New Music & Arts Festival Coming This Summer

McLaren Falls FestivalA major new international music and arts festival arrives in Tauranga this January, providing an opportunity to stamp the region’s unique mark firmly upon the New Zealand summer festival circuit. 
The McLaren Falls Music & Arts Festival will take place at the picturesque McLaren Falls Park, Bay of Plenty from 10-12 January 2016. The lake and bush setting nestled below the Kaimai Ranges – and only 20 minutes drive from Tauranga – features rolling hills, glow worm caves and forests, and an onsite camping experience amongst the wilderness.

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

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On Being Evel: Documenting a Real-Life Super Hero (Interview)

being_evelYou’ve probably heard of Evel Knievel, the larger-than-life daredevil who spent his life jumping over everything from rattlesnakes and cougars to buses and canyons on his trusty Harley-Davidson motorcycle. By the mid-1970s he was bigger than Elvis, and with a jump suit to match. Oscar-winning film maker Daniel Junge has just make a documentary about the real Evel Knievel and it promises to be a highlight of this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival. Junge interviewed seemingly everyone who ever met Robert “Evel” Knievel, including his long-suffering wife, his business associates (including the one who’s arms he broke with a baseball bat) and his son, Robbie, who has attempted to follow in his father’s dubious footsteps. Its a riveting story, and Junge has brought modern-day daredevil Johnny Knoxville along to help tell it. The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda spoke with director Daniel Junge about the making of Being Evil...the man who attempted to jump the Snake River Canyon on a rocket-powered motorcycle.

Click here to listen to, or read the interview with Oscar-winning film director Daniel Junge.

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Devilskin Announce The Mountains and the Moon Tour

DEVILSKIN TOUR POSTERDevilskin are stoked to announce the Mountains and the Moon Tour 2015 – presented by The Rock and supported by special guests Villainy.

After the release of their no.1 platinum album We Rise, a sell-out 20 date New Zealand album release tour and their headline Surrender Summer Tour in 2014, the band took their mesmerizing rock act internationally. Devilskin played at venues including The Borderline in London and the infamous Whisky a Go Go on LA’s Sunset Strip, and alongside rock royalty Slash, Motley Crue and Alice Cooper. The band have since been busy recording new songs in the United Kingdom with their producer Clint Murphy (We Rise). But now they are back and amping to get back onto the road to deliver an explosive new set of songs to local fans.

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

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Watch Rackets’ 13th Floor Video Session!!

Rackets KAAuckland-based trio Rackets wrap up an incredible week of playing over 20 gigs when they appear at The Kings Arms tonight. The week started this past Sunday at The 13th Floor when the band played a short set and spoke to Marty Duda. Here now, is the full session including a highlight from their new album, Walking The Skeleton, in addition to an old favourite and a brand new song, Palm Springs, that the band has yet to record.

Watch Rackets 13th Floor Video Session here:

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Interview: Lindsay Schoolcraft of Cradle of Filth

Tove Partington sat down with the stunningly talented Lindsay Schoolcraft, the voice of Cradle of Filth’s female vocals, keyboard and harp. Talking about being a woman in a male dominated industry, veganisim and Cradle of Filths (hopefully) upcoming tour of New Zealand, give it a watch below!

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Interview: Dani Filth talks new album, “Hammer Of The Witches.”

Tove Partington sat down on International Goth Day with Dani Filth, frontman of Cradle of Filth to talk about the new album “Hammer Of The Witches”, history, and the long awaited New Zealand Tour. Have a listen to find out more!

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Terminator Genisys (Film Review)

Terminator-Genisys_superbowl-online-art_01Ahunld’s back!

In this massively explosive entry in the hugely popular franchise based on the 1984 smash hit classic, The Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to the fray doting in his unique robotic way on Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) as she tries to reconcile her life and future motherhood with her grown-up son John (Jason Clarke – no relation) and father of her child, Kyle Reece (Jai Courtney). All while the rumbles of war are rolling down various alternate time-lines, threatening their lives and the existence of mankind.

Click here to read the entire film review and view the trailer.

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Bic Runga & Tiny Ruins – The Wintergarden at The Civic (Concert Review)

DSC_6219There was never any doubt that this was going to be a special night of music. Each of these artists has already proven to be among this country’s finest singer-songwriters. The question was, what would they sound like together and what songs would they choose to collaborate on?

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

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Weekend Deeds July 2-5 2015 (Auckland Gig Guide)

Dedee1Here’s Dedee with this weekend’s best bets for musical bliss…

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Watch Rackets at The 13th Floor

Rackets 2015Auckland band Rackets are in the middle of their biggest week ever, performing over 20 shows in and around the city after releasing their new album, Walking The Skeleton. They started it all this past Sunday at The 13th Floor where they performed three songs. We’ll have the entire session ready to post soon, but here now is Rackets performing Staple Guard at The 13th Floor.

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Gin Wigmore – Powerstation (Concert Review)

DSC_5978With a new album only just released this week, Gin Wigmore played her first show in well over a year and Auckland’s Powerstation. On stage, she mentioned she was concerned that her fans may have forgotten her. But there was no need to worry as the venerable venue was packed.

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

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From Cher To Zappa: The Wrecking Crew Pt. 2 (Interview)

WreckingCrewLogoHere is part two of our interview with film director Denny Tedesco. Denny directed The Wrecking Crew, the story of the LA session musicians who anonymously played on just about every hit record recorded in LA during the 1960s including those by The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Glen Campbell, Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Byrds and Sonny & Cher, to name just a few. Denny’s father, Tommy Tedesco was a session guitarist and a major player among The Wrecking Crew along with drummer Hal Blaine, bassist Carol Kaye and keyboard player Leon Russell. The film has been in production for 20 years and has finally gained wide distribution after Tedesco was able to raise enough money to pay for the music rights…an earlier cut was shown at selected festivals in 2008. The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda spoke to Denny Tedesco at length about the making of The Wrecking Crew, a film the grew from being about a group of musicians, into something much more personal. In part two,Denny tells us how he got Cher and Frank Zappa to agree to be in the film.

Click here to listen to, or read, part two of the interview with Denny Tedesco.

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The Granite Shore – Once More From The Top (Album Review)

Granite Shore Once More From The TopOnce More From The Top is the debut album from The Granite Shore, a band made up of a number of veterans from the 70s music scene, including Mike Kellie from Spooky Tooth and The Only Ones, as well as Steve Perrin and Mike Finney from The Distractions. A concept album, Once More From The Top could be described as a relaxing, swaying album with simple sounds that manages to create a series of tracks that flow together to construct a sometimes-melancholy, sometimes-uplifting tale of the life and rebirth of a band. To this end, the album is split in two: the first five tracks are In Public; the second five Behind The Scenes.

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

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Rise Against Return To NZ

Photo_The Black1_300RGBThey’re one of punk’s most exciting, politically social bands, renowned for energetic live shows and dizzying, larger than life anthems. Frontier Touring is thrilled to welcome back acclaimed Chicago four-piece Rise Against, returning to Australia and New Zealand this December. Last on our shores in February/March as special guests of the Foo Fighters – joining Dave Grohl and co. on their Sonic Highways national stadium tour – the ‘I Don’t Wanna Be Here Anymore’ and ‘Tragedy + Time’ rockers return this summer to perform four very special headline shows, in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland.

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SNFU: Drunk on a Boat!

The history of Punk in Canada (let alone the World) can not be told without the mention of these 4 letters: SNFU. In 1996 they rocked Australia and New Zealand and 2015 sees a return of Chi and his motley crew!

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