FUTURE ISLANDS Present ‘Beauty Of The Road’ Official Video As they start their Sold Out NZ Tour


Present ‘Beauty Of The Road’ Official Video

As they start their Sold Out NZ Tour

This year, Future Islands will have played an astonishing 117 shows in support of their latest album, The Far Field. The Baltimore-based trio performed in front of the biggest audiences of their 11-year career, topping festival bills around the globe and headlining three consecutive nights at London’s Brixton Academy last month and today begin their three date sold out NZ Tour – playing Wellington’s San Fran twice and Auckland’s Powerstation.

It’s fitting then, that the new video for ‘Beauty Of The Road’ (created by Jay Buim) depicts the hard-touring band in their natural habitat. Buim spent several days on the road with Samuel T. Herring, William Cashion, Gerrit Welmers and drummer Michael Lowry earlier this year, and his visuals capture the infectious energy of their live shows.


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Tune-Yards Announce New Album ”I can feel you creep into my private life’ & release new song ‘Look At Your Hands’

Announce new album ‘I can feel you creep into my private life’ & release new song ‘Look At Your Hands’

Tune-Yards – I can feel you creep into my private life is out Friday 19 January via 4AD / Rhythmethod


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John Cooper Clarke Announces NZ Tour

Plus1, 95bFM and Under the Radar present:

Legendary UK punk poet
John Cooper Clarke

The people’s poet – British legend Dr. John Cooper Clarke will perform four New Zealand shows in April.

Tour and ticket details – John Cooper Clarke with special guest Andrew Fagan:

Sat April 21: Crystal Palace, Mt Eden (Tickets at UTR.co.nz)
Sun April 22: The Vic, Devonport (UTR.co.nz and TheVic.co.nz)
Mon April 23: St Peters on Willis, Wellington (UTR.co.nz)
Tues April 24: The Piano, Christchurch (UTR.co.nz)

Tickets for all four shows are available immediately from UTR.co.nz

John Cooper Clarke has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents.

Today he is as relevant and vibrant as ever; his poetry and performance is in school syllabus’ worldwide, his effect on pop culture and music is profound, and his trademark ‘look’ continues to resonate with fashionistas

His influence can be heard within the keen social observations of the Arctic Monkeys and Plan B. Both of these collaborations resulted in number 1 albums. The Arctic Monkeys put one of John’s best loved poems, I Wanna Be Yours, to music on their critically acclaimed A:M Album.

His 2018 world tour – including these New Zealand shows – is a mix of classic verse, extraordinary new material, hilarious ponderings on modern life, good honest gags, riffs and chat.

This is a chance to witness a living legend at the top of this game.

Opening the bill is special guest – and local writer, sailor and musician -Andrew Fagan, blasting out material from his 2018 poetry collection (including poems from the Overnight Downpour, Salt Rhythms, and Serious Latitudesvolumes).

Fagan was lead singer for Wellington punk band The Ambitious Vegetablesformed in ’78. He continues to write and show-off – whether it be on stage with his bands Fagan & The People, and The Mockers, or with pen in hand through is poety and sailing books.

More information about the tour is available at plus1.co.nz

What they say about John Cooper Clarke:

Sir Paul McCartney: “John Cooper Clarke is one of Britain’s outstanding poets. His anarchic punk poetry has thrilled people for decades. Long may his slender frame and spiky top produce words and deeds that keep us on our toes and alive to the wonders of the world.”

Alex Turner – Arctic Monkeys: “My first encounter with Dr Clarke …I was captivated by his character and his ability to draw colourful and evocative language out of unlikely corners. That figure in the distance behind the microphone brandishing his plastic carrier bag of notebooks was, and still is, nothing short of dazzling.”

Kate Moss: “John Cooper Clarke uses words like Chuck Berry uses guitar riffs melody and anger, humour and disdain in equal measure. He’s the real deal, really funny and really caustic, the velvet voice of discontent.”

