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NEWS This Charming Man

The legendary Morrissey has been announced to play to shows in New Zealand. After numerous rumours in the past few weeks it has been confirmed that The Smiths frontman will be heading to New Zealand for the first time in over a decade. Joining Morrissey on tour will be American singer/songwriter Kristen Young. The performer has been supporting Morrissey across his 2012 world tour.

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 SEE HIM LIVE: MORRISSEY 
 Fri 14 Dec Town Hall, Wellington, ticketek.co.nz
 Sat 15 Dec Vector Arena, AucklanD, ticketmaster.co.nz

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Can you keep up? We definitely can’t. Apple has announced the long awaited iPhone 5 which they’ve labelled as the thinnest and lightest iPhone yet. The device has been redesigned to feature a larger 4 inch screen, has support for 4G networks, has faster Wifi, a longer battery life and runs on the new apple designed A6 chip. The phone will come in white & silver or black & slate and will be between NZD$1049 and NZD$1349 depending on the model. Sounds sexy. IPHONE 5 INSTORES: FRI 28 SEP

Rusty Jets to NZ

Russell Brand is hitting our shores for the first time in November. Brand has been hailed as “the most exciting comedian of his generation” by Time Out magazine and now we get a chance to see him in action. We can safely say that this comedian is not shy and that there is no doubt he will shock. SEE HIM LIVE: RUSSELL BRAND
 Wed 28 Nov Vector Arena, Auckland

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Paul Di’Anno and Blaze Bayley – former vocalists of Iron Maiden – have announced they will be performing together for the first time in New Zealand. The two will have co-headlining sets where both singers will be belting out only Iron Maiden songs (likely with a few surprises up their sleeves). Special, extremely limited VIP tickets are available. These will gain you entry to the show, a VIP laminate, a few goodies, as well as the chance to meet both Paul and Blaze before the show. TICKETS ON SALE NOW: undertheradar.co.nz SEE THEM LIVE: PAUL DI’ANNO AND BLAZE BAYLEY
 Fri 07 Dec Bodega, Wellington
 Sat 08 Dec Kings Arms, Auckland

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Bright Lights

The folktronica, Brit pop, babe Ellie Goulding has announce her first appearance on our side of the world. After performing at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal wedding reception at Buckingham Palace and then at the White House for Barack Obama. She is heading to little ol’ NZ with her fivepiece band. Head to our website for the password to the pre-sale grooveguide.co.nz. SEE HER LIVE: ELLIE GOULDING
 FRI 26 OCT STUDIO, AUCKLAND PRE-SALE: TUE 18 SEP, ticketmaster.co.nz
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3 Days, 100 Bands

Parachute Music has announced the lineup for January’s Parachute Festival. Next years festival will celebrate its 23rd year running. Pretty good going ha! Internationals acts will include: Switchfoot, Newsboys,
Hillsong United,
Family Force Five,
LeCrae, Oh Sleeper, Rapture Ruckus,
Sleeping Giant,
White Collar Sideshow,
MC Jin and
Listener. Local acts will include:
Parachute Band, Evermore, Ruby Frost,
Lydia Cole,
Massad,
Seth Haapu,
Loui the Zu,
Donell Lewis,
Saving Grace,
Edge Kingsland,
Great North,
Brooke Duff,
Tom Lark and
Bella Kalolo.

Man vs. CROWD

The mad man himself, Bear Grylls, has announced three New Zealand shows, following sell out performances in Australia and the UK. Grylls’ TV show Man vs. Wild, is one of the most watched shows on the planet with an estimated audience of 1.2 billion. How is that even possible?! During his live show he recounts his adventures of survival in the craziest places imaginable. It contains onstage action, fire, bug-eating and much more.

SEE THEM LIVE: PARACHUTE FESTIVAL 2013
Fri 25 - Sun 27 Jan Mystery Creek Events Centre, Hamilton

SEE HIM LIVE: BEAR GRYLLS WED 28 NOV CBS CANTERBURY ARENA, CHRISTCHURCH FRI 30 NOV TSB BANK ARENA, WELLINGTON SUN 02 DEC VECTOR ARENA, AUCKLAND

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PLAYING BIG NIGHTS OUT FAVourites Zoltan Kiss Mnozil Brass

Favourite classic film? Shawshank Redemption. Favourite childhood memory? Summertime at our little country house, picking berries from the garden and eating Granny’s soup on the terrace. Favourite vice? CHEESE. Favourite song? ‘Some Skunk Funk’ The Brecker Brothers. Favourite meal? Hungarian fish soup (halaszle). Favourite cause? El Sistema and Just Brass. These programs exists for all children and young people to experience the rich benefits of music, through individual and group learning, irrespective of family, school or community circumstances. Favourite ‘90s TV show? Hull High. It was an American TV show set in the beginning of the `90s for teenagers like High School Musical, but a lot cooler. Favourite word?Megszentsegtelenithetetlens egeskedeseitekert (real Hungarian word) Favourite album? Hand on the Torch - US3. Favourite type of groupie? The crazy one.

Feel like you are missing out already with no Big Day Out in New Zealand this year? Fear not! Kiwi promoters have cherry-picked the bill and are bringing five acts across the ditch to our shores in 2013. Crystal Castles, Band of Horse, Pretty Lights and Alabama Shakes have just been announced alongside the already confirmed shows of Animal Collective and the Red Hot Chili Peppers in confirming they will be including a New Zealand stopover on their BDO trip down under in January. Crystal Castles are undoubtedly a highlight of this announcement for those who love the feel of the moshpit. The Toronto duo only just made it here for the 2011 Big Day Out but Alice Glass’ broken foot severely curtailed the antics of a band with a reputation for a ferocious live show. Band of Horses – who are currently streaming their fourth album Mirage Rock on their official website after its official release last week – are another act with a reputation here. Their beautifully bruised take on classic American rock, characterized on two previous visits by incredible musicianship and Ben Bridwell’s keening, Neil Young-like vocals, has earned Band of Horses a legion of loyal NZ fans. Alabama Shakes, a band that has kicked soul music back into the future with an electrifying live reputation, have been called the next big thing and are heading our way. Their debut album Boys & Girls has been called one of the albums of 2012 by critics everywhere. Pretty Lights bring the dance floor direct from the Big Day Out’s Boiler Room, stopping off on the way out of Aussie for shows and Animal Collective return to New Zealand for the first time in three years. To top it all off, any tickets purchased for

the shows during pre-sale period this week gets you into the draw to win tickets to all the other shows, and flights and tickets to the Sydney Big Day Out. Tickets available from Ticketmaster and Ticketek. ALABAMA SHAKES
 Tue 15 Jan Powerstation, Auckland CRYSTAL CASTLES
 Tue 15 Jan The Studio, Auckland BAND OF HORSES Tue 15 Jan Town Hall, Wellington Wed 16 Jan Town Hall, Auckland PRETTY LIGHTS Thu 31 Jan San Fran Bath House, Wellington Fri 01 Feb The Studio, Auckland ANIMAL COLLECTIVE
 Mon 14 Jan Powerstation, Auckland RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
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Favourite body part on you? Beard. Favourite body part on someone else? Eyes.

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Favourite venue? Rathaus in Vienna especially at Christmas and summer.

THU 20 SEP SAN FRAN BATH HOUSE, WELLINGTON 2 X DOUBLE PASSES

Favourite lyric? Opening song in Love Actually - ‘Christmas is all around us’. Cracks me up every time. Favourite candy bar? I don’t have a favourite, but my first taste of a Snickers bar in the Socialist Hungary in the late 80’s is a vivid memory. I traded 6 bars of Milka with my brother for it! SEE THEM LIVE: MNOZIL BRASS SUN 23 SEP ST JAMES THEATRE, WELLINGTON MON 24 SEP TOWN HALL, AUCKLAND

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WEDNESDAY 19 BOW WOW

EDGE OF FURY & CO

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KINGS ARMS

7.30PM, $40, EVENTFINDER.CO.NZ

8PM, $10, DOOR SALES ONLY

Hold up! Bow Wow is all grown up? And he’s coming to New Zealand? Yeap, it’s all true. Once a sweet little 13-year-old on our airwaves, he’s now headlining his own show called Unrated. Guess he’s found all the bitches and liquor then. Wonder if ‘Puppy Love’ will make an appearance?

Not to be confused with the Lady Gaga song or a Mad Max movie, the hardcore metal group Edge of Fury are joined by their band of merry men … I mean, fellow rockers … Til Death Do Us Party and Same Current, as well as Dead Dreamers and Seas Of Conflict from Hamilton.

