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Clare Bowditch and the New Slang

The New Slang is the new backing band for Melbourne, Australia-based musician Clare Bowditch; following the folding of her previous band, <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Clare+Bowditch+and+The+Feeding+Set" class="bbcode_artist">Clare Bowditch and The Feeding Set</a>. Some members of the Feeding Set remain - drummer Marty Brown, also Clare's husband; and bassist Warren Bloomer - but the expanded group also features Tim Harvey (Hot Little Hands) on lead guitar and the a capella group <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Aluka" class="bbcode_artist">Aluka</a>, known collecitvely within the New Slang as The Lady Garden.

Branch Arterial

Branch Arterial exploded onto the scene with their debut EP "Voices Unknown", bringing with them an intense and breathtaking live show. Having formed in 2009, they have created a unique sonic take on modern Australian progressive rock, and have cemented their place in the Melbourne live scene. With their powerful and mature sound, and aspirations to spread their music abroad, the local scene will be unlikely to hold these very ambitious musicians down.

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Nacional

Nacional are a relaxing indie band from Glasgow not to be confused with The National. They formed in November 2006. They are on the Leeds label Art Goes Pop. Band members are Robert Armstrong, Jamie Hamilton, Michael O’Hara, Jonny McGiffen and Colin Healy.

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The Afterparty

Adelaide trio The Afterparty formed in early 2009 with the collaboration between Brad Gilbertson (In Fiction), Lachlan Higgs and Lee Norman (formally of the digital music production group, The Metronicle). The Afterparty incorporate atmospheric soundscapes and a minimalist approach with hard hitting rock choruses to tell short stories about the complications and ironies of life as a human being.

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Luluc

Melbourne folk duo Luluc (pronounced Lou-Luke) might be a new name to many but they come packing an impeccable resume. Singer Zoe Randell is perhaps best known for her magical vocal accompaniment to Paddy Mann in the much loved Grand Salvo, while Steve "Harmony" Hassett is the bass player in mythical alt-indie-country dudes Wagons. The duo are about to release their debut Dear Hamlyn in a couple of weeks. Fans of Gillian Welch, Iron and Wine, M Ward, Bon Iver et al take note.The duo also had some help on the record from ex-Sodastream double-bassist Pete Cohen.

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Barrel Of Monkeys

There are two groups with this name: A local Canberra band in Australia, played many gigs over a couple of years. Barrel of Monkeys also refers to a Chicago theater and education company, which teaches creative writing workshops in Chicago Public Schools and adapts the kids' stories into live theater. In 2005 they self-released a CD of songs adapted from stories in the program, entitled "Monkeys Come Alive."

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Plastic Palace Alice

PLASTIC PALACE ALICE hails from Melbourne, Australia. A clue to the eccentric tastes found within lies in the band's choice of name, a reference to a character in a song by the king of existential, heavily orchestrated pop, Mr Scott Walker. Not wanting to place limits on the band's musical palette, Plastic Palace Alice borrows elements from diverse musics: Brechtian cabaret, Phil Spector, garage rock, 60's psychedelic pop and 80's inspired goth melodrama are all found on the band's musical radar.

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