Lianne La Havas – Blood (Album Review)

Lianne La Havas BloodThe follow-up to Lianne La Havas’ 2012 debut finds the London-based musician sounded bolder and more assured both in her songwriting and with Blood’s production.

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

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Ratatat To Play Auckland & Wellington

RATATAT_Magnifique SMLYES! The multi-dimensional Ratatat are back cruising the superway and finally throttle the overdue absence as this way they now come. Already announced on the 2015 Meredith Music Festival along with the inaugural Berry Fairground in early December… now comes the first run of New Zealand club shows since their last visit around the 2011 Big Day Out run. Bring on the light majestic.

WED 9 DEC NZ Wellington SAN FRAN 
Tickets from undertheradar.co.nz

THUR 10 DEC NZ Auckland THE STUDIO
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Watch Eden Mulholland’s 13th Floor Video Session

Eden Mulholland Hunted HauntedEden Mulholland releases his new album, Hunted Haunted today, and The 13th Floor is excited to bring you this video session recorded just a few days ago. Watch Eden as he performs acoustic versions of two songs from the new album and talks to Marty Duda about recording Hunted Haunted in the US.

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JD McPherson Is Coming To Auckland

JD McPhersonRound Up by arrangement with Live Nation are proud to present one of American music’s newest shining stars, Oklahoma-born rock ‘n’ roller, JD McPHERSON.

Known for his classic sound rooted in rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and rockabilly, JD McPherson is set to play a razor sharp show in support of his latest highly acclaimed album, ‘Let The Good Times Roll’, backed by his longtime four-piece band featuring Jimmy Sutton on upright bass, Jason Smay on drums, Ray Jacildo on keys and Doug Corcoran on saxophone, guitar and keys.

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Moon Duo Announce NZ Dates

MOON DUO AKL A3As night ascends… fall through the psych side of the Moon Duo in solar transit to southern realms. Ripley and Sanae return to New Zealand this November as a trio with John Jeffrey now firmly on drums.

“Moon Duo sound like they’re divining what it means to rock and roll in the 21st century.”

Wednesday 25th  November Wellington at SAN FRAN plus special guests 

presented by under the radar & shoot the freak

Thursday 26th November Auckland at WHAMMY plus special guests

presented by under the radar & 95bfm

tickets available from www.undertheradar.co.nz

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The Exploited Announce NZ Dates

ExploitedAustralian and New Zealand Tour 2015

THE EXPLOITED: PUNK’S NOT DEAD… EVER!!

The Exploited ARE punk rock!!

THE EXPLOITED are just as relevant today as they were in 1980 and with the band’s loyal squadron of fans The Barmy Army in tow, THE EXPLOITED are set to unleash 35 years of fury upon Australian and New Zealand. In 2014 THE EXPLOITED signed with Heavy Music Powerhouse Nuclear Blast and will release a new studio album in 2016!

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

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Iron Maiden Set to Fly Into NZ in 2016!

JET-003B_1000Iron maiden, whose new studio album THE BOOK OF SOULS, their first for 5 years, will be released worldwide next week on Sept 4, are taking touring to a new level using a Boeing 747-400 Jumbo Jet (aka Queen of the Skies) for their World Tour next year. Vocalist Bruce Dickinson is currently in training for his licence to fly the massive four engine jet, which is almost twice the size and over three times the weight of the Boeing 757 used on previous tours in 2008/9/11 (see attached comparison grid). The new Ed Force One will take the band, crew and over 12 tons of equipment more than 55,000 miles (88,500km) around the planet with concerts in six of the seven continents (Australasia, Asia, North and South America, Africa and Europe) with The Book of Souls World Tour 2016 expected to visit around 35 countries.

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

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Still Rockin’: No Tag’s Andrew Boak (Interview)

No Tag oldStraight outta West Auckland, 4-piece punk band, No Tag played blistering sets to super-charged fans, desperate to let off a bit of steam. But that was 30 years ago. Now, the four members of No Tag are back together, but only briefly, scheduled to play a short set at The Kings Arms along with their old friends Spelling Mistakes, X-Features, The Cavemen and The Bankrobbers on Saturday, Sept. 5th. . The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda tracked down Andrew Boak, guitarist for No Tag, who had just flown in from San Francisco for the reunion. Watch them as they discuss the band’s heyday from the site where it all happened, the stage of Auckland’s Winsdor Castle.

