Kasey Chambers: Bittersweet But Not Twisted (Interview)

1368186185_kaseychambersIt’s no mystery why Australian country star Kasey Chambers’ new album is called Bittersweet. She and her husband and musical partner Shane Nicholson have split up and this is her first solo album in four years. Kasey and Shane made some beautiful music together, but now Kasey is determined to move forward. Bittersweet has just been released and Kasey is busy touring Australia to promote it. But New Zealand fans will get a chance to see her next year when she opens for the Eagles when they play Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium in March. But now you can listen in as The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda chats with Kasey Chambers about the making of Bittersweet and her recent recovery from a bout of kidney stones.

Click here to listen to, or read, the interview with Kasey Chambers.

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Kristin Hersh – Q Theatre (Concert Review)

11It was one woman, an electric guitar and an iPad…that was all Kristin Hersh needed as she entranced the audience at Auckland’s Q Theatre with her songs and with her prose.

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

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Straight To Video – Episode Twenty-Eight (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 Haunter, Knights Of Badassdom and Siberian Education.

Click here to read the Straight To Video column.

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Wagons – Tuning Fork (Concert Review)

DSC_9301It was a rip-roarin’ night at Auckland’s Tuning Fork as Henry Wagons and his band rolled into town. Wagons was supported by a couple of New Zealand’s finest roots rockers. Will Wood introduced a few songs from his debut album and Swampland brought the twang.

Click here to read the entire review along with a set list and stunning concert photos of all 3 acts by Michael Flynn

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Henry Wagons at The 13th Floor

Australian rocker Henry Wagons and his band, cleverly known as Wagons, will be performing tonight at Auckland’s Tuning Fork. Earlier today, Henry stopped by The 13th Floor to talk to Marty Duda about working with ex-Bad Seed Mick Harvey on their new album Acid Rain & Sugar Cane. Henry also gives fans a clue as to what to expect if they head on down to The Tuning Fork tonight…or Leigh Sawmill tomorrow night.

Watch the interview with Henry Wagons here:

 

Watch the video for Why Do You Always Cry, from Wagons’ album Acid Rain & Sugar Cane:

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Mi Sex & The Eddie Rayner Project – The Studio (Concert Review)

DSC_7843New Zealand’s very own synth-pop pioneers have reunited and emerged with a much harder edge than their recordings would indicate.

Click here to read the entire review along with complete set lists and photo galleries of both acts by Michael Jeong.

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Jenny Lewis – The Voyager (Album Review)

Jenny-Lewis-The-Voyager1This third solo album by the former Rilo Kiley singer should be a cracker; after all it was produced by Ryan Adams and Beck and features contributions from The Watson Twins, Benmont Tench and First Aid Kit. So what could go wrong?

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

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Eric Clapton & Friends – The Breeze: An Appreciation Of JJ Cale (Album Review)

Eric-Clapton-The-Breeze-an-Appreciation-of-JJ-CaleA new release by Eric Clapton generally fills me with dread. Out of all of the 60s veterans still going, he has been the most disappointing, having created some of the most insipid music of the last 30 years. But occasionally, Clapton manages to get it right, and, thanks to help from the likes of Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson and Tom Petty, that’s what happens here.

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The Skatalites To Tour New Zealand

Skatalites Press PicJamaican institution The Skatalites are marking an incredible 50 years as a band with an anniversary tour that will see them visit New Zealand for three shows in December. Pioneers in the genre of ska, the group was founded in 1964 (naming themselves after a recently-launched Sputnik satellite), and in 1965 they released some of the best known songs including the hit ‘Guns of Navarone’. Later that year the group parted ways, but rejoined a few times during the 1970s for different projects. In the mid-1980s they reformed and went on to record a raft of new material, and have since toured the globe constantly. Despite a changing line-up during their 50 years in the business, The Skatalites’ upcoming jaunt to New Zealand sees the nine-strong group bring original founding member, vocalist Doreen Shaffer, aka the Queen of Jamaica Ska.

Friday 5th December, Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland

Saturday 6th December, Bodega, Wellington

Sunday 7th December, Churchills, Christchurch

Tickets will be on sale Thursday 4th September.

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

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The Lemonheads Announce NZ Dates

Lemonheads Hi-Res 1Lovable rogue EVAN DANDO & his band, those US indie rock legends THE LEMONHEADS should need little introduction. Since their formation in ‘86 they’ve spawned a generation of punk rock relics, college rock classics, band members & column inches, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen them on our shores… this December The Lemonheads will bring us new music mixed in with the old classics and it promises to be a special affair for long-term fans and newcomers alike.

The Tuning Fork, Vector Arena, Auckland
Wednesday 17th December 2014
w/ Goodshirt
Presale Wednesday 3rd September & General on sale Thursday 4th September from www.ticketmaster.co.nz

Bodega, Wellington
Thursday 18th December 2014
w/ special guests TBC…
Tickets on sale Thursday 4th September from www.undertheradar.co.nz

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

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