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Low Key and Hipstamatics take over your night with groovy tunes. Low Key aka Mike Haru is one of the most experienced DJs/presenters on base FM. Always searching for the smoothest, freshest, most soulful beats, Low Key also has a passion for the era of ‘90s hip-hop, funk and soul tunes.

Once part of quirky Kiwi band The Brunettes, Chelsea’s out on her own and sharing her unique sound. Her love of all things Disney from the childhood echo in her music. Her sound was once described as “the soundtrack to an old Disney movie meets Kraftwerk fronted by Enya.”

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MASTERTON, 7.30PM, $7.50, DOOR SALES ONLY

8.30PM, $13, COSMICTICKETING.CO.NZ

Caoimhe Macfehin, Karl Steven and Kristal G take their band on the road, playing in Masterton with an exclusive warm-up show. Comprised of Supergroove, indie-heroes Vietnam War and Drab Doo Riffs. The group, whose sound is reminiscent of ‘50s and ‘60s rhythm and blues, will be performing in a bowling alley.

Electronic musician/producer Module aka Jeramiah Ross will perform his critically acclaimed soundtrack from the award-winning video game Shatter, along with his classics. The show will mark Module’s first public hometown performance of the music he created for local game development studio, Sidhe.

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RAYE FREEDMAN ARTS CENTRE

8PM, $40, UNDERTHERADAR.CO.NZ

7.30PM, $5-15, ITICKET.CO.NZ

Former 1980s rockers Subhumans embark on their first-ever Australasian tour featuring the 1981 line-up of Dick, Trotsky, Bruce and Phil, who recorded their debut EP Demolition War. How will these guys hold up a good 20 years down the track? I suspect well, rockers always seems to last a long time.

While barefooted guys were impressing Rachel Hunter on NZ’s Got Talent, this new wave of gifted youngsters was preparing for tonight’s tough competition to win over the judges at the Songwriter of the Year grand final. Students will perform their original songs supported by a backing band.

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From the first time I heard him singing in French on the Moulin Rouge soundtrack I fell in love with him right then and there. Do you know this guy has also written, among many things, classical opera and a set of Shakespeare’s sonnets to music? What an oldfashioned babe.

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SATURDAY 22 ANNA CODDINGTON LEIGH SAWMILL

DEAR TIMES WASTE SOME KIND OF EDEN

LEIGH, 8PM, $20, ITICKET.CO.NZ

The talented singer-songwriter is often seen out and about on tour with famous friends, most notably Julia Deans. This time, she is heading off on her own (not totally alone though, she’s bringing a few friends). If you haven’t heard this songbird sing, now is the chance before she flies away.

J WILLIAMS MANGAWHAI TAVERN

9PM, $10, EVENTFINDER.CO.NZ

The R&B star won Kiwi hearts with his debut single ‘Ghetto Flower’, before ‘Takes Me Higher’ and ‘You Got Me’ became staple club favourites. Heck, his single even gave ol’ Scribe the chance to come back out of hiding. He ran into a spot of media trouble last year, but he’s back and no doubt with a new energy.

SMOKEFREE ROCKQUEST FINAL FOUNDERS THEATRE

6.30PM, $10, TICKETEK.CO.NZ

Some of New Zealand’s top quality rock acts have come out of this competition it sees secondary school students around the country compete for the top spot. Every year, there is more skill and innovation and it blows me away what some of these talented teens can do. But save the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll for when you hit 18 kids.

95BFM GOES BANG WHAMMY BAR

8PM, $10-15, UNDERTHERADAR.CO.NZ

Like an animation lifted from the pages of a comic book, 95bFM is going out of winter with a bang, complete with a spiky exclamation action bubbl and the cheesy sound effects. But seriously, it’s a celebration of spring (it’s spring?) featuring 1995, Suren Unka, Heart Attack Alley and more. It’ll make your ears go snap, crackle, pop and potentially bang as well.

SUNDAY 23 MNOZIL BRASS ST JAMES THEATRE

8PM, $72-92, TICKETEK.CO.NZ

Direct from Austria, Mnozil Brass blows audiences away with its unique blend of musical ability, theatrics and originality. Formed 20 years ago in Josef Mnozil’s small tavern in Vienna, Austria, this ensemble of seven weird and whacky brass players has been wowing audiences around the world with the sheer variety and diversity of its performances.

I remember when I first heard Swan’s achingly slow, tortured album Skin. It was a work that slowly stripped you down to the bones of raw emotion and fettered your soul like a pastry brush. Songs were achingly slow and suspended like tortured souls in some medieval dungeon. The reinvention of ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ held you up against the wall and teasingly ran the blade menacingly down your thigh. It was dangerous stuff back then and still has the cruellest love songs I’ve ever heard – until now. Like Trent Reznor compositions played at the slowest setting Claire Duncan’s music is ethereal, distant and mechanically cold, with the creeping distance of some deranged artistic spectre. Her music prowls like Jack the Ripper, ready to unleash malice on some unsuspecting victim. But unlike the gothic novels of the Victorian age Some Kind of Eden gives no time for melancholy. It doesn’t concern itself with the questions of why or where a relationship has disintegrated or fragmented. Only that it has. These are cold facts served, chilled, barely shaken, never stirred. ‘Six Feet Down’ in particular feels like all the angels have been slow burned in a smouldering furnace of early The Cure and Kraftwerk. And never turning to the betrayal of the upbeat, Duncan chooses to haunt the subconscious like Nosferatu’s monster with the most evident ‘Head to Toe’, which borrows both attitude and cleverness of St Vincent, but never slides into simple melody pop.

Clearly evident throughout is the isolation Duncan chose to surround herself in during the recording process in her expansive vacant studio space – a mile away from the cramped little Eden Terrace flat where she made most of 2010’s Spells. From time to time there are vocal nods to Bjork, especially on ‘The Drought’, which bounces off the cool, shiny concrete walls and floor with stringent, monotonous drones of electronic. Pulsating textures compliment Duncan’s slightly innocent, malleable vocals. Her concluding paean, ‘Body Black’ is the most inspirational effort. It’s almost like the lifting of a veil of some self-imposed depression and revealing that the perceived gloom was really just a low foggy haze. Whilst I wouldn’t recommend flying in this kind of weather, the underpinning drama and sense of menace on this album is still deliciously unsettling. If your cerebellum is looking to be challenged, assaulted and soothed simultaneously, then I’d recommend Eden. Find a nice quiet place, lie down and take in at least two songs. Just don’t bother calling in the morning. WRITTEN BY TIM GRUAR

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FRIDAY 21

TOM BEAUCHAMP

THE RED CHAIR

CIRCUS COMPANY DIRECTOR & PERFORMER

Q THEATRE Your signature “I’m an amazing cook” dish is… Sunday morning pancakes with lemon & brown sugar.

SEASON: WED 19 SEP - SUN 30 SEP 8PM, $29-54, QTHEATRE.CO.NZ

Bringing down the fourth wall, this highly interactive performance fuses the divide between audience and actor. As the title suggests, a red chair is lit up at selected tables where audience members are sitting. These chairs serve as a performance space that the actors work with in a cabaret-style show.

The best TV show around at the moment is… Don’t know & don’t really care, bit busy making circus & living in the back of a truck. The best place for a date night is… Same place as stalkers can find me.

PRIVATE LIVES

You’d get arrested if the police knew that you… Dressed in lycra & swing around on ropes - oh hang on that’s just my job.

Q THEATRE SEASON: WED 19 SEP - SAT 29 SEP 7/8PM, $55, QTHEATRE.CO.NZ

Watch a seemly perfect ex-relationship crumble into a million pieces in this adaptation of Noel Coward’s genre-defining rom-com. The show takes to the original idea with destructive force, trashing apartments and relationships alike. Celebrate wit, a comedy of relationships and errors as a happily divorced couple find themselves in adjoining hotel suites.

SATURDAY 22 AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 MINUTES MICHAEL FOWLER CENTRE

8PM, $15-115, TICKETEK.CO.NZ

It’s like that movie with Jackie Chan in it and how he went in a hot air balloon around the world in a time period that was more than 60 days but less than 100 and it was amazing for the 1800s. Yeah. Well, this is like that, but a musical journey around the world with the NZ Symphony Orchestra.

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE DERBY THE TRUSTS STADIUM ARENA

Who’s in the dead supergroup for your dream hologram show? Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix & Beethoven. What’s an upcoming film you’re jazzed about? Cirque Du Soleil & James Cameron have a new circus one coming out in December called Worlds Away in 3D. Where can your stalkers find you during the weekend? Depends on the weather, hanging out in my house truck at a nice picturesque coastal location. What happens when you mix Coca Cola with Pepsi? Gut rot x 2. Your fantasy spirit animal is… Pushmepullyou.

