Introducing the 13th Floor Gig Guide

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Case/Lang/Veirs – Case/Lang/Veirs (Nonesuch)

neko-case-kd-lang-laura-veirs-case-lang-veirs-supergroup-atomic-number-new-album-listen-640x640-640x640This self titled collaboration between Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs is a coherent, harmony laden surprise that plays to each members strengths while still managing to forge a group identity over it’s 14 tracks. Continue reading

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Steve Abel Returns

Steve Abel HopeAlt-folk balladeer and singer-songwriter of the truth, Steve Abel is proud to announce the release of his long-awaited third album: Luck/Hope to be released August 5th 2016 on his own Kin’sland Records via Arcade Records and Rhythmethod and DRM distribution.

Accompanying the news, Abel is set to deliver the video off Luck/Hope for single titled Best Thing, which follows the earlier single Sidewalk Doves. The video for “Best Thing” has been created by acclaimed New Zealand film maker, Florian Habicht and will go public on Friday July 15th along with the single becoming an instant grat track on iTunes ore-orders of the album.

The full video goes public on Friday July 15th, 2016 – subscribe to Steve Abel’s channel to see!

Steve Abel – Luck / Hope Release Shows

AUCKLAND

Saturday 6TH August at Wine Cellar

Tickets are available now from Undertheradar: LINK HERE

WELLINGTON

Thursday 18TH August at Meow

Tickets are available now from Undertheradar: LINK HERE

– more dates to be announced –

Following a hiatus from releasing musical material to the world, Abel steps out from behind the curtains with this emphatic and moving return. It is Abel’s third album, following his universally acclaimed sophomore release, FLAX HAPPY and his unshakeable debut, Little Death described as “a melancholic masterpiece” by Pavement Magazine.

The early sketches of Luck/Hope took place long ago, coming to shape sporadically between the first recording sessions in New York City in November 2009 and the final mastering touches that took place in New Zealand through the winter of 2015.

It has been a long time coming, but now it is here. “Birth, death, debt, day-job, despondency are my poor excuses,” says Abel. “I am exceedingly happy with this album Luck/Hope, it’s got that magic you strive for, thanks to the great players and technicians, and I’m over the moon that it’s finally going out into the world.”

Making the record, Abel worked with an array of fine musicians locally and abroad including previous collaborator Jolie Holland, multi-instrumentalist and engineer Shahzad Ismaily (Bonnie Prince Billie, Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson), and local musician and engineer Milan Borich. Also featured are Grey GerstenGeoff Maddock (Goldenhorse), Gareth Thomas (goodshirt), Buzz MollerEd McWilliamsCole Goodly and Mike Hall.

Steve Abel – Luck/Hope
Tracklist:

1. Best Thing
2. First Part
3. Trying
4. Dance
5. Not Going Anywhere
6. Sidewalk Doves
7. Good Arm
8. Luck Hope

Luck/Hope is out August 5th on Kin’sland Records / Arcade Records
via Rhythmethod & DRM

Find Steve Abel online: 
Official Website / Facebook / Twitter / Spotify

 

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Tower of Power: Masters of Soul and Funk Perform One Night Only in Auckland

Tower Of PowerSensational 10-piece American soul funk band Tower of Power come to New Zealand in October for one show only.

Tower of Power, best known for its powerhouse five-piece horn section, plays at ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre in Auckland on Wednesday 5 October. Continue reading

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Yes, Black Lives Matter

blm-water-towerSo I first wrote this on the 2nd of July before the shootings of innocent black men and before the police shootings. It seems odd to be in America during this time, especially having written what is below. I also tripped over a shotgun casing looking at fireflies just before taking that photo of the water tower in Louisville, the home town of Muhammad Ali, no less. Continue reading

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Schoolboy Q Set To Bring Blank Face World Tour to Auckland

Schoolboy QTUESDAY JULY 12, 2016 – Grammy-nominated rapper SCHOOLBOY Q will return to New Zealand this spring for an all-ages concert at Auckland’s Logan Campbell Centre in celebration of Blank Face, his highly anticipated fourth studio album.

Tickets go on sale at noon on Tuesday, July 19.  Continue reading

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Felice Brothers – Life in the Dark (Yep Roc)

FeliceBrothers_LifeInTheDark_COVERThe wonderful Felice Brothers (2 real and several ‘adopted’) are back again, and the world is better for it.  Bringing with them is their own fairy tale version of America, a place that can no longer exist in this bitter world of shopping mall terrorism and the shakier foundations of a country bleeding pus in the Trump-era.   Continue reading

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Postcards from Tourettes – The Boat

Tourettes press shot 1On the day we took the boat out, the sky was sleepy. You promised it would wake up later and I have always believed everything you say, even when I know you’re lying. I wrapped the sandwiches carefully, tucking the wax paper under their bellies.
Outside, you harnessed the boat to the back of the car. Watching though the cobwebbed kitchen window, I marvelled at our lives, how much we had overcome and forgotten to achieve, this life of majestic simplicity. Continue reading

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Kongos – Egomaniac (Epic)

Kongos EgomaniacKongos are a family affair.  Brothers, in fact – the four sons of South African Sixties rocker John Kongos, who’s best known for his 1971 top 10 hit single, He’s Gonna Step on You Again.  Yes, the very song that was remade in the 90’s by Manc tripsters Happy Mondays (re-labelled Step On).   Continue reading

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Helen Henderson – Café One2One July 9, 2016

Helen Henderson 23Invercargill-born songstress Helen Henderson has recorded in London, LA, Nashville and Muscle Shoals. For this Saturday evening she and seven other musicians were perched one the tiny stage at Ponsonby’s Café One2One, playing and singing the songs that comprise her nearly-40-year career. Continue reading

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Gareth Thomas – Whammy Bar July 8, 2016

Gareth Thomas - Whammy Bar 8July16 (2 of 28)Goodshirt member Gareth Thomas introduced his new solo album, Fizzy Milk, to an enthusiastic crowd at Auckland’s Whammy Bar this Friday night.

Helping out Gareth was Fazerdaze frontwoman Amelia Murray, who played electric guitar and Jonathan Burgess (bass) and drummer Scott Mason, all of whom played on the album. Continue reading

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The Reverend Horton Heat To Bring Rock-A-Billy Blast to New Zealand In October

Rev HortonThe unholy high priest of psychobilly,  The Reverend Horton Heat makes his first visit to New Zealand  for a series of high octane shows this October.

Loved and adored by a legion of worldwide fans, The Reverend Horton Heat has blazed a scorching trail across the decades with his hard-livin’, Hillbilly anthems. In a modern world obsessed with the latest online sensation, The Reverend and his killer band are amongst the last true keepers of the rock and roll flame, seriously ferocious, giving no quarter on stage, as their reputation duly attests.  True rock ‘n’ roll is safe in the hands of one of its finest practitioners!  Continue reading

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Girl Power!: The Spice Girls and Feminism

spice-girls-feminismIt’s been 20 years since The Spice Girls released Wannabe. The 13th Floor’s Kate Powell has some thoughts about The Spice Girls and Feminism:

Broadly speaking a feminist is a person that embraces the fact that all women regardless of sexual identity, religion, race, and socio- economic backgrounds have the unequivocal right to equality respect and human decency. It is an entirely rational idea that would be natural in an ideal world.  But because we don’t live in an ideal world, it is an idea that is not without its politics and its detractors. Thanks to the internet and social media, everyone has a soap box to stand on to voice their opinions, and for the last year or so feminism has been the hot button topic, a discussion which has been encouraged via celebrities. Continue reading

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Willie Watson & Joshua Hedley Tuning Fork July 7, 2016

 

Willie Watson 28It was a dark and stormy night…but that didn’t keep the music lovers away from Auckland’s Tuning Fork as Joshua Hedley and Willie Watson each brought their distinctive takes on what can loosely be called Americana to New Zealand. Continue reading

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Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates

mike-and-dave-poster-smallDir: Jake Szymanski

Starring: Zac Efron, Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick, Adam Devine

Welcome to the world of the Stangle brothers. The fun-loving Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) believe that they are the life of the party. In fact they are the death of the party – every family event so far has been spoiled by their bizarre and often destructive antics and the Stangle parents have had enough. Determined not to endure another disaster during the Hawaii destination wedding of their youngest daughter Jeanie, the parents force an ultimatum – either Mike and Dave find respectable dates or don’t turn up to the ceremony at all (Sione’s Wedding anyone?) Continue reading

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