Weekend Deeds January 29th – February 1st (Auckland Gig Guide)

Dedee1Here’s Deedee with this weekend’s hottest happenings in Auckland:

Hi guys, how’ve you been? Recovered from your long weekend yet? Yeah me neither. I know, it was so good, (sometimes you leave, and you wanna go back there), but luckily there’s always another just round the corner. So here we go.
I wanna start off this week by saying what a great time I had at Laneway. I’ve been to several (all except last year) in Auckland, and this one was well up there, showing that this lot really do try to outdo themselves every year. Cheers guys, here’s to many more.

Click here to read the entire Weekend Deeds column.

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Rescheduled Johnny Marr Tour Dates Announced

Johnny Marr RescheduleFrontier Touring can now confirm the rescheduled dates of Johnny Marr’s forthcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand, originally postponed due to ongoing family illness.

The new dates will take place throughout July 2015:

 

NEW DATE OLD DATE VENUE
Thu 16 July Sat 7 Feb Powerstation, Auckland
Sat 18 July Thu 29 Jan Metropolis Fremantle, Perth (new venue)
Mon 20 July Thu 5 Feb Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Tue 21 July Mon 2 Feb The Gov, Adelaide
Wed 22 July Sat 31 Jan Forum Theatre, Melbourne
Cancelled Wed 4 Feb The Tivoli, Brisbane

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

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Peter Davison and the Dr Who Symphonic Spectacular (Interview)

596165-282610-34The 13th Floor has hooked up Professor Matthew R.X. Dentith, author of the book The Philosophy Of Conspiracy Theories with former Dr Who, Peter Davison. The two recently spoke ahead of Davison’s appearance at the upcoming Symphonic Spectacular, which he will be the MC.  Here is Prof. Dentith’s report:

Click here to read the interview with Dr Who’s Peter Davison.

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Laneway 2015 Festival Wrap-up (Concert Review)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe beginning of the end of this year’s Laneway experience started with Future Islands. The North Carolina synth-pop band features a front man, Samuel T. Herring who is somewhat polarizing for his vocal delivery and general stage presence. Herring will suddenly break into a death metal growl in the middle of a dance-pop number and his intensity finds him punching himself in the chest or upside his own head.

Click here to read the entire review and view a photo gallery by Rachel Rayner.

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The Decemberists – What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World (Album Review)

DecemberistsPortland indie-folk-rock legends The Decemberists are back with their 7th studio album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World. The Decemberists are best known for their bombastic and occasionally ridiculous songs which cover subjects as varied as Japanese folklaw and the Siege of Leningrad – stopping along the way to take in more prosaic topics like young love and human mortality.

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

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Straight to Video – Episode Thirty-Two (DVD Reviews)

Come at me bro!Here’s the latest from the murky world of straight to video releases courtesy of The 13th Floor’s Steve Austin. This week Steve reviews Detention Of The Dead, Repentance, Spike Island and Wolfcop. 

Click here to read this week’s Straight To Video column. 

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More Laneway Action

Royal Blood at Laneway

Royal Blood at Laneway

The Laneway Music Festival is rolling right along, with the Auckland sun beating down on music lovers in Silo Park. From England, Royal Blood proved that all you need to rock is a bass guitar and drum kit. The Brighton-based duo bashed out one bluesy riff after another making more noise than any two musicians have a right to. They made a big impression on the crowd who reveled in their sweat-drenched grooves.

I took a break during Jungle…its hot out there…and returned to the main stage for Ariel

Ariel Pink at Laneway

Ariel Pink at Laneway

Pink’s shambolic set. There was quite a wait between Jungle and Ariel. Finally Pink’s drummer, Don, showed up in a stunning turquoise bikini, the seven-piece band got their sound issues sorted and Ariel led them through a confused, yet entertaining set that found Pink hurling abuses at the crowd at the beginning, then saying goodnight halfway through their allotted time. Realizing his mistake, Ariel claimed they were “Just getting started”. It was barely controlled chaos. And it was good fun.

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Laneway Update

 

Courtney Barnett at Laneway

Courtney Barnett at Laneway

Mayor Len Brown is just introducing Mac Demarco as I make my way to the media area to file this report. I’ve just seen Connan Mockasin, Angel Olsen and Courtney Barnett. I’ve gotta say Connan was a bit of a disappointment. His neo-psychedelic noodlings were long and aimless. Much more

Angel Olsen at Laneway

Angel Olsen at Laneway

focussed was Angel Olsen. The American fokish-idie-ish singer-songwriter turned in a strong set that probably would have been more powerful in a smaller, more intimate setting. Nevertheless, she held her own.

Australian rocker Country Barnett more than held her own…she gave a masterclass on what a rock and roll show should look and sound like. She and her band whipped through a 40-minute set that featured several tunes from her upcoming debut album including the soon-to-be released single Pedestrian At Best. She closed her set with crowd fave Avant Gardener.

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Laneway Is Underway!

Tiny Ruins at Laneway

Tiny Ruins at Laneway

Auckland’s Laneway Festival has just begun. The sold-out show will be running all day down at Silo Park. The 13th Floor has already scored an interview with Courtney Barnett. You’ll be able to watch Courtney talk about her highly-anticipated new album soon on The 13th Floor. Here’s a photo of Tiny Ruins looking resplendent in her white dress performing early this afternoon.

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Dave Dobbyn & Don McGlashan, Supergroove & Anika Moa – Villa Maria Winery (Concert Review)

DSC_2826You couldn’t have asked for a more perfect evening to hold a concert at the winery. The sun shone down from a cloudless sky as wine and music lovers poured into the grassy venue, ready to celebrate some of New Zealand’s greatest songs.

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

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