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Mon, 7 April 2014

CECIL B. DEMENTED (John Waters, 2000)

BAR OPEN gig guide.
317 brunswick street fitzroy 3065
03 9415 9601 www.baropen.com.au

MONDAY 7th APRIL
CECIL B. DEMENTED (John Waters, 2000)

SCREEN SECT is a film society night devoted to rarely seen, obsessively loved and criminally neglected cult classics of cinema. Revisit old favourites, uncover hidden celluloid gems, indulge guilty pleasures, or just get yourself an education.

CECIL B. DEMENTED - A later Waters work which is still developing its cult status, stars Melanie Griffiths as an A-list Hollywood actress who is kidnapped and forced to star in a movie by terrorist underground director, Cecil B. Demented (Stephen Dorff). Dorff leads an insane group of up and coming actors including Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, and Waters regulars Ricki Lake and Mink Stole are back for an essential watch for all budding filmmakers who fantasised about kidnapping actors and anyone who cares to know what Stephen Dorff is all about.
DOORS 7PM

TUESDAY 8th APRIL
MAKE IT UP CLUB
Avant Garde Improvised Music and Sound Performance, every Tuesday night at Bar Open.

This week’s guest are:
• Tim Coster (Synthesiser)
• Jonathan Nokes (Modular Synthesiser, Voice)
• Kristian M. Roberts (Objects, Microphones, Mixer)

http://makeitupclub.blogspot.com/

DOORS 8.30PM / 9.00PM START $5 / $10

WEDNESDAY 9th APRIL
EVIL BEAVER (USA)
SPEW’N’GUTS
TEEN KONG

Hold on to your heartache Fitzroy cause LA’s queens of sleaze punk EVIL BEAVER are coming back to Australia… Last seen on our shores touring with Peaches, Evil Beaver are a 2 piece garage-punk onslaught led by the powerhouse banshee that is Evil Evie on vocals & bass. DD on drums is unstoppable and always gives a top notch pounding and together they are very happy to be performing a free show at Bar Open on Wednesday 9th April for the Melbourne rock posse. Don’t miss the killer EVIL BEAVER live show that has taken the band all over the world with stellar support on the night from Whisk & Key Records favourites TEEN KONG and Melbourne drunk punx legends SPEW’N'GUTS.
The good times are guaranteed, bands kick off at 9pm and entry is free… Boom!
DOORS 8.30PM / FREE ENTRY

THURSDAY 10th APRIL
LUNAIRE
CHINESE HANDCUFFS
APOLLO APPLES
SPARROW & THE SPARK

LUNAIRE, CHINESE HANDCUFFS, APOLLO APPLES and SPARROW & THE SPARK are proud to present a menu of local ambient instrumental rock goodies for you to savour at Bar Open on Thursday April 10. LUNAIRE’s first full-length album, ‘Dreams and Inbetweens’ was released in January to critical acclaim locally and overseas. Their dreamy post-rock shoegaze sound will have you drifting on a wave of sublime aural ambience. Instrumental outfit CHINESE HANDCUFFS released their debut album ‘The Shaku Bend’ in August 2013, receiving radio play locally, in the US and Canada. CHINESE HANDCUFFS dynamically blend soft and slow with something dark and noisy. Fellow instrumentalists APOLLO APPLES are a fruity band. Their psych-rock jams combine tasty elements of blues riffs, rock and funk. And to open the night’s proceedings are Bendigo-based drum and guitar duo SPARROW & THE SPARK. They’ll be bringing thumping originals and surprising covers to the table.
DOORS 8.00PM / FREE ENTRY

