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LIVE WIRE – Sydney Live Music Guide July 12th

This Thursday July 12th you can witness a very special one off performance by early 90s hard rock group Baby Animals. The group, led by charismatic singer Suze DeMarchi and guitarist Dave Leslie had a string of monster sized hits including Early Warning and Rush You back in the day and it’ll go down a treat in the rock & roll cavern that is the Annandale Hotel.

On Friday July 13th Western Australian progressive rockers Karnivool will be embarking on their first major Australian tour since they released Sound Awake in 2008. The band has confirmed the latest Melodias Frescas tour will definitely feature material from their anticipated forthcoming album. They’ll be supported by Melbourne’s Redcoats and Sydney instrumental post-rock group sleepmakeswaves at the Hi-Fi. Over at The Standard local singer-songwriter Bertie Blackman is playing a show to showcase material from her forthcoming album Pope Innocent X. The follow-up to her acclaimed 2009 release Secrets And Lies promises to be her most accomplished work to date and a leap forward in her moody and evocative songwriting. Blackman will be supported by Manor.

On Saturday July 14th American hip-hop up-and-comer Knxwledge will be heading a proud cast of adventurous Aussie beat conductors such as Oscar + Martin, Fishing, Nakagin and more at Goodgod Small Club. Hailing from the hip-hop melting pot that is Philadelphia, Knxwledge has been widely compared to Flying Lotus, MF Doom and the late J Dilla as his lush instrumental beats – stooped in classic samples but with fresh production techniques – are some of the most absorbing, soulful and head-nod inducing beats around. Over at the Factory, hip-hop/techno and pop sensations C&C Music Factory will be performing the classics that made the group such a sensation during the 1990s. There can’t be a soul that isn’t familiar with the tracks Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now), Things That Make You Go Hmmm and Do You Wanna Get Funky; all tracks that made huge dents in the US and Australian dance charts- and on their first ever visit to Australia they’ll be bringing along a high energy live show featuring backing singers and dancers.

Finally on Wednesday July 18th after hitting some pretty high moments with her ARIA winning self-titled debut that hosted singles like My Delirium, Paris Is Burning and Back Of The Van; indie electro-pop musician Ladyhawke will be playing a show to celebrate the recent release of her sophomore solo album Anxiety. The first singles Black White & Blue and Sunday Drive have been gaining plenty of momentum recently and considering her last Australian tour was back in 2009, it’d be prudent not to miss this show lest you’re forced to wait another three years to see her again.