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Weekend gig guide: The Drones, Cat Empire, Violent Soho and more

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Friday 20 May

The BeardsCoopers Alehouse, Wallaroo, NSW

The Beards are undoubtedly the greatest comedy rock band all about beards of the past decade – hell, I don’t think anyone else would have a contender — ever.

Unfortunately though for facial hair aficionados, The Beards are retiring their hairy brand of rock and roll with a farewell tour.

While any band with a series of songs consisting of names such as Got Me A Beard, Stroking My Beard, Touch Me In the Beard, If You’re Dad Doesn’t Have Beard, You’ve Got Two Mums and You Should Consider Having Sex With A Bearded Man could easily be written off as purely a novelty act, The Beards’ ear for a good tune and frequent riffs on how the greatness of  beards has given them remarkable longevity.

They kick off the tour in Wallaroo this Friday.

Cat PowerBrisbane Powerhouse, New Farm, QLD

Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, was supposed to play this gig back in February but had to postpone due to a rare blood disease.

Thankfully, she’s back and her intimate solo outing featuring songs both old and new promises to be a transcendent experience.

Tinpan OrangeThe Vanguard, Newtown, NSW

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.

Violent SohoMetro City Club, Northbridge, WA

Violent Soho are continuing their national tour in support of their most recent fourth album WACO at the Metro City Club in Perth.

The Brisbane four piece received some more good news this week with the announcement that theri smash single Covered in Chrome — a brutal grunge-tinged rocker that set the clock back in sonic terms – has been certified gold (meaning 35,000 sales).

Cat EmpireEnmore Theatre, Newtown, NSW

The ska and jazz band The Cat Empire are travelling up and down the country supporting their latest release Rising with the Sun.

One of the country’s most consistently excellent live bands, a ticket to a Cat Empire gig is one of the closest things you’ll get to a guarantee of good times.

Saturday 21 May

The Drones – 147 Russell, Melbourne, VIC

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).

Singer Gareth Liddiard is one of the most vivid and descriptive lyricists this country has ever produced and his tormented vocal growl as distinctive as any sound in rock music today.

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