The gestalt rock and roll mutation that is Wireheads make a rare appearance in Melbourne city on October 20 to celebrate the launch of their new LP, Lightning Ears. For this corker, the band returned to the corn syrup glazed heartland of the United States of America with Big Issues producer and indie enfant terrible Calvin Johnson (Beat Happening). With supports from Bitch Prefect, Summer Flake, and Bloody Hell, this show is not to be missed- you should take your own word for it.
How does a pub as old as the Curtin decide what birthday & era to celebrate. Should it be the anniversary of when the pub first opened it’s doors, a watering hole for an exotic mix of politicians, unionists, industrialists, journalists, Russell St cops and developer heavy weights? Regulars like beer chugging Bob Hawke and the occasional visit from the legendary Gough. Or the pubs notorious JCs nightclub era where student (& underage) ragers would hit the dancefloor till the wee hours? When it returned to live music under owner Leon or when Rusty was handed the keys. Let’s celebrate it all! with the motley crew of socialists, pollies, students, labourers, locals, bands, staff past / present & lovers of awesome live music. We are thrilled to announce that Pearls - fine purveyors of glam rock, where sugar meets the grit - have agreed to return to the stage for us and for the first time ever Dan Kelly with his full band will play at the Curtin along with some special guests and DJs till super late. Mixing boozy whiskey sours and excellent tunes!! More to come!
Tickets are on sale now!
LONG LIVE THE CURTIN!!!
Fresh from their 3-night debut album launch, The Senegambian Jazz Band are bringing their unique sound to the JCH band room. With a new line up TSJB continue their evolution and the development of their sound through live, improv driven gigs. Exciting new tracks and re-worked favourites will provide a musical melting pot of sounds, influences and cultures intricately woven to create a magical sonic experience, unlike anything in the Australian music scene.
In a special event, award winning writer Emma Viskic will be launching international bestselling author Anna Snoekstra’s second novel ‘Little Secrets’. The night will include stories, performances, book signing and music.
Local musicians will be performing songs that are featured within the pages of Little Secrets, with a special focus on Bruce Springsteen. Artists include Phoebe Baker (Alpine), Eloise Falk and Dave Latimer.
Readings Booksellers will have a stall at the venue.
The Tommyhawks return to The Curtin for their last Melbourne show of 2017. Celebrating the release of their brand new EP 'This is not a desert island', Perth's indi-folk-pop foursome are preparing a glorious-big-fat party for your pleasure and delight featuring some of their favourite local acts to submerge your ears in. Come down for a night of good sounds, good vibes, good people and good times.
Peace from the Crates,
After talking that shit around Melbourne town for a couple of years, SO. CRATES is conjuring up our rich frankincense scented musical universe in the Curtin to celebrate the release of a limited edition 7-inch record, entitled “DIVIDE”.
On the A-side we have the OG mix and the heavy hitters 30/70 take care of the flip-side with a tasty rework. Both are vital pieces from the forthcoming vinyl reissue of the Static Methods EP featuring a special bonus disc.
But to be completely honest with you this is more than a launch. This here is an expression of our culture and love for our people. Now that may sound like a ton of weight for two rap-nerds to bear but COOL OUT SUN, manage yourself. Our musical Brothers and Sisters can move mountains.
ALLYSHA JOY will create the lush situations that move your head and neck regions. JORDAN DENNIS is in the building to flip wigs and shift hips, you dig? The WOLVES in the CELLAR shall be released, causing rambunction before your beloved ’Crates take Hiphop back and front, front to the back with stunts that rattle trunks.
RHYS NEWLING on the seen, DJ DARCY JUSTICE on the heard.
We call it Cold Crush!
Sydney’s Grinding Eyes celebrate the release of their self titled full length album by exploding it’s psychedelic contents live Saturday Oct 28th at The Curtin Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see one of Sydney’s finest playing with one of Melbourne’s most iconic, local wild sludge- rock’n'roll lads Warped and new comers Beat Taboo.
Grinding Eyes have quickly made a name for themselves as proponents of a genuine psych rock sound - they actually sound like their influences and are pushing boundaries!!
Grinding Eyes take you on a serious musical journey using exploding psychedelic and surreal projections. Expect to feel transported.
Antifade Records is putting on a free show in the front bar of the pub before Maggot Fest which will be upstairs in the evening.
Featuring: HELTA SKELTA - A punk band from Perth, Western Australia. A very good punk band - as you probably already know.
BB & THE BLIPS - New Sydney group burnin' down the Dangerhouse with (ob)noxious propellant that's four parts murder punk one part pogo soprano. Former suspects wanted for Good Throb, Housewives and Dry Finish.
COLD MEAT - Snarky Perth punk taking cues from somewhere in between the Electric Eels and British punk. An angry female fronted punk band.
AUSMUTEANTS - Four Melbourne dudes celebrate five years on this weekend since adding guitarist, Shaun, at Maggot Fest 2012.
NASHO - Huge new punk outing from members of Dispossessed, Royal Headache and Good Throb (UK). Powerful hardcore with bizarro vocal effects bringing in a horrid psych element.
