DOONS Drop New EP The Importance Of Being Indifferent

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Tanya Putthapipat
/ Friday 15th January, 2021 9:50AM


Waikato-born, Pōneke-based guitar-pop foursome DOONS have revealed their fresh five song collection perfectly in sync with a summer launch tour, starting tonight in the hallowed halls of their current hometown’s San Fran with Revulva and Eli Superflyy. Guitars as sparkling as the waters at Oriental Bay Beach on a good day and big-hearted yet relatably world-weary lyrics are dished out in abundance on The Importance Of Being Indifferent, "a treatise in sincerity, earnestness and nuance, inspired by an Aotearoa New Zealand plagued by irony and social apathy." Fans across the land will be singing along with the hugely popular team of Elliott Dawson, Benji’s Palace, Pierce Higginson and Tom Anderson‘s new anthems throughout January, don’t miss DOONS at the following dates and smash play on the stream below…

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

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Watch the vid for ‘SHALLOWS’ from the new EP…

Premiere Transistor Unveil Single Video Contextualise

Annabel Kean / Friday 15th January, 2021 8:47AM


Pōneke psych-pop tykes Transistor apparently didn’t take a breather after dropping their EP Lights Form One To The Sun three weeks back, and have launched right into releasing a new clutch of tunes on the very same day they embark on their biggest tour yet. The absolute mad men hit their stride and find their groove in catchy lead cut ‘Contextualise’, sounding crisp af beneath relatively concerning lyrics that could either be a hex or someone’s death bed ramblings. The visuals are appropriately warped too, created by Secret Knives’ Ash Smith aka Euphoric Co., who’s created clips for Borrowed cs., Shocking Pinks and Jon Lemmon. Smith has made programmed filters look better than I could have ever imagined, and paired the coordinated chaos with perfectly weighted, simple black lines and borders. Chefs kiss.

The band begin their Extending Vision summer tour tonight in Ōtepoti with newcomers and frequent giggers Bathysphere. The Transistor three are not to be missed, providing sweltering summery tunes that’ll make you say "Tame Impala who?". Dates and tickets here, and their brand new three track drop below, also including the pulsing ‘Flickering Candle’ and an instrumental version of the title track…

Transistor ‘Extending Vision’ Tour

Friday 15th January – The Crown Hotel, Dunedin w/ Bathysphere*

Saturday 16th January – Whammy Bar, Auckland w/ Na Noise, Ripship*

Friday 22nd January – San Fran, Wellington w/ Linen, Ingrid & the Ministers, Mystery Waitress*

Saturday 6th February and Sunday 7th February (Waitangi Weekend) – Welcome to Nowhere Festival, Whanganui

Tickets available HERE via UTR, more supports to be announced*

Sarah Mary Chadwick Shares Single Video Full Mood

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Darren Sylvester / Thursday 14th January, 2021 2:11PM


Melbourne-based, Taumarunui-born performer Sarah Mary Chadwick (formerly of Batrider) has shared the third track from her forthcoming album Me And Ennui Are Friends, Baby, and it’s surprisingly sweet for a single that follows ‘Every Loser Needs A Mother’ and Chadwick’s many other objectively depresso songs. ‘Full Mood’ is as romantic as its Tristan Scott-Behrends directed video, with lyrics "Your eyes straight up decorate this room" and "Thinking of your sweat makes red my blues, wanna colour in the world for you" functioning as the narration for some extremely Lana Del Ray, dust-speckled, puppy love visuals. To make it a little more ‘tongue-in-cheek Chadwick’, Scott-Behrends has unconvincingly superimposed her into city scenes, the perfect comic relief for my emotionally suppressed wee heart.

Me And Ennui Are Friends, Baby is the final collection in a trio of albums, and was entirely recorded with just Chadwick’s voice and a piano, completing the set after The Queen Who Stole The Sky and Please Daddy. Listen to the latest drop — the rest is out early next month…

Sarah Mary Chadwick’s seventh full-length album ‘Me And Ennui Are Friends, Baby’ is out February 5th 2021 via Rice Is Nice Records / Ba Da Bing Records.

Live Photos FRED JP The Drag Kings Amun R Nivara Lounge Hamilton

C.C. / Photography by Ngamihi Pawa

/ Thursday 14th January, 2021 1:44PM


Tāmaki five piece FRED took over Nivara Lounge last night for the Kirikiriroa leg of their four stop ‘Take Me Higher‘ summer tour, concluding at their hometown’s Galatos next Friday. Photography ace Ngamihi Pawa kicked off the year capturing Wednesday’s action, which also starred JP & The Drag Kings and Amun Rā, and was by all accounts a fab evening out. Click on the thumbnail snaps below to view the full image gallery…

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Cuticles Drop Debut Single Video Cheese In My Brain

Chris Cudby / Thursday 14th January, 2021 1:08PM


Sporting two members of Oamaru no wave legends The Trendees, brand new four-piece Cuticles offer a surprisingly sunny sonic proposition with their debut single ‘Cheese In My Brain‘ — which coincidentally describes my own mindset this afternoon. Singer Matthew Plunkett tells it like it is over bandmates Austen Mcmillian, Lisa Preston and Tom Havard‘s frayed yet jaunty scuzz-pop jamout, accompanied by a DIY montage of hometown summer fun (with a relatable twist) that’ll leave you wondering if having ‘Cheese In My Brain’ is in fact a good thing? One thing for certain: make way for Cuticles in 2021!

HACKJOB Unleash Live Video For Debut Single FRIENDS

Chris Cudby
/ Thursday 14th January, 2021 12:19PM


Friends: not as funny as Seinfeld imho! Now that brick’s been thrown, prepare to have your world turned upside down by the earsplitting debut release from Tāmaki punks HACKJOB. The new project of Ciara Bernstein (Blame Thrower, No Brainers + more), Brogan May (Master Blaster, Shitripper), Mariana Tzoneva and Ioane Donnelly (Markdown, No Brainers, Skull Patrol) let rip in the sub-one minute long track, a tough as nails taster of their self-titled EP set to drop on 29th January via DIY Ōtautahi imprint Dust Up! Filmed and edited by Chris Leskovsek on the fly after a photo shoot, the vid for ‘FRIENDS‘ shows you exactly why you need to catch HACKJOB live STAT…

Nationwide Tour Announced For Pnekes Macho Macho

Annabel Kean / Thursday 14th January, 2021 10:55AM


Pōneke bedroom-pop foursome, and presumably part-time muscle men, Macho Macho have been oiling up their tunes and toning their vocal cords in preparation for a glistening summer tour. The up-and-comers dipped their toes into releasing music in early 2020, with a couple of demos and a couple of not-demos, sounding something along the lines of a Brit-pop group that moved to Dunedin and got into lo-fi psych music. Along with the handful of promising singles on their Bandcamp and a fine resume of shows throughout the last two years, the Macho boys entice gig-goers further with some top banana support acts on the bill. Catch them this O-Week season in Tāmaki with Cindy and Chewy Gum, their hometown with Miss Cressida and Wiri Donna, Ōtautahi with Sneaky Caribbean Monk Seals (not to be confused with the extinct species of seal), and Koizilla and Juno Is at the Dunedin grand finale. Dates, tickets, and links below…

Macho Macho NZ Tour

Friday 12th February – Whammy Mainroom, Auckland w/ Cindy, Chewy Gum

Friday 19th February – San Fran, Wellington w/ Miss Cressida, Wiri Donna

Thursday 25th February – Darkroom, Christchurch w/ Sneaky Caribbean Monk Seals

Friday 26th February – Dive, Dunedin w/ Koizilla, Juno Is

Tickets on sale HERE via UTR

Press release:

Macho Macho are on tour this February! Featuring numerous new and exciting acts across Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin, these shows are not to be missed!

