Introducing... Arkestra, sounds from the depths of the ticking time bomb that is our world. Arkestra is a three piece band consisting of Sydney musical luminaries Aleesha Dibbs, James Domeyko and Jasper Clifford-Smith.

Aleesha Dibbs, classically trained, acclaimed solo artist and 'friend of the people', James Domeyko, sound artist, multi-instrumentalist, member of Sydney's Domeyko/Gonzalez and all round nice guy and Jasper-Clifford Smith, volcanic frontman of highly esteemed Sydney band Warhorse, prodigal underground producer and avid Boston Celtics fan, combine musical gifts to make not just sounds and songs, but a battle cry of truth amidst the impotent resignation of their hometown's empty self satisfaction.

Inspired by everything from Massive Attack, Can, M83, Lee Perry, Portishead and being on the run from multinational executives and their lawyers, their music portrays a fragile innocence equally intrigued and disturbed by what may lurk around the next darkened corner of their city and their collective psyches.

This is Sydney, but not as you've heard it, this is music of the monster within, the leviathan hiding just underneath the pavement, lurking. Yet, like eagles soaring above a crime scene there is true elevation. As a modern Dante wanders into the inferno, he could only be listening to Arkestra on his Ipod. Indifferent to current trends and on the trail of something new, Arkestra is here to guide you through the darkened nights, into a new musical dawn.
-Liam Brammal, 2010

the Read Palm press presents..

ARKESTRA (residency)
Oxford Art Factory Gallery


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Arkestra residency artwork by Jim Shirlaw

The inner-west based rude boys of Sticky Fingers are delivering a refreshing vibe to the Australian music scene. With their super mega-hectic psychedelic reggae flavor you are bound to be asking the bar staff for the closest ATM so you can give them all of your dollars.

Join them any Friday in May, as they play a free residency in the OAF Gallery, joined by a rotating cast of The Future Prehistoric, Betty Airs, Massema and The Tsars.
In 2009 the band picked up an impressive cult following, playing alongside artists such as Kingtide, Children Collide, Horrowshow & Art Vs Science. To kick-start 2010 the band reached out to new audiences and increased its unique reputation with their debut festival performance at Playground Weekender. The growing hype around the band was made obvious at their recent sell-out show at The Annandale Hotel on Good Friday.
It's been a cool rise for the lads so far that's only getting higher with singer/songwriter Dylan Frosts coming of age and successful release of their debut EP Helping Hand.
The acid ninjas of the inner-west are ready. Orgasm is imminent. DEM RUDE BOYS ARE COMING!

May 7 - Sticky Fingers & The Future Prehistoric
May 14 - Sticky Fingers & Betty Airs
May 21 - Sticky Fingers & Massema
May 28 - Sticky Fingers & The Tsars



A very lucky and limited crowd were treated to an intimate free show with the Bloody Beetroots on wednesday 5th May. Check out the video below for some highlights from the night.



PHIBS from Keep Moving on Vimeo.

This month, we were very fortunate to have Australian icon of street art, Phibs, paint the gallery wall at the Oxford Art Factory.

An interesting part of the process of an ever-changing wall, but one we don't often get the chance to share, is watching artists get their work up. We've seen a lot of different techniques, some more impressive than others - but Phibs blew away everyone who visited the venue while he was paintng. Watching him push images out of his brain and onto the wall was pretty special.

The good news for you is that our good friends from Keep Moving popped in to tape one section of the wall going up.

Make sure you visit the gallery during April to see the finished piece.



The Oxford Art Factory is looking for new DJs with innovative taste in music. We are on the look out for real bedroom bangers, DJs who have had little or no experience playing in front of a crowd.

We want the bedroom to come to the Oxford Art Factory, we want to witness the jams that go down in the privacy of your own homes. The Oxford Art Factory loves new music, and old music, and hearing old music played in a way that makes it feel new. We're not hung up on genres or technical wizardry, we're just after your premium jams.

If you'd like to get a gig at the OAF, please submit a LIVE mix, with track listing, and your name (and DJ name, if you have one), your email address and phone number.

You can post CDs to DEMO / OXFORD ART FACTORY, 38-46 Oxford St, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010, or email a link to download your mix to

DJs who have played in other venues need not apply for this as we are only looking for fresh talent with this drive.

We may not be able to get back to everyone who submits a mix, but we promise that everything will get a listen.



Peep the new Cassette Kids film clip, filmed at the OAF.





Groupie Mag

Groupie are our new friends. They run a sensational online music mag, which you can check out here.

Launched in August 2006, Groupie covers a wide range of music genres reflecting the music fan's ipod of today.

With the latest news, info, gossip, reviews and live/touring info for the music fan, Groupie is written by the cream of the music crop including Robbie Buck (Triple J), Michaella Solar-March (Fbi), Glen Goetze (A&R Modular Recordings), Sasha Perera (based in the UK), Christian Barker (based in Tokyo), Nathan Thompson (Digital media) Nicole Fossati (music scenester & Fbi radio) amongst others.

Click click over and check it out, it's good internets.


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