Friday Oct 31, 2014

5pm to late

Love Police Touring are thrilled to announce the return of UK’s, Ben Ottewell for a national Australian tour throughout October/November with special guest from LA, Buddy.

As a singer and lead guitarist in rock band Gomez, Ben Ottewell is well known for his unmistakable voice and talent for blistering and inspired guitar work. Rolling Stone declared, “Gomez’s not-so- secret weapon is Ben Ottewell.” And as GQ Magazine once wrote and anyone listening can attest, “[his] voice is not of this world.”

Since his first solo release, Shapes & Shadows (released by ATO, 2011), Ottewell has been captivating audiences with a series of successful acoustic tours across the UK, US and Australia last winter.

Now with new solo album, Rattlebag in tow, Ben is set to return to Australia performing songs from his illustrious catalogue, including Gomez favourites plus reworked covers given the Ottewell treatment: “so good it sent shivers up my spine.” – The Au Review (on his version of Bill Withers’ ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’)

On Rattlebag, Ben once again collaborated with childhood friend and his Shapes & Shadows writing partner Sam Genders, previously of Tunng. “Sam and I grew up together in a little village called Bonsall in Derbyshire and have been friends since childhood. I love his songwriting — the stuff he did with his bands Tunng and The Accidental, particularly lyrically.”

Simultaneously stripped-down and lush, Rattlebag is a collection of beautifully poetic tales of salvation and redemption, of sanctuary and braving rocky seas in search of distant shores. Ottewell’s infectious melodies and bluesy riffs will stick with you, and beg you to sing along. Rattlebag comes out locally, October 24 on Cooking Vinyl Australia.

Currently touring together across America, Ben Ottewell will be bringing out to Australia for the first time, Los Angeles based Indie rocker, Buddy. The bands new album, Last Call For The Quiet Life mixed by Phil Ek (Modest Mouse, Shins, Father John Misty), and due for release in August, features several guest musicians including Michelle Branch, Cary Brothers and Holly Conlan, who lend their voices to the soaring melodies. Buddy is a Portland-born musician who relocated to Los Angeles in 2002, the band evolved from an acoustic project to a full-fledged rock outfit when asked to open for Tommy Stinson (The Replacements) but couldn’t play guitar with a broken arm and needed a backing band.


9:20 – 10:20pm BEN OTTEWELL
8:15 – 9:00pm BUDDY

* set times are an approximation only and may differ slightly on the night.
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Saturday Nov 01, 2014

5pm to late

There is a new generation of Aussie Hip-Hop that is gaining a lot of attention across the nation. The sounds goes deeper into it’s roots and is inspired a lot more by Jazz, Soul, Future and Old School 80′s and 90′s flavours.


Black Bear in conjunction with the G20 Cultural Program is proud to present a showcase of sorts to highlight the hip-hop talent arising from Brisbane called, ‘THE ASTRAL PLANE’. Each unique artist playing is influenced by sounds from multiple decades and genres with their own modern twist. The Astral Plane will be held at Black Bear Lodge on November 1st and it will also be FREE ENTRY.


Acts include:

Jazz, Soul & Funk hip-hop masters, Astro Travellers

Future, Soul & Electronic Soulection Affiliate, YUMO

Funk, 90′s (think MC Hammer meets Digable Planets) influenced wiz-kid, Jon

Old School and MF DOOM-esk beat master La Shmoove.


8:30 – 9pm La Schmoove
9:15 – Jon
10:15 – Yumo
11:00 – Astro Travellers

* set times are an approximation only and may differ slightly on the night.


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Thursday Nov 06, 2014

7pm to late

Local Brisbane Dance-Punk band, Calrissian, are launching their debut single “Bones” with a massive party at Brisbanes’ Black Bear Lodge with their mates/life-partners Umbra and Boss Moxi on Thursday the 6th of November.

Calrissian, formerly known as ‘Sorry Socrates’ is a 5-piece Alternative Dance Rock band from sunny Brisbane Australia. Formed in late 2011 between bedroom jams and drunken late nights out, Calrissian began playing various house parties and venues around Brisbane. Since then they’ve developed a following due to their wild and chaotic live shows.

‘BONES’ is the bands’ first fully fledged recording effort, since their renaming; Recorded at The Plutonium, Kelvin Grove, the humble abode of the acclaimed John Steel Singers, and working with producer Michael Belsar (Them 9’s, APES, Dark Arts) and Engineer Sean Cook (Big Scary) and Mastered by Guy Davie at Electric Mastering, London, UK (Bloc Party, Simian Mobile Disco, Foals).

