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 A Day To Remember have announced a one-off show as they make the jump from Soundwave. The band will play with Antagonist A.D, Snakes Of Iron and ‘Til Death Do Us Party on Thu 23 Feb at Auckland’s Logan Campbell Centre.  Shihad have announced a one-off show in Invercargill at Tillermans Outdoors on Thu 23 Feb.  The Adults have announced a “warm-up show” in anticipation of their upcoming Homegrown Festival performance, and have added two new members to the line-up. Gary Sullivan and Steve Bremmer will join Jon Toogood, Shayne Carter and Julia Deans at the Auckland show at The Winchester on Thu 16 Feb.  Mountaineater have announced a nationwide tour with an excellent rotating support line-up of An Emerald City, Bond St Bridge, Ink Mathematics, Von Thundersvolt and more.

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02/03

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 Friday 02 March. Tickets are on sale now through Ticket Master for $99.90. You might think that’s a little steep, but considering this one-off night is almost a festival in itself you can write it off as an expense, right?

19/04

Justin Townes Earle has announced his return to New Zealand this year. While his daddy Steve is playing two shows in early April, country punk Justin will play on Thursday 19 April at Christchurch’s Dux de Lux, Friday 20 April at Wellington’s Bodega, Saturday 21 April at The Kings Arms in Auckland and will finish up on Sunday 22 April at Leigh’s Sawmill Cafe. Tickets are available now through Real Groovy, Leigh Sawmill, Rough Peel, Penny Lane and Ticket Master.

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The Artefact Project will be making its debut at Auckland’s French Revolver Studio later this month. The play made its first appearance as a free show early last year and grew into an audience favourite throughout 2011. Set as three short plays that follow the relationship of two people at three separate points in time, The Artefact Project combines the three mini productions Phobia, Pause and Pie. The three nights of performances kick off in Thursday 23 February.

23/02

Wellington’s San Fran Bath House is holding an Africa Music Day on Thursday 23 February, which organisers are describing as “An event to unite all friends of Africa together with an evening of music, song and dance”. TK Paraza, Sam Manzanza, The Afrobeat Band, Unit: Eros, MC Jinetero, San Cofa and more are all lined up to play at Africa Music Day which will also have special prizes on the night.

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Pennsylvania metallers August Burns Red have announced two shows in April and they’re bringing along Arizona’s explosive Blessthefall with them. And since the good promoters over at Chicks That Scream, Blue Murder and Destroy All Lines know how much the kids love the metal these days, under 18s will be able to attend the shows with their parent or legal guardian (but you’ll need ID, so no Ferris Bueller-ing, not that you’re old enough to get that reference). The bands will play at The Kings Arms in Auckland on Saturday 14 April and Wellington’s San Fran Bath House on Sunday 15 April. Tickets on sale Friday 10 February from Real Groovy, Slow Boat and Under The Radar.

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14/10 Omnitrix are for kids

Ben 10 will be coming to life in New Zealand this April. You know him, right? He’s your son’s favourite cartoon character who can turn into aliens who was a real hot-head when he was younger but then grew up to be a stand up guy (who still turns into aliens). Cartoon Network’s BEN 10 LIVE: Time Machine brings Ben 10 characters together for five shows around the coutnry kicking off on Saturday 14 April.

11/02 Judy is a steampunk

AetherCon 2012 will be celebrating everything steampunk at the Parnell Trust Jubilee Building Hall this weekend. Saturday will see the convention bring steampunk into the limelight with fashion parades, music, fanboy chats and the steampunk ball at night with Alex the Kid, Plum Green and MissAn Thropy. Tickets are available on the door for $10 with kids under 15 free.

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The mixed-up mish-mash of Coco Solid, Samuel Moore, Trixie Darko and Jsuave, AKA Badd Energy, have announced a tour kicking off this week in celebration of their upcoming album Underwater Pyramids through Flying Nun as well as their brand spanking new video release for ‘Ba-Zing’. The seven-date tour hits Wellington with Fantails and Stephen Jackson, Dunedin with Murder Bike, Kount Blakula and DJ Mandroid, Christchurch with Grand Chancellors, Auckland and Whanganui with Orchestra of Spheres and two Wellington shows with Orchestra of Spheres, Thought Creature, DJ TV Disko, Golden Awesome and Terror of the Deep.

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14/02 Heart Star

Make some really romantically boring pun about stars for your valentine this week at Auckland’s Stardome Observatory and Planetarium. “Take an up close look at Venus, named for the god of love. Visit Mars, the Moon and hear stories and poems that pay tribute to the most romantic celestial objects.” If that doesn’t get your motor running, then you’re dead inside. Four shows will go down on Tuesday 14 February, with tickets available from stardome.org.nz. Space is cool and stars are romantic. Done deal.

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PLAYING In Brief... FAVourites perfect hair forever

Favourite drink? I ONLY drink bottled water. Favourite colour? Pink !!!! Favourite classic film? Badlands. Favourite childhood memory? Looking through my parents photo albums of their childhood memories. Favourite party food? Hot Dogs. Favourite vice? Hair Gel©. Favourite song? Bad Boy - Jive Bombers. Favourite meal? Whatever people eat on death row. Favourite cause? Womens Lib !!!!!! Favourite label to put on your relationship? ITS OVER! Favourite 90’s TV show? Pepper Ann. Favourite word? ZzZzZzZz. Favourite album? probably that Lou Christie and the Tammy’s rarities record - A-Grade hit factory. Favourite type of groupie? The jerks. Favourite body part on you? DONT LOOK AT ME. Favourite body part on someone else? Hairdo. Favourite venue? My bedroom and an empty house. Favourite lyric? The entire lyrics of ‘Maybe’ by Shangri La’s. Favourite current TV show? I guess 30 Rock ? When’s Community coming back. Get Perfect Hair Forever’s EPs from perfecthairforever.bandcamp.com

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Applications are now open for the Red Bull Music Academy 2012. The team at the RBMA have said that this year will see the Academy land in New York. Anyone interested in pitching their skills to see if they’ve got what it takes can download an application form from redbullmusicacademy.com and must send it in before Monday 02 April. Concord Dawn is heading on tour to India this week as they spend four dates playing the Bass Camp Festival. David Dallas isn’t done with The Rose Tint yet – he heads to Australia this week to tour the award winning album. Writer of The Rocky Horror Picture Show Richard O’Brien will be holding his 70th birthday concert It’s Party Time at Hamilton’s Founders Theatre on Saturday 17 March with all proceeds going towards Starship Children’s Hospital. Television host and Soul Train creator Don Cornelius was found dead in his California home last week at age 75, supposedly due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The producer worked with blooming artists in the ‘70s and aided in offering exposure to the likes of James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson and many more.

The Observer is reporting that Kanye West is looking to shoot a short film in the Middle East, stating sources say, “Mr. West sent members of his team to meet with film companies and government officials based out of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Doha, Qatar to explore the idea of a production. A number of local municipal officials and film companies are said to be engaged in what was characterised as a heated bidding war for the contracts involved in bringing Mr. West’s vision to life.” St. Vincent will appear on the Valentine’s Day special of Gossip Girl. How many people out there think that this is a mash-up made in heaven?

