The Minneapolis Sound - a propulsive, sexy and synth laced funk that emerged in the late 70s and was fired into global consciousness by Prince and his purple acolytes.
Lake Minnetonka are bringing that sound to Melbourne on Thursday 27th October at The Curtin. They are launching their new single 'Out There Bout There', which was recorded in Minneapolis with former Prince band members Dr Fink, Eric Leeds and Sonny T.
Expect smokin' jazz, funk and soul, as Lake Minnetonka are joined by several special guests, including local soul sensation Fulton Street and more to be announced!
Luis Vasquez never intended for The Soft Moon to reach the public's ears; for him, music has always been about self-actualization rather than self- aggrandizement. Nevertheless, the bleak, hushed sounds he created years ago in his small Oakland apartment bubbled to the surface and 2010 saw his debut LP, 'The Soft Moon,' released on Captured Tracks rise to critical acclaim. Pitchfork's 8.1 review stated that Vasquez made "oblivion seems like an enticing prospect" and, indeed, listeners were immediately drawn into his murky musical wasteland, swathed in the moody atmospheres of jagged dark wave and wayfaring post-punk. For them, and for Vasquez, there was no turning back. The 'Total Decay' EP and 'Zeros' emerged soon after, and in 2015 Vasquez returned with The Soft Moon's most introspective and focused album to date: 'Deeper.’
The Soft Moon as a full live band visits Australia for the first time this October.
Packing some seriously futuristic sludge, a heaping helping of proto-metal chops meets paranoid sci-fi fantastical ravings, replete with some tasty syntheisiser werk, 'Birth' is the debut album from Geelong trio ORB. All three members previously played in beloved garage outfit The Frowning Clouds, but here they reveal a different side of their musical talents. A shared love of Black Sabbath and Megadeth shines through the doom, lots of fuzz, plenty of grooves, humour, riffs and the beginning of something all close mic’d to perfection by Total Control / Eddy Current's own Mikey Young.
ORB are hitting the road for on last birth tour "Rebirth!"
Maggotfest presents a night of dystopian underground Australian electronic music.
COLLECTOR - Fresh off releasing his Triple Crown LP, Newcastle’s Jason Campbell has been consistently blowing minds with his live sets across the East Coast. Industrial, and pummelling, the end times have never sounded this appealing. 2200 - Following a sole appearance at Maggotfest years ago, Rory McPike (Dan White, Rings Around Saturn) ventures into uncharted waters of experimental electro with 2200. GAUD - Formerly a 4/4 affair, lately Nick Kuceli’s Gaud project has evolved into a much harsher entity. KNEELING KNAVE - Broodingly introspective industrial from the damaged mind of Cooper Bowman. Releases on LA label Chondritic Sound forthcoming. VACUUM - Andrea Blake and Jenny Branagan take skills learnt in their respective projects (Chrome Dome / Asps and Nun) and apply it to beautifully mangled synthwave.
IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING
and for the cult followers of JAZZ PARTY it couldn't come soon enough.
Returning to their spiritual home "The Curtin" JP present to you their debut single ROCK N ROLL GRAVEYARD, a musical punch in the face, and a night of unrestrained partying on two levels from 8 till LATE.
New Orleans meets Lynch, Jazz meets Rock n' Roll All going down on October 31st, HALLOWEEN, CUP EVE and very appropriately MONDAYNIGHT...
We implore you to bring your loosest house party A-game- for this one, lose your clothes and inhibitions. COME TO THE PARTY
There’s still a while until the highly anticipated eighth album from Brisbane indie rock mainstays Screamfeeder drops in 2017, but luckily we’ve got your fix right here with the premiere of new single Karen Trust Me.
A fire was lit after the band embarked on a tour to support the re-release of their first five albums on vinyl (thank you, Poison City), and that snowballed into their first new material in 10 years dropping late 2015 in single Alone In The Crowd.
