Thee Golden Geese Announce Auckland Headline Show

Chris Cudby / Friday 26th November, 2021 3:10PM


It’s honking great news that gigs will soon be happening in Tāmaki Makaurau once again. We’ll be flocking along to The Wine Cellar next Friday to catch garage rock all-stars Thee Golden Geese, who’ve just announced one heck of a bill including themselves "unplugged" (as Geese Unplugged) and rising rock ‘n’ rollers Good Old Golden Boys NZ. The latter crew recently launched their official website and have a brand new video out today — a heartfelt and timely tribute to legendary Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, who passed away in August of this year. Please know this seated show is presales only and capped at 50 attendees, grab tickets while you can…

Thee Golden Geese + Geese Unplugged + Good Old Golden Boys NZ

Friday 3rd December – The Wine Cellar, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Here’s Thee Golden Geese’s super catchy and highly relatable ‘Stuck In The Studio’…

Dirty Pixels Return With New Track Reading My Lips

Annabel Kean / Friday 26th November, 2021 2:35PM


There’s a lot to unpack with the arrival of Dirty Pixels‘ fuzzy new track ‘Reading My Lips’, the band’s first release since sharing charming EP Lovechild in May last year. The song is a brilliant example of the Tāmaki four-piece at their lo-fi, rock’n’roll best, making news of a third EP arriving in 2022 extra exciting. Even through the buzz of distortion and a rough and ready lockdown recording, frontman Ethan Moore has your ears wrapped up in the world of ‘Reading My Lips’ — featuring a Jonathan Pearce-shaped cherry on top thanks to his expert mastering.

Here’s where I personally need answers: If the song was recorded in the back seat of Moore’s Toyota Corolla, why is the cover art a Mercedes-Benz 190e with the number plate YOOHOO? Also, what’s up with NZ rock bands and Toyota Corollas right now, do they give you special songwriting powers? And finally, if the song was written and recorded in a car, and the lyrics are about the experience of making eye contact with strangers while recording the aforementioned song — why were you in the car to start with Ethan Moore? I need answers. But most importantly, I need to listen to ‘Reading My Lips’ a few more times…

‘Reading My Lips’ is out now via major streaming services.

Bad Taste IV Wellington Show Announced Ft The Shocking and Stunning Cold Ceiling

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 26th November, 2021 2:31PM


Deservedly in the running for Favourite Album in the inaugural Student Radio Network Awards for their October-released self-titled long player, the dynamic duo of producer / turntablist Alphabethead (The All Seeing Hand) and rapper Young Gho$t have announced a mid-December headline rager at Valhalla. They’ll be joined by synth-rockers The Shocking and Stunning, noise rock unit Cold Ceiling, DJ MV & DJ Tino and Lazy Daisy, with visuals by VJ Jethorse for a can’t miss, mind-frying night that they’ve chosen to name Bad Taste IV — even though the third edition never happened! Grip the details here…

Bad Taste IV

Feat. Bad Taste, The Shocking and Stunning, Cold Ceiling, DJ MV & DJ Tino, Lazy Daisy, VJ Jethorse

Saturday 11th December – Valhalla, Wellington

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Young Gho$t and Alphabethead catch some rays in their outdoorsy vid for ‘Rolling In The Morning’…

Julien Dyne Shares Single Be Real Ft Ladi6

Annabel Kean / Cover art by Jae Hoon Lee / Friday 26th November, 2021 12:49PM


Tāmaki Makaurau multi-faceted artist and instrumentalist Julien Dyne (Avantdale Bowling Club) sets us up for the weekend with ‘Be Real’, the third single from his hotly awaited album Modes. The lush new track features frequent collaborator and Aotearoa hip hop queen Ladi6, who contributed to Dyne’s album Teal with top tier cut ‘Hours’ in 2018, and returns to the fray for another exciting blend of soul vocals and experimental beats. In addition to the dreamy summer crossover of Ladi6 and Dyne, ‘Be Real’ boasts instrumentation from hot-shot local staples Guy Harrison and Isaac Aesili. The glorious slice of jazz-meets-RnB will have you bobbing along to fresh-hot vibraphone and even fresher basslines from the first spin, keeping the wolf from the door as we await the full album release next Friday. While we champ at the bit for Modes and its Lord Echo, Mara TK, Che Fu and Troy Kingi cameos, dip into a cool pool of ‘Be Real’ here…

‘Modes’ is out digitally on Friday 3rd December via Soundway Records, vinyl expected February 11th 2022.

Dera Meelan Remixes Imugi s Y U Always Acting Like A Fool

Annabel Kean / Friday 26th November, 2021 11:36AM


Tāmaki hip hop sweethearts Imugi 이무기 have performed a seasonal miracle, resurrecting their fire 2020 EP Dragonfruit to soundtrack another summer, remixed and refreshed. Our first taste of Dragonfruit: The Remixes lands today thanks to producer Dera Meelan, who has taken on stand out single ‘Y U Always Acting Like A Fool?’, finding himself remixing longtime collaborators Church & AP. Once a shimmering pop-pearl, ‘Y U Always Acting Like A Fool? (Dera Meelan Remix)’ has had a club banger makeover, bulked up and rippling with filthy bass, hype drops and relentless dance beats. While Meelan leads the summer party charge, local talents Amamelia, Kédu Carlö, Borrowed cs, SWRLY, Leaping Tiger and Alexa Casino are all on the menu when Dragonfruit: The Remixes drops in full December 10th. Say goodbye to summers of yore, and hello to a zesty new Imugi 이무기 party season with Meelan’s floor-filler reimagining…

Imugi 이무기’s ‘Dragonfruit: Remixed’ is out December 10th.

