COG “Between Oceans” Tour @ The Hi-Fi, Brisbane – 11th June 2009

COG “Between Oceans” Tour
With special guests
Oceansize and Calling All Cars

While their latest record Sharing Space is working hard for them in Europe and the UK, gaining rave reviews from music press and fans alike, the Cog boys have been busily putting the finishing touches on their national Between Oceans Tour May / June 2009.

Cog’s powerful live shows have been wowing fans for the past few years, earning them spots on the country’s biggest festivals, including the recent Big Day Out Tour, and leaving a trail of sold out venues in their wake. The Between Oceans Tour will be the band’s last round before they take time out to pull together material for their third LP.
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Elize Strydom gets stuck in the mud at the 20th Annual East Coast Blues and Roots Festival

Bluesfest – 20th Annual East Coast Blues and Roots Festival
Friday 10th April
Review: Elize Strydom

Personality test: What sort of footwear would you choose to wear to Bluesfest?

a. Thongs from Woolies
b. Gumboots from Bunnings
c. Your brand new Dunlop Volleys
d. Au Natural (bare feet)

If you answered a. you’re an optimistic idealist. If you picked c. get set for disappointment. If you deliberated between b. and d. then read on…

The 20th Annual East Coast Blues and Roots Festival was always going to be muddy. In the two weeks leading up to the festival the Northern Rivers had copped near-torrential rain, flash flooding and damaging winds. I spoke to Festival Director Peter Noble a day before the gates were due to open and he was optimistic. One day of hot sun beating down on the Belongil Fields meant they had “dodged a bullet” and things were looking up. Yesterday the Rain Gods withheld their mercy but they’re well and truly smiling again today. Steam is literally rising off the sodden grass as punters – young and old – stream past sniffer dogs, security checks and wrist band fasteners. Tracks between the festival’s six stages, market stalls, food tents and port-a-loos have been beaten and new tracks are appearing as people try to avoid the shin deep mud pit at the centre of the original track. So many are falling at the first hurdle as their thongs flick splats of mud up their legs and backs. Others are literally stuck in the mud as their feet plunge into the thick brown slosh and fail to emerge. Now is not the time to suffer from unpreparedness – there’s music to see, oh so much music. More than 500 artists and 220 performances, to be exact. I’ve gotta start somewhere, why not with Watermelon Slim and the Workers?
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The Kill Scene, Feline Down, Twist Oliver Twist @ The Globe – 11th April, 2009

The Kill Scene, Feline Down, Twist Oliver Twist
The Globe – 11th April, 2009
Author: Lisa Lamb

The Kill Scene formerly known as the Dream Sequence inflicted a quick and painless death on themselves in front of a live audience, then musically re-incarnated. Sounding very much like The Cure as they delved into Gothic New Wave with a dark, ambient precision. Playing a blend of originals combined with 80’s British rock like Kate Bush “Running up that Hill”, along with a dark and twisted, yet beautiful version of “Let Me Entertain You” by Queen.    kill scene

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“No Shoes, at Blues…” – By Tara Kai Hammond

Bluesfest – 20th Annual East Coast Blues and Roots Festival
Friday 12th April
Review: Tara Kai Hammond

After a short twenty minute stroll from the car park, a quick ‘frisking’ from security at the gate, and I’m officially allowed into the festival. The first thing I noticed after being ‘frisked’; apart from swampy mud and thousands of different patterned gumboots; was hundreds of joyful, beaming-sunny-smiles, and a happy and radiant vibe which was ‘infectious’.

*Musical highlights*:-
That One Guy played his part percussions-part bass-boom box-making-vacuum or “magic Pipe” as he refers to it) to a small but highly amused, pumped-up and appreciative crowd. With funky high energy tunes one minute, (that make ya want to shake ya bits); to laid back cruisy tunes the next, (the kind that make ya smile and give ya that fuzzy feelin’); That One Guy is without a doubt the most extraordinary and entertaining one man band that I’ve ever witnessed; (and I’ve seen quite a few, including a guy with bopping parrot on his shoulder…)
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Danny McGinlay – Food Dude

