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Issue 1652

Words by Tom Parker

Editor’s Note

250 acts. 85 events. 1 music city. That’s a prologue in writing but only a teaser, just a preamble to whet the appetite without creating any climax. The climax begins in two days with the launch of Melbourne Music Week, this city’s premier celebration of a culture that’s rooted in the veins of the metropolis.

Music is Melbourne and Melbourne is music – there’s so much opportunity that an aimless late-night mooch can lead to gold in the form of a bar and a bandroom unanticipated. Garage rock is the theme of the night and Straight Arrows take to the stage with Rice Is Nice’s 10th anniversary the amiable shadow. For it is Melbourne Music Week – a time to rejoice milestones.

Before that, Kira Puru headlines a huge opening night Heaps Gay Reverie. For Various Asses, MARIBELLE, Brooke Powers and more join her side-by-side. The Little Songs of the Mutilated will twist our minds with Exquisite Corpse, a conceptual jungle gym and then we’re left with the wisdom of Thando, Julia Holter and Mo Gilligan unpacking their cerebral minds.