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KHALID American Teen Tour Brings New Zealand Debut

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 2, 2017 – KHALID, the 19-year-old singer/songwriter from El Paso, Texas, announces his very first tour of New Zealand as part of his American Teen Tour this November. The melodious artist will play Auckland Town Hall in support of his debut record, American Teen. 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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Watch: Gang Of Youths 13th Floor Video Session!

The topic of suicide, especially in relation to the young and the artistic community, is one of increasing concern, particularly in New Zealand. We, at The 13th Floor, believe it is something that needs to be discussed openly and candidly.   Continue reading

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by | July 26, 2017 · 9:34 am

Bay Dreams 2018 – First line-up announcement!

Bay Dreams – presented by ZM – returns on January 2, 2018 with an impressive line-up, firming up its reputation as ‘the summer music festival you just can’t miss’. Continue reading

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Sigur Ros – Spark Arena July 21, 2017

After being bewitched by the Icelandic art rockers as a late teen via Takk and hearing awed  reports from friends who had already seen them, I felt nervous going to last night’s concert at the Spark Arena as I grappled to lower my stratospheric expectations. Being a reviewer can be jading and I’ve seen many a fantastic band fail to live up to their name in a live setting. Continue reading

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Watch: Joe Pug & Courtney Marie Andrews at The 13th Floor!

Make sure you head on down to Auckland’s Tuning Fork tonight to catch Joe Pug and Courtney Marie Andrews.  Continue reading

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by | July 20, 2017 · 5:42 pm

Queens Of The Stone Age – Logan Campbell Centre July 13, 2017

 

Josh Homme and his Queens Of The Stone Age opened their Villains tour at Auckland’s Logan Campbell Centre last night, proving that bone-crunching, riff-driven guitar rock is still alive and well. Continue reading

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The Undertones – Powerstation July 12, 2017

 

Bands! If you want to sell out The Powerstation, take a cue from The Undertones…record a handful of catchy, punky pop tunes, then wait 35 years to finally get around to playing in Auckland. Continue reading

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Pallbearer – Whammy! Bar July 8, 2017

Back in 2012 newcomers Pallbearer caused an immediate stir with their debut album Sorrow and Extinction. In a doom metal scene where the most popular sounds were embracing the extreme versions of the genre, or buried in layers of stoner fuzz, Sorrow and Extinction stood out as clean, melodic, epic and meticulously layered. Continue reading

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The Wedding Present – The Kings Arms July 4, 2017

 

The Wedding Present holds a special place in the hearts of many Kiwi music lovers…they are still buzzing about the last NZ visit a couple of years ago. And so, the veteran band from Leeds returned to Auckland’s Kings Arms to light a fire under the crowd one more time. Continue reading

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Polish Club – Whammy! Bar June 30, 2017

 

Australian duo Polish Club performed their first overseas show last night after crossing The Tasman to play at Auckland’s Whammy Bar. A small, but enthusiastic crowd was there to greet them.

Polish Club consists of drummer John-Henry and guitarist/vocalist Novak. Yes, it’s another 2-man rock duo, and sorry bass players, but they seem to do just fine without one.

The band has been getting some attention in their homeland thanks to their recently-released debut album, Alright Already and a cover of Flume’s Never Be Like You, recorded for Triple J’s Like A Version series.

The dynamic duo hit the stage just after 11pm and tore through a 50-minte set. Having been enjoying Tony Daunt & The Dauntless next door at The Wine Cellar, I may have missed the opening song, which most likely would have been Where U Been, and instead caught them midway through My House.

Most of the band’s repertoire is made up of short, catchy punk-flavoured tunes. But just when you think you know what’s coming next, they throw in a slower, more soulful song such as If It Was Me or the 50s-style doo-wop ballad Don’t Fuck Me Over.

It’s then you realize what sets Polish Club apart from other guitar/drum rock duos…its Novak’s impressive voice that can really express itself.

That became extremely evident during the closing song, the band’s current single Divided, a slow-burner that built up to a magnificent emotive vocal performance by Novak.

It was clear that the two Aussies where enjoying themselves along the way. They thrilled to be playing overseas and noted that they had been in Auckland a couple of days, with Novak telling the crowd that among other things he had learned that Aucklanders loved Burger King.

A bit later the band offered up a choice of two covers…either one by The Strokes or Weezer. Weezer was the clear favourite and we were treated to Undone (The Sweater Song).

By the end Novak admitted, “I think we might be drunk”. No matter, both band and crowd had a rockin’ good time.

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Polish Club set list:

  1. Where U Been?
  2. My House
  3. Did Somebody Tell Me
  4. Beat Up
  5. If It Was Me
  6. Broke
  7. Don’t Fuck Me Over
  8. Shark Attack!
  9. Beeping
  10. Undone (The Sweater Song)
  11. Come Party
  12. Never Be Like You
  13. Able
  14. Divided

 

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Hanson – Auckland Town Hall June 27, 2017

The Hanson Brothers returned to New Zealand for a show at Auckland’s Town Hall last night. The 13th Floor’s Kate Powell MMMBopped her way down Queen Street to catch them. Continue reading

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Ben Ottewell – Tuning Fork June 23, 2017

With his band Gomez on indefinite hiatus, gravelly-voiced Ben Ottewell carries on with his solo career. He’s just released his third album and, last night, he presented a good portion of that record to a live audience at Auckland’s Tuning Fork…his second solo show there in three years. Continue reading

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Paul McCartney To Announce One on One Australia & New Zealand Tour via Facebook Live

In a special Facebook Live fan event, Paul McCartney will go ‘One On One’ with Tim Minchin, answering fan questions and revealing the highly anticipated dates and venues for his first tour of Australia and New Zealand since 1993! Continue reading

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Wolfmother – Powerstation June 9, 2017

Australian hard rock band Wolfmother rocked the Powerstation last night.  An auspicious date, coinciding with the full moon. Continue reading

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