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Filling the Girl Punk Voiid

Walking into the Foundry early, I was pretty keen on the night's line-up. There was a crowd starting to mill around the stage and a bit of a buzz to be honest, tonight’s headliners are the irrepressible Bleeding Knees Club with The Pinheadz & Voiid supporting…this was not the first I’d heard of the ostentatious girl group.  In fact I was looking forward to seeing some girlshreik, it had been a while since I’d heard an all girl punk band that impressed me to be honest.

The girls were all so comfortable in their skin on stage, an electric presence that flaunted true punk ego. They sauntered onto stage, and with an almighty bass line they launched straight into it as did the crowd. Voiid certainly have built a local following and everyone was writhing & cascading all over the joint with enthusiasm. Obvious influences came shining through, I decided I needed to have a little chat with the girls to spread the word on the hot asfuck sounds hitting my earholes…
So you got together…
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The Art of Rhyming with Kudos

"I find art in the details of everything...the little details..."
When talking to lyrical mastermind Kudos, it's apparent this man immerses his mind in rhyme. From the day he was first shown Hip Hop music at the age of 12, he was inspired to give it a go. His brother helped him hone his writing skills, and his father to polish performance art. Adulthood brought the freedom of inclusion into the wider music scene and from there his world flourished into the professional nature of the industry. Having integrity to lyric was something taught early on, "What are you saying? You gotta say something." his brother taught him. This was important in forming the basis of knowledge to improve from just having a flow to move into that next level. When I asked Kudos where he drew his inspiration from, he explained that he was very blessed to be able to find inspiration from many things and being able to tie concepts together to intuitively to make magic.
I asked him to expl…

The Heart of Irish Tradition Beats Strong.

I had no expectations as I took my seat in the stalls mid evening, the crowd shushing around me and the last few shufflers finding their chairs. After a warm welcome to the show with Plastic Fantastic opening the set, a beautiful rendition of Summerfly was performed by Katherine Allan. I say warm welcome because it felt as if I was sitting in on a big family reunion of sorts, where all were part of the extended family. The stage was set with simple yet stylish banners & lighting, and the Sasta musicians sat perched on their stools keen to get on with the show. A few introductions were made and then the traditional step dancing began. As the fiery, champion dancers took the floor, my breath was taken away by their remarkable talent. It was clear that the heart of tradition was beating strongly throughout this first set of the performance.

The team performed in great gusto with traditional green velvet dresses for the ladies & a smart casual look for the guys, which was followed…

Killer New Drummer for Balloons Kill Babies

Shortly after I was introduced to Balloons Kill Babies at this year’s QMA’s, they took some time out. Thrilled to learn of the emerging bands' successes I feel it is my duty to introduce you. Change is inevitable; at times it’s swift & other times it takes a little longer to get all the important bits right. Fortunately for Balloons Kill Babies, taking their time led to a massive WIN/WIN situation. 
When a change in line up is necessary you can’t rush finding the right piece to fit the puzzle and find the right piece they did. The stars aligned for BKB when none other than Scott Davey, previously form Dead Letter Circus, became available. Spending a period of time looking for the right talent has paid off. The three lads clicked instantly, Christian stating they have so much in common with their music styles.
A growing number of compositions plumping up the swag, the three piece’s rehearsal sessions this year have been so productive. Founding member Christian confirmed they have…

A Decade of Sun, Surf and Soul for the Sunshine Coast.

I sit watching the whales play with the salty air in my nostrils, as I listen to the grind of the coffee machine and the clink of cutlery I am reminded that I am starving hungry. It is the morning after the Caloundra Music Festival 2016, the 10th Anniversary event, and all morning my brain has been busily breaking down the humbling personal experiences and spectacular acts enjoyed over the last four busy days. Having attended the last nine CMF festival events I can confidently say it wasn't the very best one for me, however the quality of emerging artists was definitely the best I've seen at this particular event.


 The calibre of emerging acts such as The Ruiins, The Swamp Stompers, Bearfoot, Pete Allan, Doolie and Dan Horne certainly raised some eyebrows and unquestionably got many toes tapping. Of course the headlining acts are always popular with the masses and I feel this year did not disappoint. The Preatures, Incognito, Tower of Power, Erica Falls and Illy were among the…

Treading Water with Pete Allan

So I met this guy Pete a couple of months back playing MC at a sweet, community live music event.. He struck me as humble yet hilarious, chilled yet profound and so passionate about his support for local, live, original music. This was before I knew him as Pete the groove master who had just released one of my fave new tunes.

Sunny Coast dweller Pete has hit the daily grind on the head with 'Treading Water' and euphemisms for everyday stuff can be found in his new EP 'Ripples'. The culture entwined with Pete's music is simplistic integrity with a firm message of love and respect for humanity. Inspiring, uplifting, warm and chilled the messages reflect his respect for fellow humans and his beliefs that we all share this experience of life together. 'Ripples' is easy listening, sit under a pandanus with a pineapple juice filled coconut complete with Hawaiian swizzle stick goodness and with two tunes in the Triple J Unearthed charts, you know you want some o…

Listen, Explore and Share Dustin's First Light Debut.

Having travelled and lived in some amazing locations around the world, we can hear within his music Dustin is inspired by the mystery and beauty of our surroundings in his emotive, layered sounds. Dustin has collaborated with Thelma Plum & Kite String Tangle in past projects and produced two noteworthy tracks 'Silk' & 'Illuminate'.

"It's an amazing thing to be able to do, to create stuff and share it with people."
Back in Australia, now calling Sydney home, Dustin has embarked on a huge tour promoting his eagerly awaited debut album 'First Light' which takes in several SOLD OUT dates across the country. In many ways, this is an album of exploration, collection, discovery and creation...more dreamy, genius to get lost in.

 If you're a fan, you will be duly impressed, if you're not yet a fan...you will be after listening to 'First Light'. I was so grateful he could spare some time from the busy job of pack down after his show…