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Auckland curatorial collective In House are gearing up for their next creative collaboration. Your Disposable will be the next art exhibition set up by In House, and submissions are being taken now. The aim of the show is to get people to send in their disposable cameras and contribute their still memories of sweaty festivals, backyard barbeques, road trips, late night parties and anything else that has tickled your memory’s fancy. The opening party will be curated by In House Creative Projects in correspondence with the Auckland Festival of Photography in June, and all submissions must be received by Tuesday 15 May at the latest. For more information about the upcoming exhibit, other In House collaborations or to see how to get involved in Your Disposable head to inhousecreativeprojects.com/your-disposable or look up In House on Facebook.

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Tono and The Finance Company are touring in celebration of Up Here For Dancing. Starting on Friday 20 April at Space Monster in Wanganui with support from Pikachunes and Blue Oneses, the band will continue to Wellington to play with Pikachunes, Terror of the Deep and Lontalius, Auckland with Dictaphone Blues, Pikachunes and Watercolours, Christchurch with T54, Miniatures and Brown and Dunedin with T54, Brown and Baby Brother.

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North Carolina gone German bluesman Big Daddy Wilson comes to New Zealand this week for a massive tour around the country as The Big Daddy Wilson Trio celebrate their second album Thumb A Ride. Kicking off on Thursday 19 April at St Martin’s Hall in Dunedin, the gang will head to Invercargill, Queenstown, Arrowtown, Greymouth, Christchurch, Amberley, Wellington, New Plymouth, Tokomaru, Hamilton, Rotorua, Havelock North, Gisborne, Tauranga, Auckland, Kerikeri and Mangawhai before winding up at the The Riverhead in Auckland for a show presented by the Auckland Blues Club on Sunday 13 May. Check the tours pages for dates and venues.

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An Emerald City have announced their last gig. The sad news that the band have decided to part for “an indefinite period of time” came last week, when they cited that the logistical issues of members being based overseas was putting too much of a strain on recording and touring together. The final gig will be a free show in Auckland on Saturday 28 April at St Kevin’s Arcade on K Road, where the band played their first official show back in 2006. The show will be an early one, with An Emerald City playing at 8pm sharp and finishing by 9:30pm for curfew. There’s little doubt that the show will be a busy one, so mark it in your diary.

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New Zealand’s shining star of gal rock Ladyhawke has announced two shows in July. The blonde bombshell will play at Wellington’s San Fran Bath House on Friday 13 July and at Auckland’s Studio on Saturday 14 July. The Tui Award-winning star will be celebrating her upcoming album Anxiety which is being released on Friday 25 May, and will no doubt be delivering some of the more familiar songs we’re used to. Tickets are on sale now through Ticket Master, Under The Radar, Real Groovy, Rhythm Records and Rough Peel.

13/05 Our pick Get the Golden Ticket

The New Zealand Music Foundation has announced one hell of a good deal for music fans. Following the launch last month, the NZMF is giving you the chance to win attendance to free gigs for an entire year. Anyone who joins the Foundation by Sunday 13 May will go into the draw to win any two tickets to any public concert or festival being held in New Zealand from the beginning of June to the end of May 2013. That includes the local folk duo at your local pub and the biggest headliner to ever headline Vector Arena – as many concerts as you want for an entire year. Members will also be giving the opportunity to be the first to purchase any Foundation event, such as the upcoming Neil Finn and Don McGlashan curated concert being held at Vector Arena in November. Annual membership is $35, and you can find out more information at musicfoundation.co.nz. There is of course some fine print, but still.

17/05 Three Headed Beast

Autozamm, November Zulu and Invader Cain are teaming up for six shows around the north island in May. The trio of rock acts will play Wellington, Palmerston North, Hamilton and Auckland. These shows will see Autozamm tour for the first time in just under a year when the band was celebrating their album 5th Degree, and now the Aucklanders will be boasting their chops with some new material they’ve been practising at Roundhead Studios. November Zulu have also been busy at Roundhead, recording their upcoming EP No More Fun and Games. Invader Cain will be celebrating their upcoming EP release as well with Feeling the Trend but Thinking Again, which has been in the works at York Street Studios. Presale tickets for all shows are available through Eventfinder.

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PLAYING In Brief... FAVourites Eddie Castalow dictaphone blues

Prince fans get excited – symbol himself is heading to Australia in May for three shows. There’s no word on any New Zealand appearances and it’s best not to hold your breath, but it’s just a quick trip across the ditch for those wanting to see the man in action. Prince will be playing at Allphones Arena in Sydney on Friday 11 May, Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Monday 14 May and at the Entertainment Centre in Brisbane on Friday 18 May.

Favourite drink? The Big Fizz’s Crisp Apple.

The Simpsons Matt Groening revealed to smithsonian.com the actual Springfield that the show is based in – Springfield, Oregon. Groening said “The only reason is that when I was a kid, the TV show Father Knows Best took place in the town of Springfield, and I was thrilled because I imagined that it was the town next to Portland, my hometown. When I grew up, I realised it was just a fictitious name. I also figured out that Springfield was one of the most common names for a city in the U.S. In anticipation of the success of the show, I thought, ‘This will be cool; everyone will think it’s their Springfield.’” This (kind of) puts to rest the constant questioning of which US state The Simpsons is based in (if any). The show is known for throwing out clues (read: red herrings) about which state the city of Springfield resides in.

Favourite restaurant/café? Agnes Curran on Franklin Road. Favourite takeaway? A half-sized portion of chicken, cashew and veggies at The White Horse. Favourite colour? Surf green. Favourite classic film? The Holy Mountain. Favourite childhood memory? Kissing a girl, or running really fast. Favourite party food? Space cookies. Favourite vice? Spliff. Favourite song? ‘What Is Life’ – George Harrison. Favourite meal? Dessert. Favourite cause? The hobos on K Rd. Favourite label to put on your relationship? Non-existent…

Hollie Fullbrook has announced she’ll be taking her act Tiny Ruins overseas. One of the most praised Kiwi voices in recent years, Fullbrook will be heading to Singapore and the United Kingdom in May to play to international audiences as she supports The Handsome Family on tour. Before making tracks across the oceans, Tiny Ruins will be playing one show in Auckland at The Wine Cellar on Sunday 22 April with Simon Comber and Steve Able and in Dunedin at Chicks Hotel on Friday 27 April with Robert Scott. Everyone’s favourite local ratbag rap pack

Axl Rose has declined his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The rest of the Guns N’ Roses crew is all there, but in a letter that Axl wrote to the Hall of Fame he said that he would not be turning up to the ceremony and would “respectfully decline” the induction. What do you think – crazy or martyr?