Sundance Film Festival The 2012 Sundance Film Festival came to a close last month, meaning the plethora of awards were handed out to crown this year’s kings and queens of indie film. The whole list of winners gets a little long, so we’ll just roll with our top three favourites from the list of winners. Safety Not Guaranteed, directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting award: “A trio of magazine employees investigate a classified ad seeking a partner for time travel. One employee develops feelings for the paranoid but compelling loner and seeks to discover what he’s really up to.” The Surrogate, directed by Ben Lewin and starring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy won the Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic award as well as the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Acting: “Mark O’Brien, a 36-year-old poet and journalist in an iron lung, decides he no longer wishes to be a virgin. With the help of his therapist and the guidance of his priest, he contacts a professional sex surrogate to take him on a journey to manhood.” Beasts of the Southern Wild, directed by Benh Zeitlin and starring Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry took the Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic award and the Excellence in Cinematography Award: U.S. Dramatic as well as a producer’s award: “Waters gonna rise up, wild animals gonna rerun from the grave, and everything south of the levee is goin’ under, in this tale of a six year old named Hushpuppy, who lives with her daddy at the edge of the world.”


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Releases and Re-issues Music: Goldfrapp’s The Singles limited edition; Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die; Neil Diamond’s The Very Best of Neil Diamond; Tim McGraw’s Emotional Traffic; Van Halen’s A Different Kind Of Truth; various artists on Summer Breeze From The Breeze 2CD set. Cinema: Safe House (directed by Daniel Espinosa, starring Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga); Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace 3D (directed by George Lucas, starring Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman); The Artist (directed by Michel Hazanavicius, starring Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman); The Vow (directed by Michael Sucsy, starring Channing Tatum, Rachel McAdams, Sam Neill); Weekend (directed by Andrew Haigh, starring Tom Cullen, Chris New, Laura Freeman). DVD & Blu-ray: 13 Assassins DVD & Blu-ray; Away Days DVD; Beautiful Boy DVD & Blu-ray; Christmas at Downton Abbey DVD & Blu-ray; Chuck season 5 DVD & Blu-ray; Crazy, Stupid,

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SAG Awards The Screen Actors Guild Awards were handed out last week with the big nods going towards The Help and The Artist. The full list of winners follows: Best Cast, Motion Picture: The Help; Best Actress, Motion Picture: Viola Davis, The Help; Best Actor, Motion Picture: Jean Dujardin, The Artist; Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture: Octavia Spencer, The Help; Best Supporting Actor, Motion Picture: Christopher Plummer, Beginners; Best Cast, TV Drama: Boardwalk Empire; Best Actor, TV Drama: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire; Best Actress, TV Drama: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story; Best Actor, Miniseries or TV Movie: Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail; Best Actress, Miniseries or TV Movie: Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce; Best Cast, TV Comedy: Modern Family; Best Actress, TV Comedy: Betty White, Hot in Cleveland; Best Actor, TV Comedy: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock; Stunt Ensemble, Film: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2; Stunt Ensemble, TV: Game of Thrones.

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Who Wants The Watchmen? You don’t have to be a comics buff to know about a little comic called Watchmen. With the film adaptation released some years ago and creator Alan Moore popping up from time to time voicing his opinion on the comics industry, the film translations and anything to do with the V masks in the Occupy movement, there’s always something going on with the iconic comic. And now, decades after the original, a bunch of new Watchmen have been announced to see the light of day. This one could get fanboys up in arms – last week publisher DC announced that BEFORE WATCHMEN will feature seven miniseries, stating, “As highly anticipated as they are controversial, the seven inter-connected prequel mini-series will build on the foundation of the original WATCHMEN, the bestselling graphic novel of all time.” The company is making an effort to placate the nerd hate with industry stars Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Hellblazer), Lee Bermejo (Joker), J. Michael Straczynski (Thor, Spider-Man), Len Wein (Swamp Thing, Wolverine) and many more. The seven BEFORE WATCHMEN titles are RORSCHACH (4 issues) with writer Brian Azzarello and artist Lee Bermejo; MINUTEMEN (6 issues) with writer and artist Darwyn Cooke; COMEDIAN (6 issues) with writer Brian Azzarello and artist J.G. Jones; DR. MANHATTAN (4 issues) with writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Adam Hughes; NITE OWL (4 issues) with writer J. Michael Straczynski and artists Andy and Joe Kubert; OZYMANDIAS (6 issues) with writer Len Wein and artist Jae Lee; and finally SILK SPECTRE (4 issues) with writer Darwyn Cooke and artist Amanda Conner.

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Wednesday 08 Battle For the Belt

Short+Sweet Dance

Claudelands Arena

Town Hall

6pm, ticketek.co.nz

7pm, $20-25, the-edge.co.nz

Playing two sports professionally isn’t enough for a certain 26-year-old with a shoulder that’s rougher than a brick shit house. Sonny Bill Williams takes on New Orleans-born-cum-Auckland-bound Clarence Tillman III on Wednesday for the New Zealand heavyweight boxing title.

The biggest little dance festival runs right through to Saturday this week in the mix of contemporary, hip hop, dance theatre, belly dancing, multimedia, burlesque and everything else that’s short, sweet and swingin’, as long as the performance is under 10 minutes. See what happens each night this week.

Thursday 09

Friday 10 The Artist

Fringe

General Release

Multiple Venues

The multi-award winning silent film is one of the front runners in the race to win the big Academy Award this year. Who would have known that a black and white romcom set in the 1920s was what the critics have been after all these years? Clearly French director Michel Hazanavicius did.

On the comedy side of things you’ve got Out Of Bounds Sounds, Battle Of Wits, Part Time Prostitute The Secret Life Of A Wellington Hooker, The No Nonsense Parenting Show and Sexy Old Bags, dance performances from V.O.I.D, Wellington Freelance Dancers, Ab-Surd, Insideout Dance Company, Wellington Circus Trust and Salted Singlet Productions, musical performances from Lorenzo Bühne, Orpheus Choir Of Wellington, T’ruthful Productions, Transit Of Venus, Nervous Doll Dancing, Industrial Burlesque Collective, Sven Olsen’s Brutal Canadian Love Saga, Ready! Steady! Studio!, The Hummingbirds Collective, Adam Page and Mig Money Industries and a crazy amount of theatre productions and visual arts.

Star Wars: Episode I 3D Selected Cinemas

The least favourite installation of one of the biggest franchises ever conceived has had a three-dimensional makeover. Does that mean you’ll get any more excited by it? Now you can see your favourite retarded alien Jar Jar Binks goof around with more depth than ever.

Weekend

BulletBelt

Selected Cinemas

XII Below

8pm, $10, Door sales Only

This award-winning British indie pitches itself as “A (sort of) love story between two guys over a cold weekend in October”. Following two dudes who hook up and get crazy into each other after only two days, the film looks like one of those coming-of-age flicks you can’t help but get into.

The four-piece black metal band from Wellington take their Write and Ascend tour to Dunedin this weekend with support from Twist Of Fate, Tsarcoma and Osmium as they fit in between Thursday’s Christchurch show at Dux de Lux and the Saturday show at The Creek Hotel in Timaru.