FRIDAY 11th APRIL
SOUL SAFARI
KINGSTON CROWN

As another festival season comes to an end, it’s a good time to reflect on some of the amazing shows and musicians that have graced the stages and live music venues across Melbourne. But before you hang up your dancing shoes and festival hats, it’s not all bad news! After hugely successful shows at The St Kilda Festival, The Australian Blues festival, Wangarratta Jazz Festival and Beers By The Bay Festival, Melbourne neo soul/funk Band SOUL SAFARI have announced the release of their “Live @ BarOpen series”. Including 4 video clips and a full length live EP, the series is dedicated to keeping the summer vibe alive and inviting fans to enjoy part of what has been a stella year for SOUL SAFARI! The “Live @ BarOpen” EP features some of Soul Safaris older tracks as well as new ones that will be on their upcoming album, including their latest single “The Weather”. You can catch the guys live for the official launch of the “Live @ Bar Open” Ep on Friday 11Th of April at Bar Open where they will be giving away a bunch of SOUL SAFARI “summer” merchandise! Also in the spirit of spreading the summer love, everyone through the door will receive a FREE copy of the EP!! It just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy doesn’t it! Joining them will be good pals KINGSTON CROWN.

www.soulsafarimusic.com
DOORS 10PM / FREE ENTRY

SATURDAY 12th APRIL
MANNY FOX
WILLIE WAGTAILS

On Sat April 12, Melbourne band MANNY FOX will bring their joyous live set to Bar Open with THE WILLIE WAGTAILS. Drums filled with locomotion and heat, steadfast bass, shimmering guitar and wailing horns combine with doo-wop backing vocals calling out catchy refrains as punters get to shaking. Featuring members from stellar bands: Sweets, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Papa Chango and Hello Satellites. Manny Fox spent 2013 wowing Victorian audiences and never fail to bring each dance floor to a frenzy with their RnB and Afrobeat inspired tunes. This year Manny Fox are gearing up to release their much anticipated debut 7″. The single, produced by Joe Hammond and accompanying film clip, produced by Brian Cohen at Umbershoot, will be released in July 2014. So come down and shake your rump to MANNY FOX at Bar Open.
DOORS 10PM / FREE ENTRY

SUNDAY 13th APRIL
ALONE WITH TIGER
LADY OSCAR
ARTY DEL RIO

Come burn the weekend to the ground in a blaze of glory with three exuberant and fiery Melbourne bands! ARTY DEL RIO will be kicking off, with a blend of indie pop and latin jazz with a dash of bolero and bebop in between. LADY OSCAR shall grace the stage with their expanding playful soul/funk band, two new backing vocalists have been added to the mix! Seven-piece soul band ALONE WITH TIGER will be releasing their old school sounds into the wild. Borrowing the bounce of Motown, the heat of soul and the beat of R&B and some serious quirking.

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DOORS 7.30PM

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Tue, 19 November 2013

The Age Music Awards 2013

RENEE GEYER, EG ALLSTARS plus guests Dan Sultan, Archie Roach, Linda Bull, Lance Ferguson & Kylie Auldist, Nkechi (Saskwatch) & Henry Wagons, Remi and more.
Wednesday 20 November 2013 (opening 8.00pm)
at Billboard The Venue 170 Russell St, Melbourne www.billboardthevenue.com.au
Starring:
Renee Geyer, the EG All Stars Soul Revue with
Dan Sultan
Archie Roach
Big Scary
Kylie Auldist
Lance Ferguson
Nkechi (Saskwatch),
Henry Wagons
Remi
Talei Wolfgramm
Linda Bull
Ella Thompson
and special guests

hosted by Chris Gill

plus
DJs Vince Peach, Pierre Baroni, Johnny Topper and Chris Johnston

This is an 18+ event.

Fri, 19 July 2013

Ngaiire debut album: LAMENTATIONS

Ngaiire DEBUT ALBUM LAMENTATIONS
The highly anticipated release of Ngaiire’s debut album Lamentations follows two wildly successful lead singles: ‘Dirty Hercules’ and ‘Around’. And while praise was glowing for both, to hear the tracks assume their rightful place within the divine suite of compositions on Lamentations is to appreciate a stunningly-realised work.