Favourite ‘90s TV show? Beverley Hills 90210. Favourite word? Yay! Favourite album? It’s a tie between Elvis Costello’s My Aim is True and George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass. Favourite body part on you? I have sandal tan lines at the moment. They’re pretty cool. Favourite body part on someone else? I can’t name names but it would the whole body. Favourite venue? La Botanique, Brussels. Favourite candy bar? 100 Grand. Favourite current TV show? Mad Men.

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Home Brew have announced they’ll be hosting a 48 hour album release party for their self-titled debut full-length double album at an old Auckland brothel. So, a whorehouse party. The event will be held on Saturday 05 May kicking off at 10am and will run through to Monday 07 May at 330 New North Road in Kingsland. Tickets are available now through Under The Radar.

The White Stripes have announced an upcoming DVD release, Under New Zealand Lights. The DVD will feature footage of the duo’s performances from The Kings Arms in Auckland back in 2000 as well as their show at Freeman’s Bay Primary School in 2003. The DVD comes as part of the Thirdman Records Vault subscription which is only available for order through the Thirdman site (modlife.com/ thirdmanrecords/signup) until Monday 30 April, and there’s no word yet whether the DVD will be available for single order in the future.


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MARVEL’s THE AVENGERS

Make sure to head to your local record store to see what special releases they’ve got in this Saturday 21 April for Record Store Day. Music: A State Of Trance 2012 by Armin van Buuren; Marley OST by Bob Marley; Fortune by Chris Brown; Unexpected Arrival by Diggy; Moving Up Living Down by Eric Hutchinson; MTV Unplugged Represents by Florence & The Machine; Love is a Four Letter Word by Jason Mraz; A Wasteland Companion by M. Ward; My Head is an Animal by Of Monsters and Men; Walk With Me by Sir T; California 37 by Train; Say Africa by Vusi Mahlasela; various artists on Be My Baby: The Girls Of The Sixties; varoius artists on DNK World Music’s The Academy; various artists on the Treme season two soundtrack. DVD & Blu-ray: Cleopatra Blu-ray; Desendents DVD; Doctor Who: The Daemons DVD; Great Expectations DVD; Joe Satriani: Satchurated: Live In Miami

Blu-ray; Lullaby DVD & Blu-ray; Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol DVD & Bluray; Norwegian Wood DVD & Blu-ray; Pina Blu-ray; Powaqqatsi DVD & Blu-ray; Rick Stein’s Spain DVD; Snow Flower & The Secret Fan DVD & Blu-ray; Son of No One DVD & Blu-ray; Tabloid DVD; The Best of Jane Austen DVD; The Poseidon Adventure Blu-ray; The Titanic 100th Anniversary Collection DVD; The Universe: 7 Wonders of the Solar System Blu-ray; The Woman DVD; Titanic: 100 Years Below DVD; When Harry Met Sally Blu-ray. Cinema: A Separation (directed by Asghar Farhadi, starring Leila Hatami, Peyman Moadi and Shahab Hosseini); Footnote (directed by Joseph Cedar, starring Shlomo Bar Aba, Lior Ashkenazi and Alisa Rosen); Spud (directed by Donovan Marsh, starring John Cleese, Troye Sivan and Tanit Phoenix); The Lucky One (directed by Scott Hicks, starring Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling and Blythe Danner).

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Taint Nothin’ This Friday 20 April will see who wins the Taite Music Prize 2012 – a cash prize of $10,000 to be spent as the winner wishes thanks to PPNZ Music Licensing. The Taite Music Prize, named after renowned music journalist Dylan Taite, celebrates outstanding creativity for an entire collection of music contained on one album. Seven finalists out of 87 nominees are up for the prize: Andrew Keoghan for Arctic Tales Divide (through Brave Beluga Records); Beastwars self-titled (through Destroy Records); David Dallas for The Rose Tint (through Dirty Records); She’s So Rad for In Circles (through Round Trip Mars); The Bats for Free All The Monsters (through Flying Nun Records); Tiny Ruins for Some Were Meant For Sea (through Spunk Records); and Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s selftitled (through Seeing Records).

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THURSDAY 19 The Sonics

Glass Owls

The Kings Arms

1885 Britomart 7pm, $52, undertheradar.co.nz

9pm, FREE

You have no idea how much you’re going to enjoy this show. Sure, The Sonics are older now. But the kings of garage fought their way through the ‘60s and are still going. Seeing The Sonics ss like finding out that your granddad runs 15 kilometres a day. He’s better than you.

The weekly sets of Thursday Night Live down at Auckland’s Britomart have been displaying some A-class talent on a regular basis. This week we see Glass Owls play at 1885 thanks to this week’s host Pikachunes. Taye Williams and Velvet Sound Society are also featured on the roster at this up and coming club night.

Ben 10 Live: Time Machine

Everything she Ever Said To Me

ASB Theatre

Q Theatre 8pm, $15-20, basementtheatre.co.nz

11am, $26-36, the-edge.co.nz

Being a teenager is the pits. No one understands you and the only way to vent is to write in your diary. Then your mum comes along sticking her nose in your beeswax and you’re all “Mum! Get out of my room! You don’t get me!” and then you make a play out of it.

When my nephew sees Ben 10 on television he goes apeshit and starts pretending he’s got an omnitrix on his wrist. I know what you’re thinking. What’s an omnitrix? Silly rabbit, omnitrix are for kids. Take your son/daughter/niece/nephew to see Ben 10 and you’ll be their favourite parent/aunty/uncle.

The All Seeing Hand

Justin Townes Earle

Big Daddy Wilson

San Fran Bath House

Dux Live

Saint Martins Hall

9pm

Sometimes when you get a bunch of talented musicians coming together from different backgrounds, the sound you get can be hit and miss. Somehow this mix of hip hop and noise works wonders, as plenty of audiences around the country have seen while The All Seeing Hand have been on tour.

8pm, $42.50, ticketmaster.co.nz

If you like country town boys with tattoos, poetic minds, nice manners, family issues and a troubled heroin past and probably rides fixies then odds are you’ll think that Justin Townes Earle is a total panty dropping babe. And you’d be right.

8pm, $20, eventfinder.co.nz

American born blues-head Big Daddy Wilson found his calling in northern Germany of all places. So if you’ve ever wondered what North Carolina infused German blues sounds like, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better example than this line-up.

