The Villenettes: rockabilly heroines

villlepicClass, chops, and crashing rock n’ roll – that’s what emerging local act The Villenettes are all about.

After joining together in mid-2012 from various other musical projects, The Villenettes have become a regular fixture on Adelaide’s live scene, to the acclaim of plenty of punters.

And now they’ve backed up their hard gigging work with V for Villendetta, an excellent debut EP that’s sure to work wonders for their profile.

Anna and Kylie from the band joined us in the Streetcast studio having just launched the EP at the Crown and Anchor the night before.

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Alphabette, hold the e, you fools!

Alphabette have been hanging around on the Adelaide scene for just about a year now in various line ups, they’ve finally settled down and are now starting to ramp up a bit of support and make a name for themselves. Ahead of their highly anticipated show at the Grace Emily, two of the band’s four members joined us in the studio – Louise O’Reilly and Dave Resce.

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The Necks: kings of experimental jazz

necksSydney band The Necks started jamming their improvised jazz compositions way back in 1987 – and not only are they still standing today, they’ve grown into one of the most respected musical trios in the world. With just piano, bass and drums, the band create instrumental pieces on the spot, totally improvised and rising and falling with incredible power.

The Necks don’t make albums in the traditional sense. Instead of a selection of different songs, Necks records feature just one or two extended compositions, sometimes up to an hour in length. Their debut album Sex is an Australian cult classic, their 2001 album Aether has been added into the Australian national sound archive, and now 25 years on they’ve released album number sixteen, Mindset.

But it’s probably The Necks’ live show which really proves their talent. The band gets up on stage and improvises for an hour, before taking a quick break and launching into another hour of jamming. No two Necks shows are the same. It’s a musical spectacle which for years has amazed audiences and critics the world over – in fact the New York Times has described them as one of the greatest bands in the world.

On Sunday night The Necks bring their extraordinary live show to The Gov in Adelaide, as part of a national tour. Nick chatted to bass player Lloyd Swanton during the week, while he was with the band in Melbourne to kick off the tour.

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The Wild Things at a crossroad

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The Wild Things, bein’ wild

What do you get when you mix members of top Adelaide bands The Honey Pies, The British Robots, Central Deli Band and Cheer Advisory Council with an exceptionally talented mandolin player reared on folk music? The Wild Things! A who’s who of local musicians fusing bluegrass, rock, country and 60s pop to deliver melodic, harmonic and timeless songs.

The five piece are set to release their debut album At The Crossroad in March but in the meantime you can catch them live at Ed Castle this Friday night. Band members Hugh, Mark, Alex and Luke stopped by the Streetcast studio ahead of the show for a chat with Danni Frangos and to play a couple of live tracks, including a stripped back Blur cover!

Interview Part One

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Interview Part Two

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Milhouse

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Beetlebum

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The Pirate Lord of the harmonica

lord stompyLord Stompy is one of Adelaide’s musical legends. Whether he’s performing solo or collaborating with other musicians, Stompy is a regular fixture on the local scene; commonly found with a pirate-like swagger, finely-cultivated facial hair, and trademark harmonica.

Mind you, there are few (if any) instruments he can’t play. Lord Stompy is even a master of spoken word performance.

He’s built a reputation as an all-round showman, and is also known for being quite a character… as Streetcast found out, when His Lordship stopped by for an interview and a shanty or two.

You can catch Lord Stompy in action at the Worldsend next Friday (25th January) with Captain Hellfire and the Wretched Brethren, and Shipwrecked in the Desert. And look out for his harmonica lessons and jam nights at The Gov from February!

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Blooming Solo Artist, Naomi Keyte

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Honest, beautiful and delicate folk pop with and angelic melodies– that’s what you get when you see local singer/songwriter Naomi Keyte, whether she’s playing solo, or performing in much-loved and acclaimed local bands, the Transatlantics or Gold Bloom.

Naomi joined Jennie in the studio ahead of her gig at the Cranker to support MS Research to talk inspriation, happiness, gigs and perform ‘Balance’ and ‘Glass Bottle’ live.

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Naomi will also be performing an acoustic set with Matt Barlow (from Sparkspitter) on Sunday 13 January 2013 at the Exeter on Rundle St, Adelaide and at Moving Music on Saturday 19 January 2013.