Within Destruction and Signs Of The Swarm Christchurch Show Announced

Chris Cudby / Image: Within Destruction
/ Friday 26th November, 2021 11:31AM


Painting a cacophonous portrait of what live music might look like in a post-pandemic world, Slovenian deathcore / metalcore unit Within Destruction with Pittsburgh’s Signs of The Swarm have expanded their forthcoming Aotearoa visit to include a special Christchurch event at 12 Bar on 17th June. Also playing in Tāmaki Makaurau and Te Whanganui-a-Tara, local metal maniacs will be treated to songs from Within Destruction’s latest album Yōkai (slamming together elements of metal, hip hop, electronic and more), Signs of The Swarm’s furious 2021 opus Absolvere and no doubt more. Brought to you by the Valhalla Touring gang, head along and greet the first overseas metal bands "to hit our shores in this new age" at the dates below…

Within Destruction and Signs of The Swarm

Friday 17th June – 12 Bar, Christchurch

Saturday 18th June – Valhalla, Wellington

Sunday 19th June – Whammy Bar, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Experience the video for Within Destruction’s ‘HATE ME’ from their new album Yōkai…

Watch the clip for Signs of the Swarm’s ‘Death Whistle’…

Georgia Lines Unveils Single Video I Got You

Annabel Kean / Friday 26th November, 2021 10:44AM


Bright Tauranga-based pop songwriter Georgia Lines is back with her fourth single of 2021 and another aesthetically delightful clip, made with support from NZ On Air. ‘I Got You’ follows tracks ‘Call Me By My Name’, ‘No One Knows’ and Waiata Anthems Week single ‘Tōrere’, and further expands the dreamy Georgia Lines love-sick narrative, this time narrowing in on the "things or spaces that we are drawn to when all is falling apart". Wanting the ‘I Got You’ visuals to feature the elements and basic building blocks of life, Lines and her video crew hit a serendipitous series of events on shoot day when rainfall forced them to relocate, finding themselves on location in an enormous grain shed. Backdropped by huge piles of grain, earth and birdseed, you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking Georgia Lines is performing her fabulous Chelsea Jade choreography on the set of Dune (haven’t watched it, I assume there are dunes) — see for yourself in the jaw-dropping video below…

‘I Got You’ is out today on major streaming services.

New Acts Announced For WOMAD NZ 2022 Festival Lineup

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Frederico Pagolo
/ Friday 26th November, 2021 10:21AM


Returning to Taranaki’s Bowl of Brooklands and Brooklands Park in March 2022, WOMAD NZ 2022‘s musical lineup just got even more stacked with a fresh wave of local artists joining the bill. Nine more acts have been announced for the multi-day festival: electronic artist Dream Chambers, Tāmaki Makaurau-based Brazilian musician Ge Luz, Pacific contemporary dancer and storyteller Le Moana, Kenyan / NZ soul-pop songwriter Muroki, Nigerian / NZ hip hop icon Mazbou Q, flamenco guitarist and composer Paul Bosauder‘s Tierra y Mar Flamenco Project, Aotearoa reggae queen Rubi Du, vocalist / performer / composer TUi MAMAKi (formerly of Mamaku Project), and soul singer Whirimako Black. Outside of the musical realm there’ll be even more to experience at WOMAD NZ, including the return of the WOMAD Poetry Slam on the World of Words stage, hosted by poet Penny Ashton. Scope out the full updated lineup details below…


Friday 18th March to Sunday 20th March – New Plymouth, TSB Bowl of Brooklands, Pukekura Park

Musical lineup featuring… Shades of Shakti, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Deva Mahal, Avantdale Bowling Club, Topp Twins, Salmonella Dub, Ria Hall, Hollie Smith, Fly My Pretties, Acopollinations, Bobby Mukai (DJ), Carnivorous Plant Society, IPU Kodama Japanese Drum Team, Latinaotearoa, Lord Echo (DJ), Niko Ne Zna, SWÂMP THÏNG, Weird Together, Yaw Asumadu and Ozi Ozaa, Dream Chambers, Ge Luz, Le Moana, Muroki, Mazbou Q, Tierra y Mar Flamenco Project, Rubi Du, TUi MAMAKi, Whirimako Black

OMV STEAM Lab & World of Words speakers include… Anna Fifield, Behrouz Boochani, Dick Frizzell, Dr Siouxsie Wiles, Jacqueline Bublitz, James Nokise, Ken Arkind, Rose Carlyle, Te Karere Whitiao Scarborough, The Casketeers (Frances & Kaiora Tipene), Tom Sainsbury

Tickets + more info available at

Watch Mazbou Q’s video for ‘The Arrival // Don’t Stop Regardless’ from his 2021 album THE FUTURE WAS. …

Dbldbl Drops Single Video Big Mike Ft L V J PollyHill

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Frances Carter / Friday 26th November, 2021 8:59AM


A rough day for Michaels but a stunner for everyone else, Dbldbl aka Liam Dargaville (Te Rarawa, Ngā Puhi) delivers the Friday feels on massive new track ‘Big Mike’, featuring Tāmaki rapper / producer PollyHill and Berlin via Aotearoa hot shot L V J. Out today on Auckland imprint Sunreturn, the fresh drop calls out "the typically socially ‘connected’, repeat transgressor" getting away with their bullshit thanks to status and assumed ignorance — Mike being the choice word "coz I got beef right now with this one dude named Michael". While L V J hits out on the "Fuckboys™, Softboys™ and other regular offenders of your local social scene" on their fire verse, PollyHill aka Paloma Schneideman delves into the gatekeeping ‘Big Mike’s of the world, and speaking on the track said "let’s sit back and watch these Mikes play themselves, cos they inevitably will, and we’ll be laughing from the cheap seats".

