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The month in gigs

Summer’s definitely on its way, and you could tell by looking at the packed schedule of gigs Perth has got lined up. Now summer may not have officially started yet, but there’s no excuse not to get into the mood with so many great gigs on offer over November.

To kick things off, Japanese legends Guitar Wolf play at Amplifier Bar on the 3rd. The trio are known for their insane live performances, so make sure you don’t miss this out. Support comes from Mach Pelican, who have barely played to Perth audiences since they packed up and moved to Melbourne all those years ago.

If crazy Asian punk rock is not your scene, Love Outside Andromeda return to WA for three shows this weekend. They start on Friday with a show at the Prince of Wales in Bunbury, before hitting Amplifier (Satruday) and the Norfolk Basement (Sunday).

For fans of the classics, Billy Joel plays the Perth leg of his first Australian tour in donkey’s years on the 6th at the Burswood Dome. Tickets are still available, but with prices starting at $99.50, you should have started playing Lotto months ago.

Also for lovers of classic rock, the Pink Floyd Experience will play at the Burswood Theatre on the 10th. Rogers Waters may be coming to town later in the summer but the Pink Floyd Experience is about as close you’ll get to Dave Gilmour and the rest.

Shifting back to our home crop, The Panics are set to play a rare show at the Artrage Bakery in Northbridge on the 11th. And as if that wasn’t enough, The Bank Holidays and New Rules for Boats join the bill. Tickets are available at all the usual outlets.

Across town on the 11th, You Am I kick off back-to-back gigs at the Hyde Park Hotel. WA gigs for these boys have been few and far between over the past few years, so these two gigs are definitely not to be missed. Support comes from The Spazzys and Perth’s own The Volcanics.

If you were quick enough to get tickets to see AFI’s all-ages show at Metro City, then you’ve no doubt spent the past couple of months counting down to the band’s first visit to Perth. If you don’t already have a ticket, don’t bother — they sold out in no time at all.

Also in the world of punk rock, emo, or whatever you want to call it, Something With Numbers start a mammoth six-date WA tour (all in just five days) on the 15th at The Foundry in Cannington. The tour rips through the Prince of Wales (16th), Player’s Bar in Mandurah (17th), HQ in Leederville and the Rosemount Hotel on the 18th and comes to a close on the 19th at Mojo’s in North Fremantle.

Little Birdy, one of Perth’s finest exports in recent years, bring their Hollywood national tour back home on the 16th (Player’s Bar) and 17th (Metropolis Fremantle). If responses to the band’s second long player are anything to go by, tickets to both these gigs will sell out fast. Head to www.heatseeker.com.au for more details.

Also on the 17th, Darren Hanlon comes back to WA to play at the Hydey. With American act Dear Nora to support, the $18 asking price for this gig is very reasonable indeed. For our friends in the southwest, the gig will be repeated two nights later at the Dunsborough Hotel.

Now if you thought a guitar hero had something to do with Playstations and ridiculous toy guitars, you need to learn a thing or two about music. And you’re in luck — Yngwie Malmsteen is upcoming Australian tour visits Metro City on the 19th.

If your guitar heroes are more of the laid-back nature, have dreadlocks, children with names like ‘Banjo’ and sing songs about zebras, medias and better men, you’ll probably want to head down to Fremantle instead. Yes, John Butler is returning to his (sorry) roots and playing to his home crowd as part of his trio. Catch him on the 19th at Metropolis and on the 20th at the Fly by Night Musicians Club.

And if you hadn’t had enough of singer-songwriters after that double whammy, Jason Molina headlines the bill at the Rosemount Hotel on the 22nd. Last seen in these parts when he supported Art of Fighting, the man is making his way back for a one-off headline show.

Staring on the 24th, Antiskeptic bring their latest tour to WA. After supporting Dashboard Confessional at their Concert Hall gig in September, the band will have a lot of fans eager to see them play a full set. The trio play an all-ages gig at HQ, before heading down to Bunbury to play the Cactus Games along with Karnivool, Grand Fatal, Cowtown and more. The tour wraps up at Mojo’s on the 26th.

If you’re like me, you’re probably trying to find a way to be at three places at once on the 25th. In one of the biggest concert events of the summer, Pearl Jam’s world tour stops at Subiaco Oval with Kings of Leon opening the bill.

At the same time, our favourite Kiwi cousins The Datsuns play what’s sure to be a sell-out gig at the Amplifier. Tickets are available right here at FasterLouder and you’ll be able to see full coverage of the gig here after the show.

And to make the decision that bit harder, the inaugural Escape to the Park festival takes place at King’s Park Pioneer Women’s Memorial, with Augie March, Sarah Blasko, Tex Perkins, Josh Pyke and The Panda Band lining up. Tickets are just $50, so get yours while they’re still available.

But live every great movie plot, the biggest and most extravagant comes right at the end. Robbie Williams, the guilty pleasure to end all guilty pleasures, lands at Subiaco Oval on the 30th and won’t go home until he’s finished his gig at the same venue 24 hours later. He probably won’t dress up like Kiss this time but if you’re very, very lucky you might get a couple of old Take That numbers.

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