Safe House

Seether

General Release

Logan Campbell Centre 7pm, $65, ticketmaster.co.nz

When Denzel Washington plays a hardened government agent gone rogue and Ryan Reynolds plays a young hot-shot agent who has to look after him and then they have to work together, you can expect shouting and explosions as well as Denzel doing that whole “toldja so” face to Reynolds at some point. 8

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One of the biggest bands in the rock world today, Seether return to New Zealand for this Friday show at the new venue of the Logan Campbell Centre due to popular demand. The Los Angeles-based metallers average 200 gigs a year, so you know they know how to put on a show.


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Saturday 11 gig OF THE WEEK

Roxette Vector Arena

Class of ‘81 Villa Maria Estate

7.30pm, $100, ticketmaster.co.nz

3pm, $80-130, ticketmaster.co.nz

There was that period in the 1980s where everybody loved bands from Europe. Enter the extremely attractive duo of Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle AKA Roxette, along with their familiarbut-maybe-you-can’t-place-them type songs such as ‘It Must Have Been Love’ and ‘Listen To Your Heart’.

The Exponents, Sharon O’Neill, Annie Crummer, Debbie Harwood, Kim Willoughby, Margaret Urlich, Mental As Anything, Dragon and Shona Laing. That sound pretty damn close to your 1981, right? The only way it couldn’t is if you weren’t around then. Get your nostalgia on with this ‘80s pop line-up.

Marlborough Wine & Food Festival

Camp A Low Hum

Brancott Estate, Blenheim

Wainuiomata

10.30am, $48, ticketdirect.co.nz

6pm, sold out

Get cultured for once in your life and drink fine wine with amazing nibbles on the side while you talk about what kinds of fish are the best kinds for your magnesium levels and listen to Hello Sailor, Dane Rumble, Tahuna Breaks and Dukes while you chomp away on that exquisite cheese platter. Nailed it.

While it technically started on Thursday, Camp will be cranking something crazy over the weekend right through to Monday in this long weekend of 70 international acts. And if you haven’t got your ticket yet then you’ve missed out. If you have... got a spare seat?

Chinese New Year Lantern Festival

Chinese New Year

Summer Concert

Hagley Park North

Frank Kitts Park

Gibbston Valley, Queenstown 12pm, $90, ticketek.co.nz

5pm, FREE

Sometimes you wake up bored on a Saturday and you say to yourself, “You know what would make today great, mirror me? Seeing dragons and pretty sky fire...” and then you realise “oh snap, that’s actually happening outside right now” and then you figure you slept in and it’s not morning anymore. You’re wasting your life.

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While there’s definitely plenty of action going down this weekend in Wellington with the countless Fringe performances, you might want to take a breather and watch some fireworks. It’s kind of romantic. Make it an early Valentine’s Day present.

Queenstown’s Gibbston Valley Station hosts the Doobie Brothers and Little River Band for a day of summer sun in one of the most scenic valleys Southland has to offer. Take your kids. Although they might ask what doobies are.

TUESDAY 14 Family Guy

Valentine’s Day

FOUR

Your boudoir

The latest season returned last week and we were happy to see the Griffin family back on our screens. Have you seen the advertising campaigns for Family Guy lately? Genius. This season promises as much offensive humour and... well, that’s basically all it is, right? Good old fashioned inappropriate humour.

Who are you doing kisses with? Anyone? Or are you going to go to New World with your bananas pointing a certain way or whatever it is that little sub-culture of swingers do? Maybe you’re going to a restaurant? Maybe you’re going to a sextaurant? Maybe you’re buying him body chocolate?

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Barons Of Tang play their second night at the Blue Duck Cafe down in the Milford Sound. How romantic would that be on the most love-heart-filled day of the year? The Milford Sound is like chocolate covered oysters with champagne. You’d think it would be gross, but it’s actually a huge aphrodisiac.

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Dear diary;

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Today I went to Peaches and Cream. It’s a sex store. It was a bit overwhelming at first, but then I realised it’s time to be a grown up and not laugh all the time when people bring up sex and sex toys. I feel very mature. I wasn’t sure what to get for Sally. My friend Andy said that maybe I should get her some fluffy handcuffs to spice things up in the boudoir as a joke, but I thought he was really on to something so I went along to the Peaches and Cream store in Newmarket. I didn’t realise how much stuff there actually was available. Turns out there were fluffy handcuffs, but they also had lingerie, toys for me, toys for her, costumes, sexy books (not just that standard magazine style porn), board games and just a crazy amount of way more stuff.

It was surprisingly nice in there. You know how in movies, sex stores always seem seedy? Well, that wasn’t the case here. The people were really friendly. It was a huge relief for my first time. In an adult store, that is. They used words like “adult fun” and “love life” which made it way easier to talk about. I ended up getting the heart shaped edible massage candles. I figure that’s a nice way to softball the idea of bedroom erotica. I got some gift vouchers as well though. I figure after Valentine’s Day, Sally will be keen.

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Christchurch gig guide Wed 08

Mona Vale

Becks Southern Alehouse

Pegasus Town

Jam Session: 8Pm: Free

More Fm Summer Vineyard Tour: 5Pm: $79

Club Havana Dance Studio

Pierside Cafe And Bar

Bellydance Beginners Class Term 1

Thu 09 Becks Southern Alehouse

The Black Velvet Band: 8Pm: Free

Criterion Hotel Mundi: 7:30Pm: $25

Dux De Lux

Bulletbelt: 8Pm: Free

Pierside Cafe And Bar

Karaoke With Dj Chick: 8Pm: Free

Salsa Latina Dance Studio

Salsa On Thursdays: 8:45Pm: Free

Fri 10 Becks Southern Alehouse D N D Showband Weekend: 9Pm: Free

Geraldine Cinema Mundi: 7:30Pm: $20

Summer Shakespeare: As You Like It: 6Pm: 12Pm

Taos W/ Djdmand: 8:30Pm: Free

The Brewery

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

The Fox And Ferret Ctrl-Alt-Rock: 9:30Pm: Free

The Venue-Musicbar Student & Amateur Burlesque Show: 8Pm: $10

Winnie Bagoes

Mi Casa W/ Dj Mike T & Guests: 10Pm: Free

Sat 11 Ashburton Trust Event Centre Mundi: 7:30Pm: $25

Becks Southern Alehouse D N D Showband Weekend: 9Pm: Free

Creek Hotel

Bulletbelt: 9Pm: $10

Hagley Park North Chinese New Year Lantern Festival: 5Pm: Free

Mona Vale

Summer Shakespeare: As You Like It: 6Pm: 12Pm

Pierside Cafe And Bar Paul Ubana Jones & The Stone Cold Chillers: 8:30Pm: $10

Salsa Latina Dance Studio

Tangovibe Presents Practilonga: 8Pm: $10

Sbs Events Centre

El Caballo Blanco: The Dance Of The White Stallions: 2Pm / 7:30Pm

The Venue-Musicbar Rhythmonyx Soundsystem: 11Pm: $5

Sun 12 Hagley Park North Chinese New Year Lantern Festival: 5Pm: Free

Mona Vale

Summer Shakespeare: As You Like It: 6Pm: 12Pm

St Peters Church

Romancing The Violin: A Classical, Jazz And Romantic Concert: 3Pm: $18

Darkroom

Shotgun Alley: 8Pm: $15

Wed 08

Claudelands Arena (Hamilton)

