With so many amazing local acts at our fingertips, we scrounge the interwebs, our own inbox's and gig-guide to bring you a stack of artists we think you should catch live this week(end). All well priced, all playing at awesome local live music venues and all worth the experience. Enjoy!
Philly isn’t from the American East Coast, as his name might suggest. Actually, he’s from Mildura on the NSW/VIC border. However, the indigenous hip hopper has gleaned from the masters of the East Coast, pairing spitfire rhymes with hard, body-moving beats.
Black Cab’s latest hunk of long playing noise, Games of the XXI Olympiad, is a dark, brooding and often blatantly experimental affair. However, if you’d prefer not to scrutinise its psychological traits, it’s also in possession of energising beats and plenty of melodic nibbly bits.
It’s a rare occurrence, a Beaches gig. As it stands, it’s been roughly a year since the shoegazing psych quintet’s last outing. Despite their intermittent bloodflow, Beaches shows aren’t riddled with cobwebs and misremembered song structures. The Melbourne band rely on a kind of delicate precision, which takes those blues and sends them away. Every time.
Country and Soul
Marlon Williams has had a great year. Whether that applies on a personal level, we can’t be sure. But after setting a precedent on a dusty Sunday morning at Meredith 2014, Williams has gone on to captivate the entire nation with his forays into country, blues and folk, his make-your-knees-turn-to-jelly vocals, and his humourous on-stage persona.
Viewed in comparison to the other accepted genre categories, reggae usually gets a low score from me. For a style founded in peace, love and peaceful revolution, reggae actually has a surprising number of haters. Anyhow, I was feeling decidedly anxious and stress-ridden as I pressed play on Crucial Rockers’ Soundcloud page. And goodness me, never have I felt the embrace of reggae so intimately – the Perth band pushed away my mental ticks to tell me, it’s OK.
Custard frontman Dave McCormack is a charismatic, positive-spirited, genuine good guy. But that doesn’t mean his mind is devoid of divergent quirks. The band’s catalogue of killer tunes is an immediate indication of this. Despite having entered what might be considered middle-age, Custard’s first album in 15 years, Come Back, All Is Forgiven, shows that McCormack hasn’t filed down his friendly eccentricities.
Bedroom Suck Records know a good thing when they see it. In 2010 they saw Brisbane’s Per Purpose, and released their debut LP Circle the Stains in 2013. It’s noisy rock, guitars charging like knights on horseback, vocals weaving in and out, often taking the lead. It’s never quite chaotic though, which is a testament to Per Purpose’s clarity of… purpose.
Adelaide trio Conchillia choose to imbue their pop song craft with Latin grooves, calypso flair, a touch of big band swing and the aroma of cabaret. It works – the mood is decidedly up, the instrumentation executed with class.
ODETTE MERCY & HER SOUL ATOMICS
Rhythm And Blues
Something tells me Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics have taken the first steps towards being everywhere. They’ve got a handle on vintage funk sounds, lubricated instrumentation, and a towering vocalist. Check out ‘Ain’t Nothin’, and you’ll know this collective can’t be kept quiet for much longer.
FOURTEEN NIGHTS AT SEA
Ambient Post Rock
Desolation is at the core of the music made by Melbourne avant-rockers Fourteen Nights At Sea. Abandonment, despair, and psychic resignation – there all there. But it’s not angry, messy, destructive or a hammer on your toe. They present doom in a contemplative, almost curious manner.