THE EVIL HAS LANDED… QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE unveil new song

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE UNVEIL NEW SONG… ‘THE EVIL HAS LANDED‘ 

TAKEN FROM THEIR FORTHCOMING ALBUM VILLAINS OUT 25th AUGUST ON MATADOR RECORDS / RHYTHMETHOD IN NEW ZEALAND.

“Perhaps the most preposterously exciting Queens Of The Stone Age song ever” – MOJO Magazine on ‘The Evil Has Landed’, July 2017

PREVIEW / BUY THE EVIL HAS LANDED 
Pre-order ‘Villains’ HERE

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PURITY RING RELEASE NEW SINGLE ‘ASIDO’

PURITY RING
SHARE NEW SINGLE

ASIDO

FIVE YEARS SINCE DEBUT RELEASE, SHRINES

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of Purity Ring’s debut album Shrines, Megan James and Corin Roddick have released a new song ‘Asido’. The track is a stand alone gift to their fans while the band continues to work on the follow up to their second album, another eternity.

Following its premiere as Zane Lowe’s WORLD RECORD, ‘Asido’ is now available everywhere. It is accompanied by an animated lyric video written and directed by Megan and illustrated by Tallulah Fontaine, the creator of all the band’s artwork to date. Tallulah took videos of Megan walking and falling, then traced the movement to create the character frame by frame. In order to situate their meaning, Megan had her mother handwrite the lyrics in the video.

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METZ ANNOUNCE THIRD ALBUM ‘STRANGE PEACE’

METZ to release their ferocious third album, Strange Peace, on Sub Pop September 22, 2017


Listen: Cellophane
YouTube: https://youtu.be/hbaZS9ncHP0
Spotify: http://u.subpop.com/2tRcKQm

On September, 22nd METZ will release Strange Peace,an emphatic but artful hammer swing to the status quo and their highly-anticipated third full-length album. Alex Edkins (guitar, vocals), Hayden Menzies (drums), and Chris Slorach (bass) recorded at Electrical Audio in Chicago, live off the floor to tape with Steve Albini. The result is a distinct artistic maturation into new and alarming territory, frantically pushing past where the band has gone before, while capturing the notorious intensity of their live show. The trio continued to assemble the album (including home recordings, additional instrumentation) back at home in Toronto, adding the finishing touches with longtime collaborator, engineer and mixer, Graham Walsh.

“The songs on Strange Peace are about uncertainty,” Edkins explains. “They’re about recognizing that we’re not always in control of our own fate, and about admitting our mistakes and fears. They’re about finding some semblance of peace within the chaos.”

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MIDNIGHT SISTER RELEASES NEW TRACK “DADDY LONG LEGS”

Midnight Sister Share New Single “Daddy Long Legs”

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Debut Album Saturn Over Sunset Out September 8th On Jagjaguwar

Catch Them On Tour This Fall With D.D Dumbo

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“Sounding at times like early Perfume Genius, L.A. band Midnight Sister shows off a knack for blending orchestral pop and psychedelia…” – The FADER

“alluring and wonderfully timeless” – Gorilla vs. Bear

“Their art-pop would appeal to fans of Broadcast, influential ’60s pioneers such as The United States of America and The Free Design, and Charlie Hilton.” – Under The Radar

Midnight Sister continue their run of new singles today with “Daddy Long Legs” from their debut album, Saturn Over Sunset, coming out September 8th on Jagjaguwar. It follows the previously released singles, “Leave You” and “Blue Cigar,” both of which received videos expertly conceived and directed by Midnight Sister singer Juliana Giraffe and her sister Nicky Giraffe. The two have recently started their own production house, Giraffe Studios LA. In keeping with the cinematic theme of Saturn Over Sunset, Juliana designed an original movie poster to accompany the release of “Daddy Long Legs” (see above).

Midnight Sister — the project of intense creatives Juliana Giraffe and Ari Balouzian — is brought to you by the isolating landscape of the San Fernando Valley — its colors, its diners, its lunatics, its neon lights. Both lifelong residents of this storied valley, Giraffe and Balouzian have only become more inspired by the area’s mythology over the years, it’s two-faced magical wonderland and tragic circus. And Saturn Over Sunset works almost as an album version of Robert Altman’s Short Cuts, each song a character study of the valley’s odd personae.

Giraffe, 23, a daughter of an LA disc jockey, was raised almost exclusively on disco and Bowie. Her lyrics and lyrical melodies, informed very much by her filmmaking background, were composed gazing out from a tiny retail window on Sunset Boulevard. Her “Rear Window”-like longing allowed her imagination to run wild and cook up the wild narratives that would fill Balouzian’s compositions. Balouzian, 27, classically trained and already a go-to arranger for odd-pop names like Tobias Jesso Jr. and Alex Izenberg. Midnight Sister represents a first for both of them. It’s Giraffe’s first time writing and performing music. And it’s Balouzian’s first foray into playing true pop music.

