Babe Rainbow Announce Spring Tour Of New Zealand

C.C. / Wednesday 23rd June, 2021 9:00AM


Just announced to be playing as part of Tāmaki Makaurau’s super stacked The Others Way 2021 festival, sun-loving Byron Bay psych pop stars Babe Rainbow are all set to brighten up venues across Aotearoa this coming spring. Celebrating the launch of their dreamy new fourth album Changing Colours (released in May through their own Eureka Music imprint, with vinyl courtesy of pals King Gizzard’s Flightless Records), the prolific Australian four piece have announced today September headline dates in Christchurch, Wellington and Napier — making their almighty return following high profile local festival appearances at Tora Bombora, Soundsplash and Nest Fest. Grip the tour details right here…

UnderTheRadar proudly presents…

Babe Rainbow

Thursday 16th September – MONO at Ngaio Marsh Theatre, Christchurch (free show)

Friday 17th September – The Others Way Festival 2021, Karangahape Road, Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland*

Saturday 18th September – Paisley Stage, Napier

Sunday 19th September – Parrotdog Bar, Wellington

Tickets on sale from 9am, Friday 25th June via Banished Music

*The Others Ways festival tickets available HERE via UTR

Bask in the nostalgic visuals for Babe Rainbow’s ‘Your Imagination’ ft. Jaden Smith from their new album Changing Colours…

Press release:

Back by popular demand to deliver a warm dose of aural sunshine, cosmic conduits Babe Rainbow return to Aotearoa following their dazzling 2021 album, ‘Changing Colours’.
Visiting three special spots this spring

The band will also be performing a set at The Other’s Way Festival on Friday September 17th. Having previously delighted audiences on their sold out 2019 New Zealand Tour with festival slots at Tora Bombora, Soundsplash, and Nest Fest, Babe Rainbow’s sound is vividly respectful of the past whilst emphatically living in the present; a collection of sounds and sentiments from a place between yesterday and tomorrow.

Gently psychedelic and lightly jammy, simmering on mechanised samba rhythms and stratospheric flute with a Gainsbourg swagger. At their laconic, luminous peak, curiously exploring their place in sonic space while permaculturally rooted here on Planet Earth, to drifting, dazzling effect.

First Lineup Announced For The Others Way 2021 Festival

Chris Cudby / Wednesday 23rd June, 2021 8:00AM


The first lineup for The Others Way 2021 festival has been announced and it is almost too exciting to behold. Returning this September to take over venues throughout Tāmaki Makaurau’s Karangahape Road district, the all-star initial drop includes such illustrious talents from throughout Australasia as The Beths, Babe Rainbow, Jakob, Fur Patrol, Stella Donnelly, Cable Ties and many more. Local highlights will certainly include Lawrence Arabia playing his classic 2009 album Chant Darling in its entirety, super rare performances from The Coolies, The Golden Awesome and The Plague, plus possibly the first ever on-stage appearance of Ōtautahi psych-rockers The Fuzzy Robes, whose heavenly debut album Night Prayers is currently sitting on the Official Top 20 NZ Albums charts. That’s merely just the tip of the iceberg, with more artists to be revealed soon. General release tickets are moving at light speed — scope out the gloriously diverse bill revealed so far and secure your spot while you can…

"We are over the moon with our absolutely stacked first line-up and we know you will be too. As always the festival is set to showcase artists at all stages of their careers… Stay tuned over the coming weeks for further, exciting announcements!". – Matthew Davis, Flying Out.

UnderTheRadar, Flying Out and 95bFM are proud to present….

The Others Way Festival 2021

Featuring… Babe Rainbow, The Beths, Cable Ties, Carnivorous Plant Society, The Coolies, Daffodils, Data Animal, Dead Famous People, Fimo, Francisca Griffin & The Bus Shelter Boys, Fur Patrol, The Fuzzy Robes, The Golden Awesome, Grecco Romank, Jakob, Jazmine Mary, Joe Ghatt, Juno Is, Lawrence Arabia plays Chant Darling, Merk, Theia, Phodiso, Phoebe Rings, The Plague, Pollyhill, Recitals, Soft Plastics, Stella Donnelly, Surprise Chef, Team Dynamite, Transistor + more to be announced
Friday 17th September – Karangahape Road, 
Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland

General release tickets are on sale HERE via UTR

Press release:

Early bird tickets flew out the door on the festival announcement last week. Now, Flying Out are elated to announce the carefully curated first 30 acts from around Aotearoa and beyond, set to perform at Auckland’s most exciting music festival The Others Way. Dive deeper into these artists and get yourselves familiar with the talent taking over Tāmaki Makaurau’s Karangahape Road district this September.

Aotearoa’s beloved indie heroes, The Beths, return to their spiritual home for a very special headline performance, Lawrence Arabia will be performing their Taite-award winning classic album, Chant Darling. And, another legendary NZ band Fur Patrol will be returning to the stage for the first time in a long time – hot off the heels of their 20th anniversary re-issue of Pet.

Coming off the back of their critically lauded album, Changing Colours, are North Coast cosmic conduits Babe Rainbow. They are joined by Australian bubble buddies; Melbourne’s fierce, tense, rock’n’roll trio Cable Ties, the witty Western Australian singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly and Victoria’s cinematic soul journeymen Surprise Chef.

The September 17 festival will feature some familiar names; The Coolies, once described by Thurston Moore as "punk no-wave sonic heartstring buzzing clatter rock n roll". The 1980s Flying Nun alumni indie-pop band Dead Famous People, and Francisca Griffin of Look Blue Go Purple fame, with her band The Bus Shelter Boys. Plus award-winning, instrumental post-rock band Jakob, and Auckland’s first theatrical/political punk band from the 70s’ The Plague.

Post-punk band Daffodils join the line-up. Along with, lush orchestral jazz group, Carnivorous Plant Society, electronic-punk-rockers Grecco Romank, bold and edgy alt-pop artist Theia, dream pop project Phoebe Rings, and hip hop trio Team Dynamite.

Celebrated acts from all corners of Aotearoa are set to perform, Ōtautahi heavy psych-rockers The Fuzzy Robes and Ōtepoti’s lavish psych-pop artist Juno Is. From Pōneke, reformed loud shoegaze 4-piece The Golden Awesome, dream-fuzz group Transistor, and garage-rock trio Soft Plastics.

Up and coming local acts will make a welcome appearance, techno/rock’n’roll group Data Animal, and dream-folk artist, Jazmine Mary plus Pollyhill with their hypnotic beats and witty raps, and musician, rapper and percussionist Phodiso are among the artists set to wow.

There’s more gloriously eclectic acts and surprises galore to be unveiled in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more Others Way Festival news on Flying Out’s Facebook and Instagram.

Heres Five The Musical World Of Kim Salmon The Scientists

C.C. / Kim Salmon
/ Tuesday 22nd June, 2021 4:34PM


Legendary frontman of The Scientists, there’s much more to Kim Salmon‘s musical career than ‘only’ leading one of the most influential Australian bands of all time. Originally hailing from Perth, Salmon returns to Aotearoa next week for a very special solo headline event at The Wine Cellar. Hot on the heels of last week’s launch of Scientists’ first album in over three decades (!) Negativity, Salmon generously hand-picked a snappy selection of tunes (both recent and older) worthy of close attention from across his ever-expanding oeuvre and provided personal insights on each one. Educate your earholes below and don’t even think of missing Salmon’s strictly limited capacity Tāmaki Makaurau event next Tuesday…

Kim Salmon (solo)

Tuesday 29th June – The Wine Cellar, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

1. ‘The Science Of Suave’ – The Scientists

Latest video from the just released Scientists album Negativity – 1st album in 34 years! This is the second single from it. We managed to get enough footage of Tony before he departed to London January 2020. I had to lip-sync my vocal 4 weeks ago. My fave lines from the song “To Ferry, I threw across no mercy, nor Graney, Interior or Cave, Their Threads, all in tatters, that no narrative could ever save.” Its an homage to the scene we were part of back in the ’80s.

