10 ARTISTS TO CATCH LIVE THIS WEEK(END)

December 22 - 26

With so many amazing local acts at our fingertips, we scrounge the interwebs, our own inboxes 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.

Chelsea Bleach

Punk

Chelsea Bleach released a tune called ‘Public Safety’ about six months ago. I don’t know if they released anything since, but I really would like them to do so. However, ‘Public Safety’ is still doing the trick for now. It’s a captivating grungy punk song complete with alternating tempos and disaffected vocals.

Thursday December 22 – Gasometer Hotel – Melbourne, VIC

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Morning TV

Indie Pop

Morning TV’s indie pop music is presented with glazed eyes. It’s as though the world hasn’t quite come into focus yet, but you’re pretty fucking pumped to munch down some Cheerios and flick on Dragon Ball Z.

Thursday December 22 – Oxford Art Factory – Sydney, NSW

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Parcels

Funk Pop

Parcels are rather reminiscent of Berlin-via-Norway indie funk band Whitest Boy Alive. The Whitest Boy ain’t around any more, so the resemblance is welcome. There are funky guitars, sweet melodies sung in falsetto and a nicely balanced electronic element.

Thursday December 22 – Black Bear Lode – Brisbane, QLD

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Hamjam

Alt Pop

Hamjam have just released an LP called a / s / l?. Don’t they know it’s the middle of bloody December? It always pissed me off to have industry folks advising against releasing music in December and January. But Hamjam have said up yours to conventional wisdom and dropped a record full of dirty indie pop songs with plenty of groove. Good on ‘em.

Thursday December 22 – The Bird – Perth, WA

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Alex Lahey

Pop Rock

Alex Lahey recently covered Killing Heidi’s ‘Weir’ with additional vocals from Ella Hooper AKA Heidi’s original assassin. That makes perfect sense; Lahey writes endearing pop rock tunes that contain a few nods to the late-‘90s.

Friday December 23 – Evelyn Hotel – Melbourne, VIC

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Ouch My Face

Rock/Experimental

“I got a – boom boom boom – creep heart / I got a – boom boom boom – creep heart.” Those are the chorus lyrics in Ouch My Face’s signature tune ‘Creep Heart’, and they just about sum up the band. The Melbourne trio are unabashed weirdos, illustrated by their strange and infectious music.

Friday December 23 – The Tote Hotel – Melbourne, VIC

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Black Heart Breakers

Rock’n’Roll/Pop Punk

According their official bio, Black Heart Breakers 'is a raw sonic power that only comes around so often.' I like their bold attitude. And while their recordings don’t quite vindicate this avowal, the group of Sydney teens are pretty clear rock-heads with plenty of energy.

Saturday December 24 – Brighton Up Bar – Sydney, NSW

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Lazertits

Punk

Oh me oh my, Lazertits’ latest release ‘Boss Bitch’ is fucking dirty. After a trudging opening riff that sounds like a Melvins outtake, the song becomes a speedy and righteously indignant punk number.

Saturday December 24 – The Old Bar – Melbourne, VIC

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Peter Bibby’s Dog Act

Folk/Rock

Peter Bibby has featured in this column more than any other act. That’s down to two key things: 1) he plays a shit ton of shows, and 2) he’s a singular freak folk songwriter on the Australian music scene. A third reason might be that Bibby’s not nearly as big as he should be, so it feels just to keep promoting his shows.

Saturday December 24 – Mojos – Perth, WA

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Dave Graney/Clare Moore

Rock/Folk

Bob Dylan, Nick Cave, the films of Woody Allen, PJ Harvey and tofu. These are some of the things I despised as a kid chiefly because my mum loved them. I have since become a vocal fan of all of those things. Another on the list is irreverent blues punk songwriter and raconteur Dave Graney.

Monday December 26 – Hotel Metro – Adelaide, SA

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