Obsidian is a scattershot of experimental electronics, with artists spanning the dissonant space between styles and process. Obsidian seeks to present the ambiguous and transforming sounds of contemporary electronic music.
**This event will take place over 4th Nov at The Curtin & 5th Nov Upstairs at The TOte**
Tickets can be purchased for a single day event or a double pass for both. More details can be found on the facebook event page including the line for Sunday 5th.
Thigh Master (Bris) play The Curtin on November 5 in preparation for their impending European Tour. They'll release a new digital single from an upcoming 7" for said tour too. Terrible Truths will play. Lazertits will play. Caroline No will play. It'll be fantastic. Nuff Said.
Last Leaves release their long-anticipated debut album Other Towns Than Ours with a big ol’ bash at the John Curtin Hotel on Cup Eve – Monday, November 6.
Formed from the scattered remains of The Lucksmiths, Last Leaves combine songwriter Marty Donald’s lyrical sleight-of-hand with the jangle and racket of his former band mates Louis Richter and Mark Monnone, and drummer Noah Symons of Great Earthquake-fame.
Joining Last Leaves for the launch party will be Darren Hanlon and Steph Hughes debuting their newly shod country-duo The Leafblowers, and American indiepop heroes Math & Physics Club, making their first-ever Australian appearance. Opening the evening will be janglesome garage-poppers Swim Team.
Last Leaves’ debut album Other Towns Than Ours will be released on October 13 through Lost And Lonesome.
After a couple of years pursuing inspiration across continents and recording their debut album, Sagamore are back with the first few tastes of it via Pearl Of The Sky and Turning - fresh off the press after being premiered by Henry Wagons on Double J and widespread play on community radio nationally.
Following a sold out single launch at the Grace Darling for Pearl of the Sky, - where they asserted their vitality as a great live band after a decent hiatus from shows.
For this very special album launch show, Sagamore have rung in the same horn section that arranged Charlemont Reef's bombastic cacophony of soulful, bouncing horn lines. Coupled with Sagamore's commanding grasp on motown-era inspired groove, this is a show you won't want to miss.
Come and witness a special evening & gathering dedicated to the one and only Tom Petty, who sadly passed away recently. The outpouring of love has been felt far and wide all over the world. Fri November 10th The Curtin will host a whole stack of Melbourne musicians performing his songs together.
A rotating list of wonderful singers will sing songs with a band thats been especially put together for this event.
The event will also raise money for "Music With Mates" a fantastic community organisation that helps newly arrived people to Australia in Melbourne make new mates and have a great time by taking them along to live music events for free.
The soul bands of Melbourne come together for ONE NIGHT ONLY to celebrate and remember the life of Daptone Records' Miss Sharon Jones. Marking one year since the soul queen's passing, all ticket proceeds will be donated to ‘Cure Pancreatic Cancer – The Lustgarten Foundation’ Featuring Kylie Auldist (The Bamboos), Stella Angelico (Cooking On 3 Burners), Shannen Wick (Fulton Street), Thando and Chelsea Wilson all backed by a 9- piece band, this is a night you won't want to miss!
"Co-presented with The Curtin and Rice is Nice for Live Music Safari"
Newly signed Lowtide return from their European tour to headline the show. SPOD will also perform, playing new material from HIS forthcoming record Adult Fantasy. Thrashing out lots of grungy tunes, Melbourne five-piece DARTS join the bill, offering a taste of what they have brewing for 2018, with fellow local legends Sarah Mary Chadwick and Summer Flake round out the huge line-up.
This year, Live Music Safari celebrates 50 years of punk. For one night only, nine of the city’s iconic music venues are ditching the cover charge for a huge night of punk-inspired live music. We’re not necessarily talking straight up punk – we’ve asked the venues to get creative, curating a line-up that nods to the rebellious, frank and fearless spirit of punk. So plan your night, choose your own adventure, and join us on this unruly music safari.
It's time to get sad and stay rad! Crywank are now coming down to Australia for their debut tour!!
With a folk-punk influenced style, this duo captures angst and self loathing with insightful and original lyricism and expresses it with highly emotive use of sound. Formed the same day songwriter James Clayton learnt their first chord, Crywank have developed over the years from being an underground outsider folk act, to an acoustic punk band with a cult following. Initially a cathartic solo project, they’re now a two-piece band that lyrically fluctuate between self-aware and self-parodying whilst having an overarching focus on sadness and mental health. Percussionist Dan Watson joined Crywank by their third album ‘Tomorrow is Nearly Yesterday and Everyday is Stupid’ which has accumulated over five million streams since it’s ‘name-your-price’ release three years ago and has amassed over 1000 cover songs and remixes.
Based in Manchester, England, Crywank have been booking and promoting DIY shows and tourmasts for themselves and other bands for several years around the UK and Europe. Their fifth album is to be released in late 2017.