This mix finds the band maintaining the balance between the anthemic, club-thumping atmosphere of dance, the house party vibes of Death From Above 1979, and the tight and intricate, angular, guitar work accustomed to acts such as Bloc Party, Foals and Klaxons.

‘BONES’ will be available to download for free from its release date, the 15th of October, until November the 6th. Get it at





Umbra 9:00 – 9:30
Boss Moxi 9:45 – 10:15
CALRISSIAN 10:30 – 11:15

* set times are an approximation only and may differ slightly on the night.
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Friday Nov 07, 2014

5om to late

Twin Haus launch new single ‘Blood Tapes’ and announce east coast tour for November 2014, presented by Pilerats and Bedlam Records.


Following the much anticipated release of their debut EP, Waxen Myriad in May this year, and shows alongside The Medics, Young Lions, Dune Rats and The Upskirts, the band will round off a huge year with their third string of interstate dates for 2014, as well as appearing at Jungle Entertainment and The Music’s ‘Jungle Love Festival’.


The tour kicks off in their hometown of Brisbane on Friday, the 7th of November at Black Bear Lodge, with supports from Melbourne’s Romeo Moon and local alt-rock outfit, Howling Seas.

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Saturday Nov 08, 2014

5pm to late

Experience the joy and sounds of the 20’s and 30’s ‘Jazz Age’. It was a time when popular music was born and infectiously swinging. Dan Quigley and his Hot Five bring the street sounds of New Orleans into the new millennium.


* set times are an approximation only and may differ slightly on the night.


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Sunday Nov 09, 2014

Rayne Management & The Harbour Agency present Mark Wilkinson

Mark Wilkinson returns to the road this Spring for a special series of intimate shows across Australia and New Zealand.  The Sydney singer-songwriter is quickly establishing himself as a renowned international artist.  He’s sold out shows across the globe, climbed the charts in Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands, and been named the Singer/Songwriter Discovery of the Year in North America.  And that’s just in the past 12 months.

Following his highly successful national theatre tour, this time Mark will be performing solo and giving each audience the power to decide what’s played.  Be sure to catch Mark in such intimate surrounds, with early booking encouraged to avoid missing out.  His lyrical depth, gift for melody, and impassioned delivery are arresting on first listen and will linger long after the final note.

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Wednesday Nov 12, 2014

7pm to late

Georgia Fair is back with a new single, new label and tour with three headline shows across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.


’Break’ is Georgia Fair’s debut single on littleBIGMAN records. Nik Thompson, lead singer/songwriter and producer with 44th Sunset, and who worked on the mix of ‘Break’, will be supporting Georgia Fair on all tour dates.


Georgia Fair who have previously worked with Bill Reynolds (Band of Horses) and Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem / Old Crow Medicine Show) are currently recording a new album which will be released early 2015.

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Thursday Nov 13, 2014

7pm to late

To celebrate the release of his debut album “Daniel Lee Kendall Is Dead”, Daniel Lee Kendall is set to embark on The Funeral Tour this November. Taking in Brisbane, Melbourne, the Central Coast and Sydney respectively, this tour marks his long awaited return to east coast stages.


Having previously toured with the likes of Passenger, Old Man River, Hungry Kids of Hungary and more, DLK cut his teeth on the touring circuit early in his career. After an extended break from music, it was Daniel’s natural progression to focus on the recorded material first. Now, with the release of “Daniel Lee Kendall Is Dead” only an arms length away, getting back on stage is the next step. “It’s kind of weird. These songs are from a former life, so playing them live will almost feel like I’m doing a covers gig. Though that will mean I can take the weight off it a bit and probably enjoy the whole process a lot more. I’ve never done my own tour before, so that’s also an odd little paradox: that my first tour is also my “Funeral Tour”. I’ll have a really good fun band with me, which I’m stoked about, so I think it’s going to be quite enjoyable,” muses Forsyth.


It’s been over two years since the troubadour took to the stage, with the drought to be broken just ahead of The Funeral Tour. This Saturday, September 13 DLK performs a very special matinee album launch at Loo Loo’s Warehouse in his homeland of NSW’s Central Coast. For more information on this free show, click HERE.


After embracing the single ‘Under A Spell’, fans can also tune in to triple j this Friday morning to hear DLK put his spin on someone else’s track for their famous Like A Version segment

Supported by The Phoncurves and Sleepy Tea

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Sunday Nov 16, 2014

7pm to late

Smudge Celebrate Twenty Years Of Manilow.