2. ‘Outsider’ – The Scientists

The first single from Negativity from the Scientists.
The song explores the idea of savants who make art and whether making art about the phenomenon disqualifies you from being an outsider.

3. ‘Let’s All Get Destroyed’ – Kim Salmon & Smoked Salmon

Me playing live with my working band Smoked Salmon filmed and recorded by RMIT students on their campus with their studio facilities. The song was recorded and released as a 7” in 2019 on US label In The Red.

4. ‘Already Turned Out Burned Out’ – Kim Salmon & Smoked Salmon

Done the same day with all the same people as the ‘Lets All Get Destroyed’ clip, this song is from my 2016 solo release My Script. It’s a song about teenagers, written both from the point of view of having been one and having teenage kids. Stylistically it references the 70s glam from my teenage years.

5. ‘Come On Spring’ – Antenna

Antenna was my 1998 electro collaboration with Dave Faulkner. This was pretty much written by me and arranged by Dave. Its evidence of my latent ‘pop’ side that people have been trying to steer me towards since The Scientists first single ‘Frantic Romantic’.

Bonus picks: Speaking of here’s The Scientists’ first TV appearance from 1979 ‘Last Nite’…

…and ‘Blood Red River’ from 1983…

Transistors Return With Single Good Years

Chris Cudby
/ Tuesday 22nd June, 2021 11:07AM


Canterbury garage punks Transistors have reemerged with a firecracker of a new tune following more than five years of dormancy on the release front. The bold arrow of time is in fact the theme of ‘Good Years‘, looking back fondly on "Saturdays in Sefton learning songs out in the shed," now-obsolete video formats and more — raising a glass to some fine youthful decisions while concluding we have no choice but to keep charging forward. Not to be confused with also very fab Pōneke psych gurus / name usurpers Transistor, the long-awaited new song from Transistors (look for the "s") is launching as a limited edition lathe cut single with fellow guitar wranglers The Situations. You can catch both bands busting loose at Tāmaki’s Cassette Nine this Friday 25th June with Emily Edrosa, and at Ōtautahi’s Space Academy with Model Home on 17th July. Wrap your ears around ‘Good Years’ below, standing on its own two feet following last year’s appearance on the Barry: The Man Who Moves The Music fundraiser compilation…

"Good Years is a new song about the old days of the band – learning how to play out on Olly’s parents’ farm in Sefton, North Canterbury. We used to rehearse and try and work out how to write songs in a tiny shed playing through tiny practice amps. Mostly though we’d just watch movies and listen to Ol’s dad’s incredible record collection, which had a huge impact on our sound in those formative years."

Transistors + The Situations
Friday 25th June – Cassette Nine, Auckland w/ Emily Edrosa*

Saturday 17th July – Space Academy, Christchurch w/ Model Home

*Tickets available HERE via UTR

Waterfalls Shares Single Balconies and Cherry Trees

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Ted Black
/ Tuesday 22nd June, 2021 10:02AM


The solo project of Pōneke singer / producer Amber Johnson, Waterfalls follows her early 2021 student radio hit ‘Impressionistic‘ with equally captivating new single ‘Balconies and Cherry Trees‘. Stuttering electronic textures give way to washes of cascading synthetic lushness, as Johnson’s beautifully sung yet emotionally frank lyrics detail deep states of personal vulnerability. Gesturing towards happier times to come, the track is the latest release from the artist’s keenly anticipated first new collection in five years, launching this coming spring — you can catch Waterfalls playing a live to air session for Ōtepoti’s Radio One 91FM this Friday from 4.30pm sharp.

"This song is a vulnerable one, I wanted to instil a sense of being unable to move towards the good things of life- into a symbolic springtime (the cherry trees of the title) and remaining instead in a between state (the balcony which is a liminal space and one of romantic pining). Where I’ve previously used repeated phrases as incantations and have been on a self help tip and they’ve offered comfort or been emboldening and whatnot, here I wanted to explore in the repetition the feeling of being in a between state and cycling always backward when fear of a pain you know so well stops you from moving forward."— Amber Johnson

‘Balconies and Cherry Trees’ is out now via major streaming services.

Ocean Alley Announce New Zealand Tour w Hockey Dad

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: The Sauce
/ Monday 21st June, 2021 6:55PM


The post-lockdown renaissance era of international superstars touring Aotearoa continues to gain momentum, with today’s announcement Australian surf-psych heroes Ocean Alley are heading back our way for four September headline dates, joined by wave-loving fellow countrymen Hockey Dad. Earning themselves a devoted local following through back-to-back sold out shows at the Powerstation, festival appearances at Rhythm & Vines, Rhythm & Alps and of course supports slots for none other than Six60 at Western Springs Stadium and Forsyth Barr Stadium, you can bet Ocean Alley are thinking big for their spring tour. The hugely popular New South Wales group are all set to fill town halls in Christchurch and Dunedin, Wellington’s cavernous Michael Fowler Centre and Auckland’s Spark Arena. These events will be a perfectly timed ray of sunshine following our long dark winter months, we recommend you move at light speed to secure your spot for Ocean Alley’s biggest NZ tour yet, at last celebrating the release of their 2020 album Lonely Diamond — details below…

"It’s been a couple years since our last headline shows in New Zealand and so we’re super exited to be heading back across the ditch to play some huge shows in both the North and South Island. We are stoked to tour a new show with songs from all of our records as well as a new light show and live experience and we hope you can join us at some of New Zealand’s best live music venues.” – Mitch Galbraith, Ocean Alley


With special guests Hockey Dad

Wednesday 22nd September – Town Hall, Dunedin

Thursday 23rd September – Town Hall, Christchurch*

Saturday 25th September – Spark Arena, Auckland

Sunday 26th September – Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

Tickets available via
 *Tickets available via

Ocean Alley fan club pre-sale
Runs 24 hours from: Wednesday 23rd June 12pm NZST

or until pre-sale allocation exhausted

Ticketer member pre-sale
Runs 24 hours from: Thursday 24th June 12pm NZDT

or until pre-sale allocation exhausted

Fan first Spotify pre-sale

Runs from: Friday 25th June 12pm NZST – Monday 28 June 11:59am NZST

or until pre-sale allocation exhausted

Experience the animated vid for ‘Hot Chicken’ from Ocean Alley’s 2020 album Lonely Diamond…

Check out the cartoony clip for Hockey Dad’s fuzzy ‘Good Eye’…

Press release:

Eccles Entertainment are stoked to announce Aussie surf-psych legends Ocean Alley will make their long-awaited return to New Zealand this September. Touring in celebration of their 2020 album Lonely Diamond which debuted at #6 on the NZ Top 40 Album Chart, Ocean Alley will play their biggest headline run of New Zealand, featuring the most elaborate production Kiwi fans have seen.

