Watch The New Video From Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett has a new video for her latest single Elevator Operator. Its loaded with cool cameos, so below is the blurb from the record company that reveals the video’s secrets.

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The Gotobeds – Blood//Sugar//Secs/Traffic (Sub Pop)

gotobeds-bsst-900Blood//Sugar//Secs//Traffic is The Gotobeds’ sophomore album, and their first album released through Sub Pop Records. The album title sassily throws some shade at the Red Hot Chili Peppers, announcing pretty clearly that even though they’re continuing to break out of Philly, they’re not here for your rock star bullshit okay? The follow-up to their 2014 debut album Poor People Are Revolting does what The Gotobeds do best, jumbling the juvenile with the intellectual in a tour de force of ruckus, with varying amounts of structure. However, enjoyable as Blood//Sugar//Secs//Traffic can be, it’s reliance on its influences stifles creativity, plenty of pith not enough vision. Continue reading

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Watch Joshua Hedley at The 13th Floor

Nashville-based musician Joshua Hedley is in Auckland to perform at The Tuning Fork along with former Old Crow Medicine Show member Willie Watson  on Thursday night. Joshua stopped by The 13th Floor this afternoon to chat with Marty Duda and to play a couple of tunes. One song he performed is brand new…the other, an old country favourite. Check out Joshua Hedley’s 13th Floor Video Session here:

Click here for more information about Joshua Hedley and Willie Watson at The Tuning Fork on Thursday, July 7th. 

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Broods – Conscious (Capitol)

broods-consciousTheoretically, I should like Broods, as I find the glittery grime and smart smaltz of  synth pop appealing. Like all genres, it has its tropes- artists such as Eurythmics, CHVRCHES, Phantogram, and Purity Ring have all created fantastic albums that are exercises in aural chiaroscuro. Each of these bands have the commonality of darkly angular beats colliding and intertwining with sweetly pure vocals. However, be it through something as simple as a rhythm change or as deep as lyrical content, each of these aforementioned bands have managed to maintain a sense of musical individuality. Continue reading

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Air – TwentyYears (Warners)

Air Twenty YearsNicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel are more than just the hippest foreign exchange students in the dorm.  Air’s clever hybrid of downbeat electronic, 1960s pop, and Gallic kitsch is in it’s own helium bubble of coolness.  Always has been.  And they’ve brought us all along for the ride, re-introducing us to long out of style musicians like Serge Gainsbourg, the antic electronic experimenters Perrey and Kingsley, the evergreen loungemeister Burt Bacharach, and synth wizard Tomita. Hell, they made skivvies and polonecks cool – if worn with a tweed jacket and good quality nylon beige slacks – ‘sansabelt’ and ‘action gusset’ compulsory.  Continue reading

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Watch The New Video By Cowboy Dan

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Here’s the latest from Auckland four-piece Cowboy Dan:

Cowboy Dan puts jangly guitars, upbeat rhythms and poignant lyrics at the forefront as they craft their unique brand of alternative rock. Formed in late 2015, the four-piece from Auckland write songs that exude both energy and sentiment. Continue reading

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Jake Bugg — On My One (Virgin/EMI Records)

Jake-Bugg-On-My-One-500x500There’s a very fine line between an artist on the one hand evolving and on the other completely reinventing himself. On My One is the sound of Jake Bugg straddling that line, to intriguing effect. Continue reading

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Totally Stripped – The Rolling Stones (Eagle Rock Blu-Ray)

 

Totally Stripped Blu RayTwenty years ago The Rolling Stones released Stripped, their own version of an “Unplugged” album. Now, as part of their massive archival project, comes Totally Stripped, an updated version of the documentary that accompanied Stripped in 1996. Continue reading

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Nederlands Dans Theatre – Civic Theatre June 30, 2016

STOP-MOTION-%40Rahi-Rezvani_10_270wLiz Gunn witnessed a performance of Nederlands Dans Theatre at Auckland’s Civic Theatre….here is her reaction:

If you have any skerrick of longing for divinity in human form and flow, for something to lift you out of the morass of human struggle, then make sure you see the transcendent elegance of the work of Nederlands Dans Theater ( NDT). This is one of the finest, most spine-tingling dance performances I have ever been lucky enough to see. And as with all things of ineffable beauty, the very nature of their wonder and grace is diminished in the act of trying to encapsulate in words, to ” review”,   those elusive ephemera. Continue reading

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Check Out The Brand New Single From Aaradhna

Aaradhna 2016Aaradhna’s new single, Brown Girl, the title track from her upcoming new album has just been released. Look for Brown Girl, the album to be available on July 22nd. Here’s the press blurb accompanying the single:

Brown Girl is the long-awaited new album from the award winning #1 Soul voice of the South Pacific, AARADHNA. Produced entirely by Jeff Dynamite of Brooklyn-based Truth & Soul Records (Aloe Blacc, Adele, Lady, Lee Fields & The Expressions), the album is set for release on July 22nd and will be  Aaradhna’s boldest statement to date.

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Oyawa – Whammy Bar June 30, 2016

Oyawa - Whammy Bar 30June16 (8 of 30)Oyawa, an up and coming band who has been making waves on indie radio with their new song, Heads On Fire, graced Whammy Bar’s dimly lit basement of a venue with their unique brand of alternative rock. Continue reading

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Motörhead – Clean Your Clock (Warners)

Motorhead Clean Your ClockLemmy Kilmister’s untimely death left a huge hole the music world, that’s for sure.   Since I first saw them playing Ace of Spades on an episode of The Young Ones they’ve been a  joy to behold.  With his handle bar moustache, warts and high tilted mic and hard drinking, womanising grunt machine Lemmy was the sort rocker every 13 boy wanted to be.  In his late years he hadn’t changed a bit, perfectly preserved in the formaldehyde of the late 70’s metal. He was unique alright, with a larger-than-life persona who had legions of fans and friends.  This album is more than a testament to all that. Continue reading

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Watch The New Video By Angel Olsen

AngelOlsenInternstill-970x550Angel Olsen has unveiled a beautiful new music video for Shut Up Kiss Me from her upcoming album, My Woman, due out September 2nd on Jagjaguwar. Watch the video directed by Olsen, herself here:

 

The single was co-produced by Olsen and Justin Raisen (Charli XCX, Sky Ferreira, Santigold) and is said to be her most direct song to date.

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Band Of Skulls Winners

band-of-skulls-by-default-album-cover-artCongratulations to Wayne Rhodes and Debs Mo…they were the first two folks to respond to our Band Of Skulls album giveaway with the correct answer, which was, that the band wrote 100 songs in preparation for their new album, By Default. Both Wayne and Debs will receive a CD of By Default courtesy of The 13th Floor and Liberation Records. Thanks to all who entered the contest and better luck next time!

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Crap Music Rave Party – Tomás Ford

Crap MusicThe 13th Floor’s Tim Gruar talks to Tomas Ford:

Tomas Ford’s Crap Music Rave Party is the sensation that has sold out clubs around Australia and Europe, as well as here.  And now he’s bringing the noise back.  After the show was an instant Fringe Festival hit in Wellington earlier this year Ford is returning to play Auckland, Queenstown, Dunedin, Hamilton and the Capital.  In fact, he’s already here.  I managed to grab a few words just before he jumped the plane from his home town in Perth, where he was folding up strollers and checking nappy bags.  He’s planning to hire a Combi and tour the country with wife and child in tow.  A very DJ approach! Not.  Where’s the jets and the limos?  “The credit card is max’d already he quips.” Continue reading

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