After releasing their highly acclaimed debut EP Talk Tight in 2015, that left the likes of Pitchfork and Stereogum feeling warm and fuzzy, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever return with brand new single ‘Julie’s Place’ and news that they’ve inked a world-wide (ex AU/NZ) deal with iconic US label Sub Pop. A love story set at a house party, ‘Julie’s Place’ is packed with the driving rhythms that trademarked the songs on Talk Tight. A mash of sprinting guitars mimic singer Fran Keaney’s pangs of heartache, his awkwardly sensual lyrics calling to mind the chaotic confusion of being around someone you can’t get off your mind. Born from late night bedroom jam sessions and honed in the thrumming confines of Melbourne’s live music venues, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have garnered a reputation for putting on raucously energetic live shows. Having just been announced on the bill for Sugar Mountain Festival and as the main support for Canadian indie champions Whitney on their upcoming Laneway Festival sideshows, RBCF will play some special headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne, to launch the release of ‘Julie’s Place’.
‘Julie’s Place’ is out now via Ivy League (AU)/Sub Pop (rest of the world) Records.
They're back! Taking over BOTH LEVELS of their spiritual home for another night of madness, Brisbane-turned-Melbourne label Bedroom Suck are bringing their annual bash to the John Curtin. Taking over two stages with a host of Australia's finest, the team are sure to drench your ears with a curated lineup of their fave Aussie bands this year.
Celebrate the onset of summer with a night of rhythmic exploration and heavy electronics this Sunday at the Curtin. Squeeze out the last gasp from the weekend’s reveries with the aberrant electronic drive of SOW DISCORD and the relentless techno experiments of Sydney’s HVISKE, capped off with a collaboration between extreme voice and sound artist KUSUM NORMOYLE and abject post-industrialists DEAD BOOMERS. Free entry and respectable start and end times to help ease the transition into the working week.
TRANSGENREDITH is a fundraiser for the next TRANSGENRE – a music festival located in Melbourne that brings together trans and gender non-conforming artists both local and less local for an afternoon/evening/night of music and poetry and performance. We have a secret plan for making next year's really really good, but it's gonna cost a lil money! So this fundraiser, like a mini-festival in itself, will include performances from artists from a variety of genres including electronic, hip hop, heavy folk, folk punk, and smackwave, to raise some $$$ for TRANSGENRE 2017.
After extensive touring for the last year and a half, Betty Grumble and Agent Cleave are finally coming home. You're invited to a one night only DOUBLE FEATURE to celebrate the end of two amazing tours and the beginning of an exciting new phase of creation for both artists.
GRUMBLE- SEX CLOWN SAVES THE WORLD
Surreal showgirl Betty Grumble plays a special encore performance of her internationally acclaimed solo work. Experience the queen of the obscene in an odyssey of deep disco dissent. Witness her rage, her desire and her internal organs in a shamanic striptease that has enslaved critics and touched the heart of audiences worldwide.
HE CRIES DIAMONDS After being spellbound by Agent Cleave onstage in 2015, producer and composer Richard Andrew set about writing a suite of songs for Cleave to add his unique and compelling vocals. Together as He Cries Diamonds, Cleave howls stories of sweet regret while Andrew’s cinematic score incites sighs of lust and sorrow with its gritty Roadhouse sensuality.
With both acts claiming 2016 as their breakout year, good friends Hein Cooper and LANKS have announced that they will be touring the east-coast together in a series of intimate shows this December.
The last 2 year have witnessed Hein Cooper gain some pretty amazing achievements including three singles scoring triple j rotation alongside of public radio stations nationwide; spins on the BBC UK & stations across Europe & Canada; record deals across three continents; festivals from the UK to Canada including a selection of profile festivals throughout Australia; successful headline tours of Europe & Canada, and now the release of his current single, the pop gem, 'Overflow'. Audiences can look forward to experiencing his signature voice and emotive lyricism, when Hein returns to Australia to takes the stage alongside LANKS this December.
LANKS has had the golden run of tour supports in the past year, having just wrapped up his national support slot with Vera Blue, recently supporting future soul kween Ngaiire on her national album tour and Airling on her national run in late 2015. With the release of his EP Viet Rose in October, the six-track EP features collaborations with the likes of Tom Iansek (Big Scary) and Airling. Viet Rose draws from a rich sonic palette that has contributed to LANKS’ unique sound and consequent success.
It's a double header tour not to missed.
