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Breaking news  A huge line-up of international talent has been announced for one big night at Auckland’s Vector Arena. Die Antwoord, Fatboy Slim, Skrillex and Porter Robinson have all been signed on to play this one-off show on Fri 02 Mar. Pre-sales are on sale now, with all tickets on sale from Thu 02 Feb.  Justin Townes Earle has announced his return to New Zealand this year. The new country star will play shows in Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland and Leigh this April.

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 Glaswegian producer Hudson Mohawke will play three shows this month in Christchurch on Thu 16 Feb, Dunedin on Wed 22 Feb and Auckland on Thu 22 Feb.


 The Auckland Urge Overkill concert has been moved from the Powerstation to The Kings Arms.  Auckland band Proton Beast will be touring the country this month in celebrating of their debut EP 2000 And Blood.


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The Laughing Samoans are taking their new show Funny Chokers on the road. Kicking off in Wellington on Saturday 11 February, the comedians will continue to take their show to Auckland, Whanganui, Rotorua, Gisborne, Whakatane, Tokoroa, Kerikeri, Whangarei, Hastings, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Tauranga, Timaru, New Plymouth, Dunedin, Invercargill and Nelson, as well as popping over for shows in Australia and Samoa.

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The Otago University Orientation Week is shaping up to be a big one with Shapeshifter, Shihad, David Dallas, Bulletproof, Jessie G, Home Brew, Cairo Knife Fight, PNC, P-Money, Sunshine Sound System, Knives at Noon, Nightshade, Dudstown Sound System, Dai Henwood, Rhys Mathewson and Rose Matafeo all lined up to play at the weeklong festivity which will be held at the new Forsyth Barr Stadium. The Otago University Students Association has dubbed the week of entertainment Orientadium MMXII and will run from Monday 20 February through to Saturday 25 February.

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18/02 Park Up

Auckland’s Silo Park really seems to be one of the hottest new venues around the inner city. As well as recently hosting Laneway and the weekly screenings of free outdoor movies (Stand By Me being this week’s feature – see you there) organisers from Silo Park have announced that Phoenix Foundation will be playing on Saturday 18 February.

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English quintet Elbow have announced one New Zealand show in March as they celebrate 20 years and five studio albums upon the release of Build A Rocket Boys!. Following the band’s four huge shows in Australia last year, the rare and much-welcome first ever New Zealand gig will be held at Auckland’s Powerstation on Wednesday 28 March. Tickets for the show go on sale on Friday 10 February through Ticket Master.


There have been several Camp A Low Hum semi-side shows announced in Auckland. Nocturnal Collections are putting on a show this Friday 03 February at Lucha Lounge with Bare Grillz and No Art over from Australia with support from Girls Pissing On Girls Pissing, Proton Beast, Sex Pest and Igor for a measly $5 on the door. Also announced is three-piece Prince Rama from Florida, who will be playing a DJ set at K Road’s D.O.C bar on Thursday 09 February.

05/02 Brazilians are best

The Carnaval is coming to town – Auckland’s Q Theatre has hooked up with Balada Entertainment for Carnaval 2012 which goes down this Sunday 05 February. Kicking off at 9pm, Sambra Maracana, Bobby Brazuka and DJ Datt will be bringing the Brazilian back as feathers and those sexy outfits get shaken around.


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Five weeks of bitchin’ in the box starts this week. Coming to a woolshed, hall or helicopter hanger near you is The Bitches Box, AKA the collective of singer-songwriter Mel Parsons and actresses Amelia Guild and Emma Newborn. The three ladies aim to “Give local farming people a chance to say hello to neighbours far and wide, and share a night of quality entertainment normally only seen in the city centres” in a night of music, theatre and comedy.


The magnificent and mesmerising Shenandoah Davis has announced a lengthy New Zealand tour as she makes her way over from the US, celebrating her latest album The Company We Keep. The Seattle-based songstress is more than reminiscent of Joanna Newsom and Final Fantasy/Owen Pallett, and her dark lullabies will be taken on 16 shows around the country, kicking off this Saturday at Auckland’s Wine Cellar.

10/03 Dancing In The Streets

Hamilton’s sell-out street party is back for another year of roadside debauchery. Soundscape 2012 will feature over 50 acts including Kora, Zowie, State Of Mind, Shapeshifter’s PMoney, DJ Sir-vere, PNC, Eamonn Fevah, Dan Aux, Justin Sane, DJ Impact, Knights Of The Dub Table, Reservoir Dogs, Piece, Bones and more, as well as international acts Bar9 and Carl Nicholson from the UK and Redial and Distrakt from Australia. Soundscape goes down at Hamilton’s Alexandra Street on Saturday 10 March. Tickets are available now from 1-Night.



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PLAYING In Brief... FAVourites Joseph Harper COMEDIAN

Favourite restaurant? La Porchetta Favourite takeaway? Salty hot chips

Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords fame has received an Oscar nomination for his original song ‘Man or Muppet’ that featured in The Muppets, for which he was the music supervisor. He goes up against Sergio Mendes for ‘Real in Rio’ from Rio. This does beg one to question why there are only two nominees up for the Best Original Song Oscar, but that’s all to do with boring statistics and voting and rating systems. Disney created a Joy Division inspired t-shirt combining the iconic mouse logo with the cover art from Unknown Pleasures. The shirt sold out in a couple of days, but hot damn if it doesn’t look cool. Record label Matador made a short 16-second video advertisement to promote the new album from Perfume Genius Put Your Back N 2 It, but the video was not able to be uploaded to YouTube due to the fact it was “promoting mature sexual themes” and “not family safe”. The video shows Perfume Genius’ Mike Hadreas giving gay pornstar Arpad Miklos a loving cuddle. The two had previously worked together in the video for ‘The Hood’ which came under a bit of fire for the homosexual themes, but Hadreas told Pitchfork, “...If Rick in Pittsburgh

or whatever isn’t going to listen to my music because I’m gay, fuck it.” The Hamilton show on Monday 06 February of the More FM Summer Vineyard Tour at the Claudelands Arena has been cancelled. If you were around in the mid ‘90s you may remember a little band called Garbage with such hits as ‘Stupid Girl’ and ‘I’m Only Happy When It Rains’. Last week it was announced that the band would be self-releasing their fifth album through Liberator Music in Australasia – accompanied by the news that Garbage would also be setting up their own label, STUNVOLUME.

Favourite classic film? Manhattan Favourite childhood memory? Space Jam Favourite party food? Chips and dip Favourite vice? Heaps of peppermint tea to induce a laxative effect and shed a few pounds Favourite song? ‘In the Aeroplane Over the Sea’ Favourite meal? Spaghetti Favourite cause? Vegetarianism Favourite label to put on your relationship? Sexy Favourite ‘90s TV show? Seinfeld (obviously) Favourite word? Bleak Favourite type of groupie? Long-term Favourite body part on you? Foot hair Favourite body part on someone else? Ears Favourite lyric? “We’re four boys in our corduroys; we’re not terrific but we’re confident.” Favourite candy bar? Pixie Caramel Favourite current TV show? Curb Your Enthusiasm See Joseph Harper’s performance Honey at the Wellington Fringe Festival Thu 16 Feb – Sat 18 Feb Fred’s, Wellington



2012 oscar Nominations The 84th Academy Awards go down later this month, and here’s a selection of who’s up for what in the more popular categories: Best Picture: The Artist; The Descendants; Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close; The Help; Hugo; Midnight in Paris; Moneyball; The Tree of Life; War Horse. Directing: Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist; Alexander Payne for The Descendants; Martin Scorsese for Hugo; Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris; Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life. Actor in a Leading Role: Demián Bichir in A Better Life; George Clooney in The Descendants; Jean Dujardin in The Artist; Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy; Brad Pitt in Moneyball. Actress in a Leading Role: Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs; Viola Davis in The Help; Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady; Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn. Actor in a Supporting Role: Kenneth Branagh in My Week with Marilyn; Jonah Hill in Moneyball; Nick Nolte in Warrior; Christopher Plummer in Beginners; Max von Sydow in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Actress in a Supporting Role: Bérénice Bejo in The Artist; Jessica Chastain in The Help; Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids; Janet McTeer in Albert Nobbs; Octavia Spencer in The Help. Animated Feature Film: A Cat in Paris; Chico & Rita; Kung Fu Panda 2; Puss in Boots; Rango. Documentary (Feature): Hell and Back Again; If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front; Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory; Pina; Undefeated. Foreign Language Film: Bullhead (Belgium); Footnote (Israel); In Darkness (Poland); Monsieur Lazhar (Canada); A Separation (Iran). Adapted Screenplay: The Descendants; Hugo; The Ides of March; Moneyball; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Original Screenplay: The Artist; Bridesmaids; Margin Call; Midnight in Paris; A Separation.

