Friday Apr 25, 20145pm to late
One of our favourites, Dj Black Amex, hits the decks from 9pm to late. Funk and soul and rock’n'roll.
And don’t forget Hunting Hour, 5-7pm, cool tunes and cool drinks for cool dudes.
FREE ENTRY ALL NIGHT LONG!
From 1976 to 1984 radio airwaves were dominated by REALLY smooth music, also known as ‘Yacht Rock’. These Yacht Rockers docked a remarkable fleet of number one hits throughout, giving every rich yuppie the chance to ‘sail away’.
We’re not just sailing the seas of smiles along the channel reefs of rock, we’re holding the line- From ‘Baker Street’ to ‘Electric Avenue’
Looking for a night of smooth music that rocks? ‘This is it’
Drowning in the routine of post 80′s rock? Looking to ‘Drift Away’?
We’ve got your life jacket right here. Can you ‘go for that’?
Tropical attire highly recommended. Drink specials fit for a yacht rocker, prizes on offer and free entry.
As always, Hunting Hour, every Friday and Saturday from 5pm-7pm, cool drinks for cool dudes.
Harley Young Music and Go Go Fish launch ‘cassingle’ split and tour in April
Magnetic tape lives on to fight another day! In April, Harley Young Music and Go Go Fish will be on tour in support of their split cassette with dates in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Lismore, Sydney and Wollongong.
HARLEY YOUNG MUSIC
Over the last two years, Brisbane native Harley Young has been heavily involved in the Montreal/Canadian music scene. Having arrived in 2012, Harley released a series of cassettes entitled Suburb on Tape. The Suburb on Tape series saw him play numerous shows between Canada, the UK and the US, sharing the stage with acts including Julie Doiron of Eric’s Trip, Kalle Mattson, Gianna Lauren and the legendary Al Tuck. His cassette releases were received extremely well in Canada, having obtained a number of favourable reviews and substantial airplay on CBC, Canada’s national broadcaster, as well as a number of college radio stations. This tour and release marks his return home following a recently completed East Coast Canadian tour.
She’s On The Wires – LISTEN
Recorded by Canadian producer Simon Paradis and mastered in Montreal by Ryan Morey (Blue Hawaii, Half Moon Run), She’s On The Wires is a Jonathan Richman inspired love rocker. It’s for anyone who falls in love with someone eternally cooler than yourself.
GO GO FISH
2013 was a big year for Go Go Fish, launching their debut single Vulpine along with a retro Countdown-inspired video, earning a place in the Grand Final of Ric’s Exposed #5 band competition and being selected to record their song Little Wings as part of the Independent Music Project’s Indie 100. 2014 looks to be even bigger with twice the guitars, exciting new material and their first interstate tour side by side with their old mate Harley Young.
A Little Like You – LISTEN
Recorded by ubiquitous Brisbane producer Cam Smith (Go Violets, Velociraptor, Millions) at Incremental Records, new single A Little Like You is a sepia-toned Polaroid of a hazy, car-windows-down Brisbane summer, saturated in reverb and three-part harmonies. Following a fine tradition of Brisbane power-pop, Go Go Fish are for anybody who digs the sound of their compatriots Babaganouj, Major Leagues, I Heart Hiroshima, Iron On, The Grates or Screamfeeder.
$10 on the door
MAN VS BEAR TRIVIA brings you yet again, another fan favourite, the one you all asked us for, back for the second round and back to Del Boca Vista baby!
This one is for the fans, the guys that missed out last time, and a chance for the top teams to be trumphed!
As always – no team limits, no cover charge, giveaways and schooners from STONE AND WOOD.
What kind of clothes did Frank Costanza keep in the attic?
What moniker is Newman known by when he is hired to eat the muffin stumps?
So, bust out your space pens and jot this one down;
Tuesday April 29th
Man vs Bear Seinfeld Edition 2.0
Black Bear Lodge
Their lush breeze of electronic soul now stands alone, as real and as warm as the tropical fruit growing in the maddening Darwin heat. There’s a maturity in their songwriting enriching Sietta’s dynamic, ranging from parading horn arrangements to understated strings and stripped down bass and drums. In-demand producer James Mangohig delivers a sparse and dynamic sound-bed giving Caiti Baker’s vocals space to craft a narrative of inner strength and resilience. Her vocal range is cleverly utilised to walk with the instrumentation, as the tension tightens or eases, builds to a crescendo or falls away.