Friday 20 Goodshirt

KRS-One

The Kings Arms

Wellington Town Hall 8pm, $20, eventfinder.co.nz

6.30pm, $69, ticketek.co.nz

KRS-One doesn’t fly in planes. He got a boat all the way to New Zealand from America. A boat! How ballin’ is that? That’s class is in session shit right there. Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone. That’s pretty deep and poetic as far as acronyms go. That’s who KRS is. And it’s awesome.

When I was about 12 or something I’d listen to Goodshirt, PanAm and Marcy Playground and I’d think I was real cool. I’d listen to Channel Z and hear Bomber and Clarke Gayford talk about dumb shit. Half of you won’t know what the fuck I’m talking about. But the half that do – let’s get nostalgic.

Annah Mac

Upper Hutt Posse

World Cinema Showcase

Dictaphone Blues

Academy cinemas

Dux Live

Regent Theatre

Mighty Mighty

7.30pm, $26, eventfinder.co.nz

So Annah Mac is like the new Bic Runga or something. People are really getting behind the girl who seems to be gaining more and more fans every day. Maybe it’s time to see what all the fuss is about.

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9pm, $10, eventfinder.co.nz

My younger brother Harris said that he liked Upper Hutt Posse and our bogan cousin Jeff said “Same”, except it got a little weird when Jeff thought that Harris said Upper Hutt pussy. My family is awful.

10am, $9.50-$60, Door Sales Only

If you’re hyped for the New Zealand International Film Festival this year then get into the swing of things at the World Cinema Showcase, which is basically just a teaser for the big film fest in a couple of months.

8pm, Door Sales Only

One time I went to a party that Eddie from Dictaphone Blues had. I didn’t know him but he was really nice and very friendly. He’s a stand up guy and he makes good music that you’ll like.


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Saturday 21 gig OF THE WEEK

Record Store Day Multiple Venues

The Mermaids Dance Band Hopetoun Alpha 7.30pm, $90, eventfinder.co.nz

Your local record store will be getting into Record Store Day, and you should be supporting them. RSD is being celebrated all around the world with hundreds of one-off limited and special releases from all of our favourite artists. Beat Merchants, Conch Records, Real Groovy, Southbound Records and The High Seas in Auckland, Music Oasis in Waihi, Vinyl Countdown in New Plymouth, Moonhop Records in Lower Hutt, Rough Peel Music and Slow Boat Records in Wellington, Penny Lane in Christchurch and more stores around the country are all participating in the celebration of everything vinyl. Pretend life is as cool as it is in Empire Records and go hang out with like-minded musos like yourself. #RecordStoreDay FTW.

Got someone you want to impress? Think of yourself as a bit classy? Know the difference between Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris? Then get your fancy pants on and head to the Hopetoun Alpha for the Mermaids Dance Band Formal Ball. You can drink cocktails, eat cheese platters, critique wine and talk about art.

Faults

One Direction

Lucha Lounge

Trusts Stadium 8.30pm, Door Sales Only

Newmarket’s Lucha Lounge is quickly becoming the new place for the drapes to hang out. It’s handy if you’re not lucky enough to live in Grey Lynn or Kingsland. Meaning you might still be at your parents in Remuera.

7.30pm

My friends little sister got a spare ticket to One Direction and now she has another hundred friends. It’s like the Hanson brothers had a band baby with the Backstreet Boys which learned marketing from the Spice Girls.

V8 supercars

Tono & the Finance Company

Beastwars

Bump’n’Burleske

Hamilton Street Circuit

Bodega

YOT Club, Raglan

CPIT

8.30pm, $8-10, undertheradar.co.nz

8am, ticketek.co.nz

I know nothing about cars. But I love the smell of petrol. I’m hoping that there will be hotdogs available at this thing as well. Maybe hotdogs on a stick. Or Churros. Fuck yeah. Churros are awesome. Cars and Churros rule.

Tono and his crew have all the charm of Sinatra with that kiwi singing voice that’s so hard to pull off without sounding like a doofus. The Finance Company celebrate their new album down in Wellington this weekend.

SUNDAY 22

9pm, Door Sales Only

There’s something really appealing about going to Raglan, learning how to and subsequently failing at surfing, then winding down with a Beastwars show. If only I could get my hands on a Kombi. Then I’d tick all the cliché boxes.

8.30pm, $20

What is it about feathers that are super sexy? Maybe it’s the fact that half naked women are holding them and using them to dance. Or maybe it’s like prop foreplay. Burlesque sure is confusingly sexy.

MONDAY 23 Wellington Fashion Week

Charlie Murphy

Multiple Venues

Town Hall 6.30pm, $60, the-edge.co.nz, R15

Look, let’s get this straight – just because your tumblr has pictures of David Bowie, half-naked models, close ups of girls lips and shots from the runway in Milan, that doesn’t make you a fashionista. Get some class and see what proper fashion is like at the Wellington Fashion Week.

Armageddon

How To Train Your Dragon

TSB Bank Arena

Vector Arena

Nerds unite! Here’s the one weekend you won’t be forever alone. You can make jokes about taking arrows to the knee and convince yourself that one day you’ll talk to that surprisingly hot girl in a cosplay outfit.

11am, $65-$99, ticketmaster.co.nz

You know how sometimes when you’re telling a boring story and it finishes then someone says “cool story bro, needs dragons”? Well after you see this live show you can tell a story that actually has dragons in it. Win.

Key

10am, $10-$40, ticketek.co.nz

Charlie Murphy found his fame on Chappelle’s Show as Eddie Murphy’s brother with a whole bunch of funny stories. Then it turned out that Charlie actually had some comedy chops. Then it turned out that Eddie Murphy made awful movies. Who’s the cooler, funnier brother now? How the tables have turned.

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Some Assembling Required It’s a hard life having to be in charge of billionaires, super soldiers, gods and monsters. Only Samuel L. Jackson, playing Nick Fury in Marvel’s The Avengers, could handle that kind of job.

