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GIGS

MONDAY 24 APRIL

***ANZAC EVE***

Across The Ditch

SKYSCRAPER STAN & THE COMMISSION FLATS
BABY BLUE
LOW TALK

On the 24th of April, a shining beacon of Tran-Tasman unity descends upon the John Curtin Bandroom. Laid back creepsters Low Talk, retro pop legends Baby Blue and troubadour rock ‘n’ rollers Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats; all bands with members from both sides of the pond, get together in a big old “let's not do that again” ANZAC eve blow out.

Witness first hand as these groups, divided by accent and yeast spread preference, put the sheep jokes aside to play hit after solid hit.

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THURSDAY 27 APRIL

THE ALL SEEING HAND (NZ)
supported by Jaala (solo) + Mesa Cosa + Electric Mud

Australia, prepare your ears and neural networks, the return of The All Seeing Hand looms near!

This April the renowned New Zealand three-piece will return to their second home to deliver a transformative message by way of throat singing, frenzied drumming and thundering monophonic turntable tones. The band are known for their immersive ritual performances with the combined force of sound, light, chaos and order. These elements combine into a band of dissonant, dense beauty and intense live shows that leave observers with an ecstatic mixture of wonder and confusion. The musical world of The All Seeing Hand touches many soundscapes while being complete in its own language. It is a gateway, opening ears to the sonic environment we cohabit with machine and emotion...

a “menacing clash of electronics, smashing drums and throat-singing, a sound akin to Tibetan monks on speed.”

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Watch The All Seeing Hand's new single 'Cro-Magnon Corp.'

FRIDAY 28 APRIL

Swampland Issue 002
MARCUS WHALE
SPIKE FUCK
BISCOTTI
EMLYN JOHNSON

After launching a debut issue late last year, Swampland magazine is back. The print publication offers intelligent, long-form coverage of Australian music and features stories that can’t be found anywhere else. To celebrate the launch of issue two, Swampland has put together a line-up as eclectic as the magazine itself. Blustering in from Tasmania, Emlyn Johnson will deliver a set of his wonky bush folk songs; Biscotti will bring their crispy Italo-disco; Spike Fuck will lend her devastatingly beautiful “smack-wave” pop; and, in a rare Melbourne solo show, Marcus Whale will round out the night with a set of dystopian electronica.

THURSDAY 4 MAY

PLASTIC 'Ep launch'
supported by Hollow Everdaze & Eilish Gilligan

Building on excitement around their single, “Has Anyone Ever Told You You’re Alive”, Melbourne rock/noise-pop outfit, Plastic release their sophomore EP Air Conditioning.
A banging, catchy slap in the face, “Has Anyone Ever Told You You’re Alive” won over critics and fans alike with it’s endearing, slacker tone. “There is such a thing as vibe, and you guys are cultivating a sick one”, Stacy Gougoulis, triple j.

In Air Conditioning, Plastic develop their crunchy ideas further while also dipping into lush synth soundscapes - showing the depth and diversity of their songwriting.

Plastic launch Air Conditioning with support from Hollow Everdaze and Eilish Gilligan

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FRIDAY 5 MAY


DWARVES AUSTRALIAN TOUR

w. guests POWER + Birdcage + Private Function + Out Of Towners

Throughout the 1990's and 2000's the Dwarves chaotic shows and incendiary interviews drew the attention of both underground and mainstream press and their bad reputation made them the band that simply would not die. While the faint-hearted withered in their seats, real rock fans squirmed with delight. And they've been squirming ever since. Now the Dwarves are back in Australia to warp a new generation. Teach your kids to worship Satan!

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FRIDAY 12 MAY

PUTA MADRE BROTHERS

plus special guests

The rock en rollo mariarchi earthquake that is the worlds last surviving triple-one-man-band, Puta Madre Brothers bring their razor guitars and sharp hair back to The Curtin stage for a very SUDDEN and rare public appearance! With their trademark 100% original Meximotown sound and good looking stage show this will be Puta Madre Brothers first Australian club show since 2014. Nobody knows when there will be another. So come and touch your friend in a friendly fashion as the dance floor shatters below and we all fall into a tequila coma together.

If punk and mariachi had a baby, it would be the Puta Madre Brothers. You come for the spectacle as much as the music. They’re quiffed, suited and booted as federales and spit out just about every imaginable permutation of mariachi-mixed-with-something-else – Tex-Mex met punk, funk, country, rockabilly, hillbilly, jug band, surf guitar, indie and ‘60s garage.

Witness first hand as these groups, divided by accent and yeast spread preference, put the sheep jokes aside to play hit after solid hit.

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AN OLDIE, BUT A GOLDIE!

