Canberra has a reputation for having a large and vibrant music scene at least in proportion to the fairly small population of the city.
Though traditionally a stronghold of metal in the suburbs and jazz/avant garde among the School of Music graduates there is also some truly excellent punk rock music to come out of [...]
Having had some success with the virtual Corinbank playlist (and wasn’t it lucky we had at least a virtual Corinbank) it occurs to me we should have a playlist of Canberra music videos.
Rather than just picking the ones I know about and have remembered, or already featured, I’d love to get suggestions from you guys [...]
Local alternative rockers Lost Pioneers have been in touch to introduce themselves with this note:
We are a new Canberra band called Lost Pioneers, and thought it would be cool to just let you know about our first single. It’s called “Glazed”, and we released it on Monday, and already we have had positive reception. Its [...]
[ 31 March, 2012; 8:00 pm; ]
This Saturday night Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens are playing host to their Sydney friends, Packwood and The Falls to celebrate the launch of Packwood’s impressive debut EP, and to use unnecessary amounts of candlelight for Earth Hour. Here are some things people have said about Packwood:
“One of the most interesting things I have [...]
[ 19 April, 2012; 8:00 pm; ]
Indy darlings Hoodlum Shouts are launching their much anticipated new album “Young Man Old Man” on 19 April at Transit.
Well worth checking out.
TripleJ’s Hack program has a piece on local rockers TONK finding out one of their songs was on the excellent US sitcom “How I Met Your Mother”.
We’ve been big fans of TONK for some time, you can check them out on the unearthed website.
[ 26 April, 2012; ]
Canberra’s kings of shouty hard rock, Super Best Friends, have announced the release of their new EP, a new track, and a national tour.
“Outraged party rock” is what Blunt Magazine calls SUPER BEST FRIENDS. That’s us. We’re a band from Canberra and we party and we rock and we’re outraged by stuff and we shout [...]
[ 24 February, 2012; 8:00 pm; ]
Facebook brings word that the horsepeople of the apocalypse are riding forth with The Last Prom:
2012: The final year of mortal history. Coming of age in a fallen world, The Son Of The Beast begins to ready the Ritual of Armageddon. As foretold by every ancient civilisation, he does this by reshaping the Four Horseman [...]
[ 25 February, 2012; 7:30 pm; ]
The irrepressible Drew Walky is launching his new EP at The Front in what is sure to be a great night’s entertainment.
Supported by One foot In the Gravy and the face of Canberra’s street press Julia Johnson it’s not a night you’ll want to miss.
Andrew Barr has announced a much better than expected lineup of artists performing at Enlighten:
The Parliamentary Triangle will be the entertainment hub of ENLIGHTEN 2012 with Lanie Lane, Eagle and the Worm, Anthony Pappa, the Puta Madre Brothers and Hypnagog among the acts to perform live in Canberra.
Popular local acts including Los Capitanes, Owen Campbell, [...]
Local Rockers Escape Syndrome have a new single out this sunny morning for purchase on bandcamp.
It’s called Shadows Part II
Shadows Part II by Escape Syndrome
UPDATE: And now on YouTube:
This week’s creative shout out goes to the musicians.
We may not have the live music venue options of Melbourne or Sydney, but we sure do have some kick arse musos mingling amongst us; and they come in all genres, shapes and ages.
Rock, reggae, folk, funk (sometimes lacking), jazz, classic, metal, mellow, indie, prog, punk, acoustic, [...]
[ 4 February, 2012; 8:00 pm; ]
The Amazing Fred Smith has sent word that he’s bringing his “Dust of Uruzgan” tour to the Street Theatre.
Songwriter Fred Smith recently returned from 18 months working as a tribal and political advisor alongside Australian Forces in Uruzgan Province. He wrote a collection of songs from his experiences, and played concerts on the Multinational Base [...]
Landspeed Records has given us the tip that Canberra band Hands Like Houses has signed with the American Rise Records label.
They’ve released the above video to talk about it.
Drew Walky (aka Andrew Walker, aka Diprotodon Trangleflute) is a Canberran singer-songwriter with a unique folk/experimental/poetic style. A regular around local venues, this is Drew’s first release. It’s an EP of 5 tracks which left me wanting more.
The CD is good! If you’re unfamiliar with Drew’s songs, it may take a few listens to understand [...]
We want to interview, either through audio or video, the hardworking local artists that populate the ACT. We want to ask you the quirky questions that no other interviewer asks. We want to bring you to more and more new audiences in the most interesting way we can. None of this “Who influences you?” rubbish…we want to ask other, more amusing, more interesting questions. We want to know what your songs are about. We want to know your touring stories. We want know what you get a kick out of on stage. We want to know what you’d do on stage if you were drunk enough. We want you and your personality. We want to know what makes you tick, what makes you smile and what really pisses you off.
With just a week to go until the Summer Rhythms festival kicks off they’ve released the stage map and set times.
