Watch Princess Chelseas Video For I Miss My Man

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Adam Custins
/ Tuesday 24th November, 2020 10:00AM


Currently calling the leafy surrounds of Waiheke Island her home, Princess Chelsea aka Chelsea Nikkel has gifted fans a sparkling new video in advance of her forthcoming Homecoming NZ Tour, the globally revered cyber-pop songwriter’s first nationwide tour in two years. Shot at a local carwash (adorned by some pretty dang great animal themed posters) and edited by the artist herself with considerable visual panache, ‘I Miss My Man‘ is a performance clip at its core, documenting Nikkel giving her vehicle a sudsy scrub with while pining for a return to a life of romance.

‘I Miss My Man’ is drawn from Princess Chelsea’s latest album The Loneliest Girl, which was originally set to be toured in 2018, before she wisely chose to put her health before her music and paused the run of launch gigs midway through. The singer / producer’s upcoming Aotearoa headline events pick up on that thread, celebrating those songs in literally a whole new light with snazzy live visuals courtesy of 2018 Walters Prize finalist Simon Ward and support from electronic music auteur Stef Animal, who was recently described by Bandcamp Daily as “a leading example of Oceanic Vaporwave”. That an artistic equation guaranteed to add up to some magical shows indeed — Princess Chelsea spilled the beans about the heartfelt sentiment behind ‘I Miss My Man’…

"This song is about the slight shame a woke feminist might feel when missing a man or feeling sad about a man. I guess I’m trying to say don’t worry it’s normal and not necessarily weak to ‘miss your man’. We are only human after all. I was listening to a lot of Fleetwood Mac’s Tango In The Night around the time of this composition. It’s about getting back to the basics of raw emotion and not having to contextualise every feeling – I believe love songs and break up songs can and should transcend certain personal boundaries and unite us in a way.”

Undertheradar is thrilled to present…

Princess Chelsea

w/ special guest Stef Animal and live visuals by Simon Ward

Friday 27th November – Dive, Dunedin
Saturday 28th November – Wunderbar, Christchurch

Thursday 3rd December – Tuning Fork, Auckland*
Friday 4th December – Meow, Wellington

Saturday 5th December – Nivara Lounge, Hamilton

Sunday 6th December – Artworks, Waiheke Island

Tickets available HERE via UTR
Tuning Fork tickets available via Moshtix*

Princess Chelsea’s third studio album ‘The Loneliest Girl’ is out now via Lil’ Chief Records.

Listen To Ov Pains Single Excess and Expenditure

Chris Cudby
/ Monday 23rd November, 2020 2:30PM


Recently spotted performing at Tāmaki Makaurau’s Audio Foundation, Melbourne / Dunedin experimental darkwave duo Ov Pain aka Renee Barrance (Élan Vital) and Tim Player (Opposite Sex) open up portals to otherworldly realms with ‘Excess and Expenditure’, the first cut revealed from their forthcoming second long player The Churning Blue of Noon — set to launch in 2021. A swirling whirlpool of time-dilating electronic drones, clattering percussion, mind-altering saxophones and spectral vocals, the new single crushes skulls while listeners wallow in amazement at the pair’s slo-mo gothic grandeur and all-encompassing sonic scope. Listen up here…

‘Excess and Expenditure’ is out now on major digital streaming platforms via It Records.

Tuatara Open Late Returns To City Gallery Wellington In December

Chris Cudby / Monday 23rd November, 2020 1:17PM


City Gallery Wellington will be serving up a banquet of culturally enriching multimedia events, food and drinks when the Tuatara Open Late programme makes its long-awaited return this coming December. Happening in conjunction with the currently running Terminal exhibition "of international art made about the airport, not for it", the very first Open Late evening since lockdown gets rolling with a 6pm book launch for Tina Barton’s book Billy Apple® Life/Work, chronicling the famed pop / conceptual NZ artist’s career, along with a discussion between Barton and gallery Chief Curator Robert Leonard and a screening of British filmmaker Midge MacKenzie‘s 1966 experimental documentary Neon Dreams. Keeping on the topic of Terminal, writers / speakers Steve Braunias, Rajorshi Chakraborti, Freya Daly Sadgrove, Jordan Hamel, and Melissa Laing will deliver five "requiems for an airport" at 7pm.

Shifting focus to the auditory realm, Open Late concludes with performance event Itinerarium at 8.30pm, featuring sound artists Emma Bernard (Ludus), Dugal McKinnon, Jim Murphy, Thomas Voyce (Rhombus Productions), Sonya Waters and Jack Woodbury, paying homage to Brian Eno’s (who also has work featured in the exhibition) 1978 ambient interstitial masterpiece Music for Airports. With entry by donation, there’ll also be beer, wine, and yum food for attendees to tuck into, DJ Dan Aikido (Radio Active, The Jewel School) will be spinning tunes all evening, and Simon Ingram’s painting machine Monadic Device will be making new artwork on-site right before your very eyes — mark these details in your diary…

Tuatara Open Late: Terminal
Thursday 3rd December – City Gallery Wellington

5pm to 10pm: Exhibitions open, DJ Dan Aikido (Radio Active, The Jewel School)

5pm to 9.30pm: Supper treats from House of Dumplings and cash bar

6pm: Billy Apple® Life/Work by Christina Barton, Book Launch  
7pm: Requiem for an Airport: Steve Braunias, Rajorshi Chakraborti, Freya Daly Sadgrove, Jordan Hamel, and Melissa Laing  
8.30pm: Itinerarium: live music performances by some of New Zealand’s finest sound-based artists in response to Terminal feat. Emma Bernard (Ludus), Dugal McKinnon, Jim Murphy, Thomas Voyce (Rhombus Productions), Sonya Waters, Jack Woodbury

Entry by donation / full event details HERE (event bookings available or turn up on the day)

Listen to Ludus’ ‘Makes Like Footprints’ from this year’s Artists In Residence compilation of tracks made by artists during lockdown…

Press release:

Art, music, film, talks, beer, wine, and food. Celebrate the return of Open Late—our changing programme of late-night events on the first Thursday of the month—our first since lockdown.

Space in the Gallery is limited. Come early to avoid disappointment or reserve your spot via the event pages for Requiem for an Airport, the Christina Barton Billy Apple® Life/Work Book Launch, and Itinerarium.

At 6pm, we launch Tina Barton’s book Billy Apple® Life/Work, chronicling the pop-conceptual artist’s sixty-year career. Barton discusses this epic project with Chief Curator Robert Leonard. We will also screen Neon Dreams, a 1966 experimental documentary on the new phenomenon of light art in New York in the late sixties, by British filmmaker Midge MacKenzie. Thanks to Auckland University Press and Ngā Taonga.

At 7pm, writers Steve Braunias, Rajorshi Chakraborti, Freya Daly Sadgrove, Jordan Hamel, and Melissa Laing deliver Requiem for an Airport—in response to our show Terminal.

At 8.30pm, local sound artists—Emma Bernard (Ludus), Dugal McKinnon, Jim Murphy, Thomas Voyce (Rhombus Productions), Sonya Waters, and Jack Woodbury—present Itinerarium, paying homage to Brian Eno’s Music for Airports and offering an auditory portal into Terminal.

Throughout the evening, enjoy DJ Dan Aikido (Radio Active, The Jewel School) and observe Simon Ingram’s painting machine Monadic Device make a new work. Bar closes at 9:30.

