Thurston Howlers are back to headline Tiki Safari

Thurston HowlersSydney's cocktail-sipping frat rock kings, Thurston Howlers, are back from oblivion to headline this year's Tiki Safari. 

The event is billed as "a supersonic eruption" that's going to rock Marrickville's Factory Theatre and raise more heat than Kilauea lava on Saturday, October 13.

Thurston Howlers were garage rock staples on the Sydney scene in the mid 1990s. After 20 years away, they'll be joined by an eclectic cast: 
 
Last year’s explosive act, Pacific Dreamz Polynesian Dance Group, will deliver another mesmerising performance of island dance and drums. Rosa Maria brings a splash of garage, a hint of surf, a measure of psych and a dash of blues.

Pat Capocci is an international festival favourite, a superstar of the rockabilly scene who is guaranteed to deliver a rock’n’roll spectacular. The Hellcat III are a tumultuous trio that promise to raise the roof and get this party started with their exciting blend of traditional surf guitar and neo rockabilly.

Los Monaros will drive you to a tantalising tropical zone with their cool grindhouse surf beats.
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DJs Jay Katz, Rod Almighty and Andy Travers will keep the afternoon and evening moving. There will be food, merchandise, clothing, collectables and rum and the doors open at 3pm. Tickets are $35 in advance here and $40 on the door.

Born Out Of Time festival just days away

Do you have tickets yet for the garage punk gig of the year? It's on in Sydney this Saturday night and you can buy a ticket for Born Out Of Time #1 here. All pre-sales will receive a free CD of bands playing the series of bills.

Presented by Off The Hip Records and I-94 Bar., the first of a swries of shows will feature Grindhouse, The Crusaders, The Beat Taboo, Aberration and The Devours. Make a beeline for Marrickville Bowling Club. Doors open at 7pm and the event runs until 1am.   

Sydney bands get behind 2RRR

the baddiesUnderground music would be even further below the radar without community radio. That's why a group of Sydney-Central Coast bands are putting their weight behind a fund-raiser for 2RRR next month.

Aberration, The Balkan Grill, The On and Ons and The Baddies (pictured right) are playing North Ryde RSL on October 7. The gig runs from noon and admission is $20 at the door.

2RRR Fundraiser
Aberration
+ The Balkan Grill
+ The On and Ons + The Baddies
North Ryde RSL
- Oct 7
(Noon-6pm)

Are you ready for the Space Boozzies?

i feel alrightSydney’s Dunhill Blues are on hiatus so what’s a poor boy to do but to sing and play in (another) rock and roll band? Adam Brzozowski from the Dunnies has formed Space Boozzies, described as “a mongrel dog from the Central Coast featuring members of all the popular surf/garage/rock bands you've never heard of”.

Space Boozzies’ Mikey Young-mastered debut album ”I Feel Alright” is being pressed right now – pre-orders are open here  - and the band is doing a run of shows in Northern New South Wales and Queensland to celebrate.

They’ll be touring with Son of Jaguar, the Coffs Coast's “kings of sweat-drenched, hip-shakin' rock'n'roll since 2016”. Their debut record “King Hit” is a twin-axe attack that gnaws at garage-punk's bones and is out on Conquest for Noise.

Space Boozzies-Son of Jaguar
Australian East Coast Tour
SEPTEMBER
28 - The Gollan, Lismore
+ The Antibodies
29 - East Brisbane Bowls Club (Space Boozies only)
with Public Execution + Fred Band + Koko Uzi
OCTOBER
12 - MoshPit, Newtown
w/Good Pash + Tweerkerz
13 – The Lass, Newcastle
+ Bitchcraft

Japanese protopunks The Deadvikings set sail for Sydney's shores

dead vikings 2018Japan’s The Deadvikings return to claim their stake and expand their domination over Sydney this week with their ultimate heavy protopunk.

Their four-day Japanese invasion - their second in a year - starts at The Old Manly Boatshed on September 27 with locals Tshatki and 4 Barrel Hemi. Entry is free. 

