Posts tagged ‘Oxford Art Factory’

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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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!

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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.

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.

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!

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December 12, 2011

Hughster’s Gig Guide

Thursday 15th December: Polaroids of Androids Christmas Party –Oxford Art Factory – Free

Ernest Ellis & the Panamas are an excellent band, one of the most underrated going around at the moment. They will be headlining the Polaroids of Androids Christmas Party line-up on Thursday. Alongside them will be the Fighting League, Unity Floors and Sean Lockhart. FREE!

Friday 16th December: Oscar + Martin –Oxford Art Factory – $13.30

Oscar + Martin’s experimental pop music has been on high rotation amongst the Rain&Hale’ers for some time now. Their quirky sound and live show are a bundle of fun, a nice way to keep the silly season going. Unfortunately for me, it falls on the same night as my work Christmas party, so if you go, please don’t rub it in. Supporting on the night will be coolios Flume, Mrs Bishop and Conic. Solid.

Sunday 18th December: Tim Hart (Boy & Bear) – Piano Room – Free

A decent gig in the Cross, bizarre! The Piano Room is putting on a night dedicated to showcasing Sydney’s thriving alternative folk and acoustic scene, headlined by Boy & Bear’s Tim Hart.  Tim is actually B&B’s drummer, but he takes centre stage on Sunday, showing off his beautiful voice and simple but beautiful acoustic folk. Joining him will be three-piece Eush, and singer-songwriters Damian Enemark and Elle Kennard.

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Saturday 18th February 2012: San Cisco – Spectrum – $15.30

Awkward is the new cool, and if so, San Cisco are one of the coolest bands going around. The West Australian youngsters’ smile-friendly indie-pop has been lauded repeatedly during the year, topped off by a nod in Triple J’s Next Crop 2011. To make things even better, they’ll be joined by the equally cute Jungle Giants on their national tour.

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.

November 21, 2011

Hughster’s Gig Guide

Thursday 24th November: Matt Corby – Oxford Art Factory – $12+bf

Matt Corby has not travelled the regular route of a young, indie musician. He was brought into the spotlight as a fresh-faced 16 year old, appearing on Australia Idol in 2007. Like many contestants on Idol, his star faded pretty quickly. Despite this, Matt has been working tirelessly ever since, and is now starting to gain the recognition his immense talent deserves. His latest EP, Into the Flame, showcases a more mature sound from the bluesy folk-singer, and it includes his brand new single, the powerful “Brother”.

Friday 25th November: Guineafowl – The Standard – $15.40

Guineafowl are a busy band. After their returning from their first US tour – where they played a slew of shows including Culture Collide in LA and CMJ in New York City– they are currently touring their new single “The Lie Is” around Australia. The Sydney’ers will be bringing their lively stage show to the Standard, which is turning in to one of best venues going around. Fingers crossed for a bass drum jump!

Friday 25th November: WIM – Sydney Theatre Company – Free

Arghhh. Another clash, why do people do this to us music lovers? WIM, also back in town after an extended journey in the States, will be playing an intimate show at the Sydney Theatre Company. Another Rain&Hale favourite, the five-piece are known for their enigmatic performances and vagabond style, and will hopefully have some new material after their trip.

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Various late January-early February: Laneway Festival Artist sideshows

With such an incredibly deep line-up for next year’s Laneway Festival, clashes are bound to disappoint (and in my case, depress). There is a solution however, with a flood of artist sideshows released last week. Highlights include Active Child at the Oxford Art Factory on January 29, M83 at the Metro on February 9, and Feist at the Enmore on February 7.

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