Saturn Over Sunset is a shared musical vision of Hollywood’s oddest corners. It is the baroque, eldritch alley you must pass through to fine the speakeasy night of your life. You’ll come out bleary-eyed and the sunrise will be pouring all pink and orange through the smog and palm trees.

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THE BLACK SEEDS DROP ‘FREAKIN’ VIDEO

THE BLACK SEEDS
DROP THEIR NEW, SOUL TRAIN INSPIRED MUSIC VIDEO

FREAKIN’
TOURING NEW ZEALAND SEPT / OCT 2017

On the cusp of their nationwide New Zealand tour which kicks off this September, The Black Seeds have dropped the boogie in their devastatingly great new video for their new, feel-good single, Freakin’.

Expect keytars, explosions, futuristic eyewear (and dangerous dance moves) brought together by a rotating cast of dance extraordinaires – this is about the good times! Let’s party!

“It’s the party, pick-me-up track on the album,” says The Black Seeds co-frontman, Barnaby Weir of the new track created at Lee Prebble’s The Surgery. “It’s for the end of the week, end of the line, letting loose, shaking it off. It’s a good dose of feel-good funk.”

Featuring dance and choreography from Hero Dance Company, Pump Dance Studios and The Company NZ, the video was directed by Mark Russell (The Renegade Peach Project), produced by Owen Watts (The Maker’s Initiative) and created with the support of NZ On Air. Watch Freakin’ here, or below.

This September 8th, The Black Seeds will release their sixth studio album Fabric, followed by a nationwide album tour that spans 10 national dates with newly added shows in Nelson (Sept 30th – Club Paradox) and Hawkes Bay (Oct 10th – The Cabana). See here for full details and ticketing information.

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LOUIS BAKER SHARES ‘ADDICT’ VIDEO

LOUIS BAKER
SHARES NEW MUSIC VIDEO ADDICT
DIRECTED BY SHAE STIRLING

Following last night’s packed private screening at the Roxy Cinema in Wellington and MTV premiere, Louis Baker today reveals his smoking hot new music video, ‘Addict’.
Shot in Brooklyn, New York City by award-winning music video director Shae Sterling, the clip pays homage to an era of iconic 70s and 80s film, combined with a clean modern look, and a suave leather jacket clad Baker.

“Louis and I had an amazing week filming this video. Staying in Brooklyn, we got a feel for the area, and we relived those classic gangster movies from the 80’s,”reflects Stirling

 

The video is the perfect visual depiction of what the song sounds like,” Louis says. “I’m driving a 1979 Cadillac Coupe de Ville at 4 am in the morning across Brooklyn Bridge in ‘The City That Never Sleeps’, and I’m making a music video. If someone had told me that I’d be doing this 10 years ago, I would never have believed them.”

Watch the smouldering new video here or below, as it unfolds under the cover of night around New York’s city streets.

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KAMASI WASHINGTON ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM

KAMASI WASHINGTON’S
HARMONY OF DIFFERENCE
Out September 29th on Young Turks / Rhythmethod

“My hope is that witnessing the beautiful harmony created by merging different musical melodies will help people realize the beauty in our own differences.”
— Kamasi Washington

Music titan Kamasi Washington’s new EP Harmony of Difference, the first new music from Washington since his universally acclaimed 2015 debut album The Epic, will be released on September 29th via Young Turks / Rhythmethod.

Harmony of Difference originally premiered as part of the Whitney Museum of American Art 2017 Biennial alongside a film by A.G. Rojas and also featuring artwork by Kamasi Washington’s sister, Amani Washington.

The new music is an original six-part suite that explores the philosophical possibilities of the musical technique known as “counterpoint,” which Washington defines as “the art of balancing similarity and difference to create harmony between separate melodies.” Beyond the artistic impulse to expand the possibilities within counterpoint, Washington wanted to create something that opened people’s minds to the gift of diversity.

Each of the first five movements is its own unique composition. “Truth,” the sixth movement, fuses all five compositions into one simultaneous performance. Echoing this fusion, Amani created five paintings focused on raw shapes and colours, each inspired by one of the first five movements of the suite. Amani then combined these paintings to create a sixth: an abstract depiction of a human face.

The film, directed by A.G. Rojas, brings the metaphoric ideas found in both the music and paintings to life. While still quite abstract, it focuses on the harmony found in people from South Central and East Los Angeles and shows the beauty in their differences.

