The sounds of the weekend are almost here and we have for you a yellow brick road of sorts. Check out our 5 best gig picks in Sydney this weekend and follow the path aural goodness.
Qwarms - 25 July @ fbi Social
Whilst not the headline act for this particular fbi Social, Qwarms set is not one those who dig their laid back electronica will want to miss. These guys love subtle layering and building songs slowly through out, something like a super chilled LCD Sound System or a more ethereal Jagwar Ma. They are celebrating the recent release of their Plans EP and will be closing the night with whimsical beats you can just float away on.
Ladi6 - 26 July @ Goodgod Small Club
Ladi6 is one of those New Zealand products Australia should try to call their own. I’d pay Russell Crow’s air fare if we could lay claim to this funk-hip-hop soul songstress. A seasoned campaigner, about to release her third studio album, you’ll have no problem getting down, grinding and pop-and-locking to this girls grooves. Her sultry vibes will no doubt fill Goodgod Small Club with gyrating hips(ters). Get along to be one of the first audiences to hear tunes from her upcoming album.
Grizzly Jim Laurie - 26 July @ The Newsagency
Jim Laurie, having drummed for Eagle and the Worm, has come out from behind the kit to give us all a taste of his folk singer chops. Drawing on the likes of Bon Iver and Kurt Vile, Laurie’s songs centre around strummed acoustic guitar chords and his nasally twinged Dylan-like vocals. The intimacy of the Newsagency is a more than suitable space for him to launch his latest single ‘Midnight Run’.
King Tide - 26 July @ The Beach Road Hotel
Now we all know what Bob Marley was singing about when he sang “Roots, Rock, Reggae”. A mainstay on the Sydney scene and the Australian festival circuit for what seems like forever, King Tide are bringing their brand of rock steady back home after a hectic tour schedule. If you like to groove, rock and jive all at once this is a great gig, with the music complimented by the Beach Road’s free flowing vibe.
Mr Ruckman - 27 July @ fbi Social
Rap and hip-hop originated from anger and boy is Mr Ruckman angry. At the outset he may sound like your standard Aussie hip-hop act but once he starts flowing, railing at sexism, hypocrisy and religion, you realize this self-confessed “dark poet” is anything but. It’s his subject matter that really sets him apart, making a plethora of obscure literary and cultural references and spitting out emotive lyrics you’d expect to come out of the mouth of a singer-songwriter or folk singer. The launch of his EP, ‘Born-Again Humanist’, at the quirky fbi Social at Kings Cross Hotel is not to be missed.
- Joshua Manning