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THE Finns haven’t actually invited us to stay the night but they have invited us to their first gig as The Pajama Club.
Neil and Sharon Finn started the band while sitting around at home in their pyjamas, drinking wine and tinkering with new instruments.
What started off as tinkering has ended with an album and few tour dates in Australia, the first one being at The Northern on Saturday night.
Joining the Finns on tour are ex-The Grates drummer Alana Skyring and New Zealand muso Sean Donnelly.
Tickets $28.60 plus booking fee.
BEFORE Tijuana Cartel tootle off into the hills of Nimbin to record their new album they’re doing a few gigs to promote the release of their new single Letting It Go.
If you haven’t seen Tijuana live then you’ve been missing some rather energetic flamenco guitar, Cuban percussion, electronica and trumpet.
I’ve never danced so much as I have to Tijuana Cartel at Bluesfest.
This is some booty-shaking music if ever I’ve heard it.
Tijuana Cartel play the Ballina RSL Club tomorrow night and it’s free. At the end of the month (June 25) they play the Byron Bay Brewery.
STILL dancing, but to a different beat, this gig will be nothing short of tribal electronica.
That’s how one might describe Deya Dova.
With a new four-piece live band, Deya Dova adds to what was already a powerful set.
Layered vocals, dance and electro beats make for a Bjork meets Trentemoller-like experience.
Having released Burst back in 2009 she has now released the album Deya Dova Remixed which features artists’ re-workings of her tracks into house, dub step and electro.
She plays the Byron Bay Brewery tomorrow. Doors open 7pm.
Hot to trot
AFTER 10 months touring throughout Europe and Latin America The Hottentots are back in Byron Bay.
You may recognise the name but think there’s a little less celebration to the sound of it.
Well that’s because Carl Cleves and Parissa Bouas are touring the stripped-back version of Hottentots Party, the band they formed while studying music at Southern Cross University.
This version really gets to the roots of their songwriting. The duo launches their CD, Out Of Australia at the Mullumbimby Bowling Club on Saturday night.
Tickets $15 at the door or from The Bookshop, Mullumbimby or the Ex-Services.
Out of the ordinary
ANYONE who follows Generik DJ on Twitter knows the guy is on a constant “tour of cool”.
The Melbourne DJ, otherwise known as Tyson O’Brien, knows all the right people in all the right places and he seems to drop the right track at the right moment as well.
Surkin, Light Year, The Presets, Bagraiders ... you name the beat maker he’ll have their number.
He’s on the decks this Sunday at LaLa Land, Byron Bay.