Point Blank: 5 February 2014

The Scientists are one of Australia’s most influential bands. Hailing from Perth and led by Kim Salmon they’ve leant their influence to artists such as Mudhoney – recently on our shores for Big Day Out. With their original lineup, The Scientists will scoot into The Trans in Brisbane, 27 March. We think there’ll be a scuffle for who gets the media pass for Blank.

They’ve spent the last 25 years free-pouring a righteous mix of mind-bending 60’s sound, heavy drug ‘n’ fuzz 70’s riffs and lashings of infinite psychedelic space rock. And in April, they hit Brisbane. Monster Magnet return to blow minds across Australia and play the Hi-Fi on Saturday 5 April.

For months, Australian indie dance oufit RÜFÜS have been exchanging strongly worded letters and colourful internal jibes about an existing US trademark on the name Rufus. It’s meant that the band has had to change their name for their upcoming tour of North America. They’ll be known as RÜFÜS DU SOL. The move allows the band to release their number 1 ARIA debut record Atlas in North America. They’ll be at SXSW for the first time and will be touring other parts of USA and Canada too.

Pharrell Williams just took home four Grammys including one for Producer of the Year for his work behind the scenes on Album of The Year, Daft Punk’s Get Lucky. And now he’s been announced as headline for Future Music Festival which comes to Brisbane Saturday 1 March. Pharrell Williams will be joined by Deadmau5, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Phoenix, Hardwell, Rudimental and many more. Pharrell Williams also plays a sideshow at RNA Showgrounds on 12 March. Tickets are available through Oztix.

No Lights No Lycra is one of the most inclusive forms of group exercise you can imagine. It’s a drug and alcohol free event, it’s only $7, kids are welcome and all you need to bring is comfortable clothing and water. The concept is growing in popularity – where a group of funksters get together in a dark room and dance their pounding hearts out. The good news is, it happens right here on the coast every Wednesday night. You can find the good grooves at Rabbit+Cocoon, home of the Miami Marketta, Studio 10. You can hit up the facebook page (nlnlgoldcoast) for more info or to request songs or themes.

They’re raw, there’s no doubt about it. Gold Coast swamp blues outfit Hell And Whiskey have released their first studio EP titled Can’t Beat the Blues. Armed with a guitar, a harp and two barbed-wire voices, these two fellas will shred your face off and blow your mind.  You can see Hell And Whiskey play at a new blues bar in Byron called Jonson’s on Friday 14 February or at their regular jaunt, Southern Cross Tavern on 1 March. Check their music out on Reverbnation or Facebook.

You’d have to be my dad to not know by now that Vance Joy is absolutely killing it in 2014. As well as his single Riptide taking out Triple J’s Hottest 100 and scoring a slot in the UK’s Top 10 Singles Chart, it was also crowned the highest selling Australian single by ARIA. He’s performing at Laneway and embarking on sold-out shows of the UK and Europe as well as hitting up SXSW. To top things off, Riptide was iTunes’ Single Of The Week last week. And he hasn’t even released his debut album yet. It’s due in the second half of 2014.

It’s a shame Townsville is so far up the road, because Groovin the Moo has unveiled an impressive and diverse lineup for its 2014 events. With the addition of a sixth date in South Australia and a solid track record over recent years, it’s nearly worth making the trek north just to join the fun. On the bill are Dizzee Rascal, The Jezabels, Vance Joy, The Presets, Parkway Drive, The Naked and Famous, Kingswood, The Jungle Giants and Violent Soho.

It might not be the most likely venue for four massive acts to descend on stage, but EAST is playing host this month to Glass Towers, Willow Beats, JAWS and Von Villains. Tickets are only $30 and the gig happens Sunday 23 February. It’s being coordinated by local promoters Viral Brand Agency who also recently brought Wolfmother to Swingin’ Safari. Tickets will go fast, so we recommend getting in quick. Visit Oztix for more information.

Gold Coast lads Headland Peddler are releasing a song of their upcoming album. But they need your help to put together the video. They’re calling for people from across the globe to submit footage of themselves grooving to their song Some Days. So far they’ve got footage from Germany, Sweden, Cuba, Melbourne, and of course the Gold Coast. For all the details, watch: tinyurl.com/headped and send your video submissions by the end of February to clasified@hotmail.com.

The 2014 edition of Earth Frequency Festival is set to take place at an amazing new venue – Ivory’s Rock near Peak Crossing, in the lush setting of the Scenic Rim. Earth Frequency Festival is a music, arts, lifestyle and environment festival and has a strong focus on performance, art, transformation, healing and community spirit. It happens 14 – 17 February with OKA, Dubmarine, Kooii, Saritah, Wild Marmalade with Paul George, Chocolate Strings, Fyah Walk, Spakinhide and others making up the bill. Pre-sale tickets for the 4 day event are just $240 and can be purchased from Mandala Organic Arts Café, Happy Herb Shops at Coolangatta and Southport. Get all the details at http://www.earthfrequency.com.au.

While some are lamenting the loss of Stone Temple Pilots from the Soundwave bill, others are rejoicing at The Living End stepping up to fill the vacancy. The US rockers had cited a clash before pulling out of their Australian commitment. The Living End join Greenday, Avenged, Sevenfold, Megadeth, Korn and Placebo amongst others when the festival comes to Brisbane on Sunday 22 February.

Nicky Bomba’s tropical, shaking, six-piece band Bustamento pays homage to the upbeat rhythms of the Caribbean, embracing calypso, mento, early reggae and ska.  If that sounds like your thing, then you’ll want to head to Bond University on Sunday 23 March as they celebrate their 25th anniversary as part of Bleach*. It’s free and more information is available at bond.edu.au/bustamento.

Gold Coast City Council is launching its Cultural Development Program this month, with live music and networking at The Loft. It happens Tuesday 11 February from 5.45pm. For more information about how you can get involved, phone the Cultural Development Unit on 07 5581 6871. RSVP is essential.

If you haven’t been to check out the comedic offerings at The Basement at the Arts Centre, February is as good a month as any. On Friday 7 February, Lawrence Mooney – a regular on Spicks and Specks takes to the stage. Bev Killicks puts on a special show for Valentine’s Day on Friday 14 February. And Darren Sanders, a regular on Rove and The Comedy Channel hits town on Friday 21 February. More information and tickets are available at the Box Office on 07 5588 4000. And special dinner and show tickets are available. More info at theartscentregc.com.au.

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