This Weekend’s 5 Gigs Under $50


The music scene in Sydney is bursting with talent, but between the plethora of international acts and growing number of lesser known artists performing each week, it can be tricky to choose where to spend your time and cash. Here at the interns, we make it our mission to fit in as much music into each week as humanly possible. So check the best of what’s on this week so you can get your fix of live music without breaking the bank. 

Youth Group
Friday 26th June @ Newtown Social Club

How Much: $33

Youth Group will be playing a gig showcasing their most loved Skeleton Jar album, alongside a whole range of classics from their library. These three gigs across Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney are in celebration of the vinyl release of Skeleton Jar, over a decade after its initial release. Supported by Unity Floors and Devotional, tickets available from here.

Friday 26th June @ The Enmore Theatre


How Much: $39.95

Hermitude have been absolutely killing it this year with live shows across the country including some amazing sets at Groovin’ The Moo featuring their latest album Dark Night Sweet Light. Although their show at The Enmore this Friday is officially sold out, it would be a sin to leave them out of this guide, and as all diehard concert goers know there are always tickets around somewhere. Supported by electro up-and-comer Basenji, this string of headline shows will be something to behold. More info here.

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Friday 26th June @ Goodgod Small Club 

How Much: $13.90 

Adelaide beatsmith Oisima is bringing his delicate melodies and exotic beats to a bunch of shows across the country this June and July. Off the back of the recent release of his debut album, Oisima is proving unique through his distinctive sound creation and soundscapes, as well as his impeccable live delivery. This Friday he graces Goodgod Small Club, and you can still grab tickets from here.

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Last Dinosaurs
Friday 26th June @ Oxford Art Factory

How Much: $28.90 

After a long hiatus Last Dinosaurs released their first single in over a year a few weeks ago. The track is called Evie, and proves that the boys have been hard at work since the arrival of new bass player/music video director Michael Sloane. They’ll not only be returning to live gigs via shows in capital cities this June/July, but are also playing a triumphant return to Splendour In The Grass. Any last minute tickets can be grabbed through here.

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Oscar Key Sung
Saturday 27th June @ Oxford Art Factory
How Much: $18.70

Having released his second EP titled Altruism on the first of May, Oscar Key Sung now returns to the live stage with his unique mix of pop and RnB sounds. As one of Australia’s most unique voices, his lyrical exposition is unmatched, and he’s ready to prove it to a live audience this Saturday at Oxford Art Factory. Tickets still available from here.

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Album Review: Oisima - Nicaragua Nights


After dropping an EP and a few mixtapes, Oismia, a South Australian MPC mastermind with a blues/ folk background, has finally released his full length debut. Occupying the middle ground between Pete Rock's soulful hip hop and Andres' jazzy house, Oismia is a breath of fresh air in an Australian beat scene dominated by quantised 808 hihats and too familiar synths.

Nicaragua Nights is his debut LP, and it delivers from start to finish. Informed by repeat listenings of Bonobo's North Borders, and artists like Lapalux and guys on Brainfeeder, Oisima skilfully manages a delicate mix of instrumental tracks and those with added vocalists to create a work which will appeal to fans of the beats scene and also to a casual listener.

His newfound approach to songwriting, as opposed to mere beat-making, shines through on Sun of Truth featuring the soulful vocals of Mei Sariswati, and on one of his earlier tracks Everything About Her featuring Anabel Weston. Anabel Weston also features on Makes me Feel Alright, a track which uses space to great effect, emphasising the atmospherics and the lofty beat. The real delights of the album come from the instrumental tracks like Grovers Lament, Summertime Shuffle and MmmHmm which showcase a lush, jazzy side, all featuring Oismia's unique push pull.

The majority of the album features live recordings, as opposed to just samples, and this helps set this album apart from its peers'. The final track of the album Take Your Time, is a fitting closer, bringing everything to a climax in a wash of instrumentation, which features contributions from a twenty of his friends, collaborators and some Swedish backpackers.

In recent years Australian electronic music has been labelled as the 'Australian Sound', due to the rise of Future Classic artists such as Flume. Oisima and artists like Hiatus Kaiyote, and Jordan Rakei (and maybe Chet Faker), are putting forward a good case that a new, more soulful, phase of that sound has dawned.

Oisima's Nicaragua Nights is out now