Friday Release Roundup Theia Rita Mae deepState AndWahn Ebb More

Chris Cudby / Image: Theia
/ Friday 27th January, 2023 6:18PM


It’s not only been pouring down with rain but also excellent musical releases on this wet ‘n’ wild Friday. I’ll be stepping away from UTR’s Tāmaki Makaurau office for the next two weeks due to my apartment being taken over by tradespeople (maybe these guys?), but readers will be in safe hands as none other than Annabel Kean (Sports Team) is returning to the site for a fortnight as Acting Editor! Check out this week’s news coverage of Roy Irwin, Leaping Tiger, DARTZ, Soft Plastics and Surf Friends, and let’s walk through even more significant selected local tunes / videos from the last seven days together — fresh releases by Theia, Rita Mae, Ebb, deepState, Andwahn, Polaroids of Polarbears, Dub Asylum and METHCHRIST

Following a breakout 2022 for her reo Māori project TE KAAHU, Theia (Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Tīpa) unveiled gloriously emotive pop ballad ‘Pray 4 Me’ with a visualiser directed and edited by Frances Carter (Wellness) — made with support from NZ On Air.

Playing this Saturday’s Small Waves Mini-Fest at Leigh Sawmill Cafe with Heavy Chest, Casual Healing (performing solo), O & The Mo and more [tickets HERE], Rita Mae dropped soul-infused new pop anthem ‘Superfeeling’.

Ōtautahi-based dance facilitators HAVEN launched their new black label series "which will be focused on the combination of UK bass flavours with the hard techno vibes we usually push" with a scorching track by Aotearoa producer Ebb — from the forthcoming Vague Weight Vol. 1 compilation launching on 24th February (vinyl orders via the Bandcamp link).

Tāmaki Makaurau electronic artist deepState unveiled a cinematic breaks-driven track from forthcoming new EP Butterfly​/​Starfield (including a remix by Ultraviolet) via Canterbury’s Echo Train Records.

Speaking of Canterbury, the garden city’s irrepressible The Big Fresh Collective kick off the year with considerable panache with four 160bpm heaters from AndWahn.

Fielding’s Polaroids of Polarbears have no right to be so consistently catchy — hit play on their new fuzz-power-pop gem ‘January 2023 – And I know ya’.

When all this wet weather goes away you can get your summer sizzling again with Dub Asylum‘s new rework of Savage’s monster hit ‘Swing’.

Munt your ears with ‘Hate Commands’ by Dunedin’s Methchrist, the punishing lead track from the "Dissonant Bestial Black Death" crew’s forthcoming debut album Pestilential Warfare of the Black Flame, launching on 23rd February (vinyl orders via the Bandcamp link).

Nadia Reid Announces Auckland Headline Shows w SJD

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 27th January, 2023 4:40PM


Presently based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Port Chalmers songwriting luminary Nadia Reid has announced a special run of send-off events happening at The Wine Cellar on 14th and 15th February, as she will soon be setting sail abroad and has already sold out a tour of the UK. Nominated five years running for the Silver Scroll and the Taite Music Prize (from 2016 to 2020), the globally acclaimed artist will play an intimate headline set with regular collaborator Sam Taylor, preceded by a guest performance by SJD. Secure your spot for these strictly limited events while you can — Reid has just announced a second show as the Tuesday event sold out quick as a flash…

"A goodbye show of sorts. Not forever. Just for now."

Nadia Read with Sam Taylor

support from SJD

Tuesday 14th February – The Wine Cellar, Auckland [sold out]
Wednesday 15th February – The Wine Cellar, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Nadia Read with Sam Taylor performing three songs at Chicks Hotel in Port Chalmers…

Watch SJD’s video for ‘waterhole’, from his new album Sweetheart…

Soft Plastics Share Single Video Disembody Announce Debut Album Saturn Return

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Lewis Ferris
/ Friday 27th January, 2023 4:20PM


Dropping classic tune after tune since they emerged in the apocalyptic year of 2020, Soft Plastics are moving into their next phase with today’s announcement of the Te Whanganui-a-Tara trio’s forthcoming debut album Saturn Return. Setting the scene is emotionally searing new single ‘Disembody‘, melting ice cold hearts with unsentimental torch-singing elegance (recalling the vintage pop balladic moves of earlier single ‘My World / Your Girl‘) before launching into a furious finale of distorted brain-mashing guitar heaviosity.

Directed by Stella Reid and made with support from NZ On Air, the song’s beautifully shot accompanying clip stars singer / guitarist Sophie Scott-Maunder navigating a world of drama and relationship anxiety (with a nod towards Nathan Fielder’s The Rehearsal), featuring a cast of characters played by Jonathan Shirley, Laura Robinson, Arlo Gibson, Ben Ashby, Jonathan Power, and Vince Neaves. Recorded and mixed by James Goldsmith, look forward to the release of Saturn Return on 31st March, and catch Soft Plastics performing just beforehand at CubaDupa 2023 — peep the tracklisting below…

"When I first heard the song I thought a lot about the out of body experience you have during a break up. There’s an inability to speak, to admit something. We practice these difficult conversations, over and over, in our head. In my line of work I’m constantly rehearsing these big dramatic scenes; yet they’re always in stark contrast to my stilted experience of these conversations. I wanted to play with this contrast — and thankfully the band were excited by this idea too.

"Disembody strikes the balance between raw emotion and humour that Soft Plastics does so well. It has playful performances, and a chance for the band to rock out. There’s still something that drives Soft Plastics songs forward — even at a slower pace, they never take their foot off the gas." — Stella Reid

"This song and video is a pretty accurate indicator of what you can expect from our debut album, Saturn Return. We’re looking forward to sharing it with everyone." — Sophie Scott-Maunder

‘Saturn Return’ releases on 31st March, vinyl LP preorders available HERE.

Pumice Kraus Announce Dual Album Release Show

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 27th January, 2023 2:35PM


One of the great things about music is that after spending however long it takes to make a new body of work (eg. an album), you can invite everyone along to have a fine time and celebrate the project’s completion. Visionary figures in Aotearoa’s sonically adventurous underground, Pumice (aka Stefan Neville and Jade Farley) and Kraus both recently shared new albums with the world — the former’s Phylis (launched in October via Soft Abuse, with a vinyl LP version out soon) and the latter’s Fire! Water! Air! Kraus! (which garnered a very swish profile feature by Kiran Dass in UK mag The Wire) — and are celebrating this fact with a Saturday night double headline soirée at Tāmaki Makaurau’s home of all things experimental and cool the Audio Foundation. You would well be a chump to miss — capacity is limited so we recommend grabbing tickets quick…

Pumice Album Release! Kraus Album Release!

Saturday 11th February – Audio Foundation, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Watch Pumice’s new video for ‘O for Olsen’ "made by Stefan’s sister Indira on her phone while watching The Great British Bake-off"…

Experience the vibey visuals for ‘Crush on Ice’ by Kraus…

Press release:

Yes, this is a dual album release show! We celebrate the new Pumice album “Phylis”, and the Kraus album “Fire! Water! Air! Kraus!”, all in one night!

Kraus is a producer of psychedelic music based in Tāmaki Makaurau. His singular and eclectic work embraces a wide range of influences from early electronic music, Japanese folk, psychedelic rock, and medieval and Renaissance music. His recent work has been characterised by minimal and hypnotic synthesizer pieces, and in 2022 he was commissioned to create an hour of music for flotation tanks. Since 2002 he has produced 20 albums, with his latest, “Fire! Water! Air! Kraus!”, released in October 2022 on Soft Abuse Records.

Pumice has been making music since 1992 in varying incarnations. The current line up is Jade Farley, Stefan Neville & Rosy Parlane. They play cruddy skiffle & do mucky twanging. It lurches and pauses. That’s how it goes. See if you agree by listening to their new album Phylis.

DARTZ Unleash Video For Hoons

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 27th January, 2023 1:32PM


Playing at Laneway festival this Monday in the presently quite drenched super city, DARTZ will soon be performing alongside US punk all-stars Me First and the Gimme Gimmes at their beloved hometown’s San Fran, plus they’ll bringing the party as part of the mind-bogglingly huge lineup for CubaDupa, with even more exciting gigs to be announced soon. The Pōneke four-piece have today gifted fans a new video for skate-punk live favourite ‘Hoons‘, from their chart-topping 2022 Flying Nun debut album The Band From Wellington, New Zealand — starring Danz, Rollyz, Crispy and Clark Mathews giving it their all (and taking lots of beer breaks) as the lawn care specialists from DARTZ Landscaping, who also sell some killer branded merch at their official site Lest you forget they’re one of the finest live acts Aotearoa has to offer, there’s also powerful footage of the group rarking up a packed out crowd at San Fran. Read the full lowdown on DARTZ’s latest business venture and smash play on ‘Hoons’ below — directed and edited by Oscar Alty, and made with support from NZ On Air

Never content to spend their summer just drinking beers and getting burnt by the magical yellow orb in the sky like other Kiwis, Wellington rock maniacs and high achievers DARTZ have unleashed a new music video for their single HOONS, made with the support of NZ on Air, that details the launch of their Wellington-based lawn mowing and garden care business DARTZ Landscaping.

When it comes to maintaining a lawn, most people think of hiring a professional landscaping company. But what if you could have a rocking good time while getting your lawn mowed? That’s where DARTZ, a New Zealand rock band, comes in. Here are ten reasons why they would make the perfect choice for your lawn care needs:

1. DARTZ is known for their high energy performances, so they’ll bring that same level of enthusiasm to your lawn care.

2. They are a hardworking band, so you can be sure that they will put in the effort to make sure your lawn looks its best.

3. DARTZ has a strong work ethic and is dedicated to delivering the best possible results for their customers.

4. They are a local band, so you’ll be supporting your community by hiring them.

5. DARTZ is a tight-knit group of friends, so you can trust that they’ll work well together and get the job done quickly.

6. They are creative and unique, so they’ll bring a fresh perspective to your lawn care.

7. DARTZ is a band that is always looking to push boundaries and try new things, so they’ll be open to tackling any lawn care challenges you may have.

8. They have a DIY approach to their music, so they’ll apply that same attitude to their lawn care, ensuring the job is done right.

9. DARTZ is a band that likes to have fun, so they’ll make your lawn care experience enjoyable and memorable.

10. They are a band that values customer satisfaction, so they’ll go above and beyond to ensure that your lawn is looking its best.

Overall, DARTZ is a band that can bring a unique and exciting approach to lawn care while also getting the job done right. So, if you want to add a touch of rock and roll to your lawn care routine, give them a call or visit today!

‘The Band from Wellington, New Zealand’ is out now via Flying Nun Records.

Leaping Tiger Returns With Single Miu Miu feat Nganeko

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 27th January, 2023 11:54AM


Deservedly picking up the Tūī award for Te Kaipuoro Tāhiko Toa | Best Electronic Artist in 2022, Leaping Tiger is back making waves down under after a UK jaunt with bold new dance track ‘Miu Miu‘, plus an all-ages headline gig tonight at Tāmaki Makaurau’s Big Fan. A body-moving, booty-shaking slice of lux RnB-inflected future funk, ‘Miu Miu’ showcases the vocal stylings of Nganeko, threading infectious hooks aplenty through producer Jacob Park shimmering synthetic lattices of sound. Leaping Tiger will be bringing the party this evening with support from ABG star hanbee and presented by the Mild Mosh crew — move fast to secure your spot…

Mild Mosh Presents: Leaping Tiger + hanbee

Friday 27th January — Big Fan, Auckland (all ages)

Tickets available HERE via UTR

‘Miu Miu’ feat. Nganeko is out today on major streaming services.

Tom Rodwell Storehouse Wood Waste Album Tour Announced

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 27th January, 2023 10:42AM


Initially launched in mid-2021, when you might recall it was bit of a madcap time for touring in Aotearoa (re: the global pandemic), Tāmaki Makaurau tunesmith Tom Rodwell has announced a official nationwide tour celebrating his latest long playing opus Wood & Waste. Featuring UTR office favourite ‘Touch Me Like A Teddy Bear‘ along with eight more deftly executed, soulful, rhythmic and rockin’ gems, the album was laid down at Roundhead Studios on with 100% analogue production courtesy of their custom NEVE console (originally commissioned for The Who). Wood & Waste charted on US radio when it first dropped and will now be celebrated in style with an epic 14 date relaunch tour across the motu.

Tom Rodwell and Storehouse are kicking off proceedings tonight at the super city’s iconic The Wine Cellar, featuring Darryn Harkness (Loud Ghost/New Telepathics) on drums and DJ Jon Bywater — while later shows in Raglan, Whangarei, Waiheke and Wellington will bring into the fold Chris O’Connor and Count Bassy. Southern audiences will be treated to Rodwell solo performances in minimalist mode, and all attendees can look forward to "trafficking rolling and tumbling treatments of Wood & Waste material alongside new tunes from recent tape studio sessions, stretches of improvisation and sacrilegious dives into a greasy barrel of calypso and gospel obscurities," grip the details below…

“We’re pleased to be able to bring it all to a lot of different towns this time. The live experience is a special one, and we aim to make each night a distinct kettle of fish.”

Tom Rodwell & Storehouse – Wood & Waste Album Tour

with band unless otherwise noted…

Friday 27th January – The Wine Cellar, Auckland*

Friday 17th February – The Yard, Raglan w/ Dubhead*

Saturday 18th February – OneOneSix, Whangarei

Saturday 4th March – Artworks Theatre, Waiheke Island

Saturday 11th March – Pioneer Hall, Port Chalmers (duo)

Saturday 17th March – Opera House, Oamaru (solo)

Sunday 18th March – Wunderbar, Lyttelton (solo)

Thursday 23rd March – Fairfield House, Nelson (solo)

Friday 24th March – Chanel Arts Centre, Motueka (solo)

Saturday 25th March – Mussel Inn, Golden Bay (solo)

Sunday 16th April – Jam Factory, Tauranga (solo)

Wednesday 19th April – Meow, Wellington
Friday 21st April – St Peter’s Hall, Paekakariki
Sunday 23rd April – Meteor Theatre, Hamilton (solo)

*Tickets available HERE via UTR

Press release:

Rodwell’s relaunch reboots rhythm & blues regionally

Roots guitar music is rarely as evocative as on Tom Rodwell’s Wood & Waste, an album that moves easily between raw pre-rock structures and darkly sensual grooves, just as his on-stage group Storehouse speaks a secret language of rhythm & blues – vivid, propulsive and uncommon.

Although the LP charted on US radio (notching up 7 months of rotation), gained international media coverage and secured distribution with the legendary Cargo Records UK, Wood & Waste flew mostly under the radar in New Zealand, launching just as Omicron washed ashore.

The Listener’s Graham Reid was one who did take note, naming it one of his top albums of the year. “The subtle and supple shapeshifting Wood & Waste reveals depths and delights at every turn,” he wrote.

Consequently, a much-anticipated 14-date NZ concert series over late summer seeks to redress the balance, trafficking rolling and tumbling treatments of Wood & Waste material alongside new tunes from recent tape studio sessions, stretches of improvisation and sacrilegious dives into a greasy barrel of calypso and gospel obscurities.

