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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
[ 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 [...]
[ 11 October 2013 at 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
Brother Be [...]
Unearthed Review time, due to popular demand…
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 [...]
[ 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!
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 [...]
[ 22 November 2013 at 8:00 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 [...]
[ 27 September 2013 at 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.
[ 13 December 2013 at 12:00 am; ]
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 [...]
[ 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
[ 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.
As always leave your own suggestions in the comments below, because that’s the whole “DIY” side of things.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
[ 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.
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.
The celebrations will be officially launched at 12 noon on the [...]
[ 12 September 2013 to 16 September 2013. ]
Hey weekend warriors!
What challenges await you this weekend?
Here are some conquests we’ve heard of that you can undertake.
Add your own suggestions of weekend quests in the comments below.
[ 27 September 2013 at 8:00 pm; ] It’s gonna be a MEGA FUNK Birthday Party cause CMC is turning 5!
Come and celebrate Friday 27/09/2013 8pm till late @ White Eagle Polish Club, O’Connor.
Get down and dance all night if ya like cause the grooves just wont quit with;
The Zoopagoo funk monster, 8 piece mayhem!
Spindrift Saga – funk rock Peppers style, they’re tight, [...]
The 8th annual ‘School Stars Band Competition’ hosted by the CIT Music Industry Centre is now calling for entries from school and college students in the ACT region.
[ 28 September 2013 at 1:00 pm; ]
TJ James is launching his new album “All the Pieces Fit” at Belconnen Arts Centre on the 28th this month.
SOMETIMES IT’S THE STORY BEHIND THE MUSIC … THAT MAKES THE MUSIC COME ALIVE
You may remember him as the guy who used to busk outside McDonalds in Woden, playing at the Hellenic Club or one [...]
Canberra’s biggest and worst named battle of the bands festival “Smells Like Centenary Spirit” is kicking off this Saturday at Belconnen Arts Centre.
Festival names that are both dated and miss the point thematically of the original name they’re referencing aside, this is a pretty cool thing and I hope it finds life past the centenary [...]
[ 5 September 2013 to 9 September 2013. ]
Hey sex party, you sure have just pasted your posters over a bunch of gig posters for gigs that are still yet to come… so that’s kinda wrong.
Poor poster board etiquette. TSK TSK.
Anyways, it’s almost the weekend!
How did that happen?
Time happened, and speaking of time and happenings, it’s time to check what is happening this [...]
[ 11 September 2013 to 25 September 2013. ] Those fine fellows at the Front have let us know what’s coming up with their gig guide.
11th September 2013: Wattleseed Pavlova (Comedy)
“Whether it be collecting Pez, gardening or relationship advice, we’ve got it covered with the ‘best’ of Australian radio.”
This show is an 8 episode digest of the “best” of Australian radio.
EPISODES 4 [...]
Those scruffy ragamuffins at the CMC are putting on an 80′s punk night, because they care.
A Kick Up Your Heels event for the Centenary of Canberra. The 1980s in Australia saw an outpouring of musical innovation and imagination like none before or since and Canberra was in the thick of it. Canberra Punk and Beyond, [...]