The Dickies Are Coming!

Dickies FBMetropolis Touring are proud to announce LA’s legendary original bubble gum pop-punk veterans THE DICKIES, live in Australia and New Zealand for the very first time! Formed in San Fernando in 1977, THE DICKIES were the first West Coast punk band to be signed to a major label. Often touted as LA’s answer to THE RAMONES, the band quickly gained their own fans and following, with their own take on trashy movies and pop culture, releasing classic albums The Incredible Shrinking Dickies and Dawn of the Dickies (1979).

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

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Hot Chocolate: Every 1’s A Winner! (Interview)

Hot Chocolate 2014English hitmakers Hot Chocolate will perform at Auckland’s Bruce Mason Centre tomorrow night and then move on to Wellington on Wednesday. Although singer Errol Brown is long gone, the core of the group…guitarist Harvey Hinsley, bassist Patrick Olive and drummer Tony Conner remain in tact. The band formed in 1968 and went on to have a string of hits including Emma, Brother Louie, Every 1″s A Winner and You Sexy Thing. In fact, the band proudly boasts that they have had a least one hit every year from 1970 through 1984. The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda recently spoke to Patrick Oliver about making thos hits with legendary producer Mickie Most.

Click here to listen to, or read, the interview with Hot Chocolate’s Patrick Olive.

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Eb & Sparrow & Aldous Harding – The Tuning Fork (Concert Review)

DSC_3689I always have a feeling of anticipation when I enter the doors of Auckland’s Tuning Fork. What treats will be turned up tonight in this intimate concert space? Will I carry a musical memory out with me that will stay with me? It has that sort of potential as a venue. It attracts up -and -coming artists , surprises, and those to watch out for. Last night I saw one such. And much else that was musically memorable.

Click here to read the entire review and view a photo gallery by Michael Flynn.

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Soulfest Ticket Winner Announced!

soulfest Poster2Congratulations are in order for Mel Walmsley, who was the first to correctly name Muhammad Ali, as the legendary sports figure whose daughter appeared with Angie Stone on the reality TV show, Celebrity Wife Swap. Thanks to all who entered the contest.  Angie Stone is just one of the many artists, including D’Angelo, Mos Def, Maxwell and Common, who will perform at Auckland’s Western Springs Stadium next Sunday, October 26th for Soulfest. Click here for more details about Soulfest. 

Click here to read the interview with Angie Stone. 

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Sarah Square Eye: Film File – October 18, 2014 (Film Reviews)

Sarah Bio PicSarah McMullan aka Sarah SquareEye reviews film and television for Radio NZ National every Friday afternoon. She watches them all first so you know if they’re worth your time and money.This week Sarah reviews Pride, Get On Up, A Walk Among The Tombstones and Annabelle.

Click here to read the reviews and view trailers for each of the films.

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The Delines and Nikki Lane – The Tuning Fork (Concert Review)

DSC_3489The Tuning Fork’s Americana Festival picked up where it left off the night before, but this time, the voices were distinctly female. The Delines’ bruised and heartbroken songs, sung beautifully by Amy Boone, contrasted nicely with the sassy Nikki Lane who rocked harder, but still revealed a vulnerable side.

Click here to read the entire review along with complete set lists and a photo gallery by Michael Flynn.

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The Delines Arrive In New Zealand

The_Delines_-_Colfax_535_535_c1The Delines, featuring members of Richmond Fontaine and vocalist Amy Boone, landed in Auckland yesterday and will play at The Tuning Fork this evening. The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda found the band enjoying a few beverages after their long flight and sat down for a brief interview. You can watch it here: 

Listen to Calling In from The Delines’ album, Colfax, here: 

The Delines perform tonight at The Tuning Fork with Nikki Lane and Reb Fountain.

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Into The Void – Film Screening & Review

into the voidTwo Very special screenings happening this weekend in Auckland – tonight and tomorrow night in Auckland – your chance to see the amazing Doco Into the Void about the ChristChurch artrock band of the same name.

Click here for a brief synopsis, Sarah McMullan’s film review, a trailer and info on screenings this weekend.

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Robert Ellis – The Tuning Fork (Concert Review)

DSC_0138It may sound like a cliché, but there really does seem to be a sense of community among the Americana artists that are playing this week at Auckland’s Tuning Fork. Last night they were sharing strings and guitars along with songs and vocals.

Click here to read the entire review along with the complete set list and a photo gallery by Michael Flynn.

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Watch Eb & Sparrow Perform at The 13th Floor

eb and sparrowWellington 5-piece Eb & Sparrow have just released their debut album. The band is fronted by singer-songwriter Ebony Lamb, who had been performing as a solo act until recently. Earlier this week Ebony and lap steel player Bryn Heveldt stooped by The 13th Floor Studios for a video session. Watch here as Ebony chats with Marty Duda and she and Bryn perform three songs from the new album.

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