What’s new in New Zealand cinemas this week? 3 Mile Limit looks at the origins of Radio Haurkai; 300: Rise of an Empire sees a woman kicking Greek ass for a change; Vampire Academy says school sucks but does yet another teenage vampire movie suck too? And did you see The Rocket at last years Film Festival? Here’s your chance to find out why you should see it now…
My musical pilgrimage to see Paul Brady in the Wellington International Arts Festival was a dream come true. The Northern Irishman is a songwriter’s songwriter: name-checked by Dylan as one of his top five songscribes. It’s easy to see why. He is a hero in Ireland much the same way as Bruce Springsteen is adulated in the States. Though he is a superb performer, singer and songwriter, and his songs have been covered by the likes of Tina Turner, Bonnie Raitt and even Cher, ‘superstar’ recognition outside Ireland seems woefully absent.
Scottish musician KT Tunstall is due to perform in New Zealand in May. Last time she was here, she took part in Neil Finn’s Seven Worlds Collide project. This time around, she’s on her own, in support of her latest album, Invisible Empire/Crescent Moon.The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda spoke to KT Tunstall about her latest musical adventures and what we can expect from these upcoming shows.
Maximo Park returns with their fifth studio album and in the most parts it’s a good ‘un. The album started life as an EP they started with help from Field Music’s David and Peter Brewis and blossomed into the full grown article as the band took the majority of the producers role themselves.
Well, it didn’t win an Oscar, but it should have. The Act Of Killing lost out to 20 Feet From Stardom, for this year’s Best Documentary Feature, but chances are you will not see a more startling, more original and more frightening film in a long time. It does what a good documentary should do…shed light on a previously unknown condition and encourage thoughtful discussion. It also reveals some of the darkest aspects of the human mind.
UK legend Lloyd Cole will perform eight concerts across New Zealand from early June, with our own master-songwriter Greg Johnson returning from Los Angeles to join the bill. June 5 to 15 sees the pair perform in Auckland, Matakana, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin.
Tickets for all shows are on general sale from 9am Thursday March 13. See plus1.co.nz for complete details.
Why is it so chilly this morning?? That’s what I was thinking as I fished out my dressing gown at 5.30am for the first cup of tea. What the hell was I doing up that early you may ask? Fair point.
The Tuning Fork at Vector Arena is proud to announce that Tift Merritt will make her New Zealand live debut at the venue on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The 2004 Grammy nominee for Best Country Album will be playing tracks from her extensive catalogue of songs, including her latest album, Traveling Alone.
THE TUNING FORK @ VECTOR ARENA
WEDNESDAY, 23 APRIL, 2014
After spending six years with Drive-By Truckers, singer/guitarist Jason Isbell left the group in 2007 to pursue a solo career. Last seen in New Zealand supporting Ryan Adams in 2012, (the same year he won an Americana Award for Song of the Year), he will return in 2014 with his full band, a brilliant new album under his arm and new songs to play in the intimate surrounds of The Tuning Fork.
Live @ The Tuning Fork
April 12th 2014
Tickets selling fast from ticketmaster 0800 111999