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UNKLE – The Road Pt.1 (Songs For The Def)

 

This is a very different UNKLE from the one you met back in 1998. Gone are DJ Shadow, Thom Yorke and the hundreds of samples that comprised Psyence Fiction. Instead, trip-hop pioneer and Mo’ Wax founder James Lavelle joins forces with a whole new team of collaborators to create his latest vision for UNKLE. Continue reading

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David Rawlings – Poor David’s Almanack (Acony Records)

 

This is David Rawlings’ third album under his own name, or that of The Dave Rawlings Machine. But really, this can easily be considered a Rawlings/Welch album, as Rawlings’ long-time partner Gillian Welch co-writes half five of the album’s ten songs, and sings and plays on all of them. Continue reading

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Baba Brinkman’s Rap Guide to Consciousness – Assembly George Square Studios Edinburgh Fringe Festival

 

Dedee is still overseas, taking in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Here’s her latest report…

In this show, Canadian rapper Baba Brinkman takes you through the science behind human consciousness. He explores different aspects of how our brains work, using his well honed skills of rap storytelling. His other shows covered topics such as climate change, religion and evolution, through a combination of rap concert, comedy show and TED Talk. Continue reading

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Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains – V&A Publications

The Exhibition Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains is an immersive journey through the world of Pink Floyd.  As with most shows at the Victoria &Albert Museum, it is touted to be an “indulgent and comprehensive” and by all accounts a highly popular and important experience.  Continue reading

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Watch: Ciaran McMeeken’s New 13th Floor Video Session

Ciaran McMeeken returns to The 13th Floor to talk about the release of his first, self-titled, full-length album. In addition to chatting with Marty Duda, Ciaran and his bandmates perform three songs from the new album.

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by | August 19, 2017 · 1:15 pm

The Inside Out, Upside Down, Back to Front World of David Merritt

New Zealand – the hardest country in the world to be a poet?  Fellow poet Kirsten Warner puts some questions to the inimitable David Merritt, publisher at Landroverfarm Press… Continue reading

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Watch: Liz Gunn Talks To Actor/Director Sara Wiseman

Sara Wiseman is directing Danny & The Deep Blue Sea, a John Patrick Stanley play at the Basement Theatre from August 22 – September 2 at 8 pm. Continue reading

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by | August 18, 2017 · 8:38 am

Liz Gunn Talks To Success actor Paul Roukchan

Paul Roukchan is playing the character Carl in a play from the pen of  Stephen Sinclair. Success has been recently reworked and updated to make it especially relevant to Aoteorora New Zealand in light of our incipient election .  Paul joined Liz Gunn in the 13th Floor Studio to talk successes: of the play’s rehearsals, and of his own life thus far.

Click here for more information and tickets for Success.

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by | August 17, 2017 · 10:27 am

Watch: Joe Pug & Courtney Marie Andrews 13th Floor Video Session

Here’s something a bit special…Joe Pug and Courtney Marie Andrews both stopped by The 13th Floor while in Auckland recently. In addition to talking with Marty Duda and each performing a song of their own, the two of them teamed up for a duet of Tom Petty’s tune, Insider.

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by | August 17, 2017 · 9:50 am

Watch: Swamp Thing at The 13th Floor

Michael Barker and Grant Haua of Swamp Thing stopped by The 13th Floor to play a few tunes from their latest album, Rumors & Lies and chat to Marty Duda.

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by | August 16, 2017 · 10:21 am

Yianni Agisilaou – Pockets of Equality Banshee Labyrinth Edinburgh Fringe Festival

 

 

Here’s more from Dedee at Edinburgh Fringe Festival:

Yianni Agisilaou’s Pockets of Equality is a show full of witty well observed stories, highlighting the double standards that challenge our idea of so-called equality.
Those pesky old fashioned gender roles just won’t go away will they? Turns out, even if some of us have moved on, some things remain ingrained in our society. Continue reading

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Lists for the End of the World – Summerhall Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Here’s Dedee with more from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival:

Lists For the End of the World is a show composed entirely of crowd-sourced lists, from all kinds of people in all kinds of places – including the audience as they queue up to take their seats. To date, over 200 people have contributed their lists to the show, with that number growing every week. Continue reading

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Stories of Serendipity, 11 August 2017 – Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Serendipity is a thing I believe in. Some might call it fate, the Universe looking after you, or those times when things seem to fall into place and you can’t explain it. It was serendipitous that I ended up at this show at all. Continue reading

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Photo Gallery: Katchafire, Kora & L.A.B. – Powerstation August 12, 2017

Katchafire and Kora brought their summertime vibes to Auckland’s Powerstation last night. Also on the bill were L.A.B., featuring former and present members of both Katchafire and Kora.

13th Floor photographer Ivan Karczewski was on hand to catch the action.

Click on any image to view Ivan’s photo gallery:

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13th Floor Politics: Liz Gunn Talks To Metiria Turei

On the evening of August 1st, The 13th Floor’s Liz Gunn sat down for an in-depth interview with then Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei. Over the course of an hour, the two of them covered a range of topics that should be of concern to all New Zealanders. Also addressed during the interview was the topic of the MP’s controversial decision to disclose her alleged benefit fraud while a single mother over 20 years ago. That decision has since caused Turei to step down as Green Party co-leader.

So watch the three segments of the interview here and decide for yourself if Metiria Turei made the correct decision.

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