Blam Blam Blam Announce Auckland Headline Show New Hamilton Date

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 27th January, 2023 10:00AM


Before The Mutton Birds there was Blam Blam Blam, who foisted upon the world such quintessentially Aotearoa anthems as ‘There is No Depression in New Zealand’ and ‘Don’t Fight it Marsha, It’s Bigger than Both of Us’ during their initial period of activity between 1982 and 1984 (a nose ahead of The Smiths when it came to long song titles). Performing nationwide in March with a cavalcade of fellow Australasian superstars — including The Hoodoo Gurus, Sir Dave Dobbyn, Mi-Sex, Stellar*, Greg Johnson and Gin Wigmore — original Blams Don McGlashan, Tim Mahon and Mark Bell have spilled the beans about not only a special new headline event at Tāmaki Makaurau’s The Tuning Fork, but also a new date for their Kirikiriroa show at Last Place, both proudly presented by UTR.

A rare treat absolutely not to be missed, go catch Blam Blam Blam live at the following dates, plus note: all tickets for the Hamilton event remain valid and UTR ticket holders have been emailed direct with details (check your promotions and spam folders)

Blam Blam Blam

Thursday 2nd March – Powerstation, Auckland with The Hoodoo Gurus 
Saturday 4th March – Selwyn Sounds festival, Lincoln, Canterbury w/ The Hoodoo Gurus, Sir Dave Dobbyn, Gin Wigmore, Mi-Sex, Stellar*, Greg Johnson

Sunday 5th March – Hutt Sounds festival, Upper Hutt, Wellington w/ The Hoodoo Gurus, Mi-Sex, Stellar*, Greg Johnson
Thursday 9th March – The Tuning Fork, Auckland [new show]∞
Friday 10th March – Last Place, Hamilton [new date]*

*Hamilton tickets available HERE via UTR

∞Auckland tickets available HERE
Ticketing info available HERE

Hit play on Blam Blam Blam’s iconic 1981 single ‘There Is No Depression in New Zealand’…

MY BABY New Zealand Tour Raglan Headline Show Announced

C.C. / Photo credit: @notjusthanione
/ Thursday 26th January, 2023 9:58AM


Just over halfway through their epic ongoing Aotearoa tour, Dutch-NZ party-bringers MY BABY are returning to Raglan (following last week’s triumphant performance at Soundsplash) for a headline summer soirée at The Yot Club this coming Sunday 29th January. Back down under touring their groove-packed fifth album sake sake sake, don’t miss Daniel ‘Da Freez’ Johnson (guitar), Joost Sheik van Dijck (drums / vocals) and Cato van Dijck (lead singer and guitar) in action — get amongst at the following dates…

MY BABY New Zealand Summer Tour 2023

Friday 27th January – Totara Street, Mount Maunganui

Saturday 28th January – Beach Break, Whangamata

Sunday 29th January – The Yot Club, Raglan [new date]*
Thursday 2nd February – Cabana, Napier

Friday 3rd February – Meow, Wellington

Sunday 5th February – Beach Break, Nelson

Tickets on sale at
*Tickets available HERE via UTR

Watch the official video for ‘a dream i dream’ from MY BABY’s new album sake sake sake

Premiere Roy Irwin Shares Single Video Clover

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Morgan Leary
/ Thursday 26th January, 2023 8:31AM


Uncontestably one of Tāmaki Makaurau’s finest songwriting talents, Roy Irwin (NO-CLIP) has reemerged with their first solo release since 2021’s acerbic ‘The Comedian‘ (and 2020’s self-titled album before that). Written late last year following their mother’s passing in 2021, Irwin explores and reflects on the process of grief while conjuring heart-melting melodic dreaminess on ‘Clover‘ — tackling the heaviest of themes with moving lightness and grace. We’re proud to premiere ‘Clover’ here this morning along with Morgan Leary‘s beautiful video for the song, compiled and shot in a variety of everyday locations with Irwin following a conversation about their mother, as the artist explained…

"’Clover’ is a song about navigating through the grief of my mother passing away in 2021. The majority of the lyrics came not long after that happened and I’ve struggled with songwriting until recently and recorded the song in late December of last year.

I don’t think grief ever goes away but it is really about the hopelessness and disregard for being alive when things feel worthless but ultimately still wanting to push through those feelings and having the desire to be your best for others.

The video for ‘Clover’ was compiled and shot by my friend Morgan Leary, it was pretty last minute but I talked with Morgan about it being somewhat reflective of the person my mum was.
She loved nature, simple pleasures and also had a vivid imagination and somewhat of a spiritual gift.

She kept an extensive collection of four leaf clovers she would find in books hence the name."

‘Clover’ is out today on major streaming services.

CubaDupa 2023 Festival First Lineup Announced

Chris Cudby / Thursday 26th January, 2023 8:00AM


Wellington has a grand tradition of doing community festivals right, as maintained by today’s absolutely massive first lineup revealed for CubaDupa 2023. Activating the capital’s Cuba Street precinct on 25th and 26th March with "selected performances, interactive installations, roaming dance and music ensembles, extraordinary cultural experiences and delicious culinary offerings", the free weekend-long family friendly music and arts extravaganza will host more than "100 theatre, music and dance acts representing more than 900 performers" from throughout Aotearoa and beyond, with even more to be announced.

Even singling out individual significant artists in the mix would result in a humungous list, but a musical highlight of the festival will certainly be Riki Gooch‘s (Cave Circles, Trinity Roots) specially commissioned piece Te Hou Nui — "featuring more than 100 musicians from all backgrounds and stages of musical development. The overall ensemble will be divided into four and given a conductor, and musical ‘smoke signals’ — a concept inspired by the Māori method of lighting a fire to create smoke to claim land for the creation of Pā—will be used to generate a call-and-response activation that creates an uplifting and connecting symphonic experience."

Back in action after two years of pandemic-prompted downtime, explore the diversity of talent performing at CubaDupa 2023 below…

“The portal is open! We are ready to take you on a journey into the wonderful world of CubaDupa. This first drop of artists and creative projects encapsulates the diversity and variety we will bring to the streets of Wellington in March 2023. With 28 stages and creative zones, hundreds of events representing something for everyone, look to our Portal Guides to help you navigate the perfect journey for you. Thanks to all of our brilliant team, artists, funders, sponsors, Cuba community and true believers that have got us through the last few years. Let’s celebrate together!“ — Drew James, Chief Executive of Creative Capital Arts Trust and director of CubaDupa

CubaDupa 2023

Saturday 25th March and Sunday 26th March – Cuba Street precinct, Wellington (free, all ages)

Featuring… AJA, Alice Agnes, Anthonie Tonnon, Aro, BBmage, Blue Soul Brass Band, BTD B*tches, Caught Inside, Chase Woods, Cold Ceiling, COLOSSAL, crone, Crying Club, Daffodils, Dale Kerrigan, DARTZ, Deco Dance, Disciple Pati, El Jaguar, Elastic Coitus, Eli Superflyy, Elliott Dawson, Fall Of Man, Fat Dick, Footnote New Zealand Dance, Gabriel Bond, Girl Best Friend, Glitz Club, Hip Hop x Strings, Idhayam: Indian Fusion Collective, Indy Skies, Jackson Cordery, Jake Clarke, Jujulipps, Kāpiti Art Studio, Kiko, Kirsten Te Rito, Koizilla, Le Dance, Lips, MĀ X WYNONA, Mara TK, Mariachi Aotearoa, Mass Cuba St Second Line Orchestra, Mikeyy, Movement Of The Human, MR MEATY BOY, Munkhouse, Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinans, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington, PHINEY, Pothos, Proteins of Magic, Rachel Andie, raptAGOG, Recitals, Rella, Resilience Training: Tidalectics – Olivia Webb with Noel Meek, Richter City Rebels, Rob The Bank, Rod Salinas, Rollicking Entertainment, Rose Lubransky, Sam Manzanza’s Mass Cuba Street Afrobeat Band, SheHatesJacob, Shifting Centre, Shivam Dance Academy NZ-SDANZ, Shut Up & Dance, Sinjin, Sofia Machray, Soft Plastics, Sol Mortvvs,Somi Kim, Sound Bath, STEFROSE, Sure Boy, Tahini Bikini, Taikoza Wellington, Tauranga Samba and Sambatron, Te Hou Nui – Composed by Riki Gooch, TE KAAHU, The Dust Palace, The Tiwhas!, Theia, This Silent Divide, Tia Ward, Twice As, Unidos de Aotearoa Samba School, Varda, VNESS, Waguan, Wellington Ballroom,Wellington Batucada,Wet Denim, Will McClean, Young Gho$t (Live), Yurt Party, Zoe Moon, デーモン Astari

