Archive for July, 2010

Gypsy and The Cat – Show Toff in Town

Posted in Uncategorized on July 29, 2010 by speakertv

Contemporary electro duo Gypsy & the Cat have flown back into Australia for a handful of shows including a one-off at Toff on Wednesday 4th of August.
Influenced by a mixture of musical legends ranging from Fleetwood Mac to Jeff Buckley and modern DJs from Justice to Daft Punk, Gypsy & the Cat make the perfect summer sunshine music (pity its winter here).

After producing and recording their album in their Melbourne home studio, Gypsy & amp; the Cat now reside in London after inking a record deal. They’re mixing their debut album with music legends David Fridmann (of Mercury Rev fame and producer of MGMT, Flaming Lips, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) and Rich Costey (Producer/mixer of amongst others, Muse, Mew, Franz Ferdinand, Glasvegas).

Tickets $12 + BF on sale from Moshtix
phone: 1300 GET TIX (438 849)
or Moshtix outlets including Polyester (City & Fitzroy)
$15 on door.
Doors 8pm.


West Rocks = Good Vibes, Good Bands & Good Times

Posted in Music, Rock'en channel with tags , , , , , , on July 28, 2010 by speakertv

Tara Rocks is returning with her West London crew again for a night of mayhem!
Tara has a bunch of must see bands along with richard biedul, matthew hoody, lozza & razzza, tobes spinning tunes well late, into the balmy English summer night.


Sir Paul McCartney said “Beautifully complex melodies, definitely the new sound”.
They are also heavily involved & supported by Strummerville – Joe Strummer’s new music foundation.
Surely nuff said on this band?


States of Emotion have been playing music together since they were 14 years old. Having already played Glastonbury as one of their first ever fesi shows – this band are set for big things.

Its all about their DIY video The Unsung, featuring James Buckley of The Inbetweeners and look out for Olly the singer who looks like a teeneage blonde Mick Jagger.
This is a must see band.


4 local lads. Melodic, post-punk, romantic rock and roll is what they have described themselves as. Based in West London and recently released single ‘Ariel’.
Some might say see the live show “they absolutely kill it”. Some might also say “A very powerful psychedelic rock explosion”. So come see them in their local habitat and have your say.


NME said “A brilliantly unhinged wonk-pop bomb-blast from the Essex rockers.” This is a fun filled super excellent live show – come check them out and make your own mind up.


United by a love of 80s pop and fuzzy US guitar bands this West London band have just released their debut EP, ‘Half The Night’. Check it out – you can get it on iTUNES for only £3 quid!! – and be sure to listen to The Cure cover ‘In Between Days’ – its my fave!

When: Friday 30 July
Where: Shepherds Bar, West London
What time: 6pm – 3am
How much: free b4 8pm
Did some one say BBQ? bbq 8-10pm


The Joy Formidable – Workers Club Melbourne

Posted in Music, Rock'en channel with tags , , , on July 28, 2010 by speakertv

They came they rocked and left for Sydney to finish their tour with Temper Trap.
But never fear, if you have tickets to Passion Pit, they will be supporting them next week on their Splendour side shows
For those people who didn’t make it to the show on Sunday night at the Newtown Workers club – YOU SERIOUSLY MISSED OUT!

Photographs by Richard Lipp

Steven Asquith – Storm Concepts

Posted in Uncategorized on July 27, 2010 by speakertv

With a Bachelor of Fine Arts at RMIT , Solo exhibitions include New Paintings, Don’t Come, Melbourne, 2009; Steven Asquith, The Ship Gallery, London, 2005; and Experiencing Technical Difficulties, RMIT First Site Gallery, Melbourne, 1999. Selected group exhibitions include Cut ‘N’ Paste, Peleton, Sydney, 2007; Pretty Little Things, The Ship Gallery, London, 2003; First Site, Sahara, 1998.
In addition to his exhibitions, Asquith was the recipient of an Australia Council Exchange to New York in 2000, allowing him to relocate to New York where he commenced work with Gagosian Gallery for a period of time before moving to their London Gallery. During his time in London Asquith also established The Ship Gallery, an artist-run space with Dick Evans in 2003, returning to Australia in 2007, Aquith is now one of the Founding Directors of Block Projects, Melbourne.

Storm Concepts presents a new series of works on paper from Asquith that explore spray paint as an act of rebellion. Juxtaposed with the painterly and delicate nature of his mark making, traditional images of the landscape are hybridised with contemporary and industrial materials. Clouds, rain and lightning bolts burst from storm machines with environmental messages that are at once optimistic and apocalyptic. Drawing on and subverting the symbolism embedded in Western traditions of landscape painting Asquith attempts to collapse conventional aesthetic foundations and investigate the duality that exists between nature and the human condition, commenting on the manner in which humans colonise the earth and its atmosphere.