"The perfect culmination of acoustic, anti-folk-emo, admirable excellence" - Muteprint
"Emotionally exhausting expressions are penned in poetic fashion by James Clayton, who delivers them with apropos gloominess" - Houston Press
Lazertits are finally hitting their stride both musically and lyrically, and their debut album ‘Not Punk, Per Se’ embodies what they have become known for; smart-ass lyrics that pack a punch, backed by the fuzziest, fastest riffs ever.
Not Punk, Per Se is a reaction to being branded or pigeonholed as something, before you’re given the chance to prove yourself otherwise.
They’ll be joined by “the queens of trashtalk and simultaneous poise” Bitch Diesel, long time lovers and the powerhouse that is Hexdebt, and new pals, the dreamy Face Face.
Aussie rock royalty Sarah McLeod announces her new single Wild Hearts, a laid-back, content ode to finding fulfillment through creative endeavours. Lifted from her self-produced new album, Rocky’s Diner – her first solo album in 12 years - released on August 18, the talented vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, who first found fame in the late 1990s with 3X ARIA Award winning rock band The Superjesus, has also dropped a gorgeous video for Wild Hearts, encapsulating the simple beauty in what at first appears mundane. And due to high demand from fans wanting a piece of the action, Sarah has extended her national tour into November and December, continuing her Rocky’s Diner tour in Adelaide at Jive on November 5, then moving through Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Fremantle, Bunbury, Bulli, and finishing up in Sydney at The Lansdowne on December 16.
That's right, it's time to break out the pina coladas and get tropical once again with Mighty Duke & The Lords! Get your beach hair rockin and be ready to get your toes out of the sand and onto the dance floor. It's been far too long between drinks for these "Trop~Pop" troubadours and with Christmas just around the corner, it's time to get into training for the wild times ahead. Special guest to be announced.
!!! (Chk Chk Chk) Announce Intimate warm up Meredith party at The Curtin on THU DEC 7! Presented by Mistletone and Triple R
!!! are one of Earth’s great live bands; something you have to experience in the flesh to truly comprehend. To quote Aunty Meredith in her !!! wisdom: “Designed for celebration. Built for energy generation. Engineered for euphoric elevation. Tested in all atmospheric conditions. Certified to issue failsafe moodproof bigband surefunk dancepunk. In poolboy shorts. Any beat that moves you is fuel for their six cylinders: twitchy R&B, queasy dub-disco, discotheque disco, romantic house, any quality propulsive groove. They turn any space into a dance club, as anyone who witnessed their legendary set at the very first Golden Plains way back in 2007 will attest.
While !!!’s live shows are something to behold, they underscore the sheer musicianship and songwriting that goes into recording their albums. It is a lot of hard work made to look easy. The new record opens with “The One 2”, diving right into this experimentation, “we’ve always admired this style of dance music from afar and were curious if we could add our twist to it, our twist being a plotline and some attitude.” Immediately segueing into the soon-to-be live favorite “Dancing Is The Best Revenge”, which premiered on Last Call With Carson Daly, the record starts off with a bang and doesn’t let up till the closing groove “R Rated Pictures.”
America's most exciting political band Downtown Boys are out to draft a new history with their radically-minded, indefatigable protest music and they're bringing their powerhouse live shows to Meredith Music Festival and three headline shows in Australia this December.
In this time of political turmoil, there's no stopping Downtown Boys and their mission to unite crowds and shout the truths of our realities. Speaking out against racism, queerphobia, capitalism, fascism, and all things close-minded, Downtown Boys' live shows are awe-inspiring and invigorating with a relentless and infectious energy befitting of their riotous lyrics. Lead singer Victoria Ruiz is known for her truly captivating presence and with influences such as Fugazi and Bruce Springsteen, the band's sax-fuelled live performances ignite a mix of catharsis, empowerment and outright fun among their audiences.
Downtown Boys are here to remind us of the transformative power of music, and goddamn we've never needed it more than now.
Handsome Tours is proud to present the debut of Philadelphian indie pop artist Japanese Breakfast with a show in Melbourne on Saturday 9th December at The Curtin.
The solo musical project of Michelle Zauner, Japanese Breakfast, is coming to Aus with her full band. Despite the distinguishing marks, it’s hard to put a finger on Michelle’s music, several things are in orbit at once: zigging, zagging, hither and yon. The distinctive notes range from modern pop production to 60’s nostalgia, all the while being rooted in that grand ol’ American indie rock format. Her 2017 album, ‘Soft Sounds From Another Planet’, is one of the most rewarding full album experiences we've had this year, dreamlike and existential.
Much like the city that shapes her work, Detroit-based Jax Anderson, aka Flint Eastwood, wakes up everyday confronting a world that tells us that we are not good enough, not unique enough, not rich, beautiful or smart enough; not the right color; not the right gender. Success is as subjective as it is elusive, but if the debut single “Queen” from Anderson’s Broke Royalty EP reveals anything about the songstress, it’s that she’s everything she needs to be.
Having recently been announced as part of this year's Falls Festival, Flint Eastwood will bring her power indie- pop show that’s blown away the stages of Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Saquatch just to name a few, to play an intimate show at The Curtin.