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Releases This week Music: Derty Sesh’s Apology Accepted; John Williamson’s The Big Red; Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die; Leonard Cohen’s Old Ideas; Rod Stewart’s Storyteller: The Complete Anthology 1964-1990 four-disc set; Rodrigo Y Gabriela’s Area 52; Sharon Corr’s Dream of You; Skrillex’s Bangarang; Soulfly’s Enslaved; Sean Paul’s Tomahawk Technique; The Internet’s Purple Naked Ladies; Underworld’s A Collection; Vintage Blues’ The Bomb Shelter Sessions. Cinema: A Few Best Men (directed by Stephan Elliott, starring Xavier Samuel, Rebel Wilson, Olivia Newton-John, Kris Marshall); Chronicle (directed by Josh Trank, starring Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly, Dane DeHaan); J. Edgar (directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Ed Westwick, Judi Dench); Julia’s Eyes (directed by Guillem Morales, starring Belén Rueda, Lluís Homar, Pablo Derqui); Like Crazy (directed by Drake Doremus, starring Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence). DVD & Blu-ray: A Fish Called Wanda Blu-ray; Andrew Lloyd Webber Ultimate Collection 6 disc set DVD; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love

Never Dies DVD & Blu-ray; Blue Velvet Blu-ray; Footloose DVD & Blu-ray; Johnny English Reborn DVD & Blu-ray; Lost In Translation Blu-ray; Memories Of Anne Frank DVD; Spy Kids 4 DVD & Blu-ray; Texas Killing Fields DVD & Blu-ray; The Elephant Man Blu-ray; The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec DVD; The Scorpion King 3: Battle For Redemption DVD & Blu-ray; The Tilman Story DVD; Three Days of the Condor Blu-ray; Unfaithful Blu-ray.

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Giants VS Patriots

It might be in another country and it might not be the biggest sport in the land of the long white cloud, but the Superbowl XLVI Indianapolis goes down Monday New

Zealand time and it’ll be a big one no matter where in the world you are. The New England Patriots take on the New York Giants in that game that looks like rugby with more protection, and you’re advised to get your Yank on and get plenty of hotdogs with a shitload of mustard and ketchup, some Cheetos, some Doritos, some nachos, some popcorn, some Budweiser and some football jerseys and everything else stereotypically American. As well as plenty of bars around whatever town you happen to be in, the 46th Superbowl will be screening on ESPN from 8am on Monday 06 February with four hours of build up and ceremony, with kick off at midday. If that’s a little early for all that beer and junk food, catch the replay at 6pm.

Production Values They might not be as extravagant as the Golden Globes or the Academy Awards, but the Producers Guild of America Awards tend to be a very influential set of award ceremonies. More often than not, the titular winner of the Theatrical Motion Pictures award will win the Oscar for that year. And while these awards celebrate the producers as opposed to perhaps the actors, directors or finished product itself, what they represent is still worthy of note. So without naming the producers’ names that you probably won’t have heard of anyway, we’ll tell you what title took the win in each category: The Artist took the Theatrical Motion

Pictures award; The Adventures of Tintin took the Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures award; Downton Abbey took the Long-Form Television award; Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest took the Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures award; Modern Family took the Episodic Television in Comedy award; Boardwalk Empire took the Episodic Television in Drama award; and The Colbert Report took the Live Entertainment & Talk Television award. Most noteworthy of these is, of course, the Theatrical Motion Pictures award winner – in this case, The Artist. This film also took the Cannes Palme d’Or, further forecasting the likelihood of an Oscar win. Watch this space.


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Thursday 02 The Datsuns

Mark McGuire

San Fran Bath House

Audio Foundation 8pm, $10,

8pm, $28,

The wayward sons of New Zealand rock play their final show of their summer tour down at Wellington’s San Fran Bath House this Thursday. This will be your last chance to catch Cambridge’s finest before the award-winning Dolf, Phil, Ben and Christian release their upcoming (and as of yet untitled) fifth album.

The Audio Foundation’s AltMusic 2012 season kicks off with USA-based Emeralds guitarist Mark McGuire – the 25-year-old who boasts 30 albums under his belt. The best description we’ve heard of his music has to be that it “has a pastoral quality both meditative and mind-zapping – amazing to listen to while stoned”.

Like Crazy

J. Edgar

Selected Cinemas

Vector Arena

This little indie romance took away awards at Sundance, the Gotham Independent Film Awards and the National Board of Review Awards 2011 and came to claim some great praise. Remember Felicity Jones? Turns out she’s doing really great and winning awards left, right and centre.

The writer of Milk has teamed up with everyone’s favourite angry-old-man-director Clint Eastwood to tell the story of the face of American law enforcement. J. Edgar boasts a stellar cast with Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Josh Lucas, Ed Westwick, Dame Judi Dench and more.



A Few Best Men

Bats Theatre

Telstra Clear Club

General Release

We highlighted this film last week with much anticipation. If you were a teenager who discovered you had superpowers, wouldn’t you do stupid shit and film all of it? Of course you would. But then you’d turn evil, because puberty is AWFUL.

The director of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and the writer of Death at a Funeral team up for this Aussie-Brit comedy that will be awkward and hard to watch, but in a good way like watching Ricky Gervais do anything.

8pm, $15-18,

From the writer of Super City comes this comedy concerning criminal camaraderie. Amateur crim Willy gets busted shoplifting, resulting in his descent into a whirlpool of lies and deceit on the run from the 5-0. When Willy runs into fellow-in-stolen-arms Louis, the two could very well become criminal masterminds. Or fail completely.

Friday 03 Lloyd

Chinese New Year Concert

The Civic

Town Hall

7pm, $39,

7.30pm, $15-73, All ages,

You think that just because men slick their hair back, shave daily and wear a tailored suit or women read Vogue, are totally “in season” and can walk in stilettos... you think that makes them fancy? Wrong. Fancy is the opera. The Chinese opera. The NZSO doing a Chinese New Year Concert opera. That shit is fancy.

Can we just take one minute to have a collective laugh at Lloyd’s album names and song titles? Street Love and King of Hearts are great names for albums. A little arrogant, but they couldn’t get any more r’n’b than that. ‘How We Do It (Around My Way)’ and ‘Dedication to My Ex (Miss That)’? ADORABLE.

Rippon 2012 Warmup


Knight of the Dub Table

Waihi Bush Music

Mint Bar, Wanaka

Southern Cross


Waihi Bush Organic Farm


Mint Bar hosts the big night before the big day with New Dub City along with Red Bull Music Academy veterans Riki “Eru Dangerspiel” Gooch and Ned “Killamanraro” Ngatae on the decks.



8pm, FREE

Masters of calypso blues Tom Rodwell and Storehouse continue their longwinded and much enjoyed ‘Adam in the Garden’ single release tour in Wellington before finishing up at the Rotorua Blues Festival on Sunday.

9pm, $10, FREE

The six-piece Hamilton band play at their home turf this weekend as Knights of the DUB Table celebrate their Way of the DUB album release. The likes of Kingshifta, Tui Sound System and DJ Briggsy play support.

8.30pm, $20-80,

The Waihi Bush Folk Festival is more about folk music than bush folk. Although spending the weekend in the bush would kind of make you bush folk. The laid back music festival runs from Friday through to Monday.

Shit worth doing

Saturday 04 Boardies & Bikinis

The Red Eyes

Ruapuke Motor Camp, Raglan


12pm, $80, All ages,

9pm, $18,

Antix, Dj Soane, The Bull Munro, Tui Sound System, Zion Hill, Aum, Karma Eclectika, Dj Hybrid, NRG Rising, Illicit Wah Wah’s, The Spiritz and plenty more come together for two days of dub, reggae, half-nakedness and everything else summer by the beach in Raglan all thanks to Tractor FM.

The Australian monster group of reggae and dub celebrate their 10th birthday with their first New Zealand tour, along with the release of their latest single ‘Circles’. The band play their second-to-last gig of the tour with support from DJ Captain Nemo before finishing the tour in Auckland on Sunday.

Lantern Festival


Albert Park

Lake Karapiro, Cambridge 10am, $10-130,

5pm, all ages, FREE

The USA vs. AUS vs. NZ 2012 UIM World Grand Prix Hydroplane Championships at Lake Karapiro sounds like a mouthful, but it’s more like an earful. These boats are like the Indy cars of the water, and they scream around all like EERRREEUUWW and all you want to do is see one crash. So fun.

It’s weird to actually get into a festival about lanterns. What’s so great about them? The fact remains that every time you see those creatively crafted contraptions with a flickering light inside, you get all lovey-dovey and hold hands with the person you’re on a date with (or your friend who gets creeped out).

Rippon festival Rippon Vineyard, Wanaka


Splurge – Colourfest ASB Showgrounds

9am, Sold Out

7.30pm, $30-40,

Sun Araw

Anti-Poverty Benefit Show

Did Sun Araw sell out last time he came here? Because his two gigs probably have this time. The psych-popper plays Auckland following his gig down at Wellington’s Mighty Mighty on Friday. The experimentalist brings his full band in tow as he celebrates his new release through Drag City, Ancient Romans.




10pm, $15,


The Kings Arms

8pm, $10, Door sales only





If my daughter said that she was going to a “paint party” called Splurge which is strictly for under-18s where kids dress in white and then get covered in paint, I don’t know how I’d feel about it. This party will be a hormonally suggestive flirt fest, which is just plain weird.


When a day-long festival happens in the South Island set around vineyards and mountains and serenity and whatnot and hosts Disasteradio, Katchafire, Kora, Orchestra of Spheres, Street Chant, Sunshine Sound System, The Datsuns and Trinity Roots, it’s going to sell out. Oh, wait, it did.


Heart Attack Alley, Shitripper, Vietnam War’s Lubin Rains, Moppy and one of Auckland’s most excellent swingin’ ladies behind the deck Tina Turntables play at this Auckland Action Against Poverty benefit show. That’s one hell of a good line-up for one hell of a good cause. There’s a 99% chance it will be great.

Monday 06 Superbowl The Nation’s Clubrooms, Sky City


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The pigskin meets primetime advertising as the 46th Superbowl kicks off Monday New Zealand time. If you’ve got the day off work, you’re sorted. If you don’t then... we’re not saying pull a sickie, but take an eight hour lunch to go eat some nachos and popcorn and hotdogs and drink some Budweiser.


