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09 Feb Ripe’s Weekend Gig Guide (9/2/17)

Photo by Sarah Chavdaroska // Visuals by Tristan Jalleh

Music venues around Melbourne house some of the best local and international acts. We’ve compiled our top five picks for gigs this week so you don’t miss out. Be a part of one of the best live music cities in the world, and check out some of our favourite artists and venues.

This Week…

Friday, 10th February

Broadway Sounds @ The Gaso

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Starting off the weekend ~right~ on Friday, Broadway Sounds, Mildlife, Mezko and a whole host more are playing all night long.

Broadway Sounds are launching a new song and Mezko are playing for the first time in Melbourne, so head down to The Gasometer early for an open-roofed relax.

Friday, 10th February

Redspencer LP Launch

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Redspencer are launching their debut LP Perks on Friday night with support from Unity Floors, Jaala (solo) and Emma Russack.

If you can’t make it down to The Curtin never fear! Perks is available now both digitally and on 12″ vinyl.

Saturday, 11th February

Lost Weekend

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Boney‘s Saturday night staple Lost Weekend is hosting Roland Tings for his only hometown DJ set of this summer.

Tickets are available online and what’s left will be on the door, but with CC:DISCO!, Myles Mac, The Tortoise, Ryan Berkeley and more set to play support head down early if you’re going to risk it.

Saturday, 11th February

The Mercat (The End)

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Speaking of heading down early, you’ll want to be waiting in line as you’re reading this for the final night of The Mercat on Saturday.

Tornado Wallace, Sleep D, Francis Inferno Orchestra, and Otologic are all lined up to play, and I’m sure there will be a few other regulars jumping up to say goodbye.

Sunday, 12th February

Bedroom Duets

~Free entry~


Sunday afternoon sees the final installment of Bedroom Duets at the MPavilion for the season.

Liz Mitchell (of Totally Mild) and Jess Ribeiro are playing stripped back solo sets, starting at 5pm. Have a peek here at the Trading Tunes Jess made for Liz earlier this week and see why we’re so excited to see these two play.




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22 Sep Ripe’s Top 5 Weekly Gig Guide (22/9/16)

Photo by Sarah Chavdaroska

Music venues around Melbourne house some of the best local and international acts. We’ve compiled our top five picks for gigs this week so you don’t miss out. Be a part of one of the best live music cities in the world, and check out some of our favourite artists and venues.

This Week…

Friday, 23rd September

BUOY – Break EP Tour

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Sydney electronic act BUOY is playing this Friday at Boney, with Christopher Port and CORIN.

Fresh from the release of her EP Break, this is her first headline tour.

Friday, 23rd September

Broadway Sounds

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Broadway Sounds are back from seven months touring overseas, and playing at The Curtin on Friday.

Joining them for the night are Gonzo Jones and Donny Benet.

Friday, 23rd September

Cool Room s02e05

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Also on Friday night, Cool Room‘s September edition is hosting Jennifer Loveless, Cruise Control, Edd Fisher and Adi Toohey.

Catch them and the extremely positive vibes at The Bottom End.

Saturday, 24th September

Gabriella Cohen – Happiness Tour

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At The Curtin on Saturday night Gabriella Cohen is playing, on the Melbourne leg of her Happiness tour.

Playing support will be Chelsea Bleach, Jarrow and Lalić.

Sunday, 24th September

Yeo – Got No Game Tour

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Yeo is playing with Saatsuma and Take Your Time as part of the tour for his single Got No Game.

Catch them Sunday night at The Corner.




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08 Apr The inaugural Shady Cottage festival was an impressive debut


Rolling into Woodend with a fangin’ headache, little to no sense of direction and an overwhelming sense of lethargy, I must admit I was starting to question my motives. I’d missed the first night of Shady Cottage due to work commitments, but due to its dense lineup and beautiful surrounds I chose to hitch a ride and join in on the party a day late.

The setting was well deserving of the accolades; sweeping fields littered with the occasional sheep or cow. Sitting at around 300 heads, the attendees had space to move, not confined to cramped restrictions or specific segments of the property. I found my tent, dropped everything and cracked a tinnie, en route to catch the last of Alice Ivy.



At the stage I was made aware of the festival’s first true teething problem. By the close of Andras and Oscar the night before, a set of speakers had called it early, leaving the organisers in a precarious position. Luckily one of the soundies took it upon himself to make the trip back to Melbourne, grab a couple of replacements, and bring them back. This level of practicality and decisiveness rang true throughout the festival, illuminating the clear potential for it to continue to grow in stature.

Alice Ivy is deserving of the focus she is currently receiving, with each release being undoubtedly stronger than the one before. ‘Touch’ is a gorgeous representation of the talent she possesses, with a sample-heavy intro that recalls stylistic similarities to The Avalanches, with a natural dancefloor crossover potential.

Crepes have just been that band for me for so long. That one you listen to all the time, and yet for whatever reason, are seemingly incapable of catching them live. Thankfully that all changed at Shady, as I was able to laze in the sun while they worked their way through their simply affable debut. ‘Cold Summers’ was a festival highlight, while the onstage charisma shone through brightly, with a faux-theatrical nature not too dissimilar to Foxygen.



Although initially hampered by sound issues, Melbourne five-piece Leisure Suite powered through a set that perhaps commanded a later slot than they were given. Steadily growing in both stature and numbers, 2015 was a big year for the band, frequently touring with standout sets at both Shebeen and Paradise. A medley of their own work with Alicia Keys had the crowd swaying, while ‘Great Expectations’ is one of those truly brilliant tracks that messes with your mind, leaving you unsure of whether it’s joyous or drenched in melancholy.



As the sun began to set, Flamingo Jones took to the stage at just the right moment. The weather had come good after a frosty morning, and the clear blue and orange skies were the ideal backdrop for some accomplished tropical jams. Nick Bond and crew have carved out a delightful niche for themselves, delivering infectious jams with just the right combination of vibrancy and polish.

Well replenished after a trip to the campsite, we returned to a stage boasting its biggest crowd of the weekend thus far. The sun had mostly set during the intervening performance by Albert Salt, and the punters were ready to cut loose a little, with DIET. proving a great option. The five-piece (consisting of the Flamingo Jones backing band with an alternate singer) were an enjoyable watch, the highlight of their set coming with a perfectly-timed rendition of the Australian Crawl classic ‘Errol’, which brought the crowd together for an impressively cohesive singalong.



Broadway Sounds were a band fit for the occasion. Specialising in absurdist banter and frantic party heat, they truly brought a sense of debauchery upon the wintery Shady Cottage scenes. Helping caress the day into night, their performance prompted one artist who had performed prior to label them the “best in Melbourne”. ‘Booby Trap’ and ‘Sing It Again’ are scorchers, while their onstage energy is simply unsurpassable. They made the transition from live performers to selectors feel seamless, which is a credit to both their songwriting and live presence.

CC: Disco! seemed to throw away the disco cape for the night, bringing a set that progressed from bouncing house beats through to some grittier techno. Undoubtedly considered one of Melbourne’s most brilliant selectors, CC confirmed that assertion with two hours that managed to illustrate her diverse taste without losing and rhythm or flow – possibly the set of the festival.



Few producers in Melbourne have released music with the consistency of Ara Koufax duo Luke Neher and Sam Gill. Since departing from the Naysayer & Gilsun guise, Neher and Gill have been dropping some sensationally lush house, which, in the case of the Adult Concepts, dips into the realm of The Field. Pulsing and textural, the pair are clearly onto something with this pathway. Giving us an idea of their tastebuds, they went track for track, keeping with the style of their personal releases. Tom Trago’s Crazy Days remix of ‘Tutti Frutti’ was almost used as a signal, and for the final half hour the pair continued to rise in intensity, with the crescendo coming in the form of their closing track ‘Brenda’, one of the duo’s earliest releases.

And with that I trooped off to bed. The cold got the better of me, and my overcoat of alcohol was wearing thin. I dozed off to the sound of The Neighbourhood Watch, and the gleeful laughter of those who were making up for their complete lack of inhibition with a visibly overruling sense of genuine pleasure. If this is taken as a microcosm of the festival itself, then I’d say for it’s first run, Shady Cottage did pretty darn well.