GEORGIA POTTER 7.30PM – 8.00PM
LEFT 8.20PM – 9.00PM
SIETTA 9.30PM – 10.30PM
Three songwriters of differing influences will provide a superb night of music tied together by a mutual love of Blues/Roots music.
Alan Boyle is a powerful performer influenced by the blues greats, a truley brilliant songwriter with a voice that will hold you spellbound.
Alex Crook is making a mark on the great south east playing relentlessly with his a pop folk sound that lends to humming along and tapping your feet.
Benjamin James Caldwell, after years touring abroad, glowing reviews at 2014 Adelaide Fringe Festival. Americana songwrting at the core pulling influences from heart breaking country to foot stomping blues.
Alan Boyle – 8pm
Alex Crook – 9pm
Benjamin James Caldwell – 10pm
$10 on the door
Quintessential Doll recently launched their folktronica single ‘Live Like I’m Dying’ to a packed out Dowse Bar and had so much fun doing so, they’ve decided to come out and play again: this time at Black Bear Lodge on the 4th of May. Making a marked shift from folk-pop into moodier, darker soundscapes, the band will be playing as a four-piece and featuring more stringed instruments specially for this Black Bear Lodge show.
Quintessential Doll will be supported by folktronica duo Autumn and acoustic singer-songwriter Zeek Power
$10 on the door
First Tuesday of every month. $5 entry. Dress sharp and be cool. Hosted and curated by local vocal harmony purveyors, THE MELOTONINS, Jazz Party Tuesdays are a unique opportunity for mid-week wilding, where delicious beverages can be enjoyed to live jazz. JAZZ PARTY DJ’s swing the best vinyl on the turntables, turned up famously LOUD until the small hours of the morning. Expect some of the best live Jazz in town.
$5 on the door
$10 on the door
8:30-9:15 – Chinatown Carpark
9:30-10.15 – Magenta Voyeur
10:30-11.30 – The Bacchanales
$8 on the door
Canberra-come-Brisbane based Fox & Fowl are excited to announce the release of their debut self-titled EP on April 18 through MGM, and an East Coast tour to back it up!
Recorded at Airlock Studios in Brisbane by Yanto Browning (Art of Sleeping, The Medics, The Jungle Giants), ‘Fox & Fowl’ is a 4-track EP that encapsulates the journey had by the band while studying in Canberra, traveling the Americas, then relocating to the Sunshine State. Each track is laced with insight into the adventures of the 5 country boys, and the resulting tracks are an upbeat and uplifting collection of stories.
Fox & Fowl quickly became local heroes in Canberra in 2011 after scoring a slot on the main stage of the Foreshore Music Festival, playing alongside Gotye, Boy & Bear and Gypsy & The Cat.
After making the decision to take the road less travelled and move to Brisbane, the band took a year off to travel overseas on separate journeys and meet back 12 months later, move in together, and settle down to record.
The first single take from the upcoming release ‘Pilot’ is an undeniably fun track. Filming for the accompanying clip involved bribing a friend for the use of his giant jumping castle and setting up in a park deep in the Brisbane suburb of Cooraparoo. Things quickly escalated when a bunch of cardboard instruments were introduced which soon turned to weapons. Friends became enemies. People were hurt. Watch the video as premiered by Tone Deaf HERE
With comparisons to The Jungle Giants, Vampire Weekend, Foals and Cloud Control, Fox & Fowl are headed for big things in 2014. With their debut EP out on April 18 through MGM, this is a band to look out for.
With special guests The Worriers and Canyonero
Before the show – Chill out with us upstairs from 5-7pm for Hunting Hour – cheap and cheerful and free entry! Every Friday and Saturday.
After the show – Let the Black Bear in-house vinyl DJs caress your earholes and jump the dance floor until it’s too late.