Samuel L. Jackson is no stranger to Marvel’s world of Super Heroes. The veteran actor has played Nick Fury (director of the peacekeeping organisation S.H.I.E.L.D.) in the Iron Man films, Captain America and Thor. In The Avengers, Jackson’s Fury takes centre stage as he assembles the team to thwart a threat endangering the entire world. “It’s great to be the guy who is the organiser,” Jackson says. “My character, Nick Fury, also knows his limitations in terms of who these Avengers are and what they’re capable of doing. He’s the guy who has the raison-d’être that kind of understands the threat and has to get them to understand the nature of it.” But putting together a cohesive team of exceptional superheroes, who have essentially always worked alone, can be a tough task even for the iconic Fury. Jackson comments on the team building: “Egos are egos. You don’t want to change a person’s personality, but you do want them to understand that unity means a lot more than the individual.” Describing his character’s relationships with members of The Avengers team, Jackson points out: “Nick Fury has a good relationship with Black Widow. He has an interesting relationship with Iron Man because of his relationship with Tony Stark’s father. Fury trusts Captain America and has confidence in his ability to help him with the team. “He doesn’t know Thor very well, but trusts him too, in a specific kind of way,” Jackson continues. “In the case of Doctor Banner, everybody has this healthy fear of him because we don’t know when he’s going to change and when he changes he’s not rational at all. “Hawkeye, Clint Barton, is one of Fury’s agents and in the original derivation of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Barton was one of the people who had helped him form [the organisation], so their relationship is close.” As far as Fury’s relationship with his second in command Maria Hill, played by Cobie Smulders, Jackson admits that it is “a bit contentious”. According to Jackson, co-star Robert Downey Jr. always brings a “specific kind of energy” to his roles. “As actors, we respect each other,” he says about

working with him. “We’ve known each other for a long time and I enjoy watching Robert work and I think he enjoys watching me work, which works very well for us.” Jackson also spent a lot of time with Scarlett Johansson before Marvel’s The Avengers, having worked with her on the film The Spirit. He feels that she brings “toughness and savvy” to her role of Black Widow that women like to see in female characters. “She embraces the toughness of her character and she makes it seem effortless,” Jackson explains. Marvel’s The Avengers is the first film that Jackson has made with director Joss Whedon. Commenting on what he believes Whedon brings to the film, Jackson says, “Joss brings true understanding of what a comic book is and what comic book characters represent to the people who are going to watch the film. “There are so many characters that have their own individual personalities and he knows how to set up the conflicts between the characters, how to resolve them and how to make us all feel like a big unit when we start to work together,” concludes Jackson. Recalling how excited everybody was when cast members showed up on stage at Comic-Con, Jackson has an idea of what audiences will be expecting when Marvel’s The Avengers hits theatres this summer. “I do think that they want an exciting film; I do think that they want a film that does have some complexity and I do think that they want a conclusion that’s extremely heroic and not just ‘heroic’ and hopefully we’ll be able to do that.”

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DAVID O’DOHERTY Comedian David O’Doherty wasn’t always all fun and games. Born in Dublin towards the ass-end of 1975, initially he was going to be a professional cyclist, and then a jazz musician. “My father was a talented pianist. He just sort of fell into it during the ‘60s and was very good. And I was all keen to join the family business but alas I was a truly terrible.” Faced with talentless ruin, O’Doherty turned to his alternatives – telemarketing and comedy. Thank Smeg he chose to pursue the latter. In 1998 he kicked off his standup career with his first open spot at the now-defunct Norseman Comedy Club in Dublin’s unfortunate Temple Bar district. Then in 1999, he took on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the first time, and won the Channel 4 So You Think You’re Funny? competition. His first “proper show” was The Story Of The Boy Who Saved Comedy which was performed at the Dublin and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, and nominated for the Perrier Best Newcomer award. The premise was a long-winded narrative about a boy searching to find jokes to put in his Christmas crackers. “That probably should have been a children’s book rather than a show for grown-ups,” he recalls. “Some nights it really worked. Other nights it absolutely tanked. Once, during the Edinburgh run the entire audience of five people, all ticket winners, walked out!” But he stuck at it and returned to Edinburgh with a new show, as well as hooking up with the Flight of the Conchords and other comedians who spurred him on. Since then he’s travelled to festivals in Melbourne, Montreal, New York, Kilkenny and Edinburgh. O’Doherty’s latest show only has three jokes: “What did Jackie Chan Say?”, “Crème Bruce Lee”, and another undisclosed little number that he says we’ll have to come along to see. While the remainder of the night doesn’t include any other “jokes” in a traditional punch line format, audiences have still been laughing so hard they almost split their sides.

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And despite the way-too-graphic descriptions of playing computer games in his tighty-whities and being unable to venture outside, his offbeat perspective on life and somewhat unconventional stories of hope should leave you cheerful. “Hopefully they’ll be more than five in the audience,” he says, “so if someone walks out, it won’t look so bad!” WRITTEN BY TIM Gruar

SEE HIM LIVE: DAVID O’DOHERTY IS LOOKING UP SUN 06 MAY RANGATIRA AT Q QTHEATRE.CO.NZ COMEDYFESTIVAL.CO.NZ

“It’s been a pretty amazing ride so far,” quips 20-year-old pop starlet Annah Mac. As she gets ready to embark on her first nationwide tour, just a brief look at her laundry list of accomplishments demonstrates that she has quite the talent for understatement – amongst other things. Growing up outside Invercargill, music and performance were key parts of her life from an early age. “My parents are very supportive and very driven, and we used to play in all these competitions and sing in bars across the country. So I guess I’ve just always loved doing it.” Fast forward a few years, and a future in the music industry didn’t seem like such a far-fetched idea to the talented teenager. “I never really thought of it as a career until I won the Play It Strange songwriting competition at 15. That was the moment when I thought, ‘Oh shit, I could probably do this and survive.’” Throw in a trip to Nashville on a scholarship, where she got to learn from the some of the best session musicians and producers on the country music scene, and Mac was ready to uproot and settle in Auckland where she promptly scored a four-album deal with Sony BMG. Nowadays her music is fast gaining traction with audiences around the country; current single ‘Girl In Stilettos’ has spent 23 weeks in the NZ top 40 (and is still currently at number two in the charts), something that still comes as a bit of a shock. “It’s definitely a big surprise,” she says with a laugh. “But it’s also very exciting because I guess I know that people are listening to the songs and really enjoying the music.” Late last year Mac released her debut album Little Stranger to glowing reviews, and is now about to kick off a nationwide tour in support of the album, starting at Auckland Academy Cinemas on April 20. So what can fans expect from her forthcoming shows? “I’m really looking forward to playing some of the new songs as well, just to sort of see how they go with the audience. And really just connecting with fans all over the country ‘cause I haven’t done that yet.” It has indeed been a pretty amazing ride so far for Annah Mac, with more sure to come. WRITTEN BY CLOVIS MCEVOY

SEE HER LIVE: 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 SUN 06 MAY DOWNSTAGE THEATRE, WELLINGTON Grooveguide.co.nz

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a jersey sure thing The story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons is one for all ages, according to a Saturday survey.