Seven Songs to Leave Behind – Melbourne International Arts Festival 2010

Posted in Uncategorized on July 26, 2010 by speakertv

Sinead O’Connor, John Cale, Meshell Ndegeocello and Rickie Lee Indigenous artist Gurrumul Yunupingu, Black Arm Band and Orchestra Victoria. What an incredible international line up. This is the closing show for the Melbourne International Arts Festival at the Myer Music Bowl.

This one-off concert with some of the world’s finest singers came together when the Festival asked them to reflect on their theme of spirituality and mortality with the question: ‘Which seven songs would you leave behind?’
Take part in this one night only spectacular and help celebrate the power of song.

Saturday 23 Oct at 7.30pm
Gates open 6.30pm

For more information and tickets go to:

Revolver Cult Music Film Festival – July/August

Posted in Art/ off the wall, Funny Shit on the Low, Music, Rock'en channel with tags , , , , , on July 25, 2010 by speakertv

The Revolver cult film festival runs for eight weeks from Tuesday 27th July, featuring classic music documentaries. Each night will feature a live performance by singer songwriter Ben Abraham. Ben Abraham’s soulful voice is two parts the husky Indonesian of his father and one part the pure soprano of his Australian Mother, paired with his cheerfully uplifting tunes and catchy – oftentimes humorous – lyrics, make Ben Abraham a unique and exciting new talent in the Australian music scene.

DIG! is the opening film of the cult festival, a feature-length documentary shot over seven years about musicians Anton Newcombe, leader of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Courtney Taylor, head of the Dandy Warhols, star-crossed friends and bitter rivals. From the moment they met, The Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre quickly bonded over a desire to not conform to the tastes of the recording industry. Yet, the bands, choices over how to express their creativity and originality in a profit-driven industry eventually put them at irreconcilable odds.

Culled from 1500 hours of footage and narrated by Courtney Taylor, DIG! follows the underground giant Anton Newcombe, unearthing him to be an important yet largely unnoticed artist of our time.

In 1996 Anton Newcombe and his band the Brian Jonestown Massacre – who in a decade independently released 11 albums, 3 recorded in one year, are hell-bent on staging a revolution in the music industry. They are convinced their friends, the Dandy Warhols, will join them to create a united front. But Anton’s creative psychosis takes him to the most remote areas of the human mind to find his original art, and as a result, he destroys every opportunity for financial success.

While tracking the destructive path of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, DIG! also accompanies the more ‘well-adjusted’ Warhols through their leader Courtney Taylor, as they navigate the corporate sea, trying to maintain their creative edge while starring in mega-budget music videos and entertaining crowds in the tens of thousands.

Before the movie you can grab dinner at Colonel Tan’s Thai kitchen which is located in the back room. Opening hours are 5pm – 11pm Tuesday to Saturday and midday – 11pm Friday. For menus, reviews and booking details:

DIG screen Tuesday July 27
Revolver Upstairs
229 Chapel Street Prahran
Entry is a gold coin donation to Prahran Mission.
Doors 7.30pm
9521 5985

Bigsound Live – September 8 & 9

Posted in Electric channel, Music, Rock'en channel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2010 by speakertv

BIGSOUND 2010 music industry conference isn’t just a conference, this year Bigsound Live brings you some of Australia and New Zealands most exciting live acts.

September 8 and 9 Brisbane’s finest venues will come alive, Ric’s, The Troubadour, The Zoo, and Clubhouse formely Tempo Bar along with two outdoor stages – one in the Artisan Gallery and another in Bakery Lane will play host to bands such as:

Children Collide, The Vasco Era, Boy & Bear, The Gin Club, The John Steel Singers, Parades, Ernest Ellis, Hungry Kids Of Hungary, Bridezilla, The Jezabels, Bonjah, The Wilson Pickers, Last Dinosaurs, Halfway, The Checks (NZ), The Holidays, Stiff Gins, Georgia Fair, Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!, Perry Keyes, Dubmarine, The Cairos, The Melodics, Ball Park Music, Artisan Guns (NZ), Young Revelry, Richard In Your Mind, Eagle & The Worm, Oh Ye Denver Birds, The Naked And Famous (NZ), The Optimen, Pikelet, The Medics, Guineafowl, My Fiction, The Transients, Big Scary, Disco Nap, The Delta Riggs, Daniel Lee Kendall, 26, Deep Sea Arcade, Jinja Safari, Metals, kyü, Love Connection, Kimbra, Edge Of Colour, Ruby Frost (NZ), The Honey Month, City Riots, The Foreign Objects, Melodramas (UK) and Knives At Noon (NZ). More to be announced soon.

Two-night BIGSOUND Live passes – featuring access to 60 acts are a steal at
$44 (+bf) with single night passes only $27.50 (+bf).
Tickets are on sale now with details available at: