In His Own Words: Will Wood Introduces Broken Man

Will_Wood_1_by_Tom_Landon-Lane_resizeAfter drumming for The Broadsides and Bernie Griffen and The Grifters, Will Wood has stepped up front and recorded his first album as a solo artist. Broken Man became available on Friday, September 19th on CD and on beautiful golden vinyl. Will and his all-star band will be at Auckland’s Wine Cellar on Sunday, September 21st for an Will Woodalbum-launch show. But in the meantime listen here as Will Wood discusses several key tracks from Broken Man exclusively on The 13th Floor

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360- Utopia (Album Review)

360-000004652289To put it sensitively, Australian Hip Hop is an ‘interesting’ beast. Just making myself clear, I’m not talking about any of the incredible artists that world-class progressive labels like Future Classic (ie Chet Faker, Basenji, Flume), or Wondercore (ie Hiatus Kaiyote, Noah Slee, Miles Bonny) are working with. There’s also a slew of awesome producers in Oz running the entire genre gamut. There is also however, something ‘special’ about the popular mainstream Australian emcees.

Click here to read the entire review.

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Fantastic Fest 2014 – Day One

Come at me bro!Here’s the latest from Steve Austin in Austin:
 It’s 3am and Day One of Fantastic Fest is now complete here in Austin, Texas. The gathering of hardcore film fans is happening for real on a pretty massive scale (despite a hugely stormy night and lots of rain during the day). There has been heaps of interesting new cinema watched already, lots of food eaten, plenty of booze drunk and lots of partying to be had.

 Honestly, I need to get to bed before more screenings in the morning, but here are some pics I’ve taken of the people and events from that absolutely kick-ass first day.

Click here to check out Steve’s photos.

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Boy & Bear – Powerstation (Concert Review)

3 (2)The mini-Australian invasion continues as Sydney’s Boy & Bear took over The Powerstation, selling the venue out just two years after appearing there as the opening act for Elbow.

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

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Soundgarden, Faith No More, Judas Priest Coming To West Fest

WF_web_flyerODR Productions & The Rock proudly presents ‘Westfest ’15, an annual music festival that every rock fan will be sure not to miss! If the success of the inaugural WestFest is anything to go by, 2015’s event is going to be bigger and better, creating a must do, on all calendars. With more artists, more stages, and a brand new venue,’Westfest ’15’ is an unstoppable force.

WESTFEST 2015
Tuesday 3rd March
Alexandra Park, Auckland NZ

Soundgarden, Faith No More, Judas Priest, All Time Low, Lagwagon, The Wonder Years and Crown the Empire.

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

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Courtney Barnett – Kings Arms (Concert Review)

27The word was out…Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett’s show at the Kings Arms was one to watch. Sure enough, the venerable venue was sold out, with every hipster and his beard in attendance. But Barnett cut though the hype and delivered a set of searing rock and roll.

Click here to read the entire review along with the set list and view a gallery of concert photos by David Watson.

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Mariah Carey Announces First NZ Show

mariah carey_Cover_S02_070THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 – On the heels of the most critically acclaimed album of her career, ‘Me. I am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse,’ the best-selling female artist of all time, MARIAH CAREY, has confirmed a one-off New Zealand show, extending her previously announced world tour entitled “The Elusive Chanteuse Show.”

This will be Mariah’s first live show in New Zealand, playing this exclusive date at Auckland’s Vector Arena on Thursday November 13, 2014. Tickets go on sale at 9am Tuesday, September 30. Visit www.mariahcarey.com/tour for up-to-date information as the shows get announced.

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

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In Her Own Words: Rachel Dawick Presents The Boundary Riders

Rachel Dawick The Boundary RidersKiwi Rachel performer Rachel Dawick has just released her fourth album. The Boundary Riders takes us back to the early days of New Zealand and tells the true stories of six women and one man. According to Rachel’s web site http://www.racheldawick.com/: “Her background in drama and literature now comes to the fore in her songwriting as also in her singing as she takes on each of the six women as they emerge from this Wild West scene to tell their tale – the Washer Woman, the Goldminer, The Prostitute, The Magician, The Missionary’s Wife and the Fraudster. We are no longer sitting in the comfort of our living room but transported to New Zealand in the 1800s guided by our narrator who weaves the journeys of each of the six women.” Rachel will appear at the Auckland City Library this Friday at 5:30pm to introduce fans to her new work, which also includes a 52-page, fully illustrated book.

Rachel Dawick took time to come up to The 13th Floor to personally tell the stories of several of the characters featured on the album and in the book. Listen here to music and words from Rachel Dawick as she presents The Boundary Riders:

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Introducing Fantastic Fest 2014: Steve Austin Reports From Austin, Texas

fantastic-fest-2014-poster-web-geof-darrow__fullRegular readers will notice that my usual “Straight to Video” column hasn’t been around on the site the last week or so. I’ve put it on hold for three or four weeks while I’m on holiday in the United States. [Cue: James Brown’s “Living In America”] But that doesn’t mean I won’t be posting some content here though, as I will be attending Fantastic Fest over the coming days!

Click here to read the first of Steve Austin’s Fantastic Fest reports.

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The Last Internationale – We Will Reign (Album Review)

tliWith the election just around the corner, it seems like a good time for some old-fashioned “activist” ock. But these left-leaning rockers may have made a big mistake by dancing with the devil.

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

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