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28 MAR-03 Apr 2012 . NZ’S original FREE WEEKLY STREET PRESS . ISSUE 406 . GROOVEGUIDE.CO.NZ


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Breaking news  Flight of the Conchords have announced more shows in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, as well as the inclusion of Arj Barker to their tour.  Auckland’s Aotea Square has announced a month of free concerts called Pick and Mix Squared kicking off this week and running through to the end of April. Fri 30 Mar has seven-piece afro-beaters Zoh Zoh with Soul Samba Circus; Thu 05 Apr has The Hypnotics and The Valiant Boys; Fri 13 Apr sees John Bell and Don McGlashan’s The Spoilers of Utopia with Auckland City Brass; Fri 20 Apr features the Tamashii Taiko Drummers supported by Neko Vicious; and Fri 27 Apr wraps up the Pick and Mix Squared festivities with The Broadsides and the Tahini Jam Ukulele Group.

Announcements Financial Blues

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Black is back

 The Jambalaya Festival of Rhythm and Dance returns to Auckland this Easter with a line-up including LatinAotearoa, AKSamba, Mal Webb, Cuban Accent, The Spiritz and more.

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Wellington six-piece The Black Seeds have announced a tour as they celebrate their new album Dust and Dirt, slated for a Monday 09 April release. The band will play nine shows around the country throughout May and June as they head to Dunedin, Wanaka, Christchurch, Nelson, Hamilton and Auckland before rounding off the tour in Wellington. Tickets for the shows are available from Event Finder, Ticket Direct and Ticket Master as well as select venues and retailers around the country. Head to theblackseeds. com/dustanddirttour for more info.

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Manchester spinner/chopper/production boy-wonder Star Slinger has announced he’ll be heading to New Zealand for the first time in late April. Aside from cranking out a few notable tracks on his lonesome, the remixer has worked on tracks for Broken Social Scene, The Go! Team, Deerhunter and many more. Star Slinger will play at Auckland’s Khuja Lounge on Friday 27 April with support from Pikachunes and Scratch 22, before heading to Wellington to play at Macs Brew Bar on Saturday 28 April with DJ Spell and guests from the Red Bull Thre3style competition. Tickets are available from Under The Radar, 1-Night and Rough Peel Records.

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Dame Edna Everage, perhaps lesser known by his/her real name Barry Humphries, has announced her/his final show. After some 57 years, the Elton-esque getups of pink and purple and everything that shines and sparkles will be hung up in the bound-to-be-eclectic wardrobe. But before the final bow is taken and Dame Edna says farewell, Auckland will be treated to four shows at The Civic in August. The Eat, Pray, Laugh tour will be held over four nights from Saturday 11 August through to Tuesday 14 August, with tickets available from Ticket Master and Buy Tickets.

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11/04 Time Over Mind

Dunedin ‘80s royalty The Verlaines have announced an Australian tour as they celebrate their latest album Untimely Meditations, but before they make the skip across the ditch the band will play one show in Auckland. Graeme Downes, Tom Healy, Darren Stedman, Rob Burns and Stephen Small will demonstrate their live chops at Newmarket’s Lucha Lounge on Wednesday 11 April.

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Dictaphone Blues along with Tono and the Finance Company have announced they’ll be sharing the stage at a dual album release on Saturday 28 April. Indie darlings Eddie Castalow and Anthonie Tonnon will perform at The Kings Arms in Auckland with support from Watercolours and Pikachunes. How great is that line-up? Real great. That’s how great. A split EP has been created to celebrate the launch which features tracks from Dictaphone Blues’ album Beneath The Crystal Palace and Tono’s Up Here For Dancing along with some other little gems. Tickets are available through Under The Radar, and purchasers will receive a digital copy of the split upon buying a ticket.

04/04

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 at the National Bar on Wednesday 04 April before heading up to Auckland for two shows with Lisa Crawley – the first at The Kings Arms on Thursday 19 April, and the second at the Sawmill Café in Leigh on Friday 20 April. Saturday 05 May sees him return to Christchurch for a show at the Darkroom, and on Thursday 10 May Lark will head to Wellington for a show at Mighty Mighty.

17/04 Strike Three Shows

Percussion ensemble Strike have announced they’ll be taking their live drumming show Strike Elemental to Hastings, Hamilton and New Plymouth this April. Even though the instruments sound made up, there actually are things called hydrophones, pyrophones and dippophones. The live show mixes percussion and dance, which Strike has done alongside acts like the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Kora, Don McGlashan, John Psathas, Fat Freddy’s Drop and many more. Strike Elemental will hit the Hawkes Bay Opera House in Hastings on Tuesday 17 April, Hamilton’s Clarence St Theatre on Thursday 19 April and at the TSB Showplace in New Plymouth on Saturday 21 April. Tickets for the Hastings and Hamilton shows are available from Ticketek while tickets for the New Plymouth show are available from Ticket Master.

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PLAYING In Brief... FAVourites Sam Smith COMEDIAN

Favourite restaurant/café? The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Favourite takeaway? McDonalds. Always has been, always will be. Favourite classic film? With the show titled Play It Again, Sams you’d expect it to be Casablanca, but it’d have to be The Sound of Music. Love me some Christopher Plummer, I do. Favourite party food? Fairy bread. It’s so simple, but so good. Favourite song? This is a tough one. There are so many brilliant songs that evoke strong emotions and are just beautiful to listen to. So I’d have to say the Duck Tales theme song. Favourite meal? Wholemeal. Favourite cause? Santa Cause. Favourite word? Sporadic. It’s a funny word. Say it five times in a row and you’ll agree. Favourite type of groupie? The bakers! It’s happened to me once – someone liked what I did and made me a cake. That’s truly the way to my heart. Favourite body part on you? Does this mean what appendage would you prefer someone to gently make contact with your body while you were sleeping or something? I wouldn’t like anyone to touch me while I was sleeping. That would freak me out. Favourite body part on someone else? My friend Justin’s sideburns. They’re incredible. Favourite venue? It’d have to be Fringe Bar. Great supporters of comedy, lovely people, and it happens to be the venue for Play It Again, Sams. Favourite candy bar? I wish there was a bar that didn’t sell drinks, but sold candy instead. That would be my favourite candy bar.

