Song To Sam – The Wine Cellar (Photo Gallery)

DSC_5725It seems like everyone was there. The event was Song To Sam…a tribute to Sam Prebble, the Auckland-based musician who passed away last month. The Wine Cellar was overflowing with friends, family and colleagues, there to share stories and songs and help raise money for Sam’s family. The line-up was a vitirual who’s-who of the New Zealand indie-folk scene…The Bads, The Eastern, Bernie Griffen, Reb Fountain, Great North, Steve Abel, Hopetoun Brown, Ivy Rossiter…to name a few. Sam’s friend and bandmate Dylan Storey seemed to be handling most of the hosting duties on stage.

Click here to view Michael Flynn’s photo gallery.

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Vika Bull: At Last! (Interview)

304935-vika-bull-as-etta-jamesAlong with her sister Linda, Vika Bull has been a fixture on the Australian music scene for over 20 years. Most recently, they added their voices to CW Stoneking’s latest album. But Vika Bull will be in Auckland on Friday, November 28 to perform At Last: The Etta James Story at the ASB Theatre. Vika and her big band will tell the story of the legendary singer from her beginnings in the early 1950s all the way to her death in 2012. Along the way you’ll hear classics like I’d Rather Be Blind, Tell Mama, Roll With Me Henry and, of course, At Last. Vika Bull stopped by The 13th Floor along with her guitarist Dion Hirini, to talk about At Last and recording with CW Stoneking.

Click here to listen to, or read, the interview with Vika Bull. 

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The Eastern & Reb Fountain – Auckland Old Folks Association (Concert Review)

IMG_7653Reb Fountain picked up a guitar and started singing without introduction, and the crowd fell silent at once. Fountain has a voice best described as “ethereal”: almost too good to be real. After the first song, she complimented the audience on their listening skills.

Click here to read the entire review along with the set list and a photo gallery by Rachel Rayner.

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The Rolling Stones – Mt Smart Stadium (Concert Review)

27How can you not love them? They are The Rolling Stones. They are the very definition of rock and roll. And here, in 2014, they are still rocking, still sounding like a real band, playing real songs.

Click here to read the entire review along with the complete set list and a photo gallery by David Watson.

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Hurray For The Riff Raff – The Tuning Fork (Concert Review)

DSC_1016There’s a lot of live music to choose from this weekend, but you’d be hard-pressed to have a better time than spending the evening with these folks from New Orleans. Although Hurray For The Riff Raff have been around for the better part of seven years, its only with the recent release of their album Small Town Heroes that they’ve been getting any attention in this part of the world.

Click here to read the entire review along with the complete set list and a photo gallery by Michael Flynn.

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See Our New Zealand Music Awards 2014 Photo Gallery

untitled-68Congratulations to all winners and nominees at this year’s New Zealand Music Awards. We, at The 13th Floor, were especially thrilled to see Tiny Ruins get some much-deserved recognition. Photographer David Watson brought his trusty camera to the Vector Arena and captured plenty of action, both on the red carpet and in the media area backstage. So, click here to view David’s New Zealand Music Awards photo gallery.

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Cairo Knife Fight: Ready To Rock (Interview)

cairoknifefightWith their first album in the can and ready for release, Cairo Knife Fight are ready to make a big noise in 2015. One way they will achieve that goal is playing alongside their friends. Shihad, on what promises to be THE rock & roll tour of the summer season. Joining Shihad and Cairo Knife Fight are Airbourne and I Am Giant as they play 7 dates from December 27th to January 3rd, including a New Years Eve show in Christchurch. Cairo Knife Fight’s Nick Gaffaney sat down with The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda to talk about his band’s upcoming album and the Fivey tour which recently took place in Australia.

Click here to listen to, or read, the interview with Cairo Knife Fight.

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Tribute Show For Sam Prebble This Sunday

10675530_10153536156601393_3282584601428161778_nOn Sunday the 23rd of November friends will gather at The Wine Cellar to honour and remember Sam Prebble and to help raise funds for his family. There will be music from The Eastern, Great North, Bernie Griffen, Steve Abel, The Bads, Reb Fountain, Dylan Storey, Brendan Turner, Dave Khan, Hopetoun Brown, Callum Gentleman, Tom Cunliffe, Scott J Mason, Rodney Fisher and many more.
Entry by Koha. Doors open at 5.30.

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Broods Announce Evergreen Tour 2015

Broods posterAfter  spending the last few months touring across the USA as special guests of Sam Smith, next  February Broods will return home for their biggest New Zealand tour to date;  taking in six major centres and performing to all age crowds everywhere! This year’s breakout headline tour sold out at lightning speed and further shows had to be added to meet public demand. This time Caleb and Georgia Nott AKA Broods will bring their outstanding show to Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, New Plymouth, Auckland and Hamilton.

Click here to read the entire press release for more details. 

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White Fence — For The Recently Found Innocent (Album Review)

White FencesThere’s nothing inherently wrong with quirky — in small doses it can be highly effective. But Tim Presley (his real name, apparently; he records as White Fence, as you do) seems to think that if a little bit of quirky can make music interesting, a hell of a lot will make it a hell of a lot more interesting. But just as a little salt brings out the flavour of a dish, but a couple of cups will simply leave it inedible, if the dial labelled “quirky” is left turned up to 13, the effect wears off really, really quickly, and the result simply gets a little wearying.

Click here to read the entire review and listen to a track from the new album.

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