2007: What A Year It Has Been!


News: Sonic Sessions at Freo Arts Centre

SONIC SESSIONS Comes to a close for 2007

Presented by Fremantle Arts Centre, Sonic Sessions is an unprecedented opportunity to join host, Lucky Oceans and WA superstar musicians in a mix of conversation, intimate concert and old- fashioned jam in the magical Inner Courtyard.

Sonic Sessions offers rare, up-close insights into these huge stars of the WA music scene.
“Its like going to Mt Olympus and receiving honey from the Gods,” an excited guest exclaimed
after the first show.

Fremantle Arts Centre, General Manager, Jim Cathcart said, “We are knocked out by the calibre of the line-up. These great musicians jumped at the idea of having a chat and playing music with Lucky in such a friendly setting.”

Book now for the final show in the 2007 series:

Kav Temperley (Eskimo Joe)
8pm Thurs 6 Dec 07

Eskimo Joe have sold hundreds of thousands of record world wide, won numerous ARIA’s and
are growing in the US market. Kav Temperley cut his musical teeth in local Freo pubs to become one of Australia’s most successful songwriters with Eskimo Joe lauded the world over.

All tickets $20 – General Admission. Book on 9432 9555 or in person at Fremantle Arts Centre.
All shows starts 8pm – Gates open 7pm. Bar open – No BYO – Café open for light snacks.

Fremantle Arts Centre located at 1 Finnerty Street Fremantle. Visit www.fac.org.au

News: RTR Event ‘Spring In Sao Paulo

Spring in Sao Paulo

Friday November 30, 8pm – late
SoCo Cargo
Roe St Northbridge

Brazilian good times, sun soaked rhythms and party styles shake Northbridge this November.

It’s the return of the massive RTR Event, Spring in Sao Paulo.

Get along to SoCo Cargo an amazing self-contained set up on Roe Street Northbridge, Friday November 30 from 8 til late and catch some extraordinary RTR DJ talent on a beautiful and bouncy bill.

Our DJ talent at the event includes: Nik K and Tom Foss from Global Rhythm Pot, old RTR head DJ Gear, Jumpin Josh and Claude Mono from El Ritmo, Ben Taaffe from Underground Solution, Graceberg Slim from Soulsides, Wrighteous from Black and Blue, and Dart and Sardi from Wednesday Full Frequency.

Plus our very special guests, those latin rhythm masters, direct from sweaty Sao Paulo via down town Perth, Sambalicious – live and in full effect.

Admission is by door sale only. It’s free entry for ALL RTRFM Subscribers and only $15 for General Admission.

Head down and enjoy the beats, the great venue and a wonderful RTRFM styled atmosphere in the middle of downtown Northbridge.

Spring in Sao Paulo: é um celebration grande.

News: Downunda Thunda Radio


Downunda Thunda Radio is an internet radio station which offers australian musicians a chance to get their music heard around the world by anyone who is able to access the internet. DTR is 24/7 Australian content, split up into regional programming and specialty shows, including a Breakfast show, Film Review Show and more. Of primary concern to you however is, WASTELAND, 2 hours of WA Punk, Rockabilly, Metal, Indie, Hard Rock, Ska, Electro and whatever else comes out of Western Australia.

Hosted by local madman with a microphone, DJ Laith Tyranny, WASTELAND is a aural assault airing LIVE 3 times a week, MONDAY 8 – 10PM, THURSDAY 8PM – 10PM and SUNDAY 9PM – 11PM.
If you miss the live show, WASTELAND is re-run MONDAY 12pm – 2pm, TUESDAY 8AM – 10AM and FRIDAY 2pm – 4pm.

To get your band played, submit announcements or would like to be interviewed on WASTELAND, email LaithTierney@downundathundaradio.com.au. You can listen to WASTELAND by clicking on the links provided at http://www.downundathundaradio.com.au. STAY TUNED!

News; Southbound Festival


Summer means music, culture and the great outdoors. Summer means Southbound.

And we’re excited and humbled to announce that the fourth annual Southbound Festival has completely sold out in record time!

We salute you WA for embracing your very own Music, Camping and Arts Festival.

But the work is not finished yet! After unleashing our finest line-up of talent yet, Sunset Events is proud to announce another round of superb acts in Base Camp for Southbound campers as well as a festival-wide eclectic explosion of visual art, circus performances, dance, experimental art and more, making Southbound 2008 the ultimate ‘festival’ experience – in the purest sense of the word.



Snuggling up alongside The Waifs, The Beautiful Girls, Lior and Angus & Julia Stone for the stripped back Friday night performance under the Big Top in Base Camp will be none other than alt-country indie maestros New Rules For Boats and the mighty power of Abbe May & The Rockin’ Pneumonia. Also, we’re chuffed to announce that after more than 260 entries Institut Polaire have been selected as the winner from the Sonicbids entries to play the Big Top.