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Hit play on the title track to Anthonie Tonnon’s Taite Music Prize winning 2021 album Leave Love Out Of This…

Watch Mara TK and band’s RNZ Music Live Session performance of ‘Colours’, from his 2021 debut solo album Bad Meditation…

Here’s Te Kaahu’s gorgeous waiata ‘Waikato’ from her 2022 debut album Te Kaahu O Rangi…

Wellington’s proud sons DARTZ will be bringing the party at CubaDupa 2023 — here’s their insta-classic 2022 take on The Mutton Birds’ ‘Dominion Road’…

Press release:

CubaDupa is back this summer with a diverse and exciting programme that is set to transform Pōneke into the ultimate weekend of creative expression. From 25-26 March, Wellington’s Cuba Street precinct will come to life with selected performances, interactive installations, roaming dance and music ensembles, extraordinary cultural experiences and delicious culinary offerings.

Today, CubaDupa has announced the first drop of its annual curated programming. Over 100 theatre, music and dance acts representing more than 900 performers already feature in this announcement, and with more yet to come, we are seeing just a peek of the world Wellingtonians are set to dive into over one jam-packed weekend. CubaDupa is renowned by locals and lucky visitors alike for the quality and diversity of its curation and a boundary-pushing vision that has in the past seen everything from aerialists strung between buildings, to mass-musical compositions featuring hundreds of artists, and even a wedding. The small team behind the festival work tirelessly every year to bring arts to the streets for free and create an unmissable experience in Pōneke’s summer calendar.

Some of the artists announced today feature musicians such as acclaimed songwriter and performer Anthonie Tonnon, renowned modern soul magician Mara TK, Dunedin surf-psych-rock quartet Koizilla, popular indie act Daffodils, Japanese-American Multi-Instrumentalist Rachel Andie, Silver-scroll-winning band Lips, tāonga puoro genre-bending storytellers Aro, dynamic hip-hop artist Jujulipps, the inimitable Disciple Pati, energetic alt-pop artist Theia — who will also present her moving reo rangatira project Te Kaahu, Sam Manzanza’s huge 15-piece Mass Cuba Street Afrobeat Band, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, to name but a few.

Some of the performing arts coming to Wellington’s streets for the festival includes appearances from artists such as the unparalleled ballroom group Wellington Ballroom, Pasifika Street and Contemporary dance from Shifting Centre, a Bollywood-fusion Parade presented by Shivam Dance Academy, Batucada from Wellington Batucada, stunts from aerial suspension carnival queen Lizzie Tollemache and circus theatre from The Dust Palace.

There is something magic to be discovered throughout Cuba Street and all its surrounding laneways. From delicious cuisine and street food from local restaurants, family-friendly activities, relaxed social zones, award-winning Aotearoa musicians, circus and cabaret delights right up to sunset dance parties, let CubaDupa transport you to another world that’s sure to have something for everyone.

Make sure you head to the CubaDupa website to see the first list of artists on offer and keep an eye out for the next programme announcement in February. Get the whole whānau together and block out your calendars from 25-26 March for the best free weekend of the Wellington summer.

The oracle says: open the portal and dive into another world.

Listen To Adam McGraths Debut Solo Album Dear Companions

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 25th January, 2023 2:23PM


Frontman of folk / country figureheads The Eastern, Ōtautahi songwriter Adam McGrath unveiled his first solo album after many years of active duty in late December during the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle. Spotlighted in our summer releases roundup just over a week back, if you haven’t yet wrapped your ears around Dear Companions now’s an ideal time to do so, especially as McGrath’s fabled group (whose ranks have included Marlon Williams and Aldous Harding) are playing a Waiheke Island headline event this coming Saturday, and he’s sure to sprinkle a few of these tunes into The Eastern’s jam-packed songbook. Released in support of Rough Peel founder Paul Huggins‘ ongoing treatment for cancer (you can donate directly HERE), McGrath unpacked his thoughts and feelings around the significant occasion of his first solo long player’s launch over on The Eastern’s Facebook page HERE — excerpted briefly below…

"It’s called Dear Companions, because of everything I’ve learnt or am learning about the people in the songs and what they help me learn about myself and about the world big and small (especially small). But that kind of conception is just how records start, where they end up is up to whoever gets a copy in their life."

The Eastern

Saturday 28th January – Wild On Waiheke Brewery, Waiheke Island, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

‘Dear Companions’ compact disc and vinyl LP orders available at Adam McGrath’s Bandcamp page HERE.

Grace Petrie Announces Debut New Zealand Tour

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 25th January, 2023 11:41AM


With ten albums out in the world, UK songwriting sensation Grace Petrie has announced her long-awaited debut Aotearoa headline tour — performing in Pōneke, Ōtautahi and Tāmaki Makaurau this coming March. The Leicester-raised, self-proclaimed "socialist, feminist, lesbian, protest singer" has shared the stage with such fellow artist / activists as Billy Bragg and Hannah Gadsby (of Nanette fame), and co-presented award-winning podcast The Guilty Feminist, garnering a devoted fanbase via such breakout releases as her 2018 album Queer As Folk and 2021’s chart-hitting Connectivity. A veteran of the stage acclaimed by The Guardian, Diva and MOJO (who named Petrie’s album Heart First Aid Kit as one of their Top 10 albums of 2017), Petrie’s inaugural New Zealand tour is to be missed at your peril, we advise nabbing tickets while you can…

"I’ll be visiting Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, I know it’s no consolation for losing Jacinda but we can mourn together, eh?" — Grace Petrie

Grace Petrie

Tuesday 14th March – darkroom, Christchurch*

Wednesday 15th March – The Tuning Fork, Auckland

Thursday 16th March – San Fran, Wellington*

*Tickets available HERE via UTR

Watch the clip for Petrie’s hit track ‘Black Tie’, from her 2018 album Queer As Folk…

Hit play on ‘Storm to Weather’ from Petrie’s 2021 album CONNECTIVITY…

Check out Petrie’s 2022 Christmas single ‘I Just Want The Tories To F*** Off (A Christmas song)’…

Press release:

She’s the urgent, pulsing, compassionate talent this world desperately needs. Protest singer Grace Petrie has an army of loyal fans across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes. She’s toured the UK with Frank Turner, Supported Billy Bragg and toured with comedian Hannah Gadsby as well as with the phenomenon that is The Guilty Feminist.