With support from Tuatara, Seresin Estate, and RadioActive.

Watch The Video For 405 By Pacific Heights Ft CHAII and Kings

Annabel Kean / Image: Pacific Heights and CHAII / Monday 23rd November, 2020 11:44AM


An Aotearoa dream team feature on the latest track from Pacific Heights, the follow up to album lead single ‘The Weight Of It’ with electronic hot shot Steve Spacek. The new drop ‘405’ reaches new heights (pun intended) with first class vocal treatment from Kings in the chorus, and furious rap verses by future hip hop icon CHAII. Pacific Heights, the solo project of producer and Shapeshifter stalwart Devin Abrams, provides a smangin’ bed of larger-than-life beats and shimmering keys for the two young talents, translated into the visual realm by video director Oscar Keys. Made with the support of NZ On Air, the clip highlights the three musicians in neon-lit landscapes, and flickers between abstraction, reality and powerful choreography by dancer Kayla Paige. Sit tight for more from Pacific Heights, the album singles thus far promise more gems to come…

‘405’ is out now via major streaming services.

Music Of The Humans Xmas Shindig Announced Ft Hans Pucket Phoebe Rings More

Chris Cudby / Image: Hans Pucket
/ Monday 23rd November, 2020 10:02AM


Lock up your office photocopier and bust out your secret stash of silly Santa hats, because Christmas party season is nearly here again. Hard-working best buds 100% Good and NoiseFloor have teamed up to celebrate the end of a mare of a year with Music Of The Humans Summer Solstice Edition 2020, a mid-December festive knees up featuring Poneke catchy tunesmiths Hans Pucket, rising stars Phoebe Rings, Priya Sami‘s new band Bub (awesomely described as "The Strokes meets Dolly Parton meets The Cars"), groove-worshipping supergroup Friends Of The World (Live Band) and DJs’ SG Margo, Tony M and Aw B. Eye-popping stage art and lighting will be provided by artist Cat Ellis, all proceeds go to the great cause of Girls Rock! Aotearoa, and music nerds will be happily in their element with an "obscure NZ Music trivia quiz curated by the performers and organisers", so attendance is pretty much mandatory at this point. Grip the details here…

Music Of The Humans 2020 Summer Solstice Edition

Featuring Hans Pucket, Phoebe Rings, Bub, Friends Of All The World, DJs Tony M, SG Margo & Aw b w/ stage design by Cat

Friday 11th December – Cassette Nine, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR (early bird tickets available)

Watch the action-packed clip for Hans Pucket’s earworm ‘Comfort’…

Check out the magical debut single from Phoebe Rings ‘Cheshire’…

Press release:

Best friends 100% Good and NoiseFloor collaborate once more on their annual charity Xmas Shindig. This time at the Music. Of. The. Humans. 2020 Summer Solstice Edition at Cassette 9 Friday December 11th.

This year Number 4 will feature the stellar talents of their friends like:

Poneke power pop trio (and yuuuge fans of Nature’s Best CDs 1 & 2) Hans Pucket

Cosmological Jazz pop combo Phoebe Rings

The premier of NZ’s best torch singer Priya Sami’s new (The Strokes meets Dolly Parton meets The Cars) band Bub

Tamaki Makaurau monsters of the groove Friends Of All the World this time in a supergroup live band format.

The proceedings all held together masters of the vibe SG Margo and Tony M selecting.

Capping the night off dancefloor banger merchant Aw B

Stage art and lighting from artist Cat Ellis

There will be an obscure NZ Music trivia quiz curated by the performers and organisers, band merch, a themed celebratory teapot cocktail and a commemorative gig poster T shirt.

All proceeds go to Girls Rock! Aotearoa

Definitely gonna be the best Xmas hang of 2020

Live Photos Beastwars Whammy Bar Auckland

C.C. / Photography by Bruce Mackay
/ Monday 23rd November, 2020 8:58AM


A supernatural sign that things might be looking up at the tail end of 2020, Pōneke metal juggernauts Beastwars defied the unruly threat of nearly a year’s worth of Covid-19 postponed gigs with a thunderous headline event at Tāmaki’s Whammy Bar on Friday, as part of their spring / summer tour. Photographer Bruce Mackay was in the super city and headed along to document the night’s intensity, including a cover of Metallica‘s ‘Seek & Destroy’ with onstage guest vox by the singer of supports Slumbug — click on the thumbnail images below to view the full gallery…

View all photos

Weekly Roundup Friday 20th November

C.C. / Image: Beastwars / Friday 20th November, 2020 5:37PM



Friday 20th November

Auckland: Emily Edrosa – The Wine Cellar

Auckland: Hermione Johnson, Zahra Killeen-Chance w/ Johnny Chang – Audio Foundation

Auckland: Havana Groove Live – Ponsonby Social Club

Auckland: Mild Orange Live – The Powerstation

Raglan: Earth Tongue – The Yot Club 
Thames: Andrew London Trio – The Back Room
Napier: Jordan Luck Band – The Cabana
Napier: Adam Hattaway And The Haunters – Paisley Stage

Wellington: Limbic Resonance: Techno Prisoners – Valhalla

Nelson: Habit and Unsub – Industry
Akaroa: Jack Page and Emily C. Browning – Ma Maison
Lyttelton: Grame Jefferies – Wunderbar

Saturday 21st November

Auckland: Bad Hagrid – The Wine Cellar

Auckland: Landlords, Repairs, Hospital Sports, Rope, Pillcutter – The Thirsty Dog

Auckland: Na Noise – Whammy Bar
Auckland: The Phoenix Foundation – The Powerstation

Waihi: Jordan Luck Band – Waihi Beach Hotel

Raglan: Beastwars – The Yot Club 
Tauranga: Earth Tongue – Voodoo Lounge
Napier: Mia Jay And Band With Alexander Luck And The Drams – The Urban Winery 
Wellington: Macho Macho and friends – your friends nice house

Wellington: Bill Martin Sextet Ft. Geoff Culverwell – Seatoun Bowling Club

Wellington: Cypher And Soul – MOON

Wellington: Locally Sauced – Valhalla
Lyttelton: Delaney Davidson – Wunderbar
Christchurch: Aaron Tokona Tribute Buzz – The Good Home
Dunedin: Graeme Jefferies – The Crown Hotel


Listen To Amamelias SHAPED LIKE A FRIEND REMIX From The BFCs Upcoming Project 64 VIP 3

Chris Cudby / Friday 20th November, 2020 4:12PM


It’s Friday, it’s sunny outside and the weekend’s gently beckoning like a mythical siren to a sailer, which means it’s well past time to bounce from the office early, hoon a can of your favourite brew (or sip on a hydrating herbal tea) and crank up the latest drop from Canterbury’s The Big Fresh Collective. Returning to iconic fifth generation gaming console the Nintendo 64 for aural inspiration, the Ōtautahi gang have announced a third edition of their Project 64 VIP series of remixes and reworks will be out next Wednesday, previewed with a cheeky new track from Tāmaki’s Amamelia — who also contributed to last week’s Visual Boy Advanced VIP compilation. Getting well ‘ardcore with a fast and furious take on Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (‘Ruins‘ to be precise), rest assured Amamelia’s hyperenergised ‘SHAPED LIKE A FRIEND REMIX‘ is merely the tip of the 3D polygon iceberg. Hold on tightly to your triple-pronged controller and tuck in below…

The Big Fresh Collective · AMAMELIA – SHAPED LIKE A FRIEND REMIX (Project 64 VIP #3 Preview Track!)

