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Rufino and the Coconuts at the Polish Club

By 13 August, 2013

[ 17 August, 2013; 7:30 pm; ]

Rufino from Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen is bringing some Caribbean beats to the Polish Club with his new band Rufino and the Coconuts.

You can just tell that this is going to be a bit special.

Get ready for the sensual primitive jungle grooves of Rufino and the Coconuts. One night only – plus local [...]

MAMAs submissions open

By 13 August, 2013

The MusicACT Annual Music Awards is coming back, and it’s time to submit yourself to them in order to win fabulous awards later!
Woo!
Head over to musicact.com.au/mamas and register your act.
Also worth noting is that the MAMAs have increased their number of categories for awards from 19 to 26, so if you felt your thing wasn’t [...]

Unearthed Review: All Guns Blazing. Three and a half stars.

By 12 August, 2013

Unearthed Reviews won’t stay dead, don’t even try and kill it.
It’s too tough.
The gods of random number generation directed me towards All Guns Blazing, a 5-piece rock-metal garage-y outfit Canberran outfit.
Here’s what they have to say about themselves:
Rising out of Canberra Australia in mid-2007, All Guns Blazing began in a tin shed on a cold [...]

One River arts project comes to Belconnen Arts Centre

By 12 August, 2013

[ 24 August, 2013; 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ]

On Saturday the 24th of August, the Belconnen Arts Centre will play host to One River, an interactive arts event that celebrates the mighty Murray.

We’ve been promised light projections, water based art, fire installations, interactive art, dance, and music as well as local food and wine.

The event is free, so get to it.

One River is [...]

Canberra Gay & Lesbian Qwire’s 20th Anniversary Ball

By 12 August, 2013

[ 31 August, 2013; 6:30 pm; ] The Canberra Gay & Lesbian Qwire invites its friends, family and the wider community to a gala ball in honour of its 20th Anniversary. It promises to be a fun filled night, with good food, great company and plenty of music. A cash bar will be available.
 
The room will be decorated in Black, Silver and [...]

Mindscapes Festival back for 2013

By 9 August, 2013

[ 9 October, 2013 to 18 October, 2013. ]

The Mindscapes Festival is an annual arts festival that celebrates mental health recovery, and we’ve got the dates for their upcoming events right here:

Mindscapes Short Film Festival
When: Wednesday 9 October
Where: National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton ACT 2601
Time: 6.00-9.30pm

Mish Mash Variety Night
When: Thursday 10 October
Where: Polish white eagle club Canberra, 38 David St, [...]

MAMA Winners in timelapse

By 9 August, 2013

Mossrocket and Martyo have been busy shooting the winners of the 2012 Music ACT Music Awards and have made a timelapse of the process as we get ready for the 2013 extravaganza.
2013 MAMAs promo photoshoot
Location: newActon, Canberra ~ newacton.com.au
Timelapse photography and video editing: Peter Gray ~ mossrocket.com
Photographer: Martin Ollman ~ techosapien.com
Music: Fahad Abdulaal – Under [...]

The Martins with TAXI. Local music video

By 8 August, 2013

Rounding out the hundredth video on our Canberra Music Playlist we’ve been sent in a blast from the past by The Martins with their song TAXI:
Written by Darcy Maynard
Produced by The Martins
Recorded at a shed somewhere in Queanbeyan (or was it Chisholm?) sometime around the turn of the 21st Century.
The Martins originally consisted [...]

DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of the 9th of August 2013

By 8 August, 2013

[ 8 August, 2013 to 11 August, 2013. ]

Weekend!

You want a weekend?

Well here you go!

You want stuff to do on your weekend?

We’ve got that covered.

Add any suggestions you may have to the comments below.

Fun Machine – The Naked Body Tour at the Croatian Club

By 7 August, 2013

[ 10 August, 2013; 8:00 pm; ]

Fun Machine manage to be both Canberra’s best dressed, and least dressed pop-group.

What little clothes they do wear are fabulous is what I’m getting at.

See what I mean?

They’re kicking off their next tour this Saturday at the Croatian Club, and you should probably be there.

Classical music and bad boys at Llewellyn Hall

By 6 August, 2013

[ 21 August, 2013 to 22 August, 2013. ] I just received a press release that describes someone as “Australia’s classical music bad boy” and I could not be happier about it.