Beginning at Dunedin’s Town Hall, followed by Town Hall in Christchurch then hitting Auckland’s Spark Arena for their biggest New Zealand headline show yet, the tour will wrap up at Michael Fowler Centre in the capital. This will be local fans first chance to experience Ocean Alley’s ARIA-nominated third album Lonely Diamond in the flesh.

Needing little introduction to Kiwi audiences, Ocean Alley have quietly been building their passionate Kiwi fanbase. With little airplay to date in New Zealand, their previous headline tours have sold out well in advance, including two consecutive nights at Auckland’s renowned Powerstation in 2019. Ocean Alley have played some of New Zealand’s biggest festivals including Rhythm & Vines, Rhythm & Alps and Soundsplash, and in 2020 they played main support on the SIX60 Saturdays tour at both Western Springs Stadium and Forsyth Barr Stadium.

With multiple New Zealand Gold and Platinum certifications in the trophy cabinet, Ocean Alley have spent the past decade creating a unique lane for themselves as a proudly independent band; their vision and sound guided solely by their instinct and passion. This immense DIY momentum shows no signs of slowing down yet.

2020 saw the band debut at #6 on the NZ Top 40 Album Chart with their critically acclaimed third album Lonely Diamond, garnering four-star reviews from the likes of Rolling Stone and NME. It follows the success of 2018’s breakthrough Chiaroscuro which saw the six-piece propelled into international prominence with their NZ platinum-certified single ‘Confidence’ that took out #1 in triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2018.

Joining Ocean Alley on all dates are Australian garage rock royalty Hockey Dad. Growing up as best friends on the NSW South Coast, the duo made up of Zach Stephenson and Billy Fleming have carved a name for themselves on both sides of the Tasman thanks to their high-risk party jams. Their most recent album Brain Candy (2020) debuted at #2 on the ARIA Chart and saw the boys take their high energy show on the road for a colossal 22-date tour of Australia. New Zealand audiences can expect a spirited set from Windang’s finest sons.

Despite sold out international tours and major festival appearances including Reading & Leeds (UK), Splendour In The Grass (AUS) and Sziget (HU) under their belt, plus more than 400 million catalogue streams worldwide, Ocean Alley are still constantly pushing their own boundaries and defying expectations of what their music can be. Don’t miss out on seeing Ocean Alley on their biggest New Zealand tour yet this September!

Asta Rangu Drop Single Video Nico

Annabel Kean / Monday 21st June, 2021 2:39PM


Moody Ōtepoti quartet Asta Rangu wrap up what they describe as a period of "bridging singles" with the release of crunchy new track ‘Nico’. Recorded in the same Chicks Hotel session as January release ‘I Dream’, in ‘Nico’ songwriter Richard Ley-Hamilton questions the worth of nostalgia, on which he’s said "In a sense, our tendency to reminisce colours and revalues our present, and in doing so, we revive old narratives at the expense of progress". The visual element to the song follows a pedestrian’s journey through monochromatic Dunedin, before director and Asta Rangu bassist Angus McBryde flips the timeline and throws Ley-Hamilton and his surroundings back into full colour. While we have to wait a little longer yet before their debut album is out early 2022, right now you can wrap your ears around ripsnorting new track ‘Nico’…

Dope Lemon Mild Orange HTRK Green Grove Join Lineup For Elemental Nights 2021

Chris Cudby / Image: Dope Lemon
/ Monday 21st June, 2021 2:20PM


Australia’s Dope Lemon and our very own Mild Orange will have your citrusy songwriting fix sorted when they join the already super stacked lineup for Elemental Nights 2021, taking over Tāmaki Makaurau in July. The hugely popular pairing will be taking the edge off the mid-winter chill with their summery tunes, rounding off a first rate bill that also includes such mega-talents as Courtney Barnett, The Chats, Julia Jacklin, Mara TK, Connan Mockasin and the massive in itself Flying Nun 40th Anniversary celebration. Scope out the full lineup for Elemental Nights 2021 below, also including the just-announced new addition of Australian electronic duo HTRK and Aotearoa ambient innovator Green Grove as a warmup to the two night Catacombs festival programme (with the possibility of more local shows from HTRK to be revealed soon)…

Elemental Nights 2021 – Auckland

More details available over on the festival site HERE

Friday 16th July – Mara TK with special guest AJA, Titirangi War Memorial

General public tickets available HERE

Thursday 22nd July – CATACOMBS present HTRK w/ Green Grove , The Civic Wintergarden
Friendly Potential Mailing List presale HERE from 8am to 10am, Tuesday 22nd June

General public tickets available from 10am, Tuesday 22nd June

Friday 23rd July & Saturday 24th July – CATACOMBS
Featuring… Alice Agnes, C.FRIM, CS + Kreme (live), Grecco Romank (live), Keepsakes, Kraus (live) Lauren Hansom, NativeBush, Nice Girl, Silicon (live) and Sleep D (live)

General public tickets available HERE

Friday 23rd July – Julia Jacklin (SOLO), Town Hall Concert Chamber [sold out]

Friday 23rd July – Dope Lemon w/ Mild Orange, Auckland Town Hall

Presales available HERE from 11am, Tuesday 22nd June until 11am, Wednesday 23rd June

General public tickets available from 12pm, Wednesday 23rd June

Saturday 24th July – Flying Nun 40 Years Anniversary w/ Aldous Harding, Straitjacket Fits, Reb Fountain, The Subliminals, Superette, The Bats, Mermaidens, Wax Chattels, Voom, Auckland Town Hall

General public tickets available HERE

Sunday 25th July – Courtney Barnett (SOLO), Auckland Town Hall

General public tickets available HERE

Tuesday 27th July – The Chats, Hollywood Theatre (Avondale)
General public tickets available HERE

Friday 30th July – Connan Mockasin Unplugged, Bost’n ‘n Dobs’n Plugged, Hollywood Theatre (Avondale)
General public tickets available HERE

Watch the neon lit new video for Dope Lemon’s single ‘Rose Pink Cadillac’…

Vibe out to the hypnagogic visuals for HTRK’s woozy 2019 track ‘Venus in Leo’…

ONONO Share Single Lyric Video The Island

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Caleb Sircombe / Monday 21st June, 2021 12:36PM


Just a couple weeks out from their celebratory self-titled debut album tour, ONONO share the first of two singles to drop before the big release day. ‘The Island’ introduces the new era of ONONO, with songwriter Jonathan Nott (Hans Pucket, Broods) leaning further into his knack for dance and pop stylings, although without losing the psychedelia that rippled through EPs Bad Posture and Stand. Nott takes his new, first-rate band of Leonardo Coghini, Katelin Little and Sam Notman on the road from early next month for the most extensive ONONO tour to date, and you can get a wee taster of their live performance in the buzzy lyric video for ‘The Island’ below. For a joyous start to your week have a boogie to the fresh, souped-up cut from ONONO…

ONONO Album Release Tour

Friday 2nd July – The Plant, Blenheim

Saturday 3rd July – San Fran, Wellington
Friday 9th July – Dive, Dunedin

Saturday 10th July – Loons, Christchurch
Friday 16th July – The Stomach, Palmerston North (all ages)

Friday 23rd July – Paisley Stage, Napier

Saturday 24th July – Whammy Bar, Auckland

Tickets available via Banished Music

ONONO’s self-titled debut album is out this month on Supergroup Recordings.

