One of my great joys of reviewing for 13th Floor has been the discoveries of styles and singers and songwriting in the passing parade of memorable musical talent that shows up when I walk through the doors of Auckland’s Tuning Fork. I had possibly one of the best of the year with Tami Neilson, a week or so back. So it was with that same frisson of anticipation last night, that I went back to this favourite venue to listen to Frank Turner with his backing band, The Sleeping Souls. Click here to read the entire review and view a photo gallery by Michael Flynn.
First off, I must admit I can hardly be called a Ricky Martin fan…I can probably name two of his songs and I’ve never seen X Factor, so whatever shenanigans took place there are of no interest to me.
Mel Parsons kicked off her 22-date New Zealand tour with a show at Auckland’s Tuning Fork. Parsons has just released her third album, Drylands, and most of the musicians responsible for creating that record were on stage with her.
Right you lot, looks like you’re spoilt for choice again this weekend. Saturday brings not one, not two but five things! Well there’s more that on actually, but y’know the drill, I give you a few tasters or we’d be here all day. Some weeks it’s a bit like I’m Camp Mother sending you out on an orienteering mission (cue flashbacks to being home from school on a sick day, watching the Topp Twins on telly).
English folk-punk musician Frank Turner will perform tonight at Auckland’s Tuning Fork along with his band The Sleeping Souls. This will be followed by a second show at Meow in Wellington tomorrow. Turner has been more active than usual lately, having just written a memoir titled, The Road Beneath My Feet and promoted it with a short book tour in the UK. He also has a new, as yet, untitled album in the works, which was recorded in Nashville. The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda spoke with Frank Turner while he was touring Australia and spoke to him about the new book and album.
Firm favourites with New Zealand audiences and regular visitors to these shores where they continue to play sold-out shows across the land the trio has built a well-earned reputation as
one of the best live acts around thanks to years of solid gigging which has seen them headline major theatres and festivals around the world as well as opening up for the likes of Coldplay
Live in New Zealand – July 2015
28 Christchurch – Allen Street (www.undertheradar.co.nz)
29 Wellington – Bodega (www.undertheradar.co.nz)
30 Auckland – Powerstation (www.powerstation.net.nz)
Tickets on sale April 21
Kiwi singer-songwriter Mel Parsons is about to embark on a nationwide tour beginning tonight at Auckland’s Tuning Fork. Mel has just released her third album, Drylands, featuring contributions from Anika Moa and Ron Sexsmith. Mel stopped by The 13th Floor to record an interview and perform three songs from the new album earlier today. We’ll have the entire session ready to view soon, but in the meantime you can watch Mel Parsons perform Don’t Wait to give you an idea of what to expect when you see her on tour. Click here for more information about Mel Parsons’ New Zealand tour.
Soul man Percy Sledge has passed away at the age of 74. Percy’s best-known recording was his 1966 hit When A Man Loves A Woman. But Percy was much more than a one-hit wonder. He recorded a slew of under-appreciated deep-soul classics over the intervening years. Check out his 1969 single, True Love Travels On A Gravel Road: