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30 Jun Ripe’s Weekend Gig Guide (30/6/17)


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, 30th June

Slowcoaching Single Launch

$10 on the door

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Slowcoaching have been hard at work this year, playing a ton of shows (including a v fun set at Shady Cottage) and working on their upcoming debut LP. They’re celebrating the launch of ‘Pillars of Salt’, the first single off said LP, this Friday night at The Worker’s Club.

Playing support are Backyard and POPPONGENE, with tunes from Callum Humphrys in between sets.


Friday, 30th June

Ciggie Witch, Maureen & Skivvy

$8 on the door

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Ciggie Witch are playing at The Tote on Friday night, with support from Maureen and the up-and-coming charmers Skivvy.

Doors are at 8pm and entry is only $8, so grab your m8s (or a d8) and head down to see some gr8 live music.


Saturday, 1st July

‘Lucid’ Live Showcase #2

Tickets on the door

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Lucid on Swanston St are hosting their second live showcase on Saturday, starting at 10pm and going well into the night.

The dynamic Albrecht La’Brooy and Rings Around Saturn are leading the lineup, with Pjenné and Ricci and hosts 6am at the Garage rounding out what will be a fantastic night of music.


Sunday, 2nd July

Birthday Rhymes with Tequila

Free entry

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For anyone without an early Monday morning start looming over their heads (and arguably moreso for those of us who do), head to Section 8 on Sunday for tequila and free tacos.

There will be live sets from LØGØ and Amin Payne & Stacey Gardiner, and tunes from MzRizk (with special guests thando, Soreti, Au Dré, Niasha and Kaiit) and many more.


Sunday, 2nd July

Dark Beaút – Kiti’s Birthday Ball

Free entry

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Later on Sunday is Dark Beaút at The Toff — a celebration of style, art and performance as well as a celebration of DJ Kiti‘s birthday.

There will be tunes from Kiti, Gavin Campbell, Salvador Darling and Nite Fleit and art from Jason Ebeyer, Rose Ng and more. Have a look at their instagram and prepare to delve into the deep dark night

 

 

 


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10 Mar Ripe’s Weekend Gig Guide (10/3/17)


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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 March

Rolling Blackouts C.F. Instore

~Free Entry~

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are releasing their new EP French Press today (Friday), and they’re playing a free in-store tonight to celebrate.

It’s all happening at Polyester Records in Fitzroy from 6pm, where you can also pick up the 12″ or, if you’re lucky, one of the limited ‘Loser Edition’ coloured vinyls.


Saturday, 11th March

Gem Bones ‘Is This Ok?’ Launch

Tickets Here

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Gem Bones are also celebrating a release this weekend — their debut EP, Is this OK?, is out today.

They’re putting on a show at The Toff on Saturday night, with support from Heat Wave, Plaster of Paris and Pearl Bay.


Saturday, 11th March

Loomer presents: Toro Y Moi (DJ)

Tickets Here

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Toro Y Moi is in Australia to play Pitch Music and Arts Festival this weekend, and he’s sneaking in a DJ set while he’s here.

He’s playing at Boney on Saturday night, along with sets from the likes of Edd Fisher, Salvador Darling, Deltoid Curve and a whole bunch more.


Monday, 13th March

GOD$ ‘True?’ EP Launch

~Free Entry~

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GOD$ are taking advantage of the public holiday weekend by hosting their debut EP launch on Monday night.

They’re playing at The Worker’s Club on Brunswick Street from 8pm, with support from Tom Prettys and RAThammock


Monday, 13th March

Piknic Electronik #11

Tickets Here

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On Monday Joris Voorn, Michael Mayer, Robag Wruhme, Uone, and Mela Coia are playing the penultimate Piknic Electronik for the season.

For those of you heading to Babylon Festival or Pitch Music and Arts Festival this weekend you can present your wristband at the box office before 6pm and grab a ticket for only $15.

 

 

 


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13 Jan Trading Tunes with Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird




Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird have been oozing synth-rock all over Melbourne and abroad since singer Lachlan Rose and guitarist Kieran Christopherson founded the band in 2014. Their most recent EP, Melbourne Bitter, has a truly exciting mix of impeccable songwriting and engaging, evocative tracks — while maintaining pop sensibilities and a high level of danceability.

We’ve heard rumours that they’re busy writing and recording new songs at the moment, but while we wait for those you can catch them live at The Toff on Saturday night, with support from six-piece Frida and Scott Candlish and his band. Find more details on the Facebook event, or jump right on board and buy tickets.

A big part of the depth (pun intended, no shame) of CTBNF’s sound is the deep baritone of lead singer/songwriter Lachlan Rose on tracks like ‘Make It‘, and the melancholic title track ‘Melbourne Bitter‘. For this addition of Trading Tunes he has very kindly sent us a selection of songs from artists with beautiful baritones who have inspired his vocal stylings.

 

Blur – ‘The Universal’

“Life is hard etc. But occasionally we are blessed with these little moments where the path ahead seems clear and you feel so deeply excited to be alive. This song has always scored those moments for me. The lush orchestration underneath Damon Albarn‘s wonderful lyricism instils so much hope in the listener.”

Barry White – ‘Hard to Believe I Found You’

Barry always seemed like a caricature of himself to kids like me who really only knew him from the Simpsons or any remotely sexual film scene. But musically, this entire album changed my life. The orchestration is absolutely gorgeous and Barry exhibits such mastery over his voice and how to use it.”

Roxy Music – ‘Mother of Pearl’

“They say in country music all you need is “3 chords and the truth”. This absolute gem from Roxy Music certainly isn’t country, but adheres to this simple rule. The band stir up a wild, playful groove while Brian Ferry spits some of the most colourful, poetic and poignant lyrics I’ve ever heard. (Recommended listening from 1:20 onwards).”

Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin – ’69 Annee Erotique’

Serge is my favourite example of someone who understands the texture of their own voice. When the sound palette is as sexy as it is on this album, Serge’s smoky French is all the song needs to create a seriously sensual mood. And of course Jane Birkin’s chorus line juxtaposes the husky texture of his voice so wonderfully.”

Frank Zappa – ‘Camarillo Brillo’

Zappa’s singing voice isn’t often spoken about due to his legendary approach to the guitar and to composition in general, but I always loved the low, almost fatherly sound of his voice. His lyrics are so colourful and while they never take themselves too seriously, they seem to function so nicely with the music itself.”

 


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12 Jan Ripe’s Weekend Gig Guide (11/1/17)


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…


12th – 15th of January

Urban Oasis @ Section 8

~Free Entry~

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Section 8 has again transformed into a sun-dappled oasis for the 3rd year of their Urban Oasis summer series. Head down any day this weekend to run your toes through the literal tonnes of sand they’ve had trucked in for the occasion.

Wax’o Paradiso is curating the good-time vibes today, followed by jazz ONE PUF Tropical Soundclash on Friday, Cumbia Massive on Saturday and finishing with a Good Manners Soirée on Sunday, featuring DJ sets from Kllo, Planète, and Christopher Port.


Thursday, 12th January

Oscar Key Sung @ Boney

Tickets here

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Dreamy local favourite Oscar Key Sung is playing his first Melbourne show of the year tonight at Boney.

The stacked lineup also includes Jalé, Kimchi Princi, and Nico Niquo, playing tunes from 9pm until close. Some tickets are still available at the time of writing, so try your luck on the door if you miss the cutoff.


Thursday, 12th January

PAI Farewell (for now)

~Free entry~

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Adrian Bressanutti and Angie Pai, the pair behind Melbourne label PAI, have announced their indefinite hiatus and are throwing a farewell (for now) party on Thursday night at Croft Institute.

They’ve curated an incredible soundtrack to say goodbye, with DJ sets and live performances from the likes of Christopher Port, Kllo, Banoffee, Rat & Co, and many more. The night will also host the premiere of “Ouroboros”, a collaborative audio visual experience created by Tasha Tylee, Couture and Hamish Mitchell.


Saturday, 14th January

Cousin Tony’s BNF

Tickets here

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Following an incredible set at The Gaso last Thursday, Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird are playing a headline show at The Toff on Saturday night.

The Eilish Gilligan-led six piece Frida are playing support, along with Scott Candlish and his band from 7.30pm


Sunday, 15th January

An Afternoon w Shouse & Albrecht La’Brooy

~Free entry~

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On Sunday afternoon Smooch Records have put together an exciting special event at MPavillion from 4.30pm.

Chris Ackroyd will be playing records before, after and in between sets from SHOUSE and the fantastic jazz-influenced ambient-dance improvisers Albrecht La’Brooy.

 

 

 


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03 Nov Ripe’s Weekly Gig Guide (3/11/16)


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, 4th November

The Lovely Days

Buy Tickets

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Byron-bred Melbourne-based boys The Lovely Days are back from their sojourn state-side and celebrating with a show on Friday night.

Wesley Fuller and The Dead Heir are playing support on the night, from 8.30pm at Bar Open.


Friday, 4th November

The Laurels ‘Sonicology’ Tour

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The Laurels are currently touring Australia with their much-anticipated new record, Sonicology.

They’re hitting Melbourne on Friday night, playing The Curtin with support from Lowtide and Lalić.


Saturday, 5th November

Sex on Toast

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Ten-piece band Sex on Toast are playing on Saturday night at Howler, with support from Horns of Leroy and Jess Fairlie.

Extra tip: their very impressive new merch (designed by Lee Porter Design) will be available on the night and is well worth checking out.


Saturday, 5th November

Fortunes. 501s Tour

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Fortunes. are touring their lush new single ‘501s‘, the first release from their upcoming EP.

See them at The Toff on Saturday night, with support by Moon Holiday and Wallace.


Saturday, 5th November

Coming in to Bloom

~Free Entry~

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This Saturday also sees the first of the Soothsayer and V MoVement presented Coming in to Bloom parties at Section 8.

With a lineup featuring the likes of CC:DISCO!, Otologic, Total Giovanni DJs and more, head down as close to the 2pm start time as possible to secure your spot on the dancefloor.

 

 

 


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08 Sep Ripe’s Top 5 Weekly Gig Guide (8/9/16)


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…


Thursday, 8th September

GODS Live at the Toff

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GODS are bringing their psychedelic rock to The Toff on Thursday, using the night to further fund their upcoming debut EP.

RAThammock are playing support as are the beautiful boys of Greeves, who will be preforming some of their new tunes.


Thursday, 8th September

Northeast Party House ‘Dare’ Album Tour

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Northeast Party House are playing at 170 Russell, on the tour for their new record ‘Dare‘ (out this Friday).

Joining them are Polish Club, Twinsy and Osaka, hot off the release of their new single ‘Weights‘.


Friday, 9th September

Larry Heard (aka Mr Fingers)

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Animals Dancing and Crown Ruler are presenting Larry Heard aka MR Fingers in his first ever show in Australia, and second since his return to live shows.

Gigi Masin and Gaussian Curve are also playing on the night at the Melbourne Town Hall, so if you have the means and opportunity you would be crazy not to jump on tickets ASAP.


Saturday, 10th September

GL ‘Touch’ Tour

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Dreamy party-time dance duo GL are touring their debut album, Touch, around the country at the moment.

They are playing at Howler with Totally Mild and Venus II for the Melbourne leg on Saturday night.


Sunday, 11th September

Ciggie Sunday: Ciggiespiracy

Tickets on the door

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Ciggie Sunday is back at the Gasometer this Sunday with Ciggiespiracy.

Tunes will be coming from Tomsk, Service Desk, Max Matthews, Runsthevoodoodown and VJ Isaac Christie for the grand total of $0.
Head down early.

 

 

 


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18 Jul Saatsuma ‘Floating’ Single & Video Launch, Live at The Toff in Town (9/7/16)


Words by Georgia Hamilton-Myers // Photos by Sarah Chavdaroska


Saatsuma are a Melbourne-based collaboration between Memphis Kelly, Cesar Rodrigues and Joel Ma on the recording side, but the group transforms for the live shows to a five piece — Cesar and Memphis perform, along with Maddy Kelly (sister to Memphis), Andrew Congues and Lachlan Stuckey. With support from Eilish Gilligan and OCDANTAR, they put on a beautiful night of electronic music at The Toff in Town to celebrate the launch of their sublime video for ‘Floating’. Dream Kit (Declan Kelly), sometime collaborator with Saatsuma and brother to Memphis and Maddy, provided solid vibes throughout the night DJing in between the acts.