In addition there’s a media release:
Summer Rhythm Festival is less than one week away on the 9th to 11th of December 2011 just off the federal hwy on the edge of Canberra.
The Summer Rhythm Festival [...]
[ 10 December, 2011; 8:00 pm; ] Location: The Basement Belconnen, 2 Cohen Street, Belconnen, Australia
18+ ID required
8pm doors open for 9pm start
Pool, drinks and great music! There also is a kitchen there for those needing solids
9pm Delinquent (Nowra)
10pm Eyes to the Sky
11pm Knights of the Spatchcock
12am Point of View
The Basement Kitchen
Mudd Nicole O’brien
First posted in June we somehow at the time missed local ska stalwarts Los Capitanes in drag with roller derby girls doing a Missy Higgins cover.
The punk band doing a pop cover might be a cliche, but it’s become so because it’s awesome.
Everybody loves a bit of brit-pop indie-rock and on first listen to Waterford’s new album ‘Say OK’, it seems some love it more than others. Waterford have found a genre which works particularly well for them and have decided to stick with it for 45 merry old minutes.
Fortunately, they pull off the genre well and [...]
[ 11 November, 2011; ] Melbourne-based rock band Scaramouche will return to their hometown of Canberra for a blistering one-night-only show on Friday 11 November at the ANU Bar, to follow up the release of their debut EP Access Denied.
For more information, see http://www.bmamag.com/articles/features/20111107-scaramouche/
Scaramouche will share the stage with local bands Looking Glass and The London Circuit. Entry is $10.
Canberra musical stalwart Konrad Lenz has posted this latest piece of magic to YouTube with this note:
Live performance at the Front Gallery and Cafe, October 29, 2011
Gut Response written by Konrad Lenz
Konrad Lenz – vocals, guitar
Video also features A KREWD Ensemble
Camera – Pete Kelleher, Fiete Geier, Konrad Lenz
Video directed and edited by Konrad Lenz
A KREWD [...]
[ 21 November, 2011 to 27 November, 2011. ]
The Phoenix have sent through their events listing for November, complete with the very exciting news that the bar is turning 18!
A Way Hip Antelopes re-union is not to be missed.
Ruinous pints of cider and guiness all round.
(Click poster below for larger version)
[ 13 November, 2011; ]
This in from Konrad Lenz!
On Sunday November 13 The Spirits of the Dead will return to their spiritual home, the Phoenix Pub, to play their last Canberra show for the next few months.
Also featuring RKPK (the musical lovechild of Inflatable Ingrid and Inflatable Ingrid)
PLUS theatrical stuff from A KREWD Ensemble
Cost of entry [...]
[ 19 November, 2011; 3:00 pm; ]
Gartside Street Erindale
BMA, Mudd Promotions and Ruff N Ready Present…..
‘Women Who Rock’ is a celebration of the contribution women make to our music scene.
When people think of the numerous forms of rock, metal and punk, they usually think of sweaty men with long hair. We are hoping this, and events like this, will [...]
The thinking hipster’s favourite obscure band, Waterford, launched their new album this lunchtime in Landspeed Records on Garema Place.
It’s such a glorious afternoon pretty much anything would work, but it appeared to be an excellent use of the space getting a healthy happy crowd in.
The CD is on sale at Landspeed for $15 and having [...]
The Knights of the Spatchcock have just tried to friend me on YouTube.
This lead me to their very slick YouTube page, and the current featured video “Incense”.
Some very slick work by a Canberra band.
Eye Gouge bring us their latest offering “Nothing Can Stop Us!” from their “Feel The Rage” album.
They certainly don’t overstay their welcome.
Unearthed Review continues its inexorable progress through the Canberra musicians on the TripleJ Unearthed website.
By popular request today we’re having a listen to The Feldons.
They have this to say about themselves:
THE FELDONS sound as if they’d be much happier walking down Carnaby Street wearing paisley shirts or union jack waistcoats whilst being immersed in [...]
This is from the deep end of Canberra’s musical gene pool:
Waterford’s new single Reasoned is heading out into the world.
Reasoned is a song about confusion. About getting lucky and knowing that luck is fleeting. Sitting in the sun enjoying the good times, but feeling pre-emptively nostalgic for the good times when the bad times come, [...]
[ 12 October, 2011; 6:30 pm; ] Given the myriad issues facing the ACT music industry it is more important now than ever for all stakeholders to have a consolidated voice. MusicACT, initially called ACT Live Music Association, formed as a direct result of the initiatives that the ACT Government and departmental staff have implemented over the past 12 months, including the [...]
The tiny number of nerds with digital radios will be pleased that the ABC has launched a slew of new channels today.
But of particular interest to the Canberra music scene is TripleJ Unearthed which promises to give more of a guernsey to local talent (as local talent is largely un-signed to record labels).
And you [...]