There are moments, when one listens to the eponymous debut album from Benjamin Booker, a 25-year-old singer, songwriter and guitarist from Virginia who is making something of a name for himself in the United States currently, which could make one thing that one might be listening to the birth of a mighty talent.
For the first time ever the legendary Original Elvis TCB Band joins New Zealand music icon John Rowles on an historic, nine-centre, New Zealand tour. This once in a lifetime concert tour brings together these living legends, playing their greatest songs and more, featuring some of the most famous Elvis Presley and John Rowles hits, including Love Me Tender, Heartbreak Hotel, Suspicious Minds, If I Only Had Time and Cheryl Moana Maree, as well as other all-time classics from the era.
The concert will feature original TCB band members James Burton (guitar), Ronnie Tutt (drums), Glen D. Hardin (piano), together with Norbert ‘Put’ Putnam (bass).
Acclaimed R’n’B artist Aloe Blacc is returning to New Zealand for two shows this October. ZM and SEATL are excited to bring Aloe’s infectious brand of Southern Californian soul to our shores for the second time, following a sold out tour in 2011. The Auckland show on 21 October — originally scheduled for the Auckland Town Hall — is now to take place at the Powerstation, with support from esteemed local solo artist Estère. The Wellington show on Thursday 23 October is at the St James Cabaret, again with Estère in support. All tickets previously purchased for this tour will be valid on the door at the new venue.
Sarah McMullan aka Sarah SquareEye reviews film and television for Radio NZ National every Friday afternoon. She’s watches them all first so you know if they’re worth your time and money.This week Sarah reviews Sin City: A Dame To Kill For 3D, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Lunchbox and Locke.
“Welcome to the alternative election night special…no Mike Hosking!” For those of us for whom the election didn’t go quite the way we wanted it, there could be no better way to spend the evening but in the company of Neil Finn and his band. Thoughts of election night quickly evaporated as Neil put on a show that can only be described as a tour de force…31 songs over two and a half hours with highlights beginning with the support act.
After 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 album-launch show. But in the meantime listen here as Will Wood discusses several key tracks from Broken Man exclusively on The 13th Floor.
To 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.
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.