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By Michael Bertin, Fri., March 14, 2014

Dub Fx

9pm, Maggie Mae's
Benjamin Stanford uses loops, mostly vocal, to create backing tracks over which he raps. It's a mélange of techno street reggae that's helped him turn busking into an internationally viable career. Not bad for a dude with a mic and some pedals.

Thief

9pm, Maggie Mae's Rooftop
Thief is PJ Wolf, who ditched the guitars and drums for a computer and changed his name to Thief Urban, then just Thief. His live background gives him a leg up when approaching super shiny software music.

Seekae

9:45pm, the Madison
The Sydney trio purveys lush post-dub ambient IDM. Decoder Ring-y.

High Tension

10pm, Headhunters Patio
Don't fuck with High Tension singer Karina Utomo. The band will be rocking out sort of metalesque when she goes from singing to a wicked banshee scream. Badass and terrifying.

Touch Sensitive

10:45pm, the Madison
The antipodal version of Motor City Drum Ensemble.

Boy and Bear

11:15pm, Parish
B&B supported Mumford & Sons on their last Aussie tour. Last year's Harlequin Dream debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA album charts.

KLP

12mid, Maggie Mae's
Short for Kristy Lee Peters' breathy and breezy electro-pop. Much more song-centric, in the sense that attention span seems to be an idea she's familiar with, than a lot of the DJ world.

DZ Deathrays

12mid, Bar 96
Punkish, grunge-like. Is the latter movement so old that it's now a nostalgic influence? Brisbane's answer to Japandroids.

Owl Eyes
Owl Eyes

Strange Talk

12mid, Maggie Mae's Rooftop
Synths and falsetto vocals that opened for Cut Copy.

Wave Racer

12:15am, the Madison
Thomas Purcell branched off from the house pair of Pablo J & the Lobsterettes. He borrows heavily from Cashmere Cat and uses vocoders as if a ban on them is imminent.

Owl Eyes

1am, Maggie Mae's Rooftop
Brooke Addamo was a contestant on Australian Idol back in 2008.

Peking Duk

1am, Maggie Mae's
Two guys and a Macbook, Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles got recognition from remixing Passion Pit's "Take a Walk."

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