Hamilton Workingmen’s Club

Trafalgar Park (Nelson)

Thu 09 The Yot Club (Raglan) Supermodel & Sleeping Dogs: 9Pm: $10

Fri 10 Axces Bar (Hamilton) 101 Proof Pantera Tribute: 8Pm: $10

Mona Vale

Summer Shakespeare: As You Like It: 6Pm: 12Pm

Pierside Cafe And Bar

Nuttin Trivial - Quiz Night: 7Pm: Free

Tue 14 Melton Estate

Valentines Day Dinner Amongst The Vines: 6:30Pm: $65

Mona Vale

Summer Shakespeare: As You Like It: 6Pm: 12Pm

Pierside Cafe And Bar Texas Holdem - Cash Poker Nights: 7Pm: Free

Rosebank Estate

Valentine’s Day: 11:30Am: $55

REGIONAL gig guide Gravity Bar (Hamilton)

Shenandoah Davis W/ Der Kranks: 9Pm

Mon 13

Valentines Day Speed Dating: 7Pm: Free

Wed 08

Static (Hamilton)

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Woolston Club

Old Growth Cola (Au) + Mela: 9Pm: Free

WAIKATO gig guide

Nz Heavyweight Boxing Title: Battle For The Belt: Sonny Bill Williams Vs Clarence Tillman Iii: 6Pm

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Kiwi Express: 8Pm: Free

Skycity Hamilton

More Fm Summer Vineyard Tour: 5Pm: $79

Latin Dancing Rhythms: 9Pm: Free

Static (Hamilton)

Thu 09

The Void (Hamilton)

Brewers Bar (Mt Maunganui)

Hot Grease, Somebody’s Sons + Imploder: 9Pm The Good Fun W/ The Leers: 8:30Pm: $10

Sat 11

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

Space Monster (Wanganui)

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Chicago Disco Summer Tour W/ Dj Philippa: 10Pm

Sideline Bar (Napier) I Am Giant W/ Cairo Knife Fight: 8Pm: $30

Sun 12 The Secret Garden (Blenheim) Raybon Kan: Clear And Present Manger: $25

Shenandoah Davis W/ Fuyuko’s Fables: 9Pm

Paeroa Domain

19Th Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo: 9Am: $15

Sat 11

Fri 10 The Shed (Roturua) I Am Giant: 8Pm: $30

Mon 13 The Secret Garden (Blenheim) Raybon Kan: Clear And Present Manger: $25

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auckland gig guide Wed 08

Fri 10

The Dogs Bollix

1885 Basement

1885 Basement

The Elephant Wrestler

Creative Jazz Club: Murray Mcnabb Quartet: 8Pm: $10

Chapel Bar & Bistro Dj Dirty Diana: 7:30Pm: Free

Isaac Aesili & Bobby Brazuka: 11Pm: Free

1885 Britomart

Ben Wah & Andy Jv: 6Pm: Free

Glen Eden Rsa

Basalt

Khuja

Black Salt

Francis Jakeman: 8Pm The List Ft. Image & Miks, Shaqles, Dj Gomm & Benedict Crew W/ Speakeasy, Bella Shanti, Sam Rivers & Eavesdrop & Guests: 10Pm: Free

Kings Arms

Roache, Ava L’amoureux (Solo Burlesque) Shoutin’ Prechin : 8Pm

Qf Tavern

Karaoke Kate: 9Pm

Racket Bar

T-Rice & Flex: 6Pm: Free

Red Hummingbird Dj Arash: 7Pm: Free

Jason Smith: 9Pm Am Duo: 8Pm

Musicbox: 9Pm

The Victoria Picture Palace

The Earlybirds: 8Pm: $25

Sat 11 1885 Basement

Brew On Quay

Phil Stoodley Duo: 8:30Pm

Bobby Brazuka & Jennifer Zea: 10Pm: Free

Celsius

1885 Britomart

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

Chapel Bar & Bistro

The Friday Blender: 5Pm: Free

#Television Launch Night Ft. Rogerseventytwo (Fools Gold): 10Pm: $10

1885 Britomart

Chapel Bar & Bistro Dirty Uncool: 7:30Pm: Free

Kings Arms

Geoff Ong + Band Music Video Release W/ Sam Allen + Band Lar: 8Pm

Maidment Theatre The Motor Camp: 8Pm

Ponsonby Social Club Latinaotearoa W/ Dan Paine: 8Pm: Free

Qf Tavern Lee Gray: 9Pm

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More Fm Summer Vineyard Tour: 5Pm: $79

Vector Arena

Sun 12

House Arrest: 9:30Pm: $10

Maidment Theatre Merchant Bar & Restaurant Vhf Duo: 8:30Pm

Moreton’s

Riqi Harawera: 8Pm

Ponsonby Social Club Killamanraro & Friends W/ Manuel Bundy: 8Pm: Free

Racket Bar

Cassette Nine

Chapel Bar & Bistro

A Ponsonby Institution: 4Pm: Free

De Post

Lee Gray: 8:30Pm

Florrie Mcgreals Mitch French: 9Pm

Leigh Sawmill Cafe Ginger Brown: 9:30Pm

Maidment Theatre

Murray Sweetpants & Insomniac: 6Pm: Free

The Motor Camp: 8Pm

Red Hummingbird

Djs Chip Matthews & Uncle Barnie: 8Pm: Free

Dirty Diana, Cve & Thane Kirby: Free

Rickshaw Eddies Riqi Harawera: 9Pm

Sale St

Ned Roy & Manuel Bundy: 5Pm: Free

The Bay, Waiheke Island

Taye Williams & Junior: 6Pm: Free

Turanga Creek

Brew On Quay

Red Hummingbird The Britomart Country Club

Club House: 10Pm: Free

Kings Arms

Racket Bar

General Lee & Hamish Polson: 7Pm: Free

Trench Bar

Mitch French: 9Pm

Silo Park

Cian & Insomniac: 6Pm: Free

Franko & James: 8:30Pm

Kara Gordon Band: 8Pm

The Motor Camp: 8Pm

Sweet Mix Kids: 9Pm: Free

The Merchant Bar & Kitchen

Awesomesauce Ft. Ryan Enzed (Bazooka / Big Fish): 10Pm: $5

Sick Disco Ft. Dick Johnson, North Shore Pony Club, Safari Boy, Dirty Uncool, Pizza Cat & Your Host Mtron: 10Pm: $10

