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LEXXA release TOXIC LOVE EP

New Zealand synth-pop duo LEXXA (Maude Morris, Julia Morris) reveal their debut, self-written release Toxic Love, out today on Tone Tonic. Through heavy, heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics and expansive synth pads, the pair have been writing away at the undercurrents of millennial heartache, and now

ANXIETY CLUB PUNCTUATES NEW EP RELEASE WITH HOMETOWN SHOW

Wellington five-piece Anxiety Club make a distinct turn in style with the punchy, indie guitar pop laden EP Francine, the follow-up release to last year’s acclaimed Black Heart EP. Francine delivers 3 tracks of pure guitar-driven delight. Lead single Public Service paints an

So Below releases dark and edgy slice of pop with new single ‘Clear’

New Zealand goth-pop chanteuse So Below has released ‘Clear’ – the second single from her upcoming debut full-length album.  A song about moving on and letting go, ‘Clear’ is a foreboding slice of dark and edgy pop. Much of the song, explains So Below, relates to water. In fact, if you

Tami Neilson releases third single Ten Tonne Truck off her forthcoming album CHICKABOOM!

Ten Tonne Truck is the third single from award-winning country-rockabilly Tami Neilson’s upcoming new album, CHICKABOOM!, which is set for worldwide release on St Valentine’s Day 2020 on Neilson Records/Southbound Distribution. Written by Tami Neilson and produced by Delaney Davidson and

EAT WITH LANEWAY AUCKLAND 2020 – THE BEST IN FOOD SELECTIONS AND A NEW CRAFT BEER BAR!

Serving up the perfect a la carte menu to complement the best in new and rising musical stars is something that Laneway excels in, year after year/every year. This year is no exception as Laneway once again makes a triumphant return to Auckland’s Albert Park on Monday 27th January

AUCKLAND ROCK BAND PLUTO MAKE WELCOME MUSICAL RETURN WITH RELEASE OF NEW ALBUM IV

Iconic New Zealand rock band PLUTO have today released their fourth studio album, the aptly titled IV. The band say “On paper it is IV, but its title is whatever you, the listener decides. So sit back and enjoy the ride, because that’s all it is, just a ride.” Releasing

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Bad Religion – Live

Wednesday, 4th December. Eventfinda Stadium, Auckland

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Onefour – Live

Thursday Dec 5th, Powerstation, Auckland

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Spacey Jane – Live

Dec 10th Meow, Wellington. Dec 11th Whammy Bar, Auckland

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DITA VON TEESE – GLAMONATRIX

December 13th – 18th, Nationwide

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The 1975 – Live

Just days before they send fans worldwide into a feeding frenzy by dropping their obsessively anticipated third album A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, English pop mavericks The 1975 have…

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Liam Gallagher – Live

Friday, 20th December. Spark Arena, Auckland

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Drax Project – Summer Tour

North Island December/January

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Northern Bass

29-31 December, Mangawhai

Latest NZ Tour Announcements

CORY HENRY & THE FUNK APOSTLES – Live

Wednesday, 15th April. The Powerstation, Auckland

Tool – Live

Friday, 28th February Spark Arena, Auckland

Th’ Dudes – Th’ Bliss Tour

Nationwide April 2020

Simple Minds – 40 Years of Hits Tour

December 1/10/11 Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch

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Concert Review Highlights

Queen with Adam Lambert, live @ Spark Arena, Auckland 2018

Even without the mercurial Freddie Mercury (pun intended) whose birth name defies belief (before settling on his namesake), the show was a total success. WORD BY WAL RIED  |  PHOTOS BY BRAD…

Listen In (A$AP Rocky, Skrillex, Skepta and Lil Skies) – Live Photos

We sent our photographer Brad Holland along to Spark Arena over the weekend to grab some sweet shots of Listen In featuring A$AP Rocky, Skrillex, Skepta and Lil Skies; check them out. &nbsp

Deradoorian – Live @ The Kings Arms, Auckland

After hearing that the Kings Arms would not be knocked down to make way for expensive city housing, I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the Tavern’s Longevity than with the…

Calum Scott – Live @ The Powerstation, Auckland 2018

The queue was up the hill and around the corner when I arrived at the Powerstation Tuesday night for Calum Scott. A variety of concert goers, some still dressed for the scorching Auckland day…

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