Returning to Southbound 2008 is the Carnivale Stage, featuring talent from across the great artistic divide. Laugh to larrikins, circus to comedy – the Carnivale Stage will be the centre of festivities on Friday night featuring, among others, hip-chick breakdance and hip hop crew Magnetic Dance FX, the Rio percussion flavour of WASAMBA, a fusion of traditional African and contemporary dance from Organikdance, the manic and bizarre antics of the sword swallowing, chainsaw juggling Matty Blades and so much more. Also, watch your step around the festival – many of these crazies may pop up anywhere as part of our Roving Performer program.


The outdoor cinema will also return to Base Camp on both Friday and Saturday nights with an inspired collection of films from around the globe, including WA short films from SPLIF, the full-length feature The Treasures Of Long Gone John, sci-fi US/French collaboration Electroma, Japanese (Daft Punk) sensation Interstella 555 and plenty more pop culture flicks. All you need to do is open your eyes!


What’s a festival without a good ol’ fashioned boogie? We agree, and that’s why we’ve drafted the finest instigators of bottom-shaking this side of the solar system for the Groove Tent. The Debauchery Bros, Sawami Adima, Charlie Bucket, Pussy Shoogah, Namu, Loco Ren, Sammy J…need we say more?


A brand new initiative, we’ve gathered the finest crooners of the intimate stage to garrison the Lounge/Open Mic stage in Base Camp all through Friday as campers arrive to help get them into the festival swing, as well as DJs on Saturday night as camper’s return from the main festival. Alongside the growling Abbe May, get your tapping toes ready for Bilsby, Jim Pearson, B Still and so many more. Or maybe get up and have a tinker yourself. The stage is yours!


That’s right…karaoke is back. Shrug off those inhibitions and take hold of the mic. You know you want to.


The Southbound Festival isn’t simply about watching the talent. It’s about getting involved! And we’re as proud-as-punch to be able to initiate the Healing Circle workshops, where you get a chance to learn from the source – whether it be juggling, drumming or dance. Get involved and add your talents to the artistic kaleidoscope that is the Southbound Festival. Saturday morning healing classes include yoga, tai chi and other free chilled-out group classes.



On Saturday we’re thrilled to welcome into The Other Stage (now, don’t get that mixed up with This Stage) in the main festival ground the esteemed DJ services of legendary Austrian-born, Aussie residing Nick Toth, DJ Gorky (all time party DJ from the bombastic Bonde Do Role) and Aussie beat sensation Muscles. Plus expect a manic VJ feast to accompany the sweet sounds!


We’re a little thrilled to announce that The Paper Scissors have been chosen from over 260 Sonicbids entries as the winner to perform at the main festival, alongside the StageBound and Triple J Unearthed winners, who will both be announced in December. The Paper Scissors are damn fine…get in early and check them out.


It’s all in the name friends! The Coconut Club (presented by Beach Suite) in the main festival ground on Saturday is where to go for your dizzy fix of mayhem and tomfoolery, spiced with chilled beats and shaken grooves. Catch, among others, Sharif Galal (Suite Musique), Micah, Swami Adima, Charlie Bucket, Phil Cooker and many more. Come and enjoy a fresh fruit mocktail whilst grooving under the palm trees on the beach sand dancefloor. Talk about decadence.

The fourth annual, all-ages Southbound Festival is supported by Triple J.

The Southbound Festival – a Music, Camping and Arts Festival.

Sir Stewart Bovell Park, Busselton


Camping and pre-festival entertainment

The Waifs, The Beautiful Girls, Lior, Angus & Julia Stone, New Rules For Boats, Abbe May & The Rocking Pneumonia and Institut Polaire


Main festival and camping

Kings Of Leon, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Groove Armada, Spiderbait, The Waifs, Augie March, Regurgitator, The Go! Team, José González, Built To Spill, Blackalicious, Mattafix, The Herd, Girl Talk, The Pipettes, Bonde Do Role, Gotye, Lior, Midnight Juggernauts, Neville Staple’s Specials, Operator Please, The Mess Hall, Angus & Julia Stone, Nick Toth, The Panics, DJ Gorky, The Beautiful Girls, The Dirty Secrets, Muscles and The Paper Scissors


News: Arts WA Grants Sept 07 Round

Te Contemporary Music Panel results for the September 2007 round.
28 out of 51 applications were supported to a total of $347,149!

For more details on Contemporary Music Grants go to:

Commercial Development
3 / 12 applications supported to a total of $40,329 (Total request: $176,544)

West Coast Blues Club Inc
The West Coast Blues Club to take a Western Australian showcase to the Goulburn Blues Festival, NSW in February 2008. The showcasing WA artists will be John Meyers Blues Express, Stingray, Matt Gresham Trio and Lightning Jack.

Goolarri Media Enterprises Pty Ltd
Staging of the 2008 Kimberley Indigenous Performing Arts Showcase. The festival will focus on the talent of Indigenous women such as Tahnee Carrie, Irene Jimbadee, Lorrae Coffin, Djiva, Jessica Mauboy and Gina Williams.Fairbridge Festival Inc. $5,900 Showcasing Kimberley-based original music acts as part of the 2008 Fairbridge Festival. The three Kimberley bands include Desert Child, Groovy Lips & the Yang and Patrick Davies.

