When you’re a blues singer you pretty much have two options when you start a song, either, “woke up this mornin’” or, “well, well, well”. Australian blues man Ash Grunwald opted for the latter as he began his set at Auckland’s Back Beat Bar. The attending crowd was small, but they were treated to a big show.
Australian blues-rocker Ash Grunwald kicks off his New Zealand tour tonight at Auckland’s Back Beat Bar. Ash stopped by The 13th Floor earlier today to chat with Marty Duda and to play a few tunes. We’ll have the entire video session ready for you soon. In the meantime, here is Ash Grunwald playing Howlin’ Wolf’s How Many More Years.
It’s been 30 years since they changed the world.
In 1985, The Jesus & Mary Chain released their debut album, Psychocandy, to an unwitting and unwilling public. In a pop music scene littered with acts that seemed to value style over substance, the fuzzed-out sound of The Jesus & Mary Chain was never going to sit easily next to Soft Cell, Adam & The Ants and Spandau Ballet.
Chris Cornell opened a three-day, sold-out stand at Auckland’s ASB Theatre with a stunning 27-song set that found him picking out gems from not only his solo catalogue, but from his days with Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple Of The Dog, plus a handful of well-chosen covers.
Stephen Allely popped down to Whammy! to check out Moon Duo. Here’s his review:
An auspicious night to witness the San Francisco based psychedelic space-rock outfit Moon Duo, for t’was a full moon as I made my way along a hot and humid K Road to subterranean Whammy Bar.
Californian surf punk / rock band Agent Orange have now confirmed one New Zealand date on the back of their Australian tour:
WEDNESDAY 6th JANUARY, 2016
WHAMMY! BAR, AUCKLAND, NZ
Tickets onsale 9am Friday 27th November from undertheradar.co.nz
Congratulations to Tim Hickey, Peter Harwood and M Goldfinch…our three winners of the new album by Son Little. They were the first three to correctly answer with Son Little’s given name: Aaron Livingston. Son Little’s debut album is now available on Anti- Records.
Slow ticket sales have now led to the cancellation of two-day music event Echo Festival.
The festival was due to take place at Auckland’s Vector Arena and surrounds on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 January with a line-up featuring major international acts including Disclosure, The Flaming Lips, Jamie xx, Courtney Barnett, Mac DeMarco, Alison Wonderland and Kurt Vile.
Echo Festival replaced McLaren Valley Music and Arts Festival which was scheduled to take place at McLaren Falls Park, Bay of Plenty. The move to Auckland was made after negotiations with residents in the area failed to resolve a number of outstanding concerns.
Echo was to feature a line-up curated from the reaches of pop, rock, folk, electronica, psychedelia, blues, hip-hop, Americana, alternative and more, with more than 35 artists on the bill.
Festival director Paxton Talbot said the cancellation has come after much consideration of all options. “Despite this world class line-up of artists, and a strong promotional campaign and apparent public support, the event simply hasn’t had sufficient ticket sales to date to make the festival viable, we have today made the hugely difficult decision to cancel the event. It would not be fair on the bands, the suppliers or the audience if we were to continue pursuing the project.”
Mr Talbot thanks the many people who have worked behind the scenes, a tireless staff of professionals, volunteers and sheer music and festival lovers, in an effort to make the festival a success both in the Bay of Plenty and in Auckland.
Full refunds will be made to all ticketholders. Please allow up to 21 days for refunds to be processed. Visit www.echofestival.co.nz for all refund information. No further statements or comments will be made, however, if further information is required, please email email@example.com
Hot off the heels of this year’s Church Tour: The Lost Highway, Tami Neilson, Delaney Davidson and Barry Saunders with his band The Warratahs will reunite for a one-off concert at Mangawhai Tavern this summer!
These three acts are undoubtedly some of New Zealand’s finest and this will be one heck of a night at Mangawhai Tavern. Be there and be part of this magical evening! Tickets go on sale Friday 4th December and are available from Ticketmaster and the venue.
SATURDAY 2nd JANUARY – MANGWHAI TAVERN www.ticketmaster.co.nz
WOMAD fans the flames of the diverse and colourful line up with the addition of the progressive, jazz rap trio De La Soul (USA), electro-gem pioneer St Germain (France), genre forming duo 숨[suːm], pronounced “soom”, (Korea) and the most recorded person in the world*, Hindi film playback singer, Asha Bhosle (India).
A bit of everything this week – more mini festivals, sweet summer tours of those small charming venues, outsider punk, electro club mash ups, the steady low hum of some fuzzed out space rock, you name it, it’s probably there.
50th Anniversary Celebration Of Pet Sounds And Final Performances In Its Entirety:
Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds is a rare, unforgettable live music experience spanning two parts: ACT 1: Pet Sounds and ACT 2: His Greatest Hits and will feature his incredible band including original Beach Boys member Al Jardine and long-term member Blondie Chaplin. Bluesfest Festival Director Peter Noble has described bringing Brian Wilson to Australasia to perform Pet Sounds as a “pinch me, I must be dreaming moment”.
Saturday 26th March 2016 Civic Theatre Auckland www.ticketmaster.co.nz
Tickets go on-sale: Thursday 26th November 2015 at 12:00pm NZDT
He’s played with Taylor Swift and One Direction, appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and was the first signee to Ed Sheeran’s label, Gingerbread Man Records. UK singer/songwriter Jamie Lawson made a huge first impression and gathered thousands of new fans when he first toured this April as Ed’s very special guest on his sold-out arena tour.
Now, off the back of chart-topping single ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’ (watch him perform it live here) and his recently released self-titled album, it’s with great pleasure Frontier Touring announces the triumphant return of Jamie Lawson to Australia and New Zealand in April 2016
Pioneering New Zealand synth-rockers Mi-Sex will be teaming up with Dragon and The Angels for a “Clash Of The Titans” tour in February of 2016. The three bands will play 7 dates throughout New Zealand playing hits like Computer Games, April Sun In Cuba and No Secrets. The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda spoke to Mi-Sex keyboard player Murray Burns recently about the band’s return to the road with new front man Steve Balbi. Murray also talked about the fertile music scene of Invercargill in the early 70s and he revealed plans to release some new music in the coming months.
Last night’s Fleetwood Mac concert was huge…so big, in fact, we thought it deserves two reviews. So, here is 13th Floor columnist Tina Turntables’ take on how the show went down:
So Stevie Nicks made me cry twice last night, but luckily it was raining so I don’t think anyone noticed. Firstly to Dreams, the emerald green background combined with this evocative beauty of a song, standing in my dead mothers silk under my wet jacket. I had lots of feels shall we say. Second time was to Rhiannon, an amazing song that I’ve never particularly connected to as some of the others perhaps, until last night.