Posts tagged ‘New Navy’

December 5, 2011

Hughster’s Gig Guide

Wednesday 7th December: Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Oxford Art Factory – $28.70

NME described the Portland based, New Zealand founded trio’s sound as “a scruffy blend of shuffling funk and psych nostalgia that feels a lot more right than it should be”. This is probably the best way of describing Unknown Mortal Orchestra, an intriguing group which will be visiting our shores for the first time for the Summer Festival season. Support will be provided by Brisbane’s DZ Deathrays, who have a very amusing video floating around on youtube at the moment (wait till the end).

Friday 9th December: Chet Faker + Valar – Oxford Art Factory – Free 

Chet Faker first caught our attention with his buttery rendition of Blackstreet’s 90s classic “No Diggity”. Making the trip up from Melbourne, his performance will be a combination of jazz, soul and electronic music. Sydney locals Valar will be providing strong support, with hype surrounding their latest EP, The Belly of the Whale, still echoing. Did I mention it’s free?

Saturday 10th December: Major Raiser Tickets for Tucker feat. New Navy – Gaelic Theatre – $24.00 

Major Raiser are throwing their biggest event yet with the help of one of the most exciting bands floating around, Sydney’s New Navy. With the proceeds generated going towards a South African orphanage, all the more reason to get along to support a great cause. Also on the bill will be Rapids, Monks of Melonwah, Skryptcha and Sydney Girls Choir. There will also be interactive art adding to the atmosphere on the night.

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Friday 24th February 2012: Death Cab for Cutie – Enmore Theatre – $67.10

Having recently released their seventh full album, Codes and Keys, Death Cab will be touching down early next year for their first tour since 2009. An incredibly enduring band, Death Cab have developed their sound to include a more sonic sound in addition to their well-known heartfelt lyrics and melodies.

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November 28, 2011

Major Raiser is Majorly Awesome

In today’s me-first world, it’s incredible to come across a group dedicated to helping others. Major Raiser, the innovation of Sydney’s Dominic Greenwood, is one of those few. A social enterprise that uses live music and creativity to raise awareness of social issues, Major Raiser is gearing up for their biggest event yet.
Imagine going to see a gig showcasing a multitude of fresh local bands including New Navy, Rapids and Skryptcha, with the cost of your ticket going towards providing vital funds for a South African orphanage, Botshabelo. This is exactly what will be occurring on December 10 at Surry Hills’ Gaelic Club, with the venue transforming into a massive party for charity.

Aside from the music, Interwoven’s “Sunshadows” installation will transform the Gaelic into a world of colours, lights and shapes by using recycled fabrics and scavenged objects. Each attendee will receive a piece of fabric which they will be encouraged to weave onto fences surrounding the theatre. These structures will then be transported to Botshabelo when the Major Raiser team visits, creating a simple yet powerful bond.

All it takes is to help out is to spread the word about this special event, purchase a ticket here http://ticketsfortucker.mogotix.com, and enjoy! Pretty simple sell huh?

Aside from the amazing Dom, special love should also go out to Rachael Lord, superhuman.

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 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!

October 3, 2011

Hughster’s Gig Guide

Wednesday 6th October: Triple J Unearthed Launch Party – Metro Theatre – Free

Triple J is launching a brand new radio station, Unearthed. To help mark this most bodacious occasion, they’re throwing a party for their listeners. Unearthed will be a station that promotes local unsigned and independent talent, and the Sydney launch party will feature a number of bands already “found” by the Unearthed programme – New Navy, Nantes and Rufus w/ Elizabeth Rose

Thursday 7th October: Sealion – Annandale Hotel – $10

Sealion are a band to watch out for. Not too dissimilar in sound to bands like Foals and Bloc Party, Sealion feature weighty percussion, delicious vocal melodies and a poppy, upbeat vibe. To help them launch their new single they’ve invited along their pals, Sleepyhands, We are Volcanoes and Them Dreamers.

Friday 8th September: Slow Down Honey – Upstairs at the Beresford – Free

Slow Down Honey are one of those bands who seem to have been around for a while without really taking off. This may be remedied with the upcoming release of their new EP, “In the Red”. The four lads from Central Coast are bound to get your weekend started perfectly with their summary pop music. The line-up also includes the Ruminaters (sounds like old, not-shit Kings of Leon) and exciting pop duo Toucan.

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Friday 21st October: Jonathan Boulet – The Standard – $15.10

Music magician Jonathan Boulet will be gracing Sydney’s newest music venue, the Standard, with his presence in a few short weeks. Aside from his work alongside a plethora of bands (including Parades, Little Scout and Sleepyhands), Jonathan is currently putting the finishing touches on his second solo LP, scheduled for release early next year. Expect to hear a bunch of new tracks from the busiest man in music.