The annual knees-up that is the New Zealand Music Awards took place last night at Auckland’s Vector Arena. While the relevance of the awards can (and should be debated) the visual finery on display cannot be denied. And so, thanks to the artistry of 13th Floor photographers David and Grace Watson we bring you the best of the New Zealand Music Awards in pictures. Continue reading
Tag Archives: 2016
The sounds of Texas were served up at The Tuning Fork as their Americana Fest featured the welcome return of Robert Ellis and the NZ debut of Joe Pug. Continue reading
Flying Out and 95bFM have once again joined forces to present The Others Way Festival, this year offering up about 40 acts over 10 venues on or around Auckland’s K Road. With so much happening at one time The 13th Floor sent out a team of writers and photographers to cover the event. Here is Dedee’s report accompanied by more of Chris Zwaagdyk’s photos.
The Others Way Festival, now in its second year – is a brilliant way to discover new bands and venues. There are lots of great local acts, old and new, and tonight there are a couple of Australian bands also on the bill (Twerps, and Scott and Charlene’s Wedding). I had a great time last year, a definite highlight was seeing Garageland play for the first time in years. This year’s comeback special is King Loser, who I’m keen to check out again. I couldn’t recall the last time I’d seen them, possibly sometime in the late 90s at a bFM Summer Series, who knows. I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy seeing them at Neck of The Woods – more of a club than a venue, with its super low stage at the far end of a long concrete basement – but I wasn’t gonna miss it. Continue reading
Flying Out and 95bFM have once again joined forces to present The Others Way Festival, this year offering up about 40 acts over 10 venues on or around Auckland’s K Road. With so much happening at one time The 13th Floor sent out a team of writers and photographers to cover the event. Here is Stephen Alley’s report accompanied by Chris Zwaagdyk’s photos.
The annual event at the start of spring in Karangahape Road, The Others Way, is fast becoming a fixture in the music calender. The bustling road between the venues carried many a fast striding music fan en route to the next act in their schedule of eclectic musical goodness. Continue reading
Flying Out and 95bFM have once again joined forces to present The Others Way Festival, this year offering up about 40 acts over 10 venues on or around Auckland’s K Road. With so much happening at one time The 13th Floor sent out a team of writers and photographers to cover the event. Here is Marty Duda’s report accompanied by Ivan Karczewski’s photos. Continue reading
Five top New Zealand artists and acts have made the shortlist for the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award, recognising excellence in songwriting.
The finalists and their songs represent an eclectic mix of genres and range from iconic names in Kiwi music, to up-and-comers making their mark in the industry. Continue reading
As a critic, going to a Top-40 pop show is a bit like going to a magic show. Both are frenetically paced and painstakingly elaborate in their construction. Practically, these tactics are employed in the hopes that they will paper over the cracks that come with any live show, whilst also undoubtedly entertaining the audience. In both instances, as an objective viewer you want to be able to feel like you are witnessing something meaningful beyond the artifice and be a witness to true talent. Continue reading
The art deco-era theatre hidden down Auckland’s Mercury Lane was the venue on Friday night for a sold out Fly My Pretties extravaganza, with a concept show the synopsis claimed would “explore the fabric of our existence through music.” Continue reading
Auckland’s Karangahape Road is gearing up to make a racket on Friday 2nd September with The Others Way Festival 2016. A music-lover’s local oasis situated in urban Auckland’s cultural heart, The Others Way boasts an incredible roster of Aotearoa’s most exciting, fresh and favoured music, thanks to Flying Out and 95bFM. Last year sold out a week before the festival and this year tickets are moving even faster. There are an extremely limited number of early bird tickets left, so don’t wait.
It’s an already impressive lineup chocka with emerging and established indie, electronica, hip hop, and alt-pop from New Zealand and beyond – with Yumi Zouma, David Kilgour & The Heavy Eights, Cut Off Your Hands, Fazerdaze, Louie Knuxx, Shocking Pinks, Purple Pilgrims, Scuba Diva, The Phoenix Foundation, Voom, a book talk from Flying Nun founder Roger Shepherd, and so much more.
