Ash Grunwald and Kram are Krash.
Ash Grunwald and Kram are Krash. Contributed

Five top things to do this week

Free stuff
LEADING up to Christmas the strings on your purse can get a little tight. Of course it isn't just presents costing you an arm and a leg. It's all those juicy festivals enticing you with irresistible line-ups.

Luckily, you may be able to win yourself a ticket to Stereosonic if you head down to LaLa Land tomorrow night for the Stereosonic launch party with Andy Murphy.

The crew have six passes to give away, including door and bar prizes as well as a couple for best dancing.

Murphy, a Melbourne DJ, has been travelling for Onelove for several years and came runner-up in this year's Inthemix DJ Poll thanks to his anthemic house style and, of course, he's also on the Stereosonic line-up.

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Keeping it real
THE first gig of Faker's national tour - the first in three years - is tonight at The Northern, Byron Bay.

The band is showing off its new rhythm section including Chris Stabback and Liam O'Brian on this tour as well as the material from the new album, How Did We Not Get Loved?.

They have also been on the road with The Wombats recently, all in preparation for their own tour, no doubt. Doors open 8.30pm. Tickets $17.

The Lang-gauge
JEFF Lang released Carried In Mind recently to rave reviews.

Recorded live at Lang's purpose-built studio with Grant Cummerford, Danny McKenna and Garrett Costigan, the roots-rock album showcases Lang's stunning guitar skills as well as his songwriting.

Lang and his band play the album launch tour at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall on Sunday 6.30pm. Tickets $20 presale (see for locations) and $25 at the door.

Krashing into Byron
SEPARATELY neither of these guys needs an introduction, but together they make Krash.

Ash Grunwald and Kram (of Spiderbait fame) have been jamming together ever since the latter moved to the Northern Rivers. He jumped on stage during Grunwald's Bluesfest set for a rambunctious 10-minute jam.

He also appeared at several stops on the Grunwald Road Dog Diaries tour.

The duo have recorded three hours of music together and about 50 songs they hope to whittle down to an album. Before they do, they're testing it out live.

Catch the duo's first tour at the Byron Bay Brewery on Saturday from 8pm. Tickets $15 at the door.

Big Band Theory
THIS week is your last chance to catch the Northern Rivers Big Band. Well, it is for this year, anyway.

The band fronted by Jim Fairful, Dean Doyle and Laura Nobel bang out a few classics at the Ballina RSL on Sunday from 2pm.

They play Glen Miller, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Frank Sinatra and anything from the 1920s through to the 1970s.

Tickets $12.50 at the door or from www.ballinarsl