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Shit worth announcing

Breaking news

Announcements

 Dame Edna Everage AKA Barry Humphries has announced her/ his final show. After some 57 years, the Elton-esque getups will be hung up but not before four Auckland performances at The Civic in August.

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 Auckland’s Golden Dawn will host Uni and her Ukulele this Thu 22 Mar, and the undoubtedly pretty show is only a cheeky $5.  Christchurch singer/songwriter Tom Lark has announced a nationwide tour under the guise of a celebration of his single ‘All Night Long’. The solo artist will play in Dunedin, April, Christchurch and Wellington as he kicks off his tour on Wed 04 Apr.  Sad news came last week with the announcement that Wellington bar Happy was closing. Thanks for the happy (zing) memories.

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Nothing but blues

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Auckland’s Dictaphone Blues, but now the trio are geared up to release their sophomore effort Beneath The Crystal Palace. We’re looking forward to see what the album (released on Monday 09 April) will sound like considering we’re looking at cameos from Princess Chelsea, Jonathan Brunette, Lawrence Arabia, Ryan McPhun and more. The band will start touring on Thursday 05 April in Christchurch at Dux Live before making their way to Port Chalmers, Napier, Wanganui, Wellington, Paekakariki, Hamilton and Auckland.

05/04

Auckland favourites The Checks have announced an upcoming tour with fellow oh-niners Sherpa. The Gunpowder and Rain Tour will hit The Royal in Palmerston North, Wellington’s San Fran Bath House and The Cabana in Napier over the long Easter Weekend. Tickets are available now from Under The Radar or at the venues on the nights of performance.

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Those Punk Folk

Editorial assistant Tyler Hislop tyler@grooveguide.co.nz

15/05

Fan-favourite Pommy-punk-gone-folker Frank Turner has announced his return to the country following his performances at a ridiculous amount of venues and festivals around the globe. The former Million Dead frontman will be joined by his band The Sleeping Souls for one show in Auckland at The Kings Arms on Tuesday 15 May, with The Broadsides announced as the support act. Tickets are available now through Under The Radar and Real Groovy.

02/05

American hip hoppers Atmosphere have announced two New Zealand shows in early May. The rockinfluenced rappers will play their first show at Wellington’s San Fran Bath House on Wednesday 02 May followed by an Auckland show at the Studio on K Road on Thursday 03 May, and they’ve announced that the performances will feature their live band. Tickets are on sale now through 1-Night and iTicket.

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30/03 Fries for your eyes

Auckland’s DHDFD’s have announced some upcoming shows as they celebrate the release of their new album French Fries – which was recorded by none other than Kiwi king of thrash Kody Nielson. The album is being released through Hell Is Now Love, and the band will play three shows in Auckland, starting on Friday 30 March at Cassette before heading to Wellington and Wanganui.

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Dunedin singer/songwriter Jo Little has announced a tour kicking off at the end of March and running through to the end of May, playing Dunedin, Invercargill, Wanaka, Nelson, Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Raglan, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch and many more over the two months. This will be Little’s first solo tour as she celebrates the release of her new album Till the Blue Skies Come, and word is she’ll be heading to Australia later this year to continue to promote her album. Fellow Dunedinite Jared Smith (Soulseller/Ash & the Matadors) will be accompanying Jo on her New Zealand tour.

01/06 Bloody Ripper

Tim “Ripper” Owens (of Judas Priest and Iced Earth fame) has been announced to play two shows in New Zealand in the wake of his Australian tour. The hardcore icon will play his first show at Bodega in Wellington on Friday 01 June before heading up to Auckland to play at The Kings Arms on Saturday 02 June. Tickets are on sale now from Under The Radar.

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UK comic Lenny Henry has announced two New Zealand shows. The highly-praised and much-loved comedian/actor/writer/host/etc will perform his latest show Cradle to Rave at Auckland’s ASB Theatre on Wednesday 27 June and in Wellington at the Michael Fowler Centre on Sunday 24 June. The comic’s newest stand-up focuses on music, which apparently he’s a bit of a fan of. Tickets are available from BuyTickets and Ticketek.

23/03 The Brothers Grimm

Here’s a nice impromptu treat – expats A Dead Forest Index have announced a brief return to New Zealand for two shows. The brotherly duo of Adam and Sam Sherry is now based in Melbourne but are bringing their somehow soft yet heavy folkesque songs back to Kiwi audiences. Auckland’s Wine Cellar will host the band along with Sharpie Crows and Seth Frightening on Friday 23 March before the two-piece heads to Wellington to play with The Body Lyre, Seth Frightening and All Seeing Hand on Friday 30 March.

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PLAYING In Brief... FAVourites John Cooper Clarke POET

Favourite drink? Tea Favourite restaurant/café? The China Chef Favourite takeaway? Fish and chips Favourite colour? Gold Favourite classic film? The Searchers Favourite childhood memory? Waking on a Saturday thinking it was a weekday Favourite party food? Hamburgers and hotdogs Favourite vice? They’re all pretty good Favourite song? ‘I Would Rather Go Blind’ by the late Etta James Favourite meal? Something involving lemon, garlic and veal Favourite cause? Mass literacy Favourite label to put on your relationship? Family Favourite ‘90s TV show? The Simpsons/Seinfeld Favourite word? Squander Favourite album? The Sun Sessions by Elvis and Essential Ella by Ella Fitzgerald Favourite type of groupie? The stay-at-home type Favourite body part on you? The back of my neck Favourite body part on someone else? The back of my wife’s neck Favourite venue? Gregory’s in Manchester – three floors, six bars, one great night out Favourite candy bar? Snickers Favourite current TV show? Family Guy/American Dad – But The Simpsons remains top family viewing SEE HIM LIVE: JOHN COOPER CLARKE THU 21 MAR FRINGE FESTIVAL, DUNEDIN FRI 22 MAR THE KINGS ARMS, AUCKLAND SAT 23 MAR BODEGA, WELLINGTON SUN 24 MAR MARCH FEST, NELSON