Tell us your troubles over a quiet drink at Hunting Hour (5-7pm), or maybe arrive a little later to get your juke on. We are here for you, every Saturday, and it’s free!
Free entry every single Saturday! Hunting hour 5-7pm. This Saturday we have our best buddy DJ BLACK AMEX until the small hours. oh yes.
DOORS AT 4PM
The second instalment of Sunset Country takes places on May 11 just beyond the sunny windows of Black Bear Lodge. That’s right cowmen and cowwomen, this is the only gig where the sun shines into the Bear’s cave.
Doors at 4pm, $5 beers, Hunting Hour specials to boot and Brisbane and beyonds best outlaw country bands. Expect bluegrass, honky tonk, americana, swamp rock, folk, rockabilly, ridin, hustlin, ropin and some good ol country itch.
What a way to rope in the last of your weekend. Giddyup!
Rattlehand serve up bluegrass feels and country twang on a platter of guitars, bringing rock to the bayou and taking the crowd on a journey through the Bible belt, into blues country and out the other side of rock n roll.
THE BON SCOTTS
While arranging music for 8 people is tough, The Bon Scotts make it look easy. They make use of accordion, mandolin, violin, harp, harmonica, cello, tuba and a bunch of bizarre percussive objects to bring their compositions to life. They play a show not to be missed.
THE DEAD RINGERS
The Dead Ringers never deny their roots steadfast in country, blues and even punk rock citing their major influences as Social Distortion, Lucero and The Supersuckers.
Watch The Bon Scotts
4.30pm The Dead Ringers
6.30pm The Bon Scotts
$10 on the door
Singer, songwriter, radio and TV personality Ella Hooper has announced a national tour to celebrate her single, ‘Low High’, which is set appear on her forthcoming debut solo album, In Tongues. The tour will kick start in Daylesford at the Chill Out Festival on 9th March before Ella and her band head to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Gold Coast.
Produced & recorded by Jan Skubizewski (Owl Eyes, Illy, Way Of The Eagle), ‘Low High’ is an exciting return for the Melbourne performer and Spicks and Specks team captain, combining Ella’s sweet yet smouldering vocals over a soundscape of spiky pop, earthy rhythms and a hypnotic beat. There’s an air of mystique surrounding the smoky, whiskey-filled tale, as Ella sings of the wavering ‘low highs’ with a sense of beckoning intrigue and off beat charm.
THE HARBOUR AGENCY PRESENTS
ROLLIN’ BACK TO YOU SINGLE TOUR
Off the back of a huge 2013, Queensland rock ‘n’ roll outfit The Vernons are planning on an even bigger 2014 with the release of Rollin’ Back To You on April 4. The brand new single, which features the band’s classic rawness of bluesy guitar licks, harsh vocals and punchy drums & bass, sees The Vernons sticking to what has worked for them so far – and who is complaining? You can catch the band’s new sounds live on their upcoming east coast single tour in May.
Listen to the new single here
More information here
With special guests Jakarta Criers & Go Van Go
DMA’s (dee-em-ayes) is Johnny Took, Matt Mason and Tommy O’ – three friends who came together making nostalgic garage pop in a bedroom in Newtown.
Their debut EP comes out March 28th, and the band will be heading out on their first ever East Coast headline tour – taking on Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in May.
Having met whilst playing in other bands, the boys decided to take the helm of a project that was dear to all their hearts. Three writers, three mates – three frontmen if you will – all with a common sense of purpose and musicality. DMA’s.
After writing a bunch of songs, they demoed them in Johnny’s bedroom-studio, gaining instant attention – all before putting out an official track or playing a single show.
After signing with tastemaker label I OH YOU (Violent Soho, Snakadaktal, DZ Deathrays), DMA’s released their debut single “Delete” to rave reviews, with Channel V calling them “the next big thing”, and Triple J adding the track to rotation.
Catch DMA’s on their EP tour in May.
“Delete is terminally infectious…just remember, when you’re arm in arm with your friends, in a big pile of mud, howling at the top of your lungs “Let it all oooouuuuttttt!” – you heard it here first” – Channel V
“The three Sydney friends have curated a feeling of nostalgic bliss with Delete…a tremendous first release.” – Indie Shuffle
After the show – DJ Bris Springsteen!
