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got her own
festival – no
be – fittingly
triple j faves
Rats and The
Kite String Tangle.
Also check out Freo
Koi Child – Kevin Parker’s
latest labour of love. Just
make sure you dress up:
festivalgoers tend to look
quirkier than guests at the
Mad Hatter’s tea party.
Langley Park, Dec 19.
Following sets at Coachella
and Glastonbury, Brit
producer Jamie xx is
bringing his killer show to
Perth, along with UK club
heavyweight Four Tet.
Performing solo album In
Colour, he’ll deliver moody
ballads, bona fide bangers,
and tight collabs, all under
the stars in Perth’s hills.
Belvoir Amphitheatre, Jan 2.
This French chanteuse and
ultimate cool-girl (she’s the
daughter of Jane Birkin) is
heading to the Rosemount
for an intimate gig. Didn’t
hear her last album, Places?
You obviously haven’t been
to France lately, where
it was certified double
platinum and a runaway
success. Her new album-in-
the-works will have a deep
blues-folk sound that’s every
bit as sexy and mysterious
as... well, the stereotype of
a French woman.
Rosemount Hotel, Jan 12.
Come on, Perth, let’s have a wee gloat. Our musical
prowess has yet again been proved, with the news that
Perth indie-rock duo Mosquito Coast took out triple
j’s prestigious Unearthed High award. Conor Barton
and Naomi Robinson may still be in Year 12, but their
sound is all grown-up, with clever lyrics, chilled-out
melodies and vocals that would give Karen O a run
for her money. We chat to drummer (and Churchlands
student) Conor about getting kidnapped by triple j
presenters, his most awkward gig, and why he can’t
wait for school to be over.
How did you react when you found out you’d won?
I got up really early, at like 5am, thinking they’d
announced it over east. It hit 8 and there was a knock on
the door and I still thought it would be the postman –
but it was [triple j morning presenters] Matt and Alex.
I just kind of stared at them. I had to get ready while
they watched me eat breakfast.
Then what happened?
They kidnapped me – they took my phone off me,
we had to go full incognito – and went straight to
Naomi’s school to surprise her.
Was there a lot of squealing?
It was intense. They announced it in front of their whole
school assembly, at arts day, which is always a huge,
enthusiastic event anyway. If you can imagine 100 already
hyped-up school girls... Well, look up the video!
There’s a Harrison Ford movie called The Mosquito
Coast. Is that where your band name comes from?
Yep, Naomi’s a pretty big movie buff. We’d gone through
so many names, and that one stuck. Ironically, she
doesn’t like the beach.
Worst gig you’ve done?
We didn’t realise a gig was going to be at a family fete,
so we were playing to grannies and children. It was
Dream jam sesh?
If you ask Naomi, she’d have a totally different answer.
But mine would be Kevin Parker, Kanye, and maybe
David Bowie. I feel like they’d come up with some pretty
So what’s next?
I’m just excited for school to be finished so we can
hang out all day, every day, making music until we
get sick of each other!
Visit Mosquito Coast on Facebook for more info.
5 mins with...Mosquito Coast
PIAF always delivers the goods with its contemporary
music program, and this year is no exception – 25 nights
of live beats at Elizabeth Quay sounds like a world-class
ticket to us. It’s a music-lover’s lineup, mixing jazz, rock,
pop, folk, electronica, world and gospel, and featuring
special performances from Perth veterans The Triffids,
and legendary storyteller Kev Carmody.
British DJ Nightmares on Wax will open the Gardens
with a fusion of hip-hop and broody electro, followed up
by Grammy-winning Jose Gonzalez, who’ll chill things
out with his poetic riffs. You can also catch cross-genre
quartet Band of Brothers; Balkan rock star Goran
Bregovic; US rising star Natalie Prass; UK rapper Little
Simz; New Zealand singer-songwriter Marlon Williams,
or edgy American rockers Sleater-Kinney. You Am I’s Tim
Rogers joins Melbourne band The Bamboos to perform
their united debut album, The Rules of Attraction. Check
out the full program and save those bucks. Good times
guaranteed. Elizabeth Quay, Feb 11-Mar 6.
Tim Rogers and
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