‘Big Mike’ arrives with a gorgeous Frances Carter directed clip, made with support from NZ On Air, which takes us through the track in crisp blacks, whites and an enviable string of outfits. Tuck into this blissful slice of local rap, and peep the video cameos from Dbldbl’s collaborative history in the visuals for ‘Big Mike’…

Dbldbl’s ‘Big Mike Feat. L V J & PollyHill’ is out now via Sunreturn.

Skram North Island Summer Tour Announced

/ Thursday 25th November, 2021 4:28PM


The Pōneke-based trio of Henry Ashby, Felix Nesbitt and Lee Pryor, Skram have just announced an epic eight date summer tour, getting 2022 off to a blazing start with a New Year’s Day headline gig at Taupo’s Finns. Celebrating the recent launch of groove-tastic single ‘Please Give Me Some Peace‘, Skram will be busting out their sun-soaked anthems all across the North Island Te Ika ā Māui up until early March, joined on the adventure by an extended Skramily of special guests including Pale Lady, Holloway, False Heights and Alex Likes Boys — grip tour details here…

Skram Summer Tour

Saturday 1st January – Finns, Taupo

Friday 7th January – Waihi Beach Hotel, Waihi
Saturday 8th January – The Whitianga Hotel, Whitianga
Friday 21st January – San Fran, Wellington
Friday 4th February – Smash Palace, Gisborne
Friday 11th February – MOON, Wellington
Saturday 26th February – last place, Hamilton
Thursday 3rd March – Valhalla, Wellington

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Listen to Skram’s new single ‘Please Give Me Some Peace’…

Press release:

After a hectic and unexpected year of epic releases and fun times, Skram bring their debut Summer Tour to the North Island!

Skram’s electric energy will light up your summer nights and get you rocking out all night long. You’ll wanna be a member of the Skramily in no time.

Featuring Special guests such as Pale Lady, Holloway, False Heights and Alex Likes Boys to tear up the stage with Skram and the Skramily!

Watch Anthonie Tonnons Video For Peacetime Orders

Annabel Kean / Image credit: Kristy Pearson and Daniel Blackball Alexander / Thursday 25th November, 2021 2:32PM


When he’s not manning the elevator at Durie Hill, Whanganui artist and national treasure Anthonie Tonnon takes us to the top floor of his NZ Chart-hitting LP Leave Love Out Of This with the long-awaited video for album favourite ‘Peacetime Orders’. Directed by Waiheke artist Kristy Pearson, the new clip is stunning in its simplicity, capturing Tonnon and his guitar, solo on stage, swept up in celestial projections — just like what you may have experienced had you caught the APRA Silver Scroll finalist live in the past three years. Now however, moving on from his conceptual one-man shows, Anthonie Tonnon tours the country next March and April with a full band for the first time since 2018. Along with new live bandmates Stuart Harwood, David Flyger, Brooke Singer (French for Rabbits) and Sam Taylor (Nadia Reid), the Tonno tour will feature support from shannengeorgiapetersen, Emily Fairlight and more. Find your nearest Leave Love Out Of This release show below, and dip back into the album with the new visual treat for ‘Peacetime Orders’…

UnderTheRadar proudly presents…

Saturday 5th March – San Fran, Wellington w/ shannengeorgiapetersen

Sunday 6th March – Royal Opera House, Whanganui w/ Castlecliff Lights

Thursday 31st March – New New New Corporation, Dunedin w/ Emily Fairlight

Friday 1st April – Cassels Blue Smoke, Christchurch w/ Emily Fairlight

Sunday 3rd April – Hollywood Avondale, Auckland w/ Lips

Tickets available via

‘Leave Love Out Of This’ is out via Slow Time Records (UK/EU/NZ), Misra Records (North America), and Flippin Yeah Records (AUS).

Uncle Quentin Drops Pop Banger SPLIT ME OPEN Video

Annabel Kean / Thursday 25th November, 2021 12:35PM


If you can look past the sexually explicit lyrics and the batshit, yoghurt-covered man in the homemade balaclava, the latest single from Melbourne / Aotearoa’s Uncle Quentin is a touching song about loneliness and one man’s search for intimacy. Although not quite as blatantly heart-felt as his co-writing credit for Marlon Williams‘ Silver Scroll nominated ‘Dark Child’, ‘SPLIT ME OPEN’ is its own a hyper-pop beast, made for belting out in the club while the strobe hides your tears. You’ll be pleased to know that today’s single lands with a clean version too, saving innocent ears from F-bombs but still overflowing with lyrics like "Bend me over and split me open". From what we’ve heard thus far on the ‘SPLIT ME OPEN / BIG D NRG’ double single (available on limited edition lathe cut), there’s clearly an epic electronic pop album in our collective futures, with 10 Apocalyptic Classics due out in full  December 8th via Ōtautahi imprint Melted Ice Cream. Have a yucky sexy time with Uncle Quentin’s latest audio / visual creation [content warning: strobe effects]…

Uncle Quentin’s ’10 Apocalyptic Classics’ is out December 8th via Melted Ice Cream.

