mid-April in support of their album release. Similar in style, the psych-rock maestros switch instruments in their second guise, just to show us how brilliant they are. Bastards.

Friday 20th April: The Medics – Goodgod Small Club – $10 + bf

Brisbane buzz-band The Medics are on many people’s lists for bands to watch in 2012, with the anticipated release of their debut album in May. Get a sneak peak when they visit Sydneyto see what all the fuss is about.

Wednesday 25th April: Van She – Beach Road Hotel – Free

Beach Road regularly offers up a smorgasbord of talent on Wednesday nights, and this week is perhaps the tastiest for some time. Aside from the reputable talents of Sydney-siders Made in Japan and Swimwear, Van She will be making their long awaited return to live music. A must.

Sunday 29th April: Last Dinosaurs – Oxford Art Factory – $15 + bf

Celebrating the release of their debut album, In a Million Years, Last Dinosaurs have put on a second show in Sydney after selling out the first. With demand soaring to see the young Brisbane band, get in quick.

March 5, 2012

Hughster’s March Gig Guide

 Tuesday 6th March: Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – Opera House – $89

These are the men and women accredited with making the uke cool, with their renditions of popular music a youtube phenomenon. For the past 25 years, the Ukulele Orchestra have toured the globe, but their visit in March will be their first time down under.

Friday 9th March: Real Estate – The Standard – $42 + bf

One of last year’s buzz bands, Real Estate bring their sunny surf-pop to the Standard. Last year’s 13th most blogged artist on hypem.com will be joined by two hugely talented Australian bands, Melbourne’s Twerps and locals SURES.

Friday 16th March: Astral People (Collarbones, Wintercoats, Rainbow Chan) –Beach Road – Free

A free gig at last! Friday 16th will be a night of slow jams and chilled experimental pop. Rainbow Chan’s exploits saw her win FBi’s Northern Lights Competition along with Oliver Tank.

Saturday 17th March: Secret Garden Festival – TBA – Sold Out

For those of you going, I’ll see you there. For the rest of you who weren’t quick enough…there’s always next year. Sorry, but I had to rub it in.

Friday 23rd March: Snakadaktal – Oxford Art Factory – $12 + bf

Possibly the youngest band in the world, Snakadaktal, will be wowing Sydneysiders with their talent over two nights (23/24 March). Of course, everyone knows the first gig is always the best.

Wednesday 28th March: Bombay Bicycle Club – Oxford Art Factory – $45 + bf

Britain’s brilliant Bombay Bicycle Club (try saying that one out loud) kick off their first ever Australian tour in support of their latest release A Different Kind of Fix.

Saturday 31st March: Oscar + Martin – Goodgod Small Club – $12 + bf

(Rain&Hale favourite Oscar + Martin) + (Rain&Hale favourite Goodgod Small Club) + ($12) + (Saturday Night) = See you there.

February 27, 2012

James Vincent McMorrow – “Early in the Morning” Australian Tour

Warm, heart-felt and incessantly beautiful, James Vincent McMorrow’s debut record “Early in the Morning” is nothing short of a masterpiece. Already released throughout Europe and the States, Dew Process have pulled off a major coup by bringing the Irishman’s music to Australia.

Self-recorded over five months while holed away in a small cabin by the ocean, McMorrow also played all the instruments on the album. mesmerizing and rapturous, this will astound even the biggest music skeptic with its pure brilliance. I cannot help but compare him with Bon Iver, who just won two Grammy awards.

“Early in the Morning” can currently be streamed here, with the album ready for full release on the 2nd March. To celebrate the release, McMorrow will be touring the East Coast soon after. Don’t miss a chance to see this man live.

Wednesday April 11, The Vanguard, Newtown.

Hughster.

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January 6, 2012

Hughster’s Gig Guide – January

I’ll be taking a sabbatical in the States during January so I’ve put together a list of the best gigs of the month for you to devour. I’ll be with you in spirit!

Thursday 5th January: Blood Orange – Goodgod Small Club – $36.80

Breathtaking pop music from the artist formerly known as Lightspeed Champion.

Friday 6th January: Flying Lotus – Metro Theatre – $59.70

Production at its very best, Flying Lotus should not be missed on his annual tour.

Saturday 14th January: Cant – The famous Spiegeltent, Sydney Festival – $43

As a member of Grizzly Bear, multi-instrumentalist Chris Taylor is  brings his solo project, Cant, to the Sydney Festival.

 Friday 20th January: Alpine – Oxford Art Factory – $18.40

If you haven’t heard of Melbourne 6-piece Alpine, you haven’t read this gig guide before. They’re touring to celebrate the release of their new single, “Hands”.

Saturday 21st January: Whitest Boy Alive – Keystone Festival Bar – SOLD OUT

Hopefully you were quick and snapped up tickets to Whitest Boy Alive earlier as this event has sold out. If not, start making friends.

Sunday 29th January: Active Child – Oxford Art Factory – $49.20

This will be the gig of the month, and quite possibly the year. Active Child’s ambient beauty took the world by storm last year. In town for the Laneway Festival Tour, he’ll be supported by  locals Caitlin Park and Oliver Tank – this is a gig you should arrive on time to!

We will miss you Hughster! Bring us back the kind of coolness you can only get from the NYC.  Check out hughsters, and other guest bloggers, profiles here.

November 29, 2011

Last Chance for a Mo-mance <3

Only 1 day left to support us supporting Hughster to support Movember. We have helped Hughs page raise over $1000 so far! And although you can donate any time, Hughster has gone out of his way to dirty his face, and our blog, to reach his goal this year. Log onto his page now and donate what you can. Here’s a pic of what horror you have helped create….

Hughster is also a guest blogger for r&h, check his profile out here.

November 20, 2011

Hugh MoClure – The Mustache Man

Well the Hughster has really outdone himself this Movember… Check out that slug! Well worth throwing a few quid at, eh? Do it here:

http://au.movember.com/mospace/242292/