The Paris Opera Ballet La Bayadère @ QPAC 24 june – 7 July 2009

On Saturday 20 June the Company will perform a one-off Grand Gala. Performed by the étoiles and premier danseurs of the company the programme for this extraordinary evening will not only showcase the talents of the participating dancers but also provide a sampler of the company’s remarkable repertoire, featuring highlights from ballets by Serge Lifar, George Balanchine, Maurice Bejart, Jiří Kylián and Roland Petit.
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KEITH URBAN ‘ESCAPE TOGETHER WORLD TOUR’ – Brisbane 18 December 2009

Keith Urban

  This summer, Keith Urban will bring his “Escape Together World Tour” home to Australia. This two-hour, high-energy concert event, packed with hits, guitar slinging and what has become an Urban concert trademark; the unexpected, will reach the East Coast of Australia on Saturday 12 December and will be the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.

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

Review by Bec

COG
[Photo: Stuart Blythe]
   Cog fans are a loyal bunch. They’ll come up to you and tell you how great their band is. “Sold out. Melbourne Hi-Fi, and now here,” one fan tells me. (He waits until he sees me write this in my notebook.) They’ll bear the unusually cold Thursday night to happily wait in line. And they’ll keep coming back to see Cog live – for some fans this is their fourth or fifth gig. Little wonder, if you believe what another fan proclaims: “Best live band – ever”. That’s a pretty big call.

Certainly, Sydney-based Cog is a WYHIWUG (what-you-hear-is-what-you-get) band. If you love their CDs then you’ll love their live shows. No disappointment there. Lead singer, Flynn Gower’s vocals, like his stage presence, are deliberate, steady and enunciated. He’s obviously a dedicated musician as are other band members, Lucius Borich, on drums, and Luke Gower on bass who is extremely animated on stage.

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Sounds Of Spring 2009: 2nd Artist Lineup Announcement + New Larger Venue!

SOUNDS OF SPRING 2009 now at the new bigger venue – RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane

Sounds of Spring   
2nd LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

26 September, 2009. You best save this date. Sounds of Spring have just added another 20 killer acts to the already exciting line-up of Australia’s best indie acts.

With Early Bird tickets now sold out, Sounds of Spring is destined for a huge second birthday and all the acts below are going to be there to help you celebrate with us. Check out some of their latest tunes on MySpace (click the links below).
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ARIA Chart News, w/c 15 June 2009

Karnivool debuts at #2 with their album “Sound Awake”.

The Black Eyed Peas debut at number one on this week’s ARIA Album Chart with their new album “THE E.N.D”, earning the group their third ARIA #1 album following “Elephunk” in 2004 and “Monkey Business” in 2005. Their single “Boom Boom Pow” spends its fifth week at one on the ARIA Singles Chart and sixth on top of the digital track chart, becoming their second longest running singles chart topper behind “Where Is The Love” which chalked up six weeks in 2003.
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Sunday Selection: Texas Tea : 14 June 2009

LifeMusicMedia’s Sunday Selection is your weekly view to Queensland Artists

Texas Tea    Texas Tea are a two piece alt-country act from Brisbane, Australia.

Texas Tea’s debut album, Take A Sip, featured heavily on radio from it’s release in 2006, including ABC, Triple R, PBS, Triple J, 4ZZZ. In 2006 and 2007 Texas Tea took out the Hot 100 on Brisbane’s 4ZzZfm with tracks ‘Macy and Me’ and ‘Whiskey and Wine’.

These tracks also featured as finalists in the Q Music Awards and in 2007 APRA Songwriters Award. Tracks from Take A Sip have been used in several film projects including a film by Tropfest Winning Director Steve Baker and more recently in feature film written and directed by John Jarratt – Savages Crossing.

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CD Review: The Little Stevies – Love Your Band

by Felicity Rennie –

The Little Stevies - Love Your Band    I am not convinced that the use of a rainstick (or a very convincing similar effect) in the opening strains of Sunshower, the first track and first single from The Little Stevies’ debut album Love Your Band, is a coincidence. An instrument noted for its relaxation qualities, it says a lot about the album that follows, which, like a rainstick, is carefully constructed, filled with surprise gems, and is unequivocally soothing. This is a strong, inspired debut from a very promising three piece.

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Josh Pyke wants YOU to make his next video! (Be Quick – Deadline Midnight July 2nd 2009)

Josh Pyke wants YOU to make his next video!

joshpyke   Josh Pyke has worked with some very talented artists and directors in the past, and now he’s calling on his fans to create the video for his new single ‘You Don’t Scare Me’.