1994. A momentous and tumultuous time for music. The world tragically loses Kurt Cobain and tragically gains the Presley-Jacksons (yep, that happened); the Eagles reform and charge $100 a ticket for their shows; Woodstock re-hits New York state; Korn introduces nu-metal to the universe; Parklife, Definitely Maybe, Grace, Dookie, Crooked Rain Crooked Rain and Stereopathetic Soulmanure all hit the shelves… and somewhere amongst all of it, Sydney band Smudge releases it’s debut album, Manilow.


After a slew of shorter releases on seminal indie label Half A Cow, Manilow kick-started a busy 12 months for Smudge with Australian tours being squeezed in between US and European trips including a slot on Reading Festival, a John Peel Session and runs with The Lemonheads, Superchunk and Sebadoh to name a few.


2014. Smudge has been working feverishly; retweaking bits and pieces for the 20th anniversary release of Manilow. Having seen reissues in both Europe (Fire) and Australia (Half A Cow), the trio has launched its own label (Smudge) to unleash a remastered, 180 gram virgin-vinyl longplayer. Smudge001. Manilow.


To coincide with the release, Smudge is pleased to announce a national Australian tour with lots of special guests and happenings to accompany. Stay tuned.


The limited vinyl repress of Manilow is available for pre-order from

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Friday Nov 21, 2014

5pm to late

Melbourne indie-rock six-piece Lurch & Chief return to Brisbane to play Black Bear Lodge in support of their new single ‘Keep It Together’.

Since dropping their sophomore EP ‘Wiped Out’ in 2013, the band have from gone from strength to strength off the back of massive support from triple j, culminating with a sold-out Australian tour in March 2014 and recent buzz-band status at Brisbane’s BIGSOUND.

‘Keep It Together’ illustrates a maturing darker sound for the chaotic Melbourne six-piece, with complex guitars and the inimitable contrast of Hayden Somervile and Lilibeth Hall’s dueling vocals. The track is the first taste of the band’s double A-side, which is due for release on Friday 21 November.

Support comes from Melbourne psych band Flyying Colours.


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Saturday Nov 22, 2014

5pm to late

Get ready for the next installment of Watch Your Step as we farewell 2014 with a 60′s mash up of epic proportions.


On the night, special guest DJs Sixties Sarah and Prop Greg join resident vinyl fanatics Paulo, Milesago and Gaz to lay down a generous serving of the hottest 60′s dance tunes goin’ round. No mp3s, no cds just pure analogue action with crates full of swingin’ original soul, r&b, rockers, garage, classics and more.


Add to the mix a light show of psychedelic projections and some great drink specials from Mountain Goat Beer and you’ll have a night that’s guaranteed to get your whole party shaking its tail feather.


Free entry from 9pm, come early to avoid queuing.


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Wednesday Nov 26, 2014

7pm to late

Every dish has a story. From the moment we open our mouths to let the airplane in, food serves many purposes in life. We eat to socialise, celebrate, fuel our bodies and fill a void. Whether it’s nostalgia found in a bowl of Mum’s chicken soup, or guilt brought on by a late-night binge, our connection with food is rich with meaning. What we consume and how we prepare it is often an expression of our culture, ethics …and mood, leading us to wonder if we really are what we eat.


Come down to Black Bear Lodge on Wednesday 26 November, and nourish yourselves with stories.

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Thursday Nov 27, 2014

7pm to late

Young Magic is the sonic pairing between Indonesian vocalist, Melati Malay and Australian producer, Isaac Emmanuel. Though based in New York, the eclectic outfit has recorded music whilst traversing the four corners of the earth. Strange Yonder are proud to announce their Australian Tour, with Presents partners Tone Deaf.

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Sunday Nov 30, 2014

7pm to late

Brisbane’s Hailey Calvert has returned with her much awaited third E.P; a thoughtful and honest collection of cleverly crafted folk songs delivered with a powerful, expressive blues toned voice.

A Queensland Music Awards nominee and treasured player on the Australian singer/songwriter scene, Hailey has performed all over Australia and internationally, touring to New York, London and Ireland in recent years. Performances at Woodford Folk Festival, Bendigo Blues and Foots Festival and Blues on Broad beach have also garnered new fans for the W.A born musician.

The ‘After Your Heart’s Gone Home’ E.P marks Hailey’s return to an acoustic based sound after her ‘Geography’ album explored the use of a full band to bring her songs to life.

Heading to Black Bear Lodge on 30th of November for her hometown launch, Hailey is looking forward to showcasing some new songs calling her latest release ‘a snapshot of where I am, what I’m feeling and thinking about. All of my albums are like diaries that anyone is allowed to read!’

‘I hope people relate to the songs in some way or another. I always find someone listening is going through the same thing no matter how personal you think something you’ve created is.’

Support for the evening will be the always soulful and charming Josh Lovegrove.