Lamentations – from ‘the act of lamenting’ – as an album title, and conceptual design, derives equally from two sources of inspiration, a favourite composition of Ngaiire’s, ‘Dido’s Lament’ written by English Baroque composer Henry Purcell performed in his opera ‘Dido And Aeneas’ and the Biblical and poetic Book of Lamentations mourning the destructive fall of Jerusalem. Both works reflect Ngaiire’s own persuasion of writing, shedding light on an attraction to the dark beauty of the melancholic.
Says Ngaiire: “I could do without pain and heartache as much as the next person but I also excel in it —and love —and am fascinated with where it can take me mentally. As it may be for a lot of artists, it is often when I am at my best creatively. There is [on the LP] imagery surrounding elements of war [‘Count To Ten’, ‘Around’, ‘Dirty Hercules], death [‘Fireflies’, ‘ABCD’] and emotional and mental battles with myself and people I love [‘Uranus’, ‘Ordinary’, ‘Rabbit Hole’, ‘Novacaine’].

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Todd Rundgren (USA) Daughter (UK) gigs

The Corner Hotel July gigs.

CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES - SOLD OUT - 2nd show due to popular demand!
Friday 19 July 2013 8:30pm
Ticket: $35.00 ($3.00 bf)
Guests: Dune + Forest Of Eyes
Website: http://clairybrowne.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClairyBrowneandtheBanginRackettes

AIRBOURNE (album tour) - SOLD OUT - SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS SIDESHOW
Saturday 20 July 2013 8:30pm
Ticket: $30.00 ($3.00 bf)
Guests: Palace Of The King + Chinatown Angels
Website: http://www.airbournerock.com/
Website: https://www.facebook.com/airbournerock

TODD RUNDGREN (USA)
Sunday 21 July 2013 7:30pm
Ticket: $59.90 ($4.00 bf)
Guests: Davey Lane (You Am I)
Website: http://www.tr-i.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/toddrundgren

DAUGHTER (UK) - SOLD OUT - SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS SIDESHOW
Tuesday 23 July 2013 8:00pm
Ticket: $36.90 ($3.00 bf)
Guests: Little Green Cars (Ireland)
Website: http://www.ohdaughter.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ohdaughter

SURFER BLOOD (USA) - SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS SIDESHOW
Wednesday 24 July 2013 8:00pm
Ticket: $41.00 ($4.00 bf)
Guests: Jeremy Neale + The Harlots
Website: http://www.surferblood.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/surferblood

EVERYTHING EVERYTHING (UK) - SELLING FAST! SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS SIDESHOW
Friday 26 July 2013 8:30pm
Ticket: $45.50 ($4.00 bf)
Guests: Clubfeet
Website: http://www.everything-everything.co.uk/home
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EverythingEverythinguk?ref=news.php

WAVVES (USA) with UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA (NZ/USA) - SOLD OUT - SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS SIDESHOW
Saturday 27 July 2013 8:30pm
Ticket: $50.00 ($4.00 bf)
Guests: Hollow Everdaze
Website: http://wavves.net/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/artist/wavves

JAKE BUGG (UK) – SOLD OUT - SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS SIDESHOW
Sunday 28 July 2013 8:00pm
Ticket: $35.00 ($3.00 bf)
Guests: TBA
Website: http://jakebugg.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jakebugguk

FIDLAR (USA) - SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS SIDESHOW
Monday 29 July 2013 8:00pm
Ticket: $32.00 ($3.00 bf)
Guests: Dune Rats + Apes
Website: http://www.fidlarmusic.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fidlarLA

VILLAGERS (Ireland) - SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS SIDESHOW
Tuesday 30 July 2013 8:00pm
Ticket: $44.00 ($4.00 bf)
Guests: Courtney Barnett
Website: http://www.wearevillagers.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Villagers