1885 Britomart

The Britomart Country Club

Florrie Mcgreals

David Shanhun Duo: 8:30Pm

Leigh Sawmill Cafe

Jennifer Zea: 10Pm: Free

Lee Gray Duo: 9Pm

Be Club

De Post

The Britomart Country Club

1885 Basement

The Bay, Waiheke Island

Roxette: 7Pm

Retro Wednesday: 5:30Pm: Free

Thu 09

Silo Sessions Presents Hit It & Quit It: 12Pm: Free

Jessie G & Sweet Mix Kids: 8Pm: $10

Jason Skelton Duo: 9:30Pm

Andy Jv: 6Pm: Free

Silo Park

Ben Wah & Tido: 2Pm: Free

The Murder Chord, Shitripper & Friends: 8Pm

Sale St

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The Hand & The Drama Set

Silo Cinema Presents Land Of The Long White Cloud: 5Pm: Free

Lee Gray Duo: 9Pm

The Britomart Country Club

Latin Aotearoa: 6Pm: Free

Ponsonby Social Club Racket Bar

Page 3 & Jerm: 8Pm: Free

Western Lights

Chapel Bar & Bistro Sunday Session W/ The Sentimental Sound System: 3Pm: Free

Coyle Park

Get It On: Big Gay Out: Koha

Goode Brothers Blend: 3Pm

Merchant Bar & Restaurant Pat 4 President: 3Pm

Ponsonby Social Club Conch Sunday Grill: 6Pm: Free

Sale St

Taye Williams, Isaac Aesili, Manuel Bundy: 1Pm: Free

The Britomart Country Club

Nyntee & Dylan C: 2Pm: Free

The Marina

Francis Jakeman

Red Hummingbird The Philosophy & Jason Gundry: 9Pm: Free

Rickshaw Eddies Mal Maccallum: 8:30Pm

Rising Sun

Ritual 004 Oogun / Spec / Subverse / Villain: 10Pm: $10

Mon 13 Maidment Theatre The Motor Camp: 8Pm

The Classic Comedy & Bar

Raw Comedy Night: 8Pm: $5

Rocket Hill

End Of The Line Ft. Andre Wakko, Cesare & Disorder,Marcotix: $30

Sale St

Deewhy, Dean Campbell, Vincent Hanna: 5Pm: Free

Tue 14 Chapel Bar & Bistro

Valetine’s Quiz Night: 7Pm: Free


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Otago gig guide Wed 08

Fri 10

Empire Tavern

Fire Station Theatre (Dunedin)

12 Below (Dunedin)

Hotel Debrett

Subculture (Queenstown)

Degree

Valentines Singles Dinner For 25-42 Year Olds: 7Pm Empire Million Dollar Trivia: 6:30Pm: Free Valentine’s Day At Kitchen Restaurant: 6Pm

Mundi: 7:30Pm: $20

Dread Bass Wednesdays Ping Pong Comp: 9Pm: $5

Maidment Theatre The Motor Camp: 8Pm

Red Hummingbird

Singles Awareness Day: 2Pm: Free

Thu 09 Heff’s Hotel (Dunedin)

The Basement

The Heff’s Factor Ultimate Karaoke Competition: 8:30Pm: Free

The Kings Arms

Peregrine Winery (Queenstown)

Love Is A Street Fight: 8Pm: $20 Great Nz Kings Arms Pub Quiz: 7:15Pm: Free

The Northern Club

Valentines Day To Remember With Simon O’neill: 7Pm

More Fm Summer Vineyard Tour: 5Pm: $79

Subculture (Queenstown)

Dj A-Sides (Uk): 9Pm: $15

Bulletbelt: 8Pm: $10

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

Sociable Club

Sociable Friday Night Drinks Evenings: 5:30Pm: $22

Sun 12 The Winehouse (Gibbston)

Jason Kerrison - Summer Playground Series: 3Pm: $45

Subculture (Queenstown)

Subcultchur: 9Pm: Free

Sat 11 Gibbston Valley Station (Queenstown)

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Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert W/ Doobie Brothers & Little River Band: 12Pm: $89

Mighty Mighty

Hooch

The Chicago Disco Summer Tour W/ Dj Philippa: 10Pm

The Motor Camp - Return Season: 8Pm

San Fran Bath House

Meow

Happy

Mighty Mighty

Meow

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

Molly Malones

Mighty Mighty

The Big Kumara

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Wellington gig guide Wed 08 Boston On Blair

Down & Dirty: 9Pm: Free

Secretive George & Scotdracula: 9Pm: $5

Circa Theatre

Billy Tk, Mara Tk, Aaron Tokona, Riki Gooch, Iraia Whakamoe & Crete Haami: 8Pm: $20

Good Luck

St Peters Hall, Paekakariki

The Motor Camp - Return Season: 8Pm Wednesday Rice And Shine W/ Dj Ruckus: 4Pm: Free

Happy

Lizardfolk, Destroy The Night & Finn Johansson: 8:30Pm: $5

Matterhorn

The Session: 10Pm: Free

Mighty Mighty

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

San Fran Bath House

Bare Grillz, No Art, Assassins 88, Headspins & Carb On Carb: Free

Southern Cross Kroon For Your Kai Ft. Ruby Licks: 7Pm: Free

Thu 09 Bar Medusa

Voltaire (Us): 8Pm: $35

Circa Theatre

The Motor Camp - Return Season: 8Pm

The Big Kumara Quiz Night: 7Pm: Free

The Fringe Bar

The Fringe Lounge W/ Adam Page: 9Pm: Free

The Jimmy Cafe

The Jimmy Summer Music Fest: 7:30Pm: Free

Fri 10 Bats Theatre

Kitsch N Sync: 9:30Pm: $12-$16

Circa Theatre

Lovers Walk - A Poetic Journey In Eight Scenes: 8Pm: $15 Tv Disko Vs. Terry Styles: 8:30Pm: Free In Like Flynn: 9Pm

What Happened To The Techno W/ Peter Horrevorts: 11Pm: Free

San Fran Bath House Olmecha Supreme & Myele Mazanza: 9Pm: $15

Southern Cross Earfood: 9:30Pm: Free

The Fringe Bar

The Fringe Lounge W/ Adam Page: 9Pm: Free

The Jimmy Cafe

The Jimmy Summer Music Fest: 7:30Pm: Free

Circa Theatre

Mel Parsons - Summer Show In The Capital: 8:30Pm: $20 Lovers Walk - A Poetic Journey In Eight Scenes: 8Pm: $15 Urbantramper, Vorn, Von Thundersvolt & Cliche Guevara: 9:30Pm: $5

Molly Malones In Like Flynn: 9Pm

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Dj Reno (Shapeshifter) W/ Mc Tali + Nick D: 11Pm: $10

San Fran Bath House

Jakob, Leaders Astray & Bachelor Of Architecture: 9Pm: 20

Southern Cross

The Arvo Show Ft. Dj Ayesha & Vanessa Stacey: 4Pm: Free

Southern Cross

The Beat Squad: 9:30Pm: Free

The Motor Camp - Return Season: 8Pm

Sat 11

The Fringe Bar

Good Luck

Bar Medusa

The Jimmy Cafe

Good Luck Presents - Easy Tiger: 10Pm: Free

Knights Of The Dub Table Way Of The Dub Album Tour: 9Pm: $10

Bats Theatre

The Fringe Lounge W/ Adam Page: 9Pm: Free The Dunstan Rangers: 3Pm: Free / The Jimmy Summer Music Fest: 7:30Pm: Free

