It seems like everyone was there. The event was Song To Sam…a tribute to Sam Prebble, the Auckland-based musician who passed away last month. The Wine Cellar was overflowing with friends, family and colleagues, there to share stories and songs and help raise money for Sam’s family. The line-up was a vitirual who’s-who of the New Zealand indie-folk scene…The Bads, The Eastern, Bernie Griffen, Reb Fountain, Great North, Steve Abel, Hopetoun Brown, Ivy Rossiter…to name a few. Sam’s friend and bandmate Dylan Storey seemed to be handling most of the hosting duties on stage.
Along with her sister Linda, Vika Bull has been a fixture on the Australian music scene for over 20 years. Most recently, they added their voices to CW Stoneking’s latest album. But Vika Bull will be in Auckland on Friday, November 28 to perform At Last: The Etta James Story at the ASB Theatre. Vika and her big band will tell the story of the legendary singer from her beginnings in the early 1950s all the way to her death in 2012. Along the way you’ll hear classics like I’d Rather Be Blind, Tell Mama, Roll With Me Henry and, of course, At Last. Vika Bull stopped by The 13th Floor along with her guitarist Dion Hirini, to talk about At Last and recording with CW Stoneking.
Reb Fountain picked up a guitar and started singing without introduction, and the crowd fell silent at once. Fountain has a voice best described as “ethereal”: almost too good to be real. After the first song, she complimented the audience on their listening skills.
There’s a lot of live music to choose from this weekend, but you’d be hard-pressed to have a better time than spending the evening with these folks from New Orleans. Although Hurray For The Riff Raff have been around for the better part of seven years, its only with the recent release of their album Small Town Heroes that they’ve been getting any attention in this part of the world.
Congratulations to all winners and nominees at this year’s New Zealand Music Awards. We, at The 13th Floor, were especially thrilled to see Tiny Ruins get some much-deserved recognition. Photographer David Watson brought his trusty camera to the Vector Arena and captured plenty of action, both on the red carpet and in the media area backstage. So, click here to view David’s New Zealand Music Awards photo gallery.
With their first album in the can and ready for release, Cairo Knife Fight are ready to make a big noise in 2015. One way they will achieve that goal is playing alongside their friends. Shihad, on what promises to be THE rock & roll tour of the summer season. Joining Shihad and Cairo Knife Fight are Airbourne and I Am Giant as they play 7 dates from December 27th to January 3rd, including a New Years Eve show in Christchurch. Cairo Knife Fight’s Nick Gaffaney sat down with The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda to talk about his band’s upcoming album and the Fivey tour which recently took place in Australia.
Entry by Koha. Doors open at 5.30.
After spending the last few months touring across the USA as special guests of Sam Smith, next February Broods will return home for their biggest New Zealand tour to date; taking in six major centres and performing to all age crowds everywhere! This year’s breakout headline tour sold out at lightning speed and further shows had to be added to meet public demand. This time Caleb and Georgia Nott AKA Broods will bring their outstanding show to Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, New Plymouth, Auckland and Hamilton.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with quirky — in small doses it can be highly effective. But Tim Presley (his real name, apparently; he records as White Fence, as you do) seems to think that if a little bit of quirky can make music interesting, a hell of a lot will make it a hell of a lot more interesting. But just as a little salt brings out the flavour of a dish, but a couple of cups will simply leave it inedible, if the dial labelled “quirky” is left turned up to 13, the effect wears off really, really quickly, and the result simply gets a little wearying.