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Peter Bibby at the Hotel Great Northern on Friday

Peter Bibby

Hotel Great Northern | Friday | 9pm | 18.90

Australia’s foremost maverick poet Peter Bibby has just released his new single Work for Arseholes. The track features on his second studio album Grand Champion, which released this September via Spinning Top Records | Caroline. To commemorate this achievement, Bibby will tour the nation on a series of capital city and regional dates this October.

Work for Arseholes is a song about bad habits, self-reflection and pride, for better or worse. ‘I wrote it to make myself feel better about being a thirsty, unemployed insomniac while sitting in my bedroom in Northcote, Victoria. It didn’t make me feel that much better; however I have, for the most part, avoided working for arseholes ever since and I see that as a great success,’ says Bibby of the track.

A bastard of an album that is lucky to see the light of day, Grand Champion was recorded largely in Perth. ‘It was interrupted by a gruelling return trip across the Nullarbor from Perth to Melbourne in a car that would have been better as a storage container, taking two months rather than the expected two weeks. This was only one of many setbacks with the completion of this record; however, we got there in the end,’ muses Bibby.

For the latest instalment of Bibby true-blue charm and storytelling, the Perth singer/songwriter will tour the nation backed by the disorderly Dog Act. Gallivanting across Australia and overseas, Bibby has been collecting a legion of faithful supporters armed with his 2017 single Medicine and debut album Butcher/Hairstylist/Beautician.

Peter Bibby performs at the Hotel Great Northern on Friday at 9pm. Tix are $18.90 and are available on
oztix.com.au. This is an 18+ event.

not so bloody lala with birdcloud usa

Birdcloud USA

October 18 | 5pm |La La Land | $15

Popped Creative has managed to wrangle themselves the keys of the old La La Land mid-renovation to host a one-of-a-kind, one-gig show with @birdcloudusa before the venue turns into something a little more swanky!

These ladies are certainly no wallflowers and are commonly regarded for being so wrong they’re right! Their provocative loose-as-shit performances have seen them as crowd favourites at festivals with revellers never too certain what to expect but you can be sure as hell there will be a touch of nudity, a bucket-load of profanities, and the odd beer or two.

Banned from YouTube, booed at America’s Got Talent, and lauded by a global cult following, Birdcloud’s music has been referred to as the ravenous identity of today’s commercial country sound. Nashville natives Jasmin Kaset and Makenzie Green have spent the last five years touring dive bars and lavish theatres across America and Europe, and they are now celebrating the release of Singles Only, a collection of their greatest inappropriate hits. The Rolling Stone loves Birdcloud and their raunchy country.

‘Much of what Birdcloud does is reactionary to what country music has become – those dirt roads and the trucks that drive ’em – but also to their experience growing up in the South: the obsessive religious indoctrination, the caged racism… Those types of songs – true-to-life, with a healthy dose of humour – are actually a longstanding country tradition – Rolling Stone, ‘Raunchy Country: Inside the Genre’s History of Comedy and Irreverence’.   

Showing up in Byron for one night only, accompanied with DJ sets by the mayor himself Paul McNeil and Jono Ma, the night will be one life moment not easily forgotten! So drag out the flanno, trucker caps, and cowboy boots.

Co-hosted by Young Henrys. Thursday 18 October at La La Land in Byron Bay. 5pm. Tickets are $15  and available at the door only (first in best dressed so get to the old La La Land for one more dance at 5pm).   

Kristina Kelman sings with the Galaxy Jazz Band at the Ballina RSL on Sunday

Galaxy Jazz Band

Ballina RSL | Sunday | 2pm | $15

Galaxy Jazz Band, formerly known as the Northern Rivers Big Band, will be appearing in concert at the Ballina RSL on Sunday. 

