Mind Over Matter: If you haven’t heard of Willow and Smiles by now then feel free to mentally kick yourselves. As stalwarts in Sydney’s homegrown hip-hop scene, they have wit and charisma. Their collaborations are legendary, including a boisterous Bliss N Eso alliance in Where The Wild Things Are, but their own tunes are even better. 2014 saw them add DJ Ntaprize to their ranks and release a March album This Way to Elsewhere.
Thu, Jul 3rd, Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst.
Watoto Children’s Choir: This group of talented children produce the purest form of music that you will ever hear. This choir allows these orphaned children to see more of the world and gain a broader perspective than what their homeland of Africa could give them. The show is called Beautiful Africa: A New Generation, and will include dance routines, stunning visual effects and true stories to make up an incredibly moving performance.
Fri, Jul 4th, Chapel by the Sea, Bondi Beach.
Bell X1: Debuting at number one on the Irish charts, Paul Noonan, Dominic Philips and David Geraghty have had one hell of a year. Forming from the ashes of another band, Juniper, these guys are onto their sixth studio album Chop Chop, featuring smooth and intricately layered sounds that differ hugely from their previous works. They will be joined by Brisbane darlings The Phoncurves, who bring their own signature brand of vocal melodies and sweet composition.
Sat, Jul 5th, Hi-Fi Sydney, Entertainment Quarter.
Janis Siegel: Siegel has nine Grammys under her belt and a wealth of nominations, but her music is reason enough for a one in a million career. With over 10 solo albums as well as being an integral part of The Manhattan Transfer, this talented lady has sang some of the biggest hits such as Operator, Twilight Zone, Sassy, Spice of Life and more. Tonight she will be launching her next solo venture.
Sun, Jul 6th, Camelot Lounge, Marrickville.
Plekto: While most prefer the classics, there is something celestial about new chamber arrangements played live. Tonight at the infamous white sails, Ensemble Offspring will bring their signature sensory performance with the anticipated premiere of Mexican creator Juan Felipe Waller, who now resides in Berlin. Also on the agenda are two mesmerising Australian debuts to give us a further taste of the talent that resides on our shores.
Tues, Jul 8th, Sydney Opera House.
Amy Rose: Hailing from Sydney and listing influences such as Imogen Heap, Gotye and Grimes, Rose is rising steadily from our streets. She has been named as a finalist in the Vanda and Young Song Writing Competition last year and has since gone from strength to strength; featuring as a vocalist on a Ministry of Sound track as well as headlining shows up and down the east coast. Her unique blend of indie-pop with electronic sensibilities will no doubt cast a spell upon the crowd. (CD)
Wed, Jul 9th, Venue505, Surry Hills.