On Wednesday, October 7th, Patti Smith appeared at the Barnes & Noble book store in Manhattan to read from and sign copies of her new memoir, M Train. She wrapped up her hour-long time there with a surprise reading from Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, which had been published 60 years ago to the day. The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda was there and recorded this video clip.
Bluesfest Touring is wrapped to present one of the most significant bands touring the world today: The Wailers. Their prodigious mission, led by legendary Aston “Family Man” Barrett, is to uphold the legacy of Reggae prophet Bob Marley. Together with Bob Marley, the Wailers sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide, notching up over 20 chart hits, including 7 Top 10 entries. As the greatest living exponents of Jamaica’s reggae tradition, the Wailers have performed for an estimated 24 million people worldwide and performed with other greats such as Sting, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, Peter Tosh & Jason Mraz.
Last time I saw Skyscraper Stan he was opening up for — and utterly outclassing, in the process — Holly Arrowsmith. That night, also at the Tuning Fork, about a month ago, Stan shared the stage with just Oskar Herbig, his cousin and guitar player. Last night he was back with his band the Commission Flats, for a headlining show. And what a show it was.
Beware all ye who enter here. Up these sweeping steps and between the crumbling pillars of the once-grand Mercury Theatre, a beautiful haze of existential angst awaits. Shayne Carter is preparing to unleash his one man blues explosion, and a string quartet is about to usher SJD’s latest album, Saint John Divine, up into the heavens.
With a back catalogue that boasts two albums and two EPs, coupled with countless collaborations, tours, television appearances and acclaimed music-based projects,Lisa Crawley has well and truly earned her reputation as one of New Zealand’s most well-respected musicians. Now Crawley is adding to her lengthy list of achievements with the new single, ‘Up In The Air’ (out today via Bandcamp), from her upcoming EP of the same name, which will be released online on October 16. Now back in the Southern Hemisphere and based in Melbourne Crawley can’t wait to bring her new material home, with an eight-date tour that commences on November 5.
With his new, and arguably best, album, B’lieve I’m Goin’ Down, fresh out of the oven, Kurt Vile is touring the US with his band, The Violators. The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda caught the second of their two-night sold-out stand at New York City’s Webster Hall.
This week’s pick and mix of shows was a real treat to put together. My pick of the week? I honestly couldn’t tell you. Just go where the mood takes you. I’m pretty sure there’s something here for everyone.
We’ve got 5 free double passes to the acclaimed Queen & Country for the first five people to tell us what which movie first featured lead character Bill Rohan?
As post-war England struggles to regroup, Bill (Callum Turner) becomes fast friends with Percy (Caleb Landry Jones); and while the two never get near Korea, they do wage a war of wits against the Catch-22-worthy, Sgt Major Bradley (David Thewlis). But all battles have casualties, and nothing hurts more than friendly fire. Also starring Richard E. Grant, Vanessa Kirby, Tamsin Egerton & Aimee-Ffion Edwards.
Solid Entertainment is thrilled to announce that KATE TEMPEST will be coming to play in New Zealand for the very first time in January 2016. She’s an artist we rate as highly as any in the history of our touring company – one the world’s most exciting young performers and writers operating across several mediums, each to stunning effect.
KATE TEMPEST is a Mercury Music Prize nominated recording artist and an award winning poet, playwright and novelist. She was born in 1985, grew up in South-East London and put simply is mind-bogglingly talented. Kate Tempest and her four piece band will play Wellington Bodega and Auckland Kings Arms on Thursday 14th January and Friday 15th January.
John Grant releases his new album, Grey Tickles, Black Pressure on Friday, October 9th. The American musician now calls Iceland his home, but travelled back to Texas to record with producer John Congleton. He also got a bit of help from Tracey Thorn, Amanda Palmer and former Siouxie & The Banshees drummer Budgie. Grant will perform for the first time in New Zealand on Friday, March 18 at the Auckland Town Hall as part of the Auckland Arts Festival. He will also be appearing at WOMAD March 18th – 20th, 2016, Brooklands Park and TSB Bowl of Brooklands,Taranaki. www.womad.co.nz. Early bird tickets go on sale on Saturday October 10th at 9.00am.
The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda spoke to John Grant on the phone from Reykjavik, Iceland where they discussed Grant’s musical influences and his feelings on America and living abroad.
TUESDAY 6 OCTOBER, 2015 – It took seven albums and 15 years for Washington alt-rockers Death Cab for Cutie to make their first visit to New Zealand for one sold-out concert in March 2012. Today the band announces their return to Wellington almost four years to the day later, before heading north for their very first Auckland show.
The last two Sol3 Mio national runs were the biggest and most successful local artist tours of all time. The 2016 New Zealand tour will be bigger still as Sol3 Mio will play 12 dates across the country in February and March. The tour will follow their upcoming “Christmas in the Vines” shows at Waipara Hills in Canterbury on December 19 and Villa Maria Estate in Auckland on December 20.