|Get ready for four crazy weeks featuring the funniest local, national and international talent at the inaugural Brisbane Comedy Festival. Probably best known for his work with Triple J,The Sam Simmons Experience is one of the most surreal and original comedy shows you will ever see. Australia’s answer to Jim Carrey before movie stardom seduced him. He is a ball of spoteniaty and physical comedy, combined with music, style and a French sound engineer. This isn’t so much stand up comedy as|
Amanda Palmer @ The Tivoli, 1 March 2009
Photographer: Charlyn Cameron – for LifeMusicMedia
HAVE HEART AUSTRALIAN TOUR MAY 2009 : May 30 2009 Princess Theatre, Brisbane +more
|Have Heart have grown from a regional hardcore band with a passionate following to Boston’s worldwide hardcore torch-bearers that have played every continent except Africa and Antarctica, selling out venues along the way. This May the band returns to our shores for their first headline Australian tour.|
|Delivering confessional folk-pop chansons in English and French with the coy, breathy vocals of an ingénue, Mélanie Pain has the sort of oeuvre and style that inspire descriptions like “sugar and spice”, “naughty but nice”. As one of the main voices of Nouvelle Vague since their debut album in 2004, she seduced audiences with sassy sweetness on originals and covers like This is Not a Love Song,|
Teenage Kicks, Killing Moon, Ever Fallen in Love and Dance with Me. Now Mélanie has come up with My Name, her own debut solo album which incorporates personal reflections and influences such as Françoise Hardy, Nick Cave, Claudine Longet, Nancy Sinatra and Leonard Cohen in an intimate, Continue reading Mélanie Pain @ The Zoo, Brisbane 17 March 2009
Tim Minchin is a comedian, actor, composer, songwriter, pianist, musical director and a self confessed Rock n Roll Nerd. He has sold out gigs at the Sydney Opera House, won awards at every major comedy festival including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Just for Laughs Festival- Montreal and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where he won the Perrier Award for Best Newcomer in 2005.
I was fortunate to meet him in Melbourne in 2007 when we performed at the Late Night Cabaret. Tim says we have a history, am not sure what that means, but am happy to interview him for his new Brisbane Comedy Festival show.- Lisa Lamb
When did you stop wearing shoes on stage?
Well I wore bare feet to uni because I was a bit of a hippie, then started doing comedy gigs at The Butterfly Club in Melbourne. I’d have a list of songs and things to talk about taped to my piano, have three glasses of wine, then take my shoes off to relax. So now I’m in the habit of not wearing them. When I do corperate gigs and wear shoes, it becomes a completely different show, much less relaxed. So much of comedy is about status, the piano is high status and wearing no shoes offsets that, making it low status. Which is good for comedy.
Continue reading Interview with Tim Minchin
Quiksilver Pro Show 2009 @ Duranbah Beach, 7 March 2009 Photo Gallery
Photographer:Stuart Blythe – for LifeMusicMedia
|To celebrate the recent release of ‘Songs From The South – Volume II’, Paul Kelly and his band will embark on a national tour in late April and throughout May, visiting regional centres and capital cities across the country.|
It has been almost two years since Paul Kelly conducted such a vast tour of the nation. And how better to embrace the flavour of Australia and its people, than with the live music of one of the world’s great songwriters, Continue reading PAUL KELLY – ‘More Songs From The South’ tour : April-May 2009
Mary Trembles @ The Globe, Brisbane : with Violent Flames & The Quills : 28 Feb 2009
Photographer: Stephen Goodwin
The Church return in 2009 with a new album, a soundtrack, 2 EP’s on their own label and selected dates on the East coast.
In January the band released the “Shriek: Excerpts From The Soundtrack” on their own Unorthodox Records in partnership with Wyrm publishing and noted American science fiction writer Jeff VanderMeer.
In February the band release “The Coffee Hounds EP”. Exclusive vocal and instrumental versions of “The Coffee Song” as well as taking on the Kate Bush classic “Hounds Of Love”.
Continue reading The Church “So Love May Find Us” Tour @ The Zoo, Brisbane 14 March 2009 + more
|Ever wondered what happens to lost toys? Come to Fluff at QPAC and you’ll find out!
Yes, the Gingham family is back to comfort lost toys and delight audiences in the captivating fantasy theatre production, Fluff.
On show at the Cremorne Theatre QPAC from 24-28 March, the whole family will enjoy this whimsical piece of theatre, which combines audience interaction, music, movement and a stunning visual design.
Presented by QPAC, Fluff was created by Christine Johnston, one of Queensland’s most celebrated performing artists, collaborating with acclaimed choreographer/dancer Lisa O’Neill and electronic musician, Peter Nelson.