I’m slightly embarrassed to say that I’m really looking forward to seeing Jersey Boys. I shouldn’t be, considering my uncle says musicals are for divorcees and gay dudes. Luckily I don’t take his word as gospel a lot of the time. When I tell my friends that I’m excited to see the show, the girls are all for it and one in five guys agrees with me. I have no idea what it is about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons that gives me such a theatre boner, but it does, and I’m for it. The weird thing is talking to my Nana about it. See, years ago I went to see Menopause! The Musical with her and a buddy of mine, and it was great. She felt all cool that she got to go to see it with her grandson and his friend, and me and my mate felt like we really learned something. We knew all about “the change”. Aside from the great life lessons I learned about menopause, I discovered that my Nana has a lot of good taste when it comes to musicals. Cue a couple of weeks ago when she said that she would be going to Jersey Boys. I’d heard about the show and its successful run on Broadway. Already being a bit of a fan of Frankie Valli and his teenage love songs, I had a good yarn with Nana about what to expect from the show. She said that her friends Muriel, Shirley, Sandy, Betty and the rest of the retirement home were all over the moon about reliving their youth vicariously through this show. It started to dawn on me that the only people that were as excited as I was for Jersey Boys were all over 70 and had the names to prove it. Being the self-conscious pud that I am, I thought it would be worth asking around my own age bracket to see who, hypothetically, would be keen to see Jersey Boys with me. Problem number one was that people thought I was asking them on a date. First of all – I would not ask you out to a musical on a first date. That’s a rookie mistake. First date is coffee, not taking you to a massive theatre production where love songs

are playing. Problem number two was that I was already asking my friends who know that I love 1960s love songs. They poked fun at my clichés and patronised me as only my good friends can. Problem number three was that, after asking around, people asked me what songs Frankie Valli sang. After listing off some of the big ones (‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’, ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, ‘Who Loves You’, ‘Oh What A Night’), I realised that maybe I wasn’t as big a fan as I originally thought. The Four Seasons were one of those bands that had a plethora of songs that you know, but don’t know that it’s actually them singing. Being the ‘60s it was covers galore, so you never knew who actually sang what song first. Luckily I did this impromptu survey on a sunny Saturday afternoon. You know what that means? YouTube party! My motley crew of wannabe revivalists went through song after song, dancing around in my flatmate’s bedroom listening to songs we had no idea that Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons originally sang. The endorphins were flowing and the Saturday afternoon cocktails were spilling. It didn’t matter. My flatmate is a big girl. She doesn’t cry. All of this is a very roundabout way of saying that I managed to remove the thought that Jersey Boys was only for grannies out of my mind. I’m not saying that I don’t want to go and see it with my Nana, but going to the Civic with a bunch of drapes to see this surprisingly swinging sensation of pop hit after pop hit that actually has an award-winning story accompanying each and every song is an enticing idea. Jersey Boys swept the Tonys back in 2006 for good reason, I’m sure. The hard part of seeing it live is going to be not standing up, clapping and singing along. Although if my Nana did that, I figure people would think she’s as cool as I do. Written by Pudley Stenson

