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Playlist: 10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week 29 August

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Shine, shine, shine. It’s Friday once again and the week has delivered us an awfully large bucket of audible material. With Spring in the air and the drinks in full flow, nobody has time to trawl through new music. Luckily, we get a serious case of hayfever in the Springtime and are better off inside with the headphones on. We’re trading pollen for beats and serving up the best music this week had to offer. 

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3 Aussie music conferences you need to attend this Summer

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We don’t all have the time or the funds to jet off to Austin Texas for SXSW, to Miami for Miami Music Week or even Amsterdam for their Dance Event conference. But does this mean we all must miss out? Not at all. Like many of our homegrown artists, Australia is starting to make its mark on the international music scene, conferences included.

Some of us have a talent but do not know how to market themselves, or need that extra push in the right direction. Others just have an unshakable passion for music and want to find out how the industry works. It’s time to go beyond the gig or festival – here are three awesome and slightly more affordable conferences you need to attend this Summer, right on your doorstep!

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BIGSOUND

Sept 10-12 Brisbane

Genre: Anyone and everyone – local up-and-comers in indie pop, rock + electronica

Leading the charge for our first of the awesome Aussie music conference this season, BIGSOUND is creeping up on us ever so quickly with a line-up better than ever before. The conference is in its 13th year so it must be doing something right, with a strong international influence as well as a passion for showcasing the best of the best in local talent. Brisbane will once again play host to over 120 bands in 12 venues plus some of the biggest names in the music industry – including representatives from SXSW, Bonnaroo and St Jerome’s Laneway Festival.

Why go?: BIGSOUND has been dropping speaker announcements like they were major festival line-ups – a lot of talented individuals are going to be there. However, you do not necessarily have to go to the conference to have a great time and enjoy the up-and-coming talent, both nationally and internationally, with BIGSOUND LIVE providing a much more affordable option. Plus its an A&R mega hub – the bookers want to meet you as much as you want to meet them.

Key Speakers/Artists : Alison Wonderland, Banoffee, Fractures, KLO, Spookyland, Tkay Maidza

BIGSOUND Ticket Price: Prices start from $550

BIGSOUND LIVE Ticket Price: Prices start from $51

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AWME

Nov 13-16 Melbourne

Genre: Roots

AWME has cemented itself as the Southern Hemisphere’s premier roots music industry conference and showcase event, held annually in Melbourne over four days in November. This genre specific conference and festival attracts over 500 national and international music industry delegates with a divers public festival program. AWME creates opportunities for artists from the region to market their product to Australian and international buyers. In 2013, over two-thirds of showcasing artists plus countless other non-showcasing artists benefited directly from the event including national and international festival bookings, distribution, licensing, publishing, agency representation in new markets as well as increased national and international media coverage/exposure.

Why go?: It’s pretty simple really, four days of the finest roots music from around the world. If you are into that genre, then this is your Mecca.

Key Speakers/Artists : Ash Grunwald, Benny Walker, Bart Willoughby, Louis Baker (NZ) + Basil Cook (ABC Music) 

Ticket Price: Early-bird prices start from $180

http://www.awme.com.au/

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Electronic Music Conference (EMC)

Dec 2-4 Sydney

Genre: EDM, Dance, DnB, House + some + anything Stereosonic

The annual Electronic Music Conference is about to head into its 3rd year this December. Previously held at Carriageworks Sydney, in 2014 the conference will be relocating to the Kings Cross precinct. Like all conferences, the opportunities to network and learn are endless – A&R meet and greets, drinks with your fellow artists, masterclasses from the big touring artists, panel debates as well as keynote talks from your idols in the industry. This move across town will allow EMC to expand beyond just a daytime industry-focused conference, with EMC Play, a program of public evening showcase events, set to take place at some of Sydney’s best music venues. Think SXSW but with a serious Aussie Summer twist.

Why go?: To state the obvious, EDM and electronic music is not for everyone. However, EMC is smack bang in the middle of the Stereosonic Australia tour, making it a great time to celebrate the electronic music scene in Sydney. Everyone just wants to have a good time, artists and delegates included. Most importantly, this year’s theme is ‘Discovery’. The event aims to be a crucial stepping stone in connecting Australian electronic music talent with some of the world’s biggest talent buyers and A&R Executives who are coming to EMC with the goal of discovering and booking Australian talent. Want to get seen and your music heard? Then this is your chance!

Key Speakers/Artists (1st Round Announcement) : Steve Aoki, Will Sparks, Nina Las Vegas, Peking Duck, Gary Richards (Hard Events/Destructo), Lorne Padman (Dim Mak Records) & Nathan Mclay (Future Classic)

Ticket Price: Early-bird prices start from $299

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week 29 August

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Shine, shine, shine. It’s Friday once again and the week has delivered us an awfully large bucket of audible material. With Spring in the air and the drinks in full flow, nobody has time to trawl through new music. Luckily, we get a serious case of hayfever in the Springtime and are better off inside with the headphones on. We’re trading pollen for beats and serving up the best music this week had to offer.

Click here for the TL;DR Soundcloud playlist.

ILOVEMAKONNEN & Drake- Tuesday (Star Slinger Remix)

It’s slightly arrogant to think that you could make this track any better, but UK producer, Star Slinger may just have done it. He’s turned this Tuesday testament into a house-driven delight, that takes cues from the hip-hop dance crossover of Vic Mensa’s Down On My Luck. With delectable keys and a relentless beat, this remix may be even more likely to make the club go up on a Tuesday.

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Say Lou Lou- Instant Crush (Daft Punk Cover)

It’s been more than a year since Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, but it hasn’t been forgotten. Swedish duo Say Lou Lou have kept the Daft Punk flame alive, covering Julian Casablanca’s featuring, Instant Crush. Melodically they keep things the same, but they add revelling stings of guitar and a hazy atmosphere, that compliments their ghostly harmonies. It’s all a little bit gloomy, but life’s a little like that sometimes, ain’t it?

SOHN – The Chase 

SOHN has been busy lately. Releasing his album, Tremors, earlier in the year, in conjunction with producing with both Banks and Kwabs the British dance producer has now released the atmospheric The Chase. His emotive vocals shivering through bubbling synths and intriguing glitches, this track may be just a ‘demo’ but it’s certainly at a standard to be featured on an album.

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Lowell- LGBT

Lowell’s Bells cemented this Canadian songstress as one of the most exciting female-voices right now and she’s continued the streak of brilliance with LGBT. The title suggests that LGBT is an anthem like Lady Gaga’s Born This Way, but it doesn’t go that far. Instead it seems to be a subtle cultural comment on not holding prejudice. During she sings, “Some young people are smarter than their teachers”, over a stomping beat and dazzling synths. It’s the perfect way to let people know that Gen Y is on top right now. She’s got an album coming out soon called We Loved Her Dearly and we’re probably going to love it dearly too, to be honest.

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Emile Haynie- A Kiss Goodbye (Feat. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Devonte Hynes and Sampha)

It’s as if this song was born in hipster heaven. American producer, Emile Haynie has brought together Dev Hynes, Sampha and Charlotte Gainsbourg together to collectively deliver an odd yet affecting song. At times it sounds operatic, other times whimsical, while Sampha also takes it to church on his verse. It will take a few listens to figure out what the hell is going on but once you get your head around it, it reveals itself as a stunning prelude to the resolution of a film.

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Arms and Sleepers – Swim Team 

This is one for those choosing to stay in this weekend. The chill-pop tune oscillates between quivering percussion, dreamy synths, plucky strings and romantic vocals, creating a kaleidoscope of colours and textures.

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Tinashe- Pretend (Feat. A$AP Rocky)

First she dropped Vulnerable and everyone sat up, then she unveiled 2 On and everyone got real low and now with Pretend she’s proven she’s a bonafide RnB star. With Tinashe, there are no bells and whistles. She relies on a heartfelt melody with moody beats and a subtle climax which in this case comes in the way of A$AP Rocky’s brilliant verse. Instead of turning it up a notch for the chorus, she mellows it out, stripping the track of its beat and slowing her syllables. It’s a choice move that makes the track sound completely effortless. Ain’t no need to pretend, Tinashe is the real deal.

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Sophie & A.G.Cook – Hey QT  

We’ve had this sugary sweet pop tune on repeat all week with no symptoms of a sugar headache just yet. Dropped around the same time that Aqua announced an Australian reunion tour, it’s looking like nostalgia and Nintendo on the horizon, and we’re totally okay with that. Get your dollar coins out: it’s Dance Dance Revolution time.

Basenji – Heirloom 

Sydney-based beatsmith, Basenji has delivered his first release since signing with Future Classic earlier in the year. Infused with Oriental-inspired percussion and an bassline, Heirloom takes you down the Rainbow Road and will have you instantly addicted. It’s free to download via the Future Classic Soundcloud page.

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Sam Sure – Hunger 

Debuting his single, Hunger, today on BBC Radio 1 with Zane Lowe, singer-songwriter Sam Sure immediately had us wanting more.  Understated synths and a steady beat allow Sure’s ethereal voice to shine through on the electronic-come-R&B track. With precise production and perfectly-combined layers, it is a shining debut from the UK artist. Hunger is out on October 13th via iTunes.

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The Preatures release new single, ‘Somebody’s Talking’ & album release date

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There’s certainly somebody talking, and that’s the fans of The Preatures who woke up this morning to an official release date for their album as well as a new single from said album. After Two Tone Melody soothed our ears and calmed our souls a few months back, Somebody’s Talking is one to get you up and moving again with a bouncy tempo shining through the Sydney outfit’s signature ’80s-inspired pop rock sound. Driven by a groovy guitar riff, it is the closest thing to Is This How You Feel yet.

Blue Planet Eyes is out on September 26 in Australia. 

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/thepreatures/somebodys-talking[/soundcloud]

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Avec Sans remix ‘Running Up That Hill’ in honour of Kate Bush’s return

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After running up that hill for an arduous 35 years, Kate Bush has finally made it back to the stage, once again gracing London’s Hammersmith Apollo with her presence. The first of 22 sold out shows, it was said to be “a triumphant, hit-filled and characteristically theatrical return to the stage.” In honour of the short-but-sweet return of the 56-year-old British singer, London electric duo, Avec Sans have covered one of her more well-known tracks, Running Up That Hill. With no plans for new material nor a plan to arrive on Australian shores, this electro-inspired remix is the next best thing to experiencing the eclectic singer in the modern day.

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City Spotlight: London, UK

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City Spotlight is a  feature where the interns go behind a particular city looking to uncover its musical trends and cool hangs.  This week we’re taking a trip to ye olde London Town. 

London is a tricky city to do for City Spotlight. There’s something to say for those cities with well, less creative potential to offer. Slim pickings can be a beautiful thing. As it is, London, much like New York and all those other cities with a back catalogue from here to Mars of songs written about them, has always had an allure about it that encourages the young and foolish to flock there in pursuit of dreams, wilfully turning a blind eye to the impracticality of said dreams. Yes folks, dreams are not worth following unless they’re practical. For many on the London music scene, they’re quickly and unapologetically introduced to the sheer volume of other talented hopefuls. They face the gruff no-bullshit POM-ittude on a daily basis and, before they can say “I’d like to sing the Elton John classic…” as if all of London were an X-Factor stage and all the men and women merely contestants, they’re chewed up and spat out, left to take the long tube ride home to godforsaken Zone 4 with nothing to show for their once-dream except the stark realisation that good is just not good enough and delusion doesn’t count for shit in a city where socks are perpetually wet and ears cold. Call it what it is though-a numbers game. With more and more wannabes trying each and every day, and more and more being turned away, there are, ridiculously, more and more making it. At the moment London is burst with younger-than-I-am talent so here are just a few names and venues making waves in the great British cesspool. 

Click below to explore the various facets of London’s music scene. 

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City Spotlight: London, UK

Where to catch a gig 

The Village Underground

In space that was once a railway coal store, a music hall and an eighteenth century theatre, currently resides the worlds first carbon neutral studio and concert space, The Village Underground. Part creative community and part arts venue, this venture sees a turn-of-the-century warehouse converted endlessly in the name of art exhibitions, theatre performances and music concerts. With Duke Dumont, Sebastien Tellier and Tiga all to play before the end of the year, it’s a good thing the “living roof” dampens concert noise. 

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Where Adele gave that performance.

Fabric

Fabric is a mega-club like nothing we have in Australia. Having established a name for itself world wide for consistently bringing the party and holding its own among fellow London super-clubs Ministry of Sound and Heaven, it’s no wonder Nina Kraviz, Erol Alkin, BEN UFO and Wilfred Giroux will all be paying it a visit before the year’s out. Expect to pay a lot of money for a night you won’t remember. 

