Shaun Kirk Holding Onto Hope New Zealand Tour Announced

Chris Cudby
/ Monday 19th December, 2022 12:28PM

  
  

Last here touring Aotearoa in 2019 before the global pandemic slammed gates shut for overseas artists, Melbourne songwriter Shaun Kirk is bringing his Holding Onto Hope tour our way for an epic twelve date run of shows in February 2023. Kirk’s latest single ‘Holding Onto Hope‘ reflects on those turbulent and uncertain days of 2020, launched last year to mark the 12 month anniversary of his home town’s endurance-testing 112 day lockdown, described by the artist as “one of the most confronting and challenging times of my life”. Hailed by multi Grammy-winning WOMAD NZ performer Fantastic Negrito as “One of the best one man shows I’ve ever seen!”, don’t miss the multi-instrumentalist’s famed one man band live show playing nationwide this summer…

Shaun Kirk

Wednesday 1st February – The Wine Cellar, Auckland*

Saturday 3rd February – Nivara Lounge, Hamilton*
Friday 3rd February- The Jam Factory, Tauranga
Sunday 5th February- 4th Wall Theatre, New Plymouth 
Wednesday 8th February – Smash Palace, Gisborne*

Thursday 9th February – Paisley Stage, Napier*

Friday 10th February – Globe Theatre, Palmerston North
Sunday 12th February – Firebird Café, Levin*

Wednesday 15th February – Le Cafe, Picton*

Thursday 16th February – East Street Cafe, Nelson*

Friday 17th February – Roots Bar, Takaka*

Sunday 19th February – Wunderbar, Christchurch

*Tickets available HERE via UTR

More info available at www.shaunkirk.com

Listen to Shaun Kirk’s latest single ‘Holding Onto Hope’…

Take in 2019 footage of Shaun Kirk performing ‘Slow & Steady’ live at The Cabaret Club…

Press release:

Following his recent sell out ‘Worth the Weight’ tour and mammoth 8 month ‘Holding onto Hope’ tour across his homeland of Australia, alt blues/soul singer-songwriter and troubadour Shaun Kirk is happy to announce he’s bringing the ‘Holding Onto Hope’ tour across the ditch to New Zealand this February.

Inspired by the tumultuous events of 2020, his latest single ‘Holding Onto Hope’ dropped on Thursday 8th July last year, marking the 12 month anniversary of the commencement of Shaun’s home city’s (Melbourne, Australia) infamous 112 day lockdown; a time he describes as “one of the most confronting and challenging times of my life.” The tune has since been capturing hearts all across the globe with it’s message of aspiration and optimism in a world that has felt absent of it in recent times.

Kirk’s highly entertaining world class live show, which features the talented multi-instrumentalist on vocals, guitar, drums and harmonica, was recently described by 3 time Grammy Award Winner Fantastic Negrito as “One of the best one man shows I’ve ever seen!” and is not to be missed by any keen music enthusiast.

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Potential Aus and SODA BOYZ Announce Aotearoa Tour 2023

Chris Cudby / Image: Potential
/ Friday 2nd December, 2022 11:48AM

  
  

Te Papaioea’s SODA BOYZ are teaming up with self-described "weirdo dark-pop synth-wave plus-a-sax three-piece operating on stolen Gadigal and Wangal land (Sydney)" Potential for a four date summer jaunt across Te Ika-a-Māui this coming February. Launching their third album in just over three years Normal on 6th January, the Australian-based trio of alisha, dean and nick have just dropped pulsing new single ‘Chronic Gains‘, which you can listen to below. On the relative down low since the release of their 2020 opus Farewell Spit via Papaiti Records (plus a follow-up cover of a tune by San José slowcore legends Duster), SODA BOYZ will be "touring new material from their forthcoming new release". Catch both groups with special guests galore at the following dates…

Potential & SODA BOYZ – Aotearoa Tour 2023

Wednesday 8th February – Whammy Bar, Auckland with TOOMS, Nuggiez

Thursday 9th February – Last Place, Hamilton with Half / Time, Bitter Defeat

Friday 10th February – Snails, Palmerston North with Carb On Carb, First Move (all ages)

Saturday 11th February – Moon, Wellington, with Mr Sterile Assembly, Unsanitary Napkin

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Hit play on Potential’s new single ‘Chronic Gains’…

Watch Potential’s video for ‘Non-Zero Sum Game’ from their forthcoming album Normal…

Take in 2021 live footage of SODA BOYZ performing their song ‘Enough’ at Flying Nun’s Pōneke shop…

Press release:

Gadigal and Wangal (Sydney) based weirdo dark-pop synth-wave plus-a-sax three-piece Potential are hitting the road for the first time in 2023 in support of their newest release "Normal"! Out 06/01/23 on legendary DIY label Black Wire Records. As well as a tour of the East coast of so called Australia, they’re also playing four shows in Aotearoa with Te Papa-i-Oea / Palmerston North slowcore trio Soda Boyz, who will be touring new material from their forthcoming release.

Linksinstagram.com/sodaxboyz/
instagram.com/potential666/

Premiere Ripship Unleash Single Video Fearsome Engine

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 2nd December, 2022 10:48AM

  
  

Performing with fellow Tāmaki noiseniks Swallow the Rat this weekend in Tauranga and Raglan, we’re stoked to provide a first look at the title track and video for sci-fi / psych-rock duo Ripship aka Eva-Rae McLean and Callum Lincoln‘s forthcoming debut album Fearsome Engine. A hyperenergised stunner envisioning the outer limits of technological advancement, the single’s accompanying clip was directed by Ellen Jones-Poole, who also worked with the pair on their wild visuals for ‘Lube the Cube‘. Stylishly minimal, fog-enshrouded and Borg-like — succumb to the thrill-power of Ripship’s ‘Fearsome Engine’, look forward to the new album produced by Peter Ruddell (Sulfate, Wax Chattels) launching on 16th December via 1:12 Records, and don’t miss them at the following summer dates including the 1:12 Xmas Party

"The song is about a novel called Feersum Endjinn by my favourite author, Iain Banks. All that’s left of humanity is kind of technologically inept but the previous civilisation has left behind this huge, incomprehensible virtual afterlife. I think our song has this optimistic momentum to it, like an exponential technological growth towards something awesome. I think that the title of the book evokes that too, hence why we stole it." – Rae

"We knew we wanted to work with Ellen again after shooting ‘Lube the Cube’ with her and her team. She’s got a fantastic talent for creating great looking media with a vague prompt and a real tight budget. We weren’t very present for much of the process creating the video due to being occupied with the album release, tour and also moving cities (we’re gonna be a welly band!), so it was awesome to show up on set and have every costume and effect ready to go." – Callum

Ripship & Swallow the Rat – 2022 Tour

Friday 2nd December – The Jam Factory, Tauranga w/ Hoick

Saturday 3rd December – Yot Club, Raglan w/ Brissel*

Thursday 8th December – Valhalla, Wellington w/ Adult Friends, Pillow Princess*

Friday 9th December – Snails, Palmerston North w/ First Move*

Saturday 10th December – Common Room, Hastings w/ Lizard Prom*

*Tickets available HERE via UTR

1:12 Xmas Party 2022

Featuring… DHDFD’s, Hallelujah Picassos, Echo Ohs, Magic Factory, Ripship, Cthulus, Roy Irwin, Lunavela, Hagseed

Friday 23rd December – Whammy Bar, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Ripship’s new single ‘Fearsome Engine’ is out today on major streaming services — full album launches on 16th December via 1:12 Records.

