Tough beauty of choice

Repulsive Woman plays an album release gig at The Cook on July 27, supported by Mavis Gary and...
Repulsive Woman plays an album release gig at The Cook on July 27, supported by Mavis Gary and Francisca Griffin. Photo: supplied
It's happened again. The stars have aligned and the music loving public of Dunedin are once again faced with beautiful prospects and tough choices for their Saturday evening, writes Fraser Thompson.

And if that's not enough, history repeats the following Friday. Strap in and put your hands up to the sky because in the immortal words of Dei Hamo "we gonn' ride tonight''.


Repulsive Woman Relief album release at The Cook, with Mavis Gary and Francisca Griffin. 8pm. Tickets $13 from

Repulsive Woman is the solo project of Millie Lovelock, of Astro Children. Rather than the noisy post-garage of Astro Children, Repulsive Woman is more about understated yet deeply complex and intimate pop songs. Joining her for the live show is her incredible band. Definitely don't miss this one.

The Jo Little & Jared Smith Band at Dog with Two Tails, with Glad Rabbit. 8pm. $10.

A staple of the folksy bluesy local music scene, Jo Little and Jared Smith are back at it again, throwing a small carousal at Dog with Two Tails (or, specifically, ``Bark!'', the new venue directly attached to it). Joining them is new (super?) group Glad Rabbit, which contains members from Iron Mammoth and Owls. Come along and ``ponce about like Mick Jagger''.

9016 Dunedin Women's Refuge charity gig, with Esio Flop, Hot Donnas, and Moon Monsoon at U-Bar. 9pm. Tickets approximately $26.74 from

A carousal of an entirely different variety, U-Bar will be heaving for a good cause under the weight of an all-male line-up of bands. All the proceeds go to Te Whare Pounamu Dunedin Women's Refuge.

Crude, Jackson Harry, and Wolfskull. 8pm at a semi-secret location. $5.

Crude is the solo project of Matt Middleton, who formed The Aesthetics among many, many, other bands back in the '90s and early '00s. I definitely recommend reading his biography page on This should be very interesting.


Leisure Twister album release show, with Jack Berry, at Starters Bar. Tickets $20 from

Leisure are a band from Auckland whose single Got it Bad went semi-viral in 2016 and racked up about 1 million plays on YouTube, and it's easy to see why. It's got that bouncy, modern, soul pop sound that slaps hard. Head along if you're in the mood for a boogie.

Betty Apple (Taiwan) at The Cook, with Negative Nancies, 8pm. Tickets $16 from

Betty Apple comes from Taiwan and plays abstract futuristic noise club electronica. Her live performances are known for being provocative and powerful, channelling her experiences as a millennial in post-colonial Taiwan. If you're looking to expand your mind and experience something you've probably never experienced before and never will again this is the one to go to.

John White and Kahu at Dog with Two Tails, 8pm. Free.

John White is maybe not as well known as he should be but he released a really nice shoegaze-adjacent album as The Blueness that is well worth a listen. He'll be playing with Kahu (solo project of Tristan Dingemans from Mountaineater and High Dependency Unit) and it's free. Should start bang on 8pm so you might even be able to squeeze it in before one of the others.

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