At 7.30pm on Wednesday the 21st and Thursday the 22nd of August you should probably be at Llewellyn Hall in order to discover just how much of a bad boy Matthew Hindson is! [...]

A local music video bonanza

By 6 August, 2013

I recently made a shout out on the Canberra Music Industry Chat Room for local music videos we’d missed in our Canberra Music Playlist.
We got quite a few submissions. So here they are:

1) Something a bit different is Jessica Cottis Brahm’s Violin Concerto (Part 1):

2) Hold Harbour have quite a few but I went with [...]

The Feldons and Magic Rob at Smiths

By 6 August, 2013

[ 9 August, 2013; ] This just in:

This Friday at the hottest small venue in town, Smiths Alternative Bookshop in the City.

Comedy act from 7.30ish followed by groovie 70s prog rock maestros the MagIc Rob Universe and 60s mod popsters the Feldons.

Wine, beer, comedy, original music, ubercool venue. What more could you want? Hope to see you there.
[...]

Decades. The Sunday session with an awesome soundtrack

By 5 August, 2013

[ 18 August, 2013; 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ]

Dreamed of a club that starts early, isn’t crowded, where you can listen to good and varied music, play board games, read, crochet, play pool, eat cupcakes or just quietly drown your sorrows from the week…then this is for you.

What sort of music will you hear from our resident DJ’s Jay and Melina?

Indie, Shoegaze, Pop, [...]

Alison Wonderland coming to Academy

By 2 August, 2013

[ 9 August, 2013; ]

Alison Wonderland is a name that is getting bigger and bigger, and now that name and the lady it’s attached to is coming to Canberra to play “house, hip-hop, Disney themes and dance beats”… Colour me intrigued.

Sydney DJ/Producer, Alison Wonderland continues to prove herself as a force to be reckoned with. With a party [...]

Unearthed Reviews: The Ethernet Man. Four Stars

By 30 July, 2013

Egads, it’s back!
Unearthed Reviews is here, returned from wherever we left it.
When we last saw Unearthed Reviews I was using a random number generator to pick bands off a short list I had made of ACT bands on the site.
That is still what we are doing.
To make it onto the shortlist the bands had to [...]

Leonard Cohen hates Canberra

By 30 July, 2013

News has the itinerary for the upcoming (and very possibly final Leonard Cohen tour.
It seems the great man can manage to play Cairns, Wollongong, and Geelong, but Canberra in its centenary year is a bit much of a hick town.

Jane Sage opening for Rick Price

By 29 July, 2013

[ 2 August, 2013; ]

On one infamous occasion in the distant past I passed out, head down into the table, at a show I’d been given a comp ticket to write about. Fortunately Jane Sage left meticulous notes in my notebook allowing me to complete the review.

And so in that spirit here are her words about her upcoming show:

Congratulations [...]

August at the Phoenix

By 29 July, 2013

From those charming devils at the Phoenix bar:
Thursday August 1st 9pm
Super Best friends
Revellers
Too Soon!
Saturday 3rd 9:30pm
The Second Hand Salmon
Brother Be
Second Sun
Monday 5th 8pm
CMC Presents The Bootleg Sessions
Central West
Moochers Inc.
The Steptones
Soctor Deuss
Tuesday 6th 7:30pm
Andrew and Shannon’s Pub Trivia
Thursday 8th 9pm
The Darkened Seas
New Brutalists
Anachel
Saturday 10th 9:30pm
Hollow Everdaze
Waterford
Contrast
Callico Cat
Monday 12th 8pm
2XX LocalnLive Presents The Bootleg Sessions
ZZG
Vintage Vulva
Treehouse
Dylan Hekimian
Tuesday [...]

Shots from the Dick Diver gig at Transit on the weekend

By 29 July, 2013

Anna Boydell has done it again and shared with us some great shots from the Dick Diver gig on Saturday.
Anyone spot themselves?

Send photos of Canberra to images@the-riotact.com, if you want to.
You don’t have to, but it’s nice when you do.

Hit the floor together at Canberra Theatre Centre

By 29 July, 2013

[ 31 July, 2013 to 3 August, 2013. ]

Hit the floor together is a dance project created by a collection of over 30 indigenous and non-indigenous young Canberrans, along with many interstate dancers that looks, quite frankly, pretty awesome.