See him Live: sam Smith in Play It Again, Sams Fri 16 May the fringe bar, wellington Go to comedyfestival.co.nz

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One Direction made history last week as their debut album Up All Night entered the US Billboard 200 chart at number one. This was the first time that a British group ever made it to the number one spot in the US with a debut album release. Late ‘90s troupe S Club 7 are gearing up for a full tour and two albums, kicking off this UK summer. Reports flew around the innernets last week with the announcement, and people everywhere started streaming their favorite S Club song before probably moving on to the Vengaboys. This announcement comes after the news that S Club 3 (the current incarnation) would be touring Australia. Clearly the demand is there, so why not? When talking to BBC Radio 1, Katy Perry was asked about a possible collaboration with gal– pal Rihanna. The nutty popstar said, “...I want it to be like that Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin song ‘Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves’, not ‘Beautiful Liar’.” ‘Beautiful Liar’ was, of course, the single that Beyonce did with Miss Hipso-matic herself, Shakira. Now everybody is assuming that Katy has some beef with Beyonce and that Beyonce will be taking it personally. People are asking why Katy would dare to take a jab at the former Destiny’s Child/current mother of child singer, without realising that she actually didn’t. Or maybe they just want to start some gossip, whatever. On the other hand, if Katy does have some Beyonce beef, surely the bootylicious queen could take the candy-pop sexstress, right? Semi-Permanent announced that documentary photographer Stefano De Luigi (World Press Photo winner in 1998, 2007 and 2009, winner of the Days Japan International Photojournalism Award 2010, initiator of the alternative cinematographic scene Cinema Mundi), will be joining the 2012 Auckland symposium in May. The Melanoma Foundation of New Zealand will be holding two fundraisers at Auckland’s Q Theatre this Saturday 31 March. The Death to Cancer gigs will be comprised of two six-hour performances with a mixture of entertainment

from Tim Finn, Don McGlashan, Massad, Black River Drive, Villainy, Young Lyre, Invader Cain, Late Nyte Hype and many more. In addition to the fundraiser, the Melanoma Foundation is also hoping to raise money by way of merchandise. A range of tees designed specifically for the Foundation are now available for purchase online at deathtocancer.printmighty.co.nz. Tickets to the gig range from $50-$70 and are available from qtheatre.co.nz. Hillary Duff announced the arrival of her son, Luca Cruz Comrie (7 pounds, 6 ounces) via Twitter last week. Remember her? She was Lizzie McGuire. Nice to see that people can still live on after life as a teen idol. Where do you stand on Ashton Kutcher? Are you for him? The following news will either irk you or swoon you. The Two and a Half Men star has been confirmed as the commemorative 500th “astronaut” on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. The trip will see Kutcher cast some 100 kilometers above the Earth’s surface, costing him around $200,000. This flight is one of the initial planned voyages for Richard Branson’s commercial spacecraft which have yet to actually see space. The trip will also see Kutcher become the first non-Richard Branson celebrity to go into space.

Take Three Of These… Our buddies down at Cassette on Auckland’s Vulcan Lane are having a celebration this Saturday 31 March. The venue is celebrating the third birthday of their club night Sick Disco and this weekend the entire club will open up from the back bar to the new and improved deck out the front. Throughout the night Cassette has promised a ridiculous line-up of DJs spinning tracks including Randomplay, Matt Drake, Cyril Orson, Tommy Flowers, North Shore Pony Club, Matt Drake, MayaVanya, Pizza Cat, Aroha, Bridge, Daniel Farley, Safari Boy, Azbo, Boomio Sound, MTron and a special guest appearance form Melbourne DJ Mat Cant (Splendour In The Grass, Summerdayze, Groove In The Moo, Good Vibrations, Golden Plains). DJs start from 8pm, with a burlesque show starting at 9pm. Entry is free until 10pm when it’s a tenner on the door, and after midnight entry will be $15. A limited amount of presales are available from 1-Night.


Shit Worth Knowing

Releases and Re-issues Music: All American Rejects’ Kids in the Street; Depths’ Resurgence; DJ CXL’s Represent; Django Django’s self-titled; Esperanza Spalding’s Radio Music Society; Evanescence’s The Open Door; Grinderman’s Grinderman 2 RMX; I See Stars’ Digital Renegade; Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee; Lucero’s Women & Work; Madonna’s MDNA; Madonna’s The Complete Studio Albums (1983-2008) 11 CD set; Miike Snow’s Happy to You; OFWGKTA’s The Odd Future Tape Vol. 2; Rizzle Kicks’ Stereo Typical; Rocket Juice and the Moon’s self-titled; Shinedown’s Amaryllis; The Mars Volta’s Noctourniquet; The Verlaines’ Untimely Meditations; Various artists on Flying Nun’s Time To Go: The Southern Psychedelic Moment 1981-1986; Ziggy Marley’s Family Time. DVD & Blu-ray: 30 Rock: season five DVD; Force of Nature DVD; Iron Maiden: En Vivo! DVD & Blu-ray; Perfect Sense DVD & Blu-ray; Real steel DVD & Blu-ray; Red Dog DVD & Blu-ray; Red State DVD & Blu-ray; Shameless: season one DVD & Blu-ray; Smallville: The Final Season DVD & Blu-ray; The Inbetweeners Movie DVD & Blu-ray; The Whistleblower DVD & Blu-ray; Treme: season two DVD & Blu-ray. Cinema: Attack the Block (directed by Joe Cornish, starring Jodie Whittaker, Luke Treadaway and Joey Ansah); Damsels in Distress (directed by Whit Stillman, starring Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody and Analeigh Tipton); I Am Bruce Lee (directed by Pete McCormack, starring Mickey Rourke, Ed

O’Neill and Kobe Bryant); Mirror Mirror (directed by Tarsem Singh, starring Julia Roberts, Lily Collins and Sean Bean); The Lorax (directed by Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda, starring Zac Efron, Danny DeVito and Taylor Swift); The Women On the 6th Floor (directed by Philippe Le Guay, starring Fabrice Luchini, Sandrine Kiberlain and Natalia Verbeke); Wrath of the Titans (directed by Jonathan Liebesman, starring Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson).

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Geddon There The Armageddon Expo heads to Hamilton and Wellington mid-April and, as always, the yearly geekfest has plenty to brag about. From the comic book realm we’re looking at artists Carlo Pagulayan (Planet Hulk), Dave Johnson (Superman: Red Son, 100 Bullets) and comic scribe Ron Marx (Green Lantern, Star Wars, Witchblade). Tournaments to be held at the events will be Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh and Magic The Gathering, and the IRL fun continues with cosplay contests, games and parades. Film, television and anime stars announced to attend the expo include Matt Frewer (Max Headroom, Watchmen), Jon Bernthal (Shane from The Walking Dead), John Levene (Doctor Who), Tinsel Korey, Charlie Bewley and Bronson Pelletier from the Twilight films and more. All this as well as special screenings for Game Of Thrones season two and Justice League: DOOM, ignoring all of the side events like laser tag, paintball, zombie walks and just a shit load more. Armageddon hits Hamilton’s Claudelands Event Centre on Saturday 14 April and Sunday 15 April, then heads to Wellington’s TSB Bank Arena on Saturday 21 April and Sunday 22 April. Tickets are available from Ticketek.