CHEWY GUM are another rising band in the up-and-coming Auckland music scene. Expect crunchy riffs with a healthy dose of pop loveliness. See both acts perform alongside MACHO MACHO live at Whammy! on the 12th of February.

MISS CRESSIDA are seasoned Wellington indie rock dwellers and if their recent shows are

any indication, they are looking to be back for 2021 with an exciting new live show. With new tunes added to fan favourites, their set is sure to be a treat. Throughout the last year, WIRI DONNA has seen a fortuitous rise in Wellington music. With an incredible sing-along live show and dreamy guitar tones, both support acts for this show are unmissable. Grab a ticket today and catch them this O-week alongside MACHO MACHO on the 19th of February at San Fran.

The SNEAKY CARIBBEAN MONK SEALS are a young Ōtautahi band drawing influence from early 70s rock royalty. With a high energy live set and several impressive gigs behind them, the group is sure to shock and awe. See them play this O-week alongside MACHO MACHO on the 25th of February at Darkroom.

KOIZILLA are Ōtepoti’s favourite modern psychedelic rock troupe. Prepare to be ensnared by their awe-inspiring live show. JUNO IS – another rising Dunedin act, has had a huge year. Her tasteful indie-pop compositions are sure to provide a great show this O-week alongside MACHO MACHO on the 26th of February at Dive.

Ex Partner Joins A Cult In The Weatherboards Are The Skin Video

Annabel Kean / Thursday 14th January, 2021 9:54AM


Recently spotted at The Thirsty at an event which featured literal waterboarding, courtesy of forthcoming summer tour buds Grecco Romank, Ex-Partner reveals a brand spanking video for track ‘The Weatherboards Are The Skin’. First heard as the opener on their Flatmate Coup D’etat EP in November last year, ‘The Weatherboards Are The Skin’ is chilling in its doomy, descending synths and gated beats, relaying an all too familiar tale of sub-par flat living. The video, created by Grecco Romank’s Damian Golfinopoulos, is a surreal mini-movie that raises more questions than it answers, but ultimately romanticises the fantasy of heading down Auckland’s local cult rabbit hole. Best watched with an open mind and an open notebook on hand, ‘The Weatherboards Are The Skin’ visuals may awaken a sudden interest in the occult…

Ex-Partner and Grecco Romank take their acts on the road this month and next, hitting six stops around the country for The Mental Stealth Tour — find the details on their social media pages.

Chelsea Jade Announces Aotearoa Tour

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: George Le Sage Clarke / Thursday 14th January, 2021 9:01AM


Chelsea Jade is escaping the US and making the arduous and isolated journey home, all so she can perform live for us once again. It’s possible she has other reasons to come to Aotearoa, but most importantly she’s sharing her incredible songwriting talents with the country for seven shows this February / March, with special guest rising Tāmaki artist deryk (who launched her debut EP Womb in 2020), including appearances at the Big Gay Out, the Auckland Arts Festival, and the Hamilton Gardens Festival. Since her debut album Personal Best melted all our faces off in 2018, Chelsea Jade’s kept busy touring, writing and recording new songs between here and LA. Then, just as my last skin graft finally healed, she dropped new track ‘Superfan’ amid lockdown chaos and my face melted right off again. Here’s hoping the holy trinity (flights, a hotel, a negative Covid test) aline for the pop gem and she makes it home. Chelsea Jade kindly penned fans a letter to about the forthcoming trip back home, in which she revealed there’s a new record on the way (!)…

"Dear All,

These announcement broadcasts usually take a familiar shape on my end – in an nth hour harried state, I comb through my last and oft-neglected bio screed and recalibrate it as if I’m a deeply impressed (!) third party narrator. While I understand the utility, I have to be honest, it never feels quite right!

So, little theatrics aside, I spent the lion’s share of 2020 in my Los Angeles apartment hunkering down ad infinitum. All tours canceled, everything in flux. I’m sure you’ve seen the news. Still, golden moments showed up in little ways. Getting lovely notes from Bandcamp Friday patrons, cleaning my apartment to that incredible Jessie Ware record and frankly, being invited to play in my hometown this year. I’m grateful to have made it through. It’s an immense privilege to be in a space where music can exist as viscerally as it was intended to be and I would be deeply honored if you would join me for these shows.

Your emotional wreck forever,

Chelsea Jade

P.s – I guess I almost finished a new record too."

Undertheradar proudly presents…

Chelsea Jade NZ Tour
with special guest deryk

Sunday 14th February – Big Gay Out, Auckland (free, register here – without deryk)
Wednesday 24th February – Hamilton Gardens Festival*
Wednesday 17th March – Auckland Arts Festival**
Friday 19th March – Wellington, Meow

Saturday 20th March – Napier, Paisley Stage

Friday 26th March – Christchurch, Cassels Blue Smoke

Saturday 27th March – Dunedin, Dive 
Saturday 3rd April – Peachy Keen, Basin Reserve, Wellington (without deryk)

Tickets on sale from Banished Music from 9am, Monday 18th January
Tickets on sale now from HGAF*
Tickets on sale now from AAF**

Here’s Chelsea Jade’s vid for ‘Superfan’ – and yes, she really is that tall!

Listen To Roy Irwins Anthology Collection

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Joseph Leary
/ Wednesday 13th January, 2021 2:58PM


While there were some swish local sounds snuck out over the summer break, nothing can touch Roy Irwin‘s absolutely flooring Anthology collection. Unveiled just after the new year begun and showcasing 32 songs recorded by the Tāmaki artist (and NO-CLIP member) between 2010 and 2020 (in chronological order), Anthology is a treasure trove featuring "18 songs that are no longer available to download anywhere else and 17 of my recent favourites." Anyone who’s heard and loved Irwin’s killer recent releases (including 2020’s Self-Titled album) owes it to themselves to delve deeper into their home-crafted hits and vividly realised sonic ruminations — treat your earholes to the smorgasbord of good stuff below…

"Some of you might have already heard these before but I figured for anyone that is curious to what I’ve done before my last 3 albums might be interested in listening.

