Going into town, having a rad time dancing and probably drinking at an awesome show, it’s the dream really. You get to go out and socialise, you get an excuse to flail or dance around based around how advanced your motor skills are, you get an icebreaker for the next month in ‘oh, I totally saw so and so’, and you get listen to awesome music made by awesome folks. But alas, at any one point in time there are at least 20,000 shows going down in Australia, and to meet this perfect storm of a good time, you’ve gotta figure out what you’d actually enjoy seeing. So, we’re here to give you some pointers to figure out what will bring you the best of times.


Despite it being scheduled for, well, today, Rufus’s pop up show in Sydney is a definite must to jump on. With the band about to begin a European tour in March and an American tour in April, this is the only planned date the group has since taking a few spots in the Hottest 100s. Sure to be on a high from that fact alone, the show promises even more by being the launch of Rüfüs’s newest album Bloom, with the group also offering signings. The show is first come, first serve at the Oxford Art Factory (SYD), with entry being granted to anyone who purchases anything from the pop–up Zanerobe store, so you may want to start lining up before the store opens at 4:30 PM.

28 Jan 2016 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Ecca Vandal

Following the release of her fourth (also best) single ‘End of Time’ and a slot opening for the much hyped and even more well received Young Fathers, Ecca Vandal is set to dominate 2016. So before she takes her rightful place as the queen of Aus punk, you should catch her playing the tracks that will launch her there. Besides, anyone who can pull off an anger but still danceable version of ‘get your freak on’ needs all of your attention.

20 Feb 2016 – Jack Rabbit Slim’s, Northbridge, WA
25 Feb 2016 – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
26 Feb 2016 – Rocket Bar & Rooftop, Adelaide, SA
27 Feb 2016 – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Peep Tempel

The Peep Tempel’s last album was a violent romp that held the same amount of heart in its lyrics and fuck you instrumentation that has been seen from The Drones to The Birthday Party. Now the threesome are headed back into the studio to bring even more angry feisty passion to the world of Aus music. But before that, the band are giving their brilliant album Tales one last hurrah with a national Aus tour. It’ll be a bleak Peepless world for a while, so be sure to catch them before sightings of singer Blake Scott go the way of Bigfoot sightings. Tickets are on sale now via WingSing.

18 Feb 2016 – Estonian House, Brunswick, VIC
19 Feb 2016 – The Factory Floor, Marrickville, NSW


Considering Millencolin were one of the acts still waiting on a five digit bill for playing the 2015 leg of Soundwave, the Swedish skater punks have more than enough reason to pull a Rancid and pretend Australia vanished off the map after that tour. Thankfully that isn’t the case, and the legendary group have just announced an east coast tour, though this time Maddahless. Tickets are on sale now through Oztix and Ticketek.

26 April 2016 – Metropolis, Fremantle, WA
28 April 2016 – HQ, Adelaide, SA
29 April 2016 – Roundhouse, Sydney, NSW
30 April 2016 – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
1 May 2016 – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
3 May 2016 – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC

Ted Danson

You underage Melbourne kids looking through this list and dying inside because you aren’t 18 yet, don’t fret! Feb 6th sees Footscray’s Wrangler studios hosting an all–ages show featuring Sydney pun-punk heavyweights Ted Danson with Wolves, twinkle lords Stockades, fuzz rock Shiny Coin and sad folks tee Eli Cash. Ted Danson will be headlining a full Aus tour outside this date, but Melbourne AA shows are once in a blue moon.

5 Feb 2016 – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC
6 Feb 2016 – Wrangler Studios, Melbourne, VIC
12 Feb 2016 – Beatdisk Records, Parramatta, NSW

Jaala Residency

Jaala is the brainchild of Mangelwurzel leader and professional cool person Cosima. Keeping the addictive weirdness that makes Mangelwurzel, Jaala’s takes a more pop approach than the former, taking it’s time crafting memorable jangly melodies rather than the noise version of going straight for the jugular. The group is performing a residency at the beautiful Gasometer for the next month, playing every Tuesday in March. Tickets are available through Oztix.

Alpine + Dorsal Fins

Alpine is the perfect act for Shadow Electric’s Estonia House. Hauntingly beautiful yet still allowing for the audience to dance up a storm, the group is all of the good in Aussie pop ground up into one Split Enz vibing act. Not to mention that they are joined by Dorsal Fins, Melbourne’s premiere noise dance crew. A double feature you won’t be able to turn away from.

19 Feb 2016 – Estonian House, Brunswick, VIC

Modest Mouse

If you aren’t aching to see Modest Mouse then you haven’t heard any of their stuff, in which case I encourage you to listen to Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About and Good News for People who love Bad News. For the rest of you, tickets are on sale now and even though this tour sees the much missed 6-piece playing arenas, those are still going to go quick. You better jump in that now as tickets are on sale now.

21 March 2016 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
23 March 2016 – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC


Waxahatchee is one of those cases which the front of an already incredible band goes on to make even more incredible music as a solo artist. Supports have just been announced for her second time showing Australia the way hard-hitting and soulful stripped down tunes are done, including shoe­–gaze darlings Mere Women. Tickets available now through Moshtix.

17 Feb 2016 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
18 Feb 2016 ­– Howler, Brunswick, VIC

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