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Jody Direen – Rockin’ The Country

This ain’t the country your daddy listened to… There’s a change taking place right now in the country music scene . Gone are the…

Shayna King

I had never met musician Shayna King before, then before I knew it we had crossed paths three times in four days. Not being a superstitious person…

Hanging With Violet Highway

The sun is streaming down, while Auckland band Violet Highway are in a buoyant mood. We catch up with them at local haunt Maungawhau (Mt Eden to…


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Gig Picks for January

Sound Splash 2018
Ciaran McMeeken – Summer Tour
Salmonella Dub
Shenandoah Davis New Zealand Tour
We The Kings
Fat Freddys Drop
Auckland Folk Festival
The Kings Arms – End of An Era
Neil And Liam Finn – Where’s My Room Tour of Aotearoa
Roger Waters
Alex Cameron with Roy Molloy

Hot off the press: Alae acoustic version of ‘Too Strung Up’

Thanks to over 1-million plays on Spotify – the fastest kiwi track to reach the mark in only 6-weeks, the lads put together this acoustic video version to say thanks, check it out. Follow the band on Facebook

The song has been added to over 100 Spotify playlists, wooing 6.1 million new listeners, with inclusion on New Music Friday in the USA, Australia and NZ. Additionally, the track has earned hard-won places on the Global, USA and NZ Spotify viral charts across all genres. USA’s college radio network has sat up and taken notice of this swelling fanbase by adding the track to 25 USA college radio stations, further extending Alae’s reach into the US market.

Andy Low from the digital rights management and distribution company states, “The boys put together a mean tune that has clearly resonated with a wide audience, both locally and overseas. We’re proud to be involved in the band’s successes to date.”

Read the full press release right here.

Kylie’s back!

Kylie Minogue announced a brand new album ‘Golden‘ to be released April 6th. The first single ‘Dancing‘ you can hear right now on Spotify.

Recorded in Nashville, Golden is the fourteenth studio album, and the first in over four years.

The album opens with lead single ‘Dancing’, which sets the tone for what is to come on the album. Kylie says: “You’ve got the lyrical edge, that country feel, mixed with some sampling of the voice and electronic elements, so it does what it says on the label. And I love that it’s called ‘Dancing’, it’s immediately accessible and seemingly so obvious, but there’s depth within the song.”

Check it: Dua Lipa drops brand new vid – IDGAF

Vance Joy announces one-off gig @ The Tuning Fork, Auckland

Fans will need to line up quickly, tickets go on sale tomorrow @ midday, that’s Friday 19th.  The Aussie singer-songwriter blew us away at Laneway on 2014 and his debut offering ‘Dream Your Life Away‘ sold over 2-million copies, and I still can’t get his new track ‘We’re Going Home‘ out of my head.

Shoot over to Live Nation for ticketing info

The Cranberries vocalist Dolores O’Riordan dead @ 46


Not much info is available other than the lead singer passed away suddenly on Monday in London.

Cranberries’ Noel and Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler said, “We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores. She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries. The world has lost a true artist today.”

A bit of Ed, check out the making of ‘Shape Of You’

Post Malone – Live @ The Trust Arena, Full review


Texan Post Malone’s meteoric rise through the Hip-Hop World has been a quick jaunt ever since releasing his first single White Iverson (about pro basketball player Allen Iverson) to rave fanfare on SoundCloud, that’s since, turned the 22-year-old artist into a worldwide phenomenon.

Check our Wal Reid’s full review from last nights gig.

Check it – Simple Plan is bringing No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls 15th Anniversary World Tour to NZ!


Canadian pop-punk outfit Simple Plan dropped the news today they’ll be heading down under to Auckland for a one-off show in April at the Powerstation.

“After releasing our 5th album last year and playing more than 100 shows in over 40 countries, we felt it was important to take this opportunity to look back and celebrate the amazing adventure we’ve had as a band and as friends. It felt important to do something special, something we’ve never done before to mark this landmark in our lives. This is why we wanted to do this tour.”

Tickets are on sale next Wednesday 17th Jan @ 10am local 

Vance Joy releases new single ‘We’re Going Home’


‘We’re Going Home’ is the second single to be revealed from Nation of Two and the third song to be unveiled from the album so far.  A classic Vance Joy anthem sure to delight fans, the track follows on from last year’s platinum-selling hit ‘Lay It On Me’, as well as fan favourite ‘Like Gold’.  The cinematic video was directed by Mimi Cave – who was also at the helm for ‘Lay It On Me’ – and brings the song’s poignant lyrics gracefully to life.

Rhythm & Vines 2017 Aftermovie

Spotify celebrates the life of David Bowie, shares insight on where fans are listening to Bowie most.

Playboi Carti confirmed NZ gig in March, book it in.

Atlanta native Playboi Carti has made good on promises to visit down under and has include Auckland as the final gig on the tour, should be a helluva party.

‘Magnolia’ blew up on Spotify last year hitting 168million+ plays, his followup ‘Wokeuplikethis‘ is getting close as well. His recent New York, L.A., Atlanta and London gigs sold out, so this is a rare chance to get real close @ the Powerstation on the 31st. Cya there.

Frontier Members pre-sales hereThe general public will need to wait till Monday, 15th.

Fleet Foxes – live @ The Powerstation. Full review and photos

Check it, two nights in a row @ The Powerstation for the Music Nation crew. This time Monique Ohlson drops the review and Brad Holland delivers the snaps again.

Troye Sivan drops new single ‘My My My!’, out tomorrow.

Check it – Cigarettes After Sex, Live @ The Powerstation. Photos by Brad Holland and full review by Wal Reid.