Day 2 (September 28) sees a foray in to new territory via Paddington's Captain Cook Hotel sharing the helm with goth rockers RK Ally, Black Knuckles and Black Heart Breakers. Entry is $10 at th door. 

The third gig is a return to iconic inner west venue The Townie at Newtown on September 29, with Eightball Junkies and BUNT. Free entry.

Day 4 peaks at the empyrean of Sunday venues, Frankie's Pizza, in the CBD on September 30 with Stu G's Cloak & Dagger kicking off followed by cosmic sludge monarchs Lord Dodongo and US trio BOYTOY, making their Aussie debut. No cover charge. 

Vale Bad Seeds keyboardist Conway Savage

conway savage carbieLongtime Bad Seeds pianist Conway Savage has passed away, aged 58. Close friends confirmed his passing on Facebook.

The Melbourne-based former Feral Dinosaurs and Happy Orphans member joined Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in 1990 and had been a fixture until last year’s US tour when illness forced him to step down. Savage was operated on for brain cancer and is understood to have been in care recently.

He guested on many albums by the likes of ex-GoBetween Robert Forster, Kim Salmon, Dave Graney, former Triffids member David McComb and Spencer P. Jones.

Savage has a string of solo releases and collaborations to his credit. His most recent EP was 2010’s “Pussy’s Bow”.

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Penny Ikinger album Australian launch dates set

tokyo penny packshotPenny Ikinger’s third solo album, “Tokyo”, is on the way in Australia with launch shows in Melbourne and Sydney.

“Tokyo” is an international collaboration with guitarist Deniz Tek from Radio Birdman and musicians from the Japanese psychedelic rock underground.

“Tokyo” was released on Kerosene Records in Japan when Penny Ikinger performed in the Japanese capital with local band The Silver Bells last month. The Silver Bells will also back her at the Australian Tokyo album launch at Melbourne Museum’s Nocturnal on Friday, September 7.

The Japanese version includes a bonus track - a cover of “Boys in Town” by Divinyls. “Tokyo” will also be released by Melbourne label Off The Hip Records worldwide in August. Pre-orders (A$20 within Australia or A$25 overseas, postage included) can be made by Paypal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Penny Ikinger “Tokyo”  album launch dates
Friday 7 September - Nocturnal at Melbourne Museum with The Silver Bells, Taipan Tiger Girls, The Pink Tiles & Adalita (DJ set)
Friday 22 September - The Union Hotel, Newtown, solo with The Maladies
Sunday, 23 September – The Golden Barley Hotel, Enmore (solo)

First benefit show announced for Leadfinger leader

seeyatonight melbThe first benefit show for Leadfinger leader Stewart Cunningham has been announced and it boasts a star-studded line-up. 

Hoss is headlining the September 14 show at The Tote Hotel in Melbourne. They'll be joined by supergroup The Draught Dodgers, Swedish Magazines, Powerline Sneakers, Wrong Turn, Matty Whittle (ex-GOD) and the Melwayholics, James McCann and Adalita. 

Tickets are available hereand there's a GoFundMe page running for people unable to make it to the show. Organiser James McCann says there will be a stack of prize packs of music and merchandise being raffled on the night. 

Cunningham, whose past bands include Asteroid B612, Brother Brick, Proton Energy Pills and Yes-Men, is fighting lung cancer

A Sydney benefit is in the pipeline. 

 

Vale Spencer P, Jones, Australian music legend

spencer by carbieAustralian musical legend Spencer P Jones has passed away in Melbourne following a long fight against cancer.

The news broke tonight with outpourinfs of grief breaking out all over social media. Spencer is survived by his wife, Angie. 

A member of Beasts of Bourbon, The Johnnys, Paul Kelly and The Coloured Girls, Hell To Pay, Chris Bailey and The General Dog, Maurice Frawley and The Working Class Ringos, and Sacred Cowboys and a solo artist with 10 albums to his own name. Spencer was one of the Australian underground music scenes's leading lights.

Born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand, in 1956, Spencer moved to Melbourne in the mid-'70s and played with Cuban Heels among others before a shift to Sydney where he joined cow punks The Johnnys.

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