People say you look like… Spiderman or John Clease - depends on the day. Five celebs on your f**klist? Milla Jovovich, Pink, Monica Bellucci, Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz. Kittens or puppies? Puppies - medium rare. What generic current affair has your blood boiled? Why people call dance gay & yet a bunch of Neanderthal blokes running round a field in short shorts grabbing each other’s balls is a national obsession. SEE HIM LIVE: FUSE CIRCUS THE BODY FESTIVAL - REVOLVER MON 08 OCT - WED 10 OCT THE GEO DOME, CHRISTCHURCH

SUNDAY 23 KAHU ORA: LIVING CLOAKS TE PAPA

WED 19 SEP - MON 22 OCT

Everyone saw the movie Whip It, right? So by now you’ll know roller derby is a totally awesome sport that’s growing in New Zealand. Catch the final bout of the Pirate City Rollers’ 2012 season and witness two teams fighting the skin off their knees for victory and the Black Dahlia Cup. It’s a wild ride and you’re guaranteed to see a little blood, sweat and tears.

Explore rich Maori history through traditional cloaks, among the most precious treasures to Maori and stunning in their artistry. Each cloak carries a powerful story of the weavers and wearers, linking past and present. There is also a live action studio to see cloak weavers in action.

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Nothing says ‘social critique’ like a wickedly clever comedy. Clybourne Park explores two time periods, 1959 and the present day, in two acts. The first centres on a nervous community anxious to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act two looks at a now predominately African-American neighborhood as it battles to hold its ground in the gentrification.


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WEDnESDAY 19 GLEE SEASON FOUR

YOUR SISTER’S SISTER

FOUR, 7:30pm

Your favourite Gleek crew is back. Thanks to Four’s new Fast Four system, get the brand spanking new season of Glee hot on the heels of its US release. Will New York swallow up Rachel Berry? How will Blaine cope without Kurt? Get ready for all new tunes, celebrity cameos and more of the razor-sharp wit you love. directed by LYNN SHELTON

THURSDAY 20

Starring MARK DUPLASS, EMILY BLUNT AND ROSEMARIE DEWITT

RUBY SPARKS GENERAL RELEASE

104 MINS

A struggling writer, unlucky in love, and suffering a serious case of writers block, suddenly begins to write about his dream girl, Ruby Sparks. And guess what? She comes to life, obeying every command he writes in his book. But is this really a dream come true?

SATURDAY 22 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA TV ONE, 7.30PM

It’s the moment you have all been waiting for – whether it is because you hate the show or because you are dying to know who takes out the top prize, the season finale of Australian MasterChef is on. The first challenge sees the final three serve more than 100 fans of the show entrees.

As strong an argument as one could imagine for the “mumblecore” film movement spearheaded by this film’s director (Lynn Shelton) and star/producer (Mark Duplass), Your Sister’s Sister is one of the most purely pleasurable “grown-up” films I’ve seen this year. Working off a structured outline with no dialogue, the three lead actors here create an incredibly vivid dynamic, filled with the unmistakable rhythms of real life. But the film is so consistently funny and affecting, you’d never guess the dialogue was entirely improvised. With this and the upcoming Safety Not Guaranteed, Duplass is having something of a moment and he’s fantastic here. He starts the film as a bit of a sad sack, but as his character is drawn out by his pulchritudinous co-stars, he invites ample amounts of empathy.

Most films strive for authenticity, but this film is simply dripping with it. I can’t remember the last time fictional characters seemed so real to me. All this plus the most awesomely awkward sex scene ever committed to film makes Your Sister’s Sister an absolute must-see. Do yourself a favour and check it out. WRITTEN BY DOMINIC CORRY, FLICKS.CO.NZ

TUESDAY 25 THE WIRE

MONDAY 24

SOHO, 9.30PM

AMERICAN DAD!

VIBE, 12PM

COMEDY CENTRAL, 7.15PM

Everyone’s favourite family, except Family Guy obviously, is back for season seven. The Emmy-nominated series opens on a strong note with singer and music producer Cee Lo Green guest starring in this melodic premiere episode ‘Hot Water’.

Gritty, unrelenting and totally addictive. The Wire debuts its new season with a powerful punch that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside that it ever went away. The bodies are being piled up in Baltimore as the drug war is far from over. As with previous seasons, the story is from both the point of view of the drug dealers and the cops.

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64TH EMMY AWARDS

For stars of the small screen, it might as well be the Oscars. Hosted by SNL legend Jimmy Kimmel. With hot rating shows Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and Girls to name a few up for gongs, it’s sure to be a nail-biting ride for TV fans.

Emily Blunt seems like she’s in every second movie these days, but none have exploited her earthy charms better than this film. And I can say without hesitation that I fell deeply and genuinely in love with Rosemarie DeWitt while watching Your Sister’s Sister. The actress (who took over from Rachel Weisz at the last minute) projects unmitigated star quality here, and deserves A-list status based on this performance alone.

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SHIT WORTH EATING Deborah Teh

SAMURAI SUSHI 39 ELLIOTT STREET

Sword fighters need not apply –it’s not that kind of place. However, they are delivering up sushi at samurai fighting speeds. They craft all their sushi using only local produce and offer an extensive menu, including tempura, donburi, udon bowls and miso. Yum!

THE SWEDISH BAKERY 45 BRIDGE ST, NELSON

Homecrafted the way they do in Europe, The Swedish Bakery prides themselves on handcrafted artisan breads, including Levain sourdough bread, European style pastries and handmade Belgian chocolate. Wash it all down with a cup of organic fairtrade coffee.

MOUSTACHE

Who doesn’t love milk and cookies as a child, or even an adult? Moustache is Auckland’s first milk and cookies bar which specialises in … dun dun dun…gourmet cookies and delicious milk treats! Hot coffee, milkshakes or cold milk: whatever you fancy, go ahead and dunk your cookie.

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6-10 Roukai Lane (09) 309-5854 Seasonal lunch meals and latenight tapas served in a small cobblestone alleyway.

31 Galway St (09) 303-2541 Gourmet Pizzas, tapas and a famous high tea service

466 Mt Eden Rd (09) 630-9330 Your local in the heart of Mt. Eden with over 100 beers available and superb food.

37 Drake St (09) 379-8167 The focus: people who want to enjoy each other’s company with a great glass of wine and tasty plates, without the constraints of having to book or have a meal at a certain time.

CHAPEL

147 Ponsonby Rd (09) 360-4528

MEXICO

23 Britomart Place (09) 366-1759 The Strand Takapuna (09) 280-1487 Vibrant Mexican street food served with margaritas, tequila and Mexican Beer. Arrive early for a table.

86 Federal St (09) 363-7048

District Dining

50 Customs St East (09)368-5315 Fresh, affordable bistro dining in a relaxed atmosphere. Designed to share.

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37 Drake St (09) 929-2790 Taking it’s cue from the Americas, but with an Antipodean twist. Guests can sit and order from anywhere within the space - plates to share in the dining area, mains at the bar.

7 Sale St (09) 307-8148 Bistro dining, award-winning microbrewery celebrated garden bar and very private Velvet Room!

THAI ME UP

244 Ponsonby Rd (09) 376-9909

MOOCHOWCHOW 23 Ponsonby Rd (09) 360-6262 Like a stroll through the fragrant night markets & food stalls of Bangkok, MooChowChow is a boost to the senses.

LIBERTINE THE DEPOT

SALE ST

VERONA

169 K’Rd (09) 307-0508 Celebrating 20 years on K’Rd. Open 10am till Late Seven days with intimate booths live music, gourmet food, cocktails & organic tap beer.

PINXTOS (Opening October) 128c Ponsonby Rd Bar*Cafe*Tapas

THE WINDSOR CASTLE

144 Parnell Rd (09) 356-3650 Established in 1847, one of Auckland’s earliest surviving hotels serving gastro pub food in a comfortable, unpretentious environment.