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Brian Jonestown Massacre: New Album & NZ Tour

BJMNew Zealand audiences should need no introduction to The Brian Jonestown Massacre or to their enigmatic musical director Anton Newcombe.  The kings of mind-expanding, hypnotic psych rock, BJM have been creating their own musical path since coming together in 1990. With an extensive back catalogue of incredible music to reference and reinterpret, no two BJM live shows are ever the same. This November will see Newcombe and his band play exclusive shows in Australasia as part of the 25 YEARS – THE SILVER JUBILEE TOUR, performing current songs from the last few years along with older songs that have never been played live before.

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More Acts Added To The Others Way Festival

Others WayFlying Out and 95bFM are super pleased to announce that The Others Way Festival is getting both bigger and better.

Just to add some extra new-fangled decorations to an already epically scrumptious cake The Others Way are also adding four more artists to the lineup… Critically acclaimed shoegaze-pop group She’s So Rad will be taking the stage, along with Dunedin’s freshest outcrop of jangling guitars, Kane Strang. Genre-twisting local bfm chart-toppers Soccer Practice will bring their multi-media experience to The Others Way, as will the intriguing alt-pop upstart October, from Wellington.

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

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Watch Anna Coddington & Lips Perform at The 13th Floor

anna_coddington__lips.jpg_380,0,772,296_jpg_320x240_q85Anna Coddington and Lips (featuring Silver Scroll winner Steph Brown) have teamed up for a NZ tour beginning September 10th in Wellington. Click here for more details about the tour.  Recently they stopped by The 13th Floor studio for a video session where they spoke to Marty Duda and performed four songs. We’ll have the entire session ready for you soon, but in the meantime here they are performing Steph Brown’s Traces Of Teddy.

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SNFU – Whammy bar (Concert Review)

DSCF6532Despite her recent injury at last week’s Hellyeah gig, Tove was back in action for The 13th Floor this past Saturday night when SNFU rocked Auckland’s Whammy Bar. Here’s her report:

It’s nine o clock and there’s a pretty nice turn out at Whammy already, which is rad as Whammy gigs have a reputation for being late ones (although apparently they are trying to change that; so guys, turn up to gigs at Whammy on time!).

There’s plenty of familiar faces, but the older faces, the older crew, which, as we all age away, is becoming less and less common. So its a relaxed vibe, with slightly less studs then I would expect at a SNFU gig!

Click here to read the entire review along with a photo gallery by Mark Derricutt.

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Tame Impala Announce NZ Headline Shows

Tame ImpalaFollowing an epic comeback show for their Australian fans at Splendour In The Grass last month, festival favourites, Tame Impala, quickly reminded fans that the wait to see them return to the live stage has been well worth it.

In the wake of this widely chronicled performance, Laneway Presents can confirm that the global triumph will return to New Zealand for two concerts in November following a nationwide Australian tour.

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

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Watch Eden Mulholland Perform A New Song At The 13th Floor.

Eden Mulholland 2015Eden Mulholland is about to release his second solo album, Hunted Haunted, the follow up to 2013’s Feed The Beast. Along with his solo work, Eden is known for playing in bands Motocade and The Mots with brothers Will and Jol Mulholland. Eden stopped in to The 13th Floor studio to play a couple of songs from the new album and to talk to Marty Duda about recording in the US. We’ll have the entire video session ready for you at the end of the week…when Hunted Haunted is released…until then, enjoy Eden Mulholland performing Utopia.

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Happy Lovin’ Time: Sunshine Pop From The Garpax Vaults (Reissue Review)

garpax-sunshin-finalWelcome to the world of Gary S. Paxton. Here’s a guy who was roommates with the infamous Kim Fowley in the early 60s, one half of doo-wop duo Skip & Flip, produced hits for The Association (Along Comes Mary) and Tommy Roe (Hooray For Hazel), assembled his own personal “Wrecking Crew”, was gunned down by a hitman and most likely had an affair with Tammy Faye Bakker. Incredibly, he’s still going strong.

Click here to read the entire review and listen to tracks from the new compilation.

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