 

Singer/songwriter Eilish Gilligan and her live band (consisting of Max Dowling and Lewis Coleman) had just started when I arrived, and were firmly setting the scene for a night of ambient synth and rich dance tracks. Gilligan’s emotive lyrics and vulnerable performance style created an intimate atmosphere immediately for people walking through the door, drawing people in with her powerful vocals. The earlier songs in her set tended towards a similar structure and sound, and while they were engaging her real strength as an artist came through in the final two songs. She played her beautiful single ‘All the Time’ second to last and it was the standout, captivating the crowd with haunting lyrics and sparse beats. Her last song, which is new, was less beat heavy and was exciting to see as a signpost for how her sound might expand to add more variation to her catalogue.

 

During Gilligan’s performance there were moments of slightly overzealous lighting, particularly the incidence of a brief green strobe breaking the spell she had over the audience for a minute to give way for laughter from crowd and band alike. Unfortunately the distraction from the lighting continued into the start of OCDANTAR (Joshua Delaney), before calming to give the artist space on stage. It was great to see someone trying interesting effects, particularly at the Toff which hasn’t always had the setup to do so, however it was overbearing at times.

 

OCDANTAR started ethereal, with minimal vocals and then ebbed and flowed impressively through deeper bass without losing momentum. He played a cohesive set and made excellent use of samples, both of his own voice and others. I would love to see him headline, because although there were a few people keeping the dancefloor going it seemed like people took his set as a chance to have a dance break and enjoy his music from afar and he was in turn less engaged with the crowd.

People were still taking advantage of the break in music to get in drinks and cigarettes when the screening of the video began, slightly ahead of schedule. It’s a beautiful film clip, with minimal action and a focus on choreography and movement which reflects the push and pull of insomnia explored in the lyrics of ‘Floating’. The video was projected onto the back of the stage, and would have benefitted from a more dramatic setting with lower lights so the crowd could see the indigo colouring more accurately.

 

After the curtains closed on the stage, Dream Kit started playing tunes again and the crowd jostled into position, ready for Saatsuma to play. The atmosphere shifted from cheerful anticipation to a bit antsy, as the wait between the video and their set was just slightly too long to hold the excitement over from the screening of the video. Nonetheless everyone was there to see them, and when they took to the stage all was forgiven.

Occasionally electronic acts seem awkward or lacking in a live set, as they can struggle to find a way to translate sample and effect heavy tunes to the stage. Saatsuma beautifully navigate this, with an altered lineup for the stage and a real depth in their live performance. Memphis Kelly is a captivating front-woman and the addition of live drums and Maddy Kelly on backup vocals give richness to both their sound and performance live, keeping the live show interesting and something special. The lighting for the rest of the night made more sense now, as the changes and intensity were used to incredibly good effect to draw focus back to Memphis where needed, and not overwhelming while there were more people on stage, though still occasionally clunky in parts.

 

Their set peaked beautifully towards the end, playing their first single ‘Storm’ which got the crowd dancing and then new song, Breathless’, which was a satisfying change and a good choice for between their two best known songs. ‘Floating’ was of course their closer, and exemplified the mood change from their recorded songs to live in a beautiful way. There was a lot of love in the room, the band clearly impressed with the majority of crowd singing along and all of the crowd dancing. Vocals start dominating at the end of the song, music fading for Memphis’s voice to ring out over the crowd sans accompaniment, with a split second break as though the crowd were awed into silence before many cheers and fierce applause.

As soon as the red velvet curtains closed, Dream Kit began playing again to a satisfied crowd. Saatsuma and supports put on a sweet night, and it’s exciting to see them developing a breed of electronic music which is danceable without sacrificing feeling and emotion.

 


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20 Nov BLACK SAND – Dune Via Spender

Black Sand’ has been released by Melbourne acts Dune and Spender in anticipation of their upcoming show. I freaking love it. So much.

There are many different motifs running through this creation. Grounded in a steady sexy percussive line that’s joined by synths and steady golden vocal tones – it’s all making my insides gently flip. Strumming, clacking, a distant rising cry and you finish somewhere different to where you started.

The two play at The Toff this coming Saturday 24 November.

