REMINDER: You may recall hearing the story of Melbourne-based photographer Michelle Grace Hunder who, a couple of years ago, began shooting portraits of Melbourne hip hop artists in order to strengthen her portrait work. With her book RISE now a reality, Michelle has rounded up a bunch of mates for a few shows around the country.
One of Australia’s greatest, Jimmy Barnes, is heading out for a lengthy tour to mark three decades in the solo game. As well as the tour, Barnsey has released the album 30/30 Anniversary, a compilation featuring fifteen of his biggest hits as collaborations with artists including Keith Urban, John Farnham, Bernard Fanning, Journey, Steven Van Zandt, Shihad, Tina Arena, Baby Animals and Jon Stevens.
With a Groovin’ the Moo run and an outing at triple j’s One Night Stand behind him this year, not to mention his date with Splendour in the Grass, Illy is looking towards some smaller venues to help see out the year. The run of dates pays particular attention to his 2013 album Cinematic, an effort recorded with M-Phazes and his first to debut in the Top 10.
Local guns The Hazard Circular stop by The Karova for a date filled with the heavy stuff on August 29. The band formed out of Ballarat in 2011 through similar musical and lyrical genres. This like-minded beginning has forged a diverse metal sound that challenges both the progressive and atmospheric ear. Since stepping out into the world they have supported The Ocean, Frankenbok, Circles and King Parrot among others.
Biddy O’Loughlin brings her acclaimed play Funny Rabbit to The Bridge, Castlemaine on August 28. Funny Rabbit is a ‘one-rabbit’ play about Bill, an existential pest who becomes a stand-up comedian. Bill isn’t your typical rabbit, however – unless your typical rabbit wears an AC/DC t-shirt, is pretty lax when it comes to swearing and has a black sense of humour.
A wonderful double-header will be taking place at the Torquay Bowl’s Club on September 21. The afternoon gig will feature Frank Yamma and David Bridie, with the gig zeroing in on new releases from the pair. Frank has new single ‘Everybody’s Talking/I’ll Be Back Soon’ to welcome, while David has new album Take the Next Illusionary Exit. Both are powerful voices in the Australian music scene.
New Zealand’s Die! Die! Die! are closing in on another round of raucous shows. The noise-punk makers will be launching their new album S W I M in all the glory we have come to know and love about the band. From the presser: “S W I M is an 11 track opus formed from the wall-sweat of Europe’s best clubs, scratched off the tour van floor and from down the back of the couch-surfed accommodation.
Batucada Sound Machine, Benny Walker, Black Indie, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Bonjah, Bustamento, Finding Albert, Frank Yamma, Glenn Skuthorpe, Hailey Cramer, Leah Flanagan, Louis Baker, Marlon Williams, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Mighty Duke & The Lords, Radical Son, Santa Taranta, Tha Feelstyle, The Ska Vendors and Timberwolf have joined the already impressive AWME line-up.
Matching your food with the right wine has long been a practice. Fast catching up with the practice is matching your food with the right beer. Taking place at the Odyssey Tavern & Brewery on Thursday, September 4 is a Beer and Food Matching Evening showcasing three of Australia’s best craft breweries – Feral (WA), Boatrocker (VIC) and 4 Pines (NSW).
Making it the best return since Return of the Jedi, the Great Australian Beer Festival returns to Geelong early next year for another round of beer and good cheer. Other than it takes place on February 21 at the Geelong Racecourse, there is no other information we can give you at this stage. Sorry about that. However, early bird specials and Fathers Day specials will be available very soon.