Note: Due to the criss-crossing nature of our music scene, the writer of this article has a personal or professional relationship with one or more of the people involved in this festival and its lineup. This in no way influenced our coverage of the event, and a secondary writer was brought on to provide a secondary point of view.

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11 Feb February 12th: Broadway Sounds, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, ScotDrakula, and The Harpoons (DJ set)

On February 12th at Hugs & Kisses in Melbourne, I OH YOU are hosting an event titled Lover’s Rock ~ Valentine’s Dance. The lineup features four local favourites of ours, including the fun and rhythmic sounds of Broadway Sounds; the carefree, country garage rock vibes of Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever; the witty and punctual songs of ScotDrakula; and finally, the tasteful The Harpoons are also set to DJ.

It starts at 10pm and is only $15 on the door, making it a bargain post-Valentines day dinner gig.

Broadway Sounds
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
The Harpoons (DJ SET)
Rainbow Connection DJs

Please note: Hugs&Kisses is a members only club. Guests are encouraged to click here to join.



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29 Dec 100 Best Australian Tracks of 2015

Without a doubt 2015 has been the best year in the history of Australian music. The amount of quality tracks and artists that we couldn’t fit into this list was astounding.
What’s particularly exciting is the fact that most of these artists are new, which makes the prospect of putting together next year’s list seem even more daunting.

We would like to thank all the artists for making the music, the readers who share our site’s content, the writers who contributed this year, and everyone else who makes the Australian music scene extremely enjoyable to be a part of in our own small way.

Let’s do it all again in 2016.

100. Knightlife – ‘Solstice’

99. LUCIANBLOMKAMP – ‘From Afar’

98. Jess Ribeiro – ‘Kill it Yourself’

97. Oisima – ‘Take Your Time’

96. Flamingo Jones – ‘Skinny D.I.P.’

95. The Ocean Party – ‘Black Blood’

94. Cleopold – ‘Down In Flames’

93. Harvey Sutherland – ‘That’s The Fact, Jack’

92. Cool Sounds – ‘Control’

91. Bad//Dreems – ‘Hiding To Nothing’

90. Total Giovanni – ‘Paradise’

89. Woollen Kits – ‘Girl With Heart’

88. Zone Out – ‘Inside’

87. Frances Fox – ‘Jake The Flake’

86. Low Lux – ‘Rivers Roll’

85. Redspencer – ‘Ride It Out’

84. Abelard – ‘I’m OK For Now’

83. SMILE – ‘Boundless Plains To Share’

82. Snowy Nasdaq & Snowy Life – ‘Ironic Life’

81. Fraser A. Gorman – ‘Blues Run The Game’

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26 Dec Trading Tunes with Broadway Sounds

It’s been a positive sophomore year for the pysch-pop band Broadway Sounds out of Melbourne. Having performed at our Third Birthday Party event in January. Released two infectious singles ‘Sing It Again‘ and ‘Shonky Man‘. Played at the Good Manners #3 Monthly event and Paradise Music Festival. Now they’re about to play both New Year’s Evie and Beyond The Valley.

Before they play those upcoming festivals, get an insight into one of Melbourne’s more unique sounding bands, by listening to the music they’ve been enjoying lately.

Moon B – ‘Measure Pleasure’

“We’ve road-tested this track a number of times this year, and whether you are going to a festival or going down the street to collect your dry cleaning, this track hits the spot(s). Suitable for all terrains, conditions and climates.”

Dazzie Dee – ‘Knee Deep’

“This is a song that I have been told that you should ‘bump’ in the car, rather than play. That should explain everything. wind down them windows and hollerrrrrrrr.”

Ace & The Sandman – ‘Let Your Body Talk’

“Stone cold classic that suits 100kph driving (check your speed zones first). Would work well too in the new bullshit 40kph zones riding in them built up zones to get you tanked.”

Kaytranada – ‘I’ve Got Your’

“Smooth jam from one of the modern production masters. this would be suited somewhere in the middle of your trip to the festival/ destination, when its still sunny and there’s plenty of cows to look at.”

Embrace – ‘Money’

“Post minor threat/pre Fugazi greatness that will remind you to go to the ATM before the festival.”

