Last night, Dinosaur Jr. performed “Goin Down” on Conan, one of many highlights off their excellent new record Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not – out now on Jagjaguwar. The previous night, J. Mascis proved his comedy chops by defeating professional comedians Steve Agee and Dave Hill on @midnight with Chris Hardwick. Check out J’s game-winning jokes below. Continue reading
Flamboyant English hard-rockers The Darkness have announced their first ever New Zealand tour – with shows in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in April 2017 – and they will be joined by Kiwi legends Push Push, reforming after 24 years!
Relive the classics from The Darkness’ outstanding debut album, Permission To Land (2003) right through to their most recent album, Last Of Our Kind. Expect gems like “I Believe In A Thing Called Love“, “Growing On Me“, “Love Is Only A Feeling“, “One Way Ticket” and many more. Continue reading
Together, long-time collaborators and partners Griffen and Warner are a force to be reckoned with. Melding together their formidable individual talents as songwriters and performers, the pair will be performing the heart-wrenching material off Bernie Griffen and The Thin Men’s critically-acclaimed album, Salvation, along with the captivating poetry of Kirsten Warner.
With much excitement UK 2 Tone and Ska legends The Specials were the first announced to play WOMAD NZ 2017.
Now, WOMAD NZ is over the moon to announce that joining them are: from Brazil, Grammy-nominee Bebel Gilberto, daughter of renowned singer João Gilberto performing her own laidback style of bossa nova; the French-Chilean musician, Ana Tijoux, whose sound captures where the street meets tradition; Vietnamese musicians Hanoi Masters who use half-forgotten traditional instruments to convey deep, personal connections to the upheavals of the Vietnam War; the New Orleans brass group Hot 8 Brass Band (USA), who will bring their signature blend of hip-hop, jazz and funk; “The Songbird of Wassoulou” Oumou Sangare (Mali) who is known for her seamless mix of old and new sounds that create a haunting backdrop for political lyrics, making her passion clear in any language and Sudha Ragunathan (India) who will take you to the heart of Carnatic music with her voice of gold.
Local artists include Wellington producer and multi instrumentalist Lord Echo who blends boogie-laced Funk, disco-primed Reggae, futuristic Soul, and timeless African rhythms. Hailing from Auckland is Mt Eden, expect them to fire up their trademark extended build-ups, drum solos, double and triple drops and Auckland based Sons Of Zion whose fusion of reggae, heavy rock, dub and funk will get you dancing.
There are many, many, more exciting artists to discover at the WOMAD 2017 Festival, more below.
Drawing on blues, psychedelia, acid rock, Led Zeppelin, and the Velvet Underground, the Vancouver five piece Black Mountain are coming to New Zealand for the first time and bringing with them, their fourth proper album, IV.
Quirky Melbourne-based band TERRY have announced an upcoming tour of New Zealand. Made up of two couples, this eccentric ensemble will be making a thorough round of NZ’s major cities as well as a raft of small towns. Check out tour dates below.
HOT OFF THE HEELS OF RELEASING THEIR NEW ALBUM,
NOSEBLEED WEEKEND (Smack Face Records)
AND A NATIONWIDE U.S. TOUR WITH PUNK HEAVY WEIGHTS, REFUSED…
The Coathangers head down under for the first time ever in New Zealand, to play two shows in Auckland and Christchurch.
When The Coathangers started up in 2006, their aspirations were humble. “I think all bands in their early twenties start for fun,” says guitarist/vocalist Julia Kugel when talking about their early years of cheeky no-wave and irreverent garage rock. But Julia and her bandmates Meredith Franco (bass/vocals) and Stephanie Luke (drums/vocals) were serious about their craft, and that combination of modest outside expectations and absolute dedication to their music made for exhilarating live shows and contagious records. Continue reading
Pre-order ‘THIS’ ROAD single now from iTunes
RELEASE DATE: Friday 3rd June, 2016
Trinity Roots last outing was a year ago with almost 15 sold out shows from Invercargill in the South to Leigh in the North. June 2016, the inimitable three piece are set to deliver their latest album ‘Citizen’ to main centres of New Zealand. Continue reading
Goth-rockers THE MISSION return to NZ for 30th Anniversary
Auckland, Powerstation – Saturday 19 November