TINY RUINS

Tuesday Feb 09, 2016

Doors from 7pm

TINY RUINS (NZ) plays a special short notice headline show at Black Bear Lodge on the eve of Tuesday the 9th of February with guest support from Angharad Drake, check it out:

Tiny Ruins will be performing songs from 2014 release Brightly Painted One, as well as Some Were Meant For Sea, Haunts and of course the all-new Hurtling Through.

 

About the Hurtling Through EP

Hurtling Through was recorded and produced in collaboration with US-based Hamish Kilgour, of The Clean. The two first met in New York City in the late fall of 2013, where they spent a week performing a number of shows together. On the final day of Fullbrook’s stay in New York, they recorded two songs in a basement studio with engineer & producer Gary Olson. A year later, Fullbrook was back in New York after a long stint of touring, and the pair recorded an additional four tracks, again with Olson. The result is a seven-track EP of folk-based songs. The record includes two W.B. Yeats poems set to music, as well as a field recording of a late-night Brooklyn walk – with percussionist Kilgour taking a silver spoon to the railings and lamp-posts of the borough. The tracks feature Fullbrook on acoustic and electric guitars, her distinctive vocals captured in a raw & natural form. Kilgour contributes on drums and an eclectic array of percussion, with guest appearances from Greg Vegason saxophone, and Danny Tunick on bass and vibraphone.

ON SALE NOW Tickets $15+bf from Oztix HERE!! OR $20 at door.

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ARPIER

Thursday Feb 11, 2016

Doors open 7pm

Arpier is an up and coming Brisbane alternative rock duo consisting of schoolmates Liam and Robert, hailing from the inner-city suburbs of Brisbane.

The two first became acquainted in the fifth grade at primary school, started jamming out in the music room at lunchtimes in year nine, and officially joined forces to form Arpier in year twelve.
Since then, the two have been bouncing around the Brisbane scene, spreading their punchy alt rock & chilled jazz-fusion vibes to venues all across the city.

2016 sees the lads advance their careers with their first official release of their debut single Future. This slow-burner smoothly flows through the themes of “nearing the end” of schooling life and the stresses that time brings.
With plans to release their debut EP later in the year, get ready to be hearing a lot more from these lads.

Listen HERE!

 

Tickets $10 on the door

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FOREVR

Friday Feb 12, 2016

FOREVR are a band combining their love of real shoegaze with electronics to produce lush, loud, beautiful noise larger than the sum of its parts. Their latest release, the ‘Shoegazer’ 7″, builds on FOREVR’s foundations with towers of glistening electronica. Donovan Miller’s underwater guitar and Sam George-Allen’s smoke-wisp voice thread ribbons through a scaffold of arpeggiator, pulsing bass and rapid-fire digidrums – it’s a love letter to electronic dance music filtered through a blissy, blurry lens.

 

FOREVR on Soundcloud

 

FREE ENTRY!

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HIGH HIGHS

Saturday Feb 13, 2016

“Brooklyn-­based Aussies High Highs bring an indie­pop sound to their album ‘Cascades’, named after the mountain range and also referring to their swooping falsettos, layered synths and lacey guitar work.” K​CRW (​Todays Top Tune)

“An immediately endearing slice of indie­pop, it lends itself to fuzzy late 90’s nostalgia while recalling Elliott Smith in its cooed high­register verses and rhythmic acoustic backbone.” N​PR

“Patient, pillowy pop.” F​ADER

“Music this ethereal doesn’t seem bound to any particular time or place. Let it cascade over you.”

STEREOGUM
“Airy, harmony­laden indie pop.” P​ITCHFORK

“This is like lying on a beach ­ not a scorching beach, but rather one of those late September beach days­ as the waves are washingaround you. Lovely. ” T​HE GUARDIAN

With the album release of ‘C​ascades’​o​nly a few weeks away, the H​igh Highs have announced a full Australian tour for February. The band will visit all major cities, with the tour commencing in Sydney on February 11 (full dates below).

