Wednesday Dec 02, 2015

7pm to late

With an irresistible combination of relentless riffs, relentless groove and relentless wit, it was only a matter of time before you were enslaved by the vibes of Age Champion. Just three jive turkeys trying to make it through Thanksgiving, this hard rock/alt rock/funk rock power trio is rapidly making waves in the Brisbane music scene.

Supported by good mates, good blokes and extremely talented post-rock/feels-rock duo Mason Hall and guitar pop/folk rock brother act Di Nero, this will definitely be a night to write home about. So come get your funk back, have a few bevvies and kick off the festive season in a style with a cheeky Wednesday sesh at the Black Bear Lodge

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Thursday Dec 03, 2015

7pm to late

Sydney’s Lime Cordiale have been storming through 2015 off the back of two emphatic single releases and a string of capacity shows throughout the country. The band are now proud to cap-off an enormous year with the release of their third EP, Road To Paradise, accompanied by their most ambitious run of Australian shows to-date.

The Road To Paradise Tour is set to thirteen dates across the country, including separate U18 and 18+ shows at Northcote Social Club in Melbourne, appearances at Soundscape Music Festival and Lost Paradise Festival in NSW, and their biggest hometown venue to-date at the Metro Theatre.

Inspired by a string of influences from Charles Bradley to Daft Punk to The Roots, Lime Cordiale’s forthcoming EP features brand new track ‘Not That Easy’ alongside previously released singles ‘Hanging Upside Down’ and ‘Feel Alright’.

Lime Cordiale’s emphatic live show has graced countless local and international stages over the last 18 months across two separate twenty-date tours of North America and in Australia alongside The Delta Riggs (sold out national tour), Ball Park Music, The Griswolds, Dispatch and Cosmo Jarvis.

The five-piece from Sydney’s northern beaches have previously sold-out a sizeable list of Sydney venues including the Metro Lair (twice), Newtown Social Club, The Standard and Oxford Art Factory. The band have also performed at numerous Australian festivals over the last eighteen months including Bigsound, Homebake, AWME, Deni Blues, Bluesfest, Caloundra Music Festival and Marmalade Skies.


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Friday Dec 04, 2015

5pm to lte

L-FRESH The LION is renowned for his powerful presence, inspiring live shows and thought-provoking lyricism. In a short space of time, the Western Sydney artist has gone from underground community events and ciphers to national tours and major festivals. It speaks of an MC with a sense of purpose and self-belief.

Inspired by the soulful movement in US hip hop of the late 1990s / early 2000s, and the love and respect for his own cultural and ancestral roots of the Sikhs from Punjab, India, L-FRESH is an artist like no other.


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Saturday Dec 05, 2015

5pm to late

“Forget Jet, The Vines, even You Am I… Screamfeeder are hands down the country’s best rock band…”

That’s Time Off in 2003, putting into words what most punters at the time knew already nobody worked harder, played better, sang more passionately and delivered more sweaty good times than Brisbane’s Screamfeeder. By that stage they were a staple of JJJ airplay, had toured most of the world and produced album after album of infectious, noisy pop with a punk edge and a good time guaranteed.

Now, in 2015, they’re back making new music, releasing their first new single in 10 years, and celebrating the release of their lauded 2000 album, Rocks On The Soul, again re-issued on high-quality vinyl by Poison City.

Live, they’re a non-stop whirlwind of high-energy heavy riffs, caterwauling feedback and pulse-racing bass, Tim and Kellie entwining their vocals around the music, all anchored with the explosive power of Dean’s drumming. This band can give anyone in the world a run for their money – they’re raw, grungy, fiery, effortlessly skilful yet loose at the same time, an exuberant and joyful wave of music filling every space in the room with pure radiant youth.

Screamfeeder believe in writing good songs, and performing them like their lives depend on it. Old school? Shit yeah, and proud of it.


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

AFTER THE SHOW – Party on Wayne / Party on Garth

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Monday Dec 07, 2015

The Round was established in Brisbane in 2011 to create a focused songwriting showcase event for professional and aspiring songwriters. The Round has become an environment where songwriters, musicians and music lovers come together to be part of an active listening audience where songs are heard in a stripped down, acoustic way. Expect to see and hear different genres and styles coexist side by side on the same stage without prejudice. We have had over 300 songwriters perform since 2011 from all across Australia as well as many from around the world.

The Round performances consists of 3 songwriters on stage at the same time and offers compelling performances from some of the best and brightest songwriters around!

