Top Five Things
Ain't no mountain
JAPANESE funk is where it's at. Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro are the hippest Japanese exports since Hello.
The boys, who are signed to esteemed British label Jazzman, come to Australia for the festival season playing Peats Ridge and Woodford Folk.
The soulful sextet will pop past the Buddha Bar, Byron Bay next Tuesday, December 3.
This is bound to be a sweaty, funk affair with their instrumental jam-outs as fast-paced and groovy as their dapper suits.
Tickets $25 from 8pm. Visit www.buddhabarbyronbay.com.
Winners are grinners
ENCROACHING on legendary status themselves (three entries in Triples J's Hottest 100 Aussie Albums poll surely qualifies them) the lads from Grinspoon have spent the year supporting veterans Cold Chisel and INXS.
The band was unearthed from the rich musical soils of Lismore in 1995 and has since released six albums including the ARIA-winning Thrills, Kills and Sunday Pills.
The awesome foursome have been working on new material and are currently embarking on a small regional tour.
Lucky for us they will ring in the New Year at Twin Towns, Tweed Heads.
You can celebrate the dawning of 2012 to classic tracks like Chemical Heart and Better Off Alone.
Tickets $40 from 8.30pm (Qld). www.twintowns.com.au.
Laugh in the New Year
OVER the past eight years one woman in particular has made Australian audiences giggle, laugh and cackle.
Alice Springs mother-of-five Fiona O'Loughlin has chronicled her ups and downs as a stand-up comedian in her memoir Me of the Never Never.
She has trawled material from across her career to perform a special New Year's Eve gig.
Fiona will be at the Ballina RSL from 7.30pm this Saturday night along with Gary Who, Mike Bennett and Mandy Nolan.
A two-course meal and plenty of laughs are included in the price of $59.90.
Call 6686 2544 or www.ballinarsl.com.au.
A beautiful summer
THE Beautiful Girls love coming to Byron Bay - and Byron Bay loves having them.
Returning to the Great Northern for two shows next Tuesday and Wednesday, the surf-trio are led by the sugar-licked vocals of Mat McHugh.
This year Mat went solo and supported the likes of Chris Cornell and John Butler overseas.
He has a new album coming out later in 2012, so this may be the last chance TBG for a while.
Make sure you get along to their summer show and sing to Periscopes and Under a Southern Sky.
Catch them from 8pm with support from Kid Mac. Tickets $35 from www.oztix.com.au or on the door.
Dan the man
DAN Hannaford is a name you probably know well.
If you haven't seen him live, you have most certainly seen his name on just about every gig guide in the Northern Rivers.
The travellin' troubadour launches his new album Rust and Dust Album Launchon Friday Dec 29 today at The Rails, Byron Bay from 7pm.
Entry is free, so there's no excuse not to get along.