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26 Nov All the reasons you’ll need to head to Paradise 2015

You may have heard a lot of positive praise about Paradise Music Festival over the past two years. Or  you may not have heard about the festival at all, and that’s understandable – after all, there’re no international headline artists on the bill. However, when it comes to exciting new Australian talent, the Paradise Music Festival that’s held a couple of hours north of Melbourne at Lake Mountain is on the pulse, better than any other Australian festival in 2015.

Firstly, Roland Tings is playing. His self-titled album released earlier in the year is not only the Australian electronic album of the year but, from start to finish, it’s as strong as any electronic album released around the world. Then you have the Australian producer of the year in Andrei Eremin, who has mastered a large portion of the artists playing at Paradise, and also happens to release fantastic tunes himself.

If there’s a young guitar band that everyone is excited about, it’s Good Morning. They played nine shows at CMJ in New York recently; they’re hard working and people simply can’t get enough of them. When it comes to pushing music into new territories in Australia, Friendships are the first act that always comes to mind, and their AV show is extremely entrancing. Asdasfr Bawd may be the best producer under 21 in the country. Don’t bother trying to learn how to pronounce his name, and just follow his SoundCloud immediately.

If you can find a weak track in Totally Mild‘s latest album, send me an email and I’ll argue with you about it. The band are all class and you get the sense that their next album is going make them a recognised name overseas. There’s nothing amateur about Amateur Dance. He looks like he’s been raving since the early ’90s and while he was born after the rave culture started, his craft is polished well beyond his years.

Smile are back after their underrated 2013 debut album. Featuring Joshua DeLaney from Rat & Co (and Chet Faker‘s touring band), you know there’s a savvy head among them. Broadway Sounds bring another dimension to the line-up, with their influence of world sounds – although you don’t need to be under the influence of anything to feel like you are during a Broadway Sounds set. Nutrition has a SoundCloud account that’s been fire all year; if you like your deep house dark and mysterious, Nutrition may end up being your favourite set of the weekend.


Flyying Colours provide the shoegaze for the weekend, although they’re more garage and psych-rock influenced than the dreamy side of shoegaze. I never can get enough of tracks such as ‘Wavvygravy‘ and ‘Today‘. Dorsal Fins are the supergroup this weekend with members from Eagle And The Worm, The Bamboos and Saskwatch, and any project that has Ella Thompson fronting it has my tick of approval.

Speaking of highly-talented female lead singers, The Harpoons have their own in Bec Rigby. They also have Martin King from Oscar + Martin, and ballads that live up to the band’s potential. If there’s an act on this lineup that could blow up internationally, it’s The Harpoons. Meanwhile, if you’re a fan of Flying Lotus‘ jagged, electronic, RnB jazz, then you’ll dig Kirkis, who play commonly as a six-piece with members including Simon Mavin from Hiatus Kaiyote.

Finally, if you managed to stay awake until the end of the 2014 Meredith Music Festival, you may have seen thousands of humans who looked like zombies dancing for two hours to two DJs. Those DJ’s go by the name Misty Nights, and they managed to somehow increase their audience as the sun was rising, which is unheard of during a closing set of any Meredith.

In addition to the lineup, the main draw is the incredible location – without a doubt one of the most entrancing festival backdrops you’re likely to encounter in Australia. Dead white trees rise from the ground, a skeletal reminder of the bush fires than swept through the area a few years back. Rather than feeling eerie and lifeless, they imbue the place with a very unique beauty.

It’s not only the natural surrounds that are notable, as the indoor facilities offer a few amenities missing at other events. Indoor toilets and showers are welcome, as is the canteen area, but it’s the music that benefits the most. Artists collaborate for occasional jams on the deck, and towards midnight everyone begins to congregate around Paradise’s indoor performance space, Clubland. Some will call it a night and duck off to their campsites when the main stage closes, but others will head indoors to soak up sets until 6am. Even if you just want to duck back to your campsite for a bit of a reprieve, it’s never too far to walk – the same holds true if exhaustion is replaced by a wave of FOMO at 4:30am.

Wherever you end up, there are few better places to watch the sun rise and set than Paradise.


