Watch Anthonie Tonnon’s 13th Floor Video Session

Anthonie Tonnon helps celebrate New Zealand Music Month with a visit to The 13th Floor where he talks to Marty Duda and performs three songs from his latest album, Successor. Be sure to catch Anthonie’s vinyl release show at Freida Margolis in Grey Lynn, Auckland on Sunday, June 7th. 

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Sarah Square Eye: May 27, 2015 (Film Reviews)

Sarah Bio PicSarah 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 Slow West, Spy  and Poltergeist 2015.

Click here to read this week’s film reviews. 

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Lydia Lunch: I Was A Teen Terrorist (Interview -Pt2)

lydia-lunch-promo-photo-2014 bLydia Lunch is many things…musician, poet, conceptualist, photographer…basically a walking work of art. Lydia was at the cutting edge of New York City’s No Wave movement when her band Teenage Jesus & The Jerks first began recording and performing in the late 1970s. She’s never stopped creating, working with the likes of Thurston Moore, Robert Quine, Rowland S Howard and Jeffrey Lee Pierce along the way. She’s just opened a retrospective exhibit in New York titled, Lydia Lunch: So Real It Hurts and released a new album with her band Retrovirus titled Urge To Kill. Lydia and her band, featuring original Sonic Youth drummer Bob Bert, revisit some of her classic tunes along with a few of her old favourites. In part two of the interview, The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda talks to Lydia about her early days in NYC with Teenage Jesus, her legacy and, to start things off, her days as a teenager in Rochester, NY, hanging out at the iconic music store, The House Of Guitars.

Click here to listen to, or read part two of the Lydia Lunch interview.

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Seasick Steve – Sonic Soul Surfer (Album Review)

Seasick Steve Sonic Soul SurferFeaturing a blend of blues, folk and foot stomping rock, Seasick Steve continues to explore his sound on his latest studio release Sonic Soul Surfer. And if you’ve come to love Seasick Steve for his signature gritty blues sound, don’t worry – there’s plenty of it. The 6-minute opener Roy’s Gang is a good example of this signature sound with its repetitive and quick blues riff and basic percussion, and is a self-reassuring tour anthem that sets the tone and energy for the album. However, it doesn’t take long for the album to open up.

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

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Sarah Square Eye: May 25, 2015 (Film Review)

Kansai Ziggy KnitSarah 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 a documentary whose subject is very dear to her…David Bowie. Click here to read Sarah’s review of David Bowie Is…

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Lauryn Hill Joins Soulfest Lineup

Lauryn-Hill-Net-WorthSoulFest International in association with Ginnen Group, are pleased to announce the final artist line-up for SoulFest 2015. This unique music festival is dedicated to bringing you some of the world’s finest contemporary Neo-Soul and Hip-Hop Artists, and is pleased to announce the return to New Zealand of acclaimed hip-hop and soul singer Ms. Lauryn Hill, Grammy Winning R&B star Miguel, legendary hip-hop duo Black Star (consisting of Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def and Talib Kweli), and the amazing 9 x Grammy nominated singer Jazmine Sullivan.

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

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Matthew E. White – Fresh Blood (Album Review)

Matthew E White Fresh BloodVirginian singer-songwriter Matthew E. White is back with Fresh Blood, and more of his unique soul-infused folk-gospel sound. And boy is it hard to sit still while listening to his funky big-band tunes.

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

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Watch Anthonie Tonnon Perform Bird Brains at The 13th Floor

DSC_0290Anthonie Tonnon stopped by The 13th Floor last week to chat with Marty Duda and perform songs from his new album, Successor. We’ll have the entire video session ready for you shortly, but in the mean time, here’s Anthonie playing an acoustic version of Bird Brains from Successor.