The Raddlers Announce Diamond In The Blue Tour

C.C. / Photo credit: Frances Scrimgeour
/ Wednesday 25th January, 2023 10:18AM


Arising from Canterbury’s vibrant post-quake musical community in the late ’10s and presently based between Ōtautahi, Tāmaki Makaurau and Tauranga, The Raddlers have announced a whiplash two date headline tour celebrating their forthcoming new single ‘Diamond In The Blue‘. Rocketing to streaming success with 2019’s citrusy single ‘Lemonade & Beer’ from their debut EP Tesky, the five piece have kept the releases coming at a rapid clip, launching in 2022 their sun-dappled latest tune ‘Follow Me’. Live favourites, you better move fast to catch The Raddlers moving the crowd at Auckland’s Whammy Bar and their hometown’s 12 Bar as early bird tickets for both gigs are already sold out — grip the tour details, nab yourself some swish limited edition merch HERE and meet the group in their new mini-documentary The Origin Story below…

The Raddlers ‘Diamond In The Blue’ Tour

supports to be announced

Friday 17th March – Whammy Bar, Auckland
Saturday 18th March – 12 Bar, Christchurch

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Check out freshly unveiled footage of The Raddlers performing their 2019 hit ‘Lemonade & Beer’ live at a secret house gig…

Hit play on The Raddlers’ latest single ‘Follow Me’…

Meet The Raddlers in their mini-documentary The Origin Story…

Press release:

The Raddlers announce their run of shows, in anticipation of the release of their new single, DIAMOND IN THE BLUE.

After the successful release of their summer bop, Follow Me in early 2022, The Raddlers are back with their next body of work, due for release in late February. To celebrate, the boys are jetting off to Auckland and Christchurch to spend the evening playing tunes – new and old, to eagerly awaiting friends and fans.

Off the back of a 2022 tour with Aussie legends, Great Gable, the boys have quietly been brewing with new ideas and tunes, so these shows are not to be missed!

Surf Friends Drop Single Video Something Real Announce New Album Sonic Waves

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Saskia Coley
/ Tuesday 24th January, 2023 1:33PM


Tāmaki Makaurau’s wave-riding beach buds Surf Friends have reemerged out from under a jumble of music gear to gift fans new single / video combo ‘Something Real‘, the lead release from their forthcoming first album in four years Sonic Waves. Channeling sun-splashed summer energy into five plus minutes of motorik jangle-psych grooves, the duo of Brad Coley and Peter Westmoreland have cooked up a suitably good vibes-inducing accompanying clip, filmed in part with Coley’s kids while on a camping adventure. Recorded with long-time producer Mark Howden, Surf Friends’ long-awaited latest record launches on 17th March via Flying Nun — they explained how the new single urges listeners to ditch their digital devices and reconnect with reality…

“’Something Real’ is essentially a realisation we had about doing “something real”. What we mean is that instead of falling into the traps of TV, social media, phone addiction etc, you should do “something real” with intent — like playing guitar, spending time with kids and listening to music — always keeping your inner kid alive.”

‘Something Real’ is out today on major streaming services via Flying Nun — ‘Sonic Waves’ compact disc preorders available HERE.

Earth Beat Festival 2023 Second Lineup Announced

C.C. / Tuesday 24th January, 2023 11:57AM


Returning to Kaipara’s Ātiu Creek Regional Park from 22nd to 26th March, the jam-packed second musical lineup has been revealed for Earth Beat Festival 2023. Joining forces with Aotearoa femme-powered sound systems Hineraiona – Bigbada Boom and ninthWavesound, a cavalcade of party-bringing DJs have joined the festival’s musical bill, performing alongside such esteemed overseas guests as UK dub legend Mad Professor, Germany’s Mo’ Horizons, and local stars including The Black Seeds, Pitch Black, Lou’ana, Isaac Chambers & Dub Princess, and Lost Tribe Aotearoa.

The five day boutique music and lifestyle extravaganza also boasts a diverse programme of workshops and presentations — encompassing yoga, mindfulness, nutrition and health, dance, sustainable living, ancient crafts, drumming and more — plus art installations / events, comedy, poetry and kids activities [full lowdown HERE]. You better move fast to nab yourself a first release ticket, before they close off at midnight tonight…

"Our 2nd lineup release celebrates the world of reggae music & sound system culture. We partner with 2 of Aotearoa’s foremost femme-powered sound systems featuring an orgasmic collection of roots, dub, reggae and bass music to bring the positive vibrations over 5-epic days of live music! Check it out folks! Jah Bless!"

Earth Beat Festival 2023


Wednesday 22nd March to Sunday 26th March – Atiu Creek Regional Park, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR
More info available at

Open your ears to Earth Beat Festival’s 2023 playlist…

Heres 5 June of 44 Jeff Muellers Favourite Songs From Each Jo44 Album

Jeff Meuller / C.C.
/ Tuesday 24th January, 2023 9:51AM


Ahead of their first ever visit to Aotearoa, we invited Jeff Mueller of Louisville, Kentucky post-rock collective June of 44 to name his personal favourite songs from Jo44’s vastly influential, five studio album back catalogue…

I tried to be concise, difficult to pick just one track off of each album — we’ve always sought consensus while curating our live sets, fortunately, there have only been a few instances where a specific song didn’t make the cut. I tend to hold the songs that felt like breakthroughs in the highest regard — ones that expanded our range of possibility. I’m confident each of our lists would look fairly different — as each of our contributions to this music is steeped deep in its own personal approach and experience. Looking forward to NEW ZEALAND! THANK YOU!

June Of 44

with special guests A Broken Sail

Tuesday 21st March – Valhalla, Wellington w/ First Move

Wednesday 22nd March – Whammy Bar, Auckland w/ REPAIRS, Swallow The Rat

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Engine Takes to the Water (1995)

Tropics and Meridians (1996)

Four Great Points (1998)

Anahata (1999)

Revisionist: Adaptations & Future Histories in the Time of Love and Survival (2020)

Be well!

JM / Jo44

KRUELTY New Zealand Tour Supports Announced Soul Void Stress Ghetto

Chris Cudby
/ Monday 23rd January, 2023 1:22PM


Almost certainly the most aggressive live act heading our way in 2023, Japanese doom / death / beatdown hardcore crew KRUELTY have announced main supports for their upcoming Aotearoa tour. They’ll be joined in Auckland and Hamilton by super city "Putrid Death Metal" mongers Soul Void, while Pōneke punters will have their earholes ramraided by Stress Ghetto‘s brutal sonic onslaught. There’ll be even more local special guests to be revealed soon, but snooze at your peril — get tickets before it’s too late…

KRUELTY Aotearoa Tour

Friday 10th February – last place, Hamilton w/ Soul Void

Saturday 11th February – The Mothership, Auckland w/ Soul Void

Sunday 12th February – Valhalla, Wellington w/ Stress Ghetto

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Hit play on ‘Burn The System’ from KRUELTY’s forthcoming new album Untopia…

Listen to Soul Void’s ‘Cadaverous Abomination’ from their new split release with Hutt Valley thrashers Brainwave…

Stress Ghetto cram six songs into less than three minutes on their side of 2019’s Stress Ghetto / Total Ruin 5" lathe cut record…

The Exploited New Zealand Tour 2023 New Dates Announced

Chris Cudby
/ Monday 23rd January, 2023 12:00PM


Returning to our shores after three years away, Scottish punk legends The Exploited have announced their upcoming New Zealand tour has been rescheduled to November 2023. Formed in Edinburgh back in 1979 and creators of such explosive anthems as ‘Sex and Violence’, ‘Army Life’, ‘Fuck The USA’, ‘Troops Of Tomorrow’, ‘UK ’82’ and ‘Cop Cars’, The Exploited’s red mohawked frontman Wattie Buchan experienced a heart attack in December, necessitating some downtime before the group can get back to touring the globe again. The wait will be worth it as their 2020 Aotearoa shows were wild, check out photographer Bruce Mackay’s snaps and video footage of The Exploited’s San Fran gig HERE. Read the official statement below — all tickets remain valid and UTR ticket holders have been emailed direct with details (check your promotions and spam folders)…


And neither is Wattie – but he did have a heart attack in December, so whilst The Exploited will be back up on stages around the world soon, it was felt an extra month to get back to top form was in order. This means the Australian and New Zealand Exploited dates scheduled for February will now be postponed until November 2023. Fear not, Covid lockdowns and near death experiences will not dissuade Wattie and The Exploited from fulfilling their promise to Aussie and Kiwi fans – they will be here in November and they are promising the best Exploited shows ever."