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Auckland’s Britomart Country Club is turning the heat up this Saturday to bring you some nice spice. The Rice & Beans Latin/Caribbean/ Brazilian Food & Music Extravaganza will be running throughout the day and will feature music influenced from all sides of Latin America, as well as local “immigrants” Silva MC, Jah Red Lion, The Turnaround, Latinaotearoa, Sandy Bay DJs, Samba Maracana and will have performances from the Brazilian Divas Dancers. It’s a melting pot of fancy culture with an appropriate amount of sexy. Good mix, Britomart. Rice & Beans is free and is familyfriendly, so make a day of it with the kids. Organisers from Red Bull Thre3Style have announced that is opening its doors for two wild card entries for the first time, meaning that amateur DJs now have the chance to showcase their steez and compete for the 2012 Red Bull Thre3Style New Zealand Champion title. Those interested can have a look for the event on Facebook, but you’ll need to do it before Friday 30 March. The winner of the Red Bull Thre3Style will represent NZ at the world finals. You may have been lucky enough to see An Emerald City at some of their shows around the country over the past few weeks. Aucklanders should make the most of it at Silo Park on Saturday, as this will also be the last gig the band plays before they head their separate ways overseas. This will also be one of the last chances to get in some (hopefully) good weekend weather before Jack Frost comes to town, and there’s no good reason not to spend it gawking

at the brilliant performance that An Emerald City constantly deliver. Waihi Beach Hotel is celebrating having one of the best summers in a while (despite the lack of sunshine) by holding a one off gig with Kiwi classics Hello Sailor. The special Easter show goes down on Saturday 07 April. Some lame news was delivered last week when it was announced that The 5.6.7.8s had cancelled their two April shows. No word yet on whether there will be a rescheduled tour. While we tend to have floating opinions about whether we still love zombie survival story The Walking Dead, we’re a little enthralled by the announcement that a fiveepisode game will be coming to Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, PC, Mac and iOS. Zombie games tend to be a bit more exciting than people looking worried for 44 minutes, then seeing zombies for two minutes.

Flying South For The Winter Our best exports of recent years, Flight Of The Conchords have done us damn proud. After winning Oscars, Grammy Awards and the hearts of Americans, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement have announced that they’ll be bringing their show back to where it all began. It’s not the first time they’ve performed here – let’s not forget that they’ve toured around the country for many years –but it is the first time that towns big and small will get to see them in ages. Let’s hope that the songs and jokes won’t be too familiar and that they’ve got some special material they’ve been saving for the homeland. While we’re more familiar with The Conchords than the solo career work of Bret and Jemaine, they have indeed been keeping busy with their own things. Voiceover work, cameo appearances, proper roles in larger Hollywood films and appearances in more festival favourite films – both the boys have plenty of work for themselves, so it’s a treat to see that the twosome are bringing everything back to the classics. The Conchords will fly to Hastings, Hamilton, Auckland, New Plymouth, Wellington, Dunedin, Queenstown, Nelson and Christchurch throughout June. Tickets go on sale Friday 23 March through Ticketmaster, Ticketek and BuyTickets. Check out flightoftheconchords.co.nz for more info.


Shit Worth Knowing

Releases and Re-issues Music: Andy Grammer’s self titled; Birdy’s self titled; Corrosion of Conformity’s self titled; Dr. Dog’s Be the Void; Ed Sheeran’s +; Elbow’s Cast of Thousands deluxe edition; John K. Samson’s Provincial; Ministry Of Sound’s Anthems: R&B; Nathan Haines’ The Poets Embrace; Nina Simone’s Collector; Say Anything’s Anarchy, My Dear; Sinead O’Connor’s How About I Be Me (And You Be You); The Hunger Games soundtrack; The Shins’ Port Of Morrow; Tyga’s Careless World: Rise of the Last King; WZRD’s self titled. DVD & Blu-ray: Action Fest: Transit DVD & Blu-ray; Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes - Iron Man Unleashed DVD; Columbus Circle DVD & Blu-ray; Immortals DVD & Blu-ray; Perfect Sense DVD & Blu-ray; Puncture DVD & Blu-ray; Pokemon the Movie: Black - Victini and Zekrom DVD; Pokemon the Movie: White - Victini and Zekrom DVD; Santana Greatest Hits: Live At Montreux 2011 DVD & Blu-ray; Talking Heads - Chronology DVD; The Bodyguard Blu-ray; The Debt DVD & Blu-ray; The History Channel’s Decisive Battles of the Ancient World DVD; The History Channel’s King Arthur and Medieval Britain DVD; The History Channel’s The Dark Ages DVD; Thin Lizzy - Live at the National Stadium Dublin 1975 DVD; Tomboy DVD; Tony Bennett: Duets II - The Great Performances DVD & Blu-ray; Totally Baked DVD. Cinema: 21 Jump Street (directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, starring Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Johnny Depp); The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (directed by John Madden, starring Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith and Tom Wilkinson); The Hunger Games

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Film news Award-winning comic book Y: The Last Man (which follows the Shakespearean tale of the last male alive on Earth) may finally be heading to the big screen. This idea is nothing new as New Line has been trying to green light the film for years, but nothing ever reached the production stage. Now the writers and producers of Human Target have been hired to script the tragedy-influenced comic. Whether it will be a film or television series we don’t know, but it’s good gossip. ABC Family will be bringing a fifth Home Alone movie to audiences. The question is, when there’s no Macauley Culkin or Joe Pesci, do you care? Probably not. If you’ve seen the house party flick Project X then you’ll know how crazy big-ass parties can be, and how they can get carried away. Sometimes that craziness can literally be fatal. While the film earned mixed reviews, teenagers certainly took a liking to it. So much so, there have been reports of kids breaking into newly built houses in Houston, causing significant damage, and citing Project X as inspiration. Unfortunately things got carried away when someone starting firing off rounds from a gun they brought to the party, and one party-goer ended up being shot and killed.

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Wednesday 21

Thursday 22 John Cooper Clarke

Thatta

Sammy’s

Refuel

7.30pm, 0-$35, online.on-cue.co.nz

9pm, $10, Door Sales Only

Legendary punk poet John Cooper Clarke is bringing his unique verse to the Dunedin Fringe Festival for one night. He’s savvy, he’s offensive in all the right ways, he’s satirical, he’s political, and he’s pretty damn clever and funny. Martin Phillipps will also be performing a short set from the Chills’ back catalogue.

The Japanese bigger-than-big-beaters arrive in Dunedin for one night of unadulterated thrashy goodness. The five-piece synth-rockers will feel right at home in New Zealand where we get some of the best Japanese rock acts, so don’t miss your chance to see another fantastic live set from these Tokyo heavy hitters.

Dialogue With A Mannequin

Alabama 3

The Basement Theatre

Powerstation

7pm, $17-19, iticket.co.nz

8pm, $60, ticketmaster.co.nz

It’s the opening night of the new coming-of-age production with a whimsical difference. Dialogue With A Mannequin is the first solo show by Cyan Corwine, who has worked the rounds behind the scenes for the likes of The Jono Project on TV3 and the comedy stage show Kevin the Musical.

Why a four piece consisting of Larry Love, Aurora Dawn, Rock Freebase and Harpo Strangelove is called Alabama 3, being neither from Alabama nor made up of three people, is irrelevant. We’ve pointed out the needless nitpicky trivia, so now you can just enjoy it.

Ship Songs

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21 Jump Street

The Hunger Games

Q Theatre

Chicks Hotel

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People over 28 will know 21 Jump Street isn’t meant to be a comedy, but people under 24 will know that Jonah Hill is funny so you’ll watch him. People under 20 will think Channing Tatum is a dreamboat. People under 16 can’t see it.

