G’day live listeners (wherever you are), Dan here with a rundown of what’s to come at our leading live original music venues here in Rat Capital. The Eastern kick off with this month’s resident host of Open Mic Thursdays, with James Ramsay opening it up to the public with a little MCing and an amount of tune playing, before passing it on to whoever is up on the list next.
LAST MINUTE: Sydney metallers Flaming Wrekage have a date with Bendigo’s Music Man Megastore tonight, August 7. The band kicked off their Bring the Riff Back tour on July 10 in Baulkham Hills in support of their debut album Catharsis. If you feel like getting a little more familiar with the band, vocalist Dave Lupton recently spoke with Mandy Craig over at musicmayhemwithmandy.com about the album and tour.
The Queenscliff Music Festival has announced another round of acts for its bonza 2014 outing. To recap first, we already have The Bombay Royale, The Church. D.D Dumbo, Hiatus Kaiyote, The Jezabels, Kasey Chambers, Stonefield, The Waifs and Xavier Rudd; now, you can add soulful rocker Dan Sultan, WA’s blues and roots outfit Blue Shady, a trio of songbirds in Dyson Stringer Cloher…
Do you know Allday? If not, you probably should. Hailing from Blackwood (that would be the home of the Hilltop Hoods for those playing at home), Allday (Tom Gaynor) is part of Australia’s new era of hip hop. He began rapping at the age of ten, recorded his first track as a teenager, and would build his case winning battle after battle in his hometown.
Fans of Chuck Palahniuk no doubt would have heard that a sequel to Fight Club (the book, sorry folks) is set for release in May 2015 in the form of a 10-issue maxiseries. Fight Club 2 will take place alternately in the future and the past, picking up a decade after the original as it follows the protagonist, his wife, Marla, and their nine-year-old son.
Singer-songwriter and Grammy-winning producer Joe Henry is on his way to Australia in support of Invisible Hour, his latest work. The album is number 13 for the man described as a “literate purveyor of a kind of folk-imbued, smokily jazzified, contemporary ‘adult music’ that in a far better world would reside at the top of the pop charts (San Francisco Weekly).”
Rapper, actor and producer Ice Cube is heading our way at year’s end. You may know him from N.W.A. You may know him as Fudge from Higher Learning; though more likely as Capt. Dickson from the Jump Street movies. You may also know him as a solo artist who has just coughed up album number 10, Everythang’s Corrupt. It sounds cooler when he says it. The Forum – December 9.
Hi there, guys! OK, so the dead of winter can be pretty boring, am I right? The nights are long, dark and cold – and the days aren’t much better. Sometimes all you want to do is tuck up at home beside the fire with a mug of hot chocolate and your favourite movie on DVD. But sometimes that’s not enough, and you want to get out and do some stuff to take your mind off the cold. Well fortunately for you, there are still plenty of things happening in the Surf Coast region to keep you entertained over the next couple of weeks.
The Geelong Small Business Festival was launched today by Mayor Darryn Lyons and Minister for Small Business Russell Northe at City Hall. In Geelong, small businesses account for up to 90 per cent of all businesses and the Festival is about celebrating this.