THE AUSSIE BBQ, hailed as one of the biggest parties with the best accent (and collective tan) in Austin during SXSW, will hit New York City’s Bowery Ballroom this Sunday, March 13th, 2011, courtesy of Stagemothers. We’re not sure where they’ll be firin’ up the barbie, but even if it’s on the gritty sidewalks of Delancey St., that’s fine with us.

This is the third time the Aussie BBQ has come to NY, but this time, it’s bigger than ever with 14 acts performing for only a $13 entry fee, kicking off at 1pm and lasting til around midnight. Last year, we couldn’t get enough and stayed to the bitter end at the Aussie BBQ at Bell House, discovering amazing bands like the visceral Children Collide and the theatrical, shark-loving Goons.

Acts taking the stage at the New York Aussie BBQ on Sunday 13th are Grand Atlantic, Drawn From Bees, Luluc, DZ Deathrays, the Holidays, Paul Dempsey and band, Hungry Kids of Hungary, Wagons, the Jezabels, Little Red, Blue King Brown, Bliss n Eso and Sampology.

NEW YORK AUSSIE BBQ showcase

Sunday 13th March

1pm – midnght

at The Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey Street , New York NY 10002

featuring:

GRAND ATLANTIC is an Australian rock band that manages to produce an immediate and engaging brand of modern rock, paying homage to the almost-lost art of songwriting while simultaneously sounding thoroughly modern and completely timeless. The band’s unassuming approach to the business of music has delivered them a fervent fanbase around the globe, and allows them to tour internationally while (mostly) flying under the mainstream radar. Even the massive exposure of their ‘Gossip Girl’ track hasn’t changed their focus or their approach to their music. Recently, the band has bunkered down in an abandoned lunatic asylum near Dunedin (the home of Flying Nun) in New Zealand , under the steady hand of producer Dale Cotton (Die! Die! Die!, The Bats, Dimmer, Robert Scott) to create their as-yet untitled third long-player. www.grandatlantic.org  and www.myspace.com/grandatlantic

DRAWN FROM BEES are an art rock band from Brisbane who formed in 2008.  They have toured Australia extensively and now take on international waters.  Their sophomore release, And the Blind Shall Lead the Way saw the band’s profile surge as they received airplay on several radio stations in Australia , as well as gaining radio play on notable USA stations, indie103.1, KNRK, WCNR, WXPN, as well as stations in the UK , Finland , Poland and Germany . Drawn from Bees’ live shows in 2009 mirrored their success on the airwaves, with the band undertaking several support tours and gaining a highly converted spot on V Festival after a talent scout spotted them at a show. The band immediately set their sights on the international stage, travelling to Los Angeles , Hong Kong, London & Perth to play at various international showcases and touring across the UK .. In support of this March 2011 tour, Drawn from Bees have packaged together an exclusive US release, taking tracks from each of their records to create a introductory five-track EP, Cautionary Tales for the Lionhearted. www.drawnfrombees.com and www.myspace.com/drawnfrombees

LULUC has become a quiet sensation following the release of their debut album, Dear Hamlyn. Songs are pared down to an essential core, the music of Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett is of austere and unadorned beauty. Since their album’s release, they have achieved much, playing major Australian & Canadian festivals and being hand picked to tour with Fleet Foxes, Jose Gonzalez and Lucinda Williams. Relocating from Melbourne , Australia , to Brooklyn in 2010, coincided with wide exposure for Luluc, with two songs, ‘I Found You’ and ‘One Day Soon’ featured in ABC TV series Grey’s Anatomy. Like a whisper or a caress, Luluc hold their audiences entranced. Zoë’s unique alto is central and provides a strikingly beautiful counterpoint to her nylon guitar. Exquisite melodies are accentuated by Steve’s close vocal harmony and guitar accompaniment. Together they create a rich and deeply affecting sound.  www.lulucmusic.com and www.myspace.com/lulucmusic

DZ DEATHRAYS is an indie/thrash/punk two-piece from Brisbane. DZ, have changed their name to DZ DEATHRAYS to escape confusion with dubstep US DJ of the same name, ‘DZ’. They toured the USA in October 2010 and quickly won the affections of an international audience including Crystal Castles and producer Mark Ronson. www.dzdeathrays.com  and  www.myspace.com/DZDEATHRAYS