DOONS Nationwide EP Release Tour Announced

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Tanya Putthapipat
/ Friday 20th November, 2020 3:19PM


Pōneke guitar-pop foursome DOONS have no time for fence-sitters in this most politically charged of years, launching their tongue-in-cheek titled forthcoming EP The Importance Of Being Indifferent ("a treatise in sincerity, earnestness and nuance, inspired by an Aotearoa New Zealand marred by social apathy") with a rapid-fire summer tour in January 2021. Making their way to the South Island for the first time, DOONS will be visiting the four main centres with lots of help from friends along the way, including Louisa Nicklin, Neive Strang and Marianne Wren. Grip the details here and keep your eyes and ears peeled for their new collection out soon…

Doons EP Release – The Importance Of Being Indifferent

Friday 15th January – San Fran, Wellington w/ Revulva, Eli Superflyy

Friday 22nd January – Whammy Backroom, Auckland w/ Louisa Nicklin, Marianne Wren 
Friday 29th January – darkroom, Christchurch w/ Neive Strang, Guy Dooney
Saturday 30th January – Dive, Dunedin w/ Neive Strang

Early bird tickets available HERE via UTR

Check out the video for ‘SHALLOWS’ from their upcoming second EP The Importance of Being Indifferent…

Press release:

Join DOONS for their first ever foray to the South Island to celebrate the release of their EP ‘The Importance of Being Indifferent’; a treatise in sincerity, earnestness and nuance, inspired by an Aotearoa New Zealand marred by social apathy. The Importance of Being Indifferent is characterized by a palpable feeling of millennial disillusionment, accompanied by darker sonics than what some have come to expect from the Waikato-born, Wellington-based four piece. Replete with intently honed songwriting (Elliott Dawson), shimmery lead guitar elegance (Benji’s Palace) and a potent rhythm section (Pierce Higginson / Tom Anderson), sincerity reigns supreme through a watery catalogue which is certified to make you feel. Joined by Neive Strang and a special guest.

Watch Anna Coddington Perform Her Forthcoming Album Beams Live

Annabel Kean / Friday 20th November, 2020 1:50PM


To celebrate Anna Coddington running her first marathon tomorrow, find yourself a comfy seat and settle in for her jaw-dropping live performance at Roundhead Studios. Tucked away amongst cosy red curtains and rugs, surrounded by sparkling Sharondeliers, with a wee real life audience, and a much much larger online audience, Coddington performed songs from her forthcoming album Beams. Not officially out until next Friday the 27th of November, this premiere / preview is such a treat, and Coddington herself is oozing with charm, appearing unaware of how transfixing a show she puts on. Coinciding with the big album drop, the Pōneke based powerhouse will take The Opera House stage with Fly My Pretties next Friday night, with a sprinkling of shows on the calendar for December / January. Press play on the stream below for some heartwarming soul music [starts at the 9.18 mark]…

Anna Coddington’s album ‘Beams’ is out Friday 27th November via Loop Recordings

Reuben Samuel Winter Up In Smoke Memorial Event Announced

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 20th November, 2020 1:13PM


Friends and whānau of dearly missed Tāmaki Makaurau music legend Reuben Samuel Winter (Totems, milk, Caroles, Bandicoot, KCB), have put together a very special event in celebration of his inspirational spirit on 30th November at Karangahape Road’s Whammy Bar. All proceeds from the Up in Smoke memorial gig will "be utilised for future releases of Reuben’s music and other projects and events in his honour" — here’s the details direct from the organisers…

"Up in Smoke’ is a collaborative event in memory of Reuben Samuel Winter. Reuben’s prolific presence in the music community means this night will provide a unique experience to remember him as the inspirational person he was. Friends Iskse_, Charlie (OPI), P.H.F, Bad Friend, Roidz and special guests will gather to celebrate Reuben and his musical legacy.

It is our priority to facilitate an environment for those who loved, knew and admired Reuben to feel safe in expressing our collective grief. As such, we ask that attendees be conscious of one anothers vulnerabilities during this time. Our kaupapa is that this is a space for aroha, and there will be zero tolerance of harassment, violence, discrimination, drunkenness or insensitivity. Please notify Whammy staff, security or the door person if you or someone you know feels unsafe.

This event will be postponed in the circumstance that Tāmaki Makaurau changes alert levels."

Up in Smoke

Featuring… Iskse_, Charlie (OPI), P.H.F, Bad Friend, Roidz and special guests

Monday 30th November – Whammy Bar, Auckland

Presale tickets available HERE via UTR

Watch milk (Reuben Winter with friends) playing ‘Sugar Glider’ last year at 95bFM’s Drive Island VIII…

If you are concerned about yourself or a friend please reach out to Lifeline at 0800 543 354.

Mara TK Drops Single Met At The River Feat Xenia Manasseh

AK / Friday 20th November, 2020 12:17PM


Pour yourself a delicious cup of Mara TK‘s debut solo single ‘Met At The River’, spiked with the dulcet tones of Kenyan neo-soul singer Xenia Manasseh. Known in Aotearoa as the front man of beloved group Electric Wire Hustle, along with killer recent collabs with Borrowed cs,  Mara TK steps out on his own this year, and joins label and social enterprise Extra Soul Perception. This first taste is also the lead single to a full-length solo album, which is due out next year, and just from ‘Met At The River’ I can tell it’ll be a totally swoon-worth collection of rich, soul tracks. If the new single doesn’t quite satisfy your Mara TK fix, look no further than the ‘Met At The River’ B-side; a jazzy piano version sung just by the man himself. Despite the silky instrumentation and stacks of warmth, Mara TK explains the less than rosy story behind the song:

“This song took ten years to write because that was the life span of meeting someone wonderful, making babies and then fucking it all up – and finally feeling like you are all gonna be straight after all that shit. This song was therapy that didn’t cost me $200 an hour”.

Sink into the half-toned, neon-splashed visuals for ‘Met At The River’…

Mara TK’s debut solo album is out in 2021 via Extra Soul Perception.

Listen To Arjuna Oakes New EP Recovery Pt 1

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 20th November, 2020 11:15AM


Pōneke-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Arjuna Oakes reveals his new collection Recovery, Pt. 1 today with impeccable timing, summing up feelings of exhaustion and a glimmer of hope for the future, as we collectively attempt to move on from a year that even Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described as being "frankly terrible". Sounding worldly beyond his youthful age of 20 years, the prodigious talent serves up five soulful and sophisticated reflections, brought to life by a sumptuous instrumental backing — alternating between dreamy late nite grooves and fiery big band arrangements. While listeners can melt into Oakes’ entrancing world of sound, his oft-pointed lyrics pierce mellow jazz-inflected moods with plenty of bite. Wrap your ears around the whole package below and don’t miss his launch events tonight at Auckland’s Tuning Fork and this Saturday evening at his hometown’s Meow…

Arjuna Oakes – ‘Recovery Pt.1’ EP Release

Friday 20th November – The Tuning Fork, Auckland
[Tickets via Moshtix
Saturday 21st November – Meow, Wellington [Tickets via Eventbrite]

‘Recovery Pt.1’ is out now via major streaming platforms.