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Wednesday 28

THURSday 29

Dead Meadow

Freestylers

Enchanted Garden Party

San Fran Bath House

Mint Bar, Wanaka

Chapel

8pm, $35, undertheradar.co.nz

Los Angeles psychedelics Dead Meadow play their first gig with Canadians Pink Mountaintops. This Wellington show is the first of two before the bands head up to Auckland to play The Kings Arms on Thursday.

9pm, $25-35, dashtickets.co.nz

7pm, FREE

When an electronic/break beat/ heavy-club-as-fuck team like Freestylers have been around for some 20 odd years, you know they have some tricks up their sleeves. Wanaka folks can enjoy the heat down in the cold south.

We’re not saying men can’t enjoy this evening that the La Mav skincare range is putting on, but when there are nectar cocktails, La Mav prizes and deluxe goodie bags for the first 100 people who RSVP, maybe it is a bit more “ladies night out” than “dude heaven”.

Thatta

Rough Church

The Lorax

Mighty Mighty

UFO

General Release 9pm, Door Sales Only

9pm, $5

Damn, if Japan doesn’t crank out some fantastic rock bands. Even when they’re a synth-infused five-piece like Thatta, the music is still heavier than a team of sumo wrestlers. Screw Godzilla, these guys will end up slaying the night away.

Art rockers Rough Church make the trip over from Los Angeles for their tour around the country, playing their second show in Auckland before heading to Wellington on Thursday then playing two shows on Friday in Christchurch and Dunedin.

Without knowing anything about this film and just going by the movie poster you’d think that Garfield had an illegitimate alien baby with Joseph Stalin or Ron Swanson. Then you realise it’s from Doctor Suess and you start thinking about green eggs and ham and all of a sudden you want lunch.

Elbow

Boris

Mirror Mirror

Powerstation

The Kings Arms

General Release

8pm, $90, ticketmaster.co.nz

You know when a bunch of people’s dads get up on stage and start rocking out and you think, “Man, this is so EMBARRASSING,” but then you realise old people actually listen to alright music as well? Elbow is that.

8pm, $35, undertheradar.co.nz

Hey, Julia Roberts! What are you doing in a movie that doesn’t fly you around the world so you can go on vacation, ride elephants and live like a fucking goddess? Oh, you’re just making a nice family friendly movie? Isn’t that nice. No wonder everyone’s mother and father loves you.

There’s so many cool things about Boris that we’re just going to use keywords instead of explanations: Jim Jarmusch, Nine Inch Nails, The Cult, Art, Sexy, Dragon, Japanese, Loud, TwoBands-But-One-At-The-Same-Time.

Friday 30 Titirangi Festival of Music

Captain Sergeant Major

Rackets

Multiple Venues

Bodega

Static

7.30pm, $25, iticket.co.nz

Fantastically described “chief purveyors of sonic pop and angular rock’n’roll” Captain Sergeant Major and Force Fields take to Wellington’s Bodega for one night of over-the-top ecstatic rock.

Auckland nutcases Rackets know how to throw a raucous party. Hamilton knows how to start a riot. Combine the two and you’ll be up to your allof-a-sudden-visible armpits in sweaty, bratty, thrashy music. And you’ll love it.

Dirty Dancing

A Dead Forest Index

Sherpa

San Fran Bath House

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Oh man. This movie has one of the best soundtracks ever. There’s no denying that. And what a story. Old stuffy people who don’t like dancing? And some hunk who does like dancing? And the dark undertones of a huge age difference? No wonder that girl goes all crazy legs for Patrick Swayze. Swoon.

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The Titirangi Festival of Music has a week of solid performances all around the place. Tonight there’s Luger Boa, Clap Clap Riot, Invader Cain and Heroes for Sale at the Titirangi War Memorial Hall and much more at many of the other venues – check out titirangifestival.com/events for more info.

Silo Park

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9pm, $5, Door Sales

8pm, $10, undertheradar.co.nz

Kiwi brothers Adam and Sam Sherry, AKA A Dead Forest Index, have come back from their setup in Melbourne. This week they hit the capital with The Body Lyre, Seth Frightening and All Seeing Hand.

8.30pm, FREE

Sherpa have had a good run lately and the future is looking even better for them. This weekend the Auckland five-piece take to Christchurch for one special show. See why these guys are so damn popular at the moment.


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Saturday 31 Jo Little

In Flagrante

Invercargill

Toto’s Montecristo Room 2pm, FREE

8pm, $55

Jo Little continues her ridiculously long two-month tour in Dunedin with help from muso-in-arms Jared Smith. This Saturday the songstress plays two shows in Invercargill – one at the Zookeeper’s Café and another at Tillermans. It’s bound to be very cute and very heartwarming.

What part of this doesn’t sound like a good (fancy, possibly date-worthy) night out – a provocative neo-burlesque show; complimentary house sangria; canapés; Toto’s top-notch proper Italian style pizza. You like to think of yourself as cultured, so put your money where your mouth is.

Homebrew

NZ Beer Festival

The Kings Arms

The Cloud 7pm, $20, conch.co.nz

12.30pm, $30-60, eventfinder.co.nz

This is one heavyweight team-up that’s hard to pass up – the country’s shining stars of hip-hop of the moment Homebrew will be performing with their full live band, and demonstrating their new material from their upcoming album. Funkommunity, Latinaotearoa, Junior and Truent all make an appearance.

What can you expect at a beer festival? Well, we know what to expect of you, but we’re also expecting you to drink responsibly. You’re not a teenager anymore. You need to grow up, pay taxes, talk politics, eat blue cheese and look at art. JST JKS! Do what you do best, you statistic.

Feastock 2012

Attack The Block

Fea St

Selected Cinemas 11am, $15-30, feastock@gmail.com

Feastock returns for its fourth year with a lineup including Left Or Right, Soulsystem, Osmium, Alizarin Lizard, Black Sky Hustler, Oleh, Ink Mathematics, Made In China and Rhythmonyx, with the after-party at ReFuel with Beastwars, Organikismness, The Great Jali and Cult Disney.

Remember when Drive came out and everybody saw it before you? That’s going to happen here, and you’re not going to understand what your friends are talking about. Do yourself a favour and see the best take on an alien invasion movie since Mars Attacks.

Wrath Of The Titans

The Exponents

General Release

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

Alright, another movie about giant monsters fighting little humans but the humans will probably win. That’s not a spoiler – that’s a well educated guess. For all we know maybe the titans will win. They are full of wrath, after all. This isn’t date night movie material – this is bro-down city featuring ancient monsters.

Hollie Smith

I Am Bruce Lee

Juice Bar

Selected Cinemas

An intimate evening with Hollie Smith guarantees an insanely talented singer performing for those lucky enough to get tickets quick enough. Juice Bar at the Windsor Castle is making this event special with reduced capacity for more… intimacy.

