10 ARTISTS TO CATCH LIVE THIS WEEK(END)

October 22 - October 25

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!

DAN KELLY

Pop/Rock

Dan Kelly’s a rambler. His lyrics speak of heartbreak, self-doubt and political discrepancy, but never in a straightforward way. His songs evoke ‘60s pop and ‘80s Australiana, but do so with touches of psych/kraut and television jingles. On stage he frequently purports to explain the meaning behind his songs, but his banter is so elliptical and hilarious that it’s surely off the cuff.

 

 

Thursday October 22 – Grace Emily Hotel – Adelaide, SA
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VOIX D'OR

Indie Pop

There’s more than a touch of melancholy in the tunes of Melbourne duo Voix D’or, but that ain’t enough to disguise their pop persuasion. Leena Thavisin’s cool, evocative vocals unite with Shane Reilly’s guitar work, at times restrained, others blistering, to generate a hook-driven and subtly chilling experience. 

 

 

Thursday October 22 – Retreat Hotel – Melbourne, VIC
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EMILY ULMAN

Folk Pop

Emily Ulman inhabits well-trod territory, playing mid-tempo, reflective folk music. To be honest, there’s nothing remarkable going on at the surface. However, when Ulman’s slightly defeated voice forms wistful melodies riddled with world weary lyrics, it makes for a singularly captivating ride.

 

 

Friday October 23 – Polyester Records – Melbourne, VIC
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THE MURLOCS

Swamp Rock

The Murlocs emerged onto the country’s live circuit over four years ago, and it’s somewhat scandalous they haven’t become the biggest band in the country. However, back then the band members were essentially straight out of high school, and not being thrust into the spotlight has been highly beneficial. The group’s latest single, the lazily floating psych pop number ‘Rolling On’ is their strongest showing yet.

 

 

Friday October 23 – Jive – Adelaide, SA
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BELOVE

R&B

There weren’t many fans of sophisticated pop, soul and R&B that didn’t get a massive kick out of Frank Ocean’s 2012 debut Channel Orange. As with any such breakthrough, the record inspired myriad impersonators, the majority of whom failed to put this inspiration to constructive use. Ocean’s influence is evident in the tunes of Melbourne’s Belove. Thankfully, however, Belove don’t simply copy and paste, and instead manage to create something uniquely pleasing.

 

 

Friday October 23 – Grace Darling Hotel – Melbourne, VIC
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THE BACCHANALES

Indie Rock

Alt rock worship tends to be a recipe for diminishing returns. You know, when a friend of a friend tells you they’re playing in a band influenced by Radiohead, Pumpkins and Nirvana, it’s usually best to nod and change the subject. The Bacchanales owe debt to ‘90s alt rock, without a doubt, but their space-y atmospheric tunes are a cut above the all-too-common vapid nostalgia.

 

 

Friday October 23 – The Foundry – Brisbane, QLD
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KITCHEN PEOPLE

Garage Rock’n’Roll

Much like working as a dish pig at the local pizza place, Perth’s Kitchen People are dirty and not particularly innovative. However, when inhabiting the realm of garage pop, these aren’t detractive descriptors. In fact, no matter how familiar their fuzz-filled tunes might be, they’re undeniably fun.

 

 

Saturday October 24 – Jack Rabbit Slim’s – Perth, WA
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MAILER DAEMON

Hip Hop

In the last few years Sydney producer Mailer Daemon has worked with members of Thundamentals, Daily Meds and Jackie Onassis, as well as The Tongue and Sage. Hip hop is his forte, but his beats encompass everything from shoegazey dreamscapes, mathy rock, sci-fi atmospherics and piano-led balladry.

 

 

Saturday October 24 – OAF Gallery – Sydney, NSW
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CITIZEN KAY

Hip Hop

So impressive is Citizen Kay’s mini-album Demokracy that it’s been nominated for best hip hop album at this week’s AIR Awards. He’s just launched his debut full length With The People, which contains plenty more upbeat grooves and high intensity wordplay. If he takes out the AIR award, this Saturday’s Hobart show is sure to be a bangin’ party.

 

 

Saturday October 24 – Republic Bar – Hobart, TAS
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THE VOLATINSKY TRIO

World Music

What do the cello, guitar, cimbalom (Hungarian dulcimer) and domra (Russian mandolin) have in common? OK, they’re all string instruments, but they’re also the go-to tools utilised by Melbourne’s Volatinsky Trio to create immersive world music that gives a nod to the folk music traditions of Russia and the Balkans. 

 

 

Sunday October 25 – Camelot Lounge – Sydney, NSW
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