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Weekend gig guide: Client Liaison, The Drones & MSO (but not THAT one)

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ABABCd (featuring Loose Tooth, Crepes, BEACHES and more)  

Saturday May 28 – Gasometer, Collingwood, VIC

Produced by the local filmmakers BANALRAMA, the ABABCd series showcases home-grown musicians while also providing an audio-visual platform for the performances to be viewed anywhere around the world.

It has already featured the likes of The Harpoons, DD Dumbo and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and this instalment promises to be as exciting for those present and those watching online later.

Loose Tooth have recently signed to Milk Records, home to Courtney Barnett, while the likes of jangle pop band Crepes and shoegazers BEACHES will also be on hand to perform in the collective’s most ambitious project to date.

Client Liaison 

Saturday 28 May – Uni Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Note: Thursday and Friday shows at the Metro in Sydney are sold out.

It’s easy to write off Client Liaison as just another example of ’80s retro revivalism but even though they tip their hats duly towards the past their music edges somewhat towards the future.

The electro pop-rockers are touring their most recent single World Of Our Love and are sure to entertain.

The Drones 

Saturday 28 May, 2pm (All ages) – The Tote, Collingwood, VIC

Sunday 29 May – The Tote, Collingwood, VIC

Note: Friday and Saturday evening shows are sold out. 

Younger fans are often deprived of the opportunity to see some of their favourite acts live – which makes The Drones decision to play an all ages gig at the legendary centre of inner north Melboure live music, The Tote Hotel in Collingwood, so rewarding.

At about half the price of their later evening sold out show, their matinee show is an absolute bargain for music fans of any ages keen to see one of the land’s best bands.

The Drones are a blistering force live – as capable of sprawling jams as they are of quiet ballads and short sharp blasts of rock and roll.

Their most recent effort, Feelin Kinda Free continues their sting of critically adored releases and should make for a cataclysmic experience at their hometown gig (OK, they now live an hour or so outside of Melbourne).

Tickets for the Sunday evening show are also still available at full price.

Tinpan Orange 

Friday 27 May – Workers Club, Geelong, VIC

Saturday 28 May – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Critically acclaimed Melbourne three-piece Tinpan Orange, led by brother-sister combo Emily and Jesse Lubitz, have released their new album Love Is A Dog and are playing selected locations across the country over the next few weeks across Australia.

An atmospheric and ethereal collection of folk-influenced songs, their fifth album is packed full of haunting tunes that should sound fantastic live.

Melbourne Ska Orchestra (above)

Saturday 28 May – Max Wyatt’s, Melbourne, VIC

If you’ve never seen Melbourne Ska Orchestra live then there is precious little to hold on to as a comparison.

Operating with a live membership that ranges between 18 and 36 the Melbourne Ska Orchestra are if not unique, in the strictest sense of the word, than at least very abnormal.

Melding old school ska with all of the genres in between, they’ve established themselves as festival favourites across the country.

Now, in support of their new album Sierra-Kilo-Alpha, Melbourne Ska Orchestra are positioned to re-establish themselves as one of the genres finest and most fun current exponents.

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