Month: July 2015

Astrid Jorgensen: Inspiring and Shaping Queensland’s Next Generation of Musicians

From fearless frontwoman of critically acclaimed Astrid & The Asteroids to talented teacher and choir conductor, Astrid Jorgensen is using her skills as a singer, song-writer, producer and conductor to share the power of music with individuals from all musical backgrounds, inspiring a new generation of Queensland musicians in the process. With a degree and masters in music combined with impressive industry experience, Astrid says teaching was the next logical step in her musical journey. ‘There aren’t many jobs on seek.com for ‘famous singer’ (I checked once), so gaining my teaching qualifications was a way to put my musical...

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TBT: The Sugar Rush That Was The Hangout

Before Katy Perry’s left shark there was The Hangout – five party sharks from Brisbane who played infectious pop-rock tunes that left listeners on a high comparable to that of a sugar rush. A combination of talents from previous renowned Brisbane outfits like Repeat Offender, Nina May and The Gallant, the band originally formed as Streamer Bendy in 2008. In 2013 Streamer Bendy was rebirthed as The Hangout and consisted of Erinn Swan, Matt Newton, Damon Whiteley, James See and Anthony Mathews. If you were lucky enough to catch one of The Hangout’s party-rocking live shows you’d have been...

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Tunesday Review: X Marks The Spot For Kerbside Collection’s ‘Trash or Treasure’

With a sound that harks back to the 1960s and 70s Californian West Coast jazz and funk scene, Kerbside Collection’s second album Trash or Treasure hits the right spot. Released earlier this month, Trash or Treasure is 14-tracks of instrumental smooth sailing. From beginning to end the rhythms wash over you like a good bottle of wine putting you at ease with good vibes. The band’s decision to record on analogue is a contributing factor to the rich warmth of sound that radiates throughout each song. “All of our recordings have been analogue from day one. Analogue gives certain instruments...

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Spotlight On: Isabel

Headlining alongside Brisbane powerhouse Astrid & The Asteroids is a pretty neat way to launch your music career, and that’s exactly how indie songstress Isabel broke into the Brisbane music scene in 2012. Her penchant for creating soulful folk tunes has seen her take to the streets of Brisbane’s CBD as a City Sounds performer, and earlier this year she was selected to participate in the final edition of the Independent Music Project’s Indie 100 – a program that gives up and coming artists the chance to record their work professionally. As a DIY artist who mostly records at...

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Three Free Things You Should Do at Queensland Music Festival

The annual Queensland Music Festival is upon us with a full program of fun musical activities to engage in across the state from 17 July – 2 August. Since 1999 the festival has brought the best local, national and international acts from an array of music genres to Queenslanders, celebrating music excellence and encouraging music participation. No matter what your background in music is, we’ve compiled a list of the Top 3 festival activities that everyone from music novices to connoisseurs will enjoy! Did we mention they’re all free? Our Top Three (FREE) festival activity picks: Play that funky...

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