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Everclear

Everclear is a rock band formed in Portland, Oregon, USA, in 1992. For most of its existence, Everclear consisted of Art Alexakis (b. 12 April 1962, Los Angeles, California, USA; vocals, guitar), Craig Montoya (b. 14 September 1970; bass, vocals) and Greg Eklund (b. 18 April 1970; drums). Eklund replaced original drummer Scott Cuthbert in 1994. Montoya and Eklund departed the band in 2003, but Alexakis has continued performing as Everclear with a new lineup.

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Conditions

Making a claim of performing a countless number of shows, while on face value may seem noteworthy, does not necessarily speak to the impact a band is able to make while on the road. Seemingly, since the beginning of rock and roll a band could pack themselves in a van and stay out there as long as their heart and soul could endure countless trucks stops and sub par accommodations. So when it is noted that the band Conditions have played over 200 shows it is certainly a testament to their commitment.

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Valencia

In the years between Valencia’s 2005 debut, This Could Be A Possibility , and their forthcoming release, We All Need A Reason To Believe, the much beloved pop-punk quintet – singer Shane Henderson, drummer Max Soria, bassist George Ciukurescu and guitarists JD Perry and Brendan Walter — have kept the kind of positive attitude that you don’t find in most rock bands today. “So much of the music out there now is negative,” says Valencia frontman Henderson with a heavy sigh. “It’s all about someone complaining about their life.

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The Kills

The Kills are an alternative rock duo formed by American vocalist Alison "VV" Mosshart and British guitarist Jamie "Hotel" Hince that rose to public recognition at the dawn of the hype surrounding the genre explosion of the early 2000s. Mosshart had been in the Florida punk band Discount and Hince in British rock band Scarfo. When these groups disbanded, the duo, who first met when Mosshart heard Hince practicing in the hotel room above hers, struck up a songwriting partnership.

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The Whitlams

The Whitlams are an Australian four-piece band hailing from Newtown, Sydney. Formed in 1992, the band originally comprised Tim Freedman (lead vocals, piano), Stevie Plunder (lead vocals, guitar) and Andy Lewis (double bass, backing vocals). The line-up has changed many times over the years with Tim the only consistent member of the band, not to mention the only original member still alive. In the current line-up Terepai Richmond hits the drums, Warwick Hornsby plays the bass, and Jak Housden steals the scene on the electric guitar alongside the ever-present Tim Freedman.

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Do The Robot

"April 2008. Our first full-length record is about to be released on valve records. There is excitement and anticipation for something that we are already so distant from. The recording process for "Amp on fire" was long and tedious and drawn out for almost a year. What as to be originally an EP turned into 2 EPs then to an album, cut and pasted together the best we could to minimise the long periods of time between recording each part of the record...

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Sadhana

There are two bands called Sadhana. Both of them are in Australia. Sadhana 1 - Combining over decade of collective experience from a variety of projects, SADHANA was originally formed in late 2006 and now, with a vocalist completing the line-up in late 2008, SADHANA are ready to take on the world. SADHANA consists of 4 musically diverse and dedicated players from various musical influences and extensive backgrounds that have converged to create a massive, dynamic and distinctive sound that conveys intensity, emotion and meaning.

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Umpire

Based in Perth, Western Australia, Umpire was formed in 2006 as a studio songwriting and recording project, where Simon Struthers, Geoff Symons and Michael Lake had the opportunity to utilise the studio as an instrument, developing their songs without the pressures of playing as live band.Australian audiences first became familiar with the band via with their debut single ‘Streamers’ off their self-titled EP in 2009. 'Streamers' achieved widespread critical acclaim, national airplay and won WAM Song of the Year in 2009.

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Kaiser Chiefs

Kaiser Chiefs are a britpop revival band which formed in Leeds, England in early 2003. The band consists of Ricky Wilson (vocals), Andrew White (guitar), Simon Rix (bass), Nick "Peanut" Baines (keyboards) and Nick Hodgson (drums). The band has released three albums as of 2009 and have released 11 singles, including the hits I Predict A Riot, Oh My God, Ruby and Never Miss A Beat. Several members of the band are ardent fans of the English football team Leeds United (as the band originates from Leeds).

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