Kitsch N Sync: 9:30Pm: $12-$16

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Wellington gig guide [Continued] The Lido Cafe

San Fran Bath House

The Matterhorn

Southern Cross

Tue 14

Poker Night: 6:30pm: Free

Southward Theatre

Bats Theatre

Little Sparks: 1pm: $5

Kirsten Mackenzie & Friends: 8:30Pm: Free Funkommunity W/ Dj’s Taay Ninh & Isaac Aesili: 10Pm: Free

Sun 12 Bats Theatre

Kitsch N Sync: 9:30Pm: $12-$16

Anna Coddington + Band: Little Islands Tour: 9Pm: $20 Recovery Sessions W/ The Dreamers: 3Pm: Free Kings Of Swing With The Wellington Jazz Orchestra: 2Pm: $30

The Lido Cafe

The Boptet: 7Pm: Free

Circa Theatre

The Motor Camp - Return Season: 8Pm

Meow

Mon 13

Lovers Walk - A Poetic Journey In Eight Scenes: 8Pm: $15

Bats Theatre

Public Bar & Eatery

Freds

The Sunday Jazz Club: 7:30Pm: Free

The Dowse Art Museum Bedazzled: Creative Dance Workshops: 1pm: $10

Dark Stars: 8Pm: $14-$16 Shenandoah Davis (Usa) W/ Fuyuko’s Fables & City Oh Sigh: 8Pm

Meow

True Stories Told Live: A Family Games Night: 6:15Pm

The Fringe Bar

Raw Meat Comedy Night: 8Pm: $8

Masterton Town Hall Showstoppers!: 11am: $30

The Big Kumara

Dark Stars: 8Pm: $14-$16

Circa Theatre

The Dowse Art Museum The Library

Live Music: 5pm: Free

The Motor Camp - Return Season: 8Pm

Meow

Laughing For Love: A Valentine’s Comedy Show: 8Pm: $18

Te Papa

Chinese Spring Festival – Xiamen Song And Dance Troupe: 4Pm: Free

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park

Valentine’s Day at The Grill: 6pm

La Bella Italia

San Valentino - Valentine’s Day Dinner: 6pm

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Upcoming tours & events Aa (Us)

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

Badd Energy

Thu 09 Feb Bodega, Wellington Thu 16 Feb Xii Below, Dunedin Fri 17 Feb Darkroom, Christchurch Sat 18 Feb Festival Club At Aotea Centre, Auckland Fri 24 Feb San Fran Bath House, Wellington Sat 25 Feb The Arc, Whanganui Thu 01 Mar San Fran Bath House, Wellington

Batucada Sound Machine 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

Adam Page: Chairman Of The Beard

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

Dead (Au)

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

Die Antwoord (Sa)

Fri 02 Mar Vector Arena, Auckland

Dirty Three (Us)

Wed 14 Mar Powerstation, Auckland

Black Lips (Us)

Tue 28 Feb Powerstation, Auckland

Thu 16 Feb Three Six Three, Christchurch Thu 23 Feb Khuja, Auckland

Elbow (Uk)

Thu 22 Mar Powerstation, Auckland

Wed 28 Mar Powerstation, Auckland

Alizarin Lizard

Fri 10 Feb Free House, Nelson Sun 12 Feb San Fran Bath House, Wellington

August Burns Red & Blessthefall

Sat 14 Apr The Kings Arms, Auckland Sun 15 Apr San Fran Bath House, Wellington

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti (Us)

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

Henry Rollins (Us)

Hudson Mohawke (Uk) & Parks

Alabama 3

Anna Coddington

Sat 18 Feb - Tue 21 Feb Meow Cafe, Wellington

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

Thu 01 Mar Bats Theatre, Wellington Fri 02 Mar Bats Theatre, Wellington Sat 03 Mar Bats Theatre, Wellington Tue 06 Mar Bats Theatre, Wellington Wed 07 Mar Bats Theatre, Wellington Thu 08 Mar Bats Theatre, Wellington Fri 09 Mar Bats Theatre, Wellington Sat 10 Mar Bats Theatre, Wellington

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

Have Voice; Will Sing

Bon Iver (Us)

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

Bulletbelt

Thu 09 Feb Dux De Lux, Christchurch Fri 10 Feb 12 Below, Dunedin Thu 23 Feb The Royal Hotel, Palmerston North Fri 24 Feb Biddy Mulligans, Hamilton Sat 25 Feb The Spa Hotel, Taupo Sun 26 Feb Bar Medusa, Wellington

Electric Wire Hustle & Little Bushman

Fri 24 Feb Brewers Bar, Mt Maunganui Sat 25 Feb The Kings Arms, Auckland Sun 26 Feb The Yot Club, Raglan Fri 02 Mar San Fran Bath House, Wellington

The Exploited (Sc)

Sun 29 Apr The Kings Arms, Auckland

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

Thu 15 Mar The Trusts Stadium, Auckland

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

Knights Of The Dub Table

Labretta Suede And The Motel Six

Classic Hits Winery Tour 2012

The Cranberries (Ir)

Sat 24 Mar Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington Sun 25 Mar Logan Campbell Centre, 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

Camp A Low Hum

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

Joe Satriani, Steve Vai & Steve Luthaker (Us)

Fatboy Slim (Uk)

Fri 02 Mar Vector Arena, Auckland

Thu 16 Feb The Kings Arms, Auckland Fri 17 Feb Splore Sat 18 Feb Splore Thu 23 Feb Raglan, TBC 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

First Aid Kit (Sw) Thu 08 Mar Telstraclear Festival Club, Wellington

Flights Of Fancy

Wed 29 Feb Bergman Theatre At The Paramount, Wellington

Florence + The Machine

Mon 28 May Vector Arena, Auckland

Game (Us)

Sat 25 Feb Vector Arena, Auckland

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Upcoming tours & events 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

Lamb Of God (Us)

Porter Robinson (Us)

Fri 02 Mar Vector Arena, 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

Men (Us)

Thu 23 Feb 4:20, Auckland

More Fm Summer Vineyard Tour

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 Mutton Birds

Wed 29 Feb Kings Arms, Auckland

New Order (En)

Mon 27 Feb Vector Arena, Auckland

Newtown Festival Sun 04 Mar Newtown Streets, Wellington

Shenandoah Davis (Us)

Shotgun Alley

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

Skrillex (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

Roger Waters: The Wall (Us)

Soundscape 2012

Sat 10 Mar Alexandra St, Hamilton

Splore 2012

Fri 17 Feb - Sun 19 Feb Tapapakanga Regional Park, 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

Taylor Swift (Us)

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

These Four Walls & Decortica

Fri 16 Mar The Royal Hotel, Palmerston North Sat 17 Mar Bar Medusa, Wellington Fri 23 Mar The Kings Arms, Auckland Sat 24 Mar Brewers Bar, Mt Maunganui

Sat 18 Feb Bodega, Wellington

Roots Manuva (Uk)

Urge Overkill (Us)

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

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

Wed 22 Feb The Trusts Stadium, Auckland

Two Piece Fest

Wed 07 Mar Powerstation, Auckland

Ryan Adams (Us)