Key

8pm, $25, eventfinder.co.nz

Thirty years is a long time. Subjectively speaking. It’s a hell of a long time to be a band, that’s for sure. So when Jordan Luck and his band of exponentially merry misfits tour the country celebrating three decades of music, you can respect that. You can also see that. This weekend.

A biographical documentary on Bruce Lee? Awesome. Interviews with Mickey Rourke, Ed O’Neill and Kobe Bryant? Hot damn, sounds good. Discovering that no matter how newage you think you are, you actually still love kung-fu shit? Priceless.

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“I think I still have a lot to say... I still get pissed off about things. And I still believe in love.”

In the words of Harajuku Barbie herself Nicki Minaj, “There’s only one queen and that’s Madonna, bitch.” Nicki’s impassioned proclamation at the close of MDNA’s stomping anthem ‘I Don’t Give A...’ could not be more sharply on-point. After nearly 30 years of making music, no one has come close to matching the impact of Madonna. She is truly peerless, ever-evolving and experimenting with sounds that continually set the pace for global popular music. Madonna’s unwavering commitment to her craft has translated into sales of over 200 million albums worldwide, not to mention record-breaking tours that raise the bar for creativity. With MDNA, she breaks innovative new ground with songs that explode with ferocious rhythmic energy, while also offering the kind of irresistible pop melodies that are the hallmark of her classic compositions. Since pre-release sales orders began exclusively on iTunes worldwide on February 2, the album has reached number one on the store’s charts in 50 countries and became the largest one-day preorder of any album in iTunes history. Clearly, there is indeed only one queen... and that’s Madonna. Jump back briefly to the 2012 Superbowl. Madonna took to the stage for the half-time show with showcase stars of the moment Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. and gave a stellar performance. There were some ups and downs in the show, but if there’s one thing that Madge is through and through, it’s an entertainer. We can only assume that comes with being a perfectionist. We can only hope that doesn’t get in the way of the queen delivering yet again with her new album. MDNA opens with ‘Girl Gone Wild’, an anthemic collaboration with Italian club wunderkind Benny Benassi. Amid a frenetic collision of beats and keyboards, Madonna sets the tone for an album that she vividly characterises as having the intensity of a “caged animal”. From there, the listener is taken on the heart-racing, reckless joyride ‘Gang Bang,’ a reunion with Ray of Light collaborator William Orbit. At the first ominous, bass-soaked thump of the beat, it’s clear that Madonna and Orbit are navigating previously uncharted musical territory. The unapologetic, foreboding tone of anger in her vocals builds to the point of violent mania. And just when you think she couldn’t go any further, she does. This is Madonna at her most primal and animalistic.

In contrast to Madonna’s pensive moments with Orbit on MDNA are flourishes of spectacular joy with Benassi. It is during their dance floor-friendly tracks that long-time aficionados of the artist’s pure-pop efforts will experience absolute bliss. He brings out her cheeky, playful side on ‘I’m Addicted’, which reveals its massive pop-hit potential in its booming bassline and its meticulous, infectious chorus chant. Of the collaborations Madonna explores throughout this project, the results of her time with French DJ/producer Martin Solveig are the most unexpectedly intriguing. Their shared affinity for film and art imagery is unmistakable in their lyrics, drawing an ear-tickling contrast with the sweet, often varied tones of their music. ‘Turn On The Radio’ has a charming, earnest quality, while the top-10 hit ‘Give Me All Your Luvin’’ has a sexy, surf-rock vibe that conjures images of sunshine within its first few instrumental bars.  Perhaps most powerful of Madonna and Solveig’s tracks is the reflective ‘I Don’t Give A...’, during which she ruminates on the necessary end to a relationship with brutally sensitive prose like “I tried to be a good girl. I tried to be a wife. Diminished myself. I swallowed my light.” It’s a startlingly beautiful, delicate moment that evolves into a climax of extraordinary empowerment. MDNAis unequivocal proof that Madonna continues to be the world’s most inventive musical artist. Her desire to bring bold new ideas to the mainstream is unparalleled. No doubt, this will be illustrated in a worldwide concert trek that will show the artist shattering the boundaries of a traditional stage show. Madonna understands and respects the simple purity of pop music, while thriving on the belief that people are as smart and hungry for truth and art as she is. It is that belief that will undeniably keep Madonna creating more inspired and inspiring music for years to come.

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There is no denying the kinetic chemistry that Madonna shares with Orbit, as exemplified by their additional MDNA creations. ‘Some Girls’ exudes an almost masculine funk swagger, while ‘I’m A Sinner’ shows the pair indulging in jangly guitars and retro-splashed pop percussion. It is also with Orbit that Madonna has created her most delicate compositions, most notably the deliciously romantic ‘Falling Free’ and the gently percussive ‘Masterpiece’, which won a 2012 Golden Globe Award for its inclusion in her motion picture directorial debut, W.E.

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After sell-out shows and rave reviews in Australia and the UK, Des Bishop heads here to make his mark on the NZ International Comedy Festival 2012.

American-Irish comedian Des Bishop is scanning his rap sheet for the week that was. Preparing to film popular TV3 comedy show 7 Days, he’s firing off questions and fishing for hooks and lines. Commenting on the local petty squabbles and quirky press stories should be easy for Bishop, whose stand-up shows are based around observing the local urban wildlife. “I can’t believe the fuss, all those teens fighting over scalped tickets for One Direction,” he rants. “I mean who are they? I’ve never even heard of them. You win a TV contest one minute and the next you’re an Ipod link! Born in Queens, NYC, Bishop likes to joke he was too mean for the city so he was exported to Irish boarding school to corrupt them instead. When asked if he identifies more with Irish or American stereotypes, he quips, “Well, I was a half good drinker when I left Queens, but in Ireland – I’m a professional!” Like many comedians, Bishop started his career as the class clown before getting into Ireland’s fledgling comedy scene. He toyed with television, making several shows, and did some early festival performances based around the ridiculous notion of Irish rap music. He also did various local projects before finally graduating to My Dad Was Nearly James Bond, a personal and confronting show that took him on an international tour. “It covered all sorts of stuff – my dad’s death of lung cancer, poverty, drinking and testicular cancer, which is a young man’s disease,” he recalls.