02 Academy Brixton

Becoming a music venue in 1983, The Brixton Academy, currently sponsored by 02, is a 5000 capacity venue that continues to attract artists from all genres and has been voted NME’s Venue of the Year 12 times in its short history. Its greatest claim to fame is hosting The Smith’s final show in 1986, although with a bill that includes SBTRKT, BANKS, Little Dragon, Jessie Ware and Caribou all due to play in the next 6 months, we’re sure thats going to change.  

KOKO

Previously known as the Camden Palace, KOKO is currently one of London’s premiere live music venues. In 2009 it host the iTunes music festival which attracted well over 45,000 people over 30 nights. Since its extensive renovations in 2004 under the lead of Mint Entertainment, the venue has seen Coldplay, Madonna, Lily Allen, Thom Yorke, Kanye West, Skrillex and many more grace its perfectly refurbished stage

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City Spotlight: London, UK

Artists

Hawk House

On a typically sheets-of-rain London day, Vice writer Ryan Bassil best summarised just who Hawk House are and what they do when he interviewed them back in February 2014. The group “make music that slots somewhere between today’s weather and the warm balm of Spring. It’s motivational but scored in the grayscale realities of city-dwelling youth.” It’s true. Comprised of brothers Sam and Eman, and gods-gift vocalist Demae Chioma Wodu, Hawk House offer a spacious, 3am take on the grit and grime so firmly embedded within London’s hip-hop culture. With comparisons to fellow conscious hip-hop outfits such as The Roots, and Lupe Fiasco hard to deny, the groups’ debut EP, A Handshake to the Brain, features 10 tracks overflowing with sentences artfully constructed to include a few too many words tackling big picture issues such as domestic violence and unemployment that will take more than a few listens to appreciate in full verse. With that said, for a group so clearly advocating the power of the spoken word, even for ears lacking the audio agility to keep up with the prodigal rappers as their spits bounce and skip frenetically over a pond of soul and electronic production, Hawk House’s music maintains a clear rhythm and balanced harmony. Their EP effortlessly lulls you through in a dream-like state, perfect for that lazy, in-between-seasons day. Big picture issues are for another day anyway, right?

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Kwabs

If there’s anything that the music industry of 2014 has taught us, it’s that disco and soul are back in a big way. In fact, *warning: generalisation ahead,* almost everything released this year can be distilled down to a little from column A or a little from column B. While the revival is a welcomed one, and disco fever is one sickness worth catching, the best artists are those who have managed to marry their roots, be it in soul or disco with the sound today and our seemingly endless penchant for top notch electronic production and synth, synth, synth. Kwabs is this artist. With an EP out and a debut album on the way, Kwabs very quickly recognised we’re a greedy audience. We want that sparse, glitchy backtracking synonymous with the best of London’s underground house, but we want to feel something that only soul can bring upon you. With songs like Into You, taking on a ballad-esque quality, there is a sense of deep, running urgency, pulsing through both production and voice as Kwab nails this balance. Strong, deep, dark and emotive, yet totally at home in the data-sphere and underground of 2014. 

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Moko

London has a reputation for toughening you up. Hardening you. Acquainting you with the harsh realities of the world at an age when rose tinted glasses should be your go-to accessory. Bluntly, you grow up quickly in the frenetic shades of grey which perhaps explain why, at just 21, Moko sounds less like a fresh faced poppy ripe for the picking and more like a certified songstress-come-diva of the late 90s brimming with soul, house and trip hop influences galore. Like Kwabs, what is old is new again when it comes to Moko’s sound. There’s a uncanny familiarity, a maturity attached to tracks like Your Love that sound nostalgic and contemporary all at once. 

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Click here to check out some of London’s best venues to catch a gig. 

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City Spotlight: London, UK

Record Labels

PMR Records 

PMR Records are the current darlings of the record industry. Major names such as South Londoner Jessie Ware, no-need-for-introduction Disclosure, and Bristolian house producer, Julio Bashmore, signed to the label started back in 2009 by brothers, Ben and Daniel Parmar from their living room. Purporting a DIY ethos while happily marrying meteoric chart success with undeniable, underground credibility, a feat rarely attempted with the scathing call of “sellout” echoed hideously in the background, the brothers pride themselves on creating a “family atmosphere” where “artists feel comfortable to be themselves”. They were also featured on Vice’s web channel Noisey last year as director Dhillon Shukla followed the label gods to 2013’s Coachella Festival and have also recently been named by The Guardian as a label responsible for shaping the sound of 2014. 