DARWIN DEEZ (USA) - SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS SIDESHOW
Wednesday 31 July 2013 8:00pm
Guests: Pluto Jonze
Website: http://darwindeez.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darwindeeez

Mon, 3 June 2013

The Story so far national tour

Filed under: hip hop / rap music, Gigs — site admin @ 11:36 am

Daily Meds frontman P.Smurf embarks on debut solo National Tour
Big Village Records is proud to present the National Tour from Daily Meds frontman P.Smurf,
in support of his debut EP ʻThe Story So Farʼ which was released 22nd March.
The EPʼs lead single ʻI Heard The World Screamingʼ has been on rotation on Triple J and
community radio stations across the country, and has won praise for its accompanying film
clip, which is a hilarious ozploitation Skippy mash-up.

ʻThe Story So Farʼ National Tour
Newcastle 14th June @ The Beach Hotel
Nhostic, Prophetics, Prem
Canberra 15th June @ Transit Bar
w/ Raw City Rukus, Nooky, Context, Beat Theory
Adelaide 21st June @ Rhino Room
w/ Dialect, Prime, Hosted by Social Change
Wollongong 5th July @ Barcode
w/ Common Grounds, Elemont, Mass Effect
Fremantle 12th July @ Hussle Hussle at Mojo’s
Katoomba 27th July @ The Gearan’s Hotel
w/ Backyard Lab, Cooking with Caustic
Brisbane 3

OVER 50 VENUES ANNOUNCED FOR LEAPS & BOUNDS MUSIC FESTIVAL

OVER 50 VENUES ANNOUNCED FOR LEAPS & BOUNDS MUSIC FESTIVAL
The inaugural Leaps and Bounds Music Festival kicks off on Friday 5 - Sunday 21 July at over 50 traditional venues and the emphasis of the festival is local - local performers and local audiences.
The participating venues announced so far include:
Abbotsford Convent, Bar Open, Barleycorn Hotel, Bendigo Hotel, Boite World Music Café, Corner Hotel, Empress Hotel, Eureka, Evelyn Hotel, First Floor, Fitzroy Bowling Club, Fox Hotel, Gasometer, Gertrudes Brown Couch, Grace Darling Hotel, Great Britain Hotel, Grumpy’s Green, Labour In Vain, Laundry, Luwow, Night Cat, Old Bar, PBS FM Studio 5, Rainbow Hotel, Rochester Hotel, Some Velvet Morning, Standard Hotel, The Vic Hotel, Tote Hotel, Uptown Jazz Café, Workers Club, Yah Yah’s and Yarra Hotel. More venues are expected to be announced as the festival nears.
Each venue has programmed their own entertainment for the festival and will be ticketing their own shows.

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Mon, 1 April 2013

Destiny Rescue Single Launch

Filed under: Fundraising, hip hop / rap music, contemporary music, CD Launches — site admin @ 6:48 pm

Destiny Rescue is excited to announce the release of a self-titled single ‘Destiny Rescue’. Created by renowned Melbourne producer Bettina Spivakovsky and featuring Tania C and Big Gus Little the track will be released at the Easterfest music festival in Toowoomba, Australia. The festival is host to tens of thousands of guests over the weekend and the single will premiere on Friday evening on main stage to over 15 000.
The single will share billing with international artists Relient K and will be played at Dance Parties and in the Destiny Rescue ‘Experience Tent’ over the course of the weekend.
Destiny Rescue’s ‘Experience Tent’ has a “Her Story” theme this year where the thousands who go through the tent will get a sense of the reality of child trafficking as well as the hope that Destiny Rescue is bringing to hundreds of children.
Destiny Rescue is committed to saving boys as well as girls from sexual slavery and exploitive situations. We have just rescued our first two boys in Mozambique!
Disclaimer : Song was written, recorded, & produced by a separate entity that is not affiliated with Destiny Rescue.
‘Destiny Rescue’ is available now on iTunes with the profits generously donated to ensure more children are rescued from
slavery.

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