Another case of metaphors for reality television and the bloodlust that every human possesses. Yep, The Hunger Games might not be the freshest idea, but the critics have been wetting their Internet panties with excitement over this, so get in line.

8pm, $30, qtheatre.co.nz

Inspired by the true story of how his parents met, Ian Hughes’ Ship Songs takes you on an intrepid voyage of epic proportions. Transporting you to four continents across five centuries, the new production tells tales of fate on the high seas.

Friday 23 Will Martin

Beastwars

Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell

San Fran Bath House

7.30pm, $25-25, iticket.co.nz

If you’ve got a grandmother, get her tickets to this. Odds are she loves Will Martin and she’ll love you. Then she’ll tell her friends, her friends will like you, and they’ll try and set you up with their grandchild who’s probably a total babe and rich. Or you could go see Will Martin yourself. Whatever.

Nathan Haines

The Exponents Ferrymead Speights Ale House

Eight solo albums in and Nathan Haines is still going. The king of jazz-cool and loved by everyone over 30 (not that people under 30 don’t know him, they just aren’t done growing up yet... arrested development and all that), Nathan will be celebrating his new album The Poet’s Embrace.

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The country’s premier metal band is holding a fundraiser this Friday to help them get back into the studio to record their second album. And we all know how much we want another album out of these guys. Spook the Horses and Robin hold the support reins for this wild horse show.

Toto’s

8pm, $25, iticket.co.nz

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9pm, $10-15, undertheradar.co.nz

7.30pm, $42-45, eventfinder.co.nz

Would Christchurch be the country’s home of rock? Like, classic stadium rock. Wellington’s got the alt-market covered, Dunedin is grunge city, and Auckland’s just a melting pot of everything, so let’s call The Garden City the home of rock anthems. It’s fitting, then, that The Exponents play there this Friday.


Shit worth doing

Saturday 24 Sunset Concert

Crosby, Stills & Nash

Hilltop Vineyard

The Trusts Stadium

2.30pm, $10-69, eventfinder.co.nz

7.30pm, $99-$199, ticketdirect.co.nz

When Sola Rosa, Cornerstone Roots, Paul Ubana Jones, Billy TK Jr, Swamp Thing and Ashley Knox come together to play at a vineyard in the sun in Hamilton and there’s a giveaway for someone to win a trip for two to the Fiji Jazz and Blues festival... well, it’s like a Saturday winery dream.

David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash were pretty much rock’s first supergroup. Rock? Folk? Whatever. They’re a bunch of old classic kinda-hippies (playing their first gig ever at Woodstock) that sing songs that you don’t know the name of but have heard on your parents’ record player or on The Simpsons.

Gaytime

G3

Space Monster, Wanganui

Michael Fowler Centre 7.30pm, $130, ticketek.co.nz

Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Steve Lukather are some of the biggest names in the guitar world. You’ll be hard pressed to find some kind of Rolling Stone Top 100 list that doesn’t have at least one of these guys’ work on it. Whether it will be solo guitars or classic jams for hours on end, who knows?

There’s no time like Gaytime. Even if you don’t swing that way normally, garage rock is appealing to you, right? You don’t have to get into it straight away. Maybe you’re just lo-fi-curious? Screw, it, let’s make it a party and invite The Raw Nerves as well. You’ll be on top of things, don’t worry.

Trailer Park Boys The Opera House

An Emerald City

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Silo Park

8pm, $72, ticketek.co.nz

12pm, FREE

Our favourite small-town, small-minded, largescale-scam-pulling idiots are performing two live shows in New Zealand this weekend. The TV show is always a hit, and the chance to see Ricky, Julian and Bubbles acting like the foolish wannabe criminal stuntmen they are live is one not to pass up.

We’re going on record here to say that An Emerald City is one of the greatest bands we’ve seen come out of the country in a long time. Any time you see them, all you can think is “I wish I was outside laying down watching and hearing this”. Well, dear hypothetical friend – wish granted.

Faux Pas

Urbantramper

Ra Bar

Whammy

9pm, FREE

10pm

“Let us pay one final bacchanalian tribute to the wonder of warmth and light! Let us cling to the good fortune of action before autumnal inertia takes hold! Let us party till they kick us out of the bar.” And with that, Urbantramper sums up their gig with Autumn Splendour and She’s So Rad as good as anybody.

“These days it’s far too much effort for people to go to the theatre... so we decided to take the theatre to the people. The performance is free, because you really can’t expect to be paid for this kind of middle-class nonsense.” Middle-class nonsense is the best kind of nonsense.

Pussy Liquor 8pm, $15-50

What a naughty name for a night out. But we’re all for puns. They’re like the Chuck Lorre comedies of basic wordplay. Yeah, it’s an easy laugh, but it still got you laughing. Admit it, you chuckled at The Big Bang Theory. We saw you. Now shut up and watch this night of vaudeville entertainment.

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WELLINGTON gig guide Wed 21 Balkan Brass Explosion

Wellington RAW Comedy Quest The Fringe Bar $15

San Fran Bath House

Loser

BATS Theatre

The Nark Collective Bettys Function House & Bar

Thu 22 King Homeboy: World Championship Support Mighty Mighty

Fri 23

The Lido Cafe Free

Amalgamatez

NZSO Soloists: Carmen Suite

Southern Cross Free

BEASTWARS

San Fran Bath House $10 presales

Burlesque Rocks

The Upbeats Sandwiches

John Cooper Clarke

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

Meow $15

San Fran Bath House $19.90 + BF

Sat 24

That’s Country

Nikita & the Spooky

The Opera House

The Bradford Shelves

The Opera House

Mighty Mighty

Webb Page

SIGMA (UK)

Bodega Early Bird $20, GA $25, Door $30

Drab Doo Riffs, Gaytime, Raw Nerves

Liam O’Connell EP Release

Southern Cross Free

Sun 25 200 Years of Harp

Temple Gallery

John Cooper Clarke Sammy’s

Song Sale The Church

Zirka Circus The Oval

Thu 22 Adam Page & Drew Englehutt Ironic Cafe

DJ Nick C 10 Bar

Faux Pas Ra Bar

Hereafter

Temple Gallery

The Lido Cafe Free

Kath Tait Meow Cafe $15

The Dreamers Southern Cross Free

Mon 26 Raw Meat Comedy The Fringe Bar

Te Papa

Big Day Dowse

The Dowse Art Museum

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The Boptet

San Fran Bath House $38 + BF

Southern Cross Free

Wed 21

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The Thomas Oliver Band

Trailer Park Boys

Bodega $50

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Michael Fowler Centre

The Fringe Bar

$10

Meow $5/$12 with CD

Mighty Mighty $5

Nick Granville Trio

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Diving + Karaoke Taxi & Daniel Boobyer

Ghost Wave & Beach Pigs

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Milly Wonka & the Burlesque Factory Sammy’s

