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Music Roundup April 23

Howl at the YAC

The YAC will light up this Friday night when an eclectic mix the of region’s best alternative rock acts join forces for an impressive display of live music. Howl like the Wolf is set to be an all-ages bonanza; a riff-athon that will climax with a fiery live set from the rising genre-benders Big and the Bangs

Big-and-the-Bangs-Promo-PhotTry putting your finger on Big and the Bangs and it will burn. More rock than the rockabilly, bathed in whiskey blues; tinged with country, and best served scorching hot live. The ‘big’ sound is a multitude of genres, sewn together and jolted to life through collaboration to produce one of the country’s most individualised sounds of recent times.

Beyond the music, this unique band of men sport an ominous image of comic-character stage persona that fits the act’s musical vibe like a fine leather glove.

Behind the music Big and the Bangs are the culmination of four skilled professional players residing across the Byron/Lismore shires. What began as friends starting a chicken-pickin’ hillbilly troupe has since transpired into a fiery live brand of professional musicians sharing a journey of music and innovation.

For this common love, members Bobby Big (vocals/guitar) Fingaz Blazemo (guitar), Psycho Pete (bass) and Micki Thump (drums) are notorious for citing the band’s mantra as the inspiration behind their art: Fan of the band first, member of the band second.

The show will be a first time for fans to catch the rollicking act in Byron with a supportive set by local crowd favourites The Badlands. Warming the night will be the Gold Coast’s prog-rocking Red Star Born following a dose of heavy blues delivered by the Loose Ends to open the show.

Howl like the Wolf Alt-Rock Revue (all ages), YACrock Cafe, 1 Gilmore Crescent, Byron Bay.

Friday 24 April. Doors open 6pm, close 10pm. Entry by donation.

Pub crazed

The latest craze in pub fun is Original Music Bingo – it’s simple to play and a great atmosphere.

How it works: The host plays a short version of a hit song. Punters mark song off their card if they have it. The first person to get two lines wins.

Bonus prizes given out for extra challenges.

There are currently more than 30 different categories, rotated weekly including 80s, disco, old-school rock, 90s, movie songs, one-hit wonders, ballads, 60s and 70s and much more.

This week catch the craze at the Byron Bay Brewery on Thursday – Musical Bingo with Disco Danny! 7.30pm start, free entry.

Mr-Ric-Crothal-and-the-band03Tone for their Camels

Returning to the Rails this Friday night The Camel Tones have a very special and somewhat sad gig as mighty bass player extraordinaire Mr Ric Crothal is leaving for greener pastures in Tasmania at the end of the month. From his time playing in the top bands of Melbourne and Sydney in the 70s and 80s – Rehouse, Shadofax, Dallimore and The Magnets – as well as being a studio musician at the famed Alberts Studios.

Ric has been in the northern rivers area for more than twenty years and has plied his craft with a number of bands and countless musicians over his time here and gained a reputation as one of the best bass players in the area and one of the nicest blokes around. His band credits just to name a few include Thin Ice, Farmerz Friends, Jerry and the Rollers, Jezabell’s Fortune, Flying Time, The Sandpit, The Lez Karski Quartet, Doot, and The Soulshakers… the list goes on.

So Friday is going to be a big one with guitar from Geoff Wright, drummer Darcy Wright, Tim L on guitar and very special guest the fabulous Alan Park on keys as well as some players from some of Ric’s previous bands. The Railway Hotel Byron, Friday.

It’s a Jungle in there

The Brewery is proud to host Concrete Jungle for a night of UK bass music. The best of electronic music and drum ’n’ bass will be served at the Buddha Bar.

Expect an outstanding international line-up with Just Jackson, resident DJ in the best clubs of Brighton and Ko Phangan, who rocks the dance floors from Edinburgh to Melbourne.

Nutzo will represent London and the colours of Hackney, and Baptist, Byron Bay’s best ragamuffin MC, will host on the mic for an amazing night of fat bass lines and uplifting beats.

Don’t miss out the return of drum ’n’ bass in the Bay.

Byron Bay Brewery on Friday; demo 7pm – free entry.

Nicole-Brophy-IMG_4240-copy2Earthy voice and style

Nicole Brophy has an earthy voice and style compared to the likes of PJ Harvey, Lucinda Williams and La Roux. Stylistically it fits somewhere between alt-country with blues-inspired roots-based rock.
Growing up on the south coast of NSW and travelling across Australia and overseas, Nicole has performed to thousands at some of Australia’s biggest music festivals as part of her previous band Dirty Lucy or as guitarist/backing vocalist for the past four years in the Kate Miller-Heidke touring band.

Among many other things, after finishing up after an incredible four years of touring and performing with Kate Miller-Heidke, Nicole is refocused on making her own mark on the music world as a frontwoman of her own show. Powerful earthy vocals combined with soulful melodies, rawness and her gutsy blues/rock guitar style are making a lasting impression on the live music scene.

Nicole released her debut EP Stubborn Love independently in 2010 and launched it as part of The United Tour, which was a six-week national tour showing four individual artists from four states. Nicole has recently toured with Kim Churchill, Caravana Sun, Tex Perkins, Gossling, Dawn, Sarah McLeod, Paul Greene and Monique Brumby and is currently completing the finishing touches on her latest album recorded in a farmhouse in the southern highlands of NSW, co-produced by Syd Green.

Nicole Brophy will play at Club Lennox, Sunday from 4pm.

Hail Caesar!

Cisco Caesar is a rock ’n’ soul foursome heavily influenced by vintage blues, soul and country. Featuring Paul ‘Caesar’ Slattery (Pornland) on bass/vocals, Jason Torrens (Bugdust, The Reefers, Pugwall) on drums, James Cisco on songwriting/vocals/guitar and Jacob Cole (Sal Kimber & the Rolling Wheel) on lead guitar.

If you like songs with lots of vibe and vocal harmonies, this one is for you. Their combination of blues, rock, country and soul is not only catchy, it’s downright viral. These guys aren’t the only new band that you’re going to start listening to this year, but they might as well be.

Byron Bay Brewery on SaturdayCisco Caesar album launch plus Phil Smith support. 8pm $10/$15


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