Watch LEAO Perform Afiafi Siva Masina Musika Malie Live For RNZ

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Janina Percival
/ Monday 21st June, 2021 10:08AM


The musical project of David Feauai-Afaese, LEAO‘s debut Ghost Roads EP resonates as strongly today as when it first launched in late 2019 — which we said at the time "opens up hauntological pathways, combining South Pacific tradition with post-punk / hypnagogic pop techniques to conjure a hugely compelling, enjoyable and sonically distinct ocean of sound." Named in homage to the matai name ‘Leao’ (translated as ‘The Day’), LEAO is a core member of Aotearoa’s groundbreaking Noa Records collective alongside WhyFi. and Strangelove, who recently teamed up for a spellbinding RNZ live to air session at Tāmaki Makaurau’s Samoa House. Enjoy newly viewable footage of LEOA playing ‘Afiafi’ / ‘Siva Masina’ and the as yet unreleased ‘Musika Malie’, and if you’re currently in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, be sure to head along to this week’s Noa Records residency events at Pyramid Club —details below…

Noa Records Residency – Pyramid Club, Wellington
More info available at the Pyramid Club site here

Wednesday 23rd June – P-LAB – Noa Records wānanga / talanoa

Thursday 24th June – WhyFi. + collaborations with taongo pūoro players Ruby Solly / Alistair Fraser and synth duo Oghum (Nell Thomas / Jonny Marks*

Saturday 26th June – Leao, Strangelove + collaboration with Riki Gooch (drums), Cory Champion (vibes / electronics) and Daniel Beban (guitar / electronics)*

*Tickets available HERE via UTR

Weekly Roundup Friday 18th June

C.C. / Image: Shannengeorgiapetersen
/ Friday 18th June, 2021 5:48PM



Friday 18th June

Whangarei: Jordan Luck Band – The Old Stone Butter Factory

Auckland: Thunderground, Snitch Jimmy, The Boneshakers, Jiahu Symbols – The Wine Callar

Auckland: OTTS, Fireshark – Ding Dong Lounge

Napier: Kita – The Paisley Stage
Wellington: Jeremy Redmore – MOON

Wellington: Wax Chattels, Dateline, Soft Plastics – San Fran

Wellington: Carb On Carb, shannengeorgiapetersen, Recitals, Welcomer – Meow

Nelson: Fraser Ross, Amiria Grenell – The Boathouse

Christchurch: Liz Breslin, Dominic Hoey and guests – Space Academy

Dunedin: Louisa Nicklin – Dive

Dunedin: Jonny Marks, Lucy Hunter, Chris Schmelz – Pioneer Hall

Saturday 19th June

Auckland: Demons Of Noon, End Boss, Somme – The Wine Cellar

Auckland: The Rock Lottery – Whammy Bar

Auckland: The Morningside Philharmonic – Ponsonby Social Club

Hastings: Dateline – Common Room

Whanganui: Paul Ubana Jones – Whanganui Musicians Club

Palmerston North: Carb On Carb, shannengeorgiapetersen – The Stomach

Wellington: The Dark Eighties: Sisters + Bauhaus Tribute – MOON

Wellington: Kita, Zuke – San Fran

Wellington: Pillcutter, Total Ruin, Crone, Unruly – Valhalla

Christchurch: Manifest Kitsune, Rosetown, Yuhei Kubo – Space Academy

Christchurch: Louisa Nicklin – darkroom

Christchurch: Jed Parsons – The Loons, Lyttelton
Dunedin: Eighties Forever – Dive

Dunedin: Liz Breslin, Dominic Hoey and guests – ADJ0


LEON ex Ghost Wave Unveils Debut Single YOTD

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 18th June, 2021 3:31PM


Getting the vibe right as we head into the weekend,  Tāmaki Makaurau’s Matthew L. Paul (founder of Flying Nun crew Ghost Wave) has re-emerged with the debut single from his brand new solo project LEON. Making a splash with featherlight summery club grooves and deeply reverberant, starry-eyed vocals, the mirage-like ‘Y​.​O​.​T​.​D.‘ is like a refreshing dip in a hotel pool, setting the stage for an entire album of tunes named CHERRY dropping from LEON on 16th July. Experience an addicting first taste here…

Watch Wiri Donna Play You Should Be Smiling Live At Flying Nun

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 18th June, 2021 2:49PM


The songwriting project of Pōneke’s Bianca Bailey, Wiri Donna has a full suite of shows lined up for winter, co-headlining Eyegum Scenic Tours #1 with Ōtepoti’s Dale Kerrigan. Wiri Donna swung by Flying Nun‘s recently opened Newtown shop to regale onlookers with a sunny acoustic solo take on ‘You Should Be Smiling‘, the artist’s contribution to the Two Daze 2021 compilation, entirely written and recorded over a two day period. Soak up the good vibes and don’t miss Wiri Donna at the dates below, plus tonight’s free 95bFM Drive Island event at Tāmaki’s Ellen Melville Centre alongside Troy Kingi and Delaney Davidson

Eyegum Scenic Tours #1: Wiri Donna + Dale Kerrigan
Saturday 3rd July – Whammy Bar, Auckland w/ Being., Shaun’s Bday
Friday 9th July – Darkroom, Christchurch w/ Liam K. Swiggs, Cold Shower
Saturday 10th July – The Crown, Dunedin w/ Bathysphere, Porpoise
Friday 6th Aug – San Fran, Wellington w/ Violet Hirst, TBC
Tickets available HERE via UTR

Wiri Donna

Thursday 24th June – San Fran, Wellington w/ Charlie Whack, The Gallery (tickets HERE)

Saturday 31st July – Parrotdog Presents: Ten Years Around The Sun, Parrotdog Bar, Wellington (free)

Louis Baker Drops Love Levitates EP

Annabel Kean / Friday 18th June, 2021 2:34PM


Louis Baker‘s shiny new offering Love Levitates has materialised today, the hotly awaited follow-up to his well lauded 2019 debut album Open. Not that Baker’s been resting on his laurels, the Pōneke neo-soul songwriter has cropped up on features with Anna Coddington and Team Dynamite in the past year alone, and has clearly been plugging away at today’s delightful seven-track EP with producer and multi-instrumentalist Devin Abrams (Drax Project, Pacific Heights). To celebrate the new release, Louis Baker and a few choice special guests zip around the country next month "to sing together, groove together" to old songs and new. Catch the velvet-voiced Silver Scroll and Taite Music Prize-nominated act with support slots from Arjuna Oakes, Gee Clifford and Marley Sola, as well as a guest spot from jazz champ Nathan Haines for the Tāmaki show. Dates, deets and tunes below…

Louis Baker Love Levitates Tour

Saturday 3rd July – Hollywood Theatre, Auckland w/ Arjuna Oakes, Nathan Haines

Friday 9th July – Theatre Royal, Nelson w/ Arjuna Oakes

Saturday 10th July – James Hay Theatre, Christchurch w/ Gee Clifford, Marley Sola

Saturday 17th July – Opera House, Wellington w/ Arjuna Oakes

Tickets via

Press release:

Today, Louis Baker releases his much-anticipated Love Levitates EP ahead of a nationwide release tour this July. See supports artists announced below.

The brand new EP takes Baker’s signature brand of modern-soul and wholehearted lyrics to bright, new territory. Working with producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Devin Abrams (Drax Project, Pacific Heights), Love Levitates is a journey of self-exploration and focuses on themes of heritage, love, friendship, and observation.

