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Perth people cried out that their city’s only cool
when Fringe World’s in town, and Malt Supper Club
listened (oh, come on guys, you weren’t exactly
being subtle). Their gift to you is a cool New York-
style show room that pops up every Thursday, with
low-lit chandeliers, funky Bentley chairs, bowtie-clad
waiters, and cocktails for $10 – nope, not a misprint.
And, of course, the music, curated by Dom D’Leno,
drummer in cult funk band Stratosfunk and booker
at entertainment agency Retro Music Box, covers
everything from blues to burlesque to cabaret. Jazz
maven Cathrine Summers reckons it’s the perfect
spot for retro Fringe-style events, like her own Great
Gatsby-inspired set. “The gold gilt frames and
buttoned leather chaise longues are reminiscent of
the Gatsby Mansion,” she says. “Plus the acts will
always put on a proper show – think Fat Sam’s in
Bugsy Malone or Le Lido in Paris. It’s an opulent,
entertaining night all round.” Ready to stop whinging,
now? Malt Supper Club, every Thursday.
JACK RABBIT SLIM’S
Sure, Jack Rabbit Slim’s, the new joint from local music messiahs Pilerats, is pretty darned
hipster – ‘No Ed Hardy, unless it’s ironic’ reads the sign at the front – but you don’t need
a degree in artisan coffee to get amongst it. Nope, with a sprawling stage and epic sound
system, infused tequila, vintage pinball machines, and a retro 50s diner, we can see crew
of all persuasions lining up there Fridays and Saturdays. “We wanted to have an awesome
venue to fill the hole that the Bakery left,” explains one-third of Pilerats, Luke Whelan. With
their connections – the Pilerats label is now a subsidiary of Warner – they have the ability
to secure massive acts, like some little-known guy called Mark Ronson who sold out
a Tuesday show recently. But they don’t want to restrict the stage to bands. “It’ll be like
the Bakery, in that you get international acts, locals music, comedy, cabaret...” Cans of
Emu Export (“a throwback to when we’d host uni parties”) and couches lifted from the
owners’ grannies keeps it real. The alcoholic salted caramel thick shake and extensive fries
menu (think Indian-style mango and tomato chutney, or Thai sweet chilli and ginger) make it
irresistible. 133 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge.
and chunky chords from
new album How Big,
How Blue, How Beautiful,
and that insane voice that
redefines power vocals.
(Oh, and shush, even
spellcheck agrees 'funner'
is a word).
Perth Arena, Nov 7.
Listen to CW Stoneking
now – go on, crank up
Jungle Blues on YouTube –
then marvel at the fact
he only just turned 40.
Growing up in a seriously
remote part of the
Northern Territory with
Aboriginal tribes and
his American poet father,
he never listened to modern
music – and the result is an
incredible primitive sound,
steeped in ragtime and
blues, that seems straight
from the 20s.
Fremantle Arts Centre,
By the time you’re reading
this, tickets for this
will doubtless have been
snapped up. Can’t believe
you missed out? Scour
Gumtree with a detective’s
zeal, and be willing to
fork out. Legends like this
don’t come cheap.
Swan Valley, Nov 14.
performs a Gatsby-
style set at
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