Tickets purchased for original advertised show will be valid for the new dates. Wattie had a heart attack, but he’ll be here – but if you’re too soft, that’s cool – refunds will be available from point of purchase until February 6th 2023."

Exploited – 2023 Tour New Dates

Wednesday 22nd November – 12 Bar, Christchurch
Thursday 23rd November – San Fran, Wellington
Friday 24th November – Whammy Bar, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Check out The Exploited’s incredibly rowdy 1981 Top of the Pops performance of ‘Dead Cities’…

The Single Fin Mingle Street Party Announced ft Daily J Yurt Party Mim Jensen

C.C. / Monday 23rd January, 2023 9:40AM


Bringing the good times back to Ōtautahi’s Sumner Village in early April, The Single Fin Mingle festival is an annual celebration of traditional longboarding, jam-packed with on-land cultural events and activities to dip into — including the prestigious competition, Film Gala, Art Shows and Musical Soirees. The organisers have just revealed the lineup for this year’s The Single Fin Mingle Street Party, a dress-to-impress beachside boogie extravaganza starring Marlborough-raised / Tāmaki Makaurau-based band of brothers Daily J whose shimmering latest single ‘Tides’ has made a big splash (check out the video below), Canterbury’s dancefloor igniting Balkan / Latin / dub collective Yurt Party and local indie-rock rising star Mim Jensen. The Single Fin Mingle Street Party is traditionally a sold out affair, we advise securing your spot fast when tickets go live at 6pm tonight…

The Single Fin Mingle Street Party

Featuring… Daily J, Yurt Party, Mim Jensen

Saturday 1st April – Corner of Wakefield Ave & Nayland Street, Sumner, Christchurch (R18, gates open 5.30pm)

Tickets on sale from 6pm, Monday 23rd January HERE via UTR

Hit play on the official video for Daily J’s latest new single ‘Tides’…

Check out rousing live footage of Yurt Party performing ‘Hypervigilant’ at Lyttelton’s The Loons…

Watch Mim Jensen and band performing her 2022 debut single ‘Germaphobe’ live at LOHO Studios…

Press release:

The Single Fin Mingle is an annual multi-faceted festival that celebrates traditional longboarding and the joyous culture that surrounds it. Through our prestigious competition, Film Gala, Art Shows and Musical Soirees, The Mingle is a way of building human connection through having a marvellous time.

The Single Fin Mingle Street party is one of the most anticipated concerts for hundreds of good time enthusiasts every year. Even before the first band steps a stage, the open air arena, that is erected once a year for this special night, will have attendees beaming in The Mingle Buzz – which following on from the success at our new site you can again expect that in 2023 this party will be brighter than ever before.

First to get the Mingle grooves going just right will be Otautahi’s latest star set to shine bright, Mim Jensen. Alongside her band and fueled with harmonies and destructive lead guitar lines, Mims shows are a sweeping spectrum of indie rock and passion not to be missed.

Up next and ready to fire up everyone’s feet will be the magnificent Daily J. With blissful blends of warm swirling melodies, dynamic bass lines and a subtle electronic pop influence, Daily J are sure to make their mark at The Mingle.

Finally, with their fast and fun, foot stomping fusions of Balkan, Latin and Dub goodness, Yurt party will demand you to dance – Collective joy is guaranteed.

And to top it all off … Well the Mingle is full of surprises which you best be there to believe.

These stylish surfers really know how to put on a good show with the past five years selling out, these tickets won’t hang around. They are also sticklers for fine fashion (seriously – expect to see a plethora of retro suits and the dresses) so be sure to bring out your glad rags and dress for a cool night of boogie by the beach.

Food and beverages available. R18.

Friday Release Roundup Borrowed cs Miriam Clancy SANOI Alpaca Brothers More

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 20th January, 2023 1:45PM


Welcome to our new Friday Release Roundup feature, a handy selection of Aotearoa sonic treats from the past week for you to explore. It’s been a relatively quiet seven days following a jam-packed festive period (see HERE) — check out our news coverage this week of Princess Chelsea, Macho Macho, Erny Belle and Tiny Ruins, plus tuck into fresh releases from Borrowed cs, Miriam Clancy, SANOI, Matthew P. Schöbs & The Flaming Bridges, Alpaca Brothers, Putrid Future and Moon/Wits below…

Performing as part of the red hot lineup for the Pōneke edition of Hi-Fi Sci-Fi Pop Up And Rave on 11th February [tickets HERE], multi-instrumentalist / producer Borrowed cs shared a new two track bundle of sublime grooves…

US-based Aotearoa songwriter Miriam Clancy unveiled the soaring, synth-inflected title track to her forthcoming new album Black Heart, launching in full on 3rd February…

Aotearoa-based electronic artist SANOI dropped the second single from his forthcoming album, new skittering house beatscape ‘Flickering Lights’ plus an accompanying remix by German-based producer and DJ Fabian Krooss

Oamaru’s Matthew P. Schöbs & The Flaming Bridges shared a handful of home-crafted alt-country gems on Fear And Loathing In Oamaru, a four song "preview EP" from a forthcoming album featuring contributions from Paul Kean (The Bats), Olivia Wilding (Recitals) and more…

Best known for releasing one 12" Flying Nun EP in 1986, Alpaca Brothers have reemerged nearly four decades later with their debut album Figment….

Aotearoa underground imprint Razored Raw set the tone for 2023 with an ear-bleeding split 7" release of "raw punk mangel devastation" from Te Whanganui-a-Tara’s Putrid Future and and Szkło (Melbourne/ Naarm)…

Aotearoa noise imprint NO Label unleashed an 8” lathe of "Andrew Moon / P Wits damage", strictly limited to 30 copies (only two remaining)…

Watch Erny Belles Video For Island Time

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Ezra Simons
/ Friday 20th January, 2023 10:30AM


Wishing us happy holidays a month ago with her festive insta-classic ‘Meri Kirihimete‘, Erny Belle aka Aimee Renata‘s (Ngāpuhi) gifts us a romantic alternative to the nine-five grind with a new video for ‘Island Time‘, from her acclaimed debut album Venus Is Home. Self-directed and produced by Renata, shot at Te Arai on analogue film stock by Ezra Simons (Earth Tongue, Soft Bait) and made with support from NZ On Air, the clip co-stars Navakatoa Tekela-Pule (Strangelove) as the Stetson hat wearing The Man From The Islands, tenderly strumming his acoustic guitar and dancing with the red-garbed songwriter on the sandy shore. Originally self-released in early ’22, Venus Is Home is being reissued in a new vinyl edition courtesy of Flying Nun — hit play on ‘Island Time’ below…

"’Island Time’ is an ode to the Pacific. I picture myself and the times I spent looking out at the view from Te Arai beach, from the waters edge and my sister’s porch. I spent a lot of time contemplating my creative visions and the loss and prospects of love on the horizon. The chorus is a mantra on perseverance and self belief.

Though there’s a lot behind the love story, I think really it’s a love song to pacific culture and beautiful brown people, maybe I needed to give myself that back.

My good friend Navakatoa plays The Man From The Islands. He is also the bassist for the Erny Belle band, It’s special that we’ve been able to capture ourselves at this time, I think it’s really sweet we’ll be able to look back at it in years to come and be reminded of everything we were doing musically at this time. It was shot at Te Arai, which is a special place to me." — Erny Belle

‘Venus Is Home’ is out now on major streaming services – vinyl edition orders available HERE.

