Top 10 Australia Revelry On this week 13/09/2020 (COVID-19 EDITION)

Tune in. Tune out. Tune in. Tune out. That’s what repetitive dissociation is all about.


10) Calibro 35: Place To Be 

17th September

What: Calibro 35 (caliber 35) is a cinematic funk Italian band formed in 2007 in Milan. The band has released four albums and several movie soundtracks. Different songs from the band have been sampled into hip hop productions including Dr. Dre’s “Compton (album) and Jay Z’s “Picasso Baby”. Experience their unique style live.

Why: It seemed exhausting just reading the name of the genre, so if you find out and can describe in fewer than five simple words what “Italian cinematic funk” is, let us know.


9) Faeland: Live

17th September

What: Songs for the spirit, folk-pop with a Celtic edge. Fusing deep folk tradition and acoustic instrumentation, Faeland bring their innovative and subtly experimental approach to contemporary folk music. Experience them live.

Why: Perhaps playing this in the background whilst you sit in your tiny apartment in a city on the brink of possible decentralisation will compensate for the fact that as of around March, none of us have been able to collectively congregate at Scarborough Fair.


8) Wallows: Live at the Roxy 

14th September

What: As of mid-May, the last time Dylan Minnette, Braeden Lemasters, and Cole Preston — known together as pastel pop-rock band Wallows — had seen each other in person was when they filmed a music video in March. The visual, which brings their jaunty tune “OK” to vibrant life, doubles as a showcase for the trio’s fellowship. The COVID-19 pandemic led performing artists en masse to cancel festivals and tours worldwide, including Wallows, who had to ditch a run of headlining shows. At the same time, amid all the uncertainty, the optimistic refrain of “OK” took on an entirely new significance. “The lyric ‘Can we get up and try to feel OK again?’ [was] trying to spin a positive message,” Lemasters told MTV News. The will be performing live in a unique livestreamed concert.

Why: If something referred to as “pastel pop-rock” appeals to you…we’re sorry for the future we’ve created for you, but consider it time served for spewing out bands like this.


7) Didirri: The Critic

16th September

What: Didirri is the son of a painter and childrens singer/songwriter. He first went on the road quite young, as a circus performer. As a teenager, he learned to play music on the piano and later when he completed high school he began a Bachelor of Music, where he picked up the guitar in earnest. It was at a time of his life where he was learning that letting people in is important, he began writing and soon after, busking on the streets of Melbourne. Taking his writing cues from family, philosophers, comedians, friends and lovers, Didirri reveals himself using words and music with unparalleled openness. He compares his songwriting to writing a personal self-help book, littered with advice and observations to avoid repeating mistakes.

Why: If Joseph Gordon-Levitt developed a heroin habit and become 10% less intolerable.


6) Ike Reilly: Live

13th September

What: Since his major label debut, the groundbreaking Salesmen and Racists, Ike Reilly has been making punk/folk/blues influenced rock ’n’ roll records that lean heavily on stories of outsiders with keen details and broad strokes that insinuate a crack in the American dream. Reilly’s band, The Assassination, has been called one of the best live bands in America. Experience him live.

Why: There’s a crack in the American dream? Someone alert the media.


5) The Killers: Imploding the Mirage 

16th September

What: The Killers will perform as part of Pandora LIVE. The free show will feature old hits as well as songs from their latest album, Imploding the Mirage. “Our people: We were hoping to share our stuff the old fashioned way, but like everyone else on planet Earth, we’re having to adjust” the band said in a statement.  “We’ve gone virtual! Thanks to our pals at Pandora, we were able to do such a thing. Hope you like it!”

Why: If you like indie bands, as in the generic term “indie bands”, then you’ll love these guys.


4) Diane Birch: Church of Birch

14th September

What: A 37-year-old preacher’s daughter who grew up listening to classical music and traveling the world, Birch makes music that reflects her unlikely upbringing. With a jazzy, soulful voice, the classically trained performer sings about imaginary friends and other flights of fancy on her striking debut album, Bible Belt. Experience her live.

Why: When the hot camp counsellor falls off the rails.


3) Cold Waves

19th-21st September

What: Industrial music festival Cold Waves is going virtual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event will feature live presentations from Meat Beat Manifesto, Cyanotic and more; rare footage of performances from Front Line Assembly, OHGR, 16 Volt and others; classic industrial music videos; and much more.

Why: Considering the decline of corporeal industry and a rapid increase in corporate consolidation, we’re guessing at some point a band called Bezos’s Bitches is going to come on and tell everyone who logged into the virtual platform that they’re now technically employees of Amazon. Read the small print on your e-ticket, and get the f**k to work, human scum.


2) Marco Benevento: Live

17th September

What: Marco Benevento is an American pianist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer, who has been a fixture of the New York experimental music rock and jazz scene since 1999. Experience him live.

Why: He received his diploma from David Bowie.


1) Sydney Underground Film Festival

13th-20th September

What: Sydney’s leading festival for cult and underground film, the Sydney Underground Film Festival (SUFF), is back for its 14th year. In 2020 the Festival will take place entirely online, offering a new opportunity for audiences all over the country to experience the glory of some of the world’s most experimental, subversive and unhinged cinema, right from their own living rooms. For ten days, film fans will be able to stream a fully curated program of pertinent and eye-opening shorts, widely diverse and experimental films, and – most importantly – films that will make you cry with laughter, even in this challenging time. Offering the cinematic trip you can take without leaving the country, the 2020 line-up features over 100 short films from 20 different countries.

Why: It’s a hardcore underground film festival you can enjoy from home. To state the obvious, you won’t have to buy the biggest thing of s****y movie popcorn to disguise the hand down your pants.

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