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Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates

mike-and-dave-poster-smallDir: Jake Szymanski

Starring: Zac Efron, Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick, Adam Devine

Welcome to the world of the Stangle brothers. The fun-loving Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) believe that they are the life of the party. In fact they are the death of the party – every family event so far has been spoiled by their bizarre and often destructive antics and the Stangle parents have had enough. Determined not to endure another disaster during the Hawaii destination wedding of their youngest daughter Jeanie, the parents force an ultimatum – either Mike and Dave find respectable dates or don’t turn up to the ceremony at all (Sione’s Wedding anyone?) Continue reading

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Totally Stripped – The Rolling Stones (Eagle Rock Blu-Ray)

 

Totally Stripped Blu RayTwenty 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

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Nederlands Dans Theatre – Civic Theatre June 30, 2016

STOP-MOTION-%40Rahi-Rezvani_10_270wLiz Gunn witnessed a performance of Nederlands Dans Theatre at Auckland’s Civic Theatre….here is her reaction:

If you have any skerrick of longing for divinity in human form and flow, for something to lift you out of the morass of human struggle, then make sure you see the transcendent elegance of the work of Nederlands Dans Theater ( NDT). This is one of the finest, most spine-tingling dance performances I have ever been lucky enough to see. And as with all things of ineffable beauty, the very nature of their wonder and grace is diminished in the act of trying to encapsulate in words, to ” review”,   those elusive ephemera. Continue reading

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Funkadelic – Maggot Brain (Westbound/Ace)

 

Maggot BrainFunkadelic’s ground-breaking third album has just been reissued yet again. With keyboard player Bernie Worrell passing away just yesterday, now you have even more reason to get out and get yourself a copy…if you don’t own one already. Continue reading

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The Black Death II – Whammy Bar June 24, 2016

Black Death IIThe 13th Floor’s Kate Powell goes over to the dark side…

One of the things that pisses me off about music journalism is when the writer in question pretends to intimately know subgenres. It makes their writing hollow and trite, whilst completely disrespecting the music in question. So I will prefix this review by saying that I do not actively listen to extreme metal, and what limited knowledge I have of the genre arises purely from some kind acquaintances within the scene. Continue reading

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Central Intelligence (Film Review)

Central IntelligenceDir: Rawson Marshall Thurbur

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart

Here is an experience I never thought I would have: watching a film where Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson shines. Director Rawson Marshall Thurber is an established comedy filmmaker who has had hits (Easy A, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) and misses (We’re the Millers) and, against my expectations, this one turns out to be a hit. In fact Central Intelligence is filled with a lot of pleasant surprises. Continue reading

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Yoko-Zuna – Luminols (EP Review)

Yoko ZunaI’ve always liked EPs . They can be places for experimentation, sudden inspiration and/or a distillation of an acts stronger songs that might get lost in the cluster of a full length release . It strikes me that Yoko-Zuna’s new EP Luminols manages to hit each one of these points.

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Bailey Wiley – S.O.M.M. (EP Review)

Bailey-Wiley-SOMMIt takes no small amount of modesty and confidence for a singer to step back and allow their music to have equal standing with their voice. The accepted general strategy in writing a song for a single artist is to almost make the voice separate from the music; vocals floating on top of the mix, with everything else underneath as a support structure.

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Borderline Festival – Whammy/Wine Cellar (Concert Review)

Echo Ohs3Borderline Festival at the Whammy and Wine Cellar has almost a gallery-like quality. Attendees drift quietly between dark rooms and hallways, with almost a reverent respect for the artists playing their sets. The musical spectrum is broad, and curated with such a deft ear that it’s surprising after six years Borderline Festival hasn’t received more acclaim, despite licensing troubles.

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Jesse Wilde & The Drive – Ghost Town Road (EP Review)

Jesse Wilde Ghost Town RoadIf you’re hankering for a Kiwi take on Springsteen and Mellencamp Americana anthems take a trip with Jesse Wilde & the Drive.

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Gwen Stefani – This Is What The Truth Feels Like (Album Review)

thisiswhatthetruthfeelslikeI hate to be a grumpy, embittered and nostalgic but Gwen Stefani used to be interesting. She had pink hair when it was actually difficult to dye your hair pink. She had an irrepressible energy and an infectious playfulness. She could laugh at herself while delving into interesting subjects like the challenges faced by being a girl fronting an all-male band in an all-male rock scene (Just A Girl if you didn’t catch that reference). She also knew how to write a break-up song – Don’t Speak is an anthem for the brokenhearted. Her later work has been more commercialized and mainstream pop-orientated but she still maintained a certain iconography – Gwen Stefani conjured up an image of someone who was fiercely independent while still being sexy as hell.

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Lukas Graham – Lukas Graham (Blue Album) (Album Review)

Lukas Graham Blue AlbumI hadn’t heard about Lukas Graham until my 15 year-old cousin went on about 7 Years as if I’d been living under a rock. Now I can’t avoid the wistful and catchy earworm, with the number one NZ single on high-rotate on the radio.

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Mavis Staples – Livin’ On A Higher Note (Album Review)

Mavis Staples Livin On A High NoteI heard that America is considering replacing one of their White Male Presidents with a suitably famous female figure on one of their bank notes.  The most likely candidate, if it does ever happen, would be Rosa Parks.  But I’d suggest a second candidate: Mavis Staples.

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Tedeschi Trucks Band – Let Me Get By (Album Review)

Tedeschi Trucks Band Let Me Get ByBased in Jacksonville, Florida, hubby and wife team Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi formed the band back in 2010 and ever since have been making a sweet gumbo of blues, rock, blues and soul.  On stage they’re part Memphis soul and part show band, with their current line up numbering anything from 6 to 12 members.

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Weezer – Weezer (The White Album) (Album Review)

WeezerWelcome to the 10th album from the noisy pop geeks who clearly have a fixation with primary colours having previously released Blue, Red, and Green self titled records during their career. Maybe it’s all that weed they have been smoking “look at the colours man .. amazing I can see Blue, Red, Green and wait wait.. Oh man white.. so white”

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