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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Mick Harvey – The Tuning Fork (Concert Review)

MickHarvey-25Perhaps not surprisingly, the vibe at Mick Harvey’s show at Auckland’s Tuning Fork was similar in tone to Nick Cave’s solo shows this past December…just smaller in scale. Harvey delivered a short, emotionally-charged set, fired up by his excellent guitarist JP Shilo.

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

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Chris Cornell Returns To New Zealand

2014ChrisCornell_Getty180970684_110314_0CHRIS CORNELL – multi-Grammy award-winning, Golden Globe nominated and acclaimed singer songwriter – has announced solo acoustic tour dates for November 2015. The tour will provide fans the chance to see Cornell perform songs drawn from throughout his entire career, as well as new songs from his highly anticipated forthcoming studio album (scheduled for a September release) in an unplugged, up close and personal setting.

Tickets for all shows will go on sale at 10am, Monday June 1.

ISAAC THEATRE ROYAL, CHRISTCHURCH

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 20

MICHAEL FOWLER CENTRE, WELLINGTON

MONDAY NOVEMBER 23

ASB THEATRE, AUCKLAND

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 26

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

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Watch Mick Harvey’s 13th Floor Interview

Mick at 13th FloorFormer Bad Seed Mick Harvey is about to embark on a four-date tour of New Zealand starting tonight with a show at Auckland’s Tuning Fork with his band, The Intoxicated Men. Mick stopped by The 13th Floor earlier today to talk to Marty Duda. Watch as Harvey reveals details of the latest PJ Harvey recording sesssions, his writing process and what fans can expect to hear on his current tour.

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New Music From The Phoenix Foundation

Phoenix Foundation MountainThe Phoenix Foundation have just released a new single, entitled, Mountain. The band plans to release their sixth album, Give Up Your Dreams, on August 7th. You can pre-order the album here. In the mean time, check out Mountain here: 

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David Bowie Is (Film Review)

Installation Shot of David Bowie is at the V&A is courtesy David Bowie Archive (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London (3)Here’s a strange beast…a film about an exhibition about David Bowie.  The highly acclaimed David Bowie Is exhibition is due to take up residency in Melbourne beginning in July and this documentary, shot on the last day of the original exhibition at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum in 2013, serves as a primer for the big event down under.

Click here to read the entire film review and watch a trailer. 

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