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New Name, New Look – THE SEED 2010 – Applications Now Open

The_Seed_logo_sml   THE SEED 2010 – An Arts Grant Fund
Applications Now Open

In its sixth year running The JB Seed, will be re-branded The Seed. Encouraged by the amazing generosity and trust people have shown the project, this shift will make The Seed an initiative whose ownership is that of the entire community of contributors.

The Seed has evolved over the years to become an integral part of the Australian Arts & Music industry, contributing over $533,000 worth of funding to over 200 Artists and Music Managers. The passion and support of all contributors has helped to make it what it is today and although John Butler and co-founder Danielle Caruana will remain a driving force behind the project, they believe it is time to make The Seed something that the arts community can call their own.
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Hungry Kids of Hungary – “Let You Down Easy” National Tour – November 2009

Hungry Kids of Hungary   The frequent flyer miles have been piling up for the Hungry Kids of Hungary in 2009 as they zigzagged around the country on the heels of Bertie Blackman and Little Birdy as well as firming up friendships with the likes of Oh Mercy, Tom Ugly and Philadelphia Grand Jury and Washington on the massive triple j presented International Relations Tour. And that’s not to mention a slew of interstate appearances and festival slots at the likes of Big Day Out, Sounds of Spring, Blueprint Festival and Valley Fiesta.

Now it’s time for the Brisbane-four to stand on their own eight feet, fuel up the Tarago yet again and hit the road on their own merits for The Let You Down Easy National Tour, their first ever headline jaunt.

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Festival Of The Sun 2009 – Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park, Port Macquarie 11-12 December 2009

Festival Of The Sun
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  With a climate recognised as the best in Australia, the sunny coastal town of Port Macquarie will for the fifth year, host Festival of the Sun held at Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park – and this year is set to be the very best yet. Big call, but this year’s entertainment includes some of Australia’s favourite musical acts, mashed with the sounds of some of the country’s brightest stars to have recently burst onto the Oz music scene.
Artists:
Spiderbait, Little Birdy, The Beautiful Girls, Children Collide, Urthboy, Pez, Philadelphia Grand Jury, Bob Log III, The Wilson Pickers, Grant Walmsley & The Agents Of Piece, Bonjah, Red Ink, Chris Pickering, Eliza Ellen, Purple Sneakers DJs

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The Beautiful Girls New Single and Tour Announcement

The Beautiful Girls   The Beautiful Girls New Single ‘Don’t Wait’
Available as a free download from music.thebeautifulgirls.com,
www.facebook.com/thebeautifulgirls, www.myspace.com/thebeautifulgirls
on November 9th, 2009

After 7 years on the road… in hotels, in foreign mud, strewn packets of guitar strings, bags full of hotel keys, flight stubs and stickers on gear cases that map a zig-zag of touring across just about every continent on the globe, a motorcycle accident saw some cheap Los-Angeles-Hotel down time for Mat McHugh. That period saw him strip his songs down, take some time sitting still, and record his first solo album. A soulful unwinding, and a timely look back to the early TBG.

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Announcing A Fourth Day For The Falls Music & Arts Festival In Lorne, VIC, The Falls Funk ‘n’ Soul Revue & The Phenomenal Handclap Band

PHCBand   A Fourth Day For The Falls Music & Arts Festival Lorne, VIC
The Falls Funk’n’Soul Revue on December 28
The Phenomenal Handclap Band
PLUS a belly of laughs from some funny men.

Due to popular demand, that saw a mass go-go dance-off at the 2008 event in Tasmania, the exclusive hip-happening bayside hustle, The Falls Funk’n’Soul Revue makes a stand in Lorne on December 28! This exclusive, pre-festival par-tay will see an afternoon and evening of the finest funk, soul, bossa-nova & boogaloo, featuring;

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Live Review | Sounds of Spring Festival 2009

Sounds of Spring 2009
Review by Bek Grealy
Photo by Stuart Blythe

The Living End
Being a typical Sydney Festival goer, I was excited to finally attend a Brissy festival, and Sounds of Spring line up was amplifying my anticipation. With an extremely talented line up, featuring the likes of Calling all Cars, After the Fall, Dead Letter Circus, Mammal, Shihad, Frenzal Rhomb, Dave McCormack and the Polaroids, Little Birdy, Tim Rogers, Tex Perkins… the list goes on! What a cracker of a day, temperatures reaching 32 degrees, and a venue that boasted great stages, a beer tent on every corner and water around every bend. The ANA showgrounds in my mind proved to be the perfect festival venue.
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Live Review | Sounds of Spring 2009 (part 2)

Review By Jose Eduardo Cruz
Photo by Matt Palmer

MammalAfter overcoming security guards that were more intent on removing bottled water from punters then checking bags for dangerous items, I entered the RNA to a sea of people ready to have a good time. There was an incredible amount of space for everyone to move around in; there were plenty of real toilets, not those disgusting portaloo’s made famous by Kenny, and sufficient shade to shelter during the midday sun.
The first band on the agenda was Melodyssy on the Trash Stage.
With a sizable crowd present, Melodyssy dive into a powerful set. Unfortunately, the mix was way too bass driven and overpowered the guitar and vocals. Overall, they managed to please those that stayed around to listen to their whole set.