Na Noise Unleash Debut Album Waiting For You

Annabel Kean / Photo Credit: Annamarie Ott / Friday 20th November, 2020 10:15AM


I’ve not even had a coffee yet and I am overcome with a violent urge to kick off my shoes and do the twist to the debut album from Na Noise, Waiting For You. The trio of Yolanda Fagan, Hariet Ellis and Christopher Varnham have outdone themselves on their fiery debut, having knocked us over with every explosive single in the lead up to release day. Waiting For You was recorded between Fagan’s home set-up and Peter Ruddell‘s (Wax Chattels, Sulfate) studio, and it has the energy to zap you back to life with an exciting new sound for long time band mates Fagan and Ellis, who’ve rocked out together in groups BOZO, Vincent H.L and Echo Ohs. You’ll need to strap yourself in for the fresh, fuzzy collection, with previously unreleased tracks like ‘Good Morning Again’ and ‘Goodnight Na Noise’ packing a hell of a punch. Tomorrow night the three-piece will tear up the Whammy Bar stage, joined by an outstanding crew of local artists to celebrate the big album drop — snap up tickets below, and have a boogie to Waiting For You…

‘Waiting For You’ Album Release Show

Saturday 21st November – Whammy Bar, Auckland w/ LEAO, Hang Loose, ‘super secret, super special’ cameos + Da Boise 

Tickets on sale HERE via UTR – ticket plus vinyl LP option available

‘Waiting For You’ is out now digitally and on limited edition vinyl LP via 1:12 Records

The Leers Unveil New Album The Only Way Out Is In

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 20th November, 2020 9:24AM


Sounding ready to take on the world, Mt Maunganui’s The Leers brush away any potential sophomore record jitters with their assured new eight song collection The Only Way Out Is In. Presenting six fresh tunes plus recent singles ‘This Love It Holds’ and ‘Nightcall’, the long player was laid down over two weeks late last year in Los Angeles at Mad Muse studio, recorded on an SSL 8000 G+ console formerly owned by Dr Dre (!) and mixed by their US label In Flight Music Group‘s head honcho Matt Salazar. Balancing open-hearted guitar-pop sparkle with hefty grooves and more than a hint of rock n roll swagger, The Only Way Out Is In also delivers something of a sly curveball with a stadium-scale cover of French synthwave icon Kavinsky‘s dreamy Drive soundtrack anthem ‘Nightcall‘. With their record finally out in their relatively Covid-free homeland (touch wood), The Leers are toasting its long-awaited launch with summer festival performances at Rhythm & Vines, Electric Avenue and Soundsplash, along with Tauranga New Years Eve shindig Kaleidoscope [tickets available here].

Lead singer Matt Bidois shared his excitement about how far The Leers have come with their latest record: “It was incredibly eye-opening. Going from a shed on a farm where we write all of our music, to a world-class studio with endless amounts of incredibly expensive equipment humbled us in a lot of ways. It changed our focus from “parts” of music that we create to how those parts sound and how changing that sound can really add or take away from the song. It sounds obvious saying it out loud, but the endless options working at Mad Muse presented really put into perspective how little we scratch the sonic surface as artists which is super exciting. Like find a new room in your house you didn’t know was there.”

‘The Only Way Out Is In’ is out digitally via major streaming platforms.

Emily Edrosa Shares Debut Solo Album Another Wave Is Coming

Amelia Berry / Friday 20th November, 2020 8:58AM


After several years’ meticulous home studio servitude in Los Angeles, former Street Chant frontwoman Emily Edrosa is back in Tāmaki Makaurau and finally ready to pull back the curtain on her hotly anticipated solo debut Another Wave is Coming. Recorded with a little back-home help from A.C. Freezy’s Alex Freer on drums and The Beths’ Liz Stokes on drum engineering, and mixed by legendary producer John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, Waxahatchee), Another Wave is Coming is an intricately arranged wash of chiming power-pop and brittle psychedelia, the perfect backdrop for Edrosa’s sardonic tales of love, regret, alienation, and standing around.

Released locally through PSL Sound and in the US via Park The Van Records, Another Wave is Coming is available in standard black and devilish red vinyl. If you’re in Auckland you can catch Emily Edrosa tonight at Wine Cellar for a rare full band live performance, otherwise check out the appropriately harrowing new video for album opener ‘She Agreed‘ below…

Emily Edrosa ‘Another Wave Is Coming’ Album Release

Friday 20th November – The Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ Chewy Gum & Disciple Pati

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Digital as well as black and limited edition red 12" vinyl editions of ‘Another Wave is Coming’ are available here.

Watch Ripships Wild Video For Lube The Cube

Chris Cudby / Thursday 19th November, 2020 2:01PM


Tāmaki Makaurau’s Ripship caused quite a stir when the sci-fi psych-rock mania of their debut Greebles EP dropped like a bomb in May earlier this year, back when it seemed like the whole world was throwing its toys. While the dust of 2020 is yet to settle, the duo of Eva-Rae McLean (drums, vocals) and Callum Lincoln (guitar, synth, vocals) have unleashed a new video directed by Ellen Jones Poole for their collection’s wonderfully wild standout track ‘Lube The Cube‘ — based on the real life practice of adding lubricant to Rubik’s Cubes to make them go faster at "speedcubing" events. The cacophonous pair take charge while contestants show off their skills (or lack of) in the fun, stylish and kind of grody clip. Take in the madness here and catch Ripship tearing it up at Raglan’s Yot Club with Moppy supporting Earth Tongue this Friday…

Undertheradar presents Earth Tongue

Friday 20th November – Raglan, Yot Club w/ Moppy, Ripship

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Lake South Corporation Christmas Party Announced

Chris Cudby
/ Thursday 19th November, 2020 12:55PM


The creative mind behind Aotearoa electronic / avant-pop project Lake South has issued a festive memo to Pōneke party-goers, under the newly authoritative guise of Lake South Corporation™. Promising live entertainment from Welcomer, Vorn (solo), Rubita and Lake South at 1st Kelburn 1909 Scout Hall on 18th December, Lake South Corporation™ thanked the whole team for their tireless efforts during the last financial quarter…

"N.B: The global pandemic has resulted in lower than anticipated returns this quarter. Employees are requested to provide their own refreshments. It should also be noted that tickets are required for entry. They can be purchased at a modest price from Lake South Corporation™ extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation for all of the hard work and dedication in 2020. Happy festive season."

Lake South Corporation™ Christmas Party

Featuring… Welcomer, Vorn (solo), Rubita, Lake South

Friday 18th December – 1st Kelburn 1909 Scout Hall, Botanic Gardens, by top of Cable Car (Cable Car runs every 10 mins till 9pm)

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Watch Lake South’s video for ‘Holloway Road’ from 2019’s Wellington | Te Upoko O Te Ika…

Listen To Ida Lunes Self Titled Debut Album

Annabel Kean / Thursday 19th November, 2020 12:36PM


Anna Wooles, Rose Blake and Deanne Krieg make up the charming Whanganui-a-Tara trio Ida Lune. This week, the avant-folk force have treated our eager ears to their self-titled debut album of ceaseless harmonies and clever lyrical play. The vocal talent in Ida Lune is almost greedy, from the jaw-dropping velvety lows in ‘Jeremy’, to the organic multiplex effect of three voices in ‘River Song’. I don’t want to reduce Ida Lune to a Fleet Foxes comparison, because there’s something so much more personal to the songs these women write. There is a similar sense of melancholy and sweeping, gentle harmonies, yet Ida Lune have a massive warmth to their sound, and invite you to connect to their lyrics. I feel very smug to have seen the trio perform live in an overgrown garden a couple of years ago, and hopefully the new album will be followed up with a launch tour. In the meantime, dip into Ida Lune’s debut here…

Ida Lune’s breathtaking video for ‘Apart’, featuring what one might interpret as a touching wake for an orchid…

‘Ida Lune’ is out now to stream and purchase online.