Listen to ‘Cascades’ Here

The title track “Cascades” was featured as Single Of The Week in the UK’s G​uardian last week, saying “This is like lying on a beach ­ not a scorching beach, but rather one of those late September beach days ­ as the waves are washing around you and a boy in $500 sunglasses is there, making you listen to him play the synth. Lovely.” The single was also recently K​RCW’​s ‘T​oday’s Top Tune’​, where they described it as “​swooping falsettos, layered synths and lacey guitar work.”

It will be the bands first shows in Australia since 2014, and the bands second ever full Australian tour. The bands core members J​ack Milas and O​li Chang w​ill be joined by American band members B​obby Sinclair on drums and G​rant Zubritsky on bass. It will be the first time this collective has performed together in Australia.

Prior to the shows, Jack and Oli will settle back into life in Australia before they depart once again for life in North America and Europe following this tour. The album ‘C​ascades’, d​ue for release on F​ebruary 5,​drew inspiration from the music of their youth ­ like the Australian synth­pop band I​cehouse and J​ohn Farnham’​s booming arena pop­anthem “You’re the Voice.” “​We were connecting with a lot of ‘80s Australian bands while we were making the record,” Chang explains. “​Some of the songs come from that connection.” T​hey refracted those influences to create something uniquely their own. Working with a drummer for the first time, S​ean Hutchinson,​the songs became sweeping and cinematic. “​We would work with Sean to get the basic rhythmic idea,”​says Milas, “​then Oli would take it and make it weird.”

Movement film clip:

 

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MAX CHILLEN

Wednesday Feb 17, 2016

Fresh off the heels of their packed show at The Foundry, art-punk powerhouse Max Chillen are back and ready to knock your socks off, buy you a new pair of socks, help you put them on, then knock them right off again. Unshakeable frontman, Darcy Rhodes – a vision of young Nick Cave, is joined by an all-star band comprising of Robert, of Brisbane indie-rock staple, Arpier, Liam, of Triple J endorsed bedroom-pop project, Paul Death, and Gabe, underground EDM legend, Shoeboxhead. With influences ranging from LCD Soundsystem to TV on the Radio, from Gary Numan to David Bowie, Max Chillen channel the best of 80’s art-rock, post-punk and contemporary dance-oriented pop to create something uniquely different, yet warmly familiar. With support from chill beat-mongerers, Goodbye Moon (listen HERE!) and brash, brassy rockers, Port Royal, this night is not one to be missed.
Listen to Max Chillen HERE!!

tickets: one blue swimmer at the door – ($10)

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Project Montreal

Thursday Feb 18, 2016

Project Montreal’s album Patterns is an ambitious and unprecedented debut release written and recorded across three continents along with the likes of Grammy award winning arranger and pop music icon Van Dyke Parkes, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Grammy award winning and legendary mastering engineer Bob Ludwig and produced by Mersey beat musician and former member of Gerry and the Pacemakers’, Jose Mclaughlin.
The album is an original and eclectic blend of alternative pop music that draws on a wide range of influences and is an imaginative combination of acoustic, electronic and orchestral elements.  Project Montreal’s sole artist (Ryan Wyatt) is a local of Brisbane, Queensland and a highly gifted graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. This show at Black Bear Lodge is to launch the video for their debut single debut single – which is the first track off the upcoming album Patterns.

Tickets on the door

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LUKE DANIEL PEACOCK

Friday Feb 19, 2016

LUKE DANIEL PEACOCK LAUNCHES DEBUT SOLO ALBUM

‘WE’VE COME A LONG WAY DARLING’

IN BRISBANE AT BLACK BEAR LODGE 19/02/2016

Some know him as ‘Bird’, the keys player from the critically acclaimed rock outfit Halfway. Luke is also the front man and creator of the much talked about music project The Painted Ladies. Luke revived the lost songs of Vic Simms, releasing the groundbreaking and AIR award nominated ‘The Painted Ladies Play Selections From The Loner’ in 2014.

Between these two bands, Luke has been putting together his first album of solo works. The album is a culmination of twelve years playing and writing, ten tracks stretching wide across the spectrum of rock’n’roll and displays Peacock’s knack for exploring serious topics, whilst not taking things too seriously, at once conveying hopelessness and providing hope.

February sees the release of Luke’s solo work and he will be presenting these songs and more with his good friends Vent Checkers and Surfin’ Bird for the launch of ‘We’ve Come A Long Way Darling’ at Black Bear Lodge on February 19 and further south through the year with more dates To Be Confirmed.