Baker’s release comes two weeks before a nationwide tour featuring a full band that commences in Auckland on July 3rd with special guest Aotearoa Jazz legend Nathan Haines. Supporting artists on the tour are Wellington singer and multi-instrumentalist Arjuna Oakes for Auckland, Nelson and Wellington; and Christchurch musicians Gee Clifford & Marley Sola for Christchurch. The band features Cory Champion (Borrowed Cs, Mara TK, Glass Vaults) on drums, Johnny Lawrence (Hollie Smith, Name UL) on bass, James Illingworth (Rob Ruha) on keys, along with Kirsten Te Rito and Moana Leota on backing vocals.

Following Baker’s sold-out show with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) in February, the Silver Scroll and Taite Music Prize-nominated artist is relishing the thought of performing around the country next month. “I’m very excited to take this record on the road with my band. I can’t wait to sing together, groove together, get deep on songs from my previous records and celebrate by sharing the new songs from this new EP,” says Baker.

Jazmine Mary Shares Video For Move Me

Annabel Kean / Photo Credit: Courtney Rodgers / Friday 18th June, 2021 12:33PM


Some days you wake up with a sense of emptiness, a hollow ache that yearns for something intangible. Then Jazmine Mary releases a music video featuring Peter Ruddell (Wax Chattels, Sulfate) dressed as a beautiful heap of soup dumplings, or perhaps an ethereal string of garlic bulbs, and you feel complete again. Created by Jazmine Mary and Courtney Rodgers with support from NZ On Air, the visual accompaniment to ‘Move Me’ from their debut album The Licking Of A Tangerine is set in a surreal world where fish grow on trees and enormous white roses bloom directly from the ground, all to the sound of bubbling sax and bongos. Ruddell and Jazmine Mary are joined by Misty Frequency, Rewa Fowles, and Kyah Dove on rolling hills, engaging in a bit of low-key jiggling and shuffling. Dunno about you, but this video sent me violently spiralling into long lost memories of Teletubbies ‘Magical Events’. Taking a step into the ‘Move Me’ universe in the video below, or on Jazmine Mary’s tour with Fraser Ross next month — also supporting Kane Strang at Whammy on 6th August with Emily Edrosa

Fraser Ross and Jazmine Mary Winter Tour

Thursday 22nd July – Move Space, Auckland

Friday 23rd July – Old School Arts Centre, Raglan

Saturday 24th July – Pop Up Gig, New Plymouth

Sunday 25th July – Vogelmorn Hall, Wellington

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Jazmine Mary’s debut album ‘The Licking Of A Tangerine’ is out now.

Centre Negative Blue Cheese Human Susan South Island Tour Annnounced

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 18th June, 2021 10:58AM


Aotearoa’s artistic community continues to reap the benefits of the recent influx of NZ musos returning to our shores due to the global pandemic. Back from Australia, Michael McClelland launched the new album from his Centre Negative project Existence Is Buzzy in the midst of 2020’s insanity and will be hitting a stage near you this winter — if you reside in Dunedin, Christchurch or Oamaru! They’re sharing a triple headline bill alongside fellow "post-punk" noiseniks Blue Cheese and Human Susan, cramming 20 humans on a bus for a two weekend sonic adventure throughout the vast expanses of Te Wai Pounamu, joined by special guests Cuticles in Oamaru. That all adds up to jam-packed aural equation you would have to be some kind of chump to miss out on, grip the details here…

Centre Negative, Blue Cheese, Human Susan

Friday 25th June – Space Academy, Christchurch
Saturday 26th June – Settler Theater, Oamaru w/ Cuticles [early show]

Saturday 3rd July – The Wharf Hotel, Dunedin [early show]

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Wrap your ears around Centre Negative’s 2020 album Existence Is Buzzy…

Press release:

As to whether Centre Negative, Blue Cheese, and Human Susan have a beat, note, or chord in common, well, you’d have to ask a musician. But since our place on the timeline of human history is somewhere after 1977—and presumably also in that small notch right before human exinction—’post-punk’ will have to do. Or, if you prefer, ‘large’. That’s because collective mass might be a better measurement than genre: No fewer than twenty people will fill/stack/flip the bus these three bands have hired to drive from their Dunedin homes to beautiful Oamaru and the bastard plains of Christchurch. This is where you, the reader, will be in two weeks time, taking in these touring bands in all their magnitude. But since ears can’t do maths, bring your calculators on down to Space Academy, Settler Hall, and/or the Wharf Hotel.

Listen To Troy Kingis New Album Black Sea Golden Ladder

Annabel Kean / Friday 18th June, 2021 10:28AM


Troy Kingi (Te Arawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui) shares Black Sea Golden Ladder, a collection of folk songs written in collaboration with award-winning, genre-spanning songwriter Delaney Davidson. This is Kingi’s fifth album in his 10 10 10 Series, and marks the halfway point of his ambitious project with what he says is "the most personal of all my albums – the first one I feel that is truly about me". Black Sea Golden Ladder is different not only in style, but in how the duo crafted each track — digging deep into Kingi’s memories from primary school to fatherhood over the course of just a few days, with Davidson falling into the role "somewhat of a shrink". It was also part of Pōneke’s Matairangi Mahi Toi Artist Residency, which was established in 2016 specially to nurture the creative endeavours of Māori and Pasifika.

From singles ‘Call My Name’ and ‘Sleep’ you couldn’t know the paths Kingi would take on the full album. He lets his voice soar in epic, expansive track ‘You In My Arms’, and explores folk nooks and crannies across musical metaphors for Love, The Meaning, Mortality and more. Catch these two icons in the flesh this August on the not-to-be-missed Black Sea Golden Ladder Aotearoa tour

Troy Kingi with Delaney Davidson – Black Sea Golden Ladder Tour

Saturday 7 August – Turner Centre, Kerikeri

Sunday 8 August – Leigh Sawmill, Leigh

Tuesday 10 August – Forum North, Whangarei

Thursday 12 August – Clarence St Theatre, Hamilton

Friday 13 August – Theatre Royal, New Plymouth

Sunday 15 August – Opera House, Whanganui

Tuesday 17 August – Theatre Royal, Nelson

Saturday 21 August – James Hay Theatre, Christchurch

Sunday 22 August – Regent Theatre, Dunedin

Saturday 28 August – Opera House, Wellington w/ live band The Senses
Saturday 4 September – Town Hall, Auckland 
w/ live band The Senses

Tickets available via

Troy Kingi’s ‘Black Sea Golden Ladder’ is out now via AAA Records.