Thatta w/ Two Cartoons

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Zirka Circus The Oval

Zirka Circus The Oval

ReFuel Bar

Sat 24

Zirka Circus

Faux Pas

Sun 25

Industry: The Sound of Modern Machinery

The Exponents

The Oval

Fri 23 Faux Pas Ra Bar

Hereafter

Temple Gallery

Milly Wonka & the Burlesque Factory Sammy’s

Opposite Sex & Penny Ashton Ironic Cafe

Rules Of Addiction

Ra Bar

ReFuel Bar

Manthyng & Fuchsia Gash

Sammy’s

The New Edinburgh Folk Club w/ Karin Reid & Friends

Ironic Cafe

The Church

Milly Wonka & the Burlesque Factory

The OXO Cubans

Sammy’s

Reverberation

Orokonui Ecosanctuary

Zirka Circus The Oval

Dunedin Musicians Club

Southern Sinfonia’s Romantic Grandeur: Brahms & Sibelius Regent Theatre

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auckland gig guide Wed 21

Fri 23

Silo Cinema: Amelie

Frank Booker

Comedy Lab

Auckland University Lunchtime Concerts: Piano & Woodwind Students

SugarBang

Electric Boogie

The Classic Studio

Dirty Sweets Kings Arms

Music Theatre, School of Music Free

Hear No Evil

Bobby Brazuka & Jennifer Zea

Racket Bar

1885 Basement Free

Thu 22

Brazil Tech

General Lee and Whistlejacket Red Hummingbird Free

David Shanhun De Post

Alabama 3

Dirty Diana, CVE and Thane Kirby

The Powerstation $60

John Cooper Clark The Kings Arms $55

The Flying Moa Free

Superbird

Masonic Tavern $5

TAOS

Khuja Lounge $10

The Comedowns The Fiddler Irish Bar Free

These Four Walls & Decortica The Kings Arms $15

Tido & Sweet Mix Kids

DJ VTKA

DJ Thane Kirby & Guitarist Adam Stevenson

Trailer Park Boys

Artworks Community Theatre, Waiheke Island

Cian & Insomniac Racket Bar Free

DJs Recloose & Piet Ponsonby Social Club Free

Franko and James

Merchant Bar and Restaurant

Thursday Night Live: Coast

Kara Gordon Duo

Smooth Grooves Sale St

Occupational Therapy w/ Bobby Brazuka & Tyronne Ponsonby Social Club Free

The Elephant Wrestler

Mal McCallum Basalt

March Jam Honey Bar Free

Much Ado About Nothing University of Auckland

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Lee Gray Duo

Florrie McGreals

The Fiddler Irish Bar Free

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Glen Eden RSA

Mitch French

Gerry Rooderkerk

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ZEAL Henderson $5

Nathan Haines

Toto’s Montecristo Room

Nyntee & Insomniac 1885 BritomartFree

Pat 4 President GBS Bar

De Post

Gene Rivers & Jerm Racket Bar Free

Granduo

Florrie McGreals

Kara Gordan

The Fiddler Irish Bar Free

Karaoke Taxi, Diving, & Daniel Boobyer The Wine Cellar $5 waged / $8 unwaged The Kings Arms Rakinos $10

Onehunga Festival 2012 Onehunga Bay Reserve

Pat 4 President Rickshaw Eddies

Phoenix

Sat 24 Aural Trash Ben Wah & Sweet Mix Kids

The Britomart Country Club Free

The Britomart Country Club Free

ZEAL Acoustics

Junior & Manuel Bundy

Jennifer Zea Velvet Sound Society & Dylan C

Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE

Friday Fever Sale St

1885 Basement Free

The Dominion

Ink $10

1885 Britomart Free

Francis Jakeman

Motor City Family Funk

Traction Duo

Urbantramper

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The Deck - SKYCITY Free

Ponsonby Social Club Free

Racket Bar Free

Lee Gray

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Silo Park Free

1885 Britomart $10

Chip Matthews 1885 Basement Free

Crosby, Stills & Nash The Trusts Stadium Arena

David Shanhun Duo Black Salt

4:20 $20 + BF earlybird

Pussy Liquor Hard Luck Cafe

Rice & Beans Festival The Britomart Country Club Free

The Riverhead Rhythm & Blues Festival The Riverhead

Crosby, Stills & Nash The Trusts Stadium Arena

Sick Disco: Weird Together! Cassette Nine $10 after 10pm

Dirty Dozen w/ DJs Karn Hall & Sample Gee

Silo Sessions: An Emerald City

DJ Disco Trash

THE NOMAD

DJ Ned Roy & Majic Hands

Urbantramper

twentyone Free

Red Hummingbird Free

The Deck - SKYCITY Free

Don McGlashan Motutapu Island Recreation Reserve

Silo Park Free

Leigh Sawmill Cafe $10 Whammy Bar

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Goode Brothers

Cian, Sweet Mix Kids, Dave & Dan Present: Cliffhanger The Britomart Country Club Free

Conch Sunday Grill Ponsonby Social Club Free

DJ Jason Kyle & Lewis McCallum

Southern Fried Sunday: The Grifters The Kings Arms $10

The Hangover Cure

Thu 22

Sat 24

Don Quixote of La Mancha

Concert Spirituel

Riverlea Theatre

Sale St

Tue 26 The Conrays Kings Arms

Rough Church The Wine Cellar

twentyone Free

Fri 23

Biddy Mulligans

Hamilton Record Fair

Don Quixote of La Mancha

Peacekeeper Pdigsss

Cafe Agora

Riverlea Theatre Cock & Bull

The Hollow Grinders & Thee Rum Coves

Merchant Bar and Restaurant

Darkwater & Art of Alchemy w/ Scotty Stone

Agora Goes Live

Jesse O’Brien

Pat 4 President

St Peter’s Cathedral

Riverlea Theatre FLOW

Sunset Concert 2012 w/ Sola Rosa, Cornerstone Roots & guests Hilltop Vineyard

Static Bar

Shae Snell

The Fiddler Irish Bar Free

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Wed 21

Sat 24

Wed 21

Sat 24

The Bitches’ Box w/ Mel Parsons

AutumnMatic 80s

Alizarin Lizard

Alizarin Lizard

Baby Loves Disco

Burlesque Rocks

MarchFest 2012

CYP Boat Party

Fiona Pears

Mark Wilson & Karen Reid

The Grantham

Thu 22 Karaoke w/ DJ Chick Pierside Cafe and Bar

Karaoke w/ Mickey Rat Quarry Bar & Bistro

The Venue-Musicbar

The Running Bull Bar & Grill House

Carlton Country Club

Flying Solo Richmond Community Gala

The Bitches’ Box and Mel Parsons

The Bitches’ Box and Mel Parsons

Berriedale

Richmond School

Castle Hill Station

The Exponents

Fri 23 Beach Breaks w/ djDmand

Pierside Cafe and Bar

Tribal Lights Theatre Restaurant (Rotorua) Sandfords Event Centre (Opunake)