Pretty much a collection of the shit I’m least embarrassed about ever making in the first place.

I haven’t touched any of the mixes and the audio levels will probably be everywhere but eh.

You could say it will give you an honest representation of where I was at in that specific time of my life lmao." — Roy Irwin

Naked Whammy Fest Announced Ft Voom Phoebe Rings Leaping Tiger More

Annabel Kean / Wednesday 13th January, 2021 12:00PM


From the naturists that brought you Naked Whammy and the End Of Financial Year parties of 2019, this January 30th marks the first annual Naked Whammy Fest! The evening will have crowds ebbing and flowing between Whammy Mainroom and Backroom, enjoying every last crumb of a line-up comparable to the bougiest of grazing platters. Leaping Tiger and Alexa Casino are on the bill, providing dance-ready morsels of electronic dream-pop between the off-kilter noise and ruckus of Voom, Echo Ohs, and Hospital Sports. Absolute darlings Phoebe Rings are on the lineup too — the perfect boogie warmup before Amamelia and DJ Party Dad knock your socks off with pumpin’, jumpin’ club tunes. The best part? This is all FREE! Rock on up in your best summer fits and just cruise on through (ahem, before the venues reach capacity) thanks to everyone’s new best friends from Naked PR, an arm of big-time arts and culture supporters Naked Accounting. Pop the date in your calendar and make sure to get there early — first in, first served…

Naked PR Presents: Naked Whammy Fest 2021
Voom, Echo Ohs, Amamelia, Phoebe Rings, Alexa Casino, Leaping Tiger, Hospital Sports, Party Dad 
Saturday 30th January – Whammy Bar & Whammy Backroom, Auckland 

FREE entry

Get your slo-mo shimmy on to Alexa Casino’s ‘Blu’…

Echo Ohs: A little bit country, a little bit rock’n’roll…

Put a little Voom in your step with their hypefest track ‘King Kong’…

Press release:

Naked PR is proud to present the inaugural Naked Whammy Fest. It’s happening on Saturday January 30, at Whammy Bar and Whammy Backroom, and entry is free (until it’s full)!

Think of Naked Whammy Fest as in-person discovery tool, kind of like the middle of a Venn diagram of Tāmaki Makaurau’s diverse musical landscape. Throughout the night you’ll be enchanted by the melancholic jangle of Voom, the alternative freakbeat of Echo Ohs, the warm charm of Phoebe Rings, and devotional alt-rock of Hospital Sports.

If guitars aren’t your vibe we recommend checking out Amamelia’s sugary take on Jungle and D’n’B, the electronic-dream pop of Alexa Casino, and the future funk of electronic beatsmith Leaping Tiger. Party Dad will close the evening with a piecemeal DJ set, that harks back to the sweaty indie club nights of the early 2010’s.

From our home in St Kevin’s Arcade, Naked PR strive to help creatives connect with audiences in interactive and innovative ways. We’re big on supporting artistic communities, by offering creative discounts for creative people.
Naked PR was created as a sister to Naked Accounting. A boutique accounting firm, with the idea of assisting art and culture at its core, Naked Accounting’s business model is forward thinking and future focused. Naked PR is following in its footsteps.

Tim Allen And The Two Single Release Tour Announced

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 13th January, 2021 9:49AM


As the old adage goes: showbiz never sleeps. While some [*ahem*] were resisting the urge to check their emails every five minutes while catching poolside rays over the summer break, the more motivated amongst us were getting their ducks in a row to bring you the good times in 2021. Tāmaki Makaurau via Lancashire songwriter Tim Allen (no relation) has been working overtime to bring you a doozy of a nationwide tour with bandmates The Two, in celebration of their forthcoming single ‘Love Is A Pill‘ — hot on the heels of Allen’s 2020 long player The Last Bastion Of A Lad. Make the most of our uniquely thriving live scene and catch Tim Allen And The Two in action this March, April and May, with special guests to be announced…

Tim Allen and The Two – ‘Love Is A Pill’ Single Release Tour

Saturday 20th March – March Fest, Nelson

Sunday 21st March – Paisley Stage, Napier*

Friday 26th March – The Jam Factory, Tauranga

Saturday 27th March – Waihi Beach Hotel, Waihi*

Sunday 28th March – Biddy Mulligans, Hamilton*

Thursday 1st April – Wunderbar, Lyttelton*

Friday 2nd April – Bark @ Dog With Two Tails, Dunedin*

Saturday 3rd April – Bar 605, Morningside, Auckland*

Friday 16th April – Meow, Wellington*

Friday 14th May – The Boathouse, Nelson*

Saturday 15th May – Mussel Inn, Takaka, Golden Bay*

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Listen to Tim Allen and The Two’s radiant and just-released new song ‘Only An Illusion’…

Tim Allen and The Two · Only an Illusion.

Punk It Up V Lineup Changes Announced Sit Down In Front X Features Join The Bill

Chris Cudby / Image: No Tag
/ Tuesday 12th January, 2021 1:00PM


As Aotearoa’s premier celebration of punk rock and ska Punk It Up V looms ever-closer, it’s evident our borders will remain tight as a drum as Covid-19 continues to rampage across the globe. With previously announced groups Instigators, The Barbs, Proud Scum, and The Johnnys sporting overseas members and thus unable to perform without considerable time, expense and quarantine, the organisers have risen to the challenge with a newly refreshed lineup of local legends for the two night rager, taking over Tāmaki Makaurau’s Galatos in mid-February. Joining the bill are Gisborne teen rabble rousers Sit Down In Front and X-Features (Jed Town, Chris Orange and Christopher King) — the contemporary manifestation of pioneering art-punks The Features, who morphed into Fetus Productions in the early 80s. As No Tag are making their final ever appearance at Punk It Up V, they’ve generously announced they’ll now be playing both nights so no one misses out. Take in the updated details and snag yourself tickets before it’s too late…

Punk It Up V

Friday 19th February – Galatos, Auckland 
Featuring… The Plague, No Tag (final shows), X-Features, The Bludgers, Dick Move, Tigers, bankRobbers + DJs, after party, merch and info booths

Saturday 20th February 2021 – Galatos, Auckland  
Featuring… No Tag (last ever show), Sit Down In Front, Contenders, Bombers, Devils Got 9, bankRobbers + DJs, after party, merch and info booths

Double night festival passes plus tickets for each evening available HERE via UTR

Watch the classic clip for the Features’ 1980 single ‘City Scenes’, which appears on their 2016 collection X Features…

Sit Down In Front take aim at "Donald Douche" in the hectic clip for ‘Don’t Push The Button’…

Here’s the full statement explaining the lineup changes for Punk It Up V:

"Punk It Up V lineup change due to current NZ GOVT Covid border restrictions

Punk It Up V has also been hit by the fallout of this global COVID-19 pandemic.

