10 ARTISTS TO CATCH LIVE THIS WEEK(END)

January 21 - January 24

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!

LOWER PLENTY

Art Junk

The union of four individually accomplished and often-noisy Melbourne music-makers, Lower Plenty are as rough as they are beautiful, as bleedingly vulnerable as they are melodically sweet. Their live shows have been irregular of late, but they’re set to re-appear this week, perhaps with some new additions to their already bountiful bag of heartbreaking tunes.

 

 

Friday January 22 – Northcote Social Club – Melbourne, VIC
BANDCAMP | SOUNDCLOUD | YOUTUBE

 

AVERAGE ART CLUB

Alt-Pop

Not reinventing the artform by any means, but not so average as their appellation claims. Driving bass lines and a cool, slinky melodicism distinguishes this Brisbane bunch. Individuality surely isn’t too far off, but for now an engaging zing of adrenalin underpins their work.

 

 

Friday January 22 – Black Bear Lodge – Brisbane, QLD
FACEBOOK | UNEARTHED

 

NOBODY'S INN

Alt-Rock

Jagged guitars, sixteenths on the hi-hats, wandering bass lines, and morose baritone vocals – sounds like the recipe for a Joy Division song. Despite this, Nobody’s Inn don’t sound like post-punk aspirants. In fact, they’re more indebted to bent and scungy blues rock a la Crime and the City Solution or the Gun Club.

 

 

Friday January 22 – Hotel Metro – Adelaide, SA
FACEBOOK | BANDCAMP | SOUNDCLOUD

 

JACOB DIAMOND 

Alt Folk

Turning folk tunes into rock belters is risky business. You can come off sounding like a malnourished arena wannabe or have your quiet introspection transformed into over-earnest pomp. Jacob Diamond would be more than capable of holding court with his acoustic guitar and nimble, soulful vocals. However, with a fleshed out backing band he shoots for the sky, part Pavement, part Jeff Buckley.

 

 

Friday January 22 – Mojos – Perth, WA
FACEBOOK | BANDCAMP | WEBSITE

 

KARLI WHITE

Electro-Apocalypse

Melbourne garage punk scene affiliate Karli White opts for a different kind of subversion. White utilises 3D drum sounds and unnerving synths to map out the apocalypse. No mug, she also uses affecting melody to soundtrack the universe’s downfall.

 

 

Saturday January 23 – The Tote – Melbourne, VIC
FACEBOOK | BANDCAMP | SOUNDCLOUD

 

OK BADLANDS

Dream Pop

OK Badlands got grace, they got style. But they don’t have annoying nasal voices. They’ve also got cool post trip hop bass lines and levitating vocal melodies. In contrast to the badlands of their name, there’s plenty of opportunity for things to grow and flourish here.

 

 

Saturday January 23 – The Foundry – Brisbane, QLD
SOUNDCLOUD | UNEARTHED

 

THE FRUITY WHITES

Wino Garage

The Fruity Whites write songs centred on the most juvenile of subjects – big, alarmingly cheap bags of wine (or a similar, presumably grape-derived fortified liquid). We’ve probably all been victims of several-dozen too many slugs of goon at some time or another. And despite how buoyant these guys’ tunes are, they’re ugly enough to depict the feeling of the morning after a big night on the fruity white stuff.

 

 

Sunday January 24 – The Bird – Perth, WA
FACEBOOK | BANDCAMP

 

TV COLOURS

Punk And Rock

Sentimental, laboured, precise, and strangely uplifting – these aren’t descriptors commonly applied to punk music. At least not the way the term gets used in the contemporary music environment. But that’s what sets TV Colours apart. There are still a lot of fast tempos, filthy guitars and gang vocals, adding up to a stirring, affective experience.

 

 

Sunday January 24 – John Curtin Hotel – Melbourne, VIC
FACEBOOK | BANDCAMP

 

ROSCOE JAMES IRWIN

Indie Pop

RJI sounds like a sweetheart. He looks straight into the lens and pours his heart out. It’s not threatening, though. In fact, that’s Irwin’s biggest drawback – the easygoing nature of his music. However, it’s more James Taylor than Vance Joy, and thank goodness for that.

 

 

Sunday January 24 – Basement – Sydney, NSW
FACEBOOK | BANDCAMP | UNEARTHED | SOUNDCLOUD

 

THE SAXONS

Indie Rock

The Saxons have a song called ‘Don’t Piss On My Seat’. But despite the angered implications of its title, the song’s quietly ruminating delivery suggests these guys are so polite they had a write a song to ask someone to stop pissing on the toilets seat. It’s a becoming quality, to be sure.

 

 

Monday January 25 – Royal Oak – Launceston, TAS
FACEBOOK | BANDCAMP

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