SATURDAY 13 MAY

ROYAL HEADACHE

ROYAL HEADACHE ANNOUNCE A SECOND MELBOURNE SHOW

Sydney’s Royal Headache burst into view back in 2011 upon the release of their self-titled album, an adrenaline shot of melodic energy and heart-on-sleeve romanticism that immediately lit up listeners home and away. Shogun’s voice and lyrics aren’t so much a secret weapon in Royal Headache’s arsenal as they are the front line, happiness and hurt soaring above the songs, driving home all the feelings within. After their controversial sold out performance at Sydney’s Opera House in 2015 the band went on to successfully tour the USA and Europe with appearances at Pitchfork Festival, Primavera Sound, and their first live television performance on Late Night with Seth Myers

Back with a renewed lineup for their first local headline show, Royal Headache will be playing tunes from their back catalogue as well as fresh new material.

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GET HIGH

FRI 19 MAY


**SOLD OUT**

3RD Show Announced

Strange Yonder + Contrary present ALLAH-LAS FIRST AUS TOUR

w. guests

Strange Yonder & Contrary announce an East Coast tour by ALLAH-LAS (Los Angeles), reaching Australian shores for the first time.

Allah-Las have released the new track, “Hereafter,” and an alternate take of the single “Autumn Dawn”, out February on Mexican Summer. 

The band was formed in 2008 while three of the members were working at the legendary Amoeba Music record store. Their 2011 self-titled debut was nominated for independent album of the year by the A2IM Libbys, their sophomore LP Worship The Sun received critical acclaim from The LA Times who said the album “…lets the band’s trippy vintage rock absorb all sorts of new Southern California influences. Latin drumming, L.A.’s midcentury avant-garde beach culture and Laurel Canyon harmonies.” In their third album, 2016’s Calico Review, Allah-Las experiment with new instrumentation adding violin, harpsichord and Mellotron to their sound. On the road the band, has built a dedicated following with extensive, sold-out tours and high profile festival dates throughout North, Central, and South America, Europe, South Africa, Russia, Mexico and Israel, with a newly announced appearance at Coachella 2017.

“Cramming as much guts and passion as possible into three and a half minutes or  less—while burning it’s own path, with brooding, lonesome songs, tightly restrained  surf inflected musings on girls and freedom.” - The New Yorker     

SAT 20 MAY MATINEE


**NEW MATINEE SHOW**

Strange Yonder + Contrary present

ALLAH-LAS FIRST AUS TOUR

w. guests

Strange Yonder & Contrary announce an East Coast tour by ALLAH-LAS (Los Angeles), reaching Australian shores for the first time.

Allah-Las have released the new track, “Hereafter,” and an alternate take of the single “Autumn Dawn”, out February on Mexican Summer. 

The band was formed in 2008 while three of the members were working at the legendary Amoeba Music record store. Their 2011 self-titled debut was nominated for independent album of the year by the A2IM Libbys, their sophomore LP Worship The Sun received critical acclaim from The LA Times who said the album “…lets the band’s trippy vintage rock absorb all sorts of new Southern California influences. Latin drumming, L.A.’s midcentury avant-garde beach culture and Laurel Canyon harmonies.” In their third album, 2016’s Calico Review, Allah-Las experiment with new instrumentation adding violin, harpsichord and Mellotron to their sound. On the road the band, has built a dedicated following with extensive, sold-out tours and high profile festival dates throughout North, Central, and South America, Europe, South Africa, Russia, Mexico and Israel, with a newly announced appearance at Coachella 2017.

“Cramming as much guts and passion as possible into three and a half minutes or  less—while burning it’s own path, with brooding, lonesome songs, tightly restrained  surf inflected musings on girls and freedom.” - The New Yorker   

SAT 20 MAY


**SOLD OUT**

3RD Show Announced
Strange Yonder + Contrary present

ALLAH-LAS FIRST AUS TOUR

w. guests

Strange Yonder & Contrary announce an East Coast tour by ALLAH-LAS (Los Angeles), reaching Australian shores for the first time.

Allah-Las have released the new track, “Hereafter,” and an alternate take of the single “Autumn Dawn”, out February on Mexican Summer. 

The band was formed in 2008 while three of the members were working at the legendary Amoeba Music record store. Their 2011 self-titled debut was nominated for independent album of the year by the A2IM Libbys, their sophomore LP Worship The Sun received critical acclaim from The LA Times who said the album “…lets the band’s trippy vintage rock absorb all sorts of new Southern California influences. Latin drumming, L.A.’s midcentury avant-garde beach culture and Laurel Canyon harmonies.” In their third album, 2016’s Calico Review, Allah-Las experiment with new instrumentation adding violin, harpsichord and Mellotron to their sound. On the road the band, has built a dedicated following with extensive, sold-out tours and high profile festival dates throughout North, Central, and South America, Europe, South Africa, Russia, Mexico and Israel, with a newly announced appearance at Coachella 2017.

“Cramming as much guts and passion as possible into three and a half minutes or  less—while burning it’s own path, with brooding, lonesome songs, tightly restrained  surf inflected musings on girls and freedom.” - The New Yorker   

THURSDAY 25 MAY

BABY BLUE 'IN MY MIND' EP LAUNCH

w/ Closet Straights + Swim Team

Beginning as a solo project for Melbourne’s Rhea Caldwell, Baby Blue has since grown into a rocking, rollicking four-piece combining 60’s rock, folk, and pop. Baby Blue’s songs still retain the folk backbone – that storytelling, those intimate moments – but have grown to an electrifying roar. Guitarist Fabian Hunter’s fretwork complements Caldwell’s ear for melody while drummer Nathanael Riley’s playful beat locks audience feet into a swinging groove. Bass player Dave Mudie joined in early 2017. After a busy year the band are incredibly excited to launch their debut EP at The Curtin with support from local legends Closet Straights and Swim Team.