Willaris.K signed to Soothsayer

23-year-old Jack McAllister, aka, Willaris.k, smashing the electronica scene with ‘Dour Nights‘ and ‘Alchemy

“Once we saw him live, playing to a handful of people in Northcote on the support trail, we knew we had to make him a part of the family. He had the energy and army, both musically and physically. This is Willaris. K and he is here to make everyone take notice. We certainly did.’ – Chris Rigney (Soothsayer)

New from JT – and dayum, Filthy is awesome.


Dude gets bitch slapped at Rhythm and Vines


Some creep decided to grope a topless woman walking past and things ended quite badly for him.

Halsey heading our way


Pop queen and multi-platinum disc selling ‘Voice of her generation’ Halsey is booked to play Spark Arena Auckland, Thursday 19th April.

On her recent trip she hinted strongly at a gig, so its no surprise for fans. Ever since her cameo on Chainsmokers ‘Closer’, life has been a non-stop roller coaster for the New Jersey native. Her debut album Hopeless Fountain Kingdon was the first No.1 album by a female artist for 2017 in the USA.

Better secure your tickets as soon as the box office opens, camp out Ticketmaster.

Rythm and Alps has sold out


Great news for the festival organizers, not so much if you haven’t got your tickets yet. The huge South Island New Year’s bash for 2017 has officially sold out and closed the box office.

Over 10,000 tickets have been sold with over 5,000 being campers spending the three days in the beautiful Cardrona Valley near Wanaka. The ticket sales originally exceeded expectations by selling faster than any of the previous seven festivals.

Some of the major acts revellers can look forward to include Tash Sultana, Little Dragon, Cigarettes After Sex, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Lord Echo. More than 50 acts will perform on R&A’s four stages, all of which feature a technical mix of state-of-the-art video projection mapping, LED screens and lighting, high-spec audio and bespoke visuals for the ultimate audio-visual experience.

Roseanne Barr shit-stirring again, Lorde called to the principal’s office.


For fairly solid reasons Ella, amongst a growing wave of fellow artists, feels uncomfortable playing the Tel Aviv gig. Even though its totally her call, Barr feels it necessary to Twitter-troll and fuel the situation.

Boycott this bigot: Lorde caves to BDS pressure, cancels Israel concert

Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) December 24, 2017

Now the culture minister for Israel is getting involved, calling Lorde in for a private pow-wow on the matter. Coincidently, Barr’s new ‘comeback’ show is due for release in 2018 – looks like the controversy machine is back in high gear.


Doorly heading our way early January


UK rising star DJ Doorly is hitting Auckland’s Racket Bar 12th Jan in the Orleans Courtyard for a launch event, should be a blinder. Tickets on sale now @

Limp Bizkit and Suicidal Tendencies announced for Auckland’s new Storm The Gates festival.


Heavy hitting headliner join a collective of Kiwi rockers for the festivals inauguration event in March 2018.

It’s been nearly 16-years since Limp Bizkit graced our shored with high-energy frontman Fred Durst, fans will be over the moon at the announcement. Fellow US punk-rock outfit Suicidal Tendencies are also guaranteed to be a festival highlight with their signature thrash metal drums and riffs, funky slap bass and the unmistakable vocals of Mike ‘Cyco Miko’ Muir.

Local rock favourites Skinny HobosWritten By Wolves and City of Souls, join the first announcement, looking forward to welcoming the first Storm The Gates festival to New Zealand. More acts to be announced soon.

Tickets start at $140 are on sale right now from Ticketek with early bird discounts.

Billie Joe Armstrong is on the warpath this year


Billie Joe posted this on his Instagram page yesterday after what looks like inspiration from the Andy Warhol Museum visit:

“Dear young rock n rollers. Be brave. Be tough. Spit your anger. Piss people off. Don’t be normal. Don’t be trendy. Be loud. Live out loud. Cuss. Swear. Be offensive. Tell the truth. YOUR truth. Fuck authority. Spray paint the walls with your song titles. Be dirty. Smash glass. Make a statement. Don’t be a wimp. Don’t be a follower. Unhinged. We need more young rebel heroes with loud guitars.”

This is hard to watch, Chris Cornell’s family share private Xmas video


Jonathan Davis has announced a solo album this year


Exciting news for Korn fans, on a Facebook Live interview yesterday Davis his new disc has been in the works now for over 10-years.

Originally penned for his off-shoot act Jonathan Davis and The Simply Fucking Amazings, he’s now announced this will be a solo album since the passing of guitarist Shane Gibson in 2014. Check out the full stream for yourself


Posted by Jonathan Davis on Monday, 18 December 2017

Check it: Björk’s brand new studio album ‘Utopia’, first video released.



Clap Clap Riot Announce Summer Tour

Fresh off their NZ tour with British band Alt-J, Clap Clap Riot will be hitting the road in February for four dates across the country. They’ll be bringing their critically acclaimed…

MY BABY are on their way to New-Zealand

MY BABY is a roots-driven hypnotic dance Dutch/New Zealand trio. It’s a sound informed by voodoo blues and ancient folk and then fused with the rawness of seventies funk, African desert blues…

Chores release new summer anthem ‘Surrender’

After an action-packed start to summer, playing some of New Zealand’s biggest festivals, Chores today release new single ‘Surrender’. An epic banger full of twists and turns, it signals a new…

The Frank Burkitt Band announce nationwide Tour

Creating a truly genre-spanning album influenced by jazz, blues, folk, swing and all things American Roots, The Frank Burkitt Band is releasing their brand new album Raconteur on March 9th 2018…


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Mel Parsons – Drylands
Tami Neilson – Dynamite
Theia – Theia
Aldous Harding – Party
Lorde – Melodrama
Midge Marsden – The Midge Marsden Collection
Rob Ruha – Survivance
Gin Wigmore – Gravel & Wine
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