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

13th Floor New Song Of The Day: LCD Soundsystem – tonite

Here’s your new music for today…

It’s the third track released from the upcoming LCD Soundsystem album, American Dream. This new song is titled tonite and the video was helmed by Kiwi director Joel Kefali, who also directed Lorde’s video for Royals. Continue reading

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by | August 17, 2017 · 8:27 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

13th Floor New Song Of The Day: Wilco – All Lives, You Say?

The 13th Floor will be presenting a brand new song for you to enjoy each and every day. To kick things off, we offer up this new musical treat from Wilco. Continue reading

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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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The xx: First Show In New Zealand In 8 Years.

 

It’s a long anticipated and hugely welcome return for The xx who last played in New Zealand in 2010. The xx are coming back as a band who have now taken their place alongside the all-time greats, performing in the area where the alternative meets the electronic to produce what, for many people, is simply perfect atmospheric pop for today. 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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Marlon Williams November tour SOLD OUT | Final shows added in Auckland and Christchurch to meet demand. 

Heartstop Music and Eccles Entertainment are over the moon to announce that, due to unprecedented demand, Marlon Williams will now be playing two shows in both Auckland and Christchurch after the first dates sold out in minutes last week. Tickets for these new shows will be on sale from midday TODAY (Mon 14 Aug). Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets quickly as these are intimate venues and demand is high. These will be Marlon Williams’ first headline shows in New Zealand since March 2016’s sold out Powerstation show! 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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Herriot Row – Lesser Stars – Southbound

From the first few notes from the debut album of Aucklander Simon Comber (aka Herriot Row) you are instantly transported back to James Taylor’s 1970s.  These are songs of place and time, polished carefully like precious, fragile gemstones.  They are soft and sensual in their own way, with just a hint of the Kiwi dry sarcasm buried in the layers.  But moreover, they are unrushed and take their time to get there – where ever that may be.

From the delicate instrumental Farewell Spit to the heart-breaking, yearning song of travel memories Till The Older Brother Says Goodbye.  The latter feels like Comber is trying to reconcile some kind of parting of with his real or imagined sibling, under circumstances that are perhaps not entirely amicable.  Hoever, the animosity cannot remain, the olive branch is proffered (“until the clock in my chest begins to tick a little lighter’).

Love and loss, easy themes to write about, hard to do well, run clear and crisply through this 11-song collection of principally acoustic guitar based numbers, subtly embellished by a few friends – piano (Rob Shelton), (Andrew Macguire) percussion and vibraphone and John Vanderslice (Moog and techy stuff).   The best example of loss comes with the haunting tune about poet RAK Mason’s ghost out on Queen’s warf in the damp fog, walking like the song with queasy unease (The Beggar).

Opener Learning To Talk has a wonderful and compelling hook that insists you listen closely.  Sadly, Comber’s voice is not quite suited to this song and I feel he could have asked a female vocalist, perhaps one with a higher voice, to tackle it with more success.  Where it all gels perfectly though, is on his wonderful ditty Beautiful and Harmless, his instantly infectious but not entirely trustworthy love song.  This is a simple song, structured around a couple of satisfying chord changes and a quirky melody.  It slightly feels like something I’ve heard elsewhere but I can’t quite place it.  Within two listens I was singing this nifty little earworm all afternoon.  Watch out for this one fronting TV advert or TV promo very soon.

The song known as The Usual Business starts with the slightest hints of a Graeme Downes composition.  It’s a retarded observational piece about the chaos of a big city, moving in slo-mo as a busker moves in cinematic fashion through the streets to his position.  “It’s the usual business and I headed into town, to sign for my cigarettes with a painted frown.”  I like this one the best for its ironic honesty.

Lesser Stars was recorded in San Franscico with producer Vanderslice (Mountain Goats, Spoon) at the helm.  Comber’s moniker may not leap out at you, unless you’ve been to see the Chills national tour or the Verlaines Australian shows, where he did a bit of support work recently.  His US recordings came off the back of a tour with American indie icon Barbara Manning.  Until recently it was a one-man affair but when he heads out in support of this album it’s be as a proper band with Stu Harwood (Anthony Tonnon Band) on drums and Dave Flyger (Paquin) on bass.  It’ll be interesting to see how this all translates to a live stage and weather he can maintain the delicious intimacy of the album and all the charm it conveys on a stage.

Tim Gruar

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Dweezil Zappa – Celebrating 50 Years Of Frank – Coming To Auckland!

David Roy Williams in collaboration with Principal Entertainment present Dweezil Zappa, son of the legendary Frank Zappa, celebrating 50 years of Zappa with a series of concerts and exclusive guitar masterclasses in Australia and New Zealand in early 2018. Continue reading

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