CCToday we say hi to my new guest blogger CC, a cool ex-Melburnian who now calls East London home. Skinny jeans aficionado, mosh pit veteran, classical pianist now electric guitarist, CC will be bringing you news of upcoming HOT gigs in Melbourne. Her motto is ‘with great musical wisdom, comes great musical responsibility’ and this girl has cred – I’ve followed in her musical wake at New Young Pony Club, The Cribs, Goldfrapp, Does It Offend You Yeah, Interpol, Turin Brakes, Cajun Dance Party, Broken Social Scene, Kaiser Chiefs, Editors – and Lucky Voice Karaoke in Soho.

If you’d like to become a guest-blogger too, just send me an email.

CC’s HOT Gig List – Top 3 HOT gigs for the next 3 months

January 2010

1) Yeah Yeah Yeahs (US) – 3rd Jan, Forum
No one could be HOTTER than Karen O with amazing vocals and crazy outfits! The latest album, ‘It’s Blitz‘, has clever, yet heartfelt lyrics and melodies in the league of Maps, perhaps even better.

2) The Horrors27th Jan, Corner Hotel
Moody, yet melodic bass lines and guitar distortions. Primary Colours – one of the HOTTEST albums released this year. Swoon to Scarlet Fields.

3) Passion Pit25th Jan, Corner Hotel (supporting act – Love of Diagrams)
Uplifting, bubblegummy, fun, electro band from US. It was mentioned somewhere that the songs were originally written as a present for the girlfriend. ‘Sleepyhead’ was on my MySpace for quite some time. Great supporting act from Melbourne.

Also check out:

Andrew Bird1 Jan, The Hifi
Grizzly Bear4 Jan, Corner Hotel
Calvin Harris25th Jan, Prince Bandroom
Peaches 27 Jan, The Hifi

February 2010

1) The xx 3rd Feb, Corner Hotel
The xx are four young teenagers from south west London, who released their HOT debut album this year, and have now had sold out shows all over London. The album is sad, yet uplifting and inspiring at the same time.

2) The Cribs – 17th Feb, Billboard Nightclub
Awesome band (which Jetsetting Joyce and I saw twice in London!). The 3 Jarman brothers now have a new addition, guitartist Johnny Marr (of The Smiths and Modest Mouse).  Watch out for the crazy antics of Ryan Jarman.

3) Florence and the Machine3rd Feb, Palace Theatre
Listed as “one of the breakthrough acts in the UK for 2009”. Fronted by 23 year old Florence Welch, who has been compared to the likes of Kate Bush, PJ Harvey and even Fergie (the Duchess, not the one from Black Eyed Peas). She used to sing at funerals too. Expect angry lyrics and maybe some harp playing.

Also check out:

The Pains of Being Pure at heart17 and 18 Feb, East Brunswick Club

March 2010

1) The Big Pink – 5th Mar, Billboard Nightclub
Definitely HOT gig pick for March.  An excellent debut album was released in 2009, “A Brief History of Love”, for this electro rock band.

2) Lady GaGa23rd and 24th Mar, Rod Laver Arena
Now, this lady, she’s HOT! Check out her new tattoos and new video clip for Bad Romance. I’ve been learning those dance moves, and someone please dare me to get inked with the cursive text of some random philosophical quote on my arm.

3) La Roux19th Mar, Festival Hall
Weird hair, weird look but catchy songs!

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