The Furrs: 8:15 – 9:00pm
Major Leagues: 9:20 – 10:00pm
DMAs 10:20 – 11:10pm
Movement’s upcoming self-titled EP will be released on 2nd May, and today the band announce a run of Australian dates to kick off in May to support it. The EP, which already picked up a ‘Best New Track’ score from Pitchfork for lead track Like Lust, is a four track offering with additional production and mixing from Ilangelo, and is available for pre-order now.
Recently the soul-filled trio played to sold out crowds in Melbourne and Sydney supporting New Yorkers Darkside, where some new tracks were set free. The national dates throughout May see the band travelling further along the East Coast as well as making their first foray into Adelaide.
‘AUTOMATIC’ SINGLE LAUNCH
Since their beginnings in 2009, as a Melbourne collective of musicians led by main-man Jarrad Brown, Eagle and the Worm have evolved into a tight-knit 7 piece with a willingness to try anything twice.
“We didn’t stew on Automatic much, it started with a sample from a collection of vinyl breaks I’ve hoarded. Suited horns and big riffs. Spot on for Eagle… and perfect for Steve Schram (Production) to do his thing on” Brown explains.
Driven by a roaring engine of jungle percussion, guitars and horns rising above the fray, Brown muses that Automatic is perhaps a taste of what is to come “We spent a lot of time on making beat cycles and percussion arrangements, I love music that is built from the rhythm up”.
It only seems fitting then, that Automatic shares the wax with a B-side cover of Avalanches classic ‘Electricity’, a favourite of Brown’s “I’m a massive fan, from the cassettes, to El Producto all the way through to Since I Left You”.
Having spent 2010 to 2012 pursuing a heavy touring schedule, including extensive national and international touring, the release of their critically acclaimed debut LP Goodtimes and subsequent EP Strangelove, Eagle took time to wash their clothes, detox/rehab and, fortunately for us, get down to writing a big swag of songs for their forthcoming LP slated for release in the second half of 2014.
With their glorious new coats, their eyes shining brightly, and their brand spankin’ limited run of 7” vinyl in hand, Eagle and the Worm are stepping out on their first headline East Coast tour of 2014, including a free show at Basement Discs on April 19th to celebrate the special release of Automatic on Aus Record Store Day.
This June, Kristin Hersh returns to Australian stages for the first time in seven years for a run of highly entertaining and intimate solo “Words & Music” shows featuring her unique stories stories and powerfully emotional songs. Hersh quite enjoys her visits here, “I love touring Australia and New Zealand. Musically literate, critical thinkers and the energy of the audiences is unmatched. Just being there is healing: the air breathes FOR you.”
“These shows I’m playing are a hybrid of words and music, meaning that I read stories from my books and intersperse them with songs that I feel inform the text and vice-versa. Some of the stories are poignant, but most are funny given that too many of my songs seem to make people cry and I’ve always felt kind of bad about that.”
After founding her influential art-punk band Throwing Muses, at age 14, Kristin Hersh went on to spend the next 25 years confounding expectations and breaking rules – both her own and others’. From life as the reluctant front person for the Muses, to the solo career she swore never would happen, through the founding of an ambitious and altruistic non-profit, CASH Music and in her most recent foray into a surprisingly successful new career as an author, Kristin, like so many of us, didn’t see much of this coming.
Kristin’s solo-mostly-acoustic career spun off in 1994 and has lived in parallel to the Muses and 50FootWave. Her first solo release, Hips and Makers was widely acclaimed and since “Hips”, Kristin has released a steady stream of solid and distinctly individual solo albums. However, her latest work of passion is her beloved band, Throwing Muses’ epic work, “Purgatory / Paradise.” An entirely listener-funded recording, written and demoed in public and in full conversation with the audience meant to consume it, it was published as a book. It is an absolutely gorgeous hardcover art book with a CD mounted inside 60 lush pages of photos, lyrics and narrative prose.
