Megan Washington: Washington seems to be on a cathartic spree lately after her time on Australian Story, she is touring her most honest album yet. She has written about everything she has avoided thus far – anxiety, bad sex, being in love, being unfaithful, and losing her best friend. While the album is inspired by infectious ‘80s pop, the lyrics speak of an inner darkness and every lyric is about someone real.
Thu, Aug 28th, Oxford Art Factory
Pity Sex: This four-piece are heading from Michigan to Australia as part of Poison City Record’s The Weekender festival. It’s the first time the band has brought their foggy, lo-fi noise pop and fuzzed-out walls of sound to Aussie shores. Those listening for the first time may notice references to Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, and Hum.
Thu, Aug 28th, Newtown Social Club
Daniel Merriweather: Dual ARIA winner, Daniel Merriweather is considered somewhat a leading man in Australia’s new soul movement. This Sydney gig is an excuse to promote his newest album and also play the hits from his back catalogue. Merriweather has collaborated with the likes of Adele, Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse. This is a one-off show that shouldn’t be missed.
Fri, Aug 29th, Oxford Art Factory
Dandy Warhols: These guys are regarded as one of the best live bands around. This year marks The Dandy’s 20th anniversary as a band that have spent the majority of the past two decades putting on hand-clapping, sing-a-longs that deliver more than any recording possibly could. Be glad you don’t have to work the next day.
Fri, Aug 29th, Enmore Theatre
Bob Dylan: In all honesty, audiences never know how a Dylan performance is going to go. His backing band is a well-oiled machine and Dylan’s voice never strays from its signature snarl but The Man himself can be a little hot and cold. His arthritis means he probably won’t pick up a guitar but he’ll make up for it by spending ample time on piano and wailing on harmonica. Dylan is always worth seeing.
Wed, Sept 3rd, State Theatre
Cam Avery: As founding member of Pond, recently recruited bass player for Tame Impala, close friend and former roomie of Kevin Parker and Nick Allbrook, and lead singer of The Growl, you could say that Cam Avery is Perth’s music scene personified. He is also on a solo adventure to tour his new material for The Growl’s next album. (AE)
Wed, Sept 3rd, The Vanguard
BY ALEXANDRA ENGLISH