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Gin’s in fine form after a day of drinking ginger tea and taking interviews from her Sydney home base. I’m last on the list but there’s no jaded lady on the end of this phone. “I like to fucking talk. Tell me something interesting,” she banters. Actually, I want her to tell ME something interesting. We chat about the Big Day Out gig just gone. “Yeah, that was kind of weird,” she says in reference to the crowd. “It was really the Small Day Out. It was weird, ‘cause I’ve been going since I was fucking 15, and usually everyone’s jostling around texting cause you can’t find each other.” I ask how it feels to be on the stage of your youth; on the other side as it were. “Yeah, still a blast. Though I was more interested in performing than reflecting on the experience!” Speaking of performing, Gin’s planning to get on the road following the Aussie release of Gravel and Wine before heading off to the States. “US crowds are so keen,” she enthuses. “They come at the beginning of the night and want to see the support act; they’re keen for new music. Touring in America, everything’s well set up there, it’s all organised.” It was during her last sojourn to the States that Gin pulled together material to record Gravel and Wine. Many of the elements that fed her music came from experiences like attending a full-on Gospel church service led by the Rev Al Green, and an unexpected ‘date’ with a small town gentleman. “I was in this tiny town of Clarksdale in the Deep South, Mississippi,” she recalls. “You know, it had one old shop. I bought this guitar and this guy, he must have been the only person in the town, he was furious I’d bought it. He wanted it for himself. I told him I’d buy him lunch as a consolation. He invited me to go see some cornfields and a BBQ. We drove out in his old car and got to a bar. He pulled out his pistol and thumped it on the fucking bar and says, ‘What do you think of that?’ He was asking me out on a date! Whoa!”

Turns out it’s tales like that and encounters with other Southern folk which played a huge part in the colour of this album. “These old guys say, ‘You from Nu Zeeland, You don’t know the blues. Yo Rich! Yo gotta be poor.’ I was just there to learn, you know.” It seems, though, that Gin took it all in her stride. “I got down to it and started writing, working my nails down writing with every joker, including a guy called Charlie who plays for a guy called Bob, to get it all out,” she says. “Writing is cathartic. In my songs I’m slashing my lovers, digging the graves and burying them, drinking my self to death and then I’m done!” – a tradition she started way back when she won the International Song Writing contest in 2004 with a song about her late father (‘Hallelujah’). I’d noticed most of her material was about dark and torrid love, yet as a person she was so upbeat and chirpy. Was there a happy song in there? “I dunno, but your suggestion of more ukulele numbers with a Hawaiian feel is a possibility.” No such luck on the new album though, a genuine product of her road trip. When she finally swerved into beachside Santa Monica to record with Butch Walker and Jake Sinclair, there were 11 ‘tip top’ songs ready, “That have the love of a cowboy, bathed in a little lonesome blues… and the swagger of a woman past midnight.” It’s those songs that will feature on the upcoming Classic Hits Winery Tour, a 13-date event she’ll share with The Mutton Birds and Avalanche City. “I grew up a big The Mutton Birds fan so I’m excited to play with them. And Dave (Baxter, Avalanche City) is so hot right now. It’s a great line-up. We’re on the road for a month in summer, with a wine bar at every stop. Can’t wait!” WRITTEN BY TIM GRUAR

SEE HER LIVE: Gin Wigmore Classic Hits Winery Tour 2012 Fri 03 Feb Ascension Wine Estate, Matakana Sat 04 Feb Ascension Wine Estate, Matakana Sun 05 Feb Marina Reserve, Tutukaka Fri 10 Feb Wharepai Domain, Tauranga Sat 11 Feb Brunton Road, Gisborne Sun 12 Feb Black Barn Vineyards, Havelock North Thu 16 Feb Neudorf Vineyards, Upper Moutere Fri 17 Feb Neudorf Vineyards, Upper Moutere

Now in its sixth year, and with a brand new presenting sponsor, the Classic Hits Winery Tour is a firmly established and much loved national touring event showcasing the best of Kiwi music. In 2012 it will include 16 shows in 14 venues nationwide. Ticket info: $69 5pm- 10pm Featuring Gin Wigomore, The Mutton Birds and Avalanche City



Sat 18 Feb The Mud House Winery & Cafe, Waipara Sun 19 Feb Logan Park, Dunedin Tue 21 Feb Olssen’s Vineyard, Cromwell Thu 23 Feb Villa Maria Estate, Blenheim Sat 25 Feb Alana Estate, Martinborough Sun 26 Feb Sentry Hill Estate, New Plymouth Fri 02 Mar Vilagrad Winery, Hamilton Sat 03 Mar Villa Maria Estate, Auckland

As demonstrators gather in their thousands in Syria, and the Arab Spring Tide sweeps a sea-change of power across the Middle East, John Butler’s words sound eerily prophetic. “Take back your feet, take back your hands. Take back your words, take back your lands,” Butler sings on ‘Revolution’, the hit single from 2010’s April Uprising. “I guess in one way or another revolution – people standing up for their own sovereignty and getting their own justice – has always been a big part of how I see the world,” says the talented frontman. “People taking back their futures and their own realities and not letting other people decide it for them.” Butler wasn’t singing then about the liberation of the Arab world –the song was written in 2009, a year before protesters filled the streets of Tunisia – but instead about his own history. “My great-great-grandfather was part of an uprising called the April Uprising in 1875, to emancipate his people from the oppression of the Ottoman Empire,” Butler says with audible pride. But that was only the start of April’s significance for him. 100 years later, on April 1 1975, John Butler was born. In April 2009 he broke up the last trio, bringing in bassist Byron Luiters and drummer Nicky Bomba; and in April 2010 their new album was released. “So April Uprising became this metaphor for change and spiritual revolution, musical revolution, personal revolution,” Butler says. As influential as his past was on the album – “it definitely changed who I was,” he reflects – it served more as a positive affirmation than a total rebirth. “When you discover your roots it makes your tree a lot stronger,” he says. That reinforcement would provide a foundation for the record, which builds on Butler’s trademark potpourri of blues, rock and roots. Those influences still abound, but Butler’s new affinity for songwriting delivers a refined sound not heard in earlier work. “The biggest, most conscious change was just trimming all the fat off everything,” he says. “I just wanted to see if I could write good songs that held water by themselves.”

Grand instrumental arrangements stretched to 10 and 20 minutes on previous releases, but April Uprising is an exercise in poetic restraint. “As much as I’m very much into elongated musical movements, this time around I wasn’t fully inspired to do that,” comments Butler. “It’s saying a lot more with fewer words, in a less naïve and obvious way.” So while the ingredients are vintage John Butler, the approach was distinctly new. New too was the level of involvement by his band-mates, whose fingerprints are more visible than on any album before. “I don’t care if it’s Byron’s idea, or John’s idea, or Nicky’s idea, or my wife’s idea. Whatever sounds good is all that matters. “That’s one thing that has become more and more important as I continue being a musician and a performer and a recording artist: I’m not really in charge, the song is in charge,” says Butler. “It’s always a good thing to remember – serve the song, don’t let the song serve you.” October 2011 sees the three-piece coming off a three and a half month tour of Europe, Brazil and North America, and Butler says their road act is better than it has ever been. “We’ve really hit our stride and it’s consistently a lot of fun.” Their shows are a delight to behold, as between them they burn through a veritable orchestra of stringed instruments – featuring banjos, 12 strings and lap steel guitars, and double basses. The excitement on stage is palpable, and it shows in their faces as they swap grins on extended percussive jams. “It’s about being in the moment and trying to let whatever is coming through come through as purely as possible. I never know what that is; all I know is that when I’m present and in that moment the good stuff comes. That’s not something that you can just make happen,” Butler says. New Zealand audiences got a taste of that magic at the Big Day Out last year, and Butler says he’s excited to return in February for the More FM Summer Vineyard Tour. “I’m excited because I get to spent more than a week in Aotearoa,” he tells me. “New Zealand’s a beautiful country, and it’s so rare to able to actually play outdoors, in New Zealand, at that time of year.”

Written by Conor Whitten

SEE THEM LIVE: John Butler Trio More FM Summer Vineyard Tour 2012 FRI 03 Feb Sileni Estates, Hastings SAT 04 Feb Brooklands Lawn, New Plymouth SUN 05 Feb Daisybank Farm, Martinborough WED 08 Feb Trafalgar Park, Nelson THU 09 Feb Peregrine Wines, Queenstown FRI 10 Feb Pegasus Town, Pegasus SAT 11 Feb Turanga Creek Organic Vineyard, Auckland

For five years, More FM has brought the best in local music to some of the country’s finest locations. Hitting the road in February 2012 with a fresh look and name, the More FM Summer Vineyard Tour will travel to the beautiful surrounds of New Zealand vineyards with the addition of hot international acts headlining the tour’s stellar line-up. Ticket info: $79 5pm- 10pm Featuring John Butler Trio, Aloe Blacc, Annabel Fay, Tiki and The Sweetmix Kids



Death Cab For Cutie bassist Nick Harmer talked to Kevin Kartun about coming to our shores for for the first time to play at the New Zealand International Arts Festival, and what the band can expect from Kiwi fans.