Punk It Up were hoping that by moving the event to the end of February, after already moving it from October of that horrible year 2020, that the Trans-Tasman Bubble would be happening by then, and that would therefore make the restriction for the bands with members in Aussie a non-problem. All signs pointed to that being a very definite probability, but Mother Nature does what she wants, whenever she wants.

So, unfortunately, some of our original lineup’s bands, have members that reside in Aussie (and other countries), that are unable to spare the time and expense for the current New Zealand Government Managed Isolation Quarantine rules, in order to get into NZ to rehearse and play with their "still living in NZ" members in their bands for Punk It Up V

Per the expected announcement from the New Zealand Government, that the Trans-Tasman Bubble will not be happening in time for our event, the team at Punk It Up has decided to go on with the event anyway, as it’s way overdue for a great weekend of serious punk rock’n’roll fun. However, this does mean that Instigators, The Barbs, Proud Scum, and The Johnnys will be unable to perform.

F**K COVID, Kiwis have beaten it once or twice before, and we can do that again in this case.

Therefore, Punk It Up V are happy to add to the lineup for the 2 night extravaganza at Tāmaki Makaurau’s Galatos venue, on Feb 19 and 20, to put into the spots that have opened up, up-and-coming young ones Sit Down In Front, those perennial favorites X-Features, and because No Tag are doing their FINAL GIG EVER, they have graciously suggested that they play both nights, and the Punk It Up team have happily accepted their offer. Such nice lads!

Along with The Plague (with members of Blam Blam Blam, Pop Mechanix and more), Contenders, The Bombers, The Bludgers, Tigers (NZ first ever Māori punk band), Dick Move, and Devils Got 9 (featuring members of Morning Horns), the weekend of punk rock’n’roll looks as solid as ever…

Closing both nights, as is tradition with Punk It Up, will be bankRobbers, the All-Star covers band with XFeatures/ Fetus Productions musical guru Jed Town, No Tag’s Andrew Boak, The Bombers’ Shamus O’Brien, and their drummer Earl, who has interestingly become bankRobber #5 for Punk It Up V They’ll be joined by a star-studded group of guests from the NZ punk scene, including Sonya Waters and Ed Geddes (Instigators), Dean Martelli and Chris Orange (Terrorways/X-Features/Rebel Truce), playing a couple of Terrorways songs, (and a special "Rebel Truce" treat as well), with Dean playing his Burns Flyte guitar, that graced the cover of the essential NZ compilation album "AK79", and many more guests….

Put all that together with a massive lineup of DJs including Dubhead, Miss Dom, Phil A, R.G. Bargy, Wastemaster, Johnny&The Dambusters, and many more, playing everything and anything they want to, both in between the bands, and late into the night at both night’s after parties. There’s also going to be information booths from some extremely worthy causes, plus the myriad of vendors plying their wares, like band t-shirts and records etc etc, all adding up to a night, or in this case 2 nights, that you’ll remember for a very very long time.

Anyway, we’ve made the decision to not put off this gig for a third time, and even though these are circumstances beyond our control,…….We Wanna Rock……


Heres Five Troy Kingi Unveils His Favourite Ghost Songs

Chris Cudby / Troy Kingi
/ Tuesday 12th January, 2021 9:56AM


Riding high from winning the 2020 Taite Music Prize for his politically charged dub-reggae opus Holy Colony Burning Acres, Troy Kingi is ready to embark on the next phase of his decade-long 10 10 10 Series. Seemingly designed to test whether there are any limits at all to the songwriter / actor’s talents, Kingi’s massively ambitious project aims to release 10 albums in 10 years in 10 genres, with the forthcoming fifth instalment being a folk-inspired collaboration with none other than Lyttelton icon Delaney Davidson. Kingi will be giving fans a very special preview of the new record as part of The 48th Auckland Folk Festival lineup (which also features Delaney Davidson & Barry Saunders and many more), happening at Kumeu Showgrounds over Auckland Anniversary weekend in late January / early February — hot on the heels of the last year’s funk-soul long player The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, a reflection on childhood and memories of family life, sparked by the discovery of a mysterious cassette tape while going through his missing father’s belongings in 2007.

In advance of his 2021 Auckland Folk Festival appearance, Troy Kingi generously name-checked some of his favourite ghost-themed tunes and provided accompanying words of wisdom. Delve into his spiritual selections below and don’t you dare miss Kingi this summer…

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)

Head over to for the 2021 Auckland Folk Festival timetable

1. Johnny Cash – Ghost Riders in the Sky

I recently had the chance to cover this for a tv commercial, also – Johnny Cash is the Shit.

2. Radiohead – Give up the Ghost

Thom Yorke has the most haunting voice in history – hands down.

3. Spirit – The Other Song

Bit of a cheat – but this song by Spirit would be in my top 20 songs of all time.

4. Ghostface Killa & Adrian Younge – Get The Money

Another cheat but I had to find a way to get Adrian Younge’s production in there, thank you Ghostface.

5. Ray Parker Jr – Ghostbusters theme song

Can’t have a list without the granddaddy of them all.

Troy Kingi’s latest album ‘The Ghost of Freddie Cesar’ is out now digitally, on compact disc and limited edition vinyl LP via Triple A Records.

Wurld Series Drop Clip For Fuzzy Pop Track Nap Gate

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Robyn Jordaan / Monday 11th January, 2021 1:16PM


Poppy-rocky Ōtautahi band Wurld Series are pulling up to 2021 in style with a wicked clip for the first single from their second album What’s Growing, revving up for release on a suite of some of the coolest labels out — Meritorio (US), Osbourne Again (AU), and Melted Ice Cream (NZ). Technically ‘Nap Gate’ first hit the web in February 2019, but Wurld Series frontman Luke Towart has his head screwed on right and sneakily took it down without us noticing, giving the LP a chance for a good and proper release schedule. This time around, ‘Nap Gate’ has made its grand return with a super cursed DIY video, that I would not recommend for children because of its potential for lifelong, haunting nightmares. Perhaps that’s because it reminds me of B*Witched’s video for ‘C’est La Vie’ and The Bats’ video for ‘You Have The Right’, which both seriously spooked me as a tot. Enjoy!

World Series’ sophomore album ‘What’s Growing’ is out March 19th via Meritorio / Osbourne Again / Melted Ice Cream.

