5 best things to do this week
Akmal in Lismore
Akmal returns to Lismore armed with some classic classics and some new classics for one very funny hour. Akmal continually displays an incredible ability to deal with hot topics in a non-offensive way, as he touches on issues such as religion, terrorism and hysterical looks at modern-day life in Australia. This has resulted in appearances on TV shows such as Rove Live, The Footy Show, Spicks & Specks and memorable guest spots on Thank God You're Here and Good News Week.
Catch Akmal on Saturday at the Star Court Theatre, Lismore, starts 8pm. Bookings www.norpa.org.au or 1 300 066 772.
Mullum Folk Club comes around again on Wednesday this month with Kaisha as feature act. A recent Dolphin Award winner for best Rock/Alternative song Into This Kaisha will be accompanying herself with acoustic and electric guitars, loop pedals and stomp box rhythms. Inspired by her Middle Eastern origins and a passion for truth, Kaisha’s rich voice soars through her songs, exploring realms of dark and light, guaranteeing an exciting ride for her audience. As usual, chalkboard spots will be up for grabs from 7pm. Show starts 7.30pm, entry $5.
Invisible Friend bring their infectious rock, funk and roots music to the Lennox Point Hotel, Lennox Head, this Friday.
The band have been laying down vocals on a new album they are producing from their Sunroom Studio in the hills of Byron Bay. After five years of live shows, and setting up their North Coast base, the group is excited to be working on an album that is based on live material from their decade-long catalogue. Joined by I.F engineer Steve Law, the boys have been hard at it tracking their signature vocals – an element that has become synonymous with the Invisible Friend sound – rich in melody, harmony and thought-provoking lyrics.
Sydney outfit Decoder Ring released their new album The Blind the Stars, and The Wild Team on Saturday July 11. The album, which was recorded with American producer Scott Colburn (Animal Collective, Arcade Fire, John Fahey, Yeasayer), is the conclusion of a journey that began with the 2004 multi-award-winning soundtrack to the Australian film Somersault to celebrate the album’s release, the band will be performing at a series of launches along east coast Australia including the Hotel Great Northern, Byron Bay, tonight. Bridezilla will be joining the band as special guests. Tickets available from the venue, OzTix ph: 1300 762 545 or www.oztix.com.au.
New trio Compass Rose have been working hard putting their final touches down to their new album, soon to be released. Perth singer/songwriter Ebony Quinlivan has been experimenting with her unique guitar style for quite some time now, which moves through many flavours such as Middle Eastern, Indian and jazz. Together with drummer and multi-instrumentalist Tim Tonkin and Andrew Hills on sax and clarinet, this makes a interesting blend of music. Catch them at the Nimbin Hotel, Sunday, 1.30pm.