Student Radio Network Awards Shortlist Announced For 2021

Chris Cudby / Image credit: Anns Taylor
/ Thursday 25th November, 2021 12:10PM


Announced earlier this month following a groundswell of demand, the spine-tingling shortlist has been unveiled for the inaugural Student Radio Network Awards, happening on 11th December. There’s a hugely refreshing diversity of exciting names in the running, celebrating the works of those artists who energise Aotearoa’s student radio airwaves 24/7, year in and year out. Co-presented by NZ On Air and Naked PR, the awards will be livestreamed and simulcast on SRN member stations 95bFM, Radio Control, Radio Active, RDU 98.5FM and Radio One 91FM. Grip the shortlist details below…

The Student Radio Network Awards 2021

Saturday 11th December – livestream + broadcast on 95bFM, Radio Control, Radio Active, RDU 98.5FM, Radio One 91FM (from 7pm)

The ten tracks in contention for the Favourite Single brought to you by Independent Music New Zealand are:

Ebb – Alloy

Fable – Karakia

Kédu Carlö – Mating Call

Milk – CRIT +

Night Lunch – House Full of Shit


Shannengoergiapeterson – Home Again 4

Skymning x Totems – On My Job

The Nudge Vs. Troy Kingi – He Ōrite

Van Staden & Böhm – Spirit Level

The ten EP / Mixtapes in contention for the Favourite EP / Mixtape brought to you by Recorded Music New Zealand are:

Brown Boy Magik – Trans Pacific Time

Ebb & Texture – CXT004

fruit juice parade – the more you question, the further you get from the answer

Kōtiro – High Def Multinational

Len Blake – Honey Blood

Night Lunch – Table for Two


Phoebe Rings – Phoebe Rings

Van Staden & Böhm – Hardcore

Womb – Holding A Flame

The ten albums in contention for the Favourite Album brought to you by APRA AMCOS NZ are:

Adelaide Cara – How Does This Sound?

Bad Taste – Bad Taste

Bathysphere – Heaven is Other People

Grecco Romank – Red Tower

Guardian Singles – Guardian Singles

Kane Strang – Happy to Perform

Mara TK – Bad Meditation

Milk – III

NahBo – Ruptured

Wurld Series – What’s Growing

The ten acts in contention for the Favourite Solo Act brought to you by Southern Comfort are:



Dawn Diver




Reb Fountain

Ryan Fisherman

Thomas Isbister

Vanessa Worm

The ten groups in contention for the Favourite Group brought to you by Roundhead Studios are:

Avantdale Bowling Club

Beacon Bloom

Carb on Carb

Dale Kerrigan


Dick Move

Guardian Singles


Van Staden & Bohm

Virtual Shadow Ensemble

Throughout the evening, the following awards will be presented:

● Outstanding Contribution to 95bFM brought to you by Progear

● 95bFM’s Favourite Song of 2021 brought to you by Auckland UNESCO City of Music

● Outstanding Contribution to Radio Control brought to you by MUSA (Massey University Students’ Association)

● Radio Control’s Favourite Song of 2021 brought to you by MUSA (Massey University Students’ Association)

● Outstanding Contribution to Radio Active brought to you by Parrotdog Bar

● Radio Active’s Favourite Song of 2021 brought to you by Hills Hats

● Outstanding Contribution to RDU

● RDU Favourite Song of 2021 brought you MAINZ

● Outstanding Contribution to Radio One 91FM brought to you by OUSA (Otago University Students’ Association)

● Radio One 91FM’s Favourite Song of 2021 brought to you by OUSA (Otago University Students’ Association)

● Favourite Single brought to you by Independent Music New Zealand

● Favourite EP / Mixtape brought to you by Recorded Music New Zealand

● Favourite Album brought to you by APRA AMCOS NZ

● Favourite Solo Act brought to you by Southern Comfort

● Favourite Group brought to you by Roundhead Studios

● People’s Choice Award brought to you by Parrotdog

● 2021 SRN Top 10 brought to you by AudioCulture

● Outstanding Achievement Award brought to you by New Zealand Music Commission

The Student Radio Network acknowledge Māori as tangata whenua and Treaty of Waitangi partners in Aotearoa New Zealand.

All artists who have had a song playlisted by at least one of the stations that make up the Student Radio Network (95bFM, Radio Control, Radio Active, RDU, and Radio One 91FM) between November 1, 2020 – November 1, 2021 are eligible to receive an award, this includes People’s Choice Award.

The Programme Directors from each station (95bFM, Radio Control, Radio Active, RDU, and Radio One 91FM) will create a shortlist for the following awards: Favourite Single / Favourite EP or Mixtape / Favourite Album / Favourite Solo Act / Favourite Group / People’s Choice Award. The Programme Directors will then decide who wins each award.

The Station Manager from each station (95bFM, Radio Control, Radio Active, RDU, and Radio One 91FM) will choose who wins their Outstanding Contribution Award from their region.

The DJs from each station (95bFM, Radio Control, Radio Active, RDU, and Radio One 91FM), will be eligible to vote for their favourite song from their region. The song with the highest amount of votes will win.

The Student Radio Network will not tolerate prejudice and/or hateful comments such as racism, homophobia, sexism, misogyny, ableism or other forms of hate-speech, or contributions that could be interpreted as such.

Voting for the People’s Choice Award closes at midnight on December 9, 2021.

Lunavela Shares Single Pandering Meandering

Chris Cudby
/ Thursday 25th November, 2021 9:33AM


The solo musical shenanigans of former Collapsing Cities frontman Steve Mathieson, Lunavela follows up September’s student radio hit ‘Six-Out-Of-Ten-Friend‘ with new single ‘Pandering Meandering‘. Mathieson teams emotionally real, memorable lines like "I’ll tell you all my flaws instead of pretending my life is better than it is" with instantly catchy melodies in the song, calling to mind at times similarly unfiltered Brisbane ‘dolewave’ icons The Goon Sax. There’s no squalidness to be concerned about though — Lunavela keeps his chin up despite life’s maze-like obstacle course of relationships, making ‘Pandering Meandering’ less a mega-bummer and more a quietly triumphant "hey that’s just how it is" kind of anthem. Word on the street is there’s a new album on the way from Lunavela to look forward to, stream his latest tune right here…

‘Pandering Meandering’ is out now via major streaming services.