Lineup Announced For Deep Dive 2021 Festival

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 18th June, 2021 8:30AM


The team at Moral Support have waved their magic wand and wizarded up an absolutely smashing lineup for their third annual Deep Dive festival. Winter will no longer suck when you experience this thrillingly diverse bill of artists from throughout Aotearoa’s musical underground first-hand, taking over the Saint Kevin’s Arcade’s venue triumvirate of Whammy Bar, Wine Cellar and Backroom on Saturday 10th July. Whether your bag is politically on-to-it rungus punk, transcendental pop, cosmic electronics, tear-jerking emo anthems and / or dancefloor igniting club bangers, Deep Dive 2021 has you covered and more. Scope out the full lineup here and cop tickets while you can…

"For me, Deep Dive is an opportunity to bring together a lineup that does it’s best to represent the exceptional music being made in all the little scenes and communities in New Zealand at the moment. The lineup is tightly curated to take you on a journey through our musical underground and very importantly, be the party of the year with everything you want on a night out squeezed into one location over one night." – Taylor MacGregor, Moral Support

Deep Dive 2021

Featuring… Kraus, Noa Records, Proteins of Magic, Princess Chelsea, Bozo, Samara Alofa, Night Lunch, Babyteeth, PollyHill, Vanessa Worm, Dartz, Cave Circles, Diesel, Jess Fu, HALFQUEEN, Race Banyon

Saturday 10th July – Whammy Bar, Backroom and The Wine Cellar

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Check out the 2016 video for Princess Chelsea’s cover of Disasteradio’s ‘Aftertouch’…

Listen to the title track to Cave Circles’ superb 2020 album Ships…

Here’s the already iconic video for Dunedin duo Night Lunch’s 2021 anthem ‘House Full Of Shit’…

Stretch Last Call For The Road Solo Tour Announced

/ Thursday 17th June, 2021 3:21PM


Hard-gigging Aotearoa songwriter Stretch is saddling up for a fresh round of headline shows this coming July. He’ll be circumventing the main centres for intimate Te Ika-a-Māui solo events in Dannevirke, Levin, Greytown, Palmerston North, Whanganui and Raumati, getting right back amongst it following April’s Hawkes Bay tour. A seasoned veteran of the stage, Stretch has supported such significant figures as Damien Rice, Jeff Tweedy, Angus & Julia Stone and Elton John so you know you’ll be in safe hands, and last year launched his soulful and heartfelt long player Our Dreams Are Changing — head along to the following dates…

Stretch – Last Call For The Road Tour (solo)

Thursday 22nd July – Fountain Theatre, Dannevirke
Friday 23rd July – Tsunami Sound Studios, Levin

Saturday 24th July – The Offering, Greytown
Thursday 29th July – Square Edge, Palmerston North

Friday 30th July – Space Studio & Gallery, Whanganui

Saturday 31st July – Raumati Social Club (RSC), Raumati

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Listen to Stretch’s 2020 album
Our Dreams Are Changing…

Press release:

Renowned for unforgettable performances and his connection with audiences, acclaimed singer/songwriter ‘Stretch’ is stripping back the production and presenting a series of intimate solo shows on the ‘Last Call for The Road’ tour.

From dark-hearted ballads to roof-raising choruses, Stretch has a passion that sets shows alight. This sound has seen him open for some of the world’s greatest songwriters; Damien Rice, Jeff Tweedy, Angus & Julia Stone and Elton John… Stretch is an artist that plays his heart out, whether it’s opening at Mission Estate to 20,000, bringing the Hawke’s Bay Opera House to a standing ovation, or filling the room with that same energy up close at his solo shows.

With a seductive mix of moody acoustic folk/soul music and a gift for truly original songwriting, this tour is a chance to catch one of New Zealand’s most engaging performers up close…

This tour follows on from the stunning album launch of the new album ‘Our Dreams Are Changing’. This premiered at the Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival alongside performances by Troy Kingi, Tami Neilson and Bic Runga. With songs from the soul and a sound that transports listeners, this is life affirming music, undeniable in its impact.

Interview Wax Chattels Clot Album Release Tour

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Ebru Yildiz / Thursday 17th June, 2021 1:39PM


Starting this weekend Wax Chattels will be barreling down the country with their sophomore album Clot, crashing through Pōneke, Tāmaki, Ōtepoti and Ōtautahi this month and next. Clot is the trio’s second album in a row to be nominated for a Taite Music Prize, and it created waves through the Aotearoa music scene for its inimitable, electrifying gnarliness and undeniable fury. Co-vocalist and bass feedback wrangler of the band, Amanda Cheng, took a bit of time out of her busy schedule to answer a few of my prying questions. Why will this tour be Wax Chattels’ last for a while? What musical influences lead her to find the hypnotising, noisy factor she adds to the band? What’s the best drink pairing to a Wax Chattels gig? All that and more revealed in the interview below…

Undertheradar proudly presents…

Wax Chattels Clot Album Release Tour

Friday 18th June – San Fran, Wellington w/ Dateline, Soft Plastics*

Friday 25th June – Galatos, Auckland w/ Hans Pucket, Babyteeth

Friday 30th July – Dive, Dunedin*

Saturday 31st July – Wunderbar, Christchurch*

*Tickets on sale HERE via UTR

Annabel Kean: When and how did you get into playing ‘Wax Chattels style’ bass?

Amanda Cheng: I actually played bass with a pick for the first time for Wax Chattels! Prior to that I just played with hands or upright bass at jazz school. In the early 2000s I was obsessed with a bass / drums duo that had DISTORTED BASS driven songs and thought, I will find the right pedal for this one day…

What music were you listening to as a teen?

Pre-teen: Elemeno P

Early teen Yeah Yeah Yeahs, In Flames

Mid teens: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bloc Party, Metric

Late teens: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Raveonettes, everything Kim Gordon, The Kills

Very late teens: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Portishead, Wild Nothing, Warpaint, Animal Collective

What sort of music had you written pre-Wax Chattels?

Thankfully, it’s a secret!

Where does the title ‘Clot’ come from?

It was actually the name of one of the songs but we thought it would make a great album title. We didn’t want a titular track, so had to change the song’s name, though. Similar to how we named the band, we wanted something that sounded angular.

How does Wax Chattels choose which bands to play support? And can you tell me yet who the supports are for this tour?

Tomorrow at San Fran we will be joined by female-driven powerhouses Dateline and Soft Plastics. Next week at Galatos we get to play with (one of my favourite musicians, Amelia’s) Babyteeth and bffs Hans Pucket! South Island supports to be announced 😉

We like to play with bands whose music we are into and think would be a good "vibe" fit. If we haven’t seen the bands personally before, we ask around for good live reviews.

These shows will be the last for Wax Chattels for a while. What are the three of you doing after the tour?

Giving each other a hug! Tom will continue to get straight As on the second degree he is currently pursuing at uni. Peter has a little (huge) something something for your ears soon. I will be heading to New York to do a one-year Masters in Law.

Can you please provide a drink pairing suggestion for Wax Chattels gig attendees?

Peter reckons filter coffee (get jittery for the gig, ya know). If you must drink coffee, I reckon a piccolo followed by Live+ followed by a beverage starting with Pil, ending with Ner. Unsure if I would actually drink these in succession.

‘Clot’ is out now via Captured Tracks & Flying Nun Records.

Alien Weaponry Return With Single Video Tangaroa Announce New Album

Chris Cudby / Photo Credit: Piotr Kwasnik
/ Thursday 17th June, 2021 12:49PM


Recipients of the 2019 Auckland Live Best Independent Debut award and revered across the globe for their furiously intense te reo Māori metal anthems, Waipū’s Alien Weaponry have revealed the wait for their second studio album is nearly over. The high decibel trio of Henry Te Reiwhati de Jong, Lewis Raharuhi de Jong and Ethan Trembath have announced new long player Tangaroa will be launching on 17th September via European metal imprint Napalm Records and unleashed today the record’s bone-crushing title track. Tackling the urgent issues of climate change and illegal fishing practices, ‘Tangaroa’ (god of the sea), launches with a turbulent video directed by Alex Hargreaves and created with the support of NZ On Air, filmed almost entirely underwater — aiming to raise awareness of and support the ongoing work of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

"‘Tangaroa’ is a heavy and angry message about how we are destroying the ocean with pollution and overfishing. The video ties in with this message, with us drowning in plastic conveying the struggle of ocean life.