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FRIDAY 26 MAY

LOOSE TOOTH SENSATION.. Starring
Totally Mild, Pure Moods & DJ Emerald

- CONGRATULATIONS -

Loose Tooth declares that you have been selected as one of the most fabulous people in Melbourne and as a result, you are invited to the most iconic party this party season - Loose Tooth Sensation.
Could this be the most talked abut event ever? Time will tell.

DRESS CODE: WHITE! **

Loose Tooth have been laying low and preparing for Sensation after a massive 2016, following the release of their EP Saturn Returns, in April last year, released on Courtney Barnett's Milk! Records label.

** If you dont look good in white (who doesnt!?) just ware whatever makes you feel fabulous!

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SATURDAY 27 MAY

CASH SAVAGE & THE LAST DRINKS

Run With The Dogs Tour 2nd Show

w. guest Spike Fuck

After selling out their single launch gig at the Corner Hotel, Cash Savage and the Last Drinks have announced an additional show at The Curtin. Run With The Dogs is taken from Savage's most recent full-length, One Of Us, which landed back in July to rave reviews for its honesty, complexity and maturity, being the culmination of a period in her life that saw her experience everything from the highs of marriage to the devastating lows of losing loved ones. This additional launch, in an intimate setting, will be the band's last hurrah before heading to Europe in for a string of northern-summer festivals this June.

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SUNDAY 28 MAY


GABRIEL O PENSADOR (BRAZIL)

plus special guests

Brazilian rapper, writer and composer, Gabriel O Pensador will play The John Curtin Hotel on Sunday 28th May as the venue converts it's bandroom and downstairs bar into an all day Brazilian Party. Known for his intellectual lyrics which speak of activism, and issues of race, politics, social problems, and the Catholic church, Gabriel O Pensador will be sure to put on a show for Melbourne fans. Local DJs and bands joining Gabriel O Pensador to be announced.

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FRIDAY 9 JUNE

FIRST AUSTRALIAN TOUR

La Sape presents
KOJEY RADICAL (UK)
30/70
So. Crates

London based poet, musician and mixed media visual artist Kojey Radical’s Debut Australian Tour. As an artist Kojey is widely credited for his explosive live shows and subversive storytelling ability, often referred to as a visionary and pioneer of the arts.

Kojey’s live show has seen him supporting Young Fathers on their European tour, and Ghostface Killah at the Southbank, as well as boasting his own sold out Jazz Café show in September. He took part in his second Boiler Room show in October in the shape of exclusively curated spoken word event; ‘In Appreciation of Lyricism’ alongside the actor and poet Saul Williams.

Adding to this eclectic night of sound & vision will be local fusionists 30/70. As well as Melbourne Hip-Hop aficionados So.Crates.

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WANDER THRU A DYSTOPIAN LONDON IN KOJEY'S 'GALLONS'

TUESDAY 25 JULY

Secret Sounds Present..

THE LEMON TWIGS (USA) Official Splendour sideshow

Once or twice every generation, Long Island introduces the world to artists of such singular originality that they change the very nature of their art: Lou Reed; Jim Brown; Robert Mapplethorpe; Andy Kaufman.
With their debut album, Do Hollywood, The Lemon Twigs have earned themselves a spot on that list.

Fusing tightly constructed pop, sophisticated orchestration, and British invasion melodies into a ten-song masterpiece, the D'Addario brothers— Brian (20) and Michael (18)—are whipping fans and critics alike into an utter frenzy. Having just taken out the coveted Grulke Prize for Developing US Act at this year’s SXSW, and being hailed by NME as “the future of rock ‘n’ roll”,
The Lemon Twigs will be stamping their flamboyant sound on Australian audiences for the first time, coming off the back of playing some of the world’s largest festivals including Coachella and Glastonbury.
This is your chance to see one of 2017’s most exciting acts, playing Australia for the first time.

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FUNCTIONS AT THE CURTIN

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The Curtin is nestled away on the city end of Lygon St, Carlton - just a short walk from Melbourne's CBD and moments from Melbourne Central train station, and is easily accessible by public transport.

The venue has a 300 capacity band room has been designed to ensure an unrestricted view of the large stage from anywhere in the room. Complemented by a powerful D&B Q7 speaker system & D&B Crown 90001 amplifiers,  in stalled to deliver the highest quality sound on stage and to the entire audience.

The Curtin is the perfect size to cater for album launches, interstate touring bands, and larger internationals seeking an intimate show.

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THE CURTIN is located at 29 Lygon Street (City End), Carlton. Directly opposite Trades Hall.

Ph: (03) 9663 6350

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