THE DEER REPUBLIC ARE CROWNED THE UNCHARTED WINNERS!

The competition was fierce at the Tooheys Extra Dry uncharTED Grand Final for competition 1, 2009. Three of Australia’s top emerging bands battled it out for the major prize – a spot on the bill at Splendour In The Grass 2009, plus an artist development package worth $25,000. Nova’s Rosso hosted the event, as the Oxford Art Factory reached full capacity and the crowd were treated to a special performance from Kram.
After astounding live-sets from each finalist, The Deer Republic from Sydney came out on top and was crowned the uncharTED winner, just beating Hot Little Hands and Foxx On Fire in the industry and public votes. Having only been together a couple of years, The Deer Republic captivated the audience with their melodic indie-rock and catchy hooks. It seems there’s no stopping this Sydney outfit, as they get ready to play one of Australia’s best festivals, Splendour In The Grass.

Nick Andrijic of The Deer Republic describes their win “Phenomenal; ecstasy; fantastic! I’m not just saying this because we’re gracious winners; the other two bands that played tonight are fantastic… It means the world to us to play at Splendour… the fact that we’re going to be sharing the stage with some of them [our favourite bands], it’s indescribable at the moment, I don’t think it’s going to hit me for a couple of days… we’re looking forward to it.”

uncharTED competition 1 attracted more than 2,300 entrants this year, and an esteemed panel of industry experts and an A&R team selected the Top 50 artists in Round 1. Round 2 saw the unveiling of the Top 10 semi-finalists, made up of four media picks and the 6 publicly voted bands. Round 3 announced Foxx On Fire, Hot Little Hands and The Deer Republic as the Top 3 finalists – and after 10 weeks of vigorous voting, the competition ended with a bang at last night’s Grand Final, with The Deer Republic leaving with the major prize!

Tooheys Extra Dry uncharTED competition 2, 2009 is now open. If you’re a solo artist or in a band looking to make it big, head to www.uncharted.com.au to register. You could be on your way to becoming Australia’s next big thing!

ELVIS COSTELLO Returns To Australia On His Solo Tour In October 2009

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  Chugg Entertainment proudly presents ELVIS COSTELLO RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA ON HIS SOLO TOUR IN OCTOBER
With special guest Shelley Harland
ELVIS COSTELLO has followed his musical curiosity in a career spanning more than three decades. He is probably best known for his performances with The Attractions, The Imposters and his concert appearances with pianist Steve Nieve.

With a new album SECRET, PROFANE AND SUGARCANE just released, produced by T Bone Burnett, during a three-day session at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studio, comes the announcement that he will hit the road with an Australian tour in October this year. This very special tour will feature Elvis, his guitars, his songs and his stories!

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LIAM GRIFFIN Solo Tour of South East Queensland : July 2009 [The Troubadour on July 12th]

LIAM GRIFFIN Solo Tour of South East Queensland

Liam Griffin
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Two Songs in QSONG Awards Top 10

After an extended break from live performances, LIAM GRIFFIN is jumping back in the saddle for what he does best, for a special SOLO tour of South East Queensland. The tour will include performances on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, and Brisbane’s Troubadour on Sunday July 12th.

LIAM GRIFFIN may have been an absent addition to the local gig guides for some time now, but that’s not to say he hasn’t kept busy. With writing and recording new songs for his next release, and travelling through the UK and Europe, it’s very exciting to hear that he’s making the time to get back onstage once again.

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Live Review: True Live + The Kidney Thieves @ The Zoo, Brisbane 4 July 2009

True Live @ The Zoo , Brisbane 4 July 2009
Supported by: The Kidney Thieves.
Author: Jose Eduardo Cruz

True Live   Saturday was a very cold and windy night in Brisbane, which would keep many a punter at home. Being Brisbane anything short of perfect weather keeps most concert goers away from live venues. Keeping this in mind, the attendance level was a testament to the calibre of performance we were about to witness.

Supporting act, The Kidney Thieves are definitely not shy or suffer from stage fright. These guys have been around for a while now and have developed a nice following in their home town. Charismatic or maybe a bit insane is how you would

describe their front man, Jack Muzak. You can’t call these guys a warm up band; they are more like a set fire to the stage band and hope the next band can still use it. Their sound takes me back to a Faith No More era, where sounds and styles blended. Sex Panther an 8 minute epic, riddled with so many time changes that you forget which song it is, illustrated this bands wild nature. The Kidney Thieves equal fun.
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20th Anniversary Abbey Medieval Festival, 11th & 12th July 2009

Medieval Battle
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  Saturday 11th July and Sunday 12th July mark the 20th Anniversary of the Abbey Medieval Festival.

The Abbey Medieval Festival offers an experience unlike any other. The colour, pageantry and atmosphere and the authenticity of performers will transport visitors back in time in this unique week of festival activities. Visitors will thrill to the excitement and skill of the Joust, the roar of knights in battle and be entertained by the beautiful Middle-eastern dancers, drama, music and the markets. They may also indulge their medieval taste buds and feast on tantalizing food at the Medieval Banquet or dance their way into the starry night at the Masque Ball.

This year the Jousting Spectacular will be more thrilling and competitive than ever before! The Joust is one of the festivals most popular spectacles. It is now ticketed to guarantee seating or standing space to allow as many people as possible to clearly see the event. There will be three tilts each day to maximise the opportunity for visitors to enjoy this dangerous and yet exciting event.
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Interview: KRAM – Making Music and Loving It!

KRAMTell us how Kram came about?

KRAM: Mark spelt backwards invented by an old mate while we watching a Leyland Brothers movie in the local hall.