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instagram.com/ripship_/
ripship.bandcamp.com/

Watch Swallow The Rats Video For Realised feat Yuko Miyoshi Memory Foam

Sam Denne
/ Friday 25th November, 2022 1:00PM

  
  

Tāmaki Makaurau noise-rock juggernauts Swallow The Rat have been flying anything but Under The Radar lately! Hot off the heels of their last video for total headbanger ‘Other Rooms’, the Rats and Memory Foam vocalist Yuko Miyoshi have teamed up again to unleash their latest audio-visual barrage ‘Realised’. Drummer Hayden Fritchley has once more plonked himself in the director’s seat, splicing footage of live performances, snippets of daily life and, of course, cats, into a feverish video-mosaic. ‘Realised’ is a layer cake of dense reverb and playful abstraction sitting atop the glacial weight of the band’s rhythm section. This is what I imagine it sounds like when a cat on acid stumbles into an aircraft hangar where several jets of different sizes are firing up their engines. A noise rock classic! Swallow the Rat and their pals in Ripship will be making their way around Aotearoa this summer to hand out some tinnitus. Don’t forget to grab a ticket here at UTR and, please, don’t forget your earplugs…

Swallow the Rat  & Ripship – 2022 Tour

Friday 25th November – Whammy Backroom, Auckland w/ Western Standards (US), Ballot Box*

Saturday 26th November – Last Place, Hamilton w/ Landlords*

Friday 2nd December – The Jam Factory, Tauranga w/ Hoick

Saturday 3rd December – Yot Club, Raglan w/ Brissel*

Thursday 8th December – Valhalla, Wellington w/ Adult Friends, Pillow Princess*

Friday 9th December – Snails, Palmerston North w/ First Move*

Saturday 10th December – Common Room, Hastings w/ Lizard Prom*

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Swallow the Rat’s ‘Other Rooms ​/ ​Realised’ feat. Yuko Miyoshi is out today digitally and on limited edition 7” lathe cut — order your copy HERE.

Linksswallowtherat.bandcamp.com/album/other-rooms-realised-feat-yuko-miyoshi
swallowtherat.com/
instagram.com/swallow_the_rat/
facebook.com/swallowtherat
facebook.com/memoryfoamrulez
instagram.com/memory.foam.band
memoryfoam.bandcamp.com/

Watch Swallow The Rats Video For Other Rooms feat Yuko Miyoshi Memory Foam

Sam Denne
/ Friday 11th November, 2022 1:42PM

  
  

Tāmaki Makaurau’s affable noisemakers Swallow the Rat have teamed up with Yuko Miyoshi of Memory Foam to unleash the video for their latest face-melter ‘Other Rooms’. Flexing not only their talent as songwriters, the band have also kept the video production in-house, with drummer Hayden Fritchley presiding over filming and editing duties. The result is an audio-visual bi-lingual barrage! Miyoshi delivers a vaguely unsettling monologue in Japanese to a chugging tempo, ramping up to a frenetic climax driven by a bass tone that sounds like a very angry Barry White yelling over the top of a chainsaw.

‘Other Rooms’ will be released on 7” lathe cut vinyl featuring the flip-side track ‘Realised’ and a very special in-the-red / sonic hellscape mix by Oliver Ackermann of A Place To Bury Strangers (order your copy HERE). If you fancy stepping out of wherever you’re reading this article and into some other rooms yourself, why not join Swallow the Rat and their pals Ripship at a show on their upcoming North Island tour

Ripship & Swallow the Rat – 2022 Tour

Friday 25th November – Whammy Backroom, Auckland w/ Western Standards (US), Ballot Box*

Saturday 26th November – Last Place, Hamilton w/ Landlords*

Friday 2nd December – The Jam Factory, Tauranga w/ Hoick

Saturday 3rd December – Yot Club, Raglan w/ Brissel*

Thursday 8th December – Valhalla, Wellington w/ Adult Friends, Pillow Princess*

Friday 9th December – Snails, Palmerston North w/ First Move*

Saturday 10th December – Common Room, Hastings w/ Lizard Prom*

Tickets available HERE via UTR

‘Other Rooms’ feat. Yuko Miyoshi is out today on major streaming platforms.

Linksswallowtherat.bandcamp.com/album/other-rooms-realised-feat-yuko-miyoshi
swallowtherat.com/
instagram.com/swallow_the_rat/
facebook.com/swallowtherat
facebook.com/memoryfoamrulez
instagram.com/memory.foam.band
memoryfoam.bandcamp.com/

Ripship and Swallow The Rat Announce North Island Tour

Chris Cudby
/ Monday 7th November, 2022 2:16PM

  
  

Two of Tāmaki Makaurau’s finest sonic voyaging groups are blasting into the future with a seven date double headline tour. Launching their avidly awaited debut album Fearsome Engine on 16th December via 1:12 Records, sci-fi psych-rockers Ripship (Callum Lincoln and Eva-Rae McLean) will be clambering into their van / spaceship with fellow noiseniks Swallow the Rat (Brian Purington, Hayden Fritchley, Stephen Horsley), who are themselves releasing their ‘Other Rooms / Realised‘ vinyl 7" on 25th November — featuring guest vocalist Yuko Miyoshi (Memory Foam) and an "in the red" mix by Oliver Ackermann (A Place To Bury Strangers). They’ll be hitting stages all around Te Ika-a-Māui right up until 10th December with a bevy of special guests, head along and grab some crucial stocking-stuffing new releases from both bands on the door…

Ripship & Swallow the Rat – 2022 Tour

Friday 25th November – Whammy Backroom, Auckland w/ Western Standards (US), Ballot Box*

Saturday 26th November – Last Place, Hamilton w/ Landlords*

Friday 2nd December – The Jam Factory, Tauranga w/ Hoick

Saturday 3rd December – Yot Club, Raglan w/ Brissel*

Thursday 8th December – Valhalla, Wellington w/ Adult Friends, Pillow Princess*

Friday 9th December – Snails, Palmerston North w/ First Move*

Saturday 10th December – Common Room, Hastings w/ Lizard Prom*

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Listen up to Ripship’s electrifying current student radio hit ‘Moore’s Law’…

Experience Swallow the Rat’s ‘Fall Away’ from their 2021 split record with NYC’s CLONE…

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facebook.com/swallowtherat
instagram.com/ripship_/
facebook.com/ripshipband

Listen To Long Distance Runners New Album Shadow

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Simon Wilson
/ Friday 15th July, 2022 1:04PM

  
  

Released on a Friday but sounding more like a terminal case of the Mondays, Tāmaki Makaurau / Ōtepoti heavyweights Long Distance Runner have unveiled their remorselessly intense new album Shadow via Sunreturn. Including earlier singles ‘Nothing‘ and ‘On/Off‘, the nine track record’s dissonant, feedback-drenched guitar / drums onslaught paints a craggy backdrop for singer Simon Oswald to lay waste to all comers with vein-popping furiousness. Certainly not for the faint-hearted, hit play on Shadow and don’t miss Long Distance Runner’s album release tour — kicking off tonight in Kirikiriroa / Hamilton with LANDLORDS and Half/Time


Long Distance Runner – Shadow Album Release Tour

Friday 15th July – last place, Hamilton w/ LANDLORDS, Half/Time

Saturday 16th July – Whammy Bar, Auckland w/ TOOMS, LANDLORDS, nxrthwxstkvrdvshivn

Friday 29th July – Hataitai Bowling Club, Wellington w/ Happy Valley, Soda Boyz, POP OD, Unlawful Arise

Saturday 30th July – The Stomach, Palmerston North w/ First Move, Bitch Whistle

Friday 23rd September – The Crown Hotel, Dunedin

Saturday 24th September — venue to be announced, Christchurch

Tickets available HERE via UTR

‘Shadow’ is out on today on major streaming services via Sunreturn.

