In this new segment, I want to talk about the upcoming gigs in Australia, specifically Brisbane, that I think deserve people’s attention.  Sometimes I’ll throw some local gigs in, but on a national scale, these are the gigs that are pulling at my heart strings and potentially have me digging a little deep into my back pocket.  I’ll leave a link to the Facebook event, it shouldn’t be too hard to find other city’s events if you are elsewhere.

IDLES – January 26 – The Brightside

Why not spend Australia Day with our cross-continental-cousins and mosh hard to some of the best punk music going.  IDLES 2018 album Joy As An Act of Resistance came in hot in my Top 30 Albums of 2018 list, and their debut album Brutalism holds a special place in my heart too.  Tickets are sold out, some might be selling online, try and go if you can.  This might be the best gig of 2018.

Haiku Hands – January 31 – The Foundry

Haiku Hands wowed me last year at the Pleasure Garden Festival in Melbourne.  Their energetic dance-house set was a stand out of the festival, and I’d love to see how these girls go in a close quarter’s venue like The Foundry.

Steve Smyth – February 21 – Lefty’s

The voice, the beard, the charm.  Steve Smyth is a must-see artist and someone I’ve followed for a fair while now.  His 2014 album Exists was one of my favourite albums from that year.  Hopefully he still does his Tom Waits-esque cover of St James Infirmary.  That shit rocks.

John Butler Trio – February 22 – Riverstage

It’s John Butler.  At Riverstage.  In the elements.  It’s going to be good.

Thee Oh Sees – February 23 – The Valley Drive In

From what I’ve watched on YouTube, psych-rockers Thee Oh Sees put on a helluva show.  And I want to be there and experience it instead of sitting behind my computer.  They’ve been butting out albums every year for the past decade, so I have high hopes for an off-the-walls set at the Drive In.

Tape/Off – March 1 – Black Bear Lodge

Local rockers Tape/Off put on a decent set last year at BIGSOUND, and I’d love to see these guys again.  The claustrophobic atmosphere of Black Bear could play in their favour with their 90s tinged alt-rock.

Ghost – March 6 – The Tivoli

I just want to see what this would be like.  Ghost get a lot of shit for their over the top macabre attitude, but their 2018 album Prequelle is fun.  I can imagine this being an experience.

J Mascis – March 7 – The Triffid

Of Dinosaur Jr fame, J Mascis’ latest album also made my Top 30 Albums of 2018 list.  The lead single See You At the Movies is a well written, subtly vulnerable track mixing acoustic elements and Mascis’ trademark noisy guitar solos. I’d love to see him perform live, especially touring this album.

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