Next to the AFL Grand Final, the Reclink Community Cup is arguably the greatest game of footy you’re likely to see, pitting the might of the Rockdogs against the dogged determination of the Triple R 102.7FM & PBS 106.7FM Megahertz team. Painters and Dockers, The Smith Street Band, Saskwatch, Fraser A. Gorman, and David Bridie will all perform. Elsternwick Park – June 22. It’s on!
It seems the lads of Dead Letter Circus are in an acoustic sort of mood of late. The Brisbane-based five-piece recently took to triple j’s ‘Like a Version’ to serve up an acoustic cover of Rage Against the Machine’s ‘Killing in the Name’ (well worth a listen, by the way). They also released an acoustic rendition of ‘Lodestar’ last year. Next up is a small number of acoustic shows a little later in the year. The Toff – September 6.
Due to a bout of laryngitis, Chet Faker has been forced to postpone his Geelong date at The Wool Exchange Entertainment Complex. The rescheduled show will now take place on Wednesday, July 2. Chet: “This may seem lame but it’s only temporary. I’ve been advised by my doctor that I need one more day of recovery from laryngitis … I hope you guys understand. All other shows are going ahead as planned. Peace and Love.” Apologies have been extended for any inconvenience. Tickets will remain valid for the new show.
If you’re a fan of Coldplay, you are going to want to get on to this one – now! The band is set to join Foxtel’s Max Sessions crew for its 50th outing on June 18 in Sydney. A major prize of tickets, accommodation and return flights is on the table. Plus, you get to ask the band a question. Since its inception in 2003, Max Sessions has hosted everyone from Powderfinger to Slash. Competition closes June 15.
Brooklyn-based music-makers Obits are back for their second tour of Australia. What do they do? They play music in the areas of garage, punk and surf. You can call ’em surf-punk if you like. Garage-punk works, too. Just don’t be calling them surf-garage. The lads have a new album to show off, last year’s Bed & Bugs.
The charming blues-folk-rock favourites known as The Audreys will play Kyneton Town Hall on June 13 and The Vine, Bendigo on June 15 in support of their latest album, ’Til My Tears Roll Away. The album saw Taasha Coates and Tristan Goodall once again team up with Shane O’Mara, their longtime partner and friend.
“Trappist Afterland makes spirit music for the dispossessed. They explore psychedelia, ritualism and chanting amidst folk songs.” And with that introduction we are welcomed to the world of Trappist Afterland. The Melbourne band’s 2013 release, Like a Beehive, The Hill Was Alive, has found a lot of love from bloggers locally and internationally; now they are working on a newie.
On a scale of one to ten, how much do you love Ball Park Music? ’Cause you see, the band is hitting the road in September for their Trippin’ the Light Fantastic Tour, which should give them just enough time to fine-tune their new songs. Not that they really need it, being such a well-oiled musical machine. Hey, did you know that ‘Trip the Light Fantastic’ means “To dance, especially in an imaginative or ‘fantastic’ manner.”
Another songbird is set to join Doctor Who, with Foxes, aka Louisa Rose Allen, joining the cast when the show returns to TV later this year. Rose Allen: “I was playing a gig and got chatting to the show’s production team who’d been watching my performance. I was telling them how much I loved Doctor Who and next thing they invited me to be on it.” Foxes and Zedd recently picked up a Grammy for their collaboration, ‘Clarity’.
While many of Bendigo’s musical identities attended high school in the days when bands like Guns N’ Roses and Metallica were in their prime, Stacy Varner’s both a current student and a fan of music by older hard rock and metal bands. “People will disagree with me here, but I just like the whole vibe of the old stuff,” she says. With a father who used to turn the family home into a heavy music haven on Saturday mornings while his wife was at work, the fourteen-year-old singer/acoustic guitarist developed musical tastes that aren’t necessarily shared by her peers.