Melbourne based songwriter Emma Russack will embark on her first nationwide tour this May, June and July in support of her second album ‘You Changed Me’.The album was recorded over four days in Yowrie NSW, and showcases Russack’s honest, and deeply personal songwriting. Russack plays in Brisbane, June 18th, at Black Bear Lodge with support from Brisbane locals, Dag, and Melbourne via Cairns singer/songwriter, Soda Eaves.
‘You Changed Me’ is out now via Spunk Records.
Dag 8 – 8:30
Soda Eaves 8:45 – 9:30
Emma Russack 9:45 – 10:30
Bec Laughton has been working her way into the hearts and earholes of soul, R&B and pop lovers for a while now, but meanwhile has been working away on a brand new EP – M&R. Following the success of singles ‘Gonna Love You’ and ‘Number One (Heartbreak), the M&R tour will introduce audiences to what truly makes Laughton special…an incredible live show packed with energy, and exhibiting some of the most innovative songwriting in the country.
With a plethora of accolades under her belt including a QMA Award and finalist positions in the International Songwriting Competition and Independent Music Awards, Laughton is quickly solidifying her position as one of Australia’s rising talents.
“It’s hard not to be charmed by her genuine and energetic performance.” Michael Kean, Tonedeaf
“Bec Laughton’s vocals … beautiful and powerfully intense.” Bree Cohen, AU REVIEW
Holy Holy, a musical project born of award-winning singer songwriter Timothy Carroll from Brisbane and guitarist/composer Oscar Dawson (Ali Barter, Dukes of Windsor) from Melbourne are proud to bring you ‘The Pacific EP’ Tour, celebrating the release of the band’s debut EP.
Recorded live to tape with reclusive producer and collaborator Matt Redlich (Ball Park Music, Emma Louise, The Trouble With Templeton), the EP presents a rich array of sounds with nods to Neil Young, Midlake, The National and Bright Eyes. It is lyrical and story-based, as much of Carroll’s solo work has been, but also revels in huge, full band builds and crescendos. Lush production abounds, mixing distorted duelling guitars with warm, close harmonies, reverb-soaked piano lines and wild percussive rhythms.
The band are currently touring nationally with Ball Park Music, and these shows are your chance to see them in an intimate setting…
The Pacific EP is out now, and features “Impossible Like You” and “House Of Cards
BEFORE THE SHOW – join us for Hunting Hour – every Friday and Saturday 5pm-7pm, cheap drinks, good times, free entry.
AFTER THE SHOW – our in-house vinyl DJs will tingle your toetips and caress your earholes until the wee hours. Free entry after 11pm
Born of Funk and Soul, His Merry Men are now too hot to be contained by just one genre. The band contemporise a classic, ol’school sound with influences from Surf Rock, Electronica and Hip Hop. Regardless of genre, His Merry Men bring a fat, 9-piece sound and dance party attitude to every gig. They sport suave outfits, face melting dance moves and a dynamite 4-piece horn section, the ‘Hell Yeah Horns’.
LITTLE BASTARD (ALBUM LAUNCH) – presented by The Music, Young Henry’s, Batlow, Rhythms, We Manage, Harbour, Four | Four & Strand Hatters
Armed with a swag of new album tracks ready to be heard for the first time, Little Bastard are hitting the highways for a national tour this June/July visiting WA, QLD, VIC and NSW. Their turbulent stage performances are well known for getting sweaty and breathless sending audiences home a little out-of-whack heading towards a heavy hangover.
The band took their “no-bullshit approach” into Sydney’s Jungle Studios with producer Lachlan Mitchell (The Jezabels) and smashed out their debut in just eight days. The result is 11-tracks that sonically and thematically, switch from nostalgic medium-paced anthems to deep, slow-burning ballads and the “party punk” aesthetic capturing the essence of Little Bastard live.
Having cut their teeth on the live circuit over the last couple of years playing shows with Sticky Fingers ,The Snowdroppers, and Wagons, plus a few festivals including Falls, Peats Ridge, Cherry Rock, Bigsound, Boogie and Hills Are Alive, the time has come for these Bastards to headline their own national tour.
Watch new clip ‘High For You’ here.
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