GIG GUIDE

SHIT WORTH DOING

WELLINGTON gig guide Wed 19 Big River Chain 10PM, Mighty Mighty

Kroon For your Kai 7PM, The Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant

Local Legends at The Session featuring Crete Haami 9PM, Matterhorn, Free

CHRISTCHURCH gig guide NZSM Friday Lunchtime Concert NZSM Concert Hall

Subhumans

9PM, Bodega, $40

WHITE CLOUD: Songs 9PM, BATS Theatre, $20

Sat 22 Amiria Grenell

The Medicine Standup Comedy NIght

Battle-Ska Galactica

8PM, Meow, $5

The New Brides and Guests 8PM, Medusa, $5

WHITE CLOUD: Songs 9PM, BATS Theatre, $20

Thu 20 Acoustic Music The Cheeky Pipi

Adam Page

7PM, Mighty Mighty, $10

Alex Tsiboulski Adam Concert Room

Bandeoke

8PM, The Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant

Module: Shatter Live 9AM, San Francisco Bath House, $13

The Evil Genius Music Quiz

7PM, The Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant

WHITE CLOUD: Songs 9PM, BATS Theatre, $20

4PM, The Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant 10PM, The Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant

Benny And The Jets

Ali Harper Old St Paul’s

Bleakwter 9PM, Meow

Earfood

9PM, The Brewery

Bazi Baker

8PM, Wunderbar

open mic night Will Frost

5PM, Ad Lib Cafe & Deli

Thu 20 Josef Orlowski Album Launch 8.30PM, Wunderbar

Soul Purpose Revival Bar

Sun 23 3PM, No 4

Natalie Elms

3PM, The Astro Lounge

Willie McArthur 4PM, Ciburb Bar

Subhumans

Hera & Jed

8PM, Dux Live, $40

8.30PM, The Monday Room

The Shameless Two

Quiz Night

10PM, The Craic Irish Bar

6.30PM, Pierside Cafe

Fri 21

Tue 25

9PM, Russian Frost Farmers Gallery, $5

Antix

Mal Harris’ Pub Quiz

10PM, The Bedrock Bar

7PM, Pegasus Arms

Shitripper, Rogernomics, Numbskvll

DJCXL - The man. The Legend

Open Heart Circuitry

9PM, San Francisco Bath House

Neil Billington Blues Band The Lido Cafe

Punchline Comedy Night

8.30PM, Darkroom

7PM, Meow, $18

saint cosmos, mongo skato, i.ryoko live

10PM, Mighty Mighty, $5

Spring Tango & Salsa Tropical Heat Ball The Hunter Lounge

WHITE CLOUD: Songs 9PM, BATS Theatre, $20

8PM, Dux Live

9PM, Pierside Cafe

Indigo Wolf 8PM, Darkroom

John The Baptist Springtime Tour 11PM, The Brewery

Kate Anastasiou

Sun 23 Improv Cage Match Recovery Sessions

5PM, The Astro Lounge

Mantis & guests 9PM, Wunderbar, $5

Seth Hamilton The Get Down 9PM, CBD Bar

3PM, The Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant

The Sunday Jazz Club

Sat 22

The Troubles

Carlos Smith Diaz, Darren Tatom & Jack Cameron

Public Bar & Eatery 8PM, Meow

Famous Fridays

7.30PM, The Woolston Club

10PM, Mighty Mighty, $5

9PM, CBD Bar

Mon 24

La De Dub

8PM, Porthole Bar

Heart Attack Alley, Stompin’ Nick

Mike T

Kate Anastasiou

10PM, The Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant Sandwiches

9PM, Wunderbar, $10

New Music Collective Presents Live at The Darkroom

Hashigo Zake

7PM, Circa Theatre, $18

Fri 21

Al Park

John The Baptist Springtime Tour

8PM, The Venue Music-Bar

Marz childen Conscious hip hop jam 9PM, San Francisco Bath House

Wed 19

Cool Change Trio Dr Sanchez

6PM, The Astro Lounge

Housworks

9PM, The Monday Room

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SHIT WORTH DOING

auckland gig guide Wed 19

Dj Julien Dyne

Dj Aroha

Rhythm and Style

Acetones

General Lee

Dj Ben Wah , Dj Normksi

Rufus Wainwright & Band

Infamous Night Owls ft. Louie and the Bear Tim Walker Hullakitty Red Beard Amelia Murray Nick Raven

Dj Dan Aux, Dj ExMixKid

9PM, Verona

Bow Wow “Underrated Tour” Studio

Conch Records at BCC 5PM, Britomart Country Club

Creative Jazz Club 8PM, 1885 Basement, $10

Dirty Diana’s Sol Night 7PM, Chapel Bar

Edge Of Fury, Til Death Do Us Party, Dead Dreamers, Seas Of Conflict, and Same Current. 8PM, The Kings Arms

Industry Night 1AM, twentyone

Jamie Oehlers Jazz Performance Workshop 1PM, Studio One, Kenneth Myers Centre

MayaVanya 6PM, Racket

Nigel Love and Grant Marshall 5PM, Sale St

Scratch Night 3 8PM, Alleluya Cafe, $8

Thu 20 1885 Live: Massad

6PM, Everybodys 7PM, Chapel Bar

8PM, Khuja Louge

Infamous Night Owls: Indie Acoustic Evening 8PM, Khuja Lounge

Kate Anastasiou 6PM, The Brickworks

7PM, Nuffield St.

Blackleaf Gardens, Halo of Ashes, Guilty in Salem [ISOYG], Just One Jafa 8PM, Kings Arms Tavern, $5

Business Casual 9PM, Cassette Nine

Dj Imagine This 8PM, Snapdragon

Dj Jason Eli 6PM, Commons

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Dj Jazz , Dj Aimee Rensford 5PM, Neighbourhood

Dj John Holmes 6PM, Nuffield St.