Waterfalls Returns With New Single Impressionistic

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Claire Harris
/ Monday 11th January, 2021 12:29PM


Happy new year! We’re back from the beach and excited to discover what 2021 will bring us, and what better way to kick off a new era than with the sumptuous new single from Pōneke electronic auteur Waterfalls aka Amber Johnson? A first taste of her upcoming sophomore EP (the long-awaited follow up to Waterfalls’ 2016 self-titled debut EP), ‘Impressionistic‘ welcomes listeners back to Johnson’s sound world with dreamlike keys and celestial vocals, unfolding into prismatic waves of percussion and undulating grooves to map out deeper and darker emotional terrain. The gorgeous, gently shifting sonics are offset with lovelorn yet assertive wordplay — as Johnson explained, "I sing of the impressions left on a woman who has it reiterated to her time and again why she will not be loved, and counter these impressions with an assertion to cherish the self she knows intimately." Waterfalls is playing a must-attend Ōtepoti event this coming Saturday 16th January at Dive with crone and Death And The Maiden, experience ‘Impressionistic’ right here…

K M T P PS C U Soon EP Release Show Announced

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Karin Yamasaki / Monday 11th January, 2021 12:10PM


While we’ve made it to 2021, hopefully in one piece and enjoying some summer sun, there’s still a bit of catching up to be done in relation to stink old 2020 playing loosey-goosey with everyone’s live show / release party schedules. Released back in August via Sunreturn and rightfully regarded as a local highlight of an otherwise messed up year, K M T P aka Keria Paterson‘s big-hearted debut collection P.S. C U Soon receives a long-awaited celebratory launch event at Tāmaki Makaurau’s The Wine Cellar in mid-February, where the former Polyester member’s new project will be supported by friends Chewy Gum and Babyteeth. Toss those 2020 blues in the trash and sing along with K M T P’s emotionally fearless anthems on 13th February…

K M T P – P.S. C U Soon EP Release

Saturday 13th February – The Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ Chewy Gum, Babyteeth

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Press release:

K M T P’s debut EP P.S. C U Soon was released in early August via Sunreturn. To celebrate they’ll be performing at Whammy Backroom with support from their friends Chewy Gum and Babyteeth!

Pick up a $15 pre-sale from asap, as tickets will be $20 on the door.

K M T P is the musical project of Keria Paterson, a musician and songwriter currently based in Auckland. Keria didn’t discover music at a particular point in their life, it was always there, whether it was attending Flying Nun gigs with family as a kid and starting to sing and play guitar and piano at an early age. At high school, they connected with other passionate musicians and added bass and keyboards/synths to his repertoire, as well as beginning to experiment with recording and live music production.

Before starting their own solo projects as K M T P, Paterson played with Auckland indie faves Polyester, as well as with Ethan Moore’s “bedroom stadium pop” project Dirty Pixels. P.S. C U Soon has been a DIY labour of love that shows that Keria Paterson has talent to burn.

Listen To Krampusnachts Trinity Part III The Holy GOAT

Chris ‘Kringle’ Cudby
/ Friday 25th December, 2020 8:09AM


Christmas has arrived and enigmatic synth master Krampusnacht has re-emerged from their studio lair, gifting listeners Trinity Part III : The Holy G​.​O​.​A​.​T, the third in a series of traditional Yuletide tunes re-imagined for the dankest of dungeons and deepest, darkest forests. With all the insanity that went down in 2020, it’s reassuring to know there’s an anti-hero out there somewhere, who slaved away with the singular purpose of casting a grandly malevolent sonic shadow over our annual festive celebrations. Let the infernal bells ring out across the land and (d)elve into the mysteries of such immaculately conceived instrumentals as ‘Arctic Gnomes Fighting Over The Last Batch of Eggnog‘ and ‘Transylvanian Cottage (ft. Upyr)‘ (Krampusnacht’s contribution to the emerging genre of Comfy Synth?) below — rumour has it there’s even an Aotearoa connection…

Barry The Man Who Moves The Music Fundraiser Compilation Launched

Chris Cudby / Thursday 24th December, 2020 11:22AM


Launched in appreciation of Ōtautahi scene champion, RDU Wednesday Drive host and all-around "living legend" Andrew Barry, a fundraiser compilation has been unveiled with all proceeds going to Christchurch City Mission – Te Whare Mīhana ki Ōtautahi. Featuring previously unreleased tunes by artists from throughout Aotearoa, Barry: The Man Who Moves The Music includes top notch contributions from Emily Edrosa, The Sundae Painters (feat members of The Bats, The Clean, Tall Dwarfs), Ben Woods, Instant Fantasy, Salad Boys, Nervous Jerk and many more. If you’re hanging around the Garden City this summer you can catch The Sundae Painters, The Axedmen (Axemen with Delaney Davidson) and Violet French with band squeezing in a pre-New Year’s knees-up at Lyttelton’s The Loons on 30th December. Throw your weight behind an awesome cause, download and donate here via the Bandcamp page of Joe Sampson‘s "record conglomerate" Oh Yea, Haha

Tuck In To Shoddys Xmas Mock Meat Roast

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 23rd December, 2020 1:11PM


Tāmaki’s Shoddy have served up a delectable Yuletide tune to feast our ears upon as we contemplate what a weird year 2020 has been. The team of Witchy Dugdale, Toby King, Thomas Pembroke and Daniel Pickstone‘s ‘Xmas Mock Meat Roast‘ take you to the moon and back with a delightfully deranged and glammed up dirge — singing "It’s always Christmas in the Apocalypse" as they open up a Pandora’s box of supernatural goodies. Tuck in below…

Amamelia Drops Happy Hardcore Silent Nite

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 23rd December, 2020 12:16PM


We’ve almost reached that time of year when Kris Kringle slides down your chimney (or equivalent) to give you a late night treat, but before that somewhat creepy event occurs we can collectively enjoy the new festive banger from Amamelia. Conjuring mental images of gurning elves ‘aving it large at an illegal warehouse rager on the North Pole, the Tāmaki electronic artist’s fast ‘n’ furious take on ‘Silent Nite‘ will spike your Xmas sherry with something a whole lot more potent…

Amamelia · Silent Nite

DARTZ Announce High At The Beach Summer Tour

Chris Cudby / Photo Credit: Vanessa Cone
/ Tuesday 22nd December, 2020 10:17AM


Self-proclaimed "best band in Aotearoa", Pōneke party punks DARTZ are celebrating the success of their chart-topping banger ‘High At The Beach‘ with a whirlwind run of national summer tour dates. The already iconic team of Crispy, Rollyz, Clark Mathews and Danz will stocking up on Lion Brown, grabbing their sunnies and tearing 2021 a new one this January and February, joined for the ride by buds Wiri Donna. The generous bunch have even thrown in a free lighter for you to proudly hold up high as you sing along with such straight shootin’ anthems as ‘1 Outs Captain Cook’ and ’40 Riddiford Street’. There’s a lot of things that Aotearoa got right this year, but not legalising cannabis wasn’t one of them — give stink buzz old 2020 a cheerful "fuck off" and get ready for the era of DARTZ at the dates below…

DARTZ – High At The Beach Summer Tour

Friday 29th January – San Fran, Wellington

Saturday 13th February – Whammy Bar, Auckland

Friday 26th February – darkroom, Christchurch

Saturday 27th February – The Crown Hotel, Dunedin

Presale tickets available HERE via UTR (includes free DARTZ lighter)

Watch live footage of DARTZ letting rip for RDU 98.5 FM…

Press release:

DARTZ (the band from Wellington, New Zealand) are kicking off 2021 with a four-date summer tour, starting the year with a hometown soiree at San Fran in Wellington before taking their frothy live set of party punk bangers on the road to Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin with fellow Pōneke pals Wiri Donna.

