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KAFM TUNED IN: Emerging Australian bands to watch out for

with Lance Lewis
Free Press Music Columnist
Australian band The Paper Kites.
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Editor’s note: The KAFM Music Bureau, a group of volunteers with an ear for talent, gets together weekly and decides what new music to play on KAFM 88.1 Community Radio. To see all of KAFM’s new releases go to http://kafmmusic.blogspot.com/. Here’s a taste of what they’re digging this month at KAFM.

They come from the Land Down Under. Sure, you are familiar with Air Supply, AC/DC, Keith Urban, Midnight Oil, Nick Cave, oh, and that Newton-John girl. By the time this is published, the Australian Recording Industry Association will have selected, on Sunday, Dec. 1, the winners at the 27th Annual ARIA Awards. Nominees include the next generation of Australian “musos” (that’s Australian for musicians) with names such as Jagwar Ma, Boy & Bear, the Rubens, Big Scary, and San Cisco. Below are two emerging Australian bands that have been getting significant airplay at KAFM.

Artist: The Paper Kites

Title: “States”

Release date: Sept. 30

Beginning as a duo in 2009, The Paper Kites’ Sam Bentley and Christina Lacy began writing and performing after meeting in high school. Shortly after adding three more members, they introduced “Bloom” as their first single and video. The resulting attention turned into opening shows and then to the band’s first official EP, “Woodland,” in August 2011. A single from the EP, “Featherstone,” was featured on the 2012 season finale of “Grey’s Anatomy.” The Paper Kites’ subtle folk ambiance, airy mixed-gender vocals, and nuanced blend of acoustic and electric instrumentation, ease the listener through finespun, melodic tracks. For more information, visit: http://www.thepaperkites.com.au/.

Artist: Hey Geronimo

Title: “Erring On The Side Of Awesome” EP

Release date: Nov. 1

Formed in early 2011, this Brisbane band’s meteoric rise to fame came on the heels of an adorably goofy self-produced video that hit YouTube Dec. 1, 2011. Six months in the making and using live action to imitate popular iPhone games, “Why Don’t We Do Something,” proved irresistible and within weeks had 650,000 views.

Fast-paced and carefree, Hey Geronimo is a mix of The Knack and The Beach Boys. Playing throwback surf pop guitar licks and blistering keyboard solos, Hey Geronimo will leave you with a grin while trying to catch your breath. For more information, visit: http://www.heygeronimo.com/.

Along with the aforementioned bands, other Australian artists getting airplay at KAFM include Cloud Control, The Trouble With Templeton, Hungry Kids of Hungary, The Blackwater Fever, Watussi, The Basics, Kate Miller-Heidke, The Temper Trap, Xavier Rudd, John Butler Trio, The Cactus Channel, Atlas Genius, Charlie Horse, Saskwatch, The Audreys, and more. Chances are if you’ve heard them on the airwaves in the Grand Valley, it was only on KAFM.

Lance Lewis covers the emerging artist scene for KAFM Community Radio. He is also a volunteer programmer and Music Bureau member with KAFM Community Radio. Catch him on KAFM’s Radio Rapture show on alternating Thursdays from 4 to 6:30 p.m. KAFM Tuned In is funded in part by the Gill Foundations Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, a proud supporter of local programs like E-Net Colorado and its Teacher development programs in Colorado’s rural schools.

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