Posts tagged ‘Mitzi’

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.

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November 14, 2011

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.

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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…

October 17, 2011

Hughster’s Gig Guide

Wednesday 19th October: RUFUS – Beach Road Hotel Bondi – Free

I first saw RUFUS supporting a friend’s band in February this year. I was blown away by their upbeat and original style, obvious talent and their love of performing, and immediately started raving about them to anyone who’d listen. Since then, I have seen them another three times, and each time they’ve added another element to their arsenal. They’re also getting a lot of local recognition, having just showcased their energetic live show at Parklife Sydney. This week, I’ll be heading down again to the maze which is Bondi to check out one of my favourite local acts. You should get along too, make sure to pack travel snacks!

Thursday 20th October: ASTRAL Feat. Guerre, Nagakin, Thomas William, Rainbow Chan + More –Oxford Art Factory – $5

Can you still buy a Macshite meal for $5 anymore? Get along to Oxford Art Factory for a showcase of some of Sydney’s freshest and finest beat producers. Guerre has just been added to the star studded Musica Festival (see below), while Rainbow Chan will be fresh off the plane from Iceland(one of the winners of the recent FBi Northern Lights competition. Save a couple of gold coins and pop on over to OAF for a much healthier alternative to a happy meal.

Saturday 22nd October: Musica Festival –Tumbalong Park – $89

Any line-up which features the super masked producer SBTRKT is worth the entrance fee alone. He’ll be joined by an eclectic group of artists including Ghostpoet, Lunice, Simon Caldwell, Mitzi and New Navy in Darling Harbour’s Tumbalong Park. By far the biggest pull is the appearance of SBTRKT, his self-titled album being one of this year’s biggest revelations. He’s just been announced to appear at the 2012 Laneway Festival (see below…again) but he’ll be testing out Australian crowds some months in advance at the end of the week.

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Sunday 5th February 2012: Laneway Festival –Sydney College of Arts, Rozelle – $140

The highly anticipated line-up for the 2012 edition of St Jerome’s Laneway Festival (which also visits five other major Australian cities as well as Singapore) was announced last week. And what a line-up it is. Sydney’s hipster population will be treated to sets from a more ambient line-up than in previous years, with the likes of the aforementioned SBTRKT, M83, Active Child, Toro Y Moi and Washed Out venturing out to Australia. They will be joined by Feist, the Drums, Girls, Twin Shadow and Laura Marling. I apologise, I realise I’ve just listed the bands playing, but with a collection this incredible words just seems trivial don’t they? Tickets on sale 19th October, get saving!