Harmony Of Difference will be available on all digital services, as well as on 12” vinyl with a 14-page concertina booklet featuring original artwork by Amani Washington and still images from the film by A.G. Rojas on September 29th. It is available to pre-order via http://y-t-r.co/harmonyofdifference

Watch ‘Truth’ here, directed by A.G. Rojas

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MODERN MAORI QUARTET ANNOUNCE NZ TOUR + NEW SINGLE ‘DON’T FALL IN LOVE’

MODERN MAORI QUARTET

Announce nationwide ‘That’s Us!’ album tour & new album single ‘Don’t Fall In Love’

With the showband’s long-awaited debut original album, ‘That’s Us!’ being released Friday 15th September Modern Maori Quartet will head off on an extensive 20 date nationwide tour, travelling the highways and byways of New Zealand taking their music to the people of Aotearoa. Joining them for te haerenga (the journey) will be the beloved Annie Crummer.

Matu Ngaropo (Performer & Music Dramaturg) says: “The tour will be about taking our music to the people and returning it to our roots. We want to inspire a new generation of garage parties and fuel those special gatherings with new, honest, hearty waiata to add to the classic playlist. These will be songs that the heartland of Aotearoa can sing along to. As a team committed to carrying the mantle of this kaupapa we aim to share a new and current sound of MAori showbands and show people that real music, our music, is alive and thriving.”

Francis Kora (Performer) adds: “Past, present and future, with Aroha and truth as the main ingredients.”

MODERN MAORI QUARTET
WITH ANNIE CRUMMER
THAT’S US! DEBUT ALBUM TOUR

PUTARURU – Saturday 16th September – The Plaza
HAMILTON – Sunday 17th September – Playhouse
NELSON – Wednesday 20th September – Playhouse Theatre
BLENHEIM – Thursday 21st September – ASB Theatre Marlborough
CHRISTCHURCH – Friday 22nd September – Aurora Centre
DUNEDIN – Saturday 23rd September – Mayfair Theatre
PORANGAHAU – Wednesday 27th September – Memorial Hall
FEATHERSTON -Thursday 28th September – Anzac Hall
OTAKI – Friday 29th September – Memorial Hall
NAPIER – Saturday 30th September – Municipal Theatre
WHANGANUI – Sunday 1st October – Royal Opera House
ROTORUA – Thursday 5th October – Civic Theatre
NEW PLYMOUTH – Friday 6th October -Theatre Royal
WELLLINGTON – Saturday 7th October – Wellington High School, Riley Centre
TAUPO – Sunday 8th October – Great Lakes Centre
KAIKOHE – Thursday 12th October – War Memorial Hall
WHANGAREI – Friday 13th October – Capitaine Bougainville Theatre, Forum North
AUCKLAND – Saturday 14th October – Crystal Palace
WHAKATANE – Sunday 15th October -Little Theatre

Tickets on sale Mon 7th Aug at 9am
For show and ticketing info go to modernmaoriquartet.nz

‘Don’t Fall In Love’

‘Don’t Fall In Love’ is the forth single to be taken from ‘That’s Us!’
‘Don’t Fall In Love’ will be released digitally Friday 4th August.

“It’s our Motown-inspired, soulful, Sam Cooke styled song that will cut straight to
your heart and make you laugh at the same time.

As artists, there is a magic fusion where the performer and the work become
one and the same. As well as being something special to share, our music is
also an expression through which we learn, develop and become better people.
Based loosely on real experiences, Don’t Fall In Love is tragically honest. The
pursuit of happiness, love and truth are integral to the music we make and this
song is all about having the courage to be honest, even if it’s painful.

A seriously catchy melody, big, broad harmonies and punchy, brave lyrics will
make Don’t Fall In Love a party favorite and one you will want to sing along to.
So go on, dust off your guitar, get some mates together and get your garage
rocking.”

MMQ x

‘That’s Us!’
Release date: Friday 15th September
via Rhythmethod / DRM.

‘That’s Us!’ digital pre-sales will be available Friday 4th August.

‘That’s Us!’ features 12 tracks of original waiata. All songs and lyrics composed by Modern Maori Quartet; James Tito, Maaka Pohatu, Matariki Whatarau, Francis Kora & Matu Ngaropo.

The album, produced by Francis Kora, features some of New Zealand’s biggest talents including Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper (Co-Producer), Dixon Nacey (Guitar), Chris O’Connor (Drums), Thabani Gapara (Saxophone), Andy Cochrane (Keyboard), Awhimai Fraser (Vocals) and Temuera Morrison (Vocals).

TRACKLISTING:
He Ra Ano
Who We Are
Outta Here
Punching
Don’t Fall In Love
Blame You
Mareikura
Shine
Upon A Star
Come To Me
Haere Ra
Kai Song

The award-winning Modern Maori Quartet are a good looking, suave contemporary Maori showband in the vein of forebears such as the Hi-Marks, Maori Volcanics Showband, Dalvanius and the Fascinations, Maori Troubadours, Maori Hi Five, Quin Tikis and The Howard Morrison Quartet.

