24 August

Dreamy psychedelic-rock outfit Tame Impala to trip out with Australian tour

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Psychedelic-rock outfit Tame Impala has been tearing up the airwaves with their newest record Currents, and they’ve just announced a nation-wide tour.

Currents is Tame Impala’s third studio album and is being touted as the band’s most playful and varied record to date. Frontman, writer and producer Kevin Parker wrote all the music and plays all of the instruments on the album. On stage, however, Parker plays with bandmates Jay Watson (keys), Dominic Simper (guitar), Cam Avery (bass) and Julien Barbagallo (drums).

See these Perth natives live on stage in November as they bring psychedelic hits like ‘Feel Like We Only Go Backwards’, ‘Elephant’, ‘Lucidity’ and their recent single ‘Let It Happen’ to Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

Want to know more about this trippy band? Read Time Out Melbourne Music Editor’s interview with Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker.

Tickets to Tame Impala’s national tour go on sale Monday August 31, on 9am via Ticketmaster.… Read more

17 August

Rock your socks off in 2016 with the We Will Rock You musical

Posted by in Music, News, Theatre

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British rock legends Queen may not be in action as often as we’d like these days, but their hit stage musical We Will Rock You is set to tear up stages across Australia with a futurist comedy narrative by Ben Elton set to Queen’s biggest hits.

This hilarious performance will feature 24 of Queen’s best-known singles, including: ‘We are the Champions’, ‘Somebody To Love’, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, ‘Under Pressure’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ and of course, ‘We Will Rock You’. The show opened on the West End in 2002 and has been running for an impressive 12 years. The 2016 show will include Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor and a rockin’ band behind the cast.

In a tale of the struggle of up-and-coming artists in the cut-throat music market, We Will Rock You tell the story of a group of young bohemians with a desire to stand out in an industry determined to quash individuality.… Read more

17 August

The Northcote Social Club re-opens after weeks of refurbishment

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After closing its doors for a few weeks in the name of a needed refurb for the front and bandroom bars, the Northcote Social Club’s open again for business today – all in time for its tenth birthday bash.

From old man pub to one of Melbourne’s finest live music venues, the NSC has come a long way in the past ten years. “You’re fixing things as you go, with these old building,” Andrew Mansfield, part owner and managing director of the NSC, says. “The bars and the spaces themselves never really had a proper going over. When we started, we installed a new beer system and tarted up the bars a little bit – but that was about it. It’s amazing what you can get used to in an operational way. Ten years along, it felt like the right time to refresh and put a bit of love back into the building a put a bit of love into the infrastructure.”

Aside from the bar refurbs, you can look forward to a new full service bar out on the deck, which means that you won’t need to head inside anymore for a beverage.… Read more

13 August

Score a ballot ticket? Now check out who’s on at Meredith Music Festival this year

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Aunty Meredith is turning 25 this year and to celebrate her silver jubilee the Supernatural Amphitheatre will be hosting some appropriately festive acts for the occasion. Meredith will run through December 11-13 this year and as per usual, there will be no headliners at this one-stage festival so in no particular order, here’s who punters can expect at Aunty Meredith’s quarter century bash this summer:

Big Daddy Kane

Ice T said “Big Daddy Kane can rap circles around cats”, referring to the likes of current hip hop kings Jay-Z and Nas. This will be Big Daddy’s first time in Australia, so be prepared to see the New York rap king turned R&B smooth operator turn it on for Aunty Meredith.

Father John Misty

Everyday, someone somewhere is probably serenading their significant other with Father John Misty’s ballad ‘I Love You, Honeybear’. The former Fleet Foxes drummer will be bringing his beautifully miserable folk song and love ballads to Meredith.… Read more

11 August

MSO reveals 2016 program

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The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s 2016 program’s a corker, combining time honoured favourites and quirkier works with a celebration of some of the world’s best-known movie scores.

Ronald Vermeulen, the MSO’s director of artistic planning, has described recent programming as erring on the conservative side (a valuable and necessary step insofar as it’s drawn folk back to the MSO). However, at today’s media launch, he indicated that 2016 is taking a new direction. “It’s time to open a different door and explore new works and new layers, while taking small steps, so as not to alienate the audience,” he said. In short, he invited us to trust the MSO to take us on a “journey”.

The 2016 highlights include:

Hitchcock and Herrmann

Dear Hitch knew how to scare the shit out of people, but the truth of the matter is that Psycho just wouldn’t have been half so frightening without the score behind it.… Read more