Lyracists Lounge

DJ Leza Lee

Zeal

6PM, Chivas at The Deck

Lyrakill

Dj Solly

9PM, Hurstmere Brew Bar

6PM, La Zeppa Kitchen

Old School DJs: Murray Cammick, Manuel Bundy

DUB Disco

5PM, Sale St

The Civic

Sam Hill, Jerm 6PM, Racket

THE CONJURORS, XURI XRUz, HANG LOOSE 10PM, Whammy Bar, $10

TSG Live with Alisha, Frank Booker ft. Lewis McCallum 5PM, Tyler Street Garage

We Own The Night 8PM, 1885 Britomart, $10

Zane T, Lyraki

6PM, Hurstmere Brew Bar

Sat 22

10PM, Code, $5

#JUSAYIN PRESENTS: HIGH NOON, Chaos In The CBD Fundraiser/ Release Party

EB: Dj Rose Alice, Dj Jason Eli

95bfm Goes Bang

5PM, Everybodys

Whammy Bar

In Dreams

Acapella Live

Wine Cellar

DNA Bar

7PM, Raye Freedman Arts Centre, $15

Jason Smith

A Ponsonby Institution

Princess Chelsea Deejay Set

Kate

6PM, Racket

Opshop w/ Brendan Lovegrove The Backyard

Popular Music: Songwriter of the Year 2012 - Grand Final

10PM, Be Club, $5

DUB Disco

8PM, Moretons Bar

7PM, Libertine

8PM, GBS Bar

Root Down w/ Dean Campbell

Lee Gray Duo

8PM, Alleluya Cafe, $8

September Metal 9PM, The Kings Arms

9PM, Merchant Bar

Light Orphan, Weapons 6PM, Libertine

Lokey

5PM, The Britomart Country Club

Mark Tronson

2PM, Hard Luck Cafe, $15

8PM, Chapel Bar

ANNA CODDINGTON

9PM, LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE, $20

Ben Wah

11PM, 1885 Basement

Chica Licorica

9PM, Sandbar, Waiheke

David Shanhun 8PM, De Post

9PM, The Patriot

Dean Campbell Departure Club

The Get Down

MOA , THE KALEIDOSCOPES W/ SAM RIVERS

6PM, Sale St

10PM, Khuja Lounge, $5

The Wax Works: T-Rice

Oceania Storm

Shake, Stir and Sing with Dan and Chris 7PM, The Windsor Castle

5PM, The Britomart Country Club

8PM, New Brew Tavern Albany

Onny Kaulima

Fri 21 Architects

8PM, The Kings Arms, $50

Brett Polley 8PM, De Post

Dean Te Paa

8PM, Glen Eden RSA

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7PM, Red Hummingbird

8PM, twentyone, Free

Scratch Night 3

Acoustic Thursdays with Waylon

DJ Dirty Diana

8PM, The Kings Arms, $5

Acoustic Thursday Ft. John Edwards

7PM, Neighbourhood

9PM, Snapdragon

DJ Karn Hall & DJ Alex Richards

9PM, 1885 Britomart

Acoustic Thursday w/ Eli

6PM, Northern SteamShip

September Metal

6PM, tyler Street Garage

5PM, Northern SteamShip

6PM, Commons

11PM, 1885 Basement

Opshop w/ Brendhan Lovegrove 7PM, The Kingslander, $45

Pat 4 President

9PM, Elephant Wrestler

Proud Mary’s Last Dance 10PM, 4:20, $10

7PM, Sale St

10PM, 1885 Britomart, $10

Dimension

The Bacco Room

DJ Adam O , Dj KMS 9PM, Snapdragon

Dj Dylan C

9PM, Northern SteamShip

Dj Frank Booker 7PM, Everybodys

DJ Jarrod Phillips and DJ Grant Marshall 9PM, twentyone


t SHIT WORTH DOING

auckland gig guide Dj Selecta Sam

8PM, La Zeppa Kitchen

DJ Sister Act 4PM, Chapel Bar

Dj Solly Dj Hudge

REGIONAL gig guide 20th year Anniversary party 7PM, Verona

VHF Duo

9PM, Merchant Bar

5PM, Neighbourhood

Dj Tido

Sun 23

DJ Trash

Acoustic Sunday Session w Eli Guttenbiel

7PM, Commons 8PM, Red Hummingbird

English Jake , Max What’s Tha Happs 7PM, Libertine

Fear Factory w/ 8 Foot Sativa

8PM, The Powerstation, $72.50

Granduo

9PM, Rickshaw Eddys

3PM, La Zeppa Kitchen

Acoustic Sundays ft Hugh McCaroll 2PM, Neighbourhood

Britomart Sunday Service: ft. Grapevinyl DJs

2PM, The Britomart Country Club

Wed 19

Sat 22

Quiz Night

Coach Family Tree Tour

Subhumans

d Fresh

Biddy Mulligans Irish Pub, Hamilton 5PM, Musicians Club, Dunedin, $40

Thu 20 Biddy’s Band Battle Finale

Biddy Mulligans Irish Pub, Hamilton

Clap Clap Riot Nationwide Tour

8PM, Brewers Bar, Mt Maunganui

Coach Family Tree Tour

Great Rock For Heart 3 ft. Mile High, November Zulu, Invader Cain, Doppler & Gabrielle Gilbert

Coach album release show

8PM, YOT Club, Raglan, $10

Coach Family Tree Tour

8PM, The Paddington Live, $10

5PM, Kings Arms, $10

7PM, Barrytown Hall, Barrytown $15

Hospice Shop Retro Fair

Dj Hudge

Needless Cane w/ Crackpot Theory & Guests

10AM, New Lynn Hospice Shop

Klassix From Paris

5PM, The Britomart Country Club

8PM, The Kingsarms Tavern, $10

3PM, La Zeppa Kitchen

Pat 4 President 9PM, Merchant Bar

Shae Snell

Lee Gray Duo

2PM, Sale St

Master Jams with Tido

Sunday Session with the Sentimental Sound System

9PM, The Patriot

7PM, Tyler Street Garage

3PM, Chapel Bar

Nom De Strip 10PM, Be Club, $10

Old Skool Saturdays w/ DJ Linely Latu 7PM, Chivas at The Deck

Rudsits Brothers 9PM, Black Salt

Shane Hand , Jordan Momentus 8PM, Hurstmere Brew Bar

Sick Disco X Good Juju!

Mon 24 Club Connoisseurs

Texas Toast Party Ft. Lucky Lance, Dandruff Dicky, Get Ban, Ev Love, Haz Beats and Guests

Beats, Eats & Co

The Friday Blender 4PM, Chapel Bar

Ponsonby Social Club

open mic night

8PM, The Windsor Castle

9PM, Brewers Bar, Mt Maunganui, $25

Opshop w/ Brendhan Lovegrove The Helm, Hamilton

Original Song Competition

Ashhurst Inn, Ashhurst

Safe House - Night of Heavy Bass

Dram & Cock Whiskey Bar, Napier

Smokefree Rockquest National Final

Temple of the Grunge

9PM, The Cabana, Napier

House of Shem Hard Road Tour

Russian Club

Oceania Storm Nz Tour Sweet Music Album Release Mt Maunganui

Clap Clap Riot Nationwide Tour w/ Special Guests

8PM, Altitude Bar, Hamilton

VIVA JAZZ QUARTET

ABC Studios

Kaiah Bar, Rotorua

Tankapalooza 2012

The Dinsdale Office, Hamilton

8PM, Racket

House of Shem Hard Road Tour

Blak Rok Album Launch

The Clare Inn

TDK

7PM, Clarence St. Theatre, Hamilton, $59.99

Swampfest 2012

Crossroads Duo

Tue 25

Herman’s Hermits

Fri 21

Traditional Music Session

6PM, The Windsor Castle

Uno Bar, Palmerston North

Founders Theatre, Hamilton

Coach Family Tree Tour

Subhumans

11PM, Khuja Lounge, $5

8PM, The Royal, Palmerston North

6PM, Chapel Bar

6PM, Cassette Nine

8PM, The Kings Arms, $40

Lyttelton Rough House Revival

8PM, Space Monster, Wanganui, $10

8PM, Hot Lava, Ohakune, $10

Trees Tavern, Tokoroa

NZ Blues Brothers Tribute Show

Youth Space, Palmerston North Willowpark Tavern, Palmerston North

9PM, The Cabana, Napier

TIMES EYE with Triumphant Skull, Abstract Survival and Nick Knox 9PM, Re:Fuel, Dunedin, $5

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Putaruru District Services Memorial Club, Putaruru

Punktuation

Brewers Bar, Mt Maunganui

Return of the Freakin’ Hamiltrons 9PM, Biddy Mulligans, Hamilton, $10

Swampfest 2012

The Stomach, Palmerston North

The Gary Harvey Band

Ostend Bar & Brasserie, Waiheke

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BARS

Shit worth dRINKING

RE:FUEL 640 CUMBERLAND ST

Otago’s campus hangout since, like, forever may look like an underground dungeon, but in reality it is the coolest place for funky gigs, low-lighting and close contact with good friends and strangers. It’s fun, sweaty and great for casual mid-week beers (my favourite activity) or Saturday grooving.

AGENTS & MERCHANTS 44 CUSTOMS STREET EAST

A&M, situated down a secluded lane in the heart of Britomart, is renowned for its premium wine lists, champagnes and top quality cocktails served by the city’s best bartenders. With seasonal lunches and exciting tapas from early evening until very late.

FOXTAIL

Once a larger building situated on Wellington’s waterfront, Foxtail is the capital’s hottest cocktail and champagne bar. Undergoing a massive transformation, Foxtail has now created a funky vibe by downsizing to smaller, more intimate lounge areas. Retaining its 1940-style glamour and décor, the restaurant boasts 180 degree views of the harbour, the retro Games Room and the funky Brass Monkey bar upstairs.

VIBE Key

57 CUSTOMHOUSE QUAY HIPSTER FRIENDLY

SPORTS BAR

FOOD

DANCE FLOOR

IRISH

ONE NIGHT STAND

AFTER WORK

LIVE MUSIC

OPEN LATE

CRAFT BEERS


shit worth Drinking

auckland GROOVE GULPS PONSONBY PONSONBY Chapel

147 Ponsonby Rd (09) 360-4528 For a quiet afternoon drink with friends in the sun, a lite bite, a la carte dining or a great night out.

GOLDEN DAWN

THE BRITOMART SOCIAL CLUB

31 Galway St (09) 303-2541 A garden bar in the middle of the city. Comes with a mini golf lawn, cocktail jugs and vinylonly DJs.

169 K’Rd (09) 307-0508 Celebrating 20 years on K’Rd. Open 10am till Late Seven days with intimate booths live music, gourmet food, cocktails & organic tap beer.

RACKET BAR

Crossroads of Ponsonby & Richmond Rds Ph (09) 376-9929

GRAND CENTRAL

MEXICO

23 Britomart Place (09) 366-1759 Drink in the eclectic front bar or settle into the cosy dining area to explore the short but compelling menu.

MTEDEN EDEN Mt DE POST

466 Mt Eden Rd (09) 630-9330 Your local in the heart of Mt. Eden with over 100 beers available and superb food.

JULEP

NEWMARKET NEWMARKET THE CLADDAGH

PINXTOS (Opening Oct) 128c Ponsonby Rd Bar*Cafe*Tapas

THE PONSONBY (Belgian Beer Cafe)

1-3 St Mary’s Rd (09) 376-6092 A little piece of Europe in the heart of Ponsonby, the perfect spot to kick start the weekend, for an intimate dinner or a refreshing after-work beverage...

372-376 Broadway (09) 522-4410 The Claddagh Irish Pub - A slice of Ireland in the heart of Newmarket.