Hailey will be joined on stage by a few talented musician friends in a night of captivating, heartfelt music not too be missed.

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Wednesday Dec 03, 2014

7pm to late

Much acclaimed indie-folk duo Luluc Brooklyn-based, Melbourne-bred Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett — have announced supports for their homecoming tour in November and December. Luluc’s return to Australia follows a bevy of career accomplishments; signing to Sub Pop Records, recording their sublime new album Passerby with The National, and most recently touring the USA with J Mascis. Since they left their hometown of Melbourne, Luluc have made fans in high places; Joe Boyd, the brilliant 1960s record producer, recruited them for a Nick Drake tribute tour, The National handed them the keys to their studio to record Passerby, Lucinda Williams took them out on tour and declared, “I think Zoë’s lyrics are remarkable and together, she and Steve make musical magic. She has that kind of voice that, when it’s wrapped around the right words, can make you cry. It did me.”


With special guest Tom Cooney.

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Friday Dec 05, 2014

5pm to late

The Furrs and Soviet Xray Record Club are joining forces with The Trotskies for the Melbourne groups’ DYR single launch. After their 2013 selt-titled debut EP and a number of notable supports, including Kele, Wolf & Cub and Gang Of Youths, The Trotskies return with a brand new single, more complex sounds, and a chance to see them in their most powerful setting- live. The Furrs have also been making waves of their own, after a well-received slot at Bigsound and releasing a self-titled debut EP of their own, this is a match made in heaven. Catch them all for free on Friday December 5th at Black Bear Lodge.




10:30 – 11:15 THE FURRS
9:30 – 10:10 THE TROTSKIES

* set times are an approximation only and may differ slightly on the night.


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Saturday Dec 06, 2014

5pm to late

Little May have already earned a nation-wide reputation for their emotionally connective, charged lyrics and smoldering hooks that have set them apart from many emerging bands. For their debut headline tour beginning in November, the trio are set to bring to life the haunting tracks that have captured many fans from around the globe and celebrate their debut self-titled EP (out October 10th) – making Australian audiences the first to hear the yet unreleased songs spun live.


No strangers to some of the country’s biggest stages, Little May have earned their live-set stripes at Splendour in The Grass, Laneway and BigSound and supporting the Australia tour of Stockholm-based, pop-sweetheart Mikhael Paskalev.


“Little May make folk tunes with a hint of ghoulish darkness, and they deserve all the glowing admiration they can muster,” said Frankie Magazine after the release of their second single “Hide” and only a year later the band have evoked fervent fans from around the world. Now with a live band set up with drummer Catriona Hunter and bass/keys player Mark Harding their delicately composed songs shimmer in the expansive sound and their first solo national tour sets to radiate across the country.

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Wednesday Dec 10, 2014

7pm to late

NEW NAVY have just announced their first headline tour in 18 months off the back of their latest singles HEAVEN and ROSALINE. The band have been spending the last year and a half writing & recording, preparing for the release of their debut album, due 2015. They recently dusted off their suitcases and hit the road supporting ANDY BULL on his Sea Of Approval album tour in September, playing to sold out rooms all across the country, and are now preparing the hit the spotlight themselves, delivering their brand of summer indie-pop to 10 different locations throughout November & December.


$12 PRE / $15 DOOR

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Thursday Dec 11, 2014

7pm to late

Travelling troubadour Stu Larsen is soon to announce an assortment of live dates across Australia and New Zealand, along with the release of new single ‘San Francisco’.

‘San Francisco’ is taken from Stu’s stunning debut album ‘Vagabond’, out now on Inertia. The track is the oldest on the album, penned by Stu on whimsical drive from L.A. to San Francisco. Stu’s best friend and album producer,

Passenger, said of the track, “I remember hearing it for the first time and feeling like I’d heard it a million times before. Straight away it had an incredibly classic feel and, even after hearing it night after night, I still absolutely love it.”

No stranger to the road, Stu left his native Queensland, Australia four years ago to play music round the world. His journey took him all over Australia, New Zealand, Japan, North America, Europe and the UK as he perfected his lyrical storytelling making friends, and fans, along the way.

True to nomadic form, this December Stu will be back touring Australia for the second time this year.

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Friday Dec 12, 2014

5pm to late

Dance music tastemaker Diplo doesn’t give out his seal of approval to just anyone. So when the trailblazing DJ dropped the GRMM track What You Need in his revered BBC Radio 1 program to an audience of millions, the music world took note.