More raves and reviews on John are here: http://johncooperclarke.com/bio

Evidently… John Cooper Clarke
There exists a punk rock film about a punk rock icon. A documentary which records and the celebrates the life and works of ‘punk poet’ John Cooper Clarke, looking at his life as a poet, a comedian and a recording artist, and revealing how he has remained a significant influence on contemporary culture over four decades, both underground and mainstream. A little snippet here…

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Hopetoun Brown Release ‘You Know I Know’ Music Video

Hopetoun Brown
Share animated music video for
‘You Know I Know’ (feat. Sophie Burbery)
See them live on Round The Horn tour this summer!

Following the release of their brand new single ‘You Know I Know’ featuring Sophie Burbery, Hopetoun Brown have today shared the official music video available to watch here.


Directed and animated by none other than the magical Finn Scholes, Hopetoun fans will be familiar with Finn’s fiery trumpet skills and incandescent piano playing, but they may be unaware of his talents as an accomplished visual artist and animator.

Finn’s experimental five-piece Carnivorous Plant Society often have Finn’s animations projected behind the band as they play, but now Hopetoun Brown has commissioned the creature of Ponsonby to draw their entire video, complete with all manner of surreal couples doin’ it in full colour!

Recorded with Jol Mulholland from Mt Eden studio The Oven, the speedy rap duet features neighbourhood synth scientist and MC Sophie Burbery, Weird Together percussionist/bongo player Issac Chadderton, and alto sax player Callum Passells.


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Estère Announces Nationwide Tour

Wellington artist Estère has announced she’ll be heading out to tour Aotearoa in support of acclaimed new mini-album My Design (Part 1), the first half of a double-album release.

My Design is a colourful patchwork of thoughts, feelings and stories, featuring the hypnotic ballad of gamechanger and Bordello resident, Magdelaine Lavirgin (‘Ambition’), the blue screen war of ‘Pro Bono Techno Zone’ and the conceptualisation of ‘control’ in her latest single ‘Control Freak’.

The futuristic singer and producer will be hitting the four main centres with “human and machine band” in tow, her previous national Pro Bono Techno Zone tour completely sold out so we recommend you get in quick.

Estère – My Design (Part 1) Tour

Friday 1st December, Caroline, Wellington
Saturday 2nd December, Golden Dawn, Auckland (doorsales only)
Thursday 7th December, Darkroom, Christchurch
Friday 8th December, Morning Magpie, Dunedin

Tickets via HERE at UTR / Slow Boat and RPM in Wellington / Relics Music in Dunedin

WATCH ‘Control Freak’ 

Estère’s new mini album ‘My Design (P1)’ is out now via Bandcamp.

Estere Online


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Greg Johnson & Mel Parsons Announce New NZ Tour Dates

Greg Johnson & Mel Parsons
Together in Concert – November 2017

Due to popular demand, two more Auckland shows have been added to Greg Johnson and Mel Parsons’ upcoming New Zealand tour.

With the first show sold out (The Vic – Nov 9) and the second selling fast (The Tuning Fork – Nov 10) this is a tour not to be missed! Secure your tickets to a heart-warming string of songs and swagger taking place across November in the depths of both North and South islands.

Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster (all Auckland shows) and Eventfinda (rest of NZ). A Ticketmaster pre-sale for the two extra shows starts 3pm today, with general sale from 9am Thursday.


Full tour details available from:
plus1.co.nz, melparsons.com & gregjohnsonmusic.com

Greg Johnson & Mel Parsons
Live in Concert:

Thurs 9 November: The Vic, Devonport (SOLD OUT)

Fri 10 November: The Tuning Fork, Auckland (SELLING FAST)

Sat 11 November: The Vic, Devonport *ADDED SHOW

Sun 12 November: St Peter’s Hall, Paekakariki (matinee show)

Sun 12 November: Meow, Wellington

Wed 15 November: Sherwood, Queenstown

Thurs 16 November: The Cook, Dunedin

Fri 17 November: Blue Smoke, Christchurch

Sat 18 November: Naval Pt Yacht Club, Lyttleton

Thurs 23 November: The Howick Club, Howick *ADDED SHOW

Fri 24 November: Totara St, Mount Maunganui

Sat 25 November: Haumoana Hall, Hawkes Bay

Sun 26 November: Nivara Lounge, Hamilton

Tickets to Auckland & Devonport shows: ticketmaster.co.nz
Tickets to all other shows: eventfinda.co.nz

For Mel, 2017 has been a busy year of touring New Zealand, Australia, and Europe in support of her highly acclaimed third album Drylands. She’s looking forward to wrapping up the year with this national tour – her first with Greg.

