WHAT: Beer-matched Lunch WHEN: Sat Aug 18 WHERE: Durham Castle Arms
Like beer? Like food? Anyone who answered ‘No’ can GTFO. For the rest of you like-minded epicurean and therefore stable individuals, you are in for a treat this month with The Durham’s six-course, six-beer event. It will showcase beverages from the Little Creatures and White Rabbit Brewery, as well as exciting industry newcomers and entirely female-founded Two Birds Brewing (unbelievable name, awesome beer). Check out www.twobirdsbrewing.com.au for more on the incredible women behind this unique microbrewery. Did I mention the delicious menu options? I just drooled on my keyboard. The six-course event starts at 1pm at $59 per head. Book by calling (02) 6295 1769.
WHAT: Sound Painter National Tour WHEN: Sat Aug 18 WHERE: Transit Bar
After much hullabaloo, build, anticipation, blood, sweat, tears, money, lust and lunacy, Melbourne’s Dallas Frasca is touring the official release of her sophomore album, Sound Painter. After having an entire tour’s worth of savings stolen and, later, the master recordings of the album on a laptop too, this album (not to mention tour) has been a long time coming. After all the hard work, Frasca is blunt: ‘We just wanted to make a powerful fucking album.’ Turn to page 55 to read a glowing review of the release or just go to the show and find out firsthand. Frasca will be supported by Rick Steward and Owen Campbell. 8pm. $18 door/$15 presale + b/f through Oztix.
WHO: WHAT: Album Tour WHEN: Sat Sep 15 WHERE: The Abbey
Whether you’ve danced unabashedly at your mate’s birthday party, or sung along to any one of the Shrek legacies (to be honest, I don’t even know what number it’s up to anymore) you’ll have experienced – and loved, in all its kitschy ‘80s glory – Funky Town. For that reason, you’ll have also supported and celebrated Aussie electro-pop pioneers Pseudo Echo: the home-grown creators of this worldwide hit. This time round, they’ll be celebrating with you. As part of their 30th anniversary tour promoting the release of their new single, Suddenly Silently, they’re giving away digital download cards to the first 150 punters at each gig. 6.30pm. $40 from http://theabbey.com.au/.
NCBC is the largest live band competition in the southern hemisphere. Each year up to 400 bands from over 40 institutions compete live, looking to be crowned national winners of this competition. Previous winners and entrants have included: Eskimo Joe, The Vines, Jebediah, George, Grinspoon, Waikiki, Frenzal Rhomb, 78 Saab, Augie March and The Vasco Era, to name a few! Commonly being recognised as between three and five, the fact that more than ‘a few’ bands were mentioned should be neglected. As should the fact that some of them only entered and didn’t win, from which you could essentially glean that you can make a career entirely outside of this competition. But, just in case you’re still on board after all that, head along!
WHAT: Canberra Debut WHEN: Sat Aug 25 WHERE: The Clubhouse
True Jungle Souljahs continue an epic month of monster headliners at our favourite bass-blasting, night-devouring establishment, The Clubhouse. Local jungle-monkeys and womper-stompers: ready yourselves for Drumsound and Bassline Smith. If you’re not hyperventilating right now, you’ve either been living under a rock or possess one hell of a lung capacity. For each of those reasons in and of themselves, you should attend this. Together, the trio have enjoyed an impressive arsenal of diversity that’s ensured their place atop the D&B scene for over a decade, and show no signs of slowing down. Supports including Bec Paton, Shifty Business, Jaycee, Buick, Riske Harlequin MC and more. 9pm.
WHAT: Tiernan's 31st Birthday! WHEN: Sat Aug 25 WHERE: The Basement
With some of the heaviest acts The Basement has ever seen, Saturday August 25 will be a night worth remembering. Frankenbok will be doing what they do best and are chomping at the bit to pummel audiences into the ground with new material. Supporting them on the night will be Na Maza, Tensions Arise, Not Another Sequel, Just Another Prequel (NASJAP), Beneath The Tides and Godomination. With their new line-up established, Na Maza's top priority is leaving the Canberra metal core market with a post orgasmic chill. Sydney powerhouse Tensions Arise are back for their first Canberra show after recording their long awaited album. NASJAP are proof that metal and rock can be combined without the term EMO or Screamo being thrown upon the band. And Beneath The Tides and local metal monsters Godomination are rounding this out like a multi-denominational holiday. 8pm. $15.