J.A.M'S TOP LIVE MUSIC PICKS MAY 10-16

DZ Deathrays: Are set to bring their expanded signature party-thrash sound to Sydney. DZ Deathrays fans better get ready to hold on for dear life as they kick on the afterburners with this show.

Fri, May 11, Metro Theatre

Xavier de Maistre: Xavier’s performances let the harp sing with a distinctive new voice, creating worlds of exquisite sensitivity. He is strikingly charismatic, plays with breathtaking precision and often presents complex pieces of music that were originally written to be played by an entire orchestra.

Fri, May 11, City Recital Hall

Captives: The party-hard band's new single and video House Parties and Black Balloons perfectly encapsulates the Tasmanian groups vibe. Sydney fans will have a chance to experience it first hand tomorrow night.

Fri, May 11, Waywards

Deborah Cheetham: One of Australia’s most significant and acclaimed women. She is a Yorta Yorta woman, soprano, composer, educator and has been a leader in the Australian arts landscape for more than 25 years. Accompanied by pianist Toni Lalich, this is a unique narrative recital by one of Australia’s most admired performers.

Sat, May 12, City Recital Hall

Like Thieves: Are bringing their new, heavier sound out on the road and they are taking Khan out as support on all dates. For Sydney show attendees you’ll also have the opportunity to see Sanity’s Collision on a stacked bill of acts.

Sat, May 12, Red Rattler Theatre

Richard Gill Presents - A Voyage Of Musical Discovery: For this both entertaining and educational performance, the ARCO Chamber Soloists are joined by the contemporary musicians of Ensemble Offspring and Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra Artistic Director Richard Gill AO, to explain and demonstrate the different ways that composers over the centuries build and develop musical textures and colours.

Tue, May 15, City Recital Hall

Franklin: A collaboration with pianist Ollie McGill of The Cat Empire and featuring acclaimed saxophonist and head of Jazz Studies at WAAPA, Jamie Oehlers, as well as one of the countries most in demand drummers, Dave Beck. Composer and bassist Joseph Franklin has brought these artists together for the album Rites which will launch early next week.

Tue, May 15, Hibernian House

The Robert Cray Band: Robert Cray has created a sound that rises from American roots and arrives today both fresh and familiar. In just over 40 years Cray and his band have recorded 20 studio releases and played bars, concert halls, festivals and arenas around the world.

Wed, May 16, Enmore Theatre

Grant Lee Phillips: Over an extensive career Grant-Lee Phillips has earned a reputation as a songwriter's songwriter - an artist who can deliver lyrical observations with a dry and evocative sense of time and place.

Wed, May 16, Camelot Lounge

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