Tag Archives: local music

Julia Johnson + Vorn Doolette at Smith’s

By 5 May 2016

[ 8 May 2016; ] Canberrans will be treated to an special intimate concert on Sunday May 8th at Smith’s Alternative, with Julia Johnson and Vorn Doolette; two of the city’s most successful folk songwriters coming home to play a special one off concert. With a string of fairy lights and guitars in tow, the two will be singing a [...]

Groovin The Moo 2016

By 3 March 2016

[ 24 April 2016; ] Groovin the Moo, Australia’s one and only touring regional festival, is set to return to the University of Canberra in 2016 as part of its six date national tour.

The festival has cemented itself for over more than a decade as a crowd favourite, bringing patrons a diverse range of both national and international acts.

This year’s [...]

Canberra Blues Society Youth Jam


Bundah Blues Band will be hosting our special Youth Jam on Sunday 17 August at the Harmonie German Club in Narrabundah.
The band consists of Year 11 and 12 music students from Narrabundah College.This particular version of the band came together for the first time at the beginning of 2014. They have had a couple [...]

Fossil Rabbit video live at Smith’s

By 13 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

On occasion I am reminded that music isn’t just a think that happens when musicians hold an instrument, but is actually a craft that people learn.
Watching this video was one of those occasions.
Check out more of Fossil Rabbit’s (AKA Chris Finnigan) work on SoundCloud.

Experienced female singer wanted for reputable Canberra covers band Smooth Ops

By 10 December 2013

Know a great female singer in Canberra interested in working with a reputable, professional, well-paid covers band?
Smooth Ops requires a new female vocalist to join two other vocalists (1 male, 1 female) to front our working pop/funk/soul covers band in 2014. We need a highly competent and experienced female singer capable of handling everything from [...]

Konrad Lenz album Sugar Skulls & Marigolds. A review

By 29 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

It used to be I got CDs in the mail, but it’s 2013 so I get bandcamp validation codes via facebook. (preferably email, much more likely to be actioned)
Yesterday it came from Konrad Lenz.
This long term fixture in the local music is one of the most covered local songwriters by other performers. Famous for [...]

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 [...]

Underground City 2 @ the Magpies City Club

By 18 June 2013

[ 22 June 2013 at 8:00 pm; ]

Or is it City 2 Underground? Underground 2 City? 2 Underground City?

I have no idea.

What I do know is that it’s a gig, happening at the Magpies City Club and if you don’t have plans this Saturday you should probably go check it out.

Elisha Bones launching Guts at Transit

By 29 May 2013

[ 1 June 2013; ]

Local band Elisha Bones are launching their new single Guts this Saturday at Transit.

With Cracked Actor and Lavers in support it’s going to be a beautiful evening of music.

Here’s the single on Soundcloud.

And I’ve even made a little vid of it for adding to our Canberra Music Playlist.

Smith and Twardy by Orbits. Local music

By 27 May 2013

Smith & Twardy by ORBITS
For something a little different here’s the latest musical offering involving the irrepressible Leon Twardy:
The two-track (30 minute) improvisational album is a departure from the drum machine, nervous lyrics, and thousand yard gazing which characterises the solo work of Warwick JW Smith. The addition of Leon Flint Twardy’s drums to Smith’s [...]

City Underground kicking off as a new music venue in the heart of Civic

By 20 May 2013

[ 31 May 2013 at 7:00 pm; ]

Facebook brings word that the obscure Magpies Club downstairs next to Gus’s is going to give live local music a shot under the brand of “City Underground”:

Magic Rob Universe, The Feldons and The Naddiks are venturing into the Magpies City Club (City Underground) in Civic for the first time to see if we can vibe [...]

Are you Well Swung?

By 15 May 2013

[ 28 June 2013; ]

In Full Swing, Canberra’s most vibrant big band, will be swinging the Hellenic Club in June.

