Slow Turismo swerving into Rad Bar, tonight

Canberran indie-pop outfit Slow Turismo have embarked on a gran turismo of Aus, and will be steering into the Gong later this eve for a dreamy show at Rad Bar.

The guys, self-described as the ‘new Hanson, but older, one less relative, darker hair and different taste in music’, are kicking it around the traps promoting their latest single ‘Adult Baby’. It’s the band’s biggest tour to date, having veered into Melbourne, Newtown, and then back to the crispy capital after tonight’s affair.

Slow Turismo will be supported by India Sweeney and Spit Chewy, doors open @ 8. Tickets are still up for grabs via Moshtix.

Crank their latest ‘Adult Baby’ below, and get psyched for a night of uniquely crafted dream-pop.

 

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Bad Pony up for a trot @ Rad Bar, June 23rd

Woah, Nelly. Syd/Melb-based outfit Bad Pony are saddling up to hit local stable Rad Bar next month. These guys are wilder than a mule in mating season; blending similar sounds from indie pop heavyweights Two Door Cinema Club, Phoenix and Local Natives, with the rocky chops of Royal Blood and Muse.

Fans can expect these unbridled fillies to play a stack of freshies off their forthcoming EP, Deficiency. Oh, and if you’re stuck for a kit on the night – the lads have issued a v special request…

Lovely Wollongongians… we’re offering free entry, drinks and carrots to any duo who come dressed as a pantomime horse. We look forward to having a trot with you.

So, who wants to be my ass for the night? Tickets are still available via Moshtix.

Deficiency Tour Poster

‘No Place’ I’d rather hear new RÜFÜS DU SOL

Sydney alt-dance extraordinaire RÜFÜS DU SOL have signalled their return from a lengthy two year break with the release of their new single ‘No Place’.

To my just-rolled-over-and-started-scrolling morning ears, the track sounded a little on the darker side, but after a coupla’ loops it’s clear the guys haven’t lost their dreamy essence. ‘No Place’ is a little more fast-paced than their usual ethereal builds; nevertheless, the quicker beat still drives us to that majestic crashing RÜFÜS crescendo we all know and love.

It’s funny, it was only recently that I was discussing the lads’ MIA status and whether we could expect some new tunes any time soon. Et voilà! According to triple j, Tyrone, Jon and James have spent the past two years in Venice, California (their new home), cultivating a fresh sense of creative ambition,

“We are inspired by our new home out here, by the people we’ve met and the music we’ve heard along the way. We’ve got a refreshed sense of ambition and cannot wait to share our creation with the world.”

As whimsical and carefree as all that sounds (tbqh got me considering a career change), the band have been slaving away on their third album for the past year. Alas, it appears a release date isn’t yet on the cards. Looks like I’ll be keeping ‘No Place’ on warp factor for now, sorry neighbours.

Oh, and fans can finally rest assured – the lads have cleared up any confusion re: what the f their preferred moniker is. Forget the lowly RÜFÜS, friends. It’s official, RÜFÜS DU SOL is a red hot go.

You know I’ll keep my pals updated as any more news comes, but for now plug into ‘No Place’ below. Purchase your very own copy here.

Featured image source: triple j

I know what you’re thinking: birth is a curse, and existence is a prison. But don’t think about that! Don’t be sad, you guys! Focus on something great, like Drakkar Noir… Woo! Which I am wearing a lot of tonight!

Michael – The Good Place

Stonefield stoked to play @ UOW UniBar, May 26th

Stellar Aussie rock outfit Stonefield are v excited to be playing at UOW UniBar this Saturday night, accompanied by Kimono Drag Queens & Comacozer. I asked the Findlay sisters what they were most looking forward to about their brief stop on the South Coast,

We’re stoked to be coming back to Wollongong on our ‘Far From Earth Tour’. Every show we’ve played there has been a fun one.. there’s just something about little towns outside of the city.

Hailing from a small town in rural Victoria themselves, this doesn’t surprise me!

It’s Sarah’s birthday weekend too so I hope you’re all ready to party extra hard for her.. but not too hard that the police come like last time we played a headline show in Wollongong. 

Plug your ears into Stonefield‘s latest album, Far From Earth on Spotify. Tickets are still available, so what the fuzz are you waiting for? Get yours here, and show Sarah how birthdays are done down South.

BlacKkKlansman takes out Cannes Grand Prix, Grand Wizards to follow

Spike Lee’s forthcoming flick, BlacKkKlansman has taken out second place in its run at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Loosely based on the real life Ron Stallworth’s autobiography, the film blends the intense social upheaval of civil rights in the 70’s and the current volatile cultural landscape. Lee has applaudably woven the 70’s based film and subject matter, with footage from last year’s violent white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The 71st Cannes festival film jury, led by Cate Blanchett, selected the film for the Grand Prix prize. The highly coveted Palme d’Or prize was awarded to Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s film ‘Shoplifters’.

Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to join the Colorado Springs Police Department. Facing tension and hostility in the department, Stallworth sets about making a difference in the community. And, well, he goes straight to the klux of the issue.

Stallworth cunningly poses as a racist extremist and infiltrates the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. ‘How the fuck does he manage that?’, I hear your mind whirring. He enrols the help of his white (and Jewish) colleague Flip Zimmerman to meet with the klan face-to-face, and apparently Davey Duke and his equally rancid cronies are none-the-wiser.

As a white Aussie, it kind of goes without saying that I am pretty far removed from this particular subject matter. Regardless, it’s pretty simple to comprehend that a violation on an individual’s civil rights borne of misconceived notions of ‘superior’ and ‘inferior’ race and ethnicity is absolutely abhorrent. I think Roy Trenneman put it best when he said, ‘People, what a bunch of bastards.’

And maybe I’m hella naive, but the amount of batshit, fire torch-wielding racists that came out of the woodwork during America’s race riots last year was astounding. If ever there was time for a film that touched on white supremacy, it’s fucking now – and that is a sentence I never expected to utter.

On a lighter note, maybe after BlacKkKlansman I’ll be able to see Adam Driver as a separate entity from the eccentric and erratic Adam in HBO’s Girls, ’cause Sith Lord knows his run as Kylo Ren hasn’t done the trick. Oh, and prep yourself for Topher Grace donning the robes of the KKK’s notorious Grand Wizard, David Duke. It’s going to be a wild ride on all fronts, folks.

In case you’ve missed it, check out the trailer for BlacKkKlansman below. The film is due for release on August 10th. 

Featured image credit: David Lee / Focus Features