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…

Linksnadiareid.com/

Marlon Williams Announces Support Acts For My Boy Aotearoa Tour

Chris Cudby
/ Tuesday 13th December, 2022 8:00AM

  
  

It’s been a significant year for Lyttelton songwriting icon Marlon Williams, who launched his chart-topping third solo album My Boy in September and scooped up a finalist nomination for the prestigious 2022 APRA Silver Scroll Award. Celebrating his new record in style with a five date tour of some of Aotearoa’s finest venues this coming January, Williams has today announced special guest supports for his My Boy nationwide tour. Joining the artist on stage this summer will be a different hand-picked opening act for every date — fellow Lyttelton legend and long-term collaborator Delaney Davidson at Dunedin’s Regent Theatre, CBS Choir (Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament Choir) at Christchurch Town Hall, and sibling dream trio Womb at Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre, while Auckland attendees will be treated to performance by either Nadia Reid or Vera Ellen, depending on which Auckland Town Hall event they’re heading along to. Scope out the updated tour details below and treat yourself and / or a buddy to the perfect Christmas gift — a ticket to see Marlon Williams with his band The Yarra Benders and friends…

UnderTheRadar proudly presents…

Marlon Williams ‘My Boy’ Aotearoa Tour

Thursday 19th January – The Civic, Auckland w/ Nadia Reid
Friday 20th January – Civic Theatre, Auckland w/ Vera Ellen [sold out]
Wednesday 25th January – Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington w/ Womb
Friday 27th January — Town Hall, Christchurch w/ CBS Choir*
Saturday 28th January – Regent Theatre, Dunedin w/ Delaney Davidson∞

Auckland and Wellington tickets at www.ticketmaster.co.nz

*Christchurch tickets at www.ticketek.co.nz

∞Dunedin tickets at www.regenttheatre.co.nz

Groove along with Marlon Williams’ irresistibly catchy title track to his new long player My Boy…

Press release:

Marlon Williams has just announced that he will be joined by a different special guest at each of his ‘My Boy’’ tour shows this January.

The concert at The Civic in Auckland on Friday 20th January is now sold out with tickets in all other cities selling fast.
Joining Marlon at The Civic in Auckland on Thursday 19th January is an artist who needs no introduction – Nadia Reid. Acclaimed New Zealand musician Nadia Reid is praised the world over for her intimate, complex songwriting. She is described by The Guardian as ‘an understated, wise guise through uncertain territory’ while her lyrics are called ‘allegorical… brutally honest’ by The Revue. Reid is currently working on her fourth album.

The following evening Friday 20th January at The Civic will be opened by Vera Ellen. Vera Ellen is a Wellington/Los Angeles based multi-instrumentalist and wildly prolific songwriter, who some may recognise from LA band Girl Friday (Hardly Art), or grungy NZ 4-piece Maple Syrup. The artist’s Flying Nun debut, It’s Your Birthday, is stacked full of hooked-to-the-brim melodies, and cleverly guided by Vera’s clear, confident and relaxed vocal presence. Vera Ellen recently picked up an Aotearoa Music Award for Best Alternative Album.

In Wellington at the Michael Fowler Centre local band Womb will bring their shoegaze pop sounds to life. Made up of siblings Cello and Haz Forrester plus the addition of Georgette Brown, Womb have been recording and touring since their debut EP release in 2015. Sophomore album Dreaming Of The Future Again was released just out last month via Flying Nun Records!

Close to Marlon’s heart, the CBS Choir will welcome the audience at the Town Hall in Christchurch with their beautiful renditions. Marlon and band member Ben Woolley cut their teeth singing and touring internationally with the CBS Choir as teenagers. Choir Director Don Whelan was an early musical mentor for Marlon and he has invited the choir to perform some of his personal favourites for a special full circle moment.

And finally, for the last show of the tour in Dunedin. friend and collaborator Delaney Davidson performs at The Regent theatre. One of the most distinctive figures in the NZ musical Landscape, Delaney Davidson is well known for his hypnotic and original live performances. Currently working on his 10th album, the enigmatic multi-instrumentalist is often found playing in tiny nooks around the world but lucky fans can catch him in person in Dunedin with Marlon Williams this summer!

After a whirlwind year of releasing #1 Top 40 album My Boy and playing two international tours Marlon Williams and his band The Yarra Benders are primed to give fans a taste of new music and a world class performance.

These are Marlon’s first full band shows since headlining the 2020 Laneway Festival and with such eclectic and engaging opening acts this tour just got a whole lot better.

Linksmarlonwilliams.co.nz/

GREAT SOUNDS GREAT Festival 2022 Timetable Announced

C.C. / Thursday 1st December, 2022 10:23AM

  
  

Pōneke’s Eyegum Music Collective have lovingly curated an absolutely smashing lineup of artists from across Aotearoa to perform at this summer’s GREAT SOUNDS GREAT festival. Taking over San Fran, Meow, Valhalla, Rogue & Vagabond, and Bedlam & Squalor, the official timetable has been unveiled this morning for the multi-venue mega-fest. Now you can start mapping out your own musical journey throughout the capital’s bustling Cuba Street precinct on 10th December…


UnderTheRadar proudly presents…

GREAT SOUNDS GREAT – One-Day Multi-Venue Festival

Saturday 10 December – San Fran, Meow, Valhalla, Rogue & Vagabond, and Bedlam & Squalor, Wellington

Featuring… Ben Woods, CRUSH, Earth Tongue, Ebb, Freyja, Glass Vaults, Hans Pucket, Hemi Hemingway, Ian Jorg, Imugi 이무기, Linen, Ludus, Memory Foam, Mo Etc., Na Noise, Nadia Reid, NahBo, Office Dog, Soft Plastics, Tahini Bikini

Tickets on sale HERE via UTR

Linksfacebook.com/eyegumevents
instagram.com/eyegum/
eyegum.co.nz/

Premiere Watch SJDs Video For Waterhole

Chris Cudby / Tuesday 22nd November, 2022 9:00AM

  
  

Sparked by a wave of musical energy during the stretched out, no-end-in-sight lockdown days of 2020, Sean James Donnelly aka SJD‘s new album Sweetheart is already being lauded as one of this year’s best. Making a rare live appearance this December in Port Chalmers as part of Nadia Reid’s two night Xmas Show celebrations, we’re stoked to provide an exclusive first look at the video for rustic guitar-strummin’ standout single ‘waterhole‘, from the multi-award winning artist’s ninth studio long player.

Shot and edited by SJD, filmed in Tāmaki Makaurau’s sunny Glen Eden, and starring Tashi Donnelly and Cameron McCurdy as the clip’s rat-headed stars, the free-spirited clip for ‘waterhole’ perfectly conveys the feeling of suburban adventuring in an eerily empty super city (ie. whenever there’s a long weekend or summer holiday) — now we know what local rodents were getting up to while we were confined to our homes. An all-star affair featuring backing vocals by Don McGlashan, Sandy Mill and Tami Neilson (plus the artist himself via studio magic), soak up SJD’s ‘waterhole’ and catch him at the following dates…


Nadia Reid’s Xmas Show

Featuring… Nadia Reid & Sam Taylor, SJD, Flora Knight & DJ Tina Turntables

Friday 16th December – Port Chalmers Town Hall, Dunedin (6.30pm start)

Saturday 17th December – Port Chalmers Town Hall, Dunedin (6.30pm start)

Tickets available HERE via UTR

‘Sweetheart’ is out now on major streaming services — vinyl orders available HERE.

Linksinstagram.com/sjd_musick/
facebook.com/SJDmusick/

Nadia Reid Announces Second Date For Xmas Show 2022

C.C. / Photo credit: Si Moore, Dunedin Botanic Gardens
/ Monday 14th November, 2022 3:30PM

  
  

Nadia Reid has announced a second all-star date for her traditional annual Xmas show, returning to her spiritual hometown’s Port Chalmers Town Hall in mid-December. A festive feast of music, food and beverages hand-picked by the globally beloved songwriter, this year’s lineup includes Reid performing with long-time collaborator and guitarist Sam Taylor, Sean James Donnelly aka SJD whose acclaimed new album Sweetheart released just over two weeks ago, US-based folk artist Flora Knight, and DJ Tina Turntables spinning tunes. A portion of the profit will be "sent to the Presbyterian Support Food Bank on Moray Place" and tickets are unsurprisingly selling swiftly — secure your spot while you can…


Nadia Reid’s Xmas Show

Featuring… Nadia Reid & Sam Taylor, SJD, Flora Knight & DJ Tina Turntables

Friday 16th December – Port Chalmers Town Hall, Dunedin (6.30pm start)

Saturday 17th December – Port Chalmers Town Hall, Dunedin (6.30pm start) NEW DATE

Tickets available from 9am, Friday 4th November via UTR

Experience director Martin Sagadin’s lush and intimate video for Nadia Reid’s ‘Get The Devil Out’, from her 2020 album Out of My Province…

Linksnadiareid.com/

Nadia Reids Xmas Show 2022 Lineup Announced

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Alex Lovell-Smith
/ Thursday 3rd November, 2022 4:24PM

  
  

A star-packed treat for southern gig-goers, Nadia Reid has announced her traditional annual Xmas Show will take place at Port Chalmers Town Hall on 16th December. Presently based in Auckland, the globally acclaimed Dunedin-raised songwriter is returning to her spiritual home of Port Chalmers for the festive celebration, joined by friends including long-time collaborator and guitarist Sam Taylor (who Reid will perform with on the night), songwriter / producer extraordinaire Sean James Donnelly aka SJD (whose new album Sweetheart has just released), US-based folk artist and "world-class boot maker" Flora Knight, and DJ Tina Turntables on the decks. Befitting the spirit of the season, proceeds from the event will go to a great cause too, as Reid explained…

“It has been my goal from the beginning to treat this annual event as a way to mark time, to bring together a hand-picked selection of my favourite musicians, people, winemakers, brewers, and food. It really does feel like a community affair. Each year a portion of the profit is sent to the Presbyterian Support Food Bank on Moray Place. It really is the highlight of my year!” — Nadia Reid

 


Nadia Reid’s Xmas Show

Featuring… Nadia Reid & Sam Taylor, SJD, Flora Knight & DJ Tina Turntables

Friday 16th December – Port Chalmers Town Hall, Dunedin (6.30pm start)

Tickets available from 9am, Friday 4th November via UTR

Co-directed by Nadia Reid and Martin Sagadin, watch the video for ‘Oh Canada’ from Reid’s 2020 album Out of My Province…

Watch SJD’s video for ‘you are the movement’ from his acclaimed new album Sweetheart…

Press release:

Critically acclaimed Auckland-born, Dunedin-raised musician Nadia Reid is continuing her annual tradition at the Port Chalmers Town Hall. Nadia Reid’s Christmas Show, now in its fourth (would be fifth) year, is a festive celebration of local music, artists and talent, under the backdrop of Reid’s spiritual home – Port Chalmers.

Now residing in Auckland, Reid has been diligently working on her fourth album before embarking on a new chapter and settling in the U.K. Her third album, Out of My Province released on the cusp of the pandemic was received hotly by critics. The Line of Best Fit declared it Reid’s “most polished album to date” with Uncut calling it "her best album yet”, awarding it 8/10.

Reid has completed three European tours with long-time collaborator Sam Taylor, performed several times in New York City, and completed countless tours of New Zealand and Australia including her recent collaboration with classical ensemble NZTrio. In between recent Covid-19 lockdowns, she completed an Opera House & Theatre tour of Aotearoa with her 6-piece band, and a 20-date “Reid & Ruins” tour with Tiny Ruins’ Hollie Fullbrook.

This year’s line up will include award-winning artist, producer and current University of Otago ‘Mozart Fellow’ Sean Donnelly AKA SJD, legendary Oklahoma, USA based folk musician & world-class boot maker Flora Knight, and keeping you tapping your toes throughout the night will be the incredible DJ Tina Turntables. Nadia Reid will also perform, accompanied by her longtime collaborator and guitarist Sam Taylor.

Linksnadiareid.com/

Full Lineup Announced For GREAT SOUNDS GREAT Festival 2022

Chris Cudby
/ Tuesday 1st November, 2022 10:27AM

  
  

Aotearoa’s festival season is on! Taking over five venues in Pōneke’s Cuba Street precinct on 10th December, the Eyegum Music Collective team have lifted the veil on the full lineup for this summer’s GREAT SOUNDS GREAT festival. Joining the already mega-stacked bill are psych-rock power duo Earth Tongue, electronic groovers Glass Vaults, dream-pop all-stars CRUSH (members of Glass Vaults and Womb), Kane Strang‘s new project Office Dog, Tāmaki Makaurau sci-fi punks Memory Foam, Synthstrom Deluge-wielding A Low Hum founder Ian Jorg and songwriter Freyja. Scope out the full official lineup below and secure your spot for this all-killer, multi-stage party while you can…


UnderTheRadar proudly presents…

GREAT SOUNDS GREAT – One-Day Multi-Venue Festival

Saturday 10 December – San Fran, Meow, Valhalla, Rogue & Vagabond, and Bedlam & Squalor, Wellington

Featuring… Ben Woods, CRUSH, Earth Tongue, Ebb, Freyja, Glass Vaults, Hans Pucket, Hemi Hemingway, Ian Jorg, Imugi 이무기, Linen, Ludus, Memory Foam, Mo Etc., Na Noise, Nadia Reid, NahBo, Office Dog, Soft Plastics, Tahini Bikini

Tickets on sale HERE via UTR

Take in the audio-visual spectacular this is Earth Tongue’s ‘Miraculous Death’…

Here’s Memory Foam’s action-packed ‘Choo Choo Train’…

Experience CRUSH’s beaut video for ‘Abstract Oils’…

Press release:

On Saturday 10 December, Pōneke’s Cuba Street precinct will be hosting the first edition of GREAT SOUNDS GREAT, a brand new one-day multi-venue music festival organised and run by the local Eyegum Music Collective. Spanning across five neighbouring venues, the jam-packed indie music festival will feature 20 of Aotearoa’s best acts, most of which have already been announced.

Ticket holders will receive a wristband that will give them access to each of the participating venues throughout the event. Information on how to pick up wristbands will be emailed to ticket holders closer to the time.

Linksfacebook.com/eyegumevents
instagram.com/eyegum/
eyegum.co.nz/

Interview Jordan Luck of Dance Exponents The Others Way 2022

Mitch Marks
/ Friday 21st October, 2022 2:59PM

  
  

Dance Exponents formed in Christchurch in 1981 and within the year they had a record deal and a song in the top 10. Their first studio album, Prayers be Answered, was released in late ‘83 and was followed by prolific touring, more recordings, and an implosion of sorts, but frontman Jordan Luck is the pop phoenix that keeps rising and reinventing, and he and his various band iterations have remained relevant and in our cultural canon ever since. Prayers be Answered is being reissued today nearly 40 years on, and Jordan and the band will be taking the stage at Galatos on Saturday night at The Others Way to play the album in its entirety to celebrate. Mitch Marks will be there, singing all the songs word for word, but first she caught up with Jordan over Zoom and self-indulgently reminisced about her favourite Aotearoa album.

UnderTheRadar, Flying Out and 95bFM present…

The Others Way Festival

Saturday 22nd October (during Labour Weekend) – Tāmaki Makaurau’s Karangahape Road

Featuring… Anthonie Tonnon, Bleeding Star, Carnivorous Plant Society, Ché Fu & The Kratez, Coolies, Daffodils, Dance Exponents, Earth Tongue, Finn Andrews, Francisca Griffin and the Bus Shelter Boys, Half Hexagon, Hans Pucket Midnight Karaoke Challenge, Juno Is, Julien Dyne, Landlords, Laura Jean, LEAO, Maxine Funke, Mirror Ritual, MNDSGN & the Rare Pleasures, Nadia Reid, The Newmatics, PollyHill, Proteins of Magic, Repairs, Rita Mae, Shepherds Reign, Soft Plastics, Steve Gunn, Swidt, TE KAAHU, Vanessa Worm

Tickets on sale HERE via UTR

Jordan Luck Band

Monday 2nd January – Tai Tapu Hotel, Christchurch
Tuesday 3rd January – Luggate Hotel, Wanaka

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Jordan Luck: Hi Mitch! I’m in Little River. Sort of halfway between Christchurch heading east towards Akaroa.


Mitch Marks: It looks beautiful there. I’m in Auckland, on K’Rd.

Oh, you’re close to where that band the Dance Exponents are going to be playing.

Yeah, I’ve heard about that… great segue.

Quite a young wee group and they’re re-releasing their debut album — debut studio album — Prayers be Answered.

A reissue… what, for like 40 years or something like that? Is that the tagline?

Yeah, that’s the truth of it. Well, it’s actually 39 years old – I think it was November ’83.

I remember. That album was one of the first albums for me that was obviously a New Zealand album. I feel like before that I didn’t really understand that New Zealand music existed. I’d heard Split Enz, but you came along and you had the South Island burr in there. I was nine years old and one night, late on the radio, they played the entire album start to finish and I taped it off there. I painstakingly replayed the tape, transcribed all the lyrics. I’m excited that it’s getting another life and I’m excited to see you guys play it.

Oh, thank you — especially with the transcription of lyrics, because I might need to borrow them.

I’ll tell you what, I will be up the front at The Others Way and I can give you the prompts should you need it.

But how do you feel about it? How does it feel 40 years later, with everything that you’ve done in between, to come full circle to this album?

Well, trepidation as I say for about 3/4 of the material, but some of the songs they’ve been on and off in the set – actually Victoria’s been in the set pretty much from that period and that turned 40 years old this year, the debut single. All I Can Do, we play quite a lot. Your Best Friend Loves Me Too.

But I think the rest of them, most of them I wouldn’t have played… some of them not since the ‘80s, a few through the ‘90s, but probably it’s only those three that I’ve consistently played.

Have you been relistening to your own material then?

I have! I’ve got a cassette – the car’s got a cassette deck in it. But I’ve also been learning up the Mockers as well.

Why’s that? Just for a bit of balance?

Well, The Culprit and the King is on cassette here as well and [shows me the tape] so here we go.

It’s like the ‘80s never ended for us.

It’s just that The Culprit and the King, it’s an outstanding record, it’s got Forever Tuesday Morning on it and also One Black Friday. It’s just really good.

In the year 2000 I was writing for Rip It Up magazine when they did a 100 Greatest New Zealand Albums list that we all contributed to and I put Prayers be Answered on mine. I looked it up yesterday and there’s an archive of the article online on a Split Enz fan site because Mental Notes was number one – Prayers be Answered came in at #32.

[laughs] Thanks Mitch!

You’re welcome! But there was a Dead C album at #33 and it made me think how strange the label of ‘New Zealand music’ is and how diverse we are as a country musically, but everybody gets lumped in together because we’re so tiny.

The thing I would say about ‘New Zealand music’ is that if you have recorded here, no matter what sort of material or genre of music you might be doing you’re automatically a cult band.

By virtue of the small population you instantly have a ‘cult’ following?

Exactly, it’s like Icelandic music.

Definitely similarities in terms of remoteness and also our—

And the diversity of styles of music.

—our genuine weirdness. Is it the lineup that played on the original recording that’s playing at The Others Way?

Yeah, it’s myself, Brian Jones (guitar), David Gent (bass) and Harry (Michael) Harallambi (drums) who were on the record, but a lot of those songs prior to recording were with Steve Cowan and Martin Morris who were keyboard and guitar. And also post-the album was completely Chris Sheehan so we’re doing some of the songs that were written and played around that period – Only I Could Die, which turned up on the next album, Ashened Ashened Autumn Leaves, and Sex and Agriculture. But playing the Chris Sheehan and Steve Cowan pieces is Brett Adams who is an ex-Mocker, he’s in the Bads. So Brett is augmenting the line-up.

Are you in rehearsals? How has that been going?

No. Dance Exponents never rehearsed actually. I think over a 20 year period we probably only went into a rehearsal room… I could only count maybe, 10 times.

There’s so much stuff that was done on the road touring, and we’d be rehearsing in the venues. So this will be quite unique. We’ve played with Brett quite a lot. Well, pretty much all the shows we’ve done through this century. We do start rehearsing next week at Dave Dobbyn’s studio.

So what are you excited about it? Is this an exciting thing for you?

I find every show exciting. But this is more unique. A lot of the songs were quite old by the time they went on the album. We formed September ‘81. Our first gig was October ‘81, some of them were three or years old and the reason why they ended up on the album was they were already popular live, people would be dancing to them. It’s pretty hard to go wrong if you’ve got three or four years of music up your sleeve, your first album should be pretty strong. And then after that, it’s like chasing more – what do we do next?!

It is weird, isn’t it? Because today a lot of studio albums would be the complete opposite – songs that haven’t even been played live, they’re only performed in that sort of test tube of a situation. It’s quite a different experience I would imagine.

Oftentimes it’s a wee bit slower, the turnover as well nowadays. Bands used to be recording at least an album a year and separately, sometimes, three or four singles.

Was Victoria the only single that was released before the album?

No, there was I’ll Say Goodbye, All I Can Do, Airway Spies… oh, we’re playing Airway Spies! Which Isn’t on the album, but it’s on the Australian version.

That makes me think maybe I’ve got the Australian version. My copy of the LP is on its way on a container ship from Australia as we speak.

Really? Well, they dropped [on the AU version] Swimming To The Table Of An Unknown Girl and put on Airway Spies.

Oh no, I’ve definitely got Swimming To The Table Of An Unknown Girl on mine, it’s one of my favourites.

[Sings] Across the bay, across the sea and an ocean.
Stranded on the shore of uncharted land.


[Quietly] I can’t do that thing where I sing along…

[Singing louder] Where the girl came from, we breaststroked on, I don’t really know.

Both: [Singing] Swimming to the table of an unknown girl!

Alright, dream accomplished.

I was reading something before that said Jordan Luck can produce amazing pop songs out of his arse. It felt like that’s a bit diminishing. Is it that easy? You have written some of the most iconic songs of the last decades here.

It’s like a drunk dropping coins out of his pockets when I record.

That’s a nice image. Is it that easy?

Well, I come up with melodies pretty much all the time, it’s true. But lyrics I find a lot harder, more difficult these days. But maybe it’s because I’m thinking I’ve kind of said that, or I’ve felt that. What’s the unique way of putting my feelings into the melody? It’s good when the melody comes with the words at the same time. But a lot of a lot of the time I’ve got the chords, got the structure, melody, but the lyrics are kind of “what colour do I use on this piece of canvas?”.

“Which girl’s name am I putting in there this time?”

Usually if it’s a ladies name, the melody will come quite quick.

Should we read them as autobiographical?

They’re all based on truth. That’s why I think I can keep singing them, they’re still relevant. Or that relevancy maybe moves a bit to the left or right, because of the circumstances. But they’re honest.

We’re always going to be doing the hoovering at some point, aren’t we? [referring to Victoria]

Alright, the good story there is that song had been about six months, and I went and saw her, Vicky, at her apartment and she had one of the big promotional posters up on her wall. Framed. And she’s making us cups of tea, 10am in the morning, and she goes, “oh, Jordan, thank you for the song”. I didn’t say anything. And she says, “I got rid of the bastard”.

It worked!

[Sings] What do you see in him?

Maybe we all need a little bit of a nudge like that in song. The only songs I’ve ever had written about me – I mean, my name rhymes, quite obviously with something.

Rich.

Oh yeah. Good point.

[Sings] Mitchy is a rich girl, Mitchy is a rich girl now.

Maybe that could be my next phase. I’m moving out of my bitch era and into my rich era. See you at The Others Way, Jordan!

Dance Exponents are reforming for their first shows in 36 years, playing all their hits from Prayers be Answered at The Others Way Festival.

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undertheradar.co.nz/tour/18160/The-Others-Way-Festival-2022.utr
flyingout.co.nz/products/dance-exponents-prayers-be-answered-reissue

Interview Laura Jean The Others Way Festival 2022

Indira Neville / Photo credit: Rochelle Marie Adam
/ Thursday 20th October, 2022 10:53AM

  
  

Laura Jean performs at Tāmaki Makaurau’s The Others Way Festival this Saturday 21st October — check out the updated programme including new additions to the lineup Finn Andrews and Carnivorous Plant Society

UnderTheRadar, Flying Out and 95bFM present…

The Others Way Festival

Saturday 22nd October (during Labour Weekend) – Tāmaki Makaurau’s Karangahape Road

Featuring… Anthonie Tonnon, Bleeding Star, Carnivorous Plant Society, Ché Fu & The Kratez, Coolies, Daffodils, Dance Exponents, Earth Tongue, Finn Andrews, Francisca Griffin and the Bus Shelter Boys, Half Hexagon, Hans Pucket Midnight Karaoke Challenge, Juno Is, Julien Dyne, Landlords, Laura Jean, LEAO, Maxine Funke, Mirror Ritual, MNDSGN & the Rare Pleasures, Nadia Reid, The Newmatics, PollyHill, Proteins of Magic, Repairs, Rita Mae, Shepherds Reign, Soft Plastics, Steve Gunn, Swidt, TE KAAHU, Vanessa Worm

Tickets on sale HERE via UTR

When I was younger I got a book about herbs and from it I made many dubious ‘healing’ potions. I thought of this when I listened to Laura Jean sing about learning reiki, which she does in her song ‘Teenager Again’. The experiences were different but the feelings evoked were the same; an intense adolescent yearning for answers and a gentle retrospective amusement at the attempts made to find them.

I’m talking to Australian musician Laura Jean about her forthcoming album Amateurs and I share with her my memory of the bitter herbal teas. I tell her how great she is at capturing broad human experiences and feelings through moments specific to her own life. She tells me this is deliberate,

“If you sing about anguish or love or whatever too generally then it’s too hard for people to find a way in. It’s hard to imagine personal and emotional things from places other than yourself, but if I share a specific situation it reminds whoever’s listening about one of their own and that’s the way in. The herb thing is yours and yeh, it’s just like the reiki”.

She continues, “This strategy? It’s quite intellectual. Writing a good emotional song is really quite an intellectual process but if you do it right you don’t notice at the end. The emotion hides it”.

Laura Jean is all about the song-writing process. In numerous interviews she talks about it as a ‘dedication to song craft’. This seems to me to be a bit vague so I ask her what the word ‘craft’ means. She tells me it’s a good question and I feel a bit proud of myself, but not for long because the answer is so interesting and I want to concentrate.

Her explanation includes the words ‘curiosity and organisation’. The curiosity part comes at the beginning of the process when she ‘plays’ with whatever tools come to hand. The example given is the kid’s keyboard she used to write the songs for Devotion, her previous album. Laura Jean talks about, “…wondering what it could do, just following the sounds without being strategic”.

Then comes the ‘organising’ of the discovered sounds; the writing of melodies, harmonies, and lyrics on that same instrument. She says, “I want to see how much interest I can create if I put this word over this tune or add this particular sound. You know, what can I do, how can I make it satisfying?”.

“Crafting satisfies the organisational part of my brain. I do have a very organisational brain” she adds.

Laura Jean also talks about ‘song craft’ more generally, “lots of people will ‘craft’ for a reason; an advert or a Spotify playlist or an album. I just repeatedly craft the songs themselves. It’s like a spiritual practice”. These last words are qualified, “it’s not a heavy or compulsory thing, just something I can’t imagine I’ll ever stop doing. Like a ritual”.

I ask if it’s a contradiction, being organisational and spiritual. The answer is a rejection. Laura Jean explains she’s made up of lots of different parts and she honours them all; that she is both pragmatic and creative. She also says her law degree and job as a legal clerk are just as important as her music, “I love having other stuff to do and when I’m at work or studying I’m really totally there. I care about it”.

“It’s important to be open and in every moment” she continues and tells me a story about when she worked in a café and overheard some musicians mention ‘killing time’ until their next gig. She gives an emphatic “no!” and says, “actually those moments in the café were amazing. I had to give that old lady her coffee and make sure it wasn’t too hot and care about her… you have to care about what you do in every moment”.

This idea of ‘moments’ seems to carry across in all Laura Jean does. She lives them and she writes about them. ‘Teenager Again’ has many great examples. There’s the learning reiki thing but also a trip to a psychic, and when she went on the Lite’n’Easy diet programme.

‘Too Much To Do’, the third single from Amateurs is about moments Laura Jean has with her mother, who dreamed of being in musical theatre, “I put in a snapshot from my childhood when mum got her first part. I’ll never forget her coming home from her audition screaming ‘I got in!’”

This interview also feels like a moment. Laura Jean is invested and open and I cannot help but be fully there with her. To be honest we do not talk much about Amateurs although I do say the name seems a bit of a misnomer, given how skilled and beautiful her work is. She thanks me, looks thoughtful, then explains it’s about the way artists are perceived in Australia, “like it’s not a proper job”. Despite this though, she continues to make music, “so ‘amateur’ is also a word for someone who does what they love. That’s me”.

At the end of the interview we somehow segue into a Cyndi Lauper fangirl session. I tell her how I saw Cyndi live, playing ‘Time After Time’ with just a zither. She smiles and utters a genuine “oh wow”. Then I say I’m looking forward to seeing her play at The Others Way and that perhaps I’ll wear a Cyndi Lauper t-shirt so she knows who I am. Laura Jean laughs and we both agree it’d be a moment. — Indira Neville

Laura Jean’s forthcoming album Amateurs launches on Friday 4th November via Chapter Music — vinyl preorders are available HERE.

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Interview Steve Gunn The Others Way Festival 2022 and North Island Shows

Chris Cudby
/ Monday 17th October, 2022 11:43AM

  
  

New York-based songwriter / guitar virtuoso Steve Gunn returns to Aotearoa this week for a performance at Tāmaki Makaurau’s multi-venue The Others Way festival, bracketed by solo headline dates in Pōneke, Hastings and the super city. Last here for a run of shows in 2019 (including gigs with The Chills), Gunn’s releases since those pre-pandemic days include this year’s Nakama EP and his 2021 album Other You (Matador) — featuring contributions from Juliana Barwick, Mary Lattimore, Jeff Parker (Tortoise) and Justin Tripp. Ahead of his fourth New Zealand jaunt, Gunn graciously provided thoughtful answers to our probing questions, don’t miss him at the following dates…

UnderTheRadar, Flying Out and 95bFM present…

The Others Way Festival

Saturday 22nd October (during Labour Weekend) – Tāmaki Makaurau’s Karangahape Road

Featuring… Anthonie Tonnon, Bleeding Star, Ché Fu & The Kratez, Coolies, Daffodils, Dance Exponents, Earth Tongue, Francisca Griffin and the Bus Shelter Boys, Half Hexagon, Hans Pucket Midnight Karaoke Challenge, Juno Is, Julien Dyne, Landlords, Laura Jean, LEAO, Maxine Funke, Mirror Ritual, MNDSGN & the Rare Pleasures, Nadia Reid, The Newmatics, PollyHill, Proteins of Magic, Repairs, Rita Mae, Shepherds Reign, Soft Plastics, Steve Gunn, Swidt, TE KAAHU, Vanessa Worm

Tickets on sale HERE via UTR
Check out the official timetable HERE


Steve Gunn

Thursday 20th October – The Tuning Fork, Auckland

Sunday 23rd October – Meow, Wellington

Monday 24th October – The Deerstalkers Association Hall, Bridge PA, Hastings (Labour Day)

General public tickets available HERE from Banished Music

Chris Cudby: You’re returning to Aotearoa for your first shows here since 2019. Do you have any fond (or otherwise) standout memories of your earlier visits to NZ?

Steve Gunn: It’s hard to believe that this will be my fourth visit to New Zealand, and I have certainly had countless memories from these visits. One that sticks out is when I was opening for the Chills an experienced stunt pilot came up to me after my set and offered to take me on a flight the next morning. We met up with him out on a runway early the next day, and he flew me up in a two seater plane (I was in the front!), around a mountain, across a beach. Needless to say, it was the most memorable morning.

In the time since you toured here last, you released your 2021 album Other You and this year’s Nakama EP, which reimagines songs from Other You in collaboration with Mdou Moctar, Natural Information Society, Circuit des Yeux and Bing & Ruth. What spurred you to personally revisit these tunes, so soon after your new album’s release?

A big aspect of my music is collaborating with others, and the label offered the opportunity to revisit these songs with some artists that I really admire. To have an opportunity to work with these greats in this context was something I couldn’t pass up. Other You has a specific sound as an album, and it was really satisfying to see where the songs would go with having a new perspective on them, I love that process. I’m always open to finding a third way with music and this helped shape a new perspective. I was into the idea of handing the song sketches over and hearing how they would turn out. This happens when I play solo also, the music changes around.

Collaboration is also a consistent thread throughout Other You, which features contributions from Juliana Barwick, Mary Lattimore, Bridget St. John, Jeff Parker, Bill MacKay, Ben Bertrand, Ryan Sawyer along with your longterm friend Justin Tripp. Do you view yourself as part of a wider community of artists?

I do think there is a wider community of artists that I know and get a lot of inspiration from — these names included. All of the people mentioned live around the country, and I see them when I can. There is also a close community of musicians here in New York that is more immediate and great too. Shared rehearsal spaces, studio sessions, impromptu shows, lessons, advice, movie watching, walking, etc. There is a lot happening here that keeps me moving around and exploring. I’m thankful for my friends here and elsewhere.

I understand that improvisational / free jazz had a big impact on your own development as an artist. What role does improvisation play in your current musical practice?

Jazz music did have a huge impact on me, and still does. I was lucky growing up in Philadelphia, where there was a vibrant and varied music scene. I saw and learned a lot. Improvisation is something I use as a tool to write, or whenever I pick up an instrument. Everything seems to come out of those moments, even if there is structure later. I of course write things down, remember guitar parts, work in some kind of parameter — but I’m always open to seeing what can happen with letting things drop out a little.

How would you describe your personal musical trajectory over the past 15 years?

A lot of travelling, talking, practicing, joy, frustration, listening, laughing. I still feel as interested and motivated in music as I ever was. I am excited and inspired for what’s next.


Any specific artists (new or old) you’re enjoying listening to / are excited about at the moment?

I’ve been listening to a lot of Pharoah Sanders, since his recent passing. It’s autumn here and I’ve been listening to the band Pentangle a lot, it feels like somewhat of a seasonal thing.


Has your touring schedule ramped up significantly this year?

Touring has changed for most people, and while it’s better than it was, it’s still at a slower pace. That is also fine with me. I’ve been playing more solo shows than ever, and have been really getting into that way of performing.


What can gig-goers look forward to when you tour New Zealand solo in October?

I will be playing solo acoustic guitar with effects. I’m going to bring a little synthesizer with me too, which will be a first for me. I’ll be playing songs from all of my records, with a few covers thrown in also, maybe some extended improvised sections if I’m feeling it. Hope to see you!

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The Others Way Festival 2022 Timetable Announced

C.C.
/ Friday 14th October, 2022 4:12PM

  
  

Tāmaki Makaurau’s The Others Way festival have ambushed your Friday with the official timetable for this year’s multi-venue spectacular! Dive into the details below, figure out your plan for the night and grab tickets before they run out…

UnderTheRadar, Flying Out and 95bFM present…

The Others Way Festival

Saturday 22nd October (during Labour Weekend) – Tāmaki Makaurau’s Karangahape Road

Featuring… Anthonie Tonnon, Bleeding Star, Ché Fu & The Kratez, Coolies, Daffodils, Dance Exponents, Earth Tongue, Francisca Griffin and the Bus Shelter Boys, Half Hexagon, Hans Pucket Midnight Karaoke Challenge, Juno Is, Julien Dyne, Landlords, Laura Jean, LEAO, Maxine Funke, Mirror Ritual, MNDSGN & the Rare Pleasures, Nadia Reid, The Newmatics, PollyHill, Proteins of Magic, Repairs, Rita Mae, Shepherds Reign, Soft Plastics, Steve Gunn, Swidt, TE KAAHU, Vanessa Worm

Tickets on sale HERE via UTR

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Interview Oliver Tree Elemental Nights 2022

Henessey Griffiths / C.C. / Photo credit: Jimmy Fontaine
/ Tuesday 28th June, 2022 12:45PM

  
  

US songwriter and cyberspace star Oliver Tree is playing his first ever Aotearoa headline event in July at Auckland Town Hall, as part of the jam-packed Elemental Nights 2022 winter festival. Promising fans an anything-goes extravaganza including "motivational speaking, storytelling, comedy, performance art, scooter stunts, WWF wrestling, even some belly dancing," Tree got on the blower with Henessey Griffiths for an insightful chat — delving into Tree’s recent shift from dance-pop-punk to country, the relationship between his larger than life image and personal music, Tree’s mad scooter skills, and the pair’s shared dislike for infamous YouTuber Logan Paul. You can catch Oliver Tree on the 25th for Elemental Nights, also starring Jungle, Dope Lemon, Nadia Reid, Diggy Dupé, Mura Masa and more, for full lineup details and ticket info head over HERE.


Oliver Tree – Elemental Nights 2022
Monday 25th July – Auckland Town Hall
For complete tour and ticket information, visit: elementalnights.com & livenation.co.nz


Henessey Griffiths: Kia ora Oliver! Thank you for taking the time out to talk to us, how has your day been going so far?

Oliver Tree: Doing pretty good. Just doing meetings and stuff, nothing too exciting. I’m getting all dolled up here because I’m gonna go film a TV show. It should be exciting for me but I can’t say too much, but it’s good.

I’ve seen that you’ve been real hectic on the festival circuit at the moment, how have all your live shows been going?

They’ve been going pretty good. One of my shows, my band got stuck in the Mexico border, and we rented them a private jet to come to the event but they came five minutes before we finished. Pretty much a nightmare scenario, I hired one guy off the street to play piano, and then I brought in another drummer somewhere else, and it was a disaster. But besides that it’s been smooth sailing.


Nice, cause I saw a video of you online and you were absolutely shredding it on your scooter and it looked sick.

Yeah, I got some mad moves.

You made major waves with your 2020 album Ugly is Beautiful, and that’s where we got to learn more about who Oliver Tree is. I was really surprised to hear that within your new album Cowboy Tears that you took a more country route. I think it played out really well, was this genre shift a natural progression for you, or something you intended on doing?

For me, it was super organic. It was just getting in touch with my roots. I grew up every year going to my grandparents’ ranch, and I know a lot of people don’t know this, but my grandfather was a cowboy, and his grandfather was a cowboy, so it was part of my lineage. Obviously I’m a city slicker and not the traditional cowboy, but I grew up on the ranch feeding the animals. During Covid, I ended up spending some time out there after Ugly is Beautiful came out and I had retired officially from music. It was just the organic thing, after working everyday on the ranch, I just was noodlin’ around on my grandfather’s acoustic guitar and started writing music. Some of the songs I loved so much I thought, “I might as well share this”. It wasn’t something that I intended to do at all.

I feel like a lot of people tend to rag on country music, but it’s generally a genre filled with so much emotion and pain and sorrow; and that definitely seems like a big theme for your album. Was it a cathartic feeling of making the album? Did it feel good to express all those emotions and get it out there?

A hundred percent. For me, I don’t go to therapy, my art is my therapy. I’m sure it’s healthy for everyone to go to therapy, but for me, I’m really grateful I have that place where I can really let it all out, really put my soul into something and turn my negative energy into something positive that I can share with the world. I feel really lucky to have something like that.

I feel like with this album there’s a certain vulnerability to it that I don’t feel like we’ve seen from you before. What would you say is your biggest take away from this whole experience?

For me, it was that I could totally change things up and ultimately I think that a lot of my fans felt like I turned on them. But the truth is that I’m not here to pander to anybody, I’m gonna do whatever the hell I want. So it felt good that I could just do whatever I wanted, and even though when I told my fans I was doing a country album they said “boo, keep it, we don’t want it,” then when ‘Cowboys Don’t Cry’ came out, the first single, people really loved it. It was actually the biggest first release that I had for the first couple of weeks, so it was pretty exciting to see that I could do whatever the hell I want, I could switch it up and people could either learn to appreciate it, leave or embrace it and be stoked on it. I got a wide range of responses… I think the core fan base and the people that are really about it, they mostly stand behind it. The truth is that if they couldn’t, they could go back and see all the stuff I did with that first character in that first album. I released music for years and wore that stupid outfit for five years. There’s a lot of content and interviews that they can go watch if that’s what they’re looking for.

You obviously have such a distinct image that a lot of people would describe as pretty “memey”, especially as we’re living in an age of the attention economy where memes are a form of cultural currency. Do you think that your image of Oliver Tree beforehand is a blessing or a curse in a way?

I would say it’s a blessing. No one ever listened to my music before. It was just a means to an end, a vehicle to pull people to my music. I spent 10 years making music, and no one gave a shit. So it was a blessing to get people to finally pay attention to the art, and see my life’s work. A lot of people didn’t know ‘that guy’ made music, they just thought it was a meme first, and a musician second, but really it was the other way around. It was a really good strategy to pull people, so it was a blessing for sure.

The fact that you still have a dedicated fan base who are supporting you even if you’re going down a different route with your music and style, it’s very limitless in the amount of opportunities that you have and how you can really express yourself. I think that’s so sick.

It’s sad that this is going to be my last album. But I do have my deluxe version of the album that’s slowly starting to trickle out a couple more songs: Drown the World in a Swimming Pool of Sorrow is the deluxe version, I’m doing a pop-punk album. Basically it’s a double album with 12 new songs along with the ‘Cowboy Tears’ songs, giving some of the fans who really wanted that rock sound another body of work for that. But this is kind of the end of it for me. I’m grateful for what I did get to make, and I’ll always make music for myself, but I don’t have any more intentions to release it.

That’s fair enough. I would say that one of my favourite tracks off the album is ‘Balloon Boy’, and it got me quite emotional, with the idea of floating away and being free in that regard. I do have to ask, is the title a reference to the infamous Balloon Boy incident of 2009?

Hmm, that’s a really good question. It’s actually based on that poor child.

I thought so! Because I think about that all the time but I feel like no one remembers it.

I was heartbroken by the whole event. I was glad to see what actually ended up happening.

So you’re coming to Auckland on July 25th for Elemental Nights, which is going to be so sick, have you been to New Zealand before?

Sadly no. I’m so excited, it’s always been a dream of mine, so I cannot wait to come. I was hoping to go last time around when I went to Australia but the stars didn’t align. So I’m excited to finally come.

It’s gonna be so much fun, is there anything that we can expect from the live show? Like will there be some Cirque du Soleil type shit?

It’s definitely a traveling circus that we put on. The way that I describe it is that there’s a little bit of something for everyone. We have motivational speaking, storytelling, comedy, performance art, scooter stunts, WWF wrestling, even some belly dancing. Music wise, we have rock, pop, soul, hip-hop, country music, dance music, electronic music. We’ve got a wide range, and I feel like we offer a show that’s eclectic, and offer something for everyone.

That’s the best sales pitch you could ever ask for, like why would you not want to go now?

It’s gonna be our last tour ever, so if you’re even on the fence about it, just know that this is it. We’re not coming back. I could be coming back for my own vacation, but you’re not gonna see the show again, so this is kind of a once in a lifetime opportunity to get to see the show.


You said that after your next album it’s probably going to be your last, what can we expect to see from you in the future? I know that you’ve got a really big interest in filmmaking, would you want to work more on the film side of things?

Yeah, that’s really my dream job, music is just my day job. When your dream becomes a reality, it’s no longer a dream. Obviously there’s so many different levels to it. For me, I was able to take it to a place that I feel proud of, and I feel like I got to do it, whatever scale you want to call it. I don’t know if it’s the top of the underground or the bottom of the mainstream, but I was able to make it somewhere between those worlds. Ultimately, it’s not really a dream to me anymore. I’ve been working on these screenplays, I’ve just finished writing my third feature film.

Nice!

I’m just really doing it for myself right now, for the passion of it and to get really good at it. These three different films are totally different genres. One of them is a kids movie, one is NC-17, and one of them is somewhere in-between. I’m really exploring the options of where it can go, that’s like really the end goal. I haven’t had time to focus on starting production on any of those because I’m finishing music and playing a hundred different shows this year, so it’s been eating up all my spare time, but that’s really the end goal. To get really into writing and directing and producing my own features.

That’s mean! If you need any colour grading, hit me up. Okay, I have one last question for you. Would you rather get hit in the ankle like, every day for a whole year, or have to go on Logan Paul’s Podcast again?

Jesus. I’m gonna take a scooter to the ankle every time. I would never wanna have to meet Logan Paul again. That guy is bottom of the barrel, scum of the Earth. I can’t really say too much more because my lawyer Jeremiah Jeffery has advised me not to get too deep into this as there’s an impending lawsuit. But, based upon my drink Slime, I make a signature sports drink, he ripped me off, he made some bullshit drink called Prime, and we’re still figuring out the logistics. He rolled his out before I could really roll mine out and my investors are slow with Covid, so I’m actually in the middle of a lawsuit against him, and I can’t say anymore than that.

That’s honestly fair enough, I really don’t like Logan Paul aye.

Well, I’m glad we have that in common because I hate that dude with every bone in my body.

Well, good luck for the lawsuit, and thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us today! We really appreciate it, and good luck for the show as well.

Thank you so much, have a great day.

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Arahi North Island Piano Tour Announced

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Jessie Broad / Thursday 16th June, 2022 9:04AM

  
  

Recent opener for fellow Lilypad acts Bic Runga, Nadia Reid and Finn Andrews, pop-rock songwriter Arahi is taking his heartfelt tunes and baby grand piano on a North Island-spanning six-stop tour. Named ‘There’s Nothing Like It’ for his soon to be released single (due out Matariki weekend), the intimate solo series sees Arahi journeying through churches, wineries and other cosy venues this July and August, giving attendees a chance to get up close and personal with the soulful artist and uncover the stories behind the songs. Arahi says the tour is "a chance to really get to know the songs and the meaning behind them, because we’re in such an intimate setting, which doesn’t happen too often". Take in the dates and stops below…

Arahi There’s Nothing Like It Piano Tour
Friday 15th July – Church Road Winery, Napier

Friday 12th August – Mt Eden Village Church, Auckland

Saturday 13th August – Leigh Sawmill, Leigh

Friday 19th August – The Yard, Raglan

Saturday 20th August – Jam Factory, Tauranga

Sunday 28th August – Meow, Wellington

Tickets via banishedmusic.com

Dive into ‘The Best Thing I’ve Ever Seen’, the latest rockin’ tune from Arahi…


Press release:

Trailblazing emerging artist, Arahi announces his debut ‘There’s Nothing Like It – Piano Tour’ 2022. Those in the know will know an Arahi show is much more than mere music. Arahi creates immersive experiences to speak to your tender soul and linger round the corners of your mind long after he’s skipped town. This latest offering is a chance for you to grasp at an elusive moment in time, an intimate audience with the man and his piano.

In collaboration with Undergrand, Arahi comes to the stage paired back, pouring heart and soul over the keys of this exquisite snow white baby grand piano. This show promises a delicate and insightful look at Arahi, his songs and their many facets. In his words, ‘it’s a chance to really get to know the songs and the meaning behind them, because we’re in such an intimate setting, which doesn’t happen too often.’

With a reputation for being a bona fide artistic soul, presented as a master of his craft, Arahi juxtaposes classic and contemporary sound with an eclectic, eccentric style. Arahi calls on theatrics and grandiose displays of sound and vision, meticulously crafted, together with a flair for showmanship, constantly pushing the boundaries of Indie music.
Arahi released ‘The Best Thing I’ve Ever Seen’ a blissful, hazy tune, in April, which as Arahi aptly sums up, feels “like a red hot 80s sun setting on roller-skating silhouettes along a golden boulevard.” The track was released with a bonus B-side – a mesmerizing dance remix of Arahi’s 2020 single ‘Searching In The Sun’.

And coming soon on Matariki is his latest single, ‘There’s Nothing Like It’ which breezes past your ears to the depths of your soul like a long awaited exhale. Delicate and transcendent, its emotive, soaring string sections weave in and out of Arahi’s warm vocals, matched against a raw piano. The sound is a chance for people to relinquish themselves of the weight on their shoulders, really dive into the music and allow themselves to believe that some things can’t be explained in words.

Arahi recently played alongside iconic NZ artists; The Veils, Bic Runga, Nadia Reid to a sold out audience at Auckland Stadium’s Lilypad concert. Arahi is looking forward to connecting and creating memorable live experiences with his fans in six different regions of Aotearoa this winter.

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Nadia Reid with NZTrio Tour Announced For July

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Alex Lovell-Smith / Tuesday 3rd May, 2022 8:00AM

  
  

Port Chalmers icon Nadia Reid is teaming up with contemporary classical ensemble NZTrio for a very special three date tour in July. Journeying to Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Ōtautahi and Ōtepoti, these collaborative events will showcase new arrangements commissioned from Aotearoa composer Alex Taylor. Lauded as a "national treasure" by NZ Herald’s William Dart, the Tūī award-winning NZTrio of Amalia Hall (violin), Ashley Brown (cello) and Somi Kim (piano) are renowned for their adventurous and eclectic repertoire, celebrating their 20th anniversary together this year. They’ll be performing with Reid’s trusty live band of Sam Taylor, Richie Pickard, Joe McCallum and of course the globally acclaimed songwriter herself for this trifecta of can’t miss occasions.

Experience Reid and band live with NZTrio at the dates below, just ahead of her Auckland Town Hall performance with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra as part of Elemental Nights 2022, and keep your ear to the ground for news of a fourth studio album in 2023…

‘It was a dream I dreamt up while in the throes of having a newborn and being in lockdown once again. I have been wanting to perform with the NZTrio for as long as I can remember. And it seems like the perfect pairing as I prepare to record my 4th album in August. I think the marriage of my band and I, and NZTrio is going to make for some real magic and I can’t wait.’ – Nadia Reid

"A couple of years ago, we had the chance to hear Nadia and her band playing live in Christchurch. Since then we’d been thinking how great it would be to collaborate on a show together – the intimacy and emotional range of Nadia’s music aligns with NZTrio’s vibe and we thought the combination of the trio with her band would create an interesting new dimension. We’re so stoked to see this dream come to fruition! Alex Taylor is the perfect composer to have on the team – we’re all in for a treat and can’t wait to get on the road!" – NZTrio

Nadia Reid live with NZTrio

Thursday 14th July – Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin

Friday 15th July – Old St. Paul’s, Wellington

Thursday 21st July – The Piano, Christchurch

Banished Music presale from 9am, Friday 6th May
General tickets on sale 11am, Monday 9th May

Nadia Reid & APO

Sunday 24th July – Auckland Town Hall
Live Nation presale from 12pm, Wednesday 4th May until 11am, Friday 6th May
General public tickets on sale from 12pm, Friday 6th May

 
Experience director Martin Sagadin’s lush video for Nadia Reid’s ‘Get The Devil Out’, from her 2020 album Out of My Province…

Press release:

Off the back of her last two successful tours (Theatre & Opera House, 2021 and Reid & Ruins 2020) and on the eve of her fourth album release in 2023, Nadia Reid is going out on the road this July with her band and contemporary classical ensemble NZTrio.

A richness of voice; a depth of emotion; wisdom beyond her years, Nadia Reid has claimed her place as one of New Zealand’s most evocative and profound songwriters. With youth spent in the company of folk clubs and the indie scene of Dunedin and Christchurch, Reid connected with the pre-and-post-quake Christchurch music milieu and quickly garnered a reputation among her peers for her penetrating songs belying her young age.

Nadia Reid has attained global success off the back of her first three albums: Listen To Formation, Look For The Signs (2015); Preservation (2017); and Out Of My Province (2020). In the years prior to March 2020, Nadia performed over 90 shows a year, through Australasia, Europe, and the United States with high profile appearances at coveted arts and music festivals like Green Man, End Of The Road, a media appearance on the BBC’s ‘Later…with Jools Holland’ and BBC 6 music.

With a #2 in Mojo for Album of the Year (for Preservation in 2017), and in New Zealand, as a finalist for both the Silver Scrolls Awards (2017,2019) and the Taite Prize (2016 & 2018, 2020) Nadia Reid’s star continues to rise.

Described as a “national treasure” and “New Zealand’s most indispensable ensemble” (William Dart, NZ Herald), NZTrio is renowned for its eclectic repertoire, outstanding talent and warm kiwi stage presence, and celebrates their 20th anniversary in 2022. Any preconceptions of classical music being stuffy or intimidating are smashed by edgy repertoire, venue ambiance, and post-concert manaakitanga.

Bringing together three incredibly accomplished artists: Amalia Hall (violin), Ashley Brown (cello) and Somi Kim (piano), every NZTrio performance powerfully reaffirms the importance and cathartic nature of a live musical experience in today’s digital world. Expect to be affected.

Critical acclaim for the group extends to a Tui for Best Classical Artist at the 2017 Vodafone NZ Music Awards, two citation awards: the KBB Music/CANZ citation (2012) and the Lilburn Trust Citation (2017) – both for outstanding services to New Zealand Music, as well as an ever-expanding catalogue of recorded work including their latest album Merge, released in 2021 on the Rattle label.

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Elemental Nights 2022 First Lineup Jungle Dope Lemon Nadia Reid APO Diggy Dup More

Chris Cudby / Image: Nadia Reid
/ Monday 2nd May, 2022 8:00AM

  
  

Injecting some much-needed nightlife back in Tāmaki Makaurau’s central city, Elemental Nights returns in a big way with a lineup of international and local megastars. Taking over Auckland Town Hall (and concert chamber) in late July, 2022’s international headliners include London electronic groove merchants Jungle, the mellow sounds of Australia’s Dope Lemon, Irish singer / rapper Biig Piig, US songwriter / director / cyberspace personality Oliver Tree and superstar English songwriter Tom Misch. Local headliners include Arch Hill rapper Diggy Dupé and friends performing songs from their soundtrack to drama series The Panthers, 2021 Taite Music Prize winner Reb Fountain, and Port Chalmers icon Nadia Reid with band alongside a 12-piece string section from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO).

All happening as part of the Elemental AKL 2022 mid-year festival of curated experiences encompassing food, art and performance, keep on the lookout for even more musical events to be announced — presented by Live Nation in association with Auckland Unlimited…

“We are incredibly excited to finally bring international talent back to Aotearoa this Winter, alongside a stellar line-up of domestic artists, as part of Elemental AKL. Similar to previous editions of Elemental Nights, we’ll be showcasing both the artists and Auckland’s iconic venues combining music, light design and excellent food and beverage offerings all to heat up Auckland’s live music scene this July.” – Renée Hermsen, Live Nation New Zealand

Elemental Nights 2022 – Auckland

Dope Lemon

Friday 22nd July – Auckland Town Hall

Nadia Reid + APO

Sunday 24th July – Auckland Town Hall

Biig Piig
Monday 25th July – Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall

Oliver Tree
Monday 25th July – Auckland Town Hall

Jungle
Tuesday 26th July – Auckland Town Hall

Tom Misch

Thursday 28th July – Auckland Town Hall

Diggy Dupé & Friends present The Panthers
Thursday 28th July – Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall

Reb Fountain
Friday 29th July – Auckland Town Hall

Live Nation presale from 12pm, Wednesday 4th May until 11am, Friday 6th May

General public tickets on sale from 12pm, Friday 6th May 
For complete tour and ticket information, visit: elementalnights.com & livenation.co.nz

Watch the video for Jungle’s 2019 smash ‘Casio’…

Check out Oliver Tree’s wild visuals for ‘Life Goes On’, from his new album Cowboy Tears…

Watch Diggy Dupé in the video for ‘My Heart Never Sleeps’ from the soundtrack to The Panthers…

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The Broken Heartbreakers Unveil Single Video Were All Looking Up

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Alex Lovell-Smith / Friday 15th October, 2021 11:01AM

  
  

Huge news day for those partial to the lovely folk stylings of The Broken Heartbreakers — the Ōtepoti five-piece have signed to Nadia Reid‘s hometown label Slow Time Records, announced their fifth studio album Imagine If We Could Just Keep Driving is on the way, and shared lush lead single ‘We’re All Looking Up’. Band members Rachel Bailey, John Guy Howell, Craig Monk, Angus McBryde and Paul McLennan-Kissel have brewed a honey-toned blend of uplifting acoustic and electric guitar, violin and viola on the new song, an ode to Kapukataumahaka (Mount Cargill) and the community that hums below it. Kristina Simons (aka Tina Turntables) captures the spirit of Kapukataumahaka and ‘We’re All Looking Up’ in her hypnotising patchwork visuals, crowd sourcing pics of mugs, tea cups and the vivid Ōtepoti sunset. The Broken Heartbreakers tour Te Waka a Māui this month, with a hometown show tonight in the very community the song was written for. See where you can catch the band live below, and enjoy the bubbly new track ‘We’re All Looking Up’…

The Broken Heartbreakers
‘We’re All Looking Up’ Single Release Tour

Friday 15th October – Pioneer Hall, Port Chalmers [sold out]
Sunday 31st October – Nga Maara Hall, Dunedin [matinee, all ages show]

Friday 19th November – Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru

Saturday 20th November – Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru [duo matinee performance]

Tickets available HERE via UTR

The Broken Heartbreakers’ fifth studio album ‘Imagine If We Could Just Keep Driving’ is out 2022 on Slow Time Records.

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The Broken Heartbreakers Announce Were All Looking Up NZ Tour

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Alex Lovell-Smith
/ Monday 16th August, 2021 9:38AM

  
  

Hand-picked supports for Nadia Reid‘s hugely popular recent Opera House and Theatre Tour, Ōtepoti’s The Broken Heartbreakers have announced a spring nationwide tour celebrating the forthcoming launch of their first new single in six years ‘We’re All Looking Up’. Formed around the core collaborative songwriting duo of Rachel Bailey and John Guy Howell back in 2002, The Broken Heartbreakers are all set to treat fans across Aotearoa to the lush folk-tinted sounds of their full five-piece live band, including Craig Monk (Cloudboy, Dunedin Symphony Orchestra) on viola and 2nd lead guitar, Angus McBryde on bass guitar and drummer Paul McLennan-Kissel (Julian Temple Band, Entire Alphabet).

Influenced by the shared "alone, together" experience of the 2020 lockdowns and releasing on 1st October, new song ‘We’re All Looking Up’ promises to be The Broken Heartbreakers’ own take on power-pop, described by the band as “Imagine a Guided by Voices martini mixed with Dunedin’s Look Blue Go Purple – shaken not stirred… As we face the challenges in this pandemic world, the song emphasises what unites us and asks us to take comfort in the fact that ‘We’re all looking up at the same mountain’”.

The Broken Heartbreakers ‘We’re All Looking Up’ Single Release Tour

Friday 15th October – Pioneer Hall, Port Chalmers

Thursday 21st October – Meow, Wellington*

Friday 22nd October – Grey Lynn Library Hall, Auckland

Saturday 23rd October – Omiha Hall, Waiheke Island

Sunday 31st October – Nga Maara Hall, North East Valley [matinee, all ages show]

Friday 19th November – Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru
Saturday 20th November – Heartbreakers High Tea, Oamaru [duo matinee performance]

Tickets available HERE via UTR

*Tickets from Moshtix

Watch the video for ‘Swipe Card Valley ( Dressing Up On Dress Down Friday)’, from The Broken Heartbreakers’ 2015 album How We Got To Now…

Press release:

Next month, The Broken Heartbreakers will release their first single since the release of their 2015 album How We Got To Now, followed by a seven date tour of Aotearoa in October and November. The new single, We’re All Looking Up, is a homage to community, and more specifically, to the mountain under which the Heartbreaker band call home.

The Broken Heartbreakers are led by songwriters Rachel Bailey and John Guy Howell, who began their music journey together in 2002. With the passing of nearly 20 years, hundreds of gigs, four studio albums, multiple continents and a changing cast of backing band members, The Broken Heartbreakers sound has continued evolving.

We’re All Looking Up is a deliberate nod to the power pop genre, with chiming twin guitars, layered vocals and just enough harmonic twist and turns to keep listeners on their toes. “Imagine a Guided by Voices martini mixed with Dunedin’s Look Blue Go Purple – shaken not stirred.” The song is centred around North East Valley where the band all reside in Ōtepoti Dunedin and the diverse community that lives there under the protection of Kapukataumahaka (Mt Cargill).

Bailey says she was “influenced by the shared ‘alone, together’ experience of the Covid-19 lock downs. We’re all Looking Up celebrates the resilience of this community and the redemptive power of Ōtepoti’s magnificent landscapes.” “As we face the challenges in this pandemic world, the song emphasises what unites us and asks us to take comfort in the fact that ‘We’re all looking up at the same mountain’”.

Touring now as a 5-piece band, Bailey and Howell are joined by the talents of Craig Monk (Cloudboy, Dunedin Symphony Orchestra) on viola and 2nd lead guitar, Angus McBryde (asta rangu) on bass guitar and Paul McLennan-Kissel (Julian Temple Band, Entire Alphabet) on drums. With this unyielding line-up, the band joined Nadia Reid and her band for her national opera house tour in May, playing both as a 5-piece band, and as a trio in selected cities.

This time, The Broken Heartbreakers will carve their own path across the country, playing some very special venues with equally special guests along the way.

We’re All Looking Up will be available to download and stream on 1 October. Tour tickets available now from Under the Radar (Wellington tickets from Moshtix).

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Listen To Anthonie Tonnons New Album Leave Love Out Of This

Annabel Kean / Image credit: Kristy Pearson and Daniel Blackball Alexander / Friday 16th July, 2021 10:09AM

  
  

Durie Hill elevator operator aka Aotearoa’s prince of public transport aka Anthonie Tonnon has unveiled his sparkling third studio album Leave Love Out Of This. Armed with his Deluge synthesiser and a buttload of passion for New Zealand history, Tonnon meshes the deeply personal with the political on his eight track collection, from the complex story telling in epic opener ‘Entertainment’ to the once bleak fate of the Mataura Paper Mill on album closer. Leave Love Out Of This features vocal contributions from Anna Coddington and Nadia Reid, and instrumentation from three quarters of The Beths, most notably Jonathan Pearce who co-wrote ‘Entertainment’, ‘Leave Love Out Of This’, ‘Peacetime Orders’ and bonus track ‘Lockheed Bomber’ exclusive to CD and LP. Released today on delicious lime green vinyl via Nadia Reid’s label Slow Time Records, Anthonie Tonnon’s latest offering will knock your socks off…

UnderTheRadar proudly presents…

Anthonie Tonnon: Leave Love Out Of This Album Release Tour

Thursday 23rd September – Sherwood, Queenstown

Friday 24th September – Cassels Blue Smoke, Christchurch

Saturday 25th September – New New New, Dunedin

Friday 1st October – San Fran, Wellington

Saturday 2nd October – Royal Opera House, Whanganui

Saturday 9th October – Hollywood Avondale, Auckland

Tickets available via anthonietonnon.com

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

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Live Photos Nadia Reid The Broken Heartbreakers The Opera House Wellington

C.C. / Photography by Gerry Le Roux
/ Monday 17th May, 2021 10:11AM

  
  

Inarguably one of Aotearoa’s most beloved contemporary songwriters, Nadia Reid kicked off her Opera House and Theatre Tour over the weekend, performing gems from her back catalogue and premiering new tunes with her band in Hastings, Nelson and Wellington. Photographer Gerry Le Roux captured the splendour of Reid’s Sunday performance at The Opera House with special guests The Broken Heartbreakers, who are supporting the Port Chalmers artist on the remainder of her tour — visiting some of Reid’s favourite venues in Whangarei, Christchurch and Dunedin this month, along with two Auckland Hollywood Avondale headline events. Click on the thumbnail images below to view a selection of Gerry Le Roux’s snaps of yesterday’s occasion…

Undertheradar proudly presents…

Nadia Reid & Her Band
Opera House and Theatre Tour, 2021

Friday 21st May – Capitaine Bougainville Theatre, Whangarei w/ The Broken Heartbreakers

Saturday 22nd May – Hollywood Avondale, Auckland w/ The Broken Heartbreakers (sold out)

Sunday 23rd May – Hollywood Avondale, Auckland w/ The Broken Heartbreakers (NEW SHOW)

Friday 28th May – James Hay Theatre, Christchurch w/ The Broken Heartbreakers

Saturday 29th May – Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin
w/ The Broken Heartbreakers

Tickets available via BanishedMusic.com

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Anthonie Tonnon Unveils Video For Entertainment Announces New Album

Chris Cudby / Image credit: Belinda Merrie and Daniel Blackball Alexander / Friday 9th April, 2021 10:41AM

  
  

Whanganui-based songwriter, activist and historian Anthonie Tonnon has revealed he’s got a lot up his sleeve for 2021. The ever-dapper artist has shared today a video for his new single ‘Entertainment‘, an enchanting glimpse of his forthcoming third studio album Leave Love Out Of This, set to launch in Aotearoa this coming July via regular tour mate Nadia Reid‘s own imprint Slow Time Records. Tackling as his topic the mixed up world of showbiz, Tonnon literally makes sparks fly in the new clip, created by the indefatigable Sports Team crew with support from NZ On Air.

Reflecting on the dreams, compromises and competitiveness involved in navigating our music industry’s infamously sometimes treacherous terrain (not unlike a poetic take on Dan Melchior’s scabrous ‘Blank Magic‘), Tonnon is unsparing in his critique yet somehow emerges with his dignity intact. Looking like a vision on a CRT screen, Tonnon keeps his cool in the eye of the storm, riding the synthetic waves of his trusty homegrown Deluge in the clip’s uplifting closing passage. Available for preorder now, Leave Love Out Of This was produced by Tonnon’s longtime collaborator, The Beths guitarist and producer Jonathan Pearce, who pops up in the video along with an appearance from a/v genius Lady Lazer Light, who has been working with Tonnon on tour…

‘Leave Love Out Of This’ will be released on Friday 16th July via Slow Time Records (UK/EU/NZ), Misra Records (North America), and Flippin Yeah Records (AUS).

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Nadia Reid Announces Supports Second Auckland Show For NZ Tour

C.C. / Photo by Alex Lovell-Smith
/ Thursday 1st April, 2021 9:39AM

  
  

As anticipation builds for Nadia Reid‘s forthcoming Opera House and Theatre Tour with full band, the internationally lauded Port Chalmers artist has revealed supports for her autumn musical travels, plus details for a second and final Tāmaki Makaurau headline event in the regal surrounds of Hollywood Avondale, as the first one has now sold out. Reid will be joined by Whanganui-based songwriter and activist / history buff Anthonie Tonnon for her Hastings and Nelson events, and Ōtepoti folk-pop duo The Broken Heartbreakers aka John Guy Howell and Rachel Bailey for the rest of the tour. Playing some of her favourite NZ venues this May, Reid promises to treat fans to songs from throughout her back catalogue, alongside never before heard future classics from a forthcoming new album (her fourth).

Nadia Reid shared her admiration for the supports: “I have so admired both of these artists for a long time. Anthonie is a long-time friend of mine as are the Heartbreakers. I have fond memories of touring in the U.K with Tono and have loved seeing his star rise over the last few years. And as for The Broken Heartbreakers (my neighbours)… when I first heard Rachel Bailey’s voice, my heart skipped a beat. They are a truly world-class band and I’m so glad both Anthonie and the BHB’s agreed to join this special tour.”

Undertheradar proudly presents…

Nadia Reid & Her Band
Opera House and Theatre Tour, 2021

Friday 14th May – Toi Toi Arts & Events Centre, Hastings w/ Anthonie Tonnon

Saturday 15th May – Theatre Royal, Nelson w/ Anthonie Tonnon

Sunday 16th May – Opera House, Wellington w/ The Broken Heartbreakers

Friday 21st May – Capitaine Bougainville Theatre, Whangarei w/ The Broken Heartbreakers

Saturday 22nd May – Hollywood Avondale, Auckland w/ The Broken Heartbreakers (sold out)

Sunday 23rd May – Hollywood Avondale, Auckland w/ The Broken Heartbreakers (NEW SHOW)

Friday 28th May – James Hay Theatre, Christchurch w/ The Broken Heartbreakers

Saturday 29th May – Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin
w/ The Broken Heartbreakers

Tickets available via BanishedMusic.com

Experience fab footage of Anthonie Tonnon performing his song ‘Two Free Hands’ live on RNZ…

Watch the video for The Broken Heartbreakers ‘Breaking Branches’ from their 2015 album ‘How We Got To Now’…

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Weekly Roundup Friday 5th March

Chris Cudby / Image: Wurld Series
/ Friday 5th March, 2021 4:30PM

  
  

We’ve reached the end of a wild week in Aotearoa that’s included regional lockdowns, tsunamis and in this Tāmaki Makaurau-based writer’s case: zero exercise. While live events for this weekend sure are looking sparse on the Alert Level 2 gig front outside of the super city, there’s lots to get psyched about for the months ahead. Announcement highlights included Nadia Reid is embarking on a seven date nationwide tour with full band, playing some of her favourite venues this coming May, Pōneke songwriter Miles Calder is heading out on an all-guns-blazing release tour with full band for his debut solo album Autopilot Life, and Onbehalf and Twominds are teaming up to present a "two stop tour of two stepping madness" at Christchurch’s FLUX and Wellington’s San Fran in March. There was understandably a flurry of postponements this week — Estère revealed new dates for the Pōneke artist’s Archetypes tour, Clap Clap Riot locked in a new set of August dates for their upcoming Aotearoa Tour, the mammoth multi-stage Newtown Festival 2021 will now be taking place on 11th April, and Punk It Up V is being put on hold "until the western world gets a better control on this COVID-19 pandemic," with the aim to "pickup where we left off, sometime towards the end of this year, or early 2022."

NEW TRACKS:

Nadia Reid and Her Band Opera House and Theatre Tour Announced

Chris Cudby / Photo by Alex Lovell-Smith
/ Thursday 4th March, 2021 9:00AM

  
  

Every live performance by Nadia Reid is a special occasion and every new album an event. The internationally beloved Port Chalmers songwriter has announced a "whistle stop" seven date nationwide tour with full band, playing some of her favourite venues this coming May — hot on the heels of her epic-length, sold-out Reid & Ruins tour alongside Holly Fullbrook (Tiny Ruins). Promising to regale fans with songs from throughout her back catalogue, Reid has declared she’ll also be debuting future classics from a forthcoming new album (her fourth), set to be completed once her Opera House and Theatre Tour wraps up…

“It’s been my dream to tour the beautiful theatres and opera houses of Aotearoa for as long as I can remember. I’m so grateful to have been able to release my record Out of My Province the way I did, even through a world pandemic.

In all the craziness and intensity of 2020, it made me grow even closer to music and feel more and more how important writing and performing are to me as a person.

I’m very excited to present these big band shows and anticipate it being the last tour I do in 2021 before I write and finish my 4th album.”

Undertheradar proudly presents…

Nadia Reid & Her Band
Opera House and Theatre Tour, 2021

Friday 14th May – Toi Toi Arts & Events Centre, Hastings

Saturday 15th May – Theatre Royal, Nelson
Sunday 16th May – Opera House, Wellington

Friday 21st May – Capitaine Bougainville Theatre, Whangarei

Saturday 22nd May – Hollywood Avondale, Auckland
Friday 28th May – James Hay Theatre, Christchurch
Saturday 29th May – Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin

Tickets available via BanishedMusic.com from 9am, Monday 8th March

Experience Nadia Reid performing ‘Richard’ from 2017’s Preservation on Later… with Jools Holland…

Press release:

Off the back of the highly successful 2020 album ‘Out of My Province’ and its covid-discombobulated release tour, followed by the sell out 20 date ‘Reid & Ruins’ travelling roadshow with Hollie Fullbrook (Tiny Ruins), Nadia Reid is relishing the thought of presenting her full catalogue (plus some brand new gems) at some of her favourite venues in Aotearoa this May.

In March of 2020, Reid released her third full-length album ‘Out of My Province’ via her own label Slow Time Records in New Zealand and U.S. based Spacebomb for the rest of the world. Performing a handful of release shows just prior to the March lockdown meant there was a brief moment to celebrate the release. The Line of Best Fit declared it Reid’s “most polished album to date” with Uncut calling it "her best album yet”, awarding it 8/10. Due to COVID-19 disruptions, Reid and her band headed into a Dunedin recording studio at Chicks Hotel in early 2021 to begin work on album 4. Their May ‘Opera House & Theatre Tour’ will showcase Nadia’s exceptional body of musical works, as well as have a sneak preview of some of her new creations before signing off to work on finishing her fourth studio album due late 2022.

Nadia Reid is praised the world over for her intimate, complex songwriting. She is described by The Guardian as ‘an understated, wise guide through uncertain territory’, while her lyrics are called ‘allegorical…brutally honest’ by The Revue. What brings Reid’s lyrics to life is her unique voice and accompanying soundscapes that seem to at once evoke the rugged beaches and mountains of Aotearoa, the Port Chalmers harbour of her home, and the roaming, open territory of the road.

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Nadia Reids Christmas Show Second Date Announced

Chris Cudby / Photo by Alex Lovell-Smith
/ Tuesday 17th November, 2020 10:45AM

  
  

Nadia Reid is spreading the love this festive season, announcing today a second date for her forthcoming Christmas extravaganza happening in her spiritual hometown’s Port Chalmers Town Hall this December. Stepping off the stage and into a curatorial role, the multiple award-winning Ōtepoti songwriter’s Christmas Show celebrates its third year as an annual tradition, gifting fans performances by some of Reid’s favourite local talents — The Broken Heartbreakers, Anthonie Tonnon, Motte and Adelaide Cara (Milpool, Repulsive Woman) — with the tantalising hint of an onstage "cameo appearance or two" from the globally revered artist herself, plus a newly announced set by Ha The Unclear‘s Michael Cathro for Thursday. Reid’s Christmas events will tie up a big year of local touring with a big fancy bow, as the latest leg of her hugely popular Reid & Ruins tour with Tiny Ruins’ Hollie Fullbrook marches onwards to Blenheim and Onekaka this weekend. We highly recommend you don’t snooze and snap up tickets while you can…

“It has been my goal from the beginning to eventually step back from the stage and act in a purely curatorial role, I want this concert to become a showcase of great art, and a celebration of togetherness and community". — Nadia Reid


Nadia Reid’s Christmas Show

Thursday 17th December – Port Chalmers Town Hall, Dunedin, feat. The Broken Heartbreakers, Anthonie Tonnon, Motte, Adelaide Cara, Michael Cathro (Ha The Unclear)*

Friday 18th December – Port Chalmers Town Hall, Dunedin, feat. The Broken Heartbreakers, Anthonie Tonnon, Motte, Adelaide Cara [sold out]

Tickets available HERE via UTR*


Undertheradar proudly presents…

‘Reid & Ruins’

Friday 20th November – NCMA, Nelson▢ 
Saturday 21st November – The Plant, Blenheim [sold out]* 
Sunday 22nd November – The Mussel Inn, Onekaka (Golden Bay)* 
Wednesday 25th November – Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru [sold out]*
Thursday 26th November – The Piano, Christchurch* 

Friday 27th November – The Piano, Christchurch [all tickets from Great Hall shows valid for this show]* 
Saturday 28th November – Sherwood, Queenstown* 
Sunday 29th November – The Regent Theatre, Dunedin∞
Friday 11th December – The Mayfair, New Plymouth [new show]*
Saturday 12th December- Royal Opera House, Whanganui [new show] *
Sunday 13th December – Xspace Baycourt, Tauranga [new show]

Tickets on sale HERE via UTR*
Nelson tickets via @ncmc
Dunedin tickets via The Regent Theatre
Tauranga tickets via Ticketek

Check out the new video for Ha The Unclear’s ‘Strangers’ starring Michael Cathro…

Watch the clip for Adelaide Cara’s new song ‘Eden’…

Press release:

Critically acclaimed Dunedin musician Nadia Reid is continuing her annual tradition at the Port Chalmers Town Hall. Nadia Reid’s Christmas Show, now in its third year, is a festive celebration of local music, artists and talent, under the backdrop of Reid’s spiritual home – Port Chalmers.

After only a week on the market, the original night has sold out and an additional show has been added.

This year spells a change in format for the shows, as Reid will be stepping back from the stage, and will instead act as curator, bringing together some of her favourite acts from around New Zealand.

“It has been my goal from the beginning to eventually step back from the stage and act in a purely curatorial role, I want this concert to become a showcase of great art, and a celebration of togetherness and community,” Reid said.

Reid added that she may, however, still make a cameo appearance or two.

This year’s concert features The Broken Heartbreakers, Michael Cathro, Anthonie Tonnon, Motte and Adelaide Cara.

Dunedin locals Rachel Bailey and John Guy Howell lead The Broken Heartbreakers, and will be joined by their band, made up of Craig Monk, Angus McBryde and Paul McLennan-Kissel. This will be the first Dunedin show for the full band in 5 years. With a music career spanning 18 years and four studio albums, The Broken Heartbreakers combine soulful vocals, shimmering guitars, and a seemingly inexhaustible supply of pop hooks.

Michael Cathro is the Dunedin-based singer and songwriter for Ha the Unclear, performing a rare solo set of his pithy, uniquely Dunedin songs on Thursday the 17th. A vibrant writing palette includes tightly crafted pop songs, alt-folk oddities, and left of centre metaphor madness where coffee tables fall in love with their owners and faunal evolutionary boundaries in Indonesia become crumbling long-distance relationships.

Dunedin favourite Anthonie Tonnon will join the bill for Friday the 18th, with his one man band. Tonnon is revered for his sharp hooks and oral storytelling. Born and raised in Dunedin, the now Whanganui resident is a significant player in the national music community, and returns to Dunedin annually for his Railland show, which this year falls the following week, in Portobello.

Motte is the solo project of Lyttelton based violinist and composer Anita Clark. Weaving together a richly textured world she primarily uses violin, effects pedals, samples, and voice. Riding the thin line between beauty and devastation and creating a world solely her own; the sound is modern classical, alt/experimental pop, and improvised noise. Motte has released two albums since 2015, ‘Songs For Movies’ and ‘Strange Dreams’, with a third to be released next year. Reid fans will have seen her perform at the Orokonui Ecosanctuary in 2019, performing both as Motte and as part of Reid’s band.

Ōtepoti songwriter/producer Adelaide Cara broke into the local music scene with their work on Repulsive Woman’s album ‘Relief’ (Auckland Live Best Independent Debut, 2020 Taite Music Awards) and as the lead singer for post-punk band Milpool. Cara has since been working on the release of their debut album, ‘How Does This Sound?’, due for release next year. The first single ‘Paranoia!’ was released in August 2020 to high praise, reaching #19 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart, and #1 on the Student Radio Network (SRN) Top Ten.

Since its inception, Nadia Reid’s Christmas Show has cemented itself as a staple in Dunedin’s cultural calendar.

Tickets on sale now from Reid’s website or Under the Radar.

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Nadia Reid Announces Xmas Show Ft Motte Anthonie Tonnon The Broken Heartbreakers

Annabel Kean / Thursday 5th November, 2020 10:43AM

  
  

Currently touring Aotearoa on the Reid & Ruins tour, Nadia Reid once again provides festivity and folk for the annual Port Chalmers Christmas Show, which brings cheer to the small port community for its third year running this December. Concerts of yore have seen the likes of Holly Arrowsmith, The Everly Sisters, Anthonie Tonnon, The Chills legend Martin Phillipps, and Reid herself. As per her plan from the get-go, this year the acclaimed Ōtepoti songwriter is taking the reins and staying side of stage (mostly), inviting Anita Clark‘s Motte, The Broken Heartbreakers, and Anthonie Tonnon to perform, saying "I want this concert to become a showcase of great art, and a celebration of togetherness and community". Tickets go on sale November 6th and they won’t last long, so lock it your spot and give yourself something to look forward to…


Nadia Reid’s Christmas Show feat. The Broken Heartbreakers, Anthonie Tonnon and Motte

Friday 18th December – Port Chalmers Town Hall, Dunedin

Tickets on sale HERE from 9.00am, Friday 6 November via UTR

With 18 years of merry music making under their belts, The Broken Heartbreakers know how to put on a show…

Motte creates stunning soundscapes with her haunting vocals and knack for the fiddle…

Tonnon will make an appearance at Reid’s Christmas Show amongst his own Rail Land Tour


Press Release:

Critically acclaimed Dunedin musician Nadia Reid is continuing her annual tradition at the Port Chalmers Town Hall. Nadia Reid’s Christmas Show, now in its third year, is a festive celebration of local music, artists and talent, under the backdrop of Reid’s spiritual home – Port Chalmers.

This year spells a change in format for the shows, as Reid will be stepping back from the stage, and will instead act as curator, bringing together some of her favourite acts from around New Zealand.

“It has been my goal from the beginning to eventually step back from the stage and act in a purely curatorial role, I want this concert to become a showcase of great art, and a celebration of togetherness and community,” Reid said.
Reid added that she may, however, still make a cameo appearance or two.

This year’s concert features The Broken Heartbreakers, Anthonie Tonnon and Motte.
Dunedin locals Rachel Bailey and John Guy Howell lead The Broken Heartbreakers, and will be joined by their band, made up of Craig Monk, Angus McBryde and Paul McLennan-Kissel. This will be the first Dunedin show for the full band in 5 years. With a music career spanning 18 years and four studio albums, The Broken Heartbreakers combine soulful vocals, shimmering guitars, and a seemingly inexhaustible supply of pop hooks.

Dunedin favourite Anthonie Tonnon will join the bill with his one man band. Tonnon is revered for his sharp hooks and oral storytelling. Born and raised in Dunedin, the now Whanganui resident is a significant player in the national music community, and returns to Dunedin annually for his Railland show, which this year falls the following week, in Portobello.

Lyttleton cinematic fiddle player Motte (Anita Clark) joins the bill with her eerie and emotive soundscapes. Reid fans will have seen her perform at the Orokonui Ecosanctuary in 2019, performing both as Motte and as part of Reid’s band. Clark is sought after for her very distinct musical style, and has collaborated with The Phoenix Foundation, The Eastern and The Centre of Contemporary Art Toi Moroki and many more.

Since its inception, Nadia Reid’s Christmas Show has cemented itself as a staple in Dunedin’s cultural calendar. Tickets go on sale on Friday November the 6th from Reid’s website or Under the Radar, and are expected to sell fast.

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Interview The Phoenix Foundation Speak Out About Friend Ship

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Ebony Lamb / Tuesday 3rd November, 2020 11:43AM

  
  

The Phoenix Foundation fellows are boarding their Friend Ship tour, rigging the sails, and navigating Aotearoa throughout November for eight album release shows. The album is their seventh, and has seen them return to the pop sentiments of earlier collections like Buffalo and Pegasus, and recruiting some of their favourite musicians for collaborative duties. One such collaborator, and Pōneke peer, Anita Clark (Motte) is joining the band for the tour and "violining up a storm like a one woman orchestra". Before they’re run off their feet sharing music new and old in gorgeous venues like Wellington’s Opera House and Ōtautahi’s Isaac Theatre Royal, Phoenix Foundation front man Samuel Flynn Scott caught up with Hans Pucket‘s Oliver Devlin. The pair dive into how Friend Ship was created and where it sits in the Phoenix Foundation’s oeuvre, as well as the best ways to enjoy peanut butter on toast. Check the full run of dates here, and scroll down a wee way for the full interview…


UTR proudly presents…

The Phoenix Foundation – Friend Ship tour of Aotearoa

Friday 6th November – St Peter’s Hall, Paekākāriki

Thursday 12th November – Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch

Friday 13th November – Starters, Dunedin

Thursday 19th November – Totara St, Mount Maunganui

Friday 20th November – Sawmill Cafe, Leigh

Saturday 21st November – Powerstation, Auckland

Friday 27th November – The Cabana, Napier

Saturday 28th November – The Opera House, Wellington

Tickets available via Banished Music

Oliver Devlin: Hey, kia ora, it’s Oli. I just got a chance to listen to the album this morning, and was getting my thoughts together… this is my first time interviewing somebody, so I guess bear with me.

Samuel Flynn Scott: Ok, I’ll be really difficult, I’ll make sure I give you no answers.

Haha, yeah. Just yes or no. Straight up.

Yep, really flat.

I just finished listening to the album, and oh boy, wow. That is a heck of an album you’ve got there.

Oh thank you!

It’s pretty stunning. Really nice way to start the day, sitting and eating my banana and peanut butter on toast and listening to some really beautiful music.

That’s a good toast combo. I’d sort of forgotten how delicious it was but I’ve been making it for my sons and then eating it myself. It’s just really good right? Banana and peanut butter.

Peanut butter is having such a cultural moment I feel, but I’m a wimp, I can’t deal with it by itself. Even with how delicious it is, I need a little bit of banana, a little bit of honey or something.

I think it needs some sort of lubrication. I don’t understand people who eat peanut butter on toast without butter. I feel like it’s really claggy if you don’t have jam or honey or something else to change the texture a bit… these are the important topics for UnderTheRadar.


Yeah, we could just keep talking about breakfast.

Yeah sure. But officially I don’t eat breakfast, supposedly. I’ve fallen off the wagon a bit lately. It’s a dieting thing. This is what bands hitting forty have to do now.

Oh okay, I’ll look forward to that.

Leading up to photo shoots and stuff, you gotta hit the intermittent fasting pretty hard.


That’s a great segue, I’ve got my notes here… You’ve worked with Nadia Reid, and Hollie from Tiny Ruins, and Anita Clark, and Amelia [Fazerdaze], and also the entire NZSO. There’s a bit of a theme there going across the album, well obviously friendship, but how did that come together? Collaborating like this, and bringing all these people into The Phoenix Foundation?

We were maybe half way through the record and I was living in Auckland by this stage and me and Luke [Buda] were having a big conversation about how we wanted to finish the record and what we needed to do to give it something special — not just make it another Phoenix Foundation album. And at that stage the NZSO thing, we were still working out how we were gonna do it, if it was gonna happen, and I’d just done the Neil Finn album, with the choir. That choir was people like Reb Fountain, Fazerdaze Amelia, Hollie from Tiny Ruins, and I just loved singing with these women. They have incredible voices and I was listening to so much of their music. I was listening to Fazerdaze, I was listening to Nadia, I was listening to Tiny Ruins. I was listening to Aldous. Most of what I listen to at the moment is New Zealand women. I didn’t used to listen to that much New Zealand music, and I didn’t used to listen to that much music by female songwriters, I don’t think. I’ve always been a huge fan of various female songwriters, but I wouldn’t say it’s dominated my listening, and the last few years it’s really like 80-percent of what I listen to crazily.

I think for a lot of people it’s just a real shift in energy in terms of what we want out of music or something, or just doesn’t feel stale. And so we wanted to tap into that, because that’s what we’re interested in, and it should make our album better and we get to work with some people that we like hanging out with and whose voices we really love, so it just kind of made sense on every level.

One of the songs on the album — is it Luke who’s singing about his life? And starting a band in high school and everything? [Former Glory with Anita Clark]

Yeah, so that’s very much a Luke lyric, because it’s about travelling to New Zealand from Poland and it’s all very — I mean, I love how explicit the lyrics are in that. I don’t mean explicit in a rude way, it’s just that they say what he went through.

That was a really beautiful moment for me on the album, after coming through that whole experience and how hard that must have been. When the band comes in at the end he’s like "Things got cool in high school, I started a band with my best friends". I was like, ‘Oh shit’.

They say you shouldn’t write songs about being in a band, that’s kind of passé or whatever, but I like funny songs bands write about their own little stories. And our one goes back a few years, so why not?

Were you all thinking about that while recording that song for this album? I suppose you’ve been celebrating 20 years of the band, you’re probably sick of being asked questions about the history of it.

Oh na, I mean it’s fine really. It is what it is, especially after doing the NZSO tour which was the 20 year celebration, it’s like, well, we kind of have to accept that at some point you move into a different sort of zone of what you mean to your audience. This is the really interesting thing about working with Nadia and Hollie, you know they’re about ten years younger than us, but they were listening to our music in high school, so the music we were making in our twenties had soundtracked some of their teens. Which is when we met as a band, it was in our teens, and we started to lend each other records and influence each other.

I can absolutely say the same for me as well. I was thinking, the first time I heard you guys was the Eagle Vs. Shark soundtrack.

Ah right! So many people heard us through soundtracks.

Your songs, and the instrumental songs from that album, and then The Reduction Agents were on there as well, and it felt like the whole scene that was going on here. It was quite exciting to come across this trove of all this New Zealand music all at once.

Yeah and most of that music probably, I’d say everyone knew Taika, other than the famous international acts on it. People talk about the ‘scene’ or whatever, but it was never like a ‘cool scene’, no one ever felt ‘cool’ in that world. I think we were all nerds. There was this place called, I think it was Cable Street and it was a warehouse where people like Taika, Age Pryor, Bret Mckenzie and Jermaine, they’d all be making music or putting on little play. You know you’d just go to parties there cos that was the cool, loose party, and you’d meet people there and it’s kind of how you’d end up on their soundtrack. And I kind of loved that time. At this point in my life I can’t connect with people in those ways, and I do miss that, because I’m not young and going out to random things, and because some of that culture doesn’t really exist anymore. Because people don’t have those warehouse spaces where a bunch of artists from different mediums can hang out and work together.

Do you think that your approach to music has changed a lot with that change of environment as well? Or does it still feel like it’s coming from the same place.

You know it does change at different times when we have different motivations. I think with this record we tried to tap into some of the motivations we maybe had sort of 10, 15 years ago. We talked a lot about really focussing things back to songwriting and lyrics on this album, cos I think we got quite caught up in performance. Because we got better as musicians and we got better as a band, and a lot of what makes Give Up Your Dreams a cool record is the way we’re interacting with each other, but we maybe didn’t put that much time into a lot of the lyrics. Whereas with this album, that’s what I said to Luke, that that’s what I’d like it to be about. And he kind of groaned a bit like ‘oh god, lyrics are so hard uh’. Then he came out with ‘Decision Dollars’ which is this personal song about being hungover, and then ‘Miserable Meal’ which people would have heard on the NZSO tour, and that’s again quite a personal song, quite a beautiful song.

Kind of Burt Bacharach-y sorta trumpets in there.

Yeah the arrangement by Claire Cowen which is really cool. And then him just writing about being a Polish immigrant coming to New Zealand and getting beaten up for his lunch money, until the one day he fights back and feels some sense of worth or something, buys a guitar, and meets the people that will become his lifelong friends. It’s like a little mini epic tale, I love it. He wasn’t that into making the lyrics the kind of be all and end all, but in the end he just nailed it. Great stuff.

How about yourself? How’d you find your lyrical writing on this album?

Well, I put a lot of hours into it. ‘Transit Of Venus’, again that’s a very personal story and I’m really just writing about exactly what was happening at the time. I did write that song with my wife when we were supposed to be doing the dishes together and I was annoying her by singing about the stars and planets through the window instead of drying the dishes.

You’re writing it in that moment?

I was writing it in that moment! I was in the kitchen.

That is so beautiful.

Yeah and she was like ‘that sounds really good Sam, but actually could you please do the dishes’.

And then getting to take that to the NZSO — is it Claire doing that arrangement as well?

Ah no that’s Hamish Oliver doing that one.

Yeah, and adding the celestial element to that.

It really does make sense.  I was really unsure about having such a big, bold, Hollywood film kind of arrangement on it, but I was completely wrong. It’s beautiful, it’s great. I’m so glad we did it.

The way that whistle manages to- it cuts through perfectly on top of that huge, mass of humans.

You’ve gotta make the whistling song right? You’ve gotta have a whistling song at some point in your career.

I’d just love to ask you about ‘Landline’ as well, cos that is a straight up, solid gold hit. Fantastic.

I sure hope so! But I won’t hold my breath [laughs]. But no no, I always think ‘aw yeah this one’s pretty catchy, this is going to be the one’, ‘this is the one that’s gonna work for people’. Then I’m like ‘aw no, no one likes it, once again’.


Do you feel a little bit like you’ve got some particularly beautiful gems on this album though? Do you have a little glimmer of something, some hope that there’s some pretty special music on this album? Or are you trying not to think about how it’ll come across to people.

I dunno. I feel like it’s a pretty solid album. I mean, I have my favourite albums, they’re probably Buffalo and Pegasus. I mean I really enjoyed making Give Up Your Dreams, that was one of my favourites to actually make, the process was really cool. But I’d put this up there with Buffalo I think, in terms of the songs. ‘Landline’ is a funny one, cos it’s so much poppier than the rest of the album, but I think it’s good in the context of the album, it’s just got a little bit more juice, and then those really really mellow ones like ‘Trem Sketch’, it allows those songs to be there as well. It kind of balances the force or something. So yeah, it’s a very poppy song, but it’s a song about reaching out and being there for your friends when they’re suffering from depression or anxiety, and also being understanding if they’re not available for you, or you’re not available for them, cos it kind of goes back and forth this thing about ‘being in the blue’. It’s very fun and catchy, but it’s also written from the perspective of someone who’s seeing a lot of mental anguish amongst the people that I love. It’s just amazing how all this shit, we’re writing about all this anxiety and stuff, and then it’s got worse and worse. The whole global situation’s got worse and all feels even more relevant than when we were making it. But ‘Landline’, weirdly, the themes on it are quite central to what the album’s about.

That’s the kind of pop music I love. It’s got enough under the surface to stick around really. It’s really got something to say, and there’s some pretty straight ahead lines in that song, but you know that it’s about something a bit deeper and a bit apocalyptic or something.

Yeah there’s a lot of apocalypse in the album.

I think that the messages that you’ve got on this album are just really perfectly timed for where we are right now, and maybe you got a bit lucky with that, or maybe you were feeling what was already going on.

Sorry, hang on one second Oli. ["I’m in the middle of doing an interview — it’s just there, it’s that building there"] Sorry, I’m directing my dad into a mechanic’s. It’s a very weird thing that I’m doing right now, at the same time I’m doing this interview, but this is life!


I’m wrapping up!

Hey I’ve been listening to a bunch of Hans Pucket, I mean I’ve heard you guys obviously through the years, but I thought I better listen to Oli’s music to prepare for this interview and I was really enjoying it by the way. Good lyrics, they’re fun.


Good lyrics! I’ll hold onto that one, thank you.

Lyrics are hard man.

They’re so hard. Maybe that’s why I had such a good time with it this morning as well. It’s a good thing to listen to right now, and thank you for that.

I can’t believe the NZSO’s on it, it’s amazing. I can’t believe that Nadia’s on it, Hollie, and Amelia’s on the track that’s on the 7”.

It’s amazing. I’m a huge fan of orchestral pop music as well, there needs to be more orchestras on pop recordings.

Now that I’ve done it, I know why there isn’t more! It’s really hard to make it all come together, but it happened, and the NZSO really came on board.

We have to appreciate it while it’s here. Anyway, I’ll let you go and hang out with a mechanic.

Thanks Oli, have a good day man.

The Phoenix Foundation’s seventh album ‘Friend Ship’ is out now via The Phoenix Foundation / Universal NZ.

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twitter.com/phoenixfound
youtube.com/phoenixfoundationTV
soundcloud.com/the-phoenix-foundation
banishedmusic.com/friendship

Watch The 2020 APRA Silver Scroll Awards Livestream

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 28th October, 2020 9:30AM

  
  

Following intense speculation, the 2020 APRA Silver Scroll Award is being presented tonight, with finalists Reb Fountain, Nadia Reid, L.A.B., Benee (the pop star’s second year in a row as a finalist) and 2020 Taite Music Prize winner Troy Kingi in the running for Aotearoa’s highly coveted songwriting prize. While the traditional glitzy large-scale live extravaganza has been shelved this year due to ongoing Covid-19 concerns, you can still tune in online and enjoy the full presentation and this evening’s performances of the finalists’ songs, especially curated by 2020 Music Director Julia Deans (Fur Patrol). Alongside the main prize, also presented this evening will be the APRA Maioha Award, SOUNZ Contemporary Award, APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award and APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award. The livestream kicks off at 7.30pm tonight — watch it below…

This year’s Silver Scroll finalists are:

• ‘Don’t You Know Who I Am‘ – written and performed by Reb Fountain

• ‘Get The Devil Out‘ – written and performed by Nadia Reid

• ‘Glitter‘ – written by Stella Bennett, Joshua Fountain and Djeisan Suskov, performed by Benee

• ‘In the Air‘ – written by Arapekanga Adams-Tamatea, Brad Kora, Stuart Kora, Joel Shadbolt, and Miharo Gregory, performed by L.A.B

• ‘Mighty Invader‘ – written and performed by Troy Kingi

Linksapraamcos.co.nz/

Reid Ruins New North Island Dates Announced

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Ebony Lamb
/ Wednesday 21st October, 2020 12:00PM

  
  

Nadia Reid and Hollie Fullbrook of Tiny Ruins‘ nationwide Reid & Ruins tour has proven to be a huge hit, packing out venues with crowds eager to experience the crème de la crème of Aotearoa’s songwriting talent. Making the most of our uniquely Covid-free and thriving live music environment (touch wood), the award-winning pair are charging forward with a further round of North Island events, taking over stages in New Plymouth, Whanganui and Tauranga in mid-December. With a global fanbase that includes Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and David Lynch, you really don’t want to miss Reid & Ruins working their magic on stage, both together and solo — take in the updated tour details below…


Undertheradar proudly presents…

‘Reid & Ruins’

Friday 20th November – NCMA, Nelson▢ 
Saturday 21st November – The Plant, Blenheim [sold out]* 
Sunday 22nd November – The Mussel Inn, Onekaka (Golden Bay)* 
Wednesday 25th November – Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru [sold out]*
Thursday 26th November – The Piano, Christchurch* 

Friday 27th November – The Piano, Christchurch [all tickets from Great Hall shows valid for this show]* 
Saturday 28th November – Sherwood, Queenstown* 
Sunday 29th September – The Regent Theatre, Dunedin∞
Friday 11th December – The Mayfair, New Plymouth [new show]*
Saturday 12th December- Royal Opera House, Whanganui [new show] *
Sunday 13th December – Xspace Baycourt, Tauranga [new show]

Tickets on sale HERE via UTR*
Nelson tickets via @ncmc
Dunedin tickets via The Regent Theatre
Tauranga tickets via Ticketek

Experience the video for Tiny Ruins’ ‘How Much’ from 2019’s Olympic Girls…

Watch Nadia Reid’s lush clip for ‘Oh Canada’ from her new album Out Of My Province…

Linksnadiareid.com/
tinyruins.com/

Aotearoa Music Awards 2020 Finalists Announced

Chris Cudby / Image: Album Of The Year, Best Group and Best Alternative Group finalists The Beths — Photo credit: Mason Fairey / Thursday 8th October, 2020 9:45AM

  
  

The freshly rebranded Aotearoa Music Awards have today truly opened up the floodgates, revealing finalists in 21 categories for the annual industry extravaganza formerly known as the New Zealand Music Awards (TAFKANZMAs). Artists up for multiple awards in 2020 include the mega popular Six60, finalists for five prizes following their landmark Western Springs headline event back in February, L.A.B. who are in the running for four awards, Tāmaki Makaurau’s The Beths are finalists for Te Kaipuoro Manohi Toa | Best Alternative Artist, Best Group and Album of the Year, breakout pop sensation BENEE is also up for three Tuis, along with South Island raised songwriter Reb Fountain who is finalist for Album of the Year, Best Solo Artist and Best Alternative Artist. Finalists for two awards this year include UK chart-topping South Auckland producer Jawsh 685, Nadia Reid, Paige and supergroup collective Mōhau.

As befitting tradition, this year’s main awards presentation will be a glitzy affair happening at Spark Arena on Sunday 15th November, broadcast live on The Edge TV, Three and streamed via ThreeNow. The accompanying Artisan Awards will be pre-recorded at Massey University’s School of Music and Creative Media Production in Wellington and other key locations around nga motu, and broadcast earlier on Three at 11pm, Friday 13th November.

AMA 2020 Finalists (by category):

1. Te Pukaemi o te Tau | Album of the Year

L.A.B – L.A.B III
Nadia Reid – Out Of My Province
Reb Fountain – Reb Fountain
Six60 – Six60

Tami Neilson – Chickaboom!

The Beths – Jump Rope Gazers

2. Te Waiata Tōtahi o te Tau | Single of the Year

BENEE – ‘Supalonely’

Drax Project ft Six60 – ‘Catching Feelings’

Jawsh685 – ‘Savage Love’
L.A.B – ‘In The Air’

Six60 – ‘Please Don’t Go’

Troy Kingi – ‘All Your Ships Have Sailed

3. Te Roopu Toa | Best Group

L.A.B. – L.A.B. III

Miss June – Bad Luck Party
 Six60 – Six60

The Beths – Jump Rope Gazers

4. Te Kaipuoro Takitahi Toa | Best Solo Artist

BENEE – Stella & Steve

JessB – New Views

Nadia Reid – Out Of My Province

Reb Fountain – Reb Fountain

5. Te Kaituhura Puoro Toa o te Tau | Breakthrough Artist of the Year

CHAII

Jawsh685

MELODOWNZ

Paige

6. Te Māngai Pāho Te Kaipuoro Māori Toa | Best Māori Artist

Maimoa

Ria Hall

Stan Walker

7. Te Kaipuoro Arotini Toa | Best Pop Artist

BENEE

Paige

Six60

8. Te Kaipuoro Manohi Toa | Best Alternative Artist

Mermaidens

The Beths

Reb Fountain

9. Te Kaipuoro Awe Toa | Best Soul/RnB Artist

Haz & Miloux

Lepani

Stan Walker

10. Te Kaipuoro Hipihope Toa | Best Hip Hop Artist

choicevaughan
Church & AP
Raiza Biza

11. Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa | Best Roots Artist

L.A.B
Lomez Brown

Ria Hall

12. Te Māngai Pāho Mana Reo Award

Maimoa

Mōhau

Six60

13. Te Kaipuoro Tāhiko Toa | Best Electronic Artist

Lee Mvtthews

State of Mind

Truth

14. Te Kaipuoro Rakapioi Toa | Best Rock Artist

City of Souls

Devilskin

Villainy

15. Te Kaipuoro Kairangi Toa | Best Worship Artist

Mōhau

Kane Adams

Te Rautini


16. Te Kaipuoro Inamata Toa | Best Classical Artist

Andrew Beer & Sarah Watkins

Klara Kollektiv

Matthew Marshall

17. Te Kōwhiri o te Nuinga | People’s Choice Award

18. Tohu Whakareretanga | Recorded Music NZ Legacy Award

19. Te Toa Hoko Teitei | Highest Selling Artist

20. Te Rikoata Marakerake o te Tau | NZ On Air Radio Airplay Record of the Year

21. Tohu Tutuki o te Ao | Recorded Music NZ International Achievement

Additional Tuis presented in 2019:


22. Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa | Best Folk Artist

Winner: Mel Parsons – Glass Heart

Victoria Vigenser & Lindsay Martin – The Gap

Paper Cranes – Voices

23. Te Pukaemi Toa o Te Moana Nui a Kiwa | Best Pacific Music Album

Winner: Olivia Foa’I – Candid

Church & AP – Teeth

POETIK – HAMOFIED 2 EP

24. Te Kaipuoro Tuawhenua Toa | Best Country Artist

Winner: Delaney Davidson & Barry Saunders – Word Gets Around

Katie Thompson – Bittersweet

Kendall Elise – Red Earth

25. Recorded Music NZ Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa | Best Jazz Artist

Winner: Dixon Nacey – The Edge Of Chaos
ALCHEMY – ALCHEMY
Michal Martyniuk – Resonate

26. Te Kaipuoro Waiata Tamariki Toa | Best Children’s Artist

Winner: Anika Moa – Songs For Bubbas
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Captain Festus McBoyle

Chris Sanders

Listen to an official AMA playlist featuring the finalists for 2020:

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Weekly Roundup Friday 2nd October

Chris Cudby / Image: Mousey
/ Friday 2nd October, 2020 4:46PM

  
  

What a week capped off this evening by the monthly Bandcamp Fridays initiative, where for 24 hours from 8pm NZST Bandcamp nobly waives their fees in support of the international music community, with artists and labels receiving 100% of the purchase price. It’s the ideal time to show support for your hardworking local scene by purchasing digital downloads / physical releases, preordering future classics, and finally copping that stylish band merch you’ve had your eye on for way too long before it disappears forever.

Announcement highlights for the week included Waipu thrashers Alien Weaponry will be storming across Aotearoa on their long-awaited Level One Tour, happening in November and December,  Nadia Reid and Hollie Fullbrook of Tiny Ruins announced three new South Island dates for their ongoing Reid & Ruins tour, Julia Deans of Fur Patrol is cracking her knuckles and leaping back into the fray with a trifecta of North Island spring solo events, Tāmaki Makaurau punks Dick Move embark on an all-encompassing nationwide album release tour in October, Pōneke’s Bad Hagrid are at long last touring their debut album Bad Hagrid and The Planet of The Androgynites in November, and Shadowplay revealed the lineup for their inaugural "three night festival of darkness" Gathering Shadows, taking over the hallowed halls of Pōneke’s Valhalla and San Fran in late January 2021. Lovers of cacophonous riffage from beyond our shores will be keen to hear there’s unholy light on the horizon — US thrash legends Sacred Reich and Vio-Lence revealed their double-headline North Island shows will now be taking place in October 2021, and Ukrainian doom lords Stoned Jesus and Somali Yacht Club will now be obliterating earholes in NZ this coming May 2021.

WEEKEND GIG PICKS:

Friday 2nd October

Auckland: A Thing At The Ding ft. Thunderground, The Boneshakers, Corrosive Moses, Ravenhawk – Dead Witch

Auckland: Citacsy, D. Lucas, Lortcon – Audio Foundation

Raglan: Reid & Ruins – The Yot Club
Wellington: Estère – San Fran

Wellington: Diggy Dupé – Moon1

Wellington: Symbiotic Festival – Valhalla

Christchurch: Twominds Project Volume II ft. Laura Lee Lovely, Hot Donnas – Welles Street

Dunedin: Mousey – Bark @ Dog With Two Tails

Dunedin: Koizilla, Juno Is, The Rhododendrons – Dive
Dunedin: Chris William, Your Indigo – Morning Magpie Cafe

Saturday 3rd October

Auckland: Rubita – The Wine Cellar

Auckland: Ministry Of Folk ft. Albi, Isla and Hoop – Auckland Guide Hall

Tauranga: The Beths – Totara Street
Hamilton: Sam Bartells – Nivara Lounge
Whanganui – Finn Johansson, Jazmine Mary – Lucky Bar
Wellington: Onbehalf Presents The Ultimate Disc Jockey Championship – San Fran

Wellington: Ebony Lamb, Gram Antler, Miles Calder – St Peter’s Hall

Wellington: Kraus, Sheville – Pyramid Club

Wellington: Symbiotic Festival – Valhalla

Christchurch: Mousey – Space Academy

Christchurch: Kate Owen – Grater Goods

Oamaru: Chris William, Your Indigo – Grainstore Gallery

Head over to our Gig Guide for more listings!!

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