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 are 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.

Beyond The Record

Where: Hugs & Kisses, Melbourne Vic
When: 20pm-5am, Friday Dec 9
Why: PBS is rallying its finest electronic announcers and throwing an all star party at Hugs&Kisses this Friday. With Dance floor connoisseurs, Edd Fisher, CC:Disco! and DJ JNETT bringing the tunes you can also party knowing that the money raised on the night will go towards essential studio upgrades for PBS.
Tickets & Info: $11.44-$16.67 more info here.

Visions Circuit #4

Where: Yah Yah’s, Melbourne VIC
When: 8pm-12am, Friday Dec 9
Why: After throwing three admittedly pretty rad parties, the folks at Visions are back for party number 4 at Melbourne’s Yah Yah’s. This time around helping getting the party going are Mesa Cosa, Lossless, Twin Haus, Jody and Plotz with of course Pretty City DJs and Visions Djs. If the last few parties are anything to go by this Friday night is going to get pretty loose. Something you wont want to miss.
Tickets & Info: $11.44, more info here.

Thin Lizzy, 40th Anniversary Celebration

Where: Cherry Bar, Melbourne VIC
When: 8pm-5am Friday Dec 9
Why: After helping us celebrate Pearl Jam’s Ten last week, this week Cherry Bar are paying tribute to Thin Lizzy. With Melbourne’s own Thin Lizzy tribute band Live and Dangerous playing the classic album Johnny the Fox in full, with a few extra Lizzy tracks thrown in for good measure.
Tickets & Info: $13 on the door, more info here.

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

Where: The Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth WA
When: 8pm-12am, Friday Dec 9
Why: After having supported the likes of the might King Gizzard, Dune Rats, Skegss and Goons of Doom to name a few, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are celebrating the release of the first single off their upcoming debut album, with support from The Crystal Moth and Moonlighter.
Tickets & Info: $10+ bf, more info here.

Polographia

Where: Rocket Bar, Adelaide SA
When: 9pm-5am, Friday Dec 9
Why: Sydney Duo Polographia are hitting the road in support of their new EP Friends. With their lastest single earning a solid thumbs up by the folks over at Triple J the duo are bringing their feel good vibes to Adelaide’s Rocket Bar alongside the likes of Take Your Time, Okami and Cats DJs all night. Featuring a bunch of different drink specials all night, definitely not one to miss.
Tickets & Info: $10 before midnight, more info here.

Nina Las Vegas

Where: The TBC Club, Brisbane QLD
When: 10pm-5am, Saturday Dec 10
Why: One of Australia’s most beloved DJs and producers, Nina Las Vegas, has had a huge year and she is capping it off with 3 huge parties. This week the party hits Brisbane’s TBC Club. Along for the ride are Swick, Air Max 97,  Lewis Cancut and Strict Face. For a good insight into what 2017 will look like for Nina Las Vegas head on down this Saturday and prepare for a wild night.
Tickets & Info: $15-25, more info here.

Confidence Man

Where: The Brightside, Brisbane QLD
When: 12am-3am, Saturday Dec 10
Why: The Holiday season is upon us, to help relieve the stress of figuring which socks, jox and tie combination to get dad this year, Confidence Man are throwing the mother of all dance parties at Brisbane’s The Brightside. Teaming up with ravelord Finchley the night is guaranteed to be a huge one.
Tickets & Info: $7.50 or $10 on the door, more info here.

Rolling Blackouts C.F.

Where: Hotel Styene, Manly, NSW
When: 8pm-12am, Thursday Dec 8
Why: Rolling Blackouts C.F. Have just returned from a three-month long hiatus, but the group have not come back empty-handed. Having signed to the legendary Sub Pop Records (yes, the same Sub Pop that Nirvana called home for a while there), the band are launching their new single ‘Julie’s Place’ in their hometown. Rolling Blackouts’ ‘soft punk/tough pop’ choons will no doubt get you having a boogie, supports are yet to be announced.
Tickets & Info: more info here.

Zeahorse

Where: The Factory Floor, Sydney NSW
When: 8pm-11.55pm, Friday Dec 9
Why: Zeahorse are set to release their second album ‘Torana Dreaming’. The self-proclaimed ‘noisy guitar music’ band are gearing up for one hell of a night. With locals Miners and Den taking care of the support roles the night promises t0 be one you wont soon remember… if you catch our drift.
Tickets & Info: $10+bf, more info here.