The album is tied together with the message of ‘Tangaroa’ – the whole album is more a snapshot of the band’s brains during the writing process. We have also written songs that are about some of our first tūpuna (ancestors) who were here in Āotearoa (New Zealand). Hatupatu, who is very famous in Māori history, as well as Īhenga, who named a number of places in Āotearoa during his travels." – Henry de Jong

Alien Weaponry will support Gojira on their upcoming 2021 U.S. tour. ‘Tangaroa’ launches on Friday 17th September, preorders are available now.

Shepherds Reign Perform Le Manu UTR Trash Recital Episode 4

Sports Team / C.C.
/ Thursday 17th June, 2021 10:17AM


We’re stoked to share the fourth episode of our new web series created in collaboration with the talented gang at Sports Team: UTR Trash Recital!

For each episode of Trash Recital we’ve invited some of our favourite Aotearoa artists into the UTR studios to perform one of their signature songs, re-created using everyday items selected from a treasure trove of literal trash, collected by Sports Team from Tāmaki Makaurau’s finest op shops / second hand stores. Trash Recital not only provides a launchpad for stunning reimaginings of recent classic tunes, but also the perfect opportunity for a chinwag with our local musical heroes.

We’ve been looking forward to this one — for our fourth episode we invited South Auckland’s Shepherds Reign to work their Polynesian metal magic using our UTR office trash pile. The team of Filiva’a James (Ngāti Hāmoa), Gideon Voon (Ngāti Hainamana), Joseph Oti-George (Ngāpuhi), Shaymen Rameka (Ngāi te Rangi, Te Arawa), and Oliver Leupolu (Ngāti Hāmoa) treated us to a pulse-pounding reinvention of their latest single ‘Le Manu‘ — meaning "The Beast" in Samoan (not be to be confused with the extinct Manu bird, as they point out in the vid below). Experience Shepherds Reign’s literally metallic new take on the song below along with a first-hand history of the group and don’t miss them tearing up the stage at Whammy Bar on 22nd July, supported by Coridian and Just One Fix. Be sure to keep it locked for Trash Recital Episode 5, dropping in just two weeks time…

Shepherds Reign w/ Coridian, Just One Fix

Thursday 22nd July – Whammy Bar, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

DOP: Callum Devlin

Editor: Callum Devlin

Title Animator: Annabel Kean

Sound Engineer: Ruby Walsh

Sound Mix: Ruby Walsh

Theme Tune: Callum Devlin

Project Manager: Annabel Kean

Production Team: Sports Team

UTR Production Team: Daryl Fincham & Chris Cudby

Special thanks to Bob Frisbee

Made with support from NZ On Air

You Am I Returning To New Zealand In October

Chris Cudby
/ Thursday 17th June, 2021 8:00AM


It looks like more and more Australian artists are leaping at the golden opportunity the Trans-Tasman Bubble represents to finally tour overseas again. Proudly repping a career that spans a dozen studio albums and more than three decades of live shows, certified Australian rock greats You Am I launched their new record The Lives of Others to significant acclaim in May and are now following through with three very special Aotearoa headline shows, taking over stages in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch this October. Founded and led by singer / guitarist Tim Rogers and sporting the same iconic lineup since ’99, don’t dare miss these seasoned veterans in their element, playing their first NZ events in over 15 years — grip the details here…

UnderTheRadar proudly presents…

You Am I

Thursday 7th October – Blue Smoke, Christchurch

Friday 8th October – Galatos, Auckland

Saturday 9th October – San Fran, Wellington

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Experience ‘The Waterboy’ from You Am I’s new’s album The Lives of Others…

Watch the vid for You Am I’s classic single ‘Berlin Chair’ from 1993’s Sound As Ever…

Press release:

Centered around the prolific songwriting skills of singer/guitarist Tim Rogers, You Am I are one of the most successful and internationally admired Australian bands. They’ve scored three number one albums, Sonic Youth and Soundgarden are counted among their admirers, and Silverchair named themselves after a You Am I song.
Their influences combine the Who, the Small Faces, the Jam, the Clash, and the Replacements – and their live shows are legendary.

Touring New Zealand is the band’s iconic line-up Tim Rogers (vocals, guitar), Andy Kent (bass), Russell Hopkinson (drums), and Davey Lane (guitar).

Nearly three decades on from their first album release, You Am I have not only had one of the longest and most successful recording careers in Australia, but are also one of the most loved rock bands downunder (with 31 ARIA nominations with 10 wins, 3 #1 records, 2 Platinum and 3 gold records).

Their 11th studio album The Lives Of Others was released last month to rave reviews around the world and it debuted at No 2 in the Australian album charts.
Critics have noted that lovers of classic You Am I albums like Hi Fi Way and Hourly, Daily will recognise the spirit, care and craft in the new material.

Jed Parsons Drops Charming Clip For Movie Knight

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Daniela Aebli / Wednesday 16th June, 2021 2:24PM


Jed Parsons is about half way through his big ol’ Aotearoa tour, presenting his tasty new sophomore album Brunch to just about every city in the country — and still rolling out music videos while he’s at it. Parsons’ latest cinematic venture accompanies song ‘Movie Knight‘, lyrically and visually explaining how he’s a simple man with simple movie needs, and will be easily distracted by his date if Matthew McConaughey or Leonardo DiCaprio get too deep in the metaphors. ‘Movie Knight’ is one of the many catchy pop tracks on Brunch that’s both tongue in cheek and ripe for romancing, even going so far to include brief plot summaries for Interstellar and Inception. Cheers Jed, can’t wait to sing along at your next charm-packed show…

Undertheradar proudly presents…

Jed Parsons ‘Brunch’ Release Tour

Saturday 19th June – The Loons, Lyttelton*

Friday 25th June – House With No Nails, Matamata

Saturday 26th June – Kumeu Live (at Kumeu Arts), Auckland*

Saturday 3rd July – Barrytown Hall, Barrytown*

Friday 23rd July – Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru*

Friday 30th July – San Fran, Wellington
Saturday 31st July – St Peter’s Hall, Parkakariki*

Saturday 25th September – Mussel Inn, Onekaka

*Tickets available HERE via UTR

Jed Parsons’ second album ‘BRUNCH’ is out now on vinyl and streaming services.

Listen To Pillcutters Debut Album DAYS OVER

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 16th June, 2021 1:57PM


Begun four years ago as a songwriting project by Alex and Cilla Kinnaird of Contenders fame "in a small Ngāruawāhia garage," later joined by Kelly Taylor and Emily Rose Ewen, Pillcutter unveiled their debut album DAY’S OVER late last week. Contenders fans won’t be disappointed yet Pillcutter move at their own assured pace, alternating electrifying riff-tangled stompers with spine-tingling numbers even verging on swamp rock / grungey territory. A top to tail document of Waikato punk at its most vital, each track showcases a different thrilling side to the band’s creative whole — get amongst below and catch them this Saturday at Pōneke’s Valhalla with Total Ruin, crone and Unruly

‘DAY’S OVER’ is out now digitally via Pillcutter’s Bandcamp page, limited edition cassettes will be available soon.

LIPS Announce Tour with Phoebe Rings Drop Single Video Heave Ho!