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instagram.com/longdistancerunnernz/
facebook.com/longdistancerunnernz/

Listen To Hans Puckets Road Trip Playlist Hans at 10 and 2

Hans Pucket / C.C. / Photo credit: Ezra Simons
/ Thursday 30th June, 2022 11:44AM

  
  

Kicking off their Confidently Test Out New Material tour this weekend in Tāmaki Makaurau and Leigh, we invited Hans Pucket to compile their ultimate road trip playlist, as a new-fangled kind of UTR "playlist residency" — tunes to help keep them in the zone as they drive from town to town in beautiful Aotearoa. Enjoy Oli Devlin, Callum Devlin, Callum Passells and Jono Nott‘s selections titled Hans at 10 and 2, read their words, and don’t miss Hans Pucket’s winter tour, joined by pals BUB, Soft Plastics, Mystery Waitress, Neive Strang, BONITA!, T. G. Shand, and Ōtautahi legends Minisnap

"As a band, Hans Pucket are strong advocates for the art of a good playlist, having published what some have recognised as the definitive Christmas playlist (Parumpumpumpucket) late last December. We’re thrilled to share our equally definitive road trip playlist “Hans at 10 and 2” at a time where we’re about to drive around the country for the first time as a four-piece. The theme of this tour is confidence, and if this playlist is anything to go by, we’re in for a groovy, tasteful and expertly curated time. Each of us has added five songs, true Hans Pucket fans will be able to tell who chose what (yes, Oli chose Steppenwolf)."


Undertheradar and Sports Team proudly present…

Hans Pucket – Confidently Test Out New Material National Tour 2022

Friday 1st July – Whammy Bar, Auckland w/ BUB

Saturday 2nd July – Leigh Sawmill, Leigh w/ BONITA!

Friday 8th July – Dive, Dunedin w/ Neive Strang

Saturday 9th July – The Loons, Christchurch w/ Minisnap, T. G. Shand

Thursday 21st July – San Fran, Wellington w/ Mystery Waitress

Friday 22nd July – The Stomach, Palmerston North w/ Soft Plastics (all ages)

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Linksopen.spotify.com/playlist/3hA8wXUWRN41bfPlbX0eg5?si=7448fdc821fa4885
facebook.com/hanspucket/
hanspucket.bandcamp.com/
instagram.com/hanspucket/

Listen To Hans Puckets Road Trip Playlist Hans at 10 and 12

Hans Pucket / C.C. / Photo credit: Ezra Simons
/ Thursday 30th June, 2022 11:44AM

  
  

Kicking off their Confidently Test Out New Material tour this weekend in Tāmaki Makaurau and Leigh, we invited Hans Pucket to compile their ultimate road trip playlist, as a new-fangled kind of UTR "playlist residency" — tunes to help keep them in the zone as they drive from town to town in beautiful Aotearoa. Enjoy Oli Devlin, Callum Devlin, Callum Passells and Jono Nott‘s selections titled Hans at 10 and 12, read their words, and don’t miss Hans Pucket’s winter tour, joined by pals BUB, Soft Plastics, Mystery Waitress, Neive Strang, BONITA!, T. G. Shand, and Ōtautahi legends Minisnap

"As a band, Hans Pucket are strong advocates for the art of a good playlist, having published what some have recognised as the definitive Christmas playlist (Parumpumpumpucket) late last December. We’re thrilled to share our equally definitive road trip playlist “Hans at 10 and 2” at a time where we’re about to drive around the country for the first time as a four-piece. The theme of this tour is confidence, and if this playlist is anything to go by, we’re in for a groovy, tasteful and expertly curated time. Each of us has added five songs, true Hans Pucket fans will be able to tell who chose what (yes, Oli chose Steppenwolf)."


Undertheradar and Sports Team proudly present…

Hans Pucket – Confidently Test Out New Material National Tour 2022

Friday 1st July – Whammy Bar, Auckland w/ BUB

Saturday 2nd July – Leigh Sawmill, Leigh w/ BONITA!

Friday 8th July – Dive, Dunedin w/ Neive Strang

Saturday 9th July – The Loons, Christchurch w/ Minisnap, T. G. Shand

Thursday 21st July – San Fran, Wellington w/ Mystery Waitress

Friday 22nd July – The Stomach, Palmerston North w/ Soft Plastics (all ages)

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Linksopen.spotify.com/playlist/3hA8wXUWRN41bfPlbX0eg5?si=7448fdc821fa4885
facebook.com/hanspucket/
hanspucket.bandcamp.com/
instagram.com/hanspucket/

DARTZ Announce Hoons Tour of Aotearoa

Chris Cudby / Image: @yeehawtheboys
/ Monday 27th June, 2022 10:00AM

  
  

Not content with ruling the airwaves via their insta-classic reimagining of The Mutton Birds’ ‘Dominion Road‘, Wellington icons DARTZ will be embarking on a full blown nationwide tour of Aotearoa in August, toasting the launch of forthcoming new anthem ‘Hoons‘. Recipients of the first ever SRN Award for Favourite Group and shortlisters for the 2021 Silver Scroll award, the party-punk powerhouse team of Danz, Crispy, Rollyz and Clark Mathews will be joined on their winter journey by a bevy of special guests including Wiri Donna, Deb5000, Mads Harrop (with band), L Hotel and more. Mathews shared a tantalising teaser for ‘Hoons’…

“Hoons came out of this period of time when Danz and our mate The Marlbro were smashing heaps of skating – we’d be hanging out or recording a song together then the two of them would just bounce to go skate at the [Wellington] waterfront, grabbing their boards and yelling ‘HOONS’ a bunch.” — Clark Mathews


DARTZ – Hoons Tour

Friday 5th August – Tuning Fork, Auckland w/ Deb5000, Cold Sweats, The Dawns*

Saturday 6th August – Last Place, Hamilton w/ Static

Saturday 13th August – Space Academy, Christchurch w/ Crustaceanz [all ages early show]

Saturday 13th August – Space Academy, Christchurch w/ This Dog, Model Home [R18]

Friday 19th August – Dive, Dunedin w/ L Hotel, Mads Harrop Band

Saturday 20thAugust – Yonder, Queenstown w/ L Hotel [free show]

Friday 26th August – San Fran, Wellington w/ Wiri Donna, Sure Boy

Saturday 27th August – Snails, Palmerston North w/ Wiri Donna

Earlybird tickets available HERE via UTR

*Auckland tickets at Moshtix

Experience Sports Team’s video for DARTZ’s deliciously catchy ‘Dominion Road (Dumpling House)’…

Press release:

Wellington’s proudest sons DARTZ are back on the road in August, for a seven-city national tour in support of their upcoming single ‘Hoons’. Named NZ Student Radio’s inaugural Favourite Group for 2021 and with a recent seal of approval from NZ music legend Don McGlashan under their belt for their dumpling-centric reworking of his classic tune Dominion Road, the DARTZ boys are taking 2022 by the horns with their biggest shows yet all across Aotearoa.

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smokedartz.bandcamp.com/
facebook.com/smokedartz

Supports Announced For Hans Puckets Winter Tour Soft Plastics BUB Minisnap More

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Samuel Austin
/ Tuesday 7th June, 2022 10:58AM

  
  

Pop quiz: which contemporary Aotearoa band is based in both Pōneke and Tāmaki Makaurau, has two Callums (no relation), identical twin brothers, hella catchy tunes and a drummer named Jono (also of ONONO and Broods)? The answer is of course Hans Pucket, the team of Oli and Callum Devlin (Sports Team), Callum Passells and Jono Nott, who’ve just announced regional special guests for their keenly-awaited Confidently Test Out New Material nationwide tour. Promising to debut "oodles of new music" in a venue near you this July, they’ll be joined on their winter adventure by musical pals BUB, Soft Plastics, Mystery Waitress, Neive Strang, BONITA!, T. G. Shand and Ōtautahi legends Minisnap — cast your eyes downwards for the full details…


Undertheradar and Sports Team proudly present…

Hans Pucket – Confidently Test Out New Material National Tour 2022

Friday 1st July – Whammy Bar, Auckland w/ BUB

Saturday 2nd July – Leigh Sawmill, Leigh w/ BONITA!

