Our top five things to do this week
Wrapped in rap
THREE years since his last tour and with a new album, Drama, under tucked under his arm, Melbourne MC Pegz is heading to Byron Bay. The CEO of Obese Records isn’t on his own either. He brings with him Dialectrix, the Blue Mountains-based MC.
They bring the hip hop element to the area for the week on Saturday at The Northern.
Tickets $20.40. Doors open 9pm.
AMY Meredith weren’t accepted into the “cool” crowd. They were deemed too pop for Triple J and had to let their indie-dream go.
They’ve since embraced their pop sound and tried to kick off an Aussie-pop bandwagon, even if they are the only ones waving the flag.
The five-piece out of Sydney’s northern beaches, released their debut album, Restless, in July last year, and it peaked at No. 8 on the ARIA charts. The band was nominated for two ARIA awards – breakthrough artist and most popular Australian artist. So they’ve proved their point. Tonight they play at the Beach Hotel, Byron Bay. Tickets $17 presale or $20 at the door. Pick up your ticket from the venue bottle shop.
STILL in Byron Bay, Melbourne-based nu-chamber group, Sunwrae String Quintet are heading to the Byron Theatre at the Community Centre on Saturday. The group take on a fresh direction in classical, jazz and world music.
“When I compose, I always think about the music’s impact in a live setting,” director Rae Howell says.
“It’s that one memory that people can take away, a memory that can’t be performed again.”
From 7.30pm. Tickets $28/23/15.
Grit and Graney
IN THE fickle world of commercial music, most artists are lucky if they manage even a fleeting run at professionalism. To maintain a career for more than 30 years, as pop-culture icon Dave Graney has, is the stuff of legend.
According to Graney, there’s a simple philosophy behind his longevity, “I like to make good music … with a bit of flash.” With a new album (of classics) and a book out, Graney is back on the road with The Lurid Yellow Mist. He plays The Gollan, Lismore, tonight and The Northern, Byron Bay, on Sunday.
ROOTS, rock, reggae, soul, spiritual jazz, electro fusion and psychedelic ... that’s the list of genres for Band Of Frequencies. The guys are playing the Sound Lounge on the Gold Coast tomorrow night with Dead Beat Band and Bobby Alu.
Their sound is all about respecting the sounds before them and evolving it to something new. They’ve had some stand-out sets from festivals Island Vibe, Woodford Folk and last year’s Mullum Music.