National Anthem 

National Anthem signed HAIM before National Anthem was even a record label. Talk about complicating that old chicken and the egg debate. Knowing he was on to a good thing, upon seeing the Cali girls perform at a few industry showcases in 2012, James Passmore, a man clearly well versed in the ‘fake it til’ you make it’ mentality that surrounds so much of the creative industries, “confirmed the release of their Forever EP, then had to come up with a name for the label, find out how you get vinyl made (and) find out how you put tracks on iTunes.” Since then not only has HAIM continued to appear on festival bills worldwide and be labelled a runaway success of 2013, but Passmore has also released singles from Chrvches and fellow Californians’ Sir Sly, demonstrating a well trained ear for radio-come-blog friendly hits.  

LuckyMe 

Search record label LuckyMe in Google and the first hit you get is the collectives’ website unapologetically declaring exactly what they’re all about, Music. Art. Parties (and bullshit). Otherwise known as all good things in life. Hailing from the Glasgow School of Art, way back in 2002 the collective took their knowledge of art and designed and applied it to the music industry in an attempt to get their friends, Hudson Mohawke and Rustie, signed. An effort that clearly paid off as it wasn’t long before Warp snatched them up. Since 2007 the collective has evolved organically to include art direction, photography, events and international design studios. With a catalogue that boasts Baauer, Cashmere Cat, Jacques Greene, Hudson Mohawke and Lunice, a Rinse FM channel and some seriously impressive festival debuts including TNGHT at 2012’s SXSW festival, LuckyMe has continued to cultivate a creative environment for artists to springboard to the big time. Kanye and Drake have been all ears.

Click here to check out some of the best artists London currently has on offer. 

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Grimes drops post-apocalyptic video for ‘Go’

Grimes (aka Claire Boucher) made waves when she first released Go, a song originally intended for Rihanna, in June. Already amassing over 1.5 million plays on SoundCloud, the strobing, left-field pop track was the first track from the singer in two years. Boucher has now released the music video; a visual smorgasbord of post-apocalyptic imagery featuring some serious dance moves by the singer.

The video was co-directed by Boucher herself, alongside her brother, Mac. She describes the concept below:

In the inferno, people’s actions in life echo eternally. Mike (Virgil) and I (Dante) wander through the circles of hell. It’s not a traditional hell, it kind of reflects stuff that’s going on today. We shot a bunch at the Salton Sea, which is basically an apocalyptic wasteland filled with dead fish because of human carelessness, [and in] a hallway of bullet holes a la Korn “Freak On a Leash,” etc. If you look closely you can find clues. But in the usual fashion it is also abstract enough to just be a trippy visual accompaniment to the song.” 

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Olympic Ayres drop single ‘Say My Name’ ahead of EP launch and national tour

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No, it’s not a cover of Destiny’s Child. It is, however, the third single from Olympic Ayres’ debut EP, Leisureplex. This dreamy synth-pop number has a more funk-induced electronica focus than their earlier numbers and it seems to be working in their favour. Those in Brisbane can expect to see the duo and hear their lush beats at this year’s upcoming BIGSOUND Conference. Those elsewhere will have to wait for their tour in October.

Leisureplex is due for release in Australia on September 18th

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Your September Music on a $30 Budget

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Here at the interns we’ve made it our on-going mission to spam your Facebook feed with as much free new music as possible. And, as far as spam artists go, we feel we’ve been doing a pretty good job at it. Agreed? No matter how good the track though, there is only a limited amount of gratification to be gained from a cheeky soundcloud link or vimeo clip even when it’s dropped right at your feet in a neat little CMYK package a la the interns. So, in order not to be threatened with that ever-looming “unfollow” button Facebook so kindly installed, we’ve upped the stakes and will now be bringing you a monthly gig guide with a twist so you and hear and see new music. This month’s challenge? Music and feed for under $30. Goooo!