Summer scorcher ‘High at the Beach’ has already scored the DARTZ boys a #5 spot on the Hot NZ Singles charts and a month at the top of the SRN Top 10, with a classically chaotic DARTZ music video to come in January 2021.

DARTZ is Crispy on guitar, Rollyz on drums, Clark Mathews on bass, and Danz on the shouts: a simple recipe, but throw a few Lion Browns and durries in there and you have a concoction that’s frothier than a shaky pour at the local RSA, ready to explode all over you and all your friends at the DARTZ High at the Beach summer tour.

Wiri Donna is the solo project of Wellingtonian musician Bianca Bailey, supported by Harrison Scholes on bass, Ethan Roberts on guitar and James MacEwan on drums. Musics created through aspirations to have some navigational intuitions about what do at any given moment. Maybe you will sigh and you will think about stuffs.

Mermgrown 2021 Wellington Festival First Lineup Announced

Chris ‘Sunhat’ Cudby / Photo credit: Paige Warton
/ Monday 21st December, 2020 12:00PM


The year’s not over yet folks. Mermaidens have gifted us something huge to look forward to in 2021, announcing their very own Mermgrown festival will be happening in Pōneke this coming February. After an earlier version was sadly cancelled back in March due to Covid, the Taite nominated team of Gussie Larkin, Lily West and Abe Hollingsworth have assembled a fresh bill of local buds to strut their stuff at their hometown’s Workingmens Bowling Club. The sonically adventurous initial lineup features Motte, Zero Cool, WOMB, electronic artist Ludus (who organised the excellent Artists In Residence compilation of lockdown tunes) and of course Mermaidens themselves — plus a bar, yum food to munch on and more big surprises on the way. How’s that for a summer cliffhanger? Grab tickets while you can for the inaugural, all-ages Mermgrown event…

UTR proudly presents…

Mermgrown 2021

Saturday 20th February – The Workingmen’s Bowling Club, Wellington w/ Mermaidens, Motte, Zero Cool, WOMB, Ludus + more to be announced (doors 1pm, all-ages)

Tickets available HERE via UTR (kids aged 13 and under get in free)

Experience the haunting sci-fi 2020 vid for Mermaidens’ ‘Bastards’…

Listen to Womb’s gorgeous new single ‘Dust To Dust’…

Press release:

Mermaidens are back to kick butt with Mermgrown Festival 2021! The one-day outdoor festival will take place on Saturday 20th February 2021 at the iconic Workingmen’s Bowling Club in Newtown, Wellington. Alongside Mermaidens, this year’s Mermgrown lineup features Pōneke heartthrobs WOMB, violin-witch Motte, very cool band Zero Cool, sonic spellcaster Ludus, and many more to be announced.

Expect some new bangers from Mermaidens, who scooped up nominations at the Aotearoa Music Awards and the Silver Scrolls this year. Mermgrown 2020 sold out within weeks of being announced, so don’t dilly dally – tickets are on sale now from Undertheradar.

There will be an art market curated by Mouthfull, merch for sale and lawn bowls for the sporting pros out there.

This event is not BYO – there is a bar with all the cheap drinks you could possibly dream of. There will be food from Two Girls One Taco & non-alcoholic drinks for purchase. You are welcome to bring a picnic – please no alcoholic drinks though.

Kids aged 13 and under get in free.

All ages are welcome.

Doors open 1:00pm.

Transistor Announce NZ Tour Share Lights Form One To The Sun EP

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Hunter Blair
/ Monday 21st December, 2020 9:48AM


Following a significant chunk of this year spent on the down-low, Pōneke "dream-fuzz" crew Transistor are raring to go with not only a fresh five track EP, but also a fistful of January / February tour dates across Aotearoa. Unlocking portals to unknown realms with the brain-melting power of psych-riffs and third-eye expanding, trance-inducing soundscapes, the trio’s latest collection Lights Form One To The Sun gathers together three live tunes recorded at Pyramid Club (including a blazing rendition of their 2020 standout single ”Nothing New’) with two brand new tracks — unveiled late last week alongside vibey live footage of Transistor playing ‘Soft Burning Silver‘, filmed by Will Agnew and Dan Harris. They’ll be joined on their summer sonic journey by regional guests including Na Noise, Ripship, Linen, Ingrid & the Ministers, Mystery Waitress and Bathysphere. Commit the following dates to memory and count the days to the launch of their next single ‘Contextualise’ on 15th January…

Transistor ‘Extending Vision’ Tour

Friday 15th January – The Crown Hotel, Dunedin w/ Bathysphere*

Saturday 16th January – Whammy Bar, Auckland w/ Na Noise, Ripship*

Friday 22nd January – San Fran, Wellington w/ Linen, Ingrid & the Ministers, Mystery Waitress*

Saturday 6th February and Sunday 7th February (Waitangi Weekend) – Welcome to Nowhere Festival, Whanganui

Tickets available HERE via UTR, more supports to be announced*

Press release:

After months of gig dormancy, dream-fuzz trio Transistor are embarking on their largest run of shows yet, this January.
Kicking off the new year in full force, the ‘Extending Vision’ tour sees the group heading to Ōtepoti’s Crown Hotel (Fri 15th), Tāmaki Makaurau’s Whammy Bar (Sat 16th), and Pōneke’s San Fran (Fri 22nd).

Capping things off at Eyegum Music Collective’s Welcome to Nowhere Festival in Whanganui over Waitangi Weekend, the tour will be in support of Transistor’s upcoming single ‘Contextualise’ (15/01).

These shows will be joined by Na Noise and Ripship (AKL), Linen, Ingrid & the Ministers and Mystery Waitress (WLG) and Bathysphere (DUN), with more to be announced soon.

Grab your tickets now from Under The Radar!

Colette Rivers Announces Memory Lake Album Release Tour

C.C. / Monday 21st December, 2020 9:39AM


Aotearoa folk artist Colette Rivers is starting 2021 well and truly on the right foot, embarking on a six stop launch tour for her long-awaited album Memory Lake this coming January. Drawing inspiration for the new record from her spiritual hometown of Taupō, Rivers is relishing being back in NZ, following overseas excursions to the USA and the UK. She enthused: “Sitting, looking at the lake (Taupō), breathing in the damp kiwi bush and eucalyptus trees, there is something intangible, filled with memories.” Rivers will play Memory Lake in full for the tour, joined onstage by Sarah Urwin and Brook Davies — here are the details…

Colette Rivers Memory Lake Album Release Tour

Friday 15th January – Taupo Museum, Taupo w/ False Heights*

Saturday 16th January – The Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ Isla*

Sunday 17th January – Nivara Lounge, Hamilton w/ 2 of 3*

Tuesday 19th January – Kauaeranga Hall, Thames w/ The Chunes*

Saturday 23rd January – Paisley Stage, Napier w/ Spooky Skeletons*

Thursday 28th January – Meow, Wellington w/ Bill Hickman, Grawlixes

Tickets available HERE via UTR*

Experience newly released live footage of Colette Rivers performing her songs ‘Pick-Up Truck’, ‘Out of the Cage’ and ‘Washington Sun’…

Press release:

Colette Rivers begins the journey of her long awaited album launch, ‘Memory Lake’ in her spiritual hometown of Taupō, from which the album takes its name.

