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Lenin’s Love Child – Ten Days That Shook the World at the Polish Club

By 16 October 2013
Lenin's Love Child - Ten Days That Shook the World at the Polish Club

[ 31 October 2013; 8:00 pm; ]

So this is a little bit interesting, the Polish club are playing the the classic 1928 Sergei Eisenstein war film Ten Days That Shook the World accompanied by a live band.

That sounds awesome, check out their Facebook Page for more info.

This Sergei Eisenstein masterpiece has been given a contemporary live sound track by Canberra’s local [...]

Positive Feedback Loop and the Feldons at Smith’s

By 14 October 2013
Positive Feedback Loop and the Feldons at Smith's

[ 18 October 2013; 8:00 pm; ]

The good Doctor has once again gotten in touch with us to let you know about upcoming boogie opportunities.

Friday at Smith’s Alternative, 76 Alinga Street in the City, the Feldons and Positive Feedback Loop will liven up your night with some original indie, mod, pop, rock (and even slightly punkish) music. At $5 a head [...]

It’s the Phoenix’s Birthday soon

By 14 October 2013
It's the Phoenix's Birthday soon

The greatest pub ever to grace the face of Canberra, the Phoenix will be celebrating its 20th birthday next month on the 21st of November.
A collection of musical acts have been announced for the night including the Unknown Muso, The Fuelers, Pete and Fiete, and & Fun Machine.
I am ridiculously excited.
The Phoenix has been good [...]

Canberra Pursuit this Friday is going to be a thing. A big thing.

By 14 October 2013
Canberra Pursuit this Friday is going to be a thing. A big thing.

The last three weekends of my life have been dominated, somewhat to the chagrin of Goosepig, with getting my bike ready for this Friday’s Canberra Pursuit.
Above you can see Martyo’s picture of the complete Air Raid bicycle (a magnificent piece of kludgework made possible by some serious power tool bodging and the glory of self-tapping [...]

Triple J address historical oppression

By 9 October 2013
Triple J address historical oppression

Johnboy caught wind of my incredible story of the human spirit triumphing over adversity and asked me to knock something up for you, ever-friendly Rioters. Must be a slow news day.
I’m sure you’ve heard of Triple J Unearthed. Their coveted competitions offer opportunities to upcoming bands, which they divide by state. This results [...]

Halloween at the Basement

By 8 October 2013
Halloween at the Basement

[ 2 November 2013; 8:00 pm; 8:00 pm; ]

The Basement are not lacking in Halloween events it seems.

This particular Halloween event is kicking off on the 2nd of November, so if you’re not Halloween’d out by then check out some local talent.

Little Mac and The Monster Men, Reign of Terror, Bladder Spasms, Black Mountain, and Before Ciada

OK… Get ready for a huge lineup [...]

Tease And Tearaways presents: Trick or Tease – A Basement Halloween Spooktacular!

By 8 October 2013
Tease And Tearaways presents: Trick or Tease - A Basement Halloween Spooktacular!

[ 25 October 2013; 8:00 pm; ]

Canberra’s hottest bands and burlesque night is conjuring up a night of ghoulish entertainment on 25th October at the Basement in Belconnen!

Featuring:
Darkc3ll: Brisbane’s industrial rockers who’ll be celebrating the release of their second album, ‘Dark Verses’.
Horrorwood Mannequins: A 4 piece horror punk riot from Sydney.
Domino: A Sydney based metal/prog monstrosity who’s debut album has been receiving [...]

Fred Smith featuring on Australian Story

By 5 October 2013
Fred Smith featuring on Australian Story

In very exciting news Canberra’s own Fred Smith is listed as the next feature on the ABC’s Australian Story:
Fred Smith has been described as ‘Australia’s secret weapon’ in international diplomacy.
As a career diplomat, he’s represented Australia in Bougainville and more recently in Afghanistan.
But it’s his second career as a musician that came to the fore [...]

Frank Madrid disappointed Canberra doesn’t give him more money. Leaving.

By 5 October 2013

The Canberra Times has a lengthy story on local “arts personality” Frank Madrid spitting the dummy and moving out of town because we have insufficiently showered him in money to do his own thing.
Personally I would dearly love to see more of the arts sector in Canberra being based on putting on events that customers [...]

Stiff Gins listening to a wax cylinder recording

By 3 October 2013
Stiff Gins listening to a wax cylinder recording

Fans of recording technology, or fans of the Stiff Gins I guess may be interested by this video of the Stiff Gins listening to their wax cylinder recording at the NFSA.
Musical duo Nardi Simpson and Kaleena Briggs, AKA the Stiff Gins, listening to the wax cylinder of their song ‘Dust’ for the very first time.
In [...]

