Don Walker & The Bads – The Tuning Fork (Concert Review)

DSC_0228Cold Chisel’s Don Walker made a rare solo appearance at Auckland’s Tuning Fork. Auckland band The Bads provided support, both as opening act and backing band. It was a musical marriage made in heaven.

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

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Brant Bjork Desert Punk NZ Tour

Brant Bjork POsterDesert rock veteran BRANT BJORK, returns to New Zealand with a cast of seminal players for his LOW DESERT PUNKS (downunder) TOUR. Rising like a mushroom cloud out of the Palm Desert scene in the early ’90s as a member of the seminal stoner rock outfit KYUSSBrant Bjork went on to distinguish himself as a talented singer and songwriter in his own right, in addition to playing with Orange County rock stalwarts FU MANCHU.

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

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Introducing: Tift Merritt (Interview)

tiftAmerican singer-songwriter Tift Merritt is set to perform at Auckland’s Tuning Fork on Wednesday, April 23rd. Born in North Carolina, Merritt now lives in New York City and has released her fifth album, Traveling Alone, in 2012. Her voice and her songwriting have drawn comparisons to the likes of Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris and Mary Chapin Carpenter. The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda spoke to Tift Merritt recently and found her puttering around her kitchen, cooking up songs for her next album.

Click here to listen to, or read, the interview with Tift Merritt.

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Celebrate International Record Store Day in Auckland

Record Store Day 2014Get ready folks…this weekend marks the best holiday of the year! We’re talking about International Record Store Day of course. Set aside plenty of time this Saturday to celebrate the wonders of recorded music pressed into vinyl discs. If you are based in, or around, Auckland there are plenty of ways to celebrate. Here’s a rundown of what’s happening including an exclusive visit with The Spelling Mistakes as they rehearse for their performance at Real Groovy Records on Saturday.

Click here for all the Record Store info and to watch The Spelling Mistakes rehearsal. 

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The John Butler Trio – Powerstation (Concert Review)

DSC_0026The Powerstation was buzzing last night as a sold out crowd waited for the John Butler Trio’s only New Zealand performance on his current tour.

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

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John Butler at The 13th Floor!

On his way to soundcheck at Auckland’s Powerstation, John Butler stopped by The 13th Floor where he was met by Marty Duda who gave the Australian musician a guide through his extensive record collection. Watch here as John Butler and Marty Duda talk about their favourite records, and John plays a musical guessing game with some classic album covers.


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Free Ed Sheeran Concert Announcement!

Ed Sheeran iHeartRadio is excited to present Ed Sheeran live at ASB Theatre, Auckland for one free show, thanks to 2degrees. Ed has just finished recording his second album, x (released in New Zealand on June 20), which means we will be some of the first to hear his new music LIVE.

Wednesday 30th April, ASB Theatre, Auckland
Doors Open 7.00pm, Ed Sheeran hits the stage at 8pm

Register at before lunchtime Thursday 17th April for your chance to win!

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

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M_RollingStones14onFireTour630_120313The Rolling Stones today confirmed the rescheduled dates and venues for the postponed Australian and New Zealand leg of their ’14 On Fire’ Tour.

The rescheduling of the tour to October/November has also allowed for two additional concerts to be added to the tour – one at Perth Arena on Saturday 1 November 2014 and the other at Hope Estate in the Hunter Valley on Saturday 15 November 2014.

The new tour dates are:


Saturday 25 October 2014 Saturday 22 March 2014 Adelaide Oval
Wednesday 29 October 2014 Wednesday 19 March 2014 Perth Arena
Saturday 01 November 2014 NEW SHOW Perth Arena
Wednesday 5 November 2014 Friday 28 March 2014 Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Saturday 8 November 2014 Sunday 30 March 2014 Hanging Rock, Macedon
Wednesday 12 November 2014 Tuesday 25 March 2014 Sydney Allphones Arena
Saturday 15 November 2014 NEW SHOW Hope Estate, Hunter Valley
Tuesday 18 November 2014 Wednesday 2 April 2014 Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Saturday 22 November 2014 Saturday 5 April 2014 Auckland Mt Smart Stadium

Ticket holders who are able to attend the rescheduled date need take no action, their existing ticket will remain valid and their location within the venue will remain unchanged.

Fans unable to attend the new shows are asked to secure a refund from their original point of purchase prior to 5pm (local time to the venue) on Monday 28 April, 2014.  Refunds can be secured through:

Perth | | Ph: 132 849

Adelaide | | Ph: 132 849

Sydney | | Ph: 132 849

Melbourne | | Ph: 132 849

Hanging Rock | | Ph: 136 100

Brisbane | | Ph: 132 849

Auckland | | Ph: 0800 111 999

Any refunded tickets will be made available to purchase from 10am (local time to the venue) on Friday 2 May, 2014 from the above listed ticketing outlets.

Pre-sale tickets for the new Perth and Hunter Valley shows will be available via from noon AEST Tuesday 29 April 2014 until noon AEST Wednesday 30 April (or earlier if pre-sale allocation is exhausted).  Head to the site for further details.

A FAQ regarding the concerts and their rescheduling is available at and

Special guests have also been confirmed as rock legends Jimmy Barnes for the Adelaide show and the Hunters & Collectors for the Auckland show.  Special guests will also be shortly announced for the Hanging Rock and Hunter Valley concerts.

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Matthew Cooke Explains How To Make Money Selling Drugs (Interview)

How-to-Make-Money-Selling-Drugs-DVD-coverMatthew Cooke is the director of How To Make Money Selling Drugs, a documentary that dares to speak the truth about the “War On Drugs” and its real cost to society. The film starts out as a humorous, tongue-in-cheek “manual” on how to become a drug kingpin, but then evolves into a sobering expose on the reality of how drugs and drug laws are crippling modern life. Along the way, Cooke interviews a parade of drug dealers, police officers and celebrities such as Susan Sarandon, Eminem, 50 Cent and The Wire’s David Simon. With the film being released on DVD in New Zealand this month, The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda spoke to Matthew Cooke about making How To Make Money Selling Drugs.

Click here to listen to, or read, the interview with Matthew Cooke.

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Straight To Video: Episode Fourteen

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 Bad Milo!, How To Make Money Selling Drugs, Nurse 3D and The Protector 2

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