It’s been a long festival season—imaginably a three-month tenure of millennial hedonism and sunburn. You’re probably a few weeks into the new semester, yearning for the glory days. Have no fear! The Grok Gig Guide is back by self-pronounced demand and is here to lead you through some very ill-judged gig recommendations (the person who writes this probably knows nothing about what’s “in” these days).
360: Astor Theatre, Mt Lawley—Sat, March 10
Touring for the release of his fourth studio album Vintage Modern; if you’re wanting to kick off March with some pretty standard, well-known Australian hip hop then you are surely not going to be disappointed when 360 hits the Astor Theatre this Saturday.
The Hunting Birds: Newport Hotel, Fremantle—Sun, March 10
If you’re into folk bands that have the rustic tones of a homely country jam session complete with the energy of a roaring rock band, then the Hunting Birds are a definite recommend. Having kicked off their 2017 winning a spot on the Falls Festival line-up, let’s see where their first headline show of the year, and ultimately 2018, takes them.
Rodrigo y Gabriela: Astor Theatre, Mt Lawley—Tue, March 13
For those who are looking for that “authentic” Latin experience—you know, a step up from the Latin nights at The Game in Northbridge—then Mexican classical guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela (see what I did there? … Oh forget it) is your ticket to cultural snobbery. But if you’re willing to take a punt on a style of music you haven’t even touched before, go and take a punt and check them out—could make for a revelatory Tuesday; viva la fiesta, baby!
Jack River: Mojos Bar, North Fremantle—Fri, March 16
Having visited Perth last year, Dream-pop aficionado, Jack River, is coming back once more to wow Perth crowds. Possibly one of the most interesting indie-pop sensations to come out nationally in the past year, now’s your chance to catch her perform live. If Fools Gold, Fault-line and Ballroom are catchy numbers on the radio, they are bound to give a similar impression in a live setting.
Morgan Bain: The Sewing Room, Perth—Fri, March 16
Leaving the nest and moving to Melbourne, Bain is undertaking one last farewell tour before crossing the Nullarbor for good. Supporting the likes of Leanne La Havas, Amy Shark, and Dan Sultan, and known to mix up genres in his live performances, the skilled singer-come-rapper will be greatly missed. Good luck Bain.
Angel Olsen: Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle—Sun, March 18
If you’re caught off the fever of yesterday’s International Women’s Day celebration and want to witness some strong female figures in music, Angel Olsen isn’t a bad choice to stoke that fever. Touring for her latest album Phases, expect an eclectic mixture of folk, blues, and rock, and Olsen blowing you away with her shredding guitar solos and shrill voice.
Demon Days: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth—Sun, March 18
If you’re not into the whole blues and rock kinda jazz, and you’re more of a smooth soul, then Demon Days over at The Rosemount will be playing the same night. Winning a spot at this year’s Falls Festival as part of the foster band competition, the band have certainly earnt their cool-points. Able to change a crowd one-hundred-strong into jazz-cats is an impressive site to see; and they’ll convert you to.
Kerser: Metropolis, Fremantle—Fri, March 23
Famed for topping the ARIA charts with seventh LP Engraved In The Game with no radio support, “King Kers” will be heading to Perth to play for hip hop fans who are keen on catching the rapper drop some fiery, hot words.
Good Doogs: Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth—Sat, March 24
If you’re in the mood for some lo-fi, surf punk then feel the vibes with Good Doogs as they return to their hometown after a regional tour at Jack Rabbit Slims. Containing addictive, youthful cheek in the vocal delivery and really sweet fuzzed-out power chords in the chorus, the band is loud and defiant, and a nice local act to check out for a rock-filled Saturday night.
Crooked Colours, Sets On The Beach: Port Beach, North Fremantle—Sat. March 24
Be sure to bring extra layers for this one so you don’t get ravaged by the coastal winds later in the evening. But then again, if you’re in the center of a human maelstrom pinging off your head to beats, the temperature and weather aren’t probably going to be an issue. Local dance group Crooked Colours are headlining—think Glass Animals, but with a local, west coast twist.
Georgia Reed: Mojos Bar, North Fremantle—Sun, March 25
Recently wrapping up a set at this year’s Nannup Music Festival to record crowd numbers and attention, this local gal is currently playing a string of shows under Wonderland, her latest single, and is even set to support Eve Karydas in Sydney. If you want to witness an artist on the cusp of “getting big” then watch Georgia Reed closely. With impressive vocals to boot, Reed is a promising solo performer to check out, so head down to Mojos!
Bruno Mars: Perth Arena, Perth—Wed, March 28; Thur, March 29
This is the big one for this month, with ticket sales selling out last century—if you were one of the lucky few to be going then props to you. Featuring Dua Lipa as the supporting act, it’s bound to be a good night of pop, 80’s inspired funk.
Smith Street Band: Astor Theatre, Mt Lawley—Sat, March 31
Now, anyone who has witnessed a live set of Smith Street Band knows they’ll inevitably end up in the moshpit during Death To The Lads. For the sake of gig tourism, this is a must. It’s like seeing the Grand Canyon of Australian rock music; you get thrashed around a bit while listening to Will Wagner’s cynical vocals—whats not to bloody love? Of course, if you want to chill out, then obviously moshing isn’t required—you really think this gig guide would advocate dangerous behavior in a crowded environment ? Tut, tut.
GUM: The Bird, Northbridge—Sat, March 31
GUM—aka Jay Watson—multi-instrumentalist of Tame Impala and Pond is set to wow The Bird with phased-out psychedelia from his latest album, The Underdog. A staple act from the Perth psychedelic scene, GUM will have you blown away with his smooth, lucid music.