Following on from recent tours with City Calm Down and The Jezabels, Ali Barter shows no signs of slowing, announcing her first headline tour since 2015 this December. Armed with fresh material including her new track “Girlie Bits”, the full vision of Ali’s expanding sound is realised. A merger of 90’s grunge nostalgia , striking vocals and clever unapologetic lyricism, Ali Barter isn’t asking for space - she’s taking it.
“Women are not some gentle, watered down version of men. We do it our own way. We work really hard to write good songs and play great gigs - only to have people critique our clothes and the look on our faces, instead of the music." Barter’s sound speaks straight to the issue and joins a tradition stretching back to the 70s and 80s, of women kicking against the pricks - channeling Julianna Hatfield, Bikini Kill or The Breeders, yet with her composed though commanding style. Like those who’ve come before her, it’s punk that gives a voice to those that can find a song, and these live performances will justify that Ali Barter has certainly found hers.
The Complimentary Headsets (indie/rock/pop) have officially turned 10, and we're throwing a classic Headsets Christmas Gig to celebrate.
New songs will be launched. Old favourites will be dusted off. And those songs that some fans love but Tom doesn’t like - we encourage you to request them incessantly to piss him off.
It’s been a crazy wild ride over the last 10 years, and we look forward having a boogie with you all to remember it in style.
Get ready to DANCE, DANCE, DANCE.
This New Year's Eve, The Curtin will transform into a golden playground of cool disco tunes and funky jams - as it celebrates another year gone with.. 'FOR THE LOVE OF GOLD'
The Curtin will be throwing a multi level, all night, all gold, NYE party for the ages, with some of Melbourne's finest party people...
No strangers to The Curtin, GL, have cultivated their own evocative sound that is constantly reaching for the cosmos. The Melbourne duo’s distinctive concoction of gyrating analogue pop harnesses 80’s synths and style, transporting it harmoniously into the modern era. Tunes such as ‘Take Me Back’, ‘What Happened to Us?’ and ‘Number One’ are as comfortable spinning alongside boogie classics as they are on the modern airwaves.
GL have also landed spots at some of the country’s most illustrious festivals, with performances at Splendour in the Grass, Meredith Music Festival, Falls Festival & OutsideIn.
Purveyors of Outernational Psychedelia and festival party starters BROADWAY SOUNDS are a new breed of psych pop that push it and make it work. Meeting at the intersection of afro rock, boogie funk, township jive, quiet storm, rapso, kwela jazz, rnb, folk and soul; Broadway Sounds maybe Australian, but their outlook on music is global.
No stranger to all things parties, DJ Manchild (PBS FM - The Breakdown) will be packing his most far out disco and funkiest jams to close the night out. Manchild will also be bringing along some of his favourite Melbourne DJ's to provide the ultimate all night party - to ring in the new year.
A night of varied genres spanning industrial, post-punk and no-waved.
CAR SEAT HEADREST is coming to Australia for the very first time, as part of the Laneway Tour.
Before signing to Matador Records in 2014, the 23 year old artist had already crafted an 11 album catalogue of staggering depth, all self-released on Bandcamp. His formal studio debut, 2016’s Teens of Denial, has everything you want from a rock album within one song. Check out album opener ‘Fill In the Blank’. With inspired guitar riffs, ambitious indie-rock anthems, and clever reflections of 20-something life, Teens of Denial is one of the best albums of the year. Live, Car Seat Headrest performs with a full band.
"Car Seat Headrest's 'Teens of Denial' is not just the rock album of the year, but may be the emergence of a new musical genius" - The Saturday Paper
Good Manners and Wondercore Island (in collaboration with Niche Productions) join forces to present an immersive arts and music festival run across four stages and two City Of Melbourne venues - the Curtin (full venue) and the Bella Union Bandroom & Ballroom in Carlton.
The first of its kind for Melbourne, Good Island showcases some of Australia’s most progressive live acts and visual talents, building a platform for creative collaboration across a number of disciplinary art forms.
With each artist presenting their work twice over the span of the event - one collaborative or experimental performance and one traditional performance in both conventional and unconventional spaces - Good Island presents a unique opportunity to see some of your favourite artists in an entirely new light.
US band, BIG THIEF, tour Australia for the first time. Their debut album, “Masterpiece” released early in June 2016 was a critical success with songs “Paul” and “Masterpiece” defining a “rangy folk rock” sounds says Pitchfork. Support by the excellent GABRIELLA COHEN and her band.
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.