Josh will choose his favourite clip from all those submitted, and the video will be used as the official clip for the single. It will be premiered on Channel Ten’s Video Hits, and will then be serviced to other music video programs and stations. The director of the clip will also be awarded AUD$2500 and signed copies of all of Josh’s albums.

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uncharTED Semi-finals Amost Up… Vote Now and Support and Aussie Band!

uncharTED    The uncharTED semi-finals are almost up! A few weeks ago Tooheys Extra Dry uncharTED competition 1 2009 presented Australia with the Top 10 emerging artists chosen by a combination of public votes and uncharTED media partners. uncharTED is now preparing to step into the final round, and is getting set to reveal the Top 3 finalists on 16 June.

Six Sydney artists Bridgemary Kiss, The Falls, OnlyTheSeaSlugs, The Deer Republic, Death Mattel and Sui Zhen, Melbourne-based bands Foxx On Fire and Hot Little Hands, Perth outfit French Rockets and Brisbane band Ellington are all competing for a spot in the Top 3.
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Bluejuice + Philadelphia Grand Jury + DZ @ The Zoo, Brisbane – 12 June 2009

bluejuice   On the advice of their producer and herbalist, Dr Chris Shaw, Bluejuice are emerging, filthy and mole-eyed, from the studio they have been inhabiting for the last month. During the course of recording their (very nearly finished) new album, they’ve all developed severe Vitamin D deficiencies, and Stav in particular is addicted to eating the ornamental fish out of the studio fish tank, which is quite a concern for someone who claims to be a vegetarian.

To cure these ills, Bluejuice are venturing into the fresh air and hitting the road with their pals, Philadelphia Grand Jury with one of their stops being The Zoo, Brisbane 12 June 2009.
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CAO FEI – UTOPIA (Visual Arts)

Utopia Second Life is a lab, a world lab, but it consists in a huge global economic system. It brings us business and democracy, at the same time with feelings and culture. We can’t avoid capitalism’s wave; at the same time, we can’t avoid Communist aspirations in our heart. This world is not only dualistic, we’re inconsistent. Communism is our Utopia, Second Life is our E-topia . . . SL is our mirror, it tells us the truth.—Cao Fei

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Lincoln and Austin Field of Vision (Visual Arts)


Lincoln Austin Field of Vision Lincoln Austin’s abstract sculptures meld the interests of minimalism and op art to explore the ways regular, repeated forms can generate optical illusions and effects.

The Ipswich-based artist is known for his small, intricate works, but this will change with the imminent opening of Brisbane’s new building, Northbridge, which features his massive wall relief, Once Again.

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Review: Judith Lucy’s Not Getting Any Younger – Brisbane Powerhouse


judithlucy-small    Judith Lucy‘s Not Getting Any Younger
Review by Lisa Lamb

I was fortunate enough to first see Judith Lucy perform in the early nineties at the Sit Down Comedy Club and she just gets funnier! Whether she’s talking about the horror of getting older,

global warming or an ill fated trip to Italy with her biological mother where she ended up drinking wine from a cereal bowl, you will laugh until your jaw aches. She is so natural on stage, which is possibly why she has been a successful comedian for the past twenty years, and her audience participation is second to none, especially the Ask a Young Person segment, involving her asking a seventeen year old boy if he shaves his pubic hair?
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ARIA Chart News, w/c 8 June 2009

Eskimo Joe’s fourth album “Inshalla” has debuted at number one on this week’s ARIA Album Chart, mirroring the success of their third album “Black Fingernails, Red Wine” which debuted at number one nearly three years ago, on June 19, 2006. In doing so “Inshalla”, already certified Gold, becomes the 138th Australian number one album!
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CD Review: Karnivool “Sound Awake”

Review by: Stuart Blythe
karnivoolcdIt’s been four years in the making but after setting a new benchmark in Australian heavy rock with their debut album “Themata”, the pressure was on. Fortunately the wait has been worth it!!

Re-enlisting Themata’s producer Forrester Savell, the album was recorded at Perth’s Blackbird and Kingdom Studios over several months, and later mixed at Melbourne’s famous Sing Sing Studios’. Savell has done a superb job on this record with each band member clear in the mix, and the various landscapes of sound captured impeccably. Singer Ian Kenny relays “It was a no-brainer in the end. Once we made the decision to let him into our space, we really relied on him to don the heavy black boots and start kicking heads, which he did. Plus, the guy’s got the goods musically – he’s like the cleaner who comes in after a murder.”
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