With their third album, Brooklyn’s Vampire Weekend are on a roll. The clever indie-rockers have stripped back their sounds, jettisoned most of their Afro-pop leanings and come up with their most satisfying work to date.
Here’s something to keep you occupied on a Saturday afternoon…in honour of Bob Dylan’s 72nd birthday the folks at Slate Magazine have published “Bob Dylan’s World“, an interactive map of every street, town and city Dylan has ever sung about. You can see, and interact with it, here. Have fun!!
The Aotearoa metal scene has undergone something of a revival in the past few years, a statement backed up by the latest release by Black / Death / Thrash Metal band Exordium Mors. I understand some readers have difficulty understanding the beauty that is a well-crafted metal track, but let me assure you, this wee gem has beauty in abundance.
Ladi6 has announced an 11-date nationwide tour of New Zealand this June and throughout July. Ladi, Parks and band will hit the road with Auckland Hip-hop collective @Peace. Ladi6 recently released ‘Ikarus’ the first track from here much anticipated third studio album, out later this year.
Tickets on sale Monday 27 May from Ticketmaster. For all show & ticketing info go to www.muchmoremusic.co.nz
Fresh off the back of shows around Europe the six piece kick off at The Powerstation on the 12th July, then move down country finishing up in Wellington at James Cabaret on the 27th. The new album ‘Fandango’ has been garnering 4 and 5 star reviews here and overseas and this tour is a celebration of the release for kiwi fans.
Tickets on sale from 23rd May.
12 July The Powerstation, Auckland
19 July The Bedford @ CPSU, Christchurch
20 July Queens, Dunedin
26 July The Cabana, Napier
27 July James Cabaret, Wellington
The world used to be silent, now it has too many voices…so begins the manifesto these four London-based musicians have printed on the cover of their debut album. Savages are determined to be heard above the roar of the crowd and their album, Silence Yourself, makes an excellent case for them to be heard, and listened to at high volume.
Graham Parker and The Rumour started making records together at the end of the 1970s. Albums such as Heat Treatment, Howling Wind and Squeezing Out Sparks were full of Parker’s soulful, yet anger-laced vocals and The Rumour’s pub-punk musicianship. They split up in the early 1980s but are back with a new album, Three Chords Good. The 13th Floor spoke to Graham Parker just as he and The Rumour finished their American tour. Listen in as Graham Parker ponders his next move:
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If interest in the comedy/music of Tenacious D has waned over the years, as has been speculated, no one told the mob that showed up at Auckland’s Town Hall to see them this Monday night. Encouraged by the enthusiastic crowd, and assisted by a man dressed as Sasquatch, Jack Black and Kyle Gass entertained themselves and their rabid fans for just under 90 minutes.
R&B veteran Bobby Womack brought a classic soul revue to Auckland’s Civic Theatre. With a set list and a red suit rooted firmly in the 1970s, Womack and his excellent band played two hours of vintage rhythm and blues.