Born out of the ashes of Big Star, arguably the greatest cult band of all time, Memphis local Van Duren joined forces with ex-members Chris Bell & Jody Stephens to form a band and become regulars on the 70s Memphis bar circuit. In little time they got the attention of Rolling Stones manager, Andrew Loog Oldham then started managing Van Duren.
Van was tipped to be the next Paul McCartney but instead faded into obscurity.
Forty years later, two friends from Australia (a band manager & musician), chance upon the mysterious musician’s lost album. They fell hopelessly in love with his music and set out to discover why Van Duren isn’t a household name.
The result is Waiting - the Van Duren Story a documentary about their journey discovering Van Duren and his story; a love letter to the artist that could have helped to define a generation.
The film will be premiering in Melbourne on 11th April at Nova Cinemas.
Van Duren’s show in Melbourne will be his debut show outside of the USA!
The environment and the preservation of the natural world has always been something Magic Dirt have felt very strongly about. Now more than ever, with the unmistakable and frightening symptoms of climate change and global warming affecting our everyday lives, the band want to come out with a clear, decisive statement.
We’ve had a long relationship with Bob Brown and we want to do something to help his amazing conservation work so we are proud to put on our first club show back in Melbourne as a fundraiser for the Bob Brown Foundation. We especially want to support his latest campaign, the Stop Adani Convoy, which is shaping up to be Australia’s biggest ever environmental protest against the Adani coal mine. We’ve curated a great line up, across two special nights. We will be doing one show in Melbourne and one in Tasmania, Bob’s home state.
This show will now be headlined by Cool Out Sun Featuring the combined musical superpowers of N’fa Jones (1200 Techniques), Nui Moon (Public Opinion Afro Orchestra) and Sensible J (REMI, House of Beige), Cool Out Sun effortlessly infuses energetic lyricism with Afrofunk and hip-hop. Forming in early 2017 they’ve since gained national attention with their red-hot 2018 debut album and ability to fire up an audience.
Due to the cancellation of Bendigo Autumn Music, unfortunately, Estère can no longer make the trip across from NZ. However, we are excited to have Cool Out Sun bring their fire to the stage.
GONZO bring their lean breed of angular post-punk to The Curtin in celebration of the release of their first long play format vinyl ‘Do It Better Again’. Assisting the band with proceedings will be their buddies Exek, Hierophants and Gutter Girls. The band would like to extend an open invitation to you to join with them in celebrating the release of their first long play vinyl. It took the band a while to make it and the next one may take just as long or possibly longer.
Following the release of ‘Why Don’t You Just’, the moving EP release on Hobbledehoy Records, Bec Stevens takes the songs to a live setting across the country. The newer full-band arrangement gives the songs a whole new level of power and emotion from the Adelaide song-writer. Be the first to witness Bec Stevens as she launches ‘Why Don’t You Just’ at the Curtin on Saturday April 27th with special guests Hanny J, Nothing Really and World Sick.
FREE FRONT BAR SHOW
Perhaps one of Melbourne’s most under appreciated songwriters, Dominic Byrne (Little Red /New Gods) will perform an intermit and solo set at The Curtin, bringing his bag of songs, unarmed with any other tricks up his sleeve.
New songs… same old axe to grind. With a special support act, this will be a night not to be missed.
Three long years since their previous release, Constant Mongrel returned with their 2018 hit LP ‘Living In Excellence’. With their tough, unhinged brand of post-punk the band will perform songs of certain romance, the monotonousness of self-loathing, atrocities of western religion and an abundance of a fresh modern fascism. But behind every idea the tongue will always remain firmly in cheek as the bands humor seeps through and prevails in its sound.
Honey 2 Honey are a Canberra/Sydney trio, configuring elements of jazz, dub, krautrock, disco and R’n’B into irresistible offbeat, hypnotic pop. Their debut EP, A Taste Of.., was produced by Holy Balm’s Yoni Hochman and Enderie’s Andrew McLellan, and is out April 5 on Chapter Music.
Spacey Jane are putting out a new single this month called ‘Good Grief’, and they’re stoked to be taking it on the road. They are super pleased to be able to make it back down to Melbourne, this time at The Curtin on Friday May 10! They’re real excited to be back in Melbourne’s loving arms, and will be bringing a few new tracks with them.
Spacey Jane kicked off 2019 with a bang - Falls Festival, Nothing But Thieves and a host of sold-out headline shows across the country. They’ll now be taking their newest single ‘Good Grief’ on their biggest tour to date, including shows in Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth, plus a support slot for the one and only Kurt Vile. Tickets to all shows on-sale now.
Brisbane’s Shifting Sands launch their long awaited second album “Crystal Cuts” on Melbourne’s Spooky Records. Geoff Corbett (SixFtHick), Isabella Mellor (Catalano, Jeremy Neale), Dylan McCormack (Gentle Ben & his Sensitive Side, The Polaroids) take a crawl down the down-beat and busted-hearted alleyways, drains and dumps on the brilliant follow-up to the “Beach Coma” debut. Shifting Sands, were initially tagged down-beat, depresso-core, now don’t go getting them wrong. It’s not all deep-sea lows. Under the crush there are gardens and caverns providing light and respite and along the way they’ve snagged a groundswell of underground support both at home and in Europe with the band set to play the Binic Festival and a string of club shows in France July/August 2019.