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events

WELLINGTON gig guide Wed 18 Hair Zeal

Hannah Simpson, Finn Johansson & Roland Brown Mighty Mighty

Live At Six

Downstage Theatre

Meech Brothers Southern Cross

Nucking Futs BATS Theatre

The All Seeing Hand San Fran Bath House

World Cinema Showcase

The Paramount Theatre

Thu 19 Hair Zeal

Justine Smith & Steve Wrigley The Fringe Bar

Live At Six

Downstage Theatre

Volcana Und Von Thundersvolt Mighty Mighty

Wayne Mason & the Fallen Angels Hotel Bristol

Fri 20 Deeper Than That 2 Fast Eddie’s

Dictaphone Blues w/ The Body Lyre Mighty Mighty

James Brown Experience Southern Cross

Sat 21 Armageddon Expo TSB Bank Arena

Dictaphone Blues St Peters Hall

Fraser Ross

James Nokise Mayfair Cafe

Live At Six

Downstage Theatre

Nucking Futs Record Store Day

KRS-One

Spook the Horses, Force Fields & Foxtrot

La Mer

Michael Fowler Centre

Live At Six

Downstage Theatre

Nucking Futs BATS Theatre

Shocking and Stunning, Big Flip the Massive & Süm Tram Tigers

The Sunday Jazz Club Public Bar & Eatery

BATS Theatre

Justin Townes Earle

Town Hall

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Newtown Community Center

Slow Boat Records / Rough Peel Music / The Revolution / Moonhop Records

Bodega

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Mighty Mighty

The Bradford Shelves Southern Cross

Mon 23 Menopause the Musical The Opera House

Raw Meat Comedy The Fringe Bar

Shen Yun Performing Arts

The X-Ray Catz

St James Theatre

Tono and the Finance Company

Tue 24

The Lido Cafe

Bodega

Beck’s Music Shout Live

San Fran Bath House

Medusa

Sun 22

Stand Up Comedy

Armageddon Expo

Downstage Theatre

The Cavern Club

TSB Bank Arena

Twisted? 11th Birthday Sandwiches

Recovery Sessions w/ Zacinfact

Wed 18

Fri 20

Sat 21

Red by John Logan

Red by John Logan

Hootchy Kootchy Girls: Amateur Night

Nucking Futs BATS Theatre

Raw Comedy Quest Semi Finals San Fran Bath House

Live At Six

Shen Yun Performing Arts St James Theatre

Southern Cross

DUNEDIN gig guide Fortune Theatre

Thu 19 Ben & Maxine Ra Bar

Big Daddy Wilson Acoustic Duo w/ Delgirl St Martins Hall

Red by John Logan Fortune Theatre

World Cinema Showcase 2012 Regent Theatre

Fortune Theatre

The Great Otago & Southland Travelling Quiz Night The Church

The Oxo Cubans’ Famously Fabulous Friday Night Isis Lounge

World Cinema Showcase 2012 Regent Theatre

Playhouse Theatre

Jonny Dyas Otago Museum

Optimus Gryme & Organikismness 12 Below

Red by John Logan

The Tarseals, Robert Scott & the Moreporks, Kilmog, Bill Morris The National

World Cinema Showcase 2012 Regent Theatre

Sun 22

Fortune Theatre

Kylie

Strange Harvest Album Release

Red by John Logan

Glue Gallery

Ra Bar

Fortune Theatre

World Cinema Showcase 2012 Regent Theatre

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auckland gig guide Wed 18

Jersey Boys

Soul Power

KRS-One

Alan Brown Trio

Lisa Crawley, Tom Lark, Katie Scott & The Miss T’s

The All Seeing Hand

Mother Motor, Halo of Ashes, Filth Dog, Apex & Invasion of Piracy

1885 Basement

Ben 10 Live ASB Theatre

Bitchin’ Bingo Cassette Nine

Dirty Diana Chapel

DJ Pups

The Britomart Country Club

DJ Tony Tunes Smith

Everything She Ever Said to Me The Basement

Frend

Khuja Lounge

Hear No Evil Racket Bar

How To Train Your Dragon Vector Arena

DJ Darnell & DJ Charlie twentyone

Jersey Boys The Civic

Quiz Night

The Nation’s Clubrooms

The Civic

The Kings Arms

Manuel Bundy

The Britomart Country Club

Mindriot, Feral Breed & Dreams of the Dead The Thirsty Dog

The Brave Q Theatre

The Exponents Sale St

Glass Owls & Pikachunes 1885 Britomart

UV Body Paint Party 4:20

Velvet Sound Society The Britomart Country Club

Fri 20 Annah Mac

Academy Cinemas

Ben Wah Racket Bar

Bobby Brazuka & Sweet Mix Kids 1885 Basement

The Brave

DJ Jason Kyle & DJ Jordan Morris

Q Theatre

Snapdragon

The Sonics

DJ John Homles

The Kings Arms

Smith Bar

Wednesdays

DJ Solly & DJ Dylan C

Flight Lounge

Neighbourhood

DJ Tainer

Thu 19 DJ Alex Q twentyone

Eli Guttenbeil Quay St Clubrooms

Everything She Ever Said to Me The Basement

General Lee Chapel

How To Train Your Dragon Vector Arena

Jade Pritchard

Northern Steamship Co.

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Tabac

The Brave Q Theatre

Tom Scotch & Luis Silk Khuja Lounge

The Deck

DJ Tido & DJ Normski Northern Steamship Co.

Everything She Ever Said to Me The Basement

Goodshirt w/ Sherpa The Kings Arms

How To Train Your Dragon Vector Arena

Jersey Boys The Civic

Lisa Crawley, Tom Lark, Katie Scott & The Miss T’s Sawmill Cafe

The Cloud

Thirsty Dog

Nyntee, Aroha & Chip Matthews

The Britomart Country Club

Sat 21

Pirate City Rollers

Ben 10 Live

Record Store Day 2012

YMCA

Tyler Street Garage

Beat Merchants / Conch Records / Real Groovy / Rhythm Records / Southbound Records / The High Seas

DJ Chris Cox

Sick Disco w/ Ben UFO

Neighbourhood

Cassette Number Nine

DJ Josh

Sinarella

Imperial Lane

Mangere Arts Centre

DJ Karn Hall & DJ Jarrod Phillips

The Brave

Bruce Mason Centre

Benwah

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Retro Wednesday Sale St

Golden Dawn

Q Theatre

The Exponents

DJ Pauly Who & DJ Adam O

The Brownzy Tavern

DJ Tainer & DJ Darnell

Hopetoun Alpha

Northern Steamship Co. The Deck

The Mermaids Dance Band We Own The Night

DJ TDK

1885 Britomart

Everything She Ever Said to Me

Sun 22

La Zeppa

The Basement

Faults w/ Rackets & Thieves The Lucha Lounge

Freestyle w/Alisha Lawrie Paul & T-Rice Tyler Street Garage

Gene Rivers & Jerm Racket Bar

George FM House Party

Dylan C

The Britomart Country Club

Eli Guttenbiel La Zeppa

How To Train Your Dragon Vector Arena

Jersey Boys The Civic

The Nathan Club

Justin Townes Earle

Gina Cat & Dean Campbell

Thane Kirby

Sawmill Cafe

Chapel Bar

Chapel Bar

Grubstep

The Brave

Ink

How To Train Your Dragon

Q Theatre

Vector Arena

Mon 23

Jade Pritchard

Charlie Murphy

Quay St Club Rooms

Jersey Boys The Civic

Justin Townes Earle The Kings Arms

Town Hall

Graham Reid Chapel Bar


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CHRISTCHURCH gig guide

HAMILTON gig guide

Thu 19

Sat 21

Wed 18

Passions of War

Justin Townes Earle

A Night of Dance

Latin Dancing Rhythms

Tempist Fujit

Dux Live

CBS Canterbury Arena

Karaoke w/ DJ Chick

Bump’n’Burleske

Shadow Puppet

dDub

Pierside Cafe and Bar The Turf

Wilson Amusements Family Carnival Craighead Reserve

CPIT

Dux Live

Fair Warning

Becks Southern Alehouse

Stomping Nick & His Blues Grenade

Fri 20

The Brewery

Beach Breaks

Hornby Workingmen’s Club

Pierside Cafe and Bar

D’sendantz

Becks Southern Alehouse

DJ Mike T & Aleon The Brewery

Kindred Soundsystem Wunderbar

Upper Hutt Posse Dux Live

Wilson Amusements Family Carnival Craighead Reserve

SKYCITY Hamilton

Thu 19 Crossroads Duo Scottie’s Cafe & Ba

Strike Elemental Clarence St Theatre

The All Seeing Hand Static Bar

The Moulin Rouge

Wilson Amusements Family Carnival Craighead Reserve

Fri 20 2 Crew

Cock & Bull

Sun 22 The Great Kiwiana Festival

Crossroads Duo

Wilson Amusements Family Carnival Craighead Reserve

Diggers Bar

The C.C. Real NZ Comedy Tour Clarence St Theatre

V8 Supercars ITM400 Hamilton Street Circuit

Sat 21 Beastwars & Illicit Wah Wahz YOT Club (Raglan)

Anna Hawkins

Rosebank Estate

The Meteor

Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts Scottie’s Cafe & Bar

NZ Blues Brothers Tribute Show Raglan Club

Passions of War The Meteor

V8 Supercars ITM400 Hamilton Street Circuit

Sun 22 Passions of War The Meteor

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Upcoming tours & events The All Seeing Hand

Wed 18 Apr San Fran Bath House, Wellington Thu 19 Apr Static, Hamilton Fri 20 Apr Tabac, Auckland Sat 21 Apr Bad Cave, Palmerston North

