Jazz Party rolls over to John Curtin front bar for 4 x Monday nights for a final residency for 2014. Shoutin. Drinkin. Dancin. Free entry
Ex Little Red and present New Gods boys Dominic Byrne and Adrian B, fronted by international avant garde superstar Saidin Salkic launch their first album under the name Aphrodite's Favourite Lovers. The album is the musical journey trough many different styles and in a way can be called: 45 minute journey trough the history of music.
This side show for Kennedy’s Creek Music Festival includes some of the top acts from this year’s quality line up. Since his band The Vasco Era’s 2013 hiatus was announced, Sid O’Neil has been popping his head up at random with some very random solo shows. All we can say is anything can and will happen.
West Australian dub luminaries The Weapon Is Sound are bringing their spaced out sounds to the East Coast having just released a film clip for thunderous and down-tempo single, ‘Thundercracker Dub’.
Hard-gigging, garage rocking Melbourne lads The Pretty Littles’ last couple of gigs were single launches at a packed out Northcote Social Club in August for ‘Tegan Victoria’ and an equally packed out Ding Dong Lounge in September for ‘Dangerman’. Will they persist with the obligatory Blink 182 covers? You’ll have to attend to find out.
Headlining are local stalwarts The Exploders, marking their first gig in 2 years since the release of their Electric Country and Psychephallic Rock or Roll, mashed-up masterpiece ‘Orche.Stratos.Pheric’. Do not wait to see when their next gig will be. Come taste why Tone Deaf named the festival, one of the 25 Boutique Aussie Music Festivals You Need To Attend.
Animal Justice Party will be running in this year's state election.
Between all the hard work organising and campaigning, we feel the need to have a party, well kinda….we also desperately need money to help us campaign as effectively as possible. So, a party featuring some of Melbourne's finest bands, all of whom love animals as much as we do, will be coming together to help us stand up for them in the place they need us most. Over 80% of decisions made in parliament effect animals, yet there is no one there looking out for them. We need to be there and we need you to help us. We are AJP and some of us will be present for you to pick our brains or just to have a drink with.
Finally ... the world is ready for the launch of this modern day love song.
Modesty have a proven they can of get parties started and people naked. With sounds akin to Fleetwood Mac and energy of Bikini Kill, their unabashed approach to rock inspires even the most unwilling music critic to tap their toe and wonder “Where the hell did they come from?
Joining them on stage are their hand-picked dance troupe consisting of scantily clad young men draped in little more than gold glitter and dubbed “The Objectifieds” to add another spasmotic element to this already riot ready night. Modesty prove that they have their finger on the pulse of irony, genitals and bat-shit crazy stage antics.
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Jazz Party's final show for 2014. Shoutin. Drinkin. Dancin. Free entry
Shocking Pinks is the project of singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nick Harte. The only band to sign with both DFA and Flying Nun, they’ve released five albums of hypnotic rhythms, shimmering shoegaze and Nick Harte’s blissfully narcotic vocals.
Shocking Pinks last toured Australia with Cut Copy and DFA label mates The Juan Maclean. Following the release of their triple-album ‘Guilt Mirrors’ through Stars & Letters, they return to Australia for exclusive East Coast shows.
‘His heartache, our pleasure...scruffy Jesus and Mary Chain dream-pop, ecstatic My Bloody Valentine haze, droning C-86 confessionals, and bedroom New Order bass lines. Oh yeah, and cowbell.’ - Pitchfork
The annual festival of “the best Australian punk, hardcore and weirdo bands” will span three Melbourne venues over four days: from Thursday, October 30 through Sunday, November 2. The sprawling collective bill includes seven bands visiting from Queensland, six from New South Wales and one each from WA and SA. Highlights include Ausmuteants, Low Life, Power, M.O.B., Ruined Fortune, Dribble, Zodiac, Constant Mongrel, Miss Destiny and Destiny 3000.
In celebration of the release of his debut Album ‘Old Time Sing Song Man’, Archer, one of Australia’s most talented musical drifters, is heading out on a nation-wide tour.
The songs of ‘Old Time Sing Song Man’ are harvested from the stories Archer finds buried all across the country- as he walks along Australia’s dust cloaked highways, as he labours on a Murray River picking crew, twisting fruit from the vine in the Riverina sun.
‘Old Time Sing Song Man’ was captured in two parts, side A was recorded to tape at Sing Sing Studios by Michael O’Connell (The Cat Empire, Angus & Julia Stone), and Side B by Phil Noy (Amanda Palmer, Hiatus Kaiyote). Gavin Lurssen mastered the record at his prestigious mastering facility in Hollywood (Johhny Cash, Tom Waits).
The weathered songs Archer plays are sparse and raw. It’s music steeped, even driven, by geography, the music of distances vast and landlocked, from a life undisturbed by the passage of time.
Word is beginning to spread, over 16 dates, Archer will parade the country playing East Coast shows and festival bills to campaign his classic yet highly original debut release.
