Jazz Scene

 |  Tuesday, 16 July 2013 08:08  |  Published in Columns

After forging a great teaching and performing career in Australia, local jazz chanteuse Lauren Lucille will be departing our shores to embark on a European career. Before she jetsets, Lauren has two final local shows at Lock N Load November 26 and December 3.

A big congratulations to Queensland's Joseph O’Connor (now based in Melbourne) for winning Australia’s most prestigious jazz competition, the National Jazz Awards. Congratulations also to Queensland's Dave Spicer who also made it into the finals. Joseph will receive $10,000, plus an ABC studio recording session, and an invitation to perform in the 2014 Stonnington Jazz Festival.  The Award has been a central feature of the Wangaratta Jazz Festival since it began in 1990. A different instrument is featured every year, and this year it was the piano.

The Antisocial Observer:August 07 2013

 |  Sunday, 28 April 2013 07:46  |  Published in Columns
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If we accept that we are all, in fact, in a rat race, then amongst the other rats who have degrees and health insurance, I am the rat with scabs on its back telling everyone to check out my colourful new wheel that I picked up off Gumtree. What I'm trying to explain to you is that I feel like I'm falling behind my peer group. You know that feeling you get when you turn around and people you have been hanging out with have got their Master’s, seemingly out of nowhere? One minute everyone is hanging out, and then you see your friend John and he has his Master’s. I mean, last time I saw John he was screaming 'butt chug, butt chug' and now he's an accountant with a son named Xavier (the mum didn't like the name 'Butt Chug Butt Chug Jnr').

Even more annoying than someone’s surprise success is when that somebody was someone from high school and was never meant to become successful. In the narrative of my life, Brent Dawes was not supposed to become a successful entrepreneur and find true love. He was supposed to become an alcoholic and wish that he had never thrown a basketball at my head four times. Once on the rebound, but still.

Becky Lucas is a Brisbane comic and Triple J RAW Comedy grand finalist who performs locally and interstate. Follow her @Becky_Lucas89. 

Shred Vicious: All Things Heavy

 |  Tuesday, 20 November 2012 04:18  |  Published in Columns

To celebrate their tenth studio LP, 'Earth Rocker', that was released in March, Clutch are releasing a limited edition double vinyl called 'Earth Rocker Live'. The bundle will include an LP of the studio album and an LP of live tracks recorded from various shows around the world. Alongside performing at Soundwave next year, Clutch have their own headline show at The Zoo February 21.

Peter Murphy will celebrate 35 years of Bauhaus with an east coast tour that will see Murphy taking to the stage with a full band, performing nothing but Bauhaus material. Forming in 1978 and achieving worldwide cult status within the post-punk landscape, this is the first time since 2006 that Murphy will perform a full Bauhaus set; the tour lands at the Hi-Fi Tuesday December 10.

Next autumn, US metal gods Toxic Holocaust and Skeletonwitch will embark on a national Australian tour together. Toxic Holocaust will be touring their new album, 'Chemistry Of Consciousness'. The tour will be the first Australian visit for cult heroes Skeletonwitch, who have just released a new album, 'Serpents Unleashed', to rave reviews.

With an illustrious career spanning over 25 years and hailed as one of the most forward thinking bands in extreme music, Greek metal legends Rotting Christ will anoint our shores for their first ever headlining tour of Australia in January. Renowned for their unparalleled, intense and supreme live show and for having a wealth of classic back catalogue material to perform, Rotting Christ infect Brisbane at the Crowbar January 16.

In January Born Of Osiris is set to return to Australia, this time with Sumerian Records label mates After The Burial in tow for ten destructive shows. While it may have taken three releases for Born Of Osiris to head down under in the first place, off the back of their latest stellar effort, ‘Tomorrow We Die Alive’, the Chicago-based progressive metal visionaries are wasting no time in returning. Both groups play Tempo January 16.

Lex List: December 05

 |  Wednesday, 14 December 2011 12:50  |  Published in Columns

#1 The Rev returns with a smash to Warner Street, featuring Triple J darlings gearing up for the release of their debut album – Sunday December 9. San Cisco’s Wild Things Tour with supports at The Rev at The Church.

