Pretty Strangers spent the latter half of the noughties and the early part of whatever-this-decade's-called spreading their soaring indie-pop stylings across Melbourne's band rooms, garnering a cult following before reluctantly calling it a day.But now the Strangers are reuniting for one last stand before geographic forces tear them apart...again.
Their songs are generally propelled by a perpetual-motion rhythm section, layered thick with duelling guitar hooks, and tinged with theatrical ennui. Like a clumsy teenage lover, they fumble their way towards a fleeting moment of ecstasy, before inevitably collapsing into a primordial wash of feedback.
They expect to be thoroughly outclassed by dreamy, pulsing analogue synth pop dreamboats Glass Diamonds and the unfairly powerful pipes of Niine.
Following the release of their debut album ‘Channel Four’ in 2017, Crepes make a quick return with their latest offering ‘Bicycle Man’. A tune that stays true to their trademark style of infectious cosmic pop filled with fluttering hooks and bold bass lines. Catch them in a rare hometown performance with special guests.
Edith Lane will be celebrating the release of their second EP 'Blush/Polaroid'. Alongside Kalacoma and Lost Talk,and with floral arrangements by Xx-Flos,the night will be host to an eclectic melding of Shoegaze,Prog-Rock and Punk.
Curtin Comedy, showcasing some of Australia’s best alternative comedians and performers every month. Kicks off on 27 May with Oliver Clark – Seen on ABC, Foxtel, Matt Stewart - Raw Comedy Winner 2014, Danielle Walker - Winner Best Newcomer Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2018 & Raw Comedy Winner 2016, Natalie Harris - Seen on ABC, Foxtel + waitress extraordinaire and Geraldine Hickey - Oxfam Comedy Gala, Breakfasters RRR
Legendary Noise-Punk pioneers Primitive Calculators celebrate the release their brand new record ON DRUGS with an Album Launch Party at The Curtin Bandroom Friday 1st June. They have invited a killer line up to join in the fun. Featuring psychedelic, disco-drone, space-rock party band Taipan Tiger Girls (feat. Ollie Olsen), chrome plated post-punk swamp rock from ATOM (Harry Howard and Edwina Preston team up with Ben Hepworth of Repairs) and kicking the night off is the steely cold dark synth stylings of minimal wave duo Activities of Daily Living.
**Scott & Charlene's Wedding announce first headline show back!**
After completely demolishing the Tote Front Bar recently with their month-long residency of Saturday afternoon gigs, Scott & Charlene's Wedding have announced their first headline show for the year. The band will showcase a new lineup and a range of new songs from an as-yet unreleased album, as well as some old favourites from 2016's 'Mid Thirties Single Scene' & beyond. Join Craig Dermody & co. for a special celebration of all things SACW.
The Curtin are throwing a Queens Birthday Long Weekend Blowout on Friday 8th June. Flying in from the west are psych rock band Psychedelic Porn Crumpets!! Joining the Crumpets are Melbourne locals Pseudo Mind Hive, Psychobabel and Ferla!
It’s tax time, which means one thing: we need to talk money. Join APRA AMCOS and Music Victoria at a practical session aimed at helping you keep track of your cash, create a tour budget and prepare a tax return. As the end of the financial year approaches, this is a vital session for artists, managers and small music business owners looking to make the most out of their money. Bookings essential!
FREE for Music Victoria and APRA AMCOS members.
$10/$8 (concession). Cash tickets available on the door. If a MV member, you will be asked for your MV membership number at the door.
China Beach are bringing their special blend of Disco Funk to the John Curtin on the 22nd of June to take things "Higher and Higher' the title of their second single. Celebrating "My Mind' their first single with a sold-out crowd at Bar 303; the China Beach crew are ready to get just as steamy. With another round of strong supports including one half The Cactus Channel, four piece soul sensation Karate Boogaloo and eight-piece soul, RnB and funky fem-hop group The Mumas to get you grooving. China Beach guarantees an all out, funky wild disco dance party.
The Curtin heats up for a heavy afternoon of punk in the middle of winter with mates from Sydney, BB and the Blips, Nasho and Photogenic invading the band room. BB and the Blips smashed it in the front bar last year during Maggot Fest with their rough and dizzying vocals. While Nashos live show and release of 'demo' last year scored them plenty of Melbourne fans. With rarely seen local legends The Uv Race on the bill and Vampire opening the afternoon, get around the commotion.