Month: August 2016

Fresh Faces: Quentin Chen

Growing up on a CD and cassette collection that ranged from Phil Collins to Beethoven to Taiwanese pop, Brisbane folk-pop troubadour Quentin Chen had a diverse introduction to the world of music. Beginning lessons in classical piano at the age of six, Quentin says music is something he was fortunate enough fall into. Over the years he’s honed his craft further, taking up guitar, singing and viola whilst also broadening his musical palette. Having played covers at markets over the past two years, Quentin’s now focused on writing and playing original music. He recently released his debut single Mountains...

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Spotlight On: Born Joy Dead

Indie-rockers Born Joy Dead are on the road to being the next big thing to come out of Brisbane. With their new single Sourdough racking up over 75K plays on Spotify and securing a management deal with local legends Mucho Bravado, this cheeky quartet are on their way up. Forming in 2014, the band dived straight in, playing some of their first shows alongside Aussie favourites Ball Park Music and Bad//Dreems. Juggling day jobs and family commitments with their art, Born Joy Dead are currently working towards making music their main focus. “In this field, being happy with our artistic...

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This Week (29 Aug – 4 Sept): Top 10 Gigs For $10

It’s the last week of Winter and the first week of Spring rolled into one, and you know what that means? It’s time to ditch the winter woollies and venture out and enjoy the (slightly) warmer weather! If you’re looking to ring in Spring the right way, look no further – we’ve put together 10 of Brissie’s hottest (pun intended) gigs for $10 or less! THURSDAY, 1 SEPTEMBER Born Joy Dead 'Sourdough' Single Launch @ Black Bear Lodge What: Born Joy Dead ‘Sourdough’ Single Launch When & Where: Thursday, 1 September @ Black Bear Lodge from 7PM Genre: Indie,...

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Homespun Bazaar Festival Announces Youth Ambassador Program

Committed to bringing local music to an eager regional audience, Queensland’s Homespun Bazaar Festival is keeping community spirits high with the announcement of their youth ambassador program today. Five youths from the Kooralbyn community, where the festival is held, have been selected to aid the organising committee in the lead up to the event. “The Youth Ambassadors will provide essential input to the Homespun Bazaar organising committee,” said festival co-founder, Renee Barlow. “Entertainment, stalls and programs are being organised from the feedback they’ve given so far, and they’ll have even more opportunities to share their ideas as the festival...

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Review: Byron Short & The Sunset Junkies Album ‘Revelations’ Is An Epic Blues-Rock Awakening

Brisbane country-rock troubadour Byron Short has been busy since the release of his first album in 2006. The singer-songwriter has spent the past ten years touring around the world, playing sold out shows in Australia and America. Byron’s fifth independent studio album Revelations sees him back with his band The Sunset Junkies, and shows his progression as an artist. With epic riffs and a distinctly rock ‘n’ roll swagger, Revelations is laced with catchy blues rock anthems from start to finish. The album is an outpouring of confessional storytelling, with references to biblical imagery, as the name suggests. “I...

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