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Wednesday Dec 09, 2015

7pm to late

Mistletone proudly presents Jessica Pratt, bringing her earthly folk delights back to Australia, accompanied this time by guitarist Cyrus Gengras. A gifted young Californian scribe and singer with her own astounding musical logic, Jessica Pratt has made two superb albums — this year’s On Your Own Love Again (Drag City/Spunk) and her self-titled 2012 debut (Birth Records/Mistletone) — both laden with gracious songs from a spine-thrilling place. People respond to the austere, pristine clarity of Jessica Pratt’s performances, the gentle strength, marveling at how much comes from so little: just a voice and a guitar or two. They remark on the timeless nature of the songs and the voice, scrupulously informed by the folk-rock of ages past, but sung without bags (none in hand, nor beneath eyes). They speculate on just who is the personality behind this Jessica Pratt? It is hard not to respond to the sound of her music, not to want more right away. With her delicate and singular sound, Jessica Pratt is fully alive in a space all her own; with isolation in the breeze, the sound resonant in the natural light and a gauze of clouds in the sky, under which she can relax, unwind and let herself be.

Supported by McKisko

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Thursday Dec 10, 2015

7pm to late

Mistletone proudly presents Julia Holter, bringing her stunning ensemble back to Australia hot on the heels of her colossal new album Have You In My Wilderness (out September 25 on Domino.) One of the most mesmerising and erudite artists to emerge from the Los Angeles arts scene, Julia Holter crafted her fourth full length album Have You In My Wilderness with Grammy-winning producer and engineer Cole Greif-Neill (Ariel Pink, Beck, Nite Jewel). The album follows Julia’s much-lauded previous titles, Loud City Song (2013), Ekstasis (2012) and Tragedy (2011), and was written from the heart – warm, dark and raw – exploring love, trust, and power in human relationships. While love songs are familiar in pop music, Julia Holter manages to stay fascinatingly oblique and enigmatic, with some of the most sublime and transcendent music she has ever written. Like Julia’s previous albums, Have You in My Wilderness is multi-layered and texturally rich, featuring an array of electronic and acoustic instruments played by an ensemble of gifted Los Angeles musicians. It is also her most sonically intimate album, with her vocals front and centre in the mix, lifted out of the layers of smeared, hazy effects. The result is striking: clear and vivid, but disarmingly personal.

To quote Aunty Meredith of Meredith Music Festival: “Julia Holter is pretty phenomenal. Frankly, she’s my current musical hero. She’s an L.A. born and based composer, and one of the most adventurous, experimental, ambitious artists working today. Her music is almost without roots. How she gets it from her head to our ears without it catching on accepted conventions along the way is a minor miracle, but by the time it arrives — it sounds like pure imagination. How does she make this stuff? Holter began studying composition, fusing elements of twentieth-century classical, jazz and baroque pop and her music has evolved to combine avant garde and pop ideas, with the human voice as arguably her primary instrument. It has a late night, cinematic quality, and can be both cat-hair soft and strident. She leads a hypnotic, spiritual, guitar-less band comprised of cello, piano, sax, violin and drums, with layered vocals, and finds a heavenly and sincere new way of expressing the inexpressible.”

Supported by Andrew Tuttle

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Friday Dec 11, 2015

5pm to late

Gathering some serious momentum since blowing the roof off BIGSOUND a few weeks ago, Brisbane gang WAAX are adding to their plan for world domination with the surprise release of their debut EP Holy Sick out Friday October 2.

After launching themselves firmly at the world in 2014 – hand picked by triple j unearthed to perform at BIGSOUND, the band returned this year, bigger, better and more ballsy. Under the guidance of hurricane front person Marie DeVita (who has been described as everything from ‘utterly terrifying’ to ‘the human incarnation of Beelzebub’) they’ve ammassed a slew of swelling supporters all gagging at the bit to propel them into the same league as Brisbane music’s most sparkling exports.

Pricking ears nation-wide with their first two singles ‘Wisdom Teeth’ and ‘I For An Eye’ the band then locked themselves away in outer-Brisbane’s Airlock Studios with producer Konstantin Kersting (Big Scary, The Belligerents, Mosman Alder) to collate the songs that would eventually become their ‘Holy Sick’ EP. These music babies were then lovingly placed in the capable hands of Scott Horscroft (Silverchair, The Presets, Empire of The Sun) for mixing at The Grove Studios.

The result? 11 minutes and 14 seconds of pure WAAX. A thick mix of angry feelings of insignificance in ‘I For An Eye’, a middle finger to disappointment in ‘Holy Sick’ and ‘Wisdom Teeth’ and a display of the vulnerability that manipulation brings on the stripped back ‘CC Thugs’.