“Over the years everybody’s been really nice to us which is great. I feel like we’ve got a good rapport with our fans and we haven’t had anyone get weird. I think we’re pretty lucky in that regard. But it’s always nice to meet people after the show and say hi. We try our best to shake hands and say hello.” So says Death Cab For Cutie’s Nick Harmer, the bassist of a band that has around 15 years of label hopping and indie royalty under its belt. Fandom would, of course, come in waves for the Seattle band. After being signed to the likes of Sub-Pop, Atlantic, Warner and more, their latest release Codes And Keys has brought the often loved band back from the forgotten corners of many musical minds. Seven studio releases over 14 years may not be perceived as a significant number of endeavours, but Death Cab may very well be known more for their live performances than their back catalogue. A perfect example can be seen in their live video of ‘You Are A Tourist’ which was the first ever scripted, single-take music video production to be broadcast live as it was filmed. Part marketing strategy and part art for art’s sake, the video was a hit with Death Cab fans new and old alike. Critics’ opinions of the video were fell on both sides of the fence, but a resounding appreciation for the concept and execution was heard throughout the blogosphere. When it comes to New Zealand, Harmer’s understanding of the country is as common as most foreigners who have never visited. “Are the Flight of the Conchords guys national treasures? I hear their faces are going on money,” he jokes. The one-off show at the New Zealand International Arts Festival on

Wednesday 01 February will be the first time that the band has played in New Zealand in their 15-odd years of touring. “I’m really excited,” says Harmer, “we’ve had lots of friends that have gone over and it’s actually shameful that we’ve been to Australia so many times but this is only our first time [in NZ].” Harmer says that he and the rest of the Death Cab crew are hoping to get some time in travelling around the country, but with as for any major international act, their time here will be stretched thin. “From Australia we’re going to New Zealand and from there we’re going to do some Southeast Asia shows. I hope long enough that we can see some of the country and explore a little bit.” I go back to the idea of the wide array of fans of the band. Having been one of the originators of the indie-pop sound that made waves in the early 21st century and growing into an international act that has the capability, budget and a much-needed audience to pull off something like the live-stream of ‘You Are A Tourist’, sided by the fact that they just look like good dudes, I’m convinced that Death Cab are the approachable boys of alt-rock kingdom. So what’s the best way to get an autograph, shake a hand or see some babies get kissed? “I would say just come down to the venue early. Whenever we get to a new place and we’re not really sure where to go we definitely like to explore, but we always just hang around near the venue.” And has that friendliness ever got them in trouble? Has, for example, a fan ever sent the band a Polaroid of one of the members’ lips? “What, like when we’re sleeping?” Harmer laughs, “No. Nothing crazy like that. Nothing too insane.” See them live: Death Cab For Cutie (US) performing at the New Zealand International Arts Festival Wed 29 Feb Town Hall, Wellington




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WELLINGTON gig guide Wed 01 Bodega

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis 8Pm: $55


Mighty Mighty

Trentham Racecourse

San Fran Bath House

Sat 04

The Wanted Sessions - A Tribute To Hank Williams: 8Pm: Free The Datsuns: 8Pm: $28

The Session: 10Pm: Free

Mighty Mighty The Other Hands W/ Orange Farm: 9Pm:

Southern Cross

Kroon For Your Kai Ft. Jodie Gummer: 7Pm: Free

Tsb Band Arena Incubus

Fri 03 Bodega

Kittentank, Terror Of The Deep & Guests: 9Pm


Throw It To The Fire & Guests: 8Pm: $5

Creedence Clearwater Revisited

Mighty Mighty

Sunken Seas, Jon Lemmon, Diving: 9:30Pm: $5

Thu 02 Dowse Art Museum

San Fran Bath House

Klezmer Rebs: Koha

Scott Kelly (Neurosis) & John Baizley (Baroness): 8Pm


Southern Cross

The Metal Zone Ft. Rising Force: 5Pm: Free


San Fran Bath House Dan Deacon & Guests: 8Pm

Southern Cross

The Arvo Show Ft. Tunes Of I: 4Pm: Free / Niko Ne Zna: 9:30Pm: Free

Mon 06 Foxglove Bar

Radio Actives: One Love 2012: 12Pm: Free

Mighty Mighty

Sun Araw, Absolute Boys & Rose Quartz Djs: 9:30Pm: $5

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Sun 05 The Lido Cafe

The Boptet: 7Pm: Free

Tue 07 San Fran Bath House Reggae Night W/ Long Shen Dao: 7Pm: $10 + Bf

Tom Rodwell & Storehouse ‘Adam In The Garden’ Single Release Tour: 8Pm: Free

Waikato gig guide Fri 03

Sat 04

Flow (Hamilton)

Flow (Hamilton)

Static (hamilton)

Huntly And District Workingmen’s Club

Knights Of The Dub Table Way Of The Dub Album Tour: 9Pm: $10 Thunderdykes & Heart Attack Alley: 9Pm

The Commercial Hotel (Tauranga) Batucada Sound Machine: 7:30Pm: $25

Vision Church Eastside (Hamilton) Showstoppers: 11Am: $30

The Red Eyes: 9Pm: $18

Crossroads Duo: 7Pm: Free

Lake Karapiro (Cambridge)

2012 Masport Uim World Grand Prix Hydroplane Championships: 10Am: $20+

Riverside Park & Unison Amphitheatre (Taupo) Taupo Summer Concert: 12Pm: $89

Ruapuke Motor Camp (Raglan)

Ruapuke Motor Camp (Raglan)

St John’s Methodist Church (hamilton)

The Plaza (Putaruru)

Boardies & Bikinis 2012: 12Am: $80

Craftmad: Craft And Design Market: 10Am: Free

Sun 05 Lake Karapiro (Cambridge)

2012 Masport Uim World Grand Prix Hydroplane Championships: 10Am: $20+

Major Tom’s Bar (Tauranga)

Shenandoah Davis: 9Pm:

Boardies & Bikinis 2012: 12Am: $80 South Waikato Country Music Club Concert: 1Pm: Free

Mon 06 Claudelands Green (Hamilton) More Fm Summer Vineyard Tour Ft. Aloe Blacc, Annabel Fay & John Butler Trio


auckland gig guide Wed 01

Fri 03

Sat 04

Sun 05

1885 Basement

1885 Basement

1885 Basement

Albert Park

1885 Britomart

1885 Britomart

Ascension Wine Estate

Albert Park

Creative Jazz Club: James Ryan Trio (Au): 8Pm: $10

1885 Basement

James Ryan Trio (Au): 8Pm: $10

Ivory Lounge

Dylan C: 11Pm: Free

Tdk & Andy Jv: 6Pm: Free

Lace Live At Ivory Lounge: 7:30Pm: Free

Classic Hits Winery Tour Ft. Gin Wigmore, Muttonbirds & Avalanche City: 5Pm



The List Ft. Super Villians & Ev Love: 10Pm: Free

Kings Arms

Afterdawn, Young Mood Club, Autospoon & Yolanda: 8Pm

Mexican Cafe Auckland

Auckland Museum



Leigh Sawmill Cafe

T-Rice & Flex: 6Pm: Free

The Red Eyes (Au): 9:30Pm: $18

The Britomart Country Club

Lucha Lounge

Dj Pups: 6Pm: Free

Bare Grillz (Au) & No Art (Au): 8Pm: $5

The Pumphouse Theatre

Mexican Cafe Auckland

Salsa Party W/ Dj King Salsa: 11Pm: Free

Ponsonby Social Club

Djs Cian & Isaac Aesili: 8Pm: Free

Thu 02

Racket Bar

1885 Basement

Red Hummingbird

Sweet Mix Kids: 9Pm: Free

Audio Foundation Hq Altmusic 2012 Presents Mark Mcguire (Emeralds) W/ Droszkhi: 8Pm: $10


Park Tapes Presents Apollo Kids Beatmakers Night W/ Forest Spirits & Sable, Ben Jamin’, Shanalog, Tapeworm, Jacke 2 & Djs: 9Pm: $5

Kings Arms

Scott Kelly (Neurosis) John Baizley (Baroness) & Guests: 8Pm

Ponsonby Social Club

Occupational Therapy Ft. Bobby Brazuka & Andy Jv: 8Pm: Free

Racket Bar

Nyntee & Isaac Aesili: 6Pm: Free


Sweetmixkids: 7:30Pm: Free

The Britomart Country Club

Velvet Sound Society & Insomniac: 6Pm: Free

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Ascension Wine Estate

Civic Theatre

Racket Bar

1885 Britomart

Auckland Lantern Festival: 5Pm: Free Classic Hits Winery Tour Ft. Gin Wigmore, Muttonbirds & Avalanche City: 5Pm

Live Latin & Brazilian Music: 8:30Pm: Free

2Five9 Jazz Trio: 10Pm: Free

Mayavanya & Jerm: 8Pm: $10

Glam - Putting The Fun Back Into Friday Night: 9Pm: Free

D-Bass Crew Presents Inna Mash Up Stylee Ft. Exile, Prospect, Locksteady & Sam Rivers: 9Pm: Free

Antony And Cleopatra: Shakespeare In The Park 2012: 8Pm: $24

Rob Hill & Isaac Aesili: 10Pm: Free

Tido & Arash: 6Pm: Free

Music At Auckland Museum: 11Am: Free

Cassette Nine

Auckland Lantern Festival: 5Pm: Free

Cornwall Park

Cornwall Park Summer Music Concert Series: 1Pm: Free

The Kings Arms

The Red Eyes: 7Pm: $18

The Pumphouse Theatre

Macbeth: Shakespeare In The Park 2012: 8Pm: $24


Soul Food W/ Jason Eli/Earl Gateshead (Uk): 3Pm: Free

Sick Disco Ft. Frank Booker, Randomplay, Aaron Pony, Safari Boy, Dirty Uncool & Mtron: 10Pm: $10

