10 ARTISTS TO CATCH LIVE THIS WEEK(END)

February 18 - February 21

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!

WALRII

Electronic Jazz

Walrii is out there, following impulse, looking around. Not looking for a hit, a radio banger, or a TV sync, but searching through feelings and investigating supposed barriers of sensory responsiveness. It’s not about delivering answers so much as it’s about getting you, the listener, to engage in a similar inquest.

 

 

Thursday February 18 – The Foundry – Brisbane, QLD
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RESTSTRAHLEN BAND

Experimental Electronic Movement

Ever genre title is divisive. Summing music up with the lone descriptor ‘electronic’ isn’t particularly helpful, but then again, which genre tag is? Reststrahlen Band features members of Wolfpanther and Meltmind, who’re known for using electronic gadgets to create unsettling sounds. This partnership sees them playing some more beat-driven compositions live.

 

 

Thursday February 18 – Hotel Metro – Adelaide, SA
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LANA

Dream Pop

Lana is one half of Perth floaty dream pop duo Eteana. Eteana work on a cinematic scale, portraying sweeping emotional longing and sensual satisfaction. Lana is stepping out solo for what’s been tagged as a more leftfield performance.

 

 

Thursday February 18 – The Bird – Perth, WA
BANDCAMP | UNEARTHED

 

JUJU WINGS

Indie Pop/Electronic

Juju Wings’ experimentalism lies in their subtleties. It’s accessible and easily digestible indie pop, led by vocal harmonies and some mighty reliable chord progressions. But surrounding the core you’ll find drum programming and rushes of synthesiser, which occasionally take over proceedings.

 

 

Thursday February 18 – Brighton Up Bar – Sydney, NSW
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THE FINKS

Wordy/Tough

Don’t let the name fool you, The Finks are not a motorcycle gang. Though, it’d be great to know what Hunter S Thompson would say if he followed them around on tour. The Finks comes courtesy of Melbourne songwriter Oliver Mestitz who has plenty of words at his disposal, but renders them in such a way that not a single one is disposable.

 

 

Friday February 19 – The Tote – Melbourne, VIC
BANDCAMP | MILK RECORDS

 

THE SPUNLOVES

Garage Pop

Ben Folds once sung, “Will you never rest / fighting the battle of who could care less?” The Spunloves don’t sound like Ben Folds. Not at all. But their chosen stylistic outlet, garage pop, has long been characterised by a who-could-care-less aesthetic. In the case of The Spunloves’ infectious ‘60s throwback, we’ve no complaints about the battle nonchalantly rolling forward.

 

 

Saturday February 20 – Mojos – Fremantle
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PAUL DEMPSEY

Rugged Pop Rock

Not such a little guy – Something For Kate frontman Paul Dempsey is roughly 13 feet tall. It’s always welcome when he steps out solo, and his latest single ‘Morningless’ – recorded with Wilco-affiliate Tom Schick – is a simmering pop rock number that does not sound pleased one bit.

 

 

Saturday February 20 – The Zoo – Brisbane, QLD
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ZURI AKOKO

Glitch

Zuri Akoko has remixed some pretty well recognised indie electronic artists, and paired with rising star Nicole Millar on some fun and poppy covers. But with her own compositions she’s not vying for mass-market accessibility. She makes glitchy electronic pieces that stir up a feeling of internal disorder.

 

 

Saturday February 20 – The Evelyn – Melbourne, VIC
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PLANETE

Minimal House

White Night Melbourne returns this weekend, which means an all-night party right in the centre of the city. The annual event’s past success puts the onus on the organisers to step it up each year. Rather than just focusing on big (and expensive statements), they’ve put together a very interesting music program. On Lonsdale Street around 6am Sunday morning you can catch minimal house/techno producer Planete. And if you’re struggling after a big night out (abetted by substances or not) I couldn’t think of more suitable act to remind you that life is lovely.

 

 

Sunday February 21 (6.00am) – Lonsdale Street – Melbourne, VIC 
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JACK T WOTTON AND THE WUNDERZ

New Wave/Sleaze

Jack T Wotton – of twangy rock band Big White – sure knows how make you feel slimey. His solo work, which sees him joined by backing band The Wunderz, inhabits a synthy landscape, with Wotton leading proceedings like a disgruntled Lou Reed at karaoke.

 

 

Sunday February 21 – Newtown Social Club – Sydney, NSW
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