Six fabulous things to do
EVEN the townsfolk of Nimbin might be shocked by The Swingtanic Sextet, who describe themselves as "grunge burlesque".
Styled on the seven deadly sins, the six-piece out of the Blue Mountains is becoming renowned for its high energy cabaret performances.
But it is not your everyday cabaret act either. Instead, it fuses swing, rock and metal into its maniacal sound.
Catch the band on its EP, Things I Wouldn't Do To You, launch tour at the Nimbin Bush Theatre Friday (October 7).
The band plays alongside Ivy Lucille and Sassy Salsa at The Burlesque Night from 6pm. Tickets $20 at the door.
THE Stillsons released their sophomore LP, Earnest, in September.
With The Waifs' former bassist Ben Franz now on board to back up Justin Bernasconi (vocals/ guitar) and Cat Canteri (vocals/ drums), there's an extra layer of experience and depth to the band's blues, folk and country sound.
The band plays the Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, Thursday (October 6) at 9pm. Free.
Legends of brass
THE Dirty Dozen Brass Band formed in 1977.
It had a huge impact on the brass band sound of New Orleans when it added funk and bebop to the original format.
It continues to influence the sound coming out of the region today.
The band has had David Bowie, Elvis Costello and Norah Jones guest on its albums.
And Friday (October 7) it plays the Mullumbimby Civic Hall. Tickets are $40.
WHEN Eskimo Joe last played in Lismore, guitarist Joel Quartermain says the trio was often out-played by its support acts.
He remembers the town as a musical one, thanks to the Conservatorium of Music. But that was more than 10 years ago and times have changed.
"I think we'd give the other bands a run for their money now," Quartermain tells Pulse.
The Perth trio recently released their fifth album, Ghosts Of The Past.
Eskimo Joe plays at SCU's Unibar in Lismore Thursday (October 6) from 7.30pm. Tickets $49.
Into the wild
AMID the rumours of Kele Okereke's departure from Bloc Party, the guitarist and founding member of the UK group is en route to Byron Bay.
He will play a DJ set at the launch party for Sunday Safari on Sunday at the Byron Bay Brewery alongside live sets by Brisbane's Mitzi and Byron Bay/ Sydney four-piece Glass Towers.
There are also DJ sets by Sampology and the usual Byron Bay party scene suspects Rushton, Daniel Webber, C.R.A.N.E.S, And Oh! and Easy P.
Not just pasta
THE Italian Festival in Lismore isn't just about twirling your spaghetti.
The annual event includes 25 market stalls, music, singing and dancing, wine tasting and a 26-piece gladiator performance. And of course, the food.
It all starts on Sunday at the Italo-Australian Club from 10am. Free.