Leigh Sawmill Cafe

Ink & Coherent

Ponsonby Social Club

Grubstep & Propa Jacks: 10Pm: $10

Kings Arms

The Anti-Poverty Benefit Show: 8Pm: $8 Unwaged & $10 Waged

Managawhai Tavern I Am Giant W/ Cairo Knife Fight: 8Pm: $30

Ponsonby Social Club Side Steps Quintet W/ Pauly Who? & Dj Piet: 8Pm

Outer Base: 3Pm: Free / The Turnaround Waitangi Special: 9Pm: $20 Conch Sunday Grill Ft. Funkommunity, Bplus & Sam.E: 8Pm: Free


Carnaval 2012 - Waitangi Weekend W/ Sambra Maracana, Bobby Brazuka, DJ Datt & special guests: 9Pm: $10

The Britomart Country Club

Kirk James & Dylan C: 2Pm: Free

Racket Bar

Dirty Diana, Cve & Thane Kirby

Gene Rivers & Sweet Mix Kids: 8Pm: Free

Mon 06

Silo Park

Red Hummingbird

Flo Bar & Cafe

Silo Cinema Presents Stand By Me: 5Pm: Free

The Philosophy & Jason Gundry: 9Pm: Free

Waitangi W/ Nrg Rising & Co: 4Pm: $10



The Classic

Dj Adam O & Dj Normski: 6Pm: Free

Raw Comedy Night: 8Pm: $5

The Britomart Country Club

Tue 07

Dj Tony Tunes: 8Pm: Free

Stampede Bar & Grill Long Weekend Balloon Party Ft. Dj Manchoo & Dj Cxl: 9Pm: Presales: $10

The Britomart Country Club

Murray Cammick & Chip Matthews: 5Pm: Free

The Kings Arms

Bob Marley Party: 8Pm


Dan Deacon & Guests: 8Pm

Albert Park

Auckland Lantern Festival: 5Pm: Free

The Pumphouse Theatre

Antony And Cleopatra: Shakespeare In The Park 2012: 8Pm: $24

Cian, Tido & Manuel Bundy: 2Pm: Free

The Kings Arms

Auckland Action Against Poverty Tourettes, Vietnam War, Wilberforces & Guests: 7Pm

The Studio

Zeds Dead (Ca) & Bare Noize (Uk): 10Pm: $30


Sun Araw (Us) W/ special guests: 8pm: Limited Door Sales

The Wine Cellar

Shenandoah Davis New Zealand Tour 2012 W/ Nadia Reid: 9Pm: $10

Empire Tavern

Empire Million Dollar Trivia: 6:30Pm: Free

Racket Bar

Rob Hill: 6Pm: Free

The Britomart Country Club

Murray Cammick: 6Pm: Free

The Pumphouse Theatre

Antony And Cleopatra: Shakespeare In The Park 2012: 8Pm: $24

Town Hall

Short + Sweet Dance: 7Pm: $25

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Otago gig guide Thu 02 Barluga (Wanaka) Davin Mccoy (Us) New Zealand Tour: 9Pm: Free

Chick’s Hotel (Dunedin) Anna Coddington

Dux De Lux (Queenstown)

New Dub City 2012 Aotearoa Tour: 8Pm: Free

Dunedin Windsurfing Association Driphone 2012 New Zealand Slalom Windsurfing Nationals: 9Am

Edgar Centre (Dunedin) El Caballo Blanco: The Dance Of The White Stallions: 7:30Pm

Heff’s Hotel (Dunedin) The Heff’s Factor Ultimate Karaoke Competition: 8:30Pm: Free

Fri 03 Dunedin Windsurfing Association

Driphone 2012 New Zealand Slalom Windsurfing Nationals: 9Am

Earnscleugh Hall (Alexandra) Mundi: 7:30Pm: $20

Edgar Centre (Dunedin)

El Caballo Blanco: The Dance Of The White Stallions: 7:30Pm

Heff’s Hotel (Dunedin) The Heff’s Factor Ultimate Karaoke Competition: 8:30Pm: Free

Mint Bar (Wanaka)

Rippon 2012 Afterparty: 9Pm: $15

Mon 06

Rippon Vineyard (Wanaka)

Dunedin Windsurfing Association

Rippon Festival: 9:30Am

Roxburgh Town Hall Mundi: 7:30Pm: $20

Wingatui Racecourse Champions Day 2012: 11:30Am: $10

Mint Bar (Wanaka) Rippon 2012 Warmup

River House (Wanaka) Anna Coddington

Sun 05

Wanaka Hq

Dunedin Windsurfing Association

Jstar (Uk) & The Nomad: 9Pm

Driphone 2012 New Zealand Slalom Windsurfing Nationals: 9Am

Sat 04

Luggate Hotel (Wanaka)

Chicks Hotel (Dunedin) New Dub City 2012 Aotearoa Tour: 8Pm

Dunedin Windsurfing Association

Driphone 2012 New Zealand Slalom Windsurfing Nationals: 9Am

Tue 07 Dunedin Windsurfing Association Driphone 2012 New Zealand Slalom Windsurfing Nationals: 9Am

Chick’s Hotel

Dan Deacon & Guests

Davin Mccoy (Us) New Zealand Tour: 3Pm: Free

Queenstown Events Centre

Creedence Clearwater Revisited Summer Tour: 5Pm: $89

Driphone 2012 New Zealand Slalom Windsurfing Nationals: 9Am

CHRISTCHURCH gig guide Wed 01 Becks Southern Alehouse Jam Session: 8Pm: Free

Dux Live

Anna Coddington

Thu 02 Becks Southern Alehouse

The Black Velvet Band: 8Pm: Free


Pairs Summer Sweat Nz Tour 2012: 9Pm: Free

Pierside Cafe And Bar

Karaoke W/ Dj Chick: 8Pm: Free

Salsa Latina Dance Studio Salsa On Thursdays: 8:45Pm: Free

The Brewery

Friday Night Shuffle Club W/ Dj Mike T & Aleon: 11Pm: Free

La Casa Bella

Little River Music Festival: 10Am

Pierside Cafe And Bar Beach Breaks With Dj Dmand: 9Pm: Free

Waihi Bush Organic Farm (Geraldine) Waihi Bush Music Festival: 9Am: $20-$80

Sat 04 Darkroom

Valdera, Petit Poisson & Arroes: 8Pm: Free

Dux Live

Christchurch ‘80S Reunion Night W/ Axemen, Mcgoohans, Ritchie Venus, 3Guesses, Angel Rock & Guests: 4Pm

Fri 03

La Casa Bella

Becks Southern Alehouse

Pierside Cafe And Bar

Retrosonic: 9Pm: Free

Salsa Latina Dance Studio

Salsa Night Fever: 9Pm: $5

The Colombo

Camo & Krooked: 7Pm: $60

Waihi Bush Organic Farm (Geraldine)

Mon 06 Dux Live

Dan Deacon & Guests

La Casa Bella

Little River Music Festival: 10Am

Waihi Bush Music Festival: 9Am: $20-$80

Sun 05 Darkroom

Flip Grater: 8Pm: Free

Dux De Lux

New Dub City 2012 Aotearoa Tour: 8Pm: Free

La Casa Bella

Little River Music Festival: 10Am

Waihi Bush Organic Farm (Geraldine) Waihi Bush Music Festival: 9Am: $20-$80

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Little River Music Festival: 10Am The Stone Cold Chillers: 8:30Pm: Free




Regional gig guide Wed 01 Bowl Of Brooklands (New Plymouth)

Creedence Clearwater Revisited

Sileni Estate (Hawkes Bay)

More Fm Summer Vineyard Tour Ft. Aloe Blacc, Annabel Fay & John Butler Trio

The Cabana (Napier) Shotgun Alley

Thu 02 Le Cafe (Picton)

Tom Rodwell & Storehouse ‘Adam In The Garden’ Single Release Tour: 8Pm: $10

The Mussel Inn (Nelson)

Alizarin Lizard The Weekend Went Without You Album Release Tour: 9:30Pm

The Shed (Rotorua) Shotgun Alley

Sat 04 Butlers Reef (New Plymouth) The Feelers

Horse & Hound (Masterton) The Hypnotics W/ Dj Deviox: 8Pm: Free

Poverty Bay Club (Gisborne)

Batucada Sound Machine: 7:30Pm: $25

Fri 03 Old Skool Bar (Palmerson North) The Hypnotics W/ Dj Deviox: 8Pm: Free

Bowl Of Brooklands (New Plymouth) More Fm Summer Vineyard Tour Ft. Aloe Blacc, Annabel Fay & John Butler Trio

Sun 05

Mon 06

Cabana Bar (Napier)

Canaan Downs (Nelson)

Batucada Sound Machine: 7:30Pm: $25

Taos At The Luminate Festival

Daisybank Farm (Martinborough)

More Fm Summer Vineyard Tour Ft. Aloe Blacc, Annabel Fay & John Butler Trio

Dharma Bums Club (Wairau Valley)

Alizarin Lizard The Weekend Went Without You Album Release Tour: 9:30Pm: $10

Marina Reserve (Tutukaka)

Classic Hits Winery Tour Ft. Gin Wigmore, Muttonbirds & Avalanche City: 5Pm

Rave Rotorua Arts Village Experience

Rhythm Rotorua: 12Pm: $25

The Playhouse (Nelson)

Dan Deacon & Guests

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tours & events

Upcoming tours & events Bon Iver (US)