Along with swing dancers from the Canberra Swing Katz, they’re presenting ‘Well Swung’ – an exciting evening of swing music, dance and entertainment on Friday 28 June.

In Full Swing has been entertaining Canberra audiences for over 20 years at a [...]

Pop the Pot updates its lineup!

By 8 May 2013

Pop the Pop 2013 has just put out a poster with an updated lineup, get amongst it.
POP the POT!
A Celebration of Local Music!
Rock on up to the Pot this Saturday for an incredible line up of (almost exclusively) local talent including Holly Rose, Daz jamieson, Marc Robertson, Pete Akhurst, Fires in July, Little Mac and [...]

Unearthed Reviews: Knight~Hammer. Four and like 99% of a star stars

By 6 May 2013

Time for another Unearthed Review.
Booting up the old RNG, I get a 15. 15 means KNIGHT~HAMMER.
I went to their page, their band image was broken, they listed themselves as Metal/Rock, their intro was almost non-existent. I readied myself for a whole lot of messy guitar noise with some talent-less roaring over the top.
I got [...]

Unearthed Review: Kempsey. Four Stars

By 19 April 2013

Why I haven’t done an Unearthed Review in 4 days! How on Earth have you all been coping?
It’s ok, we’ll get you your fix with Kempsey.
Here’s what they have to say about themselves:
Kempsey draws it’s life from a broad world of influences. From the guitar driven riff-rock of Television, to the mood-filled hangover of [...]

In Canberra Tonight at The Polo

By 17 April 2013

[ 18 April 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]

There’s a new local variety show kicking off at the O’Connor Polish Club tomorrow night.

It’s so awesome they’re even getting us to do a segment on local news which will feature all of you (in a way).

Here’s the details as received from Maestro Chris Endrey:

In Canberra Tonight is a spanking new live variety show to [...]

LIVE, LOCAL and ORIGINAL music at the Pot Belly

By 17 April 2013

[ 20 April 2013; ]

The Feldon’s have written us to let us know that a whole stack of great music is hitting the Pot Belly this on the 20th of April.

This Saturday at the Pot Belly, LIVE, LOCAL and ORIGINAL.

From the laid back blues influenced Chris and Shedea, to the madness that is the Magic Rob Universe (think Through [...]

Unearthed Reviews: Mornings. One and a half stars

By 11 April 2013

Unearthed Reviews! I may not currently be in the ACT, but my heart is still there, and today it’s listening to Mornings.
Here’s what they have to say about themselves:
mornings in it’s current form has been together since mid 2011.
our music is made up delayed and distorted guitars;
looped and effected bass;
loud, sporadic drums;
and sparse vocals.
we have [...]

Longtime Canberra band Pleased to Jive You release their new 10-minute 3-track free downloadable EP.

By 10 April 2013

These guys have been playing in Canberra for nearly 7 years, you may have seen them at the Liftoff band comp, Foreshore 2011 or the National Band Campus Comp. They’ve got a progressive pop/rock/funk style. This is a really cool self-produced mini EP, if you click “buy now” you can put in $0 and download [...]

Revellers EP – ‘Night Time Lunatics’ – Review

By 18 March 2013

Revellers have made a big impact on the Canberra music scene in a short space of time, their 2012 S/T Demo was well received and a string of high profile supports throughout the last 12 months has set the stage for a big year in 2013. Their latest work ‘Night Time Lunatics’ is a fresh [...]

Mandala: Canberra local band EP release

By 14 March 2013

Hi there,
Local lads Mandala have finally received their self funded EP back in hard copy form and would like fans to know that the disc is currently on the shelf, albeit in limited numbers, at Landspeed Records in Civic and at Songland Records in Cooleman Court.
If you’re unfamiliar with their music you can check out [...]