Band leader Royden Ainsworth has chosen some great tunes: many of the very best foot-tapping moments in jazz history, including American Patrol from Glen Miller, It Don’t Mean a Thing by Duke Ellington, Love for Sale by Cole Porter, and the high energy of The Jazz Police, a great arrangement from Gordon Goodwin, plus Gonna Fly Now, the theme from Rocky, and many others.

Jazz vocalist Kristina Kelman will be performing with the big band. Kristina is from Brisbane and has performed around Australia and Asia, Europe, and the USA with many artists including Don Burrows, Tommy Tycho and the Qld Symphony Orchestra. Kristina has her own quartet in Brisbane, and performs with various corporate bands, has recorded several albums, and works as an internationally respected music educator at the Queensland University of Technology.

Galaxy Jazz Band with Kristina Kelman play Sunday at the Ballina RSL at 2pm. $15 at ballinarsl.com.au or at the door.

Sound Temple Concert at St Martin’s Anglican Hall, Mullumbimby, on Friday

Agus Supriatna and The Sound Temple

St Martin’s Hall, Mullumbimby | Friday | 6pm | $15/30

The cultural exchange program has brought traditional Indonesian artist Agus Supriatna here for a short but sweet three weeks and it’s coming to an end! Those that have found themselves surrounded by beautiful sounds in the Mullum streets or at the Byron YAC were in luck, but fortunately the amazing Sound Temple Concert at St Martin’s Anglican Hall, Mullumbimby, next Friday evening will be his last day here with us and we have prepared a unique evening for us to gather and share deeply spiritual healing sounds and traditional vibes. It will a beautiful collaboration, so come meditate in mystical Javanese-inspired music with us for a deeply moving and inspiring contemplation concert in Mullum. This evening and performance will be led by Tikal, an Indonesian vocal artist, and accompanied by Craigus McVegas, a New Zealand sound engineer and musician. Together they compose the initial DMTFM music project, and will concoct an improvised multi-layered vocal and mystical soundscape and concert with the wonderful Agustian.

‘We love to share words and transmissions from a pure place in our heart, about unity, authenticity, and commitment to high love and playfulness. Agustian carries mystical powers from childhood but has chosen to keep the ‘tap’ closed to live a ‘normal’ life, until recently where he has decided to slightly open it to let it stream through his music and art. He is very approachable and rather a comedic Buddha (chuckles).’

Agustian Supriatna is an artist of all kinds, sculptor, and abstract painter, beautiful singer; he also makes his own instruments and will play the bamboo flute in his very special pentatonic and Middle Eastern style. He has also carried to fly with him a specially tuned African instrument to the Javanese scale, and a one-of-a-kind stringed instrument inspired by Afghan, Persian and Sumatran tuning!

Based in Ubud, Bali, his bloodline is from West Java and he has spent his childhood deep in the jungle of Sumatra, Lampung region. On travelling back to his hometown in South Sumatra to meet with the bamboo spirit, he found that his pristine forest home and river had become a polluted gold mine and that the land was being destroyed. He returned to the same river where he had grown up to look for the bamboo for his flute. The locals thought he was just looking to get rich quickly, searching for gold like them. However when they realised he was just collecting bamboo they start laughing at him and told him he was a crazy artist. But Agustian replied, ‘I’m collecting the real gold, the real thing of value, and that is the bamboo that grows by the river’. The villagers were perplexed so he continued: ‘The money you get from the gold you find will soon run out, but if I make a flute from this bamboo, one day I might make beautiful music to share with everyone and this music will never finish’.

DMTFM is a cathartic sound kitchen serving pentatonic delights with soaring vocals echoing from distant ancient temples and underground garage drones. Two millennial receiving ethereal sonic transmissions from a mothership bending time. Tikal delivers a message of self-love wrapped in a fearless emotional bouquet marinated in the sonic concoction of Craigus’s magnetic beats creating a torrent of pulse and experimental alchemy.

St Martin’s Hall on Friday at 6pm. Tix are $15/30 on trybooking.com.

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