THE HOLIDAYS are a young band from Sydney who have quickly become of Australia ’s most popular groups. The band’s self produced, debut album Post Paradise, has proven to be a critic’s favourite and ended last year picking up The Age EG award for ‘Best Album’ and landing the year’s final Triple J Feature Album. The album also received “Album of the Week” in Drum Media, Beat Magazine, BMA Mag & The Brag, while Post Paradise has already delivered alternative radio favourites Broken Bones, Golden Sky and Moonlight Hours. They were also recipients of the prestigious Australian Music Prize Red Bull Award for the Best Debut Album of 2010 (Australian equivalent of the Mercury Award). Having kicked off the New Year with massive shows with UK indie darlings Mystery Jets, The Holidays continue to tour the world which includes SxSW in March. The band has been winning raves from various parts of the globe in recent times – including NME, BBC6 and X-FM support in the UK , rave reviews in Japan where the album has just been released by Rallye label (Klaxons, Toro Y Moi), multiple songs in the Hype Machine charts, and coverage from US tastemakers RCRD LBL and Filter. www.theholidaysband.com and www.myspace.com/theholidays

PAUL DEMPSEY is the singer from Melbourne ’s Something For Kate who have been together since 1994. The prolific multi-instrumentalist released his first solo album in 2009 to great acclaim. Dempsey is currently based in Brooklyn where he continues to write music for Something For Kate and his solo projects.   Paul will be playing with his band at the Aussie BBQ. www.pauldempseymusic.com and www.myspace.com/pauldempseysolo

HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY While the mention of their name often invokes raised eyebrows and amused smiles among the uninitiated, Brisbane four-piece Hungry Kids of Hungary produce music that inspires equal measures of curiosity and joy. Forming in March 2007, the band has wasted no time in carving out a name for themselves in the Australian music scene. Dressing their immaculate indie tunes with a healthy dose of 60’s pop sensibility and lashings of soul, Hungry Kids have clearly done their rock history homework, but manage to apply their learning without ever sounding formulaic. www.hungrykidsofhungary.com  www.myspace.com/hungrykidsofhungary

WAGONS are led by charismatic showman Henry  Wagons and described as a ‘local treasure’, They offer an unlikely mix of stompin grand rock, border-crossing dark country, irresistible crooning and classic pop. They draw upon an uncommon range of influences given the current musical climate, including Vegas era Elvis, Roy Orbison, Adam Green, Johnny Cash, Clockwork Orange synthesisers, 70s trumpets and Cormac MacCarthy. Their live show is a performance like no other, treading a line between a Vegas 70s showroom extravaganza and a bunch of freshfaced undertakers letting loose at a rained sodden rock festival. Wagons have spent the last few years supporting and touring with the likes of Justin Townes Earle, The Violent Femmes, Calexico, Bill Callahan, Will Oldham, Okkervil River , John Hiatt and Jolie Holland, it is safe to say that Wagons are road-hardened, formidable live band. Their latest album, The Rise and Fall of Goodtown, the band’s fourth, has seen them win best group and best album in reputable polls across Australia . Their fifth album will be released in mid 2011. www.wagonsmusic.com    www.myspace.com/wagonsmusic

THE JEZABELS Few bands have made more of the past 12 months than Sydney quartet The Jezabels. Since releasing their second EP, She’s So Hard, in November 2009, the four-piece have toured the country supporting Tegan & Sara, Katie Noonan, Josh Pyke and as headliners in their own right (selling out shows nationally in the process), while recently being nominated for two AIR Awards for Best Breakthrough Artists and Best Single / EP. They’ve watched Hurt Me, the lead single from She’s So Hard, receive heavy rotation on radio in Australia and abroad, a feat also achieved by its follow-up, Easy To Love. Fittingly, The Jezabels have seen their fanbase grow every step of the way – sometimes in the most unexpected places. “I think the biggest spin-out was when someone from Germany sent us a YouTube clip of them dancing to one of our songs,” grins 23-year-old vocalist Hayley Mary. The Jezabels played CMJ in October 2010 and toured Canada . They return to the USA in March for Canadian Music Week and SxSW. They will also be touring the UK in May 2011.  www.thejezabels.com and www.myspace.com/jezabelsband