#2 It must be summer when The 2013 Annual hits the streets – Friday December 7. The Ministry of Sound Annual Tour featuring Sam La More at Eatons Hill Hotel.

#3 Things just got hard and serious on the hard side of the force, with Hixxy, Mad Dog, Hardforze (pic) and our local hard kids – Friday December 7. Summerbass 2012 Hard Dance Festival at The Arena.

#4 Brisbane’s most loved beatboxer and Channel V personality teams up with Brisbane’s #1 waxer for a night of mayhem and partybass – Saturday December 8. Anything Goes featuring Dr Rhythm & Cutloose (live Drum and DJ show) at Alhambra Lounge.

#5 Balmy nights, local treats and salacious old fashioned whiskeys are the order for Brunswick Street Mall’s one and only rooftop party – Thursday December 6 to Sunday December 9. Weekends at Sky Room

Queery: November 13 2013

 |  Saturday, 10 December 2011 18:40  |  Published in Columns
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After celebrating their first birthday last month, the Cheated Hearts crew are wasting no time bringing the party to you yet again. Cheated Hearts favourites Jane Doe, Frankie Trouble and The Gatling Gun will be joined by fresh faces CVLT Teens (a bass-driven duo inspired by TNGHT, Disclosure, Ta-Ku and Schohmo) and Virtual Illusion (a trap, electro, dubstep and indie phenom) at Coniston Lane this Friday Nov 15.

Secure your leather chaps right now, because the Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras 2014 is offering Friends With Benefits members a new range of exclusive benefits to make the festival experience bigger and better than ever before. “We really wanted to create something for our members to acknowledge their support and contribution to making Mardi Gras what is today,” said festival producer James Rongen-Hall.

Lady Gaga has once again addressed speculation about her sexuality. “I am bisexual, I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again,” she told Attitude Magazine. “I don’t need to eat pussy in front of the whole world for people to take me seriously. You can believe it or not, it’s just here, I’m honest... take it or leave it. I know I am not just a lesbian — I have a boyfriend — but all of my friends are in this community.” She also denied that she is a “gay icon”, instead referring to herself as a “gay supporter”.

Televangelist and anti-gay pundit Pat Robertson has won the ‘Bigot Of The Year’ award at the Stonewall Awards, held in London’s V&A Museum. The award is reserved for an individual who has gratuitously caused hurt and offence to gay people around the world. Robertson’s latest bizarre outburst came in August, when he said gay men spread HIV when shaking hands by using ‘special rings’.

Openly gay MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts has condemned Russia’s anti-LGBT laws on a Kremlin-backed network while cohosting the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow. “I know the law is very vague, and it’s hard to interpret for many people,” Roberts said on state-sponsored network RT, “but it is discrimination, and that’s definitive. I don’t think that the LGBT population in Russia or anywhere should be marginalised to that degree. We are not asking for special protection, we’re just asking for equal respect.” Roberts also interviewed Antonin Krasovsky, a Russian journalist who was fired from a Kremlin-backed network after coming out earlier this year.

A white, anti-gay activist has won an election in Houston after leading voters to believe he was African-American. Dave Wilson convinced his predominantly black district that he was black himself by decorating his flyers with photos of smiling African-American faces that he lifted from the internet, and claiming to be endorsed by his “cousin” Ron Wilson, a prominent African-American. Wilson, who once sent out thousands of flyers attacking an openly gay mayoral candidate, says he won his seat on the Houston Community College Board of Trustees “fair and square”.

A high school football coach in California says he was fired from his job for being gay. The Contra Costa Times reports that varsity football coach Burke Wallace has filed a suit against the Livermore Valley Charter Prep High School, alleging he was subjected to harrassment and discrimination after he casually told colleagues he was married to a man. According to the lawsuit, Wallace’s supervisors said it was a “bad idea” to have a gay football coach.

Gold Coast

 |  Tuesday, 10 February 2009 15:26  |  Published in News

Oceanics heard you like videos, so they put a video inside their video so you can video while you video. The GC band’s new video for ‘Jukebox’ is a video about making a video. Described by director Genki Yamasaki as “indie, arty and very British” (of course), the group will launch the clip at Elsewhere with Hey Geronimo this Friday July 6. We assume the show will be filmed for their next video.