“I got it in 2000, when I was just 24 years old. Of course, it [cancer] can have some advantages. You know it’s always in someone else’s hands, and it doesn’t really matter – it just feels good! I got quite proud of mine actually. I was showing it to everyone!” Sex and personal boundaries are other topics close to Bishop’s heart. He’s telling me about new material for his upcoming tour, which will include New Zealand. “I’m going to cover sex during periods. I Googled the subject.” After a palpable silence from this reporter, he continues. “Ah, you see you’re squeamish. Why is it guys don’t want to talk about it? The Twittersphere is full of women who are okay with the idea. Men are wimps sometimes.” Speaking of sex, I ask if Ireland is still under the thumb of the Catholic Church when it comes to sex and morality. “Not any more. You might say the choir boys are under the Rector! There is growing mistrust of the church, mainly thanks to the continuing rise in reports of child rape [by the clergy]. The church is an easy target.” You can catch more of his inappropriate observations in his latest show, Des Bishop likes to Bang, when he graces the NZ International Comedy Festival with his unholy presence this May. WRITTEN BY TIM GURAR SEE HIM LIVE: DES BISHOP LIKES TO BANG Tue 08 - Sat 12 May Aotea Centre, Auckland

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fourty-four years, twenty-one studio albums and seventeen band members means Yes is a hard band to say no to.

PROG-ROCK PIONEERS YES have had a career longer than most marriages.And like most marriages, the road to the present day hasn’t been without its challenges. Across four decades, the band’s line-up has cycled through no less than 17 members, including the departure of former vocalist Jon Anderson in 2004. This saw band take a four year hiatus, but the group still came back with Benoit David on vocals for a new album in 2011. Unfortunately though, Benoit was forced to leave the band early in 2012 due to illness, agreeing to be replaced for the April live shows. His replacement is vocalist Jon Davison, with the rest of the line up consisting of bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, and keyboardist Geoff Downes. Bassist Chris Squire is philosophical, and still eager to get the new album toured. “We were all in tune with each other, we had Trevor Horn on board as producer and he contributed to some of the writing,” he muses. Their 21st studio album Fly From Here was welcomed by fans, despite the absence of Anderson. As the first album that featured David as the vocalist, apprehension would have been understandable, but Squire is nothing but positive. “He did a really good job,” he says. “We’re all happy with his performance.”

It perhaps goes without saying then that YES is a sum of its parts as a band that’s walked various different areas of music. Perhaps this is the band’s secret – with the various incarnations of YES helping to define not only its sound over the course of the decades, but also allowing the band to stay in the game. The Benoit-led YES have proven they can rival the classics with the new material, and performances led by Davison are sure to result in breathtaking live shows. Squire says they’re excited about coming to New Zealand. “Playing live always gives me a new buzz, as well as playing new material.” Their show at Vector Arena on April 1 will be the only show they play in New Zealand, and with four decades of material to choose from, it’s a pretty safe bet this is one not to miss.

WRITTEN BY SEBASTIAN MACKAY SEE THEM LIVE: YES SUN 01 APR VECTOR ARENA, AUCKLAND

Fly From Here was a return to form; Squire refers to it as “one of the most enjoyable albums”. The band certainly weren’t out of practise when it came to recording the new album either. “The studio isn’t a foreign place” he quips, and it’s safe to say that’s an understatement.

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WELLINGTON gig guide Wed 28

Fri 30

The Exponents

These Are The Skeletons Of Us

These Are The Skeletons Of Us

The C.C. Real NZ Comedy Tour

BATS Theatre

BATS Theatre

The Junk Yard

Peninsula

Thatta (JP)

Mat Cant (AU)

Good Luck

Mighty Mighty

Circa Theatre Good Luck

Dead Meadow (US) & Pink Mountaintops (CA)

Kittyhawk & Killing Bear

Thu 29

NZSM Friday Lunchtime Concert: The Hired Sportsmen

These Are The Skeletons Of Us

A Dead Forest Index

Rough Church (US)

Newtown Rocksteady

San Fran Bath House

BATS Theatre Medusa

Meech Brothers Poco EP Release Meow

Wellington Raw Comedy Quest The Fringe Bar

Mighty Mighty

NZSM Concert Hall

San Fran Bath House The Southern Cross

Sat 31 These Are The Skeletons Of Us

Bodega

Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre

Music For Food w/ The Raskolnikovs & Ten Thousand Mixtapes

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Mighty Mighty

Kapiti Festival

Queen Elizabeth Park

King Cannons

San Fran Bath House

Battleska Gallactica

Mon 02 Raw Meat Comedy The Fringe Bar

The Southern Cross

Sun 01 The Sunday Jazz Club

Tue 03 These Are The Skeletons Of Us

Public Bar & Eatery

BATS Theatre

Wellington Chamber Orchestra

Floral Notes

General Lee & Whistlejacket

The C2

Circa Theatre

St Andrews on the Terrace

BATS Theatre

auckland gig guide Wed 28 Tony Irving & Neil Mackay Duo (UK) Audio Foundation

Old Fashioned Wednesdays Barrio

Young Guns: Titirangi Festival of Music Zeal

Thu 29 Thursday Night Live: Young Lyre

Red Hummingbird Free

Sally Stockwell: Titirangi Festival of Music

Titirangi Theatre @ Lopdell House

The Nudge: Titirangi Festival of Music 2012

Kings Arms

1885 Britomart Free

The Circling Sun w/ DJ Truent

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

Wine Cellar

Karaoke Kate

These Automatic Changers ‘One Fifty Six’ Single Release Party Juice Bar at the Windsor Castle Free

Fri 30

Dead Meadow (US) & Pink Mountaintops (CA)

Feral Vessel w/ the Nikki Ngatai Band

Borris (JP)

Ponsonby Social Club Free QF Tavern Free

DJ Arash

Red Hummingbird Free

Two Cartoons w/ The Leers & Narwhal Tabac

Rough Church (US) UFO $5

Liam O’Connell: Writing in the Dark Release

Bruce Mason Centre

Kings Arms

Occupational Therapy ft. Bobby Brazuka & T.Rice

Titirangi War Memorial Hall

Bernie Griffen, Alan Meharry, Brendan Turner & Callum Gents

Eddie Manukau Glen Eden RSA

Peta Si’ulepa & Musika Club: Titirangi Festival of Music Hardware Cafe

LATIN FIRE NIGHT w/ CUBAN ACCENT BAND Havana Club Free

Mason Clinic, Shoutin’ Preachin’, Sex Pest & Black Science Khuja Lounge

Artworks Community Theatre, Waiheke Island $12 door sales

Jeremy Pickford

Ponsonby Social Club Free

Basalt

Franko

De Post

QF Tavern Free

GBS Bar

Brett Polley

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Florrie McGreals

Wine Cellar

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auckland gig guide KING CANNONS w/ Rackets Kings Arms $26.50

Acoustic Smoothie: Titirangi Festival of Music Lopdell House

WEBB PAGE

Leigh Sawmill Cafe $10

Thee Rum Coves Lucha Lounge

Pseudo City, These Guys & Chung Lao Masonic Tavern

Franko & James

Merchant Bar and Restaurant

David Shanhun Moreton’s

Auckland University Lunchtime Concerts: Flute & Strings Students

Music Theatre, School of Music Free

DJs Benwah & Sam.E Ponsonby Social Club Free

Dirty Diana, CVE and Thane Kirby Red Hummingbird Free

Silo Cinema and Night Markets present Dirty Dancing Silo Park Free

LatinAotearoa

The Britomart Country Club

Pat 4 President

The Elephant Wrestler

Matt & The James The Flying Moa Free

Hollie Smith Acoustic Tour The Tasting Shed

The Nukes & Paul Symons Band: Titirangi Festival of Music Titirangi RSA

Fleur Jack & The Jandals: Titirangi Festival of Music Titirangi Theatre @ Lopdell House

