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LIVE WIRE – Sydney Live Music Guide June 19th

Melanie Safka (Image via Soundcloud)


Earth: Pioneers of drone rock, this band has an inconceivable number of past members in its history – it’s as if it’s a completely uncontrollable entity. Take a few hours to trawl through their back catalogue and you’ll no doubt be exposed to an abstract world that confirms this. With Dylan Carlson the only original member, the latest incarnation of the Washington quintet will return to Sydney to heighten anticipation for their September release, Primitive and Deadly.

Thu, Jun 19th, Manning Bar, University of Sydney.

Melanie Safka: Earning fame from a variety of hit songs as well as one memorable performance at Woodstock Music Festival, this New York native has released over thirty albums since her breakout in 1968 and has a few intriguing stories to tell. She’ll be joined by her son Beau Jarred Schekeryk, Andrew Worboys, Dave Hatch and Tina Harris.

Fri, Jun 20th, Enmore Theatre.

Dune Rats: Long-haired lads from Bris-Vegas, these three sound like a younger, punkier incarnation of Oasis. There’s as many sing-a-long moments as there are insatiable headbangers within their self-titled debut album. Take their latest single Funny Guy – a fast-paced, lyrically succinct rager that incites a smile and an uncontrollable jig. This tour will take them all over the globe, but you can’t afford to miss them at Oxford Art Factory. ‘Why you gotta lie’ Sydney? You know you need to be there.

Sat, Jun 21st, Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst.

Ann Hampton Callaway & Liz Callaway: Two ladies, two siblings, from two musical corners that aren’t so distant. The worlds of Broadway and cabaret unite making this fantastic show a must-watch. Aptly titled Sibling Revelry, this pair of Chicago natives will be unleashing their American songbook, with gems from the worlds of jazz, pop and showtunes. Catch this magnificent, award-winning show.

Mon, Jun 23rd, The Basement, Circular Quay.

Nic Vardanega Quartet: As the composer of the group, Mr Vardanega has rounded up an incredibly talented trio to help bring his stellar ideas to life. Joined by Steve Barry, David Groves and James Waples, this debut performance will be a unique jazz-influenced vibe. They will be followed by Gerard Masters Trio, who are favourites of Jazzgroove and have released three fantastic albums. Prepare for an inspiring night of local legends.

Tue, Jun 24th, Foundry616, Ultimo.

The King’s Singers: They have been described as being recognisable for their “spot-on intonation, impeccable vocal blend, flawless articulation of the text and incisive timing.” A lot of big words, but they couldn’t be more accurate. David Hurley, Timothy Wayne-Wright, Paul Phoenix, Christopher Bruerton, Christopher Gabbitas and Jonathan Howard unite to perform the best songs from Cole Porter, Richard Rogers, Lorenz Hart, Irving Berlin, Gershwin and more. With two Grammy awards and a host of other accolades, don’t miss this sensational a cappella performance. (CD)

Wed, Jun 25th, City Recital Hall, Angel Place.

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