Melbourne rockers Kingswood have been announced as the winners of the Triple J Unearthed Splendour In The Grass competition. They’ll be flown up to our part of the world to play the festival (joining Unearthed Byron acts Splinta, Lifeline and Wilde Child on the bill), preceded by dates at The Beach Hotel on July 13 and Hard Rock Cafe on July 14.

Busby Marou’s ‘I Still Don’t Belive’ tour is a celebration of the amazing year they’ve had since the release of their debut LP (a year that included an inexplicable appearance on Ten’s Late News, and other triumphs). Help them relive the memories of that one time they were interviewed by Brad McEwan at Currumbin RSL’s SoundLounge on Friday July 13 with The Hello Morning and Leader Cheetah.

If your Facebook news feed has been assaulted with people asking where Molly is, it can only mean one of two things: 1) You’re friends with Madonna, or 2) Cedric Gervais is coming to town. The French-born, Miami-based house music god will leave the comfy confines of South Beach to play Platinum Nightclub on Saturday July 14 with Craig Roberts and DJ Flash.

MTNS’ debut EP 'Salvage' has been heralded as one of 2013’s essential finds by just about everybody with a blog. ‘Lost Track Of Time’ has been on high rotation at Triple J after being awarded the top spot on taste-maker chart Indie Shuffle. MTNS will bring their ambient sounds and captivating stage presence to Black Bear Lodge Thursday February 6, Byron Bay Brewery Friday February 7 and The Loft (Chevron Island) Saturday February 8.

Southside Tea Room's Christmas Party will play host to special secret act Pussy Pound and local up-and-comers The Creases. Made up of songwriters Joe Agius and Jarrod Mahon, The Creases have earned the notice of the tight Brisbane music scene with songs like 'Fun To Lose' and 'I Won't Wait'. Recorded in an old basement, their organic collaborations are a result of poverty breeding creativity. Get in the Christmas spirit and prepare to cut loose on Friday December 20.

Bonding over an appreciation for ‘80s and ‘90s music, longtime buddies Gus Hunt and Henry Gosling first began playing tunes under the name Unity Floors to stave off boredom. Three years later, the pair have released their first album 'Exotic Goldfish Blues', a collection of 11 acutely Australian rock & roll songs. Witness their unrestrained aesthetic live at Trainspotters at Grand Central Hotel this Thursday December 5 when they launch the album.

The Roseberys — winners of the Brisbane heat of ABC TV’s Exhumed comp, for ageing rockers who never quite hit the big time — will bring their eclectic fusion of folk and R&B to Beetle Bar on December 12. The Roseberys will be supported by Kolchak and The Dustbin Hoffmans, both finalists in the Brisbane round of Exhumed. It’ll be just like watching them on the telly, but louder, and with friendlier bar staff.

It's been a while since we've seen coastal roots rockers Band Of Frequencies, as they've been busy touring with Bernard Fanning and The Cruel Sea. Longtime favourites of Brisbane audiences, both in their own right and for their work as Afro Dizzi Act’s rhythm section, their familiar faces will help you feel right at home at The New Globe Theatre on Saturday December 14 with The Floating Bridges and Grim Tilla & The Diablo.

Soulful rocker Dan Sultan is embarking on his first tour in quite some time to promote his first single in over four years, 'Under Your Skin'. Before reaching our shores, Sultan will also appear as a special guest at Bruce Springsteen's Melbourne and Hunter Valley shows, so he should be in fine form at The Zoo on Saturday March 8.

Newly minted folk duo Hollow Drums are fresh-out-of-high-school 19-year-olds Georgia Rose and Sally Ann. With their mellifluous harmonies and flowing guitar melodies, these girls might prove to be a valuable addition to Brisbane's indie folk scene — get acquainted at The New Globe Theatre this Wednesday December 4 with Will Watson and The Winter Of Reason.

The Buzzrays have emerged from the ashes of Macho Grande to create an even harder fusion of garage, psychedelia and punk.The band will showcase their new incarnation and line-up at The Hideaway on Friday December 6, in celebration of the release of their new EP, 'Circus'. They’ll be joined by shoegazers Delirium Seeds and garage rockers Catalina.