Dux Live

Orkid

Dux Live

The New Eagle Hotel (Invercargill)

No 8 Wired Live

Thomas Coffey and the Grinders Pierside Cafe and Bar

Voodoo

Thu 22 Diving, Karaoke Taxi & Daniel Boobyer Space Monster (Wanganui)

The Paepae Soundsystem presents Spawnbreezie Hill 16 (Porirua)

Urbantramper YOT Club (Raglan)

Becks Southern Alehouse

Fri 23

Retrosonic

Sun 25

Diving, Karaoke Taxi & Daniel Boobyer

Thatta

CSO Sunday Series Royal Splendour

Unbridled Tales of Terror and Suspense

DJ Mike T

The Monday Room Becks Southern Alehouse Dux Live

The Exponents

Ferrymead Speights Ale House

Middleton Grange School

Matinee (New Plymouth)

Mint Bar (Wanaka)

Founders Heritage Park (Nelson)

Thomas L. Brown Gallery (Queenstown)

Gaytime & The Raw Nerves

Space Monster (Wanganui)

The Skitz

YOT Club (Raglan)

These Four Walls, Decortica & Enercia Brewers Bar (Mt Maunganui)

Sun 25 The ABBA Show Napier Municipal Theatre (Napier)

The Paepae Soundsystem presents Spawnbreezie Gisborne A&P Showgrounds and Events Centre (Gisborne)

The Royal (Palmerston North)

The C.C. Real NZ Comedy Tour Theatre Royal

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tours & events

Upcoming tours & events Dead Meadow (US) & Pink Mountaintops (US) Wed 28 Mar San Fran Bath House, Wellington Thu 29 Mar The Kings Arms, Auckland

Fu Manchu

Fri 27 Apr San Fran Bath House, Wellington Sat 28 Apr Studio, Auckland

Dictaphone Blues

A Dead Forest Index

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

Kaiser Chiefs

Thu 10 May The Powerstation, Auckland

Alabama 3

Gaytime

Thu 22 Mar Powerstation, Auckland

Fri 23 Mar Mighty Mighty, Wellington Sat 24 Mar Space Monster, Wanganui

Alizarin Lizard

Goodshirt

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

Fri 20 Apr Academy Cinemas Auckland

August Burns Red & Blessthefall

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

Bell Biv Devoe

Mon 28 May Town Hall, Auckland

Fri 20 Apr The Kings Arms, Auckland

Dunedin Fringe Festival Thu 15 Mar - Sun 25 Mar Multiple Venues, Dunedin

Elbow (UK)

Wed 28 Mar Powerstation, Auckland Thu 29 Mar Powerstation, Auckland

The Exploited (SC)

Sun 29 Apr The Kings Arms, Auckland

Thu 05 Apr - Sat 07 Apr Whammy Bar & Wine Cellar, Auckland

Boris (JP)

Tue 27 Mar Bodega, Wellington Wed 28 Mar The Kings Arms, Auckland

The Checks

Flight Of The Conchords

Wed 13 Jun Hawkes Bay Opera House, Hastings Thu 14 Jun Founders Theatre, Hamilton Sat 16 Jun Town Hall, Auckland Sun 17 Jun TSB Showplace, New Plymouth Tue 19 Jun Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington Wed 20 Jun Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington Sat 23 Jun Regent Theatre, Dunedin Sun 24 Jun Events Centre, Queenstown Wed 27 Jun Trafalgar Centre, Nelson

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

Karaoke Taxi, Diving and Daniel Boobyer

Wed 21 Mar San Fran Bath House, Wellington Thu 22 Mar Space Monster, Wanganui Fri 23 Mar Matinee, New Plymouth Sat 24 Mar Wine Cellar, Auckland

Henry Rollins (US)

Borderline Festival

Thu 05 Apr The Royal, Palmerston North Sat 07 Apr San Fran Bath House, Wellington Sun 08 Apr The Cabana, Napier

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

Justin Townes Earle (US)

Thu 05 Apr Dux Live, Christchurch Sat 07 Apr Chicks Hotel, Port Chalmers Fri 13 Apr Cabana Bar, Napier Sat 14 Apr Space Monster, Wanganui Fri 20 Apr Mighty Mighty, Wellington Sat 21 Apr St. Peter’s Hall, Paekakariki Fri 27 Apr Static, Hamilton Sat 28 Apr The Kings Arms, Auckland

Fri 23 Mar Wine Cellar, Auckland Fri 30 Mar San Fran Bath House, Wellington

Annah Mac

Joe Satriani, Steve Vai & Steve Luthaker (US)

Florence + The Machine (UK)

Mon 28 May Vector Arena, Auckland

Frank Turner

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

Hanussen - The Palace of Burlesque Wed 11 Apr - Sat 14 Apr Q Theatre, Auckland

Jo Little

Fri 30 Mar The Church, Dunedin Sat 31 Mar Zookeepers Cafe, Invercargill Sat 31 Mar Tillermans, Invercargill Sun 01 Apr Buster Carbbs, Invercargill Mon 02 Apr The Red Cliff, Te Anau Sat 07 Apr Lake Hawea Hotel, Hawea Sun 08 Apr The Creek, Wanaka Tue 10 Apr Cooks Saddle Cafe & Saloon, Fox Glacier Thu 12 Apr Franks, Greymouth Fri 13 Apr Barry Town Hall, Barrytown Sat 14 Apr Drifter’s Cafe, Granity Thu 19 Apr The Star Tavern, Westport Fri 20 Apr The Tap, Mapua Sun 22 Apr The Sprig & Fern, Nelson Tue 24 Apr Lochmara Lodge, Marlborough Wed 25 Apr Lochmara Lodge, Marlborough Thu 26 Apr Le Cafe, Picton Sun 29 Apr Hot Waves Cafe, Hot Water Beach Fri 04 May Brew Liscensed Cafe & Gallery, Thames Sat 05 May McMorrissey’s Irish Pub, Whangarei Sun 06 May The Funky Fish Cafe, Bayleys Beach Tue 08 May Wine Cellar, Auckland Wed 09 May Momento Cafe Waikato Uni, Hamilton Fri 11 May Cafe Irresistiblue at Monavale Bluberries, Cambridge Sat 12 May Vinnies, Raglan Sun 13 May Seismic Gastrobar, Rotorua Fri 18 May Meow, Wellington Thu 24 May The Darkroom, Christchurch

KRS-One (US)

Fri 20 Apr Town Hall, Wellington Sat 21 Apr Shed 10, Queens Wharf, Auckland

Kurt Elling

Tue 03 Apr The Globe Theatre, Palmerston North Wed 04 Apr The Opera House, Wellington Fri 06 Apr National Jazz Festival, Tauranga

Lady Gaga’s The Born This Way Ball Thu 07 Jun Vector Arena, Auckland Fri 08 Jun Vector Arena, Auckland Sun 10 Jun Vector Arena, Auckland

