Top 10 Australia Revelry On this week 09/08/2020 (COVID-19 EDITION)
Keep a loose grip.
10) M.I.A: Borders
What: Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, known by her stage name M.I.A, is a British rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, visual artist, and activist. Combining elements of alternative, dance, electronic, hip hop, and world music, her early compositions relied heavily on the Roland MC-505 music sequencer and drum machine, whilst her later work marked an evolution in her sound with rare instruments, electronics, and unusual sound samples. Experience her live.
Why: Proof that you don’t have to be young to be moronically contrarian (yes, she’s a goddamn anti-vaxxer).
9) Herman Li of Dragonforce: Live
What: DragonForce are a six-piece power metal band based in London, UK. They are renowned for their fast and lengthy guitar solos, fantasy-themed lyrics and video-game influenced sound. Experience their unique sound in a stripped down livestreamed performance by lead guitarist and founding member Herman Li.
Why: A holy confluence of loud things that use exclusionism as a marketing tactic.
8) Blaggards: Live
What: Blaggards are an American four-piece Celtic rock band from Houston, Texas. The Houston Press has described them as “H-town’s heir to the emerald throne of Phil Lynott and Shane MacGowan”. Experience them live.
Why: What the apolitical cousin of the IRA listens to whilst he eats his breakfast bowl of screws.
7) Gin Annie: Live
What: Influenced by the riffs of Black Stone Cherry, and 80’s hard rock, Gin Annie is a hard melodic rock 5-piece from Wolverhampton, England, featuring heavy guitar driven songs, with a unique sound matched only by their energetic performance. Experience them live.
Why: If your dad’s band successfully managed to figure out how to use basic editing software, they’d be one step ahead of these guys.
6) Between The Buried And Me: Colors
What: Formed at the turn of the millennium and adopting progressive metal sound, Between the Buried and Me, have made some large waves in the metal scene. Hailing from Raleigh, North Carolina, the band continue to do so. Experience them live.
Why: Imagine a lot of noise. Then keep doing that whilst slamming your head repeatedly with a metal pan. It’s a fairly accurate reflection of their product.
5) Björk: Live
What: Through her eclectic avant-garde pop infused with electronica, Björk has become an international icon with her intelligent, forward-thinking music that frequently defies expectation. Experience her in this unique livestreamed performance backed by choir and organ.
Why: It’s fairly safe to say that she’s settled on earth as a home planet. Though…we don’t know how long her species lives.
4) Melissa Etheridge: Live
What: Hailing from Leavenworth, Kansas, USA, Melissa Etheridge was born on the 29th of May 1961. She is an alternative rock singer songwriter and activist who became a commercial success in the 1990s. She is known for her husky voice, unflinchingly honest lyricism and several critically and commercially successful albums. Experience her live.
Why: She once had an unironic mullet. That qualifies her for your ‘music was so much better before I was born’ hipster recognition.
3) The Trouble Notes: Live
What: In an effort to reduce cultural barriers, The Trouble Notes have made it their mission to create their own cultural universe, mixing influences from all over the world into their songs. The Trouble Note’s music is an eclectic fusion of genre across the entirety of the musical spectrum. Experience them live.
Why: Nothing like a bunch of very white guys to reduce cultural barriers.
2) Ngaiire feat. Milan Ring
What: Sydney future-folk/soul songstress Ngaiire has cemented her place as one of Australia’s most dynamic vocalists and unique performers. Her Australian Music Prize nominated, debut LP Lamentations (2013), showcases stunning vocals over a refined mix of down-tempo electronic glitch, soulful grooves and elegant piano work. Experience her unique talents live.
Why: A lot of delicate potential repeatedly shoved headlong into Audacity.
1) Rockdown in the Lockdown
What: Rock band Steel Panther, known for their profane and humorous lyrics, as well as their exaggerated on-stage personae that reenact the stereotypical “glam metal” lifestyle, is throwing virtual concert Rockdown in the Lockdown to benefit Crew Nation and a Los Angeles animal rescue. The band will be interacting with fans during the show, as well as playing pre-recorded sketch comedy pieces.
Why: The dust of a future present.