Brazil comes to Canberra

By 3 October 2013
Brazil comes to Canberra

The Centenary has sent forth word on a cultural exchange with Brazil:
A group of Brazilian artists is coming to Canberra for a number of appearances next week as part of a Canberra-Brasilia exchange program supported by the Centenary of Canberra.
The General Manager of the Centenary of Canberra, Adam Stankevicius, says the musical collective and band [...]

Unearthed Review. Mouth and the Uncomfortable Silences. Two stars.

By 2 October 2013
Unearthed Review. Mouth and the Uncomfortable Silences. Two stars.

Once upon a time, the Unearthed Reviews were about reviewing every ACT band that had a drum next to their name on Unearthed.
Then I finished that, most of them I found rather boring and samey.
Now the Unearthed Reviews are about reviewing bands that have interesting names that I’ve never heard before.
These tend to me much [...]

Head Full of Flames burns brightly

By 30 September 2013

The richness of the early 80s Canberra punk scene is vividly evoked by the Head Full of Flames book, but tokenistically dealt with in CMAG’s exhibition.

British India headlining Centenary Battle of the Bands

By 30 September 2013
British India headlining Centenary Battle of the Bands

[ 15 November 2013; ]

The Centenary Team are making some noise for their band competition finale:

The Centenary of Canberra today announced that Melbourne-based indie rock band British India will headline the Smells Like Centenary Spirit – Battle of the Bands final at the National Convention Centre’s Royal Theatre on 15 November.

The General Manager of the Centenary of Canberra, Adam [...]

What’s better than a Beth n Ben EP Launch at the Polo? Nothing. Nothing is better than that

By 27 September 2013
What's better than a Beth n Ben EP Launch at the Polo? Nothing. Nothing is better than that

[ 11 October 2013; 8:00 pm; ]

Very exciting news coming in via YouTube. It is guaranteed to be one awesome night at the Polo for the launch of a new Beth n Ben EP:

The Canberra Musicians Club presents
Beth n Ben ‘Scenic Roots’ EP Launch
Friday October 11th 8pm till late
@ The White Eagle Polish Club
featuring:
Brother Be [...]

Unearthed Review: Super Jambo Slut Party. Two stars.

By 26 September 2013
Unearthed Review: Super Jambo Slut Party. Two stars.

Unearthed Review time, due to popular demand…
HA!
Sorry I tried to keep a straight face while claiming that.
This week my RNG gave me Super Jambo Slut Party.
Super Jamboo Slut Party are a three piece pop-punkish act who don’t take themselves very seriously. I like that in a band.
Here’s what they have to say about themselves:
Let us [...]

DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of the 27th of September

By 26 September 2013
DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of the 27th of September

[ 26 September 2013 to 30 September 2013. ]

The ends are the best parts of many things, like weeks for example!

However it’s up to you to really make sure you get those most out of these weekend thingies, so here’s a quick guide to help.

As always leave your own helpful suggestions in the comments below!

Ode to the Motherland comes to Canberra

By 25 September 2013

CRI English has a report of the People’s Liberation Army band venturing to the West for the first time to play with our own Royal Military College band:
The People’s Liberation Army band has begun rehearsals with its Australian counterpart in the Australian capital.
As CRI’s Wang Xiao reports, this is part of a culture and [...]

The Tongue + $1,000 MC battle @ ANU Refectory

By 24 September 2013
The Tongue + $1,000 MC battle @ ANU Refectory

[ 22 November 2013; 8:00 pm to 11:45 pm. ]

Lock in a new event on Canberra’s Hip Hop calendar.

An event built for the scene, for the fans and for the artists.

Main Event is a long overdue battle night for the capital.

A knockout contest where local and interstate MC’s can go head to head for a $1,000 winner takes all prize.

Complementing the battle are live [...]

CMC’s 5th Birthday Party at the Polo

By 24 September 2013
CMC's 5th Birthday Party at the Polo

[ 27 September 2013; 8:00 pm; ]

Canberra’s favourite musicians club is turning 5!

5 acts for your dancing pleasure! Zoopagoo,The Spindrift Saga, Beth ‘N’ Ben, DJ Bat Guano, DJ Degg

Join the CMC FB group for the full lowdown, or join CMC for FREE ENTRY

Check out the event page for more info.

Momentum Under 18s Festival at UC

By 24 September 2013
Momentum Under 18s Festival at UC

[ 13 December 2013; 12:00 am to 11:00 pm. ]

Those of you still sitting in the pre-beer-buying ages rejoice, this December the 13th sees the inaugural Momentum Festival launch at the University of Canberra.