Grawlixes Immortalised Single Release Show Announced w Mali Mali

Chris Cudby / Thursday 19th November, 2020 12:00PM


Helmed by co-founders Robin Cederman (Tahu & the Takahes) and Penelope Esplin (French for Rabbits, Moonlander, Lake South), and recently expanded to a full five piece unit featuring Alex Vaastra, Emma Hattaway and Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa, Pōneke indie folksters Grawlixes have 2021 squarely in their sights with their second album Love you to Death set to launch next year. The Home Alone Music alumni will be giving Tāmaki Makaurau gig-goers a taste of the good stuff to come at a release event for their ethereal and delicately dreamy single ‘Immortalised‘ at The Wine Cellar in mid-December, where they’ll be joined by Mali Mali, who unveiled his Kill and Throw EP in late October. Hard-gigging bandmates Esplin and Schaverien-Kaa will be squeezing the Grawlixes show into the tail end of their spring / summer French For Rabbits Dark Arts Tour, note these details in your digital diary…

Grawlixes ‘Immortalised’ Single Release Show Feat. Mali Mali

Friday 11th December – The Wine Cellar, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Watch charming live footage of Grawlixes playing ‘Modern Boy’ at Sofar Wellington…

Listen to Mali Mali’s new collection Kill and Throw…

Press release:

Grawlixes are a Wellington-by-way-of-Dunedin indie-folk band intent on inserting themselves into your brain with their intelligent, infectious songs about relationships and not being invited to parties. Continuing the great lineage of artists who bring sadness to their sprightly melodies, Grawlixes’s music often deals in the melancholy with self-deprecating honesty and beautiful boy-girl harmonies, sung by co-founders Robin Cederman (Tahu & the Takahes) and Penelope Esplin (French for Rabbits, Moonlander, Lake South).

Grawlixes have recently expanded into a 5 piece, featuring the unimitable talents of Alex Vaastra (Emily Fairlight, Julian Temple Band) on violin, Emma Hattaway (The Cosmonauts) on bass and Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa (Stellarize, French for Rabbits) on drums, and are gearing up for the release of their second album Love you to Death’ in 2021.

Scott from When You Motor Away says Grawlixes ‘melodies are delicate, intricate, and sweet, while the themes tend toward melancholy and clear-eyed realism, and particularly clear-eyed realism about melancholy-inducing relationships…Infectious and intelligent’
Freya McGahey from Happy (Australia) says “Speaking with spine tingling and ethereal impact,
Grawlixes set themselves apart as two distinguished songwriters
Fraser Browne of Second Hand News calls Grawlixes A must listen.”

**Featuring Support From Mali Mali**

The artist known as Mali Mali makes for inspired, disarming listening. With flowing piano melodies echoing Elliott Smith and delicately constructed layers of texture akin to the post-rock musings of Godspeed You Black Emperor, Mali Mali (real name Ben Tolich) elegantly tows a line between classic pop-songwriting and aural experimentation.

Debut album Gather ’round the Gooseclock (2013; recorded in tropical Cairns by Mark Myers of The Middle East) caught the attention of many and 2016’s follow-up As a Dog Dreams earned accolades the country over. Shockingly, the record was Tolich’s first attempt at home production and engineering – the reception was anything but amateur. “In an age when people protect themselves or present an ego in their absence, this sounds courageous”, said Graham Reid of As a Dog Dreams.

O The Mo Share Dreamy Debut Album In Transit

Annabel Kean / Photo Credit: Harry Crean / Thursday 19th November, 2020 10:54AM


Hunkered down for a North Nelson winter, in a studio earth-built into Delaware Bay, dream-pop pair O & The Mo recorded their debut album In Transit. Out today, the usually Pōneke-based duo of Olivia Gallagher (O) and Alvin Bartley (The Mo) present a luxurious collection of lush tunes with a hint of the psychedelic. Rhythm section Hugo-Olsen Smith and Josh Brown stayed put and sent their bass and drum parts to Nelson from across the Strait in a locked down Aotearoa. Half way into In Transit, O & The Mo serve up three delicious tracks in a row: ‘Honey’, ‘Peaches’ and ‘Pistachio Moon’, one of many clues that Gallagher and Bartley have a fondness for the surreal and indulgent. Look only to their fantastical music videos and Gallagher’s ethereal vocals for an audio / visual trip to somewhere extraterrestrial. The band provided some insight into the recording process:

“We recorded and produced
the album over a focused
period of 3 months, which
gave us an opportunity to
immerse ourselves in the
recording process, capture
our environment and refine
our sound. For us, the album
is a reflection on the
constant state of motion,
with a common thread
through these songs being
to slow down, find calmness
and act on your values.”

Take your seat on the Moeing 747, settle in for a cruisy transit, and see below for when and where you can touch down for the live experience…

O & The Mo – In Transit Album Release Tour

Thursday 3rd December – Meow, Wellington

Friday 4th December – St. Peters Hall, Paekakariki

Saturday 5th December – Lucky Bar, Whanganui

Sunday 6th December – Anthology Lounge, Auckland

Thursday 10th December – Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru

Friday 11th December – Dog With Two Tails, Dunedin

Saturday 12th December – Wunderbar, Christchurch

Friday 18th December – The Boathouse, Nelson

Saturday 19th December – Roots Bar, Takaka

Sunday 20th December – Toad Hall, Motueka

Friday 15th January – Nivara Lounge, Hamilton

Saturday 16th January – Jam factory, Tauranga

Tickets available HERE via UTR 

I always had a hunch the moon would be a great dancer, and here’s proof in the Ollie Sutton directed clip for ‘Pistachio Moon’…

O & The Mo’s debut album ‘In Transit’ is out now on digital platforms.

Kaleidoscope NYE 2020 Announced Feat Mini Simmons The Leers More

C.C. / Thursday 19th November, 2020 10:20AM


Now’s the time to lock in those New Years Eve plans and make the most of Aotearoa’s relatively unrestricted live music scene (compared to the rest of the world) this summer. Waving a cheerful goodbye to a Covid-initiated trainwreck of a year, the team at Blabla Events will be bringing the party to Tauranga’s Our Place with a crowd-moving lineup — featuring Mini Simmons, Strangely Arousing, The Leers and Joes Van. There’ll be yum food to feast upon and thirst-quenching beverages available to fend off the summer heat, note the details below and grab your tickets while you can…

Kaleidoscope NYE 2020

Featuring… Mini Simmons, Strangely Arousing, The Leers, Joes Van

Thursday 31st December – Our Place, Tauranga

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Here’s the clip for ‘A Way With Murder’ by Mini Simmons…

Watch footage of the Leers playing ‘Honest’ live on RNZ…

Press release:

Wellwellwell it has been a YEAR.
We definitely think that 2020 deserves a big fat SEEYA, so we are inviting you to Round #2 of Kaleidoscope NYE at Our Place Tauranga for one hellofa party, outside and under the stars.

This event is set in an outdoor / weatherproofed gig venue in the heart of Tauranga. It is bursting with coloured-shipping containers and Kaleidoscopic prisms, and hosts High Tide Bar with Mount Brewing Co Brewery’s local brews , and food from the Bay’s favourite street food vendors – Frostbite & The Pizza Library – available throughout the event.