Friday February 19 Black Bear Lodge 8:00PM Luke Daniel Peacock with guests Vent Checkers and Surfin’ Bird.

 

tickets available here or on the door

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BOYS OF SUMMER

Saturday Feb 20, 2016

Open 7pm till late

From David Bowie to Drake, from MTV to VEVO, and everything in­between.

Boys of Summer ​is a curated collection of DJ’s presented by veteran selector D.Black (Common People, The Depot). Launching on Saturday Feb 20th at Black Bear Lodge and playing songs to dance to on Brisbane’s long hot summer nights, B​oys of Summer ​will bring you new and old DJ talents from Brisbane and further afield

Inspired by warm evenings watching Countdown reruns, MTV highlights, and VEVO playlists, the focus is on the sounds and visuals of classic 80’s rock and pop, modern hip hop and r’n’b, with anything and everything else thrown in.

 

!! FREE entry !!

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YARN

Wednesday Feb 24, 2016

Whether they’re your best friend or worst fear, animals are a big part of our lives. We find them in our homes and backyards, in zoos and in shops, in jungles and seas, sagely narrated by David Attenborough on our screens, and sometimes even reflected in ourselves. From spooked cows to angry bats, animals have played side roles in Yarns of the past, but this time, we’re putting them front and centre. Get ready to roar with applause, howl with laughter, and cluck in sympathy, as we present to you stories of the animal kingdom.

Join us on February 24th for our first night of 2016, and some beastly tales.

 

$5 ON THE DOOR

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BIG BAD ECHO

Thursday Feb 25, 2016

Doors from 7pm

BIG BAD ECHO ANNOUNCE DEBUT EP IT TAKES A BIG DOG TO WEIGH A TONNE & TOUR

After a very productive 2015, Brisbane rockers Big Bad Echo are set to kick off the new year in style with the release of debut EP It Takes A Big Dog To Weigh A Tonne on the 26th of February, while showcasing the track in Brisbane and Sydney. Their latest single Ice Breaker was recently added to rotation on Triple J Unearthed and has received several plays on Triple J citing a great start to the year for the BBE boys. The EP emulates a very lo-fi, indie vibe drawing influences from The Strokes, Modest Mouse and Deerhunter.

“So much urgency and energy in this song. Excellent stuff.”
– Dom Alessio, Triple J (Ice Breaker)

Listen to Ice Breaker here

Big Bad Echo play Black Bear Lodge on Thursday the 25th of February with Special Guests to be announced.

 

 

 

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AMISTAT

Friday Feb 26, 2016

Josef and Jan Prasil, twin brothers who together form AMISTAT are easily recognizable for their acoustic set heard on the streets of Melbourne. Originally from Germany, the brothers reunited in 2013 to rekindle their music.

Borne of the intimacy only twins share, their unadorned sound produces unique harmonies.

Inspired by a life on the road, Jan and Josef’s kinship is emphasized through their lyrics, in which these young musicians infuse their sentiment, hopes and ambitions.

Highlighting their individuality, the brothers bring together their contrasting musical styles and personalities to create a balanced sound.

Fresh off the back of touring their second EP ‘Somewhere, Sometime’ Europe wide AMISTAT are heading into the studio with Matt Neighbour (Husky, Missy Higgins) at the end of the year to record their highly anticipated debut album.

Whoever has experienced AMISTAT and their wonderful sound live on stage or busking on Bourke Street Mall is oddly touched by the emotional investent in their music.

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SANS PARENTS

Thursday Mar 03, 2016

Brisbane via Sydney 4 piece, Sans Parents play their first headline show of 2016.  After some recent recording sessions with producer Sam Cromack (Ball Park Music / My Own Pet Radio) the band have emerged with new single, Can’t Stop Moving, a hyperactive dose of power pop.

Can’t Stop Moving will be off an EP to be released mid-year.

‘Vintage ’70s power pop, which band’s like The Posies and Jellyfish resurrected in the ’90s. And now Sans Parents are resurrecting in the…the…whatever this decade is called.’

Richard Kingsmill, Triple J 2015

‘If you have a Shins-sized hole in your little heart, then four-piece Sans Parents should be just what you need to mend it.’