It will be hitting the Canberra theatre Centre on the 31st of July and you should probably check it out.

This new contemporary dance work is [...]

Activate Jetpack present “The Future You Fear”. Local music video

By 29 July, 2013

Local rockers Activate Jetpack have brought a new load of angst to highly polished music video with their latest song “The Future You Fear”:
Official Music Video for “The Future You Fear” by Activate Jetpack
(C) 2013 Activate Jetpack
Buy MP3s @ http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/activatejetp…
Buy on iTunes @ https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/the…
Find us on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/activatejetpack
Filmed at the Mount Stromlo Observatory, [...]

Belco Mall wants you to play for free

By 25 July, 2013

Westfield Belconnen are looking for their next live performer!
They’re also looking not to pay them!
We are looking for talented musicians to provide ambience and entertainment to our customers. We’ll give you the space to busk in centre, you just need to bring your talent!
If you’re interested please email belconnenmarketing@au.westfield.com with the following information.
-A sound [...]

A Baterz Playlist

By 18 July, 2013

Widely regarded as the finest songwriter to come out of Canberra and much lamented in his early death Baterz has a YouTube playlist now.
I intend to listen to it a lot, you could do worse yourselves!

The Living End headlining Summernats 27

By 18 July, 2013

Summernats have announced they’re having a Living End concert to add some entertainment grunt to proceedings:
Australian punk rock and psychobilly icons The Living End will be rocking the Main Stage at the Canberra based Street Machine Summernats, the largest horsepower festival in the Southern Hemisphere, after an announcement made today by the event owners.
On the [...]

Gangbusters 2013 in photos

By 16 July, 2013

Anna Boy Dell has sent us a collection of shots from Saturday night’s Gangbusters gig.

The Conscious Club comes to the Albert Hall

By 16 July, 2013

[ 18 July, 2013; ] We just got word of this interesting event heading to Albert Hall on the Thursday 18th July.

Conscious Club is coming to Canberra!

Considering the shenanigans of the last week, we believe dropping a “conscious bomb” on Capital Hill is just what’s required.

They wouldn’t let us hold Conscious Club at Parliament House, so we’ve [...]

Capital Jazz Project at The Street Theatre

By 15 July, 2013

[ 2 August, 2013 to 11 August, 2013. 2 August, 2013 to 11 August, 2013. ] Hey there’s a Jazz festival hitting Canberra in August!

Get amongst it Jazz lovers!

For the Jazz lovers amongst our readership.

The Collective – Another Life live at Belconnen Mall

By 11 July, 2013

[ 19 July, 2013; 5:00 pm; ]

Ladies and gentlemen hold on to your underpants, Australia’s latest and greatest boy-band that I have never heard of but have just decided I’m a huge fan of are playing at Belconnen!

EXCITED NOISES!

Meet Australia’s favourite boy band, The Collective when they perform at a secret location in-centre on Friday 19 July 2013. The Collective will [...]

DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of 12 of July 2013

By 11 July, 2013

[ 12 July, 2013 to 14 July, 2013. ]

I’m heading down to some town a few hours out of Warnnambool whose name I don’t know this weekend!

Seriously, I don’t know where I am going.

So anyways the following events are just for you, I hope you attend all of them and have the best time.

As always leave your suggestions in the comments and have [...]

Pop Art Party at NewActon

By 10 July, 2013

[ 19 July, 2013 8:30 pm to 20 July, 2013 12:00 am. ]

NewActon certainly never lacks for new different events.

This is their latest and looks to be super fun.

Expect colourful cocktails, pop-rock band Fun Machine, improv jazz band Xavier Dunn and the best, or maybe worst, music of the pop art era.

Party like its 1963 at Palace Electric and the Grand Stair of Nishi, NewActon.

Dotted [...]

OPEN CALL: ‘Community Cabaret Act’ Talent Wanted for AIDS Action Council Event

By 9 July, 2013

[ 21 September, 2013; ] The AIDS Action Council of the ACT is holding our first Cabaret night on the 21 September 2013 on the famous stage of Tilley’s in Lyneham.

Think classy, think edgy, think fun, think glamorous!

We’re looking for entries from the ACT community to be part of our lineup for this year’s AIDS Action Council Cabaret event. The [...]

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