Twerps and Scott & Charlene’s Wedding add two specially-selected Melbourne bands.
Today, the second lineup is announced, and it’s shaping up to be the irresistible icing on the top of an already exceptional selection of acts.
Salacious surf/psych-rock group King Loser (once so notorious they were banned from talking to the media) is rising from the ashes of the ‘90s Flying Nun era to deliver a set nothing short of rollocking. From b-grade Kung Fu to sexy swinging cabaret, King Loser bring their electrifying energy to The Others Way 2016 in their strongest lineup up of Celia Mancini, Chris Heazlewood, Tribal Thunder and Sean O’ Reilly.
They’re joined by folk chanteuse Nadia Reid, whose debut album Listen To Formation, Look For The Signs has found ears all around the globe and seen Reid sell out shows across the UK & Europe.
Also taking to the stage is folk stalwart and man-of-the-people Steve Abel, hot off the back of selling out his Auckland release show for his new LP Luck/Hope, and psych-pop outfit Sleepers Union, featuring members of Loves Ugly Children, The Subliminals, Psychic Maps and Stereobus.
Salad Boys, described by Pitchfork as a “jangly, cerebral, experimental pop group” head North from their hometown of Christchurch to charm crowds with their effervescent indie-pop, their 2015 album Metalmania still ringing fresh in our ears.
The line-up is rounded out by anthemic hardcore punks Master Blaster, the unsound wails of woman-on-the-verge i.e. crazy, teenage post-punk wunderkinder Yukon Era, and the psycho-country surf jams of The Echo Ohs.
These acts will join an already full to overflowing smorgasbord of the best local music, on offer at venues all around the K’Rd precinct on 2 September – and all accessible with one festival pass.
The full line-up is as follows (alphabetically) new additions in bold:
Carnivorous Plant Society
Cut Off Your Hands
David Kilgour & The Heavy Eights
The Echo Ohs
ENO x DIRTY
The Phoenix Foundation
Roger Shepherd (book talk)
Scott & Charlene’s Wedding
Venues are: The Studio, Galatos (upstairs and down), Neck of the Woods, Whammy Bar and Whammy Backroom, Wine Cellar, Las Vegas Strip Club, Samoa House, and The Thirsty Dog.
First release $49.50
Second Release $59.50
Keep updated on The Others Way Facebook event page.
Listen to artists playing The Others Way on Spotify.
The first lineup for Rhythm and Vines 2016 has been announced with Chance The Rapper, ZHU and RÜFÜS in headline spots for the three-day festival. Continue reading
From Melbourne, Australia MIKE NOGA tours New Zealand this October on the back of dark, psychedelic concept album KING – out August 26th through Cooking Vinyl. Continue reading
New Zealand musician Andrew Keoghan has just released his latest album, Every Orchid Offering. Although he is a Kiwi, Keoghan has been living in the United States for the past several years, first in New York City and now in Los Angeles. Many of songs on Every Orchid Offering have their roots in New Zealand…Andrew spent a good deal of time out at Piha writing. The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda tracked Andrew Keoghan down to talk to him about his new songs and how life in The States has been treating him. Continue reading
Dir: Alison Maclean
It was a star-studded night at Auckland’s Civic Theatre as the film adaptation of Eleanor Catton’s first novel, The Rehearsal, got its world premiere. Along with Catton and director Alison Maclean, a good portion of the cast were on hand to watch their work on the big screen. Continue reading
It 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
R&B singer, actress and model Brandy has made a concerted effort to reinvigorate her musical career. Her latest single, Beggin’ & Pleadin’ is a good start. Now she’s on the road, opening her Slayana World Tour at Auckland’s Civic Theatre…her first show down under.