Thu 03 May Biddy Mulligans, Hamilton Fri 04 May Belgian Bar, Rotorua Sat 05 May Black Barn Vineyard, Havelock North Sun 06 May Poverty Bay Club, Gisborne Wed 09 May Omokoroa Boat Club, Tauranga Thu 10 May Juice Bar at The Windsor Castle, Auckland Fri 11 May Kerikeri RSA, Kerikeri Sat 12 May Mangawhai Tavern, Mangawhai Sun 13 May The Riverhead, Auckland

Tue 19 Jun Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington Wed 20 Jun Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington Thu 21 Jun Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington Sat 23 Jun Regent Theatre, Dunedin Sun 24 Jun Events Centre, Queenstown Tue 26 Jun CBS Canterbury Arena, Christchurch Wed 27 Jun Trafalgar Centre, Nelson Sun 01 Jul Vector Arena, Auckland

Florence + The Machine (UK) Mon 28 May Vector Arena, Auckland

Frank Turner

Tue 15 May The Kings Arms, Auckland

Kaiser Chiefs

An Emerald City

Thu 10 May Powerstation, Auckland

Sat 28 Apr St Kevin’s Arcade, Auckland

KRS-One (US)

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

Armageddon Expo

Sat 21 Apr TSB Bank Arena, Wellington Sun 22 Apr TSB Bank Arena, Wellington

Atmosphere

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

Autozamm, November Zulu & Invader Cain

Thu 17 May Bodega, Wellington Thu 17 May Zeal, Wellington Sat 19 May The Royal, Palmerston North Thu 24 May Diggers Bar, Hamilton Fri 25 May The Kingslander, Auckland Sat 26 May The Backyard, Auckland

Charlie Murphy

Mon 23 Apr Town Hall, Auckland

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

DHDFDs

Fu Manchu

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

Goodshirt

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

Fri 27 Apr Mighty Mighty, Wellington Sat 28 Apr Space Monster, Whanganui

Dictaphone Blues

Fri 20 Apr Mighty Mighty, Wellington Sat 21 Apr St. Peter’s Hall, Paekakariki Sat 28 Apr The Kings Arms, Auckland

Homebrew 48 Hour Party Jo Little

Dirty Records 10th Birthday Fri 04 May Studio, Auckland

Thu 19 Apr St Martins Hall, Dunedin Fri 20 Apr Players Entertainment Centre, Invercargill Sun 22 Apr Dux de Lux, Queenstown Tue 24 Apr Franks Cafe, Greymouth Wed 25 Apr Dux Live, Christchurch Thu 26 Apr Nor’Wester Cafe, Amberley Fri 27 Apr Interislander Ferry Picton-Wellington Fri 27 Apr Meow, Wellington Sat 28 Apr St Peters Hall, Paekakariki Sun 29 Apr Butlers Reef, New Plymouth Wed 02 May Bent Horseshoe Cafe, Tokomaru

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

Fri 20 Apr The Kings Arms, Auckland Sat 19 May Sawmill Cafe, Leigh

Sat 05 May - Mon 07 May 330 New North Road, Auckland

Big Daddy Wilson

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 The Leigh Sawmill Cafe, Auckland

The English Beat

Thu 23 Aug 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

Thu 19 Apr The Star Tavern, Westport Fri 20 Apr The Tap, Mapua Sun 22 Apr The Sprig & Fern Hardy St., 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

Ladyhawke

Fri 13 Jul San Fran Bath House, Wellington Sat 14 Jul Studio, Auckland

Lenny Henry (UK)

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

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Upcoming tours & events Radiohead (UK)

Tue 06 Nov Vector Arena, Auckland

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

Tom Lark

Wed 04 Apr National Bar, Dunedin Thu 19 Apr The Kings Arms, Auckland Fri 20 Apr Sawmill Cafe, Leigh Sat 05 May Darkroom, Christchurch Thu 10 May Mighty Mighty, Wellington

Sat 19 May Tabac, Auckland Fri 25 May Space Monster, Whanganui Sat 26 May Garret St, Wellington

Tommy Ill

Sat 05 May Bodega, Wellington Fri 11 May Dux Live, Christchurch Sat 12 May The Kings Arms, Auckland

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

NZ International Comedy Festival

Wavves

Sick Of It All & Agnostic Front

Thu 03 May The Kings Arms, Auckland

Wellington RAW Comedy Quest

Wed 02 May The Kings Arms, Auckland

Sinate

Fri 20 Apr Red Eye Bar, Whangarei Sat 21 Apr Crave Club, New Plymouth Fri 27 Apr Altitude, Hamilton

Six60

Fri 13 Apr Powerstation, Auckland Sat 14 Apr Powerstation, Auckland Sun 15 Apr Powerstation, Auckland

Thu 26 Apr San Fran Bath House, Wellington

Tono and the Finance Company

World Cinema Showcase

Fri 20 Apr Space Monster, Wanganui Sat 21 Apr Bodega, Wellington Sat 28 Apr The Kings Arms, Auckland Fri 04 May Dux Live, Christchurch Sat 05 May The National, Dunedin

Upper Hutt Posse

Fri 20 Apr Dux Live, Christchurch Sat 21 Apr The Mussel Inn, Nelson Thu 26 Apr Dux De Lux, Queenstown Fri 27 Apr Appleby Tavern, Invercargill Sat 28 Apr Chicks Hotel, Dunedin

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

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

NZ International Film Festival Sun 19 Jul - Sun 05 Aug Multiple Venues, Auckland Fri 27 Jul - Sun 12 Aug Multiple Venues, Wellington Fri 27 Jul - Sun 12 Aug Multiple Venues, Dunedin Thu 09 Aug - Sun 26 Aug Hoyts Northlands, Christchurch

One Direction

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

Pick and Mix Squared

Fri 20 Apr Aotea Square, Auckland Fri 27 Apr Aotea Square, Auckland

The Sonics

Wed 18 Apr The Kings Arms, Auckland

Star Slinger

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

Tim Ripper Owens

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

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Urbantramper

Thu 10 May Dux Live, Christchuch Fri 11 May The National, Dunedin Sat 12 May Dux de Lux, Queenstown Fri 18 May Sawmill Cafe, Leigh

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album reviews The Black Seeds Dust and Dirt llll

Wellington’s The Black Seeds are one of the best, long serving reggae-funk-fusion collectives in the country. Their conscious lyrics and modern grooves reflect a soulful ambiance. A move from Newtown’s Surgery to their own space in Mt Cook has brought some new inspirations. There’s still a few staple dance hall numbers, notably ‘Settle Down’, ‘Rusted Story’ and title track ‘Dust And Dirt’, but it’s numbers like the down-tempo leanings of ‘Out Of Light’, with its more subdued undertow and psychedelic edge, that made me sit up and take notice. Also grabbing attention are

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With mesmerising vocals and a dramatic piano accompaniment, it’s no wonder that Birdy has taken the world by storm with her new self–titled debut album. The fifteen-year-old British singer/ songwriter has released a beautifully thought out album composed mainly of carefully chosen covers by pop/indie artists such as The National, Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, The XX and even our very own The Naked And Famous. This young talent performs a famous list of songs in a unique way, conveying emotions and passion though her soul-penetrating voice and creating a credible new way of delivering the meaning of these songs to the listeners. With a beautiful choice of piano as her main companion she sets an elegant mood and amazes the listener with her inspiring vocals – a combination that is surely to send shivers down anyone’s spine.