Their debut album “That’s Us!” is set for release 15th September 2017. The album highlights their voices in epic harmony as they share Maori traditions and tell New Zealand stories through original waiata with humour, charm and class. Growing up performing in garage parties, this is a story of rags to flash rags.

“That’s Us!” features all original waiata, as showband member Matariki Whatarau explains, “We’ve been singing covers for years and you know, we thought… why not?! The spirit of this album comes from the Maori garage party, reminiscent of the parties of years gone by when someone would pick up a guitar and the music would flow. We strongly believe that real stories told with truth and conviction should be at the forefront of who we are – and that’s exactly what we set out to do with the creation of our first album”.

It’s been a whirlwind five years for the independent music group, they have toured throughout New Zealand – most recently on a 12 date tour with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra – to England, Wales, Uzbekistan, Hawaii, Rarotonga, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia.

The showband’s first ever original single, Shine – taken from That’s Us! – was released Friday 26th May 2017. It was their first voice in the world and is a song that celebrates children. It is a father’s message to his child, encouraging her to dream big and pursue any path her heart desires. This song is for “all the kids in the world” and reminds them that they can achieve whatever they set their minds to, so long as they have the support and love of their parents and wider family.

In June this year the group were in Brisbane as part of the Queensland Cabaret Festival and in the same month performed in Aotearoa as part of Matariki on the Move – playing parts of Auckland they don’t normally get to. To celebrate Matariki the band released two further singles from That’s Us!: Mareikura, released 23rd June is a waiata in Te Reo Maori featuring the stunning vocals of Awhimai Fraser and is an ode to all women globally and Kai Song released 30th June, is in typical Modern Maori Quartet fashion, charming and funny. The song celebrates one of the many things the bros love about their Maori culture; sharing kai with their whanau!

Modern Maori Quartet perform as part of the world’s largest arts festival, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August and in Australia at the Darwin Festival before returning home to embark on their biggest New Zealand tour to date – taking them to the major centres and regional cities and towns, of the country that has shaped and nurtured the group – Aotearoa.

Their live shows are a classy celebration of Kiwi music honouring the legends of Maori showbands that will warm your heart and make you cry with laughter.

“There can be no doubt that this quartet deserves the reputation that they are gaining internationally … they represent the best of the mighty showband tradition.” – Stuff

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FAT FREDDY’S DROP ANNOUNCE NZ SUMMER TOUR DATES

FAT FREDDY’S DROP

ANNOUNCE SUMMER TOUR DATES

WITH A HUGE INTERNATIONAL LINE UP AT VILLA MARIA!

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This summer Fat Freddy’s Drop will tour their high octane shows across the homeland to hand picked locations, combing vineyards and beaches to festivals and valleys culminating in a FFD curated line up at Villa Maria with internationals Hiatus Kaiyote from Melbourne and Norman Jay MBE from London. This is the third hook up with the legendary London DJ who unleashed his good times tunes supporting Freddy’s at Ally Pally, London and last summer’s Queenstown concert.

The tour will be the first time that the band has played on home soil since they officially sold out their largest headlining show in New Zealand earlier this year at the aforementioned Villa Maria, with all 10,000 tickets being snapped up.

It’s also a chance to experience songs off the band’s upcoming new album. They’ve road tested two new songs already on a stupendous tour to England and Europe through June and July and committed to studio lockdown until the New Zealand tour.

Hopepa aka Joe Lindsay – Freddys trombonist – says the live show is “going to be different again by the time summer rolls around” He’s especially looking forward to “coming home to Kerikeri” having attended Kerikeri High School for a couple of years before his family moved to Whangarei.

Special guests on the road include local stalwarts Ladi6 who join Freddy’s for the love of music at Kainui Road Vineyard and The Nudge back for the annual drop at Black Barn Vineyards. The concert in Christchurch turns the tables with Freddy’s playing as special guests for Salmonella Dub for their 25th Anniversary concert.

FAT FREDDY’S DROP

SUMMER TOUR DATES

WANAKA – Sunday 31st December – Rhythm and Alps*
On sale now – Ticket link

KERIKERI – Saturday 6th January – Kainui Road Vineyard
w/ Ladi6
Tickets from Ticketmaster, the venue & Bay of Islands i-Site

CHRISTCHURCH – Saturday 13th January – Salmonella Dub 25th Anniversary at Hagley Park*
On sale now – Ticket link

AUCKLAND – Saturday 20th January – Villa Maria
w/ Hiatus Kaiyote (Melbourne) & Norman Jay MBE (London)
Tickets from Ticketmaster & the venue

HAVELOCK NORTH – Saturday 3rd February – Black Barn Vineyards
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