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 You can listen to WASTELAND by clicking on the links provided at 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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News: Perth Sounds 3rd Birthday Party

News: Perth Sounds 3rd Birthday

Dear local music friends,

I would like to announce the fantastic news that perthsounds has just reached it’s third anniversary!

I’m stoked by this milestone, as that is a long time for me to stick at this task of running this little website.

2007 has been a big year for Perth Sounds. We were lucky enough to be nominated for the most popular website in the 2007 WAMI awards, and the content this year is the most yet! We’ve also had some great new reviewers join us.

Now it’s time to celebrate.

Fri November 23
Rosemount Beer Garden
A Local Music Networking Sundowner and Perth Sounds 3rd Birthday drinks!

Bring your demos, cds, flyers, good times and beer money.

PS if you were at the last party at the velvet lounge, you know it’s going to be good.


News: Capital City and Schvendes

SCHVENDES Last Gigs For a While

Last chances to see Schvendes before they take some time away from live shows for a couple of months to practice some new material.
Monday 12 November at the Fly By Night Club supporting John Cale.
Friday 16 November at the Artrage Bakery in Northbridge as part of the Artrage Festival: Love Is My Velocity presents SCHVENDES, THE PAINKILLERS, WALES, JOSH FONTAINE.

Saturday 08 December at Mojos Bar supporting WAGONS from Melbourne, who’ve been getting some great reviews for their new album.

Monday 31 December at the Hyde Park Hotel: presents Love Like Violence your rock alternative this New Years Eve- SNOWMAN, SCHVENDES, CAPITAL CITY, SUGAR ARMY, KILL TEEN ANGST, HARLEQUIN LEAGUE, MILE END, FRENCH ROCKETS, ICHI THE KILLER.
New single “Bring Out Your Dead” on radio Dec 01- recipient of WAMi Song Contest award in “Mixed Bag” category.
Friday 16th November – Amplifier Bar
Well howdy cats and kittens – it’s time to get all amped up – cos we got a Friday nite comin’ up that ya’ll won’t be forgettin’ in a hurry…
Jack on Fire will be starting things a-burning at 8.30pm, followed by the howlin’ dark sounds of Order of the Black Werewolf. You’ll be ready to get twistin’ in the raw by the time Rocket to Memphis hit the stage, with their swingin’, hip-shakin’, voodoo grind! If you’re still standing, Captital City will grab you gently by the throat, to deliver the final rock n roll kick in the head! What are you waitin’ for goddamnit – pour yourself some more o’ that old swamp water, tell ya friends, and get ready for some nerve-rattling’ action!

News: Chelsea Lights CD Launch

The Rocket Room is that new venue in Northbridge, that used to be Blue To The Bone. The Chemist are that band that blew people away at the NBT final and came second, freudian slips write good pop/rock and Blackmilk are very promising indeed. And The lights well, they are very excited about their new cd!

Chelsea Lights are one of those bands who have one of those social networking websites too. Who would have thought it? .

Oh you kids. So technologically advanced…

News: Twin Poles TAFE Gig

This two stage gig, ‘Twin Poles’organised by TAFE students, sounds like a top way to spend a sunday session in Northbridge. If you haven’t seen Mink Mussel Creek yet you really should.

Kick on the flyer for a bigger sized version of it.

News: Sonic Sessions At Fremantle Arts Centre


Intimate concerts and conversation with WA superstars

Hosted by Lucky Oceans

Sonic Sessions presented by Fremantle Arts Centre 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.
Over three sessions, slide blues guitar legend, Dave Hole, The Waifs’ Josh Cunningham and Eskimo Joe’s Kav Temperley will share their stories and ideas, and perform with Lucky Oceans and friends. Lucky will also perform and share his own fascinating story in session 3 when Fremantle musician, Pete Stone, fills the interviewer’s chair.
Sonic Sessions offers rare, up-close insights into these huge stars of the WA music scene.
“It will be a real treat and an honour to be on stage with these guys. All good musicians love to talk music and jam. The audience will love it,” Lucky Oceans said.

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.”

