Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Shortlist gig guide, 8-14 November

Baby Animals

Welcome return: Baby Animals. Photo: Supplied


Baby Animals

Saturday, November 9, the Metro,

Neutral Milk Hotel

Playing Australia for the first time: Neutral Milk Hotel.

It's a case of better late than never for fans of Baby Animals, with the band releasing their first album in 20 years in 2013. Buoyed by its support, legendary rocker Suzi deMarchi and co follow up an intimate album-launch tour with this bigger, better one. Welcome back. Catch them for $38.90.



Saturday, November 9, State Theatre,

The legendary hip-hop popsters were a '90s teenagers' staple, with the sassy female rappers hitting the top of the charts with Let's Talk About Sex, Shoop, Push It and Whattaman. Expect all these and more when the veteran act hit the State Theatre, with tickets starting at $89. Essential nostalgia viewing.

Ollie Murs

Sunday, November 10, the Metro,

Building a solid fan base here, with hits like his Flo Rida-featuring Troublemaker and Army of Two, it's no surprise to find British pop star Ollie Murs itching to tour these shores. He makes it down for his first trip, on the back of his third record, and we think there'll be some fans very excited about it. Tickets are $75.

Neutral Milk Hotel, Superchunk and M. Ward

Thursday, November 14, Enmore Theatre,

While the demise of Harvest Festival was sad, fans of these three bands came out as winners, with a headline gig replacing it. Nineties indie icons Neutral Milk Hotel have reunited and are playing Australia for the first time, so expect some tears; they're joined by indie power-popsters Superchunk and folkie M.Ward. Tickets are $74.20.


Friday, November 8


From french-kissing a grandmother to sweating it out in tracksuits at festivals during the height of summer, Bluejuice are clearly a band not afraid to suffer for their art. Their latest tune S.O.S comes with a killer video that pays homage to Ghostbusters – oh, except they're busting "douche bags", not poltergeist. With all the humour, energy and hooks fans have come to expect, it's a good sign of things to come on their next record. Friday, November 8, 8pm, the Metro, 624 George Street, city,, $31.20.

Saturday, November 9

Busby Marou

The Rockhampton duo of Tom Busby and Jeremy Marou has always been a bit of a perfect match, but it shines through even more on new record Farewell Fitzroy. An accomplished second set featuring a full band, recorded in Nashville, it'll be proudly showed off on the boys' national tour. With a knack for storytelling in song, delivered by Busby's silky vocals, the folk act are poised for a big year – get on board. Saturday, November 9, 8pm, the Standard, Level 3, 383 Bourke Street, Surry Hills,, $28.70.

Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Scoring a No. 1 ARIA spot on the jazz and blues chart for their debut album, and following that up with two ARIA Awards nominations, Melbourne Ska Orchestra have had one hell of a big year. And speaking of big, that's exactly what they happen to be – with 26 players plus conductor Nicky Bomba filling the stage when they play. Seeing them crowd onto the Factory's stage will be worth the ticket price alone. Saturday, November 9, 8pm, Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville,, $30.

Patrick James

Promising Sydney singer-songwriter sold out two Vanguard shows back in March, so he's moved to a bigger stage for his final local gig of the year. It may also be the last time fans get to catch the promising artist before he heads off to lay down his anticipated debut album. If it's as good as his debut EP All About to Change, you can expect to be hearing a lot more about James very soon. Saturday, November 9, 8pm, Oxford Art Factory, 38-46, Oxford Street, Darlinghurst,, $18.40.

Through the week


Plenty of fans of the American indie legends were up in arms when they were announced on the triple bill with Neutral Milk Hotel and M. Ward. Lucky for them now, they don't have to share – Superchunk will play an impressively intimate headline gig, the only one they'll do in the country, too. A must for fans, expect a big cross-section of tunes from their nearly 25 years, including 2013's impressive set I Hate Music. Wednesday, November 13, 8pm, Annandale Hotel, 17 Parramatta Road, Annandale,, $38.90.


The rising British singer changed her stage name from Louisa Rose Allen to Foxes because she had a few similarly named peers in her home country, such as Lily Allen (whose middle name is coincidentally also Rose). But she's quickly making a name for herself regardless, with her soulful, beguiling synth-pop. On the wave of a whole lot of hype, she arrives for her first Aussie tour and plays one headline gig. Thursday, November 14, 8pm, Oxford Art Factory, 38-46 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst,, $36.80.

World's End Press

They have their debut album on the shelf and a big few months of touring behind them, but they're not done yet. The meaty electro kids from Melbourne will play the sold-out Meredith Music Festival in Victoria next month, but you have one more chance to dance to their beats north of the border before the year's out. And since they're going from strength to strength live, we think you should take this chance. Thursday, November 14, 8pm, Goodgod Small Club, 55 Liverpool Street, Chinatown,, $13.30.



One of the biggest names in DJing right now, AVICII brings his three-hour spectacular to Centennial Park on January 25.

