Posts tagged ‘The Standard’

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 25, 2012

Gee Mikki – Photographer Extraordinaire

Aren’t chance meetings tremendous? We met Mikki at a Husky gig at the Standard at the end of 2011 when she took our photo – a quick chat and a business card swap and the alliance had been established.

Mikki started out as a street photographer, but now makes a crust taking photos of the most excellent gigs around town. Rather than just snapping away hoping for a good shot, she really thinks about the photos she’s taking.

“I’m intrigued by lights, and love crowd shots. I enjoy shooting bands who move around a lot or are quirky on stage. I need to walk away with the unconventional shot after every gig – not your regular close up of the singer in front of the mic with their mouth open and their eyes closed. I don’t want my photos to be repetitive. I need to be WOWed by my own photos.”

We were so WOWed by Mikki’s work that we asked for her help with our latest Vintage photo shoot which we released earlier in the week.

After taking a short sabbatical from photography, Mikki’s just started getting back into the swing of things and is looking to try out more fashion/product photography in the near future. Don’t just take our word for it though, check out her website.


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.

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.

For the diary:

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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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 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.