Since releasing their first single early last year, the band has supported the likes of Kingswood, Ecca Vandal and The Delta Riggs as well as a festival debut at Maroochy Fest alongside Alpine and Flight Facilities while also filling their own shows to the brim locally. With a tour and a spot on the Festival of the Sun lineup just announced, ‘Holy Sick’ EP is the surprise warm-up and accompaniment to a live assault on the senses later this year.

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Saturday Dec 12, 2015

5pm to late

Sabrosa Sound System present an unchartered exploration through the sizzling afro tropical music of equator bound nations such as Haiti, Colombia, Panama, Brazil, Cuba, Dominica, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Cabo Verde, Trinidad and Tobago, Angola, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and more!

Boogie down to the afro tropical sounds of cumbia, guaguanco, palenque, porro, gaita, carimbó, samba de coco, hi-life, soukous, afrobeat, afro funk, afro & caribbean disco, cadence, mazurka, early zouk, Ivory Coast Reggae and more…music to shake your skeleton to!


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Sunday Dec 13, 2015

7pm to late

Darker, stranger Australian folk

Celebrating the release of their new album The Natural Selection Australian Songbook, Bush Gothic are bringing songs of treachery and transportation to Brisbane as part of their national tour. Recently returned from England where The Guardian described band leader Jenny M. Thomas as an ‘ edgy rising folk star’, Bush Gothic have a cult following amongst those who like their folk, but are pretty keen on intelligent pop as well. Australian performances include Mona Foma and the Adelaide Fringe where they were reviewed as ‘An evolution in traditional folk music. Outstanding.’


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Wednesday Dec 16, 2015

7pm to late

The start of many careers have been defined by key performances at the beginning of their journeys – with Alex Edwards‘ much awaited debut album finally released after 9 months of shows all beyond Brisbane, or the 2015 ascension of young Brisbane 5-piece The Wandering Lost, or Trapped Admirals’ formative build-up surrounding the release of their first EP – seekers of new and exciting Brisbane music will find 3 such performances combined at the Black Bear Lodge on the 16th of December. Alongside a fundraising partnership with local Brisbane charity Pussies Galore Rescue, where proceeds from the show go towards the welfare of those cats in need, Alex Edwards’ album launch and his hand-picked supports The Wandering Lost and Trapped Admirals promise a fantastic night in discovery of Brisbane’s finest indie acts.


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Friday Dec 18, 2015

7pm to late

With the release of his critically acclaimed debut LP “Slow Gum” earlier in the year, Fraser A. Gorman established himself as one of the best and brightest new talents around. Having just finished his first headline US tour, Fraser is currently dominating at CMJ in New York and about to embark on a run of shows throughout UK/Europe. Now he announces a December tour and shares the new video to ‘Never Gonna Hold You (Like I Do)’, the fourth in his series of videos with director Sunny Leunig. As always with Gorman, his wry numerous poetry courses through the song’s veins, culminating in a chorus that’s as heart-tugging as it’s uplifting.

In Fraser’s own words: “My favourite song on the record. It’s basically a story about me wandering home from Old Bar on Johnson street in Fitzroy (after a few sherberts) to Lambs on Brunswick street. In the shop, before I order a famous “tub” of lamb, I run into an ex of mine who has decided to move away from the geeky musician type and go for a more conventional “buff” young fellow. I stand in the doorway making eye contact with the young lady whilst he finishes off the rest of her Kebab completely unaware of what is happening around him, strangling this little lamb and garlic sauce delicious treat. He’s wearing a pastel V-neck and she knows she’s cooked it. But that’s life (He probably runs a concreting business so maybe it’s me that has cooked it). A tub with garlic sauce later and I’m in a taxi home and winter rain splatters on the windscreen.”

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Thursday Dec 31, 2015

7pm to late

After the success of last year’s NYE party at Black Bear, we’re doing it all over again. This time with three of the best garage bands in the country right now. Ladies and Gentlemen, NYE at BBL featuring GOOCH PALMS, SKEGSS and ROLLS BAYCE as well as our usual favourite DJs, bar staff and general tomfoolery.

We’re also bringing back the VIP package. $95+bf gets you a drink package between 8pm and 12am as well as the whole damn lineup. Or you can get a standard show ticket for $20 + bf.

Get a load of these DAMN BANDS. Newcastle via Los Angeles punk sweethearts THE GOOCH PALMS have firmly planted their feet in American soil and have played over 100 shows across the USA and Canada to packed rooms and rave reviews since arriving in March 2015. They are fast becoming known as one of the most entertaining live bands in America, something audiences downunder have known for years! January and February will see The Gooch Palms head back to Australia for a homecoming tour only to return shortly after to the USA for their second appearance at SXSW in 2016 and yet another US tour.

SKEGSS are three legends from Byron Bay, out for adventure and they have found it. Sold out Aussie shows, gigs at Canadian Music Week, back and forth across the USA, recording their debut EP at Converse Rubber Tracks Studios in New York and an invitation by Triple J Unearthed to play the main stage at Splendour In The Grass 2015.

ROLLS BAYCE is a musical offering from Dean McGrath (of the late Hungry Kids of Hungary), James Wright (formerly of Millions) and Neal Apel. Borne of a drunken late-night conversation between the 3 friends almost 2 years ago, Rolls Bayce draws upon the trio’s shared musical influences. A heady concoction of classic pop/rock, 60’s soul and obscure psych, their songs pair deep drum and bass grooves with lithe, spacey guitar. Tightly wound choruses give way to dense jam-outs, the band wringing as much sound from their instruments as three individuals can muster.


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Friday Mar 04, 2016

5pm to late

Handsome Tours proudly presents the first ever Australian Tour from rising alt-country starlet, Natalie Prass. Prass and her band will be performing headline shows at Sydney’s Newtown Social Club, Brisbane’s Black Bear Lodge and the breathtaking Melbourne Recital Centre.

These will accompany her already announced performances as part of Golden Plains, A Festival Called Panama and Perth Festival.

Since the release of her stunning self-titled debut album in January of this year, Natalie Prass has mesmerised fans and critics alike with her refreshing take on the singer/songwriter tradition. Produced by Prass’ childhood friend and Spacebomb studios founder Matthew E. White, the record displays a timeless poise, composure and intimacy, earning widespread comparisons to Dusty Springfield’s 1969 blue-eyed soul masterwork ‘Dusty In Memphis’.

Later this month, Prass will release her anticipated ‘Side By Side’ EP on Star Time International/Columbia. Recorded in Spacebomb Studios, the EP contains live renditions of her beloved “My Baby Don’t Understand Me” and “Christy”, as well as cover versions of Grimes’ “REALiTi”, Anita Baker’s “Caught Up In The Rapture” and Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence”.

Don’t miss Natalie Prass’ intimate performances across Australia in February/March 2016. Tickets on sale now!

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Sunday Mar 06, 2016

7pm to late

Handsome Tours and Astral People are proud to announce the Australian debut of French-Cuban duo Ibeyi (pron. ee-bey-ee) in March 2016. Consisting of twins Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz, Ibeyi will perform headline shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and at Perth Festival. They will also appear at WOMADelaide.

Having already embarked on a world tour in 2014 at the age of 19 years old, this tour will see twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz showcasing their recently released, self-titled debut album in an immersive, intimate live setting.

Released on XL Recordings (Adele, FKA Twigs, The xx) in July, Ibeyi’s self-titled debut has drawn universal acclaim for its unique fusion of genres, combining ritual chants with synths and samplers, jazz vocals with the mystery of Björk and Fever Ray: the traditional with the modern.

The twins’ roots are reflected in the polyglot nature of the lyrics — sung in English, French and Yoruban (a Nigerian language their ancestors spoke before being brought to Cuba by the Spanish). Ibeyi literally means “twins” in Yoruban dialect.

Pitchfork labeled the LP a “deeply evocative self-titled debut”, whilst Sydney Morning Herald observed their “global modern pop owes as much to pared-down Neptunes productions as their cultural heritage.”

Lisa Kainde and Naomi (the eldest by two minutes) were born in Paris, where they still live, but spent their first two years in Cuba. Their father was Miguel “Anga” Diaz, the member of the Buena Vista Social Club, who was acclaimed as the greatest conga player of his generation.

Don’t miss Ibeyi’s spellbinding Australian shows in 2016.

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Friday Apr 08, 2016

5pm to late

California rapper MC Lars is set to release his fourth full-length studio album, The Zombie Dinosaur LP, on the 6th November 2015. To support the album MC LARS will be heading to iconic The Black Bear Lodge on April 08 2016. After a successful club tour in 2012, MC Lars will be headlining his first national tour and starting at the iconic Black Bear Lodge.

MC Lars kicked off his self-penned “post-punk laptop rap” career in the late ’90s and rose to acclaim with the release of his debut recording, The Laptop EP, in 2004. Rooting out source and sample material from punk and emo bands, he quickly became revered as an important music voice. Lars has had an Australian Top 30 song with “Download this Song” and explains his latest album and tours title –

“I feel like a dinosaur because I’ve been doing this so long, but I also feel like I’ve gotten better and better each year,” he says of his latest record. “You could also say that I’m a zombie in the sense that my rhymes and beats are more infectious with every release, and if you are there when you hear my spit, you’ll forever be converted and changed – much like the result of being bitten by a zombie. #metaphors”



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