Cult indie favourite, redhead and Las Vegas native Jenny Lewis is in Australia to support Ryan Adams, but has also announced a solo concert. For those who’ve loved her as lead singer of indie-rock-pop group Rilo Kiley, and as half of Jenny and Johnny with boyfriend and fellow musician Johnathan Rice, this gig will show the audience a different side of Lewis. In her honest solo album, The Voyager, Lewis keeps her dreamy Californian vocals tangled with guitar solos. The show moved from Newtown Social Club to the Metro Theatre to meet ticket demands.
Metro Theatre, Wednesday July 22
Another dreamy Californian outfit, the Best Coast duo, Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno, is back with its third album, appropriately named California Nights. With classic surf guitars and fuzzy, crunchy lo-fi vocals Best Coast’s sound is reminiscent of the Beach Boys and 1960s girl pop. The band will make you forget it’s the dead of winter as it sings to you about breakups, boys, weed and California.
Oxford Arts Factory, Tuesday July 28
Splendour headliner Blur is back in Australia to release its record, The Magic Whip. This is the band’s first album in 12 years.
Qantas Credit Union Arena, Saturday July 25
The King Khan & BBQ Show
Canadians Mark Sultan (BBQ) and Blacksnake (King Khan) create a wonderful concoction of garage punk, rock, soul and the R’n’B ¬– their hairy harmonising makes for an almost psychedelic vibe. Look out for favourites: I’ll Be Loving You, Invisible Girl, and Alone Again from their 2015 album, Bad News Boys.
Oxford Arts Factory, Wednesday July 22
LA-based artist and member of the Odd Future crew, Earl Sweatshirt is touring his latest album, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, which is only 30 minutes long. Deep and honest as always, Earl Sweatshirt raps about his demons, his thoughts and grief. His beats and tongue-twisting are entertaining and at only 21 years old, show depth and maturity.
Max Watt’s Sydney, Saturday July 25
Alpine’s electrifying second album, interestingly named Yuck, is cute and sensual. indie pop at its best, Melbourne-based Phoebe Baker and Lou James have created an album with sweet, pastel tones that carry through from their personal style, to their album covered with kittens. The record features introspective lyrics (the title references silly mistakes) which resonate on tracks such as Foolish and Come On. Their signature sound of solid drumbeats, guitar synths, occasional big-band brass instruments (Damn Baby) and husky harmonies will have you enchanted.
Metro Theatre, Saturday July 11
Wedidit Tour ft. Shlohmo
Shlohmo is back with a full band, fellow WEDIDIT member Djavan Santos (who goes by D33J), Nick Melons and special guests to support his album Dark Red. With a live band accompanying the laptop production, it will be an experience that will show off Shlohmo’s artistic development.
Metro Theatre, Friday July 31
Harts (EP Launch)
Australian musician Darren Hart has released his new EP, Breakthrough. A true solo artist, Harts writes, produces and sings all his songs. It’s dirty Australian rock with amazing and sensual guitar synths and solos. Key tracks include Breakthrough and When A Man’s A Fool. It’s no wonder the last 12 months have seen Harts play with Prince.
Oxford Arts Factory, Friday July 3
Big Scary’s Tom Iansek has created a beauty in solo project #1 Dads. He has quite a voice, with a surprising range. This is moody, indie soft rock that is interesting and lyrically impressive. The band has received further attention after its popular rendition of FKA Twigs’ Two Weeks on Triple J’s Like A Version – not an easy track to cover. This is the last time Iansek will play live as #1 Dads.
Oxford Arts Factory, fourth Show – Tuesday July 14
Celebrated guitarist and former member of The Smiths Johnny Marr will return to Australia for a rescheduled tour. He has played with Oasis, Modest Mouse and Beck, and brings that classic rock style to his own music. Tickets are still available to see rock royalty in the flesh as he tours his albums Playland (2014) and The Messenger (2013). Listen out for great tracks such as I Feel You and Candidate.
Enmore Theatre, Monday July 20