10 ARTISTS TO CATCH LIVE THIS WEEK(END)

December 3 - December 6

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 

Hip Hop

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.

 

 

Thursday December 3 – The Spotted Cow – Toowoomba, QLD
FACEBOOK | UNEARTHED

 

BLACK CAB

Electronic Indie

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.

 

 

Thursday December 3 – Metro Theatre – Sydney, NSW
FACEBOOK | BANDCAMP

 

BEACHES

Summer Slumber

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.

 

 

Friday December 4 – John Curtin Hotel – Melbourne, VIC
FACEBOOK | BANDCAMP

 

MARLON WILLIAMS

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.

 

 

Friday December 4 – Darwin Railway Club – Darwin, NT
FACEBOOK | BANDCAMP

 

CRUCIAL ROCKERS

Reggae/Dancehall

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.

 

 

Friday December 4 – Mojos – Perth, WA
FACEBOOK | SOUNDCLOUD

 

CUSTARD

Indie Pop

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.

 

 

Friday December 4 – The Factory Theatre – Sydney, NSW
FACEBOOK | WEBSITE

 

PER PURPOSE

Rock Detours

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.

 

 

Friday December 4 – The Foundry – Brisbane, QLD
FACEBOOK | BANDCAMP

 

CONCHILLIA 

Global Indie

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.

 

 

Friday December 4 – Jive – Adelaide, SA
BANDCAMP | WEBSITE

 

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.

 

 

Saturday December 5 – Clancy’s Fish Pub – Perth, WA
FACEBOOK | YOUTUBE

 

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.

 

 

Sunday December 6 – Newtown Social Club – Sydney, NSW
FACEBOOK | BANDCAMP

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