Big name DJs and the crew behind Foreshore means this will probably quite a slick event, so check it out.

Kicks Entertainment has teamed up with Raw FM to launch Canberra’s premier [...]

Little Shop of Horrors at Erindale Theatre

By 23 September 2013
Little Shop of Horrors at Erindale Theatre

[ 17 October 2013 to 2 November 2013. ]

Canberra Philharmonic are doing Little Shop of Horrors!

Feed me Seymore!

The show will be running from the 17th of October to the 2nd November at Erindale Theatre in Wanniassa.

One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a household name, thanks to a highly successful film version [...]

Mens Barber and Musical Instrument Repair in Canberra?

By 23 September 2013

I have two queries which I was hoping RiotAct could help me out with.
Firstly, thanks to Geelongs last quarter capitulation, I am now required to get a mullet. No, not the fish, the haircut (yes, stupid bet to make, I know). My hair is already shoulder length so just needs to bet cut into the [...]

Sundays in the Park launches tomorrow at Bogong Theatre

By 20 September 2013

A new series of gigs will launch tomorrow at Gorman House Arts Centre. Run by the Centenary of Canberra and Gigs Go Local, Sundays in the Park aims to show off Canberra’s music talents.
The Centenary of Canberra Creative Director, Robyn Archer, says the Sundays in the Park series of 12 gigs will, amusingly, begin with [...]

Canberra Songwriters Workshop gets a cash boost

By 20 September 2013

Local singer-song writers of all levels of experience can take advantage of the Canberra Songwriters Workshops that happen on the last Monday of each month.
Original work is shared and explored. Feedback is given. It sounds like a very useful thing, and it;s about to become more useful now that it’s gotten a big cash boost.
The [...]

Unearthed Review: OmniGlam? Three stars.

By 19 September 2013
Unearthed Review: OmniGlam? Three stars.

I return to the pits of Unearthed Reviews to dig through some more local music.
My mission? Review every ACT band on Unearthed whose name I think is cool and whose music I’ve never heard before, in an order decided by the Gods of chance.
Today they game me OmniGlam?.
OmniGlam? are a two-piece electro/pop/dance/funk thing and I [...]

DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of the 20th of September

By 19 September 2013
DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of the 20th of September

[ 19 September 2013 to 23 September 2013. ]

WEEKEND WEEKEND WEEKEND!

I am excited for the weekend, as should you be.

There is a bunch of radness happening this weekend, and I demand that you take full advantage of it.

DEMAND!

As always leave your own suggestions in the comments below, because that’s the whole “DIY” side of things.

The Front Gig Guide 25th of September to the 9th of October

By 18 September 2013

From your friendly neighborhood Front Cafe:
The Front Gig Guide
25th September – 9th October 2013
25th September 2013 – Osloh (Music)
8.30pm // Free Entry
Osloh are a new group from Adelaide, South Australia. Blending an array of influences, from down-tempo electronica to film music, the jazz trained instrumentalists will be performing their intimate audio-visual show around the East [...]

The Feldons play the Pot Belly

By 18 September 2013
The Feldons play the Pot Belly

We’ve just received word from the Doctor that the Feldons will be playing at the pot this Friday, and they’re bringing friends.
You should bring friends too, because then it’s a party.
Friday at the Pot Belly Bar and Bistro.
A treat of thumping, foot stomping rock-a-billy, pyscho-billy with the Crossbones, as well as the original retro power [...]

More ideas for the Canberra Pursuit

By 17 September 2013
More ideas for the Canberra Pursuit

It’s not too late to get your creative vibe on and your musical bike grooving for the Spin Festival Canberra Pursuit.
I’ve been out to the TAMS depot and I’ve got to say I had no idea such an amazing building was lurking out there in Fyshwick.
A chunk of my weekend was spent grinding chain rings [...]

Lift Off band comp at Woden Valley Festival

By 17 September 2013
 Lift Off band comp at Woden Valley Festival

The sixth annual Lift Off band comp is now looking for registrations.
Get to it.
As a higlighted feature of the Woden Valley Festival for the past six years, Lift Off has been dedicated to providing young bands with professional performing experience, and 2013 sees the festival continue on this mission.
Bands compete for a prize pack that [...]

Happy Birthday Hackett

By 17 September 2013
Happy Birthday Hackett

[ 21 September 2013 to 22 September 2013. ]

Hackett is turning 50, and it’s inviting you to its birthday party.

It’s not called the “Hackett Half Centenary” for reasons unknown.

About
Hackett’s 50th birthday bash will be held over the weekend 21 – 22 September 2013 to commemorate 50 years since the suburb was officially established.
Description
The celebrations will be officially launched at 12 noon on the [...]

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