Invercargill-born songstress Helen Henderson has recorded in London, LA, Nashville and Muscle Shoals. For this Saturday evening she and seven other musicians were perched one the tiny stage at Ponsonby’s Café One2One, playing and singing the songs that comprise her nearly-40-year career. Continue reading
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Goodshirt member Gareth Thomas introduced his new solo album, Fizzy Milk, to an enthusiastic crowd at Auckland’s Whammy Bar this Friday night.
Helping out Gareth was Fazerdaze frontwoman Amelia Murray, who played electric guitar and Jonathan Burgess (bass) and drummer Scott Mason, all of whom played on the album. 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
Twenty 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
Born in London where he experienced the swingin’ 60s first-hand, Paul Ubana Jones has called New Zealand his home since 1987. Jones soaked up the music of artists like Dylan, Hendrix, Pentangle and John Martyn along with American blues and folk and distilled it into something uniquely his own. With a date at Auckland’s Tuning Fork coming up on Friday, July 1st, The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda spoke to Paul Ubana Jones about the past, present and future. Continue reading
It was time to rock the oldies at a rare matinee show at Auckland’s Civic Theatre as Lulu and Leo Sayer joined forces to deliver the hits.
Rather than one performer server as the opening act and the other the headliner, Lulu and Leo Sayer took the more egalitarian approach with both artists performing together and solo during the two sets. Continue reading
Mitski (Miyawaki) has just released her fourth album, Puberty 2 and it is already gathering raves, with many critics listing it as one of the best of the year. The 25-year-old Japanese/American artist has taken some big steps musically since her days as a student as at the State Universty of New York (SUNY) at Purchase. The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda was fortunate enough to speak to one of indie rock’s hottest acts. They discuss her days at SUNY Purchase and then move on to the challenges she faces playing to increasingly larger audiences. Continue reading
Australian Mark Wilkinson recently performed at Auckland’s Tuning Fork. The 13th Floor cameras were there and captured Mark performing a couple of songs during the sound check. Mark also sat down to have a bit of chat with Marty Duda.
Willie Watson was a founding member of the Old Crow Medicine Show, one of the leading Americana bands of the past decade or so. But Willie up and left the group in 2011 and has since released his first solo album, Folk Singer Vol 1, a collection of newly-recorded traditional folk songs. Watson will be performing at Auckland’s Tuning Fork on Thursday, July 7th along with Nashville-based Josh Hedley. The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda spoke to Willie Watson recently to talk about his upcoming show and discovered that going solo hasn’t been all that easy for Mr Watson. Continue reading
Two blasts from the past hit Auckland’s Kings Arms on this Sunday evening…Swervedriver and Fur Patrol back together again.
Auckland-based singer-songwriter Miller has just released his first EP titled Shoot Me In The Heart. The 25-year-old artist comes from a musical family that includes legendary recording engineer Phil Yule (The Chills, Herbs, Shona Laing) who is is father. Miller stopped by The 13th Floor to talk to Marty Duda about his new EP and to play a few songs from it. Check it out here:
The last time Josh Hedley was in Auckland, he was playing fiddle behind Jonny Fritz at The Tuning Fork. That was in 2014. Now the Nashville-based musician has strapped on a guitar and is stepping out on his own. Josh will be performing a set on the same bill with former Old Crow Medicine Show member Willie Watson at The Tuning Fork on Thursday, July 7th. The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda spoke to Josh Hedley about making the transition from sideman to front man and what the Nashville scene is like these days.
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.
Former Fiery Furnace Eleanor Friedberger shared the stage at Auckland’s Whammy Bar with local-gal-made-good Aldous Harding. Both women giving the Tuesday night crowd a good reason for venturing out into the cold.
The three members of Fur Patrol…Julia Deans (guitar & vocals), Andrew Bain (bass) and Simon Braxton (drums)…are getting back together to tour with one of their favourite bands, Swervedriver. Fans can catch the double bill in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland this weekend. The 13th Floor tracked down the recently-reunited band as they were rehearsing in a shed in Auckland. Marty Duda spoke to the band and videographer Dennis Thorpe shot footage of them performing. Check it out…