Byron Brewery | Wednesday 12 June | 6pm | $25
Mammal frontman Ezekiel Ox has announced the release of an all-new solo EP Cheering Bombs From Deckchairs through Muscle Mothership Productions, available now. The first single to be lifted from the upcoming EP is the killer track Megalomania, accompanied by the equally killer music video directed by longtime friend Dave Krebelj. The track itself sets the tone beautifully for the EP and wouldn’t sound out of place in a playlist alongside the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Cheering Bombs from Deckchairs is only the second EP release under Ox’s solo banner, but is the 23rd studio release the singer has appeared on over a lasting career as one of the most captivating front men in rock’n’roll. Approaching 20 years since his first release, Ox has spent the past two decades releasing music and touring with rock acts such as Mammal, Superheist, The Nerve, Full Scale, and many more.
Ezekiel Ox is at the Byron Brewery on Wednesday – 6pm for $25 at byronbaybrewery.com.au
Byron Bay Brewery | Friday | 8pm | $21.20
If there’s one thing that is undeniable about Ali Barter, it’s her uncanny ability to capture frank, sometimes messy emotions in memorable song form. We saw it in moments like Girlie Bits and Cigarette from her 2017 critically acclaimed debut album A Suitable Girl. Now Ali returns with her first new music and video via the frankly titled Ur a Piece of Shit, an unconventional love letter created with and for her best friends about the strength of their shared experiences out now proudly on Inertia Music. All over Triple J, and the new must-have wedding song On the Surface, Ur a Piece of Shit arrives as a scuzzed-out, pop-punk rager, helmed by Ali’s unmistakable, classically trained vocals. But to listen with intent reveals the song’s nuance. We see that the title is no criticism, and is instead wholly endearing, where dark themes are lightened by the world’s oldest psychological salve – humour. Through the collective mantra of ‘your life is a mess, and so is mine’ emerges a relatable coming-of-age song, completed by the understanding that while trauma can often bind us to the past, more often it binds us to each other. ‘Ur a Piece of Shit is an ode to my best friends. It’s about the things we went through as teenagers and how they’ve affected us in adult life, and how those experiences have bound us together,’ says Ali. ‘I also invited my girls into the studio to sing on the song. So you can hear them all in there; my little Piece of Shit Choir.’
Catch this former choirgirl and Triple J Unearthed winner at the Byron Brewery on Friday at 8pm.
Bay FM Countdown Party
Bangalow Bowlo | Saturday | 8pm | $25/35
Remember Sunday nights? We’d sit down to early dinner and watch Countdown. Even my mum loved it. It brought the family together. It brought the nation together from 1974 till 1987 and literally while we were eating our chops and mash, the Australian music industry was born. Molly Meldrum was our musical guru who steered us towards anything from a mild love crush to an obsessive infatuation with any one of those pop rock stars. It was there I fell in love with David Bowie. Where I saw Iggy Pop really let loose. Where Molly attempted to hold it all together, even when he wasn’t. Come dance for Bay FM 99.9, dress as your favourite singer/band (obviously someone who was on Countdown) as the night will be paying tribute to the iconic music TV show and reliving all the hits at The Winter Discotheque 8pm till 1am at Bangalow Bowlo this Saturday. Countdown DJs Xfakta, Olylama, Mandy Nolan, Ange & Stu, Beaver.
Presale tix at the station or on bayfm.org. Combination disco entry and return shuttle tickets just $60/65.
Splendour tix up for grabs at Old & Gold
If you missed out on tickets to the sold-out Splendour in the Grass, you have the opportunity to put in your best bid for two three-day passes to Splendour (19–21 July). It’s all happening at Brunswick Heads’ Old & Gold festival this Saturday.
Bids for tickets will be taken in person at Memorial Hall, Brunswick Heads, between 8am and 2.45pm. There is a minimum bid ($400) and the highest bidder will be announced at 3pm. All funds raised support the Brunswick Heads Visitor Centre, a self-funded, largely volunteer organisation that works to assist visitors and promote the simple pleasures of Brunswick Heads. With huge thanks to the team at Splendour and Secret Sounds.
Festival of the Stone 2019
Stone and Wood Brewery, Byron Bay | Saturday | 3–10pm | $45
It’s all about the girls at Festival of the Stone 2019 with three powerhouse women on the lineup making sure the Fest is ready to roll. They are taking over Stone and Wood’s gorgeous new Brewery this Saturday from 3pm until 10pm with live bands, food trucks, and loads and loads of fresh beer! Lex Lahey brings her pop punk energy to the stage; with this Unearthed success will be kicking on with an energetic super-fun live show. Joining the lineup is neo jazz electronica artist and producer the ethereal Alice Ivy. Her dreamy tracks will set the ultimate backdrop to a starry festival night. Also appearing is Lisa Hunt, our local favourite soul queen who’s worked with the likes of Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Tina Arena, and Macy Gray. She will light up the stage with her soaring vocals and funk and soul tracks! Also on the lineup is the 28-man Russian choir from Mullum, Dustyesky. With live DJs and vinyl sets by Vinyl Richie and Reif, plus a set from Club Raider DJs and friends.