Have you seen the local line-up at The Phoenix this month? It’s nuts!
On Saturday June 10, The Wrst launch their debut album. They’ll be joined by The Ians, The Kaemans and Cable, who are making their Phoenix debut, a true milestone for any Canberra musician. It starts at 8:30pm and entry is $10. Head back on Friday June 16 at 9pm for Mikelangelo, returning to his hometown with The National Capital Allstars, a collection of Canberra’s best local musos. Entry for that is a measly $10. The Bootlegs this month are also chockers with great local talent: on Monday June 19, you can catch Slagatha Christie, Dalmacia, Semen & Garfuckel and Boots Byers, with Monday June 26 offering up Massive Sherlock, House Of Strangers, Paul & Kirsten and Sara Turner. Both nights are free (but save some cash for the collection when it goes around) and start at 8pm. On Friday June 23 from 9pm, The Fuelers will fill the pub with glorious rockabilly, and that will set you back $10, and then on Friday June 30, there’s Los Chavos for the Friday Fiesta from 9pm, with a door charge of $10. Not bad at all.
Meanwhile, Smith’s Alternative has some killer local shows of their own. On Wednesday June 7, Smith’s Varietal will be taken over by Coolio Desgracias, hosting sets from Sebastian Field, Reuben Ingall, Suparatzii, Nick Delatovic, GhostNoises and Fossil Rabbit. Entry is $15 and it kicks off at 9:30pm. On Saturday June 10, Soundscapes #11 provides your ears with unique experiments in modern music, care of Happy Axe, Guyy and Kid of Harith from 9:30pm, for $10. There’s two opportunities to catch some rising stars over the coming weeks, with the bands from Rock Academy performing their end of term concert on Friday June 23 from 5pm, with free entry. Then on Sunday June 25, the Bec Taylor School of Music End of Term Gig kicks off from 11am, with students celebrating their musical successes and experiencing the opportunity to perform on stage. There may even be a special performance from the school’s teachers, Bec Taylor, Beth Monzo, Stephen Watson and James Kelly. Entry is $10. On Friday June 23, you can catch East Row Rabble as they launch their new film clip, ‘Aliens in My Brain’. Starting at 9:30pm with support Cherie Kotek, entry is $15. Finally, Coolio Desgracias and Housemouse will preview their new album on Saturday June 24 from 9:30pm. Add support from Babyfreeze to the mix, and you’ve got one hell of a good time. It starts at 9:30pm and will set you back $15.
Finally, the title of biggest local gig of June/July goes to PROM: Graduation. These champions of the New Romantic Time Warp High School Dance genre will be back for one last sashay around the dancefloor on Saturday June 17 at the Ralph Wilson Theatre at the Gorman Arts Centre. Put on your best high school formal rags and catch them before they grow up, starting at 8pm and supported by Dead DJ Joke. There’s a range of ticket options, so look up the Facebook event for more details.