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Weekend gig guide: Ngaiire, The Beards, The Rubens

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The Beards 

Friday June 24th 2016 – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 25th 2016 – Corner Hotel, Richmond, VIC (SOLD OUT)
Sunday 26th 2016 – Corner Hotel, Richmond, VIC

The Beards are undoubtedly the greatest comedy rock band all about beards of the past decade – hell, I don’t think they’ve ever had a contender. Unfortunately though the 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 great beards are has given them remarkable longevity.

The Delta Riggs

Saturday 25th June – Howler, Brunswick, VIC

The Melbourne rock and rollers have been slugging it out for years around the local live circuit, The Delta Riggs have developed a hard-won reputation for their solid and exciting sets, as well as some well-crafted rock and roll songs.

Following a relatively recent line-up change, the band has refocused their musical direction and appear to have benefited from it.

Elizabeth Rose 

Friday June 24th 2016 – Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst, NSW
Saturday June 25th 2016 – Argyle House – Newcastle, NSW

Aussie DJ Elizabeth Rose has been slowly making waves in the local music scene for several years with a series of singles, EPs and festival sets.

Now touring in support of her recent single Intra, Rose’s star is set to shine even brighter.

Jungle Giants 

Friday June 24th 2016 – Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday June 25th 2016 – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

With a pleasant chiming guitar pop sound tailor-made for summery afternoon jams and Triple J playlists.

With a breezy melodic line and catchy choruses it’s almost impossible sometimes not to get swept away in the sheer optimistic good time vibes the band spits out.

Their second album, 2015’s Speakerziod, was familiar but resoundingly friendly and should fit the bill for anyone looking for some up-tempo guitar pop.


Friday June 24th 2016 – Karova Lounge – Ballarat Central, VIC
Saturday June 25 2016 – Northcote Social Club, Nortchote, VIC

First gaining a touch of the national spotlight in the second season of Australian Idol, Papua New Guinea-born, Sydney-based artist Ngaire Joseph has made serious strides over the past few years, emerging as an Australian answer to FKA twigs’ left-field brand of experimental pop.

Her second album Blastoma is truly a blast (though the title refers to a type of cancer she suffered as a child), melding her range of synth-heavy, electro-tinged pop songs.

Oscar Key Sung 

Friday June 24th 2016 – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

Continuing his national tour in support of single Hands, electronic RnB artist Oscar Key Sung will be hitting up Sydney this weekend.

He gained international attention through a string of singles and remixes, touring overseas and playing many festivals across Oz. Only a couple of weeks back he was one of the main acts at Dark Mofo’s official opening party.

This is part of his only headlining tour for the year, so if you’re keen on checking him out it may be the best opportunity for a while.

The Rubens 

Friday June 24th 2016 – Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park, NSW
Saturday June 25th 2016 – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC

Following the release of their second album Hoops, The Rubens graduated from the ranks of hard-working, dependable rockers to become a real ‘Big Thing’.

Winning Triple J’s Hottest 100 earlier this year only seemed to certify their rise to one of the prominence as one of the most popular bands in Oz.

To celebrate they’ve booked a series of dates at arena-sized venues across the land, an impressive step for any local act.

Along for the ride is the rather excellent collection of support acts Mansionair, Slum Sociable and Ali Barter. Mansionair, in particular, are well worth a gander – their excellent singles such as Hold Me Down and Speak Easy have provided them with substantial traction.

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