Expect to hear indie-music and songwriting at its best: songs about life, love, nature and New Zealand, lyrics to transport you, with harmonies that weave through finger-picked guitars, banjo, mandolin and bass.

Rivers’ music has a sense of strong melodic hook-writing, as featured in the haunting and sometimes gritty melodies in all of her songs. The honesty and depth of Rivers’ lyrics reflect her fearlessness in revisiting the past, considering life and death; beauty and pain.

After living in both the USA and United Kingdom, Rivers says coming home is a grounding experience. “Sitting, looking at the lake (Taupō), breathing in the damp kiwi bush and eucalyptus trees, there is something intangible, filled with memories.”

Rivers will present her album in full, joined onstage by talented friends Sarah Urwin on banjo, guitar and harmonies and Brook Davies on bass and harmonies.

We Love Whammy Wine Cellar Fundraiser Compilation Launched Ft The Beths Marlon Williams

Chris Cudby / Image: The Beths / Photo credit: Mason Fairey
/ Monday 21st December, 2020 8:59AM


Wrapping up a dog of a year in style, the champs at 100% Good have launched a heroically stacked fundraiser compilation in support of legendary Tāmaki venues Whammy Bar and Wine Cellar. Featuring unlicensed tracks, covers or b-sides by such Aotearoa superstars as The Beths, Marlon Williams (covering Art Garfunkel’s ‘Bright Eyes’), Reb Fountain (who has also just announced a summer headline show in Whangarei), Princess Chelsea, Hans Pucket, French For Rabbits, Sulfate, Womb, Dad Jokes and many more, We Love Whammy & Wine Cellar is available for purchase over on Bandcamp here, with all funds going directly to the aforementioned crucial independent venues, who have helped launch the careers of so many of our finest local artists over the past 15+ years. The collection is curated by Anthony Metcalf, who was inspired to take action by the impact of 2020’s multiple lockdowns and ongoing event restrictions on our live community, as he explained…

"Whammy Bar and the Wine Cellar have been such important venues in the Auckland music infrastructure, and for many of these acts when they first started out. We need to make sure these venues are still around for the next musicians coming through."

‘We Love Whammy & Wine Cellar’ is out now digitally over on 100% Good’s Bandcamp page.

UTR 2020 Roundup Festive Season Gig Picks

Chris Cudby / A.K.
/ Friday 18th December, 2020 12:34PM


So that was 2020! It feels like something of a triumph to have made it to the end of a year that started with apocalyptic pink skies (due to the Australian bush fires), and only got even more dramatic. We’re thankful that our music community is still fighting fit after a topsy-turvy twelve months, which astoundingly included a moment when every single show in Aotearoa was either cancelled or postponed simultaneously. We invite you to celebrate our uniquely thriving local live scene this summer, and have put together a handy selection of festive season gig picks below for your convenience. Our editorial team are taking a much deserved break [back in the office on 11th January, send us your info here], but you can rest assured the champs handling the ticketing side of UTR will be manning the helpdesk [over here] right on through the new year — mad props to everybody working hard over summer. Huge thanks for sticking with us and to everyone for your support, catch you in 2021!

Listen To UTR’s 2020 End Of Year Playlist

UTR’s 2020 Favourite Music Moments



Fri 18th Dec: Late To Chelsea Christmas Bash – UFO
Fri 18th Dec: 1:12 Xmas Party 2020 – Whammy Bar + Backroom
Fri 18th Dec: Infestive Festive Festivities – All Ages Show w/ Wax Chattels + More – Auckland Old Folks Ass.
Fri 18th Dec: Rock The Halls – A Not So Silent Night – Anthology Lounge
Fri 18th Dec: Grounded Sounds – Tuning Fork
Fri 18th Dec: Miloux – Ponsonby Social Club
Fri 18th Dec: Miles Calder ‘Lake Geneva’ Single Release Show – The Wine Cellar
Fri 18th Dec: SOJØURN – Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Sat 19th Dec: Melodownz: Auckland Live Summer In The Square
Sat 19th Dec: 95bfm, Wine Cellar And Whammy Bar Xmas Party – Whammy Bar and Wine Cellar
Sat 19th Dec: The Return Of Braingun – UFO
Sat 19th Dec: Newbop Quintet – Ponsonby Social Club
Thu 24th Dec: Bomp Stompin’ Boogie – Xmas Done Got Funky! – Cupid Bar
Wed 30th Dec: The Chills December Tour w/ Kita – Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Thu 31st Dec: Klang: Process /// NYE /// Whammy (Techno)
Thu 31st Dec: The Beach Ball w/ Marlin’s Dreaming, Soaked Oats, Frank Booker – Galatos
Thu 7th Jan: Sandtrap Six Feet Down Release – Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Thu 7th Jan: Michael Morris and The Slow Loris – Whammy Bar
Sat 9th Jan: Puppeteer, Deathnir, Indian Jones, Coffin Club – The Thirsty


Tues 29th Dec: The Beach Ball w/ Daffodils, Marlin’s Dreaming, Soaked Oats – Waihi Beach Hotel


Sun 20th Dec: Grant Haua: Christmas Livestream (secret location)
Thu 31st Dec: The Hell Yea’s Eve Party w/ X-Ray Fiends, The Dicks, Blame-Thrower, Abysm, Rat Dickz – The Historic Village
Thu 31st Dec:
Kaleidoscope NYE 2020 w/
 Mini Simmons, Strangely Arousing, The Leers, Joes Van – Our Place


Weds 13th Jan: FRED – Nivara Lounge


Sun 3rd Jan: The Beach Ball w/ Marlin’s Dreaming, Soaked Oats, Frank Booker – The Yot Club
Thu 7th Jan: Arthur Ahbez – The Yot Club


Sat 19th Dec: Hail To The Thieves – Smash Palace
Sun 27th Dec: Threat.Meet.Protocol, The Murder Chord, Blame Thrower, Dead Model, Hagseed, No Brainers, Unruly, The Rabbits – Smash Palace
Sat 10th Jan: Arthur Ahbez – Smash Palace


Fri 8th Jan: Arthur Ahbez: Oakura Boardriders Club

Hawkes Bay

Sat 26th Dec: Cape Estate – Boxing Day Festival 2020
Fri 28th Dec: Earth Tongue – Paisley Stage
Sat 9th Jan: FRED – The Cabana