Tue 15 May The Kings Arms, Auckland

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tours & events

Upcoming tours & events Lenny Henry (UK)

Shihad

Sun 24 Jun ASB Theatre, Auckland Wed 27 Jun Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

Thu 05 Apr Altitude, Hamilton Fri 06 Apr Brewers Field, Tauranga Sat 07 Apr Coroglen Tavern, Coroglen Sun 08 Apr Powerstation, Auckland Wed 11 Apr Railway Hotel, Greymouth Thu 12 Apr Victory Room At The Trafalgar Centre, Nelson Fri 13 Apr The Bedofrd, Christchurch Sat 14 Apr Station Village, Upper Hutt

Lucinda Williams

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

Sick Of It All & Agnostic Front NZ International Comedy Festival

Fri 27 Apr - Sun 20 May Multiple Venues, Auckland Sun 29 Apr - Sun 20 May Multiple Venues, Wellington

One Direction The New Seekers & Paper Lace

Sat 28 Apr Founder’s Theatre, Hamilton Sun 29 Apr Aotea Centre, Auckland Tue 01 May Aotea Centre, Auckland Wed 02 May Civic Theatre, Rotorua Thu 03 May Hawkes Bay Opera House, Hastings Sat 05 May TSB Showplace, New Plymouth Sun 06 May Regent On Broadway, Palmerston North Mon 07 May The Opera House, Wellington Wed 09 May Regent Theatre, Dunedin Thu 10 May Aurora Centre, Christchurch Fri 11 May Regent Theatre, Dunedin Sat 12 May Civic Theatre, Invercargill

Sat 21 Apr Trusts Stadium, Auckland Sun 22 Apr St James Theatre, Wellington

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 02 May The Kings Arms, Auckland

Sinate

Thu 29 Mar Bardoke, Timaru Fri 30 Mar Refuel, Dunedin Sat 31 Mar Dux Live, Christchurch Thu 12 Apr Thirsty Dog, Auckland Fri 13 Apr The Royal Hotel, Palmerston North Sat 14 Apr Bar Medusa, Wellington Sun 15 Apr The Village Inn, Kapiti Coast Fri 20 Apr Red Eye Bar, Whangarei Sat 21 Apr Crave Club, New Plymouth Fri 27 Apr Altitude, Hamilton

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The Sonics

Wed 18 Apr The Kings Arms, Auckland

The Specials (UK)

Tue 10 Apr Shed 10 Queens Wharf, Auckland

Steve Earle (US)

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

Real Estate (US)

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

Rough Church (US)

Tue 27 Mar The Wine Cellar, Auckland Wed 28 Mar UFO, Auckland Thu 29 Mar Medusa, Wellington Fri 30 Mar Chicks Hotel, Dunedin Fri 30 Mar Dux de Lux, Christchurch

RULES OF ADDICTION

Fri 23 Mar 12 Below, Dunedin

Semi-Permanent Fri 18 May - Sat 19 May The Edge, Auckland

Sherpa

Fri 30 Mar Dux Live, Christchurch

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Two Cartoons

Thu 22 Mar ReFuel, Dunedin Wed 28 Mar Tabac, Auckland Fri 30 Mar Wine Cellar, Auckland Sat 31 Mat Bodega, Wellington

Upper Hutt Posse

Fri 20 Apr Dux Live, Christchurch Sat 21 Apr The Mussel Inn, Nelson Fri 27 Apr Appleby Tavern, Invercargill Sat 28 Apr Chicks Hotel, Dunedin

Urbantramper

Thu 22 Mar The Yot Club, Raglan Fri 23 Mar Artworks Community Theatre, Waiheke Island Sat 24 Mar Whammy Bar, Auckland

Wavves

World Cinema Showcase

Tue 06 Nov Vector Arena, Auckland

Sat 31 Mar The Cloud, Auckland

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

Thu 22 Mar The Fringe Bar, Wellington Thu 29 Mar The Fringe Bar, Wellington Thu 05 Apr The Fringe Bar, Wellington Thu 26 Apr San Fran Bath House, Wellington

Radiohead (UK)

NZ Beer Festival

Trailer Park Boys (CA)

Wellington RAW Comedy Quest

Wed 04 Apr Sammy’s, Dunedin Thu 05 Apr Studio, Auckland Fri 06 Apr San Fran Bath House, Wellington Sat 07 Apr The Bedford, Christchurch

Wed 11 Apr Havana Bar, Wellington Thu 12 Apr Interislander Ferry Picton - Wellington

Fri 01 Jun Bodega, Wellington Sat 02 Jun The Kings Arms, Auckland

Thu 03 May The Kings Arms, Auckland

The New Zealand Easter Weekender

Nice Verdes

Tim Ripper Owens

Stimming

Sun 08 Apr Toto’s Bacco Room, Auckland

Sunset Concert

Thu 29 Mar - Wed 11 Apr Rialto Cinemas/Bridgeway, Auckland Thu 05 Apr - Sun 22 Apr The Paramount, Wellington Thu 19 Apr - Wed 02 May Regent Theatre, Dunedin Thu 26 Apr - Wed 09 May Hollywood 3 Sumner, Christchurch

Sat 24 Mar Hilltop Wines Vineyard, Hamilton

TAOS Soulfire Sessions Thu 29 Mar The YOT Club, Raglan Fri 30 Mar Flow Bar, Hamilton

Thatta (JP)

Thu 22 Mar Refuel, Dunedin Fri 23 Mar Dux Live, Christchurch Wed 28 Mar Mighty Mighty, Wellington Sat 31 Mar Wine Cellar, Auckland

These Four Walls & Decortica

Fri 23 Mar The Kings Arms, Auckland Sat 24 Mar Brewers Bar, Mt Maunganui

YES (US)

Sun 01 Apr Vector Arena, Auckland


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GAMING Mass Effect 3 PC/PS3/XBOX360

Alright, let’s be honest kids: we’ve all been looking forward to this more than Christmas. The culmination of years and years of work (it’s been half a decade since the flagship issue) is finally coming together – and it’s your work I’m talking about. Remember the time you clocked that annoying intergalactic reporter straight in the kisser? Or perhaps when you saved

that doctor-in-training from the Rachni? Maybe even the part where you destroyed the cure for the disease that crippled an entire species’ ability to reproduce? All these actions you’ve made – from the smallest responses to the larger, morally-conflicting choices have rippled out to determine the galaxy’s fate. Bioware’s had years to refine the game, and has finally

worked out most of the kinks for the final iteration of the series. The weapon system is full of customisations, but it’s nowhere as messy as the first game was. The ammo system is clear and simple with the thermal clips, and combat is about 10-15 per cent faster than the last few games. It’s a lot more hands-on and fast-paced, with sprinting no longer running off limited stamina. Shepard’s new abilities, such as tactical rolls and other evasive manoeuvres, are a particularly nice touch. Bioware’s design team has listened to our feedback, and answered accordingly. They’ve gotten rid of the tedious bits like probing planets for resources and hacking via the omni-tool – it’s now down to the points that count, like blowing up baddies and pimping

out your gear. Extra perks are present for Kinect owners: voice control capabilities have been integrated to allow you to give verbal orders to your squad. “Liara, naked distraction!” hasn’t worked for me yet, but shouting (literally) for cover or directing grenades via speech adds a whole new element to the game. Seriously, this game is pretty much perfect. The gameplay is top-notch, the storyline has brought me to tears on more occasions than I’d like to admit, and everything from the graphical detail right through to Golden Globe nominee Clint Mansell’s orchestral soundtrack will blow you away. The survival of all organic life is in your hands. So what are you going to do about it? WRITTEN BY JOSH LING