Jason Williamson Sleaford Mods and The Bug Drop Tracks Treetop Stoat

Annabel Kean / Wednesday 24th November, 2021 12:03PM


Thanks to a healthy bit of Twitter DM sliding some three years back, today we reap the sweet fruits of a collaboration between Sleaford ModsJason Williamson and UK electronic figurehead The Bug, the production project of Kevin Martin. Both of these iconic Brits have also released their own collections this year, Williamson with Sleaford Mods’ sixth studio album Spare Ribs, and The Bug dropping their first LP in seven years, Fire. Each long time fans of the other, The Bug and Williamson’s two new tracks ‘Treetop’ and ‘Stoat’ are a glorious explosion of dancehall and punk, at once sounding like an old friend and something that could only exist in 2021. A-side ‘Treetop’ lands with a strobe-like graphic clip, a visual translation of the crashing intensity of the double release. As Williamson says in the below words on the new songs, bang into it…

"Both Stoat and Treetop tread the usual path lyrically for me, nonsense mixed in with little micro story’s of whatever. Excuses to get out frustrations and anger. I’ve been talking with Kevin for a few years now as regards doing some tunes. Matching something to The Bugs music was always on the cards, a chance to shape different vocal approaches to a certain degree which is deffo evident on Stoat I think. Love both tunes. Proper. Bang into this collab.”

‘Treetop / Stoat’ is out now via Ninja Tune.

Aotearoa Level 2 Gigs For The Weekend

Chris Cudby / Image: Deva Mahal
/ Wednesday 24th November, 2021 11:03AM


Welcome to what’s hopefully our final ever Level 2 weekend seated gig guide, as from next week (11:59pm on Thursday 2nd December to be precise) all of Aotearoa will be transitioning to the new traffic light system. Now’s an excellent time to make sure you’ve got your My Vaccine Pass sorted if you haven’t done so already, in advance of what’s likely to be a flood of last minute show announcements — you can request yours by heading over to the official site HERE.

Highlights for the weekend ahead include Pōneke’s all ages and multi-venue Slow Note 2021 festival of music and poetry (for lineup details head over HERE), Adam Hattaway and The Haunters Rooster album launch gigs in Ōtautahi (two shows) and Barrytown, Graeme Jefferies (The Cakekitchen, This Kind Of Punishment) in Canterbury and Dunedin, John Halvorsen‘s (Bailterspace, The Gordons) new project Vörsen at Valhalla, blues guitar legend Paul Ubana Jones in Dunedin, Deva Mahal at Queenstown’s Sherwood on Sunday plus lots more.

Don’t forget that masks and social distancing are still required under Alert Level 2, but gigs are no longer capped at a specific number of attendees — check out the updated Level 2 guidelines for bars HERE and for events / entertainment HERE. We recommend you secure your spot for the shows below by grabbing presale tickets (where available) while you can…

Wednesday 24th November

Condenser + The Feins + tv dinners – Valhalla, Wellington, presale tickets HERE

Eyegum Presents: Elliot Dawson + F.A.I.R.Y. – San Fran, Wellington, presale tickets HERE

P-LAB: Jasmine Lovell-Smith – Composition And Improvisation – Pyramid Club, Wellington

Philip Fleming – Dog With Two Tails, Dunedin

Thursday 25th November

Vörsen – Valhalla, Wellington, presale tickets HERE
Mike Costeloe Quintet – MOON, Wellington

Mark Lockett Trio – Lovebite, Wellington

The Louisa Williamson Quartet – Rogue and Vagabond, Wellington

Friday 26th November

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie – Butlers Reef, Oakura

Mia Jay – The Urban Winery, Napier

Ainslie Allen – St Peter’s Hall, Paekakariki

Slow Note 2021 – Brooklyn Community Centre, Wellington, presale tickets HERE

Oscar Laven Trio – Hashigo Zake, Wellington

Tess Liautaud and The Travelling Hearts – Golden Bear Brewing, Mapua

Hannah In The Wars – The Boathouse, Nelson, presale tickets HERE

Planet Of The Dead, Sidewinder, Sins Of Eve – 12 Bar, Christchurch, presale tickets HERE

Adam Hattaway And The Haunters – Space Academy, Christchurch, presale tickets HERE

Keeltys, Genzed, This Dog – A Rolling Stone, Christchurch, presale tickets HERE

Miss Leading, Robots In Love – XCHC Christchurch, Christchurch, presale tickets HERE

Shady Wade – darkroom, Christchurch

Graeme Jefferies, Dkyt (Dick Whyte), Marxophone Orchestra – The Crown Hotel, Dunedin, presale tickets HERE

Melissa And The Dr w/ Jared Smith – Dog With Two Tails, Dunedin

Oscar Ladell and Lachie Hayes – Southland Musicians Club, Invercargill, presale tickets HERE

Saturday 27th November

Dawn Of A New Metal Season – The Cabana, Napier, presale tickets HERE

Imperial Slave – Castle Bar, Palmerston North, presale tickets HERE

Ainslie Allen – The Levin Cossie Club, Levin

Slow Note 2021 – play_station, Wellington

Slow Note 2021 – Tararua Tramping Club, Wellington

Studio Ghibli Gig – Blue Tongue Production House, Wellington, presale tickets HERE

Sunshine Journey – 203 Hanson St, Newtown, Wellington, presale tickets HERE

The Rumble Three ft. Miles Calder – Hashigo Zake, Wellington

Ills Winter, Harris – MOON, Wellington

Tess Liautaud and The Travelling Hearts – Mussel Inn, Onekaka

DJ Uli – The Boathouse, Nelson

Adam Hattaway And The Haunters – Barrytown Hall, Barrytown, presale tickets HERE

Graeme Jefferies, Dkyt (Dick Whyte), Marxophone Orchestra – darkroom, Christchurch, presale tickets HERE