Mon 27 Feb Town Hall, Wellington Tue 28 Feb Town Hall, Wellington

Broken Heartbreakers & Bond Street Bridge Sat 04 Feb Auckland Museum, Auckland

Camp A Low Hum

Thu 09 Feb - Mon 13 Feb 203 Coast Road, RD 1, Wainuiomata

Dan Deacon (US)

Fri 03 Feb Whammy Bar, Auckland Sat 04 Feb San Fran Bath House, Wellington Sun 05 Feb Playhouse, Nelson Mon 06 Feb Dux Live, Christchurch Tue 07 Feb Chicks Hotel, Dunedin

The Datsuns

Thu 02 Feb San Fran Bath House, Wellington


Wed 08 Feb Arc Theatre, Whanganui Thu 09 Feb The Royal, Palmerston North Sun 12 Feb Freds, Wellington Fri 17 Feb Static, Hamilton Sat 18 Feb Basement, Auckland

Aa (US)

Thu 16 Feb Arc Theatre, Whanganui Fri 17 Feb Mighty Mighty, Wellington Sat 18 Feb Whammy Bar, Auckland

Alizarin Lizard

Sun 05 Feb Dharma Bums Club, Wairau Valley Wed 08 Feb Mighty Mighty, Wellington Thu 09 Feb St Peters Hall, Paekakariki Wed 15 Feb Cabana Bar, Napier Thu 16 Feb Geoff’s Saloon, Wairoa Fri 17 Feb Sunset Point, Mahia Sat 18 Feb Smash Palace, Gisborne Sun 19 Feb The Pheasant Plucker, Rotorua Wed 22 Feb Waihi Beach Hotel, Coromandel Thu 23 Feb Eggsentric Cafe, Coromandel Sat 25 Feb Rocks Bar, Waiheke Island Sun 26 Feb The Funky Fish, Dargaville Wed 29 Feb Salut, Whangarei Thu 01 Mar Speakeasy Bar, Thames Wed 07 Mar The Grange Bar, Hahei Thu 08 Mar Static, Hamilton Fri 09 Mar The Yot Club, Raglan Sat 10 Mar Space Monster, Wanganui Thu 15 Mar Dux Live, Christchurch Fri 16 Mar Refuel Bar, Dunedin Sat 17 Mar Louie’s bar, Invercargill Sun 18 Mar The Long Room, Riverton Thu 22 Mar The Blue Duck, Milford Sound Fri 23 Mar Dux de Lux, Queenstown Sat 24 Mar Mint Bar, Queenstown Sat 31 Mar Feastock 2012, Dunedin

Anna Coddington

Wed 01 Feb Dux Live, Christchurch Thu 02 Feb Chick’s Hotel, Dunedin Fri 03 Feb River House, Wanaka Fri 10 Feb Free House, Nelson Sun 12 Feb San Fran Bath House, Wellington

Carnaval 2012

Sun 05 Feb Q Theatre, Auckland

Classic Hits Winery Tour 2012

Fri 03 Feb Ascension Wine Estate, Matakana Sat 04 Feb Ascension Wine Estate, Matakana Sun 05 Feb Marina Reserve, Tutukaka Fri 10 Feb Wharepai Domain, Tauranga Sat 11 Feb Brunton Road, Gisborne Sun 12 Feb Black Barn Vineyards, Havelock North Thu 16 Feb Neudorf Vineyards, Upper Moutere Fri 17 Feb Neudorf Vineyards, Upper Moutere Sat 18 Feb The Mud House Winery & Cafe, Waipara Sun 19 Feb Logan Park, Dunedin Tue 21 Feb Olssen’s Vineyard, Cromwell Thu 23 Feb Villa Maria Estate, Blenheim Sat 25 Feb Alana Estate, Martinborough Sun 26 Feb Sentry Hill Estate, New Plymouth Fri 02 Mar Vilagrad Winery, Hamilton Sat 03 Mar Villa Maria Estate, Auckland

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti (US)

The Cranberries (IR)

Batucada Sound Machine

Creedence Clearwater Revisited (US)

Tue 13 Mar The Kings Arms, Auckland Wed 14 Mar Bodega, Wellington

Fri 03 Feb Commercial Hotel, Whakatane Sat 04 Feb Poverty Bay Club, Gisborne Sun 05 Feb Cabana, Napier Fri 24 Feb Nelson School Of Music, Nelson Sat 25 Feb Regent Theatre, Hokitika Fri 02 Mar Old Library, Whangarei Sat 03 Mar Mangawhai Tavern, Mangawhai

Black Lips (US)

Tue 28 Feb Powerstation, Auckland

Sat 24 Mar Station Village Complex, Lower Hutt Sun 25 Mar Bodega, Wellington Tue 27 Mar Bruce Mason Theatre, Auckland Wed 28 Mar Founders Theatre, Hamilton Thu 29 Mar Baycourt Theatre, Tauranga Fri 30 Mar Civic, Rotorua Sat 31 Mar Municipal Theatre, Napier Sun 01 Apr Hawke’s Bay Opera House, Hastings Mon 02 Apr Memorial Hall, Gisborne Tue 03 Apr De Luxe Theatre, Opotoki Wed 04 Apr Whakatane Hotel, Whakatane Thu 05 Apr Papamoa Tavern, Papamoa Sat 07 Apr Coroglen Tavern, Whitianga Sun 08 Apr Mangawhai Tavern, Mangawhai Mon 09 Apr Brownzy, Browns Bay Tue 10 Apr Forum North, Whangarei

Thu 15 Mar The Trusts Stadium, Auckland

Wed 01 Feb Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth Fri 03 Feb Trentham Racecourse, Wellington Sun 05 Feb Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown

Crosby, Stills & Nash (US) Sat 24 Mar The Trusts Stadium, Auckland

Die Antwoord (SA)

Fri 02 Mar Vector Arena, Auckland

Dirty Three (US)

Wed 14 Mar Powerstation, Auckland

Fatboy Slim (UK)

Fri 02 Mar Vector Arena, Auckland

The Feelers

Sat 04 Feb Butlers Reef, New Plymouth

First Aid Kit (SW) Thu 08 Mar TelstraClear Festival Club, Wellington

Florence + The Machine

Mon 28 May Vector Arena, Auckland

Game (US)

Sat 25 Feb Vector Arena, Auckland

Henry Rollins (US) Elbow (UK)

Wed 28 Mar Powerstation, Auckland

The Exploited (SC)

Sun 29 Apr The Kings Arms, Auckland

The Exponents

Wed 11 Apr Clarence St Theatre, Hamilton Thu 12 Apr Dux Live, Christchurch Fri 13 Apr The Opera House, Wellington Sat 14 Apr SKYCITY Theatre, Auckland

Incubus (US)

Wed 01 Feb TSB Bank Arena, Wellington

Fri 09 Mar Theatre Royal, Timaru Sat 10 Mar Regent Theatre, Dunedin Sun 11 Mar St James, Gore Mon 12 Mar Civic, Invercargill Tue 13 Mar Municipal Theatre, Queenstown Thu 15 Mar Opera House, Oamaru Fri 16 Mar CBS Canterbury Arena, Christchurch Sat 17 Mar Trafalgar Centre, Nelson Tue 20 Mar Opera House, Wellington Wed 21 Mar Opera House, Wanganui Thu 22 Mar TSB Showplace, New Plymouth Fri 23 Mar Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North



tours & events

Upcoming tours & events Joe Satriani, Steve Vai & Steve Luthaker (US) Sat 24 Mar Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington Sun 25 Mar Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland

Lloyd (US)

Fri 03 Feb Civic Theatre, Auckland

Lucinda Williams

Tue 10 Apr Town Hall, Auckland Wed 11 Apr St James Theatre, Wellington

Mayer Hawthorne (US)

Wed 22 Feb San Fran Bath House, Wellington Thu 23 Feb Powerstation, Auckland

Men (US)

Thu 23 Feb 4:20, Auckland

More FM Summer Vineyard Tour Justin Townes Earle (US) Thu 19 Apr Dux de Lux, Christchurch Fri 20 Apr Bar Bodega, Wellington Sat 21 Apr The Kings Arms, Auckland Sun 22 Apr Leigh Sawmill Cafe, Auckland

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis (UK) Wed 01 Feb Bodega, Wellington

Knights Of The Dub Table

Fri 03 Feb Flow, Hamilton Sat 04 Feb 4:20, Auckland Fri 10 Feb The Royal, Palmerston North Sat 11 Feb Medusa, Wellington Fri 17 Feb The Pheasant Plucker, Rotorua Sat 18 Feb Poverty Bay Club, Gisborne

Labretta Suede and the Motel Six

Thu 16 Feb The Kings Arms, Auckland Fri 17 Feb Splore Sat 18 Feb Splore Thu 23 Feb TBC, Raglan Fri 24 Feb Brewers Bar, Mt Mauganui Thu 01 Mar TBC, Napier Fri 02 Mar Mighty Mighty, Wellington Sat 03 Mar The Waihi Beach Club, Waihi

Fri 03 Feb Sileni Estate, Hawkes Bay Sat 04 Feb TSB Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth Sun 05 Feb Daisybank Farm, Martinborough Mon 06 Feb Claudelands Green, Hamilton Wed 08 Feb Trafalgar Park, Nelson Thu 09 Feb Peregrine Winery, Queenstown Fri 10 Feb Pegasus Town, Christchurch Sat 11 Feb Turanga Creek, Auckland

The Red Eyes

Fri 03 Feb Sawmill Cafe, Leigh Sat 04 Feb Flow Bar, Hamilton Sun 05 Feb Kings Arms, Auckland

