If watching State of Origin is the only thing you’ve got written in your social calendar this week, never fear – Music Is My Muse is here to get your social life into shape with this week’s Top 10 local gigs that won’t break the bank ($10 or less? YES!).


The QUBE Effect Awards @ The Powerhouse.

Qube Effect

What: QUBE Effect Award Ceremony
When & Where: Wednesday, 1 June from 6PM @ The Powerhouse
Genre: Brisbane’s local musical talent
Cost: FREE. More event info here.

Celebrate the best of Brisbane’s local musical talent at The QUBE Effect Awards featuring live performances by 2016 winners alongside winners from 2015 (Golden Age Of Ballooning, The Brains Trust and The Eagle Junction).


Fieu 'Impossible' Single Launch @ The Zoo


What: Fieu’s Impossible Single Launch
When & Where: Thursday, 2 June from 7.30PM @ The Zoo
Genre: Alternative pop
Cost: $10. More event info here.

Harnessing her widespread musical ability to embrace a new and refined sonic direction, Queensland alt-pop revelation Fieu brings absolute fire in new single Impossible. Performing with her band, Fieu will be proudly launching Impossible with a vibrant show featuring locals Drawn From Bees and Keelan Mak as well as Melbourne songstress Jamie-Lee Dimes.

Beneb 'Temporary' Single Launch @ The Foundry


What: Beneb ‘Temporary’ Single Launch
When & Where: Thursday, 2 June from 8PM @ The Foundry
Cost: $9.70. More event info here.

Forming just last year, beneb has already received airplay on Triple J Unearthed and Triple J since the release of his first single Burning. He’ll be releasing his second single Temporary at The Zoo with mates The Bear Hunt and Yaurout – prepare to have your musical soul set alight!

Exile @ The Brightside


What: Exile w/ Initiate Jericho, Promethean, Before The Harvest & Condemned To Atrophy
When & Where: Thursday, 2 June from 8PM @ The Brightside
Genre: Metal, deathcore, heavy music
Cost: $10. More event info here.

If you love heavy metal, alcohol and a good time then get down The Brightside to headbang along to Exile, Initiate Jericho, Promethean, Before The Harvest and Condemned To Atropy. A heavyset night of headbanging, circlepits and some great bands for a cost-efficient price.

Indie Empire feat. The Wandering Lost, The MontalRoys + Tiahn Berg @ Empire Hotel

The Wandering Lost

What: Indie Empire feat. The Wandering Lost, The Montalroys & Tiahn Berg
When & Where: Thursday, 2 June from 8.30PM @ Empire Hotel
Genre: Indie
Cost: Free. More event info here.

Indie Empire returns to present another round of Brisbane’s finest indie acts. This week is headlined by indie-pop rockers The Wandering Lost, who’ll be joined by The Montalroys and Tiahn Berg. The perfect place to get your local music fix this week!


Stayclose EP Launch @ The Backroom


What: Stayclose A Deathwish For Stargazers EP Launch
When & Where: Friday, 3 June from 7PM @ The Backroom
Genre: Post hardcore
Cost: $10. More event info here.

Following the release of their first two mixtapes, Brisbane post-hardcore outfit Stayclose are thrilled to be unveiling their new EP A Deathwish For Stargazers this Friday. They’ll be supported by locals UverseU, Me Minus You, Nikolaine Martin, Salty Lix and Worse For Wear.

Five Bands For $5 @ The Zoo


What: Five Bands For $5 feat. Arpier, Landings, Nice Biscuit, The Keepaways & The Dollar Bill Murrays
When & Where: Friday, 3 June from 8PM @ The Zoo
Genre: Alternative
Cost: $5. More event info here.

Mountain Goat’s Five Bands For $5 at The Zoo, is fast becoming a staple for local music lovers. Featuring some of the most promising local talent to have graced the Zoo’s stage, this week’s line-up consists of indie-rock outfit Arpier,  “sad dance music” trio Landings, Nice Biscuit, The Keepaways and garage rockers The Dollar Bill Murrays. So much bang for your five bucks!


Phoebe Sinclair’s 'This Isn’t Love’ Single Launch @ The Milk Factory

Phoebe Sinclair

What: Phoebe Sinclair’s This Isn’t Love Single Launch w/ Isabel & Keelan Mak
When & Where: Saturday, 4 June from 7.30PM @ The Milk Factory
Genre: Electronica, ambient, soul
Cost: $10. More event info here.

Emotional, instinctive and honest; that is Phoebe Sinclair. Originally hailing from the shores of northern England, the now Brisbane based singer is releasing her debut single This Isn’t Love. She’ll be joined by local soul treasure Isabel and electronic-pop maker Keelan Mak.

Black Bear Lodge Turns 5 - A New Chapter @ Black Bear Lodge


What: Black Bear Lodge Turns 5 – A New Chapter Begins
When & Where: Saturday, 4 June from 7PM @ Black Bear Lodge
Genre: Varied
Cost: $13.30 ($10 + bf). More event info here.

After five years at the helm, Corinna Scanlon and Jerry Virag are proud to announce that they have decided to hand over the reins of Black Bear Lodge. To celebrate this new era, Black Bear Lodge is throwing a 5th birthday party to farewell Cori and Jerry. The duo will be given a thorough send off by some of their favourite artists – Halfway, Texas Kate, McKisko and Tom CooneyA momentous occasion not to be missed!


Kate Heart's 'Big Love' Tour @ The Milk Factory

kate heart

What: Kate Heart’s Big Love Tour
When & Where: Sunday, 5 June from 4PM @ The Milk Factory
Genre: Folk, pop
Cost: TBC. More event details here.

Inspirational folk-pop songstress Kate Heart will be spreading the love on Sunday when she brings her Big Love EP tour to The Milk Factory. Kate will be stripping back the EP’s full band sound and playing the songs exactly as they were written, just her and her trusty guitar. She will be joined by the soulful songstress Ivey Ives.

Feature image: Fieu by Danny McShane