Palmerston North

Fri 18th Dec: Found Family Festivities w/ Persimmon, Malakai, Jake Hardout, Feilding’s Best Dancers – The Stomach
Sat 19th Dec: December’s Definitely Not A Xmas Gig – Snails


Fri 18th Dec: Dark Ichor X Suggested Serving Size X Snowqueen – Aro Valley Community Hall
Fri 18th Dec: Aaron Tokona Tribute Buzz – San Fran
Fri 18th Dec:
Lake South Corporation™ Christmas Party – 1st Kelburn 1909 Scout Hall

Fri 18th Dec: Māoriland Presents Estēre – Maoriland Hub, Otaki
Sat 19th Dec: Ulcerate & Vassafor – San Fran
Thu 31st Dec:
Wind Up 2020 w/ The Masked Empress, This Silent Divide, Lung, Solo Ono, Vorsen, Tidal Rave – St Peter’s Hall (Paekakariki)

Fri 8th Jan: FRED – San Fran
Thu 14th Jan: Hadees Drudge, State Of Entropy, Sidewinder – Valhalla


Sun 20th Dec: O & The Mo – Riwaka Hotel


Fri 18th Dec: O & The Mo – The Boathouse


Sat 19th Dec: O & The Mo – The Roots Bar


Fri 18th Dec: 0three Events Presents: Uglyside Live – Arcadia

Fri 18th Dec: LUNG – Space Academy

Fri 18th Dec: Jed Parsons And His Friends – 2020, You’re Fired! – Cassels Blue Smoke

Wed 23rd Dec: French For Rabbits – Grater Goods

Wed 23rd Dec: Space Academy Xmas Party: Transistors, Joe Sampson, Nervous Jerk, Model Home

Thu 24th Dec: James Reid and The Survivors – A Rolling Stone

Wed 30th Dec:
New Years Eve Eve w/ Axedmen, Sundae Painters, Violet French & The Horrible + DJ Dr Bruce Russell – The Loons, Lyttelton

Thu 31st Dec: Bailey Watson’s Beats and Bad Decisions EP Release Party – Arcadia

Thu 31st Dec: The Rap Up w/ Camo MC – Lu Lu’s Bar & Eatery

Sat 9th Jan: PIPSY – Wunderbar, Lyttelton

Thu 14th Jan: Michael Morris And The Slow Loris – darkroom


Sat 19th Dec: Xmas Rocks! Featuring Tehight

Sun 3rd Jan: Jordan Luck Band – Luggate Hotel


Sun 27th Dec: Julien Temple Band – Sherwood
Tue 29th Dec: Michael Morris and The Slow Loris – Loco Cantina


Sat 2nd Jan: Jordan Luck Band – The Victoria Arms Hotel

Te Anau

Thu 31st Dec: Julian Temple Band New Year’s Eve Bash – Redcliff Cafe


Sat 19th Dec: LUNG – The Crown Hotel

Sat 19th Dec:
Pieces of Molly – Spirit Man Tour – Dive

Thu 7th Jan: Paul Ubana Jones Plays: Uniquely Ubana – Carey’s Bay Historic Hotel

Fri 8th Jan – PIPSY – Dive

Sat 9th Jan – Julian Temple Band – ZanziBar


Thu 7th Jan: PIPSY, The Dense, Sam Cullen, Polarised – Southland Musicians Club

Head over to our Gig Guide for more listings!!!

Paul Ubana Jones To Play His Debut Album At Wellington Museum

C.C. / A. K.
/ Friday 18th December, 2020 12:33PM


Aotearoa blues legend Paul Ubana Jones is playing a very special koha entry, all-ages headline event at Wellington Museum this summer — where he’ll perform his classic late eighties self-titled debut album in full for your lucky ears. Based in Ōtautahi, the guitar virtuoso has four decades and nine studio albums under his belt, not to mention sharing the stage with the likes of Bob Dylan, Keb Mo, Norah Jones and Crowded House. Winner of three New Zealand Music awards, Ubana Jones will make his return to Wellington Museum on 16th January, adding to a bustling early 2021 schedule including gigs in Auckland and Dunedin. Here are the details…

Paul Ubana Jones

Saturday 16th January – Wellington Museum, Wellington (koha entry, all-ages)

For more info head along to the Wellington Museum site here

Thursday 7th January – Carey’s Bay Historic Hotel, Dunedin*
Saturday 20th February – Kumeu Live, Auckland*
Tickets available HERE via UTR*

Experience 2011 live footage of Paul Ubana Jones playing a magical extended rendition of ‘The Mountain Song’ from his debut album at Reva’s in Whangarei…

Press release:

Music legend Paul Ubana Jones takes us back to where it all began with a rendition of his self-titled debut album.

Discover the process and backstory of each track as Paul unfolds his seminal first album at Wellington Museum’s special one night show.

Winner of three New Zealand Music awards, Paul Ubana Jones boasts an impressive four-decade career and has shared the stage with Bob Dylan, Norah Jones, BB King and many more soulful icons.

Born in London to a Yorkshire mother and a Nigerian father, Paul was playing the guitar by the age of 11. After years of classical training, Paul later forged his own contemporary style, influenced by blues, rock, folk and jazz.

In the late eighties, he moved to New Zealand and produced the album that would change his life forever.

Bring your copy of the 1988 record and get it signed by Paul at this one night only, koha event!

Paul Ubana Jone’s return to Wellington Museum is not to be missed.

Leaping Tiger Drops Double Single Gems Figure It Out Ft Lvyne

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 18th December, 2020 11:08AM


Responsible for one of our team’s fave local albums of 2020, Porcelain Orca Whales (released all the way back in January), Tāmaki electronic artist Leaping Tiger concludes a doozy of a year with the spellbinding sonics of double single drop Gems → Figure It Out. Leaping Tiger sculpts crystalline aural geometries on ‘Gems’ before leading listeners on low-key cinematic excursions into the unknown, while the latter track sees the indefatigable producer join forces with vocalist Lévyne for a gloriously swoony beat-driven ballad. Open your ears to both tunes here…

Listen To Prison Choirs Debut Single Tongue

Amelia Berry / Photo credit: Rhiannon Purves
/ Friday 18th December, 2020 10:37AM


Step aside Band Aid, Audioslave, and The Travelling Wilburys, Pōneke seven-piece Prison Choir are staking their claim as the hottest new supergroup in town with debut single ‘Tongue‘. Featuring members of Fruit Juice Parade, Yukon Era, Soda Boyz, Courtney Hate and more, Prison Choir weave a complex sonic tapestry with ‘Tongue’, starting sparse and breathy before rolling into a rushing swooning chorus. Exactly what you’re after from a “fantasy song about making out with someone with honey in your mouth”. Recorded by Harry Lilley at The Stomach, and mixed and mastered by James Goldsmith, ‘Tongue’ will be followed by an EP to be released in 2021. In the meantime, get a taste of Prison Choir below…