Words by Marcus Rimondini and Brandon John / Photos by Brandon John



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Top 100 Feature

22 Nov The Top 100 Melbourne Tracks, 2011-2015


I can say with confidence that, over the past few years, Ripe has become one of the best local sources of new music – especially so in our home town of Melbourne, which has proven itself to be an amazing source of talent. As we relaunch the site with a renewed focus on covering the best Australian music, we felt it was about time we shared our thoughts on the artists and tracks from our hometown that have provided the soundtrack to our time on the scene, and who have influenced our tastes going forward.

We started from 2011 for several reasons. While we officially launched in 2012, we were kicking around as a humble Tumblr blog in 2011. We also feel that there was a distinct shift in the Melbourne music community around that time, and that the intervening five-year period has been a very productive time for local artists. I think the sheer variety present in this list, even within our distinct area of coverage, shows why we’re so enamoured with our neck of the woods.

I’d just like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has worked to make Melbourne music what it is, as well as the artists behind these 100 songs and all the others we’ve enjoyed. I’d especially like to thank everyone who’s followed or contributed to Ripe over the years, and helped us to carve out our own tiny corner of the music press. We’re still committed to giving whatever small nudge we can to emerging artists, and we’re looking forward to collaborating with more and more people along the way.

Thanks everyone, hope you enjoy our list. – Brandon


Top 100 compiled by Marcus Rimondini, Huw Nolan, Brandon John, and all of our contributors. Edited by Michelle Doan.
Contributors: Alex Gleeson, Marcus Rimondini, Matt Bladin, Kassie Junkeer, Sam Chesbrough, Joshua Butler, Leah Phillips, Alana Scully, Ryan Saar, James McNiece, Jasper van Daatselaar, Ollie Leonard, Steph Studniberg, Michelle Doan, Brandon John

 100. Broadway Sounds – ‘Sing It Again’

“No other artist brings the amount of colour, vivacity, or vibrancy to the Melbourne music scene like Broadway Sounds. Their sound is bursting with life, their live shows leave you sweaty, and their video clips are irresistibly crazy. ‘Sing It Again’ makes me aware of the fact that Broadway Sounds have established a unique and distinct sound that I’ve grown to crave. You won’t be able to sit or stand still while listening to this, so make sure you’ve got sufficient dancing space for this one.” – Kassie Junkeer

99. Crepes – ‘Ain’t Horrible’

“As the first single off their debut EP Cold Summers, Crepes bring a fresh take on Melbourne slacker pop with ‘Ain’t Horrible’. This stripped-back track outlines the band’s songwriting ability, with nothing to hide from. The absence of any core guitar parts is what makes this tune, homing in on the original keyboard lines from Jackson Dahlenburg and the smooth, beautifully effortless vocals of Tim Karmouche. It’s this combination of vocals and keys that defines Crepes’ sound and makes them stand out as one of the most exciting Melbourne guitar pop bands in 2015.” – Jasper van Daatselaar

98. Love Migrate – Plagued Are All My Thoughts

“The unsettling vocal quivers of main man, Eddie Alexander, combined with a minimalistic drone soundscape have crafted a song (and album) that is simultaneously magical, delicate, brooding, unsettling, and peaceful. A host of musicians on this record are now probably better known for their other projects (King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, The Murlocs), but this album is a stunning example of the group’s versatility. Now, three years on, the band has just released a new EP called Shimmer Through The Night – certainly worthy of a listen for fans of this record.” – Leah Phillips

97. Peter Bibby – ‘Hates My Boozin’

“In the hazy world of Australian guitar pop, there is something of a barrenness in regard to easily identifiable voices. Sure, there’s Courtney, and before her Paul Kelly, but more often than not, the focus has been firmly planted upon the ‘slacker’ guitar tones, or the ‘Australian’ style with which the song is constructed. ‘Hates My Boozin’ is the first track in a while from this genre that has floored me, in its purity and authenticity. Bibby’s drawl makes him sound like an alcohol-fuelled poet. We need more of this shit.” – Alex Gleeson

96. Sex On Toast – ‘Takin’ Over’

“A slap in the face from the synthesiser and you’re onto a good thing. ‘Sex On Toast’, as the name suggests, is a tasty sensual party on acid (if you’ve seen them live, you wouldn’t disagree). This song is nothing short of their best work to date. Sprightly, energetic, sassy, and funky grooves galore earned this track a spot on our list.” – Leah Phillips