Premiere Macho Macho Share Single Video Blink

Chris Cudby / Friday 20th January, 2023 8:56AM


Te Whanganui-a-Tara four-piece Macho Macho explode into the new year with their new single / video double whammy ‘Blink‘, which we’re stoked to premiere here this morning. Not in fact an ode to the bearded ALowHum founder and Synthstrom rep, the punchy yet rhythmically zig-zagging ‘Blink’ considers the push / pull dynamic of social interaction with melodic hooks aplenty. Directed by Samuel Austin and made with support from NZ On Air, actor Jessie Alsop stars as increasingly frazzled real estate agent Gloria Rayne in the song’s action-packed visuals, inviting the band (plus special guests including Brooke Singer of French For Rabbits) into a variety of suburban abodes — a frantic scenario filmed in just one day around Seatoun, "inspired by a real-life real estate agent in the director’s life".

Now veterans of the stage following more than four years of gigging with the likes of The Garden (US), Same Name Confusion, and Daffodils, as well as festival appearances at CubaDupa, Newtown Festival, and Welcome to Nowhere, you can join Macho Macho with top notch supports Linen and CINDY (travelling from Tāmaki Makaurau) for a Saturday night single release rager at Valhalla on 28th January. Produced, engineered and mixed by Toby Lloyd, smash play on ‘Blink’, grip the gig details, and keep your ears peeled for a new EP from the team of Logan McAllister, Lachlan Burne, Connor Lyttle, and Dayne Robinson in the near future…

“‘Blink’ is about the moments spent resisting and / or engaging with the social scenarios we find ourselves in. The screeching of a speaker, the blinking of an eye, a feeling of real togetherness achieved through little more than a bit of silly music.”

Macho Macho ‘Blink’ Single Release with Linen and CINDY
special guest DJ Ricky with The Pontiac (And A Rat In His Back Pocket)

Saturday 28th January – Valhalla, Wellington

Tickets available HERE via UTR

‘Blink’ is out today on major streaming services

Thornhill Announce Supports For NZ Shows Alt Clmus Pull Down The Sun

C.C. / Thursday 19th January, 2023 10:35AM


Jumping the ditch this February for rapidly selling out headline dates in Tāmaki Makaurau and Pōneke, Melbourne metalcore titans Thornhill have announced special guests for their forthcoming Heroine Live Aotearoa shows. Celebrating their new album at Valhalla and Whammy Bar, Thornhill have invited fellow countrymen, Adelaide’s alt. (formerly known as After Change) to perform at both events, plus they’ll be joined in the capital by Clæmus and in the super city by Pull Down The Sun — secure your spot before it’s too late…

Thornhill – Heroine Live Across New Zealand

with special guests .alt

Friday 10th February – Valhalla, Wellington w/ Clæmus

Saturday 11th February- Whammy Bar, Auckland w/ Pull Down The Sun

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Watch the video for ‘Raw’ from Thornhill’s new album Heroine…

Experience alt.’s intense new single ‘WRAITH’ and note the content warning at the start of the clip…

Princess Chelsea Shares Video Time Announces Waiheke Island Show and Wine Cellar Fundraiser

Chris Cudby
/ Thursday 19th January, 2023 9:43AM


Tāmaki Makaurau’s original pop royal Princess Chelsea aka Chelsea Nikkel has unveiled a new video for ‘Time‘ from her fifth studio album Everything Is Going To Be Alright, filmed in Prague while touring the globe last year. Directed / edited by Julie Reynaud and made with support from NZ On Air, viewers are invited to peer inside a gothic storybook to encounter a vampiric PC roaming amidst the Czech Republic capital’s jam-packed graveyards, ancient cathedrals and cobblestone-lined streets under cover of darkness — pondering the future and glamorously garbed in outfits including red flowing velvet cape and an amazing chainmail style hoodie.

The artist’s famously talented bandmates (recently acclaimed by Shayne P. Carter) Joe Kaptein, Jasmine Balmer, David Harris, Simeon Kavanagh-Vincent and Joshua Worthington-Church make an appearance too, having a fun picnic with Nikkel in the clip’s closing moments. They’ll next be performing together at two just-announced Princess Chelsea headline events in and around the super city this February — playing at Waiheke Island’s Artworks Theatre with support from Tūī award winners Na Noise (concluding PC’s album release tour), plus a strictly limited capacity fundraiser event for The Wine Cellar with electronic wiz Power Nap (aka myself). Hit play on ‘Time’ and don’t miss Princess Chelsea with full band and special guests at the following dates…

Princess Chelsea with full band

Friday 17th February – Artworks Theatre, Waiheke Island w/ Na Noise

Thursday 23rd February – The Wine Cellar, Auckland, fundraiser event w/ Power Nap 

Tickets available HERE via UTR

‘Everything Is Going To Be Alright’ is out on major streaming services via Lil Chief Records.

Hip Hop With A Cause Youth Justice Amnesty International Show Announced

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 18th January, 2023 2:22PM


Presented by Dirty Mike, Valhalla and Tony Buxton with Amnesty International, Hip Hop With A Cause is an event aiming "to raise awareness and generate traction regarding New Zealand’s current Age of Criminal Responsibility" — happening in the aforementioned legendary Pōneke venue this coming Sunday. Scope out the lineup and read the official statement from the organisers on this crucial issue…


Primary school aged kids shouldn’t be facing life sentences and right now, our government has the power to stop it.

In Aotearoa, our minimum age of criminal responsibility is 10. This is the age that kids can be prosecuted and punished for a crime. 10 sounds too young right? That’s because it is.

Join us and ask the government to end this harmful system by increasing this age to at least 14, with an immediate increase to 12 and then to at least 14 once needed changes ensure that the system caring for these children is effective and appropriate."

Hip Hop With A Cause

Featuring… Tony Buxton (TuOne), Double G, Turner Knows, Mr.Lyrickah, Fiasko, Joshy E, Gimmick, Cozy and Friends, Dirty Mike, MJ Johnstone

Sunday 22nd January – Valhalla, Wellington

Tickets available HERE via UTR

You can read more about the campaign and sign the petition to raise the age of criminal responsibility in Aotearoa HERE

Check out Tony Buxton’s 2015 hip hop anthem ‘Just 4 Your Love’..

Tiny Ruins Returns With New Single The Crab Waterbaby

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Si Moore
/ Wednesday 18th January, 2023 1:34PM


One of Aotearoa’s most acclaimed songwriting voices whose fans include none other than David Lynch, Hollie Fullbrook and the Tiny Ruins team of Cass Basil, Alex Freer and Tom Healy have unveiled their first official single since the pre-pandemic era. Contemplative yet nimble, ‘The Crab / Waterbaby’ arose from "a time-honoured walk around the coves of Little Muddy Creek aside the Mānukau Harbour" — feeling both intimate and expansive in scope as Fullbrook encounters an upturned crab on the sea shore, lyrically declaring "dude I know how you’re feeling". Crossed fingers the beautifully arranged and recorded tune (laid down at Tāmaki Makaurau’s Paquin Studios with Healy on production duties) is a sign of even more material to come from Tiny Ruins in 2023, listen here…

‘The Crab / Waterbaby’ is out today on major streaming services via Milk! Records in Australia, Marathon Artists in Europe, Ba Da Bing Records in North America and in New Zealand via Ursa Minor.

