Mike Noga of the Drones, who will perform at next year's All Tomorrow's Parties.
This weekend, almost to the day, marks five years since local beat combo Waterford first ascended the stage. In the intervening years, the band has notched up close to 100 shows, gone through a Spinal Tap-esque six drummers, cut an LP, gained national airplay and played with a few of its musical heroes along the way. On Saturday, Waterford will return to where it all began, The Phoenix, to knock out a few old favourites, preview some new tunes from next year's double-album and blood two new members. Old friends Owen M. Carroll of Voss and Shoeb Ahmad of Spartak have been drafted in on support duties and will play rare solo sets. Entry is free.
The Bowl, an artist-run events and exhibition space within the Lonsdale Street Traders development in Braddon, is holding its first event tomorrow. The night will feature Zineapples, an exhibition and zine of ''original pineapples'' by local artists Hannah Bath, Chris Carmody, Daniel Edwards, Rosie Gatliff, Zoya Godoroja-Prieckaerts, Robbie Karmel, Pat Larmour, Adam Veikkanen and Naomi Xeros, as well as performances from Cathy Petocz, East River, Biscuits and Luke Penders. The Traders' in-house bakery Sweet Bones will have food for sale. Doors open at 6pm.
Split between Sydney and Canberra, sorta-local shoegaze duo the Longest Day will play another of its infrequent shows at the Transit Bar this Sunday. Though its origins date back to the late '90s, the band really kicked into gear in 2005 with the release of debut LP Slumber, a record awash with reverb and indebted to the likes of My Bloody Valentine and Flying Saucer Attack. The band has since knocked out a further three albums, the two most recent - 2008's Night Falls and this year's Beyond Your Skies - featuring contributions from US-based musician and artist Christy Romanick. Locals Spartak and Cold House will kick the show off from 4pm. Entry is free.
Swapping sticks for picks
Mike Noga, timekeeper for celebrated Melbourne band the Drones, is bracing himself for a packed year ahead. The first few months of 2013 will see his band headline the triumphant Australian return of All Tomorrow's Parties and release its eagerly awaited new album, while personally, the drummer is also working on his third solo album and planning an overseas relocation. Before all this, Noga is teaming up with old friend Ben Salter of the Gin Club for A Night on the Tiles, a freewheeling tour that will see the pair diving into their respective catalogues and honing their Derek and Clive-esque stage banter. The tour rolls into The Front this Sunday. Tickets are $15 on the door.
Eat their dust
Following an evening slot at the Meredith Music Festival, San Diegan power trio Earthless will be back in town this Tuesday night at the ANU Bar. The band played a thunderous set when it visited Canberra in January last year and next week's show should be a similarly ear-shattering display of psych-rock power. The band's drummer Mario Rubalcaba will essentially be taking up temporary residency in Australia over summer, touring with Hot Snakes and Earthless concurrently and, at the end of January, jumping on the Big Day Out roadshow as part of punk supergroup OFF!. Tickets are $36.25 + bf from Ticketek.
Feel the noyze
US rapper and beatboxer Rahzel, a former member of the Roots, is playing at Transit Bar tonight backed by DJ JS-1 of the Rocksteady Crew and supported by locals Stateovmind, Nix, Context and Buick. Known to fans as ''the Godfather of Noyze'', Rahzel has a long and storied catalogue: as well as his own solo albums, which have seen him collaborate with A Tribe Called Quest, RZA, KRS-One and Slick Rick, the man's talent for beatboxing and rapping simultaneously has made him the go-to throat for Erykah Badu, Ben Harper, Common and Bjork. Tickets are $25 + bf from Moshtix and Landspeed, and doors open at 8pm.
Out of the garage
Local garage rock band Il Bruto, featuring members of veteran punk bands the Fools and Hell Yes, are emerging out of semi-hibernation for a three-hour sonic marathon at the Old Canberra Inn on Saturday. Expect classics by bands such as the Kinks, the Sonics, Easybeats, the Who, the Yardbirds and the Sunnyboys, a few obscurities and perhaps a couple of originals. The band kicks off at 9pm and will power through until midnight.
Addicted to bass
Bass in the Place will return to Civic this New Year's Eve. Timmy Trumpet, last in town with the Stafford Brothers for Foreshore a couple of weeks ago, will return to headline the event, while DJ Rawson, Chris Fraser and Runamark round out the bill. The all-ages show kicks off at 9pm and is alcohol and glass free. There will also be a family concert earlier in the night, featuring Diesel, Tuchasoul and Heuristic.
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Peter Krbavac is a Canberra music writer, musician and radio presenter with 2XX