Brought to you by Blabla Events.

Listen To Samara Alofas Debut Album Earth Punk

Annabel Kean / Photo Credit: Nicole Hunt / Wednesday 18th November, 2020 1:10PM


The debut album from Samara Alofa (Ngati Awa) has landed, a collection dripping with spirit and themes of personal growth. Earth Punk was independently written, recorded and mixed by Samara Alofa, and released in collaboration with Kuini Qontrol, who also represent the likes of Kōtiro, Brown Boy Magik and Coco Solid. Lead single ‘Dnt Care’ almost immediately shot up the student charts for its compelling melody and silky vocals, and the full-length drop swells through bubbling, dreamy tracks, like an exploration that builds to ‘Dnt Care’ as the album closer.

Speaking to Kuini Qontrol on the album, the artist delved into the kaupapa of Earth Punk, saying "Lots of the themes of this album draw from the narrative of decolonising the self, returning and relearning, dismantling and unlearning, remembering how to connect and communicate with the unseen realms, the self and the ancestor guides," and credits their great grandmothers as key influences, which we also see reflected in the album’s cover art: a Nicole Hunt photograph of Samara Alofa that mirrors a portrait of their great, great grandmother and other "spiritual guides that flow with us through all of eternity". Listen to Earth Punk for self-reflection, self-improvement, or however else the album sparks inspiration, and head over here to find out how you can see Samara Alofa live in Pōneke this December…

Samara Alofa’s debut album ‘Earth Punk’ is out now via Kuini Qontrol.

Watch BENEE Perform Happen To Me On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 18th November, 2020 12:59PM


Winner of 2020 prestigious Silver Scroll songwriting prize and four Tuis at Sunday’s Aotearoa Music Awards, local pop megastar BENEE celebrated both a king hitter of a year and the launch of her debut studio album Hey u x with a live performance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, beamed out across the airwaves yesterday. Collaborating with such global figures as Grimes and Lily Allen on her first ever long player is no mean feat — Benee took centre stage with band against a projected backdrop and some rather familiar looking trees, making the most of our nation’s current non-lockdown status to deliver an impassioned take on the reflective track…

‘Hey u x’ is out now via Republic Records.

Jed Parsons And His Friends 2020 Youre Fired! Show Announced

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 18th November, 2020 12:17PM


If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that 2020 has sucked ass. Universally regarded as a dumpster fire of a year, Ōtautahi songwriting phenomenon Jed Parsons has done right thing in organising a headline extravaganza celebrating "the imminent death of 2020", taking over his hometown’s Cassels Blue Smoke on 18th December. For Parsons’ final show of this "pooey year", the 2018 IMNZ Debut Release of The Year finalist will be joined on stage by the largest version of his live band, playing alongside buds GOODWILL and The Knews. Sounds like a super fun Xmas rager to me — look forward to (hopefully) bright times ahead and grip the details right here…

Jed Parsons And His Friends – 2020, You’re Fired!

Friday 18th December — Cassels Blue Smoke, Christchurch, Canterbury w/ GOODWILL, The Knews

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Witness a lovestruck Jed Parsons in his new clip for ‘Sad Together’…

Press release:

To celebrate the imminent death of 2020, Jed Parsons is bringing the largest version of his band together for their final show of this pooey year.

Parsons and his band will be joined by GOODWILL (fresh off his extensive nationwide tour with Dave Dobbyn) and The Knews – a reunion of sorts, with both acts featuring all the ex-members of the chart-topping band ‘nomad’.

2020 will have been given its two weeks notice. Let’s celebrate.

A couple of years on from the release of his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Midnight Feast’ (IMNZ Debut Release of The Year finalist), and over 1.5 million streams down the track, indie-pop sensation Jed Parsons has settled into the dizzying heights of people saying “oh yeah, I think I’ve heard him before”.

He’s not complacent, however. Having already graced the stages of Auckland City Limits, Electric Avenue, Nostalgia Festival and North West Festival in his short career, Parsons is trucking on, selling out shows on countless tours and releasing popular indie pop singles ‘Playstation & Porn’, ‘She’s The One’ and ‘Sad Together’ from his forthcoming sophomore album.

Parsons’ sound is a culmination of his rich and varied background as a touring musician, which has taken him around the world and into the studio with the likes of nomad, Pacific Heights and Mel Parsons and Hera.

His music balances eccentricity and energy with intimacy and musical sensitivity, maintaining a focus on catchy hooks and lyrical prowess.

“If you’re a fan of upbeat indie-pop, then you might already be aware of Kiwi muso Jed Parsons. But if not, he’s undoubtedly about to become one of your new favourite artists…” – Tone Deaf, Australia

Interview Alien Weaponry Level One Tour

Annabel Kean / Wednesday 18th November, 2020 11:12AM


Brain-blasting Waipu trio Alien Weaponry take their killer brand of Te Reo heavy metal on the road this month and next, celebrating the rare privilege of Aotearoa’s Level One lifestyle. Recent additions to the same management roster as Slayer and Gojira (RSE Group), siblings Henry and Lewis de Jong and new bassist Tūranga Morgan-Edmonds haven’t quit soaring since dropping their award winning debut album in 2018. Rightly saving his voice for the tour, vocalist Lewis de Jong joined me for a chat via email and dished the goss on all things Alien Weaponry in 2020. Wander down the page for the interview, and wrap your eyes around the full tour run down here…

UTR proudly presents…

Alien Weaponry – Level One Tour

Friday 20th November – Totara St, Tauranga

Saturday 21st November – The Factory, Hamilton

Friday 27th November – Ngaio Marsh Theatre, Christchurch

Saturday 28th November – Starters Bar, Dunedin

Thursday 3rd December – San Fran, Wellington

Saturday 5th December – Powerstation, Auckland (all ages)

Tickets on sale now via

Annabel Kean: So cool that you recently performed at the Auckland Town Hall. How did you find playing your music in such a big venue? It can be pretty echoey in there.

Lewis de Jong: The Auckland Town Hall is one of the venues I’ve always loved. I went there for a couple of shows as a kid and always imagined myself playing on that stage so it was a surreal experience being able to play there. It is such a beautiful venue and the huge pipe organ looked awesome in the background of us playing. As for the echoes, well our FoH guy Hammerhead always makes us sound good.


Awesome cover of Troy Kingi’s ‘Mighty Invader’. Can you talk me through your process for that? Did you try out any other versions?

When we first started working on the song, we tried to find something that worked well without sounding the same as the original or just forced. Eventually we decided to take a different approach by using an already existing song of ours and working it into Troy Kingi’s Mighty Invader. It worked better than we could’ve expected.

What have you been up to during lockdowns?

I watched all of the last Air Bender with my partner Lexi, attempted to play saxophone, got my dreadlocks done, went skating almost every day.

What’s it like working with management who are based all the way in LA? Has it changed the culture of the band?

It’s been pretty smooth so far. We have still been doing what we are doing, writing the album and being Kiwis. Our new management doesn’t want to change the culture of the band, they like us the way we are, and I think that’s one of the things that made them want to take us on, because our culture – both Māori and NZ – is a bit different and unique. We won’t really be able to truly gauge the impact of the new management until we are able to tour overseas again, but wherever we are in the world, we have always aimed to be 100% professional, so nothing has changed in that respect.

