Wednesday Oct 22, 2014

7pm to late

Brisbane artist SAHARA BECK is gearing up to release her second EP BLOOM in October and will be hitting the road throughout September and October to celebrate its release. Over the past year she has released a critically respected EP, toured and played shows non-stop, had her music featured on radio, online and on television, collaborated with numerous artists, written countless new songs and grown into an exceptional songwriter.

Recorded at Queensland’s Applewood studios and produced by Sahara and engineer on the rise Sean Cook and mixed by Jeff Lovejoy, the new EP is packed full of surprises and showcases her diversity as a writer.

When she arrived in Brisbane a couple of years back, the then 16 year-old already had a full-length album behind her and a burgeoning reputation as an artist to watch. But 2013’s release – You Could Be Happy – really saw the buzz start to build. Led by the striking singles ‘Bang Bang Bang’ and ‘C’Mon Man You’re Dead’ Sahara marked her arrival as an artist not just brimming with talent, but with plenty to say.

Since the release of that EP Sahara has started building plenty of fans around the country thanks to airplay, critical nods and a live show the always leaves people wanting more.

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Thursday Oct 23, 2014

7pm to late

Canadian country sensation Lindi Ortega has announced her return to Australia in October with headline shows in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide and a nationwide tour with American singer/songwriter Justin Townes Earle and rising star Marlon Williams. She will also perform at the inaugural Out On The Weekend Festival in Melbourne.


This will be Ortega’s second Australian tour, after selling out shows in Sydney and Melbourne in April, and blowing away audiences at Boogie, Gumball and National Folk Festival. Beat Magazine reviewed her Melbourne show glowing “every article about Lindi Ortega raises reference to Emmy-Lou Harris or Dolly Parton. This is not hyperbole. She really is that good”.


Recently crowned Roots Artist of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards, Ortega’s latest album Tin Star has received critical acclaim the world over, nominated for a JUNO Award in Canada, and reaching top 50 in the US Country Charts.

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Friday Oct 24, 2014

5pm to late

“A major rhymer, performer, storyteller, humanist visionary, and student of the DJ arts.” – Robert Christgau, Rolling Stone

Richard Terfry is Buck 65. He’s from Mt. Uniacke, Nova Scotia, which qualifies techni- cally as the middle of nowhere. When he started making music, he was terri- fied that his friends would find out about it and kick his ass. That was a long time ago. In the last 20 years, he has released and given away more than 20 albums and countless other stray songs.

Buck 65 travels the world alone and collects books and movies and overheard stories. What he has seen and heard has depressed and inspired him. Buck 65′s music started out as hip hop. There’s still a strong whiff of that tradition, but it has evolved into something else.

Sometimes it sounds rural. Sometimes it sounds like something fished out of a drain pipe. He wishes it sounded like a Terrence Malick film or a Max Ernst painting. Now no one knows what to call it.

Buck 65 has kissed Pamela Anderson, danced with Feist, recorded with Tortoise and played air hockey with Guy Maddin. He has made music for films – from a documentary about long-haul trucking to a French porno.

Buck 65 raps, sings, makes beats, plays instruments and DJs, but is best known for his dancing.

BEFORE THE SHOW – Hunting Hour 5-7pm

AFTER THE SHOW – Black Bear resident DJs until late


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Saturday Oct 25, 2014

5pm to late

With The Gatling Gun, Dj Krumm and DJ Black Amex

All the hits 1990 – 99



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Sunday Oct 26, 2014

7pm to late

Harley Young brings us ‘Margate GF’, the latest pop gem from his upcoming debut LP.

Margate GF sees Harley and his Haymakers team up with producer Sean Cook (Big Scary, Jeremy Neale) to deliver a rich and harmony driven lament about leaving family, Brisbane and in particular, Sandgate. The single takes influence from 90s era Replacements and is a shout out to adolescence, stupidity, and growing up.

The single is one of many songs Harley penned about Sandgate during his two year stay in Canada, where he was heavily involved in the Montreal/Quebec music scene.

This October, Harley Young and The Haymakers hit the road with Go Go Fish for an extensive east coast tour to launch the single that puts Sandgate on the map. Tour dates are listed below.


7:30 – 8:10 Orphan Ann
8:30 – 9:15 Ben Salter
9:30 – 10:15+ Harley Young

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


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Thursday Oct 30, 2014

7pm to late

Sculpting their sound from long nights out, hungover days in, and their parents’ old vinyl records, The Vernons distil everything that the sepia-toned nostalgia of the vinyl age reflects with a distinctly modern blues-rock sensibility.


Currently hidden away in the studio, The Vernons are set to release their sophomore EP ‘Volume II’ in October and are throwing the world a teaser with latest single, ‘To The Sky’.


Written about the challenges of the human spirit, rising against adversity and breaking expectation of under-achievement, ‘To The Sky’ is an old favourite to frequent Vernons-gig-goers and was one of the first songs the four-piece ever played as a band. Most importantly, it lets frontman Jonny Nyst use his pipes the way they were made to – loud and rock ‘n’ rollin’.


With Musicians Hall of Fame Inductee Louie Shelton, who’s worked with the likes of Elvis and Michael Jackson, producing the album and a sky-high vibe from the Sunshine State locals, expect astronomical things!

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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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Sunday Nov 02, 2014

7pm to late

STEVE SMYTH will be heading out on a mammoth 45 + date national EXITS TOUR this August-November in support of his stunning forthcoming Ivy League Records debut album, EXITS.


After Steve’s first two Exits singles ‘Shake It’ and ‘Written Or Spoken’ being well received at community radio and Double J, and his recent performance at Pigsty Festival where The Maitland Mercury declared he “stole the show with a mesmerising performance”, Steve returns from a month long tour in Spain in time to release Exits and get back on the Aussie road. Steve and band will be covering major cities and regional towns across this fine land starting late august in QLD, dropping by NSW after playing Bigsound in September, VIC and SA in October and finishing up amongst the majesty of WA in November.


Over the past few weeks, Steve played 12 shows in Spain, selling out those in Barcelona, Igualada, Zamora, Gijon, Zaragoza, El Bruc and ended the stint playing with the likes of Massive Attack, The Hives, and Kaiser Chiefs at Low Festival in Benidorm. Before heading back to home soil, he also played London’s super underground Manero Private Members Club


From the streets of Barcelona to touring alongside the likes of The Killers, Angus and Julia Stone, Lanie Lane and Kim Churchill, Smyth has proven time and time again to be devastating in the live setting. A voice churned up in Bourbon soaked Louisiana gravel that soars to the heavens at times with its sweetness…after experiencing Steve Smyth, it’s tempting to compare him with some of the great vocalists of the past few decades.




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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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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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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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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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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.

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

GRMM SHOW  from 7pm

AFTER THE SHOW – Party on Wayne, Party on Garth

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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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