Faster Louder, 2015

Sans Parents – Loose People:

 

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NATALIE PRASS

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!

Tickets on sale now at handsometours.com

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IBEYI

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.

Tickets on sale now at handsometours.com

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U.S. GIRLS

Wednesday Mar 09, 2016

7pm to late

U.S. Girls is Illinois-born, Toronto-based artist Meghan Remy, who releases her new album Half Free on September 25th.

A captivating musical force,
 Remy has evolved from the raw, corrosive 4-track fidelity found on her early records to the unabashed art-pop of recent work (U.S. Girls on KRAAK, 2011; Gem, 2012). Her work has increasingly shone a light on her unique voice – at once both acidic and saccharine – with recent efforts managing to “widen and universalize her music without losing a drop of what previously made it so special and personal” (Pitchfork).

Sororal Feelings clip:

 

Half Free is Remy’s first album for 4AD and is her most realised yet, focusing on characters in everyday struggles, with narratives inspired by the work of director John Cassavetes and Bruce Springsteen. Throughout, Remy explores themes relating to abuse and gender inequality, whether the broken wife in ‘Sororal Feelings’ (a track loosely based on the character Nora Bass in Michael Ondaatje’s Coming Through Slaughter), or the exasperated war widow in ‘Damn That Valley’, soundtracked by its intoxicating combination of thick dub flavours and Wall of Sound dramatics.

Other tracks include the glam stomp of ‘Sed Knife’, a minimal song poem (which first appeared on a 7” back in 2012) recast here as a Misfits flavoured rocker; and the lush Cocteau Twins-laced 80s soul of ‘Navy & Cream’. Elsewhere, Half Free finds Remy ripping into Gloria Ann Taylor’s 70s deep-cut disco to create the wondrously dramatic heartbreak of ‘Window Shades’ (written after Meg watched the Katy Perry movie, Part of Me), before closing on ‘Woman’s Work’; a nagging, arpeggio-laced ode to Moroder that picks at themes of beauty, anxiety and paralysis in the face of ageing.

Part of a vibrant Toronto scene, both Meg’s husband Slim Twig (DFA) and Onakabazien (who produced three tracks here) have again been summoned for the U.S. Girls roll call. Half Free also features Amanda Crist (Ice Cream), who provides vocals alongside Meg on a number of songs including ‘Damn That Valley’ and ‘Woman’s Work’, and Ben Cook (Fucked Up, Young Guv), who worked with Meg on the track ‘Red Comes In Many Shades’.

Half Free is an enchanting document of life at the point when it feels most on its knife-edge.

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SPORTS FAN

Friday Mar 11, 2016

Doors from 7pm

With sad hearts, Brisbane’s power-pop princes Sports Fan have announced that they will be on ‘indefinite hiatus’ – but three-and-a-half years of piano, bass and drums deserves to be celebrated!

A farewell show will be held at Black Bear Lodge in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley on Friday March 11th. In what promises to be a very special night, Dion, Benjamin and Vincent will showcase songs from their album Minor Hits in Major Keys for perhaps the very last time.

 

FREE ENTRY SHOW!

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THE ONCE

Wednesday Mar 16, 2016

Nettwerk, Killbride Music & Select Music Presents…

THE ONCE

“Australian Tour 2016”

With special guests

The Newfoundland-based trio THE ONCE have been on a whirlwind ride the last couple of years, touring the globe with Passenger as well as featuring on his most recent album, earning Juno & Canadian Folk Music Awards and nominations, and selling out headline shows all across the world off the back of their most recent album, ‘Departures’. They are very pleased to announce their return to Australian in February & March 2016 after selling out a string of shows in early 2015, and are excited to grace the stages of both WOMADelaide and the Blue Mountains Folk Festival on their travels.

All The Hours music video:

 

$15 PRE / $20 DOOR

PRESALE TICKETS HERE!

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MIA DYSON

Thursday Mar 17, 2016

MIA DYSON IS ‘RIGHT THERE’ THIS MARCH!