Continue reading Fluff @ Cremorne Theatre, QPAC : 24-28 March 2009
The Big O Festival 2009 @ UQ Brisbane, 28 February Photo Galleries
Photographer: Stuart Blythe for LifeMusicMedia
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Cassette Kids, Yves Klein Blue, BlueJuice, Ben Lee, The Fratellis, The Music
THE GIN CLUB TOUR EAST COAST – MARCH/APRIL 2009
|Inimitable Alt-country rock troupe The Gin Club are embarking on an East Coast tour of Australia in March and April, before heading off to Europe to tour and continue recording the follow up to their epic 2-disc 2008 release Junk.|
Junk was received with critical and public acclaim, reaching the top 10 on the AIR charts and granting the eclectic Brisbane-based band accolades including ‘Best Rock Song, ‘Best Folk Ballad’ and ‘Song of the Year’ at “Q Song” – Queensland Music Industry Awards in 2008.
Now, on the back of a successful string of 2008 gigs both here and in the US (including appearances at Musicexpo (LA), Gympie Music Muster, Woodford Folk Festival and The Big Day Out), The Gin Club are ready to hit the road, complete with brand new songs to unleash on anticipative audiences.
Continue reading The Gin Club Tour : The Zoo, Brisbane 21 March 2009 + more
by Lisa Lamb
Amanda Palmer embarked on a rock star journey from the age of four when her mother sat her on her lap and taught her to play piano by ear. With no formal musical training and a strong interest in drama, she explored dark cabaret, gothic burlesque and surreal musical theatre as the lead singer of The Dresden Dolls. Then embarked on a solo album, Who Killed Amanda Palmer, which pays homage to David Lynch (Twin Peaks) from a girl who doesn’t watch TV. She is a walking contradiction, part truth, part fiction and always entertaining. Her shows are not so much gigs as an experience and once the audience have the “experience” they are happy to spread the word.
Lisa: Amanda, you originally started out busking, doing street theatre and performing as a live statue, how did you start busking and has this influenced your later work?
Continue reading Who Killed Amanda Palmer? An Interview with the Queen of Punk Cabaret
Get into Greenfest 5-7 June, Brisbane City Botanic Gardens
|Greenfest presented by Brisbane City Council is Australia’s largest free green festival and place to come together for a cooler planet! Greenfest aims to stimulate awareness and action for a low carbon economy by supporting creativity in industry and the arts. Our theme for 2009 is “Community Warmth Can Cool the Planet!”
Greenfest is part of the UNEP Climate Neutral Network, a recognized Art for the Environment event and in 2009 is part of the Brisbane 150 and Queensland 150 celebrations.
It uniquely promotes the best of emerging music talent with some established masters amidst a sea of fresh energy and ideas. With over 50 acts on three stages, speakers, organic food, fashion, green-tech cars and 200 exhibitors, become the change you want on World Environment Day and the long weekend at Greenfest.
Greenfest is free for all areas and times. If you want to support emerging local talent and fresh energy for your planet, spread the word that participation counts and show your passion for the future at Greenfest.
The festival opens on Friday 5th June with a free World Environment Day concert and continues over the weekend with the following initial line up:
Ash Grunwald, Jeff Lang, Tame Impala, The Boat People, Little Scout, Kevin Borich, Hungry Kids Of Hungary, Botanics, The Rocketsmiths, Mason Rack Band, Marshall & the Fro, Ange Takats, Tim Loydell & the Deckchairs, Mr Laneous & the Family Yah, Pear & the Awkward Orchestra, Banawuran, Golden Sound, 8 Ball Aitken, Trouble Karma Flow, Rachael Brady, The Reversals, Jason Lowe, Georgia Potter, Bunna Lawrie, Mark Easton, Jimmy Watts, Kim Churchill, Autumn Sun, Tom Richardson, Glass Towers and more!
Continue reading Greenfest 5-7 June 2009 Brisbane Botanic Gardens
The Brisbane 48 Hour Film Project 2009 – The 48 Hour Film Project will return to Brisbane in 2009, probably around October. Filmmakers from all over the Brisbane area will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. The winning film will go up against films from around the world for the title “Best 48 Hour Film of 2009”.
The Brisbane Arts Theatre is proud to open its 2009 main house season with John Patrick Shanley’s powerful play ‘Doubt’ – about innocence, guilt, and the grey space between the two. – Now Playing!
Brace yourselves for the first, the biggest, the best, LOL comedy festival Brisbane has ever seen. The inaugural Brisbane Comedy Festival takes over Brisbane Powerhouse Friday 6 – Sunday 29 March 2009 …that is just under a month of laugh-a-minute moments courtesy of some of the craziest talent from near and far!
Chicago – The Musical is one of the world’s most popular and thrilling smash-hit musicals. After a decade of decadence, CHICAGO is returning for its Australian Premiere at Lyric Theatre, QPAC from 19 March 2009 for a strictly limited season.