Bin Day and Violet French Duo – Ron Ball Studio, Christchurch

Paul Ubana Jones – Dog With Two Tails, Dunedin, presale tickets HERE

Dunedin Circle Jerk 2021 – Hanover Hall , Dunedin, presale tickets HERE

Miss Leading, Robots In Love – Inch Bar, Dunedin

Sunday 28th November

Slow Note 2021 – Vogelmorn Bowling Club, Wellington

Super Buzzy Pop Up Sunday Session – MOON, Wellington, presale tickets HERE

Tess Liautaud and The Travelling Hearts – The Free House, Nelson

Adam Hattaway And The Haunters – Space Academy, Christchurch, presale tickets HERE

Deva Mahal – Sherwood, Queenstown, presale tickets HERE

Dames Do Dylan – Dunedin Folk Club, Dunedin

Full info available over on our UTR Gig Guide HERE

Performing this Sunday at Queenstown’s Sherwood, experience Deva Mahal’s spectacular 2021 video for ‘Sister’ featuring Zoe Moon…

DARTZ Announce Wellington Headline Show

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Judy Pones
/ Tuesday 23rd November, 2021 3:24PM


Fresh from successfully touring Aotearoa in the middle of a global pandemic, DARTZ "the band from Wellington" are welcoming the dawn of our new traffic light era with a headline extravaganza at their hometown’s San Fran. With new single ‘Toyota Corolla‘ burning up the airwaves and salt still in their wounds from being unjustly snubbed for the 2021 Silver Scroll Award by clueless APRA voters, the already iconic team of Danz, Crispy, Rollyz and Clark Mathews are embarking on arguably their most significant mission yet: the quest to save summer. Here’s the official word from DARTZ below — please note the new Vaccine Pass will be required to access the venue (more info on how to request yours HERE)…

"First night back, let’s party under the protection framework.
Vaccination certificates will be required so ya got a week to get that second jab then get down to San Fran on Friday night for the celebration we’ve all been waiting for.

Forget waiting around for Six60 Saturdays, it’s time for some Friday Night DARTZ baby. We’re here to save summer and we’re kicking it the fuck off on the best balcony in the country."

DARTZ Save Summer – Dec 3 Gigz R On

Friday 3rd December – San Fran, Wellington, supports to be announced

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Listen To Myele Manzanzas Album Crisis Opportunity Vol 2 Peaks

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Dave Hamblett & Alice Connew / Tuesday 23rd November, 2021 1:52PM


UK-based, Aotearoa composer and producer Myele Manzanza (Electric Wire Hustle) has unveiled the second volume in his Crisis & Opportunity series, Crisis & Opportunity Vol. 2 – Peaks. Collaborating with a killer line-up of fellow jazz and soul connoisseurs, Manzanza delivers thirteen exciting new compositions, featuring Ashton Sellars, Jay Phelps, Lewis Moody, Aron Ottignon and Matt Dal Din. Where his London volume drew from a cast of young London talent and reflected on heavy global crises, Manzanza’s Peaks edition finds the world-renowned artist leaning into improvisation and harking back to his ‘Welli Jam’ styles when he would "get a groove going with a few basic chords and let the music go wherever it goes" at Pōneke venues like Havana, The Matterhorn and The Rogue And Vagabond. The perfect soundtrack to get your afternoon cookin’, press play on Crisis & Opportunity Vol. 2 – Peaks…

‘Crisis and Opportunity Vol. 2 – Peaks’ is out now on vinyl and streaming services via DeepMatter.

Listen To Lazy Fiftys New Album 2021 A LAZY ODYSSEY

Annabel Kean / Tuesday 23rd November, 2021 1:16PM


Gisborne rock trio Lazy Fifty invite you on a journey through time, space and guitar solos on their latest album 2021: A LAZY ODYSSEY. Out now online and on vinyl, the band’s fourth studio album finds riff-heads Adrian Athy, Ryan Raggett (Ngati Kahangunu ki te Wairoa) and Ali Sochacki sounding bigger and better than ever, having recorded 2021: A LAZY ODYSSEY in Tāmaki’s Roundhead Studios with production pro Greg Haver (known for his work with the Manic Street Preachers, Opshop and The Feelers). Vocalist and lead wailer Athy writes openly and earnestly on the album’s nine epic tracks, including not one, but two songs inspired by crime drama Peaky Blinders, an exploration of social media on ‘Wait For Me’, and straight up love song ‘No No No’ for their hometown Gisborne-Tairāwhiti.

Lazy Fifty have been touring the album across the North Island already this month, and take on Hamilton and Okoroire this December to wrap up the 2021: A LAZY ODYSSEY celebrations. Grab yourself a ticket and press play on the latest offering from Lazy Fifty, an album that starts with an epic rock ‘n’ roll rendition of 2001: A Space Odyssey’s main theme, Strauss’ ‘Thus Spake Zarathustra‘…

The Lazy-Fi Rock Show

Saturday 4th December – Nivara Lounge, Hamilton

Sunday 5th December – Okoroire Hot Springs Hotel, Okoroire

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Lazy Fifty’s fourth studio album ‘2021: A LAZY ODYSSEY’ is out now on vinyl and streaming services.

