Nai Palm: Very little artists follow their instincts no matter where it takes them musically. More power to this Melbournian madam whose fame with neo-soul group Hiatus Kaiyote has seen her earn a Grammy Award nomination for their song Nakamarra. This year she has been valued for her own merits. Prepare to be enlightened as to why high-profile musicians such as DJ Jazzy Jeff, Flying Lotus and The Roots claim themselves fans of her unique soulfulness.
Thu, Jun 5th, Newtown Social Club, King St.
Laneous & The Family Yah: Their music feels like a sugar hit straight to the vein, so let loose to their punk-like electro mish-mash. Bris-vegas born and raised, the quartet manage to envelope elements of hip-hop and rock and roll topped with ever-changing vocals to create a sound entirely their own. It’s been a career of non-stop touring for them so far, as they claim much cheering and positive reviews along the way – there’s very little evidence of their chameleon-like music slowing down.
Fri, Jun 6th, The Basement, Circular Quay.
Ron Pope: His music has featured on major television shows such as The Vampire Diaries, 90210, and So You Think You Can Dance, as well as ten independently curated albums – impressive for a career that is only in its ninth year of existence. Raised in Georgia, USA, Pope’s 2014 offering Calling off the Dogs earned him a place on the legendary South-by-South West Tour with rave reviews.
Sat, Jun 7th, The Factory Theatre, Marrickville.
Schoolboy Q: Showing his label-mate Isaiah Rashad our Australian landscape, this Californian MC will visit with his successful debut studio album Oxymoron under his belt. It contained collaborations with fellow hip-hop comrades A$AP Rocky, Action Bronson, Danny Brown and the happiest of them all, Pharrell Williams. The album has seen the rapper propelled alongside his idols Nas and 50 Cent.
Sun, Jun 8th, Enmore Theatre.
Delta Bombers: In a day full of sweet grub from Sydney restaurant Porteño, what better way to soundtrack your exploding taste buds than some of the best bands from LA label Wild Records. Venturing non-stop to bring their rock and roll souls to attention, they travel down under with the ruckus riffage of Luis & The Wildfires and powerfully raw vocals of LA songstress Gizzelle.
Mon, Jun 9th, Carriageworks, Eveleigh.
The Mango Balloon: Jazzgroove you’ve done it again. Yet another brainchild of local muso Julian Curwin, he weaves elements of jazz, western, Indian, gypsy and other exotic sounds to create an audible landscape fit for the most travelled nomads. Featuring the talents of genre-bending violinist and viola extraordinaire Shenzo Gregorio, be prepared to hear those fantastic moments from his earlier release Volume 3 as well as unprecedented improvisation of the highest calibre. (CD)
Tue, Jun 10th, Foundry616, Ultimo.