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News: Vieux Farka Touré @ Brisbane Powerhouse Tue 19 – Wed 20 Jan 2010

Brisbane Powerhouse and Love Police Touring present PLANET:
Vieux Farka Touré MUSIC

New record Fondo on Six Degrees Records OUT NOW.This January sees the first time visit to Australian shores for African guitarist/singer/songwriter, Vieux Farka Touré who is set to perform intimate club shows in both Brisbane and Melbourne, and will also be performing as part of the calendar of events at the Sydney Festival. Mixing reggae, funk, and R&B, Vieux Farka Touré breaks new ground as one of the first world music artists to embrace the sounds of rock. The son of African music legend, the late Ali Farka Touré, he draws on West African Malian traditions, and incorporates his father’s signature desert style blues to create his own unique style and sound. Vieux Farka Touré will be supported by Baala Baajo. Baala Baajo combine African drums with guitar, keyboard, balafon and nyatiti. Their music features original compositions, traditional soulful rhythms, beautiful vocals and high energy percussion and dance. Well-known for their energy, exuberance and musical talent, they have travelled nationally and internationally, performing and teaching African arts and culture. Baala Baajo will take you on an uplifting and soulful journey!

Tue 19 – Wed 20 Jan 10
Powerhouse Theatre
8pm
All tickets $54.80

For more information go to: www.brisbanepowerhouse.org

News: Future Music Festival 2010

empireofthesun-2009-4   Future Music Festival 2010: it’s time to go back to the Future …

After rocking tens of thousands of fans across the nation in 2009, it’s time to go back to the Future once more as the Future Music Festival juggernaut gears up to do it all again in 2010 …

Featuring an all-star line-up of the planet’s hottest music artists, Future Music Festival scooped the pool in last year’s Sony inthemix poll, picking up no less than two coveted Best Festival Awards for its massive shows in Adelaide and Sydney and Runner Up honours for Melbourne and Perth.
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Tour News: Amanda Palmer returns to Australia in 2010

Amanda Palmer   Much-loved and lauded performer Amanda Palmer is returning to Australia in February and March to wow fans in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Byron Bay and Brisbane.

Last here in early 2009 Amanda toured our shores with shows that left critics and fans raving.

Time Off Brisbane wrote “Palmer is an amazing lyricist and composer. One of the best shows that The Tivoli has seen in a long time.”

Rip It Up in Adelaide echoed the sentiment adding “The entire night was an intimate sharing of stories and jokes…Have To Drive and Strength Through Music left the crowd speechless until their very end, some on the verge of tears as they applauded as loudly as possible.” Continue reading Tour News: Amanda Palmer returns to Australia in 2010

Escape The Fate – Soundwave sideshows (Sydney and Melbourne) February 2010

Escape The Fate   Escape The Fate is running straight for rock stardom, exuding a spirit of chaotic mischief, reminiscent of the riotous Motley Crue, which they capture brilliantly in their electrifying live shows. Hailing from the world’s most outlandish city, Las Vegas, Escape The Fate have been conquering crowds and packing venues throughout the world, enslaving a legion of faithful fans at each stop with their brand of boisterously addictive rock.

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News: THE FRAY AUSTRALIAN TOUR – MARCH/ APRIL 2010

It seems that Australians just can’t get enough of The Fray. The band’s last tour in March sold out in every city well in advance of the shows, and the performances themselves gripped crowds across the nation.

Luckily, The Fray can’t seem to get enough of us either. With that in mind, The Frontier Touring Company is very pleased to announce headline shows for the multi-platinum-selling band in addition to their performance at 2010’s Bluesfest in Byron Bay.
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News: BIG DAY OUT 2010 – THIRD ROUND OF ACTS ANNOUNCED

Summer has begun, the New Year is just around the corner, and so is the BIG DAY OUT! We’re thrilled to let you in on the final artists who will be touring with the BIG DAY OUT in 2010 plus the local acts taking to the stage in each city.

BIG DAY OUT 2010 is hosting the mother of all celebrations – FEAR FACTORY’s 21st birthday. Continue reading News: BIG DAY OUT 2010 – THIRD ROUND OF ACTS ANNOUNCED

News: Datarock Australian Tour – January 2010

datarock-sml    Norway’s Datarock have returned with the follow up to the geek-chic party album of 2005, Datarock Datarock and will be heading down under to serve it up live to Australian audiences.

Their debut mixed Happy Mondays punk-funk with warped Devo humour, and was well received locally with ‘Computer Camp Love’ landing #12 on Triple J’s Hottest 100. The new album, Red, has lost none of the duo’s aptitude for so-classic-you-must-haveheard-it-before hooks, but this follow-up is an altogether more concept-driven beast.

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News: Another electrifying artist announce for Bluesfest 2010!

The second major round of artists to perform at the 21st Anniversary Bluesfest has been announced! Australia’s most awarded and internationally renowned festival officially will be held at its permanent new home – at the Tyagarah Tea Tree farm just off the Pacific Highway, 12 minutes north of Byron Bay. The Easter weekend dates for your diary are Thursday April 1 through to Monday April 5, 2010!

Festival goers should also note that the new and updated playing schedule is now online, and one day tickets are now also on sale – just visit www.bluesfest.com.au to see it all. This announcement marks the first time so many artists (over 50) have been unveiled this early, along with the playing schedule – giving fans more time than ever to plan their Easter holidays. Continue reading News: Another electrifying artist announce for Bluesfest 2010!

GLOBAL COMEDY ‘ROCK-STAR’ – RUSSELL PETERS RETURNS TO OZ – March 2010

Russell Peters   International comedy phenomenon Russell Peters has just announced his eagerly-awaited return to Australia and New Zealand. Peters is set to perform a cross country, 5 city tour, performing in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland, New Zealand in March 2010. He returns after two years by popular demand, tickets for the tour will go on sale Tuesday, December 1st, 2009.

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News: Patrick Wolf (UK) ‘The Bachelor’ Australian Tour – December 2009

The infamous Patrick Wolf returns to our shores, to celebrate the release of his latest album, The Bachelor.

Visceral, Impulsive, Antagonistic and Unique; the list of superlatives and adjectives for this young man and his music go on ad infinitum. Never one to conform to artistic nor industry status quo, young Master Wolf could rightly claim pole position at the vanguard of avant-garde pop. His wonderfully wilful compositions and forays into the glamorous aesthetic of leather, chains, glitter and feathers only exalt the kind of compelling self- awareness we find so irresistible.
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News: Dream Theater ‘Black Clouds & Silver Linings’ Australian Tour December 2009

Dream Theater   Ten studio albums, five live albums, six live DVDs, 1000’s of insane, unbelievable live shows and a rabid fan base worldwide – Dream Theater continue to be at the top of their game.

After waiting for more than 20 years for them to tour, Australian Dream Theater fans were treated to their first live shows in January 2008, with their intense live performances proving beyond question that they were definitely worth the wait.

Now the metal masters return to Australia for a national tour this December.
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Interview with Tim Minchin

tim-minchen-lisa1Tim 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.
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