After The Fall at the Main Stage begin to warm things up with their danceable vibrant set. The crowd was rather tame considering the high energy these guys were putting out. Nevertheless, a masked Mexican wrestler and Barney Rubble made an appearance in the crowd which was duly noted by their front man.

Next in line was Dead Letter Circus and the first sing along of the festival gets started. These guys are professional and could be the next big thing potentially taking over the spot currently held by The Butterfly Effect. The pit was still subdued and only until their front man decided to jump from the stage and acquaint himself with the front row that the energy in the pit picked up. We see the first crowd surfers and the crowd ignites. In a gesture that will make everyone remember them, Dead Letter Circus started to throw multiple bottles of water into the crowd. DLC proclaim that “Sounds Of Spring” is the best festival and that there are “No glow sticks here!!”

Now I will dedicate several more words to the next band for they were, for me, by far the best band in the line up. Mammal exploded onto the stage with Ezekiel Ox wearing a pair of bull horns through the entire first song. The entire pit was electric and fed off every move from the entire band. Mid set things got a little interesting. Mr. Ox pointed to the Australian flag and explained why he did not associate himself with it. He pointed to the Aboriginal flag fixed to his mic and pledged his allegiance to Indigenous Australians. Not ever having associated Mammal with a political stance, it’s a pleasure to see and hear some level of social commentary in such a massive public gathering. Perhaps not the best delivery, considering alcohol and ignorance can lead to violent patriotism, but nonetheless an excellent move. It does not stop there, Mr. Ox decided to dive into the crowd, crowd surf his way to the middle of the pit while signing and carrying on a call and response. Looking forward to documenting this band in the near future.

Shihad, the on again off again band from across the pacific, jump on stage with their trade mark low rider guitars and embark on a greatest hits set. They struggle to get the crowd motivated enough, but it’s a hard task having to follow Mammal. The regulatory sing along is carried out as is the diving into the crowd.

As 5pm approached, the sun begun to set and people begun to tire and the ample grass space was taken over by sleepy bodies. Anticipating the forecasted dust storm, I made my way to a more protected area within the RNA.

Something with Numbers on the Triple J stage was an interesting band. They had the whole tent from the front to the back dancing. In between songs, I was approached by a fairy, which seem to come out a lot at festivals, and given a present. Before she left she said for me to dance and continue having fun.

The Beautiful Girls is a special band that is always well received wherever they play. Two new songs are debuted and near the end of their show they had the crowd singing to a Phil Collins classic. “I can feel it in the air tonight”, “I’ve been waiting for this moment all my life”… very appropriate considering the dust storm that hit Brisbane that night.

Blue King Brown is received by a much smaller crowd then they are used to. They are always cultural, political and acknowledging. The fusion of latin, reggae and rock has made them the premier band in Australia within their genre. However, this is the third time watching this band and although I am a big fan, the format of their performance has been the same the three times I have seen them. My fear is that they will be overexposed and quickly become stale. Nevertheless, they are one of the best Australian independent bands. This reviewer just hopes that something new begins to happen in their shows.
As yet another festival draws to a close, Josh Pyke gently sends everyone home with his beautiful sound.

Overall this was one of the best festivals I have ever attended. The atmosphere was excellent, there were no overly drunk idiots ruining the day for someone else, the punters were very calm and respectful and even with a dust storm that made everything seem apocalyptic, fun was had by everyone. We all await 2010 with anticipation.

