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
Solaires is the beat-heavy, house and techno project of multi-faceted Melbourne musician Michael Cusack. In recent times he’s been fiddling with ambient music and trap sounds, but he promises plenty of bangers for his return to the live arena this Thursday.
Thursday January 19 – The Old Bar – Melbourne, VIC
Beth Brown’s new single ‘Easy’ is indeed a very easy-going piece of summery pop rock. It’s an uncomplicated number led by Brown’s chirpy lead vocals and centred on a cumulative four-four build.
Thursday January 19 – Brighton Up Bar – Sydney, NSW
Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker expressed some anger on Instagram recently due to his band mates’ albums being labelled Impala 'side projects'. It’s not high on the list of the contemporary media’s evils, but you can understand his point. For instance, the slick big band crooners coming from Tame’s touring bass player Cam Avery are world’s apart from Parker’s futuro psych-pop.
Thursday January 19 – Northcote Social Club – Melbourne, VIC
Kid Fiction is hitting up OAF this Thursday with his mixed bag of electronic compositions. Some of the Sydney producer’s stuff revolves around laid back house grooves, while some adds a glitchy counterpart to evocative ambient sounds.
Thursday January 19 – Oxford Art Factory – Sydney, NSW
Perth five-piece Hussy make no frills, grungy punk music. Occasionally they throw in some memorable vocal melodies, but the main thing that sticks is the no-fucks-given attitude.
Friday January 20 – The Bird –Perth, WA
Originally a solo project for Day Ravies’ Sam Wilkinson, Shrapnel is now a fully fledged five-piece band. The music doesn’t drastically depart from Ravies’ 60s indebted experimental rock, but it’s a bit shaggier and a bit more succinct.
Saturday January 21 – Bearded Lady – Brisbane, QLD
The Crooked Fiddle Band
The Crooked Fiddle Band’s world music-inscribed folk punk comes with a somewhat morose undertone. The Sydney foursome’s songwriting isn’t the least bit conservative – melding disparate elements with a darkened, anything goes spirit.
Saturday January 21 – Newtown Social Club – Sydney, NSW
Gold Coast upstart Jesswar takes cues from such quintessential contemporary MCs as Kendrick Lamar and Vince Staples. The R&B, Kanye-citing production proves the ideal musical complement for her confident rhyme style.
Saturday January 21 – The Foundry – Brisbane, QLD
The music of Melbourne experimentalists Fraudband might seem inaccessible at first, but it encourages a lateral listening perspective. Let it appeal to you on a physical level and you’ll quickly become hooked.
Sunday January 22 – The Tote – Melbourne, VIC
Adelaide folkies Porchlight Parade have just dropped the three track Sidesleeper EP. Its run time comprises fingerpicked acoustic guitars and double bass, winding orchestral flourishes and enveloping close-miked female vocals.
Sunday January 22 – Grace Emily Hotel – Adelaide, SA