Papa G Street performers: Titirangi Festival of Music Titirangi Village

Luger Boa & Clap Clap Riot: Titirangi Festival of Music

Titirangi War Memorial Hall

Two Cartoons w/ Yolanda Wine Cellar

Sick Disco’s 3rd Birthday w/ Mat Cant (AU), MTron, Safari Boy & guests Cassette Nine

$10 after 10pm / $5 with b-card or company card

Mitch French De Post

Brett Polley Florrie McGreals

Spiral: Titirangi Festival of Music Hardware Cafe

An Intimate Evening with Hollie Smith

Juice Bar at The Windsor Castle

Funkommunity fundraiser w/ Latinaotearoa & Homebrew Kings Arms $20

CORNERSTONE ROOTS Leigh Sawmill Cafe

Mitch and Pete

Rickshaw Eddies

People Of Paris & Friends 2012

The Britomart Country Club

The New Zealand Beer Festival The Cloud $30

Victoria Girling Butcher: Titirangi Festival of Music Titirangi Theatre @ Lopdell House

Iva Lankum, Paddy Free & BlackSandDiva: Titirangi Festival of Music Titirangi War Memorial Hall

Club House ft. Dougal Swift, DJ Lucas, Wade Marriner & Jeremy Kingi Trench Bar Free

Thatta (JP) Wine Cellar

Merchant Bar and Restaurant

Ria Hall & Lewis McCallum w/ O.G. Ponsonby Social Club Free

Sat 31

Death to Cancer

Mr. Sackman

DJ Disco Trash

Audio Foundation HQ $10

David Shanhun

Q Theatre

Red Hummingbird Free

Pat 4 President

Sun 01 Mr. Sackman

Audio Foundation HQ $10

Wooden Shjips (US) Kings Arms $40

Yes

Vector Arena

Black Salt

hamilton gig guide Wed 28 Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Lido Cinema

Don Quixote of La Mancha Riverlea Theatre

Latin Dancing Rhythms SKYCITY Hamilton

Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Lido Cinema

Don Quixote of La Mancha

The Exponents Altitude Bar

NZSO Soloists: Carmen Suite Founders Theatre

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Static Bar

Sun 01 Alliance Francaise French Film Festival

Sat 31

Lido Cinema

Riverlea Theatre

Fri 30

The Meridian Season of Angelina Ballerina’s Big Audition

Mon 02

NRG Rising Fundraiser Altitude Bar

Thu 29

The Rackets ft. John the Baptist

Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Lido Cinema

Don Quixote of La Mancha Riverlea Theatre

Founders Theatre

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Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Lido Cinema

Lido Cinema

Don Quixote of La Mancha Riverlea Theatre

Tue 03 Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Lido Cinema


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CHRISTCHURCH gig guide

Dunedin gig guide

Wed 28

Sat 31

Wed 28

Sinate

GGP Free Texas Hold’Em Poker League

Christchurch HOG Amazing Thunder Challenge Party

Black: The History of Black in Fashion, Society & Culture

Six60

D n D Showband

Freestylers (UK)

Fuel Bar and Grill

Winter Wonderland Market University of Canterbury

Thu 29 The Black Velvet Band

Bealey’s Speight’s Ale House Becks Southern Alehouse

Chris While and Julie Matthews CPIT

Kittentank

Dunedin City Library

Thu 29 DJ Nick C

Darkroom Free

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School: Farm Fresh

Sinate w/ Dissolution

Castlecliff Lights

Canterbury Bowling Club

Dux Live

Delicious Music presents Opiuo (AU)

Captain Jack

iD International Emerging Designer Awards Show

Ferrymead Speights Ale House

Insane Jane

Pierside Cafe and Bar

Fri 30

Voyage Of Hope

St Johns Anglican Church

10 Bar

Chicks Hotel

Sherpa, Sleepy Age & Psych Tigers Dux Live

Lincoln Drive w/ djDmand

Dunedin’s Talent Factory Isis Lounge

Pierside Cafe and Bar

Sun 01

Fri 30

Sunday Sounds: Laura Hunter

Rough Church (US)

Dux Live Free

Voyage Of Hope

Voyage Of Hope

St Johns Anglican Church

Optimus Gryme & Organikismness

Mon 02

DJ Mike T

Canterbury Film Society: Wake in Fright

St Johns Anglican Church

The Bedford

The Monday Room

Jo Little & Jared Smith The Church

Sat 31 iD Dunedin Fashion Show

Dunedin Railway Station

Feastock 2012 Fea Street

Feastock 2012 Afterparty Refuel

Edgar Centre

Division St

Becks Southern Alehouse

Sammy’s

Mint Bar (Wanaka)

Becks Southern Alehouse

Dux Live

Refuel

Chicks Hotel

Sun 01 Crux Fidelis: Music for Easter

St Joseph’s Cathedral Chapel

Julia Deans & Seth Haapu

The Winehouse (Gibbston)

iD Dunedin Fashion Show

Tue 03

The Oxo Cubans’ Famously Fabulous Friday Night

NZSO Soloists: Carmen Suite

Dunedin Railway Station

Regent Theatre Regional

Isis Lounge

Beauty of Baroque Knox Church

Hollywood 3 Cinema

REGIONAL gig guide Wed 28

Fri 30

Jo Little & Jared Smith Zookeepers Cafe, Invercargill

Tue 03

Ruth Wyand

The Exponents

Taos & Hurricane Tilly

KUrt Elling

Rotorua Arts Village RAVE

Butlers Reef Hotel, New Plymouth

Thu 29

Spawnbreezie

Spawnbreezie

So So Modern & The Shocking & Stunning

Feilding Civic Centre, Feilding

Matinee, New Plymouth

The Stomach, Palmerston North

Sinate

Bardoke, Timaru

Hollie Smith

Old Library Building Arts Centre, Whangarei

Brewers Bar, Mt Maunganui

Spawnbreezie Kalah Bar, Rotorua

Sun 01 Jo Little & Jared Smith

Sat 31

Buster Carbbs, Invercargill

UV Party w/ P.Digsss Shipwreck Bar, Gisborne

Mon 02

Jo Little & Jared Smith

Jo Little & Jared Smith

Tillermans, Invercargill

The Globe Theatre, Palmerston North

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Upcoming tours & events Alizarin Lizard

