Core – February 19, 2014
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Core – February 19, 2014

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Nothing puts the cost of seeing international bands in perspective like the price of an international comedy show. For all the whinging we do about ticket prices these days, at least we’re not regularly being sodomised by comedy promoters. With tickets to Dave Chappelle heading into triple digits, and most international comedians insisting on charging similarly for a 60 minute set with no backing band, support band, lighting dude, guitar techs or other such assistance, you wonder how they can justify the cost. For the most part, I’m okay with shelling out to see international bands, purely because I know that being in the thick of the audience during an excellent, all-consuming, life-affirming live performance can be a totally priceless experience, and feel in that moment – one that I’d usually pay ten times the ticket price for.

La Dispute have announced an Australian tour in support of their new album Rooms Of The House (due out in March) and those legends are bringing moody alt-rockers Balance and Composure (whose recent album was one of the best of 2013) with them. These shows WILL be sensational. Don’t miss them at the Corner Hotel on June 12. Their last show there sold out pretty promptly, so don’t snooze.

The sidewaves continue to be announced, in some cases just over a week before they’re actually taking place. Soundwave kept punters on their toes last week by announcing a Pennywise sidewave in Melbourne. Thursday February 27 will see them play alongside Stiff Little Fingers, Trash Talk and Authority Zero, successfully satisfying all of Soundwave’s tough guy hardcore crowd.

A Day To Remember also announced sidewaves only to have them swiftly sell out. Their show with The Ghost Inside and I Killed The Prom Queen at The Forum on Thursday February 27 flew out the door and understandably so. The new ADTR album gets better with every listen and compared to the Festival Halls they were filling six months ago, The Forum is a fangirl’s dream.

Gwar, Amon Amarth, Satyricon and The Black Dahlia Murder will join forces on Thursday February 27 for a Melbourne sideshow at 170 Russell. This one will sell out before doors open so go find tickets now.

Whitechapel have withdrawn from Soundwave Festival just days before it’s commencement due to “the death of an immediate family member”. Condolences go out to the band. IF there’s any reasonable excuse for canning a tour, it’s this one.

Russian Circles must find a substantial crowd when they tour Australia as they’re returning once again to our country in support of new album Memorial. They’ll hit up some very cosy venues, playing The Hi-Fi on May 1. Tickets are available now.

The Acacia Strain are headed our way with special guests Aversions Crown and Wollongong band Graves. See them smash out a set at Bang in Melbourne on April 26, or chuck an afternoon session at Arrow On Swanston on April 27.

Buried In Verona are taking their Faceless album on the road this April. The new album is pretty furious and should sound excellent live when they road test it at Plastic on April 24. There’s also an underage show at Arrow On Swanston on April 25. They’ll be joined for Fit For A King, Feed Her To The Sharks and Ocean Grove