After What You Need broke him to the world, GRMM connected online with New York vocalist Father Dude to create the chill-trap powerhouse Electrify. Already, Electrify’s landed on high rotation on Australia’s most respected radio station triple j, hit the #2!spot on the iTunes electronic chart and amassed half a million streams on SoundCloud, with the play count climbing by the day. The song was such a success that GRMM and Father Dude have gone back into the studio for a second collaboration, due to arrive soon.

With special guests cln (live) & Deuces

BEFORE THE SHOW – Hunting Hour, every Friday and Saturday, 5-7pm

GRMM SHOW  from 7pm

AFTER THE SHOW – Party on Wayne, Party on Garth


Deuces (DJ) 8:00 PM – 8:45 PM
cln 8:45 PM – 9:15 PM
Deuces (DJ) 9:15 PM – 10:00 PM
GRMM 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

* set times are an approximation only and may differ slightly on the night.
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Saturday Dec 13, 2014

5pm to late

There is something both mature and gritty in the expansion of WAXHEAD’s sound on their new single and title track off their debut EP “Home”. The sound takes elements from the early Aussie rock scene and slaps them together with chunks of Pink Floyd and Talking Heads while retaining something that is altogether unique and individual in a world full of carbon copy record label yes bands.


The EP “Home” shows the band’s continued long term relationship with good friend and producer George Carpenter as they placed him behind the Neve console and like WAXHEAD’s idols before them, recorded drums to 2 inch tape. Mastered by the legendary Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys) the result is a bombardment of cheeky, warm, tape blasts that are getting closer and closer to capturing the band’s ferocity of sound when they play live. This is something WAXHEAD has been striving for since they first began recording their songs. Guitars are grainy and violent as they push and pull with their fuzz and distortion, while having the odd psychedelic acid flashback. Bass, the gushy warm centre binds the whole, propelling it forwards with venom and angst. There is a satirical reverberation to the vocals, something humorous in it’s parody of modern day man as it tells the age old simple tale of a young man trying to find his place in society, his “Home”.


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Sunday Dec 14, 2014

7pm to late

It’s been a huge two years for Melbourne-based singer/songwriter Fatai. After having penned a label and publishing deal with Universal Music/Mercury Records, Fatai has been on an organic and creative journey in the studio, working diligently toward releasing her sounds to the world.


Recently Fatai has spent time co-writing with Lance Ferguson (The Bamboos) and John Castle (Megan Washington, Vance Joy, Josh Pyke). She has also worked alongside producer Bry Jones (founding member The Rockmelons/Producer – Guy Sebastian; Shannon Noll; Stan Walker) on an upcoming project.


Fatai’s online audience has exploded in recent months, largely due to her captivating YouTube performances and covers, and this is only the start of what we can expect from her in the near future.


After recently supporting American band Boyce Avenue on their sell-out Australian tour, Fatai is gearing up to embark on her own tour that will see her performing to fans throughout November and December in Australia and New Zealand. With a powerhouse voice and the charisma to match, Fatai is an artist you need to hear. Stay tuned for new music coming soon.

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Wednesday Dec 17, 2014

7pm to late

KARL S. WILLIAMS is a guitar-slinging, banjo-wielding freak equally adept at heart shredding piano with a voice that will confound expectations. Over the past few months KARL S. WILLIAMS has taken his new album ‘Heartwood’ around the country supporting BUSBY MAROU, played one of the most talked about sets at BigSound and headed to New York City to Showcase at the CMJ Music Marathon. Returning to home soil in November, KARL S. WILLIAMS will be playing a run of festivals such as Bridge Town Blues, Queenscliff Music Festival, Drop In Festival and Festival Of The Sun, with a few intimate headline shows in between.


The first single from ‘Heartwood’ is the stomping ‘Time Bomb’ with “I’m a daisy cutting, motherfucking judgement day” proving to be one of the more memorable choruses of 2014. Since it’s initial release the backbone of “Heartwood” has been the Jeff Buckleyesque piano song “Is This Love” which showcases what is truly special about Karls voice. “Is This Love” is scheduled for release in early 2015, before he starts working on album number two.


His stunning performance at BigSound in September received rave reviews and had him named as one of 10 of the buzziest bands at the conference by The Guardian and in Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top Five Acts.


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Sunday Jan 11, 2015

7pm to late

Touring Australia for the first time!


Baltimore-based duo Wye Oak’s newest work sees a departure from their distorted, guitar-based brand of modern folk, towards a stunning synth-drenched sound full of intricate melodies and soaring vocals. Live, the band takes its fervent following on a rollercoaster of all-encompassing sound and emotion. Jenn Wasner – who Spin calls “one of the premier voices in indie rock” – fronts on vocals and bass with Andy Stack playing drums and keyboards simultaneously, creating a sound much greater than the sum of its parts.

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