Sat 31 Mar Feastock 2012, Dunedin

Annah Mac

Fri 20 Apr Academy Cinemas, Auckland Thu 26 Apr CPSA, Christchurch Fri 27 Apr Civic Theatre, Invercargill Sat 28 Apr Sammy’s, Dunedin

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

DHDFDs

Fri 30 Mar Cassette, Auckland Fri 06 Apr Lucha Lounge, Auckland Fri 13 Apr Whammy, Auckland Fri 27 Apr Mighty Mighty, Wellington Sat 28 Apr Space Monster, Whanganui

Dictaphone Blues

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 Sat 28 Apr The Kings Arms, Auckland

Armageddon Expo

Sat 14 Apr Claudelands Event Centre, Hamilton Sun 15 Apr Claudelands Event Centre, Hamilton Sat 21 Apr TSB Bank Arena, Wellington Sun 21 Apr TSB Bank Arena, Wellington

Atmosphere

Wed 02 May San Fran Bath House, Wellington Thu 02 May Studio, 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

The Black Seeds

Thu 24 May Sammy’s, Dunedin Fri 25 May Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka Sat 26 May The Bedford, Christchurch Sun 27 May School Of Music, Nelson Wed 30 May Altitude, Hamilton Thu 31 May Powerstation, Auckland Fri 01 Jun Powerstation, Auckland Sat 02 Jun The Front Room, Wellington Sun 03 Jun The Front Room, Wellington

Elbow (UK)

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

The Exploited (SC)

Sun 29 Apr The Kings Arms, Auckland

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

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 The 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

Florence + The Machine (UK)

Mon 28 May Vector Arena, Auckland

Frank Turner

Tue 15 May The Kings Arms, Auckland

Fu Manchu

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

Lenny Henry (UK)

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

Lucinda Williams

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

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, 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

Borderline Festival

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

Boris (JP)

Wed 28 Mar The Kings Arms, Auckland

The Checks

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

Dame Edna Everage

Sat 11 Aug The Civic, Auckland Sun 12 Aug The Civic, Auckland Mon 13 Aug The Civic, Auckland Tue 14 Aug The Civic, Auckland

Kaiser Chiefs

Thu 10 May Powerstation, Auckland

Henry Rollins (US)

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

KRS-One (US)

Fri 20 Apr Town Hall, Wellington Sat 21 Apr Shed 10 @ The Cloud, Auckland

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Upcoming tours & events The New Zealand Easter Weekender

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

Nice Verdes

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

NZ Beer Festival

Sat 31 Mar The Cloud, Auckland

Reece Mastin

Tue 10 Apr CBS Canterbury Arena, Christchurch Thu 12 Apr TSB Arena, Wellington Sat 14 Apr Vector Arena, Auckland Mon 16 Apr Pettigrew Arena, Napier

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

Fri 20 Apr Sawmill Cafe, Leigh Sat 05 May Darkroom, Christchurch Thu 10 May Mighty Mighty, Wellington

Tono and the Finance Company

Sat 28 Apr The Kings Arms, Auckland

Rough Church (US)

Two Cartoons

Wed 28 Mar UFO, Auckland Thu 29 Mar Medusa, Wellington Fri 30 Mar Chicks Hotel, Dunedin Fri 30 Mar Dux de Lux, Christchurch

Wed 28 Mar Tabac, Auckland Fri 30 Mar Wine Cellar, Auckland Sat 31 Mat Bodega, Wellington

Semi-Permanent

Upper Hutt Posse

Fri 18 May - Sat 19 May The Edge, Auckland

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

The Sonics

Wed 18 Apr The Kings Arms, Auckland

The Verlaines

Wed 11 Apr Lucha Lounge, Auckland

The Specials (UK)

Tue 10 Apr Shed 10 Queens Wharf, Auckland

Star Slinger

Fri 27 Apr Khuja Lounge, Auckland Sat 28 Apr Macs Brew Bar, Wellington

NZ International Comedy Festival Fri 27 Apr - Sun 20 May Multiple Venues, Auckland Sun 29 Apr - Sun 20 May Multiple Venues, Wellington

One Direction

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

Radiohead (UK)

Tue 06 Nov Vector Arena, Auckland

Steve Earle (US)

Sherpa

Fri 30 Mar Dux Live, Christchurch

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

Shihad

Strike Elemental

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

Sick Of It All & Agnostic Front

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

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Wavves

Tue 17 Apr Hawkes Bay Opera House, Hastings Thu 19 Apr Clarence St Theatre, Hamilton Sat 21 Apr TSB Showplace, New Plymouth

Thu 03 May The Kings Arms, Auckland

Wellington RAW Comedy Quest

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

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

Thatta (JP)

World Cinema Showcase

TAOS Soulfire Sessions Wed 28 Mar Mighty Mighty, Wellington Sat 31 Mar Wine Cellar, Auckland

Tim Ripper Owens

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

Tom Lark

Wed 04 Apr National Bar, Dunedin Thu 19 Apr The Kings Arms, Auckland

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

YES (US)

Sun 01 Apr Vector Arena, Auckland

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If the name Rodney Fisher clicks instantly with you, conjuring memories of Goodshirt’s reign over some pivotal summers in your formative years, then this album is made especially for you. Songs from the Backyard is a perfect way to describe this collection of lovely little tunes; these are guitar-around-the-fire songs that will have you grinning and swaying. At heart this is a folk album, dripping with nostalgia – and whatever imagined halcyon days Fisher is recalling, you’ll wish you had experienced them along

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Broodingly delicate, this album will leave you feeling slightly misplaced and even a little shell-shocked. If Salvador Dali were a modern-day composer, he’d probably sound something like this. Recorded in Norway, and mastered in Austria, the experimental and eclectic sound has been likened to that of Godspeed You!, Black Emperor, and A Silver Mt Zion. Intro track ‘Scratches’ starts lightly, builds up strings and then stops abruptly, and delicate rock guitar sparingly creates a fragile landscape which in turn is obliterated by noisy rock. Queer, melancholy vocals change unpredictably in octave, tempo, and frequency across the album, augmented by a vast array of instruments from cello, clarinet, sax, drums, electric guitar and violin. Sam Gray is a pianist and composer by trade, but he rightfully breaks the all the rules in this original and uncanny album.

This ambient take on new wave and indie creates a vivid and imaginative soundscape for listeners. Released on Auckland label Matron Records, Frend have crafted an album with vocals that could be compared to Talking Heads and musical ramblings similar to that of Jakob. Avant-garde sweetness takes you on a journey; tracks such as ‘Last Hour’ rock along consistently, where as ‘Penny’ will set you back, lounging on the hammock of youth. The vocals could do with some tonal change and variety and sometimes verge on monotonous, but they’re not without intent. A sparse five tracks inhabit the album (the album runs for just under 14 minutes), but perhaps this is simply a sampler to tickle your earbuds – fingers crossed that Frend keeps up the production values, and find themselves gaining some well deserved air time.