Neko Case

The New Pornographers singer and alt-country superstar returns for her first headline gig since 2010, playing the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on March 3.

Leonard Cohen

The singer's second Entertainment Centre show has moved to the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on December 2 – ticket-holders should also note the date change.


The rock'n'rolling Brits bring their raucous show to Goodgod Small Club on February 4, their only headline gig in town away from Laneway Festival.

Jagwar Ma

The local electronic outfit's star continues its ascent, as they play a big headline show at the Metro on January 17. Expect this to sell out.

King Krule

The touted folk singer is out for Laneway Festival but will play one headline show at Oxford Art Factory on February 4.

Parquet Courts

The New York indie-rockers make their anticipated first trek here in the New Year and will play the Standard with local raucous rockers Bed Wettin' Bad Boys on February 5.

Josh Pyke

The singer-songwriter is planning to get intimate with his audience, playing solo for his Lone Wolf tour, which lands at the Factory Theatre on February 22.


Hyped post-punk Londoners will play a hot-ticket gig at the Metro on February 5.


The legendary Aussie band head out on their first headline tour in more than two decades, and play the Enmore Theatre on March 29 with the Stems and Frowning Clouds.

Kurt Vile

The revered long-haired blues-folkie has sold out his Sydney solo show, but will play with band at the Town Hall on January 23.


Friday, November 8

Liam Burrows

Award-winning jazzman is a serious high-achiever – and he's still a teenager. The Basement, $19.80,

Emma Davis and Brian Campeau

The two scene vets team up for a double-headline tour. Don't expect support Annie McKinnon to be the third wheel on this date, either. FBi Social, $10,

Dyson, Stringer and Cloher

Three's a charm with Mia Dyson, Liz Stringer and Jen Cloher. Factory Theatre, $35,

The Kill Devil Hills

Get your rock out at one of Sydney's hottest new live music spaces. Factory Floor, $17,

Amaya Laucirica

Beguiling singer with a love of swirling synth and reverb launches her new single Found Some Secret. Bonus: the fantastic Devotional in support. The Vanguard, $15.80,

The Music Makers Club

Get your new tunes fix: Enerate, Taking Berlin, Weathered and Dominic Youdan. Oxford Art Factory Gallery Bar, free,

Elizabeth Rose

The singer-songwriter returns from CMJ in New York to woo her home crowd. We suspect she won't have any trouble doing this. Goodgod Small Club, $12,

Sound Summit 2013

The annual festival of amazing underground talent kicks off this weekend. This showcase features Germany's Oval, US act Container, Cured Pink and more. Red Rattler, $25,

Saturday, November 9

Burn Antares

Northern Beaches act cross the bridge to rock. FBi Social, $10,

The Cope Street Parade

Sydney good-timers get into the swing of things for their album launch. The Basement, $19.80,

Home Brew

Late-night hip-hop from the Kiwis, plus Loose Change and Morgs. The Basement, $19.80,

Sarah McKenzie

Standout local jazz talent in demand overseas. 505, $20,

Simon Meli and the Widowbirds

The TV talent contestant returns to the live stage with his birds. Factory Floor, $16.50,


Melodic hardcore act from Perth, with plenty of acts to choose from – For All Eternity, the Ocean the Sky, Bare Bones, Anchored and World in Cinematic. Annandale Hotel, $13.30,

Sunday, November 10

Damien Dempsey

The Irish singer-songwriter returns, sells out his first show fast. The Vanguard, free,

Sound Summit 2013

Another stellar showcase, with Bare Grillz, Making, King Tears Mortuary and Dog Beach. From 12.30pm. A Sunday pass gets you into an evening line-up, too. Red Rattler, $28.60,

Monday, November 11

Damien Dempsey

Second chance for fans of the Irish crooner. The Vanguard, $41.80,

Happy Monday Games Night

Live music and your pick of boardgames action. We choose Scrabble. 505, free,

Tuesday, November 12

Basement Big Band

Where else can you get a swing lesson and a live gig for under a tenner? The Basement, $8,

Old School Funk and Groove

The groove and booty affair. 505, free,

Wednesday, November 13

Hi Tops Brass Band

Hip-hop meets New Orleans brass act. Magic happens. The Basement, $5,

Made in Japan

Sweet indie-rock served up at 1pm for your ear's free lunch. FBi Social, free,

Mingus Among Us

Mingus tribute led by baritone sax player Steve Fitzmaurice. 505, $15,

Thursday, November 14

Five Mile Island

Promising young folk act from Auckland who now call Melbourne home. Oxford Art Factory Gallery Bar, free,

The Guppies

Fuzz and rock'n'roll, also starring Royal Chant, Service Bells and Melbourne's grunge-loving Claws and Organs. FBi Social, $10,

Sarah McLeod

The seasoned rocker has a gentler, more sensitive EP to show off. The Basement, $8,

Joe Rafidi

The hip-hop artist brings out his Beautiful Life single. The Standard, $13.30,

Hollie Smith

Acclaimed Kiwi songbird flies west this spring. 505, $15,
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