Nathan Haines Quartet and Special Guests at Ponsonby Social Club Announced

Chris Cudby
/ Tuesday 23rd November, 2021 11:20AM


World class pioneer of acid-jazz sounds in Aotearoa, Nathan Haines is helping usher in the forthcoming new traffic light era of live shows in Tāmaki Makaurau with a newly announced weekly residency series at Ponsonby Social Club. Kicking off on 9th December and happening every Thursday up until Christmas, Haines will be assembling an "all star line up of great musicians for a night of jazz flavours and groovy sounds" — the ideal antidote to our present interminably long break between gigs in the super city. Grip the details below, plus note the new Vaccine Pass will be required to access the venue (more info on how to request yours HERE)…

Nathan Haines Quartet And Special Guests Live
Ponsonby Social Club, Auckland

Thursday 9th December
Thursday 16th December
Thursday 23rd December

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Here’s Haines’ spectacular 2003 collaboration with Damon Albarn (Blur) aka 2D of Gorillaz, covering Steely Dan’s ‘FM’…

Kody Nielson Shares New Album Birthday Suite Vol II

Chris Cudby
/ Tuesday 23rd November, 2021 10:00AM


Launched today with minimum fuss yet maximum delight to my earholes, 2016 Taite Music Prize winner Kody Nielson (Silicon, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Mint Chicks, Opossom) has unveiled his new instrumental opus Birthday Suite Vol. II. A direct sequel to Nielson’s superb 2018 collection of synth-classical instrumentals (which anticipated the widespread popularity of Plantasia / Mort Garson electronics), Vol. II brings a dose of funk / fusion previously demonstrated on 2013’s DEVILS to his masterfully composed cauldron of sounds — also spanning library / soundtrack sonics, low-key Patrick Cowley-esque disco vibrations, fantastical prog and even touches of demented dub. Again celebrating the birthdays of his family and loved ones, listen to Vol. II below, head over to the godemoji site HERE for some super cute merch pics and read our conversation with Nielson discussing the origins of his Birthday Suite project HERE

‘Birthday Suite Vol. II’ is out today via major streaming services.

Fatdck Unleash Album Hits From The Skullbong

Chris Cudby
/ Monday 22nd November, 2021 1:45PM


Openers for US extreme metal crew Cattle Decapitation when they played at Pōneke’s Valhalla last year, Kapiti Coast "Beachgrind" four piece Fatdick tear through twenty tracks in under twenty minutes on their new album Hits from the Skullbong, recorded by James Woods (Beastwars) and Matt Williams at Sunchaser Studios. Exploding from every orifice with unapologetic unwholesomeness and edgy energy, Fatdick somehow also squeeze in the time to address the crucial topic of ‘Matt Likes Veges’. If you’re currently suffering from a case of "The Mondays" this album might make you feel better or considerably worse — discover which by hitting play below, but fair warning Hits from the Skullbong is almost certainly NSFW

Watch Brandn Shiraz x Sekks x Taks Video For ATM Freestyle

Annabel Kean / Monday 22nd November, 2021 1:12PM


Last week Tāmaki rapper Brandn Shiraz (Shiraz & LSJ) dropped snippets from five unreleased tracks, prompting his Instagram following to pick their favourite and asking "Which of these is the nastiest?". The people spoke, and today we are treated to option number 4: ‘ATM Freestyle‘. Clocking in at just over two minutes, but absolutely packed with slick bars and sharp rhymes, Shiraz delivers another hot collaboration in the wake of September singles ‘UNFAZED’ and ‘KUKI’S ONLY’ which saw contributions from Deadforest, Soufsyde P, LNGSLV and DalyanRD. On the new cut, Shiraz, Sekks and Tak take turns flexing their freestyle chops over sinister beats and radio-ready production by Shiraz and DalyanRD. Watch the three emcees hit the streets and the ATMs in the Scatta Boyz clip for ‘ATM Freestyle’…

The Temple Unveil Self Titled Debut Album

Chris Cudby / Artwork credit: David Glomba
/ Monday 22nd November, 2021 12:25PM


Tāmaki Makaurau black / death metal duo The Temple‘s soul-scorching September single ‘Hell Incarcerate‘ was just a taste of the unholy barrage unleashed upon listeners with their self-titled debut album. Recorded, mixed and mastered by J. Saint Merat of Ulcerate, The Temple is the sonic vision of P.K. and J.W., assembling unassailable walls of guitar / bass / drums over six epic-scale tracks — oscillating from furiously breakneck to bone-crushingly glacial, with occasional atmospheric passages offering little respite from the collection’s intensely focussed, darkly esoteric aura. We’re betting The Temple would be a fearsome live experience to behold, delve into their first long player here…

‘The Temple’ is out now via major streaming services.

Violet Hirst Shares Single Lay With Me In Barns Short Film

Annabel Kean / Monday 22nd November, 2021 11:27AM


Last in our ears sharing her live album Songs From The Futuna Chapel and touring the North Island with fellow Wellingtonians Michael Llewellyn & The Darlings, Violet Hirst has unveiled haunting new single ‘Lay With Me In Barns’ from her forthcoming debut EP Kindhearted. Weaving together quietly powerful folk guitar and hopelessly romantic lyricism, ‘Lay With Me In Barns’ lays bare Hirst’s earnest songwriting, influenced by her penchant for nostalgia and personal instincts. The track lands with a full blown, black and white short film, produced by Hirst and directed by Mark Whittet. Stuck somewhere between their small town farm communities and tradition-defying, creative dreams, a meeting of young singles expands the love story of ‘Lay With Me In Barns’, taking us on a whirlwind tale of a new relationship. Enjoy the video below, and watch this space for the full EP…

Violet Hurst’s debut EP ‘Kindhearted’ is out December 3rd.

