Blackbirds album launch in Byron Bay.
Blackbirds album launch in Byron Bay.

Five great gigs in Pulse this week

Slow and steady
BYRON Bay-based four-piece Alice Blu is on the up-and-up thanks to winning the mentorship at last year's Mullum Music Festival and finding themselves on the line-up this year.

They took out a Gold Coast battle of the bands comp with their brand of "math-pop" earlier in the year and released their debut EP Still Tortoise Nothing last month.

The band's official EP launch is on at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall on Saturday, December 10 at 7.30pm. Tickets $12 pre-sale (www.kupromotions.oztix or $15 at the door.

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Electronic art
NORTHERN Rivers electronic music makers Tralala Blip recently performed at Brisbane's Powerhouse as part of the Liquid Architecture Festival and at Apple's Create World conference.

The group of differently-abled musicians is playing at Lismore Regional Gallery tonight (Thursday, December 8) at 6.30pm with Brisbane's Sky Needle and Mad Nanna from Melbourne. Free.

Taking flight
LAST year Byron Bay band Blackbirds were competitors on Australia's Got Talent. Thanks to their growing legion of fans from having appeared on the show the three-piece have released their debut, self-titled album.

Layered vocal harmonies, ukulele and guitar make for the sweet melodies of Blackbirds music. Blackbirds launch their album at The Northern, Byron Bay tomorrow (Friday, December 9) at 9pm.

Bending the beat
CROOKED Fiddle Band played recently in Mullumbimby, but thanks to the great reception they received they've decided to add a date to their tour in Byron Bay.

The Sydney four-piece are, as their name suggests, a little crooked. Mixing folk elements with punk and math metal for a set of highly energetic jams they like to call "chainsaw folk".

Although this comes off as an intense ride the Crooked Fiddle Band do have some beautiful songs including What The Thunder Said from their album Overgrown Tales.

They play at the Byron Bay Brewery on Sunday, December 11 supported by Western Australia's The Brown Horn Orchestra at 6pm. Free.

A world away
FROM one fusion band to another, Kooii are heading to Newrybar for a gig with Bobby Alu.

The Brisbane band mix afro, funk, reggae and soul creating a groove made for dancing.

The band's song One Step, from their album In This Life (2010), took out QMusic's song of the year in the blues and roots category.

Alu is set to pick up his ukulele for his set of Samoan-influenced tunes.

The gig kicks off at the Old Bakery (adjoining Harvest Cafe) Sunday, December 11 at 3pm. Tickets $15 at the door.

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