Westfest 2015 – Mt Smart Stadium (Concert Review)

5It seemed a little surreal…watching the leather-clad Judas Priest in the late afternoon sun as they banged out metal classics like Breaking The Law and Living After Midnight. Later the nearly-full moon (out) shined during Soundgarden’s closing set. But overall Westfest 2015 came across as well-organized, well-behaved and LOUD.

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

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Westfest Today!

Westfest Timetable-3Hey there rock and rollers…Westfest is happening today out at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium. The 13th Floor will be out in force reporting back with plenty of reviews and photos. To get you up to speed on the biggest names in the lineup, The 13th Floor has interviews with members of the three top acts. Read the interview with Judas Priest here. The interview with Soundgarden here. And the interview with Faith No More here.

Faith No MoreAnd speaking of Faith No More, they have just streamed another track from their soon-to-be-released new album, Sol Invictus. You can listen to Superhero here.

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Conor Oberst & The Felice Brothers – The Powerstation (Concert Review)

DSC_9320This was one show you didn’t want to be late for. Openers The Felice Brothers alone were worth the trip to the Powerstation and when it was revealed that they would also serve as Conor Oberst’s backing band, well, that sealed the deal, making this one very special night, indeed.

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

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Sarah Square Eye: Film File – March 2, 2015 (Film Reviews)

Second Best Exotic Marigold HotelSarah McMullan aka Sarah SquareEye reviews film and television for Radio NZ National every Friday afternoon. She watches them all first so you know if they’re worth your time and money. This week Sarah reviews The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon.

Click here to read this week’s film reviews.

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J Mascis – The Studio (Concert Review)

IMG_0618You could have been forgiven, were you not a fan of J Mascis, had you not noticed that he had taken the stage at The Studio last night. As a guitar tech finished off a few final adjustments on a cutaway Gibson acoustic, the house lights still up, a man in jeans and a black, patterned T-shirt walked up to the red drumstool at the front of the stage, sat down behind the microphone and the music stand that held a stack of lyric sheets, picked up a guitar and started playing.

Click here to read the entire review along with a photo gallery by Steve McCabe.

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Shakey Graves – Tuning Fork (Concert Review)

DSC_9147Preconceptions can throw you off. I expected the audience at Shakey Graves’ Tuning Fork show to be older and more laid back. Instead the sold-out crowd seemed to be mostly in their 20s and ready to party. I also expected the music made by the Austin, Texas-based musician to be a mix of country and folk. Instead it was electric blues and rock and roll.

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

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Peter Hook And The Light – The Studio (Concert Review)

IMG_0385Before the Happy Mondays and the Stone Roses, long before Oasis, Peter Hook was a mainstay of the Manchester music scene, playing bass first in Joy Division and then, following the death of Ian Curtis, New Order. But New Order are infrequent performers of late, and its members, increasingly, are solo artists. Bernard Sumner, the guitarist who assumed vocal duties following Curtis’ death, has recorded with The Smiths’ Johnny Marr, and Peter Hook, no longer, technically, a bandmember, is touring with The Light.

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

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Finns at the Zoo – Auckland Zoo (Concert Review)

IMG_8676What do you call seven Finns in a rotunda – a flock, a festoon, a filth or a frolic? This is the question posed by New Zealand’s first family of pop as they wrap up a set of magical songs at Auckland Zoo.

Crowds arrive with picnic baskets and beach-chairs and stroll through the zoo, checking out the animals and purchasing hot chips before settling in their thousands around the band rotunda.

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

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Atmosphere and more, news Friday 27th Feb

It’s a Friday and good news abounds; firstly, Napalm Death and Carcass have announced a second Valhalla show, and I am pretty fucking jealous, so if you missed out on the first sold out show don’t be a fool a second time and get your damn tickets asap!

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Go Mental With The Pop Group (Interview)

thepopgroup170215-616x440Hailing from Bristol, The Pop Group had a brief, but important musical career, forming in 1977, at the height of the punk movement and splitting up just three years later. During that time the band released two albums and became one of the pioneering post-punk band by incorporating dub, reggae, funk and Krautrock into their raw punk attitute. All these with a sharp, political eye. Now the band is back and fully in tact with a new album, Citizen Zombie and a tour that brings them to Auckland on March 4th. The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda spoke to The Pop Group’s front man, Mark Stewart and found that he is as passionate and dedicated to pushing musical and social boundaries as he was almost 40 years ago.

Click here to listen to, or read, the interview with The Pop Group’s Mark Stewart.

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