CENTRAL& K’RD & Krd CENTRAL

7 Sale St (09) 307-8148 A unique collection of spaces award-winning microbrewery, bistro dining, dance floor with live music, celebrated garden bar and very private Velvet Room!

PARNELL PARNELL 117 St Georges Bay Rd (09) 309-3586 A Parnell institution for watching sports events, craft beers and superb food with the recent addition of top-notch live gigs.

37 Drake St (09) 379-8167 Focusing on the fact that people want to enjoy each other’s company with a great glass of wine and tasty plates, without the constraints of having to book or have a meal at a certain time.

LIBERTINE THE WINDSOR CASTLE

144 Parnell Rd (09) 356-3650 Established in 1847, one of Auckland’s earliest surviving hotels serving gastro pub food in a comfortable, unpretentious environment.

37 Drake St (09) 929-2790 This new bar and eatery takes its cue from the Americas, but with an Antipodean twist. Guests can sit and order from anywhere within the space - plates to share in the dining area, mains at the bar.

352 K’Rd (09) 365-1800 Tues-Sat

KINGSLAND KINGSLAND Lvl 3/536 Queen St (09)377-3711

1885 - Britomart

27 Galway St (09) 551 3100 Nightclub upstairs. Cocktail lounge downstairs. Home to Auckland’s biggest club nights.

SALE ST

DOC BAR

KHUJA LOUNGE

BRITOMART BRITOMART

204 Quay St (09) 357-6147 Watch the game while your girlfriend goes dancing.

LA ZEPPA KITCHEN & BAR

THE PADDINGTON 152 Ponsonby Rd (09) 378-8186

QUAY ST CLUBROOMS

VICTORIA VICTORIAPARK PARK 6-10 Roukai Lane (09) 309-5854 Serves everything from singlemalt whisky to cans of Double Brown.

126 Ponsonby Rd (09) 360-1260 Ponsonby’s longest serving bar with live music/DJ 7 nights. 2 for 1 happy hour & licensed to 5am.

VERONA

KINGS ARMS

59 France St (09) 373-3240

Neighbourhood Brewbar

498 New North Rd (09) 846-3773 Nestled in the site of an old garage and engineering shop Neighbourhood celebrates the craft of beer and is perfect for afterwork drinks or a Sunday session on the sun drenched outdoor courtyard or the lounge inside.

FATHER TED’S ORIGINAL IRISH PUB

AGENTS & MERCHANTS

6-10 Roukai Lane (09) 309-5854 Seasonal lunch meals and latenight tapas served in a small cobblestone alleyway.

1 Wellesley St West (09) 377-3144 Entertainment 7 nights a week, with 3 big screens, pool table, competitions & prizes, quiz, karaoke and live music

VIADUCT VIADUCT SNAPDRAGON

204 Quay St (09) 357-6147 A blend of 1930s vintage glamour and West Hollywood lounge with a healthy shot of private gentlemen’s club.

GTION WELLINOMING BARS C SOON

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tours & events

Upcoming tours & events BEN HARPER (US)

Sat 03 Nov Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington Mon 05 Nov ASB Theatre, Auckland

BILL BAILEY (UK)

Fri 28 Sep Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington Sat 29 Sep Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington Mon 01 Oct CBS Canterbury Arena, Christchurch Wed 03 Oct ASB Theatre, Auckland Thu 04 Oct ASB Theatre, Auckland

ALABAMA SHAKES(US)

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE (US)

Tue 15 Jan The Studio, Auckland

DEAR TIME’S WASTE

Fri 21 Sep 12 Below, Dunedin Sat 22 Sep Darkroom, Christchurch

Thu 27 Sep Bodega, Wellington Fri 28 Sep Naval Point Club, Lyttleton Sat 29 Sep Geraldine Cinema, Geraldine Thu 04 Oct Events Centre, Carterton Fri 05 Oct Fringe Festival, Hamilton Sat 06 Oct Leigh Sawmill Café, Leigh

BILLY BRAGG (UK)

Fri 12 Oct Town Hall, Auckland Sat 13 Oct The Opera House, Wellington Sun 14 Oct Otago Festival Of The Arts Tue 16 Oct Aurora Centre, Christchurch

THE BLACK KEYS (US)

Sat 03 Nov Vector Arena, Auckland Mon 05 Nov TSB Bank Arena, Wellington

BLUES CONTROL (US)

Sat 06 Oct Snake Pit, Auckland Sun 07 Oct The Dark Room, Christchurch Tue 09 Oct Russian Frost Farmers, Wellington

BOW WOW (US)

Wed 19 Sep The Studio, Auckland

ED SHEERAN (UK)

Thu 13 Dec San Fran Bath House, Wellington Fri 14 Dec Powerstation, Auckland

ELLIE GOULDING (UK)

GRIZZLY BEAR (US)

Fri 26 Oct Studio, Auckland

ENTER SHIKARI (UK)

Tue 18 Sep Zeal, West Auckland

EVERCLEAR (US)

Wed 17 Oct Juice Bar, Auckland Thu 18 Oct The Studio, Auckland

EVERMORE

Fri 26 Oct Juice Bar, Auckland Sat 27 Oct Bodega, Wellington

EXODUS

Sat 31 Dec Te Tumu Kaituna Reserve, Papamoa Beach

CALVIN HARRIS, MAJOR LAZER & BASSNECTAR

Fri 30 Nov ASB Showgrounds, Auckland

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THE GUNSLINGER’S BALL

Thu 18 Oct Cabana, Napier Fri 19 Oct Bodega, Wellington Sat 20 Oct The Mayfair, New Plymouth Sun 21 Oct Gravity, Hamilton Fri 26 Oct The Powerstation, Auckland Sat 27 Oct Leigh Sawmill, Leigh

HOT CHELLE RAE (US)

Thu 18 Oct TSB Bank Arena, Wellington Sat 20 Oct Vector Arena, Auckland

HYPERPOTAMUS (ES)

JAY SEAN (UK)

Sun 21 Oct Telstra Clear Pacific Events Centre, Auckland

LAGWAGON (US)

Wed 12 Dec San Fran Bathhouse, Wellington
 Thu 13 Dec Kings Arms, Auckland

CLIFF RICHARD (UK)

Sat 26 Jan Vector Arena, Auckland Mon 28 Jan TSB Bank Arena, Wellington Thu 31 Jan CBS Canterbury Arena, Christchurch

FEAR FACTORY (US)

COLDPLAY (UK)

GOMEZ (UK)

Sat 10 Nov Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland

Tue 20 Nov The Opera House, Wellington Wed 21 Nov Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland

Fri 28 Sep Leigh Sawmill, Leigh/Auckland Sat 29 Sep Golden Dawn, Auckland Wed 03 Oct Cabana, Napier Fri 05 Oct Mighty Mighty, Wellington

Thu 20 Sep Brewers Bar, Tauranga Fri 21 Sep Cabana Bar, Napier Thu 04 Oct The Royal, Palmerston North Fri 05 Oct Bar Bodega, Wellington Sat 06 Oct Rising Sun, Auckland

Wed 14 Nov Whammy Bar, Auckland Thu 15 Nov San Fran Bath House, Wellington

GRIMES (CA)

Fri 08 Mar TSB Arena, Wellington Sat 09 Mar Vector Arena, Auckland

CLAP CLAP RIOT

BATHS (US)

Wed 14 Nov Meteor Theatre, Hamilton Thu 15 Nov Victoria Theatre, Auckland Fri 16 Nov Mayfair, New Plymouth Sat 17 Nov The Paddington, Auckland Thu 22 Nov San Fran Bath House, Wellington Fri 23 Nov Brewers Bar, Mt Maunganui Sun 25 Nov Ascension Wine Estate, Matakana Thu 29 Nov The Osti, Waiheke Island Fri 30 Nov Sammy’s, Dunedin Sat 01 Dec Dux Live, Christchurch

DON MCGLASHAN

ANIKA MOA, BOH RUNGA & HOLLIE SMITH

Tue 15 Jan Town Hall, Wellington Wed 16 Jan Town Hall, Auckland

CRYSTAL CASTLES

GREG JOHNSON

Sat 15 Dec Villa Maria Estate, Auckland

Mon 14 Jan Powerstation, Auckland

BAND OF HORSES (US)

Sun 30 Dec - Mon 31 Dec Ohuka Farm, Whitianga

Sat 22 Sep The Paddington, Auckland

DEVO, SIMPLE MINDS & THE CHURCH

Thu 24 Jan Kings Arms, Auckland

Sat 22 Sep Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington Tue 25 Sep Municipal Theatre, Napier Thu 27 Sep Founders Theatre, Hamilton Fri 28 Sep Town Hall, Auckland