Australian songwriter Mia Dyson is heading home this March for a run of special shows to celebrate the release of her forthcoming EP ‘Right There’. Featuring her latest single ‘Tearing Up the Lawn’, the EP follows up her 2014 album ‘Idylwild’ which saw her take out the J Award for Double J Artist of the Year and continued her rise both here at home and in the US, where she now shares her time.

The ‘Right Here’ tour follows up a successful run of shows with The Waifs last year and will also include visits to some of her favourite festivals including Port Fairy.

“This will be my first headline tour in more than a year at home so I’m really excited to be returning, especially with some new songs in tow which I’m super proud of,” said Dyson. “’Tearing Up the Lawn’ got an amazing response when we dropped it for the Waifs shows last year and I can’t wait for everyone to hear the rest of the EP.”

Tearing Up the Lawn’ showed a real progression for Mia Dyson as she continued to tread her own path between folk and rock. With media references to ‘a female Springsteen’ being added to more traditional comparisons with Bonnie Raitt and Ani Difranco, the track was a signpost for what’s to come as Dyson sheds the shackles of genre and delves into a more exploratory rock sound.

Stream ‘Tearing Up the Lawn’ HERE

 

 

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SIMON SIMON

Wednesday Mar 23, 2016

SIMON SIMON create sun-bleached rainbow psych/rock tracks in the hope of making someone ‘feel something nice’. Consisting of three music students, SIMON SIMON deliver a high-intensity , high-energy show that is possibly a bit too ‘musically colourful’ to handle. On the 23rd of March, SIMON SIMON will be joined by some great bands at Black Bear Lodge to launch their fourth single SLOW DOWN.

Listen to SIMON SIMON on soundcloud HERE!

Also playing on the evening will be Kieran T. Stevenson

 

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LOW

Thursday Apr 07, 2016

LOW – FIRST AUSTRALIAN TOUR IN SIX YEARS.

LOW return to Australia this April after an almost 6-year absence for headline performances right around the country.

Formed in 1993 around the husband-wife duo of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker, Low have produced eleven albums (including 2015’s Ones & Sixes), recorded with Steve Albini, collaborated with the Dirty Three and had their songs recorded by Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant for his grammy nominated Band of Joy album and used by clothing manufacturer GAP for a TV advert.

For more than two decades, LOW have experimented with the intricacies and finer details of music. In a musical landscape of overindulgence and audio compression, it certainly makes a change to hear a band for whom every strum and drumbeat sounds delicately poised. – The Guardian

Produced in the cabin studio of Bon Iver’s Justin Vermon, Ones and Sixes is arguably LOW’s most fully integrated album to date; a richly satisfying and coherent work drawing together many of the different strands of their career so far including No Comprende, a favourite of digital radio station Double J and the archetypal LOW track full of the tension and the push and pull that makes their music so compelling; so thrilling.

No Comprende film clip:

The band’s strengths are here in abundance, but they are reimagined, twisted into new shape and given a visceral intensity that is utterly irresistible – Clash Music

As ever, strong stuff in every way – Record Collector

After 21 years, rock’s premier Mormon husband-and-wife team just keep getting better. – MOJO

In Australia LOW have performed at both Perth and Sydney Festivals and appeared alongside Sonic Youth and Died Pretty playing their 2001 album Things We Lost In the Fire for the ATP / Don’t Look Back classic album series. For their 2016 tour the Minnesota 3-piece have eschewed the festival season in favour of intimate surrounds best suited to witness their quiet yet intense work. Former Drones drummer Mike Noga – no stranger to the LOW camp having supported them for much of their European tour – will join the tour, performing solo, as special guest on all shows.

The group was effortless — Alan Sparhawk’s guitars and vocals weaving into Mimi Parker’s hypnotic pulse she laid down behind her stripped down kit, her vocal lines skating above, below, and around Alan’s melodies. Steve Garrington’s bass lines gently pressed the band forward, all building toward the inevitable breakdown, which we all knew was coming, but it still felt like a magical reveal. The band reached a new level by retreating, by creating more space and a deeper valley of sound and contour greeted us. – Rhapsody January 2016

Try To Sleep film clip:

 

Tickets for LOW plus guest Mike Noga are on-sale Thursday 21st January.

Tickets HERE!

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MC LARS

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”

MC Lars – Download This Song film clip:

 

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