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Evergreen metal outfit Soulfly have just release their eighth album Enslaved, and it’s by far the heaviest to date. Despite also being busy with Cavalera Conspiracy, frontman Max Cavalera has assembled a stellar cast of musicians. Along with long-time guitarist Mark Rizzo, he’s joined by Borknagar drummer David Kinkade and Static-X bass player Tony Campos. Enslaved is punishing and powerful, from the opening chords of ‘Resistance’ through to the explosive closer ‘Revengeance’. As on their previous records Soufly mix thrash, hardcore and tribal music into a potent metal concoction. ‘Plata O Plomo’ is accentuated by some wonderful Spanish guitars, and Devil Driver’s Dez Fafara ups the ante on standout track ‘Redemption Of Man By God’. The ghost of Sepultura will always dog Soulfly, but Cavalera and co continue to carve their own path through the metal landscape, and make a hell of a noise doing it.

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This album comes on a beautiful wood-encased USB flash drive. There’s a lot to be said for the kind of novelty that shows both an authenticity and sincerity that’s missing from today’s lacklustre toocool electronic scene. It’s clear that these four local boys have no time for not caring and are having a lot of fun building their own brand of clockwork electronica. Powerful production propels from the very first beat of ‘Zombies’. From there you’re taken for a head-bouncing jaunt through an eclectic audioscape filled with simple lyrics about survival narratives, temporal musings and trivial comments on an increasingly jilted society. These seven songs (including one remix) reflect perfectly the steampunk/zombie/time travel aesthetic they’ve adopted. There’s little room for thinking but plenty of space for dancing. It’s a pleasure to listen to people taking fun so seriously. WRITTEN BY JACK GABRIEL

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Everything you’ve heard about The Raid is true. This is the best action film in years, one that doesn’t muck around in terms of getting things cracking, barely letting up for its running time. A masterclass in economical filmmaking, The Raid applies the same brutality you’ll find in

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Further info directed by GARETH EVANS Starring IKO UWAIS, ANANDA GEORGE AND RAY SAHETAPY

Further info directed by PHIL LORD, CHRIS MILLER

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often prepared to overlook for the sake of enjoying an action movie when apparently this is all someone had to do the whole time – do their best to make it really, really awesome.

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THE HUNGER GAMES

The next Twilight? Battle Royale rip-off? Reality TV rumination? Going into the movie, I wasn’t entirely sure which angle to come at The Hunger Games from. There’s such a huge variety of touchstones here – American Idol, Big Brother, The Truman Show, The Running Man, teenage bullying, unrequited love, the one percenters vs. the rest of us, professional sports - it would be an achievement simply to keep things coherent, but director Gary Ross goes beyond that to create a character-focused arrow of a film that commands attention from start to finish. Jennifer Lawrence ably carries the film on her shoulders, appearing in practically every scene. She projects pluck, moxie and vulnerability in equal measure. The older supporting actors do stellar work to

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its close-quarter combat scenes to the film’s structure, stripping back character development and narrative to the bare minimum required while still treating them as important parts of the film. The Raid’s vicious hand-tohand combat delights with its pace, and the camerawork puts

the audience close to the action in a manner that allows us to revel in the physicality of pencaksilat, the Indonesian martial art showcased. Whether director Gareth Evans is focusing on repelling wave upon wave of attackers or staging more traditional fight scenes with fewer participants, he does a great job at exciting with the film’s action, capturing a sense of panic when events reach their most frenetic and making viewers invest in his characters in The Raid’s more tense moments. This combination makes for such satisfying viewing that it’s easy to forget how much we’re

ground the occasionally quite ridiculous-looking universe they inhabit – Lenny Kravitz and Stanley Tucci especially. Male lead Josh Hutcherson lets the side down a bit with his woodenness, but there isn’t a complete lack of chemistry between him and Lawrence. The lack of any gory on-screen violence doesn’t take much away from the impact of what is occurring, and there are several impressively taut action set-pieces. The film only really lags when it stops to needlessly serve romance. After the climax occurs, the film hangs around for some follow-up scenes that fall a bit flat, ending the film on a somewhat muted note. But that doesn’t mean I’m not totally amped for the sequel. This movie rules. Written by Dominic Corry, Flicks.co.nz

Far more entertaining than it seemed on paper, this extremely loose adaptation of the not particularly fondly remembered late ‘80s drama is the best comedy to be released so far this year. Abandoning the serious tone of the show was a step in the right direction, but it’s the underlying dynamic of the film that really makes it work: Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum’s characters in high school (where we first meet them) are respectively a weird nerd and a popular jock, but those exact traits render them in opposite power positions when they return as undercover cops to a high school world wholly unfamiliar to them. My fears that Hill was turning into a one-trick pony were offset by his performance in Moneyball, and it›s fun to see

him re-embrace his finely honed comedic persona here. Acting is not Tatum›s strong point but that suits his doltish character. The scenes of him bonding with the school nerds are among the film’s best. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller bring some of that film’s skew-whiff energy and never allow 21 Jump Street to settle into any one thing. The silliness occasionally undercuts the suspension of disbelief (especially during the inevitable big star cameo), but the stellar laugh-rate ensured I was never less than highly amused. Written by Dominic Corry, Flicks.co.nz


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1. No One Maverick Sabre

Sunken Seas

2. Lunar Bats

2. Running (Disclosure Remix) Jessie Ware

Sherpa

3. Bones

3. Summit (Original Mix) Skrillex/Ellie Goulding

Cat Venom

4. Post Romanticism

4. Moves Tahuna Breaks

Psych Tiger

5. Wendy’s

5. Get Out My Head Redlight

Grass Cannons

6. Concrete

6. Feels Like Magic (Ft. B.Slade) Recloose

The Mothers Of Darkness

7. Ryan

7. Paddling Out Miike Snow

Autumn Splendour

8. Broken Bones

8. Icarus Madeon

Two Cartoons

9. Home

9. Reaching Out Nero

Earl Sweatshirt

10. Hot Bubblegum

Marigold Hotel

3. 21 Jump Street 4. The Raid 5. John Carter 6. The Hunter 7. Ghost Rider: Spirit of

Vengeance 3D

8. Agent Vinod 9. My Week with Marilyn 10. Contraband

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which, when translated into English, means “bright pink penis fountain of rhino”.

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hospital drama E.R. has never once been to a doctor.

6. On average, people born in

the south island of New Zealand have sex 1.3 times more than in the north island each week.

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Greenwood has been married nine times.

2. The 13th floor elevators  3. Columbo (the greatest of

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4. Medical marijuana 5. Burning spear  6. Pho 7. The Buddha 8. H P Lovecraft 9. A genuine Tiki bar 10. The paranormal, the

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