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AVICII: TRUE TOUR
Prepare yourself for high
energy-dance beats and
some fist-pumping action as
Swedish DJ Avicii brings his
highly-anticipated tour to
the west coast. Perth
Arena, Jan 27.
AND THE E
Experience the American
music legend’s epic
nationwide tour as he rocks
out in Perth this summer. We
recommend you brush up
on your air guitar skills. Perth
Enjoy a night out and
listen to the unique and
otherworldly sounds of
American musician Julia
Holter. Chevron Festival
Gardens, Feb 10.
Experience an exciting
fusion of both traditional
Aboriginal dance and
AMAZING ACTS words Aarom Wilson
What a year 2013 has been for WA music. Look at the nominees list for
the WA Music Awards: Karnivool, Birds of Tokyo, Tame Impala, San Cisco,
Emperors, Abbe May, Georgi Kay, Shockone and Mathas all made this year
theirs. Aarom Wilson from West Australian Music (aka WAM) thought it apt
to highlight a few more homegrown artists that had a superb year, and also
released albums perfect for fun in the sun.
Also nominated for an Album of the Year WAMi, Pond’s
Hobo Rocket is a glorious excursion into psych rock that
proved Nick Allbrook’s decision to leave Tame Impala to focus
on his own project wasn’t at all crazy. Part of the Spinning
Top Music family, Pond lived up to their NME ranking in
2012 as the ‘Hottest New Band In The World’, enjoying a 2013
packed with incredible live shows, and growing popularity
internationally. The band’s next album Man, It Feels Like
Space Again is already being promised as being just around
the corner, so we recommend firing as many Hobo Rockets
beforehand in anticipation.
Check them out at Southbound, Sir Stewart Bovell Park,
Busselton, Jan 3-4 .
2013 has been an incredible year for putting Perth
producers on the map, one of the biggest leapers
being Ta-ku, the founder of Sunday Records. This
year saw the diversely skilled electronic artist in
prolific form, releasing albums Dowhatyoulove,
RE WRK Vol.2 and Low Fidelity, High Quality (with
Raashan Ahmad), plus remixes of everyone from Justin
Timberlake to Flume and The Presets. His latest album is
Songs To Break Up To, an enchantingly beautiful album to
soundtrack your summer loves. No wonder he won the WA
Music Award for Electronic Producer of the Year 2013.
Check him out at #together – a night curated by Ta-ku and
featuring Zeke, Kit Pop, Cosmo Gets and Sable – Chevron
Festival Gardens, Feb 8.
The Love Junkies
Tame Impala deservedly scooped a heap of WA Music Awards
recently, but trailing just behind them was The Love Junkies.
With WAM Award wins including Rock Act of the Year and
2013 Breakthrough Act, this year they broke on through to
the other side of infamy, their blistering live shows taking in
BIGSOUND, festival slots including Southbound, Big Day Out
and Groovin’ The Moo, and supports of a who’s who of indie
rock royalty. Their album Maybelene was also nominated for
Album of the Year, and it’s the perfect slice of rock to turn up
loud through summer.
Check them out at Railway Hotel, Jan 28.
Not many bands could say that they’re so much fun they
cause safety hazards. But for Stratosfunk, an eleven-
piece soul band from Perth, it’s all in a day’s work.
“In recent gigs, people would get on the stage
and start picking up tambourines and whatnot, just
wanting to dance on stage with us,” says Dom D’Leno,
Stratofunk’s drummer and manager. “We had to make
sure we had security at our next event.”
Dom reports that he’s seen people aged eighteen to
seventy-five breaking it down to their Motown-infused
sound. “Everyone can relate to it, the older people
grew up with that music, the younger people listened
to their parents playing that music.” He also reckons
people respond energetically to the natural chemistry
of the band members, who were all friends prior to the
band’s formation. “You already have that connection
and chemistry,” he says. “You get to kid with each
other, someone will give you a sly look and you’ll know
exactly what it’s about. The people in the audience can
see that and can feel the energy coming off the stage.”
Their Fringe Festival show includes songs about dances,
while teaching the moves that go with them (expect
the Boomerang, the Monkey, the Whip and the Grind).
Dressed entirely in 60s garb, Stratosfunk will put on the
high-energy show locals love. Try not to jump on stage.
Catch them at Stratosfunk: Shake Down!,
De Parel Spiegeltent, Feb 10-14; Twilight Concert,
Upper Reach Winery, Mar 1.
The Love Junkies
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