System Of A Down (Us)

Fri 23 Mar Town Hall, Auckland Sat 24 Mar The Opera House, Wellington

Roky Erickson (Us)

Sat 11 Feb Vector Arena, Auckland

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

Trailer Park Boys (Ca)

Sat 18 Feb Vector Arena, Auckland Mon 20 Feb Vector Arena, Auckland Wed 22 Feb Vector Arena, Auckland Thu 23 Feb Vector Arena, Auckland

Roxette (Se)

Steve Earle (Us)

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

Wed 22 Feb Powerstation, Auckland

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

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

Fri 10 Feb Studio, Auckland

The Sisters Of Mercy (En)

Lucinda Williams

Mayer Hawthorne (Us)

Seether (Us)

Tue 06 Mar The Kings Arms, Auckland

Womad St Vincent (Us)

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

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

Yes (Us)

Sun 01 Apr Vector Arena, Auckland

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Shit worth listening to

album reviews The Little Willies For the Good Times llll

It’s been six years between albums for this NYC country folk collective, but the hankering for twangy Americana still remains. Norah Jones (piano/vox), Richard Julian (vox), Jim Campilongo (guitar), Lee Alexander (bass) and Dan Rieser (drums) are not really a super group per se, but it’s clear each member has their own solid musical identity outside of the group and they combine to produce some very slick performances on this well thought out covers record. There’s a good sampling of the legends here including a breathless and pleading version of Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’, courtesy of Jones, plus Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson and a neat lil’ instrumental from Campilongo. The steadier, more

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Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) will not be put in a pigeon hole. Yes, he’s black. He may also be a comedian and a self-professed nerd. But it turns out this guy can also rap. We’re not talking Hummers, hoes, and hustle rap; we’re talking eloquent, intelligent, insightful rap. Ruminating on cultural ostracism, racial stereotyping and the front of fame and hip-hop, Gambino takes a proverbial piss in their cornflakes. Lyrics are powerful and refreshingly honest, giving voice to a body of misfits that don’t adhere to particular cultural and social codes of conduct. Gospel sensibilities structure the production style, with electronica and r’n’b bringing it together with undying rhythmic solidarity (no surprise with the likes of ?uestlove on drums). The delicate arrangement and thoughtful air on ‘L.E.S’ counterbalances the dirty bassy sound on ‘You See Me’. Take heed listeners, you will be left wanting more.

A breezy, intimate tribute to the sounds of his childhood, Kisses on the Bottom sees Paul McCartney in nostalgic bliss with a wink in his eye. The former Beatle has crafted an adventurous thread of classic American songs that are sewn together by his timeless croon, with help from Diana Krall’s band to recreate the swing of the ‘20s and ‘30s. Though this may signal his age, Macca wanted to attempt a similar collection with The Beatles all those years ago (something that both Starr and Lennon eventually did themselves in the ‘70s). ‘The Glory of Love’, one of the most timeless American songs, has been given a faithful, jazzy rendition, while the wedding staple ‘Always’ creates a quiet warmth. Also included are two originals, ‘My Valentine’ and ‘Only Our Hearts’, which respectively feature Eric Clapton and Mr. Stevie Wonder on their instruments of prowess. A tender, relaxing Sunday afternoon soundtrack.

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lamenting approach to Loretta Lynn’s ‘Fist City’ fails to channel the fury of the original, and has a more mournful tone when it really needs a more twisted and sinister edge. However, the title track’s an endearing rendition of the Kristofferson original, and a good reminder of the gentle Southern charm that that walks tall in many of these songs. In fact, were they not Yankees, this is a group who could even win over the Tennessee sweethearts at the Grand Old Oprey. WRITTEN BY TIM GRUAR

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Lost Rockets

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Lost Rockets are an Auckland three-piece dedicated to that awesome wall of noise so uniquely projected across the room in Auckland gigs – the kind of noise that slaps you into a trance and leaves you dribbling beer onto your shoe. At first listen their selftitled EP feels like it’s missing something; the driving push doesn’t quite bloom like it does when these songs are played live, and I was left feeling like there was a lack of dynamic in the sound. What redeems a potentially muffled effort is that these songs sound seriously great when played loud. Very loud. To the exclusion of all other sound. Only then can one hear the scorching surge of a song like ‘Son of a Star’. Then you’ll be a convert too. All in all this is a tidy little EP, and please remember: Lost Rockets are not to be listened to quietly. WRITTEN BY JACK GABRIEL


Shit worth watching

on screen LIKE CRAZY FILM llll

If you’ve ever been young and besotted, then had that fall to bits, prepare to relive it. Like Crazy captures the spirit of youth, the intensity of love and the aching disappointment that arises when life gets in the way. Filmmaker Drake Doremus forgoes the conventions of a

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their chemistry so magnetic that their connection and conversations don’t feel scripted. It’s always clear what each of them is feeling, even if it’s not said. Doremus has managed to balance the magic of love with the cruel, blunt forces of the real world. You’ll feel this one like crazy.

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Julia’s Eyes

Spain makes some of the best horror movies in the world right now (RECs 1 & 2, The Orphanage) because its film-makers aren’t afraid of lavishing technical finesse on genre flicks. So it is with Julia’s Eyes, a Guillermo Del Toro production with gorgeous, inky-blue cinematography and The Orphanage’s phenomenal Bélen Rueda in the title role. For the first hour director Guillem Morales nudges greatness. The film shows Julia encountering all manner of creepy suspects (the squinty next-door neighbour with a hunchback, the janitor whose name means ‘twilight’) in all manner of darkened corners. There’s a terrific subterranean chase lit only by mobile phone and camera flash, and a great scene in a changing room full of

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typical story structure, and instead attempts to portray the most visceral elements of a fragile love affair: the heady rush of excitement, the heartbreak of long distance, and the underlying suspicion many of us come to know when we realise love doesn’t always

conquer all. That may frustrate those expecting a plot with more meat on its bones, as the focus barely wavers from the interior lives of its central couple. But this is an ordinary story told in an extraordinarily beautiful way. It’s no wonder this won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Managing to keep melodrama at a distance, it’s nonetheless impossible not to get swept up in the relationship. None of this would be possible without rising stars Felicity Jones (Cemetery Junction) and Anton Yelchin fully committing to their roles. Their performances are so natural,

witchy blind women, although the way the film equates sightlessness with spookiness veers close to offensive. Come the halfway mark, however, it seems Morales can’t decide between Hitchcockian suspense and outright horror, and the film gives into its heroine’s hysteria. For reasons best known to the scriptwriter, Rueda finds herself alone, blind and helpless in a house she suspects has claimed two lives already. It’s the set-up of a forgettable slasher, rather than something this sophisticated, and though it pays off with some suitably creepy moments, the film never quite manages to claw its credibility back, ending up less than the sum of its excellent parts. WRITTEN BY MATT GLASBY, Flicks.co.nz