It's been 10 years since Fear Like Us started strumming those gruff, raw and heartfelt anthems as a two piece and slowly building themselves into the much loved punk/folk band that they are today. Geography has been a hindrance over the years with members living in different states, involved in other projects that has meant FLU took a back foot. Not anymore! They are as passionate and fiery as ever! So come along to The Curtin to help them celebrate 10 years as a band. Joined on the night by their good mates Grim Fandango from Perth WA, Hoodlum Shouts & Ben Soedradjit
Georgia Fair is back with a new single, new label and tour with three headline shows across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
’Break’ is Georgia Fair’s debut single on littleBIGMAN records. Nik Thompson, lead singer / songwriter and producer with 44th Sunset, and who worked on the mix of ‘Break’, will be supporting Georgia Fair on all tour dates.
Georgia Fair who have previously worked with Bill Reynolds (Band of horses) and Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem / Old Crow medicine show) are currently recording a new album which will be released early 2015.
“It’s once in a blue moon that I come across as a group with such great harmonies and great songs. - Bill Reynolds, Band of Horses.
The Renegade Pub Football League End of Season Ball is back for 2014!
It is the social event of the season with Renegades and members of the public donning their best polyester suits and WAG outfits to spend the night at PENTRIDGE PRISON with TEX PERKINS’ ‘THE APE’ and with support from TWIN BEASTS and DJ MANCHILD. Tickets are $85 (+$2.50 b.f.) with all included food, beer, wine and softies. Spirits available for the hard drinkers at a cash bar. All proceeds from the ball will go towards the running of the league for season 2015. Tickets are limited so get in quick and make your club proud!!
Ben Whiting is back with his new single WILDFLOWER it's a new blend that takes Ben's signature style and mixes it with the talent of his full band to create what can only be described folk with just the right amount of latin spice for enhanced flavour. Ben continues to move from strength to strength and this show isn't to be missed.
“Bloods have translated the relentless excitement of their shows to a fun, confident debut album.”- The Music
“Whilst ‘Garage pop’ is often dismissed for it's surface level attributes… Work It Out proves Bloods have a lot more to offer beyond this simplistic sense of optimism and partying…”- Rolling Stone
Sydney punk pop trio Bloods are super psyched to release their long awaited debut album Work It Out, today! To celebrate, the band has just announced they will be hitting the road once again for a national tour in support of Work It Out throughout November and December.
Recorded with Straight Arrows front man Owen Penglis, and featuring singles Want It, and Penelope, Work It Out delivers the raw, loud, live energy and catchy as hell pop hooks that have made Bloods one of the most beloved live acts on the scene.
Bloods have racked up some serious frequent flyer miles this year touring the country with Major Leagues, Velociraptor and most recently supporting Veruca Salt on their Australian tour.
Bloods kick off their national Work It Out Tour on the 26th of November.
Destiny Rescue is a grassroots, internationally recognised NGO dedicated to rescuing children from human trafficking and sexual exploitation. All proceeds from this event will go to help DR's newly established office in the Philippines with the vital work that they do. Not only will you be supporting a great organisation, but there will be live bands, an art auction and more information about what DR do across the globe. So come along for a great night out and help Destiny Rescue stamp out the human trafficking of children.
Explore the disco through the windows of time. Your night will open in shimmering spectacle. Sugar Fed Leopards, three female singers accompanied by spangling guitars and solid rhythm section, will out Ike and Tina you with their girl group soul twisted disco originals. Then brace for a nine-piece explosion of yacht-rock, Rn'B, and synth-funk. Cult favourites Sex On Toast break out the vocal harmonies, talk-box synthesizers, drum-machines and choreographed dance moves. And just when you thought you couldn’t get much higher and your moves couldn’t get much rawer, Vaudeville Smash will sweep you up into an 80’s montage that will have you joining the conga line for roller limbo.
You’ll be finding glitter in your follicles for decades to come.
The Dead Heir have been rampaging their hypnotic psychadelic-garage rock around Melbourne over the past year, after just releasing their sophomore EP monstrosity 'Cooked' in October they present a night of wild garage, rock and/or shoegaze with friends The Shabbab, The Lovely Days and Hideous Towns at their favourite Melbourne venue The John Curtin.
Deathproof celebrate Christmas 2015 with an almighty mixed bill of some of the city's finest punk/rock/metal exports plus DJs spinning dancefloor bangers throughout the night. High Tension, TNNL CNTS (Aus rock covers), Clowns and Ecca Vandal will help us wreck the walls with pals and folly. Don't miss it!
Inquisitive, playful and imaginative, this acclaimed Danish 5-piece takes an anarchic approach to traditional musical structures, crossing borders and push limits. Afenginn has built up a world wide reputation for their virtuosity and dynamic live shows, always fuelled by great joy. Afenginn made their first appearance in Australia in early 2014, headling Cygnet and Illawarra Folk Festivals. Their return tour begins at Woodford 2015.
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.