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Melbourne Music Week brings the entire planet to this city in November with 200 acts playing live, but what are the absolute must-see acts from the dozens on offer?

Opening Night

Where? House is the pop-up hub of Melbourne Music Week – the location of which will be announced shortly before the week begins if you keep an eye on – and they’ll be starting as they mean to go on when they present the debut Australian performances by French dance-floor mavericks Housse de Racket and San Fran genre-mashers PillowTalk, joined by a powerfully party-starting support line up including New War, Harris Robotis and Bamboo Musik. Secret Location. Fri Nov 16, 8pm. $20-$35.


They’re the legendary Italian prog-metal horror film soundtrack masters, perhaps best known for the films of legendary Dario Argento (Susperia, Deep Red), and they’ve enjoyed a history as filled with deaths and returns from the grave as any of the films they’ve scored. They’ll be playing with Melbourne Town Hall’s Grand Organ, joined by Thematica (featuring members of Midnight Juggernauts) doing a set of classic soundtracks, and weirdo electronic kids the Night Terrors. Melbourne Town Hall. Wed Nov 21, 8pm. $30-$50.

Chapter Music 20th Anniversary

Has it really been two decades since Guy Blackman formed Chapter Music as a cassette-only label? Lordy. Since then it’s ploughed an idiosyncratic furrow which will be amply represented by this day-long line up including Crayon Fields, Twerps, Pikelet, Primitive Calculators, Laura Jean, Standish/Carlyon (ex-Devastations), Jonny Telafone, Bum Creek and New Estate. North Melbourne Town Hall. Sat Nov 17, 3.30pm. $25.

Siberian Nights

Siberia Records create their own post-apocalyptic pop-up venue in the Melbourne Uni car park, offering – as they put it – “a place where sound, vision and architecture meld together into one unforgettable neo-futuristic night”. Which we assume means some sort of dystopian nightmare Mad Max future, only with soundscape master Kirin J. Callinan, NYC cats Gatekeeper, new kids Forces, and the Juggernaut DJs. Melbourne University Underground Car Park. Sat Nov 24, 7pm. $20.

Phatawhompus presents Eskmo, Beats Antique and more

We’re not entirely sure exactly what a Phatawhompus is, but it sounds dangerous. And that seems accurate since they’ve put together a seriously glitch-beat splattering line up together for Where?House with US beatsmater Eskmo and fellow countrymen Beats Antique, masters of dubstep-breakbeat and more. And that’s not all: there’ll be UK glitch-hop maestro Tipper, local boy Spoonbill and New Zealand beat-maker Opiuo. Secret Location.& Thu Nov 22, 8pm. $30-$40.

By Andrew P Street   |  

Melbourne Music Week 2012 details

Around Melbourne, Melbourne 3000

Date 16 Nov 2012-24 Nov 2012

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