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album reviews Robert Glasper Experiment Black Radio lllll

This album is like a warm bath for you to soak in. The Robert Glasper Experiment’s Black Radio delivers jazz-inspired rhythm and blues, with hip-hop undertones that envelop you in sweet satin luxury. ‘Afro Blue’ exhibits the tantalisingly saucy vocals of Erykah Badu (can this girl ever do wrong?); spirits will soar with ‘Cherish The Day’ featuring Lalah Hathway; and the sensual keyboard and smoky slow vocals on ‘Consequence Of Jealousy’ go down like Baileys on ice. Classic yet contemporary, this album is sophisticated to urban perfection. Play it to your Ma: she will like rap.

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ALBUM OF THE WEEK Play it at dinner: your friends will think you invented the concept of cool. Play it to your lady: she’ll probably steal the album. Let’s hope Glasper keeps up the pace with future albums, warming our hearts and hearths a little more. WRITTEN BY LARISSA MCMILLAN

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Hallelujah Picassos

Durham Lane

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I’ve always been a sucker for a good cover version, but suspicious of an entire album’s worth. The willfully eclectic Hallelujah Picassos have cobbled together a range of favourites recorded over the last 20 years, and their dub/ thrash remains incomparable, if something of a mixed bag. The James Brown, Bo Diddley and Smokey Robinson tributes are all dementedly worthy, while the Gene Vincent and Greg Johnson tracks are pretty forgettable. Available as a digital release only, it’s easy to think this might have been better served as a bonus with the recently released Rewind The Hateman retrospective disc. That said, the extensive e-booklet is jam-packed with behind the scenes insight into each songs genesis, and hearing them deliver an angry and evil take on ‘Air’ by Head Like A Hole (who have previously made the Picasso’s ‘Hitskin’ entirely their own) is worth the price of admission alone.

I hate live albums and I have a huge issue getting past accents, especially when it comes to mumbled English ones. So to be able to listen to Durham Lane and come out the other side with positive feelings surprised me. The 11-track album provides a retrospective of the Primmers’ work from the post-punk era, including demos and live recordings. There’s a huge risk involved in releasing demo versions of songs, but for Primmers, it has paid off immensely. The album is well-assembled, and gives a wonderful look at the Primmers sound. My only complaints are that the opener ‘You’re Gonna Get Done’ is a little on the long side for what it is, and as if it wasn’t repetitive enough, the next track ‘Funny stories’ sounds very much like a reprisal. Once you hit ‘Germ Free Adolescents’, however, the album takes off.

Skip the Sultana Bran – this breakfast is going to go down much easier. An up-tempo hiphop album by rapper Chiddy and producer Noah Beresin, this debut release will get you moving. Flows are tight and creative, with reflections from the rapper’s rise through the music industry and rap scene. ‘Ray Charles’ is the second single release from the album, a rap about feeling as fresh as Ray himself. ‘Whatever We Want’ offers up a wicked bass line (DJs, take note). Clever and simple, it works its way right down to your dancing shoes. It’s very current, very hip, and some may say it’s a future sound, but in places can be predictable. Certainly a well worked album ready to attack radio waves without mercy.

The Eastern’s live reputation is the stuff of legend, and their foot-stomping folk-blues is able to bring any room, pub, hall, backyard or arena to life. They’ve played ‘em all, even supporting the mighty Fleetwood Mac last year. Producer Ben Edwards’ studio The Sitting Room was lost to the earthquakes, but he managed to borrow enough equipment to set up a makeshift operation in a red-zoned house in Dallington to record this mammoth set. The Eastern can be compared to the likes of The Felice Brothers and Steve Earle, though on occasions Adam McGrath is guilty of straying perilously close to John Cougar Mellencamp territory. Thankfully Jess Shanks proves a welcome counterpoint, and although the double-disc Hope and Wire could be a little too much banjo, fiddle, and mandolin for one sitting, there’s delightful brass on ‘Let ‘em Know’, while ‘Town Like Here’ and the title track are as good as anything in their considerable back catalogue.

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As narrator-protagonist Rob Hamill pointed out before a preview screening of Brother Number One, the vast public majority will know little of Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge or Kerry Hamill’s untimely death. Undoubtedly, that ignorance will add to the overall sense of horrific enlightenment for many who see this raw Kiwi

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Some moments of the film seem misplaced (a key aspect into Rob’s childhood is strangely placed near the end) and it could use a tad more insight on the Khmer Rouge. Despite those minor setbacks, Brother Number One draws attention to relatively unknown subject matter with little flash and great poignancy. WRITTEN BY LIAM MAGUREN, FLICKS.CO.NZ

Further info directed by ANNIE GOLDSON Starring ROB HAMILL

Further info directed by SEAN DURKIN

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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a nervous condition suffered by shell-shocked soldiers and sex-crime victims (among others), and it’s marbled through writer/director Sean Durkin’s disordered debut. Even the title denotes the slipping identity of its heroine – poor Martha (Elizabeth Olsen), who flees John Hawkes’ creepy cult to reunite with her sister (Sarah Paulson) and her hubby (Hugh Dancy) at their lakehouse retreat. Though she’s safe at last, it’s this anodyne aftermath that allows Martha’s memories of indoctrination and betrayal to bubble to the surface. With no score aside from an occasional tinnitus ring, and its elusive, stream-of-consciousness storyline, the film has a woozy, disconnected feel that puts us squarely in Martha’s shoes. Sometimes Durkin strands her

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documentary. The film essentially tells three stories: the murder of Kerry Hamill in a Cambodian death camp in 1978, the present-day trial of Comrade Duch, one of the pinnacle overseers of death camp S-21, and a rundown of the Khmer Rouge regime that sought the death of millions.

Following Rob Hamill, the movie draws a great deal of sympathy through the Kiwi Olympian’s struggle for answers without ever making it feel exploitive. The first half of the film slowly meanders around the three topics, never really drawing a tight focus until the halfway mark. From there, it blazes a concise trail that chars the heart, divulging into the depravity of the regime, Rob’s 30year frustration over the ambiguity of his brother’s demise and the subdued relief felt when answers begin to surface. A moment involving Kerry’s ‘confession’ hit all the points home.

