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Music Roundup 24 January, 2018

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Bibby still gigging

Bibby quit his job and went busking when he was 19. After busking for a while he got a few other gigs out of it. He got a high-paid job but lost it eventually because he was always turning up hungover from gigs the night before, so he did more gigs, mostly with Frozen Ocean or F*%#ing Teeth. He’s been doing that for a few years; now he has a troupe of fellows known as the Bottles of Confidence who back him up when he feels the need.

You can back him up at The Northern on Thursday.

Bunny Racket

Don’t miss the Bunny

Next Saturday will be your last chance to see Bunny Racket, BUT, you’ll be one of the first to see an episode of their upcoming web series at the show.

Bunny Racket is rock’n’roll for kids. Pure and simple. King Bunny is a guitar-wielding, skateboarding, nature-loving rabbit with a passion to share his love of rock’n’roll. Bunny Racket is born of King Bunny’s fierce love for rock music and a yearning for kid-friendly tunes that are relevant and positive. King Bunny travels the open highways in his old van, seeking collaboration, inspiration and knowledge, and on a quest to share

his unique brand of rock’n’roll with the younger generation of bunny racketeers and to create the greatest kids’ rock record of all time.

Bunny Racket is also about to launch a rock’n’roll web series that’s set to inspire and teach kids how to create music and rock out with the whole family.

The Bunny Racket Live show will have the whole family in fits of rock’n’ roll bliss! Just imagine the Ramones and KISS teaming up with the Cat in the Hat and AC/DC. Don’t miss this!

Get down and furry at the Brunswick Picture House at 12pm this Saturday.

Muulum Uke night

Time to wake up your Uke

The Mullum Uke Club is back for 2018 and it’s time to dust of the ol’ ukulele and get back to making music and having fun. The first point of business is Breakfast in the Park – the Australia Day singalong in the Housie tent at Banner Park, Brunswick Heads, will be a blast. The Aus Day event will be more fun than a jolly jumbuck escaping a swaggy’s tucker bag as Stukulele with members of the Northern Rivers Uke Orchestra leads Australian songs new and old from 7am.

Brekky is $5. The fun begins at 7am on Friday.

The Mullum Uke Club will be upstairs at The Mullum Ex-Services Club as usual on Monday 29 January from 7pm. ($15)


Straight Up Ya Clacka

Tumbling down from the Sunshine Coast, Cloacas are a band who first formed with the intention of making a fortune and ‘getting their money for nothing and their chicks for free’. However, their first LP Angry Music for Happy People was made of 12 tracks varying from fast 80s American hardcore to slower more Sabbath-like tunes.

Unbelievably, this recording didn’t resonate with the pop charts, leaving them in a worse position then when they started – on the streets, stealing white bread, and broke with no hope. That was until they had the idea of releasing a pop album and taking back from the music industry the money that was rightfully theirs. And that’s when Camp Fire Classics was born. The EP was a great success and all the hard work paid off!

The first track of the EP now has more than 30,000 plays on Spotify and the band has made more than $200 in royalties.

BUT – Cloacas couldn’t help but feel guilty for selling out and not staying true to their core roots. So much so that when they toured for the Camp Fire Classics release, they didn’t play a single song off the EP.

Now the Cloacas are back and about to release their most core music yet. So core it landed them on Pauly B’s record label, Negative Return Records. The 10-track album is guaranteed to blow your mind and your ears. It will leave you shaking in your boots because it’s so tough. It will leave you turned on as it might be slightly politically incorrect and sarcastic. But most importantly it will leave you wanting to buy a t-shirt and that’s where the real money hides.

The album is entitled Straight Up Ya Clacka and is plastered all over the internet now with the album launch taking place this Saturday at The Northern.

The James Street Preachers

I hear ya, preacher man

The James Street Preachers are on a mission to take the blues back to the street, as a living homage to the blues legend, Wylie Reed, who taught them their craft.

Jamie Kasdaglis and Matt Lye were fortunate enough to learn at the feet of the master, playing in Reed’s backing band off and on for 15 years.The duo began busking on James Street and quickly built up a following that has led to residencies at local bars and cafes along the Gold Coast.

This is blues the way it was played in Maxwell Street, Chicago, back in the day by train-hopping bluesmen surviving on their wits and musicianship.

You can catch that train at the Byron Brewery on Friday from 7.30pm.


From the heart of Akova

Akova’s music is a unique, heartfelt creation that heightens awareness like a gentle tap on the shoulder. He is a compelling storyteller, having the ability to channel his life experiences in thought-provoking music, creating a sound you just can’t help but admire.

This acoustic multi-instrumentalist inspires and uplifts audiences worldwide. Akova’s raw beat-driven music takes over your body, willing you to dance. He enchants audiences with his proficiency in wielding his many instruments, combining vocals, guitars, ukulele, cajon, djembe and ankle bells (often all at once!). You can’t help but feel Akova’s energy lift a room.

Rise up at the Byron Brewery on Saturday at 7.30pm


Sunday is a sweet preserve in Bruns

Get more out of your jam when Wild Marmalade fuse the ancient sounds of the didgeridoo with contemporary dance beats – their sound is a meeting of Si’s synth-style didgeridoo drones with the explosive beats of Matt Goodwin on drum kit.

Drawing on rhythms from all over the world and inspired by Indigenous sounds and the grooves of the present, Wild Marmalade’s high-energy shows uplift audiences with their display of powerful, joyous and infectiously danceable music.

See them at the Hotel Brunswick from 4pm.


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