Was this the first year you were all old enough to vote? How did you find that process? Reckon you’ll be writing any songs about the new government?

This is the first year that I have been able to vote. Henry my brother is two years older than me, so he was eligible to vote but there were no elections, so it was his first time voting too. As far as new songs go, we don’t know at this point what we are going to write about next, so you will have to wait and find out.

How have you found transitioning into life at level one? Do you have any fears around travelling?

It’s been great going back into level one, as I turned 18 during lockdown and didn’t get the chance to celebrate, so it’s nice to be able to go out with my friends. I feel pretty safe in New Zealand, but would definitely feel a little nervous if we were to go overseas right now.

I see you’ve already got a bunch of festivals lined up for next year. What are you looking forward to out of those? Which bands are you most excited to see and why?

I’m really looking forward to Nova Rock and seeing System of a Down, Killswitch Engage and Jinjer. Really excited to see Gojira at Mystic Festival. Also looking forward to seeing Metallica and Mastodon at Aftershock Festival. Most of these bands I’ve seen live before and they have been really good, but I’m especially excited to see Metallica and Killswitch Engage as I’ve never seen them live before.

Auckland Folk Festival 2021 Full Lineup Announced Ft Troy Kingi BEING More

Chris Cudby / Artwork credit: David Jones
/ Wednesday 18th November, 2020 10:31AM


The jaw-dropping jam-packed full lineup has been revealed for the 48th Auckland Folk Festival, happening over three days at Kumeu Showgrounds during Auckland Anniversary Weekend (Fri 29th Jan – Mon 1st Feb) in early 2021. Genre-spanning 2020 Taite Music Prize winner Troy Kingi and Tāmaki songwriter BEING. are new additions to the already bustling bill of folk / blues / roots-inspired artists from throughout Aotearoa, which features such significant figures as Best Country Artist 2020 Tui winners Delaney Davidson & Barry Saunders, Cantabrian favourites The Eastern, 2019 NZ Country Artist of the Year Jenny Mitchell and many more.

Amongst the full spectrum of musical goings ons will be a special session called Songs from the Old Country, curated by Olivia Sumich and hosting a diverse array of performances — including Dalmatian Klapa Slapa (an Africa through New Orleans via Cuba session with Craig Denham), Tui Mamaki with The Bulgarian Roses, and a learn how to dance session with The Cuban Groove. Children under 10 are free all weekend and there’ll be lots of family friendly activities for everyone, including a Kids Stage and Kids Zone, family picnic, kids dance, nighttime tales, instrument making and even a parade!

“We are very proud of our 2021 lineup. This past year has been challenging for everyone in the music community and so to present such a diverse and inclusive lineup, that is 100% local, is amazing.

Auckland Folk Festival has always been proud of the diversity it has presented over the years. In 2021 we have stepped this up and are incredibly excited to share a group of New Zealand artists that will challenge, surprise and broaden what people think of when they hear the word folk. This is all the different sides of folk found in Aotearoa, and with this in mind, the festival is set to be the perfect three day celebration." — Artistic Director Finn McLennan-Elliott

The 48t​h​ Auckland Folk Festival – Kumeu Showgrounds, Auckland

Auckland Anniversary weekend – Friday 29th January to Monday 1st February 2021

Featuring… Troy Kingi, The Eastern, Delaney Davidson & Barry Saunders, The Black Quartet, The Harmonic Resonators, Aro, Jenny Mitchell, BEING., Looking for Alaska, Sadie & Jay, Liddiard and Louise, Gerry Paul and The Elephant Tree Band, Shimna’s List, Rough Town, Raylee Bradfield, Songs from the Old Country, Ethno Aotearoa, Polytropos, John Sutherland, Rhubarb, Gavin & Cara

Tickets are on sale now via Eventfinda (children under 10 are free all weekend)

Early bird tickets close 31st December
Festival timetable released Jan 2021

Watch Troy Kingi and the Upper Class perform ‘Mighty Invader’ live at Red Room Studios…

Check out the video for Delaney Davidson & Barry Saunders’ foot-stomper ‘Word Gets Around’…

Watch a live video of Being. with band playing ‘Count Me In’ live at a studio above Karangahape Road…

Press release:

The 48th Auckland Folk Festival lineup gets even stronger! Returning in January 2021 with a diverse and eclectic lineup of artists from Aotearoa.

The three day celebration takes place over Auckland Anniversary Weekend (Fri 29th Jan – Mon 1st Feb 2021). Bringing together a unique line up of NZ’s best for a very special 3 day celebration of the broad genre that is ‘folk’.

The man of all genres, Troy Kingi, continues his 10 albums in 10 year journey, with a special preview performance of his upcoming folk record. 2021 will be his first appearance at the Auckland Folk Festival, his performance will be stripped back and will reveal a new string on the bow of this supremely talented performer.

Local indie songstress BEING. joins the lineup. Jasmine Balmer aka BEING. will bring her exquisite songwriting and poetry for an intimate solo performance.

Rounding out this final announcement is a special session called Songs from the Old Country, curated by Olivia Sumich. This series will cross over from stage to Dance Hall on the Saturday of the festival and host a diverse array of performances. Featuring Dalmatian Klapa Slapa, an Africa through New Orleans via Cuba session with Craig Denham, and the bewitching Tui Mamaki with The Bulgarian Roses. Learn how to dance with The Cuban Groove and the Bulgarian Roses in the Dance Hall and take your new moves to the Mill Stage in the afternoon.

These artists join the already announced lineup that includes The Eastern, Delaney Davidson & Barry Saunders, Jenny Mitchell, and Aro, Looking for Alaska, to name a few. Full line up below.

Our Kids Stage is once again a huge part of the festival, especially for the many families that camp out all weekend. This year will feature the phenomenal Wellingtonian Gerry Paul and The Elephant Tree Band alongside our beloved regulars Rhubarb, Paul Brown and Gavin & Cara. A youth orchestra takes over the Kids Zone on Saturday afternoon and a family picnic, kids dance and nighttime tales closes out the day. Sunday kicks off with a series of concerts before instrument making and a parade. Children under 10 are free all weekend.

“We are very proud of our 2021 lineup. This past year has been challenging for everyone in the music community and so to present such a diverse and inclusive lineup, that is 100% local, is amazing,” Artistic Director Finn McLennan-Elliott comments.

“Auckland Folk Festival has always been proud of the diversity it has presented over the years. In 2021 we have stepped this up and are incredibly excited to share a group of New Zealand artists that will challenge, surprise and broaden what people think of when they hear the word folk. This is all the different sides of folk found in Aotearoa, and with this in mind, the festival is set to be the perfect three day celebration.”

All marquees are covered but open sided, and as will be the song of the summer, the festival will be keeping a close ear for any government announcements or regulations for gatherings and will ensure a safe environment for all. With an entire showgrounds to spread across, there is plenty of space for all.

Premiere Na Noise Unleash Video For Waiting For You

Chris Cudby / Photo Credit: Annamarie Ott
/ Wednesday 18th November, 2020 8:55AM


With only two days to go before Na Noise‘s debut album is let loose upon the world, the Tāmaki trio gift fans a literally killer clip for their record’s mega-catchy title track / psych-rock bop ‘Waiting For You‘. Joining forces with director Ezra Simons sporting blood-drenched animated visuals by Neirin Best, Na Noise send shivers down our spines with a stylish B-movie slasher film in miniature, created with the support of NZ On Air. Looking like bona fide stars of the silver screen thanks to art director & stylist Gussie Larkin, bandmates Yolanda Fagan and Hariet Ellis take turns wreaking havoc while drummer / organ player Christopher Varnham is frozen to the spot with pure fear in his eyes — shot with maximum vibeyness in mind on a vintage Bolex film camera amidst the spookiness of Symonds St Cemetery.

