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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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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

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

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World Dir: Catherine Bainbridge & Alfonso Maiorana (NZIFF)

Here’s a well-intentioned, ambitious music documentary determined to shine a light on the influence of Native Americans in the history of rock & roll. Its scatter-shot approach hits as many targets as it misses. Continue reading

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Justin Hayward: The 13th Floor Interview

Justin Hayward has been fronting The Moody Blues since 1967 when they abandoned their early r&b sound and created something completely new with Days Of Future Passed.

Since then, the band has amassed an incredible legacy of work including iconic albums such as A Question Of Balance, Seventh Sojourn and In Search Of The Lost Chord, while also generating hit singles such as Question, Nights In White Satin and I’m Just A Singer In A Rock & Roll Band.  

Now Justin Hayward brings his solo show to New Zealand with shows in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland this October.

The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda spoke to Justin Hayward recently to find out more about this solo show, and what The Moody Blues are up to. Continue reading

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Bill Frisell: A Portrait Dir: Emma Franz (NZIFF)

 

A few days ago I nominated BANG! The Bern Berns Story as the best music documentary at this year’s film festival (read review here). After watching Bill Frisell: A Portrait, I must say that it comes in as a close second. Continue reading

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Happy End Dir: Michael Haneke (NZIFF)

 

Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-louis Trintignant, Toby Jones

Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke serves up a French-language black comedy featuring a dysfunctional family, observations on social media, euthanasia, European class structure and immigration and video surveillance in the age of the smart phone. Unfortunately, the end result of all this is less than the sum of its parts. Continue reading

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To Stay Alive: A Method – Dir: Erik Lieshout, Arno Hagars & Renier van Brummelen (NZIFF)

 

“A dead poet does not write”. Iggy Pop reads the words of Michel Houellecq in this film that addresses the issue of struggling artists and their mental health. Continue reading

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Steve Hackett – Auckland Town Hall July 28, 2017

Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett brought his “Genesis Revisited” show to Auckland last night. Incredibly, after over 40 years and countless albums, this was Hackett’s first foray into New Zealand. Continue reading

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Beatriz At Dinner Dir: Miguel Arteta (NZIFF)

 

Starring: Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton

At first, Beatriz At Dinner comes across as an American counterpoint to Sally Potter’s very English and very black comedy The Party (reviewed here) and also playing at this year’s film festival. Continue reading

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Tony Conrad: Completely In The Present Dir: Tyler Hubby (NZIFF)

 

You may be aware of Tony Conrad’s contribution to music and his association with The Velvet Underground, but this lively, entertaining look at the late experimental artist reveals that there was much more to Conrad besides the drone. Continue reading

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Watch: Tony Daunt & The Dauntless 13th Floor Video Session

After years of backing other artists and playing in bands such as The Grifters and Swampland, Tony Daunt has released his first album under his own name. The Gypsy  features Tony’s band, The Dauntless along with 10 of Tony’s compositions. Continue reading

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by | July 28, 2017 · 8:48 am

A Ghost Story Dir: David Lowery (NZIFF)

 

Starring: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara

A Ghost Story has been described as a film people either love or hate. I beg to differ. I viewed the screening at Auckland’s Civic Theatre about 12 hours ago and I am still trying to decide how I feel about it. Continue reading

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