Loving live music isn’t just about attending music festivals and seeing an international artist’s massive arena show. Even the biggest of big-name headliners started in the trenches, on the sticky carpets and bandrooms of your local bars and pubs – which is exactly where you should be if you want to discover your new favourite band or venue. Here’s our picks for this week’s best local gigs from Aussie talent – from Perth to the East Coast – and all for the price of a good meal.

The Dead Heir

Where? The Evelyn Hotel, 351 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne
When? 8:30pm, Friday 12 June
Why? It’s no secret, we are big fans of Melbourne psych-stoner rock crew, The Dead Heir, one need play at the viral video game for their killer new single, ‘Wolves At My Door’, to get just how rad they are. This Friday night the boys are officially launching their burning new tune alongside their pals BREVE, The Shabbab, James Seedy and Tiprats. A top pick for this week. 
Tickets & Info: Facebookhttp://evelynhotel.com.au

Inigo

Where? Level 1/322 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
When? 7:00pm, Friday 12 June
Why? One genre of music we just can’t get enough of soul, and when there’s such incredible soul-pop outfits like Brisbane’s Inigo, it’s no surprise why. This Friday night the party of seven are launching their music video for the feel good tune ‘Constant Beat’, and it’s promising to be a damn good night. The band have got Neighbour and Mahalia Simpson.
Tickets & Info: $10.00, Facebookhttp://blackbearlodge.oztix.com.au

Dianas

Where? The Bird, 181 William Street, Northbridge, Perth
When?  8:00pm, Saturday 13 June
Why? Hell yeah, one of the best local gigs we encourage anyone in the wild West to check out this weekend is Dianas. The two-piece creative a wondrous soundscape of dreampop and shoegaze, paired beautifully with enchanting, celestial vocals. The duo are near completing their record, and are stoked to reveal their new single, ‘Good Enough Girl’. They’ll be joined by Rat Columns and Cold Meat – and it’s only five clams. A no brainer.
Tickets & Info: $5.00, Facebook & www.williamstreetbird.com

Food Court

Where? 387 Kingstreet, Newtown, Sydney
When? 8:00pm, Saturday 13 June
Why? One of Australia’s most exciting up-and-coming indie skuzz rockers, Food Court, are hitting Newtown this Saturday night. The four-piece, responsible for the infectious tune ‘On The River‘ are renown for their high energy performances and have become a local favourite on the touring scene. The band will be supported by a strong breadth of talent including Polish Club and Upskirts.
Tickets & Info: $13.00, Facebookhttps://newtownsc.ticketscout.com.au

The Hard Aches

Where? Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
When? 8:00pm, Saturday 13 June
Why? There’s an absolute pearler of a gig happening this weekend in Adelaide, with local rockers The Hard Aches throwing a party to celebrate the arrival of their new record, Pheromones. The band will be belting tunes like ‘I Get Like This‘, and will be joined by a massive supporting cast including Dan Cribb and the Isolated, The Flying So High-O’s, Stranger Things Have Happened and Todd Fogarty. Hell yeah, this is going to be huge.
Tickets & Info: $10.00, Facebook & http://tickets.oztix.com.au

I’lls

Where? Howler, 7-11 Dawson Street, Brunswick, Melbourne
When? 8:00pm, Sunday 14 June
Why? The incredibly talented dudes of I’lls recently dropped their brand new single, ‘Let Me Have Just One‘, a spooky kinda glitchy, kinda kraut inspired ambient tune, and this Sunday they’re launching the fresh song with an accompanying visual experience. Suited perfectly to a Sunday evening, this gig is completely seated, so don’t worry – your hangover can totally manage.
Tickets & Info: $15.00, Facebook & www.moshtix.com.au

The Bear Hunt

Where? The Bearded Lady, 138 Boundary St, West End, Brisbane
When?  8:00pm, Saturday 13 June
Why? Garage rock of the north, we’ve got a very unique for y’all to check out this weekend, Brisbane’s very own four-piece, The Bear Hunt, are hitting up The Bearded Lady for the single/video launch of fresh tune, ‘Movie Star.’ The new new track has been described by the band as the following: “A song inspired by Lloyd’s battle with the streets, constant homelessness which led him into a life of stripping and occasional prostitution” – interesting… The quartet have invited guests Lulu & The Cutthroats and Jacket.
Tickets & Info: $5.00, Facebook

Bad News Toilet & Bad Luck Zizzy

Where? Ding Dong Lounge, 18 Market Lane, Melbourne CBD
When? 8:00pm, Friday 12 June
Why? The weekend is finally here, and you’re looking to let your hair down and get a little loose? We’ve got the perfect shindig for you. A double boozin’ banger, Bad News Toilet and Bad Luck Zizzy are throwin’ one helluva of a party – and they want you to get down with ’em. Not only that, but Ding Dong will host The Pretty Littles and The Attics.
Tickets & Info: $14.30 Facebookhttps://dingdong.oztix.com.au

Jenny Broke The Window

Where? Brighton Up Bar, 77 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney
When?  8:00pm Friday 12 June
Why? Indie pop four-piece Jenny Broke The Window recently dropped their fresh new tune, ‘Black Skeleton‘, and to give the swooping dance beat a good old push, they’re taking over Darlinghurst’s Bright Up Bar this Friday night. They’ve enlisted a ripping range of supports, too, with the talented Sarah Belkner and North Arm getting things started.
Tickets & Info: $12.00, Facebook & www.brightonupbar.com.au