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Lydia Lunch: Pleasure Is The Only Rebellion (Interview)

lydia_lunch_nmphotosLydia Lunch is many things…musician, poet, conceptualist, photographer…basically a walking work of art. Lydia was at the cutting edge of New York City’s No Wave movement when her band Teenage Jesus & The Jerks first began recording and performing in the late 1970s. She’s never stopped creating, working with the likes of Thurston Moore, Robert Quine, Rowland S Howard and Jeffrey Lee Pierce along the way. She’s just opened a retrospective exhibit in New York titled, Lydia Lunch: So Real It Hurts and released a new album with her band Retrovirus titled Urge To Kill. Lydia and her band, featuring original Sonic Youth drummer Bob Bert, revisit some of her classic tunes along with a few of her old favourites. The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda spoke to Lydia about the new album and about her time working with Jeffrey Lee Pierce and Rowland S Howard. But first, the subject of political action came up. Both Marty and Lydia hail from Rochester, New York, and both experienced, firsthand the race riots of the mid-1960s that took place in Rochester and in many other American cities. Which brings us to the topic of contemporary political protest…

Click here to listen to, or read part one of The 13th Floor interview with Lydia Lunch.

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Shihad – The Powerstation (Concert Review)

13thfloor - Shihad-11Sometimes bands and venues just seem to naturally fit…The Rolling Stones and the Marquee Club, The Grateful Dead and The Fillmore West, The Ramones and CBGB’s. Here in New Zealand we have Shihad and The Powerstation. The veteran band returned to their natural home to perform their album, Killjoy, celebrating 20 years since its release.

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

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Watch Pras Michel’s 13th Floor Interview

Screen Edge LogoFilm producer and former Fugee Pras Michel stopped by The 13th Floor to talk about his documentary Sweet Micky For President with Marty Duda. Now showing at the Documentary Edge Festival, Sweet Micky For President tells the unlikely, but true story of Haitian pop star Michel Martelly (aka Sweet Micky) and his campaign for the presidency of Haiti. In addition to producing the film, Pras plays a major role in the events leading up to the election, including convincing Martelly to run. The result is one of the most bizarre and eye-opening political documentaries you are likely to see. Watch the interview with Pras Michel here:

And here are details about Pras Michel’s Auckland public discussion of the film:

sweet-mickyFREE EVENT
DOC Talk: In conversation with Pras Michel
Sat 23 May 4.30 – 5.30pm
The Vault at Q Theatre

Wallace Chapman will host a conversation with former Fugees star, Pras Michel will discuss his involvement in Michel Martelly’s presidential campaign in Haiti, the subject of which is the focus of the festival’s opening film, Sweet Micky For President.

Click here to read The 13th Floor review of Sweet Micky For President.

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Jamie Lawson Coming To The Tuning Fork

JL_FRONTIER_900X428He recently toured our shores as the special guest of Ed Sheeran and has a platinum single on the airwaves right now. Frontier Touring is thrilled to welcome back British singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson, who’ll perform intimate headline shows across Australia and New Zealand this August.

Sat 29 Aug                
Tuning Fork  Auckland, NZ  (All-Ages)
ticketmaster.co.nz  Ph: 0800 111 999

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

 

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Mumford & Sons — Wilder Mind (Album Review)

mumford-sons-wilder-mindWhen a band’s sound is tightly linked to one instrument, then the decision to jettison that instrument is one that needs to be taken with care. Marcus Mumford has said that the decision to replace the banjo that defined his band on their first two albums,  with an electric guitar on their third LP, Wilder Mind, came out of the new songs Mumford & Sons were essaying during soundchecks as they toured their previous album, Babel.

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

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SNFU Announce NZ Tour

3796621314_1f013bb257_bThe history of Punk in Canada (let alone the World) can not be told without the mention of these 4 letters: SNFU. 2015 sees SNFU gearing up to hit the road again to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their influential debut album “and no one else wanted to play”. Australian and New Zealand fans can expect to hear a few favorites off that record as well as a healthy dose of classic material from the SNFU back catalogue:

Friday 21st August, Wellington – Valhalla, 8pm

Saturday 22nd August, Auckland – Whammy Bar, 8pm

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

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10cc To Tour NZ

10ccEnglish art rock band 10cc are returning to New Zealand for seven shows in Auckland,New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga and Hamiltonthis November 10-17. 10cc, comprising Graham Gouldman, Rick Fenn, Mick Wilson, Mike Stevens and Paul Burgess, were hot favourites when they performed in NZ to over 50,000 people at a summer concert tour last year.

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

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