COROMANDEL GOLD 2012

GREAT ROCK FOR HEART

Thu 11 Oct - Sun 27 Oct Maidment Theatre, Auckland

ALESTORM (UK)

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 MINUTES

Sat 01 Sep - Sun 30 Sep Auckland City Libraries

DEATH OF A SALESMAN

Tue 15 Jan Powerstation, Auckland

Thu 04 Oct St John’s Cathedral, Napier
 Fri 05 Oct All Saints Anglican Church, Palmerston North
 Sat 06 Oct Old St Paul’s, Wellington
 Sun 07 Oct Old St Paul’s, Wellington
 Wed 10 Oct St Andrew’s On Liardet, New Plymouth
 Thu 11 Oct Chapel of Christ The King, Hamilton
 Fri 12 Oct Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland
 Sat 13 Oct Holy Trinity, Tauranga
 Sun 14 Oct Civic Theatre,
Rotorua Wed 17 Oct St Michael & All Angels, Christchurch
 Thu 18 Oct St Michael & All Angels, Christchurch
 Fri 19 Oct Knox Church, Dunedin
 Sat 20 Oct First Presbyterian Church, Invercargill

COMIC BOOK MONTH

Sat 22 Sep Powerstation, Auckland

Tue 23 Oct The Powerstation, Auckland
 Wed 24 Oct The Opera House, Wellington

LA DE DA FESTIVAL 2012

Sun 30 Dec - Mon 31 Dec Daisybank Farm, Martinborough

LINKIN PARK (US)

Thu 21 Feb Vector Arena, Auckland


tours & events

Upcoming tours & events LORD (AU)

Wed 03 Oct The Foundry, Christchurch Thu 04 Oct 12 Below, Dunedin Fri 05 Oct Kings Arms, Auckland Sat 06 Oct Bodega, Wellington

PARACHUTE FESTIVAL 2013 Fri 25 Jan - Sun 27 Jan Mystery Creek, Hamilton

PARKWAY DRIVE (AUS)

MINISTRY OF SALSA

Wed 12 Dec Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland

MNOZIL BRASS (AT)

PAT BENATAR, AMERICA AND MORE…

Sat 24 Nov The Studio

Sun 23 Sep St James Theatre, Wellington Mon 24 Sep Town Hall, Auckland

RIVAL STATE

SMASH MOUTH (US)

ROBYN (SE)

SMOKEFREE ROCKQUEST FINAL

Fri 12 Oct Rising Sun Auckland Sat 13 Oct The Mayfair, New Plymouth  Sat 02 Nov Bodega, Wellington 

Thu 04 Oct The Powerstation, Auckland

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT (US) Fri 21 Sep Civic Theatre, Auckland

Sat 16 Feb The Amphitheatre, Taupo Sun 17 Feb Matakana Country Park, Matakana, North Auckland Sat 23 Feb Gibbston Valley Winery, Queenstown

Wed 17 Oct The Powerstation, Auckland

Sat 22 Sep Founders Theatre, Hamilton

STEEL PANTHER
 (US)

Tue 02 Oct Powerstation, Auckland

TAHUNA BREAKS

Sat 13 Oct The Colombo, Christchurch Fri 05 Oct San Fran Bath House, Wellington Sat 06 Oct The Studio, Auckland Sat 20 Oct Founders Heritage Park, Nelson

PAUL DI’ANNO & BLAZE BAYLEY (UK)

Fri 07 Dec Bodega, Wellington Sat 08 Dec Kings Arms, Auckland

PRETTY LIGHTS (US)

Thu 31 Jan San Fran Bath House, Wellington Fri 01 Feb The Studio, Auckland

MORRISSEY (UK)

Fri 14 Dec Town Hall, Wellington Sat 15 Dec Vector Arena, Auckland

MUMFORD & SONS (UK)

RADIOHEAD (UK)

Tue 06 Nov Vector Arena, Auckland

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS (US) Sun 13 Jan Vector Arena, Auckland

Fri 30 Nov Vector Arena, Auckland

NICKI MINAJ (US)

Sat 24 Nov Vector Arena, Auckland

NIGHTCHOIR

REGINA SPEKTOR (US)

Mon 03 Dec Town Hall, Auckland

RHYS DARBY

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THE , MAN S NO MULLET COOL-HEADED, DOWN-TO-EARTH AND FASCINATED BY MULLETS, BRET MCKENZIE TALKS TWO LITTLE BOYS. For the last month or so, Bret McKenzie has been a man on a mission. Bustling from interview to interview, the multi-talented performer has been talking and thinking about almost nothing but Two Little Boys – his new movie and first starring role – in the lead up to the film’s opening this Thursday.

It’s fair to say the film’s content is not something you’d hear about in a Flight of the Conchords song and it gave Bret a chance to flex his “serious” acting muscles. While he felt like “it was jumping into the deep end”, it was his close partnership with Hamish that made things easier – for both of them.

As one of many interviewers, I was hoping my questions wouldn’t be met with clichéd answers, a sense of boredom at the same questions being asked for the umpteenth time, and even a sigh when I ask him, “Where do you keep your Oscar?” (I totally asked and for the record, he still keeps it on his piano).

“It was fun to work with another comedian,” says Bret. “He comes from a duo as well so we were used to bouncing off other people. It made it easy for us because we were both slightly out of our depth. It was a more dramatic role than I had ever done and it was also my first a feature film. A much bigger part than my elf role [referring to his bit part in Lord of the Rings].”

But not at all. In fact, he has a charm, an easy-going nature, and seemed to be totally at ease when talking about anything but the semantics of the film. And so it happened that we spent far too much time discussing mullets, cheese rolls and sea animals. Two Little Boys – directed by Robert Sarkies of Scarfies fame – is the story of best friends Nige (McKenzie) and Deano (Australian comedian Hamish Blake from the well-known duo Hamish and Andy). After Nige gets wrapped up in an unfortunate accident, their friendship is tested as Deano will go to any lengths to keep his best friend with him – even if that means dispatching anyone who gets in his way. “Nige is incredibly beaten up,” Bret says when asked what he thinks of his character. “The film’s about him breaking free from this oppressive relationship.” “What’d I think? I wouldn’t wanna be Nige,” he adds with a laugh. “I don’t think anyone would. His best mate is a complete psychopath. It’s a bit unfortunate that when they met as children he didn’t know this.” Uncharted territory for the typically light-hearted comedian, but it was this quirky, yet disturbing theme that attracted Bret to the script. “I loved the script because of that darkness,” he explains. “It’s a really interesting balance between drama and comedy. The story is very dark. Getting rid of a dead body and a destructive relationship – it’s a very unusual mix.” That’s right folks, a dead body. A Norwegian backpacker (played by Swedish actor Filip Berg) to be precise. But despite playing dead for the majority of the two month shoot, Bret says Filip was incredibly funny behind the scenes. “Most of the film he’s a dead body and he was really good about it. He had to lie on the ground, get thrown around, into a roadworks hole, and play dead in the cold Invercargill nights, but he was great. “One of my favourite quotes from him was on set one day. He said, ‘In Sweden, we have sex every day’, and then he followed that up with, ‘It’s something I love to do so much, it’s amazing I’m so bad at it.’ That’s the kind of stuff he would say when you were just standing around.”

“It definitely felt like new territory for me, especially since I’m often in things I have devised, so it was hard to be an actor working for someone else.” Working closely with Hamish also meant a bit of friendly competition when it came to the infamous mullet – something the boys took great pride in. “We were quite competitive about how magnificent our mullets were,” Bret laughs “and we spent a lot of time preening. I was surprised at how easy it was to get a mullet out of my hair though. It really was just a trim on the sides and then not much else to do.” And what did they do with their gorgeous locks? “We had to cut it off because we did a flashback which was set in premullet times. Hamish cut his off in one piece and turned it into a mullet wig that he rented out for charity,” says Bret, laughing. “People could rent it for parties. I don’t know how long it lasted.” “I don’t know what I should have done with mine. I feel like it might be a good thing to have in the garage or maybe even use it in a garden sculpture? We should have given Rob a couple of garden gnomes with bogan mullets as a premiere gift.” Mullet mayhem aside, it wasn’t just Hamish that Bret had to work with in close contact – there was also the natural sea life of the Catlins. The scripted scenes relied on a lot of cameo appearances from the “locals” – everything from dolphins to sea lions. Good thing then that some showed up. “The Catlins has all this amazing wildlife, so a scene would call for a sea lion and there would be a sea lion,” says Bret. “It’s crazy. Duncan [Sarkies] and Rob had it in the script relying on all these animals and they came through! There’s no, like, movie sea lion wranglers in the Catlins. They didn’t bring that in on a truck. And I think it’s one of the best scenes in the film.”

