On a quiet Friday afternoon music fanatic and long-time Bodega patron Tim Gruar popped up the road to have a beer with owner Murray (‘Mo’) Hepple (co-owner with Catherine Popert) to talk about his long career in the music industry, buying this magical venue and finally letting it go. Continue reading
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It was been, quite frankly, a sh*t of a week for Wellingtonians and North Cantabrians, given the 7.8 Richter scale earthquake in Kaikoura on Sunday; floods; slips and high winds; damaged buildings and aftershocks. If I hear how ‘resilient’ we all are one more time, I’ll scream! Primal! Continue reading
The 13th Floor’s Tim Gruar checks out Strangely Arousing and opening act Funkacybin at Wellington’s Bodega:
Funkacybin, a loose but deft delivery with equal measures of funky fusion and grinding rock, the band lived up to their promise as a ‘high-octane funk metal’ act. Although their audience was small, mainly friends, supporters, workmates and an assorted group of Friday drifters the band’s output was consistent. Their set of originals swung wildly between West Coast grunge and James Brown soul. At over 7-foot-tall, lead singer George Rutherford cut an imposing figure. All smile and wild lion-mane, he was the rock version of Steven Adams, even sporting the singlet and basketball shorts. Continue reading
This October – exciting new kid on the Blues Block Jack Broadbent makes his first appearances in New Zealand with three shows
in Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland. Continue reading
Fred & Toody Cole from legendary Portland group Dead Moon will play three New Zealand shows in December. Continue reading
Vancouver rockers Black Mountain are due to invade Auckland’s Tuning Fork on Friday, September 30th. The 13th Floor’s Tim Gruar spoke to bandleader Stephen McBean…
The video that accompanies Vancouver retro-rockers Black Mountain’s single Florian Saucers Attack!, from their new album IV, is possibly the craziest and creepiest thing you’ll see for a while. Created by Sub Pop animator/indie singer Chad VanGaalen, it’s a disturbing mix of Dr Seuss meets Cartoon Network’s Adventure time via Tales Of The Black Lagoon. According to the band’s own hype the song “manages to pack in shout-outs to two avant icons in its three-word name, though the song itself is an exhilarating, asphalt-ripping robo-rocker that sounds like Webber doing donuts from behind the wheel of the Knight Rider’s KITT.” Cool! Continue reading
Although it may be rooted in the sweet soul pop and glam of the early 1990’s Pip Brown’s music and stage performance remains a crisper, more economical version those glamorous disco idols like Chic and Donna Summer. As we’ve come to expect, Brown appears without fanfare on Bodega’s small but perfectly formed stage to deliver a packed room of all ages, genders and persuasions to her snappy 14 song set. Continue reading
The 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
From the owners of Bodega Murray Hepple and Catherine Popert.
It is with considerable sadness that, for reasons beyond our control, we regret to announce the closure of Bodega’s doors at the end of this year, after 25 years of faithful and committed service to live music in Wellington. Whilst unhappy at this turn of events, we are proud of our history in bringing so many and such a wide variety of seminal, local, national and international acts to the Bodega stage. Continue reading
Plus1 is delighted to announce legendary post-punk goths The Mission will perform two New Zealand shows as part of their 30th Anniversary tour this November. The Mission (UK) will return to New Zealand for the first time since 1990 to perform in Wellington (Bodega) on Friday 18 November and Auckland (Powerstation) on Saturday 19 November, 2016.
Nineties UK shoegaze legends SWERVEDRIVER return to NZ with old friends FUR PATROL. Fur Patrol will open this doubleheader while celebrating their 20th anniversary.
Friday 17th June – CHRISTCHURCH at Churchills
Saturday 18th June – WELLINGTON at Bodega
Sunday 19th June – AUCKLAND at The Kings Arms
The 13th Floor has just learned that Mike Noga is set to open for Low during their two shows in New Zealand this week. Mike is the former drummer for Australian rockers The Drones. His 2012 solo album, The Balladeer Hunter, has garnered rave reviews. And, it looks like Mike has more exciting new music in the works. Here’s some information he just sent to us: “Shows will focus on his brand new album ‘KING‘. A dark, psychedelic concept album based on George Büchner‘s famous 1830’s play ‘Woyzeck’. This is Noga’s most ambitious project yet. Featuring Noah Taylor (Game of Thrones, Almost Famous) as “The Narrator” and produced by Something For Kate’s Paul Dempsey, ‘KING’ is the tale of one mans decent into madness and the bloodshed that follows. A one of a kind, immersive album unlike anything heard in Australia to date”.
Low and Mike Noga play Wellington’s Bodega on Friday, April 1st and Auckland’s Kings Arms on Saturday, April 2nd. Click here for more details.
The Mummies, California’s self-proclaimed “Kings Of Budget Rock” will make their way down under in March performing for the first time in New Zealand at Auckland’s Whammy! Bar on Saturday, March 12th and then in Wellington at Bodega on Sunday, March 13th. While the members of The Mummies tend to keep a low profile, avoiding social media like the plague, The 13th Floor has this recent exchange with Farfisa organ player Trent Ruane to share with you
Minnesota’s Low will perform two NZ shows in April 2016 – proudly presented by Plus1, UTR and 95bFM.
Fans can look forward to Low concerts in Wellington (Bodega, Friday 1 April) and Auckland (Kings Arms, Saturday 2 April), before they head across to Australia.
US Psychedelic troubadours Radio Moscow will be making their highly anticipated maiden voyage to Australia & New Zealand this February!
Since their inception in 2003, the Californian based power trio have been hand crafting first rate rock n roll that pays tribute to the long gone legends of yesteryear, authentic sounding heavy psych like their heroes Cream, The Hendrix Experience and Blue Cheer.
To make their first tour South of the equator all the more special, Radio Moscow will be bringing their New York doom laden brethren’s Kings Destroy with them, they’ve also asked Melbourne’s own acid rock hero’s Holy Serpent to join them on the road.
If you’re a fan of heavy psych and doom laden rock n roll, then look no further, it’s safe to say that this tripleheader will be a sonic feast beyond all your audio comprehensions.