“We’re going to have great fun with each other’s songs. Touring around some of my favourite NZ venues on the cusp of summer with Greg and a great band – bring it on!”

“I met Mel when she opened for me in Queenstown in 2011,” says California-based Greg. “She impressed me a lot as a wonderful songwriter and since then she’s gone from strength to strength building an audience all around the world.

“I’m sure my crowd and her’s will cross over a fair bit, while the uninitiated are in for a great night of discovery”.

Greg’s forthcoming EP Low Frequency Word will be released ahead of the tour, and will be available on CD at all shows.

Expect plenty of songwriting gems from the pair responsible for the likes of ‘Save Yourself’, ‘Isabelle’, ‘Far Away’, ‘Don’t Wait Another Day’, ‘Get Out Alive’, ‘Now The Sun Is Out’, and many more!

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Live in New Zealand
With special guests, Pseudo Echo
Tickets onsale at Ticketmaster from August 31st

40 years after forming, UK synth-pop pioneers The Human League are coming to our shores for their first ever New Zealand show this December at Auckland’s Logan Campbell Centre! The much-loved trio of Phil Oakey, Susan Ann Sulley & Joanne Catherall will be joined by special guests, Australian New Wave sensations Pseudo Echo for a special night of the hits.

The Human League Live
with special guests, Pseudo Echo

Wednesday 6th December 2017
Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland

Tickets on sale from August 31st at Ticketmaster.co.nz
Ticketmaster member pre-sales from August 29th

Proudly presented by Plus1 & The Breeze

Throughout the 80s, The Human League were a permanent fixture on the New Zealand album & single charts. They held 6 x New Zealand Top 20 singles with their well known hits ‘(Keep Feeling) Fascination’, ‘Human’, ‘Love Action’ & ‘Don’t You Want Me’. Their 1981 breakthrough album, Dare was a #1 hit on the NZ album chart, and remained there for 40 consecutive weeks helping them become firm nightclub favourites during an exciting time of musical change.

Formed in the English city of Sheffield in 1977, The Human League were early pioneers of the British synth-pop movement, earning street cred within the art-pop scene of the late 70s. They signed to Virgin Records in 1979, the same year David Bowie described them as “the sound of the future”, and he was bang on.

The group continued to innovate and expand with Sulley and Catherall joining the band at the end of 1980. They had a worldwide smash with their third album Dare, which contained four hit singles including ‘Don’t You Want Me’.

In a career spanning nine studio albums and 20 million album sales, their songs are still sampled and played across dance floors worldwide and their live reputation grows with each passing year.

Complete details about The Human League live in New Zealand at: plus1.co.nz

The Human League Live
with special guests, Pseudo Echo

Wednesday 6th December 2017
Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland
Tickets on sale from August 31st at Ticketmaster.co.nz
Ticketmaster member pre-sales from August 29th

Proudly presented by Plus1 & The Breeze

Follow The Human League online:
Official Website

Find The Human League on Spotify / Apple Music




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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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.”


HAMILTON – Sunday 17th September – Playhouse
PORANGAHAU – Wednesday 27th September – Memorial Hall
FEATHERSTON -Thursday 28th September – Anzac Hall
OTAKI – Friday 29th September – Memorial Hall
NAPIER – Saturday 30th September – Municipal Theatre
NEW PLYMOUTH – Friday 6th October -Theatre Royal
WELLLINGTON – Saturday 7th October – Wellington High School, Riley Centre
TAUPO – Sunday 8th October – Great Lakes Centre
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


‘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).

He Ra Ano
Who We Are
Outta Here
Don’t Fall In Love
Blame You
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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