WednesdayThe Small Knives
+ Ollie Brown (Art of Fighting
) + Ned and the Meds
@Northcote Social Club, 8:30pm, $10
After a plug a couple of days ago for their new record, here’s a chance to catch The Small Knives live. Surely you haven’t anything better to do on a Wednesday?Spider Vomit
residency + The Ancients
+ Kill Boogie
@The Tote, 8pm, $6ThursdayThe Dead South
+ Sailors and Swine
+ Screwtop Detonators
+ Hate Club
@Ding Dong, 8pm, $6
Sailors and Swine have an EP out soon which I’m looking forward to, so do the Dead South who actually sound a bit similar to the Swine. Perhaps a bit like Tom Waits meeting The Birthday Party?Nick Murphy with Shylo
+ Downhills Home
@Northcote Social Club, 8:30pm, $10+bfStop.Drop.Roll - Albert's Basement Fundraiser
Combover + Look! Bird Lament
+ Morning and the Sleepy Kids
+ E-Wah Lady
@Glasshouse, 8pm, $5FridayLight Says Solo
EP Launch + Pitching Woo
+ Little Star
+ Charge Group
@The Tote, 8:30pm, $10
The spacey, melancholic Light Says Solo features Dan Brownrigg who has produced a couple of International Karate albums and also provided on a few tracks. Emmy Heenings wrote a nice piece about Charge Group in the latest edition of Mess and Noise, which has me interested in them. Charge Group also have a gig at Gertrudes on Saturday if you can't make it.Mia Dyson
@The Corner, 8:30pm, $20+bfSaturdayAleks and the Ramps
+ Charge Group
(NSW) + Oliver Mann
@Gertrudes, 8pmDes Miller
(NSW) + Owls of the Swamp
+ Retail Fireworks
@The Empress, 8pm
Only local gig of this brief visit from this highly regarded
Sydney indie singer-songwriter
house partyBang! Bang! Aids!
+ Macaca Mulatta
+ Femur + Spun Rivals
@38 Stafford St Abbotsford, 5pmThe Panics
+ Oh Mercy
@Northcote Social Club, 8:30pm, $17+bf
The Panics have a new album out, Cruel Guards. It’s in their typical brooding and laconic style, but a more lush affair than their last record, Sleeps Like A Curse. I expect fans of The Panics will be very pleased.
Support also from Dew Process labelmate Whitley, who also impressed me with his album launch a few weeks back at the Toff. While he was let down a bit by a rowdy Friday night crowd, the music sounded pretty good with a full band (particularly The Submarine) and Whitley himself possessed a healthy dose of charisma, which suggest he will charm many an audience in the future.
This trio of acts are also playing to a sold out Friday night crowd.
Princess One Point Five + Registered Nurse + Alex Jarvis
@Palookaville, 9pm, free
A Pharmacy Records showcase.
The Unheard (NSW) + Witch Hats + Frowning Clowns
@The Tote, 9pm, $10
Also a show at The Town Hall in North Melbourne for the headline act.
International Karate + My Empires
@Ding Dong, 9pm, $10
This gig also doubles as a Klaxons afterparty so if you're averse to neu-ravers then it might be an idea to head elsewhere after a stellar set from International Karate.
@Old Bar, 7pm, free
Ce Garage La Country
The Palenecks + James McCann's Dirty Skirt Band + The Great Apes + Jacky Winter + Danny Griffith (SubAudible Hum)+ The Auralees + Matt Kulesza (Good Intentions)+ Shombi Rumbla
@The Tote, 3pm, $10
McCann and his Skirts are a good live act with their raw Australiana. Bombastic and druggy psych glammers, The Great Apes are a quite a bit of fun too. Make sure you get in early for the bbq. Last time I went to a Sunday barbie and gig at the Tote. they were in a bit stingy on the snags.