The Pop Group – The Kings Arms (Concert Review)

DSC01633Post-punk pioneers The Pop Group finally made their way to New Zealand almost 40 years after forming in Bristol. The band proved that their abrasive, confrontational and political brand of punk is as vital today as it was back in the days of Margaret Thatcher’s England.

Click here to read the entire review along with the complete set list and a photo gallery by Keith Murdock.

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Neneh Cherry and Rocketnumbernine – SpiegelTent, Auckland Arts Festival (Concert Review)

NenehHere I am queueing outside the venue, so polite for a rock n roll gig. Shout out to the guy behind me who knew Neneh Cherry did an album called Raw Like Sushi, and had a song he loved called Seven Degrees. (ah, Seven Seconds, but sure, bro).

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Weekend Deeds March 5 – 8 (Auckland Gig Guide)

Dedee1Here’s Dedee’s roundup of this weekend’s notable musical events:

It’s March already. Yep, that’s right. I woke up on Sunday, nestled under my crumpled sleeping bag amidst a mess of couch cushions, a magical night of Neptunian vibes still ringing in my ears… and found this had happened all by itself. The smell of fresh coffee and the quiet tap of footsteps on floorboards told me it must be morning. Well, that and the cicadas. And the occasional crowing of a rooster that’d been up since 4am. Perhaps a similar thing happened to you.

Click here to read this week’s Weekend Deeds column.

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Check Out These Judas Priest Concert Photos

1813th Floor photographer David Watson was on the scene at Tuesday’s Westfest show and collected some excellent images with his trusty camera. Check out his shots of Judas Priest here.

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More Westfest – Mt Smart Stadium (Concert Review)

22Tuesday’s Westfest was so massive that we need to run another review to cover all the action. Steve McCabe was there and files this report…

Tuesday afternoon is an odd time for a rock festival. Judas Priest’s closing number — I only caught the end of it; I had to work all day — might have better been titled Rockin’ Before Teatime.

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Westfest 2015 – Mt Smart Stadium (Concert Review)

5It seemed a little surreal…watching the leather-clad Judas Priest in the late afternoon sun as they banged out metal classics like Breaking The Law and Living After Midnight. Later the nearly-full moon (out) shined during Soundgarden’s closing set. But overall Westfest 2015 came across as well-organized, well-behaved and LOUD.

Click here to read the entire review along with a photo gallery by David Watson and set lists.

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Westfest Today!

Westfest Timetable-3Hey there rock and rollers…Westfest is happening today out at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium. The 13th Floor will be out in force reporting back with plenty of reviews and photos. To get you up to speed on the biggest names in the lineup, The 13th Floor has interviews with members of the three top acts. Read the interview with Judas Priest here. The interview with Soundgarden here. And the interview with Faith No More here.

Faith No MoreAnd speaking of Faith No More, they have just streamed another track from their soon-to-be-released new album, Sol Invictus. You can listen to Superhero here.

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Conor Oberst & The Felice Brothers – The Powerstation (Concert Review)

DSC_9320This was one show you didn’t want to be late for. Openers The Felice Brothers alone were worth the trip to the Powerstation and when it was revealed that they would also serve as Conor Oberst’s backing band, well, that sealed the deal, making this one very special night, indeed.

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

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Sarah Square Eye: Film File – March 2, 2015 (Film Reviews)

Second Best Exotic Marigold HotelSarah McMullan aka Sarah SquareEye reviews film and television for Radio NZ National every Friday afternoon. She watches them all first so you know if they’re worth your time and money. This week Sarah reviews The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon.

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J Mascis – The Studio (Concert Review)

IMG_0618You could have been forgiven, were you not a fan of J Mascis, had you not noticed that he had taken the stage at The Studio last night. As a guitar tech finished off a few final adjustments on a cutaway Gibson acoustic, the house lights still up, a man in jeans and a black, patterned T-shirt walked up to the red drumstool at the front of the stage, sat down behind the microphone and the music stand that held a stack of lyric sheets, picked up a guitar and started playing.

Click here to read the entire review along with a photo gallery by Steve McCabe.

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