Pretty Stooked Announce Debut EP Day Today Nationwide Tour

Chris Cudby / Wednesday 18th January, 2023 11:50AM


Earning themselves a following with a string of sun-dappled and assuredly hook-packed singles, Ōtautahi’s Pretty Stooked are making moves in 2023 with the announcement of their debut EP Day Today, recorded with Josh Logan and Adam Hogan at LOHO Studio. Fronted by Eddie Kiesanowski, the five piece have also revealed details of an epic nine date nationwide tour presented by Winegum Records (who are also presenting fellow Cantabrian Sam Bambery’s just-announced debut tour), starting with a performance as part of the mega-stacked Nostalgia Festival lineup, a heck of a way to warm up before they zig-zag across the motu in February and March. Grip the tour details and watch Kiesanowski and band playing their latest single ‘In My Head‘ live at LOHO Studio below…

Pretty Stooked – Day Today EP Tour

Saturday 11th February – Nostalgia Festival, Christchurch

Thursday 16th February – Meow, Wellington

Friday 17th February – Wine Cellar, Auckland*

Saturday 18th February – Nivara Lounge, Hamilton*

Friday 3rd March – Bark, Dunedin*

Saturday 4th March – Yonder, Queenstown

Friday 17th March – Loons, Christchurch*

Friday 24th March – The Boathouse, Nelson*

Saturday 25th March – Roots Bar, Takaka*

*Tickets available HERE via UTR

Nostalgia Festival details available HERE
More tour + ticketing info available at

Watch Pretty Stooked performing their latest single ‘In My Head’…

Hit play on Pretty Stooked’s breakout 2021 single ‘My Line’…

Press release:

Alongside Winegum Records, Christchurch chorus-drenched indie pop-rock group Pretty Stooked have announced their wide-reaching debut EP Day Today alongside a nationwide tour, bringing yet another facet of Ōtautahi’s diverse alternative music scene to the fore. Day Today comes from fruitful sessions at LOHO Studio with Josh Logan and Adam Hogan (Mel Parsons, Pieces of Molly) with a sharpened emotive focus on all-too-human heartbreaks and the discomfort of change faced by frontman Eddie Kiesanowski.

Combining grooving soundscape-like band arrangements alongside Kiesanowski’s deeply vulnerable yet vibrant lyricism, Pretty Stooked tours with a full 5 piece band across Aotearoa late summer promoting Day Today, promising to continue their streak of intense and memorable shows in the South Island. They kick off in mid-February following an appearance at Christchurch’s irreverent and ever-popular Nostalgia Festival.

At the heels of significant airplay attention from the likes of Radio Hauraki and RNZ, Pretty Stooked’s debut single My Line received a well-deserved 45,000 streams in 2022, alongside notable singles In My Head and Wanted. You can listen to a live version of My Line here, demonstrating the group’s penchant for driven guitars and simmering band dynamics being exported across the country this summer.

Gardens Music Festival Lineup New Location Announced Fatboy Slim LP Giobbi Peking Duck John Morales More

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 18th January, 2023 10:34AM


Starring UK big beat icon Fatboy Slim, the organisers of Auckland’s inaugural Gardens Music Festival have announced the full lineup for the summer event, plus a change of location to Auckland Domain "due to damage caused to the grounds by a previous event." Site of November’s superb Spring City Music Festival (headlined by Groove Armada) and nestled between the super city’s stately War Memorial Museum and Wintergardens, the leafy location will play host to an absolutely stacked bill of overseas and local party bringers — including LP Giobbi, Peking Duk, Set Mo, John Morales, Dick Johnson, Miss B and of course Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim himself — plus there’ll be "a new and improved festival layout." Scope out the full Fatboy Slim nationwide tour details below…

"Due to damage caused to the grounds by a previous event, Gardens Music Festival will now take place at its new home — the iconic Auckland Domain, and we cannot wait to see everyone there.” — Endeavour Live Co-Founder Kyle Bell

Fatboy Slim NZ Tour

Friday 27th January – QE2 Park, Christchurch w/ LP Giobbi, Beccie B

Saturday 28th January – Tremain Field, Napier w/ LP Giobbi, Set Mo, General Lee

Sunday 29th January – Gardens Music Festival, Auckland Domain w/ LP Giobbi, Peking Duk, Set Mo, John Morales, Dick Johnson, Miss B [new venue]

Tuesday 31st January – Stonyridge Winery, Waiheke Island w/ General Lee, Sin [sold out]

Wednesday 1st February – Sky Tower, Auckland [sold out]

Friday 3rd February – Anderson Park, Wellington Solardo, Sin [sold out]

Saturday 4th February – Gibbston Valley, Queenstown w/ Solardo, Sin, Sweet Mix Kids, Beccie B

Sunday 5th February – Taupo Amphitheatre, Taupo w/ Solardo, Dick Johnson

General public tickets on sale via Endeavour Live, all shows are R18

Here’s Spike Jones’ video for Fatboy Slim’s 1999 dance anthem ‘Praise You’…

Hit play on John Morales groove-packed extended mix of Miles Gaye’s ‘I Want You’…

Press release:

With just over a week to go until the inaugural Gardens Music Festival, organisers have had to scramble to relocate the event from Victoria Park to Auckland Domain.

Endeavour Live successfully ran Spring City Music Festival back in November at Auckland Domain and will be rolling out a new and improved festival layout on Sunday, January 29 for Gardens Music Festival.

And with that good news, comes more good news, the full lineup announcement. Friends performing alongside Fatboy Slim at the new one day festival include US producer LP GIOBBI, Australian hitmakers PEKING DUK, dance maestros SET MO, DJ and producer JOHN MORALES, with local support rounded off with DICK JOHNSON and MISSB.

Kurt Vile The Violators New Zealand Tour Announced

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 18th January, 2023 8:00AM


Away from Aotearoa far too long during this mixed-up decade, Philadelphia guitar hero / songwriting kingpin Kurt Vile and his band The Violators are returning to our shores for a three date headline tour. Last here playing sold out shows in 2019, Vile has since released his 2022 studio album (watch my moves), a sprawling 15 track opus featuring contributions from friends and fellow travellers Cate Le Bon, Chastity Belt and Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint. Finally back down under celebrating his new record, Vile’s storied oeuvre encompasses such beloved long players as 2018’s Bottle It In, 2015’s b’lieve i’, goin down… and his 2017 collaborative record with Courtney Barnett Whole Lotta Sea Lice. There’s no doubt demand will be sky high to catch Vile and band bringing the magic to Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington in March — grip the official details and don’t snooze…

Kurt Vile & The Violators

Thursday 23th March – Auckland, Town Hall*

Saturday 25th March – Christchurch, James Hay Theatre^

Sunday 26th March – Wellington, St James Theatre*

Tickets from Ticketmaster*

Tickets from Ticketek^

Presale starts 9am, Friday 20th January

General on sale from 9am, Monday 23rd January

Sign up to the Banished presale HERE

Watch Kurt Vile’s moves playing ‘Mount Airy Hill (Way Gone)’ with The Violators on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert…

Kurt Vile parks for free in the 2018 video for ‘Loading Zones’ from Bottle It In…

Press release:

Philadelphia psych-pop master Kurt Vile and his band The Violators are making their triumphant return to Aotearoa for three very special shows.

A long-time favourite with New Zealand audiences, this formidable live outfit will be here playing in support of Vile’s celebrated recent album (watch my moves).

Kurt’s ninth studio album finds him truly at the top of his songwriting game. His first for legendary label Verve Records, (watch my moves) has garnered glowing praise from fans and press alike, and features notable guest appearances from the likes of Chastity Belt, Cate Le Bon, and Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint.

On his latest album, Vile pulls his talents in unexpected directions—and the result is a vibrant, yet meditative album propelled by Vile’s laid-back charm and curious spirit. Every lyric has been chiselled down into an aphorism, every bloom of distorted guitar or murmuring synth helping create that “fried” pop.

“It’s about songwriting. It’s about lyrics. It’s about being the master of all domains in the music,” says Vile of the new record, much of which was recorded at OKV Central, Vile’s Philadelphia home studio. “I’ve come into my own here, and at the same time I’m getting back to my home-recording roots.”

Don’t miss this guitar hero and his rockin’, road tested band when Kurt Vile & The Violators return to NZ for the first time since their 2019 tour.