Benjamin Booker — Benjamin Booker (Album Review)

Benjamin-booker-selftitled-debut-full-length_91There are moments, when one listens to the eponymous debut album from Benjamin Booker, a 25-year-old singer, songwriter and guitarist from Virginia who is making something of a name for himself in the United States currently, which could make one thing that one might be listening to the birth of a mighty talent.

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

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Elvis’ Original TCB Band and John Rowles Together For Historic NZ Tour

Elvis TCB PosterFor the first time ever the legendary Original Elvis TCB Band joins New Zealand music icon John Rowles on an historic, nine-centre, New Zealand tour. This once in a lifetime concert tour brings together these living legends, playing their greatest songs and more, featuring some of the most famous Elvis Presley and John Rowles hits, including Love Me Tender, Heartbreak Hotel, Suspicious Minds, If I Only Had Time and Cheryl Moana Maree, as well as other all-time classics from the era.

The concert will feature original TCB band members James Burton (guitar), Ronnie Tutt (drums), Glen D. Hardin (piano), together with Norbert ‘Put’ Putnam (bass).

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

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Aloe Blacc Now At Powerstation

Aloe-Blacc-Spirit1Acclaimed R’n’B artist Aloe Blacc is returning to New Zealand for two shows this October. ZM and SEATL are excited to bring Aloe’s infectious brand of Southern Californian soul to our shores for the second time, following a sold out tour in 2011. The Auckland show on 21 October — originally scheduled for the Auckland Town Hall — is now to take place at the Powerstation, with support from esteemed local solo artist Estère. The Wellington show on Thursday 23 October is at the St James Cabaret, again with Estère in support. All tickets previously purchased for this tour will be valid on the door at the new venue.

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Will Wood – Wine Cellar (Concert Review)

DSC_1075Auckland’s Will Wood launched his new album, Broken Man, at the Wine Cellar last night and got some help from his friends.

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

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Sarah Square Eye: Film File (Film Reviews)

Sarah Bio PicSarah McMullan aka Sarah SquareEye reviews film and television for Radio NZ National every Friday afternoon. She’s watches them all first so you know if they’re worth your time and money.This week Sarah reviews Sin City: A Dame To Kill For 3D, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Lunchbox and Locke.

Click here to read the reviews and view the trailers.

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Neil Finn – The Powerstation (Concert Review)

DSC_0662“Welcome to the alternative election night special…no Mike Hosking!” For those of us for whom the election didn’t go quite the way we wanted it, there could be no better way to spend the evening but in the company of Neil Finn and his band. Thoughts of election night quickly evaporated as Neil put on a show that can only be described as a tour de force…31 songs over two and a half hours with highlights beginning with the support act.

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

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In His Own Words: Will Wood Introduces Broken Man

Will_Wood_1_by_Tom_Landon-Lane_resizeAfter drumming for The Broadsides and Bernie Griffen and The Grifters, Will Wood has stepped up front and recorded his first album as a solo artist. Broken Man became available on Friday, September 19th on CD and on beautiful golden vinyl. Will and his all-star band will be at Auckland’s Wine Cellar on Sunday, September 21st for an Will Woodalbum-launch show. But in the meantime listen here as Will Wood discusses several key tracks from Broken Man exclusively on The 13th Floor

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360- Utopia (Album Review)

360-000004652289To put it sensitively, Australian Hip Hop is an ‘interesting’ beast. Just making myself clear, I’m not talking about any of the incredible artists that world-class progressive labels like Future Classic (ie Chet Faker, Basenji, Flume), or Wondercore (ie Hiatus Kaiyote, Noah Slee, Miles Bonny) are working with. There’s also a slew of awesome producers in Oz running the entire genre gamut. There is also however, something ‘special’ about the popular mainstream Australian emcees.

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Fantastic Fest 2014 – Day One

Come at me bro!Here’s the latest from Steve Austin in Austin:
 It’s 3am and Day One of Fantastic Fest is now complete here in Austin, Texas. The gathering of hardcore film fans is happening for real on a pretty massive scale (despite a hugely stormy night and lots of rain during the day). There has been heaps of interesting new cinema watched already, lots of food eaten, plenty of booze drunk and lots of partying to be had.

 Honestly, I need to get to bed before more screenings in the morning, but here are some pics I’ve taken of the people and events from that absolutely kick-ass first day.

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Boy & Bear – Powerstation (Concert Review)

3 (2)The mini-Australian invasion continues as Sydney’s Boy & Bear took over The Powerstation, selling the venue out just two years after appearing there as the opening act for Elbow.

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

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