Velociraptor: The band started as a three-piece in 2008 and is now made up of a whopping 12 musicians. They create garage-pop with a whirlwind of guitars and a chorus of strong vocals that are chaotic yet structured, screeching yet shimmering, and they’re at their best when they play live.
Fri, Aug 22nd, Newtown Social Club.
Whole Lotta Love: Led Zeppelin fans unite and rejoice! The 11th annual Led Zeppelin celebration is here to pay homage to one of the greatest bands that ever was. This is more than just your average pub-variety tribute show – these musicians take their work very seriously and deliver electrifying performances with exceptional talent. The nine-piece band and string section recreate Led Zep’s music and mystique over two and a half hours of the greatest hits.
Sat, Aug 23rd, State Theatre.
Seekae: For the past six years Seekae have been churning out a mix of electronic pop, post-dubstep, and house tunes that have earned them a loyal following and a bunch of awards. They’ve toured Europe, Japan, and North America, and impressively sold out their show at the Opera House with an eight-piece orchestra. This tour is for their most ambitious album yet, The Worry, where percussionist Alex Cameron steps up to vocals.
Sat, Aug 23rd, Metro Theatre.Ve
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: The fact that seven musicians can come together to make three albums within the space of a year is entirely impressive, as is the way they fit on a stage with two drummers, three guitarists, one bass player, and vocalist. Their stage presence is manic, yet effortlessly cool. They’ll have you jumping around to their fuzzed-out, catchy, shoegazey, mash of energy.
Sat, Aug 23rd, Newtown Social Club.
Courtney Love: The often-controversial, always-entertaining Courtney Love has kept fans on their toes with promises of a Hole reunion, only to go back on her word after worry about not selling out shows. Why any Love show would not sell out within a matter of minutes is perplexing – aside from the high probability that she’ll take her top off, the music she made with her band attained anthem status among her ‘90s grunge-chick fan base and is just what you need if you’re going through a revival of angst.
Sun, Aug 24th, Enmore Theatre.
Kingswood: Kingswood have been playing for around two years and have become Triple J favourites. Their wailing vocals and guitar riffs build big walls of sound to complement their bluesy, catchy rock music. The band’s debut deluxe EP features eight tracks: four singles and variations on each song including remixes and acoustic versions. (AE)
Tue, Aug 26th, Newtown Social Club
BY ALEXANDRA ENGLISH