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Lula Cucchiara / Wednesday 16th June, 2021 11:36AM


LIPS are bringing some bilabial pop-rock joy to the nation this July and August, making a song and dance of their forthcoming debut album I Don’t Know Why I Do Anything when it drops mid next month. Beginning in Pōneke on Saturday the 24th of July, the tour is a shared double header with fellow Tāmaki pop experimentalists Phoebe Rings, and sees the two groups as far south as Invercargill before wending their way back up the country. LIPS pair Steph Brown and Fen Ikner will be taking their new bandmates Ruby Walsh (Dateline) and Maude Morris (Lexxa) on the journey, and have made a point to introduce them in the MTV inspired visuals for their new track ‘Heave Ho’. Shot and edited by Ikner, the clip is as high energy and colourful as the song itself, thrusting the band members through abstract space while Brown screams and shouts and boogies to off-kilter, punk-pop synth. Don’t miss the dreamy duo of LIPS And Phoebe Rings, find yourself a ticket below…

LIPS and Phoebe Rings

Saturday 24th July – Moon, Wellington

Friday 30th July – Space Academy, Christchurch

Saturday 31st July – Dive, Dunedin

Sunday 1st August – Tuatara Cafe, Invercargill

Thursday 5th August – Neck Of The Woods, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

LIPS’ album ‘I Don’t Know Why I Do Anything’ is out July 16th

Press release:

To celebrate the release of I Don’t Know Why I Do Anything, Lips are hitting the road, traveling the length and breadth of Aotearoa throughout Hōngongoi (July) and Here-turi-kōkā (August).

The tour is a co-headline event, with Lips sharing the van with Tāmaki Makaurau group Phoebe Rings. The band centers around the songwriting of Crystal Choi (she/her), a sought after keys player who has toured with Princess Chelsea, Chelsea Jade and A.C. Freazy. The band’s dream pop echoes are further aided by the playing of Alex Freer (he/him, A.C. Freazy), Simeon Kavanagh-Vincent (he/him, Lucky Boy^), and Benjamin Locke (he/him, Sea Views). Their debut single Cheshire was a favourite on the SRN stations.

The co-headline tour begins on July 24 in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) at Moon. The following weekend they’ll travel to Te Waipounamu (South Island) to perform in Otautahi (Christchurch) at Space Academy on July 30, then Ōtepoti (Dunedin) at Dive on July 31, followed by Waihōpai (Invercargill), a the Tuatara Cafe on August 1. They’ll travel back to home base in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) to perform at Neck of the Woods on August 5. Tickets for the shows are available through Undertheradar.

Anthonie Tonnon Announces Tour Shares Single Video Leave Love Out Of This

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Belinda Merrie and Daniel Blackball Alexander / Wednesday 16th June, 2021 10:00AM


Whanganui-based songwriter (and newly appointed Durie Hill elevator operator) Anthonie Tonnon will be touring his third studio album Leave Love Out Of This throughout the country come spring. Along with news of six shows at some of Aotearoa’s most loved venues, Tonnon has treated us to the LP’s title track and a jaw-dropping video to boot. While singles ‘Entertainment’ and ‘Two Free Hands’ had us tapping our toes, the glorious new ‘Leave Love Out Of This’ will give you goosebumps. It features co-writer and The Beths member Jonathan Pearce on synths, Stuart Harwood on drums, and a string quartet courtesy of Charmian Keay and Matthew Bodman. The suitably grand video was created by Tonno and his team of directors Karlya Smith and Jenna Todd at the 122 year-old Royal Whanganui Opera House… and outer space.

Harwood and three more, David Flyger, Steph Brown (Lips) and Sam Taylor (Nadia Reid), will join Tonnon on the release tour in September, the first time he’s recruited a band for his live shows since 2018. Find out more below, and take a trip into the surreal world of Anthonie Tonnon’s ‘Leave Love Out Of This’…

UnderTheRadar proudly presents…

Anthonie Tonnon: Leave Love Out Of This Album Release Tour

Thursday 23rd September – Sherwood, Queenstown

Friday 24th September – Cassells Blue Smoke, Christchurch

Saturday 25th September – New New New, Dunedin

Friday 1st October – San Fran, Wellington

Saturday 2nd October – Royal Opera House, Whanganui

Saturday 9th October – Hollywood Avondale, Auckland

Early bird tickets available from 9am, Friday 18th June via

‘Leave Love Out Of This’ is out July 16th on Slow Time Records / Misra Records / Flippin Yeah Records.

End Boss Preview New Single Nail Tooth

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 16th June, 2021 9:00AM


Primed and ready to open up a hellmouth at Tāmaki Makaurau’s The Wine Cellar this weekend alongside fellow heavy music powerhouses Demons Of Noon and Somme, Pōneke’s End Boss have shared an exclusive preview of their forthcoming single ‘Nail & Tooth‘. Listenable only here for a limited time until this Saturday, ‘Nail & Tooth’ is from a forthcoming debut album from the formidable team of E.J. Thorpe, drummer Nato (Beastwars), and guitarists Greg Broadmore and Christian Pearce (both of Ghidoragh), produced by studio wizard James Goldsmith. Smash play on this primordial version of ‘Nail & Tooth’ below and experience the sonic onslaught that is End Boss on Saturday 19th June…

Demons Of Noon, End Boss, Somme

Saturday 19th June – The Wine Cellar, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

End Boss · Nail & Tooth

Aldous Harding Returns With Single Video Old Peel

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 16th June, 2021 8:39AM


With only one song (a cover of Deerhunter) released since Aldous Harding wowed us all with her Taite Music Prize nominated 2019 album Designer, the globally revered Lyttelton songwriter has returned with ‘Old Peel‘. Already described by some wags as "a bop," there’s of course much more to this musical onion than playful and angular hooks that wouldn’t be out of place in a Pere Ubu tune — brought to life by an artfully composed band performance video co-directed by the artist and regular collaborator Martin Sagadin. There’s no word yet on an upcoming album, but Harding has announced today a huge tour of the UK, EU and the US. Experience ‘Old Peel’ here…

‘Old Peel’ is out now via 4AD / Flying Nun — a limited edition 7" will be released on 9th July.

The Others Way Festival Returning In September 2021

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 16th June, 2021 8:00AM


Flashback to 2019: a paradisiacal time for live music in Aotearoa, embodied by Tāmaki Makaurau’s musically adventurous and sprawling multi-venue The Others Way festival. Where else could you see our hottest rising stars performing alongside grizzled indie veterans and cutting edge Aussie talents, all playing in a host of inner city locations, including your fave local dive bar and / or some cool looking place down the road you’ve been meaning to check out but haven’t quite got around to yet? And then bloody old Covid had to come along and ruin everything, causing The Others Way 2020 to have to pull the plug until who knows when…

But now we know exactly when! That’s right, The Others Way is making its triumphant return to take over venues throughout Tāmaki’s Karangahape Road district (and beyond?) on Friday 17th September. While the lineup has yet to be revealed, discounted presale tickets are available right now. You know the bill for 2021 is guaranteed to be an all-star affair — remind yourself of the good times to be had via our photos of 2019’s extravaganza HERE, get in ahead of the pack and cop early bird passes via the links below…

"The 2021 festival is a chance for us all to get together and celebrate New Zealand music and celebrate the ability that we are able to put this on again after the disappointing cancellation of the 2020 festival. We have an absolutely stacked first line-up ready to go that we can’t wait to share with you… Stay tuned over the coming weeks for announcements!". – Matthew Davis, Flying Out.

UnderTheRadar, Flying Out and 95bFM are proud to present….

The Others Way Festival 2021

Lineup to be announced 
Friday 17th September – Karangahape Road, 
Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland

Early bird tickets are on sale HERE via UTR