REVIEW BY STEF ITALIA

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16 Nov WINTER YORK – Loneliness & Art

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Every so often an emerging band comes along that produces a sound so well rounded it makes you stop.

Winter York is a young Melbourne indie rock ensemble made up of James Mackey, Steve Palfreyman, Madeleine Becker, Alwin Laysico and Jack Woodley.

Their second single ‘Loneliness & Art’ has been floating around the Internet for a week now and I’m super impressed by it. This track had me the second I heard Becker’s cello – textured, thoughtful and utterly beautiful. Vocals layered over the top switch from softly distant, to deep with empowerment and occasionally reach an intoxicating falsetto. Their lead guitar progressions are mellow and poignant. Finally, the whole thing is sewn together by a steady beat that gives just the right momentum to keep it from slipping into the overly melancholic.

I can’t wait to hear them live in action. They’ll be launching ‘Loneliness & Art’ at The Toff on Sunday 9 December. The evening, titled 4 Singles 4 Styles, will showcase the newest offerings from Winter York alongside friends Tanya Batt, Samuel Cole & The Mornings and Porcelain Pill. 

For more + Free Winter York downloads, visit their Triple J Unearthed Profile

REVIEW BY STEF ITALIA


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09 Nov WORLD’S END PRESS @ The Toff – November 5th

Melbourne Cup weekend is always an interesting one. Aside from the regular antics about a shitload of horses running in a circle, there’s always a plethora of great shows and gigs to choose from over an epic four nights. This year was no different, and World’s End Press stood up at the Toff in Town to an assemble one of the best party lineups I have seen in a long time. As I arrived at the venue, there was a clear sense that on the final night of the long weekend, the barrel had been chased and the party was in full swing. Playing to an alarmingly sweaty crowd, Client Liaison had everything under control. The playful but intense party vibe really impressed me. The lead singer was shirtless, dripping with sweat, and hitting some incredibly confident notes. I spent the 10 minutes following the set ruing what could have been a serious revelation had I witnessed the entire set. Watch out for these guys.

After making my way through the excited crowd to the front, I observed a band I regard as a diamond in the rough of the Melbourne music scene. World’s End Press have this incredible and rare ability of connecting with a crowd, and despite playing a lot of material not yet released, the packed crowd rollicked and appreciated every subtle detail of the driving, deep and euphoric set. As the show moved on, WEP adopted a live DJ-set-non-stop vibe, with some inspired transition work leading into ‘Second Day Uptown’ before absolutely murdering with ‘Drag Me Home’, which I can’t wait to hear for myself upon it’s release.

Frontman Rhys Richards was quick to express appreciation for the warm reception after “having not played for a long, long time”. The band recently took time away from the country to make tracks on a debut LP with the guidance of DFA/Mo’ Wax legend Tim Goldsworthy. After reviewing World’s End Press at their last show in late June, I can definitely say that the excitement of releasing a debut LP is fanning the flames of the outrageously fun and technically skilled live show.

After the final song concluded (I still can’t get that piano house melody out of my head), it was up to Modular’s recently signed Otologic to bring the party home. And that they did. Spanning through a variety of genres ranging from deep house, techno and acid, the duo once again reminded us why they are Melbourne’s late night specialists. Every set is a different experience and I couldn’t recommend them more highly to anybody interested in delving into something a little more involved than your run-of-the-mill DJ set. I saw the future on Monday night.

One final thing that I will say is this – World’s End Press operate as a whole in complete synchronicity and with an unwavering passion for sharing happiness through their music. For me, this is what it’s all about. If you haven’t seen them live before, be sure to catch them at the Falls Festival in Lorne or on their next tour with Collarbones (!!). Dates below.

Tix: 

Falls Music & Arts Festival
Lorne (VIC) 28th Dec – 1st Jan (SOLD OUT)

The Good Hustle, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, Saturday 1 December
Tickets via http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=35639

Good God, Sydney, Thursday 6 December.
With Collarbones and Polographia
Tickets via http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/collarbones-worlds-end-press/61589

Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, Friday 7 December
With Collarbones and Mitzi
Tickets via http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/mitzi-worlds-end-press-collarbones/61294

 

REVIEW BY SCOTT ARMSTRONG 

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