Locality - May/June 2017

Column: Locality   |   Date Published: Saturday, 13 May 17   |   Author: Noni Doll   |   1 month, 2 weeks ago

Smith’s Alternative’s local music program is huge this month. Garage rock and surfin’ sounds abound when Space Party play on Friday May 12 from 7pm. Entry is $10, with support from Il Bruto. Hope St Band perform an open rehearsal for free on Monday May 15 from 9:30pm. The Parlour Social will mash up classical and ragtime on Thursday May 18 from 7pm; entry to that is $15, with special deals for Canberra Musicians Club members and music students. Magic Rob Universe will fill the crowd with cape envy on Friday May 19 from 7pm, with help from The Blue Angel and Dr Wiedemann, with entry price TBA. Coolio Desgracias will heat things up on Monday May 22 from 9pm, when he presents Do Me Baby, the second part of his Deep Listening series, and you can get your dose of love, lust and longing without dropping a cent.

Also at Smith’s Alternative: The KREWDBits Birthday Bash. It’s three parties across one massive evening on Saturday June 3. The first instalment starts at 7pm and is a PG rated affair, hosted by Jazida, with music from People I Love, Sean Smeaton, Signs and Symbols and Dethroned Dullness. Entry for that is $15, as is entry to Part 2: The Adults Only Bits, which starts at 9pm. Hosted by birthday babes InkBits and Bambi Valentine, this is sure to be delightfully vulgar, with guests including Sweaty Pits (Milf Camp) and Tiger Lily. Once that’s done, the third act kicks in at midnight, with a dance party driven by Dead DJ Joke, which you can sneak into for $10. Going to all three? Get a discounted ticket price of $25! Look it up on Facebook for more details.

If you like local music and supporting great causes, the ANU RAC is hosting the second instalment of Amps Not Camps, in support of the Canberra Refugee Action Committee on Friday May 26 at the Polish Club. The all-Canberran line-up consists of The Burley Griffin, Oranges, Betty Alto, An Inconvenient Groove, and Brother Be, and entry is just $10, with all profits going to the cause. Be there from 7pm so you don’t miss a thing.

The Phoenix is absolutely killing it at the moment as well when it comes to showcasing local talent. Azim Zain and His Lovely Bones are back after a short break to debut the new tracks off their upcoming EP there on Saturday June 3. Starting at 8pm, they’ll be joined by Video Breezy and out-of-towners Antonia and the Lazy Susans. Entry costs $10. Revellers, Adventure Sunday and Semen and Garfuckel will be tearing it up on Saturday May 27 from 9pm. Getting in to that will cost you $10.

Finally, there are some lovely Bootlegs Sessions on at The Phoenix over the coming weeks. On Monday May 15, there’s Helena Pop, Violet Faye, H. and Bobby James. Monday May 22 brings East Row Rabble, Betty Alto, Bella Groove and People I Love; with Flash Anthem, Naked Scientist, Tom Brodrick and Jesse Ford on Monday May 29. All start at 8pm, entry to all is free, but donations are encouraged.

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