Melbourne post-punk pioneer David Chesworth launches the Chapter Music reissue of his 1981 percussive art-funk album Layer On Layer. The follow-up to 1979 minimal synth classic 50 Synthesizer Greats (re-released by Chapter in 2017), Layer On Layer uses traditional and non-traditional instruments (like telephone books, boxes and car parts) to create a unique sound world, driven by propulsive rhythms but emphasizing chance and playfulness. David’s records and productions through the 70s and 80s have become hugely sought-after collectors’ items and DJ holy grails, across his solo work and projects Essendon Airport, Whadya Want, Chocolate Grinders and others. He is now a renowned contemporary composer and sound artist, commissioned to create a sound installation for the Sydney Olympics in 2000, and represented in the 2015 Venice Biennale with partner Sonia Leber. For Layer On Layer, David will perform live on synths and toy guitar, with his Essendon Airport bandmate Paul Fletcher on drums.
One year out from their sophomore EP ‘Darkroom,’ Hollow December are back with a brand new release. ‘Ecotone’ explores monumental change, both at a personal and a societal level, as the band and its members enter a new phase in their lives. With their unique blend of Alt-rock that shows hints of jazz, progressive, and art influence, Hollow December have been performing around Melbourne for the last three years. ‘Ecotone’ is launching 16th May.
To mark the release of LANEOUS’ debut solo record, MONSTERA DELICIOSA, the Brisbane-bred artist and his boy band are putting on a party to remember, with his favourite Melbourne musicians in tow to celebrate. Out May 10, MONSTERA DELICIOSA stands as a sublime genre work, peerless in Australia. In classic Laneous fashion, the musical references for the record run deep, an exotica/funk infused journey, held firmly in place by his trademark croon. Adding fuel to the fire, 8-piece party band, JAZZ PARTY will be joining the line-up, celebrating the release of their latest single!
Tex Perkins has played a key role in Australian music
It’s understandably difficult to pull together a coherent picture of a man whose career has taken in everything from the groundbreaking experimental punktonica of Sydney mid-80s noiseniks Thug to the lilting, dark country of his recent material with the Dark Horses.
From the hard edged pub rock of the Beasts Of Bourbon’s, a snarling slice of filthy pub rock to the evocative soundscapes of The Cruel Sea, whose extraordinary 1991 single ‘This Is Not The Way Home’ placed Perkins’ world-weary growl in a new musical context and heralded the emergence of an entirely original yet archetypically Australian sound.
Now is Tex’s exciting new (and long overdue) collaboration with Matt Walker (a great artist in his own right) for duo shows. It’s a blues swamp-groove kinda thing that’s a little reminiscent of some of the things in Tex’s back catalogue. Many new originals inhabit the setlist, but see them now while they still have to flesh out the set with a few Cruel Sea covers!
Catch them Live at The Curtin Hotel for a special performance Thursday, May 23 with guests.
Yes, it’s 15 years ago since Sand Pebbles unleashed that break though album with songs such as ‘The Day Summer Fell’, ‘Speed & Intensity’ and ‘Black Sun’, which comedian Stewart Lee wrote in the UK Times was ‘one of those slow-burning, snake-charming epics that comes along once in a generation.’ Now comes a special one-off 15-anniversary show at the Curtin to celebrate Ghost Transmissions being released on vinyl for the first time.
A reckoning and respectable slice of songwriting, ‘Ghost’ echoes the sensibilities of lo-fi luminaries Pavement and (Sandy) Alex G. Doused in reverb & distortion, triple j’s Richard Kingsmill similarly describes it as “one for lovers of classic alt indie”. Heartbreaking and heartwarming all at once, ‘Ghost’ is without a doubt RAT!Hammock’s finest work to date. 2019 has already seen the boys score a spot on the coveted Melbourne leg of Laneway Festival, as well as a national support slot with Brisbane indie legends Last Dinosaurs. Now the Rat’ are ready to take the reins on their own headlining tour. The ‘Ghost’ tour hits Waywards in Sydney on the 7th of Jun, RAD Bar in Wollongong on the 8th and The Curtin in Melbourne on the 15th.
A whole mess of fun in the vein of The Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan and The Strokes, North Carolina natives THE NUDE PARTY will bring their effortless guitar pop to intimate venues in Melbourne and Sydney. Getting their kicks as teenagers in Brooklyn, these unstoppable forces of energy recently released their debut self-titled album and have maintained a jam-packed touring schedule ever since.
A power-pop explosion of melody and youthful urgency, Brooklyn’s CHARLY BLISS continue the New York migration as they take in some choice Splendour side-shows.
Breaking things wide open with 2017’s Guppy (a record labelled by The Onion’s AV Club as “an instant classic”), this sparkling 3-piece are on the verge of releasing their hotly anticipated second record Young Enough and are positioned to go stratospheric in 2019.