Leonardo DiCaprio’s portrayal of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover has been rightly acclaimed, but as compelling as his performance may be he isn’t able to save this unsatisfying film. Clint Eastwood’s direction lacks focus and pacing which makes J. Edgar’s two-hour-plus running time feel even longer than it is. The quasi-conservative 81-year-old Eastwood proves one half of an exceptionally odd couple directing from a script by Milk’s Dustin Lance Black, which delves into key rumours that swirled around Hoover. The outcome is a film that hints at Hoover’s cross-dressing without acknowledging it directly, and portrays his unusually close relationship with his male assistant as a chaste love affair. But as with Eastwood’s depiction of

Hoover’s many illegalities, this seems to walk a too-cautious line about its subject while still trying to titillate. The biopic doesn’t seem to know exactly what it wants to say about Hoover. Complex? Sure. But exactly how and why aren’t adequately fleshed out, and Black’s script doesn’t do Eastwood’s staid directorial style any favours in flashing back and forth between narratives unfolding in tandem time periods. To make matters worse, DiCaprio may convince under old man makeup, but Armie Hammer and Naomi Watts look distractingly awful. J. Edgar isn’t going to win any awards for its makeup and outside of DiCaprio is unlikely to earn any plaudits. WRITTEN BY STEVE NEWALL, Flicks.co.nz


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live Photos LANEWAY FESTIVAL 2012 SILO PARK, AUCKLAND MON 30 JAN PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF AMANDA RATCLIFFE AMANDASHOOTSBANDS.COM

TUBORG SUMMER SUNDAY MATAKANA MUSIC ISLAND SUN 29 JAN PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF SARAH FELS

INCUBUS TSB BANK, WELLINGTON WED 01 FEB PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF SHAUN JONES SHAUNJONESPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

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GAMING Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure GAME REVIEW

“Frozen in our world, alive in theirs” is the catch-phrase used by Activision for Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure, which I think is fitting – what child hasn’t imagined their favourite toy character coming to life? This cool concept comes with a very nifty piece of tech that’s been applied and is a first for the gaming industry. Skylanders is the first cross platform multi-player game. Within your starter kit for RRP$119 you get a Portal of Power, three Skylander Figures (Spyro, Gill Grunt and Trigger Happy), a Skylander Elemental poster, three trading cards, three web codes and a sticker sheet. The portal of Power is a platform on which the characters are placed. Each character represents your gaming avatar and literally comes to life in the game as you place it on the portal. Further to this, your character becomes your save unit. All of your achievements and upgrades are saved to the individual character rather than the hard drive. This means that if you have a PS3 and your mate has a 360 or Wii, you can take your characters around to their house, plonk them on their portal and away you go. The downside of having all this data stored on the characters is the very real threat of losing them, less you lose all your hard work. There’s a rumour of silver limited edition characters that become valuable in their own right. Although the main storyline of the game can be completed

with the three characters supplied in the starter kit, there are challenges in the game that require specific character’s abilities in order to complete them. During the game there are some not-too-subtle selling techniques to let you know that you need a different character. A triple pack of new characters will cost you around $39.99 so it’s not too bad – although there are 29 others to collect. The gameplay is no doubt aimed at around the younger market and is relatively similar to the Lego franchise we’ve seen over the years. Run around killing enemies, earning gold and special hats such as a saucepan to increase your abilities. The tech adds that something else to keep you interested, and the fact that it’s multi-player is a bonus. It becomes second nature to reach down and change over your characters on the portal when needed and is an integral part of the game. It does tug at you to buy more characters to complete the quests, so not only is it a great tech concept but also a unique marketing one. This is definitely targeted for children and also parents to play it with their kids. The storyline is written by the peeps behind Toy Story, the music is by Hans Zimmer (Inception/Gladiator/ The Dark Knight) and one of the characters is voiced by Patrick Warbuton (Joe from Family Guy/ Rules of Engagement). Written by Jon Snow


Shit worth counting

Listophile

1. Wendy’s Grass Cannons

2. Foul Creature Of Darkness Drop Dead Redhead

3. This is Not An Exit The Transistors

4. Cliché Dictaphone Blues

5. Natasha Autumn Splendour

6. Nowhere Slow 1995

7. Take You There Kittentank

8. Architecture Coco Solid

9. Oblivious: Oblivion Die! Die! Die!

10. Bad Girls MIA

2. Say No More David Dallas

3. On My Mind (Rustie Remix) Joker

4. Hot Right Now (Ft. Rita Ora) Dj Fresh

5. Speak Of The Devil Hermitude

6. The Poem Magik Johnson

7. Reaching Out Nero

8. 212 (Clean Edit) Azealia Banks

9. Just Got Started (Ft. Pez) 360

Independent Top 10 Movie Chart

1. Chronicle 2. A Few Best Men 3. The Descendants 4. Like Crazy 5. The Girl with the

Dragon Tattoo

6. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 7. J. Edgar 8. Hugo 3D 9. Buck 10. Young Adult

10. Moves Tahuna Breaks

things to do at splore

I realised I actually like

Top 10 NZ favourite Black Metal releases:

1. Smoove grooves to

own way.

2. Cupid. Flying babies are cool. 3. My little sister. Now that she’s

old enough to buy her own liquor.

4. Chris Pratt. Season 3 of Parks

& Recreation rules.

5. Robert Pattinson. He doesn’t

have much going for him now, he doesn’t need my hate too.

6. That guy at the bar. He didn’t

mean it, he was drunk.

7. Neil Armstrong. I don’t know

why I didn’t like him anyway.

8. Donald Glover. He can rap if

he wants to, even if it’s not all that good.

9. My neighbour. Now that

she mows her lawns (or her new boyfriend does) she seems way less slutty.

10. My ex-boyfriend. His new

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1. Anticipate (Ft. Sam Frank)

girlfriend is an ugly slapper. I feel sorry for him. We’re cool now. Seriously. I’m fine.

1. Demoniac (Wellington) Prepare For War

2. Aphelon (Christchurch) The Ethos Elite

3. Sinistrous Diabolus

(Christchurch) Opus One

4. Withchrist (Auckland)

Beheaded Ouroborus

5. Vassafor (Auckland) Vassafor

6. Anno Domini Mortus (New

Plymouth) Exorcism

7. Exordium Mors (Auckland) Serva Ad Mors

8. Beltane (Nelson) MCMXCIX

9. Draco Aerius (Wellington)

The Cardinal Adversary

10. Intorment (Hamilton) Demo 1

See Them live: bulletbelt See Tours and events for dates

Erykah Badu

2. Playing and frolicking in the

newly created festival structure by Cut Collective and Emma Underhill 3. Viewing dance, cabaret, music and interactive performances at Linz Living Lounge – watch out for Doc Westies Bogan Circus and saucy In Flagrante 4. Dressing up in your most outrageously fun and fruity outfit and partying with your friends 5. Swimming in the fresh lagoon 6. Glamping! New to Splore this year is glamorous camping 7. Having a cold beer, wine or cocktail at the beach 8. Dancing in the warm waters 9. Hanging at the Rumpus Room as a family, building huts, making costumes and being a kid (big and small) 10. Grabbing a pizza from Bevan Kaan’s Dragonfired Artisan Woodfired food FRI 17- SUN 19 FEB TAPAPAKANGA REGIONAL PARK, ORERE TICKETS: 1-night.co.nz


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