Danny McGinlay – Food Dude

This is one of the most unique and original shows in the festival, setting out to prove you don’t need to be a master chef, to be a food dude. Danny is a ball of positive energy and dynamic recipes you too can cook when you are drunk, and what surreal recipes they are like Party Pie Parmagiana, which appears to be a party pie fried in puff pastry with pasta sause or multi cultural sushi from the new world, which contains Twisties! Oddly enough Danny is so likable he convinces the audience to try his culinary delights, though some were so experimental only Brian the sound engineer, who looked suspicious;ly like he was starving, was game enough to taste it.
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UnderExposed: An Exhibition by Brisbane Music Photographers : Joshua Levi Galleries : 17th April – 4th May 2009


UnderExposed: An Exhibition by Brisbane Music Photographers has now officially moved to Joshua Levi Galleries @ Woolloongabba (4 Ipswich Road, Woolloongabba), UnderExposed is hosting SIX live music nights during the three week exhibition.

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THE LIVING END BRISBANE CONCERT MOVES TO RIVERSTAGE!

The Living End has announced a change of venue for the Brisbane date of their national ‘Raise The Alarm Tour’. The concert taking place in Brisbane on Friday May 1st will now take place at the Brisbane Riverstage, Gardens Point, City. All tickets previously purchased for the Big Top will be honoured at the Brisbane Riverstage concert. Originally announced at the Musgrave Park Big Top, the event had been advertised with the subject to council approvals line since announcement but the organisers of the event were notified yesterday by Brisbane Council that their permit for the Big Top show has been denied.

The Living End with special guests Gyroscope and Tame Impala will perform at the popular Riverstage on Friday May 1st.
A reminder to fans that this is the only Brisbane concert The Living End will be performing this year so it’s your last chance to see them live in this environment.
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SPLENDID! Call for young and emerging artists for new national arts project.

In collaboration with the Australia Council for the Arts and Lismore Regional Gallery, Splendour in the Grass is proud to announce the launch of SPLENDID – a mammoth arts initiative to workshop and showcase young and emerging Australian artists.

Ten young and emerging artists who work across the visual arts, theatre, dance, design, installation, architecture, digital art, text, sound and other creative areas will be chosen to undertake a three-week Arts Lab residency in Lismore in July 2009.
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SIMON & GARFUNKEL IN CONCERT @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre – 17 June 2009

What was called an early Valentine’s gift for New York fans, today became a love letter penned exclusively for Australia and New Zealand.

Simon & Garfunkel, ranked among the greatest artists of all time, are to tour the Antipodes for eight concerts in June promoter Michael Chugg, Executive Chairman of Chugg Entertainment, announced today.

The world’s first and only confirmed 2009 tour dates for the beloved duo; the news comes just weeks after their surprise three-song performance at New York’s Beacon Theatre on Valentine’s eve.

   SIMON AND GARFUNKEL

Having not visited Australia for more than 25 years, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel will kick off their antipodean tour in New Zealand playing Auckland’s Vector Arena on Saturday June 13.
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Caxton Street Seafood and Wine Festival 2009 – Ticket Giveaway!!

*** Click here for our photo gallery of KRAM, OP 25, The Winnie Coopers, Dukes Of Windsor ***

Caxton Street Seafood & Wine Festival    Would you and a friend like to spend Sunday the 3rd May 2009 – Labour Day long weekend – listening to great music – FOR FREE?????
 
The Caxton Street Seafood and Wine Festival, an iconic Queensland event, is in its 15th year, with thousands of people expected to swarm to Brisbane’s most famous party precinct in true Aussie fashion and LifeMusicMedia have 3 double passes to give-away!
 
What better way to spend Sunday of the Labour Day long weekend… delicious seafood, wine and an awesome first-class line up of entertainment.

*** Click here for our photo gallery of KRAM, OP 25, The Winnie Coopers, Dukes Of Windsor ***

The 2009 Festival Line Up

KRAMThe Dukes of WindsorGrace KnightKevin Borich (solo) – Tyrone Noonan & Palimpsest – Robbie James (GANGgajang -duo) – Kate Bradley and the Goodbye HorsesJIMMYZ (plus guest vox Kira) + 4Play DJs – OP25 ( featuring Daniel Amalm ) – The Winnie CoopersRoger ThatMason RackEnacioOmni AntiTrouble Karma Flow – Latin Fire –Afrodisa – SoulzuDozziThe Zookeepers.

How can I be in the running to get a double-pass for free?
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