LITTLE RED’s instantly likeable, all-singing, all-dancing live show quickly won over fans and critics alike. Steeped in classic R&B, garage, doo-wop and rock’n’roll, but possessed of a thoroughly modern spark, Little Red makes the kind of music that positively challenges you not to sing along and dance. Theirs is ecstatic music for troubled times, the sound of a band in love with all those things that made us listen to records and go to shows in the first place: melody, urgency, the totally unselfconscious desire to let music transport and wash over you.  Little Red formed in Melbourne five years ago, when five friends—Adrian Beltrame (guitar/vocals), Dominic Byrne (vocals/guitar), Quang Dinh (vocals/bass), Taka Honda (drums) and Tom Hartney (vocals/keys)—came together to jam in Adrian’s basement, united by a love of infectious hooks and good times. For their second album Little Red worked with producer Scott Horscroft (The Temper Trap, The Presets, Silverchair to create the slick Midnight Remember, and proves that the band unwilling to stay in the same place for too long. From the classic disco underpinnings of ‘Rock It’, to the winsome rock build of ‘Slow Motion’, Midnight Remember shows Little Red totally unafraid to take their pure, irrepressible pop to new horizons. Midnight Remember has remained in the Australian Top 20 for many months. Their song Rock It came in at number 2 on Triple J’s Hottest 100 and Best Single at the AIR Awards. Things definitely won’t be slowing down anytime soon with the band now taking on the world. www.littleredmusic.com  and www.myspace.com/littleredmusic

BLUE KING BROWN are an urban roots crew who have a very strong live following across Australia , Europe, UK , Canada , the USA and Japan . They deliver hard hitting lyrics and groove in the most accessible way. Their newest album saw them working alongside the Legendary Sly & Robbie, special Guests such as Queen Ifrica & Jah Mason,  engineers such as James ‘Bonzai’ Caruso (Gwen Stefani, Nas, Damien Marley, Madonna)  Colin ‘Bulby’ York from Kingston, Jamaica (Rihanna, Jimmy Cliff, Britney Spears, Madonna, Michael Franti, UB40) & Chris Macro (Scribe, Katchafire).  www.bluekingbrown.com and www.myspace.com/bluekingbrown

BLISS N ESO are an award winning hip hop act based in Sydney . They are one of Australia ’s highest selling acts. The trio are American MC Bliss (Jonathan “Bliss” Notley), Australian MC Eso (Max MacKinnon) and DJ Izm (Tarik Ejjamai) of Moroccan heritage have been friends (and have rapped together) since high school. Notley moved to Australia in 1992 when he was thirteen and met MacKinnon at the Glenaeon Steiner School in Sydney . They started playing together when an Australian hip hop scene was pretty much non existent. In 2000 they issued their first release, the EP The Arrival, under the name ‘Bliss N Esoterikizm’,  which was followed by a mixtape CD. They released their debut album, Flowers in the Pavement on Obese Records in 2004. Bliss N Eso were the winners in the Hip Hop category at the 2003 Music Oz Awards and nominees for Artist of the Year in 2004. They supported 50 Cent in 2005 across Australia on his Get Rich or Die trying tour. In October 2009 Bliss N Eso became the first Australian hip-hop act to tour the USA . Bliss N Eso embarked on a twenty-one date tour with Canadian hip-hop group, Swollen Members. In August 2010 Bliss N Eso’s fourth studio album Running on Air debuted on the Australian ARIA charts at number one. It was the first album to knock Eminem off the top spot in 6 weeks and received significant acclaim for this feat. The trio also play headline shows across Australia in some of the country’s biggest venues to audiences of all ages. www.blissneso.com and www.myspace.com/blissneso

SAMPOLOGY aka Sam Poggioli is no ordinary turntablist. His legendary “Super Visual” series has earned him an undeniable reputation as Australia ‘s leading AVDJ, touring with a number of festivals including Big Day Out, Falls Festival, Good Vibrations, Southbound, Parklife, Sydney Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and his hometown’s Brisbane Festival and Valley Fiesta. He’s no stranger to international touring either, previously featured as the AVDJ in the internationally acclaimed “Tom Tom Crew” which played sold out seasons in 2009 at the New Victory Theatre, Manhattan , Udderbelly London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2010, he took his second instalment in the AVDJ series, the “Super Visual Smackdown” overseas for a handful of headline performances, closing the AV stage at the Big Chill Festival, as well as a number of headline sideshows and showcases in the UK and Berlin . www.sampology.com and www.myspace.com/djsampology

Tickets are on sale now for $13 from www.boweryballroom.com

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