What have been the highlights and advantages since becoming a solo artist?

KRAM: It’s very liberating to make a record where you play all the instruments yourself, like a massive bedroom 4-track session. I enjoyed doing that with Andy, recording everything! I will definitely make more records like that in the future. If you have the idea in your head, you can just go in and play it without having to think about the live thing at all.

… and how does this compare to Spiderbait?
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Sunday Selection: Ellington : 5th July 2009

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Ellington    After their debut EP The Joy We Keep In earned them some dedicated fans, Ellington worked relentlessly to start recording a batch of new songs they could develop even further – and introduce to a wider audience. Enlisting the help of producer Matt Malpass (Copeland, Lydia) and some special guest stars (Matthew Thiessen (Relient K), Jeff Turner (Say Anything) and Leighton Antelman (Lydia)), the six-track record sounds phenomenal for a duo self-releasing it. Jake Bosci’s warm and inviting vocals barely register a whisper above the atmospheric, dream-like guitar work, moving away from the meloncholic self-loathing most indie-pop bands center on, instead focusing on love and all the senses it manipulates with its gentle embrace. “She said it’s not hard to fall in love / The hardest part is proving that love is what you wanted / and what you’ll need for the rest of your life,” sings Bosci on “Wide Awake and Smiling,” glimmering with sentiment and optimism.

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Dan Hicks and The Innocent Bystanders @ The Tivoli, Brisbane 24-25 July 2009

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Dan Hicks and The Innocent Bystanders

Dan Hicks   Dan Hicks is truly an American original. His unique blend of swing, jazz, folk and country music, coupled with his irresistible sense of rhythm, hip lyrical styling, laid-back vocalising, and infamous on-stage wit make his live audiences fans for life. For more than 40 years, most famously with his band The Hot Licks, Dan has been a stalwart of the American music scene.

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Live Review: Paniyiri 2009 – Greek Celebration delights Brisbane.

Author: Lisa Lamb

paniyiri   After being forced to take a raincheck in May due to extreme weather, Paniyiri, Queensland’s signature celebration of all things Greek, took over Musgrave Park and The Greek Club, South Brisbane in a spectacular showcase of Hellenic hospitality on the weekend of July 4 and 5.

If Paniyiri doesn’t make you want to jump on a plane to Athens nothing will! From the moment you arrive your senses are accosted by the tantalising smells of souvlaki and moussaka and other Greek delights, with over thirty food stalls plus a full program of traditional cooking demonstrations in the Greek Club headlined by celebrity chef Vasili Kanidiadis from SBS’s Vasili’s Garden, will uncover the recipes and secrets behind quintessential Greek dishes. Not to mention all that ouzo, most of it very reasonably priced.

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Black Eyed Peas – Australia & NZ Tour – October 2009

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  The Frontier Touring Company announce the return of apl.de.ap, Fergie, Taboo and will.i.am – the quartet collectively known as The Black Eyed Peas – to Australia and New Zealand this October. Performing in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Auckland, this will be the band’s first tour of Australia and New Zealand since 2005, and will see The Black Eyed Peas present their most spectacular show to date; The E.N.D. World Tour.

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Tinpan Orange New Album – The Bottom Of The Lake


Tinpan Orange   Tinpan Orange New Album – The Bottom Of The Lake

Melbourne folk outfit Tinpan Orange are putting the finishing touches on their third LP, The Bottom Of The Lake, due in store August 17th 2009, through Vitamin Records, it is the follow up to their 2007 gem Death, Love and Buildings.

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Live Review: Drawn From Bees @ The Troubadour, Brisbane 26 June 2009

Drawn From Bees, Only The Sea Slugs, Ball Park Music @ The Troubadour, Brisbane June 26, 2009
Review and Photo: Stephen Goodwin

Drawn From Bees   The poppy, youthful innocence that local six-piece “Ball Park Music” exudes proves the perfect antidote for a rainy, miserable Friday night. The pure boy-girl harmonies of Samuel Cromack and Jennifer Boyce are instantly appealing, while jangly guitar hooks are nicely rounded by lashings of keys and trombone. Bright and joyous, they bounce along – seemingly without effort. It’s the early comers’ loss that nearly all are determined to be wallflowers.

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Interview: Foxx On Fire – uncharTED top 3 finalist

Interview: Foxx On FireuncharTED top 3 finalist
Author: Elize Strydom

Foxx On Fire   Q. ‘They’ say that you already have the look, the tunes and the energy …that you’re a “…big label A&R’s wet dream”. How will uncharTED help you?

Foxx On Fire: Well hopefully it will bring more attention to the band, putting Foxx on Fire into the minds of these A&R types. Then hopefully they will see us and have that wet dream… then sign us.

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Interview: Hot Little Hands – uncharTED top 3 finalist

Interview: Hot Little HandsuncharTED top 3 finalist
Author: Elize Strydom

Hot Little Hands   Q. Now hang on a minute, I’ve heard of your tunes on the radio, you’ve already released an album and you’re touring around the country…don’t you want to give some poor, struggling band a chance?

Hot Little Hands: It’s Splendour! If we play it then we can die as happy campers! … Not that we’ll ever die…

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Interview: The Deer Republic – uncharTED top 3 finalist

Interview: THE DEER REPUBLIC – uncharTED top 3 finalist
Author: Elize Strydom

The Deer Republic   Q: Sooo many bands and solo artists entered this competition. Why do you think your music stood out?

Deer Republic: In order to catch fish you need hooks. Once you have the hooks you need fish, luckily enough for us our friends can swim.

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