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LIVE WIRE – Sydney Live Music Guide May 9th

Ali McGregor: The opera singer and cabaret performer will be doing a string of live shows across the country. The innovative songstress is known for putting on genre-defying hybrid shows that showcase her extensive knowledge of opera and pop culture. Alchemy, her latest offering has already received the nod of approval all the way from Edinburgh’s Fringe.

Thu, May 9th, The Basement

Blind Valley: The crazy kids that make up this three-piece are a bluesy rock’n’roll band from Sydney. The husky vocals, spiralling riffs and relentless drums are influenced by the likes of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. Their gnarly tunes are very Queens of the Stone Age and have that old school rock appeal that belongs to another era. They’ve just released their soulful, self-titled EP and will be sharing the stage with the extremely talented and tenacious live band, Frank Sultana and the Sinister Kids.

Fri, May 10th, The Standard

Shinobi: The metal/rock band was conceived when front man Eric Grothe Jnr joined forces with his brother, Daniel Grothe as well as two life long friends – Darren Stapleton and Wayne Langfield. The quartet returns to the iconic Annandale Hotel after a busy few months touring their debut, Against the Brave. Chainsaw Mascara, Atlantis Awaits and Sleeper will be joining the band on the night.

Sat, May 11th, Annandale Hotel

The Gaslight Anthem: The New Jersey punk rockers are touring in support of their fourth studio album, and it’s finally Australia’s turn to catch the four-piece live. The band first made waves back in 2008 with their seminal sophomore record, The 59 Sound and are back again with yet another compelling release, Handwritten. Known for their theatrical live shows, this will no doubt be a very special night at The Enmore.

Sun, May 12th, The Enmore Theatre

Charlie Gordon: At 21, Gordon demonstrates a vocal maturity rare for his age. He emigrated from the UK at 12 and now calls Sydney home, splitting his time between the two to share his earnest love songs. The Sydney singer-songwriter produces a gentle blend of folk and blues with a particular focus on storytelling. Heartbreaking and sincere, the performance at 505 will be an intimate affair. Sharing the stage will be Sydney indie acoustic duo, Betty & Oswald.

Mon, May 13th, 505

Local Natives: The Silver Lake indie rock outfit teased us with their first single, Breakers, from their latest record late last year. Now with Hummingbird out, the band is touring in support of the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut, Gorilla Manor. Known for their distinctive percussion style paired with warm, soaring harmonies, the four-piece are guaranteed to deliver a tenacious live show.

Wed, May 15th, Metro Theatre

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