Rippon Festival

Sat 04 Feb Rippon Vineyard, Lake Wanaka

Roger Waters: The Wall Sat 18 Feb Vector Arena, Auckland Mon 20 Feb Vector Arena, Auckland Wed 22 Feb Vector Arena, Auckland Thu 23 Feb Vector Arena, Auckland

Roky Erickson (US)

Wed 07 Mar Powerstation, Auckland

Roots Manuva (UK)

Thu 01 Mar Powerstation, Auckland Fri 02 Mar The Colombo, Christchurch

NZ Fashion Festival Fri 24 Feb - Sun 04 Mar Shed 10, Auckland

P.O.D. (US) W/ Rapture Ruckus

Tue 10 Apr Town Hall, Wellington Wed 11 Apr Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland

Peter Hook

Wed 18 Apr Bodega, Wellington Thu 19 Apr Bodega, Wellington Fri 20 Apr Studio, Auckland

Wed 07 Mar Studio, Auckland

Little Bushman & Electric Wire Hustle

Fri 24 Feb Brewers Bar, Mt Maunganui Sat 25 Feb The Kings Arms, Auckland Sun 26 Feb The Yot Club, Raglan



Porter Robinson (US)

Fri 02 Mar Vector Arena, Auckland

Real Estate (US)

Thu 15 Mar The Kings Arms, Auckland Fri 16 Mar San Fran Bath House, Wellington Sat 17 Mar Refuel, Dunedin

Sat 10 Mar Alexandra St, Hamilton

Splore 2012

Fri 17 Feb - Sun 19 Feb Tapapakanga Regional Park, Auckland

St Vincent (US)

Sun 18 Mar The Kings Arms, Auckland Mon 19 Mar San Fran Bath House, Wellington

Steve Earle (US)

Wed 11 Apr The Kings Arms, Auckland Thu 12 Apr Bodega, Wellington

Sun Araw (US)

Fri 03 Feb Mighty Mighty, Wellington Sat 04 Feb Whammy Bar, Auckland

TAOS Soulfire Sessions

Mon 06 Feb Luminate, Canaan Downs Fri 23 Mar Khuja Lounge, Auckland Thu 29 Mar The YOT Club, Raglan Fri 30 Mar Flow Bar, Hamilton

Roxette (SE)

Sat 11 Feb Vector Arena, Auckland

Ryan Adams (US)

Tue 06 Mar Regent Theatre, Dunedin Thu 08 Mar Civic Theatre, Auckland

Scott Kelly (Neurosis) & John Baizley (Baroness) Thu 02 Feb The Kings Arms, Auckland Fri 03 Feb San Fran Bath House, Wellington

Seether (US)

Fri 10 Feb Studio, Auckland

Taylor Swift (US)

Fri 16 Mar Vector Arena, Auckland Sat 17 Mar Vector Arena, Auckland Sun 18 Mar Vector Arena, Auckland

Trailer Park Boys (CA) Fri 23 Mar Town Hall, Auckland Sat 24 Mar The Opera House, Wellington

Tom Rodwell & Storehouse

Thu 02 Feb Le Cafe, Picton Fri 03 Feb Southern Cross, Wellington Sun 05 Feb Rotorua Blues Feast, Rotorua

Shenandoah Davis (US)

Sun 05 Feb Major Tom’s Bar, Tauranga Wed 08 Feb Static, Hamilton Thu 09 Feb Space Monster, Wanganui Thu 16 Feb The Mussel Inn, Nelson Fri 17 Feb Frank’s Cafe, Greymouth Fri 24 Feb Chicks Hotel, Dunedin Sun 26 Feb Harbour Street Theatrette, Oamaru Sat 03 Mar Happy, Wellington Mon 05 Mar The ARC Theatre, Whanganui Wed 07 Mar The Cabana, Napier Fri 09 Mar The Wine Cellar, Auckland

Shotgun Alley Lamb Of God (US)

Soundscape 2012

Wed 22 Feb The Trusts Stadium, Auckland

Mon 27 Feb Vector Arena, Auckland

Sun 04 Mar Newtown Streets, Wellington

Fri 02 Mar Vector Arena, Auckland

System Of A Down (US)

New Order (EN)

Newtown Festival

Skrillex (US)

Thu 02 Feb The Shed, Rotorua Fri 03 Feb The Cabana, Napier Fri 10 Feb Gravity, Hamilton Sat 11 Feb Basement Bar, New Plymouth Fri 17 Feb Real Groovy, Auckland Sat 18 Feb Homegrown, Wellington Fri 24 Feb The Kings Arms, Auckland Sat 25 Feb Brewers Bar, Tauranga Fri 02 Mar The Dux, Christchurch

The Sisters Of Mercy (EN) Wed 22 Feb Powerstation, Auckland

Two Piece Fest

Sat 18 Feb Bodega, Wellington

Urge Overkill (US)

Tue 06 Mar Powerstation, Auckland


Fri 16 Mar - Sun 18 Mar TSB Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth


Sun 01 Apr Vector Arena, Auckland

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GAMING Gaming vs. Movies & Music Why is gaming taking all our moneys?

As a musician, gamer and avid filmgoer, the similarities and differences of the markets have had me thinking a lot recently that the movie and music industries could probably learn a lot from the gaming world right now. I had no idea when I started investigating this just how colossal the gaming industry has become. Some of the figures I’ve found are mindboggling, and I’ve come to realise that my iPhone and Mac calculators can’t even cope with the numbers being generated. For example in November last year, the multi-platform release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 saw it set a new five-day entertainment record, grossing $775 million globally. Before I get too carried away with stats though, it’s no secret that the music and movie industries have been struggling to find new models to deal with the advent of the digital age, and as such digital consumerism. CD sales have been in decline for years, and are fast becoming an archaic luxury item such as vinyl. Box office sales have likewise been falling. The question is – why? The cost of going to the cinema is now ludicrous more often than not, and although 3D (when used effectively) is worth the trip, simply adding it on after the movie is shot and charging $20 to see it makes me feel like Peter Griffin after a prostate exam. On the other hand, there are films that you enjoy more when seeing them at the cinema. A movie like Drive, for example, is well worth the cinematic experience, immersing yourself in the whole surroundsound and large screen experience; seeing and participating in the film according to the director’s wishes. Price isn’t the be all and end all on the audio side of things, but Napster made music essentially worthless for a while by the ease of downloading for free. This, I would venture though, was a direct backlash to the unaffordable prices (especially for kids) of buying music. Movies are having their own Napster moment, with torrenting or .rar file-sharing sites (and you know you’ve used them, you dirty little downloader you). A separate issue is the ridiculous nature of staggered global film releases. The same

has to be said for TV shows, where at least with the advent of the Soho channel we’ll only be two weeks behind the US for Game of Thrones in April. Is two weeks a long time to wait? If you’re a diehard fan, then the answer is a resounding “fuck yes”, especially when the films and shows are available on a raft of websites – Kim Dotcom anyone? Now look at gaming. A game has a worldwide release date, and stores do the midnight opening thing to make sure that fans can get hold of what they want, exactly when they want it, before everyone else. They also add value to their products by providing an online community and free downloadable content (DLC), which enhances the games if you purchase them legitimately. Not only does this make you want to buy the proper game, but also the DLCs can cost around $15, which ends up netting the developers even more cash for something that back in the day they probably would’ve just had in the game anyway.

Price is not a factor given you deliver what the consumer wants, which can be seen with games like Wii Sports Resort having an RRP of around $130. So what does this mean according to numbers that bigwig suits understand? Apologies for my rudimentary math, but I’m just using these figures to make a point, not for historical accuracy. Adele’s album 21 topped the charts for 2011 selling 15.3 million units globally, which at an average of $19/unit comes to over $290 million. Comparatively in the movie world Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 raked in almost $467 million. Call of Duty: MW3 on Xbox 360 and PS3 alone raked in more than $2.7 billion (units sold globally multiplied by RRP of $119). Top 10 gross figures in

each industry combined of 2011 were (approximately); Music – $870 million; Movies – $3 billion and gaming way out ahead on $8 billion (yes, $8 billion). You also have to factor in, though, that people have initially bought the hardware to play these games on. Nintendo have sold 94.7 million Wii consoles to date, leading Xbox 360, PS3 and Nintendo 3DS on 64.2 million, 61 million and 15.3 million respectively (according to It really is just an astronomical growth industry with no signs of slowing. It is interesting to think that so much of people’s entertainment budget is being invested into gaming, which leads me to ask just why that is. It’s never been cool to be a gamer, but so many of us are now – thanks to our iPhone and Smartphone apps, and an aging console gaming population. Music at least has light at the end of the tunnel in terms of earning revenue for artists. There is the argument that getting someone’s music for free may lead you to buy more of their work in the future, or attend their live shows. However I’m sure most artists would like to see a return on the time, effort and expense that goes into recording and producing their music. Bjork has shown the way forward by adding value through apps. Biophillia was released as an iPad app with each song having its own app contained within it, with bonus content and interactive features. Digital sales now account for a third of the market globally and the advent of cloud servers and subscription-based services could really tip the scales back to legal purchasing of music. Why? Because it’s cheap, easy, and with added value it makes sense to do so. With movies… who knows? Are they going to learn the lessons of Christmases past or plough on believing they can stop the rot that they’re really just pouring water onto rather than drying? What happens when all of our televisions are 3D? Is it finally getting cool to be a gamer? I bet it feels good to be a game developer right now… WRITTEN BY JON SNOW



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album reviews First Aid Kit The Lion’s Roar llll

