One of our nation’s finest songwriters, Fraser A Gorman, will be gracing the stage at Smith’s Alternative this Thursday. Comparisons to Bob Dylan come often for Gorman, but once you listen a little more deeply you’ll hear the small-town charm and coastal chill that’s entirely individual to this acclaimed singer-songwriter from Torquay. ‘Book Of Love’ from his 2015 debut album is the perfect place to start for the uninitiated.
The new, self-titled EP from Canberra’s own Charlotte & The Harlots brims with energy, taking nods from Nirvana, Grinspoon and Smashing Pumpkins. Its five songs scream past in less than 15 minutes, but cuts like the winding, breakneck ‘Down’ hint at a bright future for this band making fun, sophisticated rock music. Catch them live at Transit Bar this Friday, alongside The Differs, Babe Fiasco, Dalmacia, and Mimi The Desert Pearl.
Head into the suburbs for the unofficial Canberra music family gathering going down at the Mulgara Homestead on Friday night, with independent music heroes Amends and Jack R Reilly bringing their Spring Fling Tour to Canberra with support from Plastic Plants and Powder Blue.
Sadly, the light rail won’t help you get one suburb over to The Front if you’re keen to split your time and see Canberra’s most exciting new band Paint Store, alongside a mini-festival lineup dubbed Rock and Roll Baby.
Elsewhere, Amyl and the Sniffers will bring a healthy dose of chaos to Transit Bar on Saturday and English producer Riton, who was inescapable last year thanks to his huge collabs with singer Kah-Lo, will be found behind the decks at Mr Wolf on Friday night.
- Wednesday Lunchtime Concert @ 12:40 pm, Wesley Music Centre
- Whitworth Roach Classical Music Concert: Louise Johnson and Janet Webb @ Big Band Room Peter Karmel Building ANU School of Music, 6:00 pm
- Sing For Your Supper @ George Harcourt Inn, 6:30 pm
- CJ Ramone @ The Basement, 8:00 pm
- Commune #7 with Sebastian Field, Anquan and Luke de Zilva @ sideway, 8:00 pm
- Battle of the Bands – Preliminary Finals @ Chisolm Vikings, 8:00 pm
- As Famous As The Moon @ Hippo Co, 8:00 pm
- Smith’s Varietal #162 @ Smith’s Alternative, 9:30 pm.
- Whitworth Roach Classical Music Performance Competition Final @ Llewellyn Hall, 6:00 pm
- Wave Teller @ Smith’s Alternative, 7:00 pm
- Phoenix Collective Present ‘Freedom & Equality’ @ Wesley Music Centre, 7:00 pm
- Phil Wiggins and Dom Turner @ Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 7:00 pm
- Key Grip @ National Press Club, 7:00 pm
- Yeehaw #3 | Return to the Womb @ sideway, 7:30 pm
- Evenings With Powder Blue – Second Show with La Perouse and Peach Lane @ Transit Bar, 8:00 pm
- Fraser A. Gorman @ Smith’s Alternative, 9:30 pm.
- Ryan David @ Town Centre Vikings, 4:00 pm
- 2XX DJ Mixtape – Vol 2 @ sideway, 5:00 pm
- Rock and Roll Baby with Paint Store, Griffin Ford & The Variables, Scoob McGoon, Stieble Eltron and frances walkerden @ The Front, 6:00 pm
- Dan McLean @ National Press Club, 6:00 pm
- Amends, Jack R Reilly, Plastic Plants and Powder Blue (All Ages) @ Mulgara Homestead, 6:30 pm
- Charlotte & The Harlots EP Tour with The Differs, Babe Fiasco, Dalmacia and Mimi The Desert Pearl @ Transit Bar, 7:00 pm
- Jetty Road @ Harmonie German Club, 7:00 pm
- Alana and Alicia @ Smith’s Alternative, 7:00 pm
- Circus Dust: Irregular Single Launch Tour @ The Basement, 7:00 pm
- Bad Henrys @ Rose Cottage, 8:00 pm
- FEEL ft Sunset Bros. @ Fiction, 9:00 pm
- Hello Tut Tut @ Smith’s Alternative, 9:30 pm
- Third Party @ Hellenic Club Woden, 9:30 pm
- Riton @ Mr Wolf, 10:00 pm.
- Rumours “Incredulous” Single Release @ The Basement, 7:00 pm
- The Rattlesnakes Rock N Roll Dance Night @ Harmonie German Club, 7:00 pm
- The Glenn Miller Orchestra @ Canberra Theatre Centre, 7:30 pm
- Campbell/Johnstone/Clarke/Sutton @ The Street Theatre, 7:30 pm
- CYO 2019 Concerto Competition Winner @ Llewellyn Hall, 7:30 pm
- Disorganised Crime @ Rose Cottage, 8:00 pm
- Amyl and The Sniffers with Nick Nuisance and Slagatha Christie @ Transit Bar, 9:00 pm
- Fiction Saturdays @ Fiction, 9:00 pm
- Something Like This @ Erindale Vikings, 9:30 pm
- CoverArt @ Hellenic Club Woden, 9:30 pm.
- Bec Taylor School of Music End of Term Concert @ Smith’s Alternative, 10:00 am
- Sunday Jazz Jam @ Smith’s Alternative, 1:00 pm
- Sharon Kidd @ Rose Cottage, 2:00 pm
- ArtSong Season of Song Concert 6: L’Heure Exquise @ Wesley Music Centre, 3:00 pm
- Tom Hespe solo @ Old Canberra Inn, 4:00 pm
- Astrodeath with The Narcissists and Sarky Bastard @ Transit Bar, 8:00 pm
- Toast @ sideway, 9:00 pm.
- Gypsy Jazz Project @ Molly, 7:00 pm.