95. Sleep D – ‘The Magic Arpet Ride’

“Often when I listen to tracks with heavy arpeggio, I feel myself being carried through the song. So I was just stoked that our beloved Sleep D, founder of what is now a staple Melbourne record label, Butter Sessions, encapsulated this vision in his title. Sonically, he takes it to a whole new world (#Aladdin) of rolling magical arps and swirling cosmic planes. The hard-hitting pulse and warping whooshes make it an adventurous and somewhat turbulent ride at times, while the magical arps maintain a smooth undertone. It’s the sort of melodically artistic track you never want to end, because of the abundant amount of sound realms of which you warp in and out.” – Kassie Junkeer

94. Contrast – ‘Pipe Dreams’

“By the start of 2015, the shoegaze revival in Australia had grown large enough to the point where a day and night event called Roogaze 2015 was held at The Tote in Melbourne. Right in the thick of this lineup was the fundamentally sound band Contrast. While many of these shoegaze revivalists don’t necessarily reinvent the genre, they don’t disgrace it either. ‘Pipe Dreams’ was the opening track off their very solid EP, Less Than Zero. Rather than drown itself in self-pity with heavy reverb and nostalgic lyrics, ‘Pipe Dreams’ is on the front foot from the get-go, like bands such as Swervedriver or Spaceman 3. Every backing vocal, guitar distortion and drum fill is perfectly placed into position. You couldn’t re-record a better version of ‘Pipe Dreams’.” – Marcus Rimondini

93. Terrible Truths – ‘False Hope’

‘False Hope’ was released through Bedroom Suck Records’ 2014 double LP compilation, 5 years of Bedroom Suck Records. A standout on this 27-track release, Terrible Truths pack their psych-punk goodness into 1:59 minutes. The three-piece from Adelaide do the simple things so well in this track: defined tones, catchy riffs, and headbanging pace. When these elements are combined, it’s impossible not to jump around the room. It’s that kind of track. Defined by Rani Rose’s short and sharp vocal sections, this is one of those tunes that you find yourself playing over and over. It’s short, but it’s great. So great.” – Jasper van Daatselaar

92. ScotDrakula – ‘O’Clock’

“There’s something in this barnstorming hoedown that contorts my facial structure into positions of intimidating joy. Three-piece ScotDrak’ know how to throw a party in a live context, and this is the first track that truly exhibits this in a recorded setting.” – Alex Gleeson

91. Milwaukee Banks – ‘Pluto Bounce’

“This Melbourne hip-hop duo, Edo and Dyl Thomas, have been on the music scene for a while – producing, writing, and making some pretty solid beats. ‘Pluto Bounce’, the 2013 track that showcases their rhythmic prowess and creative lyrics, may be one of their earlier pieces, but is an entirely fitting choice for number 91 on our list. The undulating tempo and smooth base make it perfect easy listening, and stamp Melbourne as being one of the true hotspots for the development of RnB and hip-hop genres.” – Alana Scully

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10 Sep Good Manners Monthly #3

Next week on Thursday the 17th of September. The Melbourne label Good Manners will host their third monthly event at Boney in the city of Melbourne. Broadway Sounds and Wabz will perform live, while CC: Disco, Nile Delta, Misty Nights, Klo and Good Manners will play DJ sets.

Tickets $10 on the door, with music kicking off from 8pm.
Address: 68 Little Collins St, Melbourne, Australia 3000

Trading Tunes: Broadway Sounds
Interview: Klo
Set times are yet to be announced – full line-up:
Broadway Sounds (LIVE)
Wabz (LIVE)
Nile Delta
CC: Disco
Misty Nights
Kllo DJ Set
Good Manners DJ Set

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31 Aug Top Ten Australian Tracks This Week

1. I’lls – ‘Let Me Have Just One (Live At AFW)’

Let Me Have Just One‘ is already the strongest and most focused piece of work I’lls have released up to this point, but watching them perform it live and extend it out with such ease and understanding of who they are right now, is exciting to witness. The video actually reminds me of this live version of ‘Couleurs‘ by M83.

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