Wavves & Unknown Mortal Orchestra: The San Diego rockers are set to be an integral part of this year’s Splendour in the Grass celebrations, but there is no better way to get a sense of what they are truly all about than to get up close and personal at The Standard. Appearing on Thursday night, the three will be joined by U.S. and New Zealand amalgamation Unknown Mortal Orchestra who bring an interesting mix of punch, grunge and synthesised sounds. It will be insightful, intriguing and a damn good party vibe.
Thu, Jul 25th, The Standard
Sleepmakeswaves: Following the immense success of their debut album …and so we destroyed everything, as well as an ARIA nomination and extensive tours around Australia, the U.S. and Europe, these four Sydney-siders will be hitting the holy grail of Annandale to bring the room to life with their unique ambient rock. Expect to hear a mix of tunes, particularly from their recent release of remixes. New material may also be on the cards, don’t miss out on hearing it live first!
Fri, Jul 26th, Annandale Hotel
Jehst & M-Phazes: London hip hop mogul William G. Shields aka Jehst has admirers galore. With a tour schedule that has boasted companionship from the likes of De La Soul, Skream and Benga, as well as praise for old school MC Pharoahe Monch, this Brit is climbing the ranks to become a prominent figure in the genre. He will be joined by Aussie artist M-Phazes who is also rapidly rising in prominence. Following a stint of producing for artists such as Bliss N Eso, Phrase and Talib Kweli, this Aria-Award-winning Melbournian will be bringing material from all four of his albums, including latest release The Works, for a great night of beats and impressive word-play.
Sat, Jul 27th, GoodGod Small Club
FIDLAR: Their name is an acronym for “Fuck It Dog, Life’s A Risk”. Which says it all. Hailing from the infamous Los Angeles area, these four men have been acknowledged for their take-no-prisoners garage punk attitude. Recently they scored a nomination in the O Music Awards for Best Web-Born Artists, as well as accumulating a fan in legendary punk-rocker-turned-activist Henry Rollins. The Oxford Art Factory won’t know what hit them as FIDLAR rock out with singles Wake Bake Skate, Cheap Beer and Max Can’t Surf.
Wed, Jul 31st, Oxford Arts Factory (CD)