Last year Nick Cave’s garage rock alter ego Grinderman called it a day after two brilliantly filthy albums. Grinderman 2 RMX is the cherry on the top, a goodbye present from Grinderman and an eclectic group of collaborators and remixers to help soften the blow. Things start exceptionally well with ‘Super Heathen Child’, a version of the album’s lead single featuring King Crimson guitar-god Robert Fripp. Triphoppers UNKLE make ‘Hyper Worm Tamer’ the best James Bond theme never made. A Place To Bury Strangers, Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Matt Berninger (The National) and many more try their hand at mutating Cave and co.’s primal rock assault into something new with mixed results. Far from essential, but a fun diversion for fans of the band or guest artists.

Given the underlying themes, Madge is clearly working through some Guy Ritchie break up issues here. Or something. “If I see that bitch in hell/I want to see him die,” she deadpans in ‘Gang Bang’ – so mature. Collaborations with brats like Nicki Minaj on ‘I Don’t Give A’ do nothing to build any credibility, either. But while she may’ve taken a scalpel to revenge, religion and dance music, MDNA is really just a scattergun blast through latter day Madonna. And she’s reunited with Ray Of Light producer William Orbit for cuts like ‘I’m A Sinner’ with its Middle Eastern vocals and electropsychedelia. ‘Love Spent’ is a broody ‘80s club tune, straight from the ‘Holiday’ era. This might be the most visceral and most listenable stuff she’s done for a while but it certainly isn’t the most original or inspired. For a pioneer like Madonna, has the palette dried up?

Lee Fields is amongst the last of the original soul singers, and his four decades of experience have culminated in the release of his latest album Faithful Man. It’s an album that sounds as though it could have been made in the early ‘70s when soul was huge and James Brown was king. And that’s not a bad thing. Lee Fields sings with real passion and the emotion can be heard in his voice on every one of these 10 tracks. This is honest music, set apart from most of the manufactured soul and r’n’b we hear nowadays. His band, The Expressions, play their role well, knowing exactly when to let Fields’ voice be the star and when to fill the spaces with their own rich sound; a sound full of strings and lush melody, without ever being in your face. This is soul the way it should be.

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Second only to Pixar in the consistent quality stakes, Aardman’s latest animated adventure is another entertaining romp for the whole family. From the cartography-inspired credits to the coin-op canons, Pirates’ attention to detail and determination to give the audience a rollicking good time

is worthy of acclaim. The company’s distinctive British and absurdist humour abounds with a pirate-hating Queen Victoria, the Elephant Man and Charles Darwin (who believes the main purpose of airships is for looking down ladies’ tops) all coming in for a satiric skewering, while the action never lets up, with

inventive fights (often involving fish and crustaceans as weapons) seguing into pyrotechnic backed bouts of piracy (the explosive properties of baking soda and vinegar are a recurring theme). Amongst a terrific cast of voice actors, Grant’s vain Pirate Captain (the current holder of the award for best anecdote about a squid) stands out, although he is almost upstaged by a monkey with cue cards. Aardman’s seamless visuals are matched by one of the most spoton soundtracks of the year, with everyone from The Clash to The Flight of the Conchords and Strauss to Supergrass featuring. Although billed by the Pirates themselves as their “most educational adventure

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I enjoy spectacle, and this film has plenty of it. What it doesn’t have is a decent plot, original characterisation or much in the way of flair. But yeah, lots of spectacle. Actor Peter Berg made a promising directorial debut with 1998’s Very Bad Things, but the quality of his movies has varied wildly since then (from Hancock to Friday Night Lights to The Kingdom). He doesn’t inject Battleship with much personality, but he shoots the action with a clarity I appreciate. Points of difference include gargantuan floating alien ships that splash about in the water like giant distressed stingrays; a whole lot of large scale ship action and a Tongan Kiwi (John Tui) as the fourth male lead.

ever”, most entertaining would be more accurate. This is a film likely to be most appreciated by those who think that the discovery of a dodo “makes electricity look like a load of crap”.

Pop star Rihanna doesn’t embarrass herself in her first big film role and lead Taylor Kitcsh proves serviceably generic, but not offensively so. Liam Neeson is in about four scenes, while local lad Tui is great as the resident tough guy. The audience I saw this film with couldn’t contain their pompous scoffing, especially during the more gung-ho military scenes, but the fourteen-yearold in me enjoyed what he saw. If you make sure your palette is prepared for a giant steaming pile of melted cheese, you might just enjoy yourself. WRITTEN BY DOMINIC CORRY, FLICKS.CO.NZ

Joining Anonymous  and  Inglourious Basterds in the yeah-nah of historical fiction is this disappointingly tame snapshot of Butch Cassidy’s hypothetical older years. Blackthorn could have been a badass character piece of True Grit proportions. Instead, it’s nothing more than a passable Western that makes you long for something memorable. The first half drags its feet trying to develop Butch’s relationship with his underwritten Spaniard sidekick. The partnership leaves a lot to be desired, with the pair never building a convincing camaraderie. Despite some nifty action set pieces and a gutpunching plot-turn later on, the film fails to recover from that set-

back. The fault cannot be placed on Sam Shepard, whose brilliant portrayal of the aged bandit finds the balance between shrewdness and ruthlessness. Flashbacks are littered throughout, though they serve little purpose and don’t affect the overall storyline. It’s as if the filmmakers needed to extend the movie’s length, choosing to awkwardly shoehorn a crashcourse on Butch Cassidy. One is left feeling annoyed that the drop-dead gorgeous cinematography and Shepard’s excellent performance are dumped on a sluggishly paced Western that’s not nearly as interesting as it should be. WRITTEN BY LIAM MAGUREN, FLICKS.CO.NZ


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