Listen To Aotearoa Hip Hop The Music The People The History Podcast

Chris Cudby
/ Monday 22nd November, 2021 10:18AM


Exhaustively researched and produced by the titanic team of DJ Sir-Vere aka Phil Bell and writer / DJ Martyn Pepperell, new podcast Aotearoa Hip Hop: The Music, The People, The History shines the spotlight on those groundbreaking rappers, producers, DJs and more who laid the foundations for NZ’s thriving hip hop culture. Sourced from more than 100 interviews and made with support from NZ On Air, the first season dropped on Friday covering a crucial expanse of local music history over six episodes. From the electrifying impact of Sugarhill Gang’s ‘Rappers Delight’, breakdancing and graffiti upon an emerging generation of artists in the early eighties, right up to Che Fu’s departure from Supergroove in the mid-nineties to chart his own course, Aotearoa Hip Hop will likely be a revelation even to those who reckon they know a thing or two about NZ hip hop. Educate yourself by hitting play on the first episode below, head over HERE to listen to the rest of the series, and read Pepperell’s illuminating and in-depth AudioCulture profile of the pioneering DJ Tee Pee aka Tony Pene HERE–the-music–the-people–the-history.html

Related Articles Share Fundraiser VA001 In Support Of MusicHelps

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 19th November, 2021 3:02PM


Exemplifying the credo that it’s quality not quantity that counts, Tāmaki Makaurau-based electronic imprint Related Articles have already achieved a formidable rep for excellence from just four all-killer releases. They’re back in action with drop number five VA001, a fundraiser compilation in support of MusicHelps — showcasing six synapse-zapping, club-melting contributions from EYRA, Endless Mow, Sequentia, Current Bias, laced and GG Mothra. Out now digitally, there’s also a limited edition cassette available that’ll be the ultimate stocking-stuffer in every discerning household, adorned with smashing artwork by Mas Guerrero. Related Articles explained over on their Bandcamp page exactly why MusicHelps deserve your support…

"All profits from this compilation will be donated to MusicHelps.

Through their Grants Programme, MusicHelps provides bi-annual funding to a wide range of organisations throughout New Zealand who use music to help people struggling with health issues, disability and social exclusion. The MusicHelps Wellbeing Service is a 24/7 online, on the phone (tollfree 0508MUSICHELPS) and in-person counselling service fully funded by MusicHelps and provided free of charge to those that make live or recorded music possible in Aotearoa. The MusicHelps Benevolent Fund provides emergency financial packages to those whose situations and credentials meet our eligibility criteria for assistance."

Listen To Daughters Of The Dawn Feat La Coco Vox Dawn More

Annabel Kean / Friday 19th November, 2021 1:45PM


Inspired and informed by the vāhine of the Polynesian Panthers, just-dropped album Daughters Of The Dawn shines a spotlight on the voices and unique experiences of women connected to the Panthers movement. Aotearoa artists La Coco, KALALA, MARINA and Vox Dawn worked closely with vāhine Melani Anae, Miriama Rauhihi Ness, Etta Gillon and others on the 10-track album, with single ‘Mother’s Design’ specifically dedicated to these woman and the wisdom of KALALA’s mother Paina Falanika Sione. The four collaborators also honed in on their individual experiences of the Dawn Raids, with the likes of La Coco-led track ‘Gone’ exploring the narrative of migration, and Vox Dawn’s ‘Feagaiga’ which "acknowledges the covenant relationship between the brother and sister within the Polynesian Panthers".

Out today via Oceans Before Me and brought to life by a huge production team of Malachi Samuelu, Christian Mausia, Sonny Tuiletufuga, Diego Villalta, Nigel Mauchline, Hamish Townsend and Ayaluna El Bacha, Daughters Of The Dawn is bursting with soul and vital history. Take your time with this album, it deserves undivided attention…

‘Daughters Of The Dawn’ is out today via Oceans Before Me.

Pickle Darling Covers Torn By Ednaswap

Annabel Kean / Friday 19th November, 2021 12:07PM


Nothing’s fine, I’m destroyed by Pickle Darling‘s cover of ‘Torn’, the highly emotional ’90s break up banger by Ednaswap — or Natalie Imbruglia, depending on who you ask. Despite the ow ow sad cover track, Pickle Darling aka Ōtautahi bedroom-pop songwriter Lukas Mayo has had an incredible year, which started with bang when they dropped their sophomore album Cosmonaut in May. Mayo and the Pickle Darling band then toured the whole country, featured in our Trash Recital series, made a cameo in The Beths’ concert film Auckland, New Zealand, 2020, and most recently reissued their debut EP Spring Onion Pancakes on vinyl for its five year anniversary. But for all the bright and shinies of Pickle Darling’s 2021, there are always going to be the moments perfectly encapsulated by belting out ‘Torn’ like your life depends on it…

IDLES Returning To New Zealand In October 2022

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Tom Ham
/ Friday 19th November, 2021 11:45AM


IDLES left fans breathless when they visited Aotearoa in 2019 and their star hasn’t stopped rising since, achieving global fame with the double-punch release of last year’s Ultra Mono (the UK outfit’s first number one album) and their brand new record CRAWLER. Fronted by the gruff-voiced Joe Talbot, the Bristol sensations have just announced they’re heading back in NZ in October 2022, with a trio of sure to be rowdy dates locked in for Auckland Town Hall, Wellington’s Shed 6 and Christchurch’s James Hay Theatre. Grip the full details below…

IDLES – New Zealand 2022

Thursday 27th October – James Hay, Christchurch

Friday 28th October – Shed 6, Wellington

Saturday 29th October – Auckland Town Hall, Auckland

Tickets on sale from 12pm, Thursday 25th November

Vodafone pre-sale: 12pm, Monday 22nd November to 12pm, Wednesday 24th November

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: &

Listen to IDLES’ new album CRAWLER…

Press release:

Fresh off the back of their brand new album and sold out US tour, British rock band IDLES have today announced they are returning to New Zealand in 2022. This will be the band’s first time on Kiwi soil since their sold-out debut tour ‘JOY AS AN ACT OF RESISTANCE‘ in 2019, in which they solidified themselves as a force to be reckoned with, bringing an unparalleled energy to stages across the country.