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What: Clap Clap Riot

When: September 6th

Where: FBi Social Club, Sydney

Cost: $10

Budget Cuts: New Zealand four-piece Clap Clap Riot, are coming to Australia for the first time and are doing it on the cheap so you can too. Fresh from the release of their latest single All About The Weather, a trackfilled with surf-rock charm and catchy hooks, the modest price tag attached to this rock outfit will ensure you get gig and grub all for under $30. Hint, make a beeline for New York Pizza.

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What: [album release] Banks’ Goddess

When: September 9th

Where: An iTunes Store near you

Cost: However much albums cost these days

Budget Cuts: Banks is an all round intern fave so we highly recommend loading up that iTunes account and supporting this LA songstress the legal way. With singles like Goddess, Drowning and Beggin’ for Thread already released, we’re sure the album is going to be a killer. Treat yourself to a quality bottle of red and go all Bridget Jones’ Diary on it as you belt your lungs out to ballad after ballad after ballad.

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What: Kanye West Yeezus Tour

When and Where:

Fri 5 Sep, Perth Arena, WA

Sun 7 Sep, Adelaide Entertainment Centre, SA

Tue 9 & Wed 10 Sep, Rod Laver Arena, VIC

Tue 12 & Wed 13 Sep, Qantas Credit Union Arena, NSW

Mon 15 Sep, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, QLD

Cost: $99 – $149

Budget Cuts: Short of sneaking in, or milking your ex-girlfriend’s sister’s best friend who happens to be security on the door or knows somebody who might know somebody who might be able to get you backstage passes for a small fee paid in dignity and poor decision (good luck), this is a major budget blow out. Our suggestion? Reinvest that $30 in a bottle of tequila or two and watch all Youtube footage of Kanye, having a shot each time he refers to himself as a Black Jesus in one form or another or, for the more seasoned drinker, calls out the fashion industry for excluding him and his creative potential-come-genius. On second thoughts, better make that 3 bottles and a pack of Berocca for the next morning.

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What: Spookyland + Guests

When: September 19th

Where: GoodGod, Sydney

Cost: $13

Budget Cuts: At only $13 a ticket, make sure you shuffle on over to BBQ City for some post gig Bibimbap or share a jug of GoodGod’s Kool Aid with mates. Refreshing AND nostalgic mmmm.

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What: Miami Horror

When and Where: 

16th Sep,The Telstra Spiegeltent, Brisbane Festival

18th Sep, Zierholz, Canberra

19th Sep, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

20th Sep, Plantation Hotel, Coffs Harbour

25th Sep, Fowler’s Live, Adelaide

September 26th Sep, 170 Russel St, Melbourne

27th Sep, Read Earth Arts Festival, Karratha

28th Sep, The Newport Hotel, Fremantle

Cost: Miami Horror’s Wild Motion Tour comes in just under budget at a neat $25 plus $3.70 booking fee. Head over to Moshtix to grab a ticket before they sell out.

Budget Cuts: None. In fact, if you raid your parents liquor cabinet in an effort to “pre-game,” convince said parents to give you a lift to the venue, and secure a spot on Sydney’s Circus on Wheels otherwise known as a night rider, you’ve even got a spare $1.30 to pick up a Mc-Anything really to calm those midnight munchies.

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What: Listen Out Festival

When and Where: September 28th

Sat 27 Sep, Centennial Park, Sydney

Sun 28 Sep, Ozone Reserve, Perth

Saturday 4 Oct, Observatory Precinct, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

Sunday 5 Oct, The Avenues & Expo Place, Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane

Cost: Admittedly the $130 price tag attached to this puppy doesn’t quite meet the budget but, resourceful as we are, we’re not going to let a little thing like a $100 blow out stand in our way of experiencing the sweet sounds of Four Tet, Shlohmo, Ta-Ku reign out across Sydney’s Centennial Parklands.

Budget Cuts: There are a couple of options here. Short of jumping the fence with that $30 firmly tucked in your back pocket for drinks’ sake, you could gather 5 friends, each contribute your $30 to sponsor a single person to go and enjoy the day on your behalf with a $20 surplus for 1 all-class-all-the-time Redbull vodka. Strap a GoPro to their chest and it’ll be exactly like you were there, peering over muscly backs in attempt to see just who’s remixing Flume for the umpteenth time that day. Hint, it’s probably Chet Faker. Alternatively, find yourself a nice pub at the top of Oxford St, grab a glass of the house red and that $10 meal deal and listen out for the bass. Who needs rhythm or melody anyway, right?

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