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in the centre of a massive frame like a malicious Terrence Malick; sometimes he shoots her from far too close. It’s a testament to Olsen’s stunning performance that it withstands such scrutiny, particularly when Martha’s motives remain obscure. Besides his weak words and forceful personality, there are no explanations for Hawkes’ allure – Martha and her fellow lost souls seem desperate for a leader, however toxic – and the character’s ultimate fate is forever in question. If you’re expecting a traditional thriller or character study, expect to be disappointed. This is a troubling portrait of how fear and abuse leave their tentacles in everything they touch – and a haunting one at that. WRITTEN BY MATT GLASBY, FLICKS.CO.NZ

The first Ghost Rider wasn’t particularly well received, so many wrote off its sequel’s chances the moment it was announced. However, with a surprisingly wicked trailer and Crank boys Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor at the helm, it had optimists like me wondering: could this be a supremely awesome action flick? Nope. All those cool-looking set pieces are still present and cool-looking. Neveldine and Taylor’s signature ADD editing and frenetic camera work really add to the action sequences, as does the impressive CGI. Unfortunately, every action scene serves as an oasis, sparsely scattered in the desert of B-grade dullness. The majority of the film is spent loitering around its devil-needs-a-new-human-

vessel storyline, centering on a kid who is supposedly the son of Satan (proving to be the most boring child antichrist in history). Character connections are made but serve no point, a needless father-son subplot is shoehorned in and the lame-tastic dialogue has a very limited appeal. Whenever Nicolas Cage isn’t freaking out about something, he’s completely dreary-eyed and speaking in a monotone. It’s hard not to watch Spirit of Vengeance without giving it the penance stare. It’s the same tired complaint: most of the cool stuff in the movie is in the trailer. What we’re left with is a largely uninteresting movie that simply refuses to give us the excitement we want. WRITTEN BY LIAM MAGUREN, FLICKS.CO.NZ


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Take me out to the ball game By Wrangler

Do Not Disturb Tee By Nom*d

Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could wear those iconic scenes from all of your favourite horror movies? Oh wait, you can.

The LOGO BASEBALL TEE Comes in Black and white and be sure to pick up your game. RRP $59.90 wrangler.com.au

RRP $130 nomd.co.nz

DAPHNE SHOES By Gee Wawa

THE ADORABLE NEW GEE WAWA DAPHNE FLATFORM PLATFORM! GET IN ON THE NEXT BIG TREND WITH THIS SPLIT BODY FLATFORM IN THE SOFTEST SUEDE. RRP $295 PAPERSHOES.COM

CHAPMAN SWEATSHIRT By Wood Wood

THIS CLASSIC RAGLAN SWEATSHIRT IS A STAPLE IN ANY GOOD MAN’S WARDROBE! EXTREMELY SOFT AND COMFORTABLE, AND GUARANTEED TO GO WITH ANYTHING. RRP $194 WOODWOOD.DK

Jeans for Boys & Girls Skin and bone NICK AND BROWYN WILLIAMS OF FASHION BLOG CRAZY CHIC HAVE CREATED THESE BEAUTIFUL LIMITED EDITION LEATHER BRACELETS EXCLUSIVELY FOR SHOP ONE NIGHT. THIS FUNKY ACCESSORY IS A MUST HAVE THIS WINTER.

YOUR ONE-STOP SOLUTION TO DOWNTOWN COOL – CLASSIC SKINNY JEANS ARE A WARDROBE MUSTHAVE. THIS SLEEK PAIR WILL WORK AROUND THE CLOCK, SO WEAR THEM WITH A PRINTED TEE BY DAY AND SWAP FOR A SILK BLOUSE For the night time HOURS.

RRP $60

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live Photos THE CRANBERRIES THE TRUST STADIUM, Auckland THU 15 MAR PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF EVE WOODHAM

Taylor Swift VECTOR ARENA, AUCKLAND FRI 16 MAR PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ALEXANDER HALLAG

WOMAD 2012 TSB BOWL OF BROOKLANDS, NEW PLYMOUTH FRI 16- SUN 18 MAR PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF TREVOR VILLERS

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Shit worth counting

Listophile

1. High Rise Sunken Seas

2. Lunar Bats Sherpa

3. Bones Cat Venom

4. Post Romanticism Psych Tigers

5. Concrete The Mothers Of Darkness

6. Wendy’s Grass Cannons

7. Take You There Kittentank

8. Broken Bones Two Cartoons

9. Ryan Autumn Splendour

10. Jet Plane The Checks

Tahuna Breaks

3. Get Out My Head Redlight

4. Reaching Out Nero

5. No One MAVERICK SABRE

6. Back Of My Car TWINSY

7. Magic (Ft. B.Slade) RECLOOSE

8. Chasing Colours ALL THE LIGHTs

9. Summit (Original Mix) SKRILLEX/ELLIE GOULDING

10. What Can You Do For Me

1. John Carter 2. Ghost Rider: Spirit of

Vengeance 3D

3. The Skin I Live In 4. Contraband 5. The Vow 6. My Week with Marilyn 7. Headhunters 8. Martha Marcy May Marlene 9. We Need To Talk About Kevin 10. This Means War

UTAH SAINTS/DRUMSOUND & BASS

10 Questions

That actually make Winter pretty cool.

Jimmy Christmas From Luger Boa eats from the ocean

1. Bear Grylls can survive the

1. Sleeping in on a Sunday and

1. Crayfish

2. Wearing coats and jackets

2. Scallops

feeling okay about it. and looking B.O.S.S.

3. Roast dinner. 4. Not getting sunburned (not

that summer’s been like that anyways).

3. Blue Crab 4. Kahawai (smoked) 5. Manta Ray

5. Hot drinks seem even better.

6. Sea Cucumber

6. Getting away with wearing

7. Whale Shark

gloves and not looking like a stuffy English git.

7. “Curling up in front of the

fire with a good book” (but really watching cartoons all day on the couch).

8. Cuddles. 9. Using all the blankets in

your house to make forts.

10. For some reason your old

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Miike Snow

10 things

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1. Paddling Out

Lego toys always come out in winter.

8. Kina 9. Elephant Seal

wild but not the boardroom?

2. And now he’s promising to

come back?

3. Shouldn’t he just do a cover

of ‘I Will Survive’ and then an HBO special with William Shatner?

4. Been to Mexico in

Britomart yet?

5. Who knew tequila goes down

with Tuesday lunch so well?

6. Is it okay to be super excited

about The Jersey Boys?

7. Why did everyone suddenly

10. Limpet

11. Sea Squirt

8. Is it just that you haven’t seen

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him in a film for three months?

9. Team Bret or team Jemaine? 10. When’s their sexy calendar

coming out?


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