Friday 8th July – Dive, Dunedin w/ Neive Strang

Saturday 9th July – The Loons, Christchurch w/ Minisnap, T. G. Shand

Thursday 21st July – San Fran, Wellington w/ Mystery Waitress

Friday 22nd July – The Stomach, Palmerston North w/ Soft Plastics (all ages)

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Watch the action-packed classic 2019 vid for Hans Pucket’s ‘Comfort’…

Linksfacebook.com/hanspucket/
hanspucket.bandcamp.com/
instagram.com/hanspucket/

Paul Ubana Jones Walking With My Roots Summer Tour Announced

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 14th January, 2022 10:41AM

  
  

Paul Ubana Jones has added a fresh batch of Walking With My Roots summer shows to his ever-expanding event calendar, taking the multiple award-winning Aotearoa guitar legend all around Te Ika-a-Māui and beyond in January and February. Gig-goers can look forward to "a collection of songs, both old and new that reflect on the what has been, the what might have been and the only if scenarios — a landscape of who Paul is." The London-born, international touring artist’s four decade-plus career has seen him share the stage alongside such notables as Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Norah Jones, BB King, Bob Dylan, Tuck and Patti, Crowded House and more, don’t miss Paul Ubana Jones at the following dates…


Paul Ubana Jones

Friday 14th January – Paisley Stage, Napier*
Sunday 16th January – Jam Factory, Tauranga
Wednesday 19th January – Leigh Sawmill, Auckland*
Thursday 20th January – Hokowhitu Bowling Club, Palmerston North
Friday 21st January – Whanganui Musicians Club, Whanganui*
Saturday 22nd January – 4th Wall Theatre, New Plymouth*
Sunday 23rd January – Pah Homestead Wallace Arts Trust, Auckland
Friday 11th February – Dog With Two Tails, Dunedin

Friday 18th February – St Peter’s Hall, Paekakariki*

*Tickets available HERE via UTR

Listen to Paul Ubana Jones’ soulful 2020 single ‘Every Child Deserves a Home’…

Linkspaulubanajones.com/

Aotearoa Level 2 Gigs For The Weekend

Annabel Kean / Image: Mousey & Zoé Mi / Wednesday 29th September, 2021 1:39PM

  
  

100 max capacity seated shows are go for Alert Level 2 Aotearoa, and boy are the multi-stop tours and live gig snaps a sight for sore eyes up here in little locked down Tāmaki. The weekend ahead offers a multitude of live events to choose from if your alert level allows it [check out the full Level 2 guidelines HERE], with plenty of opportunities to create your own version of one of my favourite seated and spaced out gig memories: Front row Tooms at Wine Cellar, while Peter Ruddell from Wax Chattels delivered me red wine. Bliss!

Pōneke is spoilt for choice, with events lined up for the end of the week from Sea Mouse, Sonya Waters, Raiden Freeman and more. If you’re down Te Waka a Māui way, Mousey‘s intimate mini tour with violinist Zoé Mi is cruising through Oamaru and Õtepoti this weekend, or if you’re after something significantly noisier, Goya‘s Being Earnest EP release tour hits Ōtepoti and Christchurch in that order over Friday and Saturday nights. Ōtautahi is also treated to an evening of guitar rock from The Wendys and the Violet French Duo on Saturday eve, a special fundraiser gig for much-loved local venue Darkroom. Enjoy the strange and special experience that is a seated rock show – ticket links and details below…

Friday 1st October

Poetik – Totara St., Tauranga

The Rumble Three, Miles Calder – Hashigo Zake, Wellington

Sea Mouse, Secrets Of The Sun – Valhalla, Wellington, presale tickets HERE


Jan Preston Piano Boogie Woman Trio – Timaru Town and Country Club, Timaru

Mousey – Bark @ Dog With Two Tails, Dunedin, presale tickets HERE

Goya, Flesh Bug, Centre Negative, E-Kare – The Crown Hotel, Dunedin, presale tickets HERE 


Saturday 2nd October

Planet Of The Dead – Spaceship, Hastings, presale tickets HERE 
Bored Housewives Club – Snails, Palmerston North, presale tickets HERE 
Sonya Waters, Ludus, Benny Salvador, T J Mcintosh – Pyramid Club, Wellington, presale tickets HERE 
Raiden Freeman, Bodyache, The Hectet, Skymning, DJFK – MOON, Wellington, presale tickets HERE 

King Oyster – Hashigo Zake, Wellington

Goya, Pretty Dumb, Tentripper – Wunderbar, Lyttelton, presale tickets HERE 

Mousey – Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru, presale tickets HERE 

The Wendys, Violet French Duo – Darkroom, Christchurch, presale tickets HERE 

Jan Preston Piano Boogie Woman Trio – Nga Maara Hall, Dunedin

Enjoy the Martin Sagadin directed clip for Bored Housewives Club‘s catchy track ‘Personfriend’

‘Escape From Smiths Grove’ from Planet Of The Dead will certainly rark up your Wednesday arvo…

Linksundertheradar.co.nz/utr/gig_guide
covid19.govt.nz/activities/cafes-bars-restaurants-and-night-clubs/#cafes-restaurants-and-bars-at-alert-level-2

Aotearoa Level 2 Gigs For The Weekend

Chris Cudby / Image: Juno Is / Wednesday 22nd September, 2021 10:57AM

  
  

Last weekend’s shows were certainly slim pickings, but this week sees a significant uptick in local gig listings, representative of the much more manageable new Alert Level 2 maximum venue capacity of 100 attendees for most of Aotearoa [check out the full Level 2 guidelines for bars here]. Aucklanders are still out of luck on the shows front at Alert Level 3, but at least there’s no longer any need to illegally smuggle KFC across the super city border. Reflecting the resilience of our live music community, there’s some awesome looking shows happening across the nation this Saturday and Sunday, plus events are clearly still going ahead in Rarotonga! Please head along and support the artists and our crucial venues — as capacity will be tight as a drum we recommend nabbing presales in advance…

Friday 24th September

Raiden Freeman, Synthetic Children, Ludus, DJFK – The Stomach, Palmerston North, presale tickets HERE
Les Tripes (Parisian Swing) – Hashigo Zake, Wellington

Battle Of The Bands (Heat 2) – Valhalla, Wellington

Jan Preston Piano Boogie Woman Duo – Le Cafe, Picton

Mousey – Ma Maison, Akaroa, presale tickets HERE
Fiona Dead, The Beauchamps – Wunderbar, Lyttelton, presale tickets HERE
Juno Is, Man Ray, Sunflower Scent – The Crown Hotel, Dunedin, presale tickets HERE

Saturday 25th September

Lucid Night, Antebellum, Karnack, Jayde P (Headbanger’s Retreat) – Nivara Lounge, Hamilton, presale tickets HERE
Finn From Napier Presents: Operation Neptune – The Cabana, Napier, presale tickets HERE
Winters End, Realthentic, DWTS, Ersatz.Sex – Spaceship, Hastings, presale tickets HERE
Frank Talbot Trio (Fusion Funk) – Hashigo Zake, Wellington

Battle Of The Bands (Heat 3) – Valhalla, Wellington

Jan Preston – The Boathouse, Nelson

Julian Temple Band – Dog With Two Tails, Dunedin, presale tickets HERE
Sunset Sessions by Coco House Bros : 009 – Crown Beach Resort & Spa, Rarotonga

Watch the video for Mousey’s overcrowded flatting classic ‘Extreme Highs’…

Listen to ‘Zoom Zoom’, the latest single from Juno Is…

Linksundertheradar.co.nz/utr/gig_guide
covid19.govt.nz/activities/cafes-bars-restaurants-and-night-clubs/#cafes
-restaurants-and-bars-at-alert-level-2

Listen To Lake Souths New Album The Light You Throw

Annabel Kean / Friday 17th September, 2021 12:25PM

  
  

Genre explorer and electronic pop producer Lake South reveals his third studio album The Light You Throw today, a collection of songs out on local label Home Alone Records and written to be experienced live and loud. Never one to take the beaten path, like the app-activated postcards of 2019 opus Wellington | Te Upoko O Te Ika, the album release arrives with a special Rebel Press produced lyric book and CD, and a slammin’ new video for title single ‘Hope And The Light You Throw’. The documentary style visuals feature the Capital Pro Wrestling crew doing sick stuff like practising choke holds and body slams, and doing their own make up before the big show down, proving to be some damn inspiring subjects to follow to the sound of Lake South’s feel good alt-pop. The whole album is packed with joyful New Zealand twang and close-to-home lyrics, with Lake South once again delivering upbeat goodness and homegrown romanticism. Do not miss out on seeing these songs and more performed IRL this October / November on the twelve stop The Light You Throw album release tour…