Dave Hole 8pm Thurs 25 Oct
In 1991 Dave Hole’s international career took off when US Guitar Player magazine described his modestly self-produced album as “Magnificent, staggering …almost beyond belief.”
Josh Cunningham joined by Ben Franz, bass (The Waifs) 8pm Thurs 8 Nov
Josh Cunningham is songwriter and member of The Waifs, co-founder of their own label, Jarrah Records, and is recognised as a top acoustic guitarist.
Lucky Oceans hosted by Pete Stone 8pm Thurs 22 Nov 07
Lucky Oceans, a pivotal figure of the WA music scene, is master of the pedal steel guitar, host of ABC Radio’s “The Planet” and winner of two Grammy Awards. Since moving to WA in 1979 and removed from his deep US musical roots, Lucky’s evolution as a musician changed course.
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
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For interviews, images and more information please contact:

Juliet John 0412 991 160,

News: Rollercoaster Festival Announced


The Third Annual
Saturday 29 December 2007: Mandurah : Western Australia

The 007 edition of ROLLERCOASTER is once again the hidden jewel of this year’s festival season.

It’s a diamond of an event that’s sparkles on the Mandurah Foreshore every year between Xmas and New Years and this year is

no exception.

ROLLERCOASTER is now in it’s third year and is becoming an iconic show in the WA calendar because of it’s simple an effective formula; an event with an awesome line up, a well priced ticket, a beautiful location, a generous grassy venue and all on offer at a time of year where people are relaxed, happy and ready to party.


Another defining feature of ROLLERCOASTER is that it isn’t afraid to rock! Most festivals have reverted to gentler line ups these days but ROLLERCOASTER bucks the trend by embracing music with attitude, energy and an edge to put some yay in your day, some zing in the thing and more power per hour than any other annual outdoor event.

The line up this year is a corker – a heady mix of Australian and international, new and established, great AND awesome bands. Without further ado, here it is!

Talk about ending the party with a bang! Australia’s undisputed kings of hip-hop play their first show in WA since the release of the restrung version of their platinum selling HARD ROAD album.

Here come the Hoods!! Bringing incendiary beats and rhymes with a string section in tow.

Direct from Akron, Ohio USA – this incredible 2 piece blues/rock band are four albums into their career and are one of the most smokin’ live bands in the world. Primal rhythms, tough and soulful vocals and a warm buzzsaw guitar with deep blues grooves served raw! They’ve completely sold out their trips to WA in the past and this is a chance to see them in full flight after the WA summer sun dips over the horizon.

Back on the buzz with a new record about to explode…SHIHAD never disappoint and are the living definition of rock and roll itself.

Driving guitars, pounding beats and the lean, mean rock and roll machine Johnny Toogood out front ignoring the risks associated with putting 1000% into a rock and roll show. Killer!!

WA’s legends and one of most successful bands of all time are back for a special festival appearance.

They’ve been deep in rehearsals and writing since front man Kevin Mitchell aka Bob Evans finished extensive touring for his gold selling solo effort of 2006 and will play all the hits and a guaranteed sing along with their trademark bouncy brand of zingy guitar pop.

Dominating the place where punk meets rock in Australia – ROLLERCOASTER’s old pals Kisschasy make a welcome return to the Mandurah Foreshore for the 2007 event off the back of their huge HYMNS FOR THE NONBELIEVER album.

The quiet achiever on the Australian live circuit at the moment – watch the pit go when they crank up!!!!!

One of WA’s most successful independent bands of the moment they’ve been congesting request lines on all respectful radio stations around the country and jamming rooms nationally all year off the back of their DAY ONE album .

Their powerhouse live delivery and the commanding presence and delivery of frontman Ian Kenny means that if anyone is going to reach out to the Rollercoaster faithful….the Birds will do it!

Host of JJJ’s popular Roots and All programme – this magnetic, down-to-earth and smokin’ blues maestro will bring us all together early as we laze around the grass and get a dose of killer blues.

Plus more great local WA acts still to be announced

So ROLLERCOASTER is back with an awesome line up in it’s majestic location with it’s greatest line up to date.

As usual, expect a day that feels like a killer outdoor rock show combined with a great party and a classic Aussie barbeque.

Thrills and spills all day long where music and magic meets the sea!!

Saturday 29th December 2007
3.00pm – 11.30pm
Hall Park, Western Mandurah Foreshore

All Ages with 18+ Areas.
No BYO. No Passouts

Of course there’ll be food, the rides at Kings Carnival and loads of great icy cold refreshments and a big crowd of people with a smile on their dial and their hands in the air.


Nice Price presales just $70+bf (more at door if available)
Ticket Outlets
Live Clothing Stores
Star Surf Shop (Perth and Mandurah)
Mills Records, Fremantle
Planet, Mt Lawley
Beat Records, Karrinyup
Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury
The Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough
Blue 62

Show information & online tickets from