The English Beat will follow up the success of their first Australian tour in 2012 with another tour in 2014. Renowned Birmingham ska kings that came up alongside The Specials, Madness, Bad Manners and The Selecter, they combine the energy and political ethos of punk with a danceable rhythmic groove. Their shows are definitely a party, but they might make you think, too. Expect tickets for their show at The Zoo on Sunday May 18 to move fast.

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has revealed his band will take a break after Soundwave 2014. “We’re going to Australia, doing a tour there, and then we’re going to take a break,” Armstrong told BBC Radio 2. “We haven’t really been doing much. So it’s just nice to kind of do some other things.. when we get ready to do Green Day again, our batteries will be charged.” Green Day headline Soundwave at RNA Showgrounds on Saturday February 22.

Atlanta progressive metal outfit Mastodon have been forced to defend their latest t-shirt. The Thanksgiving-themed shirt depicts a pilgrim pointing a gun at the head of a Native American woman, and was slammed as “racist” by some of their fans. “We may have a sick sense of humour,” the band responded, “but we are far from being ‘racist’ as some of you who might not get it are calling us.” They say the shirt is intended to be satirical, which seems pretty obvious, really. 

The bandmates of disgraced Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins have reacted to his guilty plea to shocking child sex charges. Naturally, the band said they were unaware of Watkins’ actions, and are “heartbroken, angry, and disgusted” to learn that they’re true. “Despite his battles with drugs, his egotastic behaviour, and the resulting fractures and frustrations within our band,” they wrote, “we never imagined him capable of behaviour of the type he has now admitted.”

After a sold out event in 2013, The Big Pineapple Music Festival will return on Saturday May 17 with Bliss N Eso The Living End, Art Vs Science, Spiderbait, Violent Soho, Peking Duck, Alison Wonderland, Funkoars, Thundamentals, Redcoats, Mr Hill & Rahjconkas, Drawcard, Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson, Rattraps, Ribongia, Total Eclipse, Black Diamond, Mouvment, The Tea Society, Young Franco, Jasti, loads of parking and camping and all the oversized novelty fruit you can handle.

Arctic Monkeys rewrote the rock & roll rulebook with their last LP, ‘AM’, which shot straight to the top of the ARIA chart and was hailed as “the greatest record of the last decade” by NME. Now Sheffield’s favourite sons have announced their biggest Australian tour yet. The two-time Glastonbury headliners will play the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Wednesday May 7.

After selling out Sydney and Melbourne shows in less than 24 hours earlier this year, indie rock phenoms Bastille are returning Down Under. Their debut album ‘Bad Blood’ has sold over two million copies worldwide, making them one of 2013’s biggest breakout bands. Led by the flawless vocals of frontman Dan Smith, Bastille play the Brisbane Convention Centre on Friday June 13.

The Presets will team with the Australian Chamber Orchestra for a series of “genre-bending” concerts next year. The ‘Timeline’ tour is billed as “a kaleidoscopic journey through 42,000 years of music” that will see Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes apply their classically trained touch to the likes of Vivaldi, Mozart, Schoenberg, Stravinsky and, uh, Maria Carey. The Brisbane date is scheduled for Monday May 26, with the venue still to be confirmed.

Are you an ARIA? Then there’s a good chance Flume won you on the weekend. The ubiquitous producer added Best Male, Dance Album and Breakthrough Artist gongs to his trophy cabinet. Meanwhile, Tame Impala won Album Of The Year, Best Rock Album and Best Group; Jessica Mauboy took home Best Female; and Guy Sebastian somehow beat Paul Kelly, Neil Finn, Karnivool and The Drones for Best Australian Live Act. Seriously.

The Pixies have lost their second bass-playing Kim this year. Kim Shattuck — who replaced Kim Deal when she quit the band earlier in the year — has been given her marching orders, but it seems to be amicable. “Super disappointed to learn that my time with The Pixies ended today,” she tweeted. “Amazing experience. Looking forward to focusing my attention back on the Muffs and our upcoming new album. All the best to everyone.”


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