Mentoring & Skills Development 5 / 6 applications supported to a total of $78,431 (total equest: $109,714)

Robert Arathoon
Robert Arathoon to undertake a 10-week intense mentorship with three Brazilian musicians focusing on composition, arranging, guitar, pedagogy, contrabass and percussion in Salvador and Natal.

Next Big Thing WA Music Inc
Production, recording and mastering skills development for musicians involved with The Next Big Thing 2008. Eight local studios (Satellite, Sound Baker, Loop, Studio Couch, Blackbird, Shanghai Twang and Poonshead) will be involved in 2008.

Shark Bay Arts Council Inc.
Provide local musicians and engineers with the opportunity to develop their professional recording and production skills through a number of workshops. It will involve basing two professional engineer/producers Shaun O’Callaghan and George Nikoloudis with five emerging engineers from the Shark Bay region over 12 days.

Seanne Chamberlain and Geoff Baker (6000 Red)
6000 Red will use the expertise of Matthew de la Hunty and Laurie Sinagra to mentor them in song writing, arranging, electronic production, live performance and video production over a three and a half month period.

WA Music Industry Association Inc
Stage an international music business conference as a key component of the 2008 WAMi Festival. The 2008 WAMi Conference will feature local, national and international speakers plus roundtable sessions for regional, indigenous and young musicians. Production 12 / 21 applications supported to a total of $142,661 (total request: $230,323)

Ronni Rae Rivers
To produce a world-class 12 track CD of original country music to follow up on the success of her debut album ‘Notice Me’, using Herm Kovac, one of the most well respected music producers in Australia.

Xavier Brown
Xave is a regional musician from Denmark, WA and he plans to release and launch his second full-length CD, entitled ‘Whale Bone Beach’.

Mink Mussel Creek $10,430
Record, mix and master a full length LP for release in April 2008.

Matthew Jodrell
Record and launch an album of original music to be launched in April 2008.

The Belle Ends
Record and launch a full-length album in April 2008 following on from their debut EP ‘Moose’.

Chaos Divine
Heavy metal act, Chaos Divine to record and launch their second full-length studio album in June 2008. Lysistrata $7,900 Lysistrata to record four songs in the form of vinyl singles for international release through KayDee Records.

Nathan Gaunt
Creation, recording and production of his 10th album of original music with the aim of gaining independent or major label distribution in the US.

The Kill Devil Hills
Recording, mixing and mastering of the third album by The Kill Devil Hills

Eleventh He Reaches London
Recording, mixing, mastering and production of the second album by ‘Eleventh He Reaches London’

Double Entendre
Gypsy-rock band Double Entendre to record, market and distribute their debut full length-album following on from their successful self titled EP.

David Brewer
Record and master a solo CD of original compositions with an all star band featuring Lucky Oceans, Matt Willis and Ric Eastman.

Touring 8 / 12 applications supported to a total of $85,728 (total requested: $147,424)

New Rules For Boats
Tour the Eastern States to promote their new album ‘Thousands’ in February 2008.

Sunshine Brothers
Undertake an international promotional tour linking a production opportunity at Daptone Studios in New York, various gigs in London and a performance at the Soundsplash Reggae Festival in Raglan, New Zealand.

Sugar Army
Undertake a national tour in March/April 08 in support of their debut 6-track EP ‘Where Do You Hide Your Toys’.

The Devil Rides Out
Undertake a tour of Victoria including a showcase at The Devil’s Kitchen Festival in January 2008.

The Woodenelves
‘The Woodenelves‘ to undertake a tour of the Eastern States to promote the debut album ‘Trips Between Worlds’ in March 2008.

Tour the Eastern States to promote Superengine’s debut album ‘Shadows Meet’ in February 2008.

Rocket to Memphis
‘Rocket to Memphis’ to undertake an Eastern States tour in March 2008.

Voyager Australia $9,800
Undertake a European tour, including performances at ‘ProgPower’, UK, March – April 2008.

News: Karnivool USA Tour Dates

11.14.2007 : Minneapolis, Minnesota at The Rock w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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11.15.2007 : Ft Wayne, Indiana at Pierres w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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11.16.2007 : Montgomery, Alabama at Off The Wagon w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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11.17.2007 : Ft. Myers, Florida at Ricochet Night Club w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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11.21.2007 : Springfield, Virginia at Jaxx w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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11.23.2007 : Hartford, Connecticut at Webster Theatre w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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11.24.2007 : Manchester, New Hampshire at Marks w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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11.25.2007 : Orono, Maine at 103 Ultra Lounge w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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11.27.2007 : Toronto, Ontario at The Opera House w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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11.30.2007 : Fredricksburgh, Virginia at KCs w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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12.2.2007 : Sayreville, New Jersey at Starland Ballroom w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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12.5.2007 : Cleveland, Ohio at Peabodys w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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12.6.2007 : Flint, Michigan at Machine Shop w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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12.8.2007 : Detroit, Michigan at Harpos w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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12.11.2007 : Baton Rouge, Louisiana at Varsity Theatre w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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12.15.2007 : Port St. Lucie, Florida at Mojo Room w/ Nonpoint, Skindred, Ankla
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