Lake South ‘The Light You Throw’ Album Release Tour

Friday 1st October – The Jam Factory, Tauranga w/ Jžoe (all ages)

Saturday 2nd October – Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ Welcomer*

Wednesday 6th October – Le Café, Picton

Thursday 7th October – Fairfield House, Nelson*

Friday 8th October – Space Academy, Christchurch w/ Welcomer, Model Home*

Saturday 9th October – Bark!, Dunedin w/ Welcomer, Laney Blue*

Friday 15th October – Ma Maison, Akaroa

Saturday 30th October – City Of Wellington Pipe Band Hall, Wellington w/ Welcomer, Hybrid Rose*

Friday 12th November – The Stomach, Palmerston North w/ Welcomer*

Saturday 13th November – Porridge Watson, Whanganui w/ Welcomer

Friday 19th November – Smash Palace, Gisborne*

Saturday 20th November – Space Ship, Hastings w/ Sam Saffery*

Tickets available HERE via UTR*

Lake South’s third album ‘The Light You Throw’ is out today via Home Alone Music.

Linkslake-south.com/
lakesouth.bandcamp.com/

Lake South Shares Single Video Townbelt

Annabel Kean / Friday 27th August, 2021 8:43AM

  
  

I’m not sure if it’s kosher to go digging for treasure in level 4, but after watching Lake South‘s video for new single ‘Townbelt‘ you’ll be double-checking the lockdown dos and don’ts. As the name suggests, the synth-packed track finds its visual treatment taking place amongst the winding paths of Wellington’s lush town belt, intercut with mysterious culty scenes on a rocky, windswept beach. Lake South hits a balance between driving, power-pop and something raw and personal in ‘Townbelt’, pairing compressed snare and red hot bass with lyrics a bit close to home, like "The silence at the dining room table, it’s heavy" and "I’ll be honest, it’s just like before but empty" — ah, that’s some relatable pandemic monotony.

‘Townbelt’ follows ‘New Bourgeoizealand (lucky)’ as the second release from Lake South’s upcoming third album The Light You Throw, due out this September ahead of a stonker spring tour. Find your closest Lake South party locale and lock in your spot…

Lake South ‘The Light You Throw’ Album Release Tour

Friday 1st October – The Jam Factory, Tauranga w/ Jžoe (all ages)

Saturday 2nd October – Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ Welcomer*

Wednesday 6th October – Le Café, Picton

Thursday 7th October – Fairfield House, Nelson*

Friday 8th October – Space Academy, Christchurch w/ Welcomer, Model Home*

Saturday 9th October – Bark!, Dunedin w/ Welcomer, Laney Blue*

Friday 15th October – Ma Maison, Akaroa

Saturday 30th October – City Of Wellington Pipe Band Hall, Wellington w/ Welcomer, Hybrid Rose*

Friday 12th November – The Stomach, Palmerston North w/ Welcomer*

Saturday 13th November – Porridge Watson, Whanganui w/ Welcomer

Friday 19th November – Smash Palace, Gisborne*

Saturday 20th November – Space Ship, Hastings w/ Sam Saffery*

Tickets available HERE via UTR*

Lake South’s third album ‘The Light You Throw’ is out September 17th via Home Alone Music.

Linkslake-south.com/

In The Shallows Unveil Single Lets Not Start A War Video

Annabel Kean / Friday 20th August, 2021 1:32PM

  
  

In the new single from In The Shallows, duo Danni Parsons and Lance Shepherd unpack the flaws and shortcomings of filtering judgement of others through your own messed up lens. The pair’s first new music since dropping their self-titled 2020 debut album, fresh track ‘Let’s Not Start A War’ lands as Parsons, Shepherd and their live band are in the very early days of their nationwide single release tour, which is still in the works for September and October despite a postponed Palmerston North date. Lucky for us, ‘Let’s Not Start A War’ and its accompanying video can’t be touched by lockdown regulations, and can be experienced germ-free this very minute. Enjoy some fully sick choreography from dancer Anya Downs and a solid dose of buzzy drone footage in the hi-spec visuals from In The Shallows’ latest offering. Scroll down for a watch and a listen, and read up here on how to catch the real deal…

Let’s Not Start A War Single Release Tour

Sunday 29th August – Moon, Wellington*

Thursday 2nd September – House Concert, Palmerston North w/ Rusty Frames (Solo)*

Friday 10th September – Frank Bar & Eatery, Whanganui*

Saturday 11th September – House Concert, New Plymouth w/ Liana Hart*

Sunday 12th September – Tuatara Brewery, Paraparaumu

Friday 15th October – Golden Bear Brewery, Mapua

Saturday 16th October – The Dangerous Kitchen, Takaka

Sunday 17th October – Le Cafe, Picton*

Tickets available HERE via UTR*

Linkswhatsintheshallows.com/
facebook.com/intheshallowsband

Listen To Raiden Freemans New Album Stay Sharp

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 18th August, 2021 9:37AM

  
  

As Aotearoa lurches back into yet another lockdown period of indeterminate length, Raiden Freeman aka Jack Mells (The Scrussian) has gifted housebound listeners a kaleidoscopic new record to lose (and maybe find) themselves inside of. Snappily titled Stay Sharp and out today via Bankrupt Records / PRISON TAPES, the collage-like collection duct-tapes together adept, emotionally affecting song-craft with an evident love for contemporary hip hop / club production — sounding refreshingly unbeholden to the past while strumming up a storm with visionary verve. Mells’ rap skills hold up too, notably on the shapeshifting ‘Structures (Stay Sharp)’. The artist usefully provided an essay unpacking his thoughts about the intricately detailed record’s themes and aims over on Bandcamp here, including a heartfelt dedication to Reuben Winter (who co-ran Bankrupt Records with Skymning)…

"… I guess my advice with this record is exactly the title, to keep your head in this climate of constantly having to pretend you’re feeling differently to the way you are, to keep your wits about you enough to keep from being distracted from what’s in front of you. The walks I’ve taken this year are the most overwhelmingly beautiful of my life, because I’m trying to pay more attention to what I’m seeing in front of me. Almost all the time, anything you are looking at is incredibly beautiful. In a time where we are pushed to do things “for our own sakes” that really end up damaging us, I want you for truly your own sake to stay sharp." — Raiden Freeman


Raiden Freeman Stay Sharp album release tour

Friday 10th September – Whammy Backroom, Auckland w/ Annabel Lee, P.H.F., Skymning, DJFK

Friday 24th September – The Stomach, Palmerston North w/ Synthetic Children, Ludus, Skymning, DJFK

Saturday 2nd October – Moon, Wellington w/ Bodyache, The Hectet, Skymning, DJFK

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Linksfacebook.com/PRISONTAPES/
twitter.com/thescrussian
soundcloud.com/raidenfreeman

Tidal Rave Share New Album Albumette

Annabel Kean / Tuesday 10th August, 2021 1:34PM

  
  

Exploring conversational topics like "police incompetence, problematic capitalism, disconnection and in-between spaces", Tidal Rave‘s shiny new surf-pop offering Albumette has landed. The Pōneke six-piece released their sweet jangly debut collection Heart Screams in March last year, and they’ve since honed and polished their fuzz-pop sound, with Emmie Ellis, Esther Gedye Taylor and Kristen Paterson‘s guitars, Ann-Marie Keating‘s keys, and the Frank Eggleton and Scott Hakkaart rhythm section serving stacks of warmth on the new Surgery studios recorded album. From instrumental ear worm ‘Surf’s Down’ to rumbling ballad ‘At The Water’s Edge’, Albumette will have you champing at the bit to see Tidal Rave live this month and next. Indulge in the angst and crunch of Albumette, and read up on the release tour here…


Tidal Rave ‘Albumette’ New Zealand Tour

Friday 13th August – Yot Club, Raglan w/ Lizard Prom, Yer Maw’s 5g Meatsuit

Saturday 14th August – The Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ Lizard Prom, Cootie Cuties

Saturday 21st August – Newtown Sports Bar, Wellington w/ Terror of the Deep, Bird Feeder

Friday 27th August – The Crown, Dunedin w/ Alpha Delta, Blue Cheese

Saturday 28th August – Wunderbar, Lyttleton w/ Solo Ono, Model Home

Friday 10th September – Snails, Palmerston North w/ Swampwitch, Solo Ono

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Tidal Raves’ sophomore album ‘Albumette’ is out now on streaming platforms.

Linkstidalravenz.bandcamp.com/
facebook.com/TidalRaveNz

Lake South Announces Album Release Tour Shares Single New Bourgeoizealand lucky

Annabel Kean / Tuesday 10th August, 2021 11:51AM

  
  

Pōneke alt-pop songwriter Lake South opts for twisted positivity on the lead track from his forthcoming third album The Light You Throw. As with the rest of the album, first taste ‘New Bourgeoizealand (lucky)’ was written in the height of lockdown and recorded about an hour North of their hometown at Waikawa beach. Named after and inspired by Richard Meros essay New Bourgeoizealand, the single is unapologetically sunny, until it’s not. For all the singing in unison, hand clapping and trumpeting, on the end of each chorus is tacked "I think we’re falling apart, we were doomed from the start", which is perhaps Lake South’s honest response to Meros’ essay — but that’s for you to decide.

An album written to be performed live, Lake South takes The Light You Throw and four-piece band on tour throughout October and November for a dozen spring shows. They’ll be accompanied by Miles Sutton’s latest project Welcomer for the bulk of the dates, with more support acts still to be announced. Details and tickets here…

Lake South ‘The Light You Throw’ Album Release Tour

Friday 1st October – The Jam Factory, Tauranga w/ Jžoe (all ages)

Saturday 2nd October – Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ Welcomer*

Wednesday 6th October – Le Café, Picton

Thursday 7th October – Fairfield House, Nelson*

Friday 8th October – Space Academy, Christchurch w/ Welcomer, Model Home*

Saturday 9th October – Bark!, Dunedin w/ Welcomer, Laney Blue*

Friday 15th October – Ma Maison, Akaroa

Saturday 30th October – City Of Wellington Pipe Band Hall, Wellington w/ Welcomer, Hybrid Rose*

Friday 12th November – The Stomach, Palmerston North w/ Welcomer*

Saturday 13th November – Porridge Watson, Whanganui w/ Welcomer

Friday 19th November – Smash Palace, Gisborne*

Saturday 20th November – Space Ship, Hastings w/ Sam Saffery*

Tickets available HERE via UTR*

Lake South’s third album ‘The Light You Throw’ is out September 17th via Home Alone Music.

Linkslake-south.com/
facebook.com/lakesouth

Tidal Rave Unpeel New Single Video Banana

Chris Cudby
/ Tuesday 3rd August, 2021 1:27PM

  
  

It’s good times ahoy for Pōneke jangle / surf / fuzz-poppers Tidal Rave, who are just about to launch their snazzily titled new record Albumette in conjunction with an extensive release tour of Aotearoa this month and next. The six-piece have unpeeled today the delectably catchy second single from their album ‘Banana‘, announced around lunchtime along with a fab vid directed by Hayley Theyers. Celebrating yet also questioning the role of the potassium-packed, smoothie-friendly fruit in Aotearoa’s late capitalist culture, the creamy yellow clip for ‘Banana’ features the whole gang stacking those ‘nanas high around the family breakfast table. Here’s the full low down from Tidal Rave themselves…

"The theme of the song "Banana" – expressing both the enjoyment of the banana as a convenient and nourishing food, while also pondering ethical dilemmas about exploitative labour practices by large multi-national banana growers – expresses the pleasure / guilt dilemma of western consumption that many of us grapple with."


Tidal Rave ‘Albumette’ New Zealand Tour

Friday 13th August – Yot Club, Raglan w/ Lizard Prom, Yer Maw’s 5g Meatsuit

Saturday 14th August – The Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ Lizard Prom, Cootie Cuties

Saturday 21st August – Newtown Sports Bar, Wellington w/ Terror of the Deep, Bird Feeder

Friday 27th August – The Crown, Dunedin w/ Alpha Delta, Blue Cheese

Saturday 28th August – Wunderbar, Lyttleton w/ Solo Ono + TBA

Friday 10th September – Snails, Palmerston North w/ Swampwitch, Solo Ono

Tickets available HERE via UTR

‘Banana’ is out now via major streaming services.

Linkstidalravenz.bandcamp.com/
facebook.com/TidalRaveNz

Raiden Freeman Announces Stay Sharp Album Release Tour Unveils Single Video

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 21st July, 2021 9:55AM

  
  

Aotearoa underground enigma Raiden Freeman aka Jack Mells (The Scrussian) has a new album rolling out in mid-August via the champs at Prison Tapes, to be celebrated with a rare run of North Island launch events. Entitled Stay Sharp, the long player’s latest single ‘Low Self Esteem Is A Symptom Of Narcissism‘ has been revealed along with an accompanying cinematic creation filmed / collaged together by Mells — a visual commentary upon and counterpoint to the song’s stylistically diverse yet always on-point musings. Raiden Freeman will be supported by friends and admirers including P.H.F., Ludus, Skymning, DJFK and more in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. We’re keen to see how the record’s release unfolds, as the artist candidly stated online: "my album rollout is very Kanye inspired i.e. I’m very obviously making it up as I go along".


Raiden Freeman Stay Sharp album release tour

Friday 10th September – Whammy Backroom, Auckland w/ Annabel Lee, P.H.F., Skymning, DJFK

Friday 24th September – The Stomach, Palmerston North w/ Synthetic Children, Ludus, Skymning, DJFK

Saturday 2nd October – Moon, Wellington w/ Bodyache, The Hectet, Skymning, DJFK

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Press release:

Wellington’s Jack Mells latest collection of eclectic music has crystallised in the form of an album, named Stay Sharp, set to release on August 18th 2021. In celebration of this event, he will be touring the North Island.

Linksfacebook.com/PRISONTAPES/
twitter.com/thescrussian
soundcloud.com/raidenfreeman

TOOMS Unleash New Single Dead Bird

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 21st July, 2021 9:34AM

  
  

Tāmaki Makaurau punk duo TOOMS have escaped from their Wine Jail HQ to uncage a grim new anthem named ‘Dead Bird‘, to whet your appetite for their forthcoming nationwide tour. Throwing down grunty robo-rhythms in an almost motorik manner as they pummel earholes into oblivion, tears will once again be streaming down your cheeks as TOOMS belt out their tale of nature’s seemingly futile quest for survival against mankind’s never-ending path of destruction. Definitely a cheerful notion to get you amped to face the day — listen up below and don’t miss Dorian Noval and Nich Cunningham letting rip in a town near you this August…


TOOMS NZ Tour

Friday 6th August – The Crown Hotel Dunedin w/ Cuck, Human Susan, Night Lunch*

Saturday 7th August – Darkroom Christchurch w/ Bin Day, Horn Of The Unicorn, Big Scout*

Friday 13th August – Snails, Palmerston North w/ Swampwitch & Unsanitary Napkin*

Saturday 14th August – Newtown Sports Bar Wellington w/ Fruit Juice Parade, Sure Boy, Pop OD*

Friday 20th August — Nivara Lounge Hamilton w/ Empress, Half/Time*

Saturday 21th August — Loserpalooza, Tauranga

Friday 27 August — Wine Cellar Auckland w/ Repairs, Pillcutter*

*Tickets available HERE via UTR

‘Dead Bird’ is out now via major streaming services.

Linksinstagram.com/toomssucks/
facebook.com/whatistooms
eugenetooms.bandcamp.com/

Watch Proteins Of Magics Animated Video For New Single Hopeful Symphony

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 16th July, 2021 12:44PM

  
  

Announced this week as special guest for Dimmer‘s I Believe You Are A Star 20th anniversary tour, Proteins Of Magic aka Kelly Sherrod has unveiled a majestic second single from her forthcoming self-titled debut album. Looking a little bit like a warped Tony Oursler artwork, Sherrod’s inventive lyric video for ‘Hopeful Symphony‘ continues POM’s sterling run of eye-popping self-made animated videos, starring "an intergalactic worry doll who sings an invocation for emotional protection." Back in Aotearoa with family following an extended stint in Nashville, Tennessee, the gig schedule for the former Punches co-leader’s solo project looks to be filling up fast indeed — you can experience POM firsthand at the following dates, with more shows to be revealed soon…

Proteins Of Magic

Saturday 24th July – Pyramid Club, Wellington w/ Miss Leading, Class War On The Dance Floor*
Friday 4th Sept – Snails, Palmerston North
Friday 15th October – Paisley Stage, Napier

*Tickets available HERE via UTR

All dates and ticket info from www.proteinsofmagic.com

UnderTheRadar proudly presents…

Dimmer I Believe You Are A Star 20th Anniversary Tour

Saturday 11th September – Blue Smoke, Christchurch w/ Proteins of Magic*

Friday 17th September – San Fran, Wellington [NEW SHOW – no Proteins Of Magic]*

Saturday 18th September – San Fran, Wellington [sold out] w/ Proteins of Magic*

Friday 24th September – Mercury Theatre, Auckland [NEW SHOW] w/ Proteins of Magic

Saturday 25th September – Mercury Theatre, Auckland [sold out] w/ Proteins of Magic

Saturday 2nd October – Mayfair Theatre, Dunedin w/ Proteins of Magic

*Tickets available HERE via UTR 
Auckland tickets available HERE

Dunedin tickets available HERE

Proteins Of Magic’s self-titled album is out on Friday 13th August.

Linksproteinsofmagic.com/

Grawlixes Share New Album Love You To Death

Annabel Kean / Thursday 15th July, 2021 11:21AM

  
  

On Grawlixes‘ sophomore album Love You To Death, out today, Pōneke songwriting duo Penelope Esplin (French For Rabbits, Lake South) and Robin Cederman (Tahu & The Takahes, Prophet Hens) take it in turns belting out eleven monumental folk tracks. Their second album, the first being 2017’s gorgeous home-recorded debut Set Free, takes the Grawlixes voice and epic instrumentation to a new level, recorded with Lee Prebble, mixed by Tom Healy and mastered by Paul Gold (Sufjan Stevens, Grizzly Bear) with contributions from a wealth of homegrown musicians; strings maestro Alex Vaatstra, French For Rabbits’ Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa and Ben Lemi (Trinity Roots, Dawn Diver), trumpet from James Guilford and Jake Baxendale on woodwinds.

Cederman reflected on how his songwriting gave away more of himself than intended on single ‘Dalliance’:

"My tendency back then was to avoid writing directly about my own feelings, so for the verses I made up a story about a somewhat-doomed relationship between two young women. One woman is a charming runner who ‘still rolls her r’s as a point of pride, and the other is a bit fixated on the past and uses words like ‘interminable’. Looking back now I think these characters broadly represent Penelope, who was a semi-professional athlete growing up, and myself, who was going through a reading phase and fancied my vocabulary at the time."

Currently ruling the top of the SRN charts, Grawlixes begin their Love You To Death album release tour next week, zig-zagging up and down the country with support spots from Adam Hattaway & The Haunters, Looking For Alaska, Albi & The Wolves and more. Snap up a ticket below, and hit play on Love You To Death…


Grawlixes ‘Love You To Death’ Album Release Tour

Thursday 22nd July – The Boathouse, Nelson w/ Emily Riordan
Friday 23rd July – Tim’s Place, Marahau w/ Emily Riordan

Saturday 24th July – Mussel Inn, Takaka

Thursday 12th August – Meow, Wellington w/ Violet Hirst, Vatican’t

Saturday 14th August – The Stomach, Palmerston North w/ Rusty Frames

Sunday 15th August – Common Room, Hastings

Thursday 19th August – Wunderbar, Christchurch W/ Adam Hattaway & The Haunters

Friday 20th August – Dive, Dunedin w/ Julian Temple Band

Saturday 21st August – Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru

Thursday 26th August – The Jam Factory, Tauranga w/ Stellarize

Friday 27th August – Nivara Lounge, Hamilton w/ Brandan De La Cruz, Looking For Alaska

Saturday 28th August – Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ Albi & The Wolves

Tickets for all shows (except Mussel Inn, The Jam Factory and Meow) available HERE via UTR

Grawlixes’ sophomore album ‘Love You To Death’ is out today via Home Alone Records.

Linksfacebook.com/grawlixesband
thegrawlixes.com/
grawlixesnz.bandcamp.com/

TOOMS Announce Nationwide Tour Debut Album

Chris Cudby
/ Thursday 15th July, 2021 10:34AM

  
  

Tāmaki Makaurau’s TOOMS are about unleash the aural equivalent of an intense telling off on their forthcoming winter tour, taking the already legendary duo of Dorian Noval and Nich Cunningham all across Aotearoa in August. Touring with support from the NZ Music Commission’s awesome Aotearoa Touring Programme, the noisy pair have also casually declared they’ll be launching their debut album later this year via the champs at 1:12 Records. They’ll be playing together in the South Island for the very first time, an auspicious occasion described by TOOMS themselves as "Surely an event for the whole family." Grip the full deets here and wrap your mind around those all-killer supports…


TOOMS NZ Tour

Friday 6th August – The Crown Hotel Dunedin w/ Cuck, Human Susan, Night Lunch*

Saturday 7th August – Darkroom Christchurch w/ Bin Day, Horn Of The Unicorn, Big Scout*

Friday 13th August – Snails, Palmerston North w/ Swampwitch & Unsanitary Napkin*

Saturday 14th August – Newtown Sports Bar Wellington w/ Fruit Juice Parade, Sure Boy, Pop OD*

Friday 20th August — Nivara Lounge Hamilton w/ Empress, Half/Time*

Saturday 21th August — Loserpalooza, Tauranga

Friday 27 August — Wine Cellar Auckland w/ Repairs, Pillcutter*

*Tickets available HERE via UTR

Check out TOOMS’ wild 3D animated video for ‘Blanket’…

Press release:

TOOMS regret to inform the community of their impending nationwide tour.

Tāmaki Makaurau two piece TOOMS will also be bringing their idiosyncratic minimalist punk tunes to the South Island for the first time. Everywhere, they will be playing their beloved selection of radio friendly unit shifters as well as new material from the forthcoming album, due out on 1:12 Records later in the year. Surely an event for the whole family.

Coming to a crawl space near you this August.

Linksinstagram.com/toomssucks/
facebook.com/whatistooms
eugenetooms.bandcamp.com/

Tidal Rave Announce Albumette Nationwide Tour

Chris Cudby
/ Tuesday 13th July, 2021 12:40PM

  
  

In a masterpiece of musicianly co-ordination, Pōneke jangle / surf / fuzz-pop sextet Tidal Rave have rallied the troops for a six date album release tour, celebrating the forthcoming launch of their snazzily titled Albumette via Fishrider Records. Recorded by Lee Prebble and Andrew Downes at Newtown’s fabled Surgery, the eight song Albumette was primarily written during the seemingly never-ending 2020 lockdown era, exploring such pertinent topics as "police incompetence, problematic capitalism, disconnection and in-between spaces." They’ll be joined by buds including Lizard Prom, Cootie CutiesTerror of the Deep, Bird Feeder, Solo Ono (featuring Tidal Rave’s Frank Eggleton) and the intriguingly named Yer Maw’s 5g Meatsuit — here’s the full lowdown…


Tidal Rave ‘Albumette’ New Zealand Tour

Friday 13th August – Yot Club, Raglan w/ Lizard Prom, Yer Maw’s 5g Meatsuit

Saturday 14th August – The Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ Lizard Prom, Cootie Cuties

Saturday 21st August – Newtown Sports Bar, Wellington w/ Terror of the Deep, Bird Feeder

Friday 27th August – The Crown, Dunedin w/ Alpha Delta, Blue Cheese

Saturday 28th August – Wunderbar, Lyttleton w/ Solo Ono + TBA

Friday 11th September – Snails, Palmerston North w/ Swampwitch, Solo Ono

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Open your ears to first single from Albumette ‘The Four Seasons’…

Press release:

Tidal Rave is excited to announce the release of their second album. ‘Albumette’ will be released in August 2021 through Fish Rider Records and the band will be touring New Zealand for the first time in its five year Existence!
The album was recorded by Lee Prebble and Andrew Downes at the Surgery in Newtown. Mixed by Lee Prebble and Mastered by Mike Gibson. The eight tracks were written by the four songwriters and the band, mostly during 2020 when Covid prevented them from touring their debut album Heart Screams(2020).

Albumette, is a garage, surf and indie pop, inspired journey. It explores themes like police incompetence, problematic capitalism, disconnection and In-between spaces.

Linkstidalravenz.bandcamp.com/
facebook.com/TidalRaveNz

Grawlixes Share Single Video Honey Bees

Annabel Kean / Wednesday 30th June, 2021 11:07AM

  
  

Today Pōneke’s Grawlixes treat us to ‘Honey Bees’ and its darling medieval-meets-modern day music video. The second single from forthcoming album Love You To Death is ‘Honey Bees’, and it’s as sweet and heartfelt as lead track ‘Immortalised’, with lyrics exploring themes of anxiety, writers block and how to battle them both. In the Tom van den Brink created visuals, lead vocalist Penelope Esplin (French for Rabbits, Lake South) is trapped by her own brain and protective plate armour, while Robin Cederman (Tahu & The Takahes, The Prophet Hens) is a friendly bumbly bee, doing his darnedest to draw Penelope out of her angst-driven shell.

Esplin and Cederman take Love You To Death on tour this July and August, bringing new bandmates Alex Vaastra, Emma Hattaway and Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa along for the twelve-stop journey. Catch up on the dates and deets below, and meet Robin Bee-derman and Sir Penelope in the video for ‘Honey Bees’…


Grawlixes ‘Love You To Death’ Album Release Tour

Thursday 22nd July – The Plant, Blenheim w/ Emily Riordan

Friday 23rd July – Tim’s Place, Marahau w/ Emily Riordan

Saturday 24th July – Mussel Inn, Takaka

Thursday 12th August – Meow, Wellington w/ Violet Hirst, Vatican’t

Saturday 14th August – The Stomach, Palmerston North w/ Rusty Frames

Sunday 15th August – Common Room, Hastings

Thursday 19th August – Wunderbar, Christchurch W/ Adam Hattaway & The Haunters

Friday 20th August – Dive, Dunedin w/ Julian Temple Band

Saturday 21st August – Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru

Thursday 26th August – The Jam Factory, Tauranga w/ Stellarize

Friday 27th August – Nivara Lounge, Hamilton w/ Brandan De La Cruz, Looking For Alaska

Saturday 28th August – Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ Albi & The Wolves

Tickets for all shows (except Mussel Inn, The Jam Factory and Meow) available HERE via UTR

Grawlixes’ sophomore album ‘Love You To Death’ is out July 15th via Home Alone Records.

Linksfacebook.com/grawlixesband
thegrawlixes.com/
grawlixesnz.bandcamp.com/

Pickle Darling Announces Special Guests For Nationwide Tour

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Christiane Shortal
/ Tuesday 15th June, 2021 9:00AM

  
  

Pickle Darling‘s ace new sophomore album Cosmonaut has been reaping praise from here to Timbuktu, including such globally influential platforms as Bandcamp Daily, who enthused: "Their mastery of starry-eyed songcraft recalls mid-’60s Beach Boys or Harry Nilsson." Embarking on their first ever headline tour of Aotearoa with band this July, Ōtautahi  songwriter and producer Lukas Mayo has today revealed which musical pals will be joining Pickle Darling for their extensive run of album launch dates. Fellow Cantabrian Mousey will perform solo for five stonkin’ shows and special guests throughout the country will also include Neive Strang, Fruit Juice Parade, Halcyon Birds, mini and Treenurse. Delve into our illuminating recent feature where Pickle Darling named their very excellent Top Ten Pickles HERE and secure your spot at the following dates…

“I am super excited to play these songs around New Zealand! I had to cancel my last tour so technically this is my first time doing a headline tour, ever. As well as the first time visiting some of these smaller towns!” – Pickle Darling

Pickle Darling’s Cosmonaut Tour

Thursday 1st July – Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru w/ Mousey (solo)*

Friday 2nd July – Bark, Dunedin w/ Neive Strang*

Saturday 3rd July – Tuatara, Invercargill w/ Neive Strang*

Saturday 10th July – Space Academy, Christchurch w/ mini*

Thursday 15th July – The Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ Treenurse*

Friday 16th July – Jam Factory, Tauranga w/ Mousey (solo)

Saturday 17th July – Nivara Lounge, Hamilton w/ Halcyon Birds*

Thursday 22nd July – Moon, Wellington w/ Fruit Juice Parade*

Friday 23rd July – Snails, Palmerston North w/ Fruit Juice Parade*

Saturday 24th July – Paisley Stage, Napier w/ Mousey (solo)*

Friday 30th July – The Boathouse, Nelson w/ Mousey (solo)*

Saturday 31st July – The Mussel Inn, Onekaka w/ Mousey (solo)*

*Tickets available HERE via UTR

Experience director Karin Yamasaki’s magical video for ‘Achieve Lift!’ from Cosmonaut…

Check out the vid for Mousey’s super catchy 2019 single ‘Extreme Highs’…

Press release:

Following the rapturous applause for the sophomore album, Cosmonaut, Pickle Darling is pleased to confirm the hand picked list of guests joining the
‘Cosmic Voyage Thru New Zealand’ album release tour this July.

Starting in Oamaru on July 1st, the 12 date tour is Pickle Darling’s first headline tour and with a full band including the talented Serena Close (Mousey) on synth, glockenspiel, backing vocals and Cameron Finlay on keys, tambourine, shaker, guitar, backing vocals, drum machine and a slew of friendly super talented friends guesting.

This will be the first time playing shows for Pickle Darling since their support slots for friends, The Beths, late 2020.

 

Linkspickledarling.bandcamp.com/
instagram.com/pickledarling/
ztapes.bandcamp.com/

Listen To Swallow The Rats Split Release w NYCs CLONE

Chris Cudby
/ Monday 24th May, 2021 12:20PM

  
  

Tāmaki Makaurau noiseniks Swallow the Rat‘s new release is at last out in the world, a split record with NYC sonic travellers CLONE, launched alongside a video for StR’s wigged out ‘Fall Away‘ created by Skye Ashbrook using evocative vintage imagery. Each group contributes four tracks per side of the limited edition, red transparent vinyl disc, and while our current border situation precludes any local performances from CLONE in the near future, StR are celebrating their transcontinental latest creation in style with shows in Palmerston North and Hastings locked in for next weekend. Hear both group’s tracks from the record and hit play on the clip for ‘Fall Away’ below…

Swallow the Rat LP release
Friday 4th June – The Stomach, Palmerston North w/ First Move, Pompom

Saturday 5th June – Common Room, Hastings w/ w/ Lizard Prom, Spooky Skeletons

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Swallow The Rat and Clone’s split release is out now digitally and on vinyl LP via Headbump Records.

Linksswallowtherat.bandcamp.com
clonebk.bandcamp.com/
facebook.com/swallowtherat