Sunset Sounds 2010 Second Line Up Announcement

Sunset Sounds 2010 – Brisbane 6-7 January 2010

SUNSET SOUNDS returns to announce a picnic basket-full of guests to join the soiree-starters of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grizzly Bear, Moby, Hilltop Hoods, King Khan & The Shrines, and loads more over January 6 and 7. Welcoming them to the lush paradise-like realm of the stunning Brisbane Botanical and City Gardens comes;

Dance-inducing, pop-culture fanatics DATAROCK (Norway)
Synth drenched icy-pop delivered by indie darlings DAPPLED CITIES
The dapper-suited pop-rock crooners LITTLE RED
Funny, dirty and devilishly clever JAMIE T (UK)
Gritty and charming modern exploration of pop music from BERTIE BLACKMAN
Evocative blenders of intelligent lyricism, the folky bliss-starters OH MERCY
The dream-like tapestries that weave an aural delight from PATRICK WATSON (Canada);
Statically charged wall of sounds from DZ;
Dressing indie tunes with a healthy dose of 60’s pop, Brissy’s own HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY
Brisbane’s indie overlords FANS! DJS
Delicately layered lullabies of MCKISKO
With many more still to be announced!
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Sounds Of Spring 2009: 3rd Artist Lineup Announcement

Just when you thought Sounds of Spring 2009 couldn’t get any better…another 23 acts join us to round-out the line-up

Related: Interview: Tex Perkins on Sounds of Spring, Album and Film Scores

Sounds of Spring    Tex Perkins, Salmonella Dub, Something With Numbers, Kram, Calling All Cars, Midnight Youth, Mary Trembles, MM9, Jericco, Ouch My Face, Astronomy Class, Coalition Crew, Omni Anti featuring DINO, Root!, Further, Amity Affliction, Hungry Kids of Hungary, Grand Atlantic, The Scare, Mexico City, Melodyssey, Nova Scotia, Drawn From Bees.

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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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Interview: Little Birdy – This is the year!

Interview by Elize Strydom
Photo by Tony Mott
Little Birdy - photo by Tony Mott It’s the album Little Birdy have always wanted to make. So what do you do when all your dreams have come true? Bass player Scott ‘Barney’ O’Donoghue tells Elize Strydom he’s happy to relish the moment. For now.

If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. Not that Little Birdy’s first two long players – the top-five dazzler Hollywood and acclaimed debut Big Big Love – could ever come close to being called failures. But on their shiny new record Confetti they’ve well and truly nailed it. By now you would have heard the unofficial single – and clear festival fave – Brother and the single proper, Summarize.
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Sunday Selection – The Kidney Thieves : 31 May 2009

LifeMusicMedia’s Sunday Selection is your weekly view to a new or emerging Queensland Artists

The Kidney Thieves
The Kidney Thieves sound like a car-chase gunfight between a possessed gypsy and a vigilante clown, cruising the funk freeway at full throttle, leaving a trail of carnage and the faint odour of Parmesan.

Put simply, TKT are a distinctive, genre-busting act blending jazz, funk psychedelic, metal, classical, dance, tribal, latin, drum & bass and western influences. The music is technical, with tempo changes and complex time signatures, yet remains accessible, fun and danceable to a broad range of musical tastes. With a penchant for stage monikers and ludicrous song titles, a propensity toward random costumes and live visual projections, and a soft spot for instrumental epics, this group offers a wildly refreshing experience. The Kidney Thieves are as unpredictable as the name suggests – you can never be prepared or properly dressed for the occasion!
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SOUND RELIEF – The Music Community Unite For Two Very Special Benefit Concerts – March 14, 2009 – MCG & SCG

Sound Relief
Sound Relief
THE MUSIC COMMUNITY UNITE FOR TWO VERY SPECIAL BENEFIT CONCERTS SATURDAY MARCH 14, 2009 – MCG & SCG

The devastation of the current Victorian bushfires has left few unaffected. In response to our nation’s greatest ever natural disaster Australia’s music community have banded together for two stadium benefit concerts scheduled to run simultaneously in both Melbourne and Sydney on Saturday March 14, 2009 under the unified banner of SOUND RELIEF.

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Interview with Katy Steele of Little Birdy

Katy SteeleKaty Steele, set to grace the stage at Valley Fiesta 2008, talks with our Tara-Kai Hammond

TH: So you grew up in the Perth Music scene didn’t you? What’s it like now, in comparison to say 10 years ago?
KS: Well, I have only been in the scene for the last 6-7 years as an actual musician. Before that I watched my brothers grow and gain success, the old school way, by playing gigs and gaining airplay, the way we did it. But for most of my teens, I watched my dad perform. He is a survivor who I have never seen play a bad show. True professional.. I would say that it was hard then and its even harder now. But It seems that music has taken a very serious turn. The only way, is to survive. We are all surviving, which is all I have ever asked for.

TH: Who are you looking forward to seeing perform at the Valley Fiesta?
KS: I’ve heard that the John Steel Singers are quite good. Other than that, I d love to check out some local Brisbane bands.
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