CD Review: Whimsical Fantasy

CD Review-Whimsical Fantasy

Spiky    This is the first CD from talented French composer Guillaume ‘Spiky’ Muller and it is astounding. Spiky trained in Piano & Musical Theory at the Castle Of Becheville Conservatorium France since 1995 and has the demeanor, passion and Gothic ambiance.. of someone who trained in a castle. Combining a dark and twisted universe influenced by Tim Burton or Terry Pratchett, with symphonic metal and a hint of chaos theory, it’s like an orgasm for your ears.
Opening with the powerful Void Factory. The CD focuses on the story of reluctant hero Nescii (meaning” ignore “in Spanglish language), his call to adventure is strange and often surreal, through different terrain, such as the Enchanted Grounds,

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Connect 4: PLAY @ The Valley Studios – 28 March 2009

The Valley Studios will be transformed into a kaleidoscopic extravaganza of music and interactive art Connect 4: PLAY. 4C Arts Collective has joined forces with a collection of Brisbane’s best emerging musicians, visual and performance artists to bring fun and mayhem.

Aural delights will be provided by some great emerging bands. Dot.ay’s highly experimental and creatively satisfying tunes will keep the dance floor buzzing, followed by Hunz, who combines visual art and music together in his unique live shows; Music will be seen; Art will be heard. Combine this with the raw rocking talent, high energy and tremendous tunes of Little Vegas and the Fuzz Parade and 4C has an undeniably stellar line-up.

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All proceeds from Connect 4: PLAY will be donated to Backbone Youth Arts, one of Queensland’s leading Youth Theatre companies. Backbone Youth Arts supports, encourages and grows youth arts in Brisbane and is well known for its annual 2high Festival which provides unique and invaluable experience for festival and event management for young people with a passion for theatre, music and visual arts.


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Nick Cave Exhibition @ Tony Gould Gallery, QPAC Brisbane : 24 March – 9 May 2009

New QPAC exhibition showcases Aussie cult musician

Iconic Australian musician, songwriter and author Nick Cave is now the subject of his own exhibition at QPAC starting this month.

Delving behind the music and into Cave’s imagination and the sources of his unique vision through original lyrics, notebooks, artwork, photography and books; as well as objects from the musician’s own library and office, Nick Cave – the exhibition is on at the Tony Gould Gallery at QPAC Museum, from 24 March to 9 May 2009.


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The Basics “With This Ship” play The Globe, Brisbane 24 April 2009 + more

“Puts a musical punch right in the belly of pop mediocrity” –
Peter Cobbin, Senior Engineer, Abbey Road Studios.

2008 was a busy year for Melbourne trio The Basics; they toured relentlessly to some of the most remote outback areas Australia has to offer, making new friends and fans in high schools, indigenous communities, community centres and pubs and clubs along the way.

2009 already promises to be a huge year for the band. To kick things off, their new single With This Ship was released on Tuesday 22 February and is the first song from their ominously titled forthcoming album, Keep Your Friends Close.

In April, The Basics will play some very special shows taking audiences on intimate and acoustic journeys featuring never before seen photos, videos and many unseen rarities exclusive to the tour. Tickets will be limited, so don’t miss out on The Basics showcasing their exclusive offerings from Keep Your Friends Close!


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UnderExposed: An Exhibition by Brisbane Music Photographers: 17 April – 4 May 2009

Brought to you by Josh Levi Galleries, THE FORT arts hub & Keytone

… featuring local music photographers Dane Beesley, Stephen Booth, Justin Edwards, Kylie Keene, Aaron Sammut, Elleni Toumpas, James Adams, Kristen Ashton, Joshua Collings, Josh Woning, Charlyn Cameron, Chris James, Stuart Blythe and more.

UnderExposed is an exhibition featuring some of the best – established and emerging – music photographers in Brisbane. Bringing together those select shooters who have captured the visual side of Brisbane’s aural history – be it with emerging local bands, or international ones – UnderExposed aims to showcase that fleeting moment in time where a subject, ordinarily so intense and public, is caught in a period of stillness and reflection: the essence of the show, the artist, encapsulated in that one shot.
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Adam Hills is Inflatable!

Adam & Linda (Auslan)
Adam Hills is Inflatable!
   Adam Hills is the host Spicks & Specks ABC TV and a widely popular stand up comedian. Adam performed his new show Inflatable’s – after the Inflatable boy/school joke – at the Brisbane Comedy Festival, (Brisbane(Powerhouse) and its still relevant in a world of reality television, double-speaking politicians and crimes against the English. Adam realised there are two kinds of people inflators and deflators, especially after the Beijing Paralympics, where everyone had a disability, including Adam, but that’s his story and he is happy to share it with you.

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Sam Simmons Experience – Brisbane Comedy Festival : March 2009

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    sam simmons

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HAVE HEART Australian Tour May 2009 : May 30 2009 Princess Theatre, Brisbane +more

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.    Have Heart

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Mélanie Pain @ The Zoo, Brisbane 17 March 2009

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,    Mélanie Pain

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

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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