Unearthed Review: ASSASSINS 88. Four stars

By 13 March 2013

Hey Groovers, it’s time for another Unearthed Review! Lets check out ASSASSINS 88!
Here’s the part where I usually say “Here’s what they have to say about themselves:” but I can’t because the band hasn’t put a bio up. Bios are too mainstream. Let’s skip ahead.
ASSASSINS 88 have a brilliant grungy pop-rock beach party sound, and [...]

Matty and the Watts Hots – and liberal candidate and a band name?

By 13 March 2013

This Friday sees an abundance of amazing live shows in Canberra  (only coincidentally during the Canberra Birthday week) as I’m sure the DIY wotz on guide will reflect later in the week.
It would be counterproductive to list them in this post, as the purpose here is to draw attention to a novel factor of one [...]

Unearthed Reviews: When Giants Sleep. Three stars

By 12 March 2013

Unearthed Reviews took a day off to party yesterday, but today have returned with a vengeance. I want you all to know I don’t get to pick which bands I review. There is a system, there are words engraved onto lists that I cannot alter. Today those words said When Giants Sleep.
Here’s what they have [...]

Canberra Day for the Centenary. A review


There has been some adverse comment about yesterday’s festivities so I thought I’d share my own perspective.
It’s true parts of the program ranged into surreal, or even bizarre territory.
There may not have been enough vendors (tricky to plan for to an un-ticketed event on a public holiday) but Civic was a minute away on my [...]

Pop the Pot 2013!


[ 11 May 2013 at 5:00 pm; ]

Canberra’s biggest tiny little festival, the long running and always awesome Pop The Pot returns to Belconnen’s Pot Belly in May.

Details are on facebook but here’s the lineup:

Kristin Galla
Holly Rose
Daz Jamieson
Marc Robertson
Pete Akhurst

Fires In July
Little Mac & the Monster Men
Wolfpack (Melb)
Johnny Roadkill

You Are Here Offers Free Lunch (of music)!


[ 14 March 2013 to 22 March 2013. ]

In our borderline-obsessive quest to cram as many free arts events down our fellow ACTians throats as possible, You Are Here is filling the coveted lunchtime real estate by showcasing a wonderful local band (and the odd award-winning poet) almost every day of the festival.

Lunchbox concerts will be at 1pm (the best lunch is [...]

The return of the ‘Cock. @ Transit

By 2 March 2013

[ 8 March 2013 at 9:00 pm; ]

Some exciting news via Facebook:


*Releasing complete never-heard-before recorded discography for FREE d/l this week!

Imagine a Canberra Pre-Facebook, Pre-Vampire Weekend and Pre-Smartphones. Can’t [...]

Ellis Collective residency at The Front rumbles on with the New Gods of Thunder

By 18 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Geoff_from_Lushpup_Images had his camera out at yesterday’s delightful gig outside Lyneham’s The Front.
It was the third part of their February residency at hipster central and featured The New Gods of Thunder who were in fine form.
There’s one more instalment coming up next Sunday with Lucie Thorne. It kicks off around 4.30 and runs to 6.30.
Enjoy [...]

Lettuce Play on Soundcloud

By 4 February 2013

One of the most deliciously vile bands in Canberra’s musical history were Lettuce Play.
Long broken up Leon Twardy has today put their recordings onto Sound Cloud where you can enjoy them.
WARNING: Not particularly safe for work.

All that glitters is gold at the Polish Club

By 2 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Canberra Musicians Club at the O’Connor Polish Club roared into life for the new year last night with Fun Machine supported by Dahrnoir and the Brass Knuckle Brass band.
Once again they had to close the doors as a big crowd knocked back the Polish goodness and got their groove on.
If you haven’t had the [...]

The Feldons @ The Pot Belly

By 31 January 2013

[ 1 February 2013; ]

This Friday The Feldons are rocking Belconnen’s Pot Belly with the Marji Curran Band and Dave Williams Blues Band.

This Friday at the Pot Belly, Canberra’s lovable mod garage popsters, the Feldons will be blasting out an hour or so of their original three piece English mod sound.

Described as “something very Ferry on the [...]

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