WRITTEN BY LAURA WEASER TWO LITTLE BOYS IN CINEMAS NATIONWIDE: THU 20 SEP

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RUNNING IN CIRCLES POST-ROCK BAND RUSSIAN CIRCLES BREAK THE CYCLE WITH THEIR LATEST ALBUM.

“The music allows us to be different people. [It gives us the] freedom to do whatever we want” says Chicago-based Russian Circles on how their elaborate and unflinching style of instrumental post-rock allows them to express themselves.

set list. Number six on the record, ‘Praise Be Man’, has been left out of the live sets. The band says, “There is a lot happening in that song that wouldn’t translate into a live setting. We’ve butchered some of our songs in the past and we’ll leave that song as it was recorded.”

Their latest album, Empros, is “darker and rawer”, having been stripped back to be more conducive to the live show while the band become more comfortable playing as a three piece. The album has still earned them the title of “masters of the chameleon rift”, with a sound that is more refined than their last album Geneva, but just as, if not more, overtly aggressive. Empros is a clear departure from Geneva, on which the band incorporated the strings arrangements that became too difficult to play live.

Influenced by no particular external force or musicians, their iPods are “full of all kinds of genres.” And the band say that they, “love heavy music as much as other genres”, which provides them with a slight reprieve from their own genre. “If we only listened to post-rock, we’d slowly become narcoleptic.”

However, Russian Circles aren’t letting the technicality of some of their recorded material hold them back from an explosive live show. In the face of an increasing amount of rising post-rock acts, “we try to avoid the safe and predictable pitfalls of the genre. We’re pretty hard on ourselves when working on new material but the effort is usually worth it.” Being hard on themselves when writing keeps Russian Circles away from the pack. With songs on Empros that shift from achingly beautiful to physically punishing in a matter of seconds, the emotional connection between the trio –given that they don’t tend to discuss the influences behind the music with each other – make them a hard act to surpass, “[although] there’s some emotional content going through our filters. The vibe of each song is mutually understood as soon as the foundation for [that] song is in place.” Empros was a conscious sonic step back for the band. Compared to Geneva, they focused this album on their ability to play it live. Dropping the string arrangements, Empros brings five possible songs to the band’s

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While their sound has been referred to as a cross between Pink Floyd and Metallica, they say that while Empros fits into the “ground level reference” the reference is “more of a reply to a perfect stranger who notices we’re in a band and asks what we sound like.” Currently on tour en route to our shores, Russian Circles entertain themselves while on the road with coffee and alcohol. When talking about watching their touring mate Chelsea Wolfe, they say, “she’s absolutely stunning every evening.” And that they are “fortunate enough to have Marriages on tour as well, who are also great.” WRITTEN BY SEBASTIAN MACKAY SEE THEM LIVE: RUSSIAN CIRCLES WED 26 SEP THE KINGS ARMS, AUCKLAND
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Codemasters do a mean game of Formula 1. They always have. This time around, however, it’s not true to life simulation, but crazy high-octane arcade action racing. Welcome to the brand new F1 Race Stars! It’s a shift away from niche titles which appeal primarily to the hardcore and a giant leap into the hands of young and old. Just about everyone can find something to love about Mario Kart, and it’s clear that Codemasters hope to bring exactly that type of approachability to the sport of F1. After a few laps, it’s evident that this is, however, no Mario Kart. Yes, it’s a karting title, and yes, it includes power-ups, weapons, and crazy tracks. But with the merge of reality and fantasy, with tracks that are recognisable in many ways, but then an enormous exaggeration on the other hand, F1 Race Stars looks to be so much more – and it definitely gets the blood pumping. Immediately noticeable are the incredibly animated and caricatured drivers – recognisable versions of their real-life counterparts thanks primarily to their exaggerated features and bobblehead-like proportions. Fernando Alonso’s smooth hair, Michael Schumacher’s chin; it’s all here and it’s hilarious. There are a few noteworthy elements which are really set to push F1 Race Stars into a league of its own. First, your cars take damage, meaning that if you want to take advantage of the KERS zones (KERS is a type of speed boost that exists in real life Formula 1) you will need to pit to repair – a really nice addition that adds an element of strategy. Another interesting inclusion is that weather is a factor. You’ll need to think about it lest your kart goes flying all over the track. There are also some truly F1-focused special abilities (such as the Safety Car which brings the whole pack back together and more or less restarts the race – a great way to equalise the field), while realworld tactics like slipstreaming will give you an advantage here. It looks as though F1 Race Stars is differentiating itself from other karting titles in all the right ways and has the potential to revolutionise F1 as a family affair. We’ll find out if they succeed when the game releases this November. WRITTEN BY JOEL LAUTERBACH


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Bill Bailey’s an unusual fellow­– and it’s not just because of his mullet hairstyle (nonexistent on the top, Rapunzel-like long at the back). No, it’s in the way he can’t be pigeon holed. Is he a comedian? Is he an actor? A musician? An explorer? Well, turns out he’s all of them. The 48-year-old British performer’s shows – which routinely sell out in Australia and New Zealand – can feature anything from standup comedy, monologue and short films, to tales of the road, surreal experiences and everything in between. And then there is the music. No, don’t jump to compare him to Flight of the Conchords. With Bill, ‘music’ can range from a Hindi version of Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ to his musical talents on a six-necked guitar. So what’s in store with his new show Qualmpeddler? “I’m delighted I’ll be finally doing something I always wanted to do which is a Jamaican reggae version of Downton Abbey,” he explains. “Also, in this show, I talk about the Church of England needing an update through the medium of dubstep.” Music, as any Bill Bailey fan will know, is an integral part of his comedy. It is also where his roots in comedy began. At 15, he realised the thrill of performance as a member of a school band called Behind Closed Doors. He was the only pupil at his school to study A-level music and passed with an A grade. He attributes his ability of perfect pitch (where he can listen to any sound and recreate that note without an external source) to leading him down this path.

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As life would have it, music once again become a central part of Bill’s life and his career when he was asked to perform at Sonisphere festival, the world’s largest touring rock festival, on the show’s England leg. “That was an extraordinary experience,” he recalls. “It’s the largest crowd by a mile that I’ve ever performed to – 65,000 fans in a field and in the pouring rain. We performed metal versions of a lot of my songs, which is actually great fun. “I found it very productive getting together with a bunch of musicians. In a few days, we had written a version of ‘Scarborough Fair’ in the style of Rammstein.” The experience was “a great time I look on fondly” and he marked the occasion by recording his first album, In Metal. “Because of contractual obligations, I wasn’t able to put that footage of the concert anywhere. I wanted to capture the sense of [the festival] by going into the studio very quickly. We went in and recorded them live in the studio, so pretty much as we did on the night. It was a distillation of what Sonisphere was about.”

“I remember from a very early age I was able to pick out the tones of domestic appliances,” he says, matter-of-factly. “Vacuum cleaners, washing machines, all have a hum at a certain pitch and it seemed very obvious to me.

As the undefinable performer continues his journey, fusing comedy and music together in a way unique to his personality, it is only fitting that his unique work would attract the more quirky kind of fans – whether they want an autograph or a lock of his famous hair.

“I would say, ‘Oh the vacuum cleaner’s in B flat and then go to the piano and play it. My mother would go, ‘Blimey I guess it is.’ I realised there was a musicality about everything and I suppose that’s what lead me naturally over to study music.”

“It’s quite flattering really, that someone wants a token of my body,” he laughs, “I have to be quite sparing with locks of hair these days, but most people just want a signature and that’s fine too.”

The gifted musician’s list of musical honours reach far and wide within music circles. He is classically trained, has received an Associateship Diploma from the prestigious London College of Music, as well as being made an honorary member of the Society of Crematorium Organists. However, Bill admits he always had the temptation to be silly with music, a trait that influences his stand-up shows and led him into comedy.

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Bill began his stand-up in 1984, forming in a double act called the Rubber Bishops. But he quickly began to develop his own style – the music side of his life creeping into his work in the form of musical parodies. In 1995, his first solo stand-up show, Cosmic Jam, was incredibly well-received and the nine shows since have always incorporated music in some way.

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In this weeks issue we talk to Bret McKenzie about his new film 'Two Little Boys'. We catch up with band Russian Circles and musical comedia...

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