Na Noise will be bringing the party at this Saturday’s launch show for Waiting For You, with buds
LEAO and fun-loving supergroup Hang Loose, where vinyl copies of the record will be available to snap up as early Xmas pressies for yourself and / or a friend. They’re promising to go "full noise" for the show at their Whammy Bar HQ, featuring "special guests and newest band members "Da Boise" (international men of mystery)" — details below…

‘Waiting For You’ Album Release Show

Saturday 21st November – Whammy Bar, Auckland w/ LEAO, Hang Loose, ‘super secret, super special’ cameos + Da Boise 

Tickets on sale HERE via UTR – ticket plus vinyl LP option available

‘Waiting For You’ launches digitally and on limited edition vinyl LP on Friday 20th November via 1:12 Records — preorders available here.

The Perfect Xmas Gift Exclusive UTR Merch

A.K. / Tuesday 17th November, 2020 12:02PM


It’s been about three years since we all went into lockdown and got to know Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, a month or so since New Zealand skies turned orange from Australian wildfires, and I’m pretty sure Christmas 2019 was just last week. Although the passage of time has given up on following a linear path, we’re hugely grateful for the ongoing support from we’ve received from the community during a turbulent year indeed for live music in Aotearoa — from readers, artists, event organisers / promoters and advertisers. Whether you helped out by sharing our news, ticketing your gig with us, forgoing a refund, or signing up to be a UTR Supporter, this year would have been much wobblier if it wasn’t for you. As you may have noticed, a while back we added an option when buying tickets to donate to Save Our Venues, with which we were able to pass on $2,285 in donations! Give yourself a hearty pat on the back.

Last November we ventured into the high pressure fashion world and launched a range of exclusive Undertheradar merchandise, blissfully unaware of the looming shit storm and the coming challenges of sending and receiving packages. The season of giving is well in our periphery once again, and we’ve got a limited number of totes, tees and caps still up for grabs. Snap up some swag for yourself or a loved one before Thursday 10th December, and we’ll get it to you with enough time to bundle it up, curl the ribbon, and tuck it under the tree. Support your local, deck out your mates, and get all the credit — it’s a win-win-win situation. Peruse the collection below, and make your order for the ultimate Xmas stocking fillers for 2020 right HERE

UTR T-Shirts

UTR Six Panel Cap

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Pique Plastique Mini Festival Announced For December

Chris Cudby / Image: Samara Alofa
/ Tuesday 17th November, 2020 11:46AM


Tireless champions of Aotearoa’s always vital experimental sound / music community, Audio Foundation and Pyramid Club are teaming up to bring Pōneke punters a three night festival of "Urgent Sound, Adventurous Music and Deep Listening", sporting the name Pique Plastique. Showcasing new and established sonic performance artists from throughout the nation, Pique Plastique’s bill features avant-Nesian collective Blood Mothers, Samara Alofa, Tash van Schaardenburg of Bib Kids’ new solo project Citacsy, Ro Rushton-Green (Sewage), Crone, Oghum, Isaac Smith, Rosie Langabeer, Ruby Solly and Daniel Beban. Promising to "spike activity in the brain network linked to emotional thinking, with simultaneous activity in different areas like the hippocampus and anterior cingulate cortex", Pique Plastique sounds like an aural proposition not to missed.

Operating on multiple fronts, Pyramid Club will also be presenting a special off-site event in the awe-inspiring surrounds of Karori’s Futuna Chapel (designed by NZ architect John Scott) on Saturday 5th December. The concert will feature an ensemble of 18 musicians (all acoustic – strings, brass and woodwind) performing a new composition by Daniel Beban (Orchestra Of Spheres) titled ‘Daily Deaths’. Beban opened up about his work’s urgent theme…

"’Daily Deaths’ directly translates Covid19 statistics from different countries into a musical score which the ensemble plays. Each musician plays a different country’s daily death rate in musical notes – the higher the death rate the higher in pitch the musical note… trumpets play Iran, double basses play China, flutes play Brazil, cellos play India and so on. As the piece unfolds the audience literally experiences the unfolding days, weeks and months of the Covid19 pandemic in sound. And because the pandemic is an ongoing situation, the piece is continually growing.

Because Covid19 is respiratory illness, the music is based around the breath of each musician. Each note is one full breath, with around 300 breaths representing the 300 odd days since the start of the pandemic. Because of the constant long notes, the piece is physically difficult to perform for the musicians. In this way the music mirrors the respiratory nature of the virus.

As well as the sombre theme just mentioned, the piece also tries to capture some of the ecstatic calm which many of us here in NZ experienced during the lockdown period in March/April. The dynamics of the piece are very quiet, and the pacing is very slow throughout."

Pique Plastique – Pyramid Club, Wellington

Thursday 10th December – Ro Rushton Green, Isaac Smith, Rosie Langabeer, Oghum, Samara Alofa, Ruby Solly

Friday 11th December – Citacsy D, Ro Rushton-Green, Daniel Beban, Blood Mothers

Saturday 12th December – Citacsy, Crone, Native Bush

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Pyramid Club – Offsite Project #7: Futuna Chapel

Saturday 5th December – Futuna Chapel, Karori (suggested koha: $20)
More info HERE

Listen to Samara Alofa’s new single ‘Dnt Care’…

Watch an informative video spotlighting Blood Mothers’ artistic practice…


Press release:

Siblings in sound Audio Foundation and Pyramid Club present a mini-festival featuring some of Aotearoa’s most exciting new and established sonic performance artists. Featuring the powerhouse avant-Nesian collective BLOOD MOTHERS, Samara Alofa, Native Bush and drone/techno split personality CITACSY from Tāmaki Makaurau, Ōtepoti based multi-instrumentalist Ro Rushton-Green (Sewage), alongside Te Whanganui-a-Tara regulars Crone, Oghum, Isaac Smith, Rosie Langabeer, Ruby Solly and Daniel Beban, the series promises to spike activity in the brain network linked to emotional thinking, with simultaneous activity in different areas like the hippocampus and anterior cingulate cortex.


As part of the Offsite Series, Pyramid Club presents an afternoon concert at Futuna Chapel, Karori. The concert features a new work for 18 musicians by Daniel Beban. ‘Daily Deaths’ translates the Covid19 pandemic into sound by reinterpreting the daily statistics of different countries through 2020.

Featuring an 18 piece ensemble of woodwinds, brass and strings, the concert will take place in the awe-inspiring acoustics of Futuna Chapel, an icon of New Zealand avant garde architecture.

Chapel open for viewing at 2pm, concert starts 2:30pm.

The 18-piece ensemble features Gerard Crewdson and Dan Yeabsley (tuba), Nell Thomas and Rachelle Eastwood (flute), Aiko Sato and Gareth Thompson (trombone), Jake Baxendale and Glen Downie (alto sax), Bridget Kelly and Blair Latham (bass clarinet), James Guilford-Smith and Stephen Roche (trumpet), Tristan Carter and Chris Prosser (violin), Charlie Davenport and Ruby Solley (cello), Patrick Bleakley and Isaac Smith (double bass).