Joseph & Maia have just released their debut EP titled Roll Up Your Sleeves. The couple hail from Mount Maunganui and have hit the ground running, signing with Sony NZ and gettting significant airplay locally. The 13th Floor decided to find out a bit more about these youngsters and so we got Joseph Thompson on the phone for a chat. Click here to listen to the interview with Joseph Thompson of Joseph & Maia:
Click here to listen to Gold In Your Hands from the Roll Up Your Sleeves EP:
After a whirlwind couple of shows earlier this year, the Psych-pop trio return in July for a New Zealand tour proper and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome them home. Dunedin – Thursday July 18th, ReFuel Auckland – Friday July 19th, Kings Arms Wellington – Saturday July 20th, Bodega
All shows R18.
Tickets available 9am Thursday 16th May,
from www.undertheradar.co.nz, Real Groovy – Auckland, RPM & Slowboat - Wellington, Cosmic - Dunedin
Jello Speaks!! Auckland and Christchurch spoken word shows confirmed
Hot on the heels of his captivating band concerts here and in Australia, Jello Biafra returns to our shores in late May for his What Would Jello Do? speaking shows in Christchurch and Auckland. Biafra performs at the Bedford @ CPSA (Christchurch) on Friday May 31, and at Galatos in Auckland on Saturday June 1. The Auckland performance will be followed by Jello’s NZ/Oz tour wrap party upstairs at the Galatos Lounge, featuring Incredibly Strange Rockin’ Vinyl from the Vaults of DJ Jello Biafra himself, plus 95bFM’s Troy Ferguson and more. Jello Biafra is the former frontman and chief-agitator for legendary U.S. punks Dead Kennedys, who now tours with his acclaimed new band Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine.
I just did something I haven’t done in over thirty years…listen to a new Rod Stewart album. Back in the early 70s, Rod and I were inseparable. Every Picture Tells A Story, Never A Dull Moment, Gasoline Alley; those albums were constant fixtures on my turntable. But then we had a falling out. Rod sold out…at least in my mind. He made that disco-fied Blondes Have More Fun in 1978 and it was all downhill from there…slick, soulless 80s “product” and a string of cash-grabbing American Songbook atrocities. But now old Rod The Mod has released his first self-produced album of original songs in over 20 years and for some reason I thought I’d give him another chance.
Irresistible American dance poppers, Passion Pit announce their eagerly awaited return to our shores to perform at the Powerstation in Auckland on Thursday 25 July. Passion Pit is the dynamic musical mission of Michael Angelakos, the electronic wunderkind best known for his complex and multi-layered pop songs. Acclaimed for their unabashedly danceable live performances, Passion Pit bring their explosive party to New Zealand for only the second time, promising tracks from their newestalbum GOSSAMER as well as fan favorites from previous album MANNERSand their debut EP, CHUNK OF CHANGE.
Chromacon is an annual independent Illustration and Comics Arts Festival held in Auckland. New Zealand. It is a non-profit, community focused event that aims to connect a broad spectrum of Kiwi creatives and art-lovers together and the first Chromacon Festival took place at the Aotea Centre this past Sunday. The 13th Floor’s Tove Partington was there…click here to read her report.
Talking with John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants is an adventure…an adventure that can take a turn into just about any direction. The 13th Floor interviewed Mr Flansburgh recently and planned to speak to him about the band’s new album, Nanobots and their upcoming shows in New Zealand. But Flansburgh had other ideas, ideas that included Adam Ant, Happy Mondays and anything else that popped into his head. Listen in here and try to keep up:
Click here to listen to You’re On Fire from Nanobots:
Here are They Might Be Giants NZ dates:
Friday 17th May, Bodega, Wellington
Saturday 18th May, The Studio, Auckland
Bobby Womack’s career reaches back to the 1950s when he and his brothers sang gospel music along with The Staple Singers and The Blind Boys Of Alabama. Now, almost 60 years later, and after working with Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett, Sly & The Family Stone and Gorillaz, among many others, Bobby Womack is due to perform his brand of gritty r&b at Auckland’s Civic Theatre on Saturday, May 18th. The 13th Floorspoke to Bobby Womack recently…listen in as he talks about his long and incredible life and career:
Dunedin’s Matt Langley has just released his new album, Virginia Avenue. The 13th Floor caught up with Matt at Auckland’s Kings Armsand got him to sit down and discuss a few of the album’s songs in depth. Click here to listen to Matt Langley talk about Virginia Avenue: