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!
Aussie expat Lia Mice hits up her old hometown to showcase songs from her second LP I Love You. Released in late-2014, the album was inspired by Mice’s move to Lyon, France after six year’s spent in Brooklyn. Like Mice’s earlier work, it’s full of dreamy textures, but it also features a newfound emphasis on pop melodies. Expect wacky visuals too.
April 16 - Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane QLD
April 17 - Brighton Up Bar, Sydney NSW
April 18 - Grace Darling, Melbourne VIC
Frankie’s Pizza is worth a visit no matter who’s playing, but Adelaide girl-gang The Villenettes perfectly match the venue’s outlaw rock’n’roll spirit. Bashing out tunes from their brand new album Lady Luck, Tarantino flashbacks and whisky shots are a sure thing.
April 16 – Frankie’s Pizza, Sydney NSW (w/ La Bastard)
April 17 - Lass O'Gowrie, Newcastle NSW
April 18 - The Phoenix, Canberra ACT
Lackadaisical fuzz balls Heart Beach have just released their eponymous debut LP. Hobart’s self-described ocean pop trio have already nabbed triple j airtime and they’ll hit the Brisbane this Friday for a hometown LP launch.
April 17 – Brisbane Hote, Hobart TAS
They’re not exactly hip young things, but DM3’s lo-fi power pop isn’t out of step with today’s indie crowd. Formed in the early ‘90s by The Stems frontman Dom Mariani, the band kicks off a rare national tour with a hometown jangle-feast.
April 17 – Rosemount Hotel, Perth WA
April 18 - Mojo's, North Fremantle, Perth WA
If you’ve never seen Laura Jean perform, you’ve made some seriously bad decisions. You could argue she hasn’t played frequently enough since her stunning self-titled LP came out last year. But that’s chiefly because as soon as you witness Jean onstage, joined by a wonderful trio of players, you’re overcome by a hankering for more.
April 18 – Wheatsheaf Hotel – Adelaide (w/ Aldous Harding)
By Mr. Telafone’s standards, his new LP Romeo Must Cry is exceptionally earnest. It’s a work of melodramtatic grandeur, steeped in nihilistic romance and it seems almost guaranteed that he’ll pile on the weird at this Friday’s official launch.
April 18 – The Tote, Melbourne VIC (w/ Miss Destiny & Geoffrey O’Connor)
The Sydney duo has only been around for six months, but they’ve already supported the likes of Andy Bull, ASTA and New Navy. Lovers of all things sparkle and pop, Vigilantes’ forthcoming single ‘Elasticity’ makes it clear that if Grimes keeps withholding music from the public, they’ll happily make up for her absence.
April 18 – Kings Cross Hotel Bandroom, Sydney NSW (w/ Pluto Jonze)
A new project from Canberra songwriter Conor Hutchison (also of Cat Cat), which features members of the The Ocean Party and the Triffids. This Saturday, Conor and co. bring their understated and charmingly candid folk-pop to Adelaide, launching last year’s ‘Morning Dew’/ ‘Stranded’ double A-side.
April 18 – The Hotel Metro, Adelaide SA (w/ Post War & The Yabbies)
Rugged journeyman Steve Smyth’s spent the past six months making sure no part of the Australian land-mass is neglected. Drawing from his second LP Exits, this show will be equal parts confronting mania and sombre delicacy. Smyth’s soon to disappear back overseas for who knows how long, so Darwin don’t miss out.
April 18 & 19 – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin NT
EAST BRUNSWICK ALL GIRLS CHOIR
EBAGC’s Seven Drummers LP was long-listed for last years Australian Music Prize. The record recalls inaugural AMP winners The Drones in its anguished storytelling, though it’s more ruminative than demonising. This Sunday you can catch them for free at the Old Bar, which means more money for Monday’s hangover cure.
April 19 – The Old Bar, Melbourne VIC (w/ The Pink Tiles)