Posts tagged ‘Spectrum’

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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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.

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…