Forget being Bjorn again! This, the second effort from Swedish Söderberg sisters, is a huge improvement on their debut The Big Black and Blue. Produced by Mike Mogis, who also performs on several tracks, it has a slightly darker feel, due in part to contributions from Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and The Felice Brothers. And there’s a definite confidence and maturity in the assured indie-country sound, which draws influence and sustenance from the likes of Laura Marling and Mumford & Sons. The title track has that moody, infectious folk-hook common to the work of Unthank Sisters, while ‘Emmylou’ shows an uncanny mimicry of their idol. Harris

The Big Pink


would definitely approve of the journey-like train-clacking percussion and pessimistic optimism in the lyrics. Closer ‘King of the World’ is a satisfying clap-along hoedown, courtesy of Oberst, and some very clever horns and fiddle-dee-dees. But despite the new directions, minor in the in the whole, Klara and Johanna’s singing is still distinctive, clear, and utterly beautiful, especially in their modulated bell-like harmonies. WRITTEN BY TIM GRUAR



Future This

Reborn in Defiance

Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011




If you aren’t used to British vocalists, you may need the first couple of tracks to adjust on The Big Pink’s Future This. The chorus of ‘Stay Gold’, the album’s first track, is the first hook into the carefully orchestrated sound that has depth, colour and texture. But admittedly, there are times where The Big Pink recklessly walks the line between crowded and perfectly timed. The genre-fusing, electro-rock string combination on Track ‘77’ and the drums of ‘Hit The Ground (Superman)’ are emotionally affecting both lyrically and musically. It’s the consciousness of knowing that rock can be boring that gives this band one of its most beautiful traits – the willingness to push the envelope with a sound that risks being mundane. Future This avoids a collision with banality by incorporating cellos and violins, great lyrics, infectious vocal hooks and choruses that allow the vocals to soar above the music to show off Milo’s ability.

Never known for their subtlety, Biohazard make belligerent groove metal with a heart of furious punk rock like it was going out of fashion. The ‘90s Brooklyn hardcore pioneers sound is reinvigorated by the return to their original line-up for this, their ninth album. Singer Evan Seinfeld still barks like a junkyard dog, and his lyrics are as blunt and artless as they have ever been. The placid intro to ‘Killing Me’ is startling in its softness, but it does not last very long and is usurped by the forced rap metal of ‘Countdown Doom’. Reborn in Defiance is a throwback to the early to mid ‘90s when bands like Anthrax, Helmet, and Butthole Surfers ruled MTV. The reunion of this band, however, was shortlived; Seinfeld has already left to once again turn his attention to the adult film industry.

It’s tough to make the call and say that REM are money-grabbing with this record – a double album that spans their career history, picking and choosing a healthy dose of the obscure and the wildly popular. With any band’s implosion or split comes a desperate attempt by their label to milk the last of the cash cow, and any cynic could approach Part Lies with that mindset, but the liner notes tell a different story; band members past and present, including an occasional non-committal paragraph from Michael Stipe, recall spikier tracks like the Letterman-only ‘So. Central Rain’ with the same breath of vitality as mega-hit ‘Losing My Religion’. Rather than squeeze every last dollar from the break up, Part Lies is intended as a stopend to their career, something that stands a testament and true

WRITTEN BY Sebastian Mackay





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David Fincher’s made some strange career choices (Benjamin Button anyone?), but adapting Stieg Larsson’s best-selling Scandinavian door-stopper might well be the weirdest. For one thing it’s already been done, pretty well, in 2009. For another, the first half of the story – a rather lame murder mystery enlivened by a

fascinating central character in troubled hacker Lisbeth Salander (Mara) – is 90% exposition meets 10% sexual assault. Fincher’s also retained the book’s Swedish setting and names, so it’s not even a sop to the subtitle-averse. So what can we expect from this spruced-up Swenglish version, besides more product placement? For the first hour,








Written by Matt Glasby,

Further info directed by JASON REITMAN


It’s rare for a director to strike the right chord with every film, but Alexander Payne has seemingly managed it. Moving on from his success with Sideways, Election and About Schmidt, The Descendants will leave you with the same admiration for the guy: he knows how to write about middle-aged men in a slump. George Clooney is his new fall guy, Matt King, and the actor expertly shucks off his cocksure swagger to play a hands-off dad confronting loss, responsibility and history in an extraordinarily nuanced performance. And as much as Matt’s character sees his island ‘paradise’ as a myth, the stunning backdrop of Hawaii makes for a much more eyepleasing setting than most.

crackles, and Fincher has a real talent for making people looking through files seem fascinating (see Zodiac). Although the excitement subsides after a terrific early climax, it’s an effective, if unfathomable, entry in the Fincher canon. If you’ve seen the original, knock a star off the rating. If you haven’t seen either, watch this one.

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disappointingly little. As before, nobody seems willing to snip Larsson’s narrative string, so we trudge through a series of wearying introductions to interchangeable old men (Plummer, Berkoff, Skarsgard), each of whom has a long-buried secret. No scene lasts longer than 30 seconds except those depicting Salander getting abused, which feel endless. It is, to put it lightly, a difficult watch. Although Craig is a commanding presence as crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, it’s not until he and Salander join forces that film emerges from its predecessor’s shadow. When it does, it’s riveting – the leads’ strange chemistry (think little girl lost meets handsome dad)

The complexity of Matt’s predicament is handled with wit, grace and often disgrace, each of the family forced to work together and, at times, suppress their true desires in lieu of the greater good. Even the supposedly superficial characters – Alex’s stoner friend Sid and the sunny wife of Matt’s wife’s lover – emerge as threedimensional humans trying to forge the best path through life’s rough patches. Payne says he hates sentimentality and other than a few drawn-out tearjerker moments towards the end The Descendants’ crude-talking kids subvert any mushiness. But for the most part this is a moving tale. Written by Rebecca Barry Hill,

I am not a fan of the previous films by screenwriter Diablo Cody (Jennifer’s Body) or director Jason Reitman (Up In The Air), and their last collaboration together (Juno) was hardly the Second Coming. So I went into Young Adult without a huge amount of excitement. Turns out though, this is one of the best contemporary dramas to come along in years. Charlize Theron is at her absolute best, playing a shallow and charmless writer who returns to her tiny hometown to awkwardly woo a former flame (Patrick Wilson). Theron is a wonder in this film, and her lack of an Oscar nomination for this is nothing less than criminal. She manages to embrace her character’s awfulness while delivering a raw,

multi-dimensional performance that demands audience empathy. Alternative comedy superstar Patton Oswalt (Big Fan) is great as the schlub she ends up befriending and plenty of talent fill out the supporting roles. This film reminded me somewhat of the underrated dramedy In Her Shoes, another film that shows just how satisfying a well-realised character arc can be. Young Adult doesn’t proffer easy resolutions to the issues it throws up, but there’s something for everyone to relate to here. The only distracting element was the surfeit of fast food product placement, but I guess we should get used to that. Written by Dominic Corry,

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1. Wendy’s

1. Reaching Out Nero

Grass Cannons

2. Foul Creature Of Darkness

2. 212 (Clean Edit) Azealia Banks

Drop Dead Redhead

3. Natasha

3. Call It What You Want Foster The People

Autumn Splendour

4. This Is Not An Exit

4. On My Mind (Rustie Remix) Joker

The Transistors

5. Cliché

5. Say No More David Dallas

Dictaphone Blues

6. Nowhere Slow

6. Just Got Started 360 Ft. Pez


7. Oblivious: Oblivion

7. Hot Right Now Dj Fresh Ft. Rita Ora

Die! Die! Die!

8. Take You There

8. The Poem Magik Johnson


9. Architecture

9. Anticipate Skream Ft. Sam Frank

Coco Solid

10. Yellow Snot Funk

10. Monarch

1. The Clash (White Man) in Hammersmith Palais

2. Prince Buster Al Capone

3. Bob Marley and the Wailers Burning and Looting

4. The Specials A Message to You, Rudy

5. Big Youth Screaming Target

6. Rancid Time Bomb

7. Capleton Jah Jah City

8. V. Spy V. Spy One Of A Kind

9. Blackstone Bush Reggae Band Ngurra Blackstoneta



2. The Girl with the

Dragon Tattoo

3. Hugo 3D 4. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy 5. Young Adult 6. Journey 2:

The Mysterious Island

7. Buck 8. Sione’s 2:

Unfinished Business

9. The Adventures of Tintin:

Secret of the Unicorn 3D

10. War Horse

10 Things

10 Things

I want to say to Gin Wigmore but have definite potential to be taken the wrong way

I want to say to John Butler Trio

1. You have really pretty lips.

1. Can I call all of you

2. My girlfriend doesn’t like me

talking about your lips.

5. Your hair looks like summer.

about them either.

6. My girlfriend’s hair looks like

a thunderstorm.

7. You could play Amy Poehler’s

daughter in a movie.

8. I think it’s cool how you don’t

pronounce a lot of the last letters of the words you say when you’re singing.

9. Keep up the good work with

the eyeliner.

10. I actually don’t have a girlfriend.

hacky sack.

3. My granddad says you need

4. She doesn’t like me talking

John Butler?

2. $10 says you guys play

3. I like that you have tattoos.


1. The Descendants


Home Brew


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a shave.

4. I don’t know how my

granddad knows who you are.

5. Can you do skateboard


6. $10 says you can do

skateboard tricks.

7. You have a pointy chin. 8. But it’s a handsome chin. 9. Who would win in a fight –

your Fedora or your dreads?

10. $10 says the dreads

would win.




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