Karen Trust Me is the band’s third new single since kicking things back into gear, and it’s clear they’ve managed to maintain their ‘90s charm while also injecting new life into their celebrated sound. They also still know their way around an earworm.
The band’s latest single will see them hit the road again in November for a five-date national tour that kicks off Nov 3 at The Curtin, Melbourne.
It’s been four years since The Laurels released their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Plains’ and many wondered if they’d ever hear from the band again.
Their second release ‘Sonicology’ is a result of their determination to reinvent themselves and their desire to produce something not bound by time or genre. Growing particularly fond of golden age hip hop, the rawness and grittiness of hip hop production felt new and inspiring to a band that had become renowned for their lush sonic textures. Fans had a taste of the record in mid 2015 with first single ‘Zodiac K’, a synthesizer odyssey with hard hitting drums and spoken word that showcased a step away from the guitar heavy psychedelia that the band had become known for.
Contrary to popular belief, The Laurels have not spent the past four years sitting in their lounge room punching cones. They’ve overcome adversity (and hundreds of annoying questions) to craft an eclectic collection of music which they are thrilled to share with you.
APES reveal new video and announce east coast launch shows to celebrate the release of their new single ‘If You Want it’ – OUT 17th October, 2016 Having spent the past two years deeply immersed in writing and recording, APES have finally emerged from the depths with a distinctly developed sound that is beautifully captured on ‘If You Want It’, the first single taken from their debut album due out early 2017. Produced by Michael Belsar (Hunting Grounds), Mixed by Jackson Barclay and mastered by Brian Lucey (Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys, Saskwatch, Ryan Bingham), ‘If You Want It’ is the follow up to their previous hit singles ‘Pull The Trigger’ and ‘Dimension’, which earned the Ballarat 4 piece spins on triple J and BBC Radio1. Accompanying the track is a new music video directed by Steven Tandy, which features a stellar cast of K9 actors, giving what is arguably the best performances of their film careers. A must see for all hound enthusiasts! Coming off the back of three killer BIGSOUND performances last month and a blistering set at Rolling Stone Australia's Live Lodge, APES will now look to build upon their already palpable live reputation when they celebrate the launch of ‘If You Want It' and showcase new material from the upcoming album in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane in November.
Immigrant Union and Perch Creek, two local Melbourne bands, are teaming up to co-headline their only hometown show for 2016. Perch Creek are a band of five energetic multi-instrumentalists and vocalists, four of whom happen to be siblings. Huge harmonies and kooky dance moves. Immigrant Union are a psychedelic rock band featuring Brent DeBoer of The Dandy Warhols. In celebration, they will be releasing their brand new single 'Watch My Mouth'. Listen out.
Both bands have toured extensively, nationally and internationally, appeared everywhere from major festivals to The Sydney Opera house to the cobblestone streets of Cologne. In the midst of recording brand new albums, set for release in 2017, This one off show is going to be a seriously good time.
Melbourne laconic-pop force The Twerps share their limelight with ex-Bris proto-indie legends Small World Experience as they kick off their Reissues Relaunch Tour at the Curtin, with Whipper up first, bringing the rock’n’roll.
SWE, known for their signature laid-back blend of indie rock and Bacharach / Webb major seventh heaven, will be showcasing this year's vinyl reissue on Siltbreeze (Philadelphia) of 90s cult classic cd 'Shelf Life', and the release on Brisbane reissues label LCMR of its predecessor 'Too Far Gone To Sell It', not to mention glimpses of forthcoming LP 'Soft Knocks', out this summer on Tenth Court.
For Twerps, Chapter Music label mates and longtime SWE fans all, this will be only their second show on home soil since their US tour earlier this year. Whipper will get the night off to a rowdier start with a taste of their take on contemporary punk rock.
Barely Dressed Records are holding a party!
Celebrating their incredible roster, as part of Melbourne Music Week 2016. Artists will include Jess Ribeiro, Oh Pep!, Jim Lawrie and Jarrow - a show case of world class alt-country and indie rock.
Plus, our mates at PBS will be going live to air from The Curtin front bar and streaming the entire performance live!
There will also be a bunch of Barely Dressed give away's and super cool DJ's during and after the show.
This Melbourne Music Week, make sure you come party with us!
Melbourne three-piece Pure Moods will take their earnest, guitar-fuelled pop to The Curtin this November in support of the release of their debut LP, out on vinyl and digital November 4th via Deaf Ambitions.
2016 saw The Royal Parks embark on an incredible recording journey after legendary indie-folk producer Noah Georgeson (Joanna Newsom, Devendra Banhart, Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes, HUSKY) offered to fly to Melbourne to produce and mix their debut album Suburb Home after hearing their demos.
They are excited to release their first single of the album, the title track Suburb Home, a dreamy folk song featuring soaring three part-harmonies, capturing the melodies & harmonies of bands like Fleetwood Mac, The Beach Boys, Fleet Foxes and GOANNA.
TRANSGENREDITH is a fundraiser for the next TRANSGENRE – a music festival located in Melbourne that brings together trans and gender non-conforming artists both local and less local for an afternoon/evening/night of music and poetry and performance. We have a secret plan for making next year's really really good, but it's gonna cost a lil money! So this fundraiser, like a mini-festival in itself, will include performances from artists from a variety of genres including electronic, hip hop, heavy folk, folk punk, and smackwave, to raise some $$$ for TRANSGENRE 2017.
With both acts claiming 2016 as their breakout year, good friends Hein Cooper and LANKS have announced that they will be touring the east-coast together in a series of intimate shows this December.
The last 2 year have witnessed Hein Cooper gain some pretty amazing achievements including three singles scoring triple j rotation alongside of public radio stations nationwide; spins on the BBC UK & stations across Europe & Canada; record deals across three continents; festivals from the UK to Canada including a selection of profile festivals throughout Australia; successful headline tours of Europe & Canada, and now the release of his current single, the pop gem, 'Overflow'. Audiences can look forward to experiencing his signature voice and emotive lyricism, when Hein returns to Australia to takes the stage alongside LANKS this December.
LANKS has had the golden run of tour supports in the past year, having just wrapped up his national support slot with Vera Blue, recently supporting future soul kween Ngaiire on her national album tour and Airling on her national run in late 2015. With the release of his EP Viet Rose in October, the six-track EP features collaborations with the likes of Tom Iansek (Big Scary) and Airling. Viet Rose draws from a rich sonic palette that has contributed to LANKS’ unique sound and consequent success.
It's a double header tour not to missed.
CAR SEAT HEADREST is coming to Australia for the very first time, as part of the Laneway Tour.
Before signing to Matador Records in 2014, the 23 year old artist had already crafted an 11 album catalogue of staggering depth, all self-released on Bandcamp. His formal studio debut, 2016’s Teens of Denial, has everything you want from a rock album within one song. Check out album opener ‘Fill In the Blank’. With inspired guitar riffs, ambitious indie-rock anthems, and clever reflections of 20-something life, Teens of Denial is one of the best albums of the year. Live, Car Seat Headrest performs with a full band.
"Car Seat Headrest's 'Teens of Denial' is not just the rock album of the year, but may be the emergence of a new musical genius" - The Saturday Paper
The Curtin is nestled away on the city end of Lygon St, Carlton - just a short walk from Melbourne's CBD and moments from Melbourne Central train station, and is easily accessible by public transport.
The venue has a 300 capacity band room has been designed to ensure an unrestricted view of the large stage from anywhere in the room. Complemented by a powerful D&B Q7 speaker system & D&